#231 Wednesday, July 08, 2009
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-> Want to see what the Obama Administration has in mind for the 18-month extension of the current transportation law? A great place to check out the details -- and details on national transportation politics, in general -- is StreetsBlog Capitol Hill!
"Streetsblog Capitol Hill has obtained a copy of the item the administration wants to see added to any 18-month extension. The proposals are narrowly tailored and relatively inexpensive. Still, securing their passage could prove difficult given the House's preference for passing its new federal bill and the Senate's affinity for a 'clean as a whistle' extension..."
Hurry over here: http://tinyurl.com/ncgfhr
-> Gary MacFadden, Senior Program Director at NCBW, has pumped up the tires on his bicycle built for fun and has signaled his intention to hit the road. Gary's last official day in the Oregon office of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking will be this Friday, July 10.
"Gary has been with NCBW for the past eight years and takes a great deal of pride in being the almost invisible hand that makes everything work, from CenterLines, to Pro Walk/Pro Bike®, to many of the products and services that are offered through NCBW and the Active Living Resource Center," said Sharon Roerty, NCBW Executive Director. "Gary was recently the force behind the creation of Minnesota Active Living Network News, a biweekly newsletter that supports the on-going active living work and achievements in Minnesota. For the organization, Gary is our go-to guy, and I know I speak for the entire staff, past and present, when I say he has been our lean-on-me guy. We are going to miss him, a lot!"
Roerty said, "When Gary called me two weeks ago, he said it was time to do that again. On behalf of the staff, our associates and our Board of Directors, we thank Gary for all of his contributions and steady wisdom and we wish him and his partner Reva Clarys the very best. We also look forward to having Gary join us on some special projects down the road."
Want to drop the Big Guy a note? If you hurry, you can still reach him at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. After July 10th, you can e-mail him at email@example.com, which refers to the classic Airstream trailer Gary and Reva use for many of their adventures.
-> As part of its Professional Development Webinar Series, APBP will host a one-hour webinar, "Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians," on Wednesday, July 15, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Accurate demand and usage data for bicycle and pedestrian facilities can influence policy and funding decisions and strengthen grant requests. In the past, lack of data has limited the ability to justify investments in bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Webinar participants will learn about the latest tools and research for forecasting bicycle and pedestrian demand and use.
While there are well-established methodologies for conducting traffic counts, performing household travel surveys and modeling travel demand for vehicles, no such standards exist for nonmotorized modes. Presenters Michael Jones, Principal, and Jennifer Donlon, Senior Planner, of Alta Planning + Design, will discuss advances in count technology and demand analysis, including:
1. The latest pedestrian and bicycle automatic counters
Also in this webinar, Daniel Sauter, of Urban Mobility Research in Zurich, will present an overview of his Walk21 pre-conference session, “Measuring Walking, Part III: Performance indicators and methods for monitoring and benchmarking,” which will address ongoing efforts to establish international standards for the collection, analysis and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative techniques for measuring walking.
This webinar has been submitted for one AICP Certification Management (CM) credit from the American Planning Association; approval is pending. For other professional development programs, participants may request a letter certifying their attendance at the webinar.
Invite colleagues and clients to attend for one very reasonable price: Cost is $50 per site for APBP members, $60 per site for non-APBP members. Each site registration includes one audio connection (if using a phone, toll charges will apply; or use VoIP), one internet connection, and one set of handouts for unlimited attendees in the same location. For more information, contact Debra Goeks (262-228-7025 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Register online at http://tinyurl.com/njjhf4
-> On June 25th, T4 America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and several Illinois transportation advocacy groups hosted a media telebriefing to discuss Rep. Oberstar's draft transportation bill -- the good, the not-as-good, and the, to date, not-well-fleshed-out or unknown.
James Corless, director of T4 America, suggested that "Chairman Oberstar and his committee members have done us all a great service in launching the discussion of updating our nation's transportation program for the 21st century. This year's bill represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set America on a new course and it is essential that we get it right."
Panelists praised the draft bill for its focus on livable communities and the link between transportation reform and health. They were concerned, however, that liveability and healthy transportation needed to be more than an office in the federal government. Rather, it should be "a goal, performance measure, and criterion throughout the legislation."
Advocates also suggested a strong emphasis on transit-oriented development and other ways to develop strong links between land use and transportation. And they pointed to the need to flesh out parts of the bill that deal with climate protection, serving the needs of the disadvantaged, and public transit.
For more on the telebriefing, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lfg8od
-> According to a June 29th announcement, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) invites applications for Susie Stephens Scholarships to attend APBP's Professional Development Seminar (PDS). This year's PDS is being held in conjunction with the Walk21 Conference in New York City on October 7-9, 2009. These scholarships are awarded every other year to APBP members and can be used for the registration fee, travel or expenses related to attending the PDS."
For more on how to apply to the fund, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3vhbek
For more on how to donate to the fund, go to:
-> According to the July 2nd Bicycle Colorado eNews, "U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Governor Bill Ritter, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Congresswoman Betsy Markey, State Senator Betty Boyd, State Representative Andy Kerr, and a host of additional state leaders broke ground Tuesday on the 26 mile reconstruction of the C470 bike path.
"This $7 million Recovery Act funded project nearly doubles Colorado's annual budget of federal funds for bike and ped projects. Secretary LaHood stated, 'When I talk about investing in livable communities across America, this is exactly what I mean.' Livable communities give citizens the freedom to choose the best mode of transportation to fit their needs.
"Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Russ George specifically recognized Bicycle Colorado and the bicyclists in attendance. Bike Jeffco worked at the county level and Bicycle Colorado at the state level to add this to the recovery funded projects after bike projects were omitted from the original list..."
-> According to the June 30th RTP and TE Update, "The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) updated the 120-day Redistribution Questions and Answers** to point out that Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will retain their character as TE funds. This is a change compared to the originally posted Questions and Answers. In particular, see the last Q&A. However, it appears this is now an irrelevant point, because all States met the 120-day deadline to obligate at least 50 percent of their ARRA funds, so there won't be any redistribution.
- Updated 120-day Redistribution Q&A: http://tinyurl.com/car4t3
-> According to the June 25th edition of the U.S, Access Board's Access Currents, "Product innovations and improved technologies have enhanced the accessibility of pedestrian signals now on the market. Low-volume audible signals and tactile features have been incorporated into the design of products to provide access to pedestrians with vision impairments more effectively. The industry standard, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, includes specifications for accessible pedestrian signals which derive from recommendations developed by a former Board advisory panel, the Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee.
"The Board has released new guidance on installing these types of pedestrian signals. 'Common Problems Arising in the Installation of Accessible Pedestrian Signals' reviews access features of available products, including locator tones, audible and vibrotactile indicators of crossing cycles, and signal volume and explains important considerations in the placement and orientation of signal devices. The low-volume indicators of current products make proper installation essential in order for signals to be effective. The bulletin uses case studies and field evaluations to illustrate various installation 'do's and don'ts' in relation to common site conditions and factors."
The publication, which includes an installation checklist and other resources on accessible public rights-of-way are available on the Board's website at http://tinyurl.com/ncogn4
-> According to a June 29th news release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and Walk21 have opened registration for their combined conference at http://tinyurl.com/n54ncu Both the Walk21 Conference and APBP's Professional Development Seminar (PDS) will take place October 7-9 in New York City on the campus of New York University.
"This year's PDS program will focus on the technical aspects of bicycle facilities and provide methods that planners and engineers can use to filter ideas from other places to make them work in their locales."
For PDS program details, visit http://tinyurl.com/3vhbek
"Walk21's conference will consist of break-out and plenary sessions as well as their signature walk-shops focused on the central theme, 'more footprints, less carbon.'"
For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/nctotp
-> According to the June 25th issue of Mobilizing the Region, "In 2006, [New Jersey] pedestrians got a $74 million boost from Governor Corzine's five-year statewide pedestrian safety initiative. Pedestrians in 15 communities will see some of the first improvements funded through the Safe Streets to Transit component of the program with the recent announcement of 2008-2009 grants for sidewalks, traffic calming, and other pedestrian improvements.
"The announcement is welcome news as approximately 30% of NJ residents live within a half-mile of a train station, and NJ Transit use remains near record highs despite the economy. Safe pedestrian access to transit will not only encourage ridership, but will help alleviate the need for station parking and be a boon for businesses around station areas as downtown walk-by traffic increases.
"The communities that will receive grants are Absecon, Camden, Clifton, Edgewater, Egg Harbor, Elizabeth, Florence, Hoboken, Lyndhurst, New Brunswick, New Providence, Ocean City, Plainsboro, Voorhees and Woodlynne. The grants will pay for projects like adding sidewalks and curbs to the Delawanna Ave. rail station in Clifton and improving pedestrian access on Market Street in Camden..."
-> According to the July issue of Quick Release, "Since 1997, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition has collected data on bicyclist presence and behavior at intersections mostly within the city of Santa Barbara. The 2009 survey was just completed on June 18, and it tells us that bicycling is increasing significantly:
"Each year, the data were collected on one of six mid-week afternoons between 4:00-6:00 PM in the second and third weeks of June. We're very thankful for the 16 people who volunteered this year to collect data over the 50 hours..."
-> According to a recent news release, "Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently designated 22 trails in 13 states as newly recognized National Recreation Trails, adding more than 525 miles of trails to the National Trails System.
"'From coast to coast, the National Trails System helps connect American families with the wonders of the outdoors,' said Salazar. 'These new National Recreation Trails, built through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, will create new opportunities for fitness and stewardship, while creating a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren.'..."
-> A July 1st news release, the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) asks 'Who has made your bicycle adventures possible?' Adventure Cycling -- North America's largest cycling membership organization -- welcomes nominations for their fifth annual bicycle travel awards. Celebrating the heroes of bicycle travel in America, these awards include the June Curry Trail Angel Award, the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award, the Sam Braxton Bike Shop Award, and the Adventure Cycling Volunteer of the Year Award...
"'Adventure Cycling's national awards program recognizes the "above and beyond" contributions made by individuals and organizations in America to improve conditions for bicycle travelers,' said membership and marketing coordinator Amy Corbin...Nominations for Adventure Cycling's 2009 bicycle travel awards will be accepted from July 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009."
-> According to a June 29th message from Stephan Vance of the San Diego Association of Governments, "Over the past several months, two major bicycle and pedestrian projects with a combined value of over $15 million have been completed and opened to the public in the San Diego region. The projects are significant because they provide relief from what where two of the most unpleasant and dangerous bike routes in the region.
"The Bayshore Bikeway* was extended from Imperial Beach to Chula Vista through the South San Diego Bay portion of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge on an old railroad right of way. The new 1.1 mile bike path provides an alternative to travel on the 6-lane State Route 75.
"The David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge** provides a way for bicyclists to cross the lake without having to ride on the shoulder of Interstate 15. Pedestrians using the trail network in the San Dieguito River Park had no feasible way to cross the lake. The contrast between the former and current routes is striking, and the early indications are that both facilities are getting significant use..."
-> According to a June 26th 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.
To submit your transportation project, program or plan, go to:
Submissions accepted in the following four categories:
For more on the CSS National Dialog, go to: http://tinyurl.com/q3fyuj
-> According to a July 1st RWJF Content Alert, "Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year, according to a report released today by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). In addition, the percentage of children who are obese or overweight is 30 percent or higher in 30 states.
"Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity at 32.5 percent, marking the fifth year in a row that the state topped the list. Four states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, including Mississippi, West Virginia (31.2 percent), Alabama (31.1 percent) and Tennessee (30.2 percent). Adult obesity rates now exceed 25 percent in 31 states. Colorado (18.9 percent) remains the only state where fewer than 20 percent of adults are obese..."
-> According to a May 15th In the News article from the British charity, Sustrans, "TravelSmart is changing travel habits by working directly with people at home and helping them to think about how they get around on a daily basis. The results that it achieves are not only reflected in reduced levels of car use but also in the health and happiness of those that take part.
"The project is currently entering its second stage in Lowestoft. During its first stage in autumn 2008 TravelSmart Lowestoft offered free information and support to over 6,000 households in the town, and will be in touch with even more local residents during the second stage, which runs until July.
"Sarah Northgraves and her family are among those who have recently benefited from a visit from the Sustrans TravelSmart team in Lowestoft. Having already seen articles about the project, the family received a phone call from the team offering them a tailor-made pack of local walking, cycling and public transport information, including things like walking and cycling maps and bus and train timetables..."
-> According to a Damien Newton entry in the June 29th LA StreetsBlog, "Russ Roca, the photographer and bike activist who has taken the lead on promoting Long Beach's world-class shared lane, brings us a video on people's first reactions to the lane. For anyone that missed Friday's story, Long Beach painted a travel lane green and installed Sharrows on 2nd Street, one of the busiest streets in the city for both bikes and cars.
"Longe Beach's sharrows policy is groundbreaking both locally and internationally. As far as I know, this is the first time that anyone, anywhere has colored a lane with Sharrows and the world is watching to see the results. An email thread of the Caltrans' District 7 Bike Advisory Committee posits that these are the first Sharrows on public streets anywhere in Los Angeles County, although there is some question about whether or not the Sharrows on Westwood Boulevard are on the campus of UCLA..."
Note: If you watch the "Sharrow Cam" video all the way to the end, you'll see former NCBW/BFA staffer, Charlie Gandy, who is the Long Beach Mobility Coordinator! Drop him a line and say "Hey!"
BIKE LAW ENFORCEMENT ON CHICAGO'S SHERIDAN ROAD
For more on the work in Chicago's 48th Ward, go to Alderman Mary Ann Smith's website and click on "Stay Informed: http://tinyurl.com/l75jj7
-> According to a June 23rd announcement, the California League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council have released a new report entitled "Communities Tackle Global Warming: A Guide to California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act (SB 375)."
The release goes on to say, "California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act, or SB 375, is the nation's first legislation to link transportation and land use planning with global warming. SB 375 is an important step toward a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous California. This groundbreaking measure shows us that where we live and how we get to work, go about our daily business, and take our kids to school matters a great deal in the fight against climate change.
"In fact, household transportation in California is the single-largest and the fastest-growing source of global warming pollution in the state. Locating housing closer to jobs and transportation choices and creating walkable communities can reduce commute times and cut millions of tons of global warming pollution, while improving quality of life..."
-> According to a June 22nd Daily Score article, "A study published in the Journal of Urban Economics uses a model that combines residential density, driving and gasoline consumption that confirms something that most of us already suspect: sprawl means fewer transportation choices, more time sitting in our cars, more of our incomes spent on gas, and less time for other, more important stuff like family and friends.
"So, even if it's true that people in areas that are sprawling really do tend to roll in bigger, less fuel efficient rides, it's not just about personal choices (good or bad). More sprawl means more driving and more gasoline use and when school, the grocery store and work are miles away from each other the only sensible thing to do is drive. Unfortunately, short of where we live, many 'choices' are made for us by the built environment..."
-> According to a July 3rd Playborhood article by Mike Lanza, "Children's rights to 'Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness' are at a low point in America. Parents highly restrict their children's freedom to go outside and play, both directly by limiting their ability to roam outside and indirectly by filling up their schedules with adult-led structured activities.
"Most schools have either eliminated recess or severely restrict it, and they also increasingly dole out homework, which eats into children's precious free time at home..."
QUOTES R US
-> "Cars are a part of our daily life here in D.C., but what we want to do is try to equalize the playing field. Encourage people to walk, to bike, to bike share; or instead of owning a car -- car share."
-> "I'm not going to keep going back to the American public on a gas tax. Let the heavy users like the truckers step up to the plate, and we can work together."
-> According to a June 29th Times-Picayune article, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal "signed House Bill 725 by Rep. Michael Jackson, I-Baton Rouge, creating the 'Colin Goodier Protection Act,' a law named after a New Orleans native and Baton Rouge physician who was killed while riding his bicycle on River Road in Iberville Parish. Jackson's bill requires a driver to leave 'a safe distance...of not less than 3 feet' while passing a bicyclist, a distance that must be maintained until the vehicle is safely past the bike.
"Violations can be punished by a maximum $250 fine. Jackson's bill, which also becomes effective Aug. 15, makes it a violation for anyone in a vehicle to 'harass, taunt or maliciously throw objects at or in the direction of any person riding on a bicycle.' Violators could be sent to jail for up to 30 days or fined a minimum of $200.
"Jackson's bill requires the Office of Motor Vehicles to place a summary of the new law in driving manuals, directs the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to launch a public awareness campaign of the new law, and directs the Department of Transportation and Development to place signs in areas frequented by cyclists to make drivers aware 'of the need to share the road' with bicycles..."
