#311 Wednesday, August 15, 2012


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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012: Pro Place -- Conference News
----- Navigating Map21 -- The Route to Federal Funding for Your Community
----- Ask Your Governor to Keep Funding the Recreational Trails Program
----- What's Health Got to Do With It? A Primer for Planning Commissioners
----- National Bike Challenge Reaches 10 Million Miles
----- Making City Biking Less Scary
----- More People Walk to Better Health
----- Washington Post Blames "Distracted Walking" for Deaths
----- What the Environment & Mobility Mean for Fastest-Growing Demographic
----- Performance Bicycle® 'Better Bicycling Community' Grants Winners
----- Adventure Cycling Assn. on 2012 America's "Best Places To Work List"
----- $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel
----- Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser
----- Greece Debt Crisis Spurs Surge in Bicycle Use Over Cars

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- Traverse City Area (MI) Trail Receives $1.62M Grant
----- Pedal Minnesota: Tune-up Shelters, Mobile Apps & More
----- Charlotte (NC) Center City to Host State's First Bike-Sharing Program
----- Fargo (ND) Council Approves Bike Lane Plans
----- Seattle's Sound Transit Approves $5 Million for Northgate Ped Bridge

----- Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults -- United States, 2005 and 2010
----- Importance of Walking: Decrease Pain, Increase Strength & Balance
----- Baton Rouge Researchers Say New Obesity Stats Not Unexpected

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by Mark Plotz

-> Twenty-six days to go until the 17th Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference opens in Long Beach, September 10 - 13. The full conference program is now online http://bit.ly/PXqWYg (397 KB pdf) and you can browse panel sessions and poster presentations by day. The big conference news: we have been approved for 120 AICP CM credits. We are also working on approval for AIA credits -- stay tuned!

Other items of interest:

  • We have entered our Late Conference Registration period. Recognizing that the world is run by procrastinators and 'C' students -- contrary to whatever your teachers and your mom told you -- we are still offering discounts for groups and members of ITE, APBP, CNU, and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Register here http://bit.ly/xXgelQ.
  • Mobile workshop registration is coming soon! Here is a preview: morning fitness walks and rides led by America Walks and Charlie Gandy (respectively); Walk/Place audit led by Dan Burden and Fred Kent; Creative Community Engagement for Walking and Biking led by James Rojas; Cycling Road Safety Audit led by Dick Schaffer (FHWA); Improving Bicycle and Pedestrian Access to Transit led by City of Long Beach; Public/Private Investment in Pedestrian and Bike Friendly Business Districts led by Studio 111; Economic Gardening in Long Beach led by Charlie Gandy; and more. Mobile workshops will start on Monday, September 10.
  • If you are arriving in Long Beach early, staying late, or you're playing hooky during the conference, you will want to check out the "Where to Bike Long Beach" app which is available via iTunes http://bit.ly/NksPQe. Note: the "Where to Ride Los Angeles" app is also available for those of you passing through that city.

Conference Keynotes and Featured Presenters

  • Dr. Suja Lowenthal (keynote). First elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2006, Dr. Lowenthal was mistaken for an easy mark by local bike advocates who wanted a resolution declaring the city the most bike friendly in the United States. Rather than agreeing and reaping the PR benefits, she challenged advocates and the City to develop policies that actually would get Long Beach to live up to is aspirations. Dr. Lowenthal will be a keynote at Pro Walk/Pro Bike and is an ardent supporter of Women on Bikes SoCal. Read the Streetsblog Los Angeles profile of one of the pivotal figures in Long Beach's transformation http://bit.ly/QAHSEJ.
  • John Norquist (keynote) continues our theme of transformational figures at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012. From John's former job as Mayor of Milwaukee he provides proof that sidewalks, bikeways, and livability need not be the first casualties of a limited municipal budget, but ought to be a first resort for any city wanting to remain vital and do more with less. At Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012 the urbanists and the advocates will connect; John is looking forward to the meeting: 'The bicyclists are the ones who often bring pressure for change in transportation the more they take over the more the good things happen.' More from John: http://bit.ly/NkjCr4.
  • Gary Toth (presenter), who spent 34 years as an engineer at a state DOT (he's a good guy -- really), will present the Project for Public Spaces' program for rethinking streets as public spaces. Later, Gary will team up with Barbara McCann for a fun discussion/debate on how far reaching Complete Streets should/ought to be: "Complete Streets and Placemaking: Going Too Far, or Not Far Enough?" Note: Barbara will also serve as one of our experts during our Peer Problem Solving sessions. Ready your complete streets policy and implementation questions for Barbara, one of many experts you will have access to through our Peer Problem Solving sessions.

Finally, we have secured additional hotel rooms in Long Beach for conference attendees. Reservation information is available on our website: http://www.pps.org/pwpb2012/travel/


-> According to a recent Advocacy Advance news release, "On July 6, 2012 President Obama signed the new federal transportation law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This new law means new challenges and opportunities for bicycling and walking projects. We are not going to let 20 years of progress in biking and walking come to a halt! It's true that the new federal transportation bill... has slashed guaranteed funding for biking and walking. But Advocacy Advance, working with our partner organizations in the America Bikes Coalition, is committed to ensuring that states and local governments use every opportunity in the new law to increase the safety and convenience of biking and walking. Together, we can maximize biking and walking investments -- both under MAP-21's new Transportation Alternatives program and the larger core transportation and safety funds..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Osyb00

[Ed. Note: America Bikes, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and Advocacy Advance will convene two panel sessions on MAP-21 at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012.]


-> According to a recent IMBA alert, "The Recreational Trails Program is still at risk of elimination at the state level. Despite Congress deciding to protect RTP at federal level for two more years, the latest transportation bill -- known as MAP-21 -- allows state governors to opt out of the program if they notify the U.S. Secretary of Transportation of their decision no later than 30 days before the funds are apportioned. This year's opt-out deadline is Sept. 1."

"On behalf of the Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT), IMBA is leading the development of a campaign intended to persuade state governors to continue funding RTP. The coalition has prepared a letter (hosted by IMBA) to be sent to each governor. All recreation-oriented organizations (not individuals) that support RTP -- including equestrian, motorized recreation, hiking, trail running, climbing, snow sports and biking groups -- are asked to sign on and reach out to other trail based recreation groups and related interests..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PHJ1cV

Via American Trails: http://bit.ly/OYSheq


-> The July 2012 Nelson\Nygaard News announces staff co-authored an article to be published in the next issue of APA's Planning Commissioner "...on new data sources and performance tools for planning officials who want to integrate public health into their communities' planning decisions. Also highlighted are success stories from a number of communities of all sizes that have prioritized "healthy planning." The article is available now on the Nelson\Nygaard website: http://bit.ly/P8pnv8 (Download 1.3 MB .pdf).


-> According to an Aug. 9th League of American Bicyclists' news release, "With her polka-dot pinwheel spinning in the wind, Amy Schiebel propelled the National Bike Challenge past 10 million miles this morning. Riding three miles to work on her Electra cruiser, the Denver resident logged the trip that pushed the national initiative past its goal -- three weeks before the end of the online competition. Running through August 31, the National Bike Challenge is a nationwide initiative to inspire and empower millions of Americans to ride their bikes for transportation, recreation and better health. Since the kick-off in May, the friendly, online competition (sponsored by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, League of American Bicyclists, Endomondo and Bikes Belong) has engaged nearly 30,000 bicyclists from communities nationwide to log their miles, connect with fellow riders and compete for great prizes..."

"Thus far participants from all 50 states have collectively burned more than 250 million calories. More than 300 riders have won prizes in the monthly drawings, including new bikes from Trek and Specialized, and countless new friendships have developed on the social networks provided by the Challenge..."

Source: http://bit.ly/O7nSvn


-> According to an Aug. 10th Place Matters article, "City streets can be scary places, especially when you're on a bike and everyone else is rushing past you in cars. Our streets can also be deadly places: in 2010, 618 U.S. cyclists were killed on roads. Fully one-third of bike fatalities happen within intersections. The prospect of getting smashed into the asphalt keeps all but the most fearless cyclists off of many city streets. Scary streets mean a less bikeable city."

"'Nobody wants to ride their bike in the left lane of a six-lane road with 40-mile-an-hour traffic. It's crazy,' says Peter Furth. He's a civil and environmental engineering professor at Northeastern University and co-author of a new report out from the Mineta Transportation Institute that looks at how varying levels of 'traffic stress' on different city streets can limit where people are willing to ride."

"Furth and his colleagues mapped out the different levels of stress on the streets of San Jose, California, and they find that while many streets are calm enough for most riders, they're sliced up by streets with high levels of stress. High-stress streets are measured as those with high speed limits, limited or non-existent bike lanes and signage, and large distances to cross at intersections..."

Source: http://bit.ly/MXFFIH
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Title: "Making City Biking Less Scary"
Author: Nate Berg

[Ed. Note: Peter Furth will present his study's findings at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012.]


-> According to the CDC August 2012 issue of Vital Signs, "More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. The percentage of people who report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week rose from 56% (2005) to 62% (2010)"

"Less than half of all adults get the recommended amount of physical activity...

  • Women and older adults are not as likely to get the recommended level of weekly physical activity...
  • Walkable communities result in more physical activity."

"More people are walking, but just how many depends on where they live, their health, and their age.

  • The West and Northeast regions have the highest percentage of adults who walk in the country, but the South showed the largest percent increase of adults who walk compared to the other regions.
  • More adults with arthritis or high blood pressure are now walking, but not those with type 2 diabetes.
  • Walking increased among adults 65 or older, but less than in other age groups."

"People need safe, convenient places to walk.

  • People are more likely to walk and move about more when they feel protected from traffic and safe from crime and hazards.
  • Maintaining surfaces can keep people who walk from falling and getting hurt. This also helps wheelchairs and strollers and is safer for people with poor vision.
  • People need to know where places to walk in their communities exist that are safe and convenient.
  • Walking routes in and near neighborhoods encourage people to walk to stops for buses, trains, and trolleys..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/O06348
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Title: "More People Walk to Better Health"

Via America Walks: http://bit.ly/No4Wrx


-> According to an Aug. 14th DC.StreetsBlog entry, "Pedestrian deaths are up. That's the news from a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Almost 4,300 pedestrians were killed in 2010 -- the most recent year for which data is available. That represents a four percent increase -- the first in five years. What's going on here? Well, no one knows. As DC.StreetsBlog's Tanya Snyder pointed out last week (http://bit.ly/NnYLaH), NHTSA did not present data that explains underlying causes. But that hasn't stopped some press outlets from rushing to blame the victim. See: August 9th's editorial by the Washington Post, "Pedestrian Deaths Show Need to Curb Distracted Walking." (http://wapo.st/REesev)

"Network blog Wash Cycle says the paper should know better. 'But they aren't going to let a complete lack of understanding for the cause of a phenomenon stop them from proposing a change in law to counteract it. About the best they have is a study showing that over 1,000 people were estimated to have been injured while walking and using a cellphone or some other electronic device. This is not to say that distracted walking isn't an issue. I don't know if it is or isn't...But it is odd that after an uptick in pedestrian fatalities -- almost all of which involve cars, the Post immediately turns its glare onto the victims...' (http://bit.ly/N1dgLK)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NyuAd5
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Title: "WaPo Blames "Distracted Walking" for Unexplained Rise in Deaths"
Author: Angie Schmitt


-> According to an August 14th Project for Public Spaces blog by Mina Keyes, "Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor of the Environmental Protection Agency's Aging Initiative, spoke with us recently about the connections between the environment, our aging population, and the importance of creating walkable communities. She shared with us what she thinks those interested in the environment and aging in place will gain from attending Pro Walk/Pro BikeŽ: Pro Place 2012 and emphasized that while there has been much success in making rural and urban communities more accessible to persons of all abilities and older adults, "there's definitely room" for more progress..."

