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E-news for May 7, 2014
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APBP E-news | May 7, 2014


In this edition:
• Register for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place
State of the Practice
• Announcements
Education and Training
Welcome New Members
APBP Member News and Opportunities
Employment Opportunities
• APBP Webinar Summaries

Register for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place pronto!
Early registration ends May 16. Excitement is building! Nine riveting sessions have already been announced! Did you know that Pittsburgh has endorsed BOTH the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide and the Urban Bikeway Design Guide? See APBP member news for information about the APBP Gihon Jordan Scholarship – APBP members are invited to donate or apply (or both).

State of the Practice              
> May we celebrate your contributions to the state of the practice? APBP desires to feature APBP members’ work in (1) applying the NACTO design guides and (2) advancing the designation of their communities and clients as Walk Friendly and Bicycle Friendly communities. If you would like to be interviewed for an upcoming feature article, send APBP a quick summary of your accomplishments to news@apbp.org.  

> Congratulations to Washington State, Minnesota and Wisconsin for 1-2-3 rankings as Bicycle Friendly States. Learn more about the attributes of a bicycle friendly state. Bravo to the League of American Bicyclists for its comprehensive Bicycle Friendly America program!

> Kudos to California on two counts: moving up 10 spots (to #9) in the Bicycle Friendly States ranking and for Caltrans’ recent endorsement of the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide.  Well done Golden State! (View APBP’s free webinar on the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide.) Five states, 34 cities and one county have endorsed the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide; will you be next? The endorsement campaign ends May 31.

> APBP applauds the State Smart Transportation Initiative which published an independent assessment of Caltrans recommending endorsement of the NACTO guidelines as part of an effort to modernize the department and increase the sustainability of California’s transportation system.

> “More and more cities are setting goals to increase biking & walking and improve safety”, according to the recently released Biking & Walking in the United States: 2014 Benchmarking Report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking, which also states “Few federal dollars go towards bicycling and walking, compared to trips taken and fatality rates.”

> The debate about bicycle and pedestrian safety funding and performance measures is getting interesting. On April 30, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) issued a news release stating:

>>We are troubled by the call for prescriptive pedestrian and bicycle program spending. Like the Administration, GHSA wants to ensure the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. In fact, effective this July, states will now include a bicycle performance measure in their annual state highway safety plans. We are, however, surprised that the Administration wants to require states to spend portions of certain funding on pedestrian and bicycle programs. These requirements go against the long-standing and very successful performance-based approach to state highway safety programs. States should continue to be encouraged to fund programs based on their fatality data and research and not be burdened by additional inflexible requirements. GHSA is very concerned that this would set a dangerous precedent.

> APBP is excited to see cities like NYC implement Vision Zero. The city's website posits “Vision Zero also needs each and every New Yorker to become aware of the new public discourse on street safety, to appreciate the consequences of careless and dangerous behavior and to do their part to lend civility and consideration to the daily life and rhythm on the streets of our city.”

> May 8 - dial in to the great debate about safety performance measures proposed by the U.S. DOT. To “help you access and influence a wonky process” your colleagues at Smart Growth America offers a briefing and templates for outreach and comments. The public comment period ends June 9. APBP staff participated in this conversation on May 1. Strangely enough, U.S. transportation law has “never before had performance measures” - it makes sense to ensure inclusion of people who walk, bicycle and use transit. See also SGA's blog post.

> Streetfilms presents Mark Gorton’s interview with award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery about his book Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Thru Urban Design which delves into the hard-to-measure metric of happiness and how the built environment of the place we live directly affects us.

> Seniors “shouldn't have to choose between crossing the street and staying at home" noted Magda Peck, the dean of the school of public health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. An inspiring collaboration between a senior advocacy group, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee theater department and Sojourn Theatre is called “the crossings” and uses people and props to mimic respectful yielding by cars when bridges go up and boats pass through. Peck said she loved the metaphor of a boat picking up and delivering people, adding "Let's take the boat across." Watch and listen to the crossing, learn more or read more.

Announcements

> Former Congressman James Oberstar died in his sleep on May 3. APBP members are grateful to Mr. Oberstar for all he did to advance bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to School. Read Deb Hubsmith's tribute here.

> May is Bike Month. Use the League of American Bicyclists’ step-by-step guide and other promotional material found here. This year, do a little extra to honor Mr. Oberstar.

> Got photos? Check out the League of American Bicyclists’ first-ever Bicycle Friendly America photo contest. Grand prize is a free registration to the 2015 National Bike Summit.

> Just in time for bike to school day today (U.S.) and May 26 (Toronto), FHWA Releases Bicycle Safer Journey a free, online education tool designed to help educators, parents and others who care about bicycle safety to get the conversation started with children and youth.

