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#282 Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, a program of Project for Public Spaces. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news and information you can use to create more walkable and bicycle-friendly communities.

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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Pro Place Conference News
----- The New Federal Highway Bill
----- Barbara McCann Leaves National Complete Streets Coalition Helm
----- Charter of Vancouver Calls on U.N. to Enshrine Global Kids' "Right to Cycle"
----- Adventure Cycling Seeks Nominations for 2012 Bicycle Travel Awards
----- Amsterdam Investigating Rooftop Bike Parks
----- USPS Issues Forever Stamps Celebrating Bicycling
----- A Simple Solution to Cutting Emissions: Cycling!
----- U.S. Court of Appeals rules unanimously in favor of EPA regulations

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- Anniston (AL) Adopts Complete Street Policy
----- Fort Worth (TX) Charging Forward with Bike-Friendliness
----- How Bike Advocates Challenged Oregon DOT's Freight Policy & Won!

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----- New Android App Helps Visually-Impaired Get Around with Transit
----- Study: Asthma Linked to Congested Highways

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

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

-> There is just over one week to go until the Early Summer registration rate ends on Thursday, July 12, at 11:59 pm Eastern. Register today http://bit.ly/xXgelQ!

We keep adding new reasons to attend Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012:

  • Keynote: John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO. In light of the new federal transportation legislation, John's advice on working with state DOTs to achieve our objectives-safe streets for all users-will be especially timely and valuable.
  • Keynote: Dr. Richard Jackson, UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Jackson is one of the most dynamic advocates of physical activity and better community design as the antidote to our obesity epidemic. Get to know Dr. Jackson: National Geographic interview http://bit.ly/LvuCRA and a PBS interview on the cost of diabetes http://bit.ly/KYLGm0.
  • Panel: Creating Great Streets, presented by John Massengale and Victor Dover. John and Victor were recently interviewed in our second installment of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike® Innovators series.
    "We should be making better streets, not better bike lanes or pedestrian crossings. Great streets never come out of creating separate tubes for each user or from streetscape. There are great streets where even sidewalks and plazas are asphalt; place matters most. When you are hired to fix a street, you feel obligated to do cool stuff."
    For the rest of the interview go to: http://bit.ly/NuL8zJ.

Please note: for those of you who read #1 and immediately began looking around for your misplaced pitchfork, and/or set aside some tomatoes to ripen for the next 70 days, Charlie Gandy will be patting down everyone at the door.

THE NEW FEDERAL HIGHWAY BILL
by Mark Plotz

-> If there were a way to codify "Get off the road" into federal legislation, it would probably look like the new federal transportation bill, which effectively communicates that message to the 80+ percent of Americans who, in an independent survey, indicated that they would either like to increase federal investment in bicycling and walking, or at least maintain current funding levels. What we know about the bill:

  • It is for 27 months, and goes into effect October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2014.
  • Dedicated funding for TE and SRTS is gone. Those uses remain eligible and are placed into a new category known as Transportation Alternatives (TA)* where they must compete with other uses such as: environmental mitigation (includes reducing vehicle-wildlife mortality); historic preservation; removal of outdoor advertising; and the construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas (p. 18, paragraph 29). http://1.usa.gov/MUlnfb
  • Of the funding for TA apportioned to states 50 percent is controlled by the DOT and distributed through competitive grants.
  • The remaining 50 percent is sub allocated to geographic regions, usually to MPOs.
  • The really, really, really bad news: a state DOT may effectively opt-out of its portion of the TA funds by transferring any unobligated funds into CMAQ where funds can then be used for projects like adding turn lanes and intersection improvements (p. 58).

Bottom line: less funding was apportioned to bicycle and pedestrian programs (as compared to SAFETEA-LU); bicycling and pedestrian related programs were specifically targeted for cuts/elimination; and state DOTs are now closer than ever to the blank check from the USDOT that they desire.

Suggestions for getting over this disturbing turn of events:

  1. Build a time machine. Use it to move forward to October 2014 where (hopefully) a better future awaits. Or, travel backward to 1991 when we passed ISTEA and were serious about transportation reform.
  2. Learn to say 'Transportation Alternatives' not 'Transportation Enhancements.' Once you've conditioned yourself, teach your friendly state DOT officials to do the same. Then convince them that we are indeed transportation, not an alternative, and thus an eligible use for their surface transportation program funds.
  3. Move to Delaware where the state's House and Senate unanimously approved $13.25 million for walking and bicycling. That's $15 per capita. Read more: http://bit.ly/LQ6O9a
  4. On this Independence Day, declare victory and celebrate our independence from federal transportation funding.

