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E-news for May 14, 2013
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APBP E-news | May 14, 2013


In this edition:
Registration is open for the Professional Development Seminar
Call for Abstracts: Ken Cross Scholarship for Student Research Poster Contest
New webinar series: NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
News Briefs
Reports and Resources
Training and Meetings
APBP Member News

Registration is open for the Professional Development Seminar!
Boulder, Colorado | September 9-12

Visit www.apbppds.org | Best rates through 6/30/13

APBP heads to Boulder in September for the 2013 Professional Development Seminar (PDS). This three-day conference is packed with state-of-the-practice information for planners, engineers, landscape architects, public health professionals, advocates, elected officials, and others working to advance active transportation and sustainable, livable communities.

Our theme is Dollars and Sense: Economic, Health and Social Benefits of Walking and Bicycling. Through classroom sessions, mobile tours and stimulating plenaries, we'll explore how to build great facilities for active transportation and make the case for these investments. Sessions are organized into three tracks: Return on Investment for Active Transportation; Guidelines, Standards and Decision-Making; Integrated Corridor Planning and Design.

Choose from more than 20 enriching, three-hour sessions and mobile tours. We’re busy planning pre-conference half-day and all-day workshops and tours of Front Range communities for Monday, September 9; these sessions are offered for additional fees. Details and registration at www.apbppds.org Be sure to check back often!

Apply for a Susie Stephens Scholarship to attend PDS – Deadline is June 15, 2013
The Susie Stephens Scholarship Fund awards need-based scholarships to APBP members to attend the Professional Development Seminar in Boulder, Colorado (September 9-12). To apply, fill out and submit the form on this page. Deadline to apply is June 15; applicants will be notified by July 15 and must accept by July 31.


Call for Abstracts
The APBP Ken Cross Scholarship for Student Research - 2013 Poster Contest
Click here for entry form | Deadline to submit: May 31, 2013
APBP Student Members! Submit your abstract by May 31 to enter the 2013 Poster Contest. Five finalists will present their work at APBP’s Professional Development Seminar in Boulder; one will win the Grand Prize: an APBP Ken Cross Scholarship for Student Research, to attend ProWalk/ProBike 2014.


NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Webinar Series
Three sessions: May 29, June 5, June 29 | 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Register here: http://www.apbp.org/event/NACTO_Guide_Series

On May 29, NACTO and APBP kick off a three-part webinar series on the Urban Bikeway Design Guide. The series provides training on key focus areas within the NACTO Guide and is geared towards practitioners working on the ground to make cities safer places to bicycle. Sessions will focus on intersection treatments, putting the right facility on the right street, and next-generation bikeway design, with examples drawn from NACTO cities.


News Briefs
> Funding: The fifth round of funding in the TIGER grant program is open; applications are due June 3. $474 million is available; eligible projects include highways and bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight rail transportation and marine port infrastructure investments. Click here to view the Notice of Funding Availability.

> Bikeshare: According to an announcement posted on May 9, "New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and NYC Bike Share today announced that Citi Bike will launch for annual members on Monday, May 27, as the 6,000-bike, 330-station system brings New York’s newest and most affordable transportation option to parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.” http://tinyurl.com/cebmoue

See how the city prepares a new pedestrian plaza and bike share hub at Grand Central Station in this Streetsblog post: http://tinyurl.com/cov6p2r

> Bicycle Friendly States; Bike to School Day: Kicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has announced the 2013 rankings of Bicycle Friendly States (http://tinyurl.com/d6hy5ab)On Bike to School Day, Lauren Marchetti, from the National Center for Safe Routes to School, guest-blogged on the Transportation Secretary’s Fast Lane blog (http://tinyurl.com/burgfvt) and sent us this picture of Board president Jennifer Hefferan (second from left) participating in an Bike to School event in Washington, D.C.


> Walk Friendly Communities: PBIC is now accepting applications for the sixth round of PBIC’s Walk Friendly Communities program. Currently, 33 communities nationwide have earned Walk Friendly status. Applications are due by June 15; submit here:http://www.walkfriendly.org/assessment

> Land Use-Transportation Connection: According to an April 22nd State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "For agencies that want to address the land use-transportation connection, Walk Score now provides a new form of accessibility measure, as well as data to help measure trends over time. Walk Score, which actually produces measures for biking and transit as well as walking, has analyzed accessibility by the proximity of certain destinations, such as food stores and parks. Now the firm is offering a way to measure the depth of choices of such destinations as well, in a platform called ChoiceMaps. (See sample maps and descriptions: http://bit.ly/15ox3mJ.)
Source:http://bit.ly/142AFpL
(From CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking)

> Pedestrians at risk in the U.S.: According to DC.Streetsblog on May 7, "A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control found that while 10.5 percent of all trips in the United States are made on foot, pedestrians made up 13 percent of all traffic fatalities between 2001 and 2010. During those years, a staggering 47,392 pedestrians were killed on American roadways. In 2010, the per capita pedestrian fatality rate in America was more than double the rate in the UK and Germany — 13.9 deaths per million people compared to 6.7 and 5.8, respectively, according to figures compiled by the British government. The CDC report also highlights the social dimensions of this public health epidemic. Not everyone is affected equally by dangerous walking conditions in America. Elderly and minority populations are at the greatest risk, researchers found…” http://tinyurl.com/cclwb52 Find the original CDC report,Motor Vehicle Traffic-Related Pedestrian Deaths — United States, 2001–2010, here: http://tinyurl.com/crwzqft)

