Training Announcements

Vol. 57
November 21, 2017
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on Vision Zero, bicyclist safety, and traffic calming. Join the Safety Center on November 30, 2017 for our next webinar, Unpaved Roadway Safety .  This webinar will provide an overview of safety concerns and potential solutions on unpaved roads.

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

Event: Thanksgiving Weekend Travel
Date: November 25-30, 2017
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

This Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit our nation's roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Event: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Date: December 13-31, 2017
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Join in this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration event around the U.S. by sharing infographics and videos to remind others the dangers of drunk driving. 

For more information about this training, click here .

Webinars

Webinar: Proven Safety Countermeasures (PSC) Webinar Part 2
Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am MT/11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
Cost: Free 
Organization: Kansas University Transportation Center

In 2008, FHWA began promoting a number of roadway safety treatments and strategies to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on all roadways, nation-wide. These are research-proven safety countermeasures that can be implemented to effectively address a number of safety focus areas including roadway departure; intersection; and pedestrian and bicycle crashes. The original list included (9) treatments and strategies. The list was updated in 2012 to add five (5) more, and then again in 2017 to add six (6) new countermeasures. Among the 20 are several crosscutting strategies that address multiple safety focus areas. State and local agencies are strongly encouraged to consider systemic implementation of these PSCs to improve their roadway safety goals.

The webinar will be offered in 3 sessions, each one hour long. It will highlight all 20 safety proven countermeasures with some examples.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Educating Elected Officials: How to Impart Knowledge to Decision Makers
Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

As the professional voice of the transportation industry ITE members are encouraged to develop relationships with key decision makers to ensure that our voice is heard. This webinar will discuss the various efforts of the advocacy committee to foster such activity as well as focusing on the experiences of, Neil C Parrott, PE, PTOE, who is both an ITE member as well as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates. Examples of what the average ITE member can do to educate elected officials to sound transportation policy will be explored. 

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Improving Safety at Intersections
Date: November 29 - December 1, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: $290
Organization: University of California - Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies

About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California. Because crashes are typically complex events, a great diversity of mitigation measures have been tried with varying degrees of success, including the modern round-about. This workshop offers a range of guidelines, solutions, and strategies for reducing conflicts and crashes at intersection locations. Safety improvements appropriate for both urban and rural areas are explored.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Unpaved Roadway Safety
Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am MT/11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety, National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA)

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) and the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) are co-hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar. This webinar will provide an overview of safety concerns and potential solutions on unpaved roads. 
Webinar: Vision Zero for All Users: Lessons Learned and New Strategies
Date: November 30, 2017
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)

This webinar will focus on Vision Zero for vulnerable transportation users, such as pedestrians, as they operate in an environment with other modes of travel. A confluence of factors have recently led to rising fatalities and serious injuries for these users; this webinar will explore those developments, and underscore the importance of remaining committed to a Vision Zero strategy. Attendees will learn about the value of adapting a "safe systems" approach to their safety planning and programming efforts, along with some of the tradeoffs to different modes of travel that may result. Finally, several examples of successful projects will be presented, to demonstrate the real-world use of Vision Zero principles and dispel some of the myths surrounding their use.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: New Probe Data Sources to Measure Cycling Behavior and Safety
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC)

Emerging probe data sources from smartphones on on-board devices are able to measure behavior of cyclists with very high resolution. From this, for the first time, we are able to measure relatively precise behavior that allows new insights into exposure, route choice, safety behavior, or technology choice. Probe data, merged with other data sources, can begin to develop a more complete picture of cyclists on-road behavior.

This presentation will offer examples of analyses done to investigate cyclists behavior using app-based and on-board GPS data in the context of individual cyclists behavior (i.e., app users) and behavior of bikeshare users (i.e., on-board GPS fleet tracking devices). The applications will cover route choice, travel patterns, surrogate safety behaviors like wrong-way riding, and will investigate differences between conventional- and electric-bike users.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Introducing FTA's Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) Plan
Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: USDOT ITS Joint Program Office

