#169 Wednesday, February 21, 2007
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The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is pleased to announce six openings for its spring/fall 2007 City Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Pilot Program. The ALRC staff initiated the City SRTS program in 2006 after it noticed that SRTS programs were not getting the same pickup in urban schools that they were getting in suburban schools.
"We have always known there was a gap," said Sharon Roerty, ALRC project director. "In fact, Congress predicted one when it wrote the legislation that created the federal safe routes program. Now that we are three years into the federal program, the urban/suburban divide has become pronounced. Thus far, what has been done has only identified and talked about the gap. That isn't enough."
Last year the ALRC staff started developing a program with city kids and city schools in mind. "We looked at the SRTS programs and resources that were out there, and while we thought they were good, they just weren't speaking to everyone," said Roerty. "The real gritty issues that city kids face every day as they walk to school weren't being addressed. We learned as much in Birmingham, Chicago, and St. Paul in 2006. This year we will build on those lessons in six new cities."
Editors Note: You can read about the experiences of the 2006 City SRTS program at: http://tinyurl.com/33rpyd
The City SRTS program is designed to bring SRTS programs to urban schools where some -- maybe even all -- of the students are already walking. Like traditional SRTS programs, this program looks at how students are traveling to school, what the difficulties are, where safety is threatened or compromised, and what it would take to make it better (safer) for the students that are walking.
"Unlike traditional SRTS programs that place a heavy reliance on parents and teachers to initiate and sustain the program, our program sets its sights on engaging the community to support and sustain the program," said Roerty.
The focal point of the City SRTS program is a community workshop or meeting. Prior to the workshop or meeting the ALRC staff, working with local organizers, tries to identify the issues, existing municipal resources, and other programs that may have shared or similar purposes.
"The workshop provides a forum to bring everyone together to work through the issues, resources and competing priorities with a purpose: to make their neighborhood safer and easier to navigate for the students," said Roerty. "There is a benefit in SRTS for everyone and this program is trying to help make that connection."
Cities, schools, agencies and/or organizations interested in participating in this program should go to http://tinyurl.com/388lez for more information and an application. Completed applications must be submitted to the ALRC before March 7th. If you have any questions on the program or need a mailed application, please contact Mark Plotz, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or Sharon Roerty, <email@example.com>.
-> According to the Feb. 14th Complete the Streets News, "While the [The National Complete Streets Coalition] is primarily focused on complete streets policies, transportation engineers and researchers are busy thinking through the design implications of complete streets. The Geometric Design committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) tackled this issue in a Complete Streets session during the TRB Annual meeting January 21-25 in Washington, DC. The session focused primarily on the issue of speed. "Lower speed is vital to walkability," according to presenter Richard Hall, PE, of Hall Planning and Engineering. He and other presenters noted the dramatic increase in crash fatalities as speeds increase, particularly for pedestrians.
"Hall joined Brian Bochner (PE) of the Texas Transportation Institute and Phil Erickson (AIA) in outlining ways to use design elements to achieve an appropriate target speed for a roadway that serves pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. Bochner outlined many design elements that help dampen automobile speeds, such as curves, medians, and intersection features, while noting that more research is needed to support the impact of these features on speed. Erickson (AIA), discussed features such as curb extensions, and noted that in Palo Alto, California, the redesign of a series of intersections along El Camino Real will decrease the space pedestrians have to cross -- and will improve travel times for automobiles in the process."
on the Complete Streets Coalition, go to:
-> According to an article in the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation "Bike Traffic" newsletter, "Next month the Healthy Streets Campaign rolls out a partnership with the city of Chicago aimed at reducing automobile crashes by 50 percent in a 10-square mile swath of the city's Northwest Side...The Northwest Chicago Drive With Care initiative is a pilot designed to test and demonstrate an integrated approach to crash reduction, employing data to map out crashes and targeted enforcement and social marketing to change motorist behavior. Inattentive, careless self-absorption has become the prevailing standard for motorist behavior, causing the deaths of 200 people and injuring about 32,000 in local traffic each year in Chicago...
