#201 Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:
When I saw issue #200, I was surprised, to say the least! Gary and Chris, who assemble the final document, were able to sneak a bunch of stuff into the issue, unbeknownst to me! Thanks to all for the kind words, suggestions, ideas, questions, etc. I'll start going over them after we get #201 out -- that is if I can pry the emails from Gary's tight fists. Cheers! /JW
-> We'd promised a summary of readers' suggested changes for CenterLines that were submitted through a survey tied to the 200th issue of the newsletter. However, following the article in the last issue about CenterLine's having achieved it's 200th biennial issue, nearly 150 additional readers stormed the survey page and added their two cents worth. We're still collating the information, and will summarize those suggestions for making the newsletter even better next issue. Meanwhile, the CenterLines survey page has left the building.
-> If you're a bicycle or pedestrian professional or advocate, or are working in related fields such as public health, urban design and planning, or active living, you should be a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). And here's why:
APBP is the only professional association dedicated to designing, building and advocating for more walkable, bicycle-friendly communities. APBP members work at all levels of government, in consulting firms and with non-profit organizations. APBP members develop policy, write and implement long-range plans, design facilities, promote Safe Routes to School, teach safety and design programs, conduct research, offer technical assistance, oversee construction work, and manage staff and programs in agencies, consulting firms and non-profit organizations.
By joining APBP, you gain access to peer knowledge and opportunities to network with other pedestrian and bicycle transportation professionals working in an exciting, new field at the forefront of a “perfect storm of useful trends,” including healthy, sustainable, and livable communities, universal design, new urbanism, smart growth, complete streets, and global warming.
Advantages of membership include:
APBP welcomes opportunities to collaborate and partners with other national organizations to leverage our combined resources, e.g., by co-hosting webinars with the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, offering Complete Streets workshops with the National Complete Streets Coalition, contributing to the knowledge base of www.walkinginfo.org and www.bicyclinginfo.org, cooperating with the League of American Bicyclists to facilitate Bicycle Friendly Community workshops, and promoting and presenting the NCSRTS National Course with America Walks.
Bottom line: APBP offers connections, credibility, and support for the important work that you do. And as professional organizations go, the cost of belonging to APBP is a real bargain. If you're not an APBP member, consider joining today; if you're a lapsed member, get on the ball and renew, if only so that you can qualify for the reduced APBP rate for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 Conference.
For more information and to join APBP, visit: http://tinyurl.com/97q2c
-> In a recent note, John Fair wrote, "Hi John, I usually participate in this wonderful ride (Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath). This year, it is immediately following Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 in Seattle (Sept. 2-5). It might be of interest to some who are making the trip to Seattle. It is a fundraiser for the British Columbia Lung Association. It has an excellent support staff with meals, lodging and entertainment. There are usually about 400 riders and you get to see a lot of rural country near Vancouver, BC. Regards, John Fair"
For more info: http://tinyurl.com/5x5pqb
By now you're probably aware of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 Conference being held in Seattle, Washington, Sept. 2-5, 2008. However, you may not know that the NCBW staff has already kicked off the planning for the 2010 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference. The logistics involved in securing conference facilities and preparing the program for these biennial conferences require long lead times.
If you would like to have your city considered for hosting this 2010 conference, it is time to act. The NCBW is now seeking proposals from groups with an interest in hosting the Pro Walk / Pro Bike conference in September 2010. Proposals must be received no later than June 15, 2008.
The RFP has all of the information you'll need to determine if your community might make a fine location for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in 2010. You can download the RFP, which describes space needs, the formation of a local host committee, sample conference schedules, and much more, at: http://tinyurl.com/6l9gf5
For more information, contact Bruce Burgess, email@example.com; (804)438-5225, EDT
-> According to a May 6th news release, "In honor of Bike Month, Transportation Alternatives is hosting a bike ride down the City's premier bike lane on 9th Avenue, followed by a press conference at the 9th Avenue and 14th Street pedestrian plaza. T.A. will be joined by New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and Health and Mental Hygene Assistant Commissioner Jane Beddell to announce Bike Month NYC and encourage New Yorkers to make bicycling part of their work commute, daily exercise and overall lifestyle.
