In this issue:
Program Update - March 30, 2010
Program Information Resources
United States Department of Transportation Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations
On March 15, 2010, Secretary LaHood announced a new US Department of Transportation Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations. The Policy Statement provides recommended actions that transportation agencies may consider to make walking and bicycling safer and more convenient. The Policy Statement is an expression of DOT leadership's commitment to walking and bicycling. The Policy Statement is posted at http://www.dot.gov/bicycles-pedestrians. See the Secretary's blog about the Policy Statement.
Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood reported that traffic fatalities dropped in 2009. He reported on his March 11, 2010 blog:
He said: "We all have work to do. So please, buckle up, put away your mobile devices, and keep your mind on the road. I want everyone to get home safely."
Secretary LaHood’s blog posts items about Text Messaging. See:
See also www.gocomics.com/closetohome/2010/03/20/.
Program Financial Resources
FY 2010 Apportionments
FHWA has updated the Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Enhancement Activities apportionment and obligation tables, to the extent feasible, pending final FY 2010 apportionments.
FHWA Guidance: Federal Share, Match, and Donations
The Recreational Trails Program RTP Federal Share and Matching Requirements and Transportation Enhancement Summary of Requirements for Matching Funds for TE Projects are consistent with this guidance. The RTP and TE guidance pages link to the FHWA guidance.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program selections on February 17, 2010. This program was included in the Recovery Act to spur a national competition for innovative, multi-modal, and multi-jurisdictional transportation projects that promise significant economic and environmental benefits to an entire metropolitan area, a region, or the nation. Projects funded with the $1.5 billion allocated in the Recovery Act include improvements to roads, bridges, rail, ports, transit, and intermodal facilities.
Funding available for pedestrian workshops
The National Center for Bicycling and Walking's CenterLines newsletter often has announcements about grant opportunities.
Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives (EHEIs)
Recreational Trails Program Achievement Awards
The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) each year its Annual Achievement Awards in recognition of the outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners are recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. during the annual celebration for Great Outdoors Week. See www.americantrails.org/awards/CRTawards.html#awards for award descriptions and prior awards. The 2010 deadline is April 16, 2010.
National Trails Awards
Research Reports, Resources, and Technical Assistance
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility in Europe
Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context-Sensitive Approach, An ITE Recommended Practice
Development of a Resource Planning Index for Washington's Scenic and Recreational Highways
Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO
A March 23 webinar was based on AASHTO Practitioner's Handbook 11, Complying with Section 4(f) of the U.S. DOT Act. See the webinar PowerPoint Presentation and download AASHTO Practitioner's Handbook 11, Complying with Section 4(f) of the U.S. DOT Act (pdf).
The 2009 National Recreation Trails photos are at www.americantrails.org/photoGalleries/photocontest2009/index.html. The pictures show a wide variety of trails, a range of trail users and facilities, plus historic and natural features, and some great scenery.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Program. EPA provides the assistance through a contractor team – not a grant. Through a multiple-day site visit and a detailed final report, the multi-disciplinary teams provide information to help the community achieve its goal of encouraging growth that fosters economic progress and environmental protection.
American Trails Accessible Trail Photos and Articles. American Trails hosts a "Cool Trail Solutions" website area. American Trails posted information on accessible boardwalks (www.AmericanTrails.org/photoGalleries/cool/15-Boardwalk-ADA-Accessible-Trail-Bridge.html) and accessible trail surfacing considerations and examples (www.AmericanTrails.org/photoGalleries/cool/3-ADA-Accessible-Trail-Surface.html). American Trails is seeking additional photos and articles related to accessibility.
National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse Image Library. The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) Image Library is a web accessible media archive that features images of Transportation Enhancement projects. See www.enhancements.org/library/index.asp.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Image Library. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) Pedestrian and Bicycle Image Library is at www.pedbikeimages.org. The Library contains over 1400 images and continues to grow. The PBIC Image Library is a searchable collection of high-quality images relating to walking and bicycling.
Trail Publications. FHWA's trail-related publications at www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/publications/ include links to many USDA Forest Service publications and resources.
Training Resources and Webinars
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
APBP Members may participate in webinars at discounted rates: the discounts are worth the cost of membership. Membership entitles you to participate in the APBP listserve and other services.
Context Sensitive Solutions National Dialog Workshops
National Transit Institute (NTI)
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
The National Trails Training Partnership is an effort by trails advocates to improve opportunities for training for the nationwide trails community. The vision of the Partnership is "to ensure that the full range of skills, training, and resource information is available to trail groups, communities, tribal governments, and State and Federal agencies." See more resources for training and education, including the Online Training Calendar.
Newsletters, News Magazines, and Websites
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Blog: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood posts a Blog called Welcome to the Fastlane. There are frequent postings relating to livability issues and other issues affecting transportation enhancement activities and trails. See http://fastlane.dot.gov [inactive].
FHWA's Environmental Quarterly Newsletter has useful information related to transportation and the environment. See www.fhwa.dot.gov/resourcecenter/teams/environment/publications.cfm.
FHWA's Pedestrian Forum Newsletter has useful information related to pedestrian safety. See http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/pedforum/. There are links to training and safety materials.
