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#199 Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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----- Nat'l Trails Symposium Call for Presentations
----- APBP Selects Board Officers; Outlines Action Plan
----- Walk, Bike, Row to Earth Day Event Around World!
----- Auburn (WA) SRTS Program Innovation Recognized
----- TRB Call for Articles on Congestion Pricing
----- Another Look at Red Light Camera Programs
----- AASHTO Wants Customer Feedback, Offers Prizes!


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----- Twenty Minutes' Exercise a Day Boosts Mood
----- Carfree Cities -- Impossible Dream?
----- Tonganoxie (KS) Officials Discuss Safe Routes
----- Pass Christian (MS) Starts on "Catalyst" Project
----- Lancaster (PA) to Transform Downtown
----- Bowling Green (KY) Praised For Bike Strategy
----- Colorado DOT Shifting Priority to Maintenance
----- Unique Rides Part of Manassas (VA) Earth Day
----- Senate "Complete Streets" Bill: Roads for All
----- Portland (OR): N. America's Most Bicycle-Friendly City?
----- Toxins and TV Lead to Early Puberty, Obesity?
----- Peterborough (ON) Residents Worry About Speeders
----- For Families, Life in 'Burbs Means Heavy Costs
----- Las Cruces (NM) Seeks "Bicycle Friendly" Designation
----- "You Can't Get in Shape by Sitting Down!"
----- Oregon Governor: Green Transportation is Key
----- Philly (PA) Building Site Ped Safety a No Brainer
----- April 16, 2008: National Start! Walking Day!

FEATURES

NAT'L TRAILS SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

-> According to an Apr. 10th American Trails announcement, "Mark your calendar for the American Trails 19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008. The theme for the 2008 Symposium is Innovative Trails: Transforming the American Way of Life. To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium's theme. We expect to offer 40 concurrent sessions, each lasting 75 minutes.

"The Program Committee is particularly seeking presentations that introduce new ideas, convey useful strategies, identify lessons learned, and strengthen participants, existing skills and knowledge -- in the spirit of the Symposium theme. Potential topics for presentations include, but are definitely not limited to, the general topic areas that you will find included in the Call.

"Another opportunity, in a smaller scale format, to display information about your project or issue to a wide audience is creating a poster. Posters will be displayed in a common area throughout the Symposium. Individuals displaying posters will also have an opportunity to share their 'story' and to meet with interested attendees at designated times during the Symposium."

Hurry! The deadline is April 18th!!! Go to:
http://tinyurl.com/6nyxq8

APBP SELECTS BOARD OFFICERS, OUTLINES ACTION PLAN

Kit Keller, Executive Director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) recently forwarded several pieces of news.

First, the organization has selected its 2008 officers. They are: President: Seleta Reynolds, Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers, San Francisco, CA; Vice-President: Jennifer Hefferan, SRTS Coordinator, District of Columbia; Secretary: Kristin Bennett, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Colorado Springs, CO, and Treasurer: Michael Moule, President, Livable Streets, Inc., Tampa, FL.

Joining the board officers are new APBP board members Eric Anderson, Senior Planner, Alta Planning + Design, Berkeley, CA, and Judi Wallace, President, Wallace Consulting & Training, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC. Continuing board members are: Aida Berkovitz, FHWA Safety and Traffic Engineer, retired; Tom Dodds, Pedestrian and Bicycle Engineer, South Carolina Department of Transportation; Gihon Jordan, Traffic Engineer, Philadelphia, PA; Mary Anne Koos, Special Projects Coordinator -- Roadway Design, Florida Department of Transportation, and Philip Pugliese, Bicycle Coordinator, Outdoor Chattanooga, TN.

Kit added that an important APBP Board task is the development of a new 10-point action plan for the organization. The elements of the action plan include:

1. Continue to establish the profession
2. Make the Listserv more useful
3. Establish a Newsletter Editorial Board
4. Provide or support the definitive annual conference for professionals
5. Deliver high-quality training
6. Assist PBIC with national clearinghouse
7. Participate in cutting-edge research
8. Publish the definitive guides on industry topics
9. Improve APBP's visibility and branding in the industry
10. Increase membership by 15%

As the board president, Seleta Reynolds is leading the action plan effort, and invites member participation on APBP's task forces. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/3vhbek
or contact APBP staff at info@apbp.org.

WALK, BIKE, ROW TO EARTH DAY EVENT AROUND WORLD!

-> According to the EarthDay Network website, "Earth Day 2008 is expected to be the biggest yet! From Tokyo to Togo, to our flagship event on the National Mall in Washington, DC and 7 other U.S. cities, we will be galvanizing millions of people around the world behind a Call for Climate, our global warming action theme. Hundreds of events are popping up all over the globe and April 22 should be a most memorable Earth Day. We will be asking people to call their government and urge significant and equitable action on climate change."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5pnqxh

AUBURN (WA) SRTS PROGRAM INNOVATION RECOGNIZED

-> According to an Apr. 15th NCSRTS News Brief, "The Auburn School District Transportation Department's 'Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School' program has been declared a Top 50 Program of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards competition, administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, the 'Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School' program represents the best in government innovation and will be competing for a $100,000 award.

"The 'Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School' innovation addresses two common large-scale problems: transportation inefficiency and childhood inactivity. The core of the innovation is the partnerships formed between the school district and community residents and professionals, which are hardly a traditional element in school transportation plans. The purpose of the partnerships is to increase the practice of walking and cycling to school by creating safer school walking/cycling routes for the Auburn School District's 14,500 students.

"The program has proven itself -- providing safe walk routes to 20 percent of the district's student body population. And because more children are walking/cycling to/from school, the transportation department is eliminating unnecessary routes within walk areas -- saving the district money on personnel and fuel costs--and helping to increase childhood fitness."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/5pkeww

TRB CALL FOR ARTICLES ON CONGESTION PRICING

-> According to the Transportation Research Board's Apr. 15th TRB E-Newsletter, "TRB is producing a congestion pricing theme issue of the TR News -- TRB's bimonthly magazine, which features timely articles on innovative and state-of-the-art research and practice in all modes of transportation. As part of this process, the standing Committee on Congestion Pricing, within TRB's Technical Activities Division, has issued a call for articles on congestion pricing. Authors wishing to have articles considered for the 2009 TR News congestion pricing theme issue must respond to the call by May 16, 2008.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6kmx79

ANOTHER LOOK AT RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAMS

-> In an Apr. 12th message, Will Haltiwanger wrote this about an article from CL #196 ("Portland (OR) Finds Red Light Cameras Effective"):

"I was curious if you did any other research about these cameras. There is much evidence that they have increased accidents and sometimes fatalities. They certainly stretch our normal view of the legal system by allowing a private company with a camera to ticket citizens with no law enforcement involvement. The majority of the income normally goes to the camera company. In many cases the companies have refused to install cameras at intersections where the yellow was set to the proper length, because revenues were too low."

"As a cyclist these cameras particularly bother me because standards for intersections with bicycle traffic call for even longer yellows to allow cyclists to clear the intersection."

Will Haltiwanger
<will2sail@aol.com>
VP Palmetto Cycling Coalition
LCI

AASHTO WANTS CUSTOMER FEEDBACK, OFFERS PRIZES!

-> According to an Apr. 15th message from the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, "AASHTO is conducting a survey to ensure our services meet your needs. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to share your opinions regarding AASHTO publications, our customer service, and ways we can better serve you. If you think we're doing a great job, we would welcome the pat on the back. If, however, you'd like to see some improvements, this is your opportunity to tell us specifically what we can be doing better. Our customers make everything we do possible, and we want to make sure we're providing you with the services and publications you need.

"As a small token of our appreciation, we invite you to enter your name into a drawing for one of five $100 American Express Gift Cards. All responses are completely confidential and anonymous - an independent research firm will collect and tabulate all data. We're interested in your frank comments, so please speak your mind! The survey will be open until April 25, 2008."

Click here to start the survey:
http://tinyurl.com/6gz83d

 


QUOTES R US

-> "The ancient Romans had a saying: To make a road straight, you need to make someone's neck crooked."
-- Alex Marshall
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-> "Nothing could do more to give life back to our blighted urban cores than to reinstate the pedestrian, in malls and pleasances designed to make circulation a delight."
-- Lewis Mumford, The Highway and the City, 1953

 


IN THE NEWS

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TWENTY MINUTES' EXERCISE A DAY BOOSTS MOOD

-> According to an Apr. 9th HealthDay News article, "Scrubbing the tub and other forms of housework may clean your house and boost your mood. In fact, as little as 20 minutes of any kind of physical activity a week helped mental health, although the more vigorous the activity, the greater the benefit, said the authors of a study published online Thursday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 'There's such a pervasive feeling in this country that, if there's a problem, there's always a pill to fix it,' said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"'This study is just reminding us that it doesn't take much to actually have an effect even on your mood.' The physical benefits of exercise are well known: It reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and even some cancers, among other things. The mental benefits are less clear, although exercise is thought to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation, which have been related to depression and dementia. Exercise might also improve mood by reducing stress levels.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4grm5m
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Title: "Whisk Those Blues Away"
Author: Amanda Gardner

CARFREE CITIES -- IMPOSSIBLE DREAM?

