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#259 Wednesday, August 4, 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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----- Countdown to Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010: 5 Weeks to Go!
----- NCBW Welcomes Current, Future APBP Members to Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010
----- Sect'y Lahood Links Climate Change and Transportation
----- Take This Survey to Help Build a Walkable America
----- Act Now to Stop Indiscriminate Use of Rumble Strips!
----- ALR Conference Call for Abstracts Deadline Looms
----- City Repair's Mark Lakeman Talks About the Movement
----- TRB Competition Focuses on Sustainability & Livability
----- OZ Cyclist Experiences Copenhagen's Bike Bliss
----- London Opens Bike "Superhighways"

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----- Michigan Lawmakers Approve 'Complete Streets' Bill
----- Austin School Gets Texas' First "Freiker" Program
----- Delaware Vulnerable Users Bill to Become Law
----- Monmouth CO. (NJ) Adopts Complete Streets Policy
----- PBS Covers Plight of Atlanta Area Pedestrians
----- Florida Cyclist Shows How Road Sharing Works
----- Massbike & Noah Improving East Boston Cycling
----- Il Gov Signs Housing + Trans Affordability Index Act
----- Univ. of Santa Cruz Baits Bikes to Cut Theft
----- Woodstock (ON) Struggles with 'Walkability' Challenge
----- Marin (CA) Board: "Yes" to Rail-With Trail Project
----- Sterlington (LA) May Abandon SRTS Project

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----- Impact of Childhood Obesity Goes Beyond Health

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

COUNTDOWN TO PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010: 5 WEEKS TO GO!
by Mark Plotz

-> There are a little less than five weeks to go before the curtain goes up on Monday night, September 13, in Chattanooga. Since you heard from us last in July, we have been busy finalizing the conference program, and tying up the scores of loose ends that one expects for a four day conference with 20 or so Mobile Workshops, 70 plus presentations, an expected 800 attendees, and some serious star power on display at our plenary sessions.

Speaking of Mobile Workshops, the Local Host Committee has been working hard to keep you busy from Sunday to Saturday in Chattanooga and every spare moment in between. On Sunday, September 12, early arrivals in Chattanooga will want to mount their bikes for the "3 Rides 3 Hoods" workshop, which will visit three of the city’s bicycle friendly neighborhoods: Downtown, North Shore, and St. Elmo. You can bring your own bike for the 21-mile trip, or borrow one from Outdoor Chattanooga. That afternoon there will be the first of three historic walking tours of Chattanooga. Both of these Mobile Workshops are great opportunities to become acquainted with the city.

The League of American Bicyclists is offering you a great excuse to stick around Chattanooga for an extra day or two: they are holding a Creating a Bicycle Friendly Business workshop on Thursday, September 16, from 3-6 pm. The workshop, which will be held at a local Bicycle Friendly Business, will train you on how to conduct your own Bicycle Friendly Business workshop.

Finally, remember this date: Tuesday night, September 14, 2010—because something memorable is guaranteed to happen in Chattanooga. Joe Metal Cowboy Kurmaskie, will be setting up shop at a local tavern to regale PWPB® attendees with tales he’s collected from traveling the world on two wheels. He will also be trying out material from his new book: You Might Be a Cyclist If…

You toss your comb and declare your helmet the winner.

Your favorite water bottle is confiscated by the CDC for the fight against infectious disease.

You'll be talking about Joe long after he's been extradited by the proper authorities. Read more about the Metal Cowboy: http://tinyurl.com/349kxmg

This week we are refreshing the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference website. Early next week we will have the complete listing of the conference program, the Mobile Workshop schedule, poster sessions, special meeting listing and other updates. In the meantime, here’s something to get your attention: We are extending our Early Summer registration rate through mid August, due to popular demand.

For details see: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/

NCBW WELCOMES CURRENT, FUTURE APBP MEMBERS TO PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010

-> The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) will hold a very brief Annual Membership Meeting on Wed., Sept. 15, 2010 at the Tennessee Aquarium auditorium in conjunction with the Pro Walk / Pro Bike® Wednesday evening networking party, starting at 7:00 p.m. APBP invites you to meet candidates running for the 2011 APBP Board and hear a special greeting from incoming ITE International Vice President (and APBP member) Rock Miller (KOA Corporation in Long Beach, Calif.). Additionally APBP will recognize Lifetime Achievement Award Winners at the Tuesday Lunch Plenary. NCBW thanks APBP for being a silver sponsor of PWPB® 2010. Register for Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Chattanooga at http://tinyurl.com/yzvpscq and receive your APBP registration discount.

