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#294 Wednesday, December 21, 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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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012 Call for Proposals
----- 2011: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
----- Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Safe Streets Amendment
----- Call for Proposals: 2012 Toronto Complete Streets Forum
----- Biking & Walking Projects Score Big with Tiger III $$
----- Access Board Reopens Proposed Rights-of-Way Rule Comment Period
----- NTSB Says States Should Ban Drivers from Using Cell Phones
----- 'S-Hertogenbosch (NL) Elected Dutch Bicycle City of 2011
----- Why Are Traffic Engineers Being Marginalized?

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----- As Bike Traffic Increases, so too the Livability of Bozeman (MT)
----- RTC Honors Darwin Hindman, 5-Term Columbia (MO) Mayor
----- Watch Out for Santa Crossing Las Vegas Streets
----- AARP of Mich. & Mid-MEAC Sponsors Lansing Walkability Audit
----- Marin Co. (CA) Trans. Officials Approve $1M for Bike & Ped Projects
----- Polk Co. (FL) Rejects Ped Trail Overpass over 6-Lane Interchange

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----- Rutgers Study: Men, Child Pedestrians more Likely to be Struck

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2012 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> We are now one week into our call for proposals for the 2012 Pro Walk/Pro Bike® conference, which will convene in Long Beach CA, from Monday, September 10 to Thursday, September 13. We are soliciting proposals in six focus areas: Invest + Govern; Advocate + Include; Design + Engineer; Healthy + Safe; Plan + Connect; and SRTS + Beyond. We will be exploring each focus in upcoming editions of CenterLines and the monthly Pro Walk/Pro Bike® newsletter. If you have questions about the focus areas, or some of the changes we have made to the conference format, please contact us at <pwpb2012@bikewalk.org> or call (202) 223-3621."

For more information on the call for proposals or to submit your own, go to http://www.bikewalk.org/2012conference/submissions.php

The call for proposals closes at 8pm Eastern Time, February 1, 2012.

2011: LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING AHEAD
by Mark Plotz

-> Nearing the end of 2011, I am finding that I must remind myself more and more often that we are all pulling in the same direction. The saying that politics is the art of the possible, which has echoed throughout all the republics in human history, now appears to be either up for some serious revision or at least a temporarily tabling while we come to a national consensus on what are our priorities.

If there is an antidote to the pessimism and paralysis of national politics, it is to be found in cities like Long Beach, where in the vacuum created by our lack of federal transportation legislation, the locals are charging forward with their own money to build bike infrastructure and to incubate bicycle friendly business districts. Long Beach is by no means unique in its response, as this year saw an increasing number of cities and regions getting very local with the planning and funding of transportation improvements.

Some are calling 2011 the year of the city. I agree. In a moment when our politics serve to sharpen our differences, it is in our cities where we still--and must--come together to cooperate for the betterment of all. Goods and ideas flow more easily in cities; culture is formed in its milieu; time and energy is saved--provided there has been good planning; and social capital--that which prolongs and enhances lives--is created.

Of course not everyone sees it that way, and even if they do there is disagreement on how to get there--wherever that is, which brings me to the second most ubiquitous statement about politics: all politics is local. The rise of cycling in 2011 has been met (but not matched) by a rise in opposition from the unfettered motoring crowd, and some of the nastiest fights have been at the local level. This development has on many occasions thrust cyclists and their advocates into an unfamiliar role: being the most reasonable people in the room at a public meeting. The charges we face range from social engineering, to being gentrifying elitists, to being puppets of the United Nation's Agenda 21.

How do we respond to that? First, remember to laugh because this stops being fun when we can't laugh at ourselves. Then...

  1. Don't take the pushback personally: we are seeing both evidence of our success, and the effects of the centrifugal political, economic, and social forces that seem to be acting upon individuals, families, whole communities, and our nation at this prolonged moment.
  2. Watch our language: terms like 'sustainability,' 'density,' 'active living,' and 'livability' may be our shorthand for values upon which there is broad agreement, but those terms do not always connect with the general public. Our plans can be defined as promoting 'efficiency,' 'affordability,' and 'competitiveness' while still achieving the unstated goal of sustainability.
  3. Embrace discourse: our progress in winning walking and bicycling infrastructure investments is largely determined by the openness of the planning process. Now is not the time to shrink from the public participation process simply because a few loud tin-foil hat types have hijacked this moment. Recent articles in the Washington Post (http://wapo.st/sOJLU5) and The Atlantic Cities series (http://bit.ly/uwEu8c) both describes this phenomenon and prescribes remedies.
  4. Toast our successes: walking and cycling interests spoke more loudly and clearly than ever in 2011, successfully defending federal policy and funding that benefits walking and bicycling. Few causes today are as grassroots and as potent as ours. Well-done!

See you in 2012!

Further reading and development:
"Communications Boot Camp," developed by the American Planning Association, is a direct response to these new challenges to the planning profession and the public participation process. The webinars are free for APA members. http://planning.org/policy/communicationsbootcamp/

"Your Cause (in 600 words)," offers succinct advice for articulating your case clearly and persuasively. It is great advice for those writing op/ed pieces for the local newspaper. See http://bit.ly/s0nm7B

SENATE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES SAFE STREETS AMENDMENT

-> According to a Dec. 14th National Complete Streets Coalition blog entry, "In a major step forward for Complete Streets, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a federal transportation authorization bill that includes a measure for the safe accommodation of all users in federally-funded street projects."

"Alaska Senator Mark Begich offered the amendment that established this measure and accepted an amendment from Senator John Thune of South Dakota. The Committee voted unanimously in favor of the measure...With this measure in place, the proposed bill now directs the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to create standards for the safe accommodation of all road users and allows the Secretary to waive the standards for states that have their own policies. The additional language offered by Senator Thune would allow states to determine what is safe and adequate accommodation for a specific street..."

Source: http://bit.ly/u4swfB

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2012 TORONTO COMPLETE STREETS FORUM

-> According to a Dec. 12th announcement, "The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of Clean Air Partnership invites you to submit a proposal for the 2012 Complete Streets Forum taking place in Toronto on April 23, 2012. In its fifth year, the goal of the upcoming Forum is to accelerate the implementation of Complete Streets across Canada. To achieve this goal, we invite proposals from everyone with experience creating streets that are safe, comfortable, and attractive for all road users including pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users, and motorists of all ages and abilities."

"To ensure a comprehensive and balanced program, we are seeking speakers and participants from all related sectors including planners, transportation officials, public health professionals, engineers, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, developers, accessibility and mobility experts, emergency responders, taxi drivers, non-profits, and more. Proposals should be evidence-based and relate to the planning, design, engineering, education, or evaluation of Complete Streets."

Deadline for submissions: January 20, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Details: http://bit.ly/sOE7yV

BIKING & WALKING PROJECTS SCORE BIG WITH TIGER III $$

-> According to a Dec. 20th DC.StreetsBlog entry, "In the third round of TIGER funding, the Obama administration has continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to bike and pedestrian projects. 'Of the 46 projects chosen for funding, 22 incorporate some aspect of bike and pedestrian accessibility, and nine of them make cyclists or pedestrians the primary beneficiary,' said Kartik Sribarra, of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Among the more important active transportation projects to win the nod from U.S. DOT in this round of funding is the Chicago bike sharing grant."

"But RTC also highlights Beaufort, South Carolina's success in securing a $12.6 million grant to improve the walkability on a major thoroughfare. Currently, the town's main street, Boundary Street, is a visually unappealing and car-oriented, suburban-style arterial. But TIGER III money will help convert the street into a landscaped, walkable, bikeable boulevard. This project is the result of a great deal of planning and investment by the local community. According to U.S. DOT, the city of Beaufort has adopted a new land use plan and form-based codes, and they've approved a one-cent sales tax increase to pay for transportation projects..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vZsEVZ
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Title: "Biking and Walking Score Big in TIGER III"
Author: Angie Schmitt

ACCESS BOARD REOPENS PROPOSED RIGHTS-OF-WAY RULE COMMENT PERIOD

-> According to the Dec. 16th CMAP Weekly Update, "The U.S. Access Board has reopened the comment period on its proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way (PROWAG) through February 2, 2012. While the original comment deadline was November 23 (see our earlier blog post: http://1.usa.gov/vvuNIY), the extension is in response to requests from interested parties, including government and trade associations, for additional time to submit comments on the rule, as indicated in a published notice. The proposed guidelines address access to public streets and sidewalks, street crossings, on-street parking, and other components of public rights-of-way. Comments can be submitted or viewed through the regulations website (http://1.usa.gov/rSahaz). Further information on this rulemaking is available on the Board's website (http://1.usa.gov/uPyR8G)..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/ti5JFK

NTSB SAYS STATES SHOULD BAN DRIVERS FROM USING CELL PHONES

-> According to a Dec. 13th Anchorage Daily News article, "States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel. The board made the recommendation in connection with a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year."

