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#255 Wednesday, June 9, 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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----- Time to Weigh in on USDOT Strategic Plan
----- ALR Conference Seeks Abstracts, Award Nominations
----- 13000+ Women, Girls Take APBP's Survey
----- Safe Routes Partnership Publishes New Guides
----- New Transportation Enhancements Report Published
----- Walk Audits, the Project for Public Spaces Way
----- Mexico City Drops Mandatory Bike Helmet Law
----- The Dwindling Love Affair with The Auto
----- Alliance Releases New Complete Streets Guide
----- NCSRTS Announces Mini-Grant Recipients
----- Commentators Diss Secty LaHood's Livability Ideas
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale

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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----- Bike Commuting Up 125% in Knoxville (TN)
----- Detroit Aiming to Be a Cycling Mecca
----- Complete Streets Hit Northwest Indiana
----- Tackling Childhood Obesity in Kingston (NY)
----- Twin Cities Launch "Nice Ride" Bike-Share Pgm
----- Go House-Hunting Around Chicagoland by Bike
----- Vermont "Safe Passing" Bill Becomes Law
----- Streetfilms Captures San Jose (CA) Viavelo Event

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----- CDC: Few States' Policies Support Physical Activity
----- U of IL Study: Walkable Neighborhoods & Obesity
----- What if You Ate Only What was Advertised on Tv?
----- Air Pollution May Help Trigger Cardiac Arrest

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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

TIME TO WEIGH IN ON USDOT STRATEGIC PLAN

-> The US Department of Transportation is circulating a draft strategic plan for comment. The draft plan includes a number of provisions that would improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and create more livable communities.

Please take the time to weigh in on this important document! Looking for ideas? Check out these comments on Safe Routes (http://tinyurl.com/239sfqh) and Complete Streets (http://tinyurl.com/28ojs6d)

To offer your comments (and read the plan), go to: http://tinyurl.com/y4j6y6q

Another reason to comment: those devoted to more roads and wider highways are weighing in. Here are a few samples:

"The Administration’s desire to impose its own vision of how Americans should live and travel represents a misguided and in the end futile gesture."
-- Kenneth Orski

http://tinyurl.com/2fqzrvd

"USDOT with a 'Strategic Plan 2010-2015' reaches new depths of incoherence and sloganeering on behalf of an extreme green agenda."
-- Toll Road News

http://tinyurl.com/2af9eqo

"We are given a vast array of poorly justified expansions of the federal role into every nook and cranny of how Americans and their goods should travel -- as well as how and where we should live."
-- Robert Poole, Reason Foundation

http://tinyurl.com/234g49u

ALR CONFERENCE SEEKS ABSTRACTS, AWARD NOMINATIONS

-> According to a June 4th announcement, "Active Living Research (ALR), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has announced a call for presentation and paper abstracts, and a call for award nominations for its Annual Conference on February 22-24, 2011, in San Diego, CA. The theme of the 2011 conference, 'Partnerships for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action,' recognizes the importance of engaging experts from multiple disciplines to address critical public health issues, especially active living and obesity prevention."

-- Call for Abstracts: http://tinyurl.com/2bkslnr

"Abstracts describing research results on all topics related to active living policies and environments are welcome and abstracts related to the conference theme are particularly encouraged. Deadline: Aug 6, 2010, 11:59 p.m. PT."

-- Call for Award Nominations: http://tinyurl.com/29pa47b

"The 'Translating Research to Policy' award recognizes innovators who have successfully harnessed research to impact policy and environmental changes. In addition to a cash prize, the winner will be invited to give an oral presentation at the 2011 ALR Annual Conference and the case study will be included in the conference program. Deadline: Aug 25, 2010, 4:00 pm PT."

For more on the Conference, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2fdf7tj

13000+ WOMEN, GIRLS TAKE APBP'S SURVEY

-> According to a May 28th news release, "The Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP) invited women and girls across the country to participate in an online survey about women and their attitudes and concerns about bicycling. The response was much larger than anticipated and serves as the impetus for an ongoing dialog on the topic through APBP’s Women Cycling Project and the Women Cycling Photo & Video Contest. The online 'Snapshot in Time Survey' remained open through May 15, 2010 gathering a total of 13,085 responses from women and girls. "

"Preliminary information about the survey participants suggests:

  • 69% live in medium to large cities
  • 60% use their bikes for some of their daily trips
  • 44% had freedom to ride alone from the age of 7-10 years
  • 13% do not currently own a car
  • 80% have a college degree or above..."

The full news release is here: http://tinyurl.com/23cnflo

SAFE ROUTES PARTNERSHIP PUBLISHES NEW GUIDES

-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has just released two new publications...

The first is "Implementing Safe Routes to School in Low-Income Schools and Communities: A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals." It highlights promising practices and creative strategies that have been employed in low-income communities throughout the country. The Guide provides parents, nonprofit leaders, school personnel, and local government officials with "creative and effective solutions to make it safer for more children to walk and bicycle to and from school in low-income communities."

For more info and a link to the Guide (1.8MB pdf), go to: http://tinyurl.com/2c72wdw

The second publication is a guide entitled "Getting Students Active through Safe Routes to School: Policies and Action Steps for Education Policymakers and Professionals" It provides "a detailed examination of the most up-to-date and relevant research linking physical activity and academic achievement, and presents Safe Routes to School as a means of increasing students' physical activity levels."

This Guide (a 2.2MB pdf) can also be found at the same link (see above).

NEW TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS REPORT PUBLISHED

-> According to a June 4th news release, "The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) has published the 2010 report 'Transportation Enhancements: Summary of Nationwide Spending as of Fiscal Year 2009.' The full-color, 40-page report is available as a free PDF download at: http://tinyurl.com/2awnea9"

"What are the country's transportation funding priorities? What are transportation enhancements? How does your state compare with other states when it comes to spending federal Transportation Enhancements program funds? This report provides a view into this popular federal transportation funding program for transparency and valuable comparisons."

"NTEC has made significant database improvements over the past year. The newly issued report is a complete update. It features a new explanation of the federal transportation financing life-cycle, a funding report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and more..."

Copies of the Report and NTEC staff will be available at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Chattanooga, at a panel discussing the experience and outcomes for TE with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

For more info, contact Tracy Hadden Loh, NTEC Program Coordinator, 2121 Ward Ct NW, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20037, (202) 974-5155, <tracy@enhancements.org>. or go to: http://tinyurl.com/nraw64

WALK AUDITS, THE PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES WAY

-> In a June 1st Planning Commissioners Journal article, editor Wayne Senville wrote, "Twenty-five local officials, planners, and urban designers from across the U.S. and Canada (and even Brazil), in groups of six or seven, headed downstairs and out the front door of our meeting room in the SoHo section of lower Manhattan. Guided by staff from the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), we would be circling the square -- Petrosino Square, that is -- two blocks away."

"With walking audit sheets in our hands, our job was to spend an hour carefully observing activities in the square and noting what we saw. Each group had a different sector to focus on. The goal of walking audits like this is to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t, and to come up with ideas for strengthening the place. While Petrosino Square was the focal point, much of the audit hones in on how the public open space relates to traffic circulation patterns and to surrounding businesses and land uses..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fx4eyw

MEXICO CITY DROPS MANDATORY BIKE HELMET LAW

-> According to the latest edition of the (UK) Cyclist Touring Club's Cycle Digest, "The City of Mexico has voted to repeal its helmet law. The city decided it was undermining their efforts to promote cycling's health and other benefits, and that it would also create difficulties for the city's forthcoming Vélib’-style hire-bike scheme."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/26lakva

THE DWINDLING LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE AUTO

-> According to a June 7th Automotive News article, "When today's baby boomers were young, cars were a consuming fantasy -- symbols of adulthood and freedom, magic carpets that sped them away from the square world of mom and dad and connected them with the youth subculture. You could buy a car cheap, learn to work on it, fill it with 25-cent-a-gallon gasoline, and off you went."

"But the Internet and smart phones do the cultural connecting these days. Cars are expensive and stuffed with computer modules that thwart the would-be garage mechanic. And gasoline? A gallon costs what a tankful used to. 'I don't think the car symbolizes freedom to Gen Y to the extent it did baby boomers or, to a lesser extent, Gen Xers,' says Sheryl Connelly, who tracks cultural trends for Ford Motor Company..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2a3owuv

ALLIANCE RELEASES NEW COMPLETE STREETS GUIDE

-> According to a June 2nd news release from the Alliance for Biking and Walking, "In the past four years, the national push for complete streets has caught fire, spreading rapidly from coast to coast. Since 2006, more than 100 state and local jurisdictions have adopted new policies that require transportation projects include safe accommodations for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. To add fuel to this quickly advancing movement, the Alliance for Biking and Walking has released a new edition of its Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns."

The guide is available for purchase through the Alliance's website and is available as a free download to leaders of Alliance member organizations through the Alliance's online Resource Library.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/29np89o

NCSRTS ANNOUNCES MINI-GRANT RECIPIENTS

-> According to a June 1st news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today the selection of 34 recipients to receive $1,000 mini-grants for projects designed to encourage safe walking and bicycling to school. The mini-grant activities, many of which are driven by student leadership, will occur during the fall semester of the 2010-2011 school year. 'The innovation and creativity of the mini-grant applications we received are impressive,' said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. 'The projects addressed a variety of local issues and concerns -- truancy, tardiness, environmental effects of vehicle idling, student health, school zone safety -- all of which illustrate the diverse approaches communities are taking to create successful walking and bicycling to school programs.'..."

Source (and list of recipients): http://tinyurl.com/29zumzy

COMMENTATORS DISS SECTY LAHOOD'S LIVABILITY IDEAS

-> In a June 5th Citywire.net article, Neal Peirce asked, "Is the Obama administration’s 'livability' initiative just a way for intrusive federal bureaucrats to choke off Americans’ prized 'automobility' -- four wheels to commute from ever-distant suburbs, or just to pick up a quart of milk?"

"That’s the way some commentators would have it. Disregarding the administration’s clear language about respecting local character and values, they pounced on words of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood -- that livability is 'being able to take your kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, drop by the grocery or post office, go out to dinner and a movie, and play with your kids in a park, all without having to get in your car.'"

"LaHood, a former Republican member of Congress known for his moderate views, got labeled 'the Secretary of Behavior Modification' by columnist George Will. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) worried publicly about 'federal decision-makers in Washington (telling) communities how they should grow.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/287p9sl

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010 BRINGING LIVABLE COMMUNITIES AND REGIONS TO SCALE

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking’s Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Chattanooga conference is three short months away; September 13-17. The theme of the 2010 conference is bringing livable communities and regions to scale. "We’re pretty sure that USDOT Secretary LaHood is following our lead on this one and we couldn’t be happier. We selected the theme almost two years ago and it seems that Secretary LaHood has something to say about livable communities on almost a daily basis," said Sharon Roerty, NCBW Executive Director. She added, "And we took a page out of Secretary LaHood’s book by making sure that our panel sessions cover the livability trifecta: transportation, housing and the environment."

"Sadly, the disaster in the Gulf Coast of Mexico adds another dimension and urgency to the term livability; if there was ever a time to talk more and do more about using less oil and making sure that people have viable transportation options it certainly is now. Pro Walk/Pro Bike represents the largest gathering of transportation and health professionals and advocates. Collectively we can make a big difference in how communities are planned. Livable communities is not about imposing anything on anyone; that’s a canard, it’s about responding to the demand and doing the right thing right."

Opportunities are still available for exhibit booths and sponsorships of some select events but they are going quick. If you are interested in being an exhibitor contact maryalice@bikewalk.org; if you are interested in signing on as a PWPB® 2010 sponsor contact sharon@bikewalk.org. The on-line registration window is open. Take advantage of our special early summer rates.


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

BIKE COMMUTING UP 125% IN KNOXVILLE (TN)

-> According to a June 5th News Sentinel article, "According to a survey of downtown bicycle traffic, there has been up to a 125 percent increase in commuter bike traffic since 2007. The survey, conducted at several downtown intersections by the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, found that 108 bicyclists used the intersection of Gay Street and Summit Hill during morning and evening rush hour."

"In 2007, they counted only 48. 'Some people say that "Oh, nobody bikes,"' said Kelley Segars, principal transportation planner for the TPO. 'But that is a pretty significant number for people that often don't think of bikes as traffic.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28f8ztk
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Title: "Commuting by bike in Knox up by 125 percent"
Author: Nicholas Hunst

DETROIT AIMING TO BE A CYCLING MECCA

-> According to a June 2nd Metro Times article, "All it took for Jacinda Gant to join the ranks of cyclists was a test ride...'I love the ease of it. I'm getting exercise, and it's not even like exercise,' she said last week while casually pedaling among the mass of walkers on the RiverWalk. 'And this is such a great view.'"

"The New Center resident is one of a growing number of cyclists taking to Detroit's streets, greenways, sidewalks and -- soon -- more designated bike lanes throughout the city. Whether it's commuters on hybrid road-mountain models, families with children on bikes and in trailers, Lycra-clad club members on carbon-fiber racers or students on cheaper frames with other parts cobbled together, the city's cyclists could signal the arrival of a pedaling revolution that's made a mark on other hip cities all over the world..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25f6a3r
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Title: "Pedaling influence"
Author: Sandra Svoboda

For related articles, go to: http://tinyurl.com/23dftjj

COMPLETE STREETS HIT NORTHWEST INDIANA

-> According to a June 8th Chesterton Tribune article, "The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has adopted “Complete Streets” policies for NIRPC-administered transportation projects in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. 'This is a forward-looking policy that recognizes that we have to make our communities more livable for current and future residents,' Crown Point Mayor David Uran said. 'Our roads will also be safer when we anticipate the needs of all potential users.'..."

"NIRPC’s Executive Committee adopted Complete Streets guidelines by resolution on May 20, after a six-month exploration of the concept and its application. The action ratified previous approvals by the agency’s Transportation Policy and Ped, Pedal and Paddle committees."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2drw26z
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Title: "NIRPC supports Complete Streets"
Author: Staff

TACKLING CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN KINGSTON (NY)

-> According to an article in the June 1st issue of Mobilizing the Region, "Like policymakers across the country, officials in the small Hudson Valley city of Kingston, New York, have found that tackling childhood obesity requires a big toolbox that includes both education and investment in safe routes for walking and biking. To this end, the city’s 'A Healthy Kingston for Kids' initiative, funded by a $360,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), identifies development of a complete streets policy and law as a key goal."

"However, as noted by Dave Gilmour, the chair of Kingston’s new Complete Streets committee, getting there will take more than 'simply writing good code with teeth.' The city officials and community organizations running the initiative will have to coordinate with a diversity of partners, embark on a grassroots education and advocacy program, and eventually build the community’s overall capacity for active living..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3adbyc6

TWIN CITIES LAUNCH "NICE RIDE" BIKE-SHARE PGM

-> According to a June 7th Minnesota Public Radio news story, "This year's week-long celebration to encourage commuters to bike and walk to work culminates Thursday with the launch of what organizers say is the largest bike sharing program in the country."

"Elected officials will cut the ribbon on a Nice Ride kiosk on Nicollet Mall on Thursday, and the program will allow commuters to pick up a bike at one station and ride it to another every April through November."

"'We think it's going to help make bicycling another widely accepted form of transportation,' said Amber Collett, a spokeswoman for Transit for Livable Communities, one of the groups organizing Bike Walk Week. 'It will enable people to make connections throughout the Twin Cities.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fox7kw
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Title: "Bike Walk Week culminates Thursday with bike-share program"
Author: Elizabeth Dunbar

GO HOUSE-HUNTING AROUND CHICAGOLAND BY BIKE

-> According to the June 4th edition of the Active Transportation Alliance's Traffic Signals newsletter, "Homebuyers looking for a sustainable, active lifestyle in Chicago’s suburbs will have the opportunity to find that perfect house by bike at two Home-Hunting-by-Bike events. Highlighting the suburban communities Homewood and Oak Park, each tour includes a map of open houses, local businesses, schools, parks, transit and other amenities. Both are sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance in partnership with local realtors and businesses. Inaugural events take place in Homewood on Saturday, June 19, and Oak Park on Sunday, June 13..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fce7b7

Details: http://tinyurl.com/23f9svc

VERMONT "SAFE PASSING" BILL BECOMES LAW

-> According to a news item on the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition website, "There’s a new law in town! Thanks to strong, grassroots advocacy that intensified in 2010, bicyclists and pedestrians in Vermont now have more protections than ever before. After a three-year lobbying effort at the VT State House, the 'Safe Passing' bill (H.540) passed key committees and both chambers of the legislature. Governor Douglas signed the bill into law on May 20. Many thanks to all VBPC members and friends who contacted legislators to urge support for this legislation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/guy6k

For a copy of the law (17KB pdf), go to: http://tinyurl.com/2g8ryb3

STREETFILMS CAPTURES SAN JOSE (CA) VIAVELO EVENT

-> The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition's June 3rd SBVBC Weekly Bulletin included this note: "Thanks to Streetfilms for coming out to the Mattson Technology ViaVelo in San José. The ViaVelo was a terrific community event that we would like to see happen over and over again. It's great to see all the action in this film."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nwhaut

Check out the video here: http://tinyurl.com/2fshbp2


THE RESEARCH BEAT

CDC: FEW STATES' POLICIES SUPPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

-> According to a May 25th Centers for Disease Control and Prevention news release, "Many states do not have the policy or environmental measures in place to help their residents meet the recommended levels of physical activity to promote health, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2010 includes data about individual behaviors related to physical activity, as well as the presence or absence of physical features and policies that can make being physically active either easy or hard to do."

"The report looks at community access to parks or playgrounds, community centers, and sidewalks or walking paths in neighborhoods. The data showed substantial limits to the number of parks and other areas where physical activity would be convenient. According to the report, only 20 percent of blocks have parks within a half mile of their boundaries, and only 17 percent of blocks have a fitness or recreation center within that distance..."

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

Download the report (1.5MB pdf) here: http://tinyurl.com/295lgey

U OF IL STUDY: WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS & OBESITY

-> According to a June 3rd U.S. News & World Report article, "Children have a better chance of avoiding the obesity epidemic if they live in neighborhoods where they can safely walk, bike and have access to parks and sports fields, researchers say. The three-year study included more than 12,000 students in grades 8 through 10 who lived in urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods."

"'Young teens who can walk and bike safely near home and have access to physical activity settings are much more likely to be active and much less likely to be obese,' lead author Sandy Slater, a research assistant professor at the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said in a news release."

"Safety is another important factor. 'Perceptions of neighborhood safety were one of the strongest predictors of physical activity. If kids don't feel safe walking or biking in their neighborhood then they're not likely to use outdoor physical activity-related settings or facilities,' Slater said. The study is scheduled to be published online and in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2e4pug9
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Title: "Neighborhood Planning Could Help More Kids Avoid Obesity"
Author: HealthDay

WHAT IF YOU ATE ONLY WHAT WAS ADVERTISED ON TV?

-> According to a June 2nd TIME article, "To figure out exactly how unhealthy a TV-guided diet would be, researchers studied food commercials that appeared during 84 hours of prime-time programming and 12 hours of Saturday-morning cartoons broadcast over the major U.S. networks during one month in 2004."

"When the research team calculated the nutritional content of a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet containing only foods that were advertised on television, they found that it exceeded the government's recommended daily amount of fat by 20 times and had 25 times the recommended daily intake of sugar. 'That's almost a month's worth of sugar in one day,' notes study leader Michael Mink at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29wfh94
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Title: "What if You Ate Only What Was Advertised on TV?"
Author: Alice Park

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/244g3kj

AIR POLLUTION MAY HELP TRIGGER CARDIAC ARREST

-> According to a June 3rd Reuters article, "Particulate matter -- tiny specks of soot, dust, and other pollutants in the air that can be breathed deep into the lungs -- has been 'consistently' linked to increases in deaths from heart disease and clogged arteries, Dr. Martine Dennekamp of Monash University in Melbourne and her colleagues note. But studies looking at whether air pollution specifically ups the risk of heart attack or cardiac arrest have had mixed results. Airborne particles are harmful to people with existing health problems, the researchers add, but they could also trigger heart attack or even sudden death in people with no apparent symptoms of cardiovascular disease."

"To investigate, Dennekamp and her team looked at 8,434 cases of sudden cardiac arrest among people 35 and older that occurred in metropolitan Melbourne between 2003 and 2006. After a rise in concentration of the tiniest airborne particles (particles less than 2.5 microns across, known as PM2.5), the likelihood of cardiac arrest rose, and stayed higher than average for two days. For every 4.26 micrograms per cubic meter increase in PM2.5 concentrations, the risk of cardiac arrest was 4 percent higher than average for the next 48 hours..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2woxq8s
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Title: "Air pollution may help trigger cardiac arrest"
Author: Staff

Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2af37p6


QUOTES R US

-> "Making walking and biking safer and more accessible is relatively inexpensive. For example, we could upgrade the entire 2,250 mile East Coast Greenway, a network of bike routes stretching all the way from Key West to Maine, for only one-fifth the cost of a single recent I-95 bridge over the Potomac..."
-- Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

http://tinyurl.com/2cof9sa

-> "I think Detroit is kind of unique for a lot of reasons. Industries have left, so transportation is one of the many things that have suffered here. With that being said, I think cycling is one of the most exciting things that's happening in Detroit right now. There are a lot of people on the ground."
-- John Lindenmayer, Associate Director
League of Michigan Bicyclists.

