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De Blasio Looks Toward Sweden
KYSITE Golf Outing
TRB HCQS Meeting
Amazing Bridges
Member Profile
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important KYSITE Dates 

 June 4, 2014

KYSITE Golf Outing

Ducker's Lake 

 Frankfort, KY  


June 12, 2014 

 KYSITE / Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee Meeting

Important ITE Dates 

ITE Annual Meeting 

August 2014
Seattle, WA
2014 Executive Board


Past President


Section Rep

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Jarrod Stanley

The Changing Face of Transportation





Happy May to you!


Today's newsletter topic?  How about "Mayday Mayday Mayday?" and its origin. 


According to Wikipedia (which is always reliable), "Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications." 


The Mayday procedure word originated in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford (1897-1962).[4] A senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London, Mockford was asked to think of a word that would indicate distress and would easily be understood by all pilots and ground staff in an emergency. 


Other 'facts':


- Before the voice call "Mayday", SOS was the Morse code equivalent of the Mayday call. 


- Making a false distress call in the United States is a federal crime carrying sanctions of up to six years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution to the Coast Guard. 


Don't forget to contact KYSITE if you need anything, but don't incorrectly use "Mayday" if your request is urgent.


- KYSITE Officers

De Blasio Looks Toward Sweden for Road Safety 

STOCKHOLM - Across this Scandinavian capital of graceful cyclists and speed-regulating shrubbery, cabbies who drive Volvos and pedestrians who look over their shoulders before jaywalking, a simple figure rules:


Zero. It is the number of people permitted to die in Swedish traffic, according to national law.


For nearly two decades, every rising barrier and reduced speed limit has been tailored to this seemingly impossible goal, of eradicating traffic deaths and serious injuries, and its guiding premise: Every inch of street space must anticipate, and accommodate, human error.


While roadway deaths have not been eliminated, the country's rate of fatalities has been whittled down to an international low. Now its approach faces perhaps its stiffest test: the streets of New York City.


In a bid to reverse generations of roadway unruliness, Mayor Bill de Blasiohas put the strategy, known as Vision Zero, at the forefront of his transportation and policing agendas, targeting 2024 as the first year with no traffic deaths. 

Read the rest of the article here.

KYSITE Golf Outing

You are cordially invited to this year's Annual KYSITE Golf Outing. This is an event that is sure to please with great food, golf and exciting giveaways/prizes including a TaylorMade RocketBallz Bonded Driver.



Wednesday June 4, 2014

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT



Ducker's Lake Golf Resort

98 Buena Vista Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601

Register Now!
TRB Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee Mid-Year Meeting in Lexington

This is just a friendly reminder that the Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee (HCQSC) of the Transportation Research Board will hold its mid-year meeting in Lexington. The conference will be held June 11 - 14, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency hotel.


This is an exciting time for the HCM. On the heels of the 2010 HCM publication, an update is underway to include recent research on topics like travel time reliability, MAP-21 performance measures, truck level of service, and a Planning and Preliminary Engineering Applications Guide. Our mid-year meeting will include important decisions by the Committee on how these topics should be incorporated into the HCM.


I hope you will be able to join us for this historical occasion in Kentucky. Full Conference Info  


Even if you are unable to participate in the entire conference, please consider attending the luncheon on June 12th sponsored jointly by the HCQSC and the Kentucky Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. You may pay on-site at the luncheon, but an accurate count is needed in advance, so please compete and submit the form if you plan to attend.  Please email Tom Creasey if you need further details.  


The World's Most Amazing Bridges

By: Anne Warnick
This week's bridge brings us back to the US and is located in California. all content and photos come from  
 #5: Sundial Bridge, Redding, California
Completed in 2004, this bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento River near Redding, Calif., connects the museums at Turtle Bay Exploration Park with the Sacramento River Trail, a 35-mile-long hiking, walking and running trail that runs alongside the river.
No structures or supports protrude into the Sacramento River from the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, allowing the salmon and trout that swim in its waters - and the nearby salmon spawning habitat - to remain undisturbed. Built solely for cyclists and pedestrians, the 700-ft.-long bridge cost over $23 million to build, and in addition to providing access to nearby Turtle Bay Exploration Park, it is a real working sundial.


Its 217-ft.-high mast casts a shadow that moves about one foot per minute (though, compared to most clocks, it's accurate really only once a year, on the summer solstice).

Member Profile
Submitted by: Steve De Witte

Name: Mark Absher


Place of Work: City of Bowling Green


Title: Civil Engineer (Traffic Engineer)


Degree: B.S.C.E.


Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky (reason behind answer below) :)


Family: My immediate family consist of myself and two sons, along many extended family members that live throughout the state.  My oldest son is an Eagle Scout and youngest is working towards his, just three more ranks to go.


What are your technical interests?: ITS, Artificial Intelligence, Traffic Analysis, Structures, and Space Exploration


What are your hobbies?: Scouts, Hockey & Basketball Coaching, Computer, Console and Board Games, Robotics, Blogging and Writing




Color: Blue...made UK a nice fit :)

TV Show: Almost Human, Faceoff, Cosmos, Through the Wormhole, TWD, Vikings  (I know it says "favorite" but really close on these)

Song: That's a tough one, I am even more all over the place on this one.


Five Quick Questions:


A. Coke or Pepsi: Neither

B. Dogs or Cats:  Dogs

C. Facebook or Twitter: Both but lean toward Facebook

D. iPhone or Android: Android but we have both

E. Cats or Cards: Cats when they play the Cards, otherwise both.  I know, boo, hiss, pick a side.  Lol I went to UK and am from Louisville :)

Weird Signs
Submitted by: Billy Garrison  
Burro crossing?
Quick Hits  



San Francisco Turns Pedestrian Safety Into Children's Game


Have You Seen This? 
If you use Google, you might have noticed on Monday that it was the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube.  Have you ever solved one?  Would you like to impress your friends?  Here's your chance:
5 SIMPLE moves to EASILY solve the Rubik's Cube
5 SIMPLE moves to EASILY solve the Rubik's Cube
Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2014 KYSITE Board; and

Vanessa Fritsch, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor