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SRTS Update, July 10, 2009 - safetylaneorg Northeast Florida

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SRTS Update, July 10, 2009 - safetylaneorg Northeast Florida

     Florida SRTS Updates By Pat Pieratte

     Florida SRTS Coordinator

     (pat.pieratte@dot.state.fl.us, 850-245-1529) July 10, 2009 www.srtsfl.org

    ate] Florida Updates: State

     22 Florida Technology Transfer (T) Center to Host Road Safety Audit (RSA) Events: Florida’s TCenter will be the

    hosts for two events related to RSA’s in late September, both in Orlando-area Lake Buena Vista, FL. The Southeast

    RSA Forum and RSA for Local Governments Workshop are Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-sponsored events

    that will be held in conjunction with Florida’s quarterly Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) Coalition Meeting which

    is supported by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    ? September 21-22, 2009: The Southeast RSA Audit Forum will be held, focusing on common emphasis areas

    among the states, including RSA success stories from around the country, and ways to advance

    implementation of RSAs in the southeast region. This Forum will also serve as a peer exchange among the

    participating states on RSA’s. The fee is $75 per person, for both private and public agency personnel. The

    RSA Audit Forum will run from 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday, September 21 and from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm on

    Tuesday, September 22. Many RSA Forum topics will be covered, including Implementation of RSAs in Florida,

    Pedestrian RSAs and Engaging Law Enforcement in RSAs.

    ? September 22-23, 2009: The optional RSA for Local Governments Workshop will be held following the Coalition

    meeting and Forum. The workshop introduces local road agency professionals to RSAs as an effective, low

    cost tool to reduce injuries and fatalities. Participants will gain experience in conducting a Road Safety Audit on

    the second day. The workshop will help local road agency professionals understand basic road safety audit

    concepts, risk, safety, and common issues. The Workshop is free, but spaces are limited and separate

    registration is required.

    Road Safety Audits are an effective technique to identify existing safety concerns and brainstorm solutions, which can

    be applied to SRTS projects. If you have any questions, contact David K. Page, Workforce Development Coordinator, at

    dkpage@ufl.edu or (352) 273-1685.

Florida Updates: Local

District Two Complete First SRTS Project: In the January, 2009 issue of the Florida Department of Transportation

    Highlights (the newsletter for District Two FDOT employees), Public Information Officer Gina Busscher wrote a nice

    article about the first SRTS project to be completed in the District. Suwannee County School Board applied for the

    Infrastructure project in 2006, which was intended to benefit three schools. The article describes the project this way:

Sidewalks were constructed or extended around Suwannee Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High School, since they

    are all centrally located between U.S. 129 and State Road 51 in Live Oak.

The project went very smoothly, thanks to close communication with the principals of the schools by the Project

    Director Joe Lovelace and Public Information Officer Gina Busscher. Read the article on page 7:

    http://dotsd2ww01.d2.dot.state.fl.us/web/217--public/Data/District_Two_Highlights/2009/01-09.pdf

Orange County Health Department Urges Teen Drivers to be BAD: It’s not what you think. BAD stands for Be

    Aware of Distractions. The campaign is designed to make teen drivers aware of common distractions, how to avoid

    them and the importance of keeping their eyes and mind on the road while driving. Driver education is very important

    for SRTS programs. Children often travel to school with their older teen siblings, which can be much more dangerous

    than walking or bicycling to school, especially if the teen drivers are distracted drivers. View the video PSA and read

    the brochure and more about the campaign at: http://orchd.com/BAD/index.asp.

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     News from Other States and Countries

    Georgia Announces Selection of First SRTS Projects: The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) recently

    announced $5.7 million worth of SRTS infrastructure projects, from the $23 million in requests. Thirteen projects were

    selected, (the top scoring project from each of Georgia's 13 Congressional Districts), from 65 applications received.

    Selected projects include infrastructure improvements such as sidewalk, crosswalks, walk/bike paths, signs, signals,

    and other traffic calming features.

Statewide consultant Kimley-Horn will assist GDOT with the design and rapid implementation of all awarded

    infrastructure projects. This firm will provide the preliminary engineering for the 13 selected projects and prepare

    projects for letting. They will coordinate with the local transportation or public works departments and school districts

    on the project designs. As an added benefit to receiving SRTS funding, selected projects will also receive assistance

    from Georgia's SRTS Resource Center at no cost. This "One Stop Shop" will provide technical assistance, bike/ped

    safety training, marketing, and outreach services for the non-infrastructure components of Safe Routes to School, as

    early as August 2009.

Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI) Updates: Todd Litman with the VTPI in Victoria, British Columbia,

    produces excellent, innovative research and reports on various transportation issues, with an emphasis on non-

    motorized modes. The Summer VTPI News includes announcements of several new or updated reports which may be

    of interest to SRTS advocates:

    ? Are Vehicle Travel Reduction Targets Justified? Evaluating Mobility Management Objectives Such As Targets

    to Reduce VMT and Increase Use of Alternative Modes. Among reasons why the answer is yes, is that

    mobility management objectives help shift planning practices to better prepare for future demands. See

    http://www.vtpi.org/vmt_red.pdf

    ? Safe Travels: Evaluating Mobility Management Traffic Safety Impacts: http://www.vtpi.org/safetrav.pdf

    ? Economic Value of Walkability: http://www.vtpi.org/walkability.pdf

The VTPI newsletter also references these useful articles:

    ? The Built Environment and Traffic Safety: A Review of Empirical Evidence by Reid Ewing and Eric Dumbaugh

    (2009), published in the Journal of Planning Literature, Vol. 23 No. 4, May 2009, pp. 347-367; at

    http://jpl.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/23/4/347:

    The article reaches two conclusions counter to accepted transportation engineering theory. First, the traffic

    environments of dense urban areas appear to be safer than the lower-volume environments of the suburbs.

    The reason is that many fewer miles are driven on a per capita basis, and the driving that is done is at lower

    speeds that are less likely to produce fatal crashes. Second, at least in dense urban areas, less-“forgiving”

    design treatments such as narrow lanes, traffic-calming measures, and street trees close to the roadway

    appear to enhance a roadway’s safety performance when compared to more conventional roadway designs.

    ? The Built Environment and Health by Lawrence Frank & Co:

    http://www.calgary.ca/docgallery/BU/planning/pdf/plan_it/health_and_wellness_reports.pdf

    ? Footfalls: Obstacle Course To Livable Cities: http://www.cseindia.org/campaign/apc/pdf/Walkability.pdf, by the

    Right to Clean Air Campaign, Centre for Science and Environment.

    This study provides detailed analysis of walking conditions in Indian cities. This analysis indicates that

    walkability is overlooked and undervalued in transport planning, and that improved walkability is justified for

    equity and efficiency sake. It provides specific recommendations for improving walking conditions to address

    a variety of planning objectives.

    ? Reclaiming City Streets for People: Chaos or Quality Of Life? by the European Commission Directorate-

    General For The Environment: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/pubs/pdf/streets_people.pdf:

    This guidebook describes why and how to reallocate urban road space to improve walking and cycling

    conditions, and create more livable communities. It includes recommendations for implementation, and several

    case studies.

Todd Litman will present research, "Transportation and Health: The Evidence and the opportunities" at the American

    Public Health Association 137th Annual Meeting, session 5097.0, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 10:30 AM, in

    Philadelphia, PA. For more information see http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Session27792.html.

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     For more information and resources, and to sign up for the quarterly VTPI News, see: http://www.vtpi.org/.

    Windsor, Vermont Parent Volunteers Lead Walking School Buses Forward: After conducting a parent survey and discovering that there were concerns about both traffic safety and personal safety, SRTS coordinators at State Street

    School in Windsor, Vermont decided that the logical solution was to form Walking School Buses. In July 2006, the

    school received an $18,000 non-infrastructure grant for encouragement and education efforts that paid for a consultant

    and incentive prizes. This grant was administered by Mt. Ascutney Hospital, which has a continuing outreach program

    on community health and fitness. The Case Study by the National Center for SRTS says:

After receiving the grant in 2006, SRTS organizers held a meeting where parents looked at mapping routes and

    creating walking school buses. In some cases, neighbors met neighbors for the first time, and students learned which

    of their friends lived nearby. Six walking school buses were created to walk to school on Wednesdays, and two others

    also walked on other days when possibleIn the first year of the program, the percentage of students walking to

    school doubled from 17 percent to 35 percent on walking school bus days, and there was a corresponding 20 percent

    decrease in traffic on Ascutney Street. Safe Routes to School organizers have tracked results with in-class tallies and

    parent surveys.

In October 2007, the Town of Windsor and State School were awarded $200,400 for infrastructure improvements, to

    fix sidewalks and install radar speed feedback signs. Read the full text of the case study.

Check Out These SRTS Stories From Around The U.S.:

    ? Cape Students Will Take Steps Toward Fighting Obesity (Cape Cod, Massachusetts):

    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090506/NEWS/905060327

    ? Loveland Bike Rodeo Makes Learning About Safety Fun (Colorado):

    http://reporterherald.com/news_story.asp?ID=22745

    ? Bond Gets On the Health Bus (Senator Bond from Missouri):

    http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2009/apr/17/bond-gets-on-the-health-bus/

    ? City Awarded Funds for Safe Routes to School (Ohio):

    http://www.journal-news.com/news/hamilton-news/city-awarded-funds-for-safe-school-routes-132534.html

    ? Wellington celebrates Walk to School Day (Massachusetts):

    http://www.wickedlocal.com/belmont/news/education/x12346465/Wellington-celebrates-Walk-to-School-Day

