Explore the Active Transportation Safety Events Coming Up in June!

June 3, 2021

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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.


Understanding the Traffic Signal Timing Process

Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm PT | 

The ITE Traffic Engineering Council will be hosting a series of webinars focused on various elements of Traffic Signal Timing. 

This first webinar will have a team of traffic signal practitioners introduce the basic concepts of the timing development process. This session will focus heavily on a review of the Traffic Signal Timing Manual (NCHRP Report 812) and will provide an overview of the outcome-based timing approach, which puts an emphasis on signal system users and priorities.

Not Easy Being Green - Colorizing Bicycle Lanes to Enhance Safety

Host: Transportation Research Board

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm PT | 

How safe are bicycle lanes in your community? TRB will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern that will explore how colorizing bike lanes can enhance their safety. Presenters will illustrate two case studies about green-colored pavement markings for improving safety. They will identify applications and performances of different materials in both northern and southern climates. This webinar will also allow for a discussion about the costs and benefits of different pavement marking technologies in additional use cases.

Women at the Helm

Host: Eno Center for Transportation

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm PT | 

What is the path to leadership for women in transportation? What can success stories teach us about how to help women advance to the top of organizations? In this webinar, Jennifer Aument, Nuria Haltiwanger, Denise Roth, and Kimberly Slaughter will share their thought leadership, key insights, and personal stories about their careers. They will also share some concrete suggestions for how women can empower themselves in the companies, organizations, and governments where they work. Join these leading luminaries for an intimate conversation on the future of women in transportation. 

Special T-Talk: Arrested Mobility

Host: Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Powerful Pathways, and the Urban Outdoors Association.

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm PT | 

In early June, we are hosting Charles T. Brown as a special edition of the T-Talk series organized by the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Powerful Pathways, and the Urban Outdoors Association. This talk will highlight the adverse social, political, economic, and health impacts of racial disparities in transportation and mobility. We will explore the ways in which our research, planning, policy, and street design can and must be reimagined. Doing so will help us achieve greater mobility, health, and quality of life for Black Bostonians. Charles Brown will be joined by Elijah Evans of Bikes Not Bombs and Courtney Jacobovits, resident of Jamaica Plain, for a discussion after his presentation.

Improving Traffic Signals for Bicycling and Walking

Host: PBIC and ITE

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm PT | 

This webinar will focus on how transportation professionals and practitioners can use traffic signals to make intersections safer and more comfortable for nonmotorized road users. Panelists, including Peter Koonce, PE, of Portland, Oregon, and Peter Furth, of Northeastern University, will describe strategies for improving intersections through signal timing, cycle lengths, speed management, protected phasing, and more. Participants will learn about the latest advances and trends in managing traffic signals to prioritize bicycling and walking. This is the first webinar in a two-part session, co-hosted by the Institute of Transportation Engineers, to explore multimodal traffic signal improvements.

How Strava Metro can Support your Active Transportation Decision-Making

Host: Strava Metro and BikeMaps.org

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT |

Investing in or managing active transportation infrastructure? Join this upcoming webinar in collaboration with Bikemaps.org to learn how Strava Metro data can play a role in making communities safe, efficient, and accessible!

We'll be joined by Mark Gainey (co-founder of Strava), Dr. Trisalyn Nelson (founder of Bikemaps.org, Professor & the Jack and Laura Dangermond Endowed Chair of Geography at University of California Santa Barbara), and Jaimy Fischer (Indigenous (Michif) PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University). The Strava Metro team will also join for Q&A following the presentations.

Open Streets: What Happened? What Did We Learn? What’s Next for People-First Places?

Host: America Walks

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT |

During the pandemic North American cities and towns provided greater space for active mobility and social distancing – but will they now disappear?

Hear from advocates, practitioners and experts about the scope of the open streets response, the effects on active living and mobility, and challenges with implementation and community engagement. What lessons did we learn as the open streets movement transitions into a post-pandemic world?

Pedestrian Safety on Arterial Streets

Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am PT |

Communities across the country face challenges in improving safety for pedestrians on arterial streets, which account for the majority of pedestrian deaths in the US each year compared to other street types. At the same time, there are numerous policy and design solutions available to improve safety and comfort on arterials for vulnerable road users. During this webinar, panelists will share the latest research on the safety, equity, and health challenges presented by arterials and what can be done to rebalance these streets for all road users.

Current Efforts Addressing Equity in Transportation

Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT |

This webinar features presenters from areas across North America to discuss their work and efforts toward equity in transportation. Presentations include various topics of equity on travel behavior and accessibility, racial and social equity, the pandemic's impact on equity, and emerging technologies. This webinar will share presenters’ findings and best practices for benchmarking and advancing equity, including sharing several changes to ridership in populations across different states and solving challenges that affect those residents.

