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#167 Wednesday, January 24, 2007

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities. Check online for additional stories:
http://www.bikewalk.org/newsletter.php


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- Pete Lagerwey Dismissed as Seattle DOT Ped/Bike Program Coordinator
----- ALRC Develops Urban Safe Routes Program
----- A Quick 2006 NCBW Retrospective
----- Welcome to Kentucky's New Bike/Ped Coordinator!
----- Walk/Bike California Call for Presentations Deadline
----- Sign Up for NCSRTS Safe Routes Email Alerts
----- Walk21 Toronto 2007 Conference Call for Papers
----- Register Now for the National Bike Summit
----- Walk-To-Transit Paper Wins TRB Nod


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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----- Texas To Cut Enhancements Program
----- Charleston (SC) Mayor Highlights City's Bike/Ped Work
----- Mobility Report Card: Cycling Up 25% in Carrboro (NC)
----- Survey: Homeowners Seek Access to Retail, Transportation
----- Asbury Park (NJ) School Wants Safe Alternatives for Walkers
----- Study: Drivers Should Quit Extra Curricular Activities


FEATURES

PETE LAGERWEY DISMISSED AS SEATTLE DOT PED/BIKE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
By Bill Wilkinson, NCBW Executive Director

At this week's TRB meeting in Washington, DC, I was stunned by the news that the Seattle DOT (SDOT) has removed Pete Lagerwey from the manager's position he has held for over 20 years and assigned him to a more limited set of duties as a "Ped/Bike Planner." At the same time, another member of the small ped/bike office staff was reassigned to the SDOT sign shop! It is not clear what prompted these actions.

As virtually everyone in any way involved with bicycle and pedestrian programs in the U.S. knows, Pete is one of -- if not the premier -- planner working on these issues. Over the years, he has helped lead the City of Seattle to a well-earned status as having one of the best ped/bike programs in the country. The City's many outstanding accomplishments have Pete's stamp all over them.

So, this sudden and precipitous action by the Seattle DOT is of great concern. Have pedestrian and bicycle affairs become such big-time political issues that we should expect to see politically motivated actions affecting those of us in the profession? I sincerely hope not.

Additionally, the NCBW has another, related concern: we selected Seattle as the host city for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008. Notwithstanding a broad base of support from the Seattle community for the City's bid for the conference, it was Pete's leadership and his program's accomplishments that prompted us to select Seattle. What now?

In a 22 January note to Grace Crunican, SDOT Director, I wrote, "I was planning a trip to Seattle in mid-February to meet with the local host committee and to formally kick off planning for the conference. Now, I'm not sure it is appropriate to move forward for the time being." I have not heard back from Grace, so I am writing to the City today to postpone the meeting until such time as City officials meet with us to explain what is going on, what we can expect, and to -- we hope -- reassure us that the City is committed to hosting the conference and that Pete will continue to lead the City's efforts in this regard.

We'll keep you posted.


ALRC DEVELOPS URBAN SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> In 2006 the Active Living Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, began work on a SRTS program for diverse populations in heavily urbanized environments where schools are typically located in the middle of cities with row homes, multi-family dwellings and industrial neighbors. It is a program designed for the community's care givers; we call it City-SRTS and we are sharing our experiences and findings to date in a report that is available at:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/saferoutestoschool8.php

As part of this program a series of five pilots for this program were presented in three cities: Birmingham, Alabama; Chicago, Illinois; and St. Paul, Minnesota. Each of these workshops were different and we have documented them in short reports which are also available on the ALRC website. The development of the City SRTS Program will continue with more workshops in the spring and fall. If you are interested in possibly having a workshop in your city please contact Sharon Roerty at <sharon@bikewalk.org> or Mark Plotz at <mark@bikewalk.org> -- sr


A QUICK 2006 NCBW RETROSPECTIVE

-> I always enjoy taking a few moments to look back on a year just past and share with CenterLines readers some of NCBW's successes and achievements.

The most recent achievement: the Bethesda headquarters office moved...down one floor to Suite 520. When compared to our previous move from Dupont Circle in 2004, this move was handled with grace and aplomb.

We welcomed two new staff to the organization: Chris Jordan and Anne Villacres ... and bid a fond farewell to our friend Corey Twyman.

We worked as consultants on projects in New Jersey (for the State DOT on their SRTS project, and the Town of Wharton on SRTS); in Lexington, Kentucky (for the MPO on a long-range bike/ped plan); in Maryland (for the Office of Highway Safety on Walkable Community Workshops); in Massachusetts (for the Executive Office of Transportation on the Statewide Bike Plan Update); in Ottawa (for the City on the Pedestrian Plan); among others.

We presented a total of 45 Walkable Community Workshops in eight different communities.

We published 26 biweekly issues of CenterLines without missing a beat, with John Williams at the tiller.

We launched complete revisions of the NCBW (www.bikewalk.org) and Active Living Resource Center (www.activelivingresources.org) web sites.

We continued to provide technical assistance and support to the National Park Service on the Park Roads and Parkways program.

We presented at many conferences and meetings, including: Georgia Statewide Bike/Ped Conference; Florida Pro Bike/Pro Walk Conference; the Eno Foundation's Transportation Scholars program, and others.

With the University of Oregon, we developed a GIS tool for assessing safe routes to school, and pilot tested it in five schools around the country. In 2007 we'll expand the tool to include modules for Complete Streets and ADA.

Sharon was appointed to the National Safe Routes to School Task Force and is a member of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership steering committee. Bob was appointed to the TRB Bicycle Committee. Bill continues to serve on various Surface Transportation Policy Partnership committees and on the Complete Streets steering committee.

We held the best-attended Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference yet, with 645 participants representing a dozen countries. The day before the conference we presented institutes on SRTS and the Traffic Justice concept. Madison, Wisconsin, made a wonderful venue.

Okay, enough about 2006. It's time to look forward to new opportunities (and not a little hard work) helping communities become more bicycle friendly and walkable. -- bw


WELCOME TO KENTUCKY'S NEW BIKE/PED COORDINATOR!

-> In a recent note, Tiffani Jackson wrote, "Just letting you know that I am the new Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for KY. Thanks! My contact information is: Tiffani Jackson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Office of Special Programs, KY Transportation Department, 200 Mero St., 6th floor, Frankfort, KY 40622; Phone: (502)564-2060 ext.3033; Fax: (502)564-6615; Email: <Tiffani.Jackson@ky.gov>.


WALK/BIKE CALIFORNIA CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS DEADLINE

-> According to a note from Rebecca Markussen of the California Bicycle Coalition, "The third biennial Walk/Bike California Conference will be held on Tuesday, September 11 to Friday, September 14, 2007 in Davis, California. Please join us with your participation and respond to the Call for Presentations, Posters, Sponsors, Exhibits or Awards by Friday, March 16.

"Whether your interest is engineering, planning, public health, livable communities, safety, education, legislation or transportation reform, Walk/Bike California 2007 is an essential conference to share your work, network with colleagues, and meet those who are funding and creating an exciting movement that is changing the way Californians live. The conference will feature informational sessions, workshops and mobile tours on walking and bicycling topics.

"Walk/Bike California 2007 is hosted by the California Bicycle Coalition in association with California Walks. The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)'s Professional Development Seminar will be held concurrently."

For information and submittal forms, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2pxedq


SIGN UP FOR NCSRTS SAFE ROUTES EMAIL ALERTS

-> In a recent note, Katy Jones wrote, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School has added an email alerts sign-up feature on its Web site. By signing up for the feature, subscribers will receive periodic updates from the Center, including news releases and Safe Routes Matters, the Center's electronic newsletter." To subscribe, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3ahbng

The NCSRTS home page is here: http://tinyurl.com/o6szb


WALK21 TORONTO 2007 CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

-> According to a recent note from Matthew Cowley, "The City of Toronto and Green Communities Canada will host Walk21 Toronto 2007 -- Putting Pedestrians First -- from October 1st to 4th, 2007. This exciting conference will bring together hundreds of delegates from around the world all with the goal of making walkable communities. Leaders and advocates from government, academia, planning, engineering, community groups, health, environment, design, and business are all expected to attend.

