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#253 Wednesday, May 12, 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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- PWPB® 2010 Chattanooga Early Bird Registration Ends May 31st
----- ALRC’s Organizing for Regional Change Project Celebrates Year 1
----- Childhood Obesity Task Force Unveils Action Plan
----- May is National Bike Month
----- ALR Rapid-Response Call for Proposals Released
----- Free Online Conference on Pedestrian Access
----- APBP Releases Updated Bike Parking Guidelines
----- Tom Vanderbilt Talks "Traffic"
----- Bikes Belong Awards $50,000 in Grants
----- Clif Bar Sponsors Competition to Encourage Bicycling
----- Vancouver (BC) Pushes $25M Bike Lane Plan
----- AASHTO Supports U.S. Bicycle Route System
----- The Boundaries of Home for Kids

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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----- Mich. DOT Honors Detroit's Mexicantown with Ped Bridge
----- Illinois Ped Safety Bill on Way to Gov's Desk
----- Kansas Leg. Bans Texting While Driving
----- Bicycle Coalition of Maine Releases New PSAs
----- City Repair Bares All at Village Building Convergence
----- League of Illinois Bicyclists Offers Seminars
----- Springfield (MO) Among Bike Friendly Awardees

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----- Stigmatizing Obese People Counterproductive
----- Study: 52% of Louisiana Kids Overweight, Obese
----- Unintended Consequences of Cul-De-Sacs
----- Warmer Planet to Stress Humans
----- Bicycles and the ‘Immigrant Effect’

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- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PWPB® 2010 CHATTANOOGA EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 31ST

-> The very best registration rates for NCBW’s Pro Walk / Pro Bike® Chattanooga are available now through May 31, 2010. If you are a first timer go to conference website at www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/ where you can look at our conference history page and get more information on this year’s event. We are anticipating a crowd of 800 or more walking and cycling advocates, transportation agency staff members, planners, engineers, public health professionals and elected officials converging on the Chattanooga Marriott and Convention Center, September 13 – 17. The opening reception for Pro Walk / Pro Bike® will be held on Monday, September 13, at 6:30 PM; the closing plenary will be on Thursday, from noon until 2:00 PM. Monday morning the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will hold its annual meeting. Other special interest meetings are lining up for Monday as well. On Thursday after the PWPB® closing session America Walks will be hosting the Equal Footing Summit to raise awareness and build momentum for a concerted national walking movement. The summit will be led by Mark Fenton. The Local Host Committee is also planning special tours and mobile workshops throughout the week, so come early and stay late.

The full conference program will not be available until July. However we can tell you that speakers and presenters will include officials and policy makers from the Federal Highway Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As well as Dan Burden, Michael Ronkin, Mia Birk, Dr. Gregory Heath (former lead health scientist in the Physical Activity and Health Branch, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Dr. Rodney Tolley (Director of Walk 21) and many other leaders in transportation, public health and the environment.

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

ALRC’S ORGANIZING FOR REGIONAL CHANGE PROJECT CELEBRATES YEAR 1

-> ALRC’s Organizing for Regional Change Project Celebrates Year 1

The ALRC and our local partners, Smart Coast, concluded Year 1 of the Healthy Coastal Connections Project with a fourth visit to the Mobile (AL) area. Highlights of the week included hosting author Mary Collins, whose book (American Idle) has been featured in the pages of CenterLines, and "Dangerous by Design" author David Goldberg, who headlined the pedestrian safety summit we convened in Mobile, with the help of AARP’s Alabama Chapter. Also included in the week’s activities was an event we called "Close Encounters" which brought together area cyclists who had survived crashes with drivers, for a conversation about how we can improve road safety.

"We had a heavy week: all eyes were focused on the Bay, awaiting the arrival of the oil spill, and we were working with survivors of bicycle/car crashes," said Mark Plotz, of the Active Living Resource Center. "There were moments of levity: Smart Coast lead a ‘Smart Walk to School’ and for the last walk of the school year, kids could bring their dogs. Two schools participated and there were well over 100 kids walking that morning. The local Staples offered a $50 gift card to the teacher whose class had the best participation, so that incentive and the dogs really helped boost turnout. On a sad note, there seemed to be something of a pet inactivity epidemic: only about half the dogs made it home under their own power."

For more about the ALRC’s week in the Mobile Bay area and the Healthy Coastal Connections project, explore the links below:

Local press coverage in the Mobile Press-Register:

-- "Transportation advocate urges Mobile to make streets safer for bicyclists, pedestrians"
Source: http://tinyurl.com/299qv2y

-- "Walking, biking advocacy events planned"
Source: http://tinyurl.com/27cx3v9

Learn more about local partner Smart Coast: http://tinyurl.com/mq5gsz

Read more about American Idle:
http://www.bikewalk.org/index_amidle.php

Read more about the Healthy Coastal Connections Project:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/currentprojects2.php

CHILDHOOD OBESITY TASK FORCE UNVEILS ACTION PLAN

-> According to a May 11th White House news release, "Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes and members of the Childhood Obesity Task Force to unveil the Task Force action plan: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation. In conjunction with the release of the action plan, Cabinet Members and Administration Officials will hold events across the country to highlight the importance of addressing childhood obesity."

"'For the first time, the nation will have goals, benchmarks, and measureable outcomes that will help us tackle the childhood obesity epidemic one child, one family, and one community at a time,' Mrs. Obama said. 'We want to marshal every resource -- public and private sector, mayors and governors, parents and educators, business owners and health care providers, coaches and athletes -- to ensure that we are providing each and every child the happy, healthy future they deserve.'"

"The action plan defines solving the problem of childhood obesity in a generation as returning to a childhood obesity rate of just 5 percent by 2030, which was the rate before childhood obesity first began to rise in the late 1970s. In total, the report presents a series of 70 specific recommendations, many of which can be implemented right away..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/33rgm9w

MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

-> According to the May 10th American Bicyclist Update, "May is Bike Month, and their are tons of events nationwide (check out events in your area*). The weather is welcoming, so now is time to encourage your friends, family and co-workers to bike to work, school and for errands. Bike to Work Week is May 17-21 and Bike to Work day is Friday, the 21st. If you have a website, newsletter, etc. feel free to use the League's promotional materials,** like our Bike Month banners, logos and buttons. Help make every month Bike Month!"

*For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3zze6l

**For promotional materials, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2omunn

ALR RAPID-RESPONSE CALL FOR PROPOSALS RELEASED

-> According to a May 5th Robert Wood Johnson Foundation news release, Active Living Research has released a Call for Proposals for funding under the "Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity" program. The program "places special emphasis on reaching children and youths ages 3 to 18 who are at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian and Asian/Pacific Islander children, as well as children who live in under-resourced and lower-income communities."

The call for proposals will support "opportunistic, time-sensitive studies on emerging or anticipated changes in physical activity-related policies or environments. Rapid-response grants are expected to accelerate progress toward policy and environmental strategies to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. For maximum impact, studies should be completed in as short a time frame as realistically possible, and results disseminated using methods designed to reach local, state or national decision-makers in time to help inform key policy decisions. Detailed results of these studies, including methodologies and data analyses, along with the outcome of the efforts to reach policy audiences, also should be subsequently reported in peer-reviewed publications. Letters of intent may be submitted until July 1, 2011"

More info: http://tinyurl.com/27mgkjq

FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE ON PEDESTRIAN ACCESS

-> According to the May 3rd PBIC News Brief, "Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) will present an online conference on Pedestrian Access, another in ESPA's series of Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation, scheduled for three free, 90-minute sessions May 18-20. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is co-hosting the online conference with ESPA and the National Center on Senior Transportation."

Session 1: "Policy, Design and Importance of Accessible Pedestrian Environments for Livable Communities;" presenters: Jana Lynott (AARP Public Policy Institute) & Scott Windley (US Access Board); May 18, 2-3:30 pm EDT

Session 2: "Making Streets Accessible to All;" presenter: Michael Ronkin (Consultant); May 19, 2-3:30 pm EDT

Session 3: "The Power of 25;" presenter: Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group); May 20, 2-3:30 pm EDT

Registrants can participate in any combination of sessions that they choose, but only one registration is required. For details and to register, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2e7g7x2

APBP RELEASES UPDATED BIKE PARKING GUIDELINES

-> According to a May 10th news release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announces an updated edition of its flagship publication, Bicycle Parking Guidelines. The rapid growth of bicycling, particularly in urban areas, has spurred many innovations in the field of bicycle parking. The new guide addresses the varied parking needs of both commuter and recreational cyclists with expanded guidance on long-term and sheltered parking, as well as event parking, in-street bicycle parking, and bicycle transit centers..."

For details (and to purchase copies), go to: http://tinyurl.com/qf3f62

TOM VANDERBILT TALKS "TRAFFIC"

-> According to an Apr. 27th StreetFilmsblog entry, "Whether you're a transportation geek or just curious about why people do the things they do behind the wheel, Tom Vanderbilt's 'Traffic' is one of the most fascinating books you can open up. Tom, who also writes the excellent blog 'How We Drive,' was kind enough to drop by the Streetfilms office for a conversation about his vast research into the world of car and driver..."

Check out the interview: http://tinyurl.com/24xpkvu

Via MCBC eNews (http://tinyurl.com/2f8bxrh) and SFBC Biker Bulletin (http://tinyurl.com/2c2rhg4)

BIKES BELONG AWARDS $50,000 IN GRANTS

-> According to a May 4th news release, "Bikes Belong is thrilled to award funding to six great projects in our Spring 2010 grant cycle. These grants—reaching from Alaska to Florida, and California to Pennsylvania, with Kentucky and South Dakota in between—will help create better places to ride, while leveraging federal funding and building momentum for bicycling nationwide. The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by our Employee Pro Purchase Program. Thanks to participating members and their employees for making these awards possible."

Projects funded include:

  • $10,000 to CicLAvia (Los Angeles, CA) to launch LA's first Ciclovia (temporary event closing street to autos).
  • $10,000 to the Town of Bethlehem, PA to help build a world-class BMX/skatepark in downtown.
  • $10,000 to 21st Century Parks (Louisville, KY) to build a stacked mountain-bike loop in the Floyds Fork Greenway.
  • $5,000 to the Black Hills Mountain Bike Association to build 10 miles of singletrack at Skyline Wilderness Park in downtown Rapid City (SD).
  • $5,000 to Alaska Trails to help construct 8 miles of singletrack in the Fairbanks area.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bmt8go

CLIF BAR SPONSORS COMPETITION TO ENCOURAGE BICYCLING

-> To underline their commitment to climate change and bicycle advocacy for all ages, Clif Bar (maker of organic snacks and drinks) is giving away $100,000 to three nonprofit organizations: the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Trips for Kids, and the Alliance for Climate Education. Each organization will receive an automatic $25,000 grant.

Interested? If so, your role will be to select a team (i.e., organization), sign up, and "pedal your way in the 2 Mile Challenge. In so doing, you will earn points for yourself and your team. And it’s easy to log your trips by bike on the competition website, through your web-enabled smartphone and/or Twitter. The team with the most points on October 31st, 2010, earns its organization a bonus grant, bringing one lucky organization a take-home check of $50,000."

Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/22snvyp

VANCOUVER (BC) PUSHES $25M BIKE LANE PLAN

-> According to a May 6th Sun article, "Vancouver is proposing to invest $25 million in additional bike paths over the next two years as part of the city's ambitious goal to become the world's greenest city by 2020. A city report on a proposed 10-year Cycling Master Plan, which will go to council Thursday, calls for another 55 kilometres of bike lanes and routes around Vancouver..."

"The additional bike paths and routes would give Vancouver a 415-kilometre bike-route network and help the city reach its target of having 10 per cent of all urban trips in Vancouver made by bicycle by 2020, Mayor Gregor Robertson said. Right now, only 3.7 per cent of trips, or 60,000 trips a day, in Vancouver are made by bike on average, although some neighbourhoods boast up to 12 per cent..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/246okea
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Title: "Vancouver pushes $25-million plan for more bike lanes"
Author: Kelly Sinoski

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/2529fhu

AASHTO SUPPORTS U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM

-> In a May 6th news release, the Adventure Cycling Association announced that "the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Center for Environmental Excellence is providing Adventure Cycling $5,000 to assist states with route selection, mapping, and the technical aspects associated with the development of a U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS)."

"'We are pleased to contribute funds that will provide technical support and other resources to the states as they work to create a U.S. Bicycle Route System,' said John Horsley, AASHTO executive director. 'Adventure Cycling has been a partner with AASHTO on this important project for the past five years and were it not for their efforts we could not have come this far.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bynn9b

THE BOUNDARIES OF HOME FOR KIDS

-> In an Apr. 29th Playborhood article, Mike Lanza, Founder and Chief Play Officer of Playborhood.com, asked, "'Where do you feel your home extends to?' This is the question David Appleyard asked residents of three streets in San Francisco in the early 1950s in his book, Livable Streets...Many residents of [a] light-traffic street feel that their 'home boundary' is the entire block. Meanwhile, residents of the heavy-traffic street all perceive this home boundary to be limited to their building or their apartment. One commented, 'Just my apartment, not even that.' Most people today would agree with the heavy-traffic folks."

"They would say, 'Our home is limited to whatever’s inside our house’s walls.' I realized recently, though, that, at least in the minds of our older two boys (5-1/2 and 2-1/2), our home extends well beyond the walls of our house...Our boys freely and regularly roam well beyond its walls. Their natural border even extends beyond our yard. They frequent all front yards of the properties two to our left and right, plus the sidewalks and part of the street in front of all these properties, plus the entire house and back yard to our left (they frequently run in and out of there), plus two back yards behind us..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24f9kcz


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

MICH. DOT HONORS DETROIT'S MEXICANTOWN WITH PED BRIDGE

-> According to a May 5th Michigan DOT news release, "The city of Detroit has a brand new landmark and tourist attraction -- the award-winning Mexicantown Bagley Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and Plaza. This state-of-the-art cable-stayed bridge, part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) $230 million I-75 Gateway Project, is the first of its kind in the state. The 407-foot-long structure spans I-75 and I-96, two of southeast Michigan's busiest freeways, and has reconnected Mexicantown, one of southwest Detroit's oldest neighborhoods."

"Mexicantown has been divided since I-75 was built in the area in the late 1970s. Today, U.S. and Mexican government representatives, along with visitors from across the state, joined Mexicantown residents to mark the opening of the new pedestrian bridge and to unveil the two stunning new works of art that grace the bridge's eastern plaza. The event, co-sponsored by MDOT, the Southwest Detroit Business Association, and the Detroit Consulate of Mexico, also marked Cinco de Mayo and 200 years of Mexican independence..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/22vqaer

ILLINOIS PED SAFETY BILL ON WAY TO GOV'S DESK

-> According to the May 7th edition of Traffic Signals, the newsletter of the Active Transportation Alliance, "Advocates for safe and accessible transportation are celebrating the Illinois Assembly’s passage of HB 43, a measure that will drastically improve pedestrian safety in Illinois."

"The bill, championed by Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Luis Arroyo, will require drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks -- even those that are unmarked or don’t have a stop sign or traffic light. Until now, Illinois law required drivers to yield and stop only when necessary. That language has lead to confusion among drivers and pedestrians, and it’s made enforcement difficult..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fayg22

KANSAS LEG. BANS TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

-> According to a May 11th KMBC-TV story, "Kansas lawmakers passed a ban on texting while driving late Monday night, but will the change in the law make us safer? University of Kansas associate psychology professor Paul Atchley said the new law probably will not stop people from texting while they drive. Atchley is conducting research among KU students and said 95 percent admit they text and drive at the same time."

"'It's going to take a change in the social norms before they stop,' Atchley said. He pointed out that drunken-driving laws have been on the books since 1917, but it was not until groups like Mother's Against Drunk Driving and others launched media and education campaigns that behavior changed. The new law carries a $100 fine..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23gedck
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Title: "Will Kansas Texting Ban Make Us Safer?"
Author: Staff

Via the Kansas Transportation Online Community: http://tinyurl.com/25gx4un

BICYCLE COALITION OF MAINE RELEASES NEW PSAS

-> According to a May 3rd news release, "The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has created two new public service announcements about bicycle safety, with funding from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. One raises awareness about the Maine law requiring motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing cyclists. The other stresses the importance of wearing bicycle helmets..."

"Since 1992, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine has been advocating for bicycling safety, education, and access. Our Share the Road Campaign aims to educate both bicyclists and motorists about safe, responsible driving. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine partners with state and federal agencies and media outlets throughout Maine on Share the Road educational campaigns to make the state’s roadways safer for both bicyclists and motorists..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/275efw5

Link to PSAs: http://tinyurl.com/22v292x

CITY REPAIR BARES ALL AT VILLAGE BUILDING CONVERGENCE

-> Want to learn from the folks who brought you the famous Portland (OR) "intersection repair" project? Check out City Repair’s 10th Annual Village Building Convergence and see how that idea has grown wildly over the years. The Convergence includes 25 placemaking sites all over the city. Participants will create benches, community kiosks, gardens, street paintings, tile mosaics, and more! The purpose is to "bring to life the natural building, permaculture, and public art projects" that Portland's creative folks been planning for the last 4 months.

Participants will learn urban sustainability and social regeneration skills "while celebrating the creativity and diversity of our wonderful city!..."

Dates: May 28th to June 6th

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2dtap5s

LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS BICYCLISTS OFFERS SEMINARS

-> In a May 10th message, Executive Director Ed Barsotti wrote, "The League of Illinois Bicyclists recently completed a series of eleven 2.5-hour 'Introduction to Bicycle Planning' seminars throughout the state, with assistance from LYKAH Consulting. A total of 500 municipal planners, engineers, consultants and others attended, from 125 towns and other units of government."

"Most attendees had no prior training on bicycle infrastructure or other bike issues. Topics included car/bike interactions, national standards, best practices, planning tools, 'political' issues and policy techniques, tips on available funding sources, and implementation strategies. Continuing education and certification maintenance credits helped to draw professional planners and engineers."

"Support for the seminars came from an Alliance for Biking & Walking 'Advocacy Advance Grant,' funded by SRAM, Planet Bike, Bikes Belong, and Cannondale. Through its website and a ProWalk/ProBike presentation, LIB will now 'package' the seminar for advocacy groups and others to use..."

For more info (and slides and a video), go to: http://tinyurl.com/2d7rvu2

SPRINGFIELD (MO) AMONG BIKE FRIENDLY AWARDEES

-> According to a May 5th news release, "Springfield was among 16 communities that recently earned the title Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. Springfield earned the bronze level for its work in encouraging citizens to ride bicycles for fun and basic transportation. 'This is truly a momentous occasion,' said Bruce Adib-Yazdi, Chair of the Sustainable Transportation Advocacy Resource (STAR) Team, a committee of Ozark Greenways, Inc. 'While our advocacy team has been working hard on this for the past 10 years, it is still the first of many steps towards a community that embraces cycling as a choice to get around town.'..."

Source: Susan Wade, Public Relations Manager, Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau - swade@springfieldmo.org

For more on Bicycle Friendly Communities, go to: http://tinyurl.com/c9v78p


THE RESEARCH BEAT

STIGMATIZING OBESE PEOPLE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE

-> According to the abstract of an article in the June edition of the American Journal of Public Health, "Stigma and discrimination toward obese persons are pervasive and pose numerous consequences for their psychological and physical health. Despite decades of science documenting weight stigma, its public health implications are widely ignored. Instead, obese persons are blamed for their weight, with common perceptions that weight stigmatization is justifiable and may motivate individuals to adopt healthier behaviors..."

"On the basis of current findings, we propose that weight stigma is not a beneficial public health tool for reducing obesity. Rather, stigmatization of obese individuals threatens health, generates health disparities, and interferes with effective obesity intervention efforts. These findings highlight weight stigma as both a social justice issue and a priority for public health..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2dhg2zc

STUDY: 52% OF LOUISIANA KIDS OVERWEIGHT, OBESE

-> According to an Apr. 23rd Advocate article, "A pilot health study of more than 14,000 Louisiana schoolchildren found that one in two is classified as either obese or overweight, according to figures released Thursday by a University of Louisiana at Lafayette research center. The study, by the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning, was based on data gathered last year at schools in St. Martin, Caddo, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Ouachita and Sabine parishes."

"The obesity study used information collected by school staff about students’ body mass index, strength, endurance, flexibility and aerobic capacity, according to information from the Picard Center. Of the 14,305 students who were assessed, 47 percent were classified as healthy, 32 percent were classified as obese, 20 percent were classified as overweight and 1 percent were classified as underweight, according to the study. The study also found students tended to become less physically fit as they aged..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2euewlv
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Title: "Study: 1 in 2 school kids fat"
Author: Richard Burgess

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/272h3rm

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF CUL-DE-SACS

-> According to a May Harvard Business Review article, "Though suburban cul-de-sacs have long been attractive as quiet, safe places for families, their disadvantages are becoming clear. One of the biggest problems is interference with motor- and foot-traffic flow. Research by Lawrence Frank, Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia, looks at neighborhoods in King County, Washington: Residents in areas with the most interconnected streets travel 26% fewer vehicle miles than those in areas with many cul-de-sacs..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23t5u83
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Title: "The Unintended Consequences of Cul-de-sacs"
Author: Ania Wieckowski

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2ebcww9

WARMER PLANET TO STRESS HUMANS

-> According to a May 4th Discovery News article, "A large number of healthy people won't handle the heat if temperatures continue to increase into next century, predict researchers. The study, which appears in the recent issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also suggests heat could affect more land mass than rising sea levels."

"The human body maintains a constant core temperature of 98.6 degrees F (37 degrees c) by giving off excess heat through the skin. But, if the 'web-bulb' temperature of the air reaches 95 degrees F (35 degrees c), this heat dissipation stops, causing the body to retain heat, resulting in heat stress..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ac5k9m
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Title: "Warmer Planet To Stress Humans"
Author: Darren Osborne

BICYCLES AND THE ‘IMMIGRANT EFFECT’

-> According to an Apr. 25th Miller-McCune article, "Immigrants tend to be healthier than native-born Americans when they arrive in the United States, but within a generation that advantage is lost. A new study by UCLA doctoral candidate Michael Smart suggests one reason why. In the May issue of Transportation Policy he describes findings that new immigrants -- legal or not -- are twice as likely to travel by bicycle than native-born Americans.*"

The group most likely to bike? Low-income immigrants living in dense urban areas.

"Using the U.S.-based 2001 National Household Travel Survey, Smart analyzed the ridership rates for the small portion of trips Americans make by bike."

"Although in the National Household Travel Survey more foreign-born immigrants over the age of 26 had graduate or professional degrees than native-born Americans, there were also many more immigrants without a high school degree or equivalent than native-born respondents...Previous research found that, although Latino immigrants in California have similar travel needs to the native-born, they are more likely to use alternative modes of transportation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/289lvz7
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Title: "Bicycles and the ‘Immigrant Effect’"
Author: Elisabeth Best

*See listing for "US immigrants and bicycling..." in our Resources section.


QUOTES R US

-> "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring."
-- Desmond Tutu

http://tinyurl.com/23rdzop

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

MONTY PYTHON: BICYCLE REPAIRMAN!

http://tinyurl.com/6yp43c


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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: "Using CSS to Help Transportation Investments Foster Livability"

Date: May 18,2010 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Not listed

Host: National Highway Institute

Cost: none

Details (and registration): http://tinyurl.com/24yb2fd

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.

WEBINAR: "Ensuring Your Safe Routes to School Program Includes Children with Disabilities"

Date: May 25, 2010, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Amy Rauworth, National Center on Physical Activity and Disability; Jennifer Toole, National Center for SRTS, Toole Design Group; Melody Geraci, Active Transportation Alliance

Host: Safe Routes Coaching Action Network

Cost: none

Info: Michelle Gulley (mgulley@americawalks.org)

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/2erppf4

WEBINAR: "State DOTs' Role in Implementing Transportation Demand Management Programs"

Date: June 17, 2010, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Michael Grant, Kathleen Rooney (ICF International); Angelo Papastamos (Utah DOT); Sherree Davis (NJDOT); Phil Peevy (GADOT); moderator: Ryan Thompson, ICF International

Host: Transportation Research Board

Cost: None for Chairs of TRB Standing Committees, Sections, or Groups and employees of TRB Sponsors. Others: $99 per site

Info: Reggie Gillum - (rgillum@nas.edu) or or (202) 334-2382.

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/247ktwz

Via TR News: http://tinyurl.com/2cjx2rz


RESOURCES

-> "HEALTHY COMMUNITY DESIGN EXPERT WORKSHOP REPORT"
Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009 (396kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/25yq7ep

-> "WHY COMMUNITIES & STATES NEED BICYCLE..."
"...and Pedestrian Staff;" report from the League of American Bicyclists. April 2010 (328kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3xkr23p

-> "LIABILITY ASPECTS OF BIKEWAYS"
NCHRP Report by Larry W. Thomas, Attorney-at-Law, Washington, DC. James B. McDaniel, TRB Counsel for Legal Research Projects; prepared under NCHRP Project 20-6, "Legal Problems Arising Out of Highway Programs," for the Transportation Research Board; NCHRP LRD 53. April 2010 (620kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2cmebb8

-> "US IMMIGRANTS AND BICYCLING: TWO-WHEELED..."
"...inAutopia;" article by Michael Smart, UCLA; Transport Policy; Volume 17, Issue 3, May 2010, Pages 153-159. May 2010 (abstract and link to purchase option)
http://tinyurl.com/2ak9w25

-> "A RESIDENT'S GUIDE FOR CREATING SAFE AND..."
"...Walkable Communities;" FHWA report by Sandt, Schneider, Nabors, Thomas, Mitchell, & Eldridge; VanasseHangenBrustlin, Inc.; Federal Highway Administration; FHWA-SA-07-016. 2008 (website with several ways to acquire the document)
http://tinyurl.com/2crlgfj

Via Breaking News: http://tinyurl.com/272nlst

-> "URBAN STREET TREES: ROOT BARRIER"
Article by John Olson; EVstudio Architect Engineer & Planner Online Magazine
http://tinyurl.com/2a2hr8e

-> "AFFORDABLE-ACCESSIBLE HOUSING IN A DYNAMIC CITY +..."
"Why and How To Increase Affordable Housing Development In Accessible Locations" (draft); by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. 10 May 2010 (536kb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/26oagf7

-> "ENVISIONING BETTER COMMUNITIES..."
"...Seeing More Options, Making Wiser Choices;" new book by Randall Arendt; published by APA Planners Press and Urban Land Institute; ISBN 978-1-932364-81-1. 2010 (hardback; ordering info and link to purchase)
http://tinyurl.com/26zv2xl


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!

-> May, 2010; Bloomington Bikes Month, Bloomington, IN. Info:
Raymond Hess, City of Bloomington Planning Dept., PO Box 100, Bloomington, IN 47402; phone: (812) 349-3423; fax: (812) 349-3535; email:
hessr@bloomington.in.gov

-> 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 3-4, 2010, On the move in the community!; Montreal, QC, Canada. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/26c3qvw

-> 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

-> July 12-13, 2010, Healthy Cities Conference, Brisbane, Australia. Info: MerrinMcAuley, Conference Secretariat, phone: (61 7) 5528 2501; email: conference@healthycities.com.au
http://tinyurl.com/29jpdwc

-> 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 -- DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR --SRTSNP

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership seeks an enthusiastic, motivated and experienced professional with a successful track record in leading fundraising campaigns with corporations, foundations and individuals to serve as Development Director. The Development Director will report to the Director of the Partnership, and is an exciting new leadership position within the organization. The Development Director holds the responsibility for securing and growing the organization’s annual operating budget. The position also includes national outreach to new and existing partner organizations.

Applications are due May 17

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2bn93n9

-> 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


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