#230 Wednesday, June 24, 2009
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-> Representative Oberstar (D-MN), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has released the Committee Print of the next surface transportation authorization bill. Markup of the bill starts today (June 24th) in subcommittee.
What’s in it for non-motorized transportation and, specifically, bicyclists and pedestrians? If you are asking about specific dollar amounts, don’t expect a real answer until someone figures out how to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. If you are asking about how or whether this bill shifts the DOT’s priorities away from serving the interests of the private motor vehicle… well, the answer is somewhat complicated, but (ultimately) promising.
The full text of the Committee Print can be downloaded here:
The most provocative development is the creation of the Office of Livability (see page 198). Housed within the Office are many of the programs that bike-ped people will find familiar: Safe Routes to School (page 122); Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (page 165); Transportation Enhancements; Recreational Trails Program (page 165); and US Bicycle Route System (page 213). The bill instructs the Director of the Office to develop mode share targets and a timeline for achieving said targets.
What do NCBW’s pundits say about the bill? This is the first surface transportation bill to acknowledge that it is also a climate bill and a healthcare bill. Nonmotorized transportation, transit, and urban mobility concerns have never been better served by federal transportation policy. The promise to give Metropolitan Planning Organizations more control over surface transportation funds is, on the whole, a very positive development. Another highlight is that metropolitan areas will, for the first time, be required to link housing, climate, energy, and other national priorities to their transportation plans.
Where the bill falters is in its failure to articulate clear goals for mode shift and reductions in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT); instead, great deference is given to the Secretary of Transportation in setting these targets. We will reserve judgment until Congress and Secretary LaHood begin filling in those blanks.
This bill is evolutionary, rather than the revolutionary bill many of us had expected and hoped for. However, given that Congress and the White House have signaled their intention to first work through a climate bill and a national healthcare bill, the reality is that, unless there is a change in course, we are going to have to get in line, acknowledge that there are other competing national--but not unaligned--priorities right now, and do what we can to cast bicycling and walking as safe, low cost, healthy, and environmentally-friendly transportation choices.
Here are reactions from other interested parties:
America Bikes Coalition
Transportation for America
AASHTO (this links to their wish list for a transportation bill)
Governors Highway Safety Association
The transportation bill is 775 pages in length. The Senate has yet to start on its version. The Obama Administration and Department of Transportation has yet to propose its own plan. An 18-month bridge plan has been proposed while Congress and the Administration work to address the shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund.
Reactions to the bill continue to pour in; this one is far from over. As the language and details in the bill evolve we hope to see a greater emphasis placed on performance measures and outcomes. What we want and what we need is a federal transportation bill that improves the health of Americans, ensures equitable mobility, and responds aggressively to the challenge of global warming. Stay tuned!
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-> In a June 16th entry in the Fast Lane Blog, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote, "We have a window of opportunity to think differently about transportation and propose bold, new approaches to improve the livability of our nation's communities. That's the message I delivered to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee today. In announcing our agencies' Partnership for Sustainable Communities, I was joined by my counterparts at HUD, Sec. Shaun Donovan, and the EPA, Administrator Lisa Jackson. In March I opened a discussion about Livable Communities here and in testimony before Congress. Today, we have a new set of 6 Livability Principles to help enact that Livable Communities Initiative.
"These six principles will help us coordinate federal transportation, environmental protection, and housing investments at our respective agencies. As I told the Senate Committee, 'These principles mean that we will all be working off the same playbook to formulate and implement policies and programs.'
"1. Providing more transportation choices;
-> According to a June 23rd news release, "As part of President Obama's Clean Energy Week, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson joined Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for a tour of Highlands' Garden Village community in Denver. Administrator Jackson commended the residential, office and retail development as a model for urban planning and energy efficiency and highlighted a new federal partnership to advance sustainable communities across the nation.
"'Today President Obama called for America to lead the world in the clean energy future -- and that leadership begins in our communities. The planning, energy innovation and efficiency at Highlands' Garden Village provide a local model for economic growth and environmental sustainability that can happen all around the world,' said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. 'Our national transition to clean energy -- including sustainable communities -- can create millions of jobs, give us global leadership in the clean energy industry, and provide the security of real energy independence.'
"Highlands' Garden Village is an EPA award-winning compact, mixed-use community that includes housing, office, retail, parks and entertainment. The energy-efficient residences in the neighborhood were built in 1998 and include a mix of apartments, townhomes, single-family homes, and a co-housing community that host professionals, families and older residents. Residents can access downtown Denver easily via bus or bicycle and the accessibility of many nearby services and amenities offer significant reductions in car trips and vehicle miles traveled..."
-> In a June 16th message, Ilana Preuss of Transportation for America asked, "What's your commute like? Maybe you crank up the A/C, put in a Yanni CD and zone out. Maybe you peruse the morning paper while on the express bus that stops just blocks from your home and office. Or maybe you leave frustrated tooth-marks on your steering wheel each day.
"We want to hear your commuting story -- no matter how terrible your lows or how blissful your highs. We can't read minds, so you're just going to have to spell it out for us. Love it or loathe it, we want to hear your commuting stories..."
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/mvxsav
-> According to a June 23rd tweet from Rep. James Oberstar, he has been interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio, talking about transportation legislation. Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/ndcsht
-> In their Podcast Episode 5, Kansas Cyclist featured an interview with Kenneth Walker of Kansas City, Missouri. "You may remember Kenneth Walker from the profile we published of him in February. Since then, Kenneth has continued his work with the Urban Kansas City Community of Cycling, promoting cycling to youth in the urban core of Kansas City. Kenneth talks about his passion for bicycling, his work with youth, and his cycling advocacy. This is a really fascinating and inspiring interview with an important leader in his community."
To listen to the Podcast, go to: http://tinyurl.com/l32jh8 and scroll down until you see the podcast window and instructions.
On the same morning that Mayor Michael Bloomberg cut the ribbon to open the first phase of the High Line, urban planners, architects, urban designers, landscape architects and public health professionals gathered at the New York American Institute of Architects chapter headquarters in Manhattan's Washington Square to address the very large issue of obesity.
The purpose of the gathering was a conference focused on designing active living into every New Yorkers daily lives. This was the fourth installment of the Fit City conference series, which consisted of presentations throughout the morning to a packed auditorium of professionals concerned with the obesity trends for the New York Metropolitan area. Also in attendance were several commissioners from various city agencies that had worked on the Active Design Guidelines manual collectively for the City of New York, which will be released this fall.
The conference presenters gave insight to designing urban spaces and buildings that encourage people to be active in their daily routines. Further encouragement was fostered by the environmental benefits associated with a more physically active New York. Topics focused on push and pull techniques to get people more active. While the most talked about strategy was the new staircase building code and the designing of more welcoming stair space, plenty of importance was placed on the role that bicycling can play in reducing obesity and our carbon footprint.
A presentation by John Pucher, Professor of Bicycle Planning at Rutgers University, highlighted the improvements that NYC Department of Transportation was making. Dr. Pucher emphasized the importance of bicycle facilities improvements being made on the streets of New York that accompanied all bicycle users. The point was made that through an inclusive bicycle policy there will be an increased bicycling presence on the roads of New York thus leading to safer streets through safety in numbers. While New York has been able to double bicycle use in the last year, the DOT still has a lot of work to do. The biggest gap expressed was in the availability of bicycle racks on buses.
According to data presented by Dr. Pucher, 75% of all United States buses have bike racks (about 50,000 total buses) while New York City MTA has not a single bike rack on their buses. Further complicating the bicycle usage situation in New York is due in part to the lack of safe bicycle parking facilities, especially at work places. These two massive facilities shortfalls make it apparent that New York still has much work to be done before a comprehensive bicycle system is considered established.
Still much can be said about where New York has come from when the goal was simply to add 200 miles of bike lanes. Today New York has ambitious plans to turn the city into a fit and efficient multi-model transportation hub thanks in part to a cross departmental commitment being fostered by Mayor Bloomberg. With the Mayor's vision being put into effect by way of PlaNYC, many more Fit City examples of active living are sure to come into fruition throughout New York in the years to come.
-- Josh Levin, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner, NCBW
-> In a June 10th note, Scott Bricker of Bike Pittsburgh wrote, "Saw that Madison got in Centerlines with their Ride the Drive event. Would it be possible for the next Centerlines to focus on Car Free Fridays in Pittsburgh? Every year BikePGH joins bicycle advocates across the nation to promote and participate in Bike to Work Day. There is one problem -- one day a year to celebrate and encourage biking to work is hardly enough.
"So BikePGH and our partners have decided to launch a city-wide initiative to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home at least once a week. We're calling it Car Free Fridays -- a day where the air is a little cleaner and the streets a little safer. A day each week we can all look forward to, not just to welcome the weekend, but to welcome the use of smart transportation.
"How to Participate: Don't Drive Today...
-> According to the program's website, "Kodak Eastman Kodak Company, the National Geographic Society, and The Conservation Fund are the partners in the Kodak American Greenways Program, an annual program that recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for exemplary leadership in the enhancement of our nation's outdoor heritage. The program was established in response to the recommendation from the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors that a national network of greenways be created.
"The program also provides small grants to land trusts, watershed organizations, local governments and others seeking to create or enhance greenways in communities throughout America."
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/c5vmkf
-> According to a June 16th news release, "Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. has tabulated the results, crunched the numbers and have determined
"Some of the impressive statistics are below:
"'It's very fitting that on the coattails of receiving a national recognition as a Bike Friendly Community that Traverse City would end up having record participation numbers for Smart Commute Week,' said event organizer Missy Luyk of TART Trails. The League of American Bicyclists announced Traverse City as a bronze-level 2009 Bicycle Friendly Community in May. The Bicycle Friendly Community award recognizes Traverse City's commitment to improving conditions for bicycling and its practice of making focused investment in bicycling programs and facilities..."
-> In a June New Urban News article, Lawrence Frank and Sarah Kavage wrote, "The world has just a short time in which to act decisively on climate change. King County, Washington, home to Seattle and a number of other population and employment centers in the Puget Sound region, offers a potentially important example of how governments can measure the relationship between land-use patterns and greenhouse gas emissions -- and thus improve development across a region.
"King County is working to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the Seattle area and bring future development more in line with smart-growth and new urbanist thinking. The county's most recent comprehensive plan update calls for greenhouse gases to be slashed by 80 percent from 2007 levels by 2050. Our team has worked on two studies to support these efforts: a countywide census block group map of CO2 emissions from transport that can be used in development review, and the addition of climate change outcomes within a planning model known as I-PLACE3S developed by the Sacramento Council of Governments..."
-> According to a recent news release, "On Saturday, May 30, Congressman Jim Moran, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria celebrated the completion and opening of the multi-use trail linking the popular Washington & Old Dominion Trail and Four Mile Run Trail located at South 27th Road and South Four Mile Run Drive.
"The new trail eliminated nearly a mile of on-street riding and difficult road crossings and offers pedestrians and bicyclists a safer, more direct path along the Four Mile Run stream. The project brings new landscaping to the stream bank and a sanitary sewer main that increases capacity and helps prevent back-ups."
-> According to an article in the June 18th San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition newsletter, "On Tuesday night the SLO Council adopted a two-year budget that will add significant improvements to the city's bicycle network. The budget adoption is the culmination of over a dozen public meetings, including a Community Budget Forum in January where hundreds of residents made their voices heard about the need for continued bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The budget adoption also marks the culmination of the Bicycle Coalition's own Bike the Budget campaign, an organized effort to continue improving the city's bikeways.
"Comprised mostly of funding from grants, federal stimulus funding, transportation impact fees, and a Rotary fundraising effort, the budget will make significant progress on the Railroad Safety Trail. It includes construction of the trail from Cal Poly to Foothill Blvd, Hathway Street over Hwy 101, Marsh Street to the Amtrak Station, and adding lighting to the already existing portion of trail between the Amtrak Station and Orcutt Road. The budget will also continue bicycle education efforts, staffing of a part-time bike programs assistant, and a fund for miscellaneous bikeway improvements.
"At the City Council meeting, Bicycle Coalition executive director Adam Fukushima commented that while bicycling is 'not the only way to fight traffic congestion, it is indeed one of the most cost-effective. This is a budget to be proud of.' He noted the many residents who gave input on the budget as well as a recent county grand jury report, which recommended that the Railroad Safety Trail be given a high priority..."
