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Free Webinar: Pedestrian Safety Education on June 1st

Next Webinar covers pedestrian safety education, offers free CM credits

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety announce the next free Webinar in its Pedestrian Safety Action Plan series:

Pedestrian Safety Education
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
2:00pm-3:30pm E.D.T.
1.5 AICP CM credits

Presented by:
Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Associate Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School

To register, please visit

Educational programs are essential for communicating knowledge about pedestrian safety laws and skills to all audiences, from children and teens to older adults. This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the various types of educational campaigns and messages, along with a description of different types of audiences. Information about identifying particular audiences will be relayed to attendees, as well as a strategy for tailoring specific messages to those audiences.

This Webinar has been approved by AICP for 1.5 CM credits. The Road Safety Academy, the training and education arm of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, is a registered provider of CM credits. For more information on the Road Safety Academy, please visit

To register for upcoming Webinars and find out about future Webinar dates as they are released, please visit

The Webinar series is aimed at engineers, planners, traffic safety and enforcement professionals, public health and injury prevention professionals, and decision-makers who have the responsibility of improving pedestrian safety at the state or local level. Detailed information on this and other training opportunities offered by PBIC can be found at

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Since its inception in 1999, PBIC’s mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Campus Box 3430
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430
Phone: 1.888.823.3977
Fax: 919.962.8710

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Washington State Legislation Update: Trans & Energy Bills

Policy in Motion has expanded legislative services to Washington State! Below are summaries and links to legislative analyses for 5 bills pertaining to transportation and energy:

Updated May 2nd, 2011

ESHB 1071: Complete Streets

  • This bill will create a Complete Streets grant program. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage local governments to adopt urban arterial retrofit street ordinances designed to provide safe access to all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and public transportation users, with the goals of promoting healthy communities, improving safety, protecting the environment and preserving community character.

SHB 1571: Regulation of EV Charging Facilities

  • This bill prohibits the utilities and transportation commission,under certain circumstances, from regulating the rates,services, facilities, and practices of an entity that offersbattery charging facilities to the public for hire.

ESSB 5251: EV Road Maintenance Fees

  • This bill requires that motor vehicles that are powered solely by electricity and are capable of being driven at a speed of more than 35 miles per hour must pay a $100 fee when the vehicle is registered and annually when the registration is renewed. The fee applies to registrations thatare due on or after March 1, 2012.

SB 5467: 2011-2013 Capital Budget

  • The Omnibus 2011-13 Capital Budget authorizes new capital projects forstate agencies and institutions of higher education for the 2011-13 fiscal biennium.The CapitalBudget generally includes appropriations for the acquisition, construction, and repair ofcapital assets such as land, buildings, and other infrastructure improvements. Funding for theCapital Budget is primarily from state general obligation bonds, with other funding derivedfrom various dedicated taxes, fees, and state trust land revenues.

ESSB 5764: Innovate Washington

  • Innovate Washington is created as the successor agency to Washington Technology Center (WTC) and the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI). It is to provide and facilitate research supportive of state industries; to provide mechanisms for collaboration between technology-based industries andhigher education institutions; to help businesses develop and integrate technology into new products and helpbusinesses compete; to offer technology transfer and commercialization training opportunities; and to administer the Technology and Innovation Grant and Loan Program.
  • ESSB 5764 Bill Text
  • ESSB 5764 passed in the Senate on April 27, 2011. It is currently pending in the House.
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WALKSacramento Bids Farewell to Founder Anne Geraghty & Welcomes Teri Duarte as New Executive Director

The WALKSacramento Board and Staff gathered at Lauren Michele’s midtown townhome for a gluten-free and vegan potluck following a walking tour of the Newton Booth midtown neighborhood. The sun was shining for our walk — which included highlights such as Temple Coffee, Revolution Wines, 29th St Light Rail, Natural Foods Co-op, Alexan Condos, tree lined streets, and walkable alleys. While enjoying all the “food for walking,” we were joined by former WALKSacramento Board Member Larry Greene who surprised Anne with a few old memories. We all enjoyed discussing the past and future of WALKSacramento!

Click here to view the photo album!

