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#271 Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

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

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----- Federal Transportation Legislation Update
----- Last Call for the National Bike Summit!
----- National Search Nets New Complete Streets Instructor-Trainees
----- SRAM Cycling Fund Awards SRTSNP $175K Grant
----- Bikes Belong Foundation Launches Research Grant Pgm
----- APBP Announces 2011 Officers
----- New Dept. of Justice Trail Rules Go into Effect 3/15/11
----- Re:Streets Conference and Design Manual
----- NCSRTS Announces 25 Mini-Grants Recipients
----- Walk Score Introduces Better Way to Measure Walkability
----- Wheelmap: the Right Way for the World to Tag Openstreetmap
----- TTI Still Measuring Congestion Wrong?
----- Dutch Aim to Bust Congestion with Fast Cycle Routes
----- Car Pooling is Way Down Since 1980

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- Helena (MT) Adopts Complete Streets Resolution
----- Kansas City (MO) Adopts Livable Streets Resolution.
----- Minneapolis Using Road Diets to Complete Streets
----- Portland Bike Boulevards Boost 2-Wheeled Travel
----- Hernando (MS) Gets Bike Racks, Sidewalks Via SRTS $$
----- Calif. Complete Streets Act Takes Effect

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----- Doctors Should Screen Kids 6 and Older for Obesity
----- Muncie (IN) Health Advocates Targeting Obesity

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- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION UPDATE
by Mark Plotz

-> From now until the start of the National Bike Summit in early March, you will be hearing a lot about Federal transportation legislation. The Senate, House, and Executive Branch are all signaling that they will be introducing their own bills, of varying size and intent. The Executive Branch is hinting at a transformative bill; the Senate and House are both indicating that a new bill, and not simply a continuing resolution, will be forthcoming. Currently, we can no more than guess at the contents of these respective bills.

You will hear a lot of negative rhetoric about Federal funding of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. Some of it will be bluster; some of it will be serious and require that supporters of sustainable and healthy transportation stand up to be counted. Stay tuned to CenterLines for the latest updates.

Streetsblog Capitol Hill has been following the latest developments in the Senate: http://tinyurl.com/4t5zhxv. Its reporters have also been interviewing the newest members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. There are some surprises. See http://tinyurl.com/4v2rqyd

The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation writes about what is happening on the House side: http://tinyurl.com/4w7ymth

For those of you who are ready to get involved, we suggest you turn to the League of American Bicyclists, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, or your state or local bicycle/pedestrian advocacy organization for the latest legislative action alerts. In the meantime, take another look at the recently released bike-infrastructure-produces-jobs study: http://tinyurl.com/6j7ptes.

LAST CALL FOR THE NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT!

-> There are a little over 5 weeks to go until hundreds of League members, bicycle advocates, industry leaders, bike dealers and elected officials gather in Washington, D.C. for what is shaping up to be the biggest Bike Summit on record. NCBW is proud to be a sponsor of the 2011 National Bike Summit.

There's still time to make your voice heard - and to hear from some incredible speakers, including: David A. Jones Jr., Chairman of the Board of Humana, 110th on Fortune's list of largest U.S. companies; The Honorable Mary A. Bomar, Director of the National Park Service; Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams; Representatives Jim Oberstar (D-MN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); Bill Millar, President of the American Public Transportation Association; and bicycling policy and industry experts. Check out the Summit agenda and register today at http://tinyurl.com/2eak32g.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4mgnp4a

NATIONAL SEARCH NETS NEW COMPLETE STREETS INSTRUCTOR-TRAINEES

-> According to a Feb. 1st news release, "The National Complete Streets Coalition, in cooperation with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, has selected an outstanding slate of instructor-trainees for its expanding Complete Streets Implementation Workshop program. This program, first developed in 2007, has been pivotal in launching the Complete Streets movement and in getting agencies across the country on the fast track to implementation. The trainees are already effective instructors of related topics and are national experts in accommodating the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, older adults, children, or people with disabilities."

For a list of these trainees, the current instructors, and more information about the workshop program, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4gke2rl

SRAM CYCLING FUND AWARDS SRTSNP $175K GRANT

-> According to a Jan. 31st news release, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) is excited to announce a recent grant of $175,000 from the SRAM Cycling Fund to help get more children bicycling to and from schools and in daily life. The SRAM Cycling Fund will support three critical components of the National Partnership's work in 2011:"

"Federal Advocacy: SRAM's grant will support the National Partnership's crucial lobbying efforts in Washington DC, which aim for continued and increased funding for Safe Routes to School, the protection of Transportation Enhancements and support for complete streets. The National Partnership will also foster key relationships with important national health partners to advance Safe Routes to School in the upcoming federal transportation bill..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6j2ebjy

BIKES BELONG FOUNDATION LAUNCHES RESEARCH GRANT PGM

-> According to a Jan. 26th news release, "The Bikes Belong Foundation announced today the launch of a new grant program to fund research on the economic impact of bicycling facilities and events. The Bicycle Research Grant Program will award a total of $40,000 in grants to academic or non-profit research institutions in 2011. Grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000. This new program aims to fill a crucial knowledge gap. Collecting quantitative evidence on the benefits bicycling brings to local, regional, and national economies will help encourage and guide investments in bicycling."

"In 2010, Bikes Belong awarded small grants for studies currently underway on the economic impact of bicycling in Portland, OR and at the Allegrippis Trails in Raystown Lake, PA. The new dedicated research grants program will provide more opportunities to support similar studies. In addition to funding economy-driven projects, Bikes Belong will consider innovative or unique research on other bike-related topics on a case-by-case basis."

Application deadline for first round of grants is March 31, 2011. For more info or to apply, go to: http://tinyurl.com/69db9m2

Questions? Contact grants manager Zoe Kircos: <zoe@bikesbelong.org> or research analyst Kate Powlison: <kate@bikesbelong.org>

APBP ANNOUNCES 2011 OFFICERS

-> According to a Feb. 1st news release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) has announced the annual election of board officers for 2011. Jennifer Hefferan, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, was elected President. Brett Hondorp, AICP, a Principal with Alta Planning + Design in California, was named Vice President, while Eric Anderson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, City of Berkeley Transportation Division, was elected Secretary. Philip Pugliese, Bicycle Coordinator, Outdoor Chattanooga, continues as Treasurer."

For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6k9xgab

NEW DEPT. OF JUSTICE TRAIL RULES GO INTO EFFECT 3/15/11

-> According to the January American Trails' Trail Tracks e-Newsletter, "On March 15, 2011, new Department of Justice rules will allow certain 'power-driven mobility devices' to be used on trails by 'individuals with mobility disabilities.'" As reported by Janet Zeller, U.S. Forest Service National Accessibility Program Manager, "On March 15, 2011 the Department of Justice (DOJ) revised rules go into effect allowing 'other power-driven mobility devices' to be used by 'individuals with mobility disabilities.'...This DOJ ruling applies to any place, indoors or outdoors, that is open to the public."

"Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II this DOJ rule applies to trails on State or local government lands. Also under the ADA Title III it applies to other 'public accommodations' that would include trails open to the public on privately or commercially managed lands. Federal agency managed lands are not directly covered under the ADA, however this rule sets legal precedents the Federal agencies must watch. So, the Federal agencies are also reviewing their policies, procedures, and the way in which trails on the land base they manage have been assessed..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4n82l2k

RE:STREETS CONFERENCE AND DESIGN MANUAL

-> According to a note from Kirsten Negus, "The streets in our towns and cities are an important part of the livability of our communities and they should be designed for everyone, not only vehicles. Re:STREETS is convening a working conference/design charrette to develop a design manual for creating streets that balance the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. The conference will be held on July 21-23, 2011 on the UC Berkeley campus. Interested professionals from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to participate."

For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6fhmr2f. To apply for the conference, click "register."

NCSRTS ANNOUNCES 25 MINI-GRANTS RECIPIENTS

-> According to a Jan. 27th news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today the selection of 25 recipients who have been awarded $1,000 mini-grants for projects designed to encourage safe walking and bicycling to and from school. The mini-grant activities, many of which are driven by student leadership, will occur during the spring semester of the 2010-2011 school year. 'We continue to be impressed by the innovation and creativity of the mini-grant applications we receive,' said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. 'Communities nationwide are tailoring walking and bicycling to school programs to address their unique needs, and that customization and attention to detail is what will sustain these efforts to improve safety and promote an active trip to school in the future.'"

For the list of grant recipients see: http://tinyurl.com/6dkrq39

WALK SCORE INTRODUCES BETTER WAY TO MEASURE WALKABILITY

-> The folks behind Walk Score are beta-testing a brand new algorithm -- they call it "Street Smart Walk Score." They are reporting that this will take pedestrian-friendliness rankings to a whole new level. Read more http://tinyurl.com/4ofabtb

WHEELMAP: THE RIGHT WAY FOR THE WORLD TO TAG OPENSTREETMAP

-> What's Wheelmap? Well, "Wheelmap, a website (and also an associated iPhone app) specifically built to display and accumulate wheelchair accessibility information for points of interest (POIs) such as pubs, cafes, shops on OpenStreetMap. As you move around the map, an overlay highlights the POIs and color-codes their accessibility for wheelchair users. Adding or changing the accessibility for a POI is as easy as clicking on it and clicking one of three options -- job done! The data is then fed back to OpenStreetMap (so the whole community gets the benefit of this extra 'tagging' information) and Wheelmap itself updates the color..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5rt7vy4

TTI STILL MEASURING CONGESTION WRONG?

-> In a Daily Score article, Clark Williams-Derry wrote, "...The Texas Transportation Institute released their annual rankings of traffic congestion last week. And for the second time in a decade, the report has undergone a complete change in methodology -- one that has rendered its previous congestion estimates moot. And for the umpteenth time in a row, they've championed a measure of congestion that gets the relationship between congestion and commute time exactly backwards."

"Those with long memories will recall that, prior to 2004, the TTI's Urban Mobility Report ranked Seattle as having some of the worst congestion in the country. But then, their 2004 report introduced a new methodology, showing that Seattle-area traffic wasn't anywhere near as bad as they'd reported before. The newspapers at the time reported that congestion had 'eased'...But that simply wasn't true. TTI researchers had simply fiddled with their methods -- but that fiddling was enough to flip the local congestion debate completely on its head. Now it's 2004 all over again..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/652p62q

DUTCH AIM TO BUST CONGESTION WITH FAST CYCLE ROUTES

-> According to a Jan. 19th BikeRadar article, "In a bid to persuade citizens to switch to pedal power for their regular commute, the Dutch are to build a series of high quality, high-capacity cycle routes between towns and cities where traffic jams are a regular headache."

"The concept is known as Fiets Filevrij -- or 'queue-free cycling' -- and at the end of 2010 the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment pledged 21 million for cycle lane building programs along 16 routes linking places suffering from chronic congestion."

"This is just the latest installment in the long-running program -- it began back in 2006 with the selection of five 'rapid cycling' routes. The final investment total, supplemented by local councils, is expected to be around 80m..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6xbk9f3
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Title: "Dutch aim to bust congestion with fast cycle routes"
Author: Richard Peace

CAR POOLING IS WAY DOWN SINCE 1980

-> A Jan. 28th NY Times article encourages readers to "Remember the 1970s? Watergate, disco, oil embargoes and, of course, car-pooling. Many big companies organized group rides for their employees, and roughly one in four Americans who drove to work shared a ride with others."

"But now far more people are driving alone, as companies have spread out, Americans are wealthier and cars have become cheaper to own. The percentage of workers who car-pool has dropped by almost half since 1980, the first time the Census Bureau started systematically tracking the numbers, according to new data from the bureau..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/45kyrrk
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Title: "Once Popular, Car Pools Go the Way of Hitchhiking"
Author: Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff

Via New Urban Network: http://tinyurl.com/4ker8vw


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

HELENA (MT) ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTION

-> According to a Dec. 28th KFBB story, "For those choosing to aid in the effort to cut down on pollution and maintain an active lifestyle, a new city resolution in the Capital City is trying to make things a little easier. The passage of one of the Helena City Commission's newest policies has gained support from the community. 'It's good for the city to look at everything it can do to invest in better transportation,' says Helena City Commissioner Matt Elsaesser -- and the city of Helena's Complete Streets Resolution aims to do just that. 'Basically what we're doing is looking at how we can make sure our streets are designed better and make our existing infrastructures safer for all users,' Elsaesser says..."