-> In a recent New Colonist article, Debra Efroymson wrote, "Something odd happens when I talk to people about the idea of carfree cities. Rarely if ever does anyone object to the idea in general. Most people promptly see the beauty of it, and respond with warm sympathy to the possibilities that emerge when cars are removed and life returns. The objections, universally, are practical ones. They perceive it as an impossible dream, suggesting that people have short memories and little sense of history.

"After all, some of the major changes in cities wrought by cars have occurred just in the past generation--today's adults walked to school and played on sidewalks if not in the streets, while today's children consider the streets dangerous and unpleasant forbidden zones. The more I think about existing cities, the more I think that it is what we now have that is impossible; that we have learned to accept the unreasonable and unlivable. Change scares us perhaps in part because it would force us to acknowledge just how much we have given up -- and question why we waited so long to fix things. What is unimaginable about existing cities?

"The list is long, but I will offer a few suggestions:
- That it can be terrifying and dangerous to cross the street.
- That the air can be so filthy as to be dangerous to breathe, so that children, the elderly, and the increasing numbers of those with respiratory problems often must stay indoors.
- That children cannot play outdoors.
- That neighbors, even those in the same building, don't know each other.
- That children can no longer walk even a few blocks unaccompanied..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4vreos
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Title: "Irreconcilable Differences"
Author: Debra Efroymson

TONGANOXIE (KS) OFFICIALS DISCUSS SAFE ROUTES

-> According to an Apr. 16th Mirror article, "On April 9, city officials and members of the community gathered at the Tonganoxie Middle School with one thing on their mind: how to make the city safer so children would be encouraged to walk to school. 'We want to get children to get out and start walking at a younger age,' said Amy Sandlan, traffic engineer for Bucher Willis & Ratliff, the city's planning firm.

"That Wednesday night about 21 people comprised of three representatives from BWR, members of the city staff, city council, police and fire departments, school district along with other members of the community met to discuss the Safe Routes to School Program. The program was designed to promote walking to school as an alternative to parents taking kids to school.

"A recent BWR survey sent to parents of elementary and middle school students asked questions relating to how their children get to and from school. Of the 400 surveys sent, nearly half of them were returned. The survey results stated that about half of the children at either school were taking the bus to go back and forth to school, but nearly 40 percent were being taken to school in a family vehicle. Less than 10 percent were walking to school..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3fvvgx
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Title: "City and school officials gather to chatter about safety of routes"
Author: Estuardo Garcia

PASS CHRISTIAN (MS) STARTS ON "CATALYST" PROJECT

-> According to an Apr. 16th SunHerald article, "Today's groundbreaking for the city's first mixed-use development will create a domino effect of new homes and businesses throughout this waterfront town, Pass Mayor Chipper McDermott said, 'the catalyst to get the whole downtown going.' At 4 p.m. today city officials and construction crews will shovel the first load of dirt at Harbor Town at The Pass, a sprawling $40 million, three-phase development of retail and fine dining at ground level, and homes above.

"'The development should be a source of pride for the region and considered another step in the ongoing disaster-recovery process,' said Kelly Nichols, project spokeswoman. The project incorporates aspects of SmartCode, a planning blueprint that encourages higher-density, walkable neighborhoods comprising shops, offices and housing..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4njrnx
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Title: "From the debris, Harbor Town will rise"
Author: Michael A. Bell

For more on SmartCode, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/6ojhty

LANCASTER (PA) TO TRANSFORM DOWNTOWN

-> According to an Apr. 15th New Era article, "'Get ready for a sea change,' says Rick Gray. Lancaster's enthusiastic mayor is talking about how the downtown will look next spring, when the first visitors arrive at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Marriott Hotel on Penn Square. If all goes as planned, the difference will be dramatic. Sidewalks, lighting, benches and trash receptacles will be standardized by then to unify the downtown streetscape. And new street trees will be planted.

