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#326 Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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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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----- Walking is Not a Crime
----- Mayor of London Unveils £1 Billion Cycling Masterplan
----- US DOT To Create Bike/Ped Safety Standards
----- New Strategies to Increase Youth Physical Activity
----- New Volvo Auto-Brakes for Pedestrians and Cyclists
----- New Volvo Outside-Car Airbag to Save Pedestrians
----- Bicycling Means Business: How Cycling Enriches People and Cities
----- Per Capita VMT Down for Eighth Straight Year

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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----- Santa Monica (CA) Adapts Dutch Woonef Concept
----- New Idaho Area of City Impact Tool Kit
----- Adding Trails to Every Kansas Scenic & Historic Byway
----- Bike-Sharing System Returns to Omaha (NE)
----- Bike-Sharing System Coming to Pittsburgh (PA)
----- Change Comes to Twin Cities (MN) "Car County"

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----- Left Turning Drivers Can't Concentrate While on the Phone
----- Public Support: Government Interventions to Fight Obesity
----- Parents Don't Fear Kids Will be Overweight Adults
----- Long, Slow Walks Healthier Than Vigorous Exercise?

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THE NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL SCENE

WALKING IS NOT A CRIME
by Mark Plotz

-> No one is suggesting that it is, or should become a crime, however media reports about walking and bicycling injuries and deaths more often than not lead one to the conclusion the victim was somewhere doing something he shouldn't have been doing. At the root of this bias is what my colleague David Nelson calls the Accident Axiom, which he defines as the widely-held, unquestioned belief that accidents are an unavoidable and innocent consequence of a modern motorized society. In common parlance this axiom is known as the "s--- happens explanation." For situations where this explanation fails there are two corollaries: Inherent Risk and Reckless Driver. The former tells us that streets are inherently dangerous places so we shouldn't be surprised when bad things happen; the latter tells us that on the rare occasion when a driver is at fault, that person is a deviant, an outlier, a sociopath.

Media bias at its worst can even call into question who the real victim is. I bet you have heard the one about the cyclist in dark colored clothing who darted in front of that poor driver.

It is possible to change the media narrative about walking and biking crashes. David's polemic offers some suggestions on how to do that. Some reporters do get it: last week I got a call from a reporter in Albany wanting to know how the built environment may have contributed to several pedestrian deaths, and what could be done. I took a guess about the road in question: multi lane, high speed, lined with fast food establishments and strip malls, and long distances between traffic lights. The description was so spot-on the reporter reacted like I was Ms. Cleo.

We are getting smarter about our road design standards, and with linking transportation to land use, but we still don't know why stepping off the curb in Camden, Maine to cross US 1 will stop traffic, while the same act repeated 70 miles to the west will likely land you in intensive care.

Further reading:
Walking is Not a Crime: Questioning the Accident Axiom
http://bit.ly/13Qt00C

Is it Safe to Cross?
http://nyti.ms/ZHHFI6

Steps to a Walkable Community: Strategies, tactics, and case studies to promote walkable communities
http://bit.ly/11StcJn

PPS Rightsizing Streets Resource Center
http://bit.ly/XIXKrU

MAYOR OF LONDON UNVEILS £1 BILLION CYCLING MASTERPLAN

-> According to a Mar. 8th Gizmag article, "The Mayor of London has announced nearly £1 billion (US$1.5 billion) of spending intended to overhaul London's cycle routes. The plan includes the creation of a 15-mile (24-km) "Crossrail for the bike," substantially segregated from road traffic, connecting the suburbs of East and West London."

"As well as fully-segregated routes, the plan will see the £913 million (US$1.37 billion) plan will create semi-segregated cycle paths along certain streets, signposted "Quietways" along back streets, and extensions and changes to London's recently-added cycling Superhighways. In London's busy City and West End districts, all such routes will be joined up to create a "Central London Grid" of cyclist-friendly routes."

"The new network will see routes follow, and be named after, underground rail lines and bus routes in a bid to make routes and their eventual destinations familiar to all Londoners..."

Source: http://bit.ly/13Qvlc1
Title: "Mayor of London unveils £1 billion cycling masterplan"
Author: James Holloway

US DOT TO CREATE BIKE/PED SAFETY STANDARDS

-> According to a Feb. 28th Streetsblog Capital Hill post, "For years, the federal government has adopted roadway guidelines that fall far short of what's needed -- and what's possible -- to protect cyclists and pedestrians. By "playing it safe" and sticking with old-school engineering, U.S. DOT allowed streets to be unsafe for these vulnerable road users."

