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#302 Wednesday, April 11, 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.

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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Pro Place--Conference Updates
----- Green Lane Project Announces Focus Cities
----- House Transportation Bill: Next Steps
----- New Online Clearinghouse for Bike Share Resources
----- Sirota: "Where We're Going, We Don't Need New Roads"
----- May First is Deadline for 2012 IBF Student Bicycle Essay Contest

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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----- Proposal Deadline Looms for North Carolina's 1st Bike Summit
----- Georgia Rides to the Capitol
----- New Pennsylvania Law: Drivers Must Give Cyclists Wider Berth
----- San Francisco Board Approves Employee Bike Access Bill
----- Eagan (MN) to Pass Healthy Eating/Active Living Resolution

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----- Bicyclists Better Customers than Drivers for Local Business
----- New WHO Tool Calculates Bike/Ped Infrastructure Health Savings

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
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- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2012: PRO PLACE--CONFERENCE UPDATES
by Mark Plotz

-> By the time you read this, all who submitted proposals for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012 will have been notified of their status. If you submitted, but have not heard from us, send me a note (mark@bikewalk.org) after double-checking your spam filter.

Program details are now being revealed on the PWPB2012 blog (http://pwpb2012.blogspot.com). This week we are highlighting two sessions, both relating to modeling the long-range benefits of walking and bicycling investments. The significance of these tools is that they give us an opportunity to broaden the conversation beyond simply looking at the cost of a greenway, a bicycle network, or a complete streets policy.

For 2012, we will be experimenting with our conference format--just a bit--to do a better job of tapping into the expertise assembled in Long Beach, September 10-13. The Peer Problem Solving sessions and the addition of Pecha Kucha presentations to the Poster sessions are two examples of ways we are increasing interactivity between presenters and participants. We will also designate a handful of people as issue experts whose job it will be to float and answer your topical questions, and/or connect you with other experts at the conference. We will be introducing these issue experts on the conference blog as we get closer to September.

Registration and Hotel/Travel Information
Early Registration rates will be in effect until May 16. We are also offering discounts for large groups (http://bit.ly/GWtZ50). The downtown Long Beach Renaissance is the official conference hotel of Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012. Don't sleep on the beach; we have a nice room block at the hotel and it is across the street from the conference (http://bit.ly/Hcgdt0).

GREEN LANE PROJECT ANNOUNCES FOCUS CITIES

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking congratulates Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland OR, San Francisco, and the District of Columbia on being selected as focus cities for the Bikes Belong Green Lane Project (http://bit.ly/HrHDtn). The Project is designed to provide the resources and technical assistance needed to speed implementation of innovative bicycle facilities (http://bit.ly/HxFQ9t). We look forward to hearing news of your successes!

HOUSE TRANSPORTATION BILL: NEXT STEPS

-> According to an Apr. 1st Bikes Belong news release, "Following the March 31 approval of another short-term extension of the federal transportation bill (for 90 days until June 30), now is an ideal time to contact your U.S. Representative to urge them to maintain funding for biking and walking programs such as Safe Routes to School. Important decisions about the future of biking programs continue to be debated and your voice can help make the difference. Congress is on a two-week recess from April 2 -- April 13, and many members will be home during this break. The current version of the House transportation bill (H.R. 7) eliminates popular and cost-effective programs for bike infrastructure that increase transportation safety."

"The House plans to resume work in the middle of April to further refine and advance this crucial legislation. That's why it's important to ask your member of the House of Representatives to vote for the Petri Amendment that makes improvements to pedestrian and bicycling programs and provides more local control by creating new funding flexibility for states and a competitive process for local projects. The Senate has already passed its bipartisan version of the bill (MAP-21). Grassroots support from people like you successfully carried the Cardin-Cochran Amendment into the bill. The Amendment ensures that local governments and school districts can compete for much needed biking and walking funds..."

Source: http://bit.ly/IKPMaH

NEW ONLINE CLEARINGHOUSE FOR BIKE SHARE RESOURCES

-> According to a Mar. 29th announcement, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in conjunction with Toole Design Group, has created a new website (http://bit.ly/HvRC4f) to serve as a clearinghouse for Bike Share resources. The site features the latest research and information on bike share programs, including guidelines for creating programs, as well as links to existing bike share systems around the world."

"The site also will be home to a new, comprehensive study from PBIC and Toole Design Group identifying the best practices for planning, funding, and managing bike share programs. Check out the site and join in the conversation by signing up for PBIC's bike share listserv (details can be found on the bike share site)."

Source: Mauricio Hernandez, Toole Design Group <mhernandez@tooledesign.com>

SIROTA: "WHERE WE'RE GOING, WE DON'T NEED NEW ROADS"

-> According to an Apr. 6th Common Dreams article, "Interstate 70 in Colorado, one of the nation's best-known arteries, is the latest thoroughfare to incite an archetypal fight. Running at capacity as it cuts through Denver, this gateway to the Rocky Mountains is about to be expanded over the objections of residents whose low-income neighborhoods will be sliced apart. No doubt, the road will probably win-as roads almost always do in these battles. Indeed, the story of I-70 summarizes the 60-year tale of urban development in modern America: Instead of beefing up public transit, cities build neighborhood-destroying highways, cars fill up those highways, cities then build more highways to alleviate traffic, and then yet more cars flood the roads, creating even more traffic. Known as the 'fundamental law of highway congestion,' this cycle perfectly embodies the "If you build it, cars will come" axiom confirmed in 2011 by researchers at the University of Toronto."

"In the past, of course, road fetishists could claim that such catch-22's aside, our nation is inherently reliant on cars, and that adding roads-any roads-is intrinsically worthwhile. This, in fact, is the assumption woven into the bipartisan federal stimulus bill and President Obama's new budget, both of which target transportation dollars to building roads. Those new highways may not reduce congestion, energy consumption or pollution, but they will enrich an array of powerful interests, including automakers, fossil fuel companies, trucking firms and road contractors. And so they are repackaged as cure-alls by politicians in our money-dominated democracy..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Hvwzvq
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Title: "Where We're Going, We Don't Need New Roads"
Author: David Sirota

MAY FIRST IS DEADLINE FOR 2012 IBF STUDENT BICYCLE ESSAY CONTEST

-> According to the April 6th Ibike Update, "The International Bicycle Fund Student Essay Contest is open to anyone 16 years old or under (details: http://bit.ly/IAtyrU). There are cash prizes for the winners in age group categories: Essay may be on any aspect of bicycling (history, touring, racing, commuting, role in society, learning, teaching, etc.) Girls and boys from all countries are encouraged to participate. You need not be a bicyclist. The deadline for entries is every year on May 1st (mailed entry must be postmarked by 1 May and arrive by 10 May). Entries can be submitted by email. Please share this information with teachers, parents and students in your circles..."

Source: http://bit.ly/HvFblJ


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

Correction: In CenterLines 301, the headline, "San Antonio Has 2nd Busiest Bicycle Share Program in USA" should have read: "San Antonio Has 2nd Busiest B-Cycle Program in USA." We apologize for the error.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE LOOMS FOR NORTH CAROLINA'S 1ST BIKE SUMMIT

-> According to a Mar. 28th announcement, "The state of North Carolina will hold its first Bicycle Summit Oct 12 & 13 at the McKmmon Center on the NCSU Campus in Raleigh. The statewide advocacy organization NC Active Transportation Alliance (NCATA) is our main sponsor and helping to host the event. We have just put out a call for proposals for breakout sessions. The summit will be structured after the 5 E's. Please keep these in mind when developing your proposals. The Call for Proposal is open from March 19, 2012 to APRIL 13, 2012, 5:00pm EST. Email your proposal to <NCBikeSummit@google.com>. Proposals received will be reviewed by a select committee of peers that will score proposals for relevance, quality, and contribution towards the mission of the NC Bike Summit. Notification of acceptance will occur no later then June 1, 2012. Proposals should include the following: Title of Session, Session Summary (max 1500 characters), Speaker Bios, Contact information"

"Direct all questions to Jennifer Baldwin, at <jennifer.baldwin@raleighnc.gov> or (919) 516-2155. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/HuE5We. We will have information on registering at a later date."

GEORGIA RIDES TO THE CAPITOL

-> In an Apr. 3rd news release, "The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association and Georgia Bikes, along with over 1,500 bike enthusiasts, converged on the Georgia state capitol to raise support for the development of a regional-scale bicycle network of both on-road facilities and multi-use trails. The press conference on the capitol steps included 34 metro mayors, council members, state legislators and other state officials. Decatur Commissioner Fred Boykin said the event started years ago when Roswell Mayor Jere Wood gathered cyclists and rode to the Capitol to promote better roads for cyclists. Boykin, who owns Bicycle South in Decatur, said since its inception the ride has steadily grown each year."

"'It's one of the largest bicycle advocacy events in the state and actually one of the largest in the country,' said Boykin. 'To have 2,000 riders going to the state Capitol and having your senior elected officials come out and speak is pretty powerful.' The bike ride contained police escorted routes departing from the cities of Decatur and Roswell. Auxiliary rides departed from Alpharetta, Peachtree City, Cumming, and other cities around the metro Atlanta area. Georgia Bikes continues to work for securing state-level support for creating safer bikable streets."

Source: Kel Chastain, Hope-Beckham, Inc.
<KChastain@hopebeckham.com>

NEW PENNSYLVANIA LAW: DRIVERS MUST GIVE CYCLISTS WIDER BERTH

-> According to an Apr. 3rd Inquirer article, "A new law in Pennsylvania requiring cars and trucks to give four feet of clearance when passing a cyclist simply put on the books what good drivers should be doing already, according to the bill's supporters. 'All it does is codify what smart drivers and safe drivers already do,' said Andrew Stober, spokesman for the mayor's office of transportation in Philadelphia. 'There are 20 states that have this law.' The statewide law, which went into effect Monday morning, allows drivers to pass over yellow lane lines to make way for cyclists. Cars turning left must also yield to bikes coming from the opposite direction."

"The four-foot passing law is not about some kind of Big Brother-y attempt to monitor every action on the road, but now a motorist knows they can pass a yellow line to get by a bicyclist," said Nicholas Mirra, communications coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia. The onus for road safety is not just on motorists. Bicycles are vehicles by legal standards and have the same responsibility to follow traffic signals, according to AAA MidAtlantic spokeswoman Jenny Robinson. The new law requires that cyclists 'use reasonable efforts' to avoid disrupting the flow of traffic and stay 'as close as practicable' to the right-hand curb. 'It really clarifies what we all need to do whether we're in a car or on a bicycle,' Robinson said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/HTtfb4
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Title: "A new Pennsylvania law mandates that drivers give cyclists a wider berth"
Author: Liz Gormisky

SAN FRANCISCO BOARD APPROVES EMPLOYEE BIKE ACCESS BILL

-> According to the March 29th CalBike Report, "San Francisco is on its way to having the strongest bicycle access law in the country. We're proud to have worked with Supervisor John Avalos and the Building Owners and Managers Association to introduce this groundbreaking legislation that would require the owners of commercial buildings to either provide secure bicycle parking in their buildings or to allow the tenants to bring their bicycles into the building. UPDATE: On March 13, the Board of Supervisors approved the Bicycle Access Bill! The bill now goes on to the Mayor's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. Once it passes, SF will have the strongest bike access law in the country...." Read the press release: http://bit.ly/HZKOWS

Source: http://bit.ly/IJhSTy

EAGAN (MN) TO PASS HEALTHY EATING/ACTIVE LIVING RESOLUTION

-> According to a Mar. 28th EaganPatch article, "From an extensive parks and trail system to fitness classes at the Eagan Community Center, the city of Eagan has long been a champion of healthy living, according to Laurie Halverson. And it's about time the city was recognized for its efforts, she believes. That's why Halverson, the chair of Eagan's Advisory Parks Commission, advocated for the passage of a Healthy Eating, Active Living Resolution, a measure originally proposed by the Twin Cities Obesity Prevention Coalition. On March 20, the Eagan City Council unanimously approved passage of the resolution-believed to be the first of its kind in Minnesota"

"The three-page resolution acknowledges that obesity is a public health issue and says the city has an interest in preserving, promoting and improving the health of its residents by taking steps to increase better eating and active living. The document also calls upon city officials to improve access to public trails and sidewalks, support recreation programs, implement healthy vending machine policies and encourage growth of farmers' markets, among other actions. Many of the points included in the resolution are activities the city is already performing, according to Halverson, who described the document as a non-binding framework or vision for health initiatives in the community. 'It brings a real recognition that [healthy living] is a priority for the community, it provides a framework for future leaders in our community to say this is where our health and wellness priorities lie, and I think it underscores Eagan's leadership,' Halverson said."

Source: http://bit.ly/HCfJwa
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Title: "Eagan Council Passes Resolution to Combat Obesity"
Author: David Henke

Via MN Active Living Network News: http://bit.ly/IsfHEy


THE RESEARCH BEAT

STUDY: AMERICANS DRIVING LESS, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG

-> According to an article in the Apr. 6th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "Amid significant growth in transit commuting in New Jersey, rising CTTransit ridership, Metro-North's recent gains, and a 1.1% increase in ridership on the MTA's subways and buses in 2011, transit boosters have another reason to cheer: a recently released report (http://bit.ly/HuLEBB) from USPIRG and Frontier Group has found that, since the middle of the last decade, Americans have been driving less and travelling by foot, bike, or transit more. The trend, they found, is led by young people, age 16 to 34."

"The report's key findings are encouraging for transportation and sustainable development advocates: from 2001 to 2009, the annual number of vehicle-miles traveled by young people (ages 16 to 34) decreased from 10,300 miles to 7,900 miles -- a drop of 23%; in 2009, 16 to 34-year-olds took 24% more bike trips than they did in 2001; in 2009, 16 to 34-year-olds walked to destinations 16% more frequently than in 2001; between 2001 and 2009, the annual number of miles traveled by 16 to 34 year olds on public transit such as trains and buses increased by 40 percent..."

Source: http://bit.ly/HrXXtd


QUOTES R US

-> "When asked, people will always say they will prefer to have a community where you can get to places via different modes of transportation and have easy access to goods and services, but also safe communities where you can feel comfortable walking with your children and have a healthier lifestyle. Having streets and highways that provide more facilities for pedestrians is always key. People don't want to sit in traffic all day, sometimes an hour or two in the morning and evening. People want to be closer to where they work and get to places by foot."
-- Camille Manning-Broome, director of planning for the Center for Planning Excellence in Baton Rouge, LA.

http://bit.ly/ICbP38

-> "In her book Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit writes, 'walking still covers the ground between cars and buildings and the short distances within the latter, but walking as a cultural activity, as a pleasure, as travel, as a way of getting around, is fading, and with it goes an ancient and profound relationship between body, world, and imagination.' There is at once a loss, and a hunger. Look on online travelers forums and you'll see one of the most common threads is people on the verge of visiting Europe (or New York City), embarking on a panicked quest for 'walking shoes'--as if they were taking up some exotic new sport, procuring strange equipment. For these people, one must assume, walking is as foreign as the place they are visiting. (N.B.: I have lived in New York City, the most-walked city in the U.S., for more than two decades and have never owned a pair of Merrells.)"
-- Tom Vanderbilt, "The Crisis in American Walking," Slate Magazine.

http://slate.me/HzYU8s

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

VIDEO: "How Do They Put the Centers in Chocolates?"

-> by Don White, 1997, 4 min. 47 sec.
National Film Board of Canada

http://bit.ly/Hwjx0G


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Leveraging Bikes to Build a Better City: Best Practices from Around the Globe"

Date: April 16, 11:30a.m. EDT

Presenters: Angie Schmitt (Streetsblog Network), Fabian Küster (European Cyclists' Federation), Joe Peach (This Big City) & Areli Carreón (Bicitekas A.C.)

Host: Sustainable Cities Collective & SIEMENS

Cost: None

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/HuJ0tF

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

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

Presenters: Presenters: Ted Curtis (Columbia, MO), Dan Dawson (Marin Co., CA), Tony Hull (Minneapolis, MN) & Emily Vetting (Sheboygan Co., 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/738gp5c

WEBINAR "Leaving No Stone Unturned: Tips and Tricks for Funding Your SRTS Program"

Date: April 24, 2012, 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. EDT

Presenters: Scott Bricker (America Walks, Portland, OR), Ian Thomas (PedNet Coalition, Columbia, MO) & Kathy Smith (Partners for Health Foundation, NJ)

Hosts: America Walks & National Center for Safe Routes to School

Cost: Free

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

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

WEBINAR "Telling a Better Story: Best Practices for Developing Interpretive Panels for Trails"

Date: April 26, 2012, 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. EDT

Presenters: Jennifer Rigby (American Trails Board) & Erica Fielder (Erica Fielder Studio)

Host: American Trails

Cost: $25 American Trails members/$45 non-members

Contact: American Trails <trailhead@americantrails.org> or (530) 547-2060.

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/H2YB05

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: Eric Anderson, (City of Berkeley, CA)

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

VIDEO "Is it Safe?"
by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

"This film visits trails in three cities that addressed trail safety head-on--and have succeeded in creating trails that are well-used community assets."

Source: http://bit.ly/GMEDYe


RESOURCES

-> "THE CASE FOR INCREASED FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN BICYCLING AND WALKING"
Report by Gotschi, & Mills, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy with support from the Bikes Belong Coalition. 2008 (5.1MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/IvvR2K

Via CMAP Updates: http://1.usa.gov/HBCf9d

-> "EVALUATING PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE TRAFFIC. DEVELOPMENT OF A HARMONISED..."
"...method for monitoring the municipal proportion of pedestrian and cycle traffic through travel surveys and cycle counts;" report by Niska, Nilsson, Varedian, Eriksson & Söderström; VTI (Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute); VTI rapport 743. 2012 (general info w/link to abstract & 5.9MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/HwoGti

-> "A NEW ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT"
A Report Prepared by the Department of the Treasury with the Council of Economic Advisers. March 23, 2012 (general info & link to 945KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/HxYC1P

-> "DISTRACTED DRIVING AMONG NEWLY LICENSED TEEN DRIVERS"
Report by Goodwin, Foss, Harrell & O'Brien (HSRC); for the AAA Fdn for Traffic Safety. March 2012 (general info & link to 2.4MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/Hyuy42

-> "ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION BEYOND URBAN CENTERS: WALKING..."
"...and Bicycling in Small Towns and Rural America;" report by Hadden, Loh, Walljasper, Sonenklar, Mills & Levinger; for the Rails-to-trails Conservancy. January 30, 2012 (5.5MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/HwflBn

-> "PROVEN COUNTERMEASURES FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY"
Article by Bartlett (Sprinkle Consulting), Graves (SAIC) & Petritsch (Sprinkle) & Redmon (FHWA); Public Roads, Vol. 75, #5 March/April 2012 (online)
http://1.usa.gov/HtMDkG

-> "PRACTICAL APPROACHES FOR INVOLVING TRADITIONALLY UNDERSERVED..."
"...Populations in Transportation Decisionmaking;" report by Aimen (Louis Berger Group) & Morris (Atkins); sponsored by the AASHTO & FHWA; NCHRP Report 710. 2012 (22.4MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/HXWqwO

-> "SLOW DOWN: A STUDY OF SPEEDING ON MCGUINNESS BLVD"
Report by Shawn Macias & the McGuinness Boulevard Working Group (Transportation Alternatives, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, Community Board 1 & concerned residents). March 2012 (generan info & link to 176KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/HZRMLr


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

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-> April 14-17, American Planning Assn. National Conference, Los Angeles, CA. Info: http://bit.ly/z9IIRL

-> 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 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>
http://1.usa.gov/vi7xH9

-> April 19-20, 2012, How to Turn a Place Around, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces; Casey Wang, email: <cwang@pps.org>
http://bit.ly/gOalGM

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

-> April 24-25, 2012, Ontario Bike Summit "Shifting Gears," Toronto, Canada. Info: Share the Road Cycling Coalition, phone: (647) 201-2820.
http://bit.ly/wdOQ1K

-> April 25-27, 2012, Placemaking: Making it Happen, New York, NY. Info: Project for Public Spaces; Casey Wang, email: <cwang@pps.org>
http://bit.ly/gOalGM

-> April 26, 2012, 1st Texas Distracted Driving Summit, San Antonio, TX. Info: Nanci Gandy, email: <nanci.gandy@usaa.com>; phone: (210) 498-0389;
http://bit.ly/HeU3oh

-> 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 2-3, 2012, The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Sonoma County, CA. Info: Randy Rodgers, Executive Editor, Sustainable City Network, Inc.; email: <randy@sCityNetwork.com>
http://bit.ly/Ic5Jbs

-> May 3-4, 2012, Pedestrians Count! 2012, Los Angeles, CA. Info: Alexis Kelso, WALKSacramento, email: <akelso@walksacramento.org> or Rhianna Babka, California WALKS at: <pedscount2012@californiawalks.org>
http://bit.ly/y58f6Q

-> 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

-> May 17, 2012, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PT), Massachusetts Bike/Walk Summit, Boston, MA. http://bit.ly/GQifSs

-> 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>
http://bit.ly/ApERka

-> June 7, 2012, Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Planning Professional Development Course, Portland State University, Portland, OR. Info: IBPI, email: <ibpi@pdx.edu>; phone: (503) 725-4024.
http://bit.ly/IBWWOg (567KB pdf)

-> 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 26-28, 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, Canada. Info: phone: (604) 685-0450, toll free in Canada & USA: (877) 685-0452
http://bit.ly/wPXlUx

-> July 14-17, 2012, International Urban Parks Conference, New York, NY. Info: Frank Accosta, Greater & Greener Conference HQ c/o Lorelei Enterprises & Events; phone: (212) 838-2660 x 21; email: <info@urbanparks2012.org>
http://bit.ly/xjienG

