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#192 Wednesday, January 9, 2008

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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.

CenterLines is also available as a podcast. Go to: http://podcast.bikewalk.org/


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike Call For Presentations Closes February 1st
----- Hans Monderman, Livable Streets Engineer, 1947-2008
----- L.A.B. National Bicycle Summit Coming Soon!
----- Ped Safety Course Tied to New Partners Conference
----- About New York City's Wooden "Bike Share" Bicycles...
----- New "Share The Road" License Plates Going Fast in Iowa
----- Ready for a "Bikeeper"?
----- Finally, A Great Use for Old Bicycle Parts
----- The High Cost of Parking: On-Line Movie


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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----- Designers Push to Make Cities More Female-Friendly
----- Holiday (FL) Gets Brand New Walkable Elementary School
----- Rapid City (SD) Commits $1.7M to Greenway Improvements
----- Portland (OR) Rolls Out Plans for 'Bike Boxes'
----- Oak Ridge (TN) Works with School on Safe Routes Project
----- W. Sacramento (CA) Opens 'Walkable' Bridge Gateway
----- Study: Drivers on Cell Phones Slow Traffic
----- W. Windsor (NJ) Aiming for More Walkable Township
----- Safer Roundabouts Sprouting Around Nation
----- Bungee Knapsacks -- Good News for Kids' Sore Backs?
----- Connecticut DOT Studies Glastonbury Path
----- Auto Appeal Has Nothing to do with Mobility

FEATURES

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS CLOSES FEBRUARY 1st

-> Just nine short months from now, the largest gathering of bicycle and pedestrian advocates and professionals, planners, public health practitioners, local, state and national agency and program staffs, city and county officials, and many others will descend on Seattle for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008. From September 2 to September 5, conference participants will have a choice of nearly 100 individual and panel presentations, mobile workshops, and dozens of poster presentations.

"One of those presentation slots could be yours," says conference director Gary MacFadden. "But only if we hear from you by February 1st, which is only three short weeks from now."

MacFadden added that the presentation proposal process is reasonably straightforward. "First, we ask that you review the presentation guidelines located at http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/submissions.html before you write up your proposal. Then complete the on-line form at http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/submissions2.html.

"We do ask that, if you're proposing a panel discussion with several presenters, you confirm and then list all of the presenters on your proposal form," added MacFadden. "This will ensure that presenters are not 'double-booked' for simultaneous sessions."

A proposal review group comprised of five members will meet in February to consider the submitted proposals and group them into sessions. Those presenters who are selected will be notified by March 15th, 2008.

"As in the past, presenters will receive a $100 reduction in the conference fee," MacFadden said. "We want to recognize the time and effort it takes to put together a well-structured presentation or a poster that clearly outlines a project or program and delivers the goods."

If you've got a program you'd like to share with others, whether through a poster session, a standard presentation, or a workshop, now's the time to write up your proposal and make sure it's in front of the proposal review committee.

HANS MONDERMAN, LIVABLE STREETS ENGINEER, 1947-2008

-> According to a Jan. 8th Streetsblog article, "Hans Monderman, the Dutch traffic engineer renowned for his innovative 'shared space' plans emphasizing human interaction and negotiation over blind obedience to mechanical traffic control devices, died [Monday]. He was a rare and radical traffic engineer who believed that the art and science of his profession could be used not just to facilitate the movement of motor vehicles but to build community and enhance human relationships..."

Go to: http://www.streetsblog.org/

L.A.B. NATIONAL BICYCLE SUMMIT COMING SOON!

-> According to an article in the Jan. 3rd OKI Bicycle E-Info-News, "The annual National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., coordinated by the League of American Bicyclists, will take place March 4-6, 2008. The National Bike Summit provides a unique opportunity to inform members of Congress of the importance of bicycling, and to educate them on specific bicycling issues. The Summit will start on Tuesday evening, March 4, with a dinner and speaker. Educational workshops fill Wednesday's schedule, and Thursday's Hill visits culminate with a reception on Capitol Hill. There will still be an optional bike ride on Friday the 7th.

DATE: Tuesday - Friday, March 4-7, 2008
LOCATION: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Pennsylvania Ave. and 13th St., Washington DC
COST: $350 for LAB members, $455 for non-members early registration After Feb 5, an additional $100

Register: http://tinyurl.com/3cyv4g
More info: http://tinyurl.com/2bhcgb

PED SAFETY COURSE TIED TO NEW PARTNERS CONFERENCE

-> According to a recent note from Michele Kelso Warren of the Local Government Commission, "Pedestrian Safety Training is being held in conjunction with the New Partners Conference in DC in February. The training is described below. Participants have the option of attending the training, alone, or attending the training and the conference. Pre-registration and a $250 fee is required. The fee include coffee and refreshments each day, but does not include lunch.

DESIGNING FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: This 2-day course was developed for the Federal Highway Administration to help states and cities that are dealing with a higher than average rate of pedestrian crashes. The course is taught by some of the nation's experts in planning and designing "complete streets" and is aimed at a broad audience including traffic engineers, transportation planners and pedestrian advocates with a basic knowledge of the issues.

The course provides detailed discussion of how to design streets, sidewalks, crossings, intersections, transit stops, freeway interchanges, and roundabouts to accommodate pedestrians. It also includes a module on road diets and how they can be used to help pedestrians. The second day of the course includes a field exercise in which students apply what they have learned to an actual set of streets and intersections.

Course Dates:
Tuesday, February 5th, 9:00am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, February 6th, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Instructors:
- Michael M. Moule, PE, PTOE, President, Livable Streets, Inc.
- Paul Zykofsky, AICP, Director, Land Use and Transportation Programs, Local Government Commission

To register for the Pedestrian Safety Training, contact: Michele Kelso Warren, LGC Program Director, at <mkwarren@lgc.org>; phone: 916-448-1198 ext. 308; fax: 916-448-8246 fax.

New Partners Conference Registration: The 7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference will be held February 7-9, 2008 at The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. For more info, or to register for the New Partners Conference, go to:
http://www.NewPartners.org

ABOUT NEW YORK CITY'S WOODEN "BIKE SHARE" BICYCLES...

-> In issue #191, we ran an article on New York City's experiment with a newly announced bike share program on Governors Island. One curious aspect was the bicycle officials had chosen -- a wooden bike from the Dutch firm of West 8. I was intrigued and asked Paul Steely White at Transportation Alternatives if he knew anything about these bikes. And, thanks to Caroline Samponaro, TA's Bicycle Campaign Coordinator, we've got two links to pics of the bikes. (Thanks Caroline and Paul!) The bikes are pretty cool looking.

Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/2gffnm
And here: http://tinyurl.com/2vzd2y

-- Ed.

NEW "SHARE THE ROAD" LICENSE PLATES GOING FAST IN IOWA

-> According to a Jan. 4th news release, "On December 31, 2007, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition presented the Iowa Department of Transportation with 555 applications for the new Share The Road license plate. Iowa has become the 24th state to offer a Share The Road specialty plate. The Iowa Department of Transportation stepped forward to sponsor the plate and offered to designate the funding towards bicycle safety education and motorist awareness. The specialty license plate depicts a bicyclist riding on the road with the message 'Share The Road' in the foreground. The graphic was designed by Iowa Bicycle Coalition member Ann Shuman of Des Moines.

"The Iowa Bicycle Coalition took the lead to sell the first 500 plates before the plates were issued. There was immediate enthusiasm from cyclists across the state. Within weeks, there was a list of over 500 people who said they were interested in the plate before the application was prepared. The process took several months before the paid applications were collected. Soon, the plates will be available at every county treasurer's office. Numbered plates are available for $35 with a $10 annual renewal fee. Personalized plates with up to 5 characters are available for $60 with a $15 annual renewal fee. Congratulations to all of the Iowa cyclists who helped make the license plate a success. If you don't have your plate yet, you can go to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition's website and fill out an application. Just click on the license plate."

For more info, contact Mark Wyatt at <mark@iowabicyclecoalition.org> or visit:
http://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org/

READY FOR A "BIKEEPER"?

-> In an article in their Jan. 7th Cycling News, Life Cycle UK mentioned a new Dutch bike rack, called the Bikeeper. Click on the "X02" button at the top of the screen and "Marvel at the simplicity of the Bikeepers design, the clever way it holds the bicycle upright. Gasp as the lovely Dutch lady effortlessly parks her bike, even with two small children aboard. Note too how the device offers up a retaining arm through which you simply thread your D-lock, securing bikes frame and front wheel in seconds. Looks good. Wonder when they'll appear the UK?" Or the US?

To see the rack, go to: http://www.bikeeper.nl/
For more on Life Cycle UK, go to:
http://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk

FINALLY: A GREAT USE FOR OLD BICYCLE PARTS

-> From the January 2008 edition of Local Motion (Burlington, VT) we learned of Montpelier, Vermont's SculptCycle 2008. Using recycled parts from bicycles, artists will craft sculptures that will be on display in downtown Montpelier.

According to the Sculptcycle brochure, "SculptCycle 2008 will achieve its goal by reaching out to many interest groups: art and public sculpture, businesses and community activists, biking and fitness, recycling and environmental stewardship."

You can learn more at: http://www.sculptcycle.org/

THE HIGH COST OF PARKING

Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives in New York City, alerted us to an on-line movie called The High Cost of Parking. "Did you ever think parking policy could be fun?" asked Budnick. "On his recent visit to New York, Dr. Donald Shoup, professor of Urban Planning at UCLA, sat down with Mark Gorton of the Open Planning Project in front of a typical NYC street grid map to discuss parking policy. Shoup concludes that charging more for curbside parking would free up more parking space, reduce congestion-causing cruising and generate funds for local street improvement projects"

Take five minutes and view this clever on-line movie, The High Cost of Parking, at:
http://tinyurl.com/2cxmeh


QUOTES R US

-> "It's becoming painfully clear that either we kill the commute, or it will kill us."
-- Christopher Hume, Toronto Star columnist
http://tinyurl.com/3dwcsb

-> "The pedestrian-friendly city would...get rid of those annoying traffic signals that force a person on foot to push a special button to get a green light."
-- Daniel Jack Chasan
http://tinyurl.com/25xrgh

-> "A beautiful park brings together everyone from the region and showcases why Cleveland is a great place to live and play."
Lois Moss, Walk+Roll Cleveland founder
http://tinyurl.com/35l8eg

 


STATS R US

- There are 118.5 million women in the nation's central cities and their suburbs, more than half the urban population.
- About 17 million women in those areas are age 65 and older -- almost 60% of the total number of seniors in cities.
- Women 65 and older are three times as likely as their male counterparts to live alone.
- More than 14 million women live alone in cities.
- More than 23 million women are heads of households.
- More than 60% of those who care for an older person are women.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/26o62r

 


IN THE NEWS

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DESIGNERS PUSH TO MAKE CITIES MORE FEMALE-FRIENDLY

-> According to a Dec. 25th USA Today article, "Chunks of the sidewalk behind the 16th Police District building off Lancaster Avenue are so torn up that mothers pushing strollers and women in wheelchairs can't negotiate the jumbled concrete slabs without venturing into the street. Many then must climb a flight of stairs to get to the front door of the old row houses in west Philadelphia. If kitchens are on the second floor, they lug groceries, canes or strollers up another flight of stairs. All along the way, they fear crime. 'There are some areas that aren't well lit at all,' says Blaine Straub, 25, who lives near Lancaster Avenue and had to get around in a wheelchair after she broke her ankle in October. 'That's a little intimidating.'

"In a neighborhood where 54% of the residents are women, 70% of the households are headed by women and 70% of the elderly are women, the broken walkway on North Sloan Street symbolizes some of the physical challenges that women in America's cities face: an unsafe urban environment that's not conducive to walking. Medical experts, concerned about increased rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension, have studied how the design of cities affects health for some time. Now, they're focusing on its impact on an increasingly prominent demographic segment of the urban landscape: women..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/26o62r
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Title: "Designers push to make cities more female-friendly"
Author: Haya El Nasser

HOLIDAY (FL) GETS BRAND NEW WALKABLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

-> According to a Jan. 9th Tampa Bay article, "Students and staff at Gulf Trace Elementary finally have a place to call their own. The new school on Gulf Trace Boulevard celebrated a belated opening Tuesday as children returning from winter break enjoyed their long-awaited opportunity to learn in classrooms built especially for them. Parents and students began the morning lined up at a gate next to the administrative offices, then scurried through when the time arrived to head to class. Construction delays prevented Gulf Trace from opening in time for the start of the school year in August, so the students and their teachers spent the past five months in portable classrooms at Trinity Elementary, about 10 miles away.

"Janine Rago, an active PTA member, was among those happy to have her children in the new building, which is close enough for her to bicycle from home with daughters Nicole, 10, and Rachael, 6. 'Thank God,' Rago said. 'The bus ride was 40 minutes. The kids came home looking like they had just taken baths, it was so hot.' Principal Hope Schooler said other parents also are happy to have a school near their neighborhoods. Right now, the only bus that comes to the school is a special-education bus. All the other students walk, ride bicycles or are driven to school by their parents because everyone lives within the 2-mile limit that would qualify them for bus transportation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2uwlmo
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Title: "Gulf Trace Elementary Finally Makes Its Debut"
Author: Ronnie Blair

RAPID CITY (SD) COMMITS $1.7M TO GREENWAY IMPROVEMENTS

-> A Jan. 9th Journal editorial suggests readers, "Take a stroll across the newly refurbished Sixth Street bridge in Memorial Park. Walk down Kansas City Street on a sunny day or a starry night. Or take a moment to appreciate the beautification efforts while driving down Omaha Street. The new walking bridge showcases the beauty of Rapid Creek to great effect.

"Kansas City Street is a pedestrian's delight and the new landscaping on Omaha Street greatly improves an otherwise unappealing traffic corridor. Those kinds of public projects make Rapid City a more attractive place to live because they make it a more walkable place. That's the idea behind tonight's public meeting to gather ideas about the best ways to spend $1.7 million in federal greenway funds to improve the livability of Rapid City by improving its greenways..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2tmf5q
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Title: "Now's the time to share ideas on beautifying Rapid City"
Author: Journal editorial board

PORTLAND (OR) ROLLS OUT PLANS FOR 'BIKE BOXES'

-> According to a Jan. 4th Oregonian article, "By April, Portland should be the first city in North America with 'bike boxes' that let cyclists rest in front of cars during red lights at many busy intersections, city officials say. Traffic engineers have been planning to put the colorful boxes at 14 intersections after logging six fatal bike accidents last year, including the deaths of cyclists Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek within two weeks in October. On Thursday, the City Council heard details of those traffic improvements and plans to add more mirrors and guard bars to big city trucks, to keep cyclists from going under the vehicles.

"Both deadly October crashes involved the 'right hook,' the most common type of Portland bike wreck, where a car turning right fails to see a bicyclist riding along the street's right side. City Bicycle coordinator Roger Geller said his office gets many complaints about that kind of crash. Comments from bikers, staff and consultants helped identify intersections where right hooks are common. Bike boxes aim to prevent those crashes by making bicyclists more visible, said Rob Burchfield, city traffic engineer..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2b7465
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Title: "After six deaths, Portland rolls out plans for 'bike boxes'"
Author: Andy Dworkin

OAK RIDGE (TN) WORKS WITH SCHOOL ON SAFE ROUTES PROJECT

-> According to a Jan. 9th Oakridger article, "Robertsville Middle School is working with the city of Oak Ridge to apply for the 2008 Safe Routes to School grant program, according to information released Monday night. RMS Principal Mike Baker is spearheading efforts on behalf of the school and working with City Engineer Steve Byrd and other city officials to complete the grant application, he told members of the Oak Ridge Board of Education. The purpose of the federally funded grant -- that does not require local matching funds -- is to encourage walking and biking to and from school.

