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#247 Wednesday, February 17, 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.

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----- NCBW’s Pro Walk / Pro Bike® 2010 Call for Proposals Due by Feb. 26
----- USDOT Hosts L.A. Transportation Reauthorization Outreach
----- SRTS Local School Project Report Released
----- School Travel Planning Moving Ahead in Canada
----- Nat'l Center Report Summarizes Local SRTS Travel Data
----- Can Smart Growth Help Beat Mortgage Crisis?
----- "Sustain Magazine" Covers Green Urbanism, With a Nod To Amsterdam!
----- MICHELLE OBAMA: END CHILD OBESITY IN A GENERATION
----- More Teens Wait for Driver's Licenses
----- 9000 Voices for Safer Cycling in U.K.
----- More Teens Wait for Driver's Licenses

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----- New Haven (CT) Mayor Aims to Reconnect Downtown
----- Active Trans Pushes Distracted Driving Bills in Illinois
----- Colorado Safe Routes Network Gets Going
----- Minneapolis Paper Backs Complete Streets
----- New York City Broadway Experiment Now Permanent
----- San Jose (CA) Ranks First in Bike Safety Education
----- Portland's BTA Advocate Receives Police Award
----- Minn. Groups Offer Course on Supporting Winter Walking/Biking

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----- Study: Traffic Patterns Affect Childhood Obesity
----- Study: Child Obesity Risks Death at Early Age

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

NCBW’s PRO WALK / PRO BIKE® 2010 CALL FOR PROPOSALS DUE BY FEB. 26

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is currently running an open call for proposals to present at the 16th biennial Pro Walk / Pro Bike® Conference in Chattanooga, on September 13-17, 2010. Proposal submissions are being accepted now through February 26th through the on-line submission form at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/submissions.php

The conference theme is "Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale."Chattanooga and the southeast 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. And in keeping with the Pro Walk / Pro Bike® big tent tradition we are inviting practitioners and advocates from coast to coast and around the globe to form geographically and experientially diverse teams to submit panel sessions, interactive workshops and poster sessions.

Commenting on conference content, Sharon Roerty, NCBW’s Executive Director said, "We are looking to showcase good bike/pedestrian 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; and projects that make it possible for people of all ages and abilities to walk and bike easily, conveniently, and safely. It’s not just about biking and walking and it’s not strictly about transportation; livable communities are most likely to happen when people are willing to blur the traditional and political lines between transportation, housing, the environment, energy and health. We are looking for panel sessions that do just that, blur the lines."

The opening reception for Pro Walk / Pro Bike® will be held on Monday, September 13, at 6:30 PM. The closing plenary will be on Thursday, from noon until 2:00 PM. Special interest meetings and training sessions will bookend the conference. Registration will open later this month; presenters will be given a discounted registration rate. Pro Walk / Pro Bike® is the preeminent conference focusing on bicycling and walking programs in America. It is a participatory event that engages more than half of the registrants as presenters.

Pro Walk / Pro Bike® 2010 Call for Proposals submission information can be found at http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.php. Panel sessions and workshop submissions must include the names of all the presenters. The APBP and People Powered list servs are two good ways to build your presentation teams. Submissions must be received before February 26.

USDOT HOSTS L.A. TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION OUTREACH

-> According to the Feb. 16th American Bicyclist Update, "United States Department of Transportation is hosting a public Surface Transportation Reauthorization Outreach Meeting with Secretary Ray LaHood and Senator Barbara Boxer this Friday, February 19, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, One Gateway Plaza, in Los Angeles, California. The event is part of a series of meetings that will bring together Federal, state and local officials, as well as transportation providers, users, and stakeholders, to discuss the surface transportation reauthorization. "

More info: http://tinyurl.com/ye2hymc

SRTS LOCAL SCHOOL PROJECT REPORT RELEASED

-> According to a Feb. 11th news release, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (Partnership), in collaboration with UC Berkeley's Safe Transportation Research and Education Center and PPH Partners, released the report, 'Safe Routes to School - Local School Project: A health evaluation at 10 low-income schools.' The report was released at the Active Living Research Conference in San Diego, California."

The Project began in April 2008 to "provide technical assistance to Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs at ten schools around the United States to help make it safer and easier for children to walk and bicycle to school. Project schools were located in Santa Rosa (CA); Belvedere County (GA); Urbana, (IL); Lebanon (KY); New Orleans (LA); Buffalo, (NY); Stillwater (OK); Bryan, (TX); Alexandria (VA); and the District of Columbia) and concluded in December 2009, after one full academic year of program activities."

"Overall, the results indicated that there was good progress toward achieving many of the desired outcomes for the Project as a whole. While the results also revealed challenges in promoting SRTS in communities and schools with economic and social challenges, almost all of the school sites reported some amount of policy and environmental change occurring during the academic year in support of walking and bicycling. Additionally, nine out of ten schools had successful walk/bicycle educational and encouragement activities that will continue into future years..."

Source (with link to pdf of study): http://tinyurl.com/yzolpdv

SCHOOL TRAVEL PLANNING MOVING AHEAD IN CANADA

-> According to an article in the Winter 2010 School Travel Planning News, "2009 was a remarkable year for School Travel Planning (STP) in Canada, laying the groundwork for exponential expansion in 2010. By the end of the 2008-09 school year, the original 12 pilot schools across the country had written Canada’s first School Travel Plans; yet, the STP process was already being adopted by many communities and schools outside the scope of the original pilot test."

"Thanks to extended funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the generosity of George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, plans were already in place to work with 24 schools during the 2009-10 school year. However, due to rampant enthusiasm in many provinces, STP initiatives are underway or being planned in many more schools than initially expected, many funded by local or provincial funds. STP projects are now taking place in seven provinces/ territories: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the Yukon..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ycz2l2d (937kp pdf)

NAT'L CENTER REPORT SUMMARIZES LOCAL SRTS TRAVEL DATA

-> According to a Feb. 4th News Brief, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today the release of a new national report on Safe Routes to School (SRTS) travel data. The report, entitled Safe Routes to School Travel Data: A Look at Baseline Results from Parent Surveys and Student Travel Tallies, provides a summary of school travel data that local SRTS programs throughout the United States collected from April 2007 to May 2009."

For details and to download the report go to: http://tinyurl.com/yfw6va6

CAN SMART GROWTH HELP BEAT MORTGAGE CRISIS?

-> According to a Jan. 27th NRDC news release, "As the American economy continues to be dragged down by the mortgage crisis, a new report shows a direct link between the transportation costs associated with a given neighborhood or community and its foreclosure rate, according to experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report, entitled 'Location Efficiency and Mortgage Default,' outlines how this link may provide policy makers and the lending industry with new tools to address the continuing mortgage default problem."

"'Add urban sprawl to the list of sources for our current financial mess,' said David Goldstein, co-director of the Energy Program at NRDC. 'It’s not just predatory lending or lax standards. The connection between transportation costs and mortgage default cannot be ignored. The sooner we address it in our lending and development practices, the sooner we will start to see a more stable real estate sector.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yh5dee5
Download the 2.2mb pdf report here: http://tinyurl.com/y9kjhal

"SUSTAIN MAGAZINE" COVERS GREEN URBANISM, WITH NOD TO AMSTERDAM!

-> In a Feb. 7th note, Carltoon Eley wrote, "The current issue of Sustain Magazine reflects current thinking in the area of green urbanism and urban sustainability in our cities. The issue features seven perspectives on the ideal city in terms of policy and planning. This publication (co-edited by John Gilderbloom and Matt Hanka) presents American and Dutch analysis on a range of topics including: equitable development; downtown revitalization; the benefits of bicycling; neighborhood planning; urban morphology; creating a culture of tolerance; and reducing carbon emissions. Sustain Magazine is a peer reviewed publication, and it is produced by the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development (KIESD). Formed by the University of Louisville in 1992, KIESD provides the general public and the research community statewide with the tools and the space to work towards a brighter future. The Institute is a forum for conducting interdisciplinary research, applied scholarly analysis, public service and educational outreach on environmental and sustainable development issues at the local, state, national and international levels."

Here's a link to the "Sustainable Communities" issue (3.4mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ykhhhr2

Here's the magazine's home page:
http://tinyurl.com/yhya8ze

MICHELLE OBAMA: END CHILD OBESITY IN A GENERATION

-> According to a Feb. 9th USA Today article, "Her daughters were 6 and 9, and Michelle Obama was like any other working mom — struggling to juggle office hours, school pick-ups and mealtimes. By the end of the day, she was often too tired to make dinner, so she did what was easy: She ordered takeout or went to the drive-through. She thought the girls were eating reasonably well — until her pediatrician in Chicago told her he didn't like the weight fluctuations he was seeing."

"'I was shocked because my kids looked perfectly fine to me,' Obama says. 'But I had a wake-up call.' Like many parents, however, 'I didn't know what to do.' Today, the self-described 'mom in chief' is launching Let's Move, a campaign to help other parents deal with a national health crisis she describes in epic terms. The goal: to eliminate childhood obesity in a generation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhu82ey
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Title: "Michelle Obama aims to end child obesity in a generation"
Author: Mimi Hall and Nanci Hellmich

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

OBAMA CHARTS NEW COURSE FOR TRANS, HOUSING

-> According to a Feb. 10th ReConnecting America mailing, "The Obama Administration is clearly charting a new course for policy and investments in housing and transportation with announcements in recent weeks by U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson."

"The three agencies have formed an interagency partnership that signals an unprecedented level of collaboration among the agencies, with the goal of achieving sustainability and livability through coordinated transportation and housing policies and investments. Reconnecting America's analyses of these developments is provided at the links [at the end of the article.]"

"'The 20th century was about disinvestment in American cities large and small, but the 21st century is going to be about re-stabilization,' said Reconnecting America President and CEO John Robert Smith. 'The Obama administration understands how critical these investments in livability and sustainability are to creating jobs and a sustainable quality of life, and this commitment takes on even greater meaning because these are lean economic times.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y95pkho

9000 VOICES FOR SAFER CYCLING IN U.K.

-> According to a Jan. 20th Sustrans news story, "Nine thousand of you, all supporting Sustrans' call for safer conditions for cycling, made your voices heard at Westminster, the National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Government this week. On Tuesday 19 January, our 'Motion for Women' petition, which attracted nine thousand signatures of support from people across the UK, was delivered -- by bike naturally -- to the House of Commons and formally presented to Sadiq Khan, the Minister for Transport."

"Meanwhile in Cardiff, Rosemary Butler, the National Assembly for Wales' Deputy Presiding Officer, who learned to cycle last year with help from Sustrans Cymru, received the petition on the steps of The Senedd. Whilst Scotland's Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson, accepted the petition outside Scottish Government in Edinburgh. At all three governments, we made a statement by asking local women, who want to feel safe enough to make more everyday journeys by bike, to hand over the petition..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ylslpar

MORE TEENS WAIT FOR DRIVER'S LICENSES

-> According to a Jan. 24th Washington Post article, "The quest to get a driver's license at 16 -- long an American rite of passage -- is on the wane among the digital generation, which no longer sees the family car as the end-all of social life..."

"Federal data released Friday underscore a striking national shift: 30.7 percent of 16-year-olds got their licenses in 2008, compared with 44.7 percent in 1988. The difference is even sharper in Virginia and Maryland, state figures show. Numbers from the District, which go back to 2003, show a decline in the past two years..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yh6vssz
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Title: "More teens are choosing to wait to get driver's licenses"
Author: Donna St. George


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

NEW HAVEN (CT) MAYOR AIMS TO RECONNECT DOWNTOWN

-> According to a Feb. 3rd Mobilizing the Region article, "New Haven is sprinting towards gold in the Highway Removal Olympics. In his State of the City address earlier this week, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said that 100 College Street, the initial phase of a project to replace Route 34 with development and a street grid, would be underway by late this year or early 2011."

"The mayor said this first phase would create 900 permanent jobs and start to reconnect downtown New Haven with the Hill neighborhood that was separated by Route 34 -- also known, ironically, as the Oak Street Connector -- during the city’s urban renewal phase in the 1950s and 1960s..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yz3rysn

ACTIVE TRANS PUSHES DISTRACTED DRIVING BILLS IN ILLINOIS

-> According to the Jan. issue of Mode Shift, the newsletter of Chicagoland's Active Transportation Alliance, "Active Trans members played a crucial role in [two] legislative victories...Here’s a quick rundown of key pieces of Illinois legislation that were enacted at the beginning of the year."

"Texting while driving: HB 71 bans nearly all texting while driving in Illinois, whether it’s on cell phone, a personal digital assistant or a portable computer. Along with texting, the measure applies to e-mailing, instant messaging and surfing the Internet. The law does not apply to the use of GPS devices, voice-activated devices, and any device that is installed in the dashboard. Read the bill on the Illinois General Assembly’s website."

"Cell phone use while driving through school and construction zones: HB 72 puts an end to cell phone use for Illinois drivers in school zones and highway construction areas. The law contains exemptions for drivers using a cell phone in an emergency and drivers using voice-activated cell phones. Read the bill on the Illinois General Assembly’s website..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yb4w399

COLORADO SAFE ROUTES NETWORK GETS GOING

-> According to a Feb. 12th Bicycle Colorado eNews article, "Colorado was selected by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for a grant to develop a state safe routes to school network. This network will bring together state leaders to increase physical activity among students, leverage additional resources for Safe Routes initiatives, and remove barriers to walking and bicycling to schools."

"The network office is provided by The Children's Hospital in Denver. Christine Fischer will coordinate the new state network and has begun working with stakeholders on developing the network goals. Bicycle Colorado is working closely with the program and will be sharing our experience with education and policy efforts."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y9l43uy

For more info on the Network, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yetruhf

MINNEAPOLIS PAPER BACKS COMPLETE STREETS

-> According to a Feb. 14th Star Tribune editorial, "One of many witty moments in the 1999 cult movie 'Office Space' comes as the main characters return to their suburban office park after lunch at Chotchkie's, the local diner. They trudge along the shoulder of a busy road, then down though a ditch, up over a grassy mound and finally through a big parking lot, oblivious to the fact that there are no sidewalks. "

"Indeed, most Americans don't notice that their cities and towns are designed almost exclusively for driving. There's nothing really sinister about it; it's just that for 60 years governments have presumed a future of wider, faster roadways, and engineers have conditioned themselves to think mainly about accommodating cars."

"Only recently have the concepts of climate change, carbon footprint, energy independence, obesity and livability penetrated the world of infrastructure design to provoke second thoughts. But even so, the rules that govern design and construction are locked in place, and those rules specify the building of an autocentric world..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yz9vhoy
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Title: "Editorial: 'Complete Streets' promotes livability"
Author: Editorial Board

NEW YORK CITY BROADWAY EXPERIMENT NOW PERMANENT

-> According to a Feb. 11th Times article, "New York’s ambitious experiment that closed parts of Broadway to vehicles last spring will become permanent, city officials said on Thursday, even though it fell short of achieving its chief objective: improving traffic flow. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said that a reduction in injuries to pedestrians and motorists, along with a warm response from merchants and tourists, had persuaded him to retain the eight-month-old pedestrian plazas in Times Square and Herald Square, a marquee initiative for his administration that re-engineered the Midtown street grid."

"But traffic speeds slowed on many crosstown streets, as well as on Eighth and Ninth Avenues, according to data from more than 5,700 test runs conducted by the Department of Transportation. There were some improvements, but they mostly missed the city’s targets. Traffic along Seventh Avenue, for example, moved 4 percent faster, but the city had hoped for a gain of up to 17 percent. Mr. Bloomberg, however, declared the project a success, emphasizing the improvements to pedestrian safety and foot traffic, along with the aesthetic enhancement to an area once associated with exhaust and gridlock..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yk4txfx
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Title: "New York Traffic Experiment Gets Permanent Run"
Author: Michael M. Grynbaum

SAN JOSE (CA) RANKS FIRST IN BIKE SAFETY EDUCATION

-> According to a Feb. 8th Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition announcement, "The Alliance for Biking and Walking has ranked the City of San Jose as the #1 city in the nation for providing bicycle safety education to children. The Alliance's 'Bicycling & Walking in the U.S. - 2010 Benchmarking Report' surveyed the 50 largest U.S. cities and found that one in eight San Jose children receive bicycle safety education."

"'San Jose is building a strong reputation as a city where bicycling is safe, common and convenient,' said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed in a City of San Jose press release. 'Promoting bike safety is a critical element of our drive to encourage cycling as a way to protect the environment, ease traffic congestion, and build a healthier community.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygoeufy

PORTLAND'S BTA ADVOCATE RECEIVES POLICE AWARD

-> According to Feb. 10th Bicycle Transportation Alliance Blog entry, "On behalf of the Portland Police Bureau, Officer Robert Pickett stopped by the BTA this afternoon to award Michelle Poyourow an Honorary Portland Police Officer badge and recognize her collaborative approach and many contributions to bicycle-related traffic and safety issues. During the past two years Michelle worked with other BTA staff and the Police Bureau on a number of safety and enforcement issues: "

"-Targeting enforcement actions at dangerous intersections and towards dangerous behaviors;
- Increasing education and enforcement around bike light requirements;
- Developing the Share the Road Safety Class, a diversion-type class that could turn a $242 citation into a $30 fee and two hours of education;
- Helping the police and community members work to make big bike rides successful..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygcrzgb

MINN. GROUPS OFFER COURSE ON SUPPORTING WINTER WALKING/BIKING

-> According to the Bike Walk Twin Cities website, "On December 4, 2009, Transit for Livable Communities and Bike Walk Twin Cities hosted a course entitled 'Walking and Biking Through Minnesota Winters' to highlight and explore best local, national and international practices for encouraging year-round non-motorized (walking and cycling) transportation. The course included specific exploration of design, maintenance, and operations practices in similar winter climates, and was convened as a starting point for upcoming conversations exploring improvements to our year-round walking and cycling infrastructure and maintenance practices..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/ye7g3sx

An accompanying web page includes materials related to the presentations: http://tinyurl.com/yejt7s3


THE RESEARCH BEAT

STUDY: TRAFFIC PATTERNS AFFECT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

-> According to a Feb. 8th American City & County article, "Children living in homes surrounded by traffic hazards are at risk of unhealthy weight gain, according to a study performed by the University of California, Berkeley. The study's findings suggest that city planners should use traffic calming methods to make it safe for children to play outside. The study found that multi-lane roads, speeding cars and other hazards in the Los Angeles area made it unsafe for children to play outside and walk or bike to school, reducing their physical activity and, therefore, leading to weight gain."

"Michael Jerrett, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and his research team studied more than 3,000 children living in and around Los Angeles for about eight years until the participants reached age 18. The researchers measured each child's height and weight every year and used an advanced geographic information system to analyze traffic patterns..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzom26w
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Title: "Study: Traffic patterns affect childhood obesity"
Author: Staff

STUDY: CHILD OBESITY RISKS DEATH AT EARLY AGE

-> According to a Feb. 10th New York Times article, "A rare study that tracked thousands of children through adulthood found the heaviest youngsters were more than twice as likely as the thinnest to die prematurely, before age 55, of illness or a self-inflicted injury. Youngsters with a condition called pre-diabetes were at almost double the risk of dying before 55, and those with high blood pressure were at some increased risk."

"But obesity was the factor most closely associated with an early death, researchers said. The study, published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed data gathered from Pima and Tohono O’odham Indians, whose rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes soared decades before weight problems became widespread among other Americans. It is one of the largest studies to have tracked children for several decades after detailed information on weight and risk factors like high cholesterol were gathered."

"'This suggests,' said Helen C. Looker, senior author of the paper and assistant professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, 'that obesity in children, even prepubescent children, may have very serious long-term health effects through midlife -- that there is something serious being set in motion by obesity at early ages.' Dr. Looker added, 'We all expect to get beyond 55 these days.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzakunj
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Title: "Child Obesity Risks Death at Early Age, Study Finds"
Author: Roni Caryn Rabin


QUOTES R US

-> "Both have decided that Washington, D.C., is a great place to use their 'BMW' -- bus, Metro, walk..."
-- Barry Johnson, Silver Springs (MD) father talking about his two teens
http://tinyurl.com/yemmquz

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

-> TRIXI’S TREAT

"Historic roadside diner in Ovando [MT] has been a mainstay for local ranchers and tourists shuttling between parks since moving to current home in 1968..."

"A cowgirl through and through, Trixi performed with her horse, Silver Dollar, and her trained dog, Cutie, at rodeos, nightclubs and theaters. She appeared in two movies and toured with Slim Pickens and Bob Hope during World War II..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybusm9x


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Building a Winning Coalition"

Date: February 19, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Presenter: Moderator: Kylah Hynes, Program Manager, NAPTA; Speakers: Tom Shrout, Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit, St. Louis, MO; Raymond Christman, Executive Director, Livable Communities Coalition, Atlanta, GA.

Host: Center for Transportation Excellence & NAPTA

Cost: None

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yafv273

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: "Multi-Modal School Site Planning, Design and Transportation for Primary Grades (Grades K-8)"

Date: February 24, 2010, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST

Presenters: Daniel B. VanPelt, P.E., PTOE; Michael J. Cynecki, P.E.; Jennifer Hefferan, SRTS Coordinator, DC DOT.

Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers & the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Cost: $25/site

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yf4gqxb

Questions: <ite_staff@ite.org>

Via Smart Growth Online: http://tinyurl.com/yzphla9

WEBINAR: "Climate Change 101"

Date: February 24, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Presenters: Paula Hammond, Chair of AASHTO Climate Change Steering Committee and Secretary of Washington DOT; lead presenter: Cindy Burbank of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Host: AASHTO, FHWA, and FTA

Cost: None mentioned

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yz2crpg

WEBINAR: "Integrated TDM Marketing in the UK"

Date: March 2, 2010, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Daniel Johnson, Integrated Programmes Manager, Smarter Travel Unit, Transport for London

Host: Tools of Change in partnership with Transport Canada

Cost: $50/site (Free for the first 100 Canadian sites)

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/6avuyy

Questions: Cate Berthelet registrar@toolsofchange.com

WEBINAR: "GHG Targets, Methodologies, and Legislation"

Date: March 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Presenters: Bill Malley, Steve Lawe of RSG, and Brian Gregor of Oregon DOT

Host: AASHTO, FHWA, and FTA

Cost: None mentioned

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yb4bzae

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: "Making Your Message Matter"

Date: March 19, 2010, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Dan Kully, Managing Parter, Laguens Kully Klose, Seattle, WA and Washington, DC

Host: Center for Transportation Excellence & NAPTA

Cost: None

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yj3q7ev

WEBINAR: "Climate Adaptation for Transportation"

Date: March 31, 2:00-3:30

Presenters: Mike Meyer of Georgia Tech/Parsons Brinckerhoff and a state DOT executive (TBD) who has been working on climate adaptation.

Host: AASHTO, FHWA, and FTA

Cost: None mentioned

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

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

WEBINAR: "Social Media: Friending, Tweeting & Blogging Your Way to Success"

Date: April 23, 2010, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: to be announced

Host: Center for Transportation Excellence & NAPTA

Cost: none

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yf9839o

WEBINAR: "Silencing the Naysayers"

Date: May 14, 2010, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: to be announced

Host: Center for Transportation Excellence & NAPTA

Cost: none

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


RESOURCES

-> "2009 BIKE WALK TWIN CITIES PEDESTRIAN AND..."
"...Bicycle Count Report;" by Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities. Feb. 3, 2010 (general info and link to 3.3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ykj5o6q

-> "ROAD DEATHS IN AUSTRALIA 1925-2008"
Brief report by Gary Shapcott, Australian Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport, and Regional Economics; Information Sheet 38. (general info and link to 646kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yzdqfry

-> "DISPARITIES IN DATA ON HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010 PHYSICAL..."
"...Activity Objectives Collected by Accelerometry and Self-Report;" by Ham (University of Chicago) & Ainsworth (Arizona State University); American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.180075. February 10, 2010
http://tinyurl.com/ykbsx63

-> "PLANNING DISPLACEMENT: THE REAL LEGACY OF MAJOR..."
"...Sporting Events;" article by Porter, Jaconelli, Cheyne; Eby; & Wagenaar; in Planning Theory & Practice, Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 395-418. September 2009 (general info and free link to full article)
http://tinyurl.com/yakcsr3

-> "ENCOURAGING WALKING AND BICYCLING..."
"...through School Policies;" article in the Winter 2010 issue of Safe Routes Scoop, a newsletter from the New Jersey DOT, the USDOT, and Rutgers University."
http://tinyurl.com/yep2e85

-> "LATERAL EXCITATION OF BRIDGES BY BALANCING..."
"..pedestrians;" article by John H.G Macdonald, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, UK; Proc. R. Soc. A 2009 465, 1055-1073. December 16, 2008"
http://tinyurl.com/yflwtsb


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 17, 2010; Art of Place Making: Beyond Design Workshop, Franklin District, NZ. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpp4t

-> 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 1, 2010, Art of Place Making: Beyond Design Workshop, Kingborough, Tasmania, AU. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpp4t

-> March 2, 2010, Creative Bureaucracies Creative Places Workshop, Launceston, Tasmania, AU. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpp4t

-> March 5, 2010, Place Making Clinic, Kingborough, Tasmania, AU. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpp4t

-> March 8, 2010, Get Guilford Moving Active Transportation Summit, Greensboro, NC. Info: Get Healthy Guilford Obesity Coalition.
http://tinyurl.com/ygzkyve

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

-> March 11, 2010, 10am-11am, Engineering Massachusetts Safe Routes Success webinar. Info: Courtney Croteau, Mass. Safe Routes to School: RSVP by March 4th: phone: 1-888-4COMMUTE; email: courtney.croteau@state.ma.us

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

-> March 18, 2010, Art of Place Making: Beyond Design Workshop, Claremont, Western Australia, AU. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpp4t

-> March 19, 2010, Place Making Clinic, Melville, Western Australia, AU. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpp4t

-> 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 29, 2010, Art of Place Making: Beyond Design Workshop, Kinglake, Victoria, AU. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpp4t

-> 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 14-17, 2010, 1st T&DI Green Streets & Highways Conference, Denver, CO. Info: Transportation & Development Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers:
http://tinyurl.com/ygcy75r

-> November 14-17, 2010, 20th American Trails National Symposium, Chattanooga, TN. Info: American Trails
http://tinyurl.com/yjmk6mb

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


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> RFP -- CAMPAIGN MANAGER -- AMERICA WALKS

America Walks seeks a dynamic individual with organizational, marketing, development, and policy depth to spearhead the organization and implementation of the Walking Wins© Summit to be held in conjunction with Pro Walk/Pro Bike® in Chattanooga TN on Monday, September 13, 2010. Application deadline is February 22, 2010.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/yanhmo4

Details: http://tinyurl.com/y9thfjb

-> 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

-> 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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