From the Forums

One of the benefits of being an International ITE member is roman_forumthe ability to read and participate in the online forums / discussions.  The forums typically focus on technical topics in which professionals from the US and international community weigh in with the best practices and recommendations.

Every so often, there are a few topics that catch our attention as being more conceptual, forward thinking, or just simply interesting.

The topic that recently caught our attention was titled “”Surprisingly few people, even within the transportation planning world, are talking about this pending revolution.” Take a look at the author’s original take below and feel free to comment on our site:

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(The article the author links is: http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/12/11/from-horse-power-to-horsepower-to-processing-power/)

This is going to be the biggest thing in transportation since the invention of the car itself.  It will be a paradigm shift – it will change not just our roads but will impact on almost every aspect of society in some way.

The criticism in the subject title and above has been levelled at my profession and this Institution.  Is the author correct?  Are we talking about this pending revolution?……. (I tried many weeks ago, with a single response).

I have been doing my level best to raise awareness in Alberta and in Canada – and there are a few other tranpsortation professionals that I know of that are now talking about this.  But there is so much more that needs doing  – we need to research this subject – develop policies and guidelines – we need to be the first port of call for our clients when they want to know how this will affect them.

If you want to find out more – then please view my latest presentation as a sort of ‘autonomous vehicles 101’.

Transportation and personal mobility is going to become an increasingly hot topic over the coming months and years and I for one am very excited that I am a Transportation Engineer at this pivotal point in history.  I hope that you can learn enough about this coming revolution to share in my enthusiasm, raise awareness within our profession and help lead the way into a transformative future on our roads.

Regards,  Paul

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Paul Godsmark
Senior Transportation Specialist
EBA, A Tetra Tech Company
Edmonton AB

Bicycle Safety

A columnist in New York City wrote an interesting opinion piece about not wearing helmets while riding a bike.  Check it out. 

We’d like to get your thoughts and opinions if you have any.  Click ‘leave a comment’ to share. 

KYSITE Disclaimer:  The views and opinions expressed in this article and the comments below are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by KYSITE and/or ITE.

 

HCM 2010 Webinar Briefing Locations Finalized

KYSITE is sponsoring webinars on the 2010 HCM in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky on October 9th and October 30th from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. The first webinar is on the New Urban Streets Methodology and the second is on Freeway Facility Method Applications. 1.5 PDH credits will be available for each webinar. For more details about the topics to be discussed, follow this link.

The cost of this training is $10. Lunch will not be provided at this event, so each individual is welcome to bring their own.

October 9, 2012: New Urban Streets Methodology – Auto Mode

Lexington:  Parsons Brinckerhoff / 1792 Alysheba Way / Suite 230 / Lexington, KY 40509 / Contact: Lindsay Walker

Louisville:  Gresham, Smith and Partners / 101 South Fifth Street / Suite 1400 / Louisville, KY 40202 / (PNC Tower, formerly NCT) / Parking can be validated if you park in the tower garage. / Contact: Stuart Sparks 

October 30, 2012: Freeway Facility Method Applications

Lexington: CDM Smith / 1648 McGrathiana Parkway / Suite 340 / Lexington, KY 40511 / Contact: Brad Johnson

Louisville: Stantec / 10509 Timberwood Circle / Louisville, KY 40223 / Contact: Brian Aldridge

RSVP: To make a reservation, just send a note to kysite@kysite.com and indicate which city you would like to attend in.

HCM 2010 Webinar Briefing

KYSITE is sponsoring webinars on the 2010 HCM in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky on October 9th and October 30th from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. The first webinar is on the New Urban Streets Methodology and the second is on Freeway Facility Method Applications. 1.5 PDH credits will be available for each webinar. For more details about the topics to be discussed, follow this link. The cost of this training is $10. Lunch will not be provided at this event, so each individual is welcome to bring their own.

The first host site in Louisville is at the Gresham, Smith and Partners office located at 101 South Fifth Street, Suite 1400 (PNC Tower, formerly NCT), 40202. Parking can be validated if you park in the tower garage. If you have additional questions about this training site please contact Stuart Sparks.

The first host site in Lexington is at the Parsons Brinckerhoff office located at 1792 Alysheba Way, Suite 230, 40509. If you have additional questions about this training site please contact Lindsay Walker.

To make a reservation, just reply to this email and indicate which city you would like to attend in.

Stay tuned for the October 30th webinar locations.

I hope to see you there!

HCM Webinars Announced

KYSITE is going to sponsor two upcoming HCM 2010 Web Briefings. They are described below. Both Web Briefings will be held in  Lexington and Louisville to reduce the need to travel.  We are firming up locations and will provide more details in the upcoming newsletter. In order to cover the cost for each, a fee of $10 will be charged. Please RSVP to kysite@kysite.com and indicate which briefing you are interested in attending and in which city.

More information can be found here.

KYSITE Fall Meeting Cancelled

The KYSITE Fall Meeting scheduled for this Thursday has been cancelled due to a low RSVP rate. We apologize to those that had made plans to attend. If you have already paid, we can provide a reimbursement or apply the cost to the Annual Meeting  scheduled for November 8th at Buffalo Trace. Continue to watch for more details on this in the newsletter or check the website for details.