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#206 Wednesday, July 23, 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.

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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike Standard Registration Closes Aug. 1st
----- "Ask an Engineer" Webinar Now Offers CM Credits
----- Pasadena (CA) Bike Advocate Dennis Crowley Dies
----- NYSDOT Veteran Madison Picked for FHWA Administrator
----- APBP: Susie Stephens "Young Professional" Scholarships
----- Want to Help Count Bicyclists and Pedestrians?
----- ITE Best Project Award Goes to NYC Complete Street
----- Colorado Bike to Work Day Breaks Records
----- SCBC Valet Service Parks 10,000th Bike
----- TRB Looking for Innovations to Fund
----- Project for Public Spaces to Offer 3 Courses

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----- Does Exercise Amp up Alzheimer's Brain?
----- U.S. House Weighs $8B Trust Fund Infusion
----- Philly (PA) Near the Top of a Good List?
----- Freeways Give Way to Boulevards —- Slowly
----- Fuel-Efficiency and America's Neighborhoods
----- Salt Lake City (UT) City Council Changes Parking Rules
----- Smaller Industrial Cities Offer Walkable Haven
----- New Belgium Car-For-Bike Swap is Back
----- Waterloo (IA) Mayor Holds Firm On Sidewalks
----- Stanford Univ. Coordinator Has Cycling Passion
----- Ft. Worth (TX) Street Plan 'Does Not Make Sense'
----- Iowa City (IA) Woman a Safe Routes Advocate
----- Marysville (WA) Works to Preserve Ambiance
----- Fargo (ND) Officials Say Cyclists Safer on Streets

FEATURES

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE STANDARD REGISTRATION CLOSES AUG. 1st

-> If you're planning to head to Seattle for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 Conference (Sept. 2-5), you should register within the next week and save some money. Registration fees will increase on August 1st when standard registration closes. You can still register on-line until August 25th at the higher rate. Registrations received after August 26th will be considered walk-ins, because they will require special processing for the badges and other materials. Register for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference on-line at http://tinyurl.com/5ddh8c .

Also note that Westin Seattle's "cut-off date" for accepting reservations at conference rates is August 6, 2008 (although we're trying to get this extended). Reservation requests received after 5:00 p.m. local time at the Westin Seattle hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted at the hotel's prevailing rate, based on availability. As of today, the Westin has rooms available on ALL nights conference nights. There was a problem with The Westin's on-line reservation system last week -- it was indicating that the room block as "Full." This was wrong and has been corrected. If anyone tried to book rooms at the Westin Seattle and encountered this problem, PLEASE, let us know (at info@bikewalk.org) and try again. We hope that as many folks as possible can take full advantage of the conference by staying at the Westin.

Finally, many of the mobile workshops are beginning to fill, so if you're interested in attending a particular mobile workshop, request space as soon as you've registered for the conference. Because many of the mobile workshops will require transportation to and from the workshop location, each workshop will be limited in size. Also, if you need to request an ADA-equipped van, be sure to check the appropriate box on the space registration form, and pre-register as early as possible.

You can see a complete listing of the workshops on the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference web pages at http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/mobileworkshops.php; access the on-line mobile workshop space request form at: http://tinyurl.com/4l5cc6 .

"ASK AN ENGINEER" WEBINAR NOW OFFERS CM CREDITS

-> The APBP/NCBW Webinar, Ask An Engineer, scheduled for September 17th, 2008, 3-4p.m. EST, has been approved for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for holders of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Under new rules announced in 2007, AICP certification holders must acquire a total of 32 credit hours every two years. This one-hour webinar will earn AICP holders one CM credit.

The webinar will feature Thomas Dodds, P.E., South Carolina DOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Engineer, and Michael Moule, P.E., PTOE of Livable Streets, Inc., Both are members of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) Board of Directors.

Tom and Michael will answer any questions submitted by webinar participants prior to August 30th, illustrating possible design suggestions and solutions during the webinar.
Sign up for the webinar at http://www.bikewalk.org/webinar.php

PASADENA (CA) BIKE ADVOCATE DENNIS CROWLEY DIES

-> "Dennis Crowly was one of the most dedicated bicycle advocates I have known, really pouring his soul into what he believed in. He collaborated closely with Peter Jacobsen to write Pasadena's inspirational Century of Bikes bicycle master plan. He was also a historian, having given numerous historical tours of the Pasadena environs, usually by bike.

