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#244 Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2010® Chattanooga
----- LaHood Responds to Sen. Coburn Rant on Bike Paths
----- Advocacy Advance Helps You Find Federal $$
----- "Main Street" $$ Heading for the Highway
----- Safe Routes State Network Project Expands
----- Famous Designer Does Bike/Ped Bridge Projects
----- USDOT Updates Transportation Planning Site
----- Brewery Broadens Social Bike Program
----- Bike City Amsterdam to Promote Electric Cars?
----- Rep. Fudge Launches Bid to Fight Childhood Obesity
----- UK Mum Swaps Mobility Scooter for Trike
----- Older Drivers' Choice: Safety vs. Mobility?

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- Alabama Trails Commission in The Making
----- Chickasaw (AL) Adopts Complete Streets Resolution
----- Fort Bliss (PA) Development to be Walkable, Compact
----- UPS Delivers by Bike in Santa Barbara
----- Cars, Community Gain Equal Footing in Denver
----- Portland (OR) Village Building Convergence Seeks Projects
----- Flagstaff (AZ) Walker/Biker Wins Citizen of Year Award
----- S.F. Cyclists: Cycletracks Map App is Here!

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----- Preventive Medicine Journal Focuses On Active Living
----- Study: Obesity Rise Hurts More than Smoking
----- Traffic Pollution & Dementia in Elderly Women
----- Evolution of the Barefoot Shoe
----- Dutch Study Looks at Cyclist/Wildlife Conflicts

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
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- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2010® CHATTANOOGA, "BRINGING LIVABLE COMMUNITIES AND REGIONS TO SCALE"
By Sharon Z. Roerty, AICP/PP, Executive Director NCBW

-> There is plenty to look forward to in 2010: a new transportation bill; the realization of the Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities and possibly a Federal Office of Livability; increased participation in and funding for Safe Routes to School; a national complete streets policy; health reform; the end to the great recession; and Pro Walk / Pro BikeŽ 2010 Chattanooga. Behind the scenes planning for Pro Walk / Pro BikeŽ has begun, and the heavy machinery is being amassed.

The theme for 2010 is, "Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale." Chattanooga and the south-east region will serve up many examples of what can be done in small and mid-size cities and rural regions to make livable communities come to life. Chattanooga named by Bicycling Magazine as one of the best cycling cities in the U.S. is an excellent example of what can happen when a group of advocates, professionals and outdoor enthusiasts come together and set their sights on (re)creating a place to live, work and play.

In the January 20th CenterLines, and possibly sooner on bikewalk.org, we will announce our Call for Proposals. But nothing should be preventing you from starting to sketch out topical proposals to do group presentations, an interactive workshop or a poster session. Heads-up we'll be looking to showcase good bike/ped projects that were built with stimulus money; trans-discipline approaches to building livable communities; programs and approaches that can demonstrate promising environmental and policy solutions, and ensure meaningful results to the people who are affected; projects that make it possible for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike everywhere all the time.

We'll be looking for sessions that put transportation projects that don't include bicycling and walking under the scope of environmental and social justice. We are expecting great participation from the transportation and health sector but we are also hoping to engage professionals and advocates from housing, the environment and energy sector as well as economists who can help us quantify the benefits.

Pro Walk / Pro Bike® 2010 will take place in Chattanooga, TN., September 13-17. All are welcomed. Information is available at http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.php. If you are interested in being a high visibility conference sponsor please contact <sharon@bikewalk.org>.

LAHOOD RESPONDS TO SEN. COBURN RANT ON BIKE PATHS

-> In his Dec. 9th Fast Lane blog entry, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asked, "Should biking advocates be angry that Senator Tom Coburn included two bike paths in his latest list of stimulus 'waste'? Or thrilled that the Senator singled them out? As reported by the Washington Times, Coburn said, 'When we run $1.4 trillion deficits, the money we spend ought to be a high priority for the American people as a whole.'"

"What he really means is that, because he doesn't get bikes, no one else does either. His report calls-out an extension of Minnesota's Cedar Lake Bike Trail that would allow people to commute to and from downtown Minneapolis all the way to the new Minnesota Twins stadium. It's a project supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. I guess a better bike connection to Minneapolis's central business district doesn't count as infrastructure to some folks..."

"And he calls-out the Meridian Bridge conversion to bike and pedestrian use. A newer bridge now carries automobile traffic over the Missouri River between Yankton, SD, and Nebraska. Hmm...demolish Yankton's signature landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Or use Recovery Act money to connect an extensive network of trails on the Nebraska side with a similarly extensive network of trails on the South Dakota side?..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yg3myh6

Washington Times article: http://tinyurl.com/ya5nd5y

ADVOCACY ADVANCE HELPS YOU FIND FEDERAL $$

-> According to a Jan. 4th American Bicyclist Update article, "As part of the continuing partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Bicycling & Walking, the Advocacy Advance Team has created a series of reports to help Alliance member organizations access Federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects including: Section 402 - Highway Safety Grants, Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Plan (CMAQ). For a brief description of each report, a request for more of your stories, and links to other Advocacy Advance resources, visit our blog or the Advocacy Advance section of bikeleague.org."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ydq36gp

Blog: http://tinyurl.com/y8h23n4

Advocacy Advance: http://tinyurl.com/ophrw6

"MAIN STREET" $$ HEADING FOR THE HIGHWAY

-> According to a Dec. 27th Courant op-ed piece by John Norquist of the Congress for the New Urbanism, "After the federal bailouts were faulted for enriching Wall Street and for proving rather anemic in creating jobs, the president and congressional Democrats sent a message in choosing a name for the jobs bill they introduced this month. 'It is with great enthusiasm that we present our 'Jobs for Main Street' legislation,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced last week just before the bill passed."

"It's progress this time that the funds will be flowing away from, not toward, Wall Street. And the legislation will keep some people working, especially in local and state government. But will funds from this bill really reach Main Street, as its name implies? Well, not so much. When it comes to the largest spending item in the bill -- $27.5 billion in highway spending -- Main Street is missing..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yeb32qh
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Title: "Smarter Money Would Be On Main Street"
Author: John Norquist

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/yzzwd26

SAFE ROUTES STATE NETWORK PROJECT EXPANDS

-> According to a Jan. 5th news release, "The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership announced an expansion of the State Network Project to 19 states and the District of Columbia beginning in January 2010. The project, which was first launched in 2007, brings together state leaders to remove barriers to waking and bicycling to and from school."

"From 2010 to 2011, the project will support networks in Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Lessons learned from working with nine states and the District of Columbia during 2007-2009 will help inform this second phase of the project."

"The State Networks will work to increase physical activity among all students, ensure that federal SRTS funds are spent on quality projects, work to leverage additional state resources for SRTS initiatives, and advocate to remove barriers to walking and bicycling to schools through policy initiatives. At the heart of the State Network effort is policy change-specifically working to remove policy barriers to walking and bicycling to schools by implementing complete streets, changing statewide school siting and other policies, and by implementing legislation that would result in funding or policy changes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yagz66y

FAMOUS DESIGNER DOES BIKE/PED BRIDGE PROJECTS

-> A recent NBC Nightly News "What Works" story featured the work of famous bridge designer Ted Zoli, who serves as technical director of HNTB's bridge practice nationwide. The brief story, highlighting Zoli's recent MacArthur Fellowship, showed a number of pedestrian-bicycle bridges, including ones he designed for Princeton University, Cupertino (CA), and an impressive Mississippi River crossing.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjfvwl3

For more about Zoli, check out his bio on the HNTB website:
http://tinyurl.com/ybbaclo
And his MacArthur Fellowship bio is here: http://tinyurl.com/mqxn7h

USDOT UPDATES TRANSPORTATION PLANNING SITE

-> "The TPCB Program -- a joint venture of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) -- delivers products and services that provide information, training, and technical assistance to the transportation professionals responsible for planning for the capital, operating, and maintenance needs of our nation's surface transportation system. The TPCB website is a one-stop clearinghouse for state-of-the-practice transportation planning information and resources. On this website, you will find planning news and events, regulations, policies, training information, technical resources, and peer exchange reports..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ylktdqk

BREWERY BROADENS SOCIAL BIKE PROGRAM

-> According to a Jan. 5th One Street news release, "The New Belgium Brewing Company has invested in an international social bike program to ensure it serves the Southwest of the United States. The Social Bike Business program creates jobs through locally manufactured transportation bicycles for disadvantaged people. Led by One Street, a global bicycle advocacy organization, the program is underway in Prague, Budapest and Los Angeles."

"'We are honored to partner with the New Belgium Brewing Company to expand our Social Bike Business program into the Southwest,' said Sue Knaup, Executive Director of One Street. 'Their understanding of the enormous impact bicycles can make towards climate improvement and affordable transportation choices, sets them apart.'..."

For more about One Street and their Social Bike Business program visit: http://tinyurl.com/adudek

For more info, contact Sue Knaup, Executive Director: +1- 928-541-9841, <sue@onestreet.org>

BIKE CITY AMSTERDAM TO PROMOTE ELECTRIC CARS?

-> According to a Dec. 21st ClimateWire article, "Cars in the pinched, medieval streets at the center of this city can quickly clog traffic. The policy has been to find myriad ways to discourage them, clearing the way for more and more bicyclists."

"The Dutch have tried stiff fees, a maze of prohibited lanes and other ways of outright discrimination to limit the number of cars in this antique city of arched bridges and canals. It was originally built to cater to boats."

"The city's charm campaign was then shifted to bicyclists, but now officials are trying to switch gears and mount an aggressive effort to encourage people to buy new electric cars. That jibes with this country's fight against global warming, but it is also warming the tempers among cyclists. They worry that their traditional right-of-way over cars will be sideswiped by more cars and more parking ramps..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjretu2

REP. FUDGE LAUNCHES BID TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

-> According to a recent Cleveland Plain Dealer article, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH) "wants to officially designate each September as 'National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.' She planned to kick off a congressional effort to accomplish that goal today at a Washington, D.C., charity event hosted by Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, a Cleveland native who played football at John Carroll University and Villa Angela -- St. Joseph High School before entering the National Football League."

"When votes in the House of Representatives kept Fudge from attending, Fletcher stepped in to announce his endorsement of her proposal. 'It's important for kids to play at least sixty minutes a day to promote a longer life,' said Fletcher, citing estimates that obese children have lifespans that are nine years shorter than their parents..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8dgmyt
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Title: "Rep. Marcia Fudge launches bid to fight childhood obesity"
Author: Sabrina Eaton

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/ydsne74

UK MUM SWAPS MOBILITY SCOOTER FOR TRIKE

-> According to an ASDA Pedal Power Blog article, "Caroline Waugh has one ambition: to cycle her kids to school in September. It might not sound like a big ambition, but Caroline suffered a brain injury in a car accident 21 years ago which left her with a weak left side and mobility problems."

"Although she can walk short distances, she finds it difficult to judge kerbs and cannot walk uphill so she needs a mobility scooter to get about. Now she is planning to swap her electric scooter for a trike on trips to the local shops and wants to cycle her two children, 10-year-old Daisy and six-year-old Finn, to school..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y9m3ojk

OLDER DRIVERS' CHOICE: SAFETY VS. MOBILITY?

-> According to a Dec. 30th Washington Post article, "The generation that gave birth to suburbia and the two-car garage is reaching the age at which driving, for many, no longer seems like such a swell option. As Americans grow older -- one in five will be 65 or older by 2030 -- many are finding that the world that lured them away from city life is losing some of its appeal."

"'The concern is that when they no longer can drive, they will find themselves trapped in their homes in suburban neighborhoods where there are no sidewalks, or, if there are sidewalks, there's no place to walk to,' said Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybsnsp6
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Title: "Older drivers face choice between safety and mobility"
Author: Ashley Halsey III


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

ALABAMA TRAILS COMMISSION IN THE MAKING
By Tedson Meyers, Founder and Member of NCBW's Board of Directors

-> An effort is underway in Alabama to enhance and interconnect all the state's terrestrial and aquatic trails, and to help build new ones where local communities want them. Legislation now in preparation would create an Alabama Trails Commission and empower it to work with communities throughout the state. The goal: to lead Alabama into national ranking for well-done, well-managed interconnected green and blue trails. Already a biker/hiker target in several counties (little known, the Appalachian Trail's southern-most point is there), the state has a Recreational Trails Advisory Board (ARTAB) that's taken the lead in drafting required legislation. Spearheading the effort is Fairhope City Council and ARTAB member Debbie Quinn, aided by volunteers.

CHICKASAW (AL) ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTION
By Josh Levin

-> In a sign of ever growing support in the region, the Chickasaw City Council passed a resolution on December 8th, 2009 supporting complete streets policy. The City of Chickasaw became the third city in the state of Alabama and the first city in Mobile County to adopt a complete streets resolution. The wave of support for complete streets is of no surprise considering the work of local nonprofit Smart Coast who spearheaded this initiative. Along with the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, Smart Coast made a presentation to the Chickasaw City Council and Planning Commission back in November 2009.

The presentation focused on the over accommodation of automobiles and the lack of walkable and bike friendly neighborhoods. The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is providing technical support to Smart Coast on Healthy Coastal Connections (http://tinyurl.com/yefkkjy) a special project in the Mobile Bay area to increase walking, bicycling and opportunities for outdoor play and decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity. With the passage of the complete streets resolution, the Chickasaw City Council and Planning Commission will consider all transportation modes as the city develops its community strategic plan.

For more about the resolution, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ybucg6e

FORT BLISS (PA) DEVELOPMENT TO BE WALKABLE, COMPACT

-> According to a Jan. 5th Business Wire article, "Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC announced today that its Fort Bliss military housing privatization project with the U.S. Department of the Army has received an additional $48.2 million in funding from the Army for an expansion phase covering the development and new construction of an additional 202 townhomes. Balfour Beatty Communities will oversee the design, construction, and overall management, maintenance and operational responsibilities for the new housing units, which are expected to be completed in 2012..."

"'Keeping our growing business both sustainable and environmentally friendly as we tackle new development projects is top priority,' [said President and CEO Bruce Robinson.] 'As we develop the master plan for this new neighborhood, every effort will be made to maximize land use while providing a safe and sustainable environment. One key element in sustainable neighborhood development is density, which equates to less material use and encourages residents to make use of alternative forms of transportation. The "walkable" community will feature central pedestrian corridors and outdoor open spaces, as well as housing located in close proximity to the workplace. We hope that these efforts will promote walking and reduce dependence on the automobile.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ya9vazb

UPS DELIVERS BY BIKE IN SANTA BARBARA

-> According to an article in the Jan. edition of Quick Release, the newsletter of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, "After trial bike delivery during the holiday season in 2007, and an expansion in 2008, UPS delivery by bicycle has come to our Santa Barbara region. They used eight bike-pulled carts that can carry about 20 packages per trip."

"Not only does it take trucks off the roads and eliminates air pollution, but it provides exercise and, not incidentally, saves UPS about $13,000 per bike deployed. In the South Coast area, UPS bike delivery started in October and ran though December. Although it's only for their seasonal workers, perhaps UPS and other delivery services will expand the service and become environmentally responsible year round..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y99wmwh

CARS, COMMUNITY GAIN EQUAL FOOTING IN DENVER

-> According to a recent Washington Park Profile article, "To say that the day of the automobile is gone would certainly be a bit premature. In theory, Denver's Main Streets will no longer cater exclusively to automobiles under guidelines of the Living Streets Initiative. A new way of thinking about transportation planning, Living Streets brings eight city agencies together to create transportation corridors that move people in the most efficient possible manner, while providing a comprehensive and safely accessible environment for pedestrians and cyclists, cars and mass transit, and businesses and their clientele alike..."

