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#265 Wednesday, Oct. 27, 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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----- NCBW and RWJF Team Up for "Feet to the Streets" Webinar
----- New Tiger II Grants Fund 75 Innovative Projects in 40 States
----- Complete Streets in The Nation's Capital
----- Vancouver (BC) Site For Velo-City Global 2012
----- NCSRTS Seeks Applications for $1,000 Grants
----- American Trails Nat'l Symposium: November 14-17, 2010
----- Win a Bike With "Paul Goodman Changed My Life"
----- Halloween Costumes for Urban Planners (3rd Edition)

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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----- Fort Valley (GA) Moving Ahead on Complete Streets Project
----- Will Bike-Phobic Dan Maes Cost Colorado GOP Majority?
----- Holmen (WI) Safe Routes Grant Tops $270,000
----- Massachusetts Text Driving Ban Now the Law
----- Florida's Pinellas Trail to Celebrate 2nd Decade
----- Hillsboro (OR) Gets Bikestation
----- Pittsburgh 4th Largest US Bike Commuting Growth Since 2000
----- Rochester (WY) SRTS Project Back in Motion
----- Colorado Bicyclists Challenge Town's Bike Ban in Court
----- Tennessee DOT Updates State Bike Route System
----- Olathe (KS) South Indian Creek Trail to Open
----- Portland (OR) Community Cycling Center Introduces "Bikemobile"
----- Haverford (PA) Bicyclists Launch Safety Campaign

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----- Inner City Houston Kids Walk to School More than Average

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

NCBW AND RWJF TEAM UP FOR "FEET TO THE STREETS" WEBINAR

-> Last week NCBW's Executive Director, Sharon Roerty offered a guided tour of the ALRC's newest publication: Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design (IPA Guide). She also discussed lessons learned through 8 years of the ALRC's fieldwork promoting walkable communities, Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, and bringing livable communities to scale (regional transportation planning). Sharon was joined by Adetokunbo "Toks" Omishakin, Director of Healthy Living Initiatives, Office of the Mayor, Nashville, TN; and Ian Thomas, Executive Director of PedNet Coalition in a webinar sponsored by the RWJF Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity.

The "Feet to the Streets" webinar covered strategies for encouraging non-motorized transportation including: developing networks of trails and bike paths, implementing incentives for reducing dependence on motorized transportation, and promoting innovative land use strategies that support a variety of modes of active transportation. The webinar was recorded and is available for free viewing at http://tinyurl.com/362hdsw

Commenting on community design issues, Roerty offered, "It has been our experience that one of the early hurdles people face is framing the problem and deciding on whom to involve in the solution. The intent of the IPA Guide is to bring people into the process. We are trying to flatten out the hurdles and make it easier to get started." Published in 2010, the Guide is available for download at http://www.activelivingresources.org/ipaguide.php

NEW TIGER II GRANTS FUND 75 INNOVATIVE PROJECTS IN 40 STATES

-> According to an Oct. 21st Fast Lane Blog entry by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, "Yesterday the Department of Transportation officially announced nearly $600 million in competitively awarded TIGER II grants. The 75 innovative projects this money makes possible will put people to work today building a 21st century foundation for tomorrow's economic growth. To mark this important day, I traveled from Atlanta, Georgia, to the bridge between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, visiting two of the projects these grants support."

"The 75 winning projects are indispensable -- that's why DOT selected them from more than 1,000 applications requesting $19 billion. Some of our awards will help establish urban circulator buses, bicycle lanes, and multimodal transportation stations. Others fund more traditional projects that don't fit neatly into old formulas--bridge construction and freight movement. But, each of these TIGER II grant rewards true excellence, effective partnerships, and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3x3bnhx

Via the CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/3a6yxx5

COMPLETE STREETS IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL

-> According to the October 20th Complete Streets News, "On Monday, the District of Columbia formally adopted Complete Streets as its guiding policy for transportation projects. The policy issued by District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein and effective immediately, establishes a vision for all transportation and other public space projects to 'accommodate and balance the choice, safety, and convenience of all users of the transportation system.'"

"The District, which has been moving in this direction for a few years, has much to gain from a Complete Streets approach: nearly 40% of residents (and a higher percentage in low-income neighborhoods) live without automobiles, relying on their feet, bikes, and public transportation to get to work, school, shops, and community destinations. The newly signed policy will ensure efforts to make a more livable District through improved transportation options stick around. Local advocates at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are asking residents to thank Director Klein for his leadership..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2a3z8ee

VANCOUVER (BC) SITE FOR VELO-CITY GLOBAL 2012

-> According to an Oct. 19th City of Vancouver news release, "Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson today thanked European Cycling Federation President Manfred Neun for selecting Vancouver as the host of the prestigious Velo-city Global 2012 conference, the first time the event has been held outside of Europe since 1996. 'Velo-city will bring together hundreds of planners, transportation experts and cycling specialists from around the world to discuss the fast-growing role of cycling in urban transportation,' said Mayor Robertson. 'We are very excited that the European Cycling Federation has selected Vancouver for its global conference in 2012. Hosting a major international conference like Velo-city is a good boost for our local economy, and it's a great opportunity to showcase Vancouver's bike infrastructure to the world's leading transportation experts.' An estimated 1,000 conference delegates and their guests will attend the conference, which will be held in June 2012 at a Vancouver location yet to be selected..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2u6m8yw

NCSRTS SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR $1,000 GRANTS

-> According to an Oct. 25th announcement, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. These mini-grants support the goal of the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. They will fund activities that range from foundational efforts to help start or sustain a program to new ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe walking and bicycling to school. 'Schools and families across the country are excited by the idea of safe walking and bicycling to school,' says Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. 'The goal of this program is to catapult that excitement into activities that can help create a culture of walking and bicycling in local neighborhoods and schools.'"

"The National Center's SRTS mini-grant program, now in its third award cycle, seeks creative ideas that match a school's needs and interests together with ways to help improve safety and/or increase the number of students walking and rolling to school. Schools' needs and interests could encompass a variety of different focus areas, including: addressing distracted driving and personal safety; engaging children with disabilities; emphasizing physical activity and health; exploring environmental concerns; contributing to a positive learning environment; or participating in civic discussion..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/yb3kbc6

AMERICAN TRAILS NAT'L SYMPOSIUM: NOVEMBER 14-17, 2010

-> According to an Oct. 20th American Trails reminder, "There is still time to register for the American Trails National Symposium which will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 14-17, 2010. Join hundreds of trail planners, builders, volunteers, managers, and enthusiasts at the largest gathering of trails advocates in America located at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The next Symposium will be held in 2012, so take advantage of this great opportunity to expand your trail horizons!..."

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

WIN A BIKE WITH "PAUL GOODMAN CHANGED MY LIFE"

-> According to an Oct. 25th announcement, "To honor 20th century philosopher and social theorist Paul Goodman's legacy, JSL Films, producer of the documentary 'Paul Goodman Changed My Life,' is holding a contest to help encourage transportation alternatives. Paul Goodman, a writer, a radical, and a renaissance man, was the co-author of 'Banning Cars from Manhattan,' a 1961 proposal to improve New York's streets by eliminating private auto traffic."

"Nearly half a century later, his ideas are now heralded as being before their time, with limiting traffic in city centers becoming more and more common. Paul Goodman Changed My Life is honoring Goodman's legacy by inviting people to propose change in their own communities. Anyone who submits five proposals to their local government (mayor, city council, etc.) can enter a drawing to win a new bicycle. One winner in the United States will win a bike courtesy of Breezer Bikes, and one winner in Europe will win a bike courtesy of Biomega..."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/267bq3e

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR URBAN PLANNERS (3RD EDITION)

-> In an Oct. 25th Planetizen article, Nate Berg wrote, "It's Halloween time again, the day when dressing up in silly costumes is required of every conscionable person. Some opt for the scary ghost or the sexy nurse, but others, more thoughtful others, make more of this opportunity. Others like you, my clearly intelligent and attractive reader, who use this opportunity to spread a message with their costumes. Costumes that make an impact. Costumes that enlighten. Costumes that are, uh, related to urban planning concepts. What better way to celebrate this annual day of costuming than with an outfit that tells the world that you are interested in urban planning? Obviously there could be no better way. And so, it is with only a small amount of shame and embarrassment that I present this third edition list of Halloween costume ideas for urban planners."

"Pocket Park: Show your friends how to take advantage of underused urban spaces with this pocket park costume. Simply take a pair of pants, turn the pockets inside out and draw a little park. Pull those pockets out on Halloween and plant that seed."

"Traffic Calming: Stand on the side of the road and yell at cars to slow down. This is more of an act than a costume, but it's sure to make a positive impact on Halloween, America's most pedestrian-oriented holiday."

"Greenbelt: Easily one of the cheapest/easiest options for those in need of a quick urban planning Halloween costume. Simply tie a thick strip of green material around your waist, and voila! Great success. And, this costume gives you full permission to glare at or verbally joust with any of your fellow planner friends who decide to dress up as sprawl this year."

"Roundabout: Cut out a large cardboard circle to go around your middle. Adhere fake (or real, depending on availability and your own ambition) flowers and plants to your torso and head. I guarantee you SOMEBODY who gets and appreciates the costume (most likely a fellow planner-nerd) will have fun running circles around you at some point..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/27loemb


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

FORT VALLEY (GA) MOVING AHEAD ON COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT

-> According to an Oct. 26th Sun News article, "City officials will be gushing at a news conference scheduled for Tuesday as they announce that funding has been acquired to complete a long-awaited renovation project on State University Drive. Mayor John Stumbo said Monday the city has been awarded about $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for its Complete Streets Project, which will add trees, sidewalks and a median to State University Drive. Traffic lights for the area will be located to the median area as opposed to the sides of the streets, where they presently sit. The project also calls for pavement widening and storm sewer work."

"The city's project is one of two funded in the state of Georgia by the USDOT, which gave out about $600 million for projects in about 30 cities nationwide. Officials from across the country sent in requests for funding for more than $20 billion in projects. 'This is a real celebration for us,' Stumbo said. 'We're on cloud nine. When you're one of about 3 percent to get funded, that's a real blessing.' Stumbo found out the project was selected through a phone call from a representative in Sen. Johnny Isakson's office Oct. 18. He got official notification through the USDOT a day later..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2wnno3q
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Title: "Fort Valley scores $1.5 million for road project"
Author: Marlon A. Walker

WILL BIKE-PHOBIC DAN MAES COST COLORADO GOP MAJORITY?

-> According to an Oct. 26th DC.StreetsBlog entry, "This is the third installment of Streetsblog Capitol Hill's series on key governor's races. Earlier we brought you stories about a candidate who likes bikes but isn't sure about transit in Tennessee, and the choice between light rail and bus rapid transit in Maryland. Here we turn our attention to Colorado."

"Colorado is a classic swing state. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a margin of just 3.5 percent. The state voted for Obama in 2008, the first time it went blue in a presidential contest since Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. And before that, you had to go all the way back to LBJ."

"But now this purple state may be losing its red. Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes' trainwreck of a campaign could leave the GOP a minor party in the state of Colorado. Could it have something to do with his bizarre allegations that bike-sharing in Denver is a UN plot? Or his zeal to de-regulate the oil and gas industries?..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/38clttv
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Title: "Will Bike-Phobic Dan Maes Cost the Colorado GOP Major Party Status?"
Author: Tanya Snyder

HOLMEN (WI) SAFE ROUTES GRANT TOPS $270,000

-> According to an Oct. 22nd Courier-Life article, "The village of Holmen will receive more than a quarter-million dollars worth of sidewalk extensions and a new stoplight thanks to a Safe Routes to School grant the state Department of Transportation awarded this month. Although a total of six Coulee Region projects were awarded some funding from the federal program, Holmen's $279,000 grant was the largest in the area, village board members announced at a meeting Oct. 14 The grant, which is designed to get more children walking or biking to school, will help cover the construction of sidewalks on Ryan Street, Commerce Street and Amy Drive."

"The grant also will fund the erection of a traffic signal at the intersection of Holmen Drive and Sunset Drive, just southwest of Holmen Middle School. 'It's going to be a lot of improvements in that part of the village,' board member Ryan Olson said Thursday. 'It will definitely make it much safer for students and all residents to use for pedestrian traffic.'. Village President Nancy Proctor received a letter of congratulations from Gov. Jim Doyle last week. 'He was paying attention,' Proctor said on Thursday. 'And special thanks to Bob for putting that grant together.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/39zcvo4
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Title: "Holmen Safe Routes grant tops $270,000"
Author: Adam Bissen

MASSACHUSSETS TEXT DRIVING BAN NOW THE LAW

-> According to a Sept. 29th Boston Globe article, "With a ban on texting while driving taking effect just after midnight tonight, state officials and advocates gathered today to highlight the law and the dangers of distracted driving -- punctuated by the sound of screeching tires at a crash-prevention school. 'We're all here to ensure that our roads will be safer,' Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian said of the law that prohibits texting for all drivers and that bans all cellphone use by drivers under 18. Starting tomorrow, drivers caught texting will face a $100 fine for a first offense. A junior operator -- a driver under 18 -- cited for using a cellphone in any way will receive the fine as well as a 60-day license suspension and will be required to take an 'attitudinal retraining' course and pay an additional $100 fee to reinstate his or her license."