"But that could be changing. The bike-friendliest transportation secretary the country has ever seen told state transportation officials yesterday at AASHTO's annual Washington conference that U.S. DOT was getting into the business of issuing its own design standards, instead of simply accepting the AASHTO guidelines. LaHood told an audience of state transportation officials that the FHWA is getting into the roadway design business."

"Normally, the Federal Highway Administration points people to AASHTO's Green Book, the organization's design guide for highways and streets... In FHWA's new round of rule-making, DOT will set its own bicycle and pedestrian safety standards for the first time. The agency will 'highlight bicycle and pedestrian safety as a priority,' LaHood said. (You can watch his entire speech on AASHTO's online TV channel: http://bit.ly/ZHGTIR)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ym4HDf
Title: "U.S. DOT to Challenge AASHTO Supremacy on Bike/Ped Safety Standards"
Author: Tanya Snyder

NEW STRATEGIES TO INCREASE YOUTH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

-> The US Department of Health and Human Services recently released, "The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth [http://1.usa.gov/WH66qz PDF - 2.2 MB] identifies interventions that can help increase physical activity in youth ages 3-17 years across a variety of settings. The primary audiences for the report are policymakers, health care and public health professionals."

"The report summarizes intervention strategies based on the evidence from a review-of-reviews literature review and is organized into five settings where youth live, learn, and play: School, Preschool and childcare, Community, Family and home, and Primary health care..."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/ZHK7w2
Title: "PAG Mid-course Report"
Author: Staff

NEW VOLVO AUTO-BRAKES FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

-> According to a Mar. 5th Autos by Sympatico article, "Volvo revealed its new Cyclist Detection safety system at the Geneva Motor Show March 5, an industry first piece of technology. The new Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection system is an evolution of current auto-braking technology. It works by detecting pedestrians and cyclists darting out in front of the car, and then automatically applying the brakes, the Swedish automaker explained."

"'According to accident data, about 50 percent of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car,' Volvo explained in a press release. Auto-braking can help lower the number of such deaths by reducing the car's speed at impact, they said. 'A lower speed of impact means that the risk of serious injury is significantly reduced.'"

"The pedestrian and cyclist detection system works using both a grille-mounted radar unit and an inside mirror-mounted camera hooked up to a central control unit..."

Source: http://bit.ly/13M7xWv
Title: "Volvo unveils cyclist detection feature: Auto-braking due out May 2013 across several models"
Author: Nicholas Maronese

NEW VOLVO OUTSIDE-CAR AIRBAG TO SAVE PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a Mar. 07 ZeeNews article, "Swedish auto major Volvo has unveiled a new 'pedestrian airbag,' which pops up on the outside of the car to protect people who get struck. The new airbag -- which the automobile company debuted at this year's Geneva Motor Show -- is located right under the hood of the car. It pops out within a second when the car crashes into a person while travelling at speeds between 12 and 30 mph, the range in which many pedestrians are struck."

"The designers of the airbag said that it cushions an area of the windshield that many car-crash victims slam into, the New York Post reported. Seven sensors located on the front of the car determine if it has come into contact with a human leg before it deploys, according to Popular Mechanics. Once it inflates the airbag raises the hood about four inches, which helps soften the impact on the pedestrian..."

Source: http://bit.ly/ZDX7TB
Title: "Now, car airbag that pops out to save pedestrians"
Author: Staff

BICYCLING MEANS BUSINESS: HOW CYCLING ENRICHES PEOPLE AND CITIES

-> According to a Mar. 8th Streetsblog Capital Hill article, "If bicyclists want to convince policymakers of the benefits of cycling, they need to stop talking about cycling. That was one major lesson of this year's National Bike Summit, thanks to some strategic research done by a friendly consultant. So the Summit's theme was "Bicycling Means Business" -- and the economic impacts of a healthy cycling culture don't end with the cyclist."

"'Bicycling is a good investment, not just for cyclists, but for the entire city, state and region,' said the Bike League's Darren Flusche at a morning panel of the Summit. He warned activists against showing up to a lawmaker's office and spewing data without the personal narratives that really get people's attention. But data is important to back up that personal testimony -- and here's the data."

"Business Is Booming, Thanks to Bikes. As Janette Sadik-Khan told the Women's Bike Forum, businesses on Eighth and Ninth Avenues in New York saw a 50 percent increase in sales receipts after protected bike lanes were installed on the corridor. On San Francisco's Valencia Street, two-thirds of the merchants said bike lanes had been good for business. If a business has a bike-share station out front, bike-share users are more likely to patronize it..."

Source: http://bit.ly/VUasZS
Title: "Bicycling Means Business: How Cycling Enriches People and Cities"
Author: Tanya Snyder

PER CAPITA VMT DOWN FOR EIGHTH STRAIGHT YEAR

-> According to a Feb. 25th State Smart Transportation Initiative, "Per capita vehicle-miles traveled in the United States dropped by 0.4 percent in 2012, according to the FHWA's travel trends data released Friday. (Traffic Volume Trends: http://1.usa.gov/Yrm7Lt) Per capita VMT peaked in 2004 and has declined each year since then for a total decline of 7.5 percent. At 9,363, VMT per capita in 2012 reached its lowest level since 1996."

"A variety of factors have been cited for the decline, including retiring Baby Boomers; less enthusiasm for cars among Millennials; a move in many places toward more compact and mixed-use development; and demand-side policy efforts, including TDM, tolling and market-pricing of parking. In addition, some trends that fueled VMT growth in the last century have eased: The transition toward women working outside the home is essentially complete, car-ownership has gone from rare to common, and people's time budgets for car travel may have reached their maximum..."

Source: http://bit.ly/WK7FyH
Title: "Per capita VMT ticks down for eighth straight year"
Author: Eric Sundquist


REGIONAL AND LOCAL ACTIONS

SANTA MONICA (CA) ADAPTS DUTCH WOONEF CONCEPT

-> According to the February 2013 Nelson\Nygaard News: "The Borderline Neighborhood Shared Streets project is a streetscape improvement project that the Nelson\Nygaard team brought from vision through concept to final design and construction support between 2006 and 2012. 'Shared streets' or 'Shared Space' originates from the Dutch concept of a 'woonerf,' a term meaning 'neighborhood for living.'"

"'The Borderline Neighborhood Shared Street project is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the United States. The project transformed visually unappealing, narrow streets in the Borderline neighborhood of Santa Monica into a community front yard that promotes walkability, adds sustainable landscaping, and provides community gathering space, while still functioning as a street." (See project profile at http://bit.ly/13V3veZ)"

Source: http://bit.ly/X5ps3k (slide show and video)
Title: "Borderline Neighborhood Shared Street Project, Santa Monica, CA"
Author: Staff

NEW IDAHO AREA OF CITY IMPACT TOOL KIT

-> According to a Feb. 19th Idaho Smart Growth article, "As Idaho continues to grow, it must grow in a way that makes sense and keep our communities great places to live. Building infrastructure to serve new development on the fringe can cost a city up to three times more per acre than development in existing communities. Idaho law essentially directs cities to grow in a way that is cost effective for its citizens (Idaho Code, 50-222-1). Cities in Idaho have an Area of City Impact that defines where and how they can grow."

"After conducting surveys and focus groups, Idaho Smart Growth and partner groups found that how areas of city impact boundaries are established vary widely throughout the state -- and that local decision makers and planners needed more tools and guidance to help understand how to create and amend Area of City Impact maps and agreements."

"Idaho Smart Growth, a statewide non profit organization, and the University of Idaho College of Law Economic Development Clinic gathered Area of City Impact agreements, developed a database, and published a tool kit as a resource to Idaho cities and counties. (Area of City Impact: A Tool Kit of Guidelines and Resources for Use by Idaho Cities and Counties: http://bit.ly/Zz0rxQ) It is intended to provide guidelines and best practices for the provisions of Idaho law..."

Source: http://bit.ly/YZkF2X
Title: "New Idaho Smart Growth Publication: Area of City Impact: A Tool Kit of Guidelines and Resources"
Author: Staff

ADDING TRAILS TO EVERY KANSAS SCENIC & HISTORIC BYWAY

-> According to an article in the Mar. 11th issue of Kansas Cycling News, "The Travel Industry Association of Kansas has issued a report that challenges the Governor to add biking trails to every scenic and historic byway, and each historic trail through the state, which could have an huge impact on Kansas tourism. In December of 2011, the Travel Industry Association of Kansas issued a "Governor's Challenge" report [http://bit.ly/Zly3AG] that highlighted five 'product development opportunities upon which Kansas tourism professionals believe Kansas should focus. Of the five 'solutions' presented in the report, two were directly focused on bicycling!..."

Source: http://bit.ly/16mi4aK
Title: "Building Trails To Support Kansas Tourism"
Author: Randy Rasa

CHANGE COMES TO TWIN CITIES (MN) "CAR COUNTY"

-> According to a Mar. 1st MinnPost article, "Josh Sprague...moved to Edina. He loved his new neighborhood except for one thing: It was harrowing for him and his young children to cross 70th Street on the way to the local park... 'Seventieth Street was like the wild, wild west before we did something about it.' What Sprague and a group of neighbors did was convince the city of Edina to rein in speeders on the street."

"This was accomplished with a road diet - converting the four-lane street to three lanes with alternating left turn lanes to keep traffic moving smoothly. Bike lanes were also added, not only to provide better access for two-wheel travelers but to calm vehicle traffic, making it simpler and safer for Sprague, his four kids, and everyone else in the neighborhood to walk."

"Edina is at the forefront of a trend throughout the metropolitan area to make suburbs -- once seen as auto-only zones -- better places to walk and bike..."

Source: http://bit.ly/X0piKK
Title: "Change comes to car country: Biking, walking on the rise in the suburbs"
Author: Jay Walljasper

Via MN Active Living Network News: http://bit.ly/10wXhNw

BIKE-SHARING SYSTEM RETURNS TO OMAHA (NE)

-> According to a Mar. 1st World-Herald article, "Omaha bike enthusiasts welcomed the seasonal return of B-Cycle, the city's public bike-sharing system, on Friday at Aksarben Village. People can rent a bike from one of five stations in central Omaha, ride it and return it to any station for a fee. It's designed for short commutes, though it can be used for longer trips and recreational use, too. More than 1,000 people used the system during the nine months it was available last year. They took 1,282 rides... Omaha B-Cycle was created in 2011 by the Community Bike Project and Live Well Omaha, with funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and UNO's student government."

"Omaha's B-cycle director Ben Turner previously worked for the B-Cycle program in Denver, where users took more than 200,000 trips and used more than 50 stations last year. He took over the Omaha system in January. Turner would like to install 40 to 60 stations over the next five years and eventually operate year-round, a lofty but manageable goal, he said. 'I think it's totally possible. I think it would make a big difference in the city.' This year he hopes to add 20 stations to the existing five, likely concentrated in the downtown area. The organization is currently seeking funds for the expansion. He also wants users in Omaha to take 2,000 total rides this season..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Wim9Zl
Title: "B-cycle bike-sharing system rolls out in Omaha"
Author: Katy Healey

Via Sunflower Cycling News: http://bit.ly/10x6k10

BIKE-SHARING SYSTEM COMING TO PITTSBURGH (PA)

-> According to a recent Bike PGH! post, "Today, Mayor Ravenstahl announced that the city will begin implementing a citywide bike share system at a press conference in Bakery Square. Scott Bricker, called the Mayor's bike friendly initiatives over the past five years 'part of [his] legacy.'"

"What is bike share and why Pittsburgh? It is a system of shared bicycles available for short-term use by annual or short-term (24-hr) members. The bikes are used for 'point-to-point' trips and can lock into any of the 50 solar-powered stations planned throughout the City of Pittsburgh. The 500 bikes are designed to be sturdy, vandal-proof and with safety in mind."

"'The system is intended to enhance mobility within the city, promote tourism, and provide a fun and healthy way to visit the city's diverse and exciting neighborhoods...'"

Source: http://bit.ly/Yece73
Title: "Mayor Ravenstahl Announces Bike Share System Coming to Pittsburgh"
Author: Staff

[Editor's Note 1: Use this bike share system to explore Pittsburgh at the next Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference, September 8-12, 2014]

[Editor's Note 2: On Mar. 7th Tampa (FL) Mayor Bob Buckhorn "...announced a deal with two companies to jointly operate a bikesharing system serving downtown residents, workers and tourists starting this fall..." http://bit.ly/15J8opw]


THE RESEARCH BEAT

LEFT TURNING DRIVERS CAN'T CONCENTRATE WHILE ON THE PHONE

-> According to a Mar. 1st The Atlantic article, "Using a hands-free phone that leaves both hands free to steer may make the physical act of turning left at an intersection easier to pull off, but it doesn't make it any safer. That's because attempting to make a left turn at a busy intersection taxes the brain more than turning right or driving straight through. And having a conversation at the same time further impairs the brain's ability to focus on the road."

"These findings, (Brain Activity During Driving with Distraction: An Immersive fMRI Study) published in Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, provide neural evidence for why hands-free phone technology isn't a good alternative to cell phone use. Instead, it distracts the brain when it most needs to be paying attention to the road... 'Hands free' not does mean 'brains free,' is how Canadian researchers put it..."

Source: http://bit.ly/16r9YNX
Title: "Study: Drivers Can't Concentrate on Turning Left While Talking on the Phone"
Author: Lindsay Abrams

Via Public Health Newswire: http://bit.ly/Yaaucx

PUBLIC SUPPORT: GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS TO FIGHT OBESITY

-> According to a March 5th post on the Harvard School of Public Health website, "The public is very supportive of government action aimed at changing lifestyle choices that can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases -- but they're less likely to support such interventions if they're viewed as intrusive or coercive, according to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study. ('Survey Finds Public Support for Legal Interventions Directed at Health Behavior to Fight Noncommunicable Disease:' http://bit.ly/Y7Cgd2)"

"The study also found that support was higher for interventions that help people make more healthful choices, such as menu labeling requirements, than for interventions that penalize certain choices or health conditions, such as charging higher insurance premiums for obese individuals."

"'Policymakers everywhere are looking for ways to use legal and policy levers to stem the rising tide of health care costs related to obesity and chronic disease,' said Stephanie Morain, a doctoral candidate in health policy at Harvard University, who led the study. 'They should be heartened by these findings-the public does see this as an appropriate role for government.' That public support is important, the study authors wrote, because it may affect people's willingness to comply with the law."

Source: http://hvrd.me/YiTZNF
Title: "Survey finds public support for legal interventions to fight obesity, noncommunicable diseases"
Author: Michelle Mello

via Public Health Newswire: http://bit.ly/XG6Cnf

PARENTS DON'T FEAR KIDS WILL BE OVERWEIGHT ADULTS

-> According to a Mar. 4th NPR story, "About 69 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, and more than four in five people say they are worried about obesity as a public health problem. But a recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health revealed a curious schism in our national attitudes toward obesity: Only one in five kids had a parent who feared the boy or girl would grow up to be overweight as an adult."

"Put another way, assuming current trends persist, parents of 80 percent of American children think all these kids will somehow end up being among the lucky 31 percent of adults who are not overweight..."

Source: http://n.pr/Xs8KRB
Title: "Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic"
Author: Shankar Vedantam

LONG, SLOW WALKS HEALTHIER THAN VIGOROUS EXERCISE?

-> A Feb. 13th TodayHealth article suggests, "Forget about busting your buns on the treadmill. A small new study suggests that you'll be healthier if you spend your time taking long, slow walks -- and standing instead of sitting whenever possible. For those who detest working up a sweat at the gym this might sound too good to be true. But researchers have found that it may be more important to reduce your hours sitting than it is to exercise vigorously, according to the study published in PLOS ONE."

"In fact, when volunteers spent two hours standing and four hours walking each day they had healthier insulin levels and lower triglycerides than when they spent an hour a day at the gym cycling for all they were worth, Norwegian researchers found. And that was true even though the volunteers burned nearly the same amount of calories whether they were cycling or slow walking: The main difference was in the number of hours spent sitting. 'Our experimental study on minimal activity showed that reducing sitting time causes improvement in health risk markers,' says study co-author Hans Savelberg, an associate professor at Maastricht University..."

Source: http://on.today.com/10DW5M9
Title: "Long, slow walks may beat shorter, higher intensity runs"
Author: Linda Carroll


QUOTES R US

-> "The goal for pavement widths on walkable streets is to reduce the pavement in order to encourage slower movements. Conventional street standards are typically designed for a higher 'design speed' than the intended 'posted speed'. Watch for this. Excessive width encourages vehicles to drive in excess of the design speed (much less the posted speed) to the detriment of walkability, bikeability, and ultimately the safety of vehicles themselves. For urban thoroughfares, the design speed should be matched to the posted speed..."

-- Geoff Dyer, Better! Cities & Towns
http://bit.ly/Ynz6xU

-> "Who ranks? Cars rank. The sidewalks never get plowed by our elected, tax-supported city government. Clearly it's not our priority to make it easy to walk. Even though walking is better for our bodies and our planet, and in cities when coupled with public transit it's the easiest, cheapest, healthiest and overall best way to get around..."

-- John Kassel, Conservation Law Foundation
http://bit.ly/15I0Sey

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

MASKED, CAPED DEFENDER OF PEDESTRIANS TO THE RESCUE!

-> According to a Feb. 27th The Atlantic Cities article, "You know how it feels when you're trying to cross the street and a driver comes through the intersection as if you're not even there? Like he's muscling through with that big box of metal as if to say, 'Hey, get out of my way, you little flesh and blood weakling!'"

"Wouldn't you just love to have a superhero sweep down, stand up to the jerk behind the wheel, and block the car so you could cross safely? Enter Peatónito, the masked Mexican defender of pedestrians!... He wears a cape and a mask in the tradition of Lucha Libre, the popular Mexican wrestling style. (http://on.fb.me/Z0Iomp)..."

Source: http://bit.ly/Ym7Um6 (Photos)
Title: "If Only Every City Had a Masked Lucha Libre Defender of Pedestrians"
Author: Sarah Goodyear

VIDEO: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOGS AND CATS

-> Teaching a puppy how to use the stairs....and then the cat's version...

Source: http://on.fb.me/X5jHmn (Video)


WEBINARS, WEBCASTS AND SEMINARS

WEBINAR "Technical Assessment of State Pedestrian Safety Programs"

Date: March 14, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Presenter: Leah Walton (NHTSA) and Trenda McPherson (Florida Department of Transportation)
Host: Federal Highway Administration & the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/YZwSrw

WEBINAR "Building the Walking Movement - New Strategies & Coalitions"

Date: March 19, 2013, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Tyler Norris (Kaiser Permanente), Scott Bricker (America Walks), Deb Hubsmith, (Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership) & Andy Hamilton (WALKSanDiego)
Host: America Walks
Cost: Free
Contact: Yolanda Savage-Narva <ysavage-narva@americawalks.org>
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/120mVz9

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 "Building a Walkable Place: A Framework for Getting it Done"

Date: March 28, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Jed Selby (South Main Company)
Host: Community Builders
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/12AKkYa

TELEPHONE FORUM "Repurposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on Main Streets & Beyond"

Date: March 28, 2013, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenters: Carol Dick (City of Lemon Grove) and invited audience members
Host: America Walks and Alliance for Biking & Walking
Cost: Free
Details & Registration: http://conta.cc/WlSLl6

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

WEBINAR "Economic Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities"

Date: April 17, 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/10BMGni

WEBINAR "Stepping It Up: Reversing the Trend in Active Transportation"

Date: May 1, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Jennifer Lay (Metrolinx)
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/13CrIoq

WEBINAR "Bike Signals"

Date: May 15, 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/129ORAv

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]

WEBINAR "What's in There for Me: Mining National Data for Information on Walking and Bicycling"

Date: June 19, 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/14UTwSK


RESOURCES

-> "PARENTAL ATTITUDES TOWARD CHILDREN WALKING AND..."
"...Bicycling to School," report by Seraj, Sidharthan, Bhat, et al. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Volume 2323/2012, pages 46-55 (online date February 11, 2013).
http://bit.ly/10Emx4o

-> "ESTIMATING THE IMPACTS OF NONMOTORIZED..."
"...Transportation Pilot Program: Developing a New Community-wide Assessment Method," paper by Rasmussen, Rousseau, and Lyons. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2013 Paper #13-4916.
http://bit.ly/13V9Dnt

-> "PEDESTRIANS IN REGIONAL TRAVEL DEMAND FORECASTING..."
"...Models: State of the Practice," paper by Singleton and Clifton. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2013 Paper #13-4857.
http://bit.ly/XHFqVi

-> "DO COMPLETE STREETS COST MORE THAN INCOMPLETE..."
"...Streets?" Paper by Shapard and Cole. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2013 Paper #13-4283.
http://bit.ly/13Vabd0

