Training Announcements

Vol. 73
July 9, 2018
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on big data, traffic management, and Safe Routes to School. Join the Safety Center on July 19th for the Rural Roundabouts are Saving Lives webinar .  This webinar will provide an overview of the safety and design of rural roundabouts in the United States.  It will include case studies of rural roundabouts on local and state highways as well as the safety experience.

If you know of relevant trainings or events which are not included in our emails, please let us know so that we can add them. Also, if you know of sites, newsletters or other sources that we should monitor for upcoming trainings and events, please pass those along to us, as well. 
 
Sincerely,

Jaime Sullivan
Center Manager
National Center for Rural Road Safety
info@ruralsafetycenter.org
In This Issue

Traffic Safety Weeks

New
Event: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Mobilization
Date: August 15 - September 3, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The 2018 national enforcement mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" goes into effect across the country from August 15 to September 3, 2018. One of the deadliest and most often committed - yet preventable - of crimes (drunk driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country.

As law enforcement professionals and highway safety advocates, your efforts will help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads and save lives. By increasing State enforcement efforts, raising public awareness through paid, earned, and social media, and maximizing your local resources, you can make a difference.

For more information about this training, click here .

Webinars

Webinar: So Unsafe, It Seems Safe: Reassessing Safety Via Perceived Risk
Date: July 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $149 members/$199 non-members
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Traffic safety is a primary barrier for folks who wish to walk or bike. The traditional approach to combating such traffic safety issues consists of looking for crashes, injuries, or fatalities. However, that is a reactive approach, only accounting for the folks that are already walking or biking and the places that they are doing so. How would we account for people that have determined that the system is too unsafe to use in the first place? How would we identify the places where trips are suppressed - precisely because they are so unsafe - before they occur?

By using safety perceptions and suppressed trips, this webinar will explore ways of identifying such people and places. Two case studies examine children in Denver, Colorado and California. Instead of the traditional reactive approach of reducing crashes, the goal of this webinar is to develop a proactive method of enabling as many people to safely walk and bike as possible.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Opportunities for Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns
Date: July 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: America Walks

At America Walks, we believe that all communities of all shapes and sizes have the potential to be walkable communities. We have seen inspiring work being done across the US to promote physical activity and improve walkability in small towns and rural communities. This webinar will explore some of that work and the trends of walkability in rural communities

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Active Traffic Management from Washington D.C. to Washington State
Date: July 12, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $149 members/$199 non-members
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Dynamically controlling congestion and increasing trip reliability is the objective of active traffic management (ATM) systems, but how is it being deployed and what are the real world benefits of these systems? The public counts on systems such as active lane management and ramp metering to deliver repeatable travel times and reduce congestion, active shoulder management to handle vehicle incidence gracefully, and variable speed limits to improve safety. This webinar will showcase systems which have been deployed in 2018, have been installed for close to a decade, and a glimpse into the possibilities of future systems.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Incorporating Transportation and Health Considerations in the Regional Planning Process: Lessons from the Real World
Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm MT/2:30 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $99 members/$149 non-members
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

As the understanding and appreciation for linkages between transportation and health continues to grow, increasing attention is being paid to explicitly capturing health impacts in the transportation planning process. However, such activities are still mostly restricted to the level of individual projects or jurisdictions, due to challenges, amongst others, associated with data collection, interagency cooperation, and inconsistent development patterns across larger metropolitan regions. This webinar will present two real-world case studies of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and MetroPlan Orlando, which have applied formal health impact tools and strategies when evaluating and shaping their long-range transportation planning efforts.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Safety Manuals - The Good Stuff
Date: July 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $50 members/$85 non-members
Organization: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

APBP is hosting a webinar to share information about a new guide and tech sheets promoting the use of countermeasures for uncontrolled pedestrian crossing locations. The "Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations" follows a six-step process and provides tools that help agencies select countermeasures for uncontrolled crossing locations based on roadway characteristics and pedestrian safety issues. This guide was developed as part of the FHWA Every Day Counts - Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program. In addition to this new guide, the STEP program released a series of new tech sheets highlighting the safety benefits of the STEP countermeasures. The tech sheets provide conceptual visualizations, best practices for installation, and cost considerations for each of the countermeasures.