    ? Biking to School (Nevada):

    http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20090517/NEWS/905179981/1001/NONE&parentprofile=1058

    ? Safe Schools Vital Program (Ohio):

    http://www.irontontribune.com/news/2009/may/13/safe-schools-vital-program/

    ? City Council OKs Sidewalk Agreement (Oklahoma); note the mascot footprints in the photo:

    http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/articles/2009/05/12/news/news787.txt

    ? Bozeman projects receive Safe Routes grants (Montana):

    http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2009/05/10/news/40saferoutes.txt

    ? PAT awarded grants supporting Safe Routes to School program (Arizona): http://readitnews.com/prescott-

    arizona-news/latest-prescott-news/2100-pat-awarded-grants-supporting-safe-routes-to-school-program

    ? VTrans announces $170,000 in walk-to-school awards (Vermont):

    http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/may/vtrans-announces-170000-walk-school-awards

    ? Searching for safer sidewalks (Michigan):

    http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/x718276432/Searching-for-safer-sidewalks

    ? One car less in San Carlos (California): http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=109153

    ? Kids Should Walk to School (Connecticut): http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-walk-to-

    school.art.artjul06,0,4236047.story

    ? Targeting Obesity Remains A Priority in Tough Budget Times (California):

    http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2009/07/targeting_obesi.html Colorado Explores Ways to Track Green Trips to School: The Colorado SRTS Coordinator reports that some

    schools in Colorado are trying different ways to keep track of how children arrive at school. Florida schools may want

    to try these or other inventive methods:

    1) At roll call, the students answers Walk, Wheel, Bus, Carpool, or Drive and the mode is written down. A parent

    volunteer gets the stats from the front office and enters them weekly into a spreadsheet/database.

    2) Other classes use a board and place their marker (decorated clothes pins with names, magnets, etc.) to

    indicate how they arrived to school. Then a student volunteer walks around and takes a daily count from each

    class. Again, a parent volunteer takes the information weekly and enters the information.

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3) Each class has a jar and beans, and each time they arrive by a green commute (walk, wheel, public transit, or

    carpool), they put a bean in their jar. Classrooms compare jars at different times throughout the year, and then

    for Bike to School Week (Earth Day) the beans are totaled. A survey determines the average trip statistics per

    bean, including trees saved, emissions reduced, etc. and those statistics are announced at a ceremony.

    National News

    Update on Senate Action on New Transportation Bill: Here are a couple of developments on the Senate side:

    ? Senators Boxer (D-CA) and Inhofe (R-OK), who head the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,

    agreed with Secretary LaHood’s request to delay consideration of this bill until after the 2010 Congressional

    elections.

    ? Three new co-sponsors have joined S. 1156, the Senate SRTS reauthorization bill-bringing the total number of

    co-sponsors to eight. The new supporters are: Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), and Sen.

    Bob Casey (D-PA). The SRTS National Partnership has personally met with thirty Senate offices in the last

    three weeks to grow support for the bill.

Meanwhile, the House is proceeding to take action. See next article.

    Updates on the House’s Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009: Here is the latest on this important bill:

    ? The bill, introduced by Chairman James L. Oberstar and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on

    June 22, 2009, includes a technical amendment to require full-time State Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinators

    (page 436, lines 1-3). Read the bill at http://transportation.house.gov/.

    ? The purpose of the bill is listed as:

    To transform Federal surface transportation to a performance-based framework to reduce fatalities and injuries

    on our Nation’s highways, address the mobility and access needs of people and goods, improve the condition,

    performance, and connectivity of the United States intermodal surface transportation system, provide

    transportation choices for commuters and travelers, promote environmental sustainability, public health, and

    the livability of communities, support robust investment in surface transportation, and for other purposes.

    ? The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will mark up the bill in July.

    ? America Bikes say they are:

    …very encouraged by many of the elements contained within the bill including: establishing the Office of

    Livability, improving data and research, establishing the US Bike Route System, and emphasizing

    Comprehensive Street Design. In addition, our initial impression is that the reforms to the surface

    transportation program funding and the sub-allocation of Transportation Enhancement funds may provide

    greater opportunities for bicycling and walking.

    ? Bikers to Congress: Give Us Some Respect! Read this article from the Wall Street Journal at:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/06/29/bikers-to-congress-give-us-some-respect/

    ? White House Says Transportation System Overhaul Must Wait: There is a desire on the part of the

    administration to renew SAFETEA-LU for 18 months and address the new bill after the 2010 elections.

    However, House leaders are committed to going forward with their version of the bill. Read more at:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/25/AR2009062504055_pf.html.

    ? On June 24, the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met to mark up the

    Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009. Watch the video of the proceedings at:

    http://transportation.house.gov/Media/file/Highways/20090624/SSM_HT.pdf

    ? The bill was approved unanimously by the House transportation subcommittee on June 24.

