#170 Wednesday, March 07, 2007
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-> The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is pleased to announce a call for applications for a free week-long Community Benchmarking Workshop pilot. The ALRC, for those who are unfamiliar, is run by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
Aimed at improving physical activity for children in underserved communities, the Benchmarking Workshop pilot is designed to help a community step back and identify its current assets and barriers to walking and bicycling, especially as they relate to children. Through a series of meetings and workshops during the week, trainers will work with community residents, public health officials, and elected officials to benchmark the current situation, investigate ways to overcome barriers, and engage community leaders in making the necessary changes happen.
"An ideal benchmarking workshop series could combine a number of elements," said Bob Chauncey, project director for the workshops. "Elements might include walkability audits undertaken by community residents, technical workshops for professional staff, presentations to elected officials, evening meetings with community activists, interviews with local media representatives, comments at parent-teacher events -- in short, whatever makes sense within the given community."
Chauncey said that ALRC is seeking applications for the Community Benchmarking Workshop pilot from public health practitioners, planning, transportation, education and related organizations, community groups, and elected officials. "If you have never worked with ALRC or NCBW, we want to hear from you. If you have, we want to hear from you again," Chauncey added.
must be received by March 23, 2007. Contact Bob Chauncey (email@example.com)
for additional information. For a copy of the application, please see:
-> In a recent message, Tim Young of the Jackson WY Friends of Pathways wrote, "I am very pleased to report that Wyoming has expanded the rights of cyclists to ride on the road by repealing the mandatory sidepath law here. Yes, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has signed the bill into law! It is now legal for cyclists to ride on the road even if an adjacent pathway is available. Friends of Pathways partnered with Cycle Wyoming, sponsors of the Tour de Wyoming, in working on this successful legislation.
"The bill passed the Wyoming House 55-4 in favor, and the Senate vote was just as strong, 27-2 on third reading. Considering this was only our first trip to the legislature, we are absolutely thrilled with this level of success. However, a lesson: One of the things that surfaced is that bicycles/bicyclists have quite a bad reputation, at least in the legislature and in the minds of many we spoke with. We won this bill mostly on enhancing pedestrian safety, not on improving bike safety.
"In my opinion, advocates and industry folks have a lot of work to do to improve the perception of bicycling. I'm not saying the detractors are right, just that many in power believe cyclists are bad actors..."
For more on how Young et al did it -- and what lessons they learned -- contact Tim at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> NCBW Executive Director Bill Wilkinson was recently contacted by Margaret Schneider, Ph.D., of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), who was writing with word that the NCBW will receive an award from the Society. Ms. Schneider, Chair of the SBM's Physical Activity Special Interest Group, wrote:
"Each year the Society of Behavioral Medicine holds a professional meeting to present the latest research findings in the field of Behavioral Medicine. At this meeting, the Physical Activity Special Interest Group presents one or two certificates of recognition to local individuals or groups that have demonstrated innovative, grass-roots efforts to promote physical activity in the community. This year, since the meeting is being held in Washington, DC, we decided that it would be appropriate to recognize a group with national impact.
In recognition of the innovative community-based work that the National Center for Bicycling and Walking has been conducting nationwide, the NCBW has been nominated to receive this award in Washington, DC on March 22nd."
-> According to a recent note from Gay Page, President of Colorado Walks, "Colorado Walks is hosting the 2007 Colorado Pedestrian Summit in the pedestrian village of Vail, Colorado. The Summit will bring together elected officials and citizens from communities throughout Colorado with teams of professionals representing health, fitness, schools, and transportation.
"Summit participants will learn the critical steps necessary to create strong community coalitions to ensure that pedestrians of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to walk safely throughout their community. Workshop Topics will include policies, laws and regulations, how to develop coalitions and teams, finding a local champion, working with elected officials and community leaders, Safe Routes to School, and much more."
-> In a recent note, Marie Birnbaum, a long-time Washington D.C. pedestrian and traffic justice advocate, wrote, "There has also been another big driver accountability story in the news this week in which an insurance company is providing DriveCam devices for teenage drivers. The DriveCam triggers when bad driving occurs, e.g., swerving, hard braking. The DriveCam reports are sent to parents' computers where they can review the material with the teenagers. As I recall, they note a 70 percent reduction in risky behavior by teen drivers in vehicles equipped with the device."
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-> According to a Feb. 22nd news release, "Leading into tonight's State of the City address, Mayor Michael B. Coleman joined with City Councilmember Andrew Ginther, students and residents at Marion Franklin High School to announce the commitment of $50 million in Capital Funding for an initiative dubbed "Operation Safe-Walks," designed to invest in sidewalks and aging infrastructure along arterial streets and near neighborhood schools. 'We've installed some 70 miles of sidewalks, including 11 miles near schools since 2000 as part of our pedestrian safety initiatives, but still too many residents and kids are walking along roads with heavy traffic,' said Mayor Coleman.
"'Operation Safe-Walks will allow us to focus the construction of $50 million in new infrastructure, from sidewalks, to gutters and curbs, and full resurfacing, depending on the neighborhood's needs.' Working with the Columbus Public Schools, Mayor Coleman and City Council have made pedestrian safety a priority, moving forward on sidewalk construction, upgrading school crossing warning lights and increasing penalties for drivers who speed in school zones. Under Operation Safe-Walk, the City can also address drainage problems that often force pedestrians to walk in road ways, by having the Department of Public Utilities and Public Service work together to plan and build projects.
"'Our team is focused on strategic investments to increase safety in neighborhoods, and especially near schools,' said Andrew Ginther, Safety Chair for Columbus City Council. 'I've been working with the Mayor both as a former member of the School Board and now on City Council, to make sure we keep building sidewalks where they are needed, because it's a common-sense way to make life better for so many families and keep kids off the roads.' The initiative will begin on the South Side in the vicinity of Marion-Franklin High School, where the City will build new sidewalks by the fall of 2007. These sidewalks will be open to pedestrians on both sides of Koebel Road from Lockbourne Road to Fairwood Avenue and on Fairwood from Koebel to Burley Drive, for a total of 1.8 miles of sidewalks. The sidewalks will be built under the City's Quick to Construct Program, which saves time and money by designing sidewalks in-house..."
-> According to a Mar. 2nd Daily Grist article, "Here's one more reason to hate your commute: it could be making you sick. Commuters -- on car, train, bus, bike, or foot -- breathe in up to eight times more diesel soot particles than they would just being in a downtown area, according to a new study by the nonprofit Clean Air Task Force. Based on air-quality monitoring on routes through New York City, Boston, Columbus, Ohio, and Austin, Texas, the task force estimates that during the 6 percent of the day spent commuting, the average person breathes in up to 60 percent of their daily total of lung-attacking particles. It's just like driving in a closed car every day with a smoker! Whee! The feds have recently required new diesel engines to have emissions-reducing technology, and Congress has authorized subsidies for retrofitting the 13 million heavy trucks currently on the road. In the meantime, commuters, keep your windows closed, try not to follow garbage trucks, and, if at all possible, don't breathe..."
Rebecca A. Markussen, the communications director at the California Bicycle Coalition, writes to remind us to mark our calendars for the third biennial Walk/Bike California Conference, to be held on Tuesday, September 11 to Friday, September 14, 2007 in Davis, California. Ms. Markussen also notes that the call for presentations, posters, sponsors, exhibitors and awards closes very soon; the deadline is Friday, March 16, 2007.
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, refer to the conference website:
QUOTES R US
represents the interaction of the marketplace with a lot of rules that
encourage market failure. We have a system that actually constrains choice;
if you want a new house, for the most part, the only place where you can
find a new house is in the exurbs, the outer areas of metropolitan areas.
It is much harder to find newer housing in older boroughs or inner cities.
A part of that is what the rules are for investment, a part of it is what
zoning and land use regulation do, and a part of it is what we choose
-> According to a Feb. 26th Daily Tribune article, "The Hibbing Public Schools isn't the only district with safety on its mind. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) announced Tuesday that it has received 111 grant proposals for its Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Under the current solicitation, SRTS will award $1.3 million to infrastructure projects and $250,000 to non-infrastructure projects for a total allocation of $1.55 million. The proposals are for the second round of grants. Recipients are expected to be announced in early April 2007.
"Safe Routes is a statewide, federally funded program that provides grants of up to $175,000 to qualified groups -- school districts, cities and nonprofit organizations -- for projects that enhance the ability for children to walk to school. 'These projects should make walking and biking to school easier for children and more acceptable to their parents,' said Kristie Billiar, Mn/DOT's Safe Routes coordinator. 'When we make walking and biking routes to schools safer, students are more likely to use them. This can reduce traffic congestion and give the kids another chance for some exercise.'..."
-> According to a Mar. 7th Daily Times article, "Town officials are working to transform Dagsboro from a place that people simply drive through on their way to the beach into a community where families will want to settle down. Plans unveiled for the town's Traffic Calming and Street Enhancement Project show streetscapes lined with cherry trees, additional lighting and brick crosswalks. The changes will not only spruce up the town's appearance, and slow traffic, Mayor Wayne Baker said.
"'It gives a visual change to the eyes,' he said. 'It's supposed to slow you down and calm you down.' Seaford, Rehoboth Beach and Laurel have all tackled similar projects. The first phase of the plan -- which extends along Main Street from just south of town hall to the Whistle Stop Deli and Cafe -- will be presented to Delaware Department of Transportation for approval. Should the first phase be approved, town officials hope the project will be expanded in three additional phases to include the entire downtown area. The project coincides with designs for Dagsboro's recently approved Town Center District, which aims to create a more 'walkable,' pedestrian-friendly downtown..."