"In 2004 he inspired and co-curated the Wheels of Change exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History. This exhibit went way beyond displaying a beautiful collection of old bikes, providing insights into the pivotal role that bicycles played in introducing personal transportation, improving our road systems (before cars!) and even inspiring the women's liberation movement. Around this same time, Dennis received LACBC's Chuck Witham award for Bicycle Advocate of the Year.

"Of course many of us knew Dennis for his tireless promotion of the Pasadena Cycleway, a concept to create a separated bike path from Pasadena to Downtown LA. What a shame he didn't live to see his beloved veloway built, because it just seems more needed and more inevitable every passing year. He was a man ahead of his time."

--Kent Strumpell, member, board of directors of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition

Thanks to Peter Jacobsen, here are a few links to more about Dennis, his advocacy, and his passing:
California Cycleways: http://tinyurl.com/5ku6ol
Pasadena's Century of Bikes, Bicycle Master Plan: http://tinyurl.com/6lnbqj
Pasadena Star News Obituary: http://tinyurl.com/5ox3ax

NYSDOT VETERAN MADISON PICKED FOR FHWA ADMINISTRATOR

-> According to the July 18th edition of AASHTO Journal, "President Bush has announced his intention to nominate Thomas Madison Jr., former commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation and current president of Spectra Subsurface Imaging Group in Latham, N.Y., as the new federal highway administrator..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/wpdpy

APBP: SUSIE STEPHENS "YOUNG PROFESSIONAL" SCHOLARSHIPS

-> According to the July 18th APBP E-news, "Thanks to the fine folks at Cycle-Safe, maker of some of the best bicycle parking in all the land, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals can offer two Susie Stephens 'Young Professional' Scholarships to Pro Walk/Pro Bike in Seattle. Each scholarship is $500 and may be used for registration fees or travel. Interested? Contact Kit Keller at <kit@apbp.org> or (262) 375-6180

More APBP news items:
-> Real Intersection Design Workshop; PW/PB. Tuesday, September 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration deadline is August 15

-> Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility at PW/PB Saturday, September 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Registration deadline is August 15.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/55o9yu

WANT TO HELP COUNT BICYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS?

-> According to the July Alta Update! Newsletter, "The Alta/ITE National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project (NBPD) is now being used in all four Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Projects (Marin, Minneapolis, Columbia, Sheboygan), under the approval/review of the FHWA/Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. It is also being used as part of the 2.5 year Caltrans research project in San Diego (Seamless Travel), and by agencies nationwide.

"The basic assumptions of the methodology are that, in order to estimate existing and future bicycle and pedestrian demand and activity, agencies nationwide need to start conducting counts and surveys in a consistent manner similar to those being used by ITE and other groups for motor vehicle models..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5m9d2n

ITE BEST PROJECT AWARD GOES TO NYC COMPLETE STREET

-> According to an article in the July 16th Complete Streets News, "The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) awarded the Ninth Avenue Complete Street project in New York the annual ITE Best Project Award. Prepared by the New York Department of Transportation, the project includes the first urban on-street parking-protected and signal-protected bicycle facility in the US. The street plan incorporates several user-friendly design features such as shortened pedestrian crossings, raised pedestrian refuge islands, turn bays, and signage, and the bike lane is separated from vehicles by eight feet for added safety."

For more information, the entire Ninth Avenue Complete Streets Project () can be downloaded here:
http://tinyurl.com/2wacdc

For more on the Complete Streets National Coalition, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/385d4w

COLORADO BIKE TO WORK DAY BREAKS RECORDS

-> According to the July 15th Bicycle Colorado eNews, "Colorado's Bike to Work Day had the highest participation ever! Reports from across the state indicate tremendous growth in the number of people biking.

"For example, registered participants in the greater Denver area increased 60 percent over 2007's previous record, including more than 10,000 first-time participants! Businesses and organizations continue to recognize the importance of bicycle commuting with more than 1,000 participating companies that encouraged their employees to commute by bike.  

"To reinforce the value that bicycling can bring to the state, Dan Grunig, executive director, wrote a letter to the editor detailing the many ways that bicycling positively impacts Colorado..."

