#310 Wednesday, August 1, 2012


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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike® 2012: Pro Place -- Conference News
----- Women's Summit Tackle Biking Gender Disparity, Sept. 13th
----- Walk Appeal: New Tool for Building Walkable Places
----- National Park Service to Allow Greater Bike Access in Parks
----- FHWA Issues New Section 4(f) Policy Paper on Use of Public Lands
----- Nat'l Center for Safe Routes to School Receives 1M Questionnaires
----- Uganda Bike Training Gains Momentum
----- Nominate People and Projects for National Trails Awards
----- Copenhagen's Compelling Case for Bike Superhighways
----- There's Nothing Coercive About Walkable Neighborhoods
----- Bicycles Being Pushed out of Beijing by Scooters & Small Cars

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Mississippi Ranks #38 in L.A.B Bicycle Friendly State Awards!
----- Michigan State Transportation Commission Approves Complete Street Policy
----- Cyclovia is Coming to Hawaii!
----- Atlanta Bike Advocates Push for Tax For Bike, Walk Projects
----- Bike Lane to Replace Several Blocks Of Pittsburgh (PA) Free Parking
----- Car-Free Commuting Pays for Boston Walkers, Cyclists, Rail Riders
----- California Gets its First City Bike-Sharing Program in Anaheim

----- Healthier Together Grant for St. Croix County (WI)
----- Nat'l Physical Education Institute to Focus on Obesity Prevention
----- The Hidden Factor in Bike Commuting: Showers
----- Improving Bicycle Safety in Traffic: Lessons from Michigan
----- Bicycle Studies Pick up Speed in Academia

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by Mark Plotz

-> There are just under 40 days to go until the curtain rises at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012: Pro Place in Long Beach. The deadline for Standard Registration is also coming up fast: register by August 10 to get the best rates for your week in Long Beach <http://bit.ly/xXgelQ>.

Program details are available on the official conference website <http://www.prowalkprobike.org> and we will soon have the complete program available (we're just waiting for a few presenters to update their sessions).

Quick program updates:

  • If you are planning your travel to Long Beach, you will find out conference-at-a-glance schedule helpful <http://bit.ly/QYMIfP>.
  • We have received approval from the American Planning Association to provide AICP CM credits at the conference. Stand by for more details on which sessions are eligible and how many credits will be available. (In 2010, we had 100+ available over 3.5 days).
  • Registration is open for the National Women's Bicycling Summit, which will immediately follow Pro Walk/Pro Bike on Thursday, September 13. Register today: <http://bit.ly/R5c2Fm>.
  • Be a part of the Congress for the New Urbanism's Transportation Summit, held in Long Beach, September 9 - 10, leading into Pro Walk/Pro Bike. Details here: <http://bit.ly/MGS1ya>.
  • Finally, the Alliance for Biking & Walking will hold its annual leadership retreat on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, September 7 - 10. You will be wrapping up just in time for the start of Pro Walk/Pro Bike. Learn more: <http://bit.ly/Mxd7ka>.

The Pro Walk/Pro Bike tent is a lot bigger in 2012, thanks to Project for Public Spaces, and some new conference partners. (I am sure I lost some sort of bet when we announced that AASHTO would be presenting a keynote at Pro Walk/Pro Bike.) It is our hope that the conference will be a place for you to exchange best practices, learn something new, and to challenge some of your beliefs and assumptions. Keynote speaker Mikael Colville-Anderson is an example of what can happen when we open ourselves up to outside ideas: we gained a powerful new message, and a persuasive new messenger. A new voice that I have been exposed to this year is that of Elly Blue, who will be talking about "Bikenomics" at Pro Walk/Pro Bike, as well as presenting at the National Women's Bicycling Summit. Elly's critique of Cycle Chic promises some interesting dinner conversations in Long Beach: <http://bit.ly/OkEocN>.

Mikael will be appearing at the conference courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists, and will be introduced by Andy Clarke. As part of Project for Public Spaces' ongoing series interviewing transportation leaders, PPS sat down with Andy Clarke to get his thoughts on where the movement came from, where we are going, and how this thing called 'Placemaking' fits in. Read on: <http://bit.ly/OkFHsa>.

Speaking of Placemaking: Fred Kent recently made an appearance on Frank Peters' podcast, cdmCyclist. You can access the interview at <http://bit.ly/OlLOwh> where it is available in a variety of formats. Fred will be giving the opening keynote on Tuesday. Here is a preview:

"We see streets as public spaces; when they're public spaces they're meant to be for everyone. That starts to put into perspective the role that the automobile plays in a space because it's only one of the users…Whenever you see a corner, think of it as a square, because that puts that corner into the public realm, rather than into the traffic realm. You can downsize or right-size or modify the role that the vehicle plays and enhance enormously the pedestrian and bicycle [uses]. Corners are where you start! That's the hardest part, because that's where the traffic engineer controls the outcomes more than any other place."


-> According to a July 23rd League of American Bicyclists news release, "Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief, will keynote the first-ever National Women's Bicycling Summit on September 13, 2012 in Long Beach, California. Speaking about how the bicycle can inspire both personal and cultural revolutions, Day will set the stage for an event aimed at increasing the number of women who ride bikes and empowering female leadership at all levels of the bicycle movement."

"In 2009, women accounted for just 24% of all U.S. bike trips. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the National Women's Bicycling Summit will provide a unique opportunity to network, share best practices and develop action steps to close the gender gap in American bicycling. 'This event will be a powerful opportunity to learn from each other, build a network of female leaders from coast to coast, and work toward a bike future where women don't account for just 24 percent of bike trips, but are equally represented on the streets and in the movement,' said Carolyn Szczepanski, communications director for the League of American Bicyclists."

"The Summit will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, immediately following the Pro Walk Pro Bike conference, from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on September 13. In addition to the keynote address, the Summit will feature six break-out sessions, including media, diversity and car-free families. Speakers will include: Dotsie Bausch (Olympic track cyclist), Elly Blue (writer/speaker, Taking the Lane), Yolanda Davis-Overstreet (Ride in Living Color), Emily Finch (Car-free mother of six), Kristin Gavin (founder, Gearing Up), Mia Kohout ( publisher, Momentum magazine), Allison Mannos (co-founder, Multicultural Communities for Mobility), Ovarian Psychos women's bike brigade, Staff and youth leaders (Recycle-A-Bicycle), and many others..." Register: <http://bit.ly/R5c2Fm>

Contact: Carolyn Szczepanski, League of American Bicyclists <Carolyn@BikeLeague.org>

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-> According to a July 25th "Better! Cities & Towns" blog by Steve Mouzon, "Walk Appeal promises to be a major new tool for understanding and building walkable places, and it explains several things that were heretofore either contradictory or mysterious. It begins with the assertion that the quarter-mile radius (or 5-minute walk,) which has been held up for a century as the distance Americans will walk before driving, is actually a myth..."

"As we all know, if you're at Best Buy and need to pick something up at Old Navy, there's no way you're walking from one store to another. Instead, you get in your car and drive as close as possible to the Old Navy front door… not because you're lazy, but because it's such a terrible walking experience..."

"Like Rome, the world's great cities have streets that are so good that you'll happily walk for miles... Europeans are reputed to walk much further than Americans, and for this reason: their streets have much better Walk Appeal. Put a Parisian accustomed to walking five miles or more per day on a suburban American cul-de-sac, and they wouldn't walk much, either!..."

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-> According to a July 6th National Park Service news release, "Today it will expand bicycle access in parks nationwide while preserving the Service's responsibility to prohibit bikes in wilderness and other areas where they would have significant impact on the environment or visitor safety. 'Bikes are a great way to exercise, get healthy, and experience the great outdoors,' said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis."

"'This new rule gives park superintendents greater flexibility to determine where bikes can be allowed in a park and additional authority to shut areas where cycling is jeopardizing visitors or park resources.' The rule, available online, gives park superintendents the authority to allow bicycles on roads that are closed to the motoring public -- like fire roads and roads used by park maintenance vehicles. Bikes are already allowed on park roads that are open to vehicles."

"This rule moves National Park Service decision making about where bike use is appropriate from a regulatory to a planning process, while retaining rigorous environmental compliance requirements and mandatory public comment on proposals to open existing or new trails to bikes. New trails outside of developed areas will continue to require a park-specific special regulation approved by the director of the National Park Service. The National Park Service will continue to prohibit bicycle use in eligible, study, proposed, recommended, and designated wilderness areas..."

The final rule, 36 CFR 4.30 (http://1.usa.gov/LZhHeb), was published in the Federal Register on July 6 and will go into effect 30 days later.


-> According to a July 31st note, "The revised Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Section 4(f) Policy Paper was published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2012. It is available at (http://1.usa.gov/Mx6PRK) and at (http://bit.ly/PjP477). This guidance applies to the procedures FHWA will follow when approving the use of land from publicly owned public parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and public or private historic sites for Federal highway projects. This guidance advises FHWA offices administering Section 4(f) to ensure the process is administered in a consistent and predictable manner across the country and applies to all NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] classes of action, as appropriate. Bicycle and pedestrian advocates should become familiar with Section 4(f), to understand how Section 4(f) may protect their rights and also to understand how they may benefit from Section 4(f) provisions."