"The main concerns have to do with complete streets, traffic calming, and connectivity. Issues the aging population faces often have to do with sensory loss. Making sure that there is adequate time to cross intersections, good lighting for visibility and safety at night, and having connected sidewalks for those who use canes or wheelchairs are some of the key things that communities can provide. In rural communities, having a town center is extremely important: a place where many different tasks can be accomplished in one area, like shopping for groceries, visiting the pharmacy, socializing with friends, and accessing day care facilities for those who care for grandchildren..."

Source: http://bit.ly/QyQiwr
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Title: "What the Environment & Mobility Mean for the Nation's Fastest-Growing Demographic"
Author: Mina Keyes


-> According to an Aug. 1st news release, Performance Bicycle®, the nation's largest independent cycling retailer, is proud to announce the winners of its $30,000 in 'Better Bicycling Community' grants. Ten community organizations from across America were chosen to receive a $3,000 grant to support local efforts in making cycling more accessible. From rejuvenating a mountain bike trail to raising support for better bike lane infrastructure, each grant will address a critical local cycling need. The grants will be administered in collaboration with the Alliance for Biking & Walking..."

"The ten organizations that will receive a Better Bicycling Community grant are spread across the country. Each will involve the community and will work with their local Performance store to achieve their grant goals..."

"The funded campaigns are:

  • Bike Austin (Austin, TX)
  • Bike Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
  • Bike Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Carrboro Bicycle Coalition (NC)
  • Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation (Seattle, WA)
  • Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization (Westerville, Ohio)
  • Community Bikes (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Charlottesville Open Streets East (Oakland, CA)
  • Living Streets Alliance (Tucson, AZ)
  • Santa Monica Spoke (Santa Monica, CA)"

Source: http://bit.ly/OgBbJU


-> According to an Aug. 2nd news release, "Adventure Cycling Association today was named to Outside Magazine's fifth annual 'Best Places to Work' list. Adventure Cycling was ranked No. 89 out of 100 selected companies. Profiles of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine."

"Outside's 'Best Places to Work' project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs..."

This full list is at: http://bit.ly/OgJw08

Source: http://bit.ly/PnexyL


-> According to an Aug. 2nd GOOD Business article, "The last time you purchased something made entirely from cardboard, chances are it was a box to pack up your belongings. While the sturdy material is perfect for moving your stuff, an inventor from Israel has figured out a way to make cardboard move you. Using nine dollars worth of materials, bicycle enthusiast Izhar Gafni has created a fully functioning, water-resistant bicycle, made, from seat to spokes, entirely of recycled cardboard. The technology makes the environmentalist's choice mode of transportation even a bit greener and easier on the wallet."

"The all cardboard bike is shockingly durable: it can carry riders who weigh up to 485 pounds. A layer of coating atop the cardboard shields the bike from the elements and gives the finished product the look and feel of lightweight plastic. While the cost to make the bicycle ranges from nine to twelve dollars, the manufacturer expects to sell the vehicle for sixty to ninety dollars depending on the optional addition of an electric motor. 'It's going to be a game-changer in the bike world,' says Giora Kariv, an Israeli artist and a longtime friend of Gafni's who made a documentary about the project. 'Like Henry Ford who made the car available to anybody, this bike is going to be cheap and available to any child in the world, including children in Africa who walk dozens of miles to school everyday.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/RM44zU
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Title: "Cycle on the Recycled: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel"
Author: Julie Ma


-> According to a July 18th Institute for Local Self-Reliance blog entry, "When policymakers debate anything having to do with economic development -- approving a new big-box store, say, or handing out tax breaks to large companies -- most don't imagine that the decision will have any effect on such things as voter turnout or the prevalence of chronic disease. But a growing body of research is finding that scale and ownership of business matter in ways that extend far beyond economic outcomes."

"A study (http://bit.ly/RdsG70) recently published in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, for example, found that people who live in communities where small, locally owned businesses are the norm are healthier than those who live in places where large corporations predominate. 'We find that counties with a vibrant small-business sector have lower rates of mortality and a lower prevalence of obesity and diabetes,' conclude the study's authors, Troy Blanchard, Charles Tolbert, and Carson Mencken. They surmise that a high degree of local ownership improves a community's 'collective efficacy' -- the capacity of its residents to act together for mutual benefit, to solve problems, and to further local goals..."

