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#288 Wednesday, September 28, 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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----- Last-Minute Deal Preserves Enhancement Funding...for Now
----- Communities Across the Country Earn "Walk Friendly" Status
----- Call for Applications: 2011 Safe Routes to School Award
----- We've Got Safe Routes to Schools, Why Not Safe Routes to Universities?
----- 10 Ways Colleges Encourage Students to Ditch Their Cars
----- Got Complete Streets Info in Spanish?
----- Edmonton (AB) Busy on Active Trans Projects

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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----- Chattanooga's Bike-Share on the Way
----- New Mexico Gets New Driver's Manual
----- Bike Walk Mississippi's "I Share the Road" Campaign
----- Installing Philadelphia's First Bicycle Corral
----- League of Illinois Bicyclists Audits Champaign-Urbana Streets
----- Birmingham (AL) Moving Toward Complete Streets
----- Chicago Announces Large-Scale Bike Rental Program
----- 100% of Pittsburgh's Port Authority Buses Now Have Bike Racks

T-H-E--R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H--B-E-A-T
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----- 2010 Bike Commuting Data Released
----- Study: 18% of Australians Bicycle for Transport or Recreation
----- One Downside to Bicycle Commuting: Biker's Lung

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

LAST-MINUTE DEAL PRESERVES ENHANCEMENT FUNDING...FOR NOW

-> In a Sept. 16th DC.StreetsBlog entry, Tanya Snyder wrote, "Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has relented on his push to strip Transportation Enhancement funding from the six-month surface transportation extension, clearing the way for Senate passage last night and a White House signature today. In exchange for releasing his stranglehold on the Senate (and the estimated 80,000 workers that could lose their jobs, at least temporarily, if the FAA bill lapsed) Coburn will get to insert his language into the long-term bill, when this latest extension expires."

"According to CQ Today, Coburn said, 'We've got an agreement that the next bill will be an opt-out for people on enhancements.' James Inhofe, the top Republican on the EPW committee which wrote the bill, 'seems to have played a key role in brokering the deal,' CQ Today reports."

"After the vote, Boxer quibbled with Coburn's description of what will be in the next highway bill. Boxer said she and Inhofe had worked out 'reforms' in the transportation enhancements section of the bill and met with Coburn to discuss them before the deal was worked out. 'We felt he would be pleased with the reforms,' she said. 'It gives flexibility, without doing damage to the important programs in there.' Boxer said Coburn made clear that he was 'not going to vote for any more extensions' but allowed the current highway funding extension to move forward. 'There's not an opt-out,' she said."

"But Coburn's staff disagree. "Sen. Coburn's staff, meanwhile, is alarmed by Boxer's comments. With the Senate out of session for the week, Coburn is back in Oklahoma and his aides are conferring with him. 'Senator Boxer made an agreement with him to include the opt-out provision,' one staffer told Streetsblog. 'The fact that she went on the record saying something that is in opposition to their agreement is concerning.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nBS19X

UPDATE: Fortunately, advocates aren't sitting around waiting for the axe to fall. Before publishing CL 288, we asked James Corless of Transportation for America for an update on the situation. He said, "It's all we worked on for two weeks!" T4America and other dedicated groups are fighting for the cause. For now, take that famous advice from the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "Don't Panic" but keep up with the news! /JW

COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY EARN "WALK FRIENDLY" STATUS

-> According to a Sept. 22nd news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is excited to announce new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) in 10 locations across the nation. The 'Walk Friendly' title means a city or town is being recognized for their success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. PBIC recognizes these 10 new communities for their commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety:"

"GOLD LEVEL: Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA
SILVER LEVEL: Alexandria, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Santa Monica, CA
BRONZE LEVEL: Cary, NC; Corvallis, OR; Davidson, NC; Lee's Summit, MO"

"'We were very pleased to have a great mix of designated communities this round,' said Carl Sundstrom, WFC program manager. 'Through the application process, communities share their best practices and, in turn, we're able to share this information to all of the communities who apply through the technical assistance we provide.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/o6NysP

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2011 SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AWARD

-> According to a Sept. 26th news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for the 2011 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award. The annual Award recognizes a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program for outstanding achievement in improving the health and well-being of an entire generation of school children."

"This year's Safe Routes to School Award will recognize exemplary achievement by a SRTS program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of elementary or middle school students who walk and bicycle to school. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who have made active transportation to/from school an integral part of the school's culture over time. The application deadline is Wednesday, October 26, 2011."

For more info, go to: http://bit.ly/oBcYM9

WE'VE GOT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS, WHY NOT SAFE ROUTES TO UNIVERSITIES?
-- Stephanie Hopp, Union College, Schenectady, NY

-> With ever-rising gas prices and university tuitions on the rise, it seems to be the easiest way to break the bank. As an intern conducting public health research at UCLA, I had little choice when it came to my daily commute -- spend too much money on my automobile, or find a more environmentally, physically engaging alternative: biking. Cycling on busy roads was too dangerous with hundreds of cars, large potholes, and scarce lighting under overpasses. Without a designated area for cyclists, I felt unsafe.

As friend, Debbie Schrimmer, an avid cyclist at UC Davis says, "Bicycling in itself is not inherently dangerous -- it's their interaction with cars that is dangerous." So I searched for alternatives to avoid traffic, and luckily found hidden side streets. But what about students who do not have access to back roads? They are left with one choice -- to use their cars. Each day contributing to freeway traffic and air pollution, and getting limited exercise which could lead to serious health concerns such as coronary disease and obesity.

Movements such as Safe Routes to Schools promotes daily exercise for kids. But why aren't programs like this in place for University students? Biking on university campuses provides many advantages -- saving money on gas and gym memberships, while helping students engage in their communities instead of being isolated in their cars. So why is cycling not more strongly promoted? Cycling to school promotes health and reduces traffic congestion yet many college students are faced with barriers that prevent them from cycling.

To combat this, we need safer routes and to enforce driver education and protocol. In the new school year, I hope to see increased cycling on university campuses by university authorities, students and faculty. It's tough to juggle the busy life of a college student. We deserve "Safe Routes to Universities.""

Ms. Hopp can be reached at <hopps@garnet.union.edu>

10 WAYS COLLEGES ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO DITCH THEIR CARS

-> According to a Sept. 22nd Washington Post blog entry, "Today is World Car-Free Day, and environmentalists are encouraging everyone to walk, bike or take public transit to work or class instead of driving. It's the same message that many college administrators give to students at the beginning of every year. The prime motivations are often logistical (not enough parking), but it's a cause that many students are backing for green reasons."

"Want to reduce the number of cars on your campus? Here are 10 ideas: 1) Make parking spots even more scarce...
2) Keep ticketing...
3) Make environmentalism a way of life, not a mandate...
4) Eliminate bus fares...
5) Make sure your buses run on time...
6) Add more bike racks...
7) Make sure your campus is pedestrian- and bike-friendly...
8) Start a car-sharing or bike-sharing program on campus...
9) Make carpooling easy...
10) Support your environmental clubs..."

Source: http://wapo.st/rkwlGn
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "10 ways colleges encourage students to ditch their cars"
Author: Jenna Johnson

GOT COMPLETE STREETS INFO IN SPANISH?

-> Are you working on getting Complete Streets in your community? Great! But here's a question: is all your information in English? If you're looking for detailed information on Complete Streets in Spanish, check out this page on the National Complete Streets Coalition website:

http://bit.ly/oJuaXx

EDMONTON (AB) BUSY ON ACTIVE TRANS PROJECTS

-> According to a Sept. 15th Taking Steps E-News, "We all know that the season that is not winter is construction season in Edmonton, and that brings with it some frustrations but also some progress. City staff and contractors have been busy with a large number of active transportation projects over the summer City-wide. Sidewalks and connections to orphaned bus stops, curb cuts, shared use pathways, bike racks and on-street bike facilities have been springing up around town."

"The downtown has also been busy with a number of large construction projects on private property as well as streetscape improvement projects on North LRT construction, and work on the Boyle Renaissance. A number of Edmonton neighbourhoods have been getting new sidewalks as part of the process of neighbourhood renewal, and additional enhancements to the livablity of neighbourhoods is being provided by the Great Neighbourhoods Improvement Fund..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qEXQLp


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CHATTANOOGA'S BIKE-SHARE ON THE WAY

-> According to a Sept. 22nd Times Free-Press article, "Chattanooga's progress on the road to sustainability, healthier lifestyles sand greener, cleaner, fun ways to boost urban transportation efficiency and reduce pollution and congestion, is set to take a novel leap. It will begin, in about two months, with the delivery of 300 "bike-share" bicycles, which initially will be stationed at 30 rental kiosks around downtown, from Main Street to the North Shore, the west side to the eastern boundary of UTC's campus..."

"Chattanooga's entry into the Bike-Share program under the city's Outdoor Chattanooga department is being kick-started with a federal-to-state Department of Transportation of $2 million grant to establish the Bike-Share infrastructure of self-pay kiosks and solar-powered, locking bicycle racks. Grants totaling $350,000 from the Benwood, Lyndhurst and McKenzie foundations are being used to purchase the sturdy, seven-gear bicycles."

"Phil Pugliese, bicycle coordinator for Outdoor Chattanooga, emphasizes the usefulness of the Bike-Share program in terms of what advocates call 'the complete street.' It's a meaningful concept. It underscores the use of public space and streets, and society's massive investment in these resources, for the larger range of citizens, activities and amenities that animate a thriving downtown..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rlb4Yg
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Bike-Share on the way"
Author: Staff

NEW MEXICO GETS NEW DRIVER'S MANUAL

-> According to the Fall issue of New Mexico Bicyclist, "We finally have more than one sentence about bicycles in the New Mexico Drivers Manual! Thanks to the diligent work of folks in Santa Fe, we now have more than a single sentence in the New Mexico Driver's Manual about how motorist and cyclists can share the road with each other. Check out the revised Manual (http://bit.ly/pYM9x8), specifically pages 25 & 26. There are also new test questions on the Driver's Test based on the new information in the New Mexico Driver's Manual. Many thanks to Cat Downing, Lisa Miles, Shelley Robinson, Gretchen Grogan of the Santa Fe Bicycle and Trail Advisory Committee; Tom Trowbridge NMDOT Bike Pedestrian & Equestrian Coordinator; and Raul Alvarez and Mac Lewis of the NM Motor Vehicle Department..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nR1zEf

BIKE WALK MISSISSIPPI'S "I SHARE THE ROAD" CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Sept. 24th Bike Walk Mississippi blog entry, "The 'I Share the Road' campaign is tailored to target motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Through this campaign, Bike Walk Mississippi and it's members seek to increase education among the general public and to assist law enforcement officials. Bike Walk Mississippi believes that the 'Share the Road' concept should be addressed from an inclusive and participatory perspective, encouraging a mutual respect from all users of the road. We believe in focusing on the positive and encouraging a concept that many Mississippians pride themselves on: Southern Hospitality. We know that Mississippians are proud of the fact that each resident can play an active role in being hospitable and welcoming to each other. We want to encourage a sense of good-will and friendliness to our fellow citizen and want to be seen as a state that welcomes visitors."

For details, go to: http://bit.ly/nZ6WRZ

INSTALLING PHILADELPHIA'S FIRST BICYCLE CORRAL

-> According to a Sept. 26th Cyclegram article, "As if putting on 'Bike Philly' wasn't enough, we decided to participate in Park(ing) Day on Friday, Sept 16th. Working with the Mayor's Office of Transportation, we installed the city's first bike corral! A custom art rack, called a 'cycle stall' was loaned by Dero Bike Co. to the Coalition and was installed by the Streets Department on Sydenham Street, off Walnut. It holds 14 bikes and cover approximately two parking spaces. The corral has been well received and heavily used. Saris Bike Racks also loaned two 'stadium' racks, which we tested out on the subway grates in front of the University of Arts..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ozekBV

LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS BICYCLISTS AUDITS CHAMPAIGN-URBANA STREETS

-> According to a Sept. 27th News-Gazette article, "Some areas in Champaign-Urbana are better for bicyclists and pedestrians than others, a state advocacy group says, but overall, local governments are doing OK when it comes to making streets safe and convenient for all kinds of roadway users. The League of Illinois Bicyclists last week released an audit of 16 area road segments, which scored an average 70.4 out of 100 possible points awarded for pedestrian, bicycle and crosswalk safety. It is the second such audit the League has generated. Its first, in 2009, studied the Chicago area, where 46 road segments scored an average 52.1 out of 100. 'This area has really done a lot in terms of policy,' said Ed Barsotti, the executive director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pH3xcs
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Bicyclist group rates C-U streets"
Author: Patrick Wade

BIRMINGHAM (AL) MOVING TOWARD COMPLETE STREETS

-> According to a Sept. 21st entry in the National Complete Streets Coalition blog, "The City of Birmingham Planning Commission unanimously adopted a Complete Streets resolution at its regular monthly meeting on September 7, 2011. The resolution encourages the City to design and build roads in a manner that accommodates all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and individual automobiles. 'We've been studying the pros and cons of a Complete Streets policy for several months,' said Birmingham Planning Commissioner Brian Ruggs, who led the Complete Streets study committee. 'I believe we've come up with a statement of principles that will help guide the city in a context sensitive manner that will keep all users in mind when designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining city streets.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pySJ58

