PBIC announces new director

Laura Sandt

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is pleased to announce that Laura Sandt is now serving as Director of the PBIC. Sandt has served as PBIC’s Associate Director for the past eight years and has overseen the day-to-day operations of all Center activities. Her background is in City and Regional Planning and she recently completed a PhD in Epidemiology with a concentration in injury prevention.

Charlie Zegeer, former Director of the PBIC and Associate Director of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, announced his retirement from HSRC in June and appointed Sandt as the PBIC’s new Director. Over the course of his 44-year career, Zegeer became an internationally recognized leader in pedestrian and bicycle safety research and helped establish the PBIC in 1999. He published more than 150 reports and publications and in 2012 was honored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Pedestrians.

While Zegeer is stepping back from HSRC, he will not be leaving be leaving the world of pedestrian and bicycle safety research. Zegeer will continue to work as a consultant and serve as a valuable source of knowledge and expertise for the PBIC and HSRC.

“Our team is looking forward to continuing to build upon the foundation that Charlie established as Director of the PBIC,” said Sandt. “We are excited for the opportunity to work with him and other new partners as we continually evolve to serve the needs of those seeking to improve biking and walking in their communities.” 

FHWA and PBIC release new paper and webinar on equity issues in ped/bike planning

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and PBIC released a new white paper exploring ways transportation professionals can pursue and achieve more equitable processes and outcomes when planning and developing multimodal transportation systems.

“Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning” offers a clear and concise overview of how equity plays a role in our transportation system. The paper provides an overview of how equity is defined by FHWA in transportation planning, research on the transportation needs of underserved populations, strategies to address pedestrian and bicycle inequities, and many applied examples and additional resources. Strategies include practical guidance for fostering inclusive public involvement in the planning process and ways to leverage data to identify opportunities.

As with all PBIC-produced white papers, “Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning” is designed to provide relevant information and practical ideas that working transportation planners and engineers can easily incorporate into their regular course of business.

This new resource can be downloaded at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/resources/equity_paper/.

PBIC also will hold a webinar on July 26 (1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time) discussing how transportation professionals can pursue equity in their efforts. It will include discussions from communities that have worked to pursue equity in their communities. To register for this free webinar, please visit http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_PBIC_LC_072616.cfm.  

Krista Nordback joins PBIC

PBIC is excited to announce that Krista Nordback, Ph.D., P.E., joined HSRC and the PBIC team. Nordback previously spent time working in nonmotorized traffic counting technologies and programs for the Colorado, Washington, and Oregon departments of transportation and worked with a team at Portland State University on creating a national bicycle and pedestrian count archive.

Nordback earned her doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Denver, master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral dissertation developed a new method for estimating bicycle traffic and provided one of the first safety performance functions for bicyclists at signalized intersections in the United States. At HSRC, she will continue pursuing research and other efforts to improve nonmotorized counting methods.

FHWA releases Bike Map idea book

Bike Network Mapping Idea Book

FHWA’s latest resource highlights ways that communities have mapped their existing and proposed bicycle networks. “Bike Network Mapping Idea Book” shows a variety of mapping strategies, techniques, and approaches, as well as facility types unique to different communities.

This book is designed to serve as a resource for communities to identify, plan, and improve their bicycle networks. Connected pedestrian and bicycle networks make walking, wheeling, and bicycling viable transportation choices, and documenting existing facilities is a first step toward achieving a connected network.

This new resource, which was developed by PBIC and Toole Design Group, can be downloaded at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/bikemap_book/.

Every Day Counts 4 includes Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) is one of eleven innovations that will be promoted during the 2017-2018 cycle of the FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC) program. STEP will advance life-saving countermeasures, such as Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB), pedestrian refuge islands, Road Diets, raised crosswalks, crosswalk visibility enhancements, and Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFBs). FHWA will offer technical assistance, training and resources to help transportation agencies and stakeholders adopt STEP countermeasures over the next two years. For more information on the eleven innovations included in EDC-4, please visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/edc_4/.

Six communities renew their Walk Friendly designation

Walk Friendly Communities

Six communities renewed their Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) status, while Sebastopol, CA earned its first designation. 

The “Walk Friendly” title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. PBIC recognizes these communities for their commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety:

Platinum Level:

Gold Level:

Bronze Level:

"More than five years into the Walk Friendly Communities program, we continue to see communities strengthen their commitment to creating safe and comfortable environments for walking,” said Carl Sundstrom, WFC program manager. “We are tremendously excited to see six communities renew their designations as well as to add Sebastopol to our list of Walk Friendly Communities.

"As the program embarks into the next five years, we expect to see more communities renew and earn Walk Friendly designations."

Of the 58 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation, Seattle, Wash., remains the only Platinum-level Walk Friendly Community.

The program began accepting applications for the twelfth round on May 1, 2016, with the deadline for submission on June 15, 2016. Interested communities are encouraged to visit www.walkfriendly.org to learn more about the program and review the community assessment tool.

FHWA taking applications for 2017 Environmental Excellence Awards

The FHWA’s biennial Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) recognize outstanding transportation projects, processes, and partners that use FHWA funding sources to go beyond “business as usual” to achieve environmental excellence. FHWA will accept applications from August 1 to September 15, 2016. The 2017 EEA Program will feature a range of categories under the topic areas of Natural Environment, Human Environment, and Organization and Process Innovation. Information on how to apply will be available on the FHWA EEA website starting on August 1st. To learn more about the EEA Program and past recipients, please visit the FHWA EEA website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/environmental_excellence_awards/.

2017 Environmental Excellence Awards Categories

Organization and Process Innovation

  1. Accelerating Project Delivery
  2. Collaboration and Partnership
  3. Educational and Training Programs
  4. Environmental Leadership
  5. Environmental Research
  6. Programmatic Agreements

Natural Environment

  1. Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  2. Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
  3. Ecosystems, Habitat, and Wildlife
  4. Environmental Leadership
  5. Roadside Resource Management and Maintenance
  6. Wetlands, Watersheds, and Water Quality

Human Environment

  1. Community Considerations in Transportation Improvements
  2. Nonmotorized and Multimodal Transportation
  3. Demonstrated Advances in Nondiscrimination, Including Environmental Justice
  4. Cultural and Historic Resources
  5. Context Sensitive Solutions

Note: Pedestrian and bicycle projects can apply under all categories where they are appropriate; they are not restricted to “Nonmotorized and Multimodal Transportation.” Consider partnerships to promote pedestrian access, safety education programs, designs protecting wildlife or wetlands, programs to improve bicycling and walking among low-income residents, integration of transportation and recreation infrastructure while protecting historic and cultural resources, road diets that improve safety and accommodate all users, etc. Be creative!

New Resources at PBIC

The PBIC recently added the following resources to its online library, a centralized, Web-based collection of pedestrian- and bicycling-related materials. To search the library, please visit http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/library.

Bike Network Mapping Idea Book

Bike-Share Stations in the U.S.

Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning

New Resources from FHWA

FHWA recently added the following resources to its website:

Bicycle Network Planning & Facility Design Approaches in the Netherlands and the United States

Smartphone Applications to Influence Travel Choices: Practices and Policies

Coming Soon!


Secretary Foxx visits Denmark and cycles through Copenhagen

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx recently visited Denmark to learn about Copenhagen's bicycle-friendly streets and culture.

FHWA released Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Implementation Guidance 

Transportation Alternatives funds can support a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.  http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/transportation_alternatives/guidance/guidance_2016.cfm.

GAO completes study on bicycle and pedestrian safety

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently conducted a study on bicyclist and pedestrian safety and released a report, "Pedestrians and Cyclists: Cities, States, and DOT are Implementing Actions to Improve Safety."

FHWA releases 2015 Recreational Trails Program annual report

FHWA released the 2015 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Annual Report. The report highlights program funding and administration, the RTP Database, and how States use funds for trail projects. It illustrates eligible project types along with award-winning examples from across the country. It documents the many benefits of the program and national trends and issues affecting trails. Access the report at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/overview/report/2015/.

Coalition for Recreational Trails announces 2016 awards

The Coalition for Recreational Trails recognized 10 trail projects and a State Recreational Trails Advisory Committee as recipients of its 2016 Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards for outstanding use of RTP funds. The Coalition presented these national awards, which honor Tom Petri, a former Member of Congress from Wisconsin and longtime champion of the RTP, at a special Capitol Hill ceremony on June 8, 2016 in Washington, D.C. as part of the celebration of Great Outdoors Month®. Read more about the award winners and see the awards presentation at funoutdoors.com/2016CRTAwards; awards from previous years are at http://www.americantrails.org/awards/CRTawards.html. For more information on the RTP, see http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/.

State DOTs move toward increased roadway design flexibility

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Highways adopted a resolution directing the development of more flexible highway and street design guidance to better address multimodal issues. "We have seen consistent growth in walking and biking throughout the country, and we also have seen an increase in crashes and fatalities involving them," said Kirk Steudle, Standing Committee on Highways chair and director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. "Our State agencies need robustly-researched guidance on how to best incorporate all modes of travel when designing safe and efficient roadways that serve all users." AASHTO's Green Book (formally known as A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets) consists of research-based, peer-developed guidance that serves as the basis for the design of roads on the National Highway System, as well as many State and local roads. An update to the Green Book is currently under development. "Multimodal design philosophies have been described using a variety of names, including context sensitive solutions; practical design, and complete streets," said Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director. "Regardless of the name, the ultimate goal is always to design a safe transportation system that supports a greater quality of life and robust economy."

Federal financing available for active transportation networks

The DOT Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC) and Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Investment Act (TIFIA) programs held a webinar on April 27 to describe changes that make TIFIA more accessible to walking and bicycling projects, and how DOT can help potential applicants. See https://www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/financing-active-transportation-networks.

The DOT’s TIFIA program can help communities more quickly complete their active transportation networks with low-interest federal financing. The TIFIA program can supplement a project’s funding sources by providing loans, loan guarantees, and lines of credit for transportation projects at a lower interest rate than traditional markets. The program encourages innovative approaches, such as public-private partnerships, to accelerate completion of active transportation networks.

Update on DOT LadderSTEP program

To help build and restore connections, develop workforce capacity, and catalyze neighborhood revitalization, DOT is launching the Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilot in seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Phoenix, Arizona; and Richmond, Virginia. LadderSTEP will provide technical assistance and work to attract public and private resources to game-changing community transportation projects. By bringing together mayors, other local officials, nonprofit organizations, private investors, DOT will demonstrate that our Ladders of Opportunity goals are well within reach of communities across America. See https://www.transportation.gov/opportunity/ladderstep. All projects will reconnect communities and improve pedestrian and bicycle access to transit.

America Walks names new executive director

America Walks named M. Katherine "Kate" Kraft, PhD, as its new executive director. Kraft spent three years as America Walks’ national coalition director and mostly recently served as interim executive director. Learn more at: http://americawalks.org/america-walks-announces-new-executive-director/.

Bike League names new Bike Friendly Businesses

The League of American Bicyclists named 76 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses. There are nearly 1,200 Bicycle Friendly Businesses across 49 U.S. States. See the complete list at: http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFB_Spring_2016_Only.pdf.

America Walks named its Walking College Fellows

America Walks named 25 Walking College Fellows. The program is designed to help local advocates become better leaders for change in promoting walking. See the list of fellows at: http://americawalks.org/america-walks-announces-class-of-2016-walking-college-fellows/.

Health in Transportation Planning Framework webinar materials available

FHWA posted the transcript from its March 2016 webinar on the Health in Transportation Planning Framework. The webinar included the background research and case studies highlighting lessons learned during the corridor study testing phase.

Download the webinar transcript at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/health_in_transportation/planning_framework/032216transcript.cfm. Download the "Health In Transportation Corridor Planning Framework" at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ planning/health_in_transportation/planning_framework/the_framework/index.cfm

From our Facebook Page

Here are some of the more popular posts in the past quarter:

June 2:  Take a look at what LA did to improve pedestrian safety: http://gizmodo.com/a-simple-change-transformed-one-of-la-s-busiest-interse-1779684171

June 1: Florida DOT is looking to build a protected bike lane and pedestrian path on one of the major connectors between Miami and Miami Beach: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/fdot-plans-protected-bike-and-pedestrian-path-on-julia-tuttle-causeway-8482851

May 18:  Portland, one of the most bicycle friendly places in the country, continues to find new ways to be bike friendly: http://bikeportland.org/2016/05/10/new-plan-would-make-east-portlands-gateway-district-the-bike-friendliest-in-the-city-183094

May 13: Wall Street Journal columnist and cyclist Jason Gay offers another perspective on how to build better relations between bicyclists and motorists: http://www.wsj.com/articles/america-the-cyclist-is-not-your-enemy-1463073268

May 9: The city of Boston committed millions of dollars toward its effort to eliminate traffic fatalities: https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/05/08/boston-budget-bike-pedestrian-safety-vision-zero

April 25: Here's another look at how Copenhagen has been successfully able to develop a bicycling culture: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/how-copenhagen-reshaped-minds-by-reshaping-roads-1.2606388

April 11: Paris's latest effort to improve safety and convenience for pedestrians includes redesigning several major intersections to better accommodate people traveling on foot: http://www.fastcoexist .com/3058685/paris-is-redesigning-its-major-intersections-for-pedestrians-not-cars
April 1: FHWA released its new guide on developing pedestrian and bicycle performance measures. Be sure to check it out: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/ performance_measures_guidebook/

Upcoming Events

ITE 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibit
Aug. 14-17, 2016
Anaheim, CA USA

International Open Streets Summit
Aug. 18-21, 2016
Portland, OR USA

Pro Walk / Pro Bike / Pro Place
Sept. 12-15, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

NACTO Designing Cities Conference 2016
Sept. 26-29, 2016
Seattle, WA USA

Walk 21
Oct. 3-7, 2016
Hong Kong

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Oct. 29- Nov. 2, 2016
Denver, CO USA

6th International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health
Nov 16-19, 2016
Bangkok, Thailand

Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting
Jan. 8-12, 2017
Washington, DC USA

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