Contact: Christopher Douwes, FHWA's Trails and Enhancements Program Manager <Christopher.Douwes@fhwa.dot.gov>


-> According to a July 31st Press Release, "Safe Routes to School program in Springfield, Mass., submitted the one millionth Safe Routes to School (SRTS) questionnaire from a local SRTS program to the National Center for Safe Routes to School -- representing 1 million pieces of information being used to identify local SRTS issues, build programs and understand what makes a SRTS program succeed."

"The Parent Survey questionnaires (http://bit.ly/Ok0g86) yield information about students' school travel patterns and parents' perceptions of walking and bicycling to school. Local programs at 6,350 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have used these resources to gather and study information about student travel modes. Since 2006, the National Center has helped local SRTS program coordinators collect, enter and analyze their data through a straightforward online Data System. The system, which is free to use, offers communities Parent Surveys in multiple languages as well as user access to their Travel Tally data and summary reports of those data."

Source: http://bit.ly/MXFaMh


-> According to a July 18th One Street news release, "A Ugandan social bike business will benefit from advanced training in bicycle repair and organization development planned for January 2013. One Street (http://bit.ly/Qg0fPI), an international bicycle advocacy organization has raised the minimum funds needed for the training. Leaders of the Uganda-based Ride 4 a Woman (R4W) (http://bit.ly/PjyPHs) first contacted One Street in 2009. In January 2011, One Street's executive director, Sue Knaup, traveled to Uganda to offer R4W hands-on training. During that three week trip, 208 of their 300 women members participated in bicycle repair and riding workshops..."

"R4W's founders launched their organization to overcome the Ugandan taboo against women riding a bicycle or repairing anything. Their mission is to empower women with bicycles. The response from thousands of women, and even men, in their region of southwestern Uganda has been extraordinary. But the demand has outpaced R4W's capacity..."

Details: http://bit.ly/MorreP


-> According to the American Trails July e-Newsletter, "The National Trails Awards are sponsored by American Trails to celebrate the leaders of our national system of trails for their outstanding contributions. This is the opportunity to recognize an outstanding person, project, or organization with America's most prestigious trail awards. A new International Trails category is being introduced this year. Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on April 16 at the 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium in Arizona. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 31, 2012" Nominations: (http://bit.ly/OkTNHg)

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-> According to a July 25th Crosscut article, "'Copenhagenize' isn't a term that crops up in daily conversation. But clumsiness aside, the term is being used worldwide to frame the conversation about improving cities' cycling cultures, following the Danish city's successful model. It's no secret that Copenhagen is widely regarded as a cyclist's utopia. Half of Copenhagen residents commute to school or work by bike, and the city has long shown commitment to improving its bike infrastructure, making cycling an attractive, efficient option for nearly all residents."

"In April, Copenhagen opened its first "cycle superhighway," the first of 26 routes it hopes will encourage commuters to travel to and from the city by bike. Though the existing network of bike paths in Copenhagen is well-maintained, the condition of routes connecting outlying municipalities is inconsistent, making cycling a less viable option for suburban commuters. The routes are designed to resemble automobile freeways, but are tailored to fit cyclists' needs with footrests and innovative traffic lights timed to average cycling speed, reducing the number of stops..."

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Title: "Copenhagen's compelling case for bike superhighways"
Author: Michaela Krauser


-> According to a July 26th Forbes article, "The Wall Street Journal reports that Denver's transit officials are changing the planning around the new light rail stations they'll be building over the next decade. Instead of surrounding each station with a sea of parking, the city is going to 'encourage the development of dense, walkable villages around stations so people don't have to drive to use the system.' My Cato colleague Randal O'Toole doesn't think much of this plan: 'Under RTD's latest 'rethink,' transit will no longer take people from where they are to where they want to go. Instead, planners will try to coerce and entice people to live in places served by rail transit and go where those rail lines go. On one hand, this is far more intrusive on people's lifestyles; on the other hand, it is a far more limited view of the purpose of transit. Instead of 'mobility for those who can't or don't want to drive,' the new purpose is 'mobility for those who are willing to completely rebuild their lifestyles around transit.'"

"Note the implicit assumption here. Personally, I've been living in dense, walkable neighborhoods for most of the last decade. So moving to the kind of neighborhood Denver is trying to build around its transit stops wouldn't require a significant change in my lifestyle. Scrapping parking lots in favor of that style of development only looks coercive if you start with the assumption that a car-oriented suburb is the ideal to which everyone aspires. The Journal is a little vague on exactly which policy levers planners are using to "encourage" walkability, but as near as I can tell the big one is not requiring the construction of parking spaces adjacent to the station. Presumably they're also going to not impose the kind of restrictive single-family zoning that's typical for suburban development, so that developers have the option of building more densely. It's possible the planners are also using other measures, such as subsidies, to entice developers to build nearby, but if so the Journal doesn't say..."

Source: http://onforb.es/OpLlGZ
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Title: "There's Nothing Coercive About Walkable Neighborhoods"
Author: Timothy B. Lee


-> According to a June 23rd New Geography article, "Just because China has 500 million bikes on the road or tucked away in sheds or courtyards does not mean the two-wheeler has a bright future there, especially in its largest cities. Such is the growing indifference to the bike in China that no one seems to mind that the national model is manufactured in Taiwan (or under license on the mainland). With a single gear and heavy steel frame, the Giant is ideal for long rides on flat city streets. At a cost of US $180, it is the bike bargain of the world. Nevertheless, the dream for younger Chinese is a Honda scooter."

"The problem now in Beijing, Xian, and Guangzhou, if not in the country at large, is that increased prosperity is making city bike riding that much more a thing of the past. Wonderful Asian bike cities like Hanoi have already been lost to the noisy scooter and small car. Is Beijing next?..."

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Title: "The Beijing Bicycle: A Requiem"
Author: Matthew Stevenson

Via CDC Healthy Community Design News: http://1.usa.gov/P44D2L



-> According to a July 24th Bike Walk Mississippi announcement, "In 2012, the state of Mississippi was ranked #38 in Bicycle Friendliness by the League of American Bicyclists. And, while our state has taken enormous strides over the years, Bike Walk Mississippi, Mississippi's state-wide bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization believes that we can do even better! Bike Walk Mississippi believes citizens and local communities have both the drive and passions to do their part to transform Mississippi into a healthier, happier and more bicycle friendly state! Because, we know that no matter how often you bicycle, walk or run, a more pedestrian & bicycle friendly state benefits everyone!"

"That's why we are happy to announce that thanks to support from the Foundation for the Mid South and Advocacy Advance, Bike Walk Mississippi is launching the state's first 'Bicycle Friendly Mississippi' campaign! Thanks to this support, Bike Walk Mississippi will spend the next year working one-on-one to better equip city officials and members of your community in how to use the bicycle as an affordable and accessible tool to increase the health, access, connectivity, economic development and quality of life for everyone! Bicycle friendly communities are known thrive economically, to gain and retain residents, increase connectivity and health and work to improve the quality of life for ALL citizens!..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NValIj


-> According to a July 27th Midland Daily News article, "The Michigan State Transportation Commission was in Midland Thursday for a monthly meeting at the Midland Center for the Arts. The commission approved a revised draft of the State Transportation Commission Policy on Complete Streets. The motion was passed with a roll call vote with all of the first, five voters approving the policy. There was no dissent amongst the others. Michigan's Public Act 135 of 2010 required the passing of a Complete Streets policy by Aug. 1. 'We certainly support Complete Streets, the entire commission does,' Transportation Commission Chairman Jerrold M. Jung said."

"The purpose of the act is to 'provide guidance to the Michigan Department of Transportation for the planning, design, construction or reconstruction of roadways or other transportation facilities in a manner that promotes complete streets as defined by the law' for all current and future modes of transportation. A full copy of the Complete Streets motion that was approved can be found online at (http://1.usa.gov/QMDOC2). Before the vote, information presented by MDOT Intermodal Policy Division Administrator Polly Kent showed overwhelming support for the proposal..."

Source: http://bit.ly/OdMC6v
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Title: "Complete Street Policy approved at State Transportation Commission meeting in Midland"
Author: Erich Doerr


-> According to a July 17th Cycle on Hawaii news release, "Cyclovias are open streets events that encourage physical activity in residents who may not normally engage in exercise, thereby promoting healthy living. The first event occurred in Bogota, Columbia, more than 36 years ago and similar events now occur nationwide. On August 26, the start-up organization, Cycle On Hawaii, dba Cyclovia Hawaii, will host Hawaii's first open-streets event, Hele On Kailua, dedicated to promoting self-transportation and sustainability. This event will serve as a template for other communities on Oahu and around Hawaii."

"A variety of supporting activities will be offered to attract a diverse crowd. Engaging activities include a pre-registered 5k run, bicycle education courses, bike rentals, hosted rides, bike repair demonstrations and bicycle obstacle course, and zumba, as well as an assortment of health and wellness information, live music, and much more. The event will also include the Cycle On Runway, a spotlight for local bike clubs and cycling-related businesses to show off their unique bikes and promote themselves. Hele On Kailua will provide fun for participants of all ages!"

