#498 Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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----- T4A New Accountable Guiding Principles for Transportation Investment
----- Benefits of Public Investment in Walking & Biking Connectivity
----- AAA: Ped Detection Systems Don't Work When Needed Most
----- Problems w/ New Tesla Feature that Summons Empty Car to You
----- NYT Op-Ed: Cars Are Death Machines. Self-Driving Tech Won't Change That.
----- NACTO: Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism, 2nd ed.
----- Why are People Driving Killing More & More People on Foot?
----- Videos: Safety Issues Women Face Using Transportation
----- Stirling, Scotland: Free School Bike Share Program
----- Amsterdam, The Netherlands Considers More Car-Free Streets
----- Norway: New Art Museum is also a Twisting Bridge Above a River
----- Research on Edge Lane Roads (ABLs) Seeks International Examples
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- San Francisco, CA Proposed New Office of Emerging Technology
----- New York City Bans Cars on Major Route, Creates Busway
----- Pittsburgh, PA Data Protected Bike Lanes Project
----- Value of Philadelphia, PA Advocacy Noted in Vision Zero Y2 Report
----- Clearwater, FL Neighborhood Sidewalk Rain Art Program
----- Oak Park, MI Transformation via Placemaking, Complete Street & Linear Greeenway
----- APHA Case Studies Use Online Transportation and Health Tool
----- E Central WI: Planning with a Public Health Focus
----- MN DOT & MN Dept of Heath Partnership
----- New London, CT Expanding Bicycle Routes
----- NHTSA Describes Crash Investigation Sampling System
----- International Road Safety Annual Report
----- Australian Cycling Participation 2019
----- US Federal Data Finds Bike Commuting Down in Places, Up in Others
----- New Sustainable Mobility Database: Brazil, China, India & Mexico
----- How Brazilian Cities Regulate E-scooters
----- Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit
----- FHWA Updated Bike & Ped Guidance
----- Guide: Mapping Hyperlocal Air Pollution to Drive Clean Air Action
----- NACTO GIF: How to Use Limited Street Space
----- Bicycle Delivery Safety Tips
----- Interactive US Bike Share & E-Scooter Map
----- Guide to Implementing Play Streets in Rural Communities
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
T4A NEW ACCOUNTABLE GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT
-> Transportation for America (T4A) announced three new guiding principles for transportation investment that are concrete, measurable, and have outcomes. Taxpayers should be able to expect these specifics of our federal transportation program that spends tens of billions of dollars annually. These principles and outcomes paint a vision of a safer, more equitable, and more accessible transportation system for the country: 1) Prioritize maintenance by dedicating formula highway funds to maintenance; 2) design for safety over speed; 3) connect people to jobs and services rather than focus on speed. http://bit.ly/31fcyY5
BENEFITS OF PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN WALKING & BIKING CONNECTIVITY
-> Rails-to-Trails Conservancy released a report that reveal the potential annual return on investment of connected active-transportation infrastructure could be over $73 billion in a modest scenario and over $138 billion in a substantial scenario. (Active Transportation Transforms America: The Case for Increased Public Investment in Walking and Biking Connectivity: http://bit.ly/35xH82t) This report shows that these facilities provide an incredible return on investment in the form of benefits that enable more users to connect to their destinations by walking or biking; improve people's health and reduce the cost of health care; reduce greenhouse gases and oil dependence; and encourage economic investment in our communities. http://bit.ly/35GdcB1
AAA: PED DETECTION SYSTEMS DONÕT WORK WHEN NEEDED MOST
-> AAA reported their research found that vehicles with automatic emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection perform inconsistently, and proved to be completely ineffective at night. (Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection: http://bit.ly/2pn9dsI) An alarming result, considering 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. The systems were also challenged by real-world situations, like a vehicle turning right into the path of an adult. AAA's testing found that in this simulated scenario, the systems did not react at all, colliding with the adult pedestrian target every time. For the safety of everyone on the road, AAA supports the continued development of pedestrian detection systems, specifically when it comes to improving functionality at night and in circumstances where drivers are most likely to encounter pedestrians. http://bit.ly/32ixH4G
PROBLEMS W/ NEW TESLA FEATURE THAT SUMMONS EMPTY CAR TO YOU
-> An ARS Technica article described a reporter's experience in watching over 100 Tesla Smart Summon videos and what he learned. In late September, Tesla released a major software update that included its new Smart Summon feature. A customer can summon their car from across a parking lot with no one inside-though the owner is expected to continuously monitor the car from outside. Smart Summon worked well enough for most owners, but a fair number of them experienced problems: one had his cousin walk in front of his Tesla car as it turned out of a parking spot. The car got uncomfortably close to his cousin before he halted the test. Tesla cars don't seem to understand the physical environment around them. See the video examples and the full article: http://bit.ly/32hoGJk
NYT OP-ED: CARS ARE DEATH MACHINES. SELF-DRIVING TECH WON'T CHANGE THAT.
-> In a New York Times op-ed, columnist Alison Arieff recognized that cars are death machines and self-driving tech won't change that. Frustrated by the lack of change from crash statistics alone, she conducted an experiment on Twitter, asking people to share her tweet if a car had hit them, or anyone they knew. It was shared thousands of times and more than 500 people shared stories of being hit, losing family and friends, and sustaining injuries that impact their daily lives. Many say that autonomous or smart cars will solve this. But if keeping people safe means putting the responsibility on them--or worse, criminalizing walking and biking--we need to think twice about the technology we're developing. https://nyti.ms/35xe5Mi
NACTO: BLUEPRINT FOR AUTONOMOUS URBANISM, 2ND ED.
-> NACTO observed a human-focused autonomous future won't materialize on its own. Cities need to make decisions today to ensure autonomous technologies improve outcomes in our communities, rather than perpetuate harm. NACTO's newest edition of the Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism (http://bit.ly/2QgVWPu) focuses on four key policy areas--transit, freight, pricing, and data--that will help cities form the bedrock of a sustainable, people-focused future. With a fully-autonomous age on the horizon, cities must work rapidly to change their streets before yesterday's values become enshrined in tomorrow's concrete. http://bit.ly/2MINBPr
WHY ARE PEOPLE DRIVING KILLING MORE & MORE PEOPLE ON FOOT?
-> In a long read article, The Guardian considered that for drivers, roads are safer than ever--but for people on foot, they are getting deadlier. Car companies and Silicon Valley claim that they have the solution. In almost every country in the world, regardless of national prosperity, it remains on average more dangerous, per mile of travel, to be a pedestrian than to be a car driver or passenger. Much of our discourse around cars, self-driving or otherwise, is less about transforming the status quo than maintaining it. http://bit.ly/35ziu1f
VIDEOS: SAFETY ISSUES WOMEN FACE USING TRANSPORTATION
-> The Transportation Research Board announced videos are available of the themes of the 6th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation: Insights, Inclusion, and Impact: Framing the Future for Women in Transportation. Women's safety and security when using transportation is a global concern. In these videos, leaders from around the world discuss government programs and campaigns keeping women safe and secure while in transit. The first video is a five-minute summary, and the second is a 27-minute exploration of the issues women face when using transportation. http://bit.ly/2ITchUn
STIRLING, SCOTLAND: FREE SCHOOL BIKE SHARE PROGRAM
-> BBC News reported nextbike launched a free school bike share program in Stirling, Scotland that will give teenagers over 14 years old easy access to bike share and hopefully instill active travel habits. Nextbike dropped its normal policy that only those over 18 years old can take out membership, and membership will be free for students for the first 12 months. This bike share program is the first ever in the United Kingdom for students. https://bbc.in/2Mkki6Y
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS CONSIDERS MORE CAR-FREE STREETS
-> CityLab reported that private cars in Amsterdam, The Netherlands take a back seat to bicycles. Roughly two-thirds of urban journeys in the Dutch capital take place on two wheels, and only 19% of citizens use cars every day. Still, there are a lot of cars left in the city, and they're causing tension for everyone else. In an effort to ease the clash of mobility modes and achieve its ultimate goal of becoming a "car-free city," a member of the municipal legislature recently announced several new measures to make it harder for motorists to use at least 10 central streets as through-routes, using one-way systems, roadway narrowing, and barriers. To further encourage drivers to give up their keys, the city also announced plans to open the Amsterdam Metro all night on weekends starting in 2021, and to make all weekend transit free for children under 12. Meanwhile, City Hall is already mulling a more sweeping plan--not just to restrict through-traffic, but to ban it altogether. http://bit.ly/2MOGtAT