Source: http://bit.ly/R0iAUV
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Title: "Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser"
Author: Stacy Mitchell

Via Placemaking News: http://bit.ly/QytpsT


-> According to an Aug. 8th Reuters article, "Greece's dire economic plight has forced thousands of businesses to close, thrown one in five out of work and eroded the living standards of millions. But for bicycle-maker Giorgos Vogiatzis, it's not all bad news. The crisis has put cash-strapped Greeks on their bikes -- once snubbed as a sign of poverty or just plain risky -- and Greek manufacturers are shifting into fast gear. The high cost of road tax, fuel and repairs is forcing Greeks to ditch their cars in huge numbers. According to the government's statistics office, the number of cars on Greek roads declined by more than 40 percent in each of the last two years. Meanwhile, more than 200,000 bikes were sold in 2011, up about a quarter from the previous year."

"Shops selling bicycles, and equipment ranging from helmets to knee pads, are spreading fast across the capital, popping up even between souvenir shops on the cobbled pedestrian streets of the touristy Plaka district. 'They're sprouting up like mushrooms,' said Vogiatzis, 'There's no more money for luxuries and that helps.'..."

Source: http://huff.to/Qn9L2R
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Title: "Greece Debt Crisis Spurs Surge In Bicycle Use Over Cars"
Author: Karolina Tagaris



-> According to an Aug. 6th Glen Arbor Sun article, "... the Federal Department of Transportation 2012 Public Lands Highway Discretionary (PLHD) program has awarded $1.62 million for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (SBHT to construct 3.17 miles of the trail... The SBHT will be a hard-surfaced, multi-use trail paralleling state highways M-22 and M-109 for 27 miles through the National Lakeshore. It will provide a safe, non-motorized, multi-use transportation alternative connecting the National Lakeshore's main visitor destinations with the neighboring communities of Glen Arbor and Empire..."

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Title: "Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Receives $1.62 Million"
Author: Staff


-> According to a July Co.Design article, "Cyclists in New York (and pretty much every other state) are used to struggling for the attention of lawmakers. Not so in Minnesota, a state that's actively courting cyclists -- most recently, through Pedal Minnesota (http://bit.ly/TAaJNx), a new campaign aimed at making it easier for locals and tourists to get around by bike. Minnesota has a reputation for being a particularly easy place to ride a bike, full of famously hardy winter commuters. The state generates over $1 billion in bike-related revenue, more than hunting and snowmobiling combined, says Eric Husband, creative director at Colle+McVoy, the Minneapolis ad agency behind Pedal Minnesota."

"A coalition of eight public partners (including the Minnesota DOT, DOH, and several tourism boards) approached the agency about designing an identity and web platform for the alliance last year. Husband describes the design process as miraculously smooth. 'You'd think with so many partners, it would be hard to reach consensus,' he says over email. 'But a shared passion for biking led the way.'..."

"Colle+McVoy took pains to design a mobile-friendly website, which includes smartphone accessible maps of the state's routes. (http://bit.ly/PlAIJ7) "By using responsive design, the site can be completely utilized by bikers on the go," explains Husband. A website of neatly organized resources, like advice on commuting with kids and a searchable calendar of events and group rides, completes the web presence..."

Source: http://bit.ly/MX9xT2
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Title: "Tune-up shelters, mobile apps, and a heart-shaped logo: Welcome to the bike-friendly state"
Author: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan


-> According to a Aug. 10th Observer article, "People who want to ride a bike to work in Charlotte, or just run a quick errand, will soon be able to rent a cycle from one of 20 stations in and around uptown. Charlotte Center City Partners is expected to formally unveil Charlotte B-Cycle, which they say is the state's first bike-sharing program, at an event Thursday. The first stations have been installed uptown at Trade and Tryon streets and outside 7th Street Public Market. After a free trial run through Sunday, the effort will formally debut in late July or early August. Under the program, 200 bicycles will be available to rent at stations clustered mostly uptown and in SouthEnd. Adults can buy either a daily or year-long membership, and the first 30 minutes of every ride are free. After that, it costs $4 per half-hour. Multiple rentals are allowed each day, and bikes can be returned to any of the 20 stations."

