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#226 Wednesday, April 29, 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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----- NCBW Works on SRTS Projects in Minn.
----- Sunday Parkways Webinar Scheduled for May 20th
----- Transportation Secretary LaHood on Bikes and Bucks
----- APBP Elects Officers, Adds New Members
----- Thank You for Saving Florida's Trails!
----- Missouri Gets Its 1st Bicycle Friendly Community Award
----- Seattle's Peter Lagerwey Announces His Retirement
----- Bicycles, Rolling Stops, and the Idaho Stop
----- Register for 2009 Walk to School Day
----- New Releases from CFLRI
----- Virginia Tech Offers Sustainable Transportation Course
----- Follow the Stimulus Money!

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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------ Delaware Needs Road Diets, Complete Streets
------ Albert Lea (MN) Embarks on Healthy Makeover
------ Common Ground Found for Urbanism and Disabled
------ Bike to Work Week Celebrated Throughout Oklahoma
------ Bexley (OH) to Use Stimulus $$ for Sidewalk Work
------ Cottleville (MO) Plans Walking, Biking Trail
------ Walking to School Tough in Cumberland County (PA)
------ Study: Bike Helmet Laws Could Do More Harm than Good
------ Texas A&M Student Repairs Bikes for Free
------ Missoula (MT) Kids are "Movin' With The Mayor"

FEATURES

NCBW WORKS ON SRTS PROJECTS IN MINN.

NCBW's Bob Chauncey and Mark Plotz just wrapped up a two-week visit to Minnesota, delivering technical assistance to more than a dozen communities in southeastern Minnesota, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, and the Arrowhead Region in the northeastern reaches of the state. What is on people’s minds?  "In four words: Safe Routes to School," reports Plotz.

"Perhaps it was the warm weather that turned people’s attention -- and memories -- to walking and bicycling to school," Plotz says.  "A more likely explanation is that Safe Routes to School, as a transportation policy, is now getting serious consideration by educators, as school districts weigh reducing transportation costs against cuts to other equally deserving programs and staff positions."

There are plenty of reasons to start a Safe Routes program. But according to Plotz, when you're talking with kids, any SRTS conversation begins and ends with bikes! bikes! bikes!  "Simply put, kids love their bikes, and they're in favor of any program that will allow them to ride to school. Adults, especially school principals, like the idea of potential reductions in traffic volumes around schools by using SRTS programs."

NCBW is working closely with several Minnesota schools. Plotz pointed to Red Pine Elementary School in Eagan as a real SRTS success story in the state. "Gary Anger, Red Pine’s principal, has proved to be a tireless champion of Safe Routes to School," said Plotz. "During the last two school years he has led the charge on instituting remote drop-off/pick-up locations for students, incorporating a bicycle safety unit into PE classes, and initiating a very successful bicycle drive to get bicycles into the hands of students who didn't have them.".

During NCBW’s most recent visit to Red Pine, Chauncey and Plotz spent a morning with the Student Council creating yard signs to promote traffic safety around Red Pine and in the students’ neighborhoods. Six designs were selected and will be turned into 100+ weatherized yard signs. A local sign company is donating materials and labor for the project. NCBW and Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield have partnered with Red Pine to develop a School Travel Plan, so the school can continue to grow its Safe Routes to School Program.


SUNDAY PARKWAYS WEBINAR SCHEDULED FOR MAY 20th

-> "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. Join presenters Adolfo Hernandez in Chicago; Kathryn Moore in Miami; and Dani Simons in New York City to 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.
You can register for the Shared Roadway Markings webinar at: http://tinyurl.com/cdortc


TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY LAHOOD ON BIKES AND BUCKS

-> In the Fast Lane blog, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote, "Bicycling was one of the earliest beneficiaries of stimulus funding, with portions of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act explicitly devoted to bicycling, and this department has been very active in getting that funding out the door. States must spend 3 percent of their allocation on the Transportation Enhancements program, which is a primary source of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure funding. The remainder of the 'highway' money also creates an opportunity to build complete streets. All of the highway funding is flexible, and bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible. The 3 percent in Transportation Enhancements is a floor not a ceiling. 30 percent of a state's allocation is sub-allocated to urbanized areas, where commuting by bicycle is most likely.

"$3.1 billion is provided for the Energy Efficiency and Block Grant Program, which provides formula funding to cities, counties, and states to undertake a range of energy efficiency activities. One eligible use of funding is for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. $1 billion is provided for the Community Development Block Grants program, which provides formula funding to cities and counties that meet certain criteria to undertake community improvement activities. One eligible use of funding is for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. So, a number of funding opportunities exist, but cycling advocates must get their cities and states to request funds for these purposes. Many states, counties, and municipalities have already done so..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/crfdjd


APBP ELECTS OFFICERS, ADDS NEW MEMBERS

-> According to an Apr. 20th news release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) has announced the election of officers and the addition of two new board members.

"Seleta Reynolds, AICP, with Fehr & Peers in San Francisco, CA, was elected President; Jennifer Hefferan, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, is the Vice-President; Michael Moule, President and Principal Transportation Engineer of Livable Streets, Inc., in Tampa, FL, is Treasurer; and Brett Hondorp, AICP, Principal with Alta Planning + Design in Oakland, CA, has been elected Secretary. Hondorp and Norma Moores, Senior Transportation Engineer at IBI Group in Hamilton, Ontario, join the Board as new members.

"APBP provides expertise for sustainable transportation and is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP members -- employees of all levels of government, consulting firms and non-profits -- work in the engineering, planning, landscape architecture, police, safety, health and promotion fields and specialize in improving conditions for bicycling and walking."

For more information about the organization, visit http://tinyurl.com/3vhbek


THANK YOU FOR SAVING FLORIDA'S TRAILS!

-> In the Apr. 1st issue of CenterLines, we carried a story about how the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) had announced "devastating cuts to the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT), effectively eliminating this nationally renowned program." Now, comes good news via the Florida Bicycle Association's Blog, as told by Ken Bryan of the Rails to Trails Conservancy's Florida Field Office:

"Due primarily to your hard work, the Senate General Government Appropriations Committee has reinstated OGT's staff and removed language that would limit citizen input by eliminating the Florida Greenways and Trails Council. OGT's budget was reduced, but we understand this is a time of belt-tightening.

"State Sen. Al Lawson (D-6th) deserves special thanks for submitting an amendment on behalf of OGT, as does Sen. Carey Baker (R-20th) for supporting an innovative solution that was at no additional cost to the taxpayer.

"The trail movement depends on its supporters to speak up in times of need and I am proud of the vigorous response that came from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy members. This is an outstanding example of an advocacy effort having a real-world impact.

"Thank you again for defending trails with action!"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cjtcro


MISSOURI GETS ITS 1ST BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY AWARD


-> In an Apr. 28th email, Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle Federation, wrote, "Just heard the news -- Columbia has been named a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. That's our first Bicycle Friendly Community EVER in Missouri--and now sets a high standard for other Missouri cities to match!

"That's a great step towards MoBikeFed's goal to have (minimum!) 5 Bronze and 1 Silver Bicycle Friendly Communities in Missouri within the next 5 years. Will your city be the next Bicycle Friendly Community in Missouri?"

Find out how to make it so: http://tinyurl.com/c9v78p


SEATTLE'S PETER LAGERWEY ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

-> According t0 an Apr. 20th news release, "After 25 years with the City of Seattle, Peter Lagerwey has announced his retirement, effective August 4, 2009. Peter has worked tirelessly to develop safer streets for pedestrians and bicyclists and has served as a mentor to countless bicycle and pedestrian coordinators throughout the U.S. Peter's distinguished career includes many accomplishments: he managed the development of Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan, oversaw construction of over 150 miles of bikeways throughout the City, and published numerous reports, studies, design manuals and professional articles. In addition, Peter has developed and taught training courses at over 200 locations on pedestrian safety, bicycle planning and facility design, walkable communities, urban design and Safe Routes to School.

"As anyone who knows Peter can imagine, he won't be idle for long. This September, he will open a Seattle office for Toole Design Group, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm. Toole Design Group has worked closely with Peter on a number of projects over the years, including Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan. 'Peter is one of the top professionals in our field,' said Jennifer Toole, president of the firm. 'His deep understanding of policy and design issues, combined with his diplomatic skills, make him one of the most highly skilled planners I've ever worked with. We are thrilled that Peter will be joining our team next September, and we look forward to establishing a strong presence in the western U.S.'."

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


BICYCLES, ROLLING STOPS, AND THE IDAHO STOP


-> According to Spencer Boomhower, "The Oregon Legislature is considering passage of a law that would allow bicycle riders to treat stop signs as yield signs. These 'rolling stops' would allow bike riders to preserve some of the momentum they depend upon for efficient travel, just so long as they don't infringe on the safety and rights of others.

"The law is based on one that's been successful in Idaho for the last 27 years, so it's come to be known as the 'Idaho Stop' law. There's some controversy -- and whole lot of misunderstanding -- surrounding the proposed Idaho Stop law. I thought I could clear some of it up with the magic of animation..."

Check out his video, and the discussion that follows, here:
http://tinyurl.com/dep5ee


REGISTER FOR 2009 WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to an Apr. 27th news release, "Registration is open for 2009 Walk to School Day, an international event where communities from more than 40 countries join together to walk and bicycle to school. Walk to School Day is October 7, 2009.

"To register a Walk to School event, please visit www.walktoschool.org/register. Registration is free and available to individuals or organizations holding an event in the U.S. Registered schools will be displayed on an interactive map on the U.S. Walk to School Web site (www.walktoschool.org), where neighboring communities, media and other organizations will be able to view participating schools.

"By registering, Walk to School organizers gain access to a variety of downloadable materials, including certificates, templates for printing stickers and a frequent walker punch card. Registrants can also subscribe to a weekly Walk to School e-newsletter with tips and resources on holding a Walk to School event..."

For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/cocryf
or contact Raquel Rivas at <rivas@hsrc.unc.edu>.


NEW RELEASES FROM CFLRI

-> According to an Apr. 24th news release from the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, "In celebration of Earth Month, CFLRI is excited to announce its newest resource: Making the Case for Active Transportation. This series of eight bulletins is intended for policy makers, health promoters, transportation planners, municipal decision-makers, NGOs, and the public.

"Check out the following to see how these bulletins can help you make the case in your community:

- Bulletin #1 - Health Benefits (available now)
- Bulletin #2 - Barriers (available now)
- Bulletin #3 - Economic Benefits (coming soon)
- Bulletin #4 - Environmental Benefits (coming soon)
- Bulletin #5 - Built Infrastructure (coming soon)
- Bulletin #6 - Safety (coming soon)
- Bulletin #7 - Increasing Social Capital (available now)
. Bulletin #8 - A Role for Municipal Decision Makers (available now)"

See them here: http://tinyurl.com/cfe6ln


VIRGINIA TECH OFFERS SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION COURSE

Dates: June 4-5, 2009
Instructors:  Dr. Ralph Buehler and Paul DeMaio
Venue: The Planning Academy at Virginia Tech, Old Town Alexandria

"Bicycling and walking are smart choices for communities today, due to their low impact on both our non-renewable resource supply and our public infrastructure budgets.  This course will provide you with the tools you need to understand bicycling and walking and plan for a more sustainable community.

"National experts Dr. Ralph Buehler and Paul DeMaio will cover the following topics:

- State and trends of bicycling and walking in the U.S.
- Assessing demand for bike and pedestrian facilities and user needs
- Overview of the connections between bicycling, walking and public health
- Bicycling innovations and policies in successful European bicycling cities
- Latest information on cutting edge issues, such as bike sharing and bike-transit integration
- Best practices in traffic calming and pedestrian safety

"After one and a half days of classroom instruction, participants will take to the streets on a special bike/walking tour (weather permitting). This course is eligible for 12 AICP CM credits. Register by May 14 to get the early bird registration rate!" 

For more information or to register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/cn8ony


FOLLOW THE STIMULUS MONEY!

-> In an Apr. 27th message, John Cinatl wrote, "Are you wondering where all of our 'stimulus' money is going? Here is where at least part of it is going -- the Transportation portion: http://tinyurl.com/cuyrtv and click on your a state to see who gets what and for what."

 


QUOTES R US


-> "As many as 56 percent of deadly crashes involve one or more unsafe driving behaviors
typically associated with aggressive driving."
-- "Aggressive Driving: Research Update;" April, 2009; AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
http://tinyurl.com/csoeev


-> "In the AAA Foundation's 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index, 78 percent of respondents rated aggressive drivers as a serious or extremely serious traffic safety problem, yet nearly half of these same people reported exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph on major highways in the past 30 days. Substantial numbers also admitted accelerating to try to beat traffic lights, honking at other drivers, tailgating and pressuring other drivers to speed up, illustrating the AAA Foundation's "Do as I say, not as I do" critique of the prevailing driving culture."
-- "Aggressive Driving: Research Update;" April, 2009; AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
http://tinyurl.com/csoeev

 


IN THE NEWS

About articles and archives: Most newspapers allow readers free access to articles for a week or two. After that, many charge a per-article fee. These, we identify as having an archive cost. Some papers don't charge regardless of how old an article is. These, we identify as not having an archive cost.

DELAWARE NEEDS ROAD DIETS, COMPLETE STREETS

-> According to an Apr. 25th News Journal article, "Delaware needs to go on a 'road diet,' a national cycling expert told 275 people Friday at the state's first bicycle summit. For Michael Ronkin, head of the Oregon-based consulting firm Designing Streets for Pedestrians & Bicyclists, that means narrowing heavily used roads by reducing driving lanes, eliminating parking lanes and adding bike lanes. 'We need to make changes because roads are extremely inefficient when used only by one mode of transportation,' he said. 'We can significantly raise the capacity of our roads by including other forms of transportation."

"Ronkin, a resident of Corvallis, Ore., has traveled across the country teaching his bicycle and pedestrian urban design course and working with state and municipal governments to make streets more accessible to bicycles...Stopping in for a few minutes at the summit, Gov. Jack Markell signed an executive order implementing Complete Streets -- a national movement to make U.S. roads accommodate all modes of transportation. The Delaware Department of Transportation now will be required, whenever possible, to incorporate all transportation methods -- including bicycling and walking -- into road design and maintenance..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cu3kc6
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Consultant urges 'road diet' to add bicycles"
Author: Jennifer Price


ALBERT LEA (MN) EMBARKS ON HEALTHY MAKEOVER

-> According to a Jan. 16th Minnesota Public Radio story, "It's day one of the makeover, and city leaders are holding a meeting about how friendly Albert Lea is to pedestrians. Walkability expert Dan Burden is explaining that sidewalks aren't enough. He says buildings need to be occupied and they need to have windows.

"'I'll use one as an example, the pharmacy on the corner that we saw. I assume at one time there were windows in that building. Once those windows go away, people no longer feel secure,' Burden said. Who would have thought that windows in the downtown would make people want to walk? But research shows that amenities like windows make a place look more vital, encouraging people to be more active..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7pmvb8
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Albert Lea embarks on a healthy makeover"
Author: Sea Stachura


COMMON GROUND FOUND FOR URBANISM AND DISABLED

-> According to an article in the April-May New Urban News, "The Atlanta Regional Commission had Andres Duany lead a charrette in February aimed at helping municipal and county governments foster 'Lifelong Communities' -- places where people can comfortably live from childhood to old age.

"The Commission, which promotes planning in the 10-county Atlanta region, is using the Lifelong Communities Initiative to produce policies, programs, and designs that will allow individuals and families to remain in a neighborhood as they age, even if their physical or mental abilities become impaired.

"For Duany, the Miami architect, and for Eleanor Smith, the Atlanta-based founder of the disability rights organization Concrete Change, the charrette turned into an opportunity to forge agreement on at least some elements of a joint agenda. As a result of the discussions, Duany acted to 'ensure that all mandates for elevated entries will be removed from the SmartCode,' said Scott Ball, charrette project manager for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. (DPZ)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cvksvy
Archive search: click on "Past Articles"
Archive cost: No
Title: "Common ground found for urbanism and the disabled"
Author: Philip Langdon


BIKE TO WORK WEEK CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT OKLAHOMA

-> According to an Apr. 29th Oklahoman article, "People ride bicycles for all sorts of reasons, from better health to saving money on fuel. To help promote bike riding as an alternative form of transportation, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments and the cities of Oklahoma City, Bethany, Guthrie, Moore, Norman, Yukon and Edmond are observing Bike to Work Day on Friday.

"Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal and about 25 riders had a tune up Saturday to prepare for the Bike To Work Day. 'As part of our healthy community initiatives we have walks and talks with the mayor,' she said. 'We had a good turnout for the bike ride but I know we'll do better on Friday.' University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma also are participating. John Sharp, ACOG program coordinator, said the fifth annual event was moved up to allow more college students to be involved..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c3l6wh
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Bike to Work activities promote pedal power"
Author: John A. Williams


BEXLEY (OH) TO USE STIMULUS $$ FOR SIDEWALK WORK

-> According to an Apr. 20th Columbus Local News article, "Bexley will see $1.145 million in federal stimulus funds for sidewalk improvements, which might help offset the cost of other street repairs. The Policy Committee of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission finalized a list of projects April 16, allocating $28 million to Central Ohio cities for transportation use as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Bexley will use its sum to improve sidewalks, traffic signals and curb ramps at intersections so they meet standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Bexley Development Director Bruce Langner said previously.

"Service Director Bill Harvey said he hopes some of the stimulus award will tie into the sidewalk repairs that the city already planned for this year. 'We'll use some of that funding to pay for some of those sidewalks where we have to replace handicap ramps,' he said. The city will meet with MORPC in mid May to fine tune the details of the project, which relates to several capital improvements for which the city will accept cost estimates from construction companies in the next few weeks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c4s564
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: ?
Title: "MORPC approves sidewalk allocation"
Author: Laura Englehart


COTTLEVILLE (MO) PLANS WALKING, BIKING TRAIL

-> According to an Apr. 28th Suburban Journal article, "The city of Cottleville is planning to build a walking and biking trail along Weiss Road to make it safer for children heading to school. The city hosted a public meeting April 21 at City Hall to show residents the plans for a new walking trail.

"The proposed mile-long, 8-foot-wide concrete and asphalt trail would be located on Weiss near Warren Elementary School, said Public Works Director Rob Mosbey. The city received a $207,890 grant as part of the Missouri Department of Transportation's 'Safe Routes to School' program.

"The trail would travel south on Weiss to the Fairfield Estates subdivision near Old Weiss Road, Mosbey said. The route would continue south on Weiss to St. Peters Cottleville Road, he said. Construction could begin in the fall, Mosbey said, and could be complete by the end of the year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/czq5n7
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Walking, biking trail on the way in Cottleville"
Author: Latreecia Wade


WALKING TO SCHOOL TOUGH IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY (PA)

-> According to an Apr. 28th Patriot-News article, "When it's safe and practical, walking to school has broad support. It forces a little exercise into every day. It's good for the environment. It eases traffic congestion. But not every community is equipped to safely handle young pedestrians.

"Some communities are searching for solutions, which can range from putting up signs to creating pedestrian-only walkways where streets once were. In Newville, Cumberland County, there are plans to close an alley near a Big Spring School District elementary school to give children a straight shot to school.

"Near Newville Elementary School, cars park over the curb and onto the sidewalks on High Street. That's no place for children to walk. School administrators have encouraged children to find other roads to walk on, borough manager Fred Potzer said. 'I consider it to be an extreme hazard,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dbbg62
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Communities look for ways to deal with students walking to school"
Author: Daniel Victor

Ed. Note: Cars park on sidewalks near the school and the kids should "find other roads to walk on"?!!


STUDY: BIKE HELMET LAWS COULD DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD

-> According to an Apr. 27th New Scientist article, "Mandatory bicycle helmet laws could do more harm than good, a new study claims. Helmet laws like those in effect in Australia levy a substantial cost on healthcare systems because savings from fewer head injuries pale in comparison to the costs incurred by decreases in cycling, a mathematical model concludes. Piet de Jong, a mathematician at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, estimates that bicycle helmet laws would cost the US $4.8 billion per year, Netherlands $1.9 billion, and the U.K $0.4 billion...

"He concludes that only under extreme, theoretical circumstances do mandatory helmet laws not end up costing the healthcare system. Head injuries must be a substantial proportion of bicycling injuries, few riders must abandon their bikes due to helmet laws, and the health benefits of cycling need to be low. 'Even under very favourable assumptions to the pro-helmet lobby group, it's very hard to get a benefit,' de Jong says..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d3unrb
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Bicycle helmet laws could do more harm than good"
Author: Ewen Callaway


TEXAS A&M STUDENT REPAIRS BIKES FOR FREE

-> According to an Apr. 29th Battalion article, "In today's technologically 'super' world, selfless people like Aaron Swink are becoming increasingly difficult to come across. Swink, however, makes himself readily available to anyone in need of assistance at no cost. Every Friday afternoon in Academic Plaza, Swink will fix anyone's bicycle for free. It is a service he has been providing the entire semester, and any student is free to take part.

"'I was like, "Why not?" I see these people riding by with really terrible, rusty bikes and the chains are grinding around, and I love fixing bikes. I used to race and ride mountain bikes in high school,' said Swink, a senior bioenvironmental science major. Swink's operation is relatively straightforward: he sits outside in the shade in front of Academic Plaza wearing a 'Free Bike Repair' shirt. He carries all the tools he needs with him in his backpack. He sits down, smiles, has friendly conversations with fellow Aggies and waits for students to take him up on his free services..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c667xs
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Mr. Fix It"
Author: Steve Humeniuk


MISSOULA (MT) KIDS ARE "MOVIN' WITH THE MAYOR"
       
-> According to an Apr. 17th Missoulian article, "Mayor John Engen wants to share the joy of having fun in the outdoors and feeling fit with Missoula's kids. Join the mayor at your neighborhood park for some active fun, walking or jogging. Get to know the mayor and tell him all about your favorite places to play in Missoula.

"'Movin' with the Mayor' is free and open to kids ages 5 to 13 years and their parents or guardians. Participants can earn mile tickets for the Missoula Kids Marathon, get in their recommended daily dose of physical activity (60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per day), and earn stamps on their Missoula Children and Nature Network 'Got Nature' Passport..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dc5v6o
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "‘Movin' with the Mayor' a free program for kids"
Author: Staff

Related KPAX-TV video: http://tinyurl.com/dxjtge
Resource: 2009 Missoula Rec guide (1.4mb pdf): http://tinyurl.com/djdxgu


AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

DUI CHARGE IS FILED, BUT MAN NEVER LEFT BAR STOOL

-> "Gerrit Konink was sitting in his living room around dinnertime earlier this month when he heard somebody down the street fire up what he thought was a lawnmower. He figured one of his neighbors was getting a jump on his yard work. Instead, it was someone jumping on a motorized bar stool. From his window, the 66-year-old Konink then saw something buzz down Kelley Lane in Newark.