"Please join in this important event by submitting a paper to the conference. Share your research, your experiences, your successes, your challenges, your plans, and your actions with colleagues and meet others who are working towards the same goals. Walk21 Toronto 2007 will feature workshops, walkshops, plenary sessions, special forums, and social events. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto next October!"

-> Deadline to submit: Friday March 23rd, 2007<-

To view the Call for Papers and for more info, follow the web link below or contact <walk21@toronto.ca> or call +1-416-392-7200.
http://www.toronto.ca/walk21.


REGISTER NOW FOR THE NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT

-> An article in the Jan. 23rd Bikes Belong newsletter suggests, "Make your travel plans now for the National Bike Summit, being held March 14-16 in Washington, D.C. Bikes Belong is the lead sponsor of this event, and we urge you to attend. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the National Bike Summit is a crucial opportunity for the bicycling community to communicate with top-level government leaders who have the power to dramatically improve bicycling in the U.S. With a new Congress in session, the time is ripe to strengthen our Capitol connections to ensure a strong future for bicycling. This year, the bicycling community is developing a bold, new national agenda. Be part of the group that fine-tunes and presents it to federal leaders."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3besae


WALK-TO-TRANSIT PAPER WINS TRB NOD

We were pleased to learn Tuesday that Marc Schlossberg, Assistant Professor in Planning, Public Policy, and Management, and his cohorts Asha Weinstein (San Jose State University), Vanessa Louise Bekkouche (University of Oregon), and Katja Irvin (San Jose State University) received the TRB award for the best paper on Pedestrians. Marc heads the program working with NCBW on developing GIS-based community assessment tools.

The paper's title is: How Far, by Which Route, and Why? Spatial Analysis of Pedestrian Preference (07-2050). From the abstract: "Policy makers recognize walking as a key mode of travel and believe that increasing the number of walk trips is a key goal. Despite the seeming simplicity of the goal, we know very little about how far people actually walk or about how street design affects people's willingness or capacity to access their desired destinations by walking. This paper reports on a survey designed to answer two primary research questions related to pedestrian behavior: (1) How far do pedestrians walk to light rail stations? (2) What environmental factors do they say influence their route choice?

We'll ask Marc to provide more details for a future issue of CenterLines.


QUOTES R US

-> "My vision for Salt Lake County -- a series of well-planned communities with walkable streets teeming with people, quaint communities, neighborhood shops, sidewalk cafes, parks and recreation facilities..."
-- Peter Corroon, Salt Lake County Mayor
http://tinyurl.com/3xugeh


-> "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness...and many of our people need it solely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
http://tinyurl.com/2f575e


IN THE NEWS

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TEXAS TO CUT ENHANCEMENTS PROGRAM

Faced with a 2 percent cut in promised federal transportation funds, Texas plans to take the money away from their enhancement funds program. The state Transportation Department is indefinitely suspending the distribution of those grants.

"The federal government's decision to cut $305 million from Texas' $14.5 billion 2004-09 allocation put us in the position of having to choose between congestion-relief projects and enhancement projects," wrote Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ric Williamson. . . . (We) believe the enhancement program has the weakest connection to our goals."

"This is a perfect example of the kind of actions that at least some State DOTs are taking and that I outlined in the January 10th issue of CenterLines," said Bill Wilkinson, NCBW's executive director (see issue #166: FHWA: Not Being All It Could Be). "The FHWA is effectively "hiding" from the rest of us by refusing to make the information that is has on rescissions available."