"'Why would we want to encourage riding/walking when we just had an accident at Robertsville?' Baker asked. 'Even if transportation were provided for all students, many will still walk or ride their bikes. We are going to have kids riding their bikes or walking to school, regardless.' The principal said, 'We want to focus on the safety of our walkers and riders. My desire is to pursue this grant so that we can make it safer for students who choose to ride their bikes and walk to school.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2hhjsg
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Title: "Transportation still hot topic for school board"
Author: Leean Tupper

W. SACRAMENTO (CA) OPENS 'WALKABLE' BRIDGE GATEWAY

-> According to a Jan. 9th Bee article, "West Sacramento city officials Tuesday celebrated the transformation of a highway into a pedestrian-friendly street. The Tower Bridge Gateway replaces Highway 275, a short four-lane expressway connecting the Capital City Freeway in West Sacramento to downtown Sacramento via the Tower Bridge. For decades, residents have had to navigate around the expressway. West Sacramento's Triangle area -- including Raley Field -- was cut off from the business district centered on West Capitol Avenue and the Washington neighborhood near the Sacramento River.

"'It may look like some sidewalks, traffic signals, bike paths and landscaping, but this is what brings together the possibilities for economic revitalization,' Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said. The seven-year project cost $6.3 million. In 2001, Caltrans agreed to relinquish about a half-mile of the route to West Sacramento. To cover costs, the city pulled together resources from various departments, used city redevelopment funds and secured a $3 million grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3xko9b
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Title: "West Sac opens 'walkable' Tower Bridge Gateway"
Author: Lakiesha McGhee

STUDY: DRIVERS ON CELL PHONES SLOW TRAFFIC

-> According to a Jan. 3rd Seattle PI article, "Drivers talking on cell phones are probably making your commute even longer, concludes a new study. Motorists yakking away, even with handsfree devices, crawl about 2 mph slower on commuter-clogged roads than people not on the phone, and they just don't keep up with the flow of traffic, said study author David Strayer, a psychology professor at the University of Utah.

"If you commute by car an hour a day, it could all add around 20 hours a year to your commute, Strayer said. 'The distracted driver tends to drive slower and have delayed reactions,' said Strayer, whose study will be presented later this month to the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. 'People kind of get stuck behind that person and it makes everyone pay the price of that distracted driver.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2feje3
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Title: "Study: Drivers on cells clogging traffic"
Author: Seth Borenstein

Source info: http://tinyurl.com/264bwc

W. WINDSOR (NJ) AIMING FOR MORE WALKABLE TOWNSHIP

-> According to a Jan. 8th Times article, "In this township that once was dominated by farmland, sidewalks usually fall into one of three categories: They buckle, they're not connected to a nearby street or they don't even exist. Just how much township council is willing to spend in order to address the issue of sidewalks will surface this month as budget discussions begin for the new year. Currently, $80,000 is budgeted every two years to repair buckling sidewalks. Last year, an additional $200,000 was earmarked for a six- year plan to build sidewalks where there are none to connect neighborhoods.

"'We may need to make that $80,000 a year,' said council President Will Anklowitz of the sidewalk repairs program. 'That's a lot of money for not a lot of sidewalks. The list we have now for repairs is on a first-come, first-served basis.' A big part of the sidewalk repair problem is the result of old landscaping rules that called for developers to plant trees between the curb and the sidewalk. Now some of those sidewalks are buckling and homeowners don't want to pay for what they think is a township-created problem..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/298km6
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Title: "No concrete answers for township's sidewalk woes"
Author: Joyce J. Persico

SAFER ROUNDABOUTS SPROUTING AROUND NATION

-> According to a Jan. 6th Boston Globe article, "New York drivers are increasingly finding themselves going in circles, and it's not because they're lost. Following a national trend, state transportation planners are actively turning right-angle intersections into roundabouts, derided by many but proven in a national study to be safer than some intersections with stop signs or traffic signals.

"Traffic circles have long been part of New York roadways, but modern roundabouts are distinctly different. Today's roundabouts are much smaller than older traffic circles -- about 100-200 feet in diameter compared to 400-600 feet -- and they're designed with narrow lanes that force drivers to slow down.

"Transportation planners say the newer design -- which originated in Europe and found its way to the United States around 1990 -- results in improved traffic flow and fewer accidents. 'The No. 1 reason we're doing these is safety,' said Howard McCulloch, a traffic engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation who specializes in roundabouts..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3c4djg
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Title: "Safer roundabouts sprouting up all over New York, nation"
Author: Richard Richtmyer

BUNGEE KNAPSACKS -- GOOD NEWS FOR KIDS' SORE BACKS?