"'I knew it was something strange, and then it was gone,' he said. 'It was too fast.' Newark police say that Konink saw a neighbor riding a motorized bar stool shortly before the man wrecked while trying to make a U-turn. Police say that Kile Wygle, 28, had one too many before wheeling his homemade oddity around the neighborhood on March 4..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cm8nwt
Ed Note: check out the photo!


TOP 10 CAR-FREE U.S. DESTINATIONS

-> "Americans have undoubtedly held a long love affair with the automobile, but sometimes a good thing can just turn sour. Whether it's soaring gas prices or traffic congestion that have you ready to put the brakes on a car-centric vacation, or the prospect of dealing with a chorus of 'are we there yets?' from the back seat, there's no better time than the present to get a car-free vacation into gear.

"Happily, there are plenty of great U.S. locales where you can trade in the sound of car horns and sirens for quiet tranquility – and beat the pump, to boot. Explore these ten charming isles and mountain towns from a street-level perspective that no car ride can rival, plus throw in a kowtow to Mother Nature, as all of these sprees are carbon emissions free."

To see the list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6pgayx

 


QUICK HITS


OBERSTAR STUCK IN TRAFFIC, MISSES TRANSIT EVENT
-> "U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, the House's heavyweight on transportation policy, planned to endorse an environmental group's report on public transit solutions Thursday. But he missed the group's news conference -- he was stuck in Washington, D.C.'s notoriously gridlocked traffic..."
http://tinyurl.com/cf3aqp

KEY TO SAFER ROADS IDENTIFIED IN CALIFORNIA STUDY
-> "...The most unsafe cities in California, in terms of traffic fatalities, are the newest ones — those developed primarily since 1950. The cities with the fewest fatalities, by contrast, are those with significant portions built before 1950..."
http://tinyurl.com/cvksvy (click on "Past Articles")

NTSB: BUS SAFETY RULES ARE LONG OVERDUE
-> "The board unanimously voted to cite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to implement recommendations that could lead to new safety equipment on buses, including seatbelts and stronger roofs and windows. They have been prodding NHTSA to enact their suggestions since 1999..."
http://tinyurl.com/c9qfn6

NICE (FR) SCHOOL CHILDREN TO GET WALKING LICENSES
-> "Nice is introducing a pedestrian license for school children. 3200 youngsters will be educated on road safety issues, and will be issued with a permis piéton once they have successfully completed the course."
http://tinyurl.com/c8b4f9

CARS OVERFLOW CALIFORNIA'S PORT OF HUENEME
-> "In a visible reminder of the steep decline in new-car sales, thousands of vehicles bound for dealerships in Southern California and beyond are instead stacking up in vacant lots around the Port of Hueneme..."
http://tinyurl.com/cyyjbf

 


RESOURCES

-> "RESIDENT PERCEPTIONS OF BICYCLE BOULEVARDS..."
"...A SE Salmon Street Case Study;" by Mariah VanZerr; Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation; Portland State University. Dec. 10, 2008 (url goes to basic description with a link to 2.7mb pdf download)
http://tinyurl.com/cko7sw

-> "AGGRESSIVE DRIVING: RESEARCH UPDATE"

12-page report by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. April 2009 (url goes to basic description with a link to 543kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/csoeev

-> SPEED CUSHIONS - AN EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO..."
"...Speed Humps;" presentation by Richard Drdul, PE, PTOE. 2003 (2.7mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cuq9sj

-> "MAKING TRANSPORTATION SUSTAINABLE..."
"...Insights from Germany;" by Buehler, Pucher, and Kunert; for the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. April 2009 (url goes to basic description with a link to 273kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/c4cpdp

-> "NO-NOSE SADDLES FOR PREVENTING GENITAL NUMBNESS..."
"and Sexual Dysfunction from Occupational Bicycling;" article by Steven M. Schrader, Brian D. Lowe, and Michael J. Breitenstein, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2009–131. April 2009 (url goes to basic description with a link to 916kb pdf download)
http://tinyurl.com/cj2nob
-> Note: For a pdf of a 1978 Bicycling magazine article on women's saddles that pre-dated current designs, contact the CL Editor at john@bikewalk.org

-> VALUING THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF ACTIVE TRANSPORT MODES
Report by Genter, Donovan, & Petrenas, McCormick Rankin Cagney, Auckland & Badland, Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Auckland University of Technology; for NZ Transport Agency; Research Report 359. 2008 (url goes to basic description with a link to 594kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cegzda

-> "DRIVING PERFORMANCE DURING CELL PHONE..."
"...Conversations and Common In-Vehicle Tasks While Sober and Drunk;" by Rakauskas, Ward, Bernat, Cadwallader & De Waard, University of Minnesota; for Minnesota DOT. Oct. 2005 (1.3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cbtx8v

-> "PSYCHOLOGICAL AND ROADWAY CORRELATES OF..."
"...Aggressive Driving;" Final Report; by Harder, Kinney, & Bloomfield; Center for Human Factors Systems Research and Design, University of Minnesota; CTS 08-30. Dec. 2008 (182kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cfkwp6

-> "PEDESTRIAN FORUM - SPRING 2009"
3 page Federal Highway Administration Newsletter on pedestrian issues. (url goes to basic description with a link to 915kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/c548ka

-> "NOT-IN-TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE 2007 - HIGHLIGHTS"
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Traffic Safety Facts;" DOT HS 811 085. Jan. 2009 (132kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/bate5v


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!

-> 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 15-17, 2009, Winning Campaigns Advocacy Training, Miami, FL. Info: Kristen Steele, Alliance for Biking and Walking, San Francisco Office, phone: (415) 513-5281; email: <kristen@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/cx5xvr

-> 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 28, 2009, Bike Summit 2009, Toronto, ON, Canada. Info: Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation; phone: (416) 392-0290; email: <info@torontocat.ca>
http://tinyurl.com/cr2c27

-> 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: <info@wmmba.org>
http://tinyurl.com/cllj8d

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

-> June 4-5, 2009, Great Places, Great Cities 2009, Glasgow, Scotland. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/dzngae

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

-> June 14, 2009, 9:00AM, Bike to the Sea Day Ride, Malden, MA. Info: Bike to the Sea, Stephen Winslow, President; phone: (781) 397-6893; email: <swinslow.brownandgreen@verizon.net> subject: Bike to the Sea
http://tinyurl.com/cnntfl

-> June 18-20, 2009, SmartCycling 2009, San Jose, CA. Info: League of American Bicyclists
http://tinyurl.com/dhlywh
Via Sonoma County (CA) e-update: http://tinyurl.com/ym43es

-> July 12-15, 2010, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled after Disasters, Boston, MA. Info: phone: (617) 287-7116
http://www.rebuilding.umb.edu/rscepd

-> July 28-29, 2009, Transportation Planning, Land Use, and Air Quality Conference, Denver, CO. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/caojys

-> 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

-> September 17-19, 2009, Membership Development Training (for bike/ped advocacy organizations), San Francisco, CA. Info: Kristen Steele, Alliance for Biking and Walking, San Francisco Office, phone: (415) 513-5281; email: <kristen@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/cx5xvr

-> 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

-> September 13 - 17, 2010. Pro Walk/Pro Bike® the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling, Chattanooga, Tennessee.


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

A SATISFIED CUSTOMER!

"...about the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition hiring for Great Streets Director: We've got a hire!
Thank you so much for including our ad. We appreciate it."

Leah Shahum
Executive Director
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition


-> 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:
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


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