NORWAY: NEW ART MUSEUM IS ALSO A TWISTING BRIDGE ABOVE A RIVER
-> AFAR reported a new art museum in Jevnaker, Norway (about an hour north of Oslo) is also a 200-foot long pedestrian bridge over the Randselva River. The Twist, a striking new art museum is equal parts inhabitable sculpture and innovative exhibition space. http://bit.ly/2MfrWzn
RESEARCH ON EDGE LANE ROADS (ABLS) SEEKS INTERNATIONAL EXAMPLES
-> Research on edge lane roads, also known as Advisory Bike Lanes or Advisory Shoulders, is evaluating their possible use on low-volume roads with speeds above 35 MPH/60 kph. The effort is looking for domestic or international examples of these roads or equivalent one-lane roads supporting two-way traffic. Send examples to Michael Williams at email@example.com. For more information on the Rural ABL Project go to http://bit.ly/2JwvytW.
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
SAN FRANCISCO, CA PROPOSED NEW OFFICE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
-> Engadget reported San Francisco, CA may open a new office to prevent "reckless" tech rollouts. The proposal would establish an Office of Emerging Technology that could rein in the more disruptive impulses of tech firms. It would help companies obtain permits and licenses from appropriate departments, but it would also gauge the potential effects of a rollout and shut down projects that could harm privacy, safety, and security. It would likewise keep a watch out for the impact of automation on workers. Matching legislation, meanwhile, would let the office recommend fines for those companies that ignore the permit process. https://engt.co/2ppB3Eo
NEW YORK CITY BANS CARS ON MAJOR ROUTE, CREATES BUSWAY
-> The New York Times reported that earlier this month cars, including taxis and Ubers, can no longer use 14th Street, a major crosstown route that had carried 21,000 vehicles a day. The closure is meant to speed up public buses along this major east-west route. This new busway delighted long frustrated bus riders and transit advocates, but left many drivers and local businesses fuming that the city had gone too far. It was New York's most ambitious stand yet against cars since the first pedestrian plazas were carved out of asphalt more than a decade ago. Drivers are allowed onto 14th Street only to make deliveries and pick up and drop off passengers from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. They can travel just a block or two before they have to turn right off the street. No left turns are allowed. https://nyti.ms/2ONlK3g
PITTSBURGH, PA DATA PROTECTED BIKE LANES PROJECT
-> Bike Pittsburgh reported that today, October 16, they plan, in collaboration with the How's My Driving app, to host the Data Protected Bike Lanes Project, a day of collective action to help determine the size and scope of bike lanes blocked by parked vehicles in Pittsburgh, PA. They planned to have at least 50 volunteers monitor the assigned bike lanes in Downtown, the Northside, and/or Oakland during the morning (7-9am), lunch (12-1pm), and/or evening (4-6pm). http://bit.ly/2qiV548
VALUE OF PHILADELPHIA, PA ADVOCACY NOTED IN VISION ZERO Y2 REPORT
-> The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) reported the City of Philadelphia, PA released its 2-year Vision Zero update recently, noting the wins and shortfalls of its effort to bring all traffic deaths down to zero by 2030. (Vision Zero: Year Two Update 2019: http://bit.ly/2VMOH0s) From the viewpoint of BCGP, there are 4 main takeaways: 1) Traffic deaths were up during this second year; 2) The City created a Neighborhood Slow Zone program in 2019, and via a transparent process, selected two neighborhoods in which to implement it; 3) Roosevelt Boulevard, the most dangerous roadway in the city, will get speed cameras installed; 4) The report highlights the work of BCGP-incubated new advocacy organization, Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia, which is comprised of the family members of traffic victims. See details at http://bit.ly/2pkEjB7.
