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#295 Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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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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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012 Call for Proposals Continues
----- LaHood Announces Tiger III Grants: $511M for 46 Projects
----- NHTSA Releases Report on Motor Vehicle Crashes
----- 26 Schools, Municipalities & Orgs Receive NCSRTS Mini-Grants
----- How Much Will that Prized Garage Space or Curbside Spot Cost?
----- Ireland Moving Ahead with Nat'l Cycling Policy Framework
----- In Madrid's Heart, Park Blooms Where a Freeway Once Blighted

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- New Orleans Council Approves 'Complete Streets'
----- Georgia Gov Office of Hwy Safety Awards $69K Grant to PEDS
----- Spokane (WA) City Council OK's Complete Streets Ordinance
----- Volunteers Clearing Snow off Traverse City (MI) Trails
----- Bike/Walk/Transit Folks Gain Seats on Caltrans Committee
----- Detroit Complete Streets Coalition Makes City Streets Safer
----- Boosting Biking & Walking in Your Town: Lessons from Minneapolis
----- Boston Univ. Bridge Renovation Almost Finished

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----- Some Lessons from Declining Childhood Obesity in New York
----- SmartPhone Research Aims to Help Visually Impaired Pedestrians
----- Survey: Nearly 1/3 of Drivers Have Been Sleepy Behind the Wheel

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2012 CALL FOR PROPOSALS CONTINUES

-> We are happy to report that proposals are already rolling in for Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012! Can we attribute this enthusiasm for sunny Long Beach to our current blustery weather or to New Year's resolutions not to procrastinate until 8 pm, Eastern, February 1? Whatever the explanation, there is a little less than a month remaining to submit your proposal for one of our six focus areas: Invest + Govern; Advocate + Include; Design + Engineer; Healthy + Safe; Plan + Connect; and SRTS + Beyond. The Proposal form and additional details are here:
http://bit.ly/zcUB8a

If you have questions relating to the Call for Proposals, general questions about the conference, or if your company is interested in sponsoring Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012, please contact Mark Plotz, Conference Director at (202) 223-3621 or <mark@bikewalk.org>. See you in Long Beach!

LAHOOD ANNOUNCES TIGER III GRANTS: $511M FOR 46 PROJECTS

-> According to a Dec. 15th USDOT/OST announcement, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the U.S. Department of Transportation's popular TIGER program. The announcement comes months ahead of schedule, and will allow communities to move forward with critical, job-creating infrastructure projects including road and bridge improvements; transit upgrades; freight, port and rail expansions; and new options for bicyclists and pedestrians..."

"The grants will fund a wide range of innovative transportation projects in urban and rural areas across the country:

  • Of the $511 million in TIGER III funds available for grants, more than $150 million will go to critical projects in rural areas.
  • Roughly 48% of the funding will go to road and bridge projects, including more than $64 million for Complete Streets projects that will spur small business growth and benefit motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • 29% of the funding will support transit projects like the Westside Multimodal Transit Center in San Antonio.
  • 12% will help build port projects like the Port of New Orleans Rail Yard Improvements.
  • 10% will go to freight rail projects like the Muldraugh Bridge Replacement in Kentucky.
  • Three grants were also directed to tribal governments to create jobs and address critical transportation needs in Indian country."

"Three grants will provide better multimodal access to airports, including DFW in Texas..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/rB4F8c

Via Smart Growth Online newsletter: http://bit.ly/rUBhHs

NHTSA RELEASES REPORT ON MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES

-> According to the Dec. 23rd Mobilizing the Region, "In New York, Connecticut, and many other parts of the country, traveling by foot has gotten more dangerous. A recent analysis (http://bit.ly/sOPaSr) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that pedestrian fatalities in car crashes rose by 4.2% between 2009 and 2010. Both New York and Connecticut saw increases in motor vehicle crash fatalities among pedestrians and vehicle occupants. The news in New Jersey was better: fatalities dropped by 4.8%."

"While experts remain unsure why pedestrian fatalities have increased (http://usat.ly/vZ5JKW), two theories are surfacing: distracted walking and arterial roads. In its yearly analyses of the region's most dangerous roads for pedestrians, [the Tri-State Transportation Campaign] has regularly found that the region's arterial roads have higher shares of pedestrian fatalities (http://bit.ly/uAwjgG). Improved roadway design has been shown to significantly help calm traffic, making streets safer for all."

Source: http://bit.ly/sAgMSP

26 SCHOOLS, MUNICIPALITIES & ORGS RECEIVE NCSRTS MINI-GRANTS

-> According to a Dec. 21st announcement, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced today the selection of its newest mini-grant recipients - a program made possible through the federal Safe Routes to School program. Twenty-six schools, municipalities and organizations from across the country will receive $1,000 to support projects designed to encourage students and their families to safely walk and bicycle to school. The mini-grant activities, many of which are driven by students, will occur during the spring semester of the 2011-2012 school year."

Recipients include:

  • California: Youth Educational Sports, Inc., Chatsworth; New Directions for Youth, Inc., North Hollywood; Montgomery Middle School, San Diego; Coalition for Sustainable Transportation, Santa Barbara.
  • Georgia: Dunwoody Elementary School, Dunwoody; Evansdale Elementary School & PTA, Atlanta.
  • Illinois: Perspectives Charter School, Chicago.
  • Indiana: Green Meadows Intermediate Elementary School, Frankfort; St. Thomas Aquinas School, Indianapolis.
  • Maine: Ocean Avenue Elementary, Portland; Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth.
  • Maryland: Rodgers Forge Community, Inc., Baltimore.
  • Minnesota: Minneapolis Community Education, Minneapolis.
  • New Jersey: Tatem Elementary School, Haddonfield
  • North Dakota: Safe Kids Grand Forks, Grand Forks.
  • Ohio: Toledo Public Schools, Toledo.
  • Oklahoma: Sterling Elementary, Sterling.
  • Oregon: Roseway Hts School, Portland.
  • Texas: Milam School, El Paso; City of Temple, Temple.
  • Utah: Bonneville Elementary PTA, Orem.
  • Virginia: Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy, Alexandria
  • Washington: Mason Matters, Shelton; the Community School, Spokane; Vancouver School District Foundation, Vancouver.
  • Wisconsin: McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa.

For more info, go to: http://bit.ly/njRyBe

HOW MUCH WILL GARAGE SPACE OR CURBSIDE SPOTS COST?

-> According to a Dec. 1st Los Angeles Magazine article, "Anyone scanning Disney Hall's debut calendar in the fall of 2003 would have noticed the size of that first season's schedule, 128 shows in all. That's a weighty number for a new hall--one might have assumed it was chosen by venue management wanting the gravitas of a world-class chamber's arrival or perhaps seeking a broad spectrum of music that could reflect the diverse city. Those guesses would have been wrong."

"Disney Hall had been built atop Parcel K, a county-owned square of land on Bunker Hill that long had sat empty, awaiting development. For decades Parcel K served a prosaic function: It was a parking lot. Commercial landowners like parking lots; they generate cash until better economic conditions arrive, and blank space can be converted into a more profitable moneymaking device--typically a building. The practice is called 'land banking.'"

"Yet before an auditorium could be raised on K, a six-floor subterranean garage capable of holding 2,188 cars needed to be sunk below it at a cost of $110 million--money raised from county bonds. Parking spaces can be amazingly expensive to fabricate. In above-ground structures they cost as much as $40,000 apiece. Below-ground, all that excavating and shoring may run a developer $140,000 per space. The debt on Disney Hall's garage would have to be paid off for decades to come, and as it turned out, a minimum schedule of 128 annual shows would be enough to cover the bill..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rZf7ei
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Title: "Between the Lines"
Author: Dave Gardetta

IRELAND MOVING AHEAD WITH NAT'L CYCLING POLICY FRAMEWORK

-> According to the Dec. 21st ECF Newsletter, "Ireland is undergoing somewhat of a bicycle renaissance. Colm Ryder, Secretary of the Dublin Cycling Campaign gave ECF the latest on the Irish cycling scene, and some recent successes achieved. Cycling in Ireland follows a similar story encountered in most of Western Europe. People used to ride their bicycles. Then the 20th century came along and public space was carved into thoroughfares for automobiles. Henry Ford, after rolling out the first T-model Ford in 1908, would be pleased to note that while less than one in ten people owned a car in the 60's, today almost every second person owns four wheels and a steering wheel."

"Ireland had very high volumes of cyclists and then as people got richer cycling levels dropped down below 2%. But it's not all bad news and Colm tells me that 'it's starting to creep up.' Indeed it is. The most recent figures in Dublin pin cycling modal share at a respectable 4%. Contrast this with Britain's capital and things in Dublin are looking good: London has an approximate 2% modal share. Even better, Ireland has set itself the task of boosting the national cycling modal share to 10% by 2020 under its government adopted National Cycling Policy Framework. The economics of transport, i.e. moving more people with less space means that the city of Dublin cannot do without cyclists..."

Source: http://bit.ly/rxgevz

IN MADRID'S HEART, PARK BLOOMS WHERE A FREEWAY ONCE BLIGHTED

-> According to a Dec. 3rd NY Times article, "Even on a chilly Thursday afternoon in December, the old men, engulfed in cigar smoke and reading newspapers, were sitting around chess tables under tall pines. Nearby, a young woman had strung her line between the trunks of two mulberry trees to practice tightrope walking. Behind her, hypnotized toddlers stared into a small oval fountain full of swirling water, and cyclists pedaled across new bridges with cement roofs that are shaped like upside-down canoes and also across a new steel forked bridge, an elegant nod to industrial-age steelwork, with a great view of the royal palace on its hill. The park here, called Madrid Río, has largely been finished. More than six miles long, it transforms a formerly neglected area in the middle of Spain's capital. Its creation, in four years, atop a complex network of tunnels dug to bury an intrusive highway, also rejuvenates a long-lost stretch of the Manzanares River, and in so doing knits together neighborhoods that the highway had cut off from the city center..."

Source: http://nyti.ms/wIcKkW
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Title: "In Madrid's Heart, Park Blooms Where a Freeway Once Blighted"
Author: Michael Kimmelman


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

NEW ORLEANS COUNCIL APPROVES 'COMPLETE STREETS'

-> According to a Dec. 27th Gambit article, "The New Orleans City Council this month voted unanimously in favor of a so-called 'Complete Streets' ordinance, which creates within the city code new policies requiring all roadways to be compatible for all users--not just cars and buses. That means all future road work and resurfacing projects must include bike lanes, curb ramps and safe passage for people at bus stops and on sidewalks. New Orleans joins a growing list of more than 300 U.S. cities that have adopted the policy, and it's the first municipal policy of its kind in Louisiana. At November's council transportation committee meeting, the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC), which helped draft the ordinance with District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, urged the council to approve the policy, which the state adopted last year for all state-backed and federally funded projects..."

Source: http://bit.ly/z5i0ne
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Title: "Council Approves 'Complete Streets'"
Author: Alex Woodward

ATLANTA'S PEDS GROUP RECEIVES $69K STATE SAFETY GRANT

-> "According to the Dec. PEDS E-News, "Recognizing PEDS as a valuable partner in its efforts to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities, the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety recently renewed its support by awarding us a $69,100 grant. We will use these funds to:"

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  • "Inform transportation professionals about tools that create safer crossings on multilane streets;
  • Help the City of Atlanta develop an effective sidewalk maintenance program;
  • Promote pedestrian-friendly policy change;
  • Encourage the Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta Regional Commission and local governments to fund pedestrian safety projects"

"PEDS appreciates the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety's continued partnership as we work together to promote safe streets for pedestrians..."

Source: http://bit.ly/vulqFO

SPOKANE (WA) CITY COUNCIL OK'S COMPLETE STREETS ORDINANCE

-> According to the Dec. 25th Spokesman-Review article, "Walkers, wheelchair users and bicyclists can't be ignored if Spokane voters approve a new tax to rebuild crumbling streets. The Spokane City Council late Monday, in the last meeting before four of the members will be replaced, voted 5-2 in favor of a 'complete streets' ordinance. The new rule will require that when streets are reconstructed, pedestrian and bike infrastructure already called for within the city's long-term growth guide must be included as part of the construction. That extra infrastructure, however, wouldn't have to be included if it made up 20 percent or more of the project's total cost."

"The list of the nearly 30 people who testified on the proposal was one of the longest for any issue the council debated this year. Most who spoke were in support, including those representing schools, health care, the elderly, affordable housing, people with disabilities, the South Perry Farmers Market, businesses who have workers who walk or bike to work, and Gonzaga University. There were several, too, who opposed the complete streets rule because of the potential costs. Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, who was joined by Councilman Bob Apple in opposing the ordinance, said that while many complete street improvements are worthwhile, the city shouldn't mandate them in city code..."

Source: http://bit.ly/wYcns4
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Title: "'Complete streets' wins"
Author: Jonathan Brunt

VOLUNTEERS CLEARING SNOW OFF TRAVERSE CITY (MI) TRAILS

-> According to a Jan. 3rd TART Trails blog entry, "This winter, Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. is spearheading a program to remove snow along the TART Trail as a supplement to the City's snow removal. With the clearing of the trail, more people will enjoy walking, running and bicycling outdoors through the winter. This initiative is the result of passionate volunteers and designated donations from individuals and businesses."

"Trained volunteers will clear prioritized areas of the TART Trail using a tractor with a front mounted snow blower obtained through a discounted lease agreement from John Deere Work 'n Play [program]. They plan to start at Cherry Bend Rd. and head south along the bay to Bunker Hill Rd. in Acme when there is snow accumulation of at least three inches. The green tractor already caught the attention of many people in passing as it made the inaugural trip along the trail last Thursday..."

Source: http://bit.ly/zcuMV0

BIKE/WALK/TRANSIT FOLKS GAIN SEATS ON CALTRANS COMMITTEE

-> According to the Dec. 23rd CalBike Report, "After many years of being shut out, bicycling now has representation on the powerful Caltrans advisory committee that sets statewide standards for bike lanes and other traffic control devices."

"This month, in response to legislation we sponsored last spring, Caltrans appointed transportation planner John Ciccarelli and Bryan Jones, deputy director of the City of Carlsbad Transportation Department, to two new seats added to the California Traffic Control Devices Committee to represent so-called 'non-motorized' interests, including bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. The committee sets standards for traffic signals, signs and pavement markings such as bike lanes and crosswalks..."

"The appointments are a big win for bicycling. Both are well known to CBC; Ciccarelli is a former CBC board member and the main author of our safety website (http://bit.ly/t2suQs). Until this month the committee's membership was limited to local government, law enforcement and the AAA, which has two seats. We expect to see the committee begin making more informed decisions as California continues to embrace the kind of innovative bicycling facilities that have successfully increased bicycle ridership elsewhere..."

Source: http://bit.ly/tkvLZJ

DETROIT COMPLETE STREETS COALITION MAKES CITY STREETS SAFER

-> According to a Dec. 26th Huff Post Detroit post, "It seems like a simple idea: Roadways should be safe for all users, whether they drive, ride public transit, bike or walk. But Detroit is the 12th-most dangerous metro area for pedestrians in the country, and the region has a long way to go. In April 2010, Detroit received a federally-funded grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health to support efforts to pass 'Complete Streets' policies, which dictate that pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street."

"The Detroit Complete Streets Coalition was born, bringing together an all-star team comprising many advocacy groups...Its mission is to bring complete streets policies to life in Detroit, but its members won't be starting from scratch. 'It's the best city I've ridden a bike in,' said Todd Scott, Detroit Greenways coordinator for the Michigan Trails & Greenway Alliance..."

Source: http://huff.to/zkowOF
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Title: "Detroit Complete Streets Coalition Makes City Streets Safer For Bikers, Pedestrians"
Author: Kate Abbey-Lambertz

BOOSTING BIKING & WALKING IN YOUR TOWN: LESSONS FROM MINNEAPOLIS

-> According to a Jan. 3rd Huff Post Green entry, "After being acclaimed as America's best city for biking, what can you possibly do for an encore? Well, in the case of Minneapolis, you do even more bicycling--and more walking, too. People here biked and walked 16 percent more in 2011 than in 2010, when Minneapolis was crowned '#1 Bike City' by Bicycling magazine. The same is true for St. Paul and some inner ring suburbs. Biking rose 22 percent across the Twin Cities compared to 2010, according to data just released by Bike Walk Twin Cities. And it's up a whopping 53 percent since 2007, when the organization began counting bicyclists and pedestrians at 42 locations in the two cities and adjoining suburbs."

"Walking is also on the rise in the Twin Cities. Pedestrian traffic rose nine percent compared to 2010, and 18 percent since 2007. Furthermore, Minneapolis gained more national recognition this year as one of America's best walking cities. It ranked number #9 (second in the midwest after Chicago) on a list of America's 50 largest cities, compiled by WalkScore, a prominent website that measures the walkability of neighborhoods around the country. That put it ahead of Portland (12) and Denver (16). St. Paul is not one of the 50 largest cities, but if it was it would rank 15th (third in the midwest)..."

Source: http://huff.to/xDCTK5
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Title: "How To Boost Biking And Walking In Your Town: Lessons From Minneapolis"
Author: Jay Walljasper

BOSTON UNIV. BRIDGE RENOVATION ALMOST FINISHED

-> In a Dec. 25th Boston Globe article, Eric Moskowitz wrote "Boston and Cambridge drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists got a holiday gift from the state last week, when major work finished on the Boston University Bridge after 2 1/2 years and $19 million in construction costs. I stopped by the span formerly known as the Cottage Farm Bridge (pre-1949) on Thursday, when the LivableStreets Alliance was out celebrating the completion by handing out baked goods and asking passersby to sign postcards. The advocacy group wanted to thank the state Department of Transportation for considering the needs of walkers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities as well as drivers in reconstructing the bridge, which dates to 1928."

"When state engineers first contemplated the project, they planned merely to rehabilitate the rusting, crumbling bridge with the same configuration it had known for ages: two tight lanes of traffic in each direction, no shoulder or dedicated space for bicyclists, and a harrowing series of lane hops and tiny islands for pedestrians on the Cambridge and Boston approaches. But officials reconsidered and ultimately redesigned the bridge to hold three lanes of traffic -- one in each direction on the approach switching to two on the exits, intended to accommodate through and turning traffic while giving more space to cyclists and walkers. They also improved the approaches with an eye to pedestrian safety..."

Source: http://bo.st/uQhT7z
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Title: "Good news for commuters: BU Bridge nearly done"
Author: Eric Moskowitz

Via StreetHeadlines: http://bit.ly/weM35Z


THE RESEARCH BEAT

SOME LESSONS FROM DECLINING CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN NEW YORK

-> Marion Nestle wrote in a Dec. 23rd Atlantic article, "Just in time for the holidays, we get some good news. The New York City Health Department reports that rates of childhood obesity are falling. If the rates were staying constant, I'd consider it a step forward. But these results show rates going down, even if only by a few percentage points. The Bloomberg administration says the numbers are a result of its anti-obesity initiatives, some focused especially on children. Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley told the New York Times that he attributes: 'the progress partly to the city's aggressive advertising campaign against sugary sodas, which he said may have altered what parents were providing to their children. The city has also tried to add healthier options to school lunch menus, enacted strict rules on the calorie and sugar content of snacks and drinks in school vending machines, and even put limits on bake sales, a move that caused some grumbling.'"

"As I explained to Bloomberg News, if this trend continues, it will represent the first truly positive development in years. It also suggests that the health department's unusually aggressive efforts to address obesity may be paying off. If so, they should inspire other communities to do the same kinds of things. If nothing else, they raise awareness of the problem and help create an environment more conducive to healthy eating. On the national level, Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign also has raised awareness. Could it be that we are getting to a tipping point?..."

Source: http://bit.ly/z0Rns0
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Title: "Some Lessons From Declining Childhood Obesity in New York"
Author: Marion Nestle

SMARTPHONE RESEARCH AIMS TO HELP VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEDESTRIANS

-> According to the Fall 2011 edition of ITS Institute Sensor, "ITS Institute researchers are working to put a powerful suite of assistive technologies at the fingertips of visually impaired pedestrians. The prototype Mobile Accessible Pedestrian Signals (MAPS) system uses technologies built into the latest smartphones--including Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, digital compasses, and wireless networking--to help people with limited or no eyesight cross intersections safely."

"The MAPS concept takes a new approach to assistive technology for intersection crossing. Because MAPS puts the assistive technology directly in the hand of the user, the system avoids many of the drawbacks associated with conventional infrastructure-based Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) while offering greater flexibility and ease of use."

"Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) senior systems engineer Chen-Fu Liao worked with graduate student Avanish Rayankula to develop the MAPS concept. Former research associate Michael Rakauskas helped Liao evaluate a survey to determine what information blind pedestrians need. MAPS research shows how advances in handheld devices are changing the way we think about personal assistive technologies, whether for drivers or pedestrians, says ITS Institute director Max Donath..."

Source: http://bit.ly/AwRVoc

SURVEY: NEARLY 1/3 OF DRIVERS HAVE BEEN SLEEPY BEHIND THE WHEEL

-> According to an article in the Jan. Nation's Health, "Despite the obvious safety risk, almost a third of drivers admit to driving when they were so tired they had difficulty keeping their eyes open, according to a recent traffic safety survey. Released in November by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (http://bit.ly/z1aGq1), the survey found 32 percent of drivers had driven drowsy in the previous month. The finding was particularly troubling in light of a 2010 foundation study that found one of every six deadly crashes and one of eight crashes with serious injury involved a drowsy driver."

"'Although the vast majority of drivers recognize the serious threat of drowsy driving, a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude exists when getting behind the wheel,' said Peter Kissinger, foundation president and CEO. 'Drowsy driving kills, just as sure as drunk, drugged and distracted driving does. Drivers have a tendency to underestimate the impact being tired has on their driving ability, which puts themselves and others at risk.'"

"The survey found two of every five drivers, or 41 percent, admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel at some point. One in 10 drivers said they had fallen asleep while driving during the past year. 'What's so alarming is that over half of these drivers reported having fallen asleep while on high-speed roads,' said Jake Nelson, the foundation's director of traffic safety advocacy and research. 'These data underscore the importance of educating drivers about the dangers of drowsy driving.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/x7s4S3
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Title: "Online-only: Nearly one-third of drivers have been sleepy behind the wheel, survey finds."
Author: Donya Currie


QUOTES R US

-> "I have participated in scores of planning commission hearings in which a big-box developer somehow produces a report 'proving' that his project will benefit the community and do little harm to--maybe even help!--the community's downtown. But these reports rarely take into account the jobs and sales that will be displaced from existing businesses; the increased costs of providing fire, ambulance and other municipal services to the new development; the increased traffic and parking demand generated if the downtown shifts from being a community-serving district to a destination district; or any of the other myriad hidden costs associated with such cataclysmic new development..."
-- Kennedy Lawson Smith, The Community Land Use and Economics Group

http://bit.ly/rzVR8r

-> "L.A. required 50 times more parking under Disney Hall than San Francisco would allow at their own hall. After a concert in San Francisco, the streets are full of people walking to their cars, eating in restaurants, stopping into bars and bookstores. In L.A.? The bar next door at Patina is a ghost town."
-- Donald Shoup, UCLA

Los Angeles Magazine http://bit.ly/rZf7ei

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ALASKA'S FAT-BIKE MANIA SPREADS ITS TIRE TRACK ACROSS WORLD

-> "According to a Dec. 27th Alaska Dispatch article, "The fat-bike fad sweeping sections of the nation shows no signs of letting up, with retailers in Anchorage and the Lower 48 scrambling to meet demand for the balloon-tire bikes that float over snow. The bikes were born more than a decade ago for winter adventure racing along the snow-packed Iditarod Trail. They still shine in winter, with big hand muffs and multiple layers keeping riders comfortable when temperatures plunge. But fat bikes have evolved in recent years, replacing mountain bikes for fans using them in summer to access a range of backcountry terrain. Anchorage's police chief uses his for ptarmigan hunting in Chugach State Park. Federal biologists have ridden them across rocky beaches to study walrus. And the bikes help park rangers in Southwest Alaska patrol remote wilderness..."
-- Dave Schlabowske, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin

Source: http://bit.ly/v3OoLn
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Title: "Alaska's fat-bike mania spreads its tire track across world"
Author: Alex DeMarban


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 "Green Places, Play Spaces, Income, and Race: How Parks and Recreation Can Support Physical Activity among Diverse and Underserved Populations"

Date: January 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST

Presenters: Deborah Cohen (RAND Corp.); Robert García (the City Project); Andrew Mowen (Penn State Univ.); moderator: Deborah Lou (Active Living Research)

Host: Active Living Research & Public Health Institute

Cost: No

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/xaA3er

Contact: Public Health Institute (510) 285-5690 or <Dialogue4Health@phi.org>

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

VIDEO "Planning Locally for Livability"

-> "New in the GO TO 2040 video series is 'Planning Locally for Livability,' which highlights the benefits of municipalities' planning comprehensively."

