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The PBIC Messenger

The PBIC Messenger: The e-Newsletter of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

News and Announcements

Fostering Innovation in Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Pooled Fund Study

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) posted a new Fostering Innovation in Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Pooled Fund Study in January 2017. The pooled fund will supplement existing research venues and fill an important gap by emphasizing short turnaround practical research on issues immediately relevant to practitioners. It will address national goals and priorities identified through input from local, State, and national partners in FHWA’s Strategic Agenda for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation. It provides a mechanism for Federal, State, regional, and local transportation agencies, academic institutions, foundations, private firms, and other stakeholders to collaboratively fund and implement pedestrian and bicycle research. For more information, visit: For background on transportation pooled funds, visit The initial call for participants will close May 31, 2017

PeopleForBikes Launches Big Jump Project to Help Communities Invigorate Biking Infrastructure

Ten U.S. cities participating in the new Big Jump Project launched in January 2017 by PeopleForBikes will have the chance to build a better future for biking in their communities. Over the next three years, these cities will be laboratories for innovation, ultimately illustrating the ways in which U.S. cities and towns can tap into bicycles to improve the health and vitality of their communities. For more information on the Big Jump Project, visit:

PBIC is working with PeopleForBikes on an issue brief on connected bike networks. Look for more information in our next newsletter!

NHTSA Research Will Evaluate the Enforcement of Bicycle Safety Laws

A new study funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will examine the enforcement of bicycle safety laws. Research activities include:

  • Assessing the extent and typology of bicyclist/motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities based on bicyclist and motor vehicle driver action;
  • Determining which localities are enforcing bicycle safety statutes and how they are enforcing the statutes;
  • Determining what methodologies have been developed and are being used to observe and measure bicyclist/motor vehicle interactions;
  • Conducting a literature review of studies that have investigated safety laws including passing and yielding laws;
  • Conducting naturalistic observations to quantify the targeted behavior; and
  • Determining the impact law enforcement combined with increased education about bicycle safety laws has on motorists driving near bicyclists.

For more information about NHTSA’s bicycle safety research and resources, visit:

APA’s Planners4Health Program to Promote Planner/Public Health Professional Collaboration

The American Planning Association is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The six-month initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the State level. The initiative will also ensure planners and public health professionals have access to information and resources to help their communities more easily support and implement healthy living choices. For more information, visit:

For information on a series of webinars about the initiative, visit:

NHTSA Supports Demonstration Grants for Statewide Pedestrian and Bicyclist Focus Education and Enforcement

In January 2017, NHTSA made an award to the Arizona Governor’s Office for Highway Safety to support Focus cities to implement education and enforcement components of their local Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action Plan. Arizona will identify State management processes and approaches that provide ongoing support for local communities to strategically address pedestrian and bicyclist safety with education and enforcement efforts. NHTSA also made an award to the Florida Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office in the fall of 2016. Contact Ruth Esteban-Muir or 202-366-2706 for more information

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinar on Preparing for Successful Safety Education and Enforcement Activities

An upcoming PBIC webinar, co-sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), will focus on planning for successful pedestrian and bicycle safety law enforcement operations.

Preparing for Successful Safety Education and Enforcement Activities
Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 — 2:30 PM Eastern Time
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Many communities have transportation plans, pedestrian and bicycle master plans, or Vision Zero initiatives that include law enforcement activities aimed at improving safety for vulnerable road users. These activities require inter-agency partnerships and thoughtful preparation in order to be successful. In this webinar, seasoned practitioners will share their lessons learned in planning for and implementing prior to law enforcement efforts to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. We will share stories of what worked, what didn’t work so well, and what to remember when planning enforcement activities.

Panelists include Laura Sandt (PBIC), Kara Macek (GHSA), Shannon Purdy (NHTSA), Lt. Joe Raulerson (Gainesville Police Department), and Sgt. Michael Montanye (Greenville, NC, Police Department).

Recent Webinar Series on Collecting and Using Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Data

In February 2017, PBIC delivered a two-part webinar on bicycle and pedestrian count data. Those sessions, which are now archived on the PBIC website, provided a summary of resources and recommendations for communities interested in developing their own count programs.

Part 1 — Programs, Data, and Metrics
Archive available at

Part 2 — Equipment
Archive available at

Part One of the webinar series covered the “how” and “why” of bicycle and pedestrian count data collection, presented examples of count program implementation from across the country, and introduced the recently revised 2016 Federal bicycle and pedestrian count data format. Presenters included Krista Nordback (PBIC), Scott Brady (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), Jeremy Raw (FHWA), and Kelly Laustsen (Kittelson and Associates).

Part Two focused on the types of counting equipment and what works where, how well, and how to make sure it’s working. Presenters included Frank Proulx (Alta Planning + Design) and Sarah O’Brien (North Carolina State University Institute for Transportation Research and Education).

More information about counts and supporting guidance can be found at

March 1 Webinar on Recommendations for Improving Pedestrian Injury Surveillance

The Injury Surveillance Workgroup 8, a multidisciplinary group convened by the Safe States Alliance, has completed its Consensus Recommendations for Pedestrian Injury Surveillance. A webinar on March 1, 2017 will cover the consensus report’s recommendations for improving pedestrian injury surveillance. This resource was produced with support from NHTSA. This free webinar will be held 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern time. To register, see:

New Resources

FHWA Releases Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Report

FHWA released Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks in December 2016. The resource will help small towns and rural communities support safe, accessible, comfortable, and active travel for people of all ages and abilities. It provides a bridge between existing guidance on bicycle and pedestrian design and rural practice, encourages innovation in the development of safe and appealing networks for bicycling and walking, and shows examples of project implementation. See An Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals webinar on Active Transportation in Rural Settings highlighting the report is planned on March 15.

Summary Report of FHWA Bicycle-Pedestrian Count Technology Pilot Project Available

In December 2016, FHWA released a summary report on its Bicycle-Pedestrian Count Technology Pilot Project. The purpose of the project, launched in 2015, was to increase the organizational and technical capacity of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to establish and operate effective bicycle and pedestrian count programs, and to provide lessons learned for peer agencies. Agencies were asked to collect counts for one year using the portable counters, and to share data and experiences with FHWA. The report concludes with the key benefits and lessons learned identified by the MPOs. The summary report is available at Technical resources developed during the project include slide shows and webinar recordings, which may be found on the PBIC website:

PBIC Releases Second Volume of Case Studies on Delivering Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks

In 2016, PBIC and FHWA coordinated to release Volume II of the report Case Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable, and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks. The report provides an overview of pedestrian and bicycle network principles and highlights examples from communities using a variety of methods to enhance and promote networks. Volume II of the report includes an additional 93 examples of projects from around the country that support connected bicycle and pedestrian networks. See

The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity

Smart Growth America published The How and Why of Measuring Access to Opportunity: A Guide to Performance Management in January 2017. The guide includes data, tools, and methodologies that transportation officials can use to measure access to opportunity as well as how to integrate such measurements into planning and investment decisions. The guide is based on research supported by FHWA and the Environmental Protection Agency. See

Recent Vision Zero Reports Look at Swedish Programs and a Health Equity Road Map for Reaching Zero

Two recent reports examine different approaches to Vision Zero policies. One article in the American Journal of Public Health, entitled “Vision Zero in the United States Versus Sweden: Infrastructure Improvement for Cycling Safety,” examines existing Vision Zero literature to highlight the key parts of the Swedish policy to provide evidence-based recommendations for similar policies in the U.S. You can access the report here:

The other report, Vision Zero: A Health Equity Road Map for Getting to Zero in Every Community, was published by the Prevention Institute and offers recommendations for advancing health equity through Vision Zero. To see that report, visit:

PBIC, in coordination with several partnering organizations, will be hosting a webinar and a Twitter chat focusing on Vision Zero in April. Please stay tuned for more info on these upcoming opportunities.

Applying Performance-Based Practical Design Methods to Complete Streets

FHWA published Applying Performance-Based Practical Design Methods to Complete Streets: A Primer on Employing Performance-Based Practical Design and Transportation Systems Management and Operations to Enhance the Design of Complete Streets. It explains how the application of performance-based practical design principles combined with transportation system management and operations strategies can promote the consideration and application of Complete Street design principles to a wider range of contexts. See

Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy Transportation Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) launched the “Every Place Counts: Leadership Academy” to help demystify the transportation process for planners, community leaders, and the public at large. Several “Leadership Academy” resources, including a Transportation Toolkit, Quick Guide, and Facilitator Guide, are available for download to provide individuals with resources to host Leadership Academies in their own communities. See

FHWA Guide Shows How to Code Nonmotorized Counts and Count Locations in 2016 TMG Format

FHWA published a user-friendly guidebook in November 2016 to support data that can be translated into the Traffic Monitoring Guide (TMG) format and eventually contributed to a national database of bicycle and pedestrian counts. The guidebook, Coding Nonmotorized Station Location Information in the 2016 Traffic Monitoring Guide Format, includes diagrams, illustrations, and numerous examples showing how to interpret the TMG format and how to assemble correct and consistent information about bicycle and pedestrian count locations and the counts themselves. Visit:

NHTSA Report Addresses Effects of Enforcement on Driver Compliance with Pedestrian Laws

NHTSA released The Effect of High Visibility Enforcement on Driver Compliance with Pedestrian Right-of-Way Laws: Four-Year Follow-Up as a follow-up to a previous study entitled High-Visibility Enforcement on Driver Compliance with Pedestrian Right-of-Way Laws. The objective was to determine the extent to which the observed increases in driver yielding obtained in the previous study persisted over a follow-up period of nearly four years after the high visibility enforcement intervention program ended. Learn more at:

FHWA and NHTSA Pedestrian and Bicycle TRB Summaries

FHWA posted its Summary of FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Research and Program Activities for the 2017 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting to describe products completed in 2016 as well as ongoing and upcoming pedestrian and bicycle research efforts and related activities. See

NHTSA’s Pedestrian and Bicycle—TRB 2017 summary is posted at

Creating Walkable and Bikeable Communities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published Creating Walkable and Bikeable Communities to focus on integrated planning practices for increasing walking, cycling, universal access, complete streets, “first mile, last mile” solutions, and sustainable urban design. See

New NCHRP Synthesis Covers Application of Pedestrian Crossing Treatments

TRB’s NCHRP Synthesis 498: Application of Pedestrian Crossing Treatments for Streets and Highways compiles information on the state of existing practices regarding application of pedestrian crossing improvements. While it does not produce new guidance, it does includes a survey of State Departments of Transportation and local transportation agencies, a synthesis of current recommended practice and policy guidance, and a literature review of safety evidence for pedestrian crossing treatments. Visit this page to download the report:

Journal Article Examines Safer Cycling Through Improved Infrastructure

An article published in the December 2016 edition of the American Journal of Public Health explores how the U.S. may approach improving cycling infrastructure to reduce biking-related injuries and fatalities. To view the article, visit:

Upcoming Events

National Bike Summit
03/06/2017 – 03/09/2017

Washington, DC USA

Lifesavers: National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities
03/26/2017 – 03/28/2017

Charlotte, NC USA

Design-Build in Transportation Conference
03/27/2017 – 03/29/2017

Minneapolis, MN USA

Vision Zero Cities Conference
05/02/2017 – 05/04/2017

New York City, NY USA

Congress for the New Urbanism
05/03/2017 – 05/06/2017

Seattle, WA USA

National Planning Conference
05/06/2017 – 05/09/2017

New York City, NY USA

International Trails Symposium
05/07/2017 – 05/10/2017

Dayton, OH USA

International Conference on Roundabouts
05/08/2017 – 05/10/2017

Green Bay, WI USA

Urban Street Symposium
05/21/2017 – 05/24/2017
Raleigh, NC USA

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