To read Dan's letter, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5hjae9

For more on Bicycle Colorado, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/69evex

SCBC VALET SERVICE PARKS 10,000TH BIKE

-> According to an article in the July 14th e-updates from the Santa Clara (CA) Bicycle Coalition, "A major milestone was passed for SCBC Valet Bike Parking at Bicycle Santa Rosa. We parked our 10,000th bike! Since 2002, at events ranging from the Tour of California to concerts at Julliard Park the SCBC has provided secured bike parking to encourage people to enjoy the journey as much as the event by riding their bikes rather than coming by car. We never lost a bike and had a lot of fun over the years..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ym43es

TRB LOOKING FOR INNOVATIONS TO FUND

-> According to a July 21st TRB E-Newsletter article, "[The Transportation Research Board (TRB)] Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program Announcement explains the IDEA programs, describes the two types of eligible projects and their funding structures, suggests general areas for which IDEA proposals are solicited, and provides guidelines and forms for submitting proposals...

"The IDEA programs provide start-up funding for promising, but unproven, innovations in surface transportation systems. The programs' goals are to seek out and support new transportation solutions that are unlikely to be funded through traditional sources. The deadline for the next review cycle for NCHRP IDEA proposals and for Transit IDEA proposals is September 1, 2008. The deadline for Safety IDEA proposals is March 1, 2009..."

The top 3 Things the Selection Committees Are Looking For:
1. Innovation
2. Benefits
3. Science

Proposals Due September 1, 2008. For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/695uqu

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES TO OFFER 3 COURSES

-> According to a July 22nd announcement, "Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that registration is open for its three training seminars this fall -- Streets as Places, How to Turn a Place Around, and How to Create Successful Markets. Below you will find descriptions of these courses and links to further information. Please register online as soon as possible to obtain the early registration rate!"

For details on the courses, contact Craig Raphael, Project for Public Spaces,
<craphael@pps.org>

Or follow these links:
- Streets as Places: http://tinyurl.com/3cgdja
- How to Turn a Place Around: http://tinyurl.com/57bfkg
- How to Create Successful Markets: http://tinyurl.com/6omqj9

 


QUOTES R US

-> "When it comes to transportation, Northwest cities don't have much that's big-ticket and flashy. So while there aren't many ribbon-cutting ceremonies or photo-ops for politicians, it's still true that a hundred good ideas, implemented locally, can add up to an emerging success story."
-- Eric de Place, Sightline Institute
http://tinyurl.com/68ybhv

-> "It's both healthy for the Earth and for humans to be able to walk to most of the places they need. Your carbon footprint is significantly lower than someone who has to drive everywhere...and you're able to have real neighborhoods where you're not totally separated from your neighbors."
-- Kate White, the Urban Land Institute
http://tinyurl.com/6a6l6p

 


IN THE NEWS

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DOES EXERCISE AMP UP ALZHEIMER'S BRAIN?

-> According to a July 14th WebMD article, "Chalk up another benefit of being physically fit, this time for people who have early Alzheimer's disease. A new study links cardiorespiratory fitness to less brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease. Researcher Jeffrey M. Burns, MD, says in a news release that Alzheimer's patients were also compared to those who did not have the disease.

"'People with early Alzheimer's disease who were less physically fit had four times more brain shrinkage when compared to normal older adults than those who were more physically fit, suggesting less brain shrinkage related to the Alzheimer's disease process in those with higher fitness levels,' the researchers write. Researchers tested 121 people aged 60 or older. Fifty-seven of those had early stages of Alzheimer's disease; 64 others had no dementia..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/629z87
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Title: "Exercise Amps Up Alzheimer's Brain?"
Author: Kelley Colihan

U.S. HOUSE WEIGHS $8B TRUST FUND INFUSION

-> According to a July 22nd AASHTO Journal News Alert, "The House of Representatives is reportedly prepared to consider legislation Wednesday to transfer $8.017 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to offset a projected shortfall in Fiscal Year 2009.

"Sources indicate that the House leadership plans to expedite the bill, introduced last Thursday, to a floor vote using a procedure known as suspension of the rules. Under such a maneuver, the bill can bypass a committee hearing and gain House passage if at least two-thirds of representatives vote 'yes.' The procedure is commonly used in the House to pass noncontroversial legislation.

