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#256 Wednesday, June 23, 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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----- NCBW’S Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Program Preview!
----- Get Your USDOT TIGER II Grant Info Here!
----- EPA "Climate Showcase Communities" Grants Program Announced
----- America Walks Announces Equal Footing Summit
----- June 30: National Trails Awards Deadline!
----- 179 Schools Celebrated for Healthy Achievements
----- Bikes Belong Hosts U.S. Trans. Leaders at Workshop
----- PBIC Publishes Nat'l Bicycling & Walking Study Update
----- Share Your Bike-Friendly Success Stories
----- NHTSA Enhances FARS Data Resource Websites

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----- D.C. Gets Serious About Childhood Obesity
----- Orlando Builds Mtn Bike Park on a Shoe String
----- Ohio's ‘Healthy Children’ Bill Combats Obesity
----- Lexington (KY) Airport Hosts Unique Cyclovia!
----- Edinburg (TX) Gets $9M in SRTS Money
----- Boulder (CO) Biz Sells Houses by Bike

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----- Diabetics May Have Increased Cancer Risk
----- Computer Fun Helps Improve Girls' Food Choices, Fitness

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

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

NCBW’S PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010 PROGRAM PREVIEW!

-> In less than three months, we will be gathering in Chattanooga for the eighteenth Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference brought to you by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. That may seem like a long time off, but for those of us who have been involved in selecting the presentations, planning the conference program, and making sure that we provide a conference experience that lives up to our high standards, three months is just around the corner.

We have made our panel selections and a sneak preview of the program is now available on our website: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/sessions.pdf

Here are a few program highlights:

Re-thinking business as usual: How advocates in resource-limited communities are getting local government to pay attention to active living.

-- "In the face of ingrained car culture and one of the worst economies in the nation, active transportation advocates in three Michigan communities have risen to the challenge and are thinking creatively about how to cultivate an active living community culture."

Pro Cycling - One small Southern Town's ticket to bike friendliness.

-- "Spartanburg, South Carolina has used professional cycling to catapult itself onto the national and international scene for bicycling advocacy. From a low-cost bike-lending program in Spartanburg to bike-powered aid workers in developing countries – competitive cycling has proven to be a central ingredient to successful advocacy."

You may also be interested in how Australians, with a car culture not much different from ours, were able to add 7 million hours of physical fitness annually in one of their largest cities.

Our Early Summer registration rate will expire July 31, 2010. Learn more about Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 by visiting the conference website:

http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.php

GET YOUR USDOT TIGER II GRANT INFO HERE!

-> According to the USDOT website, the Department of Transportation "is authorized to award $600 million in TIGER II Discretionary Grants pursuant to Title I (Department of Transportation) of the FY 2010 Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 111-117, Dec. 16, 2009). This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or 'TIGER Discretionary Grant,' program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the 'Recovery Act')."

"Because of the similarity in program structure and objectives, DOT is referring to the grants for National Infrastructure Investments under the FY 2010 Appropriations Act as 'TIGER II Discretionary Grants.' As with the TIGER program, funds for the TIGER II program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region..."

For details and links, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3yk2y3m

EPA "CLIMATE SHOWCASE COMMUNITIES" GRANTS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

-> According to a June 8th EPA announcement, "EPA is announcing the availability of up to $10 million in 'Climate Showcase Communities' grants for local and tribal governments to establish and implement climate change initiatives. The Agency expects to award approximately 25 cooperative agreements ranging from approximately $100-500k. Approximately 5% of the funds ($500k) are set aside for tribal governments. EPA requests proposals that create replicable models of sustainable community action, generate cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions, and improve the environmental, economic, public health, or social conditions in a community."

"Eligibility for the program includes local governments (a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments, any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government), federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia. A 50% cost-match or cost-share is required for this program, with the exception of tribal governments and intertribal consortia which are exempt from matching requirements..."

Proposals due by July 26, 2010, 4:00 p.m. EDT. Awards are expected in February 2011 and may run through February 2014.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yg75we2

AMERICA WALKS ANNOUNCES EQUAL FOOTING SUMMIT at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® September 16, 2010, 3-7pm, Chattanooga, TN

-> In a recent announcement, Scott Bricker of America Walks wrote, "Every person walks. It is the most fundamental form of physical activity and the most popular type of outdoor recreation. A key mobility choice, walking comprises 11% of all transportation trips, leading to healthier people, vibrant economies, and environmental sustainability."

"However, pedestrian dangers and poor walking access characterize many American cities and towns. Only 1% of federal transportation funds are spent on walking projects. Street design that discourages walking at the state and local levels exacerbates the problem. These inequities persist because there is no coherent national walking campaign to reverse these trends."

"America Walks, a national non-profit organization, is addressing this void with Equal Footing: Launching the National Walking Strategy®, a summit to rally and coordinate diverse organizations, businesses and individuals to speak with one voice to improve walkability in America. At the Equal Footing summit you can deliberate and build power toward adopting a national vision for walking and a short-term action plan that will provide the foundation to put walking on equal footing."

"The Equal Footing Summit will be held on September 16, 2010 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, directly after the conclusion of the Pro Walk / Pro Bike® conference."

"Be part of this movement. Sign up to attend the Equal Footing Summit either when registering for the Pro Walk / Pro Bike® conference or at the America Walks website." (http://tinyurl.com/yzvpscq)

To get involved, email Scott Bricker at sbricker@americawalks.org

JUNE 30: NATIONAL TRAILS AWARDS DEADLINE!

-> A June 22nd American Trails news release asks, "Did you know that you can help your state, an organization, colleague, company, or project win an American Trails National Trails Award this year to be given out at the awards banquet during the 20th American Trails National Symposium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 14-17? This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight a project that has exhibited excellence toward improving and enhancing trails. The deadline to submit a nomination is fast approaching on June 30th!"

"We would like to encourage you to look over all the award nomination categories, including our new Kids and Trails Award, and make a submission. Can you help us in recognizing the tremendous contributions of volunteers, professionals, and other leaders who are working to create a national system of trails for all Americans to enjoy?..."

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/37cdol4

179 SCHOOLS CELEBRATED FOR HEALTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

-> According to a June 15th news release, "The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has recognized 179 schools from across the country that have transformed their campuses through healthy eating and physical activity policies and programs."

"The honorees were celebrated at the Fifth Annual Healthy Schools Program Forum in New York City. The Healthy Schools Program is a national initiative of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. President Bill Clinton, American Heart Association Chairman Neil Meltzer and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO RisaLavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., all spoke at the event."

"This year’s successes far exceed the totals of previous years and include Memorial High School in West New York, N.J., the first and only school to earn a Gold National Recognition Award. The cities of Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Boston; Lincoln, Neb.; Los Angeles; Miami; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and San Antonio each boast multiple bronze- or silver-level schools..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2g832ba

BIKES BELONG HOSTS U.S. TRANS. LEADERS AT WORKSHOP

-> According to a June 15th news release, "More than thirty influential transportation professionals representing federal and local government, the private sector and national organizations gathered in Boulder, CO, June 9-11 to focus on emerging new designs in bicycle facilities. The Bikes Belong Foundation hosted the workshop, which reviewed infrastructure innovations being pioneered by top U.S. bicycling cities such as Portland, OR, New York and San Francisco -- all of which have seen dramatic increases in cycling in recent years. This unprecedented gathering featured the nation’s leading bicycle planning and engineering experts working to make bicycling safer, more comfortable and more convenient."

"Bicycling in U.S. urban areas has grown dramatically in the last decade. Every community participating in this Bicycling Infrastructure Best Practices Workshop reported double-digit increases in the percentage of trips taken by bike. New York has engineered a 79% increase in cycling since 2006, while Portland’s bicycle use has tripled since 2001. The development of new facility types adapted from international designs -- such as bike boxes, bicycle-specific signals and protected cycle tracks -- have helped fuel the rapid growth of cycling for short trips by creating appealing places to ride..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/289ntrz

PBIC PUBLISHES NAT'L BICYCLING & WALKING STUDY UPDATE

-> According to a June 16th news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has released a 15-year status report detailing the trends and changes in bicycling and walking since the publishing of the National Bicycling and Walking Study in 1994. Since 1994, there has been an increase in bicycling and walking, and a decrease in pedestrian and bike fatalities and injuries across the United States."

"The report includes data from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey, which states walking trips accounted for 10.9% of all trips and one percent of all trips reported were taken by bike; together accounting for 11.9 percent of all trips. This represents an approximate 25% increase for both modes since 2001."

"In regards to safety, the nation has witnessed a 12% decrease in pedestrian fatalities and a 22.3% decrease in fatalities among bicyclists, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data. NHTSA data also indicates that there was a 17.8% and a 14.7% decrease in pedestrian and bicyclists injuries, respectively..."

Source (and link to PDF): http://tinyurl.com/24ktans

SHARE YOUR BIKE-FRIENDLY SUCCESS STORIES

-> In a June 16th message, Wesley Kumfer of Texas Tech wrote, "The Texas Tech University Multidisciplinary Research Center in Transportation and the Texas Department of Transportation are together conducting a nationwide survey to learn the successful stories and gather advice for promoting bicycle-friendly communities."

"This survey will take you about 15-20 minutes, and we would appreciate it greatly if you could complete it. We believe it will benefit many current and potential bicycle users in Texas as well as in the nation. We appreciate your help in making US cities friendlier to bicycle users."

The survey link is <http://tinyurl.com/279gqrt>

Questions? Contact Wesley at wesley.j.kumfer@ttu.edu

NHTSA ENHANCES FARS DATA RESOURCE WEBSITES

-> According to the June 15th Transportation Research E-Newsletter, "The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis has made a series of navigation enhancements to its FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) data resource websites that now more easily allow users to find and access information included in the Customer Automated Tracking System (CATS), the FARS Encyclopedia Reports and Query sites, and the State Traffic Safety Information (STSI) website."

Source (and a link to the FARS site): http://tinyurl.com/27rdcym


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

D.C. GETS SERIOUS ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

-> In a June 11th CityWire article, Neal Peirce asked, "Can we really slim down the next generation of Americans, help our school children shed the extra pounds that could spell lifetimes with high prospects of type 2 diabetes or heart problems?"

"Michelle Obama is trying hard to reach parents with her 'Let’s Move' campaign. Scientific evidence is being mustered. The link to America’s military preparedness is being made. As Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.) wrote recently to the First Lady, nearly a third of 17-to-24 year olds are unfit for military service due to their weight or lack of fitness."

"But the national effort shouldn’t obscure individual cities’ efforts. And a surprise leader is the Nation’s Capital. The District of Columbia last month approved some of America’s strictest rules, aiming to curb the overweight and obese conditions that plague no less than 43 percent of its public school children -- one of the nation’s highest rates..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/329vbee

ORLANDO BUILDS MTN BIKE PARK ON A SHOE STRING

-> According to a June 5th Sentinel article, "Pushed along by a wave of community support, Orlando is close to starting work on a mountain-bike park with off-road trails through thick woods and a track of man-made rolling hills. The park would go in the middle of Orlando's concrete jungle, on 17.6 acres of mostly wooded land not far from downtown and Fashion Square Mall. 'To have this kind of acreage that's never been developed, in the heart of the city, is pretty amazing,' said Malisa McCreedy, planning manager for the city's parks department. Because Orlando faces a $55-million deficit and has no money available for new parks, the park will be built with private money and sweat equity."

