Training Announcements

Vol. 81
October 25, 2018
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on autonomous vehicles, Safe Routes to School, and freight. Join the Safety Center on November 13th for the Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasures - Part 2 webinarThis webinar will give  an overview of roadway curve marking/signing and high friction surface treatments - two more proven safety countermeasures.

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:
Halloween Drunk Driving Prevention
Date: October 31, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving ... when it comes to drunk driving, Halloween can turn the roads into a horror fest.

Tragically, Halloween drunk-driving fatalities are on the rise. Over the last 5 years (2012-2016) there were 168 drunk driving fatalities on Halloween night.

From 2012 to 2016, 44% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 - 5:59 a.m. November 1) were in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to NHTSA statistics. Children out trick-or-treating, and those accompanying them, are also at risk, as 14% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night (2012-2016) involved drunk drivers. Younger people are most at risk: The 21- to 34-year-old age group accounted for the most fatalities (46%) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.

For more information about this training, click here .
Event: Thanksgiving Holiday Travel
Date: November 21-26, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the 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.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 28), 341 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Tragically, 49% of those killed were not buckled up, representing an increase in seat belt use compared to the same weekend in 2015, when 52% of those killed in traffic crashes were unrestrained.

Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 55% of Thanksgiving weekend crashes occurring at night. Much like drunk driving, these deaths represent needless tragedies for families across America. These deaths could have been completely prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. Research shows that wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest things you can do to stay safe when you're traveling in a vehicle, especially during busy travel periods like Thanksgiving .

For more information about this training, click here .

Webinars

Webinar: Autonomous Vehicle Assignment and Routing in Congested Transportation Networks
Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office

Ridesharing services have been growing since the start of network service companies in recent years, and will be further enhanced with the deployment of autonomous vehicles in the future. When the daily trip request pattern is stable based on the steady population composition, economy, and city infrastructure in a long time period, one fundamental question is what the corresponding dynamic traffic condition will be if all vehicles are autonomous and can be dispatched in a centralized way. This presentation will discuss how to optimally assign the available vehicles from different depots to satisfy those stable trip requests, while considering the road congestion endogenously incurred by the interactions of those dynamically assigned vehicles. 

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Left-Turn Crashes Involving Pedestrians
Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

One common crash involving pedestrians occurs when a motorist turns left at an intersection, striking a crossing pedestrian. These crashes involving permissive left turns are caused by a number of factors which will be examined in depth during this webinar. Panelists from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Portland State University, Oregon State University and the Seattle Department of Transportation will explore data trends and current research about these crashes and strategies that can be effective in preventing them. Time will be set aside to respond to attendee questions and answers. 

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
Date: October 30, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

In March 2018, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a new  Interim Approval (IA-21) for the use of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs). This webinar will walk participants through the specifics of IA-21, focusing on the terms and conditions for installing new RRFBs. This will be followed by a short overview of when and where to install RRFBs, as well as a discussion period in which panelists will respond to questions submitted by participants.

This webinar supports FHWA's  Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program which promotes countermeasures at uncontrolled pedestrian crossings.  

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Leadership Skills to Improve Health and Safety
Date: October 30, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC)

Improving health and safety and transforming culture are acts of leadership. But what leadership skills are necessary to support and sustain effective actions?  This webinar will explore different leadership skills that are important to cultural transformation applicable to a variety of settings

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Strategies for Accelerating Multimodal Project Delivery
Date: October 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

To respond to growing demand for safe and comfortable places to walk and bike, agencies are focusing attention on developing multimodal transportation networks that serve all road users. As agencies work to deliver more multimodal transportation projects, they may encounter obstacles and barriers that delay or prevent their plans from being implemented. The Federal Highway Administration is preparing to release a workbook in late October to help assist agencies in identifying strategies to accelerate the delivery of multimodal projects.

During this webinar, FHWA and project team members will provide a detailed look at the forthcoming workbook, which features strategies that agencies can use to accelerate project delivery and turn plans into projects. The strategies cover numerous phases of the project development process, from initial scoping and project prioritization to design and environmental review. Panelists will share examples from agencies that have successfully incorporated these strategies into project development and resources that can help practitioners evaluate their current practices. Participants will learn how they can incorporate these strategies into their own practices in order to accelerate the delivery of multimodal projects.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Building Safe Active Transportation Infrastructure
Date: October 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Park Service (NPS)

Topics covered:
  • Overview of the NPS Active Transportation Guidebook and the benefits of active transportation for national parks.
  • Description of the policy and planning context for walking and bicycling projects in national parks.
  • Introduction of the types of infrastructure that can support walking and biking at parks and surrounding communities.
  • Description of strategies to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Case study examples:
    • Implementing the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - Lauren McKean, Cape Cod National Seashore
    • Shared use pathways near Grand Teton National Park - Tim Young, Wyoming Pathways 
For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Learn the Ropes: How to Start Your Safe Routes to School Program
Date: November 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Look no further. Safe Routes to School programs can take many forms, developing organically or through a structured process. This webinar will highlight different types of programs and how each was started. Hear from city and school staff on best practices and ideas for how to start a program in your community.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week Kick-off
Date: November 13, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

Please join FHWA, Traffic Incident Management champions and responders for a webinar to kick-off National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week. 