SECT'Y LAHOOD LINKS CLIMATE CHANGE AND TRANSPORTATION

-> In a July 29th email, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood wrote, "In Denver yesterday for the Biennial of the Americas, a month-long celebration of the Western Hemisphere, I attended the Americas Roundtable on Energy and Climate Change: Designing Answers for Today's Challenges..."

"Why is a US Transportation Secretary at an energy and climate change roundtable? Because the transportation sector accounts for two-thirds of of US oil use and contributes about one-third of our greenhouse gas emissions."

"In other words, transportation professionals have a special obligation to take action..."

For more, see his blog: http://tinyurl.com/2dhdh3h

Editor's note: Sounds like the Secretary is right in tune with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® theme! :-)

TAKE THIS SURVEY TO HELP BUILD A WALKABLE AMERICA

-> In an Aug. 2nd announcement, "America Walks, in partnership with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, is working to increase walking and walkability in America. In tandem with our Equal Footing Campaign Steering Committee, we’re galvanizing a collaborative national walking movement."

"Add your voice! Take the following brief survey to give your ideas for making communities more walking-friendly."

"Also attend the Equal Footing Summit on September 16, 2010, directly following the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 conference, to rally organizations, businesses and individuals to speak with one voice to improve walkability in America..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/3y6g6hp

ACT NOW TO STOP INDISCRIMINATE USE OF RUMBLE STRIPS!

-> According to an Aug. 2nd League of American Bicyclists alert, "In recent months states around the country have undertaken extensive rumbling activities and more are slated to occur. In numerous instances this activity has resulted in the indiscriminant rumbling of secondary roads that have a narrow shoulder or often times no shoulder effectively posing additional potential safety hazards for both cyclists and motorists..."

"The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO) guidance has been developed to accommodate the safety needs of bicyclists, with several states adopting this or improved guidance as a matter of policy. Despite this, many states continue to indiscriminately rumble on roads without a run-off-the-road crash history; without adequate shoulder space or recovery area; and on roadways frequented by cyclists. This is even happening in states that have developed good rumbling policies."

"We are asking that you contact your state transportation official immediately to urge them to halt any plans to indiscriminately rumble our shared roadways. If the state does not have a policy of bicycle-tolerable rumble strip design they should adopt one with FHWA guidance as a minimum..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2bqdc28

ALR CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE LOOMS

-> According to a July 23rd ALR announcement, "Active Living Research invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2011 Annual Conference on February 22-24, 2011, in San Diego, CA. The theme of the 2011 conference,'Partnerships for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action,' recognizes the importance of engaging experts from multiple disciplines to address critical public health issues, especially active living and obesity..."

"ALR is working with Health & Place to produce a special section in a regular journal issue devoted to research on active living presented at the conference. Approximately 12 of the abstracts selected for presentation at the conference also will be invited to submit papers for inclusion in the special section. Abstracts that are related to the conference theme, as well as those that are not, are eligible for consideration in the journal..."

The abstract submission deadline is August 6, 2010, 11:59 p.m. PT. There will be no extension of this deadline. Authors will be notified of submission status in October 2010.

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

CITY REPAIR'S MARK LAKEMAN TALKS ABOUT THE MOVEMENT

-> In a Sustainable World Radio podcast, "Visionary architect Mark Lakeman talks about the inception of the City Repair movement, and his mission of creating villages within cities. By reclaiming urban spaces, we can transform cities into places of beauty, art, creativity, and connection."

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

Via City Repair Blog: http://tinyurl.com/275v3ec (may not be posted yet)

TRB COMPETITION FOCUSES ON SUSTAINABILITY & LIVABILITY

-> According to the July 27th edition of the Transportation Research Board's E-Newsletter, "The TRB Technical Activities Division’s Planning and Environment Group is holding its fourth annual competition to find top methods for communicating transportation concepts to non-professional audiences. Entries should focus on the 2011 Annual Meeting spotlight theme of transportation, livability, and economic development in a changing world."

"There is no restriction on the form of communication -- graphics, illustrations, photos, software, demonstrations, interactive exercises or games -- used to convey the message. Entries may be examples of successful communications efforts or techniques that can be used to communicate transportation concepts to non-transportation professional audiences."

"The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges representing technical as well as communication disciplines. The winner will be announced at the 2011 TRB 90th Annual Meeting, January 23-27, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The top ten entries will be showcased in a poster session at the TRB Annual Meeting and featured in an article in TRB’s TR News..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2b7mhwf

OZ CYCLIST EXPERIENCES COPENHAGEN'S BIKE BLISS

-> In the July 27th edition of Bicycle New South Wales' "Push On" newsletter, Brenda Mattick wrote, "As one of fifteen fortunate Australians to attend the Velo-City global 2010 cycling conference in Copenhagen (June 22-25), I too know what it’s like to cycle ‘Copenhagenstyle’: On an old upright bicycle, in regular street clothes, on wide, separated and inter-connected cycleways -- bike bliss. I experienced my first ‘green wave’ as I rode non-stop along a priority green highway (preference is given to cyclists riding at 20 km/h). I rode in peak hour with a mob of cyclists right through the centre of the city without having to weave around pedestrians or swerve around cars. Or wear a fluoro safety vest."

"And before anyone says: 'Ah yes -- but because it’s so flat there, cycling is really easy,' 70% of Copenhagen’s regular summer cyclists keep on cycling to work, shops or school through winter’s rain, sleet and snow. Copenhagen was an ideal city to host a major cycling conference, demonstrate world class cycling infrastructure and launch new cycling initiatives. Velo-City Global 2010 was the first ever global version of the conference series (originally established as a European bicycle planning conference in Germany back in 1980). Over 1000 participants from 60 countries attended truly inspiring plenary sessions, drank good coffee, ate great Danish food and agonised over the choices on offer in the numerous presentations, roundtables and workshops..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29dxooa (see page 8)

LONDON OPENS BIKE "SUPERHIGHWAYS"

-> In a July 19th Good blog entry, Andrew Price wrote, "For all its merits, London isn't one of United Kingdom's best cities for cycling. A recent poll ranked it 17th. But Mayor Boris Johnson is trying to change that. This morning he announced the opening of two new 'cycle superhighways' in the city. Each is five feet wide, has two lanes so as to accommodate traffic in both directions, and is painted bright blue to 'represent freedom.' One stretches 8.5 miles from the southern suburb of Merton to the city center. The other runs into town from Barking, in eastern London. Eventually, 12 of these commuter routes will radiate out from the center of London like spokes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29zfm2u


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

MICHIGAN LAWMAKERS APPROVE 'COMPLETE STREETS' BILL

-> According to a July 29th Grand Rapids Press article, "The state Senate passed the 'Complete Streets' legislation unanimously Wednesday, sending the bill to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for approval. The legislation, first introduced in the House in May, would encourage cities, villages and townships to include a plan for bicyclists and pedestrians when renovating streets. This could include more sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks."

"It would require the Michigan Department of Transportation to set up a similar policy, and create a committee of several different groups to oversee its enforcement. 'That's cool,' said Nate Phelps, vice chairman of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, when he heard about the bill's passing. 'I think it's a wonderful, wonderful tool.' The vote in the Senate was 30-0, with eight senators not voting. Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, was the only area senator to not vote..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3aktog4
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Title: "Michigan lawmakers approve 'Complete Streets' to encourage more paths for bicyclists, pedestrians"
Author: David Veselenak

AUSTIN SCHOOL GETS TEXAS' FIRST "FREIKER" PROGRAM

-> According to a recent blog on the Austin Cycling Association website, "The pole that holds the solar-powered box that uses radio waves to record when a student rides his or her bike to school stands near the front corner of Sommer Elementary and close to bike racks. The first and only Freiker student bike participation program in the state of Texas debuted Feb. 5, 2010 at Sommer Elementary School in far Northwest Austin. ACA joined Bicycle Sport Shop, BikeTexas, and Trek Bicycles in kicking off the program at the school."

"More than 300 children attended the kickoff, which also featured bike and helmet safety inspections, a bike rodeo, helmet fittings, and a bike parade attended by local officials. The goal of the new Freiker program (short for 'frequent biker') is to encourage students to choose active forms of transportation to school through incentives, thereby improving student health and safety and promoting lifelong healthy habits. Such behavior also reduces the number of vehicles delivering children to school, which improves safety around the school for everyone and reduces carbon emissions. "

"The Freiker equipment uses radio frequency identification technology to wirelessly track participants' trips to school. Near the bicycle racks outside of the school is a solar-powered sensor on a pole. Typically, an RFID chip is attached to a child's helmet so that when the child passes under the device, the trip is recorded and can be monitored by parents through Freiker's password-protected website..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25ae8hz

DELAWARE VULNERABLE USERS BILL TO BECOME LAW

-> According to an August 2nd entry on the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia blog, "Delaware Governor Jack Markell will be signing the Vulnerable Road Users Bill into law on Thursday August 12th at 12:30 PM at Paper Mill Park, Polly Drummond and Paper Mill Roads, Pike Creek, DE."

"SB 269 amends the careless or inattentive driving law by enhancing the penalty for a careless or inattentive driver who contributes to the serious physical injury of a vulnerable user in a public right of way. Delaware is only the fourth state in the nation to pass such a bill and barring unforeseen circumstances the third state in which the bill will become law."

"Vermont adopted the law in May while Oregon passed a law in 2007. The Texas legislature passed a bill in 2009 -- only to have it vetoed by Governor Perry. State legislatures in Virginia and California voted down bills in their respective states. The SB 269 was fashioned after the Oregon Law which is broken up into two sections. ORS 801.608 defines a 'vulnerable user' and ORS 811.135 describes additional penalties for careless driving when vulnerable users are affected..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/35sdyvp

MONMOUTH CO. (NJ) ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

-> According to an Aug. 5th Hub article, "Monmouth County has developed a county-wide plan to encourage municipalities to develop safe access for pedestrians, bicyclists and other modes of transportation. The county became the first in the state to adopt a 'Complete Streets' policy when the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved the guidelines on July 22. 'It is basically a blueprint for all of the county departments involved in road projects and bridge projects,' said Freeholder John D’Amico, who drafted the resolution. 'Whether they are new projects, retrofitting or rehabilitation, they will follow a checklist of accommodations for pedestrians and bicycle users, such as accessible sidewalks.'"

"D’Amico said in an interview on July 30 that the policy was modeled after the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) Complete Streets policy, which provides towns with a guide for planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of sidewalks, bike lanes, safe crossings and transit amenities. 'It is a comprehensive, integrated and connected multimodal network that we offer to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to get to places of employment, educational institutions, retail, transit centers, recreation and public facilities,' said D’Amico, who also serves as the county representative to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2vp32jo
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Title: "County guide promotes access for walkers, cyclists"
Author: Jacqueline Hlavenka

PBS COVERS PLIGHT OF ATLANTA AREA PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a July 23rd Need to Know story on Public Broadcast System, "This week, the Sunlight Foundation, a non-partisan watchdog group, issued a report saying it had discovered more than $6 billion in federal transportation funding that has not actually been spent."*

"These unused pots of money, allocated by Congress for local projects, are called 'disappearmarks.' The discrepancy is significant, since the nation’s transportation infrastructure needs an upgrade, and the taxpayers’ money was appropriated for that very purpose."

"Need to Know teamed up with Blueprint America to check in with residents of an Atlanta suburb where a highway dividing the town makes pedestrian safety a major concern. Local officials there say they could put those 'disappearmarks' to good use..."

Source (and link to video): http://tinyurl.com/2ao3dmw

*Sunlight Foundation report: http://tinyurl.com/2ewwpzf

FLORIDA CYCLIST SHOWS HOW ROAD SHARING WORKS

-> According to a July 23rd Orlando Sentinel article, "Keri Caffrey scoffs at the widely held notion that it is too dangerous for cars and bicyclists to share the jammed roads of Central Florida. Don't believe her? Ride south with Caffrey down Orange Avenue, through the heart of downtown Orlando. On any given workday, more than 12,500 cars and trucks work their way along the one-way street. Caffrey, a 43-year-old graphic artist and bike advocate, does not mind the company."

"In fact, she almost revels in it. Riding a mountain bike in the far-right lane, she acts almost like a traffic cop, taking up the lane and motioning to cars behind her when it would be good to pass. She offers a friendly wave as they motor by. She calls the technique 'control and release.' Her theory: Motorists do not mind cyclists who obey the rules of the road, signal their intentions and are courteous, too. 'It works really, really well,' Caffrey said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3am5sth
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Title: "Bicyclists, motorists: Can't we all get along on the roads?"
Author: Dan Tracy

MASSBIKE & NOAH IMPROVING EAST BOSTON CYCLING

-> According to a July 22nd Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition blog entry, "When we sat down to plan our campaigns for this year, we wanted to help East Boston become more bicycle friendly. East Boston is geographically separated from the rest of Boston and this poses a special challenge."

"Previously, we worked with youth from NOAH (an awesome group of young people) on our Boston neighborhood bikeability study. Our collaboration was so successful that we decided to continue working towards making East Boston more bike friendly. From looking at ways to make taking bikes on the Blue Line easier, to figuring out where bicycle infrastructure is needed in East Boston, to fighting for good routes in and out of East Boston by bike, NOAH and MassBike have a lot planned..."

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

IL GOV SIGNS HOUSING + TRANS AFFORDABILITY INDEX ACT

-> According to the July 30th edition of the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Policy News, "Late last week Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Housing + Transportation Affordability Index Act, which will give state agencies the complete information they need to make wise investment decisions in housing."

"The theory behind the bill is simple: Housing costs do not end when we sign our rent or mortgage checks. Where we live has other costs associated with getting around: to work, to school, to the grocery store. How much that costs depends on where we live and what options are available to move us from point A to point B."

"Given that reality, a true measure of affordability must take into account housing and transportation costs. In 2006, CNT launched the H + T Affordability IndexSM, a web tool that gives a more accurate assessment of affordability by providing homeowners and policy makers the housing and transportation costs for a community..."

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

UNIV. OF SANTA CRUZ BAITS BIKES TO CUT THEFT

-> According to the August edition of the Santa Barbara Coalition's Quick Release newsletter, "The UCSB police department has launched a 'bait bike' program to reduce bicycle thefts on campus."

"The program is partnering with the Associated Students BIKES committee that helped fund purchase a GPS tracking device for installation on a 'bait' bicycle. When the bike is stolen, the thief is tracked down and arrested. The campus police chief Dustin Olson commented that while bike theft is not their most serious crime, depriving somebody of their everyday transportation is a quality of life issue."

"By prosecuting cases, he believes the word will spread that bike theft is not tolerated. The University of Wisconsin has been leaving bait bikes around campus for two years, and the number of reported thefts has dropped 30%, from 500 down to 350. We hope that other local jurisdictions will learn from UCSB, and consider implementing their own GPS bike program..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2f26jyt

Editor's Geezer Moment: When we did something like this (along with awareness programs) in the early '80s, bike theft in Missoula dropped by 1/2 from the previous year. Stayed down, too...

WOODSTOCK (ON) STRUGGLES WITH 'WALKABILITY' CHALLENGE

-> According to an Aug. 3rd Sentinel-Review article, "Woodstock is built more for cars than kids. That was the findings of participants in the Woodstock Summer Activity Program who were recruited by Oxford County Public Health and Emergency Services to determine Woodstock's 'walkability.' 'Some parts are good and safe -- certain parts need work,' said Jenna Standish, a leader with the city's day camp program."

"The Day Camp Walkability Challenge was designed to teach children about active transportation and pedestrian safety while, at the same time, helping them, their families and civic leaders learn about walking areas in Oxford County where children don't feel safe. On Friday, day campers presented their findings during a celebration event held at Southside Park's inclusive playground. Sponsored by the Oxford Active Living Team, day camp counsellors in Tillsonburg, Ingersoll and Woodstock were provided with a walkability checklist they completed during July with their day-camp participants..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28pdxdd
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Title: "Woodstock struggles with 'walkability' challenge"
Author: Heather Rivers

MARIN (CA) BOARD: "YES" TO RAIL-WITH TRAIL PROJECT

-> According to the July 28th edition of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's MCBC eNews, "On July 21st the SMART Board of Directors voted to reject the implementation of the Marin County Grand Jury's recommendation to 'defer plans' for the SMART Bicycle/Pedestrian multi-use pathway. In November 2008 Marin and Sonoma voters passed Measure Q with a near 70% victory; the measure included both the train and pathway."

"The pathway is estimated to have 7,000 to 10,000 users per day and will promote a safe and efficient means of getting people to and from SMART stations, many of which have no parking for cars. On July 24th, the Marin IJ wrote an editorial supporting SMART's position. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition applauds the SMART board of directors for this decision, and also appreciates the support of the Marin IJ..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29ruvpe

STERLINGTON (LA) MAY ABANDON SRTS PROJECT

-> According to a July 31st News-Star article, "The town of Sterlington is close to abandoning a sidewalks project because of unexpected drainage costs. Over the last four years, the town has been awarded grants from the state's Safe Routes to School program totaling $530,000 for the first two phases of the projects to add sidewalks along five streets in the center of the older neighborhoods in the town."

"But Mayor Vern Breland said the projects are in jeopardy of being abandoned because of unexpectedly high costs associated with drainage issues along one section of the project. 'It's going to cost us $250,000 just to do ditching improvements on Frances Street,' Breland said. 'There's also right-of-way issues, which would be a delay of almost a year. But at this point in the ball game, we're not real optimistic it's going to happen.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/378zgyl
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Title: "Sterlington may abandon sidewalk project"
Author: Robbie Evans


THE RESEARCH BEAT

IMPACT OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY GOES BEYOND HEALTH

-> According to a July 28th NPR article, "The health effects of being overweight or obese are well documented. Extra pounds add extra risk for diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, even among children. But new research also documents significant social and economic consequences of being overweight since high school."

"Philippa Clarke, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, wanted to know what happens to people who've been overweight since adolescence. So, she used national data that tracked 5,000 high school graduates for two decades. She compared one group of 40-year-olds who were normal weight at high school graduation but gained weight gradually over time with another group of 40-year-olds who were chronically overweight since age 19."

"'We found that those people who were persistently overweight were more likely to not have gone on to have any further education beyond their high school [diploma]; to be receiving welfare or unemployment compensation at age 40 and to have no current partner,' said Clarke..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2d69dv8
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Title: "Impact Of Childhood Obesity Goes Beyond Health"
Author: Patti Neighmond

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2cm7f5b


QUOTES R US

-> "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."
-- Ernest Hemingway

http://tinyurl.com/8t4ns

-> "Being stuck in traffic isn’t fun, even if you are driving a BMW. On a commuter train or Light Rail line, you whiz past all those cars going no-where at 50 or 60 miles per hour—reading, working on your laptop, or relaxing, instead of staring at some other guy’s bumper."
-- William Lind, author "What’s so conservative about federal highways?" (The American Conservative) magazine, Aug. 1, 2010)

http://tinyurl.com/24wtzrq

Via T4A blog: http://tinyurl.com/297gvav

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

TWO MORE BICYCLE CELL PHONE CHARGERS!

Thanks to David Mozer of the International Bicycle Fund,* we've got two more bicycle cell phone chargers to share. David wrote “per the last Centerline, there are a couple other bicycle cell phone charges with different approaches.” They are listed at the IBF website here:

http://tinyurl.com/34sybsv

One is an article by Alastair Bland: "Make: Projects - Pedal-powered phone charger" http://tinyurl.com/let3j6

The other is the Australian PedalPower+ unit http://tinyurl.com/mstqy3

*Check out the rest of the IBF website here: http://tinyurl.com/qqs2fe

COFFEE OR TEA? YES, PLEASE

"Common beverages may lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer"

AARP Bulletin, July 13, 2010

http://tinyurl.com/2a6ff7j


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Safe Routes to School and Liablity"

Date: August 13, 2010, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: TBD

Hosts: Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Cost: None

Info and link to registration: http://tinyurl.com/25vlylp

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

Date: 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: "Road Diets"

Date: August 18, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Mark de la Vergne, Sam Schwartz Engineering; Brian Dougherty, City of Seattle; and Ian Lockwood, AECOM

Hosts: APBP

Cost: See website

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

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


RESOURCES

-> "FACT SHEET 1: RAISING THE PROFILE OF..."
"...cycling for disabled people;" by Wheels for Wellbeing, London, UK. (18KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2ejf3mv

-> "FACT SHEET 2: CYCLE STORAGE FOR TRIKES AND..."
"...other non-standard cycles;" by Wheels for Wellbeing, London, UK. (19KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/29krapd

-> "BICYCLIST RIGHTS IN OREGON..."
"...The Vulnerable User Law;" YouTube video by Swanson Thomas and Coon, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and Greg Conyers. Summer 2009 (online video)
http://tinyurl.com/yknn87v

-> "MAKING A CYCLING TOWN: A COMPILATION OF..."
"...practitioners’ experiences from the Cycling Demonstration Towns programme Qualitative Survey 2005-2009;" by Cycling England, U.K. Department for Transport. July 2010 (description of the report with a link to the 4.5MB pdf and links to related documents)
http://tinyurl.com/3am7zzs

-> "ACTIVE SCHOOL NEIGHBORHOOD CHECKLIST"
Assessment tool; by Arizona DOT SRTS Program, et al. July 16, 2010 (1.9MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2a7fn3e

-> "MENTAL STRAIN AND ANNOYANCE DURING COGNITIVE..."
"...performance in different traffic noise conditions;" article by Sandrock, Schuumltte, and Griefahn; Ergonomics, Vol. 53, Issue 8; pages 962-971 . Aug. 2010
http://tinyurl.com/33pop4m

-> "SYSTEMS-BASED ACCIDENT ANALYSIS IN THE..."
"...Led Outdoor Activity Domain: Application and Evaluation of a Risk Management Framework;" article by Salmon, Williamson; Lenne, Mitsopoulos-Rubens, and Rudin-Brown; Ergonomics, Vol. 53, Issue 8, pages 927-939. Aug. 2010
http://tinyurl.com/37jm4or

-> "OUR CITIES OURSELVES..."
"...10 Principles for Transport in Urban Life;" manual by ITDP, Gehl Architects, and Nelson/Nygaard. 2010 (ITDP article, link to 11.2MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/29w5cvf

-> "RIDE RIGHT"
Video by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition & the Marin Cyclists; "top techniques for safe group cycling." July 2010 (general info and link to YouTube video)
http://tinyurl.com/29w5cvf


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!

-> 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 7, 2010, New England Bike-Walk Summit, Providence, RI. Info: The East Coast Greenway Alliance
http://tinyurl.com/3azwdhd

-> 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

-> JOB -- STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP MGR -- NAT'L COMPLETE STREETS COALITION

The National Complete Streets Coalition is seeking an experienced candidate to manage our relationships with Coalition partners, advance our federal policy goals, and oversee our new project to help measure the effectiveness of Complete Streets policy implementation. This is a full-time job opportunity features a great deal of responsibility and direct collaboration with a diverse national organizations.

Our ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with strong organizational and people skills. Hill or federal advocacy experience is highly desired and will make up about one-quarter of this position’s workload. A demonstrated ability to create and manage coalitions and/or coalition projects is required. The Strategic Partnership Manager will work in Washington, DC under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2w4e949

-> JOB -- TEMP. RESEARCH ASS'T -- ALLIANCE FOR BIKING & WALKING

Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of more than 160 grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking a Research Assistant to work with the Alliance’s National Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project.

Position Overview: The Research Assistant will report to the Benchmarking Project Manager. The Benchmarking Project collects and analyzes data from all 50 states and the top 50 cities (by population) on bicycling, walking, and health. Find more info on the project at: http://tinyurl.com/38xnffa.

We are looking for someone who can dedicate approximately 20 hours per week from October 2010 through September 2011. Funding for this position ends in October 2011, but there may be potential to continue contract if additional funding is secured.

Salary Information: Pay is $20-$25/hr – depending on experience in specific research areas associated with this project.

Instructions for applying for this job.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should contact Kristen Steele at kristen@PeoplePoweredMovement.org with resume and cover letter that indicates your level of comfort and experience working with databases and Excel and your ability to commit to the project for the year. Writing samples, or samples of past research projects involved with, could be included as an attachment or link in your e-mail application. Deadline for applications is September 1, 2010. Interviews will be scheduled for early September and work will begin September 27.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/ybu27xe

-> JOB -- WEB & DESIGN COORDINATOR -- T.A., NYC

Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks a Web and Design Coordinator to create and manage our online and print visual identity.

Description: We are looking for an enthusiastic Web and Design Coordinator to join our IT and Communications departments. The Coordinator will build, maintain and update our websites (transalt.org, bikingrules.org, etc), primarily running on Drupal, along with the IT Director. The Coordinator will also manage the design and publication of printed reports and other projects, such as research and policy papers, membership materials, t-shirts, our StreetBeat e-bulletin, advocacy ads and our quarterly magazine, Reclaim, and annual report. This work will be a mix of in-house design and managing outside consultants.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Health insurance, TransitChek, paid vacation

Start Date: Immediate

Details: http://tinyurl.com/283ngj3

-> JOB -- COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER --T.A., NYC

Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks a Communications Manager to handle day-to-day media operations and develop communications strategies for advocacy campaigns and events.

Description: The position will report to the Deputy Director and work with other staff to develop and implement communications plans that advance T.A.'s mission. Daily duties include developing media-outreach strategies, drafting press releases, responding to media inquiries, planning media events, developing communications plans for T.A. reports and events, proofreading and copy-editing, as well as representing T.A. to the general public.

