#318 Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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-> According to a recent League of American Bicyclists blogpost, "With the passage of the new transportation law, the route to federal funding for biking and walking in your community isn't as direct as it used to be. With dedicated programs, like Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School, eliminated and folded into the new Transportation Alternatives program, there's far more flexibility in how -- or if -- federal dollars are spent on bike/ped projects."
"But if there's one guiding principle to this new landscape it's the increased importance of state departments of transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations -- or MPOs. As Darren Flusche, League Policy Director, explains: 'The new transportation law gives Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) more responsibility for distributing federal transportation funds. MPOs serving areas with more than 200,000 residents are required to run a competitive grant program to distribute federal funds from the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program.'"
"So how do advocates and officials work together to ensure biking and walking are integrated into the funding process in general and, more specifically, this new competitive grant process? Working with MPO staff who are leading the way in bike/ped planning and funding,Advocacy Advance put together a short new report highlighting best practices for MPOs..."
"Report: "How Metropolitan Planning Organizations Plan for and Fund Bicycling and Walking Investments:" http://bit.ly/QrGpr7"
-> According to the Fall 2012 FHWA Pedestrian Forum, "The FHWA strongly encourages the use of 'road diets' (roadway reconfiguration) where appropriate. The classic 'road diet,' involves converting an undivided four lane roadway into three lanes made up of two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane. The reduction of lanes allows the roadway to be reallocated for other uses such as bike lanes, pedestrian crossing islands, and/or parking. Road diets have multiple safety and operational benefits for vehicles as well as pedestrians, such as:"
"Roadways with Average Daily Traffic (ADT) of 20,000 or less may be good candidates for a road diet and should be evaluated for feasibility. It has been shown that roads with 15,000 ADT or less had very good results in the areas of safety, operations, and livability."
"Driveway density, transit routes, the number and design of intersections along the corridor, as well as operational characteristics are some considerations to be evaluated before deciding to implement a road diet. Road diets can be low cost if planned in conjunction with reconstruction or simple overlay projects, since a road diet mostly consists of restriping."
-> According to an Oct. 26th TreeHugger blogpost, "...Getting reluctant cyclists to brave their bikes in the middle of winter is the reason a few towns in the Netherlands are now considering passively heating their bike paths to provide drier, more comfortable roads."
"In a report from the Netherlands De Telegraaf news site, the Dutch Cyclists Union enthuses over the possibility of pavement warmed up by underground pipes. Heated paths would induce more bicyclists to ride, the DCU hypothesizes, reduce accidents due to snowy roads, and keep more cars from the roads. "
"The cost is estimated to be between U.S. $25 - 50,000 per kilometer of heated bike path. Marcel Boerefijn of the engineering firm Tauw said in one news report that the pipes for the heated bike paths would have to run as deep as 50 meters down, which is why the cost per kilometer of lane is so high. Heat generated during the summer months would be collected and stored, and used to de-ice and warm the paths in the winter. Boerefijn estimated that though the installation cost seems high, Dutch municipalities adopting the passive bike path heating would end up saving money in salt and straw used on roads in winter, as well as in reduced accident costs..."
-> According to a Nov. 15th article in The Globe and Mail, "Reams of plastic milk jugs and yogurt containers rinsed out by conscientious consumers could find new life on a highway. The City of Vancouver on Thursday unveiled a warm-mix paving application that uses recycled plastic -- the kind collected in the city's blue box program -- to make asphalt."
"The North American road building sector has been experimenting with warm-mix systems, which mix paving materials at lower temperatures than conventional hot-mix methods, for about a decade, building on methods developed primarily in Germany."
"Vancouver says its method is the first to use recycled plastic, adding another green feature to a technology that can significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions..."
-> According to an article in the Nov. 14th edition of RideOn, "For this year's installment of our popular bike lock test, Ride On collected a range of the most interesting new and current locks to determine the best and best value at high, medium and low security levels. Thinking like thieves, we tested the locks to breaking point using techniques that were quick, simple and least likely to draw attention to ourselves. If a lock showed resistance, we increased the severity of the tools and techniques we used. D-locks continue to offer the highest security. Even the cheapest require an angle grinder to break -- a hacksaw can't get through hardened steel. A surprise in this test were the hardened steel chains combined with resilient locks. These proved very awkward to break into, providing a great deterrent along with the convenience of being easier to stow than many D-locks. The lowest level of deterrent came from light and small cables, which require very little ingenuity to break. They can be used to add an additional deterrent along with a bigger lock, or if you just need something to prevent someone walking off with your bicycle while you pop into a shop, but not much more..."
-> According to a Nov. 13th A/N Blog post, "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has proven to be a controversial public figure, whether it's unsafe reading while driving, or now, removing Toronto's recently installed bike lanes on Jarvis Street. Yesterday, city crews showed up in large scrubbing trucks to scrape away thin dividing lines from the street, only to encounter a small collection of riders who would not stand by idly. Instead the cyclists chose to lie down, sit, and ultimately blockade the street scrubbing vehicles, eventually forcing them to leave for the day."
"A subtle part of the infrastructure that regulates a city's traffic, bike lanes on Jarvis Street in Toronto have been voted out by City Council to make room for a reversible fifth lane meant to improve traffic flow for automobiles..."
"The scene has been carefully observed from coast to coast in the United States as bike advocates worry of potential bike backlashes in local politics. New York has already gone through a lengthy fight over bike lanes installed by Mayor Bloomberg and Janette Sadik-Khan along Prospect Park in Brooklyn..."
-> According to a Nov. 19th release, "The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) has announced the results of the annual election for the association's Board of Directors. The three new Board members who will take office on January 1, 2013 are Douglas Adams, Director of Active Transportation, Sam Schwartz Engineering in New York City; Malisa Mccreedy, Pedestrian Program Manager, City of Charlotte (North Carolina) Department of Transportation; and Jessica Mortell, Project Engineer, Toole Design Group in Boston. Brett Hondorp, Principal, Alta Planning + Design in Berkeley, California, was re-elected for a second term. New board members bring a wealth of expertise to APBP, including the perspective of young professionals drawn to an exciting, growing local and global field."
"Continuing Board members include Eric Anderson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner, City of Berkeley; Jennifer Hefferan, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, District of Columbia Department of Transportation; Norma Moores, Senior Transportation Engineer, IBI Group in Hamilton, Ontario; Philip Pugliese, Bicycle Coordinator, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mark de la Vergne, Project Manager, Sam Schwartz Engineering; Judi Wallace, President, Wallace Consulting & Training Inc. and Safe Routes to School Consultant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Craig Williams, a founding APBP Board member and Principal, Alta Planning + Design in Chicago..."
-> According to a Nov. 19th League of American Bicyclists blogpost, "It is with a heavy heart that we note the passing of a true bicycle advocacy leader: Ellen Fletcher. According to Richard Masoner: 'The Holocaust survivor, PTA mom, city council member, and bike advocate Ellen Fletcher succumbed at age 83 to lung cancer at her Palo Alto home' this week."
"'Ellen was a board member of the League from 1984 to 1990 -- and I had the pleasure of working with her then when I was first on staff,' remembers League President, Andy Clarke. 'She was recognized with the League's Paul Dudley White award in 1996 and we also honored her at our education conference in San Jose a couple of years back. She valiantly made her own way from Palo Alto by bike and train to attend. Ellen was a tireless advocate in the Bay area, and served on the Palo Alto city council for many years in the 70s and 80s.'"
"Ellen shared just a glimpse of her inspiring story earlier this year, contributing to our '31 Days, 31 Reasons' blog series during National Bike Month."
"'... Moving to the California suburbs in 1958 with a baby, I thought my biking days were over. But it wasn't long before I was again back on the bike, at least for short trips. But those short trips expanded greatly, partly for ideological reasons during the Arab oil boycott. Although I still owned a 1964 Plymouth Valiant until a few months ago, I rarely used it, filling my gas tank no more than once a year. The rest of my trips were by bike or with my bike on transit...'"
[Ed: I've liked and admired Ellen ever since the early '80s when I interviewed her in her Palo Alto house (and on bikes) for Bicycle Forum magazine.]
-> According to the Nov. 13th SSTI e-newsletter, "Just before Super Storm Sandy came to town and made a mess of New York's infrastructure, transportation officials from the largest U.S. cities gathered for the first national conference of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Out of that meeting came discussion that cities may be on their own in moving forward with innovative plans and policies. Attendees expressed frustration that neither cities nor transportation overall got much attention during the recent campaign season."
"Although transit has always been an important mode of transportation in our largest cities, many urban transportation officials are attempting to add more transit options. Car and bike sharing can complement transit, walking, and private vehicles for some trips, but urban transportation officials have discovered that current state and federal funding programs do not provide enough flexibility to quickly implement these programs. And these same officials feel cities are often forgotten in the national debate, despite the increasing percentage of the population that live in urban areas."
"Both Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have directly stated that they think their cities need to move away from a car-based transportation system, and they have moved aggressively to prioritize other modes, especially walking and bicycling. But at the NACTO conference, these same mayors also felt they were not getting the necessary support to accomplish their goals..."
-> According to the Nov. 13th edition of BWTC (Bike Walk Twin Cities) News, "Over and over TLC/BWTC has heard from social service organizations that among all the issues facing the people they serve, transportation is a complex thicket: Opportunity St. Paul, a project of Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties that aims to reduce poverty in the city using a community-engagement approach, underscores both the need and the complexity. Molly Seaver, Opportunity St. Paul Coordinator, confirms, 'In our extensive community conversations, transportation as a facet of poverty was frequently raised. Our 2013 action plan will not be tackling this specific barrier because of its complex components that are beyond our current project. We are anxious for more transportation resources to unveil, supporting our low-income neighbors in getting ahead.'"
"Clearly, it's important. For most families, transportation is the second largest household expense (after housing), and it puts an even larger burden on low-income families. Transit, walking, bicycling, and car sharing may provide more trip possibilities and critical financial savings than people realize. And yet many staff members unfortunately do not have the information they need to help the people they serve understand essential transportation options or manage transportation choices. Recognizing this information gap, TLC, through the BWTC program, is developing train-the-trainer materials to build capacity of social service organizations in transportation matters-with emphasis on the transportation needs and barriers of low-income and economically challenged populations..."
-> According to an article in the Nov. 15th Bike Walk Mississippi Bike Walk newsletter, "Mississippi in partnership with Midtown Partners and with support from Safe Routes for Schools launched its 'Community Empowerment Initiative' as an effort to start a pilot program in the Midtown community in Jackson with the goal of creating a replicable model that could be used to make low income communities across Mississippi more bikeable and walkable for its residents. This initiative includes the formation a Bike Club for students in Midtown Partner's after-school program along with workshops with parents and community members and year-long biking, walking and safety oriented events in the Midtown community of Jackson. Students in this community will receive bicycle safety training and will be invited to ride and walk to school days, maintenance workshops, bicycle rodeos and creative problem solving sessions to make their community more bike-able and walk-able..."
-> According to the Nov. 8th Planet Bike Dispatch, "It started with a question: 'Can the bicycle be a tool for bringing sustainable change to our communities?' The man asking the question is bicycle advocate Keith Holt and his quest to find the answer has taken form as the Milwaukee Bicycle Works. A former community organizer with the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (now the Transportation Alliance), Keith moved to Milwaukee in 2007. His new neighborhood on the Cream City's westside lacked bike shops, safe places to ride and a culture of pedaling. Upon arrival, Keith made it his mission to transform this part of town from a bicycle desert into a neighborhood velotopiarich with the sounds of bicycle bells, people on bikes and a community bike shop."
"Milwaukee Bicycle Works (http://bit.ly/XUmhzO) is working to remove the barriers to bicycling and broaden the access to bicycling and its benefits through hands-on programming for youth and adults, volunteer projects, and the creation of a neighborhood bike shop. In Keith's mind, the biggest barrier, independent of income, to cycling in urban bike deserts is the absence of a nearby bike shop for purchasing and repairing bikes. Remove this seemingly simple barrier and the result is a community that more fully embraces all the benefits of cycling..."
"Besides establishing a fully functioning shop, Milwaukee Bicycle Works has launched a fistful of other programs with the aim to engage and empower the community. Each spring the non-profit hosts the Washington Park Bike Blitz which helps neighbors with free bike maintenance and fits people with affordable used bikes. The organization also offers basic lessons in bicycle safety, do-it-yourself maintenance workshops for adults and youth, a 'Women on Bikes' program, and a cyclocross racing program for under-served and at-risk kids in the neighborhood..."
-> According to a Nov. 13th Press Democrat article, "The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously endorsed studying a proposed ordinance that would make it easier for bicyclists and pedestrians to sue drivers who intentionally threaten and harass them. The board backed a recommendation to spend up to $5,000 to study the proposal, with the intent to possibly bring it back later for a vote. The ordinance would define various forms of harassment against cyclists and pedestrians and would triple monetary penalties, making such cases more attractive to attorneys. Supporters say it could help rein in hostility toward cyclists and pedestrians and afford those road users the ability to recoup damages not currently available in civil court. 'It increases access to justice,' said Sandra Lupien, outreach director for the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, the advocacy group promoting the ordinance."
"Similar laws have been adopted in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Berkeley and Sunnyvale. Several supervisors said they could see the concept working in Sonoma County, pending the outcome of the study. The item was on the board's morning consent calendar and prompted little deliberation from supervisors. Only one speaker, Lupien, added her comment before the vote..."
-> According to a Nov. 13th article in the western Planner, "An exciting new study, 'Land Use and Traffic Congestion,' (http://bit.ly/SN4Nyw) from the Arizona DOT confirms the strong relationship between compact, transportation efficient development and vehicular travel reduction with hard data. Land use and transportation interactions and relationships are clarified. Key drivers of travel reduction are the four Ds:"
"The study shows trip lengths and automobile travel are substantially reduced by compact, transportation-efficient land uses. The key is to create an environment so folks can complete many activities without using a car. There are many places served by The Western Planner where the transition to such uses will be possible as baby boomers age and younger residents opt for a new lifestyle. Overcoming the separated, single land use mindset and the rigid restrictions imposed by old land use plans, regulations and other requirements will be critical to facilitate such uses."
-> According to an article in the Nov. 19th ECF Newsletter, "A UK study compared more than 2,600 people with cancer-related fatigue who did or didn't go through an exercise program. While past studies point to talk therapy, nutrition counseling and acupuncture as possible remedies, this study suggests that cycling and walking helps manage fatigue. 'We're not expecting people to go out and be running a mile the next day,' said Fiona Cramp, who worked on the analysis at the University of the West of England in Bristol told Reuters. 'Some people will be well enough that they're able to go for a jog or go for a bike ride, and if they can, that's great. But we would encourage people to start with a low level.'"
"In the health world, cycling is something of a miracle 'drug'. Studies have found that it can detect early signs of Parkinson's disease, and other studies have noted that an hour of moderate to vigorous cycling extends an individual's expected healthy lifetime by more than an hour. 'Governments should see cycling as a key tool in the public health portfolio,' says Dr. Randy Rzewinicki, ECF's Health Policy Officer and Project Manager. 'The health benefits of cycling for transportation are phenomenal. People feel better, they're much less likely to be depressed, or fatigued and productivity is higher. That's without mentioning cycling's ability to combat cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and strokes.' According to Rzewinicki, even the dangers of cycling, such as air pollution are outweighed by benefits, at a factor of up to 100 to 1."
