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#262 Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

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

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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 Welcome Message from Philip Pugliese
----- NCBW Executive Director Sharon Roerty's Welcome Message
----- NCBW's Tedson Meyer's Welcoming Message to Pro Walk/Pro Bike®
----- Tedson Meyers Receives APBP 2010 Meritorious Service Award at PWPB 2010
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Highlights Scenic City
----- Chattanooga's Mayor Inspires PWPB Folks with City's Story
----- Bikes Belong's Erik Esborg Lays Out Mission for PWPB Audience
----- NHTSA: Traffic Deaths Down: Bicyclists (12%), Peds (7%)
----- Comment on Partnership's Draft Strategic Plan by Oct. 11
----- Alliance Awards $103K to Fund Local & State Action
----- Vélo Québec Requests Ban on Right Turns at Red Lights
----- London's Do-It-Yourself Approach to Safer Streets
----- Vancouver (BC) Mayor Seeks Critical Mass for Safer Cycling
----- SmartCode Bicycle Module Ready for Prime Time
----- Cycling Lyricists: Penned Any Good Bike Songs Lately?

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----- Michigan Gov. Granholm Signs "Complete Streets" Legislation
----- San Francisco Bike Plan Injunction Lifted
----- New Haven (CT) Adopts Complete Streets Policy
----- Los Angeles is No Copenhagen But a Bike Crash May Lead to Change

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----- Pensacola (FL) Students Making Gains in Improving BMI
----- Louisiana Study: Fitter Students Fare Better
----- Attacking Obesity by Making Chula Vista (CA) Parks Safer

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010 WELCOME MESSAGE FROM PHILIP PUGLIESE

-> "We are thrilled to have leaders from around the country and beyond experience Chattanooga. We have been learning from others and doing our best to implement new facilities and programs to create a culture that promotes active transportation and a more livable community. It is a pleasure to be able to share our accomplishments with others."
-- Philip Pugliese, Chair of the Conference Local Host Committee

NCBW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHARON ROERTY'S WELCOME MESSAGE

-> Welcome everyone to Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010! We're excited to be here in the stunning city of Chattanooga, about which you'll be hearing more from Mayor Ron Littlefield and local host chair Philip Pugliese shortly. We're also thrilled to be here with such a great crowd of more than 600 attendees from 46 states and six countries. Give yourselves a round applause, too!

I'd like to thank our generous sponsors (see http://tinyurl.com/27qg722 for the list) and to Bikes Belong, sponsor of the Welcoming Reception, and the Federal Highway Administration, our Platinum Sponsor. And to our exhibitors, who provide folks with the chance of touching and learning about the many products from bike parking to bike share programs, and to meet the people of our field's organizations. I'd also like to thank our Program Committee, who selected the presentations for our break sessions and a BIG, BIG thank you to our Local Host Committee -- Philip, Stephanie, Kassi Webster, Ruth Thompson, John Bilderback, and more! It is a committee that is spread across the city, the county and the region; with professionals and advocates in every sector that defines livability -- transportation, health, housing, environment, and business.

I'd like to thank the NCBW Board of Directors: Peter Harkness, Tedson Meyers, John May, Katie Moran, Noel Grove, and David Ingemie who give us the direction that a dynamic organization like ours needs. You'll be hearing from Tedson and Peter over the next few days. And I'd like to thank our staff: Mark Plotz, Holly Carapella, John Williams, Vincent Brown, and Jimmy Johnston for all they do day in and day out. I'd like to thank our "extended staff," Mary Alice Rath Bruce Burgess, who handled logistics for the Conference and produced the Program that keeps you all in step with the program.

The PWPB crowd is always a happy, peace loving, very social group. In part we are happy to be amongst our own. When we are out there in the community though -- we don' t always feel the love. Often we have to convince people to let us in -- to accept us - or at least make peace with us. Pro Walk/Pro Bike® recharges the batteries!

We have the know-how; we have the technology; we have at least enough research to know good practice from bad practice -- safe from unsafe and what to do to fix it; we have policy experts a plenty; and we have a lot of good strong institutions, and we have foundations to back up those institutions; we even have enough money; but we can't and we won't move forward if we don't find the will to change what we know needs to be changed and if we can't figure out that we have more in common than what separates us. What we need to do right now is --- get back in touch with the common good; and we have to get back in touch with each other. Thank you!

NCBW'S TEDSON MEYERS' WELCOMING PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® MESSAGE

-> "When we began in the 1970s, we were advocates, and we were busy training others to become advocates. Now, we should all recognize that some of that advocacy stems from political, economic and cultural trends WE did not initiate. That makes you, not just advocates any more, but also -- critical responders."

"Communities want to emerge -- and for some highway crossroad towns, that means they want to serve their citizens with the attributes of community for the first time. Communities, or major groups within them, are looking for alternative means of transportation and hunting for money to do just that in a tight economy. Communities, including not just the medical profession but now even the military profession, are looking for healthier citizens. And when those planners start counting assets, YOU are now among their first thoughts. I sure hope you welcome that accountability, and I truly believe that you do."

"And for those of us old enough to remember the '30's, '40's and '50's, there is a special context. Oh, how we welcomed Mission 66 -- the Eisenhower Interstate Highway system, probably the largest peacetime stimulus package in history. It worked. It added thousands of jobs. It moved goods and services at unprecedented dependability. It up-ticked the American economy. We are lucky to have it."

"But the consequences? You -- in particular -- are dealing with those consequences every day. Urban sprawl, retail business and housing spread, the requisite motor vehicle to get, shop, educate, or recreate anywhere. A frame of mind that carried the super-highway down the byway and into neighborhoods new and old. Conscientious, well-intended highway and traffic engineers and regional planners gave us room, but -- unintended -- they carted off community. Is it any wonder that so many of those caring professionals are here among you this morning as they have been in growing numbers at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conferences past."

"And one final thought -- although it's one some of you have heard from me before. When we began as the Bicycle Federation of America, we saw a chance to motivate other people. When walking joined our program, the name changed but never the goal. Looking through the registration list, many of you here today come from groups that, back in 1977, either didn't exist or had no interest in the matters now before you. So imagine what a pleasure it is for many of us to look out at this assembly and remember what we said, way back when, and have been saying ever since: 'It's not the organization, it's the movement!'" And, with that, Tedson welcomed everyone to the Sixteenth International Symposium on Walking and Bicycling!

TEDSON MEYERS RECEIVES APBP 2010 MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD AT PWPB 2010

-> We at NCBW are delighted that our founder and long-time board chair, Tedson Meyers, was honored by the APBP! And that he was here at PWPB with us to accept the award in person and to share his thoughts and wisdom. We have it on good authority that Tedson did the drive from Fairhope, Alabama, to Chattanooga faster than a 737. But we won't say anything about that! Needless to say, he deserves this award and we're proud to share the announcement with our readers. Here's the text that accompanied his award. Way to go, Tedson!

"The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals recognizes Tedson J. Meyers for five decades of meritorious service. APBP recognizes Tedson Meyers for his early vision and advocacy work in Washington, D.C.; for his support of national advocacy; for the founding of and steady leadership in the National Center for Bicycling & Walking; for his commitment to making it safer and better to walk and bicycle in Alabama (exemplified by his work in 2010 to help pass the Alabama Trails Commission Act and several Complete Streets municipal resolutions); and for his commitment to making Pro Walk / Pro Bike® conferences an enriching and joyful experience for so many APBP members. APBP appreciates Tedson's mentorship of the masses and all he has done to demonstrate that as advocates and professionals we each have the power to make the world a better place for people to bicycle and walk."

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® HIGHLIGHTS SCENIC CITY

-> According to a Sept. 14th WDEF News story, "Outdoor enthusiasts, community planners, and engineers converge on the Scenic City this week at the National Pro Walk Pro Bike conference. It's the first time Chattanooga's played host to the bi-annual event."