> Drive less? According to an April 22nd Washington Post article, "Ever since the recession hit in late 2007, Americans have been driving less and less. Was that because of the horrible economy? To some extent, perhaps. But it's striking that Americans are still cutting back on driving even though the economy is growing again. …Since June 2005, vehicle miles driven have fallen 8.75 percent. The decline has persisted for 92 months and there's no sign it's abating... [Y]oung Americans are driving much, much less. Between 2001 and 2009, the average yearly number of miles driven by 16- to 34-year-olds dropped a staggering 23 percent..."
Source: http://wapo.st/17Lazd6
(From CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking)


Reports and Resources

> The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2012 (Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition) Examines Complete Streets policies passed in 2012 and highlights the most comprehensive.http://tinyurl.com/ckl3j4g

> 2011 Bicyclists & Other Cyclists Traffic Safety Fact Sheet (TRB). The U.S. National Traffic Safety Highway Administration fact sheet with numbers of cyclists killed and injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011. http://tinyurl.com/ca2tkz4

> Pedestrian Safety: A Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers and Practitioners (World Health Organization) "This manual provides information for use in developing and implementing comprehensive measures to improve pedestrian safety. …The manual is applicable worldwide but specifically targets decision-makers and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries.” http://tinyurl.com/cyghxju

> Streetfilms has posted a video of Mark Gorton’s presentation, "Rethinking the Automobile," which he delivered at the Active Transportation Summit in Portland recently. http://tinyurl.com/cfkbj99

> re:Streets (www.restreets.org)
From an April 1 press release: "Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, re:Streets is a fundamental rethinking of America’s streets. …Building on the Complete Streets movement, re:Streets has developed a comprehensive design manual for creating streets that promote the expanded functions of the street and turn new design ideas into a series of best practices that can be applied to any community. The interactive web portal is focused on practical, implementable solutions–with best practices, design ideas and case examples. It’s organized by the functions of a street: mobility, way finding, commerce, social gathering, events and programming, play and recreation, urban agriculture, green infrastructure and image and identity.”


Training and Meetings
> Understanding and Shaping Transportation Performance Measures Part II: Current Data Collection Methods and Exploring What’s Possible (Advocacy Advance; webinar)
Tuesday, May 14 | 2:00 p.m. EDT | Register here

> Bike Signals (APBP webinar)
Wednesday, May 15 | 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. EDT
Register here: http://www.apbp.org/event/May-15_webinar

> Maximizing District-Wide Impact of Safe Routes to School: Educating Principals and School Boards (Safe Routes to School National Partnership; webinar)
Thursday, May 16 | 2:00 p.m. EDT | Register: http://bit.ly/10AmHcx

> Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices (America Walks; telephone discussion forum)
Friday, May 17 | 2:00 p.m. EDT | Register: http://conta.cc/100U7PF

> NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide Series (APBP and NACTO; webinar)
Three sessions: May 29, June 5, June 29 | 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT
Register here: http://www.apbp.org/event/NACTO_Guide_Series

> Sustainable Trails for All Conference (with Trail Accessibility Guidelines)
June 18 – 19 | Crotched Mountain Foundation, Greenfield, NH
http://www.crotchedmountain.org/sustainabletrails

> Bicycle Urbanism Symposium
June 19 - 22 | Seattle, WA
http://tinyurl.com/curyf82

> Safe Routes to School National Conference
August 13 - 15 | Sacramento, CA
http://saferoutesconference.org/

> Comprehensive Bicycle Planning and Design
August 25 – 29 | Portland State University, Portland, OR
Registration deadline is July 31 | http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/upcoming-courses


APBP Member News

> Report from APA | by Kit Keller, Executive Director
At the APA conference in Chicago last month, I saw gobs of graduating students – fresh faces ready to innovate and interested in bike/ped work. APA featured many sessions on Complete Streets, walkable, bicycle-friendly, and livable communities which were well-attended. Chicago DOT director Gabe Klein spoke to a large, packed SRO conference room with more than 100 people sitting on the floor. He highlighted the city’s work to promote bicycling, walking and livability. Thanks to APBP member Mitch Barloga (Northwest Indiana RPC) who gave me bike pins to hand out at the APBP booth, making APBP quite popular! Board members Craig Williams and Mark de la Vergne each hosted a hospitality hour for members and friends; 15 to 20 people attended each evening. I returned to the office energized after reconnecting with old friends and gratified by the interest in APBP’s work.

>Marian Saavedra (IBI Group, Toronto) organized a networking event for Canadian APBP members last month during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers in Calgary. Pictured here are members of the APBP Canada Group enjoying beer and nachos at The Barley Mill in Eau Claire, a pedestrian-friendly market in downtown Calgary.

In photo from left to right: Hailey Steiger, Blanka Bracic, Katherine Glowacz, Ryan Martinson, Paula Sawicki, Marian Saavedra, Tyler Golly,Dean Cooper, Peter Truch and Paul Krueger. Watch out for the next Canada Group meet up in July at the 2013 Canadian Institute of Planners National Conference in Vancouver. Check out the Canada Group here: https://apbp.site-ym.com/group/Canada


> APBP members on the move:
·Kelly Morphy is now the Executive Director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute; she has been the Institute's Director of Community Outreach since 2011.

· Congratulations to member Bill Terheun at the NYDOT in Albany, who walked 31,700 miles from 1995 to 2012.


 

 

 

 

 


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