#266 Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
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-> Our previous edition of CenterLines paid tribute to Congressman James L. Oberstar, longtime patron of and muse for our corner of the transportation world. That got me and the NCBW staff thinking about all those other people out there who we have met along the way; the people who, by the examples they set, cause us to elevate our sights and work harder. So as we approach Thanksgiving 2010 and you are thinking about the traffic on I-95, wondering whether your dog and your cousin's cat will get along for the day, or rehearsing your answers to grandma's inquisition into why you're not eating her turkey, please take a moment to fix your thoughts on those members of the bike/ped family who are tirelessly setting the table...for our successes.
In addition to people profiled below, we would also like to give thanks for people like Deidra Lemons; Principal Gary Anger; Ms. Piella's Third Grade classes; the three Fourth Graders from Hawthorne ES in Newark who wrote to their Mayor asking for safer routes to school; Terri Dumas and Sally Flocks; Leslie Meehan; Tiffany Robinson; Chanda Causer; and (of course) Tedson. Planning is like slow cooking it requires a great deal of patience but while you are in the kitchen you get to meet insightful, dedicated and wonderful people.
-> We became acquainted with Wendy and Charlene of Smart Coast in 2009, through the ALRC's Healthy Coastal Connections (HCC) project. The goal of HCC is to lay the groundwork, through advocacy, planning, and policy, for the establishment of a complete transportation network in the Mobile Bay area. Such a network, as envisioned, will provide safe, economical, and healthy transportation options for all residents of the region. For this project, we partnered with the Wonder Women of Smart Coast.
We've done our best to chronicle Wendy and Charlene's adventures and accomplishments in the pages of CenterLines and the HCC Travelogues; however, I'm afraid we will never capture the essence of these two people who, in Alabama, have been championing conservation, smart growth, better planning, healthier lifestyles, and a general move away from car-dependent living. And they've been winning: five Complete Streets policies -- and counting.
Wendy Allen is Executive Director of Smart Coast. The formative experience of her life came as she became a Baldwin County Commissioner-the first woman in the state to hold such office. Wendy's independence, integrity, and hard work won her the begrudging respect of her peers, and a second term from the voters of Baldwin County. All the while, Wendy was watching as the forests, fields, coastline, and wetlands of the county she loved, were paved over and developed.* Upon retiring from office she turned her attention to this challenge.
Charlene Lee is Program Director of Smart Coast. Charlene's formative experience came in the late 90s, when she saw that the children of Fairhope needed a park in their downtown. People told her the goal was impossible: there was no need, it would cost too much, and too many volunteers were needed. Fortunately for the children of Fairhope, Charlene wasn't listening: she raised the money in record time and she marshaled (gulp) 3 thousand volunteers for the cause. Today, the park is celebrated and utilized by all generations of Fairhope's residents.
Then Wendy and Charlene met. They established Smart Coast in 2002. In 2010, the Wonder Women both received AARP's Champion of Change Award. For the rest of their story: http://tinyurl.com/2em4qvx
For more about the Healthy Coastal Connection Project: http://www.activelivingresources.org/currentprojects2.php
* Alabama's state constitution prohibits counties from engaging in land use planning.
-> We met Darleen back in 2006, when the New Jersey city, where she is the public health nurse, was selected for our City Safe Routes to School demonstration project. Early on Garfield distinguished itself from a crowded field of deserving cities that had applied to host City SRTS workshops. I remember talking over the salient points of Garfield's application with Sharon: 2 miles square, 30 thousand residents, 60+ languages spoken at home, a childhood overweight/obesity rate of 25 percent, and few students walking to school. My conclusion: we must work with this community. Sharon needed no convincing.
And then we met Darleen Reveille, who is not so much an individual as she is a force of nature. This force was unleashed in 2005, when Garfield joined the Mayors' Wellness Campaign upon learning that its childhood overweight/obesity rates were above the national average. The leadership of Garfield formed a task force to meet this challenge. They called it F.U.N.
"We were able to bring together a wide alliance of private and public partners to form our multi-sector collaborative," recalls Darleen about F.U.N.'s origin. "It was very important to us to include the word 'Unity' so that all of our residents would see themselves participating in our activities."
The built environment and the goals of Garfield's leadership were a perfect match for a Safe Routes to School program: every school is a neighborhood school, every school is walkable, the City has crossing guards, only one road is four lanes wide, and-most importantly -- there is leadership.
For three days, we held workshops, community meetings, work sessions, and walking audits in Garfield. We consulted the experts: the city's third and fourth graders who showed us the dangerous spots, and the house where the chickens live. When we left town, we left the workings of a plan in Darleen's capable hands. She has not disappointed.
Since 2005, Darleen and the others she has enlisted in her cause (you don't say 'no' to her), have worked with the New York Giants, attracted media attention, established a SRTS Ambassador program, secured grant funding, and worked with parents who were out of their comfort zones. Today the children and adults of Garfield, New Jersey are moving thanks to Darlene.
It is amazing what can be accomplished with $500 seed money (the original budget of Garfield's wellness initiative in 2005) and a small group of committed individuals. Just like Garfield has gone on a journey towards wellness, so too has Darleen, who in her previous career was a nurse in a cardiac unit. There she saw the totality of lives spent moving too little and eating too much of the wrong kinds of food. So she entered public health in hopes of working with people so they would avoid that same fate.
This is short version of Darlene's story. For more about her work in Garfield, please explore these resources:
Garfield's Safe Routes to School website and GIS map
The ALRC's Case Story of Garfield
The ALRC's Report and Blog about working in Garfield
Garfield is recognized by the Healthy Communities Institute
An article about Garfield and 2009's International Walk to School Day
Darlene's New Jersey Senate Remarks
Program Highlights and Talking Points
-> I can't imagine a cooler job than what Blair Stapp and Mark Wills have been doing for the past six months in the small town of Greensboro, Alabama: they are AmeriCorps VISTA members whose job it is to get adults and kids onto bicycles. Their program, known as Bike Lab, was launched in 2009, in response to a need for economical and reliable transportation for many residents in a town that once owed its wealth to cotton.
Bike Lab's goal is to contribute to the empowerment of Greenboro's residents by matching them with bicycles, and by teaching them mechanical and manufacturing skills that will lead to employment. Bike Lab's VISTA members go about this in a number of ways:
-- The Bike Lab helps residents of the town of 3,200 by turning over its allen wrenches, chain whips, and work stands one day a week, after school, so people can work on their own bikes.
-- For a child, the lure of the bicycle is almost irresistible; as such, Bike Lab has established a partnership with the County's school system, so that students can earn bicycles for academic achievement.
-- Building and selling bamboo bicycles.
It is this last point that got my attention. I was aware of builders working with bamboo, but only at the top end of the custom bicycle market. Bike Lab's strategy is to develop a manufacturing process that uses local bamboo; that employs local residents to build the bicycles; and that finances the continued operation of the Bike Lab by selling mid priced bamboo bicycles. Brilliant!
Blair, Mark, and the other VISTA members are working with the Technology Transfer Center of the University of Alabama (UAB) to refine their manufacturing process. The Bike Lab has produced a number of prototype frames, with the tubes joined by carbon fiber wrap. They hope to use another locally sourced, sustainable material, and options are currently being investigated by UAB. Auburn University is chipping in by helping Bike Lab develop a marketing plan to get the bikes into the hands of eager cyclists. Of course, the big winners are those residents of Greensboro who will be learning how to build bicycles. I'm ready to move.
Obstacles remain: the neighborhood streets of Greensboro are fine for bicycling, but the state route that runs through the middle of town, and the nearby state highways that carry logging truck traffic, often have either little or no accommodation for bicycles. It is not uncommon for residents to bike 10 miles into town for groceries and other supplies.
Complete Streets, anyone?
Learn more about Bike Lab: http://tinyurl.com/23bhvhz
For the sights and sounds of the Bike Lab: http://tinyurl.com/3yon466
Read about the noble work of HERO (Hale Employment & Revitalization Organization)-the parent of Bike Lab: http://tinyurl.com/lj9sp5
-> According to a Nov. 8th news release, "On November 1st, Trips for Kids (TFK) and its Red Team of supporters won the CLIF BAR 2 Mile Challenge, a nationwide, six-month long campaign to fight climate change by encouraging people to ride a bike instead of driving a car for trips of two miles or less. Friendly competition among cyclists taking the CLIF BAR 2 Mile Challenge resulted in a $25,000 bonus grant to Trips for Kids. The bonus grant followed a $25,000 grant CLIF BAR initially made to each of the three nonprofits supported by the 2 Mile Challenge."
"Trips for Kids has earmarked a portion of the awarded funds to go to chapters in good standing to purchase needed equipment, and create information sharing and program materials. A portion of the funds will also be used to create new TFK chapters. TFK's winning CLIF BAR 2 Mile Challenge Team included 1,994 people, who rode an impressive 166,298 miles and saved 152,994 pounds of carbon dioxide by using their bikes instead of a car."
"'The CLIF BAR 2 Mile Challenge really motivated our community to get on their bikes to fight climate change. I am particularly proud of our Re-Cyclery staff, including 3 of our staff who were the top three high scorers on our team,' said Marilyn Price, Trips for Kids executive director. 'We also owe special thanks to TFK members from Veloreview who enthusiastically supported us every "pedal" of the way. We are so grateful to CLIF BAR for this financial boost that will help us reach out to our increasingly diverse community and inspire a new generation of cyclists.'..."