"Northwest Chicago Drive With Care will be launched at the Healthy Streets Conference, 9 a.m. to noon March 1 at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago. Government officials, community groups, health providers, law enforcement, planners and engineers from throughout the region are invited to participate in crafting aspects of the campaign, and to take home methods and tools they apply in their communities. Participants will learn how combining social marketing with cutting edge targeted enforcement technologies and modest improvements to crosswalk design can make our streets friendlier and safer..."
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story on "Social Marketing," go to:
-> According to the Feb. 6th edition of Smart Growth Online, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting applications for the sixth annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This competition is open to public-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. Entry deadline is April 3, 2007; winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in November 2007.
"The National Award for Smart Growth Achievement recognizes communities that use the principles of smart growth to create better places. This competition is open annually to local or state governments and other public sector entities. Non-profit or private organizations or individuals are not eligible for the award. However, if a superior project is developed through a public-private or a public-non-profit partnership, EPA will make the award to the public sector entity while noting the other participants in the activity.
"The new category this year is Waterfront and Coastal Development. Other categories include:
Excellence in Smart Growth
-> We recently received a note from Jack Rubinger, who does media relations for Information Display Company. He wrote: "I thought your readers would be interested in new indicators that show radar speed signs are becoming mainstream solutions for traffic engineers and safety pros." Jack sent some photos along, showing the transition of such signs from being only temporary installations (often towed to different locations on a trailer) to also being permanent features -- installed near schools, for example.
-> In a recent note, Lance Armstrong wrote, "With every second of 2006 two Americans were diagnosed with cancer and one died. Think about that! That is like re-living the horror of 9/11 every two days for the entire year. As a nation we have become too complacent about this disease (last year, for the first time in 35 years, governmental funding for cancer decreased) and that can no longer be tolerated. It is time for us as a nation to rise up and beat this disease. As Chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation I will fight to make cancer a national priority. This is my new Tour de France, but I can not do this alone: I NEED YOU, YOUR LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS TO JOIN ME. Take a look at a video we shot in Iowa and if you like what we have to say...JOIN ME IN THIS FIGHT!"
-> According to a recent EPA news brief, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a draft report that analyzes sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The report, "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2005," will be open for public comment for 30 days after the Federal Register notice is published..."
on the draft 2007 report and how to submit public comments, go to:
Sue Knaup, executive director at the Thunderhead Alliance, writes that they've just launched their new resources library for organizations. "One of the most important components of Thunderhead’s work is the capture, replication and dissemination of the best resources available for the leaders of our member organizations," says Knaup. "Now those resources have been unveiled for all to see (but only members and supporters to touch) through our newly reconstructed web Resources Library & Member Services at www.thunderheadalliance.org ."
Knaup credits Thunderhead staffer David Hoffman with the months of reconstruction work, and notes that he "spent his holiday weekend doing the final spit shine."
Take some time to click around the resource library. There are a few places where documents are accessible to non-members/supporters, especially under Starting an Organization; otherwise, you'll need to be a Thunderhead member. But then, why aren't you? Also, if you find areas where you could offer model materials, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll find the resources library linked from: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/
QUOTES R US
-> "If we're
doing more compact, well designed, walkable communities, near transit,
we are going to greatly reduce the emissions from future generations.
We've got empty buses, empty bike lanes, and we could switch people over
to more fuel efficient cars. Within a two year period we can really start
to reduce our carbon emissions."
-> According to a Feb. 18th Seattle Post-Intelligencer article, "The benefits of walking and being active are well-known, especially for older people, but what kind of neighborhood gets seniors going? It's not necessarily one with lots of walking trails or parks. What matters, researchers found, are the destinations like restaurants, grocery stores and even bars that are within a half-mile of your home. 'The strongest relationship was with daily places we go for eating and socializing,' said Anne Vernez Moudon, professor of urban design and planning at the University of Washington. She and other researchers did a three-year study of people 65 and older to find out who regularly walked and why and what types of communities they occupied.
"Parks and walking trails -- Seattle trademarks -- had little to do with how much senior citizens walked, Moudon said. And surprisingly, Seattle's hilly geography also was not a significant factor. Walkability seemed to depend on the distance to stores, length of blocks and perceived safety. Moudon said people who use public transportation are also more likely to walk, so proximity to bus stops was important in this Seattle study. Anne Ludlum, who took part in the study, said walking keeps her alert, curious and stimulated: 'I want to go and see what the sign in front of Bailey Coy (Books) is today.' She has lived with her husband in a town house in Seattle's dense, pedestrian-friendly Capitol Hill area for more than 10 years.
"The 75-year-old writer and actress has lived in urban centers most of her life. Some of her friends live in more suburban areas and find it hard to exercise except at a gym. 'That seems ridiculous to me,' Ludlum said. Car-centric Los Angeles where she lived for a few years was not a good fit: 'I really felt just completely lost and discombobulated.' The study tracked 936 members of the Seattle-based health plan Group Health Cooperative, who ranged in age from 65 to 97. Data about their walking habits was combined with geographic information from urban planning researchers..."
-> According to a Feb. 18th Sentinel article, "The Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority is so certain of the benefits of reconstructing a six-block area of downtown, it's picking up 75 percent of the project tab and pushing to expand the scope of the work within a year. City public works officials have stood firmly behind the downtown advocacy group, convinced that a revamping will improve traffic flow on a busy north-south corridor. After working for years to develop a conceptual plan, a coalition of city leaders, downtown businesses and residents is selling the $4.2 million face-lift of Seventh Street between Grand and Ute avenues and Main Street between Seventh and Eighth streets on several points. They say the project: will provide an aesthetically pleasing, pedestrian-friendly link between the Seventh Street Historic District and the Downtown Shopping Park; will be a boon to retail business; and will ensure downtown remains a pedestrian-dominated, dynamic destination for decades to come.
"'I think the long-term benefits are that we will continue to have a growing, vibrant downtown, and now we've created a corridor that will manage traffic better than the current configuration,' City Public Works and Planning Director Tim Moore said. But as workers begin construction Monday on the most significant alteration to downtown since Operation Foresight revitalized Main Street nearly 50 years ago, advocates are having a hard time swaying skeptics. In a community that has been slow to accept roundabouts and has no experience with back-in angle parking, some residents and council members question the advantages and necessity of such elements and wonder if too much is being done at once. 'I don't know that I would be worried about any of these things being done individually,' Councilman Jim Spehar said. 'It's putting it all together in the kind of package that, from the standpoint of community acceptance, may be a little too much.'..."
-> According to a Feb. 18th Globe article, "Mattapan's main streets need many things: sit-down restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, clothing shops , and bookstores. More inviting storefronts, more quality goods. But what Mattapan really needs, some of its key boosters say, is more people living above its shops to lure new businesses. It needs walkable urban villages where stores don't close by 6 p.m., all near better public transit. That 'smart growth' notion grew out of the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative, a city-led effort launched two years ago. If successful, the drive to transform single-story shops and vacant parcels into housing-over-retail developments could be a model for revitalizing other neighborhoods and creating affordable housing. 'It's a back-to-the-future idea,' said Stuart Rosenberg , a business leader in the neighborhood almost since he first partnered with his father-in-law at Alson's Men's Store in 1964.
"'A hundred years ago, people lived above the shops in Mattapan Square.' He said the city's initiative would be the 'salvation' of Mattapan's main streets. 'I've never seen anything like it,' he said. 'I think it will make Mattapan the envy of other neighborhoods.' Rosenberg now sells Mattapan's future instead of men's suits. As a city-appointed business development manager, he tells merchants how they can get city grants to fix up their storefronts and low-interest loans to finance expansions. A study done by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and ABT Associates , released last year, found that Mattapan's shops looked unappealing and sold too many of the same low-quality goods, and that most shoppers did only convenience or discount shopping there..."
"Broad forces have given cities a second life in the United States. Demographic forces - immigration, aging, the rise of nontraditional households -- have reversed the urban population decline of the 1970s and '80s. At the same time, an economy based on innovation bestows new importance on densely configured urban places (where ideas are transferred easily from firm to firm) as well as institutions of knowledge, particularly universities and medical research centers, many of which are in the heart of central cities and urban communities.
