|State of the Practice
Everywhere we look there's evidence the tide's turning – policy makers and designers want to make streets work for pedestrians and cyclists.Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort is APBP's monthly webinar topic on February 19 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Learn what tools some communities are using to make qualitative assessments of cycling and walking facilities; case studies include San Francisco's Bicycle and Pedestrian Environmental Quality Indices and the Traffic Stress model developed at the Mineta Transportation Institute. Build strong local support for walkable, bicycle-friendly communities by becoming a webinar host site. Members save 58% on monthly webinars and can purchase 12 webinars for the price of 10.
The Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems is the last webinar in APBP's 4-part Bikeshare Transit System webinar series (March 5 at 3p.m. ET). This bonus webinar is only available to APBP members. An industry panel discusses what to expect in the next generation of bikeshare equipment and technology.
APBP in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking presents members-only U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefings the second Tuesday every month at 1pm Eastern Time. Join us on February 11 at 1:00 p.m. ET for the latest on federal transportation policy from Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations for the League of American Bicyclists. Policy webinars are free but are not recorded. Caron will discuss policy, pending legislation and other developments on the national advocacy scene. This month, Caron is joined by special guest Kevin Mills of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for the release of the Partnership for Active Transportation policy platform "Safe Routes to Everywhere." (Check out APBP member news for details on how YOU can help create APBP's platform for the next U.S. transportation bill.)
Got healthy communities? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the Healthy Community Design Toolkit, a resource and website that provides information and education materials for individuals, local and public health officials, and planners to use in creating healthy communities. Visit the HCDT website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/toolkit/
How is a Walk UP good for business, good for health? The Urban Land Institute has the story.
Education and Training
Did you know APBP members have free access to APBP monthly webinars more than 12 months old? Click here to find a catalog of great information. Use this members-only benefit to train new staff or convince decision makers to adopt best practices.
Need bicycle parking that works? APBP's Bicycle Parking workshop instructors can help you advance best practices in bicycle parking in your community. APBP's Bicycle Parking Guidelines and Workshop assist government and transit agencies, employment centers, downtown business improvement districts (BIDs) and developers in implementing bicycle parking that is functional, attractive and responsive to current and future needs. For further information or to schedule a workshop, contact Phil Miller, APBP Program Manager, at 425.922.2282 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bicycle Parking best practices evolve rapidly. To make your contribution to the third edition update to the APBP Bicycle Parking Guidelines, contact Phil Miller at email@example.com
Care to join 600 other communities with complete streets policies? Host a Complete Streets workshop in 2014! APBP administers the workshop program for the National Complete Streets Coalition. For more information or to schedule a workshop, contact Linda Tracy at 406.880.3880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
APBP Member News
Be part of APBP's new pilot program – APBP Live! Suggest a topic YOU think APBP should to take a position on. We kickstart the effort with a look at what APBP members want to see in the next U.S. transportation bill. Join the APBP Live! (free) webinar on Thursday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET; sign up here. On March 27, the topic is mandatory helmet legislation, suggested by a member struggling with the topic in Texas. The February topic is the brainchild of the Policy and Legislation Action Team. Watch for the March e-news when we ask for YOUR ideas!
Congratulations to APBP members with great new jobs! Barbara McCann is now Director of the Office of Safety, Energy and Environment at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Price Armstrong of MassBike is now Transit and Capital Analyst at MassDOT. Jennifer Severson is the new CIP Planner at the Boulder County Department of Transportation. Share your movin' up news at email@example.com
Fame, fortune and conference proposals. APBP presents opportunities for members to grow professionally while sharing best practices at a variety of conferences. Check out the homepage at www.apbp.org for advisories on upcoming conferences, and see announcements below. There are three conference proposal deadlines coming up in the next month, including Rail~Volution and Walk21.
APBP's Board of Directors welcomes the third APBP chapter! APBP SoCal/Los Angeles joins chapters in Vancouver, B.C. and the Bay Area. This member-driven initiative is really taking off – watch the March 4 e-news for details about forming a chapter in your area.
Authors among us? Written an article? Or a book? Share your news at firstname.lastname@example.org This month we're proud to feature a book that includes work by many APBP member contributors: Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations is published by the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon.
There's still time to register for the National Bike Summit, March 3-5.
Sydney, Australia will host the XV International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, www.walk21sydney.com Themes for the conference are economic benefits of walking; healthy and active living; new innovative technologies; and the built environment. Attend as a presenter! Submissions open until March 14, 2014. For more information, follow this link.
Going to the ASLA conference in Denver November 21-24? Visit APBP at booth #907.
Employment OpportunitiesCheck out APBP's Career Center where you can post your job openings and find a new job. You'll find quite a few openings in California. Retired or have a little extra time? APBP needs a volunteer to add and remove an ever-growing number of job openings. Contact email@example.com