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#317 Wednesday, November 7, 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.

T-H-E--N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L-&-I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L--S-C-E-N-E
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----- Housing & Transportation Expenses Outpace Incomes
----- State Strategies for 21st Century Transportation Solutions
----- Transforming Pedestrian Detection at Intersections
----- Walk to School Month Ends with Record Participation
----- Ontario's (Canada) Peel Region to Fight Obesity w/ Urban Design
----- 71 New Bicycle Friendly Businesses & 9 Universities Recognized
----- Can America Embrace Biking the Way Denmark Has?

R-E-G-I-O-N-A-L and L-O-C-A-L--A-C-T-I-O-N-S
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----- AK Third Grader's Wish for a Safe Route to School Becomes Reality
----- Springfield (MA) High School Students Learning About Bikeability
----- MT Complete Streets Toolkit for Cities, Small Towns & Tribal Communities
----- NYS DOT Draft Capital Program: Cycling, Walking Not Transportation?
----- MI DOT Campaign Educates Public to Navigate Roundabouts
----- Assessing Development Opportunities Around NJ Transit Stations
----- Family Biking Workshops in Marin County, CA

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----- Livability Literature Review Released
----- New Data Shows Where Americans Bike to Work
----- Bike Research Leads to Smarter Regional Investments, Easier Rides
----- NYC Study Finds Protected Bike Lanes Boost Local Business

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- Regional and Local Actions
- The Research Beat
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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES OUTPACE INCOMES

-> According to an Oct. 18th Center for Housing Policy article, "Policy makers increasingly understand that the true cost of a home is not just the mortgage (or rent) plus utilities. When you select a home, you also take on the transportation costs tied to that location. Where you live affects how much -- or how little -- you will need to spend traveling to work, getting to school, doing errands, and making all the other trips that are part of the weekly routine. It's not truly 'affordable,' then, if your rent or mortgage are low, but your location means you have to own one or more cars and drive so much that the cost of car ownership and gas negates these housing savings..."

"Today, we at the Center for Housing Policy, along with our partners at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, are proud to release 'Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation' (http://bit.ly/QwALy8)...Losing Ground finds that for households living in the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas, combined housing and transportation expenses rose 44 percent during the 2000s -- 1.75 times faster than income -- leading to greater stress on already stretched household budgets..."

Source: http://bit.ly/REyG4m
Title: "Housing and transportation expenses outpace incomes, take a bigger bite from the household budget"
Author: Robert Hickey

STATE STRATEGIES FOR 21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS

-> According to an Oct. 29th Smart Growth America post, "The National Conference of State Legislatures has released a new report, 'On the Move: State Strategies for 21st Century Transportation Solutions.' (http://bit.ly/RyHcFw) The report is intended to serve as a guide for state legislators, and is filled with policies that promote fiscal and environmental sustainability; facilitate affordable, safe and accessible transportation choices; and achieve shared benefits such as improved public health and economic development..."

"The new report highlights many of the same policies outlined in Smart Growth America's 2012 handbook 'The Innovative DOT: A handbook of policy and practice. The Innovative DOT' (http://bit.ly/NXKp1m) outlines 31 recommendations transportation officials can use as they position their agencies for success in the new economy, and documents many of the innovative approaches state leaders are using to make systems more efficient, government more effective and constituents better satisfied."

Source: http://bit.ly/Tpgkrf
Title: "New report highlights laws, policies and program ideas for state transportation officials"
Author: Nicholas Chang

TRANSFORMING PEDESTRIAN DETECTION AT INTERSECTIONS

-> Within an Oct. 9th article, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center reports, "...Migma Systems, Inc., a Massachusetts-based small business, responded to an SBIR [federal Small Business Innovation Research] solicitation to develop a new approach for detecting and tracking pedestrians at intersections to improve pedestrian safety. Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Volpe awarded Migma Systems a Phase I SBIR contract to create a proof-of-concept document that demonstrated the scientific feasibility of its technical approach...and a Phase 2 SBIR contract to move from concept to full-scale prototype."

"During this phase, Migma developed and tested a new infra-red (IR), light-emitting diode (LED) stereo camera that can detect pedestrians in near real time, day and night. The stereo camera has two lenses with separate image sensors for each lens, allowing the camera to capture three-dimensional (3-D) images. Researchers also developed pedestrian detection algorithms, enabling them to extract generic 3-D features from a stereo disparity map, which measures the difference between the two views."

"The prototype can discriminate pedestrians from vehicles, taking advantage of the concavity of the human body. When the device detects pedestrians approaching the crosswalk, it can send a signal to the traffic signal controller to call the pedestrian phase for the person needing to walk across the street. Where needed for slow-moving pedestrians, who take more time to cross a street, the device can detect pedestrians still in the crosswalk and send a request to equipped traffic signal controllers to extend the "walk" signal until the pedestrian has safely crossed the street..."

