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#179 Wednesday, July 11, 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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----- Complete Streets Coalition Gets Major Grant
----- Walk to School Day Registration Open
----- FHWA Releases Bike-Ped Transportation Course
----- ASRTS Session Added to Toronto (ON) Walk21
----- 4000+ Kids Try Michigan SRTS Middle School Pilot


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U.S. Obesity Rates Continue to Climb
----- Bremerton (WA) Weighs Taxes for Trails, Parks
----- New Urbanist Duany Talks "Alleys" in Houston (TX)
----- Lake Tahoe (CA) Street Makeover "About Parking"
----- St. George (UT) Folks Want Walkable Development
----- Britain's Jacobs Babtie Firm Bans Staff Bike Use
----- Allegheny Co. (PA) Officials Hear T-Station Ideas
----- Paris (FR): "La Revolution Du Velo" Coming July 15th
----- Denver (CO) Council Adopts "Green" Plan
----- Carl Junction (MO) Gets SRTS Grant to Study Routes
----- Toronto (ON) to Test New Air/Health Risk Index
----- Living Green in Barcelona (ES)
----- Cleveland (Oh) Businesses Rely on Bikes

FEATURES

COMPLETE STREETS COALITION GETS MAJOR GRANT

-> According to a June 29th release, "The Harvest Foundation has announced an innovative three-year initiative designed to improve quality of life and economic vitality in Martinsville/Henry County, Virginia, with the National Complete Streets Coalition as a major partner. The three-year, $1.56-million initiative represents the largest investment by a foundation for this type of program, and it will begin to transform this southern Virginia community into a place with 'complete streets' that encourages and supports a livable, healthy, and sustainable community.

"The National Complete Streets Coalition is eager to help Martinsville/Henry County move toward completing its road network to safely serve all users," said Barbara McCann, Coordinator of the Coalition. "We know that complete streets are investments that help communities become vibrant, attractive places that draw residents and visitors to a more active lifestyle, and that leads to a healthier community."

"BikeWalk Virginia will administer the program and partner with several local organizations as well as the National Complete Streets Coalition, the League of American Bicyclists, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. The end result will be a community where bicycling and walking is deeply valued and integral features of a vibrant and healthy life in the region.

Contact: Barbara McCann, <barbara@bmccann.net>, (202) 234-2745
For more info on the grant, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/26jn9v

For more on the Complete Streets Coalition, go to:
http://www.completestreets.org/

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY REGISTRATION OPEN

-> According to a note from Jennifer Bonchak, "Registration is now open for 2007 International Walk to School events in the USA. This October, communities around the country will join nearly 40 countries to celebrate walking and bicycling to school. Registration is free and available to all Walk to School event organizers in the USA. By registering, Walk to School organizers have a chance to win prizes for students and gain access to a variety of downloadable items, including certificates, printable sticker templates, media materials and more. Registrants can also subscribe to a Walk to School e-newsletter with tips and resources for walk to school events. Walk to School Day will take place October 3, 2007. Registered events will be displayed on an interactive map on the Walk to School Web site, so that neighboring communities, media and other organizations will be able to view participating events."

The National Center for Safe Routes to School at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center serves as the national coordinating agency for International Walk to School events in the USA. For more information please contact Jennifer Bonchak at <bonchak@hsrc.unc.edu> / 919-843-4859 or Nancy Pullen-Seufert at <pullen@hsrc.unc.edu> / 919-962-7419.

For info on planning and resources for Walk to School activities, go to:
http://www.walktoschool.org
To see photos from last year's event, go to:
http://www.iwalktoschool.org/photos/index.htm
To register an event, or to sign up as a resource person for Walk to School events, go to: http://www.walktoschool.org/register

FHWA RELEASES BIKE-PED TRANSPORTATION COURSE

-> According to an article in the July 10th TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter, "The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released its University Course on Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, which is designed to help prepare the next generation of professionals meet the challenges necessary to create healthy, sustainable, and livable communities.

