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#320 Wednesday, December 19, 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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----- The Deadliest Weapon: NHTSA Fatality & Injury Data
----- Top 10 Small U.S. Cities Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs
----- Report on Transit in Midsize Cities
----- European Car Users Pollute But Do Not Foot the Bill
----- Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report
----- Obesity in Young Falling in Several Cities

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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----- Adaptive Transportation: Bicycling Through Sandy's Aftermath
----- Sidewalk Projects Moving Along for St. Charles (LA) Kids
----- Ottawa (KS) A Top Place to Retire Due to 200 Miles of Rail-Trails
----- Why New Jersey's Red Light Cameras Should Stay
----- Minnesota Public Support for Automated Speed Enforcement

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----- Evaluating Complete Streets: The Value of Designing Roads For Diverse Modes, Users and Activities
----- Local Funding Options for Public Transportation
----- Toward More Comprehensive and Multi-modal Transport Evaluation

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

THE DEADLIEST WEAPON: NHTSA FATALITY & INJURY DATA
By Mark Plotz

-> Last week NHTSA released its injury/fatality numbers for 2011. The news is great... for those of us who travel ensconced in airbags, crumple zones, and fine Corinthian leather: there were 632 fewer deaths and 22k fewer injuries than in 2010. For the rest of us, the news isn't so good: 130 more pedestrians and 54 more bicyclists died on our roadways than in 2010. Our numbers amount to nearly 12 percent of all road deaths. Fewer drivers are dying and more pedestrians and cyclists are being killed.

"NHTSA's numbers:
32,367 killed and 2.2m injured for all modes
21,253 killed in passenger vehicles (cars and light trucks)
4,612 pedestrians killed and 69k injured
677 bicyclists killed and 48k injured"

What do these statistics mean? Those numbers work out to nearly 89 traffic deaths per day of which 14 are pedestrians or bicyclists. If that still seems too abstract, ask yourself whether a relative of yours has been injured or killed in/by a motor vehicle. Odds are the answer is yes.

As I did the math on the NHTSA numbers, I couldn't help but draw parallels with the shootings in Newtown, CT: firearm ownership and driving are treated as inalienable rights; because of the former characteristic, both are shockingly ease to access; and the carnage caused by each--23 gun homicides per day, and 89 road deaths per day--is thought of as the-cost-of-doing-business (with some exceptions). Yet, as I awoke this morning, the nation seems to be on the cusp of meaningful reform of gun laws and the NRA has done dark.

I am left wondering: When will our Newtown reckoning arrive?

In the decade I have been in this business, I have watched the core mission of safety be subordinated to allegiance to funders, programs, and partners. It has happened to me; who can resist the seductive idea that more biking will save the world? As we grapple with how to ensure no more Newtowns happen, let us look at our work and remember that many of us became involved in advocacy because one too many #&%#@ drivers got too #&%#@ close when we were doing nothing more extraordinary than crossing the street or biking to work.

Walking and biking should be safe, convenient, and accessible for all.

Traffic Safety Resources
NHTSA's 2011 traffic safety statistics
http://1.usa.gov/Wpf4rB

FBI's violent crime statistics
http://bit.ly/RCXzmf

Strong safety advocates
http://bit.ly/12yYghA [Ed. Note: click to close the donation page to see 'Vision Zero NYC: Zero deaths, zero injuries, zero fear of traffic' article]

America Walks resources
http://bit.ly/Wnxkhb
http://bit.ly/ZM8zzW

For enforcement ideas and resources (see right side)
http://bit.ly/SPxnoT

TOP 10 SMALL U.S. CITIES GROWING FASTER THAN THEIR SUBURBS

-> According to a Dec. 11th The Atlantic Cities Article, "Back in June, Brookings Institution demographer William Frey dug into a new set of Census figures and determined that in America's 51 largest metro areas, on average, the core cities had suddenly started growing slightly faster than their suburbs. Frey's analysis focused on larger metros, but as it turns out, much the same story had been happening in smaller metros such as Clarksville, Tennessee, or Lexington, Kentucky. A new study released Monday by Smart Growth America, the national community-development advocacy organization, expanded on Frey's work to examine the population growth rates in the center cities of small U.S. metros (those with under one million people) between 2010 to 2011. ('City Versus Suburban Growth in Small Metro Areas' http://bit.ly/VOK0eC)..."

"'The fact that cities in small metro areas are growing suggests that there's a trend toward city living in smaller metros too,' says Bill Fulton, vice president of policy and research for Smart Growth America. These growth rates, however, are still smaller than those of large metros."

"The Washington, D.C. metro area, for instance, saw a 2.43 percent growth rate in the primary city and a 1.54 percent growth rate in its suburbs during the 2010 to 2011 period, according to Brookings."

Source: http://bit.ly/ZF6ztk
Title: "Top 10 Small U.S. Cities Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs"
Author: Sara Johnson

REPORT ON TRANSIT IN MIDSIZE CITIES

-> According to a Dec. 6th release: "Reconnecting America today released a report that explores transit in midsize cities with a focus on best practices in transit planning, funding strategies, and outcomes. 'Midsize Cities on the Move: A Look at the Next Generation of Rapid Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, and Streetcar Projects in the United States' (http://bit.ly/V5Y1bD) provides examples of innovative transit in midsize cities that local leaders can draw upon to improve transportation options in their communities. The report was funded by a generous grant from The Rockefeller Foundation."

"'As our report shows, when a city establishes an aggressive set of goals and develops the partnerships to advance them, transit projects can help revitalize communities,' said Sarah Kline, Reconnecting America's policy director and co-author with Reconnecting America's Sasha Forbes. 'The examples in the report show that projects approached from the most collaborative perspective yield the maximum benefits.'..."

"For purposes of this report, midsize cities are defined as those with a population between 50,000 and 250,000...The report focuses on midsize cities that either have implemented or are actively constructing or planning a new transit project that is different in character -- either through branding, vehicle type, guideway, or service characteristics -- from the base transit system in that city..."

Source: http://bit.ly/VOIidc
Title: "Reconnecting America Releases Report On Transit In Midsize Cities"
Author: Staff

EUROPEAN CAR USERS POLLUTE BUT DO NOT FOOT THE BILL

-> According to a Dec. 17th ECF Newsletter article, "Every car in Europe produces external costs of an equivalent of 1,600 Euro [$2,120] (on average) annually in noise, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and accidents, not covered by liability insurance. This is the key figure of a new study called 'The True Costs of Automobility: External Costs of Cars' (http://bit.ly/ZhOQJg) that was put together and presented in the European Parliament by Prof Becker, Chair of Transport Ecology from University of Dresden. Becker deplores that the basic principle of a market economy - the polluter pays the full costs him -- or herself -- is not applied: 'These costs are charged to the whole society, to other regions and to future generations,' he says."

"Becker's other main findings include: For the EU-27, the overall sum of uncovered costs related to car use amounts to 373 billion [$495 billion] per year, the equivalent of roughly 3.0 % of the EU's GDP or the GDP of Belgium. The report also gives detailed national figures for each of the EU-27 Member States. On average, every EU citizen pays 750 [$994] of subsidies per year. Per vehicle km (vkm), external costs equal 13 Euro-cents on EU-average. 41 % of these external costs are due to accidents and 37 % to climate change. The remaining 22 % divide up on air pollution, noise and other effects..."

Source: http://bit.ly/WmrUTT
Title: "Car users pollute but do not foot the bill"
Author: Staff

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR AMERICANS MIDCOURSE REPORT

-> According to the December 2012 Safe Routes to School National Partnership newsletter, "'The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report' (http://1.usa.gov/ZhBZXy) focuses on science-based strategies to increase physical activity among children, looking at 12 categories of physical activity interventions for young people."

"This draft report is meant to provide additional guidance on how to help children reach their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. We're pleased to report that three of the strategies for increasing physical activity in youth that were evaluated and found to be supported by the evidence were directly related to Safe Routes to School, specifically:"

  • In schools, sufficient evidence supported multi-component school-based physical activity programs. One of the potential components of this strategy was active transport to school, along with additional PE, activity breaks in class, and more.
  • In schools, suggestive evidence supported active transportation to and from schools.
  • In communities, researchers found there was suggestive evidence for making the built environment conducive to more active transportation - including mixed land use, population density, traffic calming and walking/bicycling infrastructure.

In addition, on page 40 the report calls out the "triple benefits" possible from active transportation to school (increasing the cardiometabolic health of children, improving air quality and environmental sustainability)...

Source: http://bit.ly/UKdTND
Title: "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report"
Author: Staff

OBESITY IN YOUNG FALLING IN SEVERAL CITIES

-> According to a Dec. 10th article in the New York Times, "After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines. The trend has emerged in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as smaller places like Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Neb. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students. 'It's been nothing but bad news for 30 years, so the fact that we have any good news is a big story,' said Dr. Thomas Farley, the health commissioner in New York City, which reported a 5.5 percent decline in the number of obese schoolchildren from 2007 to 2011."

"The drops are small, just 5 percent here in Philadelphia and 3 percent in Los Angeles. But experts say they are significant because they offer the first indication that the obesity epidemic, one of the nation's most intractable health problems, may actually be reversing course. The first dips -- noted in a September report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- were so surprising that some researchers did not believe them. Deanna M. Hoelscher, a researcher at the University of Texas, who in 2010 recorded one of the earliest declines -- among mostly poor Hispanic fourth graders in the El Paso area -- did a double-take. 'We reran the numbers a couple of times,' she said. 'I kept saying, "Will you please check that again for me?"'..."

Source: http://nyti.ms/WoLfHP
Title: "Obesity in Young Is Seen as Falling in Several Cities"
Author: Sabrina Tavernise


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

ADAPTIVE TRANSPORTATION: BICYCLING THROUGH SANDY'S AFTERMATH

-> According to an article in the Nov. 28th Placemaking News, "On Thursday following Superstorm Sandy, when much of New York City was still without power, the number of bike riders on the East River bridges rose more than 130 percent. The substantial increase in ridership, according to a study by NYU's Rudin Center ('Transportation During and after Hurricane Sandy' http://bit.ly/R56MDt), showed that walking and biking commuters were, on average, the least frustrated commuters compared to those who drove, or used the bus or subway. While non-bikers experienced double or triple their pre-Sandy commute time depending on where they lived, walkers and bikers added only nine minutes to their commute time on average!"

"The volume of biking commuters was observed and counted by volunteers from Transportation Alternatives. They stationed themselves in four locations around the city to record the swelling number of cyclists and by their estimates, there were approximately 100,000 people commuting to work by bike between Wednesday, November 7th, Friday, November 9th, and the following Monday and Tuesday. Observers covered a lot of ground during morning, afternoon, and evening shifts from 2nd Avenue, to Times Square, and up on 138th Street in the Bronx..."

Source: http://bit.ly/YcCj8K
Title: "Adaptive Transportation: Bicycling Through Sandy's Aftermath"
Author: Mina Keyes

SIDEWALK PROJECTS MOVING ALONG FOR ST. CHARLES (LA) KIDS

-> According to a Dec. 10th Herald Guide article, "Through a $250,000 grant, St. Charles Parish will be able to build a sidewalk on Norco's heavily traveled 5th Street to keep children safe while they walk to school. The grant, from the Federal Highway Administration Safe Routes to School Program, covers the cost of the infrastructure improvements. The new sidewalk will extend from Norco 4-6 Elementary along 5th Street to Apple Street. 'Fifth Street is one of the main arteries that the residents use a majority of the time. It houses a Baptist church and three schools,' Councilwoman Traci Fletcher said. 'If you've ever been there in the morning or the afternoon, you basically have to jump in a ditch to avoid being hit. (The sidewalk) will enhance the community and the safety of our residents.'..."

Source: http://bit.ly/T2pkRV
Title: "Norco sidewalk project will make school trek safer"
Author: Jonathan Menard

OTTAWA (KS) A TOP PLACE TO RETIRE DUE TO 200 MILES OF RAIL-TRAILS

-> According to an article in the Dec. 18th Kansas Cycling News, "The November 2012 issue of Money Magazine's front cover is entitled: Best Places to Retire and on page 85 of the magazine it has "Best Places to Retire, The Top 20/Small Towns.' Ottawa, Kansas is listed: Biggest Draws: "Architecturally rich buildings and 200 miles of converted rail-trails.' That description isn't exactly correct. Only the 52-mile Prairie Spirit Trail is complete, but when the Flint Hills and Landon Nature Trails are completed there will indeed be a 200-mile interconnected network of rail-trails. The Prairie Spirit Trail with its trailhead in the Old Depot Museum in Ottawa and a 16-mile segment of the Flint Hills Nature Trail between Ottawa and Osawatomie are already completed..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Yhf4KG
Title: "Ottawa Called a Top Place to Retire Partly Due to 200 Miles of Rail-Trails"
Author: Clark Coan

WHY NEW JERSEY'S RED LIGHT CAMERAS SHOULD STAY

-> According to an article in the Dec. 13th edition of Mobilizing the Region, "Earlier this week, the Traffic Safety Coalition released a two-minute PSA about running red lights in New Jersey. In the past year, New Jersey's five-year Red Light Running (RLR) pilot program has come under fire by a handful of NJ legislators who have challenged the effectiveness and integrity of the program. While the program has just completed its second year, a majority of the cameras have only been up and running for one year. A recent report released by NJDOT determined that it is still too early to reach any conclusions about RLR, but what is clear is that in locations where the cameras have been installed for two full years, dangerous driver behavior is down and intersections are becoming safer. Some legislators in Trenton, however, are working to repeal the RLR program..."

Source: http://bit.ly/VPwQhG [Ed. note: includes the PSA]
Title: "Why New Jersey's Red Light Cameras Should Stay"
Author: Janna Chernetz

MINNESOTA PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR AUTOMATED SPEED ENFORCEMENT

-> According to an article in the Dec. 13th issue of CTS Catalyst, "Automated speed enforcement (ASE) is proven to be an effective strategy for reducing speeding and improving road safety. Its use in the United States, however, has been limited in part because of a perception by policymakers that it is unpopular and controversial. As part of a recent study, U of M researchers asked Minnesotans what they think of ASE. They found strong support --particularly for ASE in work zones and school zones and if revenues from fines are dedicated for road safety programs. "

"Frank Douma, associate director of the State and Local Policy Program in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, shared findings of the study at the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Conference in October (see related article). ASE uses radar and cameras to identify a speeding vehicle and capture images of the license plates, and, in some systems, the driver. Citations are then mailed to the vehicle's registered owner or, alternatively, the identified driver. ASE has been deployed in 14 states and in many countries, especially in Europe, Douma said."

"In a survey of more than 600 Minnesotans this past spring, the U of M team found that a majority (56 percent) either are very supportive (20 percent) or somewhat supportive (36 percent) of the concept of ASE, which is in line with national surveys. Support is even higher for using ASE in specific, limited locations, such as construction zones where workers are endangered (83 percent net support), on roads near schools (82 percent net support), on roads where many have died (77 percent net support), and on roads where many people violate speed limits (69 percent net support). However, support for using ASE on all Minnesota roads falls just below the majority threshold, at 48 percent net..."

Source: http://bit.ly/V3Nk55
Title: "Automated speed enforcement study finds public support in Minnesota"
Author: Staff


THE RESEARCH BEAT

EVALUATING COMPLETE STREETS: THE VALUE OF DESIGNING ROADS FOR DIVERSE MODES, USERS AND ACTIVITIES

-> According to the Fall 2012 VTPI News (Victoria Transport Policy Institute), "'Complete streets' refers to roads designed to accommodate diverse modes, users and activities including walking, cycling, public transit, automobile, nearby businesses and residents. Such street design helps create more multi-modal transport systems and more livable communities. This report discusses reasons to implement complete streets and how it relates to other planning innovations. Complete streets can provide many direct and indirect benefits including improved accessibility for non-drivers, user savings and affordability, energy conservation and emission reductions, improved community livability, improved public fitness and health, and support for strategic development objectives such as urban redevelopment and reduced sprawl."

Source: http://bit.ly/UbPDHI
Title: "Evaluating Complete Streets: The Value of Designing Roads For Diverse Modes, Users and Activities"
Author: Todd Litman

LOCAL FUNDING OPTIONS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

-> According to the Fall 2012 VTPI News (Victoria Transport Policy Institute), "This paper summarizes results of a study that identified and evaluated potential local funding options to help finance public transit improvements. It evaluates eighteen options according to eight criteria. This is a somewhat larger set of funding options and more detailed and systematic evaluation process than most previous studies of this type. This research discovered no new options that are particularly cost effective and easy to implement; each option has disadvantages and constraints. As a result, the overall conclusion of this study is that a variety of funding options should be used to help finance public transit improvements to insure stability and distribute costs broadly."

Source: http://bit.ly/R4qaza
Title: "Local Funding Options for Public Transportation"
Author: Todd Litman

TOWARD MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORT EVALUATION

-> According to the Fall 2012 VTPI News (Victoria Transport Policy Institute), "This report critically evaluates conventional transport policy and project evaluation practices and describes ways to make them more comprehensive and multi-modal. The conventional transport planning paradigm is mobility-based, it assumes that the planning objective is to maximize travel speed and distance, and evaluates transport system performance based primarily on automobile travel conditions. A new paradigm recognizes that mobility is seldom an end in itself; the ultimate goal of most transport activity is accessibility, which refers to people's overall ability to reach desired services and activities. This new paradigm expands the range of objectives, impacts and options considered in the planning process. It recognizes additional costs from increased motorized transportation and more benefits from walking, cycling and public transport. More comprehensive and multi-modal planning is particularly important in large growing cities where increased motor vehicle traffic imposes particularly large costs, and in developing countries where a major portion of households cannot afford cars."

Source: http://bit.ly/UCcBEY
Title: "Toward More Comprehensive and Multi-modal Transport Evaluation"
Author: Todd Litman


QUOTES R US

-> "The business of place-making -- part science, part art -- has had a long evolution, but American cities have never needed good urban design more urgently than at this moment. Changing demographics, energy savings and environmental concerns all mandate getting great urban neighborhoods just right..."
-- Anthony Flint, Citiwire.net
http://bit.ly/RCdTn6

AND NOW, FOR TWO THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

A TUMBLEWEED-LIKE TOY DETONATES MINES IN AFGHANISTAN
VIDEO: Inspired by the wind-powered toys he made as a child in Kabul, Massoud Hassani designed a revolutionary way to rid the desert of old explosives.
http://bit.ly/RDgvRI

WAVERLEY MANSION GANGNAM STYLE
VIDEO: Performed by residents of the Waverly Retirement Residence London, Ontario.
http://bit.ly/V3K8WR


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

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
Presenter: Michael Mucha (Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District)
Host: Sustainable City Network Academy
Cost: $795
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/SMArfM

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
Presenters: TBA
Host: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/RQiX3E

WEBINAR "Best Practices in Pedestrian Wayfinding"

Date: January 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/U8U4T3

WEBINAR "Walk Talk (and bike, of course): The SRTS Call-in Show"

Date: January 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Cheryl Wagner (Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV; Cynthia Bell (Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago, IL & Melissa Kraemer Badtke (E. Central WI Regional Planning Commission)
Host: America Walks & the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Cost: Free
Contact: Michelle Gulley <mgulley@americawalks.org>
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/UPuZL5

WEBINAR "PTOE Refresher Course Suite"

Date: Thursdays, January 31 to February 28, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Presenter: Robert K. Seyfried, P.E., PTOE, FITE, ( Seyfried and Associates, Inc.)
Host: Institute of Transportation Engineers
Cost: $625 ITE Member/ $781 Nonmember/$313 Student Chapter Member
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/UXzhE7

WEBINAR "Driving Deaths Down: Proven Countermeasures that Work"

Date: February 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/WfpHrE

WEBINAR "Dynamics of Effective Advisory Committees"

Date: March 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: TBA
Host: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
Cost: $50 APBP members/$85 non-APBP members, or multi-webinar discounts
Contact: Debra Goeks <info@apbp.org>
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/VvDwXS

WEBINAR "Smart Trips Welcome"

Date: March 27, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Linda Ginenthal and Andrew Pelsma (Portland (OR)
Host: Cullbridge Marketing and Communications Bureau of Transportation
Cost: $50; free for the first 25 connecting locations that tell our registrar how they have used information from past Tools of Change webinars or from the Tools of Change website.
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/YjcHH4

WEBINAR "Haliburton Communities in Action"

Date: April 10, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Presenters: Sue Shikaze and Kate Hall (Haliburton Communities in Action)
Host: Cullbridge Marketing and Communications
Cost: $50; free for the first 25 connecting locations that tell our registrar how they have used information from past Tools of Change webinars or from the Tools of Change website.
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/ZMTZbw

ONLINE COURSE "TechniCity"

Date: Four weeks beginning May 4, 2013, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP (The Ohio State University), Tom Sanchez, PhD (Virginia Tech University)
Host: The Ohio State University
Cost: Free [Massive Online Open Course (MOOC)]
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/YNKGYi [See introductory video]


RESOURCES

-> "NACTO 2012: LEADING CITY DOT COMMISSIONERS TALK..."
...Transportation Politics," a video by Brad Aaron; StreetFilm (53 min.)
http://bit.ly/T50wJj

-> "LA BIKE MAP -- INCIDENT TRACKING AND VISUALIZATION"
Map by BikesideLA. December 2012 (online resources)
http://bit.ly/WmBar8

-> "SMART GROWTH AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS: BENEFITS FOR REAL ESTATE... "
Developers, Investors, Businesses, and Local Governments," by Kramer & Sobel; EPA Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program. December 2012 (General info & link to 885KB pdf)
http://bit.ly/SN251K

-> "IMPACT OF STATE LAWS ON WALKING AND BICYCLING TO SCHOOL"
Research Brief by Chriqui, Taber, Slater, Turner, Lowrey & Chaloupkap; for Active Living Research. March 2012 (general info & link to 43.6KB pdf))
http://bit.ly/U6Cdf1

-> "EXPOSURE-BASED, 'LIKE-FOR-LIKE' ASSESSMENT OF ROAD SAFETY BY "
...Travel Mode Using Routine Health Data," report by Mindell1 (UCL), Leslie (Deakin University) & Wardlaw (Edinburgh). December 5, 2012 (Online w/links to related PDFs)
http://bit.ly/SOwmgB

-> "INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS FOR INCREASED WALKABILITY"
Report by Waldo & Clark (Bike Walk Twin Cities). December 13, 2012 (Online resource)
http://bit.ly/ZqCPQA

-> "BIKEABILITY - CYCLING PROFICIENCY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY"
New bicycle safety program for children; by Sustrans (UK). December 13, 2012 (online resources)
http://bit.ly/TSsXst


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

-> Youth Bike Summit, February 15 - 17, 2013, New York, NY
DEADLINE: December 22, 2012
http://bit.ly/V5WVfU

-> American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 2 - 6, 2013, Boston, MA
DEADLINE: Ranges from February 4-8, 2013 depending on the Section, Special Primary Interest Group, Caucus or Forum
http://bit.ly/RD8Bb4

-> The 6th Making Cities Livable Conference & Sustainable Transformation Conference, June 17-19, 2013, Melbourne, Australia.
DEADLINE: February 8, 2013
http://bit.ly/R70XW5

-> ICSUTE 2013 (International Conference on Sustainable Urban Transport and Environment), March 28 - 29, 2013, Madrid, Spain
DEADLINE: February 20, 2013
http://bit.ly/UKOyTH

CONFERENCES

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

-> January 21 - 22, 2013, Australian Cycling Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
http://bit.ly/ZhWZ0v

-> January 25 - 26, 2013, Iowa Bike Summit, Des Moines, IA.
http://bit.ly/Wo0r40

-> January 30 - 31, 2013, Community Builders Summit, Bozeman, MT
http://bit.ly/YzamJl