"Migma's new technology -- made possible by DOT's SBIR program -- will soon move to the commercialization phase, transforming the way pedestrians are detected at intersections, which will greatly improve safety..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/T3nBJD
Title: "Federal Research Program Levels the Playing Field for Small Business"
Author: Staff

[Editor: See related item in this issue's Resources section: "Layered Object Recognition System for Pedestrian Sensing."]

WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH ENDS WITH RECORD PARTICIPATION

-> According to a Nov. 2nd National Center for Safe Routes to School news release, "From all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 4,281 schools registered Walk to School Day events, setting a new Walk to School Day record. 'Credit for the success of Walk to School Day 2012 is shared widely,' said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which serves as the coordinating agency for the event."

"'Much of the credit has to go to the parents, school administrators and local officials who have brought Safe Routes to School programs to their communities,' Marchetti continued. 'Credit also belongs to the state Safe Routes to School coordinators, who work hard to improve safety and promote students getting to school by foot and bicycle. Walk to School Day continues to build momentum here in the U.S. and around the world,' Marchetti said, 'and continues to bring visibility to the benefits of walking and bicycling to school for children, families, schools and communities.'"

"Other success factors in 2012 include:

  • Support of organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Safe Kids USA;
  • Establishment of Bike to School Day in May 2012, which created year-round awareness and energy for walking and biking to school; and
  • Easier access to more resources for event organizers through the new look and navigation of the Walk and Bike to School Day website, http://bit.ly/Uje4V2..."

Source: http://bit.ly/RBRwMh

ONTARIO'S (CANADA) PEEL REGION TO FIGHT OBESITY W/ URBAN DESIGN

-> According to an Oct. 23rd Toronto Star article, "It's a big, fat problem for public health officials. But Peel Region has decided to stop counting calories and start shedding the guilt as it confronts ballooning obesity rates with some radical new medicine. Instead of scolding people to eat right and exercise, the region wants its planners and policy makers to start designing communities that intrinsically promote healthier living -- with more stairs, transit, enticements to walk or cycle, and easier access to healthy food. In the same way cities once put money and muscle into improving sanitation -- building sewers and water treatment plants -- to stop the spread of infectious disease, they must now play a role in preventing chronic disease, said Dr. David Mowat, Peel's medical officer of health, who was part of a Friday gathering in Mississauga called Healthy Peel by Design."

"It's a tough proposition even in densely populated places like downtown Toronto, but presents particular challenges in sprawling, low-density communities such as Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon, say Peel public health officials. 'Sure, it's a challenge in the suburbs but it's not going to get any better if we don't get everybody in the same room and try and figure it out,' said Gayle Bursey, the region's director of chronic disease and injury prevention. 'You have to have enough density, you have to have transportation, you have to have enough mixed use (development), so there are interesting things for people to walk to,' she said..."

Source: http://bit.ly/RLYmeI
Title: "Peel Region ready to fight obesity with urban design"
Author: Tess Kalinowski

71 NEW BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES & 9 UNIVERSITIES RECOGNIZED

-> According to a Nov. 5th American Bicyclist Update, "What do Facebook, Angie's List and General Mills have in common? They're all Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs)! Last month, the League [of American Bicyclists] recognized 71 new BFBs for their role in pedaling America toward greater prosperity and making their businesses welcoming to bicyclists. Headlined by iconic companies -- like Facebook, Apple, Inc., and the Hewlett-Packard Company -- this round of awards pushes the total number of BFBs to nearly 500 businesses in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Read more and see the full list at http://bit.ly/SXQGb7."

"Yale and Princeton are already among the nation's elite colleges. Now they're among the top universities when it comes to bicycling, too. Last month, the League announced the designation of nine new Bicycle Friendly Universities, growing the program to 44 colleges in 25 states. 'Young adults want to drive less and ride more -- and they're choosing schools, like Yale and Princeton, that are making bicycling a vibrant part of campus life,' says League President Andy Clarke. Read more and see the full list at http://bit.ly/RTwa9L."

Source: http://bit.ly/UHh0u9
Title: "Iconic U.S. Companies Become Bicycle Friendly Businesses"
Author: Carolyn Szczepanski

Source: http://bit.ly/PQIAnq
Title: "Ivy League Goes Green With Bicycle Friendly Universities"
Author: Carolyn Szczepanski

CAN AMERICA EMBRACE BIKING THE WAY DENMARK HAS?

-> According to an Nov. 1st Slate article by Austin Troy, "It's a Monday morning in Copenhagen, and I'm tearing down a street called Rolighedsvej on my clunky steel rental bike, trying to make it to a meeting for which I'm nearly certain I'll be late. As I zip along the beautifully maintained bike lanes, it strikes me that I've never had a city biking experience quite like this. Not only do I feel totally safe and secure, but I'm able to get to my destination faster and at a fraction of the difficulty and cost than if I were driving a car."

