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#283 Wednesday, July 20, 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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- What Bipartisanship Hath Wrought: Zilch for Bike-Ped in Senate Bill Outline
----- Former D.C. DOT Director Klein Receives 2011 Bill Wilkinson Award
----- New National Prevention Strategy Includes SRTS
----- TRB Accepting Submissions for 2012 Annual Mtg, TRR
----- ALR Seeks Conference Abstracts and Award Nominations
----- Bikes Belong Awards $60,000 in Grants
----- Bikes and Public Transport a Carbon Priority in Australia
----- 2012 NARRP Conference Call for Sessions
----- Montreal's Daily Path Volumes Soaring
----- Carmageddon: Bicyclists Declare Victory in Race with Jetblue Flight
----- ITDP to Study Ahmedabad (In) Traffic, Parking Patterns
----- Aging Boomers Strain Cities Built for The Young

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- AARP to Study Portsmouth (RI) Streets, Sidewalks
----- Gov. Cuomo Toughens New York's Distracted Driving Law
----- Finally, Boston's Bike Share Program is Ready to Ride
----- Old Bikes Wheeled Out for New Owners in Homer (AK)
----- Stevensville (MT) Intersection Becomes Bike Movie Set for a Day
----- Michigan's Complete Streets Training is Paying Off

T-H-E--R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H--B-E-A-T
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----- U. of Illinois Study: More Miles on Road = More Pounds
----- Beyond Safety in Numbers: Why Bike Friendly Cities are Safer

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

WHAT BIPARTISANSHIP HATH WROUGHT: ZILCH FOR BIKE-PED IN SENATE BILL OUTLINE

-> In a July 19th DC StreetsBlog entry, Tanya Snyder wrote, "The Senate EPW Committee just posted a transportation bill outline on their website, and despite previous assurances by committee chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), there appears to be no dedicated funding for bicycling and pedestrian programs in the bill. The outline focuses on the consolidation of programs and streamlining project delivery, much like the House bill. The performance measures mentioned in the outline -- while not necessarily a comprehensive list -- don't include emissions reductions, undoubtedly at the insistence of climate-denier Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), ranking member of the committee. The outline confirms that the Senate is working on a two-year bill but does not include the dollar amount."

"'Consolidation' is the name of the game these days and the Senate plays along, making seven core surface transportation programs into five, including a new Transportation Mobility Program, which 'sub-allocates' some funds to metropolitan areas, and a National Freight Program, which proponents of multi-modalism have long pushed for. It preserves the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, which funds some bike and pedestrian programs. Transportation Enhancements, another major way such programs are funded, will probably now be under CMAQ. It's unclear whether the Recreational Trails Program will move to CMAQ as well. But although bike and pedestrian projects will still be eligible for funding, there appear to be no explicit funding guarantees for bike-ped projects, and how funding levels will shake out in the final analysis is anybody's guess..."

Source: http://bit.ly/px81Ck

FORMER D.C. DOT DIRECTOR KLEIN RECEIVES 2011 BILL WILKINSON AWARD

-> According to a July 17th LiveMove news release, "With its mission 'to promote healthy, sustainable communities by integrating transportation and livability through collaboration, education, research and outreach,' the LiveMove student group at the University of Oregon awards the annual Bill Wilkinson Leadership Development Award to faculty members and practitioners working on issues of transportation and livability. The Award distinguishes individuals for fostering leadership among University of Oregon students in these fields. This year, LiveMove would like to award Gabe Klein, the former Director at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), with this honor. Gabe Klein's fresh perspective was a unique addition to the LiveMove Speakers Series lineup this year."

"With his success in cutting waste and improving the workings at DDOT he provided us all with an excellent example of how open and effective government can help achieve the long-term goal of livable communities. Rather than dwelling on the difficult political climate in the nation's capital, Mr. Klein's presentation focused on how to make positive change. It gave renewed purpose to members of LiveMove, the University and the community at large and encouraged us to think beyond the current paradigm of "doom and gloom" to the cutting edge of the "bold and new". His presentation also exposed Eugene to particular implementation strategies such as the D.C. Circulator, the D.C. Streetcar, and the popular D.C. Bike Share Program. With luck, Mr. Klein's new position at the City of Chicago will give that city the same dose of optimism and pragmatism needed to get this country moving again."

"Bill Wilkinson is a respected pedestrian and bicycle policy advocate best known for his tenures at the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary and at the Bicycle Federation of America/NCBW, where he served as executive director for many years. The Bill Wilkinson Leadership Development Award was founded by LiveMove members in 2009 in appreciation of Wilkinson's service to the field of active transportation and the donation of his 35-year archive of pedestrian and bicycle materials to the University of Oregon..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pB8WOK

NEW NATIONAL PREVENTION STRATEGY INCLUDES SRTS

-> According to the July edition of Safe Routes to School E-News, "In June, the National Prevention Council released the National Prevention Strategy: America's Plan for Better Health and Wellness (http://1.usa.gov/q9GgHa). The National Prevention Strategy was authorized by the Affordable Care Act to help transform our health care system from a focus on sickness and disease to one that is focused on prevention and wellness. We are pleased to report that the National Prevention Strategy specifically highlights Safe Routes to School on page 39. It also highlights the concepts of school siting, joint use and Complete Streets and their impact on physical activity levels..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nJxCgS

TRB ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2012 ANNUAL MTG, TRR

-> According to the July 19th TRB E-Newsletter, "TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 91st Annual Meeting, January 22-26, 2012, in Washington, D.C, and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). The spotlight theme for the 91st Annual Meeting is Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work. Spotlight sessions, workshops, and discussions at the 2012 TRB Annual Meeting will highlight how research leads to innovation in transportation services and products, and how this in turn can stimulate the economy, create jobs, and attract students to the transportation profession."

"In addition to the general calls for papers produced by many of TRB's standing committees, authors are invited to submit papers related to the spotlight theme. Unsolicited papers are always welcome. Authors planning to submit papers receive password-controlled, limited web access to individual papers published in the Transportation Research Record (TRR): Journal of the Transportation Research Board since 1996. Access will be provided after submission of an abstract for a paper via the paper submission website. This feature allows authors access to some of the latest research in their areas of interest..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rhSRIO

ALR SEEKS CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND AWARD NOMINATIONS

-> According to a recent announcement, "Active Living Research (ALR) announces a call for presentation and workshop abstracts, as well as a call for award nominations for its annual conference to be held March 12-14, 2012 in San Diego, CA. ALR invites abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2012 Annual Conference. The theme of the 2012 conference, 'Disparities in Environments and Policies that Support Active Living,' recognizes the importance of engaging experts from multiple disciplines to address the inequities seen in many communities throughout the nation where childhood obesity and inactivity are the highest..."

"This year we will accept abstracts for workshop sessions. Workshops for researchers (e.g. methods, statistics) and practitioners (e.g. use of measures, dissemination or translation of findings to inform policy and practice) are encouraged. These sessions must be interactive and have clear learning objectives. Attendance will be limited (30) to allow presenters to engage the audience as much as possible."

"ALR seeks nominations for the fifth annual Translating Research to Policy Award to recognize innovative teams or individuals representing research, policy and/or advocacy who have had success in catalyzing policy or environmental change of relevance to youth physical activity, sedentary behavior and obesity prevention. In addition to a cash prize, the winner will be invited to present an oral presentation at the 2012 conference and the case study will be included in the ALR Annual Conference program."

For details and deadlines, go to: http://bit.ly/ofoFdq

BIKES BELONG AWARDS $60,000 IN GRANTS

-> According to a July 15th news release, "Bikes Belong is pleased to announce funding awards to six great projects for our Summer 2011 grant cycle as well as the first three grant recipients through the Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grant Program. These grants support a wide range of bicycle projects and studies with the common goal of putting more people on bicycles more often."

Awards include:
-- $10,000 to Oakland (CA) Bikeways Campaign to push completion of the bikeways network;
-- $10,000 to Vista Greenway Project (Columbia SC) for a multi-use path;
-- $7,500 to the Area C Mountain Bike Park (Orlando, FL) to expand the skills area and add an advanced singletrack course;
-- $5,000 the Carrabassett Region chapter/NEMBA (ME) build a beginner mountain bike trail;
-- $5,000 to the Dallas Ciclovía (Dallas, TX) for their first car-free streets day in Dallas; and
-- $2,500 to Viva Streets (Denver, CO) to fund operational costs for what is hoped to be the first of many car-free streets events in the Mile High City.

Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grants:
-- $8,000 to York Boulevard Road Diet Economic Impact Study (Los Angeles, CA) the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to compare economic activity between two halves of a transportation corridor;
-- $6,000 to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition & U of Northern Iowa to study the statewide economic impact of bicycling; and
-- $6,000 to Southern Illinois U & IMBA to study the Raystown Lake mountain bike trail system.

Source: http://bit.ly/nO9i6S

BIKES AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT A CARBON PRIORITY IN AUSTRALIA

-> According to the July 14th edition of "On Your Bike", the newsletter of Bicycle Victoria, "Most Australians want to see additional spending on cycling, walking and public transport after the introduction of a carbon tax. A poll of 1500 Australians conducted by Auspoll found that 72 percent wanted a focus on active and public transport. It was commissioned by a coalition of transport, environment, health and Local Government groups, including the Australasian Railway Association, Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Local Government Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cycling Promotion Fund, Heart Foundation, and International Public Transport Association. The poll identified that 85% of Australians want the Federal Government to spend money on better planning to make walking and cycling for transport simple and convenient options.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/n2ThY8

2012 NARRP CONFERENCE CALL FOR SESSIONS
The premiere conference of outdoor recreation planning professionals

-> According to a July 12th NARRP announcement, "The National Association of Recreation Resource Planners is seeking proposals for keynote speakers, educational sessions and poster sessions for our 2012 annual conference. This year's conference theme is 'Restoring the Spirit of the Landscape: The Recreation Response to the Challenges of Change.' Proposals are being sought from educators, students and planning professionals who have innovative ideas, case studies or new research relating to the recreation resource planning profession."

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Date: April 16-19, 2012

Download the Call for Sessions (with instructions and pdf form): http://bit.ly/qYNTwh
Download a Word form: http://bit.ly/qxTb3n
Details: http://bit.ly/pVVUOV

MONTREAL'S DAILY PATH VOLUMES SOARING

-> According to a June 14th Gazette article, "It was no surprise to anyone who drives or cycles regularly in Montreal's central neighbourhoods to learn that the proportion of adult cyclists using bicycles for transportation in this city has more than doubled in the past decade, as a recent Vélo Québec report showed. But the sheer number of cyclists using the most popular paths daily -- such as Rachel, Brébeuf, Milton and de Maisonneuve Blvd. -- has experts calling for measures to curb a problem that many of us took to our bikes to avoid: congestion."

"'We are reaching capacity on a lot of these facilities,' said Luis Miranda-Moreno, assistant professor at McGill University's Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Miranda Moreno was part of a team of researchers from McGill, Harvard School of Public Health and Montreal's Public Health department, who recently presented a study at a road-safety conference in Halifax, N.S., that tried to compare cyclist injury risk on bike paths and bike lanes compared with streets with no special cycling facilities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/mUBVuc
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Title: "Bicycle traffic jams? Daily volumes on Montreal paths soaring"
Author: Michelle Lalonde

Via StreetHeadlines: http://bit.ly/nJPxxI

CARMAGEDDON: BICYCLISTS DECLARE VICTORY IN RACE WITH JETBLUE FLIGHT

-> According to a July 16th L.A. Times article, "The six bicyclists racing a JetBlue flight from Burbank to Long Beach Saturday proved the power of the pedals, beating the flight by a long shot. The cyclists, members of the urban bicyclist organization Wolfpack Hustle, made the trip in 1 hour and 34 minutes, using the path along the Los Angeles River for most of the trek. The cyclists and a blogger aboard the JetBlue flight left at 10:50 a.m. from the same intersection in North Hollywood -- with the blogger having to drive to the airport, arriving an hour before the 12:20 p.m. flight, then catching a ride to the aquarium in Long Beach, the finish line. The plane had just taken off when the cyclists arrived..."

