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#254 Wednesday, May 26, 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 Best Conference Registration Rates End May 31st
----- Federal Government Promotes Bike Commuting
----- Copenhagen, ECF Host Velo-City: June 22-25
----- 'American Idle' Author Wins Non-Fiction Prize
----- 300 Singapore Cyclists Join Ride of Silence
----- American Trails Nat'l Symposium Registration Opens
----- New Position for Velo Quebec's J-F Pronovost
----- Park Service's RTCA Wants to Support Your Trail Efforts
----- Here Comes the Neighborhood
----- Local Host Sought for 3rd Nat'l Safe Routes Conference
----- 'The Voice of Transportation' Calls for More of Same
----- 2011 New Partners Conference Call for Proposals

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----- 1,300+ Join Baltimore's Bike to Work Day
----- Iowa Gov. Joins Mason City Ride of Silence
----- New Jersey Adopts Tougher Ped Safety Regs
----- D.C. Metro Tops Healthy Living List
----- Dothan (AL) Mayor’s Ride Opens New Bike Trail
----- Ohio Bill Requires Schools to Fight Obesity
----- Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty Signs "Complete Streets" Bill
----- Bicycling Biz is Hoppin' in Piedmont (AL)
----- Thousands Ride in San Diego Bike to Work Day
----- Will There Be Another "Tour Of Missouri"?

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----- Rutgers University Takes on Obesity Epidemic
----- And Now a Rutgers Link to NCBW...
----- Study: Air Pollution Raises Blood Pressure

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PWPB® 2010 BEST CONFERENCE REGISTRATION RATES END MAY 31ST

-> All aboard!!! The Early Bird Registration train is leaving the station. May 31st is the last day to reserve the very best Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference registration rates. Don’t delay sign up before Memorial Day weekend. M-Day is d-day – do it now! Once you register for the conference don’t forget to reserve your hotel. The Chattanooga Marriott is the official PWPB® 2010 hotel; it is conveniently attached to the Chattanooga Convention Center. You can find it all on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking conference website.

The opening reception for NCBW’s Pro Walk / Pro Bike® will be Monday, September 13, at 6:30 PM; the closing plenary will be Thursday, from noon until 2:00 PM. Opening and closing receptions will be bookended by meetings of high interest to many of you. Monday morning the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will hold its annual meeting. Thursday after the PWPB® closing session America Walks will be hosting the Equal Footing Summit to build momentum for a concerted national walking movement. The summit will be led by Mark Fenton. You can sign up for these meetings on our registration website. There is no additional charge for the meetings, courtesy of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and America Walks. The Local Host Committee is also planning special tours and mobile workshops throughout the week, so come early and stay late.

Get onboard to hear the very latest from officials and policy makers from the Federal Highway Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Dan Burden, Michael Ronkin, Mia Birk, Jon Orcutt (NYCDOT), 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. We’ll be talking policy, implementation and measurement.

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

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROMOTES BIKE COMMUTING

-> According to a May 25th League of American Bicyclists blog entry, Darren Flusche, League Policy Analyst, wrote, "On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, which required Federal agencies to set greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, in coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Bicycling and Active Transportation, just released a new guide to help agencies meet their goals by promoting bicycle commuting. It is called 'Implementing a Successful Bicycle and Active Commuting Program in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.' As a nice touch, it is dated May, 21, 2010 -- National Bike to Work Day..."

Source (with a link to the Guide): http://tinyurl.com/2ffe7e5

COPENHAGEN, ECF HOST VELO-CITY: JUNE 22-25

-> According to the May 21st edition of the European Cyclists' Federation Newsletter, "The ECF president Manfred Neun and the Copenhagen Mayor for Technology and Environment Bo AsmusKjeldgaard concluded after their meeting in Copenhagen: 'We are ready to welcome decision-makers, experts, consultants and representatives of both the industry and NGO's to the first global edition of the Velo-city conference series on cycling.' Before going to Copenhagen Manfred Neun stated at a press conference in Brussels:"

"'The programme [of Velo-city Global 2010] is the best we've ever had at a Velo-city conference! We will have speakers such as European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, environmentalist and philosopher Dr. Vandana Shiva, New York City Commissioner for Transport Janette Sadik-Khan, , President of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and former Mayor of Bogotá (Colombia) Enrique Peñalosa and urban planner and cycling advocate, Mikael Colville-Andersen, editor of the website copenhagenize.com. Meet all of them in Copenhagen!'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ujd9p6

'AMERICAN IDLE' AUTHOR WINS NON-FICTION PRIZE

-> According to a May 12th Bristol Press article, "'American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture,' is a book written by Central Connecticut State University English Professor Mary Collins and has been selected as the grand-prize winner of non-fiction books in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Collins will be honored at the Book Expo in New York City May 25, and will receive $1,500 and a trophy. Each year, the Independent Book Publisher Professionals Group recognizes and honors 'the most exceptional, independently published books in 60 different categories.'..."

"In 'American Idle,' Collins shares her personal experiences as an athletic person severely injured in a bicycle accident, and her struggle through rehabilitation to become mobile again. During that journey, Collins began investigating why so many Americans had become couch potatoes. She conducted interviews across the country with people who worked in a range of environments, from corporate offices to manufacturing assembly lines. In their stories, Collins demonstrates how inactivity affects people’s physical and mental well-being..."

Read more about the book including the foreword written by NCBW’s own, Sharon Roerty (http://tinyurl.com/27wqn95). Mary who earlier this month gave the commencement speech at Boston University Sargent College of Public Health will be one of the featured speakers at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/27vwehy
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Title: "CCSU prof a winner with 'American Idle'"
Author: Staff

300 SINGAPORE CYCLISTS JOIN RIDE OF SILENCE

-> According to a May 22nd Channel NewsAsia article, "Cyclists gathered on Saturday morning to take part in the Ride of Silence -- an annual silent bicycle ride dedicated to promoting cycling safety. Despite the wet weather, some 300 cyclists wheeled a total of 47 kilometres, starting from Merlion Park."

"Along the way, they spent a minute of silence in honour of the late Benjamin Mok. The 35-year-old was killed by a suspected drunk driver earlier this year while cycling. The event had gathered support from local businesses, political and grassroots leaders..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24rtfn4
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Title: "300 cyclists participate in second annual Ride of Silence"
Author: Staff

AMERICAN TRAILS NAT'L SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION OPENS

-> A May 19th news release reminds folks to "Register online now for the 20th American Trails National Symposium in beautiful downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 14-17, 2010. The main events and Exhibit Hall for this year's Symposium will be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center (the first center in the nation to incorporate 'day lighting' technology. Properly called 'photovoltaic' lighting, this technology allows sunlight to filter in through 30-foot ceiling openings and complement the building's artificial light)."

"There will also be some workshops prior to and following the conference. Join us for cutting edge sessions, invaluable workshops, hands-on field trips, great recreational opportunities, stunning exhibits, and the best networking around for the national trails community! Mobile and Featured Workshops can fill up so you are encouraged to register early! Registration Booklets will be mailed out in July..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/34rajav

NEW POSITION FOR VELO QUEBEC'S J-F PRONOVOST

-> According to a May 20th news release, "Effective May 24 2010, Jean-François Pronovost will take on the role of Vice-President of Development for Vélo Québec. In this new position, he will work closely with Velo Québec CEO, Suzanne Lareau, and with the various divisions of the Vélo Québec family (Association, Events, Publishing) on the focus, strategy and development of new projects and partnerships. "

"Jean-François Pronovost has been the Executive Director of the association division of Vélo Québec for over 21 years. In 1992, he acted as Chief Organizer of the first world-wide conference on bicycling, the ConférenceVéloMondiale Pro Bike-Velo City, in Montreal. 'The Technical Handbook of Bikeway Design' is among the many technical publications he has edited. Since 1995, he has been involved with the development of the Route verte, a 4000-kilometer bike route across Québec, and with the launch of several active transportation initiatives in collaboration with municipalities and the school network."

For more info, contact Jean-François here: jfpronovost@velo.qc.ca

PARK SERVICE'S RTCA WANTS TO SUPPORT YOUR TRAIL EFFORTS

-> A May 18th National Park Service news release asks, "Want to connect your community to nature? We can help. Are you trying to protect your local rivers, save an unspoiled landscape, or build trails to help everyone in your community enjoy nature? Through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, the National Park Service provides staff who can guide communities in conserving waterways, preserving open space, and developing trails and greenways. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with our staff near you..."

