Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Perils For Pedestrians 253

  • A crosswalk enforcement operation in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Topeka, Kansas, has a new pedestrian master plan.
  • Topeka Metro's bikeshare system and bus stop improvements.
  • Lawrence, Kansas, and the Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition.
  • The impact of broken sidewalks on elderly pedestrians in Lawrence.
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Pepco Trail Groundbreaking

On January 25, representatives from Pepco, Montgomery County, and Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.) took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a trail under Pepco's high-tension power lines.

Although initially opposed to the trail several years ago, Pepco is now an enthusiastic supporter.  They realize the positive impact the trail will have on the communities they serve.

The Maryland Public Service Commission included the trail in the conditions for the merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon.  However, the key to getting support from Pepco was in making sure that their concerns, including safety and liability, were adequately addressed.  Dozens of trails have been build under power lines across the United States, so there are many examples to look to when searching for solutions to problems and concerns.

The plans call for two trails in the power line right of way, which runs a dozen miles from Montgomery Mall in Bethesda to the Soccerplex in Germantown.  The initial trail will be natural surface.  A paved trail will be added as funding becomes available.

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
11-12 Transforming Transportation; 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
20-22 Winter Roads Conference; Gdansk, Poland
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
15-16 Georgia Walks; Rome, GA
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
21-22 Smart Urban Futures; Melbourne, Australia
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
28-29 Walk-Bike New York; Schenectady, NY


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
17-18 Ontario Bike Summit; Toronto, ON
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
29-30 Washington Bike Summit; Spokane, WA
29 - 5/2 Automated People Movers; Tampa, FL


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
14-15 European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans; Nicosia, Cyprus
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
29 - 6/1 International Conference for Road Engineers; Jeju Island, Korea
31 - 6/1 NACTO Sister Cities Bikeways Roadshow; Columbus, OH
31 - 6/3 Reunions; Princeton, NJ


1 Transport Chicago; Chicago, IL
1-2 Michigan Bicycle Conference; Grand Rapids, MI
2 National Trails Day
3-6 National Association of Regional Councils; Orlando, FL
3-6 American Society of Safety Engineers; San Antonio, TX
4-7 ITS America; Detroit, MI
6-8 International Transportation and Economic Development; Washington, DC
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
18-20 National Bus Rapid Transit Conference; Los Angeles, CA
18-21 World Transport Convention; Beijing, China
20-21 Praxis Conference Pedestrian Protection; Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
21-22 Summer Conference on Livable Communities; Kalamazoo, MI
21-23 American Institute of Architects (AIA); New York, NY
24-27 International Conference on Transport and Health; Mackinac Island, MI
25-29 World Gas Conference; Washington, DC
26-28 Making Space for Mobility in Booming Cities; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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 Transportation Law; Cambridge, MA
15-18 Pipelines Conference; Toronto, ON
17-19 National Access Management Conference; Madison, WI
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 Int'l; Dallas, TX
12-15 International Traffic Records Forum; Milwaukee, WI
20-23 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); Minneapolis, MN
21-23 American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; Philadelphia, PA
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
5-7 Global Tolling Summit; Salzburg, Austria
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


1-4 NACTO Designing Cities; Los Angeles, CA
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
14-18 Gerontological Society of America; Boston, MA
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.