-> "IF WE CLEAR THEM, WILL THEY COME? STUDY TO IDENTIFY..."
"...Determinants of Winter Bicycling in Two Cold Canadian Cities," paper by Miranda-Moreno, Nosal, and Kho. Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2013 Paper #13-3153.
http://bit.ly/YlGg8Z

-> "PHILADELPHIA COMPLETE STREETS DESIGN HANDBOOK,"
Handbook by the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities. Philadelphia, PA. 2013.
http://bit.ly/Y8ZJdT


CALENDAR

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

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CALLS FOR PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS

-> 2013 AMPO Annual Conference, October 22-25, 2013, Portland, OR.
DEADLINE: March 18, 2013
http://bit.ly/Wm8rVw

-> Rail~Volution 2013, October 20-23, 2013, Seattle, WA.
DEADLINE: March 28, 2013, midnight PDT
http://bit.ly/XHbDvI

-> 2013 APBP Professional Development Seminar, September 9-12, 2013, Boulder, CO.
DEADLINE: April 8, 2013
http://bit.ly/10DDwDZ

CONFERENCES

-> March 14 - 15, 2013, Montana Bike Walk Summit 2013, Helena, MT
http://bit.ly/X15pVg

-> 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 4 - 5, 2013, How to Turn a Place Around, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/14r80vl

-> April 5 - 7, 2013, Alliance for Bicycling and Walking Winning Campaigns Training, Athens, GA.
http://bit.ly/ofmNfM

-> April 7 - 10, 2013, APWA North American Snow Conference, Charlotte, NC.
http://bit.ly/VpkXSh

-> April 11-13, 2013, Kentucky Walk Bike Summit, Lexington, KY.
http://bit.ly/YVwIkZ

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

-> April 23, 2013, Transportation Choices Summit, Sacramento, CA.
http://bit.ly/ZEXwVG

-> April 24 - 26, 2013, National Rural Transportation Conference Greenville, SC.
http://bit.ly/Trs1xY

-> May 1 - 3, 2013, Placemaking: Making It Happen, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/T88wvv

-> May 8, 2013, National Bike to School Day
http://bit.ly/X7UOex

-> May 8 - 10, 2013, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA.
http://bit.ly/YCIK0m

-> May 10, 2013, Ohio Women's Bicycling Summit, Columbus. OH.
http://bit.ly/14RsEVw

-> May 13 - 17, 2013, National Bike to Work Week
http://bit.ly/Ug1iBN

-> May 15 - 17, 2013, WTS Women's Transportation Seminar National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
http://bit.ly/UdrsXr

-> May 17, 2013, National Bike to Work Day
http://bit.ly/Ug1iBN

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

-> May 31 - June 1, 2013, How to Create Successful Markets, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/XIXpWq

-> June 1, 2012, National Trails Day
http://bit.ly/10C0XAx

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

-> June 10 - 12, 2013, Canadian Transportation Research Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
http://bit.ly/Vk3TLR

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

-> June 13 - 14, 2013, Streets as Places, Project for Public Spaces, New York, NY.
http://bit.ly/128oycA

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

-> June 19 - 20, 2013, Mobility and Road Safety in an Aging Society, Vienna, Austria
http://bit.ly/UdtaIw

-> June 19 - 22, 2013, International Bicycle Urbanism Symposium, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/12Rsopz

-> June 20 - 22, 2013, Annual WHO Healthy Cities, Izmir, Turkey.
http://bit.ly/WenlZK

-> June 23-26, 2013, 2013 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference, Atlanta, GA.
http://bit.ly/15Pruvb

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

-> June 24 - 26, 2013, The Future of Places, first of three linked conferences, Stockholm, Sweden.
http://bit.ly/VSkv2M

-> July 6 - 9, 2013, Canadian Institute of Planners Infuse Vancouver 2013, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
http://bit.ly/128tePZ

-> July 10 - 12, 2013, National Association of County and City Health Officials Annual 2013, Dallas, TX.
http://bit.ly/116BVLi

-> 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 27 - 31, 2013, Association for Commuter Transportation 2013 International Conference, San Antonio, TX.
http://bit.ly/VuWmyS

-> 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, American Public Works Association International Public Works Congress & Exposition, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/ROxP3l

-> August 25 - 28, 2013, Governors' Highway Safety Association, San Diego, CA.
http://bit.ly/YCV2FK

