------------------------------------------------------------

C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S

------------------------------------------------------------

#304 Wednesday, May 9, 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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
------------------------------------------------------------
----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Early Registration Deadline Approaches
----- New National Survey Reveals Strong Support for Walk/Bike Investments
----- What's up with the Transportation Bill Conference Committee?
----- FHWA's National Online Dialogue on Improving Trans Performance
----- 700+ National Bike to School Day Events Planned for Today
----- Univ. of Colorado Student Wins APBP's Gihon Jordan Scholarship
----- Applications Due June 22 to Host 4th SRTS Nat'l Conference
----- Nat'l Bike Challenge: Pushing for 10 Million Bike Miles by August 31st
----- Walk Friendly Communities Application Process Now Open
----- "Ride of Silence" Honors Those Injured or Killed on Bikes

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
------------------------------------------------------------
----- Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance Uses Radar Gun on Traffic
----- Complete Streets Policies Sweeping across New Jersey
----- Univ. of Minnesota's "Zap" Reward Program Encourages City Biking
----- Maine Gov. Lepage Proclaims May as Bicycle & Pedestrian Month
----- Lansing (MI) Bicycle Advocacy in Action: "Operation Soft Serve"
----- South Carolina Group Plans "Safe Streets" Strategy

T-H-E--R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H--B-E-A-T
------------------------------------------------------------
----- When it Comes to Diet, Washington Went Soft on Childhood Obesity
----- Study: Controlling Obesity Will Save Over Half a Trillion Dollars
----- BHSI Tests Products that Might Damage Helmets

N-E-W-S--S-E-C-T-I-O-N-S
------------------------------------------------------------
- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
- Stats R Us
- Webinars, Webcasts and Seminars
- Resources
- Calendar
- Jobs, Grants & RFPs
- Housekeeping
- Contact Us

THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Early Registration Deadline Approaches

-> Just over a week remains before our Early Registration period ends at 11:59 pm Eastern, Wednesday, May 16. The rates are: $500 for presenters/co-presenters; $520 for APBP/ITE members; and $615 for conference delegates. The registration fee covers all conference sessions, tours, meals, social functions, and admission to the Charlie Gandy roast.*

Pro Place is the theme of this year's conference, and Project for Public Spaces will be working with the local host committee on several Placemaking and Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper demonstration projects leading into Pro Walk/Pro Bike®. There will be enough happening before and after the conference that you might consider spending your week in Long Beach: guided rides and walks will be available before/during/after the conference; the first National Women's Bicycling Summit will kickoff Thursday afternoon at the close of Pro Walk/Pro Bike®; the Women on Bikes SoCal's Cycle Chic fashion show takes place that evening after the Summit; and there's always the ocean.

If staying for the Women's Bicycling Summit it not an option, you will still be able to listen and lend your voice to our conference discussion on doubling the number of women and girls who bike. The session will be led by the organizers of the Women's Bicycling Summit. Interested? Watch CenterLines and the Conference Blog <pwpb2012.blogspot.com> for program and registration information.

Conference registration: https://center.uoregon.edu/conferences/NCBW/2012/registration/
PPS Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: http://www.pps.org/lighter-quicker-cheaper/
Women on Bikes SoCal: http://www.womenonbikessocal.org/

* You will have to furnish your own overripe tomatoes.

NEW NATIONAL SURVEY REVEALS STRONG SUPPORT FOR WALK/BIKE INVESTMENTS
by Mark Plotz

-> This morning, America Bikes held a press conference on Capital Hill, to announce that 83 percent of Americans support maintaining or increasing federal funding for walking and bicycling facilities. Just over one thousand adults were surveyed, and the finding is that the tremendous support for walking and bicycling investments crosses party lines, geographic lines, and age and income strata. Senator Durbin (D-IL), and Congressmen Blumenauer (D-OR) and Petri (R-WI) attended for the press event; the latter had the line of the day, with his response to Andy Clarke's commendation for standing up for walking and bicycling in the House: "It doesn't take courage to stand up for something 83 percent of Americans support; it's the other guys who have the courage."

For more survey details and a cool infographic:
http://www.americabikes.org/2012survey

WHAT'S UP WITH THE TRANSPORTATION BILL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE?

-> According to a May 8th DC.StreetsBlog entry, "The first meeting of the transportation bill conference committee [was yesterday] at 3:00. (To familiarize yourself with the participants, see [the] reports on the House (http://bit.ly/JcMK1V) and Senate (http://bit.ly/IVw8zI) conferees.) We'll be live-blogging it, beginning to end."

"It's unusual for conferences to meet in public, and leaders have indicated that this won't be the only meeting they have in front of television cameras. Still, the sausage-making always happens behind closed doors. Here's what we'll be looking for as things get underway today: Will anything come of it? 'The first day will tell you exactly nothing,' Scott Slesinger, NRDC's director of legislative affairs, told reporters last week. 'You'll walk out of there convinced that there's no way they're going to do a bill.' In fact, the conventional wisdom right now is that this whole process will end in yet another extension, probably until the lame-duck session after the November election..."

Source: http://bit.ly/KiTf4l
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Seven Questions as Transportation Bill Conference Gets Underway"
Author: Tanya Synder

FHWA'S NATIONAL ONLINE DIALOGUE ON IMPROVING TRANS PERFORMANCE

-> According to a recent FHWA announcement, "From Monday, May 21 to Friday, June 22, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is hosting the National Online Dialogue on Improving Transportation Performance. During the dialogue, federal, state, tribal, and local transportation professionals will have the opportunity to share and discuss experiences and strategies for improving the safety, condition, and mobility of our nation's highways and connecting road networks. This is an opportunity for all transportation professionals to engage in an extended dialogue on improving the nation's highway system. We want participants to share both accomplishments and lessons learned from using performance management principles to improve the condition and performance of roads and highways..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/JXD4aP

700+ NATIONAL BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY EVENTS PLANNED FOR TODAY

-> According to a May 8th National Center for Safe Routes to School news release, "Tomorrow [May 9th], for the first time ever, communities across the country will join together to celebrate National Bike to School Day. Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public health organizations and parents alike are organizing bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school. To date, more than 700 Bike to School Day events in 49 states and the District of Columbia have already registered on the official website (http://bit.ly/IHGVIK). And the total number of participating schools is expected to grow throughout May, which is National Bike Month."

"'We knew there was support for a spring bike to school day, as many local bike-focused events have been held in the past,' said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which coordinates National Bike to School Day and International Walk to School Day. 'But the turnout for this first-time event is spectacular! We couldn't be more pleased with how many communities and families are coming together to promote biking to school on this one day.' Bike to School Day encourages a bike-focused celebration in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country--and the world--each October..."

Source: http://bit.ly/JonFmj

UNIV. OF COLORADO STUDENT WINS APBP'S GIHON JORDAN SCHOLARSHIP

-> According to a May 4th announce, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) announces the winner of its first annual Student Poster Contest: Krista Nordback, a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado in Denver. As the national winner, Nordback will attend the 2012 ProWalk/ProBike® Conference in Long Beach, CA in September under the auspices of APBP's Gihon Jordan Scholarship. Nordback was selected from a field of five contestants from a variety of disciplines related to bicycle and pedestrian studies in U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs. Her entry, entitled 'The Impact of Bicycle Friendly Policy on Cyclist Safety in Boulder, Colorado,' demonstrated the relationship between bicycle-friendly policy and lower cyclist risk in the city of Boulder."

"Nordback plans to finish her degree in August of this year and to continue her work on institutionalizing bicycle and pedestrian counting, and promoting the safety of these activities in the US. She says, 'By counting bicycling and walking in an accurate and defensible way, we demonstrate that these are legitimate modes of transportation, deserving of funding, attention in design, and further research. I look forward to the time when roads without sufficient bicycling and pedestrian traffic will be thought of as 'dead zones' instead of normal conditions.' The Student Poster Contest was sponsored by IBI Group."

