#497 Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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----- Australian Guide to Road Safety
----- Mapping Informal Footpaths to Guide Planning
----- Mobility Data Fellowship for Nonprofits
----- USDOT Interactive Map of Growth of Bikeshare/E-Scooter Systems
----- Dutch Numbered Junctions Along Bicycle Routes
----- Brussels, Belgium: Air Pollutants Drop almost 80% on Car-Free Sunday
----- London, England Car Free Day Closes 200 Streets
----- Solutions for Bug Splats Obscuring AV Sensors
----- Feds Crack Down on Crosswalk Art
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Shelby County, TN Fee for Households w/ More than 3 Cars to Fund Transit
----- LA DOTD Developing a Statewide Ped & Cyclist Count Program
----- LA DOTD: ITS Support for Ped & Cyclist Counts
----- Chelsea, MA: Systemic Improvements to Ped Crossings on Bus Routes
----- Minneapolis, MN Launches Mobility Hub Pilot
----- Providence, RI to Remove Weeks Old Two-Way Bike Lane
----- MN DOT Preparing Locals for Connected & Automated Vehicles
----- Detroit, MI: Local Bicycling and Greenways History
----- CA Speeding and Aggressive Driving Study 2019
----- Atlanta, GA $5M Plan to Make Streets Safer for Non-Drivers
----- FHWA Studies Emerging Vehicle-to-Ped Technologies
----- State-by-State Policies for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Installation
----- Urban Characteristics that Encourage Walking
----- Pedestrian Behavior & Perception of Safe & Unsafe Intersections
----- Life-Saving Benefits of Barcelona's Car Free Superblocks
----- Air Pollution Linked to Anxiety & Suicidal Thoughts in Children
----- Bicycling Research Study Design
----- Bikeway Prioritization to Increase Bike Network Connectivity
----- Recreational Exercise Higher for Active Travelers
----- Transformational Tech Impacts on Land Use & Transportation
----- FHWA Ped Safety Program & State DOT Implementation
----- Community Benefits & Lessons from an Open Streets Event
----- Complete KC DIY Guide to Neighborhood Improvements
----- Crowdsourced Route Satisfaction IDs Cycling Level of Stress
----- Transit - Transportation Network Company Partnerships
- The National Scene
- Regional Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars and Seminars
- Share What You Know
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Contact Us
THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
AUSTRALIAN GUIDE TO ROAD SAFETY
-> Australia-based Austroads released a report that examines the cost of road crashes; the duty of care of road agencies to provide safe travel; and the advantages and disadvantages of different ways of measuring road safety. Their Safe System seeks to eliminate death and serious injury on the road network and to achieve this recognizes that there are limits to the forces a human can withstand in a collision. To reduce these forces the Safe System centers around 4 cornerstones: safe roads, safe speeds, safe vehicles and safe road users. Guide to Road Safety: Part 1, Road Safety Overview: http://bit.ly/2mL8LTZ (free access after log in)
MAPPING INFORMAL FOOTPATHS TO GUIDE PLANNING
-> Place, a Thomas Reuters Foundation publication, reported that mapping informal footpaths-also known as "desire lines"-could help city planners tackle a range of urban issues stemming from depopulation and vacant land. Finnish officials looking to where people walk in parks after snow has covered official pathways to guide future planning, and several US universities are using similar strategies. At the beginning of the decade, Detroit. MI had more than 5,680 informal paths, many of them in lower-income neighborhoods. By 2016 those numbers had plummeted, with total footpath length falling by 70% in this city where a quarter of residents have no vehicle and poor access to public transit. The city could look at how residents have used these paths, to facilitate the flow of traffic and also to deal with safety challenges. http://bit.ly/2osTYxD
MOBILITY DATA FELLOWSHIP FOR NONPROFITS
