#502 Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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----- Brookings Institution to Congress: Rethink Infrastructure Goals
----- Ped- & Bike-Car Crash Media Coverage Misses Role of Drivers
----- New Zealand: Tackling Unsafe Speeds Package
----- Counteracting SUV Emissions & Ped Deaths
----- High PM2.5 as Bad for Health as Smoking 150 Cigarettes/Year
----- Case for Increasing Diversity in Transportation Workforce
----- The Netherlands: Riding from Delft to The Hague in the Dark
----- Share What You've Learned: W/B/P Call for Proposals Open until Jan. 3
R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Montgomery County, MD: Safer Walking & Biking in Suburbia
----- Deaths Prompt Seattle, WA to Lower Arterial Speed Limits to 25
----- New York City: Curbside Cyclist-Doorman-Tourist Conflicts
----- Miami, FL App Rewards Using Options Other than a Private Car
----- New Restrictive Bike Policy at New York City's LaGuardia Airport
----- Los Angeles, CA to Cut Emissions via Electric Vehicles & Mode Shift
----- FL Bill Proposes to Treat E-Bikes Like Regular Bikes
----- Impacts of Quick Build Ped Streetscape Improvements
----- Elementary School Ped Ed Lowers Ped Injuries in Children
----- Research Roadmap for Transportation & Public Health
----- The Potential of Classic Bikes vs E-Bikes in University Commuting
----- Evaluating Changes in Campus-Generated Greenhouse Gas Emissions
----- Bike Use & Accessibility Among Homeless People
----- NHTSA: 2018 Police-Reported Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes
----- Walkable Cities: Revitalization, Vibrancy, and Sustainable Consumption
----- Advisory Bike Lanes & Shoulders
----- Tool to Estimate Health Returns of Community Investments
----- Case Studies: Downsized Street Maintenance Vehicles
----- PBIC Released New Micromobility Resources
----- Cycling Without Age Takes Seniors out for Bike Rides
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE
BROOKINGS INSTITUTION TO CONGRESS: RETHINK INFRASTRUCTURE GOALS
-> Streetsblog USA reported Congress should stop splurging on new highways and instead expand transit to help Americans break their century-long addiction to a device that is killing us, the car, a top Washington, DC think tank argues. A new report from the Brookings Institution says lawmakers must establish a new set of economic, social and environmental goals that seek to address income inequality, sprawl, and catastrophic climate change and then direct funding to localities based on those values. (To Fix our Infrastructure, Washington Needs to Start from Scratch: https://brook.gs/2YCgnqi) Lawmakers and policy leaders must ask themselves what they want transportation to achieve beyond congestion relief, which won't happen with wider roads. http://bit.ly/349LL0z
PED- & BIKE-CAR CRASH MEDIA COVERAGE MISSES ROLE OF DRIVERS
-> CityLab reported research suggests that media outlets tend to blame pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by cars. A paper published in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board reviewed 4,000 articles covering bike and pedestrian crashes over 2 months in 2018. (Editorial Patterns in Bicyclist and Pedestrian Crash Reporting: http://bit.ly/38pIr4J, also covered in CenterLines issue #479) Their detailed analysis of 200 articles found that local news coverage overwhelmingly shifted blame toward vulnerable road users and away from drivers. "Coverage almost always obscures the public health nature of the problem by treating crashes as isolated incidents, by referring to crashes as accidents, and by failing to include input from planners, engineers, and other road safety experts." Most descriptions of crashes used object-based language: "A car hit a cyclist," rather than "a driver." This pattern of coverage likely contributes to the limited public outcry about pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. http://bit.ly/2P9PQ0A
[See also the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board article "Framing the Bicyclist: A Qualitative Study of Media Discourse about Fatal Bicycle Crashes: http://bit.ly/2V1HXyV, also covered in CenterLines issue #486.]
NEW ZEALAND: TACKLING UNSAFE SPEEDS PACKAGE
-> Trafinz, from the New Zealand Local Authority Traffic Institute, reported the Government has announced its Tackling Unsafe Speeds package, which seeks to improve how councils and the NZ Transport Agency carry out speed management and requires road controlling authorities (RCAs) to adopt safer speed limits around schools (max 40 kph/25 mph). The package includes increasing the number of safety cameras, and transfers their ownership and operation to the Transport Agency from NZ Police. The package also changes the way speed limits are set. Limits will no longer be set through a bylaw-making process. RCAs will be required to develop speed management plans which will set out proposals for speed limit changes, engineering upgrades and safety infrastructure treatments. http://bit.ly/347Ow2n, p.9
COUNTERACTING SUV EMISSIONS & PED DEATHS
-> The Price Tags blog reported the SUV (sport utility vehicle) epidemic which is killing pedestrians and responsible for an alarming uptick in automobile emissions is finally getting national press attention. SUVs are the second largest contributor to the global increase in CO2 emissions in the last 10 years, and the SUV is solely responsible for a 46% increase in pedestrian deaths. European countries have policies to counteract SUV emissions. The City of Lausanne, Switzerland has petitioned their Council for a ban on SUVs within the city. Fees in France and other European countries tax drivers of high-emission vehicles, providing those funds back as rebates to drivers of low-emission vehicles. Road pricing by vehicular size, weight and carbon emissions might make sense to shift towards public transit, and less ecologically damaging ways to travel. http://bit.ly/2Ed1Nfv
HIGH PM2.5 AS BAD FOR HEALTH AS SMOKING 150 CIGARETTES/YEAR
-> AirQualityNews.com reported living for one year in an area with high levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is as bad for human health as smoking 150 cigarettes a year, according to the British Heart Foundation. To come up with the figure, the charity first estimated the average annual levels of PM2.5 exposure for the whole UK population (8μg/m3) and then equated breathing this density of PM2.5 directly to the equivalent number of cigarettes. They scaled the number up to figure out how much daily exposure to PM2.5 is equal to smoking one daily cigarette, which they believe is around 28.8 8μg/m3. So if you were to stay in a polluted area that had an average PM2.5 of 28.8μg/m3 for that day, it would have the equivalent effect on your health as staying in an area with no pollution and smoking one cigarette. Average daily PM2.5 in the ten worst-polluted local authorities, which are all in the Greater London area, is 12.2μg/m3, which would equate to smoking 155 cigarettes per year. http://bit.ly/359NiVH
CASE FOR INCREASING DIVERSITY IN TRANSPORTATION WORKFORCE
-> A TR News article details demographic trends shaping the nation's workforce--the large millennial population, the rise of neurodiverse workers, and dramatically increased ethnic diversity. The authors note recent studies show that organizations with the most diverse workforces realize better decision-making and more efficiency, innovation, and profitability than do their less diverse peers. They conclude that increasing diversity in the transportation business not only is essential to agency mission achievement, but also can be a force for improved performance. http://bit.ly/38tZqTQ
THE NETHERLANDS: RIDING FROM DELFT TO THE HAGUE IN THE DARK
-> A Bicycle Dutch blog post described riding the almost 10 km (6.2 miles) from Delft to The Hague in the dark on a Saturday night and documented the route with videos, maps and other graphics. http://bit.ly/35lnBSt
SHARE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED: W/B/P CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN UNTIL JAN. 3
-> Share what you've learned about getting things done with your peers from many disciplines across the walking, bike and placemaking fields. The 2020 Walk/Bike/Places Indianapolis Call for Proposals is open until January 3, 2020: http://bit.ly/31XVKow. As a Breakout Presenter, Peer Coach, or Poster Presenter, your implementation expertise can help others succeed. Celebrate your successes, insights and challenges. Multiply your connections with leaders, influencers and thought partners, and deepen these relationships. Get ideas and inspiration for future projects. Be part of making this the most dynamic conference in the walking, biking and placemaking fields.
