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SDITE 2013
KYSITE Spring Meeting Summary
Save the Date: KYSITE Golf Outing
Surprising Distraction
Safety Corner
Honda Smartphone App
Amazing Roads III
Member Profile #21
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
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June 5, 2013

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Ashley McLain

The Changing Face of Transportation



Hello KYSITE! 


Last year, this newsletter was painted blue and white.  This year, red and black are the colors to celebrate.  Congratulations to the University of Louisville for their third National Championship in Men's Basketball!  After the devastating injury to Kevin Ware, the Cardinals came back with an amazing second half against Duke followed by impressive come-from-behind wins against the Shockers and Wolverines. 


And while we are on the subject, congrats to the UofL women's team for making the NCAA basketball finals.  While the outcome wasn't as they hoped, their tourney run was impressive, including a win over Baylor.


This newsletter includes: 

  • SDITE 2013: A Great Success
  • KYSITE Spring Meeting Summary
  • KYSITE Golf Reminder
  • Distracted Driver
  • Traffic Safety Corner
  • Transportation Superlatives: Amazing Roads III
  • Member Profile #21 (Yes, it's back!)
  • Weird Signs
  • Quick Hits 
  • Have You Seen This?

Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE!


- KYSITE Officers

SDITE 2013: A Great Success

Wednesday (4/10) was the conclusion of SDITE 2013 in Charlotte.   In case you missed it (which includes choosing to attend the Final Four instead), a re-cap will be featured in the next edition.  In the meantime, great job to the Charlotte Local Arrangements Committee and the North Carolina Section (NCSITE) for putting on a great meeting.

KYSITE Spring Meeting Summary


On Tuesday March 26th, KYSITE and UKITE members gathered forkysitespring1  the KYSITE Spring Meeting held at Oliver Raymond Building on the University of Kentucky's campus. The speakers included Mei Chen, Max Conyers and Xu Thang to educate us on topics from CORSIM to the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (LAMPO) to an update on a time travel study near the University of Kentucky campus.


A "Why ITE" presentation was given by KYSITE Vice-President Vanessa Fritsch to discuss the organization at a regional and local level. Some great points were given as to why we belong and what benefits are given.


Over a pizza lunch, the student traffic bowl team did a trial run against several professors from the University of Kentucky.


If you missed the pictures, they are found here.


A special thank you to Eric Green and Tony Fields that helped organize this meeting.


We look forward to seeing you in June at the KYSITE Golf Outing!!



If you missed it last week, this year's golf outing will be held happy_gilmore_5 Wednesday June 5th at Duckers Lake Golf Resort.  Lunch will be served at 11:00 immediately followed by a shotgun start. 


Questions / RSVP's should be directed to Stuart Sparks.  Cost and payment details will be soon to follow.






A Surprising Distraction
By: Billy Garrison (GRW)


One of the most discussed traffic safety subjects is distracted driving. Recent studies have shown that billboards can be distracting. A recent study by the University of Alberta showed that the content of the billboards made a difference on how distracting they are. There is a big difference on how people react to negative pictures or words versus how they react to positive. To read more, click here.

Transportation Safety Corner
Speaking of Distracted Driving, this week's Safety Corner is a report on cell phone usage while driving.  The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a fact sheet that summarizes the percentage of drivers manipulating hand-held devices and using hand-held cell phones when driving.  This can be found here.
As always, thanks for Jarrod Stanley (KYTC Safety Engineer) for passing this along. 
Honda Smartphone App
As we report nearly every two weeks, technology in traffic operations and safety is increasing at an amazing rate. Honda's new smartphone app can reduce traffic jams and improve fuel efficiency.  For more information, click here.
Thanks for Eric Green (KTC) for passing this along. 
Transportation Superlatives
By: Anne Warnick (Parsons Brinckerhoff)
Up this week is #13 on the Weather Channel's 15 most amazing roads list. This road spans the western coast of the U.S. and made the list because of its awesome views. All images and descriptions all come straight from
The World's 15 Most Amazing Roads
#13: Pacific Coast Highway, California
Cyclists cross the Bixby Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway during the Amgen Tour of California from Seaside to San Luis Obispo, Calif.


One of the crown jewels of America's national scenic byways system, the Pacific Coast Highway stretches just over 120 miles between Monterey and Morro Bay, Calif., along a narrow two-lane road that hugs the cliffs of California's Central Coast, towering over the waves crashing into the shore below.


Some of the best spots to see along this roughly five-hour drive include Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Peninsula, home to Pebble Beach Golf Links and its famed 17-Mile Drive, as well as the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, one of the most beautiful (and photographed) places in all of California. 

Member Profile #21: Ashley McLain
It's baaaack!  It's our first profile in nearly one year and who better than our latest newsletter contributor.

Name: Ashley McLain


Place of Work: Palmer Engineering

Not Ashley
Not Ashley (Will try to get picture soon!)


Title: Project Engineer


Degree(s): BSCE @ UK in 2007


Certification: PE, PTOE


Place of Birth: Stearns, KY


Family: Husband (Eric) & 3 Spoiled Puppies -- Lucy, Oscar, and Sheeba


What are your technical interests?:

I like to keep things interesting and do a variety of things, but traffic analyses and microsimulation work are my top interests.


What are your hobbies?:



Spending time with family



Color: Pink

TV Show: Big Bang Theory


Five Quick Questions:

A. Coke or Pepsi: Mountain Dew

B. Dogs or Cats: Dogs

C. Telephone or Email: Phone

D. Pen or Pencil: Pencil

E. Cats or Cards: C.A.T.S. (It's been a tough week...I'm ready for March 2014!)

Weird Signs
Quick Hits


Have You Seen This?

We all love the robot man standing on the sidewalk in touristy cities, working hard to earn money for his robot family.  Like a member of the Royal Guard, these street performers are "trained" to keep their composure, even when tempted to react.  Well, this robot had enough.  Warning, there is a small amount of violence (but worth the view).


Living Statue Busker Punches Guy in Face - Several Times :)
"Living Statue" Punches Guy in Face - Several Times :)


Final Thought: A Quick Math Lesson


8 > 3




In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon  

- 2013 SDITE Annual Meeting Re-cap

- Golf Outing Details

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor