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#223 Thursday, March 18, 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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----- Complete Streets Bill Hits Senate & House
----- City SRTS Alum Addresses National League of Cities Conference
----- Sharrows Are Topic For Next Professional Development Webinar
----- Specter, Blumenauer, et al Introduce Clean Tea Bill
----- National Bike Summit 2009 a Huge Success
----- Watch Bike Summit Speeches!
----- Complete the Streets with Stimulus $$!
----- Twin Cities to Get Bike Center, Bike Sharing
----- America Walks, NCSRTS Offer Safe Routes Webinars
----- Alliance Announces 2009 Advocacy Award Winners
----- Traffic Bottlenecks Eased in 2008
----- Wilkinson To Be Feted at Univ. of Oregon Gathering
----- Georgia Bicyclists Ride to State Capitol
----- Great American Main Street Awards
----- 2-Way Traffic Restored on Sacramento (CA) Streets
----- Podcast: What Does Future Hold for Trans Policy?
----- Sign up for Rails-to-Trails' Early Warnings!
----- AASHTO Debuts "Transportation TV"
----- Making the Case for the Simple Street Grid
----- Connecticut Groups Call for Congestion Pricing

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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------ Vote For The Earth With Your Light Switch
------ Walking Around Your Neighborhood
------ Takin' It to The Streets
------ Texas Weighs Ban on Driving + Texting
------ New York City Bicyclists: Remember the '80S?
------ Cross-New Zealand Cycleway 'Taken Seriously'
------ Salina (KS) Seeks Stimulus Money for Paths, Trees
------ Radiant Cities: Living in Your Car
------ Postcard from Paris: Cyclists Behaving Badly

FEATURES

COMPLETE STREETS BILL HITS SENATE & HOUSE

-> According to the Mar. 13th National Complete Streets Coalition newsletter, "The Complete Streets Act of 2009 was introduced in both houses of Congress on Thursday, March 12. Senator Harkin (IA) sponsored S. 584 with Senator Carper (DE) as original cosponsor.

"In the House, Congresswoman Matsui (CA-5) sponsored H.R. 1433 with Representatives Tauscher (CA-10), Maloney (NY-14), and Wu (OR-1) as original cosponsors. The Complete Streets Act of 2009 defines effective complete streets policies that are flexible enough to use in daily transportation planning practice. The introduction of these bills is a key step in ensuring safer, better-designed streets across the country.

"Organizations from the YMCA to the National Association of Realtors have lined up behind the measure, because they see the benefits complete streets will provide on issues ranging from the obesity epidemic to greenhouse gas reduction to providing inexpensive transportation
alternatives in tough economic times."

For the latest, go to: http://tinyurl.com/385d4w

Use this quick online form letter to let your Senator and Representative know about this important bill and ask them to sign on: http://tinyurl.com/43xafp

CITY SRTS ALUM ADDRESSES NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES CONFERENCE

-> Washington DC--The Garfield, NJ, Safe Routes to School crew continues to deliver. Darleen Reveille, the town's public health nurse, took to the national stage at the National League of Cities (NLC) conference March 16th to discuss Safe Routes to School programs. Darleen is our champion from Garfield, a 2.2-square-mile community in New Jersey, with a diverse population of 30,000, where nearly every child could walk to school. The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) visited Garfield in June 2007 to present a City Safe Routes to School program. Since our visit, Safe Routes to School has taken off, and Darleen has continued to impress us with her ability to push and cajole people to do the right thing.

The ALRC staff recently completed a write up of Garfield's experiences with Safe Routes to School, and what progress it has made towards its goal of reducing the incidence of overweight/obesity among its children. The case study is now available for download at:
http://tinyurl.com/cltlep

SHARROWS ARE TOPIC FOR NEXT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEBINAR

-> The Shared Roadway Marking ("sharrow") has been accepted in the CA MUTCD and proposed for inclusion in the next MUTCD; it is becoming a popular addition to a bicycle engineer/planner's toolbox. Learn more about sharrows at a one-hour webinar scheduled for April15th, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

This webinar will feature Mike Sallaberry, a registered traffic engineer who has worked in San Francisco for nine years, first with the city’s Bicycle Program and then with the Traffic Calming Program. Mike will provide information about placing and installing the marking on a variety of street types, and will present findings of the San Francisco-sponsored experiment, showing what the marking was and was not able to accomplish. Mike will also provide examples of less-obvious situations where sharrows can be used to address design challenges where other markings, signage, facilities, etc are inappropriate or insufficient.

The Sharrows 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/8ncyg4

SPECTER, BLUMENAUER, ET AL INTRODUCE CLEAN TEA BILL

-> According to a March 16th Cyclelicious Bicycle Blog entry by Yokota Fritz, "Last week, Sens. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) and Arlen Specter (R-Penn.) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), Steven La Tourette (R-Ohio), Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced the Clean, Low Emission Affordable New Transportation Efficiency Act. H.R. 1329, also known as CLEAN TEA will work in conjunction with proposed climate change legislation by using a portion of any future cap and trade revenue to fund a low greenhouse gas transportation fund.

"The current transportation authorization law -- SAFETEA-LU -- was signed into law by President Bush in 2005 and expires in September 2009. SAFETEA-LU significantly altered the funding formula from previous federal transportation authorizations by significantly increasing federal funding over previous years for transit systems, pedestrian and bicycle facilities and freight rail. While the 19 page CLEAN TEA does not reauthorize transportation funding, it alters the funding formula with the inclusion of cap and trade revenue for transportation funding..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/deg8my

NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT 2009 A HUGE SUCCESS

-> In a brief Mar. 17th wrap-up, a League of American Bicyclists scribe wrote, "Thanks to everyone that made it to the National Bike Summit this year -- we had record attendance, a strong program, and some good specific asks of our elected representatives. In total, 580 registrants from 47 states and four countries (Canada, Denmark, Czech Republic and the USA) visited more than 350 Congressional offices on Thursday, March 12. Follow up to your visits is essential; please make sure you have written your thank you notes, and followed up with the offices on their commitments..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9vk9jx

WATCH BIKE SUMMIT SPEECHES!

-> Thanks to John Z. Wetmore, those of us who couldn't make it to the National Bike Summit, can watch video of the March 11 morning speakers, in the comfort of our own homes! How's that for cool??

-- US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood
http://tinyurl.com/cmbepm
-- US Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-3rd)
http://tinyurl.com/c2vbjv
-- US Representative Daniel Lipinski (IL-3rd)
http://tinyurl.com/dl345s
-- US Representative Doris Matsui (CA-5th)
http://tinyurl.com/dl4vbq

--John Z Wetmore, Producer of "Perils For Pedestrians," a television series on satellite, cable, and the Internet. For more info, contact him at <john@pedestrians.org> or visit: http://tinyurl.com/cxj6e7

COMPLETE THE STREETS WITH STIMULUS $$!

-> According to the Complete the Streets website, "The recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included $48 billion for transportation infrastructure investments. Of that $48 billion, more than $27.5 billion are in funding categories that make funds eligible for use in projects with complete streets elements, and another $3.8 billion are available for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

"The ARRA funding should not be used to expand a system of roads that do not provide safe travel for people who are walking, bicycling, and taking public transportation along a corridor. Too many streets around the country are designed to be wide and fast, without sufficient sidewalks, crosswalks, safe bus facilities, or bicycle lanes.

"Little consideration has been given for the safety of older people, children, or people with disabilities. These incomplete streets are dangerous and create barriers for people to get to jobs, school, the doctor, and fully participate in civic life..."

For more, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ag97ek

TWIN CITIES TO GET BIKE CENTER, BIKE SHARING

-> According to a Mar. 10th news release, "Two ground-breaking bicycling programs, laying the groundwork for the next generation of bike travel in the Twin Cities, were announced today by Transit for Livable Communities (TLC), the nonprofit organization that administers Bike Walk Twin Cities.

"Topping the list of new metro investments to increase biking and walking in the Twin Cities were:
-- A bike share program, featuring 1,000 bikes located at 75 security kiosks throughout Minneapolis, and
-- A first-of-its kind frequent bike rider program, powered by a radio frequency identity system (RFID), which will be installed in conjunction with the new University of Minnesota Bike Center.

"These two endeavors plus four other biking and walking projects will receive more than $4 million in grants from Bike Walk Twin Cities, a federally-funded program to increase biking and walking and decrease driving in the metro area. Today's grants are the third in a series of awards announced since 2007 when Bike Walk Twin Cities launched..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dlac9h

AMERICA WALKS, NCSRTS OFFER SAFE ROUTES WEBINARS

-> According to a Mar. 11th news release, America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School will be offering a two-part "Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar."

The first session will take place on March 31st and will focus on  identifying issues along school routes, developing school area traffic control plans, and improving school walking and bicycling routes through a variety of tools.

The second session will take place on April 21st and will concentrate on effective engineering tools to create safer street crossings and successful ways to calm traffic along school routes.

Instructors will be David Parisi, PE, TE, of Parisi Associates Transportation Consulting, and Michael Cynecki, PE, Traffic Engineering Supervisor for the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department.

For more information, contact Michelle Gulley, at <mgulley@americawalks.org>
Or go to: http://tinyurl.com/cfz55j

ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES 2009 ADVOCACY AWARD WINNERS

-> According to a Mar. 16th news release, "The Alliance for Biking & Walking, formerly the Thunderhead Alliance, honored six organizations and individuals with its 2009 Advocacy Awards at a special reception and awards presentation Tuesday, March 10th in Washington, DC.

"The following award recipients not only show dedication and success in advancing biking and walking, but also demonstrate exceptional work ethic to their peers and communities.
-- Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is being honored with the 2009 Advocacy Organization of the Year Award for its progress advancing cycling in the DC area.
-- Lloyd J. "Bud" Vye, Vice President of the Virginia Bicycling Federation and Advocacy Chair for the Richmond Area Bicycling Association, is being honored with the 2009 Advocate of the Year Award.
-- Planet Bike is being honored with the 2009 Business Advocate of the Year Award for its commitment to biking advocacy.
-- Transportation Alternatives is being honored with the 2009 Innovation Award for their Youth For Car Free Parks project in Brooklyn, New York.
-- Bicycle Colorado is being honored with the 2009 Best Practice Award for its outstanding results in day-to-day operations and program growth.
-- Livable City is being honored with the 2009 Winning Campaign Award for its work on the campaign to bring Sunday Streets to San Francisco.
-- Randy Neufeld, Chief Strategy Officer of the Active Transportation Alliance, President of America Bikes, and the founding chair of the Alliance for Biking and Walking, is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

"'These organizations and advocates are role models for the movement and we are proud to honor them with these awards,' says Jeffrey Miller, President of the Alliance..."

For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/cg9mc3

TRAFFIC BOTTLENECKS EASED IN 2008

-> According to a Mar. 9th Daily Score entry by Clark Williams-Derry, "Apparently, high gas prices and a slowing economy really did ease congestion last year: a national traffic scorecard released by transportation analysis firm INRIX found that traffic backups eased in each of the top 100 metro areas in the US.

"And it wasn't a minor dip, either. Peak-hour congestion fell by 29 percent nationwide. Fifteen cities experienced net congestion declines of 50 percent or more..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/as9ff5

WILKINSON TO BE FETED AT UNIV. OF OREGON GATHERING

-> In a Mar. 11th announcement, Keri Aronson of the University of Oregon wrote, "You are invited to a Sustainable Cities Initiative Presentation:
The Wilkinson Gift of Plans, Policies, and Programs for Bicycling and Walking -- 1970-2005.

The dedication of materials and presentation by Bill Wilkinson, NCBW's long-time executive director, will take place on Friday April 3, 2009 (4-6pm, Knight Library Browsing Room, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon). Refreshments Provided.

Want to come? Please RSVP to Keri at (541) 346-1890 or <keria@uoregon.edu> by Monday, March 30, 2009.

As she wrote, "Bill Wilkinson has been involved in passing the bicycle/pedestrian provisions in every piece of major Federal transportation legislation since 1978, including ISTEA, TEA-21, and SAFETEA-LU. In 1977, Bill helped found the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) (originally known as the Bicycle Federation of America) and was a member of the staff for 25 years before stepping down as its Executive Director in 2008.

"By training, Bill is a city planner and policy analyst, and he has helped develop more than 50 state and regional bike/ped plans over his career. Today, Bill works as a consultant for the National Park Service on their Park Roads and Parkways program, serves on the Board of Directors on the Audubon Naturalist Society, and continues to participate in the development of new Federal policies and programs related to bicycling, walking, and trails."

(Co-Sponsored by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) & the UO Libraries) Congrats, Uncle Bill!!

GEORGIA BICYCLISTS RIDE TO STATE CAPITOL

-> According to a Mar. 5th Bicycle News Wire story, "Hundreds of cyclists including mayors and other elected officials, biked their way to the state capitol building today as part of the fourth-annual Georgia Rides To The Capitol event, a grassroots bike ride to rally support for improved conditions for bicycling in Georgia.

"The ride culminated with leaders speaking from the capitol steps to remind Georgians of the importance of bicycling and raising support for the development of regional-scale bicycle networks across the state. 'As word spreads about the event, we continue to see an increase in cyclists and elected officials who participate each year,' said David Crites, executive director of Georgia BIKES!, a bicycle advocacy program that spearheaded the 'Share the Road' campaign..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cp4vzg

GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET AWARDS

-> According to an article in the March issue of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's E-News, "Big box strip malls, planned 'town centers' and suburban sprawl have left many Main Streets and city business districts depressed and abandoned. But many communities made a come back and have transformed their older and historic downtowns and shopping districts into vibrant places to live, work, and play--without sacrificing what makes them special.

"The Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) celebrate those places that have done this exceptionally well. In 2009, the five GAMSA winners range from a colorful mid-Atlantic beach town with year-round appeal, to a Baltimore neighborhood with a seafaring past and a bright future, to California wine country's best kept secret...:

The winners are:
-- Broadway - Green Bay, Wisconsin
-- El Dorado, Arkansas
-- Federal Hill - Baltimore, Maryland
-- Livermore, California
-- Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Source: http://tinyurl.com/czdl46

2-WAY TRAFFIC RESTORED ON SACRAMENTO (CA) STREETS

-> According to an article in the March issue of the Squeaky Wheel, newsletter of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, "The city of Sacramento restored two-way traffic on 9th Street from E to H streets and 10th Street between E and I streets on Feb. 28. The project included adding bike lanes and parking in both directions. The conversions are two of the seven 'first-priority' streets for conversion as approved by the city council in July 2007 as part of the Central City Two-Way Conversion Study.

"The study's objectives were to enhance neighborhood livability, promote a pedestrian friendly and safe environment, help revitalize the city and support a balanced transportation system. The changes on these relatively short segments may be a sign of things to come. SABA is hopeful the city will add bike lanes on the remaining segments of 9th and 10th streets (and other one-way streets) in the Central City by converting them from three lanes to two lanes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cqbswd (953kb pdf)

PODCAST: WHAT DOES FUTURE HOLD FOR TRANS POLICY?

-> According to Island Press, "On January 12, 2009, Chris Leinberger, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution; Lawrence Frank, Bombardier Chairholder in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia; Barbara McCann, public policy and communications expert; and Geoff Anderson, president and CEO of Smart Growth America discussed 'How Policy Influences Development,' with a focus on transportation infrastructure. The panel is the first in a series of thought leader discussions focusing on Sustainability and Historic Preservation sponsored by Island Press, the Trust for Architectural Easements, and the US Green Building Council..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/chsa6h

SIGN UP FOR RAILS-TO-TRAILS' EARLY WARNINGS!

-> Be the first to know when a railroad line is on the chopping block! Sign up to receive railroad corridor abandonment notices for your area via RTC's Early Warning System.

Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/d4h8qm
Check the latest abandonments: http://tinyurl.com/cupps2

AASHTO DEBUTS "TRANSPORTATION TV"

-> According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' website, "Transportation TV has been created to support AASHTO's national marketing campaign which poses the question: 'Are We There Yet?' The campaign slogan answers the question with an confident, 'We Can Be. America Let's Get Moving.'

"The campaign raises the question with the goal of starting a national dialogue about the nation's transportation needs and the importance of passing a new Highway and Transit Bill, that will meet those needs well into the future. The stories told on Transportation TV will be your stories, about real issues, views, problems and solutions. Transportation TV gives AASHTO and its member states the ability to add pictures to the 'Voice of Transportation.' Tell us what you think at <tdorsey@aashto.org>.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cwzenn

MAKING THE CASE FOR THE SIMPLE STREET GRID

-> According to an article in the March issue of New Urban News, "In these austere times, some urbanists are advocating greater use of the traditional rectilinear grid -- an efficient, less expensive, but also challenging pattern. New urbanists praise the virtues of historic North American towns. They carefully research streetscapes, setbacks, landscaping, buildings, and urban design elements like squares, plazas, and alleys for use in new developments. But they rarely incorporate the actual block and street patterns -- the rectilinear grids -- of the places they emulate...

"A grid lowers per-unit infrastructure costs 35 to 40 percent compared to conventional suburban development, reports Jonathan Ford, a planner and civil engineer with Morris Beacon Design. In a study for EPA, he ran cost comparisons of various development scenarios for a South Carolina site. His research indicates that a rectilinear grid costs slightly less for infrastructure than a typical new urban modified grid, although more study is needed to get a more precise cost comparison, he says..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ddnvvr

CONNECTICUT GROUPS CALL FOR CONGESTION PRICING

-> According to the March 13th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "Today, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign joined a coalition of civic, environmental, and transportation groups that called on elected officials to implement congestion pricing on Connecticut's roads. The Connecticut Joint Committee on Transportation will hear a congestion pricing bill within the next two days.

"Congestion pricing would help alleviate congestion on Connecticut's creaking road system, ranked fifth-worst in the country in terms of lane conditions. It would generate revenue to maintain and repair existing road and bridge infrastructure as well as free up needed dollars to expand a transit system that saw record ridership in 2008. This latter point is especially important because Connecticut's Special Transportation Fund, which funds Connecticut's transportation network, stands to be operating at a deficit by the end of 2010.

"'In order to meet Connecticut's greenhouse gas reduction goals, we must address the transportation sector,' said CT Fund for the Environment's Curt Johnson. 'Congestion pricing will help the state move towards a future of increased reliance on public transportation, which will improve our economy and create jobs, keep commerce running, protect our air, and establish the state as a leader in global warming action.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cwov3k

 


QUOTES R US


-> "There's the growing fear of 'stranger danger.' Despite police data showing that child abductions are rare (roughly 100 each year nationwide), parents conditioned by around-the-clock news reports fear that their unattended child will be whisked away in a dark sedan. What's more, the exurban landscape, devoted to the automobile, makes walking and bicycling difficult or even dangerous. Children are cut off from playgrounds and woods unless a parent loads them into a car and ferries them across rivers of asphalt."
-- Brian Maffly, Salt Lake City Tribune reporter
http://tinyurl.com/c92kwf

-> "Congestion has worsened over the past 10 years, despite large increases in transportation spending at all levels of government and improvements to the physical condition of highways and transit facilities. Furthermore, according to DOT, highway spending by all levels of government has increased 100 percent in real dollar terms since 1980, but the hours of delay during peak travel periods have increased by almost 200 percent during the same period. These mobility issues have increased at a relatively constant rate over the last two decades..."
-- Katherine Siggerud, Managing Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
http://tinyurl.com/dx4kod

-> "Road transport is responsible for around 86 percent of domestic transport emissions. Cars account for about half that figure."
-- UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment report: "Hallmarks of a Sustainable City" 2009 (945kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cjqd4w

-> "Healing the broken bond between our young and nature is in our self-interest -- not only because aesthetics or justice demands it, but also because our mental, physical, and spiritual health depend upon it. And so does the health of the Earth. For decades, environmental educators, conservationists, and others have worked, often heroically, to bring more children to nature. Now we’re starting a grassroots movement to leave no child inside, uniting people from across political, cultural, and religious divides."
-- Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder"
http://tinyurl.com/c92kwf

 


IN THE NEWS

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VOTE FOR THE EARTH WITH YOUR LIGHT SWITCH

-> According to a release from Earth Hour (www.earthhour.org) the world's citizens are being asked to vote for the earth (and ostensibly against global warming) by switching off all of their lights at 8:30p.m. local time on Saturday, March 28th.

"Already, 1,672 cities, towns and municipalities in 80 countries have committed to VOTE EARTH for Earth Hour 2009, as part of the worlds first global election between Earth and global warming. People from all corners of the world will turn off their lights for one hour - Earth Hour - and cast their vote for action on climate change. Anybody can participate and join together with millions of people across the globe celebrating Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is urging bloggers, podcasters, online video makers, mobile users and online social networkers to spread the word about the importance of turning your lights out for one hour at 8.30pm on March 28.

Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/37mllp

WALKING AROUND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

-> According to an entry on the USA Today "A Better Life" blog, "If you live in a neighborhood where you can easily walk to nearby shops, you are likely to be more active and thinner than if you live in a place where you have to drive everywhere, a new study shows.* This is true no matter what income level the neighborhood.

"'Walkable neighborhoods seem to be healthier for both lower-income and higher-income people,' says lead researcher Jim Sallis, director of the Active Living Research Program at San Diego State University...People did 40 to 50 minutes more physical activity per week if their neighborhoods were designed for pedestrians, regardless of whether they lived in higher-income or lower-income neighborhoods..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cqyo65
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Title: "The benefits of walking around your neighborhood"
Author: Nanci Hellmich

TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS

-> According to a March 17th Huffington Post article, "This week Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, and U.S. Representative Doris Matsui, Democrat of California, introduced 'The Complete Streets Act of 2009' to their respective Houses of Congress. If passed, this bill promises to decrease both traffic congestion and transportation costs for commuters across the nation.

"Until recently, streets were designed for cars, without taking into account many of the road's other possible users. But the 'Complete Street' program, which is starting to take hold in many communities across the country, asks planners, designers, and engineers to build roadways that ensure the safety and convenience of all citizens, whether they are drivers, pedestrians, or users of mass transit. Already California, Michigan, Missouri, Florida, Oregon, and Massachusetts have begun pursuing Complete Street programs..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cez8qs
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Title: "Takin' It To The Streets"
Author: Jonathan A. Schein

TEXAS WEIGHS BAN ON DRIVING + TEXTING

-> According to a Mar. 13th Brownsville Monitor article, "Mayra Medrano admits to checking her cell phone for text messages while being stopped at a traffic light in her car. However, one thing she does not do is try to send text messages while the car is in motion. It is too dangerous, she said. 'It puts everyone at risk. I see people of all ages texting. I have coworkers who do it,' Medrano said. 'I just think it is wrong.'

"State Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-San Benito, is one of about a dozen state lawmakers who have introduced some type of legislation regarding the use of cell phones while driving. Lucio's bill would ban the use of cell phones for writing and sending text messages while driving. The only exceptions would be for police or emergency response providers, or those using cell phones in connection with official duties..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d2vq4u
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Title: "Lawmakers seek to ban texting while driving"
Author: Laura B. Martinez

NEW YORK CITY BICYCLISTS: REMEMBER THE '80S?

-> According to a Mar. 6th Times article, "Sometimes, when I am biking, I remember the ’80s, and I shudder. I remember, in other words, when biking was an extreme sport, when, if you were a biker, you had a lot of locks and a lot more nerve. Just the other day, when I was enjoying the bike lane down Clinton Street in my neighborhood, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, I stopped at a red light.

"And after the crossing guard smiled and chatted with me, after the cars pulled up alongside me and did not honk, I experienced a flashback from 1987: my regular trip from West 113th Street to Central Park, navigating honks and taunts, the mayhem that was then on Cathedral Parkway..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d5j8uv
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Title: "A Modest Proposal - Bikers, Take the High Road"
Author: Robert Sullivan

CROSS-NEW ZEALAND CYCLEWAY 'TAKEN SERIOUSLY'

-> According to a Mar. 10th Herald article, "A proposal to build a cycleway the length of New Zealand appears to have gained momentum, with high level discussions about it having taken place today. The proposal was one of the more unusual ideas to have come out of the jobs summit held in Auckland last month, with the initiative slated as a potential benefit to tourism and employment. Prime Minister John Key said he had met this morning with senior officials to discuss such a project.

"'The issue is being taken seriously,' he said. 'Obviously there are a range of factors that need to be considered. 'But it's a serious initiative and while there is a quirkiness about it, in our opinion it could be a major tourist activity -- both domestically and for international tourists. There are a lot of potential jobs involved and I think it is a long term thing that New Zealanders will look back on and be proud that they've got...'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dhbyw8
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Title: "Cycleway 'being taken seriously', Key says"
Author: NZPA

SALINA (KS) SEEKS STIMULUS MONEY FOR PATHS, TREES

-> According to a Feb. 27th Journal article, "The city of Salina is applying for $2.2 million of the federal economic stimulus package to build 3.9 miles of bike/pedestrian paths and plant 265 trees.

"The money is being allocated by the Kansas Department of Transportation, which is to receive nearly $380 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Design of the bike/pedestrian paths has started..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dlrn9t
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Title: "Salina seeks stimulus money for paths, trees"
Author: Staff
Via the Kansas Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/dfdutm

RADIANT CITIES: LIVING IN YOUR CAR

-> A Mar. 12th Gristmill article asked, "Guess what will save the economy and the environment? Buying a new car! OK, maybe not save -- but according to the folks at Oregon-based Miranda Homes, it can help. The automobile industry has lost some half a million jobs and $50 billion in revenue while we hang on to our old jalopies.

"Miranda owner Rob Boydstun knows that cars hold great potential when reincarnated, and their waste products -- let's call that stuff carbage -- can be transformed into cleaner, greener, and cheaper houses, coming soon-ish to a subdivision near you..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cbvh3w
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Title: "Radiant Cities: Living in your car"
Author: Lisa Selin Davis

POSTCARD FROM PARIS: CYCLISTS BEHAVING BADLY

-> According to a Mar. 4th TIME article, "The 60-something woman moves swiftly down the Rue de Rivoli, gray hair pulled back, looking like an iconic grandmother or retired grade school teacher. But as she runs a red light and speeds into a crosswalk filled with people, the woman slaloms her large bicycle between startled pedestrians -- barking at them to stand clear despite their having the right of way. 'Degagez!' She shouts the order to give way. 'Why are people so stupid?'

"Welcome to the cruel downside of Velib' -- the enormously popular bike-rental scheme offering Parisians a cheap, environmentally friendly form of urban transportation. Since its introduction in July 2007, Paris' Velib' program has facilitated 42 million rentals by 177,000 people with annual subscriptions to the system and countless others who have rented bikes on a one-off basis..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c36xdw
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Title: "Postcard from Paris: Cyclists Behaving Badly"
Author: Bruce Crumley

While you're on the TIME website, don't forget to visit their "Bikes of May" photo album, with its gallery of inspirational, fun, and somber shots:
http://tinyurl.com/cfdqmq

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

LIBBY (MT) BALD EAGLE WEB CAM!
http://tinyurl.com/djou9d Libby Dam (MT) eagle cam

HEMA - ONLINE WINKELEN - DIVERSEN
http://tinyurl.com/2mn6vl

 


QUICK HITS


MINNEAPOLIS (MN) PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC FLAT IN '08
-> "The study, conducted by Minneapolis consulting firm Pedestrian Studies, examined 29 stretches of sidewalk and skyways..."
http://tinyurl.com/cs69rx

LIVING IN LA WITHOUT A CAR
-> A conversation with Rick Risemberg (audio).
http://tinyurl.com/cc6oco

DRIVERLESS CARS HIT NEW YORK CITY STREETS
-> "A $420,000 version of a Ford SUV equipped with laser 'vision,' a highly sophisticated GPS device (cost about $40,000), and two very powerful computer systems, showed that it could maneuver around obstacles, do lane changes, make U-turns, and park itself..."
http://tinyurl.com/d7mtkv

 


RESOURCES

-> "CONNECTING ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH AND PUBLIC POLICY..."
"...Transdisciplinary Research and Policy Interventions to Increase Physical Activity;" by Schilling, Giles-Corti & Sallis; Journal of Public Health Policy, Volume 30, Issue S1. Note: There are 19 more articles at this link AND they're all available for free!
http://tinyurl.com/dklys7

-> "WALKING, CYCLING, AND OBESITY RATES..."
"...in Europe, North America, and Australia;" by Bassett, Pucher, Buehler, Thompson, & Crouter; article in Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5, 795-814. 2008 (338kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4vyuo5

-> "CYCLING FOR EVERYONE: LESSONS FROM EUROPE"
Article by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler, Rutgers University for Transportation Research Record, Issue Number: 2074; ISSN: 0361-1981. Oct. 2007 (296kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/dyldgq

-> "THE VISUAL DETECTION OF DWI MOTORISTS"
Report by Anacapa Sciences; for the NHTSA; includes: DWI Detection Guide; Explanations of the 24 Driving Cues; Summary; and a Description of Post-Stop Cues that are Predictive of DWI. (Web-based document)
http://tinyurl.com/c5de86

-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL 2009 POLICY REPORT..."
"...Moving to the Future: Building on Early Achievements;" Report from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership; by Margo Pedroso & Deb Hubsmith. March 2009 (638kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/d82wlu

-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL STATE NETWORK PROJECT..."
"...2008 Annual Progress Report;" by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. March 2009 (714kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/dyh4ta

-> "THE WALKABILITY ROADSHOW CASE STUDIES..."
Study of 9 communities; by Green Communities Canada in partnership with Walk21; Oct. 2007 (link to discussion of project with pdfs of the whole study and each city)
http://tinyurl.com/ckmr9w

-> "SENIORS' MOBILITY STUDY: WEST HILL AND L'AMOREAUX"
PLA 1106: Workshop in Planning Practice; for Campsie & Taylor; by Au, Kennedy, Lau, McGrath, Owens, & Sztabinski. 2006 (2.8mb pdf))
http://tinyurl.com/ckz44w
Via the Bike/Ped Professional, 2009, issue 1 (newsletter of the Assoc. of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals); to learn more about APBP, go to http://tinyurl.com/55o9yu

-> "HALLMARKS OF A SUSTAINABLE CITY"
32-page report from the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment; edited by Paul Brown. 2009 (945kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cjqd4w

-> "MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE..."
"...the Real Value of Park Assets;" U.K. Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment report. Feb. 10, 2009 (link is to description with download links)
http://tinyurl.com/c36yx4

-> "STREETS TO LIVE BY..."
"...How livable street design can bring economic, health and quality-of-life benefits to New York City;" report by Transportation Alternatives. Aug. 2008 (1.0mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/575mvw

-> "SMALL TOWNS, BIG IDEAS: CASE STUDIES..."
"...in Small Town Community Economic Development;" report by Will Lambe, Associate Director, Community & Economic Development Program School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. December 2008 (link goes to description of the research with download links)
http://tinyurl.com/aohaun
Via Boomtown Institute's Agurban newsletter:
http://tinyurl.com/d44jzg

 


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!

-> 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 6, 2009, World Physical Activity Day. Info: Agita Mundo Network (register your event!)
http://tinyurl.com/dg7xx6

-> April 8, 2009, National Start! Walking Day. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/acjgg3

-> 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 20-26, 2009, National TV Turnoff Week. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/cl833r
Via: USC Prevention Resource Center Notes March-April 2009
http://tinyurl.com/cyk97p

-> 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, 2009, 1st Delaware Bicycle Summit. DelTech, Dover Info:
http://tinyurl.com/bjvo8l

-> 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 10-14, 2009, True Urbanism: Cities for Health & Well-Being Conference, Portland, OR. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/cwftmc

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

-> May 20-21, 2009, Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Conference, Stateline, NV. Info: Bicycle Nevada, phone: (775) 888-RIDE; email: <bicycle@dot.state.nv.us>
http://tinyurl.com/dmomw9

-> May 31-June 2, 2009, Transit Initiatives & Communities Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/cywfew

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

-> August 9-12, 2009, ITE 2009 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Info: Sallie Dollins, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 300 West, Washington, DC 20005; phone: (202) 289-0222 ext. 149; email: <sdollins@ite.org>
http://tinyurl.com/blvxpa

-> 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

-> October 22-27, 2009, AASHTO Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA. Info: Hannah Whitney, American Assn. of State Highway & Transportation Officials; phone: (202) 624-5800; email: <hwhitney@aashto.org>
http://tinyurl.com/amrjvl

-> October 25-27, 2009, Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, Kalamazoo, MI. Info: contact Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, PO Box 27187, Lansing MI 48909; phone: (517) 485-6022; email: <info@michigantrails.org>.
http://tinyurl.com/d2wy46

-> November 12-13, 2009, 7th New Zealand Cycling Conference, New Plymouth, NZ. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/d5re5a


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> JOB -- DIRECTOR -- TSC/UC BERKELEY CA)

Traffic Safety Center Director David Ragland and Institute of Transportation Studies Director Samer Madanat announce the recruitment for Ragland's successor as Director of the TSC. This is a full-time position, and the candidate shall have a doctoral degree in transportation engineering, epidemiology, public health, or a closely related field. Extensive knowledge and experience in traffic safety or injury. Deadline for applications is March 31.

Full description: http://tinyurl.com/cxwzko

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- ALASKA TRAILS

The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors of Alaska Trails, an Alaska 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Executive Director will implement the policy and directives of the Board of Directors and will oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization...

Primary Purpose: The Alaska Trails' Executive Director will be responsible for the management and administration of Alaska Trails. Primary responsibilities include promoting the Alaska Trails Mission, development of Alaska Trails as a sustainable statewide multi-use trails user organization, and providing oversight and administration of all Alaska Trails' grants and contracts. Additional responsibilities include assisting the Board of Directors with strategic planning, membership drives, and outreach efforts to enhance the Alaska trail experience by supporting sustainable, world-renowned trails through advocacy and education...

Closing Date: Screening of candidates will begin on March 20, 2009 and continue until a qualified pool is identified.

For the full job announcement, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/augz3l

-> 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

 


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