#270 Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011


CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

----- America Bikes Board Meetings with Secretary Lahood
----- New Resources on Federal Nonmotorized Transportation Programs
----- A Transportation Lawyer Looks at Dr. Rev. King, Jr.
----- Actually Roads Don't Pay for Themselves
----- NHTSA Working to Fulfill New Ped Safety Enhancement Act
----- RTC is Looking for Rail-Trail Champions
----- Walk21 XII Call for Proposals
----- Request an Invitation to RTC's Urban Pathways Initiative Summit
----- E.P.A. Faces First Volley from the House
----- CDC Seeks Nominations for Obesity Prevention Initiatives
----- Guadalajara (MEX) Citizens Create Guerilla DIY Bike Lanes
----- 800 Million Parking Spaces Can Be Wrong
----- CNU's Emergency Response and Street Design Initiative
----- Revolution in Seville, Spain: 60K Bike Trips/Day in 3 Yrs

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Cascade Bicycle Club Gears Up for Wash. Leg Session
----- Critics Blast KY Gov't Obesity Proposals
----- Santa Barbara Bike Coal. Newsletter Editor Shifts Gears
----- Chicago Puts Road Diet to the Test
----- Portland (OR) Bike Plan Mired in Politics

----- Cost of Obesity Approaching $300 Billion a Year
----- Hamilton Co. (OH) Campaign Aims for Healthier Community

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by Mark Plotz

-> Last Tuesday afternoon, Secretary LaHood granted an audience to the America Bikes Board, providing us an opportunity to state our case for bike/ped in the next transportation bill.* Long before the Secretary made his tabletop rallying-the-troops speech at the 2010 National Bike Summit, those of us who believe in bike/ped as a community-building tool knew we had an ally in Ray LaHood. And not a shy one, at that.

So when we met with the Secretary we didn't have to pound our fists on the table demanding more TIGER grants for bike/ped. Nor did we have to justify -- to him -- the need for a continued Federal role in funding bike/ped programs. Note that I said 'to him' because while the Secretary mostly listened to us, he did take the opportunity to remonstrate to us that while our modes and our grassroots support should (intrinsically) give us an upper hand in any transportation policy debate, our success will depend on how well we make our case with Congress and the Administration. That insight may seem intuitive, but it also serves as a reminder to us advocates that Secretary LaHood is subject to the same limitations of any elected official: his vision can only take him so far before he must be backed up by constituents.

Two recently released studies will help us make the case for our worth: a CDC survey indicates that support for active transportation infrastructure is widespread; and a new study from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) reveals that, in a case study of Baltimore, developing a bicycle network created more jobs per million than road upgrades and street resurfacing. (We acknowledge that most communities probably require both types of infrastructure investment.)

CDC survey: http://tinyurl.com/4my7fjs (254KB pdf)
Jobs and bike lane study: http://tinyurl.com/6j7ptes (791KB pdf)

We thanked the Secretary for his leadership on the issues of livability, complete streets, Safe Routes to School and distracted driving; we also used the opportunity to discuss why a move towards performance measures could, at least initially, adversely impact bicycle and pedestrian programs.

We were good guests, no one stole any pens, and we have been invited back for another conversation once the Administration releases its transportation plan. Updates will follow!

* The America Bikes Coalition is: NCBW along with Adventure Cycling Association, Alliance for Biking and Walking, APBP, Bikes Belong, IMBA, League of American Bicyclists, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. America Bikes focuses on the Federal transportation bill and other federal policies that affect bicycling and walking. Our platform: http://tinyurl.com/34ujrbu (1.1MB pdf)

by Sharon Z. Roerty, AICP/PP

-> Several weeks ago an email from Christopher B Douwes, FHWA's Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, crossed my "desk." It contained links to updated RTP and TE guidance and well as Christopher's annual shoutout to those in the bike/ped world that continue to make invaluable contributions. We, at NCBW, thought there was a lot of good information to share, so we asked Christopher if we could turn it into a resource that would be available to everyone. He agreed, and now you can access the document here:


-> In a Jan. 17th MetroLaw Blog entry, Janine G. Bauer, Esq. wrote "Embedded within in our federal Constitution is the concept of a 'right to travel,' for one is not truly free and independent from tyranny unless one can leave, move about, or choose to stay put. The right exists against both public and private restrictions. Not surprisingly, transportation is often the focus of, and means to, greater societal change. Martin Luther King's rise to the national stage of the civil rights movement came about after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the middle of the bus on the evening of Dec. 1, 1955. She was ordered by the driver to take a seat at the back of the bus, when white riders boarded and needed seats. (The law in effect at the time divided the bus down the middle, with whites in front and blacks in the back. However, the line moved back if more whites boarded, and more seats were needed.) By refusing to give up her initial seat in the middle, Mrs. Parks violated the segregation laws governing the City of Montgomery's bus system at that time."

"She was convicted of the offense a few days later, however, the lawyers advising the NAACP, including Thurgood Marshall, felt that the state court process would mire an appeal. Her arrest had already ignited local outrage. At the same time, Montgomery's African-American community came together under Dr. King's leadership and that of other local clergy, including Rev. E. D. Nixon, who headed the local NAACP chapter, to form the Montgomery Improvement Association. This occurred at a mass protest held at the Holt Street Baptist Church on Dec. 5, 1955. Dr. King was a young minister in the City at that time, and Rev. Nixon felt that a fresh voice was needed to deal with the City fathers..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/67fztun


-> In a Jan. 4th DC.StreetsBlog entry, Tanya Snyder wrote, "You've heard it a thousand times from the highway lobby: Roads pay for themselves through 'user fees' -- a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls -- whereas transit is a drain on the taxpayer. They use this argument to push for new roads, instead of transit, as fiscally prudent investments. The myth of the self-financed road meets its match today in the form of a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group: 'Do Roads Pay For Themselves?' (http://tinyurl.com/27rw8jx) The answer is a resounding 'no.' All told, the authors calculate that road construction has sucked $600 billion out of America's public purse since the dawn of the interstate system."

"First, let's dispense with the idea that the gas tax - the primary source of financing for federal transportation projects -- is a user fee. 'If you go to a state park and pay the fee to get in there, that's a user fee,' report author Dan Smith, U.S. PIRG's transportation associate, told Streetsblog. 'If you're driving down the road and you have to pay the toll for driving on that specific road, that's a user fee.' But people also pay gas taxes to fill up their lawnmowers. And those lawnmowers don't usually end up on the highway. Just because you fill your tank doesn't mean you ever drive on the roads funded by the gas tax you pay..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2baa3gb

Via STREETHEADLINES: http://tinyurl.com/4t5ce5r


-> In a Jan. 6th FastLane blog entry, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wrote, "Have you ever considered the safety consequences of cars that are actually too quiet? On Tuesday, President Obama signed the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010. In this law Congress requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure that electric and hybrid car manufacturers add noises that alert the blind and other pedestrians. Because these cars operate so quietly, particularly at low speeds, they are involved in more accidents with pedestrians and cyclists who can't hear the vehicle coming."

"This problem is even bigger for the visually impaired who rely on sounds for guidance. Welcoming the new law, Mitch Pomerantz, President of the American Council of the Blind, said, 'As new vehicle technologies become more prevalent in the years to come, The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act will ensure that people who are blind will still be able to travel safely.' Because safety is our top priority, NHTSA has already been studying this problem in advance of the new law..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4adwf4z


-> In a recent announcement, the Rails to Trails Conservancy asked "Do you know a trail champion? Someone who has gone above and beyond in the name of rail-trails? To commemorate Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) 25th anniversary in 2011, we are pleased to announce the new Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions Award, and we're looking to you for nominations."

"Established through the generous support of the Doppelt family, this award program is designed to honor 25 individuals who have made significant contributions to the rail-trail community through their work, volunteerism or support. We are asking you to nominate those whose contributions have resulted in a successful trail or trail-friendly environment..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2f2grxp

The International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities
October 3-5 2011
Metro Vancouver, Canada

-> According to a Jan. 14th Walk21 Call for Proposals, "Over the past fifty years, cities around the world have been designed primarily for high-speed motor vehicle traffic, resulting in places where residents are often physically unable or have no incentive to walk to basic necessities. Increasingly, we are realizing that such places have a negative impact on health through physical inactivity; generate more greenhouse gas emissions; are more susceptible to rising energy prices; and are less able to retain their economic value."

"To address these major social, health, environmental, and economic issues, the key challenge of the next fifty years will be to transform these auto-dependent communities into places where walking is once again a viable and preferred option. The Walk21 Metro Vancouver partnership of community groups, health authorities, universities and governments is proud to present an international conference to discuss how car dependent communities around the world can take the next steps beyond the automobile city. Participants are invited to follow their heads, their hearts and their hands, and vote with their feet..."

For details, contacts, and to use the online submission form, go to: http://tinyurl.com/67vfg2j

May 24-25, 2011, Cleveland, Ohio

-> "Hosted by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Urban Pathways Initiative, this is a no-cost, invite-only summit dedicated to practitioners working to develop and encourage use of shared-use pathways in urban neighborhoods. Issues discussed will include trail amenities and programming, engaging low-income communities and communities of color, reducing crime and improving traffic safety to encourage trail use. Meet professionals working on similar projects in other cities and become part of a national knowledge exchange network. Read about our previous gathering in New Orleans. Limited scholarship money is available to cover travel and lodging costs for invited participants..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/4k3qdq4


-> According to a Jan. 6th entry in the NY Times' Green blog, "The newly empowered Republicans in the House aren't wasting any time making good on their pledge to throttle the Environmental Protection Agency. On the first full day of legislative business, House Republicans introduced measures on Wednesday to block the environmental agency's proposed regulation of greenhouse gases and new rules limiting toxic air emissions from cement factories."

"The bills represent what is certain to be a concerted effort by the new House majority to address what they consider to be burdensome environmental rules, part of a broader assault on what Republicans characterize as job-killing regulations from the executive branch. Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California and new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has asked lobbyists and trade organizations to identify the federal rules they would most like to see overturned, and the E.P.A.'s air quality regulations were high on the list..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2fz5nwx
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Title: "E.P.A. Faces First Volley From the House"
Author: John M. Broder

Via Sustainable City Network: http://tinyurl.com/4mvl5uf


-> Do you know of a promising initiative for obesity? If so, here's something that should be of interest..."The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity is seeking nominations of initiatives that address obesity through improved nutrition and increased physical activity, but which have not already undergone a rigorous evaluation of effectiveness. We are especially interested in programs and policies that address low-income populations and ethnic groups that experience higher rates of obesity."

The first category of initiatives involves improved nutrition. Here's the relevant one for CenterLines readers:

"2. Active Transportation Initiatives encourage active transport (e.g. walking, bicycling) by promoting a supportive infrastructure for leisure or commute activities in multiple settings. They may be accomplished by expanding, subsidizing, educating, promoting or increasing the availability and access to walking or bicycling."

Note: The extended deadline for submission is January 28, 2011.
Interested? Go to http://tinyurl.com/4muvez9
If you have questions, contact Kari Cruz at <kcruz@icfi.com> or (404) 321-3211.


-> According to a Jan. 13th Treehugger article, "A group of citizens in Guadalajara, Mexico, was fed up with the inaction of the local authorities. Their city has a big traffic problem (350 new cars are added to the city's roads every day, average traffic speed has fallen to 18 km/h, and the quality of our air reaches alarming levels during several days of winter), and those who want to bike have to deal with dangerous roads that don't have bike lanes. So these citizens, led by local teachers and students, decided to fix the problem themselves..."

Ed: Check out the video!
Source: http://tinyurl.com/46uxyxn
Via the Hook: http://tinyurl.com/4sk795n


-> According to a Jan. 13th New Urban Network News article, "Civil engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, looked into how many parking spaces have been built in the US, and the most likely estimate is 800 million. Assuming each parking space is 200 square feet (10 by 20 feet is the standard), that amounts to 160 billion square feet or 3.67 million acres of concrete and asphalt. The mind boggles."

"'Estimating the environmental cost of all that parking reveals that parking alone adds 10 percent to the CO2 emissions of your average automobile,' Scientific American reports. 'And the amount of soot added to the atmosphere as a result of all our cars nearly doubles. That's thanks to all that asphalt and concrete and the emissions that go along with making it.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/47ep6w8
The study can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/4cg3bnr
Scientific American article: http://tinyurl.com/2e8rn8d


-> According to a Jan. 8th CNU News article, "The [Congress for the New Urbanism] is leading the charge to get new urbanists and firefighters to agree on a set of street design standards that are both attractive, useful, pedestrian-friendly and safer for all. The Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative is a collaboration between the Congress for the New Urbanism, fire marshals across the United States and the U.S. EPA's Smart Growth program. It has arrived at significant agreement on efforts to reconcile narrower streets and good emergency access."

"The bottom line is a well-connected street grid network is essential to good urbanism, but also shortens emergency response times, both of which improve safety and quality of life. Narrow streets encourage walking and slower traffic speeds, making the overall environment safer for walkers, bikers and drivers alike. Taken in isolation, a narrow street may inhibit emergency response vehicles, but a well-designed street network can provide ample alternative routes and accessibility..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4cd77ba


-> According to the Jan. 14th European Cyclists' Federation newsletter, "Three years of dedicated cycling infrastructure development put the Spanish city in the forefront of successful mobility conversion. Imagine the Seville City metropolitan area with its 1.5 million inhabitants, latitude 37 degrees north, with a hot and arid climate, a car-centric city plan topped off by a nonexistent urban cycling tradition or cycling infrastructure! Now imagine riding your bike in Ankara, or Tunis, Teheran, Las Vegas or Seville for that matter! Imagine yourself on a bike in the scorching summer temperatures from June to September, not only fighting the average 30 degrees +C (high 90's degrees F) heat but also the typico 'hot tempered and spicy' Spanish driving style."

"Add some serious public bus traffic and you might have an idea of how dedicated or 'adventurous' one would need to be to mount a bike to venture off to work, university or the nearby shop for errands. And yet -- that's exactly what happened in Seville, the new capital of urban cycling in Spain. The successful establishment of a complete system of cycling infrastructures by the City Government of Seville has led the European Cyclist Federation (ECF) to select the city of Seville in hosting the 2011 edition of Velo-City. As a consequence Velo-City 2011 will take place in Seville, from March 23-25..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4tu25wq

Via EuroVelo: http://tinyurl.com/5ug8mpm



-> According to a Jan. 14th Cascade Bicycle Club Blog entry, "This month marks Cascade Bicycle Club's third session advocating in Olympia for safer and more accessible bicycling in Washington state...The Vulnerable User Bill is our top priority this year, and it is scheduled for a hearing on Friday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Please join us if you can and sign in favor of the bill. Please RSVP by email and let us know if you would like to join a carpool, and we will do our best to accommodate you."

"The Vulnerable User Bill has changed a great deal since it was developed a few years ago. We were skeptical when Sen. Adam Kline said at the Traffic Justice Summit in 2008 that bills generally take three years to pass through the judiciary committee."

"Lo and behold, we are in our third year. We continue to learn more about the intricacies of judicial administration as we grow support among police and the courts. Last year we came within minutes of the bill reaching the floor of the Senate before time ran out at a critical cutoff date. Stakeholder groups have suggested changes that clarify the role of the courts and lower administrative costs, but the substance is nearly identical to last year's substitute bill language..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6c9zxh2


-> In a Jan. 4th Courier-Journal article, John David Dyche wrote, "Kentucky has America's third-highest childhood obesity rate. Should state government play a role in fighting this problem? Republican Rep. Addia Wuchner of Burlington thinks so, but is catching heat from erstwhile political friends...Wuchner, a fiscal and social conservative and rising star in the state's Republican firmament...offers some modest proposals for fighting the obesity epidemic imperiling Kentucky's youth. Wuchner's ideas include mandating 30 minutes of daily physical activity in Kentucky elementary schools, recording Body Mass Index data on school physical exam forms, forming a childhood obesity task force, and requiring the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to establish nutritional and exercise standards for licensed child care centers. "

"A critical post on the Northern Kentucky Tea Party's website complains that Wuchner's legislation 'will empower a government agency to micro-manage diet and exercise for children via more government regulation' and claiming that Wuchner did not get the message that 'the mid-term elections of 2010 represented a referendum against government intrusion, regulation and spending.' Conservative blogger Marcus Carey adds, 'This proposal, no matter how well intentioned, is far from consistent with the conservative approach to governance, or the increasingly acceptable libertarian/conservative approach to governance.' Really? These critics evidently prefer that Kentucky continue suffering childhood obesity's enormous economic and human consequences, rather than having state government take sensible action on an issue so squarely within its 10th Amendment sphere..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4ryfn2o
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Title: "Critics of government action on obesity are misguided"
Author: John David Dyche

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/648pgt8


-> In a "so long" message to readers, Ralph Fertig recently wrote, "Since November 1991, I have been crafting the Bicycle Coalition's monthly newsletter that I named 'Quick Release.' This issue launches our third decade of education and advocacy within Santa Barbara County, and I have decided that after 231 issues, it's time for me to move on. Over the years, I have tried to include not only our endeavors and regional bicycle events, but also state, national and international news of interest or significance. I have respected Quick Release readers' time, and worked to keep my writing concise and dense with information. And finally, I have tried to make the news stories informative with photos and graphics if they serve us better. Speaking of words, I estimate that over the 231 issues, there are about 650,000 of them..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5u89quk

Ed. Note: How about a shout-out to Ralph! Drop him a note here: <sb-ralph@cox.net>


-> According to a Jan. 9th Tribune article, "Like a bulging waistline, Chicago streets have gotten fat over the years, growing wider from curb to curb to handle more vehicles. With that additional girth, traffic-related dangers have expanded, too, especially for pedestrians and transit riders trying to cross busy streets and bicyclists sharing the road with cars and trucks. Sidewalks, meanwhile, often have been narrowed to accommodate more traffic lanes."

"The unfortunate upshot is that the high priority placed on accommodating vehicles over other forms of transportation has in many cases backfired. The extra lanes have produced, at best, only short-term improvements in traffic flow due to the ever-increasing number of vehicles. But a more inclusive approach to traffic management is starting to take root here, as city transportation officials prepare to launch the largest local experiment of its kind to slim down streets. It's called a 'road diet.' The battle of the bulge will be waged on an approximately one-mile stretch of Lawrence Avenue in the Lincoln Square neighborhood..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2g9pau3
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Title: "City exploring slimmer, trimmer roads"
Author: Jon Hilkevitch

Via STREETHEADLINES: http://tinyurl.com/4t5ce5r


-> According to a Jan. 16th Oregonian article, "Mayor Sam Adams' plan to build a network of bike routes to link Portland neighborhoods should have been cheered as one of his most creative ideas in 20 years in city politics. Instead, it's seen as one of his biggest blunders. Of all the city projects that use money from sewer and water rates, this is the one that rankles ratepayers most. The idea -- to twin the environmental darlings of bioswales and bikes -- should have gone down like a latte in liberal Portland."

"When Adams unveiled his 20-year bike plan last February, he envisioned making cycling easier and, in the process, boosting exercise rates, cutting carbon emissions and positioning Portland as not only America's most livable city, but its most sustainable one, too. But a series of wrong turns led to a citizen revolt. Adams became mired in City Hall politics and bungled his sales pitch for the plan. When he suggested paying for part of it by skimming 'contract savings' from sewer projects, the public saw the whole deal as just another grab for ratepayers' pocketbooks. 'Sewer rates for bikes lanes' became a rallying cry..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/46mza8s
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Title: "Portland Mayor Sam Adams' bike plan, derailed by politics and bungled sales pitch, rides through controversy"
Author: Ryan Frank



-> According to a Jan. 11th HealthDay News article, "The total economic cost of overweight and obesity in the United States is $270 billion per year while the cost in Canada is about $30 billion a year, a new study shows. The $300 billion total cost in the United States and Canada is the result of: increased need for medical care ($127 billion); loss of worker productivity due to higher rates of death ($49 billion); loss of productivity due to disability of active workers ($43 billion); and loss of productivity due to total disability ($72 billion), said the Society of Actuaries (SOA)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4qyymzo
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Title: "Cost of Obesity Approaching $300 Billion a Year"
Author: Staff

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/6l99om5


-> According to a Jan. 12th Enquirer article, "Changing policies and building partnerships can make Hamilton County's children healthier, Health Commissioner Tim Ingram said. It worked at the beginning of the 20th century, when new laws regarding sewage treatment and water quality were enacted, he said Wednesday. And it can work today when children -- and their parents -- face a host of chronic diseases stemming from obesity, poor nutrition and inactivity, Ingram said. In Hamilton County, more than a third of third-graders are overweight or obese, and almost 57 percent of adults fall into that same category, he said."

"Changing policies to make school lunches healthier and increase physical education can change those numbers, he said, as can helping residents plant community gardens or helping corner grocery stores offer fresh fruits and vegetables. Hamilton County Public Health officials announced they're kicking off a social media campaign to raise awareness of those changes in the community. The campaign, designed by Leapfrog Interactive, a Pendleton digital marketing firm, touts the "We Thrive" initiative. The initiative aims to reduce obesity and other chronic health problems in the community. The media campaign will use social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, as well as traditional media advertising, to raise awareness of how small changes, like planting a community garden, can improve the region's health..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/66fgw4h
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Title: "'We Thrive' campaign aims for healthier community"
Author: Peggy O'Farrell

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/6l99om5


-> "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on wheels of inevitability. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals..."
-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story"


-> "There's something almost laughably overheated about the 'war on cars' rhetoric. It's almost as if the purveyors of the phrase have either lost their cool entirely, or else they're trying desperately to avoid a level-headed discussion of transportation policy..."
-- Eric de Place, "'War On Cars': A History," Sightline Daily


-> "The fact remains that from 2005 to 2008, distraction-related fatalities jumped from 10 percent to 16 percent of all traffic fatalities on American roads. And that jump may be only the tip of a very deadly iceberg. Unfortunately, law enforcement departments do not always collect this information at a crash site, and people are not always forthcoming about admitting to cell phone use or texting prior to a crash. Right now, we simply do not know all the crashes where cell phones or texting played a role. We do know that distracted driving killed nearly 5,500 people in 2009 and injured nearly half a million more."

"Yet, according to USA Today, there are some who would like to derail our work spotlighting the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving. I want them to know that our fight to end distracted driving will not be deterred. When we combine the fact that texting while driving has been proven to increase crash risk and the fact that the number of text messages has increased from about 7 billion per month in 2005 to about 173 billion per month in 2010, we have a recipe for a persistent and ongoing problem..."
-- Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation




-> According to a Jan. 17th USA Today article, "A Montana public service TV ad called 'Sober Friend' has raised a critical question, particularly for the wide-open West: Can you be charged with DUI for riding a horse while intoxicated? The issue is particularly timely after two men were arrested in Texas two weeks ago for doing just that, although the charge was later reduced to public intoxication. Helena Police Chief Troy McGee says he got many calls about the ad, which is from the Montana Department of Transportation's Plan2Live campaign, especially from young people. 'They absorbed the message,' he tells Helena's Independent Record. 'They got it.' And, he hastens to add, it is not illegal to ride a horse while intoxicated..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6hm4rso
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Title: "Montana ad raises issue: Can you be charged with DUI on a horse?"
Author: Douglas Stanglin

Ed. Note: When this ad came out, some wondered if the horse obeyed traffic laws. Word on the street is "Yes"...Check out the video!


WEBINAR: "Bike Sharing Programs"

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

Host: APBP

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

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

Contact: Debra Goeks (mailto:info@apbp.org)

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.

Cost: None

Register: http://tinyurl.com/34uraba

Contact: Michelle Gulley at mgulley@americawalks.org

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

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

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

WEBINAR: "The Health Benefits from Active Transportation"

Date: February 15, 2011, 2:00 to 3 p.m. EST

Presenters: Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association; Andrew L. Dannenberg, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jean Armbruster, the PLACE Program/Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Host: Eloisa Raynault, APHA

Cost: None

Contact: Eloisa Raynault <eloisa.raynault@apha.org>

Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/6agl6fm

WEBINAR: "Health Impact Assessments (HIAS) in Transportation"

Date: March 15, 2011, 2:00 to 3 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association; Andrew L. Dannenberg, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jean Armbruster, the PLACE Program/Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Host: Eloisa Raynault, APHA

Cost: None

Contact: Eloisa Raynault <eloisa.raynault@apha.org>

Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/5v7l28m

WEBINAR: "Design Manuals and Guides"

Date: March 16, 2011, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: TBA

Host: APBP

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

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/4hx86q3

WEBINAR: "Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries"

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2-3 pm EDT (11-12 pm PDT, 1-2 pm CDT).

Presenters: Georges Benjamin, American Public Health Association; Andrew L. Dannenberg, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jean Armbruster, the PLACE Program/Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Host: Eloisa Raynault, APHA

Cost: None

Contact: Eloisa Raynault <eloisa.raynault@apha.org>

Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/5v7l28m


The following videos are now available at http://pedestrians.blip.tv/


--We travel to Flanders, Belgium, where advocates reopened an ancient country footpath.
--We look at a footpath through a parking garage in Brussels.
--We visit the wide street in front of the Royal Palace.
--We learn about the European Greenways Association.


--We drop in on the Velo-City bicycling conference in Brussels.
--We talk with the regional Minister for Mobility.
--We learn about the European Transport Safety Council.
--We observe a folding bicycle race.



"...of Quality of Life at the Municipal and Neighborhood Scales;" article by Rogers, Halstead, Gardner & Carlson; Applied Research in Quality of Life DOI: 10.1007/s11482-010-9132-4. December 2010 (abstract and link to article ($))

"...use in Lyon;" article by Jensena, Rouquierc, Ovtrachtd & Robardete; Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment Volume 15, Issue 8, Pages 522-524. December 2010 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/6ycuqot

"...to Promote Walking and Cycling: The iConnect Study;" article by Ogilvie (MRC Epidemiology Unit), Bull (Loughborough University), Powell (University of the West of England), Cooper (University of Bristol), Brand (University of Oxford), Mutrie (University of Strathclyde), Preston (University of Southampton), Rutter (National Obesity Observatory); American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2010.198002. January 2011 (abstract and link to full article: $)

"...Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure Case Study: Baltimore;" report by Heidi Garrett-Peltier, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dec. 2010 (791KB pdf)

"...bikeability training amongst parents and children;" report by Ipsos MORI. December 2010 (488KB pdf)


Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:


-> 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 1, 2011, Cycling: The Next Urban Challenge, London, UK. Info:
Via LifeCycleUK: http://tinyurl.com/36w4ga4

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

-> February 7-8, 2011, Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, CO. Info: Amy Morfas, Deputy Director Bicycle Colorado, phone: (303) 417-1544, x15; email: amy@bicyclecolorado.org.

-> 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: <laura@floridabicycle.org>, Florida Bicycle Association, P.O. Box 718, Waldo, FL 32694.

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

-> May 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: <papon@inrets.fr>, 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.
Note: Call for Papers deadline: December 31, 2010

-> 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:

-> October 25-27, 2011, Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference, Irvine, California. Info: Transportation Research Board, Thomas M. Palmerlee, <TPalmerlee@nas.edu>


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!


The position is open to current or former Federal employees and veterans eligible for veterans' preference or separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous military service.

Job Announcement Number: 2011-01
Salary Range: $105,211.00--$136,771.00 /year
Open Period: Friday, January 07, 2011 to Friday, January 28, 2011
Series & Grade: GS-0301-14/14
Position Information: Full-Time Permanent
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy -- Washington DC Metro Area, DC
Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.

Job Summary: The incumbent of this position provides oversight and coordination of the U. S.. Access Board technical assistance program while performing the duties and responsibilities of a Senior Accessibility Specialist. Monitors and evaluates implementation of the Board's technical assistance program. Ensures that technical assistance activities further the Board's mission and reflect goals and priorities established by the Board. Coordinates implementation of the Board's technical assistance program. Works with Board staff members to ensure consistency and accuracy of written and oral responses. Develops, manages and implements strategies for delivering technical guidance related to the Board's accessibility guidelines and standards. Strategies may include, but not limited to, web-based initiatives, written or electronic technical guides, or in-person technical assistance and outreach to interested parties.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/4g9acrz


Position: Transportation Program Director
Working Title: Transportation Program Director
Vacancy Number: 60029754
Salary Grade: 80
Salary Range: $58270 - $97279
Hiring Range: $58270 - $97279
Department: Transportation
Division: DOT PAM/PD TR Bicycle & Pedestrian
Type of Appointment: Perm Full-Time
Location: Raleigh
Posting Date: 12/08/2010
Closing Date: 01/24/2011
Number of Positions: 1

Details: http://tinyurl.com/6jm6en6


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.

$45,000-50,000 DOE

Bike Works is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity of race, color, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/26wd4bx


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 search@bicyclecoalition.org.

Position available February 1. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/3yddrwm


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.

- Manage existing Safe Routes to School bike safety training program, including recruiting, training, coordinating, and supervising instructors; coordinating with statewide SRTS program office; preparing invoices and payment requests.
- Manage existing workplace commuter workshop program, including recruiting, training, coordinating, and supervising instructors; scheduling workshops; teaching workshops as needed; preparing invoices and payment requests.
- Manage other education activities, including program evaluation and development.
- Regularly contribute blog posts about MassBike's advocacy work and programs, and coordinate email newsletter production.
- Represent MassBike at public events and actively seek out opportunities to communicate MassBike's message to the public.
- Develop innovative ways deliver our message and generate more interest in and excitement about MassBike.
- Work with Development Manager to increase our volunteer capacity for events.
- Provide advocacy support to Executive Director, including assisting with or taking primary responsibility for specific advocacy projects.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2ad3m2r


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)


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 <developmentofficer@cascadebicycleclub.org> with "Development Officer" in the subject field.

Deadline: Position open until filled.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/3ybvdjl


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.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/2eqnaa8


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

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

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

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

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

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


Posting Date: 09/30/2010; Campus

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

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

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


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

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

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


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (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...

Details: http://tinyurl.com/3754jlg


Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Internships:

  • Transportation Policy (Spring 2011) Washington, D.C.
  • Transportation Research (Spring 2011) Washington, D.C.
  • Writing/Media (Spring 2011) Washington, D.C.
  • Development (Spring 2011) Washington, D.C.
  • Trails & Greenways Program (Spring 2011) San Francisco, Calif.
  • Trails & Greenways Program (Spring 2011) Washington, D.C.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yjyvhtc


The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition seeks enthusiastic, experienced bicycle education independent contractors for extra-help in implementing our Safe Routes to School bicycle education programs. This is an on-call, contractual position for specific events that will be scheduled during the course of the 2010-11 school year. The position could extend beyond 2010-11. Most events will take place between September-October, and again from March-June, either on weekends or during the school day. We offer a friendly, fast-paced work environment with a staff focused on making positive change in the world.

Desired Qualifications: Bilingual (Spanish preferred); experience with community-based programs & bicycle maintenance. Strong belief in the ability to positively change lives by supporting walking and bicycling for transportation.

Compensation and Benefits: Hours will vary monthly, based on scheduled courses and events. We offer a friendly, fast-paced, flexible work environment. Our staff is focused on making positive change in the world and supports and celebrates diversity, women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/26hqb66


If you have a passion for bicycling and a strong desire to effect change for bicyclists in and around Chicago, then the Active Transportation Alliance might be the perfect place for you.

Current Vacancies

  • Graphic Design Internship
  • IT Internship
  • Marketing & Communication Internship
  • Event Marketing Internship
  • Sponsorship Director
  • Event Internship
  • Volunteer Coordinator / Event Assistant
  • Planning/Research Internship
  • After School Matters Instructor - Jr. Bicycling Ambassadors Pgm




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