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#282 Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. 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: How to Engage Your Transportation Agency
----- $2.5B in Rescissions Coming to a State DOT Near You
----- New Alliance Partnership to Advance Open Streets Movement
----- SRTSNP Releases its New Local Policy Guide
----- Danish Cyclocross Champ Shows U.S. City Leaders Bicycling's Best
----- World Congress on Mobility for the Future of Sustainable Cities
----- Mr. Burden Prescribes Solutions for Cities Seeking Street Makeovers
----- TRB Calls for "Modeling Pedestrians and Motorized Traffic" Papers
----- Little Done to Make Cities Age-Friendly, Some Cities Taking Steps
----- SRCC Announces Canada's First Bike Friendly Communities Awards
----- Across Europe, Irking Drivers is Urban Policy
----- Transportation Research Board Releases "Pedestrians 2010"

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----- Port Angeles (WA) Gets its First Bike Box
----- Liliburn (GA) Gets GDOT Grant to Encircle the City's Heart
----- Mich. Lawmakers Recognize Students for Complete Streets Advocacy
----- Massbike Website Lets Advocates Know Who to Call About Problems
----- Tennessee "Due Care" Bill to Help Protect Pedestrians, Bicyclists
----- Elmira (NY) Plans to Renovate Aging Car Bridge for Pedestrians
----- Jersey City & Ridgewood (NJ) Adopt Complete Streets Policies
----- Portland (OR) Creating "20-Minute Neighborhoods"

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----- Study Uses Infrared Sensors to Count Peds, Bikes on Mpls Trails
----- U.B.C. Researchers Develop New Bikeability Index

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PLACEMAKING: HOW TO ENGAGE YOUR TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
by Mark Plotz

-> The Transportation program at Project for Public Spaces is overseen by Gary Toth, who is now in his second career after spending 34 years as an engineer and manager at NJDOT. In 2008, he distilled those years of experience into a book ("How to Engage Your Transportation Agency") that will be of considerable comfort to those CenterLines readers who have faced the lonely, intimidating, and sometimes thankless task of asking their DOT or MPO for a better street.

The book begins by describing how a citizen can initiate a project or address an existing problem. Gary's advice: don't begin the conversation with your DOT by recommending a solution; do begin by developing a problem statement that summarizes the transportation issue. And bring friends with you.

"It is politically inappropriate for a DOT to react to the first person who walks through the door. At best, this could waste time and resources when the agency later discovers that the town council and other citizens do not hold the same opinion. At worst, it could lead to political grief for the agency. Therefore, most DOT staff will ignore a complaint or suggestion coming from an individual. So, if you're serious about fixing the problem, get together with your friends and neighbors." (p.9)

Ok! For bike/ped advocates in search of better outcomes from their DOT or MPO an understanding of the phases of project development, long range planning, and the programming of the transportation improvement program is vital, and this book describes all those facets in layman's terms. Mastering all of the above won't guarantee success; more than one transportation project has hinged on the personalities and assumptions of the persons involved.

"Several generations of [transportation engineers] have been groomed to believe that wider, straighter and more ubiquitous roads are unquestionably in the national interest." (p.68)

The problem, as presented to engineers, was traffic; a wider and faster road was the solution, and a rational one at that: cheap gas and a rising standard-of-living put a car in every garage. Reversing this will take time -- maybe a generation or two before context sensitive solutions, complete streets policies and design guidelines, and environmental and economic imperatives take hold. Meanwhile, this book can instruct advocates how to better frame local and regional transportation issues to get the outcomes they desire.

"How to Engage Your Transportation Agency" can be downloaded from the PPS website (http://bit.ly/mUAttj). A special treat can be found at the top of page 69, for anyone who has ever been accused of social engineering via bike lanes and walkable communities. Enjoy!

$2.5B IN RESCISSIONS COMING TO A STATE DOT NEAR YOU

-> From our friends at the League of American Bicyclists:
"Yesterday, June 30, the Federal Highway Administration informed state Departments of Transportation of another rescission of funds, this time totaling $2.5 billion. The action is taken under the 2011 Full-year Continuing Appropriations Act."

"States are given maximum flexibility about the source of the funds that are rescinded -- from among the following programs: Interstate Maintenance, National Highway System, Highway Bridge, Transportation Enhancements, Surface Transportation Program (only the funds available for any area), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement, Recreational Trails, Metropolitan Planning, State Planning and Research, and Equity Bonus. You will note that Safe Routes to School and Highway Safety Improvement Program funds are NOT included. States have to respond by July 8 -- yes that's right: one week from today. The memo recommends that 'Division Administrators should encourage their State department of transportation officials to reach out to stakeholders in considering how to implement the rescission.'"

"By now you all know the drill. Transportation Enhancement and Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funds have consistently been inequitably targeted for rescissions in most states -- and this will likely continue unless State DOT's hear from you. In August of 2010, almost $1 billion of CMAQ, TE and Recreational Trails funds were returned to Washington, out of a $2.2 billion rescission. Please contact your Governor, or in the District of Columbia's case, your Mayor, today to urge them to work with their departments of transportation to ensure balanced cuts."

Take action: http://bit.ly/ieKkr6

List to states and amount: http://bit.ly/mAoIsh

Rescissions FAQs: http://bit.ly/l3zMSP

NEW ALLIANCE PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE OPEN STREETS MOVEMENT

-> According to a June 22nd news release, "Open Streets initiatives have exploded in popularity across North America, encouraging millions of citizens to experience and celebrate their public spaces in ways they've never imagined. To advance this growing movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the Street Plans Collaborative are launching the Open Streets Project this summer. Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobiles, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, dance and utilize the roadways in countless creative and active ways. From Los Angeles to New York to Miami, Open Streets have become an effective and high-energy means to build community, promote active transportation and reconnect neighborhoods divided by traffic."

"The Open Streets Project will support this exciting trend with the November release of a print guide and website to increase the success with Open Streets initiatives, serving as the one-stop source of information, models and best practices. 'I've personally seen numerous Open Streets events in cities around the U.S. and, without fail, each of them has been tremendously inspirational,' said Jeffrey Miller, Alliance President/CEO. 'Open Streets are not just an excellent way for cities to promote biking and walking; they inspire citizens to see their streets as public spaces. This project will allow the Alliance to work with our members -- more than 170 bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America -- to establish and grow these exciting initiatives in their communities.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6f5eevc

SRTSNP RELEASES ITS NEW LOCAL POLICY GUIDE

-> According to a June 22nd news release, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to announce the release of a new publication entitled Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide. The Local Policy Guide was published to help local communities and schools create, enact and implement policies which will support active and healthy community environments that encourage safe walking and bicycling and physical activity by children through a "Health in All Policies" approach. The guide was made possible due to funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association."

"The Local Policy Guide highlights strategies to advance policy change and covers more than 20 policy change examples including: regional transportation plans, Complete Streets, fine based mechanisms, school bonds, crossing guards, health impact assessments, joint-use agreements, speed limits and more. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership's Local Policy Guide was compiled through the help of more than a dozen leaders throughout the country who provided success stories and examples of local policy wins; we thank everyone who assisted for their help and contributions..."

The guide, a 4.4MB pdf, can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/5wk4prg

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6cl84kq

DANISH CYCLOCROSS CHAMP SHOWS U.S. CITY LEADERS BICYCLING'S BEST

-> According to a June 24th Bikes Belong news release, "UCI-ranked cyclocross racer and four-time Danish national champion Joachim Parbo spent this week working to make bicycling in the U.S. safer when he hosted a delegation of key American transportation officials touring Aarhus, Denmark through the Bikes Belong Foundation's Bicycling Design Best Practices Program. During a period of unprecedented momentum for urban bicycling in the U.S., the Bikes Belong Foundation is leading a fact-finding trip to Denmark to bring home European transportation best practices. Nine city leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle are spending a week in four Danish cities, including Aarhus, from June 18-25."

"In addition to his status as an elite cyclist, Parbo works a day job in Denmark's second-largest city making sure that bicycling is comfortable and safe for anyone who wants to ride. He inspects the city's vast network of more than 300 miles of protected bikeways and also leads educational and promotional efforts to teach bicycling skills to children and other beginners. 'By overcoming small daily obstacles like flat tires, poor-fitting bikes, and rusty chains, more people will in turn enjoy riding their bike - and will end up riding more often,' Parbo said..."

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

WORLD CONGRESS ON MOBILITY FOR THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE CITIES
Changwon, Republic of Korea, 22-24 October 2011

-> According to a June 27th ICLEI news release, "Whether you are a senior representative of a local government, or working for local governments as planner, researcher, business person or activist, you will find the atmosphere at EcoMobility 2011 in Changwon, Korea, a creative and profitable experience for your professional career."

"EcoMobility 2011 will provide you with fresh, visionary and enriching perspectives on sustainable urban mobility. The congress aims to provide comprehensive international knowledge in the field of EcoMobility, defined as non-motorized transportation, cycling, walking and the use of public transportation, with special focus on intermodality. Renowned transportation experts from around the globe will present some of the world's best case studies, and participants will learn how to kick start and implement good policies while engaging in fruitful debates about mobility for the future of sustainable cities..."

Details: http://tinyurl.com/69b4nrh

MR. BURDEN PRESCRIBES SOLUTIONS FOR CITIES SEEKING STREET MAKEOVERS

-> According to a June 20th Washington Post article, "When Dan Burden started approaching bureaucrats about making streets more pedestrian friendly 16 years ago, he could hardly get them to look up from their desks. That was a lot of miles ago. Today, with the health, environmental and quality-of-life benefits of walk-able neighborhoods, they can't get enough of Burden. Even in car-dependent Southern California, where he spent a few of his roughly 340 days a year on the road this spring, city planners are literally walking the talk alongside him. Burden, 67, doesn't own a car and conducts so-called walking audits by foot."

"'He is the Johnny Appleseed of walk-able communities, a true modern nomad,' said Ryan Snyder, a transportation planning consultant who brought Burden aboard to create a plan to improve streets in Los Angeles County. 'I am guessing there's been nobody who has gotten to know as many American communities as he has.' Dressed in a khaki vest and armed with a binocular, camera, stopwatch, speed radar gun and measuring tape, Burden appears more like a man on a safari than a folk hero as he flies from city to city and leads mobile workshops pointing out poorly planned streets, intersections and sidewalks and suggesting improvements..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6z4smpq
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Title: "Walking expert prescribes 'road diets,' traffic circles for cities seeking street makeovers"
Author: Associated Press

TRB CALLS FOR "MODELING PEDESTRIANS AND MOTORIZED TRAFFIC" PAPERS

-> Two Transportation Research Board committees (Pedestrians and Traffic Flow Theory & Characteristics) are soliciting papers on "modeling and simulation of traffic and pedestrian flows."Successful submissions will be presented at the 91st Annual TRB Meeting, held on January 22-26, 2012. According to the Call for Papers, "Societal issues present and future (aging, public health, development of new transportation modes) require a better knowledge of pedestrian travels and behaviors as well as their interactions with the environment."

"To carry out this work, simulation tools are playing an increasingly important role for infrastructure design, network operation and new mobile services. Moreover pedestrian simulation tools today take little account of the heterogeneity and dynamic features of the environment, when pedestrians walk on sidewalks or cross a street, the latter being the opportunity for important interactions between pedestrians and drivers..."

Source and details: http://tinyurl.com/3kj8rrp

LITTLE DONE TO MAKE CITIES AGE-FRIENDLY, SOME CITIES TAKING STEPS

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

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

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

Editor's note: See Transportation for America's recent report "Aging in Place, Struck Without Options." http://tinyurl.com/6kqrzxg

SRCC ANNOUNCES CANADA'S FIRST BIKE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES AWARDS

-> According to a June 27th news release, "The Share the Road Cycling Coalition, (SRCC) an Ontario-based non-profit organization which promotes bicycling as a mode of transportation, recreation and fitness through provincial advocacy, announced today the first Bicycle Friendly Communities Awards in Canada. The announcement was made at the Coalition's 3rd Annual Ontario Bike Summit in Ottawa by Share the Road Cycling Coalition CEO Eleanor McMahon and League of American Bicyclists CEO Andy Clarke."

"The Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) Program, an initiative of the Washington-based League of American Bicyclists, provides incentives, hands-on assistance, and award recognition for communities that actively support bicycling. The program was launched by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Canada in August 2010 at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario annual meeting in partnership with the Washington-based League."

The following communities were awarded Bicycle Friendly status: Ottawa: Silver, Waterloo: Silver, Ajax: Bronze, Windsor: Bronze.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3lxt9a9

ACROSS EUROPE, IRKING DRIVERS IS URBAN POLICY

-> According to a June 26th NY Times article, "While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars. The methods vary, but the mission is clear - to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation. Cities including Vienna to Munich and Copenhagen have closed vast swaths of streets to car traffic. Barcelona and Paris have had car lanes eroded by popular bike-sharing programs. Drivers in London and Stockholm pay hefty congestion charges just for entering the heart of the city. And over the past two years, dozens of German cities have joined a national network of 'environmental zones' where only cars with low carbon dioxide emissions may enter..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3b4arrf
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Title: "Across Europe, Irking Drivers Is Urban Policy"
Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD RELEASES "PEDESTRIANS 2010"

-> According to the TRB website, "TRB's Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2198 contains 17 papers incorporating bicycle and pedestrian topics in university transportation courses, high-visibility school crosswalks, safety effectiveness of leading pedestrian intervals, driver and pedestrian behavior at uncontrolled crosswalks, pedestrian traffic flow in confined passageways, roadway intersection characteristics and pedestrian crash risk, and pedestrian-vehicle conflicts."

"This issue of the TRR also examines pedestrian safety prediction for urban signalized intersections, real-time system for tracking and classification of pedestrians and bicycles, using pedestrian crash data to identify unsafe transit service segments, effect of street network design on walking and biking, multimodal driveway design, shared-use paths adjacent to the roadway, signal timing optimization models for a midblock pedestrian crossing, pedestrian safety retraining for elementary and middle school students, and modeling the evacuation of crowded pedestrian facilities..."

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


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

PORT ANGELES (WA) GETS ITS FIRST BIKE BOX

-> According to a June 19th Peninsula Daily News article, "A downtown street got a splash of color last week after light-green 'bike boxes' -- a first for Port Angeles -- were painted at two intersections. The boxes, placed June 21 where First Street meets Oak and Laurel streets, are intended to improve safety for bicyclists when passing through crossroads or making a turn by allowing them to get in front of traffic at red lights. Vehicles are barred from stopping in them even when they are turning right on a red light, which may become an issue when the city adds green bike boxes to the Lincoln Street intersection later this summer. The city chose to install them on First Street because it's aiming to make Port Angeles more bike-friendly, said Glenn Cutler, city public works and utilities director..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/69u9y73
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Title: "It's not easy being green: Drivers, bicyclists introduced to 'bike boxes' in street"
Author: Tom Callis

LILIBURN (GA) GETS GDOT GRANT TO ENCIRCLE THE CITY'S HEART

-> According to a June 30th Patch article, "The Lilburn Community Improvement District's desire to revitalize the Highway 29 corridor will soon start jumping off the drawing board. The CID's executive director said Thursday morning that it has been awarded $700,000 in grant money to build a multi-use pedestrian trail that will connect existing trails and create a pathway network encircling the heart of Greater Lilburn."

"The Jackson Creek Trail, the funds for which the CID requested in January, would loop from the Killian Hill Road terminus of the City of Lilburn's Camp Creek Greenway Trail to Bryson Park, the planned multi-use county park on Lawrenceville Highway that is currently under construction. Eventually, the trail will connect with Lions Club Park on Rockbridge Road."

"'This meets our overall objective of creating a walkable community,' Lilburn CID Executive Director Gerald McDowell said. The transportation enhancement grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation is the first funding attracted by the CID's Highway 29 Corridor Study since recently being approved by the Atlanta Regional Commission to be part of its Livable Communities Initiative program. LCI designation, says McDowell, allows the CID to be more competitive in attracting funding through its corridor study..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5vfj54z
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Title: "CID Receives 700K for New Trail"
Author: Scott Bernarde

MICH. LAWMAKERS RECOGNIZE STUDENTS FOR COMPLETE STREETS ADVOCACY

-> According to a June 25th Ann Arbor News article, "For James Kleimola, riding his bike around Ypsilanti gives him a sense of independence. The 19-year-old Ypsilanti resident has cerebral palsy and can't drive, so he uses his bike to get to Eastern Michigan's Young Adult Program, EMU football games and church. 'I'm just going to continue to follow the rules and to stay safe, ride to the EMU young adult program,' Kleimola said. 'I would like to ride more places to become more independent. That is what I want in the future.' Kleimola, along with 10 year olds Conor Waterman and Katie Birchmeier, both of Saline, were recognized June 22 by the Michigan Legislature as state advocates of the year for their work in making streets safer for bicyclists."

"These three youths are students of programs to educate all cyclists, PEAC, and testified in front of the Michigan House and Senate Transportation committees along with the Disability Caucus to help support the Michigan Complete Streets legislation in 2010. John Waterman, executive director of PEAC said that Complete Streets has to do with road access issues. 'A lot of times we're designing roads with just cars in mind, but there are individuals like these three that won't have the opportunity to use cars,' he said. 'Looking at our streets for all users, we're really using our public dollars to fund so everyone has access to our community, which is so so important.' Birchmeier, Waterman and Kleimola are all youth facing disabilities, and PEAC is a place where they can come together..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/6ck7lhe
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Title: "Students recognized by lawmakers for work to make streets safer for bicyclists"
Author: Michelle Meunier

Via the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition: http://tinyurl.com/6zrhf59

MASSBIKE WEBSITE LETS ADVOCATES KNOW WHO TO CALL ABOUT PROBLEMS

-> According to the June 30th edition of Quick Release, "We are often asked here at MassBike 'who do I report infrastructure problems in my community to?' In an effort to make the process of reporting infrastructure issues (like potholes) easier we have collected the list below. Click on your town to find out who to contact with infrastructure problems. This is not an exhaustive list; if your town is not listed and you know who to contact in your town, or if you find an error, please contact us so we can add your town or update listings..."

See it here: http://tinyurl.com/3qvt5q9

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3qvt5q9

TENNESSEE "DUE CARE" BILL TO HELP PROTECT PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLISTS

-> According to a June 30th Chattanooga News article, "Lawmakers are calling for tougher enforcement from local law officials on regulating the behavior of Tennessee motor vehicle operators. Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, and Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, introduced the revised Due Care law in Senate (SB1171) and House (HB1007), respectively, creating stiffer penalties for motor vehicle drivers who injure or kill a pedestrian or bicyclist. 'We're trying to make sure rules of the road apply to everyone whether on a bicycle or in a vehicle,' Berke said in a prepared statement."

"The new version of the law, effective July 1, will also 'effectively remove opportunities for motor vehicle drivers to claim they do not see bicyclists, pedestrians, joggers and other non-motorized road users,' he said. Outdoor Chattanooga's bicycle coordinator, Philip Pugliese, said the new law is timely but is also only one step toward real change. Outdoor Chattanooga's bicycle coordinator, Philip Pugliese, said the new law is timely but is also only one step toward real change. 'The change in the Due Care law was needed to mitigate the defense of simply saying 'Sorry, I did not see you.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/63kzph8
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Title: "'Due Care' law strengthens protections for Tennessee bicyclists, pedestrians"
Author: Mary Barnett

ELMIRA (NY) PLANS TO RENOVATE AGING CAR BRIDGE FOR PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a WETM-18 story, "Despite opposition from several local businesses, Elmira City Council could move forward with plans to make the Lake Street Bridge a pedestrian bridge. In March, the bridge was closed for safety concerns. Inspectors found damage to the concrete that supports bridge expansion joints."

"On Tuesday, Elmira City Council will vote on spending $29 thousand dollars on a study to estimate the cost of making the bridge a pedestrian bridge. City Manager John Burin expects the costs to be much less than trying to restore the bridge to car traffic. 'We have sufficient infrastructure to connect the North and South of the county. If we didn't have that type of infrastructure we would have to rethink this' said John Burin, the Elmira City Manager..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/69f83z6
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Title: "Lake Street Bridge: For Pedestrian Use or Vehicular"
Author: Brittni Smallwood

JERSEY CITY & RIDGEWOOD (NJ) ADOPT COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES

-> According to the June 23rd edition of Mobilizing the Region, "Jersey City and Ridgewood are the latest municipalities in New Jersey to adopt local Complete Streets policies saying that roads should be designed and built with pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders in mind, reports NJ Future's Jay Corbalis. There are now 12 municipalities with a local Complete Streets policy in the state, as well as Monmouth County. New Jersey DOT also adopted an internal Complete Streets policy in 2009 and has said that towns with local policies will get priority for local aid. Another good incentive would be for NJDOT to create a separate pot of funds dedicated for those towns..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3qtqdn9

PORTLAND (OR) CREATING "20-MINUTE NEIGHBORHOODS"

-> "The Healthy Connected Neighborhoods Strategy aims to enhance human and environmental health. It also proposes to connect people with nature, neighborhoods, businesses and each other through a system of neighborhood hubs linked by a network of greenways and habitat corridors that bring nature into the city. These neighborhood hubs would be centers of community life, serving as anchors for '20-minute neighborhoods.' They would be walkable places with concentrations of neighborhood businesses, community services, housing and public gathering places that provide residents with options to live a healthy, active lifestyle."

"Linked by convenient, high-quality transit, they would also be places where getting around by walking, biking or wheelchair is safe and pleasant. Portland already has a number of places like this, such as Multnomah Village, Montavilla and St. Johns. The Healthy Connected Neighborhood Strategy will ensure that more neighborhoods would be targeted for attention and resources, making the benefits of this kind of healthy lifestyle available to more Portlanders. These vibrant neighborhood hubs would be connected to the city's natural areas and rivers through three types of greenways; habitat, neighborhood and civic..."

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


THE RESEARCH BEAT

STUDY USES INFRARED SENSORS TO COUNT PEDS, BIKES ON MPLS TRAILS

-> According to the June issue of Research E-News, "In an effort to provide transportation decision makers with more information on nonmotorized transportation facilities, a team of researchers from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is conducting a study on the use of bicycle and pedestrian trails in the City of Minneapolis. Using infrared counters, the team is collecting data on when and how often these trails are used."

"The ITS Institute-funded project is led by Greg Lindsey, professor and interim dean of the Humphrey School. Lindsey and his team are using the data they collect to develop more sophisticated models for estimating nonmotorized traffic on Minneapolis streets, sidewalks, and trails. Their models are helping policymakers and planners make better decisions about how, when, and where to invest in nonmotorized infrastructure."