    House Passes Clean Energy Bill: Action on the climate bill now moves to the Senate. The League of American

    Bicyclists reports in their July 6 American Bicyclist Update:

    On June 28, 2009, the House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, (H.R. 2454)

    sponsored by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Edward J.

    Markey, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. The League is

    encouraged to see that the Climate Legislation provides provisions to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas

    emissions (GHG) by including efforts to increase walking, bicycling and other forms of nonmotorized transportation

    (see section 222 of Bill).

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     Critical Issues in Transportation: 2009 Update: This TRB update elevates the importance of energy and

    environmental issues to reflect the prominence that these topics have gained in national debates about energy security

    and climate change. Greater emphasis also is given to the issues of the condition and financing of infrastructure, to

    help policy makers prepare for the reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs that expire in 2009. The

    list of critical issues include: energy, environment, and climate change; infrastructure; finance; equity; emergency

    preparedness, response, and mitigation; safety; institutions; and human and intellectual capital. Many of these critical

    issues are being addressed by the SRTS program. Read more at:

    http://onlinepubs.trb.org/Onlinepubs/general/CriticalIssues09.pdf.

    Town Hall Presentation Video Supporting Transportation for America Goals: Here is an excellent 10-minute video featuring Dan Burden of Walkable Communities, Inc. which presents a history of transportation in America and

    the possibilities of completing Complete Streets and increased transit to improve transportation, beginning with the

    new transportation bill. The video was produced by Robert Seidler of Seidler Productions: http://tinyurl.com/m5lptw. You can read the comments of Transportation for America on the draft transportation bill in their article How Does the New Transportation Bill Draft Measure Up? and also sign up for their updates at: http://t4america.org/blog/2009/06/24/how-does-the-new-transportation-bill-draft-measure-up/. Final Reminder to Nominate Your Program for the 2009 James L. Oberstar Award: The deadline for applications is July 15. You can access the award application (download or complete it online) and criteria at:

    www.saferoutesinfo.org/oberstar. The Oberstar SRTS Award will recognize the impact of the Federal Safe Routes to

    School program at the local level. The NCSRTS seeks to recognize outstanding achievement by a school or

    community in establishing a Safe Routes to School program with Federal funding while overcoming challenges. For

    any additional information or questions, please contact Pam Barth at (919) 962-8717 or at barth@hsrc.unc.edu.

    Leadership for Healthy Communities Action Strategies Toolkit: The SRTS National Partnership’s July 2009 Safe Routes to School E-News reports that SRTS is included in this toolkit, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

Working in close collaboration with 11 influential policy-maker organizations, Leadership for Healthy Communities

    developed a toolkit to equip state, municipal, county, and school leaders with promising and evidence-based policy

    approaches designed to improve children's health and reduce childhood obesity. This comprehensive resource

    includes strategies in 10 policy areas, lists of key stakeholders, tips on how to start programs, and examples of policies

    that states and communities have implemented successfully. It is prefaced with an unequivocal leadership statement

    signed by executive directors from each of the 11 participating policy-maker organizations. This statement underscores

    the organizations' recognition that childhood obesity is a national problem and reflects their commitment to work

    collaboratively across levels of government to build healthier communities.

    SRTS National Partnership posts Academic Research Related to Safe Routes to School: The Partnership provides links to a variety of research reports on SRTS. Check out the growing list of research resources at:

    http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/mediacenter/229925.

    GETTING THERE: A fun activity booklet to help you learn about important traffic safety tips: This excellent booklet, which was created in New York and can be reproduced with credit to the creators, includes fun activities for

    children to do while learning about traffic safety. See the booklet at: http://www.bike.cornell.edu/pdfs/GettingThere.pdf

    Personal Safety Resources: Although child abductions are not nearly as common as the media would have us

    believe, this is often a reason parents give for not wanting their children to walk or bike to school. Besides offering the

    tools of Walking School Buses and Bike Trains, where trusted adults accompany children, some SRTS programs may

    want to offer some common-sense personal safety training. In addition to materials which are available for purchase,

    I’m Safe offers two free personal safety resources which local programs may want to consider using:

    http://www.imsafe.com/site/shop/resource/be-smart-about-people-lesson-plan and http://www.imsafe.com/site/shop/resource/safety-tips-kids-parents. You can download and print these resources

    yourself, and I’ve also asked the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resource Center to stock copies.

    SRTS National Course Updates: A few months ago The NCSRTS completed an update to the SRTS National

    Course, a day-long course designed to introduce local areas to SRTS and get them started on identifying problems

    and solutions. Trainers were invited to a webinar featuring an overview of the updates on June 9, 2009. State Safety

    Engineer Joe Santos and I, who have been trained, attended the webinar and found it to be very helpful. Joe and I are

    hoping to do a course in Tallahassee in the fall. A list of trainers and the webinar are posted at:

    http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/ss/users/link.php?UserID=116404&Newsletter=40&List=22&LinkType=Send&LinkID=753.

