#243 Wednesday, December 23, 2009


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.

----- NCBW, a Year in Review
----- IPA Guide Being Updated for 2010
----- In 2010: the Meek Shall Inherit the Streets
----- All Aboard the Data Collection Train
----- NJDOT Adopts a Complete Streets Policy
----- Peirce on Transportation Policy Evolution
----- 2010 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards
----- NIH to Spend $37M in Obesity Battle
----- Catch the David Engwicht World Tour 2010!
----- UK Study: Few Car/Bike Crashes Caused by Bicyclists
----- Seeking Low-Income Diverse Community SRTS Examples
----- Take Transportation for America's Survey
----- 2009 MUTCD is Now Available
----- Cycling to School Triples in Wales
----- 2010 Active Living Research Conference: Feb. 9-11
----- Start Planning for the 2010 Walk21 Conference!
----- Funds Short to Make Streets Walkable
----- UK 20 mph Campaign Picks up Speed

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Court Partly Lifts 2006 S.F Bike Plan Injunction
----- Manhattan (KS) Golf Club's Extensive Bike Path System
----- St. Paul Gets Serious About Snow Removal
----- Indiana MPO to Consider Policy
----- Tap Foot, Lights Blink, Cross Street

----- New Study Questions Big Trucks, Nighttime Use
----- SRTS Protects Children Walking and Bicycling
----- Could Bad Driving Have a Genetic Basis?
----- MIT's Senseable City Lab Develops New Bike Wheel

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NCBW, A Year in Review
By Sharon Z. Roerty, AICP/PP, Executive Director NCBW

-> At NCBW we have a yearend tradition of having staff contribute articles to the last issue in December. Staff can write about anything that stood out to them during the year. I would like to start out my article by recognizing and thanking the staff.

John Williams -- on staff since 1991, the longest serving member of the staff and well known throughout the land as the answer man in the bike/ped world and Editor of CenterLines. John’s office is in Missoula, Montana.

Mark Plotz -- Mark joined NCBW in 2003 and specializes in the Safe Routes to School program design and walkable and bicycle-friendly community workshops. He is NCBW’s Washington DC representative in matters of federal transportation policy as a member of the board of the America Bikes Coalition and Complete Street Coalition. Mark Plotz is a competitive road and cyclocross racer, in addition to being a year-round bicycle commuter.

Holly Carapella -- Holly is the newest member of our associated staff. She is providing program support to our Active Living Resource Center. Holly has spent time working for two metropolitan planning organizations (one in Florida and one in New Jersey) and as a planner for a small municipality in Florida. She also served as a Research Associate for the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida for five years focusing on developing transit development plans and transportation disadvantaged service plans in the State of Florida. Welcome, Holly.

Josh Levin -- is our Bike/Ped Planner (we all are but Josh requested that title). In 2008 Josh graduated from the University of Colorado with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. His experience includes a stint as a Capitol Hill intern in Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s office. He also served as an intern at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, D.C. Josh provides valuable researcher and GIS support. He lives in Brooklyn and commutes by train and foot to the South Orange, NJ office.

Jimmy Johnston -- is our Web Administrator and Information Management Specialist. Jimmy is also an Adjunct Professor at Morris County Community College in NJ. He teaches network management courses.

Vin Brown -- is our accounts administrator. Vin is a CPA; he keeps an office in Raymond, Maine.

Much thanks to the staff for always working as a team to deliver the projects and products of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

For me, quick highlights of 2009 would include Transportation Secretary LaHood’s support of the Office of Livability. What is especially promising is the coordination that is occurring with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency to establish this Office. Hopefully we are moving to a new era of infrastructure development. Other highlights include Congressman Blumenauer’s support for safe routes to high schools; and everything NYC has done to prioritize pedestrian mobility and streets as places for people. Go NYC DOT! And speaking of DOTs, NJDOT’s most recent adoption of a Complete Streets Policy is a great move forward for my home state. NCBW was very pleased to play a support role in the adoption of Complete Streets resolutions in Fairhope and Daphne, AL. And we have been very pleased with the release and publicity that Mary Collins book, American Idle has received.

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is all about creating more walkable and bikeable communities. We have no formal members – what we have is a cause and we’ve been at it for 33 years. My hope for 2010 as we continue to push and work for the adoption of transportation policies at the national, state and local level is that we move toward an innovative and integrative transportation system; that we prioritize the most vulnerable system users namely bicyclists, pedestrians and people who are underrepresented; and that we invest in project development. Having good shovel ready projects requires some work on the front end.

By Holly Carapella

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is happy to announce that our most distributed and downloaded publication, the "Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design -- A Guide for Public Health Practitioners” or IPA Guide, is currently undergoing revisions. The original report was published in May 2002 and since then it has been read by tens of thousands of people. The past year we have seen demand for the IPA Guide surge as our nation has explored all aspects of health reform, including prevention through community design. As Sharon Roerty notes, “public policy and transportation decisions will increasingly turn on the question of their health impacts; we felt that now was an opportune time to update the IPA Guide."

Look for the revised report to be available on the NCBW website, and in print, by mid 2010. The current version is still available for download on our website at:

A local perspective, by Mark Plotz

-> The snowstorm that hit the Washington DC area over the weekend meant misery for millions of east coast travelers. We had over sixteen inches accumulate in my neighborhood by the time the snow stopped falling. My flight was canceled, so to satisfy my jones for people watching, I stepped out into the storm to watch DC motorists practice their winter driving skills.

Thirty feet from my front door is 16th Street, which, on any other day, is six lanes of motorists driving into and out of the city as fast as they possibly can, speed limits, red lights, cyclists, and ducklings be damned. But on this day there wasn’t a car in sight; instead, the meek had inherited the streets. There is something beautifully subversive about the sight of a father and child, sled in tow, walking down this street, not fearing for their safety, not breathing in exhaust fumes, only enjoying the journey.

For a fleeting 24 hours we had parity in our transportation system, and the people I met walking around my neighborhood couldn’t have been happier. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the beginning of the year when another disaster (man-made) cleared the District’s streets of traffic: the Inauguration of Barak Obama. Predictions of epic traffic were made so people walked, biked, took transit, or simply stayed away. WABA took over the intersection of 16th and K Street, parking hundreds of bikes for Inauguration goers. And people were happy.

I have hope that in 2010, with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association growing in size and strength, a DDOT director willing to try out progressive ideas like contraflow bike lanes, and a Secretary of Transportation who can combine ‘livability’ with ‘transportation’ in the same sentence(!), that the people of the District (and cities elsewhere) will not have to wait for another historic presidential election or crippling snowstorm to have streets that can be enjoyed by all; where safety and mobility are public goods, not assurances that are purchased privately with car ownership. Yes, it’s an audacious hope.

WABA website: http://tinyurl.com/yvkkrs

National Association of City Transportation Officials' Cities for Cycling project:

By John Levin

-> Before health care and carbon emissions stole the legislative spotlight, many reforms were being talked about on Capitol Hill for the Department of Transportation. One thing that caught my attention during the transportation bill debate, this past summer, was the talk about increasing federal investment in modeling and data gathering to improve the technical capability of MPOs. Both Secretary LaHood and President Obama came out in support of this policy as a way to bring a greater degree of reliability and consistency across regional governments. With additional funding for data gathering and transportation modeling the planning process would be more performance-based. This in turn would allow the FTA and FHWA to better assess MPOs' progress in achieving specific performance based results.

This commitment by the Obama administration is one of importance that is sure not to receive the same interest as high speed rail, but it is after all just as important. This became apparent to me while I was working on a project in southern Alabama. Much of my work has revolved around existing conditions reporting and so far I have found that the consistency and reliability for data at the MPO level varies. Funding for an extensive data collection and modeling effort at the MPO level strengthens the region as it provides data resources to communities big or small. A lack of such data has meant that municipalities have planned under the status quo of sprawl with little consideration to the region as a whole.

With the new transportation bill being put on hold until next year, there is hope that a provision such as increased funding for data gathering and modeling will be included in the final bill. Under the current data collection system only the National Household Travel Survey comes close to providing some form of travel data to model; however the five to six year lull between the surveys means data is outdated within a year. With budgets tighter than ever it’s even more important that we plan the right way the first time around. That is, with sound data and not just grand visions and piece meal estimates.

By Sharon Z. Roerty

-> The bad news in NJ is that there was an 18% increase in pedestrian fatalities over the last year (2008 to 2009). The good news is that NJDOT has acknowledged the problem and last week the Department institutionalized a Complete Streets Policy. The policy states, "This policy will be implemented through the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of new and retrofit transportation facilities within public rights of way that are federally or state funded... This new policy supersedes the 1989 Bicycle & Pedestrian Policy and will ensure that all who use our state highway system are accommodated."

Sheree Davis is NJDOT’s Acting Manager for the Bureau of Commuter & Mobility Strategies; she has been with the Department for 24 years. When asked what made this policy different from the way that NJDOT has been planning and building roadways, Ms. Davis wasted no time in responding. "This Complete Streets Policy is a profound statement by the Department that all users on New Jersey state roadways deserve to be safely accommodated. Our next steps are to institutionalize all aspects of this policy into our project pipeline delivery process and to work with local and regional jurisdictions to encourage them to adopt similar policies."

On implementation the policy recognizes that, "Transportation facilities are long-term investments that shall anticipate likely future demand for bicycling and walking facilities and not preclude the provision of future improvements." The policy includes 13 directives to NJDOT staff, while we applaud all of them the following four merit special attention:

  • Address the need for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross roadway corridors as well as travel along them.
  • Consider connections for Safe Routes to School, Safe Routes to Transit, Transit Villages, trail crossings and areas or population groups with limited transportation options in all roadway improvement projects.
  • Implement training for Engineers and Planners on Bicycle/Pedestrian/Transit policies and integration of non-motorized travel options into the transportation system.
  • Establish Performance Measures to gauge success.

While I would prefer that "consider connections" read "ensure connections," we’ll take it and not make the perfect the enemy of the good. What stands out about this policy is that it recognizes transportation facilities as long term investments and that it is taking a view that Complete Streets are good projects developed through a process, as Ms. Davis and those of us that are steeped in transportation planning in NJ know it -- it is the pipeline process (strategic, coordinated project development).


-> In a Dec. 20th Citywire.net article, Neal Peirce asked, "Can you imagine several hundred of this capital city’s policy wonks turning out for a two-hour discussion of bicycling? A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable. But last week it happened, sponsored by the esteemed Brookings Institution, at a prime U.S. Capitol-view room of the fancy new Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue."

"It may have helped that the program included musician-artist-cultural innovator David Byrne, whose decades of observing cities worldwide–often from the seat of his bicycle–is reflected in his book, 'Bicycle Diaries' (Viking). But the new buzz about cycling is clearly a mark of the times. You can credit snarled traffic, ennui with driving, rising oil prices and/or concern about greenhouse gas emissions..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8q9qdv


-> According to an announcement from the American Planning Association (APA) is continuing its support of the Transportation Planning Excellence Awards Program, "a biennial awards program developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to recognize outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices. Eligible nominations must be for a project, process, group, or individual involved in a project or process that has used FHWA and/or FTA funding sources to make an outstanding contribution to the field of transportation planning. Award winners will be announced in the summer of 2010..." The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2010.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybtguns


-> According to a Dec. 10th news release from the National Institutes of Health, "The National Institutes of Health is launching a $37 million program that will use findings from basic research on human behavior to develop more effective interventions to reduce obesity. The program, Translating Basic Behavioral and Social Science Discoveries into Interventions to Reduce Obesity, will fund interdisciplinary teams of researchers at seven research sites."

"Investigators will conduct experimental research, formative research to increase understanding of populations being studied, small studies known as proof of concept trials, and pilot and feasibility studies to identify promising new avenues for encouraging behaviors that prevent or treat obesity. The program is led by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in partnership with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y9x6tky

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/ylbknxu


-> According to the December issue of Creative Communities Newsletter, "David Engwicht will be doing a world tour in 2010 and will offer three one-day workshops: 'The Art of Place Making: beyond design (place making on a shoe-string)', 'Creative Bureaucracies, Creative Places: getting outside the square', 'Place Making CLINIC: innovative process, innovative action plans.'"

Tour dates: New Zealand (February 2010); Australia (March 2010), North America (April 2010), Europe (May 2010), and Australia (October 2010)

For details, contact Andrea: <andrea@creative-communities.com>

or go to: http://tinyurl.com/yggbc7b


-> According to a Dec. 15th Guardian article, "A tiny proportion of accidents involving cyclists are caused by riders jumping red lights or stop signs, or failing to wear high-visibility clothing and use lights, a government-commissioned study has discovered. The findings appear to contradict a spate of recent reports speculating that risky behaviour by riders, such as listening to music players while cycling, could be behind a near 20% rise in cyclist deaths and serious injuries in the second quarter of this year."

"The study, carried out for the Department for Transport, found that in 2% of cases where cyclists were seriously injured in collisions with other road users police said that the rider disobeying a stop sign or traffic light was a likely contributing factor. Wearing dark clothing at night was seen as a potential cause in about 2.5% of cases, and failure to use lights was mentioned 2% of the time..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8rbeyk
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Title: "Risky cycling rarely to blame for bike accidents, study finds"
Author: Peter Walker


-> According to a Dec. 17th announcement, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is looking for examples of low-income, urban, rural, and/or communities of color that "show promise in implementing SRTS and overcoming barriers like crime, limited financial resources, language and cultural barriers, staff turnover, and more."

Send suggestions to Margo Pedroso at <margo@saferoutespartnership.org>.


-> According to a Dec. 21st note from James Corless, director of Transportation for America, "Together we've pressured Congress to invest in the 21st century transportation system America needs. We've stood up for mass transit. And we've fought back when legislators tried to chop funding for initiatives like high-speed rail and infrastructure that makes our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Thank you for being a part of our work in 2009! Now, with the New Year fast approaching, we're gearing up to make 2010 a game-changing year. And as we put the final touches on our strategy, we want to know what you think."

Take the survey before December 31: http://tinyurl.com/yhhty5c


-> According to a recent Federal Highway Administration announcement, "On December 16, 2009 a final rule adopting the 2009 Edition of the 'Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices' was published in the Federal Register. States must adopt the 2009 National MUTCD as their legal State standard for traffic control devices within two years."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/gvgtr

For a downloadable pdf, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y8j2kea


-> According to the December Sustrans newsletter, "Thousands of pupils in twenty-four schools across Conwy and Neath Port Talbot have improved their health, reduced their carbon emissions and cut local congestion since becoming involved with Bike It."

"Bike It came to Wales in September 2008 and has achieved great results in its first year. Prior to Bike It only 13 per cent of children in Conwy and Neath Port Talbot cycled to school once a week. A year on, this has increased to 39 per cent and the number of children that never cycle to school has almost halved..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yahmlrx


-> According to the conference website, "The theme for the 2010 Active Living Research Annual Conference is Engaging Communities to Create Active Living Environments. The theme encompasses multiple research areas that are related to ALR's goal of reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. To enhance the relevance and impact of research, it is important to engage communities in defining research questions, identifying promising environmental and policy solutions, and ensuring results are meaningful to the people who are affected. The theme also includes research on communicating research to communities and engaging communities in using research to advocate for improved conditions to support active living."

"A secondary theme of the conference is Accelerating Progress in Reversing Childhood Obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and ALR have a goal of reversing the epidemic by 2015, which is just a few years away. Slow, steady change will not be sufficient to meet this goal, so we'll examine potential solutions that can be implemented both rapidly and widely. Creative thinking, unexpected partnerships, bold communication strategies, and innovative research and evaluation methods will be explored. The conference agenda will contain a variety of breakfast roundtable discussions, keynote speaker, plenary and concurrent presentations, as well as panel presentations. The conference is not CME (continuing medical education) or CEU (continuing education units) accredited..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lvzgvv


-> According to a recent announcement, "You are invited to join us for the XI International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities in The Haag, The Netherlands. The conference will take place in the magnificent Kurhaus Hotel on the beaches of Scheveningen. The conference will be hosted by The Government of The Netherlands and the municipality of The Hague. It will present an unique partnership with the ICTCT and OECD, concluding the work of the PQN, Pedestrian Quality Needs project and presenting findings from a number of other projects."

"There will be a range of pre and post conference activities as well as walkshops and meetings throughout the conference itself. The Call for Papers will be issued shortly, with submissions due in February. For more information please contact us here at info@walk21.com. More details of the conference themes, papers, ideas and opportunities will continue to be added to these pages. We look forward to seeing you in The Hague in 2010"

The theme is "Getting communities back on their feet" November 17-19, 2010

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y9oo6uc


-> According to the Dec. 17th New Urban News, "Even in smart growth strongholds like Portland, Oregon, new walkable neighborhoods are rare because of scant funds. One of the keys to reducing automobile travel — and thus cutting greenhouse gas emissions -- is the creation of relatively dense neighborhoods where people can reach destinations on foot or by mass transit."

"But a shortage of funds to build local streets is making it difficult to develop more than a sprinkling of such neighborhoods, even in the regions that want them. 'That was the provocative analysis offered by Stuart Gwin, senior planner in the Portland Bureau of Transportation, during a Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) transportation summit in downtown Portland, Oregon Nov. 4-6, which brought together 170 new urbanists and transportation specialists from throughout North America..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygavlxr

Via the Dec. 17th CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/yc9f67o


-> According to the Dec. 12th Newsnet, newsletter of the U.K.'s Cyclist Touring Club, "New proposals will allow councils in England to bring in more 20 mph speed limit areas without having to introduce traffic-calming measures such as speed humps. Road Safety Minister Paul Clark encouraged councils to introduce the 20mph schemes into residential streets and other roads where there are lots of cyclists and pedestrians."

"He also renewed his call for a review of speed limits on rural roads. CTC campaigns for 20 mph and is pleased The Department for Transport is changing its guidance to give a stronger backing to the use of 20 mph zones and speed limits. CTC also wants to see Wales, Scotland and NI do more to promote 20 mph too. The consultation follows evidence as to how 20 mph zones in London have reduced casualties and a new report on traffic speeds from the UK Noise Association which calls for lower speed limits as the best way to reduce traffic-related noise..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yan5f5f



-> According to a Nov. 25th news release, "Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) welcomed the order issued today by the San Francisco Superior Court to partially lift the 2006 injunction against the City’s Bike Plan."

"The modification allows the SFMTA Bike Program to begin implementation of bicycle network improvements. 'While we had hoped for the complete removal of the injunction, this order paves the way for real growth in bicycling in San Francisco,' said Mayor Newsom."

""'Making bicycling safer and more attractive improves San Francisco's environment and helps people lead healthier lives.' 'The SFMTA is poised to make San Francisco the pre-eminent city for bicycling in North America,' said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. 'Today's action by the Superior Court will foster the responsible promotion of bicycling envisioned in the Charter-mandated Transit First policy.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybnpelb


-> According to a Nov. 12th City of Manhattan (KS) news release by Victoria McKennan, "As Manhattan’s only master-planned golf course community, Grand Mere Development has generated interest with a variety of housing options, commercial opportunities, and almost 300 acres of land for recreational golf. What people may not know is that the plan includes an extensive bike path system intended to connect with the rest of Manhattan’s transportation network. Recently, I had the opportunity to explore the development and sit down with Project Director Jerry Petty, to learn more about how bike paths are incorporated into the master plan. "

"How many miles of paths are included? 'Approximately 4 miles of separate trails are already in place, and about 6-8 total miles have been planned.'"

"Will the paths be open to all Manhattan residents? 'Yes, all paths are public.'"

"Why were bike paths important to include in the master plan? 'Bicycle and pedestrian connections are important pieces of the transportation network. The owners of Grand Mere want a complete development; they did not want to leave an element of transportation out.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yacqj24

Via Kansas Cyclist: http://tinyurl.com/y8t2a2m


-> In a Dec. 9th note, Brady Clark wrote, "St. Paul Smart Trips has launched a campaign with the City of Saint Paul to educate people about the rules for sidewalk snow removal and what resources are available. On the eve of the first major snow storm in the Twin Cities, residents are being encouraged to pick up informational door hangers to distribute throughout the winter in their neighborhoods. The goal of the campaign is to ensure safer and more accessible sidewalks in the winter to all users, with particular regard to transit-riders, those with disabilities and the elderly."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhlp523

More info here: http://tinyurl.com/yk74rtz


-> According to the Dec. 16th Complete Streets News, "The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's Mitch Barloga introduced a draft complete streets policy last Tuesday. In introducing the policy, he noted the growth in complete streets policies in the region, including a bill to be introduced in the Indiana General Assembly in 2010. One issue under debate is whether the final version of the MPO policy will penalize projects that don't meet complete streets standards. The agency's Transportation Planning Committee has expressed some hesitance, calling for greater public education. A final draft policy is expected in January, addressing the Committee's comments, and Barloga hopes for final approval of the Commission in February..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yllrowc


-> According to a March 17, 2009 StreetFilms article by Clarence Eckerson, Jr., "Along Seattle's historic waterfront I happened upon a unique pedestrian-activated crosswalk that blinks as people cross. Yes, I have seen over a dozen lighted ped signals before in myriad cities, but all required the user to press a button to manually begin the cycle. So, you ask, how is this one different?..."

Source (and video!): http://tinyurl.com/yd87p8c



->An article in the Winter 2009 NewsBITS, newsletter of the University California Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies, asked: "True or false?"

