#297 Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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.

----- National Transportation Updates
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Call for Proposals Closes!
----- Secretary LaHood Announces 4th Round of Tiger Program $$
----- America Walks Releases New Signalized Intersection Report
----- Complete Streets Forum 2012 Coming April 23rd in Toronto
----- Complete Streets Coalition Executive Director Receives ITE Award
----- NCSRTS Announces First Nat'l Bike to School Day: May 9, 2012
----- Road to Profitability in Today's New-Home Market May Be a Foot Path
----- Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- "Atlantic Cities" Article Touts Long Beach (CA) Bike Efforts
----- Michigan Complete Streets Advisory Council Releases Annual Report
----- Nashville MPO Announces $2.5M in Active Transportation Projects
----- Biking Benefits Exceed $450 Million in Iowa

----- Doctor Jackson on Poor Urban Design & America's Health Threat
----- Diet Less Important than Being Active Says Leading Researcher Blair
----- Pedestrian Deaths, Blaming the Victim: Headphones Edition
----- Strange but Extremely Valuable Science of How Pedestrians Behave

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by Mark Plotz

-> It has been a busy two weeks since issue #296...

The "2012 Benchmarking Report" is released by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The Benchmarking Report answers the question of how walking and bicycling conditions in your community or your state compares with others. Every state and the fifty largest cities are compared on metrics such as per capita advocacy resources; road safety; bike/ped spending at local and state levels; miles of facilities; education programs and much more. Download the report and keep it handy for the next time someone says: 'Don't we already have enough bike lanes in Driversville?' (http://bit.ly/xNmi4G)

-> "ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BEYOND URBAN CENTERS" is released by the Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC). Perhaps you have heard the argument that biking is a lifestyle choice practiced primarily by lycra-clad males riding bikes worth more than your car, and urban dwellers in far-too-tight jeans riding bikes with no brakes. RTC's new report rebuts many of these myths, assumptions, and stereotypes about walking and biking. For example, small rural cities (2.5k to 10k) have double the bike to work mode share of large urban cores: 1.6 percent versus 0.8 percent. There are also some surprising statistics on walking in mid sized cities: many have a higher percentage of walking trips than our densest urban areas.

View the report at: (http://bit.ly/AaDGU4). Be sure to try out the accompanying interactive map, which includes county health data, success stories, bike/ped projects, fatalities, and congressional district boundaries. For city dwellers, be sure to check out RTC's "Active Transportation for America." View that report here: (http://bit.ly/xAO1iK)

-> THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE released its version of a federal transportation bill. You might want to sit down before you read on. Committee leadership appears to have stopped short of outlawing the bicycle, but not by much: the set aside for Transportation Enhancements is eliminated; the SRTS program is eliminated; state bicycle/pedestrian and SRTS coordinators are eliminated; the information and research clearinghouses for bicycle/pedestrian and SRTS are eliminated; NEPA is gutted; and public involvement in transportation planning occurs at state DOT discretion. Those are just a few of the low points. If you are wondering whether you should take this personally, I recommend it: this bill is a return to a 1960's style happy motoring/shut-up-and-move-aside-for-the-bulldozer mentality.

Some reactions from the World Wide Web:
"House Transportation Bill Officially Drops, Lands With a Thud" (http://bit.ly/ziIxwD)
"Worst. Transportation Bill. Ever." (http://bit.ly/ypdb5A)

-> AMERICA BIKES UPDATES ITS WEBSITE. Just in time for one of the most critical transportation votes in recent memory, America Bikes has talking points for bicycle and pedestrian advocates, and a portal to find your member of Congress so you can take action (http://bit.ly/xxMH4U).

If you need further convincing, listen to Andy Clarke's summary of what is currently at stake in the House (http://bit.ly/AvscQL).


-> Procrastinators rejoice: the eleventh hour is nigh! At the stroke of 8pm Eastern, Wednesday, February 1 we will close the Call for Proposals to Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012 in Long Beach--the #3 city in miles of bicycle facilities per square mile!* Thus far, the quality of proposals is exceptional, and we are pleased to report that Invest + Govern has proven a popular category. February will be an eventful month for Pro Walk/Pro Bike® news, so stay tuned to CenterLines for the latest. Questions? Contact Mark Plotz, Conference Director at (202) 223-3621 or <mark@bikewalk.org>.

