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#314 Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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

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----- Win a Free Registration to Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2014 in Pittsburgh!
----- The Inaugural National Women's Bicycling Summit
----- League of American Bicyclists Launches Women Bike Program
----- Making History: Conference Vélo Mondiale Pro Bike-Velo-City (1992)
----- 2013 Transportation Funding: It's Higher. No, It's Lower
----- EPA Offering Sustainable Growth Assistance to Communities
----- Beyond Platinum: Creating World-Class Biking Cities in the U.S.
----- Cycling Renaissance in America
----- The Rise of Telework and What It Means
----- Cargo Cyclists Replace Truck Drivers on European City Streets

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----- Taming New Haven (CT) Complete Streets is a Work in Progress
----- San Diego Group Announces Biggest U.S. Bike-Friendly Biz District Plan
----- Spartanburg (SC) Turning Downtown into People-Friendly Place
----- Boulder (CO) Group Wins Victory for Bicyclists
----- Georgia DOT Board Approves "Complete Streets" Policy

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----- Effects of Transportation, Land Use on Destination Choice
----- Smart Growth Strategies Curb Car Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

WIN A FREE REGISTRATION TO PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2014 IN PITTSBURGH!

-> If you were one of the 800+ people who joined us in Long Beach for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012, we would like to hear your feedback so we can make the 2014 conference even better. Was there an exceptional breakout session? Did you like our new formats of Peer Problem Solving and Pecha Kucha? Would you like to see another National Women's Cycling Summit paired with Pro Walk/Pro Bike? Did the focus on Placemaking enrich your conference experience? Was your shrimp cocktail lackluster? Please let us know by October 1st! at http://bit.ly/Qp395F.

Remember those to-do lists that Dan Burden encouraged us to create? We've left a spot on the feedback form for you to let us know what Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012 inspired you to do. Our top ten lists will be reprinted in our conference newsletter. The winner, chosen by our celebrity judges (Dan Burden and Fred Kent), will receive a free registration to Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2014 in Pittsburgh. When creating your list please remember: flattery will get you... everywhere!

If you didn't make it to Long Beach, here's a taste from Streetfilms: http://bit.ly/NPO8N7

THE INAUGURAL NATIONAL WOMEN'S BICYCLING SUMMIT

-> According to a Sept. 21st StreetFilms article, "The first National Women's Bicycling Summit took place last week in Long Beach, California. It was tacked on to the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference and drew some of the same participants, a bunch of new faces and whole lot of positive energy. This summit provided women cycling advocates the opportunity to talk about topics that aren't often programmed into bicycle conferences."

"The question driving the summit was: What do we need to do on a national level to get more gender equality in the bicycling world? Some specific break-out topics in this year's conference discussed family biking, equity, marketing, and participating in the political process. The energy and connections built in this first national women's bicycling summit will lead to more organized discussions on these topics in conferences to come. The goal: By 2025, 50 percent of U.S. cyclists will be women..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Tsc0K3
Title: "The Inaugural National Women's Bicycling Summit""
Author: Elizabeth Press

LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS LAUNCHES WOMEN BIKE PROGRAM

-> According to an article in the Sept. 24th American Bicyclists Update, "In 2009, women took just 24 percent of bicycle trips in the United States -- and it's easy to see why. In communities across the nation, women are underrepresented in all aspects of the bicycle movement -- from retail to politics, from advocacy to engineering. It's time to encourage, engage and elevate more women bicyclists in the United States. Today, at the National Women's Bicycling Summit, the League launched a new initiative: Women Bike. Women Bike will empower more women to bicycle and become engaged in the diverse leadership opportunities of the bicycle movement -- as advocates, engineers, retailers, manufacturers and policy makers -- through networking, knowledge sharing, resources and inspiration. "

"'Equity matters -- in bicycling as everywhere,' says Elizabeth Kiker, the League's Executive Vice President. 'The League's Women Bike program will work to ensure that the conversation of how to transform America for cycling includes women.' After 20 years of being involved in bicycling and watching how women integrate bicycling into their lives, it is a fabulous time to see the emergence of Women Bike,' says Gail Spann, League board member. 'The timing couldn't be more right!' Evident from the more than 250 attendees at the Women's Summit, the energy and momentum around women bicycling is growing nationwide."

"To support and accelerate that rise, advocates need the opportunity to share collective knowledge, build a network of female leaders and advance targeted programs that put more women in the saddle -- and at the forefront of the movement.
-- Women Bike will bring together women cyclists at key meetings like the National Bike Summit and Interbike.
-- Women Bike will encourage, educate and demonstrate how women can take leadership roles in bicycle advocacy.
-- Women Bike will help women become bicycle educators and thought leaders in their communities. "

"Our vision: By 2025, American women will ride their bikes at the same rates as American men for transportation, recreation and fitness..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ut4B89

MAKING HISTORY: CONFERENCE VÉLO MONDIALE PRO BIKE-VELO-CITY (1992)

-> According to a Sept. 17th Vélo Québec news release, "Twenty years ago, Montreal hosted the first world conference focusing on cycling as a viable transportation alternative. Spearheaded by Vélo Québec, and held in conjunction with the Bicycle Federation of America (Pro Bike) and the European Cyclists' Federation (Velo City), the Conférence vélo mondiale Pro Bike-Velo-city drew more than 600 participants from 30 countries from September 13 to 17, 1992. The Velo-city and Pro Bike (now Pro Walk/Pro Bike) events had been around for a decade prior, but Vélo Québec's involvement made it possible to establish the very first official activity that covered six continents."

"The conference was held under the patronage of UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme, with then Quebec Minister of Transportation Sam Elkas serving as the honorary chair. Locally, the Ville de Montréal (Jean Doré, Mayor) and the Communauté urbaine de Montréal (Michel Hamelin, President) were the lead partners in this adventure. For the occasion, the Montreal-based company Victoria Precision made a fleet of 350 bicycles available to conference participants to give them the opportunity to discover the city. The event itself was a one-of-a-kind experience, not only for the Vélo Québec team, but also for the Montreal and Quebec-wide cycling community, as well as the various public and private-sector sponsors. The week-long conference -- which was three years in the making -- was not only magical, it was a major leap forward in the history of cycling at the local and provincial level. In addition, it was the impetus behind the development of the Quebec government's first cycling policy, released three years later. "

"The plans for the Maison des cyclistes were also presented at Pro Bike-Velo-city, the expected location of which was to be alongside the Lachine Canal. Also unveiled was Quebec's cycling plan for the year 2000, which would eventually lay the groundwork for the development of the Route verte, launched in 1995. Pro Bike-Velo City set the tone for subsequent international events, including conferences in the Netherlands (2000) and South Africa (2006), and more recently Velo-City Global in Vancouver (European Cyclists' Federation) and Pro Walk/Pro Bike, now an international event organized by Project for Public Spaces, which just wrapped up in Long Beach, California..."

Source: http://bit.ly/RRfdSh

2013 TRANSPORTATION FUNDING: IT'S HIGHER. NO, IT'S LOWER

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Transportation Issues Daily article, "Transportation interests are hopeful the higher funding level will be restored when Congress takes up budget issues in the November-December lame duck session. Of course there is still the issue of further automatic budget cuts to deal with (see our story, 'Details of Possible $1.5 Billion Funding Cut to Roads, Transit and Rail' (http://bit.ly/NNp2hP). Congress has now left D.C. and will resume legislative business after the election. 'It's the earliest pre-election exit by Congress from Washington since 1960' according to the Christian Science Monitor. The Senate passed the bill 62-30 to fund the federal government from October 1 through March 27, 2013."

"The House had already passed the bill by a 329-91 margin; those 91 votes against the spending bill came from conservative Republicans, moderate Democrats, and from some liberal Democrats who believed the funding level was too low. The funding level is about 0.6% higher than 2012 level. That's the level approved in last year's debt-limit level, and the level demanded by Democrats. Republicans preferred a slightly lower funding level, but agreed in order to delay spending decisions. Each party believes voters will essentially side with them in the November elections, strengthening their position during the lame duck budget negotiations. For more on that see the Roll Call story 'Voters Will Likely Resolve Fiscal Cliff.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Vzh78H
Title: "2013 Transportation Funding: It's Higher. No, it's Lower."
Author: Staff

EPA OFFERING SUSTAINABLE GROWTH ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITIES

-> According to a Sept. 19th EPA news release, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today invited communities to apply for technical assistance to foster sustainable growth in their area. Communities that adopt sustainable growth strategies have been shown to expand economic opportunity and protect people's health and the environment. EPA is offering assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program, which offers tools that can be applied in rural, suburban, and urban areas, including:"

"-- Smart growth and economic development to help communities get better financial results from public and private investments
-- Green street strategies for managing polluted stormwater
-- Land use strategies to protect water quality
-- Parking audits to make the best use of parking for existing and planned land uses
-- Bikeshare system planning to create alternative commuting options
-- Community design for aging populations to ensure residents can live at home as long as possible
-- Green building toolkit to overcome common barriers
-- Strategies to help small cities and rural areas develop in ways that retain unique community characteristics"

"Communities apply for assistance with one of the specific tools and, if selected, work with an EPA-supported team of experts on applying those tools during a two-day workshop. Along with the policies and practices highlighted in each tool, participants will learn more about smart growth development strategies."

"EPA will select up to 44 communities through a competitive process for this latest round of assistance. The selections will be made in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This interagency collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently. Applications will be accepted between September 26 and October 26..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/OMqltn

BEYOND PLATINUM: CREATING WORLD-CLASS BIKING CITIES IN THE U.S.

-> According to a Sept. 19th League of American Bicyclists news release, "Bicycling is racing into the mainstream in many American communities and it's time for the United States to shine on the international stage. To guide and support the rapid progress in top bike-friendly cities, the League of American Bicyclists has added a new challenge and opportunity for Bicycle Friendly Communities: Diamond status."

"Over the past 10 years, the League's Bicycle Friendly Communities program has transformed biking across North America. From small mountain towns to our nation's biggest cities, elected officials, local advocates and bicycle planners have used the comprehensive approach of the BFC program to make bicycling safer and more comfortable for millions of Americans. From 2000 to 2010, bicycle commuting rose 40 percent in the U.S. But, in the 38 largest BFCs, the rise in bike commuters was almost double the national rate, growing a staggering 77 percent over the same time period..."

Source: http://bit.ly/OPHbaM

CYCLING RENAISSANCE IN AMERICA

-> According to a Sept. 8th Economist article, "More and more Americans are taking to the road on two wheels. Between 1977 and 2009 the total number of annual bike trips more than tripled, while the bike's share of all trips rose from 0.6% to 1%. Commuting cyclists have also increased in number, with twice as many biking to work in 2009 as in 2000."

"Cities are increasingly vying to be bike friendly. Among them, Chicago wants to become the most cycle-friendly large city in the country -- and has said it will build over 30 miles of protected cycle lanes this year. At the moment it ranks fifth, according to Bicycling magazine. Ahead of it are Washington, DC, Boulder, Colorado, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon. And cycling is growing fast in all these cities, as it is in New York and San Francisco."

"The growth comes thanks to cycle-friendly policymaking and increases in government spending. In Portland, which brought in a comprehensive program, cycling levels have increased sixfold since the early 1990s. In Chicago the motivation is to improve the quality of life, and thus encourage both businesses and families to move there..."

Source: http://econ.st/PwTDib
Title: "Vive la révolution"
Author: Staff

THE RISE OF TELEWORK AND WHAT IT MEANS

-> According to a Sept. 17th New Geography article, "Teleworking (also known as telecommuting) has taken flight as a global trend. During July of 2002, European Union collectively decided on a shared framework agreement on telework, which regulates issues such as employment and working conditions, health and safety, training, and the collective rights of teleworkers. Following suit, the American the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 served as a rallying call for federal agencies to encourage 'work-at-home' employees. In the same year officials in China, eager to reduce gross national carbon emissions, chose the province of Hubei to undergo the country's first telecommuting pilot program."

"In the United States, telecommuting is on the clear increase. Data from the American Community Survey estimate that the working at home population grew 61% between 2005 and 2009. The biggest increases in teleworking population compared to workforce was in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA while the metro with the highest growth in teleworking was San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA..."

Source: http://bit.ly/R5xGYT
Title: "The Rise of Telework and What it Means"
Author: Jeff Khau

CARGO CYCLISTS REPLACE TRUCK DRIVERS ON EUROPEAN CITY STREETS

-> According to a Sept. 24th Low-tech Magazine article, "Those with strong cycling legs have ever more jobs up for grabs in Europe these days. A growing number of businesses are using cargo cycles, a move towards sustainable and free-flowing city traffic that is now strongly backed by public authorities. Research indicates that at least one quarter of all cargo traffic in European cities could be handled by cycles. And, by using special distribution hubs, larger vehicles and electric assist, this proportion could be even larger. A cargo cycle is at least as fast as a delivery van in the city -- and much cheaper to use, giving a strong economic incentive to make the switch. Cargo cycles also bring important economic advantages to tradesmen, artisans and service providers."

"Cargo transport in cities is extremely inefficient. As it currently stands, almost 100 percent of it is done by motorized vehicles, ranging from personal cars to commercial delivery vans and trucks (lorries). However, these heavy vehicles often transport very light goods. The average payload transported in European cities weighs less than 100 kg (220 lbs) and has a volume of less than 1m-sq. Of the 1,900 vans and trucks that enter the city of Breda in the Netherlands each day, less than 10 percent of the cargo being delivered requires a van or truck and 40 percent of deliveries involve just one box..."

Source: http://bit.ly/SOhYP4
Title: "Cargo cyclists replace truck drivers on European city streets"
Author: Kris De Decker


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

TAMING NEW HAVEN (CT) COMPLETE STREETS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

-> According to an Aug. 20th Register article, "Since its 2008 inception, the city's complete streets manual has helped make more than 30 roads in the city safer, but creating complete streets that are driver, pedestrian and cyclist friendly is still a work in progress. That was the message that several members of the Board of Aldermen heard Monday when they were briefed on the city's complete streets plans. After unyielding effort by officials and community members to make streets safer, the issue was galvanized in 2008, when Yale medical student Mila Rainof was struck and killed while crossing South Frontage Road and Gabrielle Lee was killed in a hit-and-run while crossing Whalley Avenue. The document that was constructed after those incidents, called the 'City of New Haven Complete Streets Design Manual,' details policy, design, public process, educational campaign and traffic enforcement for streets."

"'It provides safe and convenient (methods for) user access and more choices for transportation modes,' said Jim Travers, director of the Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking. 'It has become a major tool for planning to improve communities.' City Engineer Dick Miller said complete streets project considerations can come to light if they are suggested by the city or by citizens..."

Source: http://bit.ly/SeWxKN
Title: "Taming New Haven's streets is a work in progress"
Author: Alexandra Sanders

SAN DIEGO GROUP ANNOUNCES BIGGEST U.S. BIKE-FRIENDLY BIZ DISTRICT PLAN

-> According to a Sept. 7th Bike Advocacy Blog, "The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (SDCBC) and the San Diego Business Improvement Council have announced a new plan to improve and encourage bicycling in San Diego's Business Improvement Districts and launch the City's newest bicycle corral in North Park. City of San Diego Councilmember Todd Gloria and San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts joined in the dedication of the bicycle corral to support the program aimed at driving local business by attracting bicycling consumers-and offering ample parking for bicycles."

"Modeled after a successful pilot program in Long Beach, CA, San Diego's bike friendly business districts will encourage local residents and shoppers to bicycle when making short trips to their neighborhood businesses and events. The Bike-Friendly Business District (BFBD) Initiative is the nation's largest and started with the opening of North Park's new bike corral on 30th Street and North Park Way. San Diego's Business Improvement Districts participating in the BFBD Initiative include: Adams Avenue Business Association, East Village Association, El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, Hillcrest Business Association, North Park Main Street, Ocean Beach Main Street Association, and Discover Pacific Beach."

"'I'm proud to represent so many neighborhoods that are taking steps to make San Diego a leader in bicycling as transportation," said Gloria. "It's a win-win situation: our businesses benefit from bicycling customers, who will also lessen vehicular traffic on our streets.' By encouraging bicycling rather than driving, the initiative will help alleviate parking problems and traffic congestion as well as help promote local shopping and economic growth. As a partner of the BFBD Initiative, the SDCBC is working closely with the City of San Diego to provide more accessible bike parking in neighborhood business districts including more bike racks and on-street corrals..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PRvwdP

SPARTANBURG (SC) TURNING DOWNTOWN INTO PEOPLE-FRIENDLY PLACE

-> According to a Mary Black Foundation blog entry, "Work began this week to renovate the western gateway into downtown Spartanburg. Plans to narrow West Main Street, add bike lanes, improve sidewalks and add street trees will be complete by early October. The intent of the project is to not only beautify an entrance to our city, but also to create a safer environment for all travelers: pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. This 'road diet' will take West Main Street down to two lanes, add parking on either side of the street, and thus slow traffic. The area has seen an incredible increase in pedestrian activity since the opening of three businesses in the past 2 years: the RJ Rockers Brewery, Main Street Pub, and Cribbs Kitchen."