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Rural Roadway Departure Countermeasures - Part 2
Date: November 13, 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

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) EDC-5 Team, National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Safety Committee, and the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) Safety Committee are co-hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.  In part 2, attendees will learn about various roadway marking/signing treatments, with a focus on horizontal curves, and how high friction surface treatments can help keep vehicles on the road.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Conflict Resolution: Good Sidepath Design
Date: November 14, 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)

Attention Planners and engineers who are interested in the design of high quality side path at intersections and driveway crossings: you don't want to miss this month's webinar! Presenters will summarize the findings of a recent safety analysis of sidepaths in Michigan. The summary of these crash trends helped inform the development of a guide for the design of sidepaths. This design process integrates the highest quality of sidepath design into the variety of MDOT project proposals, ranging from minor roadway modifications to full-depth reconstruction. This eight-step design process provides guidance for a designer to rate the highest quality segment and crossing facilities. In addition, the project included the development of concise, user-friendly educational materials to help drivers, bicyclists, and designers address the common sidepath crash types and improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety. This webinar will also provide a summary of the shared use and sidepath design recommendations from the upcoming AASHTO guide.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Scenarios for Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies in Freight
Date: November 16, 2018
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)

Innovation adoption research has largely ignored organizational adoption, and little work has been done to understand or predict the adoption of innovations by freight organizations. Among the existing innovation adoption theoretical and methodological approaches this seminar will explore which are most appropriate methods for freight organizational adoption. The seminar will present a disaggregate market penetration model for freight transportation organizations adopting connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology and demonstrate an an application using a case study area in Memphis, TN. The seminar will highlight ongoing and future organizational adoption research for CAVs, and other innovations.  

For more information about this training, click here .
Instructor-Led Trainings
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 .
Training: Work Zone Safety Awareness Workshop
Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

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 .
New
Training: Traffic Incident Management Training for Emergency Responders
Date: November 28, 2018
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

Three vehicle crashes involving injuries occur every minute in the United States putting nearly 39,000 incident responders in harm's way daily. Disruption and congestion from these incidents can increase the likelihood of secondary crashes, cause delays, and increase driver frustration. The longer responders remain on the scene, the greater the risk they, and the traveling public, face. Correct traffic incident management (TIM) focuses on responding in a way that protects motorists and emergency personnel while minimizing negative effects on traffic. TIM practices include detecting, verifying, and responding to incidents; clearing the incident scene; and restoring traffic flow.

Using a multi-discipline approach, first responders in New Jersey will learn how to operate more efficiently and act collectively. The training covers topics including TIM guidelines, fundamentals, and terminology; notifications and scene size up; scene safety and risk management; traffic management; special circumstances; clearance; and termination.

This course is open to all traffic-incident first responders including personnel in law enforcement, fire fighting, emergency medical services (EMS), public safety, public works, towing and recovery, and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) .

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Training: Safer Roads by Design: Black Spot Solutions and Road Safety Audits
Date: December 3-7, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
Organization: International Road Federation (IRF)

This IRF Executive Seminar Safer Roads By Design™: Black Spot Solutions & Road Safety Audits , part the IRF Certified Continuing Education Program, will be held from December 3-7, 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: Speed Management Techniques and Applications
Date: December 11, 2018
Location: Arlington, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

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 .

Conferences

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  BKleiner@nas.edu
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 .
Conference: TRB Annual Meeting
Date: January 13-17, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting will be held January 13-17, 2019, 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 nearly 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 2019 meeting: Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: ATSSA 49th Annual Convention and Traffic Expo
Date: February 8-12, 2019
Location: Tampa, FL
Organization: American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)

Where do Roadway Infrastructure Safety Professionals go to learn about the latest innovative safety technology, garner CEU credits, and collaborate with the best and brightest minds in roadway safety?

Uncover the Innovation at ATSSA's Annual Convention & Traffic Expo with four days of education, exhibits and networking in Tampa, Florida, February 8-12, 2019 at the Tampa Convention Center.

For nearly five decades, ATSSA members have paved the way to make the nation's roads safe. Whether you've been in the industry for years or just a short time, the Convention & Traffic Expo is the forum to see why ATSSA has put safety and innovation on roadways.

Now is a pivotal time for the roadway safety industry to join together to discuss innovations in safety, programs and progress. Come hear the latest developments, how you can make a difference and how your business will be impacted.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 2019 Lifesavers Conference
Date: March 31 - April 2, 2019
Location: Louisville, KY
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: NACE Annual Meeting/Management and Technical Conference
Date: April 14-18, 2019
Location: Wichita, KS
Organization: National Association of County Engineers (NACE)

There are 2 ways to learn about best practices and innovation changes in local roads: Wait until they happen then scramble to catch up ...  Or attend  NACE 2019 to stay ahead of the game!  A reimagined NACE 2019 presents a fresh, new approach to how county road and infrastructure officials learn, engage, and connect with one another. 

For more information about this conference, click
here .