CHICAGO ANNOUNCES LARGE-SCALE BIKE RENTAL PROGRAM

-> According to a Sept. 21st Tribune article, "Transferring from a train to a bus stuck in traffic is often the most frustrating and slowest way to finish a commute, prompting Chicago officials on Wednesday to start the wheels rolling on a new 'transit option.' The city and a company to be chosen will launch a bicycle-sharing rental program next summer, spinning toward a goal of providing 3,000 bikes for short-term use between 300 pick-up and drop-off stations, officials said. The program will be expanded in 2013 and 2014 to include an additional 2,000 bicycles and 200 more docking stations...Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised when he was campaigning for office to start a bike-sharing network in his first year, the concept was brought home by former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who borrowed the idea after visiting Paris in 2007 and test-riding a 'Velib' bike there...."

Source: http://trib.in/pi3Z0J
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Title: "City announces large-scale bike rental program"
Author: Jon Hilkevitch

Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://bit.ly/qOvaMm

100% OF PITTSBURGH'S PORT AUTHORITY BUSES NOW HAVE BIKE RACKS

-> According to the Sept. 21st BikePGH eMessenger, "After a full 10 years of dedicated advocacy and leadership, the Fleet is Complete. Here is the story. On Friday the Port Authority will be announcing that their fleet is now completely outfitted with bus-mounted bike racks. This momentous development didn't happen overnight. In fact it took a decade, with many different folks working to better the program. When it all came down to it, though, it was all about advocacy and leadership that made it happen. It took 10 years, but we got there..."

Source: http://bit.ly/q6V5qT


THE RESEARCH BEAT

2010 BIKE COMMUTING DATA RELEASED

-> According to a Sept. 23rd entry in the League of American Bicyclists's Blog, "For the third year in a row, data released by the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey show that more than half of one percent of American workers use a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation to work. While this number represents nearly 40 percent growth since 2000, it also shows that we still have a lot of work to do in making our communities truly welcoming to bicyclists...A look at the country's 70 largest cities shows that the communities that have done the most to promote bicycling through engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation - determined by the League's Bicycle Friendly America program - have seen greater increases in bike commuting over the past decade than non-Bicycle Friendly Communities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qkSx29

STUDY: 18% OF AUSTRALIANS BICYCLE FOR TRANSPORT OR RECREATION

-> According to the Sept. 14th issue of On Your Bike, "On 31 August 2011 the Australian Bicycle Council released the results of the National Cycling Participation Survey. The survey found that in a typical week around 18% of Australians ride a bicycle for transport and recreation with around 3.6 million people riding for recreation, leisure or sport and 1.2 million people making at least one transport journey. The survey was conducted by telephone interviews with a random selection of households across Australia. A total of 9,661 households consisting of 24,858 individuals were interviewed. Respondents were asked when they and other members of their household had last ridden a bicycle, and if in the past week, how often and for what purposes they had ridden..."

Source: http://bit.ly/o0QKPx

ONE DOWNSIDE TO BICYCLE COMMUTING: BIKER'S LUNG

-> According to a Sep 26th Atlantic Cities article, "If you bike to work, you've probably got pretty nice thighs. Your lungs, though, may not be in such great shape. New research has found that bicycle commuters inhale more than twice the amount of black carbon particles as pedestrians making a comparable trip. That healthy bike ride to and from work might be getting you out of a car, but it's not getting you out of the way of the automobile emissions."

"The study, led by Professor Jonathan Grigg from Barts and the London School of Medicine, looked at bicycle and pedestrian commuters in London to determine whether different modes of travel exposed commuters to higher levels of black carbon. By comparing levels of carbon in the lungs of five healthy bicycle commuters to the levels of five healthy pedestrian commuters, the researchers found a large disparity. The bicycle commuters had 2.3 times more black carbon in their lungs. They claim that the probability of this happening by chance is less than one percent..."