The new STEP guide and tech sheets are posted to the program website: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/edc_4/step.cfm 

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Road Network Screening and Highway Safety Manual
Date: July 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Tribal Transportation Safety

Many road networks contain locations that exhibit more poor safety performance than other locations.    This webinar will introduce some of the techniques available to screen a road network for higher risk locations.    This presentation will include an overview of methodologies presented in the Highway Safety Manual. 

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Rural Roundabouts are Saving Lives
Date: July 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety

This webinar will provide an overview of the safety and design of rural roundabouts in the United States.  It will include case studies of rural roundabouts on local and state highways as well as the safety experience.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Introduction to Traffic Engineering Studies
Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $149 members/$199 non-members
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Traffic engineering is that phase of engineering that deals with the planning, geometric design and traffic operations of transportation systems including roads, streets, highways, sidewalks and bicycle lanes for the achievement of safe, efficient and convenient movement of people and goods. As trained professionals, traffic engineers need to base their recommendations by studying existing and future conditions under a number of scenarios. As part of these efforts, traffic engineers take traffic counts, analyze accident statistics, study speed data, examine roadway conditions, conduct research and study what other professionals are doing and the results they have achieved. Millions and multi-millions of dollars are typically spent based on the findings and recommendations of traffic engineering studies. This webinar provides an introduction to the multitude of studies and measurements performed by traffic engineers and transportation planners as part of their work, and some of the pitfalls to be aware of when performing certain types of traffic engineering studies.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: It's Parks and Recreation Month! What does that mean for Safe Routes to School practitioners and active transportation advocates?
Date: July 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership

July is Park and Recreation Month! Walkable, bikeable park access means double the opportunity for physical activity - on the way to the park and within it! The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar to share how improving safe access to parks aligns with and can strengthen Safe Routes to School and active transportation advocacy efforts. It will feature the innovative Schools on Trails program from Anchorage, Alaska, which connects Anchorage schools to local parks and outdoor spaces and how the New Bedford, Massachusetts Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beaches has used the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework to engage the community in its park access improvement efforts. Participants will also learn about new resources and upcoming funding opportunities to work toward walkable, bikeable park access.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Big Data Analytics in Transportation Systems Management and Operations
Date: July 26, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) includes traffic incident management, traffic signal coordination, freeway management and management of multi-modal transportation systems. The webinar will begin with an explanation of the current challenges as well as providing an overview of TSMO. This will be followed by an explanation of the analytical aspects of TSMO to provide participants with a solid foundational understanding. The current and future value of analytics, will also be discussed.

As society becomes more technology and data-driven, the ability to understand, visualize and analyze data is increasingly important. The use of dashboards to create a visual approach to analytics will also be explored, along with an introduction on how use descriptive analytics to analyze dashboards, such as those in Business Intelligence software programs, such as Tableau.

The application of predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics for operational management and decision optimization will be explained. This will also include a discussion of how machine-learning works in big data, how to scale machine learning to modern challenges and how to incorporate enabling technologies and statistical analysis to make the data work to improve TSMO .

