Active Transportation Events and Funding Opportunities - Deadlines Approaching

March 8, 2023

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Explore our round-up of webinars and events coming up highlighting the latest road safety trends and best practices in planning and designing safe spaces for walking, biking, scooting, and rolling! Have an event you'd like us to share? Please submit your event here.

Also, these opportunities can be found on the event calendar here.


Advancing Transportation Equity—Key Insights from 2021 and Looking to 2024

Host:  Transportation Research Board

March 9, 2023 | 11:00 am PT |

The 2021 TRB Conference on Advancing Equity featured presentations from those working on the front lines of transportation equity and justice within community-based and non-profit organizations. The participants represented a wide range of experiences and perspectives. TRB will host a webinar on Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern that will provide key insights from the conference and share the TR Circular E-C281: Advancing Transportation Equity: Conference Summary and Action Brief. Presenters will also identify needed tools, policies, and practices to define, establish, and meet goals of equity within the industry. This webinar will seek input and participation from attendees for the second conference planned for 2024.

Fee: Registration is free for employees of TRB sponsors as well as Titanium and Cobalt Global Affiliates. The registration rate for all other attendees is $100

Learn more and register.

Walking, Biking, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law - What You and Your Community Need to Know

Host:   America Walks

March 9, 2023 | 11:00am PT | 

Looking to build safer streets, better bike lanes, and walkable routes that connect people to where they need and want to go? New federal funding is available for your community to layer on top of existing state and local sources! The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides billions of dollars for investments in active transportation infrastructure that promotes regular physical activity, keeps families safer, and connects people to the places they live, work, learn, and play.

Join the partners of the Intersections Initiative (America Walks, the League of Americans Bicyclists, and Safe Routes Partnership) to learn about new federal programs for walking and biking infrastructure, the upcoming opportunities you need to know about, and the initial steps you can take to prepare your community to apply for funding.

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Accessing Federal Trail Funding: Innovations in Transportation Alternatives

Host: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

March 9, 2023 | 11:30 am PT |

Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's TrailNation™ Collaborative for a two-part online discussion of the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program, the country’s largest source of federal funding for trails, walking and biking. This second discussion will feature conversations on innovative ways states and metropolitan planning organizations are using the funds and meeting match requirements, as well as prioritizing equity and connectivity in their communities.

Join this session for a highly interactive discussion to brainstorm how to best advocate for the effective use of TA across your region and state through group conversation and smaller group breakouts.

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Curbing the Car Loop: Making Arrival and Dismissal Work for Everyone

Host: Safe Routes Partnership

March 15, 2023 | 11:00 am PT | 

It’s the best of times. It’s the worst of times. That’s right; we’re talking about school arrival and dismissal! Join us as we discuss how to tackle these tricky times of day. We’ll explore arrival/dismissal observation protocols, school street activations, demonstration projects, and creative ideas to encourage more walking and rolling.

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Tribal Safety: Highway Safety Specialist Peer Exchange

Host:  FHWA Office of Tribal Transportation

March 15, 2023 | 11:00 am PT |

A panel will share their experience as Highway Safety Specialists and the benefits the position has produced. This may inspire other Tribes to consider establishing a similar position. Tribes may now apply to the BIA Indian Highway Safety Program for funding of a staff position to focus on traffic safety. A Highway Safety Specialist position could help the Tribe implement the transportation safety plan, organize community outreach, process crash data, and other duties related to highway safety. Tribal employees who have held similar positions will share about their experience as a highway safety specialist during a webinar on March 15, 2023 at 11:00 am – 12:30pm Pacific Time / 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern.

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Data storytelling for multimodal pathways

Host:  APBP

March 15, 2023 | 12:00 pm PT | 

This session will explore how data analysis and scenario planning tools can go from jargon to storytelling that is both accessible and digestible to a wide range of audiences. We will explore three California multimodal pathway corridors that will show how data can be used to build, describe and validate pathway planning and design decision-making. We will begin by reviewing California's 300+ mile Great Redwood Trail and explore how to gather your data and build your story. We will then discuss Santa Clara Valley's Central Bikeway, a Bike Superhighway, to explain how to assess your data and tell your story. We will close with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority's eight-mile LA River Path and describe what tools can be used to effectively test your data and help you validate your story. Data analysis methods presented will include appropriate corridor data gathering techniques, projecting future user demand, assessing how much space is required to accommodate various levels of use, and assessing user comfort along a proposed multimodal pathway corridor. This session will help practitioners translate their data-heavy findings into something that is compelling and understandable to all.

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9 Dos & Don’ts for Your Next Traffic Safety Campaign: Evidence-Based Strategies for Successful Behavior Change

Host:  Alta

March 21, 2023 | 10:00 am PT |

Does your community have a traffic safety problem? Perhaps there are too many crashes involving people who walk or bike, or too many drivers speeding or failing to yield at crosswalks? Engineering is an important solution, but it takes a long time to change the built environment.

Traffic safety campaigns are a valuable tool for creating safer streets. They can complement your policy and engineering work, and they are cost effective and can be delivered in much less time than a capital project.

But if you’re going to do a traffic safety campaign, you need to know how to do it right. In this webinar, Alta’s on-staff behavior change experts will share with you the top Dos and Don’ts of traffic safety campaigns. By joining us, you’ll learn to create an effective, compelling traffic safety campaign that fits your community’s needs and is based on evidence.

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TRB Webinar: Career Series #3 – Transportation Equity: Community-Building in Action

Host: TRB

March 22, 2023 | 10:00 am PT |

In these times of rapid and unprecedented change, the critical need for urgent action in advancing greater workforce diversity and development, innovation and continuous learning, and “people-readiness” at all levels has risen to new levels. Climate change, growing inequality, increasing digitalization, new players and business models highlight the critical role of transportation careers in community-building and achieving equity-centered and sustainable outcomes. TRB will host the third webinar in this series on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern that will spotlight the development of policies and practices that more fully address inequities and injustices caused and contributed to by transportation. Presenters will share how cross-sector integration can improve access to goods, services, and opportunities in communities. Presenters will also discuss the importance of diverse and authentic community participation in driving more equitable policies, programs, practices, and outcomes.  

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Active Transportation Resource Center Updates

Host: Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC)

March 29, 2023 | 9:00 am PT | 

During this webinar, attendees will be introduced to new Caltrans ATRC and Active Transportation Program Non-Infrastructure (ATP NI) staff and learn about existing and upcoming ATRC projects and partnerships. We will also highlight ATRC accomplishments from 2022 and offer reminders of currently available self-paced trainings and other ATRC web-based resources. As is the case with all ATRC webinars, there will be an opportunity for a robust question and answer period with ATRC Program Managers and staff following all presentations.

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Funding Deadline: Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funds

Sponsor:  FHWA 

March 9, 2023 

The FY2022-2026 TTP Safety Fund Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the TTP Safety Fund was published on June 7, 2022 and amended on January 9, 2023.  Applications for the FY2023 funding cycle will be accepted through March 9, 2023.

Learn more about the program.

Funding Deadline: 2023 AARP Community Challenge Grants

Sponsor: AARP Livable Communities

March 15, 2023 

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. In 2023, the AARP Community Challenge is accepting applications across three different grant opportunities: flagship grants, capacity-building microgrants, and demonstration grants. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.To be eligible for the program, you must be a 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofit, a government entity, or another type of organization which will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Although communities that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities(link is external) are encouraged to apply, projects that benefit any community and satisfy all other criteria are eligible for consideration.  

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2023. Learn more and apply.

Funding Deadline: Better Bike Share Partnership Grants

Sponsor: Better Bike Share Partnership

March 31, 2023 

As systems everywhere begin planning for better weather and the accompanying uptick in riders, it’s time to launch programs that help break down barriers to using shared micromobility in underserved communities. To fund this work, the Better Bike Share Partnership is excited to announce its 2023 round of mini-grants. In a change from years past, however, these grants won’t be quite so mini: For the first time, eligible organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in grant funding.

The PeopleForBikes Foundation funds these grants as part of BBSP and they’re available to any non-profit community-based organization, municipality, or shared mobility operator working to make bike share more equitable and inclusive. Collaborations between any of the above are also welcome as long as the projects support smaller, time-bound programs or events in 2023. While we’ve raised the limit on how much an organization can apply for, applications for funding anywhere in the $10,000-$25,000 range will be accepted.

Mini-grant applications are due by Friday, March 31, 2023, at 5:00 pm MT / 4:00 pm PT. Grant recipients will be notified on April 28th.

Learn more.


Implementing the Safe System Approach Course

Host:  ITE

January 18 –  March 9

The Implementing the Safe System Approach course is a new certificate-based blending learning course that will provide an in-depth understanding of the Safe System Approach and its application.  The Safe System Approach is a holistic approach to achieving zero transportation-related severe injuries and fatalities.  At its foundation, the Safe System Approach acknowledges that humans make mistakes and are vulnerable to crash impacts.  This approach is a change from traditional safety practice and is based on shared responsibility, redundancy, and proactive action across five elements: Safe Road Users, Safe Vehicles, Safe Roads, Safe Speeds, and Post-Crash Care. The intended audience for the course is transportation planners, engineers, safety data analysts, public health professionals, and other key stakeholders with shared responsibility within the Safe System. 