Contact: Jeff Ideta <heleonkailua@gmail.com>

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


-> According to a July 25th Fresh Loaf article, "Bicycle projects are usually lumped into the 'other' category -- at least, that's how it used to be, and, we often hear, that's how it's always been. Well, those assumptions no longer hold. The Complete Streets movement is gaining ground in unexpected territory -- metro Atlanta, poster child for sprawl. Last year around this time, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition was pushing for bike projects on the regional transportation sales tax project list. The final regional list approved by the Roundtable sets aside less than 1% of funding for stand-alone bike projects. I'm here to tell you that's a good thing. Bicyclists and the bike-curious have been 'standing alone' for far too long in this region and in this state, and we're tired of it -- we want to roll forward, into the future. So we were thrilled to find good solid bicycle infrastructure hiding under the heading of roadway projects on the region's list that goes to voters July 31."

"The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and other cycling advocates have been working for decades towards acceptance of our position on the road. 'Share the road,' we exhort drivers. 'Same road, same rules,' we tell cyclists over and over. It's time to see those messages to fruition by voting yes on July 31 for the regional transportation sales tax. Opponents will tell you the regional transportation sales tax will lead to more sprawl in Georgia. I disagree when it comes to metro Atlanta; our region's infamous sprawl is the result of a complex array of factors, not just wider streets or more lanes. What just under half the regional projects -- and yes, I'm talking about the roadway projects -- will do is add more pavement. Adding more pavement creates opportunities to add dedicated space for people to opt out of traffic more permanently: bike lanes. And, setting bike lanes aside, most bike crashes don't even involve a car..."

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Title: "A bicycle advocate's argument for the T-SPLOST"
Author: Thomas Wheatley

Ed. note: "T-SPLOST" is Georgia's Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. (http://bit.ly/PNvpkP)


-> According to a July 17th Tribune article, "A section of East Carson Street just barely wide enough for two-way traffic and a parking lane is about to become more spacious, though for travelers on two wheels, not four. The west end of East Carson has evolved into a parking strip along an old stone wall next to the outbound lane, a situation City Planning bike-pedestrian coordinator Stephen Patchan says is unsafe. The city plans to disallow parking along that stretch and designate it a bike lane."

"'There's no sidewalk there,' said Patchan, whose office is coordinating the project. 'If you park there, you must wait by your car for traffic and then jaywalk. It's extremely dangerous. There's tons of traffic.'"

"The new bike lane will complement a bike rental facility already planned for East Carson Street. The lane, which will connect the Smithfield Street Bridge and the Hot Metal Bridge, also has in mind the Great Allegheny Passage, which, when finished, will help connect Pittsburgh and Washington. 'Once it's done, we expect a surge in bikes,' Patchan said. 'We want to get them off the trails and into the retail area.'..."

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Title: "Bike lane to replace several blocks of free parking in Pittsburgh"
Author: Megan Guza


-> According to a July 25th Boston Globe article, "Doug Taylor used to get to work the way most Americans do, driving alone. Then he switched jobs to one of the many Kendall Square companies that offer financial incentives for employees to leave their cars at home. After trying the commuter rail, the 48-year-old Medford resident soon discovered he could pocket even more by biking. Though Taylor had not owned a bicycle since high school, he now pedals 12 miles most days, taking the T occasionally, driving rarely. 'I enjoy the freedom of doing it and the exercise,' said Taylor, associate­director since January of an economic research group at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. 'Between riding the bike and the amount of walking I've done to and from [the T], I've actually lost 12 pounds.'"

"Taylor is part of a set of statistics so surprising it looks like a mistake. Despite the rapid expansion in and around Kendall Square in the last decade -- the neighborhood absorbed a 40 percent increase in commercial and institutional space, adding 4.6 million square feet of development -- automobile traffic actually dropped on major streets, with vehicle counts falling as much as 14 percent. Although more commuters are churning in and out of Kendall each day, many more than ever are going by T, bike, car pool, or foot. 'As someone who has actually lived and worked here all that time, I can tell you, it's true,' said Tim Rowe, founder and chief executive of the Cambridge Innovation Center and president of the Kendall Square Association..."

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Title: "Car-free commuting push pays off in Kendall Square"
Author: Eric Moskowitz


-> According to a July 21st 4-NBC story, "California got its first-ever municipal bike-sharing program on Saturday with the launch of a pilot project in Anaheim. Tustin-based Bike Nation opened up its initial kiosk with 10 bikes that have airless tires that can't go flat and chainless drivetrains that won't leave grease on your pants. The bicycles can be rented for 30 minutes or longer and eventually can be returned post-ride at other Anaheim kiosks that will open in future. Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray, part of the panel that approved the pilot program earlier this year, welcomed Bike Nation, saying it would allow the city's some 20 million annual visitors to pedal between Disneyland, Angel Stadium, the Honda Center and other sites."

