#496 Wednesday, September 18, 2019
CenterLines is the biweekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling &
Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.
----- Walk/Bike/Places 2020 Indianapolis: August 4-7, 2020
----- New Es to Inspire & Guide the Transportation Profession
----- Moving Equity Planning into Equity Engineering
----- Local & Regional Policies for Creating More Efficient, Equitable, Affordable Communities
----- Efficient and Equitable Transportation Agenda
----- Affordable & Inclusive Neighborhood Agenda
----- London, England: Online Tool Tracks Air Pollution Level by Address
----- France Subsidizes E-Bike Purchase, US Does Not
----- European Mobility Week
----- Micromobility Could Replace 48% of Car Trips in Cities
----- Paris, France Transit Strike Boosts Use of New Cycleways
----- England's Underwater Bike & Ped Tunnels Reopen
----- USDOT & DOL Call for Barriers & Solutions to Complete Trips
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- CA: Trade in Car for E-Bike or Bike Share Voucher
----- CA Law to Make Intersections Safer for Bicyclists
----- Denver, CO Hires Nine Police Officers to Enforce Traffic Laws
----- Boulder, CO Bans E-Scooters to Study Options
----- Indianapolis, IN Expands Transit
----- Walk Bike Nashville Offers Free Cycling Classes
----- Distracted Walking Not What is Killing Walkers in NYC
----- Why Cities with High Biking Rates are Safer for all Road Users
----- Perceived Walkability Depends on Social Factors for Some
----- Black Carbon Particles Found in Placentas of Pregnant Women
----- Weighing Risk vs Convenience in Deciding to Use Ped Bridges
----- Redefining the Child Pedestrian Safety Paradigm
----- Vision Zero: Equity Strategies for Partners
----- NACTO Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility
----- NACTO Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism, 2nd Edition
----- PBIC Automated Vehicles University Course Modules
----- Evaluation of Walk & Bicycle Demand Modeling Practice
----- How Communities are Using HIAs
----- Multi-Use Path Level of Comfort Tool Expands LOS Calculator
----- Guidance for Managing Informal Trails
- The National Scene
- Regional Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars and Seminars
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- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
WALK/BIKE/PLACES 2020 INDIANAPOLIS: AUGUST 4-7, 2020
-> Mark your calendar to meet us in Indianapolis, IN next August 4-7, for Walk/Bike/Places 2020. (http://bit.ly/2AlSTux) Every two years, Project for Public Spaces and a robust, hard-working Local Host Committee organize this premier conference in North America for walking, bicycling, and placemaking professionals from the public and private sectors. Join us at Walk/Bike/Places for a unique conference experience that combines experiential learning from walking and biking the streets of the host city, with nearly 100 expert-led breakout sessions and locally-led workshops. (Check out the 2018 Walk/Bike/Places New Orleans program for a sense of the breadth of perspectives and topics you can expect from your Walk/Bike/Places Indianapolis experience next year: http://bit.ly/2QaM09T.)
Things will be moving fast over the next 11 months. For all the latest conference deadlines and updates, click the Keep Me Updated link to subscribe to the Walk/Bike/Places newsletter (http://bit.ly/2QdU3mz), follow the Twitter feed (http://bit.ly/2AlSTux), and watch for news in CenterLines. Look for these key conference developments: September - Conference stakeholder interviews; October - Conference theme and tracks announced; November - Call for Proposals opens and Mobile Workshops announced; December - Call for Proposals closes and proposal review begins! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact us at email@example.com.
Some may think Indianapolis is America's most unlikely biking city. We know why it's not: http://bit.ly/2Qh3UYE
NEW ES TO INSPIRE & GUIDE THE TRANSPORTATION PROFESSION
-> In an email message, Toole Design President, Jennifer Toole, called for a new approach to transportation centered on the values we want to see reflected in our communities. She joins colleagues from across the US and Canada to propose three new Es to inspire and guide the transportation profession -- words that better reflect our shared values, and will help break down the barriers between planning, design, and engineering. http://bit.ly/2AxlJb7 The proposed three new words to inspire and guide the transportation profession: ETHICS, EQUITY, and EMPATHY. The new Es they have chosen to guide us reflect core values that break down the barriers between planning, design, and engineering. They align our work with public safety officials, policy makers, and the communities we serve. http://bit.ly/2AqyBQD Scroll down to listen to the discussion in the New Es of Transportation podcast about how to break free of professional silos and change the way that transportation professionals think about their work.
MOVING EQUITY PLANNING INTO EQUITY ENGINEERING
-> An Alta Planning + Design article describes discussions during the "Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Transportation Sector" session at the recent Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Conference. The consensus of these roundtable sessions was clear: the transportation engineering profession is lacking design guidelines and updated code and standards to accommodate pedestrian crossings for people of color. Check out the top five recommendations on how to move equity planning projects into community-informed equity design and construction projects. http://bit.ly/2QhXEjz
LOCAL & REGIONAL POLICIES FOR CREATING MORE EFFICIENT, EQUITABLE, AFFORDABLE COMMUNITIES
-> VTPI News described two reports by Cities for Everyone (http://bit.ly/2QikmIb), a Victoria, Canada, local advocacy organization, which recommend specific local and regional policies for creating more efficient, equitable, affordable, and inclusive communities. These concepts are transferable to other regions.
