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#257 Wednesday, July 7, 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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----- Pro Walk/ Pro Bike® 2010 Program Update
----- Get Your Proposals in for TRB's Annual Meeting!
----- Today's Home Buyers Looking for Walkability
----- U.S. Bicycle Route System Begins Connecting America
----- Clean Energy Advocates Declare Independence from Fossil Fuels
----- World Health Org Supports ECF's "Scientists For Cycling"
----- PBIC Seeks Walk-Friendly Communities Pilot Communities
----- Nat'l Trails Awards Deadlines Coming Fast!
----- Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Assn Commits $50K/Yr to BBF
----- BikestationCeo Named Top Social Entrepreneur

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----- Cincinnati Approves Bike Plan, Enacts 3-ft Rule
----- Birmingham (AL) Plan Includes Complete Streets
----- Univ. of Calif. Santa Barbara Bike Numbers Are Up!
----- NY State Complete Streets on Move Again?
----- D.C. Opens Pennsylvania Avenue Bike Lanes
----- Using Crutches in Seattle's Walker's Paradise
----- Penndot: Cancer Survivor Must License, Insure Bike

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----- Diabetics May Have Increased Cancer Risk
----- Computer Fun Helps Improve Girls' Food Choices, Fitness
----- Obesity Rising...Southern States Have Highest Rates
----- Driving & the Built Environment Podcast

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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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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/ PRO BIKE® 2010 PROGRAM UPDATE

-> Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Chattanooga is nine weeks away. Available on the conference website is a list of our panel sessions, information on mobile workshops and some of the pre and post conference special sessions and meetings. We'll have a complete list of special meetings and mobile workshops at the end of the month. In the meantime here are two meetings that are part of the extended PWPB program.

-- Adventure Cycling will host a U.S. Bicycle Route System Implementation Workshop
Date: Monday, September 13; 1- 4 pm
Participants will discuss:

  • Benefits of the U.S. Bicycle Route System
  • Building partnerships between state agencies and cycling/trail groups
  • Route development and criteria
  • Steps to get started or participate in implementation
  • How to gain buy-in from local communities, transportation agencies, and natural and recreational resource managers.
  • Collaboration across state lines

Contact Ginny Sullivan at gsullivan@adventurecycling.org. for more information

-- Accessible Pedestrian Signals Workshop
Date: Friday, September 17
This free workshop provides information and guidance on the features, design, and installation of accessible pedestrian signals (APS). This full-day workshop is the product of a national research project developing guidance on APS to optimize safe and independent crossing at signalized intersections by pedestrians who are visually impaired. Space is limited.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Daniel Carter at (919) 962-8720 or daniel_carter@unc.edu

These meetings are free for PWPB ® attendees. Since the start of Pro Walk/Pro Bike® in 1980, the National Center for Bicycling & Walking has offered meeting space at no charge to other organizations that compliment the PWPB® program. We do this to help grow the movement; and to ensure that the movement continues to provide a big tent event where advocates, professionals, elected officials, newbies, hard liners,trend setters,and all interested parties can come together and learn from each other. Our sponsors help keep the costs down and we pass on those savings to you because we want as many of you as possible to attend and benefit from the entire program without having to keep digging into your pocket. Come and see for yourself why Pro Walk/Pro Bike® is one of the best conferences and one of the best conference bargains in the country. Even our off site party is free! Early summer registration rates are in effect thru July 31.

For more information and to register, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.php

If you are interested in being a PWPB® 2010 sponsor contact <sharon@bikewalk.org>

GET YOUR PROPOSALS IN FOR TRB'S ANNUAL MEETING!

-> In an announcement from the Transportation Research Board's Pedestrian Communittee, Chair Shawn Turner wrote, "There are several Calls for Papers for the TRB Annual Meeting that are due by August 1. Several of these we (Pedestrian Committee) have cosponsored, but several have been initiated by other committees. That means that other committees are thinking about pedestrians. Here are the Calls for Papers:"

  • "Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Call for Papers
  • Integrating modes for sustainable tourism and public land access
  • Public Involvement in Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues
  • Transportation Accessibility and Mobility Research
  • Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities Call for Papers..."

To see the full list of Calls for Papers, go to: http://tinyurl.com/27tyk6r

TODAY'S HOME BUYERS LOOKING FOR WALKABILITY

-> According to a July 2nd Wall Street Journal article, "Today's home buyers aren't just looking for good schools and low crime rates when they evaluate a neighborhood, many brokers say. They're paying much more attention to what they can walk to. Today's home buyers aren't just looking for good schools and low crime rates when they evaluate a neighborhood, many brokers say. They're paying much more attention to what they can walk to."

"'For a lot of Americans, the whole problem of traffic congestion and having to drive everywhere to do almost anything has made other choices more attractive,' says Kaid Benfield, director of the Washington-based Natural Resources Defense Council's Smart Growth Program. Urban planners say it's also a matter of demographics: Baby boomers are coming of empty-nest retirement age, and at the same time their children are buying their first homes, and neither group wants large lots in remote places where little is going on. Fear about future oil prices is also increasing the attractiveness of walkable neighborhoods..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25tg9n8
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Title: "A Walker's Guide to Home Buying"
Author: Nancy Keates

U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM BEGINS CONNECTING AMERICA

-> In his July 2nd FastLaneBlog entry, Transportation Secretary LaHood wrote, "If you're traveling by car or airplane this 4th of July weekend and would rather be packing your luggage onto your bike, you may be interested in the US Bicycle Route System. You've probably heard me compare where our high-speed and intercity passenger rail system is today with where America stood 54 years ago when President Eisenhower began implementing the US Interstate Highway network."

"But America also has a national interstate network of bicycle routes in a similar state of initial development. The US Bicycle Route System opened its first routes in 1982. Route 1 runs between Virginia and North Carolina, and Route 76 joins Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois. For more than 20 years, not much happened. But in 2003, AASHTO revived the USBRS with a Task Force on US Bicycle Routes."

"The Task Force includes state transportation agency staff, Federal Highway Administration employees, and bicycling organizations. One group, Adventure Cycling Association, began providing staff support to the project in 2005 and developed a map called the National Corridor Plan. In 2009, the Task Force created a new application that states can use to enter their routes into the USBRS. The hard work of translating the corridors from the plan into on-the-ground routes began..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2edlkx6

Via League of American Bicyclists Blog: http://tinyurl.com/2cqphuc

CLEAN ENERGY ADVOCATES DECLARE INDEPENDENCE FROM FOSSIL FUELS

-> According to a July 1st Apollo Alliance news story, "This week, as Americans prepared to celebrate Independence Day, supporters of clean energy worked to make sure that by next July 4th our country will have moved significantly closer to independence from oil and other fossil fuels. The ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- which has yet to be staunched and is now facing the menace of hurricane season-provided a back-drop for these efforts. Not only has the oil spill provided a wake-up call to Americans about the dangers of our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, it has also turned the public's attention to the undue influence of oil-company lobbying and campaign contributions on our political process..."

"It is in this environment, where fossil fuel companies are so actively trying to influence policymakers, that the Senate is getting ready to debate a clean energy and climate bill this summer...This week, a bi-partisan group of senators met with President Obama to discuss what measures might be included in the legislation...In an effort to push a Senate clean energy and climate bill over the finish line, clean energy supporters have turned up the heat in recent weeks with lobby days, creative protests, television advertisements and many other efforts..."

To learn more, go to: http://tinyurl.com/29gvjxf

WORLD HEALTH ORG SUPPORTS ECF'S "SCIENTISTS FOR CYCLING"

-> According to the European Cyclists' Federation July 2nd newsletter, "'There are many ways the WHO can work together with the 'Scientists for Cycling' (S4C), on public health topics like physical activity, the environment, urban planning and more,' said Ms. LiddekeMiddelbeek from the World Health Organization (WHO). She was present at the kick-off networking event attended by 100 scientists on the last day of Velo-city in Copenhagen. Middelbeek said 'We welcome this network, and look forward to fruitful cooperation.'"

"'I see several ways the WHO could work together with 'Scientists for Cycling' (S4C). In the public health field I work in, physical activity, there are many opportunities for cooperation. Staff in WHO's Rome office covers several other areas that 'Scientists for Cycling' (S4C) researchers focus on. So there are plenty of exciting opportunities.'"

"Ms Middelbeek's enthusiasm reflected the position of the acting head of the Rome office, the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health. Ms. Francesca Racioppi told the ECF 'I am sure that this network will be helpful in promoting exchanges across the borders of different disciplines, and I think research will be able to benefit significantly from bringing together experts from transport, urban development, health, environment and participatory approaches,' she said in a written communication to the ECF ahead of Velo-city. "

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ac883h

PBIC SEEKS WALK-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES PILOT COMMUNITIES

-> According to a July 6th PBIC news release, "In preparation for the national launch of Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is seeking up to 5 communities to pilot test the latest online draft of the WFC assessment tool."

"Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed by PBIC to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. The program will officially be launched in the fall of 2010."

"In order to ready the WFC program for a national release, and to ensure that the program can be a comprehensive tool for all communities, PBIC is seeking communities for pilot testing. Initial pilot tests were held in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Orlando, Florida, and Davidson, North Carolina, to revise the assessment tool and provide a foundation for the program. The second round of pilot testing will test the usability of the online application and submission mechanisms. Pilot testing will involve the assessment of your community through completion and submission of the latest version of the WFC assessment tool..."

Fore more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2ba9ryx

NAT'L TRAILS AWARDS DEADLINES COMING FAST!

-> In a July 1st mailing, American Trails asked, "Did you know that you can help your state, an organization, colleague, company, development, 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..."

"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?..."

Award Nomination Categories: Trail Advocacy; Trail Worker; Lifetime Service; Best Trails State; Community Service; Corporate; Kids and Trails; Outstanding Media; Outstanding Trail Sharing; Partnership; Planning/Design; State-of-the-Art Technology; Trails and the Arts; Trails for Health; Trails Public Service

National Trails Awards Deadline: July 13!
Developers Award Deadline: July 31!

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

TAIWAN BICYCLE EXPORTERS ASSN COMMITS $50K/YR TO BBF

-> According to a June 28th Bikes Belong release, "The Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association (TBEA) has committed $50,000 per year for three years to the Bikes Belong Foundation. The investment will go toward Bikes Belong's Bicycling Design Best Practices Project, which works to increase bicycle use in America by adapting and implementing state-of-the art international best practices in infrastructure and urban design to make bicycling safer, more comfortable and more appealing. The SRAM Cycling Fund has matched this $50,000 contribution for 2010. 'The TBEA believes in the vision of a more bicycle friendly world, and we are inspired by the work of the Bikes Belong Foundation and their Best Practices Project,' said Ying-Ming Yang, Chairman of TBEA..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2c4y82v

BIKESTATION CEO NAMED TOP SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

-> According to an article in the June 30th CalBike Report, "Business Week magazine has named Andrťa White-Kjoss, chief executive officer and president of Mobis Transportation Alternatives, based in Long Beach, as one of America's most promising social entrepreneurs for 2010."

"Mobis designs, builds and operates facilities for parking, renting and repairing bicycles under the 'Bikestation name,' and also helps communities and transit agencies plan multi-modal transportation facilities. Fourteen Bikestations operate in California, Seattle and Washington, D.C..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2e7fyrq (current edition not on website yet)

Business Week story: http://tinyurl.com/3xe5jpq


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CINCINNATI APPROVES BIKE PLAN, ENACTS 3-FT RULE

-> According to a June 23rd entry on the Queen City Bike Blog, "Cincinnati City Council today approved a landmark new Bicycle Transportation Plan. The plan sets out a 15-year program that will add 329 miles of new bike lanes and other on-street improvements that will make riding everywhere in the City easier."

"The plan calls for immediate improvements over the next eighteen months to three major routes in the city: Madison Road, Spring Grove Avenue, and Riverside Drive. We will be working very closely with the Department of Transportation and Engineering on those projects."

"The Council also passed a separate ordinance sponsored by Council Member Jeff Berding requiring motor vehicles to maintain a three-foot distance when overtaking bicycles. The ordinance also prohibits driving or parking a car in a bike lane and requires drivers to exercise caution in opening doors to avoid endangering bicyclists."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2u2u8kx

BIRMINGHAM (AL) PLAN INCLUDES COMPLETE STREETS

-> According to a June 24th message from Tom Maxwell, Sr. Environmental Planner with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, "The Birmingham MPO adopted the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan on June 9th. This new long range transportation plan includes a complete streets policy statement (Chapter 3) along with an active transportation program element (Chapter 5). The 2035 RTP is good news for Birmingham and the state of Alabama. We have been the subject of mostly negative attention from the findings in two of the latest advocacy/benchmark reports and Bicycling Magazine (May issue footnoted metro B'ham as one of the 3 most bike-unfriendly metro areas)... but we are fighting back and we see a better future for our region."

The 2035 RTP is posted here: http://tinyurl.com/2cr2w2f

Tom can be reached here: TMaxwell@rpcgb.org

UNIV. OF CALIF. SANTA BARBARA BIKE NUMBERS ARE UP!

-> According to the July issue of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition's Quick Release newsletter, "Last February, UCSB's Social Science Survey Center conducted a survey of campus members, asking how they traveled to classes and work. Because this is the first survey to consider four categories of commuters -- undergraduate students, grad students, faculty and staff members -- the in-depth results reveal striking differences that were not seen previously. Prior survey analyses grouped all students together, and likewise grouped faculty together with staff."

"What the new study shows is that the four groups are very different in their travel modes. The percentage of those who bicycle to campus is 57% undergrads, 35% grad students, 22% faculty, and only 7% of the staff members. And for every three students bicycling, there is approximately one walking to campus. The best news is that, over time, university people are choosing more sustainable travel by bicycle. The earliest survey was done in 1969/1970. Since then, the percentage of students (grad and undergrad) bicycling has increased from 38% to 52%. And the percentage of faculty and staff choosing bikes has increased from 4% to 11%..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25cnspt

NY STATE COMPLETE STREETS ON MOVE AGAIN?

-> According to a July 2nd Mobilizing the Region article, "Just when many advocates believed that time had run out for the Complete Streets bill pending in Albany, a major hurdle was crossed on Tuesday. The Assembly's version of the bill, which had been dramatically watered down, was amended again to match the stronger Senate version which passed by an overwhelming majority two weeks ago."

"The Complete Streets bill now working its way through the Assembly would direct the New York State Department of Transportation to consider pedestrian and bicycle accommodations in the planning and development of state, county, and local roads and other transportation facilities that are eligible for state and federal funds."

"The remaining hurdles include the Ways and Means committee, chaired by Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell, and then the Rules committee, chaired by Speaker Sheldon Silver. Only then can it be brought to a full vote on the Assembly floor, with a final stop on the Governor's desk..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2cg3pld

D.C. OPENS PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE BIKE LANES

-> According to a June 23rd Washington Post Breaking News Blog entry, "The latest addition to a network of bike lanes that planners expect to grow eventually to 80 miles of dedicated lanes was officially christened Tuesday with great fanfare on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Two cyclists -- D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood -- were joined by city officials and members of Congress in inaugurating the lanes."

"'There is no better place for the District of Columbia to demonstrate its commitment to traffic safety than right here on America's Main Street,' said Fenty (D), a dedicated cyclist and triathlete. 'We believe there is room here for everyone -- on four wheels, two wheels and on foot -- and we will use this pilot to determine how best to share Pennsylvania Avenue and make it safer.' The new bike lanes are part of a pilot program on streets selected because they are judged to have the capacity to accommodate bikes and motor vehicles..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29ouh37
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Title: "D.C. opens Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes"
Author: Ashley Halsey III

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/2cs5823

USING CRUTCHES IN SEATTLE'S WALKER'S PARADISE

-> In a June 28th entry in Sightline Institute's Daily Blog, Roger Valdez wrote, "I broke my ankle three weeks ago. And no, it wasn't undertaking some spectacular athletic feat. It was a simple trip and fall at home. But now that I'm on crutches, I've had the opportunity to see what it's like to be disabled. I am fortunate, obviously, because my bones will heal, and soon I'll be up and about."

"But along with a new found gratitude for simply being able to get up and answer the door, I've also found another reason to love my dense compact neighborhood of Capitol Hill in Seattle. It turns out that my part of the world, one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the Northwest, is pretty easy to get around on crutches."

"While my neighborhood is considered a 'walker's paradise' by Walk Score's measure, it is also conducive to getting around in other ways, including on crutches. Why? It's pretty simple; everything in my neighborhood is close by..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/32bgpel

PENNDOT: CANCER SURVIVOR MUST LICENSE, INSURE BIKE

-> According to a June 17th York Daily Record article, "Steve Hayes of Dover Township [PA] is becoming physically active again after surviving cancer, and he wants to ride his bike to get some fresh air, enjoy nature and talk to neighbors. The problem is that Hayes' legs sometimes give out. So Hayes, a former electrical engineer, added an electric assist motor to the front wheel of his 21-speed mountain bike."

"Hayes can still pedal the bicycle normally, but with the flip of a switch, he can turn on the motor to help him climb hills or simply get home if his legs aren't working. Under the law, though, Hayes' modified bicycle is considered to be a motorized pedalcycle, or moped. To ride it on the road, the bike needs a title and registration, a special safety inspection and insurance. 'It's a bicycle,' Hayes said. 'I think this is a bit far.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ed6wqn
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Title: "Cancer survivor's modified bicycle leads to legal hurdles"
Author: Teresa Ann Boeckel

For more on the issue, contact Joe Stafford, Bicycle Access Council, Dallastown, PA; <pabycycle@verizon.net>; (717) 417-1299; BAC is taking a lead on the issue <http://tinyurl.com/27vtynv>


THE RESEARCH BEAT

PARENTS OBLIVIOUS TO OVERWEIGHT KIDS

-> According to a July 1st Newsweek article, "As obesity rates hit record levels, a new study finds that many adults don't recognize weight problems in their children. The consequences can be severe...A new poll included in the report finds that the majority of Americans believe that childhood obesity is a 'significant and growing challenge for the country,' and yet 84 percent say their children are at a healthy weight-despite national stats showing that nearly one third of children and teens are overweight (their body mass index, or BMI, falls between the 85th and 95th percentile for their age and sex) or obese (at or above the 95th percentile)."

"Americans understand there's a problem; they just don't think their kids are a part of it. The consequences are dire. 'We're in danger of raising the first generation of children who could live sicker and die younger than the generation before them,' says Dr. James Marks, RWJF's senior vice president. Skewed weight perception is a well-known phenomenon in the research world. In one study, only one third of parents of overweight kids recognized their child's weight status accurately and few were worried that it might be a problem. In another, 60 percent of parents of overweight children inaccurately identified their child as healthy weight or even underweight..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/34e5uxk
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Title: "Parents Oblivious to Overweight Kids"
Author: Claudia Kalb

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/29sltle

STUDY: HOTTER SUMMER TEMPS IN SPRAWLING CITIES

-> According to a June 24th USA Today article, "The rate of increase in the number of very hot days in sprawling cities is more than double that of compact cities, a study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal has found. A team of Atlanta-based scientists studied the number of very hot days in 53 sprawling metropolitan regions between 1956 and 2005, each of which had different climate zones, population sizes and rates of growth."

"The scientists found that the annual number of very hot days in sprawling cities increased by 14.8 days, but cities with the least sprawl increased by only 5.6 days. Those cities with the highest increase in the number of very hot days include Atlanta, Greenville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Tampa and Grand Rapids, Brian Stone, lead author of the study and associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, said in an interview..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2a84xso
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Title: "Study: Sprawling cities experience hotter summer temperatures"
Author: Samantha Cossick

OBESITY RISING...SOUTHERN STATES HAVE HIGHEST RATES

-> According to a June 30th CNN article, "The Southern states of the U.S. have some of the highest rates of obesity in the country, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report found that adult obesity rates rose in 28 states over the past year, with Washington, D.C. as the only area that showed a decline. Ten out of 11 states with the highest rates are located in the South; Mississippi has the highest for the sixth year in a row."

"Income disparities may contribute to this trend of obesity being prevalent in the South, said Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PolicyLink. The issue of access and affordability of healthy food is also a factor, said Dr. James Marks, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The analysis, 'F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010,' is the seventh annual report on obesity from these organizations. The newest report looked at average rates from 2007 to 2009, compared to 2006 to 2008..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2eu5ytb
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Title: "Obesity rising; Southern states have highest rates"
Author: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

DRIVING & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT PODCAST

-> According to the July 6th TRB E-Newsletter, "The National Academies have released a podcast, as part of the Sounds of Science series, that highlights TRB Special Report 298: Driving and the Built Environment: Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and CO2 Emissions. This 2009 report examines the relationship between land development patterns and vehicle miles traveled in the United States to assess whether petroleum use, and by extension greenhouse gas emissions, could be reduced by changes in the design of development patterns. The Sounds of Science is a regular podcast series from the National Academies that is designed to help communicate the important work of the Academies to new audiences..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/25b39ka


QUOTES R US

-> "What is most remarkable in Europe is not a single engineering technique, but the political consensus that Complete Streets are a fundamental tenet of transportation system design, construction, and operation. From this consensus spring a whole host of facilities, policies, and attention to detail that results in a system geared to travel by people, rather than vehicles..."
-- Barbara McCann, Executive Director, Complete Streets Coalition

http://tinyurl.com/2etzd2e

-> "The first thing to understand is that black bicyclists are diverse. Some enter the discussion from a racing perspective, others from a fitness perspective, or a social justice perspective, or from a transportation perspective. What is unique is the sentiment that within the bicycling culture, you have to bring people along. As I talk with black bicycling clubs around the country, there is a strong community engagement component. For them, it's about getting people involved, getting kids involved in cycling. I don't see that in general market clubs or with the primarily European cyclists that can be a bit exclusive -especially when you're talking about a high performance group!"
-- Anthony Taylor, founding member of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota

http://tinyurl.com/26gxlyu

-> "Things have really changed in Portland. When we were doing the first bicycle plan in 1996, less than two percent of commuter trips were by bicycle. By 2008, eight percent of Portlanders reported cycling as their primary mode of commuting. The public now has the expectation that the city will provide more facilities for cyclists. In the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, we have a vision that more than a quarter of all trips in 2030 will be by bicycle. We now are a city where bicycling is one of the pillars of our transportation system. That is revolutionary."
-- Ellen Vanderslice, Project Manager, Portland (OR) Bureau of Transportation

http://tinyurl.com/2akaxhy

STATS R US

-> "On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals shifting mode of transport."
-- deHartog, Boogaard, Nijland, &Hoek; "Do the health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks?"; Environmental Health Perspectives, June 30, 2010.

http://tinyurl.com/278og5u

-> "Travel on all roads and streets increased by 1.2 percent (3.1 billion vehicle miles) in April 2010 as compared with April 2009. Travel for the month is estimated to be 255.9 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for 2010 was down by 0.2 percent (-1.6 billion vehicle miles). The cumulative estimate for the year is 945.8 billion vehicle miles of travel."
-- Traffic Volume Trends: April 2010, FHWA

http://tinyurl.com/26u2tad

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING THING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

NEW BEGINNINGS AT AARDMAN

"Summer is in full swing down here in a sunny Bristol, and it's a very, very busy time for Aardman's Pre-School team. Timmy Time has been such a great success, many of you will have seen that he is featuring in a promotional campaign for Fairy Non-Bio (http://tinyurl.com/23ana48) in the UK right now. We have now delivered 52 full episodes of Timmy Time, and spent May and June moving the studio from Aztec West in North Bristol to Princess Street, which is a lot closer to our colleagues at Gas Ferry Road..."