-> Smart Cities Dive reported Ford's e-scooter subsidiary Spin in partnership with transportation analytics platform StreetLight Data and mobility data platform Populus, will supply select nonprofits with toolkits that include a speed gun for tracking vehicle speeds, a time lapse camera, a bike-ped counter and access to Streetlight Data and Populus' Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms. The tools will enable nonprofits to gather and monitor transportation data, and use that data to support infrastructure project proposals and goals. http://bit.ly/2mScQWy
USDOT INTERACTIVE MAP OF GROWTH OF BIKESHARE/E-SCOOTER SYSTEMS
-> The US DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) released a new interactive map showing the growth of public docked and dockless urban bikeshare/e-scooter systems. The total number of these systems has reached almost 300 serving more than 200 cities as of July 2019. BTS' interactive bikeshare and e-scooter map shows, by city, the name of the bikeshare system (docked or dockless) and/or e-scooter system serving it for every year from 2015 to 2019. For cities with a docked bikeshare system, the map can be zoomed to the locations of the docking stations at the street level. http://bit.ly/2pdl3oZ
DUTCH NUMBERED JUNCTIONS ALONG BICYCLE ROUTES
-> The Bicycle Dutch blog describes the numbered bicycle junction system in The Netherlands and in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. Small signs with just a number and an arrow along cycle routes point to the numbered junctions, sometimes called nodes. The numbered junctions are the points where the routes in this recreational cycle network intersect. By numbering them and by placing signs directing to these numbered junctions from every direction in the routes, you can create your own cycle route in the most flexible way possible. The routes are not always on separate cycleways, but they do try to follow roads with only very limited motor traffic. http://bit.ly/2oofX9g
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: AIR POLLUTANTS DROP ALMOST 80% ON CAR-FREE SUNDAY
-> The European Cyclists' Federation reported air pollutants dropped by almost 80% on Car-Free Sunday in Brussels, Belgium. Brussels celebrated the car-free day by closing all of its 19 municipalities to private motor vehicles. Buses and taxis were limited to 30 km/h. Usually, road traffic is the main cause of pollution in Brussels. On Car Free Sunday, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and diesel soot, the main pollutants caused by car traffic, dropped by 70 to 80% in just one day. http://bit.ly/2nB9cRv
LONDON, ENGLAND CAR FREE DAY CLOSES 200 STREETS
-> AirQualityNews.com reported London, England hosted its largest ever Car Free Day recently. With events across the city in 18 Boroughs, the city closed over 200 streets, totaling over 20km (12.4 miles) of road closures in central London. http://bit.ly/2nAi4Xy
SOLUTIONS FOR BUG SPLATS OBSCURING AV SENSORS
-> Popular Mechanics reported that Ford has engineered a two-part solution to bug splats obscuring the crucial view on AV (autonomous vehicle) sensors that direct vehicle movement. High-velocity air nozzles push bugs away, a sensor cleaning system cleans any bug splat that is not blown away, as well as dust and snow, and a burst of high velocity air quickly dries the sensor. http://bit.ly/2p719Ml
FEDS CRACK DOWN ON CROSSWALK ART
-> Streetsblog USA reported the federal government is continuing to crack down on crosswalk art and colorfully painted intersections without hard evidence that the street designs is adversely affecting traffic. Critics charge the government has never done a single study to prove its point while pointing to fewer crashes and traffic calmed streets where cities have painted colorful street art and crosswalks. http://bit.ly/2mRXgKv
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
SHELBY COUNTY, TN FEE FOR HOUSEHOLDS W/ MORE THAN 3 CARS TO FUND TRANSIT
-> Smart Cities Dive reported that the mayor of Shelby County, TN (Memphis area) proposes an annual "sustainability fee" of $145 for households with 3 or more cars. While the mayor has received support for this proposal - which is intended to raise millions for the Memphis Area Transit Authority - it still faces some opposition from homeowners and business owners. The county estimates the fee - which will affect 17% of households - would raise $9 million each year to help expand transit service. The plan is designed to address a number of problems including a lack of access to transit, a lack of access to jobs via transit, traffic congestion and vehicle emissions. The Shelby County Commission is expected to vote on the measure by late February, following a public hearing and comment period. http://bit.ly/2ompvBC
LA DOTD DEVELOPING A STATEWIDE PED & CYCLIST COUNT PROGRAM
-> To inform its development of a statewide pedestrian and bicyclist count program, the Louisiana DOTD researched best practices and available methods and technologies for measuring active transportation. They found incremental development of systematic active transportation monitoring, in coordination with existing traffic monitoring activities and in cooperation with local and regional agencies, is feasible and scalable (geographically and fiscally) using a combination of traditional and emerging technologies. They concluded that significant expansion of long-duration count data is critical to all efforts to holistically evaluate safety impacts at the project level, and an area where state leadership and investment will have the greatest impact. Pedestrians and Bicyclists Count: Developing a Statewide Multimodal Count Program: http://bit.ly/2p4AaB6
LA DOTD: ITS SUPPORT FOR PED & CYCLIST COUNTS
-> See also LA DOTD's algorithm for counting pedestrians and cyclists: ITS Support for Pedestrians and Bicyclists Count: Developing a Statewide Multimodal Count Program (http://bit.ly/2oj2gsb) The agency validated the accuracy of the algorithm in this study using manual counts of pedestrians and cyclists from video data. Despite the poor results (accuracy rates between 29-91% for pedestrians and 0-60% for cyclists), researchers thoroughly evaluated and documented the algorithm's efficacy. Some of the specific challenges faced in this study involved maintaining accurate viewpoint angles as well as conducting object detection in high-density environments and complicated scenes.
CHELSEA, MA: SYSTEMIC IMPROVEMENTS TO PED CROSSINGS ON BUS ROUTES
-> FHWA's EDC News reported as part of its effort to integrate pedestrian safety countermeasures into MA policies, plans, and projects, MA DOT is looking at ways to make systemic improvements to pedestrian crossings along bus routes, beginning in the City of Chelsea. As part of a pedestrian safety study, Chelsea inventoried pedestrian accommodations at bus stops. Looking at the highest volume stops, MA DOT compared pedestrian-related crashes and the physical conditions of the stops and then conducted road safety audits for Chelsea's bus corridor to identify potential pedestrian crossing improvements, bus stop improvements, and roadway changes to reduce pedestrian-vehicle conflicts. http://bit.ly/2pfZOD9
MINNEAPOLIS, MN LAUNCHES MOBILITY HUB PILOT
-> Smart Cities Dive reported that Minneapolis, MN recently launched a 3-month pilot of its first "mobility hubs," spaces where citizens can access transit and other forms of non-vehicular transportation such as shared bikes and e-scooters. The hubs are intended to increase convenient access to low- or no-carbon transportation options, especially first mile/last mile options, which could cut down on automobile trips. The hubs include a bus stop, bench, designated bike-share and e-scooter parking and way-finding signage with travel times to points of interest. http://bit.ly/2mU2RQI
PROVIDENCE, RI TO REMOVE WEEKS OLD TWO-WAY BIKE LANE
-> WJAR-TV, Providence, RI reported just weeks after being installed, a two-way bike lane will be removed. Local residents complained that the bike lane made the rest of the road too narrow. Some also said cars would not have anywhere to move over if an ambulance had to get through traffic. The two-way bike lane was part of the city's Great Streets Initiative to add 60 miles of bike lanes. The installation of the bike lane cost the city about $63,000. It will cost $64,000 to remove it. http://bit.ly/2nIN8Ef, see the brief video news segment.
MN DOT: PREPARING LOCALS FOR CONNECTED & AUTOMATED VEHICLES
-> A report from the MN DOT report discusses the complex connected/automated vehicle (CAV) ecosystem and its background, potential CAV applications, types of communication and hardware required for CAV systems, and recommendations to local road owners. How Locals Need to Prepare for the Future of V2V/V2I Connected Vehicles: http://bit.ly/2mJK0HP
DETROIT, MI: LOCAL BICYCLING AND GREENWAYS HISTORY
-> The Detroit Greenways Coalition reported they worked with Gwen Gell from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to create a report that highlights the change in greenways overtime in an effort to illustrate the story of non-motorized transportation in the City of Detroit. (The Legacy of Bicycles in Detroit Michigan: A Look at Greenways through Time: http://bit.ly/2mP16UR) The term "greenways" here also includes bicycle infrastructure on roadways.
CA SPEEDING AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING STUDY 2019
-> UC Berkeley SafeTREC released a report that describes the analysis of the second wave of a statewide California Public Opinion Survey on drivers' perceptions and behaviors related to speeding and aggressive driving. (California Speeding and Aggressive Driving Study 2019: http://bit.ly/2peNZx4) Nearly one-third of respondents have seen a crash caused by speeding drivers in the past 12 months, nearly one-quarter have driven 10 miles per hour over the speed limit on residential roads, and one-third have witnessed a crash involving aggressive driving behavior. http://bit.ly/2nz1ebw
ATLANTA, GA $5M PLAN TO MAKE STREETS SAFER FOR NON-DRIVERS
-> Curbed Atlanta reported the mayor of Atlanta, GA unveiled a $5 million plan to make 20 miles of in town streets more accommodating and safer for non-drivers. This project will triple the amount of protected bike lanes within city limits before the end of 2021. The project aims to put 20 high-traffic-and oftentimes, dangerous-city corridors through "rapid implementation changes to improve safety for people who walk, drive, take transit, or ride a bike or e-scooter. http://bit.ly/2pknLt5
THE RESEARCH BEAT
FHWA STUDIES EMERGING VEHICLE-TO-PED TECHNOLOGIES
-> The FHWA Safety Compass Newsletter reported US DOT has developed a Pedestrian Technology Test Bed at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA, to test available technologies that could to mitigate conflicts between connected vehicles (CVs) and pedestrians; and assess their market readiness and real-world implementation. The vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) component of the CV research program addresses safety issues that arise between vulnerable users and these vehicles. This research will assess a variety of market-ready V2P systems and document their safety effectiveness. The results of this research will be published in early fall 2019. http://bit.ly/2nDl0lW (pages 9-10)
STATE-BY-STATE POLICIES FOR PED HYBRID BEACON INSTALLATION
-> The IL Center for Transportation examined current policies throughout the US for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) installation and found PHB policies are not uniform. This study compiled laws applicable to dark signals and standards, practices, and transportation department concerns regarding PHBs in each state. (PHBs rest in a dark condition and the clear intent of MUTCD guidance is that drivers proceed through PHBs in this dark condition.) Researchers concluded PHBs are a widely used device that still pose substantial concerns due primarily to their unique nature. Current Policies throughout the Nation for Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) Installation: http://bit.ly/2opqQHW
URBAN CHARACTERISTICS THAT ENCOURAGE WALKING
-> The Barcelona Institute for Global Health reported that a study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal describes the urban characteristics that encourage people to choose walking for travel, instead of a motorized vehicle. (Correlates of Walking for Travel in Seven European Cities: The PASTA Project: http://bit.ly/2nJ72iC) The study is part of the PASTA (Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches) project and was performed with data from 7,875 adults from 7 European cities. This is the first study to address not only the built environment at the residence, but also that of the workplace or study place. The results show that people that walk the most are those that live in areas with good public transport service and a higher density of households, services and installations. http://bit.ly/2nIlt6v
PEDESTRIAN BEHAVIOR & PERCEPTION OF SAFE & UNSAFE INTERSECTIONS
-> A study to be published in Accident Analysis & Prevention investigated if the pedestrian signal violation is a good surrogate for fatal pedestrian crashes at signalized intersections, and if so, what behavioral, spatial, and built environment related factors influence such violations. Researchers found that pedestrians' signal violations behavior and dissatisfaction are statistically significantly higher at locations with recorded fatal pedestrian crashes. A Comparative Study of Safe and Unsafe Signalized Intersections from the View Point of Pedestrian Behavior and Perception: http://bit.ly/2pcOYOi
LIFE-SAVING BENEFITS OF BARCELONA'S CAR FREE SUPERBLOCKS
-> CityLab reported a new study estimates that a citywide plan in Barcelona, Spain to limit cars and capture nearly 70% of street space for bicyclists and pedestrians could save 667 lives per year. Initial resistance to the city's first superblock (closing off a 3-block square to vehicle traffic) faded as residents appreciated the nearly doubled amount of space they had to walk, play, and socialize. The city has installed 5 more super blocks, and has plans for nearly 500 more. A new study published in the journal Environment International offers some new evidence that superblocks can deliver vast improvements in urban health and prevent deaths. (Changing the Urban Design of Cities for Health: The Superblock Model: http://bit.ly/2nHE4PZ)
AIR POLLUTION LINKED TO ANXIETY & SUICIDAL THOUGHTS IN CHILDREN
-> CNN reported air pollution may be associated with increased mental health disorders like anxiety and depression in children. A study, published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, found that short-term exposure to high ambient air pollution corresponded with a rise in visits to the children's psychiatric emergency department. (Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Department Utilization and Fine Particulate Matter: A Case-Crossover Study: http://bit.ly/2nC1yX3) The study focused on fine particulate matter known as PM2.5. Researchers found that whenever there were increases in PM2.5, there would be more psychiatric visits within the following few days. They also found that children in disadvantaged areas, of lower socioeconomic class or less access to healthcare, were more vulnerable to the psychiatric effects of pollution spikes -- particularly the disorders of anxiety and suicidal thoughts. https://cnn.it/2nkcXKc
BICYCLING RESEARCH STUDY DESIGN
-> A study to be published in the Journal of Transport & Health compared cross-sectional and longitudinal approaches to collecting bicycling behavior data. Researchers found that measuring bicycling once resulted in a larger sample with better representation of sociodemographic groups, but different estimates of long-term bicycling behavior. Impacts of Study Design on Sample Size, Participation Bias, and Outcome Measurement: A Case Study from Bicycling Research: http://bit.ly/2mRTeSw
BIKEWAY PRIORITIZATION TO INCREASE BIKE NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
-> A paper to be published in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice introduces a systematic planning analytics aiming to increase bicycle connectivity and bicycle-transit connection with minimized impacts on motor vehicles and cost. To reduce conflict potentials due to multiple factors involved in decision making choices between stakeholders, researchers applied a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) technique to compare alternatives based on a set of performance evaluation criteria such as bicycling connectivity between origins and destinations, bike share connectivity to destinations, bicycle-transit service coverage population, bike share connectivity to transit, automobile traffic delay, and capital costs. Bikeway Prioritization to Increase Bicycle Network Connectivity and Bicycle-Transit Connection: A Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Approach: http://bit.ly/2orLAhT
RECREATIONAL EXERCISE HIGHER FOR ACTIVE TRAVELERS
-> The State Smart Transportation Initiative reported new research in the Journal of Transport and Health investigates whether people who spend more time walking and biking daily to work and errands in the U.S. and the Netherlands spend less time exercising overall. (Does Walking and Bicycling More Mean Exercising Less?: http://bit.ly/2nuxblf) Evidence from the U.S. and the Netherlands: The study findings indicate the opposite-the likelihood of recreational exercise is actually higher, rather than lower, for people participating in active travel. In other words, active travel adds to overall daily physical activity, rather than substituting for other exercise. http://bit.ly/2pfhdvT
QUOTES R US
"You want to have your problem and solution match. The solution here is to get those who probably contribute to traffic congestion to contribute to the solution... The folks who are probably doing their fair share of getting around and creating emissions and traffic congestion, let's try to get them to help the folks who can't get around at all right now."
--Shelby County, TN Mayor Lee Harris commenting in his proposal to charge an annual "sustainability fee" of $145 for households with 3 or more cars to help fund expanded transit service. http://bit.ly/2ompvBC [See Local and Regional Actions section for more details.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
MAP PREDICTS WHEN FALL FOLIAGE WILL PEAK THRUOUT THE US
Travel + Leisure reported the US 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map (http://bit.ly/2pbJGma), put out annually by smokymountains.com, will help you figure out when the changing leaves are patchy at best, have peaked, or are past peak. The map was created by analyzing millions of data points, according to its creators, and put together county-by-county. On the Map page, see also details of average US temperatures since 1900, the science of why leaves change color, and other leaf changing/falling details. http://bit.ly/2p7EBes.)
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 "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 "Principles for Modern Federal Transportation Policy"
Date: October 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: Transportation for America
Details: http://bit.ly/2pgZynz, free
Webinar "Regional Planning and Health: How MPOs Are Using Regional Transportation Planning to Advance Health"
Date: October 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Grace Cho (Metro Portland, OR), Wade Reynolds & Michele Ogilvie (Plan Hillsborough,FL) & Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes Partnership)
Host: Safe Routes Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2nJkOSj, free
Webinar "Legal Issues Regarding NEPA Assignment for Federal Transportation Programs"
Date: October 9, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Richard O'Connell (TX DOT), William Malley (Perkins Cole LLP) & Sean Lynch (AK Dept. of Law)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2p41MX2, some registrants pay $95
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 "Transportation Planning Innovations and Health: How MPOs Are Combining Core Skills and Creativity to Advance Health"
Date: October 17, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Marco Gorini (DE Valley Regional Planning Comm), Anita Au (Southern CA Assoc. of Governments), Kate Moening (NE OH Areawide Coordinating Agency) & Sara Zimmerman (Safe Routes Partnership)
Host: Safe Routes Partnership
Details: http://bit.ly/2nKgu5k, free
Webinar "Automated Pavement Condition Surveys"
Date: October 21, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Linda Pierce (NCE)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2p4dssQ, some registrants pay $95
Webinar "The Future of Street Design"
Date: October 22, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Ed Krafcik (Soofa), Geeti Silwal (Perkins & Will) & Anna Muessig (Gehl)
Host: Meeting of the Minds
Details: http://bit.ly/2pd6hyK, free
Webinar "Moving Beyond 'Accommodating' - Integrated Multi-Modal Analysis in HCM6"
Date: October 23, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Aaron Elias & Paul Ryus (Kittelson & Assoc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2nFp5pV, some registrants pay $95
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 "Addressing Ableism in Your Built Environment"
Date: October 29, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Karin Korb (Lakeshore Foundation), Candace Cable, Wendy Lu, Vincent A. Robinson, Sr.
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2o1b7i0, free
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
TRANSFORMATIONAL TECH IMPACTS ON LAND USE & TRANSPORTATION
-> A pre-publication draft of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report identifies a wide variety of potential transformational technology impacts on travel, land use and planning projects. Transformational technologies include wireless telecommunications, shared vehicles, connected vehicles, fully autonomous vehicles, alternative-fuel vehicles, smart cities and communities, big data analytics, internet-of-things, as well as UAVs or drones, and 3-D printing among others. Foreseeing the Impact of Transformational Technologies on Land Use and Transportation: http://bit.ly/2p49two
FHWA PED SAFETY PROGRAM & STATE DOT IMPLEMENTATION
-> The FHWA Safety Compass Newsletter reported as part of its Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program, they have been working with 22 state DOTs to help them develop action plans to improve pedestrian safety at uncontrolled locations. See the article for a list of state DOT best practice summaries. http://bit.ly/2nDl0lW (pages 7-8)
FHWA also reported it assessed how well state DOT design manuals include pedestrian crossing features (e.g., refuge islands or raised crosswalks). Most of these manuals either missed guidance related to 1 or more recommended STEP countermeasures or included out-of-date design guidance. The WA State DOT Design Manual (http://bit.ly/2ok3Qda) is 1 of the strongest pedestrian-safety State DOT design manuals because of its emphasis on pedestrian safety countermeasures.
The 2017 State of New Jersey Complete Streets Design Guide (http://bit.ly/2wDsE1A) also stood out as exemplary. It includes a toolbox with pedestrian safety improvements tailored to meet multimodal and community needs.
COMMUNITY BENEFITS & LESSONS FROM AN OPEN STREETS EVENT
-> A Mineta Transportation Institute report evaluated the effect of an open streets event on San Jose, CA. (Several miles of city streets were closed to automobile traffic and opened to pedestrians and cyclists for part of a Sunday.) The research was designed to assess the success of the event, guide planning for future open streets events, and inform potential funders and community partners about the benefits of such events. Researchers found participants were resoundingly positive about their experience: the event brought people together from across the city, inspired a sense of community and civic pride, and the majority of participants benefited from at least one hour of physical activity. Most local businesses and residents viewed the event positively, and many food and beverage outlets appeared to benefit from increased patronage during the event. However, some shopkeepers along the event route and residents in surrounding neighborhoods were not aware of the event in the weeks prior to it happening or did not have a clear understanding of how it might impact them. Community Benefits and Lessons for Local Engagement in a California Open Streets Event: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Viva CalleSJ 2018: http://bit.ly/2pe8VUX
COMPLETE KC DIY GUIDE TO NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENTS
-> Bike Walk KC published its new Complete KC DIY Guide to help readers interested in seeing improvements to the sidewalks, green spaces, and rates of speeding cars in their community. The Guide helps navigate the myriad departments, forms, and requirements necessary to implement changes to the streetscape in your neighborhood. http://bit.ly/2omewIh
CROWDSOURCED ROUTE SATISFACTION IDS CYCLING LEVEL OF STRESS
-> A report from the Mineta Transportation Institute examines bicyclists' levels of traffic stress (LTS) in Portland, OR and Austin, TX-the former has a well-developed bicycling infrastructure while the latter has a more moderately developed one. In both cities, LTS outcomes differed depending on the LTS classification method used, and even when classified using the same method, LTS outcomes differed depending on the source of the data used. Associations between LTS classifications and continuously-scaled user satisfaction data from the crowdsourcing mobile app Ride Report suggested that LTS levels represented a fairly linear scale, though differences in average Ride Report scores between successive LTS levels were rarely large. Evaluating Alternative Measures of Bicycling Level of Traffic Stress Using Crowdsourced Route Satisfaction Data: http://bit.ly/2nuH8iD
TRANSIT - TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANY PARTNERSHIPS
-> A Transportation Research Board investigation of active and inactive partnerships between transit agencies and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) reports data and information requirements of both transit agencies and TNCs; the various benefits and outcomes that transit agencies, communities, and customers have pursued through partnerships; and the challenges faced by transit agencies in developing partnerships with TNCs. The report's Partnership Playbook (http://bit.ly/2npYZqV) offers a brief, 5-step plan to help the transit industry be more deliberate in its approach to working with TNCs. Partnerships Between Transit Agencies and Transportation Network Companies (TNCs): http://bit.ly/2paKDv1
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 ABSTRACTS - 17th National Tools of the Trade Transportation Planning Conference [for planning, development, and implementation of multimodal transportation for small- and medium-sized communities], (Transportation Research Board), August 26-28, 2020, Boise, ID
Deadline: October 14, 2019, http://bit.ly/2nBGAHB
-> REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - 21st National Bike Summit (League of American Bicyclists), March 15-17, 2020, Arlington, VA & Washington, DC
Deadline: October 23, 2019, http://bit.ly/2mPSM7a
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Velo-city 2020, June 2-5, 2020, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Deadline: November 9, 2019, http://bit.ly/2nB8QdC
-> 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, email@example.com
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
-> 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, 2019 - Nebraska Bike Walk Summit (Bike Walk Nebraska), Lincoln, NE
-> October 17-18, 2019 - EcoMobility Days 2019 (ICLEI & AUTONOMY) Paris, France
-> 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, 2019 - Transportation Policy Conference (Idaho Walk Bike Alliance), Boise, ID
-> 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, 2019 - Melbourne Bike Share: A Post Mortem & Exploration of the Future for Two-Wheeled Shared Transport (Institute for Sensible Transport) Melbourne, Australia
-> 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 15-17, 2020 - 21st National Bike Summit (League of American Bicyclists), Arlington, VA & Washington, DC
-> 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.