CLEARWATER, FL NEIGHBORHOOD SIDEWALK RAIN ART PROGRAM
-> The Tampa Bay Times reported on a project launched by the Clearwater, FL Planning and Development Department to invite residents to check out free stencils and a special paint that is only visible when wet. This paint stays on the sidewalk for two to four months, but paint won't appear until it is wet. This Neighborhood Sidewalk Rain Art Program (http://bit.ly/2IUQ5cm) is the first step in the city's placemaking program. Other future ideas, which should be rolled out in the coming months, include having people paint signal boxes and storm drains. http://bit.ly/2MNr9Vg
OAK PARK, MI TRANSFORMATION VIA PLACEMAKING, COMPLETE STREET & LINEAR GREEENWAY
-> Public Square reported the City of Oak Park, MI has the density (5,700 people per square mile), but it needs placemaking. That is why an automobile-oriented corridor is being transformed with a linear greenway and complete street. Oak Park, a first-ring suburb of Detroit, was the fastest-growing city in the 1950s, yet it has no walkable downtown or even a typical main street. The city is implementing a vision for Nine Mile Road, which goes through Oak Park's heart from east to west, designed to create a walkable, human-scale corridor. A road diet is planned for the entire thoroughfare. It will be narrowed to three lanes with bicycle lanes on both sides and on-street parking on one side to support businesses. A wide right-of-way on the south side is being converted into a linear greenway with a multi-use trail, landscaping, bus stops, public art, tables with seating, bike racks, signage kiosks, architectural benches, hammocks, swinging benches, trellises, plazas, play areas, a dog park, and something called an "undulating bikeway challenge." There will be two pocket parks, one passive and one active, each measuring 50 by 100 feet. The cost for the road diet and greenway totaled $1.8 million, with an additional $400,000 for the pocket parks. http://bit.ly/2MjHQsj
APHA CASE STUDIES USE ONLINE TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH TOOL
-> Public Health Newswire reported on two of the American Public Health Association's new Stories from the Field case studies. Each focuses on partnership projects using the principles behind the online Transportation and Health Tool (http://bit.ly/1j6Rs7M). http://bit.ly/32kmK2I
E CENTRAL WI: PLANNING WITH A PUBLIC HEALTH FOCUS
-> The East Central WI Regional Planning Commission works with public health departments and nonprofit partners to identify shared values to support active living and integrate public health into transportation plans. (Planning with a Public Health Focus--Connecting the Dots in the East Central Region of Wisconsin: http://bit.ly/2pjQbTX) The Safe Routes to School program originally brought sectors together to develop safe environments that encourage children to walk and bike to school throughout the region. This led to community health improvement plans, an ambitious regional bicycle and pedestrian plan, an important corridor study, community engagement events and a multi-sector workshop on the Transportation and Health Tool.
MN DOT & MN DEPT OF HEATH PARTNERSHIP
-> The MN DOT and MN Department of Health partnered over the years to advance health equity. Successful initiatives include implementation of the Safe Routes to School program; health impact assessments; Complete Streets policies; the statewide pedestrian planning framework, Minnesota Walks; and a Statewide Bicycle System Plan. They continue to work together on a variety of initiatives, including training partners at the local level, institutionalizing bicycle and pedestrian monitoring and providing guidance for attracting more funding for active transportation projects. Minnesota Health and Transportation--Partners for Change: http://bit.ly/2Be2S5g
NEW LONDON, CT EXPANDING BICYCLE ROUTES
-> NBC Connecticut reported New London, CT is expanding its bicycle routes to make the city more bike-friendly. By next spring, the goal is for cyclists to safely be able to get from the southern point of the city at Ocean Beach Park to Connecticut College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at the north end of the city. http://bit.ly/31bilOc
THE RESEARCH BEAT
NHTSA DESCRIBES CRASH INVESTIGATION SAMPLING SYSTEM
-> NHTSA released a technical report that describes Crash Investigation Sampling System (CISS), its new database for collecting automated national traffic crash data. (Crash Investigation Sampling System: Design Overview, Analytic Guidance, and FAQs: http://bit.ly/2BeCQ1X). This report describes CISS sample design and weighting procedures and explains some basic concepts about estimation based on complex survey data. It also provides examples and discusses issues of CISS data analysis.
