Notice of Annual Meeting
APBP's Annual Meeting will be held luncheon-style on Wednesday, September 12, noon to 1:30 p.m., at George's Greek Café, 135 Pine Avenue in Long Beach. If you're going to ProWalk/ProBike®, please join us! Congratulate the winners of the 2012 Annual Awards and meet the candidates for the 2013 Board of Directors. George's is an 8-minute walk from the Convention Center; $15 buys a great buffet lunch of Greek delicacies (gluten-free options are available). Please register and pay in advance online: Click here.
APBP Announces Gihon Jordan Scholarship Recipients
Seven APBP members have been awarded Gihon Jordan Scholarships to attend the ProWalk/ProBike® conference in Long Beach next month. The recipients are Allison Camp, David Laumer, Lyndsay McKeever,
Krista Nordback, Jay Pierce, Jessica Schoner, and Tony Spagnoli.
Krista Nordback was selected for her winning poster presentation at the 2011 APBP Professional Development Seminar "The Impact of Bicycle Friendly Policy on Cyclists Safety in Boulder, Colorado”. Krista is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado-Denver. Jessica Schoner is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota in Transportation Engineering and Transportation Planning, focusing on nonmotorized transportation, bicycle facility networks and bike share. Jay Pierce is the Aurora, Colorado, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Allison Camp is a graduate student at the University of Oregon studying Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning. Tony Spagnoli is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Masters in Urban Planning (active transportation, urban design). Lyndsay McKeever is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech in Humanities, Science and the Environment. David "Bud” Laumer was the Arkansas State Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator at the time he was selected for the scholarship; his new job is in transit. Meet them at the APBP Annual Meeting!
APBP's scholarship programs are funded through member donations. We're short of our fundraising goal, so Peter Lagerwey and Kit Keller have pledged $500 for a challenge grant to meet our 2012 obligations. Please help us educate and encourage the next generation of bike/ped professionals by making a donation to the Gihon Jordan fund; click here. To date, APBP has received generous contributions from over 60 donors. Thank you!
APBP Women Cycling Project Gains Momentum
by Kit Keller, Executive Director
Remarkably, it's been more than two years since APBP received over 13,000 responses to our Women Cycling Survey and produced the first annual Women Cycling webinar. This conversation has taken on a life of its own, leading up to the first National Women's Bicycling Summit on September 13 in Long Beach, co-hosted by APBP and the League of American Bicyclists.
The Summit features a keynote address by Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief, and takes place immediately after the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference. In addition to Ms. Day, the Summit agenda includes six breakout sessions and a Cycle Chic bike fashion show. Click here for information and registration.
APBP is working to make the Women Cycling Project website (www.womencyclingproject.info) more useful and interactive. Check the site for a guide to organizing your own Women Cycling Summit—you and two friends can make it happen. APBP created this guide for you – use it, improve it, and share it with others. The site also hosts recordings of past women cycling webinars and a recording of the first National Women Cycling Forum in Washington, D.C. last March, presented by APBP and the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
Students continue to tap Women Cycling Survey data. In 2012, Anne Broache, a student in the Master of Urban Planning program at the University of Washington, wrote her thesis on "Perspectives on Seattle Women's Decisions to Bike for Transportation." Anne told me, "My analysis of the WCP data revealed that traffic safety is the prime concern for Seattle women, which is consistent with previous research, including a chapter about women and cycling in John Pucher's forthcoming book [City Cycling]. I'm continuing to explore ways to stay active in this field, as I'm quite interested in the gender aspect of bicycling.” Her thesis recommends that "planners consider greater separation of bikes from motorized traffic, improve end-of-trip facilities, explore creative workarounds to steep topography, seek solutions to increase route connectivity, and enhance marketing activities that address cycling for transportation as a lifestyle.” Read Anne's paper at www.womencyclingproject.info.
