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#296 Wednesday, January 18, 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: Two weeks to go on Call for Proposals
----- 10 Communities to Receive EPA "Building Blocks" Tech Assistance
----- National Bike Summit Coming: March 20-22 in Washington D.C.
----- RWJF Renews SRTS National Partnership's Funding
----- NPS Announces Community-Based Projects for 2012 Assistance
----- Call for Applicants: SRTS Nat'l Course Spring 2012 Instructor Training
----- Study: Europe Should "Cycle Like Danes" to Cut Carbon Emissions
----- Car Ownership Puts Queensland (AU) Teens at High Crash Risk

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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----- Parkersburg (WV) to Get 2 New Pedestrian Bridges
----- Ohio DOT "Safe Out The Door" Video Inspires Safety for Kids
----- Cook County (IL) Passes Complete Streets Ordinance
----- Maryland Smart Growth Advocates Prepare for Legislative Battle
----- Rail-Trail Sparks Bike Boom in Denton (TX)
----- MN Dept of Health Awards $11.3M in Grants to Fight Chronic Disease

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----- U of Oregon Study: "Bicycling Commuting Trends in the United States"
----- Dutch Study: Blind Spot Roadside Mirrors Don't Stop Cyclist/Truck Fatalities
----- Physical Activity Can Help Youngsters Do Better in School

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2012: TWO WEEKS TO GO ON CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> Only a few days remain until the presentation proposal deadline of February 1, 8pm Eastern. Aspiring presenters may choose from six conference streams and four possible presentation formats: panel session--our traditional format; poster session with a Pechu Kachu presentation; mobile workshop; and Peer Problem Solving. For more information on the six streams and the available presentation formats please see: http://bit.ly/zcUB8a

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012 will take place in Long Beach, CA, September 10-13, 2012. Ahead in February: registration opens!

10 COMMUNITIES TO RECEIVE EPA "BUILDING BLOCKS" TECH ASSISTANCE

-> According to a Jan. 16th PPS announcement, "Project for Public Spaces and our partners at Livability Solutions are pleased to announce the 10 communities selected to receive free technical assistance this year, thanks to a grant to Project for Public Spaces from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. These governments and organizations represent a diverse group of communities from across the United States, from large cities to rural counties. All have a strong commitment to sustainability and smart growth and are poised to implement positive change by making use of the assistance we are offering."

"The communities are: University City District (Philadelphia); West Central Wisconsin RPC (Eau Claire, WI); Lower Eastside Action Plan (Detroit); Toledo-Lucas Co. Sustainability Commission (Maumee, OH); Colfax on the Hill, Inc. (Denver); City of Blue Springs (MO); Charlotte County (FL); Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (Little Rock, AR); Anthithesis Research (Wellpoint, WA); Gulf Regional Planning Commission (Gulfport, MS)"

"Each community will receive a one- or two-day training session with a livability expert from Project for Public Spaces or one of our Livability Solutions partners on the issue of their choice. Our partners who will be delivering technical assistance this year include: Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT); Congress for the New Urbanism; Local Government Commission; National Charrette Institute; Reconnecting America; Walkable Livable Communities Institute..."

Source: http://bit.ly/y6OBCI

NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT COMING: MARCH 20-22 IN WASHINGTON D.C.

-> According to a recent League of American Bicyclists announcement, "Don't let Congress turn back the clock on decades of hard-fought progress towards creating a more bicycle-friendly America. Join us at the 2012 National Bike Summit to help defend critical funding programs -- just when America needs them the most. We Need You at the 2012 National Bike Summit! Help Save Cycling. Early Bird Registration -- Save $100"

"Register for the National Bike Summit before February 3rd to save $100 with the early bird discount. (http://bit.ly/zckYxl)"

"Download the 2012 National Bike Summit save-the-date (http://bit.ly/wF1Cff) to learn more. If you have any questions about the event, please e-mail <bikeleague@bikeleague.org> or call the League at (202) 822-1333. See you at the Summit!"

Source: http://bit.ly/whc00e

RWJF RENEWS SRTS NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP'S FUNDING

-> According to a Jan. 5th announcement, "The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has provided a three-year renewal grant of $2,999,725 to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a diverse, nationwide coalition of more than 550 organizations. The grant will support the National Partnership's efforts to advance Safe Routes to School, a federal program that creates safe, convenient and fun opportunities for U.S. children to walk and bicycle to and from school."

"'This program will help a generation of children to become more active and healthy through the construction of lasting street-scale improvements that will result in more walking and bicycling,' said Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. 'We are grateful for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's generous support, and look forward to working with many partners to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the next three years.'"

"The grant will build on policy wins from recent years, and advance built environment improvements in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This project will result in thousands of more miles of sidewalks and bike paths, traffic-calming projects and safer street crossings, and will enable many more students to benefit from Safe Routes to School. The project will focus on supporting communities with high rates of childhood obesity..."

Source: http://bit.ly/xrUP8R

NPS ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS FOR 2012 ASSISTANCE

-> According to a Jan. 12th National Park Service announcement, "We are pleased to announce that National Park Service staff will be helping on over 200 great projects (http://1.usa.gov/wKzbFg) with community-based partners across the country in 2012. In each of these efforts, neighbors are working together to create sustainable communities that give every American places to walk, ride, paddle, and explore and connect with nature. The National Park Service is privileged to help them envision and create those places."

"These new efforts being implemented by our partners help bring the National Park Service to communities that may not otherwise be connected with the national park system. See what's taking shape in your state, and contact your nearest RTCA (Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance) staff member (http://1.usa.gov/yNWpNX) if you would like to discuss how the National Park Service could help you get your community better connected to nature. You can also join the discussion by visiting our Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/Aj10j1)."

Source: http://bit.ly/yv2UfV

CALL FOR APPLICANTS: SRTS NAT'L COURSE SPRING 2012 INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

-> According to a Jan. 4th NCSRTS news release, "Applications are now being accepted for participation in the Safe Routes to School National Course Instructor Training, to be held April 23-26, 2012, in Sterling, Va., less than 10 miles from Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. Up to 12 individuals may be selected."

"Since 2004, the Safe Routes to School National Course has been taught throughout the country by instructors trained by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Training participants receive all Course materials including PowerPoint presentations, detailed speaker notes, handouts and planning resources. In the past, training participants have proceeded to teach the Course through a combination of their own marketing efforts, as part of their jobs and through a local or State SRTS Program..."

Source: http://bit.ly/x3t1mH

STUDY: EUROPE SHOULD "CYCLE LIKE DANES" TO CUT CARBON EMISSIONS

-> According to a Dec 12th Guardian bike blog entry, "Europe could cut its transport greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% if every population cycled as regularly as the Danes, according to a pioneering study which tracks the environmental impact of cycling down to the extra calories consumed by riders. If the EU cycling rate was the same as it is in Denmark, where the average person cycles almost 600 miles (965km) each year, then the bloc would attain anything from 12% to 26% of its targeted transport emissions reduction, depending on what forms of transport the cycling replaced, according to the report by the Brussels-based European Cycling Federation (ECF)."

"This figure is likely to be a significant underestimate as it deliberately excludes the environmental impact of building road infrastructure and parking, or maintaining and disposing of cars. The ECF is urging politicians to focus less on technologically complex solutions to emissions, such as electric cars, and instead think about the potential for increased cycling, especially given that around a third of motorised journeys within the EU are 1.25 miles or less..."

Source: http://bit.ly/wQNw2z
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Title: "Cycle like the Danes to cut carbon emissions, says study"
Author: Peter Walker

CAR OWNERSHIP PUTS QUEENSLAND (AU) TEENS AT HIGH CRASH RISK

-> According to an article in the December CARRS-Q (Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland) newsletter, "A recent CARRS-Q survey suggests that three out of four young Queensland drivers own a vehicle within the first six months of receiving a Provisional license, increasing their risk of being involved in a crash. The survey findings, published in the international journal Traffic Injury Prevention, indicated that nearly 80% of inexperienced, new drivers aged 17 to 19 responding to the survey had primary access to a vehicle. PhD Scholar Bridie Scott-Parker said research showed car ownership and high mileage led to increased rates of crashes, traffic offences and risky driving for newly independent drivers."

"'We found 78.4% of young drivers with less than six months of independent driving experience had their own car despite being our newest drivers on the road,' she said. 'The first six months is the most dangerous time for new drivers. We would prefer they get experience driving in shared vehicles with parents monitoring their driving as much as possible.' Mrs Scott-Parker said while graduated driver licensing programs had reduced the number of young novice drivers involved in crashes, they continued to be over-represented in crash statistics. Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads figures from 2010 showed 6% of drivers held a Provisional license in Queensland in 2008, but they represented 11.8% of drivers fatally injured in crashes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/zEZd1j


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

PARKERSBURG (WV) TO GET 2 NEW PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES

-> According to a Jan. 17th WTAP-TV5 story, "Today may not be a great day for bicycling, but the City of Parkersburg is taking steps to improve the experience when the sunny days return. The city has awarded contracts for the design of two new pedestrian and bicycling bridges...The two design contracts total $40,000 with all of the funding coming from the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. The city has already received more than $80,000 in grants to actually build [one] bridge..."

Source: http://bit.ly/AdpJ1P
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Title: "Two New Pedestrian Bridges To Be Constructed"
Author: Staff

OHIO DOT "SAFE OUT THE DOOR" VIDEO INSPIRES SAFETY FOR KIDS

-> According to the most recent OKI Bicycle E-Info-News, "If you ever need a reason to smile, check out the Ohio Dept. of Transportation's (ODOT) new Glee-inspired Safe Routes to School video. The All-Ohio Safe Routes to School Show Choir will sing and dance their way into your safety awareness in this high-energy video to be shown at schools statewide. Ohio's First Lady Karen Kasich serves as Ohio Safe Routes to School ambassador. Public service announcements are currently airing on radio stations statewide thanks to the sponsorship of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters..."

Source: http://bit.ly/AdaAxM

COOK COUNTY (IL) PASSES COMPLETE STREETS ORDINANCE

-> According to a note from Dan Persky of the Active Transportation Alliance, "By passing a Complete Streets ordinance, Cook County (inner ring suburbs of Chicago) has committed to creating a connected network of streets that can be safely accessed and used by pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, as well as motorists. Because roadways under the County's jurisdiction span across multiple communities, this policy will promote accessibility throughout the region."

"The ordinance also establishes a context sensitive approach to roadway planning to ensure that projects are appropriate to their surrounding land use and community needs. This approach will result in greater efforts by the Cook County Highway Department to coordinate with affected municipalities on project goals, regardless of whether those local agencies have established Complete Streets policies."

For more info, contact Dan Persky at <dan@activetrans.org>

MARYLAND SMART GROWTH ADVOCATES PREPARE FOR LEGISLATIVE BATTLE

-> According to a Jan. 10th news release, "Advocates from 1000 Friends of Maryland are ready for a fight this legislative session. The enemy? The high costs and increased pollution from sprawling development. 'We must stop sprawling into our rural lands. This development costs taxpayers money, paves over farmland and open spaces, and adds even more pollution to local waters,' explained Dru Schmidt-Perkins, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Maryland. 'Our agenda is all about being fiscally smarter. It begins by recognizing the high costs that result from poorly planned development,' said Schmidt-Perkins."

"'We know smart growth pays, and we are going to fight for Maryland's citizens to protect them from the burdens that current patterns of development create' [he said]. 1000 Friends' top priority is a package of legislation that would fund clean water investments in communities and set clearer limits on sprawling subdivisions. The legislation focuses on limiting new subdivisions on septic systems, which are a hidden subsidy for costly and polluting sprawl..."

Source: http://bit.ly/zjJzIm

RAIL-TRAIL SPARKS BIKE BOOM IN DENTON (TX)

-> According to an article in the Jan. edition of RTC eNews, "One very farsighted investment 18 years ago is paying off, big time, for the city of Denton, Texas. In 1993, Denton officials struck a deal with Union Pacific (UP) to secure rights to an abandoned stretch of freight track running eight miles into the city from the southeast. The line was once part of the renowned Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy. Just 38 miles as the crow flies from the center of Dallas, the largest metropolitan region in the southern United States, the leaders of Denton rightly predicted that their city would do some growing in the decades to come, and that growth would require capacity for mass transit."

"'We always recognized we had to preserve this corridor for future transportation uses,' says Bob Tickner, city of Denton superintendent of parks planning, who in 1993 was involved in negotiating the purchase from UP. 'We knew it would one day become passenger rail, we just didn't know when.' It was a good hunch. The city purchased rights to use the corridor from UP for just $10,000. Under federal railbanking legislation, UP reserved the right to reactivate train service on the tracks in the future. In a community that included two state university campuses-housing, at that time, about 30,000 students -- demand for transportation infrastructure was growing. Soon after purchasing rights to the corridor, the city received an Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) $435,000 grant to covert the rail line into a trail. An additional $350,000 Transportation Enhancements (TE) grant helped complete the project..."

Source: http://bit.ly/AbI0pI

MN DEPT OF HEALTH AWARDS 11.3M IN GRANTS TO FIGHT CHRONIC DISEASE

-> According to the Jan. 12th Minnesota Active Living Network News, "In a nation-leading effort to reduce chronic disease, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced in December 2011 that it has awarded 18 grants to Minnesota communities to help lower the number of Minnesotans who use tobacco or who are obese or overweight. The Statewide Health Improvement Program, also known as SHIP, will cover 51 counties, four cities and one tribal government over the next 18 months. Funding for the 18 grants totals approximately $11.3 million. 'The Statewide Health Improvement Program reflects our commitment to improving the health of our communities,' Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Edward Ehlinger said, 'and is an important part of containing the spiraling costs of health care.'"

"SHIP is part of Minnesota's historic bi-partisan health care reform initiative first signed into law in 2008. It seeks to reduce the staggering human and financial cost of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases related to insufficient physical activity, poor nutrition and commercial tobacco use. In the first two years of SHIP funding, 41 grantees covering all 87 counties and 9 tribal governments began this important work, and resulted in successes such as assisting 255 cities create plans to increase walking and bicycling...Funding for SHIP was reduced during the 2011 legislative session; therefore, fewer grantees are receiving funding this year..."

Source: http://bit.ly/xGCw5T


THE RESEARCH BEAT

U OF OREGON STUDY: "BICYCLING COMMUTING TRENDS IN THE UNITED STATES"

-> According to a Jan. 6th news release, "A University of Oregon student won the grand prize in a national competition challenging students to create the best graphic presentation of a transportation policy issue. Kory Northrop, an environmental studies graduate student will be honored at the 2012 Transportation Research Board's 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22 to Jan. 26. His travel expenses will be paid to attend the conference and present his work, and he was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. The competition, 'Data Visualization Student Challenge,' was designed to encourage students to examine infographics options for helping decision-makers make better-informed policy and investment decisions in support of transportation safety and/or economic development."

"'With work like Kory's, the UO is increasingly seen as one of the premier institutions in the country that focuses on active, sustainable forms of transportation in research, community service, and in training the next generation of leaders in critical areas of national importance,' said Marc Schlossberg, professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management. 'His work also points to the national leadership the UO enjoys in cartography and spatial data visualization, so Kory's work is also highlighting the cross-disciplinary opportunities on this campus.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ygLiXP

Check out Kory Northrop's project here: http://bit.ly/wyOEK8

DUTCH STUDY: BLIND SPOT ROADSIDE MIRRORS DON'T STOP BIKING DEATHS

-> According to a Jan. 3rd article in UK's Kings Cross Environment, "The Institute for Road Safety Research in the Netherlands has found that blind spot roadside mirrors (known as Trixi mirrors) do not have a significant impact on the number of collisions between trucks and cyclists at junctions. They state that the solution is 'a structural separation of trucks and cyclists.' It is this structural separation that we need throughout the King's Cross gyratory system. The excellent 'Cyclists in the City blog' (http://bit.ly/wJhojF) has reported that the Trixi mirror solution currently being promoted for London's roads is just 'a sticking plaster' [band-aid] that may have a brief temporary effect when first implemented due to launch publicity, but that effect wears off quite quickly leaving roads not designed for safety as perilous as before..."

Source: http://bit.ly/zflDev
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Title: "Trixi mirrors will not stop road deaths says new research"
Author: Sophie Talbot

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN HELP YOUNGSTERS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL

-> According to a Jan. 3rd TIME Healthland article, "First Lady Michelle Obama may be on to something with her unflagging 'Let's Move' admonitions--the latest research shows that physical activity may help children do better in school. Amika Singh, a senior researcher at VU University in the Netherlands, reports in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine that physical activity is associated with better academic performance, as measured by higher GPAs and better scores on standardized tests."

"She and her colleagues reviewed 14 studies, some of which simply recorded the amount of physical activity that children, parents or teachers reported that youngsters got over three days to seven days prior to the study, and some of which randomly assigned students to varying amounts of exercise a day. Taken together, the studies showed that the more physical activity the children had, the higher their scores in school, particularly in the basic subjects of math, English and reading..."

Source: http://ti.me/AqrTX8
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Title: "Let the Kids Play: They'll Do Better in School"
Author: Alice Park


QUOTES R US

-> "A straight-line distance of about 400 to 500 meters [439 to 546 yards] between where you live and a grocery store or an eating or drinking establishment will result in directly increased walking...Walking increases for individuals about 20 percent for each park that is within a 1-kilometer [0.6 mile] distance of a residential area. That's a big number."

"That's why a person who lives in a suburban density is at least 10 pounds heavier than the average person who lives in an urban density, all other things being equal. Well, for every pound, your body creates roughly 75,000 miles of capillary blood paths to treat all those cells. So, ten times that, that's a lot more; that's blood pressure issues. Access to community gardens definitely improves physical health, it improves diet, it increases social interaction...The list goes on..."
-- Mark Holland, former director of Vancouver's Sustainability Office & founder of the Healing Cities Institute

http://bit.ly/z9iKkC

-> "In the United States we've proceeded for sixty years with reconfiguring our public spaces to accommodate the automobile. The built in assumption of this approach, especially when it comes to commercial property, is that the more cars driving by the better. What we've overlooked in our haste to 'modernize' is the lower return on investment we get from this approach, even under ideal conditions. Today we need the humility to acknowledge that our ancestors -- who built in the traditional style -- may have known what they were doing after all..."
-- Charles Marohn, Strong Towns
http://bit.ly/A17V7W

Via StreetHeadlines: http://bit.ly/wAkDT3

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

VIDEO: "Strollers on CTA"

-> "The Chicago Transit Authority values all of its customers...from babies to senior citizens and everyone in between. Here's a reminder on the safest way to travel the CTA with children in strollers. A little common sense and courtesy can improve the riding experience for all customers..."
http://bit.ly/zHVMiQ

VIDEO: "Railroad Construction"
http://bit.ly/y0U8iP


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Pump Down the Volume: SRTS and Traffic Reduction"

Date: January 31, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: Nancy Pullen-Seufert (NCSRTS); Melissa Watford (FirstHealth of the Carolinas); Jason Goldsberry (Eagle Crest Elementary School, Longmont, CO)

Hosts: America Walks & NCSRTS

Cost: None

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

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

WEBINAR "Land Use Planning: Routine Inclusion of Bicycling and Walking in New Developments"

Date: February 15, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Presenters: TBA

Host: APBP

Cost: $50/site for APBP members; $85/site for non-members

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

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

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

ONLINE SYMPOSIUM: "The Road Not Taken -- Mobility Health: New Directions in Teen Mobility Management"

Date: February 15, 2012, 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST

For other time zones, go to: http://bit.ly/z7bWu0

Host: University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand & Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium (AMHC)

Cost: None

Contact: <rachel@conference.co.nz>

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

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

-> "PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE AT SCHOOL: A SYSTEMATIC..."
"...Review of the Literature Including a Methodological Quality Assessment;" article by Singh, Uijtdewilligen, Twisk, van Mechelen, Chinapaw (Vrije Universiteit); Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, Jan 2012; 166: 49-55. January 2012 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/xxXYlK

-> "MILEAGE, CAR OWNERSHIP, EXPERIENCE OF PUNISHMENT AVOIDANCE..."
"...and the Risky Driving of Young Drivers;" article by Scott-Parker, Watson, King, & Hyde; Traffic Injury Prevention, 12(6), pp. 559-567. September 2012 (free abstract available now; entire article to be released September 2012 ($))
http://bit.ly/yZQjXR

-> "PHYSICAL EDUCATION, OBESITY, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: A 2-YEAR..."
...Longitudinal Investigation of Australian Elementary School Children;" article by Telford, Cunningham, Fitzgerald, Olive, Prosser, Jiang & Telford; AJPH, Vol. 102, #2, pp. 368-374. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300220. February 2012 (abstract & link to full article ($))
http://bit.ly/A8wPnP

-> "'BETTER STREETS, BETTER CITIES' A GUIDE TO STREET DESIGN IN URBAN..."
"...India;" report by Kost, Bhatt & Deshpande (ITDP); Nohn, Dixit & Jani (EPC); the Institute for Transportation and Development, Policy & the Environmental Planning Collaborative. December 2011 (general info & link to 52MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/xSV4eY

-> "'CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS' A YEAR-END UPDATE ON THE STATE OF BICYCLING..."
"...in Minneapolis;" report by the City of Minneapolis. January 17, 2012 (3.7MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/x4budG


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 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 21, 2012, 4th Annual Wisconsin Bike Summit, Madison, WI. Info: Madison Office, 409 E Main Street, Suite 203, Madison, WI 53703; PO Box 1224 Madison, WI 53701-1224; phone: (608) 251-4456; e-mail: <info@bfw.org>; Milwaukee Office, 3618 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215; PO Box 511817, Milwaukee, WI 53203-511817; phone: (414) 271-9685; fax: (414) 273-7293; e-mail: <info@bfw.org>
http://bit.ly/wmJOmp

-> 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

-> March 12-14, 2012, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Info: Active Living Research; email: <alrconference@ucsd.edu>
http://bit.ly/wzcbeP

-> March 20-22, 2012, National Bike Summit, Washington, D.C. Info: League of American Bicyclists; email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org> phone: (202) 822-1333.
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 16-17, 2012, Oregon Active Transportation Summit, Salem, OR. Info: Ingrid Nylen, Cycle Oregon, phone: (503) 287-0405, ext. 103; email: <ingrid@cycleoregon.com>

-> 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 -- MEMBERSHIP & OUTREACH ASSOCIATE -- NCSC

The National Complete Streets Coalition seeks a motivated full- or part-time Membership and Outreach Associate for our office in Washington, DC, to coordinate the involvement and activities of Coalition members in pursuit of Complete Streets. The position includes significant administrative duties, but a motivated self-starter will be able to create and manage projects that advance the Coalition's objectives. This is an excellent opportunity for a "people person" to help grow a national movement for safe, vibrant community streets.

This is a six-month paid position, with the potential for extension. Salary will be commensurate with experience and full or part-time status. Job is available for an immediate start. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to <info@completestreets.org>. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Details: http://bit.ly/wqfrl5

-> JOB -- STATE ADVOCACY ORGANIZERS -- SRTSNP

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is looking for seven energetic and dynamic professionals (one per state) to work as state advocacy organizers in California, Florida, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee. Applications are due on Thursday, February 2nd, at 5:00 p.m. PT. The California position begins February 13, 2012 and the other six positions begin on March 1, 2012.

Summary: The state advocacy organizer builds, strengthens and maintains a state network of diverse organizations, public agencies and partners to achieve the following three main policy objectives:

  1. Leverage funding for bicycle and pedestrian construction projects, including the award and obligation of federal Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancements funds.
  2. Facilitate additional street-scale improvements through the adoption of Complete Streets policies, design guidelines that support active transportation, and other mechanisms at state, regional and local levels.
  3. Advance joint-use agreements through state level policies and agreements between cities and school districts.

Details: http://bit.ly/xXvLY

-> 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 -- 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
--- Bicycling Ambassador

Details: http://bit.ly/AmvNwm


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