"A new land use and transportation planning philosophy is taking hold among city planners that not only might ease getting from Point A to Point B in the future, but could also transform the travel corridors that ferry Denverites to and fro, making them more user-friendly and easier on the eye as well. More streetside storefronts and fewer streetside parking lots. Crosswalks designed with the safety of pedestrians in mind. Lane usage based on moving people -- efficiently and conveniently..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yg3regd
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Title: "Cars, Community Gain Equal Footing From Living Streets"
Author: Amy Allen

PORTLAND (OR) VILLAGE BUILDING CONVERGENCE SEEKS PROJECTS

-> According to a Dec. 31st Oregonian article, "...'It's very Portland-y. That's what I love about it,' says Walker Leiser, who organized neighbors last spring to paint salmon swimming around the intersection of North St. Johns and Central avenues. 'It's a way to say we're going to make the world a better place and claim our own spaces.' The Village Building Convergence now is calling for proposals for the next round of people-powered art projects to be built between May 28 and June 6. The deadline to file proposals for 2010 is Jan. 29."

Convergence sponsor, City Repair, "has a budget of about $25,000 this year to help citizen-builders pay for what they need, but City Repair also helps groups figure out how to raise money or solicit in-kind donations. The labor is all-volunteer, and children are included. In the past decade, the 10-day stretches have dotted Portland with homegrown fixtures that now number nearly 100 and are constructed with sustainable materials: The intersection of Southeast 33rd Avenue and Yamhill Street bloomed with a sunflower painting. A whimsical seating space cradled a stretch of sidewalk on Southeast Madison Street near Hawthorne Boulevard. A pizza oven went up on Southeast Clinton Street and 61st Avenue. Cat lovers built the feline funhouse in Sellwood..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yett9lj
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Title: "A call to the city to become a village"
Author: Anne Saker

FLAGSTAFF (AZ) WALKER/BIKER WINS CITIZEN OF YEAR AWARD

-> According to a Jan. 3rd Daily Sun article, "While Jack Welch was out walking the walk, his friends were talking the talk on his behalf. Welch, a fixture on local trails and sidewalks for both recreation and transportation, has been named the Arizona Daily Sun's 2009 male Citizen of the Year for his extensive work advocating for what those in the know would call 'multi-modal transportation.' He walks and hikes. He rides his bicycle and pulls up a seat on the city bus. He even snowshoes. He drives a car, too, but Welch is often self-powered, and he loves to see others move around in ways that don't require a steering wheel."

"So instead of solo journeys, he invites people of all ages and athletic abilities to join him on low-key hikes, strolls and rides. He also guides policy by sitting on several local commissions and boards that take on transportation, recreation and outdoors stewardship. Welch's honor came at the suggestion of several citizens and was then confirmed by a panel of previous Citizen of the Year winners. And it backs up the Volunteer of the Year award he won this year in the Daily Sun's reader-chosen Best of Flag contest..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybxav6v
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Title: "Male Citizen of the Year"
Author: Hillary Davis

S.F. CYCLISTS: CYCLETRACKS MAP APP IS HERE!

-> According to the Dec. issue of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition's SVBC Bulletin, "San Francisco cyclists can now download CycleTracks, the free app that generates maps and statistics of your rides that you can share with friends. The app is now available on Android phones and iPhones. Time and route data are saved for you and also transmitted to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to improve the bicycle component of their travel forecasting model, helping planners better understand and serve the needs of San Francisco cyclists. You'll be promoting Bay Area cycling with each ride you record!"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ya2axnc
Via American Bicyclist Update: http://tinyurl.com/yjuwvnz


THE RESEARCH BEAT

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE JOURNAL FOCUSES ON ACTIVE LIVING