> In a news release dated August 16, national advocacy groups announced, "After months of steady dialogue and face-to-face meetings, the leaders of the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Bikes Belong and League of American Bicyclists have decided not to pursue full unification at this time. The three groups continue to operate independently, in close collaboration, to make bicycling safer and more enjoyable for all Americans." Read the full announcement here.
> Chattanooga's bike sharing system is online, according to a July 24 news release. The Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System provides 300 bicycles in a network of 28 stations; it is the first large scale bicycle transit system in the Southeast. "We really appreciate the public's support with this innovative project,” says Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator (and APBP Board member) Philip Pugliese. "It will set a new standard for bicycle transit in the United States.” Learn more at http://www.bikechattanooga.com/
> According to a July 12 news release, the Broward (Florida) Metropolitan Planning Organization has approved Complete Streets Guidelines for Broward County; it is the first regional planning agency in Florida to lead the development of Complete Streets Guidelines and the first in the country to use the Model Design Manual for Living Streets for Los Angeles County for a regional effort. (View a free webinar about the Model Design Manual here.)
> New York City will extend 20 MPH "slow zones” to as many as 13 neighborhoods (http://tinyurl.com/9angyjr). Learn more about NYC's slow zones at a free webinar on August 16, "Pedestrian Safety Initiatives in New York City;” https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/119480578.
> The City of Boulder has developed a series of videos with community partners that offer tips and information on various biking topics including selecting a bike, the ABC check, and maintenance. The city's Communication team thought of this as a way to get the community excited about the Pro Cycling Challenge (Stage 6 ends in Boulder). The series is running on the City of Boulder's Channel 8, the local government television broadcasting station and video production facility; view some of the videos on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/search?q=bike+tune+ups+boulder
> On August 1, the White House honored champions of change for unwavering commitment to transportation innovation. Among them, two people active in bicycling and walking: Veronica Davis, Nspiregreen, DC (Bicycles and Livability) and Bob Sloane, Walk Boston, (Livability). Congratulations, Veronica and Bob!
Veronica spoke at the March 2012 National Women Cycling Forum sponsored by APBP and the Alliance for Biking & Walking. Walk Boston recently published the Good Walking is Good Business brochure. Read more about the awards here.
> MUTCD Strategic Planning Initiative: Have your say about the long-range vision and a strategic plan for the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices here: http://mutcd.tamu.edu/
Recommended Reading, Resources and Reports
> Executive Director Kit Keller recommends this blog post from Sustainable Cities Collective: "The Real Reason Why Bicycles are the Key to Better Cities” (http://tinyurl.com/3bx4emx).
We all know the talking points. The benefits of bicycles have been tirelessly elaborated upon; bicycles improve health, ease congestion, save money, use less space, and provide efficient transportation with zero fuel consumption and zero carbon emissions. The culmination of a population on two wheels can have a drastic impact on the overall wellbeing of a city. However, none of these come close to the most meaningful aspect of cycling, a factor that cannot be quantified but has endless value to those fighting to improve their communities. The most vital element for the future of our cities is that the bicycle is an instrument of experiential understanding. On a bicycle, citizens experience their city with deep intimacy, often for the first time.
Author Kasey Klimes works as an urban data specialist at Gehl Architects in Copenhagen. Another version of the article is posted on http://secretrepublic.com/
> MAP 21 resources at your fingertips:
• FHWA's MAP 21 website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/MAP21/
• America Bikes' explication of MAP 21: http://www.americabikes.org/map_21_webinar_slides
• Rails to Trails has conducted two webinars; descriptions and links to the recordings are here: http://tinyurl.com/8l6tgyo
• For the latest information from the advocacy community about using MAP-21 wisely, go to: http://www.advocacyadvance.org/map21
> The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's August Vital Signs report brings national attention to the importance of safe and accessible walking: "More People Walk to Better Health” http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/Walking/index.html Vital Signs offers fact sheets and strategies to address public health issues.
