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#284 Wednesday, August 3, 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 (Part 2)
----- What Does the Debt Ceiling Deal Mean for Transportation?
----- Call for Applications for SRTS Nat'l Course Instructor Training
----- ALR Seeks Conference Abstracts and Award Nominations
----- APBP 2011 Professional Development Seminar Coming to Charlotte (NC)
----- Send Your Best Pics to Alliance Bike & Walk Photo Contest Pronto!
----- Access Board Releases Rights-of-Way Guidelines for Comment
----- SRTS Nat'l Conference Online Registration Ends August 5
----- 2012 National Main Streets Conference Call for Proposals
----- Walkscore Ranks 2500 Cities Using 2010 Census Data
----- BMJ Polls Readers about Compulsory Helmet Use for Adult Cyclists

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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----- Cleveland Welcomes Downtown Bike Rack Station
----- Houston Drivers Seldom Charged When Pedestrians Die
----- AARP (IL) Applauds Chicago Mayor Emanuel for Promoting Ped Safety
----- Los Angeles Enacts Historic Protections for Bicyclists
----- Long Beach (NY) & Simsbury (CT) to Get Bike Share Programs
----- Marietta (GA) Pedestrian Convicted of Vehicular Homicide

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----- Smoking, Obesity Major Reasons for U.S. Life Expectancy Decline

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- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PLACEMAKING: HOW TO ENGAGE YOUR TRANSPORTATION AGENCY (Part 2)
by Mark Plotz

-> Wider, straighter, faster. If the prevailing philosophy of traffic engineering and highway design had to be distilled into three words, it would be those. DOTs responded to the perceived mandate of the public to reduce congestion, reduce crashes, and to expedite travel. The problem is that their "solutions" were extremely expensive; they didn't always solve the original problem (crash severity often increased); and a new range of problems was introduced: high speed, high capacity roads became deadlier for pedestrians. (Transportation for America's 2011 Dangerous by Design report reminds us that two-thirds of pedestrian deaths occur along federal-aid highways-roads that tend to be wider, straighter and faster. See http://bit.ly/ouBrWI)

In this second installment of our review of "Placemaking: How to Engage Your Transportation Agency," Gary Toth, a veteran of many years at NJDOT, walks the reader through the various parameters used by the DOT when selecting a road's desired characteristics. Here is where assumptions, unquestioned, can lead to a cascading series of inappropriate design choices. The sum of these choices can result in a great deal of money being expended, while the community never quite gets the solution it wants, and people continue being stuck in their cars. The way out is to begin asking questions. The first and most important question to ask and answer is how much road is needed.

Chapter 7, Challenging the Justifications for Large Road Projects address this question. Two key assumptions that have guided transportation planning and modeling are that traffic (and population) will continue to increase at a steady, linear rate, and that when designing a road or evaluating its performance, a Level-of-Service (LOS) grade of 'E' or "F' is unacceptable. If that sounds reasonable (an 'A' is better than a 'D,' right?), the ramifications are anything but: "If the traditional LOS C or D performance measures are adopted as non-negotiable targets, major road construction will be heading your way." (p.53)

While it is still debatable (in some circles) whether these models have accurately predicted traffic growth, or whether they became self-fulfilling prophecies by perpetuating auto dependency, it is now without question that energy prices, and environmental and economic pressures will compel us to rethink our assumptions about travel patterns and development 20 and 30 years into the future. We should anyway: "If streets are designed for the highest peak hour 20 years in the future, they may function successfully for vehicles during that one peak hour, but will be 'over-designed' for the other 23 hours of the day and will always function poorly for the surrounding community." (p. 51)

Making wise investments of scarce public resources cannot happen unless citizens continue asking questions of their DOT or MPO. Do not be deterred by those who cite traffic projections and levels of service as immutable reasons for designing a project a certain way, for as Gary Toth reminds us: "nowhere is it etched in stone that LOS targets for a project in your community needs to be set at C, D, or even E."

Before you lay down in front of the bulldozers, here are five simple questions you can ask your DOT about planned transportation improvements:
- What are the levels of service targets for this project?
- How did the DOT arrive at those targets?
- Did the DOT consider lower levels of service?
- Did the DOT consider the possibility of accepting LOS F at the peak hour, provided you could get meaningful improvement for vehicle flow at other hours of the day?
- Does improving the traffic flow at this location really make much of a difference in the commute, or are the roads which this leads to also congested? (p. 52)

Questions posed by citizens can often provide cover for elected officials and may embolden internal champions at the agency who are not adherents to the status quo. If you worry about being the squeaky wheel, don't; you will be living with the results of the project for the next 10, 20, 30 or more years. If you need any additional encouragement, consider the words of a 30+ year DOT insider: "You should take ownership of the problem and assume that everyone works for you! After all, your tax dollars pay for staff and the projects." (p. 47)

The next installment of "How to Engage Your Transportation Agency" will review the concepts of design values, design speed, and will introduce the PPS concept of right-sizing roads, which PPS has employed in a number of communities to mitigate the legacy of wider, straighter, faster.

"How to Engage Your Transportation Agency" can be downloaded from the PPS website (http://bit.ly/mUAttj)

WHAT DOES THE DEBT CEILING DEAL MEAN FOR TRANSPORTATION?

-> In an Aug. 1st Transportation for America blog entry, Stephen Lee Davis wrote, "With just hours to spare before the deadline, the House, Senate and President Obama have agreed (in principle) on an agreement to raise the debt ceiling. While the details of that agreement are circulating in the media, the implications for the ongoing efforts to reauthorize the transportation bill -- as well as funding for current programs over the next year or two -- are a bit murky."

Here are a few things we know: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee won't be able to move their transportation bill this week, which means it won't get introduced or marked up before the August recess. The delay caused by the debt ceiling debate and the scheduled recess in August will likely move the introduction of the Senate bill and markup into September...

Source: http://bit.ly/nkp67C

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SRTS NAT'L COURSE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

-> According to a July 28th National Center for Safe Routes to School announcement, "Applications are now being accepted for participation in the Safe Routes to School National Course Instructor Training, to be held October 24-27 in Yakima, Wash. Up to 12 individuals may be selected. Since 2004, the Safe Routes to School National Course has been taught throughout the country by instructors trained by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Center for Safe Routes to School."

"This round of instructor training seeks to help meet demand and enable more communities to receive the Course. Training participants receive all Course materials including PowerPoint presentations, detailed speaker notes, handouts and planning resources. Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 5th and all applicants will be notified of selection status by August 17th. Participants are expected to confirm their attendance by August 31st..."

For more info or to submit an application, go to: http://bit.ly/pwdNDW

ALR SEEKS CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND AWARD NOMINATIONS

-> According to a July 27th announcement, "This is a reminder that Active Living Research (ALR) seeks abstracts for conference presentation and workshops, as well as nominations for the ALR Translating Research to Policy Award for its annual conference to be held March 12-14, 2012 in San Diego (CA)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/o4mxRp

APBP 2011 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR COMING TO CHARLOTTE (NC)

-> According to a July 22nd announcement, "Registration for the 2011 Professional Development Seminar hosted by the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is now open at http://bit.ly/oHYa1I. The conference takes place October 24-27, 2011 in Charlotte, N.C."

"PDS participants may choose from 26 in-depth, three-hour classroom and mobile sessions beginning Tuesday, October 25. Special all-day intensive seminars on Monday, October 24, offer deep classroom learning opportunities about Smart Trips: How to Encourage Travel Options; Designing for All Ages: Healthy Living In Place; and Toward Zero Deaths: What Does TZD Mean for Bike Ped Professionals?, as well as mobile sessions to Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C. and Davidson, N.C. October in Charlotte is a perfect time to visit and see firsthand what can be done through policy, planning and political will..."

Details: http://bit.ly/pyJQMV

SEND YOUR BEST PICS TO ALLIANCE BIKE & WALK PHOTO CONTEST PRONTO!

-> According to an Aug. 1st announcement, "The Alliance for Biking & Walking invites you to enter your best photos of biking and walking in the 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest for a chance to win great prizes (http://bit.ly/pOGsgM), have your images featured in Momentum magazine and help build a free, online library of high-quality pictures for bike-ped advocates across North America!"

Learn more and submit your photos on the contest website: http://bit.ly/pKHQE7

Questions? Contact: <Carolyn@PeoplePoweredMovement.org>

ACCESS BOARD RELEASES RIGHTS-OF-WAY GUIDELINES FOR COMMENT

-> According to a July 26th announcement, "On July 26th the U.S. Access Board released for public comment proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way. The guidelines provide design criteria for public streets and sidewalks, including pedestrian access routes, street crossings, curb ramps and blended transitions, on-street parking, street furniture, and other elements. The specifications comprehensively address access that accommodates all types of disabilities, including mobility and vision impairments, while taking into account conditions and constraints that may impact compliance, such as space limitations and terrain, as indicated in an overview of the rule."

"'The Board's proposed guidelines are the first of their kind in detailing how public streets and sidewalks can be designed and built to serve all pedestrians, including those with disabilities,' notes Nancy Starnes, Chair of the Access Board. 'A tremendous amount of work, research, outreach, and input from stakeholders and other interested groups have gone into the making of this proposal, and the Board welcomes and looks forward to additional feedback from the public in making the guidelines final.'..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/oISlnm

SRTS NAT'L CONFERENCE ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS AUGUST 5

-> According to a July 28th message from Deb Hubsmith, "If you're thinking about joining more than 500 advocates and leaders for the 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference, we encourage you to register online by Friday, August 5, 2011, which is the date that on-line registration closes. This anticipated event is taking place August 16-18 in Minneapolis, MN, so register online today for only $350 (http://bit.ly/naxDhn)! After August 5 there will be an opportunity for walk-in registration on-site at the same rate."

For more info, go to: http://bit.ly/qwD4ey

2012 NATIONAL MAIN STREETS CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> According to a July 28th NTHP announcement, "Over the past year a constant theme heard locally and nationally is the trend of retailers -- including 'big box' stores -- moving away from strip malls and back downtown. Businesses are not alone either. Residents and visitors are also choosing more traditional locations. In Baltimore we will continue to showcase the power of preservation-based economic and community development and to provide education and networking opportunities to help businesses, governments, residents and visitors 'Rediscover Main Street.' The National Trust Main Street Center is seeking session proposals designed to help inform, inspire ideas, and explore methods and best practices to capitalize on this growing trend and to encourage the rediscovery of what Main Street has known for decades -- preservation as economic development works!..."

For more info on submitting a proposal for the 2012 National Main Streets Conference, go to: http://bit.ly/r0OcQ7

Deadline: August 26, 2011

WALKSCORE RANKS 2500 CITIES USING 2010 CENSUS DATA

-> In a July 20th Daily Sightline blog entry, Eric de Place wrote, "My heroes at WalkScore are out today with updated walkability rankings for American cities. Using the new 2010 Census data and enlarging their analysis to include 2,500 cities, WalkScore's new analysis includes some changes from last time around in 2008. Here are the top 10 big cities for walking. There are some changes...New York nudged San Francisco out of the top spot; Seattle stuck to the number 6 position with a score of 73.7 (just behind Philadelphia and just ahead of DC); but Portland fell out of the top 10 to the 12th spot with a score of 66.3 (between Long Beach and Los Angeles)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/oCQ9dV

BMJ POLLS READERS ABOUT COMPULSORY HELMET USE FOR ADULT CYCLISTS

-> According to a July 27th British Medical Journal blog entry, "Last week the bmj.com poll asked 'Should it be compulsory for adult cyclists to wear helmets?' 68% of respondents voted no, out of a total 1,439 votes cast. The question triggered an interesting debate..."

