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#272 Wednesday, Feb. 16, 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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----- Transportation Budget Battles
----- Congressional Bike Ride in Honor of Rep. Gabby Giffords
----- Conference on Performance Measures for Trans & Livable Communities
----- Don't Fear Riding a Bicycle, Fear Sitting in that Chair
----- Reversing the Trend, More Kids Biking & Walking to School
----- Sefton (UK) Teenage Girls Engaging with Bicycles
----- Paris to Trial First City Center Car Ban
----- For Women in Iran, Cycling is a Crime
----- Hundreds of Ugandan Women Tackle Bicycling
----- Montreal Study: Bike Paths Reduce Injuries
----- Australia Bike Rider Numbers Soar

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----- Philadelphia to Build Trail on top of Manayunk Bridge
----- Boston: from Bad to a Bicycling Mag "Future Best City"
----- Anchorage Celebrates Winter Bike Festival 2011
----- D.C. Cyclists, Pedestrians Call for More, Better Enforcement
----- As Minneapolis Bike Use Climbs, Rate of Crashes with Vehicles Falls
----- Anti-Livability Bill Passes Virginia House Committee
----- Join the 2011 Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge!
----- Nassau Co. (NY) Pike Still Region's Most Dangerous Road
----- Penalty for Killing Florida Cyclists Inadequate

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----- Childhood Obesity 'Very Serious' in California, Poll Finds
----- Obesity May Cost Texas Biz $32.5B/year by 2030

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

TRANSPORTATION BUDGET BATTLES: FOES IN THE HOUSE? FRIENDS IN THE WHITE HOUSE?
by Mark Plotz

-> The year 2011 may be looked back on as the moment when bicycle and pedestrian advocacy flexed its muscles (finely toned calves, thank you very much) and in so doing, established itself as a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill. Since the 112th Congress was seated, we have heard the constant drumbeat-sometimes principled, other times dogmatic-about cutting Government spending.

Politicians talking about frivolous spending always seem prone to toss out 'bike paths' and 'bike trails' as epithets. Talk like that is usually a preamble for amendments to cut Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and the Recreational Trails Program from the Federal budget.

I say 'usually' because this time the cuts don't appear to be happening. Last week House Republicans released their list of programs targeted for cuts or elimination. We braced ourselves for the inevitable; we were spared.

This was neither providence nor good luck: for the past month, advocates at the local level have beseeched their Representatives, through phone calls and emails, visits to district offices, and many letters to local newspapers, to preserve these programs that are vital to the longevity of individuals and communities; and necessary components of a fully realized transportation system that serves all people. Their efforts are and were nothing short of heroic. While it is too early to judge the results of their labor, it is never too early to express our gratitude: Thank You.

This isn't over; the House will be debating the $60B in cuts from Tuesday to Thursday, when they will adjourn, having voted. Between now and adjournment, there will be a flurry (literally, hundreds) of amendments introduced to repeal some cuts, increase the amount of others, and wholly new cuts will be proposed. It is this last instance that poses the greatest threat to the above-mentioned programs.

Our recommendation: Stay tuned to your favorite local, state, or national bike/ped advocacy organization for updates on amendments.
American Trails: http://tinyurl.com/9b3cx
League of American Bicyclists: http://tinyurl.com/5l9ze7
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy: http://tinyurl.com/5ofeex
Transportation for America: http://tinyurl.com/5knhzv

If you happen to be a mountain biking or hiking enthusiast, you might want to check in with American Trails right about now. Programs vital to your enjoyment of the outdoors, along with virtually every Federal program having to do with clean air, clean water, and climate change, stand to take significant budget hits.

That covers FY2011. The Administration's budget proposal for FY2012 (starts in September 2011) was just released. People who have begun parsing the Transportation portion are-so far-returning with thumbs-up, mostly due its express ambition to transform USDOT. You can read the budget summary here: http://tinyurl.com/4sq29jx

Streetsblog DC covers the initial reactions: http://tinyurl.com/4a5f3mt

Secretary LaHood's remarks about the budget: http://tinyurl.com/4lykrfw

Stay tuned to CenterLines for additional coverage and analysis of the Administration's Transportation proposal.

CONGRESSIONAL BIKE RIDE IN HONOR OF REP. GABBY GIFFORDS

-> According to the LAB's Feb. 7th National Bike Summit 2011 newsletter, "The annual Congressional Bike Ride on Friday morning, March 11 has a special meaning this year. We will ride in honor of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and in memory of those killed in the Tucson shooting. Congresswoman Giffords is a regular rider and member of the Congressional Bike Caucus; her office was gracious enough to agree to our suggestion to ride in her honor."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/49fyp9p

And this just in from Andy Clarke from the League of American Bicyclists..."Please register for the National Bike Summit. We are still on pace for a record turnout and we really need EVERY voice to make our case for bicycling in the United States even stronger. There are education sessions and speakers on a variety of advocacy topics related to the national agenda: check the details at: http://tinyurl.com/4z6r4k9"

CONFERENCE ON PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR TRANS & LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to a recent news release, "Transportation is a key element of livable communities. Developing and applying appropriate performance measures to transportation and livability is critical to ensuring that intended federal, state, and local goals and objectives are being met. This conference will address the current state-of-the-practice with performance measures for transportation and livable communities in urban, suburban, exurban, and rural areas."

"Current research projects will be highlighted and future research needs will be discussed. The conference will include keynote speakers, general sessions, and breakout sessions. Abstracts for posters and presentations are being requested. Possible topics include performance measures for livable communities and transit, TOD, freight, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, economic development, and complete streets."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4pgecsl

DON'T FEAR RIDING A BICYCLE, FEAR SITTING IN THAT CHAIR

-> According to a Jan. 31st Grist article, "Afraid to ride a bicycle? You're not alone. We know that bicycling is good for public health: More bicycling and less driving leads to improved air quality, noise reduction, fewer car crashes, and reduced carbon emissions. But what about personal health -- that is, YOUR personal health and safety? Many people don't bike out of fear -- with the most significant terrifying factor, of course, being cars. As many as 60 percent of people in U.S. cities would like to ride a bicycle if it weren't for traffic-related concerns. "

"But you might have more to fear from not riding. Fear the chair in which you read this. Fear your car commute. By all means, fear a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. But bicycling? True, most of us who ride a bike in traffic every day have our bouts with fear. And for good reason. High-speed roads...exhaust...Driveways and parking lot exits are the pits. The door zone is a drag. But these are concerns no matter what mode of transportation you're using. We do tend to feel safest in a cushy SUV, but we're still subject to the right hook, the too-close pass, the cut-off -- and at freeway speeds, to boot..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4k4ttzx
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Title: "Don't fear riding a bicycle, fear sitting in that chair"
Author: Elly Blue

REVERSING THE TREND, MORE KIDS BIKING & WALKING TO SCHOOL

-> According to a Feb. 14th news release, "School kids participating in Boltage, an innovative program that encourages kids to ride and walk to school, have recently logged a huge milestone, having covered a distance of 525,000 miles, which is roughly the distance to the moon and back or 21 times around the earth! Started at one school in 2005, the program is now in place at 35 schools in 13 states. To date, participants have logged over 367,000 round trips totaling over 525,000 miles. That translates to over 46,000 gallons of gas saved, over 922,000 lbs of CO2 saved and over 22 million calories burned! "

"Boltage believes that repetition is the key to changing habits, and the comprehensive and kid-friendly Boltage program combines innovative technology and sociology to change kids' behavior. Kids are given a Zap Tag -- a small RFID tag (radio frequency identification) attached to the child's backpack. Each day, before or after school, a child rides or walks under the ZAP -- the Boltage proprietary solar-powered RFID tag reader -- to log their trip..."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4olks6h

SEFTON (UK) TEENAGE GIRLS ENGAGING WITH BICYCLES

-> According to the Feb. 8th Monthly Update from Cycling England, "A group of girls aged 12-14 from Greenbank High School in Southport spent three months producing a film called 'Pedal Power: The Way Forward,' it shows how they have explored cycling and the role it can play in local people's lives. The film was premiered at a special event at Southport Arts Centre."

"The film includes footage of Greenbank pupils, interviewing local councilors, Cycling Officers, teachers, and the town's MP. It also includes cycling skills on the roads in and around Southport, bike maintenance, health reasons why we should cycle and many more. The girls met and interviewed a teacher and assistant head from Holland to see how many children cycle to school in Holland and now have a link with the school thanks to Andy from North City Learning Centre. The girls have started their own bike club called Pedal Power the Way Forward and have regular cycle sessions at lunchtime and after school."

"Greenbank High School is also taking the lead on the young people's cycle forum in Southport. The Forum was set up by Greenbank and Juliet Jardine the CTC cycle Champion to make sure young people's voices are heard in Sefton. Young people have a right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them..."

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

PARIS TO TRIAL FIRST CITY CENTER CAR BAN

-> According to a Feb. 11th T&E Bulletin article, "Paris is set to become Europe's first city to test a complete ban on high-consumption vehicles entering the city centre. The test continues a trend aimed at improving urban air quality by limiting vehicle's access to urban centres, but the EU's environment commissioner insists there will be no review of the national pollutant emissions 'ceilings' until 2013 at the earliest."

"Until now, a number of cities have experimented with limiting access to the city centre, but Paris could be the first to ban certain vehicles altogether. Later this year it plans to test restrictions on vehicles that emit more than a certain amount of carbon dioxide per kilometre. An official of the mayor's office said on a radio programme: 'I'm sorry, but having a sport utility vehicle in a city makes no sense.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6eyyv9q

FOR WOMEN IN IRAN, CYCLING IS A CRIME

-> According to an Oct. 22nd (2010) Wend Blog entry by Sami Ewers, "On October 18th, the police chief of the Iranian city Esfahan deemed criminal the act of biking (and roller-skating) -- for women, that is. Police Chief Hassan Karami stated that police stations and patrols in the city should be increased in order to decrease crimes such as these in the city. He added that "offenders" will be 'severely prosecuted.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ehh26v

HUNDREDS OF UGANDAN WOMEN TACKLE BICYCLING

-> According to a Feb. 2nd ECF newsletter article "The village classroom in Buhoma, Uganda overflowed with vibrant fabric colors as latecomers peered through the windows. Organizers of the women's bicycle workshop were stunned as registration topped 200. The workshop was part of three weeks of activities planned around a visit by One Street's executive director, Sue Knaup, in January. The leaders of Ride 4 a Woman (R4W) had expected only a few dozen from their 300 women members. Over the next week, these eager women returned to practice their new skills in bicycle riding and repair. Ugandan culture discourages women from riding bicycles or doing mechanical work. But during the workshops, R4W's goal of breaking down these barriers was well underway..."

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

MONTREAL STUDY: BIKE PATHS REDUCE INJURIES

-> According to a Feb. 10th Gazette article, "The risk of injury for cyclists riding on Montreal bike paths is about 28 per cent lower than for cyclists riding on comparable Montreal roads unprotected from traffic, according to a new study published in an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals. That riding on separated bike paths is safer than riding in traffic may seem obvious, but there is growing debate in the United States and in some Canadian cities about whether bike paths provide a false sense of security and therefore increase risk, especially at intersections where cyclists are unprotected."

"The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has published a 'Guide for the development of bicycle facilities,' which cautions against building two-way paths along, but physically separated from, a parallel road. The Montreal-based study, done jointly by researchers from McGill, Harvard and Northeastern Universities as well as the Universite de Montreal and Montreal's public health department, was published Wednesday in the Injury Prevention Journal. The study concludes that cycle paths encourage cycling and they lessen, or at least do not increase, crash and injury rates. The construction of cycle paths should not be discouraged in urban areas, the researchers conclude..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6eau75g
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Title: "Bike paths reduce injuries: study"
Author: Michelle Lalonde

AUSTRALIA BIKE RIDER NUMBERS SOAR

-> According to the Feb/Mar edition of Sydney Cycleways News, "The 2010 figures are in and the dominance of bike sales over car sales has continued. More than 1.3 million bikes were sold in Australia in 2010 -- a 12% increase on 2009 and a 67% increase since 2001! Bikes have outsold cars in Australia every year for the past 10 years. In that time more than 11.5 million bikes have been sold -- that's a whopping 2 million more bikes than cars!"

"These bike sale figures are supported by stats released by the Australian Government that show a 32% increase in the overall number of bike riders over this same period. More and more people are choosing to ride for transport, health and fitness as well as sport and recreation. Booming bike sales will be no surprise to anyone riding in Sydney where the number of bike riders commuting to work is up 37% in just 5 years (2001 to 2006) and only continues to grow. Even more telling is the fact that the number of bike shops in the City of Sydney local government area has almost doubled in just two years!..."

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


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

PHILADELPHIA TO BUILD TRAIL ON TOP OF MANAYUNK BRIDGE

-> According to a Feb. 7th CycleGram article, "In early January, the City of Philadelphia was awarded $1.3 million to construct a trail on top of the Manayunk Bridge; look for it to open in late 2012! The Dept. of Parks and Recreation has hired the firm Michael Baker to conduct a engineering study of how to put a bike/ped connection over the Wissahickon Creek and along the riverbank behind the SEPTA transportation center/paint store/movie theater on Ridge and Main Streets."

"The 58th Street Greenway is 90% designed and getting final approvals from PennDOT. It could be the first TIGER funded project to start construction within the next few months. The sidepath along Kelly Drive between Falls Bridge and Ridge Avenue will be reconstructed and improved this spring. Expect the entire stretch to be closed for several months during the construction period during the spring up until June 2011. The Cynwyd Spur segment was cleared by hundreds of volunteers on MLK Day..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4bvn63a

BOSTON: FROM BAD TO A BICYCLING MAG "FUTURE BEST CITY"

-> According to a Jan. 27th Your Town article, "This evening at the Boston Public Library, Mayor Menino's Boston Bikes will report back to the public on the state of cycling at its annual Boston Bikes Annual Update, hosted by Livable Streets Alliance. In 2007, Mayor Menino launched Boston Bikes with the goal of transforming Boston into a world-class bicycling city. We have made tremendous strides since then. Once known as the worst cycling city according to Bicycling Magazine, we can now safely say that Boston is one of the leading bike-friendly cities in the country."

"With the help of cyclists, business owners, neighborhood leaders and advocacy organizations, we have doubled levels of bike ridership in our city in just three years. We now have the tenth highest ridership levels of the 70 largest US cities. Bicycling Magazine, despite their previous ranking calling Boston one of the worst cycling cities, recently rated Boston as a 'Future Best City.' And, in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston is on track to be one of the first cities in the nation to launch a bike share program..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4n4xjm8
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Title: "Boston Bike Czar calls city 'bike-friendly,' says ridership has doubled in three years"
Author: Nicole Freedman

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/4jnv75v
For Bicycling's list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/26hsm9m

ANCHORAGE CELEBRATES WINTER BIKE FESTIVAL 2011

-> According to a Feb. 4, Alaska Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance blog entry, "If you happen to be in Anchorage during February, you might want to check out the Winter Bike Festival 2011, hosted by the Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage. This event is highlighted by two events -- the Winter City 50K Populaire on Sunday, Feb. 13, and the film festival on Thursday, Feb. 17. There also are other events linked to the Winter Bike Festival, such as a Bike First Friday event on Feb. 4..."

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

D.C. CYCLISTS, PEDESTRIANS CALL FOR MORE, BETTER ENFORCEMENT

-> According to a Feb. 6th Examiner article, "Alice Swanson was killed when hit in a bike lane by a garbage truck driver who had an illegally obtained license. Charles Schwartz, an 85-year-old, was killed while crossing Connecticut Avenue to get a sandwich near Politics & Prose bookstore by a driver apparently using a cell phone. Richard Greenstein died after he was struck in a crosswalk near the National Mall by a reversing minivan. None of the drivers was convicted of any wrongdoing connected with the crashes. The victims' families, plus a slew of bikers, pedestrians and their advocates, testified Friday at a D.C. Council oversight hearing under Councilman Phil Mendelson, calling for more safety measures and stepped up enforcement in the District to keep them safe on city streets."

"An average of 16 pedestrians get killed by motorists each year in the city, according to D.C. police, along with one or two bikers. But many others have been hurt. Families and friends of victims urged more traffic cameras to deter drivers from speeding. Others urged the enforcement of the existing laws -- such as making sure that vehicles don't block existing bike lanes. But some of the changes being suggested involve changing the way police deal with pedestrians and cyclists. Accident forms are written for vehicles, witnesses said. Sometimes, victims testified, they haven't been interviewed about the accidents in which they were injured..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/66hmylf
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Title: "Bicyclists, pedestrians call for more, better enforcement"
Author: Kytja Weir

AS MINNEAPOLIS BIKE USE CLIMBS, RATE OF CRASHES WITH VEHICLES FALLS

-> According to a Feb. 6th Star Tribune article, "The more people bike in Minneapolis, the safer they seem to be. Recently crunched city data show the reported cyclist-motorist accident rate dropping as the number of bike commuters grows. For 2008, the most recent year for which complete data were available, the crash rate was one-quarter that of 10 years earlier. Moreover, a trend line shows a steady decrease in the crash rate even as the number of commuting cyclists more than doubled."

"There are some limits to the Minneapolis data. The number of cyclists is taken from the number of people ages 16 or older who tell census takers that their main transportation to work the previous week was a bike. That figure grew from about 3,000 in the 1990s to about 8,000 in 2008. It excludes infrequent commuters and recreational bikers. Meanwhile, the number of crashes involved only those reported to the city between bikers and motorists, which remain at or below 1990s levels. That means the crash rate has fallen sharply while commuting bikers are on the rise..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4s8xb5w
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Title: "As bicycle use climbs, rate of crashes with vehicles falls"
Author: Steve Brandt

ANTI-LIVABILITY BILL PASSES VIRGINIA HOUSE COMMITTEE

-> According to a Jan. 27th Greater Greater Washington article, "One of two bills that would base all transportation decisions on models that prioritize the fast flow of cars passed the Virginia House's transportation committee Tuesday. All of Northern Virginia's Republicans on the committee and several Democrats voted for the bill. HB1998 would make it state law to base transportation decisions on traditional traffic models, which consider only the fast movement of cars and nothing about how closely people live to their jobs, the relative value of transit versus roads, safe movement of pedestrians and cyclists, or any other factors. This bill is, in essence, the exact opposite of the USDOT's 'livability' push. That agency has been retooling the formulas for federal transit funding to move away from only favoring projects that move the most people the longest distance."

"Under the old formulas, if a city wanted to build a rail line to an empty warehouse district, they wouldn't get funding, because nobody lives there and therefore the rail line wouldn't move anyone. But, of course, the whole point was to attract people to that district who would then ride the line. This bill would mandate the road analogue of the old-style formula. It requires that VDOT exclusively prioritize '(i) the total amount of reduction in traffic congestion regionally and, separately, (ii) the amount of reduction in traffic congestion expected to be achieved per dollar cost of the project.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4vtbanc
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Title: "Anti-livability bill passes Virginia House committee"
Author: David Alpert

Via Smart Growth Online: http://tinyurl.com/45mxmv4

JOIN THE 2011 CROSS-JERSEY WALKING CHALLENGE!

-> According to a Feb. 5th announcement, "The long distance walking group called the FreeWalkers is partnering with the East Coast Greenway Alliance to invite the public to strive for a new personal goal for the new year in a program called the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge. The program is free and challenges individuals to walk 100 miles across the entire state -- from Trenton to New York City within the next 12 months -- along the East Coast Greenway."

"The Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge will follow the East Coast Greenway's entire New Jersey trail (plus some extensions, including a Manhattan walk) which represents about 100 miles out of its 3,000 miles length along the Eastern U.S. from Maine to Key West. Walkers who wish to participate enter and track their progress at the website throughout the year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/68y9eoq

NASSAU CO. (NY) PIKE STILL REGION'S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD

-> According to the Feb. 11th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "For the third year in a row, Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County is the region's most dangerous road for walking, according to Tri-State Transportation Campaign's just-released Most Dangerous Roads for Walking report. Between 2007 and 2009, twelve pedestrians were killed on that 16-mile stretch of suburban highway cutting through Nassau County's most densely populated towns. The victims included three seniors, and a pair of adult brothers. At four to six lanes across along most of its length, and lined with strip malls, fast food restaurants, and shopping centers, the Hempstead Turnpike serves as a perfect example of a wide suburban 'arterial' road."

"In the tri-state region, nearly two-thirds (63%) of pedestrian fatalities occur on these types of roads. Manhattan's Broadway ranked second in the Campaign's report, with 11 fatalities over the three-year period. With the exception of one fatality near City Hall, all of the Broadway pedestrian deaths occurred in northern Manhattan, where the road handles two-way traffic. There were no fatalities along the stretches of Broadway that have been transformed through NYC Department of Transportation's Green Light for Midtown program..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/67vt8pe

PENALTY FOR KILLING FLORIDA CYCLISTS INADEQUATE

-> According to a Feb 13th St. Petersburg Times article, "Everybody seems to agree that Brad Ash was a good guy -- a counselor for troubled teenagers, a high school special education teacher and, starting in 2009, a math teacher at Pasco Middle School. So it's a shame we can't just honor him for his admirable life and let him rest. But Ash, 41, died after being hit on his bicycle. He was hit from behind in October by an SUV on St. Joe Road in eastern Pasco County. That made him the seventh of 10 riders killed in the Tampa Bay area in the last half of 2010, and, even though his family doesn't want any part of it, his death put him at the middle of an ongoing controversy in Florida, by far the country's most dangerous state for bike riders...The investigation into Ash's death didn't make riders feel any better. Last week, the Dade City woman at the wheel of the GMC Yukon that struck him, Jennifer Tuttle, was issued a ticket for careless driving by the Florida Highway Patrol..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5vqksax
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Title: "Penalty for killing bicyclist is inadequate"
Author: Dan DeWitt


THE RESEARCH BEAT

CHILDHOOD OBESITY 'VERY SERIOUS' IN CALIFORNIA, POLL FINDS

-> According to a Feb. 8th Los Angeles Time article, "A growing number of Californians consider obesity to be a 'very serious' problem facing children in the state and believe unhealthy fare in schools should be restricted, according to a statewide poll released Tuesday. 'They recognize the seriousness of the childhood obesity epidemic and understand that changing public policies is the key to creating healthier communities,' said Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and chief executive of the California Endowment the Los Angeles-based nonprofit that funded the Field Poll survey...Three-quarters of those asked said businesses and governments should promote healthier behavior. Nearly 90% of that group favored requiring physical education classes for four years in high school; keeping school gyms, tracks, playgrounds and fields open when school is out; and making street improvements so it is easier to bike and walk..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/68z8cw4
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Title: "Childhood obesity is 'very serious' problem in California, poll finds"
Author: Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Via RWJF Childhood Obesity News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/4ztg9rh

OBESITY MAY COST TEXAS BIZ $32.5B/YEAR BY 2030

-> According to a Feb. 7th KUT News story, "Obesity in Texas could cost businesses in the state more than $30 billion a year by the year 2030, if obesity rates and health care costs continue to increase as expected. That's according to a report released Monday morning by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. The report says right now obesity is costing Texas businesses $9.5 billion a year in health care, absenteeism, decreased productivity and disability. The Comptroller is urging schools, lawmakers and others to implement more initiatives to prevent and combat obesity..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5vmcfgj
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Title: "Comptroller: Obesity May Cost Texas Businesses $32.5 Billion a Year by 2030"
Author: Crystal Chavez


QUOTES R US

-> "I think what will surprise present day Americans 20 years from now is how much less dependent they [will be] on the fossil fuel driven vehicle. We are seeing so many new initiatives using alternative fuels for transportation, particularly in the urban setting. We are now seeing the rent-a-bike programs in major metropolitan areas: here in Washington [D.C.], Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago, and New York City...Last year more bicycles were sold in America than automobiles. You have Copenhagen, where 38 percent of all travel is by bicycle. The Netherlands where 30 percent of all travel, in the whole country, is by bicycle. We are going to see those types of numbers in America 20 years from now, and much more intercity travel by high speed rail. We will see a real transformation of surface transportation from what we know it to be today..."
-- James Oberstar, member of Congress for 36 years, 1975-2011

http://tinyurl.com/4hsucfe

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

2ND ANNUAL SASKATOON ICE CYCLE

"The Coldest Bicycle Parade on the Planet"
(check out the video from the 2010 parade!)

http://tinyurl.com/4rhoe7r


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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: "Pedestrian Safety Focus States"

Date: February 23, 2011 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST

Presenters: Charlie Zegeer & Dan Gelinne, PBIC); Dan Nabors (VHB); Tamara Redmon, FHWA

Host: National Highway Institute

Cost: None

Contact: Tamara Redmon, Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, FHWA <Tamara.Redmon@dot.gov>

Registration and info: http://tinyurl.com/6dego2d

WEBINAR: "Getting Bike Shops and Advocates to Collaborate on Safe Routes to School"

Date: March 3, 2011, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Jenna Berman, Bicycle Colorado; Leslie Luciano, Bicycle Sport Shop, Austin, TX; David Cowan, Safe Routes to School National Partnership; Robert Ping, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cost: None

Contact: Dave Cowan <dave@saferoutespartnership.org>

Info: http://tinyurl.com/5vg5vdj (62KB pdf)

