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#275 Wednesday, Mar. 30, 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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- New ADA Rules Went into Effect on March 15th
----- Call for Proposal Deadline Looms for SRTS Nat'l Conference
----- TRB Wants Comments on Possible Speed & Safety Subcommittee
----- Mapping Bicycle Mode Share Where You Live
----- Access Board Seeks Comment on Access to Shared Use Paths
----- Rail~Volution 2011 Call for Speakers Now Open
----- "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper" Placemaking for Your Community
----- EU Takes 1st Steps to Reign in Company Car Tax Subsidies
----- Does Shoveling Sidewalks Cost Too Much for Cities?
----- Surat (India) Pedals for a Greener Future
----- Australian Village Changes Name

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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----- Maryland's Optional Stop Signs
----- Univ. of Alaska/Fairbanks Approves Bike Rental Program
----- 2011 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" a Big Success!
----- Kansas' 3-Foot Passing/"Dead Red" Bill up for House Vote
----- Crookston (Mn) Decides to "Take the Stairs"
----- Son Seeks Answers on Mom's Death in Mattapoisett (Ma) Xwalk
----- Portland (Me) Adopts Complete Streets Resolution
----- Well-Known Long Beach (Ca) Bike Advocate Dies in Plane Crash

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----- Broad Range of Bike Facilities, Programs Boost Cycling
----- Seniors Have Trouble Walking, Talking at Same Time?
----- Portland Metro Study Focuses on the "Five P's"

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

NEW ADA RULES WENT INTO EFFECT ON MARCH 15TH

-> According to a Mar. 14th U.S. Dept. of Justice news release, "Revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will take effect tomorrow, March 15, 2011, the Department of Justice announced. The revised rules are the department's first major revision of its guidance on accessibility in 20 years."

"The regulations apply to the activities of more than 80,000 units of state and local government and more than seven million places of public accommodation, including stores, restaurants, shopping malls, libraries, museums, sporting arenas, movie theaters, doctors' and dentists' offices, hotels, jails and prisons, polling places, and emergency preparedness shelters. The rules were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder on July 23, 2010, and the official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010."

"The department is also releasing a new document, 'ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business,' to help small businesses understand the new and updated accessibility requirements. In addition, the department is announcing the release of a new publication explaining when the various provisions of its amended regulations will take effect..." Both documents are available here: http://tinyurl.com/69n4fsn

Source: http://tinyurl.com/69n4fsn

CALL FOR PROPOSAL DEADLINE LOOMS FOR SRTS NAT'L CONFERENCE

-> According to a Mar. 24th news release, "The 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference, August 16-18, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minn., is a wonderful opportunity to share your experiences, challenges and successes in implementing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) in your community."

"What lessons have you learned? How can your experiences enlighten others and advance the work of this important cause? Whether your program is well established or just getting started, whether you are a youth or an adult, you have something valuable to share. There are only two weeks left to send in your submission to speak at the conference. The deadline is Friday, April 8. (Presentations are due July 15.)..."

Submit your proposal online: http://tinyurl.com/4t9p7oq

Info: http://tinyurl.com/cb8v5o

TRB WANTS COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE SPEED & SAFETY SUBCOMMITTEE

-> According to a message from Libby Thomas of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, "We are seeking input on research needs and interest in participating in a joint sub-committee on Speed and Safety. If you have an interest in this issue, either from the perspective of pedestrian safety or for other reasons, I would like to ask you to go to the following link and complete a quick 7 question survey about your interest in and ideas for the TRB Speed and Safety Joint Subcommittee."

"We will use this information to move forward in the development of the subcommittee. Even if you are not interested in active participation at this time, we would like to get your thoughts and ideas on the topic, and your recommendations of other committees that we may want to invite to participate. A number of committees have been identified, but we will need to find a few liasons that can help us contact these other committees."

To learn more and offer comments, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4rptf3l

MAPPING BICYCLE MODE SHARE WHERE YOU LIVE

-> In a Mar. 28th DC.StreetsBlog.org entry, Tanya Snyder wrote, "All right dataheads, this is what you've been waiting for. Wondering about bicycle mode share in your state? Of course you are. Dying to find numbers on the ratio of male to female cyclists, government spending on bike infrastructure, and traffic fatalities? We knew you were."