Source: http://lat.ms/nALvJC
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Title: "Carmageddon: Bicyclists declare victory in race with JetBlue flight"
Author: Phil Willon

For a related story, go to: http://slate.me/qHebTL

ITDP TO STUDY AHMEDABAD (IN) TRAFFIC, PARKING PATTERNS

-> In a July 20th Times of India article, Parth Shastri asked "What would you like to have in front of your house? A public parking space or a public park? What would you prefer to have at a city center like Teen Darwaja -- vendors and pedestrian jostling with vehicular traffic, or a quiet place with benches to enjoy an evening? The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation can well seek answers to these local issues in a global study on parking trends being carried out by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) -- which was the technical advisor for city's BRTS project. Michael Kodransky, 30, global research manager at the ITDP in New York, is in the city to work on a comparative study on global parking trends."

"The study focuses on best policies to tackle parking issues. It will also encompass Chennai and Pune in review. ITDP is an international organization working with cities to promote sustainable and equitable transportation. Kodransky visited Ashram Road, CG Road, Walled City areas and took a ride on BRTS on Tuesday, to get an overview of the city. 'When the city is in its developmental state, it is the best time to have glitches ironed out and plan for the future. What we see in cities of US and Europe is afterthought in which they have taken a number of measures to ensure better living condition. What I see here is lack of public places where people can hang out without fear of speeding vehicles,' he said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nFL3KM
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Title: "Global agency to study city's traffic, parking patterns"
Author: Parth Shastri

AGING BOOMERS STRAIN CITIES BUILT FOR THE YOUNG

-> According to a July 9th WRAL-TV story, "America's cities are beginning to grapple with a fact of life: People are getting old, fast, and they're doing it in communities designed for the sprightly. To envision how this silver tsunami will challenge a youth-oriented society, just consider that seniors soon will outnumber schoolchildren in hip, fast-paced New York City. It will take some creative steps to make New York and other cities age-friendly enough to help the coming crush of older adults stay active and independent in their own homes. 'It's about changing the way we think about the way we're growing old in our community,' said New York Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs. 'The phrase 'end of life' does not apply anymore.' With initiatives such as using otherwise idle school buses to take seniors grocery shopping, the World Health Organization recognizes New York as a leader in this movement..."

Source: http://bit.ly/okBL97
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Title: "Aging boomers strain cities built for the young"
Author: Lauran Neergaard


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

AARP TO STUDY PORTSMOUTH (RI) STREETS, SIDEWALKS

-> According to a July 18th Patch article, "Just how easy is it to walk around Portsmouth? That's something AARP Rhode Island is hoping to find out. AARP is seeking volunteers and survey responders for a Walkability Workshop to be held in Portsmouth on Monday, Aug. 1. At least four teams of volunteers will walk along East Main Road, starting around Clements' Market, to study how easy it is to walk around the 'town center.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qKJUDS
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Title: "How 'Walkable' is Portsmouth? AARP To Study Town's Streets, Sidewalks"
Author: Sandy McGee

GOV. CUOMO TOUGHENS NEW YORK'S DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW

-> According to a July 12th StreetsBlog entry, "Standing in front of two police cars and an enormous electronic traffic sign, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed tougher statewide distracted driving legislation into law this afternoon. The law, sponsored by State Senator Carl Marcellino and Assembly Member Harvey Weisenberg, makes the use of handheld electronic devices while driving a primary offense, allowing the police to issue tickets for distracted driving without first pulling over motorists for a separate offense. Prior to the passage of this law, New York was one of only four states to ban distracted driving while impeding its enforcement in this way."

"Cuomo also announced that he'll bridge the difference between the legislators' bill and his own stronger proposal, which would have increased the number of points added to a distracted driver's license from two to three, through administrative action. (We are trying to confirm the mechanism, but sources say the DMV may be able to make that change on its own.) For Transportation Alternatives general counsel Juan Martinez, the highlight of the event was Cuomo's comparison of using a car to 'driving a two-ton missile.' That kind of strong language, paired with the attention-grabbing, highly-choreographed press event, could suggest that the governor sees traffic safety as a major issue for his administration..."

Source: http://bit.ly/r8sOdk

FINALLY, BOSTON'S BIKE SHARE PROGRAM IS READY TO RIDE

-> In a July 19th Conservation Law Foundation Scoop blog entry, Hannah Cabot wrote "'Hubway,' Boston's long-anticipated bike share program, is set to open this month. With 600 bikes at 61 stations around Boston (one a block away from CLF's Boston office at the corner of Summer and Arch Streets!) and surrounding areas, Hubway will facilitate transportation around Boston by reducing crowds on the T and providing access to places that the T does not currently reach. Moreover, Hubway will contribute to fewer greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector -- the largest single source of GHG emissions in the state- and create a more livable city with better transportation options to get people out of their cars and into their communities."

