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#287 Wednesday, September 14, 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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----- To Enhance or Not to Enhance Transportation?
----- Inflation, Not Bike Sharing, is Why the Gas Tax Isn't Enough
----- Submit Your Tiger III Pre-Applications Now!
----- APBP Pro Development Seminar Early Registration Discount Extended
----- Walk21 Pre-Conference Workshop on School Transportation Set
----- Spring 2012 SRTS Mini-Grant Call for Applications
----- NCSRTS Announces 25 Fall 2011 Mini-Grant Recipients
----- Good News: Bike Share Leads to More Bike Buying
----- 600 Attended Minneapolis Nat'l SRTS Conference
----- Europe's "Life Cycle" Project Ends

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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----- Federal Government 'Forces' Mobile AL to Consider Bicyclists
----- Indianapolis Opens "Indy Bike Hub YMCA" Sept. 14th
----- Organizations Launch Denver-Area "Bikes for Life" Program for Kids
----- MASSDOT and State RMV Bringing Bicyclist Safety to Drivers
----- In Traffic-Choked L.A., a Car Lane Given to Bicycles
----- Florida Bicycle Assn. Hires Former Davis (CA) Coordinator
----- BWTC's 10 Design Elements that Can Transform Your City
----- Judge Rejects Groups' Effort to Remove NYC Bike Lane

T-H-E--R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H--B-E-A-T
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----- Climate Report Links Extreme Weather Events to Global Warming
----- Study: Houston Walking School Bus Program Shows Results

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- Regional and Local Actions
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

TO ENHANCE OR NOT TO ENHANCE TRANSPORTATION?
by Mark Plotz

-> That is the question before our lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, as both houses of Congress consider a six-month extension of the current surface transportation authorization (SAFETEA-LU). Transportation pundits differ in their prognostications: some say the vote will be straightforward; others expect familiar names to use the moment to score points with their base at the expense of cyclists, pedestrians, and anything else that doesn't require fossil fuels to move. Senator Coburn (R-OK) has already put the cyclists and pedestrians of this country on notice that he intends to attach an amendment to the transportation bill that would strip it of the Transportation Enhancements program.

The Transportation Enhancements (TE) program remains the single largest source of Federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs. Every attack made on the program, no matter how cynical, is an existential threat: if TE is stripped during an extension, the chance of TE reappearing in a new transportation bill is near zero. Those readers interested in showing their support for TE can do so by contacting their Senators via the League of American Bicyclists' website <http://bit.ly/nOpvhx>.

The Senate must act by midnight Friday, September 16. As you may already suspect, should TE survive this vote, we don't expect program opponents to go home; more attacks will come, November's appropriations being the next available opportunity to chip away at the program. Program opponents are using this moment to shine a (selective) spotlight on waste and to trumpet the jobs that will be created by shifting TE funds to build more roads and bridges. Our response must be to not only correct the misstatements and distortions about TE, but to also make the case that TE projects help connect people to jobs, they lower the cost of transportation, they are more efficient job creators than road projects, and that the Federal government should be building a transportation system that works for everyone.

For more information on Transportation Enhancements, including the TE Myth Factsheet, see America Bikes: http://bit.ly/mWYuIr

For the latest coverage of the transportation extension see Streetsblog: http://bit.ly/nNbsO1

INFLATION, NOT BIKE SHARING, IS WHY THE GAS TAX ISN'T ENOUGH

-> According to a Sept. 7th Greater Greater Washington article, "Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) recently railed against urban bike sharing, blaming it, pedestrian funding, and more for the gas tax not covering all transportation needs. But the real problem is that the gas tax is bringing in less revenue than in the past. Virginia, Maryland, and DC are also raising record low amounts of revenue, adjusted for inflation, compared to almost any time in the history of their gas taxes."

"Cantor says that federal bicycle and pedestrian funding in FY 2011 was around $1 billion. He claims that we spent $53 billion on highway and transit projects, which are the only types of transportation projects he considers appropriate. That means we spent 1.85% of our transportation budget on bikes and peds. Unfortunately, the gap in our transportation budget is much larger than $1 billion."

"The actual problem with the highway and transit trust funds is inflation. The federal gas tax was last raised in 1993. And since a penny buys less every year, so does the gas tax. The federal motor fuel tax rate is currently 18.4¢ per gallon. That's the highest it's ever been in nominal dollars. But if we adjust for inflation, we see that in January 1994, 18.4¢ was worth 28¢ in 2011 dollars. That's a reduction of 34% in the value of the tax..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qXHCSC
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Title: "Inflation, not bike sharing, is why the gas tax isn't enough"
Author: Matt Johnson

SUBMIT YOUR TIGER III PRE-APPLICATIONS NOW!

-> According to an Aug. 27th Sustainable City Network article, "On Friday, August 12, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the final notice of funding availability for the 3rd Round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program in the Federal Register. This supersedes the Interim Notice for TIGER III that was published on July 1, 2011. The final TIGER III Notice can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/pYIIHF"

"There are no substantive policy changes in the TIGER III final notice...The TIGER III program will award a total of $526.9 million to projects for the funding of highway, bridge, transit, port and passenger and freight rail projects. The pre-application deadline is October 3, 2011, and the final application deadline is October 31, 2011..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nbalfO

APBP PRO DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT EXTENDED

-> According to a Sept. 13th APBP announcement, "Good news! Early registration for the best sustainable transportation conference in 2011 has just been extended through September 30. Join bicycle and pedestrian staff, consultants, engineers, planners, landscape architects, policymakers, advocates, and many others at APBP's Professional Development Seminar in Charlotte, N.C., October 24-27. Complete Streets is the focus of this year's PDS and Charlotte is a living laboratory where participants can explore textbook policy and exemplary implementation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qwKBkj

WALK21 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SET

-> In a recent note, Omar Bhimji of Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions wrote, "I'm organizing a pre-conference workshop to the Walk21 conference in Vancouver in October on school transportation. The workshop will focus on three issues -- rural schools, working with high schools and road safety -- and will (we hope) be attended by conference delegates and local transportation staff, practitioners and professionals."

You can find more information about the workshop here: http://bit.ly/obSYOV

SPRING 2012 SRTS MINI-GRANT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

-> According to a Sept. 7th announcement, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each. These mini-grants support the goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, which is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, students, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments. Mini-grants fund activities that range from the nuts and bolts that help start or sustain a program to new ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe walking and bicycling. Selected mini-grant proposals will fit a school's identified needs and interests around safe walking and bicycling. The mini-grant activities should occur between January 1, 2012, and the end of the Spring 2012 semester."

Applications are due Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

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

NCSRTS ANNOUNCES 25 FALL 2011 MINI-GRANT RECIPIENTS

-> According to an Aug. 30th news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today the selection of 25 recipients of $1,000 mini-grants for projects designed to encourage safe walking and bicycling to school. The mini-grant activities, many of which are driven by student leadership, will occur during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 school year..."

The selected 25 mini-grant recipients included schools in Los Angeles (CA), Rancho Cucamonga (CA); Sacramento (CA); Highlands Ranch CO); Maitland (FL); Orlando (FL); Marietta (GA); Chicago (IL); Arlington (MA); Revere (MA); Marquette (MI); Virginia Junior High School (Virginia, Minn.); Bay Head School (Bay Head, N.J.); North Plainfield School District (North Plainfield, N.J.); Ladera Elementary School (Farmington, N.M.); Aspen Elementary School (Los Alamos, N.M.); Maggie Cordova Elementary School (Rio Rancho, N.M.); Carl Ben Eielsen Middle School (Fargo, N.D.); Maryetta School (Stillwell, Okla.); Willard Elementary (Philadelphia, Pa.); Zavala Elementary School (Austin, Texas); Galax (VA); Clarksburg WV); & St. Croix Falls (WI).

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

GOOD NEWS: BIKE SHARE LEADS TO MORE BIKE BUYING

-> According to the Sept. 8th European Cyclists' Federation newsletter, "From ECF's Perspective, what we're noticing among both our members and our corporate sponsors is that bike sharing systems are improving the image of cycling. They promote cycling as a normal activity, and getting more people out of their cars and onto bicycles. Any city that wants to be seen as a forward thinking city has been quick to add a PBSS (Public Bike Share System) to the transport mix. They're popping up in London, Dublin, Barcelona, Paris and Melbourne, all of which are not normally coined 'Bicycle Cities'."

"This normalization is good news, and is most definitely good for business. Our members across Europe have been quick to tell us that these bike share systems encourage private bicycle usage. In Paris, for example, consumers have bought more than 2 million bicycles since the city launched its huge Velib bike share program. 'They can never provide enough bikes to significantly alter the percentage of modal share but they can bring people back onto their private bikes and offer a transport "complement" whenever it is needed' says Janet Büttner, Coordinator of the OBIS project which produces significant research European bike share systems..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qF9Qzo

600 ATTENDED MINNEAPOLIS NAT'L SRTS CONFERENCE

-> According to the Sept. Safe Routes to School E-News, "The 3rd Safe Routes to School National Conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from August 16-18. It brought together 600 advocates and leaders from throughout the US to energize their Safe Routes to School planning, strengthen their networks and to elevate the vision of how we all can create healthier and safer kids and communities. Special thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota for doing a fabulous job hosting the well-organized and fun conference..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pIrbPR

EUROPE'S "LIFE CYCLE" PROJECT ENDS

-> According to the final edition of the LIFE CYCLE newsletter, "After three years of work, the LIFE CYCLE project ended on May 31th, 2011. The project consortium of 10 groups from 9 countries can look back on three milestones implemented during the project life cycle: the Best practice Handbook, the Implementation Manual as well as 15 innovative and successful cycle promotion actions, fostering cycling in all age groups, from kindergarten children to seniors."

"Over 30,000 participants aged 6 to 86 took part in the LIFE CYCLE activities! Among others, kindergarten programmes for the youngest, school actions to communicate the fun of cycling to pupils, bike to work campaigns dealing with health and monetary advantages of cycling to work as well as actions encouraging senior cycling were implemented. LIFE CYCLE's new brochure gives a complete overview, as well as contact information for all partners..."

For more about LIFE CYCLE, go to: http://bit.ly/pqvJIg

Source: http://bit.ly/n4E4l8


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 'FORCES' MOBILE AL TO CONSIDER BICYCLISTS
by Mark Plotz

-> Readers of CenterLines will be familiar with NCBW's ongoing interest in Mobile, Alabama, and the surrounding countries of Mobile and Baldwin. NCBW, through the Active Living Resource Center program, began working with Charlene Lee and Wendy Allen of Smart Coast in 2009, on the Healthy Coastal Connections (HCC) Project. In the two years that followed, the Wonder Women have helped pass a number of complete streets policies, and have illuminated the previously unseen and much neglected pedestrians and bicyclists of the area. They have also served as a persuasive voice for transit and the aforementioned modes in matters of regional transportation planning. Knowing and working with them has been an inspiration.

When retelling the story of Mobile, we at NCBW are often asked: Why Mobile? The answer simple: the area's health trends are a bellwether for the United States (not in a good way), while the area's transportation planning and investments lag a generation or more behind. In short, the advocates in Mobile are on the frontline in turning around the car and obesity culture of the southeastern United States.

The latest news from Mobile seems to confirm just this: the Federal Highway Administration, which is providing 80 percent of the funding for the project in question, recently rejected a proposed roadway widening because the project's Environmental Impact Statement did not show an adequate consideration of bicyclists. The road in question-Zeigler Road-is a key east/west arterial in the city, and has within a 0.5 mile radius several schools and a number of parks. Thanks to the oversight of FHWA, the City's engineers and the planners are now back at the drawing board adding bike lanes, while the area's MPO is gathering public input on its first ever comprehensive bicycle/pedestrian plan.

I guess even the Wonder Women occasionally need a helping hand from a big brother.

The rest of the story from the Mobile Press-Register: http://bit.ly/mP14if
The political controversy generated by this decision: http://bit.ly/pXbN4S
The Healthy Coastal Connections Project: http://bit.ly/oKmsmk

INDIANAPOLIS OPENS "INDY BIKE HUB YMCA" SEPT. 14TH

-> According to a Sept. 1st news release, "The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and Bicycle Garage Indy (BGI) are inviting the public to its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Indy Bike Hub YMCA. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am, September 14 at the City Market, 222 E. Market Street (east wing). Tours will be available immediately following the ceremony. Mayor Greg Ballard, City of Indianapolis, will be attending the event and is expected to make remarks. The Indy Bike Hub YMCA, located in the east wing of Indianapolis City Market, is the site of a unique bicycle parking and fitness facility, the first of its kind in the country: a bicycle commuter hub and full fitness facility."

"This facility supports bicycle commuters with secure indoor bicycle parking for 148 bicycles, locker rooms, showers, full service bicycle shop and provides downtown Indianapolis workers, residents and visitors with a full service fitness center...'We are grateful that the City of Indianapolis is entrusting the Y with such a unique and worthwhile project,' said Eric Ellsworth, President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. 'The opening of the Indy Bike Hub Y is the perfect opportunity to get the citizens of Indianapolis moving and to help us begin our journey in being one of the top 10 healthiest cities by 2025.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ncxB1C

ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH DENVER-AREA "BIKES FOR LIFE" PROGRAM FOR KIDS

-> According to an Aug. 31st Bicycle Newswire article, "UnitedHealthcare, Children's Hospital Colorado and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge are launching a new program, Bikes for Life, that will provide 1,000 bicycles and 1,000 helmets to Denver-area kids over the next three years. 'Bikes for Life' will promote the health benefits of cycling to Denver-area youth, helping curb the growing prevalence of childhood obesity."

"The three organizations share a commitment to building healthy communities and fostering healthy lifestyles early on for children, and the 'Bikes for Life' program will encourage cycling as a healthy and safe activity for children in the Denver area. Along with donating bicycles and helmets to Colorado youth, the program will feature a strong safety education component to help ensure bike recipients understand the rules of the road and the importance of wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Bicycles will be donated to children who meet criteria established by the partnering organizations..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pgNDeS

MASSDOT AND STATE RMV BRINGING BICYCLIST SAFETY TO DRIVERS

-> According to the Sept. 9th edition of MassBike Quick Release, "As part of our ongoing work with MassDOT, this year MassBike has been expanding our cooperation with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. In May, our collaboration resulted in a revised Go By Bike brochure, released during Bay State Bike Week. But there have been two other notable milestones in our work with RMV this year: important bike safety additions to the Driver's Manual and on the licensing written test. The RMV worked with MassDOT and MassBike to release a new version of the Driver's Manual (English) (Spanish) that for the first time includes information for drivers about how to safely interact with bicyclists."

"In response to the 2009 Bicyclist Safety Act spearheaded by MassBike, the 'Rules of the Road' section of the manual now specifically talks about motorist behavior in the presence of bicyclists (such as how to pass and turn safely and the danger of dooring). These changes are also specifically referenced in an expanded 'Sharing the Road' section right at the beginning of the manual (along with a very strong statement that motorists must respect and protect bicyclists on the road), and again in the 'Safety First' section. This is an important step toward ensuring that motorists drive more safely around bicyclists, and we will continue to work with the RMV to better integrate this information throughout the manual..."

Source: http://bit.ly/r9gDxi

IN TRAFFIC-CHOKED L.A., A CAR LANE GIVEN TO BICYCLES

-> According to a Sept. 9th L.A. Times article, "In a city known for traffic gridlock, deliberately eliminating an entire lane for cars could be politically dubious. But that's just what officials did Thursday as they unveiled Los Angeles' newest bicycle lane, a 2.2-mile stretch along 7th Street from Catalina 'Hold on to your hats, folks, we're actually removing a lane for a car -- in favor of a bike lane -- in Los Angeles,' City Councilman Ed Reyes said during a news conference at MacArthur Park. 'By doing so, we, as a city, are changing the way we see bicycles, as not only a recreational vehicle but as a legitimate form of public transportation.'"

"Cycling advocates cheered the news as one of the strongest indications yet that Los Angeles is slowly introducing more paths for those pedaling on two wheels. Officials estimate some 27,000 Angelenos ride a bicycle daily. 'It's really symbolic,' said Allison Mannos of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. "It's not only showing that L.A. is changing overall and becoming more bike-friendly as a city...[but] we're able to bring [bike lanes] to areas where people are depending on their bikes every day.'..."

