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#221 Thursday, February 19, 2009

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- Level of Service Webinar Slated for March 18th
----- Stimulus Tools-R-Us!
----- Act Fast to Get Local Projects Funded With Stimulus $$
----- Community-Wide Parking Management Webinar February 26th
----- Trails, Walking, Biking: $825M In Stimulus Package
----- Boulder (CO) Mayor Chosen for Key Post In Obama Team
----- Many U.S. Schools In 'Air Pollution Danger Zone'
----- Lancaster University (UK) Doubles Bike Trips
----- AT & NTTP Host Trail Training Website
----- Videos Highlight 2009 APA Conference Venue
----- Missouri Bike Advocates Converge On State Capitol
----- SRTSNP: Creative, Safe Solutions to School Bus Cuts
----- Free EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance
----- Student Neighborhood Access Program Unique to Utah
----- S.W. Florida Bike Dealers Push For Bridge Access
----- T.A. Survey: 39% of New York City Drivers Speed
----- Announcing First Ever CenterLines Contest!

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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----- Enrique Penalosa Talks Bogota in Boston
----- Dallas (TX) Adds 655 Bike Racks to Buses
----- N.C. Trail Supporters Pitch Interstate Greenway
----- Las Cruces (NM) A Bike-Friendly City In The Making
----- Hopewell (VA) To Promote Lively, Walkable Downtown
----- Party Tabs, Car Leases, Golf Shirts Boost Hwy Project $$
----- Arkansas Cyclists, Cities Weigh Sharrow Proposal
----- Researchers Link Obesity to Birth Defects
----- Cass Co (IA) Board Approves Trail Grant Application
----- Sam Houston State University Opens Walking Trail
----- Why Suburbs May Become the Next Slums

FEATURES

LEVEL OF SERVICE (LOS) WEBINAR SLATED FOR MARCH 18th

-> The concept of Level of Service (LOS) has been around for some time. Now it's being incorporated into the new Highway Capacity Manual to be published in 2010, based on research performed for the NCHRP: multimodal LOS for Urban Streets. Learn more about LOS at a one-hour webinar scheduled for March 18th, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Bruce Landis of Sprinkle Consulting will introduce newcomers to LOS, then describe new bicycle and pedestrian level of service models. Joe Fish, a transportation planner for the city of Bloomington, Indiana, will describe some results of a pedestrian LOS case study.

The LOS webinar is part of the Professional Development webinar series , 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

STIMULUS TOOLS-R-US!

-> America Bikes has posted some very useful tools on their website for those who want to get working on ped and bike projects under the new stimulus legislation...

"Take Action for Bicycling and Walking in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009"
http://tinyurl.com/df3ljt

"Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act Frequently Asked Questions"
http://tinyurl.com/b6pseo

Preliminary state-by-state funding table:
(29kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/dfcace

ACT FAST TO GET LOCAL PROJECTS FUNDED WITH STIMULUS $$!!

-> According to a Feb. 18th Safe Routes to School National Partnership alert, "Over the past several months, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has asked for your help in ensuring that the federal economic stimulus/recovery bill included funding for bicycle, pedestrian, Safe Routes to School, and Complete Streets projects. We are now pleased to report on the outcome of this work. The economic stimulus bill, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. The law provides $789 billion in spending and tax cuts to stimulate the economy.  

"ARRA provides an important opportunity for states, cities, counties and schools to create healthier communities. Funding is available in the law to build sidewalks, bike lanes, pathways, and to create complete streets. This infrastructure can help to create an interconnected bicycle and pedestrian network, improving safety and providing opportunities for increased physical activity for both children and adults.

However, advocates will need to work quickly to ensure that states and local municipalities are aware of ready-to-go bicycle, pedestrian, and Safe Routes to School projects. Advocates should also ask questions about the design of roadway projects that will be constructed to ensure that they adhere to Complete Streets principles that serve all roadway users. Time is of the essence as states and localities are already making decisions about how to spend their stimulus funds, as there are provisions in the law where states will lose funding if it is not spent quickly..."

Go here PRONTO!: http://tinyurl.com/clo9wa

COMMUNITY -WIDE PARKING MANAGEMENT WEBINAR FEBRUARY 26th

-> Tools of Change is hosting several informative webinars during the coming quarter, including Community-Wide Parking Management Strategies and Tools, and Individualized Marketing. Parking management includes various strategies that result in more efficient use of parking facilities and greater adoption of walking and cycling. Find out how communities across Canada are implementing innovative parking management programs to help solve transportation and parking problems, reduce costs to governments and businesses, and support strategic development objectives. $100 per connection for two 90-minute webinars: Tuesday February 24, 12 noon to 1:30 PM Eastern Time and Thursday February 26, 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern Time.

Individualized Marketing has proven highly effective across North America, as well as in Europe and Australia, for reducing vehicle trips and increasing walking, cycling and transit use. This special 90-minute webinar features a case study of one such program, followed by a discussion panel on how to engage additional audiences and increase the cost-effectiveness and practicality of the approach for a wider range of communities. The case study features the TravelSmart pilots conducted in six different Vancouver neighbourhoods with differing urban environments and levels of transit service. The result was an 8% reduction in vehicle trips and a corresponding increase in walking, transit use and cycling. Members of the discussion panel have been selected from municipalities across North America (Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle, and Vancouver) that have implemented and evaluated the approach. $80 per connection, March 3 2009.

Registration for both webinars is at http://tinyurl.com/6avuyy

TRAILS, WALKING, BIKING: $825M IN STIMULUS Package

-> According to a Feb. 18th Rails to Trails Conservancy news release, "President Obama signed into law an economic recovery package that contains $825 million in funding for Transportation Enhancements. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) applauds Congress for its foresight in recognizing the job creation benefits of building bicycling and walking infrastructure, including trails. While representing less than two percent of transportation funding in the bill, this investment could create tens of thousands of jobs and critical active transportation connections that communities need.

"Transportation Enhancements (TE) is the nation's largest federal funding source for trails, walking and bicycling and a long-standing program that has historically enjoyed bi-partisan support. Its place within the stimulus package, however, heralds a transition in thinking among elected leaders who once viewed active transportation projects as niceties and now know them to be necessities for a balanced transportation system and a robust economy.

"'We are very pleased with Congress for recognizing the wisdom of investing in active transportation,' says Kevin Mills, RTC vice president of policy. 'The immediate job creation will also deliver long-term benefits for communities by reducing traffic congestion, climate emissions, oil dependence and obesity rates.'..."

Hurry over here!: http://tinyurl.com/cqtfh9

BOULDER (CO) MAYOR CHOSEN FOR KEY POST IN OBAMA TEAM

-> According to a Jan. 30th Gristmill article, "the Obama administration has scooped up Shaun McGrath, the green mayor of Boulder, Colo., to serve as the deputy director of intergovernmental affairs within the White House.

"McGrath has been mayor of Boulder since 2007 and a city council member since 2003. He has also worked on environmental issues for the Western Governors' Association since 1995. It was under his leadership that Boulder set out to become the first smart-grid city in the country.

"Voters there also approved the country's first carbon tax in 2006, and the city has been recognized with a platinum-level 'bicycle-friendly community' award from the League of American Bicyclists..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/aogekg

MANY U.S. SCHOOLS IN 'AIR POLLUTION DANGER ZONE'

-> According to an Aug. 18th news release, One in three U.S. public schools are in the 'air pollution danger zone,' according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC). UC researchers have found that more than 30 percent of American public schools are within 400 meters, or a quarter mile, of major highways that consistently serve as main truck and traffic routes. Research has shown that proximity to major highways—and thus environmental pollutants, such as aerosolizing diesel exhaust particles—can leave school-age children more susceptible to respiratory diseases later in life.

"'This is a major public health concern that should be given serious consideration in future urban development, transportation planning and environmental policies,' says Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, principal investigator of the study and professor of environmental health at UC. To protect the health of young children with developing lungs, he says new schools should be built further from major highways. 'Health risk can be mitigated through proper urban planning, but that doesn't erase the immediate risk to school-age children attending schools that are too close to highways right now,' he adds.

"'Existing schools should be retrofitted with air filtration systems that will reduce students' exposure to traffic pollutants.' The UC-led team reports its findings in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, an international scientific journal. This is believed to be the first national study of school proximity and health risks associated with major roadways."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5dq8oa
Abstract: http://tinyurl.com/6pl4q4

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY (UK) DOUBLES BIKE TRIPS

-> According to a Feb. 3rd Cycling England blog entry, "The proportion of students cycling and walking to Lancaster University has almost doubled in less than two years according to Lancaster University Travel Plan surveys. Over ten per cent of students living off-campus now cycle to the University, up from just over five per cent 21 months ago. In the same period, the numbers of students walking to the University has also doubled from just over 3 per cent to over 6 per cent. The proportion of staff cycling to work is one of the highest in Lancashire at just over 13 per cent and fewer students and staff are now driving to the campus.

"The survey findings reveal that almost a third of all postgraduate research students living off-campus are regularly cycling. Lancaster University Travel & Environment Coordinator, Philip Longton, said: "It is really encouraging to see more and more people taking up cycling. To have more postgraduate research students accessing the campus on bicycles rather than in cars as either drivers or passengers is a great achievement."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cmokca

AT & NTTP HOST TRAIL TRAINING WEBSITE

-> According to a Feb. 13th Trails Training Ideas newsletter article, "A wide variety of training is available during 2009 for volunteers and professionals working to develop trails of all kinds. American Trails and the National Trails Training Partnership are working with agencies and organizations across America to promote trail-related trainings. See dozens of offerings for 2009 on the online calendar of training events."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ct9jqd
Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/bn4zwk

VIDEOS HIGHLIGHT 2009 APA CONFERENCE VENUE

-> For those who will be lucky enough to attend the upcoming American Planning Association National Conference (April 25-29 in Minneapolis, MN), there are three interesting promotional video's to wet your whistles. Of course, if you can't make it, then the videos will be all the more worth watching! One shows off St. Paul's Summit Avenue, "the country's best-preserved Victorian boulevard." The second video highlights the Midtown Greenway, a marvel of an urban trail that has become a magnet for people and riverfront development. The third video explores Freewheel Bike's Midtown Bike Center, a key ingredient of the Midtown Greenway.

Check them out here: http://tinyurl.com/apk7yd

MISSOURI BIKE ADVOCATES CONVERGE ON STATE CAPITOL

-> According to the Feb. 14th edition of Let's Go KC, "On Tuesday, February 17th several environmental groups from across Missouri will host the 2009 Conservation Lobby Day, and this year they are including transportation as a topic. This is an excellent event for those of you who are interested in the environmental benefits of transit, bicycling, and walking.

"And don't forget Missouri Bicycle Federation's 3rd Annual Bicycle Day at the Capitol on February 24th. Bicyclists from all over Missouri will come to Jefferson City to talk to legislators about the recreational, health, transportation, and environmental benefits of bicycling..."

More information on...
Conservation Lobby Day, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ant9dw
Bicycle Day at the Capitol, go to: http://tinyurl.com/d9pxvu
Let's Go KC, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5wqksu

SRTSNP: CREATIVE, SAFE SOLUTIONS TO SCHOOL BUS CUTS

-> According to an article in the February issue of Safe Routes to School E-News, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently convened a special working group to examine the issue of school transportation cutbacks. The working group has produced a series of materials that we hope will prove useful for school officials and parents dealing with issues surrounding school bus cuts.

"School districts all across the country are struggling to balance budgets and save money. In the summer of 2008, skyrocketing fuel costs had a significant impact on school transportation budgets. Now in 2009, the worsening economy, state budget crises, and shrinking property tax revenues are impacting school budgets. At least 20 states have implemented or proposed budget cuts to K-12 education per-pupil funding and local education grants..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/bhbkc5

FREE EPA SMART GROWTH IMPLEMENTATION ASSISTANCE

-> According to a Feb. 12th Environmental Protection Agency news release, "The Development, Community, and Environment Division in EPA's Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation is seeking applications for technical assistance from communities that want to incorporate smart growth in their future development to meet environmental and other community goals. Eligible entities are tribal, local, regional, and state governments, and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity. Applications are due at 5:00 pm EST, April 23, 2009.

"EPA has identified some key areas in which communities are likely to
benefit from technical assistance:
- Climate change (both mitigation of and adaptation to)
- Green job development
- Corridor redevelopment
- Green building development
- Suburban retrofitting
- Disaster resiliency

"Proposals are not limited to requests for technical assistance in only these thematic areas; other topics for assistance are welcome and encouraged, provided they demonstrate cutting-edge challenges and the possibility of replicable solutions...

More info: http://tinyurl.com/ddr2sy

STUDENT NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS PROGRAM UNIQUE TO UTAH

-> According to the Feb. 12th Safe Routes to School E-News, "The Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP) is unique to Utah's SRTS program. It consists of a software program and operation guide which allows individual schools to download a base map of their school to then create their SRTS plan, using tools designed for the software. Approximately 50% of all Utah schools now use this program. Utah is currently working to enhance the program's capabilities to support a broader audience, both locally and nationally..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dazlex
For more on SNAP, go to: http://tinyurl.com/brr6mf
For an ABC4 story, go to: http://tinyurl.com/cykgrx

S.W. FLORIDA BIKE DEALERS PUSH FOR BRIDGE ACCESS

-> According to a Feb. 11th Bicycle Newswire article, "South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers (SWFBUD), a coalition of eight bicycle stores and advocates in the Tampa Bay area, has prompted a local highway authority to study the feasibility of opening the upper deck of the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway for bicyclists on Sunday mornings.

"'This a win-win for everyone in the community,' said Alan Snel, of Tampa, director of SWFBUD, which promotes and grows bicycling in the Tampa Bay market and which puts on the annual Bicycle Bash by the Bay bike festival..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/azbxgl

T.A. SURVEY: 39% OF NEW YORK CITY DRIVERS SPEED

-> According to an article in the Feb. 12th edition of Transportation Alternatives' StreetBeat newsletter, "Although any cyclist, pedestrian or person with a pair of eyes could have assumed as much, this survey of over 15,000 vehicles at 13 locations throughout the five boroughs provides the data to back up that long anecdotal estimation. The study found: on East Houston Street, 70% of drivers sped through a school zone; on Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn, 88% answered the call of a lead foot; and on Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island's most dangerous road, cars were often clocked traveling more than 60 miles per hour.

"Each of these horrifying figures not only shows the below-bar quality of the NYPD's speeding enforcement programs, but also indicates that speeding drivers put hundreds of thousands of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers at risk every day..."

"Speeding contributes to roughly 2,400 motor vehicle crashes in New York City each year--nearly three times the number attributed to drunk driving. The likelihood of a crash resulting in a pedestrian fatality increases exponentially with speed; a pedestrian struck at 40 mph has only a 30% chance of survival. Something must be done to address NYC's speeding epidemic. To this end, T.A. is calling on the City to design streets for lower speeds, for the NYPD to collect data that documents the frequency of speeding, and for the State Legislature to pave the way for speeding enforcement cameras in NYC..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bcsubg
Get the report (2.1mb pdf) here: http://tinyurl.com/bjeymh

ANNOUNCING FIRST EVER CENTERLINES CONTEST!

-> CenterLines' esteemed editor has gotten just plain tired of hearing the phrase, "Shovel Ready." Virtually every Public Works Pundit has ridden this 3-legged pony into the ground over and over and...For their part, Lazy News Hounds have latched onto the term like a mouse trap on a wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie.

Enough! The thrill is definitely gone, as B.B. King might say, were he foolish enough to be involved in the transportation field, which he is, thankfully, not. The time has come to move on to greener wordsmithian pastures. To this end, PLEASE send your replacement term to <john@bikewalk.org>. The winner will receive some sort of prize, although there are no guarantees that it would be to her/his tastes.

 


QUOTES R US


-> "People who engage in regular vigorous exercise also tend to stay mentally sharp into their 70s and 80s. A six-year study of 1,740 adults ages 65 and older, reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2006, found that people who exercised more than three times a week had a lower risk of dementia than their sedentary counterparts..."
-- Harvard Health Publications
Source: http://tinyurl.com/acpg3a

-> "In most respects, improved safety of intoxicated pedestrians will come about by making the environment safer for all pedestrians, drunk or sober. The measure that would be expected to have the greatest effect quickest is a reduced speed limit, especially in locations where traffic is busy and there are many pedestrians."
-- T.P. Hutchinson, C.N. Kloeden, & V.L. Lindsay, Centre for Automotive Safety Research, Univ. of Adelaide
http://tinyurl.com/dg5nsn

-> "Once gas prices starting rising in 1999 or so, we northwesterners gradually eased our gas consumption into reverse -- a decline that was far more gradual than in the oil shocks of the early 1980s, but no less real. And in cutting our consumption, we achieved a sort of progress that, back in 1965, seemed like the opposite of progress. We learned to do well--or well enough--with a little less..."
-- Clark Williams-Derry, Sightline Institute
http://tinyurl.com/br2cl3

-> "There is no more powerful force in the world than an idea whose time has come."
-- Victor Hugo
http://tinyurl.com/cnarem

-> "I have recently acquired a TomTom GPS in car navigator. Amongst its many astonishing features, it has a display on it that shows you your estimated arrival time for the route you are traveling...Now here is the kicker; I used to routinely travel at 130% of the speed limit everywhere...I thought that I was keeping myself alert and saving time. My TomTom, however, disagreed. In fact anywhere I traveled (and I routinely drive more than 100 miles) I would only shave off 5-10 minutes of the estimated arrival time! 5-10 minutes of time that is then wasted because I wasn't late to start off with! Since then, I adopted a new way of driving, I never speed."
-- Vadim
http://tinyurl.com/2sgcny

-> "Off-street parking requirements are a fertility drug for cars."
-- Donald Shoup, "The High Cost of Free Parking"
http://tinyurl.com/oq6sh

 


IN THE NEWS

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ENRIQUE PENALOSA TALKS BOGOTA IN BOSTON

-> According to a Feb. 8th Brookline Perspective blog entry, "Once again, an inspiring urban leader has come to Boston. Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of Bogota, Columbia held forth at multiple speaking engagements last week, thanks to the Livable Streets Alliance, Walk Boston and the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. As with Nicky Gavron, the former deputy mayor of London who I saw speak last year, there was much food for thought as we heard about the farsighted transformations realized by this remarkable urban leader.

"The capacity crowd filled the Rabb Lecture Hall as Mr. Penalosa began his presentation. Distilling things down to their essence, he was able to convey, not just the mechanics of his remarkable public transportation and urban planning vision, but the basic philosophy that underpins his view of cities, how they function and what makes them livable. The fundamentals he presented have relevance anywhere and we would all do well to remember them as we plan and make policy in our own communities..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dgvug2
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Lessons From Bogata"
Author: "Concerned Citizen"

Via: Livable Streets' StreetNews: http://tinyurl.com/dfgjnm

DALLAS (TX) ADDS 655 BIKE RACKS TO BUSES

-> According to a Feb. 11th Neighbors Go Blog article, "Bicyclists can now transport their bikes aboard Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in brand-new, quality, heavy-duty racks attached to the front of hundreds of buses. DART began adding the racks late last year and expects to have all buses equipped by the end of February.

"Tony Mendoza, DART's senior manager consumer programs, said the addition of 655 racks will allow customers to go places they may not have tried reaching before due to time constraints and distance. 'Now they can combine their bicycle use with our rail and bus service to travel even further. Bicyclists can take a bike to their job, area bike paths or school,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ddk9wl
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Bike and bus combo means a healthier commute"
Author: Mark A. Ball

N.C. TRAIL SUPPORTERS PITCH INTERSTATE GREENWAY

-> According to a Feb. 19th News & Observer article, "Supporters of trails and greenways are pitching six North Carolina projects, including two in the Triangle, to state transportation planners as top priorities for federal stimulus funds. Supporters said the projects, all ready to be built, would enhance a growing network of footpaths and greenways that includes the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from the Smokies to the Outer Banks, the 330-mile North Carolina section of the East Coast Greenway from Maine to Florida and the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional trail system near Charlotte that will eventually link 15 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina.

"The projects would take $8.1 million in stimulus funds and bring matching funds from local and state governments. They'll compete with a list of $26 million in other requests for greenway, sidewalk and pedestrian projects submitted by municipalities and local planning groups for an estimated $22 million in stimulus money directed to North Carolina for the purpose. 'We were promoting the idea of trying to put emphasis on interstate greenway systems,' said Kate Dixon, executive director of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and a coordinator with the N.C. Coalition for Trails and Active Transportation, which compiled the requests. 'They will create jobs, boost tourism and provide other economic benefits.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/beu3zx
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "If money flows, trails may grow"
Author: Wade Rawlins

LAS CRUCES (NM) A BIKE-FRIENDLY CITY IN THE MAKING

-> According to a Feb. 11th Sun-News article, "Members of the Mesilla Valley Bicycle Coalition pedaled along Telshor Boulevard Tuesday morning with renewed enthusiasm following Monday's Las Cruces City Council meeting where improvements to bicycle facilities throughout the city were discussed. 'We're hopeful,' said Ellen Castello, a member of the coalition, prior to the visibility ride. 'There's a proactive spirit to make roads safer for all users, not just for motorists.'

"Councilor Nathan Small said Tuesday that while the city has taken steps to make roadways safer for bicyclists, there is still much more that can be done to make the community more bike-friendly. 'We have had some success, but we have a long way to go,' Small said. Already, the city has implemented shared lanes and road diets, which reduce the number of lanes on a roadway to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

"In Monday's City Council meeting, he said, 'We heard a number of suggestions that can work for Las Cruces on its journey of expansion.' Councilors discussed creating complete streets, which would accommodate all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists, and islands on roadways that would better protect cyclists..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cfjox6
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Las Cruces trying to be bike-friendly"
Author: Lauren E. Toney

HOPEWELL (VA) TO PROMOTE LIVELY, WALKABLE DOWNTOWN

-> According to a Feb. 15th Richmond Times-Dispatch article, "A mixed-development project for downtown Hopewell has city residents and officials hopeful. The city has been waiting for a project to begin a transformation of downtown from a deserted area into a livelier district and a walkable community with modern shops, restaurants and living spaces, city officials said...

"The plan is to convert the [the former Larkin Hotel] building into 32 residential units and about 4,200 square feet of retail space...John M. Altman Jr., assistant city manager for development, said the project is significant because it puts a vacant historical structure back in use. 'It also puts people in downtown,' he said. 'Those individuals will eat at the restaurants and create a need for additional services. The residential component will help drive the retail and commercial component.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bag6lc
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Project gives city optimism"
Author: Luz Lazo

PARTY TABS, CAR LEASES, GOLF SHIRTS BOOST HWY PROJECT $$

-> According to a Feb. 14th Washington Post article, "Design and engineering companies helping to build the nation's highways ran up millions of dollars in inappropriate charges at the expense of taxpayers, including bills for parties, luxury car leases and hefty paychecks for executives, according to auditors. The bills were described by the firms as overhead costs but should not have been allowed, according to a Feb. 5 report by auditors in the Department of Transportation's inspector general's office.

"The report serves as a cautionary tale as the federal government is preparing to quickly disburse billions in stimulus grants to states for highway projects. A main reason cited for the misspending was the reliance on private accountants paid by the firms undergoing review. The accountants in some cases appeared to put their clients' interests ahead of taxpayers. The report also cited 'deficiencies' in the Federal Highway Administration's oversight of the projects..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d3x9or
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Driving Up the Cost For Public Works - Party Tabs, Car Leases, Golf Shirts Piled On To Bills for Highway Projects, Audit Shows"
Author: Robert O'Harrow Jr.

Via: AASHTO Daily Transportation Update: http://tinyurl.com/bmuclc

ARKANSAS CYCLISTS, CITIES WEIGH SHARROW PROPOSAL

-> According to a Feb. 9th Arkansas Democrat Gazette article, "A new pavement marking that bicyclists hope drives home the message that motorists must share the road with them is on its way to central Arkansas. It is known as the shared lane marking, or sharrow.

"The marking, intended initially for qualified roadways popular with bicyclists, is chiefly designed to alert motorists that bicyclists may be on the road and signal to bicyclists their proper place on the road, said Casey Covington, an official with Metroplan, the long-range transportation agency for central Arkansas.

"'Sharrows have been used on lower-speed urban roadways throughout the United States and have generally been accepted by bicyclists throughout the United States, and those in the engineering profession,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/art8ao
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Bicyclists, cities look at proposal for sharrows"
Author: Noel E. Oman

via Kansas Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/9gh54d

RESEARCHERS LINK OBESITY TO BIRTH DEFECTS

-> According to a Feb. 10th Reuters article, "Obese women are more likely to give birth to children with spina bifida, heart problems, cleft palate and a number of other defects, British researchers said on Tuesday. The findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association underscore obesity's role as a major health problem and add to evidence that being too heavy while pregnant carries risks for both mother and child.

"Katherine Stothard and colleagues from Britain's Newcastle University combined data from 18 studies to look at the risk of abnormalities of babies whose mothers were obese or overweight. Obese women were nearly twice as likely to have a baby with neural tube defects, which are caused by the incomplete development of the brain or spinal cord, the study found. For one such defect, spina bifida, the risk more than doubled..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/awy3xu
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Researchers Link Obesity to Birth Defects"
Author: Michael Kahn

CASS CO. (IA) BOARD APPROVES TRAIL GRANT APPLICATION

-> According to a Feb. 18th News-Telegraph article, "By a vote of 3-1 the Cass County Board of Supervisors approved a grant application for transportation enhancement trail grant that will focus primarily studying the extension of the T-Bone Trail into Atlantic, while providing some funds for a study of the Fair River road bridge. Southwest Iowa Planning Council representative John McCurdy, met with the board to discuss the $25,000 grant, 20 percent of which will come from local funds. McCurdy said he had contacted officials from the Nishna Valley Trail group, which had committed $3,500 of the $5,000 local match leaving the county responsible for $1,500.

"The grant will be used for a comprehensive study that will identify the best options to move forward to connect the T-Bone Trail to Atlantic and include evaluations of the ownership of property and the availability of easements as well as issues of grade and pedestrian safety. The study will also include money for an evaluation by an bridge engineer of the Fair River Road bridge over the Nishnabotna River as to the suitability for converting it into a pedestrian bridge if another course of action should be taken..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dx52ea
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "County approves trial grant application"
Author: Jeff Lundquist

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY OPENS WALKING TRAIL

-> According to a Feb. 19th Houstonian article, "Spring will soon be sprung, and in honor of this, the University Wellness Committee has sponsored a walking path through campus to encourage the physical activity of students, faculty and staff. The University Wellness Committee is a division of SHSU devoted to the health of Sam Houston State University faculty and staff, but the walking route is open to all. Some fitness groups at the Health and Kinesiology Center have started using the route regularly and use certain signs along the way as checkpoints for more rigorous aerobic activities.

"The campus walking route passes through 1.5 miles of the campus and is marked by stand-alone and piggybacking route signs, along with a large map between the Coliseum and the HKC detailing the route. Mindy Oden, assistant director of wellness at SHSU, encourages students to take advantage of the new outdoor path and the beauty of the campus in spring. 'The campus walking route will create awareness to the Bearkat community that there are opportunities outdoors to be active,' she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/astebg
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Title: "Walking trail on campus established for HKC's campus wellness efforts, to whittle waistlines"
Author: Nikki Prescott

WHY SUBURBS MAY BECOME THE NEXT SLUMS

-> According to a Feb. 18th AlterNet article, "The poor are fleeing our cities, but life is not always greener in the suburbs, even when affordable housing comes with a two-car garage. The financial meltdown has produced a vast patchwork of foreclosed and abandoned single-family homes across America, accelerating the decades-long migration of our nation's poor from cities to the suburban fringe. In 2005, as rising property values reduced affordable-housing stock in inner-city neighborhoods, suburban poverty, in raw numbers, topped urban poverty for the first time.

"The trend will continue. By 2025, predicts planning expert Arthur C. Nelson, America will face a market surplus of 22 million large-lot homes (a sixth of an acre or more), attracting millions of low-income residents deeper into suburbia where decay and social and geographic isolation will pose challenges few see coming. 'As a society, we have fundamentally failed to address our housing policy,' said Nelson, director of metropolitan research at the University of Utah. 'Suburbia is overbuilt and yet we will keep on building there. Most policymakers don't see the consequences, and those who do are denying reality.'..."

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Title: "Why Suburbs May Become the Next Slums"
Author: David Villano

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
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QUICK HITS

CINCINNATI (OH) GOAL TO CREATE 200,000 JOBS
-> The first priority in their plan is: "Focusing on neighborhoods and 'place-based investment,' such as Middletown's East End, by practicing smart growth and green building and developing proud, walkable neighborhoods..."
http://tinyurl.com/a9w5lv

NEARLY 1,500 MORE CARS IN BEIJING DAILY
-> "This year's new cars brought the total in the city to 3.56 million as of February 14, the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau said, according to Xinhua..."
http://tinyurl.com/bybvyl

WOMAN, 51: BMX RACING NOT JUST FOR KIDS
-> "It doesn't matter that she once got knocked out cold during a race. In fact, Anderson had not even regained consciousness from that wreck before she was dreaming about bicycles..."
http://tinyurl.com/a9w5wk

US-DK ELECTRIC CAR NETWORK IN PLACE BY 2011
-> "A US-Danish initiative to bring an electric car charging network to Denmark
says it has secured the finance it needs to launch, and the network will be in
operation by 2011..."
http://tinyurl.com/ahlgdv

 


RESOURCES

-> "INTERSECTION REPAIR: PROGRAM INFORMATION"
Brief report from Portland (OR) group, City Repair, on their work with turning intersections into public squares. (418kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/d44cul

-> "MAKING PERSONAL TRAVEL PLANNING WORK...
"...Practitioners' guide;" by Integrated Transport Planning Ltd., et al; for the UK Department for Transport (DfT), Nov. 2008. (1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/bfyya6
Other personal travel planning titles found at the same web address:
"Making personal travel planning work: research report" (Oct. 2007)
"Making personal travel planning work: case studies" (Oct. 2007)
"Making personal travel planning work: summary report" (Oct. 2007)
"Practitioners Guide: Resource Documents" (no date)
"Personalised travel planning: evaluation of 14 pilots" (Jan. 2006)
"A review of the effectiveness of personalised journey planning techniques (Dec. 2005)

-> "OUR BUILT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS..."
"...A Technical Review of the Interactions between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality;" by ICF Consulting; for Development, Community, and Environment Division, US EPA Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation; EPA 231-R-01-002. Jan. 2001 (1.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/bsjzxx

-> "PARKING STRATEGY FOR MISSISSAUGA CITY CENTRE..."
"...Final Report -- Mississauga Plan Review;" by Edward R. Sajecki
Missauga (ON) Commissioner of Planning and Building; quote: "the strategy will facilitate the City Centre's transition from a suburban, auto-oriented environment to a vibrant, walkable and compact urban centre." Jan. 13, 2009 (274kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/bdxlyu

-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SUITS: CRACKING THE..."
"...Liability Lies in Walking and Biking to School;" by Dave Glowacz, Director of Education, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (now the Active Transportation Alliance); originally presented at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 conference.
http://tinyurl.com/ckl5jv

-> "THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH..."
"...11 Profiles of Neighborhood Transformation; principal author: Manal J. Aboelata, MPH; for the Prevention Institute. 2004 (1.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cwsnjq

-> "PROMISING STRATEGIES FOR CREATING HEALTHY..."
"...Eating and Active Living Environments;" by Lee, Mikkelsen, Srikantharajah, & Cohen. 2008 (1.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4r7ww3
Via Complete Streets News: http://tinyurl.com/ad89me

-> "ACCIDENTS TO INTOXICATED PEDESTRIANS IN..."
"...South Australia;" by Hutchinson, Kloeden, & Lindsay, Centre for Automotive Safety Research; CASR Report Series; CASR061; February 2009. (493kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/dg5nsn

-> "TWO BILLION CARS..."
"...Transforming a Culture; article by Daniel Sperling & Deborah Gordon; TRNews 259; Nov/Dec 2008. (1.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/awydc8

-> "SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY INDEX"
"Sustainable Society Index shows at a glance the level of sustainability in 151 countries;" by the Sustainable Society Foundation
http://tinyurl.com/c96p5b

-> "BIKE PATH PHOBIA: SELLING SKEPTICS ON..."
"...Urban Greenway Bike Path Safety;" by Tod Schneider; Parks & Recreation, August, 2000.
http://tinyurl.com/bfe7gd
Via: Kansas Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/daz8cf



CALENDAR

Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

-> February 18-20, 2009, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/5qh4jc

-> February 28-March 1, 2009, Thunderhead Alliance Winning Campaigns Training, Indianapolis, IN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ab2mov

-> March 1-4, 2009, National Main Street Conference, Chicago, IL. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/8da44p

-> 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>
http://tinyurl.com/69954g

-> March 25-28, 2009, Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition, Atlanta GA. Info: American College of Sports Medicine
http://tinyurl.com/5unah6

-> March 27-March 29, 2009 Thunderhead Alliance Winning Campaigns Training, Toronto, ON. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ab2mov

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

-> 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>.
http://tinyurl.com/57bfkg

-> April 19-21, 2009, 4th Int'l Conference on Future Urban Transport, Goteborg, Sweden. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/d4ud2e

-> April 22-24, 2009, California Trails & Greenways Conference, Yosemite, CA. Info: Laura Svendsgaard, phone: (877) 776-3619; email: <trails@parks.ca.gov>.
http://tinyurl.com/6ynmfc

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

-> April 24-26, 2009, 7th International Public Market Conference, San Francisco, CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/7zzu7x

-> April 25-29, 2009 American Planning Association National Conference, Minneapolis MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2g8fek

-> May 12-15, 2009, Velo-City 2009, Brussels, Belgium. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/55w7nl

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

-> August 19-21, 2009, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Portland, Oregon. Info: phone: 503-226-0676, ext. 27; email: <info@saferoutesconference.org>
http://tinyurl.com/ajk7jy

-> September 2-4, 2009, 2nd International Urban Design Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/7z6ukf

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

-> October 7-9, 2009, 10th Annual Walk21, New York City NY. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/67kk4m

-> October 18-22, 2009, Low Carbon Cities - 45th ISOCARP Int'l Congress, Porto, Portugal. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/acz5p6


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> JOB -- PROJECT PLANNER -- WINSTON-SALEM, NC
(Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator)

General Description:
Under regular supervision, the Project Planner is responsible for all bicycle and pedestrian planning activities for the Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO); coordinates all bicycle and pedestrian planning activities with the City-County Planning Board (CCPB), counties and municipalities within the MPO, and other MPOs in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina; performs difficult professional work involved in the planning of bicycle and pedestrian projects, programs, services and improvements; does related work as required...

Requirements:
Any combination of education or experience equivalent to a Master's degree in transportation planning, city and regional planning or a closely related field, or a combination of a Bachelor's degree in city and regional planning and three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience in transportation planning. AICP Certification is desirable.

Thorough knowledge of: the concepts, principles, techniques and legal aspects of transportation planning; current literature and recent initiatives in the planning field; research and statistical methods; governmental organizations and operations; community interrelationships; project management methods and techniques. Skills and abilities to: analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information; make recommendations based on findings in studies, field observation and public contacts; use computers and other technologies in the analysis and presentation of information; prepare and deliver clear, concise and effective oral and written presentations to the general public, appointed boards and elected officials; establish and maintain effective working relationships with Federal, State and local officials, the general public, employees and contractors; estimate and administer budgets for studies and schedule and manage bicycle and pedestrian planning projects; work independently with minimal direction and supervision; plan and supervise the work of technicians and temporary employees; simultaneously manage multiple projects; be a problem solver.

For the complete job description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/borcq8


-> JOB -- GREAT STREETS CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR -- SFBC

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) is seeking a highly motivated and talented individual to serve in a new position of Director of the San Francisco Great Streets Campaign. This is an exciting, new collaboration being launched by the SFBC and partner organizations to promote safer, more livable streets and public places. The Director will collaborate with community leaders, neighborhood groups, businesses, and city agencies to advocate for and win great walking spaces, safe bike space, and less motor vehicle traffic.

For the full job description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/a9rm44

-> INTERNSHIP -- COMMUNICATIONS INTERN -- THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE
Location: San Francisco, CA
Degree Required: Bachelors

Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking is the national coalition of state and local organizations working together to promote bicycling and walking in North American communities. We bring leaders together to help them grow their organizations and become more effective by sharing best practices and innovations. The Alliance's mission is to create, strengthen, and unite state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations

Position Overview
The Communications Intern will help implement the results of a year-long communications strategy and rebranding process. You will help shape and style Thunderhead Alliance‚s online and/or print communications. This internship could involve creative and engaging tasks such as writing for Alliance publications and website, editing our communications, designing publications and print materials, helping launch new online communication tools and establish the Alliance in social networking channels, and creating marketing materials for our programs. Tasks assigned will depend on your skill set and interests.

For details, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/5vtgln

-> JOB -- BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORD -- UNIV. OF WISCONSIN

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

 


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