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#285 Wednesday, August 17, 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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----- Civil Rights Group Demands End to Car-Centric Trans Policies
----- Public Health Represented at DC Transportation Equity Fly-In
----- Advocacy Advance Awards $100,000 in Grants
----- One Street's Basic Bike Parts Pgm for Impoverished Communities
----- TCAT Pushes for Complete Streets Across Province of Ontario
----- Towns Enlarge Street Signs to Adapt to Older Population
----- Dutch Test Charges Drivers for Using Their Private Cars

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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----- Wisconsin Bike Fed Helps Bring $2M Bike/Ped Back to State Budget
----- New York Gov. Cuomo to Sign Complete Streets Bill into Law
----- San Francisco May Require Bicycle Access in Downtown Buildings
----- Black Hawk (CO) Bicycle Ban Appealed to State Supreme Court
----- South Boston May Get Path/High Speed Rail Line Crossing
----- SWFBUD Presents Trail Net Plan to Tampa Leaders

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----- UMN Develops Prototype to Help Visually Impaired Pedestrians
----- New Report: Transport Determines Housing Affordability
----- Research Shows Sunlight Exposure Guards Against Myopia

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP DEMANDS END TO CAR-CENTRIC TRANS POLICIES

-> In an Aug. 15th DC.StreetsBlog entry Tanya Snyder wrote, "'This is the civil rights dilemma: Our laws purport to level the playing field, but our transportation choices have effectively barred millions of people from accessing it.' So says a report from the Leadership Conference Education Fund, a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The coalition wasn't involved in the transportation reauthorization debate in 2005, when SAFETEA-LU was passed, and they're determined to be at the table this time. In March, they quietly published their report, 'Where We Need to Go: A Civil Rights Roadmap for Transportation Equity,' (http://bit.ly/ncUCrH) and since then they've put out three more reports, springboarding off of that first overview. The subsequent reports focus on access to health care (http://bit.ly/rpekjT), access to housing (http://bit.ly/pJYSqv), and access to jobs (http://bit.ly/q6GtJA)."

"They never really released these reports to the press, which is why we're just letting you know about them now...According to the Leadership Conference report, racial minorities are four times more likely than whites to lack access to a car and to rely on public transportation for their commute to work. African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population but 20 percent of the pedestrian fatalities. And the problem is far worse for Native Americans on reservations. Pedestrians there have the highest per capita risk of injury and death of any ethnic group in the U.S. While vehicle fatalities are dropping around the country, they're on the rise on reservations..."

Source: http://bit.ly/noe2Vr

PUBLIC HEALTH REPRESENTED AT DC TRANSPORTATION EQUITY FLY-IN

-> According to the Aug. edition of Transportation and Public Health eNewsletter, "Public health officials from California, Colorado, Oregon and Rhode Island joined transportation activists from their states in mid-July in Washington, D.C. at the 'Utilizing Transportation Investment to Expand Opportunity for All,' event to show support for transportation policies that improve access and health, expand economic opportunity, foster accountability, and focus on results. On the second day of the event, the delegates met with staff representing their state members of Congress. The policy recommendations shared have the potential to improve the health of communities across the country, especially those that are already considered vulnerable..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nqlwqu

ADVOCACY ADVANCE AWARDS $100,000 IN GRANTS

-> According to an Aug. 10th news release, "In line with a goal to double federal funding for biking and walking, Advocacy Advance is awarding $100,000 in direct grants to four advocacy organizations. Using the grants to tap into federal funding streams and build their political influence, recipients will work to triple bicycle mode share in Atlanta (GA), dramatically improve infrastructure in Pittsburgh (PA), empower Latino cyclists in Los Angeles (CA), and create a new model to win state dollars in Delaware."

2011 Model Grants:
-- "$40K to Bike Pittsburgh to leverage partnerships, identify key bicycle and pedestrian projects and get them funded.
-- $35K/year for 3 years to Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to double federal spending on bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs in the Atlanta region, and triple the bicycle mode share from 1 to 3 percent."

2011 Capacity Building Grants:
-- "$15K to Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition to hire a dedicated bilingual education/outreach staff member to empower Spanish-speaking residents who lack access to bike safety and advocacy tools, and build political power for improved bicycling in L.A.
-- $10K to Bike Delaware to create an action plan for state bicyclists, advocating legislation, monitoring and communicating with DelDOT, and tracking progress."

"In addition, Advocacy Advance will grant $25,000 in Rapid Response Grants throughout the year to help state and local organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve funding for biking and walking."

Source: http://bit.ly/rcj2bh

ONE STREET'S BASIC BIKE PARTS PGM FOR IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES

-> According to a recent One Street news release, "Responding to the rapid extinction of basic bicycle parts, One Street, an international bicycle advocacy nonprofit, has launched One Street Components. This new components arm of the organization has become necessary as One Street's Social Bike Business program provides durable transportation bikes to impoverished people in communities around the world. Each local program starts by refurbishing used bikes as they move toward manufacturing their own steel frames, forks and racks. This local manufacturing will be necessary as the bike industry no longer produces quality, affordable transportation bikes. But an alarming pattern has been hindering even the refurbishing stage."

"'When we launched our Social Bike Business program back in 2007 we knew we'd eventually be helping our local partners manufacture their own frames, forks and racks,' said Sue Knaup, One Street's executive director. 'But we never dreamed the bike industry would actually stop producing the basic parts necessary to build a quality, affordable transportation bike.'..."

Details: http://bit.ly/pyALg8

TCAT PUSHES FOR COMPLETE STREETS ACROSS PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

-> According to an Aug. 4th news release, "The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of Clean Air Partnership, is embarking on a major project to advance the study of complete streets and to support their implementation in communities across Ontario. This new initiative, the first of its kind in Ontario, seeks to accelerate the development of complete streets in Ontario by engaging the public, professionals, and politicians alike. By building momentum, capacity, expertise and action, TCAT works to create safer, healthier, and more accessible communities in our province..."

Source: http://bit.ly/p97IKo

TOWNS ENLARGE STREET SIGNS TO ADAPT TO OLDER POPULATION

-> According to an Aug. 1st Washington Post article, "Ahead of a federal mandate that will kick in 2012, Aiken (S.C.) has begun installing oversize street signs downtown and on major thoroughfares; they have increased reflectivity as well, designed to help older drivers who may not see as well as they used to..."

Source: http://wapo.st/oVErZV
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Title: "Towns change programs, enlarge street signs to adapt to an older population"
Author: Nick Pandolfo

DUTCH TEST CHARGES DRIVERS FOR USING THEIR PRIVATE CARS

-> According to an Aug. 10th NY Times article, "As Sander Van Dedem recalled watching the charges tick up every 10 seconds on the dashboard meter on the way to the airport, he resolved to try public transportation next time. 'Looking at the money makes you realize that a car isn't always a good idea,' said Mr. Van Dedem, a commercial sales manager for I.B.M. here. But his pricey ride was not in a taxi. He was driving his own Volvo XC60. The car had been outfitted with the meter so that Mr. Van Dedem could take part in a trial of a controversial government tax proposal to charge drivers a fee for the miles they drive. The meter also factors in the cost to society in the form of pollution, traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and wear and tear on roads..."

Source: http://nyti.ms/nm3iaC
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Title: "In Auto Test in Europe, Meter Ticks Off Miles, and Fee to Driver"
Author: Elisabeth Rosenthal


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

WISCONSIN BIKE FED HELPS BRING $2M BIKE/PED BACK TO STATE BUDGET

-> In a July 28th Advocacy Advance blog entry, Darren Flusche asked "How many people can say that they turned $3,000 into $2 million?" Kevin Hardman and the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin can. The Bicycle Federation used a $3,000 Advocacy Advance Rapid Respond grant to support its campaign to restore dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funds cut from the state budget. They were successful. Instead of zeroing out the bicycle and pedestrian line in the budget, the state will spend $2 million over the next two years on bicycle and pedestrian projects..."

For more on this dramatic turnaround story, go to: http://bit.ly/q8J7Wy
Via "Over the Bars in Wisconsin" http://bit.ly/oYkD1y

NEW YORK GOV. CUOMO TO SIGN COMPLETE STREETS BILL INTO LAW

-> According to an Aug. 16th National Complete Streets Coalition blog entry, "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that he would sign the state's Complete Streets (S5411.A/A8366) bill into law. Before the bill unanimously passed in both the State Senate and Assembly, Complete Streets supporters worked tirelessly across New York and within the walls of the Capitol to show the necessity of the bill."

"Along the way, they grew in ranks: support came from AARP and the New York State Association of Area Agencies on Aging; transportation advocacy groups such as Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the New York State Transportation Equity Alliance; public health organizations organized as the New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance; professional organizations American Institute of Architects New York State and American Planning Association NY; environmental advocates Sierra Club and New York League of Conservation Voters; and organizations that represent many who will be implementing the law, the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association and the Association of Town Superintendents of Highways..."

Source: http://bit.ly/oA28VL

SAN FRANCISCO MAY REQUIRE BICYCLE ACCESS IN DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS

-> In an Aug. 8th SF.StreetsBlog entry, Aaron Bialick wrote, "Commercial buildings in downtown San Francisco could be required to provide indoor bicycle parking accommodations under a proposal introduced at last week's Board of Supervisors meeting. 'One of the ways that we can really assure our bikes are safe from theft is to be able to bring them into our buildings,' said Supervisor John Avalos, who has asked the City Attorney's Office to draft the legislation. Providing secure parking would encourage would-be bicycle commuters deterred by the prospect of leaving their bicycle locked to on-street poles and bike racks for hours, where they could be vulnerable to theft. In 2007, police estimated 2,000 to 3,000 bikes are stolen in the city every year, according to the Bay Guardian (http://bit.ly/oJonss)."

"'For many existing commercial buildings, there isn't bike access,' said Avalos, 'and we want to be able to provide that access in the future for cyclists in San Francisco.'...The legislation would "either require commercial buildings to provide space, locker rooms for cycles, or to allow workers to bring bicycles into the buildings," said Avalos, and would be modeled after a New York City law which yielded an estimated 1,764 indoor parking spots just five months after being enacted in 2010..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nM7ZIK
Via Smart Growth Online Newsletter: http://bit.ly/qYNC6W

BLACK HAWK (CO) BICYCLE BAN APPEALED TO STATE SUPREME COURT

-> According to an Aug. 2nd Bicycle Colorado news release, "In a move to ensure freedom to travel on Colorado roads, the ongoing Black Hawk bike ban case has been presented to the Colorado Supreme Court for consideration by the justices to hear the case. The bicycle ban, which the town initiated in 2010, prohibits bicycle travel on most Black Hawk roads and cuts any paved bicycle connection between Central City and the Peak to Peak Highway. The ban also severs a national cycling route, with the nearest detour increasing the distance by approximately 27 miles. The case escalated to the Supreme Court following a district court ruling against the three cyclists originally ticketed for riding their bicycles through the town..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nuEScG

SOUTH BOSTON MAY GET PATH/HIGH SPEED RAIL LINE CROSSING

-> According to the Aug. 9th Union Rider, "The MBTA and the Department of Conservation and Recreation said last week that they have found a way a proposed bike path could safely cross the Mattapan High Speed Line into Mattapan Square, after over a month of negotiations. If this solution is well-accepted, the agency would apply for a $10 million federal stimulus grant to complete three gaps in a proposed 8-mile route all the way from Castle Island to the Blue Hills."

"The new grant idea marks the first time the DCR has combined the Dorchester Coast Trail, the Neponset Greenway Extension in Mattapan, and a third missing section in Hyde Park as one big ask for funding. The first two gaps have been focus points for the union for over a year, working with other advocates in the neighborhoods..."

Source: http://bit.ly/p9lHPa

SWFBUD PRESENTS TRAIL NET PLAN TO TAMPA LEADERS

-> According to an Aug. 11th news release, "SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) is working with Tampa/Hillsborough County elected officials and planning officials to build a unified regional paved trail system that SWFBUD has dubbed the 'BAM (Bicycle Area Mobility) Network.' SWFBUD has identified several proposed regional paved trails and has proposed that Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa partner in building the BAM Network, a regional and unified system of trails that SWFBUD wants to interface with existing roads with bike lanes and bus routes. SWFBUD, which prompted Hillsborough County to initiate a bicycle safety action plan last October, now wants local elected officials and planning staffers to fund a unified trail system that would function like a bicycle highway system to allow bicyclists to get around the Tampa and Hillsborough County area..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qKz7cV


THE RESEARCH BEAT

UMN DEVELOPS PROTOTYPE TO HELP VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEDESTRIANS

-> According to the July/Aug. Research E-News, "Individuals with vision impairments often have difficulty crossing intersections, largely due to the lack of traffic information available to them. Locating the crosswalk, determining when it is safe to cross, and maintaining alignment to the crosswalk are typically the most difficult tasks. Existing accessible pedestrian signals (APS), which indicate the onset of the walk signal at an intersection with audio cues, are often insufficient to help visually impaired pedestrians orient themselves and cross safely."