"The University Course contains modular resource material that is intended for use in university courses on bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The student workbook contains 24 lessons that span a wide range of topics including an introduction to bicycling and walking issues, planning and designing for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and supporting elements and programs. Scripted slideshows for all 24 lessons are available to facilitate course development and delivery. An overview lecture and scripted slideshow also is provided when a one- or two-lecture overview is needed for existing undergraduate or graduate courses."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/25n64z

ASRTS SESSION ADDED TO TORONTO (ON) WALK21

-> In a recent note, Jacky Kennedy of Green Communities' Active & Safe Routes to School program wrote, "In 2004 a full day Safe Routes to School Institute was held as a pre-conference session for Pro Walk/Pro Bike and was very well attended. The intention of the Toronto Walk21 2007 Active & Safe Routes to School Pre-Conference session is to provide a full day forum for discussion and networking around this important and timely issue. We will open the session with a rousing welcome from students at Morton Way Public School, the 2006 International Walk to School Award winner and they will provide us with a challenge for the day!

"We have a team of international speakers lined up, including Gil Penalosa of Walk and Bike for Life (http://www.walkandbikeforlife.com) and Dr. Catherine O'Brien who will talk about her ground-breaking research on the impacts of transportation on children. We will debate the merits of the Walking School Bus, School Travel Planning and we will include discussion on how to get a Safe Routes to School program off the ground.

"If you are involved in a Safe Routes to School program in your country or community, then this session is definitely for you! We hope to also attract key decision makers from the areas of health, transportation, community safety and environment. There is a nominal fee of $60 Cdn to cover the costs of the venue and refreshments for the day."

Register for this session at:
http://www.toronto.ca/walk21
Got questions? Contact <walk21@toronto.ca>

-- Jacky Kennedy co-ordinates the Green Communities Active & Safe Routes to School program. She can be reached at: Greenest City, 57 Douglas Ave., Toronto ON Canada M5W 1G4; phone: (416-488-7263); email: <info@saferoutestoschool.ca>; website:
http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca/

4000+ KIDS TRY MICHIGAN SRTS MIDDLE SCHOOL PILOT

-> According to an article in the July 5th Safe Routes to School E-News, "The Michigan SRTS Middle School pilot program was developed based on three components: 1) curriculum, 2) technology, and 3) youth involvement. Curriculum, aligned with SR2S goals, can be integrated into classroom lessons in areas like math, science, social studies while ensuring that curricula meet state and national education standards. The technology piece engages youth in classroom lessons in both group and individual settings that are interactive, cross discipline areas and prepare youth for the future.

"Youth involvement provides positive opportunities for youth-adult relationships and allows young people to be leaders and experts, as well as being involved in the team process. Each of these components leads to great alignment of resources and collaboration necessary for local and state success."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2cjc85
Or contact Andrea Cawthray at <ACawthray@michiganfitness.org>

To subscribe to Safe Routes to School E-News, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2d6e7g


QUOTES R US

-> "It's one thing to be concerned about the environment and another to take the bus to work. Most people take an 'environmental-light' type of approach: Recycling is easy. Transit is hard."
-- Bob Dunphy, Urban Land Institute
http://tinyurl.com/2pekm7

-> "Arlington (TX) must find auto-alternative and efficient ways to move people in town and to other cities. God only made so much oil."
-- O.K. Carter, Star-Telegram staff writer
http://tinyurl.com/33lmsd


IN THE NEWS

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U.S. OBESITY RATES CONTINUE TO CLIMB

-> According to a July 20th China View article, "The U.S. obesity prevalence increased from 13 percent to 32 percent between the 1960s and 2004,according to a new study released Tuesday by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The prevalence of obesity and overweight has increased at an average rate of 0.3 - 0.8 percentage points across different sociodemographic groups over the past three decades, said the meta-analysis, published in the latest issue of the journal Epidemiologic Reviews. The key findings include: in 2003-2004, 66 percent of U.S. adults were overweight or obese. Women between 20 and 34 years old had the fastest increase rate of obesity and overweight. Eighty percent of black women aged 40 years or over are overweight; 50 percent are obese. Sixteen percent of children and adolescents are overweight and 34 percent are at risk of becoming overweight in 2003-2004.

"'The obesity rate in the United States has increased at an alarming rate over the past three decades. We set out to estimate the average annual increase in prevalence as well as the variation between population groups to predict the future situation regarding obesity and overweight among U.S. adults and children,' said Youfa Wang, lead author of the study. 'Obesity is a public health crisis. If the rate of obesity and overweight continues at this pace, by 2015, 75 percent of adults and nearly 24 percent of U.S. children and adolescents will be overweight or obese,' added the researcher. If nothing is done, obesity will soon become the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, the authors warned in their papers..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yo4ohk
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Title: "Obesity rates continue to climb in U.S."
Author: Mu Xuequan

BREMERTON (WA) WEIGHS TAXES FOR TRAILS, PARKS

-> According to a July 10th Kitsap Sun article, "The Bremerton City Council will consider whether to ask voters to approve a property tax hike and an increase on car tabs to help pay for improved streets and parks throughout the city. The funds would raise about $6.8 million over five years, part of a $30 million, five-year effort to increase street repaving efforts, build more sidewalks, improve paths for bicycles, enhance existing parks and develop a downtown boardwalk and a bridge-to-bridge pedestrian trail loop.

"Mayor Cary Bozeman revealed the proposal Tuesday at a council budget workshop, saying it's a way to take the city's revitalization efforts beyond downtown. If the council agrees with the mayor, the city would ask voters to improve an increase of just under 21 cents per $1,000 in assessed property taxes, which would raise about $2.8 million over five years. Using the county assessor's median household figure of $172,240, the city calculates $36 to be the median increase to Bremerton property owners from the levy lid lift.

"Laura Lyon, Bremerton's financial services director, said the council would have an option of asking voters for a permanent lid lift or one that expires. The mayor said he favors a six-year increase. 'I think we need to perform on this,' Bozeman said. 'I think in five years if they (voters) think there has been significant investment, then they'll feel good about continuing the lift. I think being held accountable for performance is a good thing.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3c48o7
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Title: "Tax Increase Could Be on November Bremerton Ballot"
Author: Steven Gardner

NEW URBANIST DUANY TALKS "ALLEYS" IN HOUSTON (TX)

-> According to a July 9th Chronicle article, "Andres Duany bends over a table in a makeshift studio in Houston, sketching rapidly with a black marker on tissue-thin sheets of white paper. Colleagues from his planning team lean in to hear as he pours out ideas. His subject is alleys. 'This is an alley I've wanted to do all my life,' Duany says, tossing one crumpled sheet after another to the floor as his vision takes shape in his head and on the page. Expressing so much passion about a space where people stash their garbage might seem a bit obsessive. But in the New Urbanist design model that Duany is bringing to Houston, every inch of space in a development -- the street grid, the sharpness of curves at intersections, the width of sidewalks, the placement of trees and parking -- is meticulously planned.

"When Duany and his team returned to Miami on Friday, they left behind plans for three projects that their client, developer Frank Liu, hopes will transform the style of urban development in Houston. Duany and other New Urbanist planners design compact, walkable places where homes are close to shops and offices and where public gathering spaces such as parks and plazas are just as important as houses. This approach is a novelty in Houston, where most developments still reflect a suburban, automobile-focused model..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2b42hm
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Title: "Planner takes new look at urban living"
Author: Mike Snyder

LAKE TAHOE (CA) STREET MAKEOVER "ABOUT PARKING"

-> In a July 8th Op-Ed, John Shuff wrote, "It was in late 2004 that I first heard about the proposed changes for Kings Beach, and I immediately favored just adding sidewalks and a couple of traffic lights to the four lanes of Highway 28 -- but I didn't know why. And, I was somewhat disdainful of the idea of roundabouts and three lanes -- but I didn't know why. So, I attended a place-based planning workshop, the very informative Walkable Communities session conducted by Paul Zykofsky, a Main Street Program reporting session conducted by the North Tahoe Business Association and more recently, most of the community workshops moderated by the Sierra Business Council. I reviewed the traffic study, Caltrans' 'Main Streets' publication, and when it was issued, the major portions of the Draft Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement.

"And, after listening to other members of the community and experts far more knowledgeable than me, and reviewing the documentation, I changed my mind. My initial reaction favoring four lanes was essentially instinctive. Why? The only thing I was really passionate about was sidewalks. But why a bias against three lanes? I was certainly not in favor of maintaining dangerous speeds through town, and I didn't want pedestrians to have to cross such a wide thoroughfare. I didn't really want traffic lights because most of the time we don't really need to have cars stopped and idling while waiting for opposing traffic that isn't there..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3bzcex
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Title: "My Turn: In Kings Beach, it's all about parking"
Author: John Shuff

ST. GEORGE (UT) FOLKS WANT WALKABLE DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a July 9th Daily Herald article, "Preliminary results of the Washington County survey Vision Dixie shows a preference for orderly, inward growth that protected the area's resources, officials said. 'There were a number of ideas that resonated loud and clear,' said Ted Knowlton of Envision Utah, a main sponsor of the survey. 'People don't really want scattered development. They love the idea of mixed-use development and want to protect the unique geology of this area.' Washington County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.
Vision Dixie data was drawn from 515 county residents who attended public meetings, 834 who completed an online questionnaire and 383 respondents questioned by a professional polling company. The survey envisioned four possible growth scenarios and a future population of 240,000 residents.

"Most respondents said they wanted county and city leaders to preserve southern Utah's famous red rock vistas, protect open space for recreation and conservation, build walkable community and develop public transportation options. A report of the survey's findings will be made public July 31 at a meeting of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. 'It's really a confirming process. We've been talking about new urbanism and higher densities for a while,' said Marc Mortensen, who sits on the Vision Dixie steering committee. 'While we are already doing some of those things, we know we have a long way to go.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yw5aes
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Title: "Survey gives direction, envisions future of southern Utah"
Author: AP

BRITAIN'S JACOBS BABTIE FIRM BANS STAFF BIKE USE

-> According to a July 6th Times article, "One of Britain's biggest engineering companies has banned staff from travelling on bicycles or motorbikes after declaring them too dangerous. Jacobs Babtie advises local authorities on sustainable transport projects -- including how to get more people to switch from four wheels to two. It has told staff at its 36 offices across Britain that they must drive or use public transport. They can use bicycles only if they are working away from roads, such as on canal towpaths. In an e-mail to all employees, a copy of which has been obtained by The Times, the company's health and safety manager says: 'It's patently obvious that if you are struck by a wayward vehicle when you are on a bicycle or motorbike you are going to be more severely affected than if you were in a car. The reason for this policy is to protect our employees from other vehicles on the road. There will be a few limited exceptions when employees will be permitted to travel by bicycle, but that would be when that mode of transport is required to undertake the job, for example, carrying out surveys along river banks and tow paths.'

"The ban on cycling on company business has infuriated several staff, who have been cycling without any serious safety incidents for years. They believe the ban is partly the result of conditions in the company's insurance policy. The e-mail acknowledges that staff are unhappy about the ban and admits it 'could be construed as being at odds with our environmental policy and the requirement to be environmentally responsible'. It also acknowledges the concerns among employees that the company will lose important contracts because the ban "will not please our environmentally friendly clients". One of Jacobs' biggest customers is Transport for London, which has a target of achieving a fivefold increase in the level of cycling by 2025, and this weekend will host the opening races in the Tour de France. TfL paid Jacobs œ6 million last year for various projects, including monitoring the impact of the congestion charge and measuring how many people have switched from driving to walking or cycling..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2srh7p
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Title: "Green transport specialist tells its workers to 'get off your bikes'"
Author: Ben Webster

[Ed. Note: Oddly enough, this ISN'T a joke.]

ALLEGHENY CO. (PA) OFFICIALS HEAR T-STATION IDEAS

-> According to a July 9th Tribune-Review article, "Residents of Dormont and Mt. Lebanon will get a chance this week to put themselves on the forefront of what urban planners call a national trend in transportation planning. Allegheny County and municipal officials will listen Thursday to suggestions for enhancing neighborhoods around Port Authority light-rail T stations. The meeting is the first step in what officials hope will transform the T-station areas into community hubs. If successful, they would become places where people live, shop and play, planners said.

