#236 Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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Chattanooga, Tennessee, host to ProWalk/ProBike 2010®, has much to boast about, including a walkable downtown, electric transit opportunities, a heavily used river trail, mountain biking within minutes of town and the restored Walnut Street Bridge, which serves as the basis for the 2010 event logo.
The Walnut Street Bridge is the oldest and largest surviving truss bridge in the South and was the first multi-use structure to span the 652-mile Tennessee River. Completed in 1891, the bridge connected Chattanooga to what was then known as Hill City on the north shore. Closed in 1978 as unsafe, the Walnut Street Bridge was condemned and slated for demolition when local citizens, led by Chattanooga Venture, convinced the City of Chattanooga to commit the funds earmarked for the bridge's demolition to its restoration, providing the balance of the renovation cost could be raised.
The nearly half-mile long span reopened in May, 1993, to non-motorized traffic, serving as a key bicycle and pedestrian link between downtown Chattanooga and the now thriving Northshore District. Connected to the Tennessee Riverpark and spanning the Tennessee River Blueway, the Walnut Street Bridge continues to be one of Chattanooga's most visited attractions, and provides a gathering place for residents and visitors to enjoy events, entertainment and recreation. The restored Walnut Street Bridge now serves as an icon for a community undergoing a renaissance along its river.
Join us in the Scenic City, September 13-17, 2010, for ProWalk/ProBike!
Senate Amendment 2371, which would have allowed states to opt out of the 10 percent set aside rule that require states to spend at least 10 percent of their surface transportation funding on transportation enhancements, was defeated on the Senate floor by a 59-39 vote. The amendment, which was introduced by Senator Coburn (R-OK), was one of three amendments introduced by the Senator; all of the amendments would have severely impacted the Federal Transportation Enhancement program.
Those who had the opportunity to view or listen to the debate on the Senate floor were no doubt struck by the fact that bicycling and walking were barely mentioned. Senator Coburn took issue with the spending of Highway Trust Fund revenues on transportation museums, and wildlife hazard mitigation.
Senators Murray (D-WA) and Boxer (D-CA) defended Transportation Enhancements as a jobs and safety program. Senator Boxer then added preventing roadside runoff and collisions with wildlife (Elk, specifically) as additional vital activities that are funded by Transportation Enhancements. Omitted from the debate was any mention of the health and environmental benefits yielded by more people bicycling and walking.
Wednesday’s vote was about more than saving Transportation Enhancements; the vote was an important preview of where senators are at the on the next federal transportation bill. While we can count this vote as a ‘win,’ the fact that the chair of the Senate committee responsible for transportation issues was defending Enhancements by mentioning elk more prominently than bikers and walkers, is a fact that should concern us all.
Watch the America Bike's Coalition website for legislative updates:
-> According to a Sept. 9th Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Federal Update, "Congress is back in Washington, DC this week after spending the month of August listening to constituents; this fall will be a busy one on Capitol Hill. While most of the public attention is focused on the fate of the health care bill, the next month is also likely to result in movement on the transportation bill and the climate bill...
"To prepare for the potential House Committee markup of the transportation bill and to continue to grow support in the Senate, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has launched a 'Dear Congress' campaign. We are asking parents, children, SRTS program staff and volunteers, and school and city leaders to write letters about the importance of SRTS. All letters should be delivered to the Partnership, and we will bundle them to share with members of the House and Senate. Please write a letter and ask others you know to write letters too..."
The deadline for these letters is September 24, 2009. Full instructions are posted here: http://tinyurl.com/lpl73a
Via Safe Routes to School E-News: http://tinyurl.com/lpzpg6
-> According to a Sept. 8th news release, "Enrique Penalosa, renowned urbanist and former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, has been appointed President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). Michael Replogle, current President and co-founder of ITDP, is stepping down to serve as the organization's Global Policy Director.
"'Enrique has really been a leading pioneer in many of the issues that we work in. And not only does he have great vision for what cities can be, but he also has the experience of making that vision a reality, as he did while mayor of Bogota,' said Walter Hook, executive director of ITDP..."
There's no time to waste -- if you're NOT already part of the action, get going! No excuses! Join the 1,700+ schools that are currently registered here:
-> According to the Sept. 9th Safe Routes to School E-News, "The 2nd Safe Routes to School National Conference held in Portland, Oregon from August 19-21st was a resounding success, with more than 500 attendees discussing best practices and learning more about ways to propel their Safe Routes to School work to the next level. Mobile workshops to explore the fantastic bike culture of Portland were offered, and motivating keynote speakers were featured from the Kaiser Permanente, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Conservation Fund, and more."
If you missed a session or weren't able to make it to the conference, download the presentations here: http://tinyurl.com/oh43tg
-> According to the Sept. 10th edition of Taking Steps E-News, the newsletter of Walkable Edmonton, "In the recent edition of Westjet's 'UP' magazine, they surveyed 50 Canadian Municipalities with a comprehensive survey to rank their walkability. While there was no surprise that Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria are the top three, it was heartening that Edmonton placed 10th. Westjet will be doing monthly highlights of each City over the next 12 months, including the actual survey details...follow the link to see Vancouver's profile..."
-> According to a Sept. 9th Safe Routes Coaching Action Network announcement, "Getting teens interested in Safe Routes to School is challenging, but with the right program you can succeed. In this sixty minute webinar, Aviva Joseph & Gwen Froh will explain how Marin County, CA succeeded in getting teens involved in their SR2S program. The Teens Go Green Program empowers teens from numerous Middle and High Schools to promote and sustain green ways to schools.
"Learn how the Teens Go Green club has enabled students to spread awareness of the impact of transportation choices by performing in school-wide Assemblies; forming a bicycle recycle program giving refurbished bikes to families of modest means; creating special events to celebrate and inspire green transportation; and identifying and promoting a school's infrastructure changes to improve bike and pedestrian walkways.
-> According to an article in the Sept. 10th Conservation + Recreation Newsletter, "Over 15,000 miles of abandoned railroad lines have been given new life and purpose -- recycled into some of America's premier bicycle and pedestrian corridors. Now people are busy trying to develop another 10,000 miles. Much of the dramatic success of rail-trails over the past two decades came from the 'low-hanging fruit' -- namely, high-mileage trails in rural and suburban areas. But the next generation of rail-trails will be located in more complex, higher-population areas and provide critical connections between existing trails. 'These trails tend to be more complex projects,' says Jeff Ciabotti of the Rails to Trails Conservancy
"'Today, the good news is that the level of sophistication around trail development across the country is rising to meet that challenge.' The vision, Ciabotti says, is 'not just linking rail-trails together, but linking them with communities, business centers, transit hubs, open space, and on-road facilities. When you connect everything, you exponentially raise the economic, health, transportation, and environmental benefit of any individual project.' The Transportation Enhancements program in the federal transportation bill has provided funding for many rail-trails -- but demand for trails has far outstripped the supply of dollars. States and local communities have filled some of the funding gap, but Ciabotti says, 'we need to double or triple federal investment in biking, trails and walking.'..."
-> According to a Sept. 10th CFTE Update, "The Center for Transportation Excellence held its biannual Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from May 31 -- June 2, 2009. TIC brings together transit agencies, local officials, transportation supporters, advocates, and ballot measure campaign professionals to get the latest information on transportation ballot measures.
"Transportation ballot measures have enjoyed broad public support in recent election cycles. Today’s campaigns face unique challenges to continue this record of success. Economic and energy issues are vital concerns to voters. This year’s conference addressed both the long-term trends and short-term issues affecting proponents of transportation investment..."
Audio and/or Powerpoint presentations available for these sessions and many others:
Some 300 participants joined with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) to build momentum and share expertise for creating an active Minnesota at the first "do.Walk do.Bike" conference in Minneapolis September 1 & 2.
Featuring nearly 60 local presenters and addresses from Senator Al Franken; Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak; Blue Cross President & CEO Pat Geraghty; Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan; League of Aerican Bicyclist's President Andy Clarke; Executive Director of Walk & Bike for Life Gil Penalosa; and Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Chris Balish; the conference emphasized the success of communities throughout Minnesota in implementing various active living policies and programs, and the help these examples can provide to other communities interested in following suit.
Our own Bob Chauncey and Mark Plotz were delighted to join Chris Kimber from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in leading an eight-hour Active Living Train-the-Trainer program (cosponsored by MDH and Blue Cross) immediately following the conference. Fifty participants considered lessons learned in facilitating workshops, explored Safe Routes programs, learned how to conduct walking audits, shared success stories and challenges, and left with a set of tools . This series of events is sure to ignite even more great work in Minnesota!
-> According to an article in the Sept. 8th Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Bulletin, "On September 23, the City of San Jose and its partners and volunteers will conduct its third annual count and survey of trail users. Trail Count is an annual event that documents the usage of a selected number of San Jose's trails for recreation and commuting.
"Data obtained from the event helps the City's trail planners seek grant funding, build community awareness, and demonstrate that off-street trails are important elements in a well developed transportation system. Trail Count 2008 data was a major determining factor in the City's Trail Program receiving over $1,377,000 in grant awards in the past twelve months..."
-> According to a Sept. 14th Advocate article, "About 100 cyclists took their campaign for bike lanes to the streets Saturday morning. The half-hour ride from Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School to the downtown public market was organized to draw attention to the need for stronger cycling commuter connections in the city. Organizer John Johnston was encouraged by the turnout. “I was kind of hoping for 40, so I’m very pleased,” he said.
"'Obviously there are people who are really concerned about bicycle safety on the road. If this doesn’t send a message I don’t know what will.' Johnston said over the last few weeks he’s heard from a number of people who share his desire to lobby the city to create more bike lanes. 'The bicycle paths are great, but when it comes to commuting it’s just not there.'..."
DC GHOST BIKE REMOVED, 22 MORE TAKE ITS PLACE
"On Thursday, the memory of Alice lived again. Twenty-two white bicycles appeared, commanding a piece of every light post at the intersection. By late afternoon, they all remained, although the only one that had been chained was attached to the same post where the original stood..."
-> According to a Sept. 10th Bike Pittsburgh news release, "An important Bike Parking Ordinance that has just unanimously passed the Planning Commission that will help create more and safer bike parking in the City of Pittsburgh. It’s not law yet, it still needs to pass City Council and then get signed Mayor Luke Ravenstahl..."
-> According to an Aug. 28th Mobilizing the Region article, "Transportation Alternatives continues to quantify the disregard for traffic law that New Yorkers witness every day. The organization’s newest report, From Chaos to Compliance, starts with field observations at four intersections in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. TA volunteers, using state and city statutes as a guide, observed the intersections for a combined 38 hours during the morning and evening rush hours.
"During those hours:
-> According to an article in the September edition of New Urban News, "A study of Orenco Station, a large traditional neighborhood development in Hillsboro, Oregon, backs claims that new urban design fosters physical activity and adds to the richness of community life...The study was based on a door-to-door survey of four neighborhoods in the Portland, Oregon, area. One was a conventional suburb in Beaverton, Oregon. Two were neighborhoods in Portland with differing physical characteristics and histories. The last was Orenco Station, one of the best-known new urban developments in the Northwest, with approximately 1,850 housing units and a town center that includes 68,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space on a total of 190 acres..."
One of the findings:
-> According to a Sept. 4th RWJF Public Health News Digest article, "A study published in the Journal of Urban Health suggests that individuals who live close to a fast-food restaurant and do not have access to a car are more likely to have excess weight than car owners residing in the same neighborhood, United Press International reports.
"Analyzing data from the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study on 2,156 adults living in 63 neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that, car owners, on average, weighed 8.5 pounds more than non-car owners. However, in areas boasting five or more fast-food restaurants per mile, non-car owners weighed 2.7 pounds more than their neighbors who owned cars and 12 pounds more than residents of areas without fast-food outlets..."
According to a Sept. 9th MCBC eBulletin article, "While convalescing after being hit by a truck, Dr. Chris Cavacuiti of the University of Toronto had some time to study the statistics of accidents between cyclists and drivers. After studying Toronto police collision reports, he got to conclude that collisions have far more to do with aggressive driving than aggressive cycling.
"While there is a public perception that cyclists are usually the cause of accidents between cars and bikes, an analysis of Toronto police collision reports shows otherwise: The most common type of crash in this study involved a motorist entering an intersection and either failing to stop properly or proceeding before it was safe to do so. The second most common crash type involved a motorist overtaking unsafely. The third involved a motorist opening a door onto an oncoming cyclist..."
-> According to a Sept. 10th Robert Wood Johnson Foundation alert, "A new issue brief prepared by the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America examines why, across America and generations, people with more education live longer and experience better health outcomes. The brief looks at three major interrelated pathways through which educational attainment is linked with health -- health knowledge and behaviors; employment and income; and social and psychological factors, including sense of control, social standing and social support..."
-> "Providing super [bicycle] routes along the motorways is logical. You don't get people to ride bicycles if you wag your finger about 'saving the planet' or blabbing on about 'getting healthy'. You get people to ride by providing safe and very direct routes to where they want to go..."
-> "Writers rarely get such plaudits, but, as time passes, I believe we can now call Jane Jacobs a heroine of history... Her vision and compassion fulfilled and expanded the eternal nature of the shared, vibrant, livable city that we cherish..."
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
MONKEYS HAVE SURPRISING MUSIC TASTES
-> "Non-human animals usually prefer silence to our music. However, when cotton-top tamarins heard songs based on their own calls, the diminutive, fluffy primates listened with interest to the monkey music, which even altered their moods, according to a new study...
"Regular human music was also played to the monkeys, which predictably showed little response, except for a very surprising, calming response to the heavy metal band Metallica..."
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-> "DIFFERENTIAL TRENDS IN WEIGHT-RELATED..."
-> "LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS TO PREVENT..."
