#266 Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010


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.

----- Thank You, Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN)
----- 22 Trans Ballot Measures (Out of 30) Pass in 13 States!
----- Petition: Support Trails as Part of Fed Trans Funding
----- Trips for Kids Wins Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge
----- SRAM, League, Alliance Work to Double Fed Bicycling $$
----- Cannondale, Shimano Join Bikes Belong Grant Program
----- Is Next Real Estate Boom in Walkable Neighborhoods?

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Alpine (UT) School Wins Oberstar SRTS Award
----- Trail Projects Popping up All over Greenville (SC)
----- Nice Ride Minnesota Expanding Bike Share Program
----- New Jersey Complete Streets Summit a Hit!
----- Downtown Kansas City's 2nd Missouri River Bike/Ped Crossing Opens
----- California Releases Draft Complete Streets Guidelines
----- La Crosse (WI) Bike Trail Bridge Lands Final Grant
----- No Felony Charges for Morgan Stanley Big Wig's Hit & Run
----- Massachusetts' Whittier Bridge Improved for Bikes!
----- Wisconsin Bike Fed Plans Educational Campaign

----- Chicago Study: Changing Health Block by Block
----- St Louis' Pedestrian Issues Discourage Walking
----- Healthy Life Could Prevent 23 Percent of Colon Cancers

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-> On November 2, 2010, the voters in Minnesota's Eighth District, in the northeastern corner of that state, decided to end the distinguished political career of Congressman James Oberstar. With the departure of Mr. Oberstar, the cycling community has lost its north star.

It is not hyperbole to say that millions of Americans today and for generations to come, will reap the benefits of the Congressman's legacy. Consider his contributions: Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, the Non Motorized Transportation Pilot Program, state bicycle/pedestrian coordinators, Transportation Enhancements, the creation of AASHTO guidance on design and operation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and the creation of a bicycle/pedestrian clearinghouse for technical assistance and research. The Congressman's stewardship of bicycling and walking always set a high bar for those of us on the advocacy side; he wasn't afraid to challenge us to do better in championing our cause. Consider his remarks made two years after the passage of TEA-21, as he weighed its potential impact on bicycling:

"Results: To be determined by the bicycle community in the coming years. TEA-21 opens the door to a potential $3 billion for bicycling initiatives. Their potential will be fulfilled only if pro-bike groups develop plans, advocate specific projects, see that they are included in state DOT plans, and monitor projects through to construction."

Another Oberstar legacy we hope endures is his belief that transportation is not a partisan issue. Whether a person travels by air, rail, bus, car, horse, bike, or foot should be irrelevant; we all have an interest in a transportation system that costs households less; kills and injures fewer people; preserves community, health, and the environment; and allows the United States to maintain its economic competitiveness. Chairman Oberstar understood that everyone shared these goals, and as such, when it came to transportation he honed his expertise, not his partisan arrows. It is here that the tributes to the Chairman's legacy seem most heartfelt:

"People sometimes ask me why I am such an avowed fan of Jim Oberstar given our partisan differences and the number of large issues about which he and I have disagreed over the years - airline mergers and alliances, antitrust immunity, foreign investment in U.S. airlines, to name just a few."

"The answer is that I have never known anyone who took the job of legislating more seriously than he, or who worked harder at it, or who mastered his subject matter more consummately. He has always cared deeply about transportation and its importance to the quality of life in America, and he has applied his protean intellect and boundless energy to transportation policy in a way that actually ennobled the much-maligned legislative process."

Those are the words of Jeffrey Shane, quoted from the National Journal's tribute to James Oberstar. See http://tinyurl.com/2anl5qm

While there is now much consternation over what Chairman Oberstar's absence will mean for bicycling and walking in the next transportation bill, the safe bet is that as dedicated a public servant as he will not be content to sit on the sidelines for long. What's next, Mr. Oberstar? We eagerly await your answer.

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (aka the Bicycle Federation of America) joins its sisters and brothers in transportation as we offer our sincere and absolute gratitude to Congressman Oberstar - thank you for all you have done and will, we know, continue to do for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and abilities. It's not transportation if we can't all get there. Congressman Oberstar knows that; his leadership has proved it.

To listen to his goodbye and concession speeches, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2a4qaeb

More tributes to Chairman Oberstar:

And, finally, send your well-wishes to <jim.oberstar@mail.house.gov>


-> According to a Nov. 3rd Center for Transportation Excellence news release, &quto;In 2010, voters continued to show their support for transportation investment by approving 77% of ballot measures. On Election Day, 22 out of 30 measures were approved in 13 states. For the entire year, the Center for Transportation Excellence found that voters approved 43 out of 56 measures. Nearly $500 million in funding over five years was approved by voters on November 2. When added to funding approved earlier in the year, voters have supported over $1 billion in transportation investment."

"Voters across the country -- from Hawaii to Rhode Island -- approved measures on November 2 that demonstrate their commitment to improving transportation choices and increasing investment in their local infrastructure and services. 'Yesterday's results at the ballot box reaffirm a decade worth of data demonstrating voters' overwhelming support for investment in public transportation,' said CFTE Executive Director Jason Jordan. 'Despite the economy and conventional political wisdom about opposition to taxes, voters acknowledged that thoughtful, targeted investments in their communities are vital to restoring and sustaining prosperity.'..."

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/24lrluc


-> According to an article in the November issue of American Trails, "In a recent issue of AAA World magazine, Don Gagnon, the president of AAA Mid-Atlantic, raises the issue of the shortfall in federal surface transportation funding. He writes that 'if the federal Highway Trust Fund is refocused solely on its original purpose -- the nation's critical highway system -- a huge increase in the gas tax will not be necessary.' He cites past funding of hiking and bike trails, transit, and museums as contributing to 'an increasingly deteriorating highway system.'"

"The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy saw these as fighting words and raised a petition to support trails and active transportation: 'Say YES to the federal programs that fund all ways of getting around-including trails, bicycling and walking!' RTC recently asked AAA National President Robert Darbelnet to disavow mid-Atlantic's position and to join RTC in our efforts to increase and improve active transportation investment. Thus far, Mr. Darbelnet has not agreed to either. Part of our effort to shift his position is an outreach and petition campaign to our constituents and to others who care about trails and active transportation. Thus far we have more than 25,000 signatures on the petition, and that number is growing..."

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


-> Trips for Kids, a national non-profit organization that introduces at-risk youth to bicycling, prevailed over its competitors to win a $25k grant from CLIF Bar. By the end of the contest, the Trips for Kids team--nearly 2 thousand strong--had avoided more than 16k car trips, and biked 165k miles, saving 152,581 pounds of carbon dioxide.

The inspiration behind the 2 Mile Challenge is the statistic that 40 percent of U.S. urban travel is 2 miles or less, but 90 percent of those trips are taken by car. The result: a lot of cold start emissions, a big fuel economy penalty, and a lot of wasted time looking for parking.

Trips for Kids has 60+ local chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. In 2009, the organization took 9,500 kids out on mountain bike rides. Kids participating in the program also have a chance to earn their own bikes. The CLIF grant funds will be earmarked for equipment purchases by local chapters, and for the establishment of new chapters.

If you are interested in following the kids lead and start saving CO2, the 2 Mile Challenge website allows you to log your miles and challenge your friends. Visit http://tinyurl.com/27pj2se

For more about Trips for Kids visit: http://tinyurl.com/yzxgws5


-> According to a Nov. 4th news release, "The League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking are pleased to announce a new, three-year campaign to double federal funding for bicycling and walking by 2013. The Advocacy Advance initiative is backed by renewed support from SRAM, an innovative maker of bicycle components. The League and Alliance have been awarded up to $1.2 million from SRAM over the next three years to unite active transportation advocates across the nation and give them tools and resources to secure increased funding from existing federal transportation programs for critical bicycle and pedestrian projects."

"'At SRAM we believe that bicycles improve the environment, ease congestion, reduce the cost of transportation and create healthier communities,' says Stan Day, SRAM CEO. 'The biggest barrier to increased bicycle use in daily lives is the lack of appropriate infrastructure, and local bicycle advocates are working to break down those barriers across the country. The Advocacy Advance campaign will empower those advocates to dramatically improve conditions for bicyclists.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ao2wug


-> According to a Nov. 1st Bikes Belong news release, "Cannondale and Shimano have aligned with Fuji, Giant, Specialized, and Trek to fund the Bikes Belong Grant Program by participating in the Employee Pro Purchase Program. These Bikes Belong member companies collect a small donation from employees whenever bikes and equipment are sold at a pro-deal discount; this money in turn goes toward the Grant Program."

"'Participating in the Employee Pro Purchase Program is an easy way for us to enable our employees to give back to the sport that makes their jobs possible,' said Dave Manchester Vice President of Sales for Cannondale. 'They get discounted products, and bike projects around the country are funded -- it's a win/win.'"

"Distributed three times a year, Bikes Belong grants support bike paths, lanes, trails, and BMX facilities, as well as advocacy efforts like car-free street days. Bikes Belong administers the program, allowing every dollar from these corporate partners to go directly to funding projects. Bikes Belong has awarded more than $1.7 million since 1999..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3xqa9fm


-> In a Nov. 4th Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Update article, Christopher Leinberger and Patrick Doherty asked, "What if there were a new economic engine for the United States that would put our people back to work without putting the government deeper in debt? What if that economic engine also improved our international competitiveness, reduced greenhouse gases, and made the American people healthier? At a minimum, it would sound a lot better than any of the current offers on the table: stimulus from the liberals, austerity from the conservatives, and the president's less-than-convincing plan for a little stimulus, a little austerity, and a little bit of a clean-energy economy."

"The potential for just such an economic renaissance is a lot more plausible than many would imagine. At the heart of this opportunity are the underappreciated implications of a massive demographic convergence. In short, the two largest demographic groups in the country, the baby boomers and their children -- together comprising half the population -- want homes and commercial space in neighborhoods that do not exist in anywhere near sufficient quantity...The Great Recession has highlighted a fundamental change in what consumers do want: homes in central cities and closer-in suburbs where one can walk to stores and mass transit. Such 'walkable urban' real estate has experienced less than half the average decline in price from the housing peak..."

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



-> According to a Nov. 2nd Deseret News article, "A Utah County elementary school earned national recognition for promoting safe walking and biking routes to school, but first had to convince parents and students to change their habits. In 2008, Alpine Elementary started its Safe Routes to School program and set a goal of improving the safety and health of students. Instead of a car-focused commute to school, Alpine encouraged students to walk or ride their bikes. The idea was that fewer cars created less traffic and a safer environment for pedestrian students. Two years later, the National Center for Safe Routes recognized Alpine Elementary with the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award. The award recognizes schools or organizations working to create safe walking and biking routes."

"'We're really excited about it. We think it's a great honor to receive the award and to be honored nationally,' said Principal Cami Larsen. Prior to beginning the Safe Routes to School program, sidewalks and crosswalks needed to be improved, and traffic nearby the school was a concern. Alpine applied for federal grants through the Utah Department of Transportation and received $71,500 to install four solar-powered speed-limit signs, build a new walking and bicycling trail and improve the bike storage area at the school. The city of Alpine also pitched in, donating $125,000 in labor and materials to improve sidewalks and crosswalks. 'I think it shows a lot to our community about how much we value walking to school, biking to school, being safe,' Larsen said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/35jezk6
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Title: "Alpine school earns national recognition for safety program"
Author: Anne Forester

Via National Center for Safe Routes to School: http://tinyurl.com/33l9alz


-> Things are happening in Greenville..."Bikeville" is the City's bicycle friendly community initiative...

According to the Oct. 26th edition of the City of Greenville's Bicycling and Greenways E-Newsletter, "The City of Greenville has been designated a Bronze 'Bicycle Friendly Community' by the League of American Bicyclists and is actively pursuing several bicycling and greenway trail projects..." Some of their current projects include:

"McDaniel Ave. Bypass Bridge: We are expecting to set a 118-foot bridge and 54-foot ramp in the next 3 weeks. Following the bridge installation we'll be installing bollards, completing the bridge deck and approach ramps, installing hand rails and finishing the asphalt trail surrounding the bridge. The goal is to have the bridge open to pedestrian traffic by Thanksgiving..."

"Next Phases of Swamp Rabbit Trail: The next two phases of the Swamp Rabbit Trail are out to bid -- including a 170' bike/ped bridge and nearly another mile of greenway trail. Bids are due back this week and we hope to be under construction by February of 2011. This will connect the trail from where it ends now near the Riverbend Condominiums at the Reedy River, along Cleveland Street and the backside of Greenville Tech to S. Pleasantburg Ave..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2aby5uq


-> According to an Oct. 26th blog entry, "Nice Ride Minnesota launched the largest public bike sharing system in America on June 10. As we approach the 100,000-ride milestone and the close of our first season, Nice Ride is planning a major expansion! Part of our expansion is already funded. We will add at least six stations in North Minneapolis next year and are holding planning meetings there now."