For updates, see the Texas Bicycle Coalition page at www.BikeTexas.org

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2rqpwx
Archive cost: No
Title: "State to suspend road 'enhancement' program"
Author: Ben Wear


CHARLESTON (SC) MAYOR HIGHLIGHTS CITY'S BIKE/PED WORK

-> In his State of the City Address, Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley, Jr. reported, "A wonderful surprise has been the way our community has taken to the bike and pedestrian lane on the new Cooper River Bridge. And we have a number of bike and pedestrian enhancements planned, like one along Highway 61 from Drayton Elementary School down to Bee's Ferry. This will eventually be one part of a 19-mile, West Ashley-wide bike and pedestrian network. Another part of it is this recent extension of the West Ashley Greenway that connects Folly Road to Albemarle Road.

"We also just approved a grant to extend the West Ashley Bikeway all the way down to the Ashley River, another wonderful new way to access the water in Charleston on the west side of the Ashley River. We are also working very hard to have the Ashley River Memorial Bridge retrofitted for a bike and pedestrian lane to be appended to the south side of the bridge so that bikers and pedestrian can get safely across the Ashley River, thereby connecting our West Ashley network with that on the Peninsula and to the bike and pedestrian lane on the Cooper River Bridge.

"We also need to provide bike and pedestrian facilities for the Ashley River Memorial Bridge that connects Cosgrove Avenue to Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and we will begin construction this year on the bike and pedestrian lane on East Bay Street that will connect the Cooper River Bridge into the sidewalk and pedestrian network of our City. All CARTA buses (except the trolleys) are equipped with bike racks and we are seeing increasing numbers of bikers use our CARTA system..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2umqu2
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/2md8u5
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "State of the City Address"
Author: Joseph Riley, Jr.


MOBILITY REPORT CARD: CYCLING UP 25% IN CARRBORO (NC)

-> As a Jan. 23rd Herald-Sun article put it, "According to a 'Mobility Report Card' presented to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen Tuesday night, the town is traveling in the right direction. Bicycle and public transportation use is up, said Michael Hallock-Solomon of LSA Associates, who presented the findings. The report card is a component of the 'Congestion Management System' required by law in the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro metropolitan area and is meant to evaluate progress toward townwide mobility goals. This report addressed Carrboro for the years 2001 through 2005. The report card's conclusions were drawn by looking at various transportation statistics in Carrboro's town limits, including average daily traffic counts along key roadways, analysis of intersections, identification of key congestion points, inventory of miles of sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and annual and daily public transit passenger summaries by route. 'Overall -- two thumbs up. You're doing very well,' Hallock-Solomon said Tuesday night.

"He used 'thumbs-up' and 'thumbs-down' icons in his presentation to give Carrboro a grade on numerous transportation issues. Only 'vehicular travel time' received a thumbs-down, and a few items on the list received a thumb halfway between up and down, indicating that the town was doing neither great nor poorly when it came to that particular issue. Bicycle activity received a thumbs-up. The report stated bicycle use has increased 25 percent between 2001 and 2005. Hallock-Solomon said that while pedestrian activity has stayed about the same over the years -- declining in some areas and improving in others -- pedestrian facilities in Carrboro overall have improved. The total length of all sidewalks in town has increased 10 percent between 2003 and 2005, he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3c3pt8
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/y9ne8p
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Carrboro scores high in mobility"
Author: Cara Mcdonough

The Mobility Report Card (2mb) can be downloaded here:
http://tinyurl.com/3bkc8q


SURVEY: HOMEOWNERS SEEK ACCESS TO RETAIL, TRANSPORTATION

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Springfield Business Journal article, "Increasing energy costs, a preference for urban living and a desire for more accessibility to public services, retail and entertainment options has resulted in more community design based on the principles of higher density and mixed-use development. That's according to The American Institute of Architects' third-quarter Home Design Trends Survey, released in December. The survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of 500 architecture firms that concentrate on the residential sector. The survey also fond that homeowners are interested in neighborhoods that have dedicated areas for recreation and open space.

