Training Announcements

Vol. 59
December 22, 2017
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on smart communities, clear zones, and safety countermeasures. Join the Safety Center on January 18, 2018 for our next webinar, Pedestrian Treatments for Uncontrolled Locations .  In this webinar, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be describing their newly released report " Establishing Procedures and Guidelines for Pedestrian Treatments at Uncontrolled Locations " and how this relates to rural and local audiences.

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
Competitions
New
Competition: Transportation Technology Tournament
Deadline: February 15, 2018
Organization: National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), US DOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and the U.S. DOT ITS JPO PCB program announce a competition for students to work directly with state and local DOTs to solve real-world transportation problems utilizing ITS and TSMO solutions.

Student teams will assemble and work with a local or state agency to define a problem or challenge in their region, or choose to address one of the sample problems outlined below. After submitting an initial contest application identify the team and the problem or challenge, students will work with academic advisors to learn about potential ITS and TSMO solutions via online training programs outlined below. Teams will then utilize their experience, education, and new coursework to develop a solution or suite of solutions to directly address the originally defined problem. Students will submit their solutions via a proposal. Finalist teams will develop a presentation and then will be flown to the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) 2018 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis to give a live presentation in front of a panel of judges made up of leaders in the ITS and TSMO community.

For more information about this opportunity, click here .

Traffic Safety Weeks

Event: Super Bowl Drunk Driving Prevention
Date: February 4, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why NHTSA is urging football fans to plan ahead a safe ride home.

NHTSA's Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving drunk could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.  

For more information about this training, click here .

Webinars

New
Webinar: Mobility on Demand Integrated Platforms and Services 
Date: January 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will be hosting a webinar which will discuss integrated platforms and services within the MOD space. This webinar will allow interested stakeholders to learn about different approaches for integrating mobility on demand platforms and services.

Participants will hear from  RouteMatchUZURV, and  Goin' regarding their work with integrating platforms and services.

Traditional transit operations are designed to maximize the number of people served and optimize the service provided to as many of those people as possible. However, smaller cities may not have the ridership to support necessary to expand routes or reduce headways. By utilizing various technologies, the presenting companies can help traditional transit agencies maximize their existing infrastructure. Our speakers will discuss the integration of their platforms and services with traditional transit operations.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Communicating the Benefits of Trails
Date: January 11, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: $19 members/$39 non-members
Organization: American Trails

Prior to developing trails, trail managers frequently are asked to address liability concerns of public and private landowners, as well as to justify investments in developing and maintaining trails. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce attendees to free resources designed to help them communicate the legal issues surrounding trails, as well as the best research on the potential benefits from different types of trails. These benefits include economic, public health, property value, and tax revenue benefits, as well as qualitative trail user preference research.
 
The webinar also will provide an introduction to how to use the free Trails Benefits Library, which allows users to access more than 120 trail studies across rural and urban communities in the U.S. and across many user and trail types.
 
The presentation will introduce attendees to relevant concepts in liability and legal concerns, economics, public health, and survey research. No prior expertise in these fields is required.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: ITE Smart Communities Initiative - The Path Forward
Date: January 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free members/$25 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: Pedestrian Treatments for Uncontrolled Locations
Date: January 18, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety

In this webinar, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be describing their newly released report " Establishing Procedures and Guidelines for Pedestrian Treatments at Uncontrolled Locations" and how this relates to rural and local audiences.
New
Webinar: Breaking Barriers to Bike Share: Insights on Equity
Date: January 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: $149 members/$199 non-members
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

This webinar discusses findings from a survey of people living in lower-income communities of color in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Brooklyn, including many people who are not currently using bike share. These neighborhoods were targeted for outreach related to BBSP programs, and all have bike share stations. The research sought to better understand perceptions and attitudes toward bicycling and bike share, along with the barriers to and opportunities for expanding the use of bike share in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. Findings provide insight into what strategies can be effective in attracting new and diverse users, and what benefits bike share can offer these potential participants.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Application of Clear Zones for Roadway Departures
Date: January 19, 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)

The fourth edition of the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide presents information on the latest state-of-the-practice in roadside safety. It presents procedures to determine a recommended minimum clear zone on tangent sections of roadway with variable side slopes and adjustments for horizontal curvature. The AASHTO Sixth Edition of A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book) enumerates a clear zone value for various functional classes of highway. This webinar will provide information on how roadside clear zones are to be provided in area with and without curbs. Clarification of the terminology used in various FHWA publications will be provided including the understanding of clear zones and their importance. The first half of the presentation will focus on how to minimize roadway departures. The second half of the presentation will focus on what should be done to mitigate crashes resulting from drivers drifting out of the travel lanes.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Proven Safety Countermeasures
Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Jeff Shaw of the Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety will present information about FHWA's proven safety countermeasures as updated in September 2017.  Information about the proven safety countermeasures can be found here.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: 
Introducing the FHWA Speed Management ePrimer for Rural Transition Zones and Town Centers

Date: January 25, 2018
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)

This webinar will present the FHWA Speed Management ePrimer for Rural Transition Zones and Town Centers, developed by ITE. This resource, which complements the  FHWA Traffic Calming ePrimer , focuses specifically on addressing speeding-related safety issues in ruralcommunities. It includes guidance on the comprehensive rural speed management process, from identifying potential hot spots, to implementing and evaluating speeding countermeasures. The ePrimer places particular emphasis on low-cost treatments suitable for deployment in a rural environment, and includes several case studies from rural communities across the United States to illustrate the safety improvement process.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: 
TSMO Program Plan Development Roundtable - Part 2

Date: January 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

State Departments of Transportation, Regional and Local Transportation agencies address TSMO using various methods - however, TSMO struggles to rise to a level of primary focus within these agencies.  In cases where TSMO has some visibility within an agency, it's often vaguely weaved into the high-level agency goals or is a part of long list of projects/activities identified to address a specific issue, but not mainstreamed into the agency's business architecture.

TSMO program plan lays out the important role of TSMO in the agency. It describes what the TSMO program seeks to accomplish, including strategic goals, objectives, and focus areas. As importantly, it describes how the organization is structured and how work is accomplished toward those objectives, who is involved and their roles; and what resources are needed and will be deployed. It may also include identification of investment priorities to support desired performance outcomes.  TSMO program planning also sustains a TSMO mission within the agency and helps to ensure effective delivery of TSMO program services.

Continuing the discussion from the December 2017 roundtable - FHWA, AASHTO, the National Operations Center of Excellence NOCoE are sponsoring the PART 2 of the TSMO Program Plan Development Roundtable.
Instructor-Led Trainings
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: Road Safety 365 (Everyday Safety for Local and Rural Roads)
Date: January 12, 2017
Location: Knoxville, TN
Organization: Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program

This one-day workshop focuses on opportunities for incorporating safety into the design and operation of local and rural road projects. Roadway safety is a priority that should be included in the traditional decision-making process, not just on special occasions or when problems occur, but 365 days a year.

This workshop stresses the importance of road safety, and illustrates how it can be integrated into rural/local transportation projects at all stages: planning, design, development, implementation, operations, and maintenance. The emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of rural/local transportation agencies. Safety concepts are presented using real-world examples and activities that allow students to apply these concepts in the classroom.

For more information about this training, click
here .
Training: Speed Management Techniques and Implementation
Date: February 7, 2017
Location: Charlottesville, 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 .
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.
New
Training: Safety Effects of Roadway Design
Date: February 27, 2018
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

This course is intended to delve into the relationship between highway safety performance and roadway geometric design. The course will begin with a brief review of design factors and establishment of the roadway alignment. Topics addressed in greater depth include: cross-section elements, access management, and the relationship between geometric design and safety as well as traffic control.  An overview of modern highway safety analysis concepts, such as crash modification factors, safety performance functions, and safety analysis methods, will be discussed.  An introduction will preface the material, and a summary and review of available resources will be provided at the end of the day.

For more information about this training, click here.

Conferences

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: National Shared Mobility Summit
Date: March 12-14, 2018
Location: Chicago, IL
Organization: Shared Use Mobility Center

Attend the 2018 National Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago on March 12-14 to discuss the latest developments in carsharing, shared autonomous and electric vehicles, bikesharing, e-hailing, microtransit and more.

The Shared Mobility Summit is the premiere shared mobility conference in the US and an unparalleled opportunity to:
  • Stay on the cutting edge of shared mobility with updates on the latest research findings, policy innovations and mobility transformations taking place across the globe
  • Network with the newest companies, the boldest cities and the nation's leading mobility experts and change-makers
  • Collaborate with other transportation and policy leaders to tackle the tough issues and identify new opportunities through interactive workshops
  • Learn, play, innovate and help make our cities work for everyone!
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: 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 .
New
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 .
New
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 .