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#251 Wednesday, April 14, 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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----- Chattanooga Going Green for Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010
----- Congress Passes Trans Law Extension thru 12/10
----- Americans Want Better Transit, Walking, Biking
----- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!
----- Walking, Biking To School Stabilizes in U.S.
----- Road Transportation a Key Driver of Warming
----- Lead a Jane Jacob's Community Tour in Your Town!
----- Ready for National Bike Month?
----- 2009 National Household Travel Survey Data Released
----- Nat'l Physical Activity Plan Kicks Off May 3rd
----- Adventure Cycling Introduces GIS Mapping
----- PBIC Offers Instructors Free Grad Course Materials
----- FMCSA Weighs Ban on Trucker Texting

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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----- Philadelphia Gets Grants, Sets Tough Bike/Walk Goals
----- St. Paul (MN) Bike Library Snags $200K Fed Grant
----- Detroit to Add 30 Miles of Bicycle Lanes
----- Marin (CA) Schools Launch Green Ways to School
----- KC (MO) Needs 100 Miles of New Bike Lanes Now
----- Missoula (MT) Baseball Team Sponsors Bike Club

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----- Parkinson's Disease Patient Can't Walk, Bikes 50 Miles

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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

CHATTANOOGA GOING GREEN FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010

-> As the City’s revitalization plan unfolded over the past two decades, Chattanoogans made environmentally conscious choices at every opportunity. They wanted to integrate the city with urban parks, trails and outdoor amenities. They established green spaces throughout the community and developed a master plan to create a continuous greenway system that would preserve natural spaces while providing recreation and alternative transportation links throughout the community. To date, the community has established 25 miles of walking paths including a 13-mile river walk that extends from downtown Chattanooga to the Chickamauga Dam.

Read more about Chattanooga going green and register for Pro Walk / Pro Bike® 2010 Chattanooga at http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.php

CONGRESS PASSES TRANS LAW EXTENSION THRU 12/10

-> According to the April Safe Routes to School E-News, "Since our last update, Congress has passed the long-term transportation extension through December 2010 -- meaning that the federal Safe Routes to School program will be funded at the FY2009 level of $183 million throughout the remainder of FY2010 and the first quarter of FY2011. The Federal Highway Administration should be issuing the memo within a few weeks that gives states their exact apportionments for all transportation programs."

"Once the memo has been issued, the Partnership will be working with state and local advocates to ensure that state Departments of Transportation make plans to hold new SRTS grant cycles that will put the newly available funds to good use in schools and communities across the country."

"Senator Boxer, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has also publicly stated that she wants to move forward on the full transportation reauthorization bill this year. The Committee has started holding more hearings, and staff is starting to work on drafting legislation..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y7dzcuu

AMERICANS WANT BETTER TRANSIT, WALKING, BIKING

-> According to a Mar. 30th entry in the Transportation for America blog, "American voters overwhelmingly support broader access to public transportation and safe walking and biking, according to this new national poll conducted for Transportation for America. More than four-in-five voters (82 percent) say that 'the United States would benefit from an expanded and improved transportation system, such as rail and buses' and a solid majority (56 percent) 'strongly agree' with that statement."

"This is a widely held view with overwhelming majorities of voters in every region of the country and in every type of community. Fully 79 percent of rural voters agreed with the statement, despite much lower use of public transportation compared to Americans in urban areas. When asked about reducing traffic congestion, three-in-five voters choose improving public transportation and making it easier to walk and bike over building more roads and expanding existing roads (59% to 38%)..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/yep4zva

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/y4bvs6u

APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH!

-> Is your community working on the Distracted Driving issue? If not, they should be! According to the League of American Bicyclists, ""

"The proliferations of technologies designed for and available to drivers have currently overtaken the ability of state and local laws to monitor and regulate usage. Roads in the United States are getting more dangerous. In 2008, there were 5.8 million crashes reported to the police, causing 2.3 million injuries and nearly forty thousand deaths. The estimated annual cost, in adjusted 2010 dollars, of all crashes is $296.8 billion." Ready to get going? Contact Jeff Peel at jeff@bikeleague.org and Chanda Causer at chanda@peoplepoweredmovement.org.

Meanwhile, check out the League's web resources here: http://tinyurl.com/yafz8xr

NAT'L PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PLAN KICKS OFF MAY 3RD

-> According to the Apr. 12th Physical Activity and Public Health On-Line Network newsletter, "On May 3, 2010, the National Physical Activity Plan will kick off with a signature launch event in Washington, D.C. States, cities, towns, companies, departments, schools, hospitals—organizations of all sorts—are invited to join in by letting lawmakers, the media and the public know about this important Plan."

"This is an opportunity to energize your organization and your community, and to share the excitement of a national initiative to get America healthy and active! Local officials are the key to making the changes that can help ensure opportunities for all Americans to be more active. After the Plan is released on May 3, you can enhance your involvement by examining which tactics from the Plan you can easily implement in your community..."

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yygyemo

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y2yjo3t

WALKING, BIKING TO SCHOOL STABILIZES IN U.S.

-> According to an Apr 8th news release from the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, "New national travel data show that the decline in rates of walking and bicycling to school has stabilized. However, children are still overwhelmingly arriving at school in their parents’ cars, a significant reversal from four decades ago."

"According to the 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS)...13 percent of children five to 14 years old usually walked or biked to school compared with 48 percent of students in 1969. Conversely, 12 percent of children arrived at school by private automobile in 1969, and, by 2009, this number increased to 44 percent. Rates of school bus ridership to school over this same 40-year span showed the least change, increasing from 38 to 40 percent."

"While long-term trends demonstrate a decline in walking and bicycling to school, preliminary analysis of 2009 NHTS travel diary data reveals the percent of five through 14-year olds walking and bicycling to school in the U.S. has remained stable at about 12 percent over the last 15 years. This is hopeful news for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y5r4tkp

ROAD TRANSPORTATION A KEY DRIVER OF WARMING

-> According to the Feb. 18th Research News from the NASA Goddard Institute, "For decades, climatologists have studied the gases and particles that have potential to alter Earth's climate. They have discovered and described certain airborne chemicals that can trap incoming sunlight and warm the climate, while others cool the planet by blocking the Sun's rays."

"Now a new study led by Nadine Unger of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City offers a more intuitive way to understand what's changing the Earth's climate. Rather than analyzing impacts by chemical species, scientists have analyzed the climate impacts by different economic sectors..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yl4vfbq

LEAD A JANE JACOB'S COMMUNITY TOUR IN YOUR TOWN!

-> According to a flyer from janeswalkusa.org, "Jane’s Walks and Jane’s Rolls are street-level celebrations of author and urban activist Jane Jacobs’ legacy. The tours coincide with Jacobs’ birthday and combine the simple act of exploring and observing neighborhoods while sharing their urban history and local lore."

"These neighborhood tours get people out of their cars and onto their city streets and sidewalks to reconnect withpeopleand rediscover theircommunities. In 2009, over 10,000 people explored over 315 neighborhoods across North America and 3 in Asia. This year we will welcome new Jane’s Walks in Europe, South America and Africa..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yc3bkbl

READY FOR NATIONAL BIKE MONTH?

-> According to a League of American Bicyclists announcement, "Spring is here, and May's Bike Month is quickly approaching! It's easy to introduce a neighbor, friend or co-worker to bicycling, and Bike Month is a fun way to endorse and encourage bicycling. Check out our Bike Month page (http://tinyurl.com/2leabm) for events in your area. If you know of an event in your community, please send to <communications@bikeleague.org>..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/2leabm

2009 NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY DATA RELEASED

-> According to the Spring edition of FHWA's Pedestrian Forum, "The final 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data is ready and published on the website (http://tinyurl.com/y5gx4vm). Since FHWA has been conducting the NHTS since 1969, over 40 years of travel behavior data is now available. The 2009 NHTS has data on the travel of 150,000 households—around 1 million trips—that encompass all modes of travel, all times of day, and all purposes."

"The website contains a wealth of information to help you with your program, planning, and policy work. New for 2009 include new or updated questions on hybrid/alternative fuel use, flexibility in work arrival time, mobility and disabilities, telecommuting, alternative mode use, travel to school and internet deliveries to households."

For more info, contact Heather Contrino: heather.contrino@dot.gov

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y7hoxhd

ADVENTURE CYCLING INTRODUCES GIS MAPPING

-> According to an Apr. 13th BikeRadar article, "Montana-based Adventure Cycling Association will produce its world-renowned cycling maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, the large North American outfit announced Monday. Created specifically for cyclists, Adventure Cycling's maps feature turn-by-turn directions, detailed inset maps for tricky sections, and elevation profiles for the high country...'Our routes and mapping department has discussed GIS since about 2001,' media director Winona Sorensen told BikeRadar. 'Last year they were finally able to hire staff with this expertise.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8yszmy

PBIC OFFERS INSTRUCTORS FREE GRAD COURSE MATERIALS

-> According to an Apr. 8th Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) news release, "University instructors who want to incorporate bicycle- and pedestrian-specific concepts into their graduate transportation planning programs can now access a full set of materials developed by the PBIC...'This course covers key concepts on multimodal transportation planning that every emerging practitioner should know.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y7r39ma

FMCSA WEIGHS BAN ON TRUCKER TEXTING

-> According to a note from Christopher Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager for FHWA, "The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposes to prohibit texting by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers while operating in interstate commerce and to impose sanctions, including civil penalties and disqualification from operating CMVs in interstate commerce, for drivers who fail to comply with this rule."

"Additionally, motor carriers would be prohibited from requiring or allowing their drivers to engage in texting while driving. FMCSA also proposes amendments to its commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations to add to the list of disqualifying offenses a conviction under State or local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit texting by CDL drivers while operating a CMV, including school bus drivers."

At least 20 US States have banned texting while driving. To see which states, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y32lwe6

To comment on the proposed rule, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y55jysk

To see the proposed rule's text, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yyeqsy8

Comments and related material must be received on or before May 3, 2010.


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

PHILADELPHIA GETS GRANTS, SETS TOUGH BIKE/WALK GOALS

-> According to a Mar. 19th Inquirer article, "Philadelphia snagged $25 million in federal stimulus grants announced nationwide Friday and immediately launched an ambitious public-health campaign to cut obesity and smoking. Philadelphia's rates of both are the highest among the 10 largest cities in the United States, Mayor Nutter said, calling the statistics 'red flags for serious illnesses.' The grants -- comprising nearly 7 percent of the $373 million handed out -- will pay for initiatives that include completion of bicycle and walking paths, vouchers to the poor to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at half-price, and free nicotine-replacement therapy for 10,000 smokers."

"The Department of Public Health, which had been planning and interviewing for months in anticipation of the awards, began making job offers to the first of an estimated 20 to 25 hires -- more will be in local organizations that are taking part -- minutes after the news conference at City Hall. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which made the awards in a competitive process, required that they be scientifically based and 'transformative,' Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz said. 'We all must change the way we think, the way we eat, and the way we behave,' Schwarz said. The city has set tough five-year goals, including a 25 percent increase in the number of bikers and walkers on major transit corridors and the elimination of all junk foods from schools, including fund-raisers and classrooms..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y45tahd
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Title: "City gets big money to trim waistlines, smoking"
Author(s): Don Sapatkin

ST. PAUL (MN) BIKE LIBRARY SNAGS $200K FED GRANT

-> According to an Apr. 4th Star Tribune article, "At the back of the shop at the Sibley Bike Depot in St. Paul, rows of bicycles are stacked on top of one another. Someday, they'll be fixed and sold or taken apart and recycled. In a month or so, some might even be loaned out when a new bike library -- funded with a $200,000 federal grant -- gets into gear."

"The mission is simple: 'We're getting bikes in the hands of people who need them,' said Jason Tanzman, volunteer coordinator for the nonprofit bike shop. The Community Partners Bike Library will help low-income folks across the Twin Cities who don't have access to good bikes to use for transportation. Sibley is joining with 20 groups -- from government to social services to community institutions -- to loan 200 bikes to people in need..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y3pnryv
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Title: "Wheeling out a new idea: A lending library of bicycles"
Author(s): Chris Havens

Via St. Paul Smart Trips: http://tinyurl.com/y4ar5p7

DETROIT TO ADD 30 MILES OF BICYCLE LANES

-> According to an Apr. 8th Free Press article, "Detroit is embarking on an ambitious plan to create bike lanes on roads across town, giving cyclists like Jon Koller designated space for riding as city leaders and community groups rethink street and land use in a shrinking city."

"It's a big change. Although the city is starting with about 30 miles in a handful of neighborhoods this year, there eventually could be as many as 400 miles of bike lanes in Detroit. 'I think it's going to encourage more people to get out there and take biking as a serious form of transportation,' said Koller, 25, who lives in the city's Corktown neighborhood and commutes by bike to Wayne State University, where he's a doctoral student in transportation engineering..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yykdv67
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Title: "Detroit to put 30 miles of bicycle lanes on streets"
Author(s): Matt Helms

MARIN (CA) SCHOOLS LAUNCH GREEN WAYS TO SCHOOL

-> According to the Spring edition of Marin County Bicycle Coalition's Pedal Press, "The Transportation Authority of Marin’s Safe Routes to Schools program launched its spring classroom contests on March 15. This year’s Green Ways to School Campaign consists of the school contests, the SchoolPool program and the Green Ways Challenge among all Marin County schools. The campaign is focused on reducing vehicle trips to schools, thus reducing greenhouse gases and traffic congestion in Marin County."

"Classroom competitions will reward the class that shows the most green trips to school during a one-month period. Thirty-seven schools are participating. Elementary schools will promote the Go for the Green contest, in which students will track their green trips to school, putting a leaf sticker on a tree poster in their classroom for each green trip they make. A green trip is one made by walking, biking, carpooling, or taking the bus. The class with the most leaves will be recognized at school assemblies and win $100 from Safe Routes to Schools..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y62yfe8 (4 MB PDF)

KC (MO) NEEDS 100 MILES OF NEW BIKE LANES NOW

-> A Mar. 29th Kansas City Star editorial suggested, "Kansas City, let’s create 100 miles of bike lanes by early next year. Let’s do it for a healthier, greener place to live. Let’s do it because generations of Kansas Citians have asked for it. Let’s do it because this is a great American city and bike lanes would make us better."

"Heck, more bike lanes would trim us up and get us off those chubby city lists. Now is the time for the Kansas City Council to get serious about creating what’s been debated for 25 years: A bike-friendly city. Goals need deadlines, so here’s our idea: 100 miles of on-street bike lanes by April 30, 2011, the end of the next city fiscal year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yetspqk
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Title: "KC needs 100 miles of new bike lanes by 2011"
Author(s): Editorial Board

MISSOULA (MT) BASEBALL TEAM SPONSORS BIKE CLUB

-> According to an Apr. 7th MILB.com article, "The Missoula Osprey in conjunction with their partners Missoula in Motion and the Trail 103.3 announced today the start of an Osprey Bike Club for the 2010 season. Bike Club members will receive an exclusive Osprey Bike Club cap, a personalized membership card, exclusive meet and greet with Osprey players, a complimentary general admission ticket and super scorecard at every Tuesday regular season home game and 2-for-1 tickets to all Sunday and Monday regular season home games."

"The Bike Club is $19 to join, $4 of which will go toward alternative transportation improvements at the stadium including the future purchase of permanent bike racks at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. The improved bike parking will encourage more fans to use alternative transportation when attending Osprey games and other events at the stadium. 'Missoula in Motion has been proud to partner with the Missoula Osprey for Tuesday night's Bike-to-the-Ballpark over the past few years,' said Missoula in Motion program specialist Ryan Newhouse. 'We're even more excited to see this partnership expanded into a new, successful Bike Club.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y3j6jat


THE RESEARCH BEAT

PARKINSON'S DISEASE PATIENT CAN'T WALK, BIKES 50 MILES

-> According to an Apr. 6th Road CC article, "A doctor in the Netherlands who specialises in treating Parkinson’s disease was astounded to learn that a patient who is unable to walk because of the condition regularly undertakes bike rides of up to 50 miles without problem. After the doctor published his findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors elsewhere in the world came forward with similar tales regarding patients suffering from the disease who are able to ride bikes or ice skate. Medical experts believe that the phenomenon may be linked to the way in which the brain stores specific memories, and that knowledge of it may lead to a breakthrough in treating the disease and help slow down its onset, according to a report by Australia’s ABC News."

"Professor Bas Bloem, a neurologist at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, said that the 58-year-old patient was unable to walk. 'He had freezing of gait -- the mysterious phenomenon where the people really feel as if their feet are glued to the floor,' explained Professor Bloem. 'This man told me he'd been on his bicycle for like 50 miles just the other day and that he was doing this on a regular basis and I said, "you know that is impossible, you can't possibly ride a bike",' he added..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzp4ttd
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Title: "Parkinson's disease sufferer who can't walk stuns doctors by cycling 50 miles"
Author: Simon MacMichael

NEJM article: "Cycling for Freezing of Gait;" New England Journal of Medicine; Volume 362:e46; April 1, 2010; Number 13. http://tinyurl.com/yyql7my


QUOTES R US

-> "It is a mistake to think that spending on trains balances the scales. Cities will always benefit far less than exurbs from transportation because dense areas already have good means of getting around, like walking. Urban advocates would do better to either reduce highway subsidies or to balance that spending with more funding for urban schools."
-- Edward Glaeser

http://tinyurl.com/ydpag9p

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

A RIDE THROUGH THE STREETS OF BARCELONA IN 1908

-> 7:14 min. film by Ricardo Banos, a pioneer of Spanish cinema

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d4xumu

Via the Daily Score: http://tinyurl.com/yzprggx


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

Host: PBIC & APBP

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: "Environmental Measures for Safe Routes to School: Understanding the Basics of Air Pollution"

Date: April 27, 2010, 1:00-2:00p.m. EDT

Presenters: Pat Childers, U.S. EPA; Dan Powell, Greenville County Planning Dept.

Host: America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Cost: none

Information and registration: http://tinyurl.com/y5a9yd8

Questions: Michelle Gulley mgulley@americawalks.org

WEBINAR: "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility in Europe Scan: Findings and Recommendations"

Date: May 13, 2010 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Presenters: Shawn Turner, Texas Transportation Institute

Host: Transportation Research Board

Cost: free to TRB members and sponsors

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/y43llwt

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

-> "PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS AND ACTIVE LIVING"
Resesarch Synthesis; Active Living Research. February 2010 (220kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yckw2zw

-> "MINI-ROUNDABOUTS - TECHNICAL SUMMARY""
FHWA Report; FHWA-SA-10-007. 2010 (basic info and link to 1.4mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yyw9wpb

-> "ACCESS MANAGEMENT IN THE VICINITY OF..."
"...Intersections - Technical Summary;" FHWA report; FHWA-SA-10-002. 2010 (basic info and link to 5.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/y2yg6h4

-> "ROUNDABOUTS - TECHNICAL SUMMARY"
FHWA Report; FHWA-SA-10-006. 2010 (basic info and link to 2.2mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/y3ddbqc

-> "HELPING JOHNNY WALK TO SCHOOL..."
"...Policy Recommendations for Removing Barriers to Community-Centered Schools;"report by Renee Kuhlman, National Trust for Historic Preservation. (program information and link to 1.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yeca4y5

-> "ATTRIBUTION OF CLIMATE FORCING TO..."
"...Economic Sectors;" article by Unger, Bond, Wang, Koch, Menon, Shindell, & Bauer; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; 2010: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 107, 3382-3387, doi:10.1073/pnas.0906548107. February 2010 (abstract and link to 800kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/y3q2ryj

-> "CLIMATE AND TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS..."
"...Findings from the 2009 Asilomar Conference on Transportation and Energy Policy;" report by Sperling, Inst. of Trans. Studies, UC Davis, & Cannon, Energy Futures, Inc., Boulder, CO. 2010 (6.8mb pdf) Ed note: Only 2 mentions of bicycles in 182 pages and this is from U.C. Davis and Boulder (CO)!?
http://tinyurl.com/y9s6u8t

-> "QUIETER CARS AND THE SAFETY OF BLIND PEDESTRIANS..."
"...Phase I;" report by Garay-Vega, Hastings, Pollard, Zuschlag, & Stearns, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, USDOT; DOT HS 811 304. April 2010 (1.7mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ycd49c4

-> "HOW TO EASE WOMEN’S FEAR OF..."
"...Transportation Environments: Case Studies and Best Practices;" Report by Loukaitou-Sideris, Bornstein, Fink, Samuels & Gerami; Mineta Transportation Institute; for California DOT & U.S. DOT; MTI Report 09-01; FHWA-CA-MTI-09-2611. October 2009 (3.3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/yamkr3p

Via 8-80 Cities E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/yyo4c7u

-> "WRITING A PRESS RELEASE THAT GETS PUBLISHED"
2-page fact sheet by Sue Knapp, OneStreet.org. (87kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/y4hb95w

-> "ECONOMIC VALUE OF WALKABILITY"
Article by Todd Alexander Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. July 1, 2009
http://tinyurl.com/y4shcwh

Via 8-80 Cities E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/yyo4c7u


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!

-> 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 22, 2010, 8:15pm, "Fantastic Mr. Fox," ‘Bike-In’ Movie!, Kansas City, MO. Info: University of Missoula/Kansas City Clean Commute.
http://tinyurl.com/y9wkda9

-> 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
http://tinyurl.com/3cgdja

-> 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 18-19, 2010, Sustainability for Leaders (Level 1 Course), Ottawa, ON, CA. Info: The Natural Step
http://tinyurl.com/y8wslol

-> 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:
http://tinyurl.com/yc5tw96

-> May 22, 2010, Take Our Children to the Park...And Leave Them There Day. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/y5cetd5

-> May 23, 2010, The Big Walk - a 50-mile distance walk open for free to the public. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yywb3eh

-> 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 6-9, 2010, TRB Environment and Energy Conference, Raleigh, NC. Info: Kate Quinn, FHWA; phone: (202) 366-4241; fax: (202) 366-7909; email: <kate.quinn@dot.gov>.
http://tinyurl.com/y5op2nv

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

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


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

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

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

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

-> JOB -- 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 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.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/ydcbj8u


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