> May 19 - last chance to send your Bicycle Friendly America photos to the League of American Bicyclists. This is an opportunity to improve image libraries everywhere and to have a chance to win a free registration to the 2015 National Bike Summit.

> May 31 - NACTO’s endorsement campaign for the NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide closes. Learn more here. Can your city, state or professional association endorse the guide? APBP’s Board of Directors unanimously endorsed it. Read the guide here.

> $1.6 million in grant funding for pedestrian safety public education and enforcement initiatives in Louisville, Philadelphia and New York City was announced on April 25 by NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. The new grants are part of the NHTSA’s Everyone Is a Pedestrian campaign to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian deaths and injuries that have occurred from 2009 through 2012. Louisville was awarded $307,000, Philadelphia $525,000 and NYC $805,801.

> The Obama Administration has released its transportation bill which includes a landmark change from the Highway Trust Fund to the Transportation Trust Fund. Read what the pundits are saying about the read this blog post from LAB and SRTS National Partnership analyzing the bill. Get involved! Join APBP’s Policy and Legislation Action Team as we track this bill (and others that originate in the House and Senate) and work to advance active, sustainable transportation.

> It’s report card time and the news is not good. The first U.S. report card on physical activity for children and youth gives out 4 incompletes, a B-, two C-, one D and one D-. May we suggest Safe Routes to School and playground recess?


Education and Training

> May 14-16 - Women’s Transportation Seminar conference in Portland, Ore.

> May 14-16 - PedsCount! 2014 in Sacramento, CA explores innovations that improve walk safety and create walkable communities and shares best practices and cutting-edge research to prioritize collective actions to catalyze California’s continued leadership on walking.  Follow the Summit online: @CaliforniaWALKS and #PedsCount14.

> May 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET “Best Engineering and Planning Practices for School Zones” This month's APBP webinar is most useful to city staff who work with schools. Register here.

> May 27-30 - Velo-city Global 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. Get involved in the conversation @VeloCityAdel #VCG14 facebook.com/velocityconference.

> June 2-3 - Bike Lab Montréal, a two-day professional workshop organized by Vélo Québec offers the chance to experience Montreal's bicycle infrastructure and culture and explore the conditions that make everyday use of a bicycle so attractive. Enjoy the optional 30th edition of Tour de l’Île de Montréal on June 1. http://www.veloquebec.info/en/event/bikelabmtl-home

> June 4-7 - Congress for the New Urbanism, Buffalo, NY

> June 25-27 - National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Minneapolis, MN

> July 27-31 - Comprehensive Bicycle Design and Engineering 1.0 presented by the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. (Faculty include: Mia Birk, Peter Koonce) http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/comprehensive-bicycle-design-engineering-10

> Aug. 25-29 - Comprehensive Bicycle Design and Engineering 2.0 presented by the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. (Faculty include: Mia Birk, Peter Koonce) http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/comprehensive-bicycle-design-engineering-20

> Sept. 8-11 - ProWalk / ProBike / ProPlace in Pittsburgh. APBP members receive a discount of $95 off the regular delegate rate.

> Sept. 9 - APBP Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. Meet APBP award winners and candidates for the APBP Board of Directors. Time and location to be announced.

> October 22-25, NACTO Designing Cities conference in San Francisco. 

Visit www.apbp.org to see more upcoming events. See also http://www.pdx.edu/ibpi/events

COMPLETE STREETS WORKSHOPS
Communities and professionals across the country are using National Complete Streets Coalition workshops to help them achieve their goals. APBP and NCSC staff are working with communities to plan workshops in Lancaster County, PA; Clark County, WA; Oklahoma City, OK; Edmond, OK; and with the NYS DOT to plan workshops with the communities of Rochester, NY; Queensbury, NY, Jamestown, NY; and Babylon, NY. These workshops help communities forward in their policies and practices. The half-day Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals workshop, collaboratively developed by APBP, ITE and NCSC, was developed for individual professional development and is open for registration on June 4 in Buffalo, on August 8 in Seattle, and September 8 in Pittsburgh. For more information on how you can help your community grow to its next level in creating Complete Streets networks, or how you can develop your own professional skills and understanding, contact Linda Tracy at 406/880-3880 or linda@apbp.org.



Welcome new APBP members!

Join us in welcoming these new members who joined APBP in April. Connect with them online: sign in to www.apbp.org and search the member directory.

 


APBP Member News and Opportunities

> APBP list serve subscribers: take note. The searchable archive feature is busted – we hope only temporarily. APBP's list serve provider is working with a third party supplier to fix this. Just in case (and because y’all are techno wizards) APBP HQ will post a survey to invite member suggestions on other choices.