Source: http://bit.ly/Jkph0o

[The APBP Gihon Jordan Scholarship memorializes a Philadelphia Streets Department traffic engineer who was a longtime, energetic champion for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and the disabled. After his death in 2008, the Philadelphia Inquirer noted, "Mr. Jordan battled bureaucracy, and combined vision and common sense in his quest to make Philadelphia a better place…While scientifically designing and implementing convention-defying solutions, he earned a national reputation as an expert traffic calmer." For more information or to donate http://bit.ly/K0DD3A.]

APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 22 TO HOST 4TH SRTS NAT'L CONFERENCE

-> According to a May 1st announcement, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership are now seeking proposals from potential host agencies to organize the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference, which will take place in August 2013. Hosting the National Conference will bring national recognition to the host organization and host city as leaders in Safe Routes to School, and provide a boost to the local economy as hundreds of attendees come to your town. Being the host agency for the National Conference can also build more local support for your Safe Routes to School program and strengthen ties with local stakeholders. The deadline for proposal submissions is June 22, 2012..."

To download the complete request, go to: http://bit.ly/KaWrz7

Source: http://bit.ly/JcH4qn

NAT'L BIKE CHALLENGE: PUSHING FOR 10 MILLION BIKE MILES BY AUGUST 31ST

-> According to an Apr. 30th announcement, "The National Bike Challenge (http://bit.ly/GNxPH7) is a new, nationwide initiative to inspire and empower millions of Americans to ride their bikes for transportation, recreation and better health. The friendly, online competition--sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong, Endomondo and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation--kicks off May 1, and runs until August 31, 2012. The goal: To unite 50,000 bicyclists to ride 10 million miles in communities across America."

"The Challenge is simple, free and open to everyone. Sign up as an individual or as a team, log your miles, share your stories and encourage others to join you. Smartphones users can download the free, GPS-enabled Endomondo mobile app to record travel distance and automatically upload their miles. Riders will compete for prizes and awards on the local and national level, including a Grand Prize trip through California wine country from Trek Travel..."

Source: http://bit.ly/IDnogF

WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES APPLICATION PROCESS NOW OPEN

-> According to a May 8th news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announces the opening of the fourth round of Walk Friendly Communities' application process. Communities are able to submit applications to the program by visiting <http://bit.ly/LHnc0c>. Applications are due on June 15, 2012. WFC announced its third round of communities in April, adding New Orleans, Forest Park, Ill. and Eugene, Ore. to the list. Corvallis, Ore. saw its level climb from Bronze to Gold during the latest round as well. Currently, 24 communities nationwide have earned Walk Friendly status. The program will announce the next round of communities designated as Walk Friendly in August."

"WFC is a national recognition program to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for safe walking. Assessing the communities' commitment to improve conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort, PBIC makes designations based on a Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level, and all communities received detailed feedback on where and how they can improve. A list of current Walk Friendly Communities is available at <http://bit.ly/IW1ztQ>. Officially launched in October 2010, the WFC program is funded by FedEx and the Federal Highway Administration...."

For more info, go to: http://bit.ly/K9dMKK

Source: http://bit.ly/KDeH7h

"RIDE OF SILENCE" HONORS THOSE INJURED OR KILLED ON BIKES

-> According to a May 3rd announcement, "On Wednesday, May 16 the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor bicyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. The purpose of the ride is:"

"To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
To RAISE AWARENESS that bicycles are on our roads
To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD"

"The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. In it's tenth year, Rides of Silence have been organized in all seven continents, 26 countries and all 50 states. There are no brochures, no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride is held during National Bike Month and aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police officers, city officials and others that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured while cycling..."

Source: http://bit.ly/JVw5z3


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

CHICAGO'S ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE USES RADAR GUN ON TRAFFIC

-> According to an Apr. 17th 5-NBC-Chicago story, "The Active Transportation Alliance wants Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed cameras in Chicago. And the group, known for encouraging people to walk, bike or take public transit over driving, says it collected proof to back it up. Last week, the Active Transportation Alliance shot video of traffic at the Humboldt Park intersection of West Cortez and Humboldt drives, about 120 feet from 'a heavily used soccer field.' Using a radar gun, they clocked vehicles from 2:40 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. last Thursday. About 100 vehicles passed during the 10-minute span, and although the group said most cars drove within 5 miles of the 30 mph speed limit, others--including a school bus--didn't."

"They caught an SUV driving 44 mph, a car traveling 46 mph, a school bus driving 45 mph and two other cars traveling over 40 mph while passing on the right."

"The group hasn't been quiet about Emanuel's proposal to install speed cameras near hundreds of Chicago parks and schools. Last week, they urged the City Council's Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety to approve the ordinance (http://bit.ly/IDwdXP). 'Chicago needs to do all it can to reduce speeding and improve safety on our streets,' said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. 'Automated speed enforcement will slow down cars, which saves lives and makes our neighborhoods more walkable and bike-friendly.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/JfWEBv
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Bike Group Cam Catches Speeders Near Crowded Chicago Park"
Author: Lisa Balde

Alliance follow-up: "Chicago City Council passes speed camera ordinance, 33-14" (http://bit.ly/JHIODz).

COMPLETE STREETS POLICIES SWEEPING ACROSS NEW JERSEY

-> According to the May 4th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "It was a banner week last week for sustainable transportation advocates in New Jersey. Both Essex and Mercer Counties approved complete streets policies joining Monmouth County to become the second and third counties in New Jersey to adopt a complete streets policy. So far, New Jersey boasts 26 municipalities and 3 counties with complete streets policies, as well as a New Jersey Department of Transportation policy."

"While policies are not uniform, the basic premise of complete streets is the inclusion of infrastructure into roadway projects that support all users-including bicyclists and pedestrians. This adoption comes just in time for May's National Bike Month during which there will be a number of bike centric activities for all ages across the state. The policies also come at a time when New Jersey Department of Transportation recently launched its complete streets workshop tour..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Jkk1Y8

UNIV. OF MINNESOTA'S "ZAP" REWARD PROGRAM ENCOURAGES CITY BIKING

-> According to a May 2nd Minnesota Daily article, "As long as the wind chill is above zero, David LaPorte rides his bike from Roseville to Minneapolis for work. For the last four months LaPorte, a biochemistry professor at the University of Minnesota, has gotten points and rewards for trips he takes around campus on his bike. But soon, he can also be rewarded for biking in downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. The ZAP Twin Cities program started at the University's Parking and Transportation Services in January after a year-long beta with 100 participants. The program offers incentives to bikers for the number of trips they take per month. Trips are tracked with a chip that is installed onto a bike and read by cellular towers, which send the biker's ID number to a database."

"There are 16 towers set up at the University right now, and four more are expected to be up within the next couple of months, said Steve Sanders, alternative transportation manager in the University's Parking and Transportation Services. The University was the first to start the program and the first to use this way of tracking bike rides, Sanders said. The program predicted 350 to 500 riders would sign up in the first year. But within the first four months of the launch, 607 riders have signed up. Since the warm spell back in March, members have been contacting area ice cream shops via email, Facebook, and in person to ask them to please consider adding these conveniences..."

Source: http://bit.ly/J38RLW
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "ZAP reward program encourages city biking"
Author: Molly Novak

Via St. Paul Smart Trips: http://bit.ly/Kw7Lsz

MAINE GOVERNOR LEPAGE PROCLAIMS MAY AS BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN MONTH

-> According to an Apr. 26th Bicycle Coalition of Maine blog entry, "Governor Paul R. LePage proclaimed the month of May as Bicycle and Pedestrian Month in Maine, and urged all citizens to recognize this observance. This official proclamation signed by the governor recognizes that bicycling and walking are key components of economically vibrant communities; they are safe, healthy and enjoyable forms of exercise; bicycling and walking are low cost and accessible forms of transportation; and we are working to make our communities safe places that encourage bicycling and walking to improve our quality of life. The proclamation also recognizes that Maine is considered one of the most bicycle and pedestrian friendly states in the nation--last year, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Maine second in the nation for bike friendliness. Students in over 40 schools from Fort Kent to York and from Sebago to Houlton will be celebrating Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Month as they commute on foot or by bicycle..."

Source: http://bit.ly/KwuBKc

LANSING (MI) BICYCLE ADVOCACY IN ACTION: "OPERATION SOFT SERVE"

-> In a May 3rd Panethos blog entry, Rick Brown wrote "No, this is not an effort to slow down the speed of tennis serves at Wimbledon. Actually, it is a program recently initiated by the Mid-Michigan Active Transportation Coalition (MMATC) (http://bit.ly/JVyo5a)--now the Advocacy Committee of the Tri-County Bicycle Association (http://bit.ly/IOTOpe) to coax area ice cream shops to provide bicycle parking and outdoor seating areas for their numerous two-wheeled customers. Anyone who regularly rides their bicycle for recreation or commuting purposes knows that ice cream shops are one of the most popular places to stop for a break, particularly during warm weather. Sadly, precious few ice cream shops in Greater Lansing have on-site bicycle parking for their customers."

Source: http://bit.ly/Kw3a9G

SOUTH CAROLINA GROUP PLANS "SAFE STREETS" STRATEGY

-> According to the Apr. 25th Palmetto Spokesman, "This morning, in Columbia, representatives of the Safe Streets Save Lives Project Team stood alongside Secretary of Transportation St. Onge, Director of the Public Safety Leroy Smith, Office of Highway Safety Director Phil Riley, and SC Strategic Highway Safety Plan Manager Emily Thomas to unveil the next phase of Safe Streets Save Lives, an education and awareness campaign about bicycling and the law. Below are remarks that I shared with those that joined us."

"The need for a strategic bicycle safety campaign, like Safe Streets, is tremendous. In the past decade, South Carolina has been ranked in the top ten nationally for fatalities, and in most years the fatality rate in the state has more than doubled the national average. The 2012 US Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Report, released earlier this year, revealed that South Carolina is the second most dangerous state in the nation for bicycling."

"Although it is very clear that much work lay ahead in improving bicycle safety on our roads, a couple of developments in the past few years offer a step in the right direction. One such advancement includes the reform to our state bike laws, which were signed into law in 2008 by former Governor Sanford. These reforms, viewed as some of the most progressive and leading in the nation, work to create a safer environment for bicycles while riding roads in the state..."

Source: http://bit.ly/KK5MeH

Via American Bicyclist Update: http://bit.ly/JZK0Ep


THE RESEARCH BEAT

WHEN IT COMES TO DIET, WASHINGTON WENT SOFT ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY

-> According to an Apr. 27th Reuters article, "In the political arena, one side is winning the war on child obesity. The side with the fattest wallets. After aggressive lobbying, Congress declared pizza a vegetable to protect it from a nutritional overhaul of the school lunch program this year. The White House kept silent last year as Congress killed a plan by four federal agencies to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food marketed to children. And during the past two years, each of the 24 states and five cities that considered "soda taxes" to discourage consumption of sugary drinks has seen the efforts dropped or defeated. At every level of government, the food and beverage industries won fight after fight during the last decade. They have never lost a significant political battle in the United States despite mounting scientific evidence of the role of unhealthy food and children's marketing in obesity."

"Lobbying records analyzed by Reuters reveal that the industries more than doubled their spending in Washington during the past three years. In the process, they largely dominated policymaking--pledging voluntary action while defeating government proposals aimed at changing the nation's diet, dozens of interviews show. In contrast, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, widely regarded as the lead lobbying force for healthier food, spent about $70,000 lobbying last year--roughly what those opposing the stricter guidelines spent every 13 hours, the Reuters analysis showed. Industry critics also contend that the White House all but abandoned a multi-agency effort that recommended healthier food be marketed to children, even after First Lady Michelle Obama told a grocery trade group two years ago that food manufacturers needed to "step it up" to protect children..."