Frequent evening and weekend engagements, as well as late nights and early mornings will be a regular part of this position. As a staff member, you will represent T.A. at Community Board meetings and other events, and work closely with our campaign and event staffs to facilitate their priorities. You should have experience working with a wide range of media and should be a compelling writer with very strong public speaking skills. Knowledge of Spanish and T.A.'s core issues a huge plus.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Health Insurance, TransitCheck

Start Date: July 2010 (note: still advertised 8/2)

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2aj7cyn

-> JOB -- IT CONSULTANT --T.A., NYC

Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) seeks an Information Technology Consultant to support and expand the capabilities of our IT department. The Consultant will perform a variety of tasks in a Windows and Linux-based environment, from help desk duties to special projects.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist the IT Director in supporting T.A.'s hardware, software, and end user environment
  • Troubleshoot and manage tasks related to desktops, printers, servers, and office application issues
  • Create internal and end-user technical documentation
  • Perform some basic editing of web content
  • Help organize IT operations

Compensation: $15/hour

Hours: 15-20 hours

Start Date: August 9th, 2010

Details: http://tinyurl.com/26mmuny

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- SUSTAINABLE CITIES INITIATIVE, U OF OREGON

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) seeks a highly motivated, organized, and action-oriented individual to help lead, manage and grow the Sustainable Cities Initiative. SCI is a multi-disciplinary, new program at the University of Oregon that encompasses many facets of the University. While SCI has a specific focus on sustainability and the built environment, it also was designed to help redefine the role of public education in serving the public good.

The role of Executive Director is a new position and requires an experienced, motivated person who can simultaneously create new programs and skillfully manage existing ones. A successful candidate is someone who is flexible, collaborative, and action-oriented; and someone who can be both entrepreneurial and work within the unique higher education environment. SCI has been built with a tremendous amount of faculty energy, and skilled leadership is now needed to successfully institutionalize existing efforts and foster the ongoing development of new ideas.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2v8j842

-> JOB -- PROGRAM MANAGER -- SUSTAINABLE CITIES INITIATIVE, U OF OREGON

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) seeks two highly motivated, organized, and action-oriented individuals to help manage and grow the Sustainable Cities Initiative. One position will be to primarily manage the Sustainable City Year program and the other will be to help manage other SCI efforts.

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is a cross-disciplinary effort that integrates research, education, service, and public outreach to impact the design and development of cities and to serve as a model of sustainable city design for the nation. SCI works at a variety of scales from geographic regions to individual buildings and connects this work to students, scholars, funders, project partners, and policy makers. Service learning is a key aspect of this work.

Currently, the departments of planning, architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, business, law, journalism, and arts administration are all actively involved in this effort, although SCI is based within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2w2jz2v

-> JOB -- PART-TIME OFFICE COORDINATOR -- BICYCLE COLORADO

The Position: Reporting to the Membership Manager, the major responsibilities for this half-time position include: Membership & Order Coordination and Organizational Support.

Hours: This position will require 20 hours per week at our office in Downtown Denver. Because of work flow, the ideal candidate will be available for half days each weekday. Infrequent evening or weekend hours are needed for Bicycle Colorado special events.

Compensation: This position’s base salary is between twelve and fourteen dollars per hour. A transit benefit is included in the compensation package. The selected candidate may enroll and contribute a portion of premiums to health, vision, and dental plans.

Posting effective July 26, 2010 until position is filled

Details: http://tinyurl.com/26jedtn

-> JOB -- SRTS BIKE ED CONTRACTOR(S) -- SCBC, SONOMA CO. (CA)

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition seeks enthusiastic, experienced bicycle education independent contractors for extra-help in implementing our Safe Routes to School bicycle education programs. This is an on-call, contractual position for specific events that will be scheduled during the course of the 2010-11 school year. The position could extend beyond 2010-11. Most events will take place between September-October, and again from March-June, either on weekends or during the school day. We offer a friendly, fast-paced work environment with a staff focused on making positive change in the world.

Desired Qualifications: Bilingual (Spanish preferred); experience with community-based programs & bicycle maintenance. Strong belief in the ability to positively change lives by supporting walking and bicycling for transportation.

Compensation and Benefits: Hours will vary monthly, based on scheduled courses and events. We offer a friendly, fast-paced, flexible work environment. Our staff is focused on making positive change in the world and supports and celebrates diversity, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/26hqb66

-> 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
  • 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

-> 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


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