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#175 Wednesday, May 16, 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.


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- Atlanta (GA) Hosts ALRC's City Safe Routes Workshops
----- Bikes Belong Awards $50,000 In New Grants
----- ALRC Creates New Version of Parent's Bike Safety Brochure
----- A Request for Help From New Orleans
----- A New Copenhagen Bike Facility Study
----- Get Ready for Pro Bike/Pro Walk Florida!
----- Banks Award For Innovative Transportation Leadership


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----- Bike Walk to Work Day Friday, May 18th
----- Indiana Celebrates National Bike Month
----- Edmonton (AB) Measures Neighborhood Quality of Life
----- Mayo Clinic MD Links Office Computer & Treadmill
----- Arkansas Foundation to Fund Childhood Obesity Research
----- Glendening Helps San Luis Obispo (CA) Plan Future
----- Wisconsin State Rep. Sullivan Pedals 80 Mi. to Work
----- Grand Rapids (MI) Cyclists Join the "Ride of Silence"
----- Mineral Springs (AR) Chief Wants Lower Speed Limits
----- L.A. (CA) Hospital Hosts "Blessing of the Bicycles"
----- NYC Cyclists Weigh Cheap, Secure Bike Parking Option
----- Centralia (IL) Seeks Safe Routes to School Grant
----- Bike Helmet Saves Madison (WI) Man's Skull
----- Bike to Work Day in San Francisco (CA) Area
----- Parsons (KS) Working on Safe Routes Project


FEATURES

ATLANTA (GA) HOSTS ALRC'S CITY SAFE ROUTES WORKSHOPS

-> The first week of May, the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) kicked off its spring series of City Safe Routes to School (SRTS) workshops in Atlanta, Georgia. With plenty of help from local advocates involved in PEDS (Pedestrians Education Drivers on Safety), the ALRC staff held community workshops at Capitol View and Benteen Elementary Schools. Both workshops were well attended by state, regional and local representatives; staff from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente, and neighborhood advocates, school officials, local council members, members of Hands On Atlanta, parents and students. Adrienne Gill, Georgia's SRTS State Coordinator, attended both workshops.

"Without a doubt the highlight of the workshops was the participation by the students," said Sharon Roerty, the ALRC's Director and workshop facilitator. "I think anyone who was in the room would agree with me on that. We had about a dozen students join us at each school to talk about their walks. While 'how is your walk to school?' is not a profound question, what we learned had a profound effect upon all who heard. Particularly memorable was one fifth grader's story of being approached on her walk to school in a neighborhood that has a history of problems with prostitution. Cop, principal, engineer, planner -- it didn't matter who heard her story; all were ready to act. Once the students told their stories, we had no trouble setting up an action plan, and getting public commitments to do something about those problems."

"The Safe Routes to School Workshops PEDS received on behalf of the Active Living Resource Center undoubtedly helped to save lives in advance," said Terri Dumas, the KidsWalk Director for PEDS. "Before the workshops, many of the participants were aware of the safety problems that our kids are facing but did not know what their options were. The workshops not only helped community members identify resources, but also empowered parents and professionals with authority to take action. As a result of the workshops, we were able to develop a task force at both participating schools so that they can apply for federal Safe Routes to School Funds this year."

The ALRC will be conducting more City SRTS Workshops this spring in Garfield, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, New York. Fall workshops will be held in Huntsville, Alabama; Blue Island, Illinois; and Hartford, Connecticut. If you are interested in getting on the list for future City SRTS workshops, send an email to <mark@bikewalk.org>. For more information on the program go to http://tinyurl.com/ytcpmb


BIKES BELONG AWARDS $50,000 IN NEW GRANTS

-> Bikes Belong has announced six new grant awards to be awarded this spring, totaling $50,000 for six outstanding bicycling projects. "This round of grant applications was especially strong," reported Tim Blumenthal, Bikes Belong's executive director. "Grant winners demonstrated solid plans to effectively leverage federal funding and increase ridership. Our funding support for these paths, trails, parks, and advocacy initiatives will help create great places to ride in communities across the United States."

-- The Missouri State Parks Foundation was awarded $10,000 to help construct a bike/ped bridge across the Missouri River, connecting the popular Katy Trail to Jefferson City.
-- The Windham Rail Trail Alliance will use our $10,000 grant to help pave a 4.1-mile section of the Salem to Concord Recreational Trail.
-- The City of Charleston, South Carolina, will receive $10,000 to help match SAFETEA-LU funds allocated for a bike/ped pathway on East Bay Street.
-- New York City's Transportation Alternatives was awarded $10,000 to campaign for car-free pilot programs in Central and Prospect Parks.
-- The City of Vernonia, Oregon, will receive $5,000 to help build a Bicycle Skills Park.
-- The Black Hills Mountain Bike Association will receive $5,000 expand the singletrack on Cowboy Hill. Bikes Belong funding will help match a federal Recreational Trails Program grant for the project.

For more about the grants and the projects they will fund, see:
http://bikesbelong.org/page.cfm?PageID=405

or contact Bikes Belong at: 303-449-4893; mail@bikesbelong.org


ALRC CREATES NEW VERSION OF PARENT'S BIKE SAFETY BROCHURE

In 1981, John Williams huddled in a cold garret over a weekend and cranked out what quickly became a bicycle education classic: "Bicycle Safety -- What Every Parent Should Know." During the past two decades hundreds of thousands of copies of this brochure have been printed and distributed in communities across the country.

And now John is back with a totally updated version for 2007, produced under the auspices of the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC).

"I figured since I only spent a weekend on the original version, and it's still being used 25 years later with only slight cosmetic changes, I could really improve on the messages by giving it a complete overhaul," said Williams. "I tried to keep the look 'friendly' and at the same time build in new information."

For example, the new elements include an inattentive driver wielding a cell phone and a cup of coffee (no brand names). Production technology has also marched along, and John used some of it to update many of the illustrations, turning to a graphics tablet and Photoshop rather than the pen and ink he originally used.

To download a copy of Bicycle Safety: What Every Parent Should Know, visit:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/library.php

John also promises that a high-resolution .pdf version suitable for publication at the local print shop is in the works. Availability will be announced in an upcoming issue of CenterLines (which, by the way, John also edits when he's not producing educational pamphlets).


A REQUEST FOR HELP FROM NEW ORLEANS

-> In a recent message, Larry Lagarde wrote, "I'm an avid Centerlines reader and vice president of the Friends of the Lafitte Corridor in New Orleans. I'm wondering if Centerlines readers could help us identify successful examples of walkable/bike able commercial corridors in North America."

"Running north from the French Quarter through a variety of neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, the Lafitte Corridor is a historically significant 3-mile-long transportation route that is publicly owned and currently undeveloped. For decades, planners have sought to turn the corridor into a vital transportation route for bicycle commuters, revitalizing historic yet crumbling neighborhoods with a linear park interspersed with pocket parks and walkable/bikeable commercial/residential developments.

"The horrific destruction wrought by faulty, federal flood control structures and Hurricane Katrina has placed New Orleans under significant financial stress," Lagarde wrote. "With a suburban strip mall developer now attempting to straddle a portion of the Lafitte Corridor with a car centric, 'big box' style shopping mall, it's possible that the city's immediate need for tax revenues will result in City Hall's approval of the project despite overwhelming neighborhood opposition to such development. By presenting city leaders, planners and potential developers with a list of vibrant, profitable, bike-able and walkable commercial retail developments in North America, the Lafitte Corridor can become a catalyst for sustainable, inner urban development for declining communities across the nation.

"To help us make this worthy goal a reality, please contact me about bike-able/walkable retail developments you've seen. We'll do the rest."

Contact: Larry Lagarde, Vice President
Friends of the Lafitte Corridor
http://folc-nola.org/
Owner, RideTHISbike.com
Ph: 504-324-2492


A NEW COPENHAGEN BIKE FACILITY STUDY

-> In a recent note, Soren Underlien Jensen wrote, "I have attached an article presenting a before-and-after study of bicycle facilities in Copenhagen. It shows effects on road safety and traffic volumes, both cyclists and cars. This study is the largest of its kind so far worldwide."

Additionally, results from intercept interviews about bicycle facilities impact on cyclists' perceived risk and satisfaction are also presented. "Bicycle facilities do not have major positive influences on road safety, however, these facilities may in some cases have major negative impacts on safety. So it is important to use these facilities correctly -- the article shows you how. Bicycle facilities can on the other hand change traffic volumes considerably and let people become more healthy and satisfied."

Jensen added that another study, which is not presented in the article, has documented that in Copenhagen on average -- an extra cycled km reduce net-costs for health services and production losses due to higher sickness absence, early retirement and death by 5.22 DKK. "For the non-metric countries this is equivalent to 1.52 US $ per mile," wrote Jensen. "So if you cycle five miles to work and five miles back, society will save 15 US $ per day at least, because the figures above does not include production gains due to increased ability to concentrate at work and no costs related to road infrastructure, cars, gasoline, etc. are included."

The report (a 250k .pdf) may be downloaded here:
http://tinyurl.com/yu9mn7

Contact: Soren Underlien Jensen
email: <suj@trafitec.dk>
Trafitec
http://www.trafitec.dk/


GET READY FOR PRO BIKE/PRO WALK FLORIDA!

-> In a recent note, Lyndy Moore wrote, "Don't miss the third annual PRO BIKE/PRO WALK® FLORIDA CONFERENCE, August 28-30, 2007 in Orlando at the Embassy Suites Downtown hotel. The conference theme is Healthy Community Makeovers: Designs and Programs for Active and Healthy Lifestyles.

"The conference is a collaborative effort of many agencies involved with bicycle and pedestrian issues," wrote Moore, the PBPWF conference coordinator. "Sessions for planners, engineers, law enforcement, health professionals, developers, landscape architects, educators and advocates will focus on facility design, land use, tourism, fitness promotion, trails management, transit and education to encourage more people to walk and bike safely and responsibly."

In addition to the educational sessions, participants will enjoy walking and biking tours, dynamic keynote speakers and exhibits. "For Florida to become truly pedestrian and bicyclist-friendly, we must seek improvements in traffic safety education and law enforcement, transportation facility design and operation, development regulations, and attitudes towards these environmentally friendly and health-building modes," said Moore. "The conference sessions will help us progress toward this worthy goal of improving our state for walking and bicycling."

For more info:
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com
<pbpwf@earthlink.net>


BANKS AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE TRANSPORTATION LEADERSHIP

-> According to an article in the May 15th TRB E-Newsletter, "The Transportation Research Board is seeking nominations for the Sharon D. Banks Award for Innovative Leadership in Transportation. This TRB award was inaugurated in 2002, and it may be presented biennially. The next presentation of the award will be made during the Chairman's Luncheon on January 16, 2008, during the TRB 87th Annual Meeting.

"Sharon Banks led by example, and this award is intended to honor others who exemplify her ideals of humanity and service. The award recipient will have a documented record of successful and innovative leadership in areas such as community-sensitive transportation facilities and services; the education, training, and mentoring of transportation professionals; and other initiatives that bring together people of diverse backgrounds in the pursuit of excellence."

For more on the awards, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2mb898


QUOTES R US

-> "City areas with flourishing diversity sprout strange and unpredictable uses and peculiar scenes. But this is not a drawback of diversity. This is the point of it..."
-- Jane Jacobs
http://tinyurl.com/yrdkr4

-> "The bicycle is a vehicle for revolution. It can destroy the tyranny of the automobile as effectively as the printing press brought down despots of flesh and blood. The revolution will be spontaneous, the sum total of individual revolts like my own. It may have already begun..."
-- Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles
http://tinyurl.com/2h5vw5


IN THE NEWS

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BIKE WALK TO WORK DAY FRIDAY, MAY 18th

Communities across America will celebrate Bike Walk to Work Week, with many events kicking off this coming Friday. Here's just one example:

To celebrate Bike to Work Week (May 12-18) the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) will be hosting the 2nd Annual Bike, Bus and Car Challenge on Tuesday May 15, 2007. The morning event will feature a "challenge" between a DART bus (carrying local elected officials), a bike and a car – from 63rd and Grand Avenue to the new Central Library. The "Challenge" will start at 63rd and Grand Avenue at 7:00 a.m. and will finish at the Central Library (1000 Grand Avenue) around 7:30 a.m.

Visit www.bikeiowa.com for more details on Bike to Work Week events in the Des Moines area.

You can also learn more about National Bike Walk to Work Day (May 18, 2007) at http://www.bike2work-day.com/


INDIANA CELEBRATES NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

-> According to a May 11th Star article, "May is National Bike Month, and the Indiana Department of Transportation is urging Hoosiers to ditch the car and pick up the bicycle. And there are more places than ever to ride your bike. 'Within the past year, Indiana created the visionary Indiana Trails plan, launched the Safe Routes to School Program and developed many new multiuse trails,' INDOT Commissioner Karl B. Browning said in a news release.

"'In addition, INDOT continues to support efforts to increase cycling safety and educate motorists about the importance of sharing the road with cyclists.' National Bike Month promotes biking as an excellent form of exercise, recreation and transportation, according to the release. Indiana currently has more than 600 miles of trails suitable for cycling -- about half are suitable for road bikes; the other half for mountain bikes. Last year, INDOT awarded nearly $11 million to fund new multiuse trails across the state..." For more information, visit the Indiana Bicycle Coalition Web site at http://www.bicycleindiana.org

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Title: "Leave the car at home this month, state urges"
Author: Staff


EDMONTON (AB) MEASURES NEIGHBORHOOD QUALITY OF LIFE

-> A May 13th Journal article asks, "How does your neighbourhood rate as a place to live? The City of Edmonton has an answer. In a wide-ranging study that looks at everything from the number of single parents to the condition of city streets, the city has amassed a huge pile of data, and a corresponding quality-of-life ranking, on 213 Edmonton neighbourhoods. At the bottom of the list is Alberta Avenue, a neighbourhood now working hard to drive out prostitutes and drug dealers and attract new residents. Its ranking was zero -- not a suggestion that the area has no quality of life, but that it has the most challenges to overcome.

"At the top are some of the city's new suburbs, like Henderson Estates in the southwest. It drew a rating of 93 out of 100 in the study. Angelo Blais has been happy since moving to Henderson Estates with his young family three years ago, but adds that the suburb's streets are hardly paved with gold. 'We've got the potholes like everybody else. It's terrible,' Blais says. He also has a 25-minute daily commute to his downtown office, something not factored into the rankings.

"The index, created in 2005, uses 20 quality-of-life factors defined by the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta. The lab has been hired by the city to update the data. The aim of the survey is to provide objective information to help decide which areas should be the city's top priorities for neighbourhood revitalization. Thirty-one communities are now on that list, with Alberta Avenue the first target. Efforts there are already paying off, even before $35 million in government revitalization money starts arriving next year, says Peter Rausch, executive director of the Alberta Avenue Business Association..."