"The program, which will cost about $300,000 to $400,000 annually to operate, is privately funded, with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina signing on as the primary sponsor. Carolinas HealthCare System and Verizon also have signed on as sponsors. The city and county worked on the initial planning for the initiative... Charlotte joins a dozen other cities that are part of the Wisconsin-based B-Cycle network..."

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Title: "Center city to host state's first bike-sharing program"
Author: April Bethea


-> According to an Aug. 6th InForUm article, "City commissioners have approved plans to add on-street bike lanes on several downtown-area roadways, putting an end to a six-month debate over the issue. Based on recommendations from city traffic engineer Jeremy Gorden, Fargo officials plan to add:"

  • "Shared lane markings on First Avenue South between 10th Street and University Drive.
  • Bike lanes on both sides of Fourth Avenue North between Roberts Street and University Drive.
  • A buffered bike lane on the left side of 10th Street between Fourth and 17th avenues north.
  • A buffered bike lane on the left side of University Drive between Fourth and 19th avenues north."

"After a half-hour discussion Monday night, commissioners approved the recommendations by a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Dennis Walaker dissenting. 'There seems to be an extreme disconnect between the bikers and the drivers in our community,' Mayor Dennis Walaker said, adding that he received many emails from residents who weighed in on the topic. 'Moving forward at this rate seems to be a bit hasty.' The rest of the commission recognized Walaker's concerns but supported the recommendations, coupled with continued efforts to educate residents about bicyclists' roadway rights..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ObUR4o
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Title: "With Walaker opposed, Fargo OKs bike lanes"
Author: Kristen Daum


-> According to a June 28th Seattle PI article, "Sound Transit's governing board voted Thursday to spend up to $10 million on improving access for bicyclists and pedestrians to a future light rail station outside Northgate Mall. The plan would include $5 million for a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 5 between the station and the North Seattle Community College campus. The city of Seattle has agreed to match up to $5 million on the bridge, and $5 million more for improvements around the station. It's a compromise proposed by Sound Transit board member and Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin after outcry by the Cascade Bicycle Club and other groups over Sound Transit's plan to build a new parking garage outside the station."

"Several groups complained that paying for a big garage, estimated to cost about $20 million, would waste a chance to transform an auto-centric neighborhood around the nation's first shopping mall into 'a more walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented community.' The parking garage would serve park-and-ride customers who will lose spots after construction begins on the station. Of the 5,000 riders who now catch the bus there every day, about 1,500 use the park-and-ride. Once trains are running to Northgate, the station is expected to serve 15,000 boardings per day by 2030..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PHCCyh
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Title: "Sound Transit approves $5 million for Northgate pedestrian bridge"
Author: Scott Gutierrez

Via Footprints: http://bit.ly/QiJCCp



-> According to the Centers for Disease Control's August 10th Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, "Physical activity has numerous health benefits, including improving weight management...CDC used data from the 2005 and 2010 National Health Interview Surveys to assess changes in prevalence of walking... by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, education, body mass index category, walking assistance status, region, and physician-diagnosed chronic disease..."

"Overall, walking prevalence increased significantly from 55.7% in 2005 to 62.0% in 2010. Significantly higher walking prevalence was observed in most demographic and health characteristic categories examined..."

"To sustain increases in the prevalence of walking, communities can implement evidence-based strategies such as creating or enhancing access to places for physical activity, or using design and land use policies and practices that emphasize mixed-use communities and pedestrian-friendly streets. The impact of these strategies on both walking and physical activity should be monitored systematically at the national, state, and local levels. Public health efforts to promote walking as a way to meet physical activity guidelines can help improve the health of U.S. residents..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/RxaiU9
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Title: "Vital Signs: Walking Among Adults -- United States, 2005 and 2010"
Reported by: David Berrigan, et al

Via American Walks: http://bit.ly/No4Wrx


-> According to an Aug. 13th EmpowHer article, "My grandmother lived to the youthful age of 101 years old. Many of my relatives believe her lengthy lifespan was a result of her walking miles daily. Another acquaintance of mine in Chicago remarked how his senior citizen father regularly walks the neighborhood during the rain, sleet and snow. He remarked, "For 87, my dad is in amazing physical shape and all he does is walk regularly."

