Thursday, March 27, 2008
The public can learn more about Active Transportation and how they can get involved in getting their community to park the car at the Walking, Biking and Wheeling in Your Community open house. The April 3 event is being held in the multipurpose room in Victoria Village 146 Toronto St., between 4 and 7 p.m.
Registration and information about the April 17 workshop and the April 3 public forum can be found at the website.
The open houses will take place as follows:
- Tuesday, March 25 - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre Rotunda, 150 Borough Dr. Scarborough Town Centre L.R.T. station
- Thursday, April 3 - 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St., beside North York Civic CentreNorth York Centre subway station
- Monday, April 7 - 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.Sherway Gardens Mall, 25 The West Mall, Community Booth, Sears Court#15 Evans or #123 Shorncliffe bus
For more information: http://torontocat.ca/main/bikesummit2008
Submitted by Marty Collier, Healthy Transport Consulting :
The Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada [on March 6] announced a new joint effort to increase public attention and political action on environmental health hazards.
The coalition calls on government to:
- Fund public awareness and incentive programs to encourage consumer and industry action to reduce air pollution and mitigate air quality hazards, e.g. programs for increased conservation awareness, energy-saving retrofits on multi-unit residential buildings, and radon mitigation.
- Increase dedicated federal investments in public transit in urban centres across the country.
- Allocation of at least 7% of federal transportation infrastructure funds to active transportation infrastructure; e.g. bike paths, walking trails and sidewalks.
The purpose of the competition is to develop functional, well-designed sidewalk racks and to generate new concepts for bicycle parking inside commercial and residential buildings. These two initiatives, in addition to NYCDOT’s commitment to increasing the number of miles of bicycle facilities, providing the City’s first sheltered bike parking stations and creating more bicycle parking at transit stations, will raise the profile of bicycling as a convenient mode of transportation in New York.
The City intends to use the winning sidewalk rack as its new standard for bicycle parking. The design for the in-building rack will first be installed by Google in its New York City headquarters.
Open to all. Submissions due April 30.
The California Department of Transportation announced a $52 million allotment Tuesday to help California students safely pound the pavement to and from school.
Author: Brian Barker
The first of 15 "bike boxes" appeared at the corner of Southeast 7th Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland on Monday. City crews blocked off a lane of traffic at the intersection and installed green panels and broad white stripes on the street. Lettering tells motorists to "wait here" behind the green section that is reserved for cyclists.
St. Paul St. in Old Montreal was never intended as a pedestrian mall; it's wide enough for two horses to pass each other, or perhaps even two light carriages. But if ever a street was not ideal for SUVs, St. Paul is the one. Not only is it narrow, but it's a pleasure to stroll, with interesting architecture, stylish shops, and that little frisson you get from knowing that people were walking this street hundreds of years ago.
Now there is not one but two schemes to pedestrianize the street for the summer months: one from Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay, the other from Ville Marie borough Mayor Benoît Labonté. In the arcane fashion of politicians, they're turning the issue into yet another battleground in their fight over the next Montreal mayoral election.
Author: Chris Gosier
With an eye toward making it safer for walkers and bicyclists on Connecticut's roads, state officials will host seminars over the next few months to show city planners how to redesign intersections and sidewalks to better accommodate non-drivers.
The sessions will teach city planners about design standards and engineering tools for setting up bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly streets and new municipal features such as multiuse paths.
Monday, March 24, 2008
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Monday, March 17, 2008
How exciting it would be if a pharmaceutical company invented a new “wonder drug”, which could cut heart disease deaths by a third, could reduce osteoporosis, cut rates of obesity, diabetes, halve the rates of colon cancer, reduce cholesterol and cut by two thirds the risk of strokes among the highest-risk middle-aged men. In short, a drug that could cut the risk of premature death by 20% to 30% in the UK. Surely we would all be excited.
He went on to say that such a thing already exists – it’s called walking.
Author: John Stanley
The options Eddington puts forward need to present some stark choices between traditional road building (that has been accompanied by rapid growth in transport emissions), and a large public transport investment that could transform Melbourne into a low-carbon-transport city.
These six targets illustrate the magnitude and comprehensiveness of changes that we must achieve by 2020. Any shortcoming in one area requires a larger reduction from others, but all are achievable given the necessary will.
The good news is that achieving the above targets will also reduce traffic congestion, reduce overall transport costs, reduce obesity rates, reduce the need for new road infrastructure, and provide all Melburnians with viable, high-quality public transport in a world of increasing oil prices. It will help to future-proof our city.
Presentations and photos are posted at www.ACTCanada.com.
Author: Ken Belson
M[ayor] Bloomberg’s plan to unclog Midtown Manhattan streets and raise money for mass transit would make New York the first city in the United States to introduce congestion pricing. The mayor took cues from London, Stockholm and other foreign cities now trying this solution.
For the most part, those pricing systems have worked as promised, cutting traffic, generating billions of dollars in fees and making drivers consider alternatives to using their cars.
Encouraged by the results, London plans to introduce new charges based on a vehicle’s carbon emissions; Singapore is going a step further, using the toll and traffic data it collects to predict vehicle flow patterns with technology developed at I.B.M.’s research center here.
Author: Duane Hicks
While a trail system is not going to become a reality overnight, the town will consider a recently-completed active transportation plan when it conducts a review of its official plan later this year.
The Trail Network Steering Committee has recommended the active transportation plan be included in the town’s review of its official plan this year, and also that an action committee be formed to start implementing some of the suggestions and recommendations made in the report.
Almost daily consumers are bombarded with messages to eat less, plan better diets and exercise. Invariably these messages will suggest where to buy food, what brands to choose and how a particular health club can tailor a plan to meet individual needs.
But seldom are Luzerne Countians told where they can exercise – and simultaneously enjoy a slice of nature near their homes. This spring the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, the the Back Mountain Trail overseer, will begin work on a two-mile northern expansion. Planners envision that the trail eventually will be extended to Misericordia University, which will transform the entire length into an eight-mile hike.
Funding for the pending expansion is a $480,000 federal grant administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Author: Deb Gau
They say third time’s the charm, but having been through the application process twice before, Cottonwood city officials didn’t have their hopes up too high for a Safe Routes To School grant this year.
The news just arrived that Cottonwood had been awarded $87,575 to build a walking and biking trail along Barstad Road in Cottonwood. The trail would connect Lakeview School with C.W. Reishus Park on the east shore of Cottonwood Lake, making pedestrian travel along the road safer and more attractive.
The Safe Routes to School grant program is run by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to promote walking and biking to school. Grant money is awarded annually to communities for both infrastructure projects like construction of walking trails or bike lanes and non-infrastructure projects like safety programs. In 2008, MnDOT awarded a total of more than $2 million to projects around the state, a MnDOT news release said.
The Michigan Department of Transportation gave more than $2 million in grants to communities in southeast Michigan to help improve trails and pathways for pedestrians and bicyclists. The money is part of $5.7 million in MDOT and federal grants that were awarded toward projects dedicated for non-motorized traffic, such as trails, streetscape improvements and bike lanes.
"These investments will enhance recreation and transportation opportunities in Michigan communities and downtowns - helping make our state a great place to live and work for all of us," says Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm.
Monday, March 10, 2008
- Translink Public Consultation
- Ebay's Transportation Demand Management Program
Link to Case Study Library: http://www.tc.gc/programs/environment/utsp/casestudylibrary.htm
Author: Marc Gunther
Halfway around the world, a zero-carbon, zero-waste, automobile-free city known as Masdar is rising from a 2.3-square mile plot of desert in Abu Dhabi.
Article - http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/05/news/international/gunther_masdar.fortune/
Author: Elizabeth Mygatt
In 2003, global production of bicycles hit 105 million—two-and-a-half times the record 42 million cars produced. During the 1950s and 1960s, bicycle and automobile production were nearly equal. In the decades following, however, bike output soared, reaching 91 million in 1990, when car production totaled 36 million. Since then, with the exception of 1997 and 1998 (when output dropped to 90 million and then 87 million), about 100 million bikes have been produced each year.
Article - http://www.earth-policy.org/Indicators/Bike/2005.htm
Article - http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080306/koddities/brite_jaywalkers
Vancouver police are being especially vigilant this month in targeting jaywalkers because November is one of the most dangerous periods for pedestrian injury and death.
Pedestrians are competing with a wide range of distractions for drivers. "IPods and cellphones and even televisions in the front seat of vehicles … none of these things are improving safety out there," said Sgt. Ralph Pauw of Vancouver Police Department's traffic section.
Article - http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/11/02/bc-pedestrains.html
Author: Jeff Kosseff
[T]he United States does not yet have any government-run bike sharing programs. That will change in Washington this spring, when the municipal government partners with Clear Channel Communications to provide a 120-bike fleet throughout the city.
And Blumenauer, D-Ore., has gotten involved by launching a modest pilot program that will provide up to 30 bicycles around the Capitol Hill complex for employees of the House of Representatives to check out.
Blumenauer sees the concept catching on nationwide. As Congress begins discussing the next surface transportation funding bill, with hundreds of billions of dollars for roads and other transportation, he'd like to discuss using a small portion to fund other pilot programs for bike sharing.
Author: Mo Yan-chih
The Taipei City Government will provide 500 bicycles for rent near MRT stations by the end of this year to encourage residents to take better advantage of public transportation, Taipei City's Transportation Department said yesterday.
In a test run of the city's "public bicycle rental system," a total of 500 bicycles will be arranged at 10 rental stops near the Taipei City Hall and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall MRT stations, said Chen Rong-ming (陳榮明), a division chief at the department.
Monday, March 3, 2008
These four communities were each provided with substantial funding to "to construct ... a network of nonmotorized transportation infrastructure facilities, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian and bicycle trails, that connect directly with transit stations, schools, residences, businesses, recreation areas, and other community activity centers."
Link : http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=8670
Full Story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/feb/09/transport.world1
"Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany," Transport Reviews, Vol. 28, No. 4, July 2008, forthcoming.
"At the Frontiers of Cycling: Policy Innovations in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany," World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2007, forthcoming.
The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) is pleased to invite you to attend its third annual Physical Activity for Public Health Practitioners course, a professional development opportunity which specifically targets increasing effectiveness in building a healthy active community. This year it will be held at the Banff Park Lodge in Banff, Alberta, September 29 to October 2, 2008. This intensive, four-day, academic-style program, brings together theory, best practice, and communications.
For more info please visit http://cflri.ca/eng/info/2008_paph_info.php.
HOV Lanes in Canada: This issue paper summarizes the successes and challenges of HOV facility development in Canada and their utility as transportation demand management tools.
Amenities and Programs that Encourage Active Transportation in All Seasons: This issue paper provides information on general measures that can be taken to encourage all season active transportation, and also looks at a selection of successful initiatives.
Tax Mechanisms to Promote Sustainable Transportation: This paper examines tax mechanisms that can be used by municipalities to help promote and fund sustainable transportation initiatives.
Telework in Canada: This case study provides an overview of telework issues, initiatives and resources of interest to Canadians.
With this Green Paper the Commission wants to set a new European agenda for urban mobility, while respecting the responsibilities of local, regional and national authorities in this field. The Commission intends to facilitate the search for solutions by, for example, sharing best practices and optimising financial means