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#306 Wednesday, June 6, 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 Conference News
----- National Women's Bicycling Summit at Pro Walk/Pro Bike®
----- APBP Launches Speakers' Bureau
----- "Bicycle Friendly Business" Application Deadline June 22
----- Walk to School Day 2012 Registration Now Open
----- "TE" At 20: New Spending Report on Transportation Enhancements
----- States Explore New Ways to Tax Motorists for Road Repair
----- Applications Due June 22 for Safe Routes Conference Local Host
----- Military Planners Want to Make Bases More 'Walkable'
----- 2013 TRB 92nd Annual Meeting & Record: Paper Submission Website Open
----- Can Vancouver (Canada) Copenhagenize?

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----- OR Working on Culturally-Appropriate Bicycle Programs
----- AZ DOT: Compact Development Reduces VMT w/o Increasing Congestion
----- MA Water Authority To Open 40 Miles Of Trails To Public
----- Chicago's City Biking Efforts Move into High Gear
----- San Francisco Develops Innovative Tools for Bikeway Designs
----- New Campaign to Connect Southern New Jersey & Pennsylvania Trails

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----- U.S. DHHS Announces $70M in Small Community Transformation Grants
----- Is it Possible to Walk and Work at the Same Time?
----- Obesity Fight is an Obligation

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE® 2012 CONFERENCE NEWS
by Mark Plotz

-> There are a lot of reasons to consider attending Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: the keynotes, the 70+ panel sessions, and the sun and sand of Long Beach -- to name a few. But one of the best indications that Long Beach will be the place to be in September are the many established organizations and caucuses that choose Pro Walk/Pro Bike® to hold their annual meetings. The Association for Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Alliance for Biking & Walking, and America Bikes are some of the organizations gathering at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012.

Equally important are those summits, caucuses, and impromptu meetings that happen for the first time at the conference. More than a few initiatives have been born out of that charged atmosphere of experience, brainpower and energy found at Pro Walk/Pro Bike®. New formats like the peer problem solving sessions and pecha kucha; the addition of Placemaking; and new partnering organizations promise a rejuvenated conference.

Meet us in Long Beach, September 10-13, 2012 <http://bit.ly/xXgelQ>, so you don't miss any of the action. (Register by June 29 to get our Early Summer rate.) We'll be starting at 3 pm on Monday, September 10, when registration opens and we hold the first poster session/pecha kucha. Consider coming in early for the Alliance for Biking & Walking's Leadership retreat <http://bit.ly/JJLIZR>; take later flight home so you don't miss the first National Women's Bicycling Summit (see the following story) on Thursday, September 13, immediately following the close of Pro Walk/Pro Bike®. The fashion challenged cyclists -- like myself -- might do well to stick around for the Cycle Chic urban bike fashion show at 7:30 pm to pick up some pointers on how skinny their jeans ought to be in 2013.

If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please contact Mark Plotz, Conference Director at <mark@bikewalk.org> or (202) 223-3621.

NATIONAL WOMEN'S BICYCLING SUMMIT AT PRO WALK/PRO BIKE
by Carolyn Szczepanski, League of American Bicyclists

-> The energy was electric at the National Women's Cycling Forum. The first-ever event at the National Bike Summit drew more than 200 participants from across the nation, diverse in their pursuits and backgrounds, but united around one (huge!) goal: to increase the number of women who ride.

To provide insight and inspiration, the Forum featured an impressive panel of female bicycle leaders from a range of different disciplines. In just two hours, we felt the incredible potential for women to expand and increase bicycling in the United States. By getting together, face-to-face, we felt our collective power and our capacity to create change. But we barely scratched the surface.

On September 13 -- at the conclusion of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012 conference in Long Beach, Calif. -- the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals will build on that initial spark with a half-day National Women's Bicycling Summit. The Summit will provide a unique opportunity for everyday cyclists and bicycle professionals to network, share best practices and develop action steps to close the gender gap. It will feature targeted break-out sessions and facilitated discussions that allow us to delve deeper into specific areas. It will showcase the successes of female leaders in our movement with a keynote address and plenary discussion.

Most importantly, it will provide the space for us to put our helmets together and create a bike future where women don't account for just 24 percent of bike trips (like we did in 2009) but are equally represented on the streets and in the movement.

Learn more and get updates at http://bit.ly/LoqZu9. Questions? Interested in sponsorship? Contact Carolyn Szczepanski at Carolyn@bikeleague.org> or (202) 621-5452.

APBP LAUNCHES SPEAKERS' BUREAU

-> According to a May 24th news release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is pleased to announce its new Speakers' Bureau, a line-up of experts in the bicycling and pedestrian fields who can educate and motivate community, government and resident groups, members of the media, and conference attendees on all aspects of sustainable transportation policy, planning and design."

"These APBP professionals are available to help government agencies and community groups explore how bicycling and walking can make their communities better places to walk or bicycle to work or school, to run errands, and to play. Speakers' profiles, topics of expertise, educational and professional backgrounds and contact information can be found at http://bit.ly/KMa6xO. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the speaker directly using the contact information provided on the website. Speakers set their own fees and conditions of service."

"The Speakers' Bureau complements APBP's monthly webinar series on a variety of topics related to active transportation and livable communities. In addition, presentations by APBP speakers augment APBP's support of the National Complete Streets Coalition by providing technical expertise to communities around the U.S. and Canada. APBP administers and promotes the Complete Streets Workshop Program, which provides local leaders the tools to develop and implement policies that create safe, convenient, and accessible streets for everyone..."

Source: http://bit.ly/KdDzMS

"BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS" APPLICATION DEADLINE JUNE 22

-> The June 4th American Bicyclist Update asks, "Is your business active, dynamic and fun? Do your employees value transportation options and living an active lifestyle? If so, the Bicycle Friendly Business program wants to recognize you! Businesses use this program for recognition, guidance and benchmarking. The next deadline to apply (or renew) for BFB status is June 22..."

For more info, go to: http://bit.ly/L7HETY

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY 2012 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

-> According to a June 4th news release, "Registration is now open for the 16th Walk to School Day, an annual event in the United States that is a part of an international effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Walk to School Day 2012 will take place on Wednesday, October 3. Walk to School Day participation reached a record high in 2011 with more than 4,000 registered U.S. events, and that number is expected to rise once again in 2012. Walk to School Day event registration is free and available to individuals and organizations holding an October event in the United States. Events that register on the Walk to School website (http://bit.ly/IHGVIK), will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map on the website, where neighboring communities, media and other organizations can identify who is walking in their area."

"Registering a Walk to School Day event provides organizers access to free, downloadable materials on the newly redesigned website, including stickers, certificates and customizable fliers. They can also easily create and share a walking or bicycling to school route via the new Map-a-Route tool (http://bit.ly/K93xaM). Registrants can also subscribe to a weekly e-newsletter for six weeks in September and October with tips and resources for organizing a Walk to School Day event. International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. Today, thousands of schools across America -- from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico -- participate every October..."

For more info on, go to: http://bit.ly/JHUUh4

"TE" AT 20: NEW SPENDING REPORT ON TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS

-> The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) has published the 2011 Transportation Enhancements Spending Report. This full-color, 33-page report analyzes states' use of federal transportation funding from 1992 through 2011. It is available as a free PDF download (http://bit.ly/NfOBau). What are the country's transportation funding priorities? What are transportation enhancements? How does your state compare with other states when it comes to spending federal Transportation Enhancement program funds? This report provides a view into this popular federal transportation funding source and provides transparency and valuable comparisons to assist those interested in transportation policy.

"The newly issued report is a complete update and supersedes all previous editions. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the designation of the TE activities as part of ISTEA. Over $13 billion has been apportioned to these activities since 1992. This report analyzes nationwide patterns to paint a picture of what role these funds play in the nation's transportation infrastructure. In addition, the report documents each state's two-decade track record concerning these funds using data from FHWA and NTEC's own extensive project-level database, created through an annual survey of state DOTs. NTEC provides tools , technical assistance and a web-accessible database on national and state-by-state funding and expenditures. NTEC's goal is to make the Transportation Enhancements activities the most accountable and transparent transportation funding source in the United States..."

For more info, or tech assistance, contact Kyle Lukacs, NTEC Program Coordinator at <kyle@enhancements.org>. For numerous tools & publications, go to http://bit.ly/KMysYj

STATES EXPLORE NEW WAYS TO TAX MOTORISTS FOR ROAD REPAIR

-> According to a June 3rd USA Today article, "States are looking for new ways of taxing motorists as they seek to pay for highway and bridge repair and improvements without relying on the per-gallon gasoline tax widely viewed as all but obsolete. Among the leading ideas: Taxing drivers for how many miles they travel rather than how much gasoline they buy. Minnesota and Oregon already are testing technology to keep track of mileage. Other states, including Washington and Nevada, are preparing similar projects. The efforts are being prompted by the fact that gasoline taxes no longer provide enough money to pay for roads and bridges -- especially when Congress and many state legislatures are reluctant to increase taxes imposed on each gallon. The federal tax of 18.4 cents a gallon hasn't been raised in nearly two decades. More than half the states have not raised their gas tax this millennium..."

Source: http://usat.ly/LieW5o
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Title: "States explore new ways to tax motorists for road repair"
Author: Larry Copeland & Paul Overberg

APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 22 FOR SAFE ROUTES CONFERENCE LOCAL HOST

-> According to the June 5th Safe Routes to School E-News, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership are currently seeking proposals from host agencies to organize the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference in August 2013. This event will enhance the momentum of the Safe Routes to School movement and bring an expected 500-700 conference attendees to your city. The deadline for proposal submissions is June 22, 2012..."

To download the complete request and to view a FAQ, go to: http://bit.ly/L76W6M.

Source: http://bit.ly/L7tN1U

MILITARY PLANNERS WANT TO MAKE BASES MORE "WALKABLE"

-> According to a May 19th Army Times article, "At military installations, suburban-style sprawl is out and walkable communities are in, under new Defense Department planning guidelines released Thursday. The guidelines call for 'compact development' that incorporates mass transit and a mix of residential housing close to shops and other businesses. Energy conservation is a key goal; trees and other greenery should be considered as well. It's 'about doing things more efficiently so we can preserve land for future missions,' said Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment. 'We think it will improve quality of life, but for us it's also about doing our jobs better.' She spoke at a forum sponsored by the National Capital Planning Commission and George Mason University..."

Source: http://bit.ly/LnHfvk
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Title: "Planners want to make bases more 'walkable'"
Author: Sean Reilly

Via Smart Growth Online Newsletter: http://bit.ly/KN2M5d

2013 TRB 92ND ANNUAL MEETING & RECORD: PAPER SUBMISSION WEBSITE OPEN

-> According to the June 5th edition of TRB Transportation Research E-Newsletter, "TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 92nd Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C, and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). The spotlight theme for the 92nd Annual Meeting is Transportation: Deploying Transportation Research -- Doing Things Smarter, Better, Faster."

"Spotlight sessions, workshops, and discussions at the TRB 92nd Annual Meeting will highlight the critical role played by transportation research and its deployment in helping the industry plan, design, build, operate, and maintain systems in smarter, better, and faster ways. In addition to the general calls for papers produced by many of TRB's standing committees, authors are invited to submit papers related to the spotlight theme or on other topics of interest to the TRB community. Authors planning to submit papers receive password-controlled, limited web access to individual papers published in the Transportation Research Record (TRR): Journal of the Transportation Research Board since 1996."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ka5WC5

CAN VANCOUVER (CANADA) COPENHAGENIZE?

