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#183 Wednesday, September 5, 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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----- Thunderhead Alliance Releases First Benchmarking Report
----- NCBW's Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 Planning Underway
----- Safe Routes Partnership Launches New Web Site
----- Nov. '07 Int'l Conference: Road Safety on Four Continents
----- California Safe Routes Funding in Jeopardy
----- BTA Expects Largest Bike Commute Challenge Ever
----- STPP and CNT Announce New Sessions
----- California Safe Routes Funding in Jeopardy
----- Kirkland (WA) Moves Ahead with Active Living Task Force


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----- U.S. Obesity Rates Continue to Rise, Study Finds
----- Santa Fe County (NM) Addresses Youth Obesity
----- Crime & Grime Teams Make Hampton (VA) More Livable
----- Duke University Rolls Out Bicycle Program
----- As Web Fuels Bike Thefts, Victims Turn Vigilantes in VA
----- Exercise Now Required in Oregon Schools
----- Citrus Heights (CA) Shares Secrets of Walkability
----- Traffic Swamps Puget Sound (WA) Regional Economy
----- Spiegel Interview with Urban Guru Charles Landry

FEATURES

THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE RELEASES FIRST BENCHMARKING REPORT

-> Bicycling and Walking in the U.S., the Thunderhead Alliance's first biennial Benchmarking Report released August 29th, clearly links the decline in bicycling and walking and the surge in numbers of adults and children who are obese. The report was released to Thunderhead's network of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations and government officials throughout the country.

The report compares, for the first time ever, bicycling and walking levels, investment in bicycling and walking, and public health. The findings reveal major disparities between cycling and walking levels, traffic fatalities, and federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.

"Most public health advocates already preach the benefits of biking and walking," said Sue Knaup, Thunderhead's executive director. "This report clearly demonstrates that cities and states with the highest rates of cycling and walking almost always have the lowest levels of obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes."

Knaup also noted that the data contained within the report can be very useful for advocates working at local and regional levels. "If you've ever stuttered when an official demanded data to back up your claims, or wished for state-by-state data at your fingertips, the Benchmarking Report delivers," she said.

The report provides detailed data and illustrations on bicycling and walking in 50 states and the 50 most-populous cities. Measurements include bicycle and pedestrian staffing, funding, written policies, and bike-transit integration, among others.

Thunderhead has released the biennial Benchmarking Report along with a template press release that can be modified for use at the local level. To download the report visit:
http://tinyurl.com/2lky7r

For more information about Bicycling and Walking in the U.S., contact: <kristen@thunderheadalliance.org>, or call 415-513-5281.

NCBW's PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2008 PLANNING UNDERWAY

-> "We've settled in for some intensive planning of the Seattle Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference one year from today," reports Gary MacFadden, operations director at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW). "On August 29th, the PWPB 2008 local host committee planning group had its first meeting, and it's clear to me that the conference is going to be something special."

MacFadden noted that the local host committee represents a "brain trust" of Puget Sound bicycling and pedestrian programs. "The planning committee has the heavy hitters like Chuck Ayers, executive director of the Cascade Bicycle Club, Gordon Black, the new exec. at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Barbara Culp, who recently retired from the Bicycle Alliance, Kirste Johnson from the Puget Sound Regional Council, Paula Reeves from Washington DOT, and Barbara Wright of King County Health. These people are supported by Megan Hoyt and Peter Lagerwey of the Seattle DOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, and King Cushman, who for many years has been deeply involved in bicycle and pedestrian projects through the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The planning committee spent its first meeting getting the basics of the conference logistics from MacFadden, and then immediately started working out potential themes and elements that they felt the conference should include.

"We want to make sure we highlight the successful bicycle and pedestrian programs not just in Seattle, but in the surrounding Puget Sound communities," said Pete Lagerwey after the meeting. "The Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference will give us a platform to showcase what we've been able to accomplish in the Pacific Northwest, and to demonstrate how these same kinds of programs can be duplicated in communities large and small across the United States."

The Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference is scheduled for September 2-5, and will be hosted at the downtown Seattle Westin Hotel. Updates on the conference will be distributed through both CenterLines and the conference-specific e-mail newsletter, Connections. If you're not already on the Connections newsletter list, you can subscribe at:
http://tinyurl.com/phr2g

SAFE ROUTES PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE

-> According to an Aug. 22nd release, "As children across the country prepare for the start of school, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is taking steps to make their trip to school a healthier activity. Today, the Partnership launched a new Web site to help parents, schools, local and state governments, and advocacy groups implement programs that will encourage more kids to walk and bike to and from school.

"'We created this Web site [www.saferoutespartnership.org] to help people take action now to bring SRTS programs to their communities,' said SRTS National Partnership Director Deb Hubsmith. 'The potential benefits of SRTS programs include healthier children, reduced congestion around schools, less pollution, and safer streets.'...

"Other features of the new site include an interactive U.S. map that allows users to access pages for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, a robust search function, updated national SRTS news, in-depth policy pages, event listings, resources and a submit-a-story form. The new Web site is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Bikes Belong Coalition."

Visit the site here:
http://www.saferoutespartnership.org

NOV. '07 INT'L CONFERENCE: ROAD SAFETY ON FOUR CONTINENTS

-> According to the Transportation Research Board's Sept. 4th TRB Research E-Newsletter, "TRB is cosponsoring the 14th International Conference on Road Safety on Four Continents on November 14-16, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference is designed to explore emerging research and developments in the area of road safety. A special emphasis during the meeting will be placed on the application of research and the advantages and disadvantages of applying research done in development countries to problems faced in developing countries and countries in transition. The conference language will be English. The deadline for submission of papers for consideration as part of the program is May 1, 2007.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yso42j

CALIFORNIA SAFE ROUTES FUNDING IN JEOPARDY

-> According to a Sept. 4th Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Action Alert, the California Safe Routes to School program's non-federal funding may be axed in the State budget process. Assembly Bill 57, which would continue the state's contribution, was cut in Senate Appropriations. SCBC urges Safe Routes advocates to contact State their Senators to restore funding on the Senate Floor. As SCBC puts it, "This is urgent, otherwise there will be no additional funding for Safe Routes to School after the call for projects that will take place later this year."

For more on the bill, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2cqr92

For more on SCBC, go to:
http://bikesonoma.org

BTA EXPECTS LARGEST BIKE COMMUTE CHALLENGE EVER

According to an entry on the bikeportland.org blog, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is expecting its largest-ever turnout for its Bike Commute Challenge, which started September 1. "The statewide [Oregon] event pits companies against each other and they compete based on percentage of possible trips taken by bike, (not mileage). Last year, 6,000 people from 550 companies competed in the Challenge and this year, the BTA,s Events and Outreach Director Michelle Poyourow says she hopes for 7,000 people and 600 companies to participate.

"Poyourow has high expectations thanks in part to a grant from Metro (a presenting sponsor along with OHSU) that has allowed her to hire two full-time assistants to help with outreach during the event. In an interview this morning she said, 'Last year it was just me, working at a bar until 1am every night.'

"Poyourow says, 'We expect to do 100 workplace visits where we'll go in and work closely with employees to find out what barriers they have to riding and give them whatever resources they need.' The event might get people riding in September, but Poyourow says the real goal is to create year-round commuters. 'The Challenge is about creating new commuters year-round. If they only ride in September that's OK too. Those people will become better drivers and come away with more skills and be more likely to keep it up..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/33ry2a
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Title: "BTA Expects Largest Bike Commute Challenge Ever"
Author: Jonathan Maus (Editor)

STPP AND CNT ANNOUNCE NEW SESSIONS

-> According to an Aug. 20th news release, "The Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and the Center for Neighborhood Technology are pleased to host two webinars this fall and two workshops in spring 2008 focusing on four areas. Our goal is to help advocacy groups, local officials, neighborhood associations as well as transportation and land-use professionals learn how to turn our communities into more livable places where people want to live, work and play. Funding for this program is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, the Oak Foundation, and AARP."

Webinars:
September 25, 2007, 12-2pm EST November 9, 2007, 12-2pm EST "Understanding the Transportation Models and Asking the Right Questions" and "Planning Transit Routes that Meet Your Community's Goals"

Workshops:
February 2008 April 2008 "Getting Transportation and Land-use Decisions that Create Walkable Communities with Mobility Choices;" and "Designing Transportation Projects that Enhance Your Community's Character"

For more info, contact David Schaengold at <davids@cnt.org> or go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3xldre

CALIFORNIA SAFE ROUTES FUNDING IN JEOPARDY

-> According to a Sept. 4th Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition Action Alert, the California Safe Routes to School program's non-federal funding may be axed in the State budget process. Assembly Bill 57, which would continue the state's contribution, was cut in Senate Appropriations. SCBC urges Safe Routes advocates to contact State their Senators to restore funding on the Senate Floor. As SCBC puts it, "This is urgent, otherwise there will be no additional funding for Safe Routes to School after the call for projects that will take place later this year."

For more on the bill, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2cqr92

For more on SCBC, go to:
http://bikesonoma.org

KIRKLAND (WA) MOVES AHEAD WITH ACTIVE LIVING TASK FORCE

-> In a recent note, Tammy McCorkle wrote, "The City of Kirkland recently held their Second Active Living Task Force meeting. The Active Living Task Force was created by City Council to promote active living and help focus attention and energy on three important community goals: improving the health of our residents; promoting community connections, and enhancing a sense of public safety through 'more eyes on the street.' The Task Force will participate in and create a work program that will continue making the City of Kirkland a place that promotes and encourages physical activity as a part of everyday life.

"Some projects the task force may decide to take on include: creating a variety of walking guides, working to ensure policies encourage a walkable community; performing walking audits; and developing an ongoing Safe Routes to School Program. The Task Force includes community members, local agency representatives, businesses people, and a variety of community groups..."

For more info, contact Tammy McCorkle at <TMcCorkle@ci.kirkland.wa.us> or (425) 587-3018


QUOTES R US

-> "All cities have one key resource: the special abilities of the people who live in them. You just have to find out what they are."
- Charles Landry, author, "The Creative City"
http://tinyurl.com/344d3j

-> "The demographics of rural areas differ from their more populous neighbors. Not only are rural areas smaller in population, they tend to be comprised of older residents. Young people flock to cities in search of job opportunities, leaving the older residents in the small towns and outlying areas. Also, many senior citizens relocate to smaller communities when they retire."
-- Stephanie Roth, FHWA
http://tinyurl.com/2qv4fw

-> "New generations will be entrusted with the future of the planet, which bears clear signs of a type of development that has not always protected nature's delicate equilibriums. Before it is too late one must make courageous choices that can recreate a strong alliance between mankind and the earth."
-- Pope Benedict XVI
http://tinyurl.com/2weto9

 


NEW SECTION! STATS R US

U.S. Vehicle Miles Traveled: Jun-07
Highway miles (millions): 261,657 260,340
% change from same month previous year: -0.50

Source: White House Economic Statistics Briefing Room - Transportation, August 2007 (128k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/278ygc


IN THE NEWS

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U.S. OBESITY RATES CONTINUE TO RISE, STUDY FINDS

-> According to an August 30th article on the Medical News Today web site, "The U.S. obesity rate continues to rise and is increasing at a faster clip than it has in the past...The report found that at least one person in five is obese in 47 states nationwide; by comparison, in 1991, one person in five was obese in four of the 50 states.

"According to AP/Long Island Newsday, obesity rates in 31 states increased, and no state showed a decline. For the report, the Trust for American Health (TAH) compared data from 2003 through 2005 with data from 2004 through 2006 that were taken from a telephone survey of height and weight.

"The results are considered to be conservative because they are taken from personal reports, according to AP/Newsday ... 'When self-reporting, people tend to overestimate their height and underestimate their weight,' Lisa Hark, director of the Nutrition Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said, adding that obesity in the U.S. is 'probably worse' than the report states..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/36y6q4
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "U.S. Obesity Rates Continue to Rise, Study Finds"
Author: staff

SANTA FE COUNTY (NM) ADDRESSES YOUTH OBESITY

-> According to an August 14th press release on the Santa Fe County web site, "Santa Fe County Commissioner Harry Montoya participated in a community dialogue on Youth Obesity on August 14th. The National Association of Counties, (NACo) Center for Sustainable Communities hosted the event...the dialogue is in follow up to a similar meeting on youth obesity held last year with school and community leaders...

"The County's youth obesity rate is higher than in many other parts of the country. If not reversed, it will lead to preventable chronic diseases and, in an age in which employers are looking to reduce rising medical and absenteeism costs, difficulty in finding employment. [The meeting] brought key community stakeholders together to begin discussing how Santa Fe County's faith based organizations, community organizations and the County can work together on this issue..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2pxx2h
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Title: "Santa Fe County Addresses Youth Obesity"
Author: staff

CRIME & GRIME TEAMS MAKE HAMPTON (VA) MORE LIVABLE

-> According to a September 4th article in the Hampton, Virginia, Daily Press, "Civic leaders and police believe an ambitious clean-up project is helping make neighborhoods more livable.

"When a suspected drug dealer rented a house on the street Shirley Atkins lives on, she joined forces with a network of 'nosey little old ladies' to drive him out. In moving to Pasture Lane, the man might have made a grave mistake. Atkins is a volunteer with one of the district resource teams that form the backbone of Hampton's Crime and Grime initiative that is in its second year.

"'I kept calling, calling, calling (the police) and now he's gone,' Atkins said. 'We have a lot of nosey little old ladies who would say 'Did you see all the things that were going on last night?' Those behind the initiative believe the incident is a microcosm of what is happening in Hampton and that community activism helps explain a falling crime rate..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/373e8b
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Title: "Teams succeed in fighting crime, grime"
Author: David Macaulay

DUKE UNIVERSITY ROLLS OUT BICYCLE PROGRAM

-> According to a story in the Chronicle On-Line, "Duke Bikes, a new initiative to promote health and community, is now peddling bicycles below the West Campus Plaza in hopes that students might ride to class instead of drive. The pilot program...describes its efforts as part of a broader plan to provide 'no-cost options for exercise, adventure and campus commuting.'

"It also links to more long-range goals to improve campus culture by promoting sustainability and health. 'It's related to [the Campus Culture Initiative] by virtue of its community-building angle, and I have high hopes for its contribution to the student experience,' Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, wrote in an e-mail Sunday.

"The CCI report, released in February, prompted discussions on how to enact tangible enhancement of the student experience, and Duke Bikes is one of several programs planned for the fall related to the recommendations. It was inspired by Provost Peter Lange, who had seen community biking groups in Europe and thought a similar program would help promote a cycling culture on campus, Moneta added..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2lyk6s
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Title: "Duke University Rolls Out Bicycle Program"
Author: Chelsea Allison

AS WEB FUELS BIKE THEFTS, VICTIMS TURN VIGILANTES IN VA

-> According to an August 26th article in the Washington Post, "By the time he got the call last month, Martin Moulton had given up on his stolen $3,000 bike. The caller, a friend, had been browsing through bike ads on Craigslist when he spotted Moulton's 2005 Cannondale with its unmistakable, custom-ordered Spiderflex saddle.

" 'Adam,' as the poster identified himself, wrote that he was selling the bike for a friend who had left town. 'My friend needs the money, which is why the price is so low...first serious offer gets the bike.' It was going for $1,000. Moulton feared it would go fast.

"Dissatisfied with the response he got from D.C. police, Moulton planned a vigilante take-back operation over the next few days that took him to Georgetown, not far from the shop where he bought the bike. In doing so, he scratched the surface of the region's stolen-bikes underworld, which police and bike store owners say has become increasingly sophisticated as expensive bikes have flooded the market and Internet sites have provided platforms to sell them easily and at high prices..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2l9o5h
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Title: "As Web Fuels Bike Thefts, Victims Turn Vigilantes""
Author: Ernesto Londono Washington Post Staff Writer

EXERCISE NOW REQUIRED IN OREGON SCHOOLS

-> According to a August 5th article in the Mail Tribune, "...physical fitness is now a state mandate for [Oregon] school kids through eighth grade.

"Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed a bill last week requiring 150 minutes of physical education a week for grades kindergarten through 5 and 225 minutes a week for grades 6 through 8 in an attempt to combat prevalent childhood obesity. The law, effective in fall 2017, specifies that half of that time must be used for exercise. The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity in Washington, D.C., has proposed adding such a requirement to the No Child Left Behind Act, which is being considered for reauthorization this year.

"While acknowledging the need for more physical activity among children, school officials say the requirement would likely decrease instructional time. 'The requirement means we have to give up teaching something else,' said Rich Miles, Medford district elementary education director. 'The day is too short as it is to teach what we are expected to teach.'

"About $140,000 has been earmarked in the next biennium to track how much time schools across the state have been spending on physical education. A report to the state Legislature is due in October 2008. 'The Legislature wanted to know what is the status now because we have a high obesity rate and a high rate of Type 2 diabetes, and they wanted to see if schools are contributing to that by not having enough physical activity,' said Margaret Bates, specialist with the Oregon Department of Education..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2m7a5x
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Title: "Exercise Now Required"
Author: Paris Achen

CITRUS HEIGHTS (CA) SHARES SECRETS OF WALKABLITY

-> According to an Aug. 16th Sacramento Bee article, "Health benefits, common obstacles and the high cost of sidewalks were all part of the mix Aug. 7 as Citrus Heights officials and residents continued the dialogue about creating more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Much of that discussion focused on some of the most common things pedestrians find blocking their path. City officials can do quite a bit about many of those obstacles, said Mary Poole, the city senior management analyst who is leading the city's walkable neighborhoods project.

"'City officials also can try to do something about damaged sidewalks, landscaping that has grown across a sidewalk, trash and yards that are so out-of-control that nobody wants to walk past them,' Poole said. She encouraged residents to use project walkability surveys to evaluate their neighborhoods. Disposable cameras were handed out so residents can photograph problems that they encounter.

"About 25 residents turned out for the third meeting in the city's walkable neighborhoods project. Poole and other discussion leaders asked the residents to start the evening by identifying a few major issues or outcomes they want to see. Officials are already collecting street surveys and photos that are being submitted by local residents, Poole said. Information such as the location of badly damaged sidewalks may be used to develop repair work orders..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3amlca
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Title: "'Citrus Heights shares secrets of walkability"
Author: David Richie - Bee Staff Writer

TRAFFIC SWAMPS PUGET SOUND (WA) REGIONAL ECONOMY

-> According to an Aug. 31st Washington CEO article, "If you want a sense of how traffic congestion hurts the Puget Sound region's economy, ask Tom Taft to tell you about the executive who got away. Taft, managing partner of Seattle-based Laurel Group, an executive search firm, was recently trying to lure a Seattle executive into taking a job at Clearwire, a high-flying wireless Internet start-up. It was an attractive job as vice president of marketing and it came with a great salary. But when the man learned he'd have to cross Lake Washington on traffic-snarled State Route 520 to get to Kirkland, he quickly lost interest. 'Nope,' Taft recalls the man saying. 'I'm never going to commute on that bridge again.' A decade ago, traffic wasn't such a big issue in the decision making of career-conscious executives, says Taft. Now he hears about it constantly...

"In Atlanta, where the city has spent heavily to add roads, per capita vehicle miles traveled is a high 32 per day. In the Puget Sound region, between 1980 and the early 1990s, as population moved out toward the suburbs, vehicle miles traveled grew four times faster than population growth. By 2000, per capita vehicle miles traveled reached 24 per day, with Seattle joining Atlanta on national lists of the worst congested metro areas in the United States. By contrast, in Portland, effective regional planning has actually reduced the number of miles driven on a per capita basis to 19 per day. And that number continues to shrink. The number drops to 10 in areas of the city where mixed-use, transit-oriented developments dot the landscape. 'We have congestion, but the congestion is in smaller areas because we don't have as much sprawl,' says Rex Burkholder, who serves on Portland's regional governing agency, Metro..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3bpogv
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Title: "American Idle - As traffic congestion swamps the economy, Puget Sound struggles to find a way out"
Author: Aaron Corvin

SPIEGEL INTERVIEW WITH URBAN GURU CHARLES LANDRY

-> According to an Aug. 31st Spiegel interview, "Charles Landry, 58, is considered one of the world's leading urban researchers and is the author of 'The Creative City.' He talks to SPIEGEL about how cities can harness their inhabitants' skills so they show up on the international radar and the German tendency to make cities too neat and tidy.

"SPIEGEL: What does a city need to have for you to feel good in it?

"Landry: Contradictions, most of all, a balance between chaos and order. It needs neighborhoods vibrating with energy just as much as cozy little corners and parks; well-tended, middle-class sections as well as an alternative scene; technology centers for innovative youth and social facilities for older people. In other words, it needs creativity to retain the high performers who have lived there for years as well as to attract new, interesting residents.

"SPIEGEL: Can this creativity be regulated?

"Landry: Not really, but it can be encouraged. The redevelopment or revitalization of a city is an art. It depends on the individual strengths of a place and the will of the leadership to bring about change. The goal is to establish a cultural infrastructure. Creativity is also needed in the administration. There is no magic formula, no 10-point plan where you can check off items and suddenly be successful.

"SPIEGEL: What in particular do city officials have to take into account, and what should they focus on?

"Landry: First, they must be conscious of the international competitive situation dictated by globalization. As industries migrate toward the Far East, the future of many Western cities will no longer lie in manufacturing products but ideas and patents. Young, mobile elites can choose where they want to live, and they can easily move, which means that cities are involved in a heated competition for the best people. Only the most attractive cities can benefit from this development..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/344d3j
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Title: "The Redevelopment of a City is an Art"
Author: Erich Follath

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

T. REX WAS NOT A 6 TON CHICKEN

-> "Humans are fortunate not to have lived alongside Tyrannosaurus rex. The most sophisticated computer analysis of the gait of several two-legged dinosaurs suggests that even the lumbering T. rex could have kept up with an athlete. Smaller dinosaurs, like the Velociraptor, could have outpaced the fastest humans with considerable ease. Working out exactly how bipedal dinosaurs walked and ran is a vexing problem, since there are no living species with the exactly the same sort of build.

"The closest living relatives of such dinosaurs are emus, ostriches, and chickens, which researchers study in an effort to draw comparisons. However, previous estimates of dinosaurs' running speeds, based on such comparisons, have tended to vary wildly.

"A well-regarded study published in 2002, which compared the T. rex to a chicken, suggested that this dinosaur had just enough leg muscle to lumber along at about half the running speed of a person...William Sellers at the University of Manchester, UK, argues that this type of comparison can be misleading. 'Such calculations can accurately predict the top speed of a six-tonne chicken, but dinosaurs are not built like chickens, nor do they run like them,' he says..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2j9qtp


QUICK HITS

-> TOMORROW'S GHOST TOWNS ARE SPROUTING TODAY
"Alan Kesselheim wonders if rising gas prices and the threat of global warming will one day turn today's sprawling suburbs into the future's ghost towns..."
http://tinyurl.com/2tfexz

-> DANISH RED CROSS -- FREE CYCLING CLASSES TO IMMIGRANTS
"Most of the people who take advantage of the program are women from the Middle East, according to Uzma Andresen, a consultant who helps the Danish Red Cross develop and implement integration programs. 'It's an outdoor activity," Andresen says. 'You ride the bike to work and to go shopping, and those are mainly masculine activities in their home countries.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/32dbz7

-> EUROSTAR TRAIN - PARIS TO LONDON IN RECORD TIME
"The train will now reach a speed of 186 mph (298 kph) on the British stretch, while continuing to reach speeds of over 200 mph (320 kph) on French soil..."
http://tinyurl.com/2luezp

 


RESOURCES

-> "ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY -- PLANNING AND...
"Designing for Alterations;" technical assistance guide prepared for the Institution of Traffic Engineers by U.S. Access Board Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee (PROWAAC) Subcommittee on Technical Assistance; Jerry Markesino, PROWAAC Chair, Portland, OR; Janet Barlow, TAM Subcommittee Chair, Atlanta, GA; produced by Otak, Inc. August 2007 (2.3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yqy7ay

 


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!

-> 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, Missouri Safe Routes to School Conference, Branson MO. Info: Todd Messenger, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, MODOT Hwy Safety Div., 2211 St. Mary's Blvd, PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102; phone: 573-751-4161 or 800-800-BELT; email: <todd.messenger@modot.mo.gov>
http://tinyurl.com/3dbd6x

-> September 20-22, 2007, 9th Annual Virginia Bike Walk Conference, Williamsburg, VA. Info: Stephanie Smith, Virginia SRTS Network Organizer, BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203; phone: 757-229-0507; cell: 757-871-8639; fax: 757-259-2372; email: <stephanie@activewilliamsburg.org>.
http://tinyurl.com/2m2za4

-> 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/

-> October 21, 2006, 9:15 am - 12:30, Smart Growth Tour and Program, Georgetown, CT. Info: Sierra Club office; phone: (860) 236-4405; email: <connecticut.chapter@sierraclub.org>

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

-> November 7-10, 2007, Atlanta on the Cutting Edge: New Models for Growth and Renewal, Atlanta GA. Info: Leslie Pickel, Event Management Consultant, The Seaside Institute, PO Box 4875, Seaside Branch, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459; voice: (850) 231-2421; email: <lpickel@theseasideinstitute.org>
http://tinyurl.com/2ps537

-> 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 -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE TRANS. ALLIANCE

Oregon is one of the best places to cycle in the nation, and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is the leading statewide organization dedicated to promoting bicycling and improving conditions for all people who want to ride their bicycle. This fast growing and very dynamic non-profit organization is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organization creating healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safer, more convenient and accessible for all Oregonians.

Candidates must have a proven track record of success working with elected officials, government agencies, businesses, community groups, residents and grassroots organizations.

Minimum qualifications: five years experience in non-profit, issue or advocacy work; successful fundraiser; ability to manage staff and work as team player.

Salary range: $65,000-$75,000 with health and retirement benefits. Send resumes, cover letter and writing sample to: orgdev@bta4bikes.org. Women and minorities strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: September 20, 2007. See full job description here:
http://www.bta4bikes.org/

-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR -- IOWA B.C.