"Bike Month NYC 2008 is the 17th annual celebration of bicycling in New York City. It is cosponsored by Transportation Alternatives, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYC Departments of Transportation, Health and Mental Hygiene and Parks and Recreation. Over 200 rides, tours and events take place during Bike Month, including the Bicycle Film Festival, National Bike to Work Day, Tour de Brooklyn, Tour de Queens and Bike to Shea Day."
-> According to the May 9th Bicycle Colorado eNews, "Colorado Springs and Durango are the newest of seven Colorado communities to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as bicycle-friendly communities. Both cities received Silver Level honors. Longmont renewed its bicycle-friendly designation at the Bronze Level. Congratulations to these award winners: Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, Longmont, and Steamboat Springs.
"Stretching across 31 states, 84 communities now have received this designation, including seven in Colorado. The League awards this four-year designation to communities that actively support bicycling and have made impressive, measurable efforts to integrate bicyclists into the community."
-> Kit Keller, executive director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announced Tuesday a new webinar titled Emerging Trends in Bicycle/Pedestrian Work. Seleta Reynolds, Transportation Planner with Fehr & Peers in San Francisco will be the featured presenter in the one-hour webinar. Reynolds is also the President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
"Communities coast to coast are planning for increased levels of bicycling and walking," said Keller. "Webinar participants can sharpen their competitive edges by learning what's new and what's on the horizon. Topics will include innovative tools, technology, training, and more."
"We're pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate on this, the first in a series of webinars with the APBP," said Gary MacFadden, director of operations for the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW). Several of our planned webinar topics in this series will build toward the NCBW's Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 Conference in Seattle, Sept. 2-5.
The webinar will be offered Thursday, June 12, from 3 p.m. - 4p.m. EDT. The cost is $50/site for APBP members, $60/site for non-members. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees must be received by 6/11/08.
NEW ORLEANS (LA) GETS ITS FIRST BIKE LANE
"Please mark your calendars:
"We hope that you will join the City of New Orleans, Regional Planning Commission and the Department of Transportation and Development in celebrating the completion of the bike lane project connecting the Marigny, Bywater, 9th Ward and St. Bernard Parish."
For more information or to RSVP, contact Dan Jatres, Director of Education and Outreach for the Regional Planning Commission at (504) 568-6608 or <email@example.com>
Note: After finishing CenterLines #200, Linda and I took the Amtrak to New Orleans for a much needed vacation. While there, we were shown the sites by Dan Jatres (thanks Dan!) and ate great food, and heard some wonderful music!
-> According to Cascade Bicycle Club's May 12th Braking News newsletter, "As of Monday, May 12, more than 8,300 people on 1,248 teams have joined the Group Health Commute Challenge and are riding their bicycles to work. So far participants have bicycled 318,000 miles, burned 10.5 million calories and saved more than 300,000 pounds of CO2. Microsoft, Boeing, F5 and the City of Seattle are battling for Most Miles...
"The first 300 riders who join Cascade online during the Challenge will receive a free event T-shirt. And teams with the most Cascade members have a chance to win Burley bike bags for everyone on their team!..."
More info: http://tinyurl.com/5bs5h6
-> According to a recent news release, "Thirty-eight years ago, the American Lung Association rallied its supporters and fought for and passed our country's landmark healthy air legislation -- the Clean Air Act. But, today, our air is still far from healthy.
"We just released our annual State of the Air: 2008 report, and the findings are alarming: One in 10 of us live in areas with unhealthful levels of all three types of pollution. And, even worse, the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of weakening our clean air laws.
"Air pollution is more dangerous than many people realize -- partly because you can't even see the most dangerous, microscopic particles that do the most damage to your lungs -- and your life. Ozone and particle pollution can kill. Air pollution also triggers asthma attacks and sends people to the hospital. Anyone with a lung disease like asthma is at risk, but so are children and teens, seniors or anyone with heart disease or diabetes..."
For more on the State of the Air 2008 Report and details on your own state, go to:
-> There's still time to sign up for a May 30th webinar featuring the Smart Trips program in Portland Oregon. Find out how Portland has evolved the individualized marketing approach to reducing drive alone trips, while increasing walking, biking, carpooling and transit use, and increasing both accessibility and neighbourhood liveability.
The webinar features presenters Linda Ginenthal and Dan Bower, Portland Office of Transportation. Participants will view the PowerPoint presentation using their web browsers while listening on their telephones to the presentation. Since the presentation is live, participants can ask questions, make comments and exchange advice, all without leaving their offices.
The webinar is scheduled for Friday May 30, 2008, 12 noon EDT. The cost is US$ 50 per connection and there's no limit on how many participants can use the same connection.
For more details or to register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/382de9
-> According to a May 10th news release, "Every two years, American Trails presents the National Trails Awards to recognize the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, businesses, and other leaders who are working to create a national system of trails for all Americans. Nominations should cover accomplishments during the period of June 1, 2006 through May 31, 2008. The awards will be presented on November 17 during the Awards Banquet at the National Trails Symposium.
"The 14 categories for awards are:
The deadline for submitting nominations is May 31, 2008.
For more info, go to
-> According to an article in the Better World Club's May 9th issue of Kicking Asphalt, "Apparently, it is now required that when attending a baseball game, a real American is required to have a few beers.
"So indicates The American Beverage Association in a full-page ad published in USA Today this past week. The association, known more informally as the 'liquor lobby,' is trying to block attempts to install breathalyzers in cars. The liquor lobby says that it would mean 'no more beers at a ballgame.' (Funny, The American Beverage Association's name doesn't appear in the ad.) On their website http://www.interlockfacts.com, the lobby further argues that while drunk driving fatalities declined over the last 30 years, speeding and distracted driving deaths have increased to the point where negligent driving is the main cause of deaths on American highways....In fact, drunk driving has been the #1 cause of traffic fatalities for years. Now that's an American Tradition that we need to stop."
-> According to the May 12th E-Update, "The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will have an entry in the May 17th Rose Parade again this year, and we invite you to join us in the parade. We're going to be riding with the folks from LITE Initiatives (CarLITE, Community Bikes, and more), as well as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Outreach program of the Santa Rosa Police Department...Our goal again is to have 50 riders this year, the maximum allowed for a single parade entry...
"Theme: 'Go Green and Extreme'
"We don't have a plan on how to dress (suggestions are welcome), but we're promoting the Safe Routes to School program that we're implementing at Sonoma County Schools, so we encourage signs or dress promoting walking and biking safely to school. Some suggestions: Dump the Pump, watch for Children, Safe Routes to School, Bike Safely...
-> According to the May 13th E-Newsletter from the Transportation Research Board, "TRB Technical Activities committees have issued more than 60 calls for papers for the TRB 88th Annual Meeting, January 11-15, 2009, in Washington, D.C. While papers addressing any relevant aspect of transportation research will be considered for the meeting, some committees are soliciting papers in specific subject areas to help potential authors identify topics for their papers. Committees will be producing calls for papers through June, so authors should visit this site periodically."
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/3ttlf7
-> According a May 8th Main Street/National Trust for Historic Preservation newsletter, "National Preservation Month is celebrated during May and the National Trust for Historic Preservation wants you to join in a viral marketing campaign around this year's theme, 'This Place Matters.' By simply printing a sign and taking a picture, you can tell the story about a place that matters to you.
"We've already had a number of Main Street communities participate, including, Fremont, Nebraska and Greenville, Ohio, just to name a few. So don't get left out. Post your picture today!"
-> According to the May 13th TRB E-Newsletter, "On May 8, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a joint hearing with the Committee on the Budget to examine methods for financing investment in the nation's infrastructure, including roads, bridges, public transportation, aviation, ports, waterways, and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Additional background and a video of the hearing are available online."