"Already very successful in Europe, bike share programs are increasing in popularity in the U.S., and already exist in cities such as Minneapolis, Denver, and Washington, D.C. Many people in the Boston area are excited about the prospect of being able to grab a bike, go where they need to go, and return it at any station convenient to their destination. Operating three seasons a year (the system closes in the winter), Hubway offers 24-hour, 3-day, or annual memberships, allowing members access to all of the bikes and free rides under 30 minutes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qn7Z0G

OLD BIKES WHEELED OUT FOR NEW OWNERS IN HOMER (AK)

-> According to a July 6th Homer News article, "Last Friday was like Christmas and Independence Day rolled into one at East End Mini Storage. Bikes and barbecue filled the space between banks of storage units. A sizable group of children and adults were wrenching on bikes, supervising the grill, sorting parts, fitting helmets, riding around, smiling. Six people, ranging in age from 7 to 40, left with new-to-them bicycles and two more have bikes on the way because of the effort. It was the inaugural Bikes Rock Homer fix 'em party, organized to expedite the group's process of turning unwanted bikes into fun and functional transportation for others."

"'I just thought it would be really cool with the idea behind Nature Rocks to get people outside and doing things and wouldn't it be cool to get kids who need bikes not only outside but to have transportation,' said organizer Sallie Rediske, who brought the idea up at a Nature Rocks Homer meeting last fall. 'It's turned into a really cool recycling program,' she said. Bikes Rock Homer has collected approximately 50 bikes and given away more than 20 since putting out the call in February. Bikes Rock provides a helmet and lock, too, if the recipient needs them..."

Source: http://bit.ly/psyxRE
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Title: "Old bikes wheeled out for new owners"
Author: Lyndsay Johnson

STEVENSVILLE (MT) INTERSECTION BECOMES BIKE MOVIE SET FOR A DAY

-> According to a July 24th Ravalli Republic article, "'Rolling' had two meanings Monday at the intersection of Third and Main streets in Stevensville. The town streets were fairly empty, with most residents being elsewhere on a hot holiday afternoon. But it was precisely because it was a holiday that a large excavating lift was parked on the street corner. A man with a camera reclined on the lift, 20 feet above the pavement. While that may sound unsafe, the images Robert Seidler was filming are meant to promote safety. He, along with Sharon and Roger Di Brito and others, are refilming pedestrian and bicycle safety films that they made 20 years ago for Journeys from Home Montana, a nonprofit group that educates schoolchildren around the state about traffic safety. Below Seidler's platform and a block down the street, Roger and four other bicyclists lined up, waiting for the high sign. 'Rolling,' Seidler said into his radio. DiBrito looked for traffic, and then said, 'So are we.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nrwEEp
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Title: "Stevensville intersection becomes movie set for a day"
Author: Laura Lundquist

MICHIGAN'S COMPLETE STREETS TRAINING IS PAYING OFF

-> According to a July 7th Michigan Complete Streets Coalition blog entry, "The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recently released the following map* overlaying complete streets ordinances and resolutions in Michigan against locations where complete streets trainings have occurred. It certainly appears that these trainings are having a dramatic impact. Of the 43 policies on the map, all but 16 are within counties where trainings have occurred. We are pleased to see such a strong correlation and commend the efforts of MDCH and all the partners involved in developing the Michigan Complete Streets Institute Training modules. The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance also have provided tremendous leadership in organizing local training sessions across the state the past few months. Likewise Michigan Citizen Planner offered an extensive Complete Streets Workshop Series across the state this Spring..."

*Go to http://bit.ly/pEk9P3 for details and the map


THE RESEARCH BEAT

U. OF ILLINOIS STUDY: MORE MILES ON ROAD = MORE POUNDS

-> According to an article in the July issue of the Nation's Health, "Americans' love affair with their cars is putting record numbers of miles on their odometers, but it might also be putting record numbers of pounds around their middles. Suggesting that Americans' expanding waistlines are linked to increased automobile usage, a new study from the University of Illinois presents a compelling argument for driving less and walking or cycling more. Published online in May in the journal Transport Policy, the study points to lower rates of automobile use in regions of the United States that exhibit lower levels of obesity."

"In developing the study, researchers used the annual number of vehicle miles traveled per licensed driver in the United States as a measure of a person's sedentary time. Analyzing data drawn from federal statistics between 1985 and 2007, the study links vehicle use with national annual obesity rates. 'You can think of obesity as an energy imbalance,' said lead study author Sheldon Jacobson, a professor of computer science and the director of the simulation and optimization laboratory at the University of Illinois. 'People consume food, which is a form of energy, and then they expend it in their activities. But if you look over the last 60-plus years, the automobile has become our primary mode of transportation -- so much so, in fact, we have literally designed our way of life around it. It is that energy imbalance that ultimately may lead to obesity.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nFBspl
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Title: "More miles on the road translates to more pounds, study finds"
Author: Teddi Dineley Johnson

BEYOND SAFETY IN NUMBERS: WHY BIKE FRIENDLY CITIES ARE SAFER

-> According to a June 27th Planetizen article "Davis, California, is widely celebrated as the bicycling capital of the United States with over 16% of the population commuting to work on bikes. What is less well known is the fact that the traffic fatality rate in Davis is also unusually low, at about 1/10th of the California statewide rate. Although this fact is not widely disseminated, there is growing data showing that cities with very high use of bikes for routine transportation almost always have much lower than average traffic fatality rates. The finding that most bike friendly cities are safer than average has been reinforced by the recent experience of cities such as Cambridge, MA, Portland, OR, and New York. These cities have garnered much press for their success in dramatically increasing bike use over the last several years. This increase in bike ridership has corresponded with an equally dramatic decrease in traffic fatality rates in all three cities. Interestingly, the decrease in fatality occurred not just for people on bikes, but for all classes of road users -- including people in cars and people on foot..."

Source: http://bit.ly/oVXJBU
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Title: "Beyond Safety in Numbers: Why Bike Friendly Cities are Safer"
Author: Norman Garrick & Wesley Marshall


QUOTES R US

-> "As towns and cities approved big-box retail monstrosities because they needed infusions of sales taxes to fill budget holes. So now we've all got a dozen places to buy flip-flops and tubs of Cheetos, but the library is closed three days a week and the parents club is holding a raffle to save a teacher's job..."
-- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles

http://lat.ms/n9CHnv

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

GOOGLE IS CHANGING YOUR BRAIN, STUDY SAYS, AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT

-> According to a July 14th Mercury News article, "A new study confirms it: Google (GOOG) is altering your brain. More precisely, our growing dependence on the Internet has changed how -- and what -- our brains choose to remember. When we know where to find information, we're less likely to remember it -- an amnesia dubbed The Google Effect by a team led by psychologist Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University. Goodbye, soul-searching; hello, facts-at-fingertips..."

Source: http://bit.ly/oQsgh9
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Title: "Google is changing your brain, study says, and don't you forget it"
Author: Lisa M. Krieger

VIDEO: "ROUND THE CLOCK CYCLING IN THE NETHERLANDS"

"'The Dutch make over 1 million cycle trips every hour.' All the latest (2011) figures of the Dutch Cyclist's Union in one video. These figures show that the scale of cycling in the Netherlands is quite phenomenal."

Source: http://bit.ly/p2tWlm


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR: Crosswalk Signals, Policies and Design

Date: July 20, 2011, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: George Branyan, District of Columbia DOT & Billie Louise (Beezy) Bentzen, Accessible Design for the Blind

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/oS0ggG

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

WEBINAR: "Promoting and Selling SRTS: National Resources to Give You a Head Start"

Date: July 26, 2011, 1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m, EDT

Presenters: Pam Barth (NCSRTS) & Margo Pedroso, (SRTSNP)

Hosts: America Walks & National Center for Safe Routes to School

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/n0Apps

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

WEBINAR: "Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation: Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Right Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Visual Impairments"

Date: August 17, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Bastian Schroeder, NC State University; Janet Barlow, Accessible Design for the Blind; Lee Rodegerdts, Kittelson, Inc.

Hosts: Easter Seals Project ACTION & TRB

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/r03AlH

Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://bit.ly/pKLoyT

"PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS" Episodes 173 and 174 are now available on Blip TV.

Episode 173
--We look at an intersection with a good design for blind pedestrians in Binghamton, New York.
--We look at an intersection that almost got it right in Davis, California.
--We see how bioswales are used to absorb storm water along streets in Portland, Oregon.
--We talk with the police chief and business owners about problems crossing the street in Port Orford, Oregon.
Source: http://bit.ly/plfeyu

Episode 174
--We meet the president of Friends of Lafitte Corridor in New Orleans, LA.
--We talk with a planner about the National Evacuation Conference in New Orleans, LA.
Source: http://bit.ly/oJXCrm


RESOURCES

-> "DEVELOPMENT OF MOBILE ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS (MAPS) FOR..."
"...Blind Pedestrians at Signalized Intersections, Final Report;" study by Liao, Rakauskas & Rayankula; Ctr for Transportation Studies, Univ. of Minnesota; CTS 11-11. June 2011 (2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/pbZ1oW

-> "REVIEW OF THE GROWTH AND TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY CENTER..."
"... Program, with Recommendations for Increasing Benefits to Suburban Cities;" report by Hallenbeck & Carlson, WA State Transportation Center; for WashDOT; Research Report WA-RD 763.1. May 2011 (general info & link to 1.8MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/q9LC0J

-> "SO MANY CHOICES, SO MANY WAYS TO CHOOSE: HOW FIVE STATE..."
"Departments of Transportation Select Safe Routes to School for Funding;" report by Vernez Moudon, Stewart, & Lin (U. of Washington); Claybrooke (WASHDOT), Pieratte (FLDOT, Leffler (MissDOT), Campa (TXDOT), Callaway (WisDOT); & Steiner (U of Florida); for WashDOT, WA-RD 743.2. June 2011 (general info & link to 2.8MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/oOW8ff

-> "ATTITUDES TOWARD RED LIGHT CAMERA ENFORCEMENT IN CITIES WITH..."
"...Camera Programs;" report by McCartt & Eichelberger, Insurance Inst. for Highway Safety. June 2011 (general info & link to 347KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/nF1YBK

-> "2010 SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP ANNUAL REPORT"
Report by the SRTSNP. 2010 (539KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/pApC4G

-> "SERVICE LEVELS OF CYCLEWAYS - STATE-OF-THE-ART REPORT FOCUSING..."
"...on Maintenance and Operation;" report by Anna Niska; for the Swedish Transport Administration, The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Region (in Swedish with English summary) VTI rapport 726. 2011 (general info and link to 2.2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qcuo2B

-> "REDUCING PEDESTRIAN DELAY AT TRAFFIC SIGNALS"
Report by Vallyon & Turner (Beca Infrastructure Ltd; NZ Transport Agency research report 440. April 2011 (general info and link to 2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/oMwgQs

-> "DRAFT 2011 MISSOULA ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN: AN AMENDMENT..."
"...to the 2005 Missoula County Growth Policy;" report by Cundy, Gray, Becerra, Prescott & Kelley; Missoula Office of Planning & Grants. 2011 (37MB pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/6e3vwz9

-> "THE UNEVEN AGING AND 'YOUNGING' OF AMERICA: STATE AND..."
"...Metropolitan Trends in the 2010 Census;" report by William Frey, Sr. Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution. June 29, 2011 (abstract and link to the 543KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qZbmQ8

-> "FOOT-POWERED PROGRESS"
Report by Conrad deFiebre, Transportation Fellow, Minnesota 2020. June 27, 2011 (general info and link to 4.1MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qHHL1B

Via Minnesota Active Living Network News http://bit.ly/neWb4Y


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 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

-> September 23-24, 2011, Finger Lakes Trails & Greenways Conference: Connecting Communities, Promoting Health, And Strengthening Local Economies, Ithaca, NY. Info: Parks & Trails New York, phone: (518) 434-1583; fax: (518) 427-0067; email: <ptny@ptny.org>
http://bit.ly/nAXLv5

-> 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, 2011, Delaware Bike Summit, Lewes, DE Info: Randi Novakoff, Outreach Manager, Wilmington Area Planning Council phone: (302) 737-6205 ext. 111; email: <rnovakoff@wilmapco.org>
http://tinyurl.com/3w3wk25