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National Highway Institute (NHI) Webinars Now Online: In addition to participating in live two types of webinars

    sponsored by NHI, you now have the option of viewing the archived webinars. View the NHI Real Solutions webinars

    at: http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/about/realsolutions.aspx. The May 2009 webinar Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities in Constrained ROWs and the June 2009 webinar Smart Corridors and Complete Streets may be of interest to SRTS advocates. The second webinar should be posted soon. The May webinar by Florida-based instructor Bruce

    Landis generated a record attendance of about 840 participants.

    The NHI Innovations webinars are available at: http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/about/innovationseries.aspx. The November 2008 webinar Road Safety Audits and the February 2009 webinar Roundabouts may be of interest to SRTS advocates.

    Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians Webinar: This APBP Webinar will be held next week, on Wednesday, July 15

    from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Register online at http://www.apbp.org/event/jul-09_webinar by noon, July 14. Invite colleagues and clients to attend for one very reasonable price: the cost is $50 per site for APBP members, $60 per site for non-

    APBP members. The announcement from APBP says, in part:

    Accurate demand and usage data for bicycle and pedestrian facilities can influence policy and funding decisions and

    strengthen grant requests. In the past, lack of data has limited the ability to justify investments in bicycle and

    pedestrian facilities. In this one-hour webinar, participants will learn about the latest tools and research for forecasting

    bicycle and pedestrian demand and use.

    While there are well-established methodologies for conducting traffic counts, performing household travel surveys and

    modeling travel demand for vehicles, no such standards exist for nonmotorized modes. Presenters Michael Jones,

    Principal, and Jennifer Donlon, Senior Planner, of Alta Planning + Design, will discuss advances in count technology

    and demand analysis, including:

    1. The latest pedestrian and bicycle automatic counters

    2. Which technology is right for your count

    3. Techniques for extrapolating hourly counts to forecast demand at specific times of day or year

    4. The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project

    Also in this webinar, Daniel Sauter, of Urban Mobility Research in Zurich, will present an overview of his Walk21 pre-

    conference session, “Measuring Walking, Part III: Performance indicators and methods for monitoring and

    benchmarking,” which will address ongoing efforts to establish international standards for the collection, analysis and

    dissemination of qualitative and quantitative techniques for measuring walking.

    Here is the list of other APBP webinars for the rest of this year, all scheduled from 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern time:

    ? August 19: Safe Routes to School: Expanding Your Toolbox

    ? September 16: Pedestrian Safety Assessments: Sharing Lessons Learned from California's New Program

    ? October 21: The Smart Growth - Bicycle/Pedestrian Connection

    ? November 18: How to Build Political Will for Strong Bike/Walk Programs Using the 3-Legged Stool Model

    ? December 16: Connecting with Public Health Professionals on Bike/Ped Issues (includes Health Impact

     Assessments)

    New Online Forum Addresses Traffic Calming and Other Traffic-Related Topics: Information Display Company has launched Traffic Calming Matters, a blog intended to help traffic engineers and safety professionals keep abreast

    of the latest developments and exchange ideas. The content of Traffic Calming Matters is provided by a variety of

    guest writers including experts at IDC and its partner companies. Current posts address a variety of subject matter

    including the effectiveness of radar speed check signs vs. speed bumps, the benefits of traffic light synchronization

    and thoughts on federal stimulus money projects. Although sponsored by a private company, the content is

    informational and balanced. Traffic Calming Matters can be found at

    http://www.informationdisplay.com/traffic_calming_blog/.

    Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Releases 2008 Traffic Crash Facts for Florida: According to their numbers, pedestrian fatalities declined to 502, and bicyclist fatalities declined to 118. Tables of

    county fatality and injury results for pedestrians and cyclists are included in the back of the report. See the next story

    for the NHTSA figures, which are always a little different from Florida figures.

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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Releases 2008 Crash Statistics: Crash statistics announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on July 2 show improvements. The NHTSA home page says:

    The number of overall traffic fatalities reported in 2008 hit the lowest level since 1961 and fatalities in the first three

    months of 2009 continue to decrease. The fatality rate, which accounts for variables like fewer miles traveled, also reached the lowest level ever recorded.

    Here are the links for more information: Read the News Release l 2008 Fatality Figures Detailed 2008 State-by-State Data l Preliminary 2009 First-Quarter Estimates There is more information available this year than ever before. Note that you can see statistics from specific states or

    even specific counties by entering the locations at the top of the page of state by state data. Using Google Earth, you

    can also look at specific fatality crash information for a county or area of Florida or another state.

