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E-news for July 23, 2014
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APBP TIPs – Training and Information for People Who Want Walkable, Bicycle-Friendly Communities

July 23, 2014
In this issue:

Steps You Can Take Now to Create a More Walkable Community
Gearing Up for a More Bicycle-Friendly Community
Announcements
Education and Training
Jobs
We hope you enjoy APBP TIPs – a new Best Practices e-news from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. APBP’s goal is to help you and your community become more walkable and bicycle-friendly by connecting you with training, information and people who make good things happen every day. APBP invites you to forward TIPs to a colleague, friend or elected representative.

Steps You Can Take Now to Create a More Walkable Community

Reading, Writing and Walking to School: North Carolina’s State Transportation and Public Health Agencies Collaborate on Safe Routes to School

by Judi Lawson Wallace and Ed Johnson

The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in collaboration with the NC Division of Public Health (DPH) is working to increase the safety and health of school-aged children in North Carolina by aligning two programs. According to Ed Johnson, NC Safe Routes to School Coordinator, the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Project will create an awareness of safer community conditions so that children can be more physically active walking and biking to school and other community destinations. Regional coordinators, hired by the DPH, help coordinate Safe Routes to School along with other health programs across the state.

Simultaneously, this project focuses on understanding and addressing issues related to school siting. By coordinating SRTS programming with CTG’s statewide infrastructure, the communities will benefit from mutually reinforcing investments in the capacities of school staff and local partnerships to achieve the following objectives:

1) Enhance the safety and support of children walking and biking to school through SRTS programs and supporting local, municipal or county level policy changes;
2)  Strengthen the support for active living in neighborhoods by:
  • increasing the availability of safely accessible physical activity opportunities through the creation of joint use agreements; and
  • incorporating health (including safety) objectives in the comprehensive plans used by local decision makers to manage growth (transportation, land use, bike/ped and other plans);
3) Articulate the economic and health impacts of school siting to community stakeholders.

Specifically, NCDOT and DPH are implementing SRTS interventions at individual elementary and middle school sites and fostering policy change at the local, municipal or county level in support of SRTS. This will occur by incorporating SRTS programming into a statewide infrastructure tasked with addressing and coordinating SRTS, CTG and school siting policy change initiatives.

Under guidance from NCDOT, DPH and their respective partnerships, area stakeholders interested or already active in SRTS activities will have the opportunity to work together and then link with regional CTG staff to pursue changes supporting safety and health. Activities will focus on launching SRTS programming at individual schools while also incorporating champions at those schools in the policy change efforts. This approach is intended to create an innovative, supportive and collaborative environment in which community leaders will learn to view safety, health and walkability as a cohesive, interdependent set of solutions. The end product will be a replicable model of coordination for North Carolina communities that fosters innovation and collaboration between advocates for SRTS, active living and school siting.

Judi Wallace is a former Board member of APBP. Her work focuses on helping children travel to school safely. For help with your Safe Routes to School program, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org and www.saferoutespartnership.org.

Gearing Up for a More Bicycle-Friendly Community

“I Want You to Get There Safely”

A recent report the League of American Bicyclists declares, “Bicycling is on the rise across the U.S. Adults are capitalizing on the health and economic benefits of active transportation, while an increasing number of young people are forgoing drivers’ licenses to save money and embrace more walkable, bikeable lifestyles.” Read the full report, The New Majority: Pedaling towards Equity, here.

The beauty of the bicycle is that nearly everyone can use a bike for most short trips. Plus, it’s a great way to improve your health by adding a little physical activity to your day. (Bonus: New users of bikeshare report losing weight too.)

Like most people in most communities, members of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals have seen a tremendous increase in bicycling for transportation. Yet at the same time some communities are experiencing an ugly response by motorists who simply don’t like sharing the road with anyone.

Earlier this month, Washington Post transportation writer Ashley Halsey III responded to a tasteless tirade by another Post writer who attacked cyclists. Halsey, who was seriously injured by a careless driver who ran into him while he was bicycling, said “I’m sick to death of people who take risks with other people’s lives.” He continued, “No matter how you go — bike, car, bus, train, boat or plane [or foot]— I want you to get there safely.”

Halsey’s right. Great civic conversations about Vision Zero initiatives are percolating in places like San Francisco and New York City. City Councils are taking action to protect “the vulnerable user.” These are people who walk, bicycle and use transit and who risk injury if motorists are inattentive. Dr. Gridlock of The Washington Post dreams of the day when travelers form alliances and put an end to the mentality “If someone else is winning, they must be losing.”

