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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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----- PWPB2012®: Registration and Program Announcements
----- The Week Ahead: Wheels Begin to Turn on Highway Bill
----- Registration Open for Inaugural National Bike to School Day
----- Should We Keep Calling Those Who Walk "Pedestrians"?
----- League Announces 2012 Bicycle Friendly Business Awards
----- Study: Want More Bikers? Build More Bike Lanes
----- Young Adults Increasingly Choose Bikes, Buses vs Cars
----- The Hague (Netherlands) Cannot Do Without its "Bike Tower"

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----- Pittsburgh Bike Group Initiates Crash Documentation Program
----- Wilsonville (OR) Gets $1.25M Grant to Study Bike Bridge Project
----- Nebraska Becomes 24th State to Enact 3-Foot Passing Law
----- New Somerville (MA) Ordinance Bans Paving Yards for More Parking

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----- Study: Americans Driving Less, Especially the Young

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PWPB2012®: REGISTRATION AND PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

-> The clock is winding down on Early Registration for the Long Beach conference. Beginning May 17th we will switch over to rates Regular Registration, so don't delay: bit.ly/xXgelQ. Please note: we do accept state and local government purchase orders.

For the latest conference news, and for a preview of conference breakout sessions, tune into the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012® conference blog http://pwpb2012.blogspot.com.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012®, September 10-13 in Long Beach, CA. Please contact: Mark Plotz, Conference Director, (202) 223-3621 or mark@bikewalk.org

THE WEEK AHEAD: WHEELS BEGIN TO TURN ON HIGHWAY BILL

-> According to an Apr. 23rd article in The Hill..."The next step in House and Senate negotiations over a new multi-year federal highway bill -- naming members of a conference committee -- could happen as early as this week. It remains to be seen, however, if lawmakers actually start talking now. The current funding for transportation does not expire until June 30, and the extension that was passed by the House last week by runs until Sept. 30."

"The idea is to provide a lot of time for what are expected to be contentious negotiations. The extension approved by the House includes approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, which will likely not survive the conference. LaHood is not optimistic his former colleagues in Congress can reach a deal this year at all. 'There will not be a bill before the election,' LaHood, who was a member of the House before being appointed by President Obama, said at a transportation event last week. 'I wish I could say we'll get a transportation bill [in the next six months], but I know we won't,' LaHood said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/IdSQ4z
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Title: "The Week Ahead: Wheels Begin to Turn on Highway Bill"
Author: Keith Laing

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR INAUGURAL NATIONAL BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to the Apr. 19th issue of the Highway Safety Research Center Directions newsletter, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School, in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, is pleased to be organizing the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9, 2012. Let the bike bells ring--event registration is now open at http://bit.ly/IHGVIK. '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.'"

"Schools, communities and families can join others across the country in this inaugural event and registered events and 'resources' will have a chance to win a bike rack. There are several ways to get involved in Bike to School Day:
-- Be a pioneer. Free event registration is available for individuals and/or organizations planning a 2012 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Registering an event provides organizers access to a variety of brand new downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities.
-- Be a resource. Do you have free expertise, time, materials, information, funding or other resources to share? Register as a Resource and help others find you.
-- Be a winner...did we mention you could win a bike rack?..."

Source: http://bit.ly/I1zy1f

SHOULD WE KEEP CALLING THOSE WHO WALK "PEDESTRIANS"?

-> In an Apr. 10th Slate article, Tom Vanderbilt wrote, "A few years ago, at a highway safety conference in Savannah, Ga., I drifted into a conference room where a sign told me a 'Pedestrian Safety' panel was being held. The speaker was Michael Ronkin, a French-born, Swiss-raised, Oregon-based transportation planner whose firm, as his website notes, 'specializes in creating walkable and bikeable streets.' Ronkin began with a simple observation that has stayed with me since. Taking stock of the event--one of the few focused on walking, which gets scant attention at traffic safety conferences--he wondered about that inescapable word: pedestrian. If we were to find ourselves out hiking on a forest trail and spied someone approaching at a distance, he wanted to know, would we think to ourselves, 'Here comes a pedestrian?' Of course we wouldn't. That approaching figure would simply be a person. Pedestrian is a word born from opposition to other modes of travel; the Latin pedester, on foot, gained currency by its semantic tension with equester, on horse. But there is an implied--indeed, synonymous--pejorative. This dates from Ancient Greece. As the Oxford English Dictionary notes, the Greek ????? meant 'prosaic, plain, commonplace, uninspired (sometimes contrasted with the winged flight of Pegasus).' Or, in the Latin, pedester could refer to foot soldiers (e.g, peons), 'rather than cavalry..."

Source: http://slate.me/I1drtK
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Title: "The Crisis in American Walking"
Author: Tom Vanderbilt

LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2012 BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS AWARDS

-> According to an Apr. 18th LAB news release, "More than 500,000 American employees now work at a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB), thanks to visionary leadership in the private and public sector. Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 67 new BFBs, who joined the ranks of the 412 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies that are transforming the American workplace."

"'These leaders are at the forefront of a movement to make American businesses more competitive, sustainable and attractive to the best and brightest employees,' said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. 'An investment in bicycling enhances employee health, increases sustainability and improves the bottom line.' Bicycle-friendly businesses encourage a more bicycle friendly atmosphere for employees and customers. From Microsoft in Redmond (WA), to Pepe's Bistro in Lincoln (NE), bicycle-friendly businesses are improving the workplace, contributing to the community and improving their overall earnings..."

Award winners in this round include:
-- AstraZeneca
-- Rockwell Collins
-- Indianapolis (IN)
-- Durham (NC)
-- The Federal Communications Commission
-- The Nature Conservancy
-- Outdoor Chattanooga
-- REI
-- American Family Insurance
-- Massachusetts Department of Transportation
-- Carilion Clinic- Roanoke (VA)

Source: http://bit.ly/JXMJMW

STUDY: WANT MORE BIKERS? BUILD MORE BIKE LANES

-> According to an Apr. 16th Washington Post WonkBlog entry, "Is there anything cities can do to encourage cycling? Portland, for instance, has twice as many bike commuters per 1,000 people as Washington. But maybe that's just because Portland has nicer weather or more young people. It's not clear that there's an actual policy issue here. Yet in a new study (http://bit.ly/HOLlx6) in the journal Transport Policy, Ralph Buehler and John Pucher suggest that cities might actually be able to influence how many cyclists are on the road. Perhaps all they have to do is--and this shouldn't come as a huge surprise--build more bike lanes and bike paths."

"Buehler and Pucher found that the presence of off-road bike paths and on-street bike lanes were, by far, the biggest determinant of cycling rates in cities. And that's true even after you control for a variety of other factors like how hot or cold a city is, how much rain falls, how dense the city is, how high gas prices are, the type of people that live there, or how safe it is to cycle. None of those things seem to matter quite as much. The results, the authors write, 'are consistent with the hypothesis that bike lanes and bike paths encourage cycling.'"

"If that sounds overly obvious, the authors do note that previous research was somewhat scattered on this question. A few studies had found that more bike lanes in a city were associated with more cycling, though it was unclear which was causing which. Perhaps cities were building bike lanes because they already had a group of devoted cyclists. And this causation question still hasn't been fully settled, but Buehler and Pucher's regression analyses--going through a dataset of 90 of the 100 largest U.S. cities--suggest that the relationship between bike lanes and cycling is quite robust. (Previous studies on biking had often just looked at single cities in isolation.)..."

Source: http://wapo.st/HZGtrB
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Title: "Want more bikers? Build more bike lanes"
Author: Brad Plumer

YOUNG ADULTS INCREASINGLY CHOOSE BIKES, BUSES VS CARS

-> According to an Apr. 19th Press-Enterprise article, "At the corner of Magnolia Street and Terracina Drive, just off the Riverside [CA] Community College campus, empty spots on the front bicycle racks of Riverside Transit Agency buses are becoming a hot commodity. On a recent day, students snagged the two holders on a southwest-bound bus, leaving another to wait for the next bus to come along. The high cost of driving and a greater interest in personal fitness and environmental stewardship have many young adults ditching their cars and trucks in favor of buses and bikes. Analysts with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which advocates for increased transit and pedestrian spending, found that Americans between the ages of 16 and 34 -- commonly called 'Generation Y' -- are driving less. According to the data, primarily culled from Census Bureau and other federal agency findings, between 2001 and 2009 the number of miles young people drove dropped from 10,300 on average to 7,900."

"Evidence of that trend is apparent on the bicycle racks on buses, the bike lockers at many Metrolink stations and the racks on the UC Riverside campus. 'It's just been a humongous change since I came here in the late '90s,' said UCR professor Raymond Rogers, a frequent cyclist. 'On campus, we used to have a handful of ruddy little bikes, commuter bikes ... now you see serious cycling bikes and a lot more of them.' And officials are responding. Riverside has built bike lanes into roads when they widen them, and bus officials are increasing the number of slots available on bus racks as new coaches are purchased. The 23 percent drop in driving by Gen Y is more than for other groups. Since U.S. driving peaked in 2004, the average American is driving about 6 percent less as of May, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Gasoline prices often determine people's driving habits, leading to reductions when costs climb. Some young people are not driving at all; 26 percent of those ages 14 to 34 did not have a driver's license in 2010, up from 21 percent in 2000..."

Source: http://bit.ly/JgTBe5
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Title: "Young adults opting for bikes, buses instead of cars"
Author: Dug Begley

THE HAGUE (NETHERLANDS) CANNOT DO WITHOUT ITS "BIKE TOWER"

-> According to the Apr. 13th DutchMobility, "Partly as a result of an increase in the number of train passengers and the number of passengers on local routes, the need for bicycle parking facilities around The Hague station will increase. The Hague municipality and Dutch Railways expect to need about 11,400 bicycle parking spaces near The Hague Central station by 2020. This expectation agrees with that of other large train stations. By way of comparison, Amsterdam will need 10,000 spaces in 2012, Rotterdam will need 7000 in 2013 and Utrecht will need 23,000 in 2015."

"The bicycle tower in the The Hague will in any case remain. Originally, the tower would have disappeared by the time construction at The Hague Central Station completes. But by the time the public transport terminal as well as the underground bicycle parking facility are ready, the parking tower will have been expanded by 800 parking spaces. The bicycle tower will have space for 3550 bicycles by then..."

Source: http://bit.ly/I4FlnL


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

PITTSBURGH BIKE GROUP INITIATES CRASH DOCUMENTATION PROGRAM

-> According to an Apr. 20th BikePGH eMessenger article, "Unfortunately, sometimes smooth sailing isn't in the cards for everyone riding Pittsburgh's streets. We've found that most people don't know what to do in the event of a crash (http://bit.ly/JA6xft). Alternately, bicycle crashes are under reported, if reported at all, and getting access to the data is near impossible. There are some things that we can do to help make sure that incidents are handled properly. First and foremost, it's important to make sure the proper information is collected. With adrenaline rushing, it's difficult for even the veterans to remember to record all of the important information. That's why we've created the 'Just in Case' Bicyclist's Accident Report for you to keep in your wallet."

"Afterwards, we want to know where the problem spots are, so we've created a 'Crash Report' as part of our online Pittsburgh Bike Map (). Be sure to log your incident to help identify problematic locations so that officials are aware to make a change, as well as other people on bikes, so that they can be better prepared..."

Source: http://bit.ly/HWFw0I

WILSONVILLE (OR) GETS $1.25M GRANT TO STUDY BIKE BRIDGE PROJECT

-> In an April 17th BikePortland blog entry, Patrick Croasdaile wrote, "At their work session last night, the Wilsonville City Council voted to accept a $1.25 million federal grant to perform a feasibility study on the French Prairie Bike-Ped Emergency Bridge over the Willamette River. As we shared last week, this was a crucial step in this project's evolution and it wasn't a sure thing. In the end, it seems like the potential bike tourism this bridge would make possible is what made councilors comfortable with voting yes."

"When the topic of tourism came up at the meeting, Councilor Richard Goddard said that it had changed the conversation about the bridge and allowed him to think about the bridge as a different kind of asset. Council President Celia Nuņez was also supportive of the grant. 'This bridge] gives us an economic development opportunity,' she said, "and allows tourism dollars to pour into the community". She continued, 'if we can be visionary enough to expand transportation options for the city, then that is right on spot.'"

"As a strong proponent of the bridge, Mayor Tim Knapp's comments supported those of Nuņez. 'This is an investment in our community in a way that would create an opportunity for economic factors that wouldn't otherwise come here. We have the potential to make Wilsonville a destination for bike tourism.' To the matter of the unknown details of the bridge, Mayor Knapp believed that the council could not accurately quantify the return: 'Let's see what it looks like after the study.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/I0PuwU
Via ORbike Newsletter: http://bit.ly/I5WOgp

NEBRASKA BECOMES 24TH STATE TO ENACT 3-FOOT PASSING LAW

-> According to an Apr. 20th Kansas Cyclist article, "The law requires motorists to give at least 3 feet of space when passing cyclists, pedestrians, and those operating motorized wheelchairs on the road. Here's what Sen. Thomas Hansen of North Platte, who introduced the bill, had to say about the measure after it was introduced in January:"

"'This week I introduced LB 1030 on behalf of several individuals in the district that experienced serious and even fatal motor vehicle accidents. The bill amends the Rules of the Road by requiring motor vehicle drivers to leave a distance of no less than three feet clearance to avoid colliding with a pedestrian, bicycle or electric personal assistance mobility device when traveling in the same direction. More and more citizens are making choices to use alternate modes of travel either for exercise or because the price of gasoline is rising. This bill attempts to make motorists aware of the rights of pedestrians or bicycles traveling on our roads and also attempts to protect them from careless drivers. If enacted, motorists convicted of violating the law would be guilty of a traffic infraction and would be fined $100 to $300, depending upon the frequency of the offense in one year's time.'"

"A number of Nebraska cyclists testified in favor of the bill on February 6th, the Nebraska legislature passed LB1030, 'Change provisions relating to obligations of drivers,' on April 4th (by a unanimous 45-0 vote!), and Governor Dave Heineman signed it into law on April 10th..."

Source: http://bit.ly/JAkk2J

NEW SOMERVILLE (MA) ORDINANCE BANS PAVING YARDS FOR MORE PARKING

-> According to an April 13th Somerville Patch article, "Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston recalled how years ago a neighbor paved over his rose garden to make room for more parking. As of Thursday night, that's no longer allowed. In what Rebekah Gewirtz, aldermen of Ward 6, called it 'a big victory for the city,' the Somerville Board of Aldermen Thursday night passed two new zoning ordinances designed to increase the amount of pervious area in the city. (Pervious means water can flow through it. Much of Somerville is covered by impervious concrete and asphalt.)"

"The two new zoning ordinances 'encourage green roofs [and] limit impervious surfaces,' Gewirtz said. They also strive to 'reduce the heat island effect,' she said. Areas with lots of asphalt trap heat on hot days and increase the temperature of an area, creating 'heat islands.' People will now 'need permits before paving,' Heuston said of the new ordinances..."

Source: http://bit.ly/IcJ6C8
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Title: "New Ordinances Mean You Can't Pave Over the Yard for More Parking"
Author: Chris Orchard

Via StreetHeadlines: http://bit.ly/JvQIU0


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 traveling 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

-> "All things being equal, the real measures of successful urbanity may be in the demonstrations of mutual respect while living at close quarters, the degree to which we are comfortable with each other, the room we make for children and seniors, the tolerance and even embrace of our differences, and the accumulation of small acts of kindness. This doesn't mean standoffishness or keeping one's distance. Our interactions can be gruff, teasing and humorous, or inquisitive and friendly; they can involve some measure of risk but still speak to some sense of fellow feeling and connection to our shared sense of place..."
-- Ken Greenberg, author of "Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder"

http://bit.ly/HZUXFr

-> "No one loves a parking lot. In her song 'Big Yellow Taxi,' Joni Mitchell laments, 'They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.' The parking lot is the antithesis of nature's fields and forests, an ugly reminder of the costs of our automobile-oriented society. But as long as we prefer to get around by car (whether powered by fossil fuel, solar energy or hydrogen), the parking lot is here to stay. It's hard to imagine an alternative. Or is it?..."
-- Eran Ben-Joseph, author of "Rethinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking"

http://nyti.ms/I0L7YM
Via 8-80 Cities: http://bit.ly/JgFrrn

STATS R US

-> "Local zoning policies greatly distort housing markets across the country. A recent national survey of land regulations found that 84 percent of jurisdictions forbid the construction of housing units that are smaller than some standard set by the local zoning authority. The average jurisdiction with zoning power has a minimum lot size requirement of 0.4 acres, which is larger than most single-family homes. As a consequence, thousands of jurisdictions--mostly in the suburbs of big cities--effectively prohibit the construction of inexpensive or moderately dense housing, and many neighborhoods within big cities impose similar restrictions..."
-- Jonathan Rothwell, the New Republic

http://bit.ly/Idi94K

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE TO RELEASE BICYCLE STAMP SERIES IN JUNE

-> According to a recent BeyondThePerf announcement, "With the issuance of these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates bicycling, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country. Each of the four colorful se-tenant stamps features a different kind of bike and rider: a young child just learning to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer intent on the finish line, and an airborne BMX rider. Recent surveys indicate that Americans enjoy billions of bike rides a year. Bicycling organizations around the country report increased participation in local biking activities, and nearly half of all Americans say they would like more bicycling resources, such as trails and bike lanes, in their communities..."

http://bit.ly/IzgkhS


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Bike Sharing in the United States: State of the Practice and Guide to Implementation"

Date: April 26, 2012, 3:00p.m. to 4:30p.m. EDT

Presenters: Nicole Freedman (City of Boston), Julia Diana (San Antonio Bikes Program), R.J. Eldridge (Toole Design Group), Mauricio Hernandez (Toole Design Group)

Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/Hv6Ze6

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 "Federal Funding 101: An Overview of the Basic Federal Funding Process for Walking and Bicycling and Safe Routes to School"

Date: May 3, 2012, 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.

Presenters: Robert Ping (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Julie Yip (Oregon DOT) & Cynthia Hoyle (Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District)

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cost: Free

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

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

WEBINAR "The Greener Side of Green Streets: Reducing Pavement Footprints"

Date: July 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://bit.ly/IEdqIv

WEBINAR "Transforming Streets into Inviting Public Spaces"

Date: August 15, 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://bit.ly/JZkyxV

VIDEO "The Societal Costs of Car Use"
Produced by the Mexican Office of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), in Spanish with English subtitles.

"Brilliantly simple and effective video about the societal costs of automobile use. Filled with nuggets of wisdom, effectively communicated."-- Comenhagenize.com

http://bit.ly/I78tJU


RESOURCES

-> "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

-> "LIVABILITY FOR MONTANA TRANSPORTATION - FINAL REPORT"
Report by McGowen, Albert, Chaudhari, Gleason, Ewan, Scott & Johnson (MT State Univ); for MONTANA DOT & FHWA; FHWA/MT-12-001/8210, March 2012 (4.8MB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/IaQwG4

-> "HOUSING COSTS, ZONING, AND ACCESS TO HIGH-SCORING SCHOOLS..."
"...Opportunity and Well-being, Education, Cities, U.S. Housing Market, Inequality;" report by Jonathan Rothwell, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution. April 19, 2012 (excerpts & link to 2MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/I9maIa

-> "RISK COMPENSATION: A MALE PHENOMENON? RESULTS FROM A..."
"...Controlled Intervention Trial Promoting Helmet Use Among Cyclists;" article by Messiah, Contrand, Lagarde (INSERM, Research Center U-897), Constant (EHESP School of Public Health) & Felonneau (Univ. Victor Segalen Bordeaux); AJPH, Vol. 102, # S2, pp. S204-S206. May 2012 (abstract & link to pdf ($))
http://bit.ly/I5MrcL


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!

-> 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 1-2, 2012, Transportation Choices Summit and Advocacy Day, Sacramento, CA.
http://bit.ly/HZSRZF

-> 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

-> May 20, 2012, Viva Streets - Austin's First Ciclovia, Austin, TX. Info: Viva Streets, email: <admin@vivastreetsaustin.org>
http://bit.ly/IfNXpK

-> 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)

-> 7-8, 2012, Healthy Environments Across Generations Conference, New York City, NY.
http://bit.ly/HZIUYS

-> 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

-> June 24-27, 2012, TRB Summer Meeting, Little Rock, AR.
http://bit.ly/JzlEQA

-> 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 12-15, 2012, ITE Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/HL1QN9

-> 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 7-10, 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 12-13, North Carolina Bicycle Summit, Raleigh, NC. Info: Jennifer Baldwin, email: <jennifer.baldwin@raleighnc.gov>>, phone: (919) 516-2155.
http://bit.ly/HuE5We

-> 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 -- 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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