More coverage:
Rails to Trails Conservancy: http://bit.ly/LQ8H5M
League of American Bicyclists: http://bit.ly/R63Yl9
Natural Resources Defense Council: http://bit.ly/M4OLP6 (extra spicy!)
Streetsblog DC: http://bit.ly/R659Bf

* With apologies to the original Transportation Alternatives http://www.transalt.org/

BARBARA MCCANN LEAVES NATIONAL COMPLETE STREETS COALITION HELM

-> At the end of June, the National Complete Streets Coalition's (NCSC) founding leader, Barbara McCann left to write a "book about how transportation professionals committed to Complete Streets are using those policies to build more than roads -- they are building political and community support for a new approach to solving our transportation challenges." And to do other things, of course!

As Barbara wrote on June 25th, "I can honestly say that founding and nurturing this movement has been the most gratifying period of my professional life. I've worked with so many dedicated people from a huge variety of organizations, who have all been willing to focus their (your) passion and power to Complete Streets. Together, we can celebrate the more than 400 Complete Streets policies adopted in almost every state in the Union. While progress on Capitol Hill is less certain (stay tuned for news on that later this week), there is no question that this movement is bringing lasting change to the nation."

NCSC is a project of Smart Growth America (SGA). Roger Millar, SGA Vice President and Director of SGA's Leadership Institute, now heads the Coalition, and long-time Coalition State and Local Policy Manager Stefanie Seskin has been promoted to Deputy Director. The Coalition's Steering Committee groups will continue to fund a significant portion of the staff's work, as well as using their own resources to work for adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies at the local, state, and federal level.

"'We expect this evolution to strengthen the Coalition,' said Coalition Chair Rich Weaver, who serves as the Director of Planning, Policy and Sustainability at the American Public Transportation Association. 'It has already energized Steering Committee members to step up and renew their commitment to supporting the spread of polices that make the streets safe for everyone.'..." (Source: http://bit.ly/Muz8E6)

You can follow Barbara's new adventures through Linked In and her website http://www.bmccann.net.

Thanks Barbara, for all you've done for the movement! And let us know when that book comes out!
-- John Williams, CL editor

CHARTER OF VANCOUVER CALLS ON U.N. TO ENSHRINE GLOBAL KIDS' "RIGHT TO CYCLE"

-> According to a July 2nd European' Cyclists' Federation news release, "Global bicycle advocates unveiled the 'Charter of Vancouver' calling on the United Nations to recognize 'the right to cycle' for all children at Velo-city Global, the world's largest cycling policy conference. 'We're calling upon the United Nations and we call upon you, Ban Ki-moon, to give all children access to cycling,' said Bernhard Ensink, Secretary General of the European Cyclists' Federation. Linking to the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the Charter calls upon the UN and other institutions to consider cycling as a human right for children and "to include cycling as part of all sustainable transport policies and strategies."

"Across the globe, the number of kids that walk or cycle to school has decreased from 82% to 14% within the last 30 years. While some countries such as the Netherlands have high levels of children cycling to school (50%), others such as the US (1%), Canada (2%), the United Kingdom (2%) and Australia (2%) need to increase their efforts. Addressing the audience during Velo-city Global, Dr. Paul Tranter, Geography Professor at the University of New South Wales said: 'If we get it right for children, we'll get it right for cycling and if we get it right for cycling, we'll get it right for children. At the end of the day, who can argue against safer cities for children' he added..."

Source: http://bit.ly/QYw7dP

ADVENTURE CYCLING SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2012 BICYCLE TRAVEL AWARDS

-> According to a July 2nd news release, "Adventure Cycling Association is seeking nominations for its 8th annual Bicycle Travel Awards. Celebrating the heroes of bicycle travel in the U.S., awards include the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award, the June Curry Trail Angel Award, the Braxton Bike Shop Award, and the Adventure Cycling Volunteer-of-the-Year Award. 'Adventure Cycling's national awards program acknowledges individuals and organizations in America who work to improve conditions for bicycle travelers,' said Membership and Marketing Coordinator Amy Corbin..." Details: http://bit.ly/LfJxE1

Source: http://bit.ly/LSNuhK

AMSTERDAM INVESTIGATING ROOFTOP BIKE PARKS

-> According to the June 25th Dutch Cycling Embassy Newsletter, "Amsterdam is looking into the possibilities for the automated parking of bicycles on building rooftops. This would be one way to reduce the nuisance created by unbridled parking on the streets. According to the municipality there are 295,000 bicycles in public spaces intended to officially hold 200,000 bicycles. Although the number of places in the inner city has been increased from 34,000 in 2007 to more than 43,000, there is still a shortage, frequently leading to insufficient parking space on the streets. Subterranean parking would be a good alternative, but is costly. The municipality is as a result looking at novel, cheap alternatives, one of which is rooftop parking."

"This would make use of an automated system whose costs are estimated to be at most 4000 euro per rooftop space. For the system's required clean power, solar cells could be installed on the roof. The current study is focusing on optimization of the Velominck system, the finances, and its integration into the location. Part of the study will look at ways to stimulate usage of bicycle parks, which are sometimes left vacant because people still park in the street. Visibility is an important issue and Amsterdam considers improving this through the use of glass lift shafts along the fašade, thereby allowing a view of the bikes going up..."

Source: http://bit.ly/M3wFvr

USPS ISSUES FOREVER STAMPS CELEBRATING BICYCLING

-> According to June 27th edition of Marin County Bicycle Coalition eNews, "The US Postal Service has issued four stamps celebrating bicycles and cycling. They're Forever stamps, good for the standard First Class 1oz rate anytime you decide to use them. They showcase a kid riding, touring/commuting, road cycling and BMX. Here's the official blurb from the USPS: 'Rendered in graphic retro fashion, these U.S. Postal Service Bicycling (Forever®) stamps celebrate the American love of bicycling, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country."
http://bit.ly/LE1BX2

"'Remember the day you learned to ride a bike? That exhilarating sense of freedom is one you never forget and can easily recapture every time you hop on a bike. Perhaps that's why millions of Americans young and old enjoy bicycling so much. But bicycling isn't just fun. It's also good for the environment and for you. Each ride you take cuts down on traffic congestion, fuel consumption, and vehicle emissions. And riding a bike lowers the risk of obesity, heart disease, and breast cancer, while reducing stress and improving muscle tone and strength...'"

Source: http://bit.ly/LLXGH4

A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO CUTTING EMISSIONS: CYCLING!

-> According to a June 28th Velo-city News article by Benoit Blondel, "I've just given a presentation at Velo-city in Vancouver, and I really hope that North America was listening closely. As last week's RIO +20 fell flat on its face, it's time for the world's bicycle advocates to step up to the challenge. It's time for us to see how cycling can reshape a very dirty, fossil fuel dependent transport sector. Chatting to many North Americans, they often see Europe as the mecca of eco-friendly politics. But all is not as it seems. True, Europe has been actively trying to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and they've seen experienced success in most sectors."

"But transport is hurting gains made in other sectors. It currently makes up a quarter of all emissions, its dirty footprint is second only to the energy sector. The share of transport sector GHG emissions is indeed not only big but also getting bigger at a fast rate. At the EU level, between 1990 and 2007, emissions of all sectors, except transport, fell by 15%, whereas transport emissions actually increased by 36% in the same period. If the current trend continues, transport may just be the downfall of us all."

"Meanwhile, the EU agreed to cut overall EU GHG emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. Such a target can only be met if transport emissions are also drastically reduced: the EU set a GHG emissions reduction target specific to transport of -60%. In a misguided way, many politicians believe that the answer is electric vehicles. Technology, they believe will save the day. But this kind of thinking is short-sighted. There's no one policy, which will solve it all. It's going to take a more multi-faceted approach, and believe it or not, cycling has a huge role to play..."

Source: http://bit.ly/KPO1uR

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS RULES UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF EPA REGULATIONS

-> According to the June 27th Public Health Newswire, "It's been more than five years since the U.S. Supreme Court established the Environmental Protection Agency's duty to control greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. In 2009, issued final findings that the greenhouse gases "constitute a danger to public health and welfare." On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the regulations under The Clean Air Act, denying a potential amendment proposed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to overturn the agency's conclusions."

"Today's ruling is a strong validation of, in the court's own words, the 'unambiguously correct' approach we have taken in responding to the 2007 Supreme Court decision," EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "I am pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that EPA followed both the science and the law in taking common-sense, reasonable actions to address the very real threat of climate change by limiting greenhouse gas pollution from the largest sources."

Source: http://bit.ly/R71T8K


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

ANNISTON (AL) ADOPTS COMPLETE STREET POLICY

-> According to a July 1st Anniston Star (Anniston, AL, pop. 23,561) article, "There are houses on Lenlock Lane just hundreds of feet from a Walmart Supercenter -- but with no sidewalk to the store, most people drive there. Christine Avenue in Anniston is as wide as a lot of highways -- but with all that space, it has no bicycle lane. Quintard Avenue has miles of sidewalks -- but with six lanes of traffic, there's no place to ride a bike. Anniston City Councilman Jay Jenkins would like to change that landscape, one street at a time."

"Jenkins proposed a resolution in June that establishes what's popularly known as a 'complete streets' approach to urban planning in Anniston. Under the policy, city officials would factor pedestrian and bicycle access into their plans whenever they study new road projects -- and write sidewalks and bike lanes into their plans when possible."

"The one-page measure passed unanimously with little fanfare at Tuesday's council meeting. It doesn't require the Anniston City Council to approve a single new sidewalk or bike lane. But Jenkins thinks it could be the start of a long-term -- and long overdue -- move toward a more walkable and healthier Anniston. 'It should have been done long ago,' Jenkins said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/QY45PE
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Title: "Complete streets New policy encourages bike lanes sidewalks"
Author: Tim Lockette

FORT WORTH (TX) CHARGING FORWARD WITH BIKE-FRIENDLINESS

-> According to a June 27th BikeTexas blog entry, "A bike lane is green in Fort Worth for the first time! Commerce Street, heavy with bicycles and buses, has gone green at a point of potential conflict. Julia McCleeary with the City of Fort Worth says, 'The green paint helps bus operators be aware of the high volume of cyclist traffic along the route!' More green lanes are coming to Fort Worth later this month, Julia says."

"Mayor Betsy Price is temporarily unable to ride with the group at her Tour de Fort Worth Community Bike Rides due to a cycling accident that left her with a broken collarbone. The rides will continue as planned, and Mayor Price says via her Mayor's Message, 'I'll be cheering you on until I get back in the saddle.' Mayor Price is using her accident as an opportunity to highlight the importance of wearing a helmet; her old helmet is cracked after she landed on her head. She says, 'it looks like it's been through a NASCAR race.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/N3AlOP

HOW BIKE ADVOCATES CHALLENGED OREGON DOT'S FREIGHT POLICY & WON!

-> According to the June 21st issue of Bicycle Transportation Alliance's BTA E-News, "Recently, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) produced additional guidance for its planners and engineers that appeared to expand the 'hole in the air' freight accommodations to all state highways. The expansion of ORS 366.215 would have limited Oregon communities' ability to build any project that might impede truck movements now or in the future -- including safe and accessible bike lanes, pedestrian island refuges, crosswalk improvements, and any other street changes that might promote community safety. The BTA pushed back -- and ODOT got the message loud and clear..."

Source: http://bit.ly/N6COcR


THE RESEARCH BEAT

NEW ANDROID APP HELPS VISUALLY-IMPAIRED GET AROUND WITH TRANSIT

-> According to the June 21st Daily Good, "There's an app for everything, it seems -- but the penetration of mobile technology into more and more realms of life isn't all that useful if you can't see the screen. A new Android app called 'OnTheBus' is a guide for people who need to get around big cities with public transportation, but unlike other GPS programs, the app uses gesture and voice recognition to be especially helpful for people with 'visual, hearing, or cognitive impairments.'"

"A bevy of features make the app more accessible. There's voice recognition and highly detailed spoken instructions about which bus route to take, what bus stops you're passing along the way, how long the bus will take to arrive, and how to navigate from your bus stop to your final destination. Rather than typing out each individual letter of a street address, users can draw the letters on a touch pad with their finger, and the app will match it up with the likely destination. High-contrast and customizable color combinations make the system useful for those with color vision deficiencies, and for the blind, the touch screen is simplified enough so that a person who can't see it can still make inputs..."

Source: http://bit.ly/MR5is5

STUDY: ASTHMA LINKED TO CONGESTED HIGHWAYS

-> According to a June 29th Sacramento Bee article, "Researchers at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, found that living near a heavily congested highway correlates with a higher presence of asthma. In a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the researchers found higher rates of asthma among those living closer to Interstate 278, near a portion known locally as the Gowanus Expressway, and lower rates of disease in those living in the same community but farther from the Interstate."