"'The penalties are stiff,' Kaprielian said, hoping drivers will quickly get the message about the dangers posed by cellphones and other distractions, which caused an estimated 5,500 fatalities and nearly 450,000 injuries nationwide last year, according to federal statistics. Kaprielian and a host of other state and federal officials and safe-driving advocates appeared beneath a 'Texting While Driving is Against the Law' banner on the tarmac at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, where an open expanse of asphalt is now used by In Control, a driver training program, which followed the speakers with a demonstration. The registrar said she hoped the threat of the penalties, coupled with visible enforcement and public education, will bring real change in driver behavior..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2urzsgc
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Title: "On eve of new law, a demonstration of the danger of texting and driving"
Author: Eric Moskowitz

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/246kfrr

FLORIDA'S PINELLAS TRAIL TO CELEBRATE 2ND DECADE

-> According to an Oct. 21st Florida Bicycle Assn. FBA Blog entry, "The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail officially opened on Saturday, December 1, 1990, along the former CSX Railroad corridor from Largo to Seminole, Florida. Since that historic day, the Pinellas Trail has become one of the nation's and Florida's most recognized and popular 'linear parks.' The all-volunteer Pinellas Trails, Inc., has raised the private donations for all the amenities, additional planting of native Florida landscaping along the trail and support for their volunteer auxiliary who help monitor the Trail along with county park rangers."

"Pinellas Trails, Inc. will be hosting the 20th year celebration with cooperation from Pinellas County and municipal governments along the corridor. Public libraries throughout Pinellas County have hosted a 'traveling display' complete with maps, memorabilia, photographs, a U.S. Capitol flag, caps and t-shirts from many of the "trail events" and even one of the National Rails-to-Trails' 'Hall of Fame' signs from their October, 2008 recognition. Trail users and advocates from around the country are planning to travel to Pinellas County to enjoy The Pinellas Trail over the first weekend in December, 2010..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ah2o68

HILLSBORO (OR) GETS BIKESTATION

-> According to an Oct. 18th Mobis/Bikestation news release, "The Grand Opening of the Bikestation Hillsboro bike transit center was announced today by Mobis Transportation/Bikestation, the leading developer of sustainable bicycle and other alternative transportation infrastructure systems...According to Andrea White-Kjoss, chief executive officer of Mobis/Bikestation, 'Our Grand Opening will be a celebration for the people of Hillsboro. Even in a sustainability-conscious state like Oregon, Hillsboro is leading the way with the first full-service Bikestation bike transit center. We will commemorate this event with refreshments, a raffle drawing with prizes provided by Bike Gallery, Bikestation tours, and welcomes from the City Council President, Aron Carleson, and other Hillsboro community leaders. We hope everyone in Hillsboro who's interested in commuting by bike and other alternatives to car transportation will join us.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2c9p4ne

PITTSBURGH 4TH LARGEST US BIKE COMMUTING GROWTH SINCE 2000

-> According to the Oct. 12th BIKE PGH eMessenger, "The US Census just posted their American Community Survey results for 2009, a survey that we've been reporting about for the past few years (2006) (2007) (2008). Thanks to the number crunchers over at the League of American Bicyclists, we were able to glean some commuting trends over the past decade. The American Community Survey is the country's largest household survey, reporting its findings every year. With a sample size of about 3 million addresses, this is only an estimate, but is by far the best tool that we have understanding trends in the United States. The survey uses questionnaires and interviews to gather information on demographic, economic, and housing characteristics. For the past few years, we've been analyzing commuting trends, specifically asking 'how do Pittsburgh residents get to their job (wherever that may be)?' And of course, because we love cities, not to mention a bit of friendly competition, we've included the largest 60 cities in our analysis..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2v4xd5e

ROCHESTER (WY) SRTS PROJECT BACK IN MOTION

-> According to an Oct. 25th Bulletin article, "After delays stemming from a change of city planner, the Safe Routes to School Program is on the move again. City Planner Zach Montgomery gave a short presentation on the project to the Planning and Zoning Commission last Thursday, detailing the history of the project and why it had stalled in Buffalo over the last year. SRTS took form in Buffalo last December when then City Planner Brian Grubb applied for funding from the national program with help from Wyoming Department of Transportation. Grants for the program are 100 percent funded, meaning the expense to the city is simply the time for staff to write the grant and complete other preliminary work."

