Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 Conference List

An eclectic list of meetings that have come to my attention. Please let me know of any additions or corrections.

Thank you.

John Z Wetmore

2018 Conference List v. 1.0


7-11 Transportation Research Board (TRB); Washington, DC
22 ASTM F13 Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear; New Orleans, LA
22-26 World of Concrete; Las Vegas, NV
24-25 Creative Cities; Orlando, FL
24-26 Conference of Mayors; Washington, DC
26-30 ATSSA - American Traffic Safety Services Assn. Convention and Traffic Expo; San Antonio, TX


1-3 New Partners for Smart Growth; San Francisco, CA
8-10 Winter Cycling Congress; Moscow, Russia
10-13 National Sheriffs Association Winter Conference; Washington, DC
11-14 National Conference of Regions; Washington, DC
11-14 National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Winter Policy Summit; Washington, DC
11-14 Active Living Research; Banff, AB
11-14 National Asphalt Pavement Association; San Diego, CA
16-18 North American Handmade Bicycle Show; Hartford, CT
22-26 World Bicycle Forum; Lima, Peru
24 Alumni Day; Princeton, NJ
25 - 3/1 Public Lands Alliance; Palm Springs, CA
26-28 Public Private Partnership Conference (P3C); Dallas, TX
27 - 3/2 AASHTO Legislative Meeting; Washington, DC


3-7 National Association of Counties Legislative Conference (NACO); Washington, DC
5-7 National Bike Summit; Washington, DC
5-7 Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference; San Diego, CA
6-8 World of Asphalt; Houston, TX
11-14 Congressional City Conference; Washington, DC
18-20 American Public Transportation Assn. Legislative Conference (APTA); Washington, DC
20-23 IPENZ Transportation Group; Queenstown, New Zealand
20-24 Society of Health And Physical Educators (SHAPE); Nashville, TN
22-23 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI); Prague, Czechia
26-28 Main Street Now Conference; Kansas City, MO
26-29 Aging In America; San Francisco, CA


3-4 Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets; Nashville, TN
4-6 Society for Public Health Education; Columbus, OH
4-7 Urban Affairs Association; Toronto, ON
5-6 U.S. Cargo Bike Summit; Bethesda, MD
8-11 The Play Conference; Clemson, SC
10-12 SAE World Congress; Detroit, MI
10-14 American Association of Geographers (AAG); New Orleans, LA
14-15 Global Health and Innovation Conference; New Haven, CT
16-19 Transport Research Arena; Vienna, Austria
21-24 American Planning Association (APA); New Orleans
22-24 Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities; San Antonio, TX
22-26 National Association of County Engineers; Wisconsin Dells, WI
23-26 National Outdoor Recreation Conference; Burlington, VT
25-27 National Environmental Justice Conference; Washington, DC
26-27 New England BIke-Walk Summit; Boston, MA


1-3 Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting; Detroit, MI
1-3 Places for Bikes; Indianapolis, IN
6-9 American Public Works Assn. (APWA) North American Snow Conference; Indianapolis, IN
7-9 Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley: Santa Clara, CA
9 National Bike To School Day
16-18 WTS International; San Diego, CA
16-19 Congress For The New Urbanism (CNU); Savannah, GA
16-19 International Association for Impact Assessment; Durban, South Africa
17-20 American Society of Highway Engineers; Cleveland, OH
21-24 AASHTO Spring Meeting; Franklin, TN
23-25 International Transport Forum (ITF); Leipzig, Germany
31 - 6/3 Reunions; Princeton, NJ


2 National Trails Day
3-6 National Association of Regional Councils; Orlando, FL
8-11 Conference of Mayors; Boston, MA
10-13 National Travel Monitoring; Irvine, CA
10-13 Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals; Victoria, BC
11-14 International Bridge Conference; National Harbor, MD
12-15 Velo-City; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
13-16 International Cycling History Conference; London, UK
16-20 National Sheriffs Association; New Orleans, LA
17-20 National ADA Symposium; Pittsburgh, PA
20-21 Praxis Conference Pedestrian Protection; Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
21-23 American Institute of Architects (AIA); New York, NY
24-27 International Conference on Transport and Health; Mackinac Island, MI
27-29 Snow and Ice Management Association; Cleveland, OH


4-5 Science and Cycling; Nantes, France
10-12 Automated Vehicles Symposium; San Francisco, California
11-13 Alliance For Community Media; Baltimore, MD
13-16 National Association of Counties (NACO); Nashville, TN
15-18 Pipelines Conference; Toronto, ON
19-22 Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP); Winnipeg, MB
28-31 International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA); Orlando, FL
29-8/1 Association for Commuter Transportation; Anaheim, CA
30 - 8/1 2WALKandCYCLE; Palmerston North, New Zealand
30 - 8/2 Nat'l Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) - Legislative Summit; Los Angeles, CA


8-11 International Association of Fire Chiefs / Fire-Rescue International; Dallas, TX
20-23 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); Minneapolis, MN
21-24 Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics; Lund, Sweden
25-29 Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA); Atlanta, GA
26-29 American Public Works Association (APWA); Kansas City, MO


3 Mackinac Bridge Walk; Mackinaw City, MI
16-19 Walk/Bike/Places; New Orleans, LA
17-21 Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress (ITS); Copenhagen, Denmark
19-21 Urban Transport and the Environment; Seville, Spain
20-24 AASHTO; Atlanta, GA
23-26 American Public Transportation Association (APTA); Nashville, TN
23-26 International City/County Management Association (ICMA); Baltimore, MD
23-27 Highway Engineering Exchange Program; Lincoln, NE
24-28 Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO); San Antonio, TX
25-27 NRPA - National Recreation and Park Association; Indianapolis, IN
30 - 10/3 Transportation Association of Canada; Saskatoon, SK


8-11 Urban Land Institute (ULI); Boston, MA
10 International Walk To School Day
10-12 European Transport Conference; Dublin, Ireland
12-15 Annual Civil Engineering Conference (ASCE); Denver, CO
14-16 International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA); Baltimore, MD
15-17 Driver Distraction and Inattention; Gothenburg, Sweden
15-19 Walk21; Bogota, Columbia
19-22 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); Philadelphia, PA
21-24 Rail~Volution; Pittsburgh, PA


7-10 National League of Cities - City Summit; Los Angeles, CA
10-14 American Public Health Association (APHA); San Diego, CA
12-15 TRANSED - Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons; Taipei, Taiwan
18-21 Canadian Urban Transit Association; Toronto, ON


5-7 Res/Con Global Resilience Summit; New Orleans, LA
5-8 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Capitol Forum; Washington, DC

Perils For Pedestrians 252

  • We talk with the head of Walk-Bike Nashville.
  • Nashville, Tennessee, has a new sidewalk law.
  • A doctor discusses obstacles to walking in Nashville.
  • Nashville is improving bicycle facilities.
  • We talk with the head of Walk-Bike Frankfort.
  • We look at pedestrian access to a Frankfort, Kentucky, shopping center.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Perils For Pedestrians 251: Memphis

  • We visit a new bicycle and pedestrian path on the Union Pacific Railroad bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis: The Big River Crossing.
  • We look at public space improvements in the Medical District of Memphis.
  • We drop in on a meeting of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).
  • We listen to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's remarks at the APBP meeting.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Traffic Signal Control Cabinet Art

Traffic Signal Control Cabinets are ubiquitous.  Usually they are drab and boring, but they don't have to be.

In Victoria, BC, the cabinets are covered with a map of downtown and a "You are here" circle.  Wayfinding maps are something that most cities can use more of.

In Somerville, MA, the art is a little more whimsical, with a 500 pound box of popcorn.

Cambridge, MA, has also gone the whimsical route, with a set of bookshelves.

Cheyenne, WY, has art related to the city, including the State Capitol Building.

Calgary, AB, has art related to the history of the surrounding neighborhood.

Whatever you do to liven up the control cabinet, you still need to be careful where you place it.  A sidewalk obstruction is still a sidewalk obstruction, even if it looks nice.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Stair Structure Squeezes Sidewalk

For some inexplicable reason, the designer of these stairs had the decorative side structure stick out two feet into the sidewalk.

This is, of course, a serious tripping hazard that should have been caught by any safety review of the plans and blueprints.

In addition, even if no one ever trips over the obstruction, it still significantly narrows the sidewalk.  To make matters worse, its placement directly across from a tree pit creates a pinch point.  Apologists might say that the space still meets the minimum requirements of the ADA.  People who care about pedestrians say that it is a totally unnecessary degradation of the pedestrian environment.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Woodmont Avenue Signage -- FAIL

Suppose you are on Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, and you ask for directions to the Bethesda Metro Station, about a ten minute walk away.

You might be told to walk north on Woodmont Avenue to Edgemoor Lane, and then turn right.  After two blocks (at Hampden Lane), Woodmont Avenue becomes one way southbound.

Is the next street Edgemoor Lane?

You have no idea.  The street name signs only face the southbound automobile traffic.

You look off to the right, and can't see anything.  You don't know that the accessible elevator entrance to the Metrorail Station is just two blocks down Montgomery Lane.  So you keep walking north.

At the next corner (North Lane, which is labeled), a small sign for Metro points toward this hodgepodge of driveways and passageways.  This could get you to the buses and the Metrorail escalator, but you would have to climb stairs, so it's not an accessible route.

You continue on to the next intersection, still hoping to find Edgemoor Lane.  Once again, pedestrians cannot tell where they are because the signs only face the southbound automobile traffic.

You look off to the right.  Could that be the Metro station?

Does Montgomery County design for pedestrians or for automobiles?  On Woodmont Avenue, in the heart of downtown Bethesda, the design for the street name signs doesn't even include pedestrians as an afterthought.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trails Under Power Lines

A deer crosses the Lake Country Trail in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

For other examples of trails under power lines, see the Gallery of Power Line Right-Of-Way Trails.