Update: SLOBC exec. director Adam Fukushima has announced his departure to become a transportation planner for the local Caltrans office. In a farewell note, Adam wrote "I'd like to thank everyone for joining me on this journey of making SLO County one of the best communities in California for bicycling and walking..." To wish Adam well, contact him here: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> In the June 22nd edition of Fast Lane, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote, "My favorite report was from Tony Hawk who was on Twitter as he skateboarded down the halls of the White House. That's probably not something my own father would have done. But it is something my 9 grandchildren are likely to be talking about for Father's Days to come."
-> According to a June 16th SDSU NewsCenter article, "No matter which country you are in, new research finds those who live in an urban neighborhood are twice as likely to be physically active the those in the suburbs. According to a San Diego State University study published in this month's American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the biggest single factor influencing physical activity around the world is accessibility to sidewalks.
"Researchers looked at data from 11,541 survey participants in 11 countries, which included the United States, Lithuania, Brazil, Sweden and Japan. Those individuals who reported living in a city neighborhood with easy access to sidewalks were 15-50 percent more likely to get moderate-to-vigorous activity at least five days a week for at least 30 minutes each day. SDSU professor and lead author Jim Sallis said this is likely because sidewalks can be used for recreation like jogging and in-line skating as well as for transportation, in lieu of using a car or other means of transportation..."
-> According to an article in the June 18th Braking News newsletter, "After a month of interviews and research, the Cascade Bicycle Club is proud to roll out the first of its 2009 candidate endorsements. Being one of the more coveted endorsements in the Seattle area, we're used to being lobbied hard for our support, but what makes this year more interesting -- and difficult -- is the number of people we know and like who are running against each other.
"First endorsements of 2009: King County Executive: Dow Constantine; Seattle Mayor: Greg Nickels; Seattle City Council, Pos. 2: Richard Conlin; Seattle City Council, Pos. 6: Jessie Israel; Issaquah Mayor: Ava Frisinger; Kirkland City Council, Pos. 1: Joan McBride; Snohomish County Council, Pos. 5: Dave Somers
QUOTES R US
-> "'The Global status report on road safety' draws our attention to the needs of all road users -- including [the] most vulnerable groups. They too must be considered and given equal priority when policy decisions on road safety, land use and urban planning are made."
-> "As cities change, grow and become more dense, it's important not to overlook the little touches -- a sculpture, a painted bus stop, a beautifully-designed amphitheater or green landscaping -- that make urban areas feel humane."
-> "Last month, overall vehicle sales were 34 percent lower than in May 2008."
-> "We all struggle with transportation choices in our lives. We do what's convenient. Lucky for me, I was able to get rid of my car almost four years ago. And frankly, one of the things I enjoy the most about not having a car is being free from the hassle of finding a place to park it..."
-> "The biggest causes of crashes are speeding and not driving to the road or weather conditions. But inattentive driving, such as cell phone use, is right up there. Included in that category are reading, shaving, eating and drinking, talking with others, and messing around with the radio while driving."
-> According to a June 10th Politico article, "[President] Obama and Congress are moving across several fronts to give government a central role in making America healthier -- raising expectations among public health experts of a new era of activism unlike any before. Any health care reform plan that Obama signs is almost certain to call for nutrition counseling, obesity screenings and wellness programs at workplaces and community centers. He wants more time in the school day for physical fitness, more nutritious school lunches and more bike paths, walking paths and grocery stores in underserved areas.
"The president is filling top posts at Health and Human Services with officials who, in their previous jobs, outlawed trans fats, banned public smoking or required restaurants to provide a calorie count with that slice of banana cream pie. Even Congress is getting into the act, giving serious consideration to taxing sugary drinks and alcohol to help pay for the overhaul. To some, it smacks of a 'nanny state on steroids' -- but for others who fret that America is turning into one big Overeaters Anonymous meeting, Obama’s prescription is like a low-fat dream come true..."
Via RWJF Public Health Digest: http://tinyurl.com/l87ojb
-> In a June 10th Denver Post op-ed piece, Rick Cables and Barbara O'Brien wrote, "Warmer, longer days are here and the outdoors are calling. Parents should encourage kids to unplug and go outside. But today's children are spending half the time outdoors they did 20 years ago, while the obesity rate has doubled since then. There is mounting evidence that indicates being disconnected from nature has negative impacts on our children. Author Richard Louv talks about 'nature-deficit disorder' in his book 'Last Child in the Woods' that links some of the most worrisome childhood trends, including obesity, attention disorders and depression.
"Colorado, the U.S. Forest Service and 100 other partners are creating opportunities for kids to get connected with nature. This summer, the lieutenant governor's office is conducting Colorado Kids Outdoors forums throughout the state to hear about successful activities in communities and what barriers we face in reconnecting our kids to the outdoors. We will produce a roadmap to the many ways we can encourage our kids to connect with nature. The office also is working on a Colorado Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, based on suggestions sent to us from kids all over the state..."
-> According to a June 16th WBZ-TV story, "A St. Paul woman who tried to use a mobility scooter at a late night drive-thru was turned away. Now she's championing a cause of late-night fast food for all, whether you've got a car or not. Ariel Wade rides her scooter everywhere. She has degenerative arthritis. What she doesn't have is enough strength or enough money to drive a car. A week and a half ago, she pulled up to the White Castle near the Capitol. It was late, around midnight.
"The sign on the door says, 'Drive-thru open 24 hours. Inside closed 11-5.' So Wade steered her mobility scooter into the drive-thru. She was denied service. 'He said that I couldn't be in the drive-thru because I wasn't in a motorized vehicle,' she said. 'And I am in a motorized vehicle!' Wade's mobility scooter doesn't meet White Castle's definition of a motorized vehicle. Ken Wilhelm, the Regional Assistant Director of Restaurant Operations, said the policy has been in place for years..."
-> According to a June 13th Philadelphia Inquirer editorial, "One day, Philadelphia may live up to its reputation as a pedestrian-friendly city -- a place where crossing signals no longer flash 'Don't Walk' before you reach the other side, where construction crews aren't permitted to cordon off entire sidewalks, and where drivers don't get away with blocking intersections while waiting to turn on red.
"In fact, several recent moves by Mayor Nutter's administration may hasten the arrival of that day. The latest came last week, with an executive order from the mayor directing that city officials look out more for cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users in city planning and projects.
"That followed the crackdown begun last month on Center City motorists who block crosswalks and loading zones, or double-park. At the same time, parking-meter rates were boosted to free up space and cut down on congestion from drivers circling the block in search of street parking.
"While the enforcement and meter changes were meant to combat existing congestion and pedestrian hazards, the mayor's 'Complete Streets Policy' directs city officials to do a better job when laying out streets and sidewalks, and considering development projects..."
Via Complete Streets News: http://tinyurl.com/nx9zjl
-> According to a June 16th Tribune article, "For years, Columbia has been working to brand itself as a bike-friendly city, but bicycle commuters came out in force last night to give a glimpse at the ugly side of what can happen when cars and cyclists mix. "I used to commute [by bicycle] regularly,' Mike Bowman testified at the Columbia City Council meeting. 'I have to say that the constant harassment wore me down...'
"An incident of cyclist harassment by a driver in February prompted Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe to introduce an ordinance that would make harassment of bicyclists, including shouting threats and honking for the purpose of frightening a cyclist, a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by $1,000 fine or a year in jail. After hearing testimony at last night’s meeting, the council passed the ordinance unanimously..."
-> According to a June 11th TIME article, "There's something deeply wrong with Tysons Corner. For starters, Virginia's bustling commercial district -- the 12th biggest employment center in the nation -- has more parking spaces than jobs or residents. What was a quaint intersection of two country roads 50 years ago is now a two-tiered interchange with 10 lanes of traffic-choked hell; try to cross it on foot, and you're taking your life into your hands.
"Located about 14 miles west of downtown Washington, the nearly 1,700-acre area is home to fortresses of unfriendly buildings surrounded by oceans of parking lots, as well as single-story car dealerships, strip malls, fast-food joints, highways and a big toll road. Pedestrians are personae non gratae here. What few sidewalks exist often abruptly end...
"The blueprint, which has been four years in the making and calls for a dense, walkable green city, is a model of public-private partnership and the largest such undertaking in the country. The implications of this redevelopment project stretch far beyond Fairfax County, as suburbs and exurbs across the country look for ways to repair the damage from five decades of outward, rather than upward, expansion..."
-> According to a June 16th Guardian article, "Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, is seeking government approval to place mirrors at traffic lights to prevent collisions by revealing cyclists and pedestrians hidden in lorries' blind spots. Transport for London confirmed it is in talks with the Department for Transport to get the go ahead for the so-called 'Trixi' mirrors in light of a series of accidents involving lorries turning left at junctions.
"Johnson, who has described himself as 'militant' in his desire to promote cycling in the capital, wants to improve cycle safety because of concerns that his campaign to quadruple the number of cycle trips between 2000 and 2025 could result in a big increase in accidents. Of the 15 cyclists who died on the capital's roads last year, nine were killed in collisions with lorries. In most cases the lorry was turning left and the driver failed to see the cyclist on their inside, according to TfL..."
-> According to a June 10th AP story, "From behind prison bars, the view never changes. From behind the handlebars of racing bikes, dozens of French inmates are seeing the vineyards of Provence, the sun-drenched Mediterranean coast and the majestic spires of the Alps in their own special Tour de France.
"The convicts are cycling in the inaugural 'Tour de France Penitentiaire' -- an event whose goal is not just to physically challenge the prisoners, organizers say, but also to instill self-respect and pride that will help prepare their return to normal life..."
AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
CYCLISTS SLOW DOWN TO AVOID CRATER-SIZED 'HOLE'
-> "Cyclists were encouraged to slow down thanks to this crater-sized 'hole' in the middle of a towpath. But the hole is an optical illusion, a three-dimensional drawing of a canyon, in an attempt to make careless cyclists hit the brakes rather than ride dangerously and ignore pedestrians..."
STRAY DOG COMMUTERS ESCHEW DRIVING, TAKE THE TRAIN
-> "Stray dogs are commuting to and from a city centre on underground trains in search of food scraps. The clever canines board the Tube each morning. After a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.
"Experts studying the dogs say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop -- after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train..."
IBM'S WELLNESS PROGRAM SAVES COMPANY MONEY
HEALTHY AGING SECRETS SIMPLER THAN YOU THINK
PLAYBORHOOD SIGNS GO ON SALE!
FEWER CARS, MORE TRAFFIC FATALITIES?
MANAGING URBAN HEAT ISLANDS
HEAD OF CALIFORNIA TRANS. DEPARTMENT LEAVING
MINN. DOT PUSHES WORK FROM HOME TO CUT TRAFFIC
-> "THE CITY REPAIR PROJECT'S PLACEMAKING GUIDEBOOK"
-> "TOWN HALL PRESENTATION"
-> "DAVIS, CALIFORNIA, A PLATINUM BIKE CITY"
-> "GLOBAL STATUS OF ROAD SAFETY..."
-> "OECD HEALTH WORKING PAPERS No. 46..."
-> "FIRST AMENDMENT IMPLICATIONS FOR TRANSIT FACILITIES..."
-> "A REVIEW OF 45 ANTI-SPEEDING CAMPAIGNS"
-> STRENGTHENING INTERJURISDICTIONAL COORDINATION ON..."
-> "THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2009..."