-> According to a Dec. 20th Scientific American article, "Here is something that will put a spring in your step: a backpack that bounces up and down on bungee cords instead of pounding the shoulders and back. The bag's designer envisions his creation as just what the doctor ordered to relieve the spines of schoolchildren as well as military and emergency personnel -- all who risk injury from carrying heavy loads. When people walk their hips move up and down by as much as seven centimeters, which normally causes a backpack to bob up and down, too.

"That is bad news for the joints and back, because on its downswing the pack exerts added force on the wearer. A 50-pound load, for example, can slam down with 80 pounds of force when a person is walking and up to 150 pounds when running, says physiologist Lawrence Rome of the University of Pennsylvania. The new backpack, crafted by Rome, is designed to keep a load level with the ground during motion and, therefore, counteract the jarring force of walking or running with a heavy pack..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/38xhjk
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Title: "A Parent's Dream: Bungee-Powered Backpacks That Spare the Back"
Author: JR Minkel

CONNECTICUT DOT STUDIES GLASTONBURY PATH

-> According to a Dec. 26th Courant article, "The state Department of Transportation is studying the feasibility of building a bicycle and pedestrian accessway along the Putnam Bridge linking Glastonbury and Wethersfield. Although the results of the study aren't expected until early 2008, support for the sidewalk/bikeway is growing. The town councils in Glastonbury and Wethersfield have unanimously approved resolutions supporting the idea, and support has come from the Capitol Region Council of Governments, Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance, Glastonbury Bikeways and Goodwin College in East Hartford.

"'We want to see the central Connecticut region more biker-friendly, and this is really the critical missing link in the region,' said Glastonbury resident Deb Dauphinais, who is involved in both the Glastonbury and the central Connecticut bike groups. 'When we first started talking, the message from the DOT was, "No way this can be done," but that's starting to soften,' Dauphinais said. 'The bottom line is we want this state to become more biker-friendly. We can't rely on automobiles. People are looking for a choice.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2pvvdt
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Title: "State Studies Bridge Path"
Author: Peter Marteka

For background on this story, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/355w6g

AUTO APPEAL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MOBILITY

-> In a Dec. 14th Toronto Star commentary, Christopher Hume wrote, "Whatever the appeal of the car may be, mobility has little to do with it. The truth of this lies not just in the extreme congestion and epic commutes documented this week by Star correspondents, but as they also made clear, in our mind-boggling capacity to put up with it. That's why efforts to control car use are doomed to failure as long as they're based on attempts to replace it with alternate forms of transportation, especially public transit.

"Of course, subways, streetcars and buses are important, even crucial, but the majority choose not to use them despite the fact they're cheaper, more efficient and sustainable. The better way is, don't forget, the better way. The fact remains, however, that there's nothing rational about why people in the hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, hop into their vehicles every morning and evening for the daily commute. Rationality alone cannot explain why these commuters are prepared to spend hours and hours getting to and from work. Or why they tolerate the frustration, tedium and stress, not to mention risk..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3dwcsb
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Title: "Looking beyond gridlock"
Author: Christopher Hume

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

TERMITE GUTS MAY HOLD KEY TO BETTER BIOFUELS

-> "The potential is considerable, given the sheer efficiency of the termite's intestines, which can theoretically turn one sheet of paper into two litres of hydrogen, according to Andreas Brune of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology in Marburg, Germany."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/35ezj8

 


QUICK HITS

BIRMINGHAM (AL) MAYOR FINDS $26M FOR TRANSIT HUB
-> "The unspent money comes from city bond projects. The money originally was allocated to projects now finished, which ended with surpluses that remained on the city's books, or was allocated for projects that went uncompleted. Some of those dormant projects date to the 1990s and need to be re-evaluated, Vance said..."
http://tinyurl.com/yt2f7d