FHWA Resource Center's Centered on Service Newsletter has useful articles on a variety of transportation topics.
FHWA's Transportation Planning Newsletter has a variety of transportation planning news items. See www.fhwa.dot.gov/resourcecenter/teams/planning/publications.cfm.
America's Byways Bulletin, www.bywaysonline.org/program/bulletin/, has information related to the National Scenic Byways Program, including conferences and training resources.
America's Byways Vistas, is a bimonthly news magazine with stories about America's Byways.
Disclaimer: The links below reflect the views of these organizations. Providing links to these resources does not represent endorsement by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse TE Corner
National Park Service Conservation and Recreation Newsletter.
AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence Website
The American Council of Snowmobile Associations newsletter represents snowmobile associations.
American Trails publishes the American Trails Magazine and the Trail Tracks newsletter. American Trails Magazine covers trail-related news, legislation, action items, trainings, success stories, events, people making a difference, creative funding ideas, resources, and information on products and services. Trail Tracks is a more typical monthly newsletter with current trail information and "Action Alerts". The Magazine and Trail Tracks archives share the same webpage: www.americantrails.org/trailtracks/.
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals represents professionals and advocates whose work relates to walking and bicycling. APBP's newsletter provides valuable information on professional development webinars, transportation policy, conferences, member collaboration groups, and more. See www.apbp.org.
Equestrian Trails and Conservation Awareness is a website addressing natural resource conservation issues for recreational horse trail riders. See www.etaca.info.
Equine Land Conservation Resource news is at www.elcr.org/index_newsletters.php. ELCR advances the conservation of land for equine-related activity.
League of American Bicyclists: American Bicyclist Update is at www.bikeleague.org/members/e-newsletter_archive.php. The newsletters have many articles of interest to TE managers and trail interests, including national resources and State and local news related to bicycling. From March 15, 2010: Google Announces Google Biking Directions at the League of American Bicyclists' 2010 National Bike Summit. See http://maps.google.com/biking to try this new feature.
National Center for Bicycling and Walking: Centerlines is at http://www.bikewalk.org/newsletter.php. The newsletters have many articles of interest to TE managers and trail interests, especially on planning, policy, funding sources, health, and research, plus links to webinars and other training.
The National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council newsletter has articles relating to off highway vehicle issues. See www.nohvcc.org.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: PBIC Messenger. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. PBIC has resources for training, research, and technical assistance related to walking and bicycling. Sign up for this newsletter at www.pedbikeinfo.org.
Conferences and Calendars
May 5-8, 2010. International Mountain Bicycling Association: 2010 IMBA World Summit, Augusta GA. http://imba.com/summit/2010_World_Summit.html.
May 11-14, 2010. Partnership for the National Trails System: 2010 National Historic Trails Workshop, San Antonio TX. The theme is Cultural and Heritage Tourism: Trails As Destinations. Hosted by El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. www.PNTS.org.
May 18-20, 2010. Bridging Conservation and Recreation: 2010 River Management Society (RMS) and National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP) Symposium, Portland OR. See www.river-management.org/symposium-2010/home.htm.
May 24-28, 2010. Bureau of Land Management National Landscape Conservation System 2010 Science Symposium, Albuquerque NM. www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/NLCS.html.
June 5, 2010. National Trails Day. The American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® (NTD) inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops, and trail work projects. Register your event.
June 10-12, 2010. International Snowmobile Congress: 42nd International Snowmobile Congress, Coralville IA (near Iowa City). www.iowasnowmobiler.com/isc2010/index.html. The International Association of Snowmobile Administrators will meet as part of the Congress, see www.snowiasa.org.
July 15-17, 2010. Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference, Norcross, GA. Organized by the Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association. SETC brings together people concerned about the future of the natural and cultural heritage of the equestrian trail experience. The theme for the 2010 conference is The Art and Heart of Keeping Our Trails - Ride Smart and Do Your Part. This conference is open to anybody with an interest in equestrian trails. www.southeasternequestriantrails.com.
August 26-27, 2010. National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council: National OHV Program Managers Workshop, Great Falls MT. This workshop is especially for government agency staff with off highway vehicle responsibilities. The NOHVCC Annual Conference on August 28-29 is primarily intended for NOHVCC State Contacts. www.nohvcc.org.
September 9-12, 2010. Preserving the Historic Road 2010, Washington, DC. www.historicroads.org.
September 13-17, 2010. National Center for Bicycling and Walking: The 16th Pro Walk / Pro Bike® 2010, Chattanooga TN. The conference theme is Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale. www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.html.
September 17-18, 2010. Transportation Enhancement Professional Seminar, Chattanooga TN (immediately after Pro Walk / Pro Bike®). This seminar is for State and Federal program managers responsible for administering Transportation Enhancement Activities. www.enhancements.org/TE_seminar.asp.
November 14-17, 2010. American Trails: 20th National Trails Symposium, Chattanooga TN. www.americantrails.org/2010/. The theme is Trails: The Green Way for America.
See the Call for Presentations. Proposals are due April 9, 2010.
The National Trails Training Partnership will meet November 17-18, 2010.
With both Pro Walk / Pro Bike® and the National Trails Symposium, you have good reasons to visit Chattanooga in 2010.
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