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Title: "From No. 1 to No. 213 in local quality of life"
Author: Susan Ruttan


MAYO CLINIC MD LINKS OFFICE COMPUTER & TREADMILL

-> According to a May 15th Ottawa Citizen article, "Tired of watching obese people sit at computers all day, a Mayo Clinic [Rochester, MN] doctor came up with a radical plan: Stick that office computer on a treadmill. It works, says James Levine: Obese people can lose up to 30 kilograms a year by replacing their traditional desk with a 'vertical work station,' strolling gently on the treadmill as they type, read e-mail or answer the phones. His small study -- based on just 15 obese people with desk jobs and little exercise in their lives -- says healthy but obese people can start burning off weight efficiently without doing strenuous exercise. And none of the volunteers fell off and hurt themselves.

"When they sat at a normal desk, the group of 14 women and one man burned about 72 calories an hour. But alternately walking and standing on the treadmill, averaging 1.7 kilometres an hour, they burned off 191 calories an hour. (The volunteers picked their own walking speeds, and no one urged them to hurry. They didn't have to walk all the time.) Levine didn't measure actual weight loss. This is a theoretical study, but he calculates that burning an extra 100 or more calories an hour for two or three hours each working day would cause many obese people to lose between 20 and 30 kilograms a year.

"The 'walk and work' device is no ordinary treadmill. It's built on a steel frame with four wheels, so that workers can steer it around the office. There's room for a computer, books, pens, a phone, a flower vase, coffee cup and paper tray. The whole thing slides over a standard treadmill, or slides away when the user wants to stand on a solid floor. It can also slide over to a chair so that the user doesn't have to stand for the entire day. Levine says it costs about $1,600 US, not including the treadmill -- a bargain, he suggests, since obesity costs the U.S. $100 billion to $200 billion a year in health costs and lost productivity..."

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Title: "Walking while you work can melt away the pounds"
Author: Tom Spears

For more on Dr. Levine and his research, go to:
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ARKANSAS FOUNDATION TO FUND CHILDHOOD OBESITY RESEARCH

-> According to a May 14th Arkansas Business article, "The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas will fund two special grants to research solutions to childhood obesity in Arkansas. 'Childhood obesity continues to be a serious problem in Arkansas,' said Patrick O'Sullivan, executive director for the foundation. 'Our goal with these two special grants is to identify specific programs that have the best results in reducing obesity in our children.'

"The first grant, for up to $50,000, would fund a review of current research on the prevention of childhood obesity, and is open to any eligible governmental or 501(c)(3) institution in the United States. The second grant, for up to $125,000, would fund an assessment and evaluation of Arkansas programs that address the prevention of childhood obesity, and is open only to eligible institutions in Arkansas.

"In addition to the two special grants, the foundation is also accepting applications for grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 for any general health improvement program in Arkansas. The Blue & You Foundation, established in 2001 by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield, awards about $1 million in grants annually to nonprofit or governmental organizations and programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans..."

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Title: "Blue & You Foundation To Fund Childhood Obesity Research"
Author: Staff


GLENDENING HELPS SAN LUIS OBISPO (CA) PLAN FUTURE

-> According to a May 14th Tribune article, "Former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, president of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, will headline a May 19 meeting of Community 2050, a county-wide conclave of community leaders dedicated to planning the county's future using smart growth principles. The regional event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall. City council members, county supervisors, planning commissioners, city managers, planning directors, public works directors, and representatives from school boards, community service districts, area advisory councils and chambers of commerce, from Nipomo to Cambria, are expected to attend..

"As governor, one of Glendening's primary agenda items was smart growth. He led the creation of a groundbreaking smart growth initiative that focused on using the entire $23 billion state budget as an incentive for smart growth. Smart growth is a planning and transportation theory that concentrates growth in the center of a city to avoid urban sprawl, according to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. It advocates compact, transit- oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use, including mixed-use development with a range of housing choices..."

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Title: "Former Maryland gov. to help local leaders plan for future"
Author: Bob Cuddy


WISCONSIN STATE REP. SULLIVAN PEDALS 80 MI. TO WORK

-> According to a May 15th Journal Sentinel article, "State Senator Jim Sullivan (D-Wauwatosa) enjoyed not having to worry about escalating gas prices for at least one day. The freshman senator and a handful of others, including Jack Hirt, executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, West Allis Alderman Marty Weigel and former Milwaukee Democratic state Rep. Peter Bock, left State Fair Park in West Allis on their bicycles at 6 a.m. on their way to Madison for 'Bike to Work' week. 'There's nothing better than riding past a gas station and seeing that gas is $3.39 today,' Sullivan said while munching on a green Popsicle provided by Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who is married to Bock.

"Sullivan said he was making the ride to promote biking, whether people do it to get to work or simply for recreation. Other state elected officials have made similar trips; last year, Republican Rep. Steve Wieckert made the ride to Madison from Appleton. Sullivan's crew made the 80-mile trip in about 8 hours, taking city streets and state trails, such as the Glacial Drumlin State Trail that goes from Waukesha to Cottage Grove outside of Madison. Sullivan said he enjoyed the 'scenic route' to Madison with views of wildlife and cranes, and that the crew was fueled by 'plenty of water' and some cookies..."