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CA Dept of Public Health Webinar: “Speed and Ped Safety” on Jan 27

What’s Speed Got to Do with It?

To register for this webinar, please click on the link below.  If you have not done so in the past, you will need to download the GoTo Webinar software.  Please register in advance as capacity is limited.

For questions please contact:

Karissa Anderson
PedSafe Program
California Department of Public Health

Join us for a Webinar on January 27
Please join us for a presentation and discussion on speeding and its relationship to pedestrian safety and injury.  Our featured speaker is Roberta McLaughlin, Senior Transportation Engineer with the Division of Traffic Operations at Caltrans.
Title: What’s Speed Got to Do with It?
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
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Safe Routes to School Conference Highlights Role of Public Health

The Second Annual Sacramento Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Conference held on November 11, 2010 highlighted the role of active transportation in children’s health, while providing resources for local governments and school districts across California.

Public Health Impacts

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s California Policy Manager, Jessica Meaney, led the conference describing how SRTS programs are a way to create environmental, policy and behavioral changes which increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity. Citing that a third of peak morning vehicle traffic in southern California is a result of school-related trips, the speaker noted the opportunities that exist for SRTS program to promote children’s health while making a significant impact on reducing vehicle trip demand. Sarah Underwood, UC Davis Master of Public Health Candidate, shared statistics demonstrating that the risk of childhood health problems far exceeds more commonly feared parental risks such as abduction. The “stranger danger” concern often expressed as a reason for parents to not allow their children to walk or bike to school was challenged by the following statistical realities of the likelihood that a child would:

  • Become overweight or obese in Sacramento region: 1 in 3
  • Have asthma in Sacramento region: 1 in 6
  • Be struck by lightning next year: 1 in 500,000
  • Be abducted by a stranger next year: 1 in 610,000

More statistics and leading health research on the link between promoting active transportation to schools and childhood health can be found on the National Safe Routes to School Partnership website. Additionally, the California Department of Public Health recently launched the Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center within the California Active Communities.

Federal and State Funding Sources

California Active Communities provided extensive information on funding sources for California Safe Routes to School projects and programs, focusing heavily on non-infrastructure grant opportunities. While California SRTS funding is limited to local governments and requires a 10% match for infrastructure projects around schools grades K-12, federal SRTS funding includes Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local governments and school districts (if partners with government agency) – requiring no match for both infrastructure projects and programs for schools grades K-8. Both the federal and state SRTS programs provide grants ranging from $500,000 to $1 million, and will having their next funding cycle in spring 2011. California Active Communities provides a select list of funding for California SRTS projects from the State of California Department of Public Health, Office of Traffic Safety, and Department of Transportation, and Air Resources Board as well as the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, and the National Center for Safe Routes to School:

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Sacramento Regional Coalitions Support “Safe Routes for All” MTP Scenario

At tonight’s public workshop for SACOG’s 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP 2035) 93% of individuals and 100% of group tables voted for the Scenario 3 option — which places the greatest investment in existing communities and would result in a 17% reduction in per capita greenhouse gas emissions (greater than the 16% SB 375 regional target assigned by CARB). After speaking with SACOG’s Executive Director after the workshop today, it was clear that the support for Scenario 3 was also well represented during this month’s  previous workshops across the region.

With overwhelming support for a more cost-effective, equitable, and environmentally sustainable MTP Scenario, could the SACOG region have public support to create a plan that achieves these objectives to an even greater extent? Policy in Motion founder, and researcher on SB 375 Implementation believes the answer is a resounding YES.

Safe Routes for All is a concept that embodies achieving the sustainability “3-E” agenda which supports federal, state, regional, and local goals for healthy and thriving communities.  Approving a Sustainable Community Strategy within the SACOG MTP 2035 process that emphasizes financial investments in existing communities with a focus around active transportation access to schools would be a way to not only serve as an example of how a Metropolitan Planning Organization can exceed SB 375 greenhouse gas reduction targets, but also support many other co-benefits such as healthier communities and neighborhood quality of life.

