Explore the Active Transportation Safety Events Coming Up in October!

October 12, 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.

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

Safety Campaign

National Pedestrian Safety Month

Host: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

October 1-31, 2021

October is Pedestrian Safety Month

Whether it be in a parking lot, crosswalk, or on a road, everyone is a pedestrian. In 2018, there were 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the United States, which accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities in 2018. This equates to a traffic-related pedestrian death every 84 minutes. Learn more about this traffic safety campaign at NHTSA website.


Just-In-Time Training - PORT Reporting


Tuesday, October 12, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external) 

This just-in-time webinar is intended for transportation employees reporting on Tribal Transportation Program (TTP) funds.  This webinar provides an overview of the Tribal Transportation Program Online Reporting Tool (PORT), used to collect Tribal data on projects and activities funded through the Tribal Transportation Program.  The webinar will also provide information on how to report on Highway Infrastructure Program - Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (HIP-CRRSAA) funds that the Tribe may have expended.
Dr. Nick Ferenchak (University of New Mexico), Dr. Pengfei (Taylor) Li (University of Texas at Arlington), Dr. Sirisha Kothuri (Portland State University), and Dr. Fred Feng (University of Michigan-Dearborn)

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The Impact of Transportation-Related Barriers on Self-Perceived Physical Health among Adults in the US

Host: National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC)

Tuesday,  October 12, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Philip Baiden and Godfred Boateng of the University of Texas at Arlington offer an investigation of the cross-sectional association between transportation-related factors and self-perceived physical health among adults in the U.S.

This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Texas at Arlington. Read more about the research: Developing and Testing Transportation Barriers Scale and Its Impact on Mental Health Among At-risk/Homeless Youth and Emerging Adults

Learn more about this webinar here

Creating Equitable Infrastructure

Host: Next City

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Transportation systems are vital to cities and their residents. They connect communities to each other, to local amenities, and to economic opportunities. But these networks can also divide, cutting people and communities off and concentrating adverse effects in some areas while sparing others. Even a quick glance at mid-20th-century urban planning in the U.S. shows how transportation decisions ripped apart Black and brown communities in order to build interstates that better connected white suburbs to downtown cores. We can and need to do better— and data can help. Hear from Replica General Counsel Kiran Jain about one of the most powerful tools public agencies can use to assess inequities in the built environment — and how Replica, a data platform for the built environment, is working with cities to create more equitable infrastructure.

Learn more about the webinar here.

How a Sacramento-area Bike-share System Has Influenced Travel Behavior

Host: UC ITS

Thursday,  October 14, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Bike-share services offer cities a new transportation option with the potential to improve environmental, social, and health outcomes by increasing physical activity and reducing vehicle miles traveled and related greenhouse gas emissions. But these benefits accrue only if bike-share use replaces car travel. Little is known about the factors influencing whether bike-share substitutes for driving. In this webinar, researchers will share results of a study based on user surveys and system-wide trip data from a Sacramento-area dockless, electric bike-share program in 2018 and 2019. The researchers will present estimates of system-wide reductions in vehicle miles traveled caused by bike-share. They will also share modeling work that examines factors influencing bike-share demand and estimates the impact of hypothetical expanded service scenarios.

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Federal Policy Webinar

Host: Safe Routes Partnership

Thursday,  October 14, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Federal Policy Webinar coming in October! Safe Routes Partnership will host a webinar on October 14th at 3 PM ET that will provide a deep dive into federal policy related to Safe Routes to School and active transportation.

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How to Take on Harmful Jaywalking Laws

Host: America Walks

Friday,  October 15, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Kansas City and Virginia recently decriminalized jaywalking and the California legislature right now is considering the same action They are driven by data and lived experiences that show BIPOC community members bear the burden of police enforcement at disproportionate rates, with the harm outweighing any alleged safety benefits. America Walks supports these efforts because safety and equity demand not unjust enforcement, but investments to undo the street and road designs (often forced on BIPOC communities) that are hostile to pedestrians. Could your state or city be next to follow suit and set this critical precedent? We hope so.

