#248 Wednesday, March 3, 2010


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.

----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Registration Opens
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Proposal Deadline Extended
----- ALRC's Emerging Leaders Pilot Program Underway in TN
----- Walk21 Conference Call for Proposals Closing 3/13/2010
----- Bikes Belong Awards $55,000 in Grants
----- Sidewalks, Identity Sprout in Jordan's Capital
----- SRTS $1,000 Mini-Grant Call for Applications
----- Boomers, Millennials Look for Walkable Places
----- Highway Groups Cry Foul on USDOT's Walkable Priorities
----- Bristol (UK) to Test "Naked Intersection" Approach
----- IRS Reporting Requirements for Trail Groups

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Manistique (MI) Coalition Backs SRTS, Comp. Streets
----- Pottstown (PA) Downtown Future May Start at Top
----- Google "Street View" Trike to Film Boulder (CO) Path
----- SRTS $$ to Fix Lancaster (OH) Intersection
----- 'Comp Streets' Bill Moves through Minn. Leg.
----- More "Microparks" Coming to San Francisco
----- Vermont Targets Obesity Epidemic
----- Arden Hills (MN) Weighs Active Community Development
----- Oshkosh (WI) Program to Provide Free Bikes
----- Fort Worth (TX) Bike Plan Moving Forward

----- Obese Kids More Likely to Hurt Legs, Ankles, Feet

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Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 REGISTRATION OPENS

-> Registration is open for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Based on the number of presentation proposals we have received, we anticipate the 2010 conference will be the best attended, and most diverse Pro Walk/Pro Bike® yet.

The early registration rate for delegates, presenters, and APBP members will be in effect until May 31, 2010, so do not delay, register today. Registration for the conference is found at: http://tinyurl.com/ygm78pu.

Other conference items of interest:

Mobile Workshops. For this year's conference, we will be doing pre-registration for Mobile Workshops through our website. A small number of spaces will be held for on-site registration, but to guarantee your spot in the workshop you want, we recommend registering in advance.

We have posted a preliminary list of this year's Mobile Workshops: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/mobileworkshops.php

Exhibitor Registration and Program Advertisers. If your company or organization is interested in exhibiting or advertising at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 you can reserve your space through our website.


-> "Lost your draft proposal in the snow," donít despair. We have extended the proposal submission deadline for Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 to March 6. Last Friday was a very busy day at NCBW's South Orange office, as we answered phone calls and email pleas for additional time. We recognize that because of the extraordinary weather we have endured on the East Coast this season, and in other parts of the country, that some people could benefit from a few extra days to put together their presentations and assemble their panels.

We have received some great submissions thus far. As a reminder, the conference theme is "Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale." We are soliciting presentations on several focus topics:

  • Best Practices in Active Transportation
  • Sustainable Development and Livable Communities
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Safe Routes to School/Education
  • Communication, Outreach and Evaluation
  • The Basics

For more information on the focus topics please refer to recent issues of CenterLines or our website.

Submit your presentation proposal at:http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/submissions.php


-> The Active Living Resource Center has launched an innovative pilot project in Tennessee to provide undergraduates studying engineering, public health, planning, and public administration the opportunity to do internships that focus on improving youth mobility and (by extension) the health of those same youth. The Emerging Leaders Program, as it is known, will be limited to a dozen students in Nashville and Chattanooga for fall 2010. Beyond the pilot phase, the program will be expanded to other cities in Tennessee and (we hope) other states.

Mark Plotz, the Emerging Leaders program manager, was recently in Tennessee to support the development of internships for University of Tennessee-Chattanooga students. "I came away from my second visit to Chattanooga very impressed by the sheer number of initiatives that are underway to address physical activity, obesity, and access to nutritious food," said Plotz. He continued, "we are working through Outdoor Chattanooga which has helped bring in a lot of investment for active living programs from the national level, as well as attracting the support of local foundations."

"Our first Emerging Leaders interns will benefit tremendously from this milieu. The local YMCA is part of the Pioneering Healthy Communities grant. Chattanooga is also one of 50 communities that received a grant under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundationís Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program. Added to the above, are a number of dedicated individuals in local government and the private sector that I have met who get active living. There is so much local expertise; Chattanooga is already a great place, but can you imagine it in 5 years when these Emerging Leaders have become embedded in the community?"

The Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 conference in Chattanooga will be your chance to hear from these students, and to learn about all that is underway in Chattanooga.

In the next CenterLines, we will preview what is underway in Nashville for the Emerging Leaders Program.

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Emerging Leaders Program press coverage:




-> According to a Feb. 23rd announcement, "Leading speakers and delegates from around the world are being encouraged to participate in this landmark event, to be held November 17th-19th 2010, The Hague, The Netherlands. They are invited to share their knowledge and successful experience to bring walking into the mainstream of politics, planning, investment and delivery."

"The conference seeks to provide guidance and inspiration in support of the development of walkable environments and to establish walking as a dynamic part of modern living. Abstracts for a paper, poster or a walkshop are invited from individuals and organizations. Abstracts should ideally be targeted at one of the conference themes, or at the inter-relationships between them..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y9oo6uc

To submit a proposal, go directly to: http://tinyurl.com/y9h5uo7


-> According to a Feb. 24th news release, "Bikes Belong is thrilled to award funding to seven great projects in our Winter 2010 grant cycle. These grants will help communities build bike paths, singletrack trails, and bike parks while leveraging federal funding and building momentum for bicycling nationwide."

"The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by our Employee Pro Purchase Program. Thanks to participating members and their employees for making these awards possible."

  • $10,000 to help Moab Trails Alliance complete the Moab Canyon Path (aka The Old Highway). (Moab, UT)
  • $10,000 to help Ohio River Way, Inc. pave a segment of the Ohio River Trail. (Cincinnati, OH)
  • $10,000 to help the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association construct two sections of paved trail to connect a school, a senior housing facility, and a community center (Crosby, MN)
  • $10,000 to help the City of Redmond build a bike park. (Redmond, WA)
  • $5,000 to help the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) complete 28 miles of continuous singletrack. (Cable, WI)
  • $5,000 to help Watauga County Tourism Development AuthorityóRocky Knob Park Trails to develop the Rocky Knob Park mountain bike trail system. (Boone, NC)
  • $5,000 to help the City of Middleton and the Capital Off-Road Pathfinders (CORP) build a bike park adjacent to the city's public golf course. (Middleton, WI)

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-> According to a Feb. 23rd NY Times article, "It might be too much to call it a miracle, but the government of this ancient metropolis that rolls out over seven sun-burned hills has managed something that until now seemed impossible. It built sidewalks that are easy to walk on. But wait, Amman has achieved something else, too! It has put in park benches. And not just in parks, but right there, on those new, flat sidewalks that do not end suddenly, for no apparent reason. Sidewalks and benches are easy to dismiss as discretionary conveniences, unnecessary urban flourishes."

"That is especially true considering how people here need so much -- better jobs, better schools and better health care. But to talk to those behind the sidewalks and the benches is to see these ubiquitous objects as powerful tools of social planning, tearing down walls between rich and poor, helping a city bereft of an identity develop a sense of place and ownership...These are not one-time projects, a few benches here and there, but part of a master plan for Amman, an attempt to bring order to a city with roots that date from 8500 B.C. and whose modern incarnation hosts 2.5 million residents, 3 million in the summer..."

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Title: "Sidewalks, and an Identity, Sprout in Jordanís Capital"
Author: Michael Slackman
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-> According to a Feb. 26th news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for up to 35 $1,000 mini-grants for creative, youth-focused ideas that support safe walking and/or bicycling to school. Eligible activities must occur at an elementary or middle school in Fall 2010 and support the overall goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs -- to enable and encourage children nationwide to safely walk and bicycle to school."

"'Communities across the country are finding new ways to make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school,' says Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. 'These mini-grants encourage communities to get students involved in the effort to foster a culture of walking and bicycling in their own neighborhoods and schools.'..."

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-> According to a Feb. 28th Washington Post article, "The nation's two largest groups -- baby boomers shedding their houses as they become empty nesters and millennials reaching their 30s and moving into their own homes -- largely prefer densely populated, walkable communities, experts say."

"Urban planners project that 86 percent of the growth in new households will be single people or couples without children at home -- and neither group wants to live in remote suburbs or in houses surrounded by big lawns."

"'People want to live near culture and with bars and restaurants right outside their doors,' said Faroll Hamer, director of planning and zoning for Alexandria, which wants to revitalize areas around the Potomac Yard shopping center and Landmark Mall. 'We're not abandoning the suburbs, but we're providing more choices.'..."

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Title: "It takes more than stores to build a winning town center"
Authors: Katherine Shaver and Miranda S. Spivack


-> According to a Mar. 1st Fleet Owner article, "Several industry groups are publicly condemning what they claim is the Obama administrationís effort to earmark an ever larger share of highway funds for non-highway projects. They are particularly livid over the administrationís proposal to take $200 million in highway taxes normally distributed to the states and re-direct them into a new Livable Communities program unveiled by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) in January. 'It takes a lot for a group like ours to publicly criticize a Presidential administration this way,' Greg Cohen, president & CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), which represents motorists, bus companies, truckers, RV enthusiasts, motorcyclists and other highway-related businesses, told FleetOwner."

"'But this "livable community" program is an urban planning project that does not have freight in mind,' he stressed. 'Itís about creating more bicycle paths and "walkable" communities -- it does not even think for a moment about freight needs.' By contrast, Cohen pointed out that state highway programs are dangerously underfunded, with pavement conditions rapidly deteriorating due to the brutal winter, and one-quarter of highway bridges across the nation in need of repairs. Yet the DOT Livable Communities program would purposefully redirect highway user fees paid by motorists and truckers to non-highway projects. 'By holding back funding that states use to address immediate and urgent highway needs, the Administrationís proposal shows more interest in dictating spending priorities from Washington than improving our ailing highway system,' he said..."

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Title: "Industry groups decry non-highway earmarking"
Author: Sean Kilcarr


-> According to a Mar. 2nd BBC News story, "Traffic lights are to be switched off at some of Bristol city centre's busy road junctions. The council wants to see whether it will cut down waiting times for drivers and still be safe for pedestrians and cyclists. The lights at Union Street/Nelson Street/Broadmead will go off completely on 8 March and Broad Quay/Prince Street/Marsh Street on 22 March. The trial will last about a month, a council spokeswoman said."

"Similar trials have previously taken place in Portishead and Ealing but Bristol will become the first city in the country to undertake the trial. Some members of the public expressed concerns about the switch-off including children walking to school. A council spokeswoman said the sites were chosen out of a shortlist of seven after 'careful risk assessments.' The other five failed for factors including concerns about high speeds, pedestrian safety and school crossings, she added. The council will put bags over the lights and erect signs to inform drivers and pedestrians of the changes..."

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Title: "Traffic lights to be switched off in Bristol trial"
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-> According to the Feb. 22nd issue of Kansas Trail News, "The IRS now requires all 501(c)(3) organizations which have gross receipts of less than $25,000 to file 990. An organization can file online in five minutes using an e-postcard. Otherwise, the organization could lose its 501(c)(3) status. This applies for 2007, 2008 and 2009 tax years..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8uk6cg

To file go to: http://tinyurl.com/ykb5eph


-> According to a Mar. 2nd Wall Street Journal article, "Donald Kohn, who helped steer the US Federal Reserve through the financial crisis, said he would retire as vice-chairman in June, giving Barack Obama a chance to reshape the central bank by filling his vacancy and two others on its seven-member board...Mr Kohn is in many ways the quintessential faceless Washington bureaucrat. When he lived in Virginia, he used to ride to work on a bicycle with the pants of his grey suit tucked into his black socks, parking the bike in the spot in the Fed garage reserved for his car..."

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-> According to a Feb. 26th Escanaba Daily Press article, "The Manistique Strategic Alliance for Health (SAH) Coalition is looking to break the tradition of short-term health initiatives and programs. The coalition, which is a creation of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has been busily preparing and planning for a permanent, community-wide makeover that includes two key improvements. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, in conjunction with a Complete Streets initiative and the creation of a farmer's market, have become the central focus in a long list of initiatives being tackled by the coalition. According to Kerry Ott, community coordinator for Manistique, the goal of SAH is to encourage healthy lifestyles in order to prevent things like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. "

"'So much in public health in the past has been program-based. You do the program, the funding runs out and you're gone, and there is no lasting change,' explained Ott at a recent meeting of the coalition. 'That's obvious when you look at the obesity numbers in this country -- that the way we've been doing things for the last 25 years, hasn't worked.' In an effort to change this trend, SAH is looking to make long-term changes within the community. One of their most daunting tasks -- bringing SRTS to the area, which will involve a number of surveys. These surveys will target the streets most used by children and eventually suggest ways to make these streets more walkable and safe..."

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Title: "Coalition promotes healthy lifestyles"
Author(s): Ashley Hoholik


-> According to a Mar. 1st Mercury article, "They say it takes vision to revitalize a downtown, that you have to be able to see things not just as they are, but as they could be. But in a down-to-earth way, you also have to look up. A downtown is more than just storefronts. For millions of Americans, downtown is also home -- literally. And those homes, almost universally, are located up above the retail shops, galleries, restaurants and theaters that give a downtown its character. Upper floor residency 'is a must to make a downtown vibrant,' according to Midge McCauley. "

"A board member with the International Downtown Association, McCauley is also a retail consultant with Downtown Works in Washington, D.C., and has worked on downtown revitalizations everywhere from Los Angeles to the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. 'When you have residents on the upper floors it helps the businesses to thrive," McCauley said. 'It's terribly important because it means the lights are on at night, and those people are out in the street and it makes the downtown feel safe,' McCauley said..."

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Title: "Pottstown's future may start at the top"
Author(s): Evan Brandt


-> According to a May 1st Daily Camera article, "Sometime this spring -- amid the usual bikers, joggers and amblers -- an odd looking tricycle will roll down the Boulder Creek Path snapping 360-degree photos as it goes. With 21,000 votes, the Boulder Creek Path won a contest Monday to become one of the first off-road locations visited by the new Google Trike, a cross between a mountain bike and trailer with a camera mounted on a pole in the back."

"The trike will allow Google to complement its popular Street View function -- which gives users an on-the-ground perspective through their computer screens, including a look at store fronts, street signs and yards -- with a 'path view' for places where cars can't go. 'We're very excited,' said Marni Ratzel, bicycle and transportation planner for the city's Go Boulder program. 'I think it's great for our residents as well as for tourists who come to Boulder to see this great amenity that we have. They can do that virtually prior to coming, and they can show their friends after they've been there. It's just a really cool tool.'..."

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Title: "Boulder Creek Path wins visit from Google Trike"
Author(s): Laura Snider


-> According to a Mar. 2nd Columbus Dispatch article, "A crosswalk spans busy Cherry Street outside Bib's Eastside Restaurant, but some drivers ignore it and blow right through. Children use the crosswalk as they walk to and from nearby East Elementary School. So do patrons crossing the street to get to Bib's at 202 N. Cherry St."

"The restaurant owner, Jim Bibler, has asked city officials to install a stop light or a flashing light. The school crossing guards think something should be done, too. 'The cars come flying down, you put your flag out, they don't stop,' said Cross Colon, who was stationed at the crosswalk Wednesday afternoon with his partner, Kaytelynn Boch. Both are in fifth grade at East..."

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Title: "Crosswalk by restaurant to be upgraded in the spring"
Author(s): Mary Beth Lane


-> According to a Mar. 1st Pioneer Press article, "For decades, planners have designed Minnesota's roads to move cars and trucks as efficiently and quickly as possible. But bicyclists, pedestrians and other road users would start getting a bit more standing if a bill moving through the Minnesota Legislature becomes law. Called 'Complete Streets,' it would give communities more flexibility in designing streets to accommodate local needs and wishes. Rigid state standards that don't easily allow them to add a bike lane in one portion of town or to put in a sidewalk in another would be eased. Common-sense tailored approaches would be encouraged. "

"With bipartisan support, and the backing of the state Department of Transportation and key health and environmental groups, the measure is expected to pass with little opposition. 'This is just a way to pause as we make new investments to think of all the users of new roadways,' said state Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, the bill's chief Senate sponsor. 'Nobody is being forced to put any given feature on any given road,' added Rep. Mike Obermueller, DFL-Eagan, the bill's chief House sponsor. 'This integrates all the different people who would use this road and what pieces are going where.'..."

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Title: "'Complete Streets' bill being considered in Legislature would pave Minnesota's roads with flexibility"
Author(s): Dennis Lien


-> According to a Mar. 1st High Country News blog entry, "San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced last week that the City by the Bay will create four new plazas and five "parklets" by summer, using contiguous parking spaces volunteered by corporations and neighborhood businesses. Each parklet will consist of a platform built flush with the sidewalk, with tables, chairs, umbrellas, potted flowers and shrubbery. "

"The microparks are meant to discourage a few more drivers -- and thus, congestion and air pollution -- also intended by a bill proposed in the California State Senate to reduce 'free parking' throughout the Golden State. More importantly, they'll provide a place to park your rump and nurse a coffee. (Several of the parklets will appear in front of cafes, which want you to hang out, of course.)"

"For the cost of just $7,000 a parklet (more for plazas), these innovative spaces are just about the only way San Francisco can continue greening its plethora of concrete amid a budget crunch. They follow on the heels of a pilot pedestrian plaza that opened in May on Market and 17th Street in the Castro. They're also inspired by the city's popular PARK(ing) Day, during which people temporarily roll out lawns across a few metered spots to barbecue or even set up a swing..."

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Title: "This little plaza went to Market"
Author(s): Nicholas Neely


-> According to a Mar. 1st Times Argus article, "About 280,000 Vermont adults -- nearly 60 percent -- are overweight or obese, prompting the state Health Department and the Attorney General's office to jumpstart efforts to encourage people to exercise, improve their daily diets, and hold down health care costs in the process. The effort received a boost recently from First Lady Michelle Obama, who identified fighting the problem of childhood obesity as her 'legacy' issue, with about one-third of the nation's children considered obese. 'To have the first lady talk about this is great,' said Susan Coburn, nutrition and physical activity chief for the Vermont Department of Health. The department pushed its Fit & Healthy initiative in 2006, and now works with schools, communities and employers to encourage healthier behavior aimed at reducing obesity. "

"In addition, the Attorney General's office has joined the movement, holding a meeting earlier this month to launch an obesity initiative. This follows the Attorney General's past health-related initiatives on senior issues, end-of-life and palliative care, lead in the environment and anti-tobacco efforts. 'We're not riding in here to save the world, that we've got this great idea,' Attorney General William Sorrell told the group gathered for the Feb. 17 meeting. He said much has been taking place at the local, state and federal level, and he also applauded Michelle Obama's recent comments. 'That is going to highlight national attention and concern on the issue,' Sorrell said. 'This is a happening issue, if you will. I welcome the opportunity for Vermont, as it has in many other arenas, to be at the forefront of positive change for this state and this country.'..."

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Title: "State targets obesity"
Author(s): Susan Allen


-> According to a Feb. 27th Star Tribune article, "The future of a 450-acre parcel in Arden Hills -- part of a former ammunition plant site -- will be viewed through a new lens before it goes up for auction. The City Council voted this month to look at the Army-owned land with an eye toward creating an active community, with walkable neighborhoods, safe streets, access to green space, healthful food and medical care, clean air and water. The assessment is meant to offer insight into making health a factor in city planning and design. "

"'In the past, health has never had a place at the table,' said Tannie Eshenaur, a community health educator with the state Health Department, which will be a partner in the process. 'It's common sense; we know if you have to cross six lanes of traffic, you're never going take that on as a pedestrian. But if we can be more intentional about making health a priority, we can make these small design changes in our communities, so we can improve people's health.' The process is a collaboration among the city, the Department of Health, and Design for Health, a joint initiative of the University of Minnesota, Cornell University and the University of Colorado..."

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Title: "TCAAP site to get healthy workover"
Author(s): Maria Elena Baca


-> According to a Mar. 1st Northwestern blog entry, "The new Oshkosh Community Bike Program offers the best concepts in creating a new program: collaborations between existing non-profit agencies and finding a new use for discarded items -- all in the name of fulfilling a transportation need in the community."

"A program taking root under the Wisconsin Interfaith Needs Response umbrella, OCBP is in the beginning stages of what could morph into something with a far-reaching impact. WINR is known for providing cars to those in need. OCBP will fill a niche by connecting low-income children and adults with bikes..."

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Title: "Program to equip those in need with bikes"
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-> According to a Feb. 10th Star-Telegram article, "As a sea of bicyclists in red and yellow jerseys looked on, City Council members moved forward with a long-range plan this week to weave cyclists into the traffic pattern across Fort Worth. The city has had false starts before with bike plans. But a grassroots movement, including two big bicycling clubs, is solidly behind the latest version, known as Bike Fort Worth. 'With a city that is more bicycle-friendly, then the sport of cycling will be enhanced, and maybe that will encourage more bicycle riding and less auto driving,' John Roberts, president of the Fort Worth Bicycling Association, told the City Council on Tuesday. "

"Jim Wilson, president of the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association's cycling club, said the bike plan complements the city's push to get people out of cars by encouraging mass transit and building walkable neighborhoods. 'None of those can go to every home -- none of those can go to every neighborhood; the bicycle is another avenue to connect each of those,' he said. The plan calls for creating 900 miles of new trails and bike lanes -- up from 100 miles today -- and connecting that web to popular destinations and to other cities, while encouraging cycling and striving to decrease bike accidents..."

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Title: "Long-range bike plans move forward in Fort Worth"
Author(s): Mike Lee



-> According to a Mar. 2nd Reuters Health article, "Obese kids' injury patterns look different from those of their slimmer peers, a new study out in Pediatrics shows. Dr. Wendy J. Pomerantz of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, and her colleagues found obese children had more leg, ankle and foot injuries, but fewer injuries to the head and face, than normal-weight children. "

"While the researchers had no information on how the children in their study were injured, they speculate that heavier kids may be more vulnerable to getting hurt while walking or running, while thinner kids may be more prone to engage in activities and sports that carry a risk of head injury."

"Research has already shown that obesity increases children's likelihood of getting hurt, and that heavy children take longer to recover from an injury, Pomerantz and her team write in their report. Injuries may also lead to more pain and disability among obese children than normal-weight kids, they add..."

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Title: "Obese kids more likely to injure legs, ankles, feet"
Author: Anne Harding


-> "It's true TIGER is covering only 51 projects out of the 1,400 applications (total value $57 billion) it received. But if its 'modal split' is a harbinger, future government transportation outlays may differ radically from the past. Just 23 percent of the TIGER projects are roads, compared to 26 percent for transit projects, 19 percent for rail, 7 percent for ports and 25 percent for multimodal facilities..."
-- Neal Peirce, citistates.com

-> "TIGER is our opportunity to say to folks that we know you're trying to do innovative and creative transportation things that never really fit our official formulas or program silos. This program is your opportunity to show you're the innovators around the country..."
-- Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary

TIGER = "Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery" program

-> "I see the biggest challenge for cities and mobility as being the dramatic underpricing of car travel and car parking. The implications of that have everything to do with how streets are used and what the volume of people is on those streets. As long as cars are underpriced, theyíre in huge demand, and consume most of the public space. It is going to take a lot more to get them out of the way..."
-- Robin Chase, founding CEO of Zipcar



-> "Experience our *Today grey, tomorrow hey* -- feeling in XXXL: Use this Link to see the first motifs of our XXXL selection. Why not having an Italian landscape, an alligator or a double-decker in your XXXL-garage? Our billboards are not longer limited to small garages..."

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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


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: "Community Approaches to Pedestrian Safety Education"

Date: March 18, 2010, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Presenters: Dr. Gillian Hotz, Associate Research Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Director of WalkSafe™ & BikeSafe™ Programs; Christine Stinson, WalkSafe™ Project Coordinator; Linda Crabill Byrne, San Jose, CA, Traffic Safety Education Manager; David Parisi, PE, TE, Parisi Associates Transportation Consulting

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Cost: Free

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yhy795l

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.


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


"...How More Efficient Parking Pricing Can Help Solve Parking And Traffic Problems, Increase Revenue And Achieve Other Planning Objectives;" report by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. February 25, 2010 (link to 476kb pdf)

TRBís Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2140; includes 24 papers that explore pedestrian research and issues. January 22, 2010 (General info and links to various articles)

"...reliability, validity and applicability;" article by A. H. Wertheim, Utrecht University Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychonomics, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Ergonomics, Volume 53, Issue 3, p.421-442. March 2010 (Abstract and info on ordering the article)

"...How we shift funding and skills to green our cities;" by the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. 2009 (basic info and link to 4.9mb pdf download)


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:


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

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

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

-> 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

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

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

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

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

-> March 29, 2010, Art of Place Making: Beyond Design Workshop, Kinglake, Victoria, AU. Info: David Engwicht, Creative Communities International:

-> March 30-31, 2010, Healthy Communities Active Transportation Conference, Columbus, OH. Info:

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

-> April 16-18, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, New Orleans, LA. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by New Orleans Metro Bicycle Coalition.

-> April 23, 2010, Complete Streets Forum, Toronto, ON, CA. Info: Nancy Smith Lea, Program Director, Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT), Clean Air Partnership Ŗ 75 Elizabeth Street Ŗ Toronto, Ontario Ŗ M5G 1P4; phone: (416) 392-0290; fax: (416) 338-0616; email: <info@torontocat.ca>

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

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

-> May 5-8, 2010, 3rd Annual International Congress on Physical Activity and Health, Toronto, Canada. Info:

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

-> May 21, 2010 --  Delaware 2nd Bike Summit, Wilmington DE. Info:

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

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

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

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

-> July 9-11, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Burlington, VT. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Local Motion.

-> August 6-8, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Columbus, OH. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Bike!

-> Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2010, 3rd International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, Australia. Info:

-> September 12-19, 2010, Virginia Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness Week. Info:

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

-> October 15-17, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Oakland, CA. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Walk Oakland Bike.

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

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

-> November 5-7, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Asheville, NC. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Asheville Bicycle Coalition.

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

-> November 14-17, 2010, 20th American Trails National Symposium, Chattanooga, TN. Info: American Trails

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



Deadline: March 5th!!!

"The position will coordinate the statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and provides technical assistance in the safe implementation of bicycle and pedestrian policies. This position coordinates with central office, district office, Area Development Districts, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local government, and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy staffs as well as advocacy groups and our concerned citizens..."

Quick! Go to: http://tinyurl.com/yzdhnlx


Bicycle Ambassadors

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia manages an adult outreach and education program called the Bicycle Ambassadors. Through face-to-face conversations, demonstrations, and classes, Bicycle Ambassadors teach motorists and bicyclists to better share city streets, and promote bicycling as an easy, inexpensive, and fun way of getting around Philadelphia. We will be hiring 6 seasonal full-time ambassadors for May-September. Preference will be given to applications received before 3/5/2010 at 5pm.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/yezoez4

Bike Philly Event Intern

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is looking for a summer intern to assist the organization of our annual fundraiser bicycle ride, Bike Philly. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) is a non-profit organization that works to make bicycling better in the Delaware Valley. Bike Philly is a family-friendly bike tour through Philadelphia and Fairmount Park. The 20 mile route is closed to cars and attracts 3,000 to 5,000 participants annually.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/y9dr74w


Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails seeks an Executive Director to provide leadership and oversee the delivery of its mission of enriching the Traverse region by providing a network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use.

This position is responsible for building and growing community partnerships, directing staff and volunteers, overseeing fundraising and budget management, and maintaining the quality of TART Trails programs. Other qualifications include: a bachelorís degree, 5-7 years professional leadership, experience in effective grant writing and fundraising and a positive record of community activism. The ideal candidate is a dynamic individual with a healthy outdoor lifestyle who is passionate about sustainable transportation and the beauty of the area.

To see a full position description please visit: http://tinyurl.com/yj3tygo and click on the Executive Director

Compensation package is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes excellent benefits.

To apply: Please email a compelling cover letter and resume to Kate Greene at <TART@att.net>. Applications will be accepted through Monday, March 15, 2010.


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


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


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



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