EFFICIENT AND EQUITABLE TRANSPORTATION AGENDA
- The first report identifies six specific policies to create a more diverse, efficient and equitable regional transportation system. (Our Efficient and Equitable Transportation Agenda: http://bit.ly/2At84lA) By improving resource-efficient travel, and providing incentives for travelers to use the most efficient options for each trip, the system can achieve emission and traffic reduction targets, and provide other economic, social and environmental benefits.
AFFORDABLE & INCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD AGENDA
- The other report identifies eight policy reforms that can significantly increase moderate-priced housing options in walkable urban neighborhoods, which increases affordability and inclusivity, and achieves other community goals. (Our Affordable and Inclusive Neighbourhood Agenda: http://bit.ly/2Atyu6M)
LONDON, ENGLAND: ONLINE TOOL TRACKS AIR POLLUTION LEVEL BY ADDRESS
-> AirQualityNews.com reported that a new website was launched to show residents in London, England how exposed their homes are to air pollution and whether where they live exceeds World Health Organization annual guidelines for nitrogen dioxide. (www.addresspollution.org) The Central Office of Public Interest (COPI) developed the tool to show people how air pollution affects them personally. COPI will contact every real estate agent in London this week to encourage them to adopt the new system as they believe a strong legal argument exists to say this information must be disclosed to prospective home buyers. http://bit.ly/2Qi0ghn
FRANCE SUBSIDIZES E-BIKE PURCHASE, US DOES NOT
-> Streetsblog reported that lawmakers in France announced last week e-bike owners in the greater Paris area may soon be able to get half the cost of their wheels--up to 500 Euros ($553)--paid for by the government as part of an effort to boost the eco-friendly vehicles. In the US, federal tax breaks that can knock up to $7,500 off the cost of a new electric vehicle have been available to car drivers for years, but those hoping to upgrade their old 10-speed to an e-bike have always had to pay cost. Presently, there isn't a hint of federal legislation that would provide tax relief for e-bikes, whose widespread adoption studies say could significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. http://bit.ly/2QhfTpb
[See Regional and Local Actions for a new California law that adds vouchers for e-bikes and bike share when trading in a car.]
EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reported that this week is the 17th consecutive year that cities from all over Europe are celebrating the benefits of sustainable mobility in what is probably the largest sustainable mobility campaign in the world: the European Mobility Week. (http://bit.ly/2sYgX5l) The most active and visionary cities across the continent will put in place innovative actions aimed at promoting the most climate-friendly--and yet efficient--mobility options. http://bit.ly/2QfBXQU
MICROMOBILITY COULD REPLACE 48% OF CAR TRIPS IN CITIES
-> The AASHTO Journal reported a study conducted by INRIX Research indicates that 48% of all car trips in the most congested metropolitan areas across the US cover less than three miles -- representing a "major opportunity" for "micromobility" such as shared bicycle, e-bike, and e-scooter services to reduce traffic congestion and decrease vehicle emissions while boosting "local economies." (Micromobility Potential in the US, UK, and Germany: http://bit.ly/2QfZzF2) http://bit.ly/2QijXpb
PARIS, FRANCE TRANSIT STRIKE BOOSTS USE OF NEW CYCLEWAYS
-> Forbes reported that the biggest public transit strike in Paris, France, in over a decade prompted unprecedented numbers of people to use bikes to get to work. Those new to cycling in the city, spurred into two-wheel action thanks to transport unions, would have been surprised by a number of newly opened "express" cycleways. For many months Parisians have been griping over the roadworks caused by the construction of the Réseau Express Vélo, or Bicycle Express Network, but the major new cycleways came into their own on strike day, providing swift and safe urban transport for cyclists and scooter users. Although 25-kilometers of the new, cross-city express cycleways have opened over the last couple of months the network is far from complete. http://bit.ly/2QbU4Hr
ENGLAND'S UNDERWATER BIKE & PED TUNNELS REOPEN
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reported the historical Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels near Newcastle in England have been reopened after 6-years long refurbishment. The 275-meter (301 yards) twin-tube tunnel is buried 12 meters (39 feet) beneath the River Tyne between Jarrow and Howdon, in the northeast of England. It was opened in 1951, 16 years before the Tyne Tunnel for motor vehicles. At its peak, soon after opening, 20,000 users rode or walked through the tunnels each day. Pedestrians and cyclists have their own tunnels. The cyclists' part of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycle Tunnels is 3.7 meters (12 feet) wide, while pedestrians have 3.2 m (11 feet) at their disposal http://bit.ly/2AsSoyE
USDOT & DOL CALL FOR BARRIERS & SOLUTIONS TO COMPLETE TRIPS
-> Throughout September, join the online dialogue, Barriers and Solutions to Complete Trips for All, to provide ideas and feedback. to the US Departments of Transportation and Labor. They seek to inform efforts to reduce mobility barriers that constrain Americans with disabilities from fully participating in the workforce and their communities. Your ideas and feedback on your experiences will form the foundation for Federal Transit Administration efforts to improve traveler experiences through partnerships with stakeholders and focusing government action in areas affecting each part of a complete trip. Log in any time this month to submit your ideas, comments, and votes on more accessible and inclusive transportation. http://bit.ly/2QgYgGc
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
CA: TRADE IN CAR FOR E-BIKE OR BIKE SHARE VOUCHER
-> Electrek reported California's "Clean Cars 4 All" program has already helped many people trade in old, polluting gas cars for subsidies to buy electric cars or hybrid cars. A new bill recently signed into law now includes vouchers for electric bicycles and bike-sharing programs in the program. (SB-400 Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Emissions: Mobility Options: http://bit.ly/2At6lg6) http://bit.ly/2AsoFGb
[See The National & International Scene for details about France subsidizing e-bike purchases.]
