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#289 Wednesday, October 12, 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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----- Long Beach: the Most Bicycle Friendly City in the U.S.
----- Project for Public Spaces Wins EPA Sustainable Communities Grant
----- Long-Term Funding for Trails and Bike/Ped Facilities Still in Doubt
----- Take the National Survey on Ped/Bike Data and Prioritization!
----- 2011 Oberstar SRTS Award: Call for Applications
----- Vote for the Top 100 Public Spaces in the U.S. and Canada
----- 2012 Trans Planning Excellence Awards Open for Nominations
----- Adventure Cycling Awarded $100K in Grants for Program Work
----- Fixing Broken Sidewalks
----- Registration Open for San Diego New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
----- Velo-City Global 2012 (Vancouver, BC) Call for Proposals
----- Combating Obesity with Street Design
----- Vancouver's Separated Bike Lanes More Popular than Ever

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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----- How #1 Bike City, Minneapolis, Beat Portland, San Francisco & Boulder
----- Missouri Schools Get New "Walk/Bike to School Savings Calculator"
----- Boston to Provide Hubway Bikes to Low-Income Residents for $5/Yr
----- Montana's Walk to School Day a Huge Success
----- Nashville Area Sees More Walking & Bicycling
----- Bike Commuting Growing in Houston
----- $33 Million Goes to N. San Francisco Bay Smart Train & Pathway
----- NYCDOT's Sadik-Khan & TA's Steely White Receive Jane Jacobs Medal

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----- Pollution Still Kills Children
----- NYC Study: More Cycling, Fewer Injuries

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

LONG BEACH: THE MOST BICYCLE FRIENDLY CITY IN THE U.S.
by Mark Plotz

-> After you rub your eyes, and recheck the headline for the missing question mark, you may be wondering how you missed this one. Your next question may be how Long Beach earned this designation. The answer: Because they said so. If you disagree, please direct any and all complaints, protests, and comments to the office of Mayor Bob Foster. Before committing your thoughts to paper or email, I should also mention that the Mayor rides 100 miles a week in his city, and he's got a handshake that suggests he could make origami out of his bike any time he chooses. Think: more Longshoreman, less Lance. As if the Mayor's assurance wasn't enough, the most bicycle friendly city claim is also repeated on the outside wall of City Hall where it appears beneath a beautiful metal rendering of a high wheel bicycle.
<http://twitpic.com/6yun5z>

Long Beach has charisma (see below); and they didn't bolt that bike to the wall of City Hall the day before my visit (I checked); but how deep does their commitment go toward following words with action? That was the question I mulled over as I biked along the Pacific Ocean on a Friday afternoon two weeks ago. (It was for work: Long Beach is hosting Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012®!) <http://twitpic.com/6yvhn5>

First, there are great places to ride. There are bike boulevards, trails and greenways, cycletracks, bike lanes, and-best of all-sharrow lanes that are painted green <http://twitpic.com/6yun6e>. Long Beach recently won an ITE award for that last innovation. Several of these facilities were built in 24-36 months using local funds.

Second, there are great destinations to explore on foot. Downtown is very walkable, featuring a transit mall with light rail and bus service, a Bike Station, the pedestrian-only Promenade, and a great mix of housing, retail, and commercial development. The PWPB conference hotel is right in the middle of the action. Outside the downtown, there are a number of mixed use neighborhoods, each with its own character. The bench and a parklet in Retro Row is one example of the fine grain touches that reward the pedestrian. <http://twitpic.com/6yun5n>

Third, there is an effort to build a bike culture in the city. I saw lots of really cool custom cruiser bikes as I explored the city. That's always a good sign that a city is meeting the needs of the 'Interested, but concerned' cyclists. The City has installed 1,000 racks, with another 1,000 to go. All students in the diverse city of half-a-million will receive bicycle safety education. Here's the Long Beach version of the poor man's tandem: <http://twitpic.com/6yun6f>

Fourth, there are unique partnerships between local government and the business community. The City developed, promotes, and manages four bicycle friendly business districts. In these areas, ample bike parking is available and bikes have been provided for local businesses to make deliveries. Do you think you could convince your local businesses to do this: <http://twitpic.com/6yun7l>

Fifth, and most importantly, during my visit to Long Beach I met some very bright and dedicated people who understand Long Beach's potential to become the most bicycle friendly city in the United States. Heading the talented Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012® local host committee is Charlie Gandy, Mobile Coordinator for Long Beach. Charlie has a long history of working on all sides of the bike/ped question: as a consultant, as an advocate, as an elected official, and as city staff. If you are unfamiliar with Charlie, check out his TEDx talk on the charismatic city: <http://bit.ly/pdWcKj>

We think that Long Beach is going to be one of the new and interesting stories of a city evolving over the next decade to find its sustainability niche. More on this idea in future editions of CenterLines…

Learn more about Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012®:
http://www.bikewalk.org/2012conference/index.php

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES WINS EPA SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES GRANT

-> According to a Sept. 29th PPS Blog entry, "We're excited to announce that PPS has received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to provide technical assistance to communities seeking to implement sustainable and smart growth development and programs. This project is funded by US EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems."

"Three other nonprofit organizations have received competitively awarded grants under this program this year to help communities get the kinds of development they want -- Cascade Land Conservancy, Global Green USA, and Smart Growth America. This grant will make it possible for us and our partners at the newly formed coalition Livability Solutions to work with even more communities around the country, helping them to enhance livability, to create lasting economic and and environmental improvements, and to effect positive change in the public and social health of their residents..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pTQVkN

LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR TRAILS AND BIKE/PED FACILITIES STILL IN DOUBT

-> According to the Oct. edition of Trail Tracks, "While specific language in both the House and Senate transportation spending bills have not yet surfaced, trail advocates are concerned. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) talked up his House proposal to eliminate requirements for states to spend money on Transportation Enhancements. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) held up the funding extension, also objecting to what he called 'beauty enhancements.' Trail advocates have been urging local project sponsors to tell their story to Congress on why bicycle and pedestrian facilities are important..."

Source: http://bit.ly/oszMVh

TAKE THE NATIONAL SURVEY ON PED/BIKE DATA AND PRIORITIZATION!

-> In an Oct. 6th announcement, Jim Elliot of the Toole Design Group wrote, "Your input is needed! Toole Design Group is conducting a national survey on methods communities use to analyze pedestrian and bicycle data and prioritize funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects."

"The survey is part of NCHRP Project 07-17 Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation along Existing Roads. It is intended for a broad range of stakeholders, including states, MPOs, counties, local jurisdictions of all sizes, transit agencies, public works and utilities departments, colleges and universities, school districts, private sector transportation professionals, academics, non-profits, activists, and others. The results will likely impact other research projects."

The survey will close on November 4, 2011. For more information, contact Peter Lagerway at <plagerwey@tooledesign.com>.

To complete the survey, go to: http://bit.ly/pTLy2Y

2011 OBERSTAR SRTS AWARD: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

-> According to a recent NCSRTS announcement, "Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award. The 2011 Award will recognize outstanding achievement by a local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of elementary and/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 Safe Routes to School Award recognizes SRTS programs for outstanding achievement in improving the health and well-being of an entire generation of school children. The Award is given annually by the National Center for Safe Routes to School to an exemplary SRTS program in the United States..."

The application deadline is Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Source: http://bit.ly/pEhQ6w

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

VOTE FOR THE TOP 100 PUBLIC SPACES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA

-> According to an Oct. 3rd Project for Public Spaces announcement, "It's time for a little friendly competition. Together with our buddies at Planetizen, we're inviting you to name the Top 100 Spaces in the United States and Canada. You can nominate a place, or vote for one that's already on the list, over at Ideascale. (You do have to register, but it's quick and painless.) Voting goes on until October 15, and then Planetizen will share the results. So, what makes a place great? Well, we look for four very simple but critical qualities: accessibility; comfort and positive image; a range of activities and uses; and sociability. In other words, it should be an attractive place you can easily get to (and get into). A place where there are a lot of engaging things going on. A place where connecting with other people happens naturally and often. A place that makes you feel good. You know the kind of place we're talking about..."

Details: http://bit.ly/nRZy9y

2012 TRANS PLANNING EXCELLENCE AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS
Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, 2011

-> According to an Oct. 3rd USDOT announcement, "The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) Program recognizes outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices. Winners represent a variety of planning organizations from across the county, and will receive awards at the TRB Summer Meeting in 2012 on the West Coast (location TBD). This biennial awards program is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration..."

Details: http://bit.ly/pEPfOO

ADVENTURE CYCLING AWARDED $100K IN GRANTS FOR PROGRAM WORK

-> According to an Oct. 4th release, "Adventure Cycling Association, North America's largest cycling membership organization, announced the receipt of four new grants totaling $100,000 to support its efforts to create what will be the world's largest official bicycle network: the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The grants came from a number of prominent foundations and a leading cycling business: $45,000 from the Tawani Foundation; $30,000 from the SRAM Cycling Fund; $15,000 from the Surdna Foundation; and $10,000 from the Lazar Foundation. The grants from Tawani, Surdna, and Lazar focus on the U.S. Bicycle Route System. The grant from SRAM will support Adventure Cycling's work on the USBRS, as well as its efforts to help understand and organize the bike-travel industry..."

Source: http://bit.ly/r2WkdV

FIXING BROKEN SIDEWALKS
by Donald Shoup

-> According to a recent ACCESS article, "Public infrastructure often decays invisibly, and we are shocked when a bridge gives way or a water main breaks. Sidewalks, however, decay right before our eyes and under our feet. Perhaps because sidewalks fail gradually rather than collapse spectacularly, many cities have neglected sidewalk repairs and have let neighborhoods become less walkable. In Los Angeles, for example, 4,600 of the city's 10,750 miles of sidewalks need some degree of repair at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. Despite this backlog, the city fixed an average of only 67 miles of sidewalks a year between 2000 and 2008. Even if sidewalks miraculously stopped breaking, at that pace it would take 69 years to repair all the existing damage. Broken sidewalks make the city less accessible, especially for the blind and those who use wheelchairs, canes, or walkers. Accessible sidewalks have emerged as an important legal issue since the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2002 that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to sidewalks..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nqICJf

Via CMAP Weekly Update http://bit.ly/oU5hWv

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SAN DIEGO NEW PARTNERS FOR SMART GROWTH CONFERENCE
February 2-4, 2012

-> According to an Oct. 4th announcement, "The multi-disciplinary program includes over 100 plenaries, breakouts, workshops and trainings, and will feature cutting-edge policies and programs, projects, best practices, as well as strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of implementing smart growth development principles."

"Other conference features include:
-- 13 tours of local model projects;
-- Coordinated networking opportunities;
-- Accreditation for AICP planners, Landscape Architects, and Attorneys;
-- Additional optional pre-conference workshops and tours;
-- Spanish translation for several sessions;
-- On-site Internet Café; and
-- So much more!..."

Details: http://bit.ly/nakwtz

VELO-CITY GLOBAL 2012 (VANCOUVER, BC) CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> According to a recent Velo-City Global announcement, "We are seeking proposals from political leaders, government officials and staff, researchers, professionals, advocates and business people from around the world that address Velo-City Global 2012's conference and program themes. In addition to those covering the themes, we encourage a wide diversity of perspectives by inviting proposals from all fields relating to cycling. In particular, presentations introducing innovative research, concepts and solutions, including those that go beyond the themes from a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, cycling cultures and organizations are most welcome. The conference theme, Cities in Motion, will spotlight communities that are enabling and encouraging people of all ages to choose cycling as a daily form of active transportation and recreation..."

Important dates:
Deadline for Submitting Abstract: November 15, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: January 15, 2012
Early Registration Deadline: March 31, 2012

Source: http://bit.ly/q4dVuk

COMBATING OBESITY WITH STREET DESIGN

-> According to an Oct. 6th Atlantic Cities article, "Almost a quarter of adults in Los Angeles County are overweight. It's a problem the local public health department is trying to solve in various ways, from healthy eating campaigns to physical activity programs. Now, officials are taking that fight to the streets. Literally. Today, the county's Department of Public Health is releasing its 'Model Design Manual for Living Streets,' a guide intended to make streets more active, usable, and healthy for residents. Essentially it's urban planning as an anti-obesity measure, and its authors want every city to use it. The idea that the built form of a city influences the health of its residents has been taking hold in a lot of cities recently. The design of streets is particularly relevant. For example, a street designed with no sidewalks, no crosswalks, and six lanes of cars rushing by at 60 mph will discourage pedestrians from walking there. Streets with wide sidewalks, shaded areas and safe distances between cars, on the other hand, are more likely to see people walking..."

Source: http://bit.ly/r4fprg
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Combating Obesity with Street Design"
Author: Nate Berg

VANCOUVER'S SEPARATED BIKE LANES MORE POPULAR THAN EVER

-> According to a Sept. 26th Spacing Vancouver article, "The past few days I've had a tough time finding a spot to park my bike at work. The large bike corral at Dunsmuir and Seymour seems to be jam packed every morning by 9 am. This anecdotal evidence makes me think cycling is on the rise downtown, but the data nerd in me needs to see some hard numbers. Consequently, the City of Vancouver recently published the bike lane counts from the separated lanes on Dunsmuir, Hornby, and the Burrard Bridge. It's a fascinating data set to analyze and the trends are encouraging, but before I go too deep into the numbers here's a few quick highlights: the Burrard Bridge has seen over 1 million bikes pass over it in the past year (1,020,216); the Dunsmuir separated bike lane saw year-over-year increases of 17% in July and a whopping 43% in August; there were more cycling trips over the Burrard Bridge on July 9 than cyclists who rode the GranFondo to Whistler (7619 vs 7000)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nX3iw4
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Vancouver's Separated Bike Lanes - More Popular Than Ever"
Author: Christopher Porter


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

HOW #1 BIKE CITY, MINNEAPOLIS, BEAT PORTLAND, SAN FRANCISCO & BOULDER

-> In the Oct. 6th Bike Walk Twin Cities E-Newsletter, Jay Walljasper wrote "People across the country were surprised last year when Bicycling magazine named Minneapolis America's '#1 Bike City,' beating out Portland, Oregon, which had claimed the honor for many years. Shock that a place in the heartland could outperform cities on the coasts was matched by widespread disbelief that biking was even possible in a state famous for its ferocious winters. But this skepticism fades with a close look at the facts. Close to 4% of Minneapolis residents bike to work according to census data. That's an increase of 33% since 2007, and 500% since 1980. At least one-third of those commuters ride at least some days during the winter, according to federally funded research conducted by Bike Walk Twin Cities. Even on the coldest days about one-fifth are out on their bikes'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/p1jbzO

MISSOURI SCHOOLS GET NEW "WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL SAVINGS CALCULATOR"

-> According to a Sept. 29th MoBikeFed news release, "Thousands of Missouri schoolchildren will be walking and biking to school during Walk to School Month (October) and on International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 5th. How much does walking and biking to school benefit our students and our communities?"

"'Walking and biking to school is one of the best ways to keep kids healthy, happy, and performing well in school,' said Brent Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation. 'We've known this for a long time, but we now we can can see the numbers in an easy-to-use online calculator.' The calculator shows that a child who bikes a mile to and from school every day will, over the course of a year..."

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/oDNaTU

BOSTON TO PROVIDE HUBWAY BIKES TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS FOR $5/YR

-> An article in the Oct. 7th edition of the Union Rider asks, "Broke? Job hunting? Would you benefit from a quick and easy way to get around quick in Roxbury, Downtown, Mission Hill, Longwood, Fenway, the South End, Back Bay, North End and Allston? Behold the $5 bicycle! Save that bus fare. Park that car. This bike stays well-maintained all year, has a basket, and is always shiny. There's even a headlight and a taillight. Only three catches: It only lasts one year (unless you choose to renew), disappears from December to February, and you can only ride it 29 minutes or less at a time (or it will cost you a little extra). That's the basic pitch of the Boston Public Health Commission's new plan to subsidize 600 Hubway memberships for low-income Boston residents by the end of this year..."

Source: http://bit.ly/r2SPHr

MONTANA'S WALK TO SCHOOL DAY A HUGE SUCCESS

-> In the Oct. 10th Montana SRTS News, Taylor Lonsdale wrote "Walk to School Day was a huge success this year! This year we saw record breaking participation from all over the state. We had 39 events registered in 16 towns this year."

"Here are the numbers that we have had reported thus far.
-- Ronan 270
-- Butte: Whittier 313 of 423
-- Butte: Emmerson 230 of 420
-- Bozeman: Hawthorne 272 of 324 (123 bikes and 149 walkers)
-- Whitefish 324
-- Fort Benton 145..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qAMqp7

NASHVILLE AREA SEES MORE WALKING & BICYCLING

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Tennessean article, "Almost 50 percent more bicyclists and pedestrians were counted at Middle Tennessee intersections last week compared with a similar one-day count in 2009, according to data compiled by the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. As part of a day of counting in more than 100 cities, volunteers observed 23 intersections in Nashville and surrounding counties during peak morning and afternoon travel times on Sept. 13, tallying more than 5,800 trips. That's up from 3,900 trips two years earlier, during the area's first such count. 'The data will help the MPO understand where pedestrian features such as sidewalks, bikeways and crossings are needed and might be funded, and what changes have followed in places where features have been installed,' said Leslie Meehan, MPO senior planner for walking and bicycling. 'We're seeing people out there walking and bicycling as part of recreation, and as part of exercise, but especially as part of transportation,' she said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/oYFcTW
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "More cyclists, walkers counted in Middle TN"
Author: Tony Gonzalez

BIKE COMMUTING GROWING IN HOUSTON

-> According to a Sept. 29th Transportation Nation article, "As Houston city officials look at ways to relieve congestion on the freeways, they're encouraged by figures from the League of American Bicyclists showing a 62% jump in the number of bike commuters. The idea of cycling to work isn't always an easy sell in a city known for its car culture and extreme summertime heat, but City of Houston Bicyclist-Pedestrian Coordinator Dan Raine is touting the benefits of leaving your motor vehicle at home - or getting rid of it altogether. Houston currently has around 460 miles of bikeways covering a huge geographic area (around 500 square miles). Bikeways include designated lanes on city streets, as well as popular bike trails that meander along waterways and pass through shady parks. Other trails run along rail beds and through historic neighborhoods..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pMPWUt
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Selling Bike Commuting in Houston"
Author: Gail Delaughter

Via http: Transportation and Public Health eNewsletter Talking Transit http://bit.ly/oPDAaz

$33 MILLION GOES TO N. SAN FRANCISCO BAY SMART TRAIN & PATHWAY

-> According to the Oct. 5th edition of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's eNews, "On September 28th the Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved $33.1 million in regional funds for the SMART train and pathway. These funds complete the funding necessary for building the initial operating segment of the SMART train and pathway system from San Rafael to Santa Rosa. SMART recently provided the MTC with a balanced funding plan -- a key part of the basis for the decision. SMART will now move forward to issue bonds and will soon be issuing construction contracts for the initial operating segment of the project..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qpdxPC

NYCDOT'S SADIK-KHAN & TA'S STEELY WHITE RECEIVE JANE JACOBS MEDAL

-> According to a Sept. 15th Wall Street Journal article, "For the past five years, the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation has awarded the Jane Jacobs Medal to New Yorkers who have a dedication to building community, taking on tough issues and working with or fighting against local government. The medal, named after urban activist and critic Jane Jacobs, who died in 2006, will be presented to four recipients this year. Honorees are selected by a jury and awarded a cash prize, this year in the amount of $50,000 per recipient. The Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism will go to Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, and Paul Steely White, Executive Director of nonprofit Transportation Alternatives. Ms. Sadik-Khan's cash prize will be donated to the New York City Department of Transportation Safe Streets fund and Mr. White's prize will go to his organization to support programs on pedestrian safety..."

Source: http://on.wsj.com/pTYZjQ
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Prizing a More Livable City"
Author: Melanie Grayce West


THE RESEARCH BEAT

POLLUTION STILL KILLS CHILDREN

-> According to an in the Sept. 29th edition of Transport & Environment, "Children's lives are still at risk from air pollution, and better traffic regulation and awareness of weather conditions can help tackle the problem. Those are the findings of an American study that looked at the potential of further reductions in local pollutants to reduce the risk of infant mortality. The authors concluded that ambient pollution levels, specifically particulate matter, still have large impacts on weekly infant mortality rates, and that monitoring the weather to measure pollution levels is also of great importance..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rhqUOm

NYC STUDY: MORE CYCLING, FEWER INJURIES

-> According to a Sept. 29th Mobilizing the Region article, "Earlier this week, two Hunter College professors released a study showing that between 2007 and 2010, approximately 1,000 pedestrians were injured by cyclists. Those so inclined have heralded this study as proof that bicycles on streets mean less safe streets. Though the number of injuries is higher than previous academic estimates, as Streetsblog and others have pointed out, the study also shows that the number of pedestrian injuries has decreased even as the number of bicyclists has increased. Furthermore, looking at bike/pedestrian crashes in New York City, the study uncovers an interesting pattern. The authors note that the 'place of residence of individuals involved in pedestrian-cyclist accidents parallels exactly the ranking of the location of all pedestrian deaths in New York City.'..."

For details, go to: http://scr.bi/rpQ5Hp

Source: http://bit.ly/ogrrvO


QUOTES R US

-> "It will not be news to anyone who is reading this that the United States remains in the midst of the deepest economic crisis in my lifetime. (I guess it turns out that you can't start two major wars while cutting taxes and failing to regulate financial institutions, at least not without paying a steep price. Surprise.) Getting out of this mess and becoming more economically resilient will require a basket of solutions, including a serious look at the way we have been growing our cities and towns..."
-- Kaid Benfield, the Natural Resources Defense Council

http://bit.ly/pX7BeB

-> "There's a populism inherent to biking. Most of the people I see biking where I live in Queens are not flannel-wearing hipsters; they are working-class people just getting around town. It's a transit choice more than a lifestyle choice."
-- Michael Murphy, Transportation Alternatives; in "The Rise of Urban Biking" (Oct. 17th edition of The Nation)

http://bit.ly/pLb7wS

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

YouTube Video: MVHS YOUTH IN DEADLY TRAP - MAKE TRUMAN SAFE AGAIN

-> "At Mountain View High School, Truman Avenue in Mountain View on-street parking recently replaced where students used to bicycle to school."
http://bit.ly/qzqAjl

INAUGRAL SYDNEY (AU) BIKE MECHANIC SHOWDOWN!