"The bill, HR 6532, was introduced by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. Its cosponsors include House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn., and John Mica, R-Fla., the T&I Committee's ranking minority member..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5zlsfj
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Title: "House to Consider $8 Billion Highway Trust Fund Shortfall Remedy"
Author: Staff

PHILLY (PA) NEAR THE TOP OF A GOOD LIST?

-> A July 22nd Phillyist article bemoans, "Poor Philly. We've been named the city with the most unattractive people, the fattest, and the most miserable. But, finally we've caught a break. Walkscore.com -- an online tool to help people find great neighborhoods to live in -- named Philadelphia the fifth most walkable city in the country. San Francisco was number one on the list, with New York and Boston coming in second and third, respectively. Although, one has to wonder how San Francisco is so walkable with all those hills. They're definitely not easy on the knees.

"So, what makes a city walkable? According to walkscore.com, things like a discernible center of town with a shopping district or main street make a city appealing. Also, lots of public transportation and density are pluses because they help businesses flourish. Nearby schools and workplaces also make it easy for residents to get to where they need to go without driving..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6a6ko8
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Title: "Philly Near the Top of a Good List?"
Author: Melissa Shae

FREEWAYS GIVE WAY TO BOULEVARDS —- SLOWLY

-> According to an article in the July-Aug. New Urban News, "Toronto is moving toward razing a jumbo suburban-style highway interchange. Seattle expects Washington State to tear down the massive, elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct. New Haven, Connecticut, is mobilizing to replace a short expressway with a boulevard, and Trenton, New Jersey would like to do the same.

"As those four examples indicate, cities across North America are anticipating, and in some instances vigorously campaigning for, the razing of sections of limited-access highways. In their place, what are often envisioned are slower-moving traditional street and road networks.

"One of the several such projects that CNU has advocated -- removal of the 53-year-old Skyway south of downtown Buffalo -- has been stymied within the past year. Similarly, a proposal to convert the Rt. 29 expressway in Trenton, New Jersey, to a boulevard recently lost its backing from the New Jersey Department of Transportation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6eggac
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Title: "Freeways give way to boulevards — slowly"
Author: Philip Langdon

FUEL-EFFICIENCY AND AMERICA'S NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a July 2nd Forbes article, "With the national average price of gasoline topping $4 a gallon, it's a propitious time to make the case for gas-sipping neighborhoods. Indeed, Americans coping with soaring energy costs are choosing to spend their economic stimulus checks at the gas pump and reduce their driving habits by billions of miles.

"For every dollar working families save on housing, it spends nearly $2 on transportation, according to research by the nonpartisan Center for Housing Policy. Their research shows that of the 20 fastest-growing counties in the U.S., 15 are located 30 miles or more from the closest central business districts..."

"As some politicians see it, where you live is now a matter of national energy policy. Places with plenty of mass transit and high rates of bicycle usage have received applause from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on the campaign trail lately. And some on Capitol Hill want to legislate shorter commutes that require less fuel..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5ua6sr
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Title: "America's Most Fuel-Efficient Neighborhoods"
Author: Matthew Swibel

SALT LAKE CITY (UT) CITY COUNCIL CHANGES PARKING RULES

-> According to a July 22nd Tribune article, "Capital leaders want 'walkable' to be more than a catch phrase, voting unanimously Tuesday to overhaul the city's neighborhood business districts by paring down parking requirements and offering incentives for some merchants to eliminate parking completely. The new rule reduces the parking stall requirement to two per 1,000 square feet of floor space for a boutique or restaurant. It also provides options for shared parking at community centers and schools to keep vehicles from clogging congested neighborhood streets.

"The idea, with gas creeping toward $5, is to generate more foot traffic, whether people come by bike, by bus, or by TRAX. 'This has been a long time coming, almost six years,' said Council Chairwoman Jill Remington Love. 'I hope that this will give the small business community some flexibility to thrive.' Floated by Frank Gray, the city's new Community and Economic Development director, part of the plan offers incentives for businesses to dodge expensive parking slabs. If owners throw in one pedestrian-friendly amenity within 100 feet, such as a bike rack, bench, baby buggy area or scooter stall, the first 2,500 feet is exempt from parking calculations..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6e8gak
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Title: "S.L. City Council hopes changes to parking rules encourages 'walkable' neighborhoods"
Author: Derek P. Jensen