"Ninety percent of Copenhageners own a bike. Only 29 percent of Copenhagen households own a car. Fifty-eight percent of Copenhageners use a bike on a daily basis for at least small trips, and 37 percent make their daily commute on bikes. (The city's target is 50 percent by 2015.) Many government service providers now use bicycles, like postal workers and police officers. With a robust public transportation network to complement the biking routes, only 31 percent need to commute by car. The energy impacts of this are huge: Bicycles have displaced more than one-third of all transportation fossil fuel use in Copenhagen and, in the process, eliminated 90,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year..."

"The success of cycling in Denmark raises the question of why America, with all its massive resources, lags so far behind on something that could be so beneficial to cities and inexpensive to implement. In the United States as a whole, only 0.4 percent commute by bicycle. The highest rate in the country is found in Portland, Ore. -- but at about 6 percent, it's nowhere near Copenhagen's 37 percent..."

Source: http://slate.me/UjwsYe
Title: "Can America Embrace Biking the Way Denmark Has?"
Author: Austin Troy

[Editor: See related story in this issue's The Research Beat, "New Data Shows Where Americans Bike to Work."]


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

AK THIRD GRADER'S WISH FOR A SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL BECOMES REALITY

-> According to a September/October Safe Routes Matter article, "Even in remote Naknek, Alaska, kids need safe routes to school. Isabel Babiak knew that when she was an eight-year-old third grader. She and her school friends feared the off highway vehicles (OHV) speeding on the narrow gravel roads they walked, and they suffered from breathing in vehicle exhaust fumes trapped low to the ground near their school by Alaska's temperature inversion patterns."

"So when the Bristol Bay Borough Community Development Director Yvonne Copy asked Isabel's class: 'What would you do to improve your community?' she got an earful, according to Alaska SRTS Coordinator Steve Soenksen."

"Isabel wanted a safe way to school -- kids were getting injured by other kids on OHVs. She was also concerned about the pollution -- many kids were suffering from asthma, having to use inhalers. She was concerned about the speed of the OHVs and the dust they create-more pollution. Obesity is an issue in rural Alaska -- she wanted a place where she and her friends could get outside and play and move safely," Soenksen said..."

"After the class session with Yvonne Copy, Isabel went to the borough assembly meeting (like a meeting of the county commissioners in other parts of the U.S.) with a map to show where she thought the trail and improvements should go. She kept going to meetings with her map. She got more than 80 children to sign a petition. She spoke with the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Then she submitted an application to the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) for technical assistance..."

"Amazingly, Isabel and her friends got what they wanted. In September, the town dedicated the Sockeye Run Fitness Trail and Bike Path. It's a 2.3 mile path that connects the Bristol Bay Borough School, the health clinic, the community center, and the senior center. Along the path are nodes with play equipment and fitness activity stations, benches, a scenic overlook at a lake, and interpretive signs informing trail users about the local flora and fauna..."

Source: http://bit.ly/RTBoT2
Title: "Third Grader's Wish for a Safe Route to School Becomes a Community Cornerstone Project in Naknek, Alaska"
Author: Staff

SPRINGFIELD (MA) HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARNING ABOUT BIKEABILITY

-> According to a Nov. 1st MassBike blog entry, "Earlier in October, MassBike's Program Associate and I (Price) went to Renaissance High School in Springfield to teach their Bike Club about our Bikeability Assessments. We met with the faculty sponsor of the group and students to explain the concept of bikeability, and also took them out on an assessment test run. Moving forward, the plan is to undertake a student-driven assessment of streets near the school for submission to the City, focusing especially on Route 20A (a major street that runs by the school). This is really exciting work, especially in Springfield -- the fourth largest city in New England -- which could see major transportation and economic benefits from being more bike-friendly."

"Right now, their main bicycle facility is the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway, but that is mostly used for recreation. This stands in stark contrast to the northern tier of the Pioneer Valley, where Easthampton, Northampton, Hadley and Amherst are all linked via off-road trails and the streets tend to have more bicycle facilities. We are fortunate to have the opportunity through Mass in Motion for the MassBike staff to be able to provide direct support to Springfield (and Holyoke) on improving their bike infrastructure..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PyEJKC
Title: "Springfield Youth Studying Bikeability"
Author: Price

Via Rethinking Urban Transportation: http://bit.ly/U4QYvc

MT COMPLETE STREETS TOOLKIT FOR CITIES, SMALL TOWNS & TRIBAL COMMUNITIES

-> In a Nov. 1st email, Cathy Costakis of the Montana Nutrition and Physical Activity Program announced, "I just wanted to let you know that we have recently completed the Montana Complete Streets Toolkit for Cities, Small Towns and Tribal Communities. We worked with Alta Planning + Design..."

