#218 Wednesday, January 7, 2009


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.

----- ALRC Needs Your "Roadmap" Input
----- Cycle Zone Analysis Tool Is Topic of Jan. 21 Webinar
----- Obama Creating the First Urban Policy Office
----- What Should Obama Know About Transportation?
----- BHSI Reviews 2009 Bicycle Helmets
----- Kanata (ON) School Adopts "Pace Car" Program
----- '09 Safe Routes Conference "Call for Proposals"
----- CBF Becomes Active Transportation Alliance
----- New York City Report: "World Class Streets"
----- Announcing Ontario Communities Walkon!
----- Livablestreets Hosts "Boston Bikes Update Report"
----- ACA, AASHTO Help States Create Nat'l Bike Network
----- Training Opportunities With Project For Public Spaces
----- Philly Pedal Co-Op Offers Christmas Tree Pickup
----- Older Pedestrians at Risk In NJ-NY-CT Metro Region

----- Try It Today! Open Door. Step Outside. Walk.
----- Pleasant Prairie (WI) Trails Offer Options
----- Teen Obesity & School Proximity to Fast Food Joints
----- Ft. Worth (TX) Cultural District Weighs Bank Issues
----- Is Maine Kicking Its Sprawl Habit?
----- Air Travel Declines Accelerate in November
----- More Chicagoans Biking to Work
----- Bike Commuting Up in Minnesota, Too!
----- Bike Taxi OK for El Paso (TX) DWI Offenders



-> During the dozens of workshops we offer around the country each year, we often hear the question: "How do we get started? Yes, we want to help our residents walk and bike more regularly, and yes, we have several ideas about doing so. But, what do we do next?"

Because we hear this question quite frequently, we're working with communities to create an answer. More specifically, NCBW/ALRC staff are creating a "roadmap" -- a way for communities to sort through all the various sources of advice, tools, and success stories -- to select a specific way of proceeding that works best for them. And, after having selected an approach, to actually implement it effectively!

If you are currently engaged in an effort to increase and improve walking and bicycling, we would like to hear about how you are implementing your efforts. We are interested in knowing, of the tools and resources created to help communities become more walkable and bike-friendly, which ones you are aware of, are using, would like to use, or would use again. We are also interested in knowing what barriers or constraints prevent you from using some tools and which of your needs are currently unmet because of inadequate or non-existent tools and resources.

We received many good responses following our first notice of our Roadmap survey, but we would like to hear from you. The survey should take only 15-20 minutes to complete. Should you agree to participate, we will be happy to share the results with you.

Please take a few moments to complete the Roadmap survey at: http://tinyurl.com/6tpd2l

The survey will be closed on January 24th, so please don't delay. Thank you so much for your help!


-> Roger Geller, the Bicycle Coordinator in Portland's Department of Transportation, and Mia Birk of Alta Planning + Design, will discuss adapting the Cycle Zone Analysis tool to other locales, and what would be required to implement this planning tool in your community. The one-hour webinar will take place on January 21, 2009, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Cycle Zone Analysis webinar will review a tool created by planners in Portland as they moved away from that city's eight traditional planning areas—defined largely by political boundaries—and instead divided the city into 32 "cycle zones" which describe distinct micro-environments for bicycling. Find out how this tool helps Portland planners more accurately assess and improve cycling conditions. Participants will learn how to define cycle zones, develop a bikeway rating index, and use the resulting analysis to improve cycling conditions.

The Professional Development webinar series is co-hosted by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW), the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), and Cullbridge Communications. The charge for each location is $50 for APBP members, and $60 for non-APBP members. Note that you can have more than one person at a given webinar site.

Register for the webinar at:

For more information about the webinar series and for site payment, see:


-> The Obama Urban Policy website asks visitors, "What are the top priorities?" and gives them opportunities to vote on suggestions, as well as make their own suggestions.

Among the list of policies on the site so far, are quite a few of interest to bicycling and walking advocates. Here are some:

- Change zoning laws to promote walkable development
- End subsidies for car-dependent development
- Complete Streets Legislation
- Apply "highway" funds to streets that serve all users
- End the transportation funding formula that rewards miles
- Create more financing options for mixed-use development

Check out the list and VOTE!!!
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/a8s33s


-> According to the Jan. 5th AASHTO Daily Transportation Update, "When it comes to America's transportation system, there's a lot riding on the future. Here's YOUR chance to tell the new president and Congress what they need to know to take action next January.

"Only 15 days left!

"Have you had your say yet? Go to http://tinyurl.com/6h9lxz and post a comment or send in your one-minute video!"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9vdmqb


-> In the Dec. 27th Helmet Update, Randy Swart of the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute wrote, "In brief, there is no radical safety improvement this year that would compel you to replace your current helmet. Almost all of the helmets we describe meet standards and offer good if not excellent protection.

"There are new helmets in 2009 that are worth a look if you need a new one. There are more new models appearing with the rounder, smoother profile that we think is best when you crash. The legally required CPSC standard ensures good protection in the US market. Without comparative test data we usually do not know if a model exceeds the requirements of the standard and offers superior protection. We hope for a new article from Consumer Reports during 2009 with some test data on the current crop of helmets.

"The rounder, smoother 'compact,' 'city,' 'urban" or 'commuter' models that we recommend are still growing in number, and most manufacturers have at least one in their lineup now. The higher priced helmets have big vents, but no verifiable advantage in impact performance..."

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/a37hzp


-> According to an article in the Jan. edition of Walkolution News for Schools, "In our September 2008 issue of the Walkolution News for Schools we featured the ASRTS program at St. Anne Catholic School in Kanata, Ontario. This past September St. Anne's implemented the Pace Car program, an idea from Australia and implemented successfully in Nova Scotia, that empowers local people to calm traffic on their streets by becoming 'mobile speed bumps'.

"Volunteers to the program place decals on their vehicles indicating that they are driving at the posted speed limit at all times, thereby slowing other traffic on the road. Says Heather Kirk, parent volunteer at St. Anne's, 'You're basically just promising to be doing what you're supposed to be doing. Ideally you're a Pace Car everywhere you drive.'

"There are actually six schools in this small community. Roch Carrier is participating in the initial testing and once the program has been evaluated, it will be offered to the other four schools, many of whom have already expressed an interest. To learn more about the Pace Car program contact Safe Kids Canada at their 1-888- SAFE TIP (1 888 7233-847) line..."

For details on the Nova Scotia program, go to:

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6e6vgj


The 2nd Safe Routes to School Conference is taking place August 19-21, 2009 at the Hilton Portland in Portland, Oregon. A call for proposals is currently open with a February 2, 2009 deadline. To submit your presentation or poster proposal, please visit:

Presentations and posters should exemplify Safe Routes to School programs' ability to address a range of issues that affect our society, and give schoolchildren the tools to change habits and stay two steps ahead of health issues, environmental problems, and traffic congestion. The conference will offer 90-minute workshops and interactive 180-minute training opportunities that allow for more in-depth discussion and hands-on events. Presenters should focus their messages on a single age group (K-5, middle school) or geographic location (urban, suburban, rural). Any individual, organization, business, non-profit, or public agency that is actively engaged in Safe Routes to School and can demonstrate experiential success is invited to submit a proposal for presentation and/or posters.

For more info or to submit a proposal, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4s2cvz


-> According to a recent news release, "The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation announced in November its expanded mission, which includes pedestrian and transit advocacy. As a result, the organization unveiled a new name and identity -- the Active Transportation Alliance. The organization has successfully pushed for safer and better bicycling in Chicagoland for nearly 25 years and looks toward even greater success improving the region's overall transportation culture. 'We've learned from our bicycle advocacy work that active and sustainable forms of transportation rely on each other,' said Rob Sadowsky, the Active Transportation Alliance's executive director. 'People in Chicagoland deserve safer, healthier and a wider range of options when it comes to getting around.'

"Under the banner of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the organization has a secured significant wins for pedestrians and transit users, including bikes on Metra and Safe Routes to School programs. The Active Transportation Alliance's mission is 'to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. We advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation.'

"As the organization moves forward, some things will not change. Members remain the Active Transportation Alliance's core commitment and will be critical as it builds a bigger movement with members, allies and events; creates a safer and more comprehensive network of streets, trails and transit opportunities; and encourages increasingly dynamic and healthy activity throughout the region. The Active Transportation Alliance picks up where the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation left off. It continues to strive to reach its two primary goals — seeing a region with 50 percent fewer crashes and where 50 percent of all trips are made by bike, foot or transit."

Find out more and add your voice to the movement at:


-> According to an article in the Dec. 23rd Mobilizing the Region E-mail update, "For shoppers and residents walking along East Fordham Road in the Bronx, it may not come as a surprise that this heavily traveled corridor made a list of pedestrian hot spots identified in NYCDOT’s recently released report, 'World Class Streets.'

At any given point, the sidewalks are jammed packed with people bustling in and out of stores. According to the report, which highlights various NYCDOT initiatives designed to improve public space, more than 80,000 pedestrians walk along a 1.1 mile stretch of this popular Bronx retail strip during an average 12-hour weekday period. (This is more than on many famous international shopping streets, such as London's Regent Street.)...

"The 'World Class Streets' report points out that sidewalks along East Fordham Road are crowded 54% of the day. In most places, sidewalks are wide enough -- 19 feet in this area -- but sidewalk space is drastically reduced by street vendors and outdoor store displays, pushing pedestrians into the street, challenging the mobility of wheelchair users, and compromising the safety of children and the elderly..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5r33bu

"World Class Streets" report (14mb pdf): http://tinyurl.com/94ckmd


-> According to a Jan. 6th news release, "Today, Green Communities Canada, Walk and Bike for Life and walkON are launching Ontario Communities walkON, a program that will, over the next three years, help make 24 Ontario cities and towns more walkable. A walkable community allows people to choose to walk to local destinations, rather than take the car. Ontario Communities walkON is based on the success of walkON, six community partnerships of the Ontario Heart Health Program who collaborate to engage and support their communities to create environments that support walking.

"walkON works in partnership with politicians, planners, engineers, and citizens from 17 community groups, using comprehensive, easy-to-use resources and tools designed to educate, empower and inspire community members. Brantford is one of the communities currently involved in walkON. Brantford's Mayor Hancock states: 'I am in complete support of the Ontario Communities walkON program. A walkable community is more sociable, less polluted, more relaxed, a healthier and more pleasant place to live. Building a walkable community will encourage more people to make their lives richer through walking.'

"Jacky Kennedy, Director of Walking Programs for Green Communities Canada, believes Ontario Communities walkON will be the catalyst for a much-needed shift in transportation thinking across the province. 'When given priority in community plans, walking can play a significant role in meeting local transportation demand management goals, by shifting motorized trips to active travel,' says Kennedy. 'The implications for reducing traffic congestion are huge and so are the associated benefits: boosting local economies, improving human health through daily physical activity, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.'..."

For more on walkON, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6ts5ue

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9x43hf


-> According to a Dec. 30th StreetNEWS article, "On Thursday, January 29th, LivableStreets Alliance will host the first 'Boston Bikes Update Report' by the city's Director of Bicycle Programs, Nicole Freedman. The public meeting will be held starting at 7 PM in the mezzanine conference room of the main branch of the Boston Public Library. The focus will be on future steps needed to create the 'world class bicycling city' that Mayor Menino has promised.

"There will be additional discussion about what could be done to significantly expand the cycling population -- and its political influence -- by attracting 'traffic intolerant' bicyclists, by installing low-cost bike-friendly infrastructure in all parts of the city, and by setting up programs to assure that low-income and non-white communities feel included, among other strategies."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7mpycd


-> According to an article in the Dec. 31st AASHTO Journal, "State officials and bicycle enthusiasts are stitching together more than 50,000 miles of pedal-friendly pavement to form a vast network of bicycle routes connecting byways, cities, and offroad trails in a system like the one created for cars and trucks more than 50 years ago.

"The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, working with the Adventure Cycling Association and other groups, recently approved a plan that lays the foundation for the network. Now it's up to each state to create the routes and put up signs, the Associated Press reported. AASHTO will oversee the program.

"Working from a bewildering tangle of existing roads, planners mapped a web of corridors where the national bicycle system should go. They considered traffic volume, terrain, amenities, and ways to link together lightly traveled byways, secondary roads, urban trails, and already-established transcontinental bicycle routes. Each corridor on the approved map is a broad swath 50 miles wide; the precise routes within each corridor are still to be designated, numbered, and given signs..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/wpdpy


-> In a recent note, the Project for Public Spaces announced three upcoming courses...

1. "Streets as Places - a two-day transportation/Placemaking training course on April 2nd & 3rd, 2009.

"The goal of the course is to introduce participants to new ways of thinking about streets as public spaces and how placemaking can be used to build great streets and great communities. It is intended for anyone who is interested in creating a great street, including transportation professionals who want to learn more about how streets can help to build communities, civic and elected officials who realize that greater economic impact can result from changing the way that roads are designed, and citizen activists who understand that the time to change is now. Breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail reception are included in the training fee.

2. "How to Turn a Place Around - a two-day Placemaking training course on April 16th & 17th, 2009.

"We will spend two days exploring the principles of making places through the close examination of two contrasting neighborhoods, walking tours, presentations, case studies, and a Place Game.  Registration covers two days of tuition, including a neighborhood tour, in-depth presentations and discussions, on-site evaluation, case studies, a copy of How to Turn a Place Around, and training support materials.

3. "The 7th International Public Market Conference - The 7th International Public Market Conference, April 24th-26th, 2009,

"This conference will set a new direction for the vital role markets play in transforming local economies and communities. First class speakers from the Bay Area, the US, and around the world will be on hand to deliver lectures, workshops, and breakout sessions, share wisdom gained from their years dedicated to the movement, and encourage participants to creatively respond to today’s and tomorrow’s emerging challenges."


-> According to a new post on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia blog, "The Pedal Cooperative, Philadelphia-based bicycle haulers, are offering Christmas tree removal. The fee is $1.00 per foot, so a 5 ft. tree would have a $5.00 charge. It's truly a great and green way to dispose your Christmas tree. The trees collected by Pedal Co-Op will be used for composting...

"In the city of Philadelphia, Christmas trees left on your curb will be collected with rubbish and sent to a landfill. If you wish to recycle or compost your tree, it will have to be delivered to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Center..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/9gcgtu
Source: http://tinyurl.com/8d2clo


-> According to an article in the Dec. 23rd Mobilizing the Region E-mail update, "Older tri-state residents bear a significantly higher risk of being killed as a pedestrian than do their younger neighbors, or their cohorts in the rest of the country, according to a new analysis released today by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign...

"Between 2005 and 2007, 407 pedestrians aged 65 years and older were killed on the tri-state region's roads. People aged 65 years and older made up 12 percent of the region's population but accounted for 27 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities during the three-year period. Those aged 75 years and older represent just 6 percent of the region's population, but more than 17 percent of pedestrian deaths.

"'Clearly, older tri-state residents are suffering disproportionately,' said William Stoner of the New York AARP. 'Making our streets safe and livable to accommodate our aging population will require taking a close look at the infrastructure of our communities.'

"Nationwide, pedestrian collision is the fifth-leading cause of accidental death for people aged 65 and older. Pedestrian fatality rates for older Americans are more than 70 percent higher than for those under 65 years of age..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5kmpu9



-> "While recognizing the need to maintain our current infrastructure, you [Transportation for America] are highlighting the importance of diversifying our transportation options to reduce the focus on driving and increase our options for bus and rail transit, walking, biking, and transit-oriented development."
-- Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

-> "'Shovel-ready' should not be the sole criterion for [infrastructure project] funding. The money should be used to strengthen town centers and connect them with modern transit."
-- Hartford Courant Editorial, Dec. 14, 2008

-> "When gas was pushing four dollars, we actually saw a noticeable increase in repair parts going out, because people were pulling bikes out of the garage that they hadn't ridden in years. Gas prices have gone down, but you end up seeing the economic worries right now, so people are looking to save money here and there, also get some exercise, also do something for the environment."
-- Scott Thayer, Quality Bicycle Products, Bloomington MN

-> Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.
-- Lewis Mumford

-> "Lawmakers should give priority to projects that are environmentally friendly and that encourage smart growth. They also should adjust the federal government's disbursement formula to direct more money to mass transit and to other projects in underserved metropolitan areas."
-- Washington Post Editorial, Dec. 9, 2008

-> "Americans are broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there is something wrong with him."
-- Art Buchwald


-> "Driving, as measured by national VMT, began to plateau as far back as 2004 and dropped in 2007 for the first time since 1980."

-> "While total driving in both rural and urban areas grew between January 1991 and September 2008, rural and urban VMT have been declining since 2004 and 2007, respectively."

-> "While all vehicle types increased their total driving from 1991 to 2006, passenger vehicles—specifically cars and personal trucks—consistently dominate the national share."

-> "Southeastern and Intermountain West states experienced the largest growth rates in driving between 1991 and 2006, while the GReat Lakes, Northeastern, and Pacific states grew at a slower pace."

-> "Total driving on principal arterials is concentrated in the 100 largest metropolitan areas, but the greatest driving per person occurs in low density Southeastern and Southwestern metros."

Source: "The Road...Less Traveled: An Analysis of Vehicle Miles Traveled Trends in the U.S.;" Robert Puentes and Adie Tomer, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program; Dec. 2008.
http://tinyurl.com/8h3dup (5mb pdf)



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-> According to a Jan. 4th News & Observer article, "We spend money on guidebooks to find out where to go for a walk. We join clubs that take us places to walk. We spend hours on the Internet googling good greenways and trails we can drive to ... to take a walk. Yet when it comes down to it, Cassandra Parlette may have the ultimate answer to the question 'Where can I find a good place to walk?' Right out your front door. Nearly 90 million Americans walk for exercise, making it by far the most popular form of exercise in the country, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.

"(Swimming is a distant second, with 52.8 million participants.) Walking is popular for a number of reasons: It doesn't require special equipment (shoes, even); barring a disability, anyone can do it; you can get a decent workout in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Yet despite walking's simplicity, many of us choose to make it complicated. 'It's just nice, it's the quiet of nature,' says Parlette, who walks for 45 minutes to an hour every afternoon in her wooded Cary neighborhood. That quiet is especially important for Parlette: She teaches seventh grade at Moore Square Magnet Middle School in downtown Raleigh..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7ubdor
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Title: "Open door. Step outside. Walk."
Author: Joe Miller


-> According to a Jan. 7th Kenosha News article, "Park commissioners on Tuesday walked through details of a village-wide bike/pedestrian trail system and decided to invite consultants to bid on preparing plans for the project. The plans are to show, among other things, how trails could link residential sites with businesses so that riding bikes and walking to work and to stores would be easy.

"It also is to include bicycle lanes and paved shoulders for bike and walker traffic along some streets as well as paths away from roads for bicyclists, walkers, runners, roller skaters and, if appropriate, horses. In addition, the Park Commission wants the consultant to list an estimated cost and point out ways to pay for it all..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9y2mdy
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Title: "Village's extensive trail system would allow transportation options"
Author: John Krerowicz


-> According to a Jan. 2nd Yahoo! News article, "Adolescents who go to school within a half-mile of a fast-food restaurant are more likely to be overweight or obese than kids whose schools are further away, new research suggests. The young people in the study also ate fewer servings of fruits and vegetables and drank more soda if there was at least one fast food restaurant within a half-mile radius of their school, Drs. Brennan Davis of Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California and Christopher Carpenter of the University of California at Irvine found.

"'Overall, our patterns are consistent with the idea that fast food near schools affects students' eating habits, overweight, and obesity,' they conclude in a report in the American Journal of Public Health. Several studies have demonstrated that fast food restaurants are often clustered within walking distance of schools, but studies looking at whether this affects students' weight or eating habits have not found a link. In their study, Davis and Carpenter used detailed 2002-2005 data on more than 500,000 middle- and high-school students from the California Healthy Kids Survey to examine whether proximity to fast food restaurants was related to eating habits or body weight..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ayythm
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Title: "Fast food near schools means fatter kids"
Author: Reuters Health


-> According to a Jan. 5th Business Press article, "With the number of banks branching into the Cultural District, Fort Worth soon may have a mini-financial district. Cultural District developers say the number of banks cropping up in the area is a sign of a strong economy and good business environment, but bringing banks into mixed-use developments does cause challenges for planners.

"Over the last few decades, banks increasingly have done business via drive-through lanes, which don't fit in easily with an urban design, said Kirk Williams, vice president of development for Cypress Equities, the firm handling leasing for the West 7th development. As the number of mixed-use projects increases, banks in these developments will lose drive-through lanes and have to move back toward old-fashioned, face-to-face banking.

"'You've got to be careful with drive-through lanes. For an urban-mixed use environment you have to have the street remain walkable and not be broken up by driveways. Also, we have to keep the street front animated and keep it full of retail tenants that drive the energy for pedestrian and car traffic, and if you end up with too many banks, you end up breaking up that fabric, if you will.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7wgp9n
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Title: "Banks descend on West Seventh"
Author: Leslie Wimmer


-> According to a Dec. 7th Portland Press Herald article, "For decades, suburbs were snared in a spiral of costly sprawl -- but recent figures show a dramatic change. An aging population, volatile energy prices and the ongoing economic meltdown might do what 20 years of land-use planning has largely failed to accomplish in Maine -- slow suburban sprawl and coax development closer to cities.

"Census data studied by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram reveal shifts that may signal a gradual reversal of long-standing development patterns that have contributed to sprawl. Most significant: Population changes for 22 of the state's service-center communities show that the steady flow of people away from the cities during the 1990s has ebbed dramatically since 2000. A few communities, such as Bangor, Waterville and Belfast, have begun gaining population.

"A similar analysis of every community in fast-growing York and Cumberland counties shows that the rapid pace of development in suburbs and outlying towns has cooled in recent years. The York County town of Dayton, for example, grew by more than 50 percent from 1990 to 2000. So far this decade, the growth rate there is less than 12 percent. These comparisons were compiled by the Maine State Planning Office. Taken together, they hint at changes in development patterns that have endured in Maine for half a century..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9jfkyg
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Title: "Is Maine kicking its sprawl habit?"
Author: Tux Turkel


According to a Dec. 30th Bloomberg article, "Worldwide air travel fell for a third straight month in November, with cargo handling logging a 'shocking' decline because of weakening global trade, the International Air Transport Association said.

"Passenger traffic, or kilometers flown multiplied by the number of travelers, slumped 4.6 percent from a year earlier, IATA said today in a statement on its Web site. That compares with a 1.3 percent decline in October and a 2.9 percent drop in September. Freight traffic plunged almost 14 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/89kkk3
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Title: "Air Travel, Freight Declines Accelerated in November, IATA Says "
Author: Steve Rothwell

via AASHTO Daily Transportation Update


-> According to a Dec. 18th U.S. News & World Report article, "On a freezing November morning in Chicago, Megan Mason puts on leggings, several polyester tops and a fleece, a windbreaker, four pairs of gloves, and silk sock liners. She ties a bandana over her head, dons earmuffs, snaps on a helmet, safety-pins a scarf into a cocoon around her head, and gets on her bright green Schwinn for a 6-1/2-mile ride to work. Surely anyone who braves Windy City cold must be a hardcore biker. But Mason, a 27-year-old curriculum analyst at the Northwestern University School of Law, is new to the ranks of cycle commuters -- one of thousands of Americans who this year have switched to pedal power.

"It's too soon for national numbers, but many cities and counties are reporting a surge. In Chicago, 3,500 people rode in a spring Bike to Work day, up from 2,800 last year. Bikestation, a nonprofit that has six indoor parking facilities for cyclists on the West Coast, mainly in downtown neighborhoods, has seen a 30 percent increase in usage in the past year. The price of gas is a factor, but not the only one. Rookie riders love the exercise and they enjoy the ride. 'I explore areas I don't usually see,' says Mason, who stays within bike lanes for much of her commute. 'I hop off and do errands.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/43onfq
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Title: "Ride Your Bike to Work"
Author: Marc Silver


-> According to a Dec. 26th Minnesota Public Radio story, "When Paul Stewart heads through the dark to his garage in the morning, he walks right past his car to his bike, even in the dead of winter. 'It's seven o'clock, and it's about six degrees,' said Stewart. 'We just had about an inch or two of fresh snow last night, and it's a good morning to go ride to work.'

"Stewart rides back and forth from his home in Minneapolis to the Northwest Airlines data center in Eagan practically every day. Sometimes he makes part of the trip on the Hiawatha light rail line. Sometimes he has to push his bike through a mile-long snow drift left by plows on the Mendota Bridge.

"'Back in 2000, I had a car accident, and decided you know what, I'm just going to live without a car for a while, and at that point I really converted over to doing all the daily things that a person might do, like grocery shopping, and commuting, and social events, go to a movie, that type of thing, just using a bike,' Stewart said. 'And it really opened up that this is really not that difficult to transition to.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6tprqv
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Title: "Bike commuting is up, even with lower gas prices"
Author: Tim Nelson


-> According to a Jan. 7th Times article, "People convicted of DWI will still be able to drive bicycle taxis in Downtown El Paso, a split City Council voted on Tuesday. Council voted 6-2 to approve the creation of a new type of chauffeur license -- a city permit needed to drive for-hire vehicles --specifically addressing the bicycle taxis, or pedicabs. The new rule states that because the drivers are not operating a vehicle with a motor, the restriction of not having a driving-while-intoxicated conviction in the last five years is not necessary.

"'Of course it is necessary to restrict people with DWI convictions from driving motor vehicles, but pedicabs have no engines,' said Eastridge/Mid-Valley city Rep. Steve Ortega. 'When you're in a motorized vehicle you can go 100 mph or faster. In a bicycle you top off at about 10 mph.' The new rule also added having a valid Texas driver's license as a requirement to get the city license. Voting with Ortega to create the new requirements were West Side city Rep. Ann Morgan Lilly, West-Central city Rep. Susie Byrd, East-Central city Rep. Emma Acosta, Northeast city Rep. Melina Castro, and South-West city Rep. Beto O'Rourke..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8rparf
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Title: "Pedaling bicycle taxi OK with DWI, city says"
Author: Gustavo Reveles Acosta



-> According to a Dec. 30th Reuters story, "Those eager to put 2008 behind them will have to hold their good-byes for just a moment this New Year's Eve. The world's official timekeepers have added a 'leap second' to the last day of the year on Wednesday, to help match clocks to the Earth's slowing spin on its axis, which takes place at ever-changing rates affected by tides and other factors.

"The US Naval Observatory, keeper of the Pentagon's master clock, said it would add the extra second on Wednesday in coordination with the world's atomic clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time, or UTC. That corresponds to 6:59:59 p.m. EST (23:59:59 GMT), when an extra second will tick by -- the 24th to be added to UTC since 1972, when the practice began..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8krlw4
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Title: "Tick Tock ... Tick - Extra Second Added To 2008"
Author: Jim Wolf



-> "New, exclusive BMW driver-assistance systems such as Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection further add to the exceptional driving experience..."

-> "Electronic billboards -- whose glowing, TV-like screens beam a new picture every eight seconds -- are on their way to busy highways in Western New York..."



Article by Peter D. Loeb & William A. Clarke; Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review; Volume 45, Issue 1, January 2009, Pages 284-290. Abstract available here:

"...Techniques, Estimates and Implications;" Second Edition; by Todd Alexander Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, with Eric Doherty; updated Jan. 4, 2009

"...Road Safety Education; Road Safety Research Report 102; Part 2 - Main Report; by Green, Ayrton, Woodall, Woodward, Newell, Cattan and Cross; The Centre for Health Promotion Research, Faculty of Health, Leeds Metropolitan University; for the [UK] Department for Transport, London; Dec. 2008. (7.3mb pdf)

"...and Adolescent Obesity;" by Brennan Davis and Christopher Carpenter;
Am J Public Health published 23 December 2008, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.137638. Abstract:

"...and Sociodemographic Characteristics on Children's Mode of Travel to and From School;" by Larsen, Gilliland, Hess, Tucker, Irwin, and He;
Am J Public Health published 23 December 2008, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.135319. Abstract:

"...Not Disaster;" by Dr. Peter Victor, Professor and former Dean of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, ON.

Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2073; Dec. 31, 2008. includes 14 papers on topics like evaluating a pedestrian safety demonstration project, video monitoring of pedestrians at signalized intersections, characteristics and circumstances of collision-involved pedestrians, pedestrian collision risk assessment, and models to measure pedestrian activity at signalized intersections.
Detailed list of papers: http://tinyurl.com/7uh6kw

"...Evaluation of the Benefits of Meeting the 10 ft Clear Zone Goal on Urban Streets, Final Report;" by Iowa State University Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE); for Iowa Highway Research Board, Iowa Department of Transportation, Office of Traffic and Safety; University Transportation Centers Program, USDOT; Nov. 2008. (6.7mb pdf)

Short paper from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute by Jean-Marie Beauvais; describes the results of a study indicating that shopping at large, suburban 'superstores' consumes more than four times as much transportation energy and produces more than four times the carbon emissions as local grocery store shopping. (946kb 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:


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

-> February 5-6, 2009, Building Healthy Lifestyles Conference, Mesa, AZ. Info: Barbara Mattingly at (480) 727-1959, or visit:

-> February 18-20, 2009, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Info:

-> March 1-4, 2009, National Main Street Conference, Chicago, IL. Info:

-> March 7, 2009, Bike Summit LA, Los Angeles, CA. Info: http://tinyurl.com/6zu2yu

-> 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>

-> March 25-28, 2009, Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition, Atlanta GA. Info: American College of Sports Medicine

-> April 2nd & 3rd, 2009, Streets as Places Training Course, New York, NY. Info: Craig Raphael, Project for Public Spaces, <craphael@pps.org>.

-> April 16th & 17th, 2009, How to Turn a Place Around training course, New York, NY. Info: Craig Raphael, Project for Public Spaces, <craphael@pps.org>.

-> April 22-24, 2009, California Trails & Greenways Conference, Yosemite, CA. Info: Laura Svendsgaard, phone: (877) 776-3619; email: <trails@parks.ca.gov>.

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

-> April 24-26, 2009, 7th International Public Market Conference, San Francisco, CA. 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 2-4, 2009, 2nd International Urban Design Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. 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:

-> October 7-9, 2009, 10th Annual Walk21, New York City NY. Info:



The Detroit Greenways Coalition includes 15 stakeholder groups -- most of them community development greenway sponsors -- that have coalesced around the creation of a thriving, seamless greenway system in the City of Detroit.

The Detroit Greenways Coalition is seeking proposals for a consultant to facilitate the creation of a collaborative agreement.

Such an agreement would:
A. Define Coalition membership,
B. Define member roles and decision making process,
C. Define accountability relationship between members and MTGA, and
D. Define a process and criteria for evaluating, prioritizing, and recommending the funding Coalition member requests for greenway development and operations.

The Coalition would like to engage a consultant to facilitate a series of discussions, including the possibility of a two one-day facilitated strategic planning sessions to accomplish our prescribed goals. 

The final product would be a Memorandum of Agreement completed within two months. This would be followed up with a review six months after the original Agreement is delivered.

The proposal submission must be IN OUR HANDS NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2009.

The full RFP is available on-line at

Please direct questions to: Todd Scott, Detroit Greenways Coordinator, MTGA, 248.808.1158, todd@michigantrails.org

(RFP No. 2132-00634)
Posted: December 22, 2008
Submittal deadline: 4:30 PM (CST) January 22, 2009

The City of New Orleans desires to obtain proposals from an experienced, multi-disciplinary team (planners, architects, engineers) that can bring together all the professional services needed to complete five major tasks related to the Lafitte Greenway. These tasks include the completion of topographic and legal surveys, completion of title record search, completion of the Lafitte Corridor Revitalization Plan, completion of design and construction management for the Lafitte Greenway and Trail, and completion of the Management Structure Report.

Proposals are due no later than 4:30 PM (CST) on January 22, 2009. Applicants shall submit the following to the Office of Recovery and Development Administration, Attention: Krista Neilson, Senior Planner, 1340 Poydras Street, Suite 919, New Orleans, LA 70112, Ph: 504) 658-8420, Email: <klneilson@cityofno.com>:

a) Signed proposals in Microsoft Word format or as a PDF file, marked "Lafitte Greenway Professional Services;"
b) Ten (10) hard copies of the proposal enclosed in a sealed envelope marked "Lafitte Greenway Professional Services;" and
c) Any questions regarding this RFP.

Proposals should clearly demonstrate the applicant's qualifications to perform the needed services and attend all factors applicable in a professional relationship. Proposals should include detailed resumes or curricula vitae for the principals performing the services. The City will reasonably attempt to answer questions submitted in advance.

Copies of the solicitation and related information are available from the City's purchasing website at:


LiveWell Colorado is a collaborative organization that provides leadership, focus, and strategic coordination in the fight against obesity; and an organization capable of coordinating a multi-pronged approach to addressing the obesity epidemic in Colorado.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will: carry out the strategic direction of the organization; formulate the plan for achieving the organization*s vision, mission, strategic direction and goals; engage key stakeholders around Colorado, including representatives from business, non-governmental organizations, health organizations, philanthropic foundations, and senior governmental leaders engaged in issues related to obesity, public health, chronic disease, nutrition, built environment, and physical activity; and use statewide influence to promulgate the vision of LiveWell Colorado to the public, funders, and other stakeholders. Because LiveWell Colorado is a statewide organization, travel throughout the state will be part of the job responsibilities.

For more info about LiveWell Colorado, go to:

For a detailed job description, go to:


Project Manager Ref: 21142; £41,083 - £43,745; Fixed term until April 2011

We're excited about rising to the challenge and are just as enthusiastic about finding the right people to help achieve our aims. Let's see if we can get your pulse racing with just a few of the projects you could help lead:

* Establishing a 're-cycling' scheme that repairs bikes and provides them free of charge to deprived communities
* Creating a large network of on and off road cycle infrastructure to link the suburbs with the city centre
* More than doubling the number of children receiving cycling training.

But that's just for starters. There's also the need to challenge attitudes to cycling, encourage people to get out and about and help improve everyone's quality of life.
For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5jpl8y


West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT), one of NYC's oldest and strongest community-based environmental justice organizations, is looking to hire a Transportation Equity Campaign Manager.
Details at: http://www.idealist.org/en/job/321842-228


Bicycle Colorado has posted a position for Education Program Manager whose main function is assisting in the hands on execution of Safe Routes to School programs around Colorado.

If you know anyone who may be interested please pass along this link:


Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC), a Seattle-based organization with 10,000 members, is dedicated to building a better community through bicycling. The Club is a local, regional, and state-wide leader in bicycle and transportation advocacy and provides bicycle commuting programming and youth and adult safety education and training.

Position Goals
We are seeking a Deputy Director to serve as the Club's Chief Operating Officer to the Executive Director and oversee day-to-day financial, administrative, and logistical operations. The Deputy Director reports directly to the Executive Director and functions as his surrogate as necessary. The Deputy Director also has regular interaction with the Board of Directors and its officers and will participate in key strategic decisions. A strong emphasis is placed on team building and hands-on management of key programs, as well as managing departmental heads to set and achieve important key performance indicators.

- Serves as advisor to the Executive Director in regards to organizational operations and acts in Director's stead as necessary;
- Provides leadership and direction in the execution of CBC's strategic plan and the development of the Club's Senior Leadership Team (staff) and board;
- Responsible for day-to-day management of internal operations (i.e. the office, its administrative and support functions, IT and database systems, etc.) As such, directs and oversees the implementation of all administrative activities and programs including financial operations, personnel administrative support, management analysis, facilities supports, technological information systems, etc.;
- Represents CBC at selected forums, conferences, and meetings;
- Responsible for hiring, developing, and managing staff;
- Oversees development of CBC's annual budget and quarterly financial reports. Works with the finance director and board treasurer to ensure generally accepted accounting practices and procedures are followed.

For a full job description with qualifications and application information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/6ptc65


The Association of Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is seeking a program manager for safety to assist senior staff in the work of the Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety and its Subcommittee on Safety Management. The program manager will also coordinate the safety efforts of AASHTO’s other committees -- particularly Highways, Planning, and Research -- as well as technical service programs in the engineering arena. This position is located at AASHTO headquarters in Washington. Closing: Feb. 6, 2009.

More info: http://tinyurl.com/5jye75



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