-> According to a June 22nd Daily Times article, "Throughout the month of May as proposed zoning regulations were being reviewed and a public hearing on the plan was looming this column focused on several issues related to growth and planning. A few of those issues were the importance of requiring a higher percentage of passive open space in all residential subdivisions, limiting sprawl and encouraging mixed land use and higher residential density.
"Now these same concepts have been taken up by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Citing statistics that show roughly 32 percent of American children are overweight, the AAP released a policy statement June 6 urging federal and local governments to take proactive action for the health of our nation's children.
"In its policy statement, the Built Environment: Designing Communities to Promote Physical Activity in Children -- the APA states that government policies must support the effort to encourage physical activity through land-use design..."
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/oj8nh3
-> According to a June 28th ScienceDaily article, "Environmental health researchers from UCLA, the University of Southern California and the California Air Resources Board have found that during the hours before sunrise, freeway air pollution extends much further than previously thought.
"Air pollutants from Interstate 10 in Santa Monica extend as far as 2,500 meters -- more than 1.5 miles -- downwind, based on recent measurements from a research team headed by Dr. Arthur Winer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health. This distance is 10 times greater than previously measured daytime pollutant impacts from roadways and has significant exposure implications, since most people are in their homes during the hours before sunrise and outdoor pollutants penetrate into indoor environments...
"A second striking finding of the study was that although traffic volumes are lower in the pre-sunrise hours, the air pollution concentrations measured by the team were higher than even those during daytime traffic congestion peaks. Concentrations are higher before sunrise even though emissions are lower because of the unique weather conditions. In the pre-sunrise hours, wind speeds are generally very low, and while the wind direction is somewhat variable, the predominant direction is from the northeast in the winter months and the northwest in the summer months..."
Via ENN Daily Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/pt753p
-> According to a June 28th Kansas City Star article, "As unhappy as Kansas suburbanites may be with a lack of alternatives to driving, they still want bigger and better roads, a new state poll reveals. A new poll conducted for transportation planners shows Kansans know they are the biggest contributor to what little congestion they have on their side of the state line. The poll of 1,194 residents in Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas and Miami counties showed that 46 percent blamed traffic jams on a lack of options to driving.
"Other congestion contributors included traffic signal timing, poorly planned development and road work. Nearly 40 percent said they were unhappy with mass transit service between cities while 36 percent said they were dissatisfied with transit service within individual cities. But the study sent somewhat of a contradictory message. While residents seemed upset about the lack of a good mass transit system, their solutions for easing travel seemed to focus on roads. About 58 percent of those interviewed listed road-building solutions as their top way for improving our ability to get around..."
-> According to a July 5th Maui News article, "Jana Lynott, a livable communities expert with AARP, will keynote Tuesday's community forum on 'Creating Livable Communities for an Aging Population.' The free forum will be held in the Maui Beach Hotel elleair room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
"Lynott, who joined AARP in 2007, is the main author of the AARP report "Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America," which warned that two-thirds of American transportation planners and engineers have yet to begin addressing the needs of older people in their community planning...
"AARP defines a 'livable community' as one that offers affordable and appropriate housing, supportive community features and services, and adequate mobility options. These community elements help people maintain personal independence and remain engaged in civic and social life..."
-> According to a July 5th Brownsville Herald article, "The board started with sidewalks. By the time the Edinburg Environment Advisory Board reached its conclusions, the group had determined it may take more than sidewalks to make the city more walkable. The board charged with identifying solutions to make Edinburg pedestrian-friendly released its initial assessment of sidewalks, signals and crosswalks.
"While the group identified a number of places where those facilities are lacking or nonexistent, any effort to improve them needs to be considered as part of an overall transportation plan, said Mark Pena, chairman of the advisory board. Putting sidewalks down or adding bike lanes won't work if it's not feasible to get from place to place by using them. 'The reality is you can put sidewalks downtown but that's not going to make it successful' he said. 'What's going to make any area successful is getting people to want to be there.' To do that, the city needs to add diverse businesses and restaurants, plan mixed use developments and build quality public spaces, Pena said..."
-> In a July 6th Greater Greater Washington post, David Alpert wrote, "Journalists writing 'news' stories strive to make their articles impartial, but hidden biases about suburbs, cities, traffic and transportation often creep in. The Washington Business Journal, for example, reported on the Eastern Market Metro Plaza proposals, and explained the options in a straightforward manner. Yet the first sentence reads, 'In case Dupont, Washington, and Logan Circles don't have you in enough of a driving tizzy, Eastern Market may add yet another traffic roundabout to D.C.'s mix.'
"Why are 'you' necessarily driving through the area? This is a classic example of Entitled Driving Journalist Syndrome, where a reporter most likely drives from place to place, and sees issues from a 'windshield perspective.' Why doesn't the lede read, 'If dashing across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Eastern Market Metro station has you in a enough of a walking tizzy ...'?
"This week's grand prize for most knee-jerk anti-urban writing goes to the Washington Post, for Sunday's article on Fairfax County considering incorporating as a city. That plan would only change the county's legal status and relationship with Richmond, not any land-use policies. But the reporters, Sandhya Somashekhar and Amy Gardner, confuse the two concepts as the article slides back and forth between news reporting and repeating outdated anti-urban cliches..."
-> According to a June 25th Explorer article, "The De Soto City Council agreed last Thursday that the ban of bicycles on 83rd Street from Kill Creek Road to the east city limits should be lifted. The ban on the stretch of road was put in place in the late 1990s because the road was thought to be too narrow and hilly to be safe for bike riders.
"However, the council agreed the ban should be lifted after Councilwoman Mitra Templin first asked if 82nd Street could be made a bike route. In the discussion that followed, Templin and other council members noted there had never been a vehicle-bicycle accident on the section of 83rd Street. It was agreed city staff should bring back an ordinance lifting the ban..."
Via Kansas Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/nlybdp
-> According to an article in the July issue of Travel + Leisure, "The humble bicycle has been seeing a resurgence with commuters and city dwellers around the world. From Amsterdam to Perth, Australia, people bank on the premise of bicycles as low polluting, cost effective, and a healthy way to move about. They're also faster than cars in many cities...
"For travelers, bikes offer an intimate way to see a city. You can coast along a canal in Amsterdam, or pedal uphill for arguably the best view in Montreal on the twisting road in Parc du Mont-Royal. In Paris, grab one of the 20,000 vehicles available at the Velib bike-rental stations around the city, which rent for less than $1.50 an hour. Checkout stations around the metropolis -- more than 1,000 in all—put a bike close by at all times...
"From the U.S. to Australia, across Europe and down in South America, people are choosing pedals instead of a car as the most efficient means to get around. So whether your plans include seeing the world on two wheels or just getting across town, read on for our list of the world's best biking cities and our tips on where to rent..."
The magazine's list of the top 10 bicycling cities include: Copenhagen, Portland (OR), Munich, Montreal, Perth, Amsterdam, Seattle, Paris, Minneapolis, and Bogota.
-> According to a KXII-TV story, "Denison city officials say they want to be sure that students have a safer walking route to school in the fall. They are applying for assistance through Texas D.O.T. for the safe routes to school program and they have to have as much information about the conditions around the schools that make it dangerous for children. Rita Kotey has the story. 'The children are either walking in wet grass or they are walking in the street and both those situations aren't good,' Tom Speakman said.
"Denison community development director Tom Speakman says for the next school year wants to make sure that students have a safer way to get to school. Two years ago the city received ten thousand dollars from Tx D.O.T. through the safe routes to school program to research which areas desperately need sidewalks. Three campuses were selected; Terrell elementary, Mayes elementary and B.McDaniel middle school. 'We generated maps to show where the children were walking from to the campuses and that all made up the plan,' Speakman said..."
-> According to July 6th article in the Political Environment, "The activists in Waukesha and Washington Counties known as the Highway J Coalition have a federal court hearing Wednesday where grievances against the way highway expansion in our area has been allowed to play out.
"Highway J runs north for about 15 miles from I-94, right past the front door, appropriately, of the offices of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission -- where about a decade ago, planners overrode petitions signed by 7,000 residents and gave the state Department of Transportation the go-ahead to widen Highway J/164 to four-lanes from two..."
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-> 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>
-> 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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