"The purpose of this toolkit is to: 1) explain what is meant by a Complete Streets approach to designing and building a transportation network; 2) share the benefits of Complete Streets; 3) identify the various elements that make streets truly "complete" and describe the needed amenities to accommodate users of Montana's roadways and 4) share innovative ways in which Montana's cities, small towns and tribal communities are already working to complete their streets. This document will provide a resource to engineers, planners, elected officials, and residents who desire safe and efficient facilities for bicycling, walking and transit within their communities. This toolkit is organized into three sections: Planning Guidance, Case Studies in Montana communities, and Design Guidance."

Download the toolkit at http://bit.ly/WwPyRM

NYS DOT DRAFT CAPITAL PROGRAM: CYCLING, WALKING NOT TRANSPORTATION?

-> According to a Nov. 1st Mobilizating the Region article, "In August of 2011, Governor Cuomo signed New York State's complete streets bill into law, an effort to ensure that capital project planners consider all users of the road, and not just drivers. Judging by NYSDOT's draft two-year capital plan, though, the agency hasn't gotten the memo: it fails to identify walking or biking as modes of transportation. Although the document uses key buzzwords -- 'multi-modal," 'users of all modes,' 'sustainable,' 'improve livability,' 'environmental protection' -- complete streets advocates are left hanging when the document lists the ways New Yorkers get around."

"Each mode of transportation -- highways, transit, rail, ports and aviation -- has an important role to play in this support, and investment to improve this infrastructure is essential for economic growth. New York's future economic competitiveness requires investment in all modes of the State's transportation system, creating balance where transportation can support a sustainable future. The document also makes no mention of the 2010 Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act (PIPA), which was passed to encourage sustainable development instead of sprawl. An Empire State Future report on PIPA implementation released earlier this year found that New York State would benefit from 'direct attention from the [Cuomo] Administration in the implementation of the law,' and now is as good a time as any..."

Source: http://bit.ly/U52UNw
Title: "NYSDOT Draft Capital Program: Cycling, Walking Not Transportation Modes"
Author: Nadine Lemmon

MI DOT CAMPAIGN EDUCATES PUBLIC TO NAVIGATE ROUNDABOUTS

-> According to the October Terra E-News, "The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) initiated the study 'Educating the Public to Navigate Roundabouts' (http://1.usa.gov/jRXdu3) to better understand roundabout driver behavior and develop effective educational countermeasures to improve safety and efficiency. Researchers at Wayne State University examined roundabout crash data and survey results from almost 12,000 users to identify key factors associated with roundabout crashes, including excessive speed, difficulty in understanding which driver should yield at entry and exit points, confusion about lane selection and lane changes, and failure to recognize pedestrians and bicyclists. Based on these findings, the research team developed a comprehensive public education campaign to counteract the crash factors, including animated videos, presentations, and brochures..."

Source: http://bit.ly/RrIE8n
Title: "MDOT campaign educates public to navigate roundabouts"
Author: Staff

ASSESSING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AROUND NJ TRANSIT STATIONS

-> According to a recent New Jersey Futures posting, "New Jersey has 243 transit stations, ranging from small single-track stations to major multi-line hubs. The unique characteristics of each station, of its immediate neighborhood, and of its surrounding municipality mean that a wide variety of development strategies should be brought to bear in order to maximize each location's potential."

"New Jersey Future has compiled from various sources a comprehensive database of development-related statistics for all of the state's transit stations and their surrounding neighborhoods. Searchable by data element, by station or municipality, or by ranking, the database is intended to provide policy makers, municipal officials and development professionals with a straightforward way to identify the highest-potential opportunities for various kinds of development around transit stations."

"This dataset offers a unique 360-degree profile of each station, including lines and frequency of service, station-area parking availability, and travel times to New York Penn Station. Available demographic characteristics for the surrounding neighborhoods include population and housing density, median income and home value, and details of vehicle ownership. At the municipal level, employment data is available."

Download: "Targeting Transit: Assessing Development Opportunities Around New Jersey's Transit Stations" at http://bit.ly/WxZ1Io

Source: http://bit.ly/RRDYOg
Title: "Targeting Transit: Assessing Development Opportunities Around New Jersey's Transit Stations"
Author: Staff

FAMILY BIKING WORKSHOPS IN MARIN COUNTY, CA

-> According to an Oct. 29th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, "As part of a continuing focus on educating and encouraging families to bike together, Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) is working Alta Planning + Design to offer the free Family Biking Workshop Series."

"Building off of MCBC's previous work with family trainings and 'Riding with Youth,' the series takes kids and parents through four hands-on sessions where they learn with guided practice."

"As the series progresses, students move from learning indoors to outside and from the bike rodeo to the street. Starting with the basics of safety and riding techniques, MCBC provides interactive lessons to teach parents and kids together."

"'By teaching the whole family, you create a family memory around biking,' says Wendi Kallins, Safe Routes to School Program Director at MCBC. 'Kids and parents learn and practice together, and, as a result, they're more likely to continue to ride together.'"

"To fund the program, the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission has taken advantage of CMAQ funding to offer mini0grants for short-term project implementation..."

Source: http://bit.ly/PClbVR
Title: "Family Biking Workshops in Marin County"
Author: Jake Knight


THE RESEARCH BEAT

LIVABILITY LITERATURE REVIEW RELEASED

-> According to an Oct. 22nd National Association of Regional Councils release, "NARC is pleased to announce the release of their latest livability resource, 'Livability Literature Review: A Synthesis of Current Practice.' (http://bit.ly/UrX1Q6) This comprehensive report describes how livability is understood, provides examples of livable communities in practice and adds clarity to several concepts. With its partners, NARC conducted an expansive literature review, including more than 180 livability reports and documents to condense the most current tactics and mechanisms in creating livable communities."

"This new report will help local governments and their regional planning organizations, both urban and rural, better understand the resources available to create more livable communities. Additionally, it consolidates a large number of existing resources and identifies areas in which additional information is necessary..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ssn44l
Title: "Member Release: New Report: A Synthesis of Current Livability Practice, Seeking Case Studies"
Author: Staff

Via November Safe Routes to School E-News: http://bit.ly/QmJEQn

NEW DATA SHOWS WHERE AMERICANS BIKE TO WORK

-> According to an Oct. 16th Governing article, "New census data highlights areas of the country where people are more likely to strap on their helmets and bike to work."

"Nationwide, more than 777,000 people rode bicycles as their primary means of traveling to work last year, according to the Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey."

"In most areas, cyclists accounted for only a small share of all commuters. Last year, they made up an estimated 0.56 percent of U.S. working adults, a rate that has remained relatively stable in recent years. Cyclists accounted for 0.53 percent of commuters in 2010 and 0.55 percent in 2009, according to the survey."

"Some urban areas, though, are home to far greater numbers of cyclists than others. More than 5 percent of working adults reported biking to work in at least sixteen cities surveyed with populations exceeding 65,000. An estimated 16.6 percent of Davis, Calif., workers bike to their jobs, more than any other city in the country."

Source: http://bit.ly/WmMPZN
Title: "New Data Shows Where Americans Bike to Work"
Author: Mike Maciag

BIKE RESEARCH LEADS TO SMARTER REGIONAL INVESTMENTS, EASIER RIDES

-> According to an Oct. 23rd OTREC blog entry, "When policymakers look to meet cycling goals by investing in new bicycle routes, they have little research to help them determine whether cyclists will actually use them. As a result, bicycle facilities aren't considered equally with motor vehicle infrastructure. That's changing, thanks in part to OTREC research. An OTREC-funded study, the first to gather large-scale data that reveal cyclists' actual route preference, is being published in a scientific journal (Transportation Research Part A). The findings have already been incorporated into the regional travel demand model used to make transportation investment decisions across the Portland region."

"In the study, Portland State University researchers Joseph Broach, Jennifer Dill and John Gliebe (Gliebe is now with RSG Inc.) outfitted cyclists with GPS units to record which routes they chose and model the choices to reveal preferences. Previous studies have relied on stated preference surveys or less reliable methods of determining cyclists' actual routes. The data gathering was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its national program Active Living Research. The research determined not only the attractiveness of bike lanes, paths and bike boulevards, but also the effect of intersection design, turns and slope-factors that proved to be as important as the bike facility itself. While some assume that cyclists take the most direct route to any destination, the research found that cyclists take significant detours to use separated bike paths and bike boulevards. The study is the first to examine bike boulevards, the low-traffic neighborhood streets tailored for cycling..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Tt72X8
Title: "Bike research leading to smarter regional investments, easier rides"
Author: Staff

NYC STUDY FINDS PROTECTED BIKE LANES BOOST LOCAL BUSINESS

-> According to a Nov. 1st America Bikes blog entry, "The road to recovery is in sight, and it has a bike lane. The typical city street is a busy place. People riding bikes, walking, driving cars, and operating buses all have somewhere to go to and want to get there safely -- and quickly. But while we normally think of streets as pipelines for people and goods, public streets are about more than just moving from point A to point B. They're also corridors for public life. Streets are places where locals discover new hole-in-the-wall stores and restaurants, where window shoppers duck into shops to peruse, and where children convince their parents to stop -- just for ONE second -- to buy a cup of hot chocolate. In other words, streets can also grow local economies."

"A new study from the New York Department of Transportation shows that streets that safely accommodate bicycle and pedestrian travel are especially good at boosting small businesses, even in a recession. NYC DOT found that protected bikeways had a significant positive impact on local business strength. After the construction of a protected bicycle lane on 9th Avenue, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales. In comparison, local businesses throughout Manhattan only saw a 3% increase in retail sales. In many ways, these data come as no surprise. We know that when towns invest in bicycle infrastructure, people will ride more -- the number of people traveling by bicycle increases when there is infrastructure to make traveling by bike safe and easy...This new study makes it clear: investing in bicycle improvements boosts small businesses. And what town or city doesn't want to boost activity at local businesses? Better walking infrastructure encourages retail strength, too. In another example from NYC DOT's study, retails sales increased a whopping 179% after the city converted an underused parking area in Brooklyn into a pedestrian plaza. Retail sales at businesses in the rest of the neighborhood only increased by 18%..."

Source: http://bit.ly/XeKsIR
Title: "NYC Study Finds Protected Bicycle Lanes Boost Local Business"
Author: Mary Lauran Hall


QUOTES R US

-> "Regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status, everyone should have access to a bike and safe streets to ride. Many students do not have the upbringing that I had. I want to make sure that they have opportunities. The bike has transformed my life; I want to transform their life with a bike..."

-- Ed Ewing, program director of the Major Taylor Project program, Seattle, WA

Source: Sightline Daily: http://bit.ly/SQ85m9

-> "'Biking is definitely part of our strategy to attract and retain businesses in order to compete in a mobile world,' Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says as we pedal across the Mississippi River on a bike and pedestrian bridge. 'We want young talent to come here and stay. And good biking is one of the least expensive ways to send that message.'"

-- Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
http://bit.ly/U7jWe1

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

VIDEO: "After Sandy: Two-Wheeled Commute"
by Erik Olsen

"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the unprecedented problems with public transportation, some commuters have chosen a different kind of transport: the two-wheeled, human-powered kind."
http://nyti.ms/XhyPRs

DISCOVERY NEWS: "Excellent Idea of the Day: Glow-in-the-Dark Roads! This isn't something to up the Netherlands' cool factor, it's a step in a new direction for highway transportation..."
http://bit.ly/RHd0pi

Via Montana Associated Technology Roundtables: http://bit.ly/TtArQL


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

ONLINE FORUM: "The First Walking Action Network Discussion Forum: 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), Jeff Miller (the Alliance for Biking & Walking) & Melissa Wheeler (the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, CA)
Host: America Walks & Alliance for Biking & Walking
Cost: Free
Contact: Yolanda Savage-Narva <ysavage-narva@americawalks.org>
Details & registration: http://bit.ly/SQIAkw

WEBINAR: "Prescription Trails: How Public Health Professionals are Supporting Trails and Walking Programs"

Date: Nov. 13, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Attila Bality (National Park Service), Dr. Linda Macdonald (Prescription Trails steering committee), Russell Hirschler (Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Vermont) & Becky Lewandoski (Upper Valley Trails Alliance)
Host: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center & the American Public Health Association
Cost: Free
Details & registration: http://bit.ly/PRHs3g

WEBINAR: "The Power of People: Engaging Stakeholders in Your Community's Projects"

Date: Nov. 13, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. ET
Host: National Association of Counties
Cost: Free
Contact: Cindy Wasser <cwasser@naco.org> or 202.942.4274
Details & registration: http://bit.ly/RI7DWX

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 "Moline, IL & Cincinnati, OH: Transit-Oriented Development that is Transforming Communities"

Date: Nov. 15, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET
Host: US EPA
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: No pre-registration. At time of webinar go to: http://bitly.com/MEeaUb and enter as a guest. Limited number of audio lines available at 1-888-850-4523. Participant passcode: 719661.

WEBINAR "Road Diets and Pedestrian Safety"

Date: November 20, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Libby Thomas (UNC Highway Safety Research Center), Mike Sallaberry (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) & Gina Coffman (Toole Design Group)
Host: FHWA & the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/SKQXzL

WEBINAR "Streets as Places"

Date: November 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Gary Toth (Project for Public Spaces), Kate Rube (Project for Public Spaces), Paul Dreher (Livability Solutions)
Host: Project for Public Spaces
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/QkObmf

WEBINAR "Fresh Ideas from the 2012 Oberstar SRTS Award Program -- Surprising Partners and Program Approaches"

Date: December 4, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Kathryn Garvey (Safe Routes Chagrin, Chagrin Falls, OH) & Nancy Pullen-Seufert (National Center for Safe Routes to School)
Host: America Walks & National Center for Safe Routes to School
Cost: Free
Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/SXKqjD

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


RESOURCES

-> "CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT AND THE ECONOMY IN..."
"...Metropolitan Washington" Report by McClain and Pisarski; Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University. 2012.
http://bit.ly/QZU6tJ