SMALLER INDUSTRIAL CITIES OFFER WALKABLE HAVEN

-> According to a July 22nd South Mississippi Sun Herald article, "Families looking for walkable and vibrant hometowns could help lead the nation's smaller industrial cities toward a just and fair economic renewal, according to a report released today by PolicyLink, a national urban policy organization. Cities like Scranton, Pa., Kalamazoo, Mich., and Youngstown, Ohio, are increasingly seen as the 'best of both worlds' -- simultaneously offering many of the amenities of big cities and the community-spirit of small-towns, according to the report, To Be Strong Again: Renewing the Promise of Smaller Industrial Cities.*

"Environmental awareness and sky-high gas prices are fueling growing interest in our nation's urban centers -- a recent Coldwell-Banker survey showed 80 percent of respondents were thinking about moving into an urban area for a shorter commute. Home to nearly 7.5 million people -- more than Los Angeles and Chicago combined -- the 151 smaller industrial cities identified nationwide have many of the assets and amenities to capitalize on this trend: walkable downtowns, historic architecture, unparalleled waterfronts and parks, colleges and universities, and grand cultural institutions..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5p3gz7
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Title: "Smaller Industrial Cities Offer Walkable Haven for Families, New Report Says"
Author: PolicyLink

*Report available at http://tinyurl.com/5t2qgs (5.1mb pdf)

NEW BELGIUM CAR-FOR-BIKE SWAP IS BACK

-> According to a July 22nd ENN Daily Newsletter article, "Your car guzzles gas money, pollutes and isn't too great for the daily workout, so ditch it and ride a bike! In fact, turn your car title over to New Belgium Brewing at Tour de Fat celebrations this summer and receive a custom New Belgium commuter bike. The second annual Car-for-Bike Trade program will take place in all 2008 Tour de Fat stops...

"Through the program, one volunteer in each Tour de Fat stop will commit to live car-free for one full year. The dedicated individual will sign over their car title and receive a custom New Belgium commuter bike in exchange. The selected candidate will chronicle the trials and triumphs along their car-free journey. The volunteer is chosen after submitting a video or essay describing their desire to live without a vehicle..."

For more info, download the brochure (172k pdf) here:
http://tinyurl.com/5dwwpv

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5dwwpv
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Title: "Car-For-Bike Swap Is Back"
Author: Bryan A. McCarty

WATERLOO (IA) MAYOR HOLDS FIRM ON SIDEWALKS

-> According to a July 22nd Courier article, "An effort to override Mayor Tim Hurley's first veto went nowhere -- just like the sidewalk three Bayard Street residents have to fix. Waterloo City Council members fell a vote shy Monday of the five votes required to overturn Hurley's veto and allow residents in the 800 block of Bayard to remove the public sidewalk in front of their homes.

"Those three homeowners asked to tear out the sidewalk because they were facing more than $2,000 in total repairs and the walkway did not run the length of the block or even exist in adjoining blocks. Council members voted 4-3 last week in favor of vacating the sidewalk only to have Hurley nullify the action. But none of the council members changed their position to provide the five-vote majority for an override..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6xdrsw
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Title: "Council fails to override Hurley sidewalk veto"
Author: Tim Jamison

STANFORD UNIV. COORDINATOR HAS CYCLING PASSION

-> According to a July 23rd Stanford Report article, "If bicycling is Ariadne Scott's passion, bike safety is her mission. Back for her second stint as bicycle program coordinator, she is committed more than ever to supporting the university's sustainability efforts while keeping campus routes safe. 'We have a unique environment on the campus that requires respect and awareness for all transportation users—pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. We all need to get along with safety in mind,' said Scott.

"Between stints at Stanford, Scott worked for Specialized, a maker of bikes and accessories that she says is dedicated to bicycle safety. Scott is president of the board of the Bikes Belong Foundation, which also focuses on safety and generating goodwill between motorists and bicyclists. She also serves on the board of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), which promotes environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation worldwide by working with city governments and local advocacy groups..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5rpg7q
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Title: "Scott rolls back to campus with a passion for cycling, a safety plan for the future"
Author: Staff

FT. WORTH (TX) STREET PLAN 'DOES NOT MAKE SENSE'

-> According to a July 23rd Startlegram article, "The city had long planned to widen East Rosedale Street to six lanes, tapping into state road funds to do it. But the city now has a different idea: It has added a beautification aspect to the project, including street parking, landscaped medians and tony brick crosswalks. And it wants the east-west artery to stay at four newly paved lanes from Interstate 35W to U.S. 287. The catch is that if the city wants the state money, it must stick to the six-lane expansion. That puts Fort Worth in a bureaucratic predicament.