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 while 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 implementation, will be held in Indianapolis, IN August 4 to 7, 2020. http://bit.ly/WalkBikePlaces2020
REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD: SAFER WALKING & BIKING IN SUBURBIA
-> Streetsblog USA reported Montgomery County, MD, outside Washington, DC, is showing that it is possible to cater to cyclists and pedestrians in suburban places built around the car. Officials there are unabashedly embracing innovative traffic safety policies. County leaders reduced speeds on a number of arterial corridors by 5-10 miles per hour, but found they needed to change the design of the road by adding curves, installing other elements like bollards and medians to slow down drivers, and narrowing lanes, which creates a larger shoulder for cyclists and pedestrians. Read more about how the county is using speed and road design, bike and ped features, land use and density, changing culture, and collaborative partnerships to make walking and biking safer: http://bit.ly/2REoP7d
DEATHS PROMPT SEATTLE, WA TO LOWER ARTERIAL SPEED LIMITS TO 25
-> The Seattle Times reported nearly twice as many people have died this year in traffic collisions (25 deaths) than in 2018 (13 deaths)--and most were pedestrians. Seattle continues to stall in meeting its stated goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. The latest count comes from newly released city data as Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday that her administration will lower speed limits on all arterials--busy streets with a dividing line--to 25 mph. Speed limits were lowered on downtown streets in 2016. Seattle Police will conduct limited "emphasis patrols," according to SDOT, which will include plainclothes officers attempting to cross the street to find drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians. Police plan to mostly issue warnings, not tickets. http://bit.ly/2E8AT8C
NEW YORK CITY: CURBSIDE CYCLIST-DOORMAN-TOURIST CONFLICTS
-> The New York Times reported one consequence of the proliferation of bike lanes is an increasingly crowded streetscape that has led to an uncomfortable coexistence. Many doormen at hotels and apartment buildings say bike lanes have put them and their guests and tenants at risk for collisions with bicyclists. People exiting vehicles often do not look before crossing bike lanes to get to their destinations' doors. Some hotels have educated their doormen on how to handle this change in traffic pattern and have put up signs warning cyclists to slow down and watch out for people stepping through the bike lane. Drivers at the wheel of taxis, Uber and Lyft cars and limousines who double-park outside hotels, waiting for their passengers, say space is tight when they pull in next to a bike lane -- so tight that bicycles going by sometimes dent their cars or sport-utility vehicles. https://nyti.ms/2sYUIwP
MIAMI, FL APP REWARDS USING OPTIONS OTHER THAN A PRIVATE CAR
-> Fast Company reported that Velocia, Miami, FL's new transit app (http://bit.ly/2YBlvLu), creates a virtuous cycle by giving you free rides when you use any transportation option that isn't a private car. Using Metrorail, a Bolt e-scooter, a Citi Bike share bike, or a Getaround peer-to-peer car-sharing car accumulates rewards you can cash in for your next commute, like Lyft promo codes or a free half hour on a Citi Bike. This is a public-private partnership between Miami-Dade public transit, Bolt e-scooters, Citi Bikes, Getaround car sharing, and SwiftSeat carpooling. Users can pair those services with their Velocia account (Miami's EASY Card for its Metrorail and Metrobus can also be linked to and reloaded on smartphones) and instantly earn rewards. http://bit.ly/34baIbS
NEW RESTRICTIVE BIKE POLICY AT NEW YORK CITY'S LAGUARDIA AIRPORT
-> Streetsblog NYC reported the Port Authority has crafted a new, and profoundly anti-cyclist, riding policy for New York City's LaGuardia Airport that not only puts most roadways off limits to cyclists, but requires them to wear protective gear not mandated by state law -- and even blames them for ruining the lives of drivers when they are run over by cars: "Further, the only thing worse than being injured while riding a bicycle is being the driver of a vehicle that strikes a person on a bicycle or scooter." See the new policy statement from the airport agency issued last month, which took effect on November 19. (General Manager's Bulletin #19-28 LaGuardia Airport's Bicycle and Scooter Safety Policy- Bicycle-Scooter Access and Parking Map (002): http://bit.ly/2sdf316). The Port Authority said the new policy was not motivated by any recent increase in injuries or crashes at the airport, but simply because "city bicycle use is on the rise." http://bit.ly/34bzGrE
LOS ANGELES, CA TO CUT EMISSIONS VIA ELECTRIC VEHICLES & MODE SHIFT
-> Fast Company reported that Los Angeles, CA now has the country's most ambitious plan for cutting emissions from transportation. In less than a decade, it wants the majority of new cars to be electric and all city buses to be electric--and it wants 20% of trips that currently happen in single-occupancy cars to shift to public transportation or active transportation like biking. (Zero Emissions 2028 Roadmap 2.0: http://bit.ly/34aEOwm) One of the key ways they project to achieve the reduction goal for greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution is to get people out of their cars and into public or active transit. Expanding micromobility can also help; a recent report in Santa Monica found that 49% of the trips that people were taking on electric scooters and shared bikes were replacing short trips that otherwise would have happened in cars. http://bit.ly/33Ikv9t
FL BILL PROPOSES TO TREAT E-BIKES LIKE REGULAR BIKES