"The Winter Park Health Foundation, a charity that promotes healthy living, approved a $50,000 grant in April. 'We like that it would be a place that makes it easier for people to be healthy,' said Lisa Portelli, the charity's program director. 'It's at the center of the city, so it's accessible to many different parts of the community.' Mountain bikers themselves will blaze the trails. Local members of the Ocala Mountain Bike Association -- the organization that maintains greenway trails on state land near Ocala -- are forming a chapter that will maintain the Orlando park once it's built. 'With only $50,000, we're still able to do a lot,' McCreedy said. 'We're not constructing anything -- you're talking moving dirt and volunteer labor.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/38tw3ct
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Title: "Mountain-bike park planned for undeveloped land in Orlando"
Author: Mark Schlueb

OHIO'S ‘HEALTHY CHILDREN’ BILL COMBATS OBESITY

-> According to a June 4th Dayton Daily News article, "A bipartisan bill to combat childhood obesity that requires healthier options in school cafeterias, and provides for body mass index screenings of students and a pilot program for daily physical activity during the school day was approved by both chambers of the Ohio Legislature, Thursday, June 3. The Healthy Choices for Healthy Children bill will be signed into law by Gov. Ted Strickland, said Amanda Wurst, the governor’s spokeswoman."

"The bill focuses on decreasing and preventing childhood obesity in Ohio schools through healthier food and beverage options; changes to physical education instructor requirements; body mass index (BMI) screenings upon school entry and in third, fifth and ninth grades; and a pilot program to encourage 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students. One in three children born in Ohio is overweight by age 8, said Sen. Kevin Coughlin, R-Cuyahoga Falls, a co-sponsor of the bill..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2v7zy6j
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Title: "‘Healthy Children’ bill combats obesity"
Author: Dave Larsen

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/3866r7r

LEXINGTON (KY) AIRPORT HOSTS UNIQUE CYCLOVIA!

-> According to a June 14th Herald-Leader article, "Blistering sunshine on newly poured tarmac didn't stop thousands of people from biking, scootering, skating, running and walking on Blue Grass Airport's new runway Sunday. 'This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,' said Joni Hagan, who walked the 1.4-mile circuit of the 4,000-foot runway and taxiway in a stiff breeze that cooled the rays. 'It's great,' agreed bicyclist Ann Smith. 'I've never seen a runway from this dimension before, looking out at Keene land and seeing planes land.'"

"In fact, so many people showed up to the event, part of the Second Sunday series, that parking at the new runway filled up, forcing folks to park at Keeneland Race Course, across Versailles Road, and take shuttle buses. Based on traffic flow and parking, not a head count, Lexington police Sgt. Pat McBride estimated that as many as 15,000 people attended..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24j8fjy
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Title: "Thousands brave heat for event on airport runway"
Author: Linda B. Blackford

Note: Lexington Bike/Ped Coordinator, Kenzie Gleason, sent an update: the airport will make it an annual thing, noting that "it's a big hit with the kids!"

EDINBURG (TX) GETS $9M IN SRTS MONEY

-> According to a June 12th Monitor article, "Constructing more than 30 miles of sidewalks, redesigning crosswalks and installing bike racks at two dozen school campuses can aid the Edinburg school district’s efforts to curb childhood obesity, school officials said. The $9 million in federal funding distributed to the school system through the Safe Routes to School Program will make walking and biking to school safer and more appealing for students, said district architect Robert Estrada, who put together the application for the grant money. But it can also be part of the school system’s effort to fight childhood obesity by improving school lunch diets and encouraging physical activity among its students."

"About one in every three children in the United States is overweight or obese. 'Twenty years ago, everybody walked to school because parents knew it was safe,' Estrada said. 'We’re hoping to improve those numbers for kids that might live in areas where they didn’t want to walk because there was traffic.' Twenty-four Edinburg school campuses — nearly all of them elementary schools — will receive an average of $375,000 each to upgrade or construct sidewalks, improve crosswalks and traffic signals, and install bike racks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2aatvku
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Title: "Sidewalks could curb childhood obesity problem"
Author: Jared Janes

Via the RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/24qs7op

BOULDER (CO) BIZ SELLS HOUSES BY BIKE

-> According to a June 15th Bicycle Retailer article, "Living on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, Kelley Cluzel and her husband Bill were in the market to buy a house closer to town. Cluzel hoped to shorten her 15-mile commute so that she could bike to work. 'I thought pedaling from house to house would be a great way to judge how bike friendly each home was,' she said. One Sunday, she and her husband spent three hours riding to seven houses with an agent from Pedal to Properties, a Boulder, Colorado-based real estate company that gives house hunters the option of going from property to property by bike—cruisers to be exact."

"'We eventually chose a house less than two miles from my job and commutable entirely by bike paths,' Cluzel said. Pedal to Properties is basically what its name implies. Matt Kolb formed the company in the wake of a financial loss. In early 2006, Kolb worked for another real estate firm. After showing a prospective buyer a $1.5 million home from which he walked away, Kolb learned that the gentleman went back to his hotel and took a cruiser bike back through the neighborhood to get to a restaurant. That buyer ended up acquiring the property, but not through Kolb. 'I lost $35,000,' Kolb said. But from that loss came the idea for Pedal to Properties. Between its Boulder office and local hotels, Pedal to Properties has roughly 50 bikes that are maintained weekly by its own mechanic. The company used Electra cruisers to start, switched over to Trek within the last year, and is now going to give it a go themselves..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ddsnx5
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Title: "Boulderites House Hunt on Two Wheels"
Author: Jason Norman


THE RESEARCH BEAT

DIABETICS MAY HAVE INCREASED CANCER RISK

-> According to a June 22nd WCTV (Tallahassee) story, "People with diabetes may have to be concerned about an increased risk of cancer. A joint report by the American Cancer Society and The American Diabetes Association discovered the possible risk. Experts aren't sure if the disease itself leads to the cancer risk or shared factors such as obesity may be to blame."

"They did find evidence of an association between diabetes and an increased risk of liver, pancreas, endometrial, colon, breast and bladder cancer. However, they also found evidence diabetes is associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Other research has suggested some diabetes treatments, may be associated with the development of some cancers, but the evidence isn't conclusive..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3xo3hkh
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Title: "Health Matters: People With Diabetes May Have an Increased Risk for Cancer"
Author: Triston Sanders

COMPUTER FUN HELPS IMPROVE GIRLS' FOOD CHOICES, FITNESS

-> According to a June 22nd News & Events story on the USDA Agricultural Research Service website, "Lively, educational comic strips, geared to 8- to 10-year-old African-American girls, can help these young viewers make better food choices and improve their physical fitness. That's what happened in a preliminary study, reported several years ago, with 78 Internet-savvy African American girls age 8 to 10. Now, the program's creators hope to repeat the study in a larger test with 400 young volunteers and their parents. The scientists also want to develop a version targeted to Hispanic girls."

"Behavioral science researcher and assistant professor of pediatrics Deborah Thompson and a team of colleagues created the comic strips-based "Food, Fun, and Fitness Internet Program for Girls." Thompson and some of her co-investigators, including Tom Baranowski, Karen Cullen, and others, are at the ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/38kkanx


QUOTES R US

-> "Walking is most strongly related to measures of land use diversity, intersection density, and the number of destinations within walking..."
-- Reid Ewing and Robert Cervero

Journal of the American Planning Association, http://tinyurl.com/32pq9yz

Via Grist Magazine: http://tinyurl.com/3858lhm

-> "Compared to most other mindsets, Vancouver’s transportation thinking has been counterintuitive because we rank walking at the top of the list, followed by bicycling, transit, and goods movement. The auto is last."
-- Brent Toderian, Director of Planning, Vancouver BC.

(quoted in the March/April issue of Urban Land)

http://tinyurl.com/2cpspxo (1.3mb pdf)

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PROCRASTINATORS ANONYMOUS

"Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried."

"Procrastinators Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from chronic procrastination."

http://tinyurl.com/muuo3o


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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 at (mgulley@americawalks.org)

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

WEBINAR: "Pedestrian Safety From Around the World"

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

Presenter: Charlie Zegeer, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Host: PBIC

Cost: None

Info: http://tinyurl.com/26q3kgb

Register: http://tinyurl.com/29rpbcu

WEBINAR: "Bicycle Boulevards and Neighborhood Greenways"

Date: July 21, 2010, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Mia Birk, Alta Planning + Design; and Greg Raisman, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

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

Register: http://tinyurl.com/39zznnm

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.

SIX-PART WEBINAR: "Measurement of Active and Sedentary Behaviors: Closing the Gaps in Self-Report Methods"

Date: July 21, 2010

Schedule:

  • 12:30 p.m. to 12:40 p.m. Introduction
    Presenter: Heather Bowles, National Cancer Institute
  • 12:40 p.m. to 1:20 p.m "A framework for physical activity as a complex & multidimensional behavior"
    Presenters: Kelley Pettee Gabriel, University of Texas Health Science Center; James Morrow, University of North Texas
  • 1:20 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. "A typology for linking self-report methods to study design & data modeling strategies"
    Presenter: Barbara Sternfeld, Kaiser Permanente
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. "A checklist for evaluating the validity and suitability of existing physical activity and sedentary behavior self-report instruments"
    Presenter: Maria Hagströmer, KarolinskaInstitutet
  • 3:00 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. "Language translation & cultural adaptation of self-report instruments for cross-cultural comparisons"
    Presenter: Elva Arredondo, San Diego State University
  • 3:40 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. "Approaches to physical activity & sedentary behavior self-report instrument development"
    Presenter: Louise Mâsse, University of British Columbia
  • 4:20 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. "Approaches to modeling the measurement error structure of self-report data"
    Presenter: Sarah Nusser, Iowa State University
  • 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Closing comments
    Presenter: Heather Bowles, National Cancer Institute

Hosts: National Cancer Institute; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention; American College of Sports Medicine; National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

Cost: None

Info: http://tinyurl.com/2uz5h66


RESOURCES

-> "TRAVEL AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: A META-ANALYSIS"
Article by Reid Ewing & Robert Cervero; Journal of the American Planning Association. May 11, 2010 (abstract and link to 224KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/32pq9yz

-> "ENVIRONMENTAL METRICS FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH..."
"...Improvement;" article by Jakubowski&Frumkin; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(4); CDC. July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/2fx8egt

-> "PUTTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WHERE IT FITS IN THE..."
"...School Day: Preliminary Results of the ABC (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) for Fitness Program'" article by Katz, Cushman; Reynolds, Njike, Treu, Walker, Smith, & Katz; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(4). July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/335ekv8

-> "CAN DO HOUSTON: A COMMUNITY-BASED APPROACH TO..."
"...Preventing Childhood Obesity;" article by Post Correa, Murray, Mei, Baun, Gor, Hare, Banerjee, Sindha, & Jones; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(4). July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/25n5blh

-> "THE POTENTIAL OF BLACK RADIO TO DISSEMINATE..."
"...Health Messages and Reduce Disparities;" article by Hall, Johnson-Turbes, & Williams; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(4). July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/32v84v5

-> "IDENTIFYING POPULATIONS AT HIGH RISK FOR..."
"...Diabetes With the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Rhode Island, 2003;" article by Wojcik, Gjelsvik, & Goldman; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(4). July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/2bo2qpq

-> "MEASURING THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY"
Article by Brownson, Seiler, & Eyler; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(4). July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/2c4bbcw

-> "SURVEILLANCE OF OBESITY-RELATED POLICIES IN MULTIPLE..."
"...Environments: The Missouri Obesity, Nutrition, and Activity Policy Database, 2007-2009;" article by Haire-Joshu, Elliott, Schermbeck, Taricone, Green, & Brownson; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(4). July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/2afozgv

-> "BUILDING ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES..."
"...A Framework for Inclusivity;" report by Been, Cunningham, Gould Ellen, Gordon, Parilla, Austin Turner, Verlaine Whitney, Yowell, & Zimmerman; Furman Ctr, NY Univ.; UrbanInstitute; What Works Collaborative.
April 2010 http://tinyurl.com/28lovzc

-> "MARKETING CYCLING"
Handbook from the U.K. National Cycling Strategy Board; part of Cycling England's "Smart Measures Portfolio," Department for Transport. Updated May 26, 2009 (general information and links to numerous pdfs).
http://tinyurl.com/288qwy7

-> "PRESTO CYCLING POLICY GUIDE..."
"...General Framework;" PRESTO (Promoting Cycling for Everyone as a Daily Transport Mode) is a project of the European Union’s Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme granted by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI). (general info and link to download pdfs)
http://tinyurl.com/22tj3q3

