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#290 Wednesday, October 26, 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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----- Trans. Enhancements under Attack ("Bikers for Bridges" Launched?)
----- Apply Now for Free Tech Assistance from PPS & Livability Solutions!
----- APBP Announces 2011 Award Winners at Professional Development Seminar
----- ESPA Accepting Applications for Accessible Trans Coalitions Initiative
----- Nelson\Nygaard Opens its DC Presence
----- "Messy Street Patterns" Boost Cities' Walkability
----- ACA Announces National Bicycle Travel Award Winners
----- Decreasing Fatality Rate in Belgian Traffic
----- Moscow Builds its Very First Bicycle Lane (or an Obstacle Course?)

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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----- New Roads Post-storm Make New Orleans Cycling City
----- Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day in Birmingham (AL)
----- The Wash. State War on Kids, the Elderly and Other People Who Walk
----- Wrapping up Successful First Year of Safe Routes Philly Program
----- Washington Co. (MN) County Approves $1M for Browns Creek Trail
----- Tennessee Obesity Task Force Pushes Lean, Mean Laws
----- MassDot Celebrates Safer Roads, Sidewalks with Local Schools
----- Mannequins in Chicago Remind Pedestrians to Be Safe
----- What Does a Bridge in Milwaukee Mean for Bicycling in Wisconsin?

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----- Study: Parents Who Hover Impede Kids' Activity
----- Walking with Headphones: Only Dangerous Sometimes

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

TRANS. ENHANCEMENTS UNDER ATTACK ("BIKERS FOR BRIDGES" LAUNCHED?)
by Mark Plotz

-> On November 1, 2011 the US Senate will finalize the transportation appropriations bill that will set transportation funding levels for FY2012. At that time, Senator Ron Paul (R-KY), who represents a state where 67 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, where 21 percent of children and adolescents are obese, where 30 percent of the population is physically inactive, and which ranked as the 33rd most bike-friendly state, is expected to introduce a bill permitting states to move Transportation Enhancements funds over to bridge repair. A reasonable person, at first blush, might think this a sound idea: put the money where it's needed; avoid unnecessary government mandates to build things people don't want. It sounds good until you realize that the states already seem to have more bridge repair money than they know what to do with: last year, state DOTs returned $530M of it to the Federal government.

If the states neither need, nor use the money they've got for bridge repair, then why is Senator Paul interested in providing license for state DOTs to zero-out Transportation Enhancements? The answer to that question can be found in the pages of CenterLines #182, published Wednesday, August 22, 2007 in which Secretary of Transportation, Mary Peters, first draws that dubious link between bridges falling down and transportation funding spent on bike paths. Read that classic here (http://bit.ly/mThyZq) and be sure to read Bill Wilkinson's subsequent and deserved rebuke of the Secretary's comments. Senator Paul's proposed amendment is an unfortunate distraction of our focus from the real threat to the safety and well being of Kentuckians: physical inactivity, and streets that are unsafe for pedestrians. As of 2007, Kentuckians lived over 2 years less than the national average, and during the last decade, more than 500 pedestrians lost their lives on Kentucy's streets.

Last month, 75,000 of you let the Senate know the value of Transportation Enhancements. Please continue to be loud and proud in your support for walking and biking. The League of American Bicyclists makes it easy: http://capwiz.com/lab/home/

Health and safety data sources:
Trust For America's Health's How Obesity Threatens America's Future: http://bit.ly/uwWalu
Kaiser Foundation's State Health Facts: http://bit.ly/rGH4Kx
T4America's Dangerous by Design: http://bit.ly/vMi3sY

APPLY NOW FOR FREE TECH ASSISTANCE FROM PPS & LIVABILITY SOLUTIONS!

-> In an Oct. 25th announcement, Project for Public Spaces asks "Has your community set goals for achieving improved livability, smart growth, or sustainability? Are you running into barriers in achieving these goals? Applications for free technical assistance are now available on the Livability Solutions website! See http://bit.ly/uEb8Za"

"Project for Public Spaces is excited to announce that applications for free technical assistance to address this challenge are now available on the Livability Solutions website. We will be offering this technical assistance with our partners at Livability Solutions thanks to a grant from the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities' Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. We are looking for applications from communities with a strong interest in and commitment to livability, smart growth, and sustainability principles, but who face a significant challenge or barrier to moving forward. This targeted technical assistance will provide selected communities with tools and improved capacity to achieve the livability, smart growth, and sustainability goals they have set, and engage them with a network of other communities working toward similar goals and facing similar challenges."

"We will be working with our partners at Livability Solutions to lead one- and two-day workshops to assist selected communities in implementing sustainable and smart growth development and programs. We will be using time-honored approaches -- such as our Power of 10 method of inventorying and mapping a community's place-based assets -- as well as innovative new strategies for transportation and land-use planning that create better places, such as the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Housing and Transportation (H+TŪ) Affordability Index. With our unique suite of tools, we can help communities through the process of implementing better places to live that are also more sustainable. For more information on this technical assistance, and instructions for how to apply, please see the Livability Solutions website. For inquiries, contact <livabilitysolutions@pps.org>."

"This assistance 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..."

Source & details: http://bit.ly/uEb8Za

APBP ANNOUNCES 2011 AWARD WINNERS AT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR

-> According to an Oct. 25th release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announced the winners of its annual awards program to honor excellence in the profession. The awards were presented at APBP's annual meeting in conjunction with the 2011 Professional Development Seminar held in Charlotte, N.C. Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Mary Meletiou, retired from NCDOT and ITRE and Tom Huber, retired from WisDOT and now with Toole Design. Nicole Freedman, City of Boston, was honored as the Professional of the Year -- Public Sector, and Marc Jolicoeur of Velo Quebec received the Professional of the Year -- Private Sector award. Young Professional of the Year was awarded to Brian Graham, City of Greenville, S.C."

For details, download a 114KB doc file here: http://bit.ly/sgTwIl
Source: http://bit.ly/v4gpQi

ESPA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ACCESSIBLE TRANS COALITIONS INITIATIVE

-> According to a recent announcement, "Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) will select ten communities through a competitive application process to participate in the Accessible Transportation Coalitions Initiative (ATCI). ATCI is a systems change model designed to improve accessible transportation options for people with disabilities. Selected communities will receive on-site facilitation and targeted technical assistance during a two-day event to learn the ATCI model and develop an accessible transportation plan. ESPA will continue to provide targeted technical assistance over the subsequent year while communities implement this plan..."

Source: http://bit.ly/nr35Le
See also: http://bit.ly/pny6ZJ

NELSON\NYGAARD OPENS ITS DC PRESENCE

-> According to an Oct. 25th announcement, "Nelson\Nygaard now has an office in Washington DC! Nelson\Nygaard has been active in the Washington DC planning community for over a decade. They have helped the District of Columbia recommend updated parking requirements, plan for Transit Oriented Development, and identify Transportation Demand Management strategies. The firm has also created a new transit plan and assisted with station area plans for Arlington County; analyzed new parking standards for Montgomery County; revised Alexandria's Transportation Demand Management program and worked in various MWCOG projects throughout the region. In addition to continuing our efforts from New York, Boston, and the West Coast, we'll now offer Washington DC a local presence with immediate access to the region..."

Source: http://bit.ly/uFQKjH

"MESSY STREET PATTERNS" BOOST CITIES' WALKABILITY

-> According to an Oct. Vancouver Sun article, "When novelist Charles Dickens went out for a walk, it was nothing unusual for him to cover more than a dozen miles in a night through the streets of London. And while no one at the Walk21 conference taking place this week in downtown Vancouver likely expects the average person to top that, the conference is providing information on how fostering walking can improve modern cities. The conference, being attended by more than 500 delegates and speakers from more than 20 countries, is being held at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue."

"Allan Jacobs, author of Great Streets, a consultant on urban design and a former director of San Francisco's city planning department, gave a presentation Tuesday entitled The Magic of Messing it Up: Making Automobile Streets More Walkable. Jacobs argued that cities that have the most complex and messy street patterns provide the most walkable and enjoyable experiences for visitors and residents. He listed cities that have numerous intersections per square mile as a guide to their walkability. For example, San Francisco has 300 intersections in the Market Street area, making that street almost a non-vehicle street, he said, along with Paris (281), Tokyo (988), Savannah, Ga., (538) and Portland, Ore. (341)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/uSL2mp
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Title: "Messy street patterns boost city's walkability"
Author: Gerry Bellett

Via Smart Growth Online: http://bit.ly/rzSFDl

ACA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL BICYCLE TRAVEL AWARD WINNERS

-> According to an Oct. 18th news release, "Adventure Cycling Association, North America's largest cycling membership organization, today announced the winners of its 2011 Bicycle Travel Awards 'Our awards are an opportunity to recognize some of the amazing people, organizations, and businesses that make a difference for bicycle touring, and cycling in general,' said Amy Corbin, awards committee chair. 'These folks do so much to make America a better, friendlier, and more connected country.'"

"The 2011 June Curry Trail Angel Award goes to Donn Olson of Dalbo, Minn.. By creating the 'Bicycle Bunkhouse' on the Northern Tier Bicycle Route, he has given bicycle tourists a warm, comfortable, inviting place to rest on their tour. The recipient of the 2011 Pacesetter Award is Kevin Cashman of Apogee Adventures. Founded over a decade ago with the goal of creating engaging and challenging tours for high school aged kids, the company now offers dozens of tours around the world. The recipient of the 2011 Sam Braxton Bike Shop Award is Jim Peters and Jim's Bicycle Shop in Cincinnati, OH. In addition to being on the front lines of all things cycling in their community, Jim and his staff make it a priority to encourage their customers to become bicycle tourists. The 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award goes to Leslie Wills of Grand Haven, Mich. By volunteering dozens of hours, Leslie made it possible to gain all of the necessary support for the designation of U.S. Bike Route 35 in Michigan. Her countless phone calls, emails, and steadfast attendance at meetings helped to get resolutions of support from 15 local agencies..."

Source: http://bit.ly/uukSyY

DECREASING FATALITY RATE IN BELGIAN TRAFFIC

-> According to the Oct. 17th edition of DutchMobility, "The fatality rate in Belgian traffic is decreasing. In the period June 2010 to June 2011, the numbers dropped by 7.1% compared to the previous year. In the reference period 750 fatalities were registered, 57 fewer than the previous period. This positive long-term trend has been slowing down since the beginning of 2011. The amount of severely injured decreases slightly and the number of lightly injured stays stabile..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pIyTN3

MOSCOW BUILDS ITS VERY FIRST BICYCLE LANE (OR AN OBSTACLE COURSE?)

-> According to a France24 article, "Moscow, home to 11.5 million people, recently got its very first bicycle lane. It was proudly inaugurated with much fanfare by city officials this summer to the great excitement of the city's cyclists. However, their joy was slightly diminished when they realized that it was more like an obstacle course than a method for cyclists to more easily navigate city traffic."

"Russian cycling enthusiasts, show just how complicated it is to navigate Moscow's new bike lanes. In some spots, two-way bike lanes are just a metre wide and frequently blocked by gates as well as other obstacles. Moreover, Muscovites don't seem to know what the green lanes mean and therefore have no compunction about parking their cars in the city's new cycle lanes. Our Russian Observers argue that the problem is symptomatic of the capital's lack of interest in promoting bicycling..."

Source: http://f24.my/t7lTsv
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Title: "Moscow builds its very first bicycle lane -- or is it an obstacle course?"
Author: Maxim Pshenichnikov & Andrey Noskoff


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

NEW ROADS POST-STORM MAKE NEW ORLEANS CYCLING CITY

-> According to an Oct. 12th BusinessWeek article, "For decades, blogger Joseph Donnelly saw few improvements for urban cyclists like himself in New Orleans, so he used the title of a website he started five years ago as a call to arms: 'How To Start A Revolution In An Unfriendly Bike City.' But a push by the city to use Hurricane Katrina recovery money to make the roads more accommodating has left him with little choice but to scrap the label in favor of something more prosaic. The top of the blog now reads: 'Bicycling New Orleans: Practical Survival Tips for Cyclists in NOLA.' 'A lot of my gripes have been resolved,' said Donnelly, who started cycling in the 1970s and ditched his last car for good in 1989. 'When I started the blog in 2006, there was not a single bicycle lane anywhere in New Orleans. Before Katrina, the roads were dangerous for everyone.'"

"Since 2007, the city has used about $100 million in federal rebuilding dollars to lay 56 miles of new asphalt on 55 heavily used streets, transforming potholed boulevards into smooth blacktops ideal for bike riding. Under the city's Submerged Roads Program, bike lanes have also been painted on 15 streets, giving the city about 40 miles of bike-friendly pathway. There are plans to pave 26 more streets. The city is also poised to spend $7 million in federal aid to turn a wide 3-mile stretch of an abandoned railroad easement between the French Quarter and City Park into a greenway that will be known as the Lafitte Corridor..."