This course will consist of pre-recorded modules delivered by subject matter experts and four live instructor-led discussion sessions. 

Learn more and register.

RSCP Core Module #1: Introduction to Road Safety

Host:  National Center for Rural Road Safety 

Tue, March 14, 10am – 12pm

This two-hour training provides an overview of safety trends, an understanding of the national safety vision, and discusses techniques for safety collaboration. It will also discuss the importance of prioritizing safety and how an individual can become a Road Safety Champion.

This session is a part of the Road Safety Champion Program

Learn more and register.

RSCP Core Module #3: Introduction to Traffic Safety Culture

Host:  National Center for Rural Road Safety 

Tue, March 21, 10am – 12pm

This training introduces growing positive traffic safety culture to significantly improve road safety in America. Participants will leave the training with a better understanding of the elements that shape traffic safety culture, how those factors interact to affect behaviors related to traffic safety, strategies that can be implemented to improve traffic safety culture among various groups, and ideas about how they can leverage their role (and the role of others) in growing a positive traffic safety culture.

This session is a part of the Road Safety Champion Program

Learn more and register.

RSCP Core Module #2: Understanding Human Factors

Host:  National Center for Rural Road Safety 

Tue, March 28, 10am – 12pm

This two-hour training will provide an overview of human factors principles. It will allow the non-expert in human factors to more effectively bring consideration of the road user’s capabilities and limitations into policies and practices. Knowing how road users interact with their vehicle, the roadway and other road users can also provide useful insights into roadway safety. Armed with that knowledge, construction and maintenance personnel, planners, engineers, public health professionals and law enforcement can work together to target appropriate countermeasures to help reduce injury crashes.

This session is a part of the Road Safety Champion Program

Learn more and register.


Proximity planning: A local strategy for global problems, or a global strategy for local problems?

Host: UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies

Fri, March 10, 1pm – 5pm

Proximity and accessibility are planning principles of urban resilience increasingly used in contemporary urban areas to promote decarbonization of mobility, support the healthy city and vital neighborhoods, and increase urban resilience. In the United States, proximity planning encompasses a long and innovative tradition such as new urbanism, smart growth, transit oriented development, complete communities, the city of the “quart of milk,” and so forth. At the same time, the recent COVID19 crisis inspired many examples of the application of the principles of proximity planning. Among these examples, two European cases stand out: Paris, with the “15-minute City,” and Barcelona, with its “superilla” or super block. Bogota, X, and Y are incorporating similar principles into its spatial and mobility plans.

Despite its relevance, research on proximity and accessibility planning has not kept pace with the resurgence in practice. What are critical emerging topics for research and implementation? What topics have been overlooked? This symposium will contribute to discussions about proximity planning as a core strategy to improve urban livability and resilience, focusing on the revitalization of existing cities and detailing the innovations of the two European cases mentioned above, and exploring their applicability to the revitalization of cities in the Americas.

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Great Communities: At the Intersection of Planning and Engineering

Host:  ITE

Mar 14 – 15, 2023

This virtual conference will showcase the importance of planners and engineers working collaboratively, and provide real-world examples of their success. Great communities are built with this collaborative spirit in mind, and transportation professionals of all disciplines will benefit from lessons learned in this conference. Participants will gain insights on leading-edge practices that can be taken back to their communities.

The early bird registration rate for the meeting is $149 for members and $249 for non-members until February 24th. After February 24th, the price increases to $199 for members and $299 for non-members.  Student members can attend for $50.

Learn more and register.

2023 National Bike Summit

Host:  League of American Bicyclists

Mar 26 – 29, 2023

Registration for the 2023 National Bike Summit is NOW OPEN and we want to see you there! The hybrid National Bike Summit will be March 26-29, 2023, with two ways to attend: 

  • Virtually, from anywhere with an internet connection!

  • In-person, in Washington, DC, with up to 400 of your best bike friends! (In-person registration will be limited to the first 400 people that register)

It’s a critical moment for the movement to build safer roads, encourage slower speeds, and engage diverse and inclusive partners to revolutionize biking for everyone. That’s why we're offering online content, special discounts and scholarships to ensure everyone is a part of the conversation.

Right now, our Early Bird Pricing is in effect – this is the lowest price you’ll see! Early bird pricing ends on December 31st at 11:59 pm PT. 

Learn more and register.