Webinar program news
APBP's 2013 webinar schedule covers a comprehensive range of topics from engineering (bike signals, pavement markings, countermeasures) through enforcement and evaluation, to some new Es: economic benefits of walkable and bike-friendly communities, and equity in transportation planning. APBP has published a Request for Proposals to solicit proposals for presentations on the 2013 topics as well as other subjects related to sustainable transportation. Members are encouraged to review the list of 2013 sessions and submit a proposal; download the RFP here.
The Webinar Proposal Review team seeks new members. This action team is responsible for determining webinar topics and reviewing proposals; it's one of APBP's most engaged member groups. To apply, please submit a 300 – 500 word statement to Debra Goeks (firstname.lastname@example.org) that addresses these questions:
· How will you help identify cutting edge topics and speakers?
· How will you bring new information and perspectives to the webinar series?
· What would you do to improve the webinar series?
Geographic diversity and familiarity with the webinar program are desirable. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, November 30. Applications will be reviewed by staff and the team chair, Board Member Mary Anne Koos.
Click here to see the list of 2013 sessions and register. Once again, APBP members who register in advance can take advantage of the bundle discount: buy 5, get 1 free session; buy 10, get 2 free sessions. The site license fee for members is $50; use codes Buy5Get1Free or Buy10Get2Free at check-out.
APBP Board of Directors Moves Forward on Strategic Plan
As the year winds down, the Board of Directors is putting the finishing touches on a strategic plan for 2013-2015. Beginning next week, members will have the opportunity to review and comment on the final draft of the plan prior to the Board's ratification early next year.
Over a three-month period, directors participated in a series of exercises including stakeholder analysis, consideration of mandates and core values, SWOT analysis, identifying strategic issues and formulating strategies. The result is a solid programmatic and fiscal plan that builds upon the association's successes and focuses attention on APBP members and educational programs as well as collaboration and communication.
Three new Board members take office on January 1: Douglas Adams of Sam Schwartz Engineering in New York City, Malisa Mccreedy of the City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, and Jessica Mortell of Toole Design Group in Boston. Brett Hondorp of Alta Planning + Design in Berkeley was re-elected to a second term. Brett will continue to serve as APBP Vice President through the end of the year. Officers are elected in January by the 2013 APBP Board of Directors.
> Remembering ProWalk/ProBike/ProPlace: Although the ProWalk/ProBike/ProPlace conference is two months in the rearview mirror, you can still experience the event vicariously. Visit http://tinyurl.com/c8mceklto see videos and presentations. Click here to read what APBP's Gihon Jordan Scholarship recipients had to say about the conference.
> Outreach to Canadian members: Ten percent of APBP's members are in Canada, and thanks to an initiative of Board Member Norma Moores (IBI Group, Toronto) APBP is working to add resources and content to support this member cohort. Canadian members brainstormed about needs and strategies in a meeting last month; the energy and enthusiasm for this initiative shot off the charts.
Recently at the ACT Canada conference, Norma Moores hosted a casual get-together for about a dozen APBP members. Dave Krentz, volunteer administrator of the newly-formed Canada group at www.apbp.org, spoke briefly on why the group was formed, what its plans are and how he'd like to see every Canadian APBP member join. Dave emphasized that group membership is free to registered APBP members, and handed out cards to walk people through the steps: start on the APBP homepage with Groups, then Local Groups, then Canada ... and then Join!