"'It's the first Bike Nation [kiosk] in the nation and we are just thrilled," Murray said. 'Bike sharing is not unique in Europe or Asia, but it is unique in the United States. To have the first program in the western U.S. here in Anaheim is just a tremendous opportunity.' The program, approved by the Anaheim City Council in February, is not costing the city any money. Bike Nation is investing its own $1.3 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Anaheim won't be the only large West Coast city to feature municipal bike-sharing for long. Los Angeles is expected to welcome Bike Nation to downtown and other LA locations later this year, with some 4,000 bikes, according to company founder Navin Narang. As with the Anaheim Bike Nation launch, the LA program will be a private investment of $16 million, according to a press release from the company..."

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Title: "California Gets Its First City Bike-Sharing Program in Anaheim"
Author: Melissa Pamer

Via the CalBike Report: http://bit.ly/R4FF9Q



-> According to a July 24th River Falls Journal article, "Healthier Together-St. Croix County is receiving a Transform Wisconsin Impact Grant to promote active communities in St. Croix County. The $160,000 grant will be invested over the next two-and-a-half years in collaborative, multifaceted strategies to help increase physical activity in our communities as we work toward long-term, sustainable change. It's a great opportunity to expand the already popular after school K-6 youth programs offered in many of the school districts last year... and increase community member access to and use of school gym space and grounds for physical activity."

"'What better way to help children, adolescents and adults in St. Croix County realize their goal of healthy weight and increased physical activity,' says Cory McIntyre, Director of Student Services, Hudson School District and Healthier Together steering committee member. 'Implementation of Healthier Together plan goals positively affects students and their families in our district. This grant will impact the county in a significant way.' Bill Roll, Director of Programs for the Somerset School District couldn't agree more, 'We're excited about the opportunities the Transform Wisconsin grant provides and appreciative of the support provided by Healthier Together. We're looking forward to a continued partnership'..."

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Title: "Healthier Together grant for St. Croix County, promotes physical activity"
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-> According to a July 25th Mountain Xpress article, "Some 250 physical education teachers and administrators from across the country will gather at UNC Asheville for a five-day institute designed to help schools use limited resources to improve physical education and obesity prevention programs for grades K-12. The N.C. Center for Health & Wellness at UNC Asheville will host the National PE Institute, July 30-August 3, at the Sherrill Center. 'Typically, there is so much focus on star athletes and the sports they play,' said Artie Kamiya, National PE Institute co-chair. 'At this inaugural event, we want to start a new chapter in the battle against childhood obesity by helping PE teachers activate all of their students with a wider variety of games, sports and exercises that can be continued through life.'"

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Title: "National Physical Education Institute at UNCA to Focus on Obesity Prevention"
Author: Bill Rhodes


-> According to a July 20th Atlantic Cities article, "It's no secret that American cities are trying all kinds of things to encourage bike commuting. Some are building bike lanes even if it means taking space away from cars. Some have authorized bike-share programs. Some are requiring workplaces to designate bicycle parking or, failing that, compelling them to allow bikes inside the building. All of these efforts have resulted in varying degrees of success. But there's a hidden factor in some decisions to ride or not to ride to work -- or, if not quite hidden, at least overlooked by most statistical analyses of bike commuting -- and that's the presence of office showers and changing facilities. In an upcoming issue of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Ralph Buehler of Virginia Tech quantifies just how important these seemingly small amenities can be:"

"Trip-end facilities at work appear to be significant determinants of cycling to work. Compared to individuals without any bicycle facilities at work, commuters with cyclist showers, clothes lockers, and bike parking at work are associated with a 4.86 greater likelihood to commute by bicycle. Individuals with bike parking, but no showers and lockers at the workplace, are associated with 1.78 times greater odds to cycle to work than those without trip-end facilities. For his study, Buehler collected a random sample of residents in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Roughly 5,000 daily commuters -- not all of them bikers; again, this was a full representative sample -- recorded their travel behavior for a single day back in 2007-2008. All told just under 2 percent of respondents rode a bike to work. (Quick caveat: the research predated the Capital Bikeshare program, so ridership rates are certainly lower than they would be today.)..."