-> According to a Mar. 5th Green Bay Press-Gazette article, "Madison tops this year's list as the Best Fitness-Walking City in America, ranked by Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
"Researchers ranked 100 cities based on fitness-walker friendliness using comprehensive criteria, including new factors, such as walkable.org's list of walkable communities and the number of athletic shoes sold in a city, as well as the percentage of the adult population who walk for health, the accessibility of parks and more..."
The top 10
Best Fitness-Walking Cities of 2007, according to the researchers are:
To read the
Prevention article (with the complete listing), go to:
-> A Mar. 2nd Independent article asked "Why is Chris Ozyck smiling? 'I think we really made something happen,' he said of his and others' efforts to get the New Haven Port Authority to consider allowing a biking/hiking trail to run through the port. It's not a done deal yet, but read on to learn of the progress that's been made -- and how it's been made.
"First, lots of people did their homework and testified at public hearings about the value of such a trail -- and why it should go through the port rather than on busy roads around the port. Park advocates, bicyclists, birders, parents of young children -- all supported a walkable, bikeable section of trail that could connect with the longer trail planned along the entire harbor.
"Second, they approached the decision makers in the City Plan Department and on the Port Authority in a respectful, collaborative rather than confrontational way, and thanked them for listening to their point of view. Third, they kept asking questions and politely pushed for more answers..."
-> According to a Mar. 5th CBS2 story, "Protesters are fighting a plan to run a street right through a popular pedestrian mall in the suburbs. As CBS 2's Derrick Blakley reports, a high stakes debate is taking place over changes at an old shopping strip in Oak Park. It has been more than three decades since Oak Park's Marion Street was turned into a pedestrian mall. But the village board has voted to bring back the cars, and that's brought out the howls of protest. 'They're going to take six or seven million dollars of money that the schools need and we need for infrastructure repair and use it to put in a street. It's absolutely senseless,' said Les Golden, who opposes the plan to open the street to cars.
"Village officials say the cost will be more like $5 million, and the result will feature wide sidewalks for strolling, and a narrow, brick-paved street. 'We want to have a vibrant downtown. At the same time, we want to have it be pedestrian oriented and pedestrian friendly,' said village president David Pope. The goal is to increase street activity to help businesses, but not all are sure it will. At Cafe Minou, the owners are strongly opposed, and Kite Harbor store is moving. 'Looking forward to ripping up the street, we didn't want to spend a year with no traffic,' said Bob Zavell of Kite Harbor..."
CHALLENGES OF THE EARLY SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL MOVEMENT
-> According to a Mar, 6th (1866) article in the Daily Mountaineer (from The Dalles, Oregon), "Union Street is one of the principal thoroughfares in the city, and should have good crossings at every street. On Third Street, between Court and Union, there is a large pond of water which, should warm weather set in, will inevitably produce sickness in the locality. Yesterday, on our visit to the public school, we found it necessary to wade ankle deep in mud at the intersection of Third and C Streets, in order to reach the school. A great many children are kept from school owing to the want of crossings at the streets leading to the school house. There should be a sidewalk laid from the school house to Third Street, and crossings at the intersections of streets in order that children may be able to go to and from the school. These matters should have the immediate attention of the city authorities."
6, 2007 edition of The Dalles Chronicle, via NCBW's own Gary MacFadden
OF THE ROAD FOR DALLAS (TX) CAR CULTURE?
(NC) DRIVER HITS, THEN ROBS PEDESTRIAN
LIKELY IN 'HOODS W/4-WAY JUNCTIONS, BIZ MIX
"THE FUTURE OF TRAILS AND GREENWAYS IN AMERICA"
"NEIGHBORHOOD-LEVEL ACTIVE LIVING BUOYS FOR INDIVIDUALS..."
"SYNTHESIS OF LITERATURE RELEVANT TO ROUNDABOUT..."
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-> March 25-27,
2007, Lifesavers Conference, Chicago, IL. Info: National Conference on
Highway Safety Priorities, PO Box 30045, Alexandria VA 22310; phone: (703)
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: <email@example.com>
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> April 14-18,
2007, American Planning Association National Conference, Philadelphia,
-> 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: <email@example.com>
-> July 9-11, 2007,
Transportation Land Use, Planning, and Air Quality Conference, Orlando,
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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: <email@example.com>
-> 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, Canada. Info:
-> 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 PROGRAM MANAGER -- FHWA
three step on-line application process
John Fegan announced recently 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 a 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;
March 14; see job summary:
The mission of the Indiana Bicycle Coalition (IBC) is to create a bicycle friendly Indiana via promotion, advocacy and education. We are a growing non-profit group with over six hundred members and ten years of successful work behind us.
We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic individual who wants to grow and lead the Coalition. You will be assisted in your duties by a part time staff member and an enthusiastic Board of Directors. This challenging, full time paid position is currently based in Indianapolis, IN.
As Executive Director,
your primary responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
If you think
you have the skills and enthusiasm for this calling, then please send
a one page resume to: Executive Director Search Committee, Indiana Bicycle
Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 20243, Indianapolis, IN 46220, or via e-mail
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