-> "Dealing with global warming doesn't mean we have all got to suddenly stop breathing. Dealing with global warming means that we have to stop waste, and if you travel for no reason whatsoever, that is a waste."
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
PELICANS BLOWN NORTH BY SANDY GET RIDE HOME TO FLORIDA
"Two brown pelicans blown to Rhode Island by the winds of Hurricane Sandy were flying back Saturday to their natural habitat in Florida -- via a private plane. The first of the large birds, whose wingspans measure 6 to 7 feet, was found on the side of a road at Fishermen's Memorial State Park on Nov. 7, nine days after the storm made landfall in New Jersey, said Jennifer Brooks, clinic director at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island..."
WEBINAR "Streets as Places"
Date: November 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Sustainability in Your Sector: Exploring the Potential of Professional Sustainability Certification"
Date: November 27, 2012, 1:15 p.m.to 2:45 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Data and Resources to Propel Local Walking Programs and Solutions"
Date: November 29, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
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
WEBINAR "New Funding, New Players, New Game 101: Why Build Safe Routes to School into Regional Governments"
Date: December 6, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR SERIES "Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) Refresher Course Series"
Date: Thursdays, December 6 & 13 and January 10 -31, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Wayfinding Options for Cyclists"
Date: December 19, 2012, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR SERIES "Sustainable Leadership and Decision Making"
Date: Tuesdays between January 8 and February 12, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "New Funding, New Partners, New Game 201: How to Build Safe Routes to School into Regional Governments"
Date: January 10, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Best Practices in Pedestrian Wayfinding"
Date: January 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Driving Deaths Down: Proven Countermeasures that Work"
Date: February 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
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-> 17th International Conference Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities, July 30 - August 2, 2013, Washington, DC.
-> 2013 National Bike Summit and Women Mean Business Event, March 4 - 6, 2013, Washington, DC.
-> December 3, 2012, Designing Sustainable Communities: Principles and Practices, Portland, OR.
-> 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
-> February 1 - 3, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training. Minneapolis, MN.
-> 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 6 - 8, 2013, Building a Healthier Future Summit, Partnership for a Healthier America, Washington, DC.
-> March 15 - 17, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Cleveland, OH.
-> April 5-7, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Athens, GA.
-> April 13-17, 2013, American Planning Association National Planning Conference, Chicago, IL.
-> April 14-16, 2013, Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, Denver, CO.
-> April 14-17, 2013, International Trails Symposium, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Resort. AZ (near Scottsdale).
-> May 19 - 23, 2013, National Outdoor Recreation Conference, Traverse City, MI.
-> 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
-> July 30 - August 2, 2013, 17th International Conference Intergenerational Pathways for Strengthening Communities, Generations United, Washington, DC.
-> August 2 - 4, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, White Plains, NY.
-> 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.
-> September 13 - 15, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Helena, MT.
-> October 22 - 25, 2013, Association of MPOs, Portland, OR.
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-> RFP - LIABILITY ASPECTS OF PEDESTRAIN FACILITIES - TRB & NCHRP
NCHRP 20-6, Study Topic 20-01
Deadline: December 11, 2012.
-> JOB -- BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR -- LEXINGTON, KY
Duties include implementing a bicycle and pedestrian program for LFUCG and the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Program whose goals are to improve conditions for bicycling and walking through sound planning and engineering policies and practices; identify funding for and facilitate implementation of bicycle and pedestrian projects; promotes the benefits and use of alternative transportation modes; improve bicycle and pedestrian safety through education; encourage the enforcement codes relating to bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Develops and implements a Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan to supplement the Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Plan.