"In an ITS Institute-sponsored study, University of Minnesota researchers have developed a prototype of a mobile accessible pedestrian signals (MAPS) system to better meet the needs of blind and visually impaired pedestrians. MAPS uses the pedestrian's smartphone to collect traffic signal information and broadcast auditory messages about when it is safe to cross. The research team was led by Chen-Fu Liao, senior systems engineer at the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, and also included former HumanFIRST Program research associate Michael Rakauskas and graduate student Avanish Rayankula..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pbIiDm

NEW REPORT: TRANSPORT DETERMINES HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

-> According to an Aug. 4th Sustainable Cities Collective blog entry, "A study that looks at the true cost of homes found that transport plays a major role in affordability. The District of Columbia Office of Planning, in cooperation with the Chicago-based Center for Neighborhood Technology, released a study that found transportation costs range from $8,500 to $25,000 per household in the D.C. region. The report, 'H+T in DC: Housing + Transportation Affordability in Washington, DC,' investigates how neighborhood characteristics, such as proximity to jobs and access to transit, vary across the region and affect household transportation costs..."

"According to the study, transportation costs can be lower if neighborhoods enable their residents to live without owning a car. 'Our years of research show that transportation costs are a significant part of a household budget-sometimes exceeding housing expenses-and those costs vary significantly depending on where a person lives,' said Peter Haas, chief research scientist for CNT. 'Places that are "location efficient," which offer multiple transportation options and access to amenities, tend to have low transportation costs.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qAdtZd

RESEARCH SHOWS SUNLIGHT EXPOSURE GUARDS AGAINST MYOPIA

-> According to a June 23rd Insiders Health article, "Katherine Rose, leading researcher of visual disorders at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Sciences states that no association has been found between the time spent playing handheld digital games, texting, computer games or games on mobile phones and the development of myopia. But too much time indoors and not enough time outdoors does have an effect."

"Previous studies indicated that outdoor life was good for vision. Other studies from the U.S., Singapore and China seem to confirm that fact. There is a consistent link between how much time is spent outdoors and the prevention of nearsightedness. Sunlight encourages the release of dopamine, which keeps the eyeball from growing longer and resulting in myopia. As much as 10 to 14 hours outside per week plus any hours spent outside during school time is necessary for the preventive effect. Wearing hats or sunglasses doesn't seem to hinder the protective effect of sunlight..."

Source: http://bit.ly/olwlrn
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Title: "Sunlight & Your Kid's Eyes: Research Shows Sunlight Exposure Guards Against Myopia"
Author: Jack F. Bukowski, M.D., Ph.D.


QUOTES R US

THE CLEAR CASE FOR THE GAS TAX

-> "Unless Congress extends it, the 18.4 cents-a-gallon federal gas tax will expire on Sept. 30. Allowing that to happen would be tremendously destructive. It would bankrupt the already stressed Highway Trust Fund, with devastating effects on the country's highways, bridges, mass transit systems and the economy as a whole."

"Reports suggest that some House Republicans may push to let the tax lapse or use the threat of expiration as leverage in the budget wars. This is a dangerous idea. If anything, the tax should rise to maintain a system that constantly needs upkeep -- the backlog of bridges needing repair is estimated at $72 billion -- creates jobs and encourages drivers to buy more fuel-efficient cars..."

New York Times Editorial
http://nyti.ms/qioNwv


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

YOUTUBE VIDEO: "Keith Holt on Bike Shops, Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color"

Keith Holt of Milwaukee Bicycle Works talks about the important role of access to bike shops in encouraging bicycling. Keith was interviewed at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Urban Pathways Initiative Summit in May 2011 in Cleveland.

http://bit.ly/qS8Ovl
Via the Union Rider: http://bit.ly/p9lHPa


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

SPANISH & ENGLISH WEBINARS ON SAFE WALKING SKILLS FOR OLDER ADULTS

The UNC Highway Safety Research Center is offering two free webinars: a Spanish version and an English version addressing safe walking skills for older adults. They describe situations where an older pedestrian is most at-risk of being hit by a car and how the pedestrian can better control these situations.

SPANISH-LANGUAGE WEBINAR: "Cuidando de Nosotros!" Habilidades Para Caminar de Manera Segura

Date: August 29, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m EDT

Presenter: Juan Antonio Ramirez, WalkSanDiego

Host: UNC Highway Safety Research Center with funding from NHTSA

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/n3J7I2

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WEBINAR: "Watching Out for Us!" Skills for Safe Walking

Date: August 23, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Nancy Pullen-Seufert, UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Host: UNC Highway Safety Research Center with funding from NHTSA

Cost: None

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

"Designing and Retrofitting Bridges for Active Transportation"

Date: August 17, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Jacqueline Douglas, LivableStreets Alliance & Nick Jackson, Toole Design Group

Host: APBP

Cost: $50 per site for APBP members, $75 per site for non-APBP members

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/nrsBW3

Contact: Debra Goeks (262) 228-7025 or <info@apbp.org>

"Ensenándoles a los Niños Como Caminar Seguramente Mientras Crecen y Desarrollan" ["Teaching Children to Walk Safely as They Grow and Develop"]

Date: Aug 24, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Presenters: TBD (Presented in Spanish)

Host: UNC Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/qMhPr4

Contact: Caroline Dickson <dickson@hsrc.unc.edu>

"Reaching Out to Students Who Live Too Far to Walk or Bike: Including Bus Riders and Improving Bus Stop Safety"

Date: August 30th 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Julie Childers, Trails for Youth & Bill Hall, UNC Highway Safety Research Center

Host: America Walks and NCSRTS

Cost: None

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

Contact: Caroline Dickson <Mgulley@americawalks.org>

"Making the Case for Trails in Tight Economic Times"

Date: September 22, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT

Presenters: Robert M. Searns, American Trails; Jim Wood, Florida State Parks & Amy Camp, The Progress Fund

Host: AmericanTrails.org

Cost: $25 American Trails members, $45 non-members

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/oKR54R

Contact: American Trails <trailhead@americantrails.org> or or phone: (530) 547-2060

"PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS" Episodes 175 and 176 are now on the Internet.

Episode 175
--We meet the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator.
--We talk with the state Safe Routes To School Administrator.
--We learn about the Florida crossing guard training program.
Source: http://bit.ly/p7J0KV

Episode 176
--We learn about school bus stops in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
--We look at programs to build sidewalks in Port St. Lucie.
--The Florida Bicycle Association holds their annual conference in Lakeland.
--We meet a Sarasota resident who gave up his car for a bicycle.
--We talk with a mother about children walking to school in Miami.
Source: http://bit.ly/ngwxqr


RESOURCES

-> "LUDLAM TRAIL: DESIGN GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS"
Report by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, AECOM and Miami-Dade (FL) County Park and Recreation Department. May 2010. (general info and link to 3.2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qiJS9X

-> "LANE WIDTHS ON URBAN ROADS: FINAL REPORT"
Report by Sinclair Knight Merz for the BicycleNetwork/Bicycle Victoria (AU). 2011 (4.8MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/n2ThY8
Via On Your Bike: http://bit.ly/nIRd8d

-> "U.S. OPINIONS ON HEALTH DETERMINANTS AND SOCIAL POLICY AS HEALTH POLICY"
"Article by Robert & Booske, Univ. of Wisconsin; AJPH Vol 101, No. 9, 1655-1663. September 2011 (abstract and link to article ($))
http://bit.ly/pnuakl

-> "OPTIMISING BIKE SHARING IN EUROPEAN CITIES: A HANDBOOK"
80+ page report by many contributors, for OBIS. June 2011 (7.6MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qYiw5y
Via ECF Newsletter: http://bit.ly/pIcul2

-> "TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS SPENDING: REPORT ANALYSIS OF THE..."
"...States' Use of Federal Funding FY 1992-FY 2010;" by the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse. May 2011 (6.6MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/pflf1y
Via CMAP Soles and Spokes: http://1.usa.gov/mWhAJF

-> "THE HEALTH RISKS AND BENEFITS OF CYCLING IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS..."
"...Compared with Car Use: Health Impact Assessment Study;" article by Rojas-Rueda, de Nazelle, Nieuwenhuijsen (Ctr for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Municipal Institute of Medical Research Barcelona & CIBERESP) & Tainio (Systems Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences); BMJ 2011; 343:d4521. August 4, 2011 (online article)
http://bit.ly/q6llYm

-> "CREATING AN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FRAMEWORK FOR POLICY CHANGE..."
"...in Childhood Asthma: A Grassroots to Treetops Approach;" article by Kreger, Sargent, Arons, Standish & Brindis; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300188. August 11, 2011 (abstract and link to article ($))
http://bit.ly/qAxiWL


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 22-24, 2011, EcoMobility Changwon 2011/World Congress on Mobility for the Future of Sustainable Cities, Changwon, Republic of Korea. Info:
http://bit.ly/oEti5J

