Training Announcements

Vol. 68
April 26, 2018
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on railroad grade crossings, communication strategies, and crash data analysis. Join the Safety Center April today for the Sharing the Road with Slow Moving Vehicles webinar .  This webinar will provide an overview of slow moving vehicle related issues to include agricultural vehicles, horse and buggies, bicycles, parade/funeral vehicles, etc.  

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: National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Date: May 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Motorcycle crashes involving another motor vehicle continue to account for nearly half of all motorcyclist fatalities in the United States. Motorcyclists are inherently at more risk than motor vehicles because they lack many of the same safety features of automobiles. From a statistical perspective, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than other motorists. NHTSA has a vested interest in addressing the types of motorist behaviors that pose a risk to motorcyclists. In years past, and enshrined in statutory language, these efforts have been bundled under the moniker of "Share The Road"

For more information about this training, click here .
Event: Cinco De Mayo Drunk Driving Prevention
Date: May 4, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Cinco de Mayo has become a night of fun and celebration in the United States - and a night of danger.  Drunk driving on Cinco de Mayo threatens not just those enjoying the festivities, but others on the road as well. With these materials, your community can be made aware of the increased risk of drunk driving around Cinco de Mayo.

For more information about this training, click here .
 
Event: National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization
Date: May 14 - June 3, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Statistics show that passenger vehicle occupants are buckling up more during the day, but not enough at night. This mobilization is created to increase awareness 24-7, but a strong enforcement effort is urged between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. due to the significant number of violators and fatal crashes during this time.

For more information about this training, click here .

Webinars

Webinar: Sharing the Road with Slow Moving Vehicles (SMVs)
Date: April 26, 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

In this webinar, you will be provided with an overview of slow moving vehicle related issues to include agricultural vehicles, horse and buggies, bicycles, parade/funeral vehicles, etc.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Railroad Grade Crossings: Accident Prediction Models and Adjustments for Historical Data
Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: University of Minnesota Roadway Safety Institute

This presentation will explain how researchers used a zero-inflated negative binomial (ZINB) model to predict the accidents at rail grade crossings. The goal of the project was to improve predictions over the current state-of-practice USDOT accident prediction formula. As part of this work, three ZINB models were generated for three different categories of warning devices: gates, flashing lights, and crossbucks. Like the USDOT formula, the direct predictions from the models were adjusted using accident history data. Empirical Bayes (EB) adjustment was applied to ZINB models to improve the predictions.

Data for Illinois were used to develop the models, and data for four other states were used for model validation. Different comparisons were then made between the models. The comparisons show that the ZINB model with EB adjustment outperformed other models because it had a cumulative accident distribution that closely represents the field data. Plots of actual accident counts versus predicted accident counts for each of the models showed that the EB-adjusted accident prediction value is closer to the actual accident counts than the other models. Also, more accurate predictions from the EB-adjusted ZINB model were observed for the top 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 locations with highest accident frequency from each warning device category. In each of the three comparisons, the EB-adjusted ZINB model outperformed the USDOT model.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) Series: Module 2 - Uninterrupted Flow
Date: April 26, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $450 (for 6 course PTOE series)
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Traffic operations deals with the safe efficient movement of vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles within the transportation system. An understanding of traffic operations requires a foundation of traffic flow theory, road user characteristics, and highway capacity analysis. This module focuses on uninterrupted flow facilities such as freeways and rural roadways. Tools for improving traffic operations include freeway surveillance and control, incident management, managed lanes, and travel demand management. All of these topics are discussed in this module.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Using Crash Types to Understand Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
Date: April 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)

This webinar will explore methods for assigning crash types to pedestrian and bicyclist crash data that can be used to better understand safety problems and select the appropriate intervention. Presentations will showcase work being done in Florida and Arizona to assign crash types to pedestrian and bicyclist data. Panelists will share the methods used to develop the data and how they are using the information to make decisions.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: It's Bike Month: Let's Share Bicycle Breakthroughs
Date: May 2, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership

As we celebrate Bike Month this May, join us on Wed, May 2, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT and get ready to share and hear about recent bicycle breakthroughs from across the country!  In this webinar, Safe Routes to School practitioners will share lessons learned and best practices on creative ways to increase ridership during bike month and beyond.

New
Webinar: Communicating Transportation: Successful Communications Strategies for Daily Operations and Technology Deployments
Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

As the transportation system rapidly evolves, new communications tools and methods are essential to keeping the general public informed. Additionally, strategic communications can be a key driver to secure new improvements to the transportation system, including adopting new technologies and generating enthusiasm around new funding opportunities.

In a follow-up from the 2017 NOCoE Peer Exchange on Communicating the Future of Transportation, this webinar will feature two states who've been successful in advancing their TSMO and technology efforts utilizing strategic communications. Whether its communicating daily congestion and system performance, the deployment of new traffic management technologies, or enabling new funding opportunities, transportation agencies rely on effective communications to serve their customer, the traveling public.  