CA LAW TO MAKE INTERSECTIONS SAFER FOR BICYCLISTS
-> CalBike reported the governor signed a bill earlier this month that will make it safer for bicycle riding in CA at busy intersections. (AB-1266 Traffic Control Devices: Bicycles: http://bit.ly/2Qj5OIg) The bill requires Caltrans to develop a street marking or design that allows cyclists to go straight from a right or left turn lane and to safely cross outside of the high-traffic lanes. Currently, cyclists approaching an intersection may thread the needle between the right-hand turn lane and the adjacent go-straight lane. However, legally, like cars, cyclists should proceed through an intersection in a go-straight lane and are prohibited from going through an intersection from the right-turn lane. Cyclists traveling in a bicycle lane that disappears, converting into a right-turn lane before an intersection, must merge left into the go-straight lane, proceed through the intersection, and then, if the bicycle lane resumes after the intersection, merge right back into the bicycle lane. This bill will fix that problem. http://bit.ly/2QgC1A6
DENVER, CO HIRES NINE POLICE OFFICERS TO ENFORCE TRAFFIC LAWS
-> Streetsblog reported that the City of Denver, CO, hired nine new police officers to help cut the city's road deaths, which are increasing dramatically despite the city's 2016 Vision Zero commitment to end all such fatalities by 2030. The department will focus enforcement efforts on areas with the most fatalities and serious injuries. The new officers will use data, maps, time of day, and day of week to target their education and enforcement of safety violations. http://bit.ly/2AqRjr9
BOULDER, CO BANS E-SCOOTERS TO STUDY OPTIONS
-> CityLab reported the famously bike-friendly Boulder, CO, has some of the best cycling infrastructure in North America. But electric scooters still aren't welcome to use it. The city council passed an emergency ordinance (http://bit.ly/2AsMcqE) that banned the issuance of commercial scooter permits within city limits. Over the next several months, the city will host a series of public forums to determine how, and if, commercial scooter-sharing should be allowed. A slew of scooter companies have all expressed interest in entering Boulder. As one of the bike-friendliest cities in North America, it and its immediately surrounding area have more than 300 miles of bikeway, including 96 miles of bike lanes, 84 miles of multi-use paths, and 50 miles of designated bike routes. Within the city itself, on-street bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, designated bike routes, paved shoulders, multi-use paths, and soft-surface paths all make up one of the most comprehensive urban bike networks in the US. http://bit.ly/2QvIOWT
INDIANAPOLIS, IN EXPANDS TRANSIT
-> Smart Growth America reported more than a decade ago, local business and civic leaders in Indianapolis, IN, realized that for the city to remain competitive it needed to be better at moving people. After an exhaustive planning process, changes to state law, and a successful local referendum where local voters raised their income taxes to invest in transit, the first major new piece of Indianapolis's transit system opened on September 1. It's the first of three planned BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lines. http://bit.ly/2QfTw3i
WALK BIKE NASHVILLE OFFERS FREE CYCLING CLASSES
-> Walk Bike Nashville offers a series of free and open-to-the-public classes and rides. 1) City Cycling Rides are designed to provide the knowledge and skills to become more confident in cycling around Nashville's streets. Each four- to five-mile group ride is led by certified instructors and stops at designated locations to discuss key points. Skills covered include: helmet fit, ABC Quick Check, where to ride in the road, scanning and signaling, right and left turns, lane positioning, and how to find a safe route. 2) Adult Learn to Ride is a course for adults who are ready to learn to ride a bicycle. They cover how to get onto the bike, balance, braking and stopping, pedaling, and turning. 3) Family Ice Cream Ride teaches parents and children about safe family riding. WBN covers training for children who have just started to cycle around the neighborhood on their own, or soon will. They discuss minimum safety levels and then bike 20 minutes to Pied Piper Ice Creamery and back. The route has been specially selected for safety and learning opportunities. http://bit.ly/2Aw9740
THE RESEARCH BEAT
DISTRACTED WALKING NOT WHAT IS KILLING WALKERS IN NYC
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative reported that a recent New York City DOT report examined whether device-distracted walkers there are killing themselves by stepping out in front of motor vehicles. (Distraction Shouldn't Be Deadly: https://on.nyc.gov/2Qg51YO) A significant number of pedestrians in NYC are distracted, the report continues, but that is not what is leading to their demise. It's dangerous driver behavior--speeding and failure to yield--that is killing pedestrians. Examining crash narratives from 2014-2017, NYCDOT found one pedestrian in NYC who was killed while texting, and one who was killed while retrieving a dropped device. During that same period, NYC drivers killed 534 pedestrians. In 112 of these cases drivers failed to yield to pedestrians who had the right-of-way. Another NYCDOT study showed that about 13% of pedestrians were distracted by devices while successfully crossing the street. These numbers just don't build a convincing case for blaming pedestrian distraction when pedestrians are killed. http://bit.ly/2AtD1WE
WHY CITIES WITH HIGH BIKING RATES ARE SAFER FOR ALL ROAD USERS