Source: http://bit.ly/oikef2
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Title: "One Downside to Bicycle Commuting: Biker's Lung"
Author: Nate Berg


QUOTES R US

-> "A lot of people feel that they want to live in a cul-de-sac, they feel like it's a safer place to be. The reality is yes, you're safer -- if you never leave your cul-de-sac. But if you actually move around town like a normal person, your town as a whole is much more dangerous."
-- Wesley Marshall, P.E., University of Connecticut; "Debunking the Cul-de-Sac,"

http://bit.ly/r16Mj5

-> "Some people said this would be a lot like ripping off a Band-Aid. I liked to say, 'No, it's more like a back wax.' This was taking something that had been more or less the same way for 50, 60 years, then on Friday, it was one way, and on Monday it was completely different."
-- Samuel Scheib, senior planner for StarMetro, Tallahassee's bus system, after dramatically re-routing, the old lines disassembled, combined, renamed, and redrawn.

http://bit.ly/mViIzE

STATS R US

DOES INVESTMENT IN BIKING & WALKING GET US OUR MONEY'S WORTH?

In a Sept. 15th Fresh Energy blog entry, Ross Abbey wrote, "Investment in the infrastructure needed for so-called 'active transportation' (in other words, walking and biking) isn't a huge fraction of government spending. If we're talking slices of pie, bike/walk spending would be, at most, a crumb of crust. Here's how it breaks down: transportation spending makes up less than 2 percent of the federal budget, and biking and walking projects make up less than two percent of that two percent. This is despite the fact that walking and biking account for an estimated 11.9 percent of all trips in the United States and make up 13.6 percent of road fatalities."

"Percent of road fatalities that are pedestrians and bicyclists: 13.6 percent (in 2008)
- Percent of total trips made by walking and biking: 11.9% (in 2009)
- Percent of federal transportation funding for walking and biking: 1-2% (2000-2009); Source: The National Bicycling and Walking Study 2010."

"Bike/walk 'mode share' (the percentage of trips taken by bike or foot) has been gaining on automotive mode share for over a decade. Here in Minnesota the trend is especially dramatic: the number of people walking or biking to work increased by nearly 30 percent from 2001 to 2009, largely spurred by more investments to support safe walking and biking."

"But never mind the voters. Government should be run like a business, right? In this view, governments should only fund projects that have a positive return on investment (or ROI). What are the benefits of investing in active transportation?..."

http://bit.ly/qs4wFu

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WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Location, Location, Location: New Guidance for Locating Schools in a Healthy, Sustainable Way"

Date: October 11, 2011, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Peter Grevatt, US EPA; Renee Kuhlman, Nat'l Trust for Historic Preservation; Cynthia Melde, Arizona Dept of Health Services; Sara Zimmerman, Public Health Law & Policy

Hosts: America Walks & NCSRTS

Cost: None

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

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

WEBINAR "Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation: Public Involvement in the Transportation Planning Process"

Date: October 12, 2011, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Donna Smith, Easter Seals Project ACTION; Mary Grinsfelder, Dallas Area Agency on Aging; James Powell, N. Central Texas Council of Governments; Dan Gadbury, Transportation Systems Change Program

Host: The National Center on Senior Transportation & Easter Seals Project ACTION

Cost: None

Contact: Easter Seals Project ACTION <ESPADistanceLearning@easterseals.com> and put "Public Involvement in the Transportation Planning Process" in the subject line.

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/n26TBI

WEBINAR "Building Capacity and Leadership through an Effective Campaign"

Date: October 19, 2011, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Dan Grunig, Bicycle Colorado; Jeremy Grandstaff, Alliance for Biking and Walking; Sarah Shipley, BikeWalk-KC (Kansas City)

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/otT9Lw

Contact: Dave Cowan <dave@saferoutespartnership.org>


RESOURCES

-> "EUROPE'S VIBRANT NEW LOW CAR(BON) COMMUNITIES""
Report by Foletta & Field, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. Summer 2011 (14MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/nnhreh

-> "THE SHAPE OF SUSTAINABLE STREET NETWORKS FOR NEIGHBORHOODS..."
"and Cities;" report by Marshall & Garrick (U. of Connecticut); for the Congress for the New Urbanism. January 2, 2009 (1.7MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/n2mBG8

-> "STREET NETWORK TYPES AND ROAD SAFETY: A STUDY OF 24 CALIFORNIA..."
"...Cities;" report by Marshall & Garrick (U. of Connecticut); for Urban Design International. February 9, 2008 (1.2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qfUxHW

-> "PLAY MATTERS: A STUDY OF BEST PRACTICES TO INFORM LOCAL POLICY..."
"...and Process in Support of Children's Play;" by many authors; for KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play. 2009 (2.5MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/oYi4DS

