#309 Wednesday, July 18, 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.

----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Pro Place Conference News
----- 10 Key Things to Know about the New Transportation Law
----- How Well Does Your State Prioritize Transit & Street Safety?
----- SRAM's Randy Neufeld Receives Danish Cycling Leadership Award
----- The New Face of Cycling
----- TCAT Launches Complete Streets for Canada Policy and Design Hub
----- Google Maps for Africa Gets Better -- Walking Directions Launched!

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- NYC Set to Roll Out Nation's Largest Bike Share Program
----- Illinois Trails May Deserve More Promotion, Agencies Say
----- Nemours Health and Delaware Govt Push Outdoor Activities
----- Cascade Bike Club Releases 2012 WA. State "Legislative Scorecard"
----- Southwest Detroit: Jane Jacobs Would Love It!
----- New Bike/Ped Bridge Connects Charlestown & Cambridge (MA)
----- Caltrans Awards $48.5 Million For State's Safe Routes Programs
----- Bike-Sharing Program A Big Victory For Kansas City (MO)

----- Population Shifts and Implications for Walking in the United States

- The National & International Scene
- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
- Quotes R Us
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by Mark Plotz

-> There are just over 50 days remaining until the conference (http://www.prowalkprobike.org) opens in Long Beach. We have entered our Standard Registration rate period, which is in effect until Friday, August 10. We will continue offering discounts to groups of 6 or more. We have also added the purchase order payment option for public agencies to facilitate their participation.

We are staying busy during this "breather" between conference deadlines. Here is some of what we are working on:

Presentations & Program:
From now until August 1, presenters will have the opportunity to update their session descriptions, bios, and co-presenter information. **Lead presenters should look for an email from us with instructions on how to do this.**

Place: We will feature workshops on Placemaking and The Power of 10 (http://bit.ly/MGyLl5) led by Fred Kent; Streets as Places (http://bit.ly/MGQA2E) led by Gary Toth and friends; and we are working hard to have some Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper interventions (http://bit.ly/NzjXat) in Long Beach ready by conference time.

Green Lane Track: With the help of the League of American Bicyclists and the Bike's Belong Green Lane Project (http://bit.ly/HrHDtn), we have designed a track for those who are interested in recent innovations in bike infrastructure. (Don't leave Long Beach without trying the green sharrow lanes of Belmont Shores.)

Public Bike Share Track: Everything you want to know about public bike share systems will be covered during our bike share mini track.

The New Federal Transportation Bill: We are working to ensure Pro Walk/Pro Bike will give you the knowledge needed to make the new federal transportation bill work for you.

Safe Routes to School Track: SRTS sessions will be available during each of the eight breakout sessions, and a number of poster sessions address the practice as well. A great panel will be "Bike It! Walk It! The Next Generation on the Move in Santa Monica" which presents an award-winning high school SRTS program that was inspired by students' desire to reduce GHG emissions.

Special Meetings:
The many meetings happening before/during/after the conference is a major reason that Pro Walk/Pro Bike is the place to be. If your group is interested in caucusing during the conference, let us know ASAP! Here is the meeting space request form: http://bit.ly/Ng7URZ. Some of the meetings occurring in Long Beach include:

  1. Alliance for Biking & Walking's Leadership Retreat. Register: http://bit.ly/JJLIZR
  2. Congress for the New Urbanism's Transportation Summit. Register: http://bit.ly/MGS1ya
  3. Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Annual Meeting. http://apbp.org
  4. Women's National Bicycling Summit. Registration is opening next week. Details: http://bit.ly/Pf4Owx

Hotel & Travel:
Don't forget to reserve a room at the official conference hotel-Renaissance Long Beach, located across the street from the conference. Our room block is filling fast, so don't delay: http://www.pps.org/pwpb2012/travel/


-> According to a July 13th T4America blog entry, "We'll be honest: We were truly disheartened by the way the Senate's solid transportation bill was mangled in the late-hour, backroom negotiations with the House late last month, and our early commentary showed it. Now that the President has signed MAP-21 into law, we are able to take a more comprehensive look not only at what was lost, but was preserved and, in some cases, gained."

"After digesting the 600-plus pages of the law, here are 10 key things to know about our new, two-year national transportation program. (We present them in short form first, with a fuller explanation after the jump.) The question to keep in the back of your mind as you read is this: After two years and more than $100 billion dollars, will we have made real progress on repairing our roads and bridges, making streets safer for all, and giving more people more options to get around quickly and affordably?"

"1. Incentivizing costly new construction, making repair optional...
2. Steps toward accountability for performance, but few teeth...
3. A false promise of 'flexibility'...
4. Less money, but more local control, to make streets safer for all users...
5. Continued funding of transit 'New Starts' projects...
6. More capacity to borrow, but less to innovate...
7. Transit stays in the trust fund, with more accountability for repair and safety...
8. Multiple changes to environmental and citizen review, with unpredictable impact...
9. For rural communities, a seat at the table and a focus on the most dangerous roads...
10. Tolling for new interstate lanes and HOV sleight-of-hand, and an emphasis on public-private partnerships..."

Source(& details!): http://bit.ly/NfgosH


-> In a July 17th DC.Streets.Blog entry, Angie Schmitt asked "How's your state doing on bike and pedestrian investment? Transit? Bridge repair? Congress just reauthorized the national law that funnels tens of billions of dollars each year to state departments of transportation, but tracking how these agencies spend all their federal money is notoriously difficult. A lack of uniformity in the way states report spending has made it difficult to compare these numbers, even though all states are required to abide by certain federal filing standards. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign recently sorted through piles of documents to establish a basis for comparison."

"Their new report, 'Tracking State Transportation Dollars' (http://bit.ly/MGMuaI), breaks down the funding levels for each State Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, a document that lists all projects that states plan to fund with federal dollars. Although the STIP doesn't account for all of a state's transportation funding, it does reveal some interesting patterns. Overall, states spend an average of 20 percent on transit, the report found. Bicycle and pedestrian programs made up an average of 2 percent. Meanwhile, states are spending an average of 38.5 percent of the STIP on maintenance, and about 22.5 percent to add [sic] expand roads and bridges. The results also reveal wide variations from state to state, made available in a handy interactive map..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ng5QJQ
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Title: "How Does Your State Stack Up on Prioritizing Transit and Street Safety?"
Author: Angie Schmitt


-> According to the July 5th issue of Velo-city Newsletter, "Randy Neufeld, Director of SRAM Cycling Fund received the prestigious 'Cycling Leadership Award' from the Danish Cycling Embassy. He was awarded for his outstanding work in cycling advocacy. Announcing the award at the Velo-city conference in Vancouver, the Embassy said: 'This year the award goes to a man who has a hands on approach to cycling and he has inspired people...He has gone from an activist to an extremely influential figure promoting cycling policies.'"

"Receiving the award, Neufeld explained: 'We're all trying to solve that problem of how we get more cyclists. I thank you that I can be a part of it, and look forward to see [cycling] numbers go up in places we never imagined.' Neufeld has acted as a bridge between bicycle industry and advocacy for many years and is well respected by industry and advocacy alike. 'Neufeld's work in cycling advocacy has been nothing short of outstanding,' says Kevin Mayne, Director of Development at the European Cyclists' Federation. 'He's one of the key figures who's realises the importance of industry and advocacy, and he's done some amazing work in Europe, North America and across the globe.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NTBR6w


-> According to a June 13th Momentum magazine, "Stereotypes about bicycling are falling away as diverse communities adopt and promote the cycling lifestyle. From every perspective, bicycling was a part of Ed Ewing's upbringing. During the summer months, Ewing's father rode his bike to work. On the weekends, bike outings were a common family activity. From an early age, Ewing's bicycle was his transportation to and from school, football practice and his summer job. But, because he rode a bike in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Minneapolis, MN, Ewing caught flak from his friends. 'They didn't understand it,' he said. 'They're like, 'Are you turning white? Why are you doing that? Black people don't bike'"

"The outsider status cut both ways. Inspired by the Tour de France, Ewing started racing in high school. But out on the local circuit, he was often the only black cyclist at competitions. 'At bike races people were like, 'Who is this kid?' he remembers. 'There's this fishbowl effect of everyone staring at you -- and you just want to ride your bike.' As a young African-American, Ewing didn't fit the cycling stereotype. According to the US Department of Transportation, a full 83 percent of bicycle trips in 2001 were made by whites. As of 2009, Caucasians still accounted for 77 percent of trips. But that's changing. Across North America, people from all cultural and racial backgrounds are adopting the cycling lifestyle. In fact, according to a 2011 study from Rutgers researcher John Pucher 'cycling rates are rising fastest among African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NiLEGy
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Title: "The New Face of Cycling"
Author: Carolyn Szczepanski


-> According to a July 5th news release, "The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) is pleased to announce the launch of the Complete Streets for Canada Policy and Design Hub (http://bit.ly/NrkegE), made possible by generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. A Complete Streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire street network for road users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers."

"The Complete Streets for Canada Policy and Design Hub will act as the 'go to' for information on the growing Complete Streets movement in Canada, with a particular initial focus on Ontario communities. The website provides case studies, policy expertise, news, and the latest research, including TCAT's recently completed Complete Streets Gap Analysis report (http://bit.ly/MtnJoK) (964 KB pdf) and Complete Streets by Design resource (http://bit.ly/LlzgA9) (4.2 MB pdf). The goal of the website is to facilitate implementation of Complete Streets and increase awareness, knowledge, and community involvement in building Complete Streets across Canada."

"To build and grow this dynamic resource, TCAT encourages professionals, decision-makers and community members from across Canada to contact Ryan Anders Whitney, TCAT's Complete Streets Researcher and Project Manager (<ryan.whitney@tcat.ca>), to share Complete Streets news from your community..."

Source: http://bit.ly/OA4jbH


-> According to a July 11th Google Lat Long Blog entry, "In 2010, we announced the availability of driving directions on Google Maps in many African countries. This is a feature that allows users to get driving direction information from one location to another (e.g from Kotoka International Airport to Hotel Novotel in Victoria Borg, Accra in Ghana). But of course not everyone drives or always needs to drive, so today we're bringing walking directions for 44 African countries!..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ObecQO



-> According to a July 16th Gotham Gazette article, "On a recent Sunday afternoon at the outdoor flea market along the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront two blue bikes splashed with the Citibank logo stood under a tent awaiting riders. As hundreds of people walked among the flea market vendors, a few peeked in to check out the cycles. One guy said the bikes 'ride pretty smooth.' The unisex, 3-speed, bell-and-light-laden upright bikes were being demoed to give New Yorkers a chance to try out the city's big bike share before it gets up and running later this summer. Once it has been completely rolled out, the program will likely be the largest of its kind in the nation -- and New York City will have finally joined other cities in the U.S. and in Europe, where such systems have been around for years."

"If the $41 million program makes it in the city, it could potentially transform the way that New Yorkers get around the metropolis with hundreds of thousands of new bike trips being taken each year. But will the Big Apple's collective psyche shift from the bike being perceived as a tool of recreation and exercise to that of a more utilitarian or alternative form of public transit? Will it be safe, in a city that is notoriously peevish toward cyclers? Simply put, will the share program usher in broader acceptance of the bike? Josh Moskowitz, project director for the Capital Bike Share program at the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation, has no doubt that the answer to that question is an 'unequivocal yes.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PZAhnS
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Title: "City set to begin rolling out nation's largest bike share program"
Author: Cody Lyon


-> According to a July 13th Southern Illinoisan article, "The Tunnel Hill Trail in Southern Illinois is one of six that will be studied this summer to measure their impact on local economies and quality of life. The study is being undertaken by Trails for Illinois, a non-profit trails advocacy group based in Homewood. Executive Director Steve Buchtel said the organization last month surpassed its $40,000 goal to launch the study. Buchtel said trail development and promotion are low priorities in Illinois 'because the public and decision-makers don't know the numbers that trails generate: jobs created, strokes and heart attacks prevented, dollars spent in local stores.' The group's project, Making Trails Count in Illinois, aims at raising the profile of trail development and programming for communities who are weighing difficult decisions about where to spend taxpayers' money."

"Trails for Illinois plans to count users on the six 'destination trails.' Those are defined as trails of sufficient length and interest to attract users from beyond the local residents..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ms38ea
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Title: "State's trails may deserve more promotion, agencies say"
Author: Linda Rush


-> According to a July 11th WGMD-92 (located in Lewes, DE) radio story, "With the number of obese children and adults increasing to what's being described as crisis levels, Nemours Health and Prevention Services has been working with the Delaware government to get Delawareans outdoors and more active. Nemours Sussex County Coordinator John Hollis was joined by Sussex County legislators, representatives of the state government, and health and community leaders inside the Sussex County Council chambers to provide an update on the 'Walkable Rideable Delaware' and 'Sussex Outdoors' initiatives."

"Representatives from DelDOT and DNREC [DE Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control] provided updates on their plans for upgrading the state's trail network. Projects include extending and connecting trails, as well as establishing new trails..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PfaR4t
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Title: "Nemours provides updates on Walkable Bikeable Delaware, Sussex Outdoors initiatives"
Author: Andrew Koch


-> According to a July 9th Cascade news release, "The decisions our state legislators make in Olympia help determine if it's convenient and safe for us to ride and it's our responsibility to hold them accountable for their decisions. Cascade Bicycle Club's 2012 Legislative scorecard is your resource to hold your legislators accountable. It tells the story of how well your state legislators advanced Cascade Bicycle Club's mission of creating a better community through bicycling during the 2012 legislative sessions."

"It provides a quantitative account of how every legislator voted on issues that support making it easier and safer to ride, while providing a qualitative look at the real story behind the scenes. The scorecard names the House and Senate legislators of the year, recognizes champions who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, and provides honorable mentions to legislators who have demonstrated their commitment to bicycling..."

Download the Scorecord here: http://bit.ly/Nv6FeR (1.3 MB pdf)

Source: http://bit.ly/NJ4uoV


-> According to a July 8th Citywire.net article, "...The best example [of Detroit's revitalization efforts] is Southwest Detroit -- a traditional blue collar area once filled with auto factories that's been a melting pot for successive waves of immigrants from Central Europe, the American South and, now, Latin America and the Middle East. While poorer than any other part of town, according to figures from Data Driven Detroit (DDD), Southwest's entrepreneurial vigor, community spirit and appealing urban ambience position it as a promising model for Detroit's future."

"Many people from outside the neighborhoods are immediately impressed by its wealth of small businesses, lively street life and ethnic diversity, notes Rachel Perschetz, a tourism development specialist who recently moved to Detroit from Washington, D.C. Southwest is 39 percent Hispanic, 39 percent African-American and 18 percent white, according to DDD, which uses the boundaries of the new 6th City Council district to define the neighborhood. It's also hailed as Detroit's most walkable neighborhood. Vernor Highway, despite its name, is a classic two-lane urban artery running from downtown to the doorstep of Ford's River Rouge auto plant, lined most of the way with grocery stores, taquerias, churches, bakeries, drug stores, furniture stores and other establishments that meet people's everyday needs..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Q2Jtb7
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Title: "Southwest Detroit: Jane Jacobs would love it"
Author: Jay Walljasper


-> According to a July 12th BostInno article, "Starting Friday, pedestrians and cyclists (ok, fine, rollerbladers, too) will have a new way to get from Charlestown to Cambridge, without hopping in their car. State officials from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, as well as Governor Deval Patrick, will celebrate the opening of the North Bank Bridge, a strip of walkway connecting East Cambridge to the Charlestown City Square and the Boston Harbor Waterfront."

"Patrick and MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey will celebrate on the Cambridge end during the ribbon cutting ceremony, and on the Charlestown side of the new bridge, the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition, and the Friends of City Square Park will be hosting a celebration at the Paul Revere Park. There will be free ice cream and drinks."

"According to MassDOT, the project completes surface restoration beneath and adjacent to the Zakim Bridge along the north and south banks of the Charles River 'and offers an enhanced route for residents traveling to the Charlestown waterfront and North End.' The nearly-698-foot steel structure winds over a pair of Commuter Rail tracks and looks a little bit like a rollercoaster. Wendy Landman, Executive Director of Walk Boston, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts, called it 'a fantastic project.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NCpsan
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Title: "New Bridge For Bikers and Pedestrians Connects Charlestown to Cambridge"
Author: Steve Annear

Via Rethinking Urban Transportation: http://bit.ly/Q2WeCw


-> According to a July 5th Calavereras News article, "Caltrans today awarded $48.5 million of state Safe Routes to School Program funds for 139 projects to increase safety and help reduce injuries and fatalities among children in grades K-12 who walk and bicycle to school. 'Safety is Caltrans' number one priority,' said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. 'We are committed to providing the highest safety possible for our children as they travel to and from school in California.'...Among the state-funded projects are new sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and other safety improvements. Caltrans chose each project based upon need, effectiveness, and how quickly it could be delivered. By improving safety, more kids are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, resulting in healthier children while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle congestion. More than $7 million of the funds were awarded to critical safety projects in rural counties. In addition, 82 projects totaling $28 million will create jobs and benefit at least one low-income school within each project..."

Source: http://bit.ly/LxdT3B
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Title: "Caltrans Awards $48.5 Million for Safe Routes to School to Increase Safety and Health"
Author: Kim Hamilton


-> According to a July 4th Kansas City Star editorial, "On a scorcher of an afternoon, [Kansas City, MO] Mayor Sly James crossed the street from City Hall to Ilus W. Davis Park, took a look at 90 brand new bikes parked there, and voiced the sentiment of the moment: 'This is about as cool as you'd ever want to get.' OK, maybe a streetcar line will be just as cool. But Tuesday's launch of Kansas City B-cycle, a bike-sharing program, is a big step toward making Kansas City more accessible, welcoming and, yes, cool. The Star over the last few years has advocated for more bike lanes, bike paths and other measures to make the region more friendly to cyclists and pedestrians."

"The new bike-share system, which enables people to easily access a bicycle with a credit card at 12 locations between the River Market and Crown Center, is a major step in that direction. Curious about how Kansas City B-cycle works, an editorial writer participated in the inaugural ride and returned with these observations: The bike fleet, parked in rows in a field just north of the Heart of America Bridge, is a thing of beauty: 90 new silver-colored bikes, each with a basket, kickstand and an orange sign proclaiming 'Helmet hair is sexy'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/SCXc7a
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Title: "Bike-sharing program a big victory for KC"

Via Kansas Cycling News: http://bit.ly/Q0bHTS



-> According to a July AmericaWalks article, "Major population shifts in the United States point to changes in American attitudes and behaviors regarding walking. These shifts are likely to result in a substantial increase in both recreational and utilitarian walking. Three demographic changes, in particular, are likely to promote this 'walking revolution:' (1) the aging of the baby boomers, (2) the different transportation priorities of young people, and (3) the decline of the suburbs. The Aging of the Baby Boomers: The first demographic shift with implications for walking is the aging of the baby boom generation. The baby boomers -- those who were born between 1946 and 1964 -- number approximately 78 million Americans. They constitute over a quarter of the total U.S. population. Each day, on average, 10,000 of the boomers reach the traditional retirement age of 65."

"As the boomers become 'seniors,' they are undergoing major lifestyle changes. Boomers who were physically active throughout their adult years want to maintain an active lifestyle but they know that they can no longer engage in rigorous physical activity, at least not to the same extent as beforehand. So they are trading in their tennis and jogging shoes for walking shoes. Even boomers who have been sedentary during most of their middle-age years know that in order to maintain their health (or prevent a further deterioration in their health) they need to be physically active. As these less physically active boomers grow older, it is reasonable to assume that their preferred mode of exercise will be walking. Studies have repeatedly shown that walking is the most popular form of exercise for older adults..."

Source: http://bit.ly/MGcX9p
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Title: "Population Shifts and Implications for Walking in the United States"
Author: Peter Tuckel & William Milczarski


-> "At D.O.T., we know that by making our infrastructure smarter and greener, we can give our environment a break while still keeping the public moving safely, growing our nation's economy, and reducing congestion. And that commitment to better air quality is not limited to transit and bicycling; it also includes the important work we do on America's roadways..."
-- Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Source: http://bit.ly/MvIznh



"Mayor Ballard Welcomes Bicycle Trade Group"
by Bicycle Garage Indy

"Agent R's Secret Mission"
by Untold Indy


WEBINAR "U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing"

Date: July 19, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Caron Whitaker, America Bikes

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and the Alliance for Biking and Walking

Cost: Free

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/LxFbH9

WEBINAR "Using Health Impact Assessments to connect bicycle and pedestrian safety and health"

Date: July 24, 2012, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Bethany Rogerson (the Health Impact Project), Brendan Haggert (Clark County, WA) & Jim Skoog (St. Louis, MN) Public Health

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & the American Public Health Association

Cost: Free

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

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 "The Economic Benefits of Safe Routes to School"

Date: July 26, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Jim Sallis (Active Living Research), Robert Ping (SRTSNP) & (TBD)

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cost: Free

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

WEBINAR "SRTS Middle School Curriculum: Why it is Important and How to Make an Impact"

Date: Jul 30, 2012 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: John Egberts (Florida Traffic & Bicycle Safety Education Program), Meg Thomas (Michigan Fitness Foundation) & Eileen Hyatt (Bicycle Alliance of Washington)

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

Cost: Free

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/NvSx26

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


"...Implementing the Benefits; Walking and Cycling in America; Leveraging the Health Effects; Boosting Business with Bicyclists; Importable Lessons from Europe; Measuring Multimodal Mobility;" numerous articles in this special edition of TR News; Transportation Research Board. May-June 2012 (general info & link to 6.9MB pdf)