"Thanks to the work of our grantee, Partners for Active Living, Spartanburg City and County both have a Complete Streets Policy...With nearly 20% of the population in the city of Spartanburg having no access to a car, creating streets that are complete and accessible to all is important not only for aesthetics, but also for equity. The transformation of West Main from a four-lane highway into a pedestrian-scaled, bike-friendly road will benefit residents, visitors and businesses in downtown Spartanburg. If anyone would like to argue with that, just take a look at our sister city to the south with her bustling green-lined, sidewalked thoroughfare."

Source: http://bit.ly/Phf8T1
Title: "Take to the Streets"
Author: Cate Brandt Ryba

BOULDER (CO) GROUP WINS VICTORY FOR BICYCLISTS

-> According to the Sept. 18th Update from Community Cycles, "As reported last month, Community Cycles has been appealing to CDOT to improve conditions for cyclists at the US36 and Violet intersection following the second fatal bike accident in 3 years. The entire intersection will undergo a major redesign in 2015, so we are looking for quick mitigations to improve safety now. Community Cycles made a number of suggestions to CDOT that we felt could be quickly implemented at low cost and would greatly improve safety. We are pleased to report that some progress has been made."

"Colorado DOT is currently doing a signal warrant study on the intersection. A consultant has been hired to evaluate the intersection and produce a bike lanes striping plan. It is expected bike lanes should be completed by mid October. CDOT will also be doing a study on speed limits on this stretch of road. Thanks to hard work from the Community Cycles advocacy committee, Boulder Transportation Department staff and CDOT, hopefully this intersection will become much safer for bicyclists."

Source: http://bit.ly/SqrPzq

GEORGIA DOT BOARD APPROVES "COMPLETE STREETS" POLICY

-> According to a Sept. 21st Creative Loafing Atlanta article, "The Georgia Department of Transportation board, historically more focused on moving cars rather than people, took a big step yesterday toward changing that mindset. No, it wasn't OKing a proposal to add 'variable speed limit' signs on the eternally congested choke collar circling the city of Atlanta. The seven-member board yesterday morning unanimously approved a resolution supporting the state agency's new 'Complete Streets' design policy."

"The policy says transportation planners and engineers should not just design roads to accommodate cars but also pedestrians, bicyclists, or people hopping on a bus or streetcar. According to the agency's policy, planners should consider adding bike lanes, pedestrian facilities, and ways for people to better access transit when new roads are constructed or widened. The move earned kudos from local cycling and pedestrian advocates, including a top official with the nonprofit that's trumpeting the Complete Streets message."

"Stefanie Seskin, deputy director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, said in a statement that she applauds '[GDOT]' for adopting a Complete Streets policy that will ensure improved safety and access for all, whether traveling by car, foot, bicycle, or public transportation. By committing to Complete Streets, the department is showing its dedication to reducing...preventable deaths and to offering residents and visitors safe and convenient choices in transportation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/OgLVf4
Title: "GDOT board approves 'Complete Streets' policy"
Author: Thomas Wheatley


THE RESEARCH BEAT

EFFECTS OF TRANSPORTATION, LAND USE ON DESTINATION CHOICE

-> According to the Sept. issue of University of MN Center for Transportation Studies' Catalyst, "In an effort to understand why consumers drive to certain places to do their shopping, researchers from the Department of Civil Engineering (CE) have completed a study examining the influence of land-use patterns and transportation networks on travel behavior. The study, funded by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute and led by CE associate professor David Levinson, aimed to identify factors that make shopping destinations more or less attractive to consumers. It is one of the first empirical studies to use vehicle-based GPS travel data -- from a group of more than 140 subjects in the Twin Cities -- to analyze consumers' travel decisions and destination choices for home-based, nonwork shopping trips."

