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.
Acting with Urgency: What does “Safer People” mean?
Host: Vision Zero Network
Apr. 12, 2022 | 9am PT |
What does “Safer People” mean in a true Safe System world? Join us to find out in the second in our series “Acting with Urgency”. Each session will focus on one of the “elements” of the Safe System approach, as laid out in the new National Roadway Safety Strategy, and recommend strategies to change the status quo. In this “Safer People” session, we’ll look at how (some of) the ideas and language in the National Strategy positively differ from the traditional over-emphasis on individual behavior, which often veers into victim-blaming and ineffective and inequitable strategies (more here) over-relying on enforcement and education. Learn more and register.
Right a Way: Addressing the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America
Host: Smart Growth Online
Apr. 12, 2022 | 10am PT |
The number of pedestrian deaths has been rising in recent years. What can communities do to turn this around?
Join the Smart Growth Network at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 12, as Angie Schmitt, author of the book, Right of Way, explains why many pedestrian deaths are avoidable and what communities can do to reframe the problem, make improvements, and help to save lives.
Active Transportation Planning in Unincorporated Communities
Host: UC Berkeley SafeTREC
Apr. 12, 2022 | 2pm PT |
Unincorporated areas face unique challenges and complexities in active transportation planning. The discussion will focus on sources of funding for planning and improvements - counties, regional planning organizations, and state agencies - and strategies on working with each of these sources. Practitioners and community members from unincorporated areas will share their experiences and solutions. Join SafeTREC, Cal Walks and communities across California to discuss active transportation improvement efforts in unincorporated areas. Register now.
Registration is open to participants from prior CPBST sites and is free of charge but limited to 30 participants per peer exchange. A brief summary of each peer exchange will be available about one month after the event.
If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpretation/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Lisa Peterson at email@example.com with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.
Go Human Mini Grants Program Informational Webinar
Host: SCAG's Go Human
Apr. 12, 2022 | 5pm PT |
The 2022 Go Human Mini-Grants Program will award up to $15,000 each to selected traffic safety projects that emphasize community-driven co-creation and community engagement. Applications are open from Monday, March 28, 2022 to Friday, April 29, 2022.
SCAG will be hosting two informational webinars on the Mini-Grants program via Zoom (Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided). See below for dates and registration links:
- Register here for the Tuesday, April 5th webinar at 12:30 p.m. PT
- Register here for the Tuesday, April 12th webinar at 5 p.m. PT
Learn more about the program here.
#Act2EndDD: A National Dialogue to Eliminate Distracted Driving
Apr. 13, 2022 | 10:00am PT |
Join the National Transportation Safety Board, in collaboration with the National Distracted Driving Coalition, for a virtual roundtable discussion on the continued and increasing dangers we face from distracted driving. Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg will moderate a panel of experts from industry, government, and academia to find solutions.
Complete Streets Webinar for FLMAs and Tribes
Apr. 13, 2022 | 11am PT |
Complete Streets are defined as streets designed and operated to enable safe use and support mobility for all users. The term “all users” explicitly includes people of all ages and abilities, regardless of whether they are travelling as drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or public transportation riders. During the webinar we will cover Complete Streets activities that have been undertaken to date by the FHWA including a Report to Congress on Complete Streets; a Transformational Document; and highlight a few FLH project examples which incorporate Complete Streets principles.
Apr. 13, 2022 | 12pm PT |
Join APBP's Policy Special, Caron Whitaker of CLW Consulting, LLC, for a quarterly briefing on the latest developments in U.S. federal transportation policy and legislation. APBP offers these webinars quarterly. They are free to APBP members and the public to attend.
The Promise and Pitfalls of Vision Zero
Host: Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Apr. 14, 2022 | 2pm PT |
Over the last decade, dozens of American cities, counties, and states have committed to Vision Zero, a landmark initiative to eliminate traffic deaths. Although Vision Zero is credited with saving countless lives in Europe, fatalities in American cities and states have often risen -- not declined -- after public officials signed on. Residents of low-income communities are particularly vulnerable.
Can Vision Zero help make American streets and roads safer? Join Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government for a panel discussion with experts at the local, state, and federal level moderated by Taubman Center Visiting Fellow David Zipper.
Learn more and register
Understanding Sight Triangles in a Complete Streets World
Apr. 19, 2022 | 12pm PT |
Sight triangles are considered a basic cornerstone of safety for driveways and intersections. Yet despite the wide recognition of the role of sight triangles in safety, the understanding and implementation of sight triangles varies substantially. Numerous variables, such as assumed traffic speed, vehicle stopping position, and eye height, can have a substantial impact on sight triangles for vehicles. Rarely addressed in many instances are stopping sight distances for bicycles, which have different braking capabilities and eye heights versus passenger cars, or other higher-speed micro-mobility devices such as electric scooters and segways. Sight triangles can also be important for pedestrians, particularly for right-in/right-out driveways. This webinar will delve into these issues, as well as strategies to address improving sight triangles or providing appropriate warning signage.
Learn more and register.
TRB Webinar: Managing and Sharing Research Data for Public Access
Apr. 20, 2022 | 11am PT |
You have outstanding transportation research data at your fingertips. How do you most effectively get it into the hands of those who need it? TRB will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern that will discuss how research managers can manage and share their data. Presenters will identify best practices for managing data and discuss strategies and tools for sharing research in pursuit of public access goals. They will review how to use the TRID and ROSA P databases.
Learn more and register.