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-> June 30, 2009, Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act within Safe Routes to School (webinar, presented by Lois Thibault of the U.S. Access Board). Info:
-> July 10, 2009, Complete Streets Workshop, Sacramento, CA. Info:
-> July 12-15, 2010, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled after Disasters, Boston, MA. Info: phone: (617) 287-7116
-> July 28-29, 2009, Transportation Planning, Land Use, and Air Quality Conference, Denver, CO. Info:
-> July 31 - August 2, 2009, Weekend on Wheels 2009, (League of American Bicyclist National Rally), Winona, MN. Info:
-> August 9-12, 2009, ITE 2009 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Info: Sallie Dollins, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 300 West, Washington, DC 20005; phone: (202) 289-0222 ext. 149; email: <email@example.com>
-> September 2-4, 2009, 2nd International Urban Design Conference, Gold Coast, Australia. Info:
-> September 15-16, 2009, Research to Practice Symposium Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging, Chapel Hill, NC. Information and updates will be available at:
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> October 7-9, 2009, 10th Annual Walk21, New York City NY. Info:
-> October 18-21, 2009, Transportation Assn. of Canada Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC. Info:
-> October 18-22, 2009, Low Carbon Cities - 45th ISOCARP Int'l Congress, Porto, Portugal. Info:
-> October 22-27, 2009, AASHTO Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA. Info: Hannah Whitney, American Assn. of State Highway & Transportation Officials; phone: (202) 624-5800; email: <email@example.com>
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> October 27-30, 2009, OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Busan, KR. Info:
-> November 12-13, 2009, 7th New Zealand Cycling Conference, New Plymouth, NZ. Info:
-> 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: <email@example.com>
-> May 30-June 2, 2010, International Conference on Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists, Jerusalem, Israel. Info:
-> September 13-17, 2010. Pro Walk/Pro Bike® the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS
-> JOB -- MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR -- LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
The League of American Bicyclists is hiring a membership director. The primary objective of this position is to manage all functions related to membership, including but not limited to the recruitment, retention and engagement of members. The director is also responsible for database oversight and website management as they relate to membership.
The job includes: prospect-to-member research, new and renew member engagement, life member and other membership categories, implementation of campaigns and other various responsibilities that work to support the goals and objectives of League’s membership. We are at the beginning of an exciting (and long-awaited!) database transition, and this person would work closely with the transition team.
The director supervises a membership assistant. We are seeking a detail-oriented individual with a proven track record in implementing and managing membership programs for individual membership organizations. We’d love to find a self-driven employee with a passion for bicycling. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. We offer competitive benefits, a fun working environment, and the opportunity to work for a cause in which you believe.
Salary: Negotiable, dependant on qualifications and experience
Apply to Elizabeth Kiker at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or fax your resume to 202-822-1334.
-> FELLOWSHIP -- POP. SCIENCE -- PENNINGTON RESEARCH CTR
A postdoctoral position is available in the area of population and public health to study the public health burden associated with physical inactivity and obesity.
The primary responsibilities associated with this position are: 1) assistance in conducting complex statistical analyses of population datasets, 2) conducting research studies on the public health burden of physical inactivity, obesity and related co-morbidities, and 3) preparation of research grant applications and research papers.
The fellowship will be available for at least two years, and the incumbent will perform other activities as assigned by Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D., the Associate Executive Director for Population Science. It is anticipated that over the course of two years, the incumbent of this position will develop independent research projects related to the epidemiology of physical inactivity, obesity and health.
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center offers a rich collegial research environment with state-of-the-art facilities for computing and the statistical analysis of large, complex datasets. A distinguished list of faculty is involved in such research studies at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System (http://tinyurl.com/mym346). Full benefits, including health insurance and a competitive salary will be provided.
QUALIFICATIONS: PH.D in epidemiology, public health, exercise science or a related field. Resumes will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Interested applicants may contact Dr. Katzmarzyk for more details at <Peter.Katzmarzyk@pbrc.edu>
JOB -- COMMUNITY ORGANIZER -- TRANSIT FOR LIVABLE COMMUNITIES
LOCATION: Twin Cities Metro
SALARY: $30,000-$35,000 DOE; TYPE: Full Time/40 hours; DEADLINE: 6/26/2009
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: TLC is expanding our organizing program by adding a second Community Organizer. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a strong commitment to grassroots organizing.
The Organizer, who will report to and work with the Senior Organizer, will hold the following responsibilities:
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should have 1-2 years of grassroots organizing experience (and/or significant volunteer leadership experience), including citizen mobilization, leadership development, coalition work, and strategic campaign planning. Candidates should have experience communicating with a variety of audiences and constituencies, using a database to store and track information, and should be computer savvy. Coursework or experience with transportation and land use policy, and experience with legislative advocacy are strongly preferred. Strong oral and written communications skills, time management, and decision making skills are essential.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Transit for Livable Communities is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
HOW TO APPLY:
-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS -- RAPID RESPONSE GRANTS -- RWJF
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 full job description is available at http://tinyurl.com/pd55xw
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