-> 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 11 - 12, 2013, Colorado Bike Summit, Denver, CO
http://bit.ly/YjlKYw

-> February 13 - 15, 2013, Sustainable Communities Conference, Windsor Essex, Ontario, Canada
http://bit.ly/T716HN

-> February 15 - 17, 2013, Youth Bike Summit, New York, NY
http://bit.ly/V5WVfU

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

-> February 27 - March 1, 2013, AASHTO Washington Briefing, Washington, DC
http://bit.ly/TxJSSp

-> March 3 - 6, 2013, 2013 ITE Technical Conference and Exhibit, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/ZN5GPt

-> March 4 - 6, 2013, "Bicycling Means Business!" League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit and Women Mean Business Event, 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 - 12, 2013, American Public Transportation Association Legislative Conference, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/SQHkT1

-> 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, The 22nd Annual Ahwahnee Conference for Local Elected Officials, Yosemite National Park, CA.
http://bit.ly/UKO93A

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

-> March 21 - 23, 2013, Transportation Research Forum, Annapolis, MD.
http://bit.ly/T71DcO

-> March 28 - 29, 2013, ICSUTE 2013 (International Conference on Sustainable Urban Transport and Environment), Madrid, Spain
http://bit.ly/UKOyTH

-> April 5-7, 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

-> April 26 - 28, 2013, Bicycle Leadership Conference, Monterey, CA.
http://www.bicycleconference.com/

-> April 27 - May 4, 2013, International Police Mountain Bike Association, Baton Rouge, LA.
http://bit.ly/T6tBE3

-> 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 17 - 19, 2013, The 6th Making Cities Livable Conference & Sustainable Transformation Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
http://bit.ly/R70XW5

-> 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

-> October 22 - 25, 2013, Association of MPOs, Portland, OR.
http://bit.ly/KMiif6

-> November 2 - 6, 2013, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
http://bit.ly/TOX8k3


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!

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESS

What do iconic businesses like Apple, Facebook and William Sonoma have in common? They're all bicycle friendly! Apply for a Bicycle Friendly Business designation and join the growing number of workplaces big and small that support biking. The next deadline is January 11, 2013. It's free, fun and good for your business.

Deadline: January 11, 2013
http://bit.ly/V4CHPf

-> CALL FOR ENTRIES - 2013 CNU CHARTER AWARDS

Regarded as one of the preeminent global awards for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honors a select number of winners and honorable mentions -- including one grand professional prize, and one grand academic prize for students -- across multiple categories from a competitive field of entries.

Deadline: January 30, 2013
http://bit.ly/Vr5yAa

-> JOB -- INDIANA COMPLETE STREETS COALITION COORDINATOR

The Indiana Complete Streets Coalition Coordinator will be responsible for the ongoing development, management, administration, and evaluation of the Indiana Complete Streets Coalition (http://bit.ly/12yE8fk), per a contractual agreement between the Alliance for Health Promotion and the Indiana State Department of Health. The coordinator will: lead the strategic direction of the Indiana Complete Streets Coalition; develop and implement an Indiana Complete Streets Coalition communications plan; plan and implement Complete Streets training workshops; monitor, track and evaluate Indiana Complete Streets Coalition activities and impact; and be responsible for other duties, as assigned.

Deadline: December 26, 2012
http://bit.ly/T5zSQw

-> JOB -- ASSISTANT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR, WS DOT

The current vacancy is the Assistant Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation DTSD's Southeast Region. This position assists the Region's Urban and Regional Planner Advanced Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator in the evaluation of project plans for state and local highway improvement projects related to bike, pedestrian, and transit elements. The position also assists in project problem solving, data gathering, and communication preparation on topics/issues related to bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Deadline: December 27, 2013
http://bit.ly/XHxu27

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- GREATER GRAND RAPIDS BICYCLE COALITION, GRAND RAPIDS (MI)

The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) seeks an Executive Director to guide this emergent advocacy coalition, its initiatives, and continue its progress towards long-term sustainability. The successful candidate will provide overall leadership and support to GGRBC, its Board of Directors, staff, and members, will lead execution of GGRBC's strategic plan, manage day-to-day operations, lead and coordinate fund development efforts, and mobilize, organize, and oversee member and volunteer resources. He / she will also serve as the Coalition's principle spokesperson.

Deadline: December 28, 2012 or until position is filled
http://bit.ly/XzIlLv

-> 2 JOBS -- RAILS TO TRAILS, WASHINGTON, DC

VICE PRESIDENT OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT: Among this position's responsibilities are fundraising from foundations, corporations and major donors to support RTC's national and field trail development work; assisting the Senior Vice President of Policy and Trail Development in managing RTC's Program Department; working with staff to deliver high quality technical assistance for trail development; and assisting with communications and event management.

Deadline: None provided, in-person interviews to commence after January 1, 2013
http://bit.ly/UBSAyt

MANAGER OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT: This position is responsible for the delivery of all levels of trail development technical assistance including supporting the Director in the management and implementation of technical assistance contracts, products and services and working with the trail development team to coordinate and manage delivery of programmatic services. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's trail development program is designed to catalyze and assist local communities with trail planning and development.

Deadline: None provided, in-person interviews will commence in early to mid January 2013
http://bit.ly/T6fFKs

-> JOB -- BIKEWAYS DESIGNER -- CITY OF AUSTIN (TX) BICYCLE PROGRAM

The City of Austin's Bicycle Program is hiring a full time bikeways designer. This Engineer Associate position will be in the design section of the Neighborhood Connectivity Division (NCD) of the Public Works Department. The Neighborhood Connectivity Division is comprised of the Bicycle, Urban Trails, Pedestrian, and Child Safety Programs. This position will work with a small team of designers that focus on bicycle and multi-use trail infrastructure design and implementation within the City of Austin including on-street facilities (cycle tracks and bicycle lanes) and off-street facilities (urban trails) with a focus on innovative design in a largely in retrofit environment.

Deadline: January 20, 2012
http://bit.ly/U7urmg

-> JOBS- POLICY, GOV'T AFFAIRS & OUTREACH FELLOW, SMART GROWTH AMERICA, WASHINGTON, DC

Smart Growth America is hiring for a Policy, Government Affairs and Outreach Fellow to contribute to our federal and local policy research and advocacy. This is an opportunity that features a great deal of responsibility, including work to move Smart Growth America's legislative priorities, direct work with our state and local coalition members as well as our coalition of smart growth real estate developers and investors, LOCUS, and a network of communities across the country doing comprehensive regional planning.

Deadline: None provided, fellowship to begin in January
http://bit.ly/UemF50

-> 2 JOBS -- ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE, CHICAGO, IL

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR - SPANISH PROFICIENCY: With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has launched a comprehensive initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of Chicago's students. Active Transportation Alliance has been contracted to facilitate the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) portion of this initiative. The SRTS program seeks to encourage and enable children to safely walk or bicycle to school.

Deadline: None provided, start date is February 1, 2013
http://bit.ly/11SFT6J

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR/EVENTS ASSISTANT: The Active Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit bicycling, walking and public transit advocacy organization, seeks a Volunteer Coordinator/Event Assistant to generate and manage volunteers for three biking events: Bike the Drive, one of the largest bicycling events in the country, the Four Star Bike Tour and the Chicago Bike Swap. The qualified candidate will also assist with all aspects of event production. Qualified candidates should possess excellent writing, communication, time-management and organizational skills with an interest in working as a strong contributor to a team. Candidates should also have an interest in event management, volunteering recruitment/coordination, general nonprofit work and bicycling.

Deadline: January 4, 2013
http://bit.ly/QGOpU8

-> JOB - TRANSPORATION PLANNER II - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

Responsible for performing professional work related to the City's multi-modal transportation planning efforts in the implementation of Complete Streets, rail infrastructure, bus and trolley transit service and enhancements, as well as other City transportation and mobility initiatives. The position will assist in long range transportation planning and develop a financial plan for implementing selected projects and strategies.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/SFJ2UU

-> 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.

Deadline: None provided
http://bit.ly/TMHoN2


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