"'Our goal is to make the T station a viable part of the community,' said Richard Bickel, planning director for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, which serves southeast Pennsylvania and part of New Jersey. Bickel helped write the 2004 legislation that outlines a method to develop T-station neighborhoods. The law allowing the creation of 'transit revitalization investment districts' took effect in 2005. 'We're trying to reinforce the use of public transportation where it already exists. And in the growing townships, the suburbs, we're trying to change patterns,' Bickel said."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2pekm7
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Title: "Officials to listen to T-station area ideas"
Author: Mike Cronin

PARIS: "LA REVOLUTION DU VELO" COMING JULY 15TH

-> According to a July 6th Richard Reeves column, "Rows of iron stanchions, looking something like miniature fire hydrants, are taking root every 300 yards or so along the curbs of the city, ready for a new revolution to begin on the day after the July 14 celebrations of Bastille Day. This is, according to a special edition of L'Express magazine, 'La Revolution du Velo.' The Bicycle Revolution. Official name: 'Velib.' Contrary to opinion on our side of the Atlantic, the French do not think small. Work crews are everywhere, planting the devices with electronic heads ready for credit cards and city-issued pieces of negotiable plastic.

"The numbers: 750 stations, each with 15 to 40 high-tech stanchions, and 10,000 bikes for rent. That's for now. By the end of the year there will be 1,451 stations and 20,600 bikes. All of this is being done to reduce the number of automobiles, noise and pollution in a city that already has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. Besides, it will be fun; take a bike to work in beautiful Paris -- at least that is what Mayor Bertrand Delanoe thinks. Not everyone here agrees with Delanoe. Some think it will be too dangerous, particularly for young parents who take their children to day-care centers or schools during morning rush hours.

"The boulevards here are fast, the side streets narrow, and it's dark most of the day in winter. Even so, more and more Parisians have taken to using their own bicycles as two-job families became more common and gasoline and diesel oil became more expensive. Right now a gallon of gas costs the equivalent of almost $8, though European cars are far more fuel-efficient than American guzzlers. In many cases, the new rental stations are next to iron stands built so that people can park and lock their own bikes or mopeds. This is how the new system will work..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nb4xq
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Title: "Free Travel in Paris? Well, Almost"
Author: Richard Reeves

DENVER (CO) COUNCIL ADOPTS "GREEN" PLAN

-> According to a July 10th Rocky Mountain News article, "The Denver City Council today unanimously adopted the 2007 Downtown Area Plan, the culmination of an 18month planning process between the City of Denver and the Downtown Denver Partnership.
The 2007 plan provides an updated vision and set of goals and strategies for the downtown area, with a goal of providing a road map for downtown's future over the next 25 years. The plan calls for everything from a 'green' downtown to linking the Auraria campus to downtown, to creating a one that is more pedestrian friendly.

"'With the dramatic changes that downtown has undergone in the last 20 years, it is time that we have a new, 21st century vision for downtown Denver,' Tami Door, president & CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, wrote on the nonprofit group's Web site today. 'The main objective of the 2007 Downtown Area Plan is to keep Downtown Denver vibrant; economically healthy, growing and vital; through a series of strategies that make Downtown prosperous, walkable, diverse, distinctive and green. Now that City Council has adopted the plan, we look forward to working with both the public and private sectors to begin its implementation immediately.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bkv2o
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Title: "Council adopts plan to reshape downtown"
Author: John Rebchook

For more on the plan, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/yvyaql

CARL JUNCTION (MO) GETS SRTS GRANT TO STUDY ROUTES

-> According to a July 7th Joplin Globe article, "The city has received a grant geared toward getting more kids to walk or ride a bicycle to school. The Highway Safety Division of the Missouri Department of Transportation announced that Carl Junction was awarded an $18,000 grant. The city will conduct a study on establishing pedestrian routes around the city leading to the school's campus on Pennell Street, between Roney and Broadway streets. 'When we are finished with the study, we will give the results to city council and the (Carl Junction R-1) Board of Education,' said Steve Lawver, the city's community economic development director. 'They will look at what changes need to be made.' Currently, about 10-15 percent of students walk or ride a bicycle to school, Assistant Superintendent David Stephens said. He said that number is probably lower than other districts, since the district's schools are located on the same campus.