-> "ASSESSING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN PUBLIC PARKS..."
"...in Brazil Using Systematic Observation;" article by Parra, McKenzie, Ribeiro, Ferreira Hino, Dreisinger, Coniglio, Munk, Brownson, Pratt, Hoehner, Simoes; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.181230. June 17, 2010 (abstract and info on ordering full article)
http://tinyurl.com/2aprj9o

-> "PARK RANGERS AS PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATORS..."
"...The Public Health in the Parks Grants Initiative;" article by Wong & Higgins; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.179622. June 17, 2010 (abstract and info on ordering full article)
http://tinyurl.com/2dowqwj

-> "VALIDITY OF INSTRUMENTS TO ASSESS STUDENTS'..."
"...Travel and Pedestrian Safety;" article by Mendoza1, Watson, Baranowski, Nicklas, Uscanga, and Hanfling; BMC Public Health. 2010
http://tinyurl.com/2eea3bz


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 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 -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- SACRAMENTO AREA BICYCLE ADVOCATES

Did you know that Sacramento has one of the nation’s highest bicycling mode shares and the world-class American River Bike Trail? The nonprofit Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) seeks a dynamic, competent leader to serve the region’s diverse, growing bike community. With money in the bank, 1,400 dues-paying members, key strategic partnerships and an outstanding, decade-long track record of winning facility improvements for bicycling, SABA is ready to emerge as a powerful force for sustainable transportation in the political capital of California. Are you?

Details (50KB doc file): http://tinyurl.com/22klevq

-> JOB -- SAFER ROUTES KC MANAGER -- KANSAS CITY (MO)

Full-time limited term contract position with City of Kansas City, MO for one year. Position is based in Public Works Dept and is grant funded. Responsible for coordination and implementation of pilot safe routes to school program; develop and manage walking/biking school bus; gather and tabulate data, prepare written reports; conduct walking workshops; create and implement pilot healthy lifestyle initiative. Requires an accredited BA degree in public health, social work, urban planning, public administration, sociology or related field and three (3) years experience. Masters degree preferred. Salary range: $18.26 to $22.11 per hour. The City of Kansas City, Mo., is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. EOE. Please submit cover letter and resume to: Deb Ridgway, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, City Hall – 20th Floor, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. Application deadline: July 6, 2010.

-> JOB -- ACTIVE LIVING KC COORDINATOR – (KANSAS CITY MO)

Full-time limited term contract position with City of Kansas City, MO for one year. Position is based in Public Works Dept and is grant funded. Responsible for overall program coordination and policy review of new healthy lifestyle initiative; assist with development and implementation of safe routes to school pilot program; conduct bicycling/walking safety assessments; provide policy analysis; and, written reports. Requires an accredited BA degree in public health, social work, urban planning, public administration, sociology or related field and three (3) years experience. Masters degree preferred. Salary range: $18.26 to $22.11 per hour. The City of Kansas City, Mo., is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. EOE. Please submit cover letter and resume to: Deb Ridgway, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, City Hall – 20th Floor, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. Application deadline: July 6, 2010.

-> JOB -- DIETICIAN ACTIVE LIVING KC – KANSAS CITY (MO)

Full-time limited term contract position with City of Kansas City, MO for one year. Position is based in Health Dept and is grant funded. Responsible for elementary school-based nutrition education for targeted pilot safe routes to school initiative; work with city staff, school administration, parents, and community partners to develop and implement food, nutrition and health policies to support healthy lifestyles. Experience working with school districts, food policy development and oversight, and understanding of food systems a must. Ability to collect and analyze data, project management, public speaking, and strong written and verbal skills are essential. Requires a Missouri Licensed, Registered Dietician with accredited BA degree in nutrition, dietetics, public health, social work, public administration or related field with three (3) years experience. Masters degree preferred. Salary range $22.11 to $24.50 per hour. The City of Kansas City, Mo., is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. EOE. Please submit cover letter and resume to: Deb Ridgway, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, City Hall – 20th Floor, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. Application deadline: July 6, 2010.

-> 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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