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APBP E-news | June 20, 2013

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

Visit | Early registration extended through 7-19-13

As the Professional Development Seminar (PDS) takes shape, we offer tantalizing glimpses of the program:

  • Come early for preconference workshops on Bike Counting (classroom; $50) and Boulder by Bike (mobile; $60). For very modest fees, you can transfer the combined expertise of Boulder and Colorado DOT professionals into your own brain. Or you can spend the afternoon at the Valmont Urban Mountain Bike Park—on a bike—after a morning spent learning how to bring a similar facility to your community.
  • The Boulder Local Host Committee created a menu of mobile sessions that includes 10 choice walking and bicycle tours. Experience Boulder’s on-street bike facilities and downtown pedestrian spaces, the Boulder Creek Path, a Walk Audit, and much more.
  • 15+ three-hour classroom sessions. Here’s one to consider: "Winter Maintenance: Best Practices in Culture, Policy and Practicalities” will provide a review of plans and policies for snow removal on cycling networks in major North American cities, a discussion of climate, equipment and practical considerations, and an equipment showcase. Yes, you might get to play with a snowplow.

Visit and make your plans soon. The hotel room block is good through August 15; great rooms at great rates will go fast. Don’t delay.

 Indianapolis Cultural Trail Officially Opens; Get the Scoop at the APBP/NACTO webinar on June 26

StreetFilms writes: "In May, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a bike and pedestrian path connecting some of Indy's most popular cultural institutions, had its long-awaited public coming out with a ribbon cutting and celebration. It's one of the biggest bicycling infrastructure achievements in North America, and yet it's still practically a secret…The Cultural Trail runs eight fantastic miles through the heart of downtown and features beautiful stone work, green landscaping and even bioswales to absorb stormwater runoff. There is great signage and trail design with an eye for maximum safety. In many places, parking and/or a car travel lane was converted to trail space…Across the U.S. cities such as NYC, Chicago, and Washington are doing tremendous work installing miles of protected bike lanes with inexpensive materials. Although the Cultural Trail cost quite a bit, it's nice to know that to find extensive downtown bike infrastructure made with beautiful, permanent materials, we don't have to look to Europe. We can go check out Indianapolis.” Watch StreetFilms 8-minute video here: (and check out the separate video about stormwater management along the trail).

[Kit Keller’s note to APBP members: If your budget permits, please support StreetFilms. APBP just did! Clarence Eckerson Jr. is to film what Dan Burden is to photography: he brilliantly offers up a visual language that inspires us while defining walkable, bicycle-friendly places. Donate here:]

The Indy Cultural Trail is featured in the June 26 webinar produced by APBP and NACTO, "Next Generation Bikeway Design”, which focuses on the design issues of raised cycle tracks and also includes an example from Portland, Oregon. Register here for the webinar:

News Briefs

> Advocacy Advance announces a new tool, the "Find It, Fund It” interactive search tool to help advocates and agency staff identify MAP-21 funding programs for which biking and walking projects are eligible. The tool "centralizes and simplifies information about funding eligibility. It aims to connect people interested in getting infrastructure or other programs funded with all potential federal funding sources that can be utilized towards those interests.”

> The most recent FHWA Pedestrian Forum newsletter reported back on the outcomes of former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s Bike Safety Summits, held in Tampa, Florida, and Minneapolis, Minnesota in April. According to the report (

"Some lessons learned by DOT from the events include:

  • Most state and local engineers are not aware of bicycle safety infrastructure designs that are in place in communities across America. Few understand options that are available or flexibility allowed by regulations.
  • Changing the culture around bicycling and recognizing that other users share the transportation system with motor vehicles is a long term effort.
  • Law enforcement officials should be included in the planning and design process to provide input on infrastructure design.
  • Enforcement of both bicycle rules of road and vulnerable user protection laws requires education of police officers, should be targeted at highly dangerous intersection, and should be done in a way that doesn't discourage bicycling.”

> The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) has launched a Cycling Barometer to benchmark daily cycling levels, cycle tourism, advocacy activity, bicycle sales and cyclists’ safety in all 27 EU countries. Read the infographic here:; click here for a photo collection:

> From The Atlantic Cities: A Real-Time Bike Share Map for the Entire World "Oliver O'Brien, a researcher with the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at the University College London, has built a map that does this same thing [a real-time distribution of the bikes and empty docks], simultaneously, for bike-shares all over the world.” 85 systems and counting; how cool is that?

