#279 Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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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-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) and Project for Public Spaces, Inc. (PPS) are pleased to announce a working alliance in pursuit of the idea of building of place through transportation. This alliance positions both organizations to take on new opportunities, while strengthening and adding depth to the existing programs of each partner. Beginning on June 1, 2011, NCBW will become a resident program at PPS; both organizations will collaborate to produce the 2012 Pro Walk /Pro Bike® Conference (PWPB).
The Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference will be coordinated by NBCW and will draw upon the staff resources of PPS to ensure the conference remains a segment leader for program excellence and value. Working together, PPS and NCBW will take PWPB® to the next level, reaching many more people and significantly increasing its impact.
The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is a major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc., a national, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] corporation established in 1977. Its mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities by influencing the way communities are planned, designed, and managed at the local level.
Since 1975, PPS's pioneering Placemaking approach has helped citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. This focus on place has always included an emphasis on creating communities that nurture bicycling and walking. PPS has long been a close partner of NCBW and as the programs of both organizations evolved, they have naturally drawn closer together. This new alliance is the logical next step of that long-standing working relationship.
Fred Kent, President of PPS, has always said: "When we think about shaping our communities around place, we do everything differently." The National Center for Bicycling & Walking has always framed its bicycle and pedestrian mission around that larger concept of community. Sharon Roerty, Executive Director of NCBW added, "For decades our respective organizations have operated in parallel, each seeking to improve the places and connections between where we live, work and play; the timing is right to combine our resources, energies, and expertise in pursuit of this common goal."
-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking, and the Project for Public Spaces, are pleased to announce the next Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Symposium will convene in Long Beach, California, September 10-13, 2012. We expect next year's conference will continue our 20+ year tradition of Pro Walk/Pro Bike® being the place where everyone-advocates, transportation, urban design and health professionals, and local government officials-come together to talk about building better communities through more, better walking and bicycling.
Long Beach is one such community that, in embracing walking and bicycling, has improved the quality-of-life experienced by all residents. In 2009, it was designated a Bronze-level bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Bicycling Magazine considers it one of the top 25 best bike cities in the country. For more details about everything bike-related in Long Beach, see http://www.bikelongbeach.org
"Long Beach is delighted to be designated as the host city for Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012 and for the opportunity to showcase the great strides the city has made in its livability and sustainability goals," says Charlie Gandy, who as the City's Mobility Coordinator, is responsible for many of these great strides. Charlie is also Chair of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Host Committee, and a consummate promoter of his city: "From our separated cycle tracks and sharrows projects and new bike boulevards, to our brand new Bikestation and transit mall downtown, to the political will of our Mayor and City Council for creating a great American city for bicycling and walking we are a city in transformation. Add to this our marvelous weather, wonderful hospitality and the commitment of everyone from our Convention and Visitors bureau to local advocate groups geared up to help make this the best Pro Walk/Pro Bike ever, why would anyone want to miss out?"
Over the next 16 months, I will be working to shape the conference program of Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012, and working to ensure our conference lives up to the high expectations we set in Victoria, Madison, Seattle, and Chattanooga. I look forward to the challenge, and I invite you to follow our progress on the pages of CenterLines, our websites, and Twitter. See you in Long Beach!
-> I have never seen bicycling and walking as an end but rather as a means and a rational scale to view, understand and experience places. I see bicycling and walking as transportation; a way to make connections; and, a way to a healthier self and a healthier planet. At the ground level we have an unmatched opportunity to build happy, sustainable, livable places. Bicycling and walking are not an end unto themselves but rather a means to get to a better place. Being part of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking since 2004 has given me the opportunity to explore that scale and to see the present and future in ways I could not have imagined a decade ago. The coming together of NCBW and Projects for Public Spaces (PPS) is going to enhance the work of each organization; it allows us to expand our circle of friends and working partnerships; and give us new opportunities to ratchet up what works in communities and creating communities that work for all people.
Tedson Meyers, NCBW's founder and Chair Emeritus was asked yesterday what he thought about the merger. Without hesitation, Tedson offered, "When Dan [Burden], Katie [Moran], and a few others and I started in 1977, two purposes were clear: to build an organization and to kindle a movement. We did both. All that NCBW became remains solidly grounded in the many organizations that started at, grew from, or were enriched by, the ProWalk/ProBike conferences and the work of NCBW. That work will go on, stronger than ever, with PPS. I have no disappointments and a great deal of pride that our work will continue to shape the movement."
It has been a great pleasure for me to serve as NCBW's 4th Executive Director. I have truly enjoyed our outreach work in communities; helping others find natural allies and partners; and connecting with resources at the local, regional, state and national level. Working on policy at the national level, I have tried to amplify the voices and concerns of the volunteers, stakeholders and professionals working in the trenches. The last three years have been difficult given the uncertainty of the transportation legislation and the economy but I have not seen any loss of spirit. The will to make communities better and the desire to shape the built environment in a way that is safer, provides more affordable and attractive opportunities for people young, old and in between to travel on foot and on bike hasn't gone away. If anything it's become more entrenched; resources and expertise have become more focused and more deliberate. There is an unspoken pledge not to get it wrong; and an understanding that the next generation is depending on us to get it right.
Mark Plotz will become the new program director for NCBW at PPS. I pass him the reigns with great pleasure and a little bit of pride. Mark will be tremendous in this role. I have accepted a position with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where I will be working with the childhood obesity team. I suspect my work won't be vastly different, but I will have the opportunity to view it from a different lens. The beat goes on and it's all good.
-> I would like to thank Transportation for America for producing the Dangerous by Design report and, in so doing, reminding us why we are here: over the last decade, 47,700+ lives were lost in the simple act of crossing the street, catching the bus, and walking home from work. Another 688,000 people were injured during that time.
The 2011 Dangerous by Design report is the most recent version of a series of reports dating back to the late 1990s (Mean Streets) that have helped shift our conversation about pedestrian deaths away from blaming the victims, and towards the recognition that bad design can be just as deadly as bad behavior.
Transportation for America tells us that 600+ days have passed since the Federal transportation bill expired. They also tell us in Dangerous by Design that two-thirds of those 47,700+ fatalities occurred on federal-aid roadways. Think about that statistic the next time you hear the now familiar refrain from Congress: there is no Federal role in supporting bicyclists and pedestrians.
You can access the 2011 Dangerous by Design report, and accompanying interactive map here:
-> According to a May 24th National Complete Streets Coalition news release, "A dozen members of the Senate today introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, designed to create safer streets with every project built. Led by Senator Tom Harkin (IA), the measure would direct 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."
"The introduction comes in the wake of the release of a new safety report, Dangerous by Design 2011, which finds that 67 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in the last ten years took place on federal-aid roads. Children, older adults, and minorities are especially at risk."
"'In many places across the country, there is a complete lack of sidewalks and bike lanes. This not only makes our roadways more dangerous for pedestrians, it discourages people from being more active by walking or riding a bike,' said Senator Tom Harkin. 'The legislation I am introducing today aims to address this issue by making streets safer for everyone and promoting healthier living. It is truly a double win for our communities.'..."
Co-sponsors: Carper (D-DE), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Begich (D-AK), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Whitehouse (D-RI), Sanders (I-VT), Franken (D-MN), Merkley (D-OR), Klobuchar (D-MN) and Cardin (D-MD). (http://tinyurl.com/3wcu8na)
-> According to a May 15 American Trails May e-Newsletter article, "A survey of U.S. mayors of cities over 300,000 shows that 75% support increasing the federal gas tax if a greater share of the funding were invested in bicycle and pedestrian projects. Mayors were asked what their biggest challenges are in using transportation as part of their city's broader strategies to reduce congestion, improve livability, and increase economic competitiveness."
"Lack of funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects emerged as a key issue facing three in five mayors (60%). To meet this challenge, seven in ten mayors (75%) indicated support to increase the federal gas tax if a greater share of the funding were invested in bicycle and pedestrian projects. This is significantly more than the 54% who support increasing the gas tax to build high-speed intercity passenger rail infrastructure..."
-> Got five minutes to take the National Walking Survey to help strengthen pedestrian advocacy? America Walks is sponsoring a survey on walking habits. Answers are anonymous and will advance understanding of why people walk and what would motivate people to walk more.
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-> According to a May 12th release, "The Alliance for Biking & Walking is proud to join CLIF BAR's push to replace 100,000 car trips with healthy, pollution-free bicycle travel this summer and fall. Returning for a second year, the Alliance is excited to once again lead the Gold Team in the nationwide 2 Mile Challenge."
"The 2 Mile Challenge is CLIF BAR's innovative, online effort to fight climate change by encouraging bicycle travel for short trips. In the U.S., 40 percent of all urban trips are two miles or less, but 90 percent of those short distances are made by automobile."
"CLIF BAR started the 2 Mile Challenge to build community among current bicyclists, encourage more citizens to travel on two wheels and support nonprofits that are working to increase active transportation. For this year's Challenge, CLIF BAR aims to replace 100,000 car trips -- while donating $100,000 to bicycle advocacy and climate protection..."
-> According to a May 11th news release, "Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today announced that AASHTO's Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved six new U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR): USBR 1 in Maine and New Hampshire, USBR 20 in Michigan, and USBR 8, 95, 97, and 87 in Alaska - the first official U.S. Bicycle Routes to be established since 1982. AASHTO and Adventure Cycling welcomed approval of these new routes as a momentous step toward creating an official U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS), which will become the largest official national cycling network on the planet."
"'We are pleased that the collaboration with Adventure Cycling has resulted in the approval of these new bicycle routes and we look forward to continuing the implementation of the national corridor plan that was endorsed by AASHTO's membership in partnership with the bicycling community,' said John Horsley, AASHTO's Executive Director. The new routes have been under development since AASHTO's Board of Directors approved the national corridor plan for the USBRS -- a template for planning interstate bicycle routes across the country -- in October 2008..."
-> A May 17th NCSRTS announcement suggests "Register by May 31 for the third Safe Routes to School National Conference, August 16-18, 2011, in Minneapolis and take advantage of a $50 early bird registration discount! Whether you're new to Safe Routes to School or have experience to share, you're invited to attend this dynamic conference, advance your important work and build the connections -- in your schools, streets and communities."
"Former Congressman Oberstar, father of the Safe Routes to School movement, will be recognized at the conference for his leadership and vision for Safe Routes to School, and will be addressing conference attendees -- you won't want to miss this!..."
-> According to an article in the May 19th PBIC Messenger, "The Access Board seeks public comment on a new initiative to develop accessibility guidelines for shared use paths which provide a means of transportation and recreation for various users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and others, including people with disabilities. The new guidelines will provide technical provisions for incorporating accessibility into the construction or alteration of shared use paths covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and, in the case of those federally funded, the Architectural Barriers Act..."
Source & links: http://tinyurl.com/3j8lgcn
-> According to a May 17th Local Government Commission announcement, "The Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) for the 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference has officially opened! The conference will be held February 2-4, 2012 in San Diego, CA."
"The CFSP Submittal Instructions and online Form are now available on the conference web site. All proposals must be submitted using the online form under the link below. This process should be used to submit any proposals for breakouts, workshops, lightening rounds, trainings, tours, or networking activities. The CFSP process is open from May 16 through June 30, 2011..."
-> According to the May 23rd ECF Newsletter, "Ljubljana in Slovenia has entered the growing league of cities that have Bicycle Sharing systems. It's new bicycle sharing system, BICIKE(LJ), draws its cute name from the combination of the word 'bicikel' (which means 'bicycle') and LJ -- the number plate's seen on Lljubljana's cars and the initials of the capital city."
"Launched on the 12th of May, users will be able to pick up 300 bicycles from 31 terminals covering an area of approximately 12 square kilometres in a network where the terminals are not separated by more than 500 metres. The system is hoping to tap into Ljubljana's 100,000 daily commuters of which 45,000 are students. This could revolutionise the way the capital tackles urban transport, and may see a big modal shift in favour of bicycles in a population of 275,000. Let's hope there is a flow-on effect to the rest of Slovenia, which currently has 6.9% of the population using bicycles as a main mode of transport..."
-> According to a May 13tg Dispatch article, "Some impressive work done primarily with hand tools and sweat has won national recognition for the Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trails project, and the volunteers and young folks who made it all happen. Anchorage Singletrack Advocates started lobbying for and working on a trail system above the Hilltop Ski Area in 2004. Over the summers that followed, they created a maze of trails that has now become one of the community's biggest mountain biking attractions."
"The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, this year recognized that with a 2011 Nation Achievement Award. The achievement award was for 'Youth Conservation/Service Corps,' according to Lisa Holzapfel, program manager for the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Singletrack Advocates and Alaska Trails were honored for their success integrating an Anchorage citywide program to employ youth in parks, and for trail-finishing work accomplished by the Student Conservation Association..."
-> According to a May 18th news release, "Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law legislation that ensures Vermont's roads are safe for all users, requiring transportation policy to take into account the needs of motorists, bicyclists, public transportation users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. 'This law will guarantee that we're designing roads that work for the future -- for older Vermonters, for those who choose to take public transportation, for people who opt to walk to their jobs and errands, and for motorists,' the Governor said."
"Among those on-hand for the bill signing were representatives for AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Those organizations and other advocates supported the legislation and worked for its passage at the State House earlier this year. The law amends current transportation statutes and covers state and municipal roads, with a few exemptions (dirt and gravel roads, for example). The policy would apply when new roads are being constructed and in the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of paved roads. It would not be a mandate to retrofit existing roads. Local and state transportation agencies would have to design to safely accommodate all users..."
-> According to a May 19th Gobe article, "For the next six months, Blue Line riders will have several extra hours each day when they can bring bicycles onto the train, a move intended to promote urban cycling and ease the transition for those headed to downtown Boston from East Boston and Revere. The formal announcement of the change came Wednesday at an event inside Maverick Station, where MBTA General Manager Richard A. Davey gathered with community activists and cycling advocates to mark the occasion. The ceremony was part of a series of events celebrating Bay State Bike Week, which runs May 14-20."
"'This is one of the best things about this job, is that I get to listen to good ideas and implement them,' Davey said. "I challenged the young men and women behind me and some of those out in the audience to come to me with data and details about why we should do it, and they did. Working with our planning department, [they] thought this through, and I hope what they've learned is you can change things. You really can.' The pilot program will permit cycles on the train at all times except 7-9 a.m. on inbound trains and 4-6 p.m. on outbound trains..."
Via MassBike Quick Release http://tinyurl.com/3hoxusg
-> According to a May 12th Lawrence Journal-World article, "With family members of victims of fatal hit-and-run accidents in Lawrence by his side, Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed into law a bill that will increase penalties for leaving the scene of an accident. 'It's a great day for our families and a great day for Kansas,' said Ryan Crum, whose father, Thomas Crum, was killed in a 2008 hit-and-run accident."
"Also at the signing ceremony was the family of Ryan Kanost, who was killed in 2006 while a student at Kansas University. The bill had also been supported by the family of Rachel Leek, who was hit and killed in 2009 while riding her bicycle. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence championed the legislation, along with Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson. 'It's been a long time coming,' Holland said..."
Via Kansas Cyclist: http://tinyurl.com/3c6smhu
-> According to the May 12th eMssenger, "BikePGH has just launched a new online widget for the region's commuters to start tracking their biking and walking miles that replace driving miles. The Car Free Calculator is the latest focus of our Car Free Fridays initiative. The Calculator allows individuals to track the miles they commute by bike and foot and displays the approximate impact it is having on their health, the environment, and their pocket book."
"The Calculator keeps a running tally for individuals and what's really cool is that it tallies it for the region. As the saying goes, we're all just drops in the ocean, but the ocean is made up of many drops. Participants are automatically enrolled in periodic raffle drawings for gift certificates and prizes donated by local business. Chances of winning are increased the more frequently users submit their miles..."
-> According to a May 14th Aspen Daily News article, "Electric-powered vehicles such as Segways that weigh up to 150 pounds and go 20 miles per hour are now allowed on the Rio Grande Trail for people with disabilities, according to new transit rules approved Thursday. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board of directors had no choice but to allow the vehicles because of new Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, said Walter Mathews, the agency's general counsel."
"The new Federal rules, which fall under the purvey of the U.S. Department of Justice, took effect in March. Both board members and staff, as well as numerous organizations responsible for maintaining recreational trails, 'are quite concerned that the new DOJ regulations are too broad in terms of the types of mobility devices allowed,' says a memo to the board..."
-> According to a May 13th Mobilizing the Regional article, "Route 25/25A in downtown Smithtown, in Suffolk County, is becoming well known for all the wrong reasons. Last week, two young sisters, Mabel and Melody Burgos, were injured while crossing the street at its intersection with Lawrence Avenue. As of Monday, Melody was still in a coma."
"This is the same intersection and roadway where four other pedestrians have been struck since January 2010, with three killed, including 11-year-old Courtney Sipes and 33-year-old Seamus Byrne. These fatalities prompted the NYSDOT to target downtown Smithtown as a pilot area for its SafeSeniors pedestrian safety program, and some of the targeted improvements had been implemented by last fall. These limited improvements, while welcome, haven't gone far enough."
"Saying that more couldn't be done because of limited capital funding, the DOT made these improvements with existing operating resources. With this latest news, it is clear the DOT has a lot of work to do. New crosswalks and fencing to channel pedestrians to safer crossings have done little to alter the fundamental problem facing pedestrians and other non-motorists along Route 25/25A: speeding cars, often traveling well over the posted limit of 30 mph..."
-> According to a May 18th KXAN story, "If you're seeing more bikes on the road this week -- that's because it's Bike to Work Week. This year Austin was chosen as the city to test out a new smartphone app that records routes bikers are riding. 'I enjoy riding, being outside, being active,' said Jason Baker, who bikes to work. By most standards Baker has a short commute to work -- only a mile and a half. He chooses his bike over the car and likes to stick to the neighborhood streets."
"'Some of the main roads especially through South Austin like South First [Street] are just a little too busy and too much traffic,' said Baker. He hopes to let city leaders know that by recording his route on an app. It's called Cycle Tracks. The idea is to record a biker's route, distance and speed on a smartphone."
"The Texas Transportation Institute chose Austin for this testing since city officials are in the process of making the area more bike friendly by extending bike lanes and proposing to create bicycle boulevards. 'That can be used to help planners and decision makers in the area decide on routes. What are good routes? What is being used, what isn't being used?' said Joan Hudson, associate research engineer, Texas Transportation Institute..."
-> In a May 19th SVBC blog entry, Ernesto Lizaola wrote, "On the morning of May 12, I decided to take the scenic route to work and visit several Energizer Stations located near my home and office in San Jose. On the way I met the volunteers who I've been working with for months to make it all happen, many who I've never met in person. It was great to see all the enthusiasm I encountered along the way from first time riders, from experienced cyclists, and from volunteers who were cheering on all Bike to Work Day Participants..."
"Overall, Bike to Work Day was a great success as our Energizer Stations reported a 13% increase in bicyclist participation, which doesn't include the tens of thousands that were not counted by our stations throughout the county. Special thanks to all the volunteer, sponsors, staff, and participants that made it all happen..."
-> According to a HuffPost New York article, "We're all aware celebrities have an overblown sense of entitlement, but did you know they're also jerks when it comes to bike riding? That seems to be the premise behind the Department of Transportation's 'Don't Be a Jerk' ad campaign, featuring Mario Batali, John Leguizamo, and Paulina Porizkova behaving improperly on bicycles."
"Batali gives a sleazy 'hello ladies' as he rides by a couple of fans going the wrong way down the street. Leguizamo nearly mows down several pedestrian while he rides on the sidewalk. And Porizkova can't be bothered to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. The DOT says its campaign 'humorously highlights the essential dos and don'ts of safe, responsible biking.'..."
(Ed. note: Check out the videos!)
-> According to a May 24th La Jolla Light article, "Principal investigator Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D., and colleagues at the UC San Diego School of Medicine Center for Obesity Treatment are seeking patients to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral parent-only treatment for childhood obesity through the Family, Responsibility, Education, Support & Health or FRESH study."
"Recent data suggest that 31 percent of children in the U.S. are either overweight or obese and these children are at a greater risk for adult obesity and negative health and psychosocial consequences in childhood and adulthood. One potential opportunity for improving childhood obesity treatment is to intervene with the parents, without child involvement. The FRESH study will also evaluate the cost effectiveness of a parent-only group as compared to the parent and child group, with results of the study used as data to recommend changes in the standard treatment for childhood obesity..."
-> According to a May 24th Daily Ardmoreite article, "The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has awarded start-up and planning grants to Carter County Turning Point and Fit Communities to help battle obesity. The grants were awarded under the Communities of Excellence Nutrition and Fitness program. The two community coalitions will each receive $90,000 during the program's first funding cycle. Carter County Turning Point includes representatives from the public and private sectors as well as local residents. Fit Communities is a consortium between Tishomingo Development Team and Love County Community Coalition. Both community coalitions will work with their local county health departments to implement policies and programs that promote healthier diets and increased physical activity in Love, Carter and Johnston counties."
"Carter County Health Department Administrative Director Mendy Spohn, who also supervises the health departments in Love and Johnston counties, said the five-year program is designed to create sustainable changes in behavior. 'We have a serious problem with the lack of physical activity,' she said. Two-thirds of all Oklahomans are overweight or obese, and most residents don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. In addition, Oklahoma is ranked as the fifth-least physically active state. 'The Carter County Turning Point coalition is excited to be one of the 15 grants funded in the state for this new program,' coalition spokesperson Tobi Ervin said. 'We are ready to work together with individuals and community partners to make nutrition and fitness a priority and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice where we live, work and play.'..."
-> "I've now seen two projects where engineers promoted the use of 'complete streets.' In each I see the engineering profession co-opting the Complete Streets moniker without any thought to a Complete Neighborhood. For the engineers on these projects, the approach remains the same..."
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> "Holy cripes! Hit by a Christmas bomb. I had to pull over and take a few photos..."
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
Contact: Michelle Gulley <email@example.com>
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/6amyzgh
WEBINAR: "Pedestrian Safety Education"
Date: June 1, 2011 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Nancy Pullen-Seufert, National Center for Safe Routes to School
AICP for 1.5 CM credits
Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/3gjtl8m
-> "COMMUNITY-BASED PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH AND POLICY ADVOCACY..."
-> "BICYCLE PATH ENTRY CONTROL"
-> "EFFECTIVE DELIVERY OF SMALL-SCALE FEDERAL-AID PROJECTS..."
-> "THE UNIQUE AUTHORITY OF STATE AND LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS..."
-> "EFFECTIVENESS AND SELECTION OF TREATMENTS FOR CYCLISTS AT Signalised Intersections;" by Turner, Singh, Allatt & Nates, Beca Infrastructure Ltd; project manager: Tim Hughes, New Zealand Transport Agency; for Austroads Ltd; ISBN 978-1-921709-70-8. May 2011 (general info w/link to 2.3MB pdf; free reg. req'd)
Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/3gkuxju
-> "BICYCLE FACILITIES AND THE MANUAL ON UNIFORM TRAFFIC..."
-> "REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE DECISION MAKING IN..."
-> "REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE DECISION MAKING IN..."
-> "THE 2011 COMMUNITY PREFERENCE SURVEY -- WHAT AMERICANS ARE..."
-> "BETTER POLICIES FOR BETTER LIVES - THE OECD AT 50 AND BEYOND"
-> "PEDESTRIANS STAND TO BENEFIT FROM NEW VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN..."
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-> "BICYCLISTS AND OTHER CYCLISTS"
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-> May 23-26, 2011, 31st Annual National Recreation Resource Planning Conference, Breckenridge, CO. Info: National Association of Recreation Resource Planners, P.O. Box 221, Marienville, PA 16239; phone: 814-927-8212; fax: 814-927-6659l email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> May 25-28, 2011, 22nd International Cycling History Conference (ICHC), Paris, France. Info: French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research, Francis Papon, phone: 0145925705 ICPEF,INRETS/DEST/EEM, email: <email@example.com>, communication projects should be sent before February 1st, 2011.
-> June 1-4, 2011, CNU 19, Growing Local, the 19th annual event from the Congress for the New Urbanism, Madison, WI. Info:
-> June 3-5, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Seattle, WA. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> June 20-22, 2011, Membership Development Training, Chicago, IL. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <email@example.com>
-> June 24-27, 2012, 4th Urban Street Symposium, Chicago, IL. Info: TRB flyer
-> July 18-20, 2011, 19th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Berkeley, CA. Info:
-> July 28-30, 2011, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research, Whistler (BC) Canada. Info: Center for Transportation Studies, Univ. of Minnesota.
-> August 16-18, 2011, 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Info:
-> August 21-25, 2011, International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, Seattle, WA. Info:
-> August 26-28, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Lansing, MI. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> September 7-8, 2011, Conference on Performance Measures for Transportation and Livability, Austin TX. Info: Tara Ramani, Conference Coordinator <email@example.com>; Katie Turnbull, Conference Planning Committee Chair <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> September 18-21, 2011, the Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress, Brisbane, Australia. Info: State of Queensland (Department of Transport and Main Road; email: <email@example.com>
-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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: <email@example.com>
-> October 14-16, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Los Angeles, CA. Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> October 25-27, 2011, Using Census Data for Transportation Applications Conference, Irvine, California. Info: Transportation Research Board, Thomas M. Palmerlee, <TPalmerlee@nas.edu>
-> November 4-6, 2011, Winning Campaigns Training, Columbia, SC, Info: Alliance for Biking & Walking, Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, email: <email@example.com>
-> January 22-26, 2012, TRB 91st Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info:
-> September 10-13, 2012, Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012 Long Beach, California, produced by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, and Project for Public Spaces: email Mark Plotz, firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
-> GRANTS -- TCSP PROGRAM -- FHWA
Description: The Transportation, Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) Program provides funding for a comprehensive initiative including planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and address the relationships among transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify private sector-based initiatives to improve those relationships.
Eligible Government Entity/SAFETEA-LU and/or Title 23 Citation(s)
Application Deadline: June 3, 2011
Contact: Wesley Blount, OHE; 202-366-0799; <email@example.com>
-> GRANTS -- COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANTS -- CDC
Community Transformation Grants (CTGs) are authorized under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 for state and local governmental agencies, tribes and territories, and national and community-based organizations. The CTGs will support the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence base for effective prevention programming.
Funding is available to support evidence and practice-based community and clinical prevention and wellness strategies that will lead to specific, measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support intensive community approaches to reduce risk factors responsible for the leading causes of death and disability and to prevent and control chronic diseases in the nation.
-> JOB -- ASSOC. DIR, BICYCLE PGMS - PRESIDIO COMMUNITY YMCA, SF, CA
Under the supervision of the Senior Director of Development, the Associate Director of Bicycle Programs is responsible for developing the operational and strategic vision of the Presidio Community YMCA's YBike Program, the largest community outreach program of the Presidio Community YMCA.
The Associate Director of Bicycle Programs oversees a diverse and growing school- and community-based bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety education program that serves thousands of youth and families yearly through a variety of innovative programs, including: Safe Routes to Schools pedestrian and bicycle safety programs at multiple SFUSD elementary schools; after school bicycle safety and bike maintenance programs for middle school youth at multiple off-site SFUSD middle school sites; 10-day Bicycling and Bicycle Safety units in Physical Education classes at schools throughout SFUSD; community- and city-wide events and outreach efforts and helmet giveaways; family and youth bicycling-related classes at the Presidio Community YMCA; and other programs.
All YBike programs must be administered in a manner consistent with the mission, goals and policies of the YMCA. There is direct supervision of full-time, part-time and volunteer staff as well as additional responsibilities related to working with school personnel and community partners.
To apply, send cover letter & resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
-> JOB -- PROGRAM MANAGER -- NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Job Title: Program Manager
Salary range: $123,758.00 - $155,500.00 /year
Job Summary: This position serves as the Assistant Director for Partnerships and Civic Engagement with responsibility for providing leadership, policy development, external and congressional liaison, program accountability and budget formulations in the functional areas of partnerships, community assistance programs and the promotion of outdoor recreation. The challenge is to find new ways to revitalize the National Park Service mission of preserving and interpreting our nation's natural and cultural heritage. The task of meeting the goal of building a citizenship committed to the nation's principles and purposes, which is accomplished through empowering partnerships, and citizens...
-> 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.
-> RFP -- LIVABLE TRANSIT CORRIDORS -- TRB
Posted Date: 5/3/2011
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.
-> JOBS & INTERNSHIPS -- MISC. POSITIONS -- SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE COAL.
-> 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.
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.
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.
-> JOBS -- PROGRAM MGR -- MASS BICYCLE COALITION
MassBike, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, is seeking a full-time Program Manager. This brand-new role has broad responsibility including managing our education program, coordinating outreach activities, and participating in advocacy projects. The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director, and will work closely with both the Executive Director and the Development Manager. This position is based in our office in Boston.
-> JOB -- MULTIPLE POSITIONS -- ACTIVE TRANS ALLIANCE, CHICAGO
If you have a passion for bicycling and a strong desire to effect change for bicyclists in and around Chicago, then the Active Transportation Alliance might be the perfect place for you.
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