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National Roundabouts Week is September 17–21, organized by the Federal Highway Administration. ITE would like to remind you about our current policy on roundabouts, adopted in 2012: “ITE recognizes the safety, operational, and sustainability benefits of well-designed roundabouts and recommends the use of roundabouts be considered when intersections are being planned, designed, or modified.”
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“To change is difficult. Not to change is fatal.” – William Pollard Roundabouts save lives. The more severe the collision, the less likely it is to occur with a roundabout in place. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Highway Safety Manual , roundabouts reduce the most severe crashes by about 80 percent when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections. National Roundabouts Week is September 17–21, organized by the Federal Highway Administration. Read more:  http://bit.ly/intersectionsafe
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The ITE Complete Streets Council (CSC) represents and promotes the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, freight, autos, and other forms of travel in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of complete, multimodal transportation systems. The Council works to position ITE as the go-to resource on multimodal transportation for its members and as an active partner with other organizations and agencies in this field. Chaired by Lawrence J. Marcus, with Vice Chairs Matthew Roe and Ryan McClain, the Council saw an opportunity last fall to collaborate with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) to develop a new ...
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The idea that we need to provide mobility for all citizens is certainly not a new one. It is a challenge that transportation professionals have faced for generations. However, we are in a time where the demand for transportation choice has increased and the opportunities for fulfilling those demands have expanded beyond the traditional approaches we have used in the past. Mobility for all means there are choices, and people want the ability to make those choices based on their own individual needs. In looking back on the past five years, we have seen a menu of new choices emerge as technology advances have enabled new business models and attitudes about mobility ...
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Mobility is an abstract idea. Driving a car, everyone understands that. Riding a bike is easily explained. Taking a bus, easy to visualize. While each of these individual travel modes provides an element of mobility and can be delivered through well-worn procedures of planning and design, the broader concept of mobility is abstract and more difficult to solve. Mobility requires us to think more systemically. How do cars, bikes, and buses work, not in isolation, but together and alongside each other? How do rideshare, bikeshare, and now scootershare help or hinder the broader concept of mobility? Are each of these modes effectively connected by the infrastructure ...
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Developing the technical program for ITE International’s Annual Meeting and Exhibit entails nearly a year-long process managed by the ITE Technical Programs Division working collaboratively with ITE Membership Services staff. Starting with Anaheim, CA, USA in 2016, and building in Toronto, ON, Canada in 2017, ITE has transformed the Annual Meeting and Exhibit experience for members with new ideas, dynamic speakers on leading-edge topics, and even more opportunities to engage and connect with mentors, peers, and thought leaders. In 2018, ITE International expanded the successful joint host model by involving not one, but two District meetings for this year’s ...
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This month ITE International and the Midwestern District and Great Lakes Districts will jointly host the annual event that has become ITE’s premier immersive learning and networking experience. Our annual meeting continues to grow, and this year’s Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Minneapolis, MN, USA will offer diverse networking opportunities, the best regional and international technical content, and social events showcasing local hospitality, all within the theme—Inspiration. Connections. Knowledge. INSPIRATION. Our industry is in a transformational time. New technologies, companies, and services ...
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Inspiration. Connections. Knowledge. I belong to ITE for all three of these reasons. I believe many ITE members only focus on the knowledge part and stop there. Unfortunately, if knowledge, or simply acquiring information, is the sole focus of your ITE experience, then you risk missing out on the greatest value ITE offers—the relationships you can build with incredibly talented, inspiring people. It’s through building and maintaining these relationships that ITE membership offers the important elements of inspiration and connection that help elevate our application of the knowledge we obtain. Sure, I value the important technical information I get through ITE—data, ...
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ITE Technical Programs Division staff have been working in several areas that promote the importance of incorporating resiliency into our transportation systems and infrastructure. In 2017, the ITE Canons of Ethics for Members was updated to include the statement:  “The member will consider the need for resilience in the design and operations of the transportation system, as a means of enhancing society’s ability to respond and recover from economic, technological, or physical interruption of varying durations.” ( Read the full document  ) To help members meet this standard of conduct, ITE Technical Programs Division staff have been working to provide more ...
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One of the benefits of ITE membership is the opportunity for continued professional growth. In today’s rapidly changing transportation landscape, access to the latest knowledge and information is critical. Continually improving our professional development program is one of the ways that ITE helps members find solutions and grow their careers. Ensuring that the program is up-to-date and modern with the latest technology delivering current information is key to upholding ITE’s core values of being recognized, relevant, value added, and connected. Over the last several years ITE headquarters has been working to improve and enhance our offerings. Our goal is to ...