Source: http://reut.rs/I6VGVo
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "How Washington went soft on childhood obesity"
Author: Duff Wilson & Janet Roberts

BHSI TESTS PRODUCTS THAT MIGHT DAMAGE HELMETS

-> According to the May 6th edition of the Helmet Update, "Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has tested helmets to determine if commonly used cosmetics, sunscreens, insect repellents, etc. might damage helmet materials enough to affect impact protection. Lab test results showed no effect on performance, despite some evidence of surface damage from some of the products..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ja5Fcd

STUDY: CONTROLLING OBESITY WILL SAVE OVER HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS

-> According to a May 7th Medical News Today article, "With the tobacco problem on the back burner, diet and obesity are coming into the cross hairs as a focus for public health. Controlling the rise in obesity, promoting quality of life, whilst saving on public healthcare costs is clearly an admirable goal. It is unfortunate that the body's genetic makeup from our prehistoric existence urges it to store large amounts of fat, but the ramifications for health and subsequent health care costs are clear. Research from Duke University, RTI International and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that an additional 32 million more obese people are likely to become a burden not only to themselves but to the heathcare system. The study is entitled Obesity and Severe Obesity Forecasts through 2030 and is available online at: (http://bit.ly/JupbRr)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/JR4stp
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Controlling Obesity Will Save Over Half A Trillion Dollars"
Author: Rupert Shepherd


QUOTES R US

-> "I wonder how we got to this point, where cars are a status symbol and bicycles are an embarrassment. I wonder if it's pride or just laziness, or a combination of both, that drives people to drive everywhere..."
-- Camille Debreczeny, student at Monte Vista High School, Danville (CA), in "Teens: Let me ride my bicycle in peace."

http://bit.ly/KwfFOX

-> "States and localities, unlike the federal government, make a firm distinction between operating and capital expenditures. You can borrow money to build a road, but not to maintain it. This leads to a subtle -- make that not so subtle -- bias against maintenance spending..."
-- Alex Marshall, Sr. Fellow, the Regional Plan Association, in "Why Does U.S. Build Roads If It Can't Pay to Fix Them?"

http://bloom.bg/JcpzGE

-> "There are numerous benefits to Complete Streets and the value that they bring to both our individual lives and communities as a whole. They provide accessibility to seniors, children and people with disabilities. They have a proven record of promoting community connectedness and bringing vibrancy, efficiency and economic stimulus to the areas they serve. Building on economic value and quality of life, complete streets can lower transportation cost for families and enhance our environment..."
-- Ellen Kehr, Albert Lea (MN) City Council member and is on the National Vitality Leadership Team, in "Complete streets consider all users."

http://bit.ly/LyTCKj

AND NOW, FOR SEVERAL THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

VIDEO: "A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Square"

-> "To launch the high quality TV channel TNT in Belgium we placed a big red push button on an average Flemish square of an average Flemish town. A sign with the text 'Push to add drama' invited people to use the button. And then we waited..."

Source: http://bit.ly/K76nLV

YOUTUBE VIDEO: Street Trial Et Dirt Backflip Vintage Ladies Bike Mickael Dupont
http://bit.ly/JpVCAm


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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 "A Look at the Health Costs of Climate Change and Co-Benefits of Climate Action"

Date: May 16, 2012, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: George Luber (CDC). Kim Knowlton (Columbia University) & Richard J. Jackson (UCLA)

Host: APHA & CDC

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/Ixy0Zp

WEBINAR "Lessons from the 2012 Oberstar SRTS Award Winners"

Date: May 22, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Pam Barth (National Center for Safe Routes to School), Melissa Kramer-Badtke (East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) & Amy Thompson Heatherwood Elementary School, Boulder, Colo)

Host: America Walks & the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Cost: Free

Contact: Michelle Gulley, <mgulley@americawalks.org>

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/J81Xjg

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 "San Francisco: Reclaiming Streets with Innovative Solutions"
by Streetfilms & ITDP

Source: http://bit.ly/JnN6ln

VIDEO "Active Living for All Ages -- Creating Neighborhoods Around Transit"
by AARP

Source: http://bit.ly/IPyhpS


RESOURCES

-> "THE WALKABLE CITY: NEIGHBOURHOOD DESIGN AND PREFERENCES..."
"...Travel Choices and Health;" report by Perrotta, Campbell, Chirrey, Frank & Chapman, (Toronto Public Health). April 2012 (2.6MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/JbJrqk