"Beyond these improvements, the city plans to enhance public spaces and work to make things 'clean and safe.' These changes are among many being planned for the downtown before the convention center opens. Transportation routes into and out of the city and movement of vehicles within the city are under review. And restaurants, art galleries, retail stores and other downtown amenities are preparing for a surge in visitors. Nothing is more important to planners than streetscape improvements..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/47p2o2
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Title: "Transformed downtown streetscape is coming"
Author: Jack Brubaker

BOWLING GREEN (KY) PRAISED FOR BIKE STRATEGY

-> According to an Apr. 4th Daily News article, "The Bowling Green Bicycle Summit, heavily attended Friday by government officials, nonprofit group heads and cycling enthusiasts, aimed at starting a fundamental shift in local attitudes toward transportation. 'We think that by making Bowling Green a Bicycle Friendly Community, it will become a safer, healthier and more fun place to live,' said Sara Shipley Hiles, president of Bicycle Bowling Green, which co-hosted the summit with the city.

"The summit at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center is aimed at moving the city toward that Bicycle Friendly Community designation, offered by the League of American Bicyclists. It judges cities on their amenities for cyclists, laws and educational programs and events. The public officials, engineers, planners and cyclists in attendance worked up a long, but tentative, list of actions to take in pursuit of that goal..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6bvpsr
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Title: "BG gets praised for bike strategy"
Author: Jim Gaines

COLORADO DOT SHIFTING PRIORITY TO MAINTENANCE

-> According to an Apr. 10th Sentinel article, "Because of rising costs and insufficient revenue, the Colorado Department of Transportation is pulling the plug on construction in Mesa County and throughout the state. CDOT relies on fuel sales along with various transportation fees -- including motor vehicle license and registration fees, driver's licenses and tire disposal -- as major sources of funding to build new highways and maintain the system.

"But gas sales and gas tax revenue have remained flat since 1992, thanks to increased fuel economy even as vehicles using the state's roads have increased, a CDOT regional director says. The last time the state fuel tax was increased was in 1992, when it went to 22 cents per gallon of gasoline and 20.5 cents per gallon of diesel sold. CDOT's budget also has remained flat, according to the transportation department..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/649cmb
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Title: "Projects hit pothole: CDOT shifting priority to maintenance"
Author: Le Roy Standish

UNIQUE RIDES PART OF MANASSAS (VA) EARTH DAY

-> According to an Apr. 16th Journal Messenger article, "Fulton Bank, the newest business to open its doors in Old Town Manassas, is helping with Spring Cleaning Day's 'green attitude' on April 26 by sponsoring fee pedicab rides around Old Town. A pedicab -- or a bicycle rickshaw -- is an environmentally-friendly, pedal-powered taxi service that offers a fun and unique way for passengers to be shuttled around Old Town during Historic Manassas Inc.'s Earth Day celebration.

"Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., visitors can jump on and get a free ride from the entertainment and exhibits at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion over to the moon bounce on the lawn of the Manassas Museum -- or just take a quick tour of Old Town. The day also includes exhibitors from non-profit and civic organizations providing recycling and environmental information, live entertainment throughout the day, children's rides and crafts. The Manassas Farmers Market will also be open across from the train depot..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4bjr7s
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Title: "It's my town"
Author: Bennie Scarton Jr.

SENATE "COMPLETE STREETS" BILL: ROADS FOR ALL

-> According to an Apr. 4th Louisiana State University Daily Reveille article, "Those unhappy with the roads and sidewalks in and around the University may be in for a treat. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced 'The Complete Streets Act of 2008' bill in the U.S. Senate on March 3 with Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., co-sponsoring it. 'The bill promotes streets to be designed in a way that would be safe for all people -- motorists, bus riders, bicyclists and pedestrians, including the elderly, children and people with disabilities,' said Lisa Jacobson, Fellow of Smart Growth America for the National Complete Streets Coalition.

"She said communities with 'Complete Streets' policies are healthier, have less traffic congestion and reduce their carbon emissions. Several organizations such as AARP, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking and the American Public Transportation Association have endorsed Harkin's bill. Jacobson said communities such as college campuses will have to accommodate needs for all methods of transportation. 'For those on college campuses, "Complete Streets" would mean that the infrastructure would be there to walk/bike safely to school on sidewalks and bike lanes, as well as use proper crosswalks,' Jacobson said. 'Other design features would be put in to slow down traffic, and it would create safe environments for those on foot.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6rzyko
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Title: "Senate Bill to make roads accommodating to all"
Author: Louis Pelletteri III

PORTLAND (OR): N. AMERICA'S MOST BICYCLE-FRIENDLY CITY?

-> According to an Apr. 15th Democracy Now broadcast, "For many, Portland is a haven of green-friendly urban planning. It recently topped Popular Science's list of the Greenest Cities in the United States. A big part of that is bikes. Portland is widely considered the most bicycle-friendly city in North America, so much so that bikes are on display throughout the Portland airport. Worldwide, it's seen as only second to Amsterdam. We speak with two local Portland transportation activists.