New
Webinar: PTOE Refresher: Module 3 - Traffic Operations Interrupted Flow
Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $450 (9 modules)
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Interrupted flow facilities are those where frequent traffic control signals and/or STOP signs periodically interrupt the movement of traffic, and are typical of urban street systems. This module covers intersection control selection and capacity analysis. Tools for improving traffic operations include transportation system management techniques, access management, traffic calming and speed control, and multi-modal system considerations.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Development and Demonstration of Lane-Departure and Advanced Curve Speed Warning System to Improve Driver Safety
Date: May 3, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: University of Minnesota Roadway Safety Institute

This presentation will review the development stages of a novel lane-departure warning system that uses GPS technology and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Many fatal accidents on U.S. roadways occur because a driver departs from his or her lane. There are many vision-based lane-departure systems commercially available today, but these often perform poorly if road markings are worn out or weather conditions are not favorable. The presentation will highlight how the novel GPS-based system can overcome these hurdles and work in all weather conditions and with faded road markings.  

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Safety Toolkit for Improving Roads and Intersections
Date: May 4, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am MT/12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
Cost: $99 members/$159 non-members
Organization: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Traffic crashes that cause injury, death, and property damage can be reduced by improving local education efforts, increased enforcement and implementing engineering measures. A comprehensive program to reduce crashes by implementing engineering measures should find ways to improve safety and traffic operations at high crash intersections and at mid-block locations. It should also look at collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists. This webinar will discuss the best approach to identifying high collision locations and mitigation measures which can be successful in reducing collisions. It will identify the various publications and web sites which provided information about the crash modifications factors which will allow participants to make more informed decisions about implementing the most appropriate mitigation measures.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Analysis of the Contribution of Transportation and Land Use to Citizen Perceptions of Livability
Date: May 4, 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)

What is livability? How does the built environment influence resident perceptions of livability? Although livability is a broadly used term and a key goal in land use and transportation plans at the state level, it is unclear whether residents think their neighborhoods are livable and what contributes to their perception of livability. The purpose of the project was to understand how Oregonians, in neighborhoods of varying densities and within Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), perceive livability at the nexus of transportation and land use. We sought to understand how residents define and perceive livability in three different MPOs in the state: Albany, Central Lane, and Rogue Valley. Our survey instrument included questions about livability, satisfaction, housing choice, and preferred and current characteristics of the neighborhood and accessibility. 

We found that perceptions were more influential in describing livability than objective or sociodemographic measures. We found that people tradeoff affordability and livability. When people said that housing affordability was more important in decisions about housing and neighborhood choice, they had more negative perceptions of livability in their neighborhood. But people who prioritize accessibility have a more positive perception of livability. Individuals that reported better access to transportation options across a broad range of measures reported higher ratings of livability. Pedestrian improvements and natural amenities were important to survey respondents. Finally, objective and subjective measures of density negatively impacted perceptions of livability. 

The seminar will discuss the findings of this work and takeaways for planners at the local, regional, and state level.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: FHWA National Dialogue on Highway Automation: Introductory Webinar
Date: May 8, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office

Automated vehicles have the potential to significantly transform the nation's roadways. They offer potential benefits in safety but also introduce uncertainty for the agencies responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the roadway infrastructure. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is initiating a national conversation with partners and stakeholders to better understand the implications of highway automation, to facilitate innovation, and to enable broader collaboration in this area. This National Dialogue on Highway Automation will commence with a series of meetings held across the country to facilitate information sharing, identify key issues, and prepare the broader transportation community to safely and efficiently integrate automated vehicles into the road network. Input received during the National Dialogue will help inform national research, policy, and programs and will aid in the development of a national transportation community for automation.

This webinar will provide an overview of the upcoming National Dialogue meetings, discuss ongoing and planned national initiatives in automation, and present top highway automation focus areas to be explored through the Dialogue. Speakers will include key FHWA officials in automation and representatives from partner organizations. Participants will also have an opportunity to provide input during the webinar.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Transportation Cyber-Physical Security: Things We Should Know
Date: May 10, 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

Threats to cyber-physical systems are targeting institutions and infrastructures around the world, and the frequency and severity of attacks are on the rise. Industries considered the most lucrative targets for adversaries include healthcare manufacturing, financial services, education, government, and transportation. Hacking is about more than companies, organizations, and banks-it also affects transportation critical infrastructure (e.g., automotive systems and field devices).