"A recent report confirmed the importance of walking. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 'more adults, including people with arthritis, were walking in 2010 than there were five years earlier.' In an earlier study published online in the Arthritis Care and Research publication stated 'the Arthritis Foundation's six week walking program can help you walk your way to less disability, reduced arthritis pain and increased balance and strength.'..."

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Title: "Importance of Walking: Decrease Pain, Increase Strength and Balance"
Author: MC Kelby


-> According to an Aug. 14th WAFB TV story, "Obesity has been linked to cancer, heart attacks and stroke. So, it's naturally a concern when new maps show Louisiana is among the 12 states where at least 30 percent of adults are dangerously overweight. Ten of the most obese states are in the South. Pennington researcher, Peter Katzmarzyk, Ph.D. said 'Some people call it the stroke belt, the diabetes belt, the inactivity belt.' While obesity is most prevalent in the South, it's a nationwide problem experts have been sounding the alarm about for years now. In states like Louisiana, there's been little or no change."

"Katzmarzyk isn't surprised. He says, 'It's like smoking. Smoking took years and years to tackle.' It's taken a little over 50 years, but the number of people who smoke in the U.S. has dropped below 20%. Yet experts say turning the tide on obesity will require the same kind of shift in attitudes. Only this shift will involve food choices and physical activity. While Katzmarzyc says it may take 25 years or longer to see the kind success stop smoking groups have had, he's not disheartened. He already sees evidence of a change. 'Even now you go into a restaurant sometimes and you think I'm going to order the fried catfish. Your friends may look at your kind of funny and oh Phil you should get something baked.'..."

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Title: "Baton Rouge researchers say new obesity stats not unexpected"
Author: Phil Rainier


-> "Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast."
-- Thomas Jefferson


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WEBINAR "Pedestrian Safety Initiatives in New York City"

Date: August 16, 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 "SRTS In Indian Country Part One: Understanding Program Development Challenges"

Date: August 16, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 pm EDT

Presenters: Matthew Roe and Rob Viola, NYC Dept. of Transportation

Host: Federal Highway Administration and Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Cost: Free

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

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

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Katherine Campbell (U.S. Department of the Interior) & Michia Casebier (M.G. Tech Writing LLC)

Host: National Center for Safe Routes to School

Cost: Free

Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>

Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/Pa9nJL

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, and Crystal Myslajek, (Hennepin County, MN) 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 "Navigating MAP-21: The Safe Routes to School Edition"

Date: August 27, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenters: Margo Pedroso & Robert Ping (the Safe Routes to School National Partnership)

Host: The League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Bicycling and Walking & the Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cost: Free

Details & registration: http://bit.ly/Nsd6h9

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


"...Your Community;" report by MassBike (the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition). 2012 (1.2MB pdf).

report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. July 2012 (online report). (5.5 MB pdf)

"...for Shared Bicycle/Bus Lanes;" report by Hillsman, Hendricks, Fiebe, Volinski, Winters; for the Florida DOT Research Center, Contract No. BDK85 977-32. July 7, 2012 (5.5MB pdf).

"...Yakima County, Washington: Rev It Up!;" article by Johannsen, Faubion, Brown, Bindler & Miller; Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:110243. 2008.

Via Preventing Chronic Disease: http://1.usa.gov/PlEgep

report by Mekuria, Furth & Nixon; MTI Report 11-19, Mineta Transportation Institute. May 2012 (6.4MB pdf).

report by Fyhri, Bjornskau & Backer-Grondahl (Institute of Transport Economics, Norway); Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, vol. 15, issue 5. September 2012 (abstract & link to online view or pdf ($)).