"Guests: Scott Bricker, Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, or BTA, a nonprofit membership organization working to promote bicycling and improve bicycling conditions in Oregon and SW Washington. Elly Blue, local transportation activist. She is the coordinator of the Towards Carfree Cities conference taking place in Portland this June and is also a contributing writer to bikeportland.org..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5qpa6o
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Title: "Portland Considered Most Bicycle-Friendly City in North America"
Author: Amy Goodman

TOXINS AND TV LEAD TO EARLY PUBERTY, OBESITY?

-> According to an Apr. 15th E Magazine article, "Since the 1996 publication of Theo Colburn's seminal 'Our Stolen Future,' scientific research into the possible causes of early puberty has increased dramatically. And with good reason -- early puberty has a strong association with increased rates of breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American women. Today puberty is occurring one to two years earlier for U.S. girls than it did 30 years ago. Breast development is now considered 'abnormal' at age seven for white girls and age six for African-American girls.

"In a 2007 report for the Breast Cancer Fund, 'The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know,' ecologist Dr. Sandra Steingraber outlines the most plausible reasons for early puberty, from increased obesity rates and exposure to toxic pollutants to excessive television watching. Increased screen time over the last 30 years has meant an increasingly sedentary lifestyle for kids, a major cause of obesity. Preliminary data from a Italian study on melatonin production showed that children ages six to 13 denied access to TV and computer screens for one week produced 30 percent more melatonin. Children before puberty produce more melatonin than those after..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ogldj
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Title: "Before They're Ready -- Toxins and TV Could Be Leading Kids To Early Puberty"
Author: Erin Barnes

PETERBOROUGH (ON) RESIDENTS WORRY ABOUT SPEEDERS

-> According to an Apr. 15th Examiner article, "Amy Whiteside said she and her family are never going to cross the street at Gilmour and Park streets again. It's the same corner where 81-year-old Gordon Thexton was killed when a car struck him when he was walking home Saturday afternoon. City police are still investigating the incident.

"Whiteside is just one of several neighbours who say vehicles are driving too quickly through the neighbourhood to avoid the traffic on Park and Charlotte streets. The mother of two, who lives on Gilmour, tied a sign and flowers to the stop sign on the corner Sunday as a memorial to Mr. Thexton.

"'This accident happened so that we could all become more aware of exactly how dangerous this crossing is.... You will be in our thoughts and prayers and will be remembered every time I pass this corner with my children,' reads part of the message. Other neighbours have added flowers, notes, a candle and drawings remembering the associate organist at All Saints Anglican Church. The neighbourhood is still trying to understand how the tragedy could have happened..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4z8qeq
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Title: "Neighbours worry about speeding motorists at corner where elderly pedestrian was killed Saturday"
Author: Fiona Isaacson

FOR FAMILIES, LIFE IN 'BURBS MEANS HEAVY COSTS

-> According to a Mar. 31st NPR Morning Edition story, "Millions of Americans have moved to the suburbs in the past 60 years, drawn by the lure of larger houses and cheaper prices. But until recently, few were aware of the impact those choices had on the environment. Outside metropolitan Atlanta, one of the nation's most congested cities, Michelle Carvalho's dreamhouse is 3,000 square feet. It has five bedrooms, a two-car garage and a big yard. Her 16-month-old son's day care is 10 minutes away. But Carvalho's real commute, to her job as a cancer prevention researcher at Emory University, can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic.

"The tank in her Nissan Altima holds 20 gallons, and she fills up once every five days or so. So does her husband, Galileu. When the Carvalhos lived in the city, they only had one car. But when they moved to the suburbs, they needed two. Both get a lot of use. The amount of gasoline they burn is the biggest reason the family's greenhouse gas emissions have more than doubled since they moved..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4kvjf7
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Title: "Life in the 'Burbs: Heavy Costs for Families, Climate"
Author: Elizabeth Shogren

LAS CRUCES (NM) SEEKS "BICYCLE FRIENDLY" DESIGNATION

-> According to an Apr. 15th Sun-News article, "There was consensus among residents who attended Monday's City Council work session that more needs to be done to encourage bicycling throughout the city. 'These will be issues that will be essential as Las Cruces grows and goes forward,' said Eric Liefeld, chairman of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee. Most of Monday's work session was spent discussing the city's direction regarding bicycle paths and facilities. Las Cruces is attempting to become a 'Bicycle Friendly Community' according to the League of American Bicyclists, and city officials should know by the end of May if that designation has been reached.