A coalition of organizations and individuals is forming to advocate for Safe Routes for All in walkable and bikeable communities throughout the six-county SACOG region. They believe that all people – including children, seniors, mobility disabled, transit dependent, and walkers and bicyclists – deserve access to a safe and reliable transportation network. They are asking SACOG to create and analyze a 4th Scenario, or make moderate funding shifts within Scenario 3  to support this concept of Safe Routes for All.

The key component to achieve this sustainability objectives that are more cost-effective and equitable is to shift funding priorities from regional transportation mobility projects that move people between communities to local transportation projects/programs that connect people within communities — focusing on access to goods, services, transportation options and employment opportunities.

In order to achieve this funding would shift toward “Fix it First” policies which support roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian maintenance and operation — followed secondly by investments in “active transportation” infrastructure and programs. A Safe Routes for All plan would also prioritize housing investments to support existing community needs, such as access to goods, services, transit and employment opportunities.
Policy in Motion will be partnering with the Sacramento Complete Street Coalition to demonstrate how shifting investments toward existing community needs supports the region’s vision for long-term economic vitality, healthier and safer neighborhoods, and efforts to lead California in what SB 375 implementation can truly achieve.
Other organizations involved in this effort include:
  • WALKSacramento
  • Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates
  • Breathe California of Sacramento- Emigrant Trails
  • Sacramento Walking Sticks
  • Coalition On Regional Equity
  • Ubuntu Green
  • Environmental Council of Sacramento
  • Safe Kids Greater Sacramento
  • Gray Panthers of Sacramento
  • Mothers’ Support Network
  • Bicycle Advocates of Rancho Cordova
  • Folsom Area Bicycle Advocates
  • Design Sacramento 4 Health
  • Davis Bicycles!
  • Sacramento ACHIEVE
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$50 Million from Caltrans Available for Transportation Safety Improvements – 12/09/10 Deadline

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Funds for Transportation Safety Improvements – Bike and Pedestrian projects eligible

HSIP Funds – Deadline 12/9/10


Good Afternoon,

Help get the word out and encourage local jurisdictions to apply for funds to address roadway safety issues – and make streets safer for students, pedestrians, bicyclists and more on local roads.

There is approximately $50M available for this call. Applications need to be submitted to Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineers by Thursday, December 9, 2010.

HSIP funds are eligible for work on any publicly owned roadway or bicycle and pedestrian pathway or trail that corrects or improves the safety. Some examples include (in no particular order – and longer list can be found on the Caltrans HSIP webpage)

  • Installation and maintenance of signs (including fluorescent yellow-green signs) at pedestrian-bicycle crossings and in school zones
  • An intersection safety improvement
  • An improvement for pedestrian or bicyclist safety or for the safety of persons with disabilities
  • Construction of a traffic-calming feature
  • Transportation safety planning
  • Improvement in the collection and analysis of safety data
  • Construction and operational improvements on high-risk rural roads
  • Conducting road safety audits

Those who are near Los Angeles or Ventura are encouraged to attend the Caltrans HSIP training coming up next week.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Caltrans District 7 Headquarters Building
100 South Main Street, 1st Floor, Room 1.040 B

Thursday, October 21, 2010
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Caltrans Ventura Satellite Office
950 County Square Drive, Suite 112
Ventura, CA 93003-5442

To find out more and RSVP for these trainings, email Tammi Altamirano at or call Dale Benson at at 213-897-2934.

More info on how to apply and applicant guidelines please visit Caltrans HSIP webpage.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Kind Regards,
Jessica Meaney
California Policy Manager
Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Contact Information



phone: 213 221-7179



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Women’s Transportation Seminar to Host SB 375 Luncheon with Mike McKeever: Oct 20th @ SACOG

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Women’s Transportation Seminar of Sacramento (WTS Sacramento) is an organization devoted to supporting professional success in the transportation field by promoting excellence, growth, opportunity, and recognition. We provide an interactive forum for the advancement of multi-modal transportation issues.

WTS Sacramento is pleased to announce that its October 20 lunch program will feature Mike McKeever, Executive Director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). To attend, please register here by October 18.

WTS Sacramento Members, please note: the October program will also serve as the Annual Members’ Meeting. We will take a few moments at the beginning of the program to conduct Chapter business.

