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#228 Thursday, May 28, 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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----- Bicycle Master Plans Webinar Scheduled for June 17th
----- The Long, Ugly Road to New Federal Trans. Bill
----- Will Your U.S. Rep Support Active Transportation?
----- Safe Routes Senate Bill Sets Stage for Trans. Bill
----- Oberstar: ARRA Creates 100,000 Jobs to Date
----- LaHood: Obama Admin. Won't Push Fuel Tax Hike
----- Bikes Belong Awards $49,500 in Grants
----- CNT Study Compares City, Suburban Household Emissions
----- Free Complete Streets and CSS Webinar
----- Colorado Bicycle Safety Bill Signed into Law
----- AARP Warns: Plan Now for Next Gen. Older Drivers
----- AASHTO Wants Your Summer Highway Stories
----- Vienna (AT) Housing Project Targets Bicyclists
----- Bikes Belong Research Symposium Achieves Goals
----- Call for Best Practices in Context Sensitive Solutions 
----- Kansas City (MO) Council Approves New Development Code
----- Brian O'Neal: Leader, Visionary, Public Servant

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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------ The Future of Biking in Minneapolis
------ Ontario Walking Conference Finds Fitness Solutions
------ Tallahassee (FL) Gets New Bike-Walk Trail
------ Individual Stress Linked to Adolescent Obesity
------ E-Mail Reminders Goad People into Activity
------ In the Future, NYC Streets to "Behave"
------ Times Square Now Car-Less. Life as We Know It...Continues...
------ SF Pedestrian Plaza Reclaims Pavement for People

FEATURES

BICYCLE MASTER PLANS WEBINAR SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17th

-> A one-hour webinar on creating Bicycle Master Plans is 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 (ALRC).

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. You can register for the Bicycle Master Plans webinar at:
http://tinyurl.com/oxhod2

THE LONG, UGLY ROAD TO NEW FEDERAL TRANS. BILL

-> According to a May 19th StreetsBlog entry by Elana Schor, "You've likely been hearing a lot, on this blog and others, about the coming expiration of the federal transportation bill. Come September 30, Congress has to have a plan in hand to fund the nation's trains, buses, bikes, bridges and roads -- or pass an extension of the 2005 federal bill, locking in the same spending patterns that have nurtured Americans' addiction to the automobile.

"But the odds are that you haven't heard much about how the process works. What has to happen in order for Congress to meet that September deadline? Well, if you're a fan of unnecessarily complicated Washington jargon, the federal DOT has a flow chart on the subject..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/pldckd

WILL YOUR U.S. REP SUPPORT ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION?

-> According to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, "Congress has begun drafting the next multi-year transportation bill, meaning now is a critical opportunity to impact how our nation's transportation priorities will shape up for the coming years and beyond.

"One common way in which representatives show their support for specific policies is through a 'dear colleague' letter. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) has drafted such a letter for all representatives to send to the leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee that would indicate their support for more trails, walking and biking funding. This request includes funding for RTC's 2010 Campaign for Active Transportation..."

Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/qf6fvn

SAFE ROUTES SENATE BILL SETS STAGE FOR TRANS. BILL

-> According to a May 21st announcement, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to announced that today, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Richard Burr (R-NC) , Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Susan Collins (R-ME) joined together to introduce the Safe Routes to School Program Reauthorization Act.

"The federal Safe Routes to School program was first created in 2005 through the SAFETEA-LU transportation bill and is authorized through 2009. The program funds infrastructure improvements (such as sidewalks, pathways, bike lanes, and safe crossings) and education, law enforcement, and promotion campaigns to make it safer and more common for children to walk and bicycle to and from school in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The program is up for reauthorization by Congress as part of the next surface transportation bill, which will be under discussion this summer.

"The new Safe Routes to School bill proposes to build on successes around the country and strengthen and expand the federal program in several ways:
-- Triple funding for the program, from the FY2009 level of $183 million to $600 million per year to meet the high demand and need for the program;
-- Expand eligibility to include high schools and to allow a state to spend a portion of its funds to address bus stop safety and improved access in more rural communities;
-- Improve project delivery and reduce overhead by addressing regulatory burdens; and
-- Add a research and evaluation component."