Applications for the next round of technical assistance can be submitted until August 1.

For more on the program, go to: http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/rtca/index.htm

HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD

-> In a June Atlantic Magazine article, Christopher B. Leinberger writes, "On average, traditional suburban households spend 24 percent of their income paying for and maintaining their cars; urban households in walkable neighborhoods spend only 12 percent of their income on transportation. The difference amounts to half of what a typical household spends on health care—nationally, $700 billion a year in total."

"Two-thirds of all households today consist of singles, childless couples, or empty-nesters, and that proportion will rise over the next 20 years. All of these groups tend to prefer walkable urban housing. Millennials—the rising generation of 20- and 30-somethings—are particularly drawn to urban living, seeing it not only as exciting but as healthy and environmentally friendly..."

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

LOCAL HOST SOUGHT FOR 3RD NAT'L SAFE ROUTES CONFERENCE

-> In a May 20th announcement, Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Deb Hubsmith wrote, "On June 9, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will release a request for proposals (RFP) for potential host agencies to organize the 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference. The conference will take place in August 2011."

"In addition to information about venues, budgets and plans, the RFP will request letters of support from sub-contractors, potential or secured funders and other key partners describing potential roles in the conference planning and execution. So keep an eye out for the RFP and start putting together your local teams now! Applications will be due July 14..."

On June 9th, check out the for details on the SRTS National Partnership website: http://tinyurl.com/2nlu2j

'THE VOICE OF TRANSPORTATION' CALLS FOR MORE OF SAME

-> According to the May 20th edition of Tri-State Transportation Campaign's Mobilizing the Region E-mail Update, "The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently launched a new series of reports and accompanying website that aim to make 'The Case for Capacity' and explain why wider highways are needed across the country. The message from the trade group of state DOTs, which bills itself as 'The Voice of Transportation,' is essentially a defense of the funding status quo. In the foreword to the first report, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsely writes that expanding highways ‘will be a principal part of what will be required’ to meet future mobility needs."

"AASHTO’s case for highway expansion comes a week after U.S. PIRG’s report, 'Road Work Ahead' showed that drivers across the country are facing more than 90,000 miles of crumbling highways and more than 70,000 structurally deficient bridges, and called for a national fix-it-first policy. How the federal government should prioritize highway spending has been the subject of an on-going debate within the transportation community since the completion of the interstate system in 1992. However, as the national infrastructure continues to age and the backlog of repairs continues to grow, it is increasingly difficult to justify road expansion getting such a large share of scarce resources. Between 2006 and 2008, 41% of Federal funds spent on roadway projects went to new or expanded roads..."

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

AASHTO's "Unlocking Gridlock" website is here: http://tinyurl.com/3237395

2011 NEW PARTNERS CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> According to the Conference website, the Local Government Commission (LGC) is conducting a formal Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) for the 2011 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference program. Proposals will be accepted from May 17 through June 30th. The review process will take place from July through late-August 2010, and those selected for inclusion in the final program will be notified by early September, if not sooner.

The Conference theme is "Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities" and it will be held February 3-5, 2011.

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/27ahbpw


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

1,300+ JOIN BALTIMORE'S BIKE TO WORK DAY

-> According to a May 21st Sun article, "It was sunny and warm Friday morning, a perfect day to ride to work. And that's what some 1,320 people did on the 13th annual Bike to Work Day, a national event that encourages everyone to share the road. Regional participation has been growing, with just over 1,000 registered last year and 800 the year before."

"And some of the veterans who met at City Hall in the morning for a rally said that they've noticed that change is creeping through Baltimore. More people seem to be ditching four wheels for two, drivers are a bit less hostile and there are more bike lanes used by more people. Shuey said he's faced harassment from drivers, though he says he always follows the rules of the road. Two years ago he said he was even shot in the elbow, as he pointed to the scar. But 'I won't let it stop me,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23selpb
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Title: "More than 1,300 participate in Bike to Work Day"
Author: Meredith Cohn

IOWA GOV. JOINS MASON CITY RIDE OF SILENCE

-> According to a May 19th Globe Gazette article, "The fifth annual 'Ride of Silence' bicycle ride drew 75 riders and a surprise visitor on Wednesday. Gov. Chet Culver attended the event, saying that passage of the state’s Bicycle Safety Bill in the Iowa Legislature this year was a 'first step' in bicycle safety. 'It says that we will no longer tolerate aggressive driving' that intimidates or harms bicyclists."