-> "TRAFFIC CALMING IN THE NETHERLANDS"
Report by de Wit & Talens, CROW, the Dutch National Information and Technology Centre for Transport and Infrastructure. No date (109KB pdf).
http://bit.ly/RAo1qE

-> "LAYERED OBJECT RECOGNITION SYSTEM FOR PEDESTRIAN SENSING"
Report by Eledath, Matei, Bansal, Jung & Sawhney; publication no. FHWA-HRT-11-056. October 2012 (general info & link to 9.6MB pdf).
http://1.usa.gov/UwqnHO

-> "HUMAN FACTORS GUIDELINES FOR ROAD SYSTEMS: SECOND EDITION"
Book by National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Transportation Research Board Report 600. 2012.
http://bit.ly/TvvyZO

-> "TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE - LESSONS FROM IN-DEPTH..."
"...Crash Investigations" Report by Austroads. Publication no: AP-R418-12, 59 Pages.
http://bit.ly/Wyyw5K


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

HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> National Outdoor Recreation Conference, May 19 - 23, 2013, Traverse City, MI.
DEADLINE: November 16, 2012
http://bit.ly/XT1BGP

-> 17th International Conference Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities, July 30 - August 2, 2013, Washington, DC.
DEADLINE: December 1, 2013
http://bit.ly/xK8wLe

CONFERENCES

-> November 8 - 9, 2012, 2012 University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference on Sustainable Energy and Transportation: Strategies, Research, Data, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/TJUFKO

-> 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

-> December 3, 2012, Designing Sustainable Communities: Principles and Practices, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/UiTwM8

-> December 5, 2012, Every Body Walk! Aligning Resources to Build a National Walking Movement Strategy and Scoping Meeting, Washington, DC. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 16 to publicinfo@acsm.org. Free, lunch provided. Space limited.

-> December 11, 2012, Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Summit, Las Vegas, NV. Info: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc; Mike Colety, phone: (702) 734-5666 (office) or (702) 845-1341 (cell), email: <Mike.Colety@Kimley-Horn.com>

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

-> February 1 - 3, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training. Minneapolis, MN.
http://bit.ly/ofmNfM

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

-> March 6 - 8, 2013, Building a Healthier Future Summit, Partnership for a Healthier America, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/QmYqGO

-> 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

-> March 15 - 17, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Cleveland, OH.
http://bit.ly/ofmNfM

-> April 4 - 7, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Athens, GA.
http://bit.ly/ofmNfM

-> April 13 - 17, 2013, American Planning Association National Planning Conference, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/fx4E39

-> 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 - 16, 2013, Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, Denver, CO.
http://bit.ly/T4b9Jq

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

-> May 19 - 23, 2013, National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Traverse City, MI.
http://bit.ly/XT1BGP

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

-> June 2 - 7, 2013, CTAA Expo, Community Transportation Association, Albuquerque, NM.
http://bit.ly/RvEa1A

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

-> June 23 - 27, 2013, 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/Ondbrg

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

-> July 30 - August 2, 2013, 17th International Conference Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities, Generations United, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/xK8wLe

-> August 2 - 4, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, White Plains, NY.
http://bit.ly/ofmNfM

-> 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

-> August 25 - 28, 2013, International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/ROxP3l

-> September 13 - 15, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Helena, MT.
http://bit.ly/ofmNfM


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!

-> GRANTS - ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS

US EPA has opened applications for environmental small grants totaling $1.5 million for community initiatives advancing environment and public health. Last year USEPA awarded ten grants of $100,000 each for this program. Interested persons may join the pre-application assistance calls in November or December.

Deadline: January 7, 2013
http://1.usa.gov/ThrLmS

-> RFP -- END CHILDHOOD OBESITY INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end the childhood obesity crisis within a generation, knows that when it comes to ending childhood obesity, good ideas can be found all over-from moms and dads, to kids, to start-up companies in garages, to nonprofits, to major corporations. PHA is inviting anyone with a great idea for how to end childhood obesity to enter the End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge. The winning idea will receive $10,000 to kick-start their idea, and expert advice to turn that idea into a reality.

The End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge, which launches today, will solicit ideas from people across the country, score them, and then let America vote to decide the three finalists. The finalists will win a trip to Washington, DC, where they'll present their idea before a panel of judges and all attendees at the PHA's Building a Healthier Future Summit, March 6-8, 2013 in Washington, DC. (http://bit.ly/QmYqGO)

Deadline: November 16, 2012
http://bit.ly/Th6Yjd

-> RFP -- WALK FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES APPLICATION

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announces the opening of the fifth round of the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) application process...Currently, 33 communities nationwide have earned Walk Friendly status. The program will announce the next round of communities designated as Walk Friendly in February.