"Traditional neighborhood design featuring homes closer to the street, front porches for more neighborhood interaction, and smaller lots also are gaining popularity. 'Encouraging clustered retail development with a multitude of services around public transportation and dense residential units has been part of an overall strategy by architects and public officials to foster more vital and healthy communities,' said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker in a news release. 'Consumer demand has caught up to this approach and we are now seeing more interest in developments that include a mix of shopping, entertainment and recreation options.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/36ahgs
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/3csdae
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Homeowners Seek Access to Retail, Transportation"
Author: SBJ Staff

For more on the AIA survey, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2wxqos


ASBURY PARK (NJ) SCHOOL WANTS SAFE ALTERNATIVES FOR WALKERS

-> According to a Jan 20th Press article, "Ileana Poglodek lives about eight blocks from Midstreams School in Brick, where her daughter Jacqueline is in fourth grade. The distance classifies Jacqueline as one of the school's 147 walkers, or students who are considered to live too close to the school for busing. But many of those walkers are actually driven to school by their parents, and Poglodek said she wouldn't consider actually letting her daughter go to school every morning on foot. 'It's not so safe around here,' said Poglodek, 45. 'Midstreams Road is kind of a busy road.' School district and town officials agree with that assessment right now, but they hope to soon be able to do something about it. On Tuesday night, the township council approved an application to the state Department of Transportation for a grant worth nearly $200,000 under the Safe Routes to School Program.

"Though the town and district are waiting to see whether Brick actually receives the grant before deciding exactly what to do with it, the funding could be applied to a variety of projects, such as installing sidewalks and crosswalks, improving lighting and adding signs. Trudie Rebelo, the school's principal, said a main goal of the program is to get kids exercising and improve their physical fitness. 'We have children who live at a distance where the parents bring them to school when they could be walking,' Rebelo said. 'Our physical education and health teachers are trying to promote physical fitness as it is.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2q2wuk
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/rhyt4
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "School trying to provide safe alternatives for walkers"
Author: Tristan J. Schweiger


STUDY: DRIVERS SHOULD QUIT EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

-> According to a Jan. 23rd 49abcnews story, "Eight of ten Americans are multi-tasking during drive time, yet most of them consider themselves safe drivers, according to a new survey from nationwide Mutual Insurance. Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Primary causes of driver inattention are distracting activities, such as cell phone use and drowsiness, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.

"In the survey, drivers admitted to doing at least one of the following activities while driving: Talking on the phone, eating -- which topped the list -- personal primping, like doing hair, make-up and shaving, and using cell phones and other electronic devices. Some took their eyes off the road to send text messages and emails. Experts at Mutual Insurance warn distracted drivers put others at risk."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yu9wua
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Phone use, personal primping among activities drivers should quit, survey says"
Author: Staff


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

THE_ _FLYING_ _BICYCLE

Product name: Flying Bicycle
Manufacturer: Beijing Zhongyu Amusement Equipment Co., Ltd.
Patent No. ZL99 255564.7
Place of origin: Beijing
Industry: Equipment used in amusement park
Category: high-altitude equipment
Publication Date: 2006-6-6
Chief Introduction: Flying Bicycle (patented product)
Flying Bicycle spins in the track way. People on bicycle sometimes fly high to sky like meteors, sometimes fly sidelong, and sometimes rotate horizontally, which is quite thrilling and riveting. It is a foldable product and easily installed. And walking wheel make it easy move.

http://tinyurl.com/2uvldf


QUICK HITS

WEIGHT MAY INFLUENCE EARNING POWER
-> "Just a 10 percent increase in body mass index, a measure of weight relative to height, can cut a man's real earnings by 3.3 percent and a woman's by 1.8 percent, economists said on Wednesday..."
http://tinyurl.com/2leqqn

LANCASTER (PA) CONSIDERS STREETCARS FOR WALKABILITY
-> "Within the next three to four months, the city will apply for federal and state funds to construct a seven-mile streetcar line that would include a downtown loop and a leg northwest to Long's Park...."
http://tinyurl.com/355u9s

