#189 Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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.
-> The call for presentations for the 15th biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference will be posted on Monday, December 3rd. "We've chosen 'Sustainability' as the theme for the 2008 conference", said Gary MacFadden, director of operations at the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. "Under this theme we'll explore what it's going to take to build communities across the country that support and encourage bicycling and walking for transportation and recreation. Who are the new partners we need to involve in order to transform our communities?"
The conference location of Seattle and the Puget Sound region should serve as a particularly vibrant locale, offering many on-the-ground examples of the kinds of facilities and programs that can be implemented, and the kinds of coalitions that can bring them to fruition. Members of the local host committee in Seattle offered this statement:
"Much as the positive linkages between walking and biking interests and public health have been highly beneficial in the past decade, additional new partners need to be engaged and embraced, particularly joining with the economic forces of business and development interests along with a broader environmental coalition..."
"And that all leads toward sustainability," added Bill Wilkinson, NCBW's executive director. "We know how to design streets and highways to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. We know about transit-oriented development and walkable, active communities. We know what the issues are for aging in place. But we're not getting a lot of the 'institutionalization,' the setting of priorities and initiatives that now have to take place to bring to bear the knowledge that we've developed over 35 years to change the practice and produce different outcomes.
"When we look around and see coalitions that aren't only Thunderhead and America Walks, but AARP and American Public Transportation Association, ITE, American Public Health Association, this is a significant change. These people are coming to the table because they recognize that our issues are their issues. They need us to get to where they want to go. Sustainable communities, climate change, healthy populations...these things require a mode shift to bicycling and walking as part of the mix."
Several types of presentations will be welcomed for the 2008 conference, including:
"Given our conference location in downtown Seattle, we plan to build in many more opportunities for mobile workshops," MacFadden said. "We'll repeat the popular mobile workshops, giving conference participants a more flexible schedule."
If you've got proven bicycling and walking programs to share, it's time to put together your presentation proposal! On Monday, December 3rd, we'll open the online submissions form at:
Before submitting your proposal, carefully study the materials that accompany the submission form. Then complete your submission and push the button before February 1, 2008. You'll be notified on or before March 1 if your presentation has been accepted.
-> Flint, Michigan, isn't a city that immediately comes to mind when talking about up-and-coming, edgy places. When Flint is talked about, it is because the city has made one of those national top 10 lists, and often not in a good way. Or when the subject is the decline of the domestic auto industry and the resulting domino-effect. But there is much more good going on in Flint that does not get talked about. Flint is doing something very smart (and necessary): it is investing in its kids.
Earlier this year the NCBW got involved through the Ruth Mott Foundation in a project designed to enfranchise the young people of Flint. We got interested in this project because of what we see as the need to make cities kid-friendly places. In other cities we talk of this notion in the context of safe routes to school, safe places to play, and walking and bicycling in general. But in Flint, the question of whether the city is kid-friendly is being asked for a more basic reason: sustainability.
The project is called "It's Our Neighborhood Too," or "ION2" for short. It's designed to draw out young people in three of the city's neighborhoods and get them involved in local planning and service projects. NCBW's local partner, Metro Housing Partnership, has been working with a group of youth aged 14-18, giving them the opportunity to plan these activities. In the process the kids are developing leadership skills, shaping their community into a better place, and showing the adults that the young people are capable and are invested in the future of Flint.
In the initial months of the project the Metro Ambassadors (as they have dubbed themselves) have planned and held a neighborhood block party, hosted a neighborhood "Git Down" to recruit new members, and are currently planning a youth summit for the end of this year. This has been a fun project and a learning experience for NCBW. As we move toward the second year of the three-year project, we will be looking for ways in get youth more involved in the civic institutions of Flint. You can read more about ION2 at the web page below; watch CenterLines for updates.
-> According to the Nov. 20th City Repair newsletter, "The Word," The Village Building Convergence (VBC), is part of The City Repair Project Placemaking Program, fulfilling City Repair's mission to educate and inspire communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. VBC is powered through an all-volunteer effort and established by partnerships between neighborhoods and local schools, government agencies, businesses, organizations and individuals. The Village Building Convergence is a statement of our combined dedication to create the world in which we want to be living. At its root, VBC is about actively building our community, and realizing the strength and beauty of our power when we work and play together. By building a physical and social village infrastructure we are realizing our common visions for a lively and sustainable urban community.