Pedestrian fatalities in Florida decreased by 7.5%; however bicycle fatalities increased by 5%. According to the 2008

    Fatality Figures summary, nationally, pedestrian injuries decreased by 1.4%, while bicycle injuries increased by 21%.

    There are no state by state injury statistics given. It is likely that much of the increase in bicycle fatalities and injuries is

    due to the economy and the fact that many drivers are taking up bicycling without taking a bicycle safety course. This

    illustrates the importance of teaching bicycle safety, using the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program or

    a similar program, to our children, so they will grow up with an understanding of the rules of the road which will allow

    them to operate safely in traffic throughout their lives, regardless of their chosen mode of transportation.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s (PBIC) Detailed Bicycle Safety Information for Children:

    The PBIC has an excellent web page on Educating Children and Teens, which breaks down child cyclists into four age categories (1-5, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-17). It gives the characteristics and abilities as well as the important knowledge and

    skills to teach for each age category, and links to additional resources. Check out these valuable resources at:

    http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/education/children.cfm.

    Great Principles for “Smart Growth Schools”: This web page on the Switchboard website summarizes two articles

    written by Kaid Benfield, Director of the Smart Growth Program in Washington, DC. A Photo Essay on School Sprawl is worth looking at, and shows the changes from neighborhood schools to schools built on the outskirts of town, which

    makes it hard for children to walk or bike to school. Part Two includes these links to other resources on school sprawl

    and its remedies:

    ? The National Trust for Historic Preservation's schools site ? Smart Growth America's page on the issue

    ? An excellent overview by the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

    ? New Schools, Better Neighborhoods ("promotes the concept of designing smaller school facilities that can

     build upon and accommodate existing community land and facilities to save on the time, money, land, and

     other resources used to duplicate functions elsewhere").

    ? A thorough article in Governing magazine

    ? "Reducing 'School Sprawl'" on PlannersWeb

    More info: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/great_principles_for_smart_gro.html.

    Active Living Research Call for Proposals Currently Open: As reported in the July, 2009 SRTS e-News:

Active Living Research and Healthy Eating Research are national programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    (RWJF) that support research to identify promising policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity,

    promoting healthy eating, and preventing obesity. The deadline for letters of intent is July 17, 2009. This call for

    proposals (CFP) supports time-sensitive, opportunistic studies to evaluate changes in policies or environments with the

    potential to reach children who are at highest risk for obesity, including African-American, Latino, Native American,

    Asian-American, and Pacific Islander children (ages 3 to 18) who live in low-income communities or communities with

    limited access to affordable healthy foods and/or safe opportunities for physical activity. Research studies may focus

    on one or both sides of the energy balance equation-on physical activity (including sedentary behavior), healthy eating,

    or both. Studies funded under this CFP are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity

    epidemic by 2015. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis…The deadline for applications is July 29, 2009.

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Florida & National Calendar of Events & Training Opportunities

    ? Indicates new items Calendar items repeated in future updates until events are held

    July-September, 2009:

    ? July 15, 2009, deadline for nominations for the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award: Submit

    your nomination to the National Center for SRTS to have your project considered for this prestigious award. Full

    details at: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/news_room/oberstar_award/oberstar_award_instructions.cfm. ? July 15, 3:00-4:00, APBP webinar Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians: This webinar should be helpful for

    SRTS programs measuring their success by counting the numbers of children walking and biking to school before

    and after the implementation of the program. The charge for each location is $50 for APBP members and $60 for

    non-APBP members. Register at: http://www.bikewalk.org/webinarsfuture.php. ? July 17, Deadline for letters of intent for Robert Wood Johnson grants. See the article in this issue, and

    http://www.rwjf.org/files/applications/cfp/cfp_ALRHER_rapid2009.pdf for more information. ? July 27-29, Weight of the Nation Conference: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of

    Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, will host its inaugural conference on obesity prevention and control,

    Weight of the Nation, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. Weight of the Nation will provide a forum to

    highlight progress in the prevention and control of obesity through policy and environmental strategies and is

    framed around four intervention settings: community, medical care, school, and workplace. More info:

    http://www.weightofthenation.org/.

? July 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm PT, deadline for Call for Abstracts for Active Living Research (ALR) 2010

    Conference: Abstracts can focus on Conference topics Engaging Communities to Create Active Living

    Environments or Accelerating Progress in Reversing Childhood Obesity, as well as active living policies and

    environments. More info: http://tinyurl.com/mja7v3.

? August 1, Deadline for the next round of assistance from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and

    Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program: Some SRTS projects may fit the criteria. Applicants are strongly

    encouraged to discuss project ideas with RTCA staff before submitting an application. Visit www.nps.gov/rtca for

    more information.