-> July 29-August 1, ACT (Association for Commuter Transportation) International Conference, Savana, GA. Info: http://bit.ly/AsPXFv

-> August 20-24, 2012, Comprehensive Bicycle Planning & Design Course, Portland State University, Portland, OR. Info: Info: IBPI, email: <ibpi@pdx.edu>; phone: (503) 725-4024.
http://bit.ly/Hut64E (607KB pdf)

-> September 7, 2012, World Urban Forum, Naples, Italy. Info: http://bit.ly/wLKJI6

-> 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

-> September 12-14, 13th National Conference on Transportation Planning in Small and Medium Sized Communities, Big Sky, Montana. Info: http://bit.ly/dByw3U

-> September 21-23, 2012, 8th International Public Markets Conference, Cleveland, OH. Info: Project for Public Spaces http://bit.ly/o310Ua

-> September 30 - October 3, 2012, American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. Info: http://bit.ly/xDidSf

-> September 30 - October 4, 2012, Walk21, Mexico City, Mexico. Info: Walk21 Mexico: email <walk21@ctsmexico.org>
http://bit.ly/yWSMz2

-> 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
http://bit.ly/wfM56G

-> 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
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 -- SRTS PROJECT ASSISTANT -- WALKSACRAMENTO

WALKSacramento is a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving safe, walkable communities for health, traffic safety, recreation and clean air.

Summary: Project Assistant is a new position to help implement WALKSacramento's SRTS projects in Citrus Heights and W. Sacramento. Assistant may help with projects in walkability assessment, community engagement, land use project review, pedestrian advocacy. Assistant will report to SRTS Project Manager.

Desired Qualifications:
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Proficiency in MS Office. Knowledge of mapping programs/applications and social media a plus.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
- Ability to keep accurate and timely records of activities
- Attention to detail
- Support of walking/biking as modes of transportation and basic bike/ped knowledge, land use and transportation planning

Salary: $19.89/hr (full time: 37.5 hrs/wk)
Submit resume & cover letter to <TDuarte@walksacramento.org> by 4/13/12.
Questions: Teri Duarte, Exec Director at (916) 446-9255. Application Deadline: 4/13/12; Projected Start Date: 5/8/12

-> 3 JOBS -- SECTION DIRECTORS -- MTC, OAKLAND, CA

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, has two Section Director positions.

All resumes must be submitted through MTC's website. For a full job description and to apply for each position, please go to http://bit.ly/GIju1a

1) Section Director, Internal Operations: This position will primarily oversee Information Technology, Facilities and Office Management, Contracting and Procurement, Risk Management, and Human Resources. The Director will oversee the Administrative and Technology Services Section and will work as a member of MTC's senior management team to anticipate, identify, initiate, implement and carry to completion results of planning and analytical processes necessary to the Section's successful operations. Submissions should be completed as soon as possible.

2) Section Director, Electronic Fare Programs: MTC is working with outside recruiting Ralph Andersen & Associates on the search for a Section Director, Electronic Fare Programs. We are working with outside consultants because this unique position requires specific knowledge of electronic and smart card business operations. Follow link to the Section Director, Electronic Fare Programs listing to be redirected to the Ralph Andersen & Associates website. This position will remain open until filled.

-> JOB -- MANAGER -- GO BOULDER, BOULDER (CO)

The City of Boulder, Colorado is conducting a nationwide search for the Manager of GO Boulder, the City's multi-modal transportation program. Since 1989, GO Boulder has been working to create an innovative and balanced transportation system that sustains the quality of life valued by Boulder residents, employees and visitors.

We are seeking a creative and dynamic individual, with background in transportation planning, or regional/urban planning. The GO Boulder Manager will be responsible for expanding the community's alternative transportation options, including the planning, designing, and funding aspects. He or she will manage the development and implementation of multi-modal transportation systems, services and programs that employ best innovative alternative industry practices.

The GO Boulder Manager will be responsible for supervising and supporting a team of Transportation Planners. He or she will also be responsible for fostering partnerships with various agencies and community groups to implement mutually beneficial projects that support alternative and active transportation. The position offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

To apply, please email resume (and if you wish, a brief cover letter) to T. Malouf & Company, a retained search firm, at: <info@tmalouf.com>

-> 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:
--- Technology Internship
--- Transportation Safety Project Manager
--- Bike Parking Program Intern

Details: http://bit.ly/AmvNwm


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