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#263 Wednesday, Sept. 29, 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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----- Reflections on Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Chattanooga
----- Congressman Latourette Co-Sponsors Complete Streets Act
----- Demand for Tiger II Funding Overwhelms Supply
----- APBP Announces 2010 Award Winners
----- Mia Birk's PBPW Keynote Speech on the Web
----- What's Your Web of Daily Life?
----- U.S. Traffic Fatalities Plummet -- But Why?
----- LAB Announces Bike Friendly Community, Business Lists
----- European Mobility Week: People Reclaim the Cities

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----- 3,200 Cyclists Hit Motor City for Tour De Troit
----- Fargo (ND) Plans 2-Way Downtown Street Conversion
----- Boston Joins the Park(Ing) Movement
----- City of Seattle Creates a Map Made for Walkers
----- 26 New Mexico Communities Celebrate Walk/Bike to School Day
----- Canton (NY) Kids Hit Sidewalks for 'Walk to School Day'
----- Bartlesville (OK) Council Proclaims Walk to School Day
----- Round Rock (TX) Mayor Proclaims Walk to School Day
----- Doing SRTS in the Bay State? Check Out this Video Contest!
----- Marin County (CA) School Gets Bike/Walk Improvements

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----- Report: Obesity Hurts Your Wallet and Health

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

REFLECTIONS ON PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® CHATTANOOGA
by Sharon Roerty, AICP, Executive Director NCBW

-> When it comes to recharging one's batteries, there's nothing more effective than gathering together 650 friends to talk about making the world a better place by getting more people walking and bicycling. Producing Pro Walk/Pro Bike® is always a significant endeavor; but from the moment Mayor Littlefield of Chattanooga took to the podium to talk about his city's comeback, through to the parting words of Dr. Rodney Tolley, who reminded us that we must embrace transit and be unapologetic about our role as saviors of the environment, the conference had an undeniably positive buzz. For me, Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 proved to be the perfect antidote for the cynicism that too often greets our work and wears us down.

As we parted ways in Chattanooga, we stepped back into a world where the new normal is that of shrinking state and municipal budgets, where competition for funding is fierce, and any initiatives to improve the quality of life are turned into wedge issues. What will define us for the near term is how we respond when confronted with this cynicism.

Try humor: We've already got a great walking and cycling network, the only problem is that it is full of cars. If you don't have the accent and dry wit of Dr. Tolley to pull it off, find your own way to keep the message lighthearted and positive. For example, I might put my Jersey spin on his words: Go for a freakin' bike ride already, and then we'll talk. Of course, we would all be upstaged by the genteel Tedson Meyers, who would most likely show up on the doorstep of that city council member, mayor, traffic engineer, or congressman with an extra bike and helmet.

Lest you dismiss the power of flower power, remember that Nixon -- knew he did so at his own peril: Americans got a Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act and with it the Council on Environmental Quality out of his administration. Only last week, an Ohio Congressman went from being an adversary to becoming an ally of complete streets-a courageous act in the current political environment, and a helpful reminder-we think-of the fact that most Americans want good places to live where they can do more walking and bicycling than they do today.

If Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 is to leave a legacy, let it be the reminder that while our work is vitally important, we must not take ourselves too seriously as we engage in this business of saving the world.

Conference Feedback: A big Thank You to all who have responded to our post conference survey. We will keep our survey open until Monday, October 4, 2010. This is your opportunity to influence future Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conferences. The conference survey can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/3yo27hb

Viewing Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 presentations: Conference presentations can be viewed or downloaded at: http://tinyurl.com/3xk7pzo

Uploading Pro Walk/Pro Bike® presentations: If you are interested in sharing your conference presentation with the world, you can find instructions for doing so on our website: http://www.bikewalk.org/2010conference/prez_upload.php

Note: the SlideShare website can be a little clunky at times, so be patient. If you encounter difficulty, please contact <mark@bikewalk.org>

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, our warmest thanks to everyone who attended, presented, supported, volunteered at, and in any way helped make Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010 possible. I know that together we all make a difference -- the proof was very evident two weeks ago in Chattanooga. Thank you for all you do and for taking the time to share it.

