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July 8, 2014
In this APBP Members only e-news:

Program Announced: Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place® 2014
Welcome New Members
Member News & Opportunities
Chapter News
Announcements
Education & Training
Jobs
APBP Liaison Reports (this issue: NCUTCD)

Here is Your New APBP Members Only E-news!


In an effort to bring more of your excellent work and news to more people and communities throughout North America, APBP’s Communications Committee recently approved the publication of two different APBP monthly e-news.

#1 is about you, for you. (That’s this one.) Here, APBP offers members a streamlined and still evolving communique featuring member news, insights and opportunities.

#2 is about you, for everyone. (APBP's all-new e-news debuts later this month.) In it, APBP features BEST PRACTICES for making communities safer and more enjoyable places to walk and bicycle. APBP will distribute it to APBP members and to a broader audience. It will contain an easy “subscribe” feature so APBP asks you to forward it freely. Give #2 and yourself a boost. Send your best practices story ideas to news@apbp.org.

APBP is also looking for e-news writers for both publications #1 and #2. Begin/increase your byline today! APBP values your perspective. Periodically, APBP will remind you to contribute/write AND ask for your feedback.
Program Announced:  Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place® 2014
Pittsburgh, PA   |   September 8-11, 2014


Registration is now open for the largest walking, bicycling, and Placemaking conference in the U.S!  There’s no better place to learn, network, and have fun with more than 900 of your peers in the active transportation world. We just released our conference program and the next early registration deadline is July 11th, so act now for the best rate.
 
Why should you come to Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place ® 2014?
  1. Network with and learn from leaders in the active transportation and placemaking fields, with more than 100 breakout sessions and panel discussions.  Check out our just-released program.
  2. Get to know the beautiful, revitalized city of Pittsburgh on our mobile tours, including the turn-around of Market Square and the City of Bridges bicycle tour.
  3. Make new friends and see old ones at our fun line up of events, including a reception at the formerly industrial Andy Warhol Museum and the Enclave dance party.
  4. Get advice on everything from building community buy-in to crowdsourcing data in our Peer to Peer Mentoring sessions.
  5. If the conference events aren’t enough to keep you busy, come early for the Placemaking Leadership Council or stay late for the Future Bike summit.
Register now for Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014!

Welcome New Members


Eileen Botti, Hunter College Urban Affairs and Planning; Nick Carey, New York City Department of Transportation; Chris Clapham, Town of Oakville, ON; Lori Duguid, Michael Baker Jr.; Travis Evans, City of Rancho Cordova, CA; Elizabeth Gallardo, Los Angeles Department of Transportation; Morgan Glasgow; Cris Jones, Salt Lake City Transportation Division; Cole Judge; Patrick Kennedy, New York City Department of Transportation; Andrew King, City of Calgary; Corinne Kisner, NACTO; Eric Lom, City of Appleton, WI; Ben Rosenblatt, Sam Schwartz Engineering; Nathan Schmidt, RBF Consulting; Mark Steyer, Agency for Community Transit; Jasmine Stitt; Jamie Stuckless, Share the Road Cycling Coalition; Shannon Sweeney, Rutgers University; Alexis Verson, Salt Lake City Transportation Division; Stephanie Weber, Safe Routes to School National Partnership; Eric Widstrand, Michael Baker International; Keith Williams, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency.

Member News & Opportunities


Michael Flynn, AICP, LEED AP is leaving the New York State Department of Transportation to become Director of Active Transportation at Sam Schwartz Engineering in New York City. Congratulations, Mike!

Julia Murphy is leaving the City of San Antonio to become the executive director of Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. Julia, APBP wishes you well! In her email to APBP Julia wrote: “Of course I’m going to miss bikes, but I now have the opportunity to work on other sustainability issues important to me!   APBP has been a wonderful resource for me and I’m leaving with fond memories of the conferences and professional development seminars I attended in the past. Thanks for your consistent work and support in this industry, and I wish you all the best!” Julia helped start San Antonio’s bikeshare system and has been a regular APBP webinar presenter on bikeshare.

Stephen Patchan formerly the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh is now Senior Regional Planner at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Way to go Steve! We look forward to congratulating you in person when you’re back in Pittsburgh for Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place in September.

Seleta Reynolds of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Reynolds' nomination was confirmed unanimously by the City Council. Congratulations, Seleta! APBP members are excited for you and appreciate your leadership. Seleta served on the APBP Board of Directors from 2007 to 2012 and as APBP’s Board president from 2008 to 2010.  Read more.

Are you moving up, over or on? Send your good news to news@apbp.org so we can share it with all APBP members.

Got a best practices topic idea for a 2015 APBP monthly webinar? Send your idea to Debra Goeks at deb@apbp.org.

Chapter News


APBP welcomes the APBP Minnesota Chapter. Special thanks to Nicole Campbell, SRTS Program Administrator of the Minnesota Department of Transportation and to Ciara Schlichting, AICP, Regional Office Director for Toole Design Group for their organizing efforts. APBP Minnesota Chapter members shared the Minneapolis area’s accomplishments from the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) with various NCUTCD meeting attendees in town last week. Check out the May 2014 NTPP report. The new chapter holds a July 16th organizing meeting after the APBP monthly webinar, with a conference call-in option. What a great idea!

Last week, APBP members in Ontario, Canada, signed an MOU which awaits APBP Board approval. Once ratified, Ontario will join APBP chapters in the Bay Area, Boston, British Columbia, National Capital Region, Minnesota, San Diego, SoCal/Los Angeles and Washington. Learn about existing APBP chapters and how to form one here

Several chapters are already talking about having at-the-ready mobile sessions – with walking and bikeshare routes – for use in various conferences and with visitors.

Announcements


July 2 – APBP Anniversary; how apt that this breakthrough day is celebrated each year between Canada Day on July 1 and the 4 of July! On this day in 1998, APBP was recognized as an official non-profit corporation by the District of Columbia. Learn about APBP’s history and first Board of Directors here. Happy Sweet Sixteen to APBP!  Thanks to y’all, APBP has made steady progress. If you have ideas for APBP’s next 16 years, please post them here.

July 11 – Last day to submit your candidate statement to run for the APBP Board of Directors. Learn more here.

July 11 – Last day to register at the current best rate for Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference. If you want to save some money, register NOW, here. See full announcement above.

July 11 – Attention APBP student members: this is the LAST DAY for you to register at a very special student rate available to APBP student members only for the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh. All APBP student members received an email with instructions. Missed it? Call Kit Keller at 262-375-6180.

Sept. 8 – APBP will host a meeting of Local Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinators at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh. For details, contact Phil Miller at phil@apbp.org.

Sept. 9 – APBP 2014 Annual Meeting happens at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh at an evening reception (location TBA). The meeting features presentation of APBP awards, introduction of candidates for the APBP Board of Directors and recognition of APBP Gihon Jordan Scholarship recipients. Watch for details in the August e-newsletter and via an individual e-mail sent to APBP members later this month.

Education & Training


This month APBP kicks off a series of webinars focused on protected bike lanes and the work of the Green Lane Project. A link to the recording of the first session, “Accessibility and Protected (Green) Lanes,” is posted here (you must sign in to the website to see this page). Thanks to People for Bikes for underwriting the cost of this webinar!  

> 7/8 – U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefings at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time – register here. This free webinar (not recorded) is co-hosted by (and only open to members of) APBP, the League of American Bicyclists, and the Alliance for Biking & Walking. https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/361552730

> 7/16 – APBP monthly webinar: “From Fast to Safer: Best Practices Where Road Speeds Change” at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time – register here. Cost: $50 for APBP members; others pay $85. Thanks to this month’s APBP monthly webinar sponsors: Ennis Flint, EJ, Dero, Kittelson and Associates, the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference, America Walks and the American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division.             

> 7/17 – PBIC webinar “Creating Great Communities through Public Involvement: How to Create and Run Effective Advisory and Advocacy Groups” at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time – register here.

> 7/18 – STAR Webinar “Where Health and Sustainability Meet” at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time – register here. STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities. This free webinar will explore how the STAR Community Rating System is helping sustainability and health professionals collaborate at the local level advance health outcomes and community wellness.

