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#292 Wednesday, November 23, 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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----- Complete Streets: When Will Our Work be Complete?
----- Federal Funding -- the Big and Bleak Picture
----- U.S. Complete Streets Policies Surpass 300!
----- Five Myths About Your Gasoline Taxes
----- Bikes Belong Awards $62,500 in Grants
----- Abu Dhabi Police: Temporary Blackberry Disruption Made Roads Safer
----- The Trans Canada Trail: the World's Longest Trail
----- London Planners Break Down Boundaries Between Cars & Pedestrians
----- Belgium's Bike to Work Scheme Saves Employers 4 Million Euro

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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----- Delaware Gov. Directs DELDOT & DRNEC to Develop State Trail Plan
----- Marietta (GA): Raquel Nelson's 2nd Trial for Hit-and-Run Conviction on Hold
----- Introducing Wisconsin's Newest Cross-State Bike Trail Network
----- Lynchburg (VA) Gets New Ped Bridge, More Improvements to Come
----- New W. Virginia Plan to Boost Physical Activity, Healthy Lifestyle
----- 80% More Cambridge (MA) Women Walk to Work Vs Other Cities

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----- U.S. Neighborhoods Struggle with Traffic Pollution Health Threats
----- UMN Researchers Study Pedestrian, Cyclist Roundabout Delays
----- Big Savings if Twin Cities Folks Take Short Summer Trips by Bike!

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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

COMPLETE STREETS: WHEN WILL OUR WORK BE COMPLETE?
by Mark Plotz

-> The wrong street can destroy a neighborhood, but does the right street restore a community or reconstitute a neighborhood? Think about the most hostile street in your community. Picture the oil change shops, the fast food drive-thrus, the strip malls, and one (or more) public school(s) that, I bet, line this corridor. Now superimpose bike lanes, accessible sidewalks, transit stops, crosswalks, and street trees, and ask: Are we done?

That is the question Gary Toth of PPS considers as we go to press with the 292nd edition of CenterLines, and we pass 300 cities, counties, MPOs, and states with complete streets policies. The above exercise, while a little unfair, is meant to illustrate why we must challenge our transportation professionals to step back from the curb to consider the effects of land use planning on our transportation infrastructure. As a complete street, our street in question becomes marginally better for most users, but the real problem-low density development-continues to elude us.

A complete streets policy helps get the transportation professional in the right frame of mind when designing a new transportation project, but it does not automatically create place. Gary provides advocates and community leaders three guidelines for ensuring that a street becomes the cornerstone of a great place.

Read more: http://bit.ly/sBXtUH

FEDERAL FUNDING -- THE BIG AND BLEAK PICTURE

-> According to the Nov. 21st American Bicyclist Update, "The draft Senate transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S.1813), includes a mandatory sidepath law for roads on Federal land. The proposed law would force cyclists off roads with an adjacent path and with a speed limit of 30 mph or higher -- regardless of the safety, condition or utility of the path. Right now, we want to show the Senate how important this issue is. As part of our I Bike. I Vote. campaign, please sign our petition opposing the mandatory sidepath provision (http://bit.ly/uRkryY). Share the petition with your club, friends and family too."

"Federal Funding -- the Big and Bleak Picture: If you are still wondering why Federal funding for bicycling projects is so important, or unsure whether your voice makes a difference...read on (http://bit.ly/vfudzz). Funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects has been under repeat attack this year -- notably by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) -- and Transportation Enhancements (TE) only continue today thanks to bicyclists speaking up on several Senate votes. Unfortunately, the House transportation bill promises to be even worse -- it won't preserve any dedicated funding for enhancements, Safe Routes to School or the recreational trails programs..."

Source: http://bit.ly/sKtxGb

U.S. COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES SURPASS 300!

-> According to the Nov. 17th Complete Streets News, "The number of jurisdictions in the United States adopting Complete Streets policies has surpassed 300! We are on track to record more than 100 new policies adopted just in 2011. This is an affirmation that communities of all sizes are making the commitment to ensure that their transportation projects provide for the safe travel of everyone using the road..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tBOVvA

FIVE MYTHS ABOUT YOUR GASOLINE TAXES

-> Shin-pei Tsay and Deborah Gordon wrote about gas tax myths in the Nov. 19th edition of CNN Opinion. Here's the abbreviated version of their detailed list:

  1. Americans already pay too much in gas taxes. (Not even close.)
  2. Gas taxes rise every year. (Quite the opposite.)
  3. Gas taxes are unnecessary because the transportation system is paid for in other ways. (Not so fast.)
  4. Transportation taxes are detrimental to American competitiveness. (Wrong.)
  5. Gas taxes make an already volatile gasoline market even worse. (Partial thinking.)

Source: http://bit.ly/uexr53
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Title: "Five Myths About Your Gasoline Taxes"
Author: Shin-pei Tsay & Deborah Gordon

BIKES BELONG AWARDS $62,500 IN GRANTS

-> According to a Nov. 16th announcement, "Bikes Belong is delighted to announce support for five great projects in our Fall 2011 grant cycle as well as two grant recipients through the Bikes Belong Foundation Research Grant Program. These awards support innovative bicycle projects and studies with the common goal of putting more people on bicycles more often. The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by our Employee Pro Purchase Program. Many thanks to the following participating members and their employees for making these awards possible: Trek, Specialized, Fuji, Giant, Cannondale and Shimano."

"Since Bikes Belong's Community Grants Program began in 1999, we have awarded 236 grants in 46 states and the District of Columbia, granting nearly $1.9 million in cash and leveraging more than $657 million in federal, state, and private funding. Our facilities grants alone have helped finance 1,600 miles of bike paths and trails that link almost 9,600 miles of bikeways..."

"Recipients of the latest round of grants were: $10,000 to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to connect two segments of existing bike lanes along a popular corridor in the Georgia Tech area; $10,000 to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for planning and design of 3 priority crosstown bikeways; $10,000 to Livable Memphis to help build a 2-mile separated bikeway connecting Overton Park with the Shelby Farms Park Greenline; $10,000 to the Community Cycling Center to promote bicycling skills and physical activity for children and youth in Portland (OR); $5,000 to the Greater Grand Rapids (MI) Bicycle Coalition to help fund a 3.5 mile bikeway to connect two other trails; $10,000 to Upstate Forever and Furman University (Greenville, SC) to measure the impact of the trail development on surrounding communities; $7,500 to Univ. of Minnesota to weigh the impacts on businesses within 1/4 mi. of selected "Nice Ride" bike share program stations..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tXSX8z

ABU DHABI POLICE: TEMPORARY BLACKBERRY DISRUPTION MADE ROADS SAFER

-> According to an Oct. 15th National article, "A dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry services. In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20% from average rates on the days BlackBerry users were unable to use its messaging service. In Abu Dhabi, the number of accidents this week fell 40 per cent and there were no fatal accidents. On average there is a traffic accident every three minutes in Dubai, while in Abu Dhabi there is a fatal accident every two days. Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the chief of Dubai Police, and Brig Gen Hussein Al Harethi, the director of the Abu Dhabi Police traffic department, linked the drop in accidents to the disruption of BlackBerry services between Tuesday and Thursday..."

Source: http://bit.ly/w0ZsFr
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Title: "BlackBerry cuts made roads safer, police say"
Author: Awad Mustafa & Caline Malek

Via Street Headlines: http://bit.ly/tM4Hw9

THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL: THE WORLD'S LONGEST TRAIL

-> According to the Winter 2011 Rails-to-Trails Magazine, "Everything about the Trans Canada Trail is huge. At 16,500 kilometers (9,900 miles), it is already the world's longest trail. When completed in 2017, the corridor will stretch 22,500 kilometers (13,500 miles), from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and from the United States border to the Arctic Ocean. More than 400 local trails compose the overall pathway, which links more than 1,000 communities. In 1992, two iconic Canadians, Pierre Camu and Bill Pratt -- who helped bring the 1988 Olympics to Calgary -- conceived the idea for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) as a way to bind together the world's second-largest nation. Their goal: Finish building the enormous trail within 25 years, so its completion would coincide with Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vkhrwb
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Title: "Canadian Spirit: The Trans Canada Trail"
Author: Gerry Donohue

Via Kansas Trail News: http://bit.ly/u4TuDV

LONDON PLANNERS BREAK DOWN BOUNDARIES BETWEEN CARS & PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a Nov. 15th GOOD Cities article, "Advocates for livable streets usually push for more sidewalks and bike lanes to protect pedestrians and cyclists from cars. Division is seen as the key to safety and participation. But a new project in London questions the idea of barriers to begin with, envisioning a "shared space" for the intermingling of vehicles and walkers. It may seem chaotic, but planners believe it could foster a more accessible, safer, pedestrian-friendlier thoroughfare by forcing everyone to slow down and be aware of who's on the road."

"Exhibition Road in London -- a half-mile strip in the city's cultural heart that draws 11 million visitors each year to its numerous museums and cultural institutions -- will reopen next month without clear lane markers or curbs. As The Guardian describes it, the new design 'is about suggestion rather than certainty.' Similar projects on other streets in London have decreased accidents involving pedestrians, showing that both walkers and drivers tend to pay better attention when they realize that they can't rely on barriers to guide them..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vO86Ti
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Title: "Goodbye, Sidewalks: London Planners Break Down Boundaries Between Cars and Pedestrians"
Author: Zak Stone

BELGIUM'S BIKE TO WORK SCHEME SAVES EMPLOYERS 4 MILLION EURO

-> According to the Nov. 14th ECF Newsletter, "Bike to Work in Belgium has welcomed its 15,000th registered cyclist. All these cyclists can save their Belgian employers a lot of money. On average, regular cyclists take one less day of sick leave a year. A 'sick day' costs a Belgian employer on average 264 euro in guaranteed wages. 15,000 registered Bike to Work cyclists equates to approximately 4 million euro in savings..."

Source: http://bit.ly/s5VRlT


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

DELAWARE GOV. DIRECTS DELDOT & DRNEC TO DEVELOP STATE TRAIL PLAN

-> In a Nov. 10th message, Randi Novakoff of the Wilmington Area Planning Council wrote, "During the 3rd Delaware Bike Summit held on held on October 14, it was announced that Governor Jack Markell directed DelDOT and DRNEC to work together to develop the First State Trails and Pathways Plan. The Plan seeks to create a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails by building on existing pathways and trails."

"It also serves to implement several of the Governor's goals including 're-establishing Delaware in the top ten of bicycling friendly states; building a world-class interconnected, non-motorized trails, and pathway networks; linking Delaware communities internally to support more sustainable local economies and externally expanding the linkages between the state's neighborhoods, towns, and cities; and developing and implementing sustainable practices in the creation of Delaware's pathway and trails network, such as supporting native landscaping and natural habitats.'"

"The Secretaries of both agencies signed an MOU during the Summit and agreed to work together to implement the Governor's goals. Governor Markell also allotted $7 million dollars toward implementation of the Plan. DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara detailed a list of 17 proposed projects, identified by the Plan, during the Summit. These projects include completing the Northern Delaware Greenway, completing segments of the East Coast Greenway, and constructing an off-road trail from Newark to Wilmington. The First State Trails and Pathways Plan is currently undergoing public review."

Details of the draft plan: http://1.usa.gov/swzkH1

Check out the Delaware Bike Summit presentation: http://bit.ly/srFQTm (3.8MB pdf)

MARIETTA (GA): RAQUEL NELSON'S 2ND TRIAL FOR HIT-AND-RUN CONVICTION ON HOLD

-> According to the Nov. PEDS e-newsletter, "The conviction of Raquel Nelson, a mother whose four year old son was killed as they attempted to cross from a bus stop to their home, of vehicular homicide and other charges sparked national outrage. At a hearing after the trial, Judge Kathryn Tanksley sentenced Nelson to community service and a year of probation. She also offered Nelson the option of a second trial, which Nelson accepted a few days later."

"In August, attorney Steve Sadow filed a motion to nullify all charges on due process grounds and a plea requesting a hearing to challenge the sufficiency of evidence at the first trial. At the hearing, the judge dropped the charge convicting Nelson of reckless conduct, but allowed the other challenges to stand. Sadow, who is working pro bono for Nelson, appealed the ruling. The second trial, which was scheduled for November 28, is on hold..."

Source: http://bit.ly/t8WsIR

For a July 19th Forbes article, go to: http://onforb.es/tZCh0D

INTRODUCING WISCONSIN'S NEWEST CROSS-STATE BIKE TRAIL NETWORK

-> In the Nov. 15th Wisconsin Bicycling Update, Dave Schlabowske wrote, "Almost exactly a year since the Hank Aaron State Trail was extended and paved from Miller Park out to 94th Place, the extension has been extended the remaining 30 blocks of the abandoned railroad corridor purchased by the WDNR years ago. While the project is not 100% finished, this final extension of the Hank Aaron State trail fills in southeastern Wisconsin's last big gap in the state trail network from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi. Bicyclists can dip their wheel in Lake Michigan and ride to the Mississippi almost entirely on trails..."

Ed. Note: Check out the great photos!

Source: http://bit.ly/rFJnRx

LYNCHBURG (VA) GETS NEW PED BRIDGE, MORE IMPROVEMENTS TO COME

-> According to a Nov. 22nd WDBJ7-TV story, "A new bridge is just the beginning of some major upgrades along one of Lynchburg's busiest highways. City leaders celebrated the completion of the Wards Road Pedestrian Bridge with a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning. The span is more than 100 feet long and cost more than a million dollars. Liberty University paid most of the bill, with the city footing the rest."

"Just a few feet from the bridge, work continues on a new pedestrian tunnel under the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. That project will connect Wards Road with the LU campus. 'With the tunnel opening, obviously we think that the number of students on foot and bicycle in (the Wards Road) area will greatly increase,' said Lynchburg City Planner, Tom Martin. 'Our ultimate goal is to provide for their safety.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/sMSchb
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Title: "Completion of new foot bridge marks beginning of major pedestrian improvements along Lynchburg's Wards Road"
Author: Tim Saunders

NEW W. VIRGINIA PLAN TO BOOST PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

-> According to a Nov. 17th Daily Athenaeum article, "A statewide plan is being finalized to improve the health and quality of life for West Virginia residents by promoting more physical activities. West Virginia is one of only two states taking the initiative to adapt a personalized version of the National Physical Activity Plan in hopes of changing the lifestyles of its residents, said Eloise Elliot, Chair of WVPAP. 'The plan is a comprehensive, statewide plan that involves eight societal sectors of the population that come together to try to promote physical activity opportunities and participation in the state,' Elliot said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ur9xGP
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Title: "New statewide plan encourages physical activity, healthy lifestyle"
Author: Lacey Palmer

80% MORE CAMBRIDGE (MA) WOMEN WALK TO WORK VS OTHER CITIES

-> According to a Nov. 11th Globe article, "Women who live in Boston and Cambridge can feel a little healthier today: Both cities rank high in Self magazine's annual survey of healthiest cities for women to live in. Cambridge came out on top out of 100 cities nationwide that were included in the survey, while Boston ranked third. 'We looked at 7,000 pieces of data in 50 categories including disease rates, obesity, environmental factors, crime levels, and women's lifestyle habits like sleep, smoking, and diet,' said Sara Austin, features director at Self. (The data mainly came from government sources, such as a recent federal survey of 200,000 Americans on their health habits.)"

"To earn its number one ranking, the Cambridge metro area (which, oddly, included Newton and Framingham) scored strongly in a wide range of measures, including lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and depression, and also safety -- violent crime is rare, as are car and pedestrian deaths. And 80 percent more Cambridge women walk to work compared with those in other cities..."

Source: http://bo.st/sSlwMk
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Title: "Cambridge ranked healthiest city for women, edging third-place Boston"
Author: Deborah Kotz


THE RESEARCH BEAT

U.S. NEIGHBORHOODS STRUGGLE WITH TRAFFIC POLLUTION HEALTH THREATS

-> According to an Oct. 11th Scientific American article, "...About half of the residents of Los Angeles County -- about 7 million people -- live within a mile of a freeway, 'some within 100 meters or less, and that's dramatically close,' said Dr. Ed Avol, a USC professor of preventive medicine. Dr. Frank Gilliland, who directs the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, said lung function is about 10 percent lower in kids who grow up near the freeways, where there are high levels of ultra-fine particles. Also, children born to mothers living within 309 meters of a freeway appear to be twice as likely to have autism, according to research by assistant professor Heather Volk."

"Ninety schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District are close to freeways and highly exposed to traffic fumes, said Angelo Bellamo, director of environmental health for Los Angeles County. A new district policy prohibits new schools within 500 feet of a freeway unless the district determines that there are no alternative sites, he said. 'But we still have to deal with the 90 that are too close,' he said. And in some cases, freeways and other facilities are moving closer to existing schools. 'There's a growing body of knowledge [about health effects] and the craziness is that we're still doing this,' Bellamo said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tx1BpY
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Title: "U.S. Neighborhoods Struggle with Health Threats from Traffic Pollution"
Author: Marla Cone

Via Transportation and Public Health eNewsletter: http://bit.ly/tkA501

UMN RESEARCHERS STUDY PEDESTRIAN, CYCLIST ROUNDABOUT DELAYS

-> According to the Nov. 16th CTS Research E-News, "Responding to reports that pedestrians and cyclists were finding it difficult to cross roundabout intersections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation asked researchers at the Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) to take a close look at interactions between motor vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. MTO director John Hourdos highlighted some interesting findings from the project at an ITS Institute research seminar on September 29. Analyzing the delay times experienced by pedestrians and cyclists produced some interesting results, said Hourdos."

"Taking into account all pedestrians -- both those who had to wait to cross and those who did not encounter any vehicular traffic at the intersection -- the average delay was around 2.3 seconds, and even those who had to wait for a car to stop waited an average of only 3.8 seconds. However, there was a huge variation in wait times, with some having to wait up to 30 seconds or more. Compared to a signalized intersection, where the average delay is roughly half the time it takes for the signal to complete one full cycle, roundabouts offer much better average wait times, Hourdos said. But having to stand at the crosswalk while cars speed through (despite a state law requiring drivers to yield) could make the wait seem much more onerous, Hourdos noted..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ssvjXj

BIG SAVINGS IF TWIN CITIES FOLKS TAKE SHORT SUMMER TRIPS BY BIKE!

