#225 Wednesday, April 15, 2009
CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.
-> According to an article in the Apr. 10th Rail-Trail eNews, "The Federal Highway Administration recently clarified the rules by which a state's unused Transportation Enhancements (TE) funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 can be redistributed to other states for other uses after 120 days...
"The Act's instruction that states must spend 50 percent of ARRA funds within 120 days caused significant confusion. Therefore, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) just released a Frequently Asked Questions page that provides guidance on what this requirement actually means, and how it affects Transportation Enhancements (TE).
NCBW EXEC. DIRECTOR TALKS CARS TO FAST COMPANY
"Admittedly, my first thought was, why are you calling the National Center for Bicycling & Walking for advice on restoring the auto industry? We wouldn't exactly be heartbroken if there were a few less cars competing for space and dollars.
"But I stifled that thought and led with the notion that the auto industry needs to see itself and redefine itself as a partner in the transportation industry. As people are thinking more and more about the impact of climate change and the choices we make in terms of transportation and the dollars we have to spend – this is the exact right time to push the concept of integrated transportation. Car companies know how to market and sell.
"Some even know how to build quality products. What they really need to do is establish their image as progressive, people-oriented businesses. What if the car companies became bike builders? (Don't moan – bike builders are always strong bike advocates.) What if the auto industry became context sensitive to people's transportation needs; in other words, what if they realized that a car may be okay sometimes, but it's not the only answer for getting from point A to Point B?
"My interview with the editor of Fast Company went on for almost an hour; it was boiled down to a single quote which appears in the April issue. But the article demonstrates that people are doing some mind stretching exercises when it comes to the car and driver, and that good things may rise up from the ashes of the auto industry.
"Those of us who toil away as advocates for the so-called "alternative transportation" sector can't decamp just yet but the big daddy in transportation is in trouble and they are calling on us for some advice – that's a good thing. Let's integrate."
-> "Sunday Parkways will be the topic of a one-hour webinar scheduled for May 20th, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Sunday Parkways are street closings modeled on Latin American 'ciclovias' that have garnered a lot of attention in the United States in recent years. The webinar will feature presenters from Chicago, Miami, and New York City. Attendees will learn how they tailored ciclovia events to their cities and implemented the projects.
The Sunday Parkways 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.
This webinar has been submitted for AICP Certification Management (CM) credits from the American Planning Association. For more about the Professional Development webinar series, see http://www.bikewalk.org/webinars.php.
-> According to an article in the Apr. 14th Smart Growth Online newsletter, "To help strengthen the nation's recovery in all economic, social and environmental categories, California Democratic Congresswoman Doris Matsui introduced the Smart Planning for Smart Growth Act of 2009 (H.R. 1780), saying it 'creates the framework needed for states and communities to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals through more focused short-, medium- and long-term land use and transportation planning' and 'addresses the climate crisis by giving larger communities the incentives they need to grow and develop in a way that complements our national global warning strategy.'"
Briana Orr, an environmental studies and planning, public policy and management major at the University of Oregon, will receive the 2009 Faith Gabelnick Student Leadership Award at the Oregon Civic Engagement Awards next week in Portland, Oregon. Orr started the UO Bike Loan program, a unique twist on the familiar model of free-bike programs.
"Briana's program is a phenomenal example of how to take bicycles discarded by departing students and turn them around as long-term loans to students," said Marc Schlossberg, an Associate Professor in the University of Oregon's Planning, Public Policy, and Management Department.
Orr's program is a simple model that can be easily replicated in other locales. For $65, a student gets a bike, a helmet, a lock, and a bike basket. The full $65 is returned at the end of the year if all of the equipment is returned.
"The program began this year and has been a real success, with a long waiting list of people who want a bike," said Schlossberg. " In its first year, the program focused on international students as a pilot since they tend to live close to campus and don't bring vehicles with them. Brilliant!"
-> According to the March/April issue of News from the U.S. Access Board, "The recent stimulus bill, also known as the 'American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,' funds a wide array of projects and programs to jump start the economy and create jobs. The $787 billion measure provides aid to cities and states, supports tax cuts, and funds initiatives to improve infrastructure, transportation, energy efficiency, education, and health care.
"Various Federal agencies are responsible for spending and distributing stimulus funds. It is important that these agencies and funding recipients comply with all applicable laws, including those protecting the rights of people with disabilities. Relevant laws include the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) and the Rehabilitation Act which make accessibility a condition of federal funding. The ABA requires access to facilities designed, built, altered or leased with federal funds.
"The Rehabilitation Act covers access to federally funded programs, federal employment, and electronic and information technology in the federal sector. In addition, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is modeled in part on these earlier laws, applies similar requirements to the state and local government sector and private sector entities whether or not federal funding is involved. The ADA bans discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, programs and services, transportation, and the built environment..."
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/cvhe38
-> According to the Apr. 9th National Recreation and Park Association Dateline Online, "In the upcoming weeks, Representative John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) plan to introduce the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI). The draft bill, which has been shared with NRPA, seeks to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly called No Child Left Behind, and provide means to expand environmental education, create environmental stewards and produce graduates who are equipped to address the challenges, adjustments and opportunities of the 21st century.
"The draft bill does not create unfunded mandates, but does offer incentives through grant funding to state and local educational agencies for the creation of environmental literacy plans that environmental education curriculum and for teacher training in this area.
"Throughout the bill, the importance of hands-on field experience is noted. The bill provides that a local educational agency may partner with a Federal, State, regional, or local environmental or natural resource management agency or park and recreation agency to carry out the intent of the legislation. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. The Senate is still seeking additional co-sponsors for the bill. Please contact your Senators and ask them to contact Senator Reed's office to sign-on as a co-sponsor of the No Child Left Inside Act."
-> According to an article in the Apr. 13th edition of American Bicyclist Update, "The League is the official site of everything Bike Month. We are promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 11-15 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 15. Need some ideas? Use the League's Bike Month Guide to learn how to get started promoting your event.
"Additionally, our Bike Month events page is updated frequently. Check it often to see what Bike Month and Bike to Work week events are going on in your community. If you would like to submit your event information to be posted on our site, email it to <email@example.com>. Please make sure you write, 'Bike Month Event' in the subject line of the email."
-> According to an Apr. 14th news release, "The completion of the Boardman Lake Trail is currently under consideration for stimulus funding. Senator Jason Allen and Representative Wayne Schmidt have been working in Lansing to raise the profile of this great project. Officials from Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails have submitted this project widely, and ask Traverse City residents to voice support for this project to Governor Granholm. The project is 'shovel-ready' and has been recommended by Senator Allen's office as a preferred project for Economic Stimulus Funding to Governor Granholm, the Senate Majority Leader's office and to the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT.)
"Governor Granholm will be hosting a town hall-style meeting to discuss the Economic Stimulus Package with citizens in Traverse City April 15...TART believes the Boardman Lake Trail will be a legacy project for our area and will enhance community wellness now and for future generations. TART encourages residents to contact Governor Granholm either at the town-hall meeting in Traverse City tomorrow or write a letter in support of the project. It is our understanding that the decision on the Economic Stimulus Package funding will be decided on in the next 10 days. Please act quickly..."
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/d52h6a
-> According to an Apr. 13th news release, "A first of its kind study funded by [the Environmental Protection Agency] shows that environmental education programs are an effective tool in helping to improve air quality in North America. 'This study shows a valuable connection between better environmental education and cleaner air in our communities,' said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. 'With the right information, people can make a real difference in the places where they live, work, play and learn.'
"Nearly half of the surveyed institutions hosting education programs reported an improvement in air quality at their facilities due to actions taken by students, including doing service-learning projects and fostering community partnerships. Examples include decreased levels of carbon monoxide and mold, and enactment of a policy that decreased car or bus idling. An additional 43 percent of the surveyed programs reported some kind of action was taken to improve the environment..."
-> According to an Apr. 14th note from Jennifer Toole of the Toole Design Group, "The City of Philadelphia is embarking on a new effort to improve pedestrian conditions and to 'close the gaps' in its 200+ mile bike network. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission, with the assistance of the Toole Design Group, is preparing a Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. The City recently announced a series of public meetings that will be held in April."
-> According to an article in the Apr. 8th Complete Streets News, "On March 9, North Little Rock became the first community in Arkansas to adopt a complete streets policy. Resolution No. 7425, sponsored by Alderman Charlie Hight, calls for complete streets, achieved through single projects or incrementally in a series of smaller improvements or maintenance activities. After noting the hard work from community members and City staff on developing the policy, the City Council adopted the resolution unanimously."
-> According to an Apr. 14th Alta Update article, "Since it was founded in 1994, the Portland-based nonprofit, Community Cycling Center, has helped make bicycles accessible to thousands of people through Earn-a-Bike programs, volunteer projects, and a neighborhood bike shop.
"Still many people do not choose bicycles as a transportation option, particularly among low-income and minority communities. Alta Planning + Design, a longtime supporter of the CCC, is teaming up to research and understand the cultural and economic barriers to bicycling encountered by minority and low-income community members."
"The results from the Understanding Barriers project will inform program design that better addresses the health, safety, and transportation needs across cultural and economic strata."
For a copy of the publication, write to Alison Graves, Director of Community & Programs, at <Alison@CommunityCyclingCenter.org>
-> According to an article in the Apr. 13th Bicycle Colorado eNews, "The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in the greater Denver area has taken another positive step for bicyclists. RTD has lifted the requirement for bicyclists to have a special permit to bring bicycles on light rail trains. Instead, RTD has added bike signage inside light rail cars and on doors where bikes may enter.
-> In an Apr. 9th note, John Cinatl of Caltrans wrote, "The state of Tennessee has put together a page with links to the DOTs of all states. Probably a great source if you need to find out info in other states."
The page is here: http://tinyurl.com/cbhk7z
-> In a recent note, Jeff Mapes wrote, "We talked a few years ago while I was researching my book on the rise of the bike advocacy movement in the U.S. I wanted to let you know that I have finished my book and 'Pedaling Revolution' has now been unleashed upon the world. Thanks again for your help and I hope I can induce you to take a look at it."
Check out Jeff's new book, "Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities," here: http://tinyurl.com/db72kw
-> According to an Apr. 8th news release, "Local cyclists interested in helping Grand Rapids evolve into a more bicycle-friendly community are invited to attend the first Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit, May 29-31, 2009, at the Grand Valley State University Loosemore Auditorium.
"The Summit is being organized by Bike Grand Rapids, a coalition of local citizens striving to advance and improve cycling opportunities in the Grand Rapids area.
"Since forming four months ago, BGR has gained the support of the City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club, Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, CycleSafe, Meijer Foundation and Bissell Corp..."
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/dnmw5m
-> An article in the April edition of Safe Routes to School E-News suggests, "Sign up now for the 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference August 19-21, 2009 in beautiful, bicycle-friendly Portland, Oregon! Register today to take advantage of the early registration rate of $300, which is available through May 15. There will also be a Kaiser Permanente pre-conference health training on August 18.
"The National SRTS Conference will offer standard 90-minute workshops, plenary speakers, mobile tours, 180-minute interactive training opportunities that allow for more in-depth discussion, hands-on events, discussion panels, and fun evening events including a dance party. To effectively meet the diverse needs of participants, attendees will have the option to participate in sessions focused on specific age groups -- K-5, middle school, or high school -- and on specific geographic locations - urban, suburban, or rural.
"Whether you are an engineer, a local level practitioner, transportation planner, academic, advocate, parent, health agency employee, school nurse, non-profit partner, or with law enforcement, this conference will provide valuable information to help propel your Safe Routes to School work onto the next level."
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ajk7jy
-> According to an Apr. 10th Kansas Cyclist article, "Wichita, Kansas has dedicated a new multi-use pathway known as the Midtown Bike Path. In a ceremony at Otis Park, city council-member Sharon Fearey, who supported the project since its inception, spoke:
"'This is a great amenity for Midtown residents, especially children who walk to Park Elementary and Horace Mann Middle School, and for people who live and work in the Core Area,' Fearey said. 'It's a great complement to the River Corridor Improvements and downtown residential development.'
"Built on abandoned Missouri-Pacific railroad right-of-way, the 10-foot wide path stretches 1.5 miles from Wichita Street & Central Avenue to 15th Street at Broadway..."
-> According to an Apr. 9th Governing Magazine Idea Center article, "Paris and Washington, D.C. are two cities, among others, known for their bike-sharing programs. Austin, Texas, has implemented a similar program—but this one is for its municipal employees. In hopes of reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions and gasoline costs, the city bought 15 automatic-shift bikes that can be used for work-related transportation needs.
"Employees can reserve bikes at no cost through an intranet and pick up the bikes at any of six locations. Helmets and locks are provided at each location, and a traffic-skills course is offered through the city's fitness program three times a year. The program is part of the Austin Climate Protection Program, an initiative to make the city carbon-neutral by 2020. This isn't the first communal-sharing program Austin has offered -- the city recently partnered with Austin CarShare, allowing city employees to use a car free of charge during business hours..."
-> According to an Apr. 14th news release, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that two universities are being recognized for improving the quality of life of older residents through community planning and strategies that support active aging and smart growth. The University of Maine's Center on Aging and Portland University will each receive $100,000 as the recipients of the 2009 Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging: Training and Demonstration Projects.
"The University of Maine's Center on Aging plans to develop a statewide summit for older adults who would like to learn more about smart growth and influence smart growth development activities within their own communities. The Senior Environmental Leadership Corps, the first of its kind in Maine, will provide leadership and civic engagement training with a special focus on environmental stewardship and smart growth planning to older adults.
"Portland State University plans to demonstrate the benefits of Green Streets for Active Aging. The project builds upon their groundbreaking work in the area of green streets and active living. It demonstrates how green streets or sustainable streets contribute to the well-being of a community, including the physical and mental health of older and younger adults, as well as helping the environment and the economy..."
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-> According to an Apr. 14th news release, "RentaBikeNow.com launches North America's only coast-to-coast bike rental service that provides bikes, accessories and tours so travelers can ride bikes everywhere!
"Through this service, millions of cyclists across the globe can easily reserve quality bikes online from hundreds of participating bike shops before they travel throughout the US and Canada. By simply selecting a destination, travel dates and type of bike, travelers can search among available bikes and reserve the specific model that suits their size and riding style. Bikes are presented with specs, photos, pricing and shop hours to help travelers find the perfect bike and most convenient bike shop.
"RentaBikeNow.com utilizes Independent Bicycle Dealers to offer the largest fleet of rental bikes and offers every size, shape and flavor including comfort bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, kid's bikes, recumbents and more. And if you want to add accessories like a kid's trailer or want to go on a tour - those are available from select locations as well..."
-> According to the Apr. 14th TRB E-Newsletter, "The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has developed a website that includes links to information about the transportation provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and how states are implementing those provisions. The site also includes links to NCSL resources, other organizational websites, federal agency information, and state department of transportation and general state recovery websites."
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/d6xq9v
QUOTES R US
-> "In 1998, the National Park Service commissioned a study of 372 trails across the United States. With input from trail managers and local law enforcement, they concluded, 'Compared to the abandoned and forgotten corridors they replace, trails are a positive community development and crime prevention strategy of proven value.'"
-> "Doubling the width of the [Portland, Or.] I-5 bridge to 12 lanes will have a dramatic impact on neighborhoods -- where we live, work, shop, drive, bike and walk. It will impact our communities in the same way that every freeway expansion everywhere invariably has -- by increasing traffic and congestion in neighborhoods and eroding the safety and attractiveness of walking and bicycling."
STATS R US
-> According to an Apr. 11th Baltimore Sun article, "President Barack Obama turned to Maryland for [a] high-level appointment Friday as the White House announced that he intends to name Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari to the No. 2 position in the U.S. Department of Transportation...As Maryland secretary, Porcari has been insistent that transportation planning is inextricably intertwined with environmental concerns...
"Dru Schmidt-Perkins, executive director of 1000 Friends of Maryland, called the nomination of Porcari a 'terrific pick' for the Obama administration. 'Secretary Porcari understands the breadth of transportation issues for its impact on the environment to getting people to jobs,' she said. 'What is Maryland's loss is really the country's gain.'..."
-> According to an Apr. 9th News article, "The good news is that Birmingham and its oldest suburbs have all the makings to create walkable communities. The bad news is that Birmingham has plenty of urban blight, too. But if you turn key streets into attractive thoroughfares friendly to both cyclists and pedestrians, you can transform dead zones into thriving areas where exercise is a way of life, a national 'complete streets' expert told community leaders Tuesday and Wednesday.
"'There are so many areas in Birmingham that have that opportunity,' said Dan Burden, head of Walkable Communities Inc. in Orlando. 'You have one of the largest stocks of available, great buildings anywhere. At the same time, Birmingham has more than its share of ugly streets.' Burden favors taking older, structurally sound buildings and turning them into shops and residences while wiping off the city's landscape the vacant strip centers and their decrepit parking lots.
"Burden spoke Wednesday at Jefferson County's second annual 'Health Action Summit,' put on by the Health Action Partnership. That group is a broad coalition including the Jefferson County Department of Health, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Southern Environmental Center, Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA, United Way and UAB School of Public Health..."
-> According to an Apr. 9th Star article, "Bicyclists and pedestrians will get their lane across the Missouri River earlier than expected thanks to millions in federal stimulus money. The Missouri Department of Transportation allocated $4.5 million in stimulus money for rehab work on the Heart of America Bridge, which will include the new bike/pedestrian lane.
"MoDOT believes it will start construction on the bridge by March 2010 and complete it by the end of the year. Planners at the Mid-America Regional Council, which coordinate local transportation planning, expected construction to start in 2011. MoDOT had committed to building the bike lane by 2012..."
Via Kansas Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/dhmdh3
-> According to an Apr. 8th Trucker News Service article, "President Barack Obama said today he would nominate the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as the next administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Charles A. Hurley has headed MADD since 2005 and previously held senior leadership positions with the National Safety Council and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety during his 30-year professional career.
"In addition to his work on drunk driving issues, the White House said Hurley had worked extensively with law enforcement on air bag and seat belt issues, teen driving and child passenger safety. The White House said Hurley worked with Illinois State Senator Obama on Obama’s successful efforts in 2003 to strengthen Illinois' seat belt, teen driving, child passenger safety and racial profiling laws..."
-> According to an Apr. 7th Courier-News article, "Ideas to make the Route 47 corridor viable, including making it safer, abounded during a study meeting Monday with Kane County and regional leaders...Monday morning's workshop at the Huntley municipal complex focused on how to improve the Route 47 corridor from the northern edge of McHenry County to the southern edge of Kane County. The workshop drew representatives from villages and cities that line Route 47 including Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Burlington, Elgin and Campton Hills.
"Officials from the Regional Transportation Authority, Pace, Metra, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority also attended the workshop. John LaPlante, T.Y. Lin International vice president and traffic engineering director, stressed the importance of 'complete streets' that can be used by automobiles, transit, pedestrians and bicyclists. 'Thirty percent of people in the United States do not drive because they are either too young, too old, or disabled,' LaPlante said. 'We need connectivity -- or a network of streets and sidewalks — so people can go from their homes to schools and shops without adding to the congestion of Illinois 47.'..."
-> According to an Apr. 15th Tennessean editorial, "Nashvillians and residents of surrounding communities have a wide reputation for friendliness -- at least, until they have a road underneath them. A smattering of clashes between motorists and bicyclists has revealed some cracks in Middle Tennessee hospitality. And the conflicts are likely to grow as more people move to the area, putting a strain on regional transportation planning.
"Metro Nashville, whose mayor has made it a priority for the city to become easier to navigate for walkers and bicyclists, briefly took a step backward last month when residents of the Whites Bend area persuaded their state representative to file a bill to ban bicycles along River Road. The bill has since been withdrawn, though the dispute is far from being resolved, and serves to heighten awareness that road-sharing stirs emotions throughout the area..."
-> According to an Apr. 11th Otago Daily Times article, "Despite the endeavours of Grahame Sydney's paintbrush and Peter Jackson's camera, the beauty of the herb-scented, bronze, iron and purple-hued landscape remained a secret shared by a fortunate few. The Pigroot, from Palmerston through Ranfurly, Omakau and on to Alexandra was the road less travelled -- the alternative way to Queenstown. The rail trail changed that, bringing bikes and dollars and transforming adjacent towns that grew long ago on gold and the railway but had withered in recent decades.
"I witnessed the rejuvenation, thanks to regular visits to a family bach in the Ida Valley, a stone's throw from the trail. After the tracks were lifted in 1991, young family members would scour for bolts, railway relics they would hoard like treasure. Work began on the 150km trail in 1994, and it was officially open in 2000. In its early days you could walk the trail for an hour and not see a soul. Now, it is a rarity for a cyclist not to be in view..."
-> According to an Apr. 14th Courant article, "Cyclists and pedestrian groups won a round Monday in their campaign to direct more state highway money toward building bike paths and sidewalks, but some lawmakers warned that confusion threatens the prospect of approval by the full General Assembly. 'This is very well-intentioned, but municipalities are having a rough time keeping up with road surfacing. If we take money away from them, that's a hit on the municipalities,' said Sen. Leonard Fasano, a ranking Republican on the legislature's planning and development committee.
"At issue is whether 1 percent of all state highway construction and repair money should be set aside for building or maintaining sidewalks and bike paths. The proposed legislation appears to apply to municipal road-repair grants from the state, too. Advocates dub the formula a 'complete streets' plan, and say it ensures that alternative transportation isn't shortchanged in favor of roads and highways..."
-> According to an Apr. 15th Advocate article, "The Center for Planning Excellence on Tuesday presented its newly created land use 'tool kit' program to a gathering of public officials, planners, economic development experts and real estate professionals. The accessible and visual tool kit distributed by the planning center, also called CPEX, is designed to provide communities and parishes with ideas and techniques for instituting 'smart growth' patterns.
"The kit intended for statewide use promotes sustainable development and tools to encourage revitalization of neighborhoods, protect farmland and open space and keep housing affordable. In short, CPEX asserted, the kit is aimed at creating 'development that is good for the environment, community and the economy.'
"In addition to parish and municipal officials from Ascension, participants included Mayor Mac Watts, of Central; Mayor Henry Martinez, of Zachary; Mayor Bobbie Bourgeois, of Slaughter; and officials from the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and St. Mary..."
-> According to an Apr. 8th Salon article, "Walking serves as a bridge between humans and other animals. Humans tend to walk between 2 and 5 miles per hour -- an average of around 3 miles per hour. Dogs walk at speeds between 2 and 4 miles per hour. Camels walk an average speed of 3 miles per hour. Horses and mules, when walking, operate at speeds of 3 to 4 miles per hour. Elephant walk at 4 miles per hour. The old friendships between humans and some animals partly depend on a shared walking speed. A walking pace is the speed of community.
"Though we don't walk with many other animals, we could. Many other animals share a similar pace: bears, mice, ants, snakes, cats, aardvarks. The ordinary human can keep pace with a puma, a zebra, a rhinoceros or an American president. Yet, humans are obsessed with the top speeds of each living thing. Many sources announce, for example, that the elk has a top speed of 25 mph. Very few note the walking speed: between 3 and five 5 mph.
"As part of that obsession, humans find ways to travel faster every year. Usain Bolt's recent Olympic sprint averaged 23 mph. When he sprints, he is unique, and alone. When he walks, any walking human can keep pace. Top speed emphasizes difference. Mechanically assisted types of transport alienate humans from their planet, and from one another. The fastest humans, currently, ride in the space shuttle traveling at 18,685 mph in orbit; 18,685 mph is an unearthly speed..."
-> According to a recent Union Leader announcement, "The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Committee of Littleton is holding a walk to school event on Friday, April 17. Students of Lakeway Elementary School can meet at one of three designated places in town and walk to school with chaperones, fellow students, and their parents. Meet no earlier than 7:15am; departure from each location is at 7:30am. Children who live along the designated routes may join the 'walking school bus' as it passes their house...
"All children who walk to school will receive a tri-function blinking light for their backpacks, compliments of Friends of Lakeway. This first walk to school event is in conjunction with Lakeway's monthly Spirit Day. April's Spirit Day theme is Earth Day. This event happens rain or shine!"
-> According to an Apr. 8th (UK) Telegraph article, "Exposure to traffic pollution during pregnancy could harm babies in the womb, a study shows. The risk of a delivering a baby of small weight rose significantly with each increase in pollution levels during the first three months and final three months of pregnancy.
"Researchers believe restricted fetal growth may be linked to traffic pollution or living close to a major road...The researchers based their findings on almost 336,000 births in New Jersey between 1999 and 2003 and daily readings of air pollution from monitoring points around the state from the US Environmental Protection Agency..."
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-> "Some men mark their 40th birthday by buying a flashy new car, changing jobs or finally getting started on that novel. Ted Ciamillo decided he would pedal across the Atlantic in a one-man submarine he has designed and built himself.
"It may sound like a crazy stunt dreamed up by an adrenalin junkie, but the plan, dubbed the 'Subhuman project,' has attracted serious attention from marine biologists. That's because the sub, when it takes to the seas later this year, could for the first time allow them to explore the upper layers of the ocean silently and unobtrusively, revealing marine life as it has never been seen before...."
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-> April 19-21, 2009, 4th Int'l Conference on Future Urban Transport, Goteborg, Sweden. Info:
-> April 22-25, 2009, 14th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society, Sitges (Spain / Catalonia). Info:
-> April 24, 2009, 1st Delaware Bicycle Summit. DelTech, Dover Info:
-> April 24-26, 2009, 7th International Public Market Conference, San Francisco, CA. Info:
-> April 25-29, 2009 American Planning Association National Conference, Minneapolis MN. Info:
-> April 27-28, 2009, Wisconsin Bike Summit, Madison, WI. Info:
-> May 10-14, 2009, True Urbanism: Cities for Health & Well-Being Conference, Portland, OR. Info:
-> May 12-15, 2009, Velo-City 2009, Brussels, Belgium. Info:
-> May 28-31, 2009, Midwest Mountain Bike Advocacy Summit, Cannonsburg Ski Area near Grand Rapids, MI. Info: Western Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, phone: (616) 990-1402; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> May 31-June 2, 2009, Transit Initiatives & Communities Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Info:
-> June 4-5, 2009, Great Places, Great Cities 2009, Glasgow, Scotland. Info:
-> June 5-7, 2009, 7th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods, Washington, DC. Info:
-> July 28-29, 2009, Transportation Planning, Land Use, and Air Quality Conference, Denver, CO. Info:
-> 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: <email@example.com>
-> September 2-4, 2009, 2nd International Urban Design Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. Info:
-> September 15-16, 2009, Research to Practice Symposium Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging, Chapel Hill, NC. Information and updates will be available at:
-> October 7-9, 2009, 10th Annual Walk21, New York City NY. Info:
-> October 18-22, 2009, Low Carbon Cities - 45th ISOCARP Int'l Congress, Porto, Portugal. Info:
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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: <email@example.com>.
-> November 12-13, 2009, 7th New Zealand Cycling Conference, New Plymouth, NZ. Info:
-> September 13 - 17, 2010. Pro Walk/Pro Bike® the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS
-> JOB -- BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- BFW
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, a state-wide non-profit Bicycle Advocacy and Education Organization, is seeking a Bicycle Transportation Planner. The Planner will serve as a project manager for on-going planning contracts and will secure future planning contracts.
This position requires experience in bicycle/pedestrian planning and its connection to broad based transportation and urban/community planning. Project management experience as a planning consultant is preferred. Must be proficient in the use of ESRI GIS and Microsoft software and have excellent writing and communication skills.
Preferred qualifications are a Bachelor's Degree in planning and 3-5 years of experience. The position is based out our Milwaukee or Madison offices. Salary will be commensurate with experience and abilities. Health insurance benefits, vacation, sick leave and flexible work schedule are offered -- along with the opportunity to work for a great organization.
This position is open until filled.
See the complete job description here: http://tinyurl.com/cdgrrn
-> 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:
-> JOB -- PROJECT PLANNER -- WINSTON-SALEM, NC
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
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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