"SUNY Downstate's Maria-Anna Vastardi, MD, said, 'Our participants were randomly recruited and we observed that the patients who reported asthma live significantly closer to the Gowanus Expressway, compared to the healthy controls who live in the same area, but at a longer distance from the Gowanus.'"

"The findings indicate that proximity to a heavily trafficked highway correlates with the presence of asthma in adults, but not with seasonal allergy, according to Dr. Vastardi. The results suggest that vehicle emissions may increase the risk for developing inflammatory lung disease in adults. The study involved 62 adults recruited from the outpatient department of Lutheran Medical Center, including 45 patients with rhinoconjunctivitis or asthma and 17 healthy controls."

Source: http://bit.ly/MY6xEU
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Title: "Asthma Linked To Congested Highways"
Author: SUNY Downstate Medical Center


QUOTES R US

-> "We are witnessing today the collapse of a society based on the automobile. Unlike every other industrialized country, we have come to rely exclusively on large, gas-guzzling cars and trucks for the movement of passengers and freight. In the process, we have consumed much of the Nation's supply of oil, fouled our urban air with poisonous exhausts and turned our cities into highways and parking lots. Now we are confronted with an energy crisis that threatens to paralyze motor vehicle travel and reduce us to a level of mobility common only to less advanced countries..."
-- Bradford Snell, author of "American Ground Transport: a Proposal for Restructuring the Automobile, Truck, Bus & Rail Industries," for the U.S. Senate (1974)

Source: http://bit.ly/N4IsMw

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

VIDEO "Rouli-roulant" by Claude Jutra (in French)
("The Devil's Toy: Skateboarding in Montreal in 1965")
http://bit.ly/KXfDmm

English notes: http://bit.ly/NrfLG7


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "What Role Injury Prevention Plays in Transportation"

Date: July 11, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Phyllis Agran, MD, MPH, UC Irvine, School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics, and Robert Foss, PhD, U of NC, Highway Safety Research Center

Host: American Public Health Association

Cost: Free, space limited

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/fv6DJu

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 "TRB for Bike/Ped Professionals: Understanding and Engaging the Transportation Research Board"

Date: July 24, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech; Jennifer Dill, Portland State University; Jamie Parks, City of Oakland, CA; Robert Schneider, UC-Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), and UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS); Shawn Turner, Texas Transportation Institute

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Cost: Free

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/M4J8z3

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

WEBINAR "What Health Impact Assessments can do for Health Inequities"

Date: August 22, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Karen Nikolai, MCP, MPH, and Crystal Myslajek, MPP, Hennepin County; and Alyssa Auvinen, RiverStone Health

Host: American Public Health Association

Cost: Free, space limited

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/fv6DJu

WEBINAR "2nd Edition: NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide"

Date: September 5, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (Rescheduled from July 11, 2012)

Presenters: Roger Geller, Portland Bureau of Transportation; Joe Gilpin, Alta Planning + Design; David Vega-Barachowitz, National Association of City Transportation Officials

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)

Cost: Free

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/Mfoorn

WEBINAR "Liability: Understanding and Managing Risk"

Date: September 19, 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, or multi-webinar discounts

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

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

WEBINAR "FHWA: Experimentation for Advancing Best Practices"

Date: October 17, 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, or multi-webinar discounts

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/LAdkWZ


RESOURCES

-> "ELTIS.ORG: EUROPE'S MAIN WEB PORTAL ON URBAN MOBILITY"
Eltis.org has amassed more than a decade's worth of news, case studies, videos, and other material -- much of it focused on cycling as a mode of transport. The searchable Eltis archive includes 230 case studies on utility cycling. In July 2012, its store of bike-related news articles will reach the 500 mark!
http://bit.ly/OZmI7l

-> "PLANNING COMPLETE STREETS FOR AN AGING AMERICA"
Report by Lynott (AARP Public Policy Inst), Haase & Nelson (ASLA), Taylor, Twaddell & Ulmer (Renaissance Planning Group), McCann (National Complete Streets Coalition) & Stollof (ITE). May 2009 (4.0MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/N5zleJ