> The Walkability Workbook is a publication of the WALC Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is now available to download for free at http://www.walklive.org/
Opportunities and Deadlines
> August 31: Early registration deadline for NACTO's conference, Designing Cities: Leading the Way to World-Class Streets, October 24-26 in New York City. Register here: http://nacto.org/
> September 1: Deadline to submit papers for 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium (April 14-17, 2013 in Arizona). More information here: http://www.americantrails.org/2013/
> AASHTO Bike Guide: PBIC and Toole Design Group are offering a free webinar series covering the updated Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, released in June 2012, a key resource for creating and designing bicycle facilities in the U.S. The seven-part webinar series has been approved by the American Planning Association for certification maintenance credits; plus, participants qualify for a 20% discount on the guide. To register for any of the webinars, go to www.bicyclinginfo.org/aashto.
August 10: Overview of Revised AASHTO Guide for Development of Bicycle Facilities (slides available)
August 22: Bicycle Planning
September 4: Road Facilities Part 1: Bike Lanes
September 18: On-Road Facilities Part 2: Shared Lanes, Paved Shoulders, Bicycle Boulevards and Traffic Signals
October 9: Off Road Facilities: Shared Use Path Design
October 23: Off Road Facilities: Shared Use Path - Roadway Intersection Design
November 6: Maintenance and Operations
> August 21: CAN webinar, "SRTS in Indian Country Part One: Understanding Program Development Challenges.” 1:00 pm EDT; free; register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/430834425
> August 22: APHA webinar, "What Health Impact Assessments Can Do for Health Inequities.” 2:00 pm EDT; free; register here: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=vygakw13f15q This is the third in a 3-part series on critical health and equity issues within the transportation sector.
> September 5: APBP webinar, "NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, 2nd Edition”. Free; register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/624896730
> September 19: APBP webinar, "Liability: Understanding and Managing Risk” 3:00 pm EDT; $50 for members, $75 for non-members; register here: http://www.apbp.org/event/Sep-19_webinar
> October 24: Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility; workshop at IBPI – Portland State University. Registration deadline is September 20; cost is $295. Click here for information and registration Learn how to apply the guidelines and policies of the Americans with Disabilities Act to public rights-of-way, enhancing pedestrian mobility, independence and safety through accessible design and the accessible design elements of the pedestrian corridor. This course has been approved for 7 Certification Maintenance credits and 1.5 legal credits for planners from the AICP.
APBP Member News
Congratulations and best wishes to these members who are undertaking new endeavors:
> Tony Hull is transitioning from his role as Non Motorized Planning & Evaluation Analyst for Transit for Livable Communities in St Paul, Minnesota, to a new position with Toole Design Group. Stay tuned for details!
> Benjamin Niesen has started Grove Design Group, LLC, a civil engineering firm specializing in infrastructure consulting services for municipalities and local agencies, with partners Aaron Terry and David Ellermann. The firm is based in St. Louis.
> Jamie Parks, formerly with Kittelson and Associates, is now Senior Transportation Planner with the City of Oakland, California. Jamie has worked on the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide and serves as Chair of the TRB Bicycle Research Sub-Committee.
> Ben Weiss is the new Bicycle Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Missoula, Montana; Ben takes over from Phil Smith who retired in July.
> Congratulations to APBP members and friends who are newly appointed to the TRB Bicycle Transportation Committee (ANF 20): Christine Eary, SANDAG; Maureen Gresham, Idaho Transportation Department; Kit Keller, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals; Krista Nordback, University of Colorado-Denver; Sarah O'Brien, Institute for Transportation Research and Education, NC State University; Matthew Ridgway, Fehr & Peers; Gabe Rousseau, Federal Highway Administration; Carl Sundstrom, UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
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Thanks to all who contributed, knowingly or unwittingly, to this bulletin: Scott Bricker, Christopher Douwes, Mark Horowitz, Kit Keller, Philip Pugliese, Marni Ratzel, Phil Smith.