Source: http://lat.ms/rgu4rn
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Title: "In traffic-choked L.A., a car lane is given to bicycles"
Author: Ari Bloomekatz

FLORIDA BICYCLE ASSN. HIRES FORMER DAVIS (CA) COORDINATOR

-> According to a Sept. 4th News-Journal article, "When Tim Bustos became head of the Florida Bicycle Association this year -- an organization he describes as 'the AAA of bicycling' -- he set up shop in DeLand. The former California bicycle transportation planner sees Volusia County, the home of Bike Week, as just the place for another kind of biker. The group, founded in 1987, advocates for bicyclists, teaches bicycle safety and generally encourages cycling. Part of its funding comes from Florida's 'Share the Road' license plates. It has more than 2,000 members and an annual budget of about $200,000...Bustos worked for a dozen years as a bicycle and pedestrian planner in Davis, Calif. 'The most bike-friendly city in America,' he says proudly..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pWUd0N
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Title: "State's cycling advocate puts kickstand down in DeLand"
Author: Mark Lane

BWTC'S 10 DESIGN ELEMENTS THAT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR CITY

-> According to the Sept. 8th edition of the Bike Walk Twin Cities Monthly E-Newsletter, "During the recent National Safe Routes to Schools Conference in Minneapolis, [BikeWalk Twin Cities's] Steve Clark and Shaun Murphy from the City of Minneapolis led a tour bicycling design elements, several of which were funded by the nonmotorized transportation pilot. A version of this list was given to participants on the tour."

"(1) Bike Sharing System...(2) Colorized Bike Lanes/ Priority Bike Lanes...(3) Buffered Bike Lanes (aka Cycle Tracks)...(4) Road Diets...(5) Off-street facilities through parks, or along rail corridors...(6) Bike/Walk Centers or Stations...(7) Plentiful Bicycle Parking...(8) Bicycle Boulevards (aka bike streets)...(9) Improved Crossings for walkers and bicyclists...(10) Advisory Bike Lanes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qMeX0O

JUDGE REJECTS GROUPS' EFFORT TO REMOVE NYC BIKE LANE

-> According to an Aug. 16th New York Times article, "A judge on Tuesday dismissed an effort by Brooklyn residents to remove a hotly contested bicycle lane installed by the city on Prospect Park West, in one of the most closely watched controversies over a signature policy of the Bloomberg administration. The decision represented a significant victory for the city and its transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, whose campaign to create streets more oriented to pedestrians and bicyclists has divided New Yorkers and prompted a fierce political debate. The judge, Bert A. Bunyan of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, found that the residents' lawsuit was filed after the statute of limitations had expired for a legal challenge to the lane, a mile-long, two-way path installed last summer along one of Brooklyn's wealthiest boulevards..."

Source: http://nyti.ms/nucQ9H
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Title: "Judge Rejects Groups' Effort to Remove Bike Lane"
Author: Michael Grynbaum

Via Street Headlines: http://bit.ly/ouKMnX


THE RESEARCH BEAT

CLIMATE REPORT LINKS EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS TO GLOBAL WARMING

-> According to a Sept. 8th USA Today article, "Heat waves, droughts, blizzards and the the rest of the year's U.S. record-breaking extreme weather, likely enjoyed a boost from global warming, suggests a climate report. Hurricane Irene this year pushed the U.S. yearly record for billion-dollar natural disasters to 10, smashing the 2008 record of nine. In the 'Current Extreme Weather and Climate Change' report, released today by the Climate Communication scientific group, leading climate scientists outlined how increasing global atmospheric temperatures and other climate change effects -- triggered by industrial emissions of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide and methane -- are loading the dice for the sort of extreme weather seen this year..."

Source: http://usat.ly/oDdauI
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Title: "Climate report links extreme weather events to global warming"
Author: Dan Vergano

STUDY: HOUSTON WALKING SCHOOL BUS PROGRAM SHOWS RESULTS

-> According to an Aug. 22nd WebMD article, "A recent study of [walking school bus] programs showed that participating students increased the amount and intensity of their physical activity, a big step toward stemming rising rates of childhood obesity. The research, which appears online in Pediatrics, followed 149 fourth-graders from eight schools in Houston, over a five-week period. Seventy children were randomly assigned to board the walking school bus while the other 79 students relied on their usual transportation methods to get to class. Unlike previous studies, many of the children were ethnic minorities and came from low-income households. All the boys and girls involved in the study lived within a mile of school and wore accelerometers, a gadget that measures how much time each child spent being active and the intensity of the activity..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qwBNwh
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Title: "Walking School Bus Programs Take Off"
Author: Cari Nierenberg

Via Minnesota Active Living Network News: http://bit.ly/oemJE8

Ed. Note: The study mentioned was listed in CL 286:
"THE WALKING SCHOOL BUS AND CHILDREN'S PHYSICAL ACTIVITY..."
"...A Pilot Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial;" article by Mendoza, Watson, Baranowski, Nicklas, Uscanga & Hanfling; Pediatrics, (doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3486). August 22, 2011 (abstract and link to article ($))
http://bit.ly/q1uUmt


QUOTES R US

-> "At the aging boomer cutting edge, what are they interested in? For boomers, preferences split almost down the middle. Half of the 50-60 somethings want to move to a larger house in a semi rural area. They wanted to build their "Dream House," the house they wanted all their lives, but deferred it to raise their children. The other half want to move to a central urban area with a walkable, transit-accessible life style. They want easy access to shopping, food, music, art, and health care..."

-- Tom Downs, chairman of the North American Board of Veolia Transportation and former Amtrak president
http://bit.ly/opGiCw

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT

"There is a story that has travelled incredible distances and, perhaps more than anything else, given the unassuming Wiltshire town of Swindon cause to be discussed across the world. It's not a famous person or a particular achievement. In fact, it's far more mundane than that: it's a roundabout."

"The Magic Roundabout is a fabled, almost mythical entity discussed in hushed tones by American road enthusiasts already wary of Britain's many fast, multi-lane roundabouts. Stories of it are swapped with fear and trepidation among those planning a trip to Swindon. Guide books that would otherwise have no reason to mention the place find room for a paragraph or two when this little junction is concerned..."

http://bit.ly/nu3jXn


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "The 2011 National Walking Survey and Impacts to Health Policies"

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

Presenters: Scott Bricker, America Walks & Susan Polan, APHA

Host: America Walks, APHA & APBP

Cost: None

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

Contact: Scott Bricker <sbricker@americawalks.org> & Eloisa Raynault <eloisa.raynault@apha.org>

WEBINAR "Creating BUZZ Around Your SRTS Event"

Date: September 20, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Caroline Dickson, National Center for Safe Routes to School; Rosie Stern, Michigan Fitness Foundation; Katy Jones, UNC Highway Safety Research Center

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

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/qQf6Dw

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

WEBINAR "Creating Walkable Streets: An Overview of Legal Issues"

Date: Sept 22, 2011, 1:00 to 2:39 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Sara Zimmerman, JD, NPLAN; Manel Kappagoda, JD, MPH, Public Health Law & Policy; Scott Bricker, America Walks

Host: PHLP Webinars

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/ox08we

WEBINAR "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


RESOURCES

-> "GETTING A FAIR SHARE FOR SAFETY FROM THE HIGHWAY SAFETY...""
"...Improvement Program (HSIP), Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy Case Studies;" report by Advocacy Advance (the League of American Bicyclists & the Alliance for Biking & Walking). May 2011 (546KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/nnEgsa

-> "SMART CONGESTION RELIEF: COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF TRAFFIC..."
"...Congestion Costs and Congestion Reduction Benefits;" report by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. September 3, 2011 (409KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qP4fuU

-> "WALKING SEGMENTATION: INTRODUCTION AND DESCRIPTION"
Report by Steer Davies Gleave; for Transport for London. February 2011 (3.2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qlTmsX

-> "FEDERAL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM PROGRESS REPORT"
Report by the National Center for Safe Routes to School; for FHWA. August 2011 (2.8MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/r5phXW


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!

-> September 9-23, 2011, Architecture Week, Washington D.C. Info: Mary Fitch, AIA DC, phone: (202) 667-1798; email: <mfitch@aiadc.com>
http://bit.ly/peE3qC

-> 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 11-12, 2011, Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque, IA. Info: Michelle Balek, Sustainable Dubuque, City of Dubuque, phone: (563) 589-4110; email: <mbalek@cityofdubuque.org>
http://bit.ly/nVfWz4

-> October 12, 2011, Moving Together: Advancing Healthy Transportation with GreenDOT Boston, MA. Info: The Baystate Roads Program, phone: (413) 545-5403, fax: (413) 545-6471, email: <info@baystateroads.org>
http://bit.ly/o4Thtj

-> 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 24, 2011, Workshop: Smart Trips: How to Encourage Travel Options, Charlotte, N.C. Info: Debra Goeks, the Assn of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, phone: (262) 228-7025; email: <info@apbp.org>
http://bit.ly/oT0Wxr

-> October 24, 2011, Workshop: Designing for All Ages: Healthy Living in Place, Charlotte, N.C. Info: Debra Goeks, the Assn of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, phone: (262) 228-7025; email: <info@apbp.org>
http://bit.ly/oLsPAR

