#316 Wednesday, October 24, 2012


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

----- FHWA Releases Interim Guidance on Map-21
----- 28 New Bicycle Friendly Communities Awards
----- Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts Inspire Growth
----- Only Two States "Opt Out" of Recreational Trails Program Funding
----- Resource Estimates SRTS Programs' Environmental Impacts
----- Free Online Built Environment Assessment Training
----- Impact of Big Box Developments
----- Calgary (Alberta) Planning for Cycle Tracks in Centre City

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
----- AARP WV Tries Complete Streets Legislation Again
----- Complete Streets in a Box: Long Island Toolkit
----- Connecting PA's Great Allegheny Passage Trail
----- NJ DOT Announces Woodbury City Complete Streets Project
----- Desert Trail Will Showcase Often Unseen Oregon
----- Sunday Streets Prove Sitting & Business Go Together in Berkeley (CA)
----- MN DOT First Statewide Pedestrian Safety Campaign

----- Why the Sedentary Life is Killing Us
----- New Weight Gain Triggers: Air Pollution & Sleep Deprivation
----- Study: Protected Bike Lanes Reduce Injury Risk up to 90 Percent

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by Mark Plotz

-> On Monday, the Federal Highway Administration released its interim guidance on implementing the Transportation Alternatives Program of MAP-21. Transportation Alternatives (TAP), as a refresher, is now the catch-all funding category for all things ped/bike, including Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and the Recreational Trails Program. The interim guidance has good and bad news:

  • TAP funds may be used to pay state SRTS coordinator salaries;
  • SRTS projects now require an 80/20 state-local match;
  • State DOTs and non profits are not eligible to directly receive TAP funds, but can access funds through partnerships; and
  • TAP funds will be distributed 50% to the local level and 50% for projects anywhere within a state.

The guidance is brief and easy-to-read (http://1.usa.gov/TTUSXZ). Many questions remain including how TAP projects will be selected and how/whether FHWA will maintain the vital clearinghouse function. America Bikes outlines the known-unknowns on its blog (http://bit.ly/QEhGMH).

Low income/low resource communities will no doubt have difficulty competing for SRTS funds under the new 80/20-match requirement. If your state DOT still has SAFETEA-LU Safe Routes to School funds in the bank, urge it to target low income/low resources communities with those remaining funds, which require no local match.

Final guidance will be issued this fall. Stay tuned to CenterLines for the latest analysis and updates.


-> According to an Oct. 18th League of American Bicyclists' release, "Three of the nation's largest cities joined the ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities today."

"Showcasing the progress and potential of major U.S. cities to make bicycling safe and accessible for millions of Americans, Los Angeles (Calif.), Nashville (Tenn.), and Miami (Fla.) are among the 28 new cities to attain BFC status from the League of American Bicyclists."

"'This latest round of BFC awards proves yet again that any city -- regardless of size or geography -- can take cost-effective steps to increase bicycling in their community,' said League President Andy Clarke. 'From Bentonville, Arkansas, to Bethesda, Maryland, cities are embracing biking as a means to save money, reduce congestion, improve health and boost their economy.'"

"The League awards Bicycle Friendly Communities at five levels (Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze), and with this diverse round of applicants, there are now 242 BFCs in 47 states. With the guidance and expertise of the BFC program, these communities are propelling the growth in bicycling nationwide. According to recent census data, bicycle commuting grew 80 percent in the largest BFCs, but only 32 percent in non-BFC cities, from 2000 to 2011..."

View the full list of Bicycle Friendly Communities at http://bit.ly/TFvrcc.

Source: http://conta.cc/R28Bws
Title: "Top U.S. Cities Join the Ranks of Bicycle Friendly Communities"
Author: Carolyn Szczepanski


-> According to an Oct. 15th SustainableCitiesCollective article, "Throughout the United States, as smart growth and progressive urban planning concepts increasingly grab the attention of elected officials and residents alike, one particularly intriguing strategy is bolstering business development by encouraging residents to ride their bikes."

"Organizers define a bicycle-friendly business district as an area where business owners actively encourage people, including employees, to bike to nearby shops and eateries. These cycle-friendly zones can inspire residents to slow their pace of life down, enabling them to discover and support businesses near where they live."

"Since the first program was launched in six districts in Long Beach, CA, many other communities throughout North America have followed suit, opening districts in New York City, Oakville, Ontario, and San Diego..."

Source: http://bit.ly/SqBX7X
Title: "Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts Inspire Growth"
Author: Jessica Soulliere


-> According to the Oct. 16th American Trails e-Newsleter, "We would like to thank every one who helped in the national effort to ensure that State Governors do not opt out of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). It appears that only Florida and Kansas have opted out. MAP-21, the new transportation funding bill, allows state governors to opt out of the Recreational Trails Program they if notify the U.S. Secretary of Transportation of their decision no later than 30 days before the funds are apportioned (which was September 1, 2012)."

"Both are a surprise to trail advocates. Florida has had a large and highly successful State Trails Program for many years, and among the top in state-funded rail trails. Florida also has seven regional bike/ped coordinators involved with trails as well as roads, sidewalks, and safety programs. Kansas trail advocates expressed confidence that their state would continue the RTP funding, right up to the official announcement."

"Several other states narrowly avoided losing RTP funds. New Mexico, a state with a large unspent balance of RTP funds; and Alabama, a state with an increasingly effective trails program and widespread local interest in community trails, narrowly avoided the opt out which was supported by the state's department of transportation. New Mexico reversed its official stance at the last minute, and decided not to opt out. Nebraska and Iowa DOTs were reportedly seeking to opt out, but decided not to, apparently due to well-publicized public support for the trails funding..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Sd4bTJ
Title: "Only two States 'opt out' of Recreational Trails Program Funding"
Author: Stuart Macdonald


-> According to an Oct. 16th news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School has released a new resource that highlights methods for estimating the environmental health impacts of local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. Many SRTS programs want to understand the potential environmental health impacts of their work -- reducing carbon dioxide emissions, for example, or improving local air quality. "Methods for Estimating the Environmental Health Impacts of SRTS Programs" provides an overview of the connection between SRTS programs and environmental health, a formula for estimating the environmental health impact of a program's activities, and examples of how real-life SRTS programs have estimated their environmental health impact."

"Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency served as an expert panel for the development of the resource. 'The five case studies in the resource represent different approaches to exploring the environmental health impacts of SRTS programs,' said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PKNJgO
Title: "National Center Releases Resource on Estimating Environmental Health Impacts of SRTS Programs"
Author: Staff


-> According to a recent email announcement, "The Built Environment Assessment Training (BEAT) Institute has launched a free online course to learn how to assess the built environment for physical activity."

"Participants will learn about the main variables found in most physical activity-focused built environment audit tools, with a more in-depth look at a few specific tools (IMI, ANC, PEDS, PARA, EAPRS & PEAT). Participants will also learn how to customize the tools and train others to conduct assessments."

"The course is geared towards researchers, practitioners, students, community advocates and anyone else with an interest in learning how to conduct audits of the built environment."

For more information: http://bit.ly/VCTSyp


-> According to an Oct. 17th Michigan Land Use Institute article, "On a recent sunny Thursday on Mackinac Island, Chuck Marohn gave an important TED-talk-style speech (http://bit.ly/RV0Rf8 1.5 MB pdf) to a crowd of about 500 elected officials from Michigan's large, midsize, and small towns. His topic: How traditional economic development -- big box retail, strip malls, industrial parks, and convention centers -- usually creates impressive short-term financial gains for cities but almost always ends up crippling them with long-term debt. Coming from a conservative former civil engineer, the talk resonated with the audience at the Michigan Municipal League's Annual Convention. Many of the city leaders are trying to figure out what to do with things that leave a lasting impression on their towns back home: empty Kmarts, Best Buys, and industrial warehouses."

"Marohn said one of the reasons cities are in such financial turmoil is because we don't consider the long-term maintenance costs and the life-cycles of our big infrastructure investments. He said we need to build our towns in more financially responsible ways, something that we have failed to do since the 1950s. He also gave concrete examples of how cities will have to take on fiscally draining long-term liability..."

Source: http://bit.ly/S0INUr
Title: "Marohn: Big-box investments have long-term costs"
Author: James Bruckbauer


-> According to an article in the Oct. 14th issue of Bike Calgary Update, "On Wednesday, City Council's Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit received an update on the Cycling Strategy from Tom Thivener (and comments from Bike Calgary). The update included a plan for cycle tracks in the downtown core and the Beltline. Instead of previously-planned painted bike lanes along 6 and 7 Street, the Transportation Department has agreed to install innovative bike facilities that separate cyclists from both pedestrians and car traffic. There will be either two one-way cycle tracks along 6 and 7 St, or one two-way cycle track along 7 Street, as early as Spring 2013, connecting the 8 Avenue SW bike route to the Bow River pathway. In phase 2, 8 Avenue SW itself will get upgraded to a cycle track, and connected to the Beltline through the 5 Street SW underpass."

"The half-hearted attempt at a rush-hour only bike lane along 10 Avenue SW will be reviewed, and may be replaced either with a permanent bike lane or cycle tracks along 11 and/or 12 Avenues SW to provide connectivity through the Beltline. Phase 3 (2015) is yet to be determined. Bicycle facilities in the downtown core and the Beltline face opposition, especially from businesses concerned about hourly street parking. However, cycle track design options include using parked cars as the physical barrier to moving traffic, as in the most famous example of a two-way cycle track in North America, Prospect Park West in Brooklyn..."

Source: http://bit.ly/UsNpoc
Title: "Cycle Tracks Planned for Centre City"
Author: Staff



-> According to an Oct. 9th State Journal article, "Legislation often takes a few tries to become law in West Virginia, and members of AARP West Virginia hope the second time could be the charm for 'Complete Streets.' The idea of complete streets has been a push from AARP at the national level, and the message is to plan with all age groups and all modes of transportation in mind. Coralette Hannon with AARP's State Advocacy and Strategy Integration Group addressed lawmakers Tuesday at an interim committee meeting. Hannon briefed lawmakers on the idea of complete streets and a few success stories from other states."

"Hannon said there are nearly 300,000 AARP members in West Virginia. She said complete streets make residents healthy, and they do not require a new pot of funding. Hannon and several local AARP representatives addressed the concern that complete streets legislation is an 'unfunded mandate,' and that line of thinking could be why the legislation traveled far last year through the legislative process, but it did not make it to the governor's desk..."

Source: http://bit.ly/VkunMp
Title: "AARP 'Complete Streets' legislation tries again"
Author: Ann Ali


-> According to an Oct. 22nd Mobilizing the Region article, "Today, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and Vision Long Island released "Complete Streets in a Box: Long Island," (http://bit.ly/ShLDUf) a toolkit for local Long Island communities that are interested in passing and implementing complete streets policies..."

"Inside the toolkit, government officials, advocates, and citizens will find resources that explain what complete streets are, the many ways in which they can benefit local communities, and how to go about passing and implementing complete streets legislation."

"The toolkit also includes the qualified immunity primer, a discussion of a legal concept that can protect governments completing traffic calming projects if certain circumstances are present (some officials have registered concern that passage of complete streets laws might make governments more liable for roadway project decisions). The primer even notes a Federal Highway Administration statement that "[h]ighway and recreational facilities that fail to fully incorporate the needs of all users increase the likelihood of potential court settlements in favor of those who are excluded."

"By using these resources, local communities can help fill in the gaps in New York State's complete streets law, which mandates that NYSDOT projects and local projects using state and federal funds consider implementing complete streets design features. Depending on their funding sources, local and county government projects may not be subject to this regulation, and it's crucial that they step up to fill this gap..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PN14Fk
Title: "Tri-State and Vision Long Island Release 'Complete Streets in a Box: Long Island'"
Author: Sam Handler


-> According to an Oct. 16th Tribune-Review article, "With passing trains, a busy scrap yard and traffic on the Glenwood Bridge overhead, supporters and officials affiliated with the Great Allegheny Passage on Friday celebrated the start of work on the final leg of the bicycle trail from Pittsburgh to our nation's capital...Trail planners say these final segments connecting the Three Rivers Heritage Trail from Pittsburgh to the Steel Valley Trail will cost about $3.5 million to complete and should be finished by April 15."

"'Today we are finally ready to build some trail at Sandcastle,' said Allegheny Trail Alliance president Linda McKenna Boxx. 'We are finally getting close to the end.' Boxx recognized numerous supporters of the trail in attendance, including trail council members from Maryland, Somerset County and elsewhere in the Mon-Yough region, noting, 'Our volunteers give the trail its heart and character.' Foundations, private donors, local and state agencies and numerous engineering and construction firms that have helped to develop the trail over the span of more than a quarter of a century were recognized..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PKOsi1
Title: "Work begins on final connection for Great Allegheny Passage"
Author: Eric Slagle

Ed. note: Once completed, the trail will provide an uninterrupted connection between Washington DC and Pittburgh -- which happens to be the location of Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2014. Anyone up for a ride to the conference?


-> According to an Oct. 23rd NJDOT release, "NJDOT officials today announced that a 'Complete Streets' inspired project to improve pedestrian safety and mobility while relieving vehicular congestion along a 0.8-mile stretch of Route 45 in Woodbury City is advancing towards completion. The Department opened the new-look highway over the weekend. Route 45 has been permanently reconfigured as a new section of roadway designed to safely accommodate all users of the road, providing one travel lane in each direction with a dual-use center left-turn lane and a new multi-use bike lane. Previously, Route 45 had carried two travel lanes in each direction through downtown Woodbury..."

"The $1.4 million project was initiated through local concerns about pedestrian safety and heavy congestion at existing intersections without left-turn provisions. Access to local businesses and properties has been maintained during construction. NJDOT adopted its Complete Streets policy in December 2009 and in August 2012 it was ranked strongest statewide policy in the nation by the National Complete Streets Coalition (http://bit.ly/T8R8B0). New Jersey's Complete Streets policy requires all major NJDOT roadway projects in the future to include accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and the mobility impaired. This policy is implemented through the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of new or rehabilitated transportation facilities within public rights-of-way..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Rglx46
Title: "Portion of Route 45 in Woodbury to Close on Tuesday Night"
Author: Staff


-> According to an Oct. 13th Seattle Times article, "Stars sparkle like jewels in the night sky over the Oregon desert, the vast southeastern landscape that makes up a quarter of the state. Jewels are evident by day, too, from Hart Mountain's rich wildlife habitat to the Owyhee River's colorful canyons. These special settings, rough on the edges but so rewarding for those who love them, may soon be connected by a trail. And not just any trail."

"The Oregon Desert Trail will be 750 miles long, a nonmotorized route for hikers, horseback riders and, in part, for cyclists. A mapped trail, with water holes, campsites and waypoints identified, will entice more visitors to learn about, to enjoy and to care for this expansive part of the state. The trail's route has been scouted the past two summers by staff and volunteers from the Bend-based Oregon Natural Desert Association."

"When the project comes to fruition, perhaps within a year or two, Oregon's desert jewels will be linked by a continuous corridor on public land. An actual trail, like one in a forest, need not be built because the route will link existing tracks with cross-country travel across open terrain. The trail will extend from near Bend to near Idaho, with a southward dip almost to the Nevada border..."

Source: http://bit.ly/TdZkUZ
Title: "Desert trail will showcase an often unseen Oregon"
Author: Terry Richard


-> According to an Oct. 16th Daily Planet article, "Anyone who thinks Berkeley needs an anti-sitting law to bring people to the commercial districts must have missed the Sunday Streets event October 14, 2012. Shattuck Avenue between Rose Street and Haste Street was awash with music, bubbles, strollers, dancers, sitters, walkers, bike riders, sunlight, and joy. The complete absence of cars is what makes Sunday Streets a distinctive experience for people whether they walk the length of the event or just enjoy a couple blocks..."

"Children, the best show on earth, could walk with their families without the strict supervision city streets usually require, encountering a man playing the piano in the middle of the road, a woman hula-hooping, or a mass of Zumba dancers going wild to the beat. Getting kids in and out of cars, safety seats, belts, threading them safely through traffic was left behind. Parents could keep a casual eye on their children while talking to friends, watching dancers, enjoying live music, or just watching the passing crowd. No new, restrictive, possibly discriminatory laws were necessary for this magical moment. All it needed was the absence of cars and their noisy, smelly, environmentally hostile consequences. Around seventy Sunday Streets events are taking place across the nation, making the case city by city that car-based planning is bad planning..."

Source: http://bit.ly/TtLVnL
Title: "Sunday Streets Proves Sitting and Business Go Together"
Author: Carol Denney


-> An Oct. 15th Bike Walk Twin Cities article asks, "Is walking your thing? We take it for granted, but walking is far more popular as a commuting mode than bicycling. More people in Minneapolis walk to work (5.8 percent) than commute by bike (3.4 percent)...Minneapolis is a Gold-Level Walk-Friendly Community..."

"That said, by some measures and certainly by experience for many, walking has become more hazardous. So far this year, 23 pedestrians have been killed by vehicles in Minnesota, compared with 16 at this time a year ago..."

"These fatalities helped spark MnDOT's first statewide pedestrian safety campaign in nearly 15 years. Now featured on billboards, bus signs and radio ads, the campaign-part of MnDOT's ongoing Share the Road program-reminds drivers and people walking to be aware and look out for each other..."

Source: http://bit.ly/UsNpoc
Title: "Walking is Fantastic-A New Campaign to make it Safer"
Author: Hilary Reeves



-> An Oct. 16th Globe and Mail article suggests, "Sitting is the new smoking. Get used to that expression because you're going to be hearing it a lot. Inactivity has become public enemy No. 1. The reason sedentary behaviour is so worrisome is well-illustrated by a new study, published on Monday. The research, led by Dr. Emma Wilmot of the diabetes research group at the University of Leicester in Britain, analyzed 18 existing studies involving almost 800,000 people. The paper, published in the medical journal Diabetologia, compared disease rates between the most active and least active among a broad cross-section of adults. The researchers found that the least active, essentially those who sit all day, had a:"

"-- 147-percent increased risk of heart attack or stroke;
-- 112-percent increase in the risk of developing diabetes;
-- 90-percent greater risk of dying from a cardiac event;
-- 49-percent greater risk of premature mortality."

"Those are sobering numbers, especially when you consider that the average Canadian adult spends 50 to 70 per cent of their daily lives sitting, and roughly another 30 per cent sleeping. Do the math and you quickly realize that between sitting in our cars, sitting at our desks at work, sitting in front of the TV, sitting in front of our games consoles, sitting to eat, sitting in school, we hardly move any more. And there is good evidence that inactivity now kills more people than smoking each year..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Sne6Gn
Title: "Why the sedentary life is killing us"
Author: André Picard


-> According to a Sept. 30th Chicago Tribune article, "As obesity rates soar worldwide, the antidote may seem obvious: Eat less! Move more! But the common-sense approach hasn't been terribly effective, prompting some scientists to question the simplicity of the formula. Although personal decisions and self-control certainly play a large role in weight gain, a burgeoning area of research suggests that other factors, from air pollution to sleep deprivation, might be subtly helping humans pack on the pounds."

"Obesity, it turns out, is a complex condition that involves multiple genes and pathways. Scientists are finding that certain exposures or conditions can change the body's metabolism, disrupt the trillions of microbes working in the gut and alter hormonal levels in ways that affect a person's weight. Studies have identified nearly a dozen factors besides overeating and inactivity that can help make people fat, including chemicals in the environment. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that children and teens with higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to be overweight or obese than others."

"It's next to impossible to avoid BPA, which is used to make shatterproof plastics and resins and is found in some food packaging, toys, cash register receipts and thousands of other products. 'It's an epidemic of 1,000 paper cuts,' said Andrew Rundle, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, whose research explores environmental triggers of obesity. 'For some people, appeals to personal responsibility will work. For others, we have to think about all the systemic things going on. I don't discount personal choice and responsibility. It's just way more complicated than that.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/QmgF9y
Title: "New triggers found for weight gain"
Author: Julie Deardorff


-> According to an Oct. 22nd DC.StreetsBlog entry, "A study by researchers at the University of British Columbia provides compelling new evidence that bike infrastructure makes cyclists safer -- a lot safer. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, examined the circumstances around the injuries of 690 cyclists who wound up in emergency rooms in Vancouver and Toronto during a six month span in 2008 and 2009. Based on interviews with the cyclists, the authors plotted where the injuries occurred on each cyclist's route. Then for each route, the injury site and a randomly-selected control site were categorized in one of 14 different street types. The authors used this method to measure the safety of each street type while controlling for other factors."

"They found that wide streets with parked cars and no bike infrastructure were by far the most dangerous for cyclists. Compared to that type of road, streets with bike lanes had injury rates 50 percent lower, while the risk of injury on protected bike lanes was a whopping 90 percent lower. Interestingly, multi-use paths -- or off-street trails where cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, and other non-motorized mix -- were found to reduce injury by a comparatively modest 60 percent. The study also isolated street conditions that increase injury risk for cyclists, including downhill inclines, road construction, and streetcar tracks. These conditions were found to ratchet up the chance of injury by as much as 200 percent..."

Source: http://bit.ly/RqjIiN
Title: "Study: Protected Bike Lanes Reduce Injury Risk Up to 90 Percent"
Author: Angie Schmitt


-> "As cities open more and more protected bicycle lanes, bike-sharing experiments are attracting users faster than anyone might have predicted. There are now some 200 such programs in cities worldwide. Likewise, car-sharing systems are expanding strongly and are now estimated at as many as 1 million members in North America and 22 million worldwide..."

-- Neal Peirce, CityWire.net

Source: http://bit.ly/RU4H8d

-> "Government is our watchdog, guarding Americans against corporate predators who buy political influence and rig the system to protect their profits."

-- George Stanley McGovern, July 19, 1922 - October 21, 2012

Source: http://bit.ly/XQuS3X


YOUTUBE: "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers"



WEBINAR "Public Health and CSS"

Date: October 30, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: National Highway Institute
Cost: Free
Details & registration: http://1.usa.gov/Vvv8YS

WEBINAR "Health is a Calling Card: Tools to Build Health into Safe Routes to School"

Date: November 1, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Robert Ping (Safe Routes to School National Partnership), Candace Rutt, PhD. (Centers for Disease Control), Fred Boykin (Bicycle South & City of Decatur, GA), Brian Fellows (AZ DOT)
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & registration: http://bit.ly/ShGprt

WEBINAR "Application of the Unsignalized Pedestrian Crossing and Off-Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities"

Date: November 1, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT
Presenters: Aaron Elias (Kittelson & Associates), Kamala Parks (Kittelson & Associates) & Jamie Parks (City of Oakland, CA)
Host: ITE
Cost: No, except for non-TRB Sponsor employees
Details & registration: http://bit.ly/OlDttO

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 "Walking Action Network: Resources to Empower Your Local Community with Walking Initiatives"