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Title: "The Hidden Factor in Bike Commuting: Showers"
Author: Eric Jaffe


-> According to a July 18th "Rust Wire" blog entry, Rick Brown wrote, "I have long felt that bicycle commuting during the evening rush hour was more stressful and perilous than my morning ride. While motorists tend to be more wary in the morning due to the presence of school children and buses, the evening commute tends to feel a bit like a free-for-all, as if all motorists were trying to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at the exact same time. Well…now I have definitive data to back my up my intuition. It turns out that 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m IS the most dangerous time period of the day to be a bicyclist out on the roadways. On April 30, 2012, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) released a detailed and comprehensive report on roadway safety that was prepared by T.Y. Lin International and Western Michigan University (WMU). Entitled, Sharing the Road: Optimizing Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Vehicle Mobility, the report with appendices is several hundred pages long, but contains a wealth of information from the 2005-2010 time period that is useful to bicycling advocates and others. Here are a few juicy tidbits pertaining to bicycling:"

"-- Youth (ages 5-15) involvement in bicycle crashes in Michigan is higher than national statistics...
-- In all other age classifications, Michigan's rate is lower than the national data, except for those 65-74 years old...
-- Men are involved in 81% of all fatal bicycle crashes in Michigan...
-- Bicycle crash locations are nearly evening spilt between intersections and non-intersections (49% to 51%)...
Despite the perceived safety of a signalized intersection, almost half of all fatal and serious injury bicycle accidents (48.9%) took place at signalized intersections...
-- More than half of all fatal/serious injury bicycle accidents took place on two-lane roads (56.6%), followed by five-lane (13.8%); four-lane (12.9%) and three-lane (9.7%)...
-- Together, 25 and 30 mph streets (neighborhood and downtown streets) accounted for 75.5% of all bicycle crashes, but the majority of fatal bicycle crashes took place on streets/roads with a speed limit of 45 mph or greater even though they comprised only 19% of the crashes..."

Source: http://bit.ly/OvC6IK
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Title: "Improving Bicycle Safety in Traffic: Lessons from Michigan"
Author: Rick Brown


-> According to a July 25th Pacific Standard article, "Not so long ago, the term 'cycling studies' would have been seen as puzzling in the United States -- why study what were effectively perceived as toys? But the world has changed -- Britain's queen has just congratulated Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, Los Angeles has wrapped up its third CicLAvia, New York City is launching its massive bike-share system this summer, and Portland is aiming at having 25 percent of trips by bicycle in 2030 -- and universities and think tanks have finally caught up with it. More than 100 academic studies related to cycling have been published this year alone, including new research on the mathematical optimization of bike infrastructure, the health benefits of mass cycling events, and even the precise nature of the 'wobble' that can strike riders at inopportune times. Lees-McRae College in North Carolina even offers a cycling minor."

"In one sense, this is a return to grace for bicycles. Bikes were once at the forefront of culture and technology in the United States -- the Wright brothers used their experience as bicycle manufacturers to create the Wright Flyer, after all -- but after World War II, freedom came with car keys, not a kickstand. Yes, the 'bike boom' put millions of people on bicycles, but for recreation, not for the more utilitarian purposes favored in other countries. But change was in the air, even in gasoline-addled America. Recognition of the environmental costs of driving led to the signing of the Clean Air Act in 1970, which coincided with first modern boom in two-wheel transport. Ten years later, the first waves of gentrification started, bringing higher-income residents to urban centers once left for dead. In the 1990s scientific consensus on climate change was growing as cities began to realize they couldn't build their way out of automotive congestion. Cyclists began to show their strength and numbers..."

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Title: "Bicycle Studies Pick Up Speed in Academia"
Author: Leighton W. Klein


-> "You can't have a prosperous neighborhood where people can engage in social interaction and converse if they have to drive everywhere. If you can accommodate biking and walking, you're much more likely to have social interaction, social equity, and a high performing real estate market -- it all comes together. If you have a walkable environment, people that aren't wealthy and those who are, actually end up in the same proximity. They interact, and it strengthens the culture, the economy, and the outcomes that you get..."
-- John Norquist, Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place keynote speaker & President & CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism

Source: http://bit.ly/R1uJd3


VIDEO: "De producten van HEMA vind je nu ook op hema.nl"

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WEBINAR "Using the Envision Sustainability Rating System for Infrastructure Projects"

Date: August 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Bill Bertera (Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure), Larry Stevens (HR Green, Inc.)

Host: Sustainable City Network

Cost: Free

Contact: Randy Rogers <randy@sCityNetwork.com>

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

WEBINAR "Active, Healthy and Ready to Learn: SRTS and Children's Health"

Date: August 8, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: James Sallis (Active Living Research) & Jason Mendoza (Baylor College of Medicine)

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

Cost: Free

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

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

WEBINAR "Overview of Revised AASHTO Guide for Development of Bicycle Facilities"

Date: August 10, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Jennifer Toole & Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group)

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & Toole Design Group

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/QgAjq7

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 "SRTS In Indian Country Part One: Understanding Program Development Challenges"

Date: August 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Katherine Campbell (U.S. Dept of the Interior) & Michia Casebier (ADOT SRTS)

