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#281 Wednesday, June 22, 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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----- Placemaking: Streets as Public Places
----- LaHood Announces up to $175M in 'Livability' Grants for Communities
----- 2011 Walk21 List of Sessions & Presentations Released
----- The Experiences of Women of All Ages Who Ride Bikes
----- Reports from the APBP Women's Cycling Survey
----- Bipartisan Policy Center Proposes Major Redesign of Federal Funding
----- American Public Health Assn Announces New Trans Resources
----- Dutch Study: High Cycling Percentage Mainly a Matter of Audacity
----- Melbourne (AU) Bike Count Shows a Timely Transformation

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----- Nevada Legislature Passes Two Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Bills
----- Michigan Adds Five More Complete Streets Resolutions
----- WisDOT Bike/Ped Coordinator Tom Huber Retires, Joins Toole Design
----- Chicago to Get its First Cycletrack
----- Cheyenne (WY) Trail is Expanding
----- At Minnesota's Andersen Windows, Biking is a Way of Life
----- Mass. Vulnerable Road Users Bill Gets First Hearing
----- Engineer Who Helped Make Fresno (CA) A "Bright Spot" is Moving On
----- A Washington D.C. Bike Officer's Tale of Justice
----- Honolulu's Safe Streets Project -- the Rest of the Story
----- Study: Seattle's Downtown Bike Parking Good But Uneven
----- New York State Complete Streets Law Headed in Right Direction
----- 3 Wins for Trans Partners at Oregon State Legislature
----- Orlando's Annual Bike to Work Day Gets Flashy
----- Colorado's Bike the Byways Program Promotes State Tourism

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----- U of Toronto Study Tells Why Building Roads Creates Traffic
----- New PERI Study: Bike, Ped Projects Create More Jobs than Road Projects

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PLACEMAKING: STREETS AS PUBLIC PLACES
by Mark Plotz

-> Back in the days when I was crisscrossing the country as a facilitator for the Walkable Community Workshop program, I opened many workshops by asking each audience member to think about a really great city they have visited, and to then tell that story to everyone. As you can likely imagine, the great cities such as San Francisco, NYC, Washington DC, Boston, and Chicago topped the list. While these cities have much to offer in terms of dining, shopping, arts, excellent public transit, and parks, often the next suburb or the town, two towns down the state highway, was cited as great place to spend time watching the world go by. A common denominator emerged from these stories: these great places were always experienced on foot in the public spaces of sidewalks, streets, parks, and waterfronts.

Great towns and cities are defined, in part, by how well they manage their public spaces-including the largest public space of all: their streets. The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) asked people from around the world to nominate great streets and to identify what characteristics made them so. Streets were judged according to their performance as "places" by the following measures: 1) Access and Linkages; 2) Comfort and Image; 3) Uses and Activities; and 4) Sociability. Here are nine of the great ones:
http://www.pps.org/articles/9-great-streets-around-the-world/

And just for fun, they asked people for their nominations for a Hall of Shame http://tinyurl.com/6huq8ll. If you are unlucky enough to have one of these streets in your community, don't despair, get to work! A place to start:http://tinyurl.com/6bwuml2

LAHOOD ANNOUNCES UP TO $175M IN 'LIVABILITY' GRANTS FOR COMMUNITIES

-> According to a June 16th USDOT/OST news release, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of up to $175 million in livability grants to help urban, suburban and rural communities develop transit options to better connect people to where they live, work and play. Local transit agencies will be able to compete for livability dollars from the pool of up to $175 million. The competitive grant program will begin accepting applications when announced in the Federal Register during the week of June 20."