Supporting Bicycle Riding and Safety Education Efforts Through 402 Safety Funding
Host: League of American Bicyclists
Apr. 20, 2022 | 12pm PT | Register
Want to take your bicycle safety education efforts to the next level? Come to our webinar to hear from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and partners about available federal funds for bicycle safety education efforts, like helmet giveaways. With Bike Month approaching, now is a great time to learn about how you can leverage NHTSA's resources to improve bicycle safety through education and helmets.
Transforming the Experience for People on Bikes: How Two North American Communities Have Successfully Implemented Low Stress Networks, Quickly
Apr. 20, 2022 | 12:00pm PT |
The cities of Houston, TX and Victoria, BC could hardly be more different. Yet both have successfully implemented multi-phase bikeway networks in an uncommonly fast time, including many miles of separated bike lanes. The workshop will describe how this has transformed and expanded the low-stress bicycle network in both communities, with an emphasis on lessons learned from both the similarities and differences in the planning, design, and delivery methods that were used. Speakers will include local agency staff and members of the consultant teams who worked with the communities to deliver state of the art bike facilities while respecting the local context.
Learn more and register.
ATP Cycle 6 Series: Changes in the ATP Guidelines - Applications and Scoring in Cycle 6
Host: Safe Routes Partnership
Apr. 20, 2022 | 2pm PT |
While the first two webinars focused on applying to create a plan and enhancing the sustainability of non-infrastructure programs, this webinar will be more factual. Aimed at agencies that have applied in previous cycles, this webinar will go over changes that Cycle 6 applicants should be on the lookout for: What questions have changed, how many points is each question worth now, and what is the updated guidance to evaluators in how to score them? How has the Quick Build pilot program been modified from its first iteration in Cycle 5? What changes in eligibility have been instituted and how have the thresholds for application types moved?
Host: Road to Zero Coalition
Apr. 25, 2022 | 11am PT | The troubling trend of growing traffic fatalities does not have a single solution and it will take all of us to get to zero traffic deaths. This webinar will explore collaboration between businesses, organizations, and communities as they work together to save lives on our roadways.
Vision Zero 201: How to shift to the Safe System approach
Host: Governors Highway Safety Association
Apr. 27, 2022 | 10am PT |
In this 1-hour webinar, we’ll focus on what it means for a community to authentically shift to a Safe System approach. We’ll be joined by representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation, who will share the agency’s safety plans and priorities, as well as highlight upcoming funding opportunities for Vision Zero and Safe System planning and implementation.
For those newer to Vision Zero, we recommend first watching our recent Vision Zero 101 recording, which covers the foundational elements of the Safe System approach and how this differs from the traditional approach.
31st World Traffic Safety Symposium - Making Safer Choices
Apr. 14, 2022
The US has made remarkable progress in reducing vehicle crash deaths since 1970. Still, progress in the 21st century has slowed in the US, while accelerating in other developed nations. The World Health Organization has found that the US has fallen behind 19 other high-income countries during the past two decades.
This year’s symposium will examine traffic safety best practices for buying a safer car, building safer cars, implementing programs and laws that make roads safer for all highway users, in addition to continuing the dialogs on teen safety, and advanced driver assist technologies. As the pandemic swept the country last year, more people stayed home, and roadway trips declined. Unfortunately, as the roads emptied, risky driving behaviors increased. An alarming road safety crisis has emerged - higher speeds, lower safety belt use and an increase in impaired driving were indicated.
Registration is required to attend. To register, contact Chris Sams at WTSS@autoshowny.com.
2022 National Planning Conference
Host: America Planning Association (APA)
Apr 30 – May 3, 2022
NPC22 will help planners explore critical issues facing our communities, like climate change, housing, transportation, inclusion, and equity. Choose to join live in San Diego or online for insights, innovative and practical solutions, and — of course — fun, connection, and inspiration.
Learn more and register here
Funding Deadline: Riding for Focus GrantSafe System Pilot Application
Outride has opened applications for the Riding for Focus (R4F) Grant, which promotes cycling as an outlet for students to improve their cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional well-being. The R4F is a middle school-based PE program that schools serving marginalized communities can apply for. The grant provides bikes, helmets, curriculum, and intensive teacher training. Applications are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 at 11:59pm PT.Learn more about the program and how to apply.
TAKING ACTION TO ADVANCE EQUITY: ACTION PLANS AND FRAMEWORKS
Apr. 12, 2022 | 1pm PT |
Local jurisdictions can play a critical role in advancing equity and eliminating disparities across the region. In this fourth equity-focused Toolbox Tuesday, we will unpack how to develop an equity action plan for your agency or department. Equity action plans are typically guided by a clear vision of equity and designed to achieve meaningful and measurable results.
In 2021, SCAG’s Regional Council adopted the Racial Equity Early Action Plan, which is now guiding and sustaining the region in the service of equity and social justice. Its adoption was a critical stepping stone in ensuring that SCAG’s equity-related work would continue to advance and endure for years to come.
In this virtual session, speakers from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity will share highlights from their How-to Manual, which provides guidance and tools for local governments to develop their own Racial Equity Action Plans. Speakers from the City of Long Beach and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will share insights into the development and implementation of their equity action plans. Join us for this 1.5-hour-long training to learn how you can take action to advance equity.
Toolbox Tuesdays provide training on a range of practical skills and knowledge for local planning practitioners including training in the use of technology and education for practical approaches to timely issues. All classes and webinars are COMPLIMENTARY for staff of SCAG-member local governments and other SCAG partners in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Private sector planners, non-profit staff, academics and students are welcome to attend.