"'I think a lot of parents feel that they have no other option than to take their kids to school,' Stephens said. 'If we can figure out how to make the routes safer, then more kids will walk or ride.' The city's main thoroughfare, Pennell Street, is a busy road with a highway designation, but no sidewalks. 'I have always had concerns with Pennell Street and its lack of sidewalks,' Superintendent Phil Cook said. 'I hope this study can address some of those concerns.' The study is part of the Safe Routes to School program, sponsored by MoDOT. 'The program encourages children to walk, ride or wheel to school,' said Todd Messenger, program coordinator. 'The goal is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for these kids.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ypbms3
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Title: "Grant to be used to study pedestrian routes to school campus"
Author: Joe Hadsall

TORONTO (ON) TO TEST NEW AIR/HEALTH RISK INDEX

-> According to a July 9th Star article, "A new tool to measure the impact of bad air on public health, which Ottawa wants to roll out across the country, will help Canadians hold governments and businesses accountable when it comes to air pollution, says federal Environment Minister John Baird. The new Air Quality Health Index, launched in Toronto today as an 18-month pilot project similar to those in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, will advise city residents on health risks associated with the level of local air pollution. 'The more information we can give to Canadians, the more choices they will have about how to live their lives,' Baird said in French. 'But it also gives them the chance to ask their government and industries to make better choices.' The Conservative government says it will put $30 million over four years towards establishing the new national index and expanding the air quality forecast program to support it.

"Health Minister Tony Clement, who was also at the launch, said air pollution is getting worse, not better. But the federal and provincial governments should be doing more than measuring pollution -- they should be taking concrete action to reduce it, said Franz Hartmann of the Toronto Environmental Alliance. 'We're disappointed that the federal government is doing nothing to actually clean the air,' he said after the launch. 'Torontonians have a right to know what harm the dirty air is doing to their health, and this tool will be important to help them gauge that. Again, it's unfortunate that the federal government and the federal ministers today didn't say, "Here's what we're going to do to help clean the air."'..."

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Title: "New air index to advise on health risks"
Author: Canadian Press

LIVING GREEN IN BARCELONA (ES)

-> According to a July 10th World Changing article, "Across the world, Barcelona is widely recognized as a best practice example for city planning and management, urban solutions, environmental programs, preservation/growth of green areas, transportation and regeneration. This model has repeatedly received different international awards and has been replicated in different cities. Throughout this article, which will be published in two parts, we will look at the different tools, models and ideas that have made Barcelona one of the European cities with the best quality of life, and a place where living green is convenient to citizens.

"The city has an effective intermodal transportation system that links all major means of public transportation together (bus, underground, tram, suburban trains and bicycles). Integrated fares and ticketing make it attractive for citizens to use public transportation. Rail networks are the city's high-speed backbone while people often get around within the city by bike or walking. Bicycles act as feeder systems for rail stations and are used to reach specific locations not covered by motorized public transportation. Just three months ago, the city government launched Bicing,* an initiative that incorporates bikes into the public transportation system. The service has already attracted 30,000 users that join the city's 43,000 daily bike users. The service would not have been successful if the city didn't have 120 kilometers of bike lanes, bike-friendly streets and efficient connections to other transportation options..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/34jb5g
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Title: "Living green in Barcelona (Part 1): From Transit to Garbage"
Author: Adrian Muller

*For more on "Bicing," go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2cfyaz

CLEVELAND (OH) BUSINESSES RELY ON BIKES

-> According to a July 11th Free Times article, "Bobby Breitenstein is hoping to create one new job. He and Julie Hutchison run the Phoenix Coffee Shop in Lakewood with community and sustainability in mind -- recycling, using fairly traded coffees, giving away nitrogen-rich, spent coffee grounds for compost -- and their customers have responded in kind. The sidewalk in front of their Detroit Avenue shop is often crowded with bicycles.