> Every two years, APBP offers Gihon Jordan Scholarships to Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place. We need applicants AND donors. Many thanks to those who have already donated. Donors will be recognized at the APBP Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. Donate here. APBP members may apply online for a need-based APBP scholarship. Applications must be completed by May 30. Recipients will be notified by June 6 and must accept the award by June 11.

> It’s time to nominate your favorite APBP member for an award. Use this nomination form. The award categories are: Lifetime Achievement, Professional of the Year (Public Sector, Private Sector and Non-profit Sector) and Young Professional of the Year. “Year” awards consider accomplishments only within the last 12 months. Nominations close May 30.

> APBP Board nominations are open! 2014 is a great time to run for the Board because all three seats up for election are open because of term limits. You’ll be joining a friendly group of high energy achievers. Learn more about running for the Board here. Successful Board candidates usually have experience serving on APBP Action Teams. Details here. Board members may serve two elected terms. Each term is three years. Nominations are open through July 11. 
 
> Peter Koonce, PE has been appointed by the APBP Board of Directors as APBP’s representative to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD). Peter is the City of Portland’s Division Manager for Signals, Street Lighting & ITS.

>> Craig Williams has been appointed by the APBP Board of Directors Craig Williams to serve as the alternate representative to the NCUTCD. Craig is Senior Associate | San Diego Office Director for Alta Planning + Design. Craig also serves on the APBP Board of Directors and is an officer (treasurer).

>> Both appointments continue through December 2015.

>> APBP salutes its outgoing representatives to the NCUTCD Michael Moule, Chief of Engineering with the County of Kauai Public Works and Bill Schultheiss, Civil Engineer with Toole Design Group for their excellent service to APBP members. APBP member and former Board President Michael Moule worked tirelessly to ensure that APBP became a sponsor of the NCUTCD. Both Moule and Schultheiss continue to serve on NCUTCD technical committees.

>> The next NCUTCD meeting is in Minneapolis June 25-27. APBP members are encouraged to attend, learn about and to seek appointment to technical committees. Peter Koonce and Craig Williams currently serve on the Bicycle Technical Committee. APBP members can contact them for more info about the NCUTCD.

>> APBP members who have served or who currently serve on NCUTCD technical committees may seek appointment to an internal APBP committee that reviews NCUTCD proposals. APBP members with an interest in ensuring that the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) keeps pace with the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists may join an internal APBP action team to develop proposals. An application is required for either role; a link to the application will appear in the APBP June e-news. 

> The next chapter: APBP Board approved two new APBP chapters: National Capital Region and Washington State. More are coming! Here's a photo of a member meet-up in San Diego where talk turned to creating a chapter. Photo: clockwise: Brian Grover, Dudek; Alison Moss, KTU+A, Joe Punsalan, KTU+A, Andy Hanshaw, SDCounty Bicycle Coalition, Kevin Wood, SDCBC, Nathan Schmidt, RBF, Ryan Zellers RBF (not in photo), Christine Mercado, Fehr & Peers, Kendra Rowley, RBF, Beth Robrahn, SANDAG (not in photo), and APBP Board member Craig Williams, Alta Planning + Design (taking photo).

>> It only takes two APBP members to begin an APBP chapter. Visit the website for more information or contact Phil Miller.

> APBP Live! takes the month of May off. We’re looking for a paid intern to help develop this pilot program (learn more at APBP’s Career Center). Got a topic you want vetted in June, July or August? Post it here.

> Thanks to APBP Board members Byron Rushing (Atlanta) and Megan Kanagy (D.C.) for hosting an APBP member meet-up at the American Planning Association conference in Atlanta! Byron said “I think it was a great success with well over 20 people either hanging out or just stopping by. Many local Atlantians, but several folks from DC, FL, CO, CA, MD, and a few other states. [Former APBP Board President] Jennifer Toole and the 2013 APBP Public Sector Professional of the Year Joshuah Mello attended. As a bonus the CO/UT/NM APA delegation was having a happy hour at the same bar and they wandered over to chat later.” Byron continued, “I gave out most of my bike pins, a few dozen APBP badge stickers, and got lots of questions about the organization and membership.”

> If you’re attending a national, state or provincial conference and can help promote APBP (membership, webinars, complete streets and bicycle parking workshops, etc.) or participate in an APBP member meet-up, contact Martha Larson at marketing@apbp.org.

> APBP seeks members to populate APBP Action Teams. Help us implement the Strategic Plan. Make a name for yourself while promoting APBP. To learn more, contact APBP Board President Jennifer Hefferan with subject line “Action Team”. There are five high level teams (Membership, Communications, Education, Alliances, Sustainability) with lots of opportunities to focus in on areas YOU enjoy. Rewards: meet other APBP members, help extend the reach of APBP, advance your work and your career, have fun.