> The new Roebling Bridge Pedestrian Connector allows pedestrians to cross the Ohio River between Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio, "without crossing a street or using stairs.” The bridge, which originally opened in 1867, was designed by John A. Roebling who later designed the Brooklyn Bridge.

> Walk to School Day is October 9, 2013. Register your event and find resources and tools at

Reports and Resources | Stuff to read, watch and consider

> "Bicycle Guidelines and Crash Rates on Cycle Tracks in the United States” (American Journal of Public Health, July 2013, Vol 103, No 7). The abstract states, in part, "We studied state-adopted bicycle guidelines to determine whether cycle tracks (physically separated, bicycle-exclusive paths adjacent to sidewalks) were recommended, whether they were built, and their crash rate… Our results show that the risk of bicycle-vehicle crashes is lower on U.S. cycle tracks than published crash rates on roadways. This study and previous investigations support building cycle tracks.” APBP member Dr. Anne C. Lusk is the lead author.

> The League of American Bicyclists has released a new report, "The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity." According to LAB, the report "showcases stories of powerful local efforts opening up new lanes to bicycling in communities too often overlooked by traditional transportation planners and bicycling advocates.” Find the report here: Join an online discussion via Google Hangout on June 27 at 1pm EDT; register here:

> NCHRP Report 710, "Practical Approaches for Involving Traditionally Underserved Populations in Transportation Decision Making” highlights tools, techniques, and approaches for identifying and connecting with underserved populations.

> Mobility Lab has links to information related to research on the health benefits of Capital Bikeshare; a study done by George Washington University students concludes that the bikeshare system results in better health and health cost savings to users. Read more:

> "City Cyclists Ride More Safely: An Observational Study of Biking Behavior in Lower and Central Manhattan” (study from Hunter College, CUNY, May 2013): "A principal objective of the present study is to identify what changes, if any, have occurred in both the composition and riding behavior of cyclists over the course of the last four years. During this time span the number of cyclists in New York City has continued to rise… Both the upsurge in the number of cyclists and the expansion of the biking infrastructure may have had an impact on the composition of cyclists and their riding behavior.” Read it here:

> "How to Increase Bicycling for Daily Travel” (RWJF Active Living Research Brief, May 2013): "This brief summarizes the available evidence about strategies for increasing bicycling levels, including on-street bike lanes, off-street bike paths, and other bicycling infrastructure and educational programs, and offers related policy implications.”

> Ponder a clutch of new infographics that focus on encouragement for bicycling:
League of American Bicyclists, "What Makes a Bicycle Friendly Community?”
ChangeLab Solutions, "Let’s Ride! 4 Requirements for a Bikeable Community”

> The FHWA’s "Toolbox of Countermeasures and Their Potential Effectiveness for Pedestrian Crashes" was updated in February to include crash modification factors (CMFs; estimates of crash reductions) for (a) adding new traffic signals, (b) Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (HAWK signal), (c) increasing pedestrian crossing time, and (d) adding high-visibility crosswalks. Find the document here:

> "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossing”
From the TRB blurb: "The Illinois Center for Transportation at the University of Illinois has released a report that discusses safety at rail grade crossings including pedestrian and non-motorized user behavior and attitudes toward safety at such crossings.”


> Call for Session Proposals for the 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, February 13-15, 2014, in Denver, Colorado. Deadline to submit is July 8.

> Call for Papers for TRB 93rd Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Deadline to submit is August 1. For more information about this process, click here to review the free webinar APBP produced in 2012, "TRB for Bike/Ped Professionals: Understanding and Engaging the Transportation Research Board” here.

 Training and meetings

> National Open Streets Training
August 9-11 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Early registration deadline is July 5 |

> 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference
August 13-15 | Sacramento, California
Early registration deadline is June 28 |

> Comprehensive Bicycle Planning and Design
August 25 – 29 | Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Registration deadline is July 31 |

> Every Body Walk! 2013 Walking Summit
October 1-3 | Washington, D.C.

APBP Member News

> Don Burrell, long-time Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at the OKI Regional Council of Governments in Cincinnati, is retiring as of July 1. Don is a long-time member of APBP (id# 69), and we wish him a healthy and enjoyable retirement.

> Jamison Hutchins, the City of Indianapolis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, earned his 15 minutes of fame when he freed a robin entangled in fishing line; the event was filmed by Clarence Eckerson of StreetFilms. Watch the thrilling rescue here:

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