INDUSTRY MESSAGE: SUPPORT CLIMATE CHANGE MEASURES
-> "The chief executives of 10 major organizations, on the eve of the State of the Union address, urged President Bush on Monday to support mandatory reductions in climate-changing pollution and establish reductions targets..."
http://tinyurl.com/29vq84

ILLINOIS FUNDS HELP FUEL SPRAWL IN WEALTHY SUBURBS
-> "In a thorough study of the state's $1.2 billion of business subsidies for the Chicago region between 1990 and 2004, the Washington-based Good Jobs First nonprofit center, which seeks economic development accountability and metropolitan smart growth, found that instead of helping the areas hardest-hit by plant closing and job flight, state agencies 'have favored affluent, outlying areas with low unemployment and the strongest tax base.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/ypwuwo

CITIES REAP REWARDS FOR DECKING HIGHWAYS WITH PARKS
-> "U.S. cities are increasingly putting freeway segments underground and covering them with parkland. Whether called a lid, deck, bridge or tunnel, there are already some 20 highway parks in the country, several under construction -- most notably, the Rose Kennedy Greenway park atop Boston's Big Dig -- and at least a dozen more in the planning pipeline..."
http://tinyurl.com/2h284f

UK CONSERVATIVES TO PROPOSE "NAKED STREETS"
-> "Traffic lights, road signs and white lines would be removed from many high streets across the country under Conservative proposals to improve safety and reduce congestion by giving drivers and pedestrians equal status..."
http://tinyurl.com/2gqwme


RESOURCES

-> "WIN-WIN EMISSION REDUCTION STRATEGIES"
New report from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute; "Smart transportation strategies can achieve emission reduction targets and provide other important economic, social and environmental benefits."
http://tinyurl.com/2lnund

-> "WIN-WIN TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS"
Another new report from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
http://tinyurl.com/2w3pzx

-> "ALBERTA SURVEYS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY"
Biennial surveys conducted by the Alberta (Canada) Centre for Active Living.
http://tinyurl.com/3aduss

-> "SMART GROWTH AND SCHOOLS"
Numerous resources on the linkage between smart growth and schools; from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
http://tinyurl.com/2l3l6r


CALENDAR

Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center
for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line
calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items
pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or
livable community fields. Go to:
http://tinyurl.com/85n4w

HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

-> February 1-2, 2007, Implementing a Sidewalk Management System, Madison, WI. Info: Sandra Selvon-Semin, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Dept. 108, Madison WI 53706; phone: (800) 462-0876; email: <custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/2nhr83

-> February 5-6, 2007, International Conference on Roads and the Environment, Geneva, Switzerland. Info: International Road Federation, 2, chemin de Blandonnet 1214 Vernier/Geneva, Switzerland; phone: +41 22 306 02 60; email: <abastienne@irfnet.org>
http://tinyurl.com/yyuykj

-> February 8-10, 2007, New Partners for Smart Growth, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ha9q5

-> February 22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference, Coronado CA. Info: Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator; phone: 619-260-5538; email: <awilson@projects.sdsu.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/fkjya

March 25-27, 2007, Lifesavers Conference, Chicago, IL. Info: National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, PO Box 30045, Alexandria VA 22310; phone: (703) 922-7944.
http://tinyurl.com/2vyrns

-> March 25-29, 2007, National Trust Main Streets Conference, Seattle, WA. Info: Mary de la Fe, Main Streets Conference Coordinator, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6329; email: <mary_delafe@nthp.org>
http://tinyurl.com/pwyqh

-> April 14-18, 2007, American Planning Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/j9v8w

-> June 12-15, 2007, Velo City International Bicycle Conference, Munich, Germany. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/edzbb

-> July 13-15, 2007, Thunderhead Training, Louisville, KY. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

-> August 24-26, 2007, Thunderhead Training, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

