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#278 Wednesday, May 11, 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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----- A Bicycling Renaissance in North America?
----- Safe & Complete Streets Act of 2011 (HR 1780) Introduced in House
----- Sect'y Lahood Concerned How Cyclists Treated on Streets
----- U.S. Mayors Want More Bicycle and Pedestrian Investments
----- Univ. of Alberta Study Shows Walkable Edmonton Maps Work!
----- July 21st Re:Streets Design Charrette Still Has Openings
----- Suburban Developments Can Build in Walking and Cycling
----- NPS Announces 4-Trails Feasibility Study
----- How Have High Gas Prices Affected Your Family?
----- Adventure Cycling Moving Ahead on US Bicycle Route System
----- Out of Japan's Disaster, a Burst of Enthusiasm for Bicycling
----- ECF to Talk Bikes at OECD Transport Forum

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----- Michigan DOT Promotes Bicycling on New Web Site & Youtube
----- D.C. Offers $12K to People Who Move Near Work
----- Alaska's Governor Proclaims May Bike Month
----- Bike Share Program Announced for Greater Boston
----- K.C. (MO) Joins Columbia, Springfield, St Louis as Bicycle Friendly
----- MN Legislators Introduce Bills Supporting Bicycling
----- Illinois to Start Tracking Bicycle 'Dooring' Collisions
----- Trek Bicycle Donates Bike Sharing System to Madison (WI)
----- Michigan Court: Curbs Part of Highway, Govt Immunity Doesn't Apply
----- The Habit of Biking to Work: D.C. Survey
----- Seattle's Cascade Bicycle Club Launches Bikewise Mobile App
----- Atlanta MPO Online Map Shows Possible 2010 Trans Projects
----- Study: Philadelphia #1 in Big City Bike Commuting
----- Biking to Work Once a Week Can Significantly Help California

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

A BICYCLING RENAISSANCE IN NORTH AMERICA?

-> If you have been following us on Twitter (bikewalkorg) you may have noticed a number of dispatches referring to a new USDOT study on cycling trends. The study is "Bicycling Renaissance in North America? an Update and Re-Appraisal of Cycling Trends and Policies," and is authored by John Pucher, Ralph Buehler, and Mark Seinen. The study is an update of a similar one conducted in 1999. The current iteration looks at who is riding (age, gender, income, race), what happens when they ride (safety and injuries), where they are riding (miles of paths, bicycle boulevards, separated facilities), how many are riding (mode share), and how riders are being supported (transit connections, policies, program support). Trends for nine large North American cities are examined.

Now is an opportune time to review cycling trends, as the past decade has witnessed a (relatively) massive infusion of funding into cycling specific facilities, two oil/gas prices shocks, and innovative design for supporting cycling in urban areas. The inclusion of three Canadian cities is welcome for the contrast they provide: no dedicated national funding stream, harsher climate, and older cycling networks. (Spoiler alert: they perform quite well when compared to their counterparts in the US.)

A few trends to note:
-- Bicycling mode share across each metro region varied tremendously. Central city cycling rates were much higher than outlying areas. In Minneapolis, the difference is 4-to-1, Portland is 3-to-1, and most major cities it is 2-to-1.
-- The District of Columbia and Portland have the highest numbers of female bicycle commuters with 34 and 33 percent (respectively); NYC is the lowest at 20 percent.
-- In Portland, 18 percent of residents reported using bikes as their primary or secondary means of travel to work. This is comparable to northern European cities.

There is more, but you will have to read the report for yourself!
http://tinyurl.com/63r7hr3

SAFE & COMPLETE STREETS ACT OF 2011 (HR 1780) INTRODUCED IN HOUSE

-> According to a May 6th Nat'l Complete Streets Coalition blog entry, "Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) have introduced HR 1780, the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011 into the US House of Representatives. The measure would help ensure safe travel for millions of Americans by directing states and regions to adopt policies to provide for the needs of all users of the transportation system, including people of all ages and abilities who are walking, bicycling, and taking the bus."

"'This bill will help ensure that our federal transportation investments are creating the safest environment possible for everyone using our roadways,' said Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), the lead author of the Safe and Complete Streets Act. 'Complete Streets policies are win-win for local communities: they save lives and create forward-looking projects that provide lasting value. I have seen firsthand the interest in Complete Streets on the local level, and a Federal Complete Streets standard will ensure a consistent approach for all our transportation investments.' Rep. LaTourette added, 'I'm happy to lend my support to the Safe and Complete Streets Act, which helps ensure the safety of all those using our roadways.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/652jgjn

SECT'Y LAHOOD CONCERNED HOW CYCLISTS TREATED ON STREETS

-> According to a May 10th Huffington Post article, "Ray LaHood 'Concerned' About Safety Of Urban Bikers, Unsure If He's A Hipster U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signaled on Tuesday that his department would be looking into measures to encourage automobile drivers to observe better safety standards when it came to bicyclists cohabiting the roadways. In an interview with The Huffington Post, the Illinois Republican praised various cities for restructuring transportation policy around cleaner forms of transit, singling out the construction of bike lanes to encourage biking as particularly effective. But with additional bikers on the road come additional risks. And as head of the Department of Transportation, LaHood noted his 'concern' over the 'way that bikers are treated when they are on streets.'"

"'I'm concerned that people that are driving cars have a level of respect for bikers, and that's the reason that we have these bike lanes,' said LaHood. 'Bikers have as much right to the streets as anybody driving a car and I am concerned about [their safety].' Told that his heartfelt defense of bikers came off like the musings of a run-of-the-mill hipster, LaHood professed genuine confusion. 'I don't even know what that term means,' he said."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3t8jg96
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Title: "Ray LaHood 'Concerned' About Safety Of Urban Bikers, Unsure If He's A Hipster"
Author: Sam Stein

U.S. MAYORS WANT MORE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN INVESTMENTS

-> According to the May 9th League of American Bicyclists newsletter, "America's mayors want more control over federal transportation money. That is according to a survey released today by the United States Conference of Mayors. And what would they spend it on? Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure would be near the top of their list..."

"Bicycling and walking rank high among the biggest challenges identified by the mayors: road/street maintenance (78%); bicycle/pedestrian projects (60%); public transit operating assistance (45%); public transit capacity (40%), and road/street expansion (36%)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6g8vl9v

UNIV. OF ALBERTA STUDY SHOWS WALKABLE EDMONTON MAPS WORK!

-> According to an article in the May 3rd Walkable Edmonton newsletter, "While Walkable Edmonton has had lots of positive feedback around our Communities on Foot Map Series, we now are fortunate to have a study undertaken by the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta looking at the Avenue Communities Walking Map that was released this past summer. The study showed some really positive indicators around the maps encouraging people to get out walking and connect with their communities..."

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

JULY 21ST RE:STREETS DESIGN CHARRETTE STILL HAS OPENINGS

-> A May 5th Re:Streets announcement asked, "Interested in solar roadways, sidewalk orchards and streets where people are more important than cars? Then come to the Re:Streets Charrette! Re:Streets is a multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on the planning, design and construction of streets to improve the livability of our cities. It is exploring the future of streets and what America's roadways would be like if they were designed for /living/, instead of driving. The charrette will be held on July 21-23, 2011 on the UC Berkeley campus. Spaces are limited-registration is closing soon!"

For more info (and a link to registration), go to http://tinyurl.com/6fhmr2f or contact Kirsten Negus at <kirstennegus@migcom.com>

SUBURBAN DEVELOPMENTS CAN BUILD IN WALKING AND CYCLING

-> According to an Apr. 21st OTREC blog entry, "In many cases, living in suburbia means relying on an automobile for most trips, even short trips to nearby stores. If housing developments incorporated better paths and sidewalks, however, would anyone use them? Researcher Nico Larco found that people who live in well-connected developments are significantly more likely to walk and bicycle than those in developments only accessible by automobile. He details his findings in this OTREC report. Larco, an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, found that people who live in well-connected developments walked to their nearby commercial strips nearly twice as often as did people in less-connected developments. In addition, a greater percentage of residents in well-connected developments reported sometimes walking or cycling..."

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

NPS ANNOUNCES 4-TRAILS FEASIBILITY STUDY

-> According to a recent news release, "The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing a feasibility study to evaluate some 64 routes for possible addition to the Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, and Pony Express National Historic Trails. This study was authorized by Congress -- in response to years of sustained public interest -- under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009."

"The 10 Oregon Trail study routes listed in the Act are: Naches Pass Trail in Washington, Cowlitz River Route in Washington, Whitman Mission Route in Oregon and Washington, Upper Columbia River Route in Oregon and Washington, Meek Cutoff in Oregon, Free Emigrant Road in Oregon, Cutoff to Barlow Road in Oregon, North Alternate Oregon Trail in Idaho, Goodale's Cutoff in Idaho, North Side Alternate in Idaho"

"Also listed in the act are seven routes that are already designated segments of the California National Historic Trail. This study will determine whether they should be designated as Oregon National Historic Trail as well. They are: St. Joe Road in Missouri and Kansas, Council Bluffs Road in Iowa and Nebraska, Old Fort Kearny Road (Oxbow Trail) in Nebraska, Raft River to Applegate in Idaho, Utah and Nevada, Sublette Cutoff in Wyoming, Applegate Route in Nevada, California, and Oregon, Childs Cutoff in Wyoming..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/448nfqa

Via Kansas Trail News: http://tinyurl.com/3ojf9kx

HOW HAVE HIGH GAS PRICES AFFECTED YOUR FAMILY?

-> In a May 9th message, Abigail Gardner of Smart Growth America wrote, "The average gallon of gas costs nearly $4 and filling up a tank routinely costs $50 or more. According to the Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. household will spend more than $4,300 on gas in 2011. Spending that much at the pump is affecting all of us in different ways, and as the price of gas keeps climbing, many people are figuring out tradeoffs so they can afford to keep moving."

"How have high gas prices affected your family? What tradeoffs are you making? People across the country are feeling the pain of paying so much for gas. Some are stranded and cannot get to work or get to a doctor's visit. Increasing numbers are opting to carpool with colleagues or take the bus. Others are making major changes in their household budget because they have no other choice besides driving their car to get to where they need to go."

"Smart Growth America is looking for stories from people everywhere about what kind of tradeoffs have to be made in the face of higher gas prices. Have you changed your commute or how you run errands? Have you found a new way to get around? No matter how the cost of gas has impacted you or your family, we want to hear your story. We'll post the most interesting responses to our Facebook page, Twitter feed and our blog..."

Tell them your story here: http://tinyurl.com/6z3lhpw

ADVENTURE CYCLING MOVING AHEAD ON US BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM

-> According to a May 2nd news release, "Today Adventure Cycling Association kicks off its second annual grassroots fundraising effort to raise $30,000 to support ongoing coordination efforts for the emerging U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) -- likely to become the largest official cycling network on the planet. The 'Build It. Bike It. Be a Part of It." campaign will run the entire month of May (National Bike Month)..."

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

OUT OF JAPAN'S DISASTER, A BURST OF ENTHUSIASM FOR BICYCLING

-> According to an Apr. 18th NY Times article, "Whenever Shigeki Kobayashi spots a salaryman on a bicycle with his bag in the front basket, he knows that he is watching a novice bike commuter: putting the heavy load up front makes steering harder, an elementary mistake."

"Mr. Kobayashi also realizes that someone is new to street cycling when the rider is on the sidewalk. 'Some people mistakenly think it is safer on the sidewalk,' he said. 'That's wrong, because on the sidewalk there is greater chance you'd bump into someone or something.'"

"Mr.Kobayashi is director of the Bicycle Usage Promotion Study Group, a nonprofit organization that promotes usage of bicycles in Tokyo. Since March 11, when an earthquake devastated northern Japan and rattled the Tokyo metropolitan area, the streets of Suginami ward, where he lives, have teemed with wobbly bikers pedaling their way to work. 'The increase was sudden and visible,' he said during an interview..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3bw3pd3
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Title: "Out of Disaster, a Burst of Enthusiasm for Bicycling"
Author: Miki Tanikawa

Via Rethinking Urban Transportation: http://tinyurl.com/3jm5xpg

ECF TO TALK BIKES AT OECD TRANSPORT FORUM

-> According to the May 6th European Cyclists' Federation newsletter, "ECF wants to see cycling taking seriously when the national transports ministers from the 52 OECD member countries convene at the International Transport Forum (ITF) in May 2011 (25th to the 27th). This unique platform gathers key political decision makers, civil society leaders and top academics to discuss global transport strategies in the 21st century."

"Coinciding with the recent release of the Charter of Seville, ECF will put cycling on the Global Transport agenda, presenting it as a viable, economical and environmental friendly mode of transport. We'll try to obtain as many signatures to the Charter of Seville as possible from high-profile figures across the globe. ECF's own President, Manfred Neun is part of the official ITF programme, and will take part in a plenary session on mobility rights, needs, expectations and costs..."

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


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

MICHIGAN DOT PROMOTES BICYCLING ON NEW WEB SITE & YOUTUBE

-> According to a May 5th MDOT news release, "As National Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) approaches, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is promoting a new video about the benefits and savings of bicycling on the MDOT YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MichiganDOT."

"It is part of the new 'Mi Commute' Web site that includes tips and tools to help with the cost of commuting. The Web site (http://tinyurl.com/65w4lz4) explores bicycling, public transportation, and other modes of travel that may help commuters save precious gas dollars."

"The YouTube animated video, the third of three produced by MDOT, follows a commuter named Wally, who challenges people to consider walking or bicycling for short -- to medium-length trips. Wally calls bicycling 'a simple way of reducing pollution, and a fantastic money-saving solution.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6bo57do

D.C. OFFERS $12K TO PEOPLE WHO MOVE NEAR WORK

-> According to a May 5th GOOD Transportation article, "In a perfect world, we'd all live near work. A short commute saves time and money and makes it easy to bike or walk to the office. But in the real world there are lots of factors affecting where we choose to live, and work is only one of them. Perhaps moving to be near your job would be more appealing if it came with $12,000 dollars. Washington, D.C.'s Office of Planning is launching a pilot program called Live Near Your Work that will match up to $6,000 in incentives that businesses offer to employees to move near work or public transit. The new digs just have to be within two miles of work, within half a mile of a Metro station, or within a quarter mile of a 'high-quality' bus corridor..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6k7nmpj
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Title: "Washington, D.C. Offers $12,000 to People Who Move Near Work"
Author: Andrew Price

ALASKA'S GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS MAY BIKE MONTH

-> According to a May 5th Juneau Empire article, "Governor Sean Parnell signed an official proclamation April 26 designating May as Bike Month, May 16-20 as Bike Week and May 20 as Bike to Work and School Day. 'Gas prices in Alaska are over $4 per gallon and we think we are going to see a surge in bicycle commuters,' said Marc Luiken, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner."

"Alaska ranks sixth in the nation in the proportion of adults who bike to work with approximately 3,000 people bicycling to work every day. Every year the number of bicyclists on Alaska roads rises sharply in May as Alaska joins the nation to celebrate National Bike to Work Day and to kick off the summer bicycling season...City and borough mayors statewide have proclaimed Bike to Work Day in their communities..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3r29467
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Title: "Governor Parnell proclaims May Bike Month"
Author: Staff

BIKE SHARE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR GREATER BOSTON

-> According to an Apr. 21st Globe article, "As early as this summer, residents and visitors taking quick trips in Boston will be able to rent bicycles from dozens of sidewalk kiosks, under an agreement expected to be signed today that will create a bike-sharing network inspired by those in Paris and Washington."

"Boston officials said the system, to be called Hubway, will open in July with 600 bicycles and 61 stations in the city, though they envision growing in a few years to as many as 5,000 bikes at more than 300 kiosks, from Brookline to Somerville..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/42wanr8
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Title: "Hub set to launch bike-share program"
Author: Eric Moskowitz

K.C. (MO) JOINS COLUMBIA, SPRINGFIELD, ST LOUIS AS BICYCLE FRIENDLY

-> According to an Apr. 30th Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation news release, "Today the League of American Bicyclists named Kansas City as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The award announcement is part of the kickoff for National Bike Month, which starts tomorrow. 'This award is the result of years of work by city staff, elected officials, and advocates,' said Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation."

"'Kansas City has made a complete turnaround--from being rated as one of the worst cities for bicycling just three years ago to today's recognition as one of the best.' Three years ago, Missouri had no Bicycle Friendly Communities. Today over a million Missourians live in a Bicycle Friendly Community..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/5usewlo

MN LEGISLATORS INTRODUCE BILLS SUPPORTING BICYCLING

-> According to a May 2nd Bike Minnesota blog entry, "In addition to bills that would increase the penalty for causing a death while committing a careless driving offense, members of the Minnesota Legislature recently introduced several more bills that support bicycling. These bills include Safe Routes to School Funding, the Mississippi River Trail Bikeway, electric-assisted bicycle issues and helmet requirements for youth. The Careless Driving bills, House File 68 and Senate File 201, are still stalled but there is hope that they will be considered again following the upcoming break..."

"A bill to increase funding for Minnesota's Safe Routes to School program has also been introduced. If there is a bonding bill, BikeMN supports an allocation of $3 million to the Mn/DOT Safe Routes to School program in fiscal years 2012 and 2013. House File 1429, introduced by Representatives Hortman, Garofalo, Petersen, Hornstein, Hausman and Slawik does just that. Watch for the Senate companion sometime soon..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3cna8hh

ILLINOIS TO START TRACKING BICYCLE 'DOORING' COLLISIONS

-> According to an Apr. 24th Chicago Trib article, "Dangerous collisions caused by the doors of parked vehicles opening into the path of bicyclists will for the first time be counted as crashes in Illinois, under a change ordered by Gov. Pat Quinn. The new rules, which officials said will be announced Monday and take effect immediately, require police departments across the state to record 'dooring' accidents on Illinois traffic crash forms. The dooring data will be incorporated into annual traffic accident summaries compiled by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Officials described the policy shift as a starting point to help reduce dooring crashes, which can result in injuries and deaths. Quinn sought the change after reading a March 21 Chicago Tribune story..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3aukvrh
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Title: "Illinois to start tracking bicycle 'dooring' collisions"
Author: Jon Hilkevitch

Via Active Transportation Alliance's Traffic Signals: http://tinyurl.com/3kgr9lq

TREK BICYCLE DONATES BIKE SHARING SYSTEM TO MADISON (WI)

-> According to an Apr. 27th Buzz on B-cycle article, "Trek Bicycle has donated a full B-cycle bike sharing system to the city of Madison, WI including an initial investment of $2,000,000 to ensure the system will operate in 2011. Recognizing the city's current financial difficulties, Trek has agreed to waive the previously agreed upon annual contribution of $100,000 by the city in exchange for just $1 per year."

"'Madison is our home and Trek is committed to making it a world class bike city,' said Trek president John Burke. 'We are very excited to be able to give this gift to the city.' The initial Trek capital investment of $1.4 million will include all of the 35 stations and 350 bikes that will be placed throughout the city while the company will contribute $700,000 per year to cover the operational costs throughout the 5 year contract..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5r9ah6g

MICHIGAN COURT: CURBS PART OF HIGHWAY, GOVT IMMUNITY DOESN'T APPLY

-> According to a May 4th Michigan Complete Streets Coalition article, "On April 22, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that curbs are part of the highway. This is important to the Michigan complete streets movement as it means local governments can no longer claim governmental immunity when someone is injured on a curb."

"In Benton Harbor, Jeanette Sharp was injured when she fell from a crumbling curb. Sharp sued the City of Benton Harbor, on the ground that it had breached a statutory duty to maintain the curb that caused her fall. Benton Harbor moved for summary disposition on the basis of governmental immunity. The Court of Appeals, however, upholding the Berrien Circuit Court, said governmental immunity did not apply..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/64z8wmw

THE HABIT OF BIKING TO WORK: D.C. SURVEY

-> According to a May 9th City Fix blog entry, "For those considering participating in Bike to Work day on May 20, statistics presented at the recent Washington, D.C. Transportation Planning Board meeting may be of interest. According to the presented survey of D.C.-area Bike to Work Day commuters in 2010, 17 percent of participants said they had never commuted to work before, 22 percent started biking to work more often after participating, and 10 percent made it a regular commute mode. With all the benefits of cycling, you'd be hard pressed to find a better time to try this active commute alternative..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3g39s8n

SEATTLE'S CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB LAUNCHES BIKEWISE MOBILE APP

-> According to the May 3rd edition of Braking News, "We're proud to announce the release of the Bikewise mobile app, version 1.0! Now you can report, photograph, and view bicycle hazards, crashes and thefts while on the road with just a couple simple clicks. The Bikewise mobile app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, and iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G. It requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. If you're unable to download the app, not to worry: you can still submit and view reports online at http://tinyurl.com/3gfqyr2. A special thanks to Kombi, Inc. for developing the app."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ey3zyz

ATLANTA MPO ONLINE MAP SHOWS POSSIBLE 2010 TRANS PROJECTS

-> In a May 1st Fresh Loaf blog entry, Thomas Wheatley wrote, "Christmas came early for metro Atlanta wonks. In an effort to generate more citizen input and interest, the Atlanta Regional Commission created an interactive map showing all of the proposed road, transit and bridge projects that might get funded by a one-cent transportation sales tax voters will decide next year. 'We want this to be a completely open process and one the public participates in,' says Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, chair of the 'regional roundtable' of metro Atlanta elected officials that will approve the projects. 'The more feedback we receive from our neighbors, the better job we can do in compiling a list of projects for the referendum that will benefit the region.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6bp2fcj

See the map here: http://tinyurl.com/65bkz6o

STUDY: PHILADELPHIA #1 IN BIG CITY BIKE COMMUTING

-> According to a May 9th CBSPhilly story, "A new study by bicycle advocates says Philadelphia has, per capita, twice as many cycling commuters as any other big city in the U.S. 'Philadelphia is a remarkable city for bicycling,' said Alex Doty, Executive Director of The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Doty says they sifted data from the Coalition and the census and determined that Philadelphia is the number one big city, per capita, for bike commuting, especially in the central core of the city."

"'It's unusual to talk about South Philadelphia being comparable to Santa Barbara, California, but that's what we're seeing. There are very few places in the country where you see more bicycle commuting than you see in Center City and South Philadelphia neighborhoods,' Doty said. Doty said the U.S. Census shows that between 2000 and 2009, the percentage of workers who bike to work grew by more than 150 percent..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3q6clmw
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Title: "Study Shows Philadelphia Number One In Bicycle Commuting"
Author: Steve Tawa

For more details and a link to the study, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3teths2

BIKING TO WORK ONCE A WEEK CAN SIGNIFICANTLY HELP CALIFORNIA

-> In a May 9th Mercury News opinion piece, Andy Bell wrote, "With the passage of California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, cities and counties are required to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One of the great problems is this: Nearly 40 percent of our greenhouse gases come from transportation. By leaving the car in the garage two days a week and riding a bike to work or to the market, we can substantially reduce carbon emissions. According to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, 40 percent of Bay Area commuters live within just five miles of their workplace. If every person living this close pedaled on one day alone, more than 60,000 vehicles would be off the road, reducing emissions by more than 150,000 pounds..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6fks9xc
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Title: "Biking to work once a week can significantly help the environment"
Author: Andy Bell