-> According to a June 4th Press Release from the European Cyclists' Federation, "With over 60,000 trips everyday done by bicycle, Vancouver has seen a huge spike in cyclists and pro-cycling policies. 'If Vancouver keeps up this positive momentum towards cycling, I'm almost certain that it could be the Copenhagen or Amsterdam of North America,' says Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General of ECF, which groups together half a million cyclists across Europe. Cycling has become the fastest growing mode of transportation in the city with bicycle trips doubling in the past decade. Some neighbourhoods see over 10% of all trips made by bicycle putting it on par with many European cities. 'I really think Europeans will be impressed by Vancouver when it hosts the world's biggest cycling policy conference at the end of the month. Velo-City is going to create a huge push in the number of cyclists,' says Ensink, 'but they [Vancouver] will have to continue spending on quality infrastructure.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/KcZSlz


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

OR GROUP WORKING ON CULTURALLY-APPROPRIATE BICYCLE PROGRAMS

-> The May 31st Community Cycling Center E-news asked, "What is total health and how do we build it? That was our charge on Monday, May 21, at the Kaiser Permanente Grantee Summit. More than 300 people gathered from dozens of organizations from around Oregon and Washington, all funded through the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund. Thanks to the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund, we have been working with with Hacienda Community Development Corporation and New Columbia since 2010 to collaboratively design culturally-appropriate bicycle programs that seek to address the concerns uncovered in our Understanding Barriers to Bicycling Project."

"The fund is administered through the Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF), another local leader in promoting innovative approaches to improving health. Both Kaiser and NWHF believe in focusing on the social determinants of health, which, simply stated, recognize that health begins where we live, learn, work and play and that all people should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NtDj03

AZ DOT: COMPACT DEVELOPMENT REDUCES VMT W/O INCREASING CONGESTION

-> According to a May 25th State Transportation Smart Transportation Initiative article, "A first-ever analysis of land-use and transportation demand in Arizona contradicts fears that compact, 'smart growth' development, while beneficial in moderating demand, will increase localized congestion. The report, produced for Arizona DOT in March, also suggests that traditional travel demand modeling is outmoded, unable to reflect land use effects on demand, and it disputes notions that compact development is inequitable and costly. Land Use and Traffic Congestion cites many previous studies and new findings from Arizona that suggest compact, mixed-use development can reduce the need for motor-vehicle travel, by shortening trips and making non-auto modes more feasible. The effect is particularly notable for non-work trips, which make up the bulk of household travel."

"The report addresses concerns that, even with system-wide reductions in demand, compact development could cause substantial congestion in particular areas. Not so, it concludes: 'Fears about compact, mixed-use development leading to intolerable traffic congestion do not appear to be substantiated by what is seen in practice. While increasing development activity of any type will generate additional traffic, the nature and design and adequacy of the supporting infrastructure are critical variables in determining the severity of resulting traffic.' One important variable, the report says, is a street grid with short blocks that allow for short local travel distances. A local street grid can also relieve the traffic-carrying burden of arterials. This sort of infrastructure is needed in Arizona, where Phoenix and Tucson have one-mile arterial grids..."

Source: http://bit.ly/MAk3Rz
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Title: "AZ DOT report finds compact development reduces VMT without increasing localized congestion"
Author: Eric Sundquist

MA WATER AUTHORITY TO OPEN 40 MILES OF TRAILS TO PUBLIC

-> According to a May 23rd Boston Globe article, "'No trespassing' signs along a historic ribbon of land from Clinton to Boston will be removed over coming months, after state officials announced Tuesday they would make a network of trails over a century-old system of aqueducts accessible to hikers, bikers, or anyone seeking a stroll in the woods. The 40 miles of land, long used surreptitiously by residents, will become accessible as the communities are granted permission to share the land with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. 'This policy is a great example of promoting multiple environmental goals: clean water supply, open-space access, and connecting people to the outdoors,' state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan said at a press conference in Boston. 'We welcome partnerships with local communities to help enhance safety while providing public access to this pristine open space.'"

"The trails run atop the Sudbury, Weston, Wachusett, and Cochituate aqueducts. All but the Cochituate aqueduct continue to serve as part of the MWRA's backup water supply and could be closed to the public in the event of an emergency. The trails, which are at most 100 yards wide and composed mainly of dirt or grass, run through Berlin, Boston, Clinton, Framingham, Marlborough, Natick, Needham, Newton, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston. The trails are not contiguous..."

