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#264 Wednesday, Oct. 13, 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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- NCBW's Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010: By the Numbers
----- White House Reportedly Green-Lights Transportation Bill
----- A Chat with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Or)
----- Sect'y LaHood Praises Walk to School Day
----- Apollo Alliance + U.S. Chamber Agree on Trans Infrastructure
----- Sprawl & Misleading Mobility Measures
----- New Program Recognizes Walk Friendly Communities
----- NYC Hosts "Play On" Conference, October 12-13
----- Social Bike Business Heading to Uganda
----- Something to Consider for Next Summer...

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- Cleveland (TN) Stepping Up to 'Walk with Me Tennessee'
----- Rhode Island Communities Get $2.1M in SRTS Cash
----- Bicycle Fed of Wisconsin Gets $318K for SRTS Pgm
----- Nashville Mayor Signs CS Measure During Walk Nashville Week
----- Gaslight Village: the Philly Vision of Carfree.Com's Crawford
----- St. Paul (MN) Taking Dining to Streets
----- Colorado's New Bakerville-Loveland Trail Opens
----- October is Florida's Greenways and Trails Month
----- California Sets Greenhouse Gas Emmission Targets

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----- OECD REPORT: USA is Fattest of 33 Countries
----- CDC Chief Sees Obesity as 'Winnable Battle'

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
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- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

NCBW'S PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2010: BY THE NUMBERS

-> We asked you to share your feedback and thoughts on the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference and you have responded. The feedback you provided was extensive and we will spend the next few weeks parsing your words, considering your suggestions, and packaging everything into a report that will be available for your review. In the meantime, here are some highlights:

  • 89% agreed/strongly agreed that the conference met or exceeded their expectations.
  • 88% agreed/strongly agreed that the conference organizers met or exceeded their expectations.
  • 92% agreed/strongly agreed that the presenters were knowledgeable.
  • 88% agreed/strongly agreed that PWPB® contributed to their professional development.
  • Most people learned about the conference via CenterLines, APBP, and co-workers.
  • 85% said they would attend a future Pro Walk/Pro Bike®.
  • 94% said they would recommend the conference to others.
  • 60% attended extra-conference meetings before, during, and/or after the conference.
  • As with past conferences, attendees were evenly split between veterans and newbies.

Lastly, and because about 1/3 of you were presenters, we know you are most interested in whose session won the popularity contest. Here are the results-in no particular order:

  • Session 33: Riding Coattails
  • Session 74: Bicycle Boulevards (Portland, Berkeley, and Tucson)
  • -- Session(s) 63, 69, and 20: The Nashville MPO pretty much ran away from everyone else. Not surprisingly (at least to the staff at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking), their work with incorporating health into transportation planning found a very receptive audience at the conference. NCBW had the privilege of working with the Nashville MPO this past year for our ALRC Emerging Leaders Program http://www.activelivingresources.org/currentprojects3.php and we quickly discovered that this MPO was quietly but efficiently working outside of the traditional silos.

Stay tuned to CenterLines and our website <http://www.bikewalk.org> for the final reporting on Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2010, presented by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. The report will include information on the economic impact of the conference, as well as a preview of possible themes for 2012.

WHITE HOUSE REPORTEDLY GREEN-LIGHTS TRANSPORTATION BILL

-> According to a Sept. 28th Mobilizing the Regional article, "Transportation advocates looking for a fully funded multi-year transportation bill got a boost last week when USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood told members of the Transportation Equity Network that he had received a green light from the White House to move on the country's next 6-year transportation bill. According to Transportation for America, USDOT officials now expect to see a full reauthorization proposal from USDOT and the White House next February in the President's budget request for fiscal year 2012."

"The Obama Administration's ability to move on a transportation bill next year will largely rest with the political appetite of Congress this fall. The current extension of SAFETEA-LU, the existing transportation law, expires on December 31. Insiders cited in the most recent issue of the Washington Letter on Transportation say Congress will weigh a new, 1-2 year extension of the law during this fall's 'lame duck' session. A short extension is key if a new long-term authorization bill is to move in 2011. If Congress instead opts for a two-year extension there would be 'little to no likelihood' of passage of such a bill during the 2012 presidential election cycle..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2av2zll

A CHAT WITH REP. EARL BLUMENAUER (D-OR)

-> "For decades federal policy has promoted sprawl through highway funding and suburban homebuilding subsidies, often at the expense of urban cores. This year, the Obama administration said it intends to end all that by embracing the principles of smart growth through a new Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood even climbed atop a table at a bike summit to make the point 'livability' is now a priority in transportation funding. "

"But Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.) blast the livability goal as 'central planning.' Conservatives elsewhere go further, tying the administration's livability priority to a U.N. 'social engineering' conspiracy."

"Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), creator of the Congressional Bike Caucus, chair of the Livable Communities Task Force (and evil mastermind, according to the UN conspiracy folks), is leading efforts in the House to fund the livability partnership. We spoke Tuesday about transportation options, the free-market appeal of biking in Portland, and the important message about livability in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2u5gokx
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Title: "A chat with Earl Blumenauer about livable communities and right-wing paranoia"
Author: Jonathan Hiskes

SECT'Y LAHOOD PRAISES WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> In an Oct. 6th Fast Lane blog entry, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote, "Today, I had the good fortune of joining students from East Silver Spring Elementary School in Maryland as they walked and biked to school in celebration of International Walk to School Day. I want to thank Principal Morrow and the entire ESS community for welcoming me so enthusiastically. Walk to School Day is a great opportunity for me to spend time with parents, kids, and teachers and to showcase our Safe Routes to School program and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative."

"As a father, grandfather and former schoolteacher, I know how important it is that we provide students with safe options for getting to school while promoting exercise and healthy lifestyles. That's why I've embraced the Safe Routes to School program so wholeheartedly since becoming Secretary of Transportation. Simply, Safe Routes works to ensure that children have a safe way to walk or bike to school. And that dovetails perfectly with the First Lady's goals of increasing physical activity among kids and reversing childhood obesity..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28glwm4

Via the National Center for Safe Routes to School: http://tinyurl.com/2dru86j

APOLLO ALLIANCE + U.S. CHAMBER AGREE ON TRANS INFRASTRUCTURE

-> According to a Sept. 30 Apollo Alliance news release, "It's not often that the Apollo Alliance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce agree. But, never say never. Last week the Chamber of Commerce released an analysis of the health of our nation's transportation infrastructure, and its conclusions mirror those that Apollo has drawn as we've studied the U.S. transportation infrastructure throughout the last year. As Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donahue put it, 'The bottom line is this: our nation's deteriorating infrastructure is placing a major drag on our economic growth.'"

"The Chamber's Transportation Performance Index combines indicators of supply (availability), quality of service (reliability, predictability, safety) and utilization (potential for future growth) across all modes of passenger and freight transportation -- highway, public transportation, freight railroad, aviation, marine and intermodal -- to show how well the U.S. transportation system is serving the needs of businesses and the overall U.S. economy."

"The national and state-by-state indexes released last week covered the time period from 1990 to 2008. Over this period, the index -- or the performance of the U.S. transportation system -- increased only about 6% while U.S. population during that time period grew 22%, passenger travel grew 39%, and freight traffic grew 27%. Whether the Chamber's recommendations for what should be done to address our declining transportation infrastructure are similar to those of the Apollo Alliance remains to be seen..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/383yvyq

SPRAWL & MISLEADING MOBILITY MEASURES

-> According to Sept. 29th news release, "A new report from CEOs for Cities unveils the real reason Americans spend so much time in traffic and offers a dramatic critique of the 25 year old industry standard created by the Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Report (UMR) -- often used to justify billions of dollars in expenditures to build new roads and highways. The surprising analysis by Joseph Cortright, senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, says the solution to this problem has much more to do with how we build our cities than how we build our roads."

"The report, titled 'Driven Apart: How sprawl is lengthening our commutes and why misleading mobility measures are making things worse' and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation takes a new look at what's really causing traffic congestion in America. The conclusions are far different than those of the UMR, which has long been used to measure traffic congestion."

"This analysis, once again, shows that many of the assumptions driving big investments of taxpayer dollars that shape our communities are outdated, said CEOs for Cities President and CEO Carol Coletta. Driven Apart adds to the growing body of evidence that shows compact development that puts many destinations close at hand has unexpected benefits -- in this case, less time spent in traffic requiring less spending on highways. If we heed its findings, we'll save time and money."

"Driven Apart ranks how long residents in the nation's largest 51 metropolitan areas spend in peak hour traffic, and in some cases the rankings are almost the opposite of those listed in the 2009 Urban Mobility Report..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ur2rva

NEW PROGRAM RECOGNIZES WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

-> According to an Oct. 4th news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has officially launched Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), a national recognition program to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for safe walking. "

"Assessing communities' commitment to improve conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort, PBIC will recognize communities that set the bar in fostering and accommodating walking. In August, the WFC program accepted nine communities to test the pilot application and the online assessment tool. The program will begin accepting applications nationwide on November 1, 2010."

"At the core of the WFC program is a comprehensive assessment tool that evaluates community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. The assessment tool questions are intended to both evaluate conditions for walking and provide communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity..."

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

NYC HOSTS "PLAY ON" CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 12-13

-> In an Oct. 9th Free-Range Kids blog entry, Lenore Skenazy wrote, "Remember kick the can, capture the flag, street hockey, and backyard baseball? Kids who go outside to play today rarely find these. Due to safety concerns, TV and video games, as well as helicopter parenting, we have a generation of kids who've never spent their evenings playing until the street lights went on."

"Our young ones don't know the fun games of yesterday and don't have older children in the neighborhood to teach them. It's time to change that! Join forces to build a movement for play at the Play On conference October 12-13th in New York City. The conference is one of the most comprehensive forums on play anywhere, with hundreds of people who are working to bring more play into schools, more play spaces in communities, and more people who understand and value kids opportunities for play..."

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

Info: http://tinyurl.com/2u2ppdd

SOCIAL BIKE BUSINESS HEADING TO UGANDA

-> According to an Oct. 5th One Street news release, "A small grant has enabled a trip to Uganda and the long-awaited meeting of leaders of two nonprofit bicycle organizations. Since December 2009, Sue Knaup, Executive Director of One Street, a U.S.-based international bicycle advocacy organization, and Denis Rubalema, Director of Ride 4 a Woman (R4W) in Uganda, have been communicating through email and Skype. Mr. Rubalema first contacted Ms. Knaup to tap into One Street's organization management coaching services. But both soon realized that One Street's Social Bike Business program also offered important services for R4W."

"With just a few bikes, one wrench and an air pump, R4W's bicycle rental program in Bwindi National Park is supporting the building of a community center for the women of the area. They are in great need of bicycle repair training, tools and workshop design guidance. And because the center will offer job training, R4W can tap into One Street's Social Bike Business job training curriculum so the women can open their own bicycle businesses. One Street will also learn from R4W's inspiring model to guide other local Social Bike Business programs around the world..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23w8pkf (128KB PDF)

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER FOR NEXT SUMMER...

-> In a classic Playborhood article, Mike Lanza wrote, "To those of us who think of childhood summers as carefree times for neighborhood fun, free of schedules and direct adult authority, children have no summers anymore. Sure, school still ends every June and the weather still gets hot (except in San Francisco) but neighborhoods are no longer filled with children's yelps and laughter on summer days."

"In fact, for the most part, they're completely dead, as dead as they are during school days in the winter. Of all the unfortunate aspects of childhood in 21st Century America, this fact depresses me more than anything else. So for two weeks in June, I'm going to try an experiment that, I hope, will be the first step in bringing back summer for kids. I'm going to run a summer camp right here, in my neighborhood..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2w27pmf


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CLEVELAND (TN) STEPPING UP TO 'WALK WITH ME TENNESSEE'

-> According to an Oct. 12th Daily Banner article, "The city of Cleveland is one of seven pilot communities for the new 'Walk with me Tennessee' initiative designed to help cities become more pedestrian friendly. The other cities are Athens, Clarksville, Collegedale, Jackson, Manchester and Sevierville. 'Walk with me Tennessee' is a self-assessment tool for cities and counties that focuses on a variety of quality-of-life aspects such as planning, health and fitness opportunities, infrastructure, connecting community areas and safety."