Source: http://tinyurl.com/34u57ms (852KB pdf)
The other participants were the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). Congrats to all!
-> According to a Nov. 18th Outdoors Alliance for Kids news release, "Congressman Ron Kind today introduced the Moving Outdoors in Nature Act (MONA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill supports federal, state and local strategies that connect children with the natural world. Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Kind, MONA will help get America's kids healthy and active by connecting children, youth and families with nature through natural play areas, outdoor recreation programs, public health initiatives, outdoor learning environments, service learning and other initiatives."
"The legislation will achieve these goals by:
"The Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) supports passage of MONA, a bill that will help to address the childhood obesity epidemic and shape a new conservation and recreation agenda for the 21st century. Comprehensive policy solutions like MONA are critical as today's children are spending less time outdoors in nature than any generation in history. At the same time, one in three American kids is overweight or obese; more than half of all children in the United States are deficient in Vitamin D; instances of attention deficit disorders are on the rise; and stress, anxiety and depression rates among youth are increasing..."
-> According to the November issue of the National Complete Streets Coalition's newsletter, "We're launching an exciting project that will combine the transportation expertise of the National Complete Streets Coalition with a powerful public health framework for creating healthier environments: Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change -- or PSE* for short."
"The Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using this model to fight tobacco use and obesity -- and many of the 52 funded communities have chosen Complete Streets as a primary policy initiative. We are excited to be partnering with CDC to provide technical assistance to these communities within the PSE framework."
"The 'Policy' piece of the three step process is pretty obvious: adoption of Complete Streets policies help create the political will to change the built environment to create a safe environment for active travel. We will be working with communities to help them draft Complete Streets policies through our interactive one-day Policy Development workshops. We'll also be reviewing proposed complete streets policy language and helping find the right avenue for its adoption..."
* For more on PSE, check out this Minnesota Dept of Health presentation (264KB pdf):
-> According to a Nov. 17th ALR announcement, "Active Living Research invites you to our eighth annual conference in sunny San Diego! The 2011 conference theme is Partnerships for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action. Visit the 2011 Conference Web site to learn more and register now at the early registration rate."
"The ALR Conference is a leading forum for investigators from over 20 disciplines to share findings and learn about the latest thinking, methods, and research on policy and environmental strategies to increase physical activity. It is the place to connect and collaborate with researchers and network with policymakers and advocates..."
-> According to a Nov. 22nd news release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) has announced the annual election of board members by its membership. Mark de la Vergne, Project Manager with Sam Schwartz Engineering, was elected to the Board as a new member. Craig Williams, AICP, Principal with LYKAH Consulting, and a founding APBP Board member, was welcomed back to the Board. Re-elected for another term were Judi Lawson Wallace, President, Wallace Consulting & Training, Inc. and Safe Routes to School Consultant in Winston-Salem, NC and Eric Anderson, Associate Planner -- Bicycle and Pedestrian with the City of Berkeley, CA Department of Public Works."
"Continuing board members include Jennifer Hefferan, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation; Jon Kaplan, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Vermont Agency of Transportation; Mary Anne Koos, Special Projects Coordinator -- Roadway Design, Florida DOT; Norma Moores, Senior Transportation Engineer at IBI Group in Hamilton, Ontario; Philip Pugliese, Bicycle Coordinator for Chattanooga, TN (host to the biennial 2010 ProWalk/ProBike® Conference); and Seleta Reynolds, Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers/Mirai."
-> In a Nov. 18th Grist article, Sarah Goodyear wrote, "When planners create spaces that don't work on a human scale, how can they be brought to life? A Japanese architect studying the problem in China sees mobile bike vendors as one solution. As discussed on the blog The Pop-Up City, architect Hiroyuki Shinohara has written about how people selling food and other goods use bicycles to follow their customers -- keeping their own overhead low and creating dynamic urban spaces in the bargain. Some of them even have cookstoves on the back..."
-> According to an article in America Walks' November E-Newsletter, "America Walks is collecting information about 'crosswalk warrants.' Can you help? Crosswalk warrants are the technical requirements a City Traffic Engineer refers to, when deciding whether or not to install a crosswalk in a particular location. Typical parameters include speed and volume of traffic, width and configuration of the street, locations of nearby pedestrian generators or destinations, locations of other crosswalks and/or intersections."
"One parameter that has caused consternation to some America Walks members is a requirement that, at some point during the day, 50 pedestrians per hour are observed crossing the street before the crosswalk can be installed. Clearly, there is a logical flaw here -- if a crosswalk is needed, it is likely that the street is too dangerous to cross without a crosswalk, hence there is very little chance 50 pedestrians per hour will be crossing. Maybe a more suitable warrant would be a petition signed by 50 residents living with 1-2 blocks of the proposed crosswalk location, stating they would use a crosswalk if it were installed."
Send your crosswalk warrant stories to <email@example.com>
-> The Velo-City 2011 Call for Papers has been released. According to a Nov, 16th European Cyclists' Federation announcement, "The motto of the conference 'The cycle of Life' refers to cycling as a part of everyday life and as a source of health for people of any age, with the capacity to generate more liveable cities and regions. Generally the Conference will treat the main issues of cycling policy. Special attention will be paid on cities, regions and countries that do not have a big tradition of cycling yet or have lost it during a couple of car-centred decades. These specific conditions, potentials and problems will be treated on the Velo-City Conference in Seville. The conference will be held in Spanish and English."
-> According to a Nov. 22nd news release, "Adventure Cycling Association today announced that its next long-distance cycling route will be Bicycle Route 66. Embracing the spirit of 'The Mother Road,' the new route will follow the famous corridor from Chicago to Los Angeles on roads appropriate for cyclists and, when possible, on sections of the historic highway. 'Route 66 was the overwhelming favorite among our members for a new long-distance route,' said Carla Majernik, Adventure Cycling's routes and mapping director. 'It's a legendary corridor and, for our route network, a critical link through areas where we have no routes, such as Oklahoma.'"
"Established 84 years ago in November 1926, Route 66 was one of the original U.S. highways, ferrying travelers and migrants between Chicago and Los Angeles along the 2,451-mile roadway. The route traversed Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, connecting major cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, and Los Angeles. 'The Mother Road' also flowed through small communities, which blossomed in the wake of the steady stream of travelers..."
-> According to the Nov. 22nd American Bicyclist Update, "The Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program joins the existing Bicycle Friendly Community, Business and State programs as the [League of American Bicyclists'] newest Bicycle Friendly America addition. Officially launched at the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike® conference in September, the BFU program promotes active and sustainable colleges and universities."
"The college campus is an ideal setting for bicycling and a natural fit for reaching institutional sustainability, health and livability goals. This program will guide schools to becoming more bicycle-friendly and award those with strong bike programs and infrastructure..."
-> According to the Nov. 22nd TRB E-Newsletter, readers "are encouraged to register and make your hotel reservation online now for the TRB 90th Annual Meeting, January 23-27, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Registration is required for all Annual Meeting attendees, including those who register to attend any workshop or utilize services provided onsite such as the shuttle and Employment Opportunities room. Annual Meeting registration is required to secure a hotel reservation. At the time of registration, you will have the ability to make your hotel reservation. Room blocks at Annual Meeting hotels are selling out quickly."
"Register before November 30th to take advantage of the lower fees, to obtain a hotel guest room, and to gain access to the Interactive Program containing full session and individual presentation information. Attendees may conduct searches by session title, paper title, keywords, author, and subject area to plan their personalized itinerary. Hotel room name locations are only included for registered attendees..."
-> According to a Nov. 19th Transportation for America blog entry, "If you take transit to get to work each day, come January you could be paying more out of your own pocket when the tax deduction for transit is cut in half. But drivers will keep enjoying the same great parking benefit -- nearly double what transit commuters will be eligible to receive."
"We don't think that's fair, and Congress needs to hear about it. Come January, if you spend more than $120 a month on your commute in a vanpool, train or bus, the federal government will be sending a message loud and clear: they'd like you to start driving to work, where you can get $230 for parking deducted from your paycheck tax free."
"A provision in the stimulus bill increased the transit benefit from $120 to $230, finally putting it on equal footing with the $230 parking benefit and extending this great benefit to everyone, whether they drive or take transit each day. But that provision is about to expire unless Congress votes to extend it during their December session..."
-> According to a Nov. 16th National Adademies news release, "The United States is missing significant opportunities to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries, and could save lives by implementing a more rigorous, comprehensive program that adopts successful safety practices from other countries, says a new report by the National Research Council."
"The committee that wrote the report reviewed traffic safety practices and strategies in high-income countries around the world and compared them with those in the United States. From 1995 to 2009, fatalities dropped 52 percent in France, 38 percent in the United Kingdom, 25 percent in Australia, and 50 percent in 15 high-income countries for which long-term fatality and traffic data are available, but they dropped only 19 percent in the United States."
"'There is a notable gap between traffic safety progress in the U.S. and other nations that deserves our attention,' said Clinton V. Oster Jr., committee chair and professor, Indiana University, Bloomington. 'The U.S. could learn from the effective strategies in place elsewhere to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.' Countries most successful at reducing traffic deaths had comprehensive safety programs that include improvement in road design and traffic management; regulation of vehicle safety; and regulation of driver behaviors regarding speed, alcohol and drug use, and seat belt and motorcycle helmet use, the committee found..."
-> In a Nov. 22nd Grist article, Charles Marohn wrote, "After graduating from college with a civil engineering degree, I found myself working in my home town for a local engineering firm doing mostly municipal engineering (roads, sewer pipe, water pipe, stormwater). A fair percentage of my time was spent convincing people that, when it came to their road, I knew more than they did."
"And of course I should know more. First, I had a technical degree from a top university. Second, I was in a path towards getting a state license (at the time I was an engineer in training, the four-year 'apprenticeship' required to become a fully licensed professional engineer), which required me to pass a pretty tough test just to get started and another, more difficult, exam to conclude. Third, I was in a profession that is one of the oldest and most respected in human history, responsible for some of the greatest achievements of mankind. Fourth -- and most important -- I had books and books of standards to follow..."
-> According to a Nov. 9th Seattle Times article, "A year ago Rodney Watkins, a garbage hauler with CleanScapes, pulled his truck into the North Transfer Station in Seattle and saw one of those very pricey Cannondale bicycles with all its expensive components ready to be dropped into the garbage pit. Why should perfectly good bikes become trash, Watkins wondered. And then he remembered a movie his children had watched, 'Robots,' where the chief robot's mantra was 'See a need, fill a need.'"
"From that grew CleanScapes' bicycle-recycling program, which at a Tuesday ceremony delivered the 400th bike to Bike Works, a nonprofit program that repairs bikes and provides them to disadvantaged youth. Money the program earns also goes to support youth programs. 'It's astonishing what people throw away,' said Chris Martin, president of CleanScapes, which provides garbage pickup in parts of Seattle and in Shoreline..."
-> According to the Nov. 17th Minnesota Active Living Network News, "Nice Ride Minnesota's first season came to a close in early November, but planning for next season is in full gear as on November 10, 2010, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota President and CEO Pat Geraghty announced a pledge of up to $1.5 million for the expansion of the Nice Ride Minnesota bike share system. This is a challenge pledge. If Nice Ride Minnesota secures other funding equal to two-thirds of the cost of added bikes and stations, Blue Cross will commit the other one-third, up to $1.5 million. As in Phase 1, Blue Cross will use proceeds from the historic tobacco litigation, not premium dollars, for this sponsorship."
"'We all know physical activity is important to our health and it's important that the healthy choice is the easy choice,' said Geraghty. 'That's why Blue Cross joined forces with Nice Ride Minnesota, so people could easily fit exercise into their daily routine. With the inaugural year behind us, we've seen how Nice Ride Minnesota is already transforming our community, and we're excited about the possibility of bringing the system to even more Minnesotans.'..."
-> According to a Nov. 12th Alaska Bike Alliance blog entry, "Students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School sometimes can feel trapped at the school. A new bike check-out program is giving those students a chance to have a little bit of freedom as they head to downtown Sitka. For those who haven't been to Sitka before, a little explaining is in order. Mt. Edgecumbe High School is a state-run boarding school and most of the 400-430 students are from small villages around the state. They come to Sitka to have access to classes they might not be able to get at home."
"The Mt. Edgecumbe High School campus is located on Japonski Island, across the O'Connell Bridge from Sitka on Baranof Island. It's not really that far, about a mile or two, but sometimes that can be a little too far to walk, especially if you have to be back in the dorms by a certain time. Anyway, the school had several older bikes that had been collected over the years. But they were in poor repair and many of them weren't safe to ride. Mt. Edgecumbe High School partnered with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion and Injury Prevention programs and with Island Fever Diving and Adventures/Sitka Bike and Hike to get the bikes fixed up and safe for students to check out..."
Note: the article was picked up by the Juneau Empire. Nice going, Alaska Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance! http://tinyurl.com/28ux2ts
-> According to a Nov. 25th* Herald-Chronicle article, "U.S. Highway 75 was closed to traffic for three days last week while TL Enterprises, Inc. installed a pedestrian bridge on the Flint Hills Nature Trail, north of the U.S. 75 and K-31 junction. The 180-foot bridge was delivered in four pieces, which were put in place Friday with a large crane. The bridge, built by Contech Bridge Solutions, Inc., Fort Payne, Ala., was constructed to handle pedestrian traffic and light vehicles with a maximum load of 10 tons..."
-> According to a Nov. 22nd KERO ABC23 story, "An Oildale neighborhood is getting some much needed improvement. County crews have been on the job for more than a week, but much of this area has been without sidewalks ever since the homes were built, some more than 50 years ago. 'It's a great upgrade to this neighborhood and it might give people the incentive to clean up around here a little bit,' said Gary Mansfield, resident..."
"County officials said this funding comes from local transportation bond money because the area does not qualify for state-assisted funds such as the Safe Routes To School Grant. 'It's the jobs, that's what tickles me to death, these guys are working making a buck. Instead of drawing unemployment or doing without. That's a positive thing to me,' said Fred Cline, resident. The project, which was approved a year and a half ago, cost about $735,000 and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the year..."
-> According to a Nov. 13th Minneapolis/St. Paul Star-Tribune article, "For Mark Fenton, a former world-class race walker and an engineer who travels the country energetically pushing health-conscious urban design, the development choices that cities make are literally life and death. Americans are killing themselves with inactivity and poor diets, he told officials from Bloomington, Edina and Richfield last week. Cities must make it easier for people to walk and bike as part of their daily routine."
"The mayors, council members, engineers and public health officials in the group were receptive. But Fenton never met Richfield homeowner Cheri Wright, who isn't crazy about the bike and walking path built across her side yard on W. 75th Street this summer. Wright said she likes to walk, but she doesn't see the need for a trail through her rambler-filled neighborhood. 'I can understand going around lakes or around a pretty area, but why would you want to just go around a neighborhood?' Wright asked..."
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/23lfx2o
-> According to a Nov. 23rd Commercial Appeal article, "Judging by what happened to the restaurants and sidewalk food vendors at 'New Face for an Old Broad' last weekend, Memphis has an appetite for pedestrian- and bike-friendly business districts. So many people flocked to the event, the food ran out. 'It exceeded our expectations and then some,' said Emily Trenholm, director of the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis, whose Livable Memphis joined the Historic Broad Business Association and Memphis Regional Design Center to organize the event. Livable Memphis estimates 13,000 people came. The business association estimates 16,000. 'There were so many people they had to stand in the bike lanes instead of the sidewalk,' said Charles 'Chooch' Pickard, executive director of Memphis Regional Design Center. 'A huge success.'"
"Part demonstration project, part festival, 'New Face' temporarily re-engineered the three-block district to show what a more walkable, bikable commercial district could be like. Volunteers painted lines on the asphalt to create on-street parking that slows traffic and used the parked cars on both sides of Broad to protect new, temporary bike lanes. They also set out planters of 10-foot cedars and antique light poles in the street to beautify Broad and calm traffic. 'It was probably one of the best things to happen for my business,' said Katelynn Meadows, owner of Sweetly...The Alliance for Biking and Walking has given Livable Memphis a $25,000 matching grant for permanently engineering the bike lanes through the Broad District and beyond."
-> According to an article in the Nov. 19th edition of Quick Release, "MassBike, along with other transportation advocates, has been working closely with the [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority] to revise their bus driver training to better prepare drivers for interactions with bicyclists, and earlier this week, MassBike Executive Director David Watson participated in the first of these trainings. We are happy to report that the new training is a vast improvement over past policies and should go a long way to making bicyclists safer on the roads..."
"Our earlier post about MassBike's collaboration with the T and other advocates (including LivableStreets Alliance, Boston Cyclists' Union, and representatives of the cities of Boston and Cambridge) to improve the training. The result of our efforts is a full day training and evaluation that thoroughly covers bus driver-bicyclist interactions and safety. During the training, a bus driver will review past incidents, participate in a classroom session with a bicycling advocate present to answer questions, go through a number of bicyclist-driver simulations, and finally be tested through road evaluations. The end result should be a bus driver who is knowledgeable and well-prepared for operating a bus safely around bicyclists..."
-> According to a Nov. 14th Bee article, "Hundreds of miles from home, deep in central Mexico, Teri Duarte saw what she hoped might be the future of Sacramento. Duarte, who runs Sacramento County's nutrition program for mothers, infants and children, was in Guanajuato, Mexico. That vibrant city, once a center of the Spanish empire's silver mining industry, has only one street for cars in its central district -- one lane in each direction. Almost everything that happens in Guanajuato happens on foot."
"'It is a pedestrian community,' Duarte said. 'The senators walk to their jobs, the housemaids walk to the church, you pick up your dry cleaning on foot. It's quiet. It's socially connected. You can't step onto the street without running into someone you know, which creates safety and social connections.' Duarte knows that Sacramento will never look like Guanajuato. But since returning from that trip, her life's mission has been to make her hometown, and the greater Sacramento region, friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists and less dependent on the automobile..."
Via RWJF Public Health News digest: http://tinyurl.com/2w8lhg3
-> According to a Nov. 6th Daily Tidings article, "Only about 7.5 percent of Ashland's population is comfortable with the current bicycle network, but if bike routes were improved, about 60 percent of residents might take to cycling regularly, a Portland engineering firm estimates in a recent study. The researchers found there are three types of cyclists in Ashland, as in Portland and many other cities nationwide, according to the Oct. 14 study by Kittelson & Associates Inc."
"The first type, which makes up only about .5 percent of the population, is 'strong and fearless,' and will bike regardless of road conditions. Then there are 'enthused and confident' bikers, about 7 percent of residents, who are comfortable with the current bike network. The largest group of cyclists, about 60 percent of the population, are "interested but concerned" about the safety of the existing bike network..."
-> According to a Nov. 23rd We Love DC article, "'Pedestrian, bus is turning,' is the new warcry of the average DC Metrobus. Starting this Fall, you might have heard this on a few of Metro's test buses, but now they're rolling it out across the city in a pilot program. As soon as the operator of a Metrobus turns the wheel 270°, the bus will announce inside 'Caution, look both ways' and the speakers outside will announce, 'Pedestrian, bus is turning,' to warn people near the now-turning bus. Now, I'm not sure why an after the fact warning is necessary, once you've turned the wheel of a metrobus 270°, you're already well into the turning process, but it'll certainly be a lot more audible than the already loud buses..."[includes video!]
-> According to a Nov. 15th Macon Telegraph article, "Baldwin County officials are working to build a vibrant community where children can safely bike to school, then eat nutritious snacks they've grown themselves. That's part of the idea behind Live Baldwin Healthy, a collaborative effort to get children eating better food and exercising more. That, in turn, will prevent children from getting fat and give them a lifetime of health, said Jim Lidstone, director of the Center for Health and Social Issues at Georgia College & State University."
"Lidstone said at least 30 percent of Baldwin County children are obese. One study took skin fold measurements in children aged 9 to 11. 'It found that 52 percent of the girls and 61 percent of the boys were classified as either moderately or very overweight,' he said. Groups working with Live Healthy Baldwin are trying to build a pathway under three highways that have cut the city's schools off from most of the neighborhoods. Long term, the community hopes to build an additional 14 miles of trail in town, as well as about 33 miles that could connect Milledgeville to Macon..."
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/23lfx2o
-> "When you introduce a little uncertainty, and no one's sure what the rules are, the driver becomes human again."
-> "We're working to get more nutritious breakfasts and lunches and snacks into school lunchrooms so that you have more fresh fruits and vegetables in school and less sugar, fat and salt. We're trying to get kids to exercise more every day -- at recess, at gym, and by walking and biking to school and maybe doing some more stuff at home."
-> "...There will never be a technological device that imparts common sense when it comes to safe driving. That's why our anti-distracted driving campaign has focused on raising awareness, getting good laws on the books, stepping up enforcement, and most importantly, taking personal responsibility. No one should need a piece of technology in their car to tell them that talking or texting while driving is incredibly dangerous..."
-> "If kids are having high blood pressure or heart disease when they're 19 or 20 years old, you're not going to have a work force out there. All the studies that show kids perform better when they exercise...That's the work force you want."
-> "Instead of living large in sprawling suburban dwellings, stuffed with shopping center purchases, more folks will turn to renting apartments or smaller houses, preferably closer to where they work. Balancing checkbooks requires paring utility bills and especially transportation costs for car loans, fuel, auto insurance as well as auto maintenance and repairs."
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SIGN SEEN AT A PHOENIX (AZ) GOLF COURSE:
"For your safety, walking, running, and recreational activity is prohibited. Thank You"
WEBINAR: "Safety and Operation of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (HAWKs)"
Date: December 2, 2010 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
Presenters: Kay Fitzpatrick, Texas Transportation Institute - Texas A&M University; Richard Nassi, Tucson Department of Transportation (retired), George Branyan, District Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.; Mike Cynecki, City of Phoenix, AZ
Host: Transportation Research Board
Cost: Free for employees of TRB sponsors; other sites: $99 per site.
Contact: Reggie Gillum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-334-2382
WEBINAR: "Pedestrians and Transit"
Date: December 6, 2010, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Presenters: Dan Nabors, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
WEBINAR: "Top Ten SRTS Engineering Treatments"
Date: December 14, 2010, 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: Mike Cynecki, City of Phoenix; Bill Schultheiss, Toole Design Group
Hosts: America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Contact: Michelle Gulley <email@example.com>
WEBINAR: "Bike Boxes"
Date: December 15, 2010, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST
Cost: $50/site for APBP members, $75/site for non-members
Contact: Debra Goeks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Upcoming Webinars http://tinyurl.com/28hn8kn br> -- Bike Sharing Programs: January 19, 2011 br> -- 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
-> "DFT SHARED SPACE PROJECT STAGE 1: APPRAISAL OF..."
-> "CANADIAN CHILD- AND YOUTH-FRIENDLY LAND-USE..."
-> "SCHOOL POLICIES AND PRACTICES TO IMPROVE HEALTH..."
-> "LIVABILITY IN TRANSPORTATION GUIDEBOOK..."
-> "MAINTAINING DIVERSITY IN AMERICA'S TRANSIT-RICH..."
-> "ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: THE PREVALENCE AND IMPACT..."
-> "FIELD TEST ON VISIBILITY AT CYCLE CROSSINGS AT NIGHT"
-> "THE ECONOMIC COST OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN FLORIDA"
-> "TRANSFORMING AUSTRALIAN CITIES FOR A MORE..."
-> "ACHIEVING TRAFFIC SAFETY GOALS IN THE..."
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-> January 23-27, 2011, TRB 90th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info:
-> 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: email@example.com.
-> February 22-24, 2011, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Info: Active Living Research
-> March 8-10, 2011, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC. Info: League of American Bicyclists
-> March 24, 2011, Florida Bike Summit, Tallahassee FL. Info: Laura Hallam, Executive Director, phone: (352) 468-3430; fax: (352) 468-3430; email: <firstname.lastname@example.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.
-> July 28-30, 2011, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, Whistler (BC) Canada. Info: Center for Transportation Studies, Univ. of Minnesota.
-> 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!
-> JOB -- DEV. OFFICER -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB (WA)
Cascade's Development Officer is the frontline fundraiser for individual and foundation giving who works to increase contributed income through membership and donations. S/he is an advocate for the organization who enjoys spending a substantial portion of her/his time building relationships with donors or prospective donors through meetings, phone conversations and events.
Send cover letter and resume to <email@example.com> with "Development Officer" in the subject field.
Deadline: Position open until filled.
-> JOB -- DEV. DIRECTOR -- ACA, MISSOULA, MT
Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, well-organized, and goal-oriented person to serve as our leader on development and fundraising. This is a unique opportunity to grow the resource base for North America's largest bicycling membership group, at a time when our members and donors are becoming more supportive than ever of Adventure Cycling's mission and project work. We seek a team player who loves to raise (and help others raise) financial resources for good causes -- in our case, bicycling and bicycle travel. The position is based at Adventure Cycling's headquarters in beautiful and friendly Missoula, Montana.
GENERAL SUMMARY: Plans, coordinates, and implements all development and fundraising activities for Adventure Cycling Association. Duties include managing all aspects of our major donor cultivation and solicitation, grant research and writing, developing and tracking quarterly appeal letters, and promoting and managing planned gifts. The Development Director will be supported by a full-time Development Assistant and support staff throughout the organization. The director will also work with a Development Committee, made up of members of the Adventure Cycling Board of Directors and select volunteers.
-> JOB -- PART-TIME PGM ADMINISTRATOR -- PEDS, ATLANTA (GA)
PEDS is a nonprofit, member-based advocacy organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians. We educate drivers about their responsibilities to pedestrians and promote pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and increased enforcement of laws that protect pedestrians.
Position: Program Administrator
Job Function: The Program Administrator coordinates membership activities, including outreach and renewals, managing the database and acknowledging contributions. Assists in updating website content regularly. Updates and manages digital photo collection. Recruits and coordinates volunteers. Performs other duties related to the core work of PEDS as assigned by the President or Director of Community Education.
Education: Minimum 2 years of college required. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
Experience: Familiarity with membership or donor programs preferred. Experience working with non-profit or community organization a plus.
Skills: Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong computer skills required, including proficiency with Word, Excel and database programs. Spanish speaking ability a plus.
Compensation: $10-$12/hr, depending on experience. 15-20 hours/wk. Flexible hours, daytime and weekday only.
To apply, Send resume and cover letter specific to this job by email to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> JOB -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- EAST BAY BICYCLE COALITION, OAKLAND, CA
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:
-> JOB -- SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ED SPECIALIST -- WI CTR FOR ENV ED & KEEP
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.
Screening of applications begins December 1, 2010 and continue until suitable candidate is found.
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- WALKSANDIEGO
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.
-> RESEARCH PROJECT COORDINATOR -- VOORHEES TRANS CTR, NEW BRUNSWICK (NJ)
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.
-> 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 <email@example.com> 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.
-- Manage a three-person team including one policy and two organizing staff.
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
-> INTERNSHIPS -- FULL + PART-TIME POSITIONS -- RTC
Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Internships:
-> 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.
-> 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.
-> 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.
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