Read more about the Senate Bill here: http://tinyurl.com/rcuwc3

OBERSTAR: ARRA CREATES 100,000 JOBS TO DATE

-> According to a May 22nd AASHTO Journal article, "House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, D-MN, told a conference this week that a report from his committee due out within the next two weeks will show the addition of about 100,000 new construction jobs since the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February.

"Oberstar also predicted that by August, more than 200,000 jobs will be created by transportation projects funded with federal recovery dollars. Oberstar spoke at the annual legislative conference of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO labor union."

Source (select Vol. 109, #20, Fri. May 22, 2009 edition): http://tinyurl.com/wpdpy

LAHOOD: OBAMA ADMIN. WON'T PUSH FUEL TAX HIKE

-> "The Obama administration does not favor raising the federal tax on motor vehicle fuels as a way to bolster highway spending accounts, said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/radm8k
Via: May 26th AASHTO Daily Transportation Update: http://tinyurl.com/q7acmn

BIKES BELONG AWARDS $49,500 IN GRANTS

-> According to a May 27th news release, "Bikes Belong is pleased to announce our spring grant awards. Funding in this round will help launch programs, build facilities, and measure success in six U.S. communities -- improving conditions for bicycling and putting more people on bicycles more often across the country."

The grants:
-- $10,000 to Livable City—Sunday Streets (CA) to help bring Sunday Streets to San Francisco this summer.
-- $10,000 to help the Derry Rail Trail Alliance (NH) pave 2 miles of path connecting their namesake trail to the Windham Rail Trail and the Derry Bike Loop.
-- $10,000 to the Three Rivers Park District (MN) to help construct 7.7 miles of singletrack in Elm Creek Park Reserve.
-- $10,000 grant will help the nonprofit Idaho Velodrome and Cycling Park (IVCP) in Eagle, Idaho, to build a downhill trail—part of Phase II of the park's multidisciplinary design.
-- $7,000 grant to the Oregon Department of Forestry to help construct a new, 3.5-mile span of the Wilson River Trail in Tillamook State Forest.
-- $2,500 grant to help Garrett Trails MD) to evaluate the Marsh Hill to Visitor Center Trail project by measuring ridership and surveying users.

More info: http://tinyurl.com/q8tqvs

CNT STUDY COMPARES CITY, SUBURBAN HOUSEHOLD EMISSIONS

-> According to May 27th news release, "At first glance, cities may appear to be a big source of the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. But new research by the nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), which compares greenhouse gas emissions of city and suburban households, yields some surprising results.

"CNT looked at emissions of carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas, stemming from household vehicle travel in 55 metropolitan areas across the U.S. When measured on a per household basis, it found that the transportation-related emissions of people living in cities and compact neighborhoods can be nearly 70% less than those living in suburbs..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qfk6mb

FREE COMPLETE STREETS AND CSS WEBINAR

-> According to the May 19th issue of PBIC News, "ContextSensitiveSolutions.org and the Federal Highway Administration will present a free webinar on June 11, 2009, from 2:00-3:30 PM EST to discuss the role of Complete Streets in creating Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) that provide safe and efficient transportation options for all users.

"The 1.5 hour-long webinar will provide an overview of the Federal Highways Administration perspective on Complete Streets, including a discussion on the importance of pedestrian and bicycle issues, and what federal programs and policies are available to support communities in their Complete Streets efforts."

Link to Join the Meeting: http://tinyurl.com/od5h9g

On the login page, enter as a guest by typing your full name and clicking the "Enter Room" button. Login to the conference at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to secure your space.

Phone Number to Join the Audio Portion of the Conference:
800-779-1509
Password: 4033692

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ocy4jo

COLORADO BICYCLE SAFETY BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

-> According to the May 13th Bicycle Colorado eNews, "On Monday, Gov. Bill Ritter signed the Bicycle Safety Bill, Senate Bill 148, at a ceremony in Colorado Springs. In his remarks, Gov. Ritter said, 'One of the great things about Colorado is that so many people love to bike.' The new law will take effect Aug. 5.

"Senate bill sponsor Greg Brophy sent his praises for bill from his home in Wray. 'The new law makes it legal for cyclists and motorists to do what they intuitively know is the safest action,' he said. Among many safety provisions, the bill requires a minimum 3-foot passing distance by motor vehicles, reinforces bicyclists' right to be on the road, clarifies the side-by-side rule, and prohibits throwing objects at bicyclists.

"House bill sponsor Michael Merrifield hosted the bill signing in his district and was joined by Bicycle Colorado's Dan Grunig and many area bicyclists as the Governor added his signature. As his pen went to the paper, a cheer and applause sweep through the audience."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bk3gld

AARP WARNS: PLAN NOW FOR NEXT GEN. OLDER DRIVERS

-> According to a May 14th AARP news release, "Two-thirds of transportation planners and engineers have yet to begin addressing older people in their street planning; yet by 2025, 64 million people will be over age 65 according to census projections and by 2030 a quarter of all U.S. drivers will be 65+. This is the alarm raised by 'Planning Complete Streets for the Aging of America' a major new report on roadway safety and the aging of the American population from AARP's Public Policy Institute.  

"Streets, sidewalks and roadways designed to achieve 'Complete Streets' can make getting around safer for everyone, the report suggests. Yet in a poll of adults age 50+ also conducted for the report, two in five said their neighborhood sidewalks were inadequate (although, by 2030, 20% of those age 65+ will not be drivers). Nearly half said they could not cross main roads close to their home safely, preventing many from walking, bicycling or taking the bus. But safer, more accessible streets won’t happen until federal, state and local authorities and planners wake up to the need for roads that address the challenges of the coming age wave, the report charges..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/o9oamn

AASHTO WANTS YOUR SUMMER HIGHWAY STORIES

-> According to a May 27th news release, "State transportation officials are asking motorists to take a brief detour down memory lane before setting off on their summer vacations this year. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and its Are We There Yet? We Can Be! campaign are looking for America's Great Road Trip stories. AASHTO is gathering these stories throughout the summer as part of a nationwide effort to highlight the joys and discoveries associated with the open road."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/pgyuvt

VIENNA (AT) HOUSING PROJECT TARGETS BICYCLISTS

-> According to an Apr. 13th Fiets Beraad article, "The 'Bike City' in Vienna is a housing estate which targets the special needs of cyclists. Specific features are e.g. extra-large elevators, a bike-service-centre as well as secured bicycle parking spaces. But also limited parking spaces for private cars are characteristic for the Bike-City.

"In Vienna, the share of trips with the bicycle is rising more and more. People are using their bicycles for commuting, during leisure time and even for shopping trips. The bike as an environment friendly and flexible alternative is becoming increasingly popular in Austria's capital. Regarding this circumstance the local municipal housing society built a new housing estate near the city centre in Vienna, which targets the needs of cyclists.

"Due to the special design of the building, the flats and the surrounding area as well as a complementary bike service it is expected, that the bike will be used more often than customary in Vienna. This contribution is targeted against the negative effects of traffic. But also a better quality of living conditions was reached. By the time the 99 flats were ready for occupancy in August 2008 nearly 5000 people had made an application..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/pg5sk2
Via the Iowa Bicycle Coalition's Iowa Bike Log: http://tinyurl.com/6e93xe

BIKES BELONG RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ACHIEVES GOALS

-> According to a May 8th news release, "Bringing together bicycling's top academic professionals, Bikes Belong held an unprecedented Bicycling Research Symposium in Boulder, CO., on May 1, 2009. With 11 researchers in attendance from such diverse fields as urban planning, architecture, public health, civil engineering, environmental science, and public policy, the symposium provided a rare meeting of the minds to share ideas about the relationship between bike advocacy and research...

"'This event achieved three important goals,' said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong. 'It helped improve communication among researchers who study bicycling, it pinpointed key topics that warrant additional research, and it gave everyone a better sense of what bicycling advocates need to make the case for additional government funding.'..."

For more info -- and to see the list of participants -- go to:
http://tinyurl.com/r3c5do

CALL FOR BEST PRACTICES IN CONTEXT SENSITIVE SOLUTIONS 

-> According to a recent announcement, "The CSS National Dialog is currently seeking submissions of best practices in the application of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) principles to transportation projects, programs and plans. Selected case studies will be presented at a series of one-day Workshops. Submissions are welcome from transportation agencies, planning agencies, communities and other organizations."
 
Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2009. 

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/r5eluj

KANSAS CITY (MO) COUNCIL APPROVES NEW DEVELOPMENT CODE

-> According to the May 22nd Let's Go KC newsletter, "Yesterday the KCMO City Council *finally* approved the new development code. Let's Go KC and our affiliated organizations have worked for over a year to make sure the new code supports better transportation choices for Kansas Citians. Things like smaller parking lots, more compact and walkable development, new bicycle parking, and a reduced impact of automobile traffic will all help to ensure that future development in Kansas City is more inclusive of all modes of transportation..."

Check out changes here: http://tinyurl.com/plv2to

BRIAN O'NEAL: LEADER, VISIONARY, PUBLIC SERVANT

-> According to the May 22nd issue of the Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition's MCBC eBulletin, "Brian O'Neill passed away last Wednesday from complications following heart surgery. Brian was the superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area for the past 25 years. He was a founding member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and helped transform the Presidio from an army base into a world-class urban park.

"His bicycle legacy includes embracing cyclists as an equal partner in the Bay Area Ridge Trail and adding improvements for road and off-road cyclists in the new GGNRA Master Plan. In a conversation with a colleague at the Bay Area Ridge Trail it was pointed out that Brian probably did more than any other person to enhance the quality of life for the people of the Bay Area. He will be missed."

For more on the life of Brian O'Neil: http://tinyurl.com/pfeuyf
Golden Gate National Recreation Area: http://tinyurl.com/ofzvnl
Bay Area Ridge Trail: http://tinyurl.com/pd7kzh

 


QUOTES R US


-> "May is National Bike Safety Month. As this Administration works to develop environmentally-sound transportation options, making our streets more bike-friendly is high on the list. Our roads and communities must be built to allow people to get around safely outside of their cars, on bike or on foot."
-- Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation
http://tinyurl.com/orkedm

-> "Policy should provide a steady nudge away from oil consumption, an incentive to economize on the black stuff even when its price is low. This approach won't inoculate the economy immediately, but it will ensure that as time goes on, households become ever less vulnerable to the threat of rising oil prices."
-- Ryan Avent, "Did Your Car Cause the Crisis?," May 21, 2009 American Prospect
http://tinyurl.com/qb5wug

-> "[Robert] Moses had a sort of utopian view of orderly, suburban places that de-emphasized New York's 'cityness,' while [Mayor] Bloomberg embraces the soul of the city itself and recognizes it as a solution to the region's environmental, sustainability, and energy problems."
-- Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution Sr. Fellow
http://tinyurl.com/q9jgqo

-> "In the 1960s, Copenhagen created the world's longest pedestrian street despite resistance from shop owners. Commerce, however, did not suffer. In fact, providing access to cyclists and pedestrians resulted in an ideal shopping environment – without cars. Sales increased. More recent studies from Bern, Switzerland, show that parking space devoted to bikes generates more business than an equal amount of space devoted to cars. A study in Munster, Germany, found that cyclists buy fewer goods on each trip but spend more overall in the course of a greater number of trips."
-- Albert Koehl, the Toronto Star
http://tinyurl.com/pbqzgo

-> "There's a huge risk in raising our children under virtual house arrest."
-- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods
http://tinyurl.com/oncwre

 


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.

THE FUTURE OF BIKING IN MINNEAPOLIS

-> According to a May 18th Southwest Journal article, "By several measures, Minneapolis is already a fabulous city for bicyclists. We have the second largest share of regular bicycle commuters, ranking just a hair behind Portland among 50 large cities studied by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2007. Last year, the League of American Bicyclists looked at our bike infrastructure and ridership, and awarded Minneapolis its Bicycle Friendly Community Award.

"For many bicycle advocates, that's good, but it's not enough. To mark Twin Cities Bike Walk Week May 10–16, the Southwest Journal convened a roundtable of three passionate cyclists to answer this question: What can we do to be an even better bike city?

"The three experts who pedaled to the Southwest Journal offices in April were: Shaun Murphy, Minneapolis Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program coordinator; Fred Mayer, a serious recreational rider who lives in Southwest and is a frequent Journal contributor; and Gene Oberpriller, owner of One on One Bicycle Studio in downtown..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/r7egh3
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Minneapolis' pedal power"
Author: Dylan Thomas

Via Transit for Livable Communities: http://tinyurl.com/py2suu

ONTARIO WALKING CONFERENCE FINDS FITNESS SOLUTIONS

-> According to a May 27th Standard article, "The fifth Ontario Walks Now (OWN) conference was held at the Blind River Marina Complex recently. The all day session featured top-level consultants, municipal representatives and exercise specialists all gathered to focus on how walking can be revitalized as a way to keep people healthy and to keep communities vibrant.

"'Make walking a safe and inviting choice,' said Cynthia Nikitin, keynote speaker. 'And this requires changes in our thinking and in our approach to urban planning.' Nikitin is vice-president of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a New York City firm that consults with municipalities and helps them develop or change their urban planning to make their cities and towns more user-friendly and inviting.

"Representatives attended from Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Elliot Lake and Manitoulin Island, and the audience included politicians, health professionals, people involved with parks and recreation programs, seniors, interchurch councils and non-profit organizations. 'The idea is to change your city from a place people can't wait to get through to one people never want to leave,' said Nitkitin. 'Great places offer uses and activities, comfort and image with access and linkage among the various points of interest, that's sociability.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qb37hk
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Blind River walking conference finds fitness solutions"
Author: Serge Allaire

TALLAHASSEE (FL) GETS NEW BIKE-WALK TRAIL

-> According to a May 28th WCTV story, "Bikers and walkers will soon reap the benefits of the city's efforts to get people back to work. Tallahassee Commissioners approved additional funding to build a new bicycle and pedestrian trail Wednesday night. The Campbell Connector will bridge the existing St. Marks Trail to the Jack McLean Park on Paul Russell Road. City Commissioners are anxious to push this and other construction projects to the bidding process so that more local jobs will soon be available.

"'We're designing them. As soon as we get them finished, we're putting them out on the street. We want to get that money, like I said, get that money out into the market and circulating,' says Gabe Menendez with the Tallahassee Public Works. The city is spending 618-thousand dollars on the new trail... and the Federal Department of Transportation is to reimburse the city up to that amount."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/r72ehh
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Archive cost: No
Title: "New Bicycle And Walking Trail"
Author: Liza Park

INDIVIDUAL STRESS LINKED TO ADOLESCENT OBESITY

-> According to a May 16th ScienceDaily article, "Stress may indeed be a direct contributor to childhood obesity. That's according to a new Iowa State University study finding that increased levels of stress in adolescents are associated with a greater likelihood of them being overweight or obese.

"The study of 1,011 adolescents (aged 10-15) and their mothers from low income families living in three cities -- Boston, Chicago and San Antonio -- was posted on the Web site of the Journal of Adolescent Health, which will publish it in the August issue. Forty-seven percent of the teens in the sample were overweight or obese, but that percentage increased to 56.2 percent among those who were impacted by four or more stressors.

"'We found that an adolescent or youth who's more stressed -- caused by such things as having poor grades, mental health problems, more aggressive behavior, or doing more drugs and alcohol -- is also more likely to be overweight or obese,' said lead author Brenda Lohman, an Iowa State assistant professor of human development and family studies (HDFS)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/payrb6
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Title: "Individual Stress Linked To Adolescent Obesity"
Author: Staff

Via May 22nd RWJF News Digest: Childhood Obesity: http://tinyurl.com/pthnt9

E-MAIL REMINDERS GOAD PEOPLE INTO ACTIVITY

-> According to a May 19th San Francisco Chronicle article, "Kaiser Permanente researchers conducting a clinical trial on the impact of e-mailed reminders on diet and physical activity found gentle electronic nagging actually worked: People who received regular messages suggesting modest lifestyle improvements increased their activity level and made healthier food choices.

"The study, conducted in 2006 and published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is considered the first randomized, controlled study to look at the effect of e-mail on health. The results showed trial participants who received regular e-mails recommending small health goals - such as a 10-minute walk -- increased activity by 55 minutes per week and decreased sedentary activity by two hours a week, as compared with those who only received one message at the onset of the study..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/pcn6mg
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Title: "Trial: E-nagging can increase healthy activity"
Author: Victoria Colliver

Via RWJF News Digest: Public Health: http://tinyurl.com/ogy6v6

IN THE FUTURE, NYC STREETS TO "BEHAVE"

-> A May 19th Times article suggests readers, "Imagine narrow European-style roadways shared by pedestrians, cyclists and cars, all traveling at low speeds. Sidewalks made of recycled rubber in different colors under sleek energy-efficient lamps. Mini-islands jutting into the street, topped by trees and landscaping, designed to further slow traffic and add a dash of green.

"This is what New York City streets could look like, according to the Bloomberg administration, which has issued the city's first street design manual in an effort to make over the utilitarian 1970s-style streetscape that dominates the city. The Department of Transportation will begin reviewing development plans to see whether they align with the 232-page manual's guidelines, and promises that projects with these features will win approval quickly..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/q9jgqo
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Title: "In the Future, the City's Streets Are to Behave"
Author: David Chen

Via: May 26th Smart Growth Online: http://tinyurl.com/p4s5fn
NYC street design manual news release: http://tinyurl.com/pa4z65
Design manual details & download: http://tinyurl.com/q7t6os

This just in...
TIMES SQUARE NOW CAR-LESS. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT...CONTINUES...

-> "A day after the stretch of Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets was closed to cars, the soul of Times Square remains intact. The neon still sparkles. Tourists still wander around bewildered. The whiff of last night's junk food still hangs in the air..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/o3u2sd

SF PEDESTRIAN PLAZA RECLAIMS PAVEMENT FOR PEOPLE

-> According to a May 22nd ENN News Network article, "It's been popular in New York and other places where open space is at a premium, so San Francisco figured, "eh, why not?" The first reclamation of street space to create a pedestrian plaza opened last week on San Francisco's famous Castro Street at the intersection with 17th St.

"It's a small space, maybe 1000 square feet in sum, but it's symbolic, and perhaps a hopeful sign for pavement reclamation enthusiasts everywhere. The idea is to close a section of street to vehicular traffic, so that citizens can have a place to eat, drink coffee, read the paper, and generally hang out outside. As part of San Francisco's Pavement to Parks Program, it is the first of what some hope will be many pieces of paved street that are repositioned as business centers..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qpkdnp
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Title: "Pedestrian Plaza Reclaims Pavement for People"
Author: Scott Cooney

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ALPS MOUNTAINEERING LAY-Z LOUNGER

"The ultimate in comfort by the campfire! Alps Mountaineering's Lay-Z Lounger has an adjustable headrest, contoured arms, and full range adjustment."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qb8gmh

A TIP FOR SETTING UP CAPITOL HILL APPOINTMENTS

"Please fax, don't mail, a letter to each Representative or Senator you wish to meet with asking for an appointment. Since 9/11, mail takes weeks and weeks to get to congressional offices. Fax your letter early; Members of Congress have busy schedules."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/r2k44f

 


QUICK HITS


NW RALLIES AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE FOR HEALTH OF IT
-> "Northwesterners rallied en masse this afternoon to show their support for the EPA to take action on the regulation of greenhouse gases..."
http://tinyurl.com/qlgbo2

NEW YORK CITY'S "STOP SMOKING" INITIATIVE FOR TRUCKS
-> "Currently, NYC has a three-minute idling limit that targets all vehicles, with certain exceptions..."
http://tinyurl.com/ov6tdd

EUROPEAN STUDY: "MEGA TRUCKS" DAMAGE ENVIRONMENT
-> "The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) has produced the first sound evidence that introducing longer and heavier vehicles (LHVs) would be harmful for the environment..."
http://tinyurl.com/q4pkw9

 


RESOURCES

-> "TRANSPORTATION & HEALTH 101 TOOLKIT"
"Presents an overview of transportation policy and planning, the connections between transportation and health as well as policy opportunities to create healthy transportation options;" by the Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership; for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nov. 2008
http://tinyurl.com/og7esr

-> "PILOT EVALUATION OF A WALKING SCHOOL BUS PROGRAM..."
"...in a low-income, urban community;" by Mendoza, Levinger, & Johnston; BMC Public Health 2009. May 4, 2009 (description and downloadable 249kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/q4lbuo

-> "EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND STREET DESIGN"
Report by the Congress for the New Urbanism, US EPA, and fire marshals from across the country. 2009 (955kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/qxgk33

-> "TRANSFORM SPACE INTO PLACE"
The City Repair (Portland OR) video.
http://tinyurl.com/q36kkp

-> "BROADWAY PILOT PROGRAM IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW..."
"...& Safety in the Improving Traffic Flow & Safety in the Heart of Midtown; 20p PowerPoint presentation showing changes being made to New York City's Broadway; Feb. 2009 (2.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/c7mhm9

-> "THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY IN PROMOTING HEALTHY CHILD..."
"...Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds;" by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MSEd, and the Committee on Communications and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health Guidance for the Clinician in Rendering Pediatric Care. (112kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/dh9hfq

-> "ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS..."
"...A Guide to Best Practices;" by UNC Highway Safety Research Center; updated for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. 2009 (link to description and downloadable pdfs)
http://tinyurl.com/r4u93b

-> "AGGRESSIVE DRIVING: DEFINITIONS, LAWS AND PREVALENCE"
Report by CTC & Associates LLC, WisDOT Research & Library Unit; for
Wisconsin Division of State Patrol. May 15, 2009 (180kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ppp3rb

 


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 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 1-5, 2009, 15th Annual Smart Commute Week, Traverse City, MI. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/qxnoet

-> 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

-> July 31 - August 2, 2009, Weekend on Wheels 2009, (League of American Bicyclist National Rally), Winona, MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/r2f4os

-> 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 18-21, 2009, Transportation Assn. of Canada Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/pecrzg

-> 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

-> October 27-30, 2009, OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Busan, KR. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/owpb7y

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

-> November 13-15, 2009, Winning Campaigns Advocacy Training, Richmond, VA. Info: Kristen Steele, Alliance for Biking and Walking, San Francisco Office, phone: (415) 513-5281; email: <kristen@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/cx5xvr

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


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- RAPID RESPONSE GRANTS -- RWJF

Active Living Research and Healthy Eating Research are national programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that support research to identify promising policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity, promoting healthy eating and preventing obesity.

This call for proposals (CFP) supports time-sensitive, opportunistic studies to evaluate changes in policies or environments with the potential to reach children who are at highest risk for obesity, including African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian-American and Pacific Islander children (ages 3 to 18) who live in low-income communities or communities with limited access to affordable healthy foods and/or safe opportunities for physical activity. Research studies may focus on one or both sides of the energy balance equation—on physical activity (including sedentary behavior), healthy eating or both.

Studies funded under this CFP are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. Deadline: July 29, 2009

More info: http://tinyurl.com/qcaez4

-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- SUPPORTING ACTIVE COMM. -- RWJF

Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that supports research to identify promising policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity, decreasing sedentary behaviors and preventing obesity among children and adolescents.

We place special emphasis on strategies with the potential to reach racial/ethnic populations and children living in lower-income communities who are at highest risk for obesity. Grants funded under this call for proposals (CFP) are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

This funding opportunity from RWJF for New Connections research or publication grants through the Active Living Research program is for new investigators from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. Two types of grants will be funded under this CFP: New Connections research grants and New Connections publication grants. Deadline: July 29, 2009

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

-> 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


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