Welcome to the November edition of the UFTI T2 Center Newsletter. Feel free to call (352.273.1670) or email (t2assist@ce.ufl.edu) with any ideas, questions, or concerns. Thanks for reading!

In This Newsletter:

  • Director's Message
  • Upcoming Courses and Training
  • Center News
    • UFTI T2 Center Awarded Three Accelerating Safety Activities Program Grants
    • UFTI Affiliate Leads Technical Assistance for Safe Routes to School Program Application
    • Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center (OPRC) Update
    • Florida's Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Resource Center (SRC) Update
  • FDOT Research
  • Center Resources
    • Searching for Safety or Technical Training?

Director's Message

We are excited that the number of Engineering Webinars offered by our Center has grown to over twenty, presented by experts around the country.  These now include Site Impact Analysis, Access Management and Speed Management Techniques taught by Dane Ismart; Ethics presented by Marsha Anderson Bomar; Traffic Signals covered by Pete Yauch and Larry Hagen; Pedestrian and Bicycle Design from Juan Morales; and Traffic Engineering Fundamentals that I lead.  We are also planning on breaking these courses into shorter sessions to more easily fit within busy schedules.  For more information and/or to register, visit our website to see current list of topics with descriptions and dates here:  https://www.techtransfer.ce.ufl.edu/engineering 

Upcoming Courses and Training

The UF T2 Center Upcoming training course registration are available online! Get your PDH’s before biannual renewal. The full UF T2 Center training calendar for the first quarter of 2019 will be available on the web soon!

Engineering Interactive Webinar Training Courses

Construction Training Qualification Program (CTQP)

Maintenance of Traffic / Temporary Traffic Control Training Courses

Pilot Escort/ Flagging Training Courses

Request Exclusive On-Site Training

If you don’t see a class that fits your needs and have a group of interested students, please contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu or (352) 273-1685 to discuss the opportunity to bring a class to your location.  T2 has a pool of qualified, experienced, professional instructors capable of traveling to your location.

Center News

UFTI T2 Center Awarded Three Accelerating Safety Activities Program Grants

UFTI T2 Center has been awarded three Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP) grants to conduct free workshops on several topics including: Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE), Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP), and a Roundabout Workshop. The LRSP project provides participants with information on how to establish these programs in their communities. The T2 Center is currently in the planning stages of each of these ASAP workshops. Please contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu if you are interested in attending, hosting or presenting at the workshops.

UFTI Affiliate Leads Technical Assistance for Safe Routes to School Program Application

Dr. Ruth Steiner, a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UF, is leading the Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Program, which will provide expertise to counties within Florida to implement infrastructure improvements around schools with limited resources.

Safe Routes to School is a nationwide program that aims to make walking and biking to school safer and more accessible in communities while at the same time promoting the health and well-being of grade-school students and their families. In Florida, the program is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Approximately $7 million dollars are allocated each year, statewide, to fund new sidewalks, cross walks, shared use trails, and infrastructure improvements to facilitate students walking and biking to school.

Dr. Ruth Steiner has extensive background in transportation planning and, in particular, in school transportation and planning. As the Safe Routes to School UF program lead, she meets every week with the UF team comprised of urban and regional planning graduate students Austen Dole and Seth Wood, and Jasper Masciocchi, training specialist at the UFTI’s Technology Transfer Center.

The UF Safe Routes to School team will conduct site visits, coordinate meetings with stakeholders in communities, provide a schedule to submit application, assist in gathering necessary engineering pieces, parent and student perspective surveys, and offer tips for submitting a successful application. To begin building your Safe Routes to School committee in your area, contact the UF Safe Routes to School team.

Interested counties in Florida, especially in rural areas, are encouraged to apply at https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Q7re78m55mG9YV.

Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center (OPRC) Update

Thank you to all that have ordered from the Occupant Protection Resource Centers in the past! Please share our valuable resources with your neighbors and community partners. We would love to get our new materials into doctor’s offices, schools, and daycares across the state! The new grant year kicked off in October. The OPRC storeChild Passenger Safety Instructor stipend and CPS technician/instructor candidate scholarship applications are available. Anyone with a Florida address can order items from the OPRC Store for free with free shipping. Simple reporting for printed educational items is required by letting us know when, where and how many items were distributed through your OPRC Profile. Specialty items like car seats require additional documentation for ordering and reporting.

Read more the full details here.

We look forward to another year of supporting your occupant protection activities. Please use the customer survey for any improvements we can make to our services, materials provided, or website functionality to serve you better.

Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycling Safety Resource Center (SRC) Update

Helmet News

This month the SRC has opened the Helmet Store!  This is one of the earliest openings of the Helmet Store in the history of the program.  We currently have helmets available in a range of sizes and are able to provide helmets for big or small events. For information on how to order bicycle helmets, please visit https://www.pedbikesrc.ce.ufl.edu/pedbike/Bike_Helmets.asp

For Law Enforcement Only 

If you are in one of the 25 Focus Counties for pedestrian and bicycle issues, we have a front and rear bike light combo that is available only for LEO’s to distribute. 

Follow this link for more info:  https://www.pedbikesrc.ce.ufl.edu/pedbike/Resources.asp

Holiday Shipping

The SRC will be closed for Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Please plan your safety needs around these times when shipping will be slowed or ceased.

Event Support

*Event Support is on hold for the month of November and will resume as soon as hold is lifted by the State.*

SRC staff are available to assist state safety advocates at events. If you have a safety event that you would like PedBike SRC to support please email pedbikesrc@ce.ufl.edu  with your request.  Please make contact as early as possible to avoid conflicts with other events.  Below is a photo of a recent event in Tallahassee. 

http://www.pedbikesrc.ce.ufl.edu/pedbike/Evaluation_Form1.asp  

FDOT Research

FDOT Research Projects

Recently completed research projects and projects that have been newly funded have been added from various divisions, including Construction, Environmental Management, Maintenance, Materials, Planning and Safety Divisions, as well as the Traffic Engineering and Operations Division. For more details on any of these projects, including links to full reports and one-page research summaries, visit our Completed FDOT Research projects and Newly-Funded FDOT projects pages.

Center Resources

Searching for Safety or Technical Training?

T2 can work with you to meet your training needs.  Whether it is heavy equipment, project management, Traffic Engineering Fundamentals, or countless other topics, T2 is positioned to help bring the trainings of interest to your location. 

We can also provide an array of webinars geared to provide you with the most relevant information without the need to travel.  Let us know your areas of interest, and we can work with our experts to provide training either in instructor-led or webinar formats.

Many of our courses are approved for Professional Engineer (PE) credits.

Contact Jasper Masciocchi at j.masciocchi@ufl.edu or 352.273.1685 to discuss your training needs.