CONGRESSMAN LATOURETTE CO-SPONSORS COMPLETE STREETS ACT

-> According to a Sept. 28th announcement on the Walk+Roll Cleveland website, "Last week, Congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio added his name to a growing number of elected officials who support complete streets. The Congressman signed on to the Complete Streets Act -- a bill now in Congress that would ensure that communities across America design, build and operate their roadways with all users in mind -- including motorists as well as bicyclists, public transit users and pedestrians."

"This spring, Congressman LaTourette (R-OH 14) made off-the-cuff remarks jokingly suggesting that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was on drugs for thinking bicycle projects should receive substantial funding and also reportedly said 'What job is going to be created by having a bike lane?' The bicycle community reacted quickly with hundreds of phone calls and e-mails to let him know how important cycling and walking are to his community and communities all over the country."

"After meetings with bicycle and pedestrian advocates in Washington DC and in his northeast Ohio district, Congressman LaTourette recently agreed to become a co-sponsor of the Federal Complete Streets Act. Because he is on the prestigious House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, his opinions regarding transportation policy and infrastructure spending are important. 'Congressman LaTourette has historically been generally supportive of bicycling for recreation; agreeing to co-sponsor Complete Streets demonstrates an understanding that bicycling and walking can also be transportation' said Lois Moss, founder of Walk+Roll Cleveland."

"The local non-profit, Walk+Roll Cleveland, helped orchestrate communications and meetings that included national organizations such as Bikes Belong, Alliance for Biking & Walking, League of American Bicyclists, National Complete Streets Coalition, Rail-to-Trails Conservancy and Transportation for America..."

For more details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/37tzz8e

DEMAND FOR TIGER II FUNDING OVERWHELMS SUPPLY

-> According to a Sept. 24th USDOT news release, "Nearly 1,000 construction grant applications for more than $19 billion from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia far exceeded the $600 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II dollars the U.S. Department of Transportation can award for infrastructure projects ranging from highways and bridges to transit and ports, Secretary Ray LaHood announced today. The announcement followed the August deadline for submissions. "

"The overwhelming demand for TIGER II grants continues a trend. Last February 17, the Department announced 51 grant awards from nearly 1,500 applications for TIGER I grants nationwide. The TIGER I requests were for almost $60 billion worth of projects, 40 times the $1.5 billion available under that program."

"'The wave of applications for both TIGER II and TIGER I dollars shows the back-log of needed infrastructure improvements and the desire for more flexible funds,' said Secretary LaHood. 'This also shows the opportunities still before us to create jobs, to reduce congestion, make wise environmental choices and help generate lasting economic growth.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28fkht6

APBP ANNOUNCES 2010 AWARD WINNERS

-> According to a Sept. 16th news release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announced the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession at its annual meeting on September 15, 2010 during Pro Walk/Pro Bike® held in Chattanooga, Tennessee."

"Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Lois Thibault with U.S. Access Board. Leslie Meehan with the Nashville Area MPO and Jim Sebastian with the District of Columbia DOT were honored as the Public Sector Professionals of the Year, Andrea White-Kjoss with Bikestation received the Private Sector Professional of the Year, and Dan Jatres with the Regional Planning Commission of New Orleans was named Young Professional of the Year."

"The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made a substantial commitment to the profession and who have shown excellence in the field of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, advocacy, and/or education. The award distinguishes those whose vision and determination have made their communities better places to bicycle and walk and who inspire the rest of us. 'The Professional of the Year Awards recognize the achievements of pedestrian and bicycle professionals made during the 12-month period between the summer of 2009 and the spring of 2010'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3xkxbn8

MIA BIRK'S PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® KEYNOTE SPEECH ON THE WEB

-> For folks who missed Mia's keynote speech at Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010, here's a second chance to check it out. Just follow the link below and close your eyes -- voila, you're there!

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/38z7a9a

WHAT'S YOUR WEB OF DAILY LIFE?

-> In a Sept. 20th Original Green blog entry, Steve Mouzon asked, "How fragile is your web of daily life? How quickly would a major spike in gas prices disrupt your regular necessities? When gas first reached $5/gallon not long ago, some people with lower-paying jobs who lived further out were already having to choose between groceries and gas. That first spike didn't last long, but we'd be deceiving ourselves to think that more spikes aren't on the way."

"Today, there are roughly 2-1/2 billion people in China and in India moving from very low-impact agrarian settings into the city. In the US, there's more than one car per person. If China and India do 2-1/2 times as well as the US in their need for cars, there will still be a billion cars on the road in those two countries alone in the next few years, competing with the rest of us for gas. So there's no doubt which direction the price of gas is going...the only questions are 'how high?' and 'how soon?'"

"We moved seven years ago from a very unwalkable place to Miami Beach, where we can walk to all our daily needs. We probably crank the car twice a week..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2az9n8r

U.S. TRAFFIC FATALITIES PLUMMET -- BUT WHY?

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Mobilizing the Region blog entry, "...The consensus seems to be that multiple factors are contributing to the decline [in U.S. traffic fatalities]. Americans are driving less as a result of the spike in gas prices and the great recession, but this does not appear to explain the entire decline. In 2008, total vehicle miles traveled fell by 1.9 percent nationwide, but in 2009 VMT actually increased by 0.2%."

"There is some evidence to suggest that the recession and gas price fluctuations has changed the type of driving that Americans are doing -- fewer recreational trips (which are more likely to involve alcohol), fewer trips by young drivers (who are more likely to be squeezed by higher gas prices and more likely to be out of work), slower travel speeds as drivers try to conserve gas, etc. Greater use of graduated licensing laws may also be making a dent, given that young male drivers are responsible for a disproportionate share of traffic deaths..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2d5k43z

LAB ANNOUNCES BIKE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY, BUSINESS LISTS

-> According to the Sept. 27th American Bicyclist Update, the League of Bicyclists "announced 18 new Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) and eight renewing BFCs at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Conference on September 15. This round of awards was exciting because communities that won and renewed implemented past feedback and improved their cities. For the list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/24j25cl"

The League also announced "63 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) and eight renewing BFBs on September 23 at Interbike during the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Industry Breakfast. This round of awards was especially noteworthy because of the number of awardees -- a 45 percent increase from last round -- and because of the amount of local governments who applied for a BFB designation. We awarded three local governments the BFB designation: Bloomington City Hall, Ind.; Arlington County Government, Va.; and the City of Fayetteville, Ark..." For this list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2bdtesw (12KB pdf)

EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK: PEOPLE RECLAIM THE CITIES

-> According to the Sept. 22nd issue of the European Cyclists' Federation Cycle News, "The events organized in Brussels for the annual European Mobility Week climaxed with the 'Car Free Sunday.' On Sunday, the ECF participated in the MOVE-IT event organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the community of Ixelles in the Brussels Capital Region. The event, like others around the city, drew large crowds who reclaimed the city streets for cycling, rollerblading and walking."

"MOVE IT continued on Monday, 20 September, with local as well as European decision-makers addressing the future of urban mobility. Siim Kallas, the European Commission Vice-President for Transport, praised the car-free Sunday initiative and said that people should be the main priority for the future developments of transport in Europe. Mr. Kallas said that by far the biggest complaint that people have with transport in Europe is congestion, which is biggest in urban areas..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/32ww5h6


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

3,200 CYCLISTS HIT MOTOR CITY FOR TOUR DE TROIT

-> According to a Sept. 25th Free Press article, "Blue, cloud-dotted skies and crisp temperatures in the low 50s welcomed more than 3,200 bicyclists to the city this morning for the 9th Annual Tour de Troit two-wheeled adventure. The police-escorted leisurely ride began at 10 a.m. at Roosevelt Park on Michigan Avenue in Corktown, when Nettie Boivin and her husband, Brad, both 33 and from Bloomfield Hills, took off towing son Julian, 4, and Mirabelle, 2, in a bike trailer. With the other riders, they pedaled through Detroit's picturesque neighborhoods, out to Belle Isle and back again for a party in the shadow of the Michigan Central Station."

"'It's going great!' Nettie Boivin said during quick break just after 11 a.m. 'We're seeing some great stuff!' The Tour de Troit was organized to publicize the growing greenways network in Detroit and to raise funds for Corktown-Mexicantown Greenlink planned for 2011. The series of bike lanes and off-road pathways will connect the neighborhoods of Corktown and Mexicantown to each other and to the Detroit River. 'It's going well: everyone's having a good time, the weather's held out,' event coordinator Vittoria Kanaski said. 'Everything's been great.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24uhf6n
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Tour de Troit brings more than 3,200 cyclists downtown"
Author: Tammy Stables Battaglia

FARGO (ND) PLANS 2-WAY DOWNTOWN STREET CONVERSION

-> According to a Sept. 27th Inforum article, "Driving down NP or First avenues makes for a quick minute or two through downtown Fargo. But an effort to slow traffic and create more complete streets for pedestrian and cyclists means the corridor would take a new direction if the city follows advice of a consulting firm hired to study the one-ways. During a public meeting on Thursday, HWS Consultants of Omaha, Neb., will recommend the city convert the east-west avenues into two-way streets, said Mike Gorman, HWS project manager."

"The recommended '2+1' proposal, based on almost two years of study, includes two lanes in the current direction of traffic and one lane traveling the opposite way. Converting to a two-way road tends to slow down traffic, said Fargo traffic engineer Jeremy Gorden, but the conversion of NP and First avenues will do more than alter downtown traffic flow and patterns. The study found making the switch would likely mean better business, more development and safer travel for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, Gorman said."

"'The goal of the study was really to maximize the use of NP and First to not only be a roadway that carries traffic from the downtown to the outskirts of the city but to also be a roadway that provides good pedestrian access, bicycle access, better access to adjacent businesses,' Gorman said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/35j2euo
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Changing direction: Consultants to recommend downtown convert its one-ways"
Author: Heidi Shaffer

BOSTON JOINS THE PARK(ING) MOVEMENT

-> According to a Sept. 18th Boston Globe article, "In the parking spaces along Commonwealth Avenue in front of Boston University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences yesterday at 1 p.m.: Honda, Lexus, Lexus, Ford, patch of sod with people lounging on a couch. What? A professor and his former student beckoned passersby to check e-mail on a laptop, play board games, get their bikes fixed, or just hang out with them. 'No Stopping' and 'Tow Zone' signs nearby were tweaked to read 'Stopping' and 'Toe Zone.'"

"'Even on a rainy day, you can enjoy the outdoors in a city like Boston,' said Greg Hum, a recent BU graduate and one of the hosts in the spot. It was one of 10 parking spots in the Boston area, and hundreds around the world, where pavement was temporarily reclaimed for PARK(ing) Day, an annual, unofficial anticar celebration. In Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline, ordinarily mundane, if coveted, parking spaces gave way to live chickens, sidewalk chalk, fortune-telling, live music, and hula hooping..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/237zlgu
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Space invaders"
Author: Eric Moskowitz

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/2esne4c

CITY OF SEATTLE CREATES A MAP MADE FOR WALKERS

-> According to a Sept. 21st news release, "The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has created a map just for pedestrians. The map gives new and long-time residents, as well as visitors, a way to view the city up close and personal. The Seattle Walking Map was designed to help people choose a walking route that best suits their interests and individual fitness levels. The routes identified on the map come from a variety of sources including The Feet First walking advocacy organization, King County, and SDOT and includes routes that follow sidewalks, shoulders on quiet streets, and park trails."

"This new series of city walking maps divides Seattle into three sections: north, central, and south. Adjoining sections of the map include a limited amount of overlap, should the selected route cross from one section to another.To help pedestrians plan their excursions, all of the routes and paths on the map have been labeled with the approximate amount of time in minutes that it will take to walk each segment based on the amount of ground covered. These estimates do not account for the steepness of the street or an individual's physical condition, so some routes may take more or less time than suggested..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bkjz7k

For more info (and to download copies), go to: http://tinyurl.com/27pkh6k

And now, a Walk/Bike to School Day sampler! Don't know about this international event? Go to: http://tinyurl.com/a2lp33

26 NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to a Sept. 26th Sun-News article, "At least four [Las Cruces Public Schools] schools are participating in the Oct. 6 International Walk and Roll to School Day, which promotes the safety of students as they walk, bike and skate to and from school each day. There are 65 events planned for that day at schools in 26 New Mexico communities."

"'We're working towards making it a pretty big event,' said Mesilla Elementary School Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Champion Ashleigh Curry. The school, located not far from the historic plaza in Mesilla, has seen the number of students who walk and bike to school each day nearly double from a year ago, she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/38rjfaf
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Walk and Roll to School Day: More students walk and bike to school"
Author: Mike Cook

CANTON (NY) KIDS HIT SIDEWALKS FOR 'WALK TO SCHOOL DAY'

-> According to a Sept. 27th North Country This Week article, "Canton Central School and St. Mary's Catholic School invite all students, parents, faculty and staff to participate in the 'International Walk to School Day' on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Sponsored by the community's Safe Routes to School Committee, the event is designed to promote safe walking and bicycling throughout the year. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to walk or bike to school that day, if at all practical..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/336hocx
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Canton schools promote walker, biker safety with 'Walk to School Day'"
Author: Staff

BARTLESVILLE (OK) COUNCIL PROCLAIMS WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Examiner-Enterprise article, "A proclamation declaring Oct. 6 as International Walk to School Day in Bartlesville was signed during the Bartlesville City Council meeting on Monday. According to Assistant City Planner Nancy Wade, Walk to School Day will be celebrated by cities across America and around the world. Children are encouraged to walk to school instead of being driven, and their parents are encouraged to join them on the walk...The council proclamation notes that a lack of physical activity plays a leading role in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children, and being able to walk or bicycle to school offers an opportunity to build activity into daily routines. "

"It also encourages community leaders to make changes that enable children to safely walk and bicycle in the community. According to Wade, city officials became interested in events like Walk to School Day when the city was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, through the federal government's Safe Routes to School initiative, to construct sidewalks and implement activities that encourage walking and biking to school. This is the second citywide Walk to School Day event that the city has coordinated..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3y24ffp
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/2wn5xw3
Archive cost: No
Title: "Bartlesville City Council proclaims Walk to School Day"
Author: Staff

ROUND ROCK (TX) MAYOR PROCLAIMS WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to a Sept. 24th Round Rock City news release, "Mayor Alan McGraw proclaimed Oct. 6 as Walk to School Day in Round Rock at the Sept. 23 City Council meeting. In an effort to promote physical activity and safe routes to school, the City of Round Rock and Round Rock Independent School District have teamed up to encourage students to walk or bike to school on Oct. 6, 2010. Parents are welcome to escort their children. Children are encouraged to come in groups with friends and family from their neighborhood area."

"Mayor Alan McGraw and Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees President Glen Colby will greet students and parents at Old Town Elementary, 2200 Chaparral Drive. 'The weather has been beautiful and I hope to see hundreds of kids heading up to campus,' Mayor McGraw said. 'Walk to School Day reminds all of us -- school officials, the city, parents and community leaders -- how important it is for our children to keep moving and develop active routines, and for us to provide safe paths for our children to get to school.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/34vxrxx

DOING SRTS IN THE BAY STATE? CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO CONTEST!

-> According to the Sept. Massachussets Safe Routes News, "Safe Routes to School partners -- it's time to strut your stuff! Send us a video about how your school, classroom, or community practices Safe Routes to School. The winner will be featured on our homepage and in our next Safe Routes to School newsletter. Videos should be 3-5 minutes and illustrate the ways your school or community makes biking and walking to school fun, safe, and a part of your daily routine..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/32d7qqk

MARIN COUNTY (CA) SCHOOL GETS BIKE/WALK IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to the Sept. 22nd MCBC Bulletin, "Last Tuesday, the Mill Valley School District approved work to be completed next year at Tam Elementary School (in Tam Valley) that includes significant improvements to their non-motorized transportation infrastructure. The work will include an 8-foot multi-use pathway and new bicycle racks. The project is part of a larger infrastructure upgrade to the entire school, and is being funded through Mill Valley's Measure C Bond -- passed by voters last November to help pay for much needed improvements to all Mill Valley School District schools..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3y2ncrt


THE RESEARCH BEAT

REPORT: OBESITY HURTS YOUR WALLET AND HEALTH

-> According to a Sept. 21st Associated Press article, "Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women. Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that's only a portion of the real-life costs. George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline -- and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man. That's far more than the cost of being merely overweight -- $524 for women and $432 for men, concluded the report being released Tuesday, which analyzed previously published studies to come up with a total."

"Why the difference between the sexes? Studies suggest larger women earn less than skinnier women, while wages don't differ when men pack on the pounds. That was a big surprise, said study co-author and health policy professor Christine Ferguson. Researchers had expected everybody's wages to suffer with obesity, but "this indicates you're not that disadvantaged as a guy, from a wage perspective," said Ferguson, who plans to study why. Then consider that obesity is linked to earlier death. While that's not something people usually consider a pocketbook issue, the report did average in the economic value of lost life. That brought women's annual obesity costs up to $8,365, and men's to $6,518..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2a2ubhm
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Title: "Report: Obesity hurts your wallet and your health"
Author: Lauran Neergaard

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2ao56f3


QUOTES R US

-> "Many believe that electric cars and windmills will solve the climate change crisis, with no need for fundamental change in city form. This belief excludes an acknowledgment of the gargantuan energy and material demands consequent to such an ever more sprawling metropolitan pattern."
-- Patrick M. Condon, University of British Columbia

http://tinyurl.com/27azb98

-> "The constant connectivity of GPS...makes us panic whenever we CAN'T reach our kids -- an experience I've approximated when I couldn't get my sons on their cell phones. It's the same panic you feel when you turn around and suddenly don't see your toddler at the grocery. And, just like that panic, it's usually unnecessary: the vast majority of times, your kid shows up soon after. But the fear is overwhelming, and now -- THANKS to electronic connections - it happens all the time, even with older and older kids, the second we don't know PRECISELY where they are..."
-- Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids

http://tinyurl.com/27gyxu9

-> "The transportation planning institution has been focused on cars and highways for so long that the tools that are available to them are not able to answer the questions that face them."
-- David Kooris, Vice President, the Regional Plan Association
from "The data problem that holds back climate action and smart growth," New Urban Network

http://tinyurl.com/26ohoae

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

THE CHURCH OF SIT-UP CYCLING

-> "Wearing their normal work and play clothes is an essential religious practice of members of the Church of Sit-Up Cycling. This may or may not include wearing plastic hats..."

http://tinyurl.com/2g8doyy


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

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

Schedule:

  • 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

Check out the archives for earlier sessions ("Introduction to Pedestrian Safety Design and Planning Principles;" "Sidewalk Design;" "Treatments at Unsignalized Pedestrian Crossings;" "Intersection Geometry;" "Signalized Intersections;" "Interchanges and Roundabouts") here: http://tinyurl.com/39krdum

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: "Interchanges and Roundabouts"

Date: October 5, 2010 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Fred Ranck and Hillary Isebrands, FHWA Resource Center

Host: PBIC

Cost: None

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

WEBINAR: "On the Go: Complete Streets and Public Transportation"

Date: October 7, 2010, 2:00-3:00 p.m EDT

Presenters: Barbara McCann, National Complete Streets Coalition & McCann Consulting;Laura Aiken, Advocates for Health in Action Community Outreach WakeMed Health & Hospitals; Adolfo Hernandez, Active Transportation Alliance; Melanie Tervalon, RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity (moderator)

Host: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Cost: None

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/36dy57u

Via Minnesota Active Living Network News: http://tinyurl.com/36hbd96

WEBINAR: "Roundabout Design for Pedestrians and Bicyclists"

Date: October 20, 2010, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Michael Moule, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, and Edward J. Myers, Kittelson & Associates.

Host: APBP

Cost: Yes

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/34konup

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


RESOURCES

-> "TRENDS IN FATALITIES FROM DISTRACTED DRIVING IN..."
"...the United States, 1999 to 2008"; article by Wilson & Stimpson, University of North Texas Health Science Center; Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.187179. Sept. 23, 2010 (abstract and link to article-$)
http://tinyurl.com/26ss5fd

-> "DISTRACTED DRIVING 2009"
&TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS Research Note; by the NHTSA National Center for Statistics and Analysis; DOT HS 811 379. September 2010 (general info and link to 374KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/283wk3t

-> "EFFECT OF PERCEIVED NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY ON BODY MASS INDEX"
Article by Fish, Ettner, Ang 1, & Brown, UCLA; Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.183293. (abstract and link to article-$)
http://tinyurl.com/2bq4oxu

-> "STAFFING AND ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY..."
"...of Metropolitan Planning Organizations;" by Bond, Kramer, & Seggerman, Center for Urban Transportation, University of South Florida; for FHWA. May 2010 (6.6MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/256upec

Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/2cmde4u

-> "BEYOND RECREATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: EXAMINING..."
"...Occupational and Household Activity, Transportation Activity, and Sedentary Behavior in Relation to Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk;" article by George (National Cancer Institute, Yale School of Public Health), Irwin (Yale School of Public Health), et al; Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.180828. (abstract and link to article-$)
http://tinyurl.com/3xtqpwe

-> "PARKING INFRASTRUCTURE: ENERGY, EMISSIONS, AND..."
"...Automobile Life-Cycle Environmental Accounting;" article by Chester, Horvath & Madanat, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley; Environ. Res. Lett. 5 034001 doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/034001. 2010 (abstract and general info; link to 592KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/29pdcr9

Via Berkeley Transportation Letter: http://tinyurl.com/29gvc9z

-> "EMERGING ISSUES IN IMPROVING FOOD AND PHYSICAL..."
"...Activity Environments: Strategies for Addressing Land Use, Transportation, and Safety in California-Wide Initiatives;" article by Aboelata, & Navarro, DrPH Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2010.193466. 23 September 2010 (abstract and link to article-$)
http://tinyurl.com/2u62v9h

-> "METHODS FOR ESTIMATING PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE..."
"...traffic. Survey and quality assessment;" report from VTI, Sweden. 2010 (general info and link to full report (Swedish) with English summary; 1.7MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3axt977

Via TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/29h7t7q

-> "EQUITY AND ACCESSIBILITY"
"Report by by Stantchev & Merat; European Commission, DG Energy and Transport, Transport Research Knowledge Centre. July 29, 2010 (general info and link to 1.1MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2d7jghn

-> "OBESITY AND THE ECONOMICS OF PREVENTION..."
"...Fit not Fat;" by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Sept. 23 2010 (general info and links to print and pdf versions - $$)
http://tinyurl.com/36wzch9

-> "DOWNTOWN SEPARATED BIKE LANE CONNECTION TO..."
"...Bullard Bridge & Seawall"; report by Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering Services, City of Vancouver (BC); for Standing Committee on Transportation and Traffic. Sept. 27, 2010 (7.8MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/39hekmc


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!

-> 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 7-8, 2010, Building Communities Conference, North Birmingham, AL. Info: Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham, Cissy Edwards Crowe, email: or Nichalaus Sims email:
http://tinyurl.com/39ulssa

-> October 13, 2010, Moving Together 2010: Moving Massachusetts Forward with GreenDOT and Healthy Transportation, Boston, MA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2cufxas

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

-> October 15-16, 2010, How to Create Successful Markets, New York, NY
http://tinyurl.com/23k8vmb

-> 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 21-22, 2010, How to Turn a Place Around, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces
http://tinyurl.com/246oq3w

-> October 22, 2010, New Jersey Complete Streets Summit, New Brunswick, NJ. Info: Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, phone: (732) 932-6812 ext. 586; email:
http://tinyurl.com/36ua6al

-> 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 18-20, 2011, 3rd International Conference on Roundabouts, Carmel, IN. Info
http://tinyurl.com/2b82jsr

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

-> June 20-22, 2011, Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference, St. Louis, MO.
http://tinyurl.com/2ewnxvr

-> 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!

-> RFP -- ROUNDABOUT CORRIDORS -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Reserach Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop performance measurement and evaluation methods that will evaluate the performance of functionally interdependent roundabouts on arterials as compared to signalized intersections. Proposals are due October 28, 2010.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/39pdfbl

-> JOBS -- PROJECT MITIGATION TEAM OPENINGS -- FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration is advertising for two ecologists in its headquarters office in Washington, DC. The positions are on the Project Mitigation Team, within the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging environmental issues, research, policy, programs and initiatives as they relate to transportation. Problem solving skills are an asset, especially related to the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The positions are open to all US citizens, and close on October 5th.

http://tinyurl.com/32cra74

http://tinyurl.com/3xfcpjn

-> 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 -- 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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