Source: http://buswk.co/rTvgvx
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Title: "New roads post-storm make New Orleans cycling city"
Author: Cain Burdeau

TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY IN BIRMINGHAM (AL)

-> In an Oct. 9th Magic City Cycle Chix blog entry, Kim Cross wrote, "Yesterday was Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, a national event supported by local communities. Our event, hosted by Bike Link at Oak Mountain State Park, drew more than 30 kids from age three to the tweens. MC3 and BUMP put on an hour-long skills clinic, with four basic skills stations that taught core riding skills -- pedal position, cornering, controlled braking, and high-speed cornering. Then they were off for group rides on the Lake Trail. This year's free event drew four times the attendance of last year, according to Chuck Lewis, of Bike Link, who hooked kids up with free water bottles, T-shirts, drinks, and snacks."

"Kids are natural athletes, and they learn so quickly that a little instruction goes a long, long way. I've been delighted to see more and more families riding together on the new Lake and Family Trails, and I've spotted everything from 3-year-olds on balance bikes to parents towing wee ones in bike trailers. Big props to BUMP for building these new beginner-friendly trails, making mountain biking more accessible to the community..."

Source: http://bit.ly/uETqiu
Ed. note: Great pics!

THE WASH. STATE WAR ON KIDS, THE ELDERLY, AND OTHER PEOPLE WHO WALK

-> In an Oct. 18th Sightline Daily blog entry, Eric de Place wrote "Yesterday in Seattle, a 73-year-old woman was mowed down in a crosswalk. Yet today the resident crowd that's fond of saying there's a 'war on cars' is screaming about a modest proposal before the Washington legislature: to allow cities to reduce speed limits to 20 mph on side streets without first conducting expensive engineering studies. Last year, the bill passed the state House unanimously. I repeat, it passed unanimously: Not a single member of either caucus voted 'no.' (It then stalled in a Senate committee.) As the vote suggests, allowing local control of speed limits is common sense public policy with no partisan bias. In simple terms, here's why speed limits matter: high speeds kill..."

Source: http://bit.ly/pR1Lqg

WRAPPING UP SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR OF SAFE ROUTES PHILLY PROGRAM

-> According to article in the Oct. 29th edition of Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's Cyclegram, "We are proud to release the report on Year 1 of our Safe Routes Philly (SRP) program...SRP provides pedestrian and bicycle safety lessons to Philadelphia public elementary schools. Our 2nd grade pedestrian safety lessons and our 5th grade bicycle safety lessons are provided to teachers free of cost. These lessons, supplemented by materials and websites, are aimed at encouraging students to walk and/or bike to school regularly and safely. In 2010, 66.3% of adults and 40.7% of children living in Philadelphia were overweight or obese."

"Encouraging students to walk or bike safely to school provides vital exercise which helps combat this serious health problem. SRP is a program made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Bicycle Coalition is a partner in the Get Healthy Philly initiative, which aims to make it easier for Philadelphians to engage in healthier behaviors (like active transportation). SRP promotes behavioral change in people's active modes of transportation through education and encouragement."

"Some impact highlights:
-- In its first year (2010-2011), SRP curriculum reached nearly 20,000 Philadelphia 2nd and 5th grade students.
-- 131 schools received teacher's guides, activity books for students, and instructional DVDs (all materials are available for free on our website).
-- SRP hosted 7 Act 48-accredited professional development trainings attended by 150 teachers and educators.
-- SRP developed a close and fruitful working relationship with the School District of Philadelphia and The Food Trust through the Campaign for Healthier Schools..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ozcW6p

WASHINGTON CO. (MN) COUNTY APPROVES $1M FOR BROWNS CREEK TRAIL

-> According to an Oct. 1st Star Tribune article, "Washington County commissioners took a walk into the future last week, voting to spend $1 million to help buy the old Minnesota Zephyr railbed for use as a state trail. 'We're going to look back someday and be very thankful that we moved forward,' board Chairman Gary Kriesel said of the county's investment in the new Browns Creek State Trail that will stretch from Stillwater to the neighboring city of Grant. The commissioners, who voted 5-0 in favor of the purchase, spoke of their responsibility to conserve land for public use. Money will come from the voter-approved Land and Water Legacy program, which allows commissioners to spend $20 million to protect green spaces from development..."

Source: http://bit.ly/owNDZ6
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Title: "Browns Creek Trail is closer to reality"
Author: Kevin Giles

Via News from Minnesota Active Living Network: http://bit.ly/q53izS

TENNESSEE OBESITY TASK FORCE PUSHES LEAN, MEAN LAWS

-> According to an Oct. 25th Tennessean article, "The statewide group in charge of slimming Tennesseans' waistlines hopes the legislature will agree to a slate of new laws that could help. The Tennessee Obesity Task Force wants to ensure that all schools are complying with the state's 90-minutes-a-week mandate for physical education, enact a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks, and increase fines for speeding in school zones. What task force leaders say has the best chance of passage is recurring funding for Coordinated School Health, a state Department of Education office that places a student health monitor in every school district."

"The program launched as a pilot in 2006 and has required legislative approval for funding each year. The plan mirrors a national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative in targeting and reducing childhood obesity. Tennessee is the only state with a fully funded mandate to pay for coordinated school health. 'It's truly a holistic approach to targeting childhood obesity,' said Rebecca Johns-Wommack, the state's executive director of the Office of Coordinated School Health. 'Schools are the best place for this to occur since healthy children learn better.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tXMIwn
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Title: "Obesity Task Force pushes lean, mean laws to slim Tenn."
Author: Nancy DeVilleat

MASSDOT CELEBRATES SAFER ROADS, SIDEWALKS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS

-> According to the Oct. 19th edition of Mass. Safe Routes News, "In the month of October, MassDOT hosted ribbon-cutting events to celebrate recently completed access and safety improvements at four Massachusetts Safe Routes to School partner schools, enabling children to walk or bicycle more safely. The projects included several measures to slow vehicle traffic, improve street crossings, and upgrade sidewalks at Bowman Elementary in Lexington, Dallin Elementary in Arlington, Central Elementary in Stoneham, and West Memorial Elementary in Peabody. MassDOT used funds provided through the federal Safe Routes to School program to complete these projects."

"To kick-off these events, Director of Program Development for MassDOT Ned Codd addressed students at the Bowman Elementary in Lexington on October 11. MassDOT officials joined Principal Dr. Mary Anton, Assistant Principal Ellen Quirk, Massachusetts State Representative Jeff Kaufman, SRTS Parent Coordinator Judy Crocker, and other local school and town leaders for the celebration. Mr. Codd, the keynote speaker, applauded Bowman's students who already walk and bike to school and surprised them with a pop quiz on the health benefits of these activities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/r9fetb

MANNEQUINS IN CHICAGO REMIND PEDESTRIANS TO BE SAFE

-> According to an Oct. 25th Associated Content article, "In a safety program is being conducted by the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Police Department, 32 mannequins have been placed along Wacker Drive in Chicago. Each mannequin represents a pedestrian who died in 2010 as a result of a crash. The installation of mannequins along the busy street was intended for drivers: To shock them into driving carefully as to avoid striking a pedestrian. However, the mannequins serve as stark reminder to those walking around the city on foot. Be careful. If you don't pay attention, they could add another mannequin in your honor for the 2012 program. Chicago drivers are crazy, and it's foolish of a pedestrian to rely on just the crosswalk signals or their legal right of way when crossing busy intersections. According to the annual Allstate Insurance safest drivers report, Chicago ranked 157 out of 200..."

Source: http://bit.ly/uSLF2Y
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Title: "Mannequins in Chicago Remind Pedestrians to Be Safe"
Author: Jaclyn Berger

WHAT DOES A BRIDGE IN MILWAUKEE MEAN FOR BICYCLING IN WISCONSIN?

-> According to the Oct. 12th WI Bike Fed e-Update, "In April, Governor Scott Walker announced that the Hoan Bridge would be reconstructed beginning in 2013. The bridge reconstruction is estimated to cost between $275 and $350 million dollars, and when complete, is expected to last between 40 and 60 years. For years the possible bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on the Hoan Bridge have been characterized as making a 'Bayview to Downtown connection' for people who walk as well as for people who bike. Bayview is the wonderfully diverse Milwaukee neighborhood that sits just south of the Hoan. Though a bike path on the Hoan would certainly create a connection for this one neighborhood, I believe the opportunity we face is far, far greater. The Hoan Bridge is the last remaining major gap in a 163 mile Lake Michigan trail network that runs between Chicago to the south and Sheboygan County to the north..."