INTERNATIONAL ROAD SAFETY ANNUAL REPORT
-> An International Transport Forum report provided an overview of road safety performance for 41 countries. (Road Safety: Annual Report 2019: http://bit.ly/2VNhrqg) It outlines the most recent road safety developments and provides comparative data for the main road safety indicators. It also offers detailed analysis by road user, age group, and type of road. It describes the crash data collection process in these countries; road safety strategies; and targets and information on recent trends in speeding, drink-driving, and other aspects of road user behavior.
AUSTRALIAN CYCLING PARTICIPATION 2019
-> Austroads released a report that estimates the participation of cycling throughout Australia. (Australian Cycling Participation 2019: http://bit.ly/2nPHfW5) It is based on a standardized survey conducted every other year. The cycling participation rate declined from 15.5% in 2017 to 13.8% in 2019. Still, the survey estimates there are around 3.43 million Australians riding in a typical week and 8.39 million in the past year. This makes cycling one of the most common forms of physical activity.
US FEDERAL DATA FINDS BIKE COMMUTING DOWN IN PLACES, UP IN OTHERS
-> The League of American Bicyclists reviewed new estimates about bike commuting from the Census Bureau, which show a continued decline nationwide, down 3% since last year. Large cities such as Portland, DC, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Honolulu all saw decreases in the percentage of people biking to work. However, bike commuting continues to see an increase in many cities, such as San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Denver, Boston, Chicago, and New York City. Denver joined the ranks of cities with more than 10,000 people who use a bike as their primary mode of transportation. That makes nine cities with such large populations of people who bike to work, up from eight in 2017. http://bit.ly/2qkZweP
NEW SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY DATABASE: BRAZIL, CHINA, INDIA & MEXICO
-> The World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities tracks and maps shared mobility regulations in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico. (New Sustainable Mobility Database: http://bit.ly/32uCccR) This is the first database of its kind that focuses on how cities in the Global South are reacting to these disruptions. The database identifies similarities across geographies and points out unique features that can inform cities and decision-makers on how their peers are regulating shared mobility services in a pursuit of better mobility for all. It comprises national-, state-, and city-level regulations that set standards for new mobility services or in some way influence how they operate locally. WRI mapped regulations from cities or states with more than 500,000 inhabitants. http://bit.ly/33B0fGS
HOW BRAZILIAN CITIES REGULATE E-SCOOTERS
-> The City Fix reported on a World Resources Institute analysis of e-scooter regulations in seven Brazilian cities on five key metrics: speed limits, helmets, parking, taxes, and data sharing. The analysis found that e-scooter use is largely restricted to sidewalks and bike paths; however, there is significant variation in policy and regulation across Brazil. In 2013, before the inception of e-scooters, Brazil's National Council of Transportation stipulated that "self-propelled individual mobility equipment" could not surpass 6 km/h (3.75 mph) on sidewalks and 20 km/h (12.5 mph) in bike lanes and paths. In recent months, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro began allowing e-scooters on slower roads with speeds up to 40 km/h (25 mph) and prohibiting them on sidewalks. São Paulo also enacted further speed-control measures, requiring users to stay under 15 km/h (8 mph) for their first 10 rides. http://bit.ly/33xaUm7
QUOTES R US
"While transportation is often viewed as a heavily regulated industry that only specialists can control, Main Street and community leaders have a crucial role in influencing their district's transportation network. Not only can they advocate for street improvements that will supplement and enhance the quality of the pedestrian experience, they can take an active role in building consensus and capacity around an overall vision for Main Street-as a street that works for everyone."
--A basic tenet of the recently released Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit from the Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America. http://bit.ly/2BhJyUN [See the Resources section for more details on the toolkit, and the Webinar section for an in-depth 4-part series on it and creating people-first streets.]
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
ROBOT NAILS GYMNASTICS ROUTINE
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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 "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 "How to Craft Bike-Friendly Cities"
Date: October 23, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Kate Matusinec (BikeMN)
Host: Next City
Details: http://bit.ly/31faOhd, pay what you wish to register or 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 "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 "Unlocking the Power of Your Data to Build Consensus"
Date: November 5, 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/2IQduM7, free
Webinar "An Introduction to Safe Systems in the U.S."
Date: November 7, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Jeff Paniati (ITE), Robert Wunderlich, (TX A&M Transportation Institute) & David Harkey (IIHS/HLDI)
Host: ITE on behalf of the Road to Zero Coalition
Details: http://bit.ly/35G2pH6, 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 "Cold as 'ICE' - Intersection Control Evaluation Using HCM6"
Date: November 14, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Lee Rodegerdts & Matt Kittelson (Kittelson & Assoc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2BeooH4, some registrants pay $95
Webinar "From Vision to Implementation: Using an NCI Charrette to Create a Vision for a Form-Based Code"
Date: November 20, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm ET
Presenter(s): Geoff Ferrell & Mary Madden (Ferrell Madden) Amy Groves (Dover, Kohl & Partners), Bill Lennertz (National Charrette Institute) Inta Malis (formerly Arlington County (VA) Planning Commission) & Chris Zimmerman (Smart Growth America)
Host: Smart Growth America
Details: http://bit.ly/33xGOPk, 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
Webinar "The Future of Transportation and Recreation Trail Projects Utilizing Youth and Conservation Corps"
Date: December 5, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Lauren Edwards-Johnson (The Corps Network), Jim Fried (WY Conservation Corps), Mike Wright (Southwest Conservation Corps) & Patrick Pfeifer (VT Youth Conservation Corps)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/2JxHImx, $19 for members, $39 for nonmembers
Webinar "Places for People: Highlights from the National Walking Summit-Columbus"
Date: December 11, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2ArEYTv, free
Webinar "Education and Encouragement: Bringing the Right People Together"
Date: December 18, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Details: http://bit.ly/2PWYsop, $50/site for APBP members, $85/site for non-members
NAVIGATING MAIN STREETS AS PLACES: A PEOPLE-FIRST TRANSPORTATION TOOLKIT
-> Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America released guidance on how to: 1) evaluate streets and transportation through the lens of placemaking, 2) balance the needs of mobility and other street activities, and 3) build stronger relationships with decision-makers and the community. (Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit: http://bit.ly/2BhJyUN) Navigating Main Streets as Places explores why transportation and streets matter for commercial districts by examining their potential costs and benefits across six key areas: equity, safety, health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and community. This toolkit features best practices for rural downtowns and urban commercial districts. The downloadable toolkit is complemented by an online resource library and a (full) webinar series, which will be released as videos later this year. http://bit.ly/2MNWKGk
FHWA UPDATED BIKE & PED GUIDANCE
-> In an emailed message to recreational trail contacts, FHWA Community Planner Christopher Douwes announced that FHWA issued updated bicycle and pedestrian guidance to reflect small changes made by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning, Program, and Project Development: http://bit.ly/2ITWrJ2) It includes new planning and design resources developed since 2015. FHWA continues to support improving safety and infrastructure for bicycling and walking. See the safety, planning, design, and other resources available at https://bit.ly/35E3MpN and safety programs such as Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) http://bit.ly/2MkgFxR
GUIDE: MAPPING HYPERLOCAL AIR POLLUTION TO DRIVE CLEAN AIR ACTION
-> The Environmental Defense Fund released a step-by-step guide to help local officials design and deploy air monitoring systems and develop clean air solutions based on the data they produce. (Making the Invisible Visible: A Guide for Mapping Hyperlocal Air Pollution to Drive Clean Air Action: http://bit.ly/2ISK6og) Hyperlocal air quality monitoring produces block-by-block visibility of air pollution hotspots and gives local officials the insight they need to develop tailored interventions, more effective policies, and, ultimately, cleaner air.
NACTO GIF: HOW TO USE LIMITED STREET SPACE
-> NACTO shared a GIF of how limited street space could be used. It shows how a car lane can help 600-1,600 people per hour travel while 7,500 people can travel in a bike lane, 9,000 people can walk on a sidewalk, and 10,000 to 25,000 people can travel on the same stretch of road via transit. http://bit.ly/31pJxsQ
BICYCLE DELIVERY SAFETY TIPS
-> Forbes reported the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Uber Eats teamed up to create a series of tips to help ensure that all delivery bicyclists arrive at their destinations safely. (Bicycle Delivery Safety Tips: http://bit.ly/32i31AE) The eight safety tips were based on interviews with delivery partners working with Uber Eats and developed by the GHSA. They address important issues including everything from proper helmet and bicycle fit to staying engaged behind the handlebars and being more visible to others on the road.
INTERACTIVE US BIKE SHARE & E-SCOOTER MAP
-> The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released an interactive bike share and e-scooter map documenting the extent of their deployment across the US. (http://bit.ly/2BiuGps) It shows nearly 300 bike share and e-scooter systems serve over 200 municipalities as of July 2019. The resource reveals the rapid growth of micromobility in recent years and shows efforts by communities across the country to promote an array of transportation options.
GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING PLAY STREETS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
-> The Physical Activity Research Center at the University of California, San Diego released a resource on how to adapt Play Streets from urban settings, where they are typically implemented, to rural settings. (Guide to Implementing Play Streets in Rural Communities: http://bit.ly/2OOHaNr, download free after short survey) Play Streets are place-based interventions that involve temporarily closing streets to create safe places and free opportunities for physical activity. The Guide informs each step of the implementation process, and provides examples and feedback from organizations that have hosted Play Streets in rural communities. http://bit.ly/35ExMSr
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 - Doctoral Student Research in Transportation Safety, TRB Annual Meeting, (Transportation Research Board Standing Committees on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation (ANB20) and Statistical Methods (ABJ80)), January 12-16, 2020, Washington, DC
Deadline: October 25, 2019, http://bit.ly/2MIj2tf
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - TRB 17th National 'Tools of the Trade' Conference on Transportation Planning in Small & Medium-sized Communities (Transportation Research Board), August 26-28, 2020, Boise, ID
Deadline: November 4, 2019, http://bit.ly/2qlfhm5
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - Esri User Conference: GIS-The Intelligent Nervous System, July 8-12, 2020, San Diego, CA
Deadline: November 8, 2019, http://bit.ly/31iREHv
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Velo-city 2020, June 2-5, 2020, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Deadline: November 9, 2019, http://bit.ly/2nB8QdC
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - CNU 28.Twin Cities, June 10-13, 2020, Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN
Deadline: November 15, 2019, http://bit.ly/2ITygdy
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Joint ITE International and Southern District Annual Meeting and Exhibition, August 9-12, 2020, New Orleans, LA
Deadline: December 3, 2019, http://bit.ly/2x8JSSn
-> 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
-> 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 17-19, 2020 - 2020 National Shared Mobility Summit (Shared-Use Mobility Center), Chicago, IL
-> 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.
-> June 10-13, 2020 - CNU 28.Twin Cities, Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN
-> July 8-12, 2020 - Esri User Conference: GIS-The Intelligent Nervous System, San Diego, CA
-> August 4-7, 2020 - Walk/Bike/Places 2020 (Project for Public Spaces), Indianapolis, IN
-> August 9-12, 2020 - Joint ITE International and Southern District Annual Meeting and Exhibition, New Orleans, LA
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 COLLABORATIVE, TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Transportation for America (T4A) is accepting applications from cities to join their Smart Cities Collaborative, a yearlong program where public sector leaders share their experiences with new mobility providers and determine best practices for maximizing the benefits of these emerging modes. This year's Collaborative will focus on how to leverage a critical but often-ignored asset: the curb. For this, its third cohort, T4A is dividing participants into "pilot cities" and "peer cities." Peer cities will learn from pilot cities, who will receive support from T4A to conduct a one-month pilot using new curb management technology.
Deadline: October 20, 2019 (for both peer and pilot cities), http://bit.ly/2ApNbaX
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - 2019 COMMUNITY CHANGE GRANTS, AMERICA WALKS
This America Walks grant program will work to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level. Funded projects should: 1) increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community; 2) work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability; 3) demonstrate a culture of inclusive health; and 4) create and support healthy, active, and engaged communities.