Source: http://bo.st/L7LCMw
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Title: "Mass. will open 40 miles of MWRA trails to public"
Author: David Abel

CHICAGO'S CITY BIKING EFFORTS MOVE INTO HIGH GEAR

-> According to a May 31st Citiwire.net column, "You can glimpse the future right now in forward-looking American cities -- a few blocks here, a mile there, where people riding bicycles are protected from rushing cars and trucks. Chicago's Kinzie Street, just north of downtown, offers a good picture of this transportation transformation. New bike lanes are marked with bright green paint and separated from motor traffic by a series of plastic posts. This means bicyclists glide through the busy area in the safety of their own space on the road."

"Pedestrians are thankful that bikes no longer seek refuge on the sidewalks, and many drivers appreciate the clear, orderly delineation about where bikes and cars belong. 'Most of all this is a safety project,' notes Chicago's Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein. 'We saw bikes go up from a 22 percent share of traffic to 52 percent of traffic on the street with only a negligible change in motorists' time, but a drop in their speeds. That makes everyone safer.' Klein heralds this new style of bike lane as one way to improve urban mobility in an era of budget shortfalls. 'They're dirt cheap to build compared to road projects.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/LoQ4qK
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Title: "City Biking Moves Into High Gear"
Author: Jay Walljasper

SAN FRANCISCO DEVELOPS INNOVATIVE TOOLS FOR BIKEWAY DESIGNS

-> According to a May 31st CalBike Report article, "A new engineering guide should help bring street designs like protected bike lanes to more San Francisco streets. Known as the Innovative Bicycle Treatment Toolbox, the guide developed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency promises to accelerate the city's adoption of high-quality bikeway design treatments. Already one of those tools, a sharrow painted on a bright green field, has been used to mark the bike route known as the Wiggle, which connects the eastern and western parts of San Francisco between Civic Center and Golden Gate Park..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NtxX4N

NEW CAMPAIGN TO CONNECT SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY & PENNSYLVANIA TRAILS

-> According to the June 1st Mobilizing the Region Update, "Today, Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and New Jersey State Assemblyman Angel Fuentes of Camden joined a coalition of leading foundations, public agencies, and non-profits (including Tri-State) to announce a campaign to complete a bi-state, multi-use trail network (1.3MB pdf: http://bit.ly/KryN4u) in southern New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area. The network, which has been named 'The Circuit' after a 2011 contest, will help connect area residents to places of employment and recreational opportunities within the cities of Camden and Philadelphia and throughout the region. At today's press conference, held on the Schuylkill River Trail in Center City Philadelphia, the Circuit Coalition also unveiled an interactive website that allows pedestrians and bicyclists to plan trips, learn about new trail segments, and support the completion of the entire network..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NAvcyD


THE RESEARCH BEAT

U.S. DHHS ANNOUNCES $70M IN SMALL COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANTS

-> According to the June 1st issue of Mobilizing the Region, "With questions surrounding local control of bike-ped funding in America's next federal transportation bill, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has stepped up and announced the availability of $70 million in grants for small communities. The grants could be used to pursue a variety of projects that make for healthier, safer places. From the grant announcement: 'Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nation's growing health care costs associated with preventable chronic diseases...'"

Source: http://bit.ly/M5VvxB

IS IT POSSIBLE TO WALK AND WORK AT THE SAME TIME?

-> According to a May 7th NPR story, "When it comes to walking, the easy part is understanding the benefits: Regular, brisk walks can strengthen our bones, help control blood sugar, help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and the list goes on. The hard part is finding the time to fit it in. Engineering physical activity back into Americans' daily lives is the goal of an educational campaign launched by Kaiser Permanente, an Oakland (CA)-based health plan. There are tons of tips and resources online, with the goal of creating a culture of walking. Kaiser Permanente even seems to be walking the walk with its own employees. 'We actually do have walking meetings at Kaiser Permanente, believe it or not,' says executive Ray Baxter. 'My team is pretty productive, so it must be working.' Baxter believes walking together -- as opposed to sitting down at a table -- can change the dynamics of interactions for the better (think consensus building and brainstorming)..."