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Title: "Sullivan pedals his brand of politics"
Author: Stacy Forster


GRAND RAPIDS (MI) CYCLISTS JOIN THE "RIDE OF SILENCE"

-> According to a May 15th Kalamazoo Gazette article, "Jochen Ditterich was lucky. The 71-year-old Plainfield Township resident was riding his bike in northern Kent County in 2001 when he was struck from behind by a hit-and-run driver. He never saw it coming. 'All I could see was my bike flying through the road,' said Ditterich, an avid cyclist who has logged tens of thousands of miles in the past few decades. 'It cracked my helmet and ruined my clothing. Half my head was purple.' Ditterich walked away from that crash, but many others have not. "In their honor -- and to encourage the motoring public to respect cyclists -- about 200 cyclists are expected at Wednesday's 'Ride of Silence' in Grand Rapids. Led by a Grand Rapids police cruiser, riders will depart in silence, many wearing arm bands, from Riverside Park at 7 p.m., proceed to John Ball Park, then return to Riverside.

"It is the ride's third year, part of an event staged across North America and around the world. There are 260 confirmed rides this year, including events in Australia, Brazil, Chile and Singapore. In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first 'Ride Of Silence' in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit and killed by the mirror of a passing bus. Organizers hope to alert motorists about the need to give cyclists a little room..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3455kn
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Title: "Bicyclists use `Ride of Silence' to encourage drivers to be
safe"
Author: Ted Roelofs


MINERAL SPRINGS (AR) CHIEF WANTS LOWER SPEED LIMITS

-> According to a May 14th Nashville News article, "Mineral Springs Police Department is working diligently to effectively solve issues and concerns that the residents have. The MSPD has developed constructive changes -- which are apart of the positive, preventative and progressive plan -- that Chief Billy Kuykendall has for the city. 'We have been getting lots of complaints on the current speed limit,' he reported to the Mineral Springs City Council last Monday evening. 'The biggest complaint that we get is that everybody is concerned about these kids and the speeding.' He recommended to the council in April that the city reduce the speed limit.

"The young chief credits recommending reducing the current city speed limit of 30 mph to 25 mph to 'preventive policing.' He asked, 'If the Mineral Springs Police Department can prevent accidents and injuries now -- then why wait.' 'I don't want to wait until somebody gets hurt before we make a change. My biggest concern is the safety of the kids...the pedestrian traffic in general.' Most of the streets in Mineral Springs are narrow. Pine and Church streets are two of the wider streets within the city. Whereas, Church and North streets are both wider and much more traveled. 'We get a lot of complaints about speeders,' he continued, 'The citizens want people to slow down.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/37rwf8
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Title: "Mineral Springs Police Chief Recommends Lowering Speed Limit"
Author: Terrica Hendrix


L.A. (CA) HOSPITAL HOSTS "BLESSING OF THE BICYCLES"

-> According to a May 14th Asian Journal article, "Good Samaritan Hospital, with support from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, The Bicycle Kitchen, and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority, will host its 4th Annual West Coast Blessing of the Bicycles on Tuesday, May 15th in observance of Bike to Work Week and National Bike Month. The event will also honor Angelinos who use alternative modes of transportation to go to work such as bicycles and the transit system. As part of the non-denominational event, several religious leaders will impart blessings in the service for cyclists to continue their safe ride to and from work and/or school.

"'The Blessing of the Bicycles has truly evolved to become a tradition in downtown Los Angeles since its inception in 2004,' says Andrew B. Leeka, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital and an avid cyclist. 'Through this event, we would like to focus the attention not only on the health benefits of bicycling but also bring the attention to the safety precautions that should be practiced by cyclists and drivers as they share the road together.' According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, 784 bicyclists died in traffic crashes in the US in 2005 and more than half a million bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. In California, more than 11,000 cyclists were injured and more than 120 were killed according to a data from the California Highway
Patrol.

"As cyclists gather in the circular driveway outside the hospital (on 616 S. Witmer Street and Wilshire Blvd.), religious leaders from different faiths will share their thoughts and wishes for continued safe riding throughout the week and the whole year. Cyclists will be invited to take a memorial lap around the hospital to salute the healing in the facility and to remember those who were injured in bicycle accidents. The event will also provide a free bike safety check so participants can get their bikes checked before leaving for work..."

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Title: "Good Samaritan Hospital Hosts 4th Annual West Coast Blessing of
the Bicycles"
Author: Staff


NYC CYCLISTS WEIGH CHEAP, SECURE BIKE PARKING OPTION

-> According to a May 14th Streetsblog article, "In the East Bay area of California you'll find electronic, on-demand Bike Link locking facilities that provide secure bike parking for between 3 to 5 cents per hour! The lockers were created by eLock Technologies, which runs the Bike Link facilities. While not ubiquitous just yet, according to Robert Rayburn, Executive Director of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has committed to installing an additional 200 lockers by the end of 2007. It's easy to see the amazing potential for this technology on the streets of New York City.

"Imagine bike lockers throughout the city, or at least at major transit hubs. As recent research shows, the number one reason New Yorkers do not ride a bike to work is the lack of safe storage for their bike. Maybe a good start would be to do a pilot project in an area dense with cyclists and take the street grid and sprinkle a locker facility or two on every corner. Downtown Brooklyn? The East Village? Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg?..."

