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E-news for March 26, 2013
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APBP E-news | March 26, 2013

In this edition:
• Answer the Call for Speakers for PDS 2013 by April 8
• Celebrate National Public Health Week
National Bike Summit Research Suggests New Approach to Advocacy
• Reports and Resources
• APBP Member News
• List Serve Highlights

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Isn’t it about time we talk about Return on Investment (ROI)? You betcha! Get started during National Public Health Week (April 1-7), whose theme is "Public Health is Return on Investment." Then come to Boulder to keep the conversation going at APBP’s biennial conference – the 2013 Professional Development Seminar where our theme is "Dollars and Sense: Economic, Health and Social Benefits of Walking and Bicycling." Registration opens April 8.

> PDS Call for Speakers Open through April 8
APBP will host the 2013 Professional Development Seminar (PDS) in Boulder, Colorado, September 9-12. This three-day conference will be packed with state-of-the-practice information for planners, engineers, landscape architects, public health professionals, advocates—all of you working to advance active transportation and sustainable, livable communities.

Now through Monday, April 8, the Call for Speakers is open. This year's PDS theme is "Dollars and Sense: Economic, Health and Social Benefits of Walking and Bicycling." Sessions are organized into three tracks:

  1. Return on Investment for Active Transportation
  2. Guidelines, Standards and Decision-Making
  3. Integrated Corridor Planning and Design

APBP invites your proposal to speak at the 2013 Professional Development Seminar. Click here to learn more about the theme, tracks, and proposed classroom sessions (proposals must relate to a specific session in the program). The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, April 8; APBP will accept or decline your proposal by May 14.

> National Public Health Week is April 1-7
Scheduled for April 1-7, NPHW 2013 is focusing on "Public Health is ROI, Save Lives, Save Money.” The theme is a reference to the public health return on investment, or ROI, which shows that for every dollar spent to prevent health problems in a community, $5.60 in later medical treatment is averted. The 2013 NPHW Partners Toolkit, fact sheets and other resources are available on the NPHW website.

Other citizen members of a county-wide comprehensive planning effort in Wisconsin were as surprised as I was to learn that health – such an essential part of community life – wasn't specifically included as one of the nine required elements. Ultimately, our planning team determined that public health underpins every element of comprehensive planning. For me, health is pivotal, especially in transportation.Take a moment next week to reach out to your colleagues in public health. Start a dialogue, form a partnership, become a team! APBP Board and staff encourage you to invite a public health professional to the next APBP webinar. -- Kit Keller, Executive Director

>National Bike Summit Research Suggests New Approach to Advocacy
In-depth interviews with House and Senate staff, conducted in the course of opinion research commissioned by the League of American Bicyclists, have yielded new perspectives on cycling advocacy and suggest that national advocates must adjust their strategy as they prepare for reauthorization in 2014. From the policy makers’ perspective, acceptance of bicycling as a transportation mode is no longer the issue; the focus should be on funding (don’t expect a return to dedicated funding, and learn to compete for what’s available), multimodalism (bicycling as one choice on a menu of transportation options), and performance outcomes that benefit non-cyclists. Many comments emphasized the growing primacy of local and regional planning and funding decisions: "Any mode’s success or failure is going to be based on the local level, as that is where policy is going.” "I think the local and state level is where we're going to see the innovation…” (In this view, bicycling seems to be part of a bigger trend that The Economist identified in a March 16 editorial, "The America that works”: "In this second, can-do America [states and cities], creative policymaking is being applied to the very problems Congress runs away from, like infrastructure spending.”)

See the full presentation, Perceptions and Possibilities: Stakeholder opinion on the status of bicycling in the national policy arena, by Douglas Meyer here.

The League has posted an index and links to Bike Summit presentations and videos here ( Check out some of the inspiring highlights, including speeches by Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis; Veronica Davis, Black Women Bike D.C.; and Jason Roberts, Better Blocks. Or watch the recording of APBP’s recap conversation with the League’s Caron Whitaker at

Reports and resources

> ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure was published last week ( The graphics are great; the grades--not so much. But although the report card calls for lots more spending, it’s unclear whether the wished-for trillions would address imbalances in the transportation system. For a critique of the report, read this StreetsBlog entry, "Is ASCE Failing to Tell America to Spend Wisely on Infrastructure?

> Active Living Research has released Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians to Inform Transportation Planning "This brief describes a number of technologies for counting bicycles and pedestrians and the benefits and challenges associated with different approaches. It also explains how counting data can be used to inform transportation planning, presents trends in levels of bicycle and pedestrian activity, and illustrates one goal of non-motorized traffic monitoring, namely, estimating bicycle and pedestrian traffic on streets in cities and towns.”

> Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank has released its first report, A Tool Kit to Accelerate the Adoption of Cycling for Transportation, a literature review of behavior change research that suggests strategies and interventions to modify cycling behavior and increase urban bicycling.

> Streetfilms has announced a new series of short videos, "StreetFacts”, aimed at demystifying transportation trends for the general public. In the first installment: protected bike lanes. APBP recommendeds it as a quick, friendly introduction to add to your presentations and speeches.

> America Walks has just released A Walking Revolution: A Movement Making Americans Happier and Healthier, a report by Jay Walljasper which "addresses the power of walking and walkability for health, business, community, schools, and the environment.” Find it at

> APBP members have submitted two interesting reports related to sidewalk operations:
· City of Tucson ADA Sidewalk Inventory Study Report (October, 2012)
·The Costs of Owning and Operating Sidewalks: A Strategy for the City of Atlanta (December, 2012) Read them here.

> Check out the City of Tacoma’s traffic calming primer, 35 Ways to Safer Neighborhood Streets, with illustrations by elementary school kids.

>The new SRTSNP program: Fire Up Your Feet is a resource for families, teachers, and school staff who want to encourage kids to walk, play, and get moving.

APBP Member News

> Members extend the reach of APBP: It's great to see a student project on bike parking at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, introduce new professionals to APBP. Student member Cara Fisher completed a planning project on bicycle parking for her campus and shared the APBP webinars with the McGill University Space and Planning office. The University is now hosting the APBP bicycle parking webinars for planning staff and students, and hopes to extend the invitation to other Montreal universities for the April 10th webinar "Institutional and Campus Bike Parking Programs." Urban planning students at McGill University and professionals in Montreal are now more familiar with the resources and training offered by APBP. Here's hoping these synergies continue to build our membership and audience. Thank you, Cara!

> APBP’s membership has reached a new milestone: 1,227. The association welcomed 250 new members in 2012, and another 88 since January 1. Thanks to those of you who participated in the "Each One Reach One” new member drive—you helped get the word out about APBP, and it worked!

We’re also excited about two member-led initiatives. Canadian members, who comprise 10 percent of APBP’s roster, recently formed a new group on the website; it’s open to anyone interested in bike/ped practice in Canada. The group’s first tasks are to develop resources and tools useful to those who practice in Canada, and to help APBP cultivate a more inclusive perspective in training and member programming. Check out the Canada group onthis page (or navigate to Groups > Local Groups > Canada); click on "Join Group” to share a photo, start a blog, or post in the forum.

What can APBP do to support and encourage young professionals? New Board member Jessica Mortell (Toole Design Group, Boston) wants to create local networking opportunities and learn how APBP can meet this cohort’s needs. Get in on the ground floor: contact Jess Mortell with your ideas and join the YP group here (Groups > APBP Member Groups > Young Professionals).

> Check your calendars. It’s come to our attention that the printer may have delivered some defective 2013 APBP calendars. Please check the middle pages (from April onward) to make sure that you have all twelve months, in the right order. We have a few calendars left, and will replace defective ones as long as the supply lasts. E-mail (There was some speculation that your Wisconsin staff is so in love with winter that we hoped to repeat January, February and March; not so. We're eager for the snow to go!)

> APBP Members on the Move
• Congratulations to Kristin Bennett who recently moved to Milwaukee to become that city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.
Malisa Mccreedy has relocated from Charlotte, N.C. to Portland, Oregon, where she is the Regional Manager at Standard Parking.
Have a new job or promotion? Send your good news to so we can help you share it with your colleagues!

List Serve Highlights
(Not subscribed to the list? E-mail to join.)

> Sharrows in Construction Zones: "Does anyone have experience using temporary sharrows in construction zones? If so, what criteria do you use to decide where/when to use them in addition to or instead of temporary "Bikes in Roadway" warning signs?" Reply to Jessica Horning, Oregon DOT.

> Lane widths: Join a lively conversation sparked by this posting: "I am looking for data about lane widths and safety. I have found a few resources that say that an 11-foot lane is just as safe as a 12-foot lane, and my agency wants to know if there are any similar findings about 10-foot lanes. My resources include a paper by Potts (2007), and another by Gross (2009). I have also found a study done by Noland in 2002 about the correlation between fatalities/injuries and lane widths, and one by Milton and Mannering (1998) showing that other factors contribute more to accidents than lane widths." Melanie Curry, San Francisco County Transportation Authority

> Truck aprons at corner radius: "To keep a corner radius tight, but to still allow an occasional large truck to make a right turn, a larger radius is traced in concrete (for trucks), but a tighter radius is extended (for people), made of a different, rougher material, often cobblestone, to discourage passenger vehicle drivers from driving over it and making a fast turn. The name derives from the truck apron of the central island in a roundabout; they both serve more or less the same purpose. If you've been involved in implementing one, or you know of one, please send graphics and photos." Click here to download a summary of the conversation around this posting by Michael Ronkin.

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