"But Nice Ride has much bigger plans. [Minneapolis] Mayor Rybak, [St. Paul] Mayor Coleman, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota CEO Pat Geraghty are helping Nice Ride seek Phase 2 funding for a major expansion. We want to serve neighborhoods on all sides of downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, and the Grand Avenue/University Avenue corridor..."

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


-> In a Nov. 4th message, Elizabeth Cox of the RBA Group wrote, "Over 200 people attended New Jersey's first Complete Streets Summit on October 22, 2010 including representatives from 27 municipalities and 14 counties from across the state. Hosted by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the Summit builds on six training sessions held for NJDOT staff over the summer on implementing the state's Complete Streets Policy. The goal of the Summit was to provide attendees with the resources and tools to incorporate Complete Streets principles into all capital projects and to encourage local and county governments to adopt their own Complete Streets policies. Five municipalities (Montclair Township, West Windsor Township, Red Bank Borough, Netcong Borough and Lawrence Township) and one county (Monmouth) have already followed the state's lead and adopted complete streets policies."

"Keynote speaker Michael Ronkin, nationally known for his expertise in Complete Streets design, reminded attendees that transportation is about access, not mobility, and there is room in the right-of-way to accommodate all modes, but it needs to be recaptured. While encouraging the adoption of Complete Streets policies at the local level was a goal of the event, Michael Ronkin told attendees they should not wait for a policy to do the right thing and to start building complete streets now."

Sharon Roerty, NCBW's Executive Director who attended the Summit commented, "This Summit was an outstanding event. It showcased the burgeoning professional expertise within the state on complete streets on policy, implementation, economic and health benefits; statewide participation from regional, county and local officials, professionals and advocates was remarkable. NJDOT's Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Program's leadership on complete streets is to be commended."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2etsq2g or contact Sheree Davis, NJDOT's Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian at <sheree.davis@dot.state.nj.us>


-> According to a Nov. 5th MoBikeFed news release, "Today the second bridge upgrade offering safe bicycle and pedestrian access across the Missouri River near downtown Kansas City will officially open. 'The Missouri River has been the most difficult and dangerous impediment for bicycling and walking in the Kansas City region,' said Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation."

"'Having two safe, barrier protected crossings open this year is a huge step forward. Many thanks to MoDOT and Kansas City, Missouri, for moving this project forward and getting an important project done ahead of schedule.'"

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


-> According to the Oct. 28th edition of the California Bicycle Coalition's CalBikeReport, "Draft guidelines for implementing the Complete Streets Act have been released for public comment by the Governor's Office of Planning & Research. Comments are due by November 19. The Act became law in 2008 and takes effect next Jan. 1."

"Under the act, a city or county that makes substantial changes to the portion of its general plan dealing with transportation and traffic must ensure that the plan provides for accommodation of all road users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, seniors and the disabled, as well as motorists. The draft guidelines are meant to help public agencies adopt plans that meet this requirement."

"CBC sponsored the legislation that enacted the law and has remained closely involved in the drafting of guidelines to see that the Complete Streets Act is implemented fully and completely..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2wkc892


-> According to an Oct. 29th Tribune article, "Construction of a bicycle-pedestrian bridge connecting the north side of La Crosse to Onalaska should begin next summer after 11 years of planning. The city of La Crosse on Thursday received more than $1 million in federal and state funding for the Oak Street Bridge Connector, which will connect a bike-pedestrian trail system from Ranger Drive at Logan High School through the La Crosse Industrial Park to Oak Street in Onalaska."

"La Crosse City Planner Larry Kirch said the latest funding is the fourth and final grant for the $3 million project, which should proceed with construction bids in the spring. Federal and state grants total $1.9 million, and the city has set another $1 million for the project.'It opens up the north side of La Crosse to Onalaska and the state bike trails,' Kirch said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/37zxfwq
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Title: "Bike trail bridge lands final grant"
Author: Terry Rindfleisch


-> According to a Nov. 8th Huffington Post article, "A Morgan Stanley wealth manager will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because Colorado prosecutors don't want him to lose his job. Martin Joel Erzinger, who manages more than $1 billion in assets for Morgan Stanley in Denver, is being accused only of a misdemeanor for allegedly driving his Mercedes into a cyclist and then fleeing the scene, Colorado's Vail Daily reports. The victim, Dr. Steven Milo, whom Erzinger allegedly hit in July, suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and, according to his lawyer Harold Haddon, 'lifetime pain.'"

"But District Attorney Mark Hurlbert says it wouldn't be wise to prosecute Erzinger -- doing so might hurt his source of income..." In a related Vail Daily story, Hurlbert was quoted as saying, "Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger's profession, and that entered into it. When you're talking about restitution, you don't want to take away his ability to pay. We have talked with Mr. Haddon and we had their objections, but ultimately it's our call..."

An organization known as "Abandon Your Car" has a related article and n on-line petition that invites you to register your comments on this case. Go to http://tinyurl.com/2abnez7

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2f62aoq
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Title: "Martin Erzinger, Morgan Stanley Wealth Manager, Won't Face Felony Charges For Hit-And-Run"
Author: William Alden


-> According to the Nov. 5th edition of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition newsletter, "Earlier this year, MassBike spoke up about the need for bicycle infrastructure on the Whittier Bridge as an important way to connect communities across the Merrimack River. After hearing from regional advocates (including Coastal Trails Coalition), local bicyclists, MassBike, the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, and local officials in Salisbury, Amesbury, and Newburyport, MassDOT has announced that the bridge design will include a bicycle and pedestrian path along the bridge that will connect to roads and paths along both sides. For the first time in Massachusetts' history, an interstate highway bridge will have bicycle and pedestrian access."

"MassBike spoke up at a public meeting and worked with community members and MassDOT officials to help bring a voice for bicyclists. Local advocates and officials took a lead role in making sure that MassDOT understood the importance of including bicycle and pedestrian access in the design. As one of the five 'mega-projects' in the Accelerated Bridge Program, this will be an important step in not only linking communities, but also encouraging bicycle infrastructure on other bridge redesigns across the state. It sets an important precedent and we hope to see other innovative bicycle and pedestrian designs as the program continues. With the Accelerated Bridge Program's goal of fixing over 200 bridges in Massachusetts, the Whittier Bridge is just one of many bridges that MassBike has been working on for bicyclists..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2b92nmg


-> In a Nov. 8th Capital Times article, Steven Elbow wrote "After writing a story on bicyclists and their uneasy relationship with motorists in July, I found it to be a hot-button topic that generated hundreds of responses. The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is hoping to cool the issue down with an educational campaign aimed at bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians. In short, the group wants to help us all get along."

"Getting off the ground next year, the Share and Be Aware campaign, one of 56 state Department of Transportation-funded bicycle initiatives announced in October, will dispatch about a half-dozen 'bicycle and pedestrian ambassadors' to try to build a grassroots network of safety trainers to deliver introductory classes dealing with bike, pedestrian and motor vehicle safety."

"The ultimate goal, the federation says, is to cut down on crashes involving bikes and pedestrians. In 2009, there were 1,212 car-pedestrian accidents reported, and 1,022 car-bike crashes. The initiative will also include media messages, safety events and training programs to teach police officers about bicycling and pedestrian laws, as well as teaching bicycle handling skills to children and adults..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2d7hqso
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Title: "Crime and Courts: Bike Fed plans to launch educational campaign for peds, bikers, drivers"
Author: Steven Elbow



-> According to a Nov. 4th NY Times article, "Seven years ago, Leony Calderón felt much older than her 30 years. 'My joints hurt so much, it was hard to go up stairs,' Ms. Calderón said last week at her office at the Greater Humboldt Park Community Diabetes Empowerment Center. Dangerously overweight, she stopped menstruating, had high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic. She knew something had to be done. Humboldt Park, where Ms. Calderón lives and works, is the heart of Puerto Rican life in Chicago. It is also, as researchers from the Sinai Urban Health Institute discovered, the site of a full-blown diabetes epidemic. A survey conducted by Sinai and local community leaders from 2000 to 2006 showed that 21 percent of Puerto Ricans in Humboldt Park were diabetic, compared with 4 percent of Mexicans living in the same neighborhood and 11 percent of Puerto Ricans in New York City..."

"Knowing that a problem exists, of course, is only one step. The challenge for underserved communities like Humboldt Park is to keep it from getting worse. 'You can get a patient the exams they need for their diabetes, but in order to bring things under control, they have to exercise and eat the right food,' said Romana Hasnain-Wynia, director of the Center for Healthcare Equity at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 'They need to feel safe walking outside, and they need grocery stores where they can buy fruits and vegetables.' Those are a few of the issues Humboldt Park activists hope to address with a new program called Block by Block. Part health-education campaign, part epidemiological survey, Block by Block encompasses the 72 blocks of Humboldt Park and offers residents free cooking instruction, support groups and exercise classes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25hed4u
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Title: "After a Study, Healthy Changes Block by Block"
Author: Jessica Reaves

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/29sxfp6


-> According to a Nov. 7th Beacon article, "With plenty of trails for walking and jogging, biking and rollerblading, Forest Park stands out as one of the nation's largest urban green spaces for recreation. It's also safe and well-maintained, factors that explain why people find it an inviting, carefree place for putting their hearts and limbs through robust exercise. But a research team from St. Louis and Washington universities found a different story when it surveyed conditions in many other area parks, particularly those in the city. The team looked at equipment, such as tennis courts, goal posts, slides and bike trails; it also reviewed physical disorders, such as garbage and graffiti. More than half of city parks were in the highest third for physical disorders, and only about 21 percent were in the highest third for good equipment, according to one of the researchers."

"One researcher, Cheryl Kelly of the School of Public Health at Saint Louis University, also was the lead researcher for a separate St. Louis study, which looked at walkability issues, such as uneven sidewalks and other problems that may discourage people from walking for exercise in the city. Although walking is viewed as an inexpensive way to exercise, it turned out to be much harder to do in black neighborhoods because their built environments did not support walking for recreation or transportation. Her study found that African Americans wanting to walk for exercise were a lot more likely to encounter uneven sidewalks, obstructions and physical disorder..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2btrdu5
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Title: "City parks and sidewalks play a role in health disparities"
Author: Robert Joiner


-> According to an Oct. 26th Reuters article, "Getting people to eat a healthy diet, not smoke, cut down on alcohol and exercise more could prevent almost a quarter of the some 1.2 million cases of colon cancer diagnosed each year, scientists said on Wednesday. Researchers from Denmark found that following recommendations on physical activity, waist circumference, smoking, alcohol intake and diet could reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer by as much as 23 percent. 'Our study reveals the useful public health message that even modest differences in lifestyle might have a substantial impact on colorectal cancer risk,' said Anne Tjonneland of the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology at the Danish Cancer Society, who led the study."

"Tjonneland and colleagues studied data on 55,487 men and women aged between 50 and 64 who had not previously been diagnosed with cancer and followed them for almost 10 years. Participants filled in lifestyle and diet questionnaires and the researchers created a healthy lifestyle index using health recommendations from the World Health Organization, World Cancer Research Fund and the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. These included not smoking, doing at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity, having no more than seven drinks a week for women and 14 drinks a week for men, having a waist circumference below 88 cm (35 inches) for women and 102 cm (40 inches) for men, and eating a healthy diet..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/266zcaf
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Title: "Healthy life could prevent 23 percent of colon cancers"
Author: Kate Kelland

Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/37hw3pu


-> "We can't put a sidewalk everywhere. You've got to stitch physical activity into where you spend your time."
-- Fay Gibson, Active Living By Design

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/29sxfp6

Q: What's the value in children being here their whole lives [in the neighborhood], and their families being here a long time before?

-> "The value is that they feel a comfort, they feel like this is home. They feel like, if they're outside playing, they're safer. They feel like there are people who are watching, and they're aware, because they're at their windows...they feel protected because there are people who have already shown an interest in who these children are and will tell their mother if they're doing the wrong thing...This way, they know they're being corrected with love, not 'I'll call the cops on you.' But really, trying to keep them on the right path..."
-- Hetty Fox, South Bronx neighborhood activist

Playborhood article: http://tinyurl.com/279zbzk

-> "Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities."
-- Stuart Brown, MD

http://tinyurl.com/23wr9zq Via Free-Range Kids: http://tinyurl.com/26756ah



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APBP is seeking letters of interest from cities in the United States or Canada interested in hosting the 2011, 2013 or 2015 Professional Development Seminar.

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/26lr2m5 (96KB pdf)

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

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

Presenters: TBD

Host: APBP

Cost: TBD

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

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

WEBINAR: "Making New Places to Play: Joint Use Agreements Between Schools and Parks"

Date: November 30, 2010, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Rich Dolesh, National Recreation and Park Association; Joanne Gooley, California Department of Health; Michael Shull, City of Los Angeles

Host: America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Cost: None

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/23phbl6

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

WEBINAR: "Bike Boxes"

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

Presenters: TBD

Host: APBP

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

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

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Upcoming Webinars http://tinyurl.com/28hn8kn -- Bike Sharing Programs: January 19, 2011 -- Complete Streets: Feb 16, 2011

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

Presenters: 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


Article by Kaczynski, Bopp, & Wittman; Prev Chronic Dis 2010;7(6). Volume 7: No. 6. November 2010

Issue Brief from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University, Fargo ND. October 2010 (general info and link to 346KB pdf)

"...Congestion Trends in the U.S. for July 2010 through September 2010;" FHWA. October 2010 (general info and link to 151KB pdf)

"...Evaluating Detectable Warning Systems;" NCHRP Report 670; by Rowe, Steiner, Lawler, KurthWiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; National Cooperative Highway Research Program, TRB. 2010 (general info and link to 11.9MB pdf)

"...2011-2016;" by Fiona MacColl et al, Australian Bicycle Council; for Austroads Ltd. Sydney NSW 2000 Australia; Austroads Project No. NP1575, Austroads Publication No. AP-C85/10. September 2010 (general info and link to 2.9MB pdf; free registration required)

."...Strategies for Maximizing Technology to Minimize Congestion, Reduce Emissions and Increase Efficiency" a White Paper by Transportation for America, ITS America, the Association for Commuter Transportation and the University of Michigan's SMART Initiative. October 2010 (1.3MB pdf)

Via Smart Growth Network: http://tinyurl.com/242wela

A weekly audio program featuring James Howard Kunstler, author of "The Geography of Nowhere" and "The Long Emergency." Tune into this podcast for running commentary on nearly all matters relating to transportation, planning, culture, and economic development. Warning: his humor is not for everyone. You can stream audio of the current episode and access the archive here:

Minnesota Department of Transportation Manual. October 2010 (4.5MB pdf)

Via Minnesota Active Living Network News: http://tinyurl.com/2c4tc2o

Report by National Center for Safe Routes to School in partnership with Children's Safety Network (CSN). October 2010 (1.7MB pdf)

Via Safe Routes Matters: http://tinyurl.com/27sjo8t

"...Experiences in Europe and the United States;" by Parsons Brinckerhoff; for FHWA; publication # FHWA-HOP-10-031. March 2010 (1.2MB pdf)

Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/276x27t


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:


-> November 14-17, 2010, 20th American Trails National Symposium, Chattanooga, TN. Info: American Trails

-> November 14-17, 2010, 1st T&DI Green Streets & Highways Conference, Denver, CO. Info: Transportation & Development Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers

-> November 17-19, 2010, Walk21 "Getting communities back on their feet," The Hague, the Netherlands. Info:

-> 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:

-> 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.

-> March 24, 2011, Florida Bike Summit, Tallahassee FL. Info: Laura Hallam, Executive Director, phone: (352) 468-3430; fax: (352) 468-3430; email: <laura@floridabicycle.org>, Florida Bicycle Association, P.O. Box 718, Waldo, FL 32694.

-> April 15-17, 2011, Filmed by Bike, Portland, OR. Info: Filmed by Bike

-> May 15-19, 2011, National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, Abingdon, VA. Info: The Partnership for the National Trails System

-> May 18-20, 2011, 3rd International Conference on Roundabouts, Carmel, IN. Info

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

-> June 20-22, 2011, Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference, St. Louis, MO.

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

-> August 21-25, 2011, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Seattle, WA. Info:


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!


WALKSacramento seeks a dynamic leader to make Sacramento and the Sacramento Region one of the nation's most pedestrian-friendly places. WALKSacramento's founding executive director is stepping down after ten successful years.

WALKSacramento advocates for walkable communities at all levels of government in the Sacramento metropolitan area. WALKSacramento initiated and leads the Sacramento Complete Street Coalition. WALKSacramento's programs include technical review of transportation and land use development projects and Safe Routes to School walk audits and recommendations. WALKSacramento is funded primarily through government and foundation grants as well as membership contributions. WALKSacramento has two full-time and two part-time staff.

The WALKSacramento Board of Directors is offering a part time position with salary negotiable. The Board is eager for the organization to be able to offer a fulltime salary; this is dependent upon the organization's growth.

Application Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2010

Details: http://tinyurl.com/27vtktv


The East Bay Bicycle Coalition is seeking an experienced and energetic professional with experience in developing, leading and managing a non-profit advocacy organization to join our team as Executive Director. We are hiring a full-time Executive Director to help lead the organization through its current period of transition and intense growth and beyond. The Executive Director will supervise the EBBC's paid staff, contractors, interns and volunteers on advocacy and programs related to the organization's mission. The Executive Director serves at the direction of the Board of Directors. Candidates should have experience with non-profit governance and organizational development, fundraising, advocacy, and transportation policy. The complete job posting and submission instructions can be found at:

Details: http://tinyurl.com/28z4qwr


This position serves as a staff member of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and KEEP, helping these programs pursue their goals and objectives. This position will work with the director and staff of KEEP as well as an advisory board to provide statewide leadership in the dissemination and incorporation of climate change and sustainable transportation education into Wisconsin's K-12 schools.

This position will be responsible for coordinating teacher workshops, collaborating with statewide partners, developing print and digital resources for educators, and organizing community service learning projects. Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred in Environmental Education, Energy Education, Natural Resources, Science Education, Education or a related field. Knowledge of climate change issues and resolutions, including sustainable transportation, desirable.

Qualified individuals must possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and work equally well communicating over the computer and in person. Candidates with website development skills strongly preferred. Experience in teacher professional development; working with diverse audiences; educational program development; and program assessment a plus. Candidate should also be familiar with word processing, spreadsheets, database, desktop publishing, and presentation software programs.

Send hard copies (no email) of a letter of interest; curriculum vitae or a resume; copies of transcripts; two letters of reference and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two additional references to the following address: Stacey Allen-Bannach TNR Building room 100, 800 Reserve Street Stevens Point, WI 54481.

Details: contact Sara Windjue at (715) 346-4163, fax (715) 346-4698, or <swindjue@uwsp.edu>. For complete announcement visit: http://tinyurl.com/24pbsfg

Screening of applications begins December 1, 2010 and continue until suitable candidate is found.


WalkSanDiego seeks a highly organized and outcome-focused Executive Director to lead and manage a regional pedestrian advocacy organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board President and is responsible for developing and managing the organization's $650,000 budget, supervising a paid staff of five, and contractors, volunteers or interns as needed. The salary range is $70,000-$75,000 with strong potential for growth. The position is full-time, with excellent benefits, including medical coverage, retirement contribution, and professional development opportunities.

The ideal candidate will have 7-15 years of diverse experience in one or more specialized areas of land use planning, transportation planning, marketing, business development, or public policy advocacy/implementation. A master's degree, law degree, or certification in a field of planning, transportation, or public health is preferred. Alternatively, candidates may have a strong background in marketing, communications, fundraising, and/or managing campaigns. Management experience, preferably in a nonprofit advocacy or community organization, is strongly desired. Bilingual Spanish is a plus but is not required.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/4yoazs


The Alliance for Biking & Walking seeks a full-time Advocacy Advance Program Manager. Based in Washington, DC, the manager will report to the Alliance President and work closely with League of American Bicyclists' staff to coordinate multiple components of the Advocacy Advance program, including training coordination, grant management and organizing outreach.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/22naqou


Posting Date: 09/30/2010; Campus

Job Description: Reports to the project manager. Supports the project managers and principal investigators with management activities on designated projects, including oversight of student research assistants and project consultants. Assists with the coordination and administration of programs and projects by conducting research; assisting with the analysis of data; assisting with the preparation of project reports, memoranda, and other work products; planning and coordinating focus groups, workshops, committee meetings, and conferences; assisting with content related to events and meetings; performing other related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements: Requires a bachelor's degree in city and regional planning or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of project coordination, organization, facilitation, report preparation and analysis, writing, and outreach. Requires at least two years of experience in relevant discipline to include experience in the field of transportation planning and policy. Also requires good communication skills and computer literacy. Master's degree in city and regional planning preferred. Experience and knowledge related to transportation policy and planning and expertise in the areas of transit planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and/or transportation operations/evacuation planning also desirable.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2be836y


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


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


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


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.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjyvhtc


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


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


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.

Current Vacancies

  • Director of Planning
  • Development and Membership Internship
  • Open Streets Project Manager



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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