#501 Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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----- Making Access the Focus of Transportation
----- Analysis of 5 Early Vision Zero Cities
----- NTSB: Mandating Helmets to Overcome Impact of Bad Driving
----- Nordic Urban Planning for Liveable Cities
----- NYT: Cities Reimagine Relationships with Cars
----- Rethinking How We Move Around Cities
----- Providing a Chauffeur Mimics AV Use, Nets 83% VMT Increase
----- Storyteller to Lead Narrative-Driven Engagement for Change
----- Beyond the Era of Car-Clogged City Streets
----- 2020 Walk/Bike/Places Call for Proposals Due January 3
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- USDOT BUILD Grants Fund Active Transportation Projects
----- San Jose, CA Quick-Build Bike Network
----- Seattle, WA Sees Big Drop in Solo Car Commutes, Walking & Transit Surge
----- NYC Bill to Create Bike & Ped Mayors
----- Washington, DC Ups Enforcement on Cars Parked in Bike Lanes
----- Washington, DC Launches 3 Pilot Ped-Only Zones
----- Denver, CO Bike Share Closing
----- Denver, CO Voters Chose to Create DOT
----- Lab Announces Bicycle Friendly Community Awards
----- Traffic Crash News Coverage Affects Perceived Blame & Preferred Solutions
----- Bike Acceptance on Campus: Influence of the Built Environment & Shared Bikes
----- Non-Motorist Safety Incidents in Downtown Phoenix, AZ
----- Ped Safety at Signalized Intersections: Effects of Exposure, Geometry & Signalization
----- Preview: The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit
----- Pedestrian Safety Relative to Traffic-Speed Management
----- Accuracy Checks for Bike & Ped Count Data
----- Communications & Storytelling Course for Public Servants
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
MAKING ACCESS THE FOCUS OF TRANSPORTATION
-> Transportation for America outlines the basic principles of measuring transportation success by improving people's access to jobs and services--not vehicle speed. These include measuring transportation system success by how many jobs and services people can access safely, quickly and affordably; recognizing that bad metrics such as moving cars as fast as possible lead to worse decisions; and that improving equity requires us to measure what matters to those modes and key groups of individuals whose transportation needs have been ignored. See the full list and links to more details about each: http://bit.ly/2QPE9xp
ANALYSIS OF 5 EARLY VISION ZERO CITIES
-> CityLab reported over the past several years, pedestrian and cyclist deaths have been increasing nationally. Even cities that have adopted Vision Zero have struggled to budge the transportation status quo. The basic logic of Vision Zero is that any traffic collision that results in death or serious injury--whether for a pedestrian, cyclist, motorist, or any other road user--isn't an unavoidable "accident," but a tragedy that could be prevented through smarter engineering, education, and enforcement. A CityLab analysis of 5 early Vision Zero cities--Chicago, IL; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA and New York City--found that, while some cities have bent their fatality curves more than others, none are currently on pace to reach zero traffic fatalities for decades, let alone by their 10-year targets. Read the full analysis with maps and charts: http://bit.ly/2rsRjpc
NTSB: MANDATING HELMETS TO OVERCOME IMPACT OF BAD DRIVING
-> Adventure Journal reported the recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on bike safety--the first time that agency has focused on cycling safety in 47 years--suggested 3 potential avenues to address the rise in cycling deaths caused by a collision with a motor vehicle. (Bicyclist Safety on US Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures: http://bit.ly/2OhtPfU) The first is better roadway design, and the second and third put the onus on cyclists to protect themselves, not on drivers to avoid cyclists: greater visibility through lights and bright colors, and a mandatory helmet requirement in all 50 states. What the report doesn't discuss, at all, is that motorists often don't see bicyclists because so many drivers are distracted. For instance, NHTSA found that every day, 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in car crashes caused by a driver whose attention was focused on their phone. (Distracted Driving 2016: http://bit.ly/2OHu2Io) The NTSB bike safety report never mentions ramping up enforcement of laws against cell phone use by drivers, nor is the word "distracted" mentioned even once. http://bit.ly/2scDawN
NORDIC URBAN PLANNING FOR LIVEABLE CITIES
-> BBC Worklife reported Scandinavia is famous for its liveable cities, but a new university course in Nordic urban planning has raised questions about replicating the region's approach elsewhere. Three of the region's top universities joined forces to launch the world's first international Master's program specializing in Nordic urban planning. Taught in English, this multi-disciplinary program is a collaboration between Roskilde University, west of Copenhagen; Malmo University in southern Sweden; and The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsų, 200 miles north of the Arctic circle. https://bbc.in/35tOAuu
NYT: CITIES REIMAGINE RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARS
-> The New York Times reported cities, which account for a large majority of global greenhouse gas emissions, are dangling both carrots and sticks to persuade their residents to get out of their cars -- or into cleaner ones. Check out what London, Beijing, New Delhi, Madrid have been doing to reduce transportation-caused air pollution, and the results they have achieved, or not: https://nyti.ms/2QQqZQE
RETHINKING HOW WE MOVE AROUND CITIES
-> Smart Cities Dive published an opinion piece by Andrew Savage, head of sustainability at Lime. Rethinking the way our growing global cities move and embracing emerging shared transportation options, including sustainable micromobility, will be key to halting climate change and improving urban quality of life. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), every car trip not taken prevents an average of 414 grams of carbon as well as numerous local pollutants from being released into the atmosphere. Further, the majority of U.S. car trips are less than one mile. Many city residents could easily replace the fossil-fuel burning behemoths they use for these short trips with a lighter, cleaner, and more affordable way to get around -- such as a dockless scooter. http://bit.ly/2DkcMUi
PROVIDING A CHAUFFEUR MIMICS AV USE, NETS 83% VMT INCREASE
-> Jalopnik reported on a University of California Berkeley study that sought to assess the impact of the widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AV). Researchers hired chauffeurs to drive 13 random car owners around for a week mimicking what an AV would do. Like an AV, the chauffeur could run errands and make trips with or without the subject on board. The subjects increased the number of miles their cars covered by a collective 83% when they had the chauffeur versus the week prior. Researchers considered the distinction between subjects' "good VMT" that allows them to do activities independent of health or other restrictions, and "bad VMT" from trips that generate high amounts of "zombie miles" where the car is not transporting any passengers, or is replacing public transportation, cycling, and other some other available means of getting around. http://bit.ly/34lMwEB
STORYTELLER TO LEAD NARRATIVE-DRIVEN ENGAGEMENT FOR CHANGE
-> CityLab reported Viable Cities, a strategic innovation program now working with 9 Swedish cities to help them reach their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, has hired a Chief Storyteller. Accessible, narrative-driven engagement is necessary to move away from broad-brush portrayals of a carbon-neutral future to something more anchored in ordinary people's current day-to-day experience. This person will help emotionally connect and engage people in achieving this goal. The ultimate vehicle for Viable Cities' storytelling plans could be interactive campaigns on social media, outdoor exhibitions, or even through traditional publishing. http://bit.ly/37Ge9dA
[See Resources section for Communications & Storytelling Course for Public Servants item.]
BEYOND THE ERA OF CAR-CLOGGED CITY STREETS
-> Government Technology reported that as cities become denser, the old rationale of designing them around automobiles must give way to a new use of streets that includes walking and micro-mobile solutions. The result: greater efficiency, equity and safety. Federal, state and local spending on automotive transportation is more than $175 billion annually. At the same time, the public health costs of deaths connected to automobile-related crashes and emissions (not including injuries) amount to an additional $900 billion. The social costs of cars are more than $1 trillion every year for a transportation system struggling with increasing congestion, lengthening commute times, harmful emissions comprising the largest share of greenhouse gases of any sector in the US and rising pedestrian fatalities from car crashes. http://bit.ly/2XU3HLm
2020 WALK/BIKE/PLACES CALL FOR PROPOSALS DUE JANUARY 3
-> Earlier this month, the 2020 Walk/Bike/Places Call for Proposals for conference Breakout Presenters, Peer Coaches, and Poster Presenters opened. As you take a break this Thanksgiving holiday, consider the ways you might contribute to the conference focus on implementation across these 7 broad, and often, intersecting topic areas:
- INFRASTRUCTURE - The streets, sidewalks, multi-use trails, and information that moves us: Woonerfs, Shared Spaces, Traffic Calming, Bike Parking, Multi Use Trails, Sidewalks, Streets, Cycle Tracks, Bike Lanes, Advisory Bike Lanes, Rapid Implementation.
- PLANNING - Setting the vision, goals, objectives and process for moving us towards a more just and sustainable society: Zoning, Land Use, Form-Based Code, Data, Modeling, Outreach, Public Engagement, Project Evaluation, Economic Development.
- ADVOCACY - Simply put: getting what we want: Funding, Referendums, Legislation, Public Policy.
- EXCELLENCE - Building the organizations and building the skills of those who will fiercely defend the public interest: Running for Office, Registering a Non-Profit, Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Strategic Planning, Campaigns, Budgeting, Fundraising.
- HEALTH - Creating environments where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can lead healthy, happy and productive lives: Active Living, Injury Prevention, Environmental Justice, Education, Mental Well-Being, Social Capital, Friendships, Physical Health, Violence Prevention, Nutrition.
- TRANSIT - The management and operation of vehicles and infrastructure for the most efficient movement of people: Micro-mobility, Ride Hailing Apps, Bike Share, Transit Oriented Development, Multimodal Hubs, Congestion Pricing, Demand Management, BRT, First/Last Mile.
- PLACE - The streets, corners, buildings, neighborhoods and locations that are special to us, that anchor a community: Placemaking, Tactical Urbanism, Parklets, Public Markets, Downtowns.
Call for Proposals Deadline: January 3, 2020, http://bit.ly/31XVKow
Walk/Bike/Places is North America's largest active transportation and placemaking conference. Held every 2 years, Walk/Bike/Places is 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. The 2020 Walk/Bike/Places conference, focused on the theme of implementation, will be held in Indianapolis, IN August 4 to 7, 2020. http://bit.ly/WalkBikePlaces2020
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
USDOT BUILD GRANTS FUND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
-> The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reported earlier this month USDOT awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) grants to support 24 projects that include a trail, walking or biking element around the country. (See a map and links to details of all funded projects at BUILD Grants: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Discretionary Grants Program: http://bit.ly/2qK92bR) While active transportation and trail projects do not have their own award category, RTC's review shows that they have made a strong showing, with 24 of the 55 projects funded this year having some bicycle, pedestrian or trail element--and 6 trail-specific projects received nearly $120 million total for development. http://bit.ly/2XKGDhW
SAN JOSE, CA QUICK-BUILD BIKE NETWORK
-> Streetsblog SF reported in the past year, San Jose, CA has laid down 10 miles of quick-build protected bike lanes, some parking protected, others protected by rows of plastic bollards. The new protected bike lanes are nearly all joined by protected intersections. San Jose's quick-build scheme costs the city only $1.5 million for an impressive transformation of the downtown core. They save money by making the installations a part of planned repaving. Read more details about how San Jose is slowing down turning vehicles, prompting yielding and negotiation between road users, adding 2 marked radii on turns, using Botts' dots (raised pavement markings), and creating raised bike lane cut-throughs at bus stops, among other adaptations: http://bit.ly/33l9pH8
SEATTLE, WA SEES BIG DROP IN SOLO CAR COMMUTES, WALKING & TRANSIT SURGE
-> The Seattle Times reported in 2018, just 44% of the 444,000 Seattle, WA residents who were employed drove alone to work on a typical day, according to the latest census data--a huge decrease since 2010, when a solid majority (53%) of Seattle's workers were solo car commuters. Seattle's 9% drop is easily the largest decline among the 100 most populous US cities since the start of the decade. Seattle ranks first among the 100 cities for people who walk to work. Nearly 54,000, or about 12% of workers, walked to their job in 2018, up 3.5% since 2010. Bike commuting rebounded in 2018, after a surprising decline a year earlier: 3.8% of workers biked to work in 2018. More than 23% of workers took public transportation to work most days in 2018, a 5% increase since 2010. http://bit.ly/2XKTBwc
NYC BILL TO CREATE BIKE & PED MAYORS
-> Streetsblog NYC reported that New York City Council Members plan to introduce a package of legislation this week to create two new agencies: an Office of Active Transportation, and an Office of Pedestrians. The new bike and pedestrian mayors would work inside the Mayor's Office, rather than a DOT, so that they can operate across agencies in a way that hasn't always been very coordinated within the current "Vision Zero partnerships" among the DOT, NYPD, Sanitation and other agencies. The office holders will comb through 311, for example, to make sure such things as double-parking hotspots or individual pedestrian choke points aren't being lost in the millions of complaints received every year by city operators. http://bit.ly/35JUmbN
WASHINGTON, DC UPS ENFORCEMENT ON CARS PARKED IN BIKE LANES
-> Smart Cities Dive reported Washington, DC is stepping up street parking enforcement to improve safety in bike lanes. The city is adding 26 new parking enforcement officers (PEOs) who will be assigned to the areas that need safety improvements and behavior changes, based on surveillance and 311 complaints. The Department of Public Works (DPW) currently has 272 PEOs who cover 109 locations throughout the city, and each location now will have at least one officer solely dedicated to bike lane enforcement, with special attention to vehicles blocking bike lanes. PEOs will now be able to take photos of vehicles blocking bike lanes and mail tickets if the violator leaves the scene before the officer can issue a citation. http://bit.ly/2QQBkvZ
WASHINGTON, DC LAUNCHES 3 PILOT PED-ONLY ZONES
-> The District of Columbia DOT launched 3 pilot pedestrian-only zones last week as part of their ongoing effort to find innovative uses of public space across Washington DC. DDOT partnered with Eastbanc Inc., a private real estate development, lifestyle, and technology firm, to open Cady's Alley exclusively to pedestrians on weekends through the end of December. DDOT also partnered with the Georgetown Business Improvement District to create parklets at 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street NW and the 3200 block of O Street NW. The success of Open Streets and the annual Park(ing) Day celebration demonstrated that there is an appetite for pedestrian-only zones across the city. http://bit.ly/2rnGCVd
DENVER, CO BIKE SHARE CLOSING
-> Streetsblog Denver reported Denver B-cycle bike share is shutting down on January 30 and won't be replaced with something new until next year. The city will also end its electric scooter permit program, replacing it with a system where scooter and shared bike providers will compete for a city contract. The city will choose one or more vendors to operate all shared bikes and scooters. Denver B-cycle's aging bikes and 2010-era docking stations need to be replaced. The nonprofit organization that runs B-cycle doesn't have the money to replace the equipment or renew its contract with Trek, the bicycle manufacturer that developed the system. http://bit.ly/2Oin2Tc
Bicycle Colorado, a member of the Denver Streets Partnership, published the Partnership's statement on B-cycle's departure from Denver: http://bit.ly/2QYpRL3
DENVER, CO VOTERS CHOSE TO CREATE DOT
-> Denverite reported that voters overwhelmingly chose to create the Denver, CO Department of Transportation and Infrastructure earlier this month, giving walking, biking and transit an elevated role in the city bureaucracy while paving the way for city-owned transit systems. Transportation has been a division within the city's Department of Public works. Starting Jan. 1, transportation will be a cabinet-level concern like the airport and city planning, with an executive director who reports directly to the mayor. The mayor has also committed to doubling the share of trips taken by foot, bike, bus and train by 2030 while reducing solo driving drips to 50%. http://bit.ly/2XLtQvE
LAB ANNOUNCES BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY AWARDS
-> The League of American Bicyclists announced its Fall 2019 Bicycle Friendly Community awards. Of the 65 communities LAB recognized, 53 earned official Bicycle Friendly Community certification and 12 communities were recognized with Honorable Mentions. (New & Renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities: Fall 2019: http://bit.ly/2roXquS. (Current Bicycle Friendly Communities as of Fall 2019: http://bit.ly/2pW0huY) http://bit.ly/2rqDZSn
The Bicycle Friendly Community program currently recognizes 488 towns, cities, counties, and regions with BFC awards, including at least one community in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The program is free for communities and encourages local bike advocates and people who bike to provide feedback throughout the process. Applications for the next round of Bicycle Friendly Community awards close on February 5, 2020: http://bit.ly/2XS4kVx.
THE RESEARCH BEAT
TRAFFIC CRASH NEWS COVERAGE AFFECTS PERCEIVED BLAME & PREFERRED SOLUTIONS
-> Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives published a study that conducted an experiment in which 999 subjects were randomly assigned to read 1 of 3 versions of a news article describing a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. After reading the description, subjects were asked to apportion blame, identify an appropriate punishment for the driver, and assess various approaches for improving road safety. Researchers found that editorial patterns significantly affected readers' interpretation of both what happened and what to do about it on nearly every measure. Does News Coverage of Traffic Crashes Affect Perceived Blame and Preferred Solutions? Evidence from an Experiment: http://bit.ly/2siwAVM
BIKE ACCEPTANCE ON CAMPUS: INFLUENCE OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT & SHARED BIKES
-> Research published in the Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment assessed bicycle acceptance in general and Dock-less App-based Shared-Bike (DASB) in particular at 5 campuses in Shanghai, China. Survey analysis revealed that cycling is appreciated and even encouraged by a substantial, yet reasonable bicycle density. DASB systems appear to paradoxically improve the cycling experience while generating new nuisances such as an increase in perceived danger and major parking issues. Bicycle Acceptance on Campus: Influence of the Built Environment and Shared Bikes: http://bit.ly/2OlKsXT
NON-MOTORIST SAFETY INCIDENTS IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, AZ
-> An article published in Planning Practice & Research analyzed non-motorist safety incidents in downtown Phoenix, AZ. The researcher addressed non-motorist safety concerns by examining crash types to suggest adequate safety treatments. He also demonstrated the use of a countermeasure framework for high-crash hotspots. The researcher found that it is important to implement a combination of countermeasures to reduce the high number of non-motorist crashes in city centers. Redesigning the Downtown of an Expansive Sunbelt City: The Phoenix Case: http://bit.ly/37DPgiW
PED SAFETY AT SIGNALIZED INTERSECTIONS: EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE, GEOMETRY & SIGNALIZATION
-> A study to be published in January in Accident Analysis & Prevention modeled the effects of exposure, geometry, and signalization on pedestrian injuries at signalized intersections. Traffic exposure, curb extensions, raised medians, and exclusive left turn lanes were associated with pedestrian injuries. Total lanes and commercial entrances increased injuries, while pedestrian priority phases reduced injuries. Proposed ranking criteria identified many intersections close to the city centre where the expected number of crashes is highest and intersections along arterials with lower pedestrian volumes where individual pedestrian risk is elevated. Pedestrian Safety at Signalized Intersections: Modelling Spatial Effects of Exposure, Geometry and Signalization on a Large Urban Network: http://bit.ly/2KWw8mp
QUOTES R US
"Every resident of a city should be afforded the right to get where they need to go safely and in the most efficient, convenient way possible. This means prioritizing modes of transportation that enable density, move the most people most efficiently, and do not contribute to harmful emissions. Reallocating street space to prioritize the most efficient modes, whether that's increasing dedicated bus lanes, more protected bike lanes, or dedicated street parking for light electric vehicles such as electric bikes and scooters, will lead to improved mobility, lower stress, better health outcomes, more productivity and help to improve the environment."
--Ashwini Chhabra in an article published in Government Technology, http://bit.ly/2XU3HLm
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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 "Ethics & Social Justice in a Transformative Time"
Date: December 3, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Bill Schultheiss (Toole Design) & Jeremy Chapman, (Ramey Kemp & Assoc.)