"The study confirmed that higher accessibility and a greater diversity of services in the nearby walking zone make a destination more appealing. Destinations that are farther away or reached by more circuitous routes are less attractive. The researchers also developed a web-based simulation tool -- CLUSTER (Clustered Locations of Urban Services, Transport, and Economic Resources). The tool can be used to investigate how retail location choice and retail clustering is influenced by transportation cost, consumers' travel behavior, and suppliers' locations..."

Source: http://bit.ly/S4FNBS

SMART GROWTH STRATEGIES CURB CAR USE, GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

-> According to a September 13th Phys.Org article, "A new study finds that smart growth approaches to urban planning could substantially reduce the number of miles that residents drive in a year... Smart growth focuses on the development of compact, walkable cities with houses and jobs located close together. By shortening residents' commutes, this form of urban design aims to cut transportation -- related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. California is already pursuing smart growth in order to meet emissions reductions set by the state's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). In a behavioral economics study, researchers at San Francisco State University found that a 10 percent increase in a city's smart growth features -- including housing density, jobs per capita and public transit infrastructure -- would lead to a 20 percent decrease in the number of vehicle miles traveled per household, per year. 'We found that changing the way cities are designed would significantly reduce travel demand,' said Sudip Chattopadhyay, professor and chair of economics at SF State. 'People's travel habits would change, and they would drive less.' These latest results stand in contrast to previous studies that have suggested that smart growth only has a small impact on transport demand. Chattopadhyay says that in the past economists have struggled to find the right methodologies to understand how people's behavior changes in response to urban planning..."

Source: http://bit.ly/NMNz6I
Title: "'Smart Growth' Strategies Curb Car Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study"
Author: Staff

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


QUOTES R US

-> "Today's trends -- rising auto deaths, congestion and worldwide pollution -- are reasons for pessimism. But, driving is losing its panache among youth, in the U.S. and elsewhere. As a World Urban Forum participant noted, 'Experts, corporations, governments are saying 'Yes, we need mobility, affordability and livability in cities.' Plus, just as bicycle use and the use of protected biking lanes expand rapidly in the U.S. and Europe, a new global appetite for alternatives is forming. Look for this as an indicator: Cities dramatically increasing auto-free pedestrian zones..."

-- Neal Peirce, Citiwire Group

Source: http://bit.ly/UM6UpR

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

Article: NARROW STREETS LOS ANGELES

-> "Photographer David Yoon narrows existing streets of Los Angeles to see the effects on the city."

http://bit.ly/PHp35f


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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

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

Presenters: Bev Brody (Get Fit Kauai); Wendi Kallins (Safe Routes to School in Marin County (CA); Leslie Meehan (Healthy Communities, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization); Robert Ping (Safe Routes to School National Partnership)

Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cost: Free

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

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 "Open Streets Project: Opening Streets to People, Sharing Resources, Transforming Communities"

Date: October 10, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: TBA

Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and Open Streets Project

Cost: Free

Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>

Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/Ql6MKj

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

WEBINAR "Maps that Guide, Encourage and Inform"

Date: November 14, 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/U8ByXx


RESOURCES

-> "TOWARD MORE COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF TRAFFIC..."
"...Congestion;" article by Todd Litman (Victoria Transport Policy Institute); for Planetizen. September 13th, 2012 (136KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/Ph5aBc

Via 8-80 Cities e-News: http://bit.ly/UMqmTs

-> "BEST PRACTICES FOR BICYCLE TRAIL PAVEMENT CONSTRUCTION AND..."
"...Maintenance In Illinois;" report by Simpson, Buttlar & Dempsey (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); for Illinois Center for Transportation; Research Report FHWA-ICT-12-009; report of the findings of ICT-R27-SP18 Developing Best Practices for Bicycle Trail Pavement Construction and Maintenance in Illinois. June 2012 (general info & link to 6.4MB pdf)
http://1.usa.gov/OJZBiB

-> "CYCLING DEATH REVIEW -- A REVIEW OF ALL ACCIDENTAL CYCLING..."
"...Deaths In Ontario from January 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2010;" report by Cass, Lauwers, Persaud, Zwolakowski & Coleman; for the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario. 2012 (1.0MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/QCkAQz