To assist applicants in collecting and preparing their responses, PBIC has released an interactive version of the application. This text version can be circulated among an application team to facilitate the internal review process prior to submission on December 15. All applications must still be submitted through the online application system by creating an account. To download the text version of the application, please visit http://bitly.com/a0U4t0)

Deadline: December 15, 2012
http://bit.ly/nqu49E

-> NOMINATION -- ALLIANCE FOR BIKING AND WALKING ADVOCACY AWARDS

The Alliance for Biking and Walking seeks nominations for five advocacy awards in 2013:

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Advocacy Organization of the Year
  • Winning Campaign of the Year
  • Business Advocate of the Year
  • Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

Anyone can submit one nomination for each of the categories. Winners will be announced at the Advocacy Awards Reception on March 4, 2013, during the National Bike Summit.

Deadline: December 18, 2012
http://bit.ly/aaSwsf

-> JOB -- PUBLIC HEALTH PLANNING SPECIALIST- SAN DIEGO, CA

The San Diego Association of Governments seeks a Public Health Planning Specialist who will be a member of the Land Use Planning and Coordination section of the Land Use and Transportation Planning Department and will play a key role in coordinating implementation of region wide activities aimed at integrating public health, program analysis, and policy research into regional transportation and land use planning. This position will serve as a key liaison between SANDAG and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

This position is funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a Community Transformation Grant (CTG), an initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create healthier communities through evidence-based approaches that lead to policy, systems, organizational, and environmental changes in communities and schools. The grant will enable SANDAG, in collaboration with regional stakeholders, to develop public health-related policies and performance measures, implement the Regional Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan, provide technical assistance and support for complete streets as well as health benefits and impacts analysis activities.

This position is open until filled. The first review of applications for the Public Health Planning Specialist position will begin on Friday, November 9, 2012.

http://bit.ly/Rfx4AF

-> JOB -- PROJECT COORDINATOR, FAIRFAX COUNTY (VA)

Seeking a highly motivated and experienced environmental professional, specifically with experience in preparing and reviewing both state and federal environmental documents as required for the implementation of complex multi-modal transportation projects, such as roadway, pedestrian, bicycle, transit and parking facilities. Provides expert technical guidance to the Department in support of multi-modal transportation projects and studies. Coordinates, prepares, and reviews environmental documents and works to resolve issues with transportation professionals, as well as other county, state and federal agencies, residents and elected officials.
Closing Date: November 9, 2012

http://1.usa.gov/T0jmAi

-> JOB -- SENIOR LEVEL PROFESSIONAL PLANNER/OFFICE DIRECTOR, EITHER IN LOS ANGELS OR SAN DIEGO

Alta Planning + Design has an immediate opening fro an experienced Project Manager in either our Los Angles or San Diego offices. Candidates should have 10 years of proven project management experience, strong leadership skills, and a desire to work in a fast-paced consulting environment on some of the most cutting-edge bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to school, and complete streets projects in California.
Position open until filled. No calls please.

http://bit.ly/VStbjy

-> MULTIPLE POSITIONS -- BIKE NEW YORK, NEW YORK CITY

SENIOR MANAGER - EVENTS DEPARTMENT
Bike New York is seeking a full-time Senior Manager of Events. Reporting to the Director of Events, the ideal candidate will be highly organized, efficient, personable, and share the organization's ambitions for bicycling. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly skilled and motivated individual to assist in producing Bike New York's existing rides and assist in the development of new rides/events, including the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Bike Expo New York, regional cycling rides, and "Pedal Stops," a brand and community awareness program.

WEB DESIGN & SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Bike New York is seeking a new, full-time Web Design & Social Media Coordinator who will play an important role in the development/management/coordination of Bike New York's web site and social media assets. Reporting to the Communications Manager, with additional top-line supervision from the Communications Director, the ideal candidate will be highly organized, efficient, personable, and share the organization's ambitions for cycling. Experience with web design and online content management is a must.

  • Youth Program Bike Instructor
  • Bike Safety School Assembly Instructor
  • Freelance Class Captain Position Description
  • Communications and Customer Service Intern
  • Event Management Intern

See full details at http://bit.ly/pvPOKr.

-> JOB -- MULTIPLE POSITIONS -- ACTIVE TRANS ALLIANCE, CHICAGO

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:
--- DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND ADVOCACY directs and executes the federal, state, and regional legislative and advocacy agendas. The position also manages legislation before the Chicago City Council and provides support and direction for local advocacy initiatives. Position open until filled. For priority consideration, please submit application no later than December 15, 2012. http://bit.ly/YIuiH1
--- Communications Internship
--- Event Internship
--- Graphic Design Internship
--- Event Marketing Internship
--- Development Associate

Details: http://bit.ly/AmvNwm


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