Training Announcements

Vol. 80
October 11, 2018
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on mobility management, wildlife-vehicle crashes, and Safe Routes to Schools. Join the Safety Center on October 23rd for the Safety for the Rural Aging Road User webinarThis webinar will  explore the safety needs, challenges, and countermeasures for the rural aging road user. The webinar will begin with an overview, continue with a case study from Florida DOT, and finish with an explanation of the ChORUS website (a resource for planning and designing for the aging road user).  

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: National Teen Driver Safety Week
Date: October 21-27, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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

For more information about this training, click here .
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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: Proactively Addressing Crash Risk with Systemic Safety Analysis
Date: October 11, 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)

Analyzing safety risk for pedestrians and bicyclists has conventionally focused on crashes alone. But agencies interested in being more proactive about minimizing or eliminating risk are employing a systemic approach that takes a broader view of risk evaluation across an entire roadway system. A systemic approach acknowledges that crashes alone are not always sufficient to determine risk potential and appropriate countermeasures. Such an approach focuses on identifying a variety of roadway and environmental characteristics associated with crash risk and proactively implementing system wide safety improvements typically using lower cost engineering treatments.

This webinar will explore the fundamentals of a systemic approach to minimizing safety risk for pedestrians and bicyclists and highlight case studies from the City of Seattle and other agencies.

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: Extending the Applicability of ITE Trip Generation Data Beyond General Urban and Suburban Sites
Date: October 11, 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)

For many years, ITE trip generation data has been considered only suitable for performing trip generation analysis on general urban and suburban sites, where most ITE data has been gathered. As data collected focusses on vehicle trips, its applicability for multimodal-friendly sites has been highly debated due to the possibility of inappropriate estimation of vehicle trips.

In this webinar, the presenter will discuss a new analysis technique using the latest ITE Trip Generation Data and demonstrate an online tool, OTISS Pro, to generate appropriate trips for multimodal-friendly sites

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Successful Mobility Management Practices in Small Urban and Rural Areas
Date: October 15, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Monday, October 15, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)'s Project 20-65 Task 68: Expanding Access to Our Communities: A Guide to Successful Mobility Management Practices in Small Urban and Rural Areas. 

This webinar will highlight a new guide that is designed to serve as a "one-stop" central point of information for improving or implementing mobility management and coordination strategies. This guide also provides resources for mobility management practices. Presenters will discuss successful mobility management practices for delivering coordinated transportation services, particularly those that serve older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, and low-income individuals. Presenters will explore specific mobility challenges in rural and small urban areas

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Designing for Bicyclist Safety
Date: October 16, 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)

During this, webinar we will discuss the range of bicyclists and what is needed to provide a bikeway network that is suitable for bicyclists of all ranges and abilities. Participants will be presented with U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration policies and guidance using a flexible approach to meet the needs of all modes and users. Currently available safety analysis tools will be compared, and considerations for qualitative safety analysis will be presented

For more information about this training, click here .
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Webinar: Lighting Strategies for Improving Pedestrian Safety and Walkability
Date: October 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: America Walks

Roadway lighting is a key factor influencing pedestrian safety, security and comfort. Coordinating lighting improvements and changes can be a challenge for local planning, public works, and transportation departments. This session will explore key considerations for lighting improvements and showcase street lighting projects in San Francisco and Seattle. Panelists will also share innovative lighting strategies and new technologies being deployed to improve visibility and conspicuity. After their presentations, panelists will respond to questions from attendees in a facilitated discussion period. 

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Ten Years of Safe Routes to School - Where do we go from here?
Date: October 17, 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)

It's been over a decade since the Safe Routes to School movement launched in the US and times have changed, but Safe Routes to School initiatives are continuing to improve safety and get more kids walking and rolling to school. Join this webinar to hear about continued successes from state and local level programs. You will also hear thoughts on the exciting future of the movement from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. 

For more information about this training, click here .
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Webinar: Traffic Control at Intersections
Date: October 18, 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)

When two roadways intersect, various modes of traffic are commonly stopped, slowed or restricted by the use of traffic control devices resulting in an "interrupted flow." Since the traffic control is critical at intersections, it is important that uniform design and implementation of these devices be considered. This webinar will focus primary on introducing many of the concepts found in Chapter 10 of the Traffic Engineering Handbook entitled "Design and Control for Interrupted Traffic Flow Through Intersections." Concepts include the various elements and characteristics of an intersection, the different types of intersection control, a review of the traffic signal warrants, development of a traffic signal timing plan, and various types of intersection control technologies.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Safety for the Rural Aging Road User
Date: October 23, 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 safety of all road users must be considered on the "Road to Zero". In this webinar, we will explore the safety needs, challenges, and countermeasures for the rural aging road user. The webinar will begin with an overview, continue with a case study from Florida DOT, and finish with an explanation of the ChORUS website (a resource for planning and designing for the aging road user).  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Winning Strategies to Engage Diverse Communities in Safe Routes to School
Date: October 24, 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

Low-income communities and communities of color are more vulnerable to unsafe travel partly because of inequities in infrastructure and programming. By engaging diverse communities in Safe Routes to School, we can help change this! Join us to learn about the importance and impact of meaningful community engagement in Safe Routes to School programs.  

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Mitigation: Data to Decisions
Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: $95
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET that examines methods and strategies of data collection for wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC). To improve driver safety and develop more environmentally-sustainable highway systems, many state departments of transportation are developing mitigation actions and structures for WVC. The first step of these developments is collecting and analyzing data about the locations, types, and severity of incidents. Presenters will discuss case studies from five different states that have developed methods to collect and share this data. They will also share lessons learned, explore the available analytical tools, and identify effective ways to inform the planning and delivery of WVC mitigation. 

For more information about this training, click here .
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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 .
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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: America Walks

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 .
New
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: America Walks

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 .
Instructor-Led Trainings
Training: Common Sense Solutions for Intersection Problems
Date: October 12, 2018
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

This course provides participants with (1) a basic understanding of intersection safety issues, (2) "how to" information for common safety tasks and low cost safety improvements that do not require an engineered design, and (3) background information on safety tasks that do not require an engineer. This workshop also outlines areas where non-engineers can assist traffic engineers in the safety process, and help them to understand when an engineer needs to be consulted to make a safety related change to an intersection.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Navigating our Transportation Future: Preparing Connecticut for Autonomous Vehicles
Date: October 12, 2018
Location: Stamford, CT
Organization: AAA Northeast

Autonomous vehicles promise to transform our economy and our mobility, our streets and our fleets. But how, where, and when will these changes occur in our state? This forum will convene Connecticut policymakers, planners, transportation professionals and business leaders to hear from experts and discuss how the Nutmeg State can judiciously facilitate this new technology.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: FTA Safety Workshop
Date: October 23-25, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

This FTA-sponsored  safety workshop will focus on effective rail transit system safety, oversight responsibilities, the  Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program and  Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans.

The workshop is open to states with rail fixed guideway public transportation systems. We encourage State Safety Oversight (SSO) program managers, their supervisors, and support and contract staff to attend. Chief safety officers, safety directors and other program offices that collaborate with the safety office for state rail transit agencies are also encouraged to attend.

The workshop will promote the exchange of information between attendees and FTA's Transit Safety Oversight staff, as well as other federal agencies, about new programs and requirements to strengthen rail transit safety oversight.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
Date: October 30, 2018
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

Pedestrians account for more than 17.5 percent of all traffic fatalities. More than 66 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at non-intersection locations such as midblock areas. About 16 percent happen at intersections with no signals or stop signs.

By focusing on uncontrolled crossing locations, agencies can make targeted investments that address a significant national safety problem. The STEP countermeasures can also enhance the quality of life for pedestrians by overcoming barriers to safe, convenient, and complete pedestrian networks.

This full day workshop will provide an overview of the pedestrian safety problem, provide some general street crossing principles, present the 3 STEP process of policy, process, and 5 proven countermeasures being promoted and available resources .

For more information about this training, click here .
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: 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: National Safety Council Congress and Expo
Date: October 20-26, 2018
Location: Houston, TX
Organization: National Safety Council (NSC)

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health and environmental professionals. For more than 100 years, professionals have turned to this safety conference for industry-leading technology, education, networking opportunities and the tried and true products and services needed to stay at the forefront and remain competitive within the industry.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: National Rural ITS and ITS Arizona Annual Conference and Exhibit
Date: October 21-24, 2018
Location: Fort McDowell, AZ
Organization: National Rural ITS

The conference will provide participants a one-stop resource focusing on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) implementation in local communities and the opportunity to hear new and thoughtful perspectives from a wide variety of ITS topics. ITS improves transportation safety and mobility and enhances productivity by integrating advanced communication technologies into vehicles and infrastructure. In addition to traditional ITS topics of interest to Arizona transportation professionals, this event will bring together both traditional and non-traditional users to address issues affecting rural and small communities.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths Conference
Date: October 23-24, 2018
Location: Mankato, MN
Organization: Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths Program, Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, and Health

This conference provides a forum for sharing information on best practices in engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency medical/health services and for identifying new approaches to reducing the number of traffic fatalities and life-changing injuries on Minnesota roads.

The conference is offered by the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Program and the Minnesota Departments of Public Safety, Transportation, and Health. The conference is hosted by the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies and facilitated by the College of Continuing and Professional Studies .

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Vision Zero Cities 2018
Date: November 7-8, 2018
Location: New York, NY
Organization: Transportation Alternatives'

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

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

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

For more information, contact Bernardo Kleiner at  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 .
New
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 .
New
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 .