"The Village Building Convergence 2008 (VBC8) is a 10-day event from Friday, May 23rd - Saturday, June 1, 2008 in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves. VBC8 will include hands-on education in permaculture design and construction, ecological building, and public art! All projects are built through collaboration, community conversations and commitment of a neighborhood to strengthen itself. Projects are founded on developing strong local relationships, social capital and equity, placemaking, ecological design, supporting our local economy, and developing our city and bioregion as a network of interconnected Village Centers. Everyone is invited to attend evening events at a central location, to participate in workshops or listen to visionaries speak about various aspects of sustainable culture.
"VBC will feature projects located in or adjacent to the public right of way and private projects that support community in various neighborhoods. Private site projects will be structures or systems that are built by and available to the communities concerned with that site, and hopefully available to some extent to the larger community. These will include public squares and meeting houses, community kiosks and benches, solar-powered and artistic innovations, and many other new ideas. Each project is initiated and managed by neighborhood groups with support from the VBC Placemaking Committee. The Placemaking coordinators will help neighborhoods facilitate and coordinate the outreach/public involvement process, community decision-making and design workshops, and the permit process with the City."
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-> The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (ibpi), a new program in Portland State University's Center for Transportation Studies, is sponsoring a professional development course on pedestrian accessibility. This course, developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), teaches participants how to apply the guidelines and policies of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to public rights-of-way. The course will examine range of pedestrian disabilities, how people with disabilities use pedestrian facilities, and how restrictive designs affect mobility and safety. The program is being taught by APBP board member and former president, Aida Berkovitz.
The course takes place on February 1, 2008, and is intended for urban and transportation planners, landscape architects, designers, engineers, advocates, and others with responsibility for designing, planning, and/or building pedestrian facilities in the public right of way. Full information about the course can be found at:
The registration form can be downloaded at:
-> According to a recent note from Sue Cragg of the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, "CFLRI is pleased to invite you to attend its third annual Physical Activity for Public Health Practitioners course, a professional development opportunity which specifically targets increasing effectiveness in building a healthy active community. This year it will be held at the Banff Park Lodge in Banff, Alberta, September 29 to October 2, 2008.
"This intensive, four-day, academic-style program, brings together theory, best practice, and communications. Whether you are on an NGO staff, a member of the Coalition for Active Living, an educator, urban planner, or public health or recreation professional, this program is the perfect opportunity to access the latest leading edge solutions and ideas. This course provides international insights as well as a uniquely Canadian perspective on increasing knowledge about physical activity.
"If there is one professional development program you should register for this year, this is it! Please note spaces are limited to ensure the most productive and engaging learning environment with our internationally recognized faculty team."
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-> In a Nov. 13rd note, Everett Meyer wrote, "We're with a group of people interested in studying the problem of quietly-operating vehicles (hybrid, fuel cell, electric) as a potential danger to pedestrians, bikers pets and providing a solution. In fact, we have developed a sound-emitting system that we're testing on hybrid and hybrid plug-in vehicles.
"We received initial seed funding from the National Federation for the Blind to do this. We are writing to see if this is an issue you have confronted and also to see if you might be able to point us to funding sources that we may approach for support in continuing our work."
- Everett Meyer, PhD, (650) 906-8582; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> According to a recent news release, "The Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP) and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) are hosting a workshop to help participants identify and create an integrated land use and transportation vision for their community that includes mobility choices for everyone. The workshop is directed at advocates, local officials and planning professionals.
"The workshop will feature leading transportation and development experts and local officials as speakers and panelists as well as a variety of interactive exercises and field trips designed to give participants a better understanding of the land use -- transportation relationship and how you can get your community moving in the right direction. Please plan to join us on January 30th-31st.
"STPP's and CNT's goal is to give you the tools to work more effectively with your local governments, DOT, transit agency and MPO on land use and transportation issues, to ensure a fully integrated land-use and transportation vision that produces a walkable community."
-> According to the Transportation Research Board's Nov. 27th TRB E-Newsletter, "You are encouraged to register and make your hotel reservation online now for the TRB 87th Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Complete the registration process and pay your attendance fees before November 30, 2007, to take advantage of the lower fees and to ensure that registration materials will be ready for you on-site. Confirmed registrants for the Annual Meeting also have access to the preliminary locations for workshops, sessions, and events via the Interactive Preliminary Program. If you have started the registration process, but have not yet paid your Annual Meeting attendance fees, you must do so by November 30th or you will be charged the on-site fees."
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-> "Skeese Greets, Greeting Cards for the Athletically Minded, releases five new holiday cards for the 2007 season. The new cards are designed with used bicycle chains and parts that form the shapes of snowflakes and silver bells, among others.
"The five new designs add to the already abundant collection of 13 holiday cards and over 50 cards total. With the bountiful selection of designs, there is a card for almost any occasion. From Christmas and Hanukkah, to good luck, happy birthday, thank you, and get well, designer Stacy Keese has created colorful and unique cards to help keep the cycling community linked..."
Sue Knaup, who led the Thunderhead Alliance as executive director from May 2002 until earlier this year, is introducing a new international bicycling organization called One Street.
From the web site: "One Street was founded on the principle that in order to increase bicycling worldwide, all organizations working to increase bicycling must operate at the highest level...One Street guides leaders of these organizations towards the highest standards of management and ethics so that they can focus their talents and time on increasing bicycling."
"I'm having a blast working with these extraordinary leaders to create an organization that will be a model for others," Knaup said. "We all know that unethical behavior threatens all organizations. Just think if all organizations working to increase bicycling embraced a culture of ethics, of kindness and respect towards people both inside and outside their organizations....our movement would bolt ahead and finally into the forefront of society where bicycling belongs."
The new organization will launch in early December, with a web site at http://www.onestreet.org. You can also hear an interview with Sue at our podcast version of CenterLines. Check the CenterLines link at http://www.bikewalk.org/newsletter.php. Listen to or download podcasts associated with CenterLines at: http://podcast.bikewalk.org. The current podcast carries an interview with Sue Knaup of One Street.
QUOTES R US
-> "We must think about making communities that can sustain themselves when unlimited driving is no longer an option."
"[The car interests] don't have to show up very often, because they know the government is doing their bidding. They don't feel threatened. They don't see us as a threat."
-> "I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again."
STATS R US
-> REDUCING OIL DEPENDENCE AND OBESITY
"Widespread substitution of driving with distances traveled during recommended daily exercise could reduce the USA's oil consumption by up to 38%. This saving far exceeds the amount of oil recoverable from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, suggesting that exercise can reduce foreign oil dependence and provide an alternative to oil extraction from environmentally sensitive habitat.
"At the same time, an average individual who substitutes this amount of exercise for transportation would burn respectively c. 12.2 and 26.0 kg of fat per year for walking and cycling. This is sufficient to eliminate obese and overweight conditions in a few years without dangerous or draconian diet plans.
"Furthermore, a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of c. 35% is possible if the revenue saved through decreased health care spending on obesity is redirected toward carbon abatement. As a result, exercise-based transportation may constitute a favorable alternative to the energy and diet plans that are currently being implemented in the USA and may offer better development choices for developing countries."
Source: "Exercise-based transportation reduces oil dependence, carbon emissions and obesity;" by Paul A.T. Higgins; Environmental Conservation (2005), 32: 197-202.
-> According to a Nov. 11th USA Today article, "If you want to work off some turkey and stuffing, keep this in mind: People who wear a pedometer walk about 2,000 more steps a day -- or about one more mile -- than those who don't. That burns about 100 extra calories, according to a study in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.
"'These little devices are a great motivational tool,' says lead researcher Dena Bravata, an internist and senior research scientist at Stanford University. Americans walk an average of 5,300 steps in a day, far less than the 10,000 recommended by health and exercise experts. Bravata and colleagues reviewed 26 studies that examined the impact that step counters had on the physical activity levels of 2,800 people.
"The analysis found that the pedometer users:
"Bravata advises her patients to avoid cheap or expensive brands, and look instead for simple step counters that have a cover and cost between $15 and $25..."
COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) COMPLETING THE STREETS
"It is a portion of a program called 'Complete Streets.' The goal of the program is creating streets that work for all users. The challenge with bicyclists is they aren't considered pedestrians and law requires them to travel on roads, yet most of the time they can't go the speed of cars.
-> According to a Nov. 23rd Fox News story, "More U.S. adults are getting physical -- or at least that's what they're telling researchers. A national telephone survey found the percentage of women who report regular physical activity rose to about 47 percent in 2005, up from 43 percent in 2001. The percentage of men reporting regular exertion rose to about 50 percent, from 48 percent. The small but significant increases are considered good news, but also seem a little perplexing: U.S. obesity rates are not declining, and there are indicators that some weight-related conditions -- such as heart disease - are getting worse in some adults.
"Recent increases in physical activity may not yet be affecting some health indicators, said Teresa Moore, an associate professor of exercise science at the University of South Carolina. Or perhaps some people are exercising more but not taking other important steps, added Moore, who was not involved in the research. 'You could be out raking leaves, but if you're eating a high-fat, poor-quality diet, you may still be aggravating the problem,' she said. The survey was done by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is being published this week in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC publication.
"The researchers drew their data from surveys in 2001 and 2005 of noninstitutionalized adults who had landline telephones. About 205,000 people answered questions in the 2001 survey, and 356,000 in 2005. People in the survey were asked about their physical activity in a usual week in their non-working hours. One question asked about moderate activities such as brisk walking or gardening. Another asked about vigorous activities such as running or heavy yard work. Respondents were considered physically active if they had at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days a week, or 20 minutes of vigorous activity three or more days a week..."
-> According to a Nov. 16th Raw Story article, "American cities, eager for greener solutions to urban congestion, are rushing to set up bicycle-sharing programs similar to those launched in Europe in recent years. The US capital of Washington will likely be the first in the nation to offer two-wheeled transport at various locations for a nominal fee, under a deal with advertising giant Clear Channel Outdoor. San Francisco has reached a deal for a similar program with Clear Channel, while other cities including New York, Chicago and Portland, Oregon, are studying bike options. 'There is a lot of interest in the US, and 2008 is going to be a very big year for bicycle programs,' said Paul DeMaio, a consultant to several municipalities on bike programs.
"DeMaio said the highly touted 'Velib' program launched in July in Paris -- its name a contraction of the French words 'velo' (bike) and 'liberte'' (freedom) -- drew attention to bicycle programs and spawned interest around the globe, from Montreal to Beijing. Jim Sebastian, pedestrian and bicycle coordinator for the US capital's transportation department, said Washington has been studying the notion of bicycle sharing for several years, before most of the programs were launched in Europe.
"'When we put the contract out to bid, there were no bikes in Paris or other European cities, so we didn't know the potential, and we still don't,' Sebastian said. About 120 bicycles will be deployed in the first phase of the Washington program at 10 locations around the city. Details such as costs for usage and membership have yet to be announced. The launch date has not yet been set but is likely to be in March or April of 2008, according to Sebastian..."
-> According to a Nov. 11th AP story, "America's obesity epidemic and global warming might not seem to have much in common. But public health experts suggest people can attack them both by cutting calories and carbon dioxide at the same time. How? Get out of your car and walk or bike half an hour a day instead of driving. And while you're at it, eat less red meat. That's how Americans can simultaneously save the planet and their health, say doctors and climate scientists. The payoffs are huge, although unlikely to happen. One numbers-crunching scientist calculates that if all Americans between 10 and 74 walked just half an hour a day instead of driving, they would cut the annual U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, by 64 million tons.
"About 6.5 billion gallons of gasoline would be saved. And Americans would also shed more than 3 billion pounds overall, according to these calculations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering public promotion of the 'co-benefits' of fighting global warming and obesity-related illnesses through everyday exercise, like walking to school or work, said Dr. Howard Frumkin, director of the CDC's National Center for Environmental Health. 'A simple intervention like walking to school is a climate change intervention, an obesity intervention, a diabetes intervention, a safety intervention,' Frumkin told The Associated Press. 'That's the sweet spot.'
"Climate change is a deadly and worsening public health issue, said Frumkin and other experts. The World Health Organization estimated that 160,000 people died in 2000 from malaria, diarrhea, malnutrition and drownings from floods -- problems that public health and climate scientists contend were worsened by global warming. Officials predict that in the future those numbers will be higher. The American Public Health Association, which will highlight the health problems of global warming in April, is seeking to connect obesity and climate change solutions, said executive director Dr. Georges Benjamin..."
-> According to a Nov. 21st Star Tribune article, "As a city that developed largely during the age of America's romance with the car, Edina has no signed or striped bike routes. That's an amazing fact when biking is booming in the Twin Cities and Minneapolis is ranked second in the country in the proportion of people who bike to work. A new report from Edina's bike task force has an aggressive plan to change that. If its recommendations become reality, Edina will be crisscrossed with streets that have marked bike lanes, Southdale mall will have bike storage space, and the city will have at least a part-time 'bicycle coordinator' to smooth the way for bike-friendly policies.
