September 7, 2010

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In this bulletin: ITE Recognizes Nashville MPO | Find APBP at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® | Local Coordinators Meeting | Bicycles, Pedestrians and Transit Webinar | Pre-conference Events | New Resources | Member News
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If there's a way to do it better...find it.
-Thomas A. Edison

RFP: Webinar presentations.
APBP has announced topics for its 2011 webinar series. Click here to review the list and submit an RFP. Presenters claim a modest honorarium and are enrolled in APBP's Hall of Fame.

September 11-17: National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project Count The next NBPDP count and survey takes place the second week in September. APBP encourages you to participate.

Counts tell about current use and the need for facility improvements. These data can then support funding applications. Visit the NBPDP Web site for details, example forms, training presentations and information on automatic count technologies.
September 30: Deadline for feedback on FY2011 Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP). STEP funding is used to conduct research and develop tools and technologies to advance national environment, planning and realty research initiatives. Stakeholder input helps to identify and prioritize STEP research topics and to develop and implement the national research agenda.

To provide your feedback on suggested lines of research for the proposed FY2011 STEP, visit the STEP Web site and review the draft FY 2011 STEP Implementation Strategy
here. After reviewing the proposed strategy, submit your feedback here.

September 30: Deadline to submit photo and video entries for the Women Cycling Project. See instructions and prizes here. Win fabulous prizes!

Is your community making steady progress on becoming more walkable and bicycle-friendly? Maybe it's time you showed off by hosting the 2011, 2013, or 2015 APBP Professional Development Seminar. Watch for the PDS 2011 RFP coming to your inbox soon. APBP also seeks members to serve on the planning team for the 2011 Professional Development Seminar. E-mail APBP Board President and Conference Action Team leader Seleta Reynolds.

Career Opportunities
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, Bloomington, Ind. Apply by 9/17. More info here.

Executive Director, Bay Area Bicycle Coalition. Apply by 9/17. More info here.
SFMTA will hire two Project Managers. More info here.
Director of Planning, Active Transportation Alliance. Apply by 9/20 for priority consideration. More info here.
Details about these and other job opportunities in APBP's Career Center.

FHWA & PBIC Webinars on Designing for Pedestrian Safety: Sep 9 - Intersection Geometry, 2:00 p.m. Eastern.
Sep 27 - Signalized Intersections, 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Register here.

APBP Webinars:
Sep 15 - Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Transit
Oct 20 - Roundabout Design for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Nov 17 - The Connection Between Smart Growth and Bicycle/Pedestrian Plans
Dec 15 - Bike Boxes
Always at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, the third Wednesday of the month.

Visit this page to learn how you can view past webinars on funding, cycle tracks, ADA transition plans, bicycle parking best practices, and more.

APBP member Mark Schulz is an Associate Professor at UNC-Greensboro and an avid cyclist. After being hit by a texting driver while riding his bike, he redoubled his efforts to discourage distracted driving; read about it here. (Mark is working on the Women Cycling Project for APBP.)
Support APBP's scholarship program. If every one of our 950 members donated just $10, we could offer $9,500 in scholarships to next year's Professional Development Seminar. Think of the change you could cause for 50¢ a week for 20 weeks. Start your change jar today!

Get involved in APBP. Join an Action Team. Visit the Groups page at http://www.apbp.org/ to learn more.

Nashville Area MPO Study Receives ITE "Best Project" Award

A comprehensive study that creates a vision for bicycle and pedestrian mobility in Middle Tennessee, completed in 2010 by the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, has been awarded the prestigious "Best Project” designation by the Planning Council of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. This marks the first time ITE has bestowed its Best Project Award on an endeavor focused exclusively on non-motorized modes.

Presenting a well-researched and documented roadmap for allocation of limited resources on quality facilities with the greatest number of benefits to citizens and the environment, the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study is the first all-inclusive vision for improving the overall climate for walking and bicycling across the MPO's seven-county planning area.

Infrastructure recommendations include expansion of greenways, and a regional bicycle network that would provide more than 1,100 miles of on-road bicycle accommodations, such as bicycle lanes and bike routes. On policy matters, the report calls for creation of sidewalks on all major thoroughfares along with enhanced public education and law enforcement efforts to improve roadway safety conditions for all users.

APBP congratulates member Leslie Meehan, Senior Planner at the Nashville Area MPO, and her team on this achievement. Read more here.

APBP to Host Local Coordinators Meeting

APBP will host the Local Coordinators Meeting this year on September 16, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (following the closing plenary). This biennial meeting occurs in conjunction with PWPB; it is free and open to city and county government planning and engineering staff who lead the bicycle and/or pedestrian efforts for their jurisdiction. Please forward this invitation to any staff you think may be interested.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss issues and solutions relevant to local bike/ped staff and share success stories. If you plan to attend, RSVP to info@apbp.organd provide your name, title, agency and contact information. Non-agency staff are invited to sit in as observers only. For more information or to suggest agenda items, contact APBP Board Member Eric Anderson.

Where to Find APBP at Pro Walk/Pro Bike®

At Booth #20: Stop by the booth to meet APBP staff and our friends from PBIC who will share the space with us. Check out our colorful new 16-month calendar—a new member perk—and pick up a voucher for access to the recording of the webinar "Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Transit", which will be broadcast live from Chattanooga on September 15.

At the Annual Meeting: All members are welcome, and we hope you'll join us at the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium on September 15 at 7:00 p.m. for the presentation of our Annual Awards (the four Professionals of the Year awards; the Lifetime Achievement award will be presented at the PWPB® all-conference luncheon on Tuesday); remarks by Rock Miller, the incoming International Vice-president of the Institute for Transportation Engineers; and short statements from candidates for the Board of Directors.

At the Women Cycling Workshop Panel: Learn about pioneering programs, tools and resources that encourage more women and girls to cycle from member Fionnuala Quinn. Fionnuala and Mark Schulz, Associate Professor, UNC-Greensboro, have worked since May with master's student Anna Sibley to tell the story behind 13,000 responses to APBP's Women Cycling Survey. Member Andrea Garland has digested open-ended responses to three of the survey questions to offer fascinating insights into why women are—and are not—cycling. The panel will present final survey results and suggested next steps September 14, 1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Findings will be posted after the conference on apbp.org.

At the Equal Footing Summit: Join America Walks and APBP after the closing plenary on September 16, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. to develop a National Walking Strategy and ideas for a walking industry consortium. Learn more and register here. The Summit is free. Can't stay? You can still get involved by visiting the Equal Footing booth (#13), hosted by APBP and America Walks.

And if we miss you in Chattanooga, watch your in-box for e-postcards from APBP staff attending the conference. APBP will send out daily updates Tuesday through Friday, and post them at www.apbp.org.

Pre-conference Events

Consider arriving in Chattanooga on Monday, September 13, so you don't miss these events featuring APBP members...
Site Design Workshop with Lagerwey and Ronkin: Peter Lagerwey and Michael Ronkin join forces to present an all-day workshop on bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly site design on Monday, September 13 in Chattanooga, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to incorporate human factors when designing commercial, civic and light industrial sites. The workshop fee is $135; register by e-mailing Michael Ronkin.

Workshop on implementing the U.S. Bicycle Route System: Adventure Cycling Association will co-host a workshop on implementing U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) on September 13 in Room 6 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. This event is free for all Pro Walk/Pro Bike® participants. Feedback from the workshop will be incorporated into the U.S. Bicycle Route System panel session on September 15, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. The workshop is co-hosted by professionals already working to create this national network of cycling routes, including Ginny Sullivan (Adventure Cycling Association), Eric Weis (East Coast Greenway Alliance), Mary Anne Koos (Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals), Byron Rushing (Georgia DOT), Tom Huber (Wisconsin DOT) and Josh DeBruyn (Michigan DOT). All are APBP members.

Bike Karaoke: After the Welcome Reception on Monday, enjoy a fun evening of walk-and bike-themed musical parodies at the new karaoke bar on Market Street just eight blocks from the convention center. If you've ever heard a song that could become an anthem for active transportation, this is your chance to be a star! Join us to sing Share the Road Jack and This Lane is Your Lane, This Lane is My Lane. (More ideas for music and lyrics are here.) Bike Karaoke at Sing It or Wing It, 412 Market Street, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. on September 13 (following the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Welcome Reception).

Webinar: "Bicycles, Pedestrians and Transit"
September 15 • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

This webinar explores the common ground between transit and active transportation professionals and advocates, and ways to overcome institutional challenges to cooperation. Topics to be covered in the presentation will include reasons to create partnerships between transit agencies and bicycle/pedestrian programs; examples of effective collaboration, design guides and best practices; design, operational and safety issues to consider for seamless integration of bicycling and walking with transit; recommendations from the International Scan; and a new education program developed for Chicago that teaches cyclists and transit operators to share the road.

Presenters are Cynthia Hoyle, Champaign-Urbana (Ill.) Mass Transit District; Dustin White, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; and Amanda Woodall, Active Transportation Alliance. Rich Weaver of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and APBP President Seleta Reynolds help set the stage for collaboration.

More details and registration at http://www.apbp.org/event/sep-10_webinar. Cost is $50 per site for APBP members, $75 per site for non-APBP members. APBP has applied for one CM credit from the AICP. For more information, contact Debra Goeks (262-228-7025 or info@apbp.org).

Member benefit: APBP members attending Pro Walk/Pro Bike® are invited to stop by the APBP booth to pick up a voucher for free access to the "Bicyclists, Pedestrians and Transit" webinar recording.

Resources for Active Transportation

Portland's Community Policing Agreement: APBP recently chatted with Greg Raisman, Traffic Safety Program Specialist at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, about the Community Policing Transportation Safety Agreement that was adopted in 2009. This document is co-signed by the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition. Read the agreement and learn more about this innovative and effective approach to enforcement in the members-only Resource Library at www.apbp.org.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has prepared an FAQ on "What technologies and cell phone applications are available to promote bicycling and walking?" Read it (and find answers to other FAQs) here. Watch for an APBP webinar on this topic in May, 2011.

APBP newsletter and *NEW* 16-month calendar: Watch your mailbox this month for two great publications from APBP. The fall issue of The Bike/Ped Professional focuses on emerging cities for bicycling and walking; it will be mailed to all members this week (a pdf will be available online). After PWPB, look for APBP's inspirational new 16-month calendar, supported entirely by webinar sponsors. All members will receive one in the mail; if you're at PWPB®, stop by booth #20 to pick up an extra copy for yourself or a colleague. Help APBP market its monthly webinar program to support the people who support you.