-> "Eight of Sydney's finest bike wrenches went head-to-head in a mechanical battle royalé to determine the fastest mechanic in the land!"
http://bit.ly/r8thbp


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Designing Healthy Communities: Uniting the Missions and Perspectives of Public Health and Urban Planning"

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

Presenters: Richard Jackson, UCLA & Mary Pittman, Public Health Institute

Host: Public Health Institute

Cost: None

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

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

-> "UNDERSTANDING WALKING AND CYCLING: SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS..."
"...and Recommendations;" report by Pooley, Tight, Jones, Horton, Scheldeman Jopson, Mullen & Chisholm; for EPSRC, Univ. of Leeds, Oxford Brookes Univ. & Lancaster Univ. September 15, 2011 (abstract & link to 2.4MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/nDNa8f

-> "EVALUATION OF BIKE BOXES AT SIGNALIZED INTERSECTIONS"
Report by Dill, Monsere & McNeil, Portland State University; for the City of Portland & OTREC; OTREC-RR-11-06. January 2011 (general info & link to 7.2MB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/oRexNk

-> "PEDESTRIAN-CYCLIST ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK STATE: 2007-2010"
Report by Tuckel & Milczarski, Hunter College. September, 2011 (Scribd online version & link to 1.5MB pdf)
http://scr.bi/rpQ5Hp

-> "STRATEGIES FOR ENHANCING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT TO SUPPORT..."
"...Healthy Eating and Active Living;" report by Lee, Mikkelsen, Srikantharajah & Cohen; for the Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership. 2008 (2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/obpRmW

Via: http://bit.ly/oPDAaz

-> "CONNECTING THE D-O-T-S - A GUIDE FOR CONNECTING WITH YOUR..."
"...Department of Transportation;" report by David Cole; for NADO, Ctr for Trans Advancement and Regional Development & FHWA. September 2011 (general info & link to 2.3MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/pEEcmp


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 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, 2011, YES-Kaiser Permanente THRIVE Walk/Ride Event, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
http://bit.ly/pkAdCP

-> 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!

-> JOBS -- REGIONAL POLICY MGRS -- SRTSNP

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is looking for four (4) energetic and dynamic professionals to work as Regional Policy Managers in Southern California (2 positions), the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington, DC area.

The primary goal of the Regional Policy Managers is build, strengthen and maintain networks of diverse organizations and individuals to advocate for improved transportation funding allocations and policies for Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling in conjunction with their regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and its surrounding jurisdictions. Specific attention will be provided to improve policies for walking and bicycling for children and families, especially lower-income communities most vulnerable to childhood obesity. In addition to regional policy work, the Regional Policy Managers will provide technical assistance at the local level to select communities receiving Kaiser Permanente community investments.

Required qualifications include: a bachelor's degree; knowledge of Safe Routes to School, transportation and/or health issues; a minimum of two years proven success in an advocacy/communications position; experience in public speaking; and a strong background in writing. Successful candidates will work from their home office in their geographic-specific region. The position of Regional Policy Manager is initially funded for two years. The salary is in the range of $50,000 to $60,000, depending on experience, plus benefits. Please refer to the job announcement for specific details on applying. Telephone inquiries are not accepted.

Details: http://bit.ly/nFxBeC

-> JOB -- COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR -- AMERICA BIKES

America Bikes for Biking & Walking, the coalition of grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking a Communications Coordinator to help raise the profile of our work to create, strengthen, and unite the grassroots biking and walking advocacy movement. Under the supervision of the America Bikes President, the fellow will coordinate multiple components of the America Bikes communications. Responsibilities include writing, editing, and layout of America Bikes communications, managing the website, creating America Bikes' social media and Internet presence, and more. This position is based in Washington, DC. The salary starts in the mid thirties and includes vacation time, holidays, and health insurance.

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. Anticipated start date is mid November- December 1, 2011.

Details: http://bit.ly/o3rcgR

-> 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

-> 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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