Training Announcements

Vol. 76
August 16, 2018
In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on motorcycle safety, road safety audits, and traffic calming. Join the Safety Center today for the Designing for Rural Bike Safety webinar .  This webinar will provide an overview of why bicycle travel should be included in the rural transportation network, gain an understanding of key safety principles for bicyclists, and learn about design treatments, countermeasures, and the latest guidance.

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. 

Jaime Sullivan
Center Manager
National Center for Rural Road Safety
In This Issue

Traffic Safety Weeks

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 .
Event: Child Passenger Safety Week
Date: September 23-29, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

For more information about this training, click here .
Event: National Teen Driver Safety Week
Date: October 21-27, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

This week and every week, parents should have conversations with their teens about the important rules they need to follow to stay safe behind the wheel of a passenger car, truck, or SUV. These rules address the greatest dangers for teen drivers: alcohol, inconsistent or no seat belt use, distracted and drowsy driving, speeding, and number of passengers.

For more information about this training, click here .


Webinar: Designing for Rural Bike Safety
Date: August 16, 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 why bicycle travel should be included in the rural transportation network, gain an understanding of key safety principles for bicyclists, and learn about design treatments, countermeasures, and the latest guidance. 

Bicyclists are vulnerable users for whom we have an imperative for improvement of the bikeway network that serves the range of skill levels.  Many people would be likely to choose to ride a bike if there were bikeways where they felt safe.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Implementing Road Safety Programs (RSP Module 5)
Date: August 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $199 members/$249 non-members (5 module course)
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Preparing road safety programs, including the development of strategic safety priorities, communications strategies, and champions within and outside of an agency, is an important part of ultimately being able to conduct effective safety management. This module focuses on strategic-level elements associated with policy setting and safety planning, including outreach to various stakeholder groups. The specific areas covered include basics of strategic safety plans, elements of successful road safety policies and programs, road safety champions, road safety stakeholder communications, multidisciplinary teams and partnerships in road safety, and safety program evaluation.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Beyond Volume: Investment Prioritization Methods for Low-Volume Roads
Date: August 29, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: $95
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)'s Synthesis 521: Investment Prioritization Methods for Low-Volume Roads.
This webinar will identify current practices used by transportation agencies to make investment decisions about low-volume roads. Low-volume roads can be at a disadvantage within traditional investment prioritization processes that focus on volume-based metrics of benefit and impact. However, low volume roads can also create significant value for the wider economy and society, providing basic access to remote communities, ensuring connectivity for industry to a global economy, and supporting economic development opportunities. The presenters will discuss prioritization approaches that go beyond standard transportation asset management or engineering-type measures, to those that account for broader economic, social, and environmental implications of low volume road projects

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Succession Planning
Date: August 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Cost: $45
Organization: Easter Seals Project Action Consulting

Managers do not only have the responsibility to build the best transportation program possible, but to make sure that steps are taken to sustain this effort and set the stage for additional growth once we and our key personnel have retired or moved on to other projects.  Through establishing a strong succession plan, a program is given every opportunity to thrive into the future. This webinar will address various approaches to succession planning and give participants a start on establishing or modifying a succession plan for their agency.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Motorcycle Safety Programs Using Public Health Approach
Date: August 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am MT/12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)

Florida is one of the most beautiful states in which to ride a motorcycle, but motorcyclists in Florida are disproportionately vulnerable road users. Motorcyclists accounted for nearly 17% of all traffic fatalities in Florida in 2016, even though motorcycles account for only 3% of registered vehicles in Florida. This session will describe how the public health approach has been applied to motorcycle safety by the Motorcycle Injury Prevention team at the USF Center for Urban Transportation Research. In particular, examples of motorcycle safety programs that have been developed and implemented using well known public health theories and models will be shared in the session.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Disruptive Technologies: Impacts on Transportation Revenues
Date: September 6, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB) 

TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET that will examine the impacts of technologies such as connected/autonomous vehicles and ridesharing services on transportation revenues. As these technologies change the way people travel, they are displacing traditional revenue streams for transportation programs. This webinar will address the current and anticipated impact of these emerging mobility technologies on transit fare revenue, parking revenue, traffic and parking fines, managed lane and toll revenues, license fees, and registration fees. Presenters will identify impacts on airports, land use and development, and equity considerations. This webinar is based on a similarly-titled workshop presented at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting in order to make content available to practitioners who were unable to attend in person.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Pedestrians Are People Too: The Criminalization of Walking
Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: America Walks

Walking is the original form of transportation and yet too often it is forgotten in planning, promotion, and protection. Equally concerning is the increased messaging around victim-blaming, distracted walking legislation, and other moves to criminalize walking. This webinar will explore the criminalization in walking and the responsibility we all have in supporting a culture of safe and accessible walkability. This webinar assumes a basic knowledge of issues related to walking and walkable communities.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Road Safety Audits
Date: September 26, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $95
Organization: University of Florida

While most transportation agencies have established traditional safety review procedures, a road safety audit (RSA) is unique. RSAs are performed by a multidisciplinary team independent of the project. RSAs consider all road users, account for human factors and road user capabilities, are documented in a formal report, and require a formal response from the road owner. RSAs are one of FHWA's Proven Safety Countermeasures .

