#276 Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2011
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-> A month ago, I was on the steps of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial for the final act of the 2011 National Bike Summit: the taking of that iconic photograph of cyclists against the backdrop of the Capitol's dome.* After some words of inspiration from Andy Clarke, the Arizona delegation (the ride was in support of Representative Gabrielle Giffords), and feats of strength by those who held their bikes aloft for 15 minutes of picture-taking, the hundred or so of us rolled out for the Congressional Bike Ride.
Nothing catches my eye like a hot bike, and as we headed out, I noticed a bike that made me want to violate nearly every Commandment. In a situation like that, I usually strike up a conversation with the rider or stare awkwardly at the bike for a really long time, mouth agape. This time I did neither, but now I wish I had talked to that rider because (as I later learned) it was Tim Johnson, distinguished racer and newly distinguished bike advocate.
I first watched Tim ride in 2009 at a cyclocross race in West Windsor, New Jersey. Tim soloed to victory in the Pro race, floating over mud that I had slipped, slided, and scrambled through earlier that day. Inspired as that ride was, his trip to the 2011 Summit was even more impressive: he and a few friends rode the 500 miles from Boston to DC.
For more about the ride to the National Bike Summit, and the rider himself: http://tinyurl.com/3kwj8ze
The real reason I am excited about Tim's involvement in bike advocacy is that in him we have a chance to narrow the gap between the transportation cyclists and the "Bike race on Sunday/Drive to work on Monday" crowd. As a person with a foot in both worlds, I see this gap plainly; Tim just sees potential:
"'Some of the most powerful advocates could be bike racers and also the [amateur] guy whose [hobby] is to be a bike racer, because he loves the sport so much, but we aren't involved,' says Johnson. 'We need to be more involved. The racing crowd is a very detached and disconnected group that should be even more attached because the industry and the racing side of it is solely supported by whether or not cycling is a popular activity.'"
If we are to get more people on bikes, more often, we cannot rely on any one strategy. Better bike facilities, Safe Routes to School programs, adult commuter classes, traffic safety enforcement, better bike parking---all of these are well-understood strategies that yield increases in mode share. To that list I add: bike racing. Take a non cyclist down to your local criterium and watch them marvel at the spectacle and the speed of what can be done a bicycle.
Find a bike race near you: http://tinyurl.com/3w4rvvz
Coverage of the 2011 National Bike Summit: http://tinyurl.com/3fabppp
*No doubt, someone will have the imagination to use this photograph against us-perhaps as further proof that cyclists have surrounded and taken over Capitol Hill.
-> According to an Apr. 11th American Trails Action Alert, "A bi-partisan 'Dear Colleague' letter is being circulated by Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) to ask Members of the House of Representatives to include funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in the upcoming Transportation Reauthorization Bill which is now being written by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. We need your help to encourage your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign the 'Dear Colleague' letter. Urgent action is needed by April 14, 2011: Please ask your Member of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign on to Rep. Petri's and Michaud's 'Dear Colleague' letter supporting the continuation of the RTP in the upcoming surface transportation bill, by April 14, 2011, when the letter will close. Here's how to find your Representative..."
"Our basic message is that the RTP is a very effective, user-pay/user-benefit program and a proven success story. It serves as the foundation for state trail programs across the country, leverages hundreds of millions of dollars of additional support for trails, encourages productive cooperation among trail users, and facilitates healthy outdoor recreation and associated, badly needed economic activity in countless communities. The program has broad-base support- as evidenced by the 471 groups and agencies that are supporting the RTP. And, if you can, please add your own compelling arguments based on your experience with the RTP..."
-> According to an Apr. 2nd Bicycle Fixation article, "These have been heady days for cyclists in the West, as cycling begins finally to regain its rightful share in the transportation mix. Once the province of daring lone-wolf commuters in the US, Canada, and the UK, utilitarian cycling is much more often now the province of ordinary blue or white-collar folks on the way to work, shoppers, diners, or students -- persons for whom the bicycle is a satisfying and effective way to get around town, not a facilitator of sporting contests or white-knuckle adventure."
"City after city, from bustling New York and Los Angeles to smaller towns such as Columbia, Missouri, is edging closer to the Dutch planning goal of a bicycle network designed around 'a sixty-year-old woman with two bags of groceries.' Inevitably, perhaps, a backlash has developed, founded mostly in the more conservative sectors of society in the English-speaking nations, where the car is most formidably entrenched. This is paradoxical, as the values of self-sufficiency, efficiency, and low cost of infrastructure inherent in the bicycle are also core conservative values."
"This is likely because the bicycle is also associated with environmentalism, seen as a 'left-wing' cause, and with demands for more tax-supported infrastructure--of the sort, ironically, that drivers have demanded and received for nearly a century, to the exclusion of all other modes. Perhaps another factor is that the bicycle, while the most traditional of highway vehicles, is seen as a challenge to the intervening tradition of motorcar use, which is all most current conservatives in the English-speaking west remember..."
-> According to the Walk21 website, "The program committee for the Metro Vancouver Walk21 Conference is thrilled to have received a record number of submissions to the Call for Proposals. Around 300 proposals were received from every corner of the world - a treasure trove of research, creativity and experience. The task of reviewing and organizing the submissions into an outstanding program is well underway..." Walk21 also announced that Harriet Tregoning, Director, Office of Planning, District of Columbia, will be the Keynote Speaker, and registration is now open online.
-> In a recent message, Peter Bilton wrote, "Civic Eye Collaborative, a planning and multimedia studio, is seeking input on a documentary they are making on the impact of traffic speeding on our everyday lives. It will explore how the culture of speeding evolved parallel with advances in vehicle technology and trends in traffic engineering that have made roads safer for drivers, but also easier to drive fast on. You can check out the project website here: http://tinyurl.com/3zmg2y4"
"We are currently seeking ideas on whom to talk to and where to film. Most filming will take place in the New York Metro area, with limited travel to other parts of the country."
Civic Eye Collaborate would appreciate any input you could provide, including answers to these questions:
Contact CEC at <email@example.com>
-> According to a May 5th Huffington Post blog entry, "Avid cyclists, take note -- the country's dreamiest school, Stanford, is also the most bike-friendly, according to the League of American Bicyclists. This year, the league released their first-ever list of universities most friendly to cyclists, determined according to performance in five areas: Engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation and planning."
"Of the 32 schools that applied for consideration, 20 earned designations. Only Stanford received the top-level platinum rating. UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara earned gold-level ratings, and the remaining schools received silver or bronze classifications. According to a press release, Stanford earned top marks thanks to its large number of bike-related programs and resources -- like route maps, safety classes and safety repair stands -- and because a whopping 21.7 percent of Stanford students, faculty and staff commute via bicycle..."
For more on the LAB's Bicycle Friendly University program, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5rg6u2s
-> In an Apr. 8th Complete Streets Coalition's blog, Stefanie Seskin, wrote, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected McKinney, Texas; Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee; and Portland, Maine to receive Complete Streets assistance through its new Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program. The three communities will each host one of our Complete Streets Workshops...A total of 32 communities will participate in the program, which aims to provide quick, targeted technical assistance in sustainable planning. EPA selected the communities from a pool of over 350 applicants in consultation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)..."
-> According to an Apr. 6th NCSRTS news release, "Registration is now open for Walk to School Day 2011, a one-day event in the U.S. that is a part of an international effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school throughout the month of October. Now in its 14th year, this year's event will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 5. Walk to School Day participation reached a record high in 2010 with more than 3,500 registered U.S. events, and that number is expected to rise once again in 2011."
"Walk to School Day event registration is free and available to individuals and organizations holding an October event in the U.S. Events that register on the Walk to School website (http://tinyurl.com/n6dp2a) will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map on the website, where neighboring communities, media and other organizations can identify who is walking in their areas."
"Registering a Walk to School Day event provides organizers access to free, downloadable materials including event ideas, certificates and customizable flyers. Registrants can also subscribe to a weekly e-newsletter for six weeks in September and October with tips and resources for holding a Walk to School event..."
-> According to a Mar. 31st news release, "To celebrate Women's History Month, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announced winners of the Women Cycling Project photo and video contest during a free webinar on Women Cycling presented on March 30. A link to the webinar and the winning photos appears at http://tinyurl.com/5v5we4n"
"First place was awarded to an 8-minute video, Beauty and the Bike, produced by the Darlington Media Group of Darlington, England. This lively video is also a teaser for a 55-minute documentary film that follows two groups of young women (one from Darlington, the other from Bremen, Germany) who examine why teenage girls do or don't cycle. It is available on YouTube via a link from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) video library (http://tinyurl.com/6gpu3ld)."
"Second, third, and fourth prizes were awarded to photographers Elly Blue (Portland, Ore., 2nd prize), Suzanne Nathan (Chicago, 3rd prize), and Shawn Turner (College Station, Tex., 4th prize) who offered their images of women and girls cycling to the PBIC Image Library (http://tinyurl.com/nws9nf), a public website established by the PBIC under contract to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Images on this site can be used with attribution and without charge in presentations, reports, and educational materials."
-> According to a March entry on the Spokes blog, "Cycling England disappears on 1st April under the UK government's Bonfire of the Quangos -- a tragic and ill-considered loss, casting doubt on the government's supposed wish to grow cycle use, and on its 'green' agenda...The UK government is not even planning to continue developing the Cycling England website with all its hard-won valuable research, not even with later results from the Cycling Demonstration Towns. Fortunately, however, the independent professional body CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport) has stepped in to preserve and continue developing the materials..."
"Starting on 1st April a range of guidance notes, case studies, reports and other resources from Cycling England's website will start to be available at www.ciltuk.org.uk/pages/cycling hosted by The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. The content will be uploaded gradually so a formal announcement concerning the facility will be made in due course. It will include all the evidence from the first three years of the Cycling Demonstration Towns programme, as well as the 'Making a Cycling Town' report which describes what the towns invested in to get people cycling -- a wealth of resources for practitioners inspired by the videos to seek out more in-depth information..."
-> According to an Apr. 7th Daily GOOD article, "We've been following the growing expansion of SeeClickFix, the online and mobile interface to report problems in your community. And now it's making the leap onto Facebook with a new app to connect neighbors and make solving local problems as addictive as playing playing Farmville."
"'It creates 'a new kind of newsfeed within Facebook, that is connecting people, not by who they know, but by where they live and what they care about,' says Ben Berkowitz, co-founder. 'You will see everything everyone in your neighborhood is reporting.' That could seriously increase the response rate to calls for community activism, even if they're just about small things like potholes. There are already hundreds of thousands of users, bringing SeeClickFix to an online environment where people already check their news will only expand that base."
"For those that don't know SeeClickFix, it's kind of like a crowd-sourced civic to-do list. It's a new, easy, and digital way of reporting local non-emergency problems. Neighbors see a pothole, graffiti, or a messy park plaza and then turn to the suite of SeeClickFix apps on websites and smartphones to quickly report the problem to the right government agency, which then, presumably, fixes it..."
-> According to an Apr. 1st New Urban News article, "The European Union is not thinking small. On March 28 the European Commission, an executive branch of the EU, announced a set of proposals that would dramatically reshape the continent's transportation patterns by 2050. Among the goals: Use of automobiles powered by gasoline or diesel fuel would be cut in half by 2030 in urban areas, and would be phased out altogether in cities by 2050. Thirty percent of the road freight traveling more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) would shift to other modes -- basically rail or water -- by 2030."
"By the middle of the century, more than 50 percent of the road traffic traveling that 186 miles or more would shift to the alternative modes, aided by the development of 'efficient and green freight corridors.' The current high-speed rail network would triple in length by 2030, and 'a dense railway network' would operate in all of the EU's member states. By 2050, a high-speed rail network for Europe would be completed..."
-> According to an article in the April 7th European Cyclists' Federation Newsletter, "One of ECF's member's, ARGUS from Vienna, Austria held quite an event on the 2-3 of April. The festival attracted 120,000 people and featured a bicycle parade, known as the 'Weiner Radparade,' which featured more than 5,000 participants. Once again this event shows how inspirational the bicycle is, and its ability to mobilize people from all different walks of life..."
See photos on ECF's flicker photo page: http://tinyurl.com/3nuvqu3
-> According to a message from Justin Fortney, Public Information Officer of the Logan County Health Departments, "Guthrie, OK, is moving forward with prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the community. Guthrie City Council unanimously approved a Complete Streets Resolution on March 15, 2011. This resolution affirms the city's commitment to multi-modal transportation. Guthrie was awarded a $200,000 Safe Routes to School grant through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and infrastructure improvements related to that funding will begin soon. The city is also in the process of applying for more Safe Routes funding."
"A new partnership between the City of Guthrie and the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (OCASLA) is resulting in new design work for connecting the downtown business district to other areas of the community via bike/ped facilities. OCASLA will be holding their annual meeting in Guthrie this year, with the theme being Complete Streets. April will see the Guthrie Transportation Authority and the Guthrie Planning Commission holding a joint meeting to determine the next steps for Complete Streets in Guthrie. All of these activities fall under the new Get Fit Guthrie initiative that the city has begun in order to motivate residents to live more physically active lifestyles."
Source: Justin Fortney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> According to an article in the Apr. 7th edition of Bicycle Colorado eNews, "Bicycle Colorado assisted with a meeting to discuss access for bicycle projects and the proposed Gunnison-Crested Butte mountain bike trail with Congressman Scott Tipton's (3rd District) office after our meeting during the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. The meeting was hosted by Gunnison Trails leader Dave Wiens (also known for six wins at the Leadville 100). The meeting focused on the economic value of trails for communities and had nearly 25 attendees who represented businesses, local leaders and residents..."
-> According to an article in the DeLaSalle Education Center March E-Newsletter, "The saying 'It takes a village to raise a child' has never been more true than through the bamboo bicycle project at DeLaSalle. The unique frames hand made in a village in Ghana are providing new opportunities for students like Damein Williams. Being a cyclist and learning about the mechanics of bicycling was never the 'cool' thing Damein thought he would be doing. When DeLaSalle physics teacher Andy Hippensteel asked students to sign up for the 10-week after school program, Damein eagerly signed up."
-> According to the Apr. 4th Michigan Complete Streets e-newsletter, "Union Township officials confirmed their commitment to building a vital community by passing a Complete Streets Resolution at their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 23. The resolution affirms the township is moving towards making the township more walkeable and bikeable and will incorporate Complete Streets concepts in its transportation planning and improvements. Union Township became the 34th Michigan Community (see comment) to pass a Complete Streets ordinance or resolution in coordination with state legislation that was passed in 2010..."
-> According to an article in the Apr. 5th Bike Walk Twin Cities Monthly E-Newsletter, "When you think about ways to get around the city without racking up mileage on your car's odometer, there are three key options -- transit, bicycling, and walking. At the Minnesota legislature this session, transit has been targeted for funding cuts that, if enacted, would result in service reductions and fare increases. Bike Walk Twin Cities is charged with increasing walking and bicycling transportation, including connections to transit. So this threat to the accessibility and reliability of our transit system is about bicycling and walking as well as trains and buses. The last Metro Transit count recorded 10,461 bicycle loadings over a sixteen-day period in fall 2010 (13.7% of scheduled trips).This statistic is just one indication of the transit/walk/bike link."
"There is not much research about the interrelatedness of transit service and walking/bicycling transportation in urban areas. At a gut level, you can imagine as well as I the effect on transportation choices if we see significant fare increases or service reductions. More tenuous bicyclists/walkers, without the support of transit for a return trip or weather refuge, could easily pull out car keys in the morning rather than bike or walk. Even more difficult to establish is the effect on transit-dependent residents. For those relying on bike/walk/transit to reach all destinations, restricting one facet of travel can be not just inconvenient but reduce access to jobs, classes, or appointments..."
-> According to a Mar. 28th Innovations in Health Care report, "Nashville has long billed itself as a center for the health-care industry, home to dozens of companies in the business. Now, the Tennessee capital is working on new ways to make its own residents healthier. Nashville is one of 50 communities that recently won a total of $403 million in federal grants to implement programs to foster healthier lifestyles. The city's $7.5 million, two-year grant to combat obesity is part of a push by the Obama administration to trim the nation's health-care costs by preventing disease."
"The goal of the national program, overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is to determine which policies and activities are most effective at keeping people from smoking, overeating, or other unhealthy behavior, so they can be implemented in other communities. The Nashville program, called Nashvitality, has 22 objectives to reach, from improving school food to implementing a bike-share program. 'You want healthier options to be the default choice,' says Alisa Haushalter, the Nashville program's project director. 'You want to make it as easy as possible for people to do it.'..."
-> According to the California Bicycle Coalition's March CalBike Report, "Motorists would be required to slow down and give bicyclists more room under legislation being cosponsored by CBC and the City of Los Angeles. Senate Bill 910 was amended this month to specify that motorists must pass bicyclists no closer than three feet and no faster than 15 MPH above the bicyclist's speed of travel. The bill imposes a base fine of $250 for violations. Violators would also face misdemeanor charges if their actions caused a bicyclist to be injured or killed..."
-> According to an Apr. 7th Mobilizing the Region article, "Sandi Vega, a resident of Wantagh, NY, has been working to improve street safety since her daughter Brittany was killed while crossing Sunrise Highway, one of the most dangerous roads in the state, last year. Sandi contacted Tri-State several months ago, and has been speaking out for local intersection improvements and state reforms. She has been collecting signatures in support of a state complete streets law that will ensure major roads are designed with the needs of everyone in mind: walkers, cyclists, and drivers..."
As Sandi put it, "We can't always make sure that drivers obey the rules of the road, but we can fix our roads to make them safer for everyone who uses them. That is why I've spoken at our local Town Board meeting and sat down with local Senators and Assembly members to advocate for 'Brittany's Law,' New York's version of 'Complete Streets.' I fully believe that 'Complete Streets' can make our roads safer for everyone, and our children in particular. While I can't do anything to bring Brittany back, I can do everything in my power to protect my three other children (with one on the way), and ensure that no family goes through what mine has already gone through..."
-> According to the Apr. 3rd Kansas Cycling News, "On April 1st, the Kansas House and Senate approved the 3-foot passing/dead red bill, which now moves on to Governor Sam Brownback for his signature. No fooling. On Friday, just before breaking for a three-week holiday following a stressful and contentious budget debate, the members of the House and Senate voted to concur with a conference committee report on HB2192. The House vote was 107-13. The Senate vote was 23-14. In the final version of the bill, the bicycle provisions apparently garnered little attention..."
-> According to the Apr. 6th Transit for Livable Communities newsletter, "Bike Walk Twin Cities, a program of Transit for Livable Communities, released new data about bicycling and walking from 2007-2010. Bicycling is up 33% and walking is up 17%. With expansion of the Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing system and many new BWTC-funded bike ways opening in 2011, the news can only get better!..."
According to the report, itself, "The rates of bicycling and walking are up in the Twin Cities, even in locations without new bicycling and walking infrastructure. However, the data for locations with new facilities show dramatic increases in bicycling and walking. Overall, BWTC has funded new infrastructure projects that will add more than 90 miles of new bike ways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities area. At the time of the 2010 counts, very few BWTC-funded infrastructure projects were open. By the time of the 2011 counts, several projects started in 2010 will be fully open and several more new projects will begin or complete construction. As these projects are opened and become familiar to residents, rates of bicycling and walking should rise as well." (http://tinyurl.com/5r65a6n)
-> According to an Apr. 12th article on the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation website, "The Complete Streets Resolution, HCR 23, passed Missouri House by a voice vote just two minutes ago.** The resolution encourages cities, counties, agencies, and planning organization who build and maintain roads to include accommodations for people who bicycle, walk, and use transit, as well as young, old, and disabled people, whenever they build or maintain our roads and transportation system."
"During debate on the Resolution, Representative Michael Brown of Kansas City mentioned that he was so excited on hearing about the Complete Streets Resolution that he nearly jumped out of his chair. In his district, efforts are being made to connect bicycle routes and trails throughout the city and to downtown. Rep. Faith commented that this resolution is designed to encourage different agencies and levels of government to work together, and that MoDOT is in support of the resolution."
"Representative Susan Carlson commented that she had rode on the Ride with Legislators yesterday, had enjoyed the crossing of the river on the new bike/ped lane across the Missouri River at Jefferson City, and these connections are great benefit to the communities..."
-> According to a Mar. 31st World article, "A waterfront walkway spanning about four miles. The cost: Likely millions of dollars. How it will come together: Over time, piece by piece. The Coos Waterfront Walkway Partnership gathered input Wednesday from citizens on a proposal to connect the dots between the Coos Bay and North Bend boardwalks. So, what do folks want to see?"
"Wind shelters, restaurants, art, walking tours, lights, interpretive signs, green space and a bay stocked with salmon, among other attractions. Formed in 2008, the walkway partnership comprises city, tribal and nonprofit-organization leaders who envision recreational amenities along the water's edge. It soon will write a master plan, with the community's two cents' worth, for what it hopes will be a major attraction for locals and visitors alike..."
Via NPS Conservation + Recreation: http://tinyurl.com/3ethmuf
-> In an Apr. 4th CATO Unbound article, Donald Shoup, UCLA Professor of Urban Planning, wrote, "Cities should set the right price for curb parking, because the wrong prices produce bad results. Where curb parking is underpriced and overcrowded, a surprising share of traffic can be cruising in search of a place to park. Sixteen studies conducted between 1927 and 2001 found that, on average, 30 percent of the cars in congested traffic were cruising for parking. For example, when researchers interviewed drivers who were stopped at traffic signals in New York City, they found that 28 percent of the drivers on a street in Manhattan and 45 percent on a street in Brooklyn were cruising for curb parking."
"In another study, observers found the average time to find a curb space on 15 blocks in the Upper West Side of Manhattan was 3.1 minutes and the average cruising distance was 0.37 miles. These findings were used to estimate that cruising for underpriced parking on these 15 blocks alone creates about 366,000 excess vehicle miles of travel and 325 tons of CO2 per year..."
-> According to an Apr. 3rd Independent Journal article, "More Marin residents are leaving their cars behind and pedaling and walking local streets, according to data compiled in an annual county survey on non-motorized transit. The survey is part of the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, which has provided the county with about $25 million since 2005 via the U.S. Department of Transportation. The money has been used for bicycle and pedestrian improvements as well as educational and outreach programs aimed at encouraging non-motorized transit and reducing car trips."
"The 2010 survey shows 'substantial increases' in walkers and bicyclists throughout the county, said Craig Tackabery, assistant director for the county public works department. 'The program provided infrastructure, and people typically say they would use facilities if they felt they were safer,' he explained. Average bicycling rates in Marin at peak hours increased 46 percent on weekdays between 2007 and 2010, and 85 percent on weekends over the same period, the survey found. Between 2009 and 2010, there was a 29 percent uptick in weekday cycling and a 15 percent boost on weekends..."
Via MCBC Weekly Bulletin: http://tinyurl.com/63rhgjq
-> "Without a context or a purpose, public spaces -- usually identified in a city with public parks, although many other kinds of space qualify too-degenerate, and end up occupied and used by people whom no one seems to know or 'want' to know. Often these spaces don't just occur in a poorly designed or a poorly kept physical neighborhood, but also reflect a surrounding society that is psychologically detached from those spaces..."
Via Smart Growth Online Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/6hj4ayp
-> "Having moved back [to Troy, MI] from California five years ago, I will testify that Metro Detroit is a very hard place to live. Ask any former Detroiter in California, and you will hear a consistent recital of the flaws that make Metro Detroit so unattractive. Things are spread too far apart. You have to drive everywhere. There's no mass transit. There are no viable cities. Lots of it is really ugly, especially the mile after mile of sterile and often dingy suburban strip shopping and utility wires that line our dilapidated roads (note above). There's no nearby open space for most people (living in Birmingham, it's 45 minutes in traffic to places like Proud Lake or Kensington). It's impossible to get around by bike without taking your life in your hands. Most people lead sedentary lifestyles. There's a grating 'car culture' that is really off-putting to many people from outside of Michigan. I heard these same complaints when I left 25 years ago. In a quarter century, things have only gotten considerably worse..."
WHO BIKES? YOU MAY BE SURPRISED!
-> "Contrary to popular convention, the biggest share of bicyclists isn't yuppies, its low income people. In fact, the lowest-earning quarter of Americans make nearly one-third of all bike trips. Among that group, I would expect to find at least some fraction of working poor, students, the unemployed, and retired people of modest means. No doubt there are almost as many reasons to bike as there are cyclists, but it's clear that bikes are a favored choice among those on a budget."
"The big takeaway for me, however, is looking beyond low-income riders. Bicycling is remarkably evenly distributed among the remaining three quartiles. With the exception of the over-represented bottom quartile, bike trips don't appear to be the province of any one income class more than any other..."
Eric de Place, Sightline Institute
AND NOW, FOR A FEW THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
VIDEO: YOUNGSTOWN'S BRIDGE MOVEMENT, SKATEBOARDERS GIVE BACK
-> A video about a movement started by DeKorda Jackson and his efforts for the push of getting a public skate-park built in the city of Youngstown, Ohio. The video was produced by Stuck in Ohio, a Northeast Ohio creative studio.
KIA CAR AD TOUTS BIKE-FRIENDLY ATTITUDE
-> "A new Canadian television ad for the Kia Sportage, filmed in San Francisco's Financial District, markets an attitude of acceptance about the responsibility of sharing the road with bicycles. It's quite a contrast from the conventional image of cars as an embodiment of power and dominance. While the ad encourages drivers to share the road, it still reassures them that the car is 'perfectly capable of "owning"' it, and its slogan suggesting that driving is a part of any real change does sound a lot like greenwashing..."
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 <email@example.com>
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/47zomoh
WEBINAR: "New Multi-Modal Urban Streets Methodology-Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Transit Methods"
Date: April 28, 2011, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Mark Vandehey, Paul Ryus & Nick Foster, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
Host: ITE & TRB
Cost: $109 (free to employees of TRB Sponsors)
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/5u2wdvy
Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/6cg5ub2
WEBINAR: "SRAM Bicycling Webinar #2: Organizing Successful Bike Trains"
Date: May 5, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Kiel Johnson, Bicycle Transportation Alliance (Portland OR); Jason Jackman, Ctr for Urban Transportation Research (Tampa Bay FL); Parrie Henderson, Mt. Pleasant Peloton (Washington, DC); David Cowan, Safe Routes to School National Partnership (Denver, CO)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Contact: Dave Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/5r3ydsl
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
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/6avuyy
Contact: Cate Berthelet <email@example.com>
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-> April 15-17, 2011, Filmed by Bike, Portland, OR. Info: Filmed by Bike
-> April 19, 2011, 3rd Annual Wisconsin Bike Summit, Madison, WI. Info:
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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 13-15, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Baltimore, MD. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <email@example.com>
-> 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 20, 2011, Professional Development course: Bicycle Boulevard Fundamentals, Portland, OR. Info: IBPI, Portland State University, phone: (503) 725-4024, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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: <email@example.com>
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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:
-> June 3-5, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Seattle, WA. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <email@example.com>
-> June 20-22, 2011, Membership Development Training, Chicago, IL. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> June 24-27, 2012, 4th Urban Street Symposium, Chicago, IL. Info: TRB flyer
-> July 18-20, 2011, 19th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Berkeley, CA. 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:
-> August 26-28, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Lansing, MI. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <email@example.com>
-> 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>
-> September 22-23, 2011, 4th International Urban Design Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Info: Sarah Hoekwater, Conference Secretariat, PO Box 29, Nerang QLD, 4211, Australia; phone: +61 7 5502 2068, fax: +61 7 5527 3298, email: <email@example.com>
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> October 14-16, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Los Angeles, CA. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <email@example.com>
-> October 25-27, 2011, Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference, Irvine, California. Info: Transportation Research Board, Thomas M. Palmerlee, <TPalmerlee@nas.edu>
-> November 4-6, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Columbia, SC, Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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!
-> JOB -- ASST/ASSOC PLANNER (PED & BIKE PLANNING) -- EUGENE (OR)
Eugene, Oregon has a reputation as one of the best cities in America for bicycling and also has a world class bus rapid transit system. The Eugene Public Works Department seeks an Assistant/Associate Planner who will build on this legacy in the areas of pedestrian and bicycle planning and development of multimodal transportation facilities. This position plays a critical role in the completion and implementation of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, implementation of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan, promoting alternatives to single occupancy driving, identifying improvements to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and applying for grants to fund such projects.
Qualified candidates should have:
The annual salary range for this position is $49,961 to $67,912. Application deadline is April 29, 2011, 5:00pm.
To see full position description and apply, please go to: http://tinyurl.com/3z86j2q
-> 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.
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. Entry Level - 2 years experience.
-> 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 -- 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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