"Select U.S. communities get the designation for establishing programs and improving infrastructure that promotes bicycling. Currently, the city is among communities with an 'Honorable Mention' designation, said Andy Hume, associate planner with the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization. In a presentation to the council, Hume said 263 miles of bicycle lanes are planned in the future..."

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Title: "City council discusses expanding bike paths"
Author: Steve Ramirez

"YOU CAN'T GET IN SHAPE BY SITTING DOWN!"

-> An Apr. 15th News-Times article suggests, "As you read these words, get up off your chair. That's right, go ahead and stand up. That's the advice of Danbury resident Al Moretti, 34, owner of Al Moretti Fitness, the new fitness studio on Greenwood Avenue. 'Sitting is the worst thing for your body,' Moretti said. 'It shortens your abdominals, upper chest muscles and hamstrings, and is terrible for your posture.'

"'After a long day of sitting at your desk and then sitting in your car, what is the first thing you do when you walk into most health clubs?' he asked. 'You travel in a circuit, sitting down at one machine after another, working one body part at a time,' Moretti explained. 'You just can't get in shape by sitting down.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5v2r5q
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Title: "Whatever you do -- don't sit!"
Author: Sandra Diamond Fox

OREGON GOVERNOR: GREEN TRANSPORTATION IS KEY

-> According to an Apr. 11th Post-Intelligencer article, "Gov. Ted Kulongoski promised Friday an aggressive push to address problems of transportation, greenhouse gases and climate change, saying that the goals are not exclusive and that Oregon is capable of handling all of them. In an address to the Oregon Environmental Council's Business Forum, the governor said the current transportation system is unsustainable.

"'We must ramp up our investments in green transportation while making even bigger cuts in greenhouse gases,' he said, promising Oregon's most aggressive push yet to deal with both issues in the 2009 Legislature. He said possible steps toward improvement could include such things as tax credits for businesses that encourage telecommuting, bike commuting and use of public transportation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6kszg8
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Title: "Green transportation is key in Oregon"
Author: Joseph B. Frazier

PHILLY (PA) BUILDING SITE PED SAFETY A NO BRAINER

-> According to an Apr. 16th Inquirer article, "Keeping Philadelphia's sidewalks open -- no matter what's being built overhead -- should be one of those initiatives that Rina Cutler, Mayor Nutter's transportation chief, calls 'the small stuff that makes a difference in day-to-day living.' In a city known for its walkability, a policy banning builders from blocking sidewalks makes so much sense. Such a rule should have been enacted years ago. With the recent boom in condo building, it's long overdue. But expect a knockdown, drag-out fight with developers over Councilman James F. Kenney's campaign to impose better rules of engagement on city pavement. A recent hearing proved to be a gripe session for builders who, clearly, aren't eager to be told where to put their Jersey barriers. No question, it's going to take a culture change.

"The city's powerful construction industry, as noted last week by Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron, 'erects flimsy chain-link fences to mark turf, sometimes for the sole purpose of allowing contractors to park for free.' Builders say the city's narrow street grid forces them to cordon sidewalks for pedestrians' safety. But that's like a motorist blocking the crosswalk while waiting for a green light and claiming that he's sparing pedestrians from getting hit by other cars. Fortunately, Kenney is well-armed for this debate. He's been to the mountain top -- New York City -- and seen how it requires builders to put up covered walkways for pedestrians at construction sites. They even equip these so-called sidewalk sheds with lights. What a concept, Kenney marvels..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/49d3zh
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Title: "Pedestrian Safety at Building Sites Should be a no-brainer"
Author: Editorial Board

APRIL 16, 2008: NATIONAL START! WALKING DAY!

-> According to the American Heart Association, "Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. And physical inactivity doubles the risk. Start! walking and start reducing your risk. You can support the fight against heart disease by participating in National Start! Walking Day, Wednesday, April 16.

"On this special day:
- Show your support and wear your sneakers to work.
- Take a 30-minute walk during the day.
- Make your pledge to live a longer, healthier life.
- Get involved in our goal to reach a million miles walked and a million dollars donated by the end of the day.

"By joining others across the country, you'll be a part of the solution to get America walking."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3k9ner

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WILL 'KITE SHIP' ENCOURAGE NEW CARGO SAIL ERA?

-> According to an article in the April issue of T&E Bulletin, "A new era of wind-powered cargo ships could be about to begin, following an apparently successful trial of a German ship sailing from Bremen to Venezuela. As Bulletin reported in February, the Beluga SkySails set sail with a 160m2 towing kite. Now the motor vessel has completed its maiden voyage, and the promoters of the scheme say it has cut 20% of the engine power by having the sail.