-> "ANALYSIS OF INFRINGEMENT DATA FROM FIXED RED LIGHT AND SPEED..."
"Cameras at Signalised Intersections in South Australia;" report by Mackenzie, Kloeden & Hutchinson; for the S. Australian DPTICASR; CASR071. June 2012 (general info & link to 527KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/KYoXXl

-> "CLIMATE CHANGE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT PILOTS -- ASSESSING..."
"...Vulnerability and Risk of Climate Change Effects on Transportation Infrastructure: Pilot of the Conceptual;" by Kafalenos, Hyman, Lupes, Holsinger (FHWA). 2012 (Report & other related info)
http://1.usa.gov/NXcm2V

-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS: LARGE TRUCKS -- 2010 DATA"
NHTSA Report; DOT HS 811 628. June 2012 (general info & link to 983KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/NpJ3oK

-> "CITY OF PERTH DRAFT CYCLE PLAN 2029 DRAFT"
Report by City of Perth (Western Australia) & BikeWest. 2012 (Overview & links to multiple related pdfs)
http://bit.ly/N5rrBZ

-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS 2010 DATA: BICYCLISTS AND OTHER CYCLISTS"
Report by NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis; DOT HS 811 624. June 2012 (general info & link to 283KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/NtLjLB


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!

-> 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, 2012, Delaware Bike Summit, Dover, DE. Info: Randi Novakoff, email: <rnovakoff@wilmapco.org>
http://bit.ly/MPlWYW

-> 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 11-14, 2012, AMPO Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. Info: Assn. of Metro Planning Organizations, Maria Staunton; phone: (202) 296-7051 x4; email: <mstaunton@ampo.org>
http://bit.ly/MPlWYW

-> 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 17, 2012, Moving Together 2012, Boston, MA. Info: Baystate Roads Program, email: <mt@baystateroads.org>, phone: (413) 577-2762.
http://bit.ly/o4Thtj

-> 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 5-6, 2012, Texas Obesity Research Center Biennial Conference, Houston, TX. Info: Texas Obesity Research Center, email: <texasobesityresearchcenter@yahoo.com>.
http://bit.ly/OdBkyB

-> -> 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

-> April 14-16, 2013, Main Streets Conference, New Orleans (LA). Info: National Trust Main Street Center, phone: (202) 588-6219; email: <mainstreet@nthp.org>
http://bit.ly/LPFnAp

-> 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 -- BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR -- CITY OF MILWAUKEE (WI)

The City of Milwaukee's Department of Public Works is seeking a motivated, talented individual to administer the City's bicycle and pedestrian plan, serve as a project manager for the bicycle and pedestrian grant and city-funded programs and to administer the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.

Requirements:
-- Bachelor's Degree (Engineering, Urban Planning, Communication or related field) & 2 yrs experience in advocacy, planning/design of bicycle & pedestrian facilities;
-- Or Assoc. Degree in Engineering Technology or related field & 4 yrs experience in advocacy, planning and design of bicycle & pedestrian facilities;
-- Or 6 yrs experience in advocacy, planning and design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Salary: $64,697-$79,836/yr; outstanding benefits.

Tentative application deadline: 7/27/12.

Contact: Kristin Hennessy Urban, City of Milwaukee; phone: (414) 286-5024; email: <krurban@milwaukee.gov>

Details: http://bit.ly/LMIh4K

-> JOB -- POLICY ASSOCIATE -- NATIONAL COMPLETE STREETS COALITION
Posted on June 12, 2012 by Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America seeks a motivated self-starter to coordinate member involvement and activities for the National Complete Streets Coalition as a full-time Policy Associate. The position includes significant administrative duties, but will also contribute to research and policy-related projects that advance the Coalition's objectives. This is an excellent opportunity for a "people person" to help grow a national movement for safe, vibrant community streets.

Among responsibilities: Manage Coalition membership; donations; and other outreach to current and potential Coalition members; High-level knowledge of Microsoft Excel and excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Knowledge of Salesforce is not required, but a definite plus. The position reports to the Director of the National Complete Streets Program. The Deputy Director will provide day-to-day supervision.

Compensation: commensurate w/experience. Smart Growth America provides a strong benefits package to employees.

Location: Washington DC.

How to Apply: send cover letter, resume, three references & two short writing samples (no more than five pages) to <jobs@smartgrowthamerica.org>. Please include "Complete Streets Policy Associate" in the email subject line. Applications are open immediately and will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Details: http://bit.ly/MkiHDV

-> 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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