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#235 Wednesday, September 2, 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.

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----- How Does Your State Stack Up? Get the Facts
----- Trans. Policy Shouldn't Be Just Stats
----- Bike Maker: Surge in Cycle Commuting in USA
----- School Districts, in the Red, Cut Yellow Buses
----- APBP Webinar: Ped Safety Assessments: Calif. Lessons
----- ARTBA Offers Effective PR, Crisis Prep. Webinars
----- Canadian Politician Charged in Cyclist's Death
----- Bikes Belong Brings Global Best Practices to U.S.
----- Deadline Looms for Neighborhood School Grants
----- Could the Recovery Act Help Reinvent Government?
----- Study: People Will Pay More for Walkable Neighborhoods
----- Ask Google Maps to Generate Biking Route Maps
----- Roads That Are Designed to Kill
----- Is "Green" the New Look of Pavement?
----- New Nav IPhone App Tackles Distraction Problem

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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------ Delaware Leaders Promote Healthy Commuting
------ California Highway Manual to Drop Bike Section
------ Pedalmania Takes Over Washington D.C.
------ Fedex Funds Missouri City's Crosswalk Improvements
------ Portland (OR) Group Looks at Bike Barriers
------ Another Kansas Gravel Road Falls to the Paver

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------ Access Board Examines Wheelchair/Cross Slope Relationship
------ Is Exercise's Role in Weight Loss Overrated? No
------ Unsafe Urban Neighborhoods Linked to Teen Weight

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

HOW DOES YOUR STATE STACK UP? GET THE FACTS

-> According to an Aug. 27th Transportation For America blog entry by Stephen Lee Davis, "When it comes to transportation infrastructure, no state is being left untouched by budget cuts and neglect. Everywhere, roads and bridges are crumbling and demand for housing close to public transportation or in convenient walkable neighborhoods is skyrocketing -- but not every state is reacting to these challenges in the same way.

"So we've put together a comprehensive state-by-state analysis of how America is doing on transportation in a nifty interactive map. So go ahead, give it a whirl -- and find out how your state stacks up, and send it to your friends and family...This is the first iteration of these state fact sheets, and they’ll be expanded upon in the coming months. Check back often for changes and new facts.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lrs9cq
Visit the map here: http://tinyurl.com/le3lkc

TRANS. POLICY SHOULDN'T BE JUST STATS

-> According to an article in the Aug. 2009 issue of Governing magazine, "...Policy makers often present transportation as if it can be effectively summarized in miles traveled per hour, average commuting times, cost per passenger, or capacity figures. All of which is unfortunate, because how a transportation system feels determines how and whether it is used, as well as its long-term potential. It's up to mayors, legislators and planning directors to find ways to talk about these softer sides without blushing.

"To jump-start that discussion, here are some more examples of how my experience of transportation can vary: Sometimes I ride my bike to work. This is actually shorter in time than the subway, but it's qualitatively much different. I arrive invigorated from the challenge of urban cycling (unfortunately, it is dangerous) while also physically tired. And, I have to take weather into consideration.

"Then there's walking. I've never walked to work, but I sometimes walk part of the way, say a mile. Walking 20 blocks in a crowded city is fun. But let's say I lived in a typical suburban city. I wouldn't choose to walk a mile along a suburban arterial with cars whizzing by me, even if I covered the same distance in the same amount of time..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lotlsw
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Title: "Traveling At Good Speed"
Author: Alex Marshall

BIKE MAKER: SURGE IN CYCLE COMMUTING IN USA

-> According to an Aug. 18th BikeRadar article, "Trek president John Burke says bicycle commuting and recreational cycling have surged in the United States in recent years, and he has the numbers to prove it. Cities such as Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California are reporting enormous increases in commuter traffic.

"Federal spending on bicycle infrastructure (bike lanes, paths, signage, etc.) will top US$1.4 billion in 2009 -- up from a few hundred million just five years ago, official Bicycle Friendly Community municipal applications to the League of American Bicyclists have more than doubled in two years, and there are now 5,200 schools enrolled in the Safe Routes to School program.

"Burke, commenting during a keynote address in Madison, Wisconsin in front of several hundred Trek dealers, also said that grassroots initiatives are quickly gaining steam in various corners of the US, and his own company's $1 million-plus in donations to the League and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) are having an impact: IMBA has built or designed over 800km (500 miles) of trails in 2009 alone..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lbv6z4

SCHOOL DISTRICTS, IN THE RED, CUT YELLOW BUSES

-> According to an Aug. 24th National Public Radio story, "As a mother of two, Feleccia Moore-Davis is accustomed to the usual back-to-school swirl of new supplies, new clothes and new routines. But this year, that final flurry of summer is accompanied by an unusual worry. Moore-Davis does not yet know how her children will get to school.

"Last month, the financially pressed Houston-area school district her two daughters attend decided to end bus service for students living within two miles of schools. Now Moore-Davis is contemplating the bustling intersections and streets without sidewalks the girls would have to navigate if they walked to school, and wondering whether her own work schedule can be reconfigured for drop-offs and pickups...

"About 23 percent of school districts surveyed by the American Association of School Administrators say they are reducing or eliminating school transportation for the coming school year as part of cost-cutting measures. That's up from the 14 percent who considered such measures during the 2008-2009 year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lkjqjz
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Title: "School Districts, In The Red, Cut Yellow Buses"
Author: The Associated Press

Via LivableStreets: http://tinyurl.com/mda8as

APBP WEBINAR: PED SAFETY ASSESSMENTS: CALIF. LESSONS

-> According to an Aug. 27th announcement from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, "This webinar will introduce the pedestrian safety assessment (PSA), a comprehensive approach to proactive pedestrian safety planning. PSAs improve pedestrian safety by identifying potential enhancements to citywide policies, programs, and practices. PSAs also focus on identifying site-specific engineering treatments through walking audits and data analysis. The outcome of a well-crafted PSA is a set of grant-ready recommendations that will enable a community to move forward with safety improvements.

"This presentation will be of interest to engineers, planners, elected officials, advocates, educators, police officers and policy makers. At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to:
-- Identify components of a pedestrian safety assessment including objectives, data needs, scope, and participants
-- Effectively engage city staff and residents in identifying opportunities to improve pedestrian safety
-- Understand the benchmarking process used to prioritize opportunities for proactive safety planning
-- Recognize opportunities for implementing the results of a pedestrian safety assessment..."

Date: September 16th, 3:00-4:00pm EDT,

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lx3tmg
APBP will host webinars through the Fall, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. For the schedule, go to: http://tinyurl.com/nmftld

ARTBA OFFERS EFFECTIVE PR, CRISIS PREP. WEBINARS

-> According to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) website, "A comprehensive public relations program, active community engagement and proper crisis preparation are critical to ensuring effective communication with the general public and other stakeholders during the design and construction of transportation improvement projects. An American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) webinar series this fall will provide a playbook of successful programs to achieve these goals, while simultaneously helping build and enhance an industry’s firm’s brand identity.

"The 60-minute webcasts are perfect for transportation design and construction public relations and marketing professionals, project managers, safety officials, as well as those executives who want to learn more about media relations, crisis communications and public affairs. Participants will receive course materials and PowerPoint presentations. Professional Development Hours are also available..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l59puy

CANADIAN POLITICIAN CHARGED IN CYCLIST'S DEATH

-> According to a Sept. 1st New York Times article, "As the high-profile attorney general for Ontario, Michael Bryant had championed severe and controversial traffic safety laws. On Tuesday, he was charged with criminal negligence causing death and with dangerous driving causing death in an unusually violent episode of road rage involving a bicyclist.

"The arrest of Mr. Bryant stemmed from a collision between a bicycle and an automobile in Toronto's most prestigious shopping district late Monday evening. The episode started off as minor but swiftly escalated, leading to the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard, 33, who was identified as a bicycle courier.

"After the collision, Mr. Sheppard apparently grabbed the driver's side door and held on. Within moments, the police received reports of a Saab convertible racing past the fashionable shops of Bloor Street with a man clinging to its side. Two construction workers doing repairs along the road told CTV, a Canadian television network, that the car accelerated, its tires squealing, before veering into oncoming traffic on the left side of the street..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/leprpb
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Title: "Canadian Politician Charged in Death "
Author: Ian Austen

BIKES BELONG BRINGS GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES TO U.S.

-> According to an Aug. 25th news release, "Bikes Belong is launching an ambitious Bicycling Design Best Practices project. The goal is to improve U.S. bicycling infrastructure by encouraging the implementation of innovative, successful models of bike facility design, engineering and promotion—many of them developed in northern Europe.

"To kick off the project, Bikes Belong is hosting a five-day transportation research trip that will visit the Netherlands and Germany, August 30-September 3. Elected officials and transportation planners from Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Taiwan will participate. Bike facility professionals from the Netherlands, Germany, and the U.S. will guide the 16-person group.

"Bikes Belong recently selected Zach Vanderkooy, a graduate of the master’s program in Urban Planning at Harvard University, to coordinate the project. Vanderkooy, who studied under noted transportation expert Anne Lusk, will lead European research trips and work to publicize global best practices in bike facility and bike program development..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l4hm2p

DEADLINE LOOMS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL GRANTS

-> According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, "The Helping Johnny Walk to School: Sustaining Communities through Smart School Policy program helps states encourage the siting of schools to achieve their educational, public health, and sustainability objectives. A community-centered school helps anchor the surrounding neighborhood, is centrally-located to a majority of students, and uses existing infrastructure whenever possible...

"Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Trust is offering sub-grants of $6,000 and a year of technical assistance to nonprofits and their coalitions in up to 3 states to encourage community-centered schools by analyzing their state's policies and practices and making recommendations.

"Proposals are due September 16, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. eastern. If you have questions about the form or the application process, e-mail <policy@nthp.org> or call (202) 588-6234. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions will be posted at the link below as they are received.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/m8j5pc

COULD THE RECOVERY ACT HELP REINVENT GOVERNMENT?

-> According to an Aug. 23rd Neal Peirce article, "If you think the Obama administration's $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is just one big government boondoggle, check out some top regional implementation strategies. Kansas City, Mo., for example. A big infusion of the stimulus funds is being focused on a newly dubbed 'Green Impact Zone,' a 150-block area of the inner city long plagued by poverty, violence, abandonment and joblessness.

"The goal's nothing less than turning around every negative indicator in an area that's long been a glaring exception to the Kansas City region’s general prosperity–notwithstanding its proximity to major roads and a major health sciences cluster..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mvbj8w

STUDY: PEOPLE WILL PAY MORE FOR WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to an Aug. 18th Daily Score entry by Clark Williams-Derry, "You may have already heard of Walk Score -- an endlessly entertaining internet tool that lets people discover how pedestrian-friendly their neighborhood is. Walk Score ranks neighborhood 'walkability' based on the mix of stores and services that are within walking distance of any home in North America. If you haven't already, you should check it out -- but only if you've got nothing pressing to do, since it's pretty addictive.

"Now, the good folks at CEOs for Cities have taken it on themselves to ask -- does Walk Score mean anything for real estate values? Are people really willing to pay more to live in a place where they can do daily errands on foot, rather than in a car? According to their new report, 'Walking the Walk,' the answer is an emphatic yes: people value walkable neighborhoods so much that, holding everything else constant, each additional Walk Score point adds somewhere between $500 and $3,000 to the value of a home. In Seattle -- the only Northwest city for which there's data -- a point of walkability adds about $1,400 to home values..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/oqrlej

ASK GOOGLE MAPS TO GENERATE BIKING ROUTE MAPS*

-> According to an article in the Aug. 26th Marin County Bicycle Coalition newsletter, "It has come to MCBC's attention that a request for Google to create maps for the best cycling routes in any particular area has been posted on their 'Suggest It' page. MCBC thinks this is a great idea as well -- a tool in virtually every cyclist's interest. And we're asking you to flood Google with requests for it...

"If you want to do more than click a request, you need to write to the discussion forums and hope Google staff pays attention. If you choose to take this extra step, feel free to use the above talking points. Thank for helping! An onslaught just might get Google's engineers in gear..."

For more info and tips, go to the MCBC's website: http://tinyurl.com/ksv96t
To vote, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ctuuos

*Don't forget to vote for WALKING route maps, too!

ROADS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO KILL

-> In an Aug. 18th Boston Globe article, Mark Rosenberg wrote "Three years ago, I was driving in Atlanta early one morning when I saw a body on the road. It was a young female runner. I called 911 and then ran to her. She had a horrendous head injury but still had a heart beat. I started CPR, but her injuries were too severe. She died in my hands. I wrote a column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about what happened to the runner, and a flood of letters came in.

"Half blamed the runner, saying she should not have been running in the street at that hour. Half blamed the driver, for not paying close enough attention. Not a single writer blamed the road. I took a photograph of the scene where I had found the runner. When I showed this picture to friends from Sweden they asked, 'This is where you live? This is your neighborhood? Your streets are designed to kill people.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ml9wkr
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Title: "Roads that are designed to kill"
Author: Mark Rosenberg

IS "GREEN" THE NEW LOOK OF PAVEMENT?

-> According to an article in Technology Exchange, a newsletter of the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program, at the 12th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference, "Joe Mahoney, professor of civil engineering at the University of Washington, provided an overview of 'Green Roads,' a proposed rating system being developed by the University of Washington and CH2M Hill to improve the sustainability of our roadway design and construction practices. Mahoney began by laying out the problem, which is that our current road-building and road-use practices are primary sources of environmental degradation.

"Mahoney then went on to show that our transportation activity, much of which obviously involves road use, accounts for about 29% of the energy consumed in the United States. He also cited statistics from the California Integrated Waste Management Board showing that waste from all forms of construction, including road building and maintenance, accounts for between 20% and 40% of the municipal waste stream..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l4y2jc

NEW NAV IPHONE APP TACKLES DISTRACTION PROBLEM

-> According to the Aug. 31st Drivers.com News, "Aha Mobile, a new traffic app for iPhone, is built squarely on the idea of driver safety. It dispenses with maps and navigation directions to deliver only essential close-up route information.

"The app features a simple dashboard that provides traffic congestion and incident information without the user having to search for it. At any given time, it displays only three wide bands of information.

"If one of the bands is displaying the quickest route between those two places, it shows the current time to drive the route and whether it is badly congested (red), congested (orange), almost entirely clear (yellow) or completely clear (green)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nulnpy

 


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

DELAWARE LEADERS PROMOTE HEALTHY COMMUTING

-> According to an Aug. 26th news release, "To ease traffic, create less pollution and promote healthy exercise, Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Congressman Mike Castle joined a group of AstraZeneca employees on a morning bike commute to work. When the cyclists arrived at AstraZeneca’s US headquarters, they were greeted by Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks and AstraZeneca US President Rich Fante who spoke to AstraZeneca employees about the many merits of commuting by bicycle.

"'Biking to work is not only healthy, it eases traffic and cuts air pollution,' said Governor Jack Markell, who often commutes by bike to his office and each year bicycles the length of the state. Governor Markell noted that in 2009, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Delaware ninth in the nation for bike accessibility.

"DelDot Secretary Carolann Wicks offered support and safety tips to the bike commuters, explaining how the Department is creating more bikeways to encourage safe cycling. 'Whenever DelDot repaves a road, a bike path will be placed alongside it. I want people to truly have a choice to take a car or ride a bike. We are getting there, road by road,' she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n5ple3
Related News Journal article: http://tinyurl.com/n2p8kd

CALIF HIGHWAY MANUAL TO DROP BIKE SECTION

-> According to an article in the Sept. issue of Quick Release, newsletter of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, "Caltrans' Highway Design Manual is the bible for planners of California's transportation facilities. It currently contains Chapter 1000 that deals exclusively with bikeway design, but that will likely be eliminated in the near future. Alarming as that sounds, it's actually to our benefit. What is spurring change is the passage of California's AB 1358, the Complete Streets act that goes into effect in January 2011.

"The state Office of Planning and Research is currently working on implementing complete streets policies where all users of our roads -- motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, children, seniors, the handicapped, bus patrons -- will have safe conditions for travel. They are planning to spread bike policies throughout the manual, and in addition, create a complete streets document that addresses 'level of service' that now only considers the convenience and safety of motorists. Life is getting better all the time."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/kv3bqw

PEDALMANIA TAKES OVER WASHINGTON D.C.

-> According to an Aug. 16th Post editorial, "'Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.' So said H.G. Wells, nearly a century ago. Wells would be heartened if he could visit the District today. The presence of bicyclists in the metropolitan area has been growing steadily, especially in recent years. A travel survey by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board in 2007-08 found that 3.3 percent of District residents commuted to work on bicycles -- up 50 percent in 15 years. With bicyclists have come bike trails, bike parking and bike lanes; in the past seven years, the District has added nearly 40 miles of new bike lanes.

"More good news is coming. There's progress on the Metropolitan Branch Trail connecting Union Station and Silver Spring and the expansion of cross-river bicycle access via the new 11th Street bridge. A Bike Center is set to open at Union Station in October, with guarded spots for 150 bikes, a locker room and bike merchandise for sale. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the SmartBike rental program, the first of its kind in the United States. SmartBike, with a pilot fleet of 120 bikes on 10 racks around the city, relies on a Zipcar model in which people purchase a membership to use bicycles for certain periods of time. The program has been a success, boasting more than 1,200 members who rent an average of 70 bikes on weekdays. Only one bike has been stolen..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nmfl64
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Title: "Pedalmania in the District"
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FEDEX FUNDS MISSOURI CITY'S CROSSWALK IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to an Aug. 20th RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest article, "Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, MO., have received a FedEx Express grant to improve crosswalk safety for children walking to school, KSMU News reports. The grant will help Safe Kids Springfield repaint crosswalks near schools and ensure that traffic signals are operating correctly.

"Safe Kids Springfield already has installed reflective sleeves on more than 600 school-related signs and placed 27 warning beacons in school zones. The $10,000 grant marks the fifth consecutive year that Springfield has received funding from FedEx to improve the safety of children walking to school. The city also has interactive walking route maps for school children, (available here: http://tinyurl.com/mcdssk )..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/llu4ql
KSMU story: http://tinyurl.com/l3x7o4

PORTLAND (OR) GROUP LOOKS AT BIKE BARRIERS

-> An Aug. 27th Community Cycling Center newsletter article asks "What are our reasons to not go by bike? The Community Cycling Center has helped make bicycles accessible to thousands of people throughout the Portland Metro region since 1994. However, many people still cannot or do not choose bicycles as a way to get around, particularly among low-income communities and communities of color. With generous support from Metro, the Community Cycling Center is seeking to understand the unique cultural and economic barriers to bicycling encountered by minority and low-income community members.

"Rex Burkholder, Metro councilor, noted that the project 'was singled out -- with much praise -- for specifically helping minority and low-income residents.' He continued, 'In my work here, it's the first grant project that I can recall that has specifically been aimed at addressing social justice issues related to transportation.' Susan Remmers, Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center, noted, 'The need for the bicycle as an affordable, reliable, clean, and healthy transportation option will continue to grow as the economy sputters, the obesity epidemic grows, the global climate changes, and traffic gets more congested,'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mfedhq

ANOTHER KANSAS GRAVEL ROAD FALLS TO THE PAVER

-> In an Aug. 28th Kansas Cyclist article, Randy Rasa wrote "I don't know if this is something that anyone else has noticed, but gravel roads in my area seem to be disappearing at an ever-increasing rate. I can think of at least 15 miles of roads, within only 10 miles of my house, that were very recently gravel and are now paved. Yes, the paved roads become easier for thin-tired road bikes to handle, and are opening up new routes for recreational riders.

"But the paved roads also bring increased traffic. And it seems like the smoother a road becomes, the faster motorists want to drive, and the more of them there are. Gravel roads, by contrast, carry much less traffic, and at much lower speed. And most are eminently bikeable..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/m2clek

 


THE RESEARCH BEAT

ACCESS BOARD EXAMINES WHEELCHAIR/CROSS SLOPE RELATIONSHIP

-> According to an article in the July/August Access Current, the newsletter of the U.S. Access Board, "...The Board has initiated further investigation into the impact of cross slope on wheelchair travel through a project undertaken by the Human Engineering Research Laboratory (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh. Under this project, investigators reviewed existing research and surveyed people who use wheelchairs to gain insight into this issue, including the interaction of slope, surface, and weather conditions on wheelchair travel. Based on the information collected, researchers developed a protocol for a follow-on human factors study to be undertaken at HERL facilities with additional support from the Veterans Administration and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

"In the Board's preliminary project, researchers found that while studies show that cross slopes make wheelchair travel more difficult, there was little consensus on methods or protocols for measuring these effects. Further, they determined that the measures used in most studies, such as energy consumption and perceived effort, cannot fully assess the complex effects of cross slope. Few studies were found that investigated wheelchair propulsion in outdoor environments over a range of surfaces. Results from the project survey confirmed that terrain features interact in complex ways and that the effects are more pronounced among certain populations..."

For more info, contact Lois Thibault, the Board's Research Coordinator, at <thibault@access-board.gov>

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lap8ed

IS EXERCISE'S ROLE IN WEIGHT LOSS OVERRATED? NO

-> According to an Aug. 15th Kansas City Star article, "Leading experts in exercise and weight management have taken strong exception to assertions that exercise can inhibit weight loss by over-stimulating the appetite. According to John Jakicic, 'There is strong evidence from the majority of the scientific literature that physical activity is an important component for initial weight loss.' Jakicic chairs a committee on obesity prevention for the American College of Sports Medicine. Exercise and diet go together.

"Weight management is most successful when careful attention is given to both physical activity and proper nutrition. Janet Rankin, an expert in nutrition and exercise, supplemented the scientific evidence with a simple observation: 'A practical response to the claim that exercise makes you eat more and gain weight is to look around. If this were the case, wouldn't those who regularly exercise be the fattest? Obviously that isn’t the case.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ljzvu4
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Title: "Pro-Con: Is exercise’s role in weight loss overrated? No"
Author: Staff

UNSAFE URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS LINKED TO TEEN WEIGHT

-> According to an Aug. 24th Reuters Health article, "Living in an urban neighborhood that feels unsafe may be a factor in a teen's risk for being overweight, hints a study of public high school students in Boston, Massachusetts. Of the 1,140 students surveyed, nearly 12 percent said they rarely felt safe in their neighborhood and 9 percent said they never felt safe in their neighborhood. These students were about 1.2-times more likely to be overweight or at risk for becoming overweight compared with students who said they sometimes or always felt safe (44 percent) or always felt safe (36 percent), researchers report in the online journal Public Health, published by BioMed Central.