"The ride, held during Bike Safety Month, honors cyclists killed or injured by vehicles while raising awareness about safety issues. Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, Rep. Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, and Sen. Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, all spoke before cyclists rode 5 miles. 'It honors the people,' said Dennis Vrba, a first-time rider at the event. A friend’s wife died while bicycling. 'When you know someone, it means something,' he said."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24qycm5
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Title: "Ride of Silence draws 75, governor to fifth annual ride"
Author: Deb Nicklay

NEW JERSEY ADOPTS TOUGHER PED SAFETY REGS

-> According to a May 19th Springfield Patch article, "As of April 1, there's a new law in town. Motorists must come to a complete stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk. The older law allowed for a yield, or rolling stop, but as of April 1, 2010, failure to stop completely comes with one or more of the following:"

"2 Points; $200 Fine (plus court costs); 15 Days Community Service; Insurance Surcharges"

"Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. Pedestrians themselves must obey signals and use crosswalks, or risk a $54.00 fine. Patch spent time talking to officers last week, during a warning period for Springfield, where warning cards were issued in lieu of tickets...'The idea is to protect everybody,' said Corporal John Foster, as a woman drove by while fiddling with her cell phone. 'This is a six-thousand pound machine that you're driving.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25pg5lu
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Title: "New Law, Shared Responsibility and Safer Streets"
Author: Alexandra Birnbaum
For more on the law, go to: http://tinyurl.com/28r6omf

D.C. METRO TOPS HEALTHY LIVING LIST

-> According to a May 24th USAToday article, "When it comes to healthy living, what is good for the nation's capital is good for the nation as a whole. The Washington metropolitan area ranks No. 1 for the third straight year in a report released today by the American College of Sports Medicine's American Fitness Index. "

"The researchers culled data from federal reports and evaluated a multitude of factors, including preventive health behaviors, levels of chronic disease and community health policies for the 50 largest metropolitan areas. The Washington area scored 73.5 out of 100 possible points. Boston was second with 72.6, and cities in the West dominated the top 10..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3xvqxeu
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Title: "Washington, D.C., sets the standard for healthy living"
Author: Janice Lloyd
Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/24pb68g

DOTHAN (AL) MAYOR’S RIDE OPENS NEW BIKE TRAIL

-> According to a May 22nd Eagle article, "About 200 bicycle riders turned out Saturday for the Mayor’s Ride for Fitness which marked the official opening of the newly refurbished bike trail at Westgate Park. The event, led by Mayor Mike Schmitz, a triathlon competitor, coincided with National Bike Month. "

"'It’s exciting to live in a community that cares about fitness and family,' Schmitz said, welcoming bicyclists of all ages. Hannah Dean of Living Well led participants on a series of warm-up exercises and stretches prior to the start of the event, which was followed with a Zumba demonstration."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bcpkgz
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Title: "Mayor’s fitness ride opens new bike trail"
Author: Debbie Ingram

OHIO BILL REQUIRES SCHOOLS TO FIGHT OBESITY

-> According to a May 18th Enquirer article, "Schools in Ohio soon will be required to offer more nutritious food and track every student's weight. The Ohio Senate Tuesday approved a childhood obesity bill that also included a requirement for 30 minutes of physical activity every day. But after last-minute lobbying by schools, they won the ability to apply for a waiver from that requirement. Ohio House members could vote on a companion bill as soon as next week, and Gov. Ted Strickland is expected to sign it."

"Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, business groups and others have pushed the physical-activity requirement, arguing that Ohio needs to catch up to battle the nationwide epidemic of childhood obesity that adds health-care costs, particularly for low-income children. 'This bill is a great start for Ohio,' said Eric Kearney, D-Cincinnati. 'Is everything I wanted in the bill? No. But we should be proud of it.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29k8gxh
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Title: "Bill requires schools to fight obesity"
Author: Cliff Peale
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2fsut4s

MINNESOTA GOV. PAWLENTY SIGNS "COMPLETE STREETS" BILL

-> According to a May 15th Minnesota Environmental Partnership news release, "This morning, the Governor signed into law 'Complete Streets' legislation as part of the Omnibus Transportation Bill, which will help make roads safer and more accessible for all users by enabling the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) to build roads with all people in mind—regardless of age or ability or whether traveling by car, foot, bus or bike."

"Effective August 1, 2010, the state Complete Streets legislation formalizes work Mn/DOT began and puts in place mechanisms so that Mn/DOT considers such things as local community needs and all likely users of the road when designing roadways, and works with engineers and planners across the state to implement this process..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24aatwh
Via the National Complete Streets Coalition E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/25c8eo7

BICYCLING BIZ IS HOPPIN' IN PIEDMONT (AL)

-> According to a May 24th Star article, "When you're desperate to find signs of an economic recovery, you’ll pretty much look anywhere. Yes, there are those macro-economic indicators, such as unemployment or better yet, employment figures, housing starts, GDP, GNP, durable goods, consumer confidence, earnings from key industrial sectors and so on. Then there’s the stuff closer to home, little blips that may seem insignificant at first glance, but upon closer examination could indicate something good afoot. Take bicycles for example, or biking in general. Bikes are not big-ticket items, nor are they tracked closely by micro-economists, but they do have a story to tell, at least right here locally. "

"Ask Jack Holder. He’s the head volunteer at the Eubanks Welcome Center on the Chief Ladiga Trail. If you query him with, 'how’s business,' he’ll sweep a little promise and sunshine your way. 'April was a big month,' said Holder from his office at the welcome center. 'All those people who had been cooped up through the winter, well, they came out in a big way in April.' In total, 423 visitors cycled through the center during April. They came, said Holder, from 22 states and Canada, representing the second largest one-month crowd ever..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24ebv46
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Title: "Business As Usual...Is one road to local prosperity a bike path?"
Author: John Fleming
Note: Check out related Star stories! (see links at bottom of above article)
For more on the Chief Ladiga Trail, go to: http://tinyurl.com/28v2bf3

THOUSANDS RIDE IN SAN DIEGO BIKE TO WORK DAY

-> According to a May 22nd Union-Tribune article, "More than 5,500 San Diego County cyclists traded briefcases for helmets Friday and took to the roads in celebration of Bike to Work Day. But did the roads take to them? Just how bike-friendly are San Diego County roadways?"

"'Although San Diego County is a gorgeous place to cycle, with awesome scenery, I feel we still have a long way to go before we’re considered bike-friendly. But we’re probably headed in the right direction,' said Odale Baker, founder and president of Major Taylor Cycling Club of San Diego and an avid cyclist, averaging nearly 200 miles a week. Baker would like to see more and wider bike lanes, better road maintenance and more motorist courtesy..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bzx9s4
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Title: "Thousands take part in Bike to Work Day"
Author: R.J. Ignelzi

WILL THERE BE ANOTHER "TOUR OF MISSOURI"?

-> Recently, CL has been watching the battle over funding for this year's Tour of Missouri, a world-class, Olympic level bike race. It's a popular and professionally run event that brings substantial money into the state and is supported by many residents, including the millions who enjoy bicycling.

Despite its popularity, the Tour has been assailed in the political funding process. When a bill to provide $1 million in funding was introduced, nearly 20 amendments to reduce funding were proposed. However, each one was defeated, in turn. The bill eventually passed with its appropriation intact. However, it appears that the State Tourism Division is reluctant to spend the money on the Tour and the Governor seems unwilling to get involved. And things are at a standstill.

Will the Tour of Missouri happen? As of this writing, we don't know. To keep up on the saga, contact Brent Hugh of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation at <brent@brenthugh.com> or go to: http://tinyurl.com/23kvqrr

For more on the Tour, itself, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2d6r7n


THE RESEARCH BEAT

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY TAKES ON OBESITY EPIDEMIC

-> According to a Spring 2010 Rutgers Magazine article, "Among 6- to 11-year-olds, nearly one in five children is now considered obese, and nearly one-third of all children are officially overweight (at or above the 85th percentile on the CDC’s growth chart). The implications are staggering. According to Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, a professor of nutritional sciences and an extension specialist at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), 'we know that kids who gain unnecessary amounts of weight are exposed to risks later on, and even in youth, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, overweight kids go through puberty earlier, which can interrupt growth..."

"Rutgers [considers] the problem so critical that it recently founded the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, directed by noted biomedical scientist Peter J. Gillies, to tackle the issues of childhood obesity, as well as adult-onset diseases like cancer and heart disease. Across the university, nutritionists, researchers, educators, and extension specialists are studying the problem to determine the causes of the trend and the most effective ways to reverse it...Nearly everyone involved in researching childhood obesity agrees that it’s a 'multifactorial disease,' in Byrd-Bredbenner’s words, with a complex variety of causes."

"Nevertheless, John Worobey, professor of nutritional sciences at SEBS, notes that it’s essentially the result of 'an imbalance in the energy equation—calories in, calories out,' where the intake of calories far exceeds the calories, or energy, expended. He cites a number of factors that have unbalanced the equation, including the dramatic rise in consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks like soda, which, thanks to federal subsidies for corn (and corn sweeteners), is now considerably cheaper than milk...And on the 'energy-out' side of the equation...Where kids once spent most of their time playing outdoors, 'play' increasingly means immersion in electronic games..."

In addition, "'Sidewalks are no longer as plentiful in the suburbs,' says John Worobey, 'and for reasons of distance or safety, kids are either driven to school or take a bus.' When both parents work outside the home, children are less likely to play outdoors after school. And a more dangerous environment -- or the perception of danger -- keeps kids away from parks, playgrounds, and bike paths. Economics and politics also play a role: physical education and recess have been whittled away because of budget woes and an emphasis on preparing for standardized tests..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2e8k27j

AND NOW A RUTGERS LINK TO NCBW...

-> In a related story, Rutgers Magazine profiled NCBW's own Sharon Roerty..."Fighting obesity is the mission of alumna Sharon Roerty, executive director of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Roerty (EJB’86) knows her mission: get Americans, especially children, off their butts. 'Have you heard the term "denatured"?' she asks. 'It describes kids who are glued to their computer more and are out in the world less. Denaturing leads to obesity in children and adults.' "

"Roerty also serves as executive director of the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) at NCBW, both of which advocate support for bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. Before joining NCBW in 2004, Roerty was a senior project manager specializing in pedestrian and bicycling issues at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, part of Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick."

"Roerty, who grew up on Jersey City’s Kennedy Boulevard and rode her bike to Saint Dominic Academy, knows that it’s an uphill pedal. 'Parents are afraid of crime and traffic, and lots of schools don’t allow students to ride bikes to school,' she says. 'The way to fight that is to create more off-road opportunities. You see the world in a much fuller way on foot or on bike.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2dbvf4s

STUDY: AIR POLLUTION RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE

-> According to a May 17th L.A. Times article, "People who live in urban areas are more likely to have hypertension, and the effects are greater in women than men, according to German researchers. The scientists reported their findings at the current meeting of the American Thoracic Society in New Orleans. Though you could imagine all kinds of stresses are linked to city dwelling, this study -- of 5,000 people who were part of something called the Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study -- fingers fine particulates in the atmosphere. Blood pressure ups and downs correlated with higher or lower levels of these particulates..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23eoq9q
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Title: "Air pollution raises blood pressure"
Author: Rosie Mestel
Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/23yalzh


QUOTES R US

-> "Don’t focus on one huge massive project. While those are great for publicity, they take a lot of time. Start with little things. The community notices those little changes and they build your credibility. When you have a small victory, have a party and celebrate it. If you have failure, learn from it and move on. Just keep trying to push. Find your local bicycle advocates, get them involved. Find what people are interested in doing and try a variety of things. Don’t lose sight of the bigger issues..."
-- Sheldon Main, the Seward Neighborhood Group (Minneapolis, MN)

Interview with Bike Walk Twin Cities

http://tinyurl.com/25lr5ko

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"ONE MOOS AND ONE HUMS, BUT THEY COULD HELP POWER GOOGLE"

-> "America’s dairy farmers could soon find themselves in the computer business, with the manure from their cows possibly powering the vast data centers of companies like Google and Microsoft. While not immediately intuitive, the idea plays on two trends: the building of computing centers in more rural locales, and dairy farmers’ efforts to deal with cattle waste by turning it into fuel..."

http://tinyurl.com/2agntz6

"HONEY, YOU GOTTA SLOW DOWN"

-> World Streets Video (UK)

http://tinyurl.com/35n592y


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

-> "CYCLING IN NEW YORK..."
"Innovative Policies at the Urban Frontier;" article by Pucher, Thorwaldson, Buehler, & Klein; published in World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol. 16. Summer 2010 (2.3mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3an5g2d

Via 8-80cities Monthly E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/39us8l5

-> "BICYCLE BAROMETERS (BIKE COUNTERS)"
PRESTO Fact Sheet By FietsBeraad, Netherlands. May 2010 (general info and link to 281KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2fygc6k

-> "SPATIAL CLUSTERING AND THE TEMPORAL MOBILITY..."
"...of walking school trips in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada;" article by Mitraa, Buliungb&Faulknerc; Health Place, Vol 16, Issue 4, p 646-655. July 2010 (Abstract and link to pdf - $)
http://tinyurl.com/2a6jq63

-> "TARGETED ADULT CYCLING TRAINING PROGRAMMES"
PRESTO Fact Sheet By FietsBeraad, Netherlands. May 2010 (general info and link to 734KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/294umpc

-> "MOBILE GIS SPEEDS INVENTORY..."
"...Comprehensive strategy maintains accuracy and schedule;" ArcUser Online article about the Seattle sidewalk inventory process by Pearson, Podleski, & Couch; Spring 2008
http://tinyurl.com/ycxepfy

-> "BROAD PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGNS"
PRESTO Fact Sheet By FietsBeraad, Netherlands. May 2010 (general info and link to 210KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2932c75

-> "LRFD GUIDE SPECIFICATIONS FOR DESIGN OF..."
"...Pedestrian Bridges, 2nd Edition;" AASHTO. 2009 (ordering link and info)
http://tinyurl.com/3yj4l8g

-> "BICYCLES AND BUSES"
PRESTO Fact Sheet By FietsBeraad, Netherlands. May 2010 (general info and link to 229KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/26mevtw

-> "VALIDITY OF INSTRUMENTS TO ASSESS STUDENTS'..."
"...travel and pedestrian safety;" article by Mendoza, Watson, Baranowski, Nicklas, Uscanga, & Hanfling; BMC Public Health 2010, 10:257doi:10.1186/ 1471-2458-10-257. May 18, 2010 (abstract and link to provisional article pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2eea3bz

-> "COMMUNITY TREES: A LIVING INVESTMENT"
High-resolution DVD series "promotes the value of trees in our lives and in our communities using scientific research and citizen testimonials;" from the U.S. Forest Service. 2009 (basic description with links to video, resources, etc.)
http://tinyurl.com/2c78u94


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 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, 2010, 18th annual Bike to the Sea Day, Malden, MA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/cnntfl

-> 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

-> July 25-31, 2010, RAGBRAI XXXVIII (38th edition of "The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa." Info:
http://tinyurl.com/kohyvd

-> 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, 22-23, 2010, "From Backyard to Backcountry and the Trail Between", State Trails Conference, Tacoma, WA. Info: hosted by the Washington State Trails Coalition.
http://tinyurl.com/26l5t4d

-> 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 -- MISSOULA IN MOTION PGM SPECIALIST -- MISSOULA, MT

Definition: Carries out activities of Missoula in Motion Program for Office of Planning and Grants.

Qualifications: Requires Bachelors degree in field grounded in analytical and communication skills. Requires three years experience in field such as education, marketing, public outreach, community organizing, business development, behavioral science, project planning, grant writing, or fund raising. Experience performing research, preparing written documents, organizing events, working with the public to change social behaviors or working with transportation demand management strategies desired.

Status: Regular, full-time

Base rate: $14.68/hr

Closing Date: Thursday, 6/3/2010, 5pm (MDT)

For details and application, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2c3ghj3

For more on Missoula in Motion, go to: http://tinyurl.com/26sdtsu

-> 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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