#245 Wednesday, January 20, 2010
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-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is pleased to announce a call for proposals to present at the 16th biennial Pro Walk / Pro Bike® Conference in Chattanooga, on September 13-17, 2010. Proposal submissions are now being accepted through the on-line submission form at:
The conference theme is "Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale."
"I can sense momentum building towards our September conference in Chattanooga," said Sharon Roerty, Executive Director of NCBW. She added, "we couldn't ask for a more timely topic: livability at the regional level. Judging by the number of calls to our office about Pro Walk / Pro Bike®2010, people seem to be especially excited for this conference. We believe our focus on change at the regional level has captured people's attention with the next federal transportation bill (seemingly) stalled, and lots of bike-ped innovation happening in cities like New York City, Boston, Washington DC, and Nashville-where we just attended a school siting conference. These cities and MPOs are not content to wait around for a new federal transportation bill; they are planning for livability and active transportation on their own. Even better, they are making the infrastructure investments on their own."
Coming editions of CenterLines will highlight critical topics for conference proposals including: Best Practices in Active Transportation; Sustainable Development and Livable Communities; Equity and Social Justice; Safe Routes to School; Communications and Outreach; the Basics or "Bike-Ped 101;" and Advance Planning and Evaluation Methods. In this issue we highlight the "Equity and Social Justice" topic.
Equity and Social Justice
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-> In a Jan. 19th BikePortland blog, editor Jonathan Maus wrote, "America has a long legacy of First Ladies who have used their diplomatic profile to further specific causes, so I was very pleased to learn that Michelle Obama's focus would be obesity. Anyone who has spent time in the bike advocacy world knows that the obesity epidemic is often thrown around as a key reason why our country needs to put a higher priority on biking."
"So, is the First Lady's focus on obesity and 'healthy families' something to get excited about? I put that question to the State Network Director of the Safe Routes National Partnership, Robert Ping. Ping works out of an office in North Portland and is the former Safe Routes to School coordinator for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance..."
-> According to the January America Walks E-Newsletter, "The Enhancing Livability for All Americans Act of 2009 (H.R. 4287), introduced last month by U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN9) would move the newly created Office of Livability from Federal Highways to the office of the Secretary of Transportation."
"Supported by both Secretary LaHood and advocates for pedestrians and cyclists, this bill proposes competitive grant programs for multimodal transportation planning and projects, disseminates best practices on complete streets and similar strategies and authorizes $750 million per year for this work."
"America Walks supports the goals of H.R. 4287 and encourages you to contact your representative today to express your support. H.R. 4287 will encourage walkable communities, provide money for planning and projects that support walking and become a clearing house for Complete Streets best practices. After decades of steering research and project money to motor vehicles, H.R. 4287 would move us toward livable communities and their pedestrian environment..."
For links and details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yaqwkg5
-> In a Jan. 16th Citiwire.net article, Neal Peirce wrote, "Most everyone agrees that efficient roads, rails and air service are vital for our economy and our quality of life. Most of us see that without them, America will have a hard time competing against rising powers worldwide. So why is Congress stalling? Representatives and senators know well that the federal transportation program expired last September. They keep passing temporary extensions without facing up to core issues-for example the federal gas tax stuck at 18.4 cents a gallon, unchanged for 17 years, despite escalating asphalt and concrete prices."
"And why do we keep on paving over more and more of our landscape instead of embracing a 'fix it first' strategy? Can't we make our roads and transit investments match our housing choices in a 'post-sprawl' era? Why aren't regions being told that they had better link roads, rail and available air service for a smarter 'intermodal' future? The easy answer is always that Congress is too busy with the health bill and other crowded agendas. Bridges aren't collapsing very often. Road congestion is bothersome, but we have little faith in expanded roadways either..."
-> According to a Jan. 11th news from the League of American Bicyclists, "Programming for the National Bike Summit is shaping up nicely. We are happy to have Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), as well as Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, confirmed for the Opening Plenary on Wednesday, March 10. Celebrated TV host, Mark Fenton of the new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, America Walking, will also be joining us. Finally, although not yet confirmed, we are hoping to have the new National Park Service Director, Jon Jarvis, join us. we have added three additional breakout sessions this year for a total of 18..."
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/y873gkl
-> According to a Jan. 12th news release, "Fifty communities across the country are part of a landmark $33 million program by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic through local initiatives to improve access to affordable healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity for children and families."
"Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is the Foundation's single largest investment in community-based solutions to the epidemic. The nine leading sites that were announced in late 2008 are now joined by 41 additional sites. Together, they represent more than half of the states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than a third are in the South, the region with the country's highest prevalence of obesity..."
-> According to a Jan. 12th Earth Policy Institute news release, "Between 1950 and 2008 more cars were added to our roads virtually every year as the total fleet expanded steadily from 49 million to 250 million vehicles. In 2009, however, 14 million cars were scrapped while only 10 million cars were sold, shrinking the fleet by 4 million vehicles, or nearly 2 percent. With record numbers of cars set to reach retirement age between now and 2020, the fleet could shrink by some 10 percent, dropping from the all-time high of 250 million in 2008 to 225 million in 2020."
"The United States, with 246 million motor vehicles and 209 million licensed drivers, is facing market saturation. With 5 vehicles for every 4 drivers, the 4-million-vehicle contraction in the U.S. fleet in 2009 does not come as a great surprise. In a largely rural society, more cars provided mobility, but in a society that is now over 80 percent urban, more cars provide immobility."
"A combination of driver frustration and the soaring congestion costs associated with wasted time and fuel are leading to a cultural shift that is reducing the role of the automobile as people turn to alternatives. Almost every major U.S. city is either building new light rail or express bus systems, or expanding and upgrading existing ones to reduce dependence on cars. The peak fleet may now be behind us..."
-> According to the Jan. 13th Life Cycle News, "London's free bike rental programme is on schedule for a summer launch. The scheme will make 6,000 bikes available from 400 special docking stations throughout the capital. Users will pay an access fee to join, on a daily, weekly or yearly basis. The first half hour of cycling will be free of charge. The scheme is predicted to generate 40,000 more cycle journeys a day in central London."
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y8eevvr
->According to a Jan. 17th Press-Register article, "A proposal to make streets like Azalea and Cottage Hill roads more friendly to bikers and pedestrians garnered support from Mobile City Council members at a Tuesday meeting. The Fairhope-based group Smart Coast asked council members to consider adopting a resolution to support what it termed 'complete streets.' The resolution wouldn't require any immediate action or money, said Wendy Allen, a Smart Coast official and former Baldwin County commissioner. It would be more like a mission statement, she said, so that whenever the city builds or repaves a road, it considers the needs of pedestrians, bikers and public transit as well as cars."
"'All citizens need to be able to access roads safely and conveniently; this is one of the goals of our Healthy Coastal Connection Project,' Allen said. For example, she said, Azalea Road is a five-lane highway right now. It has sidewalks alongside it, but it's difficult to cross. In December, an 11-year-old boy was hit by a sedan while trying to cross the road on his way to Fonde Elementary School. Azalea should be put on a 'road diet,' Allen said. The city could install bike lanes on the side and plant grass in the median, so people have a place to stop halfway across it, she said. The narrower lanes forced by the bike paths will make drivers slow down, she said..."
-> According to a Jan. 19th Democrat article, "Many in Mississippi hope to help reverse our state's status as the unhealthiest in the nation, and now Tate County is included in a group receiving some help to accomplish that goal. The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi has been awarded a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve opportunities for physical activity and access to affordable healthy foods for children and families in DeSoto, Marshall and Tate Counties."
"Based on a rigorous selection process that drew more than 500 proposals from across the country, the tri-county area is one of 41 sites selected for the RWJF Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative. With Mississippi having the highest prevalence of childhood obesity in the country, Partners & Pathways for Healthy Communities will focus on the tri-county area that encompasses the Upper Coldwater River Watershed..."
-> According to a Jan. 20th Mountain Express article, "Parents can feel more comfortable about their children biking or walking to school these days, at least in places where wide new sidewalks have been constructed through the federally funded Safe Routes to School program. Using the program, Mountain Rides Transportation Authority has completed four Safe Routes to School projects in the past two years, has two others it hopes to fund soon and has long-range plans for even more Safe Routes to School projects."
"Danielle Travers, Mountain Rides bike and pedestrian coordinator, said the Safe Routes to School program is part of a larger Mountain Rides strategy to 'get people out of their cars and either on the bus, the bike or on foot.' However, at many city locations in the Wood River Valley, sidewalks are nonexistent, Travers said, and many parents aren't comfortable about letting their young students bike or walk to school along routes that might be less than safe."
-> According to a Jan. 19th Bike Texas news release, "Whether it's getting to work or getting to school, the 16th annual Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference will bring renowned experts together to discuss how transportation policies affect numerous aspects of personal and public life."
