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SDITE 2013
Big Four Bridge Options
VA Training Track
KYSITE Safety Corner
Are Americans Driving Less?
Largest Roundabout
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important Dates 

March 19, 2013

KYSITE Spring Meeting

Lexington, KY


March 22-23, 2013


Lexington, KY


April 7-10, 2013

 Charlotte, NC
April 11-13, 2013
KY Rails to Trails Council's Walk/Bike Summit
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The Changing Face of Transportation



Hello KYSITE! 


It's Valentine's Day.  Here's your checklist:



- Romantic Dinner

- Box of Chocolates

- A Dozen Roses

- Tell your KYSITE Officers how much you love them!


This newsletter includes: 

  • Dues are Due
  • SDITE 2013 Notes
  • Reminders:
    • KYSITE Spring Meeting
    • KYTC "Your Turn" Survey
    • PTOE Review Course Survey
  • Big Four Bridge Opens
  • Virginia State Trooper Training Track
  • KYSITE Safety Corner
  • Are Americans Driving Less?
  • Transportation Superlatives VIII
  • Weird Signs
  • Quick Hits 
  • Have You Seen This

Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE!


- KYSITE Officers


Most of you who are not International ITE members should have dues2013 received an invoice for 2013 KYSITE dues via email late last week.  If you would like an invoice and didn't receive one, please contact Stuart Sparks.


The Section-only dues are $15 / year and help cover our scholarship fund as well as our operating costs (including the website and this awesome newsletter).  We intend to create price differentials in our meeting this year to make it worth your while.


Dues will be due on March 19, 2013 (i.e., the Spring Meeting). 

SDITE 2013 -- Early Bird Ends on 3/1/13

The 2013 SDITE Annual Meeting will be held in Charlotte, NC sdite2013 this year from April 7 - 10.  The theme, "Partnerships for Vibrant Communities," will focus on the changing environment in which we work to fulfill the new expectations of transportation engineers and planners.  


AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (CM) and/or Professional Development Hours (PDH) are being offered for attending the various technical sessions and tours.  In addition to the technical program, sticking with the theme of NCSITE to "Make it Funner", activities such as a tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame have been planned.  


To get more information about the meeting and register please visit the meeting website at  Hurry though early registration ends on March 1st.



Instead of having multiple article blocks with reminders, we reminder thought we'd consolidate a bit:


KYSITE Spring Meeting:  The KYSITE Spring Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY. More details will be announced soon.  Save the Date!


KYTC SurveyAs first presented in the newsletter two weeks ago, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is giving the general public the chance to comment on what they think transportation should be like in the next 20 years. The Cabinet is promoting this survey through a wide range of media.  Make sure you take time to fill it out. 


PTOE Survey:  We're trying to gauge if there is interest in a PTOE review course for 2013.  Please let us know if you would be interested in taking such a course if offered by filling out the following survey.


Big Four Bridge Opens
You've heard about the concept for years and seen the construction ongoing for the past year or so, but the Big Four Pedestrian / Bicycle Bridge is open!  For this and other information on the happenings along the Louisville Waterfront, click here.
VA State Police Training Track
The State of Virginia has constructed a $27.4 million training facility to supertroopers teach their troopers how to drive in a variety of conditions.   According to the article, "Unlike other public safety tracks that are flat-surfaced, the state police facility will allow troopers to experience the inclines and banking curves of Virginia's natural terrain and man-made highways."
For more information, click here.
Thanks to Shawn Dikes for passing this along!
KYSITE Safety Corner
As linked in the last newsletter, the Federal Highway Administration safetyfirst Office of Safety puts out a quarterly newsletter titled the "Safety Compass" newsletter.  This is a great publication and I suspect we may link more to it in the future.
In their last edition, that newsletter had an article on the Safety Circuit Rider (SCR) in Kentucky which is housed at the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) at the University of Kentucky (Go Cats).  Also, the Safety Circuit Rider is funded by the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) in Frankfort.
Are Americans Driving Less?
By: Billy Garrison (GRW)


From 1970 to 2008 U.S. vehicle miles driven increased every year. It has remained flat since 2008. Peak hour commute times have also decreased. A study done last spring by the Frontier Group and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund showed that Americans actually drove 6% less in 2011 when compared to 2004. To read more about this trend click here.

Transportation Superlatives VIII:
The Largest Roundabout in the World
This is the eighth of a series of 'transportation superlatives' which will highlight roads of the highest order, extreme or degree.  Thanks again to Diane Zimmerman for passing these along!
Putrajaya, Malaysia 

The World's Largest Roundabout (Putrahaya - Malaysia) Putrajaya is in the south of Kuala Lumpur. It is a new political centers, the loop length of it is 3.4 km. The roundabout is situated around a beautiful hill and green parks.


Weird Signs
Quick Hits poster

Have You Seen This?

You guys and gals really like videos.  Here's one of my personal favorites.  Don't try this at home.


Funny Old Woman- extra steering wheel !!!
Funny Old Woman- extra steering wheel !!!


In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon  

- More on 2013

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor