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#293 Wednesday, December 7, 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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----- LAB Petition: Tell Senate "No" to Mandatory Sidepath Law
----- House Republicans: Infrastructure Bill Won't Surface Until 2012
----- Peter Koltnow, Original BFA Board Member, Died November 28, 2011
----- Nat'l Cycling Groups Commend Improved FHWA Rumble Strip Advisory
----- Nominations Open for Alliance's 2012 Advocacy Awards
----- Cities, Quality Places, Real Estate, Walkable Urbanism
----- NCSRTS Releases 3-Part "Getting Results" Resource
----- MOBIEL 21 Spreads Belgium's "My Short Trips" Program
----- 'How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths'
----- The Transportation Planning Rule Every City Should Reform

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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----- Speed Camera Legislation Makes Chicago Streets Safer
----- Working for Safer Gloucester County (NJ) Streets
----- Sacramento (CA) Turns Freeway into Landscaped Boulevard
----- Portland (OR) Community Cycling Ctr Hosts Spanish-only Workshop
----- A Pedestrian-friendly Lake Champlain Bridge between VT & NY
----- Boston's Hubway Bike Share Program to Branch Out Next Spring

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----- New TTI Study: Texting Doubles a Driver's Reaction Time
----- How to Get 180,000 Cars Out of Peak Hour Congestion

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

LAB PETITION: TELL SENATE "NO" TO MANDATORY SIDEPATH LAW

-> According to the League of American Bicyclists, "The draft of the Senate's transportation authorization bill, S.1813 'Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,' includes language that would introduce a mandatory sidepath law on roads in our National Parks and other Federal lands. It requires cyclists on Federal lands to use a path or trail, instead of roads, if the speed limit is over 30 MPH and a trail exists within 100 yards, regardless of its condition or utility of the path. "

"The provision sets a terrible precedent. Passing it would send the wrong message to transportation agencies that these policies are acceptable. Laws like this have been taken off the books in states over the past 30 years. This takes us in the wrong direction. The League is working on many other aspects of the transportation reauthorization bill. This petition relates specifically to the mandatory sidepath law, which we felt deserved special attention. Stay tuned for news and action alerts related to this and other aspects of this critical legislation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ufmiHR

HOUSE REPUBLICANS: INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WON'T SURFACE UNTIL 2012

-> In a Nov. 30th DC.StreetsBlog article, Tanya Snyder wrote "Just this morning, Politico was reporting that the House would introduce the legislative text of its transportation proposal on Monday, but just a few short hours ago, House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica gave a speech at the University of Virginia in which he said there would be no movement on the bill until next year. He also sent some encouraging signals that his committee won't draft a bill that's all about highways."

"Committee staffers say that 'these things hinge on when we can get floor action,' and leadership isn't promising to bring the bill to the floor until January. Congress is taking a long holiday break this year, not coming back into session until January 17, after which it will immediately be interrupted by party conferences. Unless this calendar changes, there won't be significant time to devote to consideration of a major bill until February..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rq2qYs

PETER KOLTNOW, ORIGINAL BFA BOARD MEMBER, DIED NOVEMBER 28, 2011

-> In a Dec. 1st message, former Bicycle Federation of America Executive Director Bill Wilkinson wrote "Sadly, Peter Koltnow passed away on Monday, November 28th. He was 82. Peter served on the first Board of Directors of the Bicycle Federation. He was then the director of the Highway Users Federation. He had a quick, dry wit and wide-ranging interests. All in all, a great person."

Peter's obituary is here: http://bit.ly/sH8iVu

NAT'L CYCLING GROUPS COMMEND IMPROVED FHWA RUMBLE STRIP ADVISORY

-> According to a Nov. 29th Alliance for Biking & Walking news release, "Three of America's largest cycling organizations (Adventure Cycling Association, Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the League of American Bicyclists) wish to thank the FHWA for the significant improvements the agency made last week in an important technical advisory (TA) regarding the application of rumble strips on U.S. roadways...The FHWA issued a revised TA on rumble strips in May 2011, the first such revision in ten years...FHWA had indicated that this new advisory would substantially improve the TA's guidance on the application of rumble strips and how they affected bicyclists. Unfortunately, the May 2011 TA went backwards from the 2001 TA in its lack of inclusion of cyclists' safety issues."