"It's the bicycle, in fact, that may open up the next avenue for their business. Already they use bicycles quite a bit for banking and other errands, and they even keep one on hand for baristas to use. But Breitenstein recently started promoting the idea of bicycle delivery of Phoenix Coffee menu items to any location in Lakewood. There's a $10 minimum and $1 delivery fee. He's made only a few deliveries so far, loading up a thermal coffee urn in a bicycle trailer and pedaling to nearby shops. But he thinks this could work, both business-wise and ecologically, because bicycles are nimble, cheap to operate and don't burn gas.

Phoenix is among a handful of businesses in town building bicycles into their business plans. Not only do they think it's the environmentally responsible thing to do, but there are other advantages too, and as a couple of other entrepreneurs have found, there are cases where the bicycle is simply the best tool for the job..."

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Title: "Pedal Pushers"
Author: Michael Gill

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

My Life Can Be Easily Summarized With a 30-Second Cartoon

Q. How do you know for absolutely, positively certain that your rollercoaster weight gain-loss lifestyle is a ridiculous, predictable pattern?

A. When your 13-year-old son accurately lampoons the story of your life in a cartoon he made over the weekend."

See video here: http://tinyurl.com/38vktv


QUICK HITS

SURGERY CAN MAKE WALKING, RUNNING LESS PAINFUL
-> "...It prevents the foot and ankle from moving, or pronating, to the point the person`s foot goes flat..."
http://tinyurl.com/24e2v5

NYC MAYOR'S CONGESTION PRICING PLAN GOING DOWN?
-> "[A] new proposal, sent to Assembly members on Sunday night, would attempt to ease traffic congestion with tax credits for businesses that encourage employees to telecommute, for employees who use car pools and for commercial drivers who enter Manhattan before 6 a.m. and after 9 p.m...."
http://tinyurl.com/yvhk6f

EDMONTON (AB) FESTIVALS -- CITY'S IDENTITY
-> "The first thing you notice about Edmonton is the trees. There are lots of them, in fact more than almost any other city in North America - beautiful, healthy elm trees that make Edmonton streets that much more walkable. The second thing you notice is the action. When we -- me, my wife Melanee, and four-year-old son, Gus, -- arrive in Edmonton in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon in late June, Whyte Avenue is buzzing. There are lots of people out walking, hanging out in cafes and bars, or shopping at one of the vintage clothes shops or boutiques that are everywhere around Whyte Avenue these days..."
http://tinyurl.com/2bcfqo

TORONTO (ON) FOLKS WORK ON WALKING STRATEGY
-> "The strategy, which aspires to make Toronto a more pedestrian-friendly and far less car-friendly place, is to be drafted for October's Walk 21 conference, an international forum that studies the 'walkability' of urban centres around the world..."
http://tinyurl.com/3aet7r


RESOURCES

-> "MEASURING METHODS FOR ASSESSING THE..."
"... Condition of Cycle Paths: A Review of Existing Knowledge;" VTR Report 584 (Abstract and summary in English; rest in Swedish.) 1mb pdf.
http://tinyurl.com/34cjaa

-> "LIABILITY FROM THE WALKING SCHOOL BUS"
Brief report on Liability Risk Assessment for school boards, municipalities, police and other community stakeholders; prepared for Green Communities Canada by Municipal Risk Services Ltd. June 2007. (34k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2vmee7

-> "THE WALKING SCHOOL BUS LIABILITY CONCERNS"
Brief Q&A for schools and parents; prepared for Green Communities Canada by Municipal Risk Services Ltd. June 2007. (31k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/36lybg

-> "PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST INTERSECTION SAFETY... INDICES"
Federal Highway Administration Tech Brief; Publication No. FHWA-HRT-06-129; by UNC Highway Safety Research Center. April 2007.
http://tinyurl.com/2ppqko

-> "PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST INTERSECTION SAFETY INDICES..."
"...Final Report; pub no. FHWA-HRT-06-125; Nov. 2006. (2mb pdf available)
http://tinyurl.com/2qvjsg


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

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

-> July 23-26, 2007; Rebuilding sustainable communities in Iraq, Boston, MA. Info: Professor Adenrele Awotona, Dean, College of Public and Community Service, U Mass/Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125, USA; phone: (617) 287-7100; fax: (425) 984-7100; email: <rsci@cpcs.umb.edu>.

