#273 Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2011
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-> In a Feb. 22nd New Urban Network blog entry, Rob Steuteville wrote, "A battle is shaping up over how the US will allocate transportation funding to shape the built environment for decades to come. At the center of this battle, getting little attention in the national media, are the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Although it represents only a small portion of recent US transportation funding, TIGER is one of the most hopeful programs in recent memory to come out of the US Department of Transportation. Unlike most other DOT funding, TIGER grants encourage local officials to consider how transportation will affect land use and economic development. They are competitive and not restricted to a specific mode, which promotes creative problem-solving."
"Examples of TIGER grants in 2009 and 2010 include: converting sections of auto-centric highways to boulevards that support mixed-use, walkable communities; developing transportation hubs that boost multimodal systems (including local and regional rail lines, street networks, and walking and bicycling trails); and making key improvements to freight rail systems to remove bottlenecks. These types of projects address critical issues, such as global warming (giving people the option to not drive everywhere), and unemployment (transportation projects focused on transit and pedestrian/bicycle improvements are more effective in putting people to work). Also, such projects work with, not against, a long-term shift in consumer preference...Those who oppose the TIGER program are not against all transportation funding. They are in favor of continuing the obsolete practice of spending billions mostly for new highways and road widenings. But this is not the 1950s, and that is not how we will build a livable future..."
-> In a Feb. 18th San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Jack Fusco and Mindy S. Lubber wrote, "As debate unfolds in Washington over competing visions for a federal budget, it's important to keep vital investments for America in clear view. One such investment is the Clean Air Act, which for 40 years has brought us cleaner air, improved public health, strong economic growth, and a great return on investment -- $4 to $8 in economic benefits for every $1 spent on compliance, according to the non-partisan U.S. Office of Management and Budget."
"That's why attempts to slash Environmental Protection Agency funding from the budget, or block its authority to regulate dangerous air pollution make little sense. Opponents seeking to thwart the EPA wrongly pit jobs and economic growth against clean air and public health. That's exactly backward -- a new report by Ceres and the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute finds significant job creation benefits from pending EPA rule updates, with an especially large boost -- nearly 300,000 jobs annually nationwide -- over the next five years..."
Via RWJF Public Health News Digest: http://tinyurl.com/649rbfc
-> A Feb. 28th Grist article encouraged readers to "Imagine getting a $3,000 to $12,000 tax rebate this year. Now imagine it coming again and again. Every year it grows by around a thousand dollars. Imagine how this would change your daily life. Sounds like a teabagger's wet dream, but it's actually a conservative estimate of how much you'd save by ditching your car, or even just one of your cars -- and getting on a bicycle instead. Car-centric conditions don't always make it easy to choose the bicycle. Communities designed exclusively for motor vehicles impose a major financial penalty on those who are compelled to take on the expense of driving."
"But if you're one of those who lives in a bike-friendlier place, you'll be doing your local business community a good turn and padding Uncle Sam's pockets as well as your own if you trade four wheels for two. In the many North American cities where two-wheeled transportation is taking off, a new bicycle economy is emerging. It's amazing how much money can stay in your community when it isn't being pumped into the gas tank, big insurance, and the auto market. What will this new bicycle economy look like?..."
-> According to a Feb. 17th news release, "2011 Bikes Belong is delighted to award funding to five great projects for our Winter 2011 grant cycle. These grants support a wide range of bicycle projects with the common goal of putting more people on bicycles more often. The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by our Employee Pro Purchase Program. Many thanks to the following participating members and their employees for making these awards possible: Trek, Specialized, Fuji, Giant, Cannondale, Shimano..."
The list of grantees:
-> According to a Feb. 18th news release, "Registration and call for presentations are now open for the 3rd Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Conference, August 16-18, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minn. Early bird registration ($300) is available until May 31. Submit a proposal to present a session (presenters can save more than 65% on registration fees). Deadline for presentation submission is April 8th."
"Whatever your experience level with SRTS, you're invited to attend this dynamic conference, advance your important work and build the connections-in your schools, streets and communities. Get involved!"
-> According to a Mar. 1st news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has launched a new Website containing resources and guidance on commuting by bike throughout the year. The new site focuses on providing resources to beginner and advanced bicycle commuters and to others who want to promote bike commuting. Visit the site to find downloads for event organizers, tips for individual riders, facts for the news media as well as information for employers and sponsors."
"Within the Programs in Motion" section, visitors to the site can read about success stories from Bike to Work programs around the U.S. The Website also features a discussion forum that will allow bike commuters to network with one another. Using the Web forum, you can post questions about how to get a bike to work event off the ground or offer your tips for holding a successful event..."
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4fy6p5s
-> According to a Feb. news release, "In late March, ambassadors from Prescott, Arizona will have the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and on to Sevilla, Spain to meet with top officials. Their goal is to find pertinent solutions for making Prescott more bicycle friendly. The trip is being coordinated by One Street, an international bicycle advocacy organization based in Prescott. The European Cyclists' Federation, host of the international Velo-city conference in Sevilla, is sponsoring part of the students' fees, but the ambassadors still must raise significant funding to cover their travel costs."
"The ambassadors are students in or are connected to a course at Prescott College called The Bicycle: Vehicle for Social Change. The course includes teaching others how to ride safely and repair bicycles, as well as making the case for bicycling to influential government officials in Prescott. This trip will help the students better understand why some government officials have discovered that bicycling is good for their cities. 'I am thrilled to connect my students with officials from around the world who have embraced bicycling as an enrichment for their cities,' said Sue Knaup, One Street's executive director and the teacher for the Bicycle course..."
For more info (and to donate!), go to: http://tinyurl.com/4gka4ka
-> According to their website, "The Bicycle Film Festival screens films and videos documenting, depicting, promoting and supporting bike culture in all its forms. Films can be any length, but to be eligible for our shorts programs, we prefer films under 10 minutes and strongly discourage films that are already posted online (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)..." Submission deadline is April 1, 2011."
-> According to the latest issue of Cyclists' Touring Club CycleDigest, "With the publication of the Government's Local Transport White Paper Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon (England) and the accompanying Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) in January, CTC welcomed the commitment to 'nudge' people towards greener transport choices. In his statement, transport minister Norman Baker MP said that sustainable transport -- walking and cycling -- was a particularly good way of making shorter, local trips, contributing to the economy and helping to tackle congestion with all its adverse effects on businesses. He added, 'Let us not forget the further benefits that follow a shift to more sustainable transport - benefits to the air we breathe and to our levels of fitness, and the money in our pockets as well.'..."
Source: http://tinyurl.com/26lakva (download issue 65, a 2.1MB pdf)
-> According to a Feb. 15th StreetFilms blog entry, "For the first chapter in our Moving Beyond the Automobile series we'll take a look at Transit-Oriented Development, more commonly known by its 'TOD' acronym in transportation industry circles. TOD is a high-density, mixed-use residential area with access to ample amounts of transportation. There are usually many transportation nodes within its core and contains a walkable and bike-able environment. We decided to take a look across the Hudson River at New Jersey's east coast where over the last two decades the amount of development has been booming. Transportation options are as diverse as you can get: the Hudson-Bergen light-rail, multiple ferry lines, PATH station, NJ Transit commuter trains, and buses are all plentiful, while in some areas car ownership is as low as 40% to 45%..."
Via Mobilizing the Region: http://tinyurl.com/4u5a4eh
-> According to a Feb. 24th Grist article, "If you've ever been behind the wheel of a car, you've felt it: The dead certainty that everyone around you is a complete idiot who should get the hell out of your way. If you've spent much time riding a bicycle, you have been the target of that wrath. And without the protective metal-and-glass bubble that shields drivers (mostly) from each other's anger, it's easy to feel the hate. A horn honked in your ear by someone zooming past, an insult shouted out a window, the grit kicked up in your face by someone passing too close -- just to make a point. It's scary. The expression 'road rage' apparently originated in America in the 1980s, and the concept was absorbed into our national DNA a long time ago. It's part of how we see ourselves, a danger so familiar it's become mundane, a cultural cliche..."
-> According to a Feb. 26th Oregonian article, "Vancouver firefighter Eric Giacchino saw a kid fall off a bike outside his Hough neighborhood home last fall. As he went over to help the child -- who was a little banged up, but nothing too serious -- he found he was frustrated by the accident, yet another that could have been prevented. In his day job, Giacchino is one of the first on the scene when a child on a bike is hit by a car or otherwise seriously injured. Usually, he says, they're at fault because they don't know the rules of the road. 'It's just frustrating,' he said. 'I should be able to do something about this.'"