Source: http://bit.ly/r22cnD


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CLEVELAND WELCOMES DOWNTOWN BIKE RACK STATION

-> According to a July 26th announcement, "Clevelanders are already making efforts to move toward healthier lifestyles. And thanks to the support from groups like the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, downtown workers can cycle to work and utilize the new Bike Rack Station. According to Dr. Gordon Blackburn, director of cardiac rehabilitation, preventive cardiology and rehabilitation program, Cleveland Clinic, regular exercise such as cycling, can improve overall health. Regular activity can help combat chronic diseases, manage weight, boost moods and energy levels as well as promoting better sleep. Cleveland commuters can begin using the Bike Rack Station, which will be in the Gateway North Parking Facility at the corners of E. 4th and High St, in early August."

For more on the Bike Rack Station, contact Rebecca Casto at: <rcasto@fallscommunications.com> or (216) 472-2391.

For more information on Dr. Blackburn's research, go to: http://bit.ly/oUFHWp

HOUSTON DRIVERS SELDOM CHARGED WHEN PEDESTRIANS DIE

-> According to an Aug. 1st Chronicle article, "Most drivers who kill pedestrians on Houston streets are not prosecuted because the people they struck broke traffic laws or the motorists fled before being identified or arrested, according to a Houston Chronicle review of city records. Many died attempting to cross a Houston freeway. Others were run down on streets, in private parking lots, while standing on sidewalks or crossing driveways. At least two men were suspected of committing suicide in separate incidents involving a truck and a bus...Houston police records show that of the 174 pedestrians killed from 2008 through the end of June, a driver was charged with a crime in 17 percent of the cases."

"Capt. Roger Goralski, head of HPD's vehicular crimes division, said at least 45 percent of the pedestrians killed were found to have violated traffic laws and were at fault in their deaths. In another 21 percent of the deaths, police were unable to learn who drove the vehicle that fled the scene. The principal causes of pedestrian fatalities are residents crossing freeways, people jaywalking, or crossing a street against a traffic signal, Goralski said..."

"Marla Turner, associate director of AARP's Texas chapter, said her organization is planning to promote an inclusive street-use concept in the Fall called 'Complete Streets,' with features including bike lanes, more frequent and protected pedestrian crossings areas and medians. 'The streets in Houston are built for speed, to get people where they're going faster,' Turner said. 'Another issue is street corners that don't have traffic lights that are timed to allow pedestrians, whether it's a mother with a young child or an elderly person with a cane, to cross four to six lanes of traffic in 20 seconds or less.' Turner said her group has used stop watches to conduct 'pedestrian audits' at busy Houston intersections, and at one witnessed an elderly man narrowly escape being run down by a cement truck. The pedestrians had just 13 seconds to cross the six-lane thoroughfare, she said."

Source: http://bit.ly/qQDxDB
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Title: "Drivers Seldom Charged When Pedestrians Die."
Author: James Pinkerton

AARP (IL) APPLAUDS CHICAGO MAYOR EMANUEL FOR PROMOTING PED SAFETY

-> According to a July 29th AARP Illinois release, "Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making Chicago streets safer for pedestrians. Yesterday, Mayor Emanuel proposed a City ordinance that would require drivers to come to a full stop when a pedestrian is crossing an intersection with no traffic signal or stop sign, rather than just 'yielding' to pedestrian traffic as the ordinance currently states. AARP applauds Mayor Emanuel for promoting pedestrian safety."

"'AARP would like to thank Mayor Emanuel for making pedestrian safety a priority and for making Chicago a more livable community,' said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. 'With changing demographics and more people using alternative transportation options such as walking, biking, and mass transit, it will be critical that Chicago stay ahead of the livable communities curve.'..."

Source: http://aarp.us/pJ5GXP

LOS ANGELES ENACTS HISTORIC PROTECTIONS FOR BICYCLISTS

-> According to the July edition of the CalBikeReport, "The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously approved a first-in-the-nation ordinance that enables bicyclists to seek damages from drivers who harass or threaten them. The ordinance awards triple the damages, or a thousand dollars, whichever is greater, plus attorney fees and punitive damages, to a bicyclist found to have been harassed or threatened. Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, sponsor of the ordinance, has launched an online campaign to encourage bicyclists in Los Angeles and beyond to share their stories of threats and harassment..."

Source: http://bit.ly/peYCis

LONG BEACH (NY) & SIMSBURY (CT) TO GET BIKE SHARE PROGRAMS

-> According to the July 28th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "While New York City residents eagerly await the unveiling of the preferred operator for what will eventually be the largest bike share program in the country, two municipalities in the Tri-State region are moving forward on their own versions of bike share programs. On Long Island, the Long Beach City Council recently endorsed a partnership with Miami-based Decobike to implement a 400-bicycle program that would open in the fall, making it, to our knowledge, the first municipal-run bike share in the state. Decobike will operate the system at no cost to the city, set up 20-30 kiosks throughout the city, including at the Long Beach LIRR station, the Martin Luther King Community Center, and possibly along the medians of several residential areas. The Town of Simsbury, Connecticut, named a 'Bicycle Friendly Community' in 2010 by the League of American Bicyclists, has recently launched a Simsbury Free Bike initiative where, for $10 and an identification, individuals can rent bicycles for a 24 hour period. Simsbury Free Bike is an initiative that includes local businesses, cycling enthusiasts and a non-profit that works to provide bikes to the disabled, and its bicycles were donated by community members..."

Source: http://bit.ly/n31BtT

MARIETTA (GA) PEDESTRIAN CONVICTED OF VEHICULAR HOMICIDE

-> According to a July 14th Journal-Constitution article, "A Marietta mother may serve more time than the driver who hit and killed her 4-year-old son. Raquel Nelson, 30, could be sentenced to up to 36 months at a hearing July 26, said David Savoy, her attorney. She was convicted Tuesday of homicide by vehicle in the second degree, crossing roadway elsewhere than at crosswalk and reckless conduct, said Savoy. Jerry L. Guy, the driver who admitted hitting the child when pleading guilty to hit-and-run, served a 6-month sentence. He was released Oct. 29, 2010, and will serve the remainder of a 5-year sentence on probation, according to Cobb court records. Nelson was attempting to cross at the intersection of Austell Road and Austell Circle with her three children when her son was struck by a car, said Savoy."

"The child later died from his injuries. Nelson and her younger daughter suffered minor injuries and her older daughter was not injured. Guy confessed to having consumed 'a little' alcohol earlier in the day, being prescribed pain medication and being partially blind in his left eye, said David Simpson, his attorney. 'This still affects [Jerry] to this day,' Simpson said. 'It is tragic all around.' Guy was originally charged with hit and run, first degree homicide by vehicle and cruelty to children. Charges were later dropped to just the hit and run charge. Court records show that Guy was previously convicted of two-hit-and-runs on the same day, Feb. 17, 1997. The first hit-and-run also happened on Austell Road, but when Guy fled from that scene he hit another car, seriously injuring that driver and passenger, records show..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pGhilg
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Title: "Pedestrian convicted of vehicular homicide in own child's death"
Author: Elise Hitchcock


THE RESEARCH BEAT

SMOKING, OBESITY MAJOR REASONS FOR U.S. LIFE EXPECTANCY DECLINE

-> According to an Aug. 2nd DoctorsLounge article, "Americans used to live a little longer than Europeans, but that's no longer the case, according to a new study that gives high-income nations in Europe an 18-month advantage in longevity. Smoking, in particular, and obesity are to blame, said the U.S. researchers. But measures to curb unhealthy behaviors could improve life expectancy in coming years and help to reduce health care costs, they said. 'The question is whether being American is an independent mortality risk factor,' said author Dana Goldman, director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California..."