"The SRTS program looks to create safe walk and bike paths for students to get to school. Originally created because of a significant decrease in students walking to school, the program is currently in place nationwide. In addition to walking paths, the plan also looks at ways to ease traffic conditions around schools and make the area safer. In the original plan, Brock Street, near Meadowlark Elementary and Clear Creek Middle School, was identified as the priority and Montgomery says the plan will start there. 'That is the street we have the notice to proceed on and it is still the primary focus of the plan right now,' said Montgomery. 'But this whole plan is meant to be a living document which we can change and adjust as we go on, so that if there is an accident on one street we can move that area to the top of the list. It is also very flexible in that we can still implement comments from the community -- it is by no means a law. We can do with it what we like.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bfj8pl
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Title: "Safe Routes to School project back in motion"
Author: Josh Rhoten

COLORADO BICYCLISTS CHALLENGE TOWN'S BIKE BAN IN COURT

-> In January, the town of Black Hawk, CO, adopted an ordinance banning bikes from most of the town's streets -- especially the main thoroughfares. Town officials suggested their concerns are based on "safety." However, Black Hawk, a small historic mining community that now relies largely on gaming, is likely more concerned with their revenue stream. This town with barely 100 residents has 30+ casinos and thousands of gambling visitors each year. Cars and buses jam the tiny streets, leaving little space for anything else.

In June, the town started enforcing the ban and, according to a Bicycling Magazine article, eight cyclists were surprised with tickets and $68 fines on the first day. Colorado's bicyclists, led by Bicycle Colorado, have mounted a campaign against the ban and the issue is working its way through the courts. On Wednesday, August 18, three of the riders appeared in court for arraignment and pled not guilty based on an invalid ordinance. On October 20th, attorneys presented arguments concerning a motion to dismiss the tickets given to bicyclists. The Judge heard from both sides and has requested additional briefs to be submitted in ten days. To keep up-to-date on the issue, go to: http://tinyurl.com/37lzkma

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2e64ynz

Bicycling's story: http://tinyurl.com/2e78es3

TENNESEE DOT UPDATES STATE BIKE ROUTE SYSTEM

-> The Tennessee Department of Transportation is in the process of updating their state bike route system and a key element of the process is a survey of users and potential users. The primary focus of the survey is on longer distance bicycle travel within Tennessee.

Check it out online here: http://tinyurl.com/25fbyso

OLATHE (KS) SOUTH INDIAN CREEK TRAIL TO OPEN

-> According to an Oct. 21st Kansas Cycling News article, "The South Indian Creek Trail in Olathe is a new 1.5-mile extension to the popular Indian Creek Trail. The extension begins at Southdowns Park (155th Street and Lindenwood) and runs towards the south and west, crossing 159th Street and Ridgeview Road, and ending at Hampton Park (163rd Place and Warwick). The South Indian Creek Trail has been on the drawing board for years, and was part of Olathe's Trails & Greenways Master Plan (released in 1993). The completion of the extension is due in large part to $867,000 in Transportation Enhancement funds received by the City of Olathe from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2369dme

PORTLAND (OR) COMMUNITY CYCLING CENTER INTRODUCES "BIKEMOBILE"

-> In the Oct. 20th edition of Ride With Us, the folks at the Community Cycling Center wrote, "For years we have imagined an outreach truck that we could use as a mobile bike shop and program delivery vehicle. We called it the BikeMobile and dreamt of driving to a neighborhood, setting up shop, fixing bikes, teaching safety lessons, and delivering our programs on the move. Now, thanks to generous gifts from the Coon Family Foundation and the Cycle Oregon Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, this dream is finally a reality. The maiden voyage of the BikeMobile found it climbing hills and setting up camp all across the eastern part of our state, carrying volunteers and supplies on our Cycle Oregon adventures. Then, on September 25th, with the help of our incredible outreach volunteers, we hosted the inaugural BikeMobile outreach event in partnership with Hacienda CDC..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/33t9k5w

HAVERFORD (PA) BICYCLISTS LAUNCH SAFETY CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Sept. 30th Delaware County Daily Times article, "Galvanized by the tragic death of cyclist Russell Garrett, groups of bicycling enthusiasts stationed themselves on West Chester Pike near the Blue Route ramps during rush hour Wednesday to raise awareness and promote better biking safety. Participants, many wearing colorful bike gear and helmets, held signs conveying to motorists that bicycles are permitted in travel lanes, and asking drivers to put their cell phones down."

"Garrett, a 38-year-old Haverford College professor and Upper Darby resident, was cycling in the westbound lane of Route 3 on July 15 when he was struck from the rear by a distracted driver, near the exit to Interstate 476 North. Although he was wearing a helmet, Garrett later died of head injuries at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. According to preliminary police reports, the driver was looking down and did not see Garrett until she hit him. Results of an investigation are under review by the Delaware County District Attorney's office, Garrett's mother, Peggy Garrett, who lives in Louisiana, said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/369qtwg
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Title: "Area bicyclists launch new safety campaign"
Author: Lois Puglionesi

Via BCGP CycleGram: http://tinyurl.com/25wgr9a


THE RESEARCH BEAT

INNER CITY HOUSTON KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL MORE THAN AVERAGE

-> According to an Oct. 15th KUHF-FM story, "Houston's inner city children walk or bike to school more than the average kid. A new study out of the Texas Medical Center shows urban students who are at the most risk for obesity are also the most likely to get more physical activity going to school...The research focused on low-income, mostly minority, students at eight elementary schools in HISD. Dr. Jason Mendoza, a pediatrician and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, conducted the study. He says it shows these students have a much higher rate of walking to school than the average kid."

"'About 13 percent of kids nationally walk or bike to school on a regular basis. But in our sample, and we had mostly Latino and non-Latino African-American students in the study, over the course of a week 43 percent of their trips to school were made by walking.' There are a number of reasons why Houston students walk more - many urban schools are nearby in the neighborhood. And they may have more difficulty getting transportation. 'Low-income families may have less resources to devote to getting their kids to school by car. So they might have less cars, there might be more single-parent families or the parents might just hold more jobs or their jobs might overlap with the periods when the kids need to get to and from school.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2w7qg6w
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Title: "More Houston Kids Walk to School"
Author: Laurie Johnson


QUOTES R US

-> "The joyous embrace of public life in Barcelona, where even walking down the sidewalk in the company of others feels like a celebration, can be traced back to Franco's 40-year reign, when any public gathering outside of religious rituals was forbidden. In the spirit of liberation following the end of the Franco dictatorship, local people created new squares and public spaces all across the city and suburbs to heal the scars of political and civic repression. Some of them fit so well with the urban fabric of the old city that visitors often assume they are centuries old..."
-- Jay Walljasper, "Barcelona's Streets: The Supreme Public Life Of a Great City"

http://tinyurl.com/2dqx8og

-> "In Amsterdam you're best off to buy the oldest looking, shabby, upright grandma bike you can find and pay more money for a decent lock than for the bike itself. Because biking is a necessity in the city to get around, bikes have become a commodity for black market dealers and drug addicts. In 2005, around 54,000 bicycles were stolen in Amsterdam and annually some 6,000 bikes are fished out of the various bodies of water..."
-- Anne-Marije Rook, "Bicycling Seattle: Comparison with Amsterdam can be favorable"

http://tinyurl.com/27h92z2

-> "When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others like-minded, one re-establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels."
-- Paul Goodman

http://tinyurl.com/2ewyte9

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

NO RIDICULOUS CAR TRIPS

An informational film by Martin Lang about a campaign with the same name designed to get more people to choose riding their bikes over their cars in Malmo, Sweden.

http://tinyurl.com/2fbes4v

VINTAGE KANSAS CYCLISTS: FIVE-MAN BICYCLE IN HUTCHINSON

"Five-Man Bicycle was a feature of mile-long parade which included dozens of old autos, 449 horses, 10 covered wagons, 3 oxen, and 5 jackasses."
Kansas Cycling News

http://tinyurl.com/2g5rmgy


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Neighborhood Play, Everyday"

Date: October 28, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Mike Lanza, Playborhood.com

Host: Kaboom!

Cost: None (free Kaboom! registration required)

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/35oy2gy

WEBINAR: "Road Diets"

Date: November 3, 2010, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. E.T.

Presenter: Peter Lagerwey, Toole Design Group

Host: PBIC

Cost: None

Info and registration: http://tinyurl.com/32hwt7b

Contact: <webinars@hsrc.unc.edu>

WEBINAR: "The Connection Between Smart Growth and Bicycle/Pedestrian Plans"

Date: November 17, 2010, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

Presenter: TBD

Host: APBP

Cost: TBD

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/2adxqrn

Contact: Debra Goeks (info@apbp.org)

WEBINAR: "Bike Boxes"

Date: December 15, 2010, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST

Presenter: TBD

Host: APBP

Cost: TBD

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/28hn8kn

Contact: Debra Goeks (info@apbp.org)

WEBINAR: "From the evidence, what do we know about the association between the built environment and injury risk and prevention?"

Date: January 27, 2011 from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)

Presenter: Kim Bergeron, Queen's University

Host: Green Communities' Canada Walks

Cost: None (50 spots are available so register soon!)

Registration and info: http://tinyurl.com/32va3z2


RESOURCES

-> "EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF NEIGHBORHOOD TRAIL..."
"...Development on Active Travel Behavior and Overall Physical Activity of Suburban Residents;" article by Burbidge & Goulias; Transportation Research Record; vol 2135/2009. January 15, 2010 (abstract and link to 2.1MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2bgq6y7
Via Minnesota Active Living Network News: http://tinyurl.com/2dod8pg

-> "COMPLETE STREETS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES"
Fact Sheet from the National Complete Streets Coalition. November 2010 (online version with links to pdf and doc versions)
http://tinyurl.com/274odsn
Via ECF newsletter:http://tinyurl.com/35m5c8z

-> "IMPROVING WEIGHT LOSS OUTCOMES OF COMMUNITY..."
"..Interventions by Incorporating Behavioral Strategies;" article by Wing, Crane, Thomas, Kumar, & Weinberg; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.183616. October 21, 2010 (general info and link to $ pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2ump4g2

-> EDMONTON (AB) COMMUNITIES ON FOOT MAP SERIES
12 neighbourhood-based walking maps (more maps under development each year); created by Walkable Edmonton, Active Edmonton, and community leagues.
http://tinyurl.com/34q6d89

-> "OBESITY AND THE ECONOMICS OF PREVENTION: FIT NOT FAT"
...Report by Sassi, Cecchini, & Devaux; Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Sept. 23, 2010 (general info and link to ordering site-$)
http://tinyurl.com/2uz2fff

-> "CSS NATIONAL DIALOG FINAL REPORT"
Report prepared by the Center for Transportation and the Environment for the Federal Highway Administration. October 2010 (17.4MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/36ooqwz

-> "MEASURING WHAT MATTERS: ACCESS TO DESTINATIONS -- ACCESS..."
"...to Destinations Study Research Summary No. 2;" University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies; CTS 10-11. August 2010 (general info and link to 725KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/39x28ey

-> "PUBLIC LIGHTING FOR SAFE AND ATTRACTIVE PEDESTRIAN AREAS"
Report by T Lester, Opus Central Laboratories, Lower Hutt, New Zealand; NZ Transport Agency research report 405. No date (352KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3ybbgah

-> "SIGHT LINE: DESIGNING BETTER STREETS FOR..."
"...People with Low Vision;" report by Ross Atkin, CABE & the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre. October 6, 2010 (general info and link to 3.1MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/35v9j5t

-> "GETTING TO MARKET: SUPERMARKET ACCESS IN..."
"...Lower-Income Areas;" study by Alan Berube, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution. October 19, 2010
http://tinyurl.com/28djfue

-> "MEASURING THE NEIGHBORHOOD ENVIRONMENT: ASSOCIATIONS..."
"...with young girls' energy intake and expenditure in a cross-sectional study;" article by Leung, Gregorich, Laraia, Kushi, & Yen; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010, 7:52. June 1, 2010 (full text available free)
http://tinyurl.com/35oaxde