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-> September 17-19, 2009, Membership Development Training (for bike/ped advocacy organizations), San Francisco, CA. Info: Kristen Steele, Alliance for Biking and Walking, San Francisco Office, phone: (415) 513-5281; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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: <email@example.com>
-> September 23-24, 2009, Urban Land Institute's 2009 TOD MarketPlace, San Jose, CA. Info:
-> September 24, 2009, BUNCO for Bicycles! Fund raiser to benefit WalkBikeBerks*, and the Breast Cancer 3-Day Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure**.
-> October 7-9, 2009, 10th Annual Walk21, New York City NY. Info:
-> October 15-16, 2009, How to Turn a Place Around Course, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces
-> October 18-21, 2009, Transportation Assn. of Canada Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC. Info:
-> October 18-22, 2009, Land & Water Conservation Fund training, San Antonio, TX. Info:
-> October 18-22, 2009, Low Carbon Cities - 45th ISOCARP Int'l Congress, Porto, Portugal. Info:
-> October 20-22, 2009, Roundabout Design Workshop, Evanston, IL. Info: Northwestern University Center for Public Safety:
-> October 22-23, 2009, 58th Illinois Traffic Engineering & Safety Conference, Champaign, IL. Info: Mitzi Greene, phone: (217) 333-2880; fax: (217) 333-9561; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> October 22-27, 2009, AASHTO Annual Meeting, Palm Desert, CA. Info: Hannah Whitney, American Assn. of State Highway & Transportation Officials; phone: (202) 624-5800; email: <email@example.com>
-> October 23-24, 2009, How to Create Successful Markets, New York, NY. Info:
-> October 25-27, 2009, Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, Kalamazoo, MI. Info: contact Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, PO Box 27187, Lansing MI 48909; phone: (517) 485-6022; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> October 27-30, 2009, OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Busan, KR. Info:
-> October 29-November 1, 2009, Rail-Volution, Boston, MA. Info:
-> November 5-6-2009, Streets as Places Seminar, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces
-> November 12-13, 2009, 7th New Zealand Cycling Conference, New Plymouth, NZ. Info:
-> November 13-15, 2009, Winning Campaigns Advocacy Training, Richmond, VA. Info: Kristen Steele, Alliance for Biking and Walking, San Francisco Office, phone: (415) 513-5281; email: <email@example.com>
-> February 7-10, 2010, 10th American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Scientific Meeting, Clearwater Beach, FL. Info:
-> May 30-June 2, 2010, International Conference on Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists, Jerusalem, Israel. Info:
-> September 13-17, 2010. Pro Walk/Pro Bike® the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE ALLIANCE OF WA.
-> JOB -- CITY PLANNER -- CITY OF NEW YORK
DOT is seeking an experienced project manager for its Public Space Unit to manage the development and implementation of street design standards and policies of DOT's new Street Design Manual. This position is in the Public Spaces Unit in the Division of Planning and Sustainability, which was formed in 2007 to implement the public space elements of PlaNYC 2030, the City's blueprint for creating a more sustainable city and the agency's Sustainable Streets strategic plan. In addition to the development and implementation of the Street Design Manual, the unit develops public spaces on DOT property around the City.
For the job description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ksysdt
-> JOB -- DISABILITIES PROJECT COORDINATOR -- CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, MA
The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities, under the Dept. of Human Services Programs, is looking for a full-time professional. Responsibilities include: Implement ongoing projects and develop new initiatives. Day-to-day administrative support to Executive Director, including bimonthly newsletter, temporary disability parking permit program, trash and recycling exemption programs, taxi discount coupon program, and the Cambridge Taxi School. Provide staff support to the Advisory Board. Provide Technical assistance and information & referral services both verbally and in writing to a broad range of individuals and organizations.
Topics including: access compliance, federal, state and local disability benefits; adaptive equipment and technology, fair housing; transportation, and employment. Investigate complaints regarding physical and programmatic accessibility problems. Conduct surveys. Correspond with access compliance groups, including issues regarding variance applications. Serve as liaison when the Executive Director is not available. Represent the Commission at disability-related public and government meetings. Promote awareness of disability issues in the public and private sectors.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Two years of experience in disability policy, accessibility, problem-solving and disability rights compliance. High school diploma or equivalency required, bachelor's degree or higher in related field preferred. RATE: $20.17 to 22.86/hr plus benefits. CLOSING DATE: September 17, 2009.
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/mlq9je
-> RFP -- ESTIMATING BICYCLING AND WALKING* -- NCHRP 08-78
*Full title: Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development
For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mxukns
-> JOB -- BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN PGM MGR -- ITRE
The Institute for Transportation Research and Eduation 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
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