Details: http://bit.ly/37HqUF8, members: $49, nonmembers: $99
Webinar "Safety Culture 101, a Road to Zero Coalition Webinar"
Date: December 4, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Nicholas Ward (MT State Univ.), John Milton (WA State DOT), Kristin Kingsley (Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers) & David Liu (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)
Host: ITE on behalf of the Road to Zero Coalition
Details: http://bit.ly/2sg0AkZ, free
Webinar "Perfect City: Lessons, Challenges and Pitfalls of the World's Greatest Cities"
Date: December 4, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Joe Berridge (author of Perfect City)
Host: Smart Growth Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2qKF2wy, free
Webinar "Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety in Work Zones"
Date: December 4, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Keith Sinclair, Martha Kapitonov & Patrick Gomez (FHWA), Melissa Anderson (Transportation Accessibility and Safety Consultant) & Matthew Marcou (District DOT)
Host: FHWA, VHB & UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Details: http://bit.ly/33No1QA, free
Webinar "Introduction to Traffic Calming"
Date: December 5, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Chuck Huffine (Harris Kocher Smith)
Details: http://bit.ly/2OOo1cI, members: $149, nonmembers: $199
Webinar "Innovative Alternative Intersection and Corridor Studies using the HCM6"
Date: December 5, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Vishal Khanapure (Univ. of FL) & Bastian Schroeder (Kittelson & Assoc.)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2KhoOSi, $95 for some registrants
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 "Levers for Improving Transportation for Women in Cities: Data, Security, and Access"
Date: December 10, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Heather Allen (Gender and Urban Transport)
Host: Meeting of the Minds
Details: http://bit.ly/2CFMDPk, free
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 "USLIMITS2: A Tool to Aid Practitioners in Determining Appropriate Speed Limits"
Date: December 11, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Doug Cobb (Toxel), Debbie Wright (City of Maryland Heights) & Eamon Flannery (CT DOT)
Host: Vision Zero Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2OJQbFJ, free
Webinar "Letting Bike Riders Catch the Green Wave"
Date: December 12, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET (Rescheduled from December 3, 2019)
Presenter(s): Stephen Fickas & Marc Schlossberg (Univ. of OR)
Host: Transportation Research and Education Center
Details: http://bit.ly/32YJlSS, 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
Webinar "Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities"
Date: January 22, 2020, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET (Rescheduled from December 3, 2019)
Presenter(s): Becky Steckler & Rebecca Lewis (Univ. of OR)
Host: Transportation Research and Education Center
Details: http://bit.ly/2Omf1g0, free
Webinar "Connect with Visitors Where they are Via Mobile Devices"
Date: January 23, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Ryan Branciforte (OuterSpatial) & Zachary T. Likins & Michelle O'Connor (Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Dept.)
Host: American Trails
Details: http://bit.ly/37DvGmV, members: $19, nonmembers: $39
Webinar "Not Just Big Cities: Vision Zero in smaller & suburban communities"
Date: January 23, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Christine E. Mayeur (City of Alexandria, VA) & Franz Loewenherz (City of Bellevue, WA)
Host: Vision Zero Network
Details: http://bit.ly/2OOmZ0k, free
PREVIEW: THE POP-UP PLACEMAKING TOOL KIT
-> AARP Livable Communities provided a preview of some of the demonstration placemaking, parklet and bike lane projects described in a new kit created by AARP and Team Better Block. Check out 10 pop-up beginner-level demonstration placemaking projects including drawing attention to alleys, pop-up roundabouts, colorful crosswalks, community performance spaces, and outdoor games, among others. (See "recipes" for how to create all 10 projects developed by Team Better Block: http://bit.ly/2OkpGYz) http://bit.ly/34njxk6. Also check out photos of demonstration parklets and bike lanes including green bike lanes, raised cycle tracks, buffered bike lanes, milk create parklets, and play parklets. http://bit.ly/2QSc4pk The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit will be released on December 4. Pre-order a free copy now at http://bit.ly/34njxk6.
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY RELATIVE TO TRAFFIC-SPEED MANAGEMENT
-> The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program released a report that documents what is known about strategies and countermeasures to address pedestrian safety via traffic-speed management in urban environments. (Pedestrian Safety Relative to Traffic-Speed Management: http://bit.ly/2XKbfAf) The unique political and land use context of each city heavily influences the types of treatments that are considered feasible for each city. The report provides examples of how cities are working within contextual confines.
ACCURACY CHECKS FOR BIKE & PED COUNT DATA
-> The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) reported there has been an effort to collect more bike-ped count data in recent years, but it hasn't been consistent in terms of what's being collected and how it's stored. A project at Portland State University explored the efficacy of various types of quality checks under different circumstances, including data collected with different types of counters. Its final report can help agencies clean up data that were collected using permanent automatic counters or short duration counts collected manually or by automated equipment. Biking and Walking Quality Counts: Using "BikePed Portal" Counts to Develop Data Quality Checks: http://bit.ly/35BO3qE
COMMUNICATIONS & STORYTELLING COURSE FOR PUBLIC SERVANTS
-> A free online training course from Apolitical begins soon to help government staff and policymakers become better communicators and storytellers. (Six 20-minute interactive lessons) Communications & Storytelling: The Ultimate Training Course for Public Servants
Registration Deadline: December 9, 2019, http://bit.ly/2OXjTHJ
[See the National & International Scene for the Storyteller to Led Narrative-Driven Engagement for Change item.]
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 PROPOSALS - 2020 Walk/Bike/Places (Project for Public Spaces), August 4-7, 2020, Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: January 3, 2020 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/31XVKow
-> 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
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 2020 Liveable Cities Conference, June 22-23, 2020, Perth Australia
Deadline: March 6, 2020, http://bit.ly/2KRuVwA
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
-> December 11-12, 2019 - Conference on Health and Active Transportation (Transportation Research Board), Washington, DC
-> January 11, 2020 - TransportationCamp DC (Transportation for America), 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 6-7, 2020 - 2020 Safe Streets Summit, Fort Lauderdale, FL
-> February 11-12, 2020 - Esri Federal GIS (FedGIS) Conference, Washington, DC
-> February 11-12, 2020 - MOVE, London, England
-> 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
-> April 25-28, 2020 - 2020 National Planning Conference (American Planning Association), Houston, TX
-> May 12-14, 2020 - Safer Roads 2020 International Conference, Richmond, VA
-> May 18-20, 2020 - 6th International Conference on Roundabouts (Transportation Research Board), Monterey, CA
-> June 2-5, 2020 - Velo-city, Ljubljana, Slovenia
-> June 10-13, 2020 - CNU 28.Twin Cities (Congress for the New Urbanism), Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN
-> June 14-17, 2020 - 8th International Conference on Innovations in Travel Modeling (Transportation Research Board), Seattle, WA
-> June 21- 28, 2020 - Professional Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in Utrecht, Netherlands (Transportation Research and Education Center)
-> June 21 - July 4, 2020 - Student Study Abroad 2020: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands (Transportation Research and Education Center)
-> June 22-23, 2020 - 2020 Liveable Cities Conference, Perth Australia
-> June 28 - July 1, 2020 - 6th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design (Transportation Research Board, Association INFRA Design, Arcadis), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
-> June 28-July 2, 2020 - 10th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Sapporo, Japan (International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety)
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 - GREG SIPLE AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT BICYCLE TRAVEL, ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION
Adventure Cycling will select 4 18- to 30-year-olds to take an Adventure Cycling educational course, win bike travel gear, and more in exchange for completing a project that brings the joy of bike travel to youth and/or young adults in communities that are underrepresented in bike travel. Applicants must propose a project that will promote bicycle travel to underrepresented communities, including but not limited to: women, LGBTQI people, people of color, indigenous people, refugees, and people with disabilities. Two types of awards will be offered based on experience level: Intro to Bike Travel and Outdoor Leadership.
Deadline: December 31, 2019, http://bit.ly/2QRIEY4
-> JOB - PROGRAM MANAGER II (VISION ZERO INITIATIVE) MONTGOMERY COUNTY GOVERNMENT, ROCKVILLE, MD
The Office of the County Executive (CEX) is seeking a Program Manager II to coordinate the Vision Zero initiative. Montgomery County launched the Vision Zero Two-Year Action plan on November 1, 2017. The action plan sets an ambitious target of lowering severe and fatal crashes for all roadway users (drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists) in the County by 35% in 2019 and eliminating them by 2030. To reach the County's goals, the plan sets 41 action items for County departments and agencies to implement by November 2019.
Deadline: November 29, 2019, http://bit.ly/35ylIkS
-> JOB - TRAFFIC CALMING SPECIALIST, CITY OF RALEIGH, NC
This class is the third level in a ten-level Engineering Series devoted to providing paraprofessional engineering support, inspection and professional civil engineering for a variety of public works and environmental functions and projects. Incumbents provide specialized and technical activities in support of an engineering function. As assigned, and based on specialization, work may include calculating assessments; inspecting and investigating infrastructure and/or customer complaints; assisting with cost estimates or preparing preliminary estimates for minor maintenance; compiling and maintaining data; providing field inspections of assigned infrastructure and/or projects; and providing professional surveys and updating CADD information.
Deadline: December 4, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/2pQu0oY
-> JOB - MULTIMODAL PLANNER/PROG ADMIN SPECIALIST II, VA DOT, RICHMOND, VA
VA DOT seeks a Multimodal Planner with strong Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and experience. The selected candidate will support the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, transportation demand management activities, the Park and Ride Lot program, and the SMART SCALE scoring process; assist with corridor studies, coordinate efforts to enhance public involvement, and improve bicycle and pedestrian data, among other duties. This job is an average of 29 hours/week, is paid by the hour, and has no benefits.
Deadline: December 6, 2019, http://bit.ly/35yrbbp
-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER, CITY OF MISSOULA, MT
Under limited supervision, plan and manage the design, construction, reconstruction, and operation of multi-modal transportation infrastructure. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a highly flexible, team-oriented environment, have exceptional communication, analysis and documentation skills, and demonstrate effective time management skills. The Transportation Engineer will assist the City of Missoula in creating and constructing a network of public surface facilities for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, providing for increased safety, less congestion, and a healthier environment.
Deadline: December 16, 2019 by 11:59 pm MT, http://bit.ly/2XXJAMp
-> JOB - URBAN PLANNER, TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE, GOOGLE, SUNNYVALE, CA
As a member of Google's transportation team, you play a key role in Google's growth. As Google expands its real estate footprint, they do so with the audacious goal of making traffic better as they expand. They believe that roadway improvements such as better bike lanes, pedestrian paths and carefully selected capacity projects can create a better environment for employees and for the entire community. In this role you will oversee the critical step of advanced ideas from the master planning level into actionable plans for transportation infrastructure. You'll be involved in forming a vision for the future and prioritizing the transportation improvements to make that happen. You will be looking for opportunities to align with and move forward established city and regional transportation plans, and you will always be looking for solutions that shift users away from driving their personal autos and into forms of shared transportation.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/37GsdnG
-> JOB - BIKE ANCHORAGE (AK) DIRECTOR, FROM YOUR OWN OFFICE
Bike Anchorage seeks a dynamic and highly motivated individual to advance our organization's commitment to making Anchorage more bicycle friendly. The Director will be responsible for program management, communications, policy development, research, partnership building, fundraising, volunteer management, and administration. This is a 30-hour per week position.
Deadline: Open until filled, interviews to begin being scheduled in December, http://bit.ly/2KUy7I9
-> JOB - SENIOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNER, OAHU MPO, HI
The Oahu MPO is hiring a Senior Transportation Planner. The primary responsibility of the Senior Transportation Planner is to oversee the development of the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan. This planner conducts research and analyzes transportation problems, issues, and policies; represents the Oahu MPO in meetings with agencies and the public; coordinates planning activities with government agencies, private sector, and the public; writes reports/letters/memos; and performs other duties as assigned. The Senior Transportation Planner supervises and provides direction to planners on the development of the various activities of the metropolitan planning process.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2Di3Azz
-> 1 OR 2 JOBS - PROGRAMS DIRECTOR AND/OR COORDINATOR, SILICON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION, SAN JOSE, CA
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) is seeking people who fit 2 categories. 1) A director level person who can manage the team that implements programs and 2) A coordinator level person who would be in charge of implementing 1 or 2 programs while also providing general team support. They are also open to evaluating mid-level program team members who are not interested in management at this time but could add to the team as a program coordinator. Based on interviews, they will assess the best type of experience level to bring onto the team -- a director or a coordinator or something in between.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/33grIwZ
-> 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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