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#232 Wednesday, July 22, 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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----- President Touts "Smart, Sustainable Development"
----- Blue Cross, NCBW Offer Train-The-Trainer Course
----- T.A. Reports on New York City's Traffic Enforcement
----- Topeka (KS) Complete Streets Pep Rally
----- Mayor Vetoes Plan Money, Advocates Start Raising Funds
----- MI Smart Commute Site Helps People Change Habits
----- Wisconsin Adopts Complete Streets Law
----- RTC Goes to Bat for Railbanking...Again
----- Seattle, Cascade Bicycle Club Sued over Trail Plans
----- MA Safe Routes Program Offers Summer Programs
----- SCBC's "Safe Routes" Launches Family Rides Series
----- Webinar: Parent Attitudes & Student Travel
----- Sharon D. Banks Award Nominations Due 8/31/09
----- "Trips for Kids" Opens 68th Chapter In Wisconsin
----- Learn to Conduct Bike & Ped Counts, Surveys
----- Colorado Counties Seek Authority to Ban Bikes
----- NHTSA: Drunk Driving Down, Drugged Driving Up
----- Livablestreets Applauds Massachusetts Trans Bill
----- Parents Lack Confidence to Change Kids' Behavior
----- Alliance, Planet Bike Grant Goes to Miami Group
----- Boston Region MPO Interactive Bike/Ped Database Online

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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------ In Health Bill, Billions for Parks, Paths
------ Biking and Walking: Our Secret Weapon?
------ Drivers, Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks
------ North Carolina DOT Adopts Complete Streets Policy
------ New Haven (CT) Deadly Intersection "Repaired"
------ Researchers: Higher Speed Limits Cost Lives
------ American Drivers: Learn to Love The Roundabout
------ Van Driver Kills 21-yr-old Ocean City Pedestrian
------ Feds Withheld Distracted Driving Risk Data
------ Childhood Obesity Hospitalizations Nearly Double
------ Peeling Back Seoul's Pavement Exposes Watery Havens

FEATURES

PRESIDENT TOUTS "SMART, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT"

-> According to the July 14th edition of Fast Lane, the Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, "'For too long, federal policy has actually encouraged sprawl and congestion and pollution, rather than quality public transportation and smart, sustainable development.'

"Those are the words of President Barack Obama at yesterday's urban affairs summit. Among other topics, the President talked about the 3-agency livable community partnership between DOT, HUD, and the EPA as part of his 'new, imaginative, bold vision,' for the nation's cities. 'Housing, transportation, energy efficiency -- these things aren't mutually exclusive; they go hand in hand.'

"As he indicated, we are taking a hard look at urban practices around the country to identify best practices in housing, transportation, and sustainability..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n399m7

BLUE CROSS, NCBW OFFER TRAIN-THE-TRAINER COURSE

-> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is hosting a statewide conference in Minneapolis on September 1-2 to build momentum and share expertise for creating a more active Minnesota. Community leaders and professional staff will share examples of policies and programs that have been successful in increasing walking and biking.

Immediately after the conference, NCBW, Blue Cross, and the Minnesota Department of Health will offer a one-day train-the-trainer workshop on how communities can begin to build and then maintain momentum to sustain active living initiatives.

For more information about the conference, visit: http://tinyurl.com/m2lm56
For more information about the workkshop, visit: http://tinyurl.com/mrd94e

T.A. REPORTS ON NEW YORK CITY'S TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT

-> A recently released Transportation Alternatives report, "Executive Order: A Mayoral Strategy for Traffic Safety," made these points (and many more):

"- The likelihood of getting a ticket for speeding in New York City is less than
1 in 12,698;
- A driver could speed every day and get ticketed only once every 35 years;
- Despite the extensive system of 100 red light cameras in New York City, police and cameras catch only 1 out of every 438 red light runners
- New York City's 100 red light cameras were responsible for 95.5% of the red light summons issued in 2007
- The likelihood of being ticketed for failure to yield, the number two cause of crashes in NYC, is less than 1 in 579,983
- A driver could fail to yield every day and get ticketed only once every 1,589 years
- While the number of fatalities caused by drivers failing to yield rose 26 percent between 2005 and 2007, the number of summons issued for failure to yield decreased 12 percent during that period
- While the number of fatalities caused by speeding rose 11 percent between 2001 and 2006, the number of summons issued for speeding actually dropped 22 percent during that period..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/njcw3w

TOPEKA (KS) COMPLETE STREETS PEP RALLY

-> According to the July National Complete Streets Coalition newsletter, "Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods (HHN), a coalition of Topeka and Shawnee County citizens and organizations, hosted a Complete Streets Pep Rally on Wednesday, June 24, after two days of workshops and community meetings with elected officials, decision makers, and advocates. Complete Streets instructors Michael Moule and Dom Nozzi, brought to town by HHN, spoke about the benefits of a complete streets policy in Topeka. They were also part of a 1/2-hour television special to be aired during prime time in Topeka. HHN has submitted a series of blog posts explaining complete streets to the Capital-Journal. The City is already looking to develop a bikeway plan as a next step in complete streets..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/m4p8ak

MAYOR VETOES PLAN MONEY, ADVOCATES START RAISING FUNDS

According to a July 20th Capital-Journal article, "In the wake of Mayor Bill Bunten's veto of a $15,000 city expenditure to develop a bikeway master plan for Topeka, a local group is seeking to raise that money through donations -- $5 at a time. The Complete Streets initiative of the Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods coalition recently announced it was kicking off '$5 to Override,' a grassroots campaign to raise $15,000 to give to the city to cover its costs to hire a planning consultant to develop a bikeway master plan for Topeka..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nk4kxm
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Title: "Group raising bikeway funds"
Author: Tim Hrenchir

MI SMART COMMUTE SITE HELPS PEOPLE CHANGE HABITS

-> A new Michigan web resource has arrived on the scene, complete with tools, information and inspiration to help community leaders encourage residents to 'Smart Commute' (walk, bike, carpool, or use public transit). Created by the Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, and GreenLite Web Solutions, the MI Smart Commute site offers step-by-step instructions for creating a successful Smart Commute event to show how easy it is to save money, think green, and get fit by using alternative transportation. The user-friendly tools, developed by seasoned Smart Commute coordinators, make it easy for communities to join the movement towards creating a healthier Michigan."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/nn7byo

WISCONSIN ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS LAW

-> According to the July 15th Complete Streets News, "When Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle approved the state's budget, he also made complete streets a state law. Language in the budget, inserted by Senate President Fred Risser (D-26, Madison), creates a new section of the state statutes, directing Wisconsin DOT to include 'bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in all new...construction and reconstruction projects funded in whole or in part from state funds or federal funds.'*

"Though it does not include public transportation as a specific mode or address the needs of older adults and those with disabilities, the law does have a limited number of exceptions to the policy that must be approved by the secretary of transportation or a designee of the secretary. The language is one of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin's legislative accomplishments this year."

* Creation of statutes through budget approval is a common process in Wisconsin.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nzhhzs

RTC GOES TO BAT FOR RAILBANKING...AGAIN

-> According to the July 9th issue of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Rail-Trail eNews, "As railroad service became less profitable in the 1960s and '70s, thousands of miles of rail corridor fell out of use. In response to concerns about how to protect these rail beds, the U.S. Congress amended the National Trails System Act (NTSA) in 1983 to include a railbanking law (Section 8(d)). Railbanking allows an out-of-use railroad corridor to be converted for interim trail use, thereby preserving the corridor until such time as rail service is deemed feasible or necessary again. Railbanking not only allows the construction of trails for public use, but it preserves these scenic corridors—and the incredible initial investment and labor of building them—for posterity.

"Soon after the NTSA was passed, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) was founded to aid in the railbanking process and provide technical assistance to communities across the country. RTC has defended railbanking from legislative attacks on numerous occasions, including testifying at a 2006 congressional hearing. Most recently, on July 8, 2009, the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) held a hearing, titled 'Twenty-Five Years of Rail Banking: A Review and Look Ahead.' Marianne Fowler, RTC's senior vice president of federal relations, testified at the hearing. Supported by a beautiful scrolling slideshow of rail-trails around the country (viewable in the hearing video), Fowler defended the significant benefits railbanking has already produced, and she stressed the need for more to be done to preserve future corridors through railbanking..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ryr2r5

SEATTLE, CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB SUED OVER TRAIL PLANS

-> According to the July 16th Braking News, "Cascade Bicycle Club and the City of Seattle are being sued by a coalition of Ballard industrial businesses, industrial associations and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. The lawsuit appeals the city's plans to complete the 'Missing Link' of the Burke-Gilman Trail, a project that would improve traffic management and allow for improved safety and access for all users -- pedestrians, bicycles, cars and trucks -- through the corridor.

"We are deeply disappointed that the suit has been filed, especially given that the prior decision was unequivocally in our favor. In these times of economic turmoil, it's disappointing that the Ballard Chamber of Commerce will waste its members' dues, while improved safety and access in the community are once again stalled.

"The appeal process will also likely cost Cascade tens of thousands of dollars, but we will not give up this battle for safety and access for all. Your financial contributions will help make a dent in those legal fees."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mqo6cv

MA SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM OFFERS SUMMER PROGRAMS

-> According to the July MassRIDES Newsletter, "The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is offering summer programs for SRTS partner school communities. 'Stepping Out for Summer' is a free program designed for elementary school students attending community summer programs. Through a variety of fun, interactive activities, the program engages and educates participants on the health and environmental benefits of walking and bicycling as transportation options and also reviews important pedestrian and bicycle safety skills.

"These 45 minute sessions are designed for groups of up to 30 children. Participants receive educational materials and rewards to reinforce safety skills and encourage increased physical activity. Safe Routes to School outreach staff can also assist in the organization of Weekly Walking Clubs or Step Challenges for school children and families in your community..." 

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/kj2c9r

SCBC'S "SAFE ROUTES" LAUNCHES FAMILY RIDES SERIES

-> According to the July 13th Sonoma County [California] Bicycle Coalition e-Update, "On Saturday, July 18th, the SCBC and the Sebastopol Safe Routes to School program will be leading the first official bicycle ride in the 'Sebastopol Family Rides' series. We'll meet at the West County Revolution Bicycle Shop (6731 Sebastopol Rd.) parking lot at 9:30 am and return to the same location by approximately 1pm.

"We will ride out on the West County Trail to Forestville and back, a round trip of about 14 miles. Please bring a bag lunch, plenty of water, and children/teens must wear helmets (helmets strongly recommended for adults as well)! Children (ages 10 and up) and parents are welcome. If child/teen is not accompanied by parent, a waiver must be filled out (waivers will be available the morning of the ride). We will have a picnic lunch, plenty of fun and no one will be left behind!"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mgtqhb

WEBINAR: PARENT ATTITUDES & STUDENT TRAVEL

-> A July 15th America Walks news release asks, "Have you ever wondered what influences parents' decisions to encourage or allow their children to walk or bike to school? Well, in this 60 minute webinar, Austin Brown from the National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) will provide some answers. Using data from the Parent Survey and Student Travel Forms submitted to the NCSRTS by local SRTS programs throughout the country, Mr. Brown will examine parent decisions to allow their children to walk or bicycle to school and the travel modes (walk, bike, school bus, family vehicle, carpool, transit or other) students use for making the trip.

"By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of the factors that influence parents' school travel decisions, as well as, a better understanding of the number of students traveling to school by various travel modes for new and existing SRTS programs. The parent attitude data and student travel numbers can help SRTS practitioners set realistic and achievable objectives for their local programs.  Mr. Brown will also provide an overview for the process you can use to submit data to the NCSRTS and the reports you will receive in return."

Date: August 25th (2pm ET)
For more info, contact Michelle Gulley, at <mgulley@americawalks.org>
To register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/npewha

SHARON D. BANKS AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE 8/31/09

-> According to the July 21st TRB E-Newsletter, "The Transportation Research Board is seeking nominations for the Sharon D. Banks Award for Innovative Leadership in Transportation. This TRB award, which recognizes excellence in people-oriented initiatives throughout transportation, was inaugurated in 2002, and it may be presented biennially. The next presentation of the award will be made during the Chairman's Luncheon on January 13, 2010, during the TRB 89th Annual Meeting."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lf26kp

"TRIPS FOR KIDS" OPENS 68TH CHAPTER IN WISCONSIN

-> According to a July 15th Bicycle Newswire article, "Trips for Kids (TFK), a non-profit organization that uses mountain biking trips to promote self-confidence and environmental awareness among disadvantaged youth, today announced the establishment of its 68th chapter in Ladysmith, Wisconsin in conjunction with the Ladysmith-Hawkins School District. The Trips for Kids Ladysmith Chapter will serve the district's disadvantaged youth.

"'Working directly with a school district enables a chapter to connect immediately with kids who can benefit from the program. It also instantly establishes Trips for Kids as a community-based youth development resource,' says Marilyn Price, TFK founder and director. Price continued, 'Since bicycles and kids are a natural match, young people can be more open to learning when bikes are involved. An ultimate goal would be to integrate bicycling into the physical education departments of schools throughout the country.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/kmmx5k

LEARN TO CONDUCT BIKE & PED COUNTS, SURVEYS

-> According to the July Alta Update!, "As part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Project [sponsored by Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers], communities can now learn how to conduct bicycle and pedestrian counts and surveys. The National Bicycle and Pedestrian effort provides a consistent model of data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals.

"The first course will be held in early August in Kansas City, Missouri. Attendees will be eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance credits. The course is being sponsored by the Mid-America Regional Council, Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization, and St. Joseph Area Transportation Study Organization..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mnvb5t or contact Lauren Ledbetter at <laurenledbetter@altaplanning.com>.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5a3njy

COLORADO COUNTIES SEEK AUTHORITY TO BAN BIKES

-> According to the July 16th Bicycle Colorado eNews, "County commissioners in Jefferson County announced that they are asking for statewide legislation that would let counties ban bicyclists from county roads of their choice, according to an article in the Columbine Courier.* Local advocacy group Bike Jeffco requested and received a draft of the legislation from the County verifying this is the case.

"If such legislation were to pass, county roads anywhere in the state could be closed to bicyclists, including critical cycling routes like Deer Creek Canyon in Jefferson County, Swan Mountain Road in Summit County, Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County, and many more across the state..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l9l2jh

* Columbine Courier article: http://tinyurl.com/luklyc

NHTSA: DRUNK DRIVING DOWN, DRUGGED DRIVING UP

-> According to a July 13th U.S. Dept. of Transportation news release, "A new roadside survey by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms a continuing decline in the percentage of legally intoxicated drivers. In 1973, 7.5 percent of drivers had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In the latest survey, that figure had fallen to 2.2 percent. A BAC of .08 or higher is now above the legal limit in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"Previous roadside surveys conducted by NHTSA have measured only alcohol. But the 2007 survey used new screening techniques that detected other substances as well and in the future may help show the extent of drug impairment among drivers. The survey found 16.3 percent of nighttime weekend drivers were drug positive. The survey focused on weekend nighttime drivers and found that the drugs used most commonly by drivers were: marijuana (8.6 percent); cocaine (3.9 percent); and over-the-counter and prescription drugs (3.9 percent).

"Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he is concerned about the prevalence of drivers who use drugs, and we should continue to fight against all impaired drivers. 'I'm pleased to see that our battle against drunk driving is succeeding,' said Secretary LaHood. 'However, alcohol still kills 13,000 people a year on our roads and we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to prevent drunk driving.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nf2v8a

LIVABLESTREETS APPLAUDS MASSACHUSETTS TRANS BILL

-> According to an article in the LivableStreets Alliance's July StreetLife newsletter, "One section of the newly passed Transportation Reform Act creates a 'Healthy Transportation Compact' under the joint leadership of the Secretaries of Transportation and Health & Human Services. Along with the requirement that the new office of transportation planning focus on creating a sustainable, multi-modal, environmentally protective transportation system, the Compact seeks 'positive health outcomes through the coordination of land use, transportation and public health policy.'

"While this promising language will only be as meaningful as the political will to implement it, in a statement issued by the Massachusetts Public Health Association, LivableStreets Alliance Board member, Steven E. Miller stated, 'This legislation represents a historic shift in how Massachusetts thinks about transportation. For the first time, public health, environmental protection, energy conservation, and quality of life issues are being recognized as important as car speed.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/knuoox

PARENTS LACK CONFIDENCE TO CHANGE KIDS' BEHAVIOR

-> According to the July 10th RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest, "A study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests that parents often lack confidence in implementing and enforcing the behavior changes necessary to reduce their child's risk of obesity, Reuters reports. To assess how parental confidence influences efforts to change children's unhealthy behaviors, researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston surveyed 446 parents of overweight children ages 2 to 12 about how confident they felt in making changes aimed at limiting television viewing, reducing consumption of fast food and sugar-laden beverages and modifying other unhealthy behaviors. The researchers found that, on a scale of 0 to 24, the mean parental confidence score was 13. According to the data, parents were least confident in their ability to remove a TV from their child's room, to limit TV watching and to change the family's eating patterns..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lylxfv

ALLIANCE, PLANET BIKE GRANT GOES TO MIAMI GROUP

-> According to a July 15th news release, "The Alliance for Biking & Walking has awarded a $30,000 matching grant to Miami-based Green Mobility Network. The grant was made possible by Planet Bike and is the first in a series of special grassroots bicycle advocacy grants to be given by Planet Bike in 2009.

"Green Mobility Network is a young non-profit with the mission to make Miami-Dade County a healthier, more livable community by promoting bicycling, running, and walking for daily transportation, leisure, and fitness. In its short history, Green Mobility Network has been a key leader in Miami's efforts to improve conditions for bicyclist and pedestrians by crafting the city's first bicycle master plan, orchestrating six successful 'Bike Miami Days,' and beginning the development of a Safe Routes to School initiative.

"The grant will help fund Green Mobility Network's 'Complete the M-Path' campaign. The Mobility Path, or M-Path, is Miami-Dade County's most important multi-use path. Currently, however, there exists a 1.25 mile 'Dadeland Gap' which prevents bicyclists and pedestrians from safely and easily connecting with the area's wider network of paths. Once the goal of closing the gap is realized, there will exist a seamless 30-mile bicycle-pedestrian corridor running from downtown Miami to the county's southern border..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mwan8q

BOSTON REGION MPO INTERACTIVE BIKE/PED DATABASE ONLINE

-> According to a June 30th news release, "The MPO, with the help of numerous volunteers, has been conducting and coordinating counts of people who are bicycling, walking, jogging, skating, using wheelchairs, and pushing baby carriages -- everyone moving on land without motor vehicles—since the 1970s. This information is now accessible on an online database that contains approximately 500 counts that were done on both trails and streets.

"This database can help address questions, including: What are seasonal variations in our region? How have volumes changed through the years? How many people are using the trails that have been built? What are the most popular bicycle commuting routes? This database establishes a baseline that can help to better accommodate the needs of users in the future, and it can be analyzed in light of crash data to help pinpoint areas that may require changes to improve safety.

"The database may be accessed interactively on the Bicycle Pedestrian page of the MPO's website (http://tinyurl.com/qu655h). Once you have selected a set of counts, for example, 'Coolidge Corner' or the 'Minuteman,' you can view a detailed report of these counts in your Web browser or download the data to your computer."

Comments or questions? Contact Cathy Buckley or Sean Pfalzer at <peoplecount@bostonmpo.org> or (617) 973-7100.

 


QUOTES R US


-> "Despite widespread appeal of driver education, scientific evaluations indicate that it does not produce safer drivers; that is, drivers less likely to be in crashes than comparable drivers without formal training."
-- "Evaluating Driver Education," Traffic Safety Facts #367
http://tinyurl.com/r2trcn

Via CERS Rural Safety News, http://tinyurl.com/mul9jk

 


IN THE NEWS

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IN HEALTH BILL, BILLIONS FOR PARKS, PATHS

-> According to a July 9th Boston Globe article, "Sweeping healthcare legislation working its way through Congress is more than an effort to provide insurance to millions of Americans without coverage. Tucked within is a provision that could provide billions of dollars for walking paths, streetlights, jungle gyms, and even farmers' markets. The add-ons -- characterized as part of a broad effort to improve the nation's health 'infrastructure' -- appear in House and Senate versions of the bill.

"Critics argue the provision is a thinly disguised effort to insert pork-barrel spending into a bill that has been widely portrayed to the public as dealing with expanding health coverage and cutting medical costs. A leading critic, Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, ridicules the local projects, asking: 'How can Democrats justify the wasteful spending in this bill?'

"But advocates, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, defend the proposed spending as a necessary way to promote healthier lives and, in the long run, cut medical costs. 'These are not public works grants; they are community transformation grants,' said Anthony Coley, a spokesman for Kennedy, chairman of the Senate health committee whose healthcare bill includes the projects. 'If improving the lighting in a playground or clearing a walking path or a bike path or restoring a park are determined as needed by a community to create more opportunities for physical activity, we should not prohibit this from happening,' Coley said in a statement..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/m7og8k
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Title: "In health bill, billions for parks, paths"
Author: Michael Kranish

Via the July 17th RWJF News Digest: Childhood Obesity: http://tinyurl.com/mah54v

BIKING AND WALKING: OUR SECRET WEAPON?

-> In a July 20th National Cities Weekly article, Neal Peirce wrote, "More fitness. America's obesity epidemic curbed. Less gasoline burned, fewer carbon emissions, safer streets, improved access to public transit. Those are just some of the reasons why biking and walking proponents say it's time for the federal government to focus less on new and expanded highways, and far more on safe pathways and 'complete streets' for our towns and cities.

"Right now there's a shadow over all transportation funding as gas taxes diminish, the Highway Trust Fund sputters on empty, and reauthorization of the overall federal support program almost assuredly faces a year's postponement. But maybe the pause is time to debate: Why shouldn't we seriously consider federal support for sidewalk widenings and new pathways for city dwellers and suburbanites?

"Congressional Republicans seem to have few doubts about the answer. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia have joked about the government's existing $833 million a year for pedestrian and bike facilities and protecting historic neighborhoods. They'd ax the program altogether. But even when Republicans firmly held Congress, the House in 2003 voted overwhelmingly, 327-90, to keep the transportation enhancements program in place. Today, arguably, the case is even more compelling. A top new argument: obesity..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l49des
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Title: "Biking And Walking: Our Secret Weapon?"
Author: Neal Peirce

DRIVERS, LEGISLATORS DISMISS CELLPHONE RISKS

-> According to a July 19th New York Times article, "Extensive research shows the dangers of distracted driving. Studies say that drivers using phones are four times as likely to cause a crash as other drivers, and the likelihood that they will crash is equal to that of someone with a .08 percent blood alcohol level, the point at which drivers are generally considered intoxicated. Research also shows that hands-free devices do not eliminate the risks, and may worsen them by suggesting that the behavior is safe. A 2003 Harvard study estimated that cellphone distractions caused 2,600 traffic deaths every year, and 330,000 accidents that result in moderate or severe injuries.

"Yet Americans have largely ignored that research. Instead, they increasingly use phones, navigation devices and even laptops to turn their cars into mobile offices, chat rooms and entertainment centers, making roads more dangerous. A disconnect between perception and reality worsens the problem. New studies show that drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it. Device makers and auto companies acknowledge the risks of multitasking behind the wheel, but they aggressively develop and market gadgets that cause distractions. Police in almost half of all states make no attempt to gather data on the problem. They are not required to ask drivers who cause accidents whether they were distracted by a phone or other device. Even when officers do ask, some drivers are not forthcoming..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mppodc
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Title: "Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks"
Author: Matt Richtel

NORTH CAROLINA DOT ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

-> According to a July 14thg Wilmington Star-News article, "Last week the state Board of Transportation voted to adopt a new policy officially calling for consideration of travelers other than vehicle drivers when designing roads.

