Volume 1 | 31 May 2018

The Right Path
Monthly Newsletter

Pursuing Healthy Mobility
Dual Membership
As an IPATH member, you are automatically a member of the Transport & Health Study Group (THSG) and access to a copy of Health on the Move 2. If you are not receiving emails from THSG or have not yet received a welcome letter as a new member, please contact Liz Davies, thsgchair@gmail.com


President's Message
As I write this, it’s hard to believe that The International Conference on Transport & Health (ICTH) is less than a three weeks away. Personally, I can’t wait! 

This year the conference will be held on historic Mackinac Island at Mission Point Resort located in beautiful Northern Michigan (USA). This unique conference experience is the result of a cross-disciplinary collaborative partnership between the Transportation Public Health Link (TPH Link), IPATH, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The agenda for the conference is complete. The Honorable Ray LaHood will kick things off as our first keynote speaker on Monday, 25 June. This will not be your normal, boring conference! 
We consider ICTH as an un-conference as there are many social and networking activities planned. Check out the on-line programme and a summary email of conference offerings

I would like to personally invite you to join us for ICTH 2018 - Mackinac Island. If you are reading this, I would also ask a favor of you. Please share this newsletter and the conference programme with your colleagues and friends. We hope to meet many new people at this year’s conference.

Thank you for your support of IPATH, your conference registration, and your continued support of the transport and health sector. I look forward to welcoming you to the conference on Sunday June 24th, 2018.


Al Almasy
President, IPATH Board of Directors

New Member Spotlight
Jun-Seok Oh, Ph.D., PE, PTOE
Dr. Jun-Seok Oh is Professor of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Western Michigan University and also Director of Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. With 34 years of experience in the transportation field, his unique strength is an extensive knowledge of both traffic engineering and transportation systems analysis through his experiences as a researcher or a professional engineer.
Dr. Oh has participated in a wide range of research activities related with transportation systems analysis, traffic safety, intelligent transportation systems, advanced traffic management, and non-motorized transportation systems. His recent research focuses on building livable communities through smart, safe, sustainable transportation. He earned his Ph.D. from University of California at Irvine in 2001. 
IPATH would like to encourage ICTH delegates traveling through the state of Michigan on their way to Mackinac Island for ICTH to consider stopping in Kalamazoo to attend the:

5th Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities
Limitless Mobility: The Role of Active Transportation

The conference will be held at Western Michigan University located Kalamazoo, Michigan, 21-22 June 2018. ICTH Co-Founder/IPATH Board Member, Jennifer Mindell, PhD will give the keynote address on Friday, 22 June. In the spirit of true collaboration, Dr. Oh, a few faculty staff and several of his graduate students will be joining us on Mackinac Island to present at ICTH. The Summer Conference on Livable Communities is the perfect way to kick-off a week of transport and health!

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC), a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the US Department of Transportation, is hosting its 5th Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities (ACLC). This year’s theme of the conference is “Limitless Mobility: The Role of Active Transportation.” We would like to invite researchers and professionals who care about active transportation options associated with public health and mobility opportunities for elderly and people with disabilities. Visit theTRCLC website for details on the conference and registration.
GDPR Data Regulations
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on 25 May 2018. It is meant to unify data privacy requirements and increase transparency across the European Union (EU), however, we are implementing the policy to protect our international community of professionals.

GDPR requires that we make it clear to you how to unsubscribe to the IPATH newsletter and/or the ICTH emails you receive. In addition, we are required to provide a privacy policy stating that we will not do anything with your email address except send you IPATH/ICTH related newsletters and/or emails. To read our GDRP policy click HERE.

You have the option to unsubscribe from our list-serv by clicking on the link that is always available to you at the bottom of all IPATH/ICTH newsletters and emails. As a valued member of the transport and health community, we hope you will remain on the list-serv. GDRP Website
Why Gender Matters
"The streets were safe and designed for bikes. The public spaces were open and inviting, and the transport options were abundant. However, this is the exception, not the rule. In Latin America, women still spend hours out of their day traveling on poor-quality transit systems. Very few of them cycle, despite the majority of them having the desire to do so. Clearly women enjoy cycling and find it a good solution for their transport needs, as demonstrated in Holland. The problem isn’t cycling in itself, but the environment. We live in spatially segregated cities, agglomerated in ghettos where private property matters more than lives. Where speed is still the synonym of efficiency, men thrive, and women are left behind. Simply put, cities are built in a way that makes them obstacles for women, not places that are safe, accessible, and vibrant.

While the lack of gender neutrality in city and transport infrastructure is widely acknowledged, women still do not have adequate access to public transport. Meetings with planners, decision-makers, and representatives from the private and public sectors rarely address the difference in experience between women and men when it comes to comfort and ability to move around their cities. The fact of the matter is, in today’s world, we still imagine that women’s experience regarding transport method selection and usage is the same as men’s. We don’t consider gender." Click HERE to read the full article by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP).
Making Active Transportation Safe
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has released a special issue of the ITE Journal focusing on transportation and health.

  • President’s Message: Leading the Way to Make Active Transportation Safe While Improving Health
  • ITE, FHWA, and Carmanah Rally to Keep Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons in Our Safety Toolbox
  • Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health: How Can We Do This?
  • ITE’s Transportation and Health Initiative
  • Countermeasures Prove Effective in Reducing Bicycle Collisions
  • Guidance on Signal Control Strategies for Pedestrians to Improve Walkability
  • Factors Affecting Vehicle Passing Distance and Encroachments While Overtaking Cyclists
  • Measuring the Success of Modal Shift: The Impact on Last Mile Connectivity
Professional & Personal Growth
12th Aalto University Summer School on Transportation – Enabling Human-Centered Mobility Systems  
The theme of 12th Aalto University Summer School on Transportation, 20-25 August, will be Enabling Human-Centered Mobility Systems. The activities will include lectures, site visit and envisioning workshop, all focused on various aspects of planning and policy, including technological trends and variety of quantitative and qualitative methods. The lecturers will include renowned experts from Aalto University, as well as University of Oxford, Ghent University, Tel Aviv University, Northumbria University, Karlstad University, NTNU, University of Amsterdam and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Graduate students (MSc and PhD) are eligible for 3 ECTS from the Summer School.
Click HERE for more information. Registration is due June 15.

FREE Webinars - AmericaWalks
"You can’t put a price on a good walk, but you can calculate some of the benefits of walkability. This webinar will explore the benefits that come to individuals and communities when we take steps towards walkable and livable communities for all ages. Learn about the economic and financial power of walkable communities and how to use the information to make your case for safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active."

Recorded Webinar - LiveStories
Sharing complex data in a meaningful way is a challenge many departments face. Recently California passed a mandate requiring EMS departments to report Ambulance Patience Offload Times (APOT). The team at Contra Costa County EMS recognized that their stakeholders needed to understand the data in order to provide better service for their community. Learn how they are communicating their APOT report to engage stakeholders and drive efficiency. 

Data is often critical to understanding issues, decisions, and goals. But it’s difficult to tell a story with a spreadsheet.  This session covers the science behind storytelling, steps to create an engaging story, and best practices for incorporating civic data.

Podcast - Smart Growth America
"In 2016, Kansas City, MO opened the first streetcar the city has seen in almost 60 years and it has transformed the city's downtown. Former skeptics of the line are now some of the KC Streetcar's biggest proponents as businesses have boomed and more people are moving to, and spending money in, the center city. The KC Streetcar as it exists today—a 2.2 mile downtown circulator—is "a demonstration of the possible," and has spurred more interest in future expansions."
Resources & Reference Articles

Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States - Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity (2017: Consensus Study Report

"The European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG Move) published the EU good practice guide: Safer roads for all. It includes Road Safety Statistics in EU, and good practices in EU countries with different safety performance levels."

This document updates previous SHIIAN guidance on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of transport initiatives. The updated guide has been written to help people involved in public health, health promotion and health improvement work who are engaging with transport issues. It can support health impact assessment of a transport proposal, health needs assessment or a more general focus on transport projects as part of a health in all policies approach. It may also be of use to transport planners.

"Use this new tool to build a custom report compiling health-related data for a single state or multiple states. Choose from hundreds of State Health Facts indicators to create a report that focuses on the health issues and states most relevant to your work."

Call for Papers

Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health. Submissions NEEDED for the August edition; deadline 20 June. Please submit your research, editorial, analysis, personal story, photo essay, case study, or other relevant piece HERE.

The TRB Committee on the Social and Economic Factors of Transportation (ADD20) and its Subcommittee on Community Impact Assessment (CIA) (ADD20(1)) encourage all transportation researchers and practitioners to submit papers for presentation at TRB’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Publication of the highest quality papers in the peer-reviewed journal Transportation Research Record is possible. Papers on a broad range of topics related to the direct, indirect and/or cumulative socio-cultural and economic effects of transportation systems are welcomed. Click HERE to download the Call for Papers.


International Conference on Transport & Health, 24-27 June 2018, Mackinac Island, Michigan
No cars allowed! The only place in the USA where active travel and the horse are still the primary modes of transport. Join us for this avant-garde conference experience!

International Association for Travel Behavior Research, 15-20 July, Santa Barbara, California

Cities Alive, 24-28 September 2018, Brooklyn, New York

The world’s flagship physical activity and public health congress is coming to London for the first time, attended by over 1000 representatives from across the continents.

Employment Opportunities

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) - Technical Program Specialist

Smart Growth is hiring! Click HERE to learn more.
  • Complete Streets Program Associate
  • Communications Associate
  • LOCUS Massachusetts Policy/Communications Fellow
  • Policy Intern
  • Policy Associate Transportation For America

Planetizen Great source of open positions!
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