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Engage Your Elected Officials! The Importance of Political Leadership
Date: July 26, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: $19 members/$39 non-members
Organization: American Trails

Learn from this panel of elected officials about successful tactics & strategies employed to establish funding mechanisms and innovative policy initiatives that support the development of trail networks demanded by constituents. These political leaders discuss the importance of recreational/active transportation trails in helping communities to thrive via economic development, health & safety, environmental sustainability and inclusiveness/diversity in the context of transformative projects, emphasizing critical lessons learned. This webinar highlights best practices for collaboration among advocates, decision makers and key stakeholders in their efforts to facilitate bicycle-pedestrian, transit-friendly and complementary trail infrastructure.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Introduction to Street Crossing for Travel Trainers
Date: August 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: $45
Organization: Easter Seals Project Action Consulting

Introduction to Street Crossing for Travel Trainers: The Must Know Info  will address the crucial topic of safely teaching street crossing. Participants will learn the importance of developing methods and strategies to aid in one-on-one travel instruction and the in-depth strategies travel trainers use when teaching a trainee where, when, and how to safely cross a street.  This webinar will also address intersection analysis, pedestrian safety skills and vehicle speed and driver behavior as related to independent travel.

For more information about this training, click here .
Instructor-Led Trainings
Training: Speed Management Techniques and Applications
Date: August 8, 2018
Location: College Park, MD
Organization: University of Maryland, Transportation Technology Transfer Center

The Speed Management Techniques and Applications Course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and principles for applying various techniques for countering speeding and speed related crashes. The first sections of the course review the Fatality Analysis Reporting System as well as other sources of crash data. Methods for identifying potential hazardous areas related to crashes involving roadway departures, intersections, and bicycle and pedestrians are demonstrated.

A portion of the course is devoted to discuss and demonstrate methods for determining appropriate design and posted speeds. The application of USLIMTS2 software is presented to the class for developing posted speed limit recommendations.
 
The course also reviews various speed reduction techniques that are applicable to rural and urban areas and reviews their effectiveness. The countermeasures are categorized into three types of speed related crashes: 1. Road Departures; 2. Intersections; 3. Pedestrians & Bicyclists. The class is asked to apply the appropriate techniques to a series of case studies .

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Data for Transportation Applications Workshop
Date: August 8-9, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB is sponsoring National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Data for Transportation Applications Workshop August 8-9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The 2017  NHTS  data, now available, allows analysis of daily travel by all modes, including characteristics of the persons traveling and their households, their vehicles, and their trips. This workshop, held every 5-6 years, explores how NHTS data has been used to support key transportation policy considerations, such as energy use, congestion, highway finance, safety, and mode share. The 2018 workshop will focus on the methods and techniques for using the survey data and the performance measures to which it can be applied, especially when integrating it with other data sources.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Safer Roads by Design: Engineering Solutions
Date: August 27-31, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
Organization: International Road Federation (IRF)

This IRF Executive Seminar Safer Roads By Design: Engineering Solutions, part the IRF Certified Continuing Education Program, will be held from August 27-31, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia USA. The program is one of the most comprehensive road safety training programs available in the world. Top international experts from a variety of countries will present best practices and state of the art technologies in Roadside Safety, Work Zone Safety, Vulnerable User Safety, Traffic Management and Road Safety Audits over a 5-day period. The purpose of this seminar is to help road authorities understand what can be done to help them meet their Decade of Action commitment to reduce fatalities 50% by 2020.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Work Zone Safety Awareness Workshop
Date: September 6, 2018
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

The Work Zone Safety Awareness Program is offered to participants who require an overview of working safely in the roadway. As new or veteran employees enter or re-enter the construction and public works profession, they are frequently required to set up short-term work zones or are assigned to long-term projects. There are no allowances for errors when working next to traffic, so it is important for personnel to have a solid understanding of work zone safety compliance with the national MUTCD standards. Also, the roles of workers and enforcement personnel at work sites, differences between NJDOT and local projects, and legal responsibilities in work zones will be addressed during this program.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Road Safety 365 - A Safety Workshop for Local Governments
Date: September 13, 2018
Location: College Park, MD
Organization: Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center

This course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is designed to provide local and rural agencies with practical and effective ways to mainstream safety solutions into their day-to-day activities and project development process. This one-day workshop focuses on processes for incorporating safety into all aspects of local and rural projects, and on making safety a priority through inclusion in the traditional decision-making process - 365 days a year. The course stresses the importance of road safety, and illustrates how it can be integrated into rural/local transportation project development at all stages: planning, design, construction, implementation, operations, and maintenance. Through practical exercises and facilitator-led discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of rural/local transportation agencies. The benefits and potential cost savings of safety initiatives are shown using examples from rural/local agencies.