"Two major bike trails, one along a railroad line and the other along Nine Mile Creek, would provide north-south and east-west passages across the city and links to regional bike trails. Heavy reliance on cars 'affects the quality of life and livability of the city, not to mention the environment,' said Kirk Johnson, a task force member. Bicycling, he said, 'is a good way to get active and get fit. And it brings people out of their automobiles.' The 121-page report looks to Portland, Ore., and Minneapolis for examples of good biking policies. It suggests that Edina could copy Portland by adding sensors that allow bicyclists to trip traffic lights at intersections, just as cars do.
"And it recommends painting 'blue lanes' that alert drivers to yield to bicyclists when they're turning across bike lanes. But most of the report's suggestions to make Edina more bike-friendly involve simple measures that work with existing streets, such as adding striped bike lanes to road shoulders. Sections of Vernon Avenue, Interlachen Boulevard, Wooddale Avenue, France Avenue, 70th Street and Dewey Hill Road, among others, are recommended as primary bike routes. The report suggests the city adopt a 'complete streets policy' so that when engineers design or redo streets, they consider the needs of everyone who uses them, from pedestrians and people pushing strollers to drivers and bicyclists..."
-> According to a Nov. 27th Kansas City Star article, "The Liberty City Council zipped through its meeting Monday, passing four ordinances and two resolutions before adjourning in a mere 40 minutes. The council unanimously approved a $30,475 contract for topographical surveying and design services along Pine, Shrader and Gallatin streets in central Liberty. The survey project is the first step in a plan to build new walking routes to Franklin Elementary School. A Franklin parent, Cheryl McCann, initiated a $240,000 Safe Routes to School grant last summer, after the Liberty School District eliminated bus service from her neighborhood to the school. The grant, administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation, will finance the entire project.
"Without sidewalks, children currently have to ford ditches and cross railroad tracks or walk under a narrow bridge on the way to school, McCann has said. Once the surveyors are finished, the city will design the sidewalks over the winter months and hopefully begin construction next spring, said Steve Hansen, public works director. When the project is completed and city staff is familiar with the Safe Routes to School grant process, officials may pursue further grants, Hansen said. Schools like Manor Hill and Lewis & Clark, which serve areas with older transportation infrastructure and fewer sidewalks, could also benefit from such improvements..."
-> According to a Nov. 22nd International Herald Tribune article, "As commuters searched for ways to avoid a paralyzed transport network it should have been a triumph for Velib', the city's new bicycle rental system. Instead, as frustrated travelers sought the bikes to beat traffic gridlock, a new wave of frustration began to reverberate: Velib' rage. 'All the Velib' places are taken,' said Armelle Lalo, a product manager at l'Oreal, who lives in the 15th Arrondissement. 'A friend of mine elbowed her way in front of someone to steal the last Velib' space in a stand this week. She said it was the first time she had ever been rude to a stranger but she didn't care, she didn't have the time to wait.'
"The very name Velib', which fuses the word 'velo' (bike) with 'liberte,' became suspect this week, as record numbers of commuters fought over limited bikes and cycle stands. Le Figaro reported Tuesday that Velib' rentals in Paris had almost doubled during the strikes, rising from an average of 90,000 bike hires a day to almost 175,000. The leap created a double predicament, the report said: During the day, Velib' stands near offices and commercial areas outside the city center are overcrowded, while in central Paris, near major Metro hubs like Chatelet and Republique, stands are empty. In the evenings, it is the reverse.
"'On Saturday, nobody was coming back, all the Velib' stands were almost empty,' said David Delannet, a professor at an American university program in Paris. 'When you saw a Velib' stand that had two bicycles, you'd get there and see that the wheels were broken.' Patchy availability of bikes -- and their racks -- has led to tension. While cyclists, unable to park and frustrated as their Velib' meter, which clocks the price by the half-hour, ticks on, rush to grab spaces. Those who have been waiting for bikes to come back to an empty stand explode when people who have prepaid jump ahead in line..."