"What it plans to do, city officials told Tarrant County commissioners on Tuesday, is expand East Rosedale to six lanes. But when it takes over ownership of the road from the state, it will spend $4 million to $6 million to add medians, lighting and benches -- and reduce the street to four lanes again, putting street parking in the two outside lanes. 'We would agree that it does not make sense,' Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa said Tuesday. 'It's embarrassing to do it that way. It is not a good use of public funds.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5ud3pu
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Title: Plan for East Rosedale 'does not make sense'""
Author: Anthony Spangler

IOWA CITY (IA) WOMAN A SAFE ROUTES ADVOCATE

-> According to a July 20th Press-Citizen article, "Molly Gable describes herself as an active person. She likes being outdoors kayaking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. And lately, she's been doing a lot more cycling. 'I'm getting more into it since college. I really like it,' she said. Gable accepted a position with Iowa Bicycle Coalition as their new program director for the Safe Routes to School Program last month. Safe Routes is a program focused on enabling children to use active forms of transportation, such as biking and walking.

"As program director, Gable is responsible for marketing the program statewide. She has a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that she shows to city councils, boards of education, parent-teacher organizations and other interested parties about various strategies for encouraging kids to be active. 'We're trying to keep kids healthy and get kids out being active,' she said. 'It's not only healthier for themselves but healthier for the environment as well.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5l24td
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Title: "Local woman encouraging youth activity"
Author: Chris Rhatigan

MARYSVILLE (WA) WORKS TO PRESERVE AMBIANCE

-> According to a July 23rd Globe article, "'What you see here is the last remnants of any part of Marysville you can still call historical,' said Ken Cage, president of the Marysville Historical Society. Cage made his comment regarding the stretch of Third Street just east of State Avenue. The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce attracted about 50 people to a July 17 Business After Hours tour of the businesses along Third. The event took place as city leaders prepare to take a look at Marysville's downtown and what it might become in the future. Considering Cage's dedicated involvement in preserving Marysville's past, his comments probably aren't surprising. But many of the business owners along Third share much of the sentiment expressed by Cage.

"'I think we want to keep its casual, hometown feel, something that is walkable,' said Janna Mitchell, one of the co-owners of Marysville Floral. 'There is a uniqueness here you can't find anywhere else.' Mitchell's partner Nicole Walker noted there has been a floral shop in the location of their store since 1946. She claimed customer service is a hallmark not only at her shop, but also at every business on the street. 'We're pretty good at knowing our customers,' Walker said. 'They're not just a credit card.' Echoing Walker's comments, the owners of Carr's Hardware quickly mentioned an emphasis on customer service. The same family has operated Carr's for 84 years. 'We have unique things you can't find at the big box stores,' said Gail Lebbing, who was on duty at the shop for the chamber event along with mom Darlene Scott..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6ooxz2
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Title: "Preserving historical ambiance important for Third Street businesses"
Author: Tom Corrigan

FARGO (ND) OFFICIALS SAY CYCLISTS SAFER ON STREETS

-> According to a July 20th In-Forum article, "The quote made Don Brummond cringe. One day after a bicyclist riding in the dark struck a gate and died in Fargo's Dike East recreational area, the head of the Fargo Park District stressed that park trails are meant to be used only from sunrise to sundown. 'If people want to ride bikes, we have a wonderful sidewalk system that's lit throughout Fargo-Moorhead,' Executive Director Roger Gress was quoted saying. Brummond, an avid biker, Concordia College physics instructor and past adviser of the college's cycling team, said it's that kind of encouragement from public officials that is putting cyclists at unnecessary risk. Numerous studies and cycling groups say that riding on sidewalks is more dangerous than riding on streets.