Do you want more kids walking or bicycling to school? The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is hiring a Safe Routes To School program director to run an encouragement and education program directed at elementary and middle schools across the state. In-state travel required. Full-time position with health/dental insurance. Please send resume to Iowa Bicycle Coalition, P.O. Box 572, North Liberty, IA 52317. For more info, go to:
http://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org

-> RFP -- 2 CONTEXT-SENSITIVE TRANS. SOLUTIONS GUIDES -- TRB

The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop two context-sensitive solutions guides, one for citizens and one for discipline-specific professionals. The term "discipline-specific professionals" refers to individuals who participate in collaborative transportation decision-making by providing specialized information and analyses in their fields of expertise. The guides will explain roles, responsibilities, and opportunities in transportation decision-making from long-range transportation planning through operations and maintenance. PROPOSALS DUE NOVEMBER 5, 2007. For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2dphrq

-> RFP -- INTEGRATING INDIVIDUAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM-LEVEL...
...PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS TO DETERMINE NETWORK PERFORMANCE -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a handbook that can be used as a reference by transportation agencies when implementing network performance measures across modes and/or jurisdictions. Proposals due October 24, 2007. For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2jg5jh

-> JOB -- PROJECT DIRECTOR -- PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK

Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non-profit based in Albany, New York, seeks a Project Director to join a team of committed, enthusiastic professionals working to improve the quality of life of all New Yorkers through the expansion, protection, and promotion of a network of parks, trails, and open spaces throughout New York State.

The Project Director helps communities develop a common vision and provides technical assistance in designing, developing, and promoting trail systems; organizes and serves as liaison to a statewide trails coalition; advocates for trail and park funding and stewardship at the local and state levels; and develops and writes print and electronic newsletters, reports, and other publications related to planning, organizing and outreach.

The Project Director is an important member of our team and has the opportunity to manage a variety of projects and develop new program directions. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Submit letter of interest and resume to: Project Director Search, Parks & Trails New York, 29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207, careers@ptny.org.

The position is open until filled. Full job description can be found at:
http://www.ptny.org.

-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR -- VIRGINIA DOT

The Virginia Department of Transportation just posted an announcement for the Safe Routes to School position at VDOT. The agency is reorganizing the program to become part of the Bike/Ped Program. The application window is short, closing at the end of the month. The Position Number is 20152. The posting and application process (all electronic) can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/yqz6w3

-> RFP -- DES. GUIDANCE FOR CHANNELIZED "RTL" -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop design guidance for channelized right-turn lanes, based on balancing the needs of passenger cars, trucks, buses, pedestrians (including pedestrians with disabilities), and bicycles. Proposals Due October 2, 2007.
http://tinyurl.com/2uw4zx

-> RFP -- ROADSIDE TRASH REDUCTION -- TRB/NCHRP

[The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a solicitation for consultant letters of interest on a synthesis to explore existing means in the United States and Canada to reduce trash, worker exposure, and environmental impacts from roadside trash. Deadline extension: proposals due September 12, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2wzg7b

-> JOB -- PROJECT DIRECTOR -- WELBORN BAPTIST FDN

This team member will lead the Foundation's development and promotion of a Healthy Community Initiative for its 14-county service area in southwestern Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Will integrate national leading practices such as those promoted by Active Living, Complete Streets, and the CDC's Healthy People in Healthy Places goals, into the program and assist with strategy development. The long-term goal will be to help people residing in the area live healthier lifestyles.

Required skills: leadership, community collaboration, strategic planning, facilitating group learning, public speaking. Must have a basic understanding of public policy and civic process and be able to help our community members understand the connection between their health and the surrounding environment.

Personal characteristics: must be an enthusiastic role model with a healthy lifestyle, creative, resourceful, self-starter, team player.

Education: Masters in relevant field, such as Public Health, Urban Planning, or comparable. 5 years experience is strongly desired.

Evansville is a friendly, mid-size community of approximately 175,000, situated on the banks of the scenic Ohio River in southwestern Indiana. We welcome you to visit us at:
http://tinyurl.com/2szd9x

For more information about the Foundation, go to:
http://www.welbornfdn.org.

To apply, submit cover letter and resume (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format only) to: <info@welbornfdn.org>

 


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