QUOTES R US

-> "As ONE STREET builds our Social Bike Business program, working with our local partners around the world and responding to their needs, I have been noticing an alarming pattern within the bike industry -- basic bike parts are being discontinued. The bike industry continues its shift to serving only the richest bicycle enthusiasts as manufactures of garbage bicycle-shaped-objects step into the vacuum to rake in profits from folks just looking for a basic bike..."
-- Sue Knaup, Executive Director, One Street

http://tinyurl.com/6z72gfq

-> "If you think about your favourite streets, the ones where you like to hang out and meet up with friends: the chances are that these types of street are walkable. Well it turns out that walkable streets are not only fun and exciting places to be, they are also incredibly profitable..."
-- Walkonomist, Walkonomics blog

http://tinyurl.com/3fzbckr

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

FLYING BICYCLE LANE LETS YOU SOAR ABOVE TRAFFIC
by Bridgette Meinhold, 01/14/10

"Bike commuting is a beautiful thing -- it's an efficient, quick way to get around an urban area and it's great for your heart. Only problem is those pesky cars that are continually getting in the way! What if you could have your own bicycle traffic lane completely separate from the cars and safely out of their way? Martin Angelov, a Bulgarian architect, came up with this incredible concept for urban bicycle transportation -- a bike lane in the sky that he calls 'Kolelinia.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6j65p9k


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Using Social Media to Improve Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities"

Date: May 18, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Brice Maryman (SvR Design), Maureen Gresham, (Idaho Trans Dept) & Chris Rule (Cascade Bicycle Club)

Host: APBP

Cost: $50/site for APBP members, $75/site for non-members

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Registration and info: http://tinyurl.com/3nws7wt

WEBINAR: "Great Ways to Include Bicycling in Your SRTS Program"

Date: May 31, 2011, 1:00-2:00pm EDT

Presenters: Andy Clark, (League of American Bicyclists); Joe Bishop (Roger E. Sides Elementary School) Karnes City, TX; Steve Bayliss & Ken Rose (Atlanta Charter Middle School) Atlanta, GA; Patty Olsen ( Safe Kids Grand Forks) Grand Forks, ND

Host: America Walks & NCSRTS

Cost: No

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

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


RESOURCES

-> "THE VALUE OF URBAN DESIGN: THE ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL..."
"...and social benefits of urban design;" report by the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment; ISBN 0-478-25919-0 ME number: 606. June 2005 (381KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3pgajls
Via Walkable Edmonton: http://tinyurl.com/3exseyu

-> "COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH AND POLICY ADVOCACY..."
"...to Reduce Diesel Exposure in West Oakland, California;" article by Gonzalez, Minkler, Garcia, Gordon, Garzón, Palaniappan, Prakash & Beveridge (UC Berkeley); American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2010.196204. May 6, 2011 (general info and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/63dbw5k

-> "ACTIVE COMMUTING TO SCHOOL AND ASSOCIATION WITH PHYSICAL..."
"...Activity and Adiposity Among US Youth;" article by Mendoza, Watson, Nguyen, Cerin, Baranowski, & Nicklas; JPAH Volume 8, Issue 4, 488-495. May 2011 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/6baa6on

-> "PHONING WHILE DRIVING 1: A REVIEW OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL..."
"...psychological, behavioural and physiological studies;" article by Colleta & Guillota (University of Lyon) & Petit (Renault Ergonomics & Human-Machine Interactions Dept); Ergonomics, Vol 53, Issue 5, 2010, p. 589-601. 2010 (abstract & link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/6jdpzub

-> "PHONING WHILE DRIVING 2: A REVIEW OF DRIVING CONDITIONS INFLUENCE"
article by Colleta & Guillota (University of Lyon) & Petit (Renault Ergonomics & Human-Machine Interactions Dept); Ergonomics, Vol 53, Issue 5, 2010, p. 602-616. 2010 (abstract & link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/5sj94cd

-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS: DROWSY DRIVING"
A Brief Statistical Summary; NHTSA; DOT HS 811 449. March 2011 (general info and link to 690KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/68f93sl

-> "TACTICAL URBANISM: SHORT TERM ACTION, LONG TERM CHANGE (BETA) "
Report by Lydon, Bartman, Woudstra & Khawarzad, the Street Plans Collaborative. 2011 (free 9.2MB pdf via FaceBook)
http://tinyurl.com/4hot5dw

-> "A FOUNDATION FOR SAFER DRIVING"
Safety Brief summarizing research preliminary to SHRP 2 Naturalistic Driving Study; Strategic Highway Research Program, TRB. April 2011 (general info and link to 929KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/64z3c5a

-> "BICYCLING ACCESS AND EGRESS TO TRANSIT: INFORMING THE POSSIBILITIES"
Report by Krizek, Stonebraker & Tribbey, Mineta Transportation Institute; MTI Report 10-07. April 2011 (1.8MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3pwrde8

-> "BICYCLING RENAISSANCE IN NORTH AMERICA? AN UPDATE..."
"...and re-appraisal of cycling trends and policies;" article by Pucher (Rutgers University), Buehlerb (Virginia Tech), & Seinena (Rutgers University); Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Volume 45, Issue 6, Pages 451-475. July 2011 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/3cksngk

-> "NACTO URBAN BIKEWAY DESIGN GUIDE"
A pdf edition of NACTO's Guide has been released, in low, medium, and annotated versions. April 2011 (general info and links to all pdfs)
http://tinyurl.com/3qtwqhl

-> "ROAD SAFETY AUDITS"
Online PowerPoint presentation/webinar; by Malleck, Strickland & Chester, Albany Safe Communities; National Highway Institute. February 24, 2011 (free)
http://tinyurl.com/42omdh8


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!

-> 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 14, 2011, Montgomery Bicycling for All of Us! Conference, Rockville, MD. Info: Peggy Dennis, President, Montgomery County Civic Federation <hotyakker@gmail.com>

-> 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 23-25, 2011, Pedestrian Vehicle Crash Reconstruction Course, Evanston, IL. Info: Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, 1801 Maple Avenue, IL, 60208; phone: (847) 491-5476; fax: (847) 491-5270; e-mail: <nucps@northwestern.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/3sgmduq

-> 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 -- ADVOCACY COORDINATOR -- MARIN CO BICYCLE COALITION (CA)

Join the hugely successful Marin County Bicycle Coalition's advocacy team -- we're currently hiring a full-time Advocacy Coordinator who will report to MCBC's Advocacy Director. The Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for successful outreach and public involvement on County of Marin projects, for empowering local citizens to take action in their own town/city, and publicly represents MCBC's positions on infrastructure and policy platforms at public meetings and through written submittals.

The position includes direct communication with public works directors, elected officials, MCBC members, and the public about bicycle needs, design issues, priorities and more. Candidates require excellent written and public speaking skills, project management and partnership building experience, and the ability to take initiative and work independently.

The position is currently available, and will be open until filled. Interviews will be conducted as relevant applications are received. The salary is $41,600-45,760/year DOE with benefits.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/6xque77

-> RFP -- LIVABLE TRANSIT CORRIDORS -- TRB

Posted Date: 5/3/2011
TCRP H-45 Project Data:
Funds: $350,000;
Contract Time: 18 Months (includes 1 month for TCRP review and approval of the interim report and 3 months for TCRP review and for contractor revision of the final deliverables);
Authorization to Begin Work: 10/1/2011 -- estimated;
Staff Responsibility: Dianne S. Schwager;
Phone: 202/334-2969;
Email: dschwager@nas.edu;
RFP Close Date: 7/6/2011;
Fiscal Year: 2011

BACKGROUND: Considerable attention has been given to the need for and benefits of livable communities and how transit investments and operations contribute to livability. For example, transit services promote livability by increasing access, improving mobility, supporting economic devel­opment, and facilitating a healthier environment. Previous research has explored the relationship between transit investment and economic development (one aspect of livability), in particular in and around transit station areas. Less research has addressed the broader relationships between transit and livability in transit corridors.

In 2009, the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined together to champion policies and programs designed to stimulate sustainable and livable communities. The Partnership for Sustainable Communities established six livability principles and a partnership to act as a foundation for interagency coordination.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/6hr96px

-> 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 -- 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:
--- IT Internship

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


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