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Active transportation programs eligible for $650 million available through new public health grants

Via Safe Routes to School National Partnership:

On September 17, 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new program: Communities Putting Prevention to Work.Thirty to forty communities will receive a total of $373 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) dollars through this competitive grant program to support interventions that reduce obesity (through improved physical activity and nutrition) and/or reduce tobacco use. Communities can apply for either focus area or both. This landmark opportunity is aimed at mobilizing community resources toward broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes. The application places an emphasis on communities demonstrating effective coalitions, and notes that special consideration should be given to the inclusion of populations disproportionately affected by chronic diseases.

On September 29, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $120 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for prevention and wellness programs for U.S. states and territories, building on the recent announcement of the $373 million funding opportunity for communities and tribes around the country. In all, the comprehensive Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative will make $650 million available for public health efforts to address obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and decrease smoking.

Lead Applicants: Local and State Health Departments


  • Letter of Intent Deadline: October 30, 2009
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2009

The Opportunity for Bike/Ped and Health Officials: Communities Putting Prevention to Work provides an important opportunity for bicycle and pedestrian professionals, enthusiasts, and advocates, as well as health officials, to act quickly to get your city or state to:

  1. Apply for the funding;
  2. Educate the health department about the range of bike/ped interventions that can be included in their application and action plan; and
  3. Include your organization as a partner in the effort.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has worked with our partners at America Bikes and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership to prepare a list of sample bike/ped activities that fit within the five categories of evidence-based interventions that are required as part of this CDC application. We encourage you to review these sample activities and assess which would work well in your community. Funds are available to make these projects a reality—so it is in your interest to work with your health department to develop the bike/ped aspects of the CDC application for obesity prevention, and to demonstrate how your organization can be a resource to them.

Act Now to Contact Your Health Department and City Officials: Now is the time to contact your health department and city officials to encourage them to apply, and to share your ideas on bike/ped interventions. Don’t wait – health departments are making decisions now about whether to apply, and what to propose in their grant applications.

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HowStuffWorks "Working Models"

The Hyanide”

When the driver turns the steering handle to the left, the front part of the tread angles to the left. Pushing back the left foot control will simultaneously turn the back segment of the tread as well, giving the Hyanide a very sharp turning radius. Meanwhile, the tread is constantly driving in the direction of the turn, so it always maintains maximum traction.

2008 HowStuffWorks
A motorcycle, an ATV and a snowmobile each have very distinct functions. But what if you could combine them in one vehicle? Enter the Hyanide.

The driver implements the hand-and-foot steering system with two handles for his hands and two special footrests that accommodate custom-made shoes. A passenger can ride directly behind the driver, just like on a motorcycle.

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Planning for October 24th. Three-Fifty Day

Here’s what we know.

On October 24th, RIT is going to host the 350 Climate Action Festival, a series of events related to “the most important number on earth: 350 (parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere).
One of the events will be a mass bike ride along the path of the future RochesterGreenway with bikers converging from downtown, U of R, MCC, and other places else, to arrive at the Sentinel at noon.
Another event will be a Rochester Bike Summit, in the Center for Student Innovation, at 2:00pm. The goal:
  • to discuss a number of emerging and potential regional initiatives that could make Rochester New York a world center of Biking and Transportation innovation,
    • the Rochester Greenway (of course)
    • the prospect that we might develop a fleet of ultralight electric vehicles to ride (along with bikes) on the Greenway
    • the proposed annual 6-day Tour de New York
    • the City’s development of a Master Bicycling Plan
    • plans for proposed and under-construction bike paths
    • the possibility that the world’s leading museum of bicycle history might be brought to Rochester (or, alternatively, be lost to Western New York)
    • the development of an online interactive bicycle map
    • bringing the Bicycle Film Festival to Rochester

  • to identify and discuss shared interests and opportunities that overlap these various initiatives and their supporters
    • making biking safer
    • interconnecting the region’s extraordinary network of biking trails
    • making Rochester a world capital of biking and sustainable transportation innovation
How you can help. Email Jon.Schull @
  • Let us know if you are willing to help plan and organize.
  • Let us know if you are planning to ride.
  • Get others to do the same
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There is a most excellent way to ride from the Greenway to High Falls, over the Clinton Street elevated bikeway (who knew?), to Main and South, and up to the West Side of High Falls, with some interesting urban sights along the way.

By riding on the over-wide under-used sidewalks, you are never in traffic. These over-wide under-used sidewalks could easily be turned into dedicated bike lanes, with dedicated pedestrian walkways on the other side of each street.
These photos were taken with my iphone and a great little app for making panoramas, called Stitch).

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The Recumbent Blog � Blog Archive � World’s Longest Bicycle Tunnel Opens…

The Recumbent Blog Blog Archive



These folks take bike transportation seriously… very seriously! Seriously enough to spend $3.7 million dollars to convert a railway tunnel for cyclists, add security cameras, install a public address system…

As adds:

“Amazing that a city of this size is willing to invest in such remarkable bicycle projects when larger cities elsewhere have trouble painting bicycle lanes. Spain has hardly enjoyed status as a bicycle-friendly country in the past”

Details and photos at

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Possible designs | mini-farthing

Possible designs | mini-farthing

Mini-farthing highways


Suspended, covered mini-farthing highways in cities could allow people to move around quickly and independently in comfort. Much cheaper than subways and light enough to be suspended over existing roads and infrastructure. Easy to carry mini-farthing up or down stairs to get on and off. This may be a solution to the last mile for sustainable cities that want their citizens to have freedom to have freedom to move about in a safe, fast and environmentally friendly way.

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Turning Point Park

Turning Point Park
Originally uploaded by -dangler

Does everyone know about this?

We took an extraordinary ride on an exquisite bike trail at the Northern End of the Rochester Riverway Trail (Charlotte, north of the Greenway) on the West Side of the River.

How did this gem of a trail and boardwalk come to be built? And why isn’t it celebrated? It is a world-class marriage of natural beauty and low impact civil engineering.

Who did this?

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Behold the Bike!

Few inventions have the efficiency, health benefits, affordability, urban design potential, safety features and environmental friendliness of the modern bike. It’s not your grandmother’s bicycle; it’s a revolutionary component in our future transportation portfolio. There have been bikes. There will be bikes.

Bikes started as glorified hobby horses (the walking machine), then got pedals (the velocipede or boneshaker), then rose up and sped up (the high wheel bicycle), then began settling down for speed and safety (the hard-tired safety), and now they are fast, sleek and efficient. It was a long (and sometime dangerous) haul; and, if you are quick about it, you can see the entire history of bicycles at the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum in Orchard Park, NY before it closes. (If enough visitors go, maybe it won’t close.) []

Now, in many modern urban communities the bicycle is more than an old contraption made new and glorified by bike clubs and enthusiasts. Bicycles are not simply hangers-on, like horse-riding or Model T driving on Sunday. Bicycles are becoming an integral part of planned transportation systems throughout the country. Note how cities like Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colorