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#238 Thursday, October 15, 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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----- Walk21 NYC Debriefing Report
----- American Idle Book Tour Continues in Washington DC
----- APBP's Professional Development Seminars At Walk21
----- Bicycle Commuting Trends, 2000 to 2008
----- Survey: Retailers Value and Support Bike Advocacy
----- Learn by Example from Award Winning SRTS Program
----- APBP Lifetime Achievement Award...and More!
----- Walk Score Walkability Tool to Go Open Source
----- UK Speed Limiter Firm Aims to Target Motorists
----- Free Webinar: Advocacy Strategies for Bike/Ped Proponents
----- Day of Climate Action: 2,250 Events, 152 Countries
----- APBP Webinar: Bike and Ped Signs, Markings and Experiments

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----- New Jersey Counties Push 'Walking School Buses'
----- El Paso (TX) Studies Walkable Neighborhood Research
----- NCBW Helps Fairhope (AL) With Complete Streets Work
----- Ohio DOT Staffers Walk to School in Chillicothe
----- New Jersey Groups Call for Complete Streets Policy
----- Beaver Valley (CO) Walk to School Day Starts Something
----- Lexington (KY) Addresses Complete Street Design
----- Gilbert (AZ) Kids Observing Walk to School Month
----- D.C.'S Union Station Bike Station Opens
----- Utah DOT Saves $$ by Sending Staff to TRB Gathering
----- Stanford Football Fans Bike in Record Numbers

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----- U.S. Kids Take in 165 Cal/Day More than They Expend
----- Univ. of N. Alabama Hosts Childhood Obesity Prevention Pilot
----- City Corner Stores: Obesity Enablers?

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

WALK21 NYC DEBRIEFING REPORT
By Sharon Z. Roerty

The 10th International Conference on Walking was held in New York City last week. The theme of the conference was more footprints less carbon. 400 plus participants from around the world talked about walking and demonstrated how their cities were being transformed into pedestrian friendly, economically vibrant, hip, chic, green, sustainable and happening places. Chris Leinberger, a land use strategist and visiting fellow at the Brookings Institute talked about the need and demand for walkable suburbs because cities alone will not be able to satiate the demand for walkable urban places. Over the next 20 years expect to see very high demand for smaller homes, smaller lots, and high connectivity.

The Vice Mayor of Stockholm discussed her city's goal of being fossil fuel free by 2050. Montreal has a zero accident vision. Washington, DC is measuring the success of corridors thru sales tax, business turnover, bike and pedestrian counts, storm water quality and quantity; and unique features that make a corridor distinct. Wednesday was International Walk to School Day -- the day was celebrated with a lunchtime session in Washington Square Park with a large group of NYC students who proudly talked about how they get around the city with Gil Penalosa -- walking, bicycling, transit, roller blades.

The conference was a great opportunity for NYC to show off how the city was transforming street space into places for people and improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety. While NYC has always been a city where people walk long distances and mostly enjoy it what has been happening over the last several years with Mayor Bloomberg's blessing and the confidence of the DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn and her staff is a whole new approach that prioritizes and celebrates pedestrian mobility.

NYC highlights -- NYC, an early adopter of SRTS programs is planning on expanding their SRTS to high schools. They will start with a group of 40 high schools; crash data is used to prioritize schools. Commissioner Sadik- Kahn attributed the Safe Routes for Seniors Program for achieving a 43% drop in senior pedestrian fatalities this year. The City plans to triple the number of 20 mph speed zones. NYCDOT is focused on quick implementation programs as opposed to a long drawn out planning process. The NYC Street Design Manual was touted over and over again as being the ledger to helping city staff implement good workable design solutions. "Start with paint and large plastic planters," was a line often repeated. Ms. Sadik-Kahn noted that in 1990 there were 364 pedestrian fatalities, roughly one per day; now pedestrian fatalities are at an historic low. Safety is a priority but improving safety is being achieved at the same time that the city is being bold, creative and innovative.

I presented at a preconference session on "Measuring Walking." I engaged the crowd of 60 from cities all over the world in a game of Walkable Community Bingo. Everyone had a chance to score their favorite walkable community. The game got everyone thinking about the strongest characteristics of walkable communities and what and how to measure – understanding that walking can be a relative term based on the context of the surrounding environment and who is doing the measuring. Daniel Sauter, Urban Mobility Research, Zurich Switzerland, organized the session and has presented at the last three Walk conferences. He is developing performance indicators for monitoring and benchmarking walking. One of his goals is to develop a common set of indicators for worldwide use. Stay tuned to CenterLines and the bikewalk.org website for more information on this subject.

Clarence Eckerson Jr. of Street Films has produced a short video that captures the spirit of the people and projects that were part of Walk21. Watch it at http://tinyurl.com/ylcny4a

 

AMERICAN IDLE BOOK TOUR CONTINUES IN WASHINGTON DC
by Mark Plotz

This past Saturday, one of the District's most famous independent bookstores -- Politics & Prose -- hosted a reading of the book American Idle by the author, Mary Collins. I attended and picked up a signed copy of her book.

Prior to the reading, what I knew of the book and its author is only what I had picked up from my conversations with Sharon Roerty, who got to know Mary very well in the course of her writing this book, and that is this: Mary once was an exceptional athlete; a serious bicycle crash resulted in a long, painful, and sedentary recovery which lasted for years and was miserable for such an otherwise active person; and the life-changing experience of her recovery led her to examine why so many humans have chosen sedentary lives.

For her reading Mary chose a chapter describing her trip to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. This would seem like an odd place to go for one who is investigating the roots of physical inactivity. However, as one of the coaches points out, the gap between our elite athletes and ordinary Americans has never been greater, and the rise of team sports and structured physical activity is a contributing cause of our physical inactivity. Free play has disappeared; in its place is a long car ride to the soccer field.

The health of this country's youth was the subject the audience connected with the most. With little prompting, a spontaneous Safe Routes to School conversation broke out. Complete Streets was another idea that resonated with the audience. At the end of the reading people were asking: How do I get involved to make a difference?

A person can now walk into a bookstore and find a book that will reinforce nearly any belief system. I have not completed reading American Idle, but so far it stands out as one of the more truly enjoyable and interesting books I have read in the past few years.

Learn more about American Idle at http://www.bikewalk.org

 

APBP'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS AT WALK21

-> According to the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, "Over 140 people voted with their feet on Wednesday as the APBP Professional Development Seminar significantly exceeded the capacity of its originally assigned room. True to its culture, New York City DOT quickly found a solution and implemented it!
 
"Once in a larger room, the first half of the seminar featured examples of how NYCDOT has reclaimed pavement and transformed it within weeks into on-street bicycle routes, protected on-street bicycle paths, pedestrian facilities, and plazas for people. We saw how floating parking, peg-a-tracking, bike boxes, queue jumps, driveway treatments, turn lanes, split signal phases, mixing zones, concrete islands, green bike lanes, buffer lanes, creative pavement painting and even plastic planters and salvaged bridge granite created inviting, functional spaces for people biking, walking and enjoying the public realm.
 
Check out the postcards here: http://tinyurl.com/55o9yu

 

BICYCLE COMMUTING TRENDS, 2000 TO 2008

-> According to the League of American Bicyclists' blog, "As we reported earlier, according to the US Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey (ACS), released on September 22, 2009, 0.55 percent of Americans use a bicycle as the primary means of getting to work. This is up 14 percent since 2007, 36 percent from the first ACS in 2005, and 43 percent since the 2000 Census. (Note that the ACS methodology under-counts cycling by not counting bicycle commuters who biked just once or twice the week they were surveyed or most cyclists who bike and use public transportation for their trip to work.)"

For the details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yhh7smc

 

SURVEY: RETAILERS VALUE AND SUPPORT BIKE ADVOCACY

-> According to an Oct. 9th news release, "More than 80% of bicycle retailers who responded to a recent Bikes Belong survey said bike advocacy makes bicycling easier, safer, and more widespread. 60% of the respondents said advocacy leads to more sales in their stores. These were the key findings of a summer 2009 Bikes belong survey of 116 bicycle retailers from 34 states. 56% of those surveyed were Bikes Belong members; 44% were non-members.

