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#291 Wednesday, November 9, 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.

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----- Legislative Update: We've Got a Draft Transportation Bill!
----- PPS/NCBW Technical Assistance Grants Available
----- PWPB® 2012: Building a Bicycle Culture in Long Beach
----- U.S. Bike Sharing Program Study to Begin
----- America Walks Adopts Fed Policy Platform to Advance Walking in U.S.
----- Capping Urban Highways Can Help Reconnect City Neighborhoods
----- Walk Friendly Communities Application Process Opens November 15
----- Online Voting Opens for 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest
----- Nominations Open for Alliance 2012 Advocacy Awards
----- Velo Bike Share Program Catches on in Antwerp (BE)
----- Leiden (NL) Trials Dynamic Travel Info for Blind, Visually Impaired
----- UK BMW Dealer Opens Bike Store in North London

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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----- 2nd Annual Bike Count Shows Big Jump in Salt Lake City's Cyclists
----- Clarksville (TN) to Get Bike, Walk Projects
----- Bike Walk Mississippi Queries State Trans Commission Candidates
----- Missoula (MT) Gets Safer Ped, Bike Access to Univ. Of Montana
----- AARP NJ Urges New Jersey Rep. Lobiondo to Work for Safer Streets
----- The Philly Bike Expo Celebrates Everything about Cycling

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----- Secret to a Long, Healthy Life: Bike to the Store
----- Swedish Health Study Highlights Bike Commuting Health Benefits

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
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- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: WE'VE GOT A DRAFT TRANSPORTATION BILL!*
by Mark Plotz

-> *And, well, it is called "MAP-21 or the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" but after reviewing the relevant sections of the 600 or so page bill, the question that remains is: Progress-for whom? The bill, which comes out of the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee, is the product of a bipartisan agreement between Chairman Boxer (D-CA), and Senator Inhofe (R-OK), the Ranking Minority Member. You may be wondering what the #1 friend of the environment in the Senate and its #1 denier of global warming (respectively) could possible agree on-that rainbows are pretty, and that puppies are cute? I wish those were the stakes. No, what they seem to agree on, judging by the bill, is that Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, and complete streets ought to be forced to compete against each other, and against other worthy uses (environmental mitigation of highway projects, HOV lanes, BRT-to name a few uses), all while the highway capacity program remains largely untouched. Naturally, we disagree.

Fortunately, fixes are in the works and will be introduced by Senators Cardin (D-MD) and Merkley (D-OR) as amendments during the Committee's Wednesday mark up session. Both amendments would restore protected funding for bicycling and walking programs, while making sure there is open and fair competition for the funding that remains. We've also received late word that Chairman Boxer will introduce an amendment to remove some of road programs that were being pitted against bicycle/pedestrian uses. Still, we have concerns and reservations about the bill.

Stay tuned to NCBW's friends for the latest legislative updates:
America Bikes' statement: http://bit.ly/ukFta6
League of American Bicyclists update: http://bit.ly/tjPhzk
Rails to Trails' Press Release: http://bit.ly/sFsdax
MAP-21 text: http://1.usa.gov/u5XZuB

PPS/NCBW TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS AVAILABLE

-> A little less than two weeks remain before applications are due for EPA's Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The program, which will assist 6-12 communities, provides targeted technical assistance to local governments on a variety of common transportation, land use, and development challenges. Technical assistance will be provided by Livability Solutions, a coalition that includes PPS, NCBW, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Local Government Commission, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, and several additional organizations. Communities can select their desired form of technical assistance, choosing from a wide variety of tools: Safe Routes to School workshops, Creating a Bicycle Master Plan, Power of Ten workshops, Place Audits, etc. This is a great way for your community to access some of the leading national experts in transportation and community planning.

The application deadline is 8pm EST, Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Low resource, rural, and tribal communities are encouraged to apply.

Details: http://bit.ly/uTUs0Q

PWPB® 2012: BUILDING A BICYCLE CULTURE IN LONG BEACH
The Look of Progress

-> When measuring progress in cycling, it is always tempting to count Federal dollars expended, and miles of bike lanes, trails, and cycle tracks built as our metric of success. I think we sometimes do this because building bike facilities can seem comparatively easy if our other task is finding people to use these new bikeways. I mean, the world only has a finite supply of alpha bike commuters riding Trek 520s, right?

Joking aside, progress in cycling should also be measured by who's out there riding. The cities that are growing their cycling mode shares are those pairing innovative infrastructure with supportive programming that is directed towards the "interested, but concerned" cyclists. Examples are sprouting everywhere across the United States; the Long Beach/Los Angeles area has several, the most recent of which is Women on Bikes SoCal. Their website debuted only this week, but their work to "normalize and advocate for a bike-friendly life for women, girls and families via fun, fashion forward events that positively promote the benefits of bicycling" has been going on since 2006.

We will have some major announcements about the 2012 conference coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the Women on Bikes SoCal November/December 2011 issue: http://bit.ly/scAhC0

U.S. BIKE SHARING PROGRAM STUDY TO BEGIN

-> According to a Nov. 1st news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and Toole Design Group announced today that they will be conducting an independent, national study of current bike sharing programs in the United States on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration. The final report with an anticipated release timeframe of approximately eight months, will be a resource of information about the implementation of the different bike sharing schemes and provide a guide for cities that are considering investments in bike sharing infrastructure."

"The study will explore the evolution of bike sharing in the US, define success factors, explore funding models, explain demographic and geographic trends affecting the implementation of programs, recommend a step-by-step approach for implementation in cities in the start-up phase and will discuss measures to increase demand and expansion of existing programs."

"The research team will solicit information on bike share program implementation from state, county and city departments of transportation charged with implementing bike sharing programs in their localities. The project will be guided by a National Bike Sharing Committee comprised of experts from implementing agencies. The Committee will help facilitate the exchange of best practices and ideas on different program goals, infrastructure requirements, funding programs and system sustainability, vendor selection and management, and community engagement which are necessary for development and expansion of a bike sharing system."

For more information please contact Mauricio Hernandez, Toole Design at (301) 927-1900 or via email at mhernandez@tooledesign.com or Carl Sundstrom, PBIC at (919) 843-4963 and via email at sundstrom@hsrc.unc.edu

AMERICA WALKS ADOPTS FED POLICY PLATFORM TO ADVANCE WALKING IN U.S.

-> According to America Walks' Oct/Nov E-News, "In October, the America Walks Board of Directors adopted our first Federal Walking Policy Platform. In order to develop the platform, we worked with our national steering committee and held a meeting in Washington DC with 25 walking leaders to gather input for this plan. Now America Walks is seeking a Campaign Director to lead on our efforts to get this platform implemented."

"Core initiatives of the platform include campaigns to:
-- Protect Dedicated Funding for Walking Infrastructure and Programs
-- Improve Pedestrian Safety
-- Develop Performance Measures and Improve Data Collection and Measurement of Walking/Walkability
-- Incorporate Health-Related Outcomes into Built Environment..."

Source: http://bit.ly/t4IgaX

CAPPING URBAN HIGHWAYS CAN HELP RECONNECT CITY NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to an Oct. 27th Chicago Tribune article, "As they stroll between two buildings that echo the grandeur of Daniel Burnham's demolished Union Station (in Columbus, Ohio), pedestrians can easily forget that they are walking over a bridge that spans a sunken interstate highway. But that's what happens at the retail complex called the Cap at Union Station, where the classically styled buildings flank what looks like -- but isn't -- a typical city street. The innovative project, which opened in 2004, put Columbus at the forefront of a national trend: Covering sunken freeways with caps, decks, land bridges or lids, as they are called, and using the found space to reconnect neighborhoods that were torn apart by the national highway building binge of the 1950s and 1960s."

"Seattle, Boston, Phoenix and Hartford, Conn., have all constructed caps, and Dallas is building a three-block-long park over a freeway that forms an intimidating barrier between its downtown and the nearby Uptown residential district. Other plans, including those in the Chicago area, remain in the formative stages or carry projected costs that seem prohibitive amid the economic slowdown. The Chicago suburb of Oak Park put together a 'Cap the Ike' proposal to build a park or other amenities over the Eisenhower Expressway, and officials say they are working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to ensure that the state's future reconstruction of the highway includes a cap..."

Source: http://trib.in/sXQtXD
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Title: "Ohio highway cap at forefront of urban design trend"
Author: Blair Kamin

Via Smart Growth Online Newsletter: http://bit.ly/vDM2QP

WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES APPLICATION PROCESS OPENS NOVEMBER 15

-> According to the Nov. 7th PBIC News, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has released an updated community assessment tool for the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program. The assessment tool, which evaluates community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning, now enables applicant communities to also explore resources developed by designated Walk Friendly Communities. It is a valuable new way to highlight program elements that are working for cities and towns focused on improving walkability in their communities."

The revised assessment tool (1.4MB pdf) can be downloaded here:: http://bit.ly/thYSeC

ONLINE VOTING OPENS FOR 2011 PEOPLE POWERED MOVEMENT PHOTO CONTEST

-> According to a Nov. 1st Alliance for Biking & Walking news release, "The public is invited to help select photo contest winners of more than $8,000 in prizes. Presented by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the contest has received more than 1,500 photo submissions from participants across the continent. Now the public can help decide who will win an all-expenses-paid biking or walking trip to Italy and a host of other prizes."

"The second People Powered Movement Photo Contest aims to both celebrate the beauty and energy of active transportation and continue to build an online library of high-quality images that can be used by bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America. Starting November 1st and running through November 30th, members of the public are invited to vote for their favorite photos on the contest website. Each participant can vote for up to 10 photos in each of the seven contest categories.."

Source: http://bit.ly/rqeH04

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ALLIANCE 2012 ADVOCACY AWARDS

-> According to a Nov. 3rd news release, "The Alliance for Biking & Walking has opened the public nomination period for its 2012 Advocacy Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Alliance's Advocacy Awards recognize excellence in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy."

"Award categories include:
-- Advocate of the Year
-- Advocacy Organization of the Year
-- Business Advocate of the Year
-- Winning Campaign of the Year
-- Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award"

"Anyone can make up to five nominations -- one nomination per person, per award category. Nominations are not limited to Alliance members. A selection committee composed of Alliance staff, board, and advocacy organization representatives will evaluate all nominees and the winners will be announced at a high-profile reception the first night of the 2012 National Bike Summit..."

Nominations will be accepted through December 18, 2011 on the Alliance website.

Source: http://bit.ly/uCQ4ZF

VELO BIKE SHARE PROGRAM CATCHES ON IN ANTWERP (BE)

-> According to an Oct. 5th DutchMobility article, "The bicycle sharing system has become hugely successful in Antwerp. The ten thousandth application for a Velo annual card was registered sooner than expected. A waiting list may even become necessary. Velo reached the ten thousandth annual card mark at the end of August within two and a half months of the system's inception. Right now, this figure is at around 11,000. Besides this, Velo has registered 7,325 day- and 952 weekly card users. When figures reach 17,000 to 18,000 annual card holders, Velo will have to consider implementing a waiting list. This is the maximum number of users for which Velo can guarantee a reliable service, given the current number of stations and bicycles, and taking trips by day -- and weekly card users into account..."

Source: http://bit.ly/u6Wu2z

LEIDEN (NL) TRIALS DYNAMIC TRAVEL INFO FOR BLIND, VISUALLY IMPAIRED

-> According to a Sept. 28th DutchMobility article, "Soon, a trial of the new travel information system (BlueDRIS) for the blind and visually impaired will start in Leiden (the Netherlands). BlueDRIS will provide dynamic travel information via Bluetooth. BlueDRIS works as follows: A commuter arrives at a bus stop. His mobile phone automatically connects to a central information point. This takes place by means of GPS and the Internet or via Bluetooth using a transmitter installed at the stop. Information about bus arrival times at the stop is then sent to the user's mobile phone in the form of a text message. The telephone reads this information to the commuter using the phone's text-to-speech function. All information related to public transport is gathered at a central information point. Since all buses are tracked using GPS, a bus's arrival time at a specific stop can be estimated..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tHfekt

UK BMW DEALER OPENS BIKE STORE IN NORTH LONDON

-> According to an Oct. 28th BikeBiz article, "Many car showrooms feature bikes on top of cars. Stephen James of Enfield has gone the whole hog, opening a bike shop. The Stephen James name is well-known to drivers in South East England: the company has four BMW and Mini dealerships in London and Kent. The Stephen James name may now become well-known to cyclists, too. Part of the Stephen James BMW dealership in Enfield, North London has been converted to sell bicycles. Stephen James Cycles is billed as 'the first BMW dealership in the country to feature a full bike store.'"

"It makes sound commercial sense for the Stephen James Group to do this: sales of bicycles are on an upward trajectory. Car sales are still buoyant but the theory of 'peak car' suggests this might not always be the case. Just as bicycle shops at the turn of the twentieth century started to sell motorbikes and automobiles when the 'bicycle boom' of the 1890s fizzled out, more car dealerships may start to retail the urban commute vehicle that doesn't require fossil fuel, is nippy through town, ultra convenient door-to-door, free to park, and which doesn't attract congestion charges..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tJUzgb
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Title: "BMW dealer opens bike store"
Author: Carlton Reid


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

2ND ANNUAL BIKE COUNT SHOWS BIG JUMP IN SALT LAKE CITY'S CYCLISTS

-> According to a Nov. 1st news release, "Salt Lake City's investments in bicycle infrastructure, including approximately 50 lane miles of new on-road bikeways and locally designed 'green shared lanes' in the downtown area, are paying off with a one-year 27 percent increase in the number of bicyclists, according to the City's second annual bicycle count. 'The City's bike count reflected a tremendous increase in bicycling,' said Becka Roolf, Salt Lake City bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. 'Our results compare very favorably to other cities."

"For example, New York City has been heralded for its gains in bicycle commuting, yet saw only a 14 percent increase from its 2010 to 2011 April count numbers.' Roolf says the one-year boost may be attributed to a mix of factors including Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's commitment to bicycle infrastructure, higher gas prices and a growing 'hip' factor for bicycling among urban twenty- and thirty-somethings. The count, which uses volunteers to collect data, surveyed 16 locations during the second week of September. The 27 percent increase was calculated by comparing the 12 locations that were included in both the 2010 and 2011 counts. The weather was similarly sunny and seasonably warm for both years' counts..."

Source: http://bit.ly/sCyRfd

CLARKSVILLE (TN) TO GET BIKE, WALK PROJECTS

-> According to a Nov. 4th Tennessean article, "A Tennessee Department of Transportation restriping and paving project is under way on streets near downtown Clarksville and Austin Peay State University. The project is the result of a study conducted by the city that was finalized and presented to the Clarksville City Council in October 2010. The study focused on parking, pedestrian networks and alternate modes of transportation, said Daniel Binkley, the city projects manager. 'Basically, what you have is a loop around the college campus,' Binkley said...He said TDOT made a deal that if the city conducted the study and produced a striping plan, the department would implement the plan into its overall paving project."

"'They also agreed to implement crosswalks in certain areas where there were not crosswalks currently striped,' Binkley said. 'They agreed to put signage up along with the striping, and also there were certain instances where there may have been a drainage grate on the street that would not have been bike-friendly.' From the public input portion of the study, bike-friendliness was an important aspect that has been included in the re-striping plan. On North Second Street, marks on the road called 'sharrows' indicate that the lane is to be shared by cars and bike riders...'One of the things that we found is that when you really get into an urban environment, the lanes were not needed so much because if you're on a 20 mph street, the bike can flow with traffic,' Binkley said..."

Source: http://tnne.ws/t6z3wb
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Title: "New lane markings allow more room for bike riders"
Author: Allison Smith

BIKE WALK MISSISSIPPI QUERIES STATE TRANS COMMISSION CANDIDATES

-> According to a Nov. 2nd news release, "Bike Walk Mississippi have submitted a list of questions to all Transportation Commissioner candidates throughout the state and will publish their answers as soon as we receive them. Both candidates from the Central District have responded with their answers to how they will incorporate the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians into the overall transportation system in Mississippi..."

Q: TE Funding: "As you know, the Federal Transportation Bill received an extension until March 2012 at which point there is a chance that Transportation Enhancements funds (the primary funding source of bike paths, walking trails, sidewalks) will fall under the ultimate discretion of the each state's Department of Transportation. Will you continue to support using these funds to support bike and pedestrian projects through these programs in Mississippi?"

Dick Hall (R): "I'm proud to report that we just awarded a total of $6.9 Million dollars in the Central Transportation District alone for Transportation Enhancement projects. Of that $6.9 Million awarded to local municipalities, $4.1 Million (60%) was for multiuse trails. There is no question that the Current Mississippi Transportation Commission is taking the wants and needs of cyclists, runners, and walkers very seriously; and I encourage every local municipality to apply for these Transportation Enhancement funds. We intend to expand upon this progress in the future."

Marshand Crisler (D): "The benefits from TE funding for bike and walking paths are evident in areas where funding has been obtained, such as Rankin and Madison Counties. The safety for the users is benefit enough, but the overall benefit to the communities for having such amenities makes this a win/win program for citizens and municipalities. As the momentum toward healthy lifestyle continues to increase, we need to continue using TE funds to enhance communities and lives throughout the state. What a great way to 'vacation' in Mississippi by riding from one city to the next, or to take the family for a weekend to explore a new city or town by meandering through on foot or cycle..."

Source: http://bit.ly/uQCQhS

MISSOULA (MT) GETS SAFER PED, BIKE ACCESS TO UNIV. OF MONTANA

-> According to a Nov. 2nd KECI-TV story, "Community leaders officially cut the ribbon for a traffic improvement project near the University of Montana...Northbound traffic is steered away from the University, with a more direct route over the Madison Street Bridge. There are protected crosswalks and bike lanes. There are also specially designed pedestrian signals for the visually impaired. 'Motorized traffic now doesn't have to turn at the University and the bicycle and pedestrian traffic have a safer way to get around,' said Missoula city's chief administrative officer Bruce Bender. The University of Montana funded most of the project with a $1.25 million special improvement district in the neighborhood. The city and the Montana Department of Transportation contributed about $200,000 in labor and materials..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tHkdQR
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Title: "Ribbon Cut For Traffic Improvement Project Near UM Campus"
Author: Kevin Maki

AARP NJ URGES NEW JERSEY REP. LOBIONDO TO WORK FOR SAFER STREETS

-> According to the Oct. 26th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "AARP New Jersey has released a video urging Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (R) to co-sponsor the 'Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011' (H.R. 1780/S.1056) and to lend his focus to improving safety conditions for all road users in South Jersey, across the state and the nation. H.R. 1780 would require all states to demonstrate how pedestrians, and bike and transit riders of all ages and abilities would be accommodated in future road projects that receive federal money. In the video, AARP explains that 'Complete Streets legislation is especially important to keep older Americans living independently and staying connected,' and asks Representative LoBiondo to work with local residents to enhance the livability and safety of South Jersey communities..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rTkoj0 (includes the video)

THE PHILLY BIKE EXPO CELEBRATES EVERYTHING ABOUT CYCLING

-> In an Oct. 28th Inquirer article, Steven Rea wrote, "Fact: Philadelphia has the most bicycle commuters per capita of the nation's 10 most populated cities. Fact: Philadelphia has more than 200 miles of bike lanes, with more miles planned. Fact: Philly Bike Expo, running Saturday and Sunday at the 23d Street Armory, is very cool. A celebration of all things bike, of this city's bike culture, and also a bit of a trade show, Philly Bike Expo -- now in its second year -- brings together frame builders, clothiers, bike advocates, bike shop proprietors, and bike snobs (notably Eben Weiss, the smarty-pants blogger turned best-selling author whose Bike Snob rants (http://bit.ly/vgjn0K) are a must read..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ssUnQf
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Title: "Two-wheelers rule"
Author: Steven Rea


THE RESEARCH BEAT

SECRET TO A LONG, HEALTHY LIFE: BIKE TO THE STORE

-> In a Nov. 2nd NPR story, Nancy Shute asked "What would you say to a cheap, easy way to stay slim, one that would help avoid serious illness and early death? How about if it made your neighbors healthier, too? It could be as simple as biking to the store. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin were wondering if getting people out of their cars just a wee bit would create measurable improvements in health. So they gathered up data sets on obesity, health effects of pollution, and air pollution caused by automobiles in 11 Midwestern cities, and did a mashup."

"They found that if the Midwesterners ran half of their short-distance errands by bike rather than by car, 1,100 deaths would be avoided each year, and $7 billion would be saved in reduced health-care costs. The trips were 2.5 miles one way; less than a 25-minute bike ride, the researchers figure. The benefits were based on a presumed reduction in air pollution particulates and ozone, which increase the risk of heart attack, strokes, and asthma. They also factored in the health benefits of increased exercise, and applied that to the 31 million people living in the Upper Midwest..."

Source: http://n.pr/sCU8z2
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Title: "Secret To A Long, Healthy Life: Bike To The Store"
Author: Nancy Shute

SWEDISH HEALTH STUDY HIGHLIGHTS BIKE COMMUTING HEALTH BENEFITS

-> According to an article in the Nov. 3rd ECF Newsletter, "Yet another result showing the healthier benefits of cycling over car or public transport use has been released by a Swedish group of researchers. It has often been shown that regular cyclists live longer and have a healthier long range forecast. However this report not only looked at long term mortality levels but also at the health benefits of the 'here and now'. The research, looking at 21,000 commuters, drew the following conclusions: 'Generally car and public transport users suffered more everyday stress, poorer sleep quality, exhaustion and, on a seven point scale, felt that they struggled with their health compared to the active commuters.' All pretty straight forward though interestingly one anomaly does stand out '...the car drivers who commuted 30 -- 60 minutes experienced worse health than those whose journey lasted more than one hour'. Possible explanations: driving through the beautiful Southern Swedish countryside or the fact that those who live further out tended to be more affluent and live in quiet rural areas..."

Source: http://bit.ly/voepVs


QUOTES R US

-> "'As people drive less, governments also should prepare for a drop in revenue from fuel taxes, an eventuality that could in itself limit how many roads are built,' Mr. Tomer says. But over the long term, building fewer roads could bring economic relief to cities and their residents, as auto-oriented cities spend twice as much to get people around than cities that rely more heavily on public transit, walking and cycling."
-- Anita Elash, The Globe and Mail

http://bit.ly/rIUEhs

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

DETERMINED HAMMOND (IN) VOTER, 101, PEDALS HIS BIKE TO POLLS

-> According to a Nov. 8th Northwest Indiana Times article, "Rain and wind aren't enough to keep Carl Deering from casting his vote Tuesday. But, snow might slow him down. Just as he has for more than a decade, the 101-year-old will pedal a three-block route through North Hammond alleys to his polling place, using a bicycle he bought in 1946. This is his 80th year voting. 'I've been voting since I was 21,' he said. 'I've never missed a vote.' That can't be said for most Lake County voters. Turnout in the 2007 general election was 28.5 percent. Casey Farrell, a neighbor, said he hopes Deering's story will inspire people to vote Tuesday..."

Source: http://bit.ly/s9JJ8b
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Title: "Wheels of democracy: Determined voter, 101, pedals his bike to polls"
Author: Vanessa Renderman

BIKE PLUS SKIS MEANS ALL-TERRAIN TRAVEL FOR ALASKA STUDENT

-> In an Oct. 28th Fairbanks News-Miner article, Dermot Cole wrote, "On the way to work today I saw Sam Herreid, a UAF geology student who was headed to math class. He was riding his bike and had skis strapped on the back.This all-terrain approach is the ideal combination for someone who enjoys riding his bike and enjoys switching to skis during the day for a change of pace. He is used to riding his bike and carrying supplemental gear for an alternate means of transportation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rsNwdk
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Title: "Bike plus skis means all-terrain travel"
Author: Dermot Cole
Ed. Note: Cool photos!

BIKE CHAIN SCULPTURES

-> "At first glance Young-Deok Seo's huge sculptures look like beautiful faces and busts, but after a closer look, they're all made of bike chains!"

http://bit.ly/vMTTl1


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Keys to a Successful SRTS Program: Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers"

Date: November 29, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Wendi Kallins, Marin County (CA) & Maria Lourdes Perez (Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children)

Hosts: America Walks & the National Center for SRTS

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/ut33XP

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

WEBINAR "Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning? There's an App for That!"

