Training Announcements

Vol. 55
October 26, 2017
 
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In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on lighting, speed-related crashes, and intersection safety. Join the Safety Center on November 15, 2017 for our next webinar, Achieving Safety Results by Addressing Behavioral Issues .  This webinar will provide participants with information and resources on the role they can play to drive down fatalities and serious injuries through collaboration across the 4E's, behavioral funding sources, and education campaigns.

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

Competition: Traffic Safety Scholars
Deadline: November 18, 2017
Organization: Lifesavers Conference, Inc.

Ever thought about a career in traffic safety? It's a multi-disciplinary field providing tremendous opportunities for advocates, business/finance/management professionals, communicators, educators, engineers, injury prevention specialists, marketers, planners, police officers, public health practitioners, researchers, scientists, and others who want to make a difference in people's lives. Government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and universities employ thousands of professionals who use their expertise to improve safety on our nation's roadways.

The 2018 Traffic Safety Scholars (TSS) Program provides awards of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students to help defray the cost of attending the Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities on April 22-24 in San Antonio, Texas. You'll not only learn about highway safety issues from leading experts, but network with the largest gathering of highway safety professionals anywhere in the country.

For more information about this opportunity, click here .

Traffic Safety Weeks

Event: Traffic Incident Response Week
Date: November 13-19, 2017
Organization: The Traffic Incident Management Network

Every minute of every day emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents.  Every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding.  This type of secondary crash intensifies the impact to communities, individuals and the economy.  We read about the tragedies causes by distracted driving almost every day and the emergency response community has the most to lose.

Help raise awareness about the dangers emergency responders face at traffic incidents this November 13th -19th.

For more information about this training, click here .
Event: Thanksgiving Weekend Travel
Date: November 25-30, 2017
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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

For more information about this training, click here .

Webinars

Webinar: SPaT Challenge: Deployment Status and Lessons Learned
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
Cost: Free 
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

This webinar will expand further upon on the Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) Challenge. During this webinar you will learn the current status of the SPaT deployment map, deployment challenges, and success stories.

For more information about this training, click here .
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Webinar: Introduction to Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Corridors: An ITE Handbook
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free 
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

This webinar will provide an overview of ITE's new handbook, expected for release in November 2017, on implementing context sensitive design along multimodal corridors in urban and suburban environments. This handbook builds on the recommended practices presented in the 2010 ITE publication, "Design Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach", and includes an expanded focus on topic areas such as freight accommodations, speed management, and context sensitive design in lower density urban and built-up suburban environments. A number of real-world case studies are also included in the handbook, to demonstrate the medium- and long-term impacts of successful context sensitive design projects. The webinar will provide background information on the topic of context sensitive design, as well as highlight the different technical areas and design issues addressed by the handbook.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Policy and Planning Actions to Address Connected and Automated Vehicles
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free members/$95 non-members
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program  (NCHRP)'s  Research Report 845 : Advancing Automated and Connected Vehicles: Policy and Planning Strategies for State and Local Transportation Agencies, which is accompanied by   Strategies to Advance Automated and Connected Vehicles: Briefing Document

This webinar will discuss the state and local policy and planning actions that can help make sure that the introduction of automated vehicles and connected vehicles will advance community and agency objectives.

For more information about this training, click here .
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Webinar: Tools for Tribes to Improve Crash Data
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Tom Bragan of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Adam Larsen of the Federal Highway Administration will discuss tools and resources available to Tribes for improving the collection and sharing of crash data.

For more information about this training, click here .
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Webinar: Addressing Speed-Related Crashes with a Focus on Protecting Children
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

Speed is a factor in one-third of fatal traffic crashes. And though communities have made strides in improving road users' safety in other ways, efforts to reduce traffic speed have frequently proven politically difficult to implement. Slowing down traffic starting where children walk and bike is a promising way to build momentum for broader transformation that could ultimately improve safety for all. Audience members will hear how the year-old Vision Zero for Youth concept has built momentum for change; an overview of the recent National Transportation Safety Board report on the need to reduce speed-related crashes; and how Los Angeles and New York City have focused safety improvements on places where children walk and bike.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Proven Safety Countermeasures (PSC) Webinar Part 1
Date: November 14, 2017
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm ET
Cost: Free 
Organization: Kansas University Transportation Center

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

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

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: H ow to Survive and Thrive at the TRB Annual Meeting
Date: November 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free 
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET and Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET that will help both new and returning Annual Meeting attendees get the most out of their meeting experience. The webinar will review issues related to planning for the meeting, including hotel reservations, airline reservations, and other basics; help attendees plan their schedules during the meeting; and explore ways attendees can optimize their Annual Meeting networking after they return home. Participants must register in advance. 

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Achieving Safety Results by Addressing Behavioral Issues
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety

Rural transportation agencies are increasingly addressing safety in their planning areas and at a minimum, have usually adopted the State's zero deaths concept to frame their transportation safety activities. To achieve this vision, planners identify infrastructure solutions, but behavioral concerns, such as distraction, impairment, and unbelted drivers/occupants are also major issues in rural regions. This session will provide participants with information and resources on the role they can play to drive down fatalities and serious injuries through collaboration across the 4E's, behavioral funding sources, and education campaigns.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Street Lighting - Best Practices and Innovations in Illumination Technology
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $50 members/$85 non-members
Organization: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Join APBP for the exciting webinar on lighting innovations. The panel will address the UC Davis experience with a campus-wide exterior lighting retrofit that involved installing over 1,500 network-controlled LED streetlights, area lights, post-tops, and wall packs. The "ultra-smart" lighting system has reduced the campus's exterior wall-pack lighting energy use by 86%.  The presentation will also briefly address bollard lighting and programmable lighting. Listeners will get an update on the current state of outdoor occupancy sensing, both commercial market-wise and codes and standards, including current research and resources for streetlighting and circadian wellness. The panelists will address Seattle's 2012 Pedestrian Lighting Citywide Plan and the Seattle lighting design guidelines. The Plan includes maps with priority locations for pedestrian-scale lighting. Criteria include: pedestrian demand, socio-economic status, and street segment classification.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Large Truck Safety in Work Zones
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

Work zones can create special challenges for drivers of large vehicles, such as commercial motor vehicles, due to space restrictions.  Road work must take place within highway rights-of-way and, often, within reduced numbers of lanes.  Understanding how work zones can be designed to maintain the efficient movement of large freight transportation vehicles within the restricted right-of-way space and to ensure that DOT and public works staff and highway contractors' employees can safely work within work zones can provide significant benefits for all work zone users.

For more information about this training, click here .
New
Webinar: Understanding and Applying Vehicle to Infrastructure Guidance
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Guidance can improve safety and mobility by accelerating the deployment of V2I communication systems and associated applications. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has developed draft V2I Guidance to assist transportation system owners/operators as they deploy V2I technology. This guidance, which has not been finalized, can help transportation agencies and tollway authorities understand what a decision to deploy V2I technology could mean to their region, prepare for emerging V2I/V2V technologies and leverage federal-aid funds for deployment. 

This webinar will describe elements of the draft V2I Guidance and resources available to transportation professionals, as well as commentary on the usefulness of the guidance and real-world agency experience.

For more information about this training, click here .
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Webinar: Toolkit for Improving Safety for Roads and Intersection
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm ET
Cost: $99 members/$149 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 mitigation measures that can be successful in reducing collisions. It will identify the different types of measures that can be used depending on the historical patterns at a given location.

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

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

For more information about this training, click here .

Instructor-Led Trainings
Training: Roadside Safety Features
Date: November 3, 2017
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

This course is designed to help local road agencies, engineers and public works personnel reduce the incident of traffic crashes through the application of low cost "best safety practices," many of which feature the efficient use of traffic control devices, into their routine day-to-day activities. The course focuses on the implementation of safety strategies described in FHWA's Toolbox of Countermeasures and Their Potential Effectiveness for Roadway Departure Crashes, Intersection Crashes, and Pedestrian Crashes.

For more information about this training, click here.
Training: Asset Management Basics
Date: November 6, 2017
Location: Henrico, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

This training has been developed to introduce asset management concepts and provide the guidance needed for state and local road agencies to get started in adopting and implementing Asset Management practices in their business models.

For more information about this training, click here.
Training: Designing Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Vulnerable Road Users
Date: November 9, 2017
Location: College Park, MD
Organization: University of Maryland, Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center

Vulnerable road users (VRU) are susceptible to traffic injuries and fatalities, perhaps more so than drivers. Yet we design highways for the mobility of cars sometimes neglecting the needs of the most vulnerable, such as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, transit users and others. This course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. will teach participants how to diagnose pedestrian (and other VRU) safety deficiencies and select the appropriate countermeasures to make conditions safer for all users including an overview of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)accessibility requirements. Engineering countermeasures will be emphasized but education and enforcement countermeasures will also be covered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about this training, click here.

Conferences

Conference: 3rd National RTAP Technical Assistance Conference
Date: October 29 - November 1, 2017
Location: Omaha, NE
Organization: National Rural Transit Assistance Program 

The National Rural Transit Assistance Program is excited to host our third biennial Technical Assistance Conference: Transportation at the Center.  The conference will continue the great momentum we started in Denver in 2015 with content from FTA's Technical Assistance Centers, workshops, round-tables, and a focus on practical solutions for rural and tribal transportation.

Participating and cooperating organizations include the Federal Transit Administration, Nebraska Department of Roads, Nebraska Association of Transit Providers, University of Nebraska, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, and the National Center for Mobility Management.

For more information about this conference, click here.
Conference: ITS World Congress
Date: October 29 - November 2, 2017
Location: Montréal, Canada
Organization: ITS America, ITS Canada, ITS Europe, ITS Asia-Pacific

The ITS World Congress 2017, produced by ITS America in conjunction with ITS Canada and co-organized by ITS Europe and ITS Asia-Pacific, brings together global leaders in intelligent and transformative transportation to showcase and evaluate the latest innovative concepts, active prototypes, and live systems. Academics, researchers, policymakers, businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, implementers, and the media-thousands of people from the transport, automotive, telecommunications, and technology sectors-will engage in robust discussions and spirited debates as to how this rapidly changing and ever-expanding industry is addressing the very real challenges facing our mobile, connected societies today and in the future.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users
Date: November 7-8, 2017
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB), University of Utah, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

TRB is co-sponsoring the Forum on the Impact of Vehicle Technologies and Automation on Users on November 7-8, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The two-day Forum is designed to bring together representatives and experts from the research community, government, and industry to discuss and identify research needs and direction on the impact of vehicle technologies and automation for drivers and other transportation users.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Conference
Date: November 8, 2017
Location: Burlington, VT
Organization: Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA)

The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Conference , The Road to Highway Safety Is Paved with Technology,  will be held on November 8, 2017 at the Hilton Burlington in Burlington, Vermont. The conference will address the theme of technology by bringing together professionals and stakeholders from Education, Engineering, Enforcement, and Emergency Services. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to market to the attendees from across Vermont and New England.

For more information about this conference, click here .
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Conference: 2017 Mid-year Safety Seminar
Date: December 4-7, 2017
Location: Houston, TX
Organization: American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 2018 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: 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 .