#269 Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
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On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. Crystal-balling 2011 we see a lot of sharp rights followed by some sharp lefts with curves, bumps and wipeouts in-between. We will do our best to keep you apprised of federal, state, and local transportation legislation, as well as relevant aspects of health, energy, housing policy and funding sources. We also pledge to keep you inspired by sharing your success stories, milestones and challenges. The year will undoubtedly be marked with many calls to action. Best advice is to stay informed. Share CenterLines with a friend and if you have a story to share send it to us at email@example.com.
-> The first big story out of Washington DC for the new year is a proposed rule change for how the 112th Congress appropriates federal transportation monies, and how much is appropriated. Many in the Federal transportation policy game expected the new Congress to take a shot at transportation spending, but this came from an unexpected direction. Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, does a fine job explaining the possible repercussions for bicycle and pedestrian programs of the proposed rule change. It's a good read...
Meanwhile, on the revenue side of the Federal ledger... the U.S. Public Interest Research Group releases a report that debunks the myth that roads pay for themselves through the gas tax. The gas-tax-is-a-user-fee argument will (likely) be oft-heard from many quarters in this new session of Congress, as all transportation interests attempt to lay claim to what remains in the Highway Trust Fund.
Streetsblog Capitol Hill's analysis of the new report:
NCBW staff, Mark Plotz, in particular, looks forward to reading this new report: "I am particularly interested in the release of the bike jersey pocket-sized version-which I plan to laminate-so I can have ready charts and talking points for my stoplight and drive-by debates with drivers over the 'user-fee/gas tax' issue."
For the history buffs in our audience, FHWA gives us a cheeky and highly readable account of the origins of the Federal fuel tax http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/gastax.cfm
-> According to the Dec. 20th edition of the Transportation Research Board's E-Newsletter, "Congressman James L. Oberstar is the 2010 recipient of the George S. Bartlett Award. The award will be presented during the Chairman's Luncheon on January 26, 2011, at the TRB 90th Annual Meeting, January 23-27, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Oberstar will be honored for his tireless work to improve safety and efficiency for the traveling public, and for his championship of increased investment in the nation's highway and transportation infrastructure throughout his long career."
"The George S. Bartlett Award was established in 1931 by a group of friends of George S. Bartlett to perpetuate the spirit of friendship and helpfulness that he brought to his work in the highway field. The award is conferred annually on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to highway progress. The recipient is selected by a Board of Award composed of one representative each from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and the Transportation Research Board..."
-> According to a Dec. 13 announcement, "D.C.-based nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) hand-delivered 51,377 signatures to AAA headquarters today, demanding AAA rescind its position to kick trail, walking and bicycling programs out of the federal transportation trust fund. Sixty-five percent of signers are AAA members. More than 25 RTC supporter-cyclists joined RTC leaders and local Florida bicycle and pedestrian advocates on a ride from OutSpoke'N Bike Shop in Lake Mary, Fla., to AAA headquarters in Heathrow, Fla., to deliver the petition. The ride was on the federally funded Seminole Wekiva Trail -- a trail in AAA's front yard that, ironically, was developed using the same funding programs AAA would eliminate."
"RTC launched this national petition in September to shine a light on AAA's damaging lobbying that calls for taking dedicated money from programs like Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School, and diverting it for highways and roads. Currently, these programs receive just 1.5 cents on the surface transportation dollar, yet they provide communities across the country tremendous health, economic and transportation benefits..."
-> According to an article in the January issue of Esquire, "At a ribbon cutting in Union Square, New York City's Department of Transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, walks the politician walk, four steps and your arm is grabbed, five more and you are spun into a circle of pearls and L'Air du Temps. The commissioner has Anna Wintour hair, a tight face, and a tan, thin body that does not look fifty but mid-thirties, sexy. She wears wraps over sleeveless dresses and when they fall away during rousing handshakes there is a toned yoga shoulder exposed, brownish and unabashed."
"She smiles a lot, half like a lady and half like a man. Today, before her speech in Union Square, she admires one of her trademark swaths of pedestrian play zone. It's a strip of epoxy gravel spotted with metal tables and chairs and slotted between the sidewalk and the street, and appropriately it feels like a hybrid of the two. Repurposed planters with pastel hibiscus protect the pedestrians from traffic, and on the flip side of the cars is part of Sadik-Khan's empire of new bike lanes. The commissioner loves bikes. The new plaza has been up only a few days and already it's peopled with iPad readers and texters and nearby business employees having their before-work coffee..."
-> According to a Dec. 22nd Bicycle Newswire article, "The President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) has chosen Marilyn Price to receive a 2010 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals who improve the lives of individuals within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs."
"Longtime environmentalist and bicycle enthusiast Marilyn Price uses her passions to improve the lives of at-risk children. In 1986, Price founded Trips for Kids (TFK), a nonprofit organization that opens the world of cycling to at-risk youth through mountain bike rides and Earn-a-Bike programs. Today the organization has more than 70 chapters located throughout the United States, Canada and Israel."
"'It is our pleasure to present this award to Marilyn Price,' says Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. 'Physical activity and good nutrition are important components of living a healthy lifestyle, and we are pleased to recognize individuals like Marilyn Price who are committed to making a difference and positively influencing the health of their communities.'..."
-> According to a Dec. 27th Huffington Post article, "A national treasure is developing -- quickly. Largely under the radar during its first major decade of development, the East Coast Greenway (ECG) now has a 2,900-mile route stretching from Maine's border with Canada to Key West, Florida. It is the urban sister to the Appalachian Trail, yet only a fraction of the public know about it. The hundreds of thousand people that enjoy its segments are often more familiar with their local greenways than the whole ECG system. But all that began to change in 2010."
"What appeared to many as an insurmountable dream a decade ago is quickly becoming a reality. The steadfast few people in the mid-1990s who took on the visionary task of linking eastern cities by non-motorized, multi-use trail would likely be considered unrealistic by reasonable observers. At the end of 1999, only 2.5% of the corridor was designated, a mere 73 out of 2,900 miles. However, fast-forward to today, and the ECG as a safe and accessible route for all is becoming nearly inevitable..."
Via City Planning News Update: http://tinyurl.com/2ejf3vr
-> According to a Dec. 8th entry on the League of American Bicyclists' blog, "Bridges are critical links in transportation network. As veteran Seattle bike and pedestrian planner Peter Lagerwey says about all bridges, large and small: 'If you can't get across the bridges, nothing else matters.' Seventy?one thousand bridges in the United States are considered structurally deficient, with a major defect in structure or deck. These bridges will require replacement or rehabilitation. When that happens, bicyclists need to be ready to campaign successfully to have bicycle accommodations included in the project."
"Our latest Advocacy Advance report gives bicyclists answers to tough questions engineers will ask and tells the stories of current and successful bridge-access campaigns. How did advocates get a multi-use path included in the largest infrastructure project in South Carolina? How did Missouri advocates improve accommodations on three bridges? How are Boston advocates taking advantage of a $3 billion state bridge rehabilitation law to improve bridges for bicyclists?..."
To download the report (1.7MB pdf), go to: http://tinyurl.com/2cf8kb3
-> According to an article in the Dec. 17th American Trails e-Newsletter, "Pathways, like musical scores, can be 'played' by the user. Pathways that cater to children and families offer numerous benefits, including health promotion, play value, inclusion, engagement with nature, environmental learning, walkable and bikeable community connectivity, and growth of social capital. As populations increase and urban development continues, pathways will play a critical role as community assets. Designing them with children and families in mind is an important priority. PlayCore and the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) have partnered to develop Pathways for Play. An advisory committee comprised of American Trails leadership and board members contributed to the development of it..."
-> According to the Active Living Research website, "The eighth Active Living Research Annual Conference will be February 22-24, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego in downtown San Diego, CA. The theme for the 2011 conference is Partnerships for Progress in Active Living: From Research to Action, which recognizes the importance of engaging experts from multiple disciplines to address critical public health issues, especially active living and obesity."
"Strong partnerships among researchers, policy-makers and community stakeholders are essential for identifying and implementing promising, sustainable solutions that are relevant to the people who are most affected. The 2011 conference will highlight successful partnerships that have evaluated or implemented policy or environmental approaches for increasing physical activity, decreasing sedentary behavior or preventing obesity, particularly among children and families..."