    ? August 4. 12:00 to 1:30 pm, Including Students with Disabilities in SRTS Programs: The Diverse

    Communities Committee of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will host a nationwide roundtable to

    discuss needs and strategies for the inclusion of students with disabilities in Safe Routes to School programs. The

    event will be held via teleconference on Tuesday, Register for the roundtable by emailing your name and affiliate

    organization (if any) to Brooke Driesse. Registrants will receive dial-in information prior to the meeting date.

? August 18, Workshop on Roundabout Design and Operations: This workshop for transportation professionals

    will be hosted by the Transportation Research Center (TRC) at the University of Florida, in Maitland, Fl.

    Presenters include Ken Sides, city of Clearwater, Fla.; Michael Wallwork, Alternate Street Design, P.A.; Mark

    Doctor, FHWA; Dan Burden, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, Inc./ Walkable Communities, Inc.; Lee Rodegerdts,

    Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Rahmi Akcelik, Akcelik Pty Ltd; Aaron Elias, the University of Florida; and Milton

    Carrasco, Transoft Solutions. Six Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be offered. $195 by July 15; $245

    after that. More info: http://trc.ce.ufl.edu/Roundabouts_Workshop_2009.html. Register at:

    http://mctrans.ce.ufl.edu/roundaboutworkshop.

    ? August 19: APBP webinar, 3:00-4:00 pm Safe Routes to School: Expanding Your Toolbox: Watch for

    registration information at: http://www.apbp.org/?page=Webinars&hhSearchTerms=webinars. ? August 19-21, Second Safe Routes to School National Conference, Portland, Oregon: registration will close

    Friday, August 7. More Info: http://www.saferoutesconference.org/. View the program at:

    http://www.saferoutesconference.org/conference.php.

    ? August 31-September 3: Florida Environmental Management Office Conference, Orlando: watch

    http://www.dot.state.fl.us/emo/meetings.shtm for details as they develop.

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    September 4, 1:00-2:30, The Future of Transportation - Providing Sustainable Choices for the Public: a free ? American Planning Association Webcast. More info: http://www.floridaplanning.org/calendar/calendar_details.asp?EventID=675.

? September 9, deadline for Round 2 of the Alliance for Biking and Walking to Fund Advocacy Advance

    Grants: For more info, see: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/site/index.php/site/memberservices/C528

    ? September 16, APBP webinar, 3:00-4:00 pm on Pedestrian Safety Assessments: Sharing Lessons Learned

    from California's New Program: Watch for registration information at:

    http://www.apbp.org/?page=Webinars&hhSearchTerms=webinars.

    ? September 16-19, Bridging the Past to Tomorrow: 2009 America Planning Association Florida Chapter

    Conference - - Hyatt Regency Riverfront, Jacksonville - Join the leaders from the public and private planning

    sectors for their annual gathering - program content for every discipline. More info: http://www.floridaplanning.org/

? PARK(ing) Day September 18, 2009: PARK(ing) Day is an international day to reclaim vehicle PARK(ing) spaces

    as park spaces. Started in San Francisco in 2005 by the REBAR arts collective, it has spread around the world.

    For more information and ideas on how to participate, see the Trust for Public Land website at:

    http://www.tpl.org/tier3_cd.cfm?content_item_id=22093&folder_id=3428. This idea could be tied into an existing or

    new SRTS project stressing the importance of children experiencing the outdoors, as in No Child Left Inside.

October-December, 2009:

    ? October 6-7, California School Board Association School Wellness Conference, Anaheim, California:

    Featuring leaders from state agencies, the California School Boards Association and the community, who play a

    role in creating sustainable healthy school environments and more physical activity. More info: http://swc.csba.org/.

    ? October 7, International Walk to School Day: Register at http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/register/index.cfm to

    receive access to downloadable materials, a chance to win prizes for your school, and a weekly e-newsletter

    leading up to Walk to School Day with valuable tips for holding a great event.

? October 7-9, Association of Pedestrian Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Professional Development Seminar

    and Walk21 New York City Conference: Conference themes are More footprints, less carbon, Paving with gold,

    There is more to walking than walking and Fit cities. Read more at: http://walk21nyc.eventbrite.com/

    ? October 8-9, 4th Annual Campus and Community Sustainability Conference, hosted by the University of

    South Florida, will be held in Tampa. The event will feature five conference tracks and an exciting off-campus

    dinner on a farm is being planned. The event is designed for public and private sectors to network and learn how

    to improve their efforts toward sustainability. The call for presentations will be open until the middle of the summer.