"And, as Brummond pointed out, riding on sidewalks is illegal under North Dakota law, although Fargo and most other cities allow it. 'It's an education issue, both for the officials and the citizens,' he said. (Gress last week clarified his quote, saying he meant that riding on a lighted street or sidewalk at night is safer than riding on an unlit park trail, where people aren't supposed to be at night.) Fargo Senior Planner Bob Stein, who rides his bike to work at City Hall every day, said there is room for improvement in Fargo's on-street bike system. And with more people biking to work to avoid rising gas prices, those improvements may be needed sooner rather than later..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5rfpjf
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Title: "Officials say cyclists safer on streets"
Author: Mike Nowatzki

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PETS BECOMING OBESE DUE TO JUNK FOOD DIETS

-> "A recent British study has found that pets in the country are becoming obese because they are being fed with junk food diets. The researchers for The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) have found that there has been a 10% increase in pet obesity in the last year itself, largely due to the fact that pet owners are increasingly feeding the animals a junk food based diet including pizza and ice cream. This has led to pets becoming obese and suffering from human diseases like breathing problems, asthma, diabetes, heart and liver problems, arthritis etc. An estimated 500,000 pets ranging from dogs, cats, rabbits and even budgerigars are affected by this...."

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

 


QUICK HITS

CHICAGO: ONE OF MOST WALKABLE US CITIES
-> "The top-scoring Chicago neighborhoods are pretty obvious with the Loop coming in highest with 98 out of 100 points..."
http://tinyurl.com/5c9ay5

NEW WINDSHIELD GUIDES OLDER DRIVERS
-> "The technology combines lasers, infrared sensors and a camera to take what's happening on the road and enhance it, so drivers with vision problems are able to see a little more clearly..."
http://tinyurl.com/578pp4

375 KILLED IN AZERBAIJAN CAPITAL TRAFFIC
-> "524 of the accidents were pedestrian knock over (41.8%) and as a result of this 122 died and 444 injured..." Ed. note: Pedestrians account for about 33% of traffic deaths.
http://tinyurl.com/5d4xxk

RIDING CONSERVATIVELY
-> "Ever since intellectuals like HG Wells and Bernard Shaw, cycling has been associated with the socialist left. George Orwell wrote of the spinster riding to evensong -- later referred to by John Major..."
http://tinyurl.com/6msnn4

 


RESOURCES

-> GENERATING PLAUSIBLE DIVERSIONS FOR STUDENTS..."
"...to invite peers to walk to school;" Paper by Arthur Orsini, M. A. (Env. Ed) Road Safety Co-ordinator, Auckland City Council: Auckland, New Zealand, Director of Programs, Urbanthinkers: Vancouver, Canada; presented at Walk21 Melbourne 2006. (3MB)
http://tinyurl.com/6p353w

-> "POLICY INFLUENCES ON COMMUNITY TRAIL DEVELOPMENT"
Article by Eyler, Brownson, Evenson, Levinger, Maddock, Pluto, Troped, Schmid, Carnoske, Richards, and Steinman; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 33, No. 3, June 2008. (188kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6zxywh

-> "PUBLIC SPACE LESSONS..."
"...Adapting public space to climate change;" "CABE Space briefing; sets out the lessons learned in the UK and around the world from using public spaces to adapt." (560kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/5f3l8m

-> "INVESTMENT IN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECTS..."
"...Public Health Benefits for the Larger Community;" article by Watson and Dannenberg; Preventing Chronic Disease - Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy; Vol. 5, No. 3, July 2008. (566kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6rg7xz

-> "NEIGHBORHOOD PSYCHOSOCIAL HAZARDS AND..."
"...Cardiovascular Disease: The Baltimore Memory Study;" by Augustin, Glass, James, and Schwartz; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2007.125138. (Abstract)
http://tinyurl.com/6xy6sy

-> "BIG PLANS ON CAMPUS"
Project for Public Spaces' "Making Places" bulletin; by Jay Walljasper.
http://tinyurl.com/65rhb8

-> "TRB ROAD PRICING WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS"
Presentations made during the TRB Committee on Congestion Pricing's Road
Pricing Workshop on June 15, 2008.
http://tinyurl.com/5lbtx8

-> "MAPPING THE INTERSECTION OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY..."
"...& the Built Environment;" by Health by Design. (716kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/597jgz

-> "DISTRACTIVE EFFECTS OF CELLPHONE USE"
Land Transport New Zealand Report #349; by Samuel G. Charlton. July 2008 (880kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6aapz5

-> "PEDESTRIAN FORUM"
Summer 2008 edition of FHWA newsletter. (60kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6cu8g2

-> "TOOLBOX OF COUNTERMEASURES AND THEIR POTENTIAL..."
"...Effectiveness for Pedestrian Crashes;"
FHWA-SA-014-May 2008. (820kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/5c4dlj

 


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!

-> 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 13, 2008, International Left-Handers' Day. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/3q3po3

-> 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 6, 2008 Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility workshop. Teaches participants how to apply the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way (PROW). The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the US Access Board collaborated to produce this recently updated course. PDH and CM credits available including law credits. Hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and SvR Design Company
Register for the course at http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/workshopdpfa.html; Contact Deb Goeks at deb@apbp.org or 262-228-7025

-> September 14 -16 2008, Climate Change and Urban Design, Oslo, Norway. Info: Council for European Urbanism, St. Olavs gate 9, 0165 Oslo, Norway; phone: +47. 92 62 26 26; fax: +47. 22 36 49 93; email: <audun.engh@gmail.com>
http://tinyurl.com/6byp3s

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

-> October 14, 2008, Moving Together, Boston MA. Info: Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Conference, email: <baystate_roads@hotmail.com>
http://tinyurl.com/e8o6p

-> October 20 - 23, 2008, ProBike/ProWalk Florida, St. Petersburg, FL. Info: Laura Hallam, Exec. Director, Florida Bicycle Association, PO Box 718, Waldo FL 32694-0718; phone/Fax: 352-468-3430; cell 407-399-9961; email: <laura@floridabicycle.org> or Dan Moser, Conference Co-Coordinator; phone: (239) 334-6417; email: <moserdeleon@juno.com>. Call for presentations deadline: July 15, 2008.
http://tinyurl.com/4yjnjz

-> October 21-22, 2008, Fusionopolis, Singapore. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/5peql7

-> 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

-> December 15-17, 2008, International Conference on Integrated Transport for Sustainable Urban Development, Beijing, China. Info: Martine Micozzi, TRB, <mmicozzi@nas.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/4rqq45


JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS

-> JOB -- BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATOR -- BCNM, NEW MEXICO

Title: Bicycle Safety Educator
Salary: $30k - $34k, dependent on qualifications and experience
Date available: July 16, 2008
Reports to: Board of Directors, Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico (BCNM) The primary role of the Bicycle Educator for 2008 will be the development of a statewide network of bicycle safety educators and the development and implementation of a plan to provide bicycle safety training to youth and adults in New Mexico communities outside of Albuquerque.

For the full description and contact info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5k25fr

-> 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 National Complete Streets Coalition is working for adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies at the federal, state, and local level. Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street. Active Coalition members include Smart Growth America, AARP, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Planning Association, the League of American Bicyclists, the American Public Transportation Association, and many others..."

For the complete job announcement, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2qx9yn

-> RFP -- TRAFFIC/SPEED CALMING FOR HIGH TO LOW-SPEED TRANSITIONS -- TRB

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a solicitation for consultant letters of interest on a synthesis to explore concepts, system designs, and useful measures, and the state-of-practices used to enforce vehicle speed on high-speed rural and other roads. Letters of interest due August 15, 2008.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6bx4nm

-> JOB -- CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR -- AMERICA BIKES

Want to help change the world – and make a major difference for cycling and sustainable transportation in the USA?

America Bikes, the coalition of national bicycling and trail advocacy groups working to boost federal government investment in cycling, seeks an experienced professional – based in Washington, DC -- to serve as our Campaign Director. The Campaign Director will coordinate our campaign for pro-bicycling provisions and funding in the next federal transportation authorization bill, by supporting and participating in advocacy and lobbying efforts, acting as a media liaison, and helping with administrative aspects of the organization, assisted by a part-time support staff member.

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about cycling, well-organized, experienced in government and advocacy, and knowledgeable about transportation policy. Leading candidates should also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and understand how to manage coalition efforts. This is a unique and important opportunity to help shape America’s transportation policy at a critical juncture.

For information about the position, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/5udb4l
For background on America Bikes, go to
http://tinyurl.com/6xyvjr

 


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