"'We can actually now "sail" with cargo ships,' said the ship's captain Lutz Heldt, 'thus opening a new chapter in the history of commercial shipping.' The president of the Beluga Shipping company said the motor/sail hybrid reduces both voyage costs and climate-changing emissions..."

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

 


QUICK HITS

ECONOMIC WOES RENDER GROWTH DEBATE MOOT
-> "Throughout the Washington [DC] suburbs, the economic downturn has accomplished what the slow-growth movement could not: It has slowed growth significantly..."
http://tinyurl.com/4p9ps5

SIDEWALKS ARE SEXY!
-> "...And then there was the proclamation I stole for the title of this post -- sidewalks are as sexy as hybrids, said Steve Winkelman of the Center for Clean Air Policy. In other words, gadgets may not save us, but smarter planning and placemaking could..."
http://tinyurl.com/3orwll

CALIF. SCHOOLS DROP DRIVER'S ED AS INTEREST DIES
-> "In 1990, the state pulled the funding that paid for the driver's training, and almost overnight, the behind-the-wheel instruction was eliminated..."
http://tinyurl.com/6gccsm

EUROPEAN UNION BACKS AIR CLEAN UP PLAN
-> "Air pollution can exacerbate asthma and bronchitis, and is blamed for more than 370,000 premature deaths a year in the EU..."
http://tinyurl.com/5ehczu

TOO MANY CHOICES CAN BE MENTALLY EXHAUSTING
-> "People faced with numerous choices, whether good or bad, find it difficult to stay focused enough to complete projects, handle daily tasks or even take their medicine..."
http://tinyurl.com/5u5jw5

 


RESOURCES

-> "SAFETY EVALUATION OF INCREASING RETROREFLECTIVITY..."
"...of Stop Signs;" FHWA Publication No.: FHWA-HRT-08-047; by Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.; Mar. 2008. (750k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/63xgdq

-> "ROAD COURTESY AND ROAD SAFETY"
Report by T.P. Hutchinson, Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia; 2008 (432k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3qvhvk

-> "HEARING ON THE TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES OF..."
"...Metropolitan Areas;" Apr. 9, 2008, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing to explore transportation challenges of metropolitan areas; first in a series of hearings designed to explore emerging themes in transportation policy and practice, the needs of the national surface transportation system, and the reauthorization of surface transportation laws; additional information on the hearing and a link to video of full hearing.
http://tinyurl.com/3zscjg

 


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!

-> April 20, 2008, Walk MS 2008 (Rhode Island), Bristol, Pawtucket, and Narragansett, RI. Info: Rhode Island Chapter of the National MS Society; phone: (401) 738-8383.
http://www.mswalkri.com

-> April 22-26, 2008, Ecocity World Summit 2008, San Francisco CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/3brurd

-> April 25, 2008, Toronto Bike Summit 2008. To register and for more information, visit TCAT’s Web site at: http://tinyurl.com/2kafma ; call 416.392.0290

-> April 30-May 1, 2008, California Pedal Power Lobby Day, Sacramento, CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2rtxen

-> May 5-8, 2008, Train the Trainer, Advanced Leadership Training, Chicago, IL. Info: Training is for leaders of Thunderhead organizations.
http://tinyurl.com/27qd8v

-> May 17, 2008, 5th Annual Tour de Nash, Nashville, TN. Info: Tour de Nash; email: <tdn@walkbikenashville.org>
http://tinyurl.com/ysccj7

-> 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/

-> May 30, 2008, LEED-NC Technical Review, Green Bay, WI. Info: call: (202) 742-3820; email: <workshop@usgbc.org>
http://tinyurl.com/4umcgc

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

-> June 19-20, 2008, Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Workshop, Bend OR. Sponsored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the US Access Board, and the City of Bend. Info: Kim Burgess, City of Bend, phone: (541) 693-2182; email: <kburgess@ci.bend.or.us>

-> June 23-25, 2008, World Cities Summit, Singapore. Info: Anna Lee, Project Manager, World Cities Summit 2008, phone: +65 6542 8660 ext 168; fax: +65 6542 8683; email: <info@worldcities.com.sg>
http://www.worldcities.com.sg/

-> August 4-5, 2008, 3rd New Zealand Walking Conference, Auckland, NZ. Info: Glenda, Harding Consultants; phone: 03 352 5595; email: <Glenda@hardingconsultants.co.nz>
http://tinyurl.com/2ppa9g

-> August 17-19 2008, National Rural Transportation Conference, Duluth, MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2ggek9

-> August 31-September 2, 2008, Thunderhead Retreat, Seattle, WA. Info: Retreat is for leaders of Thunderhead organizations.
http://tinyurl.com/27qd8v

-> 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

-> September 29-October 2, Physical Activity for Public Health, Banff, AB, Canada. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2tvlw4

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

-> October 27-28, 2008, Impact of Changing Demographics on the Transportation System Conference, Washington, D.C. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ytsakv

-> 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 -- BIKE PROGRAM COORDINATOR -- STANFORD UNIV.