-> According to a Nov. 28th L.A. Times article, "Two women left permanently disabled after being struck by a car while jogging along Pacific Coast Highway reached a $49-million settlement Tuesday with the city of Dana Point. The lawsuit brought by Carol Daniel, 42, and Stacy Neria, 35, both mothers of three who live in San Clemente, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday. Instead, it ended with one of the largest settlements in Orange County history. The women were hit April 8, 2006, by William Todd Bradshaw, who fled the scene. Bradshaw, who had three previous drunk-driving convictions, was arrested several days later, convicted and sentenced to four years in prison. Daniel and Neria were jogging with two other women in the bicycle lane on the northbound side of PCH when they were struck.
"Daniel was thrown about 60 feet, breaking her neck and pelvis and nearly severing one of her legs. Neria suffered a fractured skull, broken legs and a broken pelvis, nose and cheek. Both women are now quadriplegics. The other two women were not injured. 'It's a bittersweet result for both women and their families,' said Daniel J. Callahan, the women's attorney. 'They're pleased that they're going to have the ability to take care of themselves into the future. But their lives were forever changed.' The lawsuit alleged that the road was unsafe because the bike lane was too wide -- possibly causing drivers to mistake it for another lane -- and improperly marked. The city has since added concrete barriers protecting joggers and bicyclists..."
-> According to a Nov. 28th New Times article, "Last night, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) held a meeting -- one of many held already, one of many more to come -- to solicit input from an advisory panel made up of seven Miami Beach residents on the upcoming Alton Road repaving project, expected to go into 2009. The Bike Blog got an email about the event -- word on the circuit was the anti-bicyclistas were going show up and cause some trouble. Who exactly the anti-bicyclistas are, we're still not sure, because the meeting was attended by an overwhelmingly pro-bike crowd. One guy in the back even wore a green tee shirt with a giant bike logo -- the very same kind I wore about three times a week until I lost it. And here it is again, found and for sale. What a country.
"Anyway, the gist of the meeting was this: there are two major proposed models for how Alton road might look -- one with bike lanes, and one without. Yvette Holt, who works for Kimley-Horn, the engineering firm that's been contracted to do the work, pulled out ye olde easel and giant paper and made what decision makers make in times of action: a list of pros and cons. It turns out, though, that both columns wound up looking much the same: two of the seven people on FDOT's advisory panel were against bikes; the other five were for them. The pros of having a bike path were: having a bike path. The cons were: having a bike path. The pros and cons of not having a bike path were similar: pro -- no bike path; con -- no bike path. More bike path, less sidewalk; more sidewalk, less bike path, etc., etc., etc.
"Winner of Most Chutzpa at an Obscure Semi-Public Meeting is bike activist and general rabble-raiser Gabrielle Redfern, who had the audacity to suggest that everyone could have their cake and eat it, too, if the team simply removed the full lane devoted to on-street parking. The idea caused a stir: 'I live in Miami Beach,' asserted advisory board member Marilyn Freundlich. 'I take the local bus, and I walk like a madwoman, and I ride my bicycle. And that's what we should encourage our residents to do to make our city less congested.' It turns out that if you want raise a rabble with FDOT, just talk about getting rid of parking. 'We cannot do that,' Adebayo T. Coker, FDOT District Project Development Engineer, stepped in quickly to say. 'FDOT cannot remove on-street parking. The process for that is we have to be completely assured by the city that it will build a garage and that these parking places will be in place.'..."
-> According to a Nov. 28th Commercial Appeal editorial, "November in Memphis. Plenty of nice, fall weather ahead, and plenty of opportunities to check out the new Nonconnah Greenbelt in southeast Shelby County. Phase 1 of the project was officially opened in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, marking a significant step in the 'Greening of Shelby County,' which Mayor A C Wharton has described as one of his major initiatives. The $1.44 million Phase 1, 20 percent of which was funded by the county, 80 percent from federal and state sources, includes 850 feet of 6-foot-wide asphalt walking trails that link the Mike Rose Soccer Complex immediately south of Bill Morris Parkway to the greenway area via a pedestrian underpass.
"There's also a lake, two pedestrian bridges, an open 'study area' and an asphalt drive and parking lot. It's just the sort of pleasant, linear green space that's supposed to get people out of their cars and on their feet and on the trail to a healthier lifestyle. Metropolitan Memphis has a lot of catching up to do on that score among cities of its size. Most of its streets are unsafe for cyclists. Running and walking trails are still rare. But the available mileage is growing, especially in the Germantown and Collierville areas, and the investments should pay off in improvements to the quality of life, lower health care costs and economic development gains..."
