E-news for December 21, 2012
APBP E-news | December 21, 2012
In this edition:
|• State of the Profession Survey Open through January 15|
|• Save the Date for PDS 2013 in Boulder|
|• 2013 Calendar and Membership Drive|
|• Bicycle Parking Webinar Series Begins in January|
|• Sponsor Logo Program|
|• Submit an RFP or Register for Monthly Webinars |
|• Opportunities and Deadlines|
Take the State of the Profession Survey! Click HEREto begin the survey now.
Deadline: January 15
Every two years APBP benchmarks the field of nonmotorized transportation by surveying people working on bicycling and pedestrian issues to document your professional progress, needs and challenges.Your answers to the survey enable APBP to report back to you, your employer, government and the public on the state of our profession.
The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete; confidentiality of individual survey responses will be respected. Survey results will be reported to participants early in 2013 with a final report published shortly thereafter. Non-APBP members whose work involves bicycle and pedestrian issues are invited to complete the survey as well. Please forward this link as appropriate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/APBP2012_Survey
If you experience technical difficulties accessing or submitting the survey, please contact Philip Pugliese, APBP Professional Development Action Team, at 423 643-6887 or by e-mail.
Save the Date for PDS in Boulder! Color us excited—no, Really Excited—because APBP’s 2013 Professional Development Seminar (PDS) will take place in Boulder, Colorado, September 9-12. Boulder is a Platinum Bicycle Friendly City and a leader in research and best practices for walkable communities. Plan to join us for in-depth classroom and mobile sessions, team-building exercises and networking as we explore all aspects of the economic benefits and return on investment of walkable and bicycle friendly communities. If you’ve never been to Boulder, this is the ideal opportunity to visit!
The 2013 Calendar is coming your way! Your mailing includes a bonus calendar for you to share with a colleague. It’s part of our 2013 "Each One Reach One” membership campaign. APBP is 1,160 members strong. Imagine the potential if together we double our numbers! Here’s how you can help:
Give the extra calendar to your favorite engineer, planner, landscape architect or other professional who is not (yet) a member of APBP. Ask your recruit to enter your name in the field "APBP Member Who Referred Me” at registration and APBP will add 3 free months to the new membership (15 months of member benefits for the price of 12). And there’s a bonus for you: After your freshly recruited colleague joins, APBP will reward you with a certificate for a free webinar recording you can use yourself or share with others. (These offers expire 1/31/13, so hurry!)
Registration opens January 2 for the Bicycle Parking Webinar Series. Resolve to adopt and implement a comprehensive bicycle parking policy and plan in 2013. APBP can help you get this done! The four-part webinar series will adapt Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2ndEdition, to address implementation needs in a variety of settings. Using videos, schematics from actual projects and case studies, this series examines the role bicycle parking can play in creating healthy, sustainable communities. Cost for APBP members is $50 per webinar, or $150 for the series (the first session is a prerequisite for any of the later topics). Dates and topics are:
· January 23: #1, The Basics
· February 27: #2, Municipal Bicycle Parking Programs
· March 13: #3, Bicycle Parking and Transit
· April 10: #4, Institutional and Campus Bicycle Parking Programs
All sessions begin at 3:00 pm Eastern; watch for an announcement with detailed agendas.
APBP rolls out Sponsor Logo Program: APBP’s Board of Directors and the Visibility and Branding Action Team introduce the Sponsor Logo Program, a new branding strategy for organizations that partner with APBP. To recognize their contributions in a more visible way, APBP now offers program underwriters a special logo to use on websites, stationery, ads and promotional materials. Each logo indicates the sponsorship year highlighted with a color that signifies the sponsorship level. Sponsorship levels are determined by the total annual contribution to which a sponsor commits, regardless of how the money is used.
Please encourage the businesses you patronize to partner with APBP. The sponsor program is clearly a win-win, with greater support and visibility for APBP and enhanced connections and credibility for sponsors. For more information, contact Julie Stelter: firstname.lastname@example.org (262) 385-1494.
Monthly Webinar Program: APBP’s 2013 webinar schedule covers a comprehensive range of topics from engineering (bike signals, pavement markings, countermeasures) through enforcement and evaluation, to some new Es: economic benefits of walkable and bike-friendly communities, and equity in transportation planning. APBP solicits proposals for presentations on the 2013 topics as well as other subjects related to sustainable transportation. Share your knowledge and experience with your colleagues and potential clients! Take the time today to review the list of 2013 sessions and submit a proposal; download the RFP here.
See the complete list of 2013 sessions and register here. Once again, people who register in advance can take advantage of the bundle discount: buy 5, get 1 free session; buy 10, get 2 free sessions. The site license fee for members is $50; the non-member rate increases to $85 effective January 1. Use codes Buy5Get1Free or Buy10Get2Free at check-out. APBP’s website provider has altered the registration function; contact Deb Goeks for assistance in registering.
Does your regional planning authority use APBP webinars to offer bike ped planning to their constituent communities? If not, we’d love to have you suggest it to them! The more communities learn about bicycle and pedestrian planning and engineering, the more receptive they become to doing it.
>Think TRB: The Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting is in Washington, D.C., January 13-17. http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting2013/AnnualMeeting2013.aspxIf you’re going, check out the new interactive program that allows people to build their personal schedule at the conference. Executive Director Kit Keller will attend the conference; watch for an invitation to an APBP social event after the Feet First Caucus. Not sure you understand TRB? That’s ok—we explain everything in this webinar from last July, "TRB for Bike/Ped Professionals: Understanding and Engaging the Transportation Research Board” (https://apbp.site-ym.com/?page=Free_Webinars)
>America Walks and partner Sam Schwartz Engineering have launched a website to support their new guide, Steps to a Walkable Community, created "to help put innovative, multidisciplinary pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers.” www.walksteps.org
>NACTO continues to release content from the Designing Cities Conference. The latest is a video of the Commissioners’ Panel held on October 26; city transportation officials from Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco talk about building 21st century sustainable transportation infrastructure. Please click here to view the video. Visit http://nacto.org/designingcities/to view conference slides and download presentations.
>The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has published Giving Cities Legs: Ideas and Inspirations from Walk Friendly Communities, a guide that showcases best practices from cities and towns that have received Walk Friendly Communities recognition.APBP members contributed to the development of the Walk Friendly Community Assessment tool, so this should be on your reading list!
Opportunities and Deadlines
>December 31 (10am MST): Deadline to respond to City of Phoenix Request for Information (RFI) to gauge interest and feasibility for a bike sharing program in the Phoenix market. http://phoenix.gov/streets/businessstr/index.html
>January 13: Early registration deadline for the Winter Cycling Congress ("the only cycling conference focused on winter cycling issues”) in Oulu, Finland, February 13-14. If you’ve always wanted to visit the Arctic in February, here’s your chance: http://www.ibikeoulu.com/home
>February 1: Deadline to submit an abstract for the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium: Reimaging Bicycle-Friendly Cities, June 19-22, in Seattle. The University of Washington invites abstracts for papers on ways that cities can best encourage and accommodate bicycle use 20-30 years in the future; leading research that addresses bicycle use and effects of innovation in infrastructure and programs; and best practices and how these can inform long-term planning for bicycle use. Intended participants include planning and design professionals, researchers, bicycle advocates, and public officials. Selected papers will be edited for one or more referred books. More information here: http://www.be.washington.edu/bicycleurbanism/