Via Canada Walks e-News: http://bit.ly/ISt2WL

-> "ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVING -- TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS, 2010 DATA"
Report by the NHTSA National Center for Statistics and Analysis. April 2012 (general info & link to 792KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/Jt7Yu7

-> "OUR HEALTH OUR FUTURE: A NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON HEALTH WEIGHTS"
Report by Ascentum; for Public Health Agency of Canada. September 30, 2011 (14.7MB pdf).
http://bit.ly/IPV9ei

-> "AN EXAMINATION OF WOMEN'S REPRESENTATION AND PARTICIPATION IN..."
"...Bicycle Advisory Committees in California;" report by Nixon & DeLuca (Mineta Transp. Institute); MTI Report WP 11-03m. April 2012 (general info & link to 1.6MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/KDxmJX

-> "GUIDANCE ON PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SAFETY AT OR NEAR PASSENGER..."
"...Stations;" report by the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Railroad Safety. April 2012 (general info & link to 2.5MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/IRS4vx

-> "PROVEN SAFETY COUNTERMEASURES"
FHWA website with details on roundabouts, medians and pedestrian crossing islands in urban and suburban areas, pedestrian hybrid beacons, road diets & more. January 2012 (online overview with detailed resources)
http://bit.ly/ITZ7AI

-> "TIPS FOR MEETING WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS"
Fact sheet by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. (53KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/K7zVXR

-> "REPORT TO THE U.S. CONGRESS ON THE OUTCOMES OF THE NONMOTORIZED..."
"...Transportation Pilot Program (SAFETEA?LU Section 1807);" report by the FHWA & the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. April 2012 (3.7MB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/ISaew7

-> "REACHING THE HEALTHY PEOPLE GOALS FOR REDUCING CHILDHOOD..."
"Obesity Closing the Energy Gap;" article by Wang, Orleans & Gortmaker; American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 42, Issue 5, Pages 437-444. May 2012 (abstract & link to full article online)
http://bit.ly/IFAbis


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!

-> May 13, 2012, CycloFemme (aka International Women's Day of Cycling). Info: email: Sarai Snyder <sarai@girlbikelove.com>
http://bit.ly/IWhqBX

-> 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)

-> June 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 21-23, 2012, Velo Village Conference, Salt Spring Island, B.C (CA).
http://bit.ly/INCAql

-> 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; phone: (202) 223-3621.
http://bit.ly/xXgelQ

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

-> September 12, 2012, 5th International Urban Design Conference, Melbourne (AU). Info: email: conference@urbandesignaustralia.com.au
http://bit.ly/uUuEhW

-> 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

-> -> November 17, 2012, National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research, Phoenix, Arizona. Info: American College of Sports Medicine, phone: (317) 637-9200
http://bit.ly/KiUcK8

-> 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 -- 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:
--- Bike Parking Program Intern
--- Technology Internship
--- Event Marketing Internship
--- Open Streets Internship

Details: http://bit.ly/AmvNwm


HOUSEKEEPING

TO SUBSCRIBE OR UNSUBSCRIBE TO CENTERLINES:
http://www.bikewalk.org/newslettersubscribe.php

MISS AN ISSUE? Find it here:
http://www.bikewalk.org/newsletterarchives.php

SEND US YOUR NEWS AND CALENDAR ITEMS: We want to hear what you're up to! Contact <john@bikewalk.org> today!

List your local, statewide, and regional training events on NCBW's National Training Calendar:
http://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

COPYING: We encourage you to copy our content as long as you identify the source in this way: "from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking."

Contributors: Russell Houston, Harrison Marshall, Christopher Douwes, Charles Bingham, Ken Wuschke, Bob Laurie, John Cinatl, Bill Wilkinson, Rick Risemberg, Joan Pasiuk, Randy Swart, Peter Jacobsen, James Hofmann, Lois Moss, Judi Lawson Wallace, Jacky Kennedy, Chris Jordan, Hans Reifer & John Fahey

Editor: John Williams
Send news items to: <john@bikewalk.org>
Executive Editor and Program Director: Mark Plotz, MPA


CONTACT US

©2011 - NCBW | The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is a program of Project for Public Spaces, Inc. http://www.bikewalk.org/contact.php