#260 Wednesday, August 18, 2010


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.

----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Attendee Spotlight: St. Louis is Sending a Bus!
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Conference News
----- State Bike/Ped Programs Under Fire (Again)
----- New and Improved IPA Guide Now Complete
----- Senate Makes Progress on Two Critical Bills
----- Google Leads, You Pedal
----- Stepping It Up with "Transit Score"
----- Music Bike Tour Highlights National Bike Efforts
----- OZ Cyclists Gain Influence in 2010 Elections
----- Danish, Dutch Supporters Push Mega Trucks Europe-Wide
----- Call for Applications: SRTS Nat'l Course Instructor Training
----- Questions Raised on Helmet Foam Study

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Minnesota on Road to Complete Streets
----- Hernando: Mississippi's 1st "Healthiest Hometown"
----- Walk Week Kicks Off Evanston (IL) School Year
----- Cambridge (MA) Holds "Best Shoveled Block Contest"
----- SRTS for the Cincinnati Public Schools
----- Buffalo (NY) Moving on Complete Streets
----- Missouri DOT: St. Charles Co. Can't Ban Bikes from State Roads
----- Colorado Gov. Candidate: Bike-Sharing a U.N. Plot!
----- Placemaking and Preservation in Tupelo (MS)
----- Male Drivers, Left Turns Deadly for NYC Walkers

----- 1/3 of Birmingham (AL) Folks Live Far from Groceries
----- Low UK Community Spirit & Kids Not Playing Outside
----- Poorest Americans at Highest Heart Disease Risk

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by Mark Plotz

-> Last week, I heard that someone was making plans to charter a bus to Pro Walk/Pro Bike® and filling it with 30 people; the cynic in me wondered if we were facing a hostile takeover. With a mix of curiosity and trepidation, I picked up the phone, and talked to Jennifer Allen of Trailnet. I am happy to report that not only are they coming in peace, but they will also be presenting a very interesting story about how the St. Louis area passed Complete Street legislation—thanks, in part, to a trip to Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2008.

Trailnet is a medium size non-profit that has promoted active living in the St. Louis area for over 20 years. In that time it has pieced together a very strong coalition that includes about 2 thousand dues-paying members, the St. Louis University School of Public Health, a portfolio of over 100 yearly bike rides and walking events, and it has assisted numerous communities in the region with bike/ped planning. I asked Jennifer about Trailnet’s history with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference:

"In 2008 we provided scholarships to two City of St. Louis Board of Public Service staff and Councilman Dwayne James of the City of Ferguson to attend Pro Walk/Pro Bike® through our Healthy, Active, & Vibrant Communities Initiative (HAVC). At that time, the national movement for Complete Streets was beginning to gain momentum with the recent passage of Complete Streets policies in the City of Seattle and the state of Illinois. We accompanied our partners to the conference and we encouraged them to learn about Complete Streets and consider if the policy would be appropriate for their jurisdictions. "

"Following the conference, Trailnet researched and shared model Complete Streets policies from throughout the country with the City of St. Louis and the City of Ferguson. Trailnet then partnered with each city to draft policy language and successfully adopt Complete Streets policies. Trailnet also helped the City of De Soto pass its Complete Streets policy through the HAVC initiative."

"PWPB® 2008 helped catalyze change in St. Louis and we think it can continue to be a catalyst for the work we do: We build social networks that lead to policy and built environment change in St. Louis."

For this year’s conference in Chattanooga, Trailnet has appealed to its various coalition members to make the trip possible for a delegation large enough to bring livable communities to scale. One organization is chartering the bus, another is providing support for lodging, and a third is backing scholarships for conference registration. Jennifer tells me that Trailnet’s focus is on getting decision-makers to the conference. The bus is beginning to fill with several mayors, a director of public works, several planning directors, and a chronic disease prevention specialist—among others.

When I asked Jennifer how this audacious plan will help the St. Louis area become more livable and more active, she quickly replied:

"One of our biggest challenges is a lack of coordination among departments, different sectors, different agencies and organizations. That is the biggest reason we formed the Livable St. Louis Network--to forge collaboration. There is also lack of knowledge and expertise when it comes to enacting transportation and land use policies and infrastructure that create livable communities among our region's policy and decision makers. PWPB® allows us to fill in some of these gaps. Experiencing the conference together builds partnerships and collaboration. The conference sessions provide the professional development."

Thanks, Jennifer. We look forward to your arrival in Chattanooga.


-> Just under 4 weeks remain until we kickoff Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you are thinking about attending the conference, you don’t have much longer to procrastinate: conference slots are filling fast. For more information about our conference see: http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.php


You may have noticed that previous editions of CenterLines have focused on the various delights of Chattanooga, and the quality and breadth of the conference program. For this issue we are highlighting our conference sponsors: USDOT; FHWA; Federal Transit Administration; League of American Bicyclists; Bikes Belong; Alta Planning+Design; National Association of Realtors; Benwood Foundation; B cycle; Tennessee DOT; RPM Transportation Consultants, LLC; Lyndhurst Foundation; Chattanooga Bicycle Club; APBP; Toole Design Group; and the RBA Group. Several other groups are about to sign on.

NCBW is very proud to have long standing relationships with many of the agencies, non-profits, and consulting firms that are sponsoring this year’s conference. Over the years, one of the most dependable supporters of Pro Walk/Pro Bike® is DOT/FHWA. I reached out to Christopher Douwes to ask why the Recreational Trails Program is such a consistent supporter of our conference. He responded:

"The Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference is the premier conference for planning, design, construction, maintenance, management, and operations relating to pedestrian and bicyclist issues. This conference is about promoting excellent transportation opportunities where people live."

Thanks, Christopher! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


Hotels: For those of you who are Chattanooga bound, you must make your lodging arrangements by or before Saturday, August 21 to qualify for the special conference rate. Reserve your room here: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/hotel.php


Mobile Workshops: The complete schedule of mobile workshops is now on our website. Nearly every workshop, with one or two exceptions, is free for conference attendees. Workshop registration is only available online, and workshop slots are filling fast! For the schedule and registration see: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/mobileworkshops.php


Special Meetings: special meetings and training sessions are scheduled throughout the week including both weekends. There are great opportunities to meet, learn from and connect with your peers. For the schedule and registration info go to http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/pdfs/specialinterest.pdf


Bicycle Rentals: We have received a number of inquiries about bicycle rentals in Chattanooga. The Local Host Committee is hard at work on this issue, but they need to know how many people would be interested in a weekly bicycle rental for $104. If you are interested, please send a note to Phil Pugliese <pugliese_p@outdoorchattanooga.com> before Friday, August 20.

by Mark Plotz

-> The time has come (again) for us to stand up and be counted. As a result of recent emergency Federal jobs legislation, state DOTs are being asked to find a total of $2.2 billion to cut from their budgets. Amounts vary from state to state; Alabama is being asked to cut $36 million this year, and New Jersey must cut $62 million, while California and Texas must cut about $200 million apiece.

The "pain" is being borne across all Federal agencies, and we do not quarrel with our duty in the transportation sector to exercise fiscal restraint. However, when state DOTs are deciding how to make the cuts, we want the cuts to be distributed fairly across all modes. Unfortunately, due to the structuring of the legislation, great discretion is given to state DOTs in deciding what and where to cut. And if history is any guide, bike/ped programs will not fare well unless we act.

The Federal Highway Administration has urged DOTs to conduct outreach to stakeholders to get feedback on what programs should be preserved. Our advice is to be proactive, by contacting your DOT and your Governor to ask that rescissions be done equitably across transportation program and modes. You must act before August 25, 2010.

For more information on these rescissions see: http://tinyurl.com/df3ljt


-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is pleased to announce that the UPDATE to our most distributed and downloaded publication, the "Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design -- A Guide for Public Health Practitioners" or IPA Guide, is now complete. The original report was published in May 2002 and since then it has been read by tens of thousands of people. The updated 2010 IPA Guide is a timely and innovative report, as our nation explores all aspects of health reform, including prevention through community design. As Sharon Roerty notes, "public policy and transportation decisions will increasingly turn on the question of their health impacts; we felt that now was an opportune time to update the IPA Guide." The 2010 IPA Guide recognizes the advancements that are being made in community design with the help of advocates for the environment, equity and social justice.

Download your copy of the IPA Guide:



-> According to the Aug. edition of Safe Routes to School E-News, "In legislative news, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) has become a cosponsor of S. 1156, the Senate Safe Routes to School Program Reauthorization bill. That brings us to 25 total Senators -- one-fourth of the entire Senate, which clearly shows the strong and broad support Safe Routes to School has."

"Our lead sponsors [Senators Harkin (D-IA), Burr (R-NC), Sanders (I-VT), Merkley (D-OR) and Collins (R-ME)] have all had recent conversations with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) which is writing the transportation bill to reinforce their support for Safe Routes to School..."

"In addition, the Senate Banking Committee recently approved S. 1619, The Livable Communities Act. The legislation creates a $2.5 billion grant program to support planning and implementation of projects that integrate transportation, housing, land use and economic development concerns. We are grateful to Sen. Merkley (D-OR) for offering an amendment to add school siting as an eligible use of funds in the planning grants..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24s7ve4


-> In a New York Times "Practical Traveler" article, Lionel Beehner wrote, "I had the route mapped out in my mind. I would bike from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, hit the taco trucks along the ball fields of Red Hook, Brooklyn, cruise through Prospect Park over to Brighton Beach for a quick dip, then hypotenuse it back to a bar in Williamsburg to watch the World Cup finals. Out of curiosity, I consulted Google Maps’s new bike software on my computer, to see if its brainy algorithm would match my battle-tested sense of directions."

"It did, for the most part, but for a few snags: It sent me the wrong way on Smith Street in Brooklyn, then diverted me away from Prospect Park -- the borough’s best piece of biking real estate -- and on the way back, like an overprotective concierge, it steered me away from the rough parts of Bedford Stuyvesant (normally I would have just bombed up Bedford Avenue). Still, not bad for a piece of software created by some techie thousands of miles away..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ehy5ns
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Title: "Google Leads, You Pedal"
Author: Lionel Beehner


-> According to an Aug. 16th O'Reilly Radar article, "Where you live has a huge impact on how much you drive. If your neighborhood has easy access to public transportation or there are a lot of amenities nearby, you can walk more and drive less (thus saving money while getting a little exercise). Front Seat's Walk Score has become a well-known metric for determining a place's walkability (Radar post). However, this only told a fraction of the story."

"How walkable a place tells you very little about the public transportation options. Today Front Seat is releasing Transit Score, a measure of how accessible public transportation is at a given location, and Commute Reports, that let you determine your commuting options. To use Transit Score, just search for a location on the WalkScore site..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2cb9g35
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Title: Stepping it up with 'Transit Score'
Author: Brady Forrest


-> According to an Aug. 11th Adventure Cycling Association news release, "On August 18, 2010, musician Ben Sollee will launch his Ditch the Van Tour 2010 in San Diego, CA, officially kicking off what is likely the first-ever coast-to-coast music tour by bicycle."

"Linking together four regional tours to create a transcontinental itinerary, Sollee will perform and engage with local cycling advocacy along the way, as well as raise awareness about national efforts to improve cycling in America, including Adventure Cycling Association's work on the emerging U.S. Bicycle Route System and the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly America program..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/398lax7


-> According to the Aug. 11th edition of Bicycle Victoria's On Your Bike newsletter, "Bike riders will have more influence than ever before in this year's Federal election, thanks to hi-tech innovation by Bicycle Victoria. For the forthcoming Federal and Victorian elections the VoteBike system, trialled in the 2008 local government elections, has been fully developed so that riders can monitor and evaluate policy on bikes, electorate by electorate and candidate by candidate. "

"Members and Friends, can easily find out what, if any, policies their local candidates have to respond to the bike boom. By logging in Blink, the server automatically locates the correct electorate, and displays the candidates running and their policies (if the candidates have published policies). Furthermore the web site indicates the priority bike projects for that specific electorate, Federal or State. Riders can click on the links and read the webpage about the projects..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ch9vc7


-> According to an Aug. 12th No Mega Trucks Campaign article, "In Denmark and the Netherlands supporters of mega trucks are urging to extend the use of longer, heavier trucks to other European countries. Kristian Pihl Lorentzen, a member of the Danish parliament, recently demanded of his fellow party member and Danish Minister of Transport Hans Christian Schmidt to lobby for an extension of the mega truck trials to Germany and other European countries."

"According to the Danish transport magazine Transportnyhederne, Pihl said: 'It is not acceptable if Germany is prohibiting transit traffic with mega trucks through Germany (...) We from Venstre emphasize that we have the possibility to make full use of the potential of mega trucks (aka environmental truck). Therefore it should be allowed to drive through Germany and further on through Europe.'..."

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


-> According to an Aug. 6th National Center for Safe Routes to School release, "Applications are now being accepted for participation in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Course Instructor Training to be held December 6 –9, 2010 in Birmingham, Ala. Up to 12 participant slots are available."

"Since 2004, the Safe Routes to School National Course has been taught throughout the country by instructors trained by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. This round of instructor training seeks to help meet demand and enable more communities to receive the Course..."

Applications due August 30!

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


-> According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute's Aug. 10th Helmet Update, "A press release from New York University yesterday has distorted the findings of a study done there. The press release says:"

"'In a counter-intuitive finding, scientists at New York University (NYU) and Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) report that the foam used in helmets and other body armor indeed absorbs damage when compressed slowly but can cause as much injury as a hard object when hit at high speeds.'"

"The foam tested was not bike helmet foam. No helmets were tested, and no helmet test equipment was used. The foam's characteristics might actually produce a very protective helmet when the foam is tuned correctly, but it could not be used in a football helmet, since it is a one-hit foam."

"We conclude that the NYU journalism department punched up the press release to generate interest in the study. We read the journal article, and it does not support that headline. The word helmet does not appear in the article."

For more info (and a link to the NYU release) go to: http://tinyurl.com/2vwbra9



-> In an Aug. 12th Minnesota Active Living Network News article, Barbara McCann, National Complete Streets Coalition Executive Director, wrote "I’m just back from my first visit to Minnesota since the passage of their landmark Complete Streets law in mid-May. It was gratifying to learn that both the advocacy community and the state Department of Transportation have set a brisk pace on the road to implementation."

"The Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition held a celebration after the bill became law, but once the cake was consumed, coalition members set aside their forks for a two-hour meeting on what to do next. Two products are already out: a Complete Streets toolkit for local advocates and another toolkit for local elected officials and city staff. The toolkits provide important information about the state law and encourage local governments to adopt their own complementary policies..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2aq794w


-> According to an Aug. 15th Commercial Appeal article, "Hernando leaders gave citizens the credit Saturday as they celebrated the city winning Mississippi's first 'Healthiest Hometown' award. 'When you come to the Farmers Market, when you come to the parks and ride your bicycles or call me or your aldermen and make suggestions on how we can improve our parks and other programs, you are playing an instrumental role in helping make Hernando a healthier place to live, and I commend you for that,' Mayor Chip Johnson told a crowd gathered at Lee's Summit Park. Shelly Johnstone, director of community development for Hernando, echoed the mayor's sentiments. 'I think we're deserving of this award because we are pushed by our community,' she said."

"The celebration was preceded by a Back-to-School Bike Safety event sponsored by the city and the Hernando Optimist Club at the park, where more than 50 children in grades K-6 learned basic bike-riding safety skills. Participants who completed the class were awarded certificates and free bicycle helmets donated by Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services...The grant award is the first of its kind created by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation for cities that demonstrate leadership and commitment to the health and wellness of their citizens..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/26u9uxd
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Title: "Hernando celebrates 'Healthiest Hometown' designation"
Author: Amanda Compton-Ortiz


-> According to an Aug. 13th Evanston Now article, "Evanston’s Health Department is encouraging youngsters to get the school year off to a good start by walking to school during the first week of classes -- Aug. 30 through Sept. 3...Evanston youth of all ages are encouraged to walk to school in groups or with their parents..."

"Walk Week is a free program open to all. Students attending both public and private schools are encouraged to participate. Registration is not required. Program participants will be provided with information about Walk Week and free wristbands. Program materials will be available for pick-up at Evanston libraries, recreation centers, the McGaw YMCA and the YWCA beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 25..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/35ndqos
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Title: "City encourages kids to walk to school"
Author: Staff

Via Free Range Kids: http://tinyurl.com/36ue4yw


-> According to an article in America Walks' Aug. 15th Monthly E-Newsletter, "Like many cities Cambridge, Mass., has laws on the books that mandate that property owners keep the sidewalks in from of their homes and businesses free of snow and ice. However, people walking in Cambridge have noted for years that some blocks are always well shoveled, while on other blocks pedestrians are seen climbing over snow banks and taking to the streets."

"Sarah Fresco of GreenStreets Initiative, Jesse Kanson-Benanav of TROMP and Katherine Lydon, Postmaster of the Cambridge Post Office worked together to organize the first 'Best Shoveled Block in Cambridge Contest' in March 2010. Residents nominated a block in their neighborhood for the honor with judging done by mail carriers..."

Source America Walks: http://tinyurl.com/35a9nx8


-> According to the Aug. 13th edition of OKI Bicycle E-Info-News, "A Safe Routes To School (SRTS) conference last January at Cincinnati’s Rockdale Academy has led the Cincinnati Public School District (CPS) to look into the potential for applying the federal program for all elementary and middle schools in the district. A program of this scope has not been undertaken in Ohio before, therefore, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), which administers the SRTS program, has undertaken a research project to assist with the administration of an urban district-wide program."

"A steering committee was formed in July and is initiating a review of the program and how it can be applied to the District. Concerns include costs of student transportation, safety for the children walking to school, involvement of the parents and broader community. Eventually, the reauthorization of the federal transportation act could determine the implementation as the SRTS program is subject to changes in the negotiations..."

For more info, contact Don Burrell of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments at <DBURRELL@oki.org>


-> In an Aug. 10th Mobilizing the Region article, Nadine Lemmon wrote, "While momentum is building on the local level in New York State for the passage of Complete Streets policies, the real test will be translating paper intentions into physical infrastructure changes. Buffalo, the first city in New York to pass a complete streets ordinance, is proving to be a good case study for what the successes, and challenges, of implementation might be. "

"Buffalo’s June 2008 law governs the design of all city streets, but did not clearly outline how implementation should proceed. One year later, Complete Streets advocates had a big implementation win. When Buffalo rebuilt the 700 block of Main Street, the design included a median strip, bike lanes, new street trees, and a switch from one-way to two-way traffic. Plans are now underway to extend the improvements, including discussion of light rail..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2d7dchq


-> According to a July 13th St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, "The Missouri Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday that a proposed St. Charles County ordinance barring bicyclists from some shoulder-less state highways would have no legal authority and couldn't be enforced. Melissa Anderson, who oversees bicycle issues for MoDOT, cited a state law giving the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission supervision of roads built or maintained with state money. 'They're under the sole jurisdiction of the commission,' Anderson said."

"County Councilman Joe Brazil, the bill's sponsor, said he'll continue to pursue the measure he introduced Monday night. He said he believes the county can enforce such a law, citing its authority to deal with health and safety matters. 'MoDOT is more than welcome to challenge this,' said Brazil, a Defiance Republican. The county's chief attorney, County Counselor Joann Leykam, wouldn't comment on whether the county has this kind of authority on state roads. Also not offering an opinion was County Executive Steve Ehlmann. Ehlmann did say if the bill passes, the county would defend it in court. Brazil said if the state prevailed in a court fight, another option would be to try to get the Legislature to allow bicycle bans..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23amu6p
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Title: "MoDOT says St. Charles County can't ban bikes from state roads"
Author: Mark Schlinkmann


-> According to an Aug 4th Think Progress blog entry by Charlie Eisenhood, "Three months ago, Denver Mayor and Colorado gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper (D) helped start an ambitious bike share program that has already attracted 14,000 memberships and been a big success. But one of Hickenlooper’s opponents in the Governor’s race sees something sinister lurking behind the mayor’s policies."

Eisenhood then quotes an Aug, 4th Denver Post article: "Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is warning voters that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s policies, particularly his efforts to boost bike riding, are 'converting Denver into a United Nations community. This is all very well-disguised, but it will be exposed,' Maes told about 50 supporters who showed up at a campaign rally last week in Centennial..."

"Maes said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor’s efforts to promote cycling and other environmental initiatives were harmless and well-meaning. Now he realizes 'that’s exactly the attitude they want you to have.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29ovref
Denver Post article: http://tinyurl.com/2ctygvf
For more on Denver B-Cycle, go to: http://tinyurl.com/yc8vlcq


-> According to the Aug. 16th edition of News from the National Trust Main Street Center, "The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) announced this week that Tupelo, Mississippi, has been selected as the pilot site for a demonstration project that will tap into the power of Placemaking to revitalize this National Main Street community."

"Best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, the 'King of Rock and Roll,' Tupelo will engage a wide range of community stakeholders and the Mississippi Department of Transportation to invigorate the city's Main Street corridor, a state highway that links downtown to Presley’s birthplace and other public spaces and local attractions..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/36x3t7a


-> In an Aug. 16th New York Times article, Michael M. Grynbaum asked, "Want to take a safe stroll around New York City? Avoid crossing at intersections. Pay special heed to cars making left turns. Do not go anywhere between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., stick to the side streets and skip Manhattan entirely. It has never been easy to safely navigate the streets of New York, where automobiles zip inches away from smartphone-toting pedestrians and the footrace across an intersection has been compared to a game of human Frogger. "

"But a report released Monday by the city’s transportation planners offers unique insight into the precarious life on the city’s streets -- pinpointing where, when and why pedestrian accidents have most often occurred -- while undercutting some of the century-old assumptions about transportation in the country’s biggest city."

"Taxis, it turns out, were no careering menace: cabs accounted for far fewer pedestrian accidents in Manhattan than privately owned vehicles. Jaywalkers, surely the city’s most numerous scofflaws, were involved in fewer collisions than their law-abiding counterparts who waited for the 'walk' sign -- although accidents involving jaywalkers are more likely to result in death..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2dhgack
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Title: "Deadliest for City’s Walkers: Male Drivers, Left Turns"
Author: Michael M. Grynbaum

For more on the study, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2fv9sqb



-> According to an Aug. 11th Birmingham News article, "More than a third of Birmingham city residents live in an area where they don't have easy access to healthy food, according to a study that will be presented today. The study found that more than 88,000 people in the city live in areas that are far from mainstream grocery stores and, in many cases, where unhealthy options like fast food are closer."

"About 23,000 of those people are children, the report found. The report pinpoints three 'food deserts' in the city where about 25,000 people live, but found that the problem is far more widespread. It also found a correlation between a lack of access to healthy food and increased health problems and shortened lifespan..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2gyv2y5
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Title: "More than 88,000 in Birmingham live too far from grocery stores"
Author: Hannah Wolfson

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


-> "An ICM survey commissioned by Play England, found that 79% of adults believe community spirit has weakened since they were a child. This is compounded by the fact that nearly half of men (44%) and 28% of women would be wary to help a child in need of assistance in their neighbourhood, in case they were suspected of attempting to abduct the child."

"The research also found that 47% of adults think it is unsafe for children to play without supervision, and that 1 in 3 (37%) parents are concerned they will be judged by their neighbours if they let their children play outside unsupervised."

"71% of children worry about being followed or taken by strangers, but despite evident fears, nearly three quarters of children (73%) say they would like to play more where they live."

"The research demonstrates a resounding call for communities to pull together to create better places for children to grow up, with a belief that improving opportunities for children to play outside would improve neighbourhoods in general. 81% of adults believe children playing outside helps to improve community spirit and 70% think that it makes an area more desirable to live in."

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

Via Free-Range Kids: http://tinyurl.com/2bmf7bm


-> According to an Aug. 4th HealthDay News article, "Socioeconomic status plays a more important role than race or ethnicity in cardiovascular disease risk disparities in the United States, a new study has found. Researchers analyzed data from 12,154 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2001-2006) and found that the poorest people have the highest risk of cardiovascular disease, but there are few differences in risk between racial and ethnic groups."

"The study included whites, blacks, U.S.-born Mexican Americans and foreign-born Mexican Americans. The lower a person's socioeconomic status, the greater their risk for cardiovascular disease -- in all racial and ethnic groups, the investigators found. The finding could result from lifestyle differences. For example, poor people tend to exercise less and are more likely to be obese and to smoke, the study authors noted..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/32a4enz
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Title: "Poorest People at Highest Heart Disease Risk: U.S. Data"
Author: Staff

Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/3ywaaw2


-> "Making Connecticut more bike-friendly is a high priority of mine -- and of my running mate, Mary Glassman. She has unveiled a comprehensive bicycling plan, which I strongly support. It would require the legislature and State Bonding Commission to preserve funds for bike investments, pursue federal funds more aggressively, and then use these funds to encourage towns to be more bike-friendly, as Mary has done in Simsbury as First Selectwoman."
-- Ned Lamont, CT gubernatorial candidate (D)


-> "Official estimates are in for BP's Gulf oil spill: it's pegged at about five million barrels of oil total. That's a mind-bending amount of fossil fuel. And yet it's not much. Or, at least it's not much compared to what the United States emits in greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, our carbon pollution is so huge that it's like taking that five million barrels of oil, burning every drop of it, and then doing the same thing again every 2 hours and 41 minutes. We do it without stopping. We do it almost 9 times a day; 61 times a week; more than 3,000 times a year..."
-- Eric De Place, Sightline Institute


-> "Children and parents differ sharply as to what is quality time spent between them, according to The National KidsDay Meaningful Time Survey, conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2002. In essence, the survey shows that, while parents think that instructive time spent with children is quality time (the survey calls this 'meaningful time'), children strongly prefer fun time. .."
-- Mike Lanza, Founder and Chief Play Officer of Playborhood.com




YouTube video, filmed in Hungary.



"A motorist caught speeding at more than 100mph claimed he did not realise he was going so fast because he is dyslexic..."


Via Daily Snopes: http://tinyurl.com/9wbjs


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

WEBINAR: "Toward Zero Deaths"

Date: August 25-26

Presenters: Ewa Flom, FHWA Safety, Program Integration & Delivery

Hosts: Transportation Research Board and the National Highway Institute

Cost: None

Contact: Kelly Hardy <khardy@aashto.org> or 202-624-5868.>

Registration and info: http://tinyurl.com/378umtn

EIGHT-PART WEBINAR: "Designing for Pedestrian Safety" series (continued from previous edition)

Date: Aug. 17, Sept. 9...


  • 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: "Safe Routes to School 101: Information and Resources to Jumpstart Your Program"

Date: August 24, 2010, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Diane Lambert, National Center for Safe Routes to School & Robert Ping, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

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

Cost: None

Contact: Michelle Gulley at <mgulley@americawalks.org>

Registration and info: http://tinyurl.com/32p37zw


"...to Increase Physical Activity Levels and Create Healthy, Livable Communities;" by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Summer 2010 (490KB pdf)

Video by Clarence Eckerson, Jr., StreetFilms. July 15, 2010

Via 8-80 Cities: http://tinyurl.com/23dumc8

117 page draft by the City's Complete Streets Steering Committee. March 2010 (9.3MB pdf)

"...and Use of Community Facilities on Physical Activity of Adults With and Without Disabilities;" by Christensen, Holt, and Wilson; Preventing Chronic Disease, Volume 7: No. 5 2010;7(5). September 2010

Article by Smith, Reed, and Baker; Public Roads Vol 74 #1. July/August 2010

Via PBIC Messenger: http://tinyurl.com/2782qol

"...Benefits, and Attitudes;" report by Drew Meisel, Portland State Univ. School of Urban Studies and Planning. No date (1.2MB pdf)

Via PBIC Messenger: http://tinyurl.com/243jfuh


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:


-> Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2010, 3rd International Urban Design Conference, Canberra, Australia. Info:

-> September 10-13, 2010, Alliance Leadership Retreat, Chattanooga, TN. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking.