Automation technology is rapidly advancing and has the potential to transform the transportation system. To help position the public transportation industry to implement and benefit from these technologies, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has developed a five-year research agenda to move the industry forward and address critical questions: What are the transit bus automation use cases? What are the potential benefits of automation for bus transit? What are the risks and challenges? Which technologies are already available and which are still emerging? What capabilities need to be developed and tested? How can transit agencies get started? FTA will present a framework for research, demonstrations, and strategic partnerships needed to advance transit bus automation in the United States.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Current and Planned ITE Activities to Support Smart Communities
Date: December 5, 2017
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)

Join ITE leaders in a discussion of ITE's Smart Communities initiatives.  Hear about the results of outreach and input sessions conducted at 2017 District and Section meetings, as well as the current plans for additional activities to support efforts by transportation professionals to make the transportation system in their community both smarter and more effective.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: 
Evidence-Based Instructional Practices: Introduction to Transportation Engineering

Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

With increasing transportation workforce needs, low numbers of students entering the pipeline, and limited hours within undergraduate civil engineering programs, it is important to ensure that civil engineering students receive adequate preparation and exposure to career opportunities in the transportation engineering field. Thus, it is more important than ever to promote the highest quality instruction of transportation engineering classes within civil engineering programs and specifically the introductory transportation engineering course. This webinar aims to present activities that have been successfully implemented in transportation engineering classes from exemplar educators across the world.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Safety Circuit Rider 
Date: December 11, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA)

The NLTAPA Safety Work Group will host a webinar on Safety Circuit Rider Programs on Monday. December 11, 2017 at 1 pm EST. The Connecticut and Iowa programs will be highlighted. Topics will include starting a program, challenges, lessons learned, and successes. Rosemarie Anderson of the FHWA Office of Safety will also join us. 

Registration for this webinar is not required. To join the webinar, click here .
New
Webinar: The Culture of Vision Zero in Sweden
Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am MT/11:00 am to 12:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety

Vision Zero describes a road safety approach that focuses on eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. There is growing interest in this approach, both in the U.S. and internationally. This webinar will provide an overview of Vision Zero implementation efforts in Sweden.

Sweden has a long tradition of systematic road safety work, of considering road traffic injuries as a public health problem, and of addressing these issues at the national government level. In October 1997, the Swedish Parliament formally adopted Vision Zero as a new long-term goal and direction in road traffic safety work. Vision Zero aims influence road safety work at all levels: guiding direct efforts to make the infrastructure safer, as well as indirectly influencing the institutional preconditions and approaches (culture) that encourage ongoing action by stakeholders to increase the safety of the road transport system. Vision Zero differs from a more traditional road safety policy with regard to problem formulation, its view on responsibility, its requirements for the safety of road users, and the ultimate objective of road safety work. This presentation will provide an overview of the tenets of Vision Zero, summarize the implementation efforts in Sweden, and discuss potential relevance to U.S. efforts.   

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Advances in Modeling Transportation Supply and Demand: Coupling Activity-Based Travel Demand Modeling from Cellular Data with Agent-Based Modeling of Traveler Behavior and System Operations
Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: USDOT ITS Joint Program Office

U.C. Berkeley's Smart Cities Research Center and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory worked jointly to develop new capabilities to synthesize activity-based travel demand and to model the supply of the transportation system through agent-based modeling. They applied machine learning techniques to cellular data in order to extract statistically representative mobility patterns, allowing them to generate synthetic populations from any urban region. They have also developed next generation transportation simulation capabilities through the BEAM Framework for Behavior, Energy, Autonomy, and Mobility, a tool designed for scalability and to capture the increasingly connected and dynamic transportation system.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Turning Data into Action
Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: America Walks

What do we mean when we talk about the walking movement? Join us to hear from representatives from America Walks, National Physical Activity Plan, and CDC on work they have been doing to map, track, and evaluate walking and walkability in the US. Attendees will learn about new and existing data sources, what they're telling us about the state of walking in the US, and how to use that information to make the case for walkability. This webinar is intended for advocates just getting started on the walking path as well as anyone interested in learning more about this topic. 

For more information about this training, click here .