Registration and info: http://tinyurl.com/667gg6v

WEBINAR: "Roundabouts: An Informational Guide (Second Edition)"

Date: March 9, 2011, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Lee Rodegerdts, Kittelson and Associates; Brian Walsh, Washington State DOT; Gary Schatz, City of Austin, TX; & Hillary Isebrands, FHWA (moderator)

Host: Transportation Research Board

Cost: free for TRB sponsor employees; other sites: $99 per site

Contact: Reggie Gillum <RGillum@nas.edu>

Registration and info: http://tinyurl.com/6dego2d

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

-> "WHAT ADVOCATES AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NEED TO..."
"...Know About Takings Law;" package of resources on the subject of "takings." including reports and fact sheet by Lynn Blais & Gerald Torres (Univ. of Texas/Austin); includes "Takings Law: A Primer for Public Heath Advocates;" "Promoting Healthy Communities through Land Use Initiatives: Federal Limits on Regulatory Takings of Property;" "Promoting Healthy Communities through Land Use Initiatives: Federal Limits on Regulatory Takings of Property for Public Use;" "Land Use Initiatives to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Potential Obstacles from State Takings Laws;" National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity. September 2010 (links to these and many additional pdfs)
http://tinyurl.com/5w2rfpe

-> "BICYCLES 2010"
TRB Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Volume 2190; includes 6 articles: "How Far Out of the Way Will We Travel?;" "Automated Bicycle Counts;" "Multimodal Travel Choices of Bicyclists;" "Latent Bicycle Commuting Demand and Effects of Gender on Commuter Cycling and Accident Rates;" "Effects of On-Street Bicycle Facility Configuration on Bicyclist and Motorist Behavior;" "Parking Lane Width and Bicycle Operating Space." January 10, 2011 (links to info on all articles & downloads $)
http://tinyurl.com/4spveku

-> "GAIT SPEED AND SURVIVAL IN OLDER ADULTS"
Article by Studenski, Perera, Patel, Rosano, Faulkner, Inzitari, Brach, Chandler, Cawthon, Barrett Connor, Nevitt, Visser, Kritchevsky, Badinelli, Harris, Newman, Cauley, Ferrucci, & Guralnik; JAMA, 305(1):50-58; doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1923. 2011 (abstract and link to full article $)
http://tinyurl.com/4t44p8e

-> "REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS FROM U.S. TRANSPORTATION"
Report by David Greene & Howard Baker, Jr. (Center for Public Policy), & Steven Plotkin, (Argonne National Laboratory); for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. January 2011 (2.4MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6fq4xq3

-> "THE WRONG WAY: MINNESOTA SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION DISPARITIES"
Report by John Fitzgerald, Education Fellow, Minnesota 2020. September 2010 (1.5MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4qpzbhj
Via New Urban Network: http://tinyurl.com/4nxn44u

-> "TRIALLING PEDESTRIAN COUNTDOWN TIMERS AT TRAFFIC SIGNALS"
Report by D.K. Wanty (MWH) & S.M. Wilkie (NZ Transport Agency); NZ Transport Agency research report 428. December 2010 (general info and link to 380KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/5uwgcur

-> "HIGHWAY SAFETY MANUAL"
First Edition, by AASHTO; HSM-1. 2010 (ording info & link to purchase)
http://tinyurl.com/4dedg7l

-> "NO MORE FREEWAYS: URBAN LAND USE TRANSPORTATION DYNAMICS..."
...Without Freeway Capacity Expansion;" report by Lei Zhang, University of Maryland - College Park & Wei Xu, Oregon State University; for the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). January 2011 (2.9MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/68qjzbx
Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/4rbmnwy

-> "A REPORT ON PROGRESS: TRANSPORTATION TO SUSTAIN A COMMUNITY"
Report of the City of Boulder (CO) Transportation Division. 2010 (9.2MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4odad3l

-> "ACROSS THE ARTERIAL MID-BLOCK: SHARED-USE PATH..."
...Crossings of Multilane Roadways in California;" report by Steve Schweigerdt, Trail Development Manager, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Western Regional Office. January 2011 (6.6MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4doczje

-> "PERFORMANCE-BASED TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT..."
"...Typology Guidebook;" report by Austin, Belzer, Benedict, Esling, Haas; Miknaitis, Wampler, Wood, Young, & Zimbabwe; for the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, Reconnecting America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, & Strategic Economics. December 2010 (17MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4kpyc4m

-> "ARE WE REACHING PEAK TRAVEL? TRENDS IN PASSENGER TRANSPORT IN..."
"...Eight Industrialized Countries;" article by Millard-Balla (Stanford University) & Schipperb (Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley; Transport Reviews. November 18, 2010 (abstract and link to full article $)
http://tinyurl.com/697zh4b


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 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 10, 2011, 4th Annual Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Forum, Newton, MA. Info: Samantha Fonseca-Moreira, <samantha.fonseca-moreira@state.ma.us> (registration ends February 28, 2011)
http://tinyurl.com/4p4pu7p

-> March 13-20, 2011, Sustainable Trails Conference, Asheville, NC. Info: Pam Gluck, Professional Trailbuilders Association, phone: (530) 547-2412p; email: <pam_gluck@americantrails.org>
http://tinyurl.com/47mryz9

-> 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 6, 2011 (San Mateo) & April 8 (San Jose), Silicon Valley Bike Advocacy Summit 2011, California. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/49me3bp

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

-> April 28-29, 2011, Streets as Places Training Seminar, New York, NY. Info: Dana Kitzes, Project for Public Spaces; email: <dkitzes@pps.org>
http://tinyurl.com/4hzamxh

-> May 5-6, 2011, How to Turn a Place Around Training Seminar, New York, NY. Info: Dana Kitzes, Project for Public Spaces; email: <dkitzes@pps.org>
http://tinyurl.com/246oq3w

-> 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 23-26, 2011, 31st Annual National Recreation Resource Planning Conference, Breckenridge, CO. Info: National Association of Recreation Resource Planners, P.O. Box 221, Marienville, PA 16239; phone: 814-927-8212; fax: 814-927-6659l email: <info@narrp.org>
http://tinyurl.com/636szrw

-> 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

-> September 7-8, 2011, Conference on Performance Measures for Transportation and Livability, Austin TX. Info: Tara Ramani, Conference Coordinator <t-ramani@ttimail.tamu.edu>; Katie Turnbull, Conference Planning Committee Chair <k-turnbull@tamu.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/4pgecsl

-> September 18-21, 2011, the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress, Brisbane, Australia. Info: State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Road; email: <info@cyclecongress.com>
http://tinyurl.com/4sacgf3

-> 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

-> January 22-26, 2012, TRB 91st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/4vk6jw8


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!

-> GRANT -- NAT'L TRAILS TRAININING -- USDOT

Funding Opportunity Number: DTFH61-11-RA-00007
Posted Date: Feb 07, 2011
Current Closing Date for Applications: Mar 07, 2011
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Estimated Total Program Funding: $496,000
Award Ceiling: $496,000
Award Floor: $124,000
CFDA Number(s): 20.219 -- Recreational Trails Program
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Details: http://tinyurl.com/4r2thub

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- SONOMA CO. (CA) BICYCLE COAL.

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is seeking an energetic professional with experience in developing, leading and managing a non-profit advocacy organization, to join our team as Executive Director.

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes bicycling for transportation and recreation in Sonoma County. We are looking for someone who is passionate about bicycling to oversee all aspects of SCBC's work, provide vision and leadership, and represents cyclists' concerns in the community. The Executive Director will supervise paid staff, contractors, interns and volunteers on advocacy and programs related to the organization's mission. The ideal candidate will have experience with non-profit governance and organizational development, fundraising, advocacy, and transportation policy.

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is a 10-year old membership-based non-profit, with an office in Santa Rosa, CA. Our next Executive Director will inherit an enthusiastic membership, dedicated volunteer base and supportive board of directors; and a growing, financially healthy organization.

For more information on SCBC please visit: http://www.bikesonoma.org/

-> 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

-> 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. OFFICER -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB (WA)

Cascade's Development Officer is the frontline fundraiser for individual and foundation giving who works to increase contributed income through membership and donations. S/he is an advocate for the organization who enjoys spending a substantial portion of her/his time building relationships with donors or prospective donors through meetings, phone conversations and events.

Send cover letter and resume to <developmentofficer@cascadebicycleclub.org> with "Development Officer" in the subject field.

Deadline: Position open until filled.

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

-> 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
--- Planning/Research Internship
--- Transit Organizer

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


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