-> "POINT-TO-POINT SPEED ENFORCEMENT"
Austroads research report; report by Walker, Soole, Fleiter & Watson (Centre of Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland) ISBN 978-1-921991-42-4; Austroads Publication No. AP-R415-12. September 2012 (free access to 11.8MB pdf)
http://bit.ly/OM2pvC


CALENDAR

Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> "The Sound of Cycling:" Velo-city Conference June 11-14, 2013, Vienna, Austria
DEADLINE: October 22, 2012
http://bit.ly/QicDUQ

CONFERENCES

-> September 30 - October 3, 2012, American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. Info: http://bit.ly/xDidSf

-> September 30 - October 4, 2012, Walk21, Mexico City, Mexico. Info: Walk21 Mexico: email <walk21@ctsmexico.org>
http://bit.ly/yWSMz2

-> October 12-13, North Carolina Bicycle Summit, Raleigh, NC. Info: Jennifer Baldwin, email: <jennifer.baldwin@raleighnc.gov>, phone: (919) 516-2155.
http://bit.ly/HuE5We

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

-> October 19-21, 2012, Winning Campaigns Training, Kansas City, MO. Hosted by Alliance for Biking & Walking, with BikeWalkKC. Info: http://bit.ly/sooRsr

-> October 21-24, 2012, IENE 2012 International Conference, Potsdam-Berlin, Germany. Info: IENE-Secretariat, Andreas Seiler; e-mail: <programme@iene-conferences.info>, phone: + 46 (0)581 69 73 28
http://bit.ly/wfM56G

-> October 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>.
http://bit.ly/OdBkyB

-> November 7-8, 2012, International Cycling Safety Conference, Helmond. The Netherlands.
http://bit.ly/Oe8gr3

-> November 7-9, 2012, Project for Public Spaces, "Placemaking: Making it Happen," New York City, NY.
http://bit.ly/mTHqqU

-> November 17, 2012, National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research, Phoenix, Arizona. Info: American College of Sports Medicine, phone: (317) 637-9200
http://bit.ly/KiUcK8

-> January 13-17, 2013, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/NkDM2k

-> February 7-9, 2013, New Partners for Smart Growth, Kansas City, MO.
http://bit.ly/nakwtz

-> February 26-28, 2013, Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/MjDAnN

-> March 3 - 6, 2013, ITE 2013 Technical Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/OrDBZJ

-> March 4 - 7, 2013, "Bicycling Means Business!," League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/QVduFr

-> March 10-13, 2013, Asia-Pacific Cycle Congress, Gold Coast, Australia. Host: arinex pty limited, e-mail: <apcc2013@arinex.com.au>.
http://bit.ly/S5DVZZ

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

-> April 14-17, 2013, International Trails Symposium, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort. AZ (near Scottsdale).
http://bit.ly/MHM7N5

-> May 29 - June 1, 2013, CNU21, Annual Congress for the New Urbanism, Salt Lake City, UT.
http://bit.ly/M8qaIN

-> June 11 - 14, 2013, "The Sound of Cycling": Velo-city Conference, Vienna, Austria.
http://bit.ly/sr8wKR

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

-> August 4 - 7, 2013, ITE 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA.
http://bit.ly/OrDBZJ

-> August 13 - 15, 2013, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA.
http://bit.ly/a9HNPO


JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS

Please limit job announcements to about 150-250 words and include a web link for the full description. This will reduce the editor's workload! Thanks!

-> JOB-- BENCHMARKING PROJECT MANAGER--ALLIANCE FOR BIKING & WALKING

The Alliance for Biking & Walking is seeking a Project Manager to work with the Alliance's National Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project...which collects and analyzes data from all 50 states and the top 50 cities on bicycling, walking, and health. The Benchmarking Project Manager will coordinate a team of national advisors and reviewers, manage a part-time program assistant, collect and organize national and local data, and write and design the 2014 and future Benchmarking Reports. This is a 3/4-time to full-time position. Compensation will be relative to experience and whether the job is 3/4- or full-time: $38,000 to $53,000 plus health and retirement benefits.

If not working in the DC office, the applicant must be willing and able to work from home from your own computer and software and must have access to a dependable phone.

See http://bit.ly/P3lCn7 for position requirements, qualifications and specific application instructions.


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