"Philip Pugliese is the Bicycle Coordinator for Outdoor Chattanooga. He explained, 'Over two-thirds of the people, this is their first time to Chattanooga and its really exciting to hear their responses of how great a community it is. How walkable, how bikable it seems to be.'"

"About 600 people from all over the US, Canada, Europe and even New Zealand learn first-hand why Chattanooga has been designated Bronze by the League of American Bicyclists. Jeff Peel with the League of American Cyclists came from Washington, DC for the conference. He said, 'The redevelopment of downtown. The redevelopment of the Riverfront is definitely a model. I've already heard from several communities from across the country who are looking to Chattanooga as a model. As a best practice to redevelop their riverfront and their downtown.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25ch3fo
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Title: "Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference Highlights Scenic City"
Author: Amy Katcher

CHATTANOOGA'S MAYOR INSPIRES PWPB FOLKS WITH CITY'S STORY

-> "Regardless of your preference, Chattanooga has it. From the refined riverwalk to rambling greenways to wilderness trails, Chattanooga offers an abundance of prospects for walkers and bikers. Come visit and see for yourself."
-- Ron Littlefield, Mayor

On Monday, Mayor Ron Littlefield welcomed us to Chattanooga and told the inspiration story of how the city went from being a dangerously polluted community to a beautiful and livable city. According to the World Resources Institute, "Chattanooga's industrial prosperity was taking a heavy toll on the city and its environs. Factories were dumping toxic waste into Chattanooga Creek and the Tennessee River. Federal authorities said Chattanooga had the worst air pollution of any city in the United States...and tuberculosis cases were three times the national average..."*

But with visionary leaders, the will of a dedicated citizenry, and a lot of hard work, Chattanooga became a city with pristine air and water and a bright future. Part of that future is a dedicated focus on a walkable and bicycle friendly environment, something Conference attendees have been enjoyed immensely. Mayor Littlefield told of how Chattanooga's trails, greenways and riverfront was a major help in bringing new commerce to the city and a boost to the local economy. Several large businesses (e.g., Volkswagen) settled on Chattanooga in large part because of the community's livability and beauty. In fact, Business Facilities Magazine ranked Chattanooga #1 among all American metros for "Economic Growth Potential" and among the top 10 for best cost of living."**

This editor is very impressed with what he's seen so far and will be coming back to visit in the not-too-distant future! /JW

*Source: http://tinyurl.com/358habo

**Source: http://tinyurl.com/5yq979

BIKES BELONG'S ERIK ESBORG LAYS OUT MISSION FOR PWPB AUDIENCE

-> Erik Esborg, the the Bikes Belong Coalition's Finance Director explained the basic elements of the group's mission: working to promote greater funding of bicycling and walking through Federal government programs; maximizing that Federal investment by awarding community grants for shovel ready projects, providing financial support for leading not-for-profit organizations, and promoting bicycling. Under the first element, Eric described the growth of funding to support programs and projects that, in the past, would have been supported largely by grassroots efforts or the meager coffers of enlightened local government agencies.

He then outlined Bikes Belong's grant program and how it helps many communities reach clear goals (e.g., finish a trail, provide a BMX track for kids, and so on). Bikes Belong also provides support and training for leaders of not-for-profit groups who want to take their organizations to the next level. Finally, Erik described Bikes Belong's promotion efforts, which advances a "positive image of bicycling throughout the country." This project includes supporting the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, advertising, bike sharing on the "national stage," providing information to the media, and Bikes Belong's new "peopleforbikes" project, a major promotion campaign.

To learn more about peopleforbikes (and sign the pledge!), go to: http://tinyurl.com/2bh2xgu

NHTSA: TRAFFIC DEATHS DOWN: BICYCLISTS (12%), PEDS (7%)

-> According to an article in the Sept. 13th American Bicyclist Update, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis has released new fatality data for 2009. While it's still hard to fathom that more than 33,000 people were killed in our streets last year, the trend is in the right direction. The total number of traffic fatalities dropped 9.7% from 37,423 to 33,808. Cyclist fatalities dropped somewhat faster: a 12% decline from 718 in 2008 to 630 in 2009. One disappointment is that pedestrian fatalities declined at a slower rate than the others, lowering 7.3% from 4,414 to 4,092..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2eu9k7s

COMMENT ON PARTNERSHIP'S DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN BY OCT. 11

-> According to a Sept. 10th message, "Throughout 2010, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has been working to develop a five-year strategic plan for the years 2011-2015. In April and May, we received input from more than 700 people through surveys, focus groups, and interviews. We heard a lot of opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of the Safe Routes to School movement and what the Safe Routes to School National Partnership should focus on throughout the coming years."

"Using all of that input as a foundation, we have created a draft 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. We would like your feedback to see if we've honed in on the most important focus areas to ensure a strong and sustainable Safe Routes to School movement and a world in which children can safely walk and bicycle to schools."

"Please review the five year strategic plan and then take ten minutes to fill out our short survey asking for your assessment of the importance of our proposed mission, vision, and five strategic focus areas. All surveys and comments on the strategic plan are due by October 11, 2010, and responses are confidential. After receiving this input, we will make any necessary revisions and finalize the strategic plan this fall..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2nlu2j

ALLIANCE AWARDS $103K TO FUND LOCAL & STATE ACTION

-> According to a Sept. 7th news release, "With $103,000 in direct funding, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is galvanizing state and local bicycle and pedestrian organizations with its latest award of Advocacy Advance Grants. After a highly competitive selection process, the Alliance has chosen four organizations that are strategically poised to increase biking and walking in their regions and advance innovative campaigns that can be replicated in communities across the country."

"'This round of Advocacy Advance Grant recipients spans the spectrum,' Jeffrey Miller, Alliance President/CEO, says. 'From rural to urban communities, from the coast to the Heartland, the organizations will leverage these dollars to propel dramatic progress in their communities. The insight these advocates gain will not only enhance their individual organizational capacity, but build a stronger, more effective national movement.'..."

"The California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund will receive a $30,000 matching Startup/Capacity Grant to reenergize CBCEF and aid in the hiring of a new Executive Director. The new Executive Director will work to create and lead a traffic justice campaign; advocate for a high-speed rail system with on-board bicycle accommodations and secure bike parking; and develop a statewide recreational bicycle route to promote bicycle tourism."

"The Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking will receive a $30,000 matching Startup/Capacity Grant to create a Kansas City metro area bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization. The new subsidiary will work to extend the Katy Trail; secure the designation of five Bicycle Friendly Communities in the Kansas City metro region; and achieve a coordinated regional funding system for trails and bike routes."

"The Community Development Council of Greater Memphis' Livable Memphis Program will receive a $25,000 Innovation Grant to create a 1.7 mile bike-walk artway - a combination of on-road bicycle facilities and in-park greenway that completes the trail connection between two key areas of the City of Memphis. The project will increase advocacy for public investments in bicycle infrastructure, unite isolated, low-income neighborhoods with public amenities, and exemplify how street re-programming increases pedestrian traffic."

"The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will receive an $18,000 Innovation Grant for its Community Spokes Program, which leverages the expertise of BCM staff, board members and local relationships of rural citizen advocates to generate improvements in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and policy statewide. This project will serve as a model for rural communities that face challenges with advocacy capacity, bicycle funding and infrastructure..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2u9bnnc

VÉLO QUÉBEC REQUESTS BAN ON RIGHT TURNS AT RED LIGHTS

-> According to the September issue of the Velo Quebec newsletter, "In light of ministère des Transports data published in La Presse indicating that right turns on red lights have caused 657 road accidents since April 2003, Vélo Québec is asking the Minister of Transport, Sam Hamad, to ban this practice."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/235mhq3

The related news release (in French) is here: http://tinyurl.com/27bzgrt

LONDON'S DO-IT-YOURSELF APPROACH TO SAFER STREETS

-> According to an Aug. 10th StreetFilms piece, "In the UK, the non-profit Sustrans is pioneering a community-based method to reclaim streets from high-speed traffic and make neighborhoods safer and more sociable places. Called 'DIY Streets,' the program brings neighbors together to help them redesign their streets in a way that puts people, safety, and streetlife first. So far, individual streets have benefited from DIY redesigns in 11 communities in England and Wales. Recently Streetfilms got a walk through of one successful DIY project -- on Clapton Terrace in London. With the people who made it happen as our guides, we saw how planners and neighbors collaborated to transform a place where speeding used to rule into a local street with calm traffic and safe space to socialize..." (watch the video!)

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

Via One Street: http://tinyurl.com/adudek

VANCOUVER (BC) MAYOR SEEKS CRITICAL MASS FOR SAFER CYCLING

-> According to a Sept. 5th Globe and Mail article, "It's a sunny summer morning and the Burrard Street Bridge is buzzing with rush-hour traffic. By day's end, about 6,000 bicycle trips will have been made over the bridge, an increase of 24 per cent since the separated-bike-lane trial started on July 13, 2009."

"Vancouver Mayor Gregor Roberston is hailing it as a success and last month city staff gave away T-shirts to celebrate one million riders crossing the bridge in less than one year. For Gordon Lovegrove, a civil engineering professor at the University of British Columbia, a million is not enough."

"He researches sustainable road safety, which combines safer road-network design and green transportation to reduce collisions. He says that while safe cycling infrastructure, like separated bike lanes on the Burrard Bridge and Dunsmuir Viaduct, is important, a critical mass of cyclists is key to seeing a significant and sustainable change in road safety for both motorists and cyclists. Once there is a critical mass of bicycles, drivers become more aware of cyclists as road users and change their driving habits accordingly, explains Prof. Lovegrove..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2c28c37
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Title: "Seeking critical mass for safer cycling"
Author: Esther Hsieh

SMARTCODE BICYCLE MODULE READY FOR PRIME TIME

-> In a Sept. 14th New Urban News article, Philip Langdon wrote, "I've been an around-town bicyclist for nearly 30 years. For most everyday trips in New Haven, the bike is my favorite way of getting around, winter, spring, summer, or fall."

"Until recently, however, I hadn't written all that frequently about bike planning in New Urban News because I wasn't sure that cycling was in tune with the campaign for walkable cities and towns. In particular, I was concerned that the push for bike lanes could result in wider streets or bigger setbacks for buildings, both of which can detract from the pleasures of urban settings."

"Progress over the past couple of years has now persuaded me that biking is indeed good for urbanism. The new SmartCode Bicycle Module (see story here) is a case in point. Produced by Mike Lydon with help from Tony Garcia and Zachary Adelson, the bike module takes an intelligent, discriminating approach to the question of how to fit space for cycling into urban environments..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23al67t

To download the Bicycle Module (4MB pdf) and others, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2uuxp8f

CYCLING LYRICISTS: PENNED ANY GOOD BIKE SONGS LATELY?

-> In a recent email, Michelle DeRobertis wrote, "I would like your help to publicize a new website /blogsite where aspiring songwriters/lyricists can upload their lyrics to help spread the gospel of the joys and benefits of biking/walking/complete streets. "

"So far the emphasis is on parody of existing songs but can evolve into whatever we want. I am not very tech-savvy so suggestions/recommendations for improvements to make this site more user friendly and interactive would be most welcome. A full-fledged collaborator/webdesigner/partner even more welcome!. Eventually I would like to add links to actual performed songs on other websites and You-tube, etc."

Thanks very much, Michelle DeRobertis <michelle.derobertis@gmail.com>

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/35sle2d/


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

MICHIGAN GOV. GRANHOLM SIGNS "COMPLETE STREETS" LEGISLATION

-> According to a Sept. 10th MDNews article, "As part of Governor Granholm's 'Healthy Kids Healthy Michigan' coalition, MSMS is proud to announce that the Governor has signed the 'Complete Streets' resolution (HCR 34). The resolution would encourage cities, villages and townships to include a plan for bicyclists and pedestrians when renovating streets."

"This could include more sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks. It would require the Michigan Department of Transportation to set up a similar policy, and create a committee of several different groups to oversee its enforcement. The vote in the Senate was 30-0, with eight senators not voting..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/33djuzo
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Title: "Governor Granholm Signs 'Complete Streets' Legislation"
Author: Michigan State Medical Society

SAN FRANCISCO BIKE PLAN INJUNCTION LIFTED

-> In an Aug. 9th SF.StreetsBlog entry, Matthew Roth wrote, "Because official word about the lifting of the four-year-old bike injunction in San Francisco came so late on Friday afternoon, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his city staff had to wait until today to have their celebratory press conference and symbolic lane striping on Townsend Street at 4th Street, across from the Caltrain Station. "

"There was a palpable sense of relief in the air and in the formal comments delivered by a host of speakers, from Mayor Newsom to Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) head Nat Ford, and Renee Rivera, acting executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. 'It's a new era for bicycling and for San Francisco,' said Rivera. 'We are on our way to being the most bike friendly city in the country.' Rivera threw out numerous statistics pointing to the surge in bicycle riding in San Francisco, despite the injunction, and she vowed she would never say the word 'injunction' in public again."

"In addition to the Townsend Street lane, the SFMTA is moving forward on striping 35 bike lanes that are part of the Bicycle Plan, projects the agency expects to complete in the next year and a half. The SFMTA's Ford said they planned to add 5,500 more sharrows to the exisiting 2,500, as well as another 500 bike racks and 31 miles of new lanes, a 64 percent increase over the existing 48 miles..."

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

NEW HAVEN (CT) ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

-> According to a Sept. 8th Independent article, "Alderman Yusuf Shah arrived by bus and planned to carpool home. Alderman Justin Elicker rode his bike. Despite a recent collision, Alderman Carl Goldfield planned to cycle, too, but had to change his plans. They all ended up at the same destination with the same result: at City Hall, voting for a plan to make New Haven road travel safer for people who avoid driving cars. Shah, Elicker, and Goldfield joined a unanimous Board of Aldermen vote to establish the city's new "Complete Streets" policy. The vote Tuesday night marked the culmination of a legislative process that began over two years ago."

"In September 2008, then Fair Haven Alderwoman Erin Sturgis-Pascale teamed up with East Rock Alderman Roland Lemar to put forward an ordinance amendment calling for a comprehensive plan to make New Haven's streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. That proposal was the result of two years of public brainstorming and deliberation on traffic-calming growing out of concern about fatal and near-fatal collisions around town. The resulting document, "City of New Haven Complete Streets Design Manual," was unveiled in July at a meeting of the Board of Aldermen's City Services and Environmental Policy Committee. On Tuesday it came up for approval by the full board, which voted unanimously to adopt it..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3a79js2
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Title: "Complete Streets Law Complete"
Author: Thomas MacMillan

LOS ANGELES IS NO COPENHAGEN BUT A BIKE CRASH MAY LEAD TO CHANGE

-> According to a Sept. 3rd edition of National Public Radio's Living on Earth, "It takes guts to ride a bicycle in the nation's most crowded county, Los Angeles. It's not just the traffic, it's the rundown roads and the stressed-out drivers. Yet, more people than ever are commuting by bike. And now, thanks to one fateful broken elbow, cycling in LA may be getting some real traction..." [That elbow belongs to L.A. Mayor Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa!]

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


THE RESEARCH BEAT

CORRECTION: In the last issue's Research Beat section, the link to the American Journal of Public Health article entitled "Walking and Cycling to Health: a Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data" by John Pucher PhD; Ralph Buehler PhD; David R. Bassett PhD; and Andrew L. Dannenberg MD, MPH, has been replaced by a direct link: http://tinyurl.com/28tn6td

PENSACOLA (FL) STUDENTS MAKING GAINS IN IMPROVING BMI

-> According to an Aug. 31st More Santa Rosa County first-, third- and sixth-graders are slowly moving into the normal range for body mass index. The state requires school districts to measure body mass index -- a tool used to identify weight issues -- annually for first-, third- and sixth-graders. Since 2007, the normal body mass index ranges for students in these grades have gone from 60 percent to 72 percent, showing a slight but steady increase, said Debbie Price, nursing program specialist with the Santa Rosa County Health Department.

"'There has also been a very slight though steady decrease in BMI in the overweight and obese categories with a range of 24 to 38 percent,' she said. Parents of students in the underweight, overweight or obese categories have been sent referral letters with a recommendation to seek medical advice. While there has been some improvement in the overweight/obese category, there is still work to be done, Price said. The ranges are about 23 percent for first grade, 28 percent for third grade and 34 percent for sixth grade..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/268uj3a
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Title: "Students making gains in improving BMI"
Author: Carmen Paig

LOUISIANA STUDY: FITTER STUDENTS FARE BETTER

-> According to a Sept. 2nd Shreveport Times article, "A statewide study of public school students' physical fitness found the fittest students tended to perform better on state standardized tests.The Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning analyzed results of Fitnessgram tests taken by more than 25,000 students in 15 Louisiana school districts in the 2009-10 school year. "

"The tests measure body mass index, body strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. Researchers correlated the results with participating LEAP scores and charted the results based on students' socioeconomic status, race and gender. They also looked at how special education students fared on the fitness tests."

"Caddo, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine parishes were among those participating in the study in the 2009-10 school year. Researchers announced their findings for the state and individual parishes Wednesday in conjunction with the kick-off of National Child Obesity Awareness Month..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/33386r4
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Title: "Study: Fitter students fare better"
Author: Melody Brumble

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/22kqkgo

ATTACKING OBESITY BY MAKING CHULA VISTA (CA) PARKS SAFER

-> According to a Sept. 7th San Diegon Union-Tribune article, "Chula Vista has been chosen as one of six cities across the nation to attack childhood obesity by addressing violence in parks and public spaces. The goal is to promote active living by creating a safer community."

"The small pilot project, coordinated by the Oakland-based nonprofit Prevention Institute and sponsored by the Convergence Partnership, was initiated after a Kaiser Permanente-funded study, 'Addressing the Intersection,' was released in April. The report examined the nexus between neighborhoods with high rates of childhood obesity and those with high rates of violence..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2axut34
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Title: "Attacking obesity by making parks safer"
Author: Wendy Fry

Via RWJF News Digest: Childhood Obesity: http://tinyurl.com/2cxl6qb


QUOTES R US

-> "Technology, getting really good at upending the status quo, is poised now to deliver not just personal but personal rapid transit (PRT)."
Curtis Johnson, "Waiting for PRT: How About Some Moonshot Mojo?" Sept. 9, 2010

http://tinyurl.com/324qcr4

-> "It costs $18 million a mile to lay out a PRT? Would it cost $18,000 a mile to roof a bike path, even with an infrared heating system for cold days?"
-- Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles" Jan. 2, 1973

http://tinyurl.com/3w7qls

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CORN SYRUP PRODUCERS WANT SWEETER NAME: CORN SUGAR

-> According to a Sept. 14th Plain Dealer article, "The makers of high fructose corn syrup want to sweeten up its image with a new name: corn sugar. The bid to rename the sweetener by the Corn Refiners Association comes as Americans' concerns about health and obesity have sent consumption of high fructose corn syrup, used in soft drinks but also in bread, cereal and other foods, to a 20-year low..."

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


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

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

Schedule:

  • Part 5: "Interchanges and Roundabouts"
    Presenters: Fred Ranck, FHWA Resource Center Safety and Hillary Isebrands, FHWA Resource Center Safety
    Date: September 27, 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • Part 6: Signalized Intersections
    Presenters: Michael Moule, Livable Streets, Inc. and Fred Ranck, FHWA Resource Center Safety
    Date: October 5, 2:00 p.m. EDT
  • 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: "Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities"

Date: Sept 28, 2010, 12:00 pm - 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Presenters: Anna Read, International City/County Management Association; Matthew Dalbey, US EPA Smart Growth Program.

Host: Pam Eidson, National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health

Cost: none

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/2g92566

WEBINAR: "Creating Aging-Friendly Communities"

Module I, offering a pre-recorded presentation, live webinar, online discussion, and additional resources, provides an overview of Environmental & Policy Change for Healthy Aging (starts Sept 28).

Other module topics include:
Module II Optimal Living Environments for Healthy Aging (starting Oct 19)
Module III Integrated Approaches to Mobility (starting Nov 30)
Module IV Emerging Environmental Issues in Healthy Aging (starts Jan 4, 2011)

Presenters: Panelists and speakers are national and community experts in aging, planning, policy, universal design, transportation, public health, environmental protection, and community change.

Hosts: The CDC Healthy Aging Research Network and Creating Aging-Friendly Communities; funding by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Cost: none

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/2w9hxzx

Questions: <hanepc@uw.edu>

WEBINAR: "Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach"

Date: September 29, 2010, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EDT)

Presenters: James Daisa, Kimley Horn and Associates, and John Norquist, Congress for the New Urbanism

Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers

Cost: $100 ITE Member/ $175 Non-member/$50 Student Chapter Member

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/378mgtp


RESOURCES

-> "REVIEW: PUBLIC POLICIES FOR PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST...""
"...Safety and Mobility;" by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center; for the FHWA. September 2010 (general info and link to 1.8MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/34xexts

-> "BICYCLING AND RUMBLE STRIPS"
"7-page Fact Sheet from the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Sept. 2010 (228KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3ajptln

Via Kansas Cycling News: http://tinyurl.com/9gh54d

-> "I RIDE! BICYCLING IN THE MARICOPA REGION"
A 30-min. video about bicycling; produced by the Maricopa (AZ) Association of Governments. (free DVD available or watch on the website)
http://tinyurl.com/3alpop2

-> "URBAN SPRAWL, SMART GROWTH, AND DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY"
Article by David Resnik, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Research; Am J Public Health.2010; 100: 1852-1856. October 2010 (abstract and link to pdf $$)
http://tinyurl.com/2g2vsr4

-> "AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN OF ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS..."
"...in Alberta Schools;" Alberta Centre for Active Living. September 2010 (view pdf online)
http://tinyurl.com/2vh6o7n

Via Walkable Edmonton: http://tinyurl.com/23ky32f


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 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 16-17, 2010, Vermont Trail Symposium, Charleston, VT. Info: Walter Opuszynski, Symposium Czar, email:
http://tinyurl.com/2vk8uwj

-> 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

-> August 16-18, 2011, 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ajk7jy


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 - CONTRACTOR -- ONE STREET'S BED & BIKE PGM

One Street is an international nonprofit that serves leaders of organizations working to increase bicycling. Our Bed & Bike America program is just one of our programs. We are seeking a qualified contractor to upgrade the program within one year to align with a similar program in Germany.

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/degjpd

-> RFP -- "PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE TRANS ALONG EXISTING ROADS" -- NCHRP

Funds: $500,000

Contract Time: 24 months (includes 1 month for NCHRP review and approval of each interim report and 3 months for NCHRP review and for contractor revision of the final report)

Authorization to Begin Work: 5/1/2011 -- estimated

Staff Responsibility: Christopher J. Hedges, phone: 202/334-1472, email: chedges@nas.edu

RFP Close Date: 11/2/2010

Fiscal Year: 2011/a>

-> 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 -- 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


HOUSEKEEPING

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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