Source: http://bit.ly/qvHDJq


THE RESEARCH BEAT

STUDY: PARENTS WHO HOVER IMPEDE KIDS' ACTIVITY

-> According to a Sept. 16th Time article, "In a new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers sought to observe how kids play in parks. Their overarching goal was to help park designers create public spaces that would better entice kids to run around and exercise. But along the way, the authors discovered something else: the single biggest barrier to children's physical activity had less to do with park design itself and more to do with the hovering presence of a parent."

"Children whose parents hung around monitoring them closely were only about half as likely to engage in high levels of physical activity as kids whose parents granted more freedom, the researchers found. 'It's a catch-22 for today's parents, unfortunately. Many parents are worried about the safety of their children, so they tend to hover,' said study co-author Dr. Jason Bocarro, associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism management at North Carolina State University, in a statement..."

Source: http://ti.me/uAqJ5j
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Title: "Back Off, Mom. Parents Who Hover Impede Kids' Activity"
Author: Meredith Melnick

Via Active Living Research News: http://bit.ly/rBagXO

WALKING WITH HEADPHONES: ONLY DANGEROUS SOMETIMES

-> According to an Oct. 3rd Atlantic Cities article, "The complexity of crossing the street in a city comes through clearly at the corner of West 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in New York City. At that spot, pedestrians heading toward Times Square usually start to cross the avenue after the uptown traffic stops. That's a mistake, because cars heading uptown have the right of way on a left-turn arrow. But the walkers go anyway, either because they don't see the sign telling them to wait for the signal, or because they see their counterparts on the south side of the intersection -- who don't have to worry about the left turns -- crossing at will. "

"Typically the situation results in a frenzy of car horns and middle fingers and general congestion...A recent study led by Despina Stavrinos of the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that phone conversations distracted walkers 'considerably.' The researchers gathered test walkers into a virtual street-crossing simulator, complete with ambient traffic noise piped into lab speakers, and measured how well they crossed while having a cellphone conversation. (The phone call was not virtual; test participants spoke with one of the researchers.)...On the other hand, [a group of behavioral scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign led by Mark Neider] found that listening to music had no negative impact on the ability of pedestrians -- young or old -- to cross the street..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vZpCnJ
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Title: "Walking With Headphones: Only Dangerous Sometimes"
Author: Eric Jaffe

Via StreetHeadlines: http://bit.ly/sjxL16


QUOTES R US

-> "One of the things I like best about living in Salida, Colo., is that this town of 5,500 offers a good pedestrian environment with narrow streets and wide sidewalks though much of town, Although it's not quite so easy as it used to be, we can still manage most of life's routine commerce on foot. Supermarket, pharmacy, clinic, library, post office, liquor store, barber shop, bookstore, office-supply store, coffee house, brewpub, schools -- along with many other shops and services, they're all within walking distance. My wife and I once tried to see how long we could go without driving. We managed about 10 days before we needed something too big and heavy to carry home on foot. My caregiver at the local clinic extols the health-enhancing aspects of walking, and walking your errands is obviously better for the environment and your bank account than driving..."
-- Ed Quillen, High Country News

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-> "There is no more common lament voiced by the American driver than of the one about the 'idiot' in the 'fast lane' who's slowing down traffic. If everyone could just drive faster, the thinking goes -- if we could only cull the weak gazelles in our furiously charging migration -- we could stamp out congestion. We equate speed in traffic with efficiency. In the U.K., the Tory government is currently advocating raising the speed limit on certain motorway sections to 80 MPH, anticipating a massive windfall in economic productivity and time saved. It's speed as the health of the state! (Though not all projections are so rosy.) But one thing that tends to be lost on the individual driver, who through the proscenium of his windshield commands what he believes to be an empirically incontrovertible perspective on the ground truth of traffic, is that sometimes you have to go slower to go faster..."
-- Tom Vanderbilt, Slate Magazine

http://slate.me/s4eWp9

-> "Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"
-- George Carlin

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

REPORT: EATING DINNER WITH FAMILY DETERS TEENS TO USE DRUGS, ETC

-> "Teens whose families eat dinner together at least five times per week are less likely to smoke, drink and use drugs, according to a recent report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. But teens whose families gather around the dinner table fewer than three times per week are almost four times more likely to smoke, more than twice as likely to use alcohol and two and a half times more likely to use marijuana..."