"The risk for being overweight was in excess of 1.5 times among students who listed their race as 'other' -- Asian, South Asian, American Indian, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders -- and said they never or rarely felt safe. That adolescents feel unsafe in their neighborhoods 'is concerning on its own,' Dustin T. Duncan, a doctoral candidate at Harvard School of Public Health, noted in an email to Reuters Health. That neighborhood safety may be a factor in overweight among teens is doubly concerning, he added..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l5emxd
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Title: "Unsafe urban neighborhoods linked to teen weight"
Author: Joene Hendry

Via Aug. 27 RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/mo6w25

 


QUOTES R US


-> "It's a mistake -- even when you want to see recovery money spent fast -- to mindlessly pump out funds through existing federal-state-local spending mechanisms and formulas. Speed too easily becomes the enemy of reinvention: it eclipses the chances to engage metro regions and combine resources on the ground for meaningful, and long-term, economic recovery..."
-- Neal Peirce, the CitiStates Group
http://tinyurl.com/mvbj8w

-> "America does not possess a single national economy. Instead, prosperity flows from a network of 366 diverse metropolitan economies. Which is why it is hugely important that creative urban and regional leaders across a number of U.S. regions are currently working to make the most of the unprecedented resources that have been made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009..."
-- Mark Muro, Sarah Rahman, Amy Liu, the Brookings Institution
http://tinyurl.com/mxsg6j

 



AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WATERMELON JUICE: THE NEW FUEL?

-> "A staple of backyard barbecues and summer time snacks, watermelon is also a promising new source of renewable energy. According to a new study, leftover watermelons from farms' harvests could be converted into up to 9.4 million liters (2.5 million gallons) of clean, renewable ethanol fuel every year destined for your car, truck, or airplane's gas tank..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n6bmzb

 


RESOURCES

-> "VISION FOR BROADWAY..."
"...Final Report: PBCD Technical Assistance for Gary, Indiana;" Planning and the Black Community Division (APA) Technical Assistance Workshop: Applying Equitable Development and Smart Growth Strategies for Corridor Enhancement. June 29, 2009 (extensive description and link to pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/nsugrv

-> SCHOOL BICYCLING AND WALKING POLICIES..."
"...Addressing Policies That Hinder and Implementing Policies That Help;" by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Sept. 1, 2009 (1.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/kpjxfc

-> "DIFFERENTIAL TRENDS IN WEIGHT-RELATED HEALTH..."
"...Behaviors Among American Young Adults by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status: 1984–2006;" by Clarke, O'Malley, Johnston, Schulenberg, & Lantz; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.141317. (link to abstract and purchase of article)
http://tinyurl.com/lql9nn

-> "DRIVING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT..."
"...The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions;" TRB Special Report 298; by Committee for the Study on the Relationships Among Development Patterns, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Energy Consumption, TRB. 2009 (basic info and link to 1.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/lqa6df

-> "A TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR CONDUCTING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY..."
"...Assessments for California Cities;" by Mitman, Ridgway, and Chira-Chavala; for the University of California Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies Technology Transfer Program. May 2008 (general info and link to 1.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/nmc8j7

-> "GROWING SMARTER, LIVING HEALTHIER..."
"...A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging;" report from U.S. environmental Protection Agency, Office of Children's Health Protection and environmental education. August 2009 (available for online reading or download as 2.4mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/nrxaz5

 


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

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-> 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

-> RFP -- ESTIMATING BICYCLING AND WALKING* -- NCHRP 08-78

*Full title: Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development
Posted Date: 8/27/2009
Funds: $300,000
Contract Time: 24 months (includes 1 month for NCHRP review and approval of technical memorandum for Task 4, 1 month for NCHRP review and approval of the interim report, and 3 months for NCHRP review and for contractor revision of the final report)
Authorization to Begin Work: 3/1/2010 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Nanda Srinivasan
Phone: (202) 334-1896
Email: <nsrinivasan@nas.edu>
RFP Close Date: 11/5/2009
Fiscal Year: 2010

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mxukns

-> JOB -- BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN PGM MGR -- ITRE

The Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University is seeking a practitioner with national recognition, and a working knowledge of, and proven accomplishments in planning and implementing bicycle and pedestrian transportation programs and facilities to manage its Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Interested applicants must have supervisory and project management experience and should be familiar with federal transportation programs and requirements. Project work may involve developing new program initiatives, directing and conducting long-term and short-term studies, seeking and administering grants, and designing and conducting training programs.

For the full posting, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lp48hg

-> 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


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