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#277 Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2011

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

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----- Byte-Sized Centerlines
----- NCBW Wishes You A Happy (Belated) Earth Day
----- National Complete Streets Coalition Releases New Report
----- PBIC Announces Inaugural Walk Friendly Communities
----- Bike Month 2011 is Almost upon Us!
----- Recision Time in America - Will Your State Turn Back Bike & Ped $$?
----- Take America Walks' National Walking Survey!
----- NCSRTS Seeks Applications For Mini-Grants
----- Toronto's Complete Streets Forum to be Held Thursday!
----- Experts: Few Cities Making Their Streets Senior-Friendly
----- Tel Aviv City Pushing a Pro-Bicycle Agenda
----- Toyota, Microsoft Team Up for New In-Dash Multimedia System? Hmmm...
----- Deejay Mannie Promoting Bicycling in Lagos & Nigeria

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----- La Crosse Co. Adopts Wisconsin's 1St Complete Streets Policy
----- Memphis Trail Backers Pushing for Union Pacific Agreement
----- Alaska DOT Removes 'Ghost Bike' Tribute to Anchorage Cyclist
----- Prescott, (AZ) Students Seek Appealing Streets
----- LRT, Bike, Ped Facilities Part of Oregon-Washington Bridge Plan
----- Trees and Trails: Rooted in Community
----- Improving Public Safety in Camden (NJ) One Street at a Time

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----- More States Targeted Childhood Obesity in 2010
----- U.S. Parents Want Kids More Active During School Day: Poll
----- Australian Study: Bikers More Alert than Drivers

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BYTE-SIZED CENTERLINES
by Sharon Z. Roerty

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NCBW WISHES YOU A HAPPY (BELATED) EARTH DAY
by Mark Plotz

-> I was 15 when, thanks to a school assembly, I first became aware of Earth Day. That moment was rich with irony I failed to appreciate, as I sat there on the bleachers, listening to the principal, doing my best to look attentive. My mind was elsewhere: I was thinking about that cherished American rite-of-passage. I'm not talking about voting; I'm talking about getting my driver's license. Yes, my own moral backsliding intersected at that moment with the rising environmental consciousness of Americans.

For my generation, and the one preceding it, the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, and the years on either side of it made it easy for one to be an environmentalist. The Exxon Valdez had run aground in Prince William Sound, decimating an ecosystem and the many lives that depended on it. We were at war in the Middle East to ensure a stable supply of energy for the world. And chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), like those in your can of Aquanet, were identified as the culprits responsible for the growing hole in our ozone layer and banned, thus sparing us from additional solar radiation and putting an end to a decade of bad hair.

Looking back, I wonder if that moment represents the high water mark of the environmental consciousness of my generation (the X'ers and the tail end of the Boomers). Yes, the Spotted Owl might have been used as a punch line in the '92 presidential campaign, but at least politicians were willing to entertain a conversation about global warming.

That rising consciousness about questions of energy, pollution, oil dependency, and global warming did spur legislative action. The Intermodal Surface Transportation and Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 is one such outcome. The name says it all: here was a statement from Congress that recognized the need for a balanced, multimodal transportation system.

With ISTEA and its progeny, DOTs and MPOs were provided increasing degrees of latitude to match a community's express transportation needs and desires; better yet, DOTs and MPOs were directed to plan transportation with, and not for communities. Where people were engaged in transportation planning a funny thing happened: they asked for more and better places to walk and bike.

Americans have benefited tremendously from the recognition a generation ago that bicycling, walking, and transit must and can co-exist with private vehicles and freight. Communities benefited from the additional flexibility in Federal transportation dollars, which allowed investments in sustainable transportation networks, even while climate change deniers ruled the roost in Washington DC. Finally, DOTs, MPOs, and regular people have benefitted from the prescribed public outreach and engagement that, ultimately, yielded transportation decisions more in line with local needs.

For all these reasons, NCBW reacted with surprise and dismay over AASHTO's recent attempt to undermine twenty years of precedent and progress on the routine accommodation of bicyclists and pedestrians in new transportation projects and, arguably worse, their recommendation to substitute the traditional public meeting on transportation projects, for an electronic commons. The outcry from all corners of the country was instant: local advocates, organizations, and AASHTO's own members pushed back strongly. You were heard.

Quite fittingly, AASHTO chose April 22, 2011 to announce their retraction. Happy 41st Earth Day!

NATIONAL COMPLETE STREETS COALITION RELEASES NEW REPORT

-> According to an announcement this morning from the National Complete Streets Coalition, there has been "tremendous growth" in adoption of Complete Streets policies around the country -- more than 20 states (and Puerto Rico and DC), not to mention over 200 cities and counties. According to Executive Director Barbara McCann, "Our report shows that the commitment to complete streets is not only wide, but deep: community leaders and transportation practitioners are rolling up their sleeves and working together in small towns and big cities, in almost every state in the nation, to pass policies that will ensure that future transportation investments create complete streets."

The report, "Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2010: A story of growing strength" rates more than 200 state and local policies that follow the established ten elements of ideal Complete Streets policies. Rather than providing a single model policy, the report provides dozens of examples of strong policy language that is actually in use somewhere in the United States. It will serve as a resource to continue the expansion of the complete streets movement.

Forty seven states now have Complete Streets policies at least one level of government, some with many more. Suburban communities of fewer than 30,000 people make up the largest percentage of adopters by size and location.

For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3zxcubx

PBIC ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

-> According to an Apr. 26th news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is excited to announce the inaugural round of Walk Friendly Communities (WFC). After evaluating applicant communities in several categories related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort, PBIC has recognized the following 11 communities for their commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety."

"Platinum Level: Seattle (WA)
Gold Level: Ann Arbor (MI), Arlington (VA), Hoboken (NJ), Santa Barbara (CA)
Silver Level: Charlottesville (VA), Decatur (GA)
Bronze Level: Austin (TX), Charlotte (NC), Flagstaff (AZ), Wilsonville (OR)"

"'The WFC designation recognizes communities that help set the bar in fostering and accommodating walking,' said Carl Sundstrom, WFC program manager. 'We were pleased with the response we received for the first round of this new program and are very excited to see communities use this program to further their pedestrian efforts.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/68u8m2u

BIKE MONTH 2011 IS ALMOST UPON US!

-> May is Bike Month, a celebration of all things cycling. The League of American Bicyclists is the national sponsor of Bike Month and they are promoting Bike-to-Work Week 2011 from May 16-20 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 20. Check out details, Bike Month ideas, promo tools, logos, posters, banners, printer files, and more!

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/2leabm

RECISION TIME IN AMERICA - WILL YOUR STATE TURN BACK BIKE & PED $$?

-> Is your state Department of Transportation getting ready to take away millions of dollars in pedestrian and bicycle funding?

According to an Apr. 22nd America Walks alert, "In the latest budget deal between the Republicans and Democrats, the two parties agreed to rescind (read: take back) $2.5 billion in unspent federal transportation funds. Your state DOT has the power to decide which funds they send back. See our partner's Rescissions FAQs for more information (http://tinyurl.com/5sea9w8)."

"And we know what happens next. Your DOT will likely try to empty out the funds that pay for your sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, and education programs. We've seen this before, and it's happening again. Last year, when states had to send back $2.2 billion, almost 50 percent of that money came from walking and bicycling funds..."

For more info, immediately go to: http://tinyurl.com/3b9gyke

TAKE AMERICA WALKS' NATIONAL WALKING SURVEY!

-> Help America Walks learn more about who walks, and why we walk. This survey will take only 5 minutes to complete and results are anonymous. The National Walking Survey will help walking advocates understand what motivates avid walkers and what keeps others from walking more. When the data is analyzed, America Walks will tell you what we've learned and use the results to help promote walking in America. Help the survey go viral: Post it, forward it, Facebook it, tweet it, whatever it takes!

Right now, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3tzccvy

NCSRTS SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR MINI-GRANTS

-> According to an Apr. 19th news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. These mini-grants support the goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, which is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, students, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments. Applications are due Wednesday, May 18, 2011..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6x9a6pz

TORONTO'S COMPLETE STREETS FORUM TO BE HELD THURSDAY!

-> According to an Apr. 26th Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation message, "TCAT's 2011 Complete Streets Forum is almost here! Just days before the launch of Toronto's BIXI Bicycle Share system and hot on the heels of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities recognizing the City of Toronto's Walking Strategy with an award for excellence, leadership and innovation in the transportation category."

"On Thursday April 28th, over 200 transportation experts, practitioners, and stakeholders from governments, businesses, and non-profits from across the region and around the world will meet at the University of Toronto's Hart House to discuss how to make Toronto's streets safer and more inviting for people of all ages, abilities, and choice of transportation. Organized by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of the Clean Air Partnership, this is TCAT's fourth annual active transportation policy conference. Yesterday, TCAT Director Nancy Smith Lea was interviewed by Spacing magazine about the Forum..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/43qbw2s

EXPERTS: FEW CITIES MAKING THEIR STREETS SENIOR-FRIENDLY

-> An April Governing Magazine article asked, "Have you ever thought the walk signs at street corners weren't long enough? Probably not. But if you're over 65 years old, it may be a different matter. What seems like a reasonable amount of time to cross a street is more like an Olympic sprint for the elderly. It's one of numerous issues that have grown in importance as our population not only ages but becomes increasingly concentrated in cities. In 2006, just 11 percent of the global population was over the age of 60, but the number is expected to double by 2050, according to the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, the number of people living in cities continues to rise. In North America, 81 percent of the population lived in urban areas in 2005, and is expected to reach 87 percent by 2030."

"Despite the clear trend toward an older, more urban population, most experts agree little is being done to make cities more age-friendly. Some of the necessary changes will be challenging. It won't be easy or cheap to provide more public transportation or to build more affordable and accessible housing for seniors who are on fixed incomes and are less mobile. But there are steps cities can take to make a place more attractive to the elderly without costing an arm and a leg. Take crosswalks. By adding more time, cities can turn what seem like fast dashes for some into less stressful pedestrian crossings. If lengthening crosswalk time might trip up traffic patterns, the use of pedestrian islands at major intersections could be another solution to this small but nagging problem..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3jsqdsl
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Title: "Seniors and the City"
Author: Tod Newcombe

TEL AVIV CITY PUSHING A PRO-BICYCLE AGENDA

-> In an Apr. 24th Sustainable Cities Collective blog entry, Jesse Fox wrote, "After years of pressure from advocacy groups, the Tel Aviv Municipality has finally adopted an aggressively pro-bicycle agenda. Bike lanes are being paved, a bike-share system is being launched, and the city's PR machine is working hard to sell the new strategy. Yet, the insensitivity and obtuseness which with the new policy is being implemented have already provoked a limited backlash, which, if left unchecked, threatens to endanger the entire project."

"Tel Aviv is experiencing a surge of interest in urban cycling. As the number of people choosing to get around the city by bicycle has grown in recent years, so has the municipality's budget for building new bike lanes. According to a new 5-year plan, close to 40 km of new bike lanes will be paved over the next few years, many of them along central streets..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/42ltott

TOYOTA, MICROSOFT TEAM UP FOR NEW IN-DASH MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM? HMMM...

-> According to an Apr. 4th Kicking Tires blog entry, "The hottest battlefield in the auto sector isn't being waged under the hood, it's happening on the dashboard. Every carmaker wants the most advanced in-car multimedia system possible. Today, Toyota and Microsoft announced that they'd be working jointly on the carmaker's next-generation in-dash multimedia system."

"Toyota wants this new system to live in the 'cloud,' allowing users [to] access their data in or out of their cars using smartphones and computers. Toyota has already integrated Microsoft products like its Bing search engine into current in-dash systems, pictured above. The first use of this new technology will be for the plug-in hybrid Prius being released next year. It will allow users to program the car to charge at peak efficiency and at lower costs when plugged in at home..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/44s27c9

DEEJAY MANNIE PROMOTING BICYCLING IN LAGOS & NIGERIA

-> According to an Apr. 24th NEXT article, "'There are nine million bicycles in Beijing/That's a fact/It's a thing we can't deny/' goes the lyrics of a song by Katie Melua. Something similar to that exists on the ground in the Chinese capital and is what an environmental activist on this side of the world desires for the most populous city in Africa, Lagos. Radio deejay and on-air personality, Mannie, has been running a bicycle-riding campaign, urging residents of Lagos to 'park' their cars and 'ride' a bicycle."

"Now two years old, the project, 'Park and Ride', which is fast gaining acceptance among the city's dwellers, is aimed at tackling the problem of climate change. 'The global village' - Earth - has been battling with, among other things, the depletion of its all-important ozone layer. There's also the matter of improving people's well-being. Both, assures the activist, in a chat with NEXT, can be addressed simply by riding a bicycle..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3v3qx56
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Title: "That Lagos may cycle"
Author: Ayo Okulaja

Via International Bicycle Fund tweets: http://tinyurl.com/67u65yj


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

LA CROSSE CO. ADOPTS WISCONSIN'S 1ST COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

-> According to an Apr. 21st Tribune article, "La Crosse County is the first in Wisconsin to adopt a 'complete streets' policy aimed at making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The county board unanimously passed a measure Tuesday that requires the county to consider accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists and others -- not just motorists -- when building roads. The policy mirrors state and federal requirements and could help the county receive more grants, County Highway Commissioner Ron Chamberlain said. 'This policy shows the county is progressive and is moving forward,' Chamberlain said. 'When reconstructing roads, looking at all modes of transportation is a necessary thing. We can now show as a county that we not only talk the talk, but walk the walk,' he said."

"The policy could mean more bike lanes, sidewalks and safer streets for those in wheelchairs, said Linda Lee, coordinator of a federal grant administering a complete streets project in La Crosse County. 'We're trying to make sure streets are complete regardless who is paying for it, and the next step is to get our cities in the county to adopt similar ordinances and policies,' Lee said. 'I think it will make a difference in how a road is reconfigured,' she said. La Crosse County received a two-year, $2.2 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant to fund healthy living initiatives such as a complete streets project."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6kw39me
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Title: "County first to adopt bike-friendly roads policy"
Author: Terry Rindfleisch

MEMPHIS TRAIL BACKERS PUSHING FOR UNION PACIFIC AGREEMENT

-> According to a Mar. 30th Daily News article, "The Memphis group working with Union Pacific Corp. to build a bike and pedestrian boardwalk across the Mississippi River will be at the railroad's Omaha, Neb., headquarters next month. It's the second face-to-face meeting on the plan to restore a walkway across the river on the Harahan Bridge. And it will be more specific than the first session in February when the railroad's CEO agreed to find a way to make it work."

"'We've got to have a big sophisticated engineering firm because this is a big project,' said Charles McVean, the Memphis commodities trader leading the working group now known as the Harahan Bridge Project...The group is pushing for a boardwalk that would allow bicycle and pedestrian traffic across the north side of the rail bridge. The bridge, built in 1916, included "wagon ways" on its north and south sides for those on foot as well as horse-drawn wagons and later for automobiles..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6gnf383
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Title: "Harahan Boardwalk Backers Plan Return to Omaha"
Author: Bill Dries

ALASKA DOT REMOVES 'GHOST BIKE' TRIBUTE TO ANCHORAGE CYCLIST

-> According to an Apr. 13th Daily News article, "Sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning, the ghost bike vanished. Sometime soon another one may take its place. In the week following 36-year-old bicyclist Wil Curry's death in a collision with a Toyota Camry at Tudor Road and C Street, a mystery memorial appeared at the busy Midtown intersection. Called a 'ghost bike,' the all-white road bicycle was chained to a metal traffic light and draped in flowers."

"Like a 21-gun salute for cyclists and a reminder for drivers to use caution, similar monuments appear all over whenever a bicyclist is killed. A website, Ghost Bikes (http://tinyurl.com/4myooje) maps the tributes in 22 countries and teaches friends and family how to make their own. But the Alaska Department of Transportation removed the Anchorage ghost bike this week, calling the tribute a potential safety hazard..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3lepsj4
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Title: "State removes 'ghost bike' tribute to cyclist"
Author: Kyle Hopkins

PRESCOTT, (AZ) STUDENTS SEEK APPEALING STREETS

-> According to an Apr. 21st Bicycle Newswire article, "Students in the Prescott College course The Bicycle: Vehicle for Social Change are charging ahead with a comprehensive plan to improve bicycling conditions around the campus. Responding to bicycle and pedestrian crashes and near misses along the streets surrounding the campus, the students are targeting particular street improvements as priorities in their plan. These include a newly designed intersection at Lincoln and Grove Avenues as well as a more visible crossing of West Sheldon on the campus."

