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E-news for April 1, 2014
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APBP E-news | April 1, 2014

In this edition:
• Register for ProWalk / ProBike / ProPlace
State of the Practice
• Announcements
Education and Training
Welcome New Members
APBP Member News and Opportunities
Employment Opportunities

Register for Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place pronto!
APBP members receive a discount of $95 off the regular delegate rate to the 2014 Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, September 8-11. Watch for program details shortly and register asap! Register here:

State of the Practice
> Planners and public health professionals have a lot to celebrate in April and plenty of reasons to continue (or start) working together. (See trend spotting below.) Active transportation is where (and how) we’re moving in North America. Demand is high for sustainable, livable, inclusive communities. Download and distribute a poster to celebrate American City Quality Month in April. APBP is a named sponsor. Thanks to Gerald R. Mylroie, AICP for his unflagging dedication to planning. Public Health: Start Here is the theme of the April 7-13 National Public Health Week.

> APBP’s Board of Directors engaged in a little trend spotting at their March meeting:
Canada is off and running to train planners to work with the public health sector. APBP’s Board President Jennifer Hefferan laments the reduction in work force among her colleagues, the state Safe Routes to School Coordinators. Do you spot a trend or culture shift? Would you like to write about it for the APBP e-news? Send your story idea to (You can send other news there too.)

> Complete Streets: More than 600 towns, regions and states have adopted local Complete Streets policies. A bill in Congress would help cities across the country make America's streets safer for everyone who uses them. The Safe Streets Act (H.R. 2468 / S. 2004) would encourage communities to include safety improvements in transportation project planning. This step can make streets safer for people driving cars, walking, biking and taking public transit—at little or no extra cost and without separate funding sources. The bill does not trigger any new federal spending. Click here to learn more on April 8 (below) and take action.

> Sensible minds agree: the U.S. needs a safety performance measure for bicyclists and pedestrians. Help make sure it happens. To comment before June 9 on FHWA's proposed rule for National Performance Management Measures, click here to submit your own comments or endorse the League’s comments here

> APBP’s Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide. Read the guide here. NACTO’s endorsement campaign continues through May 1. Learn more here. Can your city, state or professional association endorse the guide?

> May is Bike Month. For ideas, check out the League of American Bicyclists’ step-by-step guide and other promotional material here.

> People for Bikes announced six new Green Lane Project cities in March: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle. These eager cities join the six seasoned cities from 2012 and 2013: Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Washington, D.C. New York City served as an advisor. Watch for a gathering and press conference in Indianapolis in late April. Read more here.


> Today, U.S. automakers announced the recall of every car manufactured between 1914 and 2014, citing faulty ignition switches, engines, wheels, windows and horns. “We should never have made a 90-minute car, something was bound to go wrong,” relatives of Henry Ford were quoted as saying. Other carmakers speaking at an April 1 event in Detroit demanded that NHTSA apply stricter recall rules to bicycles because “bicycles cause far more accidents than any faulty ignition switch ever will and that’s a fact.” Trek spokeswoman Mary Burke shot back that Detroit car companies are “just sore because Uncle Sam never had to bail out our butts.” (APBP staff wishes you a very merry Poisson d'Avril!

> April 28, TIGER grant applications due. For more information, visit

> The April 30 APBP complete streets design webinar is cancelled. Save the date for complete streets design webinars on July 30 and October 29 webinars (free to APBP members).

> September 7-11, the ITS World Congress highlights the best and brightest innovators in the transportation industry through a two-part program featuring an Entrepreneurial Village with the ITS America Investor Matching Event, Transportation for Tomorrow: Inventors & Investors. Each year the world’s leading transportation policymakers, technology, business, and research professionals gather with the goal of bringing greater levels of safety, reliability, sustainability and connectivity to transportation systems worldwide. APBP’s hope: one brilliant interface to seamlessly connect public transit, bike share and car share.

> “Bikeology” is a new on-bicycle curriculum for physical education teachers and recreation specialists, developed and evaluated as part of a cooperative agreement between NHTSA and the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPHERD). Check out the curriculum and the parent guide here.

> 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.

> May is Bike Month. For ideas, check out the League of American Bicyclists’ step-by-step guide and other promotional material here.

Education and Training> April 2, 2:00 p.m. ET "Advocacy Deep Dive: WABA Women & Bicycles Toolkit" Learn how to launch a women’s bicycling initiative in your community. Free; register here.

> April 8, 1:00 p.m. ET "U.S. Federal Policy Update," sponsored by APBP, the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists. Free; register here (members of APBP, ABW, and LAB only).

> April 10, 3:00 p.m. ET "APBP Live!" Join a small group discussion on this month's topic: What is APBP's position on transportation equity? To join the meeting, use the link found in this forum (sign in with your username and password).

> April 14-16, 5th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation Details here.

> April 16, 3:00 p.m ET “Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation" Register here.

> April 24, 3:00 p.m ET "APBP Live!" Join an all-member discussion on the topic: What is APBP's position on transportation equity? Free; register here. Please review the information posted in the APBP Live! forum prior to the webinar.

> April 26-30, APA conference in Atlanta. If you plan to attend and can help promote APBP or participate in an APBP member meet-up, contact APBP staffer Martha Larson.

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

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

> May 21, 3:00 p.m. ET “Best Engineering and Planning Practices for School Zones” Register here.

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

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

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

Visit to see more upcoming events. See also

Welcome new APBP members!
Join us in welcoming these new members who joined APBP in March. Connect with them online: sign in to and search the member directory.

Elliot Akwai-Scott; Melany Alliston-Brick;  Alia Anderson; Patrick Baxter; Zabe Bent; Teva Dawson; Carine Discazeaux; James Edwards; Brigida Gonzalez; Eric Hanss; Jessie Holzer; Jason Jardine; Jessica Juriga; Christopher Kidd; Stanislaw Komorowski; Kenneth Loen; Kristen Maddox; Drew   Meisel; Christopher Mertl; Thomas Millar; Nini Nytepchuk; Ross Peizer; Ken Ray; Hilary Reeves; Ciara Schlichting; Mark Seinen; Matthew Starkey; Nancy Surprenant

APBP Member News and Opportunities

> With a sad heart, APBP acknowledges the death of long-time member Steven Faust of Brooklyn, N.Y. who died March 29 from a sudden illness. Michael Jackson of the Maryland Department of Transportation recalls Steve as a fierce bicycle, pedestrian and transit advocate. Steve is survived by his wife Linda, son Nathan, daughter Julie, and other family and friends. Although still tentative, arrangements include a breakfast on Thursday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Youth Hostel in Manhattan, followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. at Amsterdam and 91 Street in Manhattan and burial in Long Island. Steven retired after a career at the Federal Transit Administration; he was a regular contributor to the APBP list serve. 

> APBP chapters are poised to multiply like rabbits in spring. Talks are ongoing in cities in Canada and the U.S. Who will next join APBP chapters in Vancouver, B.C., the Bay Area, Los Angeles/SoCal and Boston? It only takes two APBP members to begin. Visit the website for more information or contact Phil Miller.

> APBP Live! enters its third pilot month. Got a topic you want vetted? Post it here.

> Interested in running for the APBP Board? Three Board members are term-limited and can’t run again in 2014, opening three seats for terms beginning in 2015. Successful Board candidates usually have experience serving on APBP Action Teams. Contact Brett Hondorp for details.

> Start thinking about who you'd nominate for an APBP award! The award forms will be posted shortly and we will coax you to nominate the people you admire.

> APBP seeks members to populate 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”.

Employment Opportunities

Check out APBP's Career Center where you can post job openings and RFPs. Anyone can post an opportunity; only members may view the listings.

Thanks to this month’s APBP e-news contributors: Paula Bawer, Tony Dang, European Cyclists’ Federation, Linda Faust, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Michael Jackson, Corrine Kisner, Gerald R. Mylroie, People for Bikes, Smart Growth America and Walk San Francisco.

Editor: Kit Keller
Assistant Editor: Debra Goeks