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#261 Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference News: 106 AICP CM Credits Available!
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Attendee Spotlight: the Metal Cowboy and the CDC Rides from Atlanta!
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference News: Bike Rentals
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference News: Special Meetings
----- Bike Karaoke in Chattanooga
----- Bikes Belong Awards $15,000 in Grants
----- Mia Birk's New Book to Hit the Shelves Soon
----- Bicycle City: a Place for Car-Free, Sustainable Living
----- Roads Scholar Takes Stand for Pedestrian Safety
----- CNT’s Trans Cost Data Now Seen on Walk Score
----- Australian "Bike Rack as Art" Design Competition

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----- Delaware County (IN) Coalition to Tackle Obesity
----- Tonganoxie (KS) to Get $1M Trail Extension
----- Middle Tennessee Bike/Ped Study Receives Nat'l Honors
----- Jackson (MI) Bike/Walk to School Numbers Up
----- Reno (NV) Emerging Partnership Between Cyclists and City
----- 70+ Cyclists Join Delaware Gov Riding New Lanes
----- Knoxville (TN) Rolls Out Road Sharing Campaigns
----- Muscle Shoals, Killen (AL) Get Safe Routes $$
----- New Jersey Safer for Pedestrians in 2010
----- New Ped Xing Signal in St. Cloud (MN) a Success
----- Marin Co. (CA) Bicycle Coalition Lobbies for Trail $$

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----- The Link Between Long Commutes and Health Problems
----- Walking and Cycling to Health

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® CONFERENCE NEWS: 106 AICP CM CREDITS AVAILABLE!

-> The American Planning Association has just informed NCBW that approximately 70 of our conference sessions have qualified for planners to earn credits towards their Certification Management. Take advantage of this tremendous opportunity by registering today!

The Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 conference takes place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 13-16. We will have a wide-ranging program focusing on everything from basic bike/ped planning to sessions covering the latest design manuals in sessions led by national experts. Our conference theme is Bringing Livable Communities to Scale—a timely theme considering how Federal agencies like DOT, EPA, HUD, and HHS are now beginning to coalesce their efforts under the umbrella of livability.

Much of our program will reflect cutting edge practices in the areas of planning—specifically, environmental sustainability, active transportation, and transportation equity. Want to understand how health impacts and health outcomes can be incorporated into planning? We will have several sessions addressing this emerging (and exciting) practice.

Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 marks the second conference where NCBW has partnered with the American Planning Association, and the nearly ten-fold increase in the number of sessions eligible for CM credits speaks both volumes about the APA’s confidence in the quality of our conference, and of the rising stock of bicycling and walking when it comes to planning livable places.

And, in case you haven’t noticed, the field of planning has been experiencing a bit of resurgence as of late. No one could be more pleased with these recent developments than NCBW’s own Sharon Roerty, herself a planner by training. "Just over a year ago, as the Obama Administration searched the country for shovel-ready projects, we were all served with a reminder of how important planning is for keeping communities healthy and economically vibrant," said Roerty. "Communities that had long term plans in place; plans that emphasized livability and multi-modalism, were able to successfully compete for Federal grant funding through ARRA, TIGER, CPPW, and the new HUD Community Challenge Planning Grants. For those communities left behind, it was a wake up call. We should all go hug a planner today."

See you in Chattanooga!

Source: http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.php

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® ATTENDEE SPOTLIGHT: THE METAL COWBOY AND THE CDC RIDES FROM ATLANTA!

-> In our last edition of CenterLines we highlighted the Livable St. Louis Network’s plan to fill a bus for the trip to Chattanooga. That bus is filling fast and now we would like to direct your attention towards Atlanta, where four CDC staff have organized a bike train that is Chattanooga-bound. The approximately 150-mile trip will take 2.5 days, and will utilize the Silver Comet trail for part of the ride. CenterLines will follow up with the riders during a special Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference edition. Special guest Joe Metal Cowboy will be riding along with the group, providing entertainment along the way.

Another person we will be catching up with in Chattanooga is Ricardo Rios, who plans to bring sustainable transportation to Caribbean cities through Caribbean GreenBikes. We will be interested in hearing how GreenBikes will help plan new infrastructure and guide development efforts to support bicycling and walking in the region. We will also be asking him about his plans to equip low resource/low income communities with bicycles, equipment, and basic bike facilities.

Stay tuned.

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® CONFERENCE NEWS: BIKE RENTALS

-> Want to see Chattanooga by bike, but don’t want to risk your Precious to the airlines or shipping companies? Now you’ve got a third option: renting a bicycle for the week in Chattanooga. The Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Local Host Committee has arranged for special weekly rental rate, which includes a fitted bike, helmet, lock, and mechanical support.

For more information see

Source: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/bikerental.php

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® CONFERENCE NEWS: Special Meetings

-> On Monday Sept 13 a Site Design workshop will be offered by Michael Ronkin and Peter Lagerwey.

Access to destinations is as important to walkability and bikability as sidewalks and bikeways. Buildings should be designed to serve all users, but current practices and policies assume everybody will arrive by car, creating hostile conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Participants will learn how to apply human factors and redesign commercial, civic, and office sites to provide safe and convenient access for all users, as well as help create beautiful communities. This interactive course, with classroom exercises, covers: Access management; Building orientation; Parking lot design; Pedestrian/bicyclist access; Bicycle parking; Building design (exterior access/interior layout); how codes and regulations can promote or hinder more human-scale design; and how to overcome resistance from developers and public officials to enact more favorable policies.

Attending this workshop will encourage you to bring it to your community, so developers, planners, architects, engineers and elected officials promote more universally accessible development.

APBP will be marketing this course nationally, and will seek future instructors; jump ahead of the line by attending in Chattanooga!

Cost is $135; for registration, send an email to <michaelronkin@gmail.com>

The full list of special meetings at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® is available at http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/index.php watch it for updates.

BIKE KARAOKE IN CHATTANOOGA

Ice Breaker, Monday evening September 13th (following the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Welcome Reception)

-> In an, Aug. 22nd message, Michelle DeRobertis wrote, "Come relax and watch and/or perform Bike/Walk-themed songs at the new karaoke bar on Market Street just 8 blocks from the convention center. It will be a fun, relaxed evening of musical parodies, and maybe even an original song or two. (It's up to you.) If you've ever heard a song and thought 'If I just change a word or two, I can make a point about how we all need to bike and walk more and drive less,' then this is your chance! For example, 'Hit the Road Jack' has been turned into 'Share the Road Jack.' 'This Land is your Land, This Land is My Land' has been turned into 'This Lane is your Lane, This Lane is My Lane.' The possibilities are endless. Come to Watch or Come to Sing, but Come!

Where: "Sing It or Wing It", 412 Market Street, 8 blocks from the convention center

When: Monday 9/13/10 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 +p.m.

Comments or questions? Go to: http://tinyurl.com/35sle2d

BIKES BELONG AWARDS $15,000 IN GRANTS

-> According to an Aug. 31st news release, "Bikes Belong is delighted to make funding awards to three great projects in our Summer 2010 grant cycle. These projects will build bike paths and increase advocacy to provide better connectivity and more options for seasoned, new, and emerging riders. "

-- Austin, TX: $5,000 for Austin Metro Trails and Greenways 2010 Advocacy Initiative to promote a new transportation bond package, which is up for voter approval in November. Included in the bond package is $40 million in funding for a diverse mix of 15 bike and pedestrian projects, totaling more than 50 miles of facilities.

-- Salisbury, CT: $5,000 for the Housatonic Covered Bridge Bike Trail, which will extend for 45 miles along New England's scenic Housatonic River Valley. In addition to the Bikes Belong grant, the National Park Service has committed one year of technical assistance to the trail's development. The trail will be part of a system running from New Milford, CT, to Pownal, VT, and will connect to the East Coast Greenway in the future.

-- Kings Mountain, NC: $5,000 for a 2.8 mile extension of the multi-use Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, including stream and rail crossings. The new trail will allow cyclists to start their ride from downtown Kings Mountain and improve connectivity within the town as well. Future phases of trail construction will connect to nearby state parks, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and more.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2vuns6u

MIA BIRK'S NEW BOOK TO HIT THE SHELVES SOON

-> According to a recent news release, "Two thirds of America's energy needs are tied up in transportation. How we get around shapes our communities, our health and our future. Americans dream big, but those dreams have gotten out of hand. The results: expanding waistlines, sprawling communities, vehicles so large and thirsty that wars are fought to keep them running, oil disasters and an energy plan that heats everything up to maintain a way of life. Beyond the blame, America needs real solutions: lean, clean, game-changing answers that put people on the road to health and energy independence."

"America needs to go for a bike ride. With 'Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet', author and transportation expert Mia Birk helps them out the door."

"'Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet' follows pioneering transportation leader Birk's 20-year crusade to integrate bicycling into daily life. With just a table scrap of funding, Birk led a revolution that grew Portland, Oregon into a city where bicycling is a significant part of their transportation system. Birk then hit the road, helping make communities across the nation more healthy, safe and livable. While many books extol the pain of the world's problems, 'Joyride' offers hope and a blueprint for changing our world for the better..."

Note: Mia Birk is a keynote speaker at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Tuesday lunch plenary, September 14.

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/33ff8es

BICYCLE CITY: A PLACE FOR CAR-FREE, SUSTAINABLE LIVING

-> A recent Take Part article suggests, "America, say hello to Bicycle City -- Gaston, South Carolina’s entry into sustainable, green living. The planned bicycle-only development, which will not allow cars, will be home to 10 eco-friendly houses and 4.5 miles of interconnected bicycle and walking trails. Founder and co-developer Joe Mellett hopes to begin construction 'this summer or fall' on homes situated on the 160-acre tract of land that he and his fellow investors purchased for nearly $1 million. The company has the option to purchase an additional 600 adjacent acres."

"'There are other industries—solar, wind, what have you—that address the individual components of climate change, but Bicycle City puts it all together into one home,' says Mellett. Bicycle City’s homes, which will be up to 1,600 square feet, will be constructed according to one of two eco-friendly building guidelines—the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certifications or One Planet Living’s 10 principles. Lot price tags will range between $25,000 and $35,000, with individual homes clocking in just north of $100,000. Plans for 'bicycle taxis' are also in the works. 'The beauty of that is that if you want to live next to your car, you buy a lot on the perimeter of the community and you’d be within under a minute’s walk to your car,' says Mellett..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/236xchg
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Title: "Bicycle City: A Place for Car-Free and Sustainable Living"
Author: Salvatore Cardoni

ROADS SCHOLAR TAKES STAND FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

-> According to a June 29th Ottawa Citizen article, "The first time Barry Wellar was called to testify as an expert witness in a traffic accident involving a pedestrian was, he says, 'a rough one.' 'A four-year-old girl, hit by a car, first day of kindergarten,' he recalls. 'She was crossing the street with her 12-year-old sister. Turns out there is a high school down the road and a 16-year-old blew threw the intersection. She went up over the front of the car and became a quadriplegic.' In researching the case, Wellar discovered there had been six previous accidents at that same intersection in Moose Jaw, Sask. "

"'I was just astounded at the inaction on the part of the police department to correct the situation,' he says. 'It was immediately clear in my mind that there was a liability on the part of the police department that they hadn't taken measures to modify that intersection. Once you have one accident, you should be looking very seriously at whether pedestrian safety is jeopardized -- particularly the safety of children -- regardless of whether the driver was speeding or being careless.' That was eight years ago. Since then, the 70-year-old urban transportation consultant has been called to testify in cases across Canada..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24jy2z8
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Title: "Roads scholar takes stand for pedestrian safety"
Author: Becky Rynor

CNT’S TRANS COST DATA NOW SEEN ON WALK SCORE

-> According to an Aug. 16th Center for Neighborhood Technology announcement, "The popular website that gives you a score based on the walkability of your neighborhood will now include CNT’s ground-breaking transportation cost information to its suite of consumer-oriented tools. Walk Score, which allows users to obtain a 'walkability' rating for a specific location based on the number of nearby amenities, is using data from CNT’s Housing + Transportation Affordability Index to provide a better sense of the transportation costs and environmental impact for a neighborhood. Adding the H+T Index to Walkscore will further illustrate how choosing to live in walkable, transit-connected neighborhood can lower household expenses and one’s impact on the environment. "

"CNT is making our transportation cost data available through an application programming interface (API), which allows partner sites, such as Walk Score, to integrate average transportation costs and carbon impact with their own content. We’re very excited that such a well-regarded and popular site like Walk Score is our first API partner. 'People need a complete picture of affordability when making important decisions about where to live, and CNT is excited to work with other groups to disseminate this information as far and wide as possible,' said Linda Young, CNT’s Research Director..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25u63rd

Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/24rnb9a

AUSTRALIAN "BIKE RACK AS ART" DESIGN COMPETITION

-> The Aug. 26th edition of Bicycle NSW e-news suggests readers "Elevate the humble bike rack to a glorious work of urban art! Applications are now open for this exciting Australia-wide design competition, which is being run by the Powerhouse Museum in conjunction with the RTA. The search is on for creative, street-savvy designers to design a cutting edge public bike rack that can be seen as a beautiful item of street art as well as a long-lasting, easy-to-use, functional device."

"The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and their bike rack will be manufactured and installed, to be viewed and used by thousands of people at selected locations in the Western Sydney River Cities of Parramatta, Liverpool and Penrith. Second and third place entries will receive $5,000 and $2,000 respectively. All completed applications must be submitted by Monday 18 October 2010..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fh95w6


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

DELAWARE COUNTY (IN) COALITION TO TACKLE OBESITY

-> According to an Aug. 23rd Star Press article, "A local coalition of Delaware County organizations wants to put their money where your mouth is. Healthy Living Take Charge! was created to tackle one issue only -- obesity -- taking steps to lower the county's high obesity rates among adults and children."

"'Instead of reinventing the wheel, coming up with a program that may get funded for a couple of years and that's it, we created small grants to assist agencies that already have a good track record creating obesity-focused programs,' said Tamara White, co-chairman of Healthy Living and a Delaware County Health Department employee. 'The focus on obesity is what we needed in this community and this way we're working on this issue.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2wvd48s
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Title: "Health coalition to offer grants for obesity programs"
Author: Ivy Farguheson

TONGANOXIE (KS) TO GET $1M TRAIL EXTENSION

-> According to an Aug. 9th Mirror article, "The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Monday a Tonganoxie trail project was among the 18 transportation enhancement applications selected for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. The city’s application was for the second phase of the Chieftain Trail and would extend the current 10-foot wide pedestrian/bicycle trail from the VFW along Tonganoxie Drive to Laming Road and then east to the new post office."

"'It would get the kids under the highway,' City Clerk Kathy Bard said of the trail’s benefit. The city’s required 20 percent local match of $200,000 was included in the 2011 budget the Tonganoxie City Council approved Monday. Bard explained the money was included so that the council could make a decision should the grant be approved. The grant only pays for construction. In addition to its match, the city is responsible for design, easement and any utility relocation. Bard said the project required no easement acquisition..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/39duzev
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Title: "KDOT selects Tonganoxie trails project for transportation enhancement grant"
Author: Elvyn Jones

Via Kansas Trail News: http://tinyurl.com/38v3ww9

MIDDLE TENNESSEE BIKE/PED STUDY RECEIVES NAT'L HONORS

-> According to an Aug. 30th news release, "A comprehensive study that creates a vision for bicycle and pedestrian mobility in Middle Tennessee -- completed in 2010 by the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization -- has been awarded the prestigious 'Best Project' designation by the Planning Council of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. This marks the first time ITE has bestowed its Best Project Award on an endeavor focused exclusively on non-motorized modes."

"Presenting a well-researched and documented roadmap for allocation of limited resources on quality facilities, with the greatest number of benefits to citizens and the environment, the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Study is the first all-inclusive vision for improving the overall climate for walking and bicycling across the MPO’s seven-county planning area."

"Infrastructure recommendations include expansion of greenways, and a regional bicycle network that would provide more than 1100 miles of on-road bicycle accommodations, such as bicycle lanes and bike routes. On policy matters, the report calls for creation of sidewalks on all major thoroughfares -- ex., Nolensville Pike, Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon Pike, Gallatin Pike, Franklin Road, Dickerson Pike -- along with enhanced public education and law enforcement efforts to improve roadway safety conditions for all users..."

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

Note: The Nashville MPO will be presenting at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010.

JACKSON (MI) BIKE/WALK TO SCHOOL NUMBERS UP

-> According to an Aug. 30th Citizen Patriot article, "School starts next week, kids. It’s time to break in those walking shoes. Local officials who encourage fitness said they hope this year will be a good one for getting children to walk to school."

"Scott TenBrink, executive director of the Fitness Council of Jackson, said his group has worked with eight schools in Jackson County to establish Safe Routes to School programs and to complete applications for new sidewalks, crosswalks, bike racks and promotional materials."

"He said he has noticed more students walking and biking to school in Jackson Country. 'It’s also great for kids and the schools because (students) arrive more energized and focused,' TenBrink said. At the Jackson Arts and Technology Academy, TenBrink said the percentage of students walking and bicycling doubled from 2004 to 2007, from about 15 percent to 30 percent..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/282t7pd
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Title: "Officials encouraging students to walk, bike to school this year"
Author: Nancy Hastings

RENO (NV) EMERGING PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CYCLISTS AND CITY

-> According to an Aug. 30th Nevada Sagebrush article, "The trend of bicycling in Reno has gained momentum recently, and the city is steering it in the right direction. Additional bicycle lanes and organizations such as the Reno Bike Project are helping citizens become more acquainted with the cycling community. The city of Reno acknowledged the increase in popularity by adding official bike lanes to many neighborhoods around town this summer, specifically in heavily-traveled downtown areas such as California Avenue, Mill Street and Arlington Avenue."

"'I think the city is trying to push for other modes of attraction to help the economy grow here,' said Kyle Kozar, a founder and co-executive director of the Reno Bike Project, a local non-profit bicycle-promotion organization. 'Casinos aren’t going to do it anymore. It’s just a sign of the times. Things like bicycling and the arts are going to bring people here.' The Reno Bike Project attributes the growth of Reno’s bicycle culture to a combination of expensive gas prices, the economic recession and the recent green movement that promotes environmental awareness..."

"Felicia Archer, the public information officer for the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), said Reno has become a more bike-friendly community to accommodate people who choose bicycling for recreation, health or economic benefits. According to the RTC, one of the main goals of the revamped streets is to make traveling through Reno easier no matter the mode of transportation. 'We are a team,' Archer said. “We take a team approach to making complete streets. When we decide what the roads’ needs are, we consider bike facilities as we do any improvement.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29gwszd
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Title: "Bicycling trend wheels downtown"
Author: Casey O'Lear

70+ CYCLISTS JOIN DELAWARE GOV RIDING NEW LANES

-> According to an Aug. 27th WHYY radio story, "Dozens of cyclists joined Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) and other elected officials in a ceremonial ride celebrating the official grand opening of bike lanes across the St. Georges Bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The new lanes are the first dedicated bike lanes across the C & D Canal, and have been a long time coming. Amy Wilburn, who chairs the Delaware Bike Council, she says riders have been waiting for these lanes for more than 20 years.'It's been a long time and there's been a lot of effort that's gone into it, so this really is a huge milestone,' she says..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3yhwd3h
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Title: "More than 70 cyclists join Governor Markell in ride over C & D canal"
Author: Mark Eichmann

KNOXVILLE (TN) ROLLS OUT ROAD SHARING CAMPAIGNS

-> According to Kelley Segars, there are some exciting campaigns going on in Knoxville this summer. As she put it, "We are in the midst of giving a 'Sharing the Road with Bicyclists' presentation to all Knox County high school drivers education classes. It would not be possible without the dedication of eleven volunteers! We present in teams of two. Each school takes an entire day of work, so you can see how much effort it takes when you multiply that by eight schools. We plan to continue this every semester because it is a valuable message to get out to this age group. It's a lot of fun interacting with the students and hearing the questions they come up with."

"We have unveiled our 'I Bike' awareness campaign targeted at motorists (see photo!). If you're at Regal Cinemas, Pinnacle, look for Sherry Wiles' smiling face on the right side of the lobby. Linda Gray will soon be featured at West Town Mall. When I was putting the banner out at Regal, there were many people stopping to look at it, so I think it's going to be successful at conveying our message..."

Source: http://bikeknoxville.blogspot.com/2010/08/exciting-progress.html

MUSCLE SHOALS, KILLEN (AL) GET SAFE ROUTES $$

-> According to an Aug. 31st Times Daily article, "Killen and Muscle Shoals have received almost $250,000 to improve the safety of routes to and from school. The money is part of a federal Safe Routes to School program that is managed and administered by the state Department of Transportation."

"Killen received $146,980 to add about five blocks of concrete sidewalk to the area around Brooks Elementary School off J.C. Mauldin Highway, according to Mayor Jerry Mitchell. The new sidewalk would connect existing sidewalks and give pedestrians designated walkways through the surrounding residential areas..."

"Across the river in Colbert County, Muscle Shoals received $99,000 in grant money from Safe Routes to School. City Planner Bill Howard said the money will be used primarily to add thermoplastic to the intersections as well as to add flashing lights at the intersections around Webster and Highland Park elementary schools and Howell-Graves Preschool.'Because of where the schools are, this work should also help the high school,' Howard said..."

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Title: "Muscle Shoals, Killen get grants to make school routes safer"
Author: Michelle Rupe Eubanks

NEW JERSEY SAFER FOR PEDESTRIANS IN 2010

-> According to an Aug. 26th Mobilizing the Region article, "Fewer pedestrians and cyclists are dying on the Garden State’s roads, sidewalks and bicycle paths this year versus 2009, even as the number of drivers and passengers killed has more or less held steady."

"According to NJ State Police year-to-date statewide fatal crash statistics through August 25, total fatalities are down to 351, an 8.1 percent decline from the 380 persons killed during the same period last year. (These 2010 statistics are preliminary and will likely be revised up, but not enough to significantly offset the decline.)"

"What’s most striking about the statistics is the victim classification break down. A 25 percent decline in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities makes up the entire year-to-date reduction in statewide traffic fatalities..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ejupl7

NEW PED XING SIGNAL IN ST. CLOUD (MN) A SUCCESS

-> According to an Aug. 16th Minnesota 2020 article by Conrad deFiebre, St. Cloud, Minn., has installed "a new, cost-effective technology that safeguards people walking across six-lane Hwy. 23 without an overall slowdown in vehicular traffic. It's a crosswalk signal system that blinks off most of the time but flashes yellow, then red, when pedestrians press a curbside button. Blake Redfield, the city's traffic systems manager, said it grabs motorists' attention better than simple crosswalk signs or always-on yellow flashers."

"St. Cloud installed the system, the only one of its kind so far in Minnesota, last fall as part of a wider redesign of the area around a new public library, Technical High School and the Lake George recreation area - all big pedestrian traffic generators. It replaced a full-blown traffic signal at low-volume 12th Avenue with the new crosswalk lights...No pedestrian mishaps have been reported in the 10 months the new lights have been flashing in St. Cloud, Redfield said. There's a bonus for taxpayers, too. The new systems price out at $70,000 to $80,000 per crosswalk, less than half the cost of traditional traffic signals..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2adkpp7

Via Minnesota Active Living Network Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/2vt997v

MARIN CO. (CA) BICYCLE COALITION LOBBIES FOR TRAIL $$

-> According to the Aug. 25th edition of the MCBC Weekly Bulletin, &quto;The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has been working closely with Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) to raise additional funds for the [North Bay Bicycle Pedestrian Pathway]. On Friday, SMART submitted a $17.6 million grant request to the US DOT for a TIGER II grant to build 36 miles of the bicycle and pedestrian pathway."

"Last week MCBC's Advocacy Director Deb Hubsmith traveled to Washington DC with SMART's chair Deb Fudge and board member Charles McGlashan to advocate for the TIGER II grant which is being supported by Senator Boxer and Congresswoman Woolsey. The pathway will carry from 7,000 to 10,000 people walking and bicycling each day..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3yoxo9p


THE RESEARCH BEAT

THE LINK BETWEEN LONG COMMUTES AND HEALTH PROBLEMS

-> In an Aug. 26th Sightline Daily Score entry, Anna Fahey wrote, "...As new research shows, long commutes -- car crashes and other accidents aside -- take their toll in other more insidious ways -- killing us slowly or at least causing some misery and suffering while we’re alive."

"In fact, American workers with lengthy commutes are more likely to report a range of adverse physical and emotional conditions, leading to lower overall scores on Gallup-Healthway’s 'well-being index.' Whether it’s time away from family and friends, sitting uncomfortably in a confined space, loss of exercise and recreation time, or bouts of road rage, long commutes take their toll..."

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

WALKING AND CYCLING TO HEALTH

-> A Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data

Authors: John Pucher, PhD, Ralph Buehler, PhD, David R. Bassett, PhD, and Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH

In press: forthcoming in the October 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 100, No. 10, October 2010.

"Objectives: We determined the magnitude, direction, and statistical significance of the relationship between active travel and rates of physical activity, obesity, and diabetes."

"Methods: We examined aggregate cross-sectional health and travel data for 14 countries, all 50 US states, and 47 of the 50 largest US cities through graphical, correlation, and bivariate regression analysis on the country, state, and city levels."

"Results: At all 3 geographic levels, we found statistically significant negative relationships between active travel and self-reported obesity. At the state and city levels, we found statistically significant positive relationships between active travel and physical activity and statistically significant negative relationships between active travel and diabetes. Over half of the variation among countries in obesity rates is linked to differences in walking and cycling rates"

"Key Findings:
-- Over half of the variation among countries in obesity rates is linked to differences in walking and cycling rates
-- About 60% of the variation among states in physical activity levels is linked to differences in walking and cycling
-- About 30% of the variation among states and cities in obesity rates is linked to differences in walking and cycling
-- Over half of the variation among states in diabetes rates is linked to differences in walking and cycling"

"Conclusions: Together with many other studies, our analysis provides evidence of the population-level health benefits of active travel. Transport, land-use, and urban development policies should be designed to encourage walking and cycling for daily travel..."

Watch for details at this web page: "First Look at Published Articles"

http://tinyurl.com/3yxztpa


QUOTES R US

-> "'The Twin Cities are gradually but surely becoming a central hub in the national bike economy,' reports Minnesota Business in a recent story, 'Inside Minnesota's Booming Bike Economy.' Independent bike shops, parts manufacturers and distributors, frame builders, and other direct bicycle businesses account for an estimated $315 million annual revenue, according to the story. That’s jobs, GNP, and local vitality that can support other businesses like advertising, accounting, design, commercial space and more. Moreover, it’s a piece of the macroeconomy that will likely continue to flourish. We all benefit from this economic activity whether or not we log miles on two wheels..."
-- Joan Pasiuk, Director of Bike Walk Twin Cities

http://tinyurl.com/2wgzhv2

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SCHOOL DAY PICTURES FROM THE 1940S, 50S AND 60S (UK)
"When the three Rs meant rations, roller skates...and real education"

http://tinyurl.com/33vfdw5

THE SEARCH FOR THE HIGHLAND WHEELER BEGINS
>Meet Jack Brezina, aspiring documentary maker, beginning his search for the Highland Wheeler, a mysterious cyclist spotted around the Haliburton Highlands, Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada...

http://tinyurl.com/29nt6nq


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

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

Schedule:

  • 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: "CONNECTING TRANSIT AND ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION"

Date: September 15, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Cynthia Hoyle, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District; Dustin White, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; & Amanda Woodall, Active Transportation Alliance.

Hosts: APBP, KTU+A Planning + Landscape Architecture & Sportworks Bicycle and Transit Solutions

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

Contact: Debra Goeks (262)-228-7025 or <info@apbp.org>

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/26q7jj7


RESOURCES

-> "SAFETY EFFECTIVENESS OF THE HAWK PEDESTRIAN..."
"...Crossing Treatment;" Publication No. FHWA-HRT-10-042. July 2010 (general info and link to 775KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/33dgpdd

-> "URBAN BIKERS' TRICKS & TIPS"
Book for bicyclists; by Dave Glowacz (Mr. Bike); 3rd edition; "A really useful compendium of information that no one ever told you" -Bicycling magazine. (general info)
http://tinyurl.com/39wfcvg

-> "TIME LOST BY DRIVING FAST IN THE UNITED STATES"
Article by Redelmeier & Bayoumi; Medical Decision Making, 10.1177/0272989X09357476. Mar. 29, 2010 (abstract and link to full article)
http://tinyurl.com/36ankj5

Via VTPI NEWS http://tinyurl.com/36fvdku


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!

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

-> September 12-18, 2010, Second Annual Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week. Info: BikeWalk Virginia and Drive Smart Virginia
http://tinyurl.com/3384oks

-> 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 19-23, 2010, Sustainable City/Developing World, Nairobi, Kenya. Info:
http://www.isocarp.org/index.php?id=548

-> September 20-21, 2010, Ontario Bike Summit 2010, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/243gvux

-> 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

-> September 25, 2010; the Firefly Community Lantern Walk, Portland OR. Info: The City Repair Project
http://tinyurl.com/36ymjv8

-> October 2-3, 2010, Get Out and Play! Weekend, New Hampshire. Info: NH Children in Nature Coalition
http://tinyurl.com/3ylxcf6

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

-> October 13-15, 2010, South Carolina Trails & Greenways Conference, Spartanburg, SC. Info: Palmetto Conservation Foundation
http://tinyurl.com/2ezosme

-> 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 18-21, 2010, Rail~Volution 2010, Portland, OR. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/4b87ms

-> October 19-22, 2010, National Scenic Trails Workshop. Info: The Partnership for the National Trails System
http://tinyurl.com/2amvklg

-> 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 15-19, 2011, National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, Abingdon, VA. Info: The Partnership for the National Trails System
http://tinyurl.com/2bl3n3r

-> 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

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!

-> JOB -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- BAY AREA BICYCLE COALITION (CA)

The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is seeking an experienced professional with experience in developing, leading and managing a non-profit advocacy organization to join our team as Executive Director. Candidates should have experience with event coordination, corporate sponsorship, organizational development, advocacy, and transportation policy.

Applications must be emailed to <resume@bayareabikes.org> by September 17, 2010 at 5PM PST to be considered for interviews, which will take place during the week of September 20.

For more info: http://tinyurl.com/2uhn9zj

Via SVBC Weekly Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/2ww44ft

-> INTERNSHIPS -- FULL + PART-TIME POSITIONS -- RTC

Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Internships:

  • Transportation Policy (Fall 2010) Washington, D.C.
  • Transportation Research (Fall 2010) Washington, D.C.
  • Writing/Media (Fall 2010) Washington, D.C.
  • Development (Fall 2010) Washington, D.C.
  • Trails & Greenways Program (Fall 2010) San Francisco, Calif.
  • Trails & Greenways Program (Fall 2010) Washington, D.C.
  • Rails to Trails Magazine (Fall 2010) Washington, D.C.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjyvhtc

-> JOB -- BFDP COORDINATOR -- QUEEN CITY BIKE, CINCINNATI OH

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

-> 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 -- 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 -- 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


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