Instructor-Led Trainings
Training: Roadside Safety and Guardrail Systems
Date: December 5, 2017
Location: Ontario, CA
Organization: University of California Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies

This one-day course offers students an opportunity to learn how to design more "forgiving" roadways-those that minimize hazardous installations and reduce potential for death, injury, and property damage associated with crashes. Instruction focuses on best practices in the design and evaluation of common roadside structures such as guardrails, concrete barriers, signs, light pole supports, and work-zone devices. This course is based on the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, Caltrans Standard Plans, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 350: Recommended Procedures for the Safety Performance Evaluation of Roadside Features. Video presentations illustrate various safety devices and impact attenuators, to help students understand the dynamics of roadside crashes.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Transportation GIS
Date: December 5, 2017
Location: Roanoke, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

This course is geared towards the intermediate level GIS user who wants to learn more about the unique aspects and concepts of transportation GIS such as linear referencing and dynamic segmentation.  Students will be provided information in lecture format as well as have the opportunity to apply real world examples using ArcGIS software and ArcGIS Online.  A number of federal and state transportation datasets will be shared and discussed, with students creating and publishing maps on the internet.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Designing Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Date: December 8, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL
Organization: University of Florida, Florida LTAP

Pedestrians and bicyclists are susceptible to traffic injuries and fatalities, perhaps more so than 
drivers. Yet we design highways for the mobility of motorized traffic perhaps neglecting the needs of the most vulnerable, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. This course, instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E., will teach participants how to diagnose pedestrian and bicyclist safety deficiencies and select the appropriate countermeasures to make conditions safer for all users.

The course includes an overview of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements, work zone safety and a field trip where students will be exposed to various design elements. Engineering countermeasures will be emphasized but education and enforcement countermeasures will also be covered.

For more information about this training, click here.
Training: Highway Safety Analysis
Date: December 8, 2017
Location: Nashville, TN
Organization: Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program 

Transportation engineers have developed a system to identify and address roadway safety problems. The Highway Safety Analysis workshop will assist local and state level agencies with relevant information on the stepwise procedure.

The course's focus is on the identification of hazardous locations and counter-measures for alleviating the safety hazards. Other tasks that are needed to accomplish this goal include the management and analysis of crash records and also a before-after analysis of the results of implemented counter-measures.

This course will prepare one for taking charge of a roadway safety program either as an employee of an agency or a consultant. The topics covered by this course are included in the scope of the examination for PTOE certificate of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

For more information about this training, click here.
New
Training: Traffic Calming
Date: December 21, 2017
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) 

This course introduces an engineering tool whose purpose is to address excessive traffic speed and/or cut-through traffic on residential streets. The course provides information that can help municipalities establish a traffic calming program for their roadways. This course defines traffic calming, describes various traffic calming devices, outlines potential positive and negative impacts on a neighborhood, and reviews a sample traffic calming program. It also investigates related issues, such as impacts of traffic calming devices on liability, roadway maintenance, and emergency service. Participants perform case studies, applying traffic calming measures to address traffic concerns.

For more information about this training, click here.
New
Training: Technology on the Trail Workshop
Date: January 7, 2017
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Organization: Center for Human Computer Interaction (CHCI)

The workshop will examine the encroachment of technology into hiking and outdoor adventures, with a focus on identifying and developing ways for technology to support positive and mutually beneficial connections among people. These could be helpful in collecting scientific data, supporting the environment, maintaining safety, and sharing via social media. The workshop will also examine some challenges of bringing technology onto the trail and reflect on ways to understand, design, and deploy appropriate technological solutions.

For more information about this training, click
here .
Training: Safer Roads By Design: Road Safety Audit
Date: February 26-28, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
Organization: International Road Federation (IRF)

Preventive risk assessment tools, such as road safety audits and inspections, are an effective and essential instrument to help road authorities reduce the number of crashes and casualties.

Risk assessment procedures can typically be applied at successive stages of road planning, design, opening and operations. They all serve the common purpose of identifying risk factors related to road design or traffic control that may lead to crashes, or make crashes more severe. In many cases, they help network road operators and city traffic departments identify engineering weaknesses and hazardous road sections, even in the absence of robust traffic injury data.

In 2015, 82.5% of countries worldwide reported implementing one or more of these procedures, yet over 70% of roads surveyed by the International Road Assessment Program are rated under 2 Stars in a 5 Star Rating System across at least one user category. These figures suggest a startling disconnect between the theoretical merits of road infrastructure safety management and the actual results experienced by countless road users every day.