-> FLAPOL reported FL State Sen. Jeff Brandes filed a bill last week to update the state's laws to accommodate the growing trend of micro-mobility. SB 1148: Electric Bicycles (http://bit.ly/2skqbco) would legalize the use of electric bicycles in the same manner that regular bicycles are regulated. E-bikes would have "all the rights and privileges" of a regular bike or a bicycle operator. The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2021 if approved, would require manufacturers to place a permanently affixed label in a prominent location identifying the motor's top assisted speed and motor wattage. It would also have to include the bike's electric classification number. The bill would make it illegal for a user to tamper with the motor to change its capabilities unless that label is updated to reflect the bikes new classification. All e-bikes would have to include motors that disengage if a user stops pedaling or depresses the breaks on the bike. http://bit.ly/36h5Un0
THE RESEARCH BEAT
IMPACTS OF QUICK BUILD PED STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS
-> A study published in the Journal of Transport & Health evaluated quick build projects at 2 intersections in low-income neighborhoods. (Quick build projects are rapid, low-cost approaches for modifying the streetscape to improve pedestrian safety and support walking.) Researcher observations assessed the number of pedestrians and drivers using each intersection and vehicle/driver behaviors. They found pedestrian activity increased by 23%, unsafe driving behavior decreased, and residents felt safer. Impacts of Temporary Pedestrian Streetscape Improvements on Pedestrian and Vehicle Activity and Community Perceptions: http://bit.ly/2sbnNVF
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PED ED LOWERS PED INJURIES IN CHILDREN
-> The Journal of Surgical Research reported an interactive street-crossing simulation was implemented at target elementary schools in Los Angeles County, CA beginning in 2009. Researchers found this pedestrian safety education is associated with increased knowledge, safe crosswalk behaviors, and lower incidence of pedestrian-related injuries in elementary school-aged children. Interactive Education is Associated With Lower Incidence of Pedestrian-Related Injury in Children: http://bit.ly/38r1vQ5
RESEARCH ROADMAP FOR TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC HEALTH
-> The Transportation Research Board released a draft NCHRP report that provides a plan for funding research over the next decade that can lead to greater consideration of health issues in transportation. An Implementation Plan is outlined in the Health and Transportation Research Roadmap presentation. (Download: https://bit.ly/2YydhDZ) The 10-year strategic Roadmap will provide a broad overview of highly relevant research needs as well as implementable tools for state DOTs and partners at the intersection of transportation and public health in the US. The research problem statements relate to health outcomes in transportation, performance measures, reporting and integrating pedestrian and bicycle non-fatal injuries, public transportation decisions, public health impacts, demographic changes on travel behavior and health, and evaluating and integrating emerging data sources. A Research Roadmap for Transportation and Public Health Management http://bit.ly/2E3tLKN
THE POTENTIAL OF CLASSIC BIKES VS E-BIKES IN UNIVERSITY COMMUTING
-> In March 2020 Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews will publish research that identified the prospects of a modal shift towards conventional and electric bicycles based on a case study at the 3 main campuses of the University of Liège in Belgium. Considering the distances traveled to the university under current travel patterns, there is the potential for 23% of those traveling to the university to use conventional bicycles. However, that potential grows to 70% if travelers used e-bikes. Researchers found safe bike paths are the key stimuli for increased cycling trips for 62% of the car users. Evaluation of the Potential of Classic and Electric Bicycle Commuting as an Impetus for the Transition towards Environmentally Sustainable Cities: A Case Study of the University Campuses in Liege, Belgium: http://bit.ly/2OKJrrp
EVALUATING CHANGES IN CAMPUS-GENERATED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
-> The Mineta Transportation Institute published a report that examined some of the challenges associated with estimating campus-generated greenhouse gas emissions and evaluates ways to address those challenges. The purpose of this study was to identify changes in campus-generated travel behavior at CA Polytechnic State University based on the results of 3 successive campus-wide travel surveys. The study also evaluated alternative data sources that have the potential to supplement or replace campus travel surveys as a source of data for campus-generated greenhouse gas emissions; and to evaluate alternative methods to estimating greenhouse gas emissions from campus-generated vehicle miles traveled. Moving from Walkability? Evaluation Traditional and Merging Data Sources for Evaluating Changes in Campus-Generated Greenhouse Gas Emissions: http://bit.ly/35diPWO
BIKE USE & ACCESSIBILITY AMONG HOMELESS PEOPLE
-> The Journal of Transport Geography published research that examined the experience of homelessness and bicycling in 2 CA cities to answer the question: How does the bicycle improve (or detract from) the interactive accessibility of homeless people? The author found people experiencing homelessness find the bicycle to be an adaptable mode of transportation that is more responsive than transit and reaches larger areas than walking. Bicycle Use and Accessibility Among People Experiencing Homelessness in California Cities: http://bit.ly/36jLBVO
QUOTES R US
"One thing that will make it hard to get to Vision Zero in Cleveland (OH) is that we are just one city in a county of 58 others. To be successful we will need to reach motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, transit users and commercial vehicle operators who travel through or to Cleveland from neighboring communities. Through our Taskforce we have engaged our state department of transportation and our regional planning organization. We also created an Education and Engagement Sub-Committee to help guide our Vision Zero outreach efforts."
--Jacob VanSickle, Bike Cleveland Executive Director, during an interview with Vision Zero Network: http://bit.ly/2YEETHj
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
SNOW LEOPARD GETS A CLOSE UP & BELUGA WHALE RETRIVES BALL
Here are 2 very brief videos: Get up close and personal with a normally elusive, but curious snow leopard--including its fangs, tongue and throat. The camera appears to have survived. http://bit.ly/2qJy1fu Watch scientists play catch with a wild beluga whale, who fetches and returns a rugby ball. http://bit.ly/34NNWI5
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 "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 "Walking into the New Year"
Date: January 8, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Larry Smith (German Village Walking Club) & other panelists to be announced
Host: America Walks
Details: http://bit.ly/2E5eVUf, free
Webinar "Using the ADA and ABA Standards: Chapter 1: Application and Administration"
Date: January 9, 2020, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Presenter(s): Paul Beatty & Bill Botten, (US Access Board)
Host: US Access Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2sj88DO, free
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
Webinar "Sustainability Training for Policymakers & Planners"
Date: January 23 & 24, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET each day
Presenter(s): Kimberly Burton (Burton Planning Services)
Host: Urban Elephant Media
Details: http://bit.ly/2RQSCd5, $311.06 including fee
Webinar "Turbo-Charged - Turbo Roundabout Advancements"
Date: January 29, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Presenter(s): Letty Schamp (City of Hilliard, OH), Brian Moore & Jaap Tigelaar (Arcadis) & RJ Porter (VHB)
Host: Transportation Research Board
Details: http://bit.ly/2REBDun, $105 for some registrants
NHTSA: 2018 POLICE-REPORTED MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC CRASHES
-> The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a research note that estimates there were 6.7 million police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2018 and compares them with the corresponding estimates from 2017. (Police-Reported Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes in 2018: http://bit.ly/2YIfugc) The report also provides data related to pedestrians and "pedal cyclists" who together are called "nonoccupants." http://bit.ly/2YIfugc
WALKABLE CITIES: REVITALIZATION, VIBRANCY, AND SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION
-> In Walkable Cities: Revitalization, Vibrancy, and Sustainable Consumption, a book published this fall, author by Carlos J. L. Balsas examines a range of city scales and geographic settings in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, and in the US, Phoenix and New York City. Balsas calls attention to the need to base urban revitalization interventions on more spatially and socially just interventions coupled with sustainable consumption practices that do not necessarily entail high growth levels, but instead aim to improve the quality of city life. https://amzn.to/38tLtoQ
ADVISORY BIKE LANES & SHOULDERS
-> A recent ITE Journal article describes advisory bike lanes or advisory shoulders, collectively known as edge lane roads (ELRs). ELRs provide facilities for bicyclists and other vulnerable road users on low-volume streets. The article includes the characteristics of ELRs in North American, their safety performance to date, and some uses of ELRs not currently shown in published guidance. (The author notes he had no involvement in the selection of the photo at the head of the article.) http://bit.ly/2RDbcF8
TOOL TO ESTIMATE HEALTH RETURNS OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS
-> Public Health Institute reported its new Neighborhood Health Calculator (http://bit.ly/2Pa4Qvl) is a comprehensive spreadsheet that weighs multiple factors, from health literacy to hospitalization, to generate real numbers that can help make the case for investing in communities. One example: The Washington, D.C.-based Conway Center, a $90 million comprehensive community development investment with 202 units of affordable housing, job training for 300 adults each year, and a community health center that provides services for an estimated 10,000 local residents annually, has the potential to generate $351.5 million in health returns--a 291% rate of return. See the research and download the Neighborhood Health Calculator to do your own calculations. (http://bit.ly/2sfKp7r) This approach builds upon the methodology of the Low Income Investment Fund's Social Impact Calculator and the Work Integration Social Enterprise Societal Cost Impact Calculator and incorporates additional cost savings and social return on investment literature spanning community development, urban planning, and public health. http://bit.ly/2E3ksdV
CASE STUDIES: DOWNSIZED STREET MAINTENANCE VEHICLES
-> The NACTO Update reported as cities look to redesign their streets to provide more safe mobility and transportation options, new operations challenges and opportunities arise. Chief among these: how to maintain bikeway and pedestrian infrastructure using city fleet vehicles. NACTO's new case studies, produced by the US DOT Volpe Center, profile 4 cities that are tackling this question (Boston, Salt Lake City, Cambridge, Chicago): Case Studies: Downsized Street Maintenance Vehicles: http://bit.ly/2E3WNdn.
PBIC RELEASED NEW MICROMOBILITY RESOURCES
-> The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) produced 2 new resources that offer contextual and applied insight into micromobility, including e-scooters.
- Basics of Micromobility & Related Motorized Devices for Personal Transportation. This report provides an overview of powered forms of micromobility and compares features of micromobility with a spectrum of other traditional and emerging forms of transportation. With a surge of new personal transportation devices coming to market, some integrated into shared ride systems (such as bikeshare programs), there is a need to establish a common vocabulary for these options and provide basic information about how these devices are classified and regulated. http://bit.ly/36nTqtD
- E-Scooter Management in Midsized Cities in the United States. The second resource documents practices related to micromobility, specifically e-scooters, in 9 mid-sized US cities. The scan packages feedback from city staff about challenges and opportunities that emerged with e-scooter adoption, including permitting and regulatory issues, potential safety concerns, and infrastructure design observations. It documents anecdotal evidence and noteworthy practices and identifies issues for future discussion. http://bit.ly/2RNliDo
CYCLING WITHOUT AGE TAKES SENIORS OUT FOR BIKE RIDES
-> Next City reported Cycling Without Age (http://bit.ly/2PyHPRJ) is a non-profit that uses volunteers on tri-shaw bikes to take seniors living in care facilities out for rides in cities across the world. There are more than 1,643 Cycling Without Age chapters in 42 countries, including over 300 chapters in the US. Read about a chapter in Meridian, ID. http://bit.ly/35huLqQ
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
-> 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 PROPOSALS - 2020 Montana Bike Walk Summit, April 28-May 1, 2020, Great Falls, MT
Deadline: January 10, 2020, http://bit.ly/2OUuO5T
-> 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 ABSTRACTS - Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology (SETT) 2020 Shaping the Future of Mobility (Transportation Research Board), August 31-September 2, 2020, Irvine, CA
Deadline: February 15, 2020, http://bit.ly/36nEMmo
-> CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 2020 NCHRP Synthesis Program (Transportation Research Board)
Deadline: February 17, 2020, http://bit.ly/2t2EkLP
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - 2020 International Conference on Winter Maintenance and Surface Transportation Weather and Winter Maintenance National Peer Exchange (Transportation Research Board), September 21-24, 2020, Atlanta, GA
Deadline: March 2, 2020, http://bit.ly/2RExZRd
-> CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS - Walk21, September 22-25, 2020, Seoul, Korea
Deadline: Feburary 21, 2020, http://bit.ly/2E41qE6
-> CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - 2020 Liveable Cities Conference, June 22-23, 2020, Perth Australia
Deadline: March 6, 2020, http://bit.ly/2KRuVwA
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Urban Transitions 2020 Integrating Urban and Transport Planning, Environment and Health for Healthier Urban Living, November 10-12, 2020, Barcelona, Spain
Deadline: June 5, 2020, http://bit.ly/38t4FTC
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
-> 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
-> April 28-May 1, 2020 - 2020 Montana Bike Walk Summit, Great Falls, MT
-> 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
-> May 24-31, 2020 - Go Bike Montreal Festival, Canada
-> 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)
-> July 8-12, 2020 - Esri User Conference: GIS-The Intelligent Nervous System, San Diego, CA
-> July 12-15, 2020 - Transportation, Environment, and Energy: An Integrated Research Symposium (Transportation Research Board), Denver, CO
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
-> August 31-September 2, 2020 - Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology (SETT) 2020 Shaping the Future of Mobility (Transportation Research Board), Irvine, CA
-> September 21-24, 2020- 2020 International Conference on Winter Maintenance and Surface Transportation Weather and Winter Maintenance National Peer Exchange (Transportation Research Board), Atlanta, GA
-> September 22-25, 2020 - Walk21 Seoul, Korea
-> October 28 to 31, 2020 - 8th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress, Vancouver, Canada
-> November 10-12, 2020 - Urban Transitions 2020 Integrating Urban and Transport Planning, Environment and Health for Healthier Urban Living, Barcelona, Spain
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.
-> RFP: NEXT GENERATION OF THE USLIMITS2 SPEED LIMIT SETTING EXPERT SYSTEM, TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) issued a request for proposals to determine what updates are needed to establish safe, credible, and enforceable speed limits for a variety of facility types that serve all roadway users. The speed limit decision algorithm has not been updated since 2006.
Deadline: January 8, 2020, http://bit.ly/2se8QSy
-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - LEADERSHIP NACTO
Leadership NACTO offers promising leaders in city transportation the opportunity for in-depth, targeted professional development and training, as well as sustained connections with a cohort of other emerging leaders. Through the 10-month fellowship, Leadership NACTO Fellows will attend 3 in-person workshops, the NACTO Designing Cities conference, and monthly virtual meetings.
Deadline: January 21, 2020, http://bit.ly/2E5j7TF
-> REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS-ROUND 16 - PARTNERS FOR PLACES GENERAL GRANTS PROGRAM, THE FUNDERS' NETWORK, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE URBAN SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTORS NETWORK
Partners for Places is a matching grant program that enhances local capacity to build equitable and sustainable communities in the US and Canada. The fund does this by requiring local government and local foundation partnerships, and by pairing national and local philanthropic funding sources. These one-to-one matching awards support the planning and implementing of urban sustainability and green stormwater infrastructure projects.
Deadline: January 31, 2020 by 11:59 p.m., in any time zone, http://bit.ly/2PwrDAw
-> JOB - SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT, CAPITAL PROGRAMS - TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT - UNIV. OF IL, URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, IL
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a Sustainable Transportation Assistant to be responsible for supporting the programs and services that promote sustainable transportation at the university. The Assistant will collaborate with various entities across the campus and the community, focusing on the five E's of sustainable/active transportation: education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering, and evaluation. Additionally, the Assistant will develop sustainable solutions for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation and support the transition to sustainable fuels for the university fleet.
Deadline: December 16, 2019, http://bit.ly/2PxXYXJ
-> JOB - PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGER I, CITY OF COLUMBUS, OH
This full-time, general fund position is responsible for facilitating development of walking clubs, creating walking maps, assessing neighborhood walkability, assisting in health impact assessments, and engaging with other pedestrian initiatives throughout the City of Columbus. Under direction, this position is responsible for the management of a public health service in the Columbus Public Health Department.
Deadline: December 19, 2019 by 11:59 pm ET, http://bit.ly/36kxDmP
-> JOB - MULTIMODAL PLANNER, VA DOT, RICHMOND, VA
VA DOT seeks Multimodal Planner with strong Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and experience for an average of 29 hours/week. 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; and improve bicycle and pedestrian data, among other duties.
Deadline: December 20, 2019, http://bit.ly/2LHEOgN
-> JOB - PLANNER I/II/III, WORKPLACE ALASKA, JUNEAU, AK (Alaska residents only)
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities seeks a flexibly staffed Planner I/II/III to be responsible for managing transit administrative requirements and funding streams for public and human service transportation grant programs administered through the Alaska Community Transit Office. This position also serves as the Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator. The Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator is responsible for coordinating active transportation efforts across all DOT&PF regions, interested agencies, and the public. This includes implementing the recommendations of the Statewide Active Transportation Plan, such as collecting and tracking performance measure data, mapping state owned pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and tracking investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Additionally, there is an emphasis on public outreach, including involvement Safe Routes to School Programs, bike/walk to school/work activities, and other community engaged activities.
Deadline: December 20, 2019 by 5:00pm Alaska, http://bit.ly/36nfKUj
-> 3 JOBS - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (NACTO), NEW YORK, NY
1. Program Manager to Senior Program Manager, Design Education. NACTO seeks a knowledgeable street designer, engaging presenter, and skilled educator to join their team as a full-time Program Manager or Senior Program Manager of Design Education. This role will work to expand NACTO's capacity to train on their street design guidance by building a proactive suite of street design workshops and trainings for city transportation professionals. The ideal candidate has a knack for structuring and delivering engaging presentations, has detailed knowledge of street design principles and practices, and has an understanding of best practices in adult education and workshop design.
Deadline: January 13, 2020, http://bit.ly/2E4sOSi
2. Senior Communications Associate. The Senior Communications Associate will play a critical role in building the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) online presence by working on multiple project campaigns and developing systems and tools to reach key audiences. They will be a thought partner in shaping the GDCI story and developing a voice for the organization, and implementing a communications plan for GDCI at large, with a special emphasis on energizing our digital platforms.
Deadline: January 17, 2020, http://bit.ly/2YG7Dzx
3. Director of Engagement. The Director of Engagement will nurture, grow, and lead programs that support and empower member city transportation staff -- specifically the Designing Cities conference, the Leadership NACTO program, our Peer Networks, and other aspects of member and partner engagement.
Deadline: January 27, 2020, http://bit.ly/2RBa59b
-> JOB - BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, CITY OF BROWNSVILLE, TX
The ideal candidate for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator position aspires to be a model of innovation, inclusion and empowerment, who enables bold people and ideas to thrive. The Coordinator will be a participatory leader: a results-oriented, relationship-building, self-aware team player who also possesses high integrity and politeness, and who fosters trust by building relationships with tolerance, patience, and support in order to provide the best value in service to the citizens of Brownsville and the Region. This position has a primary responsibility for the administration and implementation of the City of Brownsville's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that enhances health and wellness in our community, in coordination with other regional mobility initiatives such as the Caracara Trails plan.
Deadline: Open until filled, http://bit.ly/2E4Ygjt
-> JOB - PLACEMAKING & MOBILITY COORDINATOR, MIDTOWN ASSOCIATION, SACRAMENTO, CA
The Placemaking & Mobility Coordinator supports the Placemaking Manager, their peers, and key consultants to ensure effective daily operations of the Placemaking program. The Placemaking program includes installing lighting projects, wayfinding and art installations, parks programming, and transportation planning. This position will also support the introduction of improved wayfinding, with a focus on pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-centric signage.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2rzqBfc
-> JOB - PRINCIPAL PROGRAM COORDINATOR - OUTREACH, HOUSTON-GALVESTON AREA COUNCIL, TX
The Principal Program Coordinator will help develop and implement travel demand management strategies such as transit connections, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, carpool, vanpool, telework, etc. to support the Travel Demand Management Program. This will entail developing focus areas, specific actions, and coordinating outreach efforts to promote commuter alternatives to alleviate congestion and improve air quality in those areas. A knowledge and understanding of transportation planning is essential for this role.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2qKSm48
-> JOB - RESEARCH ASSOCIATE - WESTERN TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE, MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BOZEMAN, MT
The Western Transportation Institute seeks a Research Associate to work in its Mobility and Public Transportation group focusing on public transportation (transit) work, along with research on bicycling and pedestrian issues. Current research projects include studies of mobility/transit issues in rural and tribal communities and bicycle and pedestrian issues in rural areas and on Federal lands. Additional research and technical assistance include organizing walk audits and pop-up traffic calming projects and transportation demand management research and activities.
Deadline: Screening began October 18, 2019, but applications accepted until an adequate applicant pool established, http://bit.ly/35aX0Y4
-> JOB - CO-COORDINATOR FOR BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAM, CYCLES OF CHANGE, OAKLAND, CA
Cycles of Change seeks an outgoing, self-directed, flexible, highly organized individual with good communication skills to co-coordinate and implement their safety programs. Co-coordinator will be working alongside another coordinator to both teach and coordinate the Bike Safety Education Program in Alameda County.
Deadline: None provided, http://bit.ly/2rqhyxd
-> 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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