-> According to a Nov. 2nd Star Tribune article, "If half of all short trips during the summer months were done on two wheels instead of four, the Twin Cities would prevent nearly 300 deaths each year and save $57 million in medical costs, according to a study on biking and air pollution published Wednesday. If trips of 5 miles or less were conducted by bicycle during the 124 best weather days of the year, 11 major cities in the Midwest would prevent 1,100 deaths from lung diseases, obesity and heart disease and save $7 billion annually. Though the health benefits from reducing air pollution and increasing exercise are well known, the study is the first to estimate the combined effect of both on a city-by-city basis..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vP4Q7D
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Title: "More bikes, healthier cities"
Author: Josephine Marcotty

Via The Minnesota Active Living Network News: http://bit.ly/rv7ixg


QUOTES R US

-> "As a pedestrian, I've seen drivers speeding down local streets, showing a lack of regard for pedestrians and bicyclists. I see the need for more 'Complete Streets' -- more and improved sidewalks; better markings at crosswalks to put motorists on alert; bike paths where needed; and intersection improvements, including countdown pedestrian signals and accessible curb cuts at crosswalks to accommodate those who are mobility impaired..."
-- James Simpson, New Jersey State Commissioner of Transportation

http://bit.ly/vR65wx

-> "If god had intended for you to drive and use a mobile communication device, like a spider he would have given you 8 eyes."
-- Ametis

http://bit.ly/w0ZsFr

-> "In the future, perhaps our time will be known as the first decade of the Bicycle Wars, with righteous armies fighting over traffic lanes, bike paths and sidewalks, indeed over the very purpose of the streets themselves. Like many wars, it's a question of territory, and the pedestrian has been losing for years."
-- Christopher Gray, NY Times

http://nyti.ms/v1yfqI

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WOMAN STEALS BACK HER BIKE FROM SUSPECT

-> November 14, 2011: Anderson Cooper gives kudos to a woman who used Craigslist to track down the suspected thief who stole her bike. (video)

http://bit.ly/rzVo1W


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 "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)

WEBINAR "Safety and Operations of the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (HAWK) and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB)"

Date: November 30, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Kay Fitzpatrick (TTI), Richard Nassi (Pima Assn of Governments) & Ron Van Houten (Western Michigan Univ.)

Hosts: FHWA & PBIC

Cost: None

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


RESOURCES

-> "AIR QUALITY AND EXERCISE-RELATED HEALTH BENEFITS FROM REDUCED CAR TRAVEL..."
"...in the Midwestern United States;" article by Grabow, Spak, Holloway, Stone, Mednick & Patz; Environmental Health Perspectives. 2011 (abstract & links to other elements)
http://bit.ly/rCIc1m

-> "INCIDENCE RATES OF PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST CRASHES BY HYBRID..."
"...Electric Passenger Vehicles: An Update;" report by Wu, Austin & Chen, Office of Traffic Records and Analysis, NHTSA; DOT HS 811 526 October 2011 (general info & link to 639KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/uhX4JJ

-> "TEMPORAL AND REGIONAL TRENDS IN THE PREVALENCE OF HEALTHY..."
"...Lifestyle Characteristics: United States, 1994-2007; article by Troost (Michigan St. Univ), Rafferty, Luo (MSU) & Reeves (MSU); American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300326. November 17, 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/szzUmn

-> "EVALUATING THE SAFETY EFFECTS OF BICYCLE LANES IN NEW YORK CITY"
Article by Chen, Chen (U of Washington), Srinivasan, McKnight (City College of NU), Ewing & Roe (NYC DOT); American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300319. November 17, 2011 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/ruTSCT

-> "LITERATURE REVIEW ON VEHICLE TRAVEL SPEEDS & PEDESTRIAN INJURIES"
Report by Leaf & Preusser (Preusser Research Group, Inc.); for NHTSA. June 1998 (432KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/sMHNDY

-> "MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION INDICATORS"
Report of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, USDOT. October 2011 (general info & link to 863KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/rVp6Ph
Ed. note: No mention of walking or bicycling!


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!

-> 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

-> April 18-20, 2012, California Trails & Greenways Conference, Woodland Hills, CA. Info: Trails Conference phone: (877) 776-3619 or 541.547.3640; email: <trails@parks.ca.gov>
http://1.usa.gov/vi7xH9

-> 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
--- Bicycling Ambassadors Program Assistant

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


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