The broadcast nature of communication protocols used in automobiles is the main root of vulnerability of cars being hacked. But how is it that advanced communication protocols are incapable of providing sufficient security to counter these attacks? A brief answer may be that the "backward compatibility requirement in automobile industries" hinders the possibility of using any advanced protocol layer (digital) solutions for enhancing their security. We target this problem using a strong alternative intrusion-detection method, which lies mainly in the analog domain. This method extracts the influence of manufacturing inconsistencies of devices on their output analog signal, so-called fingerprints, and identifies compromised devices in the car on the basis of these fingerprints.

In recent years, ITS field devices such as variable message signs (VMS) have been hacked with greater frequency. VMS hacks can include physical and remote breaches due to weak system protection. To better understand security attacks on VMS we undertake a risk-based approach to perform a qualitative vulnerability-oriented threat analysis, which aims to identify issues caused by adversaries exploiting ITS security vulnerabilities. One deliverable of the risk assessment will be the impact-likelihood matrix, which maps the adverse impacts of the threat events into a meaningful visual matrix. The result provides insights for system operators and decision makers to prioritize the risks of a VMS hacking event.

For more information about this training, click here .
Instructor-Led Trainings
Training: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
Date: May 3, 2018
Location: Arlington, 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 .
New
Training: Bicycles and Pedestrians - Designing, Operating and Maintaining Facilities for All Users
Date: May 22, 2018
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

Many communities in the United States were not designed for pedestrian and bicycle travel. However, today walkability and bikeability are important for active transportation and are indicators of a livable community. The objective of this workshop is to equip participants with information on designing safer, more comfortable, accessible communities so that walking is a viable transportation choice for everyone, including seniors, children and people with visual, mobility and other disabilities and that bicycling is a viable transportation choice for people of all ages.

The class provides current information on the design, operation and maintenance of successful pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining accessibility and MUTCD compliance while at the same time encouraging innovation.

For more information about this training, click here.
Training: Roadway and Traffic Safety Improvement Program
Date: May 22, 2018
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

This course covers how to establish and maintain a roadway and traffic safety improvement programs. Participants learn how to implement safety improvements targeted at areas that have a history of crashes or exhibit conditions associated with high-crash areas and they will learn how to develop a Traffic Safety Development Plan (TSDP) for their community.

For more information about this training, click here.
New
Training: Public Works Maintenance and Safety
Date: June 7-8, 2018
Location: Roanoke, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

This two-day workshop will cover an array of topics under the following modules:
  • Roadside Maintenance Safety
  • Excavating and Trenching 
  • Road and Bridge Safety 
  • Storm Preparations
For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Designing Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Date: June 19, 2018
Location: College Park, MD
Organization: Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center

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 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: Roadside and Median Safety Workshop
Date: July 9-12, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
Organization: International Road Federation (IRF)

Attendees of this annual IRF Workshop will be exposed to all aspects of Roadside and Median Safety, including longitudinal barriers, crash cushions, terminals and transitions. They will be introduced to the existing products, and they will be taught the importance of site specific data to determine the most appropriate product for a particular application.

Upon completion of the Roadside and Median Safety training, attendees will have a clear understanding of methods to identify dangerous roadside hazards and options for eliminating them. They will be aware of the best practices and state of the art technologies that can be used to make roadsides safer.

For more information about this training, click here.

Conferences

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: American Society of Highway Engineers National Conference
Date: May 17-20, 2018
Location: Cleveland, OH
Organization: American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

The Lake Erie Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) is proud to host the 2018 ASHE National Conference at The Westin Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland, Ohio. The conference will attract over 500 public and private sector design professionals, vendors, contractors and guests from across the country, and provide a forum for networking and education on topics relevant to the transportation industry. The agenda is filled with informative technical sessions, social events and networking opportunities.  

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Teens in the Driver Seat - TDS Summit 2018
Date: May 19-21, 2018
Location: San Antonio, TX
Organization: Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Car crashes are the #1 killer of youth in America. The Teens in the Driver Seat® - TDS Summit will showcase student leaders bringing awareness about this problem to their peers, their families and their community. Come learn more about this epidemic and the latest innovative solutions to combat it. Activities will be available for teens, teachers, school administrators, families, law enforcement, safety practitioners, industry and more.  

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: American Society of Safety Engineers Safety 2018 Professional Development Conference and Exposition
Date: June 3-6, 2018
Location: San Antonio, TX
Organization: American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

Safety professionals are expected to have expertise in risk management, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, product safety, environmental management, Workers' Compensation, standards and organizational management, in addition to the more traditional aspects of safety management. The annual conference encompasses all this and so much more.

For three days, engross yourself in almost 20 hours of IACET accredited education formatted as concurrent sessions, flash sessions, key issue collaboration sessions, and panels on the topics relevant to your company's situation.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Intelligent Transportation Society of America Annual Meeting
Date: June 4-7, 2018
Location: Detroit, MI
Organization: Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA)

Join close to 2,000 ITS professionals for educational sessions, exciting keynotes, and business networking opportunities at the 2018 ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit.

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 .
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: 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: 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 .