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#234 Wednesday, August 19, 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.

SECOND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL CONFERENCE CONVENES

-> The Second Safe Routes to School National Conference is being held this week in Portland, Oregon. The National Center for Bicycling (NCBW) salutes the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for convening this very important conference; as well as all of our associates, community champions and CenterLines activists for bringing SRTS programs to life. This week's edition of CenterLines features articles about Portland, the conference host city and a city that has been at the forefront in creating safe routes to school.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- Dr. Bertini Goes to Washington
----- Special Kids Learn Bicycling
----- Property Values: Walkable vs Auto Neighborhoods
----- Portland Reports Lowest Traffic Fatalities Ever in 2008
----- Bikes Belong Awards $40,000 in Grants
----- Car Free Zones Proposed around Danish Schools
----- HSRC Awards 10 Pedestrian Safety Grants to Local Groups
----- Netherlands, U.S. Took Different Traffic Safety Paths
----- ACA Lands 3 Grants for U.S. Bike Route System
----- Post Office Closures Making Sprawl Worse

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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------ Grant Funds Twin Cities Bike Route Geowiki Expansion
------ NM Health Dept Kicks Off Prescription Trails Pgm
------ New Jersey's NJBIKESCHOOL is Off and Biking!
------ Lansing (MI) Paper: Pass 'Complete Streets' Plan
------ Virginia Groups, State Target Bike/Ped Casualties
------ Tucson (AZ) Bike Sanctuary Honors Fallen Cyclists
------ Joe Bike's Cash for Clunkers Program in Portland (OR) Expands
------ Marin Co. (CA) Streets Get Video Bike Detectors
------ Portland (OR) Getting 15 Miles of New Bike Boulevards

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------ Vigorous Physical Activity vs Cutting Energy Intake
------ Columbia (MO) Study: 25Mph Signs Slow Traffic
------ More Evidence Healthy Living Brings Long Life

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

DR. BERTINI GOES TO WASHINGTON
By Josh Levin, NCBW Bicycle/Pedestrian Planner

-> During the first week of August, Portland State University Professor Rob Bertini was selected to be the deputy administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration. The position, which is housed within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), places Dr. Bertini in charge of 700 employees who are entrusted with the important task of studying everything about our transportation systems.

This appointment may seem like another faceless bureaucrat to many in America, but to transportation professionals this is excellent news. As stated, President Obama seeks to enhance the data gathering and research efforts of the DOT in order to better understand how America moves. The White House could have selected any number of individuals with a data intensive transportation research background. Yet they chose Dr. Bertini for good reason. He has been studying intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and the improvements it can bring to transportation networks.

For the past nine years, Dr. Bertini has been a faculty member of Portland States' College of Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Urban Studies and Planning. As a result of Portland's commitment to multi-model transportation, Dr. Bertini has been afforded the opportunity to study ITS and its integration into Portland's world class transportation network. During his tenure, Dr. Bertini helped establish the Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium. These two research entities have provided PSU and the state of Oregon with valuable transportation data that has made the state a pioneer in multi-model transportation development. While he will be missed at Portland State in the coming years, Dr. Bertini should prove to be a valuable asset to USDOT and, by extension, to all of us.

Disclosure: From 2006-2007 I was a graduate student at Portland State University where I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Bertini guest lecture several of my transportation classes.

SPECIAL KIDS LEARN BICYCLING

-> According to an Aug. 10th CBS Evening News story, "Less than 20 percent of kids with autism and 10 percent of those with down syndrome learn to ride a bike. As Seth Doane reports, an annual camp in Ann Arbor helps these children face their fears..."

See the video here: http://tinyurl.com/mk7ppq

PROPERTY VALUES: WALKABLE VS AUTO NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to an Aug. 18th news release, "Though housing values are still slow to rebound from the collapse of the real estate market, a new analysis from CEOs for Cities reveals that homes in more walkable neighborhoods are worth more than similar homes in less-walkable neighborhoods, pointing to a bright spot in the residential real estate market.

"The report, 'Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Housing Values in U.S. Cities' by Joseph Cortright, analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions in 15 major markets provided by ZipRealty found that in 13 of the 15 markets, higher levels of walkability, as measured by Walk Score, were directly linked to higher home values.

"'Even in a turbulent economy, we know that walkability adds value to residential property just as additional square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms and other amenities do,' said Cortright. 'It's clear that consumers assign a tangible value to the convenience factor of living in more walkable places with access to a variety of destinations.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/kwvzcz
Note: no links to the report yet; watch for it here: http://tinyurl.com/p9cffn

PORTLAND REPORTS LOWEST TRAFFIC FATALITIES EVER IN 2008

-> According to an article in the summer edition of the "Bike/Ped Professional," apbp's member newsletter, "Fewer people died on Portland's (Ore.) roads in 2008 than at any other time in the city's history. In 2008, there were a total of 20 traffic fatalities in the city: 15 motor vehicle occupants, five pedestrians, and zero bicyclists. This is the lowest number of total traffic fatalities for any year on record since 1925.

"Some highlights from the data include:
-- The lowest number of fatalities for motor vehicle occupants on record
-- The lowest number of pedestrian fatalities on record
-- The fifth year in the past decade with zero bicycle fatalities in the City of Portland..."

For the rest of the story, go to: http://tinyurl.com/qf3f62

BIKES BELONG AWARDS $40,000 IN GRANTS

-> According to an Aug. 10th news release, "Bikes Belong awarded grants to five great projects this summer, putting more people on bicycles more often in Arkansas, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, and Wisconsin. Our funding in this round will help build bridges, bike paths, trails, and BMX facilities that will enhance communities, increase ridership, and benefit the bike business. These grants are made possible by Bikes Belong member contributions."

-- Walkway Over the Hudson (NY): $10,000 for a bike/ped bridge that will turn the historic Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge into a linear park and trailway...
-- Friends of the Belmont Community Path (MA): $10,000 to fund a portion of the Mass Central Rail Trail from Brighton to Belmont Center...
-- Delaware Trail Spinners: $10,000 to help build a section of natural-surface trail connecting Middle Run Valley Natural Resource Area and Paper Mill Park...
-- Wilderness Lakes Trails: $5,000 to help Wilderness Lakes Trails to restore and expand a central section of the Agonikak National Recreation Trail (WI)...
-- Harrison Downtown Development & Revitalization Foundation: $5,000 to help build a new BMX facility in their town...

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ovzqz8

CAR FREE ZONES PROPOSED AROUND DANISH SCHOOLS

-> According to an Aug. 10th Copenhavenize.com blog entry, "The Socialist People's Party [SF], the third largest party in the country, have a bold proposal. A so-called 'Safety Package' featuring a series of ideas. In Denmark we have a system where various traffic violations, apart from fines, cost you a clip off your driving license. If you get three clips off your driving license, you lose it.

"The ideas:
- Separated bicycle lanes on all main roads approaching schools.
- A car-free zone, where possible, in a radius of roughly 200 metres around all schools. Where this isn't possible, a no-stopping zone around the schools during school hours. Violation of these laws results in a clip off your driving license.
- A 20 km/h zone in a radius of 500 metres around all schools in Denmark. Break the speed limit at you get a clip off your driving licence.

"It's all so simple. At the moment school zones have a speed limit of 40 km/h. Knocking 20 off of that would be brilliant. Parking 200 metres away from the school and walking the last stretch is hardly time-consuming. As SF's MP Pia Olsen Dyhr says: 'When parents start driving their kids to school, it causes the next wave of parents to do the same because it becomes dangerous for children to cycle or walk to school. It's a vicious circle that needs to be broken.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nhon57

HSRC AWARDS 10 PEDESTRIAN SAFETY GRANTS TO LOCAL GROUPS

-> According to an August 5th news release, ten communities from across the U.S. have received grants from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) to improve pedestrian safety and make their environments more 'walkable.'

Groups in the following communities will each receive $2,000 to implement their plans: Grass Valley, CA; Washington, DC; Fort Lauderdale, FL; New Orleans, LA; Minneapolis, MN; Wabasha, MN; Swannanoa, NC; Columbus, OH; Collegeville, PA; Philadelphia, PA.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/qt24eo

NETHERLANDS, U.S. TOOK DIFFERENT TRAFFIC SAFETY PATHS

-> In an Aug. 7th Project for Public Spaces blog entry, Gary Toth wrote, "30 years ago, the Netherlands, a country about twice in size and in population as New Jersey, was despondent over the high fatality rate on its roads. In the 1970s, 3,200 Dutch died each year in crashes, about 1/4 of them pedestrians. This rate was about 15% higher than it was in the US at the same time. Around the same time, like most countries around the world, the US also decided to do something about highway safety.

"Both the US and the Netherlands endorsed improved technology in cars, driver education and the 1960s 'Forgiving Highway.' The major difference rests in how engineers approached safety in built up areas -- cities, villages and suburbs...The Dutch began to notice that while this worked on the high speed freeways and the low speed residential areas, they still had a problem in their 'built up' areas.

"Recognizing that it is in these areas that they have the biggest conflicts between the purpose of roads for moving people and the value of roads in providing for exchange and access, they began to commit themselves to a different approach. They began designing roads in built up areas that induced motorists to operate their vehicles in ways and at speeds that were appropriate for passage through urbanized areas. The Dutch came to understand that the post-World War II world wide approach to making roads wider, straighter and faster simply doesn't work on local and commercial roads in urbanized areas...

"The American emphasis on safety has led to a reduction in annual fatalities from 44,000 a year in 1975 to 37,000 a year in 2008. This is an accomplishment to be proud of under any circumstance but particularly impressive in light of our population growth over that period. This is a tribute to the engineering and planning profession in our country. During the same period, the Dutch have reduced their fatalities from 3200 to 800. If we calculate out the rate per 1000 people, the Dutch fatality rate is 40% of the American rate. This is remarkable, particularly when one considers that in 1975, their fatality rate was 20% higher than the US rate!..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ray9f5

ACA LANDS 3 GRANTS FOR U.S. BIKE ROUTE SYSTEM

-> According to an Aug. 13th news release, Adventure Cycling Association announced three new grants supporting the organization's work to establish an official United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The grants will enable the group to continue its organizing and cartographic work with federal and state agencies and nonprofits to establish what could become the largest national cycling route network on the planet.

The grants were provided by: the SRAM Cycling Fund ($30,000), established by bike component maker SRAM to support national advocacy efforts; the Surdna Foundation ($15,000), who foster programs that offer solutions in a variety of fields, including the environment, community revitalization, and effective citizenry; and the Lazar Foundation ($10,000), based in Portland, Oregon, and dedicated to funding innovative and strategic projects that protect the environment..."

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

POST OFFICE CLOSURES MAKING SPRAWL WORSE

-> In a July 12th Courant editorial, Tom Condon wrote, "Connecticut and a number of other states have '1,000 Friends' organizations to promote smart growth. Perhaps we now need a national organization, 1 Million Friends of America or some such, to encourage the federal government toward more compact and environmentally sound growth policies.

"The feds, who should be leading the charge against the pollution and energy waste caused by low-density sprawl development, are instead making the problem worse. They've done it by locating federal offices and agencies in the wrong places, and they appear to be doing it again with post office closings.

"The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing 13 post offices in Connecticut as part of a nationwide effort to consolidate and save money. These post offices are not guaranteed to close, but are part of a study to determine whether it makes sense to close them..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n4dy44
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Title: "Feds Should Be Smarter About Closing Post Offices"
Author: Tom Condon

Via Smart Growth News: http://tinyurl.com/ndxox7

 


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

GRANT FUNDS TWIN CITIES BIKE ROUTE GEOWIKI EXPANSION

-> According to a July 28th Minnesota Public Radio story, "An online search engine for the Twin Cities' best bicycle routes received a funding boost this year to partner with local transportation agencies. Cyclopath.org allows users to search for bicycle routes and update the site with their own information about everything from the worst potholes to the most scenic streets. Users enter their starting path and destination, and can then customize their routes based on shortest distance versus 'bikeability' ratings. The Metropolitan Council received a $185,000 grant this year from Transit for Livable Communities to create Cycloplan, an extension to the Web site.

"The grant is part of the Bike Walk Twin Cities initiative, a federally funded program designed to increase bicycling and walking in the metro area. Cycloplan will allow local transportation agencies to seek input from area bicyclists about proposed bicycle trails, construction detours, bicycle facilities, and other changes. Users could draw their own maps on the site and submit them to city planners..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lkrlq2
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Title: "Grant to fund expansion of bike route-planning site"
Author: Madeleine Baran

NM HEALTH DEPT KICKS OFF PRESCRIPTION TRAILS PGM

-> According to an Aug. 7th news release, "The New Mexico Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer Karen Armitage, MD, will join Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, city officials and community members Saturday, Aug. 8 to launch the Prescription Trails Program that promotes healthy lifestyles for families in Santa Fe. The program is designed to increase walking on suggested routes in Santa Fe. Walking can lower people's risk of heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancers and high blood pressure. It can also improve people's mood and sleep, and help with weight loss.

"Health-care providers write tailored walking prescriptions based on their patient's current physical condition to treat and prevent chronic conditions, such as diabetes, depression and high blood pressure. The Department of Health collaborated with the city of Santa Fe, parks and environmental groups and the health community to develop a walking guide that lists 26 parks and open trails by zip code to make it easy for physicians and individuals to find walking options in the city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/oekrom
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/pqk98b

NEW JERSEY'S NJBIKESCHOOL IS OFF AND BIKING!

-> According to a July 7th New Jersey Department of Transportation, "In an effort to improve bicycle safety among New Jersey's fourth to sixth grade students, Commissioner Stephen Dilts today announced the start of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)'s NJBIKESCHOOL program. 'NJBIKESCHOOL is a free, comprehensive bicycle safety program that educates children about sharing the road safely with motor vehicles and pedestrians,' said Commissioner Dilts. NJBIKESCHOOL was developed by Rutgers University's Voorhees Transportation Center and is funded by the Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with NJDOT and the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

The program includes two hours of safety instruction and two hours of on-bike riding instruction. The course is part of NJDOT's Safe Routes to School program and is taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists.
"Ensuring that our children know and observe the rules of the road is essential for safe cycling," said Pam Fischer, director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

According to a July 10th Burlington County Times article, kids attending the township's summer recreation program are taking part in the three-day New Jersey Youth Bicycle Education Pilot Program for fourth- through sixth-graders. As instructor Frank Plunkett of Cherry Hill put it, "We're teaching them things that many cyclists, even adults, don't know or understand,"

According to Leigh Ann Von Hagen, project manager with the Voorhees Center, NJBikeschool instructors are spending the summer going to various camps to fine-tune the program. In the fall, Von Hagen said, she will work with Ocean Township physical education classes to develop the program's classroom element.

Sources: http://tinyurl.com/n49yu6, http://tinyurl.com/nfc6eb, http://tinyurl.com/llvtdg

LANSING (MI) PAPER: PASS 'COMPLETE STREETS' PLAN

-> According to an Aug. 16th State Journal article, "The "complete streets" effort - an energetic campaign to improve quality of life in Lansing - deserves support. An ordinance is before the Lansing City Council now and should be passed...The ordinance before the City Council would require creation of a plan to make the city safer for walkers, bikers and public transit users of all abilities, in addition to accommodating cars and trucks.

"It also urges the city, 'to the extent financially feasible,' to follow the plan when building or re-building roads, such as during the Combined Sewer Overflow project. The ordinance sets a spending target for these improvements -- 5 percent of the city's state Act 51 funds, about $400,000 annually..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/owderl
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Title: "Pass the 'complete streets' ordinance"
Author: Editorial Board

VIRGINIA GROUPS, STATE TARGET BIKE/PED CASUALTIES

-> According to the Aug. 12th BikeWalk Virginia newsletter, "BikeWalk Virginia and Drive Smart Virginia are seeking partners to help increase awareness about smart roadway sharing practices. This program, funded by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, is being launched at a time when far too many Virginians are being injured and dying.

"Just last year 90 people died and over 2300 were injured while biking or walking on Virginia roads. The risk for crashes can be reduced if motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians know the law and follow a set of simple guidelines.

"We are seeking help from businesses, colleges and universities, clubs, local communities, and individuals to help raise awareness to the media and public. Please get involved and help us promote this important information. The program called: 'Respect - We're All on the Road Together' emphasizes key laws and tips for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2awpsu
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/l8k3rk

TUCSON (AZ) BIKE SANCTUARY HONORS FALLEN CYCLISTS

-> According to an Aug. 16th Citizen article, "About 200 people gathered at the sanctuary site at the southwest corner of Main and Davis in Barrio Anita for the inaugural. The 12 by 12 foot steel frame sculpture is dedicated to bicyclists who have been injured or died and stands as the northern gateway to the proposed El Paso and Southwestern Greenway, a six-mile long bicycle and pedestrian path to run on a former railroad corridor from downtown, through South Tucson and to the Kino Sports Center..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/p8wpub
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Title: "Bike Sanctuary Inaugural in Barrio Anita"
Author: Ben McNitt

JOE BIKE SHOP'S CASH FOR CLUNKERS PROGRAM EXPANDS

-> According to the Aug. 14th BikePortland's blog, "On Tuesday, we shared the story of a local bike shop that created its own, Portland-style version of the Obama Administration's Cash for Clunkers program. In a nutshell, Southeast Portland's Joe Bike will accept an old, clunker bike, donate it to charity, and then give customers a discount on purchase of a new bike. Now, Joe Bike owner Joe Doebele has extended the program to include car donations..."

More: http://tinyurl.com/m32e6k

MARIN CO. (CA) STREETS GET VIDEO BIKE DETECTORS

-> According to a recent Marin County Bicycle Coalition Bulletin, "As part of the $25 million federal pilot program, charged with improving the built environment, promoting bicycling and walking, and measuring the results, Marin County has invested $922,000 to install 30 bike sensors at busy traffic intersections throughout the County.

"This project is important for improving safety, because many traffic lights simply don't detect the presence of bicyclists due to the fact that there is not enough metal on the bikes to trigger some traffic signals. At key intersections, video detectors will be installed before the end of this year to fix this problem..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qmwgjg
Watch the CBS5 story here: http://tinyurl.com/rdlwjj

PORTLAND (OR) GETTING 15 MILES OF NEW BIKE BOULEVARDS

-> According to the City of Portland's website, "Portland's Bureau of Transportation is moving forward on implementing 15 'new' miles of bicycle boulevards throughout the City. Streets that are approved for a bicycle boulevard designation will enhance Portland's well-established and heaviest used bicycle boulevards providing additional safe connections and provide a more pleasant, family-friendly place to bicycle, walk and live along..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/m74sgm

 


THE RESEARCH BEAT

VIGOROUS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY VS CUTTING ENERGY INTAKE

-> In a recent letter to the Physical Activity and Public Health On-Line Network, Professor Bernard Gutin, of the University of North Carolina wrote, "Recent evidence suggests that efforts to prevent child obesity are more likely to succeed if they emphasize vigorous physical activity rather than restriction of energy intake.* The key principles are:

"(1) studies of physical activity interventions should use as an outcome measure some index of fatness rather than weight;
"(2) restriction of energy intake is contrary to the biologic needs of growing children; and
"(3) vigorous exercise is more effective than moderate physical activity.

"Because of the time delay between the emergence of new evidence and its actual application, it will take years before we see publications of studies based on these ideas. In the meanwhile, I would be interested in hearing from people who are formulating or implementing interventions that focus on vigorous physical activity rather than restriction of energy intake." Contact: <bernardgutin@yahoo.com>

*See "Child Obesity Can Be Reduced With Vigorous Activity Rather Than Restriction of Energy Intake," Obesity (2008) 16 10, 2193Ð2196. doi:10.1038/oby.2008.348 at http://tinyurl.com/mug54x
For more on the on-line network, go to http://tinyurl.com/cyk97p

COLUMBIA (MO) STUDY: 25MPH SIGNS SLOW TRAFFIC

-> According to an article in the August America Walks e-newsletter, "For many years local residents advocated at City Council for a lower speed limit on a certain street, but staff in the Public Works Department resisted this idea, claiming speed limit reductions have little effect on the actual speed people drive. However, a new study conducted in Columbia shows that people will drive more slowly when 25 mph signs are posted.

"In 2008, University of Missouri researchers studied the impact of new street signs and a neighborhood campaign on traffic speed in the residential neighborhoods of Rothwell Heights and Shepard Boulevard. Their conclusion, presented to City Council on June 15, 2009, showed that lowering speed limits reduced traffic speed by 1 to 6.21 mph..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/r9fy2d

MORE EVIDENCE HEALTHY LIVING BRINGS LONG LIFE

-> According to an Aug. 10th HealthDay article, "People who adopt four healthy behaviors -- never smoking, regular exercise, eating well and maintaining a healthy weight -- can dramatically reduce their likelihood for chronic disease and an early death, a new study confirms. On average, healthy living may cut your odds for heart disease, cancer and diabetes by about 80 percent, the researchers said.

"'We're talking about relatively straightforward behaviors that pretty much everyone knows about already,' said study author Dr. Earl S. Ford, a medical officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'But there's unfortunately a gap between people realizing what's good for them and doing what they might want to do..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/r96ay8
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Title: "More Evidence Healthy Living Brings Long Life"
Author: Alan Mozes

Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/lw562y

 


QUOTES R US


-> "Do kids have a hangout place in your neighborhood? If they don't, they probably won't spend much time there..."
-- Mike Lanza, "Why Kids Need Hangouts, Real-World or Virtual," Aug. 13, 2009 Playborhood article
http://tinyurl.com/oulsj9

-> "Suddenly, everyone -- Automakers, safety advocates, motorists' associations, insurance companies, school officials, trucking industry groups, lawyers for victims, lawyers for drivers, parents of victims, children of victims, law enforcement agencies; newspapers, websites, bloggers, tweeters, newsletters, television networks--is saying the same thing: distracted driving needs to stop..."
-- Ray Lahood, US Secretary of Transportation
http://tinyurl.com/nsrtny

 


STATS R US

-> "While merchants in the four [San Francisco] neighborhoods thought that 72% of their customers 'drove exclusively' to the neighborhood, over 70% of their customers walked, cycled, or took transit..."
-- "Parking Reform for a Livable City"
http://tinyurl.com/mnqojb
Via Bicycle Fixation: http://tinyurl.com/qlkyq5

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BIKE FOR YOUR BURGERS!

-> "Portland area fast food chain Bugerville now offers 'cycle-thru"'service for bicyclists..."
http://tinyurl.com/nwbnz2

 


RESOURCES

-> "UNDERSTANDING EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY"
Article by Brownson, Chriqui, and Stamatakis; American Journal of Public Health 1576-1583, September 2009, Vol 99, No. 9.
http://tinyurl.com/oefr3g

-> "ACCESS TO DESTINATIONS: APPLICATION OF..."
"...Accessibility Measures for Non-Auto Travel Modes;" by Krizek, Iacono, El-Geneidy, Liao, and Johns; for Minnesota DOT; Report no. Mn/DOT 2009-24 1381. July 2009 (general info and link to a 2.2mb pdf))
http://tinyurl.com/p9cu5z
For a related article, go to: http://tinyurl.com/pe52un

-> "REAL TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS FOR..."
"... Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions;" report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. No date (info on the program and a link to the 1.7mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/qn5o9c

-> "APPLYING HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT TO LAND..."
"...Transport Planning;" by Ball, Ward, Thornley, and Quigley; for NZ Transport Agency Research Report 375. (general info and link to a 1.2mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ph5xmu

-> "LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF REPEALING THE NATIONAL MAXIMUM..."
"...Speed Limit in the United States;" article by Friedman, Hedeker, and Richter; American Journal of Public Health 1626-1631, September 2009, Vol 99, No. 9.
http://tinyurl.com/n8e6e2

-> "ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS ASSOCIATED WITH..."
"...Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Collisions in Denver, Colorado;" article by
Sebert Kuhlmann, Brett, Thomas, and Sain; American Journal of Public Health 1632-16637, September 2009, Vol 99, No. 9.
http://tinyurl.com/krz48m

-> "THE IMPACT OF RESIDENTIAL DENSITY ON..."
"Vehicle Usage and Energy Consumption; report by Brownstone & Golob, Univ. of Calif. Sept. 26, 2008 (156kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/pfbv3e
Via Sightline Daily: http://tinyurl.com/mfqc5j

-> "TRANSIT AND CONGESTION PRICING..."
"A Primer;" by Office of Transportation Management, FHWA. April 2009
(4.4mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/qa4l6x
Via AASHTO Journal: http://tinyurl.com/oeg99r

-> "FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS..."
"...FHWA Has Improved Its Risk Management Approach, but Needs to Improve Its Oversight of Project Costs;" by United States Government Accountability Office. July 2009 (786mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/kr2k8m

-> "THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE..."
"...Investments;" by Darren Fluche, League of American Bicyclists. June 2009 (online article)
http://tinyurl.com/ophrw6

-> "SAFE STREETS, LIVABLE STREETS"
Article by Eric Dumbaug, Texas A&M University; Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 71, No. 3, Summer 2005. (5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/nudcnu

 


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!