APBP PRACTICE POINTER: The STAR rating’s Built Environment element includes Transportation Choices (BE-7) and the Health & Safety element includes Active Living (HS-1). View the lone 5-star rated community, Northampton, MA here, to gain an understanding of how the STAR Communities rating can help you advance your programs. BE-7 lists 10 local actions (master plans, policies, walkability standards, incentives, enforcement, access to transit, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, bikeshare and ADA) and three achievable outcomes (mode split, transportation affordability and safety). HS-1 lists 11 local actions (active transportation, bicycle and pedestrian amenities, school siting guidelines, Walk-Friendly or Bicycle-Friendly community recognition) and the two outcomes (active adults, active kids).

Jobs


Post and view job announcements and resumes in the Career Center.  Anyone can post job announcements. Only APBP members can view job announcements.

APBP Liaison Reports


NCUTCD Approves 11 Bicycle Proposals
A remarkable 11 proposals relating to bicycles and the MUTCD were approved (with some amendments) by the National Committee of the NCUTCD during a very full agenda on June 28. The adopted proposals appear here. Before you get too excited, note that the approval is one step in a federal rulemaking process that won’t result in a new Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) until 2017 or possibly 2018. The Federal Highway Administration could issue interim approval, as it has done for other best practices.
  1. Bicycle Box
  2. Extension of Bike Lanes Through Intersections
  3. Buffered Bike Lanes
  4. Contraflow Bicycle Lanes
  5. "Except Bicycles" Warning Plaque
  6. Non-Numbered Bicycle Route Signs
  7. Lane Control Supplemental Plaque (R3-5hP)
  8. Lane Control Sign (R3-8 Series)
  9. Turning Vehicles Yield to Bicycles Sign
  10. Two-Stage Turn Queuing Box
  11. Wayfinding Signs for Shared-Use Paths
 
Thanks to all APBP members who helped shepherd proposals through the NCUTCD process. For the most recent list of the NCUTCD Bicycle Technical Committee (BTC) members, visit http://www.ncutcdbtc.org/members.html. The page isn’t current; both of APBP’s official representatives to the NCUTCD serve on the BTC: Peter Koonce,PE (NCUTCD Member) of the City of Portland and Craig Williams, AICP (NCUTCD Associate Member) of Alta Planning + Design. William DeSantis of VHB said an article in the APBP newsletter prompted him to get involved. Hats off to Bill who – to gain perspective – read the entire MUTCD while on vacation! BTC chair Richard Moeur, PE of the Arizona DOT and an NCUTCD Member representing AASHTO ably presented the proposals and responded to proposed amendments, questions and concerns from the floor during deliberations by the National Council.

NCUTCD Pedestrian Task Force
The NCUTCD Pedestrian Task Force met one evening at the NCUTCD Summer Meeting in Bloomington, Minn. The agenda included reports from FHWA/Traffic Control Device Pool Fund Studies, FHWA/Access Board Joint Research Projects, Pedestrian-related NCHRP Projects, MUTCD Issues, Rules of the Road Issues, a facilitated discussion about a “distracted walking/crossing” and a presentation by Kay Fitzpatrick of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute on findings to date on the use of warning beacons (including Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB).

Why isn’t there a Pedestrian Technical Committee? All technical committees are to consider pedestrians in their proposals. Several APBP members expressed concern about the need for more thoughtful input from pedestrian professionals responsible for pedestrian safety at the local and state level. That would suggest the need for pedestrian professionals on all eight NCUTCD technical committees, which are:
  • Regulatory/Warning Signs
  • Guide/Motorist Information Signs
  • Markings
  • Signals
  • Temporary Traffic Controls
  • Railroad Grade Crossings
  • Bicycles
  • Research
If you are interested in bringing a pedestrian safety and mobility perspective to discussion of the MUTCD, APBP is interested in hearing from you. Contact Kit Keller at kit@apbp.org or 262-375-6180. Kindly use the subject line NCUTCD – pedestrian professional.
The APBP Members Only E-news Team

Editors: Vivian Coleman, Kit Keller
Contributors: Michael Flynn, Mayor Eric Garcetti (City of Los Angeles),
Debra Goeks, Chris Kochtitzky, MSP (CDC Division of Emergency & Environmental Health Services), Phil Miller, Julia Murphy, Stephen Patchan, StreetsBlog LA, Transportation Research Board June 24 e-news, Craig Williams.
Photo Credit: Cynthia Hoyle (APBP member)

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