Training Announcements

Vol. 85
December 20, 2018
In this issue, you will find upcoming trainings on traffic signals, bicycle safety, and safety culture. 

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. 

Jaime Sullivan
Center Manager
National Center for Rural Road Safety
In This Issue

Traffic Safety Weeks

Event: Holiday Season Impaired Driving Prevention
Date: December 13-31, 2018
Organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The Holiday Season is known for being merry and bright, but they're also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to drunk driving. Every holiday season, lives are lost due to drunk drivers.

For more information about this training, click here .


Webinar: Designing Bicycle Facilities
Date: January 11, 2019
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)

This webinar provides guidance on the best practices for designing a variety of bicycle facilities. Various treatments that have been implemented by public agencies to improve safety for bicyclists traveling on heavily traveled corridors in large urban areas will be discussed. Guidance will be provided on geometric design parameters for bicycle lanes, off-street bike paths and intersections. Signing and striping for bicycle facilities will be discussed, especially at locations where bicyclists have to cross heavily traveled streets and intersections. A variety of sources will be referenced including the 2009 MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices), the new edition of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, manuals developed by state highway departments, and other recent publications on designing bicycle facilities. The presentation will conclude with special designs to accommodate bicyclists in challenging locations.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Communication: A Catalyst for Growing Positive Culture
Date: January 16, 2019
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)

This webinar will engage participants in developing a deeper understanding of how communication can be used as a catalyst to improve health and safety. Communication includes a variety of methods ranging from mass media campaigns to leveraging the power of individual voices.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Bus Stops with Bikeways: Designing Transit Stops with On-Street Bicycle Facilities
Date: January 16, 2019
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)

The increasing emergence of on-street bicycle facilities, including bike lanes and physically separated facilities, pose challenges for integrating transit stops while avoiding conflicts and delay for bicyclists and transit users. This webinar will explore the best practices for designing streets for bicycling and transit.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Pedestrian Bike Safety
Date: January 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm MT/9:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: $150 
Organization: University of Florida 

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 work zone safety 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 .
Webinar: Best of Minneapolis: Signs and Signals - Innovations That Work
Date: January 22, 2019
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 was originally delivered as one of ITE's most popular technical sessions during the 2018 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Minneapolis. During this webinar, attendees will learn about several innovative applications of traffic control devices aimed at improving transportation safety and operations for all users. Experimental overhead bicycle signals, gap-out signal timing strategies, state of the art updates for dynamic message signs will be discussed, as well as an overview on how automated vehicle location (AVL) is being used to measure and improve signal

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Modeling Freeway Traffic in a Mixed Environment: Connected and Human-Driven Vehicles
Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MT/1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: National Institute of Transportation and Communities (NITC)

Although connected vehicles (CVs) will soon go beyond testbeds, CVs and human-driven vehicles (HVs) will co-exist over a long period. Hence, it is critical to consider the interactions between these two types of vehicles in traffic flow modeling. In this study, we aim to develop a macroscopic model to understand how CVs would impact HVs in the traffic stream. Grounded on the second-order traffic flow model, we study the relationships among flow, density, and speed by two sets of formulations for the groups of CVs and HVs, respectively. A set of friction factors, which indicate CVs' impact to HVs, are introduced to the speed equation for accounting CV speed impacts. Then extended Kalman Filter is employed to update both model parameters and friction factors in real-time. By using CVs trajectory data as measurements, the difference between CV average speed and overall traffic mean speed will be fully accounted. The proposed model will serve as a basis for designing CV-based traffic control function, such as speed harmonization, on highways.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Investing in Health: Local Active Transportation Financing Initiatives
Date: January 31, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Cost: Free
Organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Local active transportation financing pays for the programs and street improvements that we need to bike and walk safely, addressing the inadequacies of our incomplete biking and walking networks.  In this webinar, we'll provide an overview of why active transportation financing matters and what financing approaches are working for local governments.  We'll feature speakers from BikeWalkKC of Kansas City, Missouri, and Investing in Place, Los Angeles, who will share lessons from their exciting and inspiring local active transportation financing success stories.

For more information about this training, click here .
Webinar: Truck Platooning: Steps Towards 1st Generation Automation
Date: February 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm MT/3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET
Cost: Free members/$49 non-members
Organization: Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

Many automated vehicle analysts agree the most impactful use of automated vehicles the public will experience in the near future is truck platooning. On-road trucking automation will allow safer and more efficient transport of goods across the long distances that have traditionally taken a toll on human drivers.
Join AUVSI and industry experts for a discussion of truck platooning use cases and the challenges the industry is meeting. Representatives of companies developing and implementing automated truck platoons will provide an update and describe the economic potential of their work .

For more information about this training, click here .
Instructor-Led Trainings
Training: Vision Zero Workshop: Redesigning Major Streets for Safety
Date: January 13, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: National Association of City Transportation Officials 

Every city has it: it's your city's leader in crashes. It is probably five or seven lanes wide and has tens of thousands of cars per day. It's a big, wide, risky arterial, and this workshop will give a hands-on look at innovative approaches your city can use to tame it.

Join this Vision Zero workshop to learn from cities that have tackled their most dangerous streets, wielding the entire engineering toolbox to not only reduce fatalities and injuries, but to transform these important corridors into high-performing urban streets that are safe, efficient, and inviting. Building on the popular workshop from NACTO's Designing Cities conference, this session will cover topics like lane reassignment and narrowing, walking-based intersection design techniques, and signal timing basics for big streets. Safety planning and prioritization techniques, as well as working with crash information and before-after evaluation, will also be discussed. And then we'll roll up our sleeves and redesign a series of complex streets and intersections in a major NACTO city!

Learn innovative street design strategies, hear about high-impact case studies, and engage in hands-on design challenges. Participants will leave ready to tackle their most challenging streets .

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking
Date: January 23-25, 2019
Location: Denver, CO
Organization: National Transit Institute (NTI)

Public Involvement is much more than posting notices and holding public hearings. Public participation involves creative thinking, with willingness and ability to interact openly to the public's preferred forms of communication. It is about being sensitive to disparate needs and conflicting priorities. It is about giving the public an opportunity to influence transportation decisionmaking. This course walks the talk by employing public involvement techniques as the means of conveying the key learning outcomes. It is a joint effort among FTA's Office of Planning, NTI, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Planning, and the National Highway Institute (NHI) and was recently updated to reflect changes in the Federal Transportation reauthorization.

This course does not focus on the NEPA process, but on more general strategies and tools of engaging the public .

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Introduction to Highway Safety Fundamentals
Date: January 30, 2019
Location: Roanoke, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

Our roads and highways form a complex system. Infrastructure that makes travelers safer in one circumstance won't necessarily work in another. Likewise, what makes a roadway efficient for some users excludes others; think of high-speed arterials without sidewalks because planners deemed the roads unsafe for pedestrians.

That's an example of single-modal thinking, and implementing such measures has reduced crash and fatality rates. But those reductions have leveled off over time as we've reached the limits of what single-mode interventions- or those rooted in a single engineering discipline - can achieve. Further improvements must come from countermeasures that address road safety across all modes and from solutions based on multidisciplinary science and research.

Introduction to Highway Safety Fundamentals begins to explore the growing body of knowledge that underlies the safety transportation profession today. Participants will take away a new understanding of road safety defined by a science-based perspective that results in both fewer accidents and the mitigation of consequences when they do occur. It does so in part by emphasizing the "4 Es" of road safety: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response.

The workshop is intended for design, traffic, safety, utilities, maintenance and operations engineers; transportation and land use planners; law enforcement; agency directors; project managers; inspectors; emergency response personnel; and safety data collectors, managers and analysts .

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Traffic Incident Management Training for Emergency Responders
Date: February 28, 2019
Location: Piscataway, NJ
Organization: Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

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

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

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

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Purdue Road School
Date: March 4-7, 2019
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Organization: Purdue, Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program

Purdue Road School is co-sponsored by JTRP and the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and attracts over 2,000 Indiana local and state officials, consultants, and suppliers each year. Important updates on pertinent transportation issues, as well as sessions on topics of general interest, are provided in the two-day event.

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Mainstreaming Safety into Road Projects
Date: March 4-8, 2019
Location: Alexandria, VA
Organization: International Road Federation (IRF)

Preventive road risk assessment procedures are an effective and essential instrument to help road authorities reduce the number of crashes and casualties, because design standards alone cannot guarantee road safety in all conditions.

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 highway 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 reported implementing one or more of these procedures, yet over 70% of roads surveyed by the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) in emerging countries were rated under 2 stars across at least one user category. These figures suggest a startling disconnect between the theoretical merits of safe road infrastructure management and the actual results experienced by countless road users every day. In 2017, UN Member States agreed on global performance targets for road safety that include ensuring all new roads are built to 3-star or better standard, and more than 75% of travel is on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads by 2030 .

For more information about this training, click here .
Training: Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes
Date: March 5, 2019
Location: Roanoke, VA
Organization: University of Virginia Transportation Training Academy

Each year, the UVA Transportation Training Academy offers a wide range of training workshops throughout Virginia. Description to be announced. 

For more information about this training, click here .


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

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting will be held January 13-17, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2019 meeting: Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: Shared Use Mobility Summit
Date: March 5-7, 2019
Location: Chicago, IL
Organization: Shared Use Mobility Center

Join today's thinkers and do-ers in exploring how different mobility options (ridehailing, carsharing, micromobility, mass transit, autonomous vehicles, mobility hubs, and the latest technology) can work together to create a multi-modal transportation system that's affordable, efficient, accessible, and environmentally sound.

For more information about this conference, click here .
Conference: 2019 Lifesavers Conference
Date: March 31 - April 2, 2019
Location: Louisville, KY
Organization: Lifesavers Conference, Inc.

The Lifesavers Conference brings together a unique combination of public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research, and policy initiatives that are proven to work. You can't get the kind of information that is conveyed at this conference anywhere else at this value.

For more information about this conference, click
here .
Conference: National Planning Conference
Date: April 13-16, 2019
Location: San Francisco, CA
Organization: American Planning Association (APA)

Want to move to the forefront of planning? Attend NPC19 and pack learning, sharing, connecting, and fun into four exciting days. NPC19's robust educational program covers emerging issues, new trends, and best practices in planning.

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

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

For more information about this conference, click
here .
Conference: AASHTO GIS for Transportation Symposium
Date: April 23-26, 2019
Location: Kissimmee, FL
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.  

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Conference: ASHE National Conference
Date: May 8-12, 2019
Location: Nashville, TN
Organization: American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)

The Middle Tennessee Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) is excited to host the 2019 ASHE National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.

The conference is expected to attract over 600 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.  

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Conference: ITS America Annual Meeting
Date: June 4-7, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Organization: ITS America

ITS America's 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. will highlight seamless mobility around the movement of people, data and freight.  Innovative business models can flourish in the new age of mobility. Be a part of the conversation that will shape an environment for safe deployment of connected and automated mobility.  

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Conference: WASHTO Annual Meeting
Date: June 9-12, 2019
Location: Glendale, AZ
Organization: Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO)

On June 9-12, 2019 transportation professionals will gather in Glendale, Arizona for the 2019 Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO) Annual Conference.

WASHTO 2019 will be attended by State Department of Transportation Directors, Chief Engineers, and executive leadership from the 18 western most states in the country, as well as executives from the US Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration. Other notable attendees are national transportation leaders from the private sector and academia.  

Approximately 500 attendees will be on hand to experience WASHTO 2019, which will feature informative breakout sessions, technical tours and information covering all areas of interest in highway transportation .  

For more information about this conference, click
here .
Conference: 2019 APBP Conference
Date: August 25-28, 2019
Location: Portland, OR
Organization: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Join over 300 active transportation professionals and advocates at the biennial APBP 2019 from Aug 25 - 28 in Portland, Ore - one of the must multimodal cities in America. In addition to national stories and perspectives, you'll be getting the low-down on some of most successful active transportation programs in the Portland metro region - including our Vision Zero "Twenty is Plenty" initiative; protected bike lanes and greenways; and innovative parking reform.

The APBP Local Host Committee is pulling together over 40 sessions, workshops, and mobile tours around the city. They're excited to showcase over 350 miles bike lanes, integrated transit options, and our newest bridge: the Tilikum Crossing. It's the first bridge of its kind in the U.S., carrying lightrail, buses, streetcars, cyclists and pedestrians over the Willamette River. Note - no cars.

You think you know Portland, but this conference will go deeper than just bike boulevards and car-free bridges. Major programs (including Sunday Parkways, Safe Routes to School, and SmartTrips) have been managed by the City for over a decade; we've been installing bike parking quietly but relentlessly for even longer; and our pedestrian accommodation policies for construction sites has transformed our streets. Come tour North America's biggest valet bike parking; new enhanced arterial bikeway crossing strategies; invisible yet powerful signal magic; and Better Naito (a resident-led tactical urbanism project that has become an annual tradition).

For more information about this conference, click
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Conference: 12th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads
Date: September 15-18, 2019
Location: Kalispell, MT
Organization: Transportation Research Board (TRB)

TRB is sponsoring the 12th TRB International Conference on Low Volume Roads on September 15-18, 2019 in Kalispell, Montana. This conference examines new technologies and new techniques in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of low-volume roads. Panelists will explore case studies and practical solutions to common problems related to all aspects of low-volume roads.

For more information about this conference, click
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