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/6mqqqu
-> According to the Cooper Institute's May 7th newsletter, "Today we officially launch The Cooper Institute's new outreach website: http://tinyurl.com/524h66
"The purpose of the web site is to promote calorie balance and calorie literacy by disseminating (for free!) many of our healthy eating and active living materials and resources. And thanks to a long-time donor, this new project allows CI to 'give back.'...StandUpandEat.org's goal is to help people take action toward balancing the calories they eat with the calories they burn. And we want to see how fast we can burn 1,000,000,000 calories. The site includes a 'viral widget' called the Billion Calorie Burn to get people talking and linking to others in their communities..."
-> According to a note from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership are now seeking proposals from potential host agencies to organize the 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference which would take place during the summer or autumn of 2009. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 1, 2008."
"A conference call will be offered to further discuss and field questions surrounding this request on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:30 EDT."
QUOTES R US
-> "'Lifestyles' in the future will, by necessity, likely look very different from what they are now, but there will be many benefits to establishing different sustainable patterns of living. For example, as more walkable communities are built, there will be decreased carbon emissions, less air pollution, more opportunities for physical activity, less reliance on the automobile, and more opportunities for interacting with neighbors. In turn, these changes could lead to a decreased burden from diseases associated with the previous exposures and behaviors (eg, osteoporosis and depression risk could decline with increased physical activity; cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases could decline with increased physical activity and lower levels of air pollution."
-> "Gas guzzlers are losing their resale value -- fast. The reason, obviously, is that soaring gas prices are souring car buyers on the big guzzlers. When a gallon of gas was cheaper than a cuppa joe, size and power seemed like nifty luxuries. But with gas nudging $4, the luxuries have become albatrosses. There's absolutely no reason for 'I-told-you-so's' here. Cars are the second largest purchase most people ever make, next to their homes, so rapid depreciation will be a serious hit to a lot of families. Still, there's not all that much to be done: SUV owners, whether they knew it or not, were making a bet that oil would stay cheap for a good, long while. It didn't, and they're paying the price for a bet gone bad."
STATS R US
-> "A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that 84% [of Americans] are consolidating errands or taking other steps to reduce driving. Nearly one-third say they're using alternative ways to get around, including bicycles."
COMPLETE STREETS BILLS IN US HOUSE AND SENATE
"Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA), took an important step for safer, better designed streets today by introducing the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2008 into the US House. The bill (HR 5951) would make sure that roads built and improved with federal funds safely serve everyone using the roadway – including pedestrians, people on bicycles or those catching the bus, as well as those with disabilities.
Meanwhile, Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) signed on this week as first Republican co-sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, S2686, the Complete Streets Act of 2008, introduced a few weeks ago by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Thomas Carper (D-DE). This is the first time that comprehensive complete streets bills have been introduced in the House and Senate."
The League of American Bicyclists recently designated Portland, Oregon, as the first major city in the US to be designated as a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community. The Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. Congratulations to the Rose City!
You can read more about the LAB's Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign at:
Michelle Barret of WalkBikeBerks alerted us: Ever wanted to tell the EPA what you thought on an environmental topic? Each week, you have your chance in the EPA blog, Greenversations. Each question is an open-ended blog entry. This week's question:
"Why are you or aren't you biking to work?"
From the blog intro: Biking is healthy, it prevents air pollution, and it can even save you money (filled your tank recently?). So why aren't you biking to work? Need more bike paths? Different policies from your employer? Government sponsorship or policies? Or are you just a couch potato? If you ARE biking, tell us about your route and experiences!
Share your answer: http://tinyurl.com/42f5th
-> According to a May 9th USA Today article, "Saturdays are 'no car days' in the Berry household. If Mike, his wife, Lori, or daughters Katie and Kendall need to go to the library or store, they climb on bicycles instead of climbing into their cars. That's not the only change they have made because of rising gas prices. When Lori, 42, recently drove to Costco to shop, Mike, 44, called her twice while she was en route to ask her to make other stops. 'We used to just jump in the car,' Mike Berry says. 'There was no planning on that sort of thing.'
