#213 Wednesday, October 29, 2008


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.

----- Americans Want Huge Transportation Funding Shift
----- ALRC's City SRTS Pilot Program Visits St. Petersburg, Fl
----- New Jersey Pioneers Urban Safe Routes to Schools
----- Bicycling Movement Growing in Chile
----- Investment in Biking, Walking Will Save Billions
----- AASHTO Plots Course for Fed Program Reform
----- Kansas City Advocates Push for Safe River Xing
----- Transit-Oriented Developments Cut Vehicle Trips
----- U.S. August Driving Stats Down 5.6% over 2007
----- Reinventing American Transportation
----- National Bicycle Route Network Approved
----- Final Call for Signers: Impact Next Transportation Bill
----- Federal Complete Streets Policy Update
----- "Energy and Emissions in Transportation"
----- Kids Crossing Streets Safely in Seattle
----- Dude, Where's My Car Dealership?
----- Florida PB/PW Officials Luncheon a Success
----- Portland (OR) After-School Bike Clubs Teach Bike Basics
----- Access Board Posts New ADA/ABA Standards on Website
----- Teach Kids Safe Biking, Says John Pucher


----- Indianapolis (IN) to Paint Bike Lanes Immediately
----- Jackson Hole Gets Grant For Pathway to Park
----- Ontario to Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving
----- 25% of Dutch Kids Driven to School
----- Free Bikes for Univ. of New England Students
----- Many Londoners Commuting on Two Wheels



-> According to an article in the Oct. 27th edition of Smart Growth Online, "Even before gas prices spiked high above $4 per gallon this spring and summer, a Harris Interactive poll found last December that 81 percent of Americans would radically change federal outlays of the 1998 Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) from 79 percent for roads, 20 percent for mass transit, and 1 percent for biking and walking, to 37, 41, and 22 percent, respectively, in its 2009 replacement bill."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6o3wbh

By Mark Plotz, NCBW Program Manager

-> NCBW Executive Director Sharon Roerty and I just wrapped up a three-day visit to the St. Petersburg area. While there, we facilitated a City Safe Routes to School workshop at North Shore Elementary School. Taking place about the same time was the Florida Bicycle Association's ProWalk/ProBike Florida conference. Thanks to the efforts of Pat Pieratte, Florida's Safe Routes to School Coordinator, several of the Florida DOT's district Safe Routes to School personnel who were already in town for the conference were able to take part in some or all of our SRTS activities.

Now in its third year, the ALRC's City SRTS pilot program has transitioned to its next phase: working with MPOs and DOTs to build their capacity to work with urban schools and establish SRTS programs. The decision to move beyond our highly localized technical assistance, which defined years 1 and 2 of our pilot program, is thanks -- in large part -- to people like Pat, a state coordinator who has numerous large urban areas in her purview. A recent policy change by the Pinellas County School District -- in which North Shore ES is located -- also made St. Petersburg an ideal candidate; the District is returning to neighborhood schools after years of school choice.

We kicked off our visit with a walking audit of the North Shore's school zone. This field exercise was followed by a two-hour clinic for SRTS practitioners on our experiences working with urban schools. (You can read about some of those experiences on the Active Living Resource Center website at: http://tinyurl.com/ytcpmb ) Day 2 was devoted entirely to field work; North Shore hosted a half-day SRTS workshop, and workshop participants observed arrival and dismissal of students. We also interviewed students, parents, crossing guards, and bus drivers about school transportation. Day 3 was a debriefing of our St. Petersburg visit for the benefit of ProWalk/ProBike Florida conference participants.

Quick Tip:
Got a speeding problem in your school zone? Before you call in law enforcement, take a look at the signs around the school to determine whether the school zone is properly marked. Our walking audit of North Shore revealed some startling deficiencies and inconsistencies -- including two END SCHOOL ZONE signs that were posted well before the school property even ended!

The safety consequences of improperly marking a school zone are obvious; less obvious are the implications for enforcement. Recently, in Manatee County (FL), a judge threw out four speeding tickets, finding the Florida DOT had not followed its own policies in marking the school zone in question. The ruling of the judge is good news for a class action lawsuit involving the 350 drivers who have been ticketed in that particular school in the past school year.

For more about the Manatee County school zone controversy:

Our report on the North Shore Elementary School workshop will be issued shortly. If you simply cannot wait, contact me at (202) 974-5103 or mark@bikewalk.org to discuss NCBW's City Safe Routes to School program.


-> According to the Oct. 24th issue of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign's Mobilizing the Region, "[The New Jersey Department of Transportation] is wrapping up its Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Urban Demonstration Project, a pilot program meant to assist urban areas in winning federal funds for pedestrian improvements around schools. Last month NJDOT's Safe Routes to School Director Elise Bremmer-Nei announced that the agency was finalizing programs of infrastructure and other improvements for six urban schools, as well as a final report to be released next year by the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University...

"As the New Jersey program progressed it became increasingly apparent that suburban communities had advantages in the process, leaving urban areas to rely on sparse local capital to fund improvements. One Newark official summed up the main problem as such: 'We don't have the funding to apply for the Safe Routes To School grant, and if we got the grant, we don't have the manpower to see it through.'

"Recognizing this, NJDOT created the Urban Demonstration Program in 2007, and worked directly with urban communities and the children themselves to identify obstacles to SRTS application and implementation. Selecting two elementary schools in the cities of Trenton, Camden and Newark, NJDOT created an open dialogue with students and their communities, developing neighborhood partners, conducting a needs assessment for each location, holding community workshops, and developing travel plans..."

NCBW worked with NJDOT on this project as sub-consultant to both develop the specialized approach and as the lead facilitator in each of the workshops. CenterLines asked Sharon Roerty, NCBW's Executive Director and SRTS Program Leader, if there was any reason why two schools were selected in each district. "Ideally, it would be great to offer the program to more or all schools in the district, but funding constraints tend to limit the program," Roerty said. "The two schools approach is designed around the premise of building interest and capacity for the program within the city and school district. With two schools you have a better chance of grabbing the attention of top administrators within the school district and city hall; you also heighten the interest of the community and civic organizations, and the media." Roerty added that the two school approach creates a "sisterhood" between the schools to make sure SRTS initiatives get off the ground after the workshops. "They can share resources and talents, and challenge each other with programs," she said.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5h42qn


-> According to an Oct. 27th European Cyclists' Federation Cycle News article, "Climate change and high fuel prices have made cycling popular in Chile. The country is busy realising bike paths, parking facilities and a plan for renting bikes. In this way the percentage of cycling should gradually increase. Local authorities of the Santiago metropolis unveiled in 2007 a plan to construct 690 kilometres of bike paths before 2012. Approximately 550 kilometres of bike paths will be within urban areas, the remainder is rural. Construction costs will come to over 28 million Euro.

"Bicycle parking facilities will be realised as well. Currently a mere 2 per cent of all transport in Santiago occurs by bicycle. When good bike paths and parking facilities are available, this may increase by at least 8 per cent, studies have shown. In the Santiago district of Providencia the first public bike rental system will be launched in November. Within the Providencia borders people may use a bicycle for a maximum of one hour, at a price of 1,50 Euro a month. Overall one hundred bicycles will be placed at ten locations in Providencia for this purpose."

Source: http://www.ecf.com/3374_1


-> According to an Oct. 20th news release, "Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) presents today the 'Active Transportation for America' report to Congress via Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), who serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The report quantifies -- for the first time -- the national benefits of bicycling and walking.

"Putting figures to facts, the report documents the transportation, energy, climate, public health, and economic benefits of bicycling and walking. Never before has the case been made so clearly that relatively modest federal investment in bicycling and walking can save Americans tens of billions of dollars each year. The report compiles success stories from communities across America to show the potential to realize these benefits.

"'The report illustrates the groundswell of public demand for investment in varied transportation choices,' says Keith Laughlin, president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. 'Americans want compelling opportunities to improve their communities with bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Having transportation choices will save people billions of dollars in fuel costs and millions of hours wasted in gridlock.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5wdpxz
Download the report here:


-> According to an Oct. 24th news release, "State transportation officials this week called for major reforms, accountability, and increased federal funding for the nation's transportation programs as Congress considers authorization legislation in the coming year. Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut on Monday, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved a slate of recommendations for next year's authorization of federal highway and transit programs. The current legislation expires September 30, 2009.

"'This is not business as usual,' said AASHTO President Allen Biehler, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 'The American public has every right to see what they will get for increased transportation investment. We have to be accountable and we have to move to a performance-based program focused on national goals. That's where state transportation leaders want to go.'

"The comprehensive multi-modal package of recommendations urges that the federal program go 'back to basics' by focusing on areas of national interest -- preservation and renewal, interstate commerce, safety, congestion, system reliability, and enhanced environment and quality of life...Emphasizing the need to employ every kind of transportation to meet future demands, AASHTO calls for an overall $545 billion investment from 2010 through 2015 for highways, transit, freight movement, and intercity passenger rail.

"Included are the following:
* $375 billion for highways,
* $93 billion for transit,
* $42 billion for freight improvements (from sources outside the Highway Trust Fund), and
* $35 billion dedicated funding for intercity passenger rail..."

To read the news release, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5hvo88
To download the 10 related documents, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5fy2nf


-> According to a recent news release, "Let's Go KC wants the Kansas City region to pledge funds to help Kansas City Missouri to raise the needed $4.1 million to build a bicycle/pedestrian trail on the new Christopher S. Bond (Paseo) Bridge by 2011.

* There is no safe Missouri river crossing for bicyclists or pedestrians in our region.
* This is the cheapest and easiest time to build it--otherwise it won't be built until years in the future.
* More people than ever want to walk and bicycle to save money, stay healthy and save the environment.
* We need this river crossing for region connectivity to trails and roads both north and south and to the future KATY Trail connection.
* The KCMO council has two resolutions that support the trail and MARC has policy that supports it.

"Let's Go KC, Alliance for Transportation Choice is conducting a pledge campaign to Put People on the Paseo in 2011 when the bridge opens. In two weeks time 150 people have pledged more than $11,500. We are one-tenth of the way to our goal of $100,000..."

For more info, contact:
Laurie Chipman, at <chipdsn1@swbell.net> or (816) 753-3164.
For more on "Let's Go KC, Alliance for Transportation Choice," go to:


-> According to an article in the latest issue of the University of South Florida Journal of Public Transportation, "A survey of 17 transit-oriented developments (TOD) in five U.S. metropolitan areas showed that vehicle trips per dwelling unit were substantially below what the Institute of Transportation Engineer's Trip Generation manual estimates. Over a typical weekday period, the surveyed TOD housing projects averaged 44 percent fewer vehicle trips than that estimated by the manual (3.754 versus 6.715).

"Vehicle trip rates of transit-oriented housing projects were particularly low in metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon, both known for successful TOD planning at the regional and corridor levels. Trip rates also generally fell as neighborhood densities increased. Local officials should account for the lower automobile use of those residing in TOD housing through such measures as traffic impact-fee adjustments and reduced off- street parking requirements."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/58nawf


-> According to the Oct 28th TRB E-Newsletter, "The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of Traffic Volume Trends, which is a monthly report based on hourly traffic count data reported by the states. According to the report, travel on all roads and streets declined by 5.6 percent (-15.0 billion vehicle miles) in August 2008 as compared with August 2007. Travel for the month is estimated to be 253.7 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for 2008 was down by 3.3 percent (-67.2 billion vehicle miles). The cumulative estimate for the year is 1,945.5 billion vehicle miles of travel."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/65g57m


-> In an Oct. 10th PBS op-ed, Transportation for America's policy director, Mariia Zimmerman wrote, "It is a challenging time for most Americans. The stock market is down, way down. Energy costs are up, housing values are down. General anxiety levels are high. Hanging over it all is a sense that we have come to the end of the road with our over-dependence on oil, which is threatening our national security and the family pocketbook. Somehow we must turn the page to a new era as we revive our economy and improve the quality of life for American households.

"This realization is particularly acute in our suburbs. For decades part of their allure for homeowners and businesses was the combined attraction of lower land costs and lower energy costs. That equation is being tested, and increasingly America's suburbs are looking for ways to provide more transit options, develop urban mixed-use centers, and build sidewalks and trails. The reinvention of America's suburbs may be one of the most stunning evolutions of the 21st Century.

"As a critical first step, we need to make a commitment to building an infrastructure for the future on a scale similar to the one we made to the Interstate Highway system 50 years ago. But this time, we need to focus on completing our transportation system with inter-city trains, world-class public transportation and streets that are safe for walking and biking, as we restore our existing roads and bridges to good repair..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/64l8mx


-> According to an Oct. 27th American Bicyclist Update article, "The United States is on a path to what could become the largest official bicycle route network in the world, thanks to the approval of a new plan by America’s leading authority on national route designations. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has just approved a National Corridor Plan laying out the framework and guidelines for the development of this system.

"The plan -- under development over the last four years -- identifies corridors connecting America’s urban, rural, and suburban areas. The corridors cover well over 50,000 miles, which, if transformed into routes along roads and trails, would create the largest official bicycle route network in any country or on any continent. By comparison, the planned Euro-Velo network in Europe is projected to be 60,000 kilometers or 36,000 miles..."

For more info, go to:


-> Many national, state and local supporters of bicycling and walking have signed on to a letter the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is circulating. The letter asks Congress to build in health performance outcomes into the next transportation bill. Building in health outcomes will help create a strong foundation for bicycle and pedestrian projects, Safe Routes to School, and complete streets -- all of which will help make progress on physical inactivity and obesity, safety, and poor air quality. Join over 100 organizations in letting Congress know how important this is by signing on! The deadline for signing on is Friday, October 31.

You can review the letter and the current list of signers at:


-> According to the Oct. 15th Complete the Streets News, "Although Congress is out of session, please remember to send letters to your federal representatives, urging their support of the complete streets bill -- S 2686 in the Senate and HR 5951 in the House. If you've already contacted your lawmakers, please consider linking our action page on your blog or website.

"Take inspiration from blogger Roger Kramer; he posted about the federal bill on Wednesday, October 8. Within a day, we had about 30 letters submitted from his readers in Missouri!

To see Roger's blog, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5jvz4g
Learn more about the National Complete Streets Coalition site here:


-> An article in the Fall 2008 of the U.C. Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies "NewsBITS" weighs the greenness of various modes of transportation. Sadly, they ignored two particularly green modes (wait for it!)...yes, we're referring to walking and bicycling. Is anyone surprised?

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


-> According to the Oct. issue of Alta Update, "After nearly a year of preparation, an exciting new program in Seattle has been launched. The Pedestrian Safety for Students program is a pilot program in Seattle Public Schools to teach elementary school children basic pedestrian safety skills and encourage them to walk more. The program, developed for the Seattle Department of Transportation in collaboration with Pacific Rim Resources, will reach every second-grade student at four pilot schools.

"Alta designed the in-school education program, which includes a simulated street for indoor practice, as well as a community walkabout to practice skills on real crossings near the school; the program is based on the successful Bicycle Transportation Alliance model.

"Students learned about where and when to cross the street, how to figure out when it is safe to cross, and how to use their eyes, ears, and brain to help them make good decisions. The program is getting rave reviews from teachers, and SDOT hopes to be able to expand the program in the future to reach more children."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5a3njy


-> According to an Oct. 28th Daily Grist article, "The economic slump and its attendant credit woes, combined with America's declining love for the automobile, have already shuttered some 590 new-car dealerships this year, as well as 430 last year. Before 2008 is over, 110 more U.S. dealerships are expected to close their doors for good..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/56puah


-> According to a recent FBA news release, "the Florida Bicycle Association's 2nd annual Elected Officials Luncheon & Forum held in conjunction with the 4th annual ProBike/ProWalk Florida Conference held last week in St. Petersburg was another terrific success. Mayors, city commissioners, city council members and county commissioners from ten municipalities throughout Pinellas County were represented including Governing magazine's 'Governor of the Year' award winner St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker. Mayor Rick Baker managed to fit the luncheon into his very busy schedule considering the Tampa Bay Rays had clinched the American League Championship Series the night before.

"Mayor Baker and Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel opened the discussion about the future livability of communities throughout the county and beyond. Interactive discussion followed about how to improve community cohesiveness, walkability, efficiency and safety through improvements in land use and transportation facility design.

"Bob Chauncey, Conference Keynote Speaker from the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, plus Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, provided a national perspective on the importance of WALKABLE AND BIKEABLE COMMUNITIES.

"City officials from Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg 'already get it' since their communities border the Pinellas Trail, one of Florida's premier shared-use, paved, urban trails linking some of the areas most picturesque parks, towns and scenic coastal areas. Go to http://tinyurl.com/635txz for details.

"According to Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel, 'This conference and the luncheon was an opportunity for elected officials to learn the importance of walking and cycling as a major transportation alternative. While walking and cycling used to be viewed as just recreation, we now recognize the benefits of walking and cycling as both an alternative means of transportation and of having a healthy lifestyle.'"

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6dqdob


-> According to an article in the Oct. 23rd Community Cycling Center newsletter, "After-school Bike Clubs are underway in eight schools around Portland. In addition to learning how to ride safely, kids learn hands-on basic bicycle repair. One student said, 'I understand how [brakes] work now, it's not as hard as I thought it would be.'

"These renowned Bike Clubs are funded through the Children's Investment Fund (CHIF). CHIF is funded through the Portland Children's Levy, which is on the ballot this November. Funding received from the Portland Children's Levy has allowed us to teach bicycle safety and maintenance to over 150 children over the past year..."

To learn more, check out their Fall newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/6mlqyh


-> According to the Sept/Oct issue of Access Currents, "Guidelines previously issued by the Board are driving updates to design standards used to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Not only will the standards be brought up-to-date, but they will be made more uniform under both the ADA, which covers facilities in the private sector and the state and local government sector, and the ABA which applies primarily to Federal facilities. Several different Federal agencies are involved in this work, and final action on some standards is still pending. As a result, original versions of the standards remain in effect for some ADA or ABA facilities while updated versions are in place for others.

"To help users navigate this temporary mix of old and new standards, the Board has posted additional guidance on its website on which standards to follow according to facility type. This information explains the scope and status of each of the standards and provides direct links to the version in effect, including newly posted editions of updated ADA and ABA standards adopted by enforcing agencies. This webpage also provides information on the status of standards that are pending, including those the Department of Justice (DOJ) intends to adopt under the ADA."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5jpb4t


-> According to an article in the Nov. edition of Quick Release, the newsletter of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, "'What would you recommend we do first, what are the low-hanging fruit?' asked panelist Michael Chiacos to guest speaker Professor John Pucher at our Walk/Bike Forum. Pucher replied that most important is for us to implement a good, ongoing educational program to teach school children safe walking and bicycling behavior. Second in importance, he said, is to ensure that a complete, interconnected network of bikelanes, bikepaths, and sidewalks is created throughout our community. Those were just a small part of two hours of statistics, reflections, personal stories, and invigorating ideas about what we can do to improve walking and bicycling locally.

"Perhaps the most striking slide in Prof Pucher's presentation plotted bicycling/walking/transit versus obesity for 15 different countries. While the implication that bicycling, walking and transit use cause healthy weight is impossible to avoid, Pucher was careful to point out that causality may be suggested, but it's not proved. The health experts nevertheless point out that the second greatest cause of premature death in the US, after smoking, is inactivity. It's costing us $76 billion a year in health care now, and with increasing inactivity in the upcoming generation, the financial toll will increase substantially unless Americans alter their indolent ways..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/58xult
Professor Pucher's presentation can be downloaded here:
Some of his other work can be found here:



-> "If just nine families participate regularly in a Walking School Bus over the course of a school year, they can collectively prevent almost 1,000 kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere."
--Green Communities Canada

-> "This Halloween, watch out for lurking energy vampires. These are the electronics and adapters that consume electricity when they are not being used. Power adapters and phone chargers are easy vampires to spot, and also easy to slay. Every energy vampire you vanquish saves you money, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and helps in the fight against climate change."
-- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

-> "When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised God doesn't work that way, so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness."
-- Emo Philips



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-> According to an Oct. 15th Star article, "Contractors will begin painting dedicated bike lanes on New York and Michigan streets immediately in the first phase of a broad effort to make the city more bike-friendly. Mayor Greg Ballard said the Indy Bike Ways plan eventually will create 200 miles of bike lanes during a news conference this morning that drew a few dozen bicycle riders arriving Downtown from eight different routes. Ballard said he enjoyed biking and even rode the Little 500 race when he was a student at Indiana University.

"Striping and signs on New York and Michigan streets will cost about $210,000. Next year, the city will widen Allisonville Road and add bike lanes at a cost of $467,000. The city currently does not have the rest of the money for the $50 million to $60 million project planned for the next 15 years. Ballard and a number of bicycle enthusiasts said they hoped to raise the money through private and corporate donations and sponsorships that lead to federal grants..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/524bgf
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Title: "Ballard: City will paint bike lanes immediately"
Author: Brendan O'Shaughnessy


-> According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide (October 15, 2008), Teton County won a $2 million grant from a federal program that will allow construction of 4.2 miles of pathway north from Jackson to the top of Fish Hatchery Hill. Jackson/Teton County Pathways coordinator Brian Schilling said that this completes the necessary funding for pathway construction that will eventually connect to the Teton Park system. Schilling also said that Wyoming Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi helped to secure the funds. The funds came from the federal Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands Program. "This money is supposed to be earmarked for paths as well as transit," said Tim Young, director of Friends of Pathways. "The bureaucrats only wanted to give it to transit facilities," Young said. Our Wyoming senators told the bureaucrats to read the law and follow it."

For more on the Alternative Transportation in Parks and Public Lands (ATPPL) Program, see: http://www.bikewalk.org/pdfs/ATPPL08GrantAwards.pdf

Source: http://www.bikewalk.org/pdfs/ATPPLGrantJacksonHole.jpg
Title: Grant Will Fund Path From Town To Park
Author: Angus M. Thuermer, Jr.


-> According to a Jim Coyle op-ed in the Oct. 29th Toronto Star, "There are some things -- activities beyond reproach in their own right -- that it's wise not to do in tandem with certain other things...Into that category surely falls the practice of gabbing on hand-held cellphones while driving an automobile. Which is why Ontario Transportation Minister Jim Bradley was entirely right yesterday in moving to put an end to it. The only question, really, is what took so long. Bradley belongs to a ban-happy government that's already nixed lawn pesticides, the display of cigarettes in convenience stores, smoking in cars carrying children, and trans-fats in school cafeterias.

"How the Liberals of Premier Dalton McGuinty -- whose jurisdiction includes some of the most chaotic roadways in the land -- left until yesterday the slam-dunk of outlawing technological distractions from hands that should be on steering wheels and eyes that should be on the road is a mystery. It's almost beyond dispute that no one drives better, and almost everyone drives worse, while discoursing telephonically behind the wheel. The research says so. And rare is the citizen without anecdotes of a near-miss -- or no miss at all -- with some motorist hitting a send button while breezing through a stop sign. Yesterday, officials from the Canadian Automobile Association, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Ontario Medical Association and Ontario Provincial Police were all on hand to endorse the proposed legislation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5f2k8b
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Title: "Cars and cellphones don't mix"
Author: Jim Coyle


-> According to an Oct. 27th NRC Handelsblad article, "Dutch parents increasingly take their children to school by car. This makes the roads around schools less safe -- and when it's time for them to go it alone, these kids have difficulty in coping with traffic. Working mums Rebecca Verwey and Debbie Molier are standing on the square that separates three primary schools in a large new housing development Ypenburg in The Hague. Parents that drive their kids to schools? They do not have a good word to say about them.

"'They drive up too fast, open car doors without looking and in the mornings they park on the pavement to be as close to the school entrance as possible,' Verwey says. In the northern province of Groningen, councillors have had enough and are planning to ban parents from taking their children to school by car. And primary schools in the southern town of Gorinchem have already imposed a one-day ban 'to make parents think'. A quarter of all schoolchildren are now taken to and from school by car, according to research by mobility advisors Soab. And the number is growing..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6pvdoq
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Title: "Taking the kids to school by car is dangerous"
Author: Frederiek Weeda


-> According to an Oct. 19th NY Times article, "When Kylie Galliani started at the University of New England in August, she was given a key to her dorm, a class schedule and something more unusual: a $480 bicycle. 'I was like, "A free bike, no catch?" ' Ms. Galliani, 17, a freshman from Fort Bragg, Calif., asked. 'It's really an ideal way to get around the campus.' University administrators and students nationwide are increasingly feeling that way too.

"The University of New England and Ripon College in Wisconsin are giving free bikes to freshmen who promise to leave their cars at home. Other colleges are setting up free bike sharing or rental programs, and some universities are partnering with bike shops to offer discounts on purchases.

"The goal, college and university officials said, is to ease critical shortages of parking and to change the car culture that clogs campus roadways and erodes the community feel that comes with walking or biking around campus. 'We're seeing an explosion in bike activity," said Julian Dautremont-Smith, associate director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a nonprofit association of colleges and universities. 'It seems like every week we hear about a new bike sharing or bike rental program.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6qsm47
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Title: "With Free Bikes, Challenging Car Culture on Campus"
Author: Katie Zezima


-> As an Oct. 21st MarketWatch video shows, "Many Londoners are using a greener way to get to work, especially when looking to cut costs. MarketWatch's Kim Hjelmgaard explains why bicycling to the office is more attractive than ever."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/65fj6a
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Title: "Commuting on Two Wheels"
Author: Kim Hjelmgaard



-> According to the Oct. 24th edition of the National Trust for Historic Preservation newsletter, "Just in time for Halloween, we present this year's spooky stories from Historic Hotels of America. Poltergeist 'Michael,' a 19th century stonemason at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, is said to welcome visitors with a show of hands -- and other manifestations.

"Learn more about HHA's many ghostly guests: forlorn lovers trapped in time, longtime patrons who couldn't bear to leave their comfortable quarters, hotel owners and employees who just weren’t ready to abandon their duties. You can sleep with the spectres at many of our member hotels..." 

For ghoulishly fun packages and tours, go to:



"...Public Health Benefits for the Larger Community;" by Watson and Dannenberg; Prev Chronic Dis. 2008 July; 5(3): A90.

"...Activity and Improves Health;" by Safe Routes to School National Partnership; for CDC. Sept. 2008. (732kb pdf)

Report from BioRegional Development Group and the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE); inspired by the eco-towns challenge panel. 2008 (929kb pdf)

A Federal Highway Administration website with information and guidance designed to "lead to safer roads and roadsides. According to the website, of the 43,443 people killed on the nation's highways in 2007, more than 24,000 died when their vehicle left its lane and crashed." Ed. note: it's worth keeping an eye on this effort. Historically, "safer roadsides" has been used as rationale for tearing out trees and, as a result, encouraging faster driving and endangering bicyclists and pedestrians; see reference below.

"...of Landscape Variables on Pedestrian Health and Driver Safety;" by Jody Rosenblatt Naderi, Texas A&M University; Aug. 2002 (2.8mb pdf)



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:


-> 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:

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

-> December 2-3, 2008, Implementing a Sidewalk Management System, Madison (WI). Info:

-> December 4-5, 2008, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems, Madison (WI). Info:

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

-> January 22-24, 2009, 8th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth, Albuquerque, NM. Info: http://tinyurl.com/6mlrmr

-> 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>

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

-> May 12-15, 2009, Velo-City 2009, Brussels, Belgium. Info:

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

-> 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:



Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking is seeking a Communications Intern to help implement our communications strategy and rebranding project. This person will help shape and style the Alliance's online and print communications. This position will involve creative and engaging tasks that might include writing for and designing communication pieces, expanding our communications and networking channels, and developing marketing materials.

This person must have excellent writing skills. Graphic design skills are a plus. The position is not paid, but we are happy to work with any academic requirements to help an intern earn course credit for their work. Applications are due by November 30th.

For more details or to apply, go to:


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


Call for Entries - Win $10,000

Rising energy costs present new design problems. Redesign the broken models of the 20th century. Challenge our patterns of living and working in a fuel-hungry world…come up with solutions that connect us, make us more efficient, more humane.

Ask yourself…
How would I bring work closer to home?
Can a product help eliminate long commutes?
What can I do to revitalize old ideas such as living above the store?
What kind of interiors or furnishings does a telecommuter really need?
Or follow your own dreams…what calls out for a major redesign?

Focus on one area that needs fixing—products, interiors, buildings and landscape, communication systems, or anything else you can imagine—and develop your idea fully. Open to all designers in practice 10 years or less.


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>


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>


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:




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