More CenterLines Survey Results
Here are a few more of the hundreds of comments we received from our April 23rd survey of CenterLines readers. We've also included a few more of the kudos to editor John Williams for his perseverance in sheparding 200 issues of the newsletter out the door during the past eight years.
How I use CenterLines in my work:
Articles gave us ideas about how to get our city to the BFC bronze designation.
Being aware of what is being done nationally is very useful to back up my suggestions locally; we are all working together whether we know it or not
Centerlines did a story and provided a link to the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's 2005 Bike Survey. As a PA resident (in NE PA) the information in that survey has been very useful when I was addressing our county commissioners and talking to the folks in our MPO about bike use
Centerlines helps me gather facts to use with our advocacy efforts. Occasionally we can send a link to a council member or commisioner to clarify a topic on the agenda for discussion.
Centerlines keeps me motivated to continue the sometimes overly time consuming, almost thankless job of being a bicycle advocate. It also helps me feel connected to and inspired by the larger community out there...
For the outlanders, a rich lode of information, with many inspiring stories, fragments to pick and use, and encouragement to press on with local efforts.
For us, as Europeans it is a useful way of keeping an eye on what is going on across the pond. I quite often pass news stories on to members of the ADFC, the German cycling pressure group
I am a physician and often lecture on the issue of urban design/Active Transportation/obesity and health so I have used a LOT of the info from CentreLines to help my presentations, expand my knowledge, and promote AT
I am a transportation planner and Centerlines is one of the few resources to offer bike/ped news
I am a transportation planner and I find it interesting to read about what others are doing to improve air quality by trying to build communities that are walkable. Currently in my job I work on large transportation projects and there is not much availablity or need for walking along the facilities I work on, but with smaller projects I alway push for walk ways.
I hate to say it, but here at the New Hampshire DOT, our focus is on roads and to be specific, cars associated with roads. I am the state bicycle coordinator, and articles in Centerline have helped me in my effort to include the needs of bicyclists and walkers in our road designs.
I have used the links and stories from CenterLines in our (BikeDenver) bike advocacy newsletter. And, in my day job (planner), I think the information directly contributes to my work--just being tuned in and aware of what's going on across the country.
I often forward articles and links to colleagues, friends, family. It is a fantastic resource, often citing information or stories that I don't find in other places.
I publish an e-newsletter on physical activity topics in my state, so I am always finding good resource info from CenterLines to include in the e-newsletter.
I regularly distrubuted information from CL to co-workers, as well as to members of my pedestrian - bicycle advisory committee (when they are working on similar issues). I've gotten some great "how to's" from the publication.
I volunteer on my city's transportation advisory commission. I often find stories in Centerlines about other other communities that are relevant to my community. I often forward stories to our mayor, city staff, and other commission members.
It gives examples of bike events, lets us know sources of possible liability, let's us know what 'the rest of the world' is up to to promote biking in their communities.
It has assisted us in our efforts to gain support for Active Living in our organization. The information and quick links have also led us to grant applications and awards.
Not at all! My work is not transportation related. If anything, it has alienated me from my coworkers! I get all excited about a story I read in CenterLInes and try to share it with them - and they just don't care or just don't get it!
Since we do bikeway master planning, I often find information of value in Centerlines. In particular, I've used Safe Routes to School and childhood obesity articles in public presentations many times.
We consider CenterLines to be useful as a benchmarking resource - a way to keep track, quickly, of the latest thinking and practices for bicycle system planning. It keeps us informed, and we occasionally find specific ideas that we think could work or apply in our community.
We get very excited when one of our local projects is spotlighted. So - that helps to keep us motivated. But more importantly - we are constantly looking for programs, projects, and ideas to copy, reinvent, etc. It is enormously important for everyone in our field to feel like they are keeping tabs on what's happening around the country and to support each other by highlighting things that actually WORK!
More Kudos to John Williams
Certainly, what I most appreactate about Centerlines is its NOT the stuff your going to get in the TRB Newsletter - its a real barometer of how world perspective is changing, and reminds me that I'm part of a larger movement. I still talk with people about some of the Bicycle Forum articles.
Congrates John!! GREAT work, keep it up!!
Congratulations John on reaching this milestone - and thanks for all your work!
Congratulations on 200 issues! I discovered CenterLines just a few months ago, but wish I had found it sooner. It's a wonderful resource and a great way to keep up with the latest news.
Congratulations on a job very well done, and this is a very welcome opportunity to say THANKS for your consistently wonderful and inspiring publication !!!
Congratulations on a job well done. You are the de facto resource for all things bike that are going on nationwide. That is why your newsletter is such a must read!
Hard to imagine what goes into compiling such a trove of information. I am glad you do it, whatever it takes, and hope you continue to do so.
Having the job of creating a newsletter just 4 times a year for our organization, I can appreciate what it must take to compile one every other week.
I look forward to reading every issue of Centerlines and often save it in my inbox as a "treat" for a time when I can savor it slowly. John does amazing work and our profession is better for his efforts. THANKS, JOHN!!!!
I've always been amazed and impressed by the quality and quantity of information in Centerlines on a regular basis. Of all the various newsletters and updates I get in my e-mailbox, it is the one I look forward to and read with regularity. I always know I will come away with a better and more up-to-date knowledge of my field than I sat down to the computer with. Keep up the great work.
It's not an easy task to sort through a huge stream of data and turn it into information that people can actually do. John has managed to do this twice a month for nearly 8 years. I salute his accomplishments.
John - Where would I be without you? Probably wandering in the spiritual wilderness, driving a Hummer, mocking bicyclists. Thanks for straightening me out.
John, I appreciate that you make this news accessible to me. I know that without you I would be much less well-informed and much less enthusiastic as I try to do my job.
John, you are the endurance traveller of the bicycle advocacy publishing field. I still mourn the end of the NCBW Forum. I don't know what we'd do without you serving as our institutional memory. Thanks for your trusty service - and with a sense of humor, too!
John... whatever keeps you going I want some! Keep up the great job..
Not only has John been doing CenterLines for 8 years but he has been a major force in communication on bicycle (& pedestrian) issues for at least 3 decades. We are all better off because of his commitment and the sense of humor he brings to the job.