-> "THE ROLE OF TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN POLICE-REPORTED..."
"...Bicycle Crashes in Queensland;" article by Schramm, Rakotonirainy, Andry & Haworth; Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 21(3). pp. 61-67. 2010 (abstract and link to 289KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/29loacn
Via On Your Bike:http://tinyurl.com/2eeal44

-> "CYCLING INJURIES IN AUSTRALIA: ROAD SAFETY'S BLIND SPOT?"
Article by Garrard, Greaves, & Ellison; Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, Volume 21 Issue 3. Aug 2010 (abstract and link to pdf - $)
http://tinyurl.com/37r62uq
Via On Your Bike:http://tinyurl.com/36soeh9

-> "SPRAWL REPAIR MANUAL"
Book by Galina Tachieva, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, published by Island Press. October 1, 2010 (general info and ordering links)
http://tinyurl.com/2d2skgk
Via New Urban News:http://tinyurl.com/2uem8l4

-> "POTENTIAL HEALTH IMPACT OF SWITCHING FROM..."
"...Car to Public Transportation When Commuting to Work;" article by Morabia, Mirer, Amstislavski, Eisl, Werbe Fuentes, Gorczynski, Goranson, Wolff, & Markowitz; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2009.190132. October 21, 2010 (general info and link to $ pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/387rhkj


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 30-31, 2010, the Philadelphia Bike Expo, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/35ncp4c

-> November 4-5, 2010, Streets as Places, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces
http://tinyurl.com/28gvuax

-> 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

-> November 21-24, 2010, Sustainable Mobility Summit 2010, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Info: Sharon Lewinson, P.Eng., President, ACT Canada; phone: (613) 226-9845; fax: (613) 723-8275; email:
http://tinyurl.com/337z99k

-> 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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE COALITION OF MAINE

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is currently conducting a national search for its next executive director. The Coalition has an exemplary track record of results in educational, policy, and outreach-based initiatives. Its policy success in advocating for improved access and the rights of cyclists on Maine roads and paths is highlighted by Maine's consistent ranking as the most bicycle friendly state in the East by the League of American Bicyclists.

The Coalition seeks an experienced leader who will continue to increase the positive momentum of the organization. The successful applicant will have experience in organizational management, excellent communication skills, the ability to engage a wide range of constituents, and a focus on making Maine a better place to bicycle.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume by November 15, 2010 to <jobs@bikemaine.org> Subject: Executive Director Search.

Location: Augusta, Maine

Type: Full time

Start date: Feb. 1, 2010

For the complete job description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/23jpu9ho

-> JOB -- PGM DIR., TRANS POLICY + ADVOCACY -- TLC

Transit for Livable Communities (TLC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to a safer, more just, and environmentally-sound transportation system, is seeking an individual with management experience and a background in transportation, land use, public health, or engineering who can lead our Advocacy team and contribute to TLC's reputation for integrity, excellence, and vision.

Responsibilities include: -- Manage a three-person team including one policy and two organizing staff.
-- Oversee team budget, fundraising, annual plan, meetings, and personnel management.
-- Serve as staff lead on development of strategy, alignment of resources, and other aspects around specific transportation policy issues
-- Represent TLC in public forums
-- Manage and develop relationships with partners and stakeholders.
-- Assist in development of policy briefs and reports and contribute to TLC web site and newsletters.
-- Develop and manage contracts with consultants.
-- Communicate with members, volunteers, and the general public.

For complete job description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2wp3la8

-> JOB -- ONLINE/NEW MEDIA COORDINATOR -- RTC, WASH, D.C.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy seeks to hire an innovative professional in the field of Web development and new media to coordinate our daily online communications operations.

Job Location: This position is located in RTC's national office in the West End/Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C., and is easily accessible by Metro's Red, Orange and Blue lines.

Job Duties: The Online and New Media Coordinator is responsible for the maintenance, support and development of RTC's existing online platform and e-presence. This position will support our e-platform goals: growth of our e-list, traffic building, enriching content, delivering messages and measuring results. Key aspects include: daily Web maintenance and content creation and updates; deployment of online messaging and complementary new media initiatives; monitor key analytical benchmarks to evaluate and improve RTC's e-platform; work with vendors and consultants supporting RTC's online endeavors; report to and collaborate with Director of Communications.

For complete job description, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2cga9aa

-> 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

-> 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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