Deadline: November 8, 2019 by 5:00 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2qi7XHM. Para acceder a la aplicacion en espanol http://bit.ly/35H9fwi
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - VISION ZERO FOR YOUTH USA LEADERSHIP AWARD
The National Center for Safe Routes to School, in partnership with the FIA Foundation and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, announces a call for applications for the 2020 Vision Zero for Youth USA Leadership Award. The award recognizes communities in the United States that are leading the way in prioritizing children's safety in an effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries for all road users. Communities of all sizes taking steps to create safe places for children and youth to walk and bike are encouraged to apply. While some communities integrate Vision Zero for Youth within Vision Zero efforts or broader safety plans, it is not necessary for applicant communities to have a Vision Zero plan.
Deadline: December 8, 2019, http://bit.ly/2ORWtox
-> JOB - OREGON TRANSPORTATION POLICY MANAGER, CLIMATE SOLUTIONS, PORTLAND, OR
Climate Solutions seeks an Oregon Transportation Policy Manager with a deep commitment to climate, clean energy, and clean transportation solutions. This person will further Climate Solutions' mission through concrete program and policy work, including legislative and administrative advocacy at the local, state, and national levels, with a principal focus on a range of policy goals including equitable strategies for transportation electrification, clean fuels, including equitable strategies for transportation electrification, clean fuels, clean mobility, and reducing the need to drive.
Deadline: October 18, 2019, http://bit.ly/2IUBTQG
-> JOB - ASSISTANT TRANSPORTATION PLANNER Ð TEMPORARY, CITY OF SEATTLE, WA
This entry-level position will support the planning and research activities of the Schools and Neighborhoods Projects Team in SDOT's Project Development Division. This position will assist in the city's traffic calming, Safe Routes to School, Neighborhood Greenway, and Pedestrian program management and project development. The position will research traffic and collision data, perform analysis on traffic patterns and assist with outreach and planning activities. The successful candidate will have a knowledge of transportation and urban planning, engineering analysis, research and data collection techniques, the ability to read and interpret traffic, design and maintenance data and an eagerness to engage with the public.
Deadline: October 22, 2019 by 4:00 pm PT, http://bit.ly/2vxUpXP
-> JOB - PLANNING SPECIALIST, VA DOT, FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA
Are you a planner or transportation planning engineer with generalist transportation planning skills and have a focus on promoting /developing behavioral programs related to alternative modes safety (focus on bicycle and pedestrian planning)? Coordinate with other staff and local and regional planning entities on planning activities. Support urban and rural planning functions. Coordinate and implement long range plans in TIPs, STIPs and project development process. Multimodal Planning - prepare plans and studies involving bicycle and pedestrian transportation, mass transit and emerging "micro-mobility: modes such as electric scooters and autonomous shuttles.
Deadline: October 25, 2019, http://bit.ly/32lzpCA
-> JOBS - CIVIL ENGINEER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, VARIOUS FHWA FIELD OFFICES
FHWA is calling Fall 2019 and recent Civil Engineer graduates to join their Professional Development Program (PDP): a 24-month entry-level program that provides on-the-job training in one of FHWA Field Offices, developmental assignments, and a leadership skills academy.
Deadline: October 31, 2019 or once they receive 100 applications, whichever occurs first, http://bit.ly/2VLU680
-> JOB - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE, CHICAGO, IL
Active Transportation Alliance seeks an influential and innovative Executive Director to elevate the organization's vision and enhance its efforts to expand the impact of the mission. The Executive Director will oversee daily operations and will lead a highly valued team. They will manage with a collaborative style while attracting, nurturing, and retaining high-performing talent. The role requires a dynamic relationship-builder who can cultivate and grow critical partnerships for organizational growth, accompanied by leadership and communications skills that can inspire, support, and accelerate change across Chicagoland. See the Opportunity Guide for this position: http://bit.ly/2oCCqjr
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2ORHgnt
-> 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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