Host: America Walks & the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Cost: Free

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

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 "AASHTO Bike Guide: Bicycle Planning"

Date: August 22, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Roswell Eldridge & Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group)

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & Toole Design Group

Cost: Free

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

WEBINAR "AASHTO Bike Guide: Road Facilities Part 1: Bike Lanes"

Date: September 4, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: William Schultheiss & Nick Jackson (Toole Design Group)

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & Toole Design Group

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/MZsRx7

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 "The Third Mode: Connecting Greenways, Trails and Active Mobility"

Date: September 12, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Jeff Olson (Alta Planning + Design), Andy Clarke (League of American Bicyclists) and Bob Searns (American Trails)

Host: American Trails

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/N9yzLn

WEBINAR "AASHTO Bike Guide: On-Road Facilities Part 2: Shared Lanes, Paved Shoulders, Bicycle Boulevards and Traffic Signals"

Date: September 18, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: William Schultheiss & Christina Fink (Toole Design Group)

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & Toole Design Group

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/QgIJO5

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 "AASHTO Bike Guide: Off Road Facilities: Shared Use Path Design"

Date: October, 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Eric Mongelli & Tom Huber (Toole Design Group)

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & Toole Design Group

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/R4kS68

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

WEBINAR "AASHTO Bike Guide: Off Road Facilities: Shared Use Path - Roadway Intersection Design"

Date: October 23, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Eric Mongelli & William Schultheiss (Toole Design Group)

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & Toole Design Group

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/MZxk2R

WEBINAR "AASHTO Bike Guide: Maintenance and Operations"

Date: November 6, 2012

Presenters: Tom Huber & Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group)

Host: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & Toole Design Group

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/PlwmN0


Austroads Research report by Gardner (Australian Bicycle Council), Eady & Daff (Sinclair Knight Merz); Austroads Project No. NS1525; Austroads Publication No. AP-R410-12; ISBN; 978-1-921991-37-0. July 2012 (free registration, link to 66K pdf)

"...to Stop-Controlled Intersections in Rural Areas Summary Report;" by Srinivasan, Baek & Forrest (North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center); for FHWA; FHWA-HRT-12-047. May, 2012 (general info & link to 814KB pdf)

"...Stations;" report by the Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Railroad Safety. April 2012 (2.5MB pdf)
Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://bit.ly/M1Ai9z

"...Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon;" Article by Kay Fitzpatrick (Texas Transportation Institute); TRB News 280. May-June 2012 (general info & link to 2.1MB pdf)

"...Transforming the Way we Build, Manage, and Maintain our Nation's Transit Systems;" online resource on the new U.S transportation law; by the Federal Transit Administration. 2012 (Numerous pdfs, etc)


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


-> 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 13, 2013, National Women's Cycling Summit, Long Beach, CA.

-> 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 7 - 8, 2012, International Cycling Safety Conference, Helmond. The Netherlands.

-> 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

-> January 13 - 17, 2013, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

-> February 7 - 9, 2013, New Partners for Smart Growth, Kansas City, MO.

-> 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!

-> BOARD OF DIRECTORS -- Call for Members -- America Walks

America Walks is looking for new board members who are energetic and willing to promote walking for transportation and recreation and work to create walkable communities. Application deadline is August 24, 2012, 5:00 pm PDT.

A limited number of Board seats are open beginning January 1, 2013. Terms are two years with no term limits. Responsibilities include attending an annual face-to-face Board Retreat, participating in bi-monthly Board meetings by phone, serving on at least one Board committee, taking an active role in the national walking and active transportation movement, and making an annual financial contribution.

America Walks is a national resource which fosters walkable communities by engaging, educating, and connecting walking advocates. Whether your support for walking is based on the health benefits, environmental or economic sustainability, a desire for increased social equity, or any other reason, then you are encouraged to apply for Board membership.

E-mail your application to nominating@americawalks.org. If you have any questions, contact us at nominating@americawalks.org and a member of the Nominating Committee will respond.

Application deadline is August 24, 2012, 5:00 pm PDT.


MetroBike, LLC is an internationally known bike-sharing consultancy and the first of its kind in North America. Established in 2004, MetroBike has a client list which includes local and federal governments, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and universities.

MetroBike is looking to hire a full-time Bicycle Planner position for its Washington, D.C. office. Individuals with bike-sharing, bicycle transportation planning, and/or car-sharing experience are encouraged to apply.

-- College degree in planning, engineering, transportation, or related field required; advanced degree a plus;
-- 3-5 years experience;
-- Excellent communication and organizational skills;
-- Strong analytical and problem solving skills; and
-- GIS, graphical editing, and CAD skills are a plus.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

For more info, go to http://bit.ly/OJl1Xf


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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