-> In a study published in the Journal of Transport & Health, which analyzed 13 years of data from 12 large US cities, researchers investigated over 17,000 fatalities and 77,000 severe injuries. (Why Cities with High Bicycling Rates are Safer for all Road Users: http://bit.ly/2KGADSS) Their results suggest that more bicyclists is not the reason these cities are safer for all road users. Better safety outcomes are instead associated with a greater prevalence of bike facilities--particularly protected and separated bike facilities--at the block group level and, more strongly so, across the overall city. Higher intersection density, which typically corresponds to more compact and lower-speed built environments, was strongly associated with better road safety outcomes for all road users. A companion video explains the paper and findings: http://bit.ly/2QqcWTw
PERCEIVED WALKABILITY DEPENDS ON SOCIAL FACTORS FOR SOME
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative reported that a new study published in the Journal of Transport & Health finds that certain attributes of the social environment also greatly affect the perception of walkability, especially among people of color. (Differences in Social and Physical Dimensions of Perceived Walkability in Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White Walking Environments in Tucson, Arizona: http://bit.ly/2AtLWHE) Researchers conducted on-site interviews in a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, and in a predominantly non-Hispanic White neighborhood. They found that there was a major discrepancy in the perception of walking. For respondents from the predominantly non-Hispanic White neighborhood, the most important contributors were all related to the physical infrastructure of walking. Those from the predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood showed a greater inclination toward attributes of the social environment, such as social interaction, community identity, and safety. http://bit.ly/2AsHPvu
BLACK CARBON PARTICLES FOUND IN PLACENTAS OF PREGNANT WOMEN
-> Newsweek reported that research, published in the journal Nature Communications, found black carbon particles in the placentas of pregnant women--even those who did not live in a highly polluted area. (Ambient Black Carbon Particles Reach the Fetal Side of Human Placenta: https://go.nature.com/2Qh3PV6) Black carbon is given off by fossil fuel-burning sources like vehicles that use gas and diesel, and coal-fired power stations. A component of the air pollutant fine particulate matter, black carbon is linked to heart and breathing problems, as well as diseases such as cancer. More research is needed to determine if the particles are able to get to the fetus, and if this explains birth defects linked to pollution.
WEIGHING RISK VS CONVENIENCE IN DECIDING TO USE PED BRIDGES
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative reported that a new study in Accident Analysis & Prevention found people will cross at street level to avoid tall or narrow, constrained bridges, and usually take extra precautions when crossing at street level. (Pedestrian Overpass Use and its Relationships with Digital and Social Distractions, and Overpass Characteristics: http://bit.ly/2AsoQ4c) Researchers observed more than 600 people at 10 different pedestrian bridges in Hanoi, Vietnam, during busy weekday periods. While there were no legal street-level crossings at the sites, the study found that as many as 64% of people crossed in the street, depending on the location. Time and convenience played a major role. The study didn't look specifically at safety outcomes, but it did find that people tend to compensate for the added risk of crossing at street level. This all suggests a need for useful guidelines to assess when constructing such bridges makes sense and whether they will even be used. There seem to be practical limitations on how tall or narrow they can be, along with cases where safer, street-level crossings could be the only reasonable option. http://bit.ly/2AnIsqa
REDEFINING THE CHILD PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PARADIGM
-> The Mountain-Plains Consortium released a report that examined the safety of child pedestrians. (Redefining the Child Pedestrian Safety Paradigm: http://bit.ly/2Qdgl7S) Part 1 of the study identified locations in urban areas where child pedestrians are at particular risk for fatal collisions with vehicles. Researchers found higher concentrations of child pedestrian fatalities around parks. In Phase II of the study, they specifically examined fatality concentrations near parks as compared with schools.
QUOTES R US
"[D]espite growing concerns, [NYC] DOT found little concrete evidence that device-induced distracted walking contributes significantly to pedestrian fatalities and injuries...However, the growth in distractions, especially electronic, further underscores the need to create a safe street network regardless of the choices made by vulnerable road users. DOT believes that the most significant gains in reducing pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries can be made by continuing to target the most dangerous behaviors-such as driver speeding and failure-to-yield--and by implementing street improvement projects that reduce the severity of crashes."
--New York City DOT in its recent report on its study of distracted pedestrians using mobile devices while walking: Distraction Shouldn't Be Deadly, https://on.nyc.gov/2Qg51YO
[See the Research Beat for more details.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
SEE A SECRET, CLOSED, HISTORIC NYC SUBWAY STATION
Fast Company described how to see New York City's secret, historic and closed City Hall subway station. The City Hall Loop was a terminal for the first-ever line of the New York City Subway. Although passenger service was discontinued in 1945, you can still get a glimpse of history if you know what you're doing. The video shows you how. http://bit.ly/2QgDCFV.)
WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS
To better help you plan your continuing education activities, we list Webinars scheduled in the next month. Check our searchable master calendar at http://bit.ly/centerlines for opportunities farther in the future. To subscribe, look for the + Google Calendar button in the lower right corner. iCal users can subscribe automatically here: http://bit.ly/centerlines_ical.
