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KYSITE Annual Meeting
ITE Webinar Opportunities
Crash Analysis Workshop
Member Profile
Beautiful Streets
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important KYSITE Dates 



LFUCG Phoenix Bldg


Leadership Training 

Sept. 15-16

Oct. 13-14

General Butler State Resort


KYSITE Annual Meeting

November 13, 2014 

6:00 PM 

Hofbrauhaus - Newport

KYSITE Technical Meeting

November 14, 2014

PDS Kenton Co.

Important ITE Dates 


2014 Executive Board


Past President


Section Rep

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Jarrod Stanley

The Changing Face of Transportation





Do you have e-mail issues?  How about too many emails in your inbox?  Not sure which one to read or respond to first, including this one?  We know you drop everything to read this @ 3:30 PM every other Thursday, but how do you handle the other ones?  Here are a few tips from

  • One strategy you can use is to check email only at set points during the day. For instance, you may decide that you'll only check your email first thing in the morning, before lunch, and at the end of the day
  • Try using the "Two-Minute Rule" (a concept from David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done) when you read your mail - if the email will take less than two minutes to read and reply to, then take care of it right now, even if it's not a high priority.  
  • First, set up a simple filing system to help manage your mail.  You could use broad categories titled "Action Items," "Waiting," "Reference," and "Archives." If you're able to stay on top of your folders - particularly "Action" and "Waiting" folders - you could use them as an informal To-Do List for the day.

  • One of the best things that you can do, to limit the amount of email you need to process, is encourage people to send you less. 

If I can practice what I preach, there may be hope for me yet! And good luck to you as well.


- KYSITE Officers

Reminder to Save the Date:  KYSITE Annual Meeting November 13-14, 2014

Thursday November 13th, you are invited to join us at the Hofbrauhaus Newport from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our Annual Meeting dinner and events including the silent auction, awards and new officer installation.  


If you decide to extend your stay in Northern Kentucky, we are planning a technical session the next morning (Friday, November 14th) at the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County Office (formerly NKAPC).  We hope to have a session on the importance of collaboration of transportation engineers and planners among agencies.  If you have a presentation you would like to share, we are looking to fill a couple of slots.  Send us a message!

Please stay tuned for more details, registration and recommended lodging if you decide to stay the night in the area and take in all that Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati have to offer. 

ITE Webinar Opportunities


For those of you looking for professional education opportunities this summer, below is a list of  upcoming ITE Webinars. The LFUCG Division of Traffic Engineering is offering the TMC as a location to participate in the webinars at no charge.  Please be aware the room limits the attendees to 20.


3rd Floor Phoenix Building

101 E Vine Street

Lexington KY


Introduction To Transportation Planning Series 

DATE: Thursdays, September 4, 2014 - October 23, 2014
TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern


Asset Management for Signals, Signs and Street Lights

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Eastern


Please contact Steve Cummins to register or with questions.
Reminder: Crash Analysis Workshop 

Crash Analysis Workshop

September 5th, Lexington, KY - FREE


The Crash Analysis Workshop is a one-day course designed to present the current concepts and approaches in highway safety. The primary focus of the workshop is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the recently developed Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and introduce them to the new safety approaches and evaluations of crashes as recommended in the HSM. In addition to the HSM procedures, the processes of crash data retrieval, presentation in maps and charts, and tabulation techniques will be demonstrated.  The new approaches in evaluating safety and ranking priorities for roadway improvements, as envisioned to be used by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, will also be introduced and discussed. Participants will learn how to apply the new concepts with a series of hands on examples where they will be called upon to utilize the recently acquired knowledge and skills in determining safety needs for roadway segments. Basic familiarity with spreadsheets and basic calculation procedures is desirable.


Contact Megan @ to sign up.  Seating is limited.

Member Profile

Submitted By:Steve De Witte
Name: Shawn Dikes
Place of Work: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Lexington, Kentucky
Title: Assistant Vice President / Senior Project Manager
Degree: BA Urban Affairs and Planning - Virginia Tech, Master of City Planning - Georgia Tech
Place of Birth: Fairfax, Virginia
Family: Wife Terry and Daughter Katie
What are your technical interests?: Corridor based transportation planning, public involvement, multimodal alternatives analysis, transit operations planning
What are your hobbies?: Music...mostly new wave / alternative / college radio from the 1980s to today, college football, automobile racing (mostly Indy Car and F-1)
Color: Blue
TV Show: Turn, Big Bang Theory, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, and whatever is on Disney Channel on Saturday mornings
Song: Right now anything by INXS
Five Quick Questions:
A. Coke or Pepsi: Coke
B. Dogs or Cats: How about a cat (Ricky) who acts like a dog?
C. Facebook or Twitter: Neither
D. iPhone or Android: Company Blackberry at the moment...hey its free
E. Cats or Cards: Cats for basketball....Hokies for football

If you are interested in being featured in an upcoming edition, please let me know at! Thanks!

The World's Most Beautiful Streets

By:Anne Warnick
This week we begin showcasing the World's Most Beautiful Streets. First up is Rua Goncalo de Carvalho in Brazil. 

The Rua Goncalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil is a forest oasis in the middle of a concrete urban center. According to Treehugger, the street is transformed into a shadowy, green tunnel by more than 100 tipuana trees. In recent years, attempts to build a parking garage along the street were ended by a local environmental group, the Amigos da Rua Goncalo de Carvalho. Today the street is recognized as a site of Ecological, Cultural and Environmental Heritage.

*All photos and descriptions are from
Weird Signs
Submitted by: Billy Garrison 


Quick Hits  
Have You Seen This? 
As first shown to you in the Southern District's monthly newsletter, let's look at some Ice Bucket Challenge Fails.  Don't get us wrong, this has been a great fundraiser and awareness campaign for ALS.  But it's also fun to see what happens whe things go a little wrong.

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2014 KYSITE Board; and

Vanessa Fritsch, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor