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Graduate-Level Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Course now available
Available course materials also include instructions for hosting a wheelchair lab.
University instructors who want to incorporate bicycle- and pedestrian-specific concepts into their graduate transportation planning programs can now access a full set of materials developed by PBIC. This graduate-level interdisciplinary course explores the core concepts related to creating and evaluating effective and comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plans and programs. PBIC, with support from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, developed and taught the course in 2009 and revised course materials with student and instructor feedback.
Materials available to course instructors include a detailed template syllabus and reading list; engaging student projects; grading guidelines for teaching assistants; lab activities (including instructions for hosting a wheelchair lab) and lecture materials that include slides with detailed speaker notes, images and references. In addition, links to other university contacts and course materials are provided.
The modular course materials can also be integrated individually into existing courses to fit the needs of the students or the academic program.
For technical information, contact the course Principle Investigator, Laura Sandt at 919-962-2358, or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more, visit www.walkinginfo.org/training/university-courses/masters-course.cfm.
Annual TRB meeting connects ideas, research, people
Members of the PBIC staff were among the ten-thousand transportation professionals from around the world that gathered in Washington, D.C. this January for the 89th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The conference activities included more than 20 technical sessions and workshops related to pedestrians and bicyclists, the Feet First Caucus, as well as the annual meetings of the Pedestrian Committee and Bicycle Committee and related subcommittees.
"We had a record year for pedestrian-focused papers submitted to the TRB Committee on Pedestrians, with 63 papers received," said Mike Cynecki, a member of the Pedestrian Committee's Paper Review Subcommittee and former committee chairman. "Additionally, for the past two years, the paper designated by the Pedestrian Committee as the Outstanding Paper has gone on to win the TRB Patricia F. Waller Award."
In 2008, the paper "Evaluation of the Miami-Dade Pedestrian Safety Demonstration Program," co-authored by several PBIC staff, won the Patricia F. Waller Award for outstanding paper in the field of safety and system users. In 2009, the Waller Award went to the paper "Safety Effectiveness of HAWK Pedestrian Treatment," co-authored by Kay Fitzpatrick and Eun Sug Park of Texas Transportation Institute (TTI).
PBIC Associate Director Laura Sandt partnered with representatives from several other universities to co-facilitate the pre-conference workshop "Improving University Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Education." The workshop gave instructors, practitioners and researchers from around the country the opportunity to discuss the future of pedestrian and bicycle education at the university level.
PBIC also convened its International Working Group, a collection of professionals from governmental, non-governmental, research and advocacy organizations around the world.
"Our International Working Group meeting is a time to share and brainstorm new ideas and research to support initiatives for improving environments for walking and bicycling," said Charlie Zegeer, PBIC director. "It is also exciting to hear what our Working Group members are doing around the world to advance pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility."
For a list of Working Group members, please see www.walkinginfo.org/about/advisory-board.cfm.
PBIC releases Summary Report
PBIC has produced a Summary Report to share the resources, training and research developed by the national clearinghouse and highlight many of the milestones of the past ten years in its mission to support livable communities. The full Summary Report can be viewed online at www.pedbikeinfo.org/collateral/pbic_summary_report_2008-2009.pdf.
Highlights of PBIC's efforts during the past ten years include:
- Launching the PBIC Web sites www.walkinginfo.org, www.bicyclinginfo.org, www.pedbikeinfo.org and www.pedbikeimages.org.
- Developing guides for community assessment and improvement, such as the Walkability and Bikeability checklists, BIKESAFE and PEDSAFE Countermeasure Selection Systems, How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, and A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities.
- Educating the next generation of pedestrian and bicycle professionals. Course materials for PBIC's Graduate-Level Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Course are available at www.walkinginfo.org/training/university-courses/masters-course.cfm.
- Compiling over 100 success stories of pedestrian and bicycle programs and projects from around the world. To view success stories, visit: www.walkinginfo.org/case_studies.
- Developing a library of over 1,000 walking- and bicycling related resources and studies, including many recent studies and reports, as well as older important studies dating back to the 1970's. To browse or search for resources, visit: www.walkinginfo.org/library or www.bicyclinginfo.org/library.
- Creating and presenting training opportunities on its Web sites and in-person to communities across the U.S. For more information on training opportunities, visit: www.walkinginfo.org/training.
- Presenting the free PBIC Livable Communities Webinar series on a wide range of topics by experts in the fields of bicycling and walking. Registration for upcoming Webinars and archived recordings are available at www.walkinginfo.org/webinars.
- Hosting image (www.pedbikeimages.org) and video libraries (www.walkinginfo.org/videos/) for educational and research purposes.
- Offering a local assistance network with 275 people registered who are willing to offer expertise and information, materials, or financial support free of charge. Information is available at www.bicyclinginfo.org/assistance.
Livable Communities Webinar Series to highlight community approaches to safety education
The PBIC Livable Communities Webinar Series continues in March with an exploration of education as an important component in a comprehensive pedestrian program. This Webinar will examine two successful pedestrian safety education programs and the lessons learned from them. The March Webinar is:
"Community Approaches to Pedestrian Safety Education"
Thursday, March 18, 2010
2PM to 3:30PM ET
Dr. Gillian Hotz, of the Miami Dade Ryder Trauma Center, research professor at University of Miami School of Medicine, and director of the WalkSafe™ and BikeSafe™ programs will be joined by WalkSafe™ project coordinator Christine Stinson to present "WalkSafe™: an Urban Center's Approach to Pedestrian Safety Education."
Following Dr. Hotz's presentation, David Parisi, of Parisi Associates Transportation Consulting, will discuss the implementation of the Street Smarts campaign in Marin County, California. The presentation topics will include identifying issues, working with stakeholders, developing and delivering key messages, and evaluating results.
To register, please visit www2.gotomeeting.com/register/398802082
PBIC offers these free, public Webinars every other month. To register for upcoming Webinars and to access archived presentations, please visit www.walkinginfo.org/webinars.
Featured Success Story
Comprehensive School-Age Pedestrian Safety Program
Orange County, Florida
Orange County, Florida's safety team formed a comprehensive K-12 curriculum to address pedestrian safety following a rash of school-age crashes.
The safety team, like others in the state, is sponsored by the Florida DOT. However, its members are all volunteers from local agencies, using their own agencies' funds. In Orange County, the team was composed of the Sheriff's Office safety specialist, staff from the Police and Fire departments, engineering specialists, the local school board, and various advocacy organizations. The large presence of government officials can give the group a stronger voice than sometimes politicized or marginalized advocacy groups, and often outside groups come to the team for help organizing a project. One agency or volunteer is elected to lead the effort based on the topic of focus at the time.
The school-age pedestrian safety program was led by the local School Board to ensure the curriculum developed was age-appropriate and fit within the school structure. At the elementary school level, a pedestrian component was added to the safety villages already in place, where the Sheriff's office safety specialist guides the children through marked and unmarked crosswalks, signaled intersections, and more. Walk Your Child to School Day is emphasized in presentations and curriculum materials. At the middle school and high school level, the safety message was spread through books, in-class curriculum presented by the teacher, posters, videos, and presentations given by safety officials on the team.
Started in 2004, the curriculum development and implementation process took about a year and a half all together. The team works from the four discipline approach, finding that the different perspectives given by specialists in education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency services all blend to make a truly comprehensive program. The group worked to balance the safety message with an accurate message about what the law states, as the state pedestrian laws can be rather vague (e.g. "What constitutes jaywalking?").
The following resources have been recently added to the PBIC Online Library, a centralized, Web-based collection of pedestrian and bicycling-related materials. To search the library, please visit www.walkinginfo.org/library or www.bicyclinginfo.org/library.
- Effect of 20 mph traffic speed zones on road injuries in London, 1986-2006: controlled interrupted time series analysis
- British Medical Journal
- Getting There Together
- Easter Seals Project ACTION
- How to Get More Bicyclists on the Road
- "To boost urban bicycling, figure out what women want"
- Scientific American Magazine
- Infrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling: an international review
- Active Living Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Integrating Bicycling and Public Transport in North America
- Journal of Public Transportation
- Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: urban land transport
- The Lancet
- Sense and Nonsense About Shared Space
- Prof. Jürgen Gerlach, Rob Methorst, Dirk Boenke and Jens Leven
Cities for Cycling launched by NACTO
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced the launch of a new project aimed at promoting and guiding the implementation of bicycle transportation practices in American cities. The project Cities for Cycling will catalog and share best practices in an effort to spread expertise and guidance to local-level officials. These resources are available on their Web site at www.nacto.org/citiesforcycling.html.
Cities for Cycling was launched in December 2009 and currently is comprised of 15 U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Cities for Cycling is supported in part by Bikes Belong and the SRAM Cycling Fund.
$41K grant awarded to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) has been awarded a $41,420 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to continue its "Share the Road" program for the eighth consecutive year. "Share the Road" is an advocacy campaign aimed at educating both motorists and cyclists on how to share the road legally and effectively. ABC is a membership-based organization with a focus on advocacy, education and outreach. For more information on ABC, please visit www.atlantabike.org.
Safe Routes to School awards 25 mini-grants
The National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) announced on December 8, 2009, the selection of 25 mini-grants recipients. The selected communities will receive up to $1,000 for local projects that encourage student creativity in Safe Routes to School activities. View the full press release from NCSRTS and learn about the mini-grant programs and activities at www.saferoutesinfo.org/news_room/2009-12-08_mini_grant_recipients.cfm.
2009 Edition of MUTCD now available
The Federal Highway Administration released the latest edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) in December 2009. The MUTCD defines the standards used by road managers in the U.S. to install and maintain traffic control devices on all streets and highways. This is the first update since 2003. Newly included traffic control devices of interest to the pedestrian and bicycle community include guidance on the installation of pedestrian hybrid beacons, in-roadway warning lights at crosswalks, bicycle shared-lane (or "sharrow") markings and new signs. The new edition is available at mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/.
DOT Sec. LaHood blogs about ARRA-funded projects
In a December 9, 2009, statement on the FastLane blog, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood makes the case for allowing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to support pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements. Sec. LaHood calls such projects "a key ingredient in our livability initiative to allow people to live, work, and get around without a car." Access Sec. LaHood's blog at fastlane.dot.gov/ or read the full post at fastlane.dot.gov/2009/12/coburn-report-sneers-atarrasupported-bike-projects.html.
TIGER Grants funding Community Livability
The U.S. DOT announced $1.5 billion in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant funding for over 50 transportation projects across the country. These funds are made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Many of the funded projects include improvements to pedestrian and bicycle networks. One of the key sectors chosen for investment is Community Livability. Twenty-two projects will receive TIGER funding to address issues of mobility, and access to economic and housing opportunities. The full report outlines each funded project, and may be downloaded at http://www.dot.gov/documents/finaltigergrantinfo.pdf.
Alliance for Biking & Walking releases 2010 Benchmarking Report
On January 28, 2010, the Alliance for Biking & Walking released their biennial report on the status of bicycling and walking in the U.S. Bicycling and Walking in the United States: The 2010 Benchmarking Report compares available data from 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on biking and walking levels and demographics, safety, funding, policies and health. The full report may be downloaded at www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/benchmarking.
Virtual Conference on Transportation Planning Research Needs begins March 8
The Virtual Conference on Transportation Planning Research Needs will take place as a series of Webinars, seeking to recommend a multi-year prioritization of the research needs associated with transportation planning. The virtual conference is part of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 8-36-95. The plenary session Webinar is scheduled for March 8, 2010, followed by six break-out session Webinars scheduled between March 23 and May 6, 2010. For complete schedule, topics, and registration, please visit http://www.transportationplanningneeds.com/.
10th National Bike Summit to convene in March
The tenth annual National Bike Summit put on by the League of American Bicyclists will be held March 9-11, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The National Bike Summit brings together stakeholders from user groups, industry, government and elected officials from around the country to share ideas and best practices. During the summit delegates will inform members of Congress of the importance of bicycling, and to educate them on specific bicycling issues. Registration and full meeting details are available at www.bikeleague.org/conferences/summit10/index.php.
2010 Pro Walk/Pro Bike proposals due February 26
The 2010 Pro Walk / Pro Bike annual conference will be held in Chattanooga, Tenn., September 13-17, 2010. The National Center for Bicycling & Walking's Pro Walk/Pro Bike biennial conference is an international gathering of bicycle and pedestrian program specialists, advocates, and government leaders committed to improving conditions for bicycling and walking.
Full conference details and call for papers is available at www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.html. Proposals to present at the conference are due before February 26, 2010.
Velo-City Global 2010 conference set for June
The Velo-City Global 2010 conference will be held June 22-25, 2010 in Copenhagen. The conference brings together cycling experts, planners, NGOs and researchers from around the world to discuss the potential and challenges of cycling. Velo-City Global 2010 is organized by the European Cyclists' Federation, the City of Frederiksberg and the City of Copenhagen. Registration and full meeting details can be found at www.velo-city2010.com.
Walk21 call for papers due March 13
The 11th International Walk21 Conference and 23rd International Workshop of the International Co-operation on Theories and Concepts in Traffic Safety (ICTCT) will meet in The Hague, The Netherlands, on November 17-19, 2010. The theme of this year's conference is "Getting communities back on their feet: Promising approaches to support walking for a sustainable future."
The call for papers is now available. The deadline for submitting an abstract is March 13, 2010. Full meeting details and the call for proposals can be found at www.walk21.com/conferences/thehague.asp.
Health Impact Project seeks demonstration projects
The Health Impact Project has issued a call for proposals to undertake health impact assessment (HIA) demonstration projects. The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to promote the use of HIAs as a decision-making tool for policymakers at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. Government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Grants of $25,000 to $150,000 are awarded on a rolling basis; proposals may be submitted at any time. Find out more about HIAs and the call for proposals at www.healthimpactproject.org/call.
New ITE Ped/Bike Wiki
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Council of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has recently developed a Wiki page. The Wiki is an interactive way for members to share and discuss the latest practices and research. Anyone interested may create an account specific to the wiki at www.ite.org:8080/login.action?os_destination=%2Fdisplay%2FPBC%2F.
Transportation Planning Excellence Awards seeking nominations
The U.S. Department of Education and the American Planning Association co-sponsor the Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program, a biennial awards program developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to recognize outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices.
Eligible nominations must be for a project, process, group or individual that has used FHWA or FTA funding sources. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2010. More information and the nomination form are available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/tpea/2010.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Issues in the News
The following is a brief compilation of pedestrian- and bicycle-related news stories from around the world. Web links to the following news stories are time sensitive, so some stories might not be accessible after the initial publication date without required registration.
- Handy lessons from overseas on walking and bicycling
- Public Roads
- New York Traffic Experiment Gets Permanent Run
- New York Times
- UW study: Bicycling has a huge economic impact
- The Northwestern
- Pasadena comes up with plan to keep walkers, bikers safe
- Pasadena Star-News
- Bicycling Up 8.5 Percent in SF Last Year, 53 Percent Increase from 2006
- San Francisco Streetsblog
- Year in Ideas: Bicycle Highways
- New York Times Magazine
- Billion-dollar sidewalk makeover for disabled
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Count shows bike trends
- Glendale News Press
- For bicyclists needing a boost, this wheel may help
- The New York Times
- Bicyclists' group pushes passing law awareness
- The Ledger
- The 'walkability' factor: Being close to the action can increase a home's value appreciably
- Hartford Courant
- Roads should be made safer for cyclists, hospital study suggests
- Guardian UK
- Pedestrian safety dance
- Seattle PI
- Is the Oxford circus X-crossing the future of urban cycling?
- Guardian UK
Upcoming Pedestrian and Bicycle Events
- Fifth International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics
- U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Gaithersburg, Maryland
- National Bike Summit 2010
- Washington, D.C.
- Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2010 Technical Conference and Exhibit
- Savannah, Georgia
- National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation
- Washington, D.C.
- 1000 Cities, 1000 Lives
- APA's National Planning Conference
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Lifesavers 2010 Conference
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 2010 Bicycle Leadership Conference
- Monterey, California
- 2010 National Main Streets Conference
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- CNU 18 - New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places
- Atlanta, GA
- International Conference on the Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists
- Jerusalem, Israel