-> September 11-14, 2007, Walk/Bike California 2007 Conference, Davis, CA. Info: Jennifer Stanley, California Bicycle Coalition, email: <secretary@calbike.org>
http://www.walkbikecalifornia.org

-> October 1-4, 2007, Walk21 International Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ygtb78

-> October 5-7, Thunderhead Training, plus lobby training Oct. 8 and Hill visits Oct. 9, 2007, Washington, DC. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org


JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS

-> JOB -- BIKE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR -- DAVIS, CA
The Position: To plan, organize and administer various aspects of the city's bicycle/pedestrian program, including policy development, coordination of planning and implementation of bicycle/pedestrian facilities, promotion of the safe use of bicycles in the community, community outreach and education. Monthly Salary: $4,576.40 - $5,562.63. Apply by: February 23, 2007.

More info: http://tinyurl.com/26k983

Note: According to David Takemoto-Weerts, previous bike/ped coordinator, Tim Bustos, is now an "associate development engineer" at UC Berkeley's Tech Transfer division. He can be emailed at <tbustos@berkeley.edu>. Here's where he works:
http://tinyurl.com/3b5apq


-> REQUEST FOR APPS -- FREE SMART GROWTH HELP -- EPA
Are you trying to encourage specific smart growth techniques like transit-oriented development? Or direct your state department of transportation investments to better support smart growth? Are you looking to use smart growth to reach economic development goals? Do you need help ensuring that school investments help your state or community meet multiple goals? Do you need to retrofit a commercial corridor? Or coordinate your community's smart growth design with an active aging program?

The Development, Community, and Environment Division in U.S. EPA's Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation is responding to this need by issuing a request for applications for the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program. Through this program, a team of multidisciplinary experts will provide free technical assistance to communities, regions, or states that want to develop in ways that meet environmental and other local or regional goals.

Communities, regions, and states around the country are interested in building stronger neighborhoods, protecting their environmental resources, enhancing public health, and planning for development, but they may lack the tools, resources, or information to achieve these goals. EPA can help applicants overcome these roadblocks by providing evaluation tools and expert analysis.

EPA is soliciting applications from states or communities that want help with either policy analysis or public participatory processes. Selected communities will receive assistance in the form of a multi-day visit from a team of experts organized by EPA and other national partners to work with local leaders. Applications will be accepted until March 8, 2007.

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3ymf52


-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- ONE LESS CAR, MD

One Less Car promotes bicycling and walking as viable modes of transportation to create and enhance livable communities. Areas of focus include program, financial and operations management, funding development, community relations, advocacy, special events and Board support. The ideal candidate will be an energetic self-starter who is familiar with, or able to quickly learn, transportation policies, planning, and best practices as they relate to livable communities, bicycling and walking. The Executive Director will be the primary representative liaison with state and federal agencies, advocacy groups, and the general public.

Superb organizational, computer and communications skills are a must, as is the knowledge and ability to work as a team with the Board of Directors The Executive Director is the principal executive officer of One Less Car. The ED advises, makes recommendations to, and assists in formulating policies for the Board of Directors; implements Board policies and directives; supervises and controls the business and affairs of the organization; and has direct supervisory responsibility for staff and volunteers. For more info about the position, contact Greg Cantori at: <gcantori@knottfoundation.org>. For a copy of the full job description, go to:
http://www.onelesscar.org


-> JOB -- EVENTS COORDINATOR -- ONE LESS CAR, MD
One Less Car, Maryland's campaign for cycling and walking, is seeking an individual to direct the organization's signature bicycling events. This is a part-time position. Tour du Port is a one-day tour of Baltimore in the fall attracting more than 1,500 participants and Cycle Across Maryland is a four-day tour held during the summer at various locations (2007's event is on the Eastern Shore) attracting more than 750 participants. For more info about the position, contact Greg Cantori at: <gcantori@knottfoundation.org>. For a copy of the full job description, go to:
http://www.onelesscar.org


HOUSEKEEPING

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