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What would you do if disaster struck and your family home was destroyed? Once you made sure that you and your loved ones were safe, you would probably go about assessing the damage and taking the first steps toward getting your life back to normal. It would be time consuming, costly, and disruptive to your lifestyle. It could be financially devastating. While we all hope nothing like this will ever happen, it’s possible, and prudence suggests we should plan ahead just in case. I live in the Mountain West where wildfire is a real threat to many homes. One way to prepare for wildfire is to plan your evacuation route, establish emergency contacts, store important ...
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Establishing a Cybersecurity Framework and Tools for Roadway Infrastructure As the transportation and automotive industries prepare for connected and automated vehicles, ensuring that the complex information systems sharing data to perform safety functions are secure from cyber-attacks and unauthorized access is critical to the technology’s successful implementation. ITE, with a long history of leading efforts to provide stakeholder input and intelligent transpor- tation systems standards for the development of connected vehicles, was awarded a contract in October 2016 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to establish a transportation system ...
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The development and implementation of Connected and Automated (CV/AV) Vehicles holds the promise of increased safety on our roadways as we strive to achieve Vision Zero. Yet developing the technology at a rapid pace cannot come at the expense of that safety, as it appears could have been the case with the recent fatal crash involving a self-driving car in Arizona. With this in mind, ITE Leadership felt it was important for ITE to be visible on this issue. ITE staff worked with the Board of Direction to develop a position statement on the continued development, testing, and deployment of CV/AV. The statement explains that ITE supports the advancement of technology ...
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If something is smart, it’s generally a good thing. As in, “Wow, she sure is smart!” Or, “Man, that guy is a smart dresser.” If a city then is branded as a “smart” community, that should be a good thing. And, as envisioned by many, I think Smart Communities can indeed be a good thing. The ideal Smart Community is one that will leverage big data, analytics, and technology to make our cities more livable. It’s a worthy aspiration. However, to realize that goal we will need more than cool technology. We will need planners and engineers to plan and design the technology and infrastructure for Smart Communities with a people-centered approach. That’s not necessarily ...
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ITE members benefit from the work conducted behind the scenes by the ITE Technical Programs Division at ITE Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, often without knowing it. This monthly column (take from the May 2018 issue of ITE Journal ) seeks to better inform our members of the technical products, services, and partnerships that are being developed, facilitated, and supported by ITE Technical Programs Division staff.  ITE Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Streetsmart To support ITE’s Transportation and Health initiative, ITE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Streetsmart , a nonprofit organization in Oregon, to help develop a beta ...
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This is taken from the Director's Message in the May 2018 issue of ITE Journal.   ITE is a founding member and serves on the Steering Committee of the Road to Zero Coalition , which has grown to more than 650 organizational members since the U.S. Department of Transportation established it in 2016 in conjunction with the National Safety Council. One of the Coalition’s primary goals has been to help imagine the “road” to zero fatalities. Over the past year experts from the member organizations have worked with the RAND Corporation to produce a new report, “The Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050.” I encourage you to read it through ...
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The most basic forms of transportation  are active ones—human powered. From early times to modern day, from childhood through old age, we walk first and last. Even today, when motorized transportation dominated by automobiles is the norm, we still begin and end every trip as a pedestrian. Bicycling, too, is a pretty basic form of transportation.  Most of us as young children take our first step toward independence when we learn to ride a bicycle, giving us the power and freedom to travel farther and experience more. Bicycling is also equitable transportation—affordable and accessible to the masses. Active transportation  is healthy transportation.  Whether ...
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In the typical modern city, our streets and roadways when added together make up the largest portion of public open space. These corridors are the threads that stitch the fabric of our communities together. They provide the transportation connections that allow us to move about from home to work to shopping and recreation. They deliver people and goods from origins to destinations. But, beyond their obvious transportation function, these are also the spaces where we most often interact with our fellow citizens, friends, and neighbors. Unfortunately, for too long, we’ve designed these spaces for cars first and people second. Because of the nature of these designs, ...
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Leadership is a theme that runs through my ITE experience. I suspect I am not unique. ITE has provided me many opportunities to practice, grow, and test my leadership. Beginning as a young professional, ITE provided me my first leadership opportunity when I was invited to serve as an officer of the fledgling Montana Chapter. From there, I kept volunteering and eventually served in leadership roles at all levels of ITE. Each experience helped me grow my aptitude to organize people and resources to get things accomplished. ITE has been a multiplier for my career, giving me far more opportunities to grow as a leader than I would have had in my day job alone. ...
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ITE members benefit from the work conducted behind the scenes by the ITE Technical Programs Division at ITE Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA, often without knowing it. This monthly column seeks to better inform our members of the technical products, services, and partnerships that are being developed, facilitated, and supported by ITE Technical Programs Division staff.  Updating ITE’s Parking Generation Manual  and  NPA’s Shared Parking Guide ITE and the National Parking Association (NPA) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on the development of the ITE Parking Generation Manual and the NPA Shared ...
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