Source: http://bit.ly/poudaS
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Title: "Americans No Longer Outliving Europeans: Study"
Author: HealthDay News


QUOTES R US

-> "When we talk about 'bike friendly' cities in the United States, most are mere college towns and none boast more than 6 percent bike commuters. According to the United States Census Bureau's 2009 community survey, 76 percent of Americans drive to work alone in their cars each day, while only 0.6 percent arrive by bicycle."

"What's going on here? One key component that has enabled Europe's successful bike revolution, I think, is not infrastructure, but sociology: While Americans still view bicycling as a form of exercise or recreation, a tectonic shift in attitudes has taken place in many parts of Europe, where people now regard bicycling as a serious form of urban mass transportation..."
-- Elisabeth Rosenthal, Yale Environment 360

http://bit.ly/nzJCdm


STATS R US

-> "According to a survey of Washington, D.C. Bike to Work Day participants, 17 percent said they had never bike commuted before the event, 10 percent started riding to work after the event, and 22 percent started riding more often. National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, Bike to Work Day 2011..."

"Biking and hiking trails in Teton County, WY create an annual economic benefit of more than $18 million. The trail system cost $1.7 million to build over the last decade..."

Both from the Bikes Belong Aug. 2011 newsletter: http://bit.ly/mW6JYs

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ARTURAS ZUOKAS, WORLD'S MOST BIKE-FRIENDLY MAYOR

"...drives army personnel carrier over Mercedes to clean the bike lanes of illegally parked cars."

Source: http://bit.ly/ovOPdG

THE FUN THEORY

"This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people's behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it's change for the better."

Source: http://bit.ly/po6zsd


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

-> "TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH: POLICY INTERVENTIONS FOR SAFER..."
"...Healthier People and Communities;" by Ragland & Orrick, et al, SafeTREC; for Partnership for Prevention, SafeTREC, U.C. Berkeley and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. July 2011 (1.4MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/oYQgcl

-> "PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS ON TRANSPORTATION CHARACTERISTICS OF..."
"...Livable Communities: The 2009 Omnibus Household Survey;" report by Guarino & Weidman; Bureau of Transportation Statistics/RITA, USDOT. July 2011 (569KB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/rdEb17

-> "SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL CONTEXTS OF SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS..."
"Associations with Physical Activity Among Young People in New Zealand;" report by Utter, Denny, Robinson, Ameratunga & Milfont, Univ. of Auckland; AJPHh, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300171. July 21, 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/qxIRFO


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!

-> 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 -- COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB (SEATTLE)

The Communications Specialist supports Cascade Bicycle Club's marketing, outreach, communications and development work, including print production, website, written and electronic communications and events, while managing independent design and online projects. We are seeking a go-getter who thrives in a fast-paced environment, surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about Cascade's mission. Candidates should find achievement in helping others and be confident working independently once given direction and deadline.

Application deadline: 8/12/11

Details: http://bit.ly/rtaYLt

-> RFP -- REC TRAILS PROGRAM DATABASE -- FHWA
Solicitation Number: DTFH61-11-R-00035

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has a requirement for non-personal services to develop, operate, and update a searchable Recreational Trails Program (RTP) database to be available on a website, and to provide annual reports on RTP funding. The purpose of the database is to promote program transparency, by providing information to the public on how states use RTP funds. The Contractor shall interact with State agencies in all States to continually update the database. The anticipated period of performance consists of a base year and three one-year option periods.

The deadline for FHWA to receive proposals is Monday August 29, 2011 at 3:15 p.m.

Direct all questions and comments regarding this opportunity in writing to:
Samantha Reizes, Contracting Officer, Office of Acquisition Management, FHWA USDOT,
Routing Code HAAM-20, Mail Stop E65-101, 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590; or email: <Samantha.Reizes@dot.gov>

For details, go to: http://bit.ly/oPIHpv

-> 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

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

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


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