> From the National Center for Safe Routes to School release on November 2: "From all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 4,281 schools registered Walk to School Day events, setting a new Walk to School Day record… This year's registration topped 2011's record total of 4,175. Many more communities celebrated Walk to School Day, but didn't register their event. Walk to School Day registration has grown every year since the National Center for Safe Routes to School began coordinating the event in 2006." More here: http://tinyurl.com/cmlgpfu
Recommended Reading, Resources and Reports
> New York City DOT report, "Measuring the Street: New Metrics for 21st Century Streets” details the metrics that NYCDOT uses to evaluate street projects and illustrates how measuring results can show progress: http://tinyurl.com/azqmx4t
> Toronto's Globe and Mail reported on October 19 that "One of the most ambitious studies of bicycle injuries ever conducted in Canada has reach[ed] a conclusion that won't surprise anyone who rides to work: It is far safer to travel on a physically separated bike lane than on busy city streets” (http://tinyurl.com/968rdk2) The study in question is "Route Infrastructure and the Risk of Injuries to Bicyclists: A Case-Crossover Study” by Kay Teschke, et al., published in the American Journal of Public Health (Dec 2012, Vol. 102, No. 12). Full text of the study is online: http://tinyurl.com/avczses Read an overview of the BICE study (Bicyclists' Injuries and the Cycling Environment): http://tinyurl.com/8lahdb5
> "Economic Impact Analysis of Orange County Trails." This project was undertaken to determine the economic impact of three trails in Orange County, Florida, on the county's local economy. Results showed that in 2010, the trails supported 516 jobs and had an estimated positive economic impact of $42.6 million. Read the full report here: http://tinyurl.com/ao9scxq
> TCRP Report 95 Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes Handbook, Third Edition; Chapter 16, Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities. From TRB's blurb: "Examines pedestrian and bicyclist behavior and travel demand outcomes in a relatively broad sense. The report covers traveler response to non-motorized transportation (NMT) facilities both in isolation and as part of the total urban fabric, along with the effects of associated programs and promotion. The report looks not only at transportation outcomes, but also recreational and public health outcomes. TCRP Report 95, Chapter 16 focuses on the travel behavior and public health implications of pedestrian/bicycle area-wide systems; NMT-link facilities such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and on-transit accommodation of bicycles; and node-specific facilities such as street-crossing treatments, bicycle parking, and showers. The report also includes discussion of the implications of pedestrian and bicycle "friendly” neighborhoods, policies, programs, and promotion.” http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/167122.aspx
> "Vancouver is cashing in on the singular advantage created because we have had a drop in vehicle traffic (we're down to 1965 levels) thanks to our land-use policies (more people living downtown), much better transit, and yes, encouragement of walking and cycling. As vehicle use declines, we have more space to accommodate things like bike lanes, which further reduces the space needed for car traffic – a positive loop if there ever was one.” From the PriceTags blog, Cashing in: Why bike lanes don't create costs for cars (http://tinyurl.com/d28tl6m)
> "Steps to a Walkable Community: A Guide for Citizens, Planners and Engineers" (America Walks and Sam Schwartz Engineering). Strategies, tactics and resources for walkable communities; download the free document here: http://americawalks.org/walksteps/
> Active Living Research recently released three research briefs featuring evidence on policies, programs, and practices that support walking and biking to school:
• The Impact of State Safe Routes to School-related Laws on Active Travel to School Policies and Practices in U.S. Elementary Schools http://tinyurl.com/b4953mn
• Program Practices and Demographic Factors Associated with Federal Funding for the Safe Routes to School Program in the United States http://tinyurl.com/abmovzp
• Impact of a Pilot Walking School Bus Intervention on Children's Pedestrian Safety Behaviors: A Pilot Study http://tinyurl.com/a7rstau
> Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time (Jeff Speck) "Jeff Speck understands a key fact about great cities, which is that their streets matter more than their buildings. And he understands a key fact about great streets, which is that the people who walk along them matter more than the cars that drive through them. Walkable City is an eloquent ode to the livable city and to the values behind it.” —Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic.
Opportunities and Deadlines
> Manager of Active Transportation and Special Programs, Southern California Association of Governments. Position open until filled; information here: http://bitly.com/SIeZsQ
> November 30: Early registration deadline for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) January meeting (Jan 13-17). http://tinyurl.com/6pfkyo3
> November 30: Deadline to submit a nomination for the National Trails Awards, which will be announced at the International Trails Symposium next April. http://tinyurl.com/8jog4ht
> December 15: Applications due for the fifth round of Walk Friendly Communities designations. http://www.walkfriendly.org/get_started.cfm
> December 31 (10am MST): Deadline to respond to City of Phoenix' Request for Information (RFI) to gauge interest and feasibility for a bike sharing program in the Phoenix market. http://phoenix.gov/streets/businessstr/index.html
> Bicycle Urbanism Symposium: Reimaging Bicycle-Friendly Cities, June 19-22, Seattle: The University of Washington invites abstracts for papers dealings with ways that cities can best encourage and accommodate bicycle use 20-30 years in the future; leading research that addresses bicycle use and effects of innovation in infrastructure and programs; and best practices and how these can inform long-term planning for bicycle use. Intended participants include planning and design professionals, researchers, bicycle advocates, and public officials. Selected papers will be edited for one or more referred books. More information here: http://tinyurl.com/bqlondn
> November 29: America Walks begins a 6-part webinar series, "All Things Walking” with a session on "Bold New Steps: Data and Resources to Propel Local Walking Programs and Solutions” 2:00 pm EST; register here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/886842880
> December 19: APBP webinar, "Wayfinding Options for Cyclists” 3:00 pm EST; $50 for members, $75 for non-members; register here.
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Thanks to all who contributed, knowingly or unwittingly, to this bulletin: Jennifer Dill; 8-80 Cities; Kit Keller; Dave Krentz; Mike Lasche; Shawn Turner; WalkBoston