-> According to a Nov. 26th Watauga Democrat article, "It might not be the road less traveled, but it is a safe route. The town of Boone will apply for funding from the N.C. Safe Routes to School program, which enables and encourages children to walk and ride bicycles to school. According to the N.C. Department of Transportation Web site, the programs 'are comprehensive efforts that look at ways to make walking and bicycling to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.'
"In addition, the program can ultimately improve safety and reduce traffic, as well as fuel consumption and air pollution near schools. On behalf of the Walk Boone Committee, which is tasked with making Boone more walkable, mayor pro tem Lynne Mason brought the matter before the Boone Town Council at its regular meeting Nov. 15. She said the program would offer funding for an action plan service award, which may become a requirement for funding infrastructure needs further down the road. 'This is basically a planning grant that would allow joint planning, hopefully, between the town, county and school system, related both to Hardin Park (Elementary School) and the new high school project,' Mason said..."
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9-12, 2007, Mid America Trails & Greenways Conference, Chicago, IL.
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-> December 10-12, 2007, World Forum on Sustainable Mobility, Nantes, France. Info:
-> December 13-14, 2007, Building and Rebuilding Traditional Neighborhoods: with Andres Duany, New Orleans, LA. Info: The Seaside Institute, P.O. Box 4875, Seaside, Florida 32459; phone: (850) 231-2421.
-> January 13-17, 2008, TRB 87th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info: Transportation Research Board
-> February 13-16, 2008, World Conference on the Development of Cities, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Info:
-> April 20, 2008, Walk MS 2008 (Rhode Island), Bristol, Cranston, and Narragansett, RI. Info: Rhode Island Chapter of the National MS Society; phone: (401) 738-8383.
-> September 2-5, 2008, Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference, Seattle, WA; hosted at the Westin Seattle. Watch for info at: http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/index.html
JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS
-> JOB -- TRAILS ED. SPECIALIST -- FLORIDA D.E.P.
This is an opportunity for someone who is able to work independently and is a self-starter. It is a part of the Office of Greenways & Trails Recreational Trails Program. This is specialized professional work coordinating the development of the Office of Greenways & Trails (OGT) statewide trails education master plan. In addition, this position coordinates trails education workshops and assists with various aspects of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
For details (except for closing date), go to:
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BIKEWALK VIRGINIA
BikeWalk Virginia, a statewide educational and advocacy organization, is seeking a full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and managing a wide range of programs designed to fulfill BikeWalk Virginia's mission: to promote biking, walking and trail use in order to create a more active, safe, clean and healthy Virginia. Specific duties include creating and supporting a network of local chapters, advocacy, special programs and services, and building relationships across the state. This position will be located in Richmond. Compensation range: $50,000 to 70,000. BikeWalk Virginia is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.
For a full job description, visit
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- FEET FIRST (SEATTLE, WA)
The nonprofit group Feet First, a leader in the fight to make Seattle and other Puget Sound communities safe and welcoming for pedestrians, is currently seeking a new Executive Director.
With a history of pedestrian advocacy stretching back more than a decade, Feet First has played an important role in encouraging walking and building walkable communities throughout the region. The group's accomplishments range from publishing a popular series of neighborhood walking maps to helping shape and campaign for the 2006 Bridging the Gap ballot measure, which included significant funding to improve the pedestrian experience all around Seattle. Feet First has also been a strong supporter of Safe Routes to School, a program that helps kids walk and bike to school safely.
For the Executive Director position, Feet First is looking for candidates with a strong management background. The ED is responsible for overall organizational leadership and will oversee program development, membership, fundraising, advocacy efforts, and long-range planning. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, experience in community outreach, demonstrated fundraising ability, and staff management experience. Knowledge of, and commitment to, alternate transportation and livable city issues is also highly desired.
For a job description and more information about Feet First, please go to http://tinyurl.com/2ycg2o. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and references to <email@example.com>.
-> JOB -- BIKEWAY PGM COORDINATOR -- HOUSTON, TX
Description of Duties/Essential Functions:
Minimum Educational Requirements:
Minimum Experience Requirements:
Salary: $55,172.00 - $67,938.00 Annually. Opening Date: 10/31/07; Closing Date: Continuous.
For more information, go to:
-> RFP -- HWY SAFETY MANUAL MATERIALS -- NCHRP
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop briefing and training materials associated with the release of the first edition of the Highway Safety Manual. PROPOSALS DUE DECEMBER 20, 2007.
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