> We send our deepest sympathy to staff member Debra Goeks whose mother passed away in early May. Debra will be out of the office periodically in the weeks and months to come to care for her father who is in poor health. Please be patient with Debra and with APBP HQ during this time. Thank you.

Employment Opportunities

Post your job openings and RFPs or find a new job in APBP's Career Center. Anyone can post an opportunity; only members may view the listings. Remember APBP members can also announce job opps on the APBP list serve.


Feature job: Full-Time Technical Assistance Project Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership http://saferoutespartnership.org/node/1380/

Feature website with many juicy jobs: http://nacto.org/careers/  

Thanks to this month’s APBP e-news contributors: the Alliance for Biking & Walking, APBP members in San Diego, Paula Bawer, Caltrans, Tony Dang, European Cyclists’ Federation, Sophie Goss, Bartek Komorowski, the League of American Bicyclists, Phil Miller, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NACTO, Stefanie Seskin, Streetfilms, Byron Rushing, Walk San Francisco, Craig Williams, WUWM.

Editor: Kit Keller
Assistant Editor: Debra Goeks


APBP Monthly Webinar Summaries
by Phil Miller

Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation (April 16, 2014)
This APBP webinar presented two case studies to demonstrate how communities are changing the way they look at transportation projects. It’s becoming important to monitor physical activity levels as well as changed user behavior around traffic projects. Based on studies of projects in Columbia, Missouri and Charlotte, North Carolina, presenters Ian Thomas and Duane Jones described efforts that reflect evolving complete streets principles and included study of both user behavior and public attitudes about the projects.

In both cases, the projects had the desired measureable impacts of reducing motorized travel speeds and increasing desired pedestrian and bicyclist behavior. In Columbia, the project and study focused on a specific road crossing improvement, which lowered traffic speeds but not average daily traffic volumes - an indication that mobility choices by motorists were not constrained, but rather that behavior was modified.

The Charlotte project involved changes to a busy commercial corridor. As in the Columbia study, a key component of the study is reflected in post-implementation attitudes about the project by different users (motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. While reactions from motorists were mixed, a clear picture of improved behavior by pedestrians and bicyclists has emerged through both stated attitudes towards use of the street and through observed improvements in user behavior. As with Columbia, motor vehicle speeds were more controlled around the speed limit of the corridor with fewer observations of significant speeding.

While post-implementation studies of user behavior have been a part of traffic engineering practice for many years, these studies integrate measurement of user perception and attitudes – a key to further assessment of the health impacts of transportation project design on a community wide basis.

For more information about the emerging collaboration between public health and transportation:

APHA Featured Research on Transportation and Public Health
http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/featured_research.htm  
http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/Transportation_eNewsletter.htm  

Transportation Research Board Health and Transportation Subcommittee
http://www.trbhealth.org/research  

Transportation Health Impact Assessment Toolkit for Planning and Health Professionals
http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/transportation/HIA_toolkit.htm                                                                                           

Boston Complete Streets Webinar – Collaboration and Flexibility (March 19, 2014)
This APBP webinar focused on the development and content of Boston's comprehensive Complete Streets Guidelines, presented by Vincent Gupta, Director of Planning for the City of Boston Transportation Department, Stephanie Seskin of the Complete Streets Coalition and Nick Jackson of Toole Design Group, a primary consultant on the project.

While all Complete Streets projects by definition include a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of the broadest range of users, Boston’s fully committed, “all in” approach to complete streets helps it realize the full range of safety, social and economic benefits that arise from investing in streets that are multimodal, green and smart. Of particular interest is Boston's focus on the integration of technology into an approach that de-emphasizes planning for modes in favor of planning for function and efficiency of the streetscape.

Beyond the integration of technology, Boston's Complete Streets Guidelines include a range of techniques:
• features specific to pedestrian accommodation and bicycle facilities
• green streets
• storm water management tools
• lighting, mobility and information infrastructure
• alternative curbside uses
• design flexibility and design review

Perhaps most significantly, the Guidelines depend as an active document upon the continued involvement of a spectrum of community stakeholders. The three guiding dimensions of smart design, multi-modal integration and green infrastructure combine with a commitment to collaboration and partnerships. Flexibility, placemaking and environmental stewardship unite to make the City of Boston a leader in planning and designing transportation infrastructure to meet the full needs of its citizens.

For more information and to see how cities are approaching Complete Streets:
www.bostoncompletestreets.org  
www.chicagocompletestreets.org  
http://cms.cityoftacoma.org/Planning/CompleteStreets/CS_Project_Summary111709.pdf  
www.completestreets.org



 

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