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#252 Wednesday, April 28, 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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----- PWPB® 2010 Chattanooga – 70+ Presentations and 100 Posters
----- PWPB® 2010 Chattanooga Early Bird Registration Ends May 31st
----- Federal Policy Update
----- Tiger II Funding Opportunity: Planners Rejoice
----- Registration Open for Walk to School 2010
----- What We Know About Bike Infrastructure: People Want It
----- NHTSA Launches SRTS Website for Law Enforcement
----- Upward Trend in Vehicle-Miles Resumed During 2009
----- Community Carts Remove a Barrier to Walking
----- Economic Effects of Dutch Recreational Cycling
----- Ajax, Uxbridge (Ontario) Walkers Not Detered by Winter

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----- Healthy Coastal Connections Week in Mobile, AL
----- Jeff Parish (LA) Schools Launch Obesity Campaign
----- Tupelo, Hernando (MS) Embrace Complete Streets
----- New York City's Two-Wheeled Tribes
----- Portland (OR) Produces Cycle Track Video
----- Minneapolis Heads Bicycling's Bike-Friendly Cities List
----- Long Island Senators Join Push for Safer Streets
----- Denver's New Bike-Share Program a Roll Model
----- Atlanta's Unsafe Crossings to Bus Stops
----- Kansas Trail Group Receives $25K Grant
----- Stevensville (MT) Boosters Raise Sidewalk $$

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----- Physical Activity Can Boost Academic Performance
----- Research Dispels Myths About Rural Fitness
----- Obesity Epidemic Threatening National Security

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PWPB® 2010 CHATTANOOGA – 70+ PRESENTATIONS AND 100 POSTERS

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is pleased to announce that a full slate of presenters from all across North and Central America in topics ranging from the Cities for Cycling Project to regions that have integrated health impact analyses into their transportation planning. We have speakers teed up to cover every aspect of late breaking transportation legislation, funding and related policy.

As reported by Mark Plotz, NCBW program manager, "we had 4 submissions for every available panel slot. We realized pretty quickly that we were going to be turning down a significant number of high content sessions. We went back to the pile and tried to sort through which ones might work well as posters. As a result many of you will receive a message that your proposal has been recommended as a poster session; or that another presenter has been added to your panel. The 2010 program is on track to deliver more than 70 presentations and as many as 100 posters."

Notifications are going out this week; if you submitted a proposal you should receive an email by Friday.

NCBW would like to thank our Program Committee who patiently worked with us as we unveiled a new online scoring system. Their combined experience and insights were invaluable. Program Committee Members included:

  • Kassi Webster, Local Host Committee Member and Public Health Specialist
  • Deidre Lemons AARP, Alabama State Office
  • Andy Clarke, League of American Bicyclists
  • Chanda Causer, Alliance for Bicycling & Walking
  • Jennifer Allen, APBP; TrailNet, St. Louis, MO
  • Pam Barth, National Center for SRTS
  • Robert Ping, SRTS National Partnership
  • Tedson Meyers, Esq. Honorary Chair of the Program Committee and Ex-Officio Chair of the Bicycle Federation of America Board of Directors

PWPB® 2010 CHATTANOOGA EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 31ST

-> PWPB® 2010 will kick off in 19 short weeks but there are only 4 weeks to go in the early bird registration period. While there are several registration options, the very best rates will expire May 31, 2010. Sharon Roerty, NCBW’s Executive Director said, "We want everyone to take advantage of these rates. We are also hoping that moving PWPB® to the week of September 13 and off the Labor Day weekend makes a lot of people who previously had other holiday plans or were stressed by back to school schedules happy."

Roerty also noted that, "It’s been awhile since PWPB® has been in the south – Chattanooga is a lovely city with much to see and do locally and in the extended region. Anyone with a few extra vacation days may want to extend their PWPB® visit with a trip to Asheville, NC where the President and First Lady spent last weekend, 158 short miles away; music lovers may want to visit Nashville and/or Memphis, TN, neither city will disappoint; want more – take a detour thru Atlanta, Savannah or Charleston. And for the stealth and hearty regional bike trains are forming."

"The Southern Bicycle League and Bike! Walk! Northwest Georgia are coordinating a bike train that will head west from Atlanta on the Silver Comet Trail, and head onto 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. Bike Walk Tennessee is 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."

Details will be posted to the PWPB website as they develop; in the meantime contact Philip Pugliese at <ppugliese@outdoorchattanooga.com> for info on the bike trains.

Don’t delay register now for PWPB® 2010 Chattanooga for the very best rates: http://tinyurl.com/ygm78pu

FEDERAL POLICY UPDATE

-> While we wait on Congress to pass a new transportation bill, there are other efforts underway that will continue to shape and reshape our transportation system. One of the more exciting developments is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be announcing its new statement on transportation and health policy. The Health through Transportation policy will be released on Wednesday, April 28, at 2pm at http://www.cdc.gov/transportation

Sharon Roerty, NCBW’s Executive Director welcomed the news saying, "for many years CDC has worked to expand the portfolio of public health practitioners to include concerns about road safety, and physical inactivity as caused by the built environment. NCBW, for our part, has worked to ensure that public health becomes a factor in transportation planning decisions. Now with Secretary LaHood’s embrace of livability, we see that all elements are in place for us, as a nation, to have a meaningful conversation about how we can have a healthier and greener transportation system."

Speaking of greener transportation...

Both houses of Congress are working on bills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Because the transportation sector accounts for about 30 percent of all C02 emissions, transportation is likely to be both target and benefactor of whatever climate legislation finally emerges. What happens to the revenues realized by selling/trading the transportation carbon allowances is an unresolved issue. There are competing proposals: some have proposed pouring revenues back into the Highway Trust Fund unfettered; others take the position that carbon revenues should only be used to support clean transportation projects. NCBW supports the latter position. Roerty said, "For the first time in a long time the walls between transportation, the environment and housing are breaking down; we need to be operating out of that playbook. We will keep watching this one for our readers and we urge you to do the same; you might be surprised at who’s on first."

TIGER II FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: PLANNERS REJOICE

-> The Department of Transportation has announced the next round of competition for Federal infrastructure grants. This time there is $600 million available. As with the first round, multimodal projects are highly encouraged. DOT has partnered with Housing and Urban Development for this second round of grants—which means there will be funding available for transportation and land use planning! Interested communities will need to act quickly: Pre applications are due on July 16 and awards will be made mid September.

The grant announcement is available here: http://tinyurl.com/26xjb6k

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WALK TO SCHOOL 2010

-> According to an Apr. 22nd news release, "Registration is now open for Walk to School 2010, an international event where communities from over 40 countries join together to walk and bicycle to school. International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 6, 2010. Registration is free and available to individuals and/or organizations holding a 2010 Walk to School event in the U.S. Events that register on the Walk to School Web site, will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map on the Web site, where neighboring communities, media and other organizations can identify who is walking in their area. In 2009, Walk to School participation reached a record high of 3,369 registered events..."

To register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/cocryf

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3t6v3k

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fmud86

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE: PEOPLE WANT IT

-> In an Apr. 26th Fast Lane entry, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote, "We know that 90 percent of the people are not going to be cycling to work or around town. But that opportunity and that kind of alternative is something people have said they want."

"They said it in a recent study by Transportation For America. They said it last week in Tupelo and Hernando, Mississippi.* They've been saying it in Portland, Oregon, for years. They're saying it in Washington, DC."

"They said it after an interview I gave in the New York Times earlier this month. And New York bicyclists have said it loudly and clearly with their pedals, increasing their numbers by 28% in the last year alone according to a study by Transportation Alternatives..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29gq9q8

*See story in the Regional

NHTSA LAUNCHES SRTS WEBSITE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

-> According to an Apr. 13th news release, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today the launch of a new web-based resource for law enforcement officers. The Safe Routes to School for Law Enforcement Web site provides tips, tools and other materials to help law enforcement officers get involved in Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a national effort to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bike to school. The new Web site, which is hosted and maintained by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, is designed to aid officers and law enforcement agencies in local SRTS efforts. The resource includes a wide variety of tools..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2cojb4o

UPWARD TREND IN VEHICLE-MILES RESUMED DURING 2009

-> According to an article in the April Transportation Trends in Focus, ""

"After a 2-year interruption to a long-term upward trend, the number of vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) on the Nation’s highways appears to have resumed a pattern of upward growth in 2009. While VMT rises and falls seasonally, the years 2007 and 2008 showed significant monthly declines in VMT after the effects of seasonal fluctuations were extracted from the data..."

"The major drop in the trend occurred around December 2007, which coincides with the beginning of the current recession. From December 2007 through June 2008, VMT declined at a rate of approximately 1,200 million (1.2 billion) per month. From July 2008 through December 2009, VMT seems to show signs of resuming its upward growth, at an average monthly increase in the trend of 200 million VMT..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2cmblgc (195KB PDF)

Via TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/22vrzjt

COMMUNITY CARTS REMOVE A BARRIER TO WALKING

-> In an Apr. 21st Daily Score blog entry, Alan Durning wrote, "When I was growing up in Seattle in the sixties, the neighborhood grocery where my mom shopped let her and other regular customers push purchases home in the store’s shopping carts. We lived two blocks away, and we returned the carts promptly to safeguard the privilege. It was sometimes my older siblings’ job to return the cart while the rest of us put away the provisions at home. Consequently, my family never owned a granny cart, but we never lacked for walking wheels either."

"That’s the point of community carts: to extend cart access without necessarily extending cart ownership. Unfortunately, the era of neighborly cart-lending is long past. Still, community carts may enjoy a resurgence as our communities grow more compact and walkable..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bczdgo

ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF DUTCH RECREATIONAL CYCLING

-> According to Fietsberaad, "Annually over 50% of the Dutch population (which means over 8.5 million people) make a recreational cycling trip. This results in over 200 million cycling trips of one hour or more and approximately 750 million Euro in expenses en route, reports Stichting Landelijk Fietsplatform. These expenses have grown considerably, per trip on average by 34 per cent in comparison to 2002. The number of overnight cycling trips has increased as well..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mgh5o5

Via the International Bicycle Fund's IBF News Service: http://tinyurl.com/kupkzo

AJAX, UXBRIDGE (ONTARIO) WALKERS NOT DETERED BY WINTER

-> According to the Spring issue of Canada Walks' Walkolution News, "Since updates in our last Walkolution News, the Town of Ajax and Township of Uxbridge have continued to make significant progress towards promotion of walkable communities. The Town of Ajax wrapped up their successful 'Ajax is Walking' pedometer challenge on February 25, completing 6,250,000 steps to reach the City of Vancouver. While the original goal was to make it to Vancouver for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Games, the collective achievement by Ajacians got them to Vancouver prior to the closing ceremonies. This achievement is remarkable!"

"The Township of Uxbridge had great success with the first 'indoor trail' in Durham Region. By January, over 50 participants were regularly attending the indoor trail using the hallways of Uxbridge Secondary School, partnering with the Durham Regional School Board. Uxbridge residents enjoyed a warm, dry area free of winter snow and ice to walk, with fitness stations and a 10,000 step pedometer challenge..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/233usq4 (3.9MB PDF)


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

HEALTHY COASTAL CONNECTIONS WEEK IN MOBILE, AL

-> "The National Center for Bicycling & Walking will return to the Mobile, Alabama, area for a week’s worth of events that will highlight the need for increased pedestrian safety, stress the importance of a built environment that supports regular physical activity, and continue building momentum for more Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School policies. Two highlights of the week will be a Pedestrian Safety Summit featuring Dangerous by Design author David Goldberg, and a book reading and bike ride with Mary Collins, author of “American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture."

The Dangerous by Design (DbD) report recently declared that Mobile’s pedestrians face the fourth most dangerous streets in the United States. In 2007-8, 31 pedestrians were killed and untold others were injured in collisions with motor vehicles. The May 6 Pedestrian Safety Summit will feature DbD author David Goldberg, and will kick off at 5 pm, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in downtown Mobile. All are welcomed and admission is free. (Pedestrian advocates from the entire Gulf Region are encouraged to attend.) No RSVP is necessary.

The author of "American Idle" will also be a featured attraction of Healthy Coastal Connections week. Mary Collins will hold a book reading on Friday, May 7, at 6 pm in Fairhope, Alabama. The following day, Mary will facilitate a dialogue with area cyclists and pedestrians about road safety, and lead a bicycle ride. For more about "American Idle" see: http://www.bikewalk.org/index_amidle.php

NCBW has partnered with Smart Coast (Fairhope, AL) through the Active Living Resource Center to affect policy change to support walking and bicycling in the Mobile Bay area, and throughout the adjacent counties of Mobile and Baldwin. Smart Coast has framed this as a legacy project, to make the region safer and better connected so that every year more people and more children can and will walk and bicycle to anywhere they want to in the region. It is about creating a more sustainable future for the region and reversing childhood obesity and knowing that it will take deliberate and sustained action.

For more on the Healthy Coastal Connections Project see:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/currentprojects2.php

For more on our local partner, Smart Coast, see: http://tinyurl.com/mq5gsz

JEFF PARISH (LA) SCHOOLS LAUNCH OBESITY CAMPAIGN

-> According to an Apr. 18th New Orleans Times-Picayune article, "The Jefferson Parish public school system has formed a partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to combat childhood obesity. The Coordinated School Health Initiative launches next month in six schools and eventually will be replicated throughout the system."

"'The program began under the premise that unless a child is physically, mentally, socially and emotionally healthy, they won't learn at their maximum capacity,' said Holly Howat, project director. Beginning in early May, officials will use a program called Fitnessgram to assess students' aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. The scores will be used to establish a baseline and identify interventions, Howat said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28wkw2w
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Title: "Jeff schools launch child-obesity initiative"
Author(s): Barri Bronston

TUPELO, HERNANDO (MS) EMBRACE COMPLETE STREETS

-> According to an Apr. 7th Clarion Ledger article, "Tupelo and Hernando adopted Complete Streets legislation Tuesday night, the first cities in Mississippi. Complete Streets resolutions are pledges to ensure roads are built and maintained for more than just automobile drivers but for cyclists, pedestrians and people using other alternative modes of transportation. 'I’m proud of our city council’s unanimous support of this initiative as we pro-actively change Tupelo’s culture into a more walkable, cyclist-friendly community,' Tupelo Mayor Jack Reed said in a news release. 'I’m proud of Hernando, too. This is good for our whole state's quality of life."

"Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson added: 'This policy will create a safer and healthier environment for all of the citizens of Hernando.' Cities across the country have adopted Complete Streets resolutions, but the idea is rather new to Mississippi. Pelahatchie and Ridgeland are looking at Complete Streets legislation, too. Mayor Knox Ross said the Central Mississippi Planning & Development District is studying the town’s zoning regulations now. 'When you rebuild streets, it’s important to consider pedestrians,' Ross said. 'The idea is we ought to get more people hoofing it a little more. If you give people the opportunity, you will see it more.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ydxachq
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Title: "Tupelo, Hernando adopt Complete Streets legislation"
Author: Justin Fritscher

Via Complete Street News: http://tinyurl.com/26rdprs

NEW YORK CITY'S TWO-WHEELED TRIBES

-> In an Apr. 24th New York Times City Room blog entry, J. David Goodman wrote, "On New York’s hurried streets, one passing cyclist can appear no different from another. But cyclists are hardly a monolithic subculture -- more like a collection of finely divided sub-subcultures, each with its own uniform, lingo and attitude toward the bicycle’s place in the urban landscape."

"Bike messengers continue to hold their place as iconic New York riders, but Transportation Alternatives, a group that advocates cycling, walking and public transit, counted only 1,700 of them last year; there are about twice as many food deliverers on two wheels in the five boroughs, according to the group. And both those tribes account for a small fraction of the 185,000 New Yorkers said to commute by bicycle, to say nothing of those who ride for exercise or road-trip on weekends..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/27oq6la
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Title: "Two-Wheeled Tribes"
Author(s): J. DAVID GOODMAN

CL caught up with our own Sharon Roerty, NCBW Executive Director, who was on a NYC walkabout this past Saturday. "The City has become a weekend vacationland for pedestrians and bicyclists. Everywhere I went from Times Square to Houston Street was awash in people on foot and on bikes. The bike and foot paths on the west side along the Hudson River are overwhelmingly popular. The bike lane on 9th Avenue is a great facility. I skipped the High Line only because I could see from the street that it was like the mall on Christmas eve."

PORTLAND (OR) PRODUCES CYCLE TRACK VIDEO

-> An Apr. 15th San Francisco Bicycle Coalition blog entry suggests, "Check out this cool video (a mix of live action and animations) about the benefits of cycle tracks, separated bike lanes between sidewalks and parked cars, and buffered bike lanes. In this video, Portland’s Transportation Policy Director Catherine Ciarlo tells just how they all work to create streets that are more efficient and safer for people on bikes and in cars..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24fplaj

Via the MCBC Weekly Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/2byrt9h

MINNEAPOLIS HEADS BICYCLING'S BIKE-FRIENDLY CITIES LIST

-> According to the Apr. 22nd edition of Minnesota Active Living Network News, "More than 120 miles of bikeways, many bike amenities and a strong, vibrant bicycling community have prompted Bicycling magazine to name Minneapolis America's best bike city. 'I was so excited by this news, I overinflated my bike tires,' Mayor R.T. Rybak said. 'We've come a long way from when the first bike lanes were striped on our streets back in the 1970s. Biking is now a more attractive and effective way of getting around town, thanks to an ongoing partnership between the City and County governments, the country's best coalition of nonprofits and tens of thousands of active bikers.'"

"In Bicycling magazine's May edition, Minneapolis is noted for having a large and supportive biking community. The article also mentions the extensive infrastructure in place for cyclists here, including bike-pedestrian bridges, greenways and a bike-share program that will begin this year. 'We have created a comprehensive transportation plan, Access Minneapolis, and bicycling is a big part of that,' said Council Member Sandy Colvin Roy, who chairs the Transportation and Public Works committee. 'Bicycling is more than recreation. It's also a good, economical and healthy way to get around town.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2e867qy

Via: http://tinyurl.com/28ksm79

For the map and national results, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ykogp5s

LONG ISLAND SENATORS JOIN PUSH FOR SAFER STREETS

-> According to an article in the Apr. 20th edition of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign's Mobilizing the Region, "NY State Senator Craig Johnson stood up for safer streets on Monday, agreeing to co-sponsor state complete streets legislation (SB5711/A8587) after participating in a 'walkability audit' in New Hyde Park with AARP volunteers, New Hyde Park Village Trustee Donald Barbieri and Village Treasurer Patrick Farrell, and advocates from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Vision Long Island, and other groups."

"The proposed bill would enable safe access to public roads for all users by requiring that roads include 'complete street design features' like sidewalks, paved shoulders, and crosswalks. Sen. Johnson will join seven other Senate co-sponsors, including Senator Brian Foley, the only other Long Island co-sponsor of either the Assembly or Senate bills. Long Island is home to the two most dangerous roads in the region for pedestrians, according to a TSTC analysis..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2aesk9d

DENVER'S NEW BIKE-SHARE PROGRAM A ROLL MODEL

-> According to an Apr. 8th Post article, "Denver is ready to roll out the nation's most comprehensive bike-share program, but first, hundreds of volunteers need to sign up to help launch it. Earth Day 2010 -- April 22 -- will be a fitting opening day for Denver's B-cycle. Riders will pay a small fee to access hundreds of bikes at 38 kiosks placed at high-traffic sites near bus stops and light-rail stations in downtown Denver, as well as the Cherry Creek, University of Denver, Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle neighborhoods. But bring your own helmet."

"Denver needs up to 400 volunteers to help out, but interested parties must act fast. The deadline for filling out an online application at bikedenver.org is tonight. B-cyle intends to be 'multimodal.' The idea: Leave your car at home, take a light rail or bus into the city, then bike to work or other errands. Reverse it to get back home. Denver's launch with an expected 400 bikes will make it the first large-scale bike-sharing program in the nation, on par with international programs in Paris and Montreal. Washington's bike-sharing program has 100 bikes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fvbbh9
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Title: "B-cycle bike-share program makes Denver a roll model"
Author(s): Sheba R. Wheeler
Via Bicycle Colorado: http://tinyurl.com/69evex

ATLANTA'S UNSAFE CROSSINGS TO BUS STOPS

-> According to an Apr. 23th PEDS Blog entry, "Many multi-lane roads in metro Atlanta lack safe crossings to bus stops. Roads like Buford Highway, Memorial Drive, Singleton Road, Roswell Road, Tara Boulevard and others simply lack crosswalks or traffic lights where folks can cross to or from a bus stop. People have no option but to risk their lives crossing wherever and however they can..."

"Recent data from the Atlanta Regional Commission shows that 48% of all pedestrian crashes in metro Atlanta occur within 300 feet of a bus stop. One in four pedestrian crashes is within 100 feet of a bus stop. PEDS is demanding solutions. On April 20 PEDS gathered 29 representatives of transportation agencies to discuss -- and experience -- the lack of safe crossings to bus stops on multi-lane roads. We had everyone cross Roswell Road to see for themselves how hazardous it can be..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ee8a6a [watch the videos on the web page]

KANSAS TRAIL GROUP RECEIVES $25K GRANT

-> According to the Apr. 13th edition of Kansas Trail News, "Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy has received a $25,000 grant from the Tawani Foundation to build the Flint Hills Nature Trail from Ottawa to Pomona (town). The funds will be used to install a crushed limestone surface and rail and deck bridges. The trail segment passes north of the Chippewa Hills and Jesse James Cave. Once the section is complete (and Ottawa completes its segment), there will be a continuous stretch between Osawatomie and Pomona for the enjoyment of hikers, bikers and equestrians..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y676do6

STEVENSVILLE (MT) BOOSTERS RAISE SIDEWALK $$

-> According to a Mar. 18th Ravalli Republic article, "In just a few short weeks community boosters in Stevensville have raised more than $67,000 which will be used as a matching grant for major pedestrian improvements to downtown. Money was raised in amounts both modest and impressive from a broad cross-section of residents, associations and businesses, said Cinda Holt from the Stevensville Main Street Association, and includes donations from Main Street business owners, the community foundation, the town council and NorthWestern Energy."

"'It came from every conceivable corner,' Holt said. The funds qualify the association for up to about $432,000 in state transportation enhancement program grants which are allocated by the county. The $500,000 in total funds will be used to build bulb-outs, bike lanes, crosswalks and wider sidewalks in an area of downtown along Main Street from First to Fourth streets. The bike lane will be on an adjacent side street..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y3rf3jr
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Title: "Stevi boosters raise money for sidewalks"
Author(s): Jeff Schmerker


THE RESEARCH BEAT

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN BOOST ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

-> According to an Apr. 15th USA Today article, "Going to PE class and recess can be a win-win situation for students. Physical activity improves kids' fitness and lowers their risk of obesity. And now a government review of research shows that children who take breaks from classwork to be physically active during the school day are often better able to concentrate on their school work and may do better on standardized tests. In many schools, physical education classes and recess have been squeezed out because of increasing educational demands and tough financial times."

"'Some shortsighted people thought that cutting back on time spent on physical education to spend more time drilling for tests would improve test scores,' says Howell Wechsler, director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'But there are a lot of studies that show that more time for PE and other physical activity help improve academic performance.'"

"He and colleagues reviewed 50 studies that examined the effect of school-based physical activity on academic performance. Half of the findings showed positive associations; half showed no effect, but virtually none of the research showed any harm. The findings [were] released Wednesday..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y285weh
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Title: "Research: Physical activity can boost academic performance"
Author: Nanci Hellmich
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/27hhwlx

RESEARCH DISPELS MYTHS ABOUT RURAL FITNESS

-> According to an Apr. 17th AP story, "From hiking and biking to skiing and shoveling snow, staying physically active in rural northern New England might sound like a cinch. But researchers who have begun exploring how to promote healthy living in rural communities are digging beneath that scenic surface. 'From the outside looking in, you say, "Oh, they don't need a park, they have the woods." But the woods can be as much of a deterrent to being physically active as a freeway, depending on how you look at it,' said Barbara McCahan, director of the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities at Plymouth State University."

"The New Hampshire school is one of a handful of universities looking at ways to encourage active living, health and wellness in rural places. Researchers say the work is important because people living in rural communities are at greater risk for obesity, and past research focused on cities and suburbs has often produced conclusions that are a poor fit for rural towns. Adding sidewalks and bike paths so children can exercise on their way to school makes sense in cities and suburbs, but those aren't realistic options in a rural town where the school is on the outskirts, said David Hartley, director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/267dn94
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Title: "Research dispels myths about rural fitness"
Author: Holly Ramer
Via Minnesota Active Living Network: http://tinyurl.com/23snnkt

OBESITY EPIDEMIC THREATENING NATIONAL SECURITY

-> According to an Apr. 20th USA Today article, "About three-quarters of today's young adults, ages 17 to 24, would be unable to join the military if they wanted to because they are either too heavy, didn't graduate from high school, have criminal records or have other health problems, says Mission: Readiness, Military Leaders for Kids, a non-profit group of 130 retired generals, admirals and other senior military leaders. They are advocating for policies that would help young Americans get ready to serve. The leading medical reason why so many young people are unqualified to serve: A fourth of adults in this age group -- at least 9 million young men and women -- are too heavy, according to military entry standards, the group says in its new report, Too Fat to Fight..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y4p5bwh
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Title: "Facing unfit recruits, military leaders target food in schools"
Author: Nanci Hellmich


QUOTES R US

-> "Part of Free-Range Kids is the idea that once kids spend some time in nature, they end up loving it and wanting to spend more time there."
-- Lenore Skenazy, author of "Free-Range Kids"

http://tinyurl.com/2bzayh5

-> "Supermarkets surrounded by acres of asphalt. Push-wagons heavily loaded with groceries wheeled out, the haul stashed in car trunks. Always a drive -- often several miles -- to get food. We perfected the buy-and-drive model from the post-World War II expansion onward. But is it necessarily the future? No, asserts my Seattle friend and urban design planner, Mark Hinshaw. He sees a dramatically transformed role for supermarkets. They’ll actually become the anchors of new and walkable neighborhoods..."
-- Neal Peirce, Citywire.net

http://tinyurl.com/2b3ng8y

-> "What if mistakes in urban design and policy could be 'recalled' -- just like a broken gas pedal on a Toyota? City streets turned dangerous speedways declared obsolete and dangerous? Local zoning codes shelved where they bar the building of livable, walkable communities? Blank, dull building walls sent back to their unthinking architects for a second, smarter try?..."
-- Jay Walljasper, Citywire.net

http://tinyurl.com/2d8zcwb


STATS R US

DUTCH STUDY: 30% CO2 REDUCTION WITH 50MPH HWY LIMIT

-> According to an Apr. 19th Transport & Environment article, "Research by the respected Dutch consultancy CE Delft has shown that carbon dioxide emissions from road transport could be reduced by 30% if motorway speed limits in the Netherlands were set at 80 km/h."

"The research, undertaken for the NGO Milieudefensie, estimates the optimum long-term reduction as 2.8 million tonnes of CO2 for passenger cars, and a further 0.2mt for delivery vans. The reduction assumes a uniform limit of 80 km/h which is strictly enforced. Less drastic tightening of speed limits result in emissions cuts of 8-21%..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bs42op (231KB PDF)

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

STREETCARS POISED FOR A DRAMATIC COMEBACK

-> According to the April-May issue of New Urban News, "Up to 22 US cities could be laying track within two years. Thanks to the Obama Administration, streetcars may soon be reintroduced into many cities that haven’t had them for more than 50 years. Since the middle of last year, the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have largely reversed policies of President George W. Bush that favored bus rapid transit and made it difficult to spend federal funds to build streetcar lines. Twenty-two cities around the country have plans for streetcar lines that could go into construction within two years, Rick Gustafson, executive director of Portland Streetcar Inc. in Oregon, told a 1000 Friends of Connecticut conference in March..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y6ene3z


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Walking Master Class - process and outcomes from Whitehorse, YT; Hamilton, ON; Kelowna, BC; and Moncton, NB"

Date: April 29, 12:30 EST

Presenters: Jacky Kennedy, Director, Canada Walks.

Host: Green Communities Canada

Cost: None

Registration Email: asrts@sympatico.ca/?subject=Canada%20Walk%20Webinar%20registration

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

WEBINAR: "Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach Web Briefing"

Date: May 25, 2010, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: James M. Daisa, P.E., Kimley Horn and Associates and John Norquist Congress for the New Urbanism

Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers

Cost: $100 ITE Member/ $175 Non-member/$50 Student Chapter Member

Info: http://tinyurl.com/25jb26j

Notes: Note: Credits: 1.5 PDH/ Pending Approval AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity.


RESOURCES

-> "POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, WALKING AND WELL-BEING..."
...Can walking school buses survive a policy of school closures?;" article by Catherine O'Brien and Paul J. Tranter; World Transport Policy & Practice; Volume 15, Number 4; Eco-Logica Ltd.; ISSN 1352-7614. March 2010 (829KB PDF)
http://tinyurl.com/23vqez2

-> "SAVING MONEY AND TIME WITH ACTIVE SCHOOL TRAVEL""
Report by Green Communities Canada, Peterborough, ON. March 2010 (1.4MB PDF)
http://tinyurl.com/2ebkc23

-> "USING AN EVENT-TRIGGERED VIDEO INTERVENTION SYSTEM..."
"...to Expand the Supervised Learning of Newly Licensed Adolescent Drivers;"article by Carney, McGehee, Lee, Reyes & Raby; University of Iowa; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.165829. Apr 15, 2010 (Abstract & link to article purchase)
http://tinyurl.com/24e7ouf

-> "LEVERAGING THE PARTNERSHIP: DOT, HUD, AND EPA..."
"...Programs for Sustainable Communities;" a guide by USDOT, HUD, & EPA to funding sources and other resources to support local efforts "to promite livable and sustainable communities." April 2010 (2.2,MB PDF)
http://tinyurl.com/2etsv2m

-> "WHEN ONTARIO BIKES, ONTARIO BENEFITS..."
"...A Green Paper for an Ontario Bicycling Policy;" by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. March 2010 (1.9MB PDF)
http://tinyurl.com/2egqauu

-> "LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY INVESTMENTS..."
"...in Fast Food;" article by Mohan, McCormick, Woolhandler, Himmelstein, Boyd; Harvard Medical School; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.178020. Apr 15, 2010 (Abstract & link to article purchase)
http://tinyurl.com/29kolxk

-> "TRAJECTORIES OF CHANGE IN OBESITY AND SYMPTOMS OF..."
"...Depression: The CARDIA Study;" article by Needham, Epel, Adler & Kiefe; UAB + UCSF; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.172809. Apr 15, 2010 (Abstract & link to article purchase)
http://tinyurl.com/25w3djm

-> "BMI AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG AT-RISK SIXTH- AND..."
"...Ninth-Grade Students, Hillsborough County, Florida, 2005-2006;" article by Agazzi, Armstrong, Bradley-Klug, University of South Florida; Preventing Chronic Disease, Volume 7: No. 3, May 2010
http://tinyurl.com/2dxfw2x


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 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 21, 2010, Bike to Work Day, Baltimore (MD) Region. Info: Stephanie Yanovitz, Baltimore Metropolitan Council; phone: (410) 732-0500 x1055; email: syanovitz@baltometro.org
http://tinyurl.com/25coqah

-> 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 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

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- 3RD ST CTR (CARBONDALE CO)

The Executive Director will begin as a part-time position with the potential to become full-time. S/he will work with a Facility Manager and Tenant Advisory Committee to manage day-to-day operations and provide oversight of Third Street including development, leasing, and implementation of programs. S/he will report to the Board of Directors and assist in its governance of the organization. Development and leasing experience desired but not required.

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/24d8xy4

-> JOB -- BIKE/PED TRAIL PLANNER -- CITY OF BENTONVILLE, AR

Department/Location: Parks/Rec

Hiring Salary Range: $43,363-$62,587 D.O.E

Job Summary: Develops and administers comprehensive plans and programs for the design, development, and use of bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the City of Bentonville.

Minimum Requirements: Four year college or university program degree in urban planning or landscape architecture (or similar academic field) and four (4) plus years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Eligible for and pursing certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or similar professional certification institute. Must have a valid drivers license.

For complete description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2743bmf

Download application here: http://tinyurl.com/29ps9g7

-> 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


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