Reminder: we are seeking applications from female students studying transportation-related fields for our 2010 Scholarships! Please help us spread the word to eligible high school, undergraduate and graduate students! Scholarship information can be found by clicking here.

October Program:

Implementing SB 375 – Transportation and Land Use Planning to Meet Our Regional GHG Reduction Targets

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Speaker:  Mike McKeever, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Please join WTS Sacramento on October 20 to hear Mike McKeever speak about his role in the design and implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 375. SB 375 requires each Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to consider the impact of land use patterns and transportation choices on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy that will meet regional GHG emission reduction targets for passenger and light duty vehicles. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recently adopted the regional GHG emission reduction targets for each MPO. SACOG’s targets are a seven percent reduction by 2020, and a 16 percent reduction by 2035.

Mr. McKeever will share his considerable knowledge about the target setting process. He served as the chair of ARB’s Regional Targets Advisory Committee (RTAC), which recommended a process for the ARB to use in setting the targets. Mr. McKeever will discuss the challenge of determining what would be ambitious and achievable targets, and how the state’s MPOs have worked together to meet this challenge. And, he will share his thoughts on how our region’s transportation system and land uses will need to evolve by 2020 and 2035 in order to meet our targets.

DATE: Wednesday, October 20, 2010


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration/Mingling/Lunch Served

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Speaker Presentation

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Q&A


SACOG Board Room

1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact Dave Lopez,, if you encounter any problems with registering.

COST: Free for WTS Members, $15 for Non-Members

All no-shows will be charged a fee of $15

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DC Streetsblog: Obama Admin Will Make Its Transportation Push During the Next Congress

Obama Admin Will Make Its Transportation Push During the Next Congress

by Tanya Snyder on September 28, 2010

President Obama is “going to throw his support behind a six-year reauthorization of the transportation program” in Congress. That was the word today from Roy Kienitz, who represented the Transportation Department today as he testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

U.S. DOT’s Roy Kienitz said that in some cases, federal funding should support reconstructing bridges to work for more than just cars. Concept for bike-ped path on Cleveland’s Innerbelt Crossing: GreenCityBlueLake.
In a meeting with transportation reform advocates last week, Secretary Ray LaHood indicated that the administration’s proposal will drop early next year. Today Kienitz tipped his hat to the reform community in describing the goals the administration has in mind:

The first thing you have to do is name your goals if you want to make sure you’re pursuing them… Our strategic goals are pretty simple: economic competitiveness, safety, state of good repair of the existing system, environmental sustainability, and community livability.

Today’s hearing was about financing, however, and Kienitz acknowledged that the path toward those lofty goals is a little complicated. But he did give some hints about what the administration’s thinking. He said U.S. DOT is trying to foster a financing system that does a better job of matching the project to the need:

Some places they propose a transit investment, in some places we have to rebuild the bridges that already exist but configure it differently, whether it’s for bicycles, pedestrians, cars, or transit. Other places we need to invest in highway capacity – but that should be case by case. [emphasis added]

Kienitz also stood up for allocating funds without the constraint of formulas based on different modes of travel: “Right now… a highway dollar is only a highway dollar, and a transit dollar is only a transit dollar.” He said a project like Los Angeles’ ambitious transit expansion requires more money with more flexibility.

So he’s beating the drum for higher funding levels, and for finding a way to pay for it, and for doing it soon. “Given the economic situation right now,” he said, “it seems appropriate to frontload a significant share of that money, and we have suggested the first $50 billion to be made available as soon as possible.”

But “as soon as possible” looks to be at least four months away. Congress is already itching to get out of town, and leadership could adjourn the session as soon as tomorrow night. A lame-duck session after the election will deal with tax cut extensions and some other urgent matters. Big new initiatives like these will have to wait until the new Congress gets sworn in — one that will have a much different look if Republicans make the gains they’re hoping to make.

