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#249 Wednesday, March 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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----- PRO WALK / PRO BIKE ® 2010: a Record Number of Proposals; Registration Opens!
----- PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010 – Bike Trains Now Forming
----- USDOT Policy Statement on Bike & Pedestrian Accommodation
----- Long-Term Transportation Extension on Tap
----- SRTS $1,000 Mini-Grant Call for Applications
----- Scott Bricker to Speak for America Walks & APBP
----- Fixing the Great Mistake: Autocentric Development
----- April 14 Deadline for ALR Call for Proposals
----- Rails-to-Trails + Google on Biking Directions
----- Walking as a Suspicious Activity
----- Funding for Historic (& Walkable!) School Rehab

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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----- Chicagoland's "Better Blocks" Program Helps Neighborhoods
----- WalkBoston a Model for Advocacy Groups
----- Portland (OR) Mayor Finds Sewer Bucks for Bikes
----- New Hampshire "Commute Green" Program - May 15-June 25
----- Delaware Roads Risky for Those on Foot
----- Hawai'i Awakens to Need for Safe Routes
----- Join the Big Walk - New Jersey to New York!
----- Seattle Explores the Pedestrian-Friendly Alley
----- CT Legislature Moves on Vulnerable User Bill

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----- Obesity Risks Hit Minority Kids Hard

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK / PRO BIKE ® 2010: A RECORD NUMBER OF PROPOSALS; REGISTRATION OPENS!

-> Wow! We asked and you answered! The response to the Call for Proposals was overwhelming in both the number of proposals received, and the quality of proposals submitted. "Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale" is the theme of the Pro Walk / Pro Bike ® 2010 Conference and we are excited to see that many of the proposals received have sought to reinforce our theme.

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking staff has only begun sifting through and conducting a detailed review of the submissions, but we can already say that many of the proposals received provide for diverse, trans-discipline approaches to "bringing living communities and regions to scale." We are excited to report that we will be offering multiple panel presentations, guided workshops, and poster sessions on a variety of topics ranging from active transportation, complete streets, safe routes to schools, planning for bicycling and pedestrian facilities and public health - just as a start! As Sharon Roerty, NCBWs Executive Director has said, "Pro Walk / Pro Bike ® 2010 is not just about biking and walking and it’s not strictly about transportation; livable communities happen when people are willing to blur the political and professional lines between transportation, housing, the environment, energy and health."

Registration is now open for Pro Walk / Pro Bike ® 2010. There will be a special early registration rate for delegates, presenters, and APBP members, which will be in effect until May 31, 2010. Registration for the conference is found at: http://tinyurl.com/ygm78pu.

Other conference items of interest:

Mobile Workshops. We have posted a preliminary list of this year’s Mobile Workshops: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/mobileworkshops.php. Stay tuned for more details and the opening of our on-line pre-registration window for the Mobile Workshops.

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.
http://tinyurl.com/yzvpscq

Sponsorship Opportunities – there are multiple benefits to becoming a Pro Walk / Pro Bike® sponsor. For information, contact NCBW Executive Director, Sharon Roerty sharon@bikewalk.org

Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 - BIKE TRAINS NOW FORMING

-> "According to Philip Pugliese, chair of the conference local host committee, "Registration is open for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and bike trains from Atlanta, GA, and Nashville, TN, are now forming. Bring your bike and enjoy great cycling and historic sites on the road to Chattanooga!"

"Flying with your bike to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport or arriving via Amtrak? Join us for a 2-day group, supported ride to Chattanooga, TN, leaving on Sunday, September 12, and arriving in Chattanooga in time for the start of Pro Walk/Pro Bike® on Monday, September 13. Coordinated by the Southern Bicycle League and Bike! Walk! Northwest Georgia, the northbound ride will head west from Atlanta on the Silver Comet Trail, and then visit historic sites in Rome, Summerville and Chickamauga. The return ride will take a route through the beautiful scenery of the Appalachian foothills. SAG support will be provided."

"Our friends at Bike Walk Tennessee are developing a 2-day tour from Nashville to Chattanooga and back. From the rolling hills of middle Tennessee to the Cumberland Plateau, this ride will pass through Tennessee walking horse farms before following the Tennessee River Gorge into Chattanooga."

Ready for the adventure? Contact Philip Pugliese at <ppugliese@outdoorchattanooga.com>, (423) 643-6887, to learn more. Additional details on specific itineraries will be available soon.

USDOT POLICY STATEMENT ON BIKE & PEDESTRIAN ACCOMMODATION

-> Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood issued a new policy statement on March 16th that calls for full inclusion of pedestrians and bicyclists in transportation projects, with particular attention paid to transit riders and people of all ages and levels of mobility. Blogging yesterday, Secretary LaHood said, "This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized."

The National Complete Streets Coalition is calling this policy a full embrace of Complete Streets Policy. Key recommendations for state DOTs and communities include:

  • Consider walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes;
  • Ensure convenient choices for people of all ages and abilities;
  • Go beyond minimum design standards;
  • Integrate bicycle and pedestrian accommodation on new, rehabilitated, and limited-access bridges;
  • Collect data on walking and biking trips;
  • Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling and track them over time;
  • Maintain sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are maintained, especially during snowy weather; and
  • Improve non-motorized facilities during maintenance projects.

CenterLines staff caught up with Charlene Lee of Smart Coast in Alabama to ask about the effect this policy would have on the efforts in southern Alabama.

Lee said, "Getting municipalities in Baldwin and Mobile counties to adopt and implement Complete Streets Policies has been a centerpiece of our Healthy Coastal Connections Project (HCC). One of the primary goals of HCC is to make it safer, more convenient and more attractive for youngsters and people of all ages and abilities to walk and bicycle not only in their towns but across the region."

"We know people won’t walk or bike if their routes are not continuous or safe."

Mobile has a long way to go when it comes to protecting its pedestrians. The recent Dangerous by Design report revealed there were 31 pedestrians killed in 2007-8, while at the same time the City’s spending on things like sidewalks, crosswalks, and other road safety programs, falls well below comparable cities like Chattanooga, and Birmingham.

"The new USDOT policy gives local organizations like ours exactly what we need to more effectively work with our elected officials and transportation agencies at every level."

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LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION EXTENSION ON TAP

-> According to the Mar. Safe Routes to School E-News, "A great deal of back-and-forth has been happening on the transportation and jobs bills since our last update. During the last week of February, the Senate moved forward on its jobs bill, a much smaller and more focused bill. It includes a long-term extension for the transportation bill SAFETEA-LU until December 31, 2010 but does not include any new stimulus funding for surface transportation."

"Due to procedural hurdles, the House and Senate were not able to agree on the final jobs bill (including the transportation extension) before the end of February, so SAFETEA-LU actually expired for two days. Congress has since passed another short-term extension allowing SAFETEA-LU to continue through March. The House has also just passed a slightly tweaked version of the Senate jobs bill."

"At this point, the Senate must vote one final time on the jobs bill before it can be signed into law. Once that happens, SAFETEA-LU will be operating under the long-term extension. The federal Safe Routes to School program (and all other SAFETEA-LU programs) will then be funded throughout the remainder of FY2010 and the first quarter of FY2011 at FY2009 funding levels (which is $183 million/year for Safe Routes to School)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjvtskb

SRTS $1,000 MINI-GRANT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

-> 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.'..."

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

SCOTT BRICKER TO SPEAK FOR AMERICA WALKS & APBP

-> According to America Walks' March E-Newsletter, "Scott Bricker, a veteran transportation planning and bicycle advocate, has spent the past 11 years serving a variety of posts at the Oregon-based non-profit organization, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance."

"Now, speaking on behalf of both America Walks and APBP, Bricker states that, 'The time has come for decision makers and community leaders to prioritize walking in their communities. Walkable cities have vibrant economic centers, maintain the highest property values and are prized tourism destinations."

"'Our nation must continue to reinvest in walkability, providing essential connections with transit, cycling and daily destinations. We must redefine our suburbs so that walking is a safe and attractive option for families and children.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ya79ngh

FIXING THE GREAT MISTAKE: AUTOCENTRIC DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a Feb. 25th StreetFilms entry, "'Fixing the Great Mistake' is a new Streetfilms series that examines what went wrong in the early part of the 20th Century, when our cities began catering to the automobile, and how those decisions continue to affect our lives today."

"In this episode, Transportation Alternatives director Paul Steely White shows how planning for cars drastically altered Park Avenue. Watch and see what Park Avenue used to look like, how we ceded it to the automobile, and what we need to do to reclaim the street as a space where people take precedence over traffic."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8f8a9a

Via StreetBeat: http://tinyurl.com/y8mpsrs

APRIL 14 DEADLINE FOR ALR CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> According to a Mar. 10th announcement, "Active Living Research (ALR) released its Call for Proposals (CFP) – Round 10 on January 26. This call for proposals focuses 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 three funding opportunities:

  1. CFP Round 10 Research Topic Grants;
  2. CFP Round 10 Dissertation Grants;
  3. RWJF New Connections Grants Round 3 through ALR. New Connections grants through ALR are for new investigators who have been historically disadvantaged or underrepresented in research activities."

"There is one conference call remaining for potential applicants interested in grants on specified research topics or dissertation awards to ask questions about the program, as well as the proposal and selection process. The call will be held on March 23, 2010 at 12pm PT. Those who wish to participate in this call must register by clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/yfnamtf"

"Please note that we anticipate CFP10 will be the last major annual grant opportunity through Active Living Research. All proposals must be submitted through The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Grantmaking Online system. The full proposal submission deadline is April 14, 2010, 1:00 p.m. PT."

Questions? Contact Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator, at <awilson@projects.sdsu.edu> or (619) 260-5538.

For more information and to link to the RWJF Grantmaking Online system, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yg5ek7z

Via Treehugger http://tinyurl.com/ydub2jy

RAILS-TO-TRAILS + GOOGLE ON BIKING DIRECTIONS

-> According to a Mar. 10th news release, "Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is proud to announce its partnership with Google as an official content provider for Google Map’s brand-new biking directions functionality. The release of this long-awaited feature allows Google Maps users to type in their destination and receive directions for the best bicycling route."

"Previously, Google was able to provide walking, driving or transit directions. Now, RTC is providing its extensive trail-map data to Google Maps for the seamless integration of safe, accessible and fun bicycling routes into daily travel..."

"'We’re thrilled to be working with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to make RTC's extensive bike trail data available through Google Maps and Google Earth,' says Shannon Guymon, Product Manager for Google Maps. 'Bikers all over the country now will be able to explore new trails or find specific directions in their local community with just a few clicks of their mouse.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhs9lat

WALKING AS A SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

-> According to a Mar. 11th Sacramento Bee article, "In 1951, Ray Bradbury published a short story, 'The Pedestrian,' set in a totalitarian world circa 2050, in which no one walks the streets for pleasure or purpose. No one except the story's titular hero, Mr. Leonard Mead. He strolls the sidewalks in early evening, looking into windows with only 'the faintest glimmers of firefly light' -- the flicker of prime-time television. To be ambulatory in such a milieu draws suspicion and, eventually, the police. 'What are you out doing?' the police ask Mead. 'Walking.' 'Walking where? For what?' 'Walking for air. Walking to see.'"

"The man ends up in the 'Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies.' This is the stuff of fanciful fiction, Bradbury's dystopian musings. It could never really happen, right? And yet...In July, Long Branch, N.J., police answered a call about a suspicious-looking person walking in a suburban neighborhood in a light rain. The man had stopped on the sidewalk to look at a house for sale."

"The officer, Kristie Buble, asked the aging pedestrian, his curly salt-and-pepper hair partly covered by a hood, his purpose in the neighborhood. 'Walking,' the man said. She asked his name. 'Bob Dylan.' She asked for identification. He had none. The officer put Dylan, 68, in the back of the squad car and took him back to a nearby hotel parking lot, where the legendary musician's tour buses were parked, so he could present valid ID..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yh4dp2d
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Title: "Step by step: Join walkers on the path to physical and mental benefits"
Author: Sam McManis

FUNDING FOR HISTORIC (& WALKABLE!) SCHOOL REHAB

-> The Mar. 12th Main Street Center newsletter asks, "Do you know of a historic school in need of preservation funding? The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, is currently seeking applications for a new pilot grant program that will fund the stabilization or rehabilitation of historic school buildings by providing funding for construction expenses. Once construction is complete, these buildings must be open to the public for use by the community. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and school districts/school boards are eligible to apply. Religious organizations are not eligible for funding. The maximum grant amount will be $50,000."

Grant applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2010. To read the complete guidelines and eligibility requirements, and to download an application form, visit the National Trust’s website at http://tinyurl.com/yahhq2a

...and scroll down to the section titled "Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Preservation Fund."


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CHICAGOLAND'S "BETTER BLOCKS" PROGRAM HELPS NEIGHBORHOODS

-> Recently, we heard about a free service of the Active Transportation Alliance, Chicagoland's voice for biking, walking, and transit. What's "Better Blocks"? The idea is to make people's blocks safer with the help of the organization's transportation experts. As they say, "You can have a neighborhood that is designed to be a better place for residents to live, work and play -- fewer crashes, safer and more accessible streets, and more places to have fun and be healthy and physically active.

Active Trans' experts lead "Better Blocks" Workshops to get neighbors excited about making their block safer. Participants receive a toolkit on how to make their streets more livable; learn how to access aldermanic menu money; learn ways to engage decision-makers to implement city policies that improve neighborhood streets and parks, like the Complete Streets policy, Home Zones and Safe Park Zones; discuss local data, like crash numbers and traffic speed; and participate in community route planning for school and work.

The program is free and can be held at block parties, meetings, Town Halls, and Block Clubs throughout Chicago. To learn more, contact Cynthia Bell, Active Transportation Alliance Community Liaison, at (312) 427-3325 x244 or <Cynthia@activetrans.org>

Here's a Mode Shift blog article about the program: http://tinyurl.com/yatfxk8

WALKBOSTON A MODEL FOR ADVOCACY GROUPS

-> According to a Mar. 7th Boston Globe article, "There probably aren't many people who consider themselves antiwalking. But that didn't stop a half a dozen local activists from gathering for drinks at Jacob Wirth two decades ago to imagine a prowalking group."

"'They were very unfriendly times for pedestrians,' explained Ann Hershfang, one of the original organizers. 'The sidewalks were too narrow. They tended to disappear in places. The walk/don't walk lights never said 'walk.'"

"So maybe they had too much time on their hands. But the idea stuck. And 20 years later, WalkBoston is one of the region's most influential transportation groups, a model for similar advocacy organizations around the country that followed it..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ya9zrsm
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Title: "Walking group has a major footing in transportation"
Author(s): Noah Bierman

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/ye56hhn

PORTLAND (OR) MAYOR FINDS SEWER BUCKS FOR BIKES

-> According to a Mar. 6th Oregonian article, "When Mayor Sam Adams said he wanted to use $20 million in sewer money to help kickstart the city's bicycle master plan, a lot of people scoffed, what do sewers have to do with bikes? Well, Adams has come up with a connection. Dovetail the city's 'green streets' initiative with the bike plan's call for bicycle boulevards."

"It turns out that both involve placing something in the street. The green streets program builds out green patches along streets to help manage stormwater runoff. And bicycle boulevards are made by building curb extensions to slow traffic to make neighborhood streets safer for bikes."

"'If we're doing traffic calming with curb extensions, why not use the opportunity to treat stormwater?' said Catherine Ciarlo, the mayor's transportation adviser Adams will bring an ordinance to council next Wednesday calling for the Bureau of Environmental Services to spend $20 million on stormwater projects that double as bike boulevards, Ciarlo said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yh4ynvm
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Title: "Mayor Adams finds $20 million for bike boulevards"
Author(s): James Mayer

Via the Weekly Score: http://tinyurl.com/yebntdo

NEW HAMPSHIRE "COMMUTE GREEN" PROGRAM - MAY 15-JUNE 25

-> According to a Mar. 3rd announcement, "The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is pleased to again partner with the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWA-NH), a voice for New Hampshire on a statewide program to encourage less use of single occupancy vehicles and more walking, bicycling, carpooling, and use of public transit to reduce pollution and develop a healthier lifestyle. What started eight years ago in NH as just a single Bike/Walk to Work Day in mid-May has expanded into a six-week program promoting active and intermodal transportation whenever possible, not just commuting to work."

"Short trips to the store, library, a friend's home, etc. can often be accomplished by bike or foot with the resulting exercise and cost savings making a big difference. For longer distances, combining cycling and walking with public transit, carpool, or even using a car can be a practical alternative to driving alone from door to door. This 2010 program will have a drawing upon completion in June. An on-line survey, provided by BWA-NH, will be used to capture some information about trips taken, problems encountered, the enjoyment factor, etc. Details about the program and a link to the survey will be posted on this BWA-NH web site..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yf9g49l

DELAWARE ROADS RISKY FOR THOSE ON FOOT

-> According to a Mar. 14th News Journal article, "...It's been two and a half years since Steven [Young] and a friend tried to dash across U.S. 40 just west of where it splits from U.S. 13. It was too dark, the road was too wide, and the traffic was coming too fast for the boys to make it. A Honda Civic hit them both, killing Steven and sending the other boy to the hospital with multiple fractures. Stevie, as his family still calls him, was one of 22 people struck and killed from 2000 to 2008 while walking along or trying to cross U.S. 13/40 near New Castle."

"Lined with bars, restaurants, convenience stores, motels and apartments, the seven-mile stretch from I-495 south of Wilmington to just below the split is easily the most dangerous road for pedestrians in Delaware. It is the site of one out of every six fatal pedestrian crashes in the state. Yet while traffic experts are taking a fresh look at pedestrian safety, they say there may be little they can do to significantly slow traffic or reduce the dangers on U.S. 13/40."

"'Given where we are today, I'm not sure how you make an effective change in the feel of that corridor,' said Mark Luszcz, assistant chief traffic engineer for the Delaware Department of Transportation's traffic section...DelDOT's biggest effort at improving pedestrian safety statewide is called 'Complete Streets.' The idea is to design new roads and developments to make them accessible and safe for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. But the principles don't apply to existing roads, so they won't help the dangerous stretch of U.S. 13/40, said DelDOT spokesman Mike Williams..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yb8ecn6
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Title: "Delaware roads: U.S. 13 a risky road for those on foot"
Author(s): Mike Chalmers

HAWAI'I AWAKENS TO NEED FOR SAFE ROUTES

-> According to a Mar. 13th Honolulu Advertiser article, "On the heels of First Lady Michelle Obama's ambitious 'Let's Move' initiative to eliminate childhood obesity in a single generation, a nearly $150,000 grant will fund a new school-community-government partnership to fight obesity in Hawai'i County. Hawai'i is one of only eight locations in the U.S. to receive the "rapid response funding award" from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Active Living Research Program. In Hawai'i, the funding creates a program called HO'ALA -- which stands for Hawai'i's Opportunity for Active Living Advancement. The word means 'to waken' in the Native Hawaiian language."

"HO'ALA coordinators in Hawai'i are Laura Dierenfield of Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai'i and Katie Heinrich with UH Manoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), Office of Public Health Studies. Their goal is to improve access to active modes of transportation to and from school. HO'ALA will focus on tracking changes to existing transportation policies and bicycle and pedestrian planning efforts. This will include attending meetings for the Complete Streets Task Force convened by the Hawai'i State Department of Transportation, the Statewide Bicycle Plan Implementation Plan, and the Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yftvtoa
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Title: "HO'ALA project awakens need for safe routes"
Author(s): Tina Shelton

JOIN THE BIG WALK - NEW JERSEY TO NEW YORK!

-> According to a Mar. 12th announcement, "The NJ2NY50 is a one-day distance walk along the East Coast Greenway that starts in New Jersey and ends in New York City to encourage public participation in walking. Our objective is to walk 50 miles through various communities and commercial areas that surround the urban and suburban metropolitan region. This is a joint effort of individuals and pro-pedestrian organizations to build awareness of recreational resources, health and fitness, livable communities and transportation options."

  • Event: The Big Walk NJ2NY50
  • Date: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Start: Metropark, Iselin (with meeting points along the way)
  • End: Penn Station, 32nd St., New York

For more info and to register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ydfl2fg
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Title: "State targets obesity"
Author(s): Susan Allen

SEATTLE EXPLORES THE PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY ALLEY

-> According to a Feb. 25th Seattle Sketcher entry, "Alleys look interesting in comic books but rarely in real life. Except for Nord Alley, which connects S. Jackson St. and S. Main Street in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. When Todd Vogel opened the offices of the International Sustainability Institute (ISI) here two years ago, alley windows were boarded up and garbage dumpsters filled the corridor. 'People would use it as a bathroom,' he said."

"Now Vogel parks his bike next to patio furniture he bought online for $26. Windows feature planters and light filters through an art installation of 1,600 water bottles above. 'It was that simple,' he said. 'We started respecting the space and people started to respect it.'"

"In order to make downtown more pedestrian friendly, the City of Seattle is looking at the the Nord Alley experience as a potential model for other locations. That's one of the recommendations made by ISI and Copenhagen-based Gehl Architects in a survey to be released next month..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8pxbdp
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Title: "Downtown alley leaves dark days behind, welcomes pedestrians"
Author(s): Gabriel Campanario

CT LEGISLATURE MOVES ON VULNERABLE USER BILL

-> According to a Mar. 16th Mobilizing the Region blog entry, Ryan Lynch wrote, "Connecticut's Joint Committee on Transportation reported several bills out of committee earlier this week, including a Tri-State supported bill to increase penalties for careless driving and an amended bill directing ConnDOT to prepare a plan to implement electronic tolls."

"The first bill, known as 'vulnerable users' legislation, would establish new penalties for careless driving which results in the injury or death of a pedestrian, cyclist, skater, highway worker, or driver of an agricultural vehicle. Convicted drivers would be required to take safety classes, perform at least 100 hours of community service, and pay a fine of up to $5,000. It passed the Committee overwhelmingly, by a 30-6 vote..."

"The bill is spearheaded by livable streets champion Representative Thomas Kehoe of Glastonbury, who noted after the vote that 'vulnerable users always lose in an accident. Although we must all act responsibly, motorists need to keep a special look out and anticipate where non-motorized users might be. This bill complements the Complete Streets Law...and will promote safer streets that encourage people to walk, exercise and use mass transit and which makes our cities and towns more viable and its citizens healthier.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybqrt58


THE RESEARCH BEAT

OBESITY RISKS HIT MINORITY KIDS HARD

-> According to a Mar. 1st AP article, "The odds of obesity appear stacked against black and Hispanic children starting even before birth, provocative new research suggests. The findings help explain disproportionately high obesity rates in minority children. Family income is often a factor, but so are cultural customs and beliefs, the study authors said. They examined more than a dozen circumstances that can increase chances of obesity, and almost every one was more common in black and Hispanic children than in whites. Factors included eating and sleeping habits in infancy and early childhood and mothers smoking during pregnancy."

"In a separate, equally troubling study, researchers found signs of inflammation in obese children as young as 3 years old. High levels were more common in blacks and Hispanics. These inflammatory markers have been linked with obesity in adults and are thought to increase chances for developing heart disease. Their significance in early childhood is uncertain, but the study's lead author says she never thought they'd be found in children so young. 'We think that fat cells in the body cause inflammation and that inflammation causes vessel damage,' said University of North Carolina researcher Asheley Cockrell Skinner, the lead author..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yf6sx9g
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Title: "Striking number of obesity risks hit minority kids"
Author: Lindsey Tanner

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/yf9e8n5


QUOTES R US

-> "A lot of schools have started something called park-and-walk, where they designate a parking lot, usually a church or business that's not open in the early-morning hours, and encourage parents to park there and walk the rest of the way with their child to school and then walk back. One place in Missouri has school buses that drop off at a park, and then there is a route through the park to the school that enables the children to get some physical activity..."
-- Lauren Marchetti, Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School, http://tinyurl.com/ycn22te

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/yb7rvsa

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PLAY SHAUN THE SHEEP'S BAA-RILLIANT NEW GAME!

-> "Since its launch last month, fans have been flocking in their millions to play Shaun the Sheep's brand new game, 'Home Sheep Home'!"

http://tinyurl.com/ydarlte


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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.

Host: AASHTO, FHWA, and FTA

Cost: None mentioned

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

WEBINAR: "Knowledge Is Power: How TRB's Databases Improve Access to Transportation Research"

Date: April 19, 2010, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: to be announced

Host: Transportation Research Board

Cost: None

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/yew3cyc

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

-> "EARLY ESTIMATE OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC..."
"...Fatalities in 2009; NHTSA statistical projections of traffic fatalities for 2009;" U.S. National Traffic Administration; DOT HS 811 291. March 2010 (202kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yf7anxr
Via TRB Blurb: http://tinyurl.com/yafg5o4

-> "THE FUTURE OF PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION IN...""
"...Megacities of the World; report by Luoma, Sivak & Zielinski; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Transportation Research Institute; UMTRI-2010-2. Feb. 2010 (general info and link to 1.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yjtnrgo

-> "TRAIL PLANNING FOR CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES"
New book by Julie Bondurant, East Bay Regional Park District, & Laura Thompson, San Francisco Bay Trail Project; Solano Press. 2009
http://tinyurl.com/ykcp2yf

-> "BICYCLE POLICIES OF THE EUROPEAN PRINCIPALS..."
"...Continuous and Integral;" update of April 2006 report; Comparison of bicycle policy in 5 Dutch bicycle towns (Groningen, Zwolle, Veenendaal, Enschede, Amsterdam) and 5 foreign towns (Copenhagen, Munster, Freiburg, Ghent and Odense); Fietsberaad publication no. 7. March 2010 (basic info and links to 8.8mb pdfs of Dutch and English versions)
http://tinyurl.com/ydk7a5r

-> "VALUING BICYCLING'S ECONOMIC AND HEALTH IMPACTS..."
"...in Wisconsin;" report prepared for Wis. St. Rep. Black; by Grabow, Hahn, & Whited; Nelson Institute, Univ. of Wisconsin?Madison. January 2010 (detailed synopsis and link to(873kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yl8m3f5
Via American Trails' Trail Tracks e-Newsletter

-> "DISPARITIES IN DATA ON HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010..."
"...Physical Activity Objectives Collected by Accelerometry and Self-Report;" article by Ham & Ainsworth; American Journal of Public Health S263-S268. April 2010
http://tinyurl.com/yajqe76

-> "THE INFLUENCE OF THE VERB CAMPAIGN ON CHILDREN'S..."
"...Physical Activity in 2002 to 2006;" article by Huhman, Potter, Nolin, Piesse, Judkins, Banspach, and Wong; American Journal of Public Health S263-S268. April 2010
http://tinyurl.com/ylg5rwd

-> "EFFECT OF A TWO-YEAR OBESITY PREVENTION INTERVENTION..."
"...on Percentile Changes in Body Mass Index and Academic Performance in Low-Income Elementary School Children;" article by Hollar, Messiah, Lopez-Mitnik, Hollar, Almon, and Agatston; American Journal of Public Health S263-S268. April 2010
http://tinyurl.com/yjrypes

-> "Physical Activity Resources and Changes in Walking...""
"in a Cohort of Older Men;" article by Michael, Perdue, Orwoll, Stefanick, and Marshall; American Journal of Public Health S263-S268. April 2010
http://tinyurl.com/yjne34j


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!

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

-> April 23, 2010, Complete Streets Forum, Toronto, ON, CA. Info: Nancy Smith Lea, Program Director, Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT), Clean Air Partnership ß 75 Elizabeth Street ß Toronto, Ontario ß M5G 1P4; phone: (416) 392-0290; fax: (416) 338-0616; email: <info@torontocat.ca>
http://tinyurl.com/yeosk24

-> 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

-> April 29-30, 2010, "How to Turn a Place Around" seminar, New York, NY. Info: Dana Kitzes, Associate, Project for Public Spaces; phone: (212) 620-5660 ext 315;
email: dkitzes@pps.org>
http://tinyurl.com/3cgdja

-> 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 26-28, 2010 --  International Transport Forum 2010, Leipzig, Germany. Info: OECD/ITF <itf.contact@oecd.org>
http://tinyurl.com/yedjtq5

-> 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 2-4, 2010, National Road Pricing Conference, Houston, TX. Info: Jessie Yung, Program Manager, FHWA, HOTM-1, E84-409, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Wash. DC 20590; phone: (202) 366-4672; fax: (202) 366-3225;
email:<Jessie.Yung@dot.gov>
http://tinyurl.com/ydrvlzs

-> June 4-6, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Edison, NJ. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by the New Jersey Bicycle Coalition & East Coast Greenway Alliance.
http://tinyurl.com/yecawvp

-> 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

-> July 9-11, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Burlington, VT. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Local Motion.
http://tinyurl.com/ybu88t6

-> August 6-8, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Columbus, OH. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Bike!
http://tinyurl.com/y9wdwx6

-> Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 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

-> September 22-24, 2010, 10th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities: Tools of the Trade, Williamsburg, VA. Info: Kim Fisher, TRB email: <KFisher@nas.edu>).
http://tinyurl.com/yk3jmzo

-> October 15-17, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Oakland, CA. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Walk Oakland Bike.
http://tinyurl.com/yhrhe4d

-> 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

-> October, 25-27, 2010, Sustainable Transport and Quality of Life in the City, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Info: CODATU, 21 boulevard Vivier-Merle, 69003 Lyon - France; phone: 0033 (0)4 78 62 23 09; fax: 0033 (0)4 78 62 32 99; email: <codatu@wanadoo.fr>
http://tinyurl.com/yddh88f
Via TRB E-Newsletter http://tinyurl.com/y8nmdv9

-> November 5-7, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Asheville, NC. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Asheville Bicycle Coalition.
http://tinyurl.com/y94p7uh

-> 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

-> JOBS -- BICYCLE COALITION OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA

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

-> 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


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