As a global leader in road safety, the International Road Federation (IRF) is well positioned to present state of the art methodologies and cutting edge technologies that have been field tested to reduce traffic injury risk through auditing & inspections. Workshop attendees will receive the necessary theoretical background and applied practices, with specific application to the roads and highways of roads, to ensure their risk identification programs are effective and impactful.

For more information about this training, click here.

Conferences

Conference: 2017 Mid-year Safety Seminar
Date: December 4-7, 2017
Location: Houston, TX
Organization: American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

The Mid-year Safety Seminar provides an opportunity for Safety professionals in public transportation to discuss pertinent safety issues as well as learn from Federal and state partners, network, and gain important knowledge on safety issues. By participating in this event, it is a great opportunity to learn from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) leaders on recently passed safety rules and regulations, Federal oversight, and technical assistance programs.

Further, at the seminar best practices will be shared by transit agencies and business members throughout the country in regards to Safety Management Systems (SMS), hazard and risk management, and safety training. The agenda includes speakers and presenters who are leaders in the fields of bus and rail operational safety, training, research, and safety management.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Meeting
Date: January 7-11, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting will be held January 7-11, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in over 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2018 meeting:  Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Safety Fest of the Great Northwest
Date: January 23-26, 2018
Location: Boise, ID
Organization: Idaho Technology Transfer Center

Safety Fest is an annual training event that offers free safety and health training to workers, supervisors, and managers of all levels. The Boise Safety Fest will be held January 23-26, 2018 and will include a vendor show on January 23rd and 24th.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: ATSSA 48th Annual Convention and Traffic Expo
Date: January 26-30, 2018
Location: San Antonio, TX
Organization: American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)

ATSSA's Annual Convention & Traffic Expo is the premier event for more than 3,300 roadway safety professionals and transportation officials from across the USA and around the globe. The convention brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, corporate roadway department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly every aspect of roadway safety.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show
Date: February 25 - March 1, 2018
Location: Palm Springs, CA
Organization: Public Lands Alliance

The Public Lands Alliance Convention and Trade Show brings together nonprofits, land management agencies and companies to learn, network and engage on public lands issues.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 2018 AASHTO GIS for Transportation Conference
Date: March 19-22, 2018
Location: Little Rock, AR
Organization: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sponsors the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. Join your fellow professionals in addition to the 40+ exhibitors in the technology hall.
 
The Symposium offers keynote speakers, discussion forums, workshops, presentations, and a technology hall where exhibitors showcase their services. Organizations and individuals with information related to GIS in transportation are encouraged to share their experience by presenting at the Symposium. 

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Workshop
Date: April 8-12, 2018
Location: Portland, OR
Organization: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

The CVSA Workshop is designed to help government officials, enforcement and industry continue to advance commercial vehicle safety. This is your chance to collaborate with your colleagues from all across North America to affect meaningful changes to the overall culture of transportation safety. Make plans today to participate in this enriching and engaging event.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 2018 Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities 
Date: April 22-24, 2018
Location: San Antonio, TX
Organization: Lifesavers Conference, Inc.

The Lifesavers Conference brings together a unique combination of public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research, and policy initiatives that are proven to work. You can't get the kind of information that is conveyed at this conference anywhere else at this value.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: ITE Intermountain Section Meeting
Date: May 17-19, 2018
Location: Jackson, WY
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

The Annual Meeting of the Intermountain Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers is held in Jackson, Wyoming every May. Each year the Section solicits transportation professionals from within the Intermountain Section, as well as visiting professionals, to share technical transportation knowledge through 20-30 minute presentations. 

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Center for Health and Safety Culture Symposium
Date: June 20-22, 2018
Location: Bozeman, MT
Organization: Center for Health and Safety Culture

Many of us working to improve health and safety are recognizing the role of culture to achieve and sustain our goals in public health domains such as traffic safety, substance abuse, interpersonal violence, and child well-being. The Center for Health and Safety Culture is committed to working with communities to transform culture so that healthy and safe behaviors are sustainable. To be effective using culture as a basis for promoting health and safety across multiple domains, we need to be aware of current research and best practices in transforming culture. Recognizing this need, the Center for Health and Safety Culture is initiating an annual symposium intended to support the evolution of science and practice in creating a positive culture to sustain safe and healthy choices.

For more information about this conference, click here .