-> 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 27-28, 2011, How to Turn a Place Around, New York, NY. Info: Casey Wang, Project for Public Spaces, email: <cwang@pps.org>
http://bit.ly/nfkAdi

-> 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 3-4, 2011, Placemaking: Making it Happen, New York, NY. Info: Casey Wang, Project for Public Spaces, email: <cwang@pps.org>
http://bit.ly/oe9kJU

-> 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

-> November 10-11, 2011, Streets as Places, New York, NY. Info: Casey Wang, Project for Public Spaces, email: <cwang@pps.org>
http://bit.ly/psLr4N

-> 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

-> June 24-27, 2012, 4th Urban Street Symposium, Chicago, IL. Info:
http://bit.ly/mQHvBT
Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://bit.ly/n63f0Z

-> 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 -- DEVELOPMENT OFFICER -- FEET FIRST, SEATTLE (WA)

Feet First, the leading nonprofit organization advocating for the rights and interests of pedestrians in the Washington State, is seeking a new team member to serve as Development Officer.

The Development Officer will be responsible for carrying out the marketing plan adopted by Feet First. Specifically, this includes increasing and cultivating Feet First members and corporate sponsors. The Development Officer would manage the tasks related to membership and development such as seeking out new membership/sponsorship opportunities, entering donations into Salesforce database, pulling the data specified in the marketing plan, drafting fundraising communications, assisting with event planning, and serving as chair of the Marketing Committee.

Details: http://bit.ly/qd0BsF

-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PGM MANAGER -- MN/DOT

Date Posted: 08/10/2011
Closing Date: 08/19/2011
Location: St. Paul

This position in the Office of Transit is responsible for managing the Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program for the State of Minnesota. Resulting in the establishment of equitable project selection, technical support and performance evaluation that ensure federal program goals, policies and procedures are maintained. This position oversees aspects of developing, administering, implementing, and monitoring $2 million annual program budget in accordance with Federal, State, and Mn/DOT policies, guidelines procedures and standards in accordance to keep practices current in the areas of Safe Routes to School.

Details: http://bit.ly/qsLno7

-> GRANTS -- SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES REGIONAL PLANNING GRANTS -- HUD

The Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program supports metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure investments in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to consider the interdependent challenges of: (1) economic competitiveness and revitalization; (2) social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity; (3) energy use and climate change; and (4) public health and environmental impact. The Program places a priority on investing in partnerships, including nontraditional partnerships (e.g., arts and culture, recreation, public health, food systems, regional planning agencies and public education entities) that translate the Federal Livability Principles into strategies that direct long-term development and reinvestment, demonstrate a commitment to addressing issues of regional significance, use data to set and monitor progress toward performance goals, and engage stakeholders and residents in meaningful decision-making roles.

The Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program is being initiated in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), co-leaders with HUD in the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Pre-applications must be submitted by August 25, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT to Grants.gov.

In order to apply for this grant, please ensure early in the process that your organization is registered with Grants.gov. Applicants will also need to know their organization's CCR number and DUNS number and who is the contact person associated with the number and what contact information (address, phone) is on file.

Details: http://1.usa.gov/pS74cc

-> INTERNSHIPS -- BOSTON CYCLISTS UNION -- BOSTON, MA

We are looking for reliable individuals to help us grow our membership and programs. Come build your skills with us and enjoy the Fall on two wheels!

Internships available:

Member Services Intern - This intern will help manage and recruit new members of the union, work with volunteers to plan and organize fundraising house parties all over Boston, and table at bike events and farmer's markets. The ideal candidate will have event planning, sales, or other related experience and have strong communication skills and be comfortable talking with new people.

Communications Intern - This intern will assist in growing BCU's online presence via website, Facebook, Twitter, and Google calendar. May also be asked to edit and/or write articles for The Union Rider, the Union's monthly e-newsletter. Familiarity with social media is a plus. Writing, editing, photography or video experience is preferred.

Graphic/Web design and Outreach Intern - The Graphic/Web design Intern will help maintain and improve bostoncyclistsunion.org, create flyers for upcoming events, help distribute and coordinate Outreach efforts, event promotions, and new publications. Strong InDesign skills and a good eye required. Web design and GIS skills helpful but not necessary.

Details: http://bit.ly/pDeOlP

-> 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

-> 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:
--- Communications Internship
--- Photography Internship
--- Graphic Design Internship
--- Marketing Communication Internship
--- Event Marketing Internship
--- Better Blocks Youth Summer Internship
--- Education Programs Internship
--- High School Transportation Program Instructor
--- Planning/GIS Intership

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


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