Join host and moderator Charles T. Brown, award-winning expert in planning and policy and founder/principal of Equitable Cities, and expert panel members working at the state and local level to decriminalize jaywalking.

Active Transportation Non-Infrastructure-Related Funding Opportunities

Host: Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC)

Tuesday,  October 19, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:00am PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Funding active transportation programs are more important than ever given the urgency posed by rising trends in crashes and fatalities among pedestrians and cyclists. Active transportation programs also align with California’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reduced vehicle miles traveled. 
During this webinar we will inform you of two State active transportation-related non-infrastructure funding programs, one focused on plans and another on education and encouragement. You will also learn how to leverage existing local funding sources and other technical assistance resources available to help your agency's non-infrastructure application be more competitive in the next ATP funding cycle. As is the case with all ATRC webinars, a question-and-answer period with the panelists will be facilitated by ATRC staff following all presentations.

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An Overview of ITE's Micromobility Facility Design Practitioners Guide

Host: ITE

Wednesday,  October 20, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

This webinar will provide highlights on ITE's Micromobility Facility Design Practitioners Guide released in April 2021. If you have not heard of this ITE publication, be sure to attend this informational webinar to learn more.

The 1-hour webinar will cover background on why the ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Standing Committee developed this product, what the Guide includes, and next steps for micromobility facility design in the transportation profession.

Defining the Relationship between Bicycle Infrastructure and Gentrification

Host: APBP

Wednesday,  October 20, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Although research has not confirmed a causal relationship between bicycle infrastructure and gentrification, there arecases that show a directly link. Toole Design is working with two clients on research projects exploring this relationship.In this webinar, Toole will introduce the connection between bike lanes and trails and gentrification by highlightingfoundational research. Oregon Metro and the Ohio Department of Health will then discuss their projects and how theagencies have used/will use the findings. With Metro, Toole examined the literature around bike trails anddisplacement, including mitigation and approaches to avoid negative impacts of gentrification, specifically thedisplacement of Black and brown and low‐income communities. With the ODH, Toole analyzed how demographicindicators of gentrification and property values changed with the installation of bike lanes.

Update on USDOT's Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program


Wednesday,  October 20, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

The Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program (TTSGP) provides federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations with greater control, flexibility, and decision-making authority over federal funds used to carry out tribal transportation programs, functions, services, and activities (PFSAs) in tribal communities. The TTSGP also affords Tribes and Tribal organizations with specific rights and federal resources to implement and support their Self-Governance programs. 

Friday Transportation Seminar: Transportation Planning in Tribal Communities: From Plan Development to Implementation

Host: TREC at Portland State University

Friday,  October 22, 2021 | 11:30am - 12:30pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Existing studies surveying transportation planners in Tribal communities have recognized two challenges: (1) that existing planning analysis tools do not always align with Tribal community context and needs, and (2) that it is not always clear what benefits planning provides to transportation project selection and delivery in Tribal communities. These challenges are outlined in a 2020 FHWA Research Needs Statement titled Making Transportation Planning Applicable in Tribal Communities.

This study, therefore, seeks to align available planning analysis tools to Tribal community needs based on a range of contextual factors, and to quantify the benefits of planning analysis in the project selection and delivery processes. Additionally, this study seeks to ensure that any findings optimize Tribal Transportation Program funding decision-making in Tribal communities. The audience for the study is primarily Tribal planning staff and, secondarily, FHWA’s Office of Tribal Transportation staff and other federal agencies and partners.


Host:  APBP
Wednesday,  October 27, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Join APBP's Policy Specialist, Caron Whitaker, CLW Consulting, LLC, for quarterly briefings on the latest developments in U.S. federal transportation policy and legislation. 

Trail Ambassador Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices (Part 1 of 2)

Host:  American Trails

Thursday,  October 28, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:30am PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Trail ambassador programs can be a boon to any trail or trail system. They build local engagement, help identify and solve deferred maintenance issues, and turn casual users into lifelong advocates. We've gathered together leaders of some of the best ambassador programs across the nation, representing a variety of trail user types, to share best practices and offer sage advice for starting programs for your trail. We have made this a two-part webinar series to showcase great examples and resources that will focus on providing ample time for answering your most burning questions.