Announcements


Aug. 1: Last day for paper submissions to the 2015 TRB 94th Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record

NCHRP Report 766, Recommended Bicycle Lane Widths for Various Roadway Characteristics, presents an analysis of the research and design guidance for bicycle lane widths on existing travel lane widths and parking lane widths. The conclusions are most applicable to urban and suburban roadways with level grade and a posted speed limit of 30 mph and should be used cautiously for the design of roadways with motor vehicle speeds outside of the range of 25 to 35 mph, and in particular for higher-speed roadways.

Fix the Highway Trust Fund APBP, along with more than 60 other organizations representing every sector of the economy, signed a letter urging the House of Representatives and Senate to pass bipartisan legislation to stabilize the Highway Trust Fund and prevent a shutdown of federal highway and public transportation investments across the land.

APBP scholarship recipients will attend the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh thanks to individual donors who funded six APBP Gihon Jordan Scholarships and two APBP Ken Cross Student Research Scholarships. Scholarship recipients will get to see three newly installed protected bike lanes in one of only six Green Lane Project cities in the U.S. On July 3, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the lanes will be completed by Labor Day.

Complete Streets policies are on a roll. In 2013, Memphis passed the nation’s 500th Complete Streets policy. Today, more than 600 regional and local jurisdictions, 27 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have adopted policies or have made written commitment to do so. Check out this policy atlas to see if your community is among them.

Pennies will never go away as long as the ladies of Glasgow have something to say about it. What does a penny have to do with skirts, dresses and cycling? Instant skort! Check it out.

Education & Training


July 22, 2:30-4:00pm ET, Livability and Level of Service Webinar, Sponsored by National Highway Institute (free)

Aug. 6, 3:00pm ET, Intersections and Protected Lanes. View the second in a 4-part webinar series on green lanes, also known as protected lanes. The series is hosted by APBP and underwritten by PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project. Register here.

Just want a quick tutorial on green lanes? Check out this illustrative StreetFilms.

Aug. 20, 3:00pm ET, Transform Bicycling and Walking Outside the Urban Context Most viewers watch APBP’s monthly webinars in groups or with teams to advance their work. Learn more.

Sept. 8, 1:00-5:00pm ET, Complete Streets Design Implementation for Professionals, a workshop taught by one of the National Complete Streets Coalition’s most experienced design instructors. Get more information here.

Sept. 9-11, Walking Institute Debuts at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference 

America Walks and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute team up at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh to present the Walking Institute, a six session track designed to "organize, orient and promote walking and local walking advocacy efforts." Topics range from best practices and principles of walkability to creating local walking movements to jumpstarting local projects and choosing the right engineer. Learn more and register here.

APBP will host a parklet style booth at the conference. If you’re in Pittsburgh, stop by and see us!

Oct. 7-8, Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, Iowa. Features sessions on complete streets, walkable communities, cultural vibrancy and placemaking and fostering social equity. Gil Penalosa of 8-80 Cities is a keynote speaker at this affordable conference.

Nov. 15-19, American Public Health Association  142nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans. Visit APBP’s booth (#806).

Nov. 21-24, American Society of Landscape Architects, Denver; visit APBP’s booth (#907)

Jan. 29-31, 2015, New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Baltimore; call for abstracts now open.

February 23-24, 2015, National Physical Activity Plan Congress Washington D.C.

Jobs


Employers who want to reach qualified candidates may post job openings to APBP’s Career Center at no charge. APBP members can access all job postings.

Executive Director, Trailnet, St. Louis
 
Transportation & Traffic Engineer, Bloomington, Indiana
 
Project Director, NACTO Designing Cities initiative, New York
The APBP E-news Team

Editors: Vivian Coleman, Debra Goeks, Kit Keller
Contributors: America Walks, Bike Pittsburgh, Grist, Ashley Halsey III, Ed Johnson, League of American Bicyclists,
, Fionnuala Quinn, Sustainable City Network, TRB July 15 E-Newsletter,  Judi Lawson Wallace
Photos: (1st photo) Dan Burden; location: Flagstaff Arizona, (2nd photo) Green Lane Project
Designer: Jenny Bublitz, www.BublitzCreative.com
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