-> August 25 - 28, 2013, T2013 International Conference, Bisbane, Queensland, Australia.
http://bit.ly/YyYG2C

-> September 9 - 13, 2013, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Boulder, CO.
http://bit.ly/VdB97X

-> September 11 - 13, 2013 Walk21, Munich, Germany
http://bit.ly/Rp5TEQ

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

-> September 22 - 25, 2013, Transportation Association of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
http://bit.ly/12YHGrw

-> September 24-25, 2013, 6th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference - Midwestern Region, Dubuque, IA.
http://bit.ly/X741Pi

-> September 24 - 26, 2013, Second Annual National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, DC.
http://bit.ly/Ug4VI1

-> September 29-October 2, 2013, American Public Transportation Association, Chicago, IL.
http://bit.ly/WwPXkK

-> October 2, 2013, Mississippi Bike Summit, Jackson, MS.
http://bit.ly/Yq15gE

-> October 2-4, 2013, International Conference on Health Impact Assessment, Geneva, Switzerland.
http://bit.ly/VkbJFm

-> October 4, 2013, New England Bike-Walk Summit, Providence, RI.
http://bit.ly/12e6SwB

-> October 9, 2013, International Walk to School Day
http://bit.ly/Vs5ij8

-> October 20-23, 2013, Rail-volution, Seattle, WA.
http://bit.ly/S0xyxe

-> 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

-> November 25-28, 2013, Building Sustainable Communities, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
http://bit.ly/10CaIhZ

-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (geno@ksu.edu);
http://bit.ly/VVsDMh


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!

See previous issues of CenterLines for Jobs, Grants and RFPs that may still be current at http://bit.ly/ZHi0NE.

-> JOB - TRANSPORTATION PLANNER - PED/BIKE COORDINATOR, ROCKVILLE, MD

The City of Rockville seeks a Transportation Planner - Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator to implement the Mayor & Council initiative to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety throughout the City; plan and help implement bus shelters, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities projects; coordinate the transportation demand management program; review site and subdivision plans, and recommend permit conditions to meet standards and conform with good practice; and identify transportation amenities needed in new developments and work with developers in the planning of street systems and pedestrian safety, among other duties.

Deadline: 03/17/13 11:59 p.m. ET
http://bit.ly/Y9J72j

-> JOB - NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR - WASHINGTON, DC

The Alliance for Biking & Walking seeks a dynamic and seasoned campaign organizer who can provide leadership and direction for a new level of coordination between cities and states that will build the biking and walking movement. The National Campaigns Director will collaborate and coordinate with the leaders of our 20 or 30 largest state and local organizations on national campaigns, foster collaboration with national partners, and boost the capacity of our member organizations.

Deadline: March, 25, 2013, 12:00 p.m. ET
http://bit.ly/12NWNrC

-> RFP - CREATING ST. LOUIS BIKE/PED CONNECTIONS HOW-TO GUIDE

Trailnet is seeking proposals from a consultant with expertise in multimodal/bicycle/pedestrian planning to provide planning services related to completing a How-to Guide that focuses on creating low-stress bicycle and pedestrian connections as part of East-West Gateway Council of Government?s St. Louis Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. Consultants must submit proposals for the full scope of work. The project must be completed by June 15, 2013 and the total available funding for the project is $30,000.

Deadline: March 22, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. CT
http://bit.ly/16qEgAH

-> CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: APHA PUBLIC HEALTH FELLOWSHIP IN GOVT
The American Public Health Association (APHA) announces a call for applications for the APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government. APHA is looking for candidates with strong public health credentials who wish to spend one-year in Washington, D.C. working on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee from January 2014 to December 2014. Fellows will work on legislative and policy issues such as health, environment, and other public health concerns.

Deadline: April 8, 2013
http://bit.ly/13SaViC

-> RFP -MARIN COUNTY SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) (California) invites proposals to manage and implement Marin's Safe Routes to School program. The success of Marin's program is based largely on the involvement of teachers, engineers, school administrators, law enforcement, local elected officials, and parent volunteers all working together with program staff to ensure that the program is successful over the long term. The selected consultant will refine, expand, and build upon the success of the current Safe Routes to Schools program.

Pre-bid conference: March 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Deadline: April 15, 2013 by 4:00 p.m.
http://bit.ly/YqPq0Q


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