Source: The Nation's Health November/December 2011 vol. 41 no. 9 E46
http://bit.ly/njNtLK


RESOURCES

-> "SAFE STREETS, LIVABLE STREETS"
Article by Eric Dumbaugh, Georgia Institute of Technology; Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 71, No. 3. Summer 2005 (5MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/qfBT9z

-> "CRASH AND RISKY DRIVING INVOLVEMENT AMONG NOVICE ADOLESCENT..."
"...Drivers and Their Parents;" article by Simons-Morton, Ouimet, Zhang, Klauer, Lee, Jing Wang, Albert & Dingus; Am J Public Health 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300248. October 20, 2011 (abstract & link to pdf ($))
http://bit.ly/qH9rAX

-> "THE SUBURBANIZATION OF HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER RECIPIENTS..."
"...Opportunity and Well-being, Housing, U.S. Poverty;" report by Covington (UCLA), Freeman, Columbia Univ., Stoll, Brookings Inst.; for the Brookings Inst. Metropolitan Policy Program. October 21, 2011 (abstract & link to 1MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/n9f5PM

-> "BICYCLE SIGN FOR DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF PARKINSONISM..."
"...Is it of Use in a Hilly Country Like Japan?;" article by Miwa& Kondo, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan; in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, Vol. 1, #2/2011. October 04, 2011 (abstract & link to pdf ($))
http://bit.ly/qWzcRY

Via ECF Newsletter: http://bit.ly/nKFNIH

-> "A FAIR MODAL SHARE FOR CYCLING: TWENTY PERCENT BY 2020 IN..."
Orlando, FL; report by Elisabeth Sommer, European Cyclists Federation, May 5, 2003 (1.3MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/n69Vxi

-> "MODEL DESIGN MANUAL FOR LIVING STREETS: LOS ANGELES COUNTY"
Report by Ryan Snyder Associates; sponsored by L.A. County Public Health; Choose Health LA & UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. 2011 (general info & link to 14MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/rlicJu

-> "TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN TRANSPORTATION FOR PEOPLE WITH..."
"...Disabilities Workshop Summary Report;" report by Morton & Yousuf, Woodward Communications; for FHWA; FHWA-HRT-11-0412. September 2011 (1.6MB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/r7uamR

-> "CONDUCTING COMMUNITY AUDITS TO EVALUATE COMMUNITY..."
..."Resources for Healthful Lifestyle Behaviors: An Illustration From Rural Eastern North Carolina;" article by McGuirt (CDC & UNC), Jilcott (East Carolina Univ), Vu (UNC) & Keyserling (UNC); Prev Chronic Dis 2011;8(6):A149. November 2011 (abstract & link to 459KB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/rq4HoW

-> "BIKEABILITY BRAND RESEARCH: ONLINE RESEARCH WITH PARENTS..."
"...of 10-12 Year Olds;" report by Leggett, Ehren & Duff, CHILDWISE; for the UK Department for Transport. October 20, 2011 (Summary & link to 280KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/tf29pf

-> "SHARED SPACE"
Local Transport Note 1/11 by the UK Department for Transport. October 20, 2011 (Summary & link to 1.4MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/uxxyxf

-> "OPERATIONAL AND SAFETY IMPACTS OF RESTRIPING INSIDE LANES..."
"...of Urban Multi-lane Curbed Roadways to 11 Feet or Less to Create Wider Outside Curb Lanes for Bicyclist Final Report;" report by Sando & Moses, Univ. of N. Florida; for the Florida DOT. September 2011 (general info & link to 3.7MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/vhOLce

-> "EFFECTS OF A PROMOTOR-BASED INTERVENTION TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL..."
"Activity, Familias Sanas y Activas;" article by the San Diego Prevention Research Center; American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300273. October 20, 2011 (abstact and link to pdf ($))
http://bit.ly/rRhtzK


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 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 -- CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR -- AMERICA WALKS, (D.C.)

America Walks National Campaign Director (Washington, DC area) - America Walks is seeking an energetic, innovative and skilled individual for a leadership-level position to help build both the walking movement and the growing organization. The Campaign Director will be located in the Washington D.C. metro area, heading up our work to build support for and advance walking policy initiatives and goals, at the federal, state and local levels. This is a contract position and the person will work up to full time, funding dependent, but will likely start at approximately 25 hours per week with the goal of helping us secure funding to make this a full-time position.

Details: http://bit.ly/ucVx9J
For more on America Walks, go to: http://bit.ly/tHQrUz

-> 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

-> 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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