Date: November 10, 2011 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Host: PBIC

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://tinyurl.com/br27mfc

WEBINAR "Healthy People Live in Healthy Places"

Date: November 29, 2011, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Moderator: Sandra Hernandez (the San Francisco Foundation), Dr. Richard Jackson (UCLA School of Public Health), Dr. Rajiv Bhatia (Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability), Vanitha Venugopal (the San Francisco Foundation) & Julia Liou (Asian Health Services)

Host: The Public Health Institute and the San Francisco Foundation

Cost: None

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

(First of a 3-part web forum series on Designing Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Healthier Communities)


RESOURCES

-> "COMPLETE INTERSECTIONS: A GUIDE TO RECONSTRUCTING INTERSECTIONS..."
"...and Interchanges for Bicyclists and Pedestrians;" report by Greene-Roesel (Cambridge Systematics) & Ledbetter (Alta Planning + Design); for CalTrans. 2010 (3.7MB PDF)
http://1.usa.gov/tlu5z6

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

-> "ASSESSMENT OF THE TYPE OF CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED TO..."
"...Attract New Cyclists;" report by Kingham, Taylor & Koorey, Univ. of Canterbury; for the NZ Transport Agency; research report 449. October 2011 (general info & link to 3.5MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/s15hLm

-> "IMPROVING HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES: THE ROLE OF HEALTH..."
"...Impact Assessment;" report by the Committee on Health Impact Assessment, National Research Council. 2011 (info & link to 2.1MB pdf (free w/registration))
http://bit.ly/rUhHTZ

-> "THE PEDESTRIANS' QUALITY NEEDS FINAL REPORT"
Final report of the COST project 358 by Methorst, Monterde, Risser, Sauter, Tight & Walker (Eds.); Cheltenham: Walk21. 2010 (general info & links to multiple pdfs)
http://bit.ly/sQeWzX

Via DutchMobility: http://bit.ly/w4QxIa


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!

-> 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

-> February 2-4, 2010, 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, San Diego, CA. Info: Michele Kelso Warren, Associate Director, phone: (916) 448-1198 x308, fax: (916) 448-8246, e-mail: <mkwarren@lgc.org> Melissa Harper-Barton, Event Coordinator, phone: (916) 448-1198 x327, fax: (916) 448-8246, e-mail: <mbarton@lgc.org>; Local Government Commission 1303 J Street, Suite 250, Sacramento CA 95814
http://bit.ly/nakwtz

-> 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 COMMUNITIES COORDINATOR -- MICHIGAN FITNESS FDN.

Description: Implement active living environment and policy changes statewide. Educate about active living, provide technical assistance to communities, conduct research and monitor best practices, strengthen public policy to support active living, and assist with communication efforts.

FTE: 0.5 (20 hours per week)
Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2011
Details: http://bit.ly/sfnqWb
Source: http://bit.ly/vbyp5U

-> JOB -- DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS -- AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY

The Director of Government Relations (Director) oversees and has primary responsibility for the public policy and agency partnerships of American Hiking Society. The Director works with Congress, federal agencies, and conservation and recreation partners to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. The Director establishes and manages American Hiking's agency partnerships and agreements at the federal, state and local level. Responsibilities include advocating for the funding and protection of hiking trails, promoting policies and practices that ensure the preservation of natural areas (or opposing policies detrimental to conservation and hiking), management and execution of agency agreements, and promotion and protection of the hiking experience. The Director reports to the President, is part of the senior management team and is based at the organization headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, with required travel to field projects, conferences and special events, as needed.

Details: http://bit.ly/spCUAo

-> JOB -- TRAIL PROGRAMS MANAGER -- AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY

The Trail Programs Manager will direct and implement multi-faceted trail outreach programs, including National Trails Day® (NTD) and the National Trails Fund. The Manager develops strong working relationships with trail and conservation organizations across the country. Key responsibilities include organization of NTD, the nation's largest trail and outdoor celebration, event planning, coordination of corporate sponsorship and promotions programs, external communications, marketing and promotion. The Manager oversees the annual National Trails Fund grant proposal process, judging, and award distribution. Other responsibilities include annual program budget preparation and fiscal oversight, representing American Hiking at meetings and conferences, and managing consultant contracts and seasonal interns, as needed. The Manager reports to the Vice President for Programs.

Details: http://bit.ly/s1FYdd

-> 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 -- 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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