#219 Wednesday, January 21, 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.

----- An Opportunity To Make Things Right
----- Upcoming Webinar: PedSafe, BikeSafe Program
----- Last Chance To Assist With Roadmap Survey
----- Petersburg (VA) Man Walks to D.C. to Honor Dr. King
----- Poll: Americans Want Transit, Road/Bridge Repair
----- Tools of Change Offers Webinars, Free Recordings
----- Trans. Marketing Website: 1000 Comments & Counting
----- Safe Routes Nat'l Partnership Focuses on Stimulus Bill
----- $1 Million Gift Launches Denver Bike Share Program
----- EPA to Issue School Siting Guidelines in 2009
----- U. of Missouri-KC Announces Bike Film Series
----- Mass. Governor Signs Bicyclist Safety Bill
----- Better World Club Announces 2009 Gas Guzzler List
----- N.J. Hospital Honored for Ped Injury Prevention Work
----- Economic Stimulus: Walking and Biking Update
----- A Great Year to Come to the National Bike Summit
----- Safe Routes Webinar to be Held Jan. 27th

----- The Nat'l Building Museum's Green Community Exhibit
----- Keeping up with KCMO Bike Advocate Kenneth Walker
----- Walking Provides Beneficial, Green Exercise
----- Albert Lea (MN) Embarks on Healthy Makeover
----- More Red-Light Cameras Coming to Edmonton (AB)
----- Merced (CA) Council Votes to Form Bike Committee
----- Boston (MA) Shoveling Enforcers Newly Armed
----- Officer, I Was Watching "Heroes" and All of a Sudden...
----- Ithaca (NY) Holds Hearing on "Zero-Carbon" Development
----- Round Rock (TX) Moves Ahead with Revamped Downtown
----- 4 Michigan Communities Pursue Railtrail Dream



-> “Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.” That is a statement that could be said on any given day, but it has never felt so true and perhaps as compelling. It is January 21, 2009, and we have an opportunity, a responsibility, and a charge to make things right. Every two weeks in CenterLines we bring you stories of people, organizations, and agencies that bring great projects to life. These projects often take a long time to unfold because, as we all know, no project is born shovel ready; they are the work of many. It is a good day to be inspired by these projects and to begin to plot your own success stories. I think today is the day that we begin to methodically reshape the country – not to just spend money for the sake of spending money, but to invest money to reshape our country in a way that works for everyone.

At the National Center for Bicycling & Walking we have a very humble dream: a country with a transportation system that provides choices and mobility for the very and the least mobile, for short and long trips in urban and rural America and everywhere in-between; where transportation and land use and the environment and public health are all equal parts of the solution to the puzzle; where bicyclists and pedestrians are priorities, not alternatives.

Read on, get inspired and (continue to) do great things. Let’s do them together.

Fired-up and ready to go,
Sharon Z. Roerty, AICP/PP
Executive Director, NCBW

The PedSafe/BikeSafe Program, presented by Charlie Zegeer of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will be the next topic in the Professional Development webinar series. The webinar will be presented on February 18th, 2009, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 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, but you can have only one computer link and phone line for audio under the fee structure above.

For more about the Professional Development webinar series, see http://www.bikewalk.org/webinars.php.
You can register for the webinars at: http://tinyurl.com/86h4vm


-> The Active Living Resource Center needs your help in creating a "roadmap" for communities across the country. During the dozens of workshops we offer around the country each year, we often hear these questions: "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.

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. Of the tools and resources created to help communities become more walkable and bike-friendly, which ones are you using, which would you like to use, and which would you use again or recommend to others? We are also interested in knowing which of your needs are currently unmet because of inadequate or non-existent tools and resources.

The on-line survey should take only 15-20 minutes to complete. We received many good responses already, and we would like to hear from you. We'll close out the survey Friday, January 24th, so please don't delay.

Complete the Roadmap survey at: http://tinyurl.com/6tpd2l


-> According to an article in the BikeWalk Virginia February News, "Last Sunday, Carl Winfield of Petersburg, began a journey he had originally planned to take in 1968. The march from Petersburg to Washington D.C. was to be a civil rights march with Martin Luther King, Jr., but it never happened because of King's assassination.

"Winfield, 60, typically walks six miles a day for pleasure. He completed his 130-mile trek on Thursday, January 15--King's birthday. His march is raising money for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. He hopes to stay in D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2awpsu


-> According to a Jan. 16th news release from the National Assn. of Realtors(r) and Transportation for America, "As Congress takes up debate over an economic stimulus package, a new poll shows that most Americans would rather use federal dollars to repair highways and bridges and improve public transportation than expand highways through new construction.

"In addition, fully 80 percent of respondents said stimulus investments should not only create jobs, but also help the goals of reducing oil dependency, improving the environment and increasing transportation options, even if the job creation took longer.

"Only 20 percent agreed that stimulus funds should include only "road and bridge projects that can be started right away and create an immediate boost to the economy.' The stimulus questions were included in the 2009 Growth and Transportation Survey sponsored by the National Association of Realtors(r) and Transportation For America, and conducted Jan 5-7..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a6a6bd


-> The Tools of Change webinar series out of Ontario is hosting a number of informative webinars during the coming quarter, in addition to the bicycling and pedestrian program series being co-produced by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) (see http://www.bikewalk.org/webinars.php). In addition to an ongoing series of webinars focused on social marketing instruction and case studies, Tools of Change is hosting and/or co- presenting a wide selection of publicly available webinars on ways to market healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. These webinars include the Social Marketing Instruction Series, 90-minute sessions covering topics such as Introduction to Social Marketing (January 23rd); Building Motivation Over Time (February 20th) and Incentives and Norm Appeals (March 6th).

Tools of Change also offers Case Study webinars that focus on sustainable transportation, and showcase a range of approaches for promoting walking, cycling, and the use of public transit. Upcoming topics include Community-Wide Parking Management Strategies and Tools (February 24th and 26th) and Individualized Marketing: Where Do We Go From Here? (March 3rd).

You can check out several of the recent webinars via free recordings at the Tools of Change website, including Child and Youth Friendly Planning Guidelines, presented by Catherine O'Brien of Cape Breton University, and School Based TDM in Action - Case Studies of Success, presented to members of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute by the Centre for Sustainable Transportation.

For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/8ef2a7


-> According to the Jan. 15th issue of AASHTO's Transportation Marketing E-News, "More than 1,000 people have already posted comments at [the IToldThePresident] website, part of the new AASHTO project, 'What the New President and Congress Should Know About Transportation.' Interestingly, many comments focus on improving bicycle and pedestrian access, with improved transit also garnering much support..."

To join the conversation, watch the videos and read the comments, go to:


-> According to a Jan. 14th Safe Routes to School National Partnership alert, "Congress is currently working on an economic stimulus/recovery bill that is expected to invest hundreds of billions in funding into infrastructure improvements for roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, and more. The funding is an attempt to jumpstart the economy and avoid a deeper recession. Will Safe Routes to School projects be included? The answer to that question may be related to how loudly we collectively demand that Safe Routes to School be funded. Read on to see how you can make a difference in this important campaign.

"The details for the bill are still being worked out by Congress, but are likely to be finalized within the next month. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership continues to work with national partner organizations to advocate for the inclusion of funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects -- including Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets -- in the economic stimulus/recovery bill. It is critically important that advocates ramp up efforts to ensure that Safe Routes to School and bike/ped projects are included on lists of 'ready-to-go projects' being compiled by cities and counties, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and state Departments of Transportation (DOTs)..."

For more information, contact Margo Pedroso, Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, at <margo@saferoutespartnership.org>  


-> According to the Jan. 15th Bicycle Colorado eNews, "Elbra Wedgeworth, chair of the Denver 2008 Democratic National Convention Host Committee, presented a gift of $1 million toward the creation of America's first large scale community bike share program. Mayor John Hickenlooper laid out plans for 30-40 automated kiosk-style bike racks across the city which will facilitate a fleet of 500 specifically designed bicycles. 

"Creating a community-wide bike share program in a major city positions Colorado firmly as a leader in the public's desire for friendly bicycle accommodations. The bike share program is modeled off of dramatically successful programs in many European cities."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8rd55u


-> According to an article in the Jan. 14th Safe Routes to School E-News, "In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be issuing voluntary school siting guidelines, in response to December 2007 legislation. School siting is a very important policy issue in the SRTS movement as the number one reason parents give for why their children don't walk or bicycle to school is distance.

"The purpose of this effort is to provide state and local planning agencies, which are directly responsible for the location of schools, with guidance in respect to environmental issues when making siting decisions. EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education is designated as the lead office to manage this agency-wide effort."

As a first step in helping states and organizations, EPA recently launched an information clearing house that can be found at:

Source: http://tinyurl.com/98dbye


-> According to a Jan. 20th news release, Clean Commute at University of Missouri-Kansas City will host a series of bicycling films starting January 28th and ending on April 22nd, Earth Day.

The films are:
-- The Bicycle Thief
-- Breaking Away
-- Triplets of Belleville; and
-- Pee-wee's Big Adventure

For more info about Clean Commute at UMKC or the film series contact <choose@bridgingthegap.org> or visit: http://tinyurl.com/9pa59u


-> According to a Jan. 16th MassBike news release, "Yes, it's true: the Bicyclist Safety Bill is law after 8 years and 4 legislative sessions -- perseverance and grassroots support paid off in the end! MassBike played a central role throughout the history of the bill, from drafting the language, to lobbying for its passage, to the successful 2006 effort that ended in a veto, and now to a law! MassBike thanks our many supporters in the House and Senate for their persistence, and thanks Governor Patrick for recognizing that this law will help make Massachusetts a healthier, greener, more sustainable state.

"This is a great victory for cyclists, and it was a true team effort, ranging from MassBike to legislators to you, our members and supporters. Without all your calls, emails, and letters to legislators and governors over the years, this could not have happened. You let the politicians know that bicyclist safety is an important issue, and they heard the message! So thanks to all of you.

"Governor Patrick signed the bill into law yesterday. Coming on the heels of a year that saw gas prices soar to over $4 a gallon, huge increases in ridership on public transportation, and a surge in interest in bicycle commuting, the law will help more people, particularly new and less experienced bicyclists, take advantage of bicycling as an affordable transportation option..."

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


-> According to the Jan. 25th edition of Kicking Asphalt, "In Response to the Gas Crisis, Lamborghini Released the Lowest Mileage Car in Years -- 8 MPG

"This year's worst gas guzzlers:
- Lamborghini Murcielago (8 mpg city / 13 mpg highway)
- Aston Martin DB9 (11 mpg city / 17 mpg highway)
- Bentley Continental GTC (10 mpg city / 17 mpg highway)
- Bentley Azure (9 mpg city / 15 mpg highway)
- Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (9 mpg city / 16 mpg highway)
- Bentley Arnage RL (9 mpg city / 15 mpg highway)
- Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD (11 mpg city / 14 mpg highway)

"But what of the Hummer H2, you may ask? Fear not! As has become our custom, we recognize the Hummer H2 as an honorary 2009 gas guzzler. GM doesn't have to disclose the Hummer H2's fuel economy because of its governmental vehicle classification, so there are no official stats on its fuel efficiency. However, most unofficial tests have put the Hummer at 11 mpg."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8g592g


-> According to a Jan. 16th news release, the New Jersey Hospital Association awarded the Community Outreach award for Programs with Budgets Less than $50,000 to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-University Hospital, Newark, for its Pedestrian Injury Prevention Partnership." The program "addressed a significant public health issue in urban areas: the dangers of traveling by foot and pedestrian injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes. The program included mapping injury 'hot spots' throughout the city; installing safety cameras on city streets; implementing a school-based pedestrian initiative; and conducting pedestrian safety special events including international Walk to School Day."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8pvxyn
Note: NCBW's own Sharon Roerty is a member of the Partnership team!


-> According to a Jan. 9th Advocacy Corner article, "When Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) received news of a major federal economic stimulus package to create millions of jobs, we recognized an opportunity to transform communities across the country into bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly places. RTC set to work developing a multi-pronged approach to make the most of the stimulus.

"We asked you to sign a petition encouraging President-elect Obama and key congressional leaders to explicitly fund walking and biking in this stimulus package. Thank you for answering the call! You surpassed our initial goal of 10,000 signatures by thousands, issuing a resounding call for more walking and biking.

"Working with our national and local partners, we also collected from communities across the country a list of ready-to-go bicycle and pedestrian projects that would help jump-start our economy with new clean, green jobs. In total, we collected more than $3.4 billion worth of new bicycle and pedestrian projects that, if funded, will enable people to walk and bike to the places where they live, work, play and learn.

"RTC has delivered these project lists, along with a list of your petition signatures, to the offices of President-elect Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. We will continue working with these and other congressional offices to ensure they recognize the opportunity the stimulus package represents for green jobs to build healthier places for healthier people..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8owl8j
via Kansas Cyclist: http://tinyurl.com/6qqxpn


-> In a Jan. 12th National Bike Summit Update, Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists wrote, "Every year we tell you 'this is the year you have to come to the National Bike Summit,' and we're doing it again for 2009. And we really believe it! Not only do we have a new Congress, a new Administration, and a new President to educate on our issues, but we also face the incredible possibility that more than a trillion dollars of Federal investment in our infrastructure, our communities and our ailing economy will be decided in the next few months.

"The 2009 National Bike Summit will help you keep your stimulus packages, climate change bills and transportation funding programs straight...and you'll discover how to most effectively speak up for bicyclists in these critical discussions on Capital Hill. Join us as we...Go for the Green! Register today!"


Andy Clarke, President
League of American Bicyclists

Ed. note: the Summit is scheduled for March 10-13.
For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/9vk9jx


-> According to a Jan. 13th joint news release from America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School, "Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculums are an integral part of every Safe Routes to School Program. Chicago's Mayor Daley's Safe Routes Ambassador's Program has a very successful safety program from which we can learn.

"In a sixty minute webinar (to be held on Jan. 27th at 2pm ET), Somilia Smith, Program Coordinator of Chicago's Safe Routes Ambassador Program, will provide a short introduction and background of Mayor Daley's Safe Routes Ambassadors program including its various educational and encouragement components.

"The introduction will be followed by a detailed explanation of the two main components of the programming: pedestrian and bicycle safety. This will include information on the curricula, the age groups and communities served and how safety workshops are administered. Finally, Somilia will give a brief description of other components of the program, including workshops for driver's education students and outreach to parents and motorists.

"This webinar is part of the Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School."

For more information, contact Nicole Mogul, at <nmogul@americawalks.org>



-> "Whenever we install [red-light] cameras, we should also install the pedestrian countdown signals to give drivers an additional tool to judge when the light will turn red and give them the ability to slow down and stop before it turns red."
-- Amarjeet Sohi, Council Member, Edmonton, AB

-> "If you said to the states as they start to submit their list for transportation projects, a major goal is energy sustainability and reducing the reliance on petroleum, how does this rank relative to that? And if it's just about adding more lanes to existing roads or building new interstates or whatever, then in fairness it should not rank very high at all. On the other hand, if it comes in and it's a fix-it first approach, or if it's a walkability approach or a transit approach that significantly contributes, not only to the energy sustainability goal, but perhaps to the environmental global climate change goals and things of this approach, then it should rank higher."
-- Parris Glendening, former governor of Maryland and president of the Smarth Growth Leadership Institute
via Smart Growth Online http://tinyurl.com/6wrbsg

-> "Current federal infrastructure policies and programs are highly compartmentalized, often working at cross-purposes. In transportation, for example, we are one of the few industrialized countries that fails to link aviation, highways, freight rail, mass transit and passenger rail networks."
-- Bruce Katz and Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution

-> "Fast relief for transportation headaches is one of the immediate benefits we can see from the economic recovery legislation being sought by President-elect Obama. States are prepared to move thousands of ready-to-go highway projects that can support 1.8 million jobs. Long term, these transportation investments will build or preserve assets that will help the economy for years."
-- John Horsley, executive director of the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

-> "Relieving our nation’s transportation headaches will go a long way toward relieving the nation's economic headaches by creating jobs in the short and long term and by increasing the nation's productivity and economic competitiveness."
-- William Wilkins, executive director of TRIP

-> "I think there's a place for infrastructure, but what kind of infrastructure? Infrastructure to widen highways, to ease congestion for American families? Is it to build some buildings that are necessary? But if we're talking about beautification projects, or we're talking about bike paths, Americans are not going to look very kindly on this."
-- John Boehner, House Minority Leader (R-Ohio)



-> "84% of the Dutch have a positive opinion of the bicycle, while 7% have a negative opinion. Frequent cyclists are positive about cycling much more often (95% of them express a positive opinion) than Dutch travellers who almost never use bicycles (29% of them have a negative opinion). The bicycle is often associated with low costs, self-reliance and reliable travel times (it always gets you there on time).

"Bicycle users hardly ever encounter bottlenecks. If they foresee any problems, it primarily concerns bad weather. The behaviour of other road users is sometimes considered irritating, and the availability of sufficient bicycle storage options can sometimes present problems for travel during leisure hours."
Source: http://tinyurl.com/8kpcjk


-> "There is plenty of evidence showing that cycling gets safer the more cyclists there are. In London there has been a 91% increase in cycle use on the capital's main roads since 2000, and a 33% reduction in cycle casualties in roughly the same period."
-- Roger Geffen, Campaigns and Policy Manager, Cyclists Touring Club
Source: http://www.ecf.com/3436_1


-> "The lengthy evaluation may be summarized in one sentence: carbon dioxide emissions are four times stronger when shopping in a suburban hypermarket than when shopping in a local supermarket. Taking into account the very strong impact on CO2 emissions of the hypermarket situated on the outskirts, the question arises as to whether, in the light of sustainable development, this is the right model to export throughout the world."
-- Jean-Marie Beauvais, Beauvais Consultants; Dec. 2008. (946kb pdf)
Source: http://tinyurl.com/893tvw



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-> According to a Building Design+Construction article, "The first thing you notice about the National Building Museum's 'Green Community' exhibit is that it looks a lot different from other shows. Almost everything, from the patterns in the cork floor to the exhibit panels to the tubular time line of green technology dating to ancient Rome, is in the shape of a circle. And that puts you in the round frame of mind right from the get-go, thinking planet Earth and recycling, and thinking outside the rectangle.

"Before you begin to circle through this innovative, globe-trotting exhibit, you have to think about how to get there. Will you bike, take the bus or automatically reach for your car keys? An interactive floor leading to the exhibit depicts a street with three lanes; choose one and as you walk along it lights up and reveals the impact your decision is having on the environment.

"The exhibit also works hard to find engaging ways to communicate a large amount of complex and sometimes technical information that can be hard to digest. There's more than a spoonful of sugar here, though, in its backlit transparencies that bring vibrancy and immediacy to static images, in its short films and interactive video screens, and in its novel methods of presentation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9afder
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Title: "Green & Global; National Building Museum Exhibit Takes A World View Of Sustainable Living"
Author: Patricia Lowry

->>> But wait! Hanging out in D.C. with time on your hands, now that the festivities are over? Why not drop by the exhibit at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001; phone: (202) 272-2448; take the Red Line Metro to Judiciary Square; admission is FREE! Hours are Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/8l75fw


-> According to a Jan. 16th Kansas City Plog article, "If there's such a thing as bike karma, Kenneth Walker has it. Last summer, the urban cycling advocate woke up to find a pair of shiny new bikes on his front porch, with nothing but an appreciative note from an anonymous supporter encouraging his work with inner-city kids. This week, the cycling fairy struck again. Walker received an unexpected phone call from New Jersey-based Sanofi-Aventis, a pharmaceutical company with 16,000 employees nationwide.

"This week, one of its therapeutics divisions was meeting in Kansas City and, as a team-building exercise, the group built a bunch of children's bicycles. Diana Felts, an official at the conference, says she put in a call to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to see who might benefit from a small fleet of kids' bikes. A few hours later, Walker's phone rang.

"In the six months since he started the Urban Kansas City Community of Cycling, which prompted the anonymous doorstep donations, Walker has been tapped by Mayor Mark Funkhouser to serve on KC's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and dubbed a Missouri State Ambassador by the League of American Bicyclists. Most recently, he's been working with the Scuola Vita Nuova charter school to prepare a class of seventh-graders for a 225-mile trip over the Katy Trail this summer. Needless to say, Walker can always use some extra bikes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8y8pdy
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Title: "Cycling fairy strikes again"
Author: Carolyn Szczepanski


-> In a Jan. 21st Billings (MT) Gazette article, Dayle Hayes asked, "What, you might ask, is a green fitness routine? Very simply, green fitness is a way to improve your personal health while minimizing your use of resources. Driving five miles to the gym to walk on an electric treadmill for an hour uses fossil fuels, contributes to pollution and costs a fair amount in terms of your financial resources.

"A greener, cheaper way to get fit (and just as effective according to the experts) is to take an hour's walk right outside your front door. If you think walking stops when cold weather sets in, think again! Here's what you need to walk smart all winter long -- whether you're walking in your neighborhood or around town on errands..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/75w2fr
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Title: "Walking, dancing provide beneficial, green exercise"
Author: Dayle Hayes


-> According to a Jan. 16th Minnesota Public Radio story, "It's day one of the makeover, and city leaders are holding a meeting about how friendly Albert Lea is to pedestrians. Walkability expert Dan Burden is explaining that sidewalks aren't enough. He says buildings need to be occupied and they need to have windows. 'I'll use one as an example, the pharmacy on the corner that we saw. I assume at one time there were windows in that building. Once those windows go away, people no longer feel secure,' Burden said. Who would have thought that windows in the downtown would make people want to walk? But research shows that amenities like windows make a place look more vital, encouraging people to be more active.

"Just a few months ago Albert Lea hosted the reality TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. So it's a town that might be open to these ideas. The town of 18,000 sits on the Iowa border. 'Albert Lea is really a changing community. For many years we were known as a meatpacking town,' said Victoria Simonsen, Albert Lea's city manager. Simonsen helped convince Blue Zones leadership to test its city health makeover project in Albert Lea. The city has been looking for ways to redefine itself in light of a new workforce, she says..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7pmvb8
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Title: "Albert Lea embarks on a healthy makeover"
Author: Sea Stachura


-> According to a Jan. 21st Sun article, "The city will take over photo radar units and red-light cameras this summer, a transportation operations spokesman said yesterday. Currently, speeders and red-light runners are penalized by the scandal-plagued ACS, but plans have been underway since 2007 to hand over operations. City spokesman George Teply said after the transition, the city could add more cameras and radar to intersections. 'This project has been pretty fast, to move it over from the contractor to the city,' he said.

"Before taking over photo enforcement from ACS, the city must switch out all cameras and other equipment. Bids for that contract ended yesterday. Although the matter still hasn't been brought before council, Coun. Amarjeet Sohi said he would support installing more red-light cameras. 'My opinion is red-light cameras are a very successful tool to reduce collisions and fatalities at intersections,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/96rtpo
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Title: "More red-light cameras may be coming, says city"
Author: Alyssa Noel


-> According to a Jan. 21st Sun-Star article, "Merced's elected leaders voted Tuesday to found the city's first bicycle advisory committee, answering the calls of bike enthusiasts who want more input in coming years. The committee lends legitimacy to the Merced Bike Coalition, a passionate and vocal group that lobbied hard for the committee and advocates bicycling for recreation and as an acceptable form of transportation. Its members, as well as other city bicyclists, will formally have the council's ear as it advises them about the needs and wishes of the biking community.

"In another nod to cycling, the council voted to apply to become a bicycle-friendly community, as designated by the League of American Bicyclists. Establishing another city committee met with some resistance and almost seemed unlikely during the council's first January meeting. Council members fretted about the cost and feared the city may be forced to cut the committee should money become even tighter.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a3opz8
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Title: "Merced City Council votes to form bike committee"
Author: Scott Jason


-> According to a Jan. 16th Globe article, "The black-and-white thumbnails can be grainy, but the city hopes that the pictures of ice-crusted, snow-packed sidewalks send a clear message: Weaseling out of a $50 fine for not shoveling has gotten a lot harder.

"Code inspectors have taken to the streets this winter with a new weapon, palm-size computers with touch screens that snap photographs of treacherous patches of ice, snow, and slush. Thumbnail images are stamped on tickets and printed instantly with a wireless 32-ounce printer slung over an officer's shoulder like a purse.

"Officials hope the immediacy of the photographs will act as a deterrent, reducing the number of slick sidewalks that twist ankles, flare tempers, and force some pedestrians to walk in the street, which can be dangerous. When property owners find a green envelope for a code violation stuffed under their doors, they are staring at evidence they will have to explain if they plan to appeal..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/76c3za
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Title: "Enforcers of shoveling newly armed"
Author: Andrew Ryan

via Livable Streets StreetNews: http://tinyurl.com/7sm5n3


-> According to a Jan. 9th Drivers.com article, "TV broadcasters in 22 U.S. cities announced yesterday at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that they will soon broadcast their TV signals in a format that can be received by a variety of mobile communications devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, GPS units and in-car entertainment systems. They announced that the broadcasts would most likely be free and would offer local news, weather and traffic information.

"Manufacturers such as LG and Samsung are working on phones and other devices that can accept the free broadcast TV signals. However, Mark Aitken, director of advanced technology for the Sinclair Broadcasting Group recognizes that there’s a 'chicken and egg' element to the technology's development -- why develop the broadcasting signals when there are currently no devices that can receive them?

"The broadcasters have resolved to deal with that conundrum by taking the initiative. 'Broadcasters have come together and said "We'll be the chicken,"' Aitken told CES attendees. The technology has an additional potential in that in emergency situations the broadcast TV signals won't overload cell phone networks and can transmit critical emergency information..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8mtvs2
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Title: "Free mobile TV coming to your car"
Author: Drivers.com staff


-> According to a Jan. 21st Journal article, "The proposed 400-unit, zero-carbon Carrowmoor development on West Hill will be up for public hearing next month.
Advertisement Fans of the development point to its cutting-edge environmental features and its inclusion of some commercial space to create a 'nodal development,' a buzzword for planners. Critics say the project is too big and will change the neighborhood character and worsen traffic. Carrowmoor is proposed for 158 acres on Route 79 north of EcoVillage and west of Lindeman Creek.

"The Town of Ithaca Planning Board voted Tuesday night to accept the draft scoping document for the Environmental Impact Statement -- one of the first steps in the lengthy environmental review process for the project. Board members asked for more information about traffic, lighting, glare, neighborhood views and project phasing before voting. Developer John Rancich and designer Steve Bauman came to the town with the idea for Carrowmoor several years ago. They spent a year working with a Town Board committee to create a draft local law that would change the zoning to allow the development..."

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Title: "Town of Ithaca to hold hearing on development"
Author: Krisy Gashler


-> According to a Jan. 21st American-Statesman article, "A new entrance to the heart of the city is being proposed under a redevelopment plan that would transform downtown Round Rock into an urban town center. Ideas for the proposed town center came out of a set of public meetings last week and include creating a downtown gateway that would preserve the area's character and small-town flavor. Plans include extending Main Street, home to the city's two-block historic district, to the Interstate 35 access road.

"Still in the early planning stages, the redevelopment does not yet have a price tag. Currently, drivers coming from I-35 access downtown via Round Rock Avenue (RM 620), which runs just north of Main Street. Under the scenario, visitors to the city would be greeted by a hotel, a theater and shops that will be perched at the new entrance. Neal Payton, a partner with Torti Gallas and Partners , a Los Angeles-based architecture firm hired by the city, said the entryway is key to the plan..."

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Title: "Round Rock takes steps to revamp downtown"
Author: M.B. Taboada


-> According to a Jan. 21st Detroit News article, "Opportunity is knocking for four Oakland County communities. West Bloomfield and Commerce townships, along with Walled Lake and Wixom, are the potential recipients of railroad property that could be converted into walkable trails. There's just one problem: Three of the four communities don't have the money to buy the land, which if converted, could provide a continuous trail network from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The former Grand Trunk Western Railway line is owned by Railmark Holdings, which operated the Michigan Star Clipper dinner train that ended service Dec. 31.

"Railmark president B. Allen Brown is negotiating a deal with Montoff Transportation Co., LLC, of Seattle for the nine miles of rail. Brown did not return calls seeking comment, but has said the sale of the line would eventually result in the transfer of each piece of railroad to the communities served by the line. In previous interviews, Brown would not disclose his selling price, but municipal officials involved in the project estimated the price to be $3.5 million. Chuck Montange, a managing member of Montoff, said the process of selling rail lines is 'complicated.' Under federal law, the railroad can only be sold to another rail company. The line would have to be abandoned for communities to purchase it..."

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Title: "Rail trail under consideration"
Author: Jennifer Chambers


BIKES - life size cardboard and glue sculpture by Chris Gilmore (2003)

Published by the Popcorn Board
2008 Edition

The Popcorn Board developed this Agri-Chemical Handbook to help everyone in the popcorn industry remain informed about the status of pesticide products that are registered for use on popcorn or in popcorn storage facilities. ("Pesticide" includes insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and growth regulators.)

The proper use of pesticides is of critical importance to the popcorn industry. The Popcorn Board is committed to ensuring that popcorn remains safe and healthful and retains the full confidence of consumers. To that end this Handbook not only lists agri-chemicals registered for use on popcorn or in storage facilities, but also indicates where special use restrictions apply, or if a chemical is under special review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Download here: http://tinyurl.com/826c9j
(475kb pdf)

via Jan. 16, 2009 Daily Grist: http://tinyurl.com/753xk5



CNN news story or bus industry ad?

-> "Bright yellow buses have long represented reliable daily journeys between home and the classroom, but schools are increasingly parking the durable icons and unintentionally compromising community coffers and student safety in the process..."

-> "The system is capable of disabling the phone while the car is being driven..."



3 FLIKR Galleries of photos illustrating concepts in bicycle parking; nearly 400 images, total; by John Luton, Capital Bike Walk Society, Victoria BC, and Victoria City Council.

"...Greenhouse Gas Emissions;" brief report by Clark Williams Derry, Sightline Institute; October 2007

"...for Obesity Control in Massachusetts;" article by Li, Kelsey, Zhang, Lemon, Mezgebu, Boddie-Willis, and Reed; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.137364

"...Obesity Problem;" article by Walls, Peeters, Loff, and Crammond; Am J Public Health published 15 January 2009, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.156232


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:



HIRING ORGANIZATION: This position is located in Transportation Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Facilities Planning and Management. Transportation Services creates transportation programs and services that support campus priorities.

SALARY: Starting salary is between $34,598 to $57,088 annually based on qualifications, plus excellent benefits. A six-month probationary period is required. Pay Schedule/Range 07-04.

CONTACT: For information regarding this position please contact Dawn Bierman, 608-265-4057, <dbierman@fpm.wisc.edu>.

JOB DUTIES: Assist the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) project manager in the following areas: analysis of program needs, collecting data and information, developing options and plans, and issuing recommendations and implementing policies and procedures to achieve overall TDM goals. In addition, this position is the primary contact for the University’s Bicycle/Pedestrian program and is responsible for its maintenance and development.

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Well-qualified applicants will have at least 2 years of experience: performing research and analyses of policy, planning and program issues; communicating orally and written; working with teams and problem-solving; and developing/implementing marketing strategies. Experience in a transportation program preferable. A bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning or related field may substitute for some of the experience...

For the complete announcement, go to: http://tinyurl.com/7rvwkj


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:


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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