"The video focuses on comprehensive plans in development by Blue Island and Campton Hills, and on the sustainability plan prepared by Park Forest. These projects benefit from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, which is supported by a three-year, $4.25 million HUD Sustainable Communities grant that funds CMAP staff assistance to help local governments, nonprofits, and other organizations to help implement the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan..."

Produced by Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
http://bit.ly/v3OoLn

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


RESOURCES

-> "AGING IN PLACE: A STATE SURVEY OF LIVABILITY POLICIES..."
"...and Practices;" report by Farber & Shinkle (Nat'l Conference of State Legislatures) with Lynott, Fox-Grage & Harrell (AARP Public Policy Institute). December 2011 (6MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/rTg78A

-> "EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF RED LIGHT RUNNING CAMERA..."
"...Enforcement in Cedar Rapids and Developing Guidelines for Selection and Use of Red Light Running Countermeasures;" report by Hallmark, Oneyear & McDonald, CTRE, Iowa St. Univ.; for Iowa DOT, Midwest Transportation Consortium. November 2011 (general info & link to 3.3MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/wIZImj

-> "INVESTIGATION INTO THE USE OF POINT-TO-POINT SPEED CAMERAS"
Report by Lynch, White & R Napier, AECOM NZ Ltd; NZ Transport Agency research report 465. December 2011 (general info & link to 1.1MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/zIuSs1

-> "HEALTH ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT TOOLS (HEAT) FOR WALKING..."
"...and for cycling. Methodology and user guide. Economic assessment of transport infrastructure and policies;" report by Kahlmeier & Götschi (Univ of Zurich), Cavill (Cavill Assoc), Dinsdale & Rutter (UK Nat'l Obesity Observatory), Foster, Clarke & Kelly (Oxford), Oja (UKK Inst for Health Promotion Research), Fordham (Univ of E. Anglia), Stone (Natural England) & Racioppi (WHO Europe); World Health Org. Europe ISBN 978 92 890 0251 6. 2011 (general info & link to free 2.2MB pdf and ordering info for hard copy)
http://bit.ly/tIgETG


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 1-4, 2012, Rediscover Main Street, National Main Streets Conference, Baltimore, MD. Info: the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street program; 1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036-2117; phone: (202) 588-6219; email: <msconference@nthp.org>

-> 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 -- EXECUTIVE DIR. -- BIKE WALK CONNECTICUT

Bike Walk Connecticut is accepting applications for a full-time Executive Director who will work from its office in Hartford. The Executive Director is responsible for managing the overall affairs of Bike Walk Connecticut including the implementation of board-approved projects, programs, policies and procedures in fulfillment of its mission and strategic plan.

Qualifications: Bachelors Degree; 5 years management experience in nonprofit, project or business management positions; computer literacy; demonstrated success in previous leadership or management positions; high level of diplomacy, integrity and initiative; passion for Bike Walk Connecticut's mission. Previous experience in fundraising and non-profit management highly desirable.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities: Must be able to: work effectively with board staff, volunteers and external contacts; maintain flexibility and adapt quickly to a changing environment; prioritize and manage multiple projects independently in a fast paced environment; work effectively with diverse groups; and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Experience managing bicycle and related transportation advocacy and planning projects; knowledge of local, regional and national trends in bicycle and pedestrian policies, advocacy and community planning very desirable.

Other: Full-time; salary: $40,000-$50,000 commensurate with experience. Resumes accepted until January 31, 2012 at <EDsearch@bikewalkct.org>

Details: http://bit.ly/uRQk2c

-> JOB -- SRTS ASSISTANT -- SILICON VALLEY BICYCLE COALITION, SAN JOSE (CA)

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is hiring a Safe Routes to School assistant to administer on-site bicycle and pedestrian safety education to elementary and middle school students. This position is crucial to introducing students to valuable walking and biking safety skills so that they can grow up active and healthy.

This is a full-time position.

Compensation: Competitive salary to be discussed, plus health, vacation, and 401k benefits.

Initial interviews will start the week of 1/16/12; anticipated start date is 1/30/12.

To Apply: send resume, cover letter, and two professional or academic writing samples (1,000 words or less, please, saved as two separate PDFs) to <jobs@bikesiliconvalley.org>.

Details: http://bit.ly/snZGYi

-> 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 -- 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
--- Photography Internship
--- Graphic Design Internship
--- Marketing Communication Internship
--- Event Marketing Internship
--- Volunteer Coordinator

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


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