Date: November 8, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Scott Bricker (America Walks), Jeremy Grandstaff (Independent Organizational Development Consultant). Jeff Miller (Alliance for Biking & Walking), Melissa Merson (YMCA of Greater Long Beach) & Yolanda Savage-Narva (America Walks)
Host: Alliance for Biking & Walking & America Walks
Cost: Free
Details & registration: http://svy.mk/Vvrj5G

WEBINAR "Innovative Intersection Design"

Date: November 13, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Keith Strickland (HNTB Corporation), Bastian J. Schroeder (ITRE), Jonathan D. Reid (Parson Brinckerhoff), & William M. Ruhsam, Jr. (Moreland Altobelli Associates, Inc.)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: $25
Details & registration: http://bit.ly/SOa1z5

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

WEBINAR "Wayfinding Options for Cyclists"

Date: December 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/UFCuZg


Book by John Pucher (Rutgers Univ.) & Ralph Buehler (Virginia Tech); MIT Press. October, 2012 (hardback, 393 pages; $17)

TŘI Report 1231/2012 by Sorensen & Nćvestad; for the Norwegian Center for Transport Research (English summary). 2012 (general info & link to 104KB pdf).

"...Transport Planning: A Plan for all of NSW;" by Transport for New South Wales. 2012 (numerous online and downloadable resources)

"...Sustainability Plans Addressing Public Health;" 2012 (general info & link to 2.5MB pdf)

"...Together;" many resources from the Summit in Atlanta; sponsored by the CDC, the Atlanta Regional Commission & et al. October 4, 2012 (website w/videos, pdfs, etc.)

Traffic Safety Facts; DOT HS 811 650. September 2012 (general info & link to 3.2MB pdf)


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:



-> "2013 Sustainability in Public Works," APWA Conference, May 13 - 15, 2013, San Diego, CA.
DEADLINE: October 30, 2012

-> "50th International Making Cities Livable," conference, June 23 - 27, 2013, Portland, OR.
DEADLINE: November 1, 2012


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

-> October 30, 2012, Boston Regional Trail and Greenway Summit, Boston, MA. Info: David Loutzenheiser, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council; phone: (617) 451-2770 x2061; email: dloutzenheiser@mapc.org

-> 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 4-7, 2013, "Bicycling Means Business!," League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.

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

-> April 13 - 17, 2013, American Planning Association National Planning Conference, Chicago, IL.

-> 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.

-> June 2 - 7, 2013, CTAA Expo, Community Transportation Association, Albuquerque, NM.

-> June 11 - 14, 2013, "The Sound of Cycling": Velo-city Conference, Vienna, Austria.

-> June 23 - 27, 2013, 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Portland, OR.

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

-> August 4 - 7, 2013, ITE 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibit, Boston, MA.

-> August 13 - 15, 2013, Safe Routes to School National Conference, Sacramento, CA.

-> August 25 - 28, 2013, International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Chicago, IL.


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Under direct supervision of the Health Department director, the purpose of this class is to coordinate the development and implementation of a City-wide bicycle program, promote bicycle mobility and safety, review projects for compliance with City plans for non-motorized transportation. Plans, designs, and assesses facilities; reviews and recommends policies and programs. Compiles and analyzes planning and design data. Prepares and distributes educational information and promotional activities to the public. Require knowledge of the principles and practices of planning and design related to bicycle facilities.

Details: http://bit.ly/ovRsur


Work is performed under the general supervision of the Parks & Recreation Manager. This is professional work in urban land use and transportation planning including work in the federally funded metropolitan transportation planning process. Work will be conducted specifically in the Federal Highway Administration's Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program within the Parks & Recreation Department. The majority of program work, as stipulated in the grant, is to promote public use of trails, greenways and on-street bicycle facilities to enhance recreation, economic, health, environmental and civic benefits. This position is funded with a federal grant known as the Non-motorized transportation pilot project. This position is expected to continue for 3 years.

Deadline to apply: 11/02/2012

Details: http://bit.ly/TFhviD


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
--- Development Associate

Details: http://bit.ly/AmvNwm



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