Via 8-80 Cities e-Newsletter: http://bit.ly/mUGzqK

-> "CONTRIBUTION OF OBESITY TO INTERNATIONAL DIFFERENCES..."
"...in Life Expectancy;" article by Preston & Stokes (Univ. of Pennsylvania); Am Jrnl of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300219. September 22, 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/qYkr1p

-> "EFFECT OF INTENSITY AND TYPE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON..."
"...Mortality: Results From the Whitehall II Cohort Study;" article by Sabia, Dugravot, Singh-Manoux (INSERM), Kivimaki, Brunner & Shipley (Univ. College London); Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300257. September 22, 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/pgyiRV

-> "REEXAMINING THE DECLINING EFFECT OF AGE ON MORTALITY..."
"...Differentials Associated With Excess Body Mass: Evidence of Cohort Distortions in the United States;" article by Yan Yu, Australian Nat'l Univ; Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300237. September 22 2011, (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/pUUk8D

-> "RAPID INCREASES IN OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY AMONG SOUTH..."
"...African Adolescents: Comparison of Data From the South African National Youth Risk Behaviour Survey in 2002 and 2008;" article by Reddy, James, Funani, Sewpaul (Med Research Council of S. Africa), Resnicow (Univ. of Michigan), Kambaran, Omardien & Masuka (ARCH Actuarial Consulting), Vaughan (Columbia Univ.), & Mbewu (Global Forum for Health Research); Am J Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300222. September 22, 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/npMyjR

-> "PHYSICAL EDUCATION, OBESITY, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT..."
"...A 2-Year Longitudinal Investigation of Australian Elementary School Children;" article by R.D Telford, Cunningham, Fitzgerald, Olive, Prosser, Jiang, and R.M. Telford; Am J Public Health 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300220. September 22, 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/oPg3R7


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!

-> 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

-> February 1-3, 2012, Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference, San Antonio, TX. Info: Robin Stallings, BikeTexas, phone: (512) 476-7433, email: <Robin@BikeTexas.org> & Bud Melton, Texas Trails Network, phone: (214) 828-2144 Ext. 202, email: <BMelton@TexasTrails.org>
http://bit.ly/nxNhpD

-> 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 -- ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- SANDAG, SAN DIEGO, CA

SANDAG's FY 2012 program budget includes goals and resources to begin implementation of regional bikeway projects and supporting programs from Riding to 2050: San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan (Bike Plan).

The Active Transportation Planner will work with a broad cross-section of disciplines including TDM and engineering/construction teams to coordinate projects, programs, and studies related to the development and implementation of active transportation planning initiatives in support of the Bike Plan and elements of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP).

Two limited term (18-24 months) positions currently are available.

Qualifications include a bachelor's degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, geography, public/business administration, or a related field, and one to three years of progressive career development in transportation planning, preferably with an emphasis in non-motorized or active transportation. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

Applications for the limited term Active Transportation Planner positions will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011.

Details: http://bit.ly/nbpcfy

-> RFP -- COLLECTING PED & BICYCLE DATA -- NCHRP
Posted Date: 9/19/2011

NCHRP 07-19
Methods and Technologies for Collecting Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data

Funds: $400,000
Contract Time: 24 months (includes 3 weeks for NCHRP review and approval of the Task 2 detailed plan, 1 month for NCHRP review and approval of the interim report, and 3 months for NCHRP review and for contractor revision of the final report)
Authorization to Begin Work: 3/15/2012 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Nanda Srinivasan, phone: (202) 334-1896; email: <nsrinivasan@nas.edu>
RFP Close Date: 11/17/2011
Fiscal Year: 2012

Details: http://bit.ly/q127aR

-> RFP -- PEDESTRIAN CROSSING TREATMENTS -- NCHRP
Posted Date: 9/15/2011

NCHRP 17-56
Development of Crash Reduction Factors for Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossing Treatments

Funds: $500,000
Contract Time: 24 months (includes 1 month for NCHRP review of the Task 3 technical memorandum, 2 months for NCHRP review and approval of the interim report, and 3 months for NCHRP review and for contractor revision of the final report)
Authorization to Begin Work: 4/1/2012 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Lori L. Sundstrom
Phone: 202/334-3034
Email: <lsundstrom@nas.edu>
RFP Close Date: 11/3/2011
Fiscal Year: 2012

Details: http://bit.ly/o03blO

-> 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 -- 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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