For more information about this training, click here .
Instructor-Led Trainings
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 .
Training: Traffic Calming
Date: September 26, 2018
Location: Arlington, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

This course is intended to provide an overview of traffic calming and the tools needed to make decisions regarding applications. This one-day course on this topic provides a foundation in the evolution of traffic calming policies and practices. Detailed information on commonly-used traffic calming measures is then presented, addressing selection, design, effectiveness, and several case studies. The course concludes with a workshop and review of available resources.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Vision Zero Arterials and Intersections
Date: October 1, 2018
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Organization: National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Every city has it: it's your city's leader in crashes. It's probably five or seven lanes wide, has tens of thousands of cars per day, and traffic. It's a big, wide, risky arterial, and this workshop will give a hands-on look at innovative approaches your city can use to tame it.

Join this Vision Zero workshop to learn from cities that have tackled their most dangerous streets, wielding the entire engineering toolbox to not only reduce fatalities and injuries, but to transform these important corridors into high-performing urban streets that are safe, efficient, and inviting. Building on last year's workshop, this session will cover topics like lane reassignment and narrowing, walking-based intersection design techniques, and signal timing basics for big streets. Safety planning and prioritization techniques, as well as working with crash information and before-after evaluation, will also be described.

Learn innovative street design strategies, hear about high-impact case studies, and engage in hands-on design challenges. Participants will leave ready to tackle their most challenging streets.

For more information about this training, click here .
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 .


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 .
Conference: Safe Systems Summit
Date: September 13-14, 2018
Location: Durham, NC
Organization: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

The Safe Systems Summit: Redefining Transportation Safety offers an inclusive and interactive learning environment to explore the underlying systems driving the national rise in traffic deaths, share findings from innovative new research, and develop insights into reducing transportation injuries and fatalities by utilizing both Safe Systems  and systems science principles, tools, and techniques. Join participants from various disciplines to explore systems together, discuss advanced technologies and the role of data integration, and exchange ideas with national and international experts. 

For more information about this conference, click here.
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 or contact Aubrey L. Feldman, Highway Safety Program Representative at

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: National Tribal Transportation Conference
Date: September 24-27, 2018
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Organization: Tribal Technical Assistance Program, FHWA Center for Local Aid Support

We're making history - over twenty years bringing together tribal transportation professionals and practitioners for conversations, training, networking and practical opportunities to prepare, build, and sustain tribal roadways. 

Plan to attend the National Tribal Transportation Conference in Oklahoma City this fall for a thought-provoking, relevant and rewarding tribal transportation conference.  

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 2018 Rural Road Safety Conference
Date: October 2-4, 2018
Location: Guntersville, AL
Organization: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Technology Transfer Center, Auburn University Department of Civil Engineering

The 2018 Alabama Rural Road Safety Conference is for city engineers, county engineers, public works officials, transportation planners, DOT personnel, and others who are responsible for the design, maintenance, and safety of rural roads. This years conference is to strengthen your knowledge of available tools, countermeasures, and processes to improve safety on your roads. The Conference will highlight methods to identify rural road safety issues and appropriate countermeasures by utilizing real world examples and activities, which will prepare participants to apply the concepts learned to roadway operations and maintenance. This years Conference will be a
joint meeting with the Alabama Section of ITE.

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 .
Conference: Vision Zero Cities 2018
Date: November 7-8, 2018
Location: New York, NY
Organization: Transportation Alternatives'

Transportation Alternatives' fourth Vision Zero Cities conference will take place November 7-8, 2018 at Lerner Hall (Columbia University), bringing together leading traffic safety experts, advocates, elected officials and members of the public to share ideas about  Vision Zero, the policy initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users: Vulnerable Road Users and Driver Behavior and Performance
Date: November 7-9, 2018
Location: Iowa City, IA
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB is cosponsoring the Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users on November 7-9, 2018, in Iowa City, Iowa. This forum is designed to bring together representatives and experts to discuss and identify research gaps related to the impact of vehicle technologies and automation. The forum will also examine the impact of vehicle technologies on vulnerable road users as well as driver behavior and performance. 

For more information, contact Bernardo Kleiner at
Conference: 2nd National Summit on Rural Road Safety
Date: December 4-6, 2018
Location: Savannah, GA
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety, National Association of County Engineers (NACE)

Rural communities provide food, energy, resources and much more to keep America running. In 2016, attendees at the National Working Summit on Transportation in Rural America helped define the future for "Moving Rural America" by articulating the key transportation safety issues facing rural areas, culminating in a call to action of "On the Road to Zero, We Cannot Ignore Rural."

The 2nd summit will continue to move the rural conversation forward and will focus more intently on safety solutions and "Bridging the Gap."
  1. How do we create awareness and a unified voice for rural areas?
  2. What rural-specific solutions exist and how do you implement them within rural constraints?
  3. How do we look at rural safety without peering through an "urban lens?"
  4. More importantly, how do we shift rural safety culture to get us to zero?
Join this conversation in Savannah, Georgia in December 2018.  We need your perspective and expertise to successfully articulate rural transportation safety needs and solutions.

For more information about this conference, click here .