-> 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

-> October 29 - November 2, 2011, APHA Annual Meeting - Health Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies, Washington, DC. Info: Eloisa Raynault, Transportation, Health & Equity Pgm Mgr, APHA, 800 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001, phone: (202) 777-2487; email: <eloisa.raynault@apha.org>
http://bit.ly/ogkWJt

-> 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

-> April 16-19, 2012, NARRP Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. Info: Jennifer Heisey: phone: (318) 793-9427, email: <heis0068@umn.edu> or Rick Just: phone: (208) 514-2480, email: <rick.just@idpr.idaho.gov>
http://bit.ly/pVVUOV

-> 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 -- TRANS PLANNER I OR II -- NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COG

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) serves as the MPO for transportation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area and is responsible for developing transportation plans and programs that address the complex needs of the rapidly growing area. The planning area for transportation includes the 12 counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise.

The Transportation Department is seeking a Transportation Planner I or II in Sustainable Development, specifically in the areas of Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordination and Transit-Oriented Development Planning. This position will assist with multi-modal corridor studies, bicycle/pedestrian studies, parking analysis, traffic calming, rail and transit projects, Context Sensitive Design, land-use redevelopment projects, urban design/landscaping, and Complete Streets.

For more information about these positions, go to:
- Transportation Planner I: http://bit.ly/pf93cv
- Transportation Planner II: http://bit.ly/oYNnh4

All submittals should include a cover letter summarizing work experience, as well as a current resume.

-> JOB -- SRTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR -- PRESCOTT (AZ) ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION

Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT) is a non-profit organization working toward a bicycle and pedestrian friendly central Yavapai community. We promote bicycling and walking as healthy alternatives to driving. We believe that bicycling and walking create positive outcomes for everyone.

The part-time Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Program Coordinator will be supervised by PAT's Operations Manager and work 30 hours per week to implement and grow PAT's SRTS program.

Principal Responsibilities: Work with school and agency officials to schedule activities at multiple K-8 schools and organizations; lead bike safety rodeos, classroom presentations and other safe walking/biking events for kids; coordinate, track and thank a team of volunteers; lead and present assessments of walking/biking routes and school sites with parents, students and officials to identify priority improvements for safe bicycling and walking; interact regularly with key partners including school and agency officials, parents, students, and SRTS experts to upgrade the program and ensure its effectiveness...

Open until filled, but priority to applications received by August 5, 2011.
Send a cover letter, resume and three current references to: <pat@prescottbikeped.org>
Details: http://bit.ly/qByyng

-> JOB -- NMT PROJECT DESIGN/FIELD SPECIALIST -- CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS

The City seeks project design/field specialist to support capital planning, design, in-field technical work & small project management for the non-motorized (bicycle and pedestrian) and school safety programs. Candidates should be early career to mid-level professionals in engineering or allied fields and highly motivated, enjoy working in multi-disciplinary teams, and self-starters.

Proposals must be submitted by August 22, 2011.

Details, go to: http://bit.ly/oVr5o9 (110KB pdf) or call Renee Milton at the Chicago Department of Procurement Services at (312) 744-8706.

-> RFP -- MARKETING TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS -- CITY OF CHICAGO

The City of Chicago is seeking a consultant to market transportation options (public transit, walking, bicycling, carpooling) in five neighborhoods. Work is projected to begin in 2012 and continue through 2016. We encourage proposals from firms with experience staging individualized transportation marketing campaigns.

Starting compensation is $23.00-$32.00/hr depending on experience (40-hour week). Contract position with funding expected through late 2014. Benefits not provided but are available for reasonable rates through Remedy.

Submit your letter of interest; resume detailing relevant experience project work; salary history; 3 professional references; and two relevant work samples by 4:00 p.m. MDT on Friday, July 22, 2011 to: Kristin Bennett, AICP, Nonmotorized and School Safety Pgms Mgr: <kbennett@springsgov.com>

For extensive details, go to: http://bit.ly/qo34ml

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- QUEEN CITY BIKE, CINCINNATI

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

-> -- 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)

-> 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

-> 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
--- Safe Routes Ambassador
--- Education Programs Internship
--- High School Transportation Program Instructor
--- Transit Campaign Grant Writing Internship

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


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