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Organization of the Month: WALK Sacramento

Last month highlighted the work of the Institute for Local Government.  This month Policy in Motion honors the work of a local organization which has been instrumental in bringing health, environmental and transportation issues to the table in the Sacramento region.  WALK Sacramento is a nonprofit community organization working to improve the walking environment in the Sacramento metropolitan region.  WALK Sacramento works with transportation and land use planners, elected officials and community groups to create safe, walkable environments for all citizens and particularly for children, seniors, the disabled and low-income individuals.

Below is a list of WALK Sacramento’s accomplishments, grants, and awards over the past year.  Lauren Michele is a Board member for WALK Sacramento, committee member for the Sacramento Complete Streets Coalition, and an avid walker/car-free resident in Sacramento’s midtown.  WALK Sacramento plans to build upon its successful efforts in the next year, and is in need of volunteer and financial resources to continue to do their great work.

Please click here to make a donation to WALK Sacramento of any amount!


Complete Streets: WALK Sacramento has lead the charge on Complete Streets

  • Complete Streets Coalition – formed by the Partnership for Active Communities in 2007, directed by WALKSacramento – includes Sacramento Regional Transit District, AARP, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA), Breathe California, California Department of Transportation, Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, California Highway Patrol, Policy in Motion and others.
  • Influential on Representative Matsui’s introduction of federal Complete Streets legislation
  • Complete Streets policies are now included in Sacramento Transit Master Plan, County Circulation Plan, City General Plan, and regional SACOG funding programs
  • WALK Sacramento & SABA awarded SACOG’s Blueprint Excellence Award
  • Advocated to include Complete Streets in SACOG’s Stimulus Package grants

Land Use Review:  WALK Sacramento works regularly with Sacramento city, county and regional planning staff and elected officials

  • Design Review Committee meets monthly
  • Complete 20-40 reviews of proposed land developments and planning policies each year – leading to small and large improvements for pedestrian and bicycle access
  • Major advocacy of pedestrian accessibility issues in update of Sacramento County’s General Plan both the land use and circulation elements.

Safe Routes to School:  WALK Sacramento is a leader in the Safe Routes to School Program

  • Safe Routes “5E” grant underway – 6 schools in the unincorporated area of the County have had initial audits, 4 more are underway.
  • Second Sacramento Safe Routes to School Conference – November 2010
  • Safe Routes grant for all schools in Citrus Heights to begin 2010

Los Rios Transportation Connections Plan (April 2008) – this plan, drafted by WALK Sacramento, argues for safe, convenient pedestrian, bicycle and transit access to all Los Rios campuses

  • Four campuses — Involvement of faculty & staff & administrators
  • Sac County awarded grants to implement two projects at American River College based on the plan – sidewalks on Orange Grove Avenue and a plan for a bicycle-pedestrian bridge access across Arcade Creek


  • Partnership for Active Communities –Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Final report completed after five year (2003-08) grant.
  • Complete Streets Sustainability Grant – a one year extension grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – ended Nov 09.
  • Los Rios Transportation Connections – funded by Caltrans Community Planning Grant – Partnership of County of Sacramento DOT, Los Rios Community College District, and WALKSacramento.  Completed April 2008.
  • Safe Routes to School “5E’s” Grant – a 2 ½ year partnership of County of Sacramento DOT and WALKSacramento with a Caltrans Safe Routes to School.  To fund 15 school walk/bike audits & plans and 3 annual Safe Routes to School conferences.  Expect extension through 2011.
  • Safe Routes to School Citrus Heights – a 2 year partnership between City of Citrus Heights, San Juan School District and WALKSacramento to fund 12-13 school walk/bike audits and plans.  Getting underway 2010.
  • Clean Air Grant –Funded by Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District — supports involvement in land use review and public outreach.  Extended for two years to June, 2012.
  • California Endowment – Walkable Neighborhoods completed 2003.


  • ECOS Environmental Organization of Year 2010
  • American Planning Association Visionary Award 2009
  • SACOG Salutes Blueprint Excellence Award 2007 – for collaboration with community on Complete Streets
  • Active Living by Design Innovation Award – for development review   2006
  • Anne Seeley Memorial Award, 2004
  • American Lung Association Clean Air Award 2003

Please click here to make a donation to WALK Sacramento of any amount!