->According to the Jan. 4th American Bicyclist Update, a new special issue of Preventive Medicine has a wealth of free research articles on active living. The issue includes 20 papers to be presented at the sixth annual Active Living Research Conference, scheduled for February 9-11, 2010. The League's Update also includes a direct link to download "Infrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling: An international review," a paper by John Pucher, Susan Handy and Jennifer Dill.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ydq36gp

- To download other free articles from the issue, register here: http://tinyurl.com/ycv469r
- For more info on the Supplement, as well as issues of other journals with special Active Living Research articles, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ybnp2n5
- For more on the ALR conference, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lvzgvv

STUDY: OBESITY RISE HURTS MORE THAN SMOKING

-> According to a Jan. 5th WebMD article, "TAmerica's obesity epidemic now poses an equal or greater threat to health-related quality of life than smoking, according to a new study. Researchers say that as obesity in America has risen dramatically in recent years -- and smoking rates have declined -- the contribution of obesity to the burden of disease and shortening of life has increased while smoking's role has decreased."

"The study showed that from 1993 to 2008, the proportion of smokers among U.S. adults declined by 18.5% while the proportion of obese adults increased 85%. Using information from nationwide annual health-related quality-of-life surveys conducted during the same time period, researchers calculated the Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) lost due to these two major health risk factors..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzkljpz
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Title: "Obesity Rise Hurts Health More Than Smoking"
Author: Jennifer Warner

TRAFFIC POLLUTION & DEMENTIA IN ELDERLY WOMEN

-> According to a Jan. 4th EarthTimes article, "Women who have lived near busy roads and who have been exposed to exhaust fumes for decades tend to have decreased cognitive performance in old age, according to a startling report by a team of German scientists."

"The closer the women lived to the highways, the higher was their exposure to particulate pollution and the more likely they were to show signs of mild memory and cognitive decline, the researchers wrote in a study published in the journal Environmental Research."

"This is the first study to find an association between cognitive impairment and long-term exposure to air pollution due to traffic. It is also one of a handful of recent studies to report a link between air pollution and brain function in people..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yfvpfpa
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Title: "Traffic air pollution linked to dementia in elderly women"
Author: dpa

EVOLUTION OF THE BAREFOOT SHOE

-> In an article in the January/February edition of E Magazine, Brian Colleran discusses the evolution of shoes that look like toe socks: "I decided to do some research. Internet surfing turned up scientific studies going back to 1987 that call into question the reasoning behind running shoes. I got in touch with Dr. Daniel Lieberman, a Harvard researcher studying human motion. He believes that long-distance running played a major role in the evolution of mankind."

"Says Lieberman: 'No one has ever published a study showing that high-heeled, cushioned running shoes are in any way good for you or prevent injury. I am astonished by experts who think there is something dangerous or risky about running in minimal shoes. This view is obviously absurd from an evolutionary perspective...Humans evolved to run maybe two million years ago, and natural selection is a better engineer than anyone in any shoe company.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yenkja3

DUTCH STUDY LOOKS AT CYCLIST/WILDLIFE CONFLICTS

-> "A wildlife overpass that came into service three years ago in the Veluwe nature reserve is an overwhelming success, according to Alterra scientists. Shared use of the overpass by cyclists does not appear to interfere with wildlife as yet."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjp7rqh


QUOTES R US

-> "Getting connected now is more important than ever as all trends point toward the importance of transit and transit-oriented development (TOD): The foreclosure crisis, the volatility of gas prices and the politics of oil, the need for more housing and transportation affordability, the importance of reducing driving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -- all underscore the necessity of investments to create jobs, boost local economies and make it possible to save money by living with one less car or no cars."
-- John Robert Smith, President and CEO of Reconnecting America
http://tinyurl.com/ye2m7yb

-> "Bicycle lanes do not bring commerce to any area; they simply pinch off streets to the point that motorists choose to travel away from downtown and into the suburban shopping areas because it is faster, results in less time idling, and does not involve following some spandex-clad Lance Armstrong wannabe riding in the only remaining traffic lane because the bicycle lane is full of parked cars."
-- Hugh Johnson, Salt Lake City
http://tinyurl.com/yjgjs25