"The family plans to vacation close to home this year and shops online, eliminating trips to the mall. Their lifestyle changes followed a family meeting a few weeks ago about ways to save gas and cash. Since then, they have cut gas consumption by about 15%, says Mike Berry, a fundraising consultant in Atlantic Beach, Fla. That doesn't mean they're stashing money away, though. 'Anything we've saved has gone straight back to the gas station,' he says. Many Americans are making similar changes..."
-> According to a May 13th Tribune-Herald article, "City and business leaders are pondering a game-changing set of zoning rules aimed at making downtown look more like a downtown and less like a suburban shopping center. The city planning staff and the Public Improvement District advisory board have drafted standards for a 'zoning overlay district' intended to make downtown more dense and pedestrian-friendly. That means bringing buildings up to the sidewalk instead of setting them back, requiring large windows instead of blank walls at street level and hiding on-site parking. The standards would limit building height and prohibit prefab metal buildings and visible chain-link fences.
"City planning director Bill Falco said those standards add up to a walkable urban center. 'Downtown is an area where we want to encourage a pedestrian-friendly environment,' he said. 'A more friendly environment is a more secure environment. You don't feel isolated.' The rules would cover the central business district and extend out the Austin Avenue, Fourth/Fifth Street and Elm Street corridors. They would not replace existing zoning, which specifies what uses are permitted, such as heavy commercial, office or single-family residential..."
-> According to a May 13th Metro Boston News article, "The MBTA will install roughly 1,000 more bike racks at stations throughout its system and announce its second commuter rail bike coach, initiatives the T will highlight over the next few days with the backdrop of Bay State Bike Week. This summer, the T will also install a bike cage at Alewife station, where about 250 cyclists park their bikes daily and seven new racks were recently added.
"The pilot program would include video surveillance in the cage and keycard access, possibly using modified CharlieCards, according to MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas. He said the bike cage would help protect against theft or vandalism, a common concern for riders locking their bikes in the open at stations. 'Time and again, the top issues that come up are that more people are taking their bikes to stations,' Grabauskas said. 'People would prefer to take their bikes, and we're trying to expand access for them.'
"Between 80 percent and 90 percent of subway and commuter rail stations provide bike parking. In addition, one-third of buses are equipped with bike racks, and the T should have its entire fleet equipped by 2012. After introducing its first commuter rail bike coach in 2006 that served the Rockport line, the T will announce this week a second line with similar service to beaches on the South Shore. The T is also considering expanding periods when bikes are allowed on subway vehicles..."
-> According to a May 9th Courier-Journal article, "Debbie Green would prefer to walk the 3-1/2 miles to her teaching job at St. Nicholas Academy on New Cut Road. She'd love to walk to a nearby park or a grocery store. But without sidewalks connecting her neighborhood, Green doesn't risk it. 'You have to get in a vehicle and drive to all of those places,' she said. Leading up to Louisville's inaugural Healthy Hometown Pedestrian Summit this weekend, Green and hundreds of others have weighed in on ways to make the city more friendly to walkers.
"Cities across the country have adopted similar plans for many reasons, from improving safety in urban and suburban neighborhoods to encouraging walking for better health. And with fuel prices rising, advocates note that walking doesn't cost $3.80 per gallon. These plans often emphasize a key theme: Everyone, at some point, is a pedestrian. So far, the Louisville summit's organizers have collected suggestions that include building and connecting more sidewalks and improving pedestrian safety on well-traveled streets such as Brownsboro Road, Fegenbush Lane and National Turnpike.
"The city's public works department can't say how much it would cost to extend sidewalks through every neighborhood, for example, although officials hope a forthcoming pedestrian plan will include an estimate, said Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson. In Louisville, however, funding likely will be an obstacle to changing existing streets and neighborhoods, said Charles Cash, director of Metro Planning & Design Services. 'Whether it's public money or private money to make those changes -- I mean, we're in an economy that's not favorable to raising large sums of money right now,' he said..."
-> According to a May 13th Plain Dealer article, "Christopher Leinberger, the nationally respected real estate expert, issued a forecast and an admonition Tuesday at the 2008 Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum. Leinberger, who teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, said that after 50 or 60 years in which American development has been dominated by what he called 'drivable suburbs,' the pendulum is swinging the other way. Over the next 20 years, he predicted, 88 percent of all new households will consist of couples and singles without children.