"The board said the initial collision in the accident near Gray Summit, Mo., was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash. The pickup, traveling at 55 mph, collided into the back of a tractor truck that had slowed for highway construction. The pickup was rear-ended by a school bus that overrode the smaller vehicle. A second school bus rammed into the back of the first bus..."

Source: http://bit.ly/v7WJGA
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Title: "NTSB says states should ban drivers from using cell phones"
Author: Joan Lowy

NTSB's Dec. 13th press release: http://1.usa.gov/rGeEgz

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH (NL) ELECTED DUTCH BICYLE CITY OF 2011

-> According to an article in the Dec. 9th edition of DutchMobility, "The city of 's-Hertogenbosch is awarded the Bicycle City of 2011 in the Netherlands. The other nominees were Harderwijk, Houten, Groningen and Pijnacker-Nootdorp. The jury report states that: ''s-Hertogenbosch is a city which underwent drastic developments concerning cycling in the last few years. It can be an inspiration for other cities in the Netherlands. The city has pushed cycling forward with loads of energy, creativity, ambition and a substantial investments program. Although the city already has an extensive network of bike lanes, it kept investing in new cycling infrastructure. Where possible, bridges and tunnels provide a fast and safe solution...'"

Source: http://bit.ly/rKLxRn

WHY ARE TRAFFIC ENGINEERS BEING MARGINALIZED?

-> In a Dec. 7th Engineering News-Record article, Sam Schwartz wrote, "Traffic engineers are being marginalized and viewed as anachronisms, like Mad Men from a bygone age. As Christopher B. Leinberger, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and professor of planning at the University of Michigan, writes in a recent NY Times op-ed, 'traffic engineers dismissively call [bus and light-rail systems, bike lanes and pedestrian improvements] "alternative transportation."' In saying so, he, and planners around the world, are being dismissive of me and my profession."

"We are the GEICO Neanderthals of society. And who's to blame? Yes, we deserve a lot of it. We, as a profession, continued to build more roads, wider roads, and faster roads while knowing full well we were running out of capacity and making transport systems less efficient. An example I've used time and time again in New York City is that the Brooklyn Bridge, when it was largely a rail and walking bridge, handled 430,000 people daily. In the 1940's, we 'modernized' it by removing the rail; its daily person carrying volume dropped to 180,000. During my lifetime, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island was built with 12 car lanes but no bikeway, walkway or transit right-of-way..."

Source: http://bit.ly/w0jYG9
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Title: "A Traffic Engineer's Lament"
Author: Sam Schwartz


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

AS BIKE TRAFFIC INCREASES, SO TOO THE LIVABILITY OF BOZEMAN (MT)

-> In a Dec. 8th Bozeman Chronicle column, Nonnie Thompson wrote, "What if you took 8,000 autos off Bozeman's streets on an average day? What if thousands of trips to work, school or errands were conducted without the use of gas or impact on our roads? Imagine if those commuters were on bicycles, peddling silently, integrating into the traffic patterns of our streets. Welcome to a day in Bozeman, September 2011."

"This fall, with the guidance of Joe Gilpin of Alta Planning and the help of many volunteers, the Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board (BABAB) conducted a baseline bike count within the city. Using national guidelines, we counted bicycles at 12 intersections along commuting routes for two-hour periods during three evening rush hours. It was mid-week in mid-September. The evening weather ran from warm and clear to cool and cloudy. Results varied, minute to minute, place to place. But the bottom line was astounding, even to the bikers themselves. In total, more than 4,700 cyclists were counted..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tcqG3A
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Title: "As bike traffic increases, so too the livability of Bozeman"
Author: Nonnie Thompson

RTC HONORS DARWIN HINDMAN, 5-TERM COLUMBIA (MO) MAYOR

-> According to the Dec. 8th edition of Rail-Trail eNews, "As a citizen activist in the 1980s, Darwin Hindman helped convince then-Missouri Governor John Ashcroft and the state legislature to convert an unused rail line into what remains the longest continuous rail-trail in the United States: the 237-mile Katy Trail State Park. Then, as a five-term mayor of Columbia, Mo., from 1995 to 2010, Hindman worked tirelessly to expand that city's system of trails, bike lanes and parks. He was instrumental in securing a $25 million federal grant that Columbia is using to develop a non-motorized transportation system that will allow residents to go car-free, if they choose..."

Source: http://bit.ly/srOo44

WATCH OUT FOR SANTA CROSSING LAS VEGAS STREETS

-> According to a Dec. 20th FOX5 story, "Police officers Tuesday won't make it too hard for motorists to see them cross streets. Authorities will don red Santa suits to make sure drivers adhere to pedestrian safety rules and allow these Jolly Old foot movers to cross the street. The operation setup by Las Vegas Metro police's traffic safety bureau is the recent crosswalk event in which officers remind drivers safety rules when it comes to crosswalks. Last month, Metro officers donned turkey suits while crossing crosswalks as part of a campaign leading up to Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the events are in response to the rash of deadly automobile-pedestrian collisions that has run rampant over the fall months..."

Source: http://bit.ly/sgNm14
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Title: "Watch out for Santa's crossing Vegas streets"
Author: Matt Guillermo

AARP OF MICH. & MID-MEAC SPONSORS LANSING WALKABILITY AUDIT

-> In a Dec. 3rd Panethos blog entry, Rick Brown wrote "Sponsored by AARP of Michigan and the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC), the Lansing Walkability Audit will survey the walking conditions along 700 miles of streets throughout the city. It is the largest project of its kind in the nation. This fact, combined with Lansing being the first community in the State of Michigan to adopt a Complete Streets Ordinance in 2009 makes me very proud. However, that does not mean things are perfect and fixing damaged, broken, heaved, missing, or poorly constructed sidewalks will take time and effort to identify and correct..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rxWi7o

MARIN CO. (CA) TRANS. OFFICIALS APPROVE $1M FOR BIKE & PED PROJECTS

-> According to a Nov. 30th Independent Journal article, "Rehabilitation of popular Southern and Central Marin pathways and new bicycle lanes along Miller Creek Road in north San Rafael are among the half-dozen projects to receive a total $1 million from the Transportation Authority of Marin to improve biking and walking opportunities. The money approved by the authority is a mix of federal, state, vehicle registration and Bay Area Air Quality Management District funds it received. The process-which occurs every two years--was competitive as Marin's municipalities had to submit their proposals to the authority. Some $2 million in requests were made..."

Source: http://bit.ly/sbP6q3
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Title: "Transportation officials approve $1 million for Marin bike and pedestrian projects"
Author: Mark Prado

Via MCBC eNews http://bit.ly/sR3pej

POLK CO. (FL) REJECTS PED TRAIL OVERPASS OVER 6-LANE INTERCHANGE

-> According to a Dec. 20th Ledger article, "Bicyclists, walkers and skaters on the Fort Fraser Trail will have another obstacle to cross by spring 2013. County Commissioners voted 4-1 today to reject a plan to build a pedestrian overpass over the planned Bartow Northern Connector where it enters U.S. 98. The $15 million road, which will be under way early next year, will run from U.S. 98 to U.S. 17. A later, unfunded section will continue to State Road 60 east of Bartow. Commissioners first considered the overpass in 2009, but rejected the idea after getting some criticism from the public over the expense."

"The reasoning behind the proposal was to make sure those who use the trail could safely travel all of it without having to cross the six-lane interchange with the new bypass route. The new road is intended to divert trucks and other traffic from State Road 60. Traffic volume is projected to be 31,000 vehicles a day. 'It's half the length of a football field,' Deputy County Manager Bill Beasley told commissioners in reference to the distance pedestrians would have to cross at the highway intersection...Commissioners Melony Bell and Ed Smith said they objected to the fact that the trail overpass would partially block Bartow Ford's sign, possibly hurting the longtime company's business..."

Source: http://bit.ly/v3XiKW
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Title: "County Rejects Pedestrian Overpass for Fraser Trail"
Author: Tom Palmer

Ed. note: Commissioners Bell & Smith have some alarming priorities.


THE RESEARCH BEAT

RUTGERS STUDY: MEN, CHILD PEDESTRIANS MORE LIKELY TO BE STRUCK

-> According to a Dec. 13th Northjersey.com article, "Male pedestrians in New Jersey are more likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle than females and while young pedestrians are involved in more of those accidents, they are less likely to die, according to a study of incidents over eight years. The 2011 Pedestrian Safety Tracking Report was conducted by the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University and submitted this month to the state Transportation Department. The study analyzed police data for the years 2003 through 2010. It looked at accidents in which a pedestrian died or was injured -- not reports that resulted only in property damage."

"The report found there were 1,003 pedestrian fatalities due to being struck by vehicles, about 125 per year, across the state, 40,150 pedestrians were injured during the eight years. Most pedestrian deaths from crashes occurred on state highways, followed by county roads, then municipal roads. Among the state's largest cities, Paterson ranked third in average pedestrian-vehicle accidents per 100,000 people. The report also found that accidents resulting in injury declined between 2008 and 2010, the period during which vehicle miles traveled also dropped."

"Charles Brown, senior research specialist at Voorhees, attributes the drop to the state's crosswalk law that requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, as well as infrastructure improvements, and a more educated public. Brown said police departments around the state have carried out stings in which they pull over motorists who drive through a crosswalk while a pedestrian is still in the street, and talk to them about the law. 'We target locations where there are high incidents,' he said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rvaOAz
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Title: "Study: Men, child pedestrians more likely to be struck"
Author: Karen Rouse


QUOTES R US

-> "Every city I've ever come across has some use of [Level of Service]...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."
-- Jason Henderson, San Francisco St. University

http://bit.ly/vmpQYg

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

-> "Everyone freak out: Carmageddon is back. Right now, several U.S. cities are scheming to shut down major freeways--permanently. In the push to take back cities from cars, this is what you'd call throwing down the gauntlet. The drive to tear down the huge freeways that many blame for the inner-city blight of the '60s and '70s is one of the most dramatic signs of the new urban order. Proponents of such efforts have data to show that freeway removal is not at all bizarre, that we can return to human-size streets without causing a gridlock apocalypse. And that may be true. But pulling down these shrines to the automobile also feels like a bold rewriting of America's 20th-century urban script: Revenge of the Pedestrian. This time it's personal..."
-- Will Doig, Salon

http://bit.ly/svyeI5

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

3 VIDEOS OF CHICAGO COMMUTES

-> "Taken as a group, I think these videos provide tremendous insight into the state of bicycle infrastructure in the United States and help to answer why less than one percent of people bike to work even though nearly half of the US population ride bicycles for recreation. They also illustrate what sort of political leadership is needed to get more universally attractive and convenient bikeways constructed..."
-- Dave Schlabowske, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin

http://bit.ly/vDaVaB

"HOW TO BIKE ON BLACK ICE"

Tyler Pell, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
November 18, 2011

"With temperatures expected to dip below freezing soon, now is the time to prepare for safe winter bicycling and icy conditions ahead. Black ice refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. It's virtually transparent on asphalt, making it practically invisible to bicyclists, but just as slippery as regular ice. Keep reading for tips to avoid being caught by surprise on slick roads..."

Source: http://bit.ly/sb8adI

Via St. Paul Smart Trips: http://bit.ly/uMUwIW


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Americans with Disabilities Act and Context Sensitive Solutions"

Date: January 5, 2012, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Candace Groudine (FHWA), Mary Finch (FHWA), James Evensen (WY DOT) & Lisa MacPhee (FHWA)

Hosts: FHWA, PPS & INDUS Corp.

Cost: None

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

WEBINAR "Emerging Technologies for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning"

Date: January 18, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Presenter(s): To be announced

Host: APBP

Cost: $50 per site for APBP members, $85 per site for non-APBP members

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/tZbP5y

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

-> "INVESTIGATION INTO THE USE OF POINT-TO-POINT SPEED CAMERAS"
Report by Lynch, White & Napier (AECOM NZ Ltd); NZ Transport Agency research report 465. December 2011 (general info & link to 1.1MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/vbJQzN

-> "INFRASTRUCTURE AND CYCLIST SAFETY"
Transport Research Laboratory Report by Reid & Adams (MVA Consultancy); for U.K. Department for Transport; Final Project Report PPR580. December 2010 (general info & link to 593KB pdf (free registration req'd))
http://bit.ly/rr7dY0