The Bicycle Program Coordinator position reports to the Director of Parking & Transportation Services. The coordinator's responsibilities are varied and include: develop and implement programs to encourage bicycle use; coordinate cyclist input to improve the cycling environment; promote bicycle safety, including regular presentations to student groups; coordinate and/or provide input on campus bicycle-related changes; oversee campus-wide bicycle registration program; and develop and maintain elements of campus bicycle security program. In addition, the incumbent will be assisting the director with a variety of complex issues, analyzing utilization data, and supporting the Office of Parking & Transportation Services in a variety of tasks. The salary range is $54,000 to $85,000.

The vacancy listing appears at http://tinyurl.com/y2rltg
Enter 29925 (the job ID number) in the Keyword Search box.

-> JOB -- GREENWAY+GREEN BLDG COORD. -- SUSTAINABLE S. BRONX

The Greenway and Green Building Coordinator will be an experienced and creative planning professional, capable of developing, implementing and leading comprehensive greenway and green building programs. This person will also be responsible for enhancing the public profile and revenue generating activities of these programs to support Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx) and report to Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:
This position requires a Bachelor's Degree and 1+ experience. The candidate must have a keen understanding of how to project manage and research. The candidate must also have strong familiarity tree maintenance, green building technologies, and sustainability. The ideal candidate will have a compelling vision related to urban development, environmental justice and the environment, and be able to utilize and motivate those around her/him. Candidates from the South Bronx are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
In collaboration with relevant government agencies, private interests, and non-profit partners:
- Advance the implementation of the South Bronx Greenway ("SBG") Master Plan;
- Advocate for appropriate public capital investments in support of local environmental
initiatives, with a focus on projects related to the NYC DEP Sewage Treatment Facility expansion;
- Implement the Hunts Point Forestry Plan, with a focus on securing large-scale funding for
street tree planting and stewardship through the New York State Energy Research and Development
Authority;
- Foster a local culture of urban environmental stewardship through public information
campaigns, training sessions, and other organizing activities;
- Market and manage a fee-based Small Business Sustainability audit and certification consultancy.

**FOR COMPLETE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT** GO TO: http://tinyurl.com/6drm7l

If you have any questions please contact Annette Williams; phone: (718) 617-4668x26; email: <annettewilliams@ssbx.org> or James Chase; email: <givechase@gmail.com>. They work for Sustainable South Bronx.

Please send a resume, cover page, references and salary history in one document with your first initial and last name contained in the file name (example: jdoe-resume.doc) to <mcraytor@ssbx.org>, with the subject line "Greenway Green-Build position."

-> JOB -- ASSOCIATE PLANNER (PED & BIKE PGMS) -- BERKELEY (CA)
$69,108 - $82,032/YR plus excellent benefits

The City of Berkeley is seeking a qualified person to serve as an Associate Planner in the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department to carry out a variety of tasks primarily related to pedestrian and bicycle programs and planning. The selected staff would be expected to implement the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans, develop funding proposals, manage grants, review pavement legend, striping and signage plans, expand bicycle parking, and develop new programs as directed. Additional duties may be assigned as needed.

The position requires the equivalent to graduation from a four-year college with major coursework in city, regional, or urban planning or a closely related field and two (2) years of professional planning experience. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted for the college coursework on a year-for-year basis. Must be able to attend evening meetings as required. Experience with local planning, traffic engineering and/or facility design is desirable.

For additional information regarding the duties of the position, call the City of Berkeley Public Works Transportation Division at (510) 981-7010, or email <transportation@ci.berkeley.ca.us>. Applications will be accepted between March 17, 2008 and April 21, 2008 only. Submit applications to the City of Berkeley Human Resources Department. For information regarding the application process, call Human Resources at (510) 981-6888, or visit our website:
http://tinyurl.com/2a3y69

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIR. -- NAPLES PATHWAY COALITION

Naples Pathways Coalition, Inc. of Collier Co., Florida, 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.

Job description: http://tinyurl.com/3xyxjc
Website: http://tinyurl.com/2ef32j

-> JOB -- SR. 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

 


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