Re-thinking the Role of Enforcement in Traffic Safety Work: City to City / Part 2

Host: Vision Zero Network

Thursday,  October 28, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

As more communities re-think the traditional role of enforcement in traffic safety work, we invite you to the second in a series of conversations about how Vision Zero cities can lead positive change.

Jenn Fox, of Vision Zero Network, will host a panel of city staff who are thinking about and acting on the need to ensure traffic safety efforts, including enforcement, are both effective and equitable. We’ll be joined by Marlon Marion, Equity and Inclusion Manager at the Portland Police Bureau, and Clay Veka of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, who will share learnings from their cross-departmental work. And we’ll hear the perspectives and experiences of two of the longest-running Vision Zero programs in the country with Juan Martinez, of NYC, and Allison Schwartz, of the Seattle Department of Transportation. We’ll discuss ways to align Vision Zero efforts for positive change, in part by recognizing and addressing inequities and injustices in some traditional traffic safety strategies.

Friday Transportation Seminar: Pedestrian Safety and Social Equity in Oregon

Host: TREC at Portland State University

Friday,  October 29, 2021 | 11:30am - 12:30pm PT | Register(link is external)(link is external)(link is external)

Past research and planning has highlighted the existence of pedestrian injury disparities throughout the US and some local agencies have performed cursory analysis in Oregon. However, no statewide analysis of pedestrian injuries in Oregon has been completed to see how these injury outcomes differ by race and income.

This presentation aims to help better understand the factors that result in disparate pedestrian injury outcomes for different sociodemographic groups. This research uses data from a variety of sources to understand pedestrian injuries by social equity measures including income, poverty, race, ethnicity, disability and English proficiency. The authors conclude that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) experience a higher rate of pedestrian injury compared to the statewide average. 

This research also documents pedestrian injuries at the Census tract level and measures factors that influence pedestrian injury risk. Sociodemographic risk factors associated with pedestrian injury risk include race, income, disability, and limited English proficiency. Traffic exposure and built environmental factors were also influential in predicting where pedestrian injuries occur at the tract level. Download the recent research from the Oregon DOT here.

Funding Opportunities

Community Mobility Ready-to-Launch Grants 2021

Host: National Center for Mobility Management

Friday, October 15, 2021

The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) has officially launched their 2021 Community Mobility Ready-to-Launch grant cycle. The program will award up to $75,000 per awardee to fund the pilot phase of an already designed program or project that allows low-income community residents to become fully engaged in economic opportunities, improve their health and well-being, and become more integrated into their community. The grants are made possible through support from the Federal Transit Administration and are open to any non-profit or government agency that is able to receive or be a subrecipient of federal funding.

Applications for the 2021 grant cycle are due on Friday, October 15, 2021, 11:59 pm EST/8:59 pm PST. Those interested in applying and more information can visit the Request for Proposals.

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Host: Caltrans

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to release the Fiscal Year (FY) Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide and call-for-applications.  A total of $34 million is available for transportation planning projects statewide.

Learn more about the FY 2022-23 Grants Schedule, application guide and how to apply here. The grant application deadline is October 27, 2021.


Vision Zero Cities 2021: Safe Streets Save Lives

Host: Transportation Alternatives

October 20-22, 2021|Register

The virtual 2021 Vision Zero Cities conference, explores the most pressing issues on our streets today. From street design to traffic enforcement, hear from experts and advocates devoted to safe streets and livable cities.

2021 Active Transportation Symposium: Connect. Visualize. Transform

Host:  ATRC, Caltrans, CTC

October 26-28, 2021| 8:30 am - 12:30pm | Register 

Save-the-Date! The 2021 Active Transportation Symposium is a three-day, free, virtual event hosted by the Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC). The goals of the Symposium are to bring together active transportation stakeholders, share information on relevant active transportation topics, and provide attendees with implementable solutions.