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#246 Wednesday, February 3, 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 Call for Proposals Still Open
----- NCBW Shares Ideas for Walking to Mobile (AL) Schools
----- Report: Bike/Ped Investments Could Save Lives
----- Call for Active Living Research Grant Proposals
----- Doing Your Own Local Bike Summit*
----- US DOT Highlights Efforts to Promote Livability
----- Walking & Bicycling Lessons from Overseas
----- NCSRTS Releases Winter 2009 Program Tracking Brief
----- Green Communities Canada Receives Grants
----- Environmental Protection Agency Offers Grants
----- Pedal Power: What Academe Knows about Bikes

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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----- Lake Elmo (MN) Adopts Complete Streets Resolution
----- Pittsburg (KS) Rails to Trails Make Progress
----- Complete Streets Resolution Moving in Edmond (OK)
----- Taking Back Chicago Neighborhood: Positive Loitering
----- Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25 -- Ridgewood (NJ)
----- New Land Use/Trans Plans for Greater Kansas City
----- Roseburg (OR) Retirement Home Project Includes Bike Path
----- First Look at New York City Street Redesign
----- Iowa Safe Routes to School Program Receives Grant
----- Long Beach (CA) Makes Way for Bicycles

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----- Obesity Growing Problem in Indiana, Nation
----- Heart Disease Prevention Critical for American Women
----- Obesity Leading Factor in Yet Another Heart Problem

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK / PRO BIKE® 2010 CALL FOR PROPOSALS STILL OPEN

-> The February 26th deadline for submitting your proposal for Pro Walk / Pro Bike® 2010 is fast approaching, with only 3 weeks remaining. NCBW believes that bicycling and walking will save the world, and through our conference we are striving to bring that message to a new audience by opening our conference to new voices. Some of the emerging voices are coming from the public health field, thanks to innovative public-private partnerships like that found in Minnesota between Prevention Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health; CDC's Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant recipients are another promising audience we are reaching out to as conference presenters and participants.

"The field of Public Health seems to be experiencing a renaissance as of late," noted Sharon Roerty, Executive Director of NCBW. "CDC's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants really created its own stimulus effect for Public Health: almost overnight Public Health became a player in city, county, and state government. CPPW grants will--and the application process already has--created many partnerships that might never have existed."

"Another place that is innovating is Minnesota which, by conference time, will be one year into its two year, $47 million Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). SHIP, with its heavy emphasis on community, school, and workplace prevention programs, will serve as a wonderful laboratory for evidence-based, physical activity interventions. Full disclosure: NCBW has a taken a special interest in Minnesota as we spent 2008 and 2009 providing training and technical assistance to communities across the state. We are looking forward to hearing the preliminary results of the Minnesota program."

If you are considering submitting a public health related proposal, here are some topics in which we are interested:

  • How to assess/evaluate local bicycle/pedestrian programs. How are you defining success? How did you select your goals? How are you conducting your measurements? How are you incorporating feedback to improve your program?
  • How to assemble a coalition with community health as its focus. We want to hear from you if obesity, physical activity, and/or injury prevention is a core component of your community's efforts.
  • Best practices on social marketing. What messages are you using to change behavior? What medium are you using to reach people? How well does it work? What does not work? How are you measuring effectiveness?
  • How to conduct a community health assessment. How are you using bicycle-pedestrian planning and projects to address health disparities?

If you would like to be a presenter at Pro Walk / Pro Bike® 2010, carefully review the proposal guidelines, and then complete the on-line submission form at: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/submissions.php before February 26, 2010.

If you are interested in being a high visibility conference sponsor please contact <sharon@bikewalk.org>

NCBW SHARES IDEAS FOR WALKING TO MOBILE (AL) SCHOOLS

-> According to a Feb. 2nd Press-Register article, "A team from the National Center for Bicycling and Walking is in Mobile this week to make recommendations on how to ensure safety for children who walk to and from Fonde Elementary School in west Mobile, among other area issues. This comes after a December accident, during which a fifth-grader was critically injured when struck by a car on his way to school at Fonde, located at the busy intersection of Azalea and Cottage Hill roads."

"'Every kid deserves a safe trip to school,' said Sharon Roerty, with the organization. 'Not every kid is going to come by a school bus or by car.' The team on Monday afternoon observed walking and traffic patterns as classes were dismissed at Fonde. It will make a presentation to the Mobile City Council at 10:30 a.m. today regarding the safety, walkability and traffic flow at some downtown intersections."

"And it will host a meeting with Fonde parents at 6:30 tonight. The team is also working with the cities of Chickasaw and Fairhope and the Mobile Medical Alliance. The Fairhope-based group Smart Coast is working with the team on these issues. Officials with the local group are trying to encourage the Mobile City Council to add bicycle lanes to some streets...

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yaf34d3
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Title: "Team has ideas on improving safety for kids walking to Mobile schools"
Author: Rena Havner Philips

REPORT: BIKE/PED INVESTMENTS COULD SAVE LIVES

-> According to a Jan. 28th news release from the Alliance for Biking & Walking, "States and cities are ranked on a number of indicators including bicycling and walking levels, safety, and funding. The report also highlights the great disparities that exist between bicycling and walking levels, safety, and funding: While 10% of trips in the U.S. are by bike or foot, 13% of traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians, and biking and walking receive less than 2% of federal transportation dollars."

"The report also highlights the connection between biking and walking and public health: states with the lowest levels of biking and walking have, on average, the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In contrast states with the highest levels of biking and walking have, on average, the lowest rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure."

"The nearly 200-page report is a snap-shot of the state of bicycling and walking in the U.S. and in 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities. It contains a number of illustrations which you are welcome to use..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhdmddz
Get the report here: http://tinyurl.com/ybu27xe
Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/ybxvvep

CALL FOR ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSALS

-> In a Jan. 27th news release, Deborah Lou of Active Living Research wrote, "I am pleased to announce the release of our 2010 Call for Proposals - Round 10: Active Living Research and RWJF New Connections Grant Opportunities. This call for proposals (CFP) will focus on supporting research to inform policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity among children and adolescents, decreasing their sedentary behaviors and preventing obesity. This CFP consists of grant opportunities for specified research topics and dissertation awards. It also includes funding opportunities for New Connections grants made available through the Active Living Research program. New Connections grants through Active Living Research are for new investigators who have been historically disadvantaged or underrepresented in research activities."

All proposals must be submitted through the RWJF Grantmaking Online system. by April 14, 2010, 1:00 p.m. PT. To view the CFP and to link to the RWJF Grantmaking Online system, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yg5ek7z

Questions? Contact Debbie Lou, Ph.D., Program Analyst at <dlou@projects.sdsu.edu> or (619) 260-6336 (phone) or (619) 260-1510 fax). For more info on Active Living Research, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ydt32r6

DOING YOUR OWN LOCAL BIKE SUMMIT*

-> According to Jeff Peel of the League of American Bicyclists, "The number of state and local bicycling summits seems to grow each year. The League of American Bicyclists would like to help spread the word about these events, as well as provide League materials or staff attendance when possible. If you are organizing these or similar events please send me info so that we can include them in our bi-weekly e-news and on our website."

Specifically, the LAB is looking for: Name of Event, Date & Time, Location, Registration information, Organizer Contact info, Website (if available), Logo (if available)

For more info, contact Jeff Peel, Program Specialist, Bicycle Friendly America League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K St. N.W., Suite #800, Washington, DC 20006; (202) 621-5445, <Jeff@bikeleague.org>. The LAB's website is here: http://tinyurl.com/5l9ze7

*Ed. note: How about local "Walk Summits"?

US DOT HIGHLIGHTS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE LIVABILITY

-> According to a Feb. 1st Reconnecting America article, "The U.S. Department has released its 2009 Record of Accomplishment, and it includes implementation of the Economic Recovery Act, called 'the most ambitious infrastructure investment program in more than half a century,' creation of the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant program, and a number of other initiatives including the Federal Transit Administration's work with the Center for Transit-Oriented Development..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzzenqd

WALKING & BICYCLING LESSONS FROM OVERSEAS

-> In an article in the January/February issue of Public Roads, Gabe Rousseau of FHWA asked, "What comes to mind when you picture a livable community? Many people probably imagine scenes of bicyclists riding the streets, children walking to school, perhaps riders hopping on streetcars to go to work or run errands, friends meeting in front of storefronts, or diners sitting at outdoor cafes. Roadway congestion and lengthy distances to destinations probably do not spring to mind."

"The concept of walkable, bicycle-friendly, and transit-oriented communities received considerable attention when U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray H. LaHood launched a 'livable initiative' shortly after being confirmed. 'One of my highest priorities is to help promote more livable communities through sustainable surface transportation programs,' he added in a March 2009 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives. Livability has been offered by Secretary LaHood and others as a way to positively affect transportation emissions, climate change, housing affordability, and public health..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ylxs3ee

NCSRTS RELEASES WINTER 2009 PROGRAM TRACKING BRIEF

-> According to an article in the Nov/Dec issue of Safe Routes Matters, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School just released the Winter 2009 Program Tracking Report. This quarterly report provides information about state SRTS programs and includes a tracking table summarizing key attributes from all state programs. The national SRTS program saw measured growth during the fourth quarter of 2009. In fact, the total number of schools that have benefited or will benefit from funds announced by state SRTS Programs grew to 6,4893 -- a two percent increase over the previous quarter."

"Highlights from the Winter 2009 report include:
-- Approximately $427 million has been announced for SRTS programs.
-- At least 6,489 schools have benefited or will benefit from funds announced by state SRTS programs.
-- States announced $10.0 million in funding for local and/or statewide SRTS programs during the quarter.
-- This was the first quarter that the national SRTS program operated under a Continuing Resolution."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygg3f6o

For the complete report, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y97j4jm

GREEN COMMUNITIES CANADA RECEIVES GRANTS

-> According to the January issue of Canada WALKS, "Green Communities Canada has been awarded a Healthy Communities Grant of $215,500 from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion for the Ontario Walkolution, effective November 2009 through March 2011. This grant will allow us to focus our walking efforts."

"Green Communities Canada's French ASRTS -- Ecoliers actifs et en securite (EAS) received $99,000 from Ontario Trillium Foundation for Le Projet Tricycle (Project HEAT) over two years in partnership with FESFO (Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne) to work with young Francophones in Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury and Windsor..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8ts9eo

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OFFERS GRANTS

-> According to EPA's website, "Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment. Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them. By providing financial and technical assistance, EPA helps CARE communities get on the path to a renewed environment."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/29fzwo

PEDAL POWER: WHAT ACADEME KNOWS ABOUT BIKES

-> According to a Dec. 22nd Campus Ecology article, "Susan Handy is the type of bicyclist that environmentalists and policymakers would like to see more of on American roadways. She commutes to work by bike, rides to the store for groceries and pedals her children to soccer practice. 'Bicycling is my favorite mode of transportation,' says Handy, director of the Sustainable Transportation Center at the University of California at Davis. 'I can't imagine living without it.' And it's worthwhile for more quantitative reasons: according to the EPA, bicycling instead of driving for five miles a day reduces individual CO2 emissions by 1,287 pounds annually, 6% of the average U.S. individual's total emissions."

"Handy is one of the leading university researchers on the subject of American attitudes toward bicycling for transportation, and she has a simple goal: 'We want to understand why people do or do not bicycle.' Bicycling is an affordable, healthy and climate-friendly transportation solution, and increasing the number of bike trips is a public policy goal of federal, state and local governments, but getting more Americans to hop on bikes instead of into cars has proven difficult. Just one percent of vehicle trips in the United States are by bike. In some European countries, by contrast, nearly 30 percent of trips are on bicycles..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybfusbh


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

LAKE ELMO (MN) ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTION

-> According to a Jan. 28th Stillwater Gazette article, the Lake Elmo Council "passed a resolution in support of 'Complete Streets' legislation. The legislation would implement steps and accountability for engineering and planning for future street building on local and regional roads, so they are safe for pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists and drivers."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ycpcjwc
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Title: "Lake Elmo: Council, residents mull over street plans"
Author: Peter Cox

PITTSBURG (KS) RAILS TO TRAILS MAKE PROGRESS

->According to a Jan. 17th Morning Sun article, "Although it seems work on transforming former railroads near downtown into hiking and biking trails has been in progress since 2005, the real work dates back decades. There are numerous obstacles to the project, making it difficult to turn rails into trails from First and Georgia streets to 11th and Broadway streets."

"'We're just facing the standard obstacles that face a public-private venture,' said Todd Kennemer, Pittsburg assistant public works director. 'Any time you deal with an old railway, you have to go back 100 years to get all the deeds. Those have passed from one train company to another. Some of those have gone out of business.'"

"The project was designed to feature a 10-foot wide walking trail and signs warning traffic about the designation. As designed years ago, the project has received plenty of financial support. The project has netted grants through the Skubitz Foundation, the Sunflower Foundation and the Pritchett Trust..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ycln3ps
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Title: "Rails to Trails making progress"
Author: Andrew Nash

Via Kansas Cyclist: http://tinyurl.com/9gh54d

COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTION MOVING IN EDMOND (OK)

->According to a Jan. 21st Oklahoman article, "Edmond's Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a resolution calling for future city streets to contain bicycle lanes, parallel parking and bus lanes. Tim Tillman, chairman of the Edmond Bicycle Committee, said the Complete Streets resolution would take into consideration all users including public transportation, motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists in construction of new roads and widening of existing streets. He said the resolution is a safety issue. City Planner Jan Ramseyer Fees, also a member of the Bicycle Committee, said, 'We understand we are such an automobile-oriented society, but the Complete Streets provides more transportation choices.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ycv5da9
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Title: "Edmond Planning Commission OKs streets resolution"
Author: John A. Williams

TAKING BACK CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD: POSITIVE LOITERING

-> In a recent ChicagoTalks article, Dan Kleinman wrote, "With recent press throughout the city, 'Positive Loitering' is quickly becoming a buzz word in the community. Having been an organizer of Neighborhood Nights in Edgewater, I feel that there is something more to say about positive loitering; not about the mission, but about the method. I remember when I started talking to the 'loiterers' on Thorndale and I asked them what they thought of a new idea: 'We're gonna set up some tables here and play games together,' I said. Most laughed. A month later we set up card tables, a tent, and a grill. 'I didn't think you were serious,' a 'loiterer' said to me. We did this every Monday of the summer, for fourteen consecutive weeks. People of all ages came, and suddenly, those who had once been called 'the loiterers over there' were now participants in an inviting community event..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjywmhl
Via the Great 48 Update, Alderman Mary Ann Smith: http://tinyurl.com/l75jj7

KEEP KIDS ALIVE, DRIVE 25 - RIDGEWOOD, NJ

-> According to the Safe Routes Scoop News Brief, "Students from Ridgewood High School have created a powerful video that effectively demonstrates the importance of driving 25 miles per hour, especially through neighborhood streets. The 1-1/2 minute video opens with three high school students driving in a car. It is a bright sunny day and they are happily singing along to music. Meanwhile, three younger children are standing along the side of the road. They wear signs reminding drivers there is 'No Need to Speed' and to 'Be Aware! Drive with Care.' The music in the car builds as it nears the location of the small children. At the same time, one of the children steps off the curb and runs into the street. As the car is about to hit the child, the screen goes black and a sign fades saying: "Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjx3bvg

NEW LAND USE/TRANS PLANS FOR GREATER KANSAS CITY

-> According to a Feb. 1st Let's Go KC news release, "The Mid-America Regional Council is currently developing a new long-range transportation plan for the Kansas City metro, and it includes a new land-use scenario that would encourage more compact, sustainable, and efficient development patterns. The plan focuses new investments around existing infrastructure, which will help developing communities grow more efficiently and older communities redevelop more successfully. This new development model would facilitate better investment in sustainable transportation choices like transit, walking, and bicycling. It is called the Adaptive Land Use Scenario..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yf8plwb

ROSEBURG (OR) RETIREMENT HOME PROJECT INCLUDES BIKE PATH

-> According to a Feb. 2nd News-Review article, "Bringing a Department of Veterans Affairs home to Roseburg could bring about 650 jobs to town -- and it might also be good news for bicyclists, according to city officials. In his report to the Roseburg Planning Commission on Monday evening, Community Development Director Brian Davis said a 50-acre site on the Roseburg Veteran's Affairs Medical Center grounds easily meets all of the state's criteria for the estimated $43 million dollar project, of which the city is expected to contribute $15 million. The proposed project could also spell a safer route through the VA grounds for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling on the city's bike path system..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yeasnqb
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Title: "Roseburg veterans' retirement home proposal includes bike path improvements"
Author: Inka Bajandas

FIRST LOOK AT NEW YORK CITY STREET REDESIGN

-> According to a Jan. 21st Mobilizing the Region article, "Last Thursday, MTA and NYCDOT officials released a first look at the design for the M15 'Select Bus Service' on First and Second Avenue in Manhattan, winning praise from advocates. The plan would revamp First and Second Avenues by adding a physically separated bike lane along much of the length of both avenues and on-street bus lanes."

"Riders would pay before boarding, and below Houston Street M15 buses would get signal priority, with traffic lights changing to keep buses on schedule. The bus improvements are expected to cut travel time by 25%, while the bike lane and traffic islands will create a safer cycling experience and reduce crossing distance for walkers. The agencies want to begin upgraded service this October..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yexkwzs

IOWA SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM RECEIVES GRANT

-> According to the Jan. 14th Iowa Bicycle Coalition newsletter, "The Iowa Safe Routes to School Encouragement and Education Program was awarded a grant of $136,295 from the Iowa Department of Transportation this week."

"On January 12, the DOT approved non-infrastructure grant money to Iowa Safe Routes to School, enabling the program to continue its role as a resource for communities throughout the state. Iowa Safe Routes to School has already reached over 30 communities in Iowa and will be able to expand its offerings with the latest grant."

"Molly Gable, Program Director of Iowa Safe Routes to School, said, 'Our program has been successful since its start in 2007, as we have been able to impact 14,000 students. We are happy to continue to receive funding and be able to increase our influence across the state.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yaztzv6

LONG BEACH (CA) MAKES WAY FOR BICYCLES

-> According to a Jan. 26th L.A. Times article, "A dozen notables mounted bikes outside the entrance to Long Beach City Hall late last year for the unveiling of a metallic bicycle sculpture with a lofty proclamation: 'Long Beach, the most bicycle friendly city in America,' it reads in bold steel lettering under the likeness of an antique bicycle. It was a little premature, leaders admit. 'But we're striving for that,' said City Manager Pat West, a longtime cyclist. While other cities spin their wheels, Long Beach is joining the ranks of places such as Portland, Ore., San Francisco and New York City that have made safe passage for bikes a priority, even at the expense of traffic lanes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yfnvpzg
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Title: "Long Beach makes way for bicycles"
Author: Tony Barboza


THE RESEARCH BEAT

OBESITY GROWING PROBLEM IN INDIANA, NATION

-> According to a Jan. 17th Star Press article, "As the national health care reform debate continues, the 20th anniversary edition of America's Health Rankings has reported that obesity has increased nearly 130 percent in the past 20 years. Currently, 27 percent of the population is obese -- more than one in four Americans. Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat. Doctors often use a formula based on your height and weight -- called the body mass index (BMI) -- to determine whether you are obese."

"Adults with a BMI of 30 or higher are considered obese. Extreme obesity, also called severe obesity or morbid obesity, occurs when you have a BMI of 40 or more. With morbid obesity, you are especially likely to have serious health problems. If current trends continue, 103 million American adults -- or 43 percent of the population -- will be considered obese in 2018..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y93br5p
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Title: "Obesity is a growing national, state problem"
Author: Kathy Kirby

HEART DISEASE PREVENTION CRITICAL FOR AMERICAN WOMEN

-> According to a Feb. 2nd news release from the National Institutes of Health, "...Even with increased awareness, 80 percent of midlife women (ages 40 to 60) still have one or more of the modifiable risk factors -- high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight/obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, and smoking. Sixty percent of younger women, ages 20-39, have one or more of these risk factors. Recent data show high rates of overweight/obesity in younger women, which may lead to higher rates of heart disease in later years."

"'Women are developing heart disease at younger ages, and our research shows that many women, particularly at younger ages, still do not recognize their personal risk,' says Susan Shurin, M.D., acting director, NHLBI. 'What young women need to realize is that leading a healthy lifestyle in their 20s and 30s sets them up for a long and healthy life.'"

"Although overall heart disease deaths in women have gone down, the death rate in young women increases threefold between the third and fourth decade of life. This suggests that the late 20s and early 30s is a critical time for women to take action to reduce their risk, according to Dr. Shurin..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yc8yrma

OBESITY LEADING FACTOR IN YET ANOTHER HEART PROBLEM

-> According to a Nov. 26th Doctor's Guide article, "Aside from aging itself, obesity appears to be the most powerful predictor of left atrial enlargement (LAE), upping one's risk of atrial fibrillation, stroke, and death, according to findings published in the November 17 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The prospective study -- the first to evaluate factors affecting left atrial remodelling during aging over 10 years -- found obesity and hypertension to be independent predictors of LAE, both resulting in a variety of structural and functional changes in the heart."

"The highest measures of left atrial volume (iLA) were seen in obese patients with high blood pressure; this group also had the greatest increase in iLA (+6ml/m) and the highest incidence of LAE upon follow-up (31.6% compared with baseline prevalence of 10% among all participants). In linear regression models, the effect of obesity was almost twice that of hypertension..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ydh29w7


QUOTES R US

-> "Budget cuts reduce vital services. Increased taxes just take money out of peoples' pockets, perversely making economic recovery all the tougher."
-- Neal Peirce, Citywire.net
http://tinyurl.com/yaetzx9

-> "Today's children's day-to-day experiences are changing so much faster, to the point that some people are talking about mini-generation gaps between kids a mere 10 years apart. The huge chasm between kids today and us parents is vividly illustrated in the recently published Kaiser Family Foundation study on children's electronic media consumption. The study finds that children spend practically every minute of their day that they are not sleeping or in school consuming electronic media that didn't exist when I was a kid. What's more, during roughly half of the time they spend consuming these media, they are multitasking -- i.e. 'consuming' more than one medium at a time."
-- Mike Lanza, playborhood.com
http://tinyurl.com/y9d3lt5

For more on the KFF study go to: http://tinyurl.com/ykme4mb

-> "Designing for safety is an exercise in risk management because the safety performance of any given project design is relative. It is not uncommon to have a road that is nominally safe -- that is, all its geometric features meet design criteria -- but substantively unsafe, having a known or demonstrated crash problem. Similarly, roads that are nominally unsafe (having one or more design features that do not meet current design criteria) can be substantively safe."
-- Keith Harrison and Stephanie Roth, Federal Highway Administration "Risking Success Through Flexible Design"
http://tinyurl.com/ylxs3ee

STATS R US

COMMUNITY BICYCLING GOALS

-> "Potsdam, Germany, aims to increase bicycle use from 20 percent to 27 percent by 2012.
-- Berlin, Germany, plans to increase bicycle mode share from the current level of 12 percent to 15 percent by 2015.
-- Copenhagen, Denmark, aims for 50 percent of work and education trips to be made on bicycles by 2015.
-- Bristol, United Kingdom, seeks to double the number of cycling trips by 2011."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ylxs3ee

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

-> "ONE GOT FAT"

This dreadful 1963 bicycle safety film shows that we really have made progress, thankfully...
http://tinyurl.com/22majc


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Cycle Tracks: Concept and Design Practices"

Date: February 17, 2010, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Presenter: to be announced

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Cost: $50/site (apbp members), $75/site (non-members)

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yal7a2b

Questions: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

WEBINAR: "Active and Safe Routes to School"

Date: February 23, 2010, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST

Presenter: Jacky Kennedy, Program manager, Green Communities Canada; and Kent Cruger, Principal, Bear Creek Elementary School, Boulder Colorado USA

Host: Tools of Change in partnership with Transport Canada

Cost: $70/site (Free for the first 100 Canadian sites)

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yap2tew

Questions: Cate Berthelet <registrar@toolsofchange.com>

WEBINAR: "ADA: Changes to PROWAAG, Getting Started On Transition Plans"

Date: March 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)

Details (and registration): http://www.apbp.org/event/apr-10_webinar

Questions: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Online registration is available until: 3/17/2010

WEBINAR: "Bicycle Parking Programs"

Date: April 21, 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)

Details (and registration): http://www.apbp.org/event/apr-10_webinar

Questions: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Online registration is available until: 4/21/2010

List of apbp Webinars: http://tinyurl.com/ycnptf8


RESOURCES

-> "ABU DHABI URBAN STREET DESIGN MANUAL"
Report by the firms of Otak International, Nelson\Nygaard and Steer Davies Gleave; for the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. 2010 (general description with links to more info and 36.8mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ydqukym

-> "PEDESTRIAN FORUM"
Winter 2010 edition of FHWA's pedestrian newsletter.
http://tinyurl.com/yb3tty7

-> "MODELING BICYCLE FACILITY OPERATION..."
"...a Cellular Automaton Approach;" report by Gregory Gould and Alex Karner, U.C. Davis; Transportation Research Record. 2010 (general info and link to a 969kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/y9tf2ur

-> "BIKE-SHARING: HISTORY, IMPACTS, MODELS OF..."
"...Provision, and Future;" article by Paul DeMaio, MetroBike, LLC; Journal of Public Transportation, Vol. 12, No. 4; University of South Florida National Center for Transit Research. 2009 (general info and link to 2.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yhkdqkg

-> "EVALUATION OF IOWA'S DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM"
Final Report by the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation, Center for Transportation Research and Education. December 2009
http://tinyurl.com/ydq3ozs

-> "ENVIRONMENT 2009"
Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2123. 2009
http://tinyurl.com/yaqprow

-> "ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF HIGH-SPEED..."
"Roundabouts;" Article by Ahn, Kronprasert and Rakha; Environment 2009, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2123. Dec. 25, 2009
http://tinyurl.com/ylf3jwm

-> "ISSUES AND METHODS FOR TRANSDISCIPLINARY PLANNING..."
"...of Combined Wildlife and Pedestrian Highway Crossings;" article by Ahern, Jennings, Fenstermacher, Warren, Charney, Jackson, Mullin, Kotval, Brena, Civjan, and Carr; Environment 2009, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2123. Dec. 25, 2009
http://tinyurl.com/ycuj5th


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!

-> 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 25-26, 2010, Urban Pathways to Livable Communities, New Orleans, LA. Info: Stephen Miller, Urban Pathways Coordinator, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20037-1213; phone: (202) 974-5123; fax: (202) 223-9257; email: stephen@railstotrails.org
http://tinyurl.com/ydh2h48

-> 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 13-14, 2010, Seattle Bicycle Expo, Seattle WA. Info: Cascade Bicycle Club
http://tinyurl.com/6hvrw

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

-> March 27- April 2, 2010, Bike Florida 2010, East Central Florida, Info: Rachel Weissler, Bike Florida, (352) 224-8602; email: rwbikeflorida@gmail.com
http://tinyurl.com/ydh59qn

-> 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 5-8, 2010, 3rd Annual International Congress on Physical Activity and Health, Toronto, Canada. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yfvgw8n

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

-> May 21, 2010 --  Delaware 2nd Bike Summit, Wilmington DE. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yc5tw96

-> 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 12-19, 2010, Virginia Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness Week. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2awpsu

-> September 13-17, 2010, Pro Walk/Pro Bike, the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
http://tinyurl.com/n3g2e9

-> October 18-19, 2010, Transportation Systems for Livable Communities Conference, Washington, D.C. Info: Transportation Research Board
http://tinyurl.com/yfla7ah

-> October, 25-26, 2010, Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Policy Decisions Conference; Washington, D.C. Info: Transportation Research Board
http://tinyurl.com/yhff87z

-> November 17-19, 2010, Walk21 "Getting communities back on their feet," The Hague, the Netherlands. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/y9oo6uc


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> JOB -- TRAFFIC SAFETY CAMPAIGN DIR. -- T.A., NYC

Transportation Alternatives seeks a highly motivated and accomplished organizer to assist our campaigns to improve safety in New York City. The Traffic Safety Campaign Director will work with T.A. and partner organizations to produce town hall events and public forums around the city. The Director will build partnerships with civic and community leaders, traffic safety experts, public health professions and others to assemble a street safety coalition focused on raising expectations to dramatically lower the number of deaths and injuries on our streets.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yeehujz

-> JOB -- ACCESSIBILITY SPECIALIST -- U.S. ACCESS BOARD

The incumbent of this position serves as an Accessibility Specialist (Transportation) in the Office of Technical and Information Services, US Access Board. The incumbent participates actively in rulemaking responsibilities of the Board, performing analyses and evaluation of complex issues of accessibility, with a focus on the area of transportation vehicles and facilities. In addition, the incumbent provides professional advise, technical assistance, and training to those agencies, industries, organizations, and individuals on accessibility requirements for buildings, facilities, and transportation vehicles.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yg4547c

-> POST-DOC PGM -- PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROMOTION ETC -- ANN ARBOR (MI) VA CTR FOR CLINICAL MANAGEMENT RESEARCH, HSR&D

The Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Clinical Management Research, Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) is seeking applicants for a 1- to 2-year Post-Doctoral Training Program with experience and interest in conducting clinical research in the areas of physical activity promotion, dietary behavior change and weight management...

For more information, contact Caroline R. Richardson, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Health Systems Research Scientist, VA HSR&D research office: 734-998-7120; caroli@med.umich.edu

-> 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
Location: Your home office anywhere in the USA
Applications: Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, considered on a first come/first serve basis, and should be sent to margo@saferoutespartnership.org
Start Date: No later than April 1, 2010

Details: http://tinyurl.com/ydcbj8u

-> JOB -- 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. Mail or email resume and cover letter by February 15, 2010.

More info: http://tinyurl.com/6ptc65


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