-> "PROMOTING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES IN A CULTURE OF DISTRACTED DRIVING"
Article by Smith (Univ of Georgia), Benden (Texas A&M) & Lee (Texas A&M); Volume 9 of Preventing Chronic Disease. January 2012 (online)
http://1.usa.gov/w1hlwH

-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL STATE NETWORK PROJECT PHASE II: SUCCESSES..."
"...and Lessons Learned 2010 - 2011 Final Report;" report by Ping, Hubsmith, Weber-Smith, Janis, Cooke & state network organizers in 19 states & DC; Safe Routes to School National Partnership. November 2011 (5.4MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/skC0px

-> "NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL CONTROLLER: FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATIONS"
Austroads Research Report by David Stewart (Queensland Dept of Transport and Main Roads), James Luk & David Chin (ARRB Group); Publication no: AP-R396-11 ISBN 978-1-921991-12-7; Austroads Project No. NS1510. December 2011 (general info & link to 4MB pdf; free registration req'd)
http://bit.ly/rRbhEt

-> "2011 PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TRACKING REPORT"
Report by the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, Rutgers; for the New Jersey DOT. 2011 (11.8MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/vuhO6r

Via Mobilizing the Region: http://bit.ly/tiWKcD


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 13-15, 2012, Winning Campaigns Training, Tucson, AZ. Hosted by Alliance for Biking & Walking, with Living Streets Alliance. Info:
http://bit.ly/uM8jsR

-> 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 6-7, 2012, Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, CO. Info: Amy Morfas Deputy Director, Bicycle Colorado, phone: (303) 417-1544, x15; e-mail: <amy@bicyclecolorado.org>
http://bit.ly/sHWDxp

-> 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

-> April 27-29, 2012, Winning Campaigns Training, Boston, MA. Hosted by Alliance for Biking & Walking, with Livable Streets Alliance. Info: http://bit.ly/t5pRKu

-> 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 8-10, 2012, Winning Campaigns Training, Houston, TX. Hosted by Alliance for Biking & Walking, with Citizens Transportation Coalition and BikeHouston. Info: http://bit.ly/sdHaEh
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

-> June 26-29, 2012, Velo-City Global 2012 Conference, Vancouver, CA. Info: CongressWorld Conferences Inc., #725-1155 W. Pender St, Vancouver, BC Canada V6E 2P4; phone: (604) 685-0450, toll free in Canada & USA: (877) 685-0452; fax: 604.685.0451, toll free fax in Canada & USA): (877) 685-0456)

-> September 7-10, 2012, Alliance Leadership Retreat, Long Beach, CA. Info: Jeremy Grandstaff, Alliance for Biking & Walking, <jeremy@peoplepoweredmovement.org>
http://bit.ly/w0TS8I

-> September 10-12, 2012, 5th Int'l Urban Design Conference, Melbourne, AU. Info: Sarah Hoekwater, Conference Secretariat, phone: (617) 5502 2068; email: <conference@urbandesignaustralia.com.au>
http://bit.ly/uUuEhW

-> 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

-> October 19-21, 2012, Winning Campaigns Training, Kansas City, MO. Hosted by Alliance for Biking & Walking, with BikeWalkKC. Info: http://bit.ly/sooRsr

-> 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 -- TRANS PROGRAM DIRECTOR -- NCDOT, RALEIGH, NC

Description of Work: Position reports to the Deputy Secretary for Transit and will serve as the Bicycle & Pedestrian Director; is responsible for carrying all the Bicycle and Ped. duties for the Department as defined by General Statutes:

1. Responsible for working with the Secretary, Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Secretary for Transit, Board of Transportation and the NC General Assembly

2. To develop and implement Bicycle and Ped. policies and programs

3. Responsible for creating and articulating a statewide vision for bicycling and walking in NC in the 21st century

4. Providing leadership to improve and expand the NC Highway System maximizing the opportunities and choices for bicycling & walking throughout the state; & ensuring that over $25 million annually in State & Federal funds allocated & managed in an equitable & timely manner.

Vacancy Number: 60029754/60029754
Salary Range: $58,270.00 to $97,279
Type of Appointment: Perm Full-Time
Closing Date: 12/30/2011

Details: http://bit.ly/t0Wl1W

-> 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

-> 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:
--- Writing and Editing Internship
--- Communications internship
--- Photography Internship
--- Graphic Design Internship
--- Marketing Communication Internship
--- Event Marketing Internship

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


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