#250 Wednesday, March 31, 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.

----- Chattanooga's Greenways Enhance a Transformed City
----- The Active Community Transportation Act of 2010
----- Rep. Latourette Thinks Sec'ty Lahood's on Drugs
----- America Walks, APBP Announce Walking Wins Summit
----- Ready for National Bike Month?
----- Take APBP's Women Cycling Survey
----- $$ for Pedestrian Workshops on Older Adults
----- The Woonerf is Coming to Toronto
----- Mexico City Launches Bike Strategy with Bike-Share Pgm
----- Politics-as-Usual Favors Sprawl Over Cities

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- 20-Year Anchorage (AK) Bike Plan Passes Assembly
----- Dunwoody (GA) Rides to State Capitol
----- Pittsburgh (PA) Council Passes Bike Parking Ordinance
----- Lee County (FL) MPO Backs Nat'l Complete Streets Policy
----- Arizona Eight-Year-Old Proposes More Recess
----- Duluth (MN) Council Adopts Complete Street Policy
----- Louisville (KY) Gets $7.9 Million Health Grant
----- Wilmington (NC) Gets Its First Bicycle Boulevard
----- Eureka Springs (AR): Naturally Bicycle Friendly
----- Mich, Minn Weigh Digital Billboard Moratorium

----- Lifestyle Changes Cut Arthritis Pain

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-> According to Philip Pugliese of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Host Committee, "The feel of Chattanooga, Tennessee is that of a community transformed from a gritty, industrial town into an outdoor destination. When decades of smog cleared in the 1990’s, it revealed a wealth of natural areas, even in the heart of business districts. With the Tennessee Riverpark and South Chickamauga Creek greenways, Chattanooga will create a connection with many of those areas, accessible by foot and by bicycle."

"When the Tennessee Riverpark faced construction delays in 2002, Chattanooga and Hamilton County had to post security on the path to keep enthusiastic walkers, joggers, and cyclists at bay until the project was 100% complete. Now the 8-mile paved greenway, which runs from Chickamauga Dam to downtown Chattanooga along the Tennessee River, serves as a destination for a large segment of Chattanooga's population, and an attraction for the city’s thriving tourism industry."

"The Chattanooga and Hamilton County’s Greenway Master Plan moved forward this month with groundbreaking for the next phase of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway, a paved connector to the Riverpark. When done, the South Chick Greenway will complete a 20+ mile urban transportation and recreation corridor, connecting downtown Chattanooga to its southeastern suburbs and an existing network of unpaved trails..."

For more on Chattanooga’s greenways, contact Philip Pugliese, Bicycle Coordinator, Outdoor Chattanooga at ppugliese@outdoorchattanooga.com or go to http://tinyurl.com/yhuxwcb.


-> According to an article on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website, "U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) introduced H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act of 2010, in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Encourage your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the legislation now! For the past several years, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has been working closely with local, state and national partners around the country on the Campaign for Active Transportation. Building on the successes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, the ACT Act would establish a competitive active transportation investment fund, to invest in walking and bicycling improvements in targeted communities around the country."

"These resources would enable communities to build interconnected systems—allowing people to travel between the places they work, live, play, learn and shop without needing car. If the act is passed, the U.S. Department of Transportation will administer a competitive fund, which will invest in communities that best make the case for resources to shift large numbers of trips from driving to walking and bicycling. The two billion-dollar program, with funds set aside within the Surface Transportation Program, will allow dozens of communities nationally to improve their walking and bicycling networks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yj72ghv


-> According to a Mar. 25th Bicycle Retailer article, "...At a meeting of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development [two days after Transportation Secretary LaHood announced new bike/pedestrian-friendly USDOT policies], conservative lawmakers ridiculed the suggestions, scoffing at the idea that walking and biking could replace driving. Ohio congressman Steve LaTourette suggested LaHood was on drugs, dismissed the very idea of bike lanes and derided any change from a car-dependent society. He suggested that environmental sustainability projects have 'stolen' $300 million from other programs and attacked LaHood's encouragement of bicycling, according to Courthouse News Service..."

Many transportation advocacy organizations, including the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, are applauding the Secretary’s new policies. Sharon Roerty, NCBW’s Executive Director said, "This is a very good time to let your Governor and legislators know the value that is created every time safe and attractive accommodations are made for pedestrians and bicyclists. And that a comprehensive transportation system means greater mobility including better access to jobs and schools."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y87dval


-> According to the Mar. 24th APBP E-news, "America Walks and APBP announce an opportunity for supporters of walking to take the next step. It's time to come together, to imagine, to plan, to be noticed. Imagine what would happen if people who walk advocated for their mode choice as strongly as the many diverse folk who attended this year's National Bike Summit. Is there a 'walking industry' to support new and innovative programs like the Walk Friendly Community program that PBIC is developing with help from APBP members?"

"Send your ideas to the Walking Wins Summit Campaign Manager Scott Bricker at sbricker@americawalks.org. Then mark your calendar: Reserve the afternoon of Thursday, September 16, 2010 in Chattanooga, Tenn. (following the closing session at PWPB®). APBP welcomes member suggestions for policy guidance and recommended practices! that would help communities serve people who walk."


-> According to the Mar. 29th American Bicyclist Update, "Spring is here, and May's Bike Month is only a month away! It's time to dust off your bike, pedal to work, encourage co-workers and/or your employees to bike to work, and think about attending or throwing a Bike Month event. Bike Month is an easy and fun way to endorse and encourage bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjzkhaz

For more on Bike Month, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2leabm

Got Bike Month events? Contact communications@bikeleague.org to let the world know!


-> According to the Mar. 24th APBP News, the newsletter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, "As this goes out, 5,021 people have responded to the APBP Women Cycling survey launched on March 17. Survey results will offer a snapshot in time while furthering a lively discussion blossoming in the U.S., Canada and England. Why don't -- or do -- women bicycle? The survey is open until May 15 to women and girls only, please. Preliminary results will be reported at the March 31 webinar."

To take the survey (about 15 minutes to complete), go to: http://tinyurl.com/yk82z6g


-> According to a Mar. 25th announcement, "Funding is now available to organizations interested in teaching pedestrian safety workshops focused on older adults in their communities. The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is seeking proposals to fund up to 12 organizations to teach 'Pedestrian Safety Workshop: A Focus on Older Adults.' This national course, developed with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), engages communities in addressing pedestrian safety issues that older adults face and provides strategies for improving walking conditions. Each selected site will be provided $2,500 as well as technical assistance from pedestrian safety experts. HSRC anticipates selecting the awarded communities in mid-July 2009. Completed proposals are due Friday May 7, 2010 by 5pm EDT."

To download the RFP, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yfcsyew

Applicants should use the web-based submission process at: http://tinyurl.com/yjcc9qo


-> According to a Mar. 14th Star article, "The really big news in Toronto right now is that woonerfs are coming to town. In case you don't speak Dutch or happen to be a planner, woonerfs are streets designed for cars and people, but with precedence given to the latter."

"What? you may well ask: Pedestrians given precedence over drivers? In Toronto? Is this yet another example of the gathering War on the Car?...'The idea is to give pedestrians priority,' explains Waterfront Toronto's vice-president of planning, Christopher Glaisek. 'Woonerfs are a new street typology. They won't look like anything we've seen in Toronto.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yb7xz9p
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Title: "Woonerf: It's Dutch for smart city-building"
Author: Christopher Hume

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/ya5ldwl


-> According to the March issue of Sustainable Transport EBulletin, "After a year of planning, Mexico City launched its first public bike system, called Ecobici, on February 16. The system, which features 1,114 bikes and 85 stations, is part of the new Bicycle Mobility Strategy of Mexico City, which seeks to raise the number of cyclists in the city from one percent to five percent by 2012."

"In his speech at the launch of the new system, Mexico Mayor Marcelo Ebrard highlighted how the system can benefit the city inhabitants, presenting it as the cheapest public and individual means of transport. Considering that Ecobici’s annual subscription fee is just US $23, and the bike can be used daily for 30 minutes free of charge at any time, the annual cost of Ecobici is less than US $0.01 per trip. Any other means of public transport is at least three times as expensive per year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ydcuy3b


-> In a Mar. 5th Boston Globe op-ed, Edward Glaeser wrote, "The billions of dollars being spent on infrastructure across the nation provide an opportunity to plan for a better America, but politics-as-usual favors sprawl over city. This anti-urban bias of national policies must end."

"Over the past 60 years, cities have been hit by a painful policy trifecta: subsidization of highways, subsidization of homeownership, and a school system that creates strong incentives for many parents to leave city borders. Nathaniel Baum-Snow, an economist at Brown University, has documented that each new federally-funded 'highway passing through a central city reduces its population by about 18 percent.'"

"Subsidizing transportation decreases the advantage of living close together in cities, which should make every urbanite worry about the Senate’s fondness for using highway spending to fight recession. The current Senate jobs bill calls for a more than $30 billion increase for transportation over the next two years..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ydpag9p
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Title: "Why the anti-urban bias?"
Author: Edward L. Glaeser



-> According to a Mar. 24th Daily News article, "A plan to make Anchorage more bicycle friendly over the next 20 years by adding bike lanes, pathways and connections between trails won Anchorage Assembly approval Tuesday night. The plan, in the works since October 2007, encourages an expanded network of roads and paved paths geared for cycling to make it more convenient and less dangerous. The Assembly approved the document uanimously."

"Cyclists turned out in force to support it, as they did at an Assembly public hearing earlier this month. Skeptics have questioned the cost, more than $100 million over 20-plus years. But parts of it may never be built, such as a pathway through town along the Alaska Railroad right-of-way. Mayor Dan Sullivan had proposed removing the 10-mile, $25 million railroad pathway. The Assembly rejected an amendment doing that..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzn2ljj
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Title: "20-year plan to boost bicycling infrastructure gets Assembly OK"
Author(s): Staff


-> According to a Mar. 30th Crier article, "Close to 50 Dunwoody residents participated in the fifth annual 'Georgia Rides to the Capitol' to raise awareness of the benefits associated with biking and alternative modes of transportation. Among those making the 16-mile trip were Dunwoody Mayor Ken Wright and council members Denis Shortal, Danny Ross, and Robert Wittenstein along with Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan."

"'It is vitally important to provide our citizens with safe and accessible options for alternative transportation,' said Mayor Wright in a press release put out the by city. 'This is a fun and family friendly opportunity to bring awareness to and build advocacy for bike safety.'"

"Wright said the ride was memorable for him and the dozens of others who participated. 'The ride was an amazing experience,' Wright said. 'We met up with a few hundred from Roswell on Roswell Road, then many hundreds more from Decatur joined us in Midtown to the final trek in to the capitol.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybzkwnu
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Title: "Dunwoody rides to the Capitol"
Author(s): Staff


-> According to the March Bike PGH! eMessenger, "On the heels of the brand new bicycle-friendly policy statement from the US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously voted to include bicycle parking requirements in the zoning code when they passed the much anticipated Bicycle Parking Ordinance. This ordinance is an amendment to the zoning code that requires all new and 'change-in-use' buildings to install bicycle parking, just like they already must do for cars."

"There is also an incentive component to the ordinance, whereby a developer can replace up to 30% of their car parking requirement with bicycle parking. The zoning book has been regulating car parking for years, and even had a page for bike parking, however this page was blank. It will now be a thing of the past to roll up to a shiny new building and have nowhere to park your bicycle."

"We, at BikePGH, have been working for the past two years with the Mayor’s Bike/Ped Coordinator, Steve Patchan and Senior Planner, Corey Layman to use best practices from other cities and input from architects and developers in order to get this piece of code written. These type of developments are in line with LaHood’s policy to 'treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes' and is integral to continue on the path toward a green, sustainable, and active city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ydvd7dp


-> According to the Florida Bicycle Association blog, "At the March 19 meeting of the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meeting the board, made up of elected officials from every municipality in Lee County, embraced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) new policy statement on bicycle and pedestrian accommodation. The MPO board unanimously passed a motion in support of the policy statement and encouraged the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to support it as well."

"'BikeWalkLee is gratified by the continued leadership and commitment demonstrated by the MPO led by Chairman Judah to complete Lee County’s streets and to integrate the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists in road projects,” said Darla Letourneau, a local community advocate and BikeWalkLee leader. 'Not only is the MPO leading the county’s efforts, its quick endorsement of this policy statement puts Lee County in the forefront of communities around the country who recognize the significance of this bold action by the Secretary of Transportation. In fact, Lee County may be the first in the country to have officially endorsed the new policy.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ya2u6g6


-> According to a Mar. 22nd Arizona Republic article, "At age 8, Jerod Wayne believes strongly in the benefits of recess. 'You get a lot of exercise,' said Jerod, a second-grader at Towne Meadows Elementary School in Gilbert. 'You learn not to be mean to others and to play fair, not to be a bad student, sportsmanship.' If he were in charge, students would have one more 15-minute recess during the day."

"'At least four' a day, Jerod recommended. Parents, students and educators generally agree that recess is beneficial to students, but over the years, many schools across the country have chosen to reduce recess to spend more time on classroom lessons because of increased academic requirements. In child advocates' eyes, this era of academic accountability has neglected a worrisome health problem: childhood obesity..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yklqppl
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Title: "Longer recess sought to deter childhood obesity"
Author(s): Emily Gersema

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/y9ca8la


-> According to the Mar. 25th Minnesota Active Living Network News, "Drew Digby, Chair of Fit City Duluth’s Active Living Committee, shared the good news with the Minnesota Active Living Network about Duluth’s recent passage of Complete Streets policy."

"'On Monday, March 8, 2010, the Duluth City Council unanimously passed a Complete Streets policy. The policy calls on the city to consider the needs of all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users as well as motorists in the design and redesign of city streets. The Complete Streets Task Force will now meet with city staff between now and June 15 when the city will report implementation steps to the city council...'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y9zb9nw


-> According to a Mar. 19th Courier-Journal article, "Louisville says it will make more fresh fruits and vegetables available in poor neighborhoods, improve bike trails and serve healthier school lunches as a result of a $7.9million federal stimulus grant received Friday. The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is designed to give people more “opportunities to be healthy and to make better choices,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Health and Wellness Department. The money is part of the federal agency's “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” initiative and will go toward 23 projects to promote healthy living."

"The $7.9million is equal to about one-third of the annual operating budget for the health department, which will administer the grant, and is a 'dramatic extension' of resources available for improving health, Troutman said. Mayor Jerry Abramson said it is the largest competitive stimulus grant the city has received. 'To receive $7.9million to help our city become healthier sort of focuses right in line with the smoking ban and the biking initiative that we've already implemented,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ya6wtqv
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Title: "Louisville gets $7.9 million health grant; 23 projects receiving stimulus"
Author(s): Chris Quay

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/y9ca8la


-> According to a Mar. 26th River to the Sea Bikeway announcement, "With the help of a Fit Community 2009 grant from the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund, the City of Wilmington is constructing North Carolina’s first bicycle boulevard, which will connect the historic neighborhoods of Ardmore, the Bottom, Brookwood, Carolina Place, Forest Hills and Old Wilmington to Williston Middle School, Gregory Elementary School, Fit for Fun Center, Sherridale Morgan Physical Fitness and Boxing Center, Robert Strange Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, downtown Wilmington and the Riverfront Farmers' Market..."

"This corridor was identified during a set of public meetings conducted by the City of Wilmington Neighborhood Traffic Management Program in late 2008, as part of an area traffic-calming study. Residents expressed a desire for a safer bicycle route between their neighborhoods and the downtown area, especially to attend regular events including the Riverfront Farmers' Market and Downtown at Sundown concerts..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygjukyg


-> According to a Mar. 27th Kansas Cyclist article, "By most conventional measures, Eureka Springs, Arkansas is not a bicycle-friendly community. It doesn’t have any bike routes. None of its streets have bike lanes. I didn’t notice any bike racks in front of businesses. I’m not aware of any bike paths. I doubt the city has a bike/ped plan or coordinator."

"And yet, as I rode around the town, it certainly felt like a nice place to ride a bike. Driving a car in Eureka Springs has always been a bit of a scary experience for me. The streets are extremely narrow and twisty, and there’s an indecipherable rats nest of intersecting roads leading off at odd angles. Throw in a few one-way streets and dead-end roads, along with some incredible hills (the town bills itself as 'Little Switzerland'), and it’s hard to get around on four wheels..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybblmpc


-> According to a Mar. 23rd NBC NewsChannel 13 story, "We all know it can be dangerous to talk and text while driving, and now there’s another possible distraction for those behind the wheel, digital roadside billboards. Some say they’re the future of roadside advertising. Flashing messages that change every six to eight seconds designed to catch a driver’s eye. Visual magnets. But also public safety hazards according to groups seeking to ban or limit their use on busy highways."

"'You have no choice there, you’re captive to a very major driver distraction,' said Abby Dart of Scenic Michigan. Even more of a distraction, she says than texting or cell phone use while driving. 'When you text or use your phone, you have the choice not to use it. But when you’re driving down the highway your eye is drawn to the digital billboard whether you want to or not,' Dart said. Lawmakers in Michigan and Minnesota are among those considering a moratorium on construction of new digital billboards until more is known about their potential danger..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhybez9
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Title: "Digital billboards: Good business or danger to drivers?"
Author(s): Leanne Gregg

Via Scenic America: http://tinyurl.com/n8xcow



-> According to a Mar. 30th Irish Health article, "Making simple lifestyle changes within six months of a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis may lead to improvements in pain and function, the results of a new study indicate. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, however the most common form is osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease. The majority of Irish people over the age of 55 have evidence of the condition at some joint in their body. While it is most common in the elderly, it is not just caused by the ageing process. Other factors, such as obesity, may contribute to its development."

"As part of this latest study, pharmacists in 27 pharmacies in Canada identified 190 people with previously undiagnosed knee OA. The average age of the participants was 63 and most were women who were overweight or obese. The participants were monitored for six months after the OA diagnosis. The study found that those who made lifestyle changes, such as exercising more, saw an improvement in function and experienced less pain. In the first month, less than 50% of the people initiated aerobic, strength or endurance exercises such as cycling or walking. By month six, almost 75% claimed to engage in routine exercise and 80% of those who exercised stated that it helped ease their condition..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ykjk326
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Title: "Lifestyle changes cut arthritis pain"
Author: Deborah Condon


-> "The Texas Transportation Institute estimates that congestion cost the national economy $87 billion per year. Sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? But US GNP is about $14 trillion per year, so the cost of traffic congestion is less than 1 percent of GNP."
-- Michael Lewyn, Asst Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law

"How Much Does Congestion Matter?," Mar. 28, 2010, Planetizen


-> "In the late part of the last century and the first decade of this one, the education and training of drivers became worse. It’s as if the driving powers that be gave up..."
-- Dan Keegan, Drivers.com




-> "A burial ground for transport related projects, proposals and technologies that are very often presented (hyped) by those who stand to gain from their implementations as advancing the sustainability agenda -- but which in our view are at best very low in the priories for public sector support and certainly not candidates for finance with hard-earned taxpayer money."

"There can be no doubt in all that you see here that there is a very definite set of values and priorities behind these selections. They are moreover consistent. The basics behind these selections you will finally amply spelled out in the pages of World Streets (http://tinyurl.com/yec3teu) and of the New Mobility Agenda (http://tinyurl.com/y9oqvdv)."

-- Eric Britton, World/Streets



WEBINAR: "Writing Women Back into Bicycling"

Date: March 31, 2010, 3:00-4:30p.m. EDT

Presenters: Laura Sandt, PBIC; Fionnuala Quinn, JEiT girls engineering program; Caz Nicklin, Cyclechic Ltd; Kit Keller, APBP

Host: APBP

Details: Includes examples of cultures where women bicycle at rates similar to men, a review of survey results so far, and next steps that would encourage more women to cycle more places more often. The webinar is free thanks to a generous donation from the family of Mrs. Neill L. Miller (1938-2005), a lifelong educator and bicycle commuter in Miami/Dade County.

Register: http://tinyurl.com/yapl2wc

WEBINAR: "Impact of the New MUTCD on Pedestrians and Bicyclists"

Date: April 15, 2010, 2:00pm-3:30pm EDT

Presenters: Bruce Friedman, FHWA; Scott Wainwright, FHWA


Register: http://tinyurl.com/yk27gj6

Questions: webinars@hsrc.unc.edu

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


"...Sensitive Approach - an ITE Recommended Practice;" by the Institute of Transportation Engineers & the Congress for the New Urbanism. March 2010 (must register and add to your cart to get the free pdf download)

"...Assessment Study - Phase I Report;" WSDOT Research Report; by Vernez Moudon, Stewart, & Lin; WA-RD 743.1. January 2010 (4.6mb pdf)

"...in Later Life;" article by Freedman, Grafova, & Rogowski; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.178640. March 24, 2010 (abstract and link to full article ($))


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:


-> 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 22-23, 2010, "Streets as Places" seminar, New York, NY. Info: Dana Kitzes, Associate, Project for Public Spaces; phone: (212) 620-5660 ext 315; email: dkitzes@pps.org

-> 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>

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

-> 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>

-> 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 18-19, 2010, Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1 Course), Ottawa, ON, CA. Info: The Natural Step

-> May 19, 2010, Active Communities Conference on Walking, Biking, Physical Activity and the Built Environment; Auburn, ME. Info: Maine Department of Transportation; Dan Stewart, email: Dan.Stewart@maine.gov

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

-> May 25-26, 2010, Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1 Course), Edmonton AB, CA. Info: The Natural Step

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

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

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

-> 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;

-> 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.

-> 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.

-> 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>).

-> 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

-> 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>
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.

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

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

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



- Member Services Intern: assist with membership outreach, prospect acquisition, website updates, member resource development, event coordination, and appeals. Flexible schedule; for 3 months; modest stipend; application deadline: April 25, 2010

- Database/Technology Development Intern: assist with development + integration of current Internet-based and internal technologies including web sites, listserves, forums, contact databases, and other applications. Flexible schedule; for 3 months; modest stipend; application deadline: April 25, 2010

- SalesForce Customization/Development Contractor: assist with development and implementation of Phases Two and Three of the SalesForce application. Flexible schedule; compensation up to $2000; immediate start date; application deadline: April 15, 2010

All positions based in Washington DC

Full job listings: http://tinyurl.com/oct357


Summary: Transit for Livable Communities seeks a visionary leader who is passionate about building a movement to transform Minnesota’s transportation system. The job requires a demonstrated ability to work effectively at the intersections of education, advocacy and grassroots organizing. The executive director is chiefly responsible for organizational leadership, management, planning, and external relations; e.g., building strong relationships with allies, foundations, the media, elected officials and government staff. Through 2011, responsibility also includes accountability for performance of a large federal program on bicycling and walking. TLC currently has 13 employees; the executive director oversees seven experienced team leaders for fundraising, accounting, organizing, lobbying, research, communications and the bike/walk program.

Responsibilities: Organizational Leadership; Organizational Planning; Community Relations and Communications; Fundraising; Organizational Management; Board Administration and Support.

Salary: $70,000-$85,000/yr, depending on quals/experience; generous benefits

Posting will remain open until position filled

Full job listing: http://tinyurl.com/ygetwjo


The New York Bicycling Coalition is looking for a highly energetic, innovative individual willing to make at least a three-year commitment to this challenging position.

Qualifications needed most: commitment to the mission; strong communication skills; leadership skills; professional expertise; management skills.

Salary range: $35K-40K/yr (with benefits)

Start Date: Spring 2010

Resumes accepted until selection (expected to be early April).

Location: Capital Region of New York, the seat of State Government

Full job listing: http://tinyurl.com/yldujlu


The work involves developing, reviewing and managing the implementation of city and regional master plans, studies and projects to promote the goal of transportation projects and plans that balance and accommodate multiple transportation modes, including private automobiles, pubic transportation and bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Minimum qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, Economics, Business, Community or Regional Planning, Real Estate, Landscape Architecture, Architecture or Planning Research Methods. Six (6) years of experience in increasingly responsible planning, engineering, architecture or related experience preferred. Candidates should have substantial technical planning expertise in applicable fields, understand the relationships between transportation and urban design, and have a demonstrated ability to work with planners, engineers, administrators advisory boards and citizens.

Salary Range: $65,596.70-80,256.02/yr

AICP membership: Preferred

Closing Date: April 19, 2010

Full job listing: http://tinyurl.com/y8trolp


The Physical Activity and Public Health Courses (PAPH), sponsored by the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is entering its 16th year of successful training for researchers and public health practitioners. The PAPH course offerings feature an 8-day Postgraduate Course on Research Directions and Strategies and a 6-day Practitioner’s Course on Community Interventions. The faculty for the courses is composed of nationally recognized experts in public health research and practice.

Courses will be held September 14-22, 2010 at The Lodge at the Mountain Village in Park City, UT. For more info and to apply, contact Janna Borden at (803) 576-6050 or jsborden@mailbox.sc.edu or go to: http://tinyurl.com/y8vpvpe


CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is seeking applicants for a position (GS 12/13) in the Research Application Branch focusing on obesity, physical activity, and nutrition. The position is currently open, but closes on Wednesday, April 7th. This is a new position that will be on the Research Synthesis and Translation Team. All applicants must apply through the USA Jobs website. Links to the position on the website for those who are current federal employees and those who are not federal employees, are provided below, as is a description of the position.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/yl8u2w9

Internal federal government candidates: http://tinyurl.com/yggap7s


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



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