Source and more info: http://tinyurl.com/2fdf7tj
-> According to a Dec. 31st FBA Blog entry, "What Richard Schwinn says about how bikes can cut cost of government: 'If you are a Republican, you would want to support cycling, because if you want to see the cost of living go down, then you get people out of cars and into cycling. If you expect America to succeed, to increase wealth, we have to get the cost of living down, so that we don't have to have such high wages in order for people to live a good life...Cycling is a key part of it. You want to reduce the cost of education? Get kids back riding bikes back to school. Because the number two budget item in the school budget is busing. Everyone is being bused, not for racial integration, but because the roads are too dangerous to walk or to cycle. If you fix the problem of the roads and safety for cyclists, you've now cut down the budget for schools. By the way, you've also cut down the budget for roads.'..."
Listen to the podcast here: http://tinyurl.com/2d6nnok
-> According to a Dec. 9th Sydney Morning Herald article, "Cyclists, it seems, are a recalcitrant bunch. The Office of State Revenue is chasing more than 31,000 unpaid fines issued for offences in the past five years. The overwhelming majority of penalties have been issued to riders for not wearing a helmet. The unpaid fines, which total more than $1.7 million, include riding on a footpath (if you are more than 12 years old), riding without a front white light or a rear red light, and riding without a working bell. Cyclists can also be fined for not holding on to the handle bars or riding too close to a car."
"The number of cyclists who have been fined has been decreasing from more than 13,000 in 2005-06, to 10,807 in 2007-08 to 8866 last financial year, the latest figures from the government's fine collection office reveal. The figures also show that in 2005 almost 10,000 cyclists were fined for not wearing a helmet but that number has dropped to 6537. All bicycle offences, including riding recklessly or running a red light, incur a $57 fine..."
Via Bicycle NSW e-news: http://tinyurl.com/2epdofz
-> In a Dec. 17th New Urban Network blog entry Robert Steuteville wrote, "An absurd story was reported this week -- a South Jordan, Utah, mother was cited for neglect because she allowed her child to walk to kindergarten. The child's bus route had been eliminated in cuts, and the mother was forced send him on his own -- outfitted with a bright orange safety vest. The child must cross a busy street with fast-moving traffic where the school is inconveniently located."
"As the Deseret News reports, the mother had the choice of sending the boy along the side of a road with no sidewalks but with an intersection with a crossing guard, or the side with a sidewalk and no guard. The mother felt it was safest to send him on the side with a sidewalk. A policeman picked the boy up, took him home, and issued the mother a ticket..."
-> According to a recent story on the Let's Go KC website, "In recent months a movement has started to relocate I-35 from Downtown to the West Bottoms, undoing one of the city's worst 1950s-era highway mistakes. MoDOT is planning to rehab the aging section between the state line and Downtown Loop, and several neighborhoods have seized the opportunity to broaden the conversation to include the idea of moving the freeway instead of rebuilding it. While MoDOT's first response is resounding NO, the KC City Council is considering a resolution asking them to at least study the idea..."
"Re-locating I-35 could have huge benefits for the city:
"Residents on the Westside have taken the lead on this vision, and have produced a compelling argument for thinking differently about how community could look in the future..."
Source (and links to more info): http://tinyurl.com/25boa4n
-> According to a Dec. 6th ABC-7 story, "Neon vests, reflectors, and most importantly, lights. When sharing the road at night, there are simple things cyclists can do to make themselves more visible, but some simply cannot afford it, and the city of Las Cruces is trying to help change that. In the dark, it is hard enough to see someone standing right in front of you, let alone riding a bike. But it is a risk many homeless are taking. 'In the last two years I've been hit twice,' Richard Luper, whose only mode of transportation is a bike, said. Brackets are empty on Luper's bike where he said lights should be installed, but said, he simply cannot afford them. 'It's been a disadvantage for riding a bike, ya know a lot of nights I just walk it,' Luper said."
"And Luper is not alone in the homeless community. Racks outside the Community of Hope are filled with bikes, all of which the Mesilla Valley Bicycle Coalition will soon equip with lights. 'They've got to be able to see you,' Rusty, a homeless bike rider said. 'This isn't for me to see what's in front of me, it's for somebody else to see me.' Homeless cyclists will receive their lights at the Community of Hope this Saturday, December 11th. 'Every year we have a lot of people who are homeless who die on the streets,' Pamela Angell, Executive Director of the Community of Hope, said. 'I think this gesture by the Coalition helps not only make the clients safer riding but also makes them realize there is some personal responsibility for their own safety too.'..."
-> In a Dec. 15th Mobilizing the Region article, Ya-Ting Liu wrote, "On Wednesday, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. announced the city was moving forward with the Downtown Crossing project, which will convert Route 34 from a 'highway to nowhere' to an urban boulevard that will reconnect the central business district with Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Medical District and the Hill Neighborhood. In doing so, the city will take the first step towards undoing a 1950s highway project that separated neighborhoods from downtown."
"The project was recently awarded $16 million from the highly competitive federal TIGER II grant program and earlier this week the Board of Aldermen voted to accept the federal funding, allowing the city to move forward with Phase I of the project, which will create 2,000 immediate construction jobs and 960 permanent jobs..."
-> According to the December CalBikeReport, "A count of bicycles passing 33 locations throughout San Francisco in August showed a 58% increase in bike ridership since 2006. Ridership increased annually by between 3 and 25 percent during that period. The gains are particularly noteworthy because they occurred during the 3-year period when San Francisco's updated bike plan was suspended under a court injunction. The injunction was lifted in August, freeing the city to move ahead with plans to add 34 miles of bike lanes to its 45-mile network..."
-> According to a Dec. 7th Press Democrat article, "Santa Rosa pressed forward with plans for a bicycle bridge over Highway 101 Tuesday after the outgoing council majority used a parliamentary technique to prevent the incoming majority from delaying the project. In essence, the old council blocked the new council from blocking further study of bridge. 'It is time to move this project forward,' Mayor Susan Gorin said."
"On a night normally reserved for non-controversial items and praise for departing council members, dozens of residents -- many wearing bicycle helmets and holding signs like 'Bridge = Jobs' and 'Bridge to the Future' -- filled the council chamber to support a long-promised project they believed was in peril. Last week, fearing that Sawyer was trying to derail the project, Gorin vowed to fill the council chamber with bicyclists and businesspeople supportive of the bridge. The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition made sure of that, and its members turned out in force."
Via the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition: http://tinyurl.com/ym43es
-> According to a Dec. 14th San Antonio Express-News article, "Cutting today's state budget will actually increase future government spending costs if not done properly. Examples aren't hard to find, but one of the most obvious and damaging examples involves programs affecting obesity, starting with the state's schoolchildren. Already, the costs associated with obesity are staggering. In a 2007 report, state Comptroller Susan Combs estimated that obesity costs Texas businesses $3.3 billion annually. That cost is expected to climb to $15.8 billion by 2025, including $8.8 billion in health-care costs."
"Combs reported that 42 percent of fourth-graders were overweight, according to a 2004-2005 study, and the trend is rising. 'From 1990 to 2005, the number of obese adult Texas rose form 12.3 to 27 percent,' Combs reported. A mountain of data is available to show the rapid growth of the problem and how it costs society by leading to diseases such as diabetes. Bringing the obesity rate down would go a long way in reducing chronic diseases and overall health care costs."
"The Partnership for a Healthy Texas -- a coalition of businesses, health care professional associations, and government agencies - is urging lawmakers to spare spending that will make Texans less obese and healthier when cuts are made next year to address the state's $20 billion-plus budget shortfall. The Texas Education Agency's Education Service centers employ health specialists, the coalition noted. Those specialists are working to help school districts provide a healthier environment and reduce childhood obesity. Additionally, the Department of State Health Services has about $1 million in obesity prevention spending in its current budget..."
-> According to a Dec. 17th Chicago Tribune article, "An elementary school in Danville has received an award for fighting obesity and praise from a former president. The honor for Northeast Elementary Magnet School comes from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation...Northeast increased weekly physical education from 100 to 150 minutes and provided a climbing wall for students to use during PE classes. It also started an evening program encouraging students and families to walk, jog and run on the school's outdoor track..."
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2wgkp2e
-> According to a Dec. 29th Alaska Dispatch article, "For years now, Fatback bike designer Greg Matyas of Anchorage has been telling everyone who will listen that fat-tired bikes aren't just for riding in the snow, and this summer it appears a government agency not exactly known for innovation took his advice to heart. The annual report for the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve 150 miles west of Anchorage reveals that Rangers for the sometimes hidebound National Park Service have turned to fat-tired bikes and pack-rafts, another invention in which a whole gang of Alaskans played a part, for patrolling the beach along the 4-million-acre park's Cook Inlet coast. 'The entire coast from Johnson River to the Chinitna Bay Ranger Station, about a 30 mile ride, can be traversed in a day by bike,' the report said..."
-> After 12 years of working to have this incredible facility built and opened, the Cal Park Hill Tunnel has finally become a reality. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition worked since its inception in 1998 to open the tunnel by collaborating with public agencies. Other local citizens, such as Jean Starkweather, had been laying the groundwork for an eventual re-opening of the tunnel for some 20 years prior. The tunnel is now open seven days a week from 5am until 11pm. The total length of the pathway is just over a mile; the tunnel itself is a short 1,100 feet. Riding between San Rafael and Larkspur now takes 15 minutes less if you use the tunnel route instead of continuing to the end of Anderson Drive and continuing down Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, and it will be faster to ride a bike between the two destinations than to drive in rush hour traffic.
"The Cal Park Tunnel was originally constructed in 1884 with significant renovations taking place in the mid-portion of last century. Originally designed to haul lumber and freight, and then later passengers, it was sealed shut in 1978 after a series of fires and structural collapses. Today it carries bicyclists and pedestrians between Larkspur and San Rafael. It is a key component in the North-South Greenway and is also part of the future SMART corridor with a planned station just behind the Larkspur Century Theater. Bicyclists and pedestrians are completely separated from the future train by a tunnel within a tunnel, and the tunnel includes cell phone access, security cameras, and emergency access points. The tunnel can be accessed via a pathway on the southbound lane of Anderson Drive in San Rafael, just across from the Home Depot, and just behind the Larkspur Century Theater in Larkspur (very close to the Marin Airporter)..."
-> According to the Jan. 4th Bike Walk Twin Cities E-Newsletter, "2010 was quite a year for measurement -- Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities, put in an impressive effort! With the help of 86 volunteers and staff, Bike Walk Twin Cities conducted counts and surveys throughout the year."
"-- 118 two-hour bicycle and pedestrian counts at 48 locations, including monthly counts at 5 locations
"Additionally, in 2010 we deployed six automated counters in Minneapolis and partnered with the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota for two Capstone Classes. The classes focused on analyzing non-motorized data collected by BWTC, the City of Minneapolis, and other partner agencies."
"This is a benchmark year for the bike walk program as TLC/BWTC and our pilot program partners around the nation prepare to submit this spring a draft report for Congress. This report will document the preliminary program outcomes. Data collected this year will be measured against the 2007 baseline. As we prepare to release our count data this month, it looks like we will have some great news, with bicycling and walking both on the rise..."
-> According to an article in the National Complete Streets Coalition's Dec. 22nd e-newsletter, "Complete Streets supporters in the Mitten State have much to celebrate as the year winds down, with six new local policies on the books across the state. On November 23, the Dexter Village Council unanimously adopted an ordinance to ensure all planned, designed, and constructed transportation projects are complete streets -- and that the Master Plan and Capital Improvement Plan will include, at minimum, accessible facilities for people traveling by foot or bike. On December 7, the Taylor City Council unanimously approved its own Complete Streets ordinance -- the fifth community in the state to do so."
"Four others adopted resolutions in the last month. Hamtramck, Michigan's most internationally diverse city, won the unanimous approval of its Complete Streets resolution in November. Thanks to the great work of Safe and Active Genesee County (SAGE), planners and engineers in Linden, a community south of Flint with a population of about 3,000 people, will now consider pedestrians and bicyclists in their transportation projects. On December 2, the Village of Mackinaw City proclaimed its unanimous support for Complete Streets and the economic and health benefits that come from routinely planning and building complete streets. Last, but not least, Disability Network/Lakeshore shared the good news that the City of Allegan in West Michigan had unanimously adopted its own Complete Streets resolution on December 13..."
-> According to the Dec. edition of the PEDS e-newsletter, "Walking to transit in metro Atlanta is unsafe. Research by the Atlanta Regional Commission this year revealed a strong connection between transit stops and the location of pedestrian crashes. Data showed that one fourth of all pedestrian crashes occurred within 100 ft. of a transit stop. Meanwhile, the region's on-board transit survey showed that three out of four transit riders walk to transit..."
"PEDS applauds the ARC for recognizing the regional significance of safe pedestrian access to transit. We are encouraging planners and elected officials to ensure that Plan 2040 and the proposed transportation sales tax include sufficient funding for sidewalks and safe crossings to bus stops. We also will encourage local and regional agencies to identify measurable objectives, budgets and timelines for creating safe crossings on multi-lane transit corridors..."
-> According to a Dec. 19th Hattiesburg American article, "By now, it's no secret that Mississippi is No. 1 in the nation in its percentage of obese children and obese adults...The Mississippi Office of Healthy Schools reports 40 percent of the state's children are overweight or obese. The Office of Healthy Schools finds 30 to 35 percent of the children in Forrest County are obese. In Lamar County, 30 percent or less are obese. 'We have children that are starting school at pre-K and kindergarten that are already in the overweight and obese category,' Stephanie Hoze, executive director of child nutrition for the Hattiesburg Public School District, told me earlier this year..."
"The good news is, some of our local schools are working to help children become fitter and healthier. This month, 11 of 13 Lamar County schools received the highest honors from the federal government for being healthy schools. Petal Upper Elementary School received a similar award earlier this year. All the schools had competed in the Healthier U.S. School Challenge, a voluntary contest that recognizes schools that participate in the National School Lunch program and create a healthier school environment overall. The schools had to exceed state and federal nutrition and physical education requirements to apply for the awards..."
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2am6zd8
-> According to a Dec. 21st KCAUTV/ABC9 story, "Little change is noted in the latest report on the percentage of South Dakota students who are considered overweight or obese. A state Health Department survey found that 32.7% of students in kindergarten through high school fit 1 of those categories in the 2009-2010 school year. That's down less than 1% from the previous year. Participating schools submit student height and weight data that is used to compile the results. About 30% of students in the state were included in the latest study..."
Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/2am6zd8
-> "Those earning less than $14,000 per year, after taxes, spend approximately 40 per cent of their take-home pay on transportation expenditures. This compares to 22 per cent for families earning between $27,177 and $44,461 annually, and 13 per cent per year for families making more than $71,900 per year."
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-> "Cities should develop a range of self-help kits that show residents how to address a range of issues, such as traffic and anti-social behaviour. Whenever residents complain about these issues they should be given the DIY kit and told to come back if the kit does not help them resolve the issue. Residents should not get physical design interventions in their street until they have demonstrated that they are taking civic responsibility. This probably means abandoning the Traffic Calming Department and calling it the Department of Civic Responsibility..."
-> "The principle of zoning -- literally creating a zone for one kind of use that excludes all other use-is based on a legal decision called Euclid v. Amber Realty. It's called the Euclid decision and most zoning in our region today is Euclidian zoning. The problem with the Euclidian principle is that it runs counter to what we know about sustainable land use-density pays. Euclidian zoning isn't necessarily anti-density, but it makes the mixed up uses that make density work harder to achieve. Putting uses together is beneficial in numerous ways, including aggregating demand for transit, saving energy, and reducing sprawl and infrastructure costs..."
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Date: January 19, 2011, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. EST
Presenters: Alison Cohen, Alta Bicycle Share; Julia Diana, City of San Antonio's Office of Environmental Policy; Bill Dossett, Executive Director, Nice Ride Minnesota
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WEBINAR: "Going High Tech with Safe Routes to School"
Date: January 25, 2011, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: Zach Noffsinger, Boltage; Rosie Stern, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Michigan Fitness Foundation; Michele Barrett, Walk Bike Berks
Host: America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
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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
"PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS" looks at pedestrians and bicyclists at major political events on Episode 167."
Contents of Episode 167:
--We look at planning for the largest pedestrian event in Washington history, President Obama's inauguration.
Episode 167 can be seen on blip.tv at:
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-> January 11, 2011 8:30am-4:30pm; "Trees and Development: Healthy Trees in Your Community" Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, Alabama. Info:
-> January 23-27, 2011, TRB 90th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info:
-> January 31-February 2, 2011, Smart Growth Tour: Big Cities, Suburbs and Small Towns, Old and New, Charlotte and Region, North Carolina with Dan Burden, Paul Zykofsky, and Dan Gallager. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
-> February 7-8, 2011, Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, CO. Info: Amy Morfas, Deputy Director Bicycle Colorado, phone: (303) 417-1544, x15; email: : 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 10-11, 2011, 2011 Transportation Planning, Land Use, and Air Quality Conference, San Antonio, Texas. Info: Transportation Research Board; contact: Christine Gerencher, email: <CGerencher@nas.edu>
-> 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.
-> May 25-28, 2011, 22nd International Cycling History Conference (ICHC), Paris, France. Info: French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research, Francis Papon, phone: 0145925705 ICPEF,INRETS/DEST/EEM, email: <email@example.com>, communication projects should be sent before February 1st, 2011.
-> 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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BIKE WORKS, SEATTLE, WA
Seattle's Bike Works is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to become its next Executive Director. Ideal candidates will provide the vision and leadership necessary to translate our mission and values into action while maintaining a supportive, growth-oriented work environment for employees and an energizing sanctuary for youth and the community.
Bike Works is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity of race, color, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation.
-> JOBS -- DEV. DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE COAL. OF GREATER PHILLY
Membership is at the core of the Bicycle Coalition's work of making bicycling better through advocacy and education -- financial support from individuals provides a reliable stream of unrestricted money for our work, demonstrates community support and members are our best advocates, volunteers and education ambassadors. We are seeking a Development Director to take us to new membership heights. Building on our success in doubling our budget in each of the last three years through growth in contracts, grants and events, we are looking for a leader to double our membership and increase gifts from major donors five-fold in two years.
The Development Director will manage all aspects of the Bicycle Coalition's fundraising, including leading a team of three staff, and will work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board leading our major donor campaign (to raise $250,000 in two years).
To use your fundraising skills to make the Delaware Valley a more livable community, and go to work each day knowing that your talents make the place that you work stronger and more effective, send a one- or two-page letter describing why you are the person for the job with a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Position available February 1. Applications accepted until the position is filled.
-> JOBS -- PROGRAM MGR -- MASS BICYCLE COALITION
MassBike, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, is seeking a full-time Program Manager. This brand-new role has broad responsibility including managing our education program, coordinating outreach activities, and participating in advocacy projects. The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director, and will work closely with both the Executive Director and the Development Manager. This position is based in our office in Boston.
-> JOBS -- ENGINEERS -- CITY OF AUSTIN (TX)
The City of Austin is hiring 2 engineering positions for sidewalks, trail, and bikeway design. These positions are with the Public Works, Neighborhood Connectivity Division (http://tinyurl.com/396xdln), which under one roof houses the City's Bicycle, Pedestrian, Urban Trails, Child Safety, and Neighborhood Partnering Program. Support for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations exist at all levels of the City government and implementation is happening faster than ever. This is an excellent opportunity to join a diverse and talented team in a faced paced environment.
Details: http://tinyurl.com/2aqls8c (Search for Job Requisition Number 067791)
-> 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- COORDINATOR, TRAILLINK.COM (PART-TIME) -- RTC, WASH, D.C.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a national nonprofit organization advocating healthier lifestyles by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, RTC is one of the most respected trail advocacy organizations in the nation with more than 150,000 members and supporters. After helping create more than 19,000 miles of rail-trail over the last 25 years, RTC has an ambitious goal for the future: by 2020, 90 percent of Americans will live within three miles of a trail system. RTC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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 TrailLink.com Coordinator is a part-time, temporary one-year position. The TrailLink.com Coordinator is responsible for supporting RTC's popular trail-finder website, TrailLink.com, in the areas of content development, site development and technical support. The position also interacts with RTC staff to ensure standards and timely updating of trail information...
-> INTERNSHIPS -- FULL + PART-TIME POSITIONS -- RTC
Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Internships:
-> 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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