"As a consequence, cities once left for dead -- New York, Chicago, Boston, Louisville and Chattanooga -- are enjoying a rebirth. Asian and Hispanic immigrants are repopulating neighborhoods and spurring housing markets. Homeownership is up; unemployment is down. Cultural institutions, parks and restored waterfronts are adding to the livability of many cities. The picture, of course, is not complete -- poverty remains high, crime is a perennial issue and smaller cities such as Camden and Hartford continue to struggle -- but the general direction is positive..."
-> According to a Feb. 17th Chronicle article, "At first glance, a trip to the New Urbanist community taking shape on Hercules' bayfront is reminiscent of the neighborhood depicted in the Jim Carrey movie 'The Truman Show.' Each Craftsman, Victorian and Italianate home couldn't be more perfect, glistening in an array of tasteful pastels. But at least Carrey's character, trapped in a seemingly idyllic seaside community, could walk to the local cafe for a cup of coffee. Three years after moving into the Promenade section of Hercules' New Urbanist Waterfront Redevelopment District west of Interstate 80, residents still have to drive or take a long walk for items as mundane as a cup of coffee. The bustling just-walk-to-it village, touted as a model of the New Urbanist movement, has yet to materialize.
"One of the tenets of the movement is that residents should be able to access essential services without having to drive to a strip mall on the outskirts of town. The idea is to locate retail hubs within walking distance of neighborhoods, or within easy access to mass transit. Currently, the mixed-use, live-work spaces on Railroad Avenue, which are meant to house these shops and services for Promenade district residents, contain real estate offices, finance firms and, of course, a company that specializes in staging homes for sale. 'Why aren't the cafes there yet?' asks Melanie Ebojo, a project manager for Genentech in South San Francisco. She moved to Hercules after outgrowing her rent-controlled Berkeley studio. She realized that she could own a condo in Hercules for what she would pay in rent elsewhere..."
-> According to a Feb. 17th Forum article, "A proposed $34 million hockey complex would easily be the largest building in Urban Plains by Brandt, but it certainly won't be the first. The 'city within a city' in southwest Fargo is quickly taking shape. Work is expected to wrap up in April on a 40,000-square-foot building that will be the first phase of the Urban Plains Medical Park. To the south, structural steel is being erected for an office building. 'I think people are seeing that it's finally becoming a reality out there,' said Blake Nybakken, Urban Plains spokesman. Brothers Ace Brandt and Tyler Brandt first presented plans for a major development to city planners in January 2003.
"Back then, they were planning a 640-acre commercial, retail and housing development between 45th and 57th streets and divided by 32nd Avenue South. Urban Plains consists of Ace Brandt's 328 acres north of 32nd Avenue. When finished, it will feature businesses, retail shops, restaurants, condos and townhouses, the medical park and a recreational park, all connected by walkways. 'It's considered a walkable community,' Nybakken said. 'Within just that half-section, we're going to have over 13 miles of walking trails.' Construction on the first retail tenant, Taco Bell, is expected to start this spring, Nybakken said. Discussions are under way with other restaurants, as well, he said. Work also will likely start this spring on a 'lifestyle center' retail mall, he said..."
DACHSHUNDS ON PARADE!!!
Spend a Looong
Afternoon with your Dachshund in Ellensburg (WA)
Lets all make this year even better. Once again downtown Ellensburg will be turned into the center of Dachshund paradise as Dachshunds and their owners come together to celebrate and enjoy the Parade and other Festivities.
Once again there will be a "Short" Parade, Dachshund Races, Stupid Pet Tricks, and Costume Contest. Come early and enjoy Breakfast with the Dogs Pancake Feed sponsored by the Rodeo City Kiwanis club. Also you can visit the Ellensburg Farmers market and shop in the historic downtown Ellensburg.
"CONGESTION CHARGING - FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME"
"CENTRAL LONDON CONGESTION CHARGING..."