The workshop audience ranges from decision-makers to road crews. It is aimed primarily at local and rural road and public works supervisors. Others who would benefit include: elected officials, public safety advocates, State DOT personnel, law enforcement, consultants, regional and rural development organizations, municipal associations
.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: 2018 Positive Culture Framework Training
Date: September 25-27, 2018
Location: Savannah, GA
Organization: Center for Health and Safety Culture

The  Positive Culture Framework (PCF) is an approach based on our latest research about improving health and safety in our communities and organizations. The PCF seeks to cultivate health and safety. We intentionally use the word "cultivate" because the framework builds on shared values, beliefs, and attitudes that already exist in a culture to promote health and safety. The PCF builds on the recognition that the solutions are in the community. For more information on our Positive Culture Framework, visit the webpage.

This 2.5-day Positive Culture Framework (PCF) Training will provide a foundation for efforts to improve health and safety that address a wide variety of issues including (but not limited to) substance abuse, traffic safety, and violence prevention. The PCF Training will cover our cultural transformation process and initiate the development of skills in three critical areas: leadership, communication, and the integration of effective strategies. Participants will leave with an understanding of how culture influences behavior, how we can cultivate cultural transformation, and specific next steps for implementing this process for transforming culture to achieve community health and safety goals.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Training: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
Date: October 30, 2018
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

Pedestrians account for more than 17.5 percent of all traffic fatalities. More than 66 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at non-intersection locations such as midblock areas. About 16 percent happen at intersections with no signals or stop signs.

By focusing on uncontrolled crossing locations, agencies can make targeted investments that address a significant national safety problem. The STEP countermeasures can also enhance the quality of life for pedestrians by overcoming barriers to safe, convenient, and complete pedestrian networks.

This full day workshop will provide an overview of the pedestrian safety problem, provide some general street crossing principles, present the 3 STEP process of policy, process, and 5 proven countermeasures being promoted and available resources .

For more information about this training, click here .

Conferences

Conference: American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association Conference
Date: July 22-25, 2018
Location: Chicago, IL
Organization: American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA)

The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association will hold their conference at the Crowne Plaza in Chicago, IL. ADTSEA holds its conference to share the knowledge on driver education, traffic safety, training, and technology. 

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: National LTAP/TTAP Conference
Date: July 23-26, 2018
Location: New Orleans, LA
Organization: National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA)

The National Local Technical Assistance Program Association will hold their national conference at the Hotel Monteleone. NLTAPA holds its annual summer Conference to share the latest knowledge, skills, and materials that enhance the performance of its member Centers. The Association works with all local road and street partners, customers, and stakeholders to develop Center staff competencies and to support the interests of NLTAPA members.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit
Date: August 20-23, 2018
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

The Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes District Annual Meeting and Exhibit is your one-stop resource for all things transportation. Come to Minneapolis, MN August 20-23, 2018 to learn about the wide spectrum of topics that directly impact the transportation industry. You also will hear new and thoughtful viewpoints on issues which intersect, shape, and are shaped by transportation.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 16th National Tools of the Trade Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium Sized Communities
Date: August 22-24, 2018
Location: Kansas City, MO
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

Tools of the Trade is a national conference providing practical techniques for transportation professionals in small (under 50,000) and medium-sized communities, those with populations of about 50,000 - 250,000. All practitioners, researchers, academics, and others involved in transportation planning are encouraged to attend.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: GHSA 2018 Annual Meeting - Joining Forces to Get to Zero: Partnerships in Traffic Safety 
Date: August 25-29, 2018
Location: Atlanta, GA
Organization: Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

Achieving zero deaths on our roadways will require collaboration among a number of professional disciplines across the public and private sector. General sessions will address how states can work with the public health community, the federal government, and industry partners to advance traffic safety. Attendees will also learn about advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and the impacts on safety.