"The team installed seven infrared devices in Minneapolis from June to December 2010: three on the Midtown Greenway, two at Lake Calhoun, two at Lake Nokomis, and one at Wirth Park. When a passing cyclist or pedestrian breaks the infrared beam spanning the trail, the event is registered on an electronic counter. According to Lindsey, this is an unobtrusive way to measure how many people are using a given trail and at what times of the day traffic levels are highest..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5urs2fm

U.B.C. RESEARCHERS DEVELOP NEW BIKEABILITY INDEX

-> According a June 27th Vancouver Sun article, "A team of University of B.C. researchers is peddling a new 'bikeability index' aimed at pushing urban planners to design more bike-friendly cities to promote healthier communities. The new tool rates municipalities on their bike friendliness, based on the number of bike lanes, hills, street connections and cyclists' access to school, work or other destinations."

"Not surprisingly, Vancouver tops the list, along with New Westminster and Burnaby because they have the most bike paths. Anmore is not considered an easy ride, nor are Maple Ridge, the Township of Langley or West Vancouver. Even Delta, while fairly flat, didn't score as high because its land-use practices do not encourage trips by bicycle. 'Making cycling easier will make it more attractive to a larger proportion of the population,' UBC researcher Meghan Winters said. 'It's to help motivate people to cycle by avoiding gridlock and traffic and [finding] the easiest way from point A to B.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/69n3no9
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Title: "Bikeability index pushes for cyclist-friendly planning"
Author: Kelly Sinoski


QUOTES R US

-> "I need my roads to be safe, and I don't want to get hit by a car. I really don't want them to feel sorry for me because I have a disability. I just want the roads to be safe and the workers that are going to fix the roads to say, 'This is what we're going to do to make it better."
-- James Kleimola, student of Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC)

http://tinyurl.com/6ck7lhe

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

3-WAY STREET

Video of a busy intersection in NYC, seen from above
by Ron Gabriel
http://tinyurl.com/3lpkqw2

YOU KNOW WHEN IT'S THE DEVIL

Scary video!
http://tinyurl.com/3s7j7dk


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: "Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, Engineering Strategies"

Date: July 7, 2011 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Hillary Isebrands, FHWA Resource Center & Michael Moule, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Assoc.

Host: PBIC

Cost: None

Registration and details: http://tinyurl.com/6f237vy

Contact: PBIC <webinars@hsrc.unc.edu>

WEBINAR: "Bike Parking, Storage and Security at Schools"

Date: July 14, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Sara Zimmerman (NPLAN), Robert Ping (SRTSNP) & David Cowan (SRTSNP)

Hosts: Safe Routes to School National Partnership & SRAM Cycling Fund

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/6ap26jt

Contact: Dave Cowan <dave@saferoutespartnership.org>

"Perils For Pedestrians" 171 and 172 are now available on Blip TV.

Episode 171:
--We meet the public health director for Broome County, NY.
--We learn about New York State DOT's role in greenways.
--We learn about the City of Binghamton's role in greenways.
--Partnerships are key to the greenway system.
--We talk with a blind pedestrian about traffic.

http://tinyurl.com/3s9nww2

Episode 172:
--Dobbs Ferry, New York, is losing pedestrian access to development.
--A lawyer explains Sovereign Immunity, Tort, Duty, Notice, and their relation to sidewalk defects.
--An elderly woman in Oswego, New York, makes an inventory of sidewalk defects.
--A pedestrian in New York City is concerned about bicyclists that don't follow the rules.
--We look at sexual harassment of pedestrians in New York City.

http://tinyurl.com/42e7dvq


RESOURCES

-> "WHAT DO AMERICANS THINK ABOUT FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION TAX..."
"...Options? Results From Year 2 of a National Survey;" report by Weinstein Agrawal & Nixon, San José State University; Mineta Transportation Institute Research Report 10-12. June 2011 (Abstract & link to research brief and 1.2MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6k3356m

-> "MAKING THE CASE FOR INVESTMENT IN THE WALKING ENVIRONMENT..."
"...A review of the evidence;" report by Sinnett, Williams, Chatterjee (U of the West of England), Cavill (Cavill Assoc); for Living Streets. 2011 (2.6MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3mf37tz
Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/669ps7g

-> "BARRIERS TO MUNICIPAL PLANNING FOR PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS..."
"...in North Carolina;" article by Evenson (UNC), Aytur (UNH), Satinsky (UNC) & Rodríguez (UNC), NC Med J. 2011;72(2):89-97. March/April 2011 (online)
http://tinyurl.com/5wj6j3t

-> "INCIDENCE, SEVERITY AND CORRELATES OF BICYCLING INJURIES IN A..."
"...Sample of cyclists in Queensland, Australia;" article by Heescha (Queensland Univ of Technology), Garrardb (Deakin University) & Sahlqvistc (UK Clinical Research Collaboration); Accident Analysis & Prevention; doi:10.1016/j.aap.2011.05.031. June 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://tinyurl.com/3qnsf5t

-> "THE NATURE OF ERRORS MADE BY DRIVERS"
Report by Salmon, Young, Lenné, Williamson & Tomasevic, Monash University; AUSTROADS RESEARCH REPORT AP-R378/11. June 2011 (2.9MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3gah8xb

-> "ELECTRIC POWER-ASSISTED BICYCLES REDUCE OIL DEPENDENCE AND..."
"...Enhance the Mobility of the Elderly;" article by Alan A. Parker, Alan Parker Design, Melbourne; Australian Transport Research Forum. 2011 (2.9MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3evsofe


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!

-> 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

-> August 30-September 1, 2011, TRB's Emerging Issues in Safe and Sustainable Mobility for Older People conference, Washington DC. Info: (Early Bird registration expires July 15).
http://tinyurl.com/6a4t3tg

-> September 7, 2011, Place Matters National Conference, Washington DC. Info: CommonHealth Action, Barbara Kershaw email: <bkershaw@commonhealthaction.org>
http://tinyurl.com/3tba9t6

-> 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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- QUEEN CITY BIKE, CINCINNATTI

Queen City Bike seeks a part-time Executive Director to lead the revolution...The Executive Director will work closely with the board and active volunteers to lead and develop the organization's programs, expand membership, and direct the Bike Friendly Destinations Program...

Job Description: Queen City Bike is a non-profit organization that promotes bicycling as a safe, healthy and environmentally wise means of transportation and recreation in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati. Queen City Bike's all-volunteer membership creates and implements bicycling education and advocacy initiatives throughout the year.

The new Executive Director will work with QCB's Board and active members to lead the group's fund raising, membership development and program work. Good communication, administration, fund raising and organizing skills are a must.

Applications: Please send a resume with cover letter and two one-to-two-page writing samples to <queencitybike09@gmail.com>

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

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BIKE FLORIDA

The Executive Director is responsible for developing, promoting and managing a wide range of bicycle safety programs and bicycle rides designed to fulfill BIKE FLORIDA's mission to promote biking and trail use in order to create a more active, safer, cleaner and healthier Florida. The Executive Director is responsible for all full and part-time staff, personnel issues, recruitment and supervision of volunteers and student interns.

Specific duties include oversight of all programs, projects, mini-grants and events of BIKE FLORIDA. This includes, but is not limited to, a marketing and promotion plan of the annual week-long spring bicycle ride event, the Share the Road license plate, St. John's River-to-Sea Loop (SJR2C) tours, the Spinning the Florida Trails DVD series, Safety Tips and Group Riding Techniques, and the safety education program coordinated with the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program (FTBSEP).

For further information regarding this position email <BikeFloridaBoard@aol.com> or call Leigh at (386) 736-1202 (home) or (386) 747-2590 (mobile).

Details: http://tinyurl.com/68yldxg

-> JOB -- SRTS COORDINATOR -- MADISON (WI) METRO SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin worked with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) in 2010 to develop a district-wide Safe Routes to School plan. MMSD received SRTS funding to hire a Coordinator and begin plan implementation.

The open Safe Routes to School Coordinator position is posted here: http://tinyurl.com/5sy3rwh (Click on View Open Non-Certified Positions)

Amanda White
Associate Director
Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
(608) 251-4456

<amanda.white@bfw.org>

-> 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

-> 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

-> 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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