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#258 Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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----- PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2010® Registration Discounts End July 31St
----- Remembering Sgt. Ted Wilson, the Australian Ambassador to PW/PB
----- New ALRC Fact Sheet Topic: Bicycle Stair Ramps & Channels
----- Call for 2010 Oberstar SRTS Award Applications
----- CDC Boss: Prevention Most Cost-Effective Health Strategy
----- TRB Annual Meeting Paper Submission 8/1 Deadline Looms
----- New British Government Opposes "Mega Trucks"
----- Germans Party on One of Busiest Autobahns

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----- Houston Light Rail's Bicycle Hours Expand
----- Legally-Blind Maryland Blogger Works to Improve Ped Safety
----- Haliburton, Canada, Builds Active Trans Capacity
----- NYC - a Gentler Place to Grow Old
----- Trails Sprouting Up in Jackson (MS) Suburbs
----- Boston Bike Share Pgm Gets $3M Federal Boost
----- Mackinac Island (MI) Sponsors Helmet Design Competition
----- Ellsworth (KS) Bike Recycling Program Benefit Kids
----- PB/PW Florida Conference Sessions Available Online
----- St. Charles Co. (MO) Considers Bike Ban
----- Redwing (MN) Officials Push for 'Complete Streets'
----- A New Kind of March on NYC's Union Square
----- New Signs in Boulder (CO) Canyons
----- Minneapolis Combines 6 $$ Sources for Trail Project
----- California State Fair "Pedals to Adventure"
----- Univ. of Washington Offers Sustainable Trans Pgms

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----- Study: Obesity Prevention Works Best w/Kids Under 5

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2010® REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS END JULY 31ST

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW), the same people that bring you Centerlines, invite you to Chattanooga, September 13-16 for Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010. Save money by registering before July 31. Elaborating on this year’s theme, Bringing Livable Communities and Regions to Scale will be speakers from FHWA, FTA, CDC, NOAA, EPA and others to provide a national perspective on transportation, health, housing, and the environment.

They will be joined by a broad swath of participants from state and local governments, MPOs and NGOs including: Bikes Belong; League of American Bicyclists, PEDS (Atlanta), AARP, National Association of Realtors, Complete Streets Coalition, America Bikes, PedNet (Columbia, MO.), Smart Coast Alabama, Safe Routes to School National Center and National Partnership, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Active Living Research and many others. Panel sessions include: Cities for Cycling Project; Status Report on the Transportation Bill; Building the Biggest Bike Network in the World (Adventure Cycling); Using Transportation to Improve Livability and Health (CDC); Flexibility in Designing On-Road Bikeways -- Provisions in the Draft AASHTO Guide and 2009 MUTCD; and numerous sessions on SRTS from researchers and practitioners across the country. On the PWPB® website is a list of the 70 plus panel sessions; look for the full program at the end of the month.

More reasons to attend PWPB® include a week long slate of mobile workshops– see how Chattanooga was transformed from one of the dirtiest cities in the U.S. to one of the best places in the U.S. to "live, work and play" according to Outdoor Magazine; two networking receptions -- including the very popular PWPB® party to be held at the Tennessee Aquarium. PWPB® receptions are open to all registrants at no extra charge. NCBW is working with APA to secure CM credits for as many of our sessions as possible. Stay tuned for announcements of special speakers and a full listing of special meetings.

Register now to receive the early summer discount http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.php

REMEMBERING SGT. TED WILSON, THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO PWPB
by Bill Wilkinson

"Earlier this month, I heard from Maree Burns and Michelle Wilson that Ted Wilson had passed. Michelle wrote, 'Ted passed away on Thursday 1st of July at home with his family. His final decline was very rapid. He was communicating with us up until his final hours so we couldn't have asked for a more peaceful and pleasant end. We were very lucky to be able to care for him as a family. His sense of humour, determination and big grin didn't waiver through his last days until he fell asleep for his final hours. He met many people at the US conferences that he was very fond of. As daughters we were very lucky and privileged to attend with him over the years. I know I had a ball while we were in Santa Barbara. Dad and I had a fantastic time riding and touring around California afterwards."

"Jan (my wife) and I wrote back to Michelle and Maree, 'We first met Sgt. Ted at a meeting in Arizona in 1986. He had just arrived and was getting ready to leave -- Michelle had just been diagnosed with glandular fever. Ted was, as always, focused on caring for family. Fortunately, Jan was an expert on glandular fever and was able to put Ted’s mind at easy (mostly!) and he felt he could stay for the meeting. Thus began our friendship and almost 25 years of fun, bad jokes, good jokes, and all the other things that we all know were part of Ted."

"As friends of Ted, far from his home, we will tell you that all of you were always with him. We meet many members of your Clan and we’ve heard regularly about all of them. The last time we talked with Ted he told us about the story he was writing, to share with all of you tales of his youth and growing up: he knew he wouldn’t be around to tell them personally to the youngest members of his family and he didn’t want them to miss out on all of the fun."

"Here’s how I remember Ted: the ponytail...the twinkle in the eyes...the quick laugh, the big smile, and a kind word for anyone and everyone...the dry, deadpan wit...his professionalism: great presentations, well-written and wonderfully given...he and Maree making a great team...'Sgt. Ted' losing his wallet and his badge in San Francisco and having it found and returned to him!...his delight at being shown the sights in the U.S., like the trip to the Missoula dump with John and Roger...his intrepidness: we’re sitting in a bar in Portland, OR, and someone points out Horace Grant at another table and up Ted goes. Next thing we know he’s the center of that party and comes back an hour later with autographs for his kids...his true caring, concern, and compassion which he bestowed on one and all..."

"Finding a way to be on hand for virtually every Pro Bike conference since he first arrived on the scene in 1986...his role in the Geelong Bike Plan and so much more he did for bicycling...his love of his family, kids and grandkids, of which he never seemed to have enough (11 now, is it!?!)...he was ever humble, always loyal, and had a wonderful openness and enthusiasm for everything...his great letters and greater friendship..."

Ted, we miss you.

For a little Ted History, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2w8k8ln and search on "Wilson."

NEW ALRC FACT SHEET TOPIC: BICYCLE STAIR RAMPS & CHANNELS

-> NCBW recently added a new Fact Sheet to its Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) library. This one deals with a topic missing from most facility design manuals, particularly those published in the United States.

In communities where bicyclists have been allowed to take their bicycles on transit, there is often a daunting barrier: stairs. But in a growing number of communities, transit agencies have solved the problem by installing small ramps at the sides of the stairs. With these, bicyclists can take the stairs and roll their bikes up and down at their sides.

According to NCBW's John Williams, "While ramps and channels don't solve all problems, they do one thing pretty well." In addition, they can be useful in other settings than transit systems. Saskatoon (SK) uses one to get trail users up to a high river bridge and San Jose (CA) uses one to get bicyclists from a parking lot up to a levee path. Los Angeles installed one to allow bicyclists to use a pedestrian underpass.

Nearly 40 colleagues from around the U.S, Canada, Denmark, the U.K., and Australia contributed ideas, resources, and comments to the project.

For more info and to download the Fact Sheet, go to: http://www.activelivingresources.org/index.php

CALL FOR 2010 OBERSTAR SRTS AWARD APPLICATIONS

-> According to a July 8th NCSRTS announcement, "Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award. The 2010 Award will recognize outstanding achievement by a school or community in conducting a SRTS program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of elementary and/or middle school students walking and bicycling to school."

"The James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award recognizes Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs for outstanding achievement in improving the health and well-being of an entire generation of school children. The award is given annually by the National Center for Safe Routes to School to an exemplary SRTS program in the United States..." Note: Applications are due August 4, 2010.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/32he96f

CDC BOSS: PREVENTION MOST COST-EFFECTIVE HEALTH STRATEGY

-> According to a July 16th Memphis Commercial Appeal article, "The American health care system gets an 'F' when it comes to acting on a handful of prevention methods that have the potential to save the most lives. That failing grade came from Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a Wednesday speech to members of the National Association of County and City Health Officials gathered here for their annual conference at Cook Convention Center. Frieden said some of America's biggest killers -- heart disease, cancer and lung disease -- can be tamed with prevention strategies."

"But Frieden said only 45 percent of people with high blood pressure have it under control, only 29 percent of those with high cholesterol monitor the condition, and of the 20 percent of smokers who get help to quit, only 2 percent get medication. 'This is despite spending one out of every six dollars of our entire economy on health care,' Frieden said. 'It would be very difficult to spend this much money and do worse.' He also acknowledged, however, that public health organizations have not been held harmless as budgets strained in the wake of the recession..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29gydn2
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Title: "Prevention is most cost-effective health strategy, says CDC director"
Author: Toby Sells

Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2cxq4f7

TRB ANNUAL MEETING PAPER SUBMISSION 8/1 DEADLINE LOOMS

-> According to an article in the July 20th TRB e-newsletter, "The Transportation Research Board is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 90th Annual Meeting , January 23-27, 2011, in Washington, D.C, and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). The spotlight theme for the 90th Annual Meeting is Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development in a Changing World. "

"The recent global economic downturn combined with a growing emphasis on more livable communities are changing the context within which transportation programs are planned and implemented. Spotlight sessions at the 2011 TRB Annual Meeting will examine the synergies among transportation, livability, and economic development, including how their coalescence can contribute to a more sustainable future. In addition to the general calls for papers produced by many of TRB's standing committees, authors are invited to submit papers related to the spotlight theme. Unsolicited papers are always welcome."

Info: http://tinyurl.com/36s4u65

NEW BRITISH GOVERNMENT OPPOSES "MEGA TRUCKS"

-> According to a July 15th article on the "No Mega Trucks" website, "The newly-elected British government is opposing an admission of longer and heavier trucks (LHVs). According to the Minister of State for Transport, Theresa Villiers, mega trucks would damage rail freight's competitiveness and viability, furthermore they are also unsuitable for use on UK roads. During the conference 'Rail Freight 2010' the Minister of State announced that any attempt to impose mega trucks on a European level will be vigorously resisted by the coalition government..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28yljfw

GERMANS PARTY ON ONE OF BUSIEST AUTOBAHNS

-> According to a July 18th BBC News story, "Dancing in the fast lane, the people of the Ruhr party on the motorway Germans have been throwing an enormous party on one of the busiest stretches of the country's famous autobahn (motorway) network. As many as three million people turned up for a giant banquet at picnic tables along 60km (40 miles) of motorway between Duisburg and Dortmund. "

"A radio traffic report quipped that the A40/B1 had been closed due to 'the longest table in the world.' The Still-Life event was meant to celebrate the Ruhr region. Party organisers said they had given away 20,000 tables to allow people to eat, drink, dance and perform plays into Sunday evening..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ydwzyu
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Title: "Germans take cultural party on to motorway"
Author: Staff


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

HOUSTON LIGHT RAIL'S BICYCLE HOURS EXPAND

-> According to a July 19th KRTK story, "METRO is trying to make it easier for bicyclists to travel on light rail. Starting today, bicycle hours on METRO light rail will be expanded. Bicyclists are not allowed on light rail during rush hour Monday through Friday, but can take bikes on trains at any other time."

"METRO defines rush hour as 6:30am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm. Only two bikes are allowed per railcar. However, that could change when the city gets new equipment. 'Given the physical constraints, this is a good policy, the best we can do until we get better equipment,' said Peter Wang with Bike Houston..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25b9nzu
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Title: "Bicycle hours on METRO light rail to be expanded"
Author: Staff

And check out the Fox video here: http://tinyurl.com/35stdg4

LEGALLY-BLIND MARYLAND BLOGGER WORKS TO IMPROVE PED SAFETY

-> According to a July 13th Wash. Post article, "The great irony for William Smith is that the worse his vision becomes, the more he sees. There is the bus stop on Fenton Street in Silver Spring, encased by a concrete wall so close to the street that it's nearly impossible for a blind or disabled person to get to. There's the crosswalk where Georgia Avenue forks onto Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton that could pass as a maze."

"And don't even mention the construction zones that frequently block sidewalks. Smith, 46, notices such things mainly because of his inability to see them. The stay-at-home dad is legally blind. He has a progressive eye disorder that inhibits his central vision. But that hasn't stopped him from walking the streets of his Silver Spring neighborhood, camera in hand, to document each and every obstruction..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/22qnoky
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Title: "Legally blind blogger working to improve pedestrian safety in Montgomery"
Author: Rick Rojas

HALIBURTON, CANADA, BUILDS ACTIVE TRANS CAPACITY

-> According to a Federation of Canadian Municipalities announcement, Haliburton County (ON) won a 2010 "Example of Excellence" award for its work on active transportation. "Working together and with other community groups, the County of Haliburton and the district health unit ventured into new territory in the summer of 2009 by spearheading a project that applied transportation demand management (TDM) principles in a rural setting. The goal was to improve conditions for commuter cycling in this rural central-eastern Ontario region, and to help more people recognize and choose cycling as a valid way to move from place to place."

"The project’s summer-long 'Share the Road' public awareness campaign included newspaper articles, radio interviews, brochures and bumper stickers, and featured a commuter cycling challenge that built on an earlier pilot project. Weekly radio ads, featuring the voice of a community police officer, and newspaper ads ran from July to September. With the support of the local municipalities, the county erected almost 100 roadside signs and organized bike safety courses with local elementary school students. The roadside signs will be taken down and stored each winter, and will reappear on county roads each spring..."

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

NYC - A GENTLER PLACE TO GROW OLD

-> According to a July 18th NY Times article, "New York City has given pedestrians more time to cross at more than 400 intersections in an effort to make streets safer for older residents. The city has sent yellow school buses, filled not with children but with elderly people, on dozens of grocery store runs over the past seven months."

"The city has allowed artists to use space and supplies in 10 senior centers in exchange for giving art lessons. And it is about to create two aging-improvement districts, parts of the city that will become safer and more accessible for older residents..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/37z2gbp
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Title: "A Fast-Paced City Tries to Be a Gentler Place to Grow Old"
Author: Anemona Hartocollis

TRAILS SPROUTING UP IN JACKSON (MS) SUBURBS

-> According to a July 11th Clarion-Ledger article, "Biking trails zig-zagging through Jackson's suburbs provide cyclists with more than two dozen miles of smooth pavement in the great outdoors. But that's just the beginning, say officials in Ridgeland, Madison and Rankin County. They plan to hammer out more paths that will provide greater connectivity among communities and boost quality of life."

"Ridgeland's $4.5 million trail system crosscuts the city from the reservoir to Highland Colony Parkway with multiple legs jutting out from the main path that runs alongside the wooded Natchez Trace Parkway. New trail connections under construction -- including a leg along N.E. Madison Avenue that will tie into that Jackson Street shopping district -- will add to more than eight miles of existing multi-use turf..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ftenon
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Title: "Communities eyeing paths"
Author: Leah Square

BOSTON BIKE SHARE PGM GETS $3M FEDERAL BOOST

-> According to a July 9th Globe article, "The federal government awarded $3 million yesterday to Boston’s planned bike sharing program, giving the city and its partners seed money to purchase the stations and bicycles needed to launch next spring."

"The federal award, coupled with $2 million in previously pledged local sponsorships and grants, is enough to purchase roughly 500 bicycles and at least 50 rental stations, said Nicole Freedman, who runs Boston Bikes, the program that Mayor Thomas M. Menino created to make Boston more bike-friendly."

"'This takes us over one of the main hurdles with bike share, which is having enough funding to have a launch size that we’re confident will succeed,' said Freedman, an Olympic cyclist. Too few bikes and rental stations could doom the program to irrelevancy, she said, like an 'MBTA with two stops.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2epo3wo
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Title: "Bike sharing in Boston gets $3m federal grant"
Author: Eric Moskowitz

Via MassBike: http://tinyurl.com/7czlff

MACKINAC ISLAND (MI) SPONSORS HELMET DESIGN COMPETITION

-> According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute's July 12th Helmet Update, "The Michigan community of Mackinac Island has considered adopting a local bicycle helmet ordinance in the past, but has rejected the idea. On June 24th the Mackinac Island Community Foundation announced a contest to design a community bicycle helmet. The winner will be selected in August, and the helmets will be available for the summer of 2011. The idea grew from the death of cyclist Jim Juday, and is an effort to promote voluntary helmet usage on the island."

"The helmets will be manufactured by Nutcase, a US company that markets for its Asian parent company and specializes in unusual graphics. Current nutcase graphics include a watermelon helmet, flags, bright polka dots and other color combinations designed to appeal to children and adults. The basic helmet is a skate-style design with small round vents that meets the US CPSC bicycle helmet standard. Nutcase was alone among the manufacturers contacted to be interested in producing a helmet for Mackinac Island, a community of 500 residents."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/37d5y4y

More info: http://tinyurl.com/33jcefw

ELLSWORTH (KS) BIKE RECYCLING PROGRAM BENEFIT KIDS

-> According to a May 27th Tribune article, "There are some things that just say, 'summer' in America. And one of those is the freedom a bicycle brings to a young person. Sadly, especially in today’s struggling recession-strapped economy, a lot of young people come from families that can’t afford a safe bicycle, but that problem is being addressed with the help of a couple of unlikely sources in Kansas. One is the local landfill and the other is a penitentiary. Thanks to the watchful eyes of the Barton County Landfill staff and there efforts to save, load and transport cast-off bikes, a lot of kids around Kansas will be on the streets this summer season. Landfill Manager Mark Witt reported recently that his staff has taken another load of bikes in for the recycling program."

"'The Barton County Landfill transported 128 bicycles to the Ellsworth Correctional Facility for recycling/refurbishing,' Witt reported. 'The bicycles are refurbished by inmates and then provided free of charge to individuals and organizations.' Some of the bicycles are saved out of trash, and others are dropped off by patrons who know about the recycling program, Witt added. Anyone can donate a bike for the effort, no matter the condition, because even bikes that can’t be ridden in their current condition can be used for parts. 'The landfill accepts bicycles free of charge from the public for this program,' Witt noted..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28ctx2d
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Title: "Kids benefit from local re(bi)cycling program"
Author: Chuck Smith

Via Kansas Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/27rnxsb

FLORIDA CONFERENCE SESSIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE

-> According to a July 15th FBA Blog entry, "If you were unable to attend the 2010 ProBike/ProWalk Florida conference in Lakeland, you can still take advantage of the terrific sessions. And for those of you who did and had to make tough choices regarding which sessions to attend, now you can enjoy all of them. All sessions are available to download by visiting the site."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/238tq6o

ST. CHARLES CO. (MO) CONSIDERS BIKE BAN

-> According to a July 16th Eric Rogers article on the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation website, "On 7/12/10, the St. Charles County Council had a 1st reading of Councilman Joe Brazil’s Bill 3620, banning bicycles on several state highways in the southwestern part of St. Charles County. By session’s end, Mr. Brazil tabled the bill, suggesting he’d hold working sessions to explore the issue. During public comments, 14 speakers (7 pro ban & 7 against) spoke before a crowded chambers. One couple, the first to comment, claimed their daughter had a serious accident while attempting to avoid hitting a cyclist after coming over a blind hill and displayed graphic images of her injuries. They implied the cyclist was at fault in this accident. Other bill supporters’ comments were far less dramatic."

"Patty Vinyard, Executive Director of St. Louis Regional Bike Federation and board member of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation, commented to the council that Missouri statutes designate bicycles as vehicles and that riders of bicycles share same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. She noted the law allows them to ride on all roadways in Missouri, even interstates on the shoulder. Council members were incredulous. They asked their clerk to fact check this. Vinyard also noted that no other place in the USA had enacted such restrictive bans. She noted that in communications earlier on Monday Melissa Anderson, MoDOT's Non-motorized Transportation Engineer, stated counties cannot ban bicycling on MoDOT highways and, further, that MoDOT doesn’t intend to do so. This also surprised council members..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2dfpo8b

REDWING (MN) OFFICIALS PUSH FOR 'COMPLETE STREETS'

-> According to a July 8th Republican-Eagle article, "Crossing Highway 61 in downtown Red Wing as a pedestrian can be a bit like playing the classic video game 'Frogger' -- you try not to get squashed. Now a group of city officials and community leaders, who are working to promote walking and biking, are asking residents and business owners to give their two cents on how to make downtown's intersections safer. 'Those intersections in our downtown have been a concern for a lot of people for a longtime,' said Red Wing Planning Director Brian Peterson during a meeting held at City Hall Tuesday."

"Tuesday's meeting was aimed at 'kicking off' an effort to form conceptual ideas on ways to make downtown friendlier for walkers and bicyclists, Peterson said. The group that sponsored the meeting - comprised of the city's complete streets policy taskforce, Live Healthy Red Wing and Downtown Main Street -- is planning to meet again in early August. At that time they plan to propose some conceptual designs for improving intersections, which they'll ask the community to support..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2b4owh8
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Title: "City officials push for 'complete streets'"
Author: Jon Swedien

Via Minnesota Active Living Network: http://tinyurl.com/2ce99xk

A NEW KIND OF MARCH ON NYC'S UNION SQUARE

-> According to a July 15th entry in Transportation Alternatives' StreetBeat blog, "Union Square, historically a park of protest -- home to every rally from the fight for the weekend to the fight for the end of the war -- is about to see a return of marching masses. In the coming months, it'll be transformed from a traffic trap into a pedestrian paradise. What may be the DOT's most innovative street design to date -- an overhaul of the north side of Union Square, complete with car-free hours, a pedestrian plaza and New York's first contra-flow bike lane -- was approved by Manhattan's Community Board 5 last week in a vote of 24-1-1. For months, Transportation Alternatives has been working with community leaders and residents to find a secure foothold for this bold design. We stood with some towering neighborhood institutions that supported the plan, from the Flatiron BID to the Union Square Greenmarket, and provided the fodder needed to win. Even a few of our esteemed board members spoke before the final vote..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/26lo4ub

NEW SIGNS IN BOULDER (CO) CANYONS

-> According to the July edition of Community Cycles' Spoke 'n' Word, "The Boulder County Transportation Department has installed new 'Road Code' signage along the roads of Left Hand Canyon, James Canyon and Lee Hill Drive to improve safety and reduce tensions between cyclists and motorists. The signs encourage cyclists to ride single file through curvy stretches of road, guide cyclists to newly constructed waiting areas where they can congregate away from traffic, and advise motorists to pass cyclists with care."

"'The need for the Road Code was identified through a collaborative process among residents and bicyclists resulting in signage that will hopefully make the canyon experience safer and more enjoyable for all users,' Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle said. 'These roads have become very popular among cyclists and we wanted to create signage that would speak to them -- not just to motorists -- and become a part of their canyon experience.' 'These signs provide a public service to a true mix of county residents -- cyclists and motorists -- and are an example of how collaboration can create thoughtful changes,' Boulder County Commissioner Will Toor said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fve39o

MINNEAPOLIS COMBINES 6 $$ SOURCES FOR TRAIL PROJECT

-> According to a July 12th Minneapolis Park & Rec Board announcement, "A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently-completed West River Parkway bike and pedestrian trail is scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, at 11:30am.The reconstruction of the 3.5 mile bike and pedestrian trail between Franklin Ave. and Godfrey Parkway upgraded the trails to meet current design and safety standards. Work included a new bituminous surface, Mississippi River bluff stabilization and enhancement, separate bike and pedestrian trails where possible, landscaping, signage, lighting, water fountains and benches."

"The $2.2 million project was funded with a combination of Federal TEA-21 transportation funds, Met Council funds, a Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) grant, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. West River Parkway is part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway that blends a natural habitat in an urban setting. The seven-mile parkway winds along the river from Plymouth Ave. in downtown Minneapolis to Minnehaha Park. The parkway includes picnic areas, observation areas and parking..."

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

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR "PEDALS TO ADVENTURE"

-> According to the July issue of Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates's newsletter, "Bicycling enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the amazing world of cycling and its history at the California State Fair with one of its feature attractions, 'Pedaling to Adventure.' A collection of bicycles from turn-of-the-century models to modern low-riders will be on display. There will also be bikes and other memorabilia from the BMX Hall of Fame for fairgoers to view. 'Going on an adventure is as simple as hopping on a bicycle,' said Norb Bartosik, State Fair chief executive officer and general manager. 'The exhibit allows fairgoers of all ages to become kids again by remembering how much fun a bike ride can be.'"

"Besides the many items on display, several presentations and demonstrations are in the process of being scheduled, including:
-- Ed Cox, city of Sacramento bike and pedestrian coordinator, will give a presentation on bicycle safety.
-- Lorena Beightler, creator of the blog, "Sac Cycle Chic," will discuss bicycling-in-style and annual biking events for the entire family.
-- Paul Dorn, author of the 'Bike to Work Guide,' will have tips on saving gas, going green and getting fit.
-- Plus, meet-and-greets with Hall of Fame BMX racers Danny Oakley and Tommy Brackens, as well as 2009 U.S.A. Cycling road race national champion Clint Claasen are being planned."

"'Pedaling to Adventure' will be on display in Expo Center Building No 4. during the fair’s entire run July 14 to Aug. 1..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25ntfm2 (629KB pdf)

UNIV. OF WASHINGTON OFFERS SUSTAINABLE TRANS PGMS

-> In a July 7th message, Karen Haberfeld, of the University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education program, announced that the University of Washington now has two online sustainable transportation certificate programs. One focuses on the environment and the other on transportation planning. Students can earn graduate credit or take the program for non credit. A short description follows. There will be a couple of online info meetings this summer and the programs start in fall 2010.

University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education -Online Sustainable Transportation Certificates

http://www.pce.uw.edu/

-- Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Environmental Issues and Impacts (online) "Examine the relationship between transportation and the environment, including energy, climate change, air pollution and water quality..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/38duzga

-- Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities (online) "Understand the important issues involved in sustainable transportation planning..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2uvlzq2


THE RESEARCH BEAT

STUDY: OBESITY PREVENTION WORKS BEST W/KIDS UNDER 5

-> In a July 13th WSJ Health Blog entry, Katherine Hobson wrote, "Given that it’s so tough for the already-obese to shed weight, prevention would appear to be the key -- and kids have been the primary focus of those efforts, including the White House’s own plan. But a study presented at an obesity conference in Sweden suggests the kind of community-based interventions that involve schools, parents and health-care institutions really work best in kids under age five. After that, it gets a lot tougher."

"The study compared three demonstration projects in Australia, each targeting thousands of kids in different age groups. The three-year program for the under-5s, delightfully called 'Romp & Chomp,' cut the prevalence of overweight and obesity by about 3% compared to a control group. A program for primary schoolers reduced the weight gained by about 2.2 pounds compared to the controls, but didn’t budge the prevalence of overweight and obesity. Finally, a program aimed at adolescents 'had virtually no impact on weight gain,' the study abstract says..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/245vtk7
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Title: "Obesity Prevention Works Best in the Under-5 Crowd"
Author: Katherine Hobson

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2drzs55


QUOTES R US

-> "Kiosks are an opportunity to increase richness in our urban fabric, promote experimentation and deliver goods/services in walkable locations while providing economic development. Urban designers and planners should consider them in their plans, and look for ways to encourage innovation in kiosk design and placement..."
-- Stacy Passmore, Urban Design Planner, Accra, Ghana

http://tinyurl.com/2ba5pyc

Via the Weekly Score: http://tinyurl.com/2dn6zdn

STATS R US

-> "There’s no such thing as absolute safety. Risk is a relative thing. In 1993, Exponent Corp. (then Failure Analysis Associates, Inc.) published fatality rates for various activities. Here is how some of the activities scored, in Fatalities per Million Hours of Activity:"

"-Motorcycling 8.80 -Life Overall 1.53
-Automobile travel 0.47
-Bicycling 0.26
-School bus travel 0.22
-Airline travel 0.15..."
-- Mighk Wilson, Florida Bicycle Assn.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24yqq7x

-> "While Americans still drive to work alone in far greater numbers than any other way, the share of Americans that commute by transit actually increased from 2000 to 2008."
-- Robert Puentes, Sr Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

http://tinyurl.com/265j22u

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Source: http://tinyurl.com/2u56fbj

Via St. Paul Smart Trips: http://tinyurl.com/2ekvbmu

2 NEW BIKE SHOPS IN NYC, 0 LYCRA

"Two new bike shops have opened in New York City, both appealing to the decidedly-hip bike couture set." -- Michael King

http://tinyurl.com/y7uzlku

http://tinyurl.com/2c8zkmg


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

EIGHT-PART WEBINAR: "Designing for Pedestrian Safety" series

Date: July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Sept. 9...

Schedule:

  • Part 1: "Introduction to Pedestrian Safety Design and Planning Principles"
    Presenter: Craig Allred, FHWA Resource Center Technical Specialist and Michael Ronkin, Designing Streets for People LLC.
    Date: July 20, 2010, 2:30 p.m. EST
  • Part 2: "Sidewalk Design"
    Presenter: Peter Eun, FHWA
    Date: August 3, 2010, 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Part 3: Treatments at Unsignalized Pedestrian Crossings
    Presenter: Charlie Zegeer, PBIC
    Date: August 17, 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Part 4: Intersection Geometry
    Presenters: John LaPlante, T.Y. Lin International and Keith Sinclair, FHWA Connecticut Division
    Date: September 9, 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Part 5: "Interchanges and Roundabouts"
    Presenters: Fred Ranck, FHWA Resource Center Safety and Hillary Isebrands, FHWA Resource Center Safety
    Date: TBD
  • Part 6: Signalized Intersections
    Presenters: Michael Moule, Livable Streets, Inc. and Fred Ranck, FHWA Resource Center Safety
    Date: TBD
  • Part 7: Pedestrians and Transit
    Presenter: Dan Nabors, VHB
    Date: TBD
  • Part 8: Road Diets
    Presenter: Peter Lagerwey, Toole Design Group
    Date: TBD

Hosts: FHWA and PBIC

Cost: None

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/39krdum

Source PEDS e-newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/2ubb462

WEBINAR: "Navigating Change: How to Use the Updated System for Accessing Your Parent Surveys and Student Travel Tallies"

Date: July 27, 2010, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Austin Brown, National Center for Safe Routes to School

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

Cost: None

Info: Michelle Gulley - (mgulley@americawalks.org)

Register: http://tinyurl.com/2dsbezc

WEBINAR: "Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines for Roundabouts and Intersections" (Session 3 of free online conference)

Date: Aug. 4, 2010, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Lois Thibault, U.S. Access Board; Lukas Franck, The Seeing Eye; Donna Smith, Easter Seals Project ACTION

Hosts: Easter Seals Project ACTION in Partnership with the Transportation Research Board

Cost: None

Info and link to registration: http://tinyurl.com/2d8bbot

Registration deadline: July 28


RESOURCES

-> "NEW YORK CITY STREET DESIGN MANUAL"
Updated version from the New York City DOT. July 9, 2010 (general info and links to low and high rez copies)
http://tinyurl.com/q7t6os

-> "MODERN ROUNDABOUTS: A SAFER CHOICE"
Video by FHWA; can be viewed online or downloaded; transcript also available. July 2010 (general info and link to resource site)
http://tinyurl.com/25gyqze

-> "BIKEABILITY AND THE TWENTY-MINUTE..."
"...Neighborhood - How Infrastructure and Destinations Influence Bicycle Accessibility;" report by Nathan McNeil, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University. June 4, 2010 (3.4MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/24kbndj

-> "BEST PRACTICES SCAN OF SUSTAINABILITY..."
"...Decision-Making and Planning for the Municipal Sector," summary report by Pong Leung; the Natural Step Canada. May 2009 (description and link to 783KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2fsczsr

-> "FAMILY DOG OWNERSHIP AND LEVELS OF PHYSICAL..."
"...Activity in Childhood: Findings From the Child Heart and Health Study in England;" article by Owen, Nightingale, Rudnicka, Ekelund, McMinn, van Sluis, Griffin, Cook, & Whincup; Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.188193. July 15, 2010 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/2d32wex

-> "FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE..."
"...Crashes on Rural Highways:" Summary Report: by Research, Development, and Technology, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center; FHWA-HRT-10-052 HRDS-06/06-10(1M)E. July 2010 (general description and link to 557KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2eh5dfg

-> "TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT AND THE POTENTIAL..."
"...for VMT-related Greenhouse Gas Emissions Growth Reduction;" report by Haas, Miknaitis, Cooper, Young, & Benedict, Center for Neighborhood Technology; for the Center for Transit Oriented Development. March 2010 (description and link to 5MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2uccceg

-> "ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN RECREATIONAL WALKING AND..."
"...Attractiveness, Size, and Proximity of Neighborhood Open Spaces;" article by Sugiyama, Francis, Middleton, Owen, & Giles-Corti; Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.182006. July 15, 2010 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/2bhb4sp

-> "INFLUENCE OF SCHOOLYARD RENOVATIONS ON CHILDREN'S..."
"...Physical Activity: The Learning Landscapes Program;" article by Brink, Nigg, Lampe, Kingston, Mootz, & van Vliet; Am J Public Health published 15 July 2010, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.178939. July 15, 2010 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/24ey3cu


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 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 10-13, 2010, Alliance Leadership Retreat, Chattanooga, TN. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
http://tinyurl.com/2uqbzm5

-> 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 22-24, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Burlington, VT. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Local Motion.
http://tinyurl.com/ybu88t6

-> 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

-> October 30-31, 2010, the Philadelphia Bike Expo, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/35ncp4c

-> 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 17-19, 2010, Walk21 "Getting communities back on their feet," The Hague, the Netherlands. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/y9oo6uc

-> May 22-25, 2011, National Main Streets Conference, Des Moines, IA. Info: National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center.
http://tinyurl.com/25ljpg4


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

-> JOBS -- MULTIPLE POSITIONS -- ACTIVE TRANS ALLIANCE, CHICAGO

If you have a passion for bicycling and a strong desire to effect change for bicyclists in and around Chicago, then the Active Transportation Alliance might be the perfect place for you. Check back here often for current full-time and internship opportunities. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, visit our volunteer page.

  • GIS Crash Data Mapping and Analysis Internship
  • Better Blocks Youth Summer Internship
  • Photography Internship
  • Afterschool Programs Coordinator
  • Better Blocks Coordinator
  • Community Liaison

http://tinyurl.com/3azq84d

-> JOB -- PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROGRAM MANAGER -- PEDS, ATLANTA GA

PEDS is seeking a Pedestrian Safety Program Manager with outstanding writing, public speaking and people skills. We need a change agent who is passionate about promoting walkability, pedestrian safety, transportation choices, and healthy communities.

For the complete announcement, go to: http://tinyurl.com/256pqgz

-> JOBS -- SRTS INSTRUCTORS -- MARIN CO (CA) SRTS

Safe Routes to Schools Instructor:

Marin County Safe Routes to Schools is seeking a dynamic and passionate instructor to teach elementary and middle school students how to bike and walk safely. Must have teaching experience in a class setting and be a proficient bicyclist. LCI training requested but not required. A plus to have bike mechanic skills and be bi-lingual in Spanish. Position is part time (approx 20 hours/week) during the 10 months of the school year (September 2010-June 2011). $18-$20/hour depending on experience, with 50% health benefits.

Instructor Assistants:

Marin County Safe Routes to Schools is looking for instructor assistants to help implement our elementary and middle school programs that teach children bicycling skills. Must enjoy working with children and have bicycling experience. These are on-call, as-needed positions. Hours vary but will occur mostly in fall 2010 and spring 2011. $16-$18/hour depending on experience. No benefits provided. Growth potential.

Teen Program Assistant:

Marin County Safe Routes to Schools is seeking an assistant for its teen program promoting green transportation alternatives to middle and high school students. Assists with Teens Go Green club activities, including running club meetings, special events and contests. Conducts research for developing communication technologies. Position is part time (approx 20 hours/week) during the 10 months of the school year (September 2010-June 2011)$15/hour with 50% health benefits.

To apply send resume to: wendi@marinbike.org

-> 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 -- 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 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 -- 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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