Report by the British Medical Association. July 2010 (798KB pdf)

"...Program in the District of Columbia and Comparable Riders on Personal Bicycles;" article by Kraemer, Roffenbender & Anderko; American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 102: p. e23-e25. 2012 (abstract & link to full text ($))


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:



-> National American Planning Association Conference, April 13-17, 2013, Chicago, IL.
DEADLINE: Mobile Workshop proposals: August 3, 2012
DEADLINE: Sessions, presentations, posters, etc.: August 21, 2012

-> Active Living Research Conference, February 26-28, 2013, San Diego, CA. Theme:
"Achieving Change Across Sectors: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice." Call for Abstracts opens July 23, 2012.
DEADLINE: August 31, 2012.

-> International Trails Symposium, April 14-17, 2013, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort, AZ (near Scottsdale). Theme: "Trails Lead Everywhere."
DEADLINE: October 2, 2012


-> 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.

-> 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>

-> September 7-10, 2012, Alliance Leadership Retreat, Long Beach, CA. Info: Jeremy Grandstaff, Alliance for Biking & Walking, <jeremy@peoplepoweredmovement.org>

-> 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>

-> 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.

-> 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>

-> 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>

-> October 12-13, North Carolina Bicycle Summit, Raleigh, NC. Info: Jennifer Baldwin, email: <jennifer.baldwin@raleighnc.gov>, phone: (919) 516-2155.

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

-> 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

-> 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>.

-> 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

-> February 26-28, 2013, Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

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

-> April 14-17, 2013, International Trails Symposium, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort. AZ (near Scottsdale).

-> May 29 - June 1, 2013, CNU21, Annual Congress for the New Urbanism, Salt Lake City, UT.

-> July 17-19, 2013, 20th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory, Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Info: Delft University of Technology


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!


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit trails and greenways organization, seeks a Trail Development Manager for the Western Regional Office (in San Francisco) to support communities in their trail planning efforts by providing technical assistance, conducting public outreach and training workshops, conducting trail-based activity programs and building partnerships with local agencies and stakeholders in the recreation, transportation, public health and conservation fields.

Position requires excellent writing and speaking skills and time and budget management; ability to build coalitions among diverse constituencies. Minimum Qualifications: four-year college degree in urban/regional planning, land use management, parks/recreation, alternative transportation or related field plus 3-5 years related experience.

Salary: DOE, plus benefits. Open until filled; applicants strongly encouraged to apply ASAP, as interviewing begins in July.

RTC, an equal opportunity employer, seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, gender or national origin. Women and diverse candidates encouraged to apply.

Complete job description and how to apply: http://bit.ly/NE4eca


BikeMaine is a new project of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine -- a week-long mass bicycle ride designed to celebrate cycling and rural Maine communities.

The Ride Director will be responsible for the design and implementation of the BikeMaine Ride Plan in conjunction with the BikeMaine Ride Committee, supervision of staff, recruitment and coordination of volunteers, oversight of budget, day to day operations of the BikeMaine office, public relations, fundraising, writing and editing manuals, handbooks and newsletters and other duties as assigned.

Full job description: http://bit.ly/NJz95e

Send cover letter and resume to <jobs@bikemaine.org> by Sunday, July 29th.

For more info about the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, go to: http://bit.ly/LlVOp9


Vacancy Reference Number: 29815
Fixed-term, Full-time (3 years)

The Role: The Centre for Physical Activity Studies at CQUniversity Australia is recruiting for an individual at post-doctoral level with research experience in the field of physical activity and / or mental health. The aim of the project is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of web-based physical activity interventions in the populations with mental health conditions (such as depression, anxiety, stress and quality of life).

Remuneration: Total remuneration ranges from AUS$73,301 to AUS$89,140 per annum includes salary from AUS$61,941 to AUS$75,325 per annum, plus employer superannuation and annual leave loading. [AUS$1 = US$1.03]

Applications Close: Sunday 12 August 2012, 11:59pm AEST

How to Apply:
Please click "Apply" and download the Information for Candidates Booklet which contains information on the position as well as the Position Description and complete the online application form. To ensure that your application is deemed as complete and able to be considered, you must upload the following documents:

-- Your current CV or Resume
-- Your response to the Selection Criteria (as outlined in the Position Description)

Details: http://bit.ly/Ob5vGi


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.

-- 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


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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