TRAFFIC JAM MYSTERY SOLVED BY MATHEMATICIANS
-> "The jam moves backwards through the traffic creating a so-called 'backward traveling wave', which drivers may encounter many miles upstream, several minutes after it was triggered..."
http://tinyurl.com/2marfy

 


RESOURCES

-> "A GUIDEBOOK FOR USING AMERICAN COMMUNITY..."
"...Survey Data for Transportation Planning;" TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 588; by Cambridge Systematics, NuStats, Nancy McGuckin, Earl Ruiter. 2007. (9.6mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2amcky

-> "CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY REPORT"
Report from the Michigan State Univ. Office of Campus Sustainability. 2007 (5.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ypatmc

-> "THE MATURING OF AMERICA..."
"...Getting Communities on Track for an Aging Population;" report by National Assn of Area Agencies on Aging, et al. (2.8mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2emtp7

-> "8 LESSONS TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY IN..."
"...Public Places;" by Courtney Knapp; Project for Public Spaces Nov. 29, 07 PPS newsletter.
http://tinyurl.com/3bjv5u

-> "THE EFFECTIVENESS OF IOWA'S AUTOMATED RED LIGHT..."
"...Running Enforcement Programs;" Final Report (CTRE Project 05-226); by Fitzsimmons, Hallmark, McDonald, Orellana, and Matulac, Center for Transportation Research and Education Iowa State University; for Iowa Department of Transportation. Dec. 2007 (6.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2esxz5

-> COMPARISON OF FOOTBALL-SHAPED RUMBLE..."
"...Strips Versus Rectangular Rumble Strips;" Report # K-TRAN: KSU-00-4P2; by Gardner, Rys, Russell; for Cooperative Transportation Research Program Kansas Dept of transportation, Kansas State Univ., & Univ. of Kansas. Sept. 2007 (5.6mb pdf) Note: 36k summary also available via this web link.
http://tinyurl.com/3a4kty

 


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!

-> January 13-17, 2008, TRB 87th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info: Transportation Research Board
http://tinyurl.com/2xllyk

-> January 28-29, 2008, Implementing a Sidewalk Management System, Madison, WI. Info: Stephen Pudloski, Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; phone: (800) 462-0876.
http://tinyurl.com/25q9cn

-> January 30 - February 1, 2008, Roundabout Design Workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Info: Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
http://tinyurl.com/33xklk

-> February 13-16, 2008, World Conference on the Development of Cities, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/29wclt

-> March 4-6, 2008, National Bike Summit 2008, Washington, DC. Info: League of American Bicyclists:
http://tinyurl.com/2bhcgb

-> March 12-14, 2008, National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation, Washington, DC. Info: NRPA; phone: (800) 626-NRPA (6772).
http://www.nrpa.org/forum

-> 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.
http://www.mswalkri.com

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

-> May 19-21, 2008, 13th Int'l Conf. on Urban Planning, Regional Development, and Information Society ("Real Corp 08"), Vienna, AT. Info:
http://www.corp.at/

-> June 15-18, 2008, Transportation Research Board Summer Conference, Baltimore, MD. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/388d7s

-> August 25-27 2008, National Rural Transportation Conference, Duluth, MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2ggek9

-> 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

-> October 21-25, 2008 National Preservation Conference, Tulsa, OK. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/32lb7y

-> November 15-18, 2008, National Trails Symposium, Little Rock AR. Info: Candace Mitchell; phone: 530-547-2060; email: <candace@americantrails.org>
http://tinyurl.com/2lu5g3


JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS

-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES DIRECTOR -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is seeking a Safe Routes to School Director. I have taken a promotion, and we are hoping to hire the new person by February 1, 2008. The job is posted at:
http://tinyurl.com/32j77n

Melody Geraci, Director of Programs
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
9 West Hubbard St., Suite 402
Chicago, IL 60610-6545
phone (312) 427-3325 ext. 240
fax (312) 427-4907
email <melody@biketraffic.org>
http://www.biketraffic.org/

-> JOB -- COMPLETE STREETS FELLOW -- NAT'L COMPLETE STREETS COAL.
The National Complete Streets Coalition is seeking a Complete Streets Fellow to work with a diverse coalition of prominent national organizations working for the adoption of complete streets policies across the country. This is an tremendous opportunity for a recent graduate to take on significant responsibility while learning about transportation reform issues and working directly with a variety of well-known leaders and organizations in the field.

