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Program Update - October 2, 2008

Action Items / Calls for Conference Presentations

National Scenic Byways Program Nominations

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the sixth National Scenic Byways Program nomination cycle. A hard copy of the completed nomination and completion of the online nomination are due from the State, Indian tribe, or Federal land management agencies to the FHWA Division Offices by December 17, 2008. All nomination applications must be completed online and submitted both electronically and as a signed hard copy. The hard copy should include the corridor management plan, route map, digital photos, and letters of support.

The FHWA produced several documents to help potential nominees prepare their nomination, available at www.bywaysonline.org/nominations/ including:

  • Designation Readiness Worksheet
  • Image Style Guide
  • Nominations Guide
  • Nomination Application
  • Useful information in the form of articles, questions and answers
  • FHWA's Interim Policy for the National Scenic Byways Program

FHWA will conduct outreach to prospective applicants. See www.bywaysonline.org/nominations for additional information.

Call to Activity: Getting Kids Moving in the Great Outdoors

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports posted Call to Activity: Getting Kids Moving in the Great Outdoors to encourage youth participation in outdoor activities. This is a joint project of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Public Health and Recreation.

National Wildlife Federation: Make Tracks!™ Family Trail Weekend!

Walk, bike, roll, or stroll to a trail near you this Columbus Day Weekend (October 11 -13th, 2008) for the first annual Make Tracks Family Trail Weekend! Join families across the country for a Green Hour® you won't forget. See www.nwf.org/maketracks/ for more information and see www.nwf.org/maketracks/mediapage.cfm for a helpful media toolkit that includes a customizable press release, downloadable flyer, and Make Tracks! banners.

Call for Presentations for the 2009 Professional Traibuilders Conference

The 2009 Professional Traibuilders Conference will be held in lovely Asheville, North Carolina. The core conference dates will be March 17-19, 2009, with Pre-conference workshops on March 15-16, 2009, and Post-conference workshops on March 20, 2009.

We are developing the speaker schedule for the conference and are seeking ideas for presentations from the trailbuilding community. If you have a presentation that you would like to give at the 2009 conference, please email mpasso@trailbuilders.org with a subject title of "Session Proposal" and include your name, contact information for all presenters, session title, and a brief (100 word) description of the proposed session.

The PTBA Board is especially interested in Session Proposals addressing the following topics:

  • Land Management and Risk Management
  • Trail Design and Construction Specialties
  • Trails Advocacy, Funding and Volunteers
  • Unique Projects Showcase
  • Hiring Trails Contractors How To
  • Health Benefits of Trails
  • Property Value, Profit and Tax Base Benefits of Trails

Please send proposals to Michael Passo, Professional Trailbuilders Association, mpasso@trailbuilders.org.

Call for Presentations for the 2009 National Scenic Byways Conference
The America's Byways Resource Center and the Federal Highway Administration invite you to submit a proposal for the 2009 National Scenic Byways Conference, August 23-26, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. We're seeking experienced and knowledgeable instructors, leaders, researchers, and professionals to contribute within five core learning areas critical to byway success and sustainability:

  • Finances
  • Corridor management
  • Visitor experience
  • Byway organization
  • Marketing

Proposals for roundtable discussions, workshops, presentations, or best-practices forums should be geared to help achieve our 2009 conference goals.


FHWA Guidance, Policy, and Resources

Buggy Lanes on Highways and Buggies on Shared Use Paths

We updated our Equestrian webpage to include a section on Buggy Lanes on Highways and Buggies on Shared Use Paths. Thank you to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania for your contributions. Ohio and Pennsylvania have additional resources available.


Newsletters

Transportation Planning Update

The FHWA and FTA [Federal Transit Administration] released the Summer 2008 Transportation Planning Update quarterly newsletter. It has articles on:

  • US Department of Transportation Reform Proposal
  • Planning and Environment Linkages
  • Evacuation Management
  • Public Participation
  • Transit Planning
  • Freight Issues
  • Trail Publications

If you have items you would like to see in this update, please contact ben.williams@dot.gov.


National Trails System Act 40th Anniversary

Awards and Anniversaries

The National Trails System Act 40th Anniversary!

The National Trails System is the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement. See www.nps.gov/nts/. The National Trails System Act celebrates its 40th Anniversary on October 2, 2008.


Training and Resources

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

See www.apbp.org to learn more about the benefits of being an APBP member.

October Webinar: What's in the new AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities? Wednesday, October 15, 2008 3:00 - 4:00 pm et.
Register at www.bikewalk.org/webinar.php.

The AASHTO [American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials] Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities is the national guideline for planning and design of bikeways in the U.S. Its next edition, to be released in 2009, is the first to be developed as an NCHRP [National Cooperative Highway Research Program] research project under the direction of a panel of experts. Hear how this edition will differ from previous versions, and the major research and practice experience that prompts new design guidance among other changes. The presenters are Jennifer Toole, ASLA, AICP, and Eric Mongelli, P.E., both of Toole Design Group. Jennifer is the Principal Investigator on the NCHRP research project developing the new AASHTO Guide and is a contributor to the current edition; Eric is the Director of Engineering at Toole Design Group. One APA CM credit has been applied for. Jennifer was recognized at Pro Walk/Pro Bike as APBP's 2008 Professional of the Year - Private Sector. Congratulations, Jennifer! Read more about Jennifer and our other award winners in the next APBP newsletter.

The Professional Development Webinar Series is set up so you can invite your colleagues or clients to attend a webinar for one very reasonable price ($50/site for APBP members; $60/site for non-members) at your host site or theirs. Reserve your space in a webinar by visiting www.bikewalk.org/webinar.php or downloading a registration/payment form from www.apbp.org.

A Cool Tool from PBIC

The FHWA-supported Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) developed an informative flyer that tells what some communities have done to facilitate pedestrian and bicycling. It includes links to resources and case studies (some of which APBP prepared for PBIC). Download the flyer at www.walkinginfo.org/library/details.cfm?id=4306.

Videos from Pro Walk/Pro Bike Plenary Sessions Now Online

If you couldn't attend Pro Walk/Pro Bike in Seattle (September 2008), thank John Wetmore (producer of Perils for Pedestrians and a good friend to APBP) for taping and uploading the speeches at the plenary sessions to Google Video. See www.pedestrians.org/.

State Trail Administrators Meeting

The 2008 State Trail Administrators Meeting will be held November 13-15, 2008, in Little Rock AR. This meeting is for State trail administrators and Federal agency personnel who are involved with statewide or national trail programs. State Transportation Enhancement Managers, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators, and State Scenic Byway Coordinators also are invited. Registration is now open. There is no registration fee, but everyone must register for the Mobile Workshops to ensure that there is enough space.

We will have open discussion sessions aimed at providing you an opportunity to present General and Technical questions to FHWA. Please pre-submit your questions to Jonathan LeClere at jonathan.leclere@dot.gov so that we are able to research and prepare answers. Please feel free to submit a question even if you are unable to attend the training workshop. We plan to have teleconference capability for Plenary Session portions of the meeting.


Upcoming Conferences

See additional events at:
  • September 2-5: ProWalk/ProBike, Seattle WA: www.bikewalk.org/conference.php
  • October 21-25: National Preservation Conference, Tulsa OK: www.nthpconference.org
  • November 13-15: State Trail Administrators Meeting, Little Rock AR: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/events/stam_2008/
  • November 13-14: National Scenic Trails Workshop, Little Rock AR.
  • November 15-18: National Trails Symposium, Little Rock AR: www.americantrails.org/2008/index.html.
  • November 18-19: National Trails Training Partnership Meeting, Little Rock AR.
  • February 8-11, 2009: The Corps Network 2009 Forum, Fairmont Hotel, Washington DC
    Organized by the Corps Network with consponsorship from FHWA's Recreational Trails Program. This is a forum of Leaders from across the nation celebrating accomplishments, sharing experiences, and learning from experts.
  • March 10-12, 2009: National Bike Summit, Washington DC
    Organized by the League of American Bicyclists. The National Bike Summit brings together stakeholders from user groups, industry, government, and elected officials from around the country to share their ideas and best practices.
  • March 15-20, 2009: Trailbuilders 2009, Asheville NC
    Organized by the Professional Trailbuilders Association with cosponsorship from FHWA's Recreational Trails Program. This conference provides training on trail design, construction, maintenance, and contract management with the Nation's premier trailbuilders.
  • March 24-26, 2009: National OHV Program Managers Workshop, Houston TX
    Cosponsored by the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and FHWA's Recreational Trails Program. Contact: Tom Metsa, Colorado State Parks, at 303-791-1954 x132, thomas.metsa@state.co.us. This workshop is especially for government agency or association program managers with off highway vehicle management responsibilities. The Association of OHV Program Managers will meet on March 24.
  • March 26-29, 2009: National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council Annual Conference, Houston TX
    Organized by the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council with cosponsorship from FHWA's Recreational Trails Program. Contact: Ann Vance 800-348-6487, avance@nohvcc.org. This conference is primarily intended for NOHVCC partners.
  • June 6, 2009: National Trails Day. Nationwide
    Organized by the American Hiking Society with financial support from FHWA's Recreational Trails Program, Federal land management agencies, and many private corporations and other partners. National Trails Day is a celebration of trails to increase the awareness of community trails and help volunteer trail clubs.
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