-> September 12-18, 2010, Second Annual Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week. Info: BikeWalk Virginia and Drive Smart Virginia

-> September 12-19, 2010, Virginia Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness Week. Info:

-> September 13-17, 2010, Pro Walk/Pro Bike, the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

-> September 19-23, 2010, Sustainable City/Developing World, Nairobi, Kenya. Info:

-> 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>).

-> September 25, 2010; the Firefly Community Lantern Walk, Portland OR. Info: The City Repair Project

-> October 2-3, 2010, Get Out and Play! Weekend, New Hampshire. Info: NH Children in Nature Coalition

-> October 7, 2010, New England Bike-Walk Summit, Providence, RI. Info: The East Coast Greenway Alliance

-> October 13-15, 2010, South Carolina Trails & Greenways Conference, Spartanburg, SC. Info: Palmetto Conservation Foundation

-> October 15-17, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Oakland, CA. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Walk Oakland Bike.

-> October 18-19, 2010, Transportation Systems for Livable Communities Conference, Washington, D.C. Info: Transportation Research Board

-> 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.

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

-> October, 25-26, 2010, Using National Household Travel Survey Data for Transportation Policy Decisions Conference; Washington, D.C. Info: Transportation Research Board

-> 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>
Via TRB E-Newsletter http://tinyurl.com/y8nmdv9

-> October 30-31, 2010, the Philadelphia Bike Expo, Philadelphia, PA. Info:

-> November 5-7, 2010, Winning Campaigns Training, Asheville, NC. Info: Provided by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, hosted by Asheville Bicycle Coalition.

-> November 14-17, 2010, 20th American Trails National Symposium, Chattanooga, TN. Info: American Trails

-> November 14-17, 2010, 1st T&DI Green Streets & Highways Conference, Denver, CO. Info: Transportation & Development Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers

-> November 17-19, 2010, Walk21 "Getting communities back on their feet," The Hague, the Netherlands. Info:

-> May 15-19, 2011, National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, Abingdon, VA. Info: The Partnership for the National Trails System

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


Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!


If you are as passionate as we are about making our region a better place to live by getting more people on bicycles on our streets, this may be the position for you.

  • Bicycle Friendly Destinations Program Coordinator
  • 8 month consulting contract
  • Sept 2010 - Apr 2011
  • $14 per hour
  • Approximately 20 hours per week

Queen City Bike is looking for a person to help launch a new program to encourage greater bicycle use by working with employers, retailers, arts and cultural organizations, community groups, and others to make it easy for people to reach and use their facilities by bicycle. Beginning immediately, the Program Coordinator will work with Queen City Bike volunteers and our allies to enroll employers in a Bike Friendly Workplace program. The Coordinator will then help extend the program to other kinds of businesses and organizations in the area.

For more information about this opportunity, send a message to us at queencitybike09@gmail.com


The Bicycle Alliance of Washington, a 23-year old statewide bicycling advocacy organization, seeks a full-time Project Manager to implement a Safe Routes to School program in Auburn, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila School Districts. We seek an experienced professional to implement the 18-month project, including overseeing sub-contractors, leading a stakeholder sub-committee, conducting outreach to additional south King County communities, and managing project budget. Salary range is $4,200-$4,700 per month, commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to <barbc@bicyclealliance.org> by Friday 8/20, 5:00 p.m.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/22qsfwh


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


CORRECTION: The headline for the story about the University of California Santa Barbara in CenterLines #259 wrongly identify the school as the University of Santa Cruz. As a California boy, the editor should have known!


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