-> July 12-15, 2020 - Transportation, Environment, and Energy: An Integrated Research Symposium (Transportation Research Board), Denver, CO
-> August 4-7, 2020 - Walk/Bike/Places 2020 (Project for Public Spaces), Indianapolis, IN
-> August 26-28, 2020 - 17th National Tools of the Trade Transportation Planning Conference [for planning, development, and implementation of multimodal transportation for small- and medium-sized communities], (Transportation Research Board) Boise, ID
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.
-> JOB - BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II, FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA
The Active Transportation Team, Capital Projects and Traffic Engineering Division of the Fairfax County DOT seeks a Transportation planner to join the team. Supports the development, design, review and management of a diverse range of active transportation projects, plans, feasibility studies and programs, addressing the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, bike share users, scooter riders, transit riders, and people with disabilities. Fosters collaborative working relationships with local and regional stakeholders to advance bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning and implementation of projects.
Deadline: October 4 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2nuhk6d
-> JOB - ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR, CITY OF LAS CRUCES, NM
Plan, organize, coordinate, and manage, programs and activities for active transportation (bicycle, pedestrian, transit linkages) to administer the execution of the Active Transportation Plan and lead various related initiatives. Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues.
Deadline: November 4, 2019 by 11:59 pm MT, http://bit.ly/2piKNR4
-> JOB - SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
Penn State Transportation Services seeks a full-time Sustainable Transportation Program Assistant. The Sustainable Transportation Program is committed to the promotion of transportation options that help to reduce traditional single occupancy vehicle travel while also maintaining a safe shared space for all. Additionally, this program promotes healthy active transportation as well as Penn State’s overall goals of reducing the campus’ environmental impact such as through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The primary sustainable transportation programs being supported by this position include biking, car share, transit, ride share, and pedestrian safety. This position’s specific duties will include: best practice benchmarking with peer institutions, support for Bicycle Friendly America application, assist with the creation and implementation of a more robust carpool and ridesharing program, bike rack checks, bike counts, bike infrastructure planning support, and bike education workshops.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2nAcGDL
-> JOB - SENIOR PLANNER - BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN, HOUSTON-GALVESTON, TX AREA COUNCIL
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) seeks a Senior Planner to join the Bicycle-Pedestrian team. Creating multimodal transportation options and providing connections for pedestrians and bicyclists are core elements in H-GAC’s Transportation programs. The Senior Planner coordinates programs and projects that improve mobility and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the region.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2nKP1QQ
-> JOB - BIKE & PEDESTRIAN PROGRAMS ASSISTANT COORDINATOR, EZ RIDE, WOOD RIDGE, NJ
The Bike & Pedestrian Programs Assistant Coordinator will be responsible to help their Bike & Ped team carry out the grant responsibilities and promote/implement Safe Routes to School, Highway Traffic Safety, NJ Healthy Communities Network, and Street Smart NJ programs in 5 NJ counties – Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Union and Monmouth.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2nytTgU
-> 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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