"And so, apparently, was Kory Northrop, a master's student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Oregon studying GIS and bicycle transportation. He put this map together to show cycling advocates how they're doing..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6a8m4xa

ACCESS BOARD SEEKS COMMENT ON ACCESS TO SHARED USE PATHS

-> According to a Mar. 28th announcement on the U.S. Access Board website, "The Access Board seeks public comment on a new initiative to develop accessibility guidelines for shared use paths which provide a means of transportation and recreation for various users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and others, including people with disabilities. The new guidelines will provide technical provisions for incorporating accessibility into the construction or alteration of shared use paths covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and, in the case of those federally funded, the Architectural Barriers Act."

"Through a notice published on March 28, the Board invites comment on the guidelines to be developed, including their scope of coverage and the definition of 'shared use paths.' The Board also seeks feedback on draft technical provisions that address various features of paths, including surface characteristics, width, grade and cross slopes, changes in level, surface joints and openings, protruding objects, gates and barriers, and intersections and curb ramps. The notice explains these provisions and poses questions to the public on specific topics..."

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

RAIL~VOLUTION 2011 CALL FOR SPEAKERS NOW OPEN

-> According to the March 23rd Smart Growth Online Newsletter, "Rail~Volution is conducting a formal Call for Speakers for the 2011 Rail~Volution Conference, set for October 16-19 in Washington, DC. Visit the conference website to submit a speaker proposal for consideration. Deadline for all submissions for speaker proposals is March 31."

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

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4e24szm

"LIGHTER, QUICKER, CHEAPER" PLACEMAKING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

-> According to a Mar. 21st Placemaking News article from the Project for Public Spaces, "As people everywhere struggle to do more with less and cry out for places of meaning and beauty, we have to find fast, creative, profitable ways to capitalize on local ingenuity and turn public spaces into treasured community places."

"Interestingly, many of the best, most authentic and enduring destinations in a city, the places that keep locals and tourists coming back again and again and that anchor quality, local jobs, were born out of a series of incremental, locally-based improvements. One by one, these interventions built places that were more than the sum of their parts."

"The time is right to rethink the way that we do development, using an approach called 'Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper' (LQC). This approach is based on taking incremental steps, using low-cost experiments, and tapping into local talents (e.g. citizens, entrepreneurs, developers, and city staff). These smaller-scale projects are being implemented in a variety of environments, including on streets, squares, waterfronts, and even parking lots..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4q8j2je

EU TAKES 1ST STEPS TO REIGN IN COMPANY CAR TAX SUBSIDIES

-> According to a Mar. 21st Transport & Environment article, "The Commission says it is taking the first steps towards tackling the problem of tax subsidies that come through favourable treatment of company cars. Its draft transport white paper identifies company car taxation as a problem, and earlier this month it co-hosted a seminar to discuss the issue."

"Research commissioned by Brussels and conducted by a Danish economics consultancy shows that company cars represent roughly half of Europe's car sales, and that tax breaks for these cars and fuel represent a subsidy of 54 billion Euros and increase CO2 emissions from Europe's cars by 4-8%. The damage to the environment is caused by two behavioural factors: an artificially high demand for large and fuel-consuming vehicles, and a greater number of kilometres driven, both because the car 'owner' doesn't have to pay..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6yghyd6

DOES SHOVELING SIDEWALKS COST TOO MUCH FOR CITIES?

-> According to a Mar. 17th Macleans article, "Many Canadian cities* plow their sidewalks, as well as roads. Like drinkable water and street lights that work, clear sidewalks are a basic municipal service in these urban centres. And yet numerous other cities have abandoned their sidewalk plows and dumped the job on residents instead. Is this fair?..."

"Cities that require citizens to do their own shoveling frequently cite the heavy cost of sidewalk clearing and limited budgets. But sidewalk plowing appears to be one of the great bargains of municipal governance. Winnipeg, for example, manages to keep its sidewalks free from snow and ice for $2 million a year, or less than $7 per household. Try finding a teenager willing to shovel your driveway just once for $7, let alone a whole season..."

* Canadian cities that plow sidewalks: Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, the majority of Metro Toronto, Winnipeg, to name a few.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/47cj7bx
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Title: "Down shovels: the city should clear the sidewalks"
Author: Staff

SURAT (INDIA) PEDALS FOR A GREENER FUTURE

-> According to a Feb. 27th Times of India article, "Around 300 cyclists participated in a green Surat cycle rally on Gaurav Path here on Sunday morning. The 8 km rally was flagged off from Ichhanath crossroads by Surat MP Darshana Jardosh and Mayor Raju Desai. It ended at the same spot after returning from Goverdhan Nathji Haveli. The rally was organised by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and was also supported by Surat traffic police and Kendriya Vidyalaya. Others present were deputy mayor Chhaya Bhuva, municipal commissioner S Aparna and city programme manager ITDP Anuj Malhotra. Jardosh and Desai both pedalled for green Surat with hundreds of other cyclists..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6xy22rm
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Title: "Citizens pedal for green Surat"
Author: TNN

Via Sustainable Transport ebulletin: http://tinyurl.com/48zg752

AUSTRALIAN VILLAGE CHANGES NAME

-> According to a Mar. 21st Transport & Environment article, "The Victorian settlement of 'Speed,' which has 45 residents, has changed its name for one month to become 'Speed Kills'..."

http://tinyurl.com/4zsbqzj


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

MARYLAND'S OPTIONAL STOP SIGNS
by Mark Plotz

-> Here's a question you will never see on your driver's license exam: When is a STOP sign optional in Maryland? The answer is 'never' but one day in February, in Maryland, over 7 thousand drivers demonstrated they didn't know the answer by passing stopped school buses. Yes, I am talking about those big buses that are painted yellow (for visibility), with the big flashing warning lights, and the large STOP signs that deploy from the left side of the buses. Sixty-five percent of the state's 4,700 bus drivers took part in the one-day survey. Drivers in suburban areas of the state acted most shamefully: Baltimore County did the worst, with DC suburb Montgomery County tallying 1,645 violations. Not to be outdone by their neighbors, the drivers of Prince George's County chalked up 136 door side violations.

Three counties that are rural reported no violations, suggesting to me that at least part of the explanation for this reckless behavior is cultural. Growing up in North Mankato, Minnesota, the one driving rule held inviolate was that you never, ever passed a stopped school bus. Drivers who violated this norm could expect a visit from the local constable, a pricey ticket, and-worst of all-the scorn of your Scandinavian neighbors. Those were their kids you were endangering.

How do we stop this moral backsliding when the problem is so pervasive? The critical first step is to make sure that you, your family, and your neighbors are not part of the problem. The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services is conducting similar surveys in all states, so soon we will know if the schools in your community have the same problem. One remedy under consideration in Maryland is the installation of cameras on all buses to catch violators.

This is the gilded solution; the state of New York has come up with a more practical idea: a one-day, statewide enforcement action known as Operation Safe Stop. The action is a collaboration between the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, the state Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the state School Bus Contractor's Association, the pupil transportation industry, and state and local law enforcement. Last year, police riding along on the buses issued several thousand tickets and made a few arrests. And all the kids thought it was the best bus ride to school. Ever.

Baltimore Sun editorial: http://tinyurl.com/4mqx8yv

New York's "Operation Safe Stop": http://tinyurl.com/4by44pb

Press Release from MD Dept of Education: http://tinyurl.com/4sdtty4

UNIV. OF ALASKA/FAIRBANKS APPROVES BIKE RENTAL PROGRAM

-> According to a Mar. 15th News-Miner article, "The University of Alaska Fairbanks is hoping to add a hint of green to its campus this spring with a new bicycle rental program. The UAF Office of Sustainability has approved the new program, which will be funded by a roughly $10,000 grant through the sustainability fee students pay each semester. The bikes will be available through UAF Outdoor Adventures for both short- and long-term rentals starting in April."

"The program is grounded in a desire to cut back on vehicle traffic - and exhaust emissions - as part of a larger drive for the UAF campus to be more environmentally friendly. But Michael Stanfill, a sophomore mechanical engineering student who is part of the program, expects it also will be a practical solution for many students commuting to class. 'Especially with freshmen, you have a lot of students who don't have transportation,' Stanfill said. 'They don't have a bike, they don't have a car, but they still need transportation.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5uxur5r
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Title: "UAF Office of Sustainability approves bike rental program"
Author: Jeff Richardson

2011 "GEORGIA RIDES TO THE CAPITOL" A BIG SUCCESS!

-> According to a March 28th news release, "Approximately 2,000 riders turned out for the event this year -- the weather was gorgeous, so that certainly helped. Twenty seven cities throughout the Atlanta metro region had mayors or council members participating; roughly 45 officials registered to participate in the ride. Governor Deal briefly addressed the crowd and voiced his support of the three foot passing law. He said it may not happen this year, but it will happen soon. Gov. Nathan Deal also spoke on the obesity issue in Georgia and its long term ill effects on our population during his speech."

"Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle rode from Decatur to the Capitol. GA DOT Commissioner Vance Smith spoke to the riders about better bicycle facilities in Georgia. House Bill 180 -- the 3 Foot Safe Passing Bill did not make it from the House to the Senate in time to be considered this year, but it gained more supporters this time around and the bill carry forward to next year's Session. On a positive note, HB 101, which cleans up a number of outdated bicycle issues, passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on the 22nd, just before riders arrived at the capitol!"

For more info, contact Fred Boykin of Bicycle South at <fboykin@bicyclesouth.com>

The event's URL is: http://tinyurl.com/2wpo8t

KANSAS' 3-FOOT PASSING/"DEAD RED" BILL UP FOR HOUSE VOTE

-> According to a Mar. 28th Kansas Cycling News article, "HB2192 ('3-Foot Passing' and 'Dead Red') has emerged from a Senate/House conference committee, and now moves to the full Kansas House of Representatives for a vote..." According to Bill Lucero, Lobbyist with the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, "The Bill now goes back to the House for concurrence or rejection of the Committee report."

"The "3-foot passing" provision specifies the amount of space drivers are to allow when passing bicyclists: first, the "driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a distance of not less than three feet and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle; and, second, the "driver of a vehicle may pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction in a no-passing zone with the duty to execute the pass only when it is safe to do so."

"The "Dead Red" provision identifies situations where a "a person riding a bicycle facing any steady red signal, which fails to change to a green light within a reasonable period of time because of a signal malfunction or because the signal has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle because of its size or weight" will be lawfully able to proceed through the intersection, given certain limitations."

Sources: Kansas Cyclist: http://tinyurl.com/67csww7 and HOUSE BILL No. 2192 (124KB pdf:http://tinyurl.com/5sg826r)

CROOKSTON (MN) DECIDES TO "TAKE THE STAIRS"

-> According to a Mar. 15th Crookston Times, "Polk County Public Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) in partnership with RiverView Health's Wellness Committee announce new stairwell updates, including aesthetically pleasing-fresh paint, framed artwork/quotes, and motivational signs, designed to promote stair use within the building. 'Taking the stairs is one small change I can easily make in becoming healthier,' said Jennifer Tate, EVS manager..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4eye57f
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Title: "Take the stairs: It's priceless!"
Author: Staff

Via Prevention Minnesota: http://tinyurl.com/64sc6zz

SON SEEKS ANSWERS ON MOM'S DEATH IN MATTAPOISETT (MA) XWALK

-> According to an article in the Winter CommonWealth Magazine, "Helen Cadden left her bank and walked up toward the Mattapoisett fire station. The 87-year-old grandmother always crossed Route 6 there when she ran errands because there was a crosswalk with a sign saying "State Law: Yield for Pedestrians in Crosswalk." But on this particular morning, a sunny day in early August 2007, she never made it to the other side of the road. As she ventured across the street, she was hit by a car and thrown 30 feet...Cadden was airlifted by helicopter to Boston Medical Center and her son, Peter, rushed to her side. Looking at her frail body lying in the hospital bed, Peter knew her injuries were serious [and] died on Aug. 15, 2007, 12 days after being hit..."

"Peter Cadden buried his mother and his grief soon gave way to nagging doubts about what happened on Route 6 that day. The police said his mother was to blame for the accident. Relying on a reconstruction of the accident by state investigators, the police said Helen Cadden stepped out unexpectedly into traffic, making it impossible for 85-year-old Evelyn Pursley to avoid hitting her. Pursley was fined $100 for failing to yield to a pedestrian, and the case was dismissed. But something about the case didn't add up to Peter Cadden. More than three years later, Cadden is still convinced the police made a mistake, and his mother was not at fault. He has laid out his version of events before the Mattapoisett police chief, the Plymouth County district attorney, and the State Police, but none of them have been willing to reopen the case..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/696smyk
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Title: "A son seeks answers"
Author: Kevin Schwartz and Shweta Krishnan

Via StreetHeadlines: http://tinyurl.com/62voo7u

PORTLAND (ME) ADOPTS COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTION

-> According to the Mar. 17th National Complete Streets Coalition e-Newsletter, "In a first for the state, Portland has adopted a Complete Streets resolution. Driven by a need for safe streets and a desire to promote active transportation, the resolution was unanimously supported by City Council and a cadre of bicycling advocates, planners, parents, and public health officials..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4uof9se

WELL-KNOWN LONG BEACH (CA) BIKE ADVOCATE DIES IN PLANE CRASH

-> According to a Mar. 17th message from Andrea White-Kjoss, "We in the bicycling community (and the broader community) are mourning the loss of Mark Bixby, who was one of five killed in a small airplane crash at Long Beach Airport yesterday. At 44, Mark was a husband and father of three, accomplished in many arenas, and was just hitting his stride as a cycling advocate. He was the leader in the successful fight, just concluded this week, for bicycle and pedestrian path on the new Gerald Desmond Bridge (http://tinyurl.com/488mtg5) and was a driver for many other bicycling-related projects and programs. He spent a lot of time on his road bike as a member of the La Habra team. We have lost a warm, talented, and energetic friend, husband, father, son, brother, and advocate."

For more on Mark's life and his memorial bike ride, go to: http://tinyurl.com/64hfmn5


THE RESEARCH BEAT

BROAD RANGE OF BIKE FACILITIES, PROGRAMS BOOST CYCLING

-> According to a new study funded by USDOT, "Cycling has certainly been on the rise in most parts of the USA and Canada. The boom in cycling, however, has been limited to a few dozen cities which have implemented a wide range of programs to aggressively promote cycling, such as the nine case study cities portrayed in this report. Even in those cities, cycling growth has been highly concentrated in the central cities, and especially in gentrifying neighborhoods near the CBD and university districts, while cycling remains at very low levels in most suburbs. Moreover, cycling levels vary greatly by region. The western states/provinces of the USA and Canada have, by far, the highest cycling rates, while most states in the American South, from Texas all the way to North Carolina, have extremely low levels of cycling."

The study, authored by professors John Pucher (Rutgers University) and Ralph Buehler (Virginia Tech), looked at bicycling growth patterns and crash statistics over 20 years in Chicago, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. They also looked at national and regional data. According to the authors, "The case study cities have implemented a wide range of infrastructure and programs to promote cycling and increase cycling safety: expanded and improved bike lanes and paths, traffic calming, parking, bike-transit integration, bike sharing, training programs, and promotional events." Pucher and Buehler describe the details of each city's efforts, looking at innovations and potential lessons that could benefit other communities.

More on this study in future issues of CenterLines; to read the study in its entirety go to: http://tinyurl.com/46jrrav

SENIORS HAVE TROUBLE WALKING, TALKING AT SAME TIME?

-> According to a Mar. 16th NPR Health Blog entry, "If you're 60 or older, there's another health issue you might want to put on your worry list: crossing the street. Now there are streets, particularly busy streets that we have to cross every day. And, if, like most Americans, you're doing 'something else' while crossing, like listening to music on your iPod for example, or talking on your cell phone, you should be especially careful."

"Researchers from the University of Illinois report that individuals over age 59 face an increased risk of injury when crossing busy complicated streets while multitasking. The study appears in the journal Psychology and Aging. The study was small but provocative. Researchers compared 18 undergraduate students aged 18 to 26 years to 18 older adults aged 59 to 81 years during a simulated street crossing exercise."

"Participants walked on a treadmill while watching three computer viewing screens which displayed a busy street between two large buildings. Participants were asked to cross the road as they would normally, at whatever speed they wanted without running..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4v9jufg
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Title: "Seniors Have Trouble Walking And Talking At The Same Time"
Author: Patti Neighmond

Ed. note: Check out the comments!

PORTLAND METRO STUDY FOCUSES ON THE "FIVE P'S"

-> According to a Mar. 8th Metro News article, "Research shows that a few key measures can strongly predict the readiness of an area to support walkable, mixed-use development and help residents live a lifestyle with less reliance on a personal automobile. Metro's Transit-Oriented Development Program's new transit orientation measure is a composite of these important elements. Traditionally, true transit-oriented development has been said to possess three D's -- density (residential and/or employment), diversity (e.g. mix of uses, ages, income groups) and design (pedestrian scale and orientation). For the purpose of better capturing 'urban character' in a composite measure, a more holistic view of the transit friendliness of station areas and corridors is proposed."

"The five P's used for this analysis are as follows:
* People: The number of residents and workers in an area has a direct correlation with reduced auto trips
* Places: Areas with commercial urban amenities such as restaurants, grocers and specialty retail not only allow residents to complete daily activities without getting in a car, but also improve the likelihood of higher density development by increasing residential land values
* Physical form: Small block sizes promote more compact development and walkability
* Performance: High quality, frequent bus and rail service makes public transportation a more reliable means of getting around and can lead to less driving
* Pedestrian/bicycle connectivity: Access to sidewalks and low stress bikeways encourages more people to walk or cycle to transit and neighborhood destinations..."

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


QUOTES R US

-> "Sidewalks are a fundamental element of the urban transportation infrastructure. It is bizarre that any city would fail to provide the same level of service for sidewalks that it does for roads. This makes its pedestrians second-class citizens."
-- Barry Wellar, professor emeritus of geography at the University of Ottawa and creator of a walkability index for Canadian cities

http://tinyurl.com/47cj7bx

AND NOW, FOR A FEW THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

GREEN TUNNEL

"A six month journey along the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail, condensed and reinterpreted into five minutes."
by Kevin Gallagher
http://tinyurl.com/4hu6vg4
Via Good: http://tinyurl.com/47jcpct

THE ART OF FRANK PATTERSON

YouTube slideshow of the famous cycling artist and his art
http://tinyurl.com/4tk6uo3

THE YIKE BIKE

"A New Zealand inventor has created a new kind of transportation. Will it become commonplace?"
http://tinyurl.com/5vao69v


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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/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

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/47zomoh

WEBINAR: "England's Sustainable Travel Towns"

Date: May 10, 2011, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Joe Finlay, England's Department for Transport, and Emilie van de Graaff, Worcester Sustainable Travel Town project

Host: Tools of Change

Cost: $50/site

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

Contact: Cate Berthelet <registrar@toolsofchange.com>

VIDEOS:

TEDx VIDEO: Dan Burden, "Creating Livable Communities"
http://tinyurl.com/4mdr8q8

"Dan Burden presents the case for creating communities that are centered on people and not cars. He identifies the benefits to the community in terms of both vitality and economic well-being. As a leading expert in his field of creating livable communities he talks about the processes he uses and the results of his many projects..."

TEDx VIDEO: Dan Burden, "Gil Penalosa - Creating 8-80 Cities, from thinking to doing"
http://tinyurl.com/63hfqk5

8080 Cities' Executive Director, Gil Penalosa, explains how "Sustainable urbanisation of cities can create space for engaging all community members aged from 8 years through to 80 years."


RESOURCES

-> "BICYCLING TRENDS AND POLICIES IN LARGE NORTH AMERICAN CITIES"
Report by John Pucher and Ralph Buehler; for the USDOT Research and Innovative Technology Admin & the University Transportation Research Consortium; Grant No. 49111-13-21. March 2011 (downloadable pdfs of Brief (151KB pdf) and Report (500KB pdf))
Brief: http://tinyurl.com/4pzkmel Report: http://tinyurl.com/46jrrav

-> "SOUTH CAROLINA COMPLETE STREETS ADVOCACY MANUAL"
Report by Rebecca Ramos, Esq., Palmetto Public Affairs, with contributions from Rachael Kefalos, Palmetto Cycling Coalition; for Eat Smart Move More SC, DHEC Office on Obesity Prevention and Control & Palmetto Cycling Coalition. 2010 (15.6MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4rmz3wz
Via CDC/NSPAPPH Physical Activity One-Way Listserv

-> "MEASURING PERFORMANCE IN THE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM..."
"...A Path to Progress and Accountability;" report by Transportation for America. March 2011 (1.3MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4b8dpn8

-> "PARKING, PEOPLE, AND CITIES"
Article by Michael Manville and Donald Shoup; the Journal of Urban Planning And Development. December, 2005 (182KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6guys38
Via 8-80 Cities March 2011 e-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/6gu6j87

-> "WORKING TOGETHER TO ADVANCE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL"
2-page flyer on how various entities are involved in the Safe Routes to School process; by the Federal Highway Administration, National Center for Safe Routes to School, and the Safe Routes National Partnership. March 2011 (247KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/49ulyed

-> "CHANGING THE HABITS OF AN ENTIRE GENERATION THROUGH..."
"...Bicycling and Walking;" 5-page brief by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. March 2011 (701KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4jqq4mn

-> "STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: THE CENTRAL FLORIDA BIKE BUS"
Featured case study in the Winter 2011 edition of "The PBIC Messenger"
http://tinyurl.com/4rgpx2z

-> "CYCLING = LIVABILITY"
Article by Michael King, assisted by Ed Hernandez, Nelson\Nygaard; Consulting Associates; APA Transportation Division Newsletter, Vol 36, Issue 1. Spring 2011 (299KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4uolrnr


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!

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

-> April 5, 2011, Anoka County TMO Transportation Summit, Andover, MN. Info: Anoka County TMO, 1440 Bunker Lake Boulevard, Andover, MN 55304; phone: (763) 862-4260; fax: (763) 862-4201; email: <tmo@co.anoka.mn.us>
http://tinyurl.com/6arumqj

-> 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, Complete Streets Forum, Toronto, ON (Canada). Info: Carrie Armstrong, Toronto Clean Air Partnership, 75 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON, M5G 1P4; phone: (416) 392-0260; email: <carmstrong@cleanairpartnership.org>
http://tinyurl.com/5sfgy47

-> 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 1-4, 2011, CNU 19, Growing Local, the 19th annual event from the Congress for the New Urbanism, Madison, WI. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/4569zes

-> June 9-10, 2011, Placemaking: Making It Happen, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces, Dana Kitzes, email: <dkitzes@pps.org>
http://tinyurl.com/6zjddmp

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

-> June 24-27, 2012, 4th Urban Street Symposium, Chicago, IL. Info: TRB flyer
<http://tinyurl.com/4p2yoc8 (138KB pdf)

-> July 18-20, 2011, 19th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Berkeley, CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/6atbrz7

-> 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 17-18, 2011, Wheels in Motion, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Info: <TomT@bicyclensw.org.au>
http://tinyurl.com/4hvsphq

-> 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 2-5, 2011, 5th Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, Fort Wayne, IN. Info: Amy Hartzog, City of Fort Wayne, phone: (260) 427-6228; email: <amy.hartzog@cityoffortwayne.org>
http://tinyurl.com/4cofdy7

-> 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!

-> JOB -- STAFF ENGINEER -- TYLIN INTERNATIONAL, CHICAGO (IL)

Description: Here is your opportunity to have an active role in establishing new, on-street bikeways in the City of Chicago. T.Y. Lin International is looking for a staff engineer that will primarily work within the Bicycle Program at the Chicago Department of Transportation. The Staff Engineer will be directly involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of on-street bicycle facilities throughout Chicago.

-- Responsible for managing a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant program to establish 50-miles of bicycle lanes in the City.
-- Develop bicycle pavement marking and signage plans in Computer-Aided Design (CAD).
-- Prepare project documents including plans, specifications and estimates.
-- Perform intersection capacity analyses using Synchro traffic modeling software.
-- Collect data and perform observations at project sites.
-- Coordinate with city staff and outside agencies.
-- Provide guidance on bicycle facility designs for construction projects.
-- Suggest city policy changes related to bicycle issues.
-- May supervise seasonal and part-time staff.
-- Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering or related field. Must have a strong interest in bicycling and non-motorized transportation. Experience with CAD software. Ability to learn traffic modeling software. Geographic information system (GIS) software experience a plus. Must have at least 2 years of experience.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/4d5eahd

-> 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 -- 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
--- Transit Organizer
--- Bicycle Ambassador

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


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