"Most of them won't want a large house on a large lot in a suburb. Instead, he said, they'll resettle American cities and downtowns. They'll pursue 'The Option of Urbanism,' to cite the title of his new book, published in November by Island Press.
"It's all about mixed-use, transit-oriented development," he told more than 200 planners, developers, publicists, architects and journalists at Windows on the River at the Powerhouse in the Flats. 'We're bored with suburbs,' he said. 'We need more options to satisfy the market.' In his article, 'The Next Slum?,' published in The Atlantic in March, Leinberger describes how newly finished subdivisions outside Charlotte, N.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; and other cities are losing residents and falling prey to vandals and gangs..."
-> According to a May 13th Palo Alto Weekly article, "Charleston Road's slim-down 'diet' was a success, the Palo Alto City Council agreed Monday night -- giving a green light to a slew of other improvements designed to make the road safer, more attractive and more functional for bikers, pedestrians and drivers. Between Fabian Way and Alma Street in south Palo Alto, Charleston slimmed from four to three lanes in 2006 on a trial basis as part of the community-based Charleston-Arastradero Corridor project. Two years later, neighborhood and school groups, a team of traffic consultants, city planners, and now the council have endorsed the trial, calling for its extension west of El Camino Real and the addition of long-term safety features and landscaping. The extra features had been delayed to see if the traffic-flow worked with the fewer lanes.
"The council unanimously approved the ongoing project Monday, with Councilman John Barton abstaining because he lives on Charleston. 'I just want to let you know how happy I am,' Councilwoman Yoriko Kishimoto said. 'I think it's really going to be a transformation of south Palo Alto from a 1960s auto-based layout to a much more walkable, bikable area.' At least seven supporters of the project waited until past 11 p.m. Monday to encourage the council to approve the project. Philip Melese, an Arastradero Road resident, said he commutes by bike to Menlo Park each day and his children traveled to Terman Middle School and now to Gunn High School. 'I see Arastradero Road every day. I'm here to support the plan,' Melese said. 'I'm really glad Palo Alto is going in this direction.'..."
-> According to a May 13th News article, "The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority is proposing changes to two major streets that are intended to make them more friendly to bicycles and pedestrians. Under the $10 million plan, bike lanes would be added the length of Fifth Avenue and Division Street, from Packard to Beakes. Those bike lanes would connect to existing bicycle lanes on Packard and on the Broadway Bridges. Planning for the proposed changes to Fifth Avenue and Division Street dates back to 2003. A refined plan will be discussed at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at city hall. Traffic lanes on Fifth and Division -- one-way corridors that carry south- and northbound traffic -- are now wider than normal.
"To create room for the bike lanes, travel lanes would be reduced to a standard lane width. On some segments, the number of travel lanes would also be reduced. In some places, like areas of Division Street where sidewalks are unusually wide, extra space will come from what is now sidewalk. The plan would also add 100 new on-street parking spaces. That parking would give pedestrians a protected walking zone on adjacent sidewalks. 'The idea is to create layers of visual cues that tell drivers they're in areas where there are people and activity,' said Susan Pollay, executive director of the DDA. In addition, the plan would create 'gateways' at Division and Packard, and Fifth and Beakes; and 'bump-outs' into the streets..."
-> According to a May 12th Washington Post article, "Long-term exposure to the tiny, dirty particles in polluted air seems to increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis, which are blood clots in the thighs or legs, an Italian study finds. 'It is well-established that air pollution causes myocardial infarction [heart attack] and stroke,' said Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, who led the study while at the Harvard School of Public Health. 'This is the first time that anyone has connected air pollution with deep vein thrombosis.'
"Previous studies have suggested such a connection, said Baccarelli, who is now an assistant professor of environmental health at the University of Milan. 'Several studies in animal models and in humans have shown that particulate matter, inhaled into the lungs, causes inflammation in the lungs,' he said. 'The inflammation can expand the cell body, so that the incidence of coagulation is increased.' Coagulation is the formation of clots that can block blood vessels..."
-> According to a May 14th AP article, "Four-dollar-a-gallon gas is good for business -- if you run a bike shop. Commuters around the country are dusting off their old two-wheelers--or buying new ones--to cope with rising fuel prices, bicycle dealers say. 'Everyone that comes in the shop is talking about the gas prices,' said Barry Dahl, who opened Barry's Bikes in Bismarck in April. He sold more than 50 bicycles in the first month, double the projections in his business plan. Teacher Joyce McCusker of Herndon, Virginia, owns a bicycle for the first time in years. She bought it last month and uses it to make the eight-mile trip home from work. A friend drives her pickup to take McCusker's daughter home from school.
"'I'm still using fossil fuel,' she said. 'In two years, my goal is to ride both ways, every day through the year.' About 18 million bicycles have been sold annually in the US over the past few years, accounting for about $6 billion in annual sales, said Fred Clements, executive director the National Bicycle Dealers Association in Costa Mesa, California. Bicycle shops across the country are reporting strong sales so far this year, and more people are bringing in bikes that have been idled for years, he said. 'People are riding bicycles a lot more often, and it's due to a mixture of things but escalating gas prices is one of them,' said Bill Nesper, spokesman for the Washington. DC-based League of American Bicyclists..."
-> According to a May 13th Washington Post article, "Mom-and-pop service stations are running into a problem as gasoline marches toward $4 a gallon: Thousands of old-fashioned pumps can't register more than $3.99 on their spinning mechanical dials. The pumps, throwbacks to a bygone era on the American road, are difficult and expensive to upgrade, and replacing them is often out of the question for station owners who are still just scraping by. Many of the same pumps can only count up to $99.99 for the total sale, preventing owners of some SUVs, vans, trucks and tractor-trailers to fill their tanks all the way. As many as 8,500 of the nation's 170,000 service stations have old-style meters that need to be fixed -- about 17,000 individual pumps, said Bob Renkes, executive vice president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute of Tulsa, Okla.
"At Chip Colville's Chevron station in this eastern Washington town, where men in the family have pumped gas since 1919, three stubby, gray pumps were installed when gas was less than $1 a gallon. They top out at $3.999, only 30 cents above the price of regular gas at Colville's station. 'In small towns, where you don't have the volume, there's no way you can afford to pay for the replacements for these old pumps,' Colville said. 'It's just not economically feasible.' The problem is worse in extremely rural areas, where 'this might be the only pump in town that people can access,' said Mike Rud, director of the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association..."
-> A May 13th National article suggests, "Imagine living in an apartment where you can stroll to the beach, get to the mall in minutes or head to the gym without having to dodge cars and breathe clouds of exhaust fumes. That is the picture that several Abu Dhabi developers are painting for a new generation of buyers at this week's Cityscape conference. It has a name -- 'lifestyle living' -- and developers say that not only do these projects cater for a growing demand for easy access to leisure and health facilities, but they also embody a core theme of this year's conference: sustainability.
"'It's about not just living somewhere and then driving everywhere else,' said John Thomas, head of Mubadala Development's property and hospitality division. 'In Abu Dhabi now you have to get in your car to go anywhere. Sustainability comes hand in hand with those kinds of tenets.' Mubadala yesterday launched Arzanah, a 1.4 million square metre development near the Zayed Sports City stadium with tennis courts, a bowling alley, international school and beaches. It will house about 18,000 people. Mr Thomas said that designers and engineers would utilise everything from technology to techniques such as shading and water misters to allow residents to get around without a car..."
AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
MINNEAPOLIS (MN) FOX-9 "MERGE MADNESS" [video]
-> In a May 1st FOX9-TV story, Trish Van Pilsum asked, "'What really bugs you about other Minnesota drivers?' If you said the way they merge, you're not alone. So [Ms. Van Pilsum] took to the freeways and got right in the middle of 'merge madness' to find out why merging is so hard, and see if we can get better at it. What you're about to watch defies our basic driving instincts, but could help break the 'merge mold.'..."
For the follow-up story, "Zip It Up" go to:
For a little bit of freeway cycling, go to:
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IT TAKES A GALLON OF OIL TO CREATE A TONER CARTRIDGE
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-> May 16, 2008, 50,000 Mile Commuter Challenge, Boston/Cambridge, MA. Info:
-> May 19-21, 2008, 13th Int'l Conf. on Urban Planning, Regional Development, and Information Society ("Real Corp 08"), Vienna, AT. Info:
-> June 15-18, 2008, Transportation Research Board Summer Conference, Baltimore, MD. Info:
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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: <email@example.com>
-> August 17-19 2008, National Rural Transportation Conference, Duluth, MN. Info:
-> August 31-September 2, 2008, Thunderhead Retreat, Seattle, WA. Info: Retreat is for leaders of Thunderhead organizations.
-> 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:
-> October 21-25, 2008 National Preservation Conference, Tulsa, OK. Info:
-> October 27-28, 2008, Impact of Changing Demographics on the Transportation System Conference, Washington, D.C. Info:
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-> JOB -- POLICY MGR -- SRTS NAT'L PARTNERSHIP
The non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation is looking for an energetic and dynamic professional with at least 4-5 years proven success in a senior advocacy/policy/legislative position to work with the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership as its Policy Manager. The Policy Manager will work from a home office in Washington DC on government relations, lobbying, policy research and analysis, and report writing to advance the SRTS national movement. Applicants who live outside of Washington DC will be considered if they will move to DC by September 2008.
For more information on applying, go to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's website: http://tinyurl.com/3b9vbz
-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR -- VTRANS
Primary duties include the development, dissemination and administration/oversight of grants to schools, municipalities and non-profit organizations who are implementing eligible SRTS projects. The Coordinator works with grantees, consultants, other VTrans sections and external stakeholders to successfully implement the program. The coordinator may provide training, administrative and technical assistance to grantees so that their efforts are successful. The coordinator maintains a relationship with print and other media outlets to promote the program.
The coordinator is also responsible for financial oversight of the program, including review and approval of grantee invoices, overall program budget and allocation of the federal funds in accordance with the parameters of the program set by the Federal Highway Administration. The coordinator represents the SRTS program for VTrans and must be proficient in providing information in public settings outside of VTrans, in addition to having excellent skills in verbal and written communication.
Your application/resume should describe any experience you have in the following:
-> JOB -- ACTIVE LIVING COORDINATOR -- CRIM FITNESS FDN
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-> JOB -- CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR -- COAL. FOR SMARTER GROWTH
The Montgomery Countryside Alliance, in collaboration with the Coalition for Smarter Growth, seeks a new Campaign Director to manage its programs in rural Montgomery County, Maryland. The Campaign Director position fulfills one of the most interesting and proactive smart growth roles in our region, connecting rural conservation with the need for effective urban and suburban revitalization.
-> JOB -- BIKE, PED, TRAIL PLANNER -- SCOTTSDALE, AZ
The City of Scottsdale recently added two new positions to focus on trails, bikeways, and pedestrian facilities. I was the successful candidate for the Principal Transportation Planner position and now need to fill my previous slot and add a trails planner. Our team will be implementing the projects identified in our 2008 Transportation Master Plan and 2004 Trails Master Plan. Our current 5-year Capital Improvement Project includes $48.2 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects, more than $40/person/year, putting us in the same group as those highly touted European cities. If you would like to work for a Bicycle Friendly Community that "gets it", please click on the links below. -- Reed Kempton
-> COOP AGREEMENT OPPORTUNITY -- ENHANCEMENTS INFO CTR -- FHWA
The Federal Highway Administration has released a Cooperative Agreement opportunity to administer an Information Center for Transportation Enhancement Activities. This is a Full and Open Competition. The information is available at
-> 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.
-> 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.
**For complete job announcement** go to: http://tinyurl.com/6drm7l
If you have any questions please contact Annette Williams; phone: (718) 617-4668x26; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or James Chase; email: <email@example.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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the subject line "Greenway Green-Build position."
-> 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.
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