The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) are co-hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar about ITE’s new Vision Zero Toolbox. The toolbox showcases best practices, analytical techniques, policy guidance, and communication and educational tools for Vision Zero (the goal of zero traffic fatalities among all road users) to make them easily accessible to practitioners.
The webinar will be offered on Thursday June 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mountain Time). To register for the webinar, please click here. Instructions on accessing the webinar will be sent after your registration is confirmed.
The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) will host a webinar entitled “What is the Positive Culture Framework?” which will introduce the Center’s approach to improving health and safety at the community level. This framework builds on the shared values, beliefs, and attitudes that already exist in a culture to promote health and safety, and uses a process that can be adapted to address any public health or safety issue. Presenter Katie Dively will share examples of how PCF has been applied in areas such as traffic safety, substance abuse, and violence prevention. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14 at 12 noon (Mountain Time). To register, click here. (Event password: chsc)
The Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) will hold its annual Summer Workshop on Thursday, August 10 in Pullman, Washington at Washington State University. The workshop will provide an opportunity for exchange on each of CESTiCC’s research thrusts and will feature a student poster competition and lectern sessions on a variety of topics related to environmentally sustainable transportation issues and research. If you would like to submit an abstract for presentation or a poster title, please follow the instructions on the event’s flyer. Registration for this is event is free; all attendees and presenters should register online on the CESTiCC Workforce Development Page. For more information on the workshop, please click here. WTI hosted last year’s popular workshop in Bozeman; for questions, you can also contact Laura Fay.
Presentation by Les Craig from the MSU Innovation Campus.
The staff of the Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) has been on the road this fall, providing on-site communication and Positive Culture Framework trainings to clients around the country:
· Molalla, Oregon. Katie Dively, Research Scientist II and Senior Trainer and Jay Otto, Principal Scientist facilitated a Positive Culture Framework Training with 25 traffic safety leaders in Molalla, OR. This training begins a year-long effort to improve traffic safety culture in Molalla. The Molalla Pioneer reported on the training in this news article.
· Warsaw, Indiana. Katie Dively provided a 2.5 day training on the Positive Culture Framework to 25 substance abuse prevention professionals and coalition members of the Kosciusko Cares Coalition.
· Indianapolis, Indiana. Katie Dively provided an overview of the Positive Culture Framework to 55 substance abuse and mental health grantees in the State of Indiana as well as a one-day workshop on building critical skills in prevention communication.
· Rye, New York. Katie Dively provided a one-day Positive Culture Framework Overview to 50 substance abuse prevention professionals for the ACT Coalition.
· Beckley, West Virginia. Jay Otto provided a 2.5 hour session with the Regional Education Services Agency (RESA) – Area #1 about the Positive Culture Framework (PCF). About 17 staff members attended and learned how they can utilize ideas from the PCF to bolster their efforts to create change within educational entities in their region.
The National Center for Rural Road Safety, sponsored by FHWA and headquartered at WTI, is excited to announce a national summit in 2016 on rural transportation. “Moving Rural America: Advancing Safe Transportation Systems to Enhance Economic Development and Quality of Life” will be held September 7-9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. This summit will be all-inclusive, bringing together key leaders and grassroots stakeholders to articulate important safety and transportation issues that impact quality of life and economic prosperity in rural areas. It will also identify collaborative opportunities to advocate for and implement initiatives that advance the deployment of a safe, efficient, seamless, and financially sustainable rural transportation network. Registration is now open! For more information, go to http://ruralsafetycenter.org/news-events/moving-rural-america-summit/
Special thanks to Taylor Lonsdale who assisted Case Managers at the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) and the Bike Kitchen with a Road Etiquette and Bike Safety Workshop for youth in Bozeman last week. The workshop sessions included bike safety, bike maintenance and repair, and a trip down the local city trails. Some of the youth participants were awarded free bikes for attending the workshop.
Big Horn Sheep in Big Sky: The online edition of “Explore Big Sky” recently featured an editorial on the dangers to wildlife and motorists on Highway 64. The article, entitled “Death of an Icon,” quoted WTI Program Manager David Kack, who discussed possible safety solutions for the road through Big Sky. The full article is available athttp://www.explorebigsky.com/editorial-death-of-an-icon/18284
WTI’s Rob Ament will be a featured speaker and panelist for an upcoming webinar, Crucial Habitat Assessment Tools (CHAT) and Wildlife Data. The program is part of the Eco-Logical Webinar Series presented by the GHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review. Tuesday, November 12, 2015 1:00pm MT. To register, please visit
Jay Otto and Katie Dively of the Center for Health and Safety Culture trained 60 professionals on the new Positive Culture Framework designed to serve communities and organizations in their efforts to improve health and safety. The 2.5 day training held in Portland, Oregon last week hosted attendees from Canada, Palau, and thirteen states across the nation. The Positive Culture Framework training uses a seven step process grounded in social ecology and the complex relationships between individuals and their social environment, and seeks to cultivate transformation within these cultures using an approach that grows healthy values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.