For more information about this conference, click here .
New
Conference: Share the Road Summit
Date: September 14, 2018
Location: Hammondsport, NY
Organization: New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Improving the safety of motorcyclists continues to be a priority for New York State's highway safety program.  Since motorcycles share the road with much larger vehicles, a combination of strategies must be used to ensure safe riding practices and awareness of motorcyclists on our roadways. New York State has a comprehensive motorcycle safety program that supports motorcycle awareness, motorcycle helmet usage, responsible use of alcohol, and rider education, skill development and licensing.  Please come join the NY Governor's Traffic Safety Committee for our first-ever Share the Road Summit. Registration is free and required to attend. Registration includes a free, full-day pass to the museum and safety event, lunch, refreshments, access to exciting vendors and speakers, as well as a chance to win special prizes such as a one-night stay at the Hampton Inn Penn Yan or a BRC-2 Skills Advancement Course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. To register for this event, please click here. Deadline to register is September 1, 2018.

For more information, please visit www.safeny.ny.gov or contact Aubrey L. Feldman, Highway Safety Program Representative at Aubrey.Feldman@dmv.ny.gov.

Conference: Disrupting Mobility Summit
Date: September 16-18, 2018
Location: Cambridge, MA
Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Technology, transportation, and urban development are inextricably linked. From steam power to the combustion engine: cities make mobility and mobility makes cities. Building on the inaugural and highly influential Disrupting Mobility Summit in 2015, the second Disrupting Mobility Summit in 2018 will focus on the relationship between future mobility and future cities and on how we can equitably and sustainably govern technology innovation and urban transformation.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: National Transportation in Indian Country Conference
Date: September 17-20, 2018
Location: Duluth, MN
Organization: National Transportation in Indian Country Planning Committee

The National Transportation in Indian Country Planning Committee is seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2018 National Transportation in Indian Country Conference (NTICC) that will be held September 17 - 20, 2018 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. The NTICC Planning Committee is accepting applications for conference presentations now through March 1, 2018. 

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: ASCE Convention
Date: October 12-15, 2018
Location: Denver, CO
Organization: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

The ASCE Convention is the Society flagship membership event. It is the single annual opportunity that the entire Society is represented together and therefore needs to reflect the diversity that ASCE encompasses. The program for the Convention will be of an integrated, cross-cultural, technical, and educational nature.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: National Safety Council Congress and Expo
Date: October 20-26, 2018
Location: Houston, TX
Organization: National Safety Council (NSC)

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health and environmental professionals. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this safety conference for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the industry.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: National Rural ITS and ITS Arizona Annual Conference and Exhibit
Date: October 21-24, 2018
Location: Fort McDowell, AZ
Organization: National Rural ITS

The conference will provide participants a one-stop resource focusing on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) implementation in local communities and the opportunity to hear new and thoughtful perspectives from a wide variety of ITS topics. ITS improves transportation safety and mobility and enhances productivity by integrating advanced communication technologies into vehicles and infrastructure. In addition to traditional ITS topics of interest to Arizona transportation professionals, this event will bring together both traditional and non-traditional users to address issues affecting rural and small communities.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths Conference
Date: October 23-24, 2018
Location: Mankato, MN
Organization: Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths Program, Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, and Health

This conference provides a forum for sharing information on best practices in engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency medical/health services and for identifying new approaches to reducing the number of traffic fatalities and life-changing injuries on Minnesota roads.

The conference is offered by the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Program and the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, and Health. The conference is hosted by the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies and facilitated by the College of Continuing and Professional Studies .

For more information about this conference, click here .