Source: http://n.pr/JKzzno
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Title: "Is It Possible To Walk And Work At The Same Time?"
Author: Allison Aubrey

Via USC Prevention Research Center Notes: http://bit.ly/MzSesT

OBESITY FIGHT IS AN OBLIGATION

-> According to a June 1st Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, "Henry had a problem: The medicine that calmed his mind was hurting his body. A middle-aged man with bipolar disorder, Henry had tried several medications before he became my patient. The only one that stabilized his mood made him crave fattening foods so intensely that after three years on the drug, he'd gained 50 pounds. With this excess weight came diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol --and with them, more drugs to take. I urged Henry to keep his weight under control, but he kept gaining. Frustrated, I decided to let his primary care physician decide how to help him. After all, his mental health was in good shape. Ultimately, his weight wasn't really my concern."

"Today, no doctor can afford to think that way. Between 1980-2000, the percentage of obese Americans more than doubled; in children and adolescents, it tripled. The rate of increase has slowed since 2000, but the numbers are still rising. At this pace, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030, costing our country an estimated $25 billion annually. Doctors often don't know what to do with obese patients. Just like them, we become impatient, frustrated and, at times, disgusted. Surgeons curse higher complication rates and sometimes refuse to operate, while medical specialists bemoan rising rates of weight-related chronic conditions."

Source: http://bit.ly/LxwFEm
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Title: "Obesity fight is an obligation"
Author: Damon Tweedy, assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center


QUOTES R US

-> "The safety and quality of urban life has increased. Random street violence has declined dramatically, with crime levels far below those of the 1970s and '80s. The massive high-rise public housing complexes that generated crime and fear in post- World War II America -- St. Louis' Pruitt-Igoe, Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes and Cabrini-Green, Baltimore's Murphy Homes and others -- have mostly met the wrecker's ball."
-- Neal Peirce, Washington Post Writers Group

http://bit.ly/K9G2KC

-> ""[PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT] Last week, I witnessed a visually impaired man with a cane walk right into some overgrown hedges while he was heading into town. Clearly surprised, he decided to cross the street before continuing on his way. So I thought I'd post a plea for all of us who have sidewalks to please hack back any creeping shrubs, hostas, and dandelions so that our public walkways are fully walkable by all -- not just for the visually impaired, but also for those with twin babies in double strollers, and for couples who just want to hold hands while walking next to each other. Currently, double-wide strollers and hand-holders need to walk in the street, which is crazy given that our town has fairly wide sidewalks..."
-- Colin Purrington, in his blog colinpurrington.com

http://bit.ly/L1gVKu

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

LOST EMPORIUMS OF CHILDHOOD JOY

-> "When I was growing up, a favorite place to shop was the five-and-dime (or variety) stores like Woolworth's (Lancaster, PA, 1879-1997), G.C. Murphy (McKeesport, PA, 1906-1985), S.S. Kresge (Detroit, 1867-1966, now Kmart), Ben Franklin (Boston, 1887-present), S.H. Kress (Nanticoke, PA, 1896-1981), and McCrory's (Scottdale, PA, 1882-2002). For us kids, you could buy a treasure trove of goodies for a less than a quarter. Candy, gum, football cards, baseball cards, matchbox cars and zillions of other toys, crayons, etc., were all just waiting for a youngster to sweep into their arms. Many of these stores also had a snack shop or lunch counter for a sweet and yummy milkshake, sundae, or a float..."-- Rick Brown, Panthethos, "Lost emporiums of childhood joy"

http://bit.ly/NAnCUR


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Slowing Drivers Down: Why It Matters and Two Communities' Solutions"

Date: June 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Scott Bricker (America Walks), Elizabeth Stampe (Walk San Francisco) & Mark Lear (Portland Bureau of Transportation)

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

Cost: Free

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

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/MdZ3x6

WEBINAR "Resolving Conflicts at Complex Intersections"

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

Presenters: Michael Moule (Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates)

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 Art of Sustainable Trail Management"

Date: June 28, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET

Presenters: Tony Boone, professional trail contractor

Host: American Trails

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

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

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/MzW9G1

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


RESOURCES

-> "WHOSE ROADS? EVALUATING BICYCLISTS' AND PEDESTRIANS' RIGHT..."
"...To Use Public Roadways;" report by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. May 31, 2012 (726KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/LSvwFG

-> "CHANGING VEHICLE TRAVEL PRICE SENSITIVITIES: THE REBOUNDING..."
"...Rebound Effect;" report by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute. May 25, 2012 (597KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/KjrHPz

-> "COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION OF TRANSPORT ENERGY CONSERVATION..."
"...and Emission Reduction Policies;" report by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute; submitted for publication in Transportation Research A. March 8, 2012 (408KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/MgBFSq

-> "PARKING STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT LIVABLE COMMUNITIES"
Report by Blanchard, Kramer, Pavlicek, Rife, Stanick, Stegall, Urbina, & Zenner (CMAP) & consultants from Kimley-Horn & Associates, Rich & Associates & Nelson\Nygaard. April 2012 (6.3MB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/Meqq6H

-> "ACTIVE TRANSPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND BODY WEIGHT IN ADULTS..."
"...a Systematic Review;" article by Wanner, Götschi, Martin-Diener, Kahlmeier & Martin (University of Zurich, Switzerland); Am J Prev Med,42(5):493-502. May 2012 (abstract & link to the full study ($)
http://bit.ly/KuvJom

-> "COMMUNITY DESIGN AND THE INCIDENCE OF CRASHES INVOLVING..."
"...Pedestrians and Motorists Aged 75 and Older, Final Report;" report by Eric Dumbaugh, Yi Zhang & Wenhao Li (Texas Transportation Institute) for the USDOT; UTCM Project #11-03-67. April 2012 (general info & link to 1.7MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/L8d6l2


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!

-> 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 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 -- COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR -- APBP

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals provides expertise for sustainable transportation and is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP is hiring a new part-time Communications Coordinator. With direction from the Executive Director, and in collaboration with staff and program managers, APBP's Communications Coordinator will implement a comprehensive communications plan that integrates existing programs with social media and other communications tools to serve members more effectively and create demand for the association's services and programs. The Communications Coordinator may work from a home office or other location. For details about responsibilities, benefits, starting pay, and how to apply go to http://bit.ly/NGfjGT

E-mail application materials to kit@apbp.org by June 15, 2012; subject line must read "Communications Coordinator Application."

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- PALMETTO CYCLING COALITION (SC)

The Palmetto Cycling Coalition (PCC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting a more bicycle-friendly South Carolina, is hiring an Executive Director. Duties include oversight of all programs, budget and fundraising activities, and day to day operations of the organization. Expected start date: mid to late July, 2012.

Applicants should submit: a resume; a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and summarizing your experience, leadership and management skills; two references; and a writing sample. Email submittals to <jobs@pccsc.net> and place "Executive Director Search" in subject line. The position will remain open until filled, strongest consideration given to submissions prior to 5pm on June 5, 2012.

Details: http://bit.ly/JbtoII

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE ALLIANCE OF WASHINGTON

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington, a non-profit advocacy and education organization that is working to grow bicycling in all corners of the Evergreen State, is looking for a new Executive Director to lead our organization. The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the vision and mission of the Bicycle Alliance, manages its staff, and serves in a crucial role as the face of the organization for advocacy, education, coalition building, fundraising and communications-related activities.

We seek an energetic, inspirational and visionary executive director to provide leadership in achieving our goals and realizing the ambitions of our newly-adopted strategic plan. The new executive director will be a dynamic leader and accomplished manager who can motivate others to rally behind the organization's vision; will be skilled at lobbying, policy development and education; will be politically savvy and understand the importance of a well-crafted message; will effectively communicate with persons from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives; will be skilled at budgeting and financial management; will have well-honed fundraising skills; and will be adept at coalition building and at reaching out to diverse groups and individuals.

Details: http://bit.ly/JB2cmb

-> 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:
--- Graphic Design Internship
--- Event Marketing Internship
--- Technology Manager

Details: http://bit.ly/AmvNwm


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