    Watch for more info at: http://www.sustainablefloridaconference.org/

    ? October 21, APBP webinar, 3:00-4:00 pm on The Smart Growth - Bicycle/Pedestrian Connection: Watch for

    registration information at: http://www.apbp.org/?page=Webinars&hhSearchTerms=webinars. ? November 6, 1:00-2:30, Community Visioning - Creating the Framework for Tomorrow's Florida: This is part

    of a series of free monthly American Planning Association Webcasts. More info:

    http://www.floridaplanning.org/calendar/calendar_details.asp?EventID=677

    ? November 18, APBP webinar, 3:00-4:00 pm on How to Build Political Will for Strong Bike/Walk Programs

    Using the 3-Legged Stool Model: Watch for registration information at:

    http://www.apbp.org/?page=Webinars&hhSearchTerms=webinars.

    ? December 4, 1:00-2:30, Creating Sustainable Communities: This is part of a series of free monthly American

    Planning Association Webcasts. More info: http://www.floridaplanning.org/calendar/calendar_details.asp?EventID=678. ? December 16, APBP webinar, 3:00-4:00 pm on Connecting with Public Health Professionals on Bike/Ped

    Issues (includes Health Impact Assessments). Watch for registration information at:

    http://www.apbp.org/?page=Webinars&hhSearchTerms=webinars.

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Ongoing:

? Context Sensitive Solutions Webinars: Past webinars which are archived on the CSS website at

    http://www.contextsensitivesolutions.org/content/webinar/ and may be of interest to SRTS advocates include:

     ? A Guide to Building CSS Knowledge and Skills for Successful Project Delivery

    ? Using Design Flexibility to Achieve Context Sensitive Solutions

    ? Complete Streets and Context Sensitive Solutions

? America Walks/NCSRTS Webinar series: If you missed any of these webinars, please go to

    http://ww.saferoutesinfo.org/training/can_webinars.cfm to download and view the webinar.

? New Partners for Smart Growth 2009 Powerpoints: More than 230 PowerPoint presentations from the 2009

    New Partners for Smart Growth Conference are now available on Smart Growth Online, courtesy of the Local

    Government Commission (LGC). The 2009 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Albuquerque, New

    Mexico, hosted attendance of more than 1000 people from across the country for three full days of presentations,

    discussions, and information sharing. Browse the complete list of presentations at:

    http://www.smartgrowth.org/newpartners/NPSG2009.asp

    ? Canadian Operation Lifesaver Website for Children: in English or French, featuring a variety of train safety

    activities for children at: http://www.olkids.ca/. Several of the activities show children who have to cross train

    tracks while walking to school.

    ? Pedestrian Focus States Webinar on Pedestrian/Bicycle Law Enforcement: This December 17, 2008 webinar

    can be viewed at: http://fhwa.na3.acrobat.com/pedfocus/. Sign in as a guest (first name and last name). In the

    bottom right hand corner, click on the Enforcement Workshop for Webinar files and select “Save to My Computer”.

    ? National Pro Walk/Pro Bike Presentations Now Available On-Line: Some of the presentations from the Pro

    Walk/Pro Bike National Conference in Seattle, Washington are now posted at:

    http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/vconference/schedulefull.html; look for live links in red. ? The National Highway Institute (NHI) Offers Free Web-Based Training: Courses of interest to SRTS partners

    include Introducing Highway Federal-Aid and Introduction to NEPA and Transportation Decision-making, as well

    as a variety of courses on planning and engineering topics. See the course listings at:

    http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/list_catalog.aspx?cat=&key=&num=&loc=&tit=&sta=%25&typ=3&lev=%25&ava=1&str=&end=&drl

    ? MP3 and MP4 versions of completed Transportation for America free webinars are available on these

    topics at: http://t4america.org/webinars:

    ? Transportation and Social Equity

    ? Transportation, Energy and Climate

    ? Transportation, Housing and Development

    ? Transportation, Health and Public Safety

    ? Transportation and Economic Opportunity

    ? The Association Of Metropolitan Planning Organizations’ 2008 National Conference, held in October 2008,

    included presentations on SRTS and other Bike/Ped issues: View these & others at the links below:

    o Safe Routes to School Washington State Planning and Funding Assistance, Charlotte Claybrooke,

    Washington DOT, SRTS Coordinator: http://www.ampo.org/assets/719_claybrook.pdf

    o Safe Routes to School Practical Solutions on a Small Budget: Andy Hume, Las Cruces Metropolitan

    Planning Organization (MPO): http://www.ampo.org/assets/725_hume.pdf

    o Safe Routes 2 School, Lee Kokinakas, Michigan Fitness Foundation:

    http://www.ampo.org/assets/726_kokinakas.pdf

    o 3 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning presentations from Anchorage, Atlanta and Omaha at:

    http://www.ampo.org/content/index.php?pid=197

? T-Square’s 2009 Professional Training Portfolio: The Florida Transportation Technology Transfer Center

    (T-Square), based at University of Florida, has published its 2009 Professional Training Portfolio, available at:

    http://t2.ce.ufl.edu/nl/2008-11-catalog.pdf. This catalog is packed with training of interest to SRTS proponents (see

    the December 19 Update for the list).

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