"The board on Thursday unanimously approved its Complete Streets policy, which directs the state Department of Transportation to consider accommodating several modes of transportation when building new projects or making improvements to existing infrastructure.

"According to a news release from the department: 'In the past, the department had no set policy instructing staff to think about alternative forms of transportation when planning projects. Although some engineers did add resources for pedestrians, bicyclists and those who take public transportation to their designs, it was not a requirement..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mo2tgs
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Title: "New NCDOT policy considers bikers, pedestrians"
Author: Stacie Greene Hidek

NEW HAVEN (CT) DEADLY INTERSECTION "REPAIRED"

-> According to a July 20th Independent article, "Mike Gaipa admitted he came by to sunbathe and check out women. Kim Nguyen, a third-year medical student, wanted to honor Mila Rainoff. They ended up painting side by side helping to beautify an intersection near the medical school and make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. They were among 25 people who painted large blue and green elm leaves at Cedar and York streets right in front of Yale-New Haven Hospital on a sun-filled Sunday afternoon. It was the city's first-ever grassroots 'intersection repair.'

"It took place a block away from South Frontage and York, the intersection where a driver struck and killed Yale Medical School student Mila Rainoff last year, helping to set in motion a citywide 'traffic-calming' movement. Even before Rainoff's death, said Erica Mintzer, 'everyone had their story of how horrible the intersection was.' Mintzer was one year behind Rainoff in medical school. She's a principal with the Yale Medical Traffic Safety Group, which organized the intersection repair event..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lnzkrc
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Title: "Intersection 'Repaired' Where Mila Died"
Author: Allan Appel

RESEARCHERS: HIGHER SPEED LIMITS COST LIVES

-> According to a July 18th ScienceDaily article, "The repeal of the federal speed control law in 1995 has resulted in an increase in road fatalities and injuries, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

"The research is published in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health. It is the first long-term study to evaluate the impact of repealing the National Maximum Speed Law on road fatalities and injuries in fatal crashes between 1995 and 2005...

"'The primary finding of our study was that over the 10-year period following the repeal of National Maximum Speed Law, there were approximately 12,500 deaths due to the increased speed limits across the U.S.,' said [Lee Friedman, assistant research professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at UIC and lead author of the study]..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l4wwuz
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Title: "Higher Speed Limits Cost Lives, Researchers Find"
Author: Staff

AMERICAN DRIVERS: LEARN TO LOVE THE ROUNDABOUT

-> According to a July 20th Slate article, "Here is a narrative that has been playing out over the last several years in any number of American towns: Traffic engineers notice that a particular intersection has a crash problem or is moving traffic inefficiently. After a period of study, the engineers propose a roundabout. The engineers, armed with drawings and PowerPoint slides, visit a community meeting.

"They try to explain the benefits of their proposed design in clear language, though they may occasionally drop phrases like entry path overlap or inscribed circle diameter. Townspeople raise concerns. Roundabouts are not safe, they say. They are confusing. They are bad for pedestrians. They will hurt local businesses. They are more expensive than traditional solutions.

"The local newspaper reports this, adding some man-in-the-street comments from 'area drivers,' who profess not to like roundabouts, even making dark references to 'circles of death.' Then, the roundabout is built, the safety record improves, traffic congestion doesn't seem any worse than before, and the complaints begin to fade faster than white thermoplastic lane markings in the heat of summer..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nrg7uz
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Title: "Don't Be So Square"
Author: Tom Vanderbilt

VAN DRIVER KILLS 21-YR-OLD OCEAN CITY PEDESTRIAN

-> According to a July 20th Cape May County Herald article, "Casey Feldman, 21, of Springfield, Pa., was struck by a van driven by Anthony Lomonaco, 58, of Cape May Court House, while crossing 14th street on Friday, July 17 at 4:54 p.m. Feldman later died from her injuries at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, according to police. Feldman was a student journalist at Fordham University, in New York City and news editor of The Observer, the Lincoln Center student newspaper...

"Feldman was a communications major who graduated from Springfield High School in Pennsylvania. Last month she was named a finalist for the 2009 Chandler Award for Student Writer of the Year in Religion by the Religion Newswriters Association. She served as The Observer's news editor during the 2008-2009 school year, and was planning to do so again during her senior year, according to the University statement. The incident is currently under investigation by the Ocean City Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office Fatal Crash Investigative Unit..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/oswjc6
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Title: "O.C. Pedestrian Killed was Student Journalist at Fordham University"
Author: Harry B. Scheeler Jr.

FEDS WITHHELD DISTRACTED DRIVING RISK DATA

-> According to a July 20th New York Times article, "In 2003, researchers at a federal agency proposed a long-term study of 10,000 drivers to assess the safety risk posed by cellphone use behind the wheel. They sought the study based on evidence that such multitasking was a serious and growing threat on America's roadways.

"But such an ambitious study never happened. And the researchers' agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, decided not to make public hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the use of phones by drivers -- in part, officials say, because of concerns about angering Congress.

"On Tuesday, the full body of research is being made public for the first time by two consumer advocacy groups, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the documents. The Center for Auto Safety and Public Citizen provided a copy to The New York Times, which is publishing the documents on its Web site..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lju685
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Title: "U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving"
Author: Matt Richtel

CHILDHOOD OBESITY HOSPITALIZATIONS NEARLY DOUBLE

-> According to a July 9th USAToday article, "The hospitalization of heavy children has skyrocketed in recent years, a study shows. The number of hospitalizations of kids and teens, ages 2 to 19, with a primary or secondary diagnosis of obesity nearly doubled between 1999 and 2005, climbing from 21,743 to 42,429, according to a study published Thursday on the Health Affairs website.

"These were stays for obesity-related conditions such as asthma, diabetes, gallbladder disease, pneumonia, skin infections, pregnancy complications, depression and other mental disorders. The estimated costs for these hospitalizations increased from almost $126 million in 2001 to almost $238 million in 2005. This cost for Medicaid rose from $53.6 million in 2001 to about $118 million in 2005..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lu2282
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Title: "Study: Hospitalizations related to childhood obesity nearly double"
Author: Nanci Hellmich

Via the July 17th RWJF News Digest: Childhood Obesity http://tinyurl.com/n5eazj

PEELING BACK SEOUL'S PAVEMENT EXPOSES WATERY HAVENS

-> According to a July 16th New York Times article, "For half a century, a dark tunnel of crumbling concrete encased more than three miles of a placid stream bisecting this bustling city. The waterway had been a centerpiece of Seoul since a king of the Choson Dynasty selected the new capital 600 years ago, enticed by the graceful meandering of the stream and its 23 tributaries. But in the industrial era after the Korean War, the stream, by then a rank open sewer, was entombed by pavement and forgotten beneath a lacework of elevated expressways as the city’s population swelled toward 10 million.

"Today, after a $384 million recovery project, the stream, called Cheonggyecheon, is liberated from its dank sheath and burbles between reedy banks. Picnickers cool their bare feet in its filtered water, and carp swim in its tranquil pools. The restoration of the Cheonggyecheon is part of an expanding environmental effort in cities around the world to 'daylight' rivers and streams by peeling back pavement that was built to bolster commerce and serve automobile traffic decades ago..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n7jxfp
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Title: "Peeling Back Pavement to Expose Watery Havens"
Author: Andrew Revkin

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

A TALE OF TWO UK SCHOOLS:

PORTSMOUTH SCHOOL'S CHANGEABLE BIKE BAN REASONS
-> "The parents of 11-year-old Sam O'Shea, who was banned from cycling to his school say they are hoping the government will intervene..."
http://tinyurl.com/mzjmrd

DERBY SCHOOL OFFERS BMX RIDING CLASSES IN P.E.
-> "Sinfin Community School will now include mountain biking, 'cyclo-cross' and BMX riding as part of its PE GCSE from September..."
http://tinyurl.com/ndwq9z


QUICK HITS


DUTCH ECONOMY BENEFITS FROM RECREATIONAL CYCLING

-> "Annually over 50 per cent of the Dutch population (which means over 8.5 million people) make a recreational cycling trip. This results in over 200 million cycling trips of one hour or more and approximately 750 million Euro in expenses en route, reports Stichting Landelijk Fietsplatform..."
http://tinyurl.com/mgh5o5

ACTIVE VIDEO GAMES GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO EXERCISE
-> "Scientists at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have found that playing active video games can be as effective for children as moderate exercise..."
http://tinyurl.com/mdfzx5

STUDY: LAND USE IS ENERGY POLICY
-> "...The study revealed that—surprise!—bigger houses consume 16 percent more energy for heating and 13 percent more for cooling. Detached houses require 54 percent more energy for heating and 26 percent more for cooling. And houses are also bigger in sprawling counties—23 percent bigger than those in more compact counties..."
http://tinyurl.com/msr444

ORTHOREXICS TAKE HEALTHY EATING TO THE EXTREME
-> "In a country where 34% of the population is obese, where 2,500 people die every day of heart disease and more than half a million perish of cancer each year, cultivating an unhealthy focus on healthy eating seems impossible. Yet some are so fixated on purifying their bodies that they make themselves sick in the process. It's a condition known as orthorexia nervosa..."
http://tinyurl.com/mrne9n

WILL BIKE SHARE PROGRAM POWER BUSES, PAY CYCLISTS?
-> Chiyu Chen, a design student at London's Royal College of Art, "has increased the output of a standard Sturmey-Archer dynamo hub (commonly used to power bicycle headlights), set the more powerful dynamo to only kick in when the brake is engaged, and added an ultracapacitor to store the accumulated kinetic energy while the bike's out and about..."
http://tinyurl.com/njwpw6

FRANCE NOT IN FAVOR OF "MEGA-TRUCKS"
-> "A French environmental NGO has launched a petition calling for 'mega-trucks' to be banned from France's roads, following a poll that showed 81% opposition to the longer and heavier lorries."
http://tinyurl.com/mnzhgp

 


RESOURCES

-> "ACTIVE COMMUTING AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK"
Article by Gordon-Larsen, Boone-Heinonen, Sidney, Sternfeld, Jacobs, Lewis; Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 169 No. 13, July 13, 2009. (abstract and link to purchase of full text)
http://tinyurl.com/nqx9n8

-> "DESIGN FLEXIBILITY CONSIDERATIONS FOR..."
"...Built Urban Environments;" NCHRP Research Results Digest 337. June 2009 (basic information with link to 758kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ny8s4p

-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL—MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE..."
"...Via Small Steps;" by Crowe, Rivas, and Norcross Watts; article in the July/Aug. 2009 Public Roads; FHWA.
http://tinyurl.com/kmkgzp

-> "INTERNATIONAL SCAN SUMMARY REPORT ON PEDESTRIAN..."
"...and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility; The International Technology Scanning Program; sponsored by FHWA, AASHTO, NCHRP. June 24, 2009 (1.4mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/mgryz5

-> "CYCLECRAFT - NORTH AMERICAN EDITION"
A guide to "safe and enjoyable cycling for adults and children;" by John Franklin; endorsed by the League of American Bicyclists and the Canadian Cycling Association. ($32.99 paperback)
http://tinyurl.com/m4owj4

-> "NOVICE DRIVERS' RISKY DRIVING BEHAVIOR, RISK..."
"...Perception, and Crash Risk: Findings From the DRIVE Study;" by Ivers, Senserrick, Boufous, Stevenson, Chen, Woodward, and Norton; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.150367. July 16, 2009 (abstract with links for the whole article)
http://tinyurl.com/l63fft

-> "THE INFLUENCE OF THE VERB CAMPAIGN ON CHILDREN'S..."
"...Physical Activity in 2002 to 2006;" by Huhman, Potter, Nolin, Piesse, Judkins, Banspach, and Wong; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.142968. July 16, 2009 (abstract with links for the whole article)
http://tinyurl.com/ll2eo7

-> "ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH..."
"...Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Collisions in Denver, Colorado; by Sebert Kuhlmann, Brett, Thomas, and Sain; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2007.131961. July 16, 2009 (abstract with links for the whole article)
http://tinyurl.com/mo3xy7

 


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!

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

-> July 30, 2009, BUNCO for Bicycles! Fund raiser to benefit WalkBikeBerks*, PA Walks & Bikes**, and the Breast Cancer 3-Day Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure***.
* http://tinyurl.com/l95yto
** http://tinyurl.com/l429ba
*** http://tinyurl.com/5ey69b

To donate, go to: http://tinyurl.com/krrtuk

-> 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

-> August 28-30, 2009, League Cycling Instructor Seminar, City of Bloomington City Hall, Bloomington, Indiana Info: phone: 812-349-3530, email: <hessr@bloomington.in.gov>
http://tinyurl.com/c4rm6n

-> 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

-> September 20-26, 2009, National Turn Off the TV Week. Info: Center for Screen-Time Awareness, 1200 29th Street, N.W., Lower Level # 1, Washington, DC 20007; phone: (202) 333-9220; fax: (202) 333-9221; email: <cfstaemail@screentime.org>
http://tinyurl.com/d4o6km
Via University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center Notes: http://tinyurl.com/lumv98

-> October 7-9, 2009, 10th Annual Walk21, New York City NY. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/67kk4m

-> October 15-16, 2009, How to Turn a Place Around Course, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces
http://tinyurl.com/57bfkg

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

-> October 18-22, 2009, Land & Water Conservation Fund training, San Antonio, TX. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/lqbf6f

-> 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 5-6-2009, Streets as Places Seminar, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces
http://tinyurl.com/3cgdja

-> 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

-> May 30-June 2, 2010, International Conference on Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists, Jerusalem, Israel. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ny4j7c

-> 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
Reports to: Executive Director

Apply to Elizabeth Kiker at <elizabeth@bikeleague.org> or fax your resume to 202-822-1334.

-> 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


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