Designs and coordinates a public education program to increase awareness and safety related to alternative transportation modes...
Closing Date: December 10, 2012
Full description: http://bit.ly/wVE6gx
-> JOB -- COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER -- LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS, WASHINGTON, DC
The League of American Bicyclists is seeking a Communications Manager to implement the League's communications strategy and create and manage content for print and Web. The position will manage web publishing (including writing and editing blog posts), social media, brand management, and promotional materials.
This person will also work on the bi-monthly League magazine, and will lead media and public relations. This job requires strong writing skills, excellent time management, and experience editing a variety of writers. The communications manager will assist in all aspects of social media and Web site (Drupal-based) presentation of the League's programs.
Deadline: December 7, 2012.
-> JOB --COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW -- SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC
Interested in advocating for people to be able to live in great local neighborhoods, with strong economic development opportunities and a healthy environment? Looking to gain federal and state policy experience in pursuit of safe, strong communities? If so, Smart Growth America may be the place for you.
Smart Growth America is hiring for a Communications Fellow to contribute to our website, online networks, and press outreach efforts. This is an opportunity that features a great deal of responsibility, direct collaboration with our supporters, and valuable hands-on experience.
The ideal Communications Fellow is an excellent writer, is tapped into news about politics and smart growth development, and can turn that information into engaging content for our website, email lists and social media. All Fellows should be excellent team players who can perform regular duties while also offering new ideas for how to make our work even better.
-> JOB --SCHOOL AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP, FLEXIBLE LOCATION
The School Engagement Manager is responsible for the implementation of a new national initiative, Fire Up Your Feet, which launches in early 2013, is a comprehensive, grassroots educational program to provide resources and encouragement to school communities and to support improving built environments and policy change that increase physical activity opportunities for children and families within the school settings. This position will lead programmatic implementation within school communities, assist with developing program resources, train partners and volunteers and will have fundraising goals. Responsibilities also include the supervision and management of contracted field staff, communications with funders and partners, and management of grant requirements and to meet strategic objectives related to parent, student and school engagement.
Deadline: November 30, at 1 p.m. ET.
-> JOB -- COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP, FLEXIBLE LOCATION
The Communication Manager is responsible for the communications and marketing objectives of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership). This position executes all online marketing tools including websites, e-newsletters, and social media as well as assists with creating and editing other publications and resources. Responsibilities also include implementation of online messaging best practices of tracking and segmentation, assisting with all types of external communications, and meeting strategic objectives related to parent, student and school engagement through the Fire Up Your Feet program.
Deadline: November 30, at 1 p.m. ET.
-> JOB --SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL EDUCATION COORDINATOR -- MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota is seeking a highly innovative, detail oriented, independent, accountable and outcome-driven education professional to coordinate its Safe Routes To School (SRTS) curriculum development and technical assistance projects. The full-time SRTS Education Coordinator will work closely with communities, school districts, partners and volunteers throughout Minnesota to ensure successful kick-off and implementation of these projects.
Results of this work will include the release of a Minnesota SRTS bicycle/ pedestrian safety education curriculum in 2013.These projects are funded through the Federal SRTS Program as part of a non-infrastructure contract with MnDOT. Contract funding is provided through a subcontract with Invitation Health and Wellness and continues until spring of 2014.
Deadline: November 26, 2012
-> JOB -- CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR -- LIVABLESTREETS ALLIANCE, CAMBRIDGE, MA
LivableStreets is searching for a Campaign Coordinator to play a critical part in our growing non-profit organization. We challenge people, government, and businesses to think differently about the role of transportation in our daily lives. We're working to create a system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles to make the Boston region more connected and livable. We inspire a vision, build partnerships, empower communities, and create change.
-> JOB -- DIRECTOR OF GOV. RELATIONS & ADVOCACY -- ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE, CHICAGO, IL
The full-time 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 is open until filled. For priority consideration, please submit application no later than December 15, 2012.
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