Evolving Multi-Modal Impact Analysis

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm PT |

Level of service has dominated project traffic impact analysis for decades. For nearly as long, LOS has been critiqued for its focus on automobiles at the expense of quality active transportation infrastructure. Now the regulatory environment is changing. California is implementing SB 743, requiring that LOS be replaced by vehicle miles traveled, elevating the importance of proactive approaches for safety. Oakland implemented new guidelines in 2017 that incorporate bike/ped safety and equity considerations. The District of Columbia Department of Transportation developed Comprehensive Transportation Review Guidelines that focus on site and streetscape design such as capping off-street parking in transit accessible areas. This panel, with planners from Oakland, DDOT, and Fehr & Peers highlights evolving performance metrics and tools that better measure the entire transportation system.

Roundabouts Down Under

Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm PT |

This webinar will give an overview of successful roundabout installations in Australia over the last 50 years and in the USA more recently. It will present examples where metering signals have been installed when a roundabout reaches capacity. The webinar will discuss the analysis techniques and the process for deciding between a roundabout and signalization for arterial intersections. The safety and place-making benefits of roundabouts will be emphasized.

Traffic Crashes As Seen On TV: An Opportunity to Reshape the Dialogue Around Road User Injury

Host: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

Wednesday, July 1, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00pm PT |

The way TV news stations cover traffic crashes and injuries both shape and are shaped by public perceptions about what is normal, right, and just about our transportation systems. News media frames tell us who was involved in traffic crashes, who is responsible for them, and often imply what might be done to address road user injury. CSCRS researchers, Seth LaJeunesse—with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center—and Sydney Nicolla—with the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media—along with a multi-disciplinary UNC research team analyzed more than 1,000 crash-featuring TV news stories in the U.S., spanning the years 2012-2019. Findings reveal clear patterns of reporting, such as focusing on traffic congestion, placing responsibility solely on road users, and treating most crashes as isolated from other crashes. Seth and Sydney will share details on the study’s methods, findings, and their development of a Media Framing Guide designed to motivate transportation and public health professionals to work with news journalists to help shape the narrative around traffic injury. 


32nd Annual Demographic Workshop: The Post-Pandemic City

Host: Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Tuesday, June 8 and 15, 2021 | 1:30pm - 4:45pm PT | 

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy are pleased to invite to the 32nd Annual Demographic Workshop. Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this year’s event will be split into two webinars – Part 1 will take place on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, and Part 2 will take place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Transoft Safety Lab Road Safety Workshop 2021

Host: Transoft Safety Lab

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 10:00am - 1:30pm PT | 

The Transoft Safety Lab is hosting its first annual TSL Road Safety Workshop on Wednesday, June 16th from 10 AM – 1:30 PM PT / 1:00 – 4:30 PM ET. This free and interactive event is for transportation practitioners and researchers who want to advance their understanding of new tools and approaches to evaluating the safety performance of transportation decisions on all road users across a network.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

Host: Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC)

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 11:30am - 3:30pm PT | 

This hands-on, virtual course challenges you to explore the tools used to assess and evaluate the suitability of a transportation route and facilitate its use by all types of bicyclists. This course reviews California’s commitment to supporting all modes of transportation, and participants will learn how to apply bicycle design concepts that best balance competing needs on a specific route. Current policy related to the future of active transportation will be discussed, and some visit-supporting design documents will be identified.

A single guidance document cannot apply to every scenario, and this course will introduce basic concepts of planning and design standards, as well as guidance and tools, that direct and guide bicycle transportation planning and design.

Human Factors in Road Safety

Host: International Road Federation (IRF)

June 21 - 24, 2021 |

In the past it has been popular to say that more than 90% of crashes are due to human error. However, it would be more accurate to describe these crashes as system failures involving a breakdown of the human-machine interface. The safe systems approach views safety outcomes as resulting from the interaction and joint performance of primary system elements: road users, vehicles, and infrastructure. It is therefore incumbent on road safety and design professionals to develop a strong understanding of human performance within the transportation system.

This course is about learning to design with the human in mind. The human is the most complex and variable element of the transportation system, but professionals who learn the human’s design parameters and how to make infrastructure that is compatible with these parameters will help deliver substantial gains in road safety during the second Decade of Action.

Funding Opportunities

Safe Routes to School National Partnership 2021-2022 Application for Active Transportation Technical Assistance

Host:  Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Funding Deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | 

If you are working to make walking and biking to schools, parks and other key destinations safer in your community, we can help!

The Safe Routes Partnership can assist your efforts to make your community a place where all residents can easily be active and healthy. We are offering long-term, free technical assistance to under-resourced communities in California that would like to seek funding through the state’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) for projects that support walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School. 

** Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2021, by 5pm PT. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact Jonathan Matz, California Senior Policy Manager: jonathan@saferoutespartnership.org.