"Scheduled speakers from a variety of backgrounds will lend their expertise to the discussion. Mark Fenton, the author 'The Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness,' will share practical and entertaining lessons for everyday commuting from his attempt to hike the 218-mile John Muir Trail in just five days."
"Keynote Speaker and Rutgers University professor John Pucher will share his research from the great cycling cities of the world, from Copenhagen to Portland. Pucher answers the question, 'How can cycling be made so safe and convenient that almost everyone feels comfortable and safe cycling?' Robert Searns, chair of American Trails, will also present..."
-> According to a Jan. 18th infoZine article, "The Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking recently secured a grant to create a Missouri Safe Routes to School Network. The network will bring together organizations, agencies and officials across Missouri to increase physical activity among students by removing barriers to walking and bicycling to school. The network will complement Safe Routes to School grants administered by the Missouri Department of Transportation."
"'The Safe Routes to School program makes bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative,' said John Schaefer, MoDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator. 'By encouraging more students to walk, wheel or bike to school, we encourage a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.'...The Missouri network will work to ensure that federal SRTS funds are spent on quality projects and leverage additional state resources for SRTS initiatives..."
-> According to a Dec. 18th Journal-World article, the city's Parks and Recreation Department administered a survey during a series of three public meetings in October and November, and on the department's Web site. Among the projects receiving a large number of votes were: "A new trail in northwest Lawrence to connect Kansas Highway 10 to Kasold Drive, following a route along Baldwin Creek; a new trail in west Lawrence to connect Clinton Parkway, Bob Billings Parkway and Sixth Street and a new trail in southeast Lawrence to connect a trail at 29th Street with Prairie Park."
-> According to the Winter issue of the Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition Pedal Press, "While world leaders debate agreements to lower global carbon emissions, parents in Marin will be able to act locally, while benefiting their schools with an infusion of cash. Marin County Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) has received a $175,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the number of students taking green trips to school by walking, biking, carpooling or using bus transit."
"The Greenways to School challenge will award $500 to $2000 to the schools that show the greatest increase in green trips to school by the end of the year. In addition, this spring each participating school will be asked to run the "Go for the Green" classroom competition in which students will track their green trips by placing leaves on a tree poster in their classroom. The class in each school that posts the most leaves will also win a cash award..."
-> According to a Jan. 15th News Press article, "A hit-and-run death in the first week of the new year underscored Glendale's troubled pedestrian safety record that has left nearly 30 dead and more than 1,000 injured in the past decade, leaving a scar on the city's otherwise enviable public safety record. Glendale has consistently ranked at the bottom among comparable cities when it comes to pedestrian-related collisions, according the California Office of Traffic Safety. For eight consecutive years, Glendale was the most unsafe city for pedestrians 65 or older, according to the agency, a ranking that improved slightly in 2008 to second-worst."
"Even in the relatively good years, Glendale has never managed to get out of the bottom 10 in terms of pedestrian safety for a city with a population of 100,001 to 250,000. In the past decade, 28 pedestrians were killed in collisions, and another 1,075 were injured in crashes, according to the Glendale Police Department. The worst year was 2003, in which five pedestrians were killed by vehicles. In 2007, 126 pedestrians were injured, and four were killed, according to the department..."
-> According to a Jan. 5th Wall Street Journal article, "Physical activity has long been known to bestow such benefits as helping to maintain a healthy weight and reduce stress, not to mention tightening those abs. Now, a growing body of research is showing that regular exercise-as simple as a brisk 30- to 45-minute walk five times a week-can boost the body's immune system, increasing the circulation of natural killer cells that fight off viruses and bacteria. And exercise has been shown to improve the body's response to the influenza vaccine, making it more effective at keeping the virus at bay."
"'No pill or nutritional supplement has the power of near-daily moderate activity in lowering the number of sick days people take,' says David Nieman, director of Appalachian State University's Human Performance Lab in Kannapolis, N.C. Dr. Nieman has conducted several randomized controlled studies showing that people who walked briskly for 45 minutes, five days a week over 12 to 15 weeks had fewer and less severe upper respiratory tract infections, such as colds and flu. These subjects reduced their number of sick days 25% to 50% compared with sedentary control subjects, he says..."
Article by de Waard, Schepers, Ormel, and Brookhuis; Ergonomics, Volume 53, Issue 1 January 2010, pages 30-42.
Abstract: "The effects of mobile phone use on cycling behaviour were studied. In study 1, the prevalence of mobile phone use while cycling was assessed. In Groningen 2.2% of cyclists were observed talking on their phone and 0.6% were text messaging or entering a phone number. In study 2, accident-involved cyclists responded to a questionnaire. Only 0.5% stated that they were using their phone at the time of the accident. In study 3, participants used a phone while cycling."
"The content of the conversation was manipulated and participants also had to enter a text message. Data were compared with just cycling and cycling while listening to music. Telephoning coincided with reduced speed, reduced peripheral vision performance and increased risk and mental effort ratings. Text messaging had the largest negative impact on cycling performance. Higher mental workload and lower speed may account for the relatively low number of people calling involved in accidents."
-> According to the Jan. 14th Call for Abstracts, "The [American Pubic Health Association] Physical Activity Special Primary Interest Group (PA SPIG) invites students, educators, researchers, health professionals, advocates, and community members to submit abstracts for the APHA 138th Annual Meeting to be held November 6-10, 2010 in Denver, CO. We are seeking papers, posters, and sessions that address physical activity and public health topics, with particular emphasis on research, practice, and policy."
"The theme of the 2010 APHA meeting is 'Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative.' Reducing social inequalities in access to programs, policies, and places for physical activity is critical to eliminating chronic disease and other health disparities. An important step is to identify socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, cultural, geographic, and social barriers to active living in children, families, and other groups. Also necessary is the development of physical activity interventions that address disparities in at-risk and underrepresented communities. Abstracts that reflect the theme of social justice are particularly encouraged..."
Submission Deadline: Feb. 1, 2010
Via Physical Activity and Public Health On-Line Network: http://tinyurl.com/cyk97p
-> "In the UK, the Postal service runs around 40,000 bikes, and a 7 year renewal cycle means that about 6000-7000 bikes are replaced every year. Many go out to Africa through various routes. The French postal service also uses sturdy cargo carrying bikes -- what happens with their renewal programme?..."
-> "In a study of European urban adults, residents of areas with the highest levels of greenery were three times as likely to be physically active and 40 percent less likely to be overweight or obese, than those living in the least green settings."
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
CALM TRAFFIC BEFORE TRAFFIC CALMING
A film taken from a streetcar traveling down Market Street in San Francisco in 1906, a few days before the earthquake/fire destroyed the area.
"It's worth taking 7 minutes of your life to watch (but one or two minutes is good enough) ... no paved roads, no driving rules, no traffic lights, no pedestrian crosswalks. But it all works because the pace is slower." -- John Cinatl
THE BIKE TREE: THE 21ST-CENTURY CYCLE SHED
"Illegal parking of bicycles in Japanese cities is a major problem. But one company has come up with an ingenious and elegant solution..."
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
Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yegkdp9
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
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WEBINAR: "Cycle Tracks: Concept and Design Practices"
Date: February 17, 2010, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: to be announced
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
Cost: $50/site (apbp members), $75/site (non-members)
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-> JOB -- PROGRAM MANAGER -- SRTS NAT'L PARTNERSHIP INST.
The non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation is looking for an energetic and dynamic professional with at least three years proven success in Safe Routes to School program planning and/or implementation to work with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership as a Program Manager. The Program Manager will provide technical assistance and support to local communities looking to implement Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, and produce resource guides, case studies and materials that support SRTS implementation across the country.
Full-time salaried position
-> JOB -- DEPUTY DIRECTOR -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB, SEATTLE (WA)
The deputy director provides strategic and operational leadership to help manage this growth to meet our tactical and strategic objectives. The DD serves as the Club's Chief Financial, Operations and Development Officer to the Executive Director and acts as his/her surrogate as necessary. The DD also has regular interaction with the Board of Directors and participates in key strategic decision making. A strong emphasis is placed on team building, hands-on management of key operations, and setting and achieving key performance indicators.
Cover letter and resume due by 1/29/10. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Deputy Director Search, Cascade Bicycle Club, PO Box 15165, Seattle, WA 98115.
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-> JOBS -- BICYCLE AMBASSADOR -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB, SEATTLE (WA)
Join Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle for fun Bicycle Ambassador outreach positions to increase public awareness of bicycling programs and bicycle safety issues. Special emphasis will be on Southwest and Northeast neighborhoods this summer, as part of the city of Seattle's Bike Smart program.
15-20 hrs/week, must be able to work at least one weekend day and two weekdays per week through summer. Dates: Training in March; position runs mid April thru Aug. 30. Paid positions.
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