"Community Development Director Greg Thomas said the city has emphasized alternative modes of transportation through the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan being formed through the Cleveland Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. 'That's something we are trying to build upon,' Thomas said. Cleveland Parks and Recreation Director Patti Petitt said the initiative is for Three-Star communities. The self-assessment asked for greenway, pedestrian walking, capital improvement plans and ordinances and regulations concerning property development that requires sidewalks, such as the Safe Routes to School improvements on Wildwood Avenue and 20th Street to Blythe-Bower Elementary School locally..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ynomxw
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Title: "Cleveland stepping up to 'Walk with me Tennessee'"
Author: David Davis

For more on "Walk with me Tennessee," go to http://tinyurl.com/33hhrpd

RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITIES GET $2.1M IN SRTS CASH

-> According to an Oct. 12th Providence Journal article, "A dozen Rhode Island schools and communities will receive more than $2.1 million in federal grants to help create safer routes for students to get to school, and to encourage students to walk and bike there. The grants were announced by the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program, the state Department of Transportation and the Safe Routes to School Steering Committee..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/37j6wkz
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Title: "Federal grants to provide safer routes to school for students"
Author: Linda Borg

BICYCLE FED OF WISCONSIN GETS $318K FOR SRTS PGM

-> According to an Oct. 11th Journal Sentinel article, "The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin received $318,700 from the latest Safe Routes to Schools grants in the state, and plans to teach about 12,000 Milwaukee students how to bike and walk to class over the next three years. The cycling advocacy group launched the local program in 2004, and has guided 9,000 students from 56 Milwaukee Public schools, to date."

"Across the state, the latest round of Safe Routes to Schools funding includes $6 million distributed to 44 school districts and municipalities. The public agencies use the money to improve biking and walking routes to schools, for planning and for classes. In the MPS program run by the Bike Fed, students in grades 4 through 6, take a 10-hour course during the summer; students in grades Kindergarten through third have a three-hour course on walking to school..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3axbbdp
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Title: "Grant extends Safe Routes to School classes for MPS students"
Author: Tom Held

NASHVILLE MAYOR SIGNS CS MEASURE DURING WALK NASHVILLE WEEK

-> According to an Oct. 6th news release, "In the spirit of Walk Nashville Week, Mayor Karl Dean today signed an Executive Order formalizing Nashville's 'Complete Streets' policy, which ensures that public streets are built to accommodate all modes of transportation, including walking, bicycling and mass transit."

"'For decades Nashville roads were built with only cars in mind,' Dean said. 'We have come a long way in recent years in terms of adding sidewalks and bikeways, and making mass transit more convenient for people to use. This Executive Order will ensure that now and in the future we continue to take all reasonable measures to develop new and reconstructed streets in a way that makes all of these modes of transportation more accessible."

Dean added, "'It's important for the health of our citizens and for our city's long-term sustainability. And I could think of no better time to move forward with this policy than during Walk Nashville Week when the entire city is focused on the importance of walking.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2elw6uw

GASLIGHT VILLAGE: THE PHILLY VISION OF CARFREE.COM'S CRAWFORD

-> A New Colonist Interview: "Gaslight Village is a proposed carfree development on a brownfields site in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The New Colonist contacted J. H. Crawford of Carfree.com, one of the initiators of the project, who graciously agreed to an interview. [Note: you can listen to the full interview at the link on the source page).]"

"How did you come to choose Philadelphia for your Gaslight Village project?Crawford: 'Philadelphia has always been on the radar for a pedestrian village, as have Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, and the Bay Area. The reason is simple: only these areas have an existing public transport infrastructure that is sufficiently good to support carfree living. The eastern cities are especially attractive because they have close-in brownfield sites suitable for redevelopment as mixed-use pedestrian-oriented districts...'"

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

ST. PAUL (MN) TAKING DINING TO STREETS

-> According to a Sept. 22nd Star Tribune article, "Outdoor dining in St. Paul might be going to the gutter. No, really. A Lowertown business is testing a temporary sidewalk system for the next few days that would replace space usually taken up by parked cars. Picture a wood deck, level to sidewalk height, with tables, chairs and planters."

"It's an alternative to a proposed 8-foot concrete sidewalk extension along 6th Street, between Sibley and Wacouta. As the area around Mears Park has become more vibrant with new bars and restaurants, business owners, residents and city leaders want to widen the sidewalk to create more energy, make more room for outdoor dining and keep space clear for pedestrians..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2dj28r2
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Title: "Taking dining to St. Paul's streets"
Author: Chris Havens

Via Minnesota Active Living Network News: http://tinyurl.com/25ut3fl

COLORADO'S NEW BAKERVILLE-LOVELAND TRAIL OPENS

-> According to the Oct. 6th edition of Bicycle Colorado eNews, "The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Clear Creek County, the U.S. Forest Service, Team Evergreen, Bike Jeffco, Bicycle Colorado and members of the bicycling community celebrate the recent completion of the Bakerville to Loveland Trail (BLT). This project completes a new connection for one of Colorado's major cross-state bicycling routes. 'The scenic beauty of this five-mile stretch, with its forest, streams and wetlands, is among the most beautiful and serene in the state,' said Clear Creek County Commissioner Kevin O'Malley..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2c8flb4

OCTOBER IS FLORIDA'S GREENWAYS AND TRAILS MONTH

-> According to an Oct. 5th Florida Bicycle Association blog entry, "Whether you walk, run or hike...ride a bicycle or a horse…paddle a kayak or canoe...enjoy birds, books or butterflies...or would like to help care for Florida's public lands, you will find activities for trail users of all ages and interests. Governor Charlie Crist has proclaimed the month of October as Florida Greenways and Trails Month and VISIT FLORIDA has kicked off the celebrations early with the launch of its new Trails-Tourism website..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2cjlcu9

CALIFORNIA SETS GREENHOUSE GAS EMMISSION TARGETS

-> According to a Sept. 23rd news release, "Today California adopted goals for more healthy and sustainable communities that improves the way we plan and promotes more transportation choices. Today the Air Resources Board adopted targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 and 2035 associated with passenger vehicle travel in the state's 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The proposed targets, required under SB 375 (2008, Steinberg), are designed to help coordinate land use and transportation planning. The law requires cities and counties to use the targets to help develop sustainable strategies for growth and development over the next 25 years. Improved planning will offer a wider variety of transportation choices, including public transit and more walkable streets and cities. "

"It will also guide future development decisions so people can live close to where they work and play. While the goal is to reduce greenhouse gases from passenger vehicles, it also helps clean the air in the state by reducing the amount of pollution that creates smog. 'These targets are ambitious, achievable and very good news for California communities. Improved planning means cleaner air in our cities, less time stuck in your car, and healthier, more sustainable communities,' said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. 'Cities that choose to develop Sustainable Communities Plans that meet these targets have an advantage when it comes to attracting the kinds of vibrant, healthy development that people want.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2en7bgw

Via Smart Growth Network State by State and International News http://tinyurl.com/22lsvd8


THE RESEARCH BEAT

OECD REPORT: USA IS FATTEST OF 33 COUNTRIES

-> According to a Sept. 24th USA Today article, "The United States is the fattest nation among 33 countries with advanced economies, according to a report out today from an international think tank. Two-thirds of people in this country are overweight or obese; about a third of adults -- more than 72 million -- are obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight."

"Obesity rates have skyrocketed since the 1980s in almost all the countries where long-term data is available, says the report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which works on policies to promote better economies and quality of life. Countries with the fastest obesity growth rates: the United States, Australia and England. 'Obesity is a growing threat to public health in all the advanced countries throughout the world,' OECD spokesman Matthias Rumpf says. Obesity causes illnesses, reduces life expectancy and increases health care costs, he says..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/274akyz
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Title: "USA is fattest of 33 countries, report says"
Author: Nanci Hellmich

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/23cbezd

CDC CHIEF SEES OBESITY AS 'WINNABLE BATTLE'

-> A Sept. 30th Associated Press article asked, "Where would you start if you were charged with keeping the nation healthy? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has chosen six priorities -- winnable battles, he calls them. They are smoking, AIDS, obesity/nutrition, teen pregnancy, auto injuries and health care infections. These are long-standing, major challenges that get a lot of attention already."

"But elevating a handful of problems above dozens of others is a bold move for a public health official. So far, it's been received like a bucket of cold water -- invigorating some, infuriating others. Many advocates, legislators and others in public health have devoted their lives to problems that did not make Frieden's short list. So there are complaints..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2uctcgs
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Title: "CDC chief picks 6 'winnable battles' in health"
Author: Mike Stobbe

Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/28zl8fy


QUOTES R US

-> "Wednesday, Oct. 6, is International Walk to School Day!...Yes, Wednesday is the day for kids to do what they used to do without it requiring a special event. And let's hope your school signs on without all the shenanigans of my friend's school. There, any parent who wants to help out by, say, acting as a crossing guard, must first undergo a background check. Because obviously volunteering for a single day, outside, and molestation go hand in hand. Also: While her school is ENCOURAGING 'Walk to School Wednesdays' it is FORBIDDING Walk to School Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Fridays. That's right. Kids along the bus route are not ALLOWED to walk to school any other day."
-- Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids

http://tinyurl.com/23mdars

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

UNC ASHEVILLE STUDENTS BIKE COAST TO COAST

According to a recent University of North Carolina Asheville news story, "Standing on the beach in Manteo, N.C with their bikes on May 9, 2010, UNC Asheville Bike Club members Lee Meroney and Luke Heller had no idea what adventures stood between them and their goal -- the Pacific Ocean. But exactly 75 days and 4,100 miles later, the two cyclists reached that goal on the shores of Tillamook, Ore., wrapping up a coast-to-coast cycling odyssey despite illness, bad weather, floods and mechanical problems."

"Even the start of the trip was rocky. Meroney, the incoming Bike Club president, fell ill just days into the journey. As he sat shivering under the sunshine on UNC Asheville's Quad watching Heller graduate, he wasn't certain he would be able to continue the journey. But after commencement, they agreed to push on together -- especially because the next leg of the trip was an important one to Meroney."

"'I had never been further west than Nashville. I'd never really been out of the Southeast,' admitted Meroney. 'There was a whole lot of this country that I hadn't seen and I really wanted to.' The two rode on through Virginia, Kentucky and into the Midwest. Through the early miles they dealt with nagging problems on Meroney's older touring rig, which he bought on Craigslist for $25. By the beginning of June they had crossed seven states and the Mississippi River and really began to hit their stride, covering about 100 miles a day. Along the way, they discovered the hospitality of strangers nearly everywhere they went..."

http://tinyurl.com/32e6vvz


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: "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

-> "COMMUNITY APPROACHES TO PREVENTING OBESITY..."
"...in California;" article by Ross, Baxter, Standish, Solomon, Jhawar, Schwartz, Flores, and Nudelman; American Journal of Public Health, Vol 100, No. 11, DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.198820. November 2010 (general info and link to pdf-$)
http://tinyurl.com/28he8vp

-> "THE PROMOTION OF CYCLING"
Report by Martino, Maffii and Raganato, Trasporti e Territorio, Milan, Italy; for the European Parliament, Directorate-General for Internal Policies. April 2010 (6.6MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2dva43a
Via ECF newsletter:http://tinyurl.com/35m5c8z

-> "TRAFFIC-LIGHT INTERSECTIONS"
Give Cycling a Push Implementation Fact Sheet, Presto Project, European Union. 2010 (658KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2whnp9t

-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS 2009 DATA: CHILDREN"
6-page fact sheet from NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis; DOT HS 811 387. 2010 (general info and link to 651KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2cvfmrs


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

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-> 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

-> February 3-5, 2011, 10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Charlotte, NC. Info: Melissa Harper-Barton, Event Coordinator, Local Government Commission, 1303 J Street, Suite 250, Sacramento CA 95814; phone: (916) 448-1198 x327; fax: (916) 448-8246; e-mail: mbarton@lgc.org.
http://tinyurl.com/yh3fg7d

-> April 15-17, 2011, Filmed by Bike, Portland, OR. Info: Filmed by Bike
http://tinyurl.com/28m93tx

-> 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

-> August 21-25, 2011, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Seattle, WA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/27lm4sl


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 -- YOUTH OUTREACH COORDINATOR -- BIKE WORKS, SEATTLE (WA)

Bike Works is looking for a Youth Outreach Coordinator to assist Bike Works in its development of a comprehensive outreach plan for all youth programs including data collection, recruitment strategies and the promotion of programs to achieve the agency's annual and long-range programming goals. The Youth Outreach Coordinator also supports running youth programs. This position reports directly to the Program Director. This is an excellent opportunity for a strong multi-tasker with excellent attention to detail, a strong ability to organize, computer skills, capacity to engage and interact with youth ages 9-17, and enthusiasm for working as part of a team.

Bike Works builds sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. Our programs invest in young people and encourage bicycling as a clean and healthy transportation alternative. Each year approximately 300 youth, ages 9 to 17, participate in our programs and gain the skills and resources they need to translate lessons about confidence and leadership into their own lives. We value and seek diverse team members who are passionate, innovative, collaborative, professional, fun, responsible and solution-oriented.

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/26wd4bx

-> 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

-> 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>

-> 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 -- 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 -- 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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