-> October 24, 2011, Workshop: Toward Zero Deaths: What Does TZD Mean for Bike/Ped Professionals? Charlotte, N.C. Info: Debra Goeks, the Assn of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, phone: (262) 228-7025; email: <info@apbp.org>
http://bit.ly/nkHs1e

-> October 24, 2011, Mobile Tour of Greenville and Spartanburg SC: Greenville's Evolution from Mill Town to Vibrant Village, Charlotte, N.C. Info: Debra Goeks, the Assn of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, phone: (262) 228-7025; email: <info@apbp.org>
http://bit.ly/pGaxwn

-> October 24, 2011, Mobile Tour of Davidson NC: Small Town, Big Reputation: What Does Livability Look Like in Davidson? Info: Debra Goeks, the Assn of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, phone: (262) 228-7025; email: <info@apbp.org>
http://bit.ly/r7rMwl

-> October 25-27, 2011, APBP Professional Development Seminar: Complete Streets Design and Implementation, Charlotte N.C. Info: Debra Goeks, the Assn of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, phone: (262) 228-7025; email: <info@apbp.org>
http://bit.ly/oHYa1I

-> 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 5-7, 2011, California Bike Summit, Los Angeles, CA. Info: California Bicycle Coalition, Jim Brown, Communications Director, phone: (916) 446-7558; email: <jimbrown@calbike.org>
http://bit.ly/qmEG0k

-> 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

-> May 9-12, 2012, CNU 20: The New World, West Palm Beach, FL. Info: Sandrine Milanello. Events Director email: <smilanello@cnu.org>; Benjamin Schulman, Communications Director email: <bschulman@cnu.org>
http://bit.ly/r35AAW

-> 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

-> July 17-19, 2013, 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Info: Delft University of Technology
http://bit.ly/oHrzAE


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 -- SUPV OUTDOOR REC PLANNER -- NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Job Announcement Number: NPS-WASO-HQ-11-511839
Salary Range: $123,758.00 - $155,500.00 /year
Open Period: Friday, September 09, 2011 to Friday, September 30, 2011
Series & Grade: GS-0023-15
Position Information: Full Time Career/Career Conditional
Promotion Potential: 15
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC
Who May Be Considered: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Job Summary: Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite the past, our cultures, and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

Details: http://1.usa.gov/padc7T

-> JOB -- ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGER -- BOULDER (CO)

Posting Start Date: 08/19/11 12:00 AM Mountain Time
Posting End Date: 09/09/11 11:59 PM Mountain Time

Pay Grade: MGMT-G
Hiring Range: $69,250 to $83,120 (DOQ)
Salary: $69,250.00 - $110,800.00 Annually

Position End Date: N/A
Work Schedule: M-F, 8 to 5; Salaried position - above 40 hours per week is not compensated and may be required.
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Park Central Building, 1739 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado
Department: Public Works

Under general supervision, to coordinate all phases of assigned Transportation Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), and capital maintenance projects and to perform related duties as required.

Details: http://1.usa.gov/nfnC1t

-> JOB -- DEV & COMMUNICATIONS MGR -- LOCAL MOTION, BURLINGTON VT

Local Motion is hiring a Development & Communications Manager, who will work closely with the Executive Director to plan, manage, and execute a wide range of fundraising activities. He/She will be responsible for our e-Newsletter, Member Bulletins, mailings, Facebook, Blog, and Twitter posts. We're looking for someone with at least 3 years of fundraising experience, passion for bike/ped issues and great writing skills.

Local Motion is a Greater Burlington, VT, non-profit promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities. Founded in 1999, our membership organization is going through an exciting growth phase as we expand our popular initiatives such as the Safe Streets Collaborative, Bicycle Recycle Vermont, trail development, bike ferry service, our Trailside Center, online Trail Finder, and many outreach events. Building an active culture of bicycling and walking in Northwestern Vermont is the unifying passion of our 9 year-round and many seasonal employees, our 15-member Board and our 1,100+ area members. We are the largest bike/ped advocacy and education organization in the country for a region of this size, have a great deal of visibility, and are highly regarded in the community.

Details: http://bit.ly/oKHJDQ

-> 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

-> 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 Fall Internship
--- Better Blocks Coordinator Internship

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


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