Webinar "Using Scenarios for Effective Planning"
Date: September 18, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Uri Avin (Univ. of MD)
Host: Smart Growth Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2QfE5bB, free
Webinar "Smart Cities of all Sizes: Turning Vision Into Reality"
Date: September 19, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Shobhit Jain & Gaurang Telang (HERE Technologies) & Sarah Wray (SmartCitiesWorld)
Details: http://bit.ly/2ZOVneY, free
Webinar "Youth as Leaders in Improving Walking and Biking Safety"
Date: September 24, 2019, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Alison de Beaufort (Vision Zero Youth Council), Sandy Spavone (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) & Marcia Williams & Grace Allphin (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Student Leaders)
Host: National Center for Safe Routes to School
Details: http://bit.ly/2QgGYsM, free
Webinar "Managing Effective Transportation Safety Systems: Research Update"
Date: September 24, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Scott Matthews (Carnegie Mellon Univ.), Tim Harmon (VHB), Evan Iacobucci (Rutgers) & Janille Smith-Colin (Southern Methodist Univ.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2ZNRQ0H, some registrants pay $95
Webinar "City of San Diego's Inclusive & Connected Communities Roadmap for Smart City Projects"
Date: September 25, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Host: Meeting of the Minds
Details: http://bit.ly/30n1vMH, free
Webinar "Virtual Public Involvement - Extending Our Reach #3"
Date: September 26, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Agency staff
Details: http://bit.ly/2Ktn87k, free
Webinar "California's Active Transportation Program: Getting Started" (First in a series of 3 webinars to prepare to apply for Cycle 5)
Date: September 26, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Cory Wilkerson (City of Santa Ana, CA), Melanie Mullis (City of Ontario, CA) & Edgar Garibay (Tuolomne River Trust)
Host: Safe Routes Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2LeIqak, free
Webinar "Featuring: Story Maps, Online Tools in the Field, and Creative use of Short Videos" (Virtual Public Involvement - Extending Our Reach Webinars, #3)
Date: September 26, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Eileen Barron (UT DOT), Allison Blazosky (Alamo Area MPO), Linda Alvarado-Vela (formerly with Alamo Area MPO), Anthea Thomas (Broward MPO) & Joshua Pearson (MN DOT)
Details: http://bit.ly/2Ktn87k, free
Webinar "The Near-Road Pooled Fund Study"
Date: September 30, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Doug Eisinger, Steve Brown & Kenneth Craig (Sonoma Technology Inc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2ZIOOuF, some registrants pay $95
Webinar "Unlocking the Power of Your Data to Build Consensus"
Date: October 1, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Speakers from NJ Div. of Highway Traffic Safety & Numetric
Host: Vision Zero Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2QaJAbh, free
Webinar "Contextual Guidance at Intersections for Protected Bicycle Lanes"
Date: October 8, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Chris Monsere & Nathan McNeil (Portland State University)
Host: Portland State University
Details: http://bit.ly/2RJQuSl, free
Webinar "The Walkable Campus-Mobility Options for Higher Ed"
Date: October 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Dane Eifling (City of Fayetteville & the Univ. of AR), Melinda Ickes (KY Center for Smoke-Free Policy) & Dave Sorrell (Univ, of CA-Berkeley)
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2QdIJqx, free
Webinar "If We Build It Will They Come? Estimating Demand for Biking and Walking"
Date: October 16, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2Q36mgg, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
Webinar "Understanding and Using Census Data for Tribal Transportation Programs"
Date: October 17, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Norm DeWeaver (Norm DeWeaver Consulting) & Dick Winchell (Eastern WA Univ.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2QdtT3m, free
Webinar "The Nature of Trail Aesthetics"
Date: October 24, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Troy Scott Parker (Natureshape, LLC)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2Jyu02P, $19 for members, $39 for nonmembers
Webinar "Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI): Part 2 (JEDI Strategies For Your Organization)"
Date: November 5, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Ava Holliday & Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, (The Avarna Group)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2xnTZEF, free
Webinar "Beyond the Physical: Mental and Social Benefits of Walkable Communities"
Date: November 13, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2ArvnMs, free
Webinar "Aging in Place: Designing Communities to Support Mobility"
Date: November 20, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2Q0RNtk, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
VISION ZERO: EQUITY STRATEGIES FOR PARTNERS
-> A Vision Zero Network case study considered two questions: 1) how do we ensure that the processes, strategies, and outcomes of Vision Zero serve all, particularly vulnerable and traditionally underserved populations? and 2) how do we analyze for and then mitigate or ameliorate unintended consequences of Vision Zero that may exacerbate other challenges within those communities? (Vision Zero: Equity Strategies for Partners: http://bit.ly/2QgnBQy) This case study highlights context-sensitive equity strategies to achieve traffic safety.
