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#227 Wednesday, May 13, 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.

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----- NCBW Adds New Planner to Staff, Opens NJ Office
----- Bicycle Master Plans Webinar Scheduled for June 17th
----- NCBW Team Visits Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2010 Site
----- Oberstar Outlines Reauthorization Bill Priorities
----- T4America Unveils Trans. Reform Blueprint on Capitol Hill
----- Action Strategies Toolkit Offers Concrete Resources
----- Hawaii Governor Signs Complete Streets Bill
----- Big Boost for Cycling, Walking in NJDOT Plan
----- Laval (QC, CA) Gets Door-to-Door Bike/Walk Advocacy
----- May 12 Webinar: "Safe Routes to School in Rural Communities"
----- BikeWalk VA Asks Gov to Support Rails-with-Trails Bill
----- League of American Bicyclists Ranks States
----- 2010 TRB Annual Meeting, TRR: Calls For Papers
----- Deb Hubsmith Riding Handcycle Due to Knee Injury
----- Smart Travel and Thinking Highways
----- Last Days for CNU 17 Early Bird Registration
----- May 14 Webinar: "Context-Sensitive Solutions"
----- If You Haven't Heard of Zakayo Nderi Yet, You Will...
----- How Healthy is the Air You Breathe?
----- A Little About National Bike Month...
----- Show iReport How You Bike To Work!
----- The Pedaling History Bicycle Museum to Close Its Doors

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------ Seattle to Spend $60M on Pedestrian Improvements
------ Bike to Work Week on Tap in Huntington (NY)
------ Bike/Ped Projects Sprouting All Over Santa Clara County (CA)
------ 60% in U.S. Live with Dangerous Air Pollution
------ Brookings Experts: Road-Use Fees Could Solve Traffic Woes
------ Thefts Puncture Paris Bike Rental Scheme

FEATURES

NCBW ADDS NEW BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLANNER TO STAFF, OPENS NJ OFFICE

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) has added a new staff member, and at the same time opened a new office in New Jersey. Joshua Levin brings a broad background of planning activities to the staff. He most recently worked as a planning intern with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Prior to that Josh worked with Fehr and Peers Transportation Consultants in Denver, Colorado. He also brings some legislative experience to the organization, having worked as a district office intern for Congressman Baron Hill (D-IN), and as a Capitol Hill intern for Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). Josh has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.

We welcome Josh to NCBW, and appreciate his efforts in helping to set up a new office in New Jersey. Executive Director Sharon Roerty has been working out of a home office since the transition of organization leadership last year, and has been keeping her eyes open for appropriate space within walking distance of her home in Maplewood, New Jersey. She recently found the right place; you can find Sharon and Josh at 75 South Orange Avenue, Suite 216, in South Orange, New Jersey. It is one block from the NJ Transit train station where you  can catch a train and be in downtown Newark in 10 minutes or mid-town Manhattan in 40 minutes.

BICYCLE MASTER PLANS WEBINAR SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17th

-> Bicycle Master Plans will be the topic of a one-hour webinar scheduled for June 17th, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A growing number of cities across the U.S. are creating Bicycle Master Plans, or BMPs. These are plans for developing bicycle infrastructure in a city, with emphasis on promoting bicycling as a viable transportation option and fostering a safe environment for bicycling.

Join presenter Peter Lagerwey, who will lead webinar participants step-by-step through the process of creating a successful bicycle master plan. Peter has served for 25 years in the City of Seattle's bicycle and pedestrian program. He managed the development of Seattle's Bicycle Master Plan, oversaw construction of more than 150 miles of bikeways throughout the City, and published numerous reports, studies, design manuals, and professional articles. In September, Lagerwey will open a Seattle office for the Toole Design Group. Webinar participants will be given a copy of a guide, "Creating a Road Map for Producing and Implementing A Bicycle Master Plan," authored by Lagerwey and being published by the NCBW's Active Living Resource Center.

The Bicycle Master Plans 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 Bicycle Master Plans webinar at: http://tinyurl.com/oxhod2

NCBW TEAM VISITS PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2010 SITE

Sharon Roerty, executive director of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, and Gary MacFadden, an NCBW senior project director, spent four days in early May in Chattanooga, Tennessee, site of next year's Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference.

"We believe conference participants will be very excited by this vibrant community that has so many programs focused on walking, bicycling, and active living," reported MacFadden. "How can you go wrong with a community that sports one of the world's longest bicycle/pedestrian bridges?"

The conference site visit was orchestrated by Outdoor Chattanooga, a city agency that encourages community citizens to lead active lifestyles. Outdoor Chattanooga grew out of a region-wide planning effort during which citizens established a strategic plan for outdoor recreation. More than 1,000 of the region's citizens participated in the public meetings and workshops. Outdoor Chattanooga was launched in 2004. The agency's mission statement says it all: By promoting outdoor recreation as a signature lifestyle, Outdoor Chattanooga strives to increase tourism, bring new residents to the community, protect our natural resources, and enhance the health and well-being of citizens and visitors alike.

MacFadden said that he and Roerty also toured the Chattanooga Convention Center and the associated Chattanooga Marriott, which will serve as the conference hotel. "Conference participants are going to be blown away by the size of this facility," he said. "The pre-function areas, exhibit halls, and meeting spaces can only be termed as 'expansive.' I doubt there are too many American communities of Chattanooga's size that can boast this level of conference space."

Philip Pugliese, Chattanooga's bicycle coordinator who works within the structure of Outdoor Chattanooga, will serve as the head of the local host committee. "Philip has assembled a formidable host committee, and the ideas for mobile workshops, walking and bicycling tours, and other events are already under discussion," said MacFadden. "I predict that Chattanooga is going to be a stellar location for our sixteenth biennial conference.

Save the dates for the 2010 conference: Monday, September 13th through Thursday, September 16th, with special meetings and work sessions scheduled on both the 13th and on Friday the 17th.

For more about Outdoor Chattanooga, see:
http://tinyurl.com/q7rqce

OBERSTAR OUTLINES REAUTHORIZATION BILL PRIORITIES

-> According to an article in the May 8th AASHTO Journal, "Rep. James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has circulated an outline of his ideas for this year's surface transportation authorization legislation to fellow lawmakers and interest groups, seeking support for some broad principles to guide drafting of the language.

"Oberstar, D-MN, hopes to report legislation out of the committee by June. Oberstar's outline does not include any dollar figures, though recent media reports have quoted him as ballparking $450 billion for the six-year bill -- which would be a substantial increase over the $286 billion authorized for highway, bridge, and transit programs during the six-year period ending Sept. 30..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/wpdpy

T4AMERICA UNVEILS TRANS. REFORM BLUEPRINT ON CAPITOL HILL

-> According to a May 11th Transportation for America news release, "With Congress preparing to write the bill that will determine the next six years of transportation spending, Transportation for America today released a detailed plan to restructure the nation's transportation program in order to build a smart, safe and clean transportation system that provides real choices to all Americans.

"If our platform, released in February, lays out the vision and goals for America's transportation system, then the Transportation for America Blueprint contains the detailed directions for getting there.

"The Route to Reform: Blueprint for a 21st Century Federal Transportation Program will serve as T4 America's proposal for the policies and financing structures necessary to achieve real transformational change in America's transportation system. (We'll be highlighting and explaining pieces of the Blueprint here over the coming weeks -- it's a lot to digest at once.)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qnfstn

ACTION STRATEGIES TOOLKIT OFFERS CONCRETE RESOURCES

-> According to a May 12th Robert Wood Johnson Foundation news release, "With nearly one-third of American youth either obese or overweight, there is a critical need to expand opportunities for physical activity and improve access to healthy foods in schools and communities across the country. And policy-makers and community leaders at all levels of government have an important role to play in helping children lead healthier lives.

"To provide guidance on some of the current best approaches policy-makers can use to make their states, communities and schools healthier places to live, Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created the Action Strategies Toolkit in close collaboration with the following 11 national policy-maker organizations:
- American Association of School Administrators;
- Council of State Governments;
- International City/County Management Association;
- Local Government Commission;
- National Association of Counties;
- National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund;
- National Association of State Boards of Education;
- National Conference of State Legislatures;
- National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, & Families;
- National School Boards Association; and
- United States Conference of Mayors.

"The toolkit offers practical examples of policy approaches and resources that can help state and local policy-makers prevent childhood obesity and improve children’s health. It covers a wide range of issues, including increasing access to parks and recreation centers, improving safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, offering healthier foods in schools, and attracting grocery stores that provide healthy, affordable foods to lower-income communities..."

Download full toolkit and executive summary here: http://tinyurl.com/ptqslf

HAWAII GOVERNOR SIGNS COMPLETE STREETS BILL

-> According to a May 8th Path Hawaii news release, "On May 6th, Hawaii's Governor, Linda Lingle, signed SB 718, the Hawaii Complete Streets bill, making it a cause for celebration among organizations promoting safe mobility options for Hawaii residents. The landmark bill requires the Department of Transportation and the Counties to establish a policy to reasonably accommodate all users of the road, including pedestrians, cyclists, and people of all ages and abilities.

"'May 6th will always be the day complete streets came to Hawaii, cyclists, pedestrians, seniors, students, everybody has hope that the streets will be safer, that we will all have equitable access and that our air will be cleaner,' said Justin Fanslau, spokesperson for the One Voice for Livable Islands Coalition, an alliance of bicycling and pedestrian advocacy organizations, public health professionals, planners and environmental advocates."

"Mobility is an issue for at least one-third of Hawaii's population who either choose not to drive (pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users) or cannot drive (children, seniors and the disabled). Safety is also a great concern in Hawaii as the state with the highest senior pedestrian fatality rate and among the top five in bicycling fatalities nationally.

"'This law provides the policy backbone we need to build a safe and connected transportation network for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists,' says Laura Dierenfield, executive director of PATH Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii. 'Building streets for people to safely use a bicycle, walk or take the bus will help us all reduce our carbon footprint, conserve energy and foster healthy, active communities.'..."

For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/p6rv25

BIG BOOST FOR CYCLING, WALKING IN NJDOT PLAN

-> According to an article in the May 8th Mobilizing the Region E-Mail, "While New Jersey DOT's planned FY2010 Capital Program devotes more money towards road widening projects than in the past, it also provides almost 50% more funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects than last year's capital program did. These types of projects now represent about 2% of the total highway program, up from 1.5% last year.

"This is obviously tremendous news for New Jersey's cycling community, and especially timely given recent surges in bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. NJDOT deserves credit for making bicycling and walking a funding priority. About 12% of all trips in the state were on foot or bicycle in 2001, according to the Federal Highway Administration..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cny7co

LAVAL (QC, CA) GETS DOOR-TO-DOOR BIKE/WALK ADVOCACY

-> According to an Apr. 29th news release from Jean-Francois Pronovost, "Earlier today, Velo Quebec Association and the Societe de transport de Laval (STL) kicked off the Eco Mobile a Laval campaign, the first initiative of its kind in Quebec. As part of this project, Velo Quebec Association will undertake a direct communication operation, going door to door to 20,000 Laval households to encourage residents to adopt greener commuting habits. The program calls for a $500,000 investment, which is split equally by the STL and the Ministere des Transports du Quebec, through its provincial program to promote alternative forms of transportation.

"From April through July, some 30 active transportation advisors will cycle through seven neighbourhoods in Laval (Chomedey East, Chomedey West, Val-des-Brises, Duvernay, Vimont East, Vimont West and Laval-des-Rapides) to help residents find ways to reduce single-passenger automobile use and replace it with public transit, walking and/or biking. A questionnaire will be administered in order to establish an overview of residents' current commuting choices. An information kit, containing a detailed neighbourhood map and various other documents (STL transit map, bus schedules, etc.), will also be distributed to inform the population of the various options available to them. Finally, each household visited will receive information about a free bicycle loan service known as Try a Bike. This program will begin in July and will be run by College Montmorency."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dg2b4y

MAY 12 WEBINAR: "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL IN RURAL COMMUNITIES"

-> According to May 12th America Walks news release, "Configuring Safe Routes to School projects in rural areas is challenging. Many communities find it difficult to accommodate students who are spread across many small towns. Too often, these communities build super-sized schools that are accessible to the entire county by bus and car and only. However, with a little ingenuity, there are ways to build a successful SRTS program in these communities.

"Hear how Mississippi is implementing Safe Routes to School projects in three rural areas of the state, each using a unique approach. This webinar is part of the Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School." The presenter will be Cookie Leffler, SRTS Coordinator, Mississippi DOT. The webinar will take place on May 19, 2009; 2:00pm (ET).

For more information, contact Michelle Gulley, at <mgulley@americawalks.org>.

BIKEWALK VA ASKS GOV TO SUPPORT RAILS-WITH-TRAILS BILL

-> According to a May 9th Action Alert, "BikeWalk Virginia and 24 other local, state, and national organizations have signed on with the Virginia Bicycle Federation on a resolution asking Governor Timothy Kaine to support bike and pedestrian accommodations with all major rail projects in Virginia. We are asking for Governor Kaine to require inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian access in planning for railway projects. This inclusion practice is commonly referred to as rails-with-trails and is increasingly common in states other than Virginia.

"This resolution comes at a critical time when rail transportation is being viewed with increasing interest. Railways can and will likely play an important part of solving environmental concerns, roadway overcrowding, and dependence on certain fuel types. Multimodal transportation supports connected communities and creates affordable, healthy, smart transportation alternatives for citizens and visitors. Funding is being set aside for rails projects at unprecedented levels. Failure to include access for bikes and pedestrians would continue to perpetuate a cycle of infrastructure development where people cannot comfortably and safely walk and bike..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/on2vt3

LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS RANKS STATES

-> According to the May 11th American Bicyclist Update, "The League released the second annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States, scoring the 50 states on a 75-item questionnaire that evaluates a state's commitment to bicycling and covers six key areas: legislation, policies and programs, infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning, and enforcement. For 2009, the top five highest scoring states ranked one through five are: Washington, 1; Wisconsin, 2; Maine, 3; Oregon, 4; and Minnesota, 5. The lowest scoring states ranked 46 through 50 are: New Mexico, 46; Alaska, 47; Oklahoma, 48; Montana, 49; and Alabama, 50.

"The Bicycle Friendly State program is a ranking and award designation program that recognizes states that actively support bicycling. Modeled after the successful Bicycle Friendly Community program, Bicycle Friendly State is part of the League of American Bicyclists’ mission to create a Bicycle Friendly America. A Bicycle Friendly State provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation."

To see how your state rates, go to: http://tinyurl.com/q76kt8
For more on the program, go to: http://tinyurl.com/q2jomj

2010 TRB ANNUAL MEETING, TRR: CALLS FOR PAPERS

-> According to the May 12th Transportation Research Board's TRB E-Newsletter, "TRB standing committees have issued more than 40 calls for papers for the TRB 89th Annual Meeting, January 10-14, 2010, in Washington, D.C, and the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). While papers addressing any relevant aspect of transportation research will be considered, some committees are soliciting papers in specific subject areas to help potential authors identify topics for their papers.

"Committees will be producing calls for papers through June, so authors should visit this site periodically. The calls for papers can be sorted by major subject area, title, or sponsoring committee. Solicited and unsolicited papers for presentation and/or publication as part of the 89th TRB Annual Meeting and the TRR must be submitted directly to TRB via the online paper submission website by August 1, 2009. The paper submission website will open in June. By late October, TRB communicates the results of the initial review to the corresponding author indicated on the paper submission form..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/q3ej4e

DEB HUBSMITH RIDING HANDCYCLE DUE TO KNEE INJURY

-> According to the May 7th Marin County Bicycle Coalition newsletter, "MCBC's Advocacy Director Deb Hubsmith hasn't owned a car for more than 13 years, so you could imagine how upset she was to learn that she can't ride a bike for six months due to a serious knee injury sustained while skiing. In an effort to stay mobile and car-free, Deb came up with a creative solution -- she bought a used handcycle, which she describes as a cross between a wheelchair and a bike, but she uses her hands to pedal. While it can only be used in the flats and for local travel, the handcycle enables her to retain some independence and keep cycling around Fairfax.

"Deb's left knee injury happened on April 17 in Tahoe. The MRI shows that she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament, partially tore the lateral collateral ligament, bruised the femur and tibia, and tore off a piece of bone from the tibia. Ouch. The doctor wants the bones and lateral collateral to heal before doing reconstructive surgery in July for the ACL.

"Deb was MCBC's founding Executive Director back in 1998, and has served as Advocacy Director since 2005. She manages MCBC's legislative efforts and advocacy programs including infrastructure and policy development. Deb also works as Director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership,* a national network of more than 400 organizations. She says, 'Fortunately, the knee injury hasn't hampered my ability to type or talk on the phone, so I'm still able to work on our long-term bicycle advocacy goals.'"

If you see Deb on her handcycle, say 'hello.' You can also reach her at <deb@marinbike.org>.

Marin County Bicycle Coalition website: http://tinyurl.com/qxov9m
SRTS National Partnership's website: http://tinyurl.com/9pg8sa

SMART TRAVEL AND THINKING HIGHWAYS

-> A Thinking Highways North America article asks, "Can the US really learn smart travel lessons from the likes of Denmark, the UK, and Australia? Allow Randy Salsman to illuminate you...

"In the early 1960s, with Copenhagen, Denmark, seemingly prepared to parrot Houston, Texas, as a city of overpasses, the Danish capital's citizens stopped an under-construction freeway rather than lose a string of beautiful mid-town lakes.

"Today, the city has a booming outdoor cafe culture, four highly successful pedestrian-and-bicyclist-only shopping streets and 36% of commuters arrive on two wheels..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/or8hjh

LAST DAYS FOR CNU 17 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

-> A May 11th announcement from the Congress for the New Urbanism suggests, "Don't stress: You now have six more days -- till May 14th -- to register for CNU17 at great early bird rates If you haven't registered yet, there's time to save on all that cnu 17 offers, including the 102 sessions and tours approved for AICP credits and 27 approved by AIA

"CNU appreciates everyone who has already registered and taken advantage of special early rates. But with more content going up all week*, the full list of continuing ed credits just now finalized, and the winning CNU video contest winner (and partner promotions) reaching many new eyeballs, we knew people would appreciate a few more days to learn about the Congress and register at the best-possible rates. So we're extending the early registration deadline to Thursday May 14th at 11:59 p.m. EST."

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/ozg9q3
*More about the conference: http://tinyurl.com/p7meza

MAY 14 WEBINAR: "CONTEXT-SENSITIVE SOLUTIONS"

-> According to an article in the May 8th AASHTO Journal, "ContextSensitiveSolutions.org and the Federal Highway Administration are presenting a free online seminar Thursday, May 14, to train transportation professionals in the use of context-sensitive solutions for successful project delivery.

"The event will launch a new training guide the organizations have developed. The 1.5-hour-long webinar will walk participants through the information that is available in the training guide and take questions. Presenters include Leigh Lane and Lisa Murphy of The Louis Berger Group and Keith Harrison of the FHWA Resource Center...

The webinar is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. EDT, May 14th. For more information, contact Aurash
Khawarzad at <aurash@pps.org>.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/wpdpy

IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF ZAKAYO NDERI YET, YOU WILL...

-> "In 2007, filmmakers James Leong and Lynn Lee embarked on a journey to document the trials of the African cyclists. Shot in Kenya, Singapore and France, the movie's working title is "The Shortest Man in the Village who can Soar like an Eagle," a direct translation of Zakayo Nderi's name. It is due for release in late 2009."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qhfary
via the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota: http://tinyurl.com/poyq9r

HOW HEALTHY IS THE AIR YOU BREATHE?

-> The American Lung Association asks, "What's the state of your air? Is it healthy? Or too often a noxious mix of chemicals and particles that can damage your lungs and even shorten your life? The American Lung Association's tenth annual State of the Air Report shows what's in our air -- by location -- and how the air we breathe continues to threaten the lives and health of millions of Americans."

Check out the State of the Air Report here: http://tinyurl.com/5jvwns

A LITTLE ABOUT NATIONAL BIKE MONTH...

-> According to the May 8th edition of Kansas Cycling News, "Since 1956, May has been recognized as 'National Bike Month.' The third week in May is designated 'Bike to Work Week,' and the third Friday of May is 'Bike to Work Day.' This annual celebration of bicycling is a great opportunity to not only ride to work yourself, but to introduce the joy of bikes to those who haven't yet considered this form of transportation for themselves. Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, said, 'Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need, without having to find extra time to work out.' Communities around the nation offer special events during this month to promote bicycling..." After that, the newsletter describes numerous Bike Month, Bike Week, and Bike to Work Day events around the region.

Check them out here [scroll down to May 7th entry]: http://tinyurl.com/9gh54d
For more on National Bike Month, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2leabm

SHOW iREPORT HOW YOU BIKE TO WORK!

-> iReport asks, "Do you ride your bike to work? May is National Bike Month and The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 11-15.

"Bike commuters, show us your bicycle and give us a glimpse into the fashion and culture implications of cycling. Talk to us about your route and highlight any interesting stops or sights along the way. If you don't ride your bike to work, we challenge you to pull out your wheels and give them a spin. Take lots of pictures and share your Bike-to-Work Week experience."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cdkyrm

THE PEDALING HISTORY BICYCLE MUSEUM TO CLOSE ITS DOORS

-> According to an announcement on their website, "The Pedaling History Bicycle Museum will permanently close its doors soon in 2009. The contents, museum collection, including storage items will remain intact while various types of photographic records will be made for various purposes. No items will be offered or available for loan or public sale. The Bicycle Boutique Gift Shop will continue to be active on-line as part of [the] website, for walk-ins during the extended museum hours below, and also accepting orders through our telephone, (716) 662-3853.

"Other notices of discontinuing gift shop sales, or information regarding the collection's new owner and the collection's future will be posted when appropriate. All future in-house programs, events and reservations are cancelled except for our extended museum hours now listed below. The collection contents of the museum are expected to be packed for shipping or storage starting in March and completely removed by early April when the building may be turned over to a new owner."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/cyh63h

 


QUOTES R US


-> "In effect, an incomplete street causes a self-perpetuating cycle because the travel barriers created tend to continuously 'recruit' new motorists who were formerly non-motorists -- non-motorists who now find that on the incomplete street, travel by walking, bicycling, or transit is unacceptably unsafe, inconvenient, or otherwise unattractive..."
-- Dom Nozzi, AICP
http://tinyurl.com/ohsdc2

-> "There is a logic we currently live under which says that because we can travel great distances, we must travel great distances. Oil is the glue which joins together the dislocated places of our lives such that we currently have no choice but to drive miles to superstores, hospitals, schools and for entertainment."
-- Glenn Lowcock, "Moving toward a non oil dependant society with a proposed road speed limit of 30mph," World Transport Policy & Practice, Volume 15, Number 1; (3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/cd3u3z

-> "Think about the people who get sick at two or three times the average rate from air pollution because the air pollution in their neighborhoods on hot summer days is so severe. They're often the same people that predominately, because of their income, get their health care from an emergency room. So it drives the cost of heath care up systemwide."
-- Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator
http://tinyurl.com/pgxu6j

 


IN THE NEWS

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SEATTLE TO SPEND $60M ON PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to a May 7th Seattle Times article, "The city of Seattle released a Pedestrian Master Plan Wednesday night that calls for spending $60 million in the next six years for crosswalks, sidewalks, warning signs, traffic lights, education and enforcement. Voters approved the money as part of the 2006 Bridging the Gap property-tax levy, which also includes street, transit and bicycle projects. Because the ballot measure called for a fixed tax amount -- at $365 million -- the money comes in even while sales taxes, car-tab taxes and others decline. Residents can expect the master plan to increase the sort of features the city has tried as experiments..."

Here are some examples of projects to be funded by the ballot measure: 10 "all-way" pedestrian signals; improved school signs; raised crosswalks, curb bulbs and median islands; pedestrian lighting, new sidewalks; sidewalk repairs; and more.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/r4kyl7
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Title: "Seattle aims to make it safer for foot traffic"
Author: Mike Lindblom

See the Master Plan here: http://tinyurl.com/pe7gc6

BIKE TO WORK WEEK ON TAP IN HUNTINGTON (NY)

-> According to a May 6th Huntington Local article, "Across the country, May is recognized as 'Bike Month,' by the League of American Cyclists and Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen have teamed up to put the wheels into motion on this year's Bike to Work Week event. The Bike To Work Week event will begin on Monday and will end on Friday, May 15. This is the League of American Cyclists 53rd year promoting this nationally recognized event and the Town of Huntington is happy to join its fellow American cyclists during this momentous month.

"Huntington is a wonderful town, but how often do we get the chance to get outside, exercise and experience it all while pedaling a bike? 'As a cyclist, I hope more residents will discover the joy and the excitement that I have found while biking around the town' Cuthbertson said. 'Not to mention the gas prices we are paying at the pump. I couldn't think of a healthier, more economical and environmentally savvy way to reduce our fueling costs,' added Cuthbertson. 'Bike to Work Week provides an annual opportunity to encourage and promote cycling as a viable mode of fitness and a fun way of commuting to work,' Besen said. 'Not to mention a green and clean alternative form of transport,' added Besen..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/obrsk2
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Title: "'Bike to Work Week' on tap in town"
Author: Stephen Jimenez

BIKE/PED PROJECTS SPROUTING ALL OVER SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CA)

-> According to an April 22nd Mercury News article, "Twenty-eight bicyclists rolled down the new crossing over Highway 237 in Sunnyvale on a gorgeous Wednesday, pumping fists in the air and ringing bells in celebration. The spandex-clad riders were celebrating the opening of a new bicycle-pedestrian bridge here and another a half-mile south over Highway 101 at Borregas Avenue. But they could have been celebrating more: They ride in what has become the most bike-friendly county in the Bay Area, and Wednesday's event kicked off an unprecedented $40 million worth of improvements stretching from Cupertino to Santa Clara to San Jose.

"Next week, a one-of-a-kind overpass will open across Interstate 280 in Cupertino, followed in June by the opening of another bridge over Moffett Boulevard near Highway 85 in Mountain View. Then in the summer, three underpasses in Santa Clara will be ready for riders on the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail. And by Labor Day, work should be under way on extending the bike path along the Guadalupe River from Woz Way to Virginia Street, opening up the downtown San Jose river park to surrounding neighborhoods and improving a popular commute route from South San Jose to job sites in North San Jose..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/o274ay
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Title: "Roadshow: New bicycle bridges open in Silicon Valley, more to come"
Author: Gary Richards

60% IN U.S. LIVE WITH DANGEROUS AIR POLLUTION

-> According to an Apr. 29th Reuters/UK article, "Six in 10 U.S. residents -- more than 186 million people -- live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, the American Lung Association reported on Wednesday. The air in many U.S. cities became dirtier last year, the association said in its annual 'State of the Air' report.

"'Despite almost 40 years since the Clean Air Act passed in 1970, six in 10 Americans still live in dirty air areas, areas where the air is unhealthful to breathe,' the group's Paul Billings said in a telephone interview. Los Angeles was ranked as the U.S. city with the worst ozone pollution, also known as smog, a position it has held for nine of the past 10 years. Bakersfield, California, was worst for year-round particle pollution and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was worst for short-term particle pollution..."

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Title: "186 mln in U.S. live with dangerous air pollution"
Author: Deborah Zabarenko

BROOKINGS EXPERTS: ROAD-USE FEES COULD SOLVE TRAFFIC WOES

-> In a May 1st Washington Business Journal article, Alice Rivlin and Benjamin Orr wrote, "How would you like an extra 60 hours off from work? The average local commuter wastes that much time stuck in traffic annually. Suppose that reduced travel time was accompanied by better maintained roads, cleaner air and a faster, more reliable transit system?

"Sound too good to be true? It might not be if the Washington area pioneers a new way of financing transportation — pricing road use by vehicle miles traveled (VMT) with higher fees for using congested roads. This opportunity reflects innovative thinking about transportation financing in response to growing concern about infrastructure maintenance, climate change and the inefficiencies caused by congestion..."

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Title: "Road-use Fees Could Solve Our Transit Woes"
Author: Alice Rivlin and Benjamin Orr

THEFTS PUNCTURE PARIS BIKE RENTAL SCHEME

-> According to a Feb. 10th BBC World News story, "A popular bicycle rental scheme in Paris that has transformed travel in the city has run into problems just 18 months after its successful launch. Over half the original fleet of 15,000 specially made bicycles have disappeared, presumed stolen. They have been used 42 million times since their introduction but vandalism and theft are taking their toll.

"The company which runs the scheme, JCDecaux, says it can no longer afford to operate the city-wide network. Championed by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, the bikes were part of an attempt to "green" the capital. Parisians took to them enthusiastically. But the bikes have suffered more than anticipated, company officials have said..."

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Title: "Thefts puncture Paris bike scheme"
Author: Staff

Via LifeCycle Cycling News, May 2009: http://tinyurl.com/qj79kv

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TAKE YOUR SNAKE ON A STROLL WITH SNAKE WALKER(tm)

-> In early 2004 D.S. Boys Company, LLC, was founded around a novel 'basking collar' that enables one to remove snakes from their enclosures and walk them safely on a leash. The Snake Walker is ideal for controlling your snake outside without worry that your snake will slip away and escape!"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/jh7zu


 


QUICK HITS


TX HOUSE MOVES TO KILL STATE TRANS. COMMISSION
-> "The House voted Thursday to forward to the Senate a bill that would abolish the Texas Transportation Commission and severely chastise the 14,000-employee Department of Transportation..."
http://tinyurl.com/ry3y97

 


RESOURCES

-> "THE FUTURE OF NATIONAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY"
Webcast record of Apr. 28, 2009 hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.
http://tinyurl.com/pcgpq8

-> "BUILT TO LAST"
A 3-minute video about the greatest threat to our planet; by First + Main Media. 2009
http://tinyurl.com/p7meza

-> "EVALUATION OF THE MIAMI-DADE PEDESTRIAN..."
"...Safety Demonstration Project;" by Zegeer, Henderson, Blomberg, Marchetti, Masten, Fan, Sandt, Brown, Stutts, and Thomas; Highway Safety Research Center, UNC; for NHTSA. June 2008 (5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/o9ujxe

-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS"
Traffic Tech - Technology Transfer Series. Feb/Mar 2009
http://tinyurl.com/phdglk

-> "EVALUATION OF THE SAFETY BENEFITS OF SAFE..."
:...Routes to School Programs;" report by Blomberg, Cleven, Thomas, and Peck, Dunlap and Associates; for NHTSA. Aug. 2008 (1.6mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/p7can3

-> "THE EFFECTS OF ON-STREET PARKING ON CYCLIST ROUTE..."
"...Choice and the Operational Behavior of Cyclists and Motorists;" report by Torrance, Sener, Machemehl, Bhat, Hallett, Eluru, Hlavacek, and Karl, Center for Transportation Research, the University of Texas at Austin; for Texas Department of Transportation. Oct. 2007 (url goes to basic description with a link to 979kb pfg)
http://tinyurl.com/oc7an4

-> "PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST ROAD SAFETY ON 30 KM/H..."
"...Access Roads: The Influence of the Layout of Urban Access Roads on Collisions Between Slow Traffic and Motor Vehicles;" by Dr. Berends & Stipdonk, Leidschendam, SWOV; written in Dutch with English summary. 2009 (url goes to basic description with a link to 3.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/o8f4tx

-> "TRAFFIC CALMING ON MAIN ROADS THROUGH..."
"... Rural Communities;" report by the Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State Univ.; for FHWA. Feb. 2009 (url goes to basic description with a link to 1.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/r63x39

-> ROUGH ROADS AHEAD: FIX THEM NOW..."
"...or Pay for It Later;" report by AASHTO and TRIP. 2009 (url goes to basic description with a link to 4.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/qbv2zo

-> "EXAMINING THE SPEED-FLOW-DELAY PARADOX..."
"...in the Washington, DC Region: Potential Impacts of Reduced Traffic on Congestion Delay and Potential for Reductions in Discretionary Travel during Peak Periods;" Final Report; by the Louis Berger Group, Inc.; for FHWA. Dec. 2008 (url goes to basic description with a link to 1.2mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/r3k3de

-> "MAKING TRANSPORTATION SUSTAINABLE..."
"... Insights from Germany;" report by Buehler, Pucher, and Kunert; for the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. April 2009 (276kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/p8bxaq

-> "PROVIDING FOR CYCLING AND THE PUBLIC REALM"
Powerpoint presentation of various physical improvements (good and bad) for cycling; most examples from the U.K.; by Dr. Jo Cleary; Cycling England. (4.6mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/qrefvf

-> "A08 SIGNAL CONTROLLED JUNCTIONS"
7-page article from the Cycling England Design Portfolio; by Alex Sully. (623kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/qt2bcx

-> "ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RESOURCE GUIDE..."
"...A Handbook for Communities and Decision-Makers;" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pacific Southwest Regional Office. 2009 (1.3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/p9emmk

 


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 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 10-14, 2009, CNU17, Experience the New Urbanism: The Convenient Remedy, Denver, CO. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/p7meza

-> 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

-> JOB -- ADMIN. ASSOCIATE -- SRTS NAT'L PARTNERSHIP

The non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation seeks a detailed-oriented and motivated professional with proven administrative, website management, and program implementation experience to work as a team-player for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (the Partnership), a network of more than 400 organizations which are working to make it safer and easier for children to walk and bicycle to schools  

The Administrative Associate will coordinate administrative work for the Partnership, including maintaining/updating the website and our Filemaker Pro database. The position also includes research, writing, and telephone/email contact with advocates, governmental officials, and more.  

The Administrative Associate starts at 20 hours/week at a rate of $18/hour plus pro-rated health and vacation benefits.  The place of employment will be your home office. A computer, telephone, internet, and PO Box will be provided.  

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three writing samples, and details about your computer program and website management experience in one .pdf to:  Brooke Driesse, Communications Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, at <brooke@saferoutespartnership.org>. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted, but the receipt of all applications will be acknowledged with an email.

Visit http://tinyurl.com/9pg8sa for more information about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Bikes Belong is an equal opportunity employer.

The full job description is available at http://tinyurl.com/pd55xw

-> JOB - MEMBER SERVICES INTERN - ALLIANCE FOR BIKING & WALKING

Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking an intern to help with our work to create, strengthen and unite state and local advocacy movement. The Membership Services Intern will gain firsthand knowledge working with the member organizations of our international coalition. Work includes assisting with membership outreach, national campaign coordination, prospect acquisition, database development, website updates, and resource development. This internship offers a flexible schedule with a fifteen-hour-a-week minimum commitment for three months. This position is based in Washington, DC. A modest stipend up to $1,500 will be available.

Deadline for applications is May 15, 2009. For more details and application instructions see http://tinyurl.com/oct357

-> JOB -- MKTG & COMMUNICATIONS INTERN -- ALLIANCE FOR BIKING & WALKING

Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking an intern to help with our work to create, strengthen and unite the grassroots biking and walking advocacy movement.  The 2009 Summer Marketing & Communications Intern will have a unique opportunity to work firsthand with a national non-profit. Work includes helping develop a new photo contest program, communications work, web and print communications, coordinating mailings, creating marketing materials, outreach and research for Alliance publications, outreach to sponsor and partner groups, and securing images for Alliance publications. This is a virtual internship (meaning you work from home) offering a flexible schedule with a twenty-hour-a-week minimum commitment. The ideal candidate will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A modest stipend of $1,500 will be available.

Deadline for applications is May 15, 2009. For more details and application instructions see http://tinyurl.com/oct357


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