  1. "Transporting freight in large trucks creates fewer emissions than moving it in a greater number of smaller trucks."
  2. "Moving freight at night rather than during the day reduces human exposure to unhealthy emissions such as particulate matter, which has been implicated in respiratory and heart diseases."

"Policy makers over the last 15 years would answer 'true' to both questions, and have done their best to mitigate the negative environmental effects of transporting goods by shifting to larger trucks as well as moving them during off-peak hours and at night. But Nakul Sathaye, an ITS post doc who spent several years examining the issues of so-called 'green logistics' policies for his doctoral dissertation, says it's not so simple; his research indicates that these commonly accepted policies are based on incomplete information..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ykvnlfr


->According to a Dec. 15th news release, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a new national report showing how Safe Routes to School programs can be harnessed to keep children safe from traffic dangers while walking and bicycling to school. Entitled, Safe Routes to School: Putting Traffic Safety First - How Safe Routes to School Initiatives Protect Children Walking and Bicycling, the report explores the approaches five different communities used through Safe Routes to School to create safer environments for children walking and bicycling."

"The five communities (Santa Rosa, CA; Miami-Dade County, FL; state of ME; Springfield, MO; and Portland, OR) each demonstrate how Safe Routes to School evaluation, education, encouragement, enforcement, and engineering can address traffic safety concerns. Many of these safety improvements are made at relatively low costs to communities and schools, yet have profound effects on keeping children safe while also improving physical health and the environment..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygg8sv6

Download the report here: http://tinyurl.com/yjclfjj


-> According to an Oct. 28th U.C. Irvine news release, "Bad drivers may in part have their genes to blame, suggests a new study by UC Irvine neuroscientists. People with a particular gene variant performed more than 20 percent worse on a driving test than people without it -- and a follow-up test a few days later yielded similar results. About 30 percent of Americans have the variant. 'These people make more errors from the get-go, and they forget more of what they learned after time away,' says Dr. Steven Cramer, neurology associate professor and senior author of the study published recently in the journal Cerebral Cortex.."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ykv5upk

Via Drivers.com: http://tinyurl.com/yzwwew9


-> According to a Dec. 14th New York Times article, "The new wheel uses a kinetic energy recovery system, the same technology used by hybrid cars, like the Toyota Prius, to harvest otherwise wasted energy when a cyclist brakes or speeds down a hill. With that energy, it charges up a battery inside the wheel's hub..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybeqozc
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Title: "For Bicyclists Needing a Boost, This Wheel May Help"
Author: Sindya N. Bhanoo


-> "A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world."
-- Paul Dudley White

-> "Anywhere is walking distance, if you've got the time."
-- Stephen Wright



In CenterLines 226 (4/29/09), thanks to reader Nate Vogt, we included a brief article about a man who built a motorized bar stool, which he used to go from home to the bar and back. The story was crazy enough to fit the "Something Completely Different" section. Recently, Nate sent a follow-up article and an eBAY announcement. Turns out the owner is a deadbeat dad and is selling the bar stool to cover child support. Oh, and there's a country song...

Original story: http://tinyurl.com/cm8nwt

Recent story: http://tinyurl.com/yd6avqj

eBay: http://tinyurl.com/yecwbuu


WEBINAR: "Selection of Crosswalk Markings and Other Treatments at Unsignalized Pedestrian Crossings"

Date: Jan. 21, 2010, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., EST

Presenter: Charlie Zegeer, Director, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Host: UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Cost: None

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yegkdp9

Questions: <webinars@hsrc.unc.edu>


"...Obesity in Children;" article by Zimmerman and Bell; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.155119. Dec. 17, 2009

"...From a Group-Randomized Trial;" article by Siegel, Prelip, Toller Erausquin, and Kim; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2008.154153. Dec. 17, 2009

"...Smart Transportation Strategies Can Achieve Emission Reduction Targets And Provide Other Important Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits;" report by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. December 16, 2009


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:


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

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

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

-> February 9-11, 2010, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Info:

-> March 27, 2010 -- Michigan Bicycle Summit in Lansing, MI. Info:

-> April 8, 2010, Florida Bike Summit, Tallahassee FL. Info:

-> May 2-5, 2010, National Main Streets Conference, Oklahoma City. Info:

-> May 11-13, 2010, Pro Bike/Pro Walk Florida 2010, Lakeland, FL. Info:

-> May 26, 2010 --  Michigan Bicycle Advocacy Day in Lansing, MI. Info: 

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

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

-> June 22-25, 2010, Velo-city Global 2010, Copenhagen, DK. Info:

-> Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2010, 3rd International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, Australia. Info:

-> September 13-17, 2010. Pro Walk/Pro Bike, the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling, Chattanooga, Tennessee.



Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy Project Coordinator (full time), Grant County Health Council/Gila Regional Medical Center, Silver City, New Mexico; Active living activities include: development of environmental supports relevant to every day living including complete streets, safe play spaces and trails connecting rural communities. Nutrition activities include: creation of local Food Policy Council, addressing food system infrastructure and creating public-private partnerships, food purchasing and storage agreements.



Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a national nonprofit organization advocating healthier lifestyles by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, RTC is one of the most respected trail advocacy organizations in the nation with more than 100,000 members and supporters. After helping create more than 15,000 miles of rail-trail over the last 23 years, RTC has an ambitious goal for the future: by 2020, 90 percent of Americans will live within three miles of a trail system. RTC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

- Director, New Media (Full-Time): RTC seeks to hire an innovative professional in the field of "new media" to manage our daily Web and online communications operations and coordinate the growth of our programmatic and fundraising e-platform. For the announcement, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ykhucaq

- Director, Research (Full-Time): Director of Research responsible for managing all aspects of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's research initiatives. For the announcement, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y854lne


The Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking is seeking a program manager to run three new programs:
- Statewide Safe Routes to School Promotion
- Car-Free Commuter Options
- Bicycle Education

Successful applicants will have to be able to work successfully with minimal supervision, to create and run these programs. Applicants must have personal experience with and a passion for active transportation. We prefer to hire one full-time individual for all three programs, but will also consider part-time hires for specific programs.

Existing grants fund these programs for the initial 18-24 months; part of the program manager's responsibility will be to help the organization develop sources of funding to continue these or similar programs, so that this position can be continued beyond this initial funding.

  1. Safe Routes to School -- Missouri, state-wide. Promote Missouri Walk to School month statewide. Produce Safe Routes newsletter, e-newsletter, and web page for Missouri Safe Routes community. Oversee creation and editing of Missouri Safe Routes to School Guidebook.
  2. Car-Free Commuter Options -- Kansas City metro area. Organize and coordinate annual Bike Week programs. Oversee year-round commuter options encouragement programs.
  3. Bicycle Education -- Kansas City metro area. Conduct monthly bicycle education and road skills clinics...

For the full announcement, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ydoxmgm


- Member Services Intern: Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking an intern to help with our work to create, strengthen and unite state and local advocacy movement. The Membership Services Intern will gain firsthand knowledge working with the member organizations of our international coalition.

Work includes assisting with membership outreach, prospect acquisition, database development, website updates, member resource development, event coordination, and annual appeals. This internship offers a flexible schedule with a fifteen-hour-a-week minimum commitment for three months. This position is based in Washington, DC. A modest stipend up to $1,500 will be available.

Deadline for applications is January 3, 2010. For details and application instructions see http://tinyurl.com/oct357

- Communications Intern: Alliance for Biking & Walking is seeking an intern to help with our work to create, strengthen and unite the grassroots biking and walking advocacy movement. The Communications Intern will have a unique opportunity to work firsthand with a national non-profit.

Work includes regular editing and writing for web and print communications, administering and editing an online resources and photo library, outreach and research for Alliance publications, assisting with mailings, compiling the Alliance’s monthly e-newsletter, outreach to sponsor and partner groups, and other general communications tasks. This is a virtual internship (meaning you work from home) offering a flexible schedule with a fifteen-hour-a-week minimum commitment. The ideal candidate will be based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A modest stipend of $1,500 will be available.

Deadline for applications is January 3, 2010. For details and application instructions see http://tinyurl.com/oct357

- Program Intern: Alliance for Biking & Walking is seeking an intern to help with our work to create, strengthen and unite the grassroots biking and walking advocacy movement. The Program Intern will gain first hand knowledge working with a national coalition on programs including trainings, grants, organizational development, and resource development.

Tasks may include editing training and retreat materials, reviewing grant applications, outreach to grant applicants and volunteers, updating database to assist with organizational development efforts, outreach to our member organizations, and compiling resources for members, and more. This position is based in Washington, DC. A modest stipend up to $1,500 will be available.

Deadline for applications is January 3, 2010. For details and application instructions see http://tinyurl.com/oct357



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