-> 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 23-26, 2009, National Scenic Byways Conference, Denver, CO. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/l24a3d

-> 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

-> September 24, 2009, BUNCO for Bicycles! Fund raiser to benefit WalkBikeBerks*, and the Breast Cancer 3-Day Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure**.
* http://tinyurl.com/njk4p8
** http://tinyurl.com/5ey69b

-> 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 20-22, 2009, Roundabout Design Workshop, Evanston, IL. Info: Northwestern University Center for Public Safety:
http://tinyurl.com/nka9k7

-> October 22-23, 2009, 58th Illinois Traffic Engineering & Safety Conference, Champaign, IL. Info: Mitzi Greene, phone: (217) 333-2880; fax: (217) 333-9561; email: <trafficsafety@ad.uiuc.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/nm5yyf

-> 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 23-24, 2009, How to Create Successful Markets, New York, NY. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/6omqj9

-> 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

-> October 29-November 1, 2009, Rail-Volution, Boston, MA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/4b87ms

-> 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.
http://tinyurl.com/n3g2e9


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- CITY OF NEW ORLEANS

The transportation planner will perform extensive outreach to residents, business and institutional leaders citywide with a particular focus on potential transportation projects in targeted areas. Potential projects will include public transit, bicycle and pedestrian, and multi-modal projects. The position requires both professional training and experience with an understanding of the interrelationship between transportation, land use, and comprehensive planning. The candidate should be able to serve as project lead, manage multiple assignments, develop scopes of work and project schedules. Outreach will include attending meetings in all parts of the city, coordinating and partnering with other governmental agencies.

The positions require a Masters Degree in planning or other professionally recognized equivalent discipline. At least two years of professional experience is strongly desired. For questions or more information, please e-mail Paul Cramer at pcramer@cityofno.com. To submit a resume, e-mail Yolanda Rodriguez at ywrodriguez@cityofno.com.

The City Planning Commission website is http://tinyurl.com/qy72vw

New Orleans City Planning Commission is in the process of creating a city-wide comprehensive plan. Information about the Master Plan process is available at http://tinyurl.com/r3892z
Post expires August 31, 2009

-> JOB -- COMM. OUTREACH COORDINATOR -- SVBA

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition of California is in the market for a community outreach coordinator. We are looking to hire someone to help with community engagement, advocacy, and outreach experience to work on various projects. An immediate priority will be working on the Diridon Station Area Planning process in San Jose. Work duties will occur in a variety of environments -- the SVBC office, at home, and in the community. This dynamic working environment will provide very fulfilling work for the appropriate candidate.

For the full description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5xbbex

-> JOB -- BALANCED TRANS. MGR -- CITY OF OMAHA (NE)

Planning Department
Balanced Transportation Manager-City Planner III
Salary Range: $65,596.70 to $80,256.02 annual

The City of Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking qualified applicants for an advanced professional position in the City of Omaha Planning Department, with coordination responsibilities with other city departments, elected and administrative officials and community partners such as Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) and Metro Area Transit (MAT). The work involves developing, reviewing and managing the implementation of city and regional master plans, studies and projects to promote the goal of transportation projects and plans that balance and accommodate multiple transportation modes, including private automobiles, public transportation and bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Minimum qualifications: A bachelor's degree in Urban Studies, Economics, Business, Community or Regional Planning, Real Estate, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or Planning Research Methods. Six (6) years of experience in increasingly responsible planning, engineering, architecture or related experience preferred. Candidates should have substantial technical planning expertise in applicable fields, understand the relationships between transportation and urban design, and have a demonstrated ability to work with planners, engineers, administrators advisory boards and citizens.

Years of experience preferred: 6
AICP membership: Preferred
Closing Date: August 27, 2009
More info: http://tinyurl.com/l3rmhj

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

Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking an intern to help with our work to create, strengthen and unite state and local advocacy movement. The Membership Services Intern will gain firsthand knowledge working with the member organizations of our international coalition. Work includes assisting with membership outreach, national campaign coordination, prospect acquisition, database development, website updates, and resource development. This internship offers a flexible schedule with a fifteen-hour-a-week minimum commitment for three months. This position is based in Washington, DC. A modest stipend up to $1,500 will be available. Deadline for applications is August 23, 2009.

Details and application instructions: http://tinyurl.com/oct357

-> JOB -- Communications Intern -- Alliance for Biking & Walking

Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking an intern to help with our work to create, strengthen and unite the grassroots biking and walking advocacy movement. The 2009 Fall Communications Intern will have a unique opportunity to work firsthand with a national non-profit. Work includes assisting with a brand new photo contest program, web and print communications, coordinating mailings, creating marketing materials, outreach and research for Alliance publications, outreach to sponsor and partner groups, and securing images for Alliance publications. This is a virtual internship (meaning you work from home) offering a flexible schedule with a fifteen-hour-a-week minimum commitment. The ideal candidate will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A modest stipend of $1,500 will be available. Deadline for applications is August 26, 2009.

Details and application instructions: http://tinyurl.com/oct357

 


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