December Active Transportation Safety Webinar Roundup

December 4, 2019

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

December 5, 2019 

Complete Streets for Healthy Living

National Complete Streets Coalition
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Register

The National Complete Streets Coalition is excited to welcome Trust for America’s Health to share their new State of Obesity report and how active transportation policy at the federal and state levels can improve the health of all Americans.

Speakers will discuss the the overall relationship between chronic disease and physical activity while doing a quick overview of the social determinants of health. They will then briefly highlight current federal legislation efforts at the junction of transportation and health. Finally, they will share concrete examples of how active transportation/active living policy can improve health and/or reduce costs while emphasizing how multisector approaches prove to be more successful than one-off interventions.

Innovative Alternative Intersection and Corridor Studies using the HCM6

Transportation Research Board (TRB)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Register

Traffic operations professionals are invited to a TRB webinar on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET. This webinar will present an overview of how the new and updated methods in the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) may be used to design alternative intersections and corridors.

Introduction to Traffic Calming

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Register

This webinar will review the concepts presented in Chapter 14th of the latest (7th) edition of the Traffic Engineering Handbook. The goal of this chapter is to provide the reader with an understanding of the current state of traffic calming, by presenting a definition and brief history of neighborhood traffic calming, by describing individual traffic calming measures, and by identifying key characteristics of those measures. This chapter acknowledges the strong foundations of traffic calming but reflects an understanding that the focus has shifted from simply slowing traffic, in an effort to reduce the effects of automobiles in neighborhoods, to better incorporating the needs of a full range of users (Complete Streets).

December 6, 2019 

Designing Intersections and Roadways to Reduce Collisions - An Interactive Approach to Identify Safety

American Society of Civil Engineers
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Register

Traffic crashes that cause injury, death, and property damage can be reduced by improving local education efforts, increased enforcement and implementing engineering measures. A comprehensive program to reduce crashes by implementing engineering measures should find ways to improve safety and traffic operations at high crash intersections and at mid-block locations. It should also look at collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists. This webinar will discuss the best approach to identifying mitigation measures that can be successful in reducing collisions. It will identify the different types of measures that can be used depending on the historical patterns at a given location. Information will be included about the most recent source of information on Crash Modification Factors and where scarce funding of public infrastructure is most effectively spent.

December 11, 2019 

Not Just Big Cities: Vision Zero in smaller & suburban communities

Vision Zero Network
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Register

If you think Vision Zero is only for big, urban communities, think again. In fact, it has its roots in smaller, more rural areas. This one-hour webinar, hosted by Vision Zero Network, will focus on experiences and recommendations from mid-sized suburban communities leading the way on Vision Zero in the U.S.Join presenters: Christine E. Mayeur, Complete Streets Program Manager, City of Alexandria, Virginia & Franz Loewenherz, Principal Transportation Planner, City of Bellevue, Washington.

December 12, 2019 

Letting Bike Riders Catch the Green Wave

TREC at Portland State University
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM |Register

The "Fast Track" project at the University of Oregon focuses on a mode of transportation that is sometimes left out of vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I, conversations: Bicycling. NITC researchers developed an app based on a new technology being integrated into modern cars: GLOSA, or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory. GLOSA allows motorists to set their speed along corridors to maximize their chances of catching a "green wave" so they won't have to stop at red lights.

This project demonstrates how GLOSA can be used by bicyclists in the same way it is used by motorists, with a test site on a busy car and bike corridor feeding the University of Oregon campus: 13th Avenue in Eugene, Oregon. Researchers developed a smartphone app that tells a cyclist whether they should adjust their speed to stay in tune with the signals and catch the next green. The project demonstrates how university researchers, city traffic engineers, and signal-controller manufacturers can come together to help bicyclists be active participants in a smart transportation system.