"The Prescott College Bicycle Solutions Campaign is a focal point of this course which guides students through the bicycle's beneficial role in society. They learn about beautiful street designs that encourage even timid cyclists to try riding with traffic and the health benefits of cycling that adds physical activity to even the busiest schedules. But getting this message across is not easy. The students work on articulating these benefits, that reshaping streets into appealing public spaces will invite people to linger and respect the human dignity of traveling by one's own power..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3mpqxvv

LRT, BIKE, PED FACILITIES PART OF OREGON-WASHINGTON BRIDGE PLAN

-> According to the Apr. 25th edition of RailwayAge, "The governors of Oregon and Washington Monday prepared to announce general agreement on a new bridge spanning the Columbia River over Interstate 5 that will include room for light rail transit, as well as bicycle and pedestrian capacity, as well as increased highway capacity."

"If built, the new bridge would extend Portland's MAX LRT service across the state line, establishing a second U.S. light rail system spanning two states. St. Louis' MetroLink light rail service spans the Mississippi River, linking Missouri with Illinois."

"The Columbia River Crossing project would replace the existing twin three-lane drawbridge with a ten-lane crossing over the Columbia River. Anti-rail advocates in Vancouver, Wash., have resisted LRT's inclusion, with Portland, Ore., officials equally adamant that LRT be part of any bridge package."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ugzhz4

TREES AND TRAILS: ROOTED IN COMMUNITY

-> According to the April 22nd Rails to Trails Magazine, "In Washington, D.C., part of that reclamation process has involved reintroducing trees to areas once buried under concrete and lost to the public. One organization, in particular, has been actively working to develop the bond between trees and urban pathways, helping transform industrial decay into greener pastures -- or trails -- for nearby communities."

"Founded in 2002, Casey Trees is a nonprofit that has been working to restore the tree canopy of the District of Columbia. The organization conducts street-level surveys of existing soil and landscaping conditions, as well as consults satellite images to identify areas where trees are most needed and could grow successfully. As a grassroots and community-based organization, Casey Trees relies heavily on volunteers to plant trees, perform maintenance on existing projects and conduct workshops that encourage proper tree care."

"Casey Trees has partnered with many developers, universities and other community groups to promote tree maintenance and the improvement of growing conditions-all throughout the District. They work with more than 50 groups each year and have executed hundreds of projects in all eight wards since 2003, including planting more than 400 trees last fall alone..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3g3egf7

IMPROVING PUBLIC SAFETY IN CAMDEN (NJ) ONE STREET AT A TIME

-> According to the Apr. 22nd Mobilizing the Region, "Like many other U.S. cities that have experienced significant industrial decline, high rates of poverty and racial and ethnic segregation, Camden is often presented as a virtual 'lost cause.' Negative coverage of the city has only intensified since it was forced to lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters in January. It's certainly true that crime in much of the city is high and job prospects for many residents are low. Moreover, many residents have reported a general fear for their personal safety and a lack of basic services in their neighborhoods."

"But many organizations and groups of motivated local people believe in Camden, are working hard to improve it, and are succeeding. These groups are diverse in their specific missions, but what quite a few of them share is a clear understanding of the role that transportation and quality public spaces can play in producing a viable city. Area community development corporations, faith-based groups, local developers and government officials have been actively working to improve Camden's streets, with the aim of creating safe places for residents to shop, gather, commute and open businesses..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/62puc6p


THE RESEARCH BEAT

MORE STATES TARGETED CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN 2010

-> According to an Apr. 25th RWJF Childhood Obesity article, "More states took legislative action to address nutrition, physical activity and physical education in schools in 2010 than 2009, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Twelve states enacted legislation relating to school nutrition, compared with seven in 2009, and eight states and the District of Columbia acted on physical activity and physical education in school, compared with five in the previous year. State legislative action also increased around farm-to-school programs and farmers' markets from 2009 to 2010. Six states and the District of Columbia developed policies on farm-to-school efforts, and six did so on farmers' markets, compared with five and four, respectively, in 2009..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6cu7mp4

U.S. PARENTS WANT KIDS MORE ACTIVE DURING SCHOOL DAY: POLL

-> According to an Apr. 21st U.S. News & World Report article, "A new poll finds that almost all parents of young children believe it's important for elementary school kids to get exercise during each school day. However, one-third said their children don't get enough physical activity at school. The survey findings come at a time when U.S. schools continue to cut back on physical activity due to budget cuts. Obesity is thought to affect one out of every six kids in the United States."

"The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, which asked parents of children aged 6 to 11 for their views about physical activity in schools, found that about one-third of parents think their kids' elementary schools don't devote enough time to physical education, 26 percent think playground equipment is lacking and 22 percent believe recess is too short..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/42yh4pl
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Title: "U.S. Parents Want Kids More Active During School Day: Poll"
Author: HealthDay

AUSTRALIAN STUDY: BIKERS MORE ALERT THAN DRIVERS

-> According to the Apr. 13th edition of On Your Bike, newsletter of Bicycle Victoria, "Bike riders are more alert and aware of road space and the traffic environment than are drivers, a new research project has found. Riders, with their high position and 180 degrees unimpeded vision, not only see a wider perspective, but also observed further ahead in a line of traffic."

"Most cyclists used this perspective to plan for their next moves in the traffic, but it also serves to alert them to likely road situations within the next few minutes. However from the drivers' perspective, this increased awareness could be seen as risky riding because the driver, with a poorer view, had comparatively less understanding of the road ahead. The findings come from a study which used cameras on helmets and inside cars to record journeys in Melbourne. Participants were also asked to comment on tape about what they were observing on the road..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3fq425b


QUOTES R US

-> "The City has been aggressive about examining complete streets issues in all of its street construction, reconstruction, sidewalk improvement, and bike facility efforts as a matter of normal course of doing business. These issues, often involving participation of neighborhood residents, businesses, and other property owners, are well-considered in the context of the specific conditions of a particular project, as well as in the context of the larger City-wide (and beyond) network."
-- Phil Meyer, Director of Community & Neighborhood Services, Holland (MI)

http://tinyurl.com/66vn2br

-> "When considering integrated land use and transport planning, Placemaking promotes a simple principle: if you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places. The power of this simple idea is that it reflects basic truths that are rarely acknowledged. One such truth is that more traffic and road capacity are not the inevitable results of growth. They are in fact the products of very deliberate choices that have been made to shape our communities around the private automobile. We have the ability to make different choices-starting with the decision to design our streets as comfortable places for people."
-- Gary Toth, PPS Transportation Initiatives

http://tinyurl.com/3rnvht8

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CYCLING DANGEROUSLY

Practices condemned by the British Transport Minister (1934)
http://tinyurl.com/4cuw8eo


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

Cost: None

Contact: Dave Cowan <dave@saferoutespartnership.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

Cost: $50/site

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

Contact: Cate Berthelet <registrar@toolsofchange.com>


RESOURCES

-> "SLOW ZONES: THEIR IMPACT ON MODE CHOICES AND TRAVEL BEHAVIOUR"
Report by O'Fallon(Pinnacle Research & Policy Ltd) & Sullivan (Capital Research); NZ Transport Agency research report 438. March 2011 (438KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3po5l2q
Via TRB E-Newsletter:http://tinyurl.com/4xppy2h

-> "MUTCD - INTERIM APPROVAL FOR OPTIONAL USE OF GREEN COLORED PAVEMENT..."
"...for Bike Lanes;" memo by Jeffrey A. lindley, Assoc. Administrator for Ooperations, FHWA; (IA-14) HOTO-1. April 15, 2011 (236MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3utjfms

-> "RIDING THROUGH RED LIGHTS: THE RATE, CHARACTERISTICS AND..."
"...Risk Factors of Non-compliant Urban Commuter Cyclists;" article by Johnson, Newstead, Charlton & Oxley, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Australia; Accident Analysis and Prevention, 43, 323-328. 2011 (341KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3v4lkrx
Via Bicycle Victoria:http://tinyurl.com/3nlr6ek

-> "ROADSIDE JUDGMENTS IN CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL CO-ORDINATION DISORDER"
Article by Purcella (University of London), Wanna, Wilmutb & Poultera' in Research in Developmental Disabilities, doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2010.12.022. Jan. 17, 2011 (abstract & link to the $19.95 article)
http://tinyurl.com/6bh5v6u

-> "THE ROLE OF FHWA PROGRAMS IN LIVABILITY: STATE OF..."
"the Practice: Summary;" report by ICF International; for USDOT/FHWA. March 21, 2011 (667KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3vemgb9

-> "SPEED REDUCTION TECHNIQUES FOR RURAL HIGH-TO-LOW SPEED TRANSITIONS"
NCHRP Report by Gerry Forbes, Intus Road Safety Engineering, Canada; NCHRP Synthesis 412. 2011 (general info and link to 11.2MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6gzprkq

-> "REVERSING THE TREND IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY - POLICIES TO PROMOTE..."
"...Healthy Kids and Communities;" report by Winterfeld, Shinkle & Morandi for the National Conference of State Legislatures; ISBN 978-1-58024-617-0. 2011 (243MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/4xwqwft


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!

-> 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 7, 2011, Project Bikeway Showcase, Bike to Work Month 2011 Kick-Off, Raleigh, NC.
http://tinyurl.com/696wjzo

-> 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 13-15, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Baltimore, MD. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <carolyn@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/6f5mk5p

-> 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 19, 2011, Professional Development course: Trail Design, Portland, OR. Info: IBPI, Portland State University, phone: (503) 725-4024, email: <ibpi@pdx.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/3uvezzw

-> May 20, 2011, Professional Development course: Bicycle Boulevard Fundamentals, Portland, OR. Info: IBPI, Portland State University, phone: (503) 725-4024, email: <ibpi@pdx.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/3p6qovv

-> 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 3-5, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Seattle, WA. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <carolyn@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/6l8nwv9

-> 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, Membership Development Training, Chicago, IL. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <carolyn@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/3t6lymg

-> 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

-> August 26-28, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Lansing, MI. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <carolyn@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/3vh5pvz

-> 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

-> 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: <conference@urbandesignaustralia.com.au>
http://tinyurl.com/7z6ukf

-> 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 14-16, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Los Angeles, CA. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <carolyn@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/4xbdz4g

-> 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

-> November 4-6, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Columbia, SC, Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <carolyn@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://tinyurl.com/3hmtuuv

-> 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!

-> JOBS & INTERNSHIPS -- MISC. POSITIONS -- SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COAL.

Jobs:
* Temporary Communications Director
* Operations Assistant (three-quarter-time)
* Development Assistant (three-quarter-time)

Internships:
* Social Media Internship
* Marketing Internship
* Communications Internship
* Bicycle Advocacy Intern

Source: http://tinyurl.com/machp3

-> JOBS -- 3 POSITIONS -- LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS

Education Director: The League of American Bicyclists is looking for an Education Director to lead and manage our national certification and education program and coordinate a nationwide network of volunteer instructors and trainers. This position will need to transition current curricula to on-line delivery of classroom materials. We are looking for an enthusiastic program manager with strong technology and communication skills.
Send cover letter and resume to: elizabeth@bikeleague.org.

Bicycle Friendly America Program Specialist: The League of American Bicyclists is hiring a Bicycle Friendly America program specialist to serve as primary contact with applicants, answer technical and detailed queries, and produce written reports and presentations. The specialist will also assist in developing BFA educational and outreach events, review BFA applications, contribute to listserves and publications on behalf of the BFA program, and participate in the creation and development of new BFA designations. Minimum of two years experience in either bicycle planning/engineering and/or advocacy required.
and resume to: elizabeth@bikeleague.org.

Bicycle Friendly America Communications Manager: The League of American Bicyclists is seeking a Bicycle Friendly America Communications Manager to lead program-based media and public relations, magazine and web publishing, and brand management. This position will need to have strong writing skills, experience with Web publishing software (preferably Expression Engine), and excellent time management skills. The BFA communications manager will assist in all aspects of social media and Web site presentation of the Bicycle Friendly America program. Familiarity with video production a plus.
and resume to: elizabeth@bikeleague.org.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4ywfqo4

-> 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:
* Bachelor's degree in planning, or a related field;
* Master's degree is desirable for the Associate Planner position; and
* One year of planning experience for the Assistant Planner and three years for the Associate Planner position, with an emphasis on transportation planning and development of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

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.
-- 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. Entry Level - 2 years 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 -- 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:
--- Chicago Bicycle Parking Program Intern
--- IT Internship

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


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