"There was little mention of the needs of cyclists or the need for a public process regarding the application of rumble strips during road reconstruction or paving. These three national cycling groups contacted FHWA and the USDOT with many specific concerns and technical advice about revising the TA, and agency leaders indicated they would revisit the document. The newly revised TA (Shoulder and Edge Line Rumble Strips, Technical Advisory T 5040.39, Revised 1), released on November 16, 2011, is a substantial improvement. It includes a new section about the accommodation of all roadway users (Section 9), with a special emphasis on the needs of cyclists, and lays out 'a number of measures that should be considered to accommodate bicyclists'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tupVe3

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ALLIANCE'S 2012 ADVOCACY AWARDS

-> According to a Nov. 29th Alliance for Biking & Walking news release, "What individuals, organizations or businesses are making your city or state a better place to walk and bike? Honor leaders in your community by nominating them for a 2012 Advocacy Award from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. Each year the Alliance recognizes those who show exceptional leadership in advancing the bicycle and pedestrian movement in categories like Advocacy Organization of the Year and Advocate of the Year. Winners will be announced during a reception at the 2012 National Bike Summit. Submit your nominations by December 18, 2011."

Details: http://bit.ly/vPLT7z

CITIES, QUALITY PLACES, REAL ESTATE, WALKABLE URBANISM

-> In a Nov. 25th Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program article, Christopher B. Leinberger wrote, "Drive through any number of outer-ring suburbs in America, and you'll see boarded-up and vacant strip malls, surrounded by vast seas of empty parking spaces. These forlorn monuments to the real estate crash are not going to come back to life, even when the economy recovers. And that's because the demand for the housing that once supported commercial activity in many exurbs isn't coming back, either."

"By now, nearly five years after the housing crash, most Americans understand that a mortgage meltdown was the catalyst for the Great Recession, facilitated by underregulation of finance and reckless risk-taking. Less understood is the divergence between center cities and inner-ring suburbs on one hand, and the suburban fringe on the other. It was predominantly the collapse of the car-dependent suburban fringe that caused the mortgage collapse..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tZOHJi
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Title: "The Death of the Fringe Suburb"
Author: Christopher B. Leinberger

NCSRTS RELEASES 3-PART "GETTING RESULTS" RESOURCE

-> According to a Nov. 29th National Center for Safe Routes to School news release, "Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are impacting communities across the country in measurable ways. Local SRTS programs can: help reduce traffic congestion in neighborhoods and around schools, improve driver behavior, and increase bicycling and walking to school. To highlight the visible results gained by communities and to provide examples of how successful SRTS programs tracked their progress, the National Center for Safe Routes to School has developed a series of 'Getting Results' resources."

"'These new resources are designed to help communities think ahead about how to identify desired outcomes and measure a program's impact, and to highlight how SRTS programs have helped address problems that impact entire communities,' said Associate Director Nancy Pullen-Seufert. 'Measuring the impact of SRTS activities can help a local SRTS program evaluate its progress, pursue additional funding or even market its efforts.' The three-part 'Getting Results' series will highlight SRTS programs that have helped achieve: Traffic reduction, Changes in driver behavior that improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and Increased student participation in walking and bicycling..."

Source: http://bit.ly/uOusmZ

MOBIEL 21 SPREADS BELGIUM'S "MY SHORT TRIPS" PROGRAM

-> In a Nov. 24th message, Chelsea Tschoerner wrote "I'm an American interning at Mobiel 21, a non-profit organization in Leuven, Belgium, focused on projects to promote sustainable mobility -- primarily cycling and biking. Mobiel 21's My Short Trips program helps small towns and municipalities encourage individuals to take 20% of their short trips (under 5 kilometers) on foot or bike for one month a year. As it occurs within municipalities, it's more social and people participate because their friends take part and the town promotes it. And has to do with 20% of all trips -- so trips to stores, or bakeries or work as well. They then log these miles in a database online or in logbooks and can measure calories burned, gas saved and overall saved costs (a normal part of these campaigns)."

"The best aspect of the My Short Trips program is working with towns and local governments and this promotes a small switch -- not just to work, but with transport in general. The non-profit offers free campaign materials (posters, flyers and logbooks) and information/advice meetings with participating municipalities. At the end of the campaign, a national closing event is organised with a prize-giving ceremony and media attention publicity."

For more info, contact Chelsea at <chelsea.tschoerner@mobiel21.be> or go to: http://bit.ly/sNwfh4

'HOW THE DUTCH GOT THEIR CYCLE PATHS'

-> In a Nov. 30th PPS Placemaking Blog article, Sarah Goodyear wrote "Given the reputation of the Netherlands as a cyclist's paradise, you might think that its extensive cycling infrastructure came down from heaven itself, or was perhaps created by the wave of a magic wand. Not so. It was the result of a lot of hard work, including massive street protests and very deliberate political decision-making."

Source: http://bit.ly/uNraI2

Ed. Note: Be sure to watch the accompanying video; it's inspiring.

THE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING RULE EVERY CITY SHOULD REFORM

-> In a Dec. 5th The Atlantic Cities article, Eric Jaffee wrote, "Completing a major transit project is never a quick and easy process, but if any place should be able to move one swiftly through to completion, it's San Francisco. In 1973 the city adopted a 'transit first' policy that gave planning priority to modes of transportation other than the automobile. As the policy expressly states, decisions related to streets and sidewalks 'shall encourage the use of public rights-of-way by pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit.'"

"That's strong support for livability on paper, but in recent years the policy has felt much more like 'transit worst' in practice. A 2005 lawsuit postponed implementation of the city's master bike plan for years on the grounds that it failed to consider potential harm to the flow of automobile traffic -- an injunction that wasn't lifted until August 2010. The city has considered a bus-rapid transit line along Van Ness Avenue since 2004, but an environmental review on the project wasn't completed until early last month -- delayed, in part, by an intense study of the same traffic consideration -- and now service isn't expected to begin until at least 2016."

"The source of the disconnect between San Francisco's transit-first heart and its car-centric hand is an arcane engineering measure called 'level of service,' or LOS. In brief, LOS suggests that whenever the city wants to change some element of a street -- say by adding a bike lane or even just painting a crosswalk -- it should calculate the effect that change will have on car traffic. If the change produces too much congestion, then a great deal of time, money, and additional analysis must go toward the project's consideration."

"The weight of this hidden hand doesn't fall on San Francisco alone. 'Intersection LOS is one of the most widely-used traffic analysis tools in the U.S. and has a profound impact on how street space is allocated in U.S. cities,' writes Jason Henderson, geography professor at San Francisco State University, in the November issue of the Journal of Transport Geography. As Henderson argues, it's about time cities addressed the problem, and San Francisco is doing just that. It's currently in the process of drafting a new sustainable transportation metric that will replace LOS and promote livability. Still, the fight is far from over."

"'Every city I've ever come across has some use of [LOS],' says Henderson, who has conducted an extensive review of LOS and is writing a book on the politics of mobility in San Francisco. 'LOS and the privilege of the car is the incumbent. The way the political process is set up is you have to disprove the incumbent.'"

For the rest of the article: http://bit.ly/u79T7b


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

SPEED CAMERA LEGISLATION MAKES CHICAGO STREETS SAFER

-> In an article in the Dec. 2nd issue of Traffic Signals, Ron Burke of the Active Transportation Alliance wrote "Legislation allowing the use of automatic speed enforcement cameras in Chicago (and only in Chicago) passed yesterday in Springfield. Active Trans strongly supports this legislation because studies show that speed cameras significantly reduce the number of cars exceeding speed limits, and that makes walking and cycling easier and safer."

"The research is also clear that speed cameras significantly reduce crashes, injuries and deaths of all types (not just pedestrian). Check out my blog post (http://bit.ly/tywk3S) featuring a letter to the editor of the Tribune for more facts about speed cameras. Some critics are not convinced that speed cameras work. Of course, critics said red light cameras wouldn't work in Chicago either, but they were wrong. Fatalities at intersections with red light cameras have decreased roughly 60 percent..."

Source: http://bit.ly/unleGF

WORKING FOR SAFER GLOUCESTER COUNTY (NJ) STREETS

-> According to the Nov. 23rd edition of Mobilizing the Region, "Last Friday, Tri-State Transportation Campaign joined Action Wheels Bike Shop, Mayor Harry R. Riskie of Woodbury, NJ, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, area municipal officials and local volunteers to highlight the dangerous conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists on three Gloucester County, NJ roads -- Route 45 in Woodbury, Berkley Road in Mantua and W. Mantua Avenue in Wenonah. Volunteers conducted safety audits at these locations in an effort to formulate effective ways to address specific local pedestrian and bicyclist problems."

