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Getting to Know ITE's
Technical Programs Division

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TE 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.

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 version of the Streetsmart
evidence-based transportation tool. Currently in prototype form, this
online tool will help better integrate a wide range of environmental and livability concerns, including health, into engineering and
planning practice. The tool provides an online research synthesis,
resource clearinghouse, and communication platform for transportation planning. Streetsmart Executive Director Kelly Rodgers
explains, "The relationship between certain transportation strategies,
such as traffic calming, and the goals we have for our communities, such as improved safety and health, have been described and
documented in the research literature. However, this information isn't
readily accessible to those who need it: planners, engineers, elected
officials, and the communities they serve. As an interactive webbased tool, Streetsmart illuminates these relationships in a visually
rich and compelling way using the best evidence available, making
data that were generally inaccessible more actionable."
According to the Streetsmart website, Streetsmart aims to help
people understand the complex relationship between transportation
investments and their effects on communities through the use of
compelling graphics and standardized, easy-to-read descriptions.
Streetsmart displays how transportation strategies affect goals
through a performance dashboard. The design highlights how certain
strategies offer multiple benefits. Those who want more detail can
click through to a table that displays the study findings, and may click
through further to read individual studies when they are available.
With every query, Streetsmart provides links to case studies, guidebooks, and model codes so users can learn how best to implement the
kinds of projects that achieve results. Streetsmart seeks to achieve its
mission by helping by giving users the evidence and insight they need
to decide what works best for their community.
Currently, ITE members who are interested in shaping the beta
version of Streetsmart are invited to be part of a focus group to pro-

Streetsmart

ITE Signs Memorandum of Understanding
with Streetsmart

Screenshot of the prototype Streetsmart tool.

vide feedback on the usability and functionality of the Streetsmart
tool, currently in prototype form. The focus group will discuss your
current frustrations with finding the health evidence engineers need
as well as examine other tools and resources that can help them
get the information they want. Additionally, ITE will assist with
the review and translation of research results, form and support
one or more potential user focus groups, recruit pilot agencies
and manage pilot projects, support applications for funding, and
connect ITE member transportation professionals to the availability
and usefulness of the tool. Members interested in participating can
contact Streetsmart Executive Director Kelly Rodgers at Kelly@
thinkstreetsmart.org for more information.
For those interested in participating, or who are generally
interested in Streetsmart, ITE will host a webinar on June 14 to
introduce the tool. The focus group will meet via a webinar on June
20. Stay tuned to all of ITE's communication channels for continual updates related to this emerging resource, and learn more at
http://welcome.thinkstreetsmart.org. itej
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ITE Journal May 2018

President’s Message
Director’s Message
People in the Profession
ITE News
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
Technical Programs Division Spotlight
Industry News
Calendar
Where in the World?
Member to Member: Jing Zhang, AICP, PTP, LEED AP ND
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 Services Directory
ITE Journal May 2018 - 1
ITE Journal May 2018 - 2
ITE Journal May 2018 - 3
ITE Journal May 2018 - President’s Message
ITE Journal May 2018 - 5
ITE Journal May 2018 - Director’s Message
ITE Journal May 2018 - 7
ITE Journal May 2018 - People in the Profession
ITE Journal May 2018 - 9
ITE Journal May 2018 - 10
ITE Journal May 2018 - ITE News
ITE Journal May 2018 - ITE, FHWA, and Carmanah Rally to Keep Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons in Our Safety Toolbox
ITE Journal May 2018 - Improving Arterial Roads to Support Public Health: How Can We Do This?
ITE Journal May 2018 - 14
ITE Journal May 2018 - 15
ITE Journal May 2018 - 16
ITE Journal May 2018 - ITE’s Transportation and Health Initiative
ITE Journal May 2018 - 18
ITE Journal May 2018 - Technical Programs Division Spotlight
ITE Journal May 2018 - Industry News
ITE Journal May 2018 - 21
ITE Journal May 2018 - Where in the World?
ITE Journal May 2018 - 23
ITE Journal May 2018 - 24
ITE Journal May 2018 - 25
ITE Journal May 2018 - 26
ITE Journal May 2018 - Member to Member: Jing Zhang, AICP, PTP, LEED AP ND
ITE Journal May 2018 - 28
ITE Journal May 2018 - Countermeasures Prove Effective in Reducing Bicycle Collisions
ITE Journal May 2018 - 30
ITE Journal May 2018 - 31
ITE Journal May 2018 - 32
ITE Journal May 2018 - 33
ITE Journal May 2018 - 34
ITE Journal May 2018 - Guidance on Signal Control Strategies for Pedestrians to Improve Walkability
ITE Journal May 2018 - 36
ITE Journal May 2018 - 37
ITE Journal May 2018 - 38
ITE Journal May 2018 - 39
ITE Journal May 2018 - Factors Affecting Vehicle Passing Distance and Encroachments While Overtaking Cyclists
ITE Journal May 2018 - 41
ITE Journal May 2018 - 42
ITE Journal May 2018 - 43
ITE Journal May 2018 - 44
ITE Journal May 2018 - 45
ITE Journal May 2018 - Measuring the Success of Modal Shift: The Impact on Last Mile Connectivity
ITE Journal May 2018 - 47
ITE Journal May 2018 - 48
ITE Journal May 2018 - 49
ITE Journal May 2018 - Professional Services Directory
ITE Journal May 2018 - 51
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