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Title: "Secure Bike Parking for Pennies per Hour?"
Author: Clarence Eckerson, Jr

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CENTRALIA (IL) SEEKS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANT

According to a May 15th Morning Sentinel article, "After the new council was seated, the council approved an agreement with Curl and Associates to design and engineer a grant application that could fund either a bicycle path or a sidewalk along Calumet Street and Airport Road. In April, the city received a letter that announced the availability of grant funds for projects that would make it safer for children to walk or bike to school and promote healthier lifestyles. After meeting with school officials, city staff decided to look at a bike path or sidewalks along Calumet Street from Oakdale Drive to Airport Road, then north on Airport Road to Jordan School, crossing Illinois Route 161 and ending at Lamplight Village and Sprehe Fields.

"The grant would be for 100 percent of the project cost; no local match would be required. It would improve safety for students and connect an existing bike route on Calumet Street with Centralia High School, Jordan School and Sprehe Fields. Curl and Associates has agreed to perform engineering and design and hold billing until funding is received. City Manager Grant Kleinhenz said the project will be designed so as not to interfere with future plans to improve Calumet Street..."

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Title: "New council seeks sidewalk grant"
Author: Mark Hodapp


BIKE HELMET SAVES MADISON (WI) MAN'S SKULL

-> According to a May 15th WCSH=TV story, "A bicyclist says a helmet saved his life during a hit and run crash. 'It worked perfectly. Without the helmet, I wouldn't be here,' says Madison resident and University of Wisconsin student Ryan Lipscomb. The 26-year-old was near his home when his life nearly ended. 'I figured they would stop because I had the right of way,' he says. Lipscomb says the light was green, the walk sign white when a delivery truck turned in front him as he entered the crosswalk on his bicycle. Lipscomb slammed on his brake, flipped over and landed in the intersection.

"'I could feel the pressure of the truck run over my head,' he says. Lipscomb says he suffered a concussion. His head still aches but he came very close to being killed. 'His helmet absolutely saved his life. If he had not had that helmet on, he would not be with us today,' Lynne Sears with University of Wisconsin Hospital says. A student of science and engineering, Lipscomb says he's impressed. 'You can see tire marks actually right there that were left from the smashed in Styrofoam. If you look on the inside, it's all broken and cracked even in the front,' he says..."

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BIKE TO WORK DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO (CA) AREA

-> According to a May 14th KPIX-TV story, "Commuters across the Bay Area will trade their cars for pedals during the 13th annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday. Thursday morning, volunteers at hundreds of 'Energizer Stations' located along popular bike commute routes will provide free drinks, snacks and encouragement to cyclists. According to census data, about 36,000 Bay Area residents use a bicycle as their primary way to get to work. Bike to Work Day organizers expect that number to swell to 100,000 on Thursday.

"This year's event is sponsored by Webcor Builders and Bay Area travel and transit guide 511.org. The Web site will provide bike commute information all week, tips for taking bikes on transit, and a free system that matches 'bike buddies.' In addition, the second annual Team Bike Challenge will continue throughout May. More than 200 teams are registered to compete to win a grand prize of a bike rack to be placed in a public location of choice..."

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Title: "Commuters Plan to Bike to Work"
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PARSONS (KS) WORKING ON SAFE ROUTES PROJECT

-> According to a May 7th Sun article, "Many parents and grandparents remember the days of walking and bicycling to school each day, but today, fewer than 15 percent of students do so. Such inactivity contributes to a more sedentary lifestyle for students, creating a risk for health problems including obesity. The U.S. Department of Transportation is attempting to tackle the issue through the Safe Routes to School program, which Parsons USD 503 and the city of Parsons is participating in. Jason Hoskinson, project engineer for BG Consultants Inc., explained Thursday how federal funding from this program would be used in Parsons to encourage students to walk or bicycle to school.

"The project is focusing on routes to all three of the district's elementary schools and Parsons Middle School. Hoskinson was at Garfield Elementary School Thursday to explain the preliminary plans developed to date and to gather parents' input. Only a handful of people attended, with all but one being teachers. The project is in the initial planning stage, which consists of developing a plan that encompasses engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation.

"Hoskinson said $750,000 is the estimated cost of targeting all the infrastructure issues, such as sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic signs, pedestrian signs, pavement markings and making curbs and walkways to the schools ADA accessible. The federal grant only allows for $250,000 in reimbursement, he said, so they will have to narrow the projects. 'We are looking to spend around $50,000 to $60,000 at each school,' he said. Other funds would be used to help with educating students on how to use the safe routes, through maps, classroom curriculum, and other educational programs such as the Parsons Bicycle Rodeo, Labette County Kids Safety Camp and Safe Kids Labette County Chapter.

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Title: "Group tries to boost kids' activity"
Author: Colleen Surridge


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PERSONALIZED FITNESS ANALYSIS WITH IBIKE PRO

-> "Take the guesswork out of your cycling fitness program. The iBike Pro not only measures your cycling fitness during each ride, but with the included PC and Mac iBike Ride Analysis software, you can download your ride data, analyze and track your fitness improvements. With easy-to-understand graphs you can actually see your fitness progress..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ddjwd


QUICK HITS

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) PUTS $8M INTO SIDEWALK REPAIR
-> "Mayor Bart Peterson said Monday the city will spend about $8 million on curb and sidewalk repair this year --
2-1/2 times the money usually invested in a year..."
http://tinyurl.com/yqgkm7

STUDY: LIGHT EXERCISE AS GOOD AS ANY
-> "Research has found that even modest physical activity of about 70 minutes a week can improve [the] health of sedentary, overweight post-menopausal women..."
http://tinyurl.com/3dy94u

BIKE TO WORK WITH PROVO (UT) MAYOR LEWIS BILLINGS
-> "The event will include free food, bike tune-ups, bike trail information and bikes on buses demonstrations. Free bicycle helmets will be given away to the first 50 participants in the bike ride with Billings..."
http://tinyurl.com/2khpcg

PUBLIC TO VIEW ATLANTA (GA) BIKE/PED PLAN
-> "The Bike/Ped Plan, last updated in 2002, is being extended to 2030 and expanded to include the 18-county Atlanta Metropolitan Planning Organization..."
http://tinyurl.com/3crr5z

PARIS (FR) STARTING UP BIKE LOAN PROGRAM
-> "Paris officials are making 20,000 bikes available for rent across the city in a bid to reduce the number of cars..."
http://tinyurl.com/2cwr3g

STUDENTS CATCH CYCLIST ASSAULT ON TAPE
-> "'I'm going to pray for that guy, you know, because why he did it, I don't know. Maybe he's sick. Maybe he needs help,' bike rider Andre Sokol said after he was assaulted..."
http://tinyurl.com/25a7v5


RESOURCES

-> "SMARTRAQ REPORTS"
SMARTRAQ is a joint research program of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Bombardier Active Transport Research Lab at University of British Columbia. Follow this link to a number of reports, including the Jan. 2007 "Final Summary Report," the April 2004 "Full Final Technical Report," and more.
http://tinyurl.com/3yf6gj


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://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

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

-> May 16, 2007, 6:30pm, Ride of Silence - Corvallis, OR. No fees. Helmets required. Contact: Jerry Rooney, email: <jeroon@peak.org>

-> May 17-20, 2007, CNU XV: New Urbanism and the Old City, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://cnu.org/cnuxv/node/661

-> June 2, 2007, Bring awareness to your trail - host a National Trails Day event - hike, bike, ride horses, paddle. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/3agzba

-> June 10, 2007, Bike to the Sea Day, Malden, MA. Info: http://www.biketothesea.com

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

-> June 14-16, 2007, BikeEd Conference, Austin TX. Info: The League of American Bicyclists; phone: (202) 822-1333; email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org>.
http://tinyurl.com/2yxmh2

-> June 18-21, 2007, International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Info: Urbanicity Conference Alerts, Alistair Campbell, email: <a.campbell@urbanicity.org>
http://tinyurl.com/35sebb

-> June 24-27, 2007, 3rd Urban Street Symposium, Seattle WA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2nfhkv

-> July 9-11, 2007, Transportation Land Use, Planning, and Air Quality Conference, Orlando, FL. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/3c9tq9

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

-> August 8-10, 2007, TrailLink 2007 Conference Portland, OR. Info: Sarah L. Shipley, Manager of Events and Communications, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th St., NW - 10th Fl., Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 974-5152; email: <sarah@railstotrails.org>.
http://tinyurl.com/ynrex3

-> August 10-12, 2007, Bike!Bike! Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. Info:
http://www.bikebike.org/

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

-> August 28-30, 2007, the third annual Pro Walk ®/Pro Bike Florida Conference. Theme: Healthy Community Makeovers -- Designs and Programs for Active and Healthy Lifestyles. Orlando, FL, at the Embassy Suites Downtown hotel. Info at:
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com

-> September 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: <rebecca@calbike.org>
http://tinyurl.com/2jkmbu

-> September 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: <kit@apbp.org>
http://www.apbp.org

-> September 20-22, 2007, Colorado Pedestrian Summit, Vail, CO. Info: Gay Page, President, Colorado Walks; phone: (303) 549-5081; email: <GayPage@ColoradoWalks.org>.
http://www.ColoradoWalks.org

-> September 28-29, 2007, Healthy Trails, Healthy Communities conference, Rochester, NY. Info: Parks & Trails New York, (518) 434-1583.
http://www.ptny.org

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

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

-> November 5-7, 2007. 1st National Safe Routes to School Conference: Creating, Building and Sustaining Momentum, Dearborn, MI. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2jtuxs

-> December 9-12, 2007, Mid America Trails & Greenways Conference, Chicago, IL. Info: phone: (312) 427-4256
http://www.openlands.org

-> May 18-21, 2008, National Roundabout Conference, Kansas City, MO. Info: Richard Pain; email: <RPain@nas.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/2wknah

-> September 2-5, 2008, Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference, Seattle, WA; hosted at the Westin Seattle. Watch for info at: http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.php


JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS

-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION PROJECT PLANNER -- CAMBRIDGE, MA

-> The City of Cambridge has an exciting opportunity for a transportation professional to be part of the City's innovative transportation planning efforts. The project planner will act as program manager of multi-modal transportation infrastructure projects. Responsibilities include managing consultant contracts for design of street improvement projects, presenting projects to public, working with affected residents and businesses to seek consensus on project activities, coordinating interdepartmental review of construction plans, and seeking project funding.

Qualified candidates will have strong project management experience and ability to review plans and cost estimates. Understanding of current roadway design standards and environmental regulations desired. Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to function as a team member as well as team leader strongly desired. Master's Degree in transportation planning, engineering or related field with three years related professional experience, or Bachelor's Degree with five years experience. Professional Engineer's license a plus. Salary range: $56,036 - $74,505 with full municipal benefits.

Please send 2 copies of cover letter and resume by May 31, 2007 to the
Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02139 or submit by fax: (617) 349-4312.

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


JOB -- MEMBER RESOURCES MGR -- THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE


As the only national coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations the Thunderhead Alliance's highest priority is to provide what our member organizations need to make the greatest impact for bicycling and walking in their communities. Working closely with leaders of our member organizations, our full- time Member Resources Manager will develop, compile, post and disseminate best practices, guides and other resources for our 128 member organizations in 49 states and Canada. Technology upgrades and problem solving will also be important. The Member Resources Manager will work closely with Thunderhead's Executive Director and other staff to increase our resources and productivity of our programs for our members.

Requirements:
- Proven, exceptional creative writing skills and communication skills
- Significant technology experience including web site design, CMS and secure web systems, data coordination, graphic design, document development, and internet research
- Proven motivation to increase the effectiveness of the bicycle and pedestrian movement
- Must enjoy working from home and working alone
- Demonstrated success as an innovative self-starter
- Ability and desire to travel

Preferred: Significant experience at or near the leadership level of a non-profit advocacy organization Salary & Benefits: $40,000, health, three weeks paid vacation
Closing: June 18, 2007

Send:
- Cover letter
- Resume
- 3 work related references
- Example of a paper that you wrote that succeeded in its purpose with accompanying explanation
- Example of a communication by you to members or partners that succeeded in its purpose i.e. mobilization email, newsletter article or introductory letter to a potential partner; with accompanying explanation

Send to:
Sue Knaup, Executive Director
Thunderhead Alliance
P.O. Box 3309
Prescott, AZ 86302


-> JOB -- BIKE PGM COORDINATOR -- MIAMI BEACH, FL

Salary: $42,300.75--$68,318.84 annually
This classification is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing policies, strategies, and controls to ensure an effective city-wide bicycle program. Responsibilities include developing and implementing safety awareness programs; revising and distributing bicycle suitability maps; conducting special project studies related to non-motorized transportation; encouraging the use of bicycles for transportation as well as recreation; and preparing and distributing newsletters and other written information. Some independent judgment is exercised in managing a comprehensive bicycle program. Supervision may be exercised over subordinates who assist in various phases of work. Supervision is received from Transportation Manager who will review work through observations, written reports, and personal conferences for effective management and development of a city-wide bicycle program.

Minimum Requirements
1. Bachelor's degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration,
Business Administration or related field.
2. Three years of professional transportation planning experience to
include one year experience in bicycle facilities planning and bicycle
program coordination are required.
3. Must possess a Florida Class "E" Driver's license.

Send 2 Detailed Cover Letter/Resumes to: <cleduc@miamibeachfl.gov> or
mail to: Attn: Christine Leduc, City of Miami Beach, 1700 Convention
Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139


-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- ACCT, CHARLOTTESVILLE VA

The Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation is seeking a new Executive Director. This is an exciting organization that promotes biking, walking, transit, car-pooling, and car-sharing in central Virginia. The full-time position is based in Charlottesville. We are looking for a dynamic "do-er" who is excited to shake things up in Virginia!

Check out the description at:
http://www.transportationchoice.org/ED.html


-> RFP -- REDUCING SCHOOL SITING IMPACTS -- EPA

This RFP focuses on how state policies and practices affect spending on school construction and renovation. The purpose of this RFP is to:
-- Identify state policies and practices that may act as a barrier to smart growth school siting and design solutions;
-- Identify and summarize school siting and design strategies that can provide localities and states with the flexibility to overcome these barriers, and meet other state/local goals (e.g., student physical activity and health goals, reducing stress on transportation systems, meeting fiscal requirements, efficient use of tax dollars);
-- Analyze and document existing policies and practices and solutions at the state level or on a state-wide basis in 4-10 selected states. Results will also include state-specific educational materials for the selected states. EPA expects to award $101,000 in the first year with the possibility of additional funding of up to $400,000 in total over a project period of up to five years. Future year funding is highly uncertain and applicants should tailor first year funding in such a manner that discrete products are produced at the end of year 1 and the project can either be brought to a logical conclusion at the end of year one or built upon with subsequent funding.

Proposals are due by 5pm East Coast time July 2, 2007.
View the RFP here:
http://tinyurl.com/337egh


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