"Believing in bike advocacy and supporting it are two different things, but this survey showed that bicycle retailers are likely to do both. Nearly 80% of the retailers said that they are members of an advocacy organization, either locally or at the state or national level, and 59% said supporting bike advocacy is even more important to them now than it was five years ago..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygtybjr

 

LEARN BY EXAMPLE FROM AWARD WINNING SRTS PROGRAM

-> According to an Oct. 13th announcement, Jim Kornish of the Boulder, Colorado, Bear Creek Elementary SR2S Program will present a webinar on how to create a successful elementary school Safe Routes to School program. He will explain how they got from planning, to implementing, to winning the James L. Oberstar Award at the 2009 National Bike Summit in Washington, DC.

In this 60 minute webinar, you will learn about Bear Creek's many creative and unique programs, as well as the questions, trials, tribulations, and even the flying monkeys they tackled to achieve success. This webinar is part of the Safe Routes to School Coaching Action Network Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

For more info contact Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

 

APBP LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD...AND MORE!

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals presented the lifetime achievement award to Bettina Zimny of RBA at the Walk21 Conference. Bettina is the Director of RBA's Planning Division and has done much to further pedestrian and bicycle transportation in New Jersey and the region. Beyond the built environment Bettina has influenced a whole host of planers, engineers and landscape architects. She is a leader and a mentor. Congratulations Bettina!

Other awards: the Public Sector Professional of the Year honors went to Robert Burchfield, P.E., City of Portland (OR) Bureau of Transportation and the Young Professional of the Year Award went to Kathryn Reid Moore, City of Miami, (FL).

 

WALK SCORE WALKABILITY TOOL TO GO OPEN SOURCE

-> According to an Oct. 9th WorldChanging article by Clark Williams-Derry, "Walk Score -- which has become North America's most prevalent gauge of neighborhood walkability -- is going open source, so that anyone can see how their rankings work and (just as importantly) suggest improvements.  This has a real potential to lead to some major breakthroughs, since it will let academics and others add their own insights and ideas to the Walk Score algorithm..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yggpuoo

 

UK SPEED LIMITER FIRM AIMS TO TARGET MOTORISTS

-> According to an Oct. 9th BDaily article, "A County Durham firm is targeting motorists with technology that aims to make the nation's roads safer. Enablecom, based in Netwon Aycliffe, is launching software that warns drivers when they are speeding and a device that prevents them from exceeding the speed limit.

"The company estimates a £4.5m turnover within five years from subscriptions to its Speed Conscience software, and through leasing of speed limiter devices. It has mapped close to 90% of the UK's major road network and is confident the Speed Conscience and the Intelligent Speed Limiter device will appeal to both public and commercial vehicle operators as well as drivers at risk of losing their licence..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yj2h2gf
Via Cyclenation: http://tinyurl.com/yg3v777

 

FREE WEBINAR: ADVOCACY STRATEGIES FOR BIKE/PED PROPONENTS

-> According to an Oct. 12th news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announces the next Webinar in its Livable Communities Webinar Series: 'The Power of 25: Advocacy Strategies for Creating Livable Communities.'

The presenter will be Peter Lagerwey, Senior Transportation Planner, Toole Design Group and former biycle/pedestrian coordinator for the City of Seattle. Lagerwey will offer his formula for public involvement, demonstrating the effectiveness of 25 organized individuals. The presentation will address the challenges of developing a clear message, creating a work plan, and building and sustaining relationships among diverse community stakeholders.

Lagerwey has taught courses on pedestrian and bicycle safety in over 200 cities over the past eighteen years. Most recently, he led the effort to create the new Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, a planning document that will be used to guide future improvements to Seattle's bicycle network. He has co-authored articles in the ITE Journal, been interviewed by Tom Brokaw of NBC News and Juan Williams of "Talk of the Nation," and is an author of 'How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.' (http://tinyurl.com/yhr5ucc).

For more info or to register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y962mv9

 

DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION: 2,250 EVENTS, 152 COUNTRIES

-> According to an Oct. 13th SolveClimate.com article, "A week from Saturday, people around the world will be making their concerns about climate change heard -- loudly. In New York, Greenpeace will be leading a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. In New Zealand, singers will be creating a mass choir for climate action in Christchurch's Victoria Square. At Cape Town's Muizenberg Beach, photographers will be capturing the changing beach scene as ice blocks spelling out the number 350 slowly melt.

"Those events are just a snapshot of the mass movement planned for 350.org's International Day of Climate Action on Oct. 24. Already, more than 2,250 events have been registered in 152 countries. The participants' message to world leaders is the same: You must act now to cut greenhouse gas emissions and get atmospheric CO2 back below 350 parts per million. It's a moral issue, a health and safety issue, and it will quickly become an economic issue as the climate changes. Already, CO2 levels are nearing 390 ppm..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhoodm3
Via 350.org: http://tinyurl.com/yk5h9h3
Via City Repair Oct. 13th newsletter, "The Word": http://tinyurl.com/yjwlou9

 

APBP WEBINAR: BIKE AND PED SIGNS, MARKINGS AND EXPERIMENTS
 
This October 21st webinar, about the Manual on Traffic Control Devices, will be sponsored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. "It will include a brief summary of the process by which new and modified signs, pavement markings, signals, and other traffic control devices are added to the MUTCD. This summary will focus primarily on the experimentation and research process for new devices. The webinar will also include information about some of the traffic control devices that are currently being evaluated in various jurisdictions around the country using this experimentation process.

For more info, go to http://tinyurl.com/yhe5csr or contact Debra Goeks at <deb@apbp.org>

 


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

NEW JERSEY COUNTIES PUSH 'WALKING SCHOOL BUSES'

-> According to an Oct. 9th Bergen Record article, "Several Bergen and Passaic County communities have been awarded federal Safe Routes to School grants to fund walking events and pedestrian upgrades, such as sidewalk renovations and better signage. Allendale, Ridgewood, Hasbrouck Heights and Tenafly have similar programs.

"But Garfield has been lauded as a state model. The sidewalk-lined community was featured in a 2008 case study performed by the Active Living Resource Center and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that described the city's successful campaign to get students exercising daily. The school district does not have busing.

"A major initiative included monthly 'walking school buses,' in which parent volunteers walk along a route, and students along the way join in. The group walk allays the worries of parents who don't want their children going alone. Leading up to the events, the schools host pep rallies, reviewing safety tips and the best walking routes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yl27d9j
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Title: "'Walking school buses' gain traction in suburbia"
Author: Sachi Fujimori

For an Active Living Resource Center report on Garfield's Safe Routes program, click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/yho9z8r (818kb pdf)

 

EL PASO (TX) STUDIES WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD RESEARCH

-> According to an Oct. 12th Times article, "If you live within walking distance to shops, schools and parks, your home is likely worth more than those of people who rely on cars to get to those places. A new study by a Chicago-based organization found that neighborhoods with high levels of walkable amenities tend to have higher valuation than those that don't. The study from CEOs for Cities shows that the difference in home value could range from $4,000 to $34,000 in the 94,000 real-estate transactions that were examined in 15 cities.

The study didn't include any homes in El Paso, but local policymakers said the results show that the push to use smart-growth principles in all neighborhood development makes sense. 'We want to make sure all new development adds value to our tax base,' said city Rep. Susie Byrd, who has advocated for the development of walkable neighborhoods since her election to the City Council four years ago. 'A good example of this is Kern Place, a part of the city that has retained its value and continues to attract home buyers,' she added. 'If we promote walkability like the type that exists in Kern, we will improve our quality of life and economic outlook.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yl4whl8
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Title: "Walking study may influence El Paso policies"
Author: Gustavo Reveles Acosta

 

NCBW HELPS FAIRHOPE (AL) WITH COMPLETE STREETS WORK

-> According to an Oct. 14th Press-Register article, "A national pedestrian advocacy group plans a visit to the Mobile Bay area next week, including street-corner meetings at dangerous intersections in downtown Mobile, and talks with Baldwin and Mobile county political and business leaders. In recognition of the group's visit, the Fairhope City Council on Monday passed a resolution promising that the city in the future will follow the 'complete streets' concept. Now, when street or sidewalk projects are planned, Fairhope must consider not only autos, but also buses, bicycles and pedestrians.

"'We don't have any other city in the state of Alabama on record advocating complete streets. Fairhope is the first,' said Sharon Z. Roerty, executive director of the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit National Center for Bicycling & Walking. Roerty and Mark Plotz, the group's program manager, are scheduled to arrive at Mobile Regional Airport on Monday. The pair plans a series of meetings on both sides of the bay through Friday, including sit-downs with local mayors, commissioners and council members. The group was invited by Smart Coast, a non-profit organization that works in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Smart Coast has hosted local conferences on long-term, sustainable community design..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygs86kp
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Title: "National group seeks to help Mobile area become walkable, bikeable"
Author: Russ Henderson

 

OHIO DOT STAFFERS WALK TO SCHOOL IN CHILLICOTHE

-> According to an Oct. 14th People's Defender article, "While teaming for a healthier, safer environment, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Manchester Local School District commemorated Walk to School Day by initiating a new sidewalk along U.S. 52 at the village's east side.

"Last week, students and staff from Manchester schools were joined by state and local officials to participate in the international Walk to School Day as a way to encourage better health and promote safe environments for walking and biking to school.

"'This was a wonderful opportunity to join not only our local community, but also millions of people from around the world to promote walking to school safely, and we are pleased to have been able to participate in this international event with the students and staff at Manchester,' said District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yk9glen
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Title: "ODOT walks to school with MLSD students"
Author: Staff

 

NEW JERSEY GROUPS CALL FOR COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

-> According to an Oct. 14th Asbury Park Press article, "Six groups representing senior citizens, transportation and environmental advocates have called on Gov. Jon S. Corzine to enact a 'complete streets' policy to require new and rebuilt roads be designed with safety features in response to a 33 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities this year. 'It would require engineers to design roads to accommodate all users, when new roads are built or existing roads are retrofitted,' said Zoe Baldwin, Tri-State Transportation Campaign New Jersey coordinator. "It would make sure all users are protected."

"Tri-State was joined in the request Tuesday by New Jersey Future, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the New Jersey Chapter of the AARP, Disability Rights New Jersey, and Environment New Jersey. The call for a policy came after a Tri-State analysis of state data showed a 33 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities. Through Sept. 30, the state had 121 pedestrian fatalities, compared to 91 in the same time period of 2008..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ylxlcwh
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Title: "Advocates want safer street policy, fewer pedestrian deaths"
Author: Larry Higgs

 

BEAVER VALLEY (CO) WALK TO SCHOOL DAY STARTS SOMETHING

-> According to an Oct. 13th Brush News-Tribune article, "The 2009 International Walk to School Day was an isolated event for some U.S. schools, but educators at Beaver Valley Elementary School will continue to promote walking and bicycling for the rest of the school year. During the Oct. 7 International Walk to School Day, students from Beaver Valley joined youngsters from an estimated 5,000 U.S. schools who either walked or rode their bicycles to school. The local students who ride the school bus had the opportunity to walk with adult escorts from Brush High School to Beaver Valley.

"The international event served as the kickoff for a local initiative, in which students can participate in a weekly 'walking school bus' and earn rewards for walking or bicycling to school all year long. 'We encourage parents to talk to your students about a safe route to walk or bike to school,' the school announced in a press release. 'Walking and biking to school reduces congestion and pollution around schools and provides opportunities for people to increase their physical activity and improve their health.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjwxg22
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Title: "Walk to School Day kicks off ongoing program"
Author: Jesse Chaney

 

LEXINGTON (KY) ADDRESSES COMPLETE STREET DESIGN

-> According to an Oct 9th note from Kenzie Gleason of the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, local residents will be gathering over the next few weeks to discuss how Lexington can create more livable streets, starting with an October 14th public meeting at Transylvania University. The result of the public process will be a design manual and policies that will be used to guide construction and reconstruction of streets throughout the Lexington area. According to Mayor Jim Newberry 'I encourage citizens to take part and help shape the type of community we want to be. Complete Streets will help make our community more livable and sustainable.'
 
Local planners see the project as a way to better integrate land use and transportation design and establish clear procedures for right-of-way design to create streets that are safe, attractive and convenient for travel by a variety of travel modes. Representatives of the Wallace, Roberts and Todd design firm, EHI Consultants, and QK4 company will help shepherd the process along.

For more info, contact Kenzie Gleason, Division of Planning, Lexington Fayette Urban Co. Government at <kgleason@lfucg.com>

 

GILBERT (AZ) KIDS OBSERVING WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH

-> According to an Oct. 13th Republic article, "Hundreds of Gilbert-area students are participating in Walk to School Month by either walking or riding their bicycles to school. Last Wednesday was the official 'Walk to School' day nationwide. The Town of Gilbert has encouraged schools to participate for the past two years as part of the National Safe Routes to School Program and the town's own Gilbert Safe Routes to School Project that has earned it federal recognition.

"Mayor John Lewis declared this October 'Walk to School Month.' Several schools have planned weekly events to encourage physical fitness, a reduction in pollution and cutbacks on fuel usage. The town is compiling a list of the schools involved to keep track of participation. Last week, about 400 students at Finley Farms walked to school on Wednesday, while roughly 300 walked to Oak Tree Elementary School that same day..."
Source: http://tinyurl.com/yfo29e7
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Title: "Gilbert kids observing Walk to School Month"
Author: Emily Gersema

 

D.C.'S UNION STATION BIKE STATION OPENS

According to the Oct. 9th AASHTO Journal, "The District of Columbia Department of Transportation on Monday opened its new Bikestation facility at Union Station as part of the city's efforts to promote more sustainable transportation options for its residents.

"Mayor Adrian Fenty joined DDOT Director Gabe Klein at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. The new facility, the first of its kind on the East Coast, offers bicycle parking, rentals, repairs, and accessories at the west end of Union Station. It holds up to 133 bicycles.

"'We are extremely pleased to be here to celebrate this new facility located strategically at the district's major transportation hub,' Fenty said. 'This is not just a facility but a testament to the type of green transportation the district embodies.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzbu9md

 

UTAH DOT SAVES $$ BY SENDING STAFF TO TRB GATHERING

-> According to an article in the Oct. 13th edition of TRB Transporation Research E-Newsletter, "The Utah Department of Transportation has realized more than $3.8 million in savings for every UDOT employee who has attended a TRB Annual Meeting since 2003, savings that have far surpassed the cost to UDOT of regularly sending their staff to the meeting. UDOT has developed and implemented a process for tracking the benefits to the Department that come from UDOT personnel's attendance at the TRB Annual Meeting..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhbbvdk

 

STANFORD FOOTBALL FANS BIKE IN RECORD NUMBERS

-> According to the Oct. 13th newsletter from California's Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, "A record-shattering number of bicycles were parked in the SVBC-run bike corrals at the first three Stanford home football games this season. September 19th saw 974 bikes, September 26th witnessed 1,002 cyclists, and October 3rd received 1,339 grateful riders. We're most grateful to the volunteers who did a great job watching the bikes; they even caught a bicycle thief who was about to run off with a bike from one of the corrals! If you'd like to volunteer at a game (and perhaps foil the efforts of would-be villains), there are still opportunities. Navigate to the SVBC website to learn more..."

More details at: http://tinyurl.com/yl7glhl


THE RESEARCH BEAT

U.S. KIDS TAKE IN 165 CAL/DAY MORE THAN THEY EXPEND

-> According to a Sept. 2009 article in the Journal of Adolescent Health, "Although a wide range of behavioral, genetic, biological, and environmental factors contribute to the development of obesity, energy imbalance resulting from limited physical activity and excess energy intake are considered the most important factors. Wang et al found that U.S. children and adolescents experienced an average 'energy gap' (i.e., surplus of energy intake over energy expenditure) of 165 calories per day over the period from the 1988 and 1994 NHANES to the 1999–2002 NHANES surveys, leading to an excess 10 pounds of body weight for all adolescents, 1 pound per year, on average. Overweight adolescents consumed an average of 700–1000 more calories per day, which resulted in an average weight gain of 58 extra pounds beyond that associated with normal growth, almost 6 pounds per year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yg5w7ud
Via RWJF Adolescent Obesity: http://tinyurl.com/yghj6nm

 

UNIV. OF N. ALABAMA HOSTS CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION PILOT

-> According to a Sept. 16th news release, The University of North Alabama (UNA) is piloting a childhood obesity prevention program, WAFF 48 News reports. Created as part of a collaborative agreement between UNA, the Lauderdale County Children's Policy Council and Infants and Children's Clinic, the six-month No PANE (Physical Activity and Nutrition Education) program addresses rapidly increasing childhood obesity rates in Lauderdale County. As part of the program, the UNA Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation will educate families on how to incorporate physical activity into their lifestyles. The UNA culinary arts program will also take part by teaching families how to make healthy food decisions; the program will not only provide healthy food for participants but will instruct them on how to prepare their own healthy meals..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yfgelhk
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity: http://tinyurl.com/yfczwus

 

CITY CORNER STORES: OBESITY ENABLERS?

-> According to an Oct. 12th eNews Park Forest article, "Children in Philadelphia who attended public schools and shopped at corner stores before or after school purchased almost 360 calories of foods and beverages per visit, according to new research published in Pediatrics. Chips, candy and sugar-sweetened beverages were the most frequently purchased items. This is the first study to document both what foods and beverages children purchased in local corner stores on their way to and from school, and the nutritional content of those items.

"Lead researcher Kelley Borradaile, Ph.D., from the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University, and colleagues from The Food Trust conducted over 800 surveys of students in grades 4 to 6 outside of 24 corner stores in Philadelphia. Research staff interviewed children about their purchases immediately after they were made, and also recorded the type, weight and size of each item purchased to collect nutritional information. Children in the study were from one of 10 urban K-8 schools, and over 80 percent of the students enrolled in the schools qualified for free or reduced-price meals.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yj69pln
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Title: "Study Shows a Little Money Buys a Lot of Calories at City Corner Stores"
Author: Staff

 


QUOTES R US


-> "So connected were the suburbs to an image of the good life that for a while we couldn't imagine anything else. We made walkable, compact communities illegal to build anew in approximately 99 percent of municipalities, and very few citizens viewed this policy -- if they even thought about it -- as anything other than normal..."
-- Robert Steuteville, Editor and Publisher, New Urban News
http://tinyurl.com/yzp7zhz

-> "Developers, planners, and homebuyers can break away from the 'Peter Pan' style of development, which assumes we'll never grow old. Housing that works for the elderly can work for other age groups too: a home that accommodates a walker or wheelchair will also serve mothers pushing strollers and able-bodied younger people..."
-- Alan DeLaTorre, Portland State University
http://tinyurl.com/yjexl89

-> "If you're at the center of a network, you are going to be more susceptible to anything that spreads through it. And if happiness is spreading more reliably, then on average you're going to be catching happy waves more often than you catch sad waves."
-- James Fowler, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego.
http://tinyurl.com/yf8ynl3

 

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PIANO STAIRS -- THE FUN THEORY
Source: http://tinyurl.com/yeyjrxz

WEST SEATTLE'S CREATIVE CROSSWALKS
"The pattern is made of a heat-transfer type of plastic called DuraTherm..."
Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjns8h8

 


RESOURCES

-> "EARLY ESTIMATES OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC FATALITIES..."
"...for the First Half (Jan-Jun) of 2009;" Traffic Safety Fact from NHTSA; DOT HS 811 207. Oct. 2009 (link to general info and link to 577kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yfe4xx6

-> "HEALTHY, EQUITABLE TRANSPORTATION POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS..."
"...and Research;" edited by Shireen Malekafzali, Senior Associate, PolicyLink. 2009 (general info and link to 3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/nn3xhn

-> "SOCIAL NETWORKS AND ICT IN LOCATION CHOICE"
Report by Tilahun & Levinson, Department of Civil Engineering University of Minnesota; for Center for Transportation Studies; Report no. CTS 09-19. August 2009 (basic info and link to 1.8mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ycrzuow

-> "STATE TRAFFIC SAFETY INFORMATION FOR YEAR 2008"
Online utility provides location based maps of fatal crashes for the years 2006-2008; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
http://tinyurl.com/3bvwkt

-> "REDMOND 2009 MOBILITY REPORT CARD"
Transportation Performance Monitoring System for Redmond (WA); Chapter 7 of the Transportation Master Plan. 2009 (673kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yhcsxnn
Master Plan page w/other documents: http://tinyurl.com/yfn9bol

 


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!

-> October 15-16, 2009, How to Turn a Place Around Course, New York, NY. Info: 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: http://tinyurl.com/cx5xvr

-> January 10-14, 2010, Transportation Research Board (TRB) 89th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ygxam78

-> February 4-6, 2010, 9th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Seattle, WA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yh3fg7d

-> February 7-10, 2010, 10th American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Scientific Meeting, Clearwater Beach, FL. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/of2yqb

-> 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

-> June 13-18, 2010, Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yf5chyl

-> 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 -- STATE PGMS ADMIN -- WA ST PARKS & REC COMM

Location: Tumwater, Washington
Salary: Up to $91,524 annually, depending on qualifications
Posting Date: September 22, 2009
Closing Date: Open until filled.  First review will begin on October 14, 2009.
 
AGENCY PROFILE: Agency goals and policies are established by the seven-member Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
 
More info: Colleen Maguire, Risk Manager and, Assistant to the Director of Administration, Finance and Technology, 1111 Israel Road SW PO Box 42650, Olympia WA 98504-2650; phone: (360) 902-8544; email: <colleen.maguire@parks.wa.gov>
http://tinyurl.com/y92am2z

-> JOB -- DIRECTOR -- LIFE CYCLE UK

Life Cycle UK is currently recruiting for an inspirational new director to replace Peter Andrews who is off to pastures new. This is a golden opportunity for an ambitious and talented person who is passionate about cycling to lead this thriving charity through its next stage of development. You will need to be able to cope with a multitude of tasks and challenges, to be good at detail and the minutiae of Life Cycle's day-to-day activities, and you also need to have regard for the bigger picture. You will be responsible for a staff team of seven and a pool of freelance instructors and mechanics. The successful applicant will be responsible for managing the on-going operation of Life Cycle as well as the longer term development and growth of the organisation.

Salary: £28,000 - £34,000 depending on experience.
Closing date for application 30th October.

For more information see: http://tinyurl.com/yc8kmhg

 

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE ALLIANCE OF WA.
 
Are you passionate about bicycling? Are you an executive leader that wants to lend your skills to an organization that advocates for bicyclists and a bike-friendly Washington? Bicycle Alliance of Washington (BAW) seeks an Executive Director to lead the nonprofit organization which is comprised of more than 2,000 members who are engaged in the goal of making Washington State more bike-friendly. The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission, annual work plans and financial objectives. The Executive Director will supervise four full-time staff, a half-time contract Development Director and a contract lobbyist.
 
Desired Job Qualifications:
-- Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
-- 4-6 years experience (2 years in a leadership role)
-- 3-5 years direct fundraising experience
-- Experience working for or on a non-profit board of directors
-- Knowledge of bicycle design and education principles
 
The search is being managed by a board-search committee, with support from Alford Group Executive Search. To apply, all candidates should submit their cover letter and resume and complete the online application at http://tinyurl.com/lbpm9n. All other inquiries should be directed to: Donna at <donnag@bicyclealliance.org>. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
 
For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lbpm9n and click on "Current Searches."
 

-> 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

 


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