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#212 Wednesday, October 15, 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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----- Sample The Professional Development Series Webinars For Free
----- Conventions Bike-Share Effort Exceeds Expectations
----- New York (NY) Says It Loud: "We're Moms and We're Proud"
----- Support Health Performance in Transportation Bill
----- Deb Hubsmith Wins 2008 Pioneering Woman Award
----- University of Oregon Launches Bike Loan Pilot
----- San Luis Obispo (CA) Council Keeps Bike Projects in Budget
----- Michigan U.P. Program Encourages Kids to Plan Communities
----- Missouri Bike Fed Offers Active Transportation Vision
----- TRB Sessions to Consider Climate Change
----- Detroit (MI) Council Approves Model Bike/Ped Resolutions
----- US DHH Releases New Physical Activity Guidelines

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----- Bailout Bill Includes Bike Commuter Tax Break
----- 70 Kentucky Cities Block Off Streets for "Second Sunday"
----- Tooele (UT) Kids Ride the Walking School Bus
----- San Francisco (CA) Traffic Noise Risks Health of 1 in 6
----- New Haven (CT) Panel Ok's Safe Streets Law
----- Project Gets Burlington (ON) Kids Walking to School
----- Prince George Co. (MD) Reps Push for Ped Safety
----- Fed Exercise Guidelines Include Strength Training for All
----- Dublin (CA) Schools Celebrate Walk to School Day
----- Parental Controls Spread to Driving
----- Some Palm Beach County (FL) Roads to Get Bike Lanes
----- Chicago (IL Drivers Drive Less, Roads Still Congested)

FEATURES

SAMPLE THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINARS FOR FREE

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), and Cullbridge Marketing and Communications are presenting Professional Development Series of webinars aimed at bicycling and pedestrian advocates, planners, public health practitioners, and others interested in bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs. The first two webinar topics were "Emerging Trends in Bicycle/Pedestrian Work" and "Ask An Engineer." You can now view each of the first two webinars for free at the links below. Future webinars, including "What's In The New AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities?" which runs October 15th, will be available on a pay-for-play basis if you can't attend the live webinars. You can register for any of the Professional Development Series webinars at http://www.bikewalk.org/webinar.php. Cost is $50/site for APBP members, and $60/site for non-APBP members. Two of the three webinars have qualified for both AICP CM credits and Professional Development credits for engineers.

The APBP/NCBW/Cullbridge webinar team is seeking additional topics and presenters for the webinar series, and has placed a call for proposed webinar topics at http://tinyurl.com/97q2c. The RFP seeks talented bicycle and/or pedestrian professionals to present state-of-the-art information to colleagues via the webinar series. There is an honorarium offered for the presenter(s). The RFP submission cycles close on 10/15/08, 1/15/09, 4/15/09, and 7/15/09. The next two Professional Development Webinars are scheduled for November 19th and December 17th. Watch CenterLines, the APBP web site, and the NCBW web site for announcements of upcoming webinar topics and presenters.

View the "Emerging Trends in Bicycle/Pedestrian Work" at http://tinyurl.com/5xpcml
View the "Ask An Engineer" webinar at http://tinyurl.com/48rffg

CONVENTIONS BIKE-SHARE EFFORT EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

-> According to an article in the October Bikes Belong newsletter, When Bikes Belong teamed with Humana to bring 1,000 bikes to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, we had two goals:

1. To show convention delegates, media, volunteers, and residents the convenience of bicycling for short trips.
2. To highlight bicycling on a national stage and generate positive media coverage to inspire more people to ride.

"On both fronts, the Freewheelin bike sharing effort was tremendously successful. During eight days of Freewheelin at the two conventions, people from all 50 states and 37 countries:
- Took 7,523 rides
- Pedaled 41,724 miles
- Burned 1,293,429 calories
- Reduced their carbon footprint by 14.6 metric tons
- Reported no accidents or injuries

"Freewheelin was a mainstream media event, with stories appearing on CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and the CBS Evening News, in major newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Daily News, as well as in Time and Newsweek. So far we've tallied:
- 2,304 clips in print, on television and radio, and online
- Nearly 180 million media impressions
- An equivalent of $10 million in advertising

"These widespread and positive stories helped promote bicycling as easy, convenient, healthy, safe, and fun to a larger and wider audience than we've reached before. We thank Humana and all of the Bikes Belong member companies who generously supported this unprecedented project. To see some of the coverage, visit our website."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4l8zq8

NEW YORK (NY) SAYS IT LOUD: "WE'RE MOMS AND WE'RE PROUD"

-> According to an Oct. 9th Transportation Alternatives' StreetBeat article, "The revolution will be maternalized. Even people who want cars in Central Park will listen to their mothers, right? That was the hope of dozens of car-free Central Park supporters as they marched in the first ever Mobilized Moms rally on Tuesday, October 7th. With colorful signs held high, supporters gathered on 72nd Street and Central Park West and began to march towards Bethesda Fountain, propelled by strollers and the voices of kids chanting for a car-free park!

"Mobilized Moms founder and Upper West Side mom Lisa Sladkus knew there were many other parents who, like her, felt that speeding cars, children and parks do not go hand-in-hand--Tuesday's rally was the result of her vision. Borough President Scott Stringer and community activists spoke, while children made 'What Central Park Means to Me' art projects and added their hand prints to a large banner that will be delivered to Mayor Bloomberg in the very near future. All involved hope that Hizzoner has lots of empty wall space, and sense enough to listen to Mobilized Moms..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4j98cy

SUPPORT HEALTH PERFORMANCE IN TRANSPORTATION BILL

-> According to an article in the Oct. 14th American Bicyclist Update, "We encourage organizations to sign onto a letter to Congress that urges the inclusion of health performance outcomes in the next transportation bill. Currently, the U.S. government spends approximately $60 billion per year on transportation infrastructure. This outlay is dwarfed by the costs to our country resulting from the negative health impacts of transportation.

"Americans spend:
- $76 billion a year on health care costs related to physical inactivity, partly because many individuals cannot safely walk, bicycle, or access public transit;
- $164 billion a year on health care costs associated with traffic injuries and deaths; and
- Between $40 and $64 billion a year on health care costs associated with asthma and other health conditions related to high rates of air pollution."

Review the letter and follow the sign-on instructions via the link below. The deadline for signing on is October 31, 2008.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/65noj4

DEB HUBSMITH WINS 2008 PIONEERING WOMAN AWARD

-> According to an Oct. 9th MCBC eBulletin article, "Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and MCBC's Advocacy Director, was recognized for her leadership with the third annual Pioneering Woman Award for the bike industry by the Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC). Deb is the founding director of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership and provides oversight and direction for all programs, policies and staff. Hubsmith has worked on SRTS program implementation and legislative development for more than 10 years.

"She helped lead the successful Marin County SRTS pilot program, and then took the results to the national level where she worked extensively to secure the $612 million in federal funds for SRTS that were approved by Congress in 2005 as part of the federal transportation bill SAFETEA-LU. Hubsmith serves as an energetic spokesperson for SRTS and has presented on the program at numerous conferences. She hasn't owned a car since 1996 and uses a bicycle as her primary means of transportation.

"OIWC created the Pioneering Woman Award to honor women who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring female colleagues. In 2006, the first OIWC Pioneering Woman Award for the bicycle industry went to Ashley Korenblat, owner and proprietor of Western Spirit Cycling. Last year's winner was Ariadne Delon Scott, director of advocacy and the environment for Specialized. Deb will receive a $1000 scholarship to use towards additional leadership training of her choice."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/478wek

Congratulations Deb!

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON LAUNCHES BIKE LOAN PILOT

-> According to an Oct. 7th news release, "University of Oregon is giving students another reason to leave their cars at home. Starting this fall, students can check-out a bike for free from the Bike Loan Program (BLP). The BLP is reusing bikes that have been abandoned on campus and impounded by the university's Department of Public Safety. With the bicycle, the BLP provides a U-Lock, helmet, front and rear lights, fenders, and a basket. Students pay a $65 deposit that is fully refundable when the bike is returned at the end of the academic term or year.

"International Students had the first opportunity to check-out bicycles from the program during their orientation in September. The BLP prioritized bikes for International Students because they are in Eugene for a relatively short period of time, and often buy a bike in fall only to have to sell it in spring or summer when they return home. The program is now open to any UO student who wants to loan a bike.

"In spring of 2008, the Associated Students of University of Oregon granted $18,000 to the EMU Outdoor Program (OP) to fund and administer the pilot year of the BLP. The BLP also received a $5,000 PowerBar Grant. Dan Geiger, the director of the OP, feels a culmination of factors has led to recent wide-spread support for the Bike Loan Program..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4un5qt

SAN LUIS OBISPO (CA) COUNCIL KEEPS BIKE PROJECTS IN BUDGET

-> On September 30th the SLO City Council came to terms with a $4.8 million shortfall in the wake of decreased city revenues and the result of a binding arbitration ruling for police officers. At the council meeting, Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Adam Fukushima reminded the Council that 'in these tough economic times, now is not the time to take away transportation options that promote tourism, decrease dependence on oil, and improve health.' The City Council made cuts in almost every department but left all bike projects -- including the Railroad Bicycle Trail--untouched. In 2007 the City rated bicycle improvements among its 'high priority' budget goals in response to Bicycle Coalition input at a community forum. We are glad the council remained true to those goals..."

For more info, contact <info@slobikelane.org> or visit the website at: http://tinyurl.com/4a2eov

MICHIGAN U.P. PROGRAM ENCOURAGES KIDS TO PLAN COMMUNITIES

-> According to an Oct. 1st (Michigan Land Use Institute) Daily blog article by Glenn Puit, "Big things are happening in a small office in Houghton, Mich., on the campus of Michigan Technological University, and they are affecting kids in classrooms across the state, as well as citizen planners literally around the world. Joan Chadde wants to make sure that, in the coming decades, Michigan's citizens can make well-informed decisions about their communities' growth, land use, environment.

"But Ms. Chadde is not turning to local governments and officials to do that; instead, she's turning to teachers and kids. Ms. Chadde and her colleagues at the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education are providing teachers and students in schools throughout the five western counties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with lessons on land use, energy, water quality, and community planning. The goal, she said, is to help shape today's youth into tomorrow's community leaders..."

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

MISSOURI BIKE FED OFFERS ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION VISION

-> According to an Oct. 8th Nonmotorized Update article, "State Vision of Active Transportation in Missouri Released -- The Missouri Bicycle Federation represents over 15,000 Missouri residents and speaks for the 2 million Missourians who bicycle regularly and the 5.8 million who walk. This group is working to realize its vision of active transportation in Missouri by creating a world-class bicycle and pedestrian network in the state, building a movement around walking and bicycling, encouraging more walking and bicycling and increasing safety for all road users."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/27ftn3
For more info on the vision, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4jy92z

TRB SESSIONS TO CONSIDER CLIMATE CHANGE

-> According to an article in the October 14 TRB E-Newsletter, "The [Transportation Research Board] 88th Annual Meeting, January 11-15, 2009, will include two Sunday workshops intended for those who wish to gain a broad understanding of the issues related to climate change and transportation. 'Climate 101: The Basics of Climate Change' (Marriott - 9 a.m. to noon) will explore the basics of climate change, the science behind it, and at a broad scale, how it involves transportation and land use.

"'Climate Change and Transportation 101' (Marriott - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will examine each mode's impact on climate change and the issues each mode faces in order to deal with the expected effects climate change. These workshops are designed to provide useful background for the more than 90 other sessions related to climate and transportation that will be held during the remainder of the week..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4wxoaf

DETROIT (MI) COUNCIL APPROVES MODEL BIKE/PED RESOLUTIONS

-> According to an Oct. 7th news release, "The Detroit City Council recently approved two resolutions of the Non-Motorized Transportation Master Plan. Funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and developed, in part, by civil engineering and surveying firm Giffels-Webster, the plan calls for various improvements for walking and biking safety in Detroit, including nearly 400 miles of bike lanes on city streets.

"The plan was initially presented to then-Council President Ken Cockrel Jr.'s Green Task Force. With a solid showing of support, it was then presented to the city council's Public Health and Safety Committee. Resolutions were created, with the first endorsing the plan and the second urging the mayor to implement it.

"When completed, the plan will connect many of Detroit's trails including the Dequindre Cut and the Conner Creek Greenway, both greenways supported by the GreenWays Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. It also will link the Corktown/Mexicantown Greenlink and the Southwest Detroit Bike Path. Implementation of the non-motorized plan will significantly increase the opportunity for walking and biking in the city, adding transportation options for everyone..."

For more info, contact Todd Scott of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance at <todd@michigantrails.org>

US DHH RELEASES NEW PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES

-> According to the Oct. 8th Physical Activity and Public Health On-Line Network newsletter, "Adults gain substantial health benefits from two and a half hours a week of moderate aerobic physical activity, and children benefit from an hour or more of physical activity a day, according to the new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The comprehensive set of recommendations for people of all ages and physical conditions was released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"The guidelines are designed so people can easily fit physical activity into their daily plan and incorporate activities they enjoy. Physical activity benefits children and adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, older adults, and those in every studied racial and ethnic group, the report said."

For the full text of the HHS news release, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4bjsy6
For the reports, go to: http://tinyurl.com/48acd6

 


QUOTES R US

-> "In the podcar [Personal Rapid Transit, or 'PRT'], ...it creates the perfect blend between the privacy and autonomy of the automobile with the public transportation aspect and, of course, it uses clean energy."
-- Jacob Roberts, Connect Ithaca
http://tinyurl.com/46hov3

-> "It costs $18 million a mile to lay out a PRT? Would it cost $18,000 a mile to roof a bike path, even with an infrared heating system for cold days?"
-- Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles" (1973)
http://tinyurl.com/3w7qls

-> "Consider the following scenario: Coming from outside the city, after dropping the kids off at school, you drive your dual-module car to one of the parking facilities outside of the outer city ring road. You stop for a few moments, undock, and continue towards the city in the tiny driver's module..."
-- TrafficSolution
http://tinyurl.com/4jwbvk

 


IN THE NEWS

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BAILOUT BILL INCLUDES BIKE COMMUTER TAX BREAK

-> According to an Oct. 9th Chronicle article, "The $700 billion bailout bill intended to stop the tailspin of the nation's financial sector did something else: It includes federal tax benefits for people who commute by bike. Starting in January, workers who use two-wheelers as their primary transportation mode to get to and from work will be eligible for a $20-a-month, tax-free reimbursement from their employers for bicycle-related expenses. In return, employers will be able to deduct the expense from their federal taxes.

"'It significantly legitimizes bicycling and elevates it to a credible commute mode, like riding a bus or train,' said Andy Thornley, program director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. The money could be used to purchase, store, maintain or repair bikes that are used for a substantial portion of an employee's commute.

"Bike advocates have been trying for seven years to get such a provision passed in Washington, but came up short until Congress rushed through the Wall Street bailout package last week and lawmakers squeezed in pet projects. The bicycle benefit was championed by members of the Oregon delegation. Backers estimate that the federal tax rolls may lose out on about $1 million a year due to the new employer write-off, according to the advocacy group League of American Bicyclists..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4qg6gy
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Title: "Bailout gives tax break to bicycle commuters"
Author: Rachel Gordon

See the bill here, thanks to BikeWalk Virginia; (scroll down to "Title III, Sec. 211. Transportation Fringe Benefit To Bicycle Commuters."):
http://tinyurl.com/4drf5p

70 KENTUCKY CITIES BLOCK OFF STREETS FOR "SECOND SUNDAY"

-> An Oct. 12th Herald-Leader article asked readers to "Think fitness gym on the courthouse square, with stationary bikes and tai chi classes. Add the unexpected: A dog-bone hunt and a baby-stroller workout. Throw in bicyclists, skateboarders, hula-hoopers and accidental exercisers who walked to and from their car, and you had 'Second Sunday.' For the first time in as many as 70 Kentucky cities, officials blocked off streets for an afternoon to encourage people to get outside and get some exercise. In Lexington, UK Fayette Extension Agent Diana Doggett, one of the statewide organizers, estimated the crowd at 2,000.

"'The message here is to show local officials as well as the rest of the nation that Kentuckians are serious about changing the health status of the state, and serious about having access to an infrastructure for physical activity,' said Doggett. She hopped on one of several stationary bikes lined up on the courthouse lawn. Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry rode bicycles on Limestone between the Avenue of Champions and Third Street with his wife, Cheryl Ann, and sons Will, 8, and Drew, 9. The mayor says he hopes that Second Sunday is an annual event: 'The feedback has been off the charts.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3pzeh8
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Title: "Second Sunday draws a crowd"
Author: Valarie Honeycutt Spears

TOOELE (UT) KIDS RIDE THE WALKING SCHOOL BUS

-> According to an Oct. 10th Transcript Bulletin article, "Jennifer Pike, a parent at West Elementary, was the driver of a 'walking school bus' on Wednesday morning. With another parent bringing up the rear, she walked from her home on 440 South with her son, Jackson, to the school, picking up another eight student 'passengers' at their homes along the route. The concept was designed to help kids walk to school safely as part of International Walk to School Day. Emphasizing safe routes to school and encouraging physical activity were at the core of the event, said Becca Hall, second-grade teacher and the walk to school coordinator for West Elementary.

"'About 450 of our 475 students walked to school on Walk to School Day,' said Suzanne Owen, principal of West Elementary. 'On most days, about half of our students walk to school.' Owen gave students a safe routes to school map yesterday, explaining that while most of the school's students live within walking distance, many parents still prefer to drive their kids to school. Owen updates the map every year, but said in general the area in West's boundaries is well covered by safe sidewalks. 'The city did put a new crosswalk in on Coleman street this year that improved safety,' Owen said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3w9goy
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Title: "District pushes walk to school"
Author: Tim Gillie

SAN FRANCISCO (CA) TRAFFIC NOISE RISKS HEALTH OF 1 IN 6

-> According to an Oct. 8th Chronicle article, "Noise from traffic is putting nearly 1 in 6 San Francisco residents at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and other stress-related illnesses, city public health officials have found. The San Francisco Department of Public Health has ranked 'highly annoyed' areas of the city -- neighborhoods it says have noise so loud and so constant it could cause psychological and physical harm. 'There are real health impacts,' Tom Rivard, senior environmental health specialist for the Department of Public Health, said Tuesday.

"The assessment by the city and UC Berkeley researchers was based on population, traffic congestion, topography and decibel readings. Sophisticated three-dimensional maps pinpoint the noisiest areas of San Francisco, building by building, hour by hour. Traffic noise is loudest in the South of Market area but affects the most people in the densely populated Chinatown, Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods. 'Traffic,' Rivard noted, 'is the No. 1 contributor to the ambient noise level' in San Francisco..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/43jhus
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Title: "S.F. traffic noise risks health of 1 in 6"
Author: Rachel Gordon

NEW HAVEN (CT) PANEL OK'S SAFE STREETS LAW

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Independent article, "After a close friend was killed by a motorist, Fair Haven Alderwoman Erin Sturgis-Pascale vowed to change street culture so these 'accidents' wouldn't happen again. Monday, in the culmination of what has become a surging, citywide safe streets movement, she found widespread support for her quest. A Complete Streets proposal, introduced by Sturgis-Pascale and East Rock Alderman Roland Lemar, met unanimous approval from the aldermanic Legislation Committee at City Hall Monday night.

"The proposal would create a Complete Streets Steering Committee to guide the development of a policy to ensure equal, safe access for all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians; a design manual to implement it; a process to include community members in the planning; an educational campaign; and traffic enforcement. Pascale said she'd like to see the city's streets evaluated not by the number of lanes or traffic lights, but by other measures. "Are our streets being used for people to socialize? Are our children playing in the streets safely? Are they able to ride their bicycles? Are we welcoming people with disabilities? Are we protecting our seniors on our streets?..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4hxpof
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Title: "Panel OKs Safe Streets Law"
Author: Melinda Tuhus

PROJECT GETS BURLINGTON (ON) KIDS WALKING TO SCHOOL

-> According to an Oct. 15th Post article, "A pilot project aims to get kids out of their parents' car and on their feet or a bicycle en route to school. The Halton Region Health Department and the Halton District School Board have launched a program with eight elementary schools across the region to implement Walking School Buses and other Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) initiatives. The schools involved in the program are: Alexander's Public School and Central P. S., Burlington; McKenzie-Smith-Bennett P. S., Acton; Centennial P. S., Georgetown; Sam Sherratt P. S. and Hawthorne Village P. S., Milton; E. J. James P. S. and Maple Grove P. S., Oakville.

"Most schools select one day of each week when they encourage their students to avoid getting a ride; so far most have chosen Wednesdays. 'Walking or biking to school with friends is a tradition worth maintaining,' said Gary Carr, Halton Regional Chair. 'Active transportation gives young people a chance to get more exercise and learn key safety messages. Just as important, it offers students an opportunity to develop friendships and build a sense of self-confidence and independence.' Two of the participating communities (Milton and Burlington) are launching a School Route Sign program to complement the initiative. Several of the schools participated in International Walk to School Day (Oct. 8) or will promote walking routes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4n9sun
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Title: "Project gets kids to walk to school"
Author: Staff

PRINCE GEORGE CO. (MD) REPS PUSH FOR PED SAFETY

-> According to an Oct. 14th Gazette article, "State Sen. James C. Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) of College Park and state Del. William Bronrott (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda say they hope a proposed bill will make walking and biking to school safer for children across the state. Under the proposed legislation, school construction funds could possibly be used for adding or widening sidewalks, adding traffic lights, countdown walk signals, crosswalks and increasing the time of walk signals at intersections.

"The bill was announced Oct. 6, a day before Walk to School Day, a Prince George's County effort to encourage students to walk to school and to identify areas along their routes that need improvement. According to the State Highway Administration, there were 110 deaths involving pedestrians statewide in 2007, 28 of which occurred in Prince George's. The SHA did not have specific information on the ages of those killed. Rosapepe said Route 1 creates a dangerous walking atmosphere for College Park pedestrians..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/474mqm
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Title: "Legislators advocate for safer routes to school for children"
Author: Jonah Schuman

FED EXERCISE GUIDELINES INCLUDE STRENGTH TRAINING FOR ALL

-> According to an Oct. 7th USA Today article, "The government raised the bar for physical activity levels today and nobody's exempt, not even kids or older adults -- everybody needs to get moving. The new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are the most comprehensive federal recommendations ever and the new gold standard.

"Among the recommendations:
- Adults should do at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity such as brisk walking or 1 hour and 15 minutes weekly of a vigorous-intensity activity such as jogging or swimming laps, or a combination of the two types to get the health benefits of exercise. The aerobic activity should be done in at least 10-minute bouts.
- To get even more health benefits, people should do 5 hours a week of moderate-intensity physical activity or 2.5 hours of vigorous activity..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/43shnq
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Title: "New federal exercise guidelines include strength training for all"
Author: Nanci Hellmich

DUBLIN (CA) SCHOOLS CELEBRATE WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to an Oct. 14th Contra Costa Times article, "If you were near kolb park in Dublin last week you may have seen a giant cougar, a police chipmunk and McGruff the Crime Dog leading a parade of purple-clad Murray Elementary school students and staff members. They formed a 'walking bus' and sang songs on the way to school. Last Tuesday was Murray's second annual Walk to School Day, and they celebrated in a big way. The police brought their cars and motorcycles for the kids to admire, and Mayor Janet Lockhart handed out Frisbees. Principal Rick Boster encouraged the kids to make walking to school a habit and explained how it's good for the environment and for their health.

"Walk to School Day is held each October in schools all over the world. It began in Hertfordshire County, Britain, in 1995. In the United States, the Partnership for a Walkable America launched the first walk in Chicago in 1997. By last year, 42 countries were participating, including most of our local elementary schools. Goals vary for each school, from safer streets to healthier habits to conserving the environment. Murray Elementary, along with other Dublin schools, continued the celebration of Walk to School Day by joining Dublin High School's Homecoming Parade a few days later. They marched, along with floats and vintage automobiles, to the annual carnival, which featured inflatables, games, contests, live music, an obstacle course and plenty of food. The day finished with the football game and presentation of the Homecoming Court..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3mbnce
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Title: "Our Schools: A walk through the busy month of October"
Author: Amy Moellering

PARENTAL CONTROLS SPREAD TO DRIVING

-> According to an Oct. 7th New Scientist article, "Ford has good news and bad news for teen drivers. On the plus side, the 2010 version of the Ford Focus will come with an extra set of keys specially geared towards adolescents.

"But young drivers using those keys won't be able to take full advantage of the car's features -- worried parents can use Ford's MyKey system to cap the car's maximum speed and limit the car stereo's volume when their children are in the driving seat..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4lnvas
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Title: "Parental controls spread to driving"
Author: Colin Barras

SOME PALM BEACH COUNTY (FL) ROADS TO GET BIKE LANES

-> According to a Sept. 24th Sun-Sentinel article, "Bike enthusiasts soon may see designated bike lanes on some Palm Beach County roads. Bike advocates and the county engineering department are working on a compromise to mark some county roads to clearly show that a portion of the road -- paved shoulders more than 4 feet wide -- are for bicyclists. The two sides will work together to identify roads that bicyclists are more likely to use and mark the paved shoulders as bike lanes. Bicycling activists have long pushed the county to change its policy on not designating paved shoulders as bike lanes. Bicyclists argue that bike lanes encourage more people to bike and improve safety.

"'The more people you have out there cycling, the more motorists become aware of them,' said Bret Baronak, the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Agency's bike and pedestrian coordinator. 'That improves safety.' County Engineer George Webb has opposed marking bike lanes on county roads because of the cost of maintaining them. To avoid liability, the lanes would have to be regularly swept of debris, more often than the twice yearly sweeping roads get now. Webb estimated it would cost $300,000 annually to maintain bike lanes on county roads. Considering the cost, advocates agreed that not all county roads need to have marked bike lanes. Focusing on a few corridors that are likely to attract a lot of cyclists seemed more practical, Baronak said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5yugxy
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Title: "Some Palm Beach County roads to get marked bike lanes"
Author: Angel Streeter

CHICAGO (IL) DRIVERS DRIVE LESS, ROADS STILL CONGESTED

-> According to an Oct. 13th Tribune article, "Despite increased fuel prices, gridlock is still a problem, but more people may be working at home or traveling at non-peak times, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning researcher says. Motorists in the Chicago area are making fewer trips to gas stations, but highways are still severely congested despite a decline of almost 5 percent in miles driven this year.

"Congestion in the region is actually worse now than a year ago. Drivers hoping to reach their destinations on schedule need to budget almost double the amount of travel time that the trips should take..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3hfaqe
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Title: "We drive less, but roads are still full, Chicago-area study says"
Author: Jon Hilkevitch
Note: Check out video on same page.
Via: AASHTO Daily Trans. Update: http://tinyurl.com/3frpxf

AND NOW, FOR A FEW THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SMART CYCLE: PHYSICAL LEARNING ARCADE SYSTEM

-> "It's a stationary bike, a learning center, and an arcade game system -- all rolled into one! Smart Cycle plugs right into your TV, ready to take kids on learning adventures like no other. As they pedal, favorite character friends guide them through learning discoveries, games, and even exciting races. Bring the arcade experience home, with multiple levels of play for different ages and stages! (TV set not included.). Product #: K5054"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4qm9m2

WATCH WALLACE & GROMIT ON YOUTUBE

-> According to the October Wallace and Gromit Newsletter, "Aardman have released a brand new channel showing Wallace & Gromit clips, plus other classic Aardman animations including Morph and Creature Comforts. With new clips being added each week, be sure to keep checking back. Visit Aardman's channel now..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4xfp2n
Aardman channel: http://tinyurl.com/3oqer7

 


QUICK HITS

PLATTEVILLE (IA) PLANS ITS SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM
-> "A meeting to improve pedestrian safety in Platteville is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in room 117 at the Platteville Middle School. The city and area schools are kicking off their new Safe Routes to School program..."
http://tinyurl.com/4q29eu

MONTGOMERY CO. (MD) REJECTS BIKE PATH NEAR CONNECTOR
-> "Jack Cochrane, chairman of Montgomery Bicycle Advocates, said he remained dismayed that a standard asphalt trail would be rejected to protect streams and forests being paved over by a six-lane highway..."
http://tinyurl.com/5yd9e7

IDAHO GOVERNOR PITCHES PAY-TO-DRIVE PROGRAM
-> "...Under the plan, people would disclose their vehicle's mileage when they register the vehicle. Each year, state officials would subtract the current year's mileage from the previous year's mileage and charge the driver accordingly. The more mileage a driver reports, the more he or she would pay..."
http://tinyurl.com/54gl43

AMTRAK REPORTS RECORD ANNUAL RIDERSHIP
-> "Amtrak carried a record 28.7 million people last year, with each of its routes seeing gains, the national passenger railroad said Friday..."
http://tinyurl.com/4atypw

INDIA'S HUMBLE RICKSHAW GOES SOLAR
"...'The most important achievement will be improving the lot of rickshaw drivers,' said Pradip Kumar Sarmah, head of the non-profit Centre for Rural Development. 'It will dignify the job and reduce the labour of pedalling. From rickshaw pullers, they will become rickshaw drivers,' Sarmah said..."
http://tinyurl.com/4dypo2 via ENN.com: http://tinyurl.com/4xpfoy

"DEBATED BREATH"
-> "In video series, Grist tries to stump the candidates with tough climate questions..."
http://tinyurl.com/4yhcjw

 


RESOURCES

-> "CHILDREN LIVING IN AREAS WITH MORE STREET TREES..."
"...have lower prevalence of asthma;" article by Lovasi, Quinn, Neckerman, Perzanowski, & Rundle; in the July 2008 Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (62:569). Quote: "Street trees were associated with a lower prevalence of early childhood asthma. This study does not permit inference that trees are causally related to asthma at the individual level. The PlaNYC sustainability initiative, which includes a commitment to plant one million trees by the year 2017, offers an opportunity for a large prospective evaluation."
http://tinyurl.com/4ng4u8

-> "CYCLING IN THE NETHERLANDS"
35-page report from Mobycon/Fietsberaad/Ligtermoet & Partners, Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat. 2007 (4mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/45hmv6

-> "CLIMATE-CHANGE POLICY AND CO2 EMISSIONS..."
"...from Passenger Vehicles;" the Congressional Budget Office.
http://tinyurl.com/459pph

-> "PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT: LINKAGES..."
"...Implementation Resources;" report by ICF International for FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty; Sept. 2008 (1.3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/45qgyy

-> "EFFECTS OF TOD ON HOUSING, PARKING, AND TRAVEL"
TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 128; by Arrington & Cervero; 2008. (3.7mb pdf) Note: "TOD" = Transit Oriented Design.
http://tinyurl.com/4322dt

 


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!

-> October 14-17, 2008, Main Street Basic Training, Washington, DC. Info: National Trust Main Street Center, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6219; e-mail: <mainstreet@nthp.org>
http://tinyurl.com/5qn7vz

-> 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 22-25, 2008, World Congress of Metropolis, Sydney, Australia; Pre-conference sessions: Oct 20: Metropolis Non-Motorised Transport Training Seminar: Walking And Cycling; Oct. 21: Metropolis Non-Motorised Transport Training Seminar: Public Bicycle Systems. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/4s85sg

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

-> November 6, 2008, Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Forum, Marlborough, MA. Info: Christine Morrow, phone: (617) 892-6095; email: <christine.morrow@eot.state.ma.us>. RSVP by Oct. 24th.

-> November 13-14, 2008, "Expanding Our Constituencies" Workshop, Little Rock, AR. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/5n9d4r

-> 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 2-3, 2008, Implementing a Sidewalk Management System, Madison (WI). Info:
http://tinyurl.com/65c38k

-> December 4-5, 2008, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems, Madison (WI). Info:
http://tinyurl.com/6a7j39

-> 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

-> March 15-20, 2009, PTBA Conference, Asheville NC. Info: Michael Passo
Professional Trailbuilders Association, PO Box 28514, Bellingham, WA 98228; phone: 360-734-7270; email: <mpasso@trailbuilders.org>
http://tinyurl.com/69954g

-> April 22-25, 2009, 14th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society, Sitges (Spain / Catalonia). Info:
http://tinyurl.com/36wk7j

-> June 5-7, 2009, 7th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods, Washington, DC. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/5j7fln

-> September 15-16, 2009, Research to Practice Symposium Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging, Chapel Hill, NC. Information and updates will be available at:
http://tinyurl.com/4cabuz


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> JOB -- PROJECT COORDINATOR -- WALKSANDIEGO

WalkSanDiego has a vacancy for a full-time Project Coordinator. The primary role of the Project Coordinator is delivering and managing community projects effectively, ensuring they are delivered on time, on budget and to agreed quality standards. The Project Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Program Manager and works closely with community groups and neighborhood organizations in the community, and with public officials and decision makers in local government.

Complete description and application: http://tinyurl.com/4yoazs

-> FELLOWSHIP -- TRANS. PHD FELLOWSHIPS -- U. ILLINOIS/CHICAGO

Prospective transportation planning and engineering students are invited to apply for $30,000 interdisciplinary doctoral fellowships in computational transportation science (CTS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

For complete program details and application information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4p9jsw

-> JOB -- DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS -- LAB

The League of American Bicyclists is seeking an experienced communications and publications specialist to develop, manage, and direct the League’s communications activities. Responsibilities include managing the Web site; producing e-newsletters; and editing the bi-monthly membership magazine. Knowledge of Dreamweaver, html code, and bicycling/transportation issues are pluses. Complete benefits package offered.

Send cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Kiker at <elizabeth@bikeleague.org>

-> JOB -- BIKE-PED COORDINATOR -- SPOKANE (WA)

Spokane, Wash. is hiring a bicycle/pedestrian coordinator. The person will coordinate the development and implementation of a City-wide pedestrian and bicycle program; and advocate for bike/ped mobility and safety. The job performs professional work in urban planning, programming, and community development, and reviews projects for compliance with City plans for non-motorized transportation. Compiles and analyzes planning and design data. Prepares and distributes educational information to the public. Seeks and prepares grant applications. Requires knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and design related to bicycle and pedestrian facilities. For more information or to apply, call (509) 625-6160 or e-mail: <civilservice@spokanecity.org>

-> JOB -- PROGRAM DIRECTOR -- SVBC

Join the Silicon Valley (CA) Bicycle Coalition team! We're hiring a full time Program Director to lead our programmatic implementation for Share the Road, Bike to Work Day, and bicycle education, among others.

Please pass this on to those interested! To learn more or apply, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/5xbbex

 


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