"The announcement comes on the second anniversary of the creation of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Livability grants are aimed at assuring that transportation and housing decisions are made jointly and recognize the unique character of each community. 'Coordinated transportation and housing planning can make the best use of scarce federal dollars and can help create jobs, lower transportation costs and reduce our dependence on oil,' said Secretary LaHood. 'Communities where people have access to affordable housing and different forms of transportation to get to places that are important to them are communities where people want to live.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5t238a5

2011 WALK21 LIST OF SESSIONS & PRESENTATIONS RELEASED

-> According to a June 16th announcement, "The 2011 Walk21 Conference in Metro Vancouver is excited to release the preliminary list of Breakout, Multimedia, Pecha Kucha and Poster Presentations for Oct 3-5, 2011. This year's submissions come from 17 countries. You can browse the 100 word summaries. The list is currently organized alphabetically by last name of the principal presenter. They will soon be grouped into afternoon sessions as the program is finalized..."

For details, go to: http://www.walk21.com/vancouver/breakouts.html

THE EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN OF ALL AGES WHO RIDE BIKES

-> In a June 11th Oregonian article, Heidi Swift wrote, "Earlier this year after a sunny ride through the high desert, my friend Tina force-fed me an oversized chocolate chip cookie while we took a verbal inventory of all the amazing cycling women we know. The list was long, and we felt optimistic about the state of women and bikes. We laughed and high-fived. The next day, I hugged her goodbye and drove to California to speak on a panel at the Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey. It was there, surrounded by executives of the cycling industry, that I came face to face with a disconnect that I knew existed but had never fully appreciated. All around was a sea of older white men dotted with the occasional woman or person of color. 'Where are we?' I thought."

"Later that week, I dined with a woman I'd met at a cyclocross race in San Francisco last fall. Over lamb stew and an impromptu ballet recital from her daughter, we discussed her frustration with not being able to find more women riding partners. I'm a person who likes to ride alone, but I began to realize the power we have when we connect, whether we're commuter mamas, speedy racers or weekend wonder women. We can send a message to the industry as well as each other: We're out here and we're killing it! Show us what you got! Read on for a sampling of the experiences of Portland-area riders in every decade of life through the 80s..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3tlvnsn
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Title: "Women who ride bikes"
Author: Heidi Swift

REPORTS FROM THE APBP WOMEN'S CYCLING SURVEY

-> According to the APBP website, "In 2010, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals posted a survey to gather information about women cycling. We thought we would receive a few hundred responses from members. Instead the survey went viral garnering more than 13,000 responses. Although not a scientific survey, the responses offer much interesting and useful information. Some of the questions included comments. Here are summaries in report format of comments received for three of the survey questions: 'Why do you use your bicycle for trips?;' 'What reaction do you get when cycling for transportation?' and 'What would cause you to start or increase your cycling?'..."

For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/6373qpr

BIPARTISAN POLICY CENTER PROPOSES MAJOR REDESIGN OF FEDERAL FUNDING

-> In a June 17th DC.StreetsBlog entry, Tanya Snyder wrote, "With the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee set to introduce its reauthorization bill the first week of July and the Senate EPW Committee already behind on its own timeline to introduce its own, think tanks and policy groups have a limited amount of time left to influence the process. The Bipartisan Policy Center got into the act yesterday with its report, 'Performance Driven: Achieving Wiser Investment in Transportation.'"

"It's a sequel to a 2009 study laying out 'A New Vision for Transportation Policy,' which sought to divide all federal funding into two mode-neutral categories: system preservation (which would get 75 percent of all federal transportation dollars) and capacity expansion (which would take 25 percent). The new report goes further to fully re-design the framework for how the BPC thinks the federal government should change the way it allocates transportation money. The authors take no position on how big the 'pie' of federal transportation funding should be -- they say their recommendations should guide how the pie is divided, no matter how big it is..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5wds3yc

AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSN ANNOUNCES NEW TRANS RESOURCES

-> According to a recent announcement, "APHA has developed health, equity and transportation resources such as fact sheets, a communications toolkit and reports as part of a comprehensive online toolkit. All are available for download on this web page. Additional materials in the online toolkit (such as information on HIAs, case studies, etc.) may be accessed on the health and transportation Resources page."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ruff8v

DUTCH STUDY: HIGH CYCLING PERCENTAGE MAINLY A MATTER OF AUDACITY

-> According to the June 15th Fietsberaad newsletter, "Enthusiasm and audacity are the main ingredients for local authorities to obtain high cycling percentages, is the conclusion from a study by AgentschapNL into the factors that may affect bicycle use. The town of Raalte served as a model in this study. It has a high percentage of bicycle use without any clearly visible reasons. There is plenty of parking space and no expensive bicycle projects have been realised. According to ThuisraadRO conducting the study it is mainly due to administrative-organisatorial factors. The presence of a group of enthusiastic leaders from all walks of life is one such factor. Bicycle use is also affected by the audacity demonstrated by local authorities, the large degree of unanimity and the continuity of approach..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3gtk5yk

MELBOURNE (AU) BIKE COUNT SHOWS A TIMELY TRANSFORMATION

-> According to a recent On Your Bike article, "A 24 hour count on the eve of the massive Swanston Street transformation has confirmed the remarkable popularity of the street with bike riders. About 4412 riders cruised the street in a 24 hour period one day in March. This compares to 2400 riders counted over 24 hours in 2003, the last time a 24 hour count was done. This amounts to an 84% increase in traffic over the eight year period. The data shows that redesign of the street this year is not a day too soon. The new street arrangement is vastly superior in catering for public transport, pedestrian and bike travelers."

"Swanston, linking with St. Kilda Road and the Main Yarra Trail in the south, and to the university precinct in the north, is Australia's busiest bike street. The growth is remarkable given that commercial vehicle parking has been permitted in the street, creating conflict and risk. Bicycle Victoria undertook the count to establish a baseline for rider numbers prior to the makeover of the major transport spine, which starts this weekend. The most recent count was made by filming all traffic at the Collins and Swanston Street intersections, and then counting the bikes on playback. The count data shows that more people ride southbound in the morning and northbound in the evening..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3rqgx8a


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

NEVADA LEGISLATURE PASSES TWO BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY BILLS

-> According to a June 15th Muscle Powered Carson City blog entry, "Nevada's pedestrian fatality rate is almost twice the US average. Between 2000 and 2009 541 people were killed while walking in Nevada - this makes the state the eighth most dangerous in the nation for walking, according to Transportation for America's 2011 'Dangerous by Design' report. Conditions are also hazardous for bicyclists. Urban streets and rural roads with high speed limits, a discontinuous bicycle and pedestrian transportation system, and careless drivers in a car-oriented culture make for dangerous conditions."

"But Nevada also has a growing and active community of bicycle and pedestrian advocates who got together in the 2011 legislative session to work with legislators on two bills to improve cycling and walking conditions in the state. Muscle Powered, a grassroots citizens organization advocating for better bicycling and walking conditions in Nevada's capital city, decided last year to make the passage of a Vulnerable Users Law a priority for the Nevada 2011 legislative session. The bill was modeled on Oregon's law, which defines vulnerable users and describes additional penalties for careless driving when vulnerable users are affected..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/45y36kn

MICHIGAN ADDS FIVE MORE COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTIONS

-> According to a June 16th Michigan Complete Streets Coalition blog entry, "On May 9th, both the cities of Marquette and Ludington adopted complete streets resolutions at their respective City Council meetings. The Mining Journal and the Ludington Daily News both covered the passage of these resolutions. We also received word this month from Lake Isabella Village Manager Tim Wolff that their Village Council also adopted a complete streets resolution."

"As reported on 'My Wheels are Turning,' Acme Township became the first community in Grand Traverse County to endorse Complete Streets at their June 7th Board of Trustees meeting. They join a handful of other townships across the state who have also recently adopted complete streets resolutions. While we are extremely encouraged by the action of these communities, it still remains to be seen what sort of impact these policies will ultimately have since county road commissions actually are the ones who have jurisdiction over roads within townships. Ultimately we hope that we are seeing the beginning of a fruitful dialog between Michigan's 1200+ townships and the 80+ county road commissions..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/69lu4z6

WISDOT BIKE/PED COORDINATOR TOM HUBER RETIRES, JOINS TOOLE DESIGN

-> According to a June 13th announcement, "Tom Huber recently announced his retirement from Wisconsin DOT after serving just under 20 years as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Tom has accomplished a great deal during his tenure with WisDOT, including award-winning State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans, design manuals, and workforce training to create a culture within the department that supports bicycling and walking. Wisconsin was recently awarded its second silver award as a bicycle friendly state. Tom has been very active on the national level, serving as a leader among State Coordinators on a wide variety of issues, as well as hosting the Coordinators' annual meeting in Madison twice."

"He has served on a dozen state and federal research projects and has been successful at writing four research proposals. Tom is one of the founding members of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. Tom is joining the staff of Toole Design Group to serve existing and future clients throughout the Midwestern US and Canada. He will be based in Madison, WI. 'Tom is one of the top professionals in our field. He has a deep commitment to making communities more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and has accomplished so much in Wisconsin,' said Jennifer Toole. 'We feel very fortunate he is joining our team!'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/65xvkr5

CHICAGO TO GET ITS FIRST CYCLETRACK

-> According to a June 5th Tribune article, "Chicago's first protected bicycle lane, separating bike riders from vehicles, will be installed on a short section of Kinzie Street, according to Ald. Brendan Reilly. Reilly's 42nd Ward newsletter released on Friday said the special type of bike lane, called a cycle track, will be tested on Kinzie between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street, a half-mile stretch that is used by many cyclists who commute in the central area."

"Cycle tracks separate bicyclists from motor vehicle traffic typically by using a divider such as a construction barrier, a concrete planter box or a raised median placed to the left of the bikes-only lane. (For this pilot project, flexible posts will be installed.) A sidewalk may exist to the right of the cycle track, but all motorized vehicles, whether moving or parked, are to the left of the barricade."

"The Chicago Department of Transportation received a $3.2 million federal grant to build and test a cycle track. CDOT had initially planned to install the track on Stony Island Avenue, between 69th and 77th Streets. But the location, chosen mainly because Stony Island has abundant lane capacity, was dropped from consideration because too few bicyclists use the corridor, officials said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3d5zdag
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Title: "Chicago's first protected bicycle lane to be installed on Kinzie Street"
Author: Jon Hilkevitch

Via CMAP Soles and Spokes: http://tinyurl.com/6bxnj3w

CHEYENNE (WY) TRAIL IS EXPANDING

-> According to a June 19th Tribune Eagle article, "The city's parks and recreation department will make several upgrades to the city's Greenway system this summer. The ongoing goal is to keep expanding the pathway to make a connecting system throughout the city, says Jeff Wiggins, the city's Greenway coordinator. 'When it all ties together, that really achieves our goal,' he added. 'This summer will be a real banner year (for expanding it).'"

"The Greenway is a 10-foot wide concrete trail for non-motorized users -- bicyclists, in-line skaters, skateboarders, runners and walkers. It was started in 1990 and now covers more than 30 miles. The projects this summer will add a few more miles to the system and provide key points of connectivity. The total cost of the projects this summer is $1.75 million. 'That's huge,' Wiggins said. 'There's a ton going on this year compared to previous years.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/65ds5u7
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Title: "Greenway expanding"
Author: Josh Mitchell

AT MINNESOTA'S ANDERSEN WINDOWS, BIKING IS A WAY OF LIFE

-> According to a June 4th Star Tribune article, "When machines break down at the sprawling Andersen Windows factory, maintenance electrician Rick Nelson, rather than hoofing it, jumps on a bright yellow Atlas Sun bicycle and speeds to the scene. Supervisors who have urgent memos and runners who need to deliver parts swiftly to the assembly line use them, too. And even executives who need quick transportation to meetings hop on the two-wheelers and pedal their way across the Bayport campus. Biking has been a part of the corporate culture at Andersen for as long as anybody can remember. But a health initiative at the plant has an increasing number of employees who are not just biking on the job, but to their jobs..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/4yd3laa
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Title: "At Andersen Windows, biking is a way of life"
Author: Tim Harlow

Via Minnesota Active Living Network: http://tinyurl.com/3jboonm

MASS. VULNERABLE ROAD USERS BILL GETS FIRST HEARING

-> According to a June 17th MassBike blog entry, "On Tuesday, the Joint Transportation Committee held a public hearing on MassBike's Vulnerable Road Users Bill. Executive Director David Watson had the opportunity to deliver testimony to the committee, where he described the need to have better laws protecting bicyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable users of the road. You can read David's written testimony here. The committee does not make a decision about the bill on the spot, but expressed interest in learning more about it..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6k8lcah

ENGINEER WHO HELPED MAKE FRESNO (CA) A "BRIGHT SPOT" IS MOVING ON

-> According to the June issue of Cal Bike Report, "Fresno Traffic Engineer Bryan Jones, one of the people responsible for making Fresno a bright spot for bicycling in the San Joaquin Valley, is taking his mojo to Carlsbad in San Diego County. Starting next week, Jones will begin serving as the Carlsbad Transportation Department's deputy director. In Fresno, Jones helped organize I Bike Fresno, a public-private effort to make bicycling more accessible in Fresno."

"'I've had the honor and privilege of working with so many incredible people doing incredible things in this community,' said Jones about his time in Fresno. 'We all have accomplished a lot of "firsts" in Fresno. We really focused on complete streets with the goal of moving people and not just vehicles, improving mobility, and making our roadways safer for all modes of transportation. Improving public safety has been a real collaborative effort by multiple divisions within Public Works and the Fresno Police Department Traffic Enforcement Bureau.'..."

Source: http://www.calbike.org/

A WASHINGTON D.C. BIKE OFFICER'S TALE OF JUSTICE

-> According to a June 14th GristList blog entry, "K.C., who writes the blog 'A Girl and Her Bike,' (http://tinyurl.com/3hrtuso) is a girl with a bike. She's also a District of Columbia police officer. But the second part's not so obvious when she's riding on a Capital Bikeshare bike, out of uniform and just trying to get home from work. Which is probably why some jackasses stopped behind her at a red light decided it would be fun to bump her bike with their car. At very least, they probably thought it wouldn't get them arrested. Suckers! Instead, the bumper bump turned the Girl on a Bike into a 'Pissed-Off Police Officer Out to Punish Evildoers' on a Bike, as K.C. first flashed her badge and then chased down and caught the fleeing car on her bicycle (with the help of other D.C. officers)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6bqaj8e

HONOLULU'S SAFE STREETS PROJECT -- THE REST OF THE STORY

-> In the June 8th edition of CenterLines, we ran an article about the new bike lanes on Waialae Avenue. Thanks to Khal Spencer, we got a more complete picture and we'd like to share it. Local folks were looking for more than just bike lanes -- a Complete Streets approach...

According to the Hawaii Bicycling League's website, "On May 27, 2011, a rally to 'Complete Our Streets' demonstrating community support for making Waialae Avenue a safer environment for all -- cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, transit users, seniors and keiki. Sign-waving 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Kaimuki Community Park, 10th and Waialae Avenue. Rally 5:30-6:30. The City & County Department of Transportation Services recently informed our community they have been exploring bicycle accommodations on Waialae Avenue. However, these improvements are not included in currently planned re-paving/re-striping."

"Act 54, 'Complete Streets' law adopted in 2009 by the State Legislature mandates 'State and County transportation agencies to reasonably accommodate convenient access and mobility for all types of users.' Too many times I have heard 'I'm afraid to ride a bicycle in Honolulu.' It's important to create safe and comfortable streets that provide transportation choices that are healthy and sustainable." -- Daniel Alexander

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

STUDY: SEATTLE'S DOWNTOWN BIKE PARKING GOOD BUT UNEVEN

-> According to a recent Puget Sound Business Journal article, "While 70 percent of downtown Seattle bike parking is of high quality, bicycle amenities are lacking in the majority of private downtown office buildings, leaving potential bike commuters underserved, a new study shows."

"The 'Center City Bicycle Amenity Inventory' study was commissioned by Commute Seattle, which includes the Downtown Seattle Association, King County Metro and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)."

"The study also showed that only 9 percent of downtown office buildings provide showers and only 3 percent provide bike pumps. Existing office building parking could accommodate 6,000 bicycle commuters, but it is unevenly distributed and most is not available to non-tenants..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5ruwojt
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Title: "Study: Downtown bike parking good but uneven"
Author: Staff

For a copy of the report (3.3MB pdf), go to: http://tinyurl.com/3rcq5rq

NEW YORK STATE COMPLETE STREETS LAW HEADED IN RIGHT DIRECTION

-> According to the June 16th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "In the eleventh hour of the Albany legislative session, there is good news about the Complete Streets bill to make roads safer for all: On Sunday night, a 3-way negotiation between the Governor's office, the State Senate, and the Assembly apparently broke legislative gridlock. An amended bill was introduced in both the Assembly (A8366) and Senate (S5411.A) late yesterday, and legislative leaders are saying it will likely be voted on this week."

"The bill would require that, for all road projects receiving state and federal funds, the agency in charge of the project consider the needs of everyone who uses the roads, using complete streets features such as sidewalks, curb cuts, road diets, and bike lanes. Agencies would have to publicly demonstrate a 'lack of need' or show that such features would have 'disproportionate cost' in order to not include them. NYSDOT would also release a progress report after 2 years showing how it had changed its practices to comply with the law..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5usn55u

3 WINS FOR TRANS PARTNERS AT OREGON STATE LEGISLATURE

-> According to a June 15th BTA Blog entry, "Later this month, Governor Kitzhaber is expected to sign three new bills into law that make Oregon's streets safer for all road users. Both the House and Senate approved the new legislation in support of lowering speed limits, a safer crosswalk law, and protection for vulnerable users. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance passed SB 415 to improve police officers' ability to enforce the existing Vulnerable Road User law. The new law allows officers to note that the offense 'appears to have' contributed to the serious physical injury or death of a vulnerable user, rather than requiring officers to conclude the cause of serious physical injury or death."

"The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition passed SB 424, which clarifies and strengthens Oregon's crosswalk law. Specifically, the legislation states that a person is crossing the street 'when any part or extension' of the individual's body, wheelchair, cane, crutch, bicycle or leashed animal enters the roadway. The Portland Bureau of Transportation passed a fantastic bill, HB 3150, which will make it easier for communities to lower speed limits on their streets. This means neighborhood greenways can reduce the speed limit to 20 mph. As bicyclists, we've just gained a powerful ally and tool in our quest for more, safer bike facilities..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3nahcl8

ORLANDO'S ANNUAL BIKE TO WORK DAY GETS FLASHY

-> Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's eighth annual Bike to Work Day began as it had in previous years, with hundreds of bicyclists assembled for the 2.5-mile tour from the quiet residential neighborhood of College Park just north of Downtown Orlando. But there was something different waiting as the cyclists headed into the heart of the city's bustling central business district. As they began the final leg toward City Hall, an air horn blasted and the ride mushroomed.

Downtown Orlando's first-ever Bicycle Flash Mob was fully under way, with cyclists of all ages converging from side streets into the entourage. The ride and flash mob marked a milestone in the annual trek, showing that the daily commute can become an environmentally friendly tour de force for a city the League of American Bicyclists calls a "Bicycle Friendly Community."

"Bike to Work Day is an important tradition in downtown Orlando that displays the city's commitment to keeping our area bike friendly," said Mayor Dyer. "We hope others will see the many benefits of using bikes, and other alternative ways, to commute to work."

Relive the action with this video: http://ow.ly/4QHXe

COLORADO'S BIKE THE BYWAYS PROGRAM PROMOTES STATE TOURISM

-> According to a June 13th Bicycle Colorado news release, "A new program just launched to encourage tourism visits to all parts of our state. Bike the Byways, a joint Bicycle Colorado and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) initiative, promotes bicycling along the state's 25 designated Scenic Byways routes. 'We hope this program will encourage folks to get out and visit areas of the state they may not have bicycled in before,' said Dan Grunig, Executive Director of Bicycle Colorado. 'We have such a vast array of geography and terrain here in Colorado that the byways really do provide something for everyone.'"

"Colorado's designated byways are scattered throughout the state and incorporate both paved and gravel roads. Routes range from a short 19-mile ride near Sterling, to a breath-taking trip to the top of Mt. Evans, to a multi-day tour deep in the San Juans. Cyclists are encouraged to register for free on the Bike the Byways website (http://tinyurl.com/6c4k2e4) and check off each byway they complete, similar to the popular 14ers hiking checklist. Website visitors can also include their experiences and provide tips about the routes. 'My expectation is that this program will form a collaboration among bicyclists and local byway communities, as well as integrate the byway experience with bicyclists,' said Lenore Bates, CDOT Scenic Byways Coordinator..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6cfjw82 (101KB pdf)


THE RESEARCH BEAT

U OF TORONTO STUDY TELLS WHY BUILDING ROADS CREATES TRAFFIC

-> In a June 6th Infrastructurist blog entry, Eric Jaffe wrote, "In the transportation world, our intuition can lead us astray. On first thought, no one would suspect that removing a major road can improve traffic flow -- yet that's exactly what it does (or would do) in some cases. The flipside of this contrarian coin is that building a brand new highway often fails to alleviate the congestion that inspired its construction in the first place. Economists Gilles Duranton and Matthew Turner of the University of Toronto offer an impressive and empirical explanation for this concept in an upcoming issue of the American Economic Review (full paper via Google Docs: http://tinyurl.com/6h7fhp7)."

"Duranton and Turner analyzed loads of data on traffic, infrastructure, and travel behavior from metropolitan regions across the United States and found that 'vehicle-kilometers traveled...increases proportionately to roadway lane kilometers for interstate highways.' For those who don't care for either academic abstracts or the metric system, the authors then parse their conclusion in pithier terms: 'roads cause traffic.' The basis for this confusing reality, write Duranton and Turner, is a three-pronged 'fundamental law of highway congestion' that explains why road construction can never keep pace with road congestion..."

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

NEW PERI STUDY: BIKE, PED PROJECTS CREATE MORE JOBS THAN ROAD PROJECTS

-> According to a newly released study from the U. Mass Political Economy Research Institute, overall bicycling infrastructure creates the most jobs for a given level of spending. For each $1 million, cycling projects create 11.4 jobs within the project states. Pedestrian-only projects create about 10 jobs per $1 million and multi-use trails create 9.6 jobs per $1 million. Projects that include road construction and ped and bike elements create slightly fewer jobs, and road-only projects create the least (7.8 jobs per $1 million).

As lead author, Heidi Garrett-Peltier, put it, "On average, the 58 projects we studied create about 9 jobs per $1 million within their own states. If we add the spill-over employment that is created in other states through the supply chain, the employment impact rises by an average of 3 additional jobs per $1 million. The data for this study were gathered from departments of transportation and public works departments from 11 cities in the United States..."

The study, "Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts," was released on June 20th and an 817KB report can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/67prwvu

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6z842g8


QUOTES R US

-> "Bicycling is, in much of the car-centric U.S., either a privilege or a punishment. That's why more women aren't bicycling. It isn't because we're fearful and vain; it's because we're busy and broke and our transportation system isn't set up for us to do anything but drive..."
-- Elly Blue, GRIST "Bicycling's gender gap: It's the economy, stupid"

http://tinyurl.com/3n9lkd5

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"THEY GET ALONG SO WELL IN OUR GARAGES. WHY NOT IN OUR STREETS?"
Share the street campaign video by Vélo Québec
http://tinyurl.com/69fajcn


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Pathways for Play: Engaging kids and families on the trail"

Date: June 28, 2011, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Robin Moore, Natural Learning Initiative, N Carolina St University

Host: American Trails

Sponsor: PlayCore

Cost: None

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

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/4xcwtqn

Contact: PlayCore, phone: (423) 265-PLAY (7529); fax: (423) 425-3124; email: <info@playcore.com>


RESOURCES

-> "BICYCLING IN QUÉBEC IN 2010"
Study by Vélo Québec; includes survey of Quebecers, analysis of origin-destination surveys, compilation of traffic counts in a dozen regions of Quebec. May 2011 (general info and links to summary (6MB pdf) and online version)
http://tinyurl.com/437yr2z

-> "SIDEWALKS AND SHARED-USE PATHS: SAFETY, SECURITY AND..."
"...Maintenance;" Summary Report by O'Donnell, Knab & Athey, Institute for Public Administration, Univ of Delaware; funded by the Delaware DOT. September 2007 (1.7MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6bnk8qx

-> "NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TOOLS"
Resources for groups working "to create positive changes for conservation;" produced by the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. June 2011 (set of online resources)
http://tinyurl.com/64cmex7

-> "USING THE TAX SYSTEM TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: CRITICAL..."
"... Analysis of Canadian Initiatives;" article by von Tigerstrom, Larre & Sauder, Univ. of Saskatchewan; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300201. June 16, 2011 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/6aesh5e

-> "ADVANCING THE SCIENCE OF COMMUNITY-LEVEL INTERVENTIONS"
Article by Trickett, Beehler, Deutsch, Green, Hawe, McLeroy, Lin Miller, Rapkin, Schensul, Schulz & Trimble; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300113. June 16, 2011 (abstract and link to pdf ($))
http://tinyurl.com/6jz9axx

-> "HOW THE TRAVEL PATTERNS OF OLDER ADULTS ARE CHANGING..."
"... Highlights from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey;" report by Jana Lynott and Carlos Figueiredo, AARP Public Policy Institute; Fact Sheet 218. April, 2011 (505KB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/5sb6b7t
Via 8-80 Cities Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/5wsxcum

-> "AN ASSESSMENT OF URBAN FORM AND PEDESTRIAN AND TRANSIT..."
"...Improvements as an Integrated GHG Reduction Strategy;" report by Frank (P.I.), Greenwald, Kavage & Devlin, Urban Design 4 Health, Inc.; for Washington St. DOT; WA-RD 765.1 Research Project Y-10845. April 1, 2011 (5.9MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/426vw6d
Via VTPI NEWS: http://tinyurl.com/36fvdku

-> "GREATER BOSTON CYCLING AND WALKING MAP"
Online map; by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council; contact: David Loutzenheiser, MAPC Transportation Planner <dloutzenheiser@mapc.org>
http://tinyurl.com/5vak5my


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!

-> June 24-27, 2011, 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

-> 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, mark@bikewalk.org


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!

-> JOB -- SENIOR TRANS COORDINATOR -- REDWOOD CITY, CA

The City of Redwood City is seeking a Senior Transportation Coordinator. The successful candidate will coordinate and perform a variety of multi-modal transportation, transit, and traffic planning and design activities to enable safe, attractive, comfortable, and independent access and travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit users of all ages and abilities. Transportation activities include policy development, design, integration, recommendation, implementation, oversight, and analysis of City-wide and regional transportation policies, programs and projects including Transportation Demand Management (TDM), transportation plans, parking programs, traffic modeling, and review of Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs). This position involves complex transportation and traffic planning analysis aimed at improving comprehensive transportation services and in developing multimodal approaches to enhance transportation within, through, and beyond Redwood City. Assignments require the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, and require thorough knowledge of rules, regulations, codes and transportation concepts. This position may supervise professional and technical personnel and oversee the work of consultants.

Final filing date: June 24, 2011 5:00p.m.
Details: http://tinyurl.com/6ewjust (33KB pdf)

-> 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.

Details: http://tinyurl.com/6j6re3r

-> 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: presidiohr@ymcasf.net

Details: http://tinyurl.com/3m2pluv

-> 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:
* Communications Director

Internships:
* Sunday Streets Volunteer Program Internship
* Social Media Internship
* Grassroots Organizing
* 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

-> 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
--- Communications Internship
--- Photography Internship
--- Graphic Design Internship
--- Marketing Communication Internship
--- Event Marketing Internship
--- Better Blocks Youth Summer Internship
--- Internship - Planning Chicago's Bikeways

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


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