Volume 2.0 | February 2020
The Right Path Monthly Newsletter
A Valentine Message

I have to admit that this newsletter is a bit late. I've had trouble trying to figure out what to say that would be of any interest or minutely inspiring. During a recent conversation, I was asked what characteristics were important to the success of an effective leader? The first thing that popped into my head, "kindness".

Well, that's kind of weird. Isn't it?

When I was a little younger, integrity was always at the top of the list. Now it seems to have a little competition from kindness.

So what has changed?

Day after day, we internalize so much information from the news and social media, life events, human interactions and our own personal challenges. The brain unconsciously processes and adapts, creating a new normal; a sense of resilience. We're constantly evolving. This cumulative effect over the life course helps to shape our choices, perceptions and how we interact with the world.

So what has changed?

Last November, after returning from ICTH in Melbourne, Australia, I was contacted by a close friend regarding a severe case of abuse and neglect. The victim, a beautiful Straight Egyptian Arabian stallion. This poor soul had a look of hopelessness that tugged on my heart and angered my being. Without a second thought, I adopted this sweet boy, making him the third rescue in a herd of five horses.

To answer the question, " What has changed?" For me, it has been witnessing the impact of injustice and a feeling of helpless. The injustice isn't always personal, it can also be professional. The result is an expansion of those intangible soft skills; adding compassion, empathy and above all, kindness in a neck and neck race to the finish line with integrity.

"Kindness makes business sense; it impacts outcomes, whether it be productivity, engagement or customer service. People don't forget acts of kindness.Kind leaders change lives, transform organizations and collaborate. They inspire creativity and productivity, share meaningful connections, and give their time so that others can give their best. By empowering others to succeed, kind leaders create an environment for the organization as a whole to succeed." 1

In these final days of February and throughout the year, be KIND.

Sincerely yours,

Karyn M. Warsow
Founder IPATH/ICTH/TPH Link
Chairman, IPATH Board of Directors
  1. Reference: Kindness & Leadership https://kindness.womenofthefuture.co.uk/
NEW IPATH Website
The  International Professional Association for Transport & Health (IPATH) is a platform for cross-disciplinary and multi-sector professionals working at the intersection of transport and health. The aim of PATH is to share information, exchange ideas, and foster collaboration to improve health, quality of life and well-being in communities by advocating for the integration of health in the urban and transport agendas. Make sure to check out the NEW website!

IPATH Membership includes dual membership to the  Transport & Health Science Group (THSG ). IPATH membership extends from 1 January through December 31 , renewed annually. Note that as of May 2019, IPATH is a nonprofit organization, making your membership dues tax deductible. In addition to the general membership benefits , IPATH has several committee opportunities available:
  • Gender & Transport Committee
  • New Mobility Technologies Committee
  • Research Initiatives Committee (Transport & Health Performance Metric Guidebook)
  • Transit Family of Services Committee

Let 2020 be the year that you become an active member of the IPATH community. Be inspired. Join/Renew your membership today!

WELCOME to the IPATH Board of Directors
We're excited to welcome Owen and Ipek to the IPATH Board of Directors (BOD)! Their expertise and leadership in the field of transport and health will help further the mission of IPATH as a member-based organization. Please take a few minutes to learn a little bit more about Owen and Ipek by visiting the BOD web page.

Are you interested in a leadership opportunity with IPATH? Do you have a passion for transport and health? There are still two (2) OPEN seats on the IPATH BOD for 2020. Submit your resume today. Be the change you want to see in the world - M. Gandhi
​E. Owen D. Waygood, PhD
Associate Professor
Polytechnique Montréal, Department of Transport Engineering
Quebec, Canada
Ipek N. Sener, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Texas A & M Transportation Research Institute
USA
Transport & Health Performance Metric Guidebook
Update
The IPATH Research Initiatives Committee is working diligently to organize the necessary programme infrastructure to complete the Transport & Health Performance Metric Guidebook by the proposed deliverable date of 31 December 2020.

With this ambitious goal in mind, we are looking for sponsors. Let us know if your organization is interested in an opportunity to sponsor a cutting edge global project, please take a few minutes to look over the Call for Sponsors. Sponsor monies are tax deductible and will go toward administrative support, contributing author incentives and publishing expenses.

A BIG 'Thank You' to Our Current Guidebook Sponsors!

Contributing Authors/Peer Reviewers
It's not to late to sign up to be a contributing author or a peer reviewer for this exciting project! Click HERE to get involved. You will be placed on a team of authors - each contributing their unique perspective on a given topic. Together, you will create a cohesive evidence-based chapter that will be the "Go To" resource for cross-disciplinary practitioners working on proposed or existing infrastructure projects. C'mon....What are you waiting for?
Study Analyses Potential Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Health

"...David Rojas, first author of the paper and a researcher at ISGlobal and Colorado State University, explained: “At the international level, we are still seeing very little research or planning by the authorities in anticipation of the advent of these new transport technologies, despite the fact that autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly modify our cities and the way we travel. And this innovative autonomous technology will also have an impact on public health."

"...The advent of autonomous vehicles may result in either health benefits or risks depending on a number of factors, such as how the technology is implemented, what fuel and engines are used, how self-driving cars are used and how they are integrated with other modes of transport,” Rojas said. It is estimated that if 90 percent of the cars in the U.S. were to become fully autonomous, an estimated 25,000 lives could be saved every year, with economic savings estimated at over $200 billion a year.

As well as providing benefits in terms of road safety, autonomous vehicles would also reportedly offer major opportunities for public health if the vehicles are electric and are used in a ridesharing format and integrated into a model that also prioritises public transport, cycling and walking. Such a model would promote physical activity, reduce air and noise pollution, and provide more public space for a healthy urban design, the researchers suggested.

However, self-driving vehicles could have a negative impact on public health if the future model is based on fossil fuel engines and individual ownership, leading to an increase in motorised traffic, greater sedentarism and worse air quality, the researchers continued." Click HERE to read the full article.
The 2020 AARP Community Challenge is On!
"The application period for the 2020 AARP Community Challenge is open! The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement and more." Click HERE to learn more and apply!
ITE Talks Transportation Podcast Series
NEW EPISODE EVERY MONTH

ITE Talks Transportation is a collaboration between ITE and Bernie Wagenblast, founder and editor of the Transportation Communication Newsletter and host of Transportation Radio. Each month, a new podcast features a thought leader within the transportation industry. A new episode will be available the 4th Tuesday of every month.
New Opportunities to Mitigate the Burden of Disease Caused by Traffic Related Air Pollution: Antioxidant-Rich Diets and Supplements
Air pollution is associated with premature mortality and a wide spectrum of diseases. Traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is one of the most concerning sources of air pollution for human exposure and health. Until TRAP levels can be significantly reduced on a global scale, there is a need for effective shorter-term strategies to prevent the adverse health effects of TRAP. A growing number of studies suggest that increasing antioxidant intake, through diet or supplementation, may reduce this burden of disease. In this paper, we conducted a non-systematic literature review to assess the available evidence on antioxidant-rich diets and antioxidant supplements as a strategy to mitigate adverse health effects of TRAP in human subjects. We identified 11 studies that fit our inclusion criteria; 3 of which investigated antioxidant-rich diets and 8 of which investigated antioxidant supplements. Overall, we found consistent evidence that dietary intake of antioxidants from adherence to the Mediterranean diet and increased fruit and vegetable consumption is effective in mitigating adverse health effects associated with TRAP. In contrast, antioxidant supplements, including fish oil, olive oil, and vitamin C and E supplements, presented conflicting evidence. Further research is needed to determine why antioxidant supplementation has limited efficacy and whether this relates to effective dose, supplement formulation, timing of administration, or population being studied. There is also a need to better ascertain if susceptible populations, such as children, the elderly, asthmatics and occupational workers consistently exposed to TRAP, should be recommended to increase their antioxidant intake to reduce their burden of disease. Policymakers should consider increasing populations’ antioxidant intake, through antioxidant-rich diets, as a relatively cheap and easy preventive measure to lower the burden of disease associated with TRAP. Click Here to read the published Journal Article.
Active People, Healthy Nation
"CDC has released new maps using BRFSS data from 2015-2018 that highlight geographic and racial/ethnic disparities in physical inactivity in the U.S. State and territory-level estimates of physical inactivity range from 17% in Colorado to 48% in Puerto Rico. In the majority of states, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics had a significantly higher prevalence of inactivity than non-Hispanic whites. These data show that more efforts are needed to increase physical activity to prevent and control chronic disease in the U.S. 

To address this issue, CDC is launching Active People, Healthy NationSM, a new initiative to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027.The initiative promotes strategies that work at the state and local level and is based on a foundation of inclusion and health equity. 

The goal of the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative is to build a national movement of individuals, organizations, and champions that support any of the strategies that work. Active People, Healthy Nation provides a comprehensive approach to improving physical activity by promoting strategies that work at the local, state, and national level in partnership with other Federal agencies and national organizations. The initiative is based on a foundation of inclusion and health equity where everyone regardless of age, race, income, socio-economic status, disability status, and geographic location has an opportunity to be physically active. 

Physical activity is one of the most beneficial things people can do to improve their health and quality of life. It immediately improves sleep quality, brain function, blood pressure, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also improves treatment for many chronic conditions and quality of life. Over the long term, it reduces at least 20 chronic diseases and other conditions, as well as saves health care costs. If everyone met the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition, the nation could save $117 billion in health care costs a year.".  
Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge
The Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge invites counties with populations of less than 150,000 to form multidisciplinary teams to compete in a challenge competition to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges.
Publication Opportunities
Journal of Transport & Health: Call for papers for the Special Issue: Health equity, social inclusion and mobility Submission Deadline 31 May 2020 Papers are invited which tackle following themes:
  • use of existing open data sources to measure patterns of transport disadvantage;
  • new deprivation and displacement and equity metrics with links to outcomes;
  • information on mobility, liveability, and health needs of populations by age, gender, socioeconomic status, and/or culture;
  • impacts of changing transport patterns on disadvantaged communities;
  • impacts of accessibility and transport on upward social mobility;
  • evaluations of policy and built environment interventions for disadvantaged populations.
Deadline 31 July 2020

"Climate change and disruptive technologies have generated increasing pressure on transport professionals to focus on sustainable transport. Therefore, the planning, design, management and regulation of all transport services and infrastructures is a challenge to policy makers, transportation engineers, planners and behavioural scientists seeking to promote sustainable travel behaviours. This magnitude of this challenge will only increase as new technology and innovations such as connected, autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and Mobility-as-a-Service are introduced. Hence, this Special Issue focuses on research that aims to increase our understanding of sustainable travel behaviour, and the development, implementation and evaluation of measures to increase the efficiency, environmental friendliness, resilience and sustainability of existing and future transportation systems."
Professional Growth
A Live-Streamed Event!
Miovision presents Envision 2020
February 26 at 1 pm EST


Envision 2020 is an exploration of the latest technologies and techniques for managing multimodal traffic. Click HERE to register.

Topics include:
  • Supporting an industry in need of data that includes vulnerable road users
  • Building cities in the age of micromobility
  • The road to Vision Zero and the new technologies that will get us there
  • Learn how cities are leveraging new innovative solutions to solve problems in their city
FREE Webinar
Feb 27, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time
"Presenters from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) will share how two unique tools help cities select policies that will be most effective to quickly grow cycling, and evaluate their progress year over year. Together, these tools aim to help cities shift people away from private vehicles for short trips, reducing congestion and emissions, improving air quality, and freeing up space for people instead of cars."

FREE Webinar
March 11, 2020, 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

"Attendees of this webinar will:
  • Explore strategies to engage local elected officials and other decision-makers around community issues related to walking and walkable communities
  • Consider ways to support walking and walkable communities in this election cycle and beyond
  • Gain knowledge about federal transportation issues and ways rethinking transportation in the US can put people first"
Reference Articles & Reports


The Climate and Health Program uses CDC’s Evaluation Framework to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of climate and health work. In order to better understand and improve our impact across climate and health programs, interventions, and projects, the program has translated the first three steps of the framework into a video series



ITE Journal - February 2020




Pune, India received the 2020 Sustainable Transport Award for its expansion of pedestrian infrastructure, its focus on designing for children can transform the city and its space that will benefit everyone.




Urban Footprint: Map Existing Conditions in Record Time - FREE eBook
Get quick answers to complex planning questions. Learn to build detailed existing conditions reports in record time with thousands of ready-to-map datasets and essential planning workflows


Conferences
National Walking Summit 10-11 March 2020, St. Louis, Missouri

2020 Aging in America Conference, March 24-27 in Atlanta, Georgia

International Making Cities Livable 2020, Carmel, Indiana • June 2-6, 2020


Intelligent Transport Conference 2020, 11-12 November, London, United Kingdom
Career Corner
Eno Center for Transportation: Job Board
  • Senior Manager, Training & Professional Development
  • Summer 2020 Thomas J. O’Bryant Transportation Policy Fellowship
  • Program Assistant Intern
  • Communications Intern
  • Deputy Chief of Planning - Caltrain

2020-2021 Fulcrum Fellowship - Applications NOW Being Accepted
"The Fulcrum Fellowship is an intensive, year-long leadership development program designed and facilitated by the Center for Community Investment (CCI) at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 

Graduate Research Assistant University of Maryland, Transportation Planning, Modeling and Policy Analysis

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Career Center

PhD Position at University of Cambridge: Integrating Health With Travel Demand Models

Planetizen Great source of open positions!

  • Research Assistant positions (undergraduates or a year or 2 of experience)
  • Research Analyst positions (some post-undergraduate education or experience)
  • Research Associate position (PhD or equivalent experience)



Thank you for taking the time to read through February issue of The Right Path Newsletter!

If you have ideas to improve the newsletter or would like to contribute, please email Karyn at kwarsow@tphlink.com