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"FLORAPLEIN EINDHOVEN ZEER GEVAARLIJK VOOR FIETSERS"

A 3-minute video of pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross what appears to be the exit of a very busy roundabout. The phrase "you can't get there from here" comes to mind...
http://tinyurl.com/y8w6hz8

THE DAILY LIFE OF A PARISIAN CYCLIST

Video of what Parisian cyclists face.
http://tinyurl.com/nemgal


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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>

WEBINAR: "School Bicycle & Walking Policies: Addressing Policies that Hinder and Implementing Policies that Help"

Date: January 26, 2010, 2pm, EST

Presenters: RJ Eldridge, Toole Design Group; Robin Schepper, Murch Elementary School, Winner of the 2009 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award; Diane Lambert, National Center for Safe Routes to School; Leigh Ann Von Hagen, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

Host: Safe Routes Coaching Action Network

Cost: None

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yk3bj7t

Questions: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>


RESOURCES

-> "INTEGRATING BICYCLING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT..."
"...Oin North America;" John Pucher, Rutgers University, Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech; Journal of Public Transportation, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2009. (1.2mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ydc369e

-> "A GUIDE TO SIGNING CYCLE NETWORKS..."
"...Showing the way to more cycle trips;" by Warren Salomon, Sustainable Transport Consultants Pty Ltd (http://tinyurl.com/ycx86jc); for Queensland (AU) Department of Transport and Main Roads. July 2009 (links to 2.0mb pdf + numerous other documents)
http://tinyurl.com/ye823wu

-> "WHO OWNS THE ROADS? HOW MOTORISED TRAFFIC..."
"...discourages walking and bicycling;" by Jacobsen, Racioppi & Rutter; Injury Prevention, Vol. 15, Issue 6. (free abstract, $ for article)
http://tinyurl.com/2lnund

-> "URBAN FOREST VALUES: ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF..."
"...Trees in Cities;" by Kathleen L. Wolf, Ph.D., Univ. of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. 1998
http://tinyurl.com/yzwonk4


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!

-> 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://www.newpartners.org

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

-> February 9-11, 2010, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/lvzgvv

-> February 27, 2010, New Jersey Bicycle Summit, Denville, NJ. Info: Brendan Poh, Committee Chair, NJ Bicycle Coalition, phone: (973) 479-5135; email: brendan.poh@njbike.org
http://tinyurl.com/ykymtpo

-> March 9-11, 2010, National Bike Summit 2010, Washington, D.C. Info: League of American Bicyclists.
http://tinyurl.com/y873gkl

-> March 27, 2010 -- Michigan Bicycle Summit in Lansing, MI. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yc4g7jp

-> March 30-31, 2010, Healthy Communities Active Transportation Conference, Columbus, OH. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yctobb2

-> April 8, 2010, Florida Bike Summit, Tallahassee FL. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yfyqgje

-> April 26-30, 2010, Washington State Ride Share Organization (WSRO) Spring Conference, Bellingham, WA. Information will be posted early in 2010 at:
http://tinyurl.com/yg83bg3

-> May 2-5, 2010, National Main Streets Conference, Oklahoma City. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/lf7srj

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

-> May 26, 2010 --  Michigan Bicycle Advocacy Day in Lansing, MI. Info: 
http://tinyurl.com/yc4g7jp

-> 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

-> June 22-25, 2010, Velo-city Global 2010, Copenhagen, DK. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yk9uwqc

-> Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2010, 3rd International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, Australia. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/7z6ukf

-> 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 -- PROJECT COORDINATOR -- GRMC-SILVER CITY, NM

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.

http://tinyurl.com/y8a54h5

-> JOBS -- NEW MEDIA + RESEARCH -- RTC

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

-> JOB -- K.C. ACTIVE TRANS PGM COORD -- MO FDN FOR BICYCLING & WALKING

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


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