"Tri-State Transportation Campaign's most recent analysis of dangerous roads shows that between 2007 and 2009, 13 Gloucester County pedestrians were killed as a result of collisions with motor vehicles. Safety is a major concern for area bike riders as well -- according to a forthcoming TSTC analysis, 177 Gloucester County bicyclists were involved in accidents with automobiles between 2008 and 2010, with 7 of these individuals losing their lives. During this same period, 16 bicyclists were involved in accidents on Route 45 in Gloucester County alone..."

Source: http://bit.ly/u105oK

SACRAMENTO (CA) TURNS FREEWAY INTO LANDSCAPED BOULEVARD

-> A Dec. 4th Sacramento Bee article asks readers to "Think of it as West Sacramento's Embarcadero. This week, city leaders celebrated the completion of a $13 million project to transform a freeway segment into a landscaped boulevard with sidewalks and bike lanes. The former stretch of State Route 275, once called the West Sacramento Freeway, has been rebranded as Tower Bridge Gateway. It's a curving street with trees in the median, wide sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes that are painted green. The roadway starts on the west side of the Tower Bridge, passes through the north part of the city and connects to Highway 50-Capital City Freeway."

"At-grade crossings, with stoplights and turn signals for the crossing streets, were added at Third Street and Fifth Street, on either side of Raley Field. Drivers who used to travel at freeway speeds today must obey a 35 mph speed limit. The reconfigured streets now connect several parts of West Sacramento where large-scale redevelopment is occurring: the new Bridge District, the area along West Capitol Avenue, and the Washington neighborhood on the riverfront. Maureen Pascoe, the city's capital improvement manager, called the freeway's demise part of a 'seismic shift' in transportation planning across the nation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vBVvE6
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "West Sac Gateway completed"
Author: Hudson Sangree

PORTLAND (OR) COMMUNITY CYCLING CTR HOSTS SPANISH-ONLY WORKSHOP

-> According to a Nov. 30th Community Cycling Center E-News article, "On Friday, November 18th, we delivered our first ever Create a Commuter workshop exclusively in Spanish to a group of Spanish-speaking residents from Hacienda and clients from Easter Seals Latino Connection Program. This was our first Create a Commuter workshop with both agencies and was an exciting opportunity to merge two organizations that provide housing and career support services to the Latino community."

"The workshop, held at Hacienda's Salon Comunal in NE Portland, was co-facilitated by our outstanding Youth Program Instructor Omar Casillas and Program Director Laura Koch and went off without a hitch! In the past we have interpreted our workshops into different languages, but this was the first time we ran the entire workshop in Spanish."

"Even though we were all speaking Spanish, there was an incredible diversity of folks in the room. In just one corner of the room there were participants from Puerto Rico, Texas, Cuba and Mexico. 'The fact that we were delivering the workshop in people's native language really made people feel comfortable and able to contribute,' Laura shared. Many of the participants had not been on a bicycle in many years, but had lots of great questions about the rules of the road that we were able to answer..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vGUpSC

A PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY LAKE CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE BETWEEN VT & NY

-> In a Nov. 28th Walk 'n Roll News article, Cathy Frank wrote "The day after Thanksgiving my husband and I decided to drive down to Chimney Point and walk across the new Champlain Bridge which opened a few weeks ago, replacing the 1929 bridge that was condemned as unsafe a little over 2 years ago. The new bridge arches over this narrow point in Lake Champlain connecting Crown and Chimney Points as gracefully as the old bridge, but with its sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks at either end, it opens a whole new world of views and opportunities to the pedestrian and cyclist..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tOoRv6

Ed. Note: Great photos!

BOSTON'S HUBWAY BIKE SHARE PROGRAM TO BRANCH OUT NEXT SPRING

-> According to a Nov. 28th Globe article, "After recording 140,000 trips in four months, Boston's European-style bicycle-sharing system is expanding across the Charles River, with stations planned for Cambridge and Somerville after a winter hiatus. The 60-station, 600-bike Hubway system will shut down Wednesday night and reopen in March, weather permitting, when it will quickly expand - adding 30 stations and roughly 300 bicycles beyond Boston's borders."

"Cambridge officials said they hope to concentrate 20 stations in the most densely populated swaths of their city, and Somerville expects to usher in eight stations. Back on the Boston side of the Charles, Brookline is working on two stations it hopes to open soon after the Cambridge and Somerville expansion..."

Source: http://bo.st/sc4jsy
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Title: "Hubway to branch out next spring"
Author: Eric Moskowitz

Via StreetHeadlines: http://bit.ly/vSF3bK


THE RESEARCH BEAT

NEW TTI STUDY: TEXTING DOUBLES A DRIVER'S REACTION TIME

-> According to an Oct. 5th news release, "Researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute have determined that a driver's reaction time is doubled when distracted by reading or sending a text message. The study reveals how the texting impairment is even greater than many experts believed, and demonstrates how texting drivers are less able to react to sudden roadway hazards."

"The study -- the first published work in the U.S. to examine texting while driving in an actual driving environment -- consisted of three major steps. First, participants typed a story of their choice (usually a simple fairy tale) and also read and answered questions related to another story, both on their smart phones in a laboratory setting. Each participant then navigated a test-track course involving both an open section and a section lined by construction barrels. Drivers first drove the course without texting, then repeated both lab tasks separately while driving through the course again. Throughout the test-track exercise, each participant's reaction time to a periodic flashing light was recorded."

"Reaction times with no texting activity were typically between one and two seconds. Reaction times while texting, however, were at least three to four seconds. Worse yet, drivers were more than 11 times more likely to miss the flashing light altogether when they were texting. The researchers say that the study findings extend to other driving distractions that involve reading or writing, such as checking e-mail or Facebook..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ryGHMp
Download the report (1.2MB pdf) here: http://bit.ly/vNsHjc

Via Parade: http://bit.ly/vczsb2

HOW TO GET 180,000 CARS OUT OF PEAK HOUR CONGESTION

-> According to a Nov. 21st DutchMobility article, "In a recent study, the Dutch company PWC has investigated the effects of working from home. It concludes that not only would traffic jams be shorter but the number of road fatalities would decrease by 9 and the number of injured people by 1,700. The researchers studied what it would mean for 20% of the population to work from home for either one or two days a week by 2015. They found that based on an average commuting time of 54 minutes, 75 million hours could be saved if 20% of the population was working from home for two days. That equals 320,000 commuting hours per working day and, on average, 180,000 cars per working day. Were the same number of people to start one day of flexible working time, these figures would be halved..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rXvWIk


QUOTES R US

-> "Current planning tends to be biased in various, often subtle ways that favor automobile transport over other modes. For example, conventional travel surveys, and resulting travel statistics, tend to undercount non-motorized travel because they overlook short trips, off-peak trips, travel by children, and non-motorized links of linked trips. A bike-transit-walk trip is often coded simply as a transit trip, and a motorist who parks several blocks from work and walks is simply considered an auto commuter. "

"Although conventional travel surveys suggest that only 4-6% of trips are non-motorized, more comprehensive surveys, such as the National Household Travel Survey, indicate they are actually 10-15%, and even higher in large cities. Non-motorized travel improvements receive far less than this portion of funding: only 1.2% of total federal surface transport funds are spent on non-motorized facilities, and although local governments probably devote a somewhat larger share of their transport budgets to sidewalks and paths, perhaps 3-6%, but that is still much less than the share of non-motorized trips..."
-- Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

http://bit.ly/vlM74b

-> "Today, the most expensive housing is in the high-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods of the center city and inner suburbs. Some of the most expensive neighborhoods in their metropolitan areas are Capitol Hill in Seattle; Virginia Highland in Atlanta; German Village in Columbus, Ohio, and Logan Circle in Washington. Considered slums as recently as 30 years ago, they have been transformed by gentrification....The shift is durable and lasting because of a major demographic event: the convergence of the two largest generations in American history, the baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and the millennials (born between 1979 and 1996), which today represent half of the total population..."
-- Christopher B. Leinberger, Visiting Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

http://bit.ly/tZOHJi

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

VIDEO: "OCCUPY ALL STREETS"

-> "The Role of Carfree Cities in a More Sustainable World" - Video by J.H. Crawford

"Cities in the modern era have been overrun by cars and trucks. Streets have been stolen from human uses by invasive street users. Not only is this method unlikely to be sustained into the future, it also robs society of some of its most important public spaces. Carfree cities are a delightful solution to many different problems at once."

Source: http://bit.ly/swEAUK

VIDEO: "CONTREXPERIENCE (ENGLISH VERSION)"

-> The French "Stationary Velib" encourages exercise in a novel way...

Source: http://bit.ly/sOrrIV

Via the Union Rider: http://bit.ly/s9wDu3


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Engaging Youth in Your SRTS Program"

Date: December 13, 2011, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Carol Paola (Long Beach School District, MS) & Pam Barth (NCSRTS)

Hosts: America Walks & the National Center for SRTS

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/t2X8rH

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

WEBINAR "Accessibility in Work Zones"

Date: December 14, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Ken Johnson (MNDOT), Marni Ratzel (City of Boulder), Bill Cowern (City of Boulder).

Host: APBP

Cost: $75 for non-APBP members, $50 for APBP members

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

Contact: Debra Goeks (262) 228-7025 or <info@apbp.org>

WEBINAR "Edmonton's LocalMotion Project"

Date: March 7, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Presenter: Ian Hosler, City of Edmonton (AB) Community Services

Hosts: Tools of Change

Cost: $50

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


RESOURCES

-> "WALKING AND CYCLING IN THE UNITED STATES, 2001-2009..."
"...Evidence from the National Household Travel Surveys;" article by Pucher (Rutgers Univ.), Buehler (VA Tech), Merom & Bauman (Univ. of Sydney); AJPH, vol. 101, No. S1, pp. S310-S317. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.300067. December 2011 (528KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/ugI0F7

-> "ACCESSIBLE TRAIN AND STATION DESIGN FOR DISABLED PEOPLE"
Version 03 of the Code of Practice to protect the interests of disabled people travelling by rail; by the U.K Department for Transport. November 16, 2011 (general info and links to documents)
http://bit.ly/sGT4Fc

-> "CUMULATIVE IMPACT OF DEVELOPMENTS ON THE SURROUNDING..."
"...Roadways' Traffic;" report by Jeihani, Ardeshiri, Ighodaro & Mazloomdoost, Morgan State University; for the Maryland State Highway Administration; Project Number SP009B4R Final Report. October 2011 (general info & link to 1.8MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/uWnsn2

-> "IDAHO SMART GROWTH CITIZEN'S GUIDE"
Report by Idaho Smart Growth. November 28, 2011 (2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/vKDF07
Via Idaho Smart Growth Update: http://bit.ly/uFT0Kh

-> "AN INVESTIGATION OF THE EFFECTS OF READING AND WRITING..."
...Text-based Messages While Driving;" report by Cooper, Yager & Chrysler, Texas Transportation Institute; for the Southwest Region University Transportation Center; Report 476660-00024-1. August 2011 (1.2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/vNsHjc


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

-> February 22-24, 2012, "2 Walk and Cycle" Conference 2012, Hastings, NZ. Info: Harding Consultants Ltd, PO Box 5512, Christchurch 8542 Phone: +64 3 3 352 5598 Fax: +64 3 3 352 0197 Cell: 027 436 3083
http://bit.ly/rPa6Mw

-> 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

-> May 14-17, 2012, 8th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods (ICDAM), Rome, Italy. Info:
http://bit.ly/sopd4p
Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://bit.ly/n63f0Z

-> 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 -- MEMBERSHIP & OFFICE COORDINATOR -- MASSBIKE (BOSTON, MA)

MassBike, the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, is seeking a full-time Membership and Office Coordinator. The Office Coordinator is responsible for handling the administrative needs of the organization, including membership and donation processing, order fulfillment, invoicing, scheduling, and general office support. The Membership and Office Coordinator will report to and work closely with the Executive Director. This position is located in our office in Boston. Pay and Benefits: $26,000 plus benefits including medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, and paid holidays.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in MassBike and why you are a great candidate for this position to jobs@massbike.org

Details: http://bit.ly/urV4k6

-> 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

-> 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
--- Director of Community Outreach and Advocacy

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


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