http://tinyurl.com/25f6a3r

STATS R US

"More than 2 million Germans go on cycling holidays every year...Cycling tourists spend more money in comparison to non-cycling groups...Germany has 125 long-distance bicycle paths with a combined length of 38,000 km (approx. 23,600 miles)."
-- Radlust: Information on Bicycle-Communication

http://tinyurl.com/27tbxxj

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

Monster Bike Tall Trike

http://www.cyclelicio.us/2010/monster-bike-tall-trike/


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Policy Promotion: Getting Policy Makers on Board with Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements"

Date: June 16, 2010, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Leslie Meehan, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; Adetokunbo "Toks" Omishakin, Nashville Healthy Living Initiatives; Philip Pugliese, Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization; Melissa Taylor, Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization; Ellen Zavisca, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization

Host: APBP

Cost: $50 per site for APBP members, $75 per site for non-APBP members

Info: Debra Goeks (262) 228-7025 or info@apbp.org.

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/3xyczsq

APBP has applied for one CM credit from the AICP for this webinar. A certificate of attendance for those wanting to claim Professional Development Hours will be available.

WEBINAR: "Implementing SRTS in Low-Income Schools/Communities"

Date: June 17, 2010, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: LMargo Pedroso, Safe Routes to School National Partnership; Bill Swiatek, Wilmington Area Planning Council, Wilmington, DE; Christy Filby, Ridgeway Elementary School, East Moline, IL

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cost: none

Info and Registration: http://tinyurl.com/297ccj7

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

WEBINAR: "Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants: How a Little Can Go a Long Way"

Date: June 29, 2010, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Scott Bordon, Lyndale Community School, Minneapolis (MN.); Julie Harris, Saddlebrook Elementary School, Omaha (NE); Erin Sheel, Intercity Transit, Olympia (WA)

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

Cost: none

Info: Michelle Gulley - mgulley@americawalks.org

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/29l76my


RESOURCES

-> "THE HIDDEN HEALTH COSTS OF TRANSPORTATION"
Report by Urban Design 4Health, Inc; for the American Public Health Association. February, 2010 (520KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3227ky5

-> "BACKGROUNDER: THE HIDDEN HEALTH COSTS..."
"...of Transportation;" report by Urban Design 4Health, Inc; for the American Public Health Association. March, 2010 (1.4MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/23ppzsj

-> "DESIGN CHECKLIST & GUIDANCE"
U.K. Department for Transport's Cycling England checklist with links to current guidance and best practice for a comprehensive range of design issues. (online checklist with links to numerous pdf documents)
http://tinyurl.com/26vhvve

-> "THE TORONTO CHARTER FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY..."
"...A Global Call to Action;" from the International Society for Physical Activity and Health. May 20, 2010 (general info and link to 910KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/26hrv6b


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!

-> June 4-13, 2010, Velopalooza, Vancouver BC. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/yd6fvan

-> 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 -- CYCLING COORDINATOR -- FIVE RIVERS METROPARKS, DAYTON, OH

Position summary: This position will be directly responsible for the coordination and management of a comprehensive cycling program consisting of community advocacy, sustainable mountain bike trail building, bike maintenance, skill development and education programming. The Cycling Coordinator will build an educational program progression and product line creating access to cycling and mountain biking programming, facilities and events to encourage all ages and demographics to experience cycling and develop a more vibrant cycling community in the region. The Cycling Coordinator will need to possess strong cycling industry contacts and an understanding of marketing and promotions, communications, large scale cycling related events. Full description available at metroparks.org

Rate of Pay: Grade 6 ($15.02 - $23.65 per hour)

Benefits: Includes Medical Insurance and Pension/Retirement

Apply By: June 24

For complete description and to apply go to: http://tinyurl.com/29j3mhs

Questions? Contact Brent Anslinger at <banslinger@metroparks.org> or (937) 275.5069

-> JOB -- DEVELOPMENT & OFFICE COORDINATOR -- BIKE WORKS

Bike Works, a Seattle nonprofit that builds sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling, is looking for a Development & Office Coordinator. This person will assist Bike Works in its fundraising efforts through donor research and relationship building, data management, donor communications and creating supporting materials. They will also support office operations.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with strong administrative and writing skills, excellent attention to detail, some database experience and enthusiasm for working as part of a team. We value and seek diverse team members who are collaborative, professional, fun, responsible and passionate about youth development, biking and sustainability.

Our ideal candidate will also have prior fundraising and/or nonprofit experience. Applications received before June 23rd will receive priority consideration. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Bike Works is an Equal Opportunity and queer-friendly employer.

For the full job description, visit: http://tinyurl.com/26wd4bx

-> 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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