Host APBP's 2013 Professional Development Seminar
APBP invites communities interested in hosting APBP's Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in 2013 to submit a brief letter of interest by May 1, 2012. The PDS draws 250 to 400 planners, engineers, landscape architects, and other professionals responsible for making communities more walkable and bicycle-friendly. We're looking for cities that have achieved broad support for bicycling and walking, innovation throughout the community/region, and solid results in the form of increased trips made by foot and by bicycle. APBP actively collaborates with the host community. Letters of interest should address the criteria in the RFP (click here). By May 18, APBP will invite select communities to offer a full proposal which will be due on July 9. APBP will announce the host of the 2013 PDS by July 20th.
Spotlight on: Vancouver's Separated Bike Lanes
Lauren Ledbetter, Alta Planning + Design
Interview with Dale Bracewell, Manager, Active Transportation, City of Vancouver, B.C.
In July 2009, the City of Vancouver reallocated one vehicle travel lane on Burrard Bridge—the busiest connection in the bike network—to provide separated bicycle lanes into and out of downtown. Between March 2010 and December 2010, the city opened three more separated bicycle lanes in quick succession—on Dunsmuir Viaduct, Dunsmuir Street, and Hornby Street, all in downtown. (Note on terminology: Vancouver's separated bicycle lanes are designed as cycletracks.)
Q: Why did the city decide to start using separated bike lanes?
A: The prime impetus for this project was our desire to attract people of all ages and abilities to cycle, and to encourage the interested but concerned residents to feel safer and more comfortable riding a bicycle downtown. Though Vancouver has one of the highest bicycling rates in North America, very low collision numbers, and an excellent network of painted bicycle lanes and traffic calmed bikeways, many people were still not riding. A study by the University of British Columbia found that safety concerns are the biggest barrier for Metro Vancouver's current and potential bicyclists, with respondents wanting either very traffic calmed local streets or totally separate facilities on major streets (see http://cyclingincities.spph.ubc.ca/). Increasing cycling is also part of our Greenest City 2020 Action Plan to make the majority of our trips by walking, cycling and public transit.
Q: What has the response been from the public?
A: Interestingly, our post-project public opinion survey found that 75 to 80 percent of respondents across Metro Vancouver were neutral about the separated bike lanes and their impact on access. The remaining 20 to 25 percent of respondents were highly polarized, with those in favor citing improved safety and those opposed citing increased congestion and impacts to businesses. We heard most from the polarized minority.
Click here for photos and to read the full text of the article on the APBP website.
Want to experience Vancouver's separated bicycle lanes first-hand? Vancouver will host Velo-City 2012 at the end of June. There will be numerous opportunities for touring the city's bicycle network, learning from international bicycling experts, and participating in technical tours and events. Details here.
> U.S. Transportation Legislation Update: Before leaving for a two-week Easter recess, the U.S. Congress approved a 90-day "clean” extension of SAFETEA-LU (the ninth, in case you've lost count by now). That gives the House until June 30 to either craft a new transportation bill or take up the Senate's MAP-21 bill. Register for the next Transportation Policy webinar on Tuesday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for an up-to-minute briefing on developments (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/573840706). The webinar is sponsored by APBP and the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
> Green Lane Project: Bikes Belong has announced the six focus cities for the Green Lane Project, a new initiative that will provide resources and technical assistance to develop protected bicycle facilities: Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Washington, D.C. Details will be released at a national kickoff May 30-31 in Chicago.
> Toronto's 2012 Complete Streets Forum is sold out in advance of the event on April 23. Hosted by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), the forum's goal is to accelerate the implementation of Complete Streets across Canada. Keynote speakers include Gary Toth, Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces; John LaPlante, Vice President and Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International; and Dan Burden, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.
John LaPlante and Norma Moores, IBI Group, will co-present a half-day workshop at the forum, "Laying the Foundation for Complete Streets." This will be the first official National Complete Streets Coalition workshop in Canada; APBP is the workshop program administrator.
Opportunities and Deadlines
April 12: Deadline to nominate a candidate (or volunteer yourself) for the Toronto Cyclists Union Board of Directors. Help make Toronto a world-class city for cycling and complete streets. Details here: http://form.jotform.ca/form/20845707545256
April 27: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has reopened the position of Director of the Office of Human Environment. This includes the FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and funding programs such as the National Scenic Byways Program, Recreational Trails Program, Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program, and Transportation Enhancement Activities.
April 27: Deadline to apply for funding from California's 2012-2013 Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA). The BTA is an annual program providing state funds for city and county projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters. Information on the program, including the application, can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/89unx2q
Training and Meetings
> April 18: APBP webinar "NTPP Update: A Bold Experiment in Four Communities” 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EDT; register here ($50 for APBP members). Hear about the successes and lessons learned in Minneapolis, Sheboygan County, Marin County, and Columbia, Missouri.
> April 24: CAN webinar "Leaving No Stone Unturned: Tips and Tricks for Funding Your SRTS Program” 1:00 p.m. EDT; register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/918436065 (free)
> April 26: PBIC Webinar "Bike Sharing in the United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation” 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EDT; register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/844556930 (free)
This webinar will share highlights from a national study of existing bike share programs in large and small communities across the US, providing an overview of important considerations such as operating costs; business models; and metrics of success. APBP members enjoyed a preview of this information at the National Bike Summit in March; it's definitely worth your time to attend or view later. Be sure visit PBIC's collection of bike sharing resources on bicyclinginfo.org.
> May 2-4: Tennessee Bike Summit in Chattanooga. Transportation officials, government leaders, planners, engineers, public health officials, advocates, and others are invited to share successes, challenges, and strategies for moving Tennessee forward as a bicycle-friendly state. There is no fee to attend the summit, but registration is required. Details at www.tnbikesummit.org
> June 24 – 27 (Early registration discount through 4/30): The combined 4th Urban Street Symposium + ITE Midwestern District meeting in Chicago. The program includes 18 sessions in three parallel tracks, poster sessions, work shop or field trip options on Tuesday, additional training classes, and evening social events. Click here for preliminary program and registration information.
> September 10-13 (Early registration discount through 5/16): ProWalk/ProBike® 2012 in Long Beach, California. Your membership in APBP pays off again: thanks to NCBW and the Project for Public Spaces, APBP members will save close to $100 on registration. Plan now to attend this well-loved conference. Register here.
> What a great idea: TRB's Pedestrian Committee has designated "practice-ready papers” from the 2012 Annual Meeting. This is a small subset of papers that the committee has deemed to be of most interest to practitioners looking to implement innovative ideas. Find them here.
> Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities was written by Jeffrey Tumlin and staff at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates. The book is available for sale on Amazon.
> Congratulations to APBP member Laura Torchio who recently became the SRTS National Partnership's New Jersey advocacy organizer. Read more at the Partnership's great new website
> Mike Lasché, Florida Walks and Bikes, writes that the Florida Legislature passed three bills in March that help pedestrians and bicyclists. "We feel that the bicycle/pedestrian news from Florida is especially important because since 2001, Florida has either been first or in the top three among American states in both bicycle and pedestrian fatalities per capita. Thus, these legislative efforts are particularly important.” Key provisions in the bills include:
- Cyclists are no longer restricted to a bike lane even when it is dangerous;
- Cyclists may install lights instead of paying fines for not having them and may use flashing lights at night;
- Requiring bicycle helmets to meet federal standards;
- Requiring vehicle drivers to stop when a mobility-impaired pedestrian is in a crosswalk;
Send us your news! Thanks to all who contributed, knowingly or unwittingly, to this bulletin: Jennifer Dill, Deb Hubsmith, Kit Keller, Mike Lasche, Lauren Ledbetter, Jessica Roberts, Nancy Lea Smith, Shawn Turner.
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