"...Live Matters;" report by Spiller & Stephens (Resources for the Future.); RFF DP 12-30. July 2012 (general info & link to 1.2MB pdf).

report by Datta, Gates & Savolainen (Wayne State University Transportation Research Group); for the Michigan DOT. June 26, 2012 (general info & links to 4 related pdfs ).

report by the NHTSA National Center for Statistics and Analysis; DOT HS 811 641. July 2012 (general info & link to 721KB pdf).

"...Environments Synthesis of Highway Practice;" report by Walsh (Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc.); NCHRP Synthesis 436; National Cooperative Highway Research Program. 2012 (general info & link to 1.0MB pdf).

report by Michael Miller (Sound Transit); FTA Report No. 0012; Federal Transit Administration. January 2012 (8.8MB pdf).

Via CMAP Weekly Update: http://bit.ly/QXUufz

"...Cross-Sectional Findings from the Quebec Adipose and Lifestyle Investigation in Youth Study;" article by Pabayo, Barnett, Datta, Lambert, O'Loughlin & Kawachi; American Journal of Public Health: , Vol. 102, No. 9, pp. e30-e37. September 2012 (abstract & link to full article ($)).

article by Elizabeth Hurst (Momentum Magazine, Outdoor Informer & Society for Neuroscience; published Rail-Trail eNews. Fall 2012. (1.13MB pdf).

Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 2012 (2.1MB pdf)

Via America Walks: http://bit.ly/No4Wrw


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: September 1, 2012


-> 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 14-15, 2012, Project for Public Spaces, "How to Turn a Place Around," 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 24-26, 2012, The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Conference, "Designing Cities: Leading the Way to World-Class Streets," New York City, NY. http://bit.ly/NoKqe0

-> October 27-31, 2012, 2012 Annual APHA Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA. Info: http://bit.ly/A55hmX

-> November 1-2, 2012, 2012, Project for Public Spaces, "How to Turn a Place Around," New York City, NY. http://bit.ly/gOalGM

-> 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 7-9, 2012, Project for Public Spaces, "Placemaking: Making it Happen," New York City, NY.

-> 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.

-> March 10-13, 2013, Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress, Gold Coast, Australia. Host: arinex pty limited, e-mail: <apcc2013@arinex.com.au>.

-> 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!


Salary: $60,213.51 - $96,750.90 Annually

Job type: full-time

Department: Transportation & Environmental Services

Duties: Designs bicycle and pedestrian projects; requests, directs and reviews survey information; recommends materials and construction methods; develops cost estimates; designs traffic calming and bicycle and pedestrian projects, including traffic analysis and drainage design; updates maps and data layers within the GIS;...

Minimum & Additional Requirements: 4-Year College Degree from an accredited college or university in Regional or Urban Planning, or a closely-related field such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Geography, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Physical Sciences, Historic Preservation or Environmental Studies; five years of relevant planning experience or two years and a Master's Degree; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Details: http://bit.ly/TkVrfp


Puget Sound Bike Share is a non-profit 501(c)3 status pending organization in the Seattle metropolitan area responsible for bringing bike share to the Puget Sound region. The organization seeks a highly motivated Executive Director to provide leadership for the fundraising, planning and implementation of tasks necessary to launch the bike share system in 2014.

Candidates should possess at minimum:
-- Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Communications, Marketing, or related field; MBA, MPA, or related higher degree preferred
-- 5 years of progressive experience managing complex organizations, including positions that display success in internal and external leadership, and experience in a start-up environment; or any combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job

This is a .75 FTE position and salary will be commensurate with experience.

For a complete position description, please visit: http://bit.ly/QO9479


Phoenix Bikes, the Arlington VA-based youth and community bicycling nonprofit, is hiring a Bike Shop Manager/Lead Mechanic to start work in our community bike shop in September 2012.

Job Overview: In addition to mentoring youth mechanics, the Shop Manager/Lead Mechanic will report to the Executive Director and be responsible for scheduling and performing bicycle repairs in a busy full-service shop. They will guide the process by which we take in repairs and refurbish bikes for sale, write up repair tickets, schedule the work, and assign each repair to various mechanics within the shop.

Details: http://bit.ly/P6lTsn

-> 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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