"In June, the City Manager will recommend a process to review Helena's streets and establish priorities. 'It would be pretty minor things, for example making sure new city grates don't, won't be, an obstacle for bicyclists by facing an opposite direction or signage on existing infrastructure,' adds Elsaesser. However, bicyclists say this ordinance, which is funded through Federal funds and street utility taxes from property owners, will make them feel safer as they share our roadways. 'I could see a lot more people willing to bicycle if they felt like they had a safe space in the streets,' says Barnes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/63fxdpa
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Title: "Complete Streets Resolution"
Author: Kacey Drescher

KANSAS CITY (MO) ADOPTS LIVABLE STREETS RESOLUTION

-> According to a Jan. 27th news release, "The Missouri Bicycle And Pedestrian Federation proudly announces a giant step forward for bicyclist, pedestrians and motorists today as the Kansas City Council adopts the city's first Livable Streets Resolution. This is the twelfth Complete Streets policy adopted in Missouri -- up from just five policies a year ago."

"4th District Councilmember Beth Gottstein initiated the resolution, stating 'This resolution will provide safe access to public roads for all users by encouraging transportation improvement plans consider the safety, access and mobility needs of all travelers, regardless of age or ability.'"

"'Councilmember Gottstein has been a tireless supporter of Complete Streets efforts. From her work on the back-in angle parking demonstration to her participation in the annual Car Free Challenge, she has supported the bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users in Kansas City, MO and across the metro area,' states Eric Rogers, Vice President of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6e38jac

MINNEAPOLIS USING ROAD DIETS TO COMPLETE STREETS

-> According to a Jan. 7th Twin Cities Streets for People blog entry, "Working with local governments, Bike Walk Twin Cities is adding nearly 90 miles of new bike ways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities and investing in innovative programs (such as Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing and the Sibley Community Partners Bike Library) community outreach (through the Bike Walk Ambassadors and St. Paul Smart-Trips' neighborhood marketing), planning, and measurement..."

[Ed. note: check out the video!]

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4tduce2

PORTLAND BIKE BOULEVARDS BOOST 2-WHEELED TRAVEL

-> According to a Jan. 25th New Urban Network article, "Portland, Oregon has adopted the ambitious goal of increasing bicycling from the current 8 percent of all trips to 25 percent in the next quarter-century -- a change that would reduce personal transportation costs, improve health, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The city plans to provide trails, lanes, or streets designed for bicycling within a half-mile of at least 80 percent of residents. Currently, only about 25 percent of Portland residents are within half a mile of bike facilities, and even that number represents an impressive accomplishment for a US city."

"Portland has created more than 300 miles of bicycle facilities in the past 25 years. Among the most effective are 'bicycle boulevards' or 'neighborhood greenways.' A bicycle boulevard is a shared street with no specific bike lanes or paths. These streets have low motor vehicle volume and speed, and they possess enhanced landscaping (more street trees are planted, for example) and traffic-calming features."

"Automobile traffic is diverted at key points to keep volumes low. Stop signs are eliminated or 'flipped' (shifted to the cross-street) to give traffic on the bicycle boulevard the right of way. Crossings are installed to get bicyclists and pedestrians across busy intersections, and special signs and pavement markings are installed. 'People go out of their way to use these routes -- they are very attractive,' says Jennifer Dill, a researcher and professor at Portland State University. Portland currently has 30 miles of built bicycle boulevards, which carry approximately 10 percent of bike traffic in the city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6l2ya2u
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Title: "Bike boulevards use street grids to boost two-wheeled travel"
Author: Robert Steuteville

HERNANDO (MS) GETS BIKE RACKS, SIDEWALKS VIA SRTS $$

-> According to a Feb. 1st Desoto Times Tribune article, "Several new sidewalks will connect the West End neighborhood to Oak Grove Central Elementary School thanks to a $213,000 Safe Routes to Schools grant which the City of Hernando will be implementing soon. Also included will be a new bike rack at the school. Shelly Johnstone, director of community development, said as part of the grant, sidewalks will be built along Hill, Fletcher and College streets, a flashing light will be installed at the intersection of Oak Grove and Robertson Gin Road. 'Our job is to take down barriers and make walking to school safe,' Johnstone said."

"'It's good for kids to walk to school. From a health standpoint, it's a good idea. Children also get to socialize with their friends by walking to school.' Johnstone said student safety while walking to school was among the many topics at a recent Safe Routes to School conference. 'There is an issue of students walking to school safely, and the fear of abduction," Johnstone said. "That's something parents have to decide if they are comfortable with it. There's safety in numbers. It's always good for kids to walk with each other and never walk alone."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4vostjy
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Title: "Bike rack, sidewalks in store"
Author: Robert Lee Long

CALIF. COMPLETE STREETS ACT TAKES EFFECT

-> According to the California's Complete Streets Act, sponsored by the CBC, took effect Jan. 1, just days after the Governor's Office of Planning & Research issued implementation guidelines for the new law in late December. Signed into law in October 2008, the act calls on cities and counties, when updating those portions of their general plans relating to streets and traffic, to ensure that all roadway users are being accommodated.

"'Issuance of these guidelines marks another big victory for the CBC and its efforts to make the public roadways safer for everyone,' said CBC President Chris Morfas. 'This is a 'long-tail' victory whose impacts will be felt for decades to come.' The guidelines urge consideration of such things as bike lanes, bike boulevards, improved traffic signal timing, lower motor vehicle speed limits and improved transportation system planning so that the needs of people on bikes or on foot aren't an afterthought in the planning process. The CBC worked closely with OPR in developing the guidelines..."

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


THE RESEARCH BEAT

DOCTORS SHOULD SCREEN KIDS 6 AND OLDER FOR OBESITY

-> According to a Jan. 19th Tennessean article, "Physicians and other medical professionals should screen children ages 6 and older for obesity and refer obese children to comprehensive weight-management programs, an expert panel recommends in Monday's online Pediatrics. The statement comes from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which makes medical recommendations based on the latest research."

"The panel concluded that obese children who participated in moderate- to high-intensity weight-management programs for 25 or more hours over six months often improved their weight. 'Currently, there aren't enough weight-management programs for parents to take their children, and it's not a covered benefit by most insurance,' says family physician Ned Calonge, chairman of the task force and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 'But now that there is evidence of effectiveness and this new recommendation -- that may change.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5w9fzeb
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Title: "Doctors should screen kids 6 and older for obesity"
Author: Nanci Hellmich

MUNCIE (IN) HEALTH ADVOCATES TARGETING OBESITY

-> According to a Feb. 1st Star-Press article, "Members of the Muncie Commission on the Social Status of Black Men hope local residents look past their name and focus on their goal of keeping people healthy in 2011 when considering participating in their program. 'We want people to realize that regardless of race or religion or gender, we're trying to get this community fit with our latest program, and we want people of all different backgrounds to join us,' said Ron White, a group member. 'This is about creating a system to hold each other accountable and to stay motivated. We all can benefit from that.'"

"Their free obesity-fighting program, 'How Ya Livin'?' incorporates nutritional education and physical activities to provide a first-step for residents who want to lose weight, but may be confused about where to begin or perhaps intimidated by the gym scene at local fitness centers. Considering Delaware County's status, ranked 81st out of the 92 counties in terms of health and wellness, and the increasing obesity rate among Americans overall, organizers believe many residents, regardless of race and gender, could benefit from the project..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/635xjlz
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Title: "Health advocates hope for integrated group at obesity sessions"
Author: Ivy Farguheson


QUOTES R US

-> "My research helped me realize just how widespread the impact of the bicycle was in the 1890s. The bicycle affected popular culture in so many ways, including the way people -- and especially women -- dressed, the music they listened to, the magazines and stories they read, and the slang they used. It made exercise accessible and acceptable, and totally transformed social interactions. For a brief moment in time, the bicycle was THE craze in American life, and it changed things forever. The fact that cycling is important again today makes that period in history all the more relevant."
-- Sue Macy, author of "Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom"

http://tinyurl.com/645tvdo

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

HIGH-TECH CAR DOOR

"Driving a car with disappearing doors will definitely grab everyone's attention."
http://tinyurl.com/2av3qb

IF PEDESTRIANS HAD CLOUT

Wasserman cartoon, L.A. Times Syndicate
http://tinyurl.com/yhsfdfs


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Complete Streets: State of the Practice"

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

Presenters: Stefanie Seskin, Nat'l Complete Streets Coalition; Mark Cole, City of Charlotte (NC).

Host: APBP

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

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/4ugvvvh

Contact: Debra Goeks <mailto:info@apbp.org>

WEBINAR: "Community Health and Transportation Planning"

Date: February 18, 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

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

Contact: Eloisa Raynault eloisa.raynault@apha.org

WEBINAR: "Ways to Involve Law Enforcement in Safe Routes to School"

Date: February 22, 2011, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Katie Mencarini, Toole Design Group; Laura Accetta, Easton, PA.

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

Cost: None

Contact: Michelle Gulley at <mgulley@americawalks.org>

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

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


RESOURCES

-> "STREET DESIGN: PART 1 - COMPLETE STREETS"
Article by Robin Smith, Sharlene Reed, and Shana Baker; Public Roads, Vol. 74, No.1. July/Aug. 2010 (online article)
http://tinyurl.com/2aytkxs
Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/63y7n4s

-> "GETTING BACK ON TRACK: ALIGNING..."
"...State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals;" report by Neha Bhatt, Smart Growth America; Colin Peppard, Natural Resources Defense Council; Stephanie Potts, Smart Growth America. December 2010 (description and link to 923KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/49yl2zh
Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://tinyurl.com/4jf8emm

-> "WHEELS OF CHANGE: HOW WOMEN RODE THE..."
"...Bicycle to Freedom;" book by Sue Macy, National Geographic Children's Books. January 2011 (description and ordering info)
http://tinyurl.com/6gkkhbe

-> "CROSSING SOLUTIONS AT ROUNDABOUTS AND CHANNELIZED..."
"...Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities;" report by Schroeder, Hughes, Rouphail, Cunningham, & Salamati (ITRE, N. Carolina St. Univ.); Long, Guth, Wall Emerson, & Kim (Western Michigan Univ.); Barlow & Bentzen (Accessible Design for the Blind); Rodegerdts & Myers (Kittelson and Associates, Inc.); NCHRP Report 674; Transportation Research Board. Jan. 2011 (8.3MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/62393ju

-> "EQUIPMENT DETECTING CYCLES. A LITERATURE STUDY"
VTI Report 663 by Anne Bolling, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI); text in Swedish with English summary. 2009 (general info & link to 209KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4zpvv3o

-> "UPDATE OF THE AASHTO GUIDE FOR THE PLANNING, DESIGN, AND..."
"...Operation of Pedestrian Facilities;" by Jennifer Toole, Principal Investigator, Toole Design Group; for the NCHRP; NCHRP 20-07/Task 263. October 11, 2010 (1.3MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4zx7psm

-> "CROSSING SOLUTIONS AT ROUNDABOUTS AND CHANNELIZED..."
"...Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities;" NCHRP Report 674 by Schroeder, Hughes, Rouphail, Cunningham, & Salamati (ITRE, N. Carolina St. Univ.); Long, Guth, Wall Emerson, Kim (W. Mich. Univ); Barlow, Bentzen (Accessible Design for the Blind); Rodegerdts, Myers (Kittleson & Assoc.); for the Transportation Research Board. January 2011 (8.3MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/62393ju

-> "THE PREVALENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF BACK..."
"...pain among school children in New Zealand;" article by Fiona C. Trevelyana; Stephen J. Legga, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand; Ergonomics, Volume 53, Issue 12, pages 1455-1460. December 2010 (abstract and link to pdf $)
http://tinyurl.com/49v49fx


CALENDAR

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

HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

-> February 3-5, 2011, 10th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, Charlotte, NC. Info: Melissa Harper-Barton, Event Coordinator, Local Government Commission, 1303 J Street, Suite 250, Sacramento CA 95814; phone: (916) 448-1198 x327; fax: (916) 448-8246; e-mail: mbarton@lgc.org.
http://tinyurl.com/yh3fg7d

-> 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.
http://tinyurl.com/32awdw3

-> February 22-24, 2011, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Info: Active Living Research
http://tinyurl.com/35r532m

-> March 8-10, 2011, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC. Info: League of American Bicyclists
http://tinyurl.com/2eak32g

-> 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.
http://tinyurl.com/yh3fg7d

-> March 30, 2011, Going Up a Gear: Urban Cycling Beyond London, Sheffield, UK. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/68cqwb9

-> April 15-17, 2011, Filmed by Bike, Portland, OR. Info: Filmed by Bike
http://tinyurl.com/28m93tx

-> 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>
http://tinyurl.com/2bl3n3r

-> May 15-19, 2011, National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, Abingdon, VA. Info: The Partnership for the National Trails System
http://tinyurl.com/2bl3n3r

-> May 18-20, 2011, 3rd International Conference on Roundabouts, Carmel, IN. Info
http://tinyurl.com/2b82jsr

-> May 22-25, 2011, National Main Streets Conference, Des Moines, IA. Info: National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center.
http://tinyurl.com/25ljpg4

-> 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.
http://tinyurl.com/2ug6xrq

-> June 20-22, 2011, Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference, St. Louis, MO. Info: <info@cfte.org>
http://tinyurl.com/2ewnxvr

-> July 28-30, 2011, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, Whistler (BC) Canada. Info: Center for Transportation Studies, Univ. of Minnesota.
http://tinyurl.com/2azxuv8
Note: Call for Papers deadline: December 31, 2010

-> August 16-18, 2011, 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ajk7jy

-> August 21-25, 2011, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Seattle, WA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/27lm4sl

-> October 25-27, 2011, Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference, Irvine, California. Info: Transportation Research Board, Thomas M. Palmerlee, <TPalmerlee@nas.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/676ngsa


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!

-> JOB -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- SDCBC

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC) seeks a skilled and dynamic professional executive director to change the world for the better, by and for bicycling.

The SDCBC is a well respected 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving bicycling in San Diego. We do that through educational programs, promoting awareness of bicyclists and bicycling issues, reviewing infrastructure improvements, and acting as a voice for bicyclists to elected officials, decision makers, and others throughout the San Diego region.

To Apply: No later than 5pm PST on February 15th, 2011 please send 1) cover letter, 2) resume and 3) a one-page description of how you would approach your first few months on the job.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/5r5nxxc

-> JOB -- PROGRAM OFFICER -- COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SE MICHIGAN

Position Summary: The Program Officer provides leadership, guidance and a broad range of expertise in support of the Foundation's greenways and sustainable community strategies, community development work, community engagement, grant-making and educational programs. The position has in-depth knowledge of urban planning, greenway or open space planning, and community development, including current issues and key networks, public and private revenue streams. The Program Officer should have an understanding and experience in using online networks and social media to drive program implementation.

Qualifications:
-- Master's degree preferred or bachelor's degree with academic and/or professional experience in environmental science, urban planning, community development
-- 3-5 years professional experience in land use issues and green initiatives, planning, implementing, budgeting, evaluating and securing funding for programs, and project management

To apply, email your cover letter and resume to Diana Greig <dgreig@cfsem.org>. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your e?mail. Only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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

-> 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.

$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

-> 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.

Responsibilities:
- 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

-> JOB -- DEV. DIRECTOR - ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOC., 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.

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

-> JOB -- 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.

Current vacancies:
--- IT Internship
--- Sponsorship Director
--- Planning/Research Internship
--- Transit Organizer

Details: http://tinyurl.com/3azq84d


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