*See page 98 of the "2012 Benchmarking Report." (http://bit.ly/xNmi4G)


-> According to a Jan. 31st news release, "Following President Obama's call in his State of the Union address for greater infrastructure investment as part of 'An America Built to Last,' U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced the availability of funding for transportation projects under a fourth round of the popular TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program. TIGER 2012 will make $500 million available for surface transportation projects having a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or region."

"The previous three rounds of the TIGER program provided $2.6 billion to 172 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Demand for the program has been overwhelming, and during the previous three rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 3,348 applications requesting more than $95 billion for transportation projects across the country. 'President Obama made clear in his State of the Union address that investing in transportation means putting people back to work, and that's just what our TIGER program is doing in communities across the country,' said Secretary LaHood. 'Americans are demanding investments in highways, ports, commuter rail, streetcars, buses, and high-speed rail. These kinds of projects not only mean a stronger economic future for the U.S., but jobs for Americans today.'..."

Source: http://www.dot.gov/tiger/


-> According to a Jan. 19th announcement, America Walks released a new report entitled "Signalized Intersection Enhancements that Benefit Pedestrians -- Making America a Great Place to Walk." The report, produced by Fehr & Peers, is available for download here: http://bit.ly/zXq8v1

According to Scott Bricker, America Walks Executive Director, "This technical and concise resource has just been released for your use. Fehr & Peers prepared this report for America Walks to educate decision makers, planners, engineers, and citizens on signalized intersection enhancements that can improve pedestrian safety and convenience."

For more info, contact Bricker at <sbricker@americawalks.org>


-> According to a recent news release, "The 2012 Complete Streets Forum is TCAT's fifth annual active transportation conference taking place on April 23, 2012 at Evergreen Brickworks. The Complete Streets Forum represents a holistic approach to active transportation policy and planning with a focus on cycling and walking while maintaining the interests of other road users. The Forum continues to develop the program of sharing research, best practices, and creative solutions for designing and implementing safe and inviting streets for everyone."

"The themes and program for the upcoming conference have incorporated feedback from 2011 attendees and is focusing on providing direct experience with implementing Complete Streets, including policy, tools, and examples. The conference will provide numerous opportunities to learn from, consult with, and network with professionals with Complete Streets experience across North America. The goal of the 2012 Complete Streets Forum is to accelerate the implementation of Complete Streets across Canada..."

Source: http://bit.ly/xvoQyx


-> According to the Jan, 19th National Complete Streets Coalition e-newsletter, "Barbara McCann, the National Complete Streets Coalition's Executive Director, will receive the Transportation Advancement Award tonight from the Institute of Transportation Engineers Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey. The Section uses this award to recognize individuals who have made continuing non-engineering contributions to the field..." Congratulations Barbara! Well-deserved!

Check out the details here: http://bit.ly/yJIvA9


-> According to a Jan. 19th National Center for Safe Routes to School news release, "Bike to School Day builds on the popularity and success of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country--and the world--each October, and encourages a bike-focused celebration in the month of May. The National Center, which serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program, is planning the inaugural event in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, the organization that leads the celebration of National Bike Month."

"'Communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school days for years,' said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School. 'This inaugural celebration not only provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate National Bike to School Day but also to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.' 'Celebrating Bike to School Day will increase the excitement surrounding 2012 National Bike Month,' said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. 'Bike Month-- including Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day--has grown year after year and we're pleased to add a school- and kid-focused event to the celebration this year.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/wBAJ7x


-> According to a Jan. 5th Builder article, "The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said that 'walking is man's best medicine.' Some 1,400 years later, it looks like the same prescription may be just what the doctor ordered for the housing industry as well. According to 'The 2011 Community Preference Survey,' a poll of 2,071 American adults conducted on behalf of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 77% of those polled considered having sidewalks and places to take a walk one of their top priorities when deciding where they'd like to live. Six in 10 adults said they would rather live in a neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses within an easy walk, than a community of only houses that required driving to get to businesses."

"'What we see overall in the consumer preference surveys...is that households are overwhelmingly looking for places to live where they can walk to stuff. It's as simple as that,' says Ilana Preuss, chief of staff at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America. Pointing to the NAR's survey she adds, 'People made a tradeoff on a large house on a large lot with lots of parking where you have a 30 minute commute and have to drive to stores, or a small house on a small lot where they don't have ample parking but they had a commute of 20 minutes or less. Fifty-nine percent said they would pick the smaller house on the smaller lot. When they looked at households that were interested in moving in the next couple of years, it was 54%. That's a huge proportion of the market. So we see this enormous demand and a very low supply.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/w3ZtHw
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Title: "Take a Walk"
Author: Claire Easley


-> According to an article in the Fall issue of the University of California Transportation Center Access (#39), "During the last half of the 20th century, cities and towns across America were built primarily for one transportation mode: the automobile. Much of this development occurred on the urban periphery, creating the suburbs that are now home to more Americans than either traditional central cities or small towns. Today, while federal transportation policies and urban planners have shifted toward promoting a more multimodal form of development, the legacy of the postwar era remains: thousands of suburban neighborhoods poorly served by any mode of transportation other than the automobile."

"Researchers have spilled much ink debating the feasibility of alternatives to car travel, but have focused less on how suburbs built for the car might be transformed to accommodate other modes. Seven years ago, communities in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County decided to focus on this question. They found that walking is the gateway mode for alternative transportation. The 2009 National Household Travel Survey shows that 10 percent of all trips in the US are taken on foot. Relatedly, an American Public Transportation Association analysis of over 150 on-board transit surveys from 2000 to 2005 showed that walking is the access mode for about 60 percent of all transit trips. Walking travel and land use patterns vary substantially within the South Bay. Analyzing the correlates of walking in that area provides insight into ways to retrofit auto-oriented suburbs for more pedestrian travel..."

Source: http://bit.ly/xHP3Ph
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Title: "Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking"
Author: Boarnet, Joh, Siembab, Fulton & Nguyen



-> According to a Jan. 26th Atlantic Cities article, "Few cities--and even fewer American cities -- struggle with bike traffic congestion. Rather, what more and more cities find themselves struggling with is a lack of bike traffic. They want more bicyclists on their streets. To get them, cities are finding that when they build more bicycle lanes--and, more broadly, 'bicycle-friendly' environments--more bicyclists emerge. This theory is moving full speed ahead in unlikely Long Beach, Calif., where a focused effort is underway to modify city streets to encourage bicycling to become a viable day-to-day transportation option in and around the city. The transformation has been rapid in this city of 460,000, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. In just a few years, the city has allocated more than $20 million for bike-related projects, adding new bike routes to city streets, building protected bike lanes, painting shared lanes, and installing the signage, signaling and parking that restate non-verbally the city's new motto, now prominently displayed on a wall outside City Hall: 'Long Beach, the most bicycle friendly city in America.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/zyBoac
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Title: "Creating 'The Most Bicycle Friendly City in America'...In Southern California"
Author: Nate Berg


-> According to a Jan. 26th Michigan Complete Streets Coalition blog entry, "The Complete Streets Advisory Council met yesterday and announced the release of an annual report detailing progress made since Complete Streets legislation went into effect in Michigan on Aug. 1, 2010." The report (5.3MB pdf) is available online at http://1.usa.gov/w8uXGd [or can be read in the PDF viewer at the source link below].

"The Complete Streets law was enacted to encourage counties, cities, villages and townships to work cooperatively to incorporate policies that ensure that roads and streets take into account the mobility needs of all legal users, including bicyclists, pedestrians and those traveling by assistive devices such as wheelchairs. Public Acts 134 and 135 of 2010 also requires the State Transportation Commission to enact a Complete Streets policy for MDOT by August 2012."

"The 18-member council worked together over the last year to develop a vision statement and sample policy language for the State Transportation Commission. The report released yesterday notes that 63 Michigan communities have enacted Complete Streets policies and/or resolutions as of November 2011, putting Michigan ahead of all other states..."

Source: http://bit.ly/xZ1aZg


-> According to a Jan. 30th announcement, "The Nashville Area MPO and its Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee announced $2.5 million in project awards in January 2012 under a new Active Transportation Program included in the adopted 2035 Regional Transportation Plan. Shaped by extensive public and stakeholder input, the MPO established a new direction for investments made with MPO-managed grant funds received through the Federal Highway Administration's Surface Transportation Program. The Active Transportation Program targets at least 15 percent of available Urban Surface Transportation Program resources for walking, bicycling, or transit-supportive projects that may not have otherwise received funding through more traditional revenue streams..."

Source: http://bit.ly/youBFl


-> In a Jan. 30th Alliance for Biking & Walking blog entry, Carolyn Szczepanski wrote, "As a former Des Moines resident and one-time RAGBRAI rider, I know bicycling is big in the state of Iowa. Now a new study from the Iowa Bicycle Coalition quantifies that enthusiasm and puts a big dollar figure on its impact in the Hawkeye State. Last week, I mentioned recent research from Resource Systems Group and Local Motion on the economic impact of biking in Vermont, which revealed that, in 2009, bicycling and walking created at least 1,400 jobs, $41 million in personal income (wages) and $83 million in revenue. In Iowa, those numbers are even higher."

"According to 'Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling,' the spending of recreational cyclists generates $364.8 million in direct and indirect impacts to the State of Iowa. And that's just the economic aspect. When it comes to health, bicycling saves the state $73.9 million in healthcare costs for those who cycle recreationally, while bicycle commuters cash in on another $13.2 million in health care cost savings..."

Source: http://bit.ly/zRdAmY



-> According to a Jan. 22nd Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Researchers can have revelatory moments in remarkable places--the African savannah, an ancient library, or the ruins of a lost civilization. But Richard J. Jackson's epiphany occurred in 1999 in a banal American landscape: a dismal stretch of the car-choked Buford Highway, near the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Jackson, who was then the head of the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC, was rushing to a meeting where leading epidemiologists would discuss the major health threats of the 21st century. On the side of the road he saw an elderly woman walking, bent with a load of shopping bags. It was a blisteringly hot day, and there was little hope that she would find public transportation."

"At that moment, Dr. Jackson says, 'I realized that the major threat was how we had built America.' His center had already been dealing with problems that he suspected had origins in the built environment--asthma caused by particulates from cars and trucks, water contamination from excessive runoff, lead poisoning from contaminated houses and soil, and obesity, heart conditions, and depression exacerbated by stressful living conditions, long commutes, lack of access to fresh food, and isolating, car-oriented communities. Treatments could come in the form of pills, inhalers, and insulin shots, but real solutions had bigger implications..."

Source: http://bit.ly/y85FUr
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Title: "America's Health Threat: Poor Urban Design"
Author: Scott Carlson


-> According to a Jan. 12th Montreal Gazette article, "With more than 500 research papers under his belt, several of which have been cited in excess of 1,000 times, Steven Blair is to fitness what the Beatles were to rock music. A certified industry pioneer, he changed the way we view exercise, being the first to discover that even little bits of physical activity improve health. Previously, exercise was thought to be of benefit only if done at an intensity or duration most people avoided. But Blair, in his 1989 landmark study of 10,224 men and 3,120 women, found that even a modest level of physical activity provided substantial health benefits to those who were more familiar with their couch than the local gym."

"Suddenly walking, not just running, was considered exercise enough, making it easier for the average Joe and Jill to reap the benefits of being physically active. And if that weren't enough to make him a rock god among those who have a chronic fear of Lycra, marathons and sweatdrenched exercise, he also pioneered the notion that it's possible to be fit and fat, another praisewinning bit of research that earned him worldwide recognition..."

Source: http://bit.ly/yYiqIv
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Title: "The exercise scientist with a moving argument"
Author: Jill Barker


-> In a Jan. 19th T4America blog entry, Stephen Lee Davis wrote, "A new academic study looking at the numbers of pedestrians killed while wearing headphones ignores the overwhelming majority of pedestrian deaths, providing a healthy dose of blaming the victim while turning a blind eye to the actual problem. At first glance, the numbers sound incredible. 'The number of headphone-wearing pedestrians seriously injured or killed near roadways and railways has tripled in six years...' Wow, they've tripled? That must be a lot, right? When you examine the numbers closely, though, it's clear that this study is examining a share of pedestrian fatalities so small as to be almost statistically insignificant when compared to the problem of pedestrian deaths writ large."

"The study has been highly successful at winning credulous news coverage and shifting blame to the victims, but by focusing on a tiny sliver of fatalities it does more to obscure the true causes than explain what is happening. 'Oh, they're all wearing headphones now. That's why pedestrians are getting killed.' Let's stop for a minute and acknowledge that being distracted is never a good idea, whether driving or walking. Especially if you're navigating busy streets, you need all available senses at your disposal to make sure you arrive at your destination safely. That means not texting and keeping your eyes on the road while driving, and making sure that you can hear and see when walking. From 2000-2009 47,700 people were killed while walking in the U.S. This University of Maryland study found 116 deaths in 8 years where headphones were said to be involved, or about 0.3% of all pedestrian deaths during the study period..."

Source: http://bit.ly/y4c8lg


-> A Dec. 17th Economist article suggests "Imagine that you are French. You are walking along a busy pavement in Paris and another pedestrian is approaching from the opposite direction. A collision will occur unless you each move out of the other's way. Which way do you step? The answer is almost certainly to the right. Replay the same scene in many parts of Asia, however, and you would probably move to the left. It is not obvious why. There is no instruction to head in a specific direction (South Korea, where there is a campaign to get people to walk on the right, is an exception). There is no simple correlation with the side of the road on which people drive: Londoners funnel to the right on pavements, for example. Instead, says Mehdi Moussaid of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, this is a behaviour brought about by probabilities. If two opposing people guess each other's intentions correctly, each moving to one side and allowing the other past, then they are likely to choose to move the same way the next time they need to avoid a collision. The probability of a successful manoeuvre increases as more and more people adopt a bias in one direction, until the tendency sticks..."

Source: http://bit.ly/xNBxfE
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Title: "Crowd Dynamics: the Wisdom of Crowds"
Author: Staff


-> "I'm personally most interested in block-scapes, and the elements that coexist within a block or set of blocks. I think there is a set of attributes here that is both recognizable and useful for policy making. I think we could be measuring, for example, the economic and social activity that occurs on blocks that have a larger number and variety of skinnier buildings, compared to what you find on blocks occupied by large, homogeneous building fronts. Measuring how the pattern and mix of buildings impacts urban activity would provide a way to assign value to organic, incremental development that would be more quantitative than the cultural arguments for preservation, which would in turn inform land use policies. There are many win-win solutions for balancing urban grain with new development..."
-- Liz Dunn, National Trust for Historic Preservation


-> "Pick a city, any city in the US, and then pick a house within that city. Open the door of its garage and you're likely to find a bicycle. Chances are good that it is covered with dust or has a flat tire. If not, and if its owner has in fact used it any time recently, odds are the purpose was exercise or recreation. Compare this to a garage, any garage, in Davis, California. Inside you're likely to find several bicycles -- more bicycles, perhaps, than people living in that house. In all probability, one or more of those bicycles is used at least weekly, not for exercise or recreation but for transportation -- to get the rider to work, school, the store, a restaurant, or another destination in town. Davis is one of the few places in the US where bicycling is a substantial mode of transportation..."
-- Susan L. Handy, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis



YOUTUBE VIDEO: "23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?"

-> "A Doctor-Professor answers the old question 'What is the single best thing we can do for our health' in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital."

DENVER POST PLOG: "Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943"
[70 amazing photos!]


-> According to a Jan. 25th London Evening Standard article, "Teenage drivers can now be tracked using a mobile phone app that automatically alerts their parents if they exceed the speed limit. It can also tell if their child switches off the app and if they try to drive too far from home. The 'teen agree app', which is free, is available for iPhones and Android phones. Parent and child must download the app to their phone and link them using a password. It was created by an American couple to keep tabs on their nine children..."

Source: http://bit.ly/xsewyA
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Title: "App tells how fast your child is driving"
Author: Mark Prigg
Via Parent Pages: http://bit.ly/x29b2Q


WEBINAR "Walkability for Older Pedestrians: Using a Free NHTSA Workshop that Gets Results"

Date: February 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Nancy Pullen-Seufert and Seth LaJeunesse (UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Rhianna Babka (California WALKS) & Susan Sutherland (Delaware General Health District)

Hosts: PBIC

Cost: None

Contact: email <webinars@hsrc.unc.edu>

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/ylQS4z

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: John Cock, Alta Planning + Design; Mike Lydon, The Street Plans Collaborative; Ahna Bizjak and Susan Sloper, City of Fitchburg, WI

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Cost: $50 APBP members/$75 non-APBP members

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & registration: http://tinyurl.com/7k3s747

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 "Developing a Sustainable Communities Project Selection Tool"

Date: February 21, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presenter: Harrison Rue & Pepper Santalucia, ICF International

Hosts: ICF International

Cost: None

Contact: email: <info@icfi.com>

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/xOMg4X

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

WEBINAR "Best Practices for Maintenance Programs"

Date: March 21, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Tom Huber, Toole Design Group; TBA

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Cost: $50 APBP members/$75 non-APBP members

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & registration: http://tinyurl.com/7kw9foy

WEBINAR "NTPP Update: A Bold Experiment in Four Communities"

Date: April 18, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: TBA

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Cost: $50 APBP members/$75 non-APBP members

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & registration: http://tinyurl.com/738gp5c

WEBINAR "In-Street Bicycle Parking: What, When, Where and How Much?"

Date: May 16, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: TBA

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Cost: $50 APBP members/$75 non-APBP members

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & registration: http://tinyurl.com/7vkoqdj

WEBINAR "Resolving Conflicts at Complex Intersections"

Date: June 20, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: TBA

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Cost: $50 APBP members/$75 non-APBP members

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & registration: http://tinyurl.com/7263nt6


"...Making America a Great Place To Walk;" report by Fehr & Peers; for America Walks. 2012 (760KB pdf)

Report by McInelly, Garrick, Kronemeyer, Smith, Readdy, Dumbaugh, Erickson, Grimshaw & Hogan; CNU Project for Transportation Reform. January 2012 (4MB pdf)


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:


-> 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>

-> 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

-> 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>

-> 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

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

-> March 13, 2012, Fifth Annual Mass. Forum on Safe Routes to School, Newton, MA. Info: Lauren Robinson, email: <lauren.a.robinson@state.ma.us>

-> March 20-22, 2012, National Bike Summit, Washington, D.C. Info: League of American Bicyclists; email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org> phone: (202) 822-1333.

-> 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>

-> April 17-19, 2012, the 2012 Bicycle Leadership Conference, Monterey, CA. Info: http://bit.ly/xYYuOW>

-> 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>

-> April 23, 2012, Complete Streets Forum 2012, Toronto, Canada. Info: TCAT: phone: (416) 392-0290; email: <info@tcat.ca>

-> 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>

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

-> June, 6-8, 2012, 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference, Geelong, Australia. Info: Sarah Hoekwater, Secretariat, phone: (61 7) 5502 2068; fax: 07 5527 3298; email: <conference@healthycities.com.au>

-> 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:
Via TRB E-Newsletter: http://bit.ly/n63f0Z

-> June 26-28, 2012, APHA Midyear Meeting: "The New Public Health - Rewiring for the Future," Charlotte, NC. Info: http://bit.ly/zDJZQl

-> 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>

-> 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>

-> 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

-> September 30 - October 4, 2012, Walk21, Mexico City, Mexico. Info: Walk21 Mexico: email <walk21@ctsmexico.org>

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

-> October 21-24, 2012, IENE 2012 International Conference, Potsdam-Berlin, Germany. Info: IENE-Secretariat, Andreas Seiler; e-mail: <programme@iene-conferences.info>, phone: + 46 (0)581 69 73 28

-> October 27-31, 2012, 2012 Annual APHA Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA. Info: http://bit.ly/A55hmX

-> July 17-19, 2013, 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Info: Delft University of Technology


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Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), a statewide not for profit park and trail advocacy organization, is accepting proposals to design and develop a study of the annual economic activity associated with the 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail in New York State.

All inquiries should be directed to Parks & Trails New York: Frances Gotcsik Director of Programs and Policy, Parks & Trails New York, 29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207; phone: (518) 434-1583 x204; email: <fgotcsik@ptny.org>


The League of Michigan Bicyclists, a statewide bicycle advocacy organization, is seeking a motivated individual to join the current two-person staff team in a new Associate Director position. This full-time position requires a college degree or equivalent experience in a related field. The candidates background should include experience in fund raising, volunteer development and member communications. The ability to effectively communicate (both written and orally) to community leaders, members, constituents, volunteers and other staff is a must. The successful candidate must have a passion for bicycling.

Candidates should mail their resume with references to League of Michigan Bicyclists, 416 South Cedar St., Ste A, Lansing MI 48912. Applications may be sent electronically to <Rich@LMB.org>. Deadline for submitting resumes is February 24, 2012.

Details: http://bit.ly/wFPBeH


The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented person to join our development team as our Development Associate. The position is responsible for maintaining our contact management system, providing member services, managing the membership fulfillment and renewal process, and reporting on our progress to staff, board, and committees. The position is a fantastic entry-level job in non-profit fundraising. Please share with any of your budding stars or interns that might qualify.

Details: http://bit.ly/wPYIrc


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


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:
--- Marketing Communication Internship
--- Bicycling Ambassador

Details: http://bit.ly/AmvNwm



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