-> 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 27-30, 2007, Third annual PRO BIKE®/PRO WALK FLORIDA CONFERENCE “Healthy Community Makeovers: Designs and Programs for Active and Healthy Lifestyles” to be held in Orlando at the Embassy Suites Downtown hotel. Visit www.probikeprowalkflorida.com for additional information.

-> 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

-> October 17, 2007, Moving Together 2007, The Annual Massachusetts Bicycling & Walking Conference, Boston, MA. Info: The Baystate Roads Program at (413) 545-2604;
http://www.baystateroads.org/mt/

-> 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

-> JOBS -- BIKE-ED INTERNS -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB, SEATTLE WA

The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is seeking three AmeriCorps interns:
- Bicycle Ambassador Coordinator
- Youth Program Assistant, and
- Bicycle Events and Maintenance Program Assistant.

Each will work closely with the education department to help run youth, adult, and community programs. Kids' programs, such as camps, school-based programs, and events focus on skill-building, safety, education and fun. Adult programs include skills classes, helmet sales, Bike to Work Month and Ambassadors (who provide information to community members). The AmeriCorps member(s) will help manage youth and adult programming and bike maintenance for our school bikes to provide opportunities for community members to build their love of bicycling and become better cyclists. Members choose position working with adults or kids based on their interests. Apply by August 1, 2007.

For full position descriptions and application information, see
http://www.cascade.org/About/job_openings.cfm

-> RFP -- LIABILITY ASPECTS OF BIKEWAY DESIGNATIONS -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to provide general information regarding legal risks to transportation entities and officials associated with designating public bikeways.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ypjuc

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- TRUCKEE (CA) TRAILS FDN.

We are in the hunt for an energetic and strategic person to take on the Truckee Trails Foundation Executive Director mantle. It goes without saying that we are seeking someone with an unequivocal commitment to trails, bikeways, and alternative transportation. Preference given to those with a background in non-profit management and collaborative problem solving, proven fundraising skills, and familiarity with trails and bikeways issues. This position will initially be half-time.

We invite interested candidates to send a cover letter and resume to: Truckee Trails Foundation, P.O. Box 1751, Truckee, CA 96160. They can also email pdf versions of both to: Info@truckeetrails.org. I am also happy to have people call or email with questions to the contact information listed below.

Leigh Fitzpatrick, Truckee Trails Foundation, P.O. Box 1751, Truckee, CA 96160; (530) 587-8214
http://www.truckeetrails.org

-> RFP -- DESIGN FLEXIBILITY CONSIDERATIONS FOR CITIES -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a solicitation for consultant letters of interest on a synthesis to explore national practice for reaching a reasonable accommodation between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Green Book: A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets standards and the "built" urban environment.
http://tinyurl.com/yo3y58

-> RFP -- ENV & TRANS. LAW UPDATE -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to update the environmental law and transportation volume of the Selected Studies in Transportation Law series. Proposals Due June 29, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/ys65uc

-> JOB -- MADISON (WI) OFFICE MANAGER -- BFW

Interested in becoming a Bicycle Advocate? Come work for The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin! The Bicycle Federation is a non-profit bicycle advocacy and education group with a mission of Making Wisconsin a Better Place to Bicycle. The Bike Fed is seeking a candidate to work in our Madison, WI office. Madison is classified as a gold level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. It has an amazing amount of opportunities for recreational cycling and year round commuting. With the city estimating a bicycle mode share of 6-11% of all trips, it is easy to practice what we advocate.

This position would report directly to the Executive Director and would supervise two to three staff members. Candidate must have the ability to work without direct supervision as the Executive Director is located in the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office. Typically the Executive Director works one day a week in the Madison office, making excellent communication skills with email and phone a necessity. Salary will range from $30,000 - $35,000 and will depend on experience. Health benefits, paid vacation, and flexible work schedule are offered. Position will remain open until filled

A formal job description is available here:
http://tinyurl.com/bdya6

To apply please forward a cover letter and resume to: (email is preferred)
Jack E. Hirt. Executive Director
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
1845 N Farwell Ave, Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414.271.9685)
<jack@bfw.org>
http://www.bfw.org


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