GRANT WRITING 101..."
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CORRECTION: The Walk/Bike California Conference dates were listed incorrectly in issue 168. The actual dates are September 11-14, 2007, not March 16, 2007.
-> February 8-10,
2007, New Partners for Smart Growth, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference, Coronado CA.
Info: Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator; phone: 619-260-5538; email:
-> March 25-27,
2007, Lifesavers Conference, Chicago, IL. Info: National Conference on
Highway Safety Priorities, PO Box 30045, Alexandria VA 22310; phone: (703)
-> March 25-29,
2007, National Trust Main Streets Conference, Seattle, WA. Info: Mary
de la Fe, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Mass Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6329; email:
-> March 29-30,
2007, Rethinking the Urban Policy Agenda, Madrid, Spain. Info:
-> March 29-31, 2007, Environmental Justice in the 21st Century, Washington DC. Info: Michelle Hudson, email: <email@example.com>.
-> April 14-18,
2007, American Planning Association National Conference, Philadelphia,
-> Sunday, April
22, 2007, Rhode Island MS Walk, Narragansett, RI. Info:
-> June 2, 2007,
Bring awareness to your trail - host a National Trails Day event - hike,
bike, ride horses, paddle. Info:
-> June 12-15,
2007, Velo City International Bicycle Conference, Munich, Germany. Info:
18-21, 2007, International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly
and Disabled Persons, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Info: Urbanicity Conference
Alerts, Alistair Campbell, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> July 13-15,
2007, Thunderhead Training, Louisville, KY. Info:
-> August 24-26,
2007, Thunderhead Training, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
11-14, 2007, Walk/Bike California 2007 conference, Davis, CA. Held in
conjunction with the APBP Professional Development Seminar. Info: Rebecca
Markussen, Communications Director, California Bicycle Coalition, 1008
10th St., Sacramento CA, 95814; phone: (916) 446-7558; email: <email@example.com>
11-14, 2007, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Davis, CA. Held in
conjunction with Walk/Bike California 2007 conference. Info: Kit Keller,
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals; PO Box 93, Cedarburg,
WI 53012-0093; phone: 262-375-6180; fax: 866-720-3611: email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> September 28-29,
2007, Healthy Trails, Healthy Communities conference, Rochester, NY. Info:
Parks & Trails New York, (518) 434-1583.
-> October 1-4,
2007, Walk21 International Conference, Toronto, ON,
-> October 5-7,
2007, Thunderhead Training, plus lobby training Oct. 8 and Hill visits
Oct. 9, 2007, Washington, DC. Info:
JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS
-> JOB -- BIKE/PED PLANNER -- BALTIMORE, MD
The City of Baltimore Department of Transportation is currently hiring for the following position: SPECIAL BIKEIPEDESTRIAN CITY PLANNER II. Responsible for development and update of comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plans, participation in the development of the long range transportation plans and providing strategic planning and direction, technical expertise and project management in the development and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian programs throughout the City of Baltimore. Responsible for the development and implementation of the City's ADA Transition Plan for the public right-of-way. Min. qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning or related field, (Master's Degree preferred); 3 yrs. related exp.; or equivalent education and exp.; strong computer and GIS skills, writing and communication skills.
Qualified candidates should send resumes to: email@example.com or Department of Transportation Human Resources, 417 E. Fayette Street, Room 505, Baltimore, MD 21202. AA/EOE.
-> JOB -- BIKE/PED PROGRAM MANAGER -- WASHINGTON, DC
John Fegan announced last week that he is retiring from his role as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the next few months. This is senior staff position, and includes the following responsibilities: a) serving as the technical subject matter expert for FHWA's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program in providing technical assistance at national, regional, and local levels; b) serving as lead staff person on bicycle and pedestrian issues in developing program guidance and policy development for FHWA; c) participating on FHWA's Byways, Bike-Ped, Trails and Enhancements Team in the Office of Natural and Human Environment. Salary: $93,822 - $ 143,471. FHWA has released the announcement(s) at http://tinyurl.com/2vogvw The application is 3-step on-line process.
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.
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