Timmy Time site: http://tinyurl.com/cyw8cl

Wallace & Gromit site: http://tinyurl.com/6rv4jm


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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 HagstrŲmer, 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 M‚sse, 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

-> "DO THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CYCLING OUTWEIGH THE RISKS?"
Article by de Hartog, Boogaard, Nijland, &Hoek; Environmental Health Perspectives, doi:10.1289/ehp.0901747; National Insitute of Environmental Health Sciences. June 30, 2010 (abstract and info with link to free pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/278og5u

-> "BLIND PEDESTRIANS ACCESS TO ROUNDABOUTS..."
"...and Other Complex Intersections;" Bastian Schroeder, PhD; Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE), North Carolina State University. 2010 (website with various resources)
http://tinyurl.com/2dqhk86

-> "ANNUAL TRAIL REPORT - FISCAL YEAR 2009-10"
Report by the City of San Jose (CA) Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services. July 1, 2010 (general info and links to high and low rezpdfs)
http://tinyurl.com/24am55c
Via SVBC Weekly Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/2ahdye3

-> "WHY BIKE & WALK"
Episode of "Eco Sense" show; by Ann Arbor (MI) Community Television Network; view it on YouTube. June 23, 2010
http://tinyurl.com/29wutac

-> "TAKING LOCAL ACTION: MAYORS AND CLIMATE..."
"...Protection Best Practices;" report of the United States Conference of Mayors. June 2010 (208KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/26oea4w

-> "CATTLE GRIDS ON CYCLE ROUTES, CAMBRIDGE..."
"...Scheme of the Month;" Cycling England. July 4, 2010 (description, photos, drawings)
http://tinyurl.com/22stfyf

-> "COMMUNITY GREEN: USING LOCAL SPACES TO..."
"...tackle inequality and improve health;" report by the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). July 6, 2010 (general info and link to 1.3MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/29x9bef

-> "DECENT HOMES NEED DECENT SPACES..."
"...An action plan to improve open spaces in social housing areas;" report by the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). July 6, 2010 (general info and link to 4.5MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/26aw5ra

-> "'F' AS IN 'FAT': HOW OBESITY THREATENS AMERICA'S FUTURE"
Report by the Trust for America's Health & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. June 2010 (general description and link to pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2dqfmth

-> "GETTING A GREEN LIGHT FROM THE IRS..."
"...Do's and don'ts of applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status;" article by attorney Andrea Ferster, an expert in nonprofit tax law; for the National Trust Main Street Center. June 24, 2010
http://tinyurl.com/2e3jvup

-> "POSTURAL SWAY MODIFICATIONS INDUCED BY..."
"...backpack carriage in primary school children: a case study in Italy"; by Paua&Paub; Ergonomics, Volume 53, Issue 7, pages 872-881. July 2010
http://tinyurl.com/29anrxl


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!

-> 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 Registerís 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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- N.O. METRO BICYCLE COALITION

The New Orleans Metro Bicycle Coalition (MBC), a young and growing organization with seed capital is seeking its first Executive Director to expand our organization's reach. The Executive Director will work with an active Board of Directors to improve commuting and recreational cycling conditions in and around New Orleans, LA.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/28h6cmp

-> JOB -- Director of the SGLI -- SGA

Smart Growth America is looking for a highly qualified individual to fill the position of Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute and the Governors' Institute on Community Design.

This position offers a tremendous opportunity to work at the cutting edge of state and local smart growth policy with top-level officials and experts, developing innovative policy options and disseminating best practices across the country.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/29mk7yv

-> JOB -- COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE -- SGA

Smart Growth America is seeking an enthusiastic candidate for a wide range of communications work to develop materials and articles for a national audience on smart growth issues and organize and engage with supporters on and offline. This position requires comprehensive knowledge of website maintenance, HTML, CSS, knowledge of traditional and new media, and is a fantastic opportunity for an individual looking for on the ground experience.

Tasks will range from building communications strategic, reaching out to media contacts, writing compelling content about our issues, using social networking tools and non-traditional media outlets, cultivating and engaging online supporters through e-advocacy, managing our advocacy toolkit (Democracy in Action), disseminating report releases and stories, and promoting regular blog coverage of smart growth issues.

The Communications Associate will work in the Washington, D.C. office of Smart Growth America and will report to the Chief of Staff. This is a full-time position.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2379lyh

-> JOB -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- SACRAMENTO AREA BICYCLE ADVOCATES

Did you know that Sacramento has one of the nationís 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 regionís 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 -- 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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