"So he's launched a crusade to bring the county's existing bicycle programs under one umbrella and help them grow. His vision is modeled after Portland's Bicycle Transportation Alliance, where he has volunteered. The BTA doesn't extend into Clark County, nor do any Seattle-area bicycle groups, Giacchino said. That leaves a void in bicycle programming that Giacchino hopes to fill. The Vancouver resident has always considered himself a bicycle enthusiast. He often rides to and from his 24-hour shifts at the firehouse, rain or shine. His family also does most of its grocery shopping by bike. 'The family motto is, "Ditch the car. Go by bike,"' he said..."
-> According to a Feb. 18th Alameda Patch article, "Loose rock and gravel and a rusty steel railroad line: that's what pedestrians and cyclists will find under the elevated BART tracks through much of their course from 18th Street in Oakland to the downtown Hayward station. But with a new Alameda County transportation project in the works, all this might be about to change. The East Bay Greenway project seeks to add a landscaped, 12-mile bicycle and pedestrian only trail that will run underneath or along this segment of the tracks."
"The new corridor will connect Oakland, San Leandro, unincorporated Alameda County and Hayward, cross five BART stations and offer local communities healthier and safer transportation alternatives when traveling between surrounding area schools, businesses, retail centers and residential neighborhoods. 'We're trying to emulate the Ohlone Greenway and create a non-motorized corridor that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists,' said Tess Lengyel, programs and public affairs manager to the newly-formed Alameda County Transportation Commission..."
Via CalBike Report: http://tinyurl.com/4eyw3eg
-> According to a Feb. 24th Mobilizing the Region article, "The event took place on the eve of [U.S.] House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica and Congressman Tom Reed's scheduled 'field hearing' on the authorization of the next federal transportation bill, where public comments were to be by invitation only. Chairman Mica then postponed the Rochester hearing due to a scheduled vote. A new date has yet to be scheduled."
"Among the challenges identified by Rochester residents on Thursday were a lack of affordable transportation options, insufficient access to safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, poor planning by the Rochester Genessee Regional Transit Authority, not enough public participation and accountability in the transportation planning process, and a lack of responsiveness from local politicians and transportation agency heads..."
-> According to a Feb. 20th Times-Delta article, "Sun or fog, during January and February, youngsters at Hurley Elementary School in Visalia can be seen running around the makeshift track that was created five years ago for the aspiring marathon runners. Four laps, past the basketball courts and through the soccer fields and back around the playground equals one mile. Each time the 1-mile marker is hit, the participating student gets another flip-flop charm to add to his or her necklace of 'soles.' Eventually, those charms will add up to 26.2 miles -- a full marathon -- one mile at a time."
"About 80 percent of the student body participates, said Julie Berk, the school's principal. The difference it makes in the children's health and behavior both during recess and class is noticeable, she said. 'We found that when we started the marathon, which is in January and February, our attendance goes up,' Berk said. 'And any time you're more active you are able to sit in class and focus.'..."
-> According to a Feb. 27th Tribune article, "Though it's no secret that Chicago has been cranking as fast as it can to emerge as a more bicycle-friendly city, a new study for the first time puts numbers on where the rubber meets the road. The on-street biking hot spot of Chicago is at 640 N. Milwaukee Ave., a residential and commercial area between Erie and Ohio streets near the Kennedy Expressway. That's where a high of 3,121 bicyclists were counted on a random September day in 2009 as part of the Chicago Department of Transportation's first bike-count study, which will be released Monday."
"Three thousand-plus bikers over 24 hours is a big, big number. Look at it this way: Bicyclists accounted for 22 percent of all traffic passing by that location on Milwaukee Avenue, according to the study. The average daily motor vehicle traffic count there was 11,117 in 2006. The 22 percent bike share casts a large shadow over a citywide average of less than 2 percent bikes on the road. The number of bikes counted dropped to 2,083, still a respectable 16 percent bicycle-mode share, when a second count was conducted at 640 N. Milwaukee as the weather turned colder in November 2009..."
Download the study (1.6MB pdf) here: http://tinyurl.com/5rasoe8
-> According to a Feb. 17th news release, "In 2010, Salt Lake City painted the town green for bikes -- adding over two miles of 'green shared lane' in the heart of downtown. The green shared lane is an enhanced design with shared lane markings atop a 4' wide band of green down the middle of the travel lane - emphasizing to both motorists and bicyclists that bicycles do have the right to be in the lane. This design was developed by Salt Lake City in 2008, and has since been replicated in Long Beach, CA. To further the bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly vibe, the speed limits on most streets in Salt Lake's downtown core have also been reduced to 20 mph."
For more on SLC's green shared lane design, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6hshxe2
-> According to a Feb. 25th news release, "This February, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announced the Paul Bunyan State Trail as the newest member of the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to honor 25 outstanding rail-trails around the country. Out of 1,600 open rail-trails, and approximately 750 more in development, Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on merits such as scenic value, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution."
"The Paul Bunyan State Trail passes through 15 communities in north-central Minnesota and extends 112 miles from the northern end in Lake Bemidji State Park south to Brainerd's Northland Arboretum. An extension on the southern end to Crow Wing State Park is set for construction in 2012, and plans are under way to create an off-road route through Bemidji. When these projects are completed, the Paul Bunyan State Trail will become the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country. Currently, it is visited by more than 650,000 users a year and has become one of the premier state trails in Minnesota..."
-> According to the February edition of the Union Rider, newsletter of the Boston Cyclists Union, "Thanks to a nomination from the Boston Cyclists Union, Boston City Councilor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo has been awarded a scholarship from Bikes Belong and SRAM to attend the Velo-City conference in Seville, Spain...The scholarship, generously awarded by Bikes Belong and the component manufacturer SRAM to Latino elected officials from a handful of American cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas, includes a tour of the city's bike infrastructure and face time with the officials and engineers from the City of Seville that made it happen."
"Arroyo will also attend the Velo-City conference March 23-25, organized by the European Cyclists' Foundation. 'I am grateful for this opportunity brought to me by the Boston Cyclists Union. By participating in this program, I can learn additional ways the City can further enhance Boston Bikes and other programs to facilitate bike usage in the city,' wrote Arroyo. 'Especially...best practices in European cities, similarly created at a time prior to major bicycle usage and before motor vehicles existed.'..."
-> According to a Feb. 22nd Michigan Complete Streets blog entry, "City Administrator, Mark Kibby, just shared the exciting news that Gibraltar adopted a Complete Streets resolution on January 24, 2011. Gibraltar becomes the 28th Michigan policy (that we are aware of) and 5th Wayne County community to adopt a resolution or ordinance. Gibraltar joins Ferndale and Taylor who both recently adopted Complete Streets ordinances, along with Hamtramck, and Woodhaven who have passed resolutions in support of Complete Streets..."
Via the National Complete Streets Coalition e-newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/627kj6o
-> According to a Feb. 22nd Kansas Cyclist article, "In addition to the proposed 3-Foot Passing Bill* that has been introduced into the Kansas legislature, there is another bill of interest making it's way through the Committee on Transportation. House Bill 2058 (HB2058), 'Establishing conditions when motorcyclists may proceed through red traffic signals,' was introduced on January 24th, and was recommended by the Committee on Transportation on February 15th. Originally, the bill only covered motorcyclists, but was amended in committee to include bicyclists as well..."
*The "3-Foot Passing" Bill was defeated 55-59 vote in the House
-> In a Feb. 23rd Smarter Cities article, Solvie Karlstrom wrote, "In the Champaign-Urbana metro region in Illinois, the focus of the transit district is on getting people out of their cars by offering a full palette of options. Since 2001, the district has been working to transform the region into a multimodal community, where residents can comfortably walk, bike, or bus to local destinations and leave their cars at home. The effort has helped the region land a position among Smarter Cities' top 15 smarter metro regions in the country for transportation."
"'There is an understanding that we can't continue to grow the number of automobiles coming in and using city streets,' says Cynthia Hoyle, transportation planning consultant for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD). Home to the University of Illinois, the 140-square-mile planning region covers the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, the Village of Savoy, and the Village of Bondville. A committee of representatives from each of the regions, as well as the university, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the CUMTD, and several nonprofits, is currently well into the second phase of its Mobility Implementation Plan, or miPLAN, a program created to enhance mobility choices in the region..."
-> According to the Feb. 16th Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Weekly E-bulletin, "In San Jose, the Tully Road/Highway 101 overpass is being replaced with a new, multi-modal design that Valley Transit Authority (VTA) fought to get approved by Caltrans. VTA had to fight for the unorthodox design of the overpass. SVBC was called in to review the plans and help convince Caltrans that the bike- and pedestrian-friendly alterations would better serve the community. "
"Without this concerted effort, the structure would have been replaced with the typical Caltrans design: 12-foot auto lanes, narrower widths for bicyclists and pedestrians, no bulbouts at crossings, and swooping movements to and from freeway ramps to accommodate higher speed auto movements. Instead, we get wider bike lanes and sidewalks, speed-calming ramp designs, safer crossings for pedestrians, and even some nice landscaping!..."
More info and plans are here: http://tinyurl.com/4mas24e
-> According to a Feb. 28th Bike Walk Twin Cities article, "The Traffic Safety Triangle involves three big 'E's: Engineering, Education and Enforcement. Bike Walk Twin Cities has invested a lot in engineering (trails, bike lanes, safer crossings, etc.) and in education (Bike Walk Ambassadors, St Paul Smart-Trips, LCI Seminars, Leadership Breakfasts and other workshops, Web site pages, etc.) but nothing in the third E, enforcement. Until Now! We are happy to announce that Bike Walk Twin Cities will be working with the City of St. Paul on a campaign focused on protecting the most vulnerable road users through awareness and enforcement..."
-> According to a Feb. 1, 2011 Telegraph article, "Researchers discovered that just 40 minutes of moderate exercise in pensioners physically grows the brain and helps people boost their brain power. The regular workout works on people already showing signs of dementia and loss of brain function, it was found. Most elderly people experience some difficulty in remembering as an area of the brain associated with memory known as a the hippocampus shrinks as we get older."
"Around 820,000 in Britain suffer more serious dementia But the new study suggest this can be warded off and even reversed with regular exercise. Professor Kirk Erickson, a psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh, said: 'We think of the atrophy of the hippocampus in later life as almost inevitable. But we've shown that even moderate exercise for one year can increase the size of that structure. The brain at that stage remains modifiable.'..."
-> According to a Feb. 16th CDC news release, "Americans who live in parts of Appalachia and the South are the least likely to be physically active in their leisure time, according to estimates released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many counties in those regions, more than 29 percent of adults reported getting no physical activity or exercise other than at their regular job. The 2004-2008 estimates, posted online here: http://tinyurl.com/6d58gpb provide county-level estimates for leisure-time physical inactivity for all U.S. counties."
"Areas where residents are most likely to be active in their free time are the West Coast, Colorado, Minnesota and parts of the Northeast. States where residents are the least likely to be physically active during leisure time are Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee. In those states, physical inactivity rates are 29.2 percent or greater for more than 70 percent of the counties. A 2008 CDC survey found that 25.4 percent of U.S. adults did not spend any of their free time being physically active, including activities such as walking for exercise, gardening, golfing or running..."
-> "Putting entertainment centers in automobiles does not contribute to safe driving. When you're trying to update your Facebook or put out a tweet, it's a distraction."
Via Streetsblog Capitol Hill: http://tinyurl.com/4fct4e6
-> "Strolling through the international Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City last week was like walking through the brightly painted halls of a children's hospital -- at once cheery and sad. Cheery were the shiny bikes and busy ant farms. Sad was the way the marketers made it sound like they were peddling early intervention in a box..."
-> "Two highways were having a drink in a bar when a piece of pink tarmac walked in. The highways dropped to the floor and cowered under the table. The pink tarmac had a drink and then left. The highways got up and resumed drinking. 'Why did you guys hide from that piece of tarmac?' the bartender asked. A highway was quick to respond, 'Are you kidding? That guy's a cycle path!'"
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
"YOU ARE NOT STUCK IN TRAFFIC. YOU ARE TRAFFIC!" BILLBOARD
See it here: http://tinyurl.com/4s25kur
Via SVBC Weekly Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/4fh7h4k
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
Contact: Dave Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.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
Contact: Eloisa Raynault <email@example.com>
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/37fjfgs
WEBINAR: "Understanding the Highway Safety Manual"
Date: March 16, 2011, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: Peter Eun & Gene Amparano, FHWA Resource Center's Safety and Design Technical Service Team
Cost: $50/site for APBP members, $75/site for non-members
Contact: Debra Goeks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
Contact: Eloisa Raynault <email@example.com>
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/6agl6fm
WEBINAR: "Integrating Bicycles with Streetcars"
Date: April 20, 2011, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST
Presenters: Jessica Roberts and Steve Durrant; Alta Planning + Design, and Mark Dorn, URS
Cost: $50/site for APBP members, $75/site for non-members
Contact: Debra Goeks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/47zomoh
"PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS" looks at bridges on Episode 170
Contents of Episode 170:
See Episode 170 at http://tinyurl.com/629m472 It will also be broadcast on The Universityhouse Channel (DISH Network 9411) on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 P.M. Eastern Time.
VIDEO: "NON-VISUAL WAYFINDING"
"Donna Smith of Easter Seals Project Action shows how blind pedestrians navigate using a dog or a cane. She demonstrates navigating an intersection with turn phases and a delayed walk signal, a right turn lane with an island, a skewed intersection, construction barriers, and finding a mid-block bus stop."
See it here: http://tinyurl.com/5vvb7t2
-> "JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH (Vol 8, Supplement)"
All articles are available for download at no charge here: http://tinyurl.com/4g8pqar
-> "Engaging Communities to Create Active Living Environments" by Mindy Fullilove, Chanam Lee, James F. Sallis
-> "From NIH to Texas Schools: Policy Impact of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program in Texas" by Deanna M. Hoelscher, Andrew Springer, Tiffni H. Menendez, Peter W. Cribb, Steven H. Kelder
-> "The Role of Recreational Spaces in Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations Among Middle School Students" by Virginia Rall Chomitz, Denise Burke Aske, Julia McDonald, Howard Cabral, Karen Ann Hacker
-> "Facilitators and Barriers to Adopting Evidence-Based Physical Education in Elementary Schools" by Monica A.F. Lounsbery, Thomas L. McKenzie, Stewart G. Trost, Nicole J. Smith
-> "Engaging Community Providers to Create More Active After-School Environments: Results From the Ontario CATCH Kids Club Implementation Project" by Erin K. Sharpe, Scott Forrester, James L. Mandigo
-> "'Just Let Me Play!' - Understanding Constraints That Limit Adolescent Sport Participation" by Jonathan M. Casper, Jason N. Bocarro, Michael A. Kanters, Myron F. Floyd
-> "Engaging School Governance Leaders to Influence Physical Activity Policies" by Lindsey Cox, Victoria Berends, James F. Sallis, Jessica Marie St. John, Betsy McNeil, Martin Gonzalez, Peggy Agron
-> "Costs and Benefits of Bicycling Investments in Portland, Oregon" by Thomas Gotschi
-> "Context-Specific Correlates of Walking Behaviors to and From School: Do They Vary Across Neighborhoods and Populations?" by Xuemei Zhu, Chanam Lee, Oi-Man Kwok, James W. Varni
-> "Commuting by Public Transit and Physical Activity: Where You Live, Where You Work, and How You Get There" by Ugo Lachapelle, Larry Frank, Brian E. Saelens, James F. Sallis, Terry L. Conway
-> "Neighborhood and PA: Neighborhood Factors and Physical Activity in African American Public Housing Residents" by Rebecca E. Lee, Scherezade K. Mama, Kristen P. McAlexander, Heather Adamus, Ashley V. Medina
-> "Identifying GIS Measures of the Physical Activity Built Environment Through a Review of the Literature" by Ebonee N. Butler, Anita M.H. Ambs, Jill Reedy, Heather R. Bowles
-> "Installation of Bicycle Lanes and Increased Ridership in an Urban, Mixed-Income Setting in New Orleans, Louisiana" by Kathryn M. Parker, Jeanette Gustat, Janet C. Rice
-> "Physical and Social Contextual Influences on Children's Leisure-Time Physical Activity: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study" by Genevieve F. Dunton, Yue Liao, Stephen Intille, Jennifer Wolch, Mary Ann Pentz
-> "Better Parks Through Law and Policy: A Legal Analysis of Authorities Governing Public Parks and Open Spaces" by Ana Henderson, Christine R. Fry
-> "The Role of Health and Physical Activity in the Adoption of Innovative Land Use Policy: Findings From Surveys of Local Governments" by Jennifer Dill, Deborah Howe
-> "Public Support for Street-Scale Urban Design Practices and Policies to Increase Physical Activity" by Susan A. Carlson, Roxanna Guide, Thomas L. Schmid, Latetia Moore, Danielle T. Barradas, Janet E. Fulton
-> "A Comprehensive Multi-Level Approach for Passing Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets Policies in Hawaii" by Katie M. Heinrich, Nancee N. Aki, Heidi Hansen-Smith, Mark Fenton, Jay E. Maddock
-> "The State of the Great Outdoors: Charting Recent Trends, Assessing Funding Needs, and Understanding Americans' Connection to Nature" by Margaret Walls
-> "Parks Are the Answer: Help Us Prove It" by Meg Cheever
-> "Engaging Physical Activity Policymakers" by Robin A. McKinnon, Heather R. Bowles, Matthew J. Trowbridge
-> "THE AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS REPORT"
Via Chicago Wilderness: http://tinyurl.com/4cfempo
-> "DRIVING CHANGE: REDUCING VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED IN CALIFORNIA"
-> "MIXED-PRIORITY PEDESTRIAN DELAY MODELS AT SINGLE-LANE ROUNDABOUTS"
-> "WALKING AND CYCLING: IMPROVING COMBINED USE OF..."
-> "BEST PRACTICES IN TRAFFIC OPERATIONS AND SAFETY..."
-> "ROAD SHARING: DOES IT MATTER WHAT ROAD USERS THINK OF EACH OTHER?"
-> "EUROPE'S PARKING U-TURN: FROM ACCOMMODATION TO REGULATION"
-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS: BICYCLISTS AND OTHER CYCLISTS"
-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS: PEDESTRIANS"
-> "THE U.S. RURAL POPULATION AND SCHEDULED INTERCITY..."
opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling &
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-> March 8-10, 2011, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC. Info: League of American Bicyclists
-> March 10, 2011, 4th Annual Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Forum, Newton, MA. Info: Samantha Fonseca-Moreira, <email@example.com> (registration ends February 28, 2011)
-> March 11, 2011 (Lewiston, ID), March 14 (Idaho Falls, ID), March 24 (Nampa, ID), Planning and Building Healthy Communities. Info: Deanna Smith, Idaho Smart Growth: phone: (208) 333.8066; email: <Deanna@IdahoSmartGrowth.org>
-> March 13-20, 2011, Sustainable Trails Conference, Asheville, NC. Info: Pam Gluck, Professional Trailbuilders Association, phone: (530) 547-2412p; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> March 24, 2011, Florida Bike Summit, Tallahassee FL. Info: Laura Hallam, Executive Director, phone: (352) 468-3430; fax: (352) 468-3430; email: <email@example.com>, Florida Bicycle Association, P.O. Box 718, Waldo, FL 32694.
-> March 25-27, 2011, Bike!Bike!Southeast! Charleston, SC. Info:
-> March 30, 2011, Going Up a Gear: Urban Cycling Beyond London, Sheffield, UK. Info:
-> April 6, 2011 (San Mateo) & April 8 (San Jose), Silicon Valley Bike Advocacy Summit 2011, California. Info:
-> 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 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> May 25-28, 2011, 22nd International Cycling History Conference (ICHC), Paris, France. Info: French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research, Francis Papon, phone: 0145925705 ICPEF,INRETS/DEST/EEM, email: <email@example.com>, communication projects should be sent before February 1st, 2011.
-> June 1-4, 2011, CNU 19, Growing Local, the 19th annual event from the Congress for the New Urbanism, Madison, WI. Info:
-> July 28-30, 2011, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, Whistler (BC) Canada. Info: Center for Transportation Studies, Univ. of Minnesota.
-> August 16-18, 2011, 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Info:
-> August 21-25, 2011, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Seattle, WA. Info:
-> September 7-8, 2011, Conference on Performance Measures for Transportation and Livability, Austin TX. Info: Tara Ramani, Conference Coordinator <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Katie Turnbull, Conference Planning Committee Chair <email@example.com>
-> September 18-21, 2011, the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress, Brisbane, Australia. Info: State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Road; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> October 25-27, 2011, Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference, Irvine, California. Info: Transportation Research Board, Thomas M. Palmerlee, <TPalmerlee@nas.edu>
-> January 22-26, 2012, TRB 91st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info:
Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!
-> 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.
-> JOB -- DEV. OFFICER -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB (WA)
Cascade's Development Officer is the frontline fundraiser for individual and foundation giving who works to increase contributed income through membership and donations. S/he is an advocate for the organization who enjoys spending a substantial portion of her/his time building relationships with donors or prospective donors through meetings, phone conversations and events.
Send cover letter and resume to <email@example.com> with "Development Officer" in the subject field.
Deadline: Position open until filled.
-> JOB -- DEV. DIRECTOR - 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.
-> 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.
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