The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $1,450 per month. The fellow be for six months, starting in January (can be flexible on start date). This position could lead to permanent employment with the National Complete Streets Coalition.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and 3 references to Stephanie Potts at <info@completestreets.org> by Friday, January 11. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis so it's best to get your application in early.

Visit: http://tinyurl.com/2qx9yn

-> JOB -- BUSINESS MANAGER -- BICYCLE COLORADO
Bicycle Colorado seeks a full-time Business Manager. Be part of the movement to improve bicycling in Colorado! Complete job description and application instructions are located online.
http://tinyurl.com/2d9v3j

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- NAPLES PATHWAYS COALITION

Background: The Naples Pathways Coalition (NPC) is a growing not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation. NPC advocates for a fully integrated and safe pedestrian, bicycle and other non-motorized transportation network throughout Naples and Collier County.

Job Description: NPC seeks a halftime staff person to lead and grow the organization, with the opportunity to expand the position to full-time as fundraising success permits. Responsibilities include policy work, public education and media advocacy, fundraising, and outreach and organizing throughout the greater Collier County area. The position presents a great opportunity to play a critical role in transforming southwest Florida into a more healthy and sustainable region.

Salary: In the 20's for half-time position, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and with the opportunity to expand the position to full-time as fundraising success permits. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume (include contact info for references), and a writing sample to: NPC, 300 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 101, Box 464, Naples, FL 34102. Application Deadline: January 31, 2008

For full details, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3xyxjc

-> JOB -- ASST/ASSOC PROF POSITION -- KANSAS ST. UNIV.

The Department of Kinesiology at Kansas State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant/associate level in the broad area of physical activity and public health. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate Kinesiology program and may contribute to the master's program in public health. A focus on physical activity behavior change theory, childhood obesity prevention, and health promotion in underserved communities are of interest.

For the whole announcement, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2xzhux

-> JOB -- SENIOR ACTIVE TRANS. PLANNER -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED.

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is seeking a Senior Active Transportation Planner. CBF offers professional services to clients who seek a progressive and innovative approach to making bicycling, walking and transit a significant part of daily life in their community or region. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is looking for a full Senior Transportation Planner to lead the national's premier bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization's planning and technical assistance consulting efforts.

The ideal candidate should be excited to take an entrepreneurial approach to planning that melds professional top-notch technical assistance with a strong voice for promoting non-motorized transportation. This is not a starting level position and candidates should bring a wealth of resources to the table including marketing, planning and project management. Candidates must be able to embrace both the planning and advocacy sides of this position and relish the opportunity to make a strong difference in regional transportation policy and planning.

The position reports to the Executive Director and has supervisory responsibilities for four employees including offsite field consultants. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Planner will be skilled and dogged, available and prepared to carry out the objectives of the Planning & Design section of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. This planner will expend professional energy achieving objectives that move Chicagoland toward revolutionary change in transportation.

See full job posting at: http://tinyurl.com/3xfuxj

-> JOB -- RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP -- NC STATE UNIV

The NC State University Natural Learning Initiative is seeking an outstanding PhD in Design applicant to work on sponsored research in the broad field of children's outdoor environments with three-year support (tuition, health, and stipend) from the NLI Research Assistantship in Inclusive Design and Wellbeing. Applicants should hold a professionally accredited design degree, preferably in landscape architecture. As the position is effective Fall 2008, interested applicants should send as soon as possible a CV and brief statement of interest to Professor Robin Moore, Director of NLI.

Robin C. Moore, DiplArch, MCP, ASLA
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Director, The Natural Learning Initiative
Ph.D. in Design Faculty, College of Design
Adjunct Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University
MAILING ADDRESS
College of Design
50 Pullen Road
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7701, USA
robin_moore@ncsu.edu
919-515-8345 voice
919-515-8951 fax
http://www.naturalearning.org

-> 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:
http://tinyurl.com/2fwaes
NOTE: New closing date is Jan. 11, 2008!

 


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