NACTO GUIDELINES FOR REGULATING SHARED MICROMOBILITY
-> NACTO released updated city-developed comprehensive guidance to help cities regulate and manage shared micromobility (shared bikes and scooter) companies. Developed by a steering committee of NACTO's 81 member cities and transit agencies, the updated NACTO Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility (http://bit.ly/2QwstBh) takes lessons learned from the first full year of shared scooters operating on city streets across the US, as well as city experience with dockless pedal bike and dockless e-bike programs. It describes the current state of the practice and includes best practice recommendations. http://bit.ly/2AufXXO
NACTO BLUEPRINT FOR AUTONOMOUS URBANISM, 2ND EDITION
-> NACTO released the second edition of the Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism (http://bit.ly/2QgVWPu), focusing on the near-term policies and decisions that are necessary for autonomous technologies to improve transportation outcomes, rather than lead to an overall increase in driving, greenhouse gas emissions, and diminished public space in cities. It includes concrete steps that need to be taken to ensure an equitable, people-first city such as updated transit, pricing, data and urban freight policies. http://bit.ly/2QiQdI
PBIC AUTOMATED VEHICLES UNIVERSITY COURSE MODULES
-> A new automated vehicle (AV) university course from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center provides an introduction to AV development and technology, AV interaction between pedestrians and bicyclists, and current and future planning needs. The seven-module course series can be adapted for different lesson plans, supplements existing undergraduate engineering courses, and is also relevant to planning, public health, and public policy. http://bit.ly/2K0OAsP
EVALUATION OF WALK & BICYCLE DEMAND MODELING PRACTICE
-> FHWA's Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) released the recording of a recent webinar that provided an overview of the recent report "Evaluation of Walk and Bicycle Demand Modeling Practice," written by RSG and RAND for NCHRP and AASHTO (http://bit.ly/2QfwIkp). The topics covered in the report, and summarized in the webinar include (a) a review of state-of-the art research, (b) results from an on-line survey of DOT and MPO modelers into the current and desired state-of-the-practice, (c) identification of key gaps between standard practice and the newest modeling approaches, (d) specific examples of recommended modeling approaches, and (e) key directions for future research. The presenter was Mark Bradley (RSG). https://bit.ly/2lTiQh4 (Need to download Adobe Connect app to view.)
HOW COMMUNITIES ARE USING HIAS
-> The Health Impact Project described the updated, cross-sector, interactive toolkit that shows who is using health impact assessments (HIAs)--and how they're doing it. (HIAs and Other Resources to Advance Health-Informed Decisions: http://bit.ly/2Ap1Inn) The toolkit offers a searchable collection of health impact assessments, guides, and other research to support policymakers' efforts to consider health when making decisions across sectors, such as housing, planning, and education. http://bit.ly/2Ar0Bn3
MULTI-USE PATH LEVEL OF COMFORT TOOL EXPANDS LOS CALCULATOR
-> Alta Planning + Design reported that they developed a multi-use path Level of Comfort (LOC) evaluation tool that builds on the existing FHWA Level of Service (LOS) Calculator, while incorporating additional factors that affect trail comfort and overall user experience. The LOC Tool expands conversations around Path Level of Service (LOS), which is primarily about the user demand vs. path width relationship from a bicyclist's perspective. Alta's additional LOC factors are related to user experience and can have a dramatic effect on the success or failure of a path project. In addition, the tool addresses the unique and sometimes divergent perspectives of different user groups including pedestrians, runners, slow cyclists, and fast cyclists, inclusive of additional modes such as scooters, skaters, strollers, and wheelchairs. http://bit.ly/2QiRGii
GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING INFORMAL TRAILS
-> A detailed American Trails article provides guidance for developing educational programs and plans for managing, maintaining, and improving informal trails. (i.e. those created by visitors) Management experience reveals that informal trail systems are frequently poorly designed, including "shortest distance" routing with steep grades and alignments parallel to the slope. Such routes are rarely sustainable under heavy traffic and subsequent resource degradation is often severe. Creation of multiple routes to common destinations is another frequent problem, resulting in "avoidable" impacts such as unnecessary vegetation/soil loss and fragmentation of flora/fauna habitats. This guidance helps evaluate the acceptability of informal trail impacts and the selection of the most appropriate and effective management responses. http://bit.ly/2QewbPz See the related slide presentation, "Managing Informal Trail Impacts:" http://bit.ly/2Qiqwbe.
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, March 25-27, 2020, San Antonio, TX
Deadline: October 14, 2019, http://bit.ly/2KiAjJk
-> CALL FOR PAPERS - Virtual special issue of Transportation Research Part D "Learning from the Global South: Mobility, Environmental, and Health Opportunities and Challenges to Urban Bicycling."
Deadline: January 31, 2020, request details from Guest Editor Daniel A. Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFERENCES, TRAINING, & EVENTS
For a searchable calendar of conferences, training and events in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields, go to: http://bit.ly/centerlines. To subscribe, look for the + Google Calendar button in the lower right corner. iCal users can subscribe automatically here: http://bit.ly/centerlines_ical. We will continue to list the new items here since the last issue.
ON THE HORIZON
-> September 19-20, 2019 - Transportation and Communities Summit 2019, Portland, OR
-> September 22-26, 2019 - International Conference on Ecology & Transportation (ICOET) Achieving Balance in Ecology and Transportation (California Depts of Transportation and Fish & Wildlife), Sacramento, CA
-> September 24, 2019 - 2019 National Walking Summit-Places for People (America Walks), Columbus, OH
-> September 24, 2019 - City & State's Rebuilding New York Summit, New York, NY
-> September 24-26, 2019 - 2019 NRPA Annual Conference (National Recreation and Park Association), Baltimore, MD
-> September 27-28, 2019 - 2019 Georgia Bike Summit, Atlanta, GA
-> September 28, 2019 - Bike Your Park Day
-> September 30-October 2, 2019 - How We Move: Micromobility, Macro Impact (North American Bikeshare Association Annual Conference), Indianapolis, IN
-> September 30 - October 3, 2019 - National 2019 Vanguard Conference (Next City), Sacramento, CA (Limited 40 applicants)
-> October 1-4, 2019 - 3rd International Placemaking Week (Project for Public Spaces), Chattanooga, TN
-> October 2, 2019 - Walk to School Day
-> October 3-4, 2019 - 2019 Public Health Law Summit: Data Sharing to Improve Community Health, Plymouth, MI
-> October 4-5, 2019 - 2019 Wisconsin Bike Summit, Wausau, WI
-> October 7, 2019 - 2019 Colorado Bike Summit, Denver, CO
-> October 7-10, 2019 - Walk21- XX: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
-> October 10-11, 2019 - 5th Annual Vision Zero Cities Conference (Vision Zero Network), New York, NY
-> October 15-17, 2019 - California Bike Summit, Los Angeles, CA
-> October 15-17, 2019 - All In: Data for Community Health National Meeting, Baltimore, MD
-> October 17, 2019 - Racial Justice Training Building Racial Equity Training (Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation), New York, NY
-> October 17-19, 2019 - Walk2Connect Life@3MPH Summit, Longmont, CO
-> October 21-25, 2019 - Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Conference (AMPO), Baltimore, MD
-> October 23-24, 2019 - MN Statewide Toward Zero Deaths Conference, St. Cloud, MN
-> October 24-25, 2019 - 32nd ICTCT Conference, Warsaw, Poland
-> October 24-25, 2019 - 12th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA
-> October 25-26, 2019 - Oklahoma Bike Summit, Oklahoma City, OK
-> October 29-30, 2019 - FBC 201: Placemaking with Form-Based Codes (Form-Based Codes Institute), Leesburg, VA (FBC 101: The ABCs of Form-Based Codes is a prerequisite and can be taken online: http://bit.ly/30spVog)
-> October 29-30, 2019 - Active Transportation Program 2019 Symposium (CA Transportation Commission & Caltran), West Sacramento, CA
-> October 29 - 30, 2019 - Smart Transportation for Intelligent Cities (INFONEX), Toronto, Canada
-> October 31, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA
-> November 1-3, 2019 - Walking's New Movements Conference, Plymouth, United Kingdom
-> November 2-6, 2019 - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, Philadelphia, PA
-> November 5-6, 2019 - 9th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization in Action (Transportation Research Board), Washington, DC
-> November 5-7, 2019 - 2019 Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit (Eastern Sierra Trails Coalition, NV DOT), Lake Tahoe, NV
-> November 7, 2019 - PlacesForBikes Workshop, Providence, RI
-> November 7, 2019 - Center for Transportation Studies Annual Transportation Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN
-> November 8-9, 2019 - 2019 NC BikeWalk Summit, Winston-Salem, NC
-> November 10-13, 2019 - Trafinz Conference 2019 (New Zealand Traffic Institute) Hamilton, New Zealand
-> November 12, 2019 - [British] Sixth Annual National Air Quality Conference, London, England
-> November 12-14, 2019 - 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference, Tampa, FL
-> November 12-14, 2019 - Vision Zero Summit, Helsinki, Finland
-> November 13-15, 2019 - 2nd International Conference on Resilience to Natural Hazards and Extreme Weather Events: Transportation Resilience 2019 (Transportation Research Board, Federal Highway Administration & American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), Washington, DC
-> November 13-16, 2019 - 12th International Urban Design Conference, Hobart, Australia
-> November 14, 2019 - Racial Justice Training Building Racial Equity Training (Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation), Oakland, CA
-> November 14-16, 2019 - LA CoMotion, Los Angeles, CA
-> November 16, 2019 - 2019 Suburban Active Transportation Forum (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia), Camden, NJ
-> November 18-20, 2019 - International Cycling Safety Conference, (International Cycling Safety Community), Brisbane, Australia
-> November 20-21, 2019 - First International Conference on 3D Printing and Transportation (Transportation Research Board), Washington, DC
-> November 20-23, 2019 - City Summit, San Antonio, TX
-> December 11-12, 2019 - Conference on Health and Active Transportation (Transportation Research Board), Washington, DC
-> January 12-16, 2020 - 2020 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
-> February 2-5, 2020 - Active Living Conference 2020 (Active Living Research), Orlando, FL
-> February 19-21, 2020 - Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit, Phoenix, AZ
-> March 10-11, 2020 - National Walking Summit Connecting Communities, Overcoming Barriers (America Walks), St. Louis, MO
-> March 10-13, 2020 - Transportation 2020 Conference (formally Engineering NZ Transportation Group Conference), Christchurch, New Zealand
-> March 15-17, 2020 - 2020 Lifesavers Conference, Tampa, FL
-> March 25-27, 2020 - Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, San Antonio, TX
-> April 1-4, 2020 - Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit (East Coast Greenway Alliance), Jacksonville, FL
NEW & FURTHER OUT: See http://bit.ly/centerlines for other events more than six months from now.
-> August 4-7, 2020 - Walk/Bike/Places 2020 (Project for Public Spaces), Indianapolis, IN
JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS
Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks! See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - SMART CITIES COLLBORATIVE, TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Transportation for America is now accepting applications for the third cohort of its Smart Cities Collaborative. Unlike previous years, the 2020 cohort will be divided into pilot cities and peer cities. Peer cities will learn from pilot cities, which will receive support from Transportation for America to conduct a one-month pilot using new curb management technology.
Deadline: October 7, 2019, http://bit.ly/2ApNbaX
-> RFP - RESEARCH ROADMAP FOR THE AASHTO COUNCIL ON ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
The Transportation Research Board National Cooperative Highway Research Program has issued a request for proposals to develop a research roadmap that can be used by the Council on Active Transportation to focus its efforts to foster, support, monitor, disseminate, and implement research on active transportation. The Council addresses issues related to bicycle, pedestrian, and other active transportation modes, including non-motorized access to the multi-modal network.
Deadline: October 30, 2019 by 4:30 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2AnswEf
-> JOB - MOBILITY COORDINATOR, MANATEE COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS, BRADENTON, FL
The Mobility Coordinator is a professional and technical position, responsible for work in planning and coordinating the County's non-motorized transportation programs, plans, and activities. Plans for safe, efficient, and attractive pedestrian and bicycle environment with interconnections to the transit system. Assists in preparation of multimodal transportation plan elements with emphasis on non-motorized mobility in County and regional MPO processes. Provides support to meet local, State, and Federal requirements related developing multi-modal components of grants and capital programs.
Deadline: September 30, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2AuVna2
-> JOB - COMMUNITY OUTREACH ASSISTANT, WALK SAN JOSE, SAN JOSE, CA
This is an exciting new position to spearhead Walk San Jose's community engagement efforts in support of their Vision Zero campaign. This position will be responsible for cultivating relationships with, recruiting, and providing policy and media advocacy training to community-based and other partner organizations, neighborhood associations, community service providers, and resident leaders to participate in their Vision Zero advocacy efforts. Additionally, this position will support the Walk San Jose Program Manager in communications and media advocacy in San Jose.
Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until October 2, 2019, http://bit.ly/2ADBJsx
-> JOB - NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SHARING WHEELS COMMUNITY BIKE SHOP, EVERETT, WA
Sharing Wheels was established in 2002, when they offered bike repairs at the local homeless shelter once a month. They continue to serve a diverse clientele of people who use and love bicycles. Since hiring a professional bike mechanic to run their shop location three years ago, sales of used bikes and parts have more than tripled. Now they need someone who can apply structure and strategic planning.
Deadline: Open until filled, application review begins October 1, 2019, http://bit.ly/2Aqe3HE
-> JOB - COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING COORDINATOR, BICYCLE COLORADO, DENVER, CO
This is a unique opportunity for a talented, early career communicator to join the Bicycle Colorado team and help shape their public-facing voice. The Communications and Marketing Coordinator will be the primary content creator for their external communications, including social media, weekly email communications, twice-yearly print publications, website updates, marketing collateral and more. The Communications and Marketing Coordinator will work in partnership with other members of the Bicycle Colorado team, particularly the Membership Manager, the Development Director and the leadership team.
Deadline: Position open until filled, http://bit.ly/2Qed600
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, GREATER NASHVILLE (TN) REGIONAL COUNCIL
The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) is seeking an experienced active transportation planner to join its dynamic Community and Regional Planning team. GNRC facilitates the development of regional plans for transportation, solid waste, economic development, and a growing list of additional products. At the local level, GNRC provides staffing support to county and municipal planning commissions and conducts studies or develops local comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances on a fee-for-service basis.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2AuTFWa
-> JOB - SAFETY EDUCATION SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR, NYC DOT, NEW YORK, NY
Serves as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Safety Education & Outreach, reporting directly to the Chief of Staff and responsible for: planning and coordinating back-end support for a variety of seasonal and pilot Vision Zero traffic safety education projects and services for the public trouble-shoot problems; researching traffic and pedestrian safety and related project data; creating presentations and reports in Powerpoint and Excel for use in safety education lessons, trainings, and informational sessions on educational programs and outreach strategies; working with other staff members and graphic designer to develop technology-based Vision Zero presentations for classroom-based traffic safety lessons in schools, senior centers, and other sites.
Deadline: None provided, https://on.nyc.gov/2Qir4hl
-> JOB - THRIVING COMMUNITIES ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR, SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
The Thriving Communities Administrative Coordinator will be a member of Smart Growth America's Thriving Communities Team. This person is expected to contribute to a collaborative team environment, and work closely with staff to help advance SGA's role in thought leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance. The Team is looking for a dynamic, organized, people person, who is a master multi-tasker with excellent communication skills and a "can-do" attitude.
Deadline: Applications considered on a rolling basis until position filled, http://bit.ly/2ADKwL3
-> American Planning Association Jobs Online, http://bit.ly/2BmNvFi
-> Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Career Center: http://bit.ly/1DhwE41 (members only)
-> Alta Planning + Design, http://bit.ly/1jbgjF9
-> NACTO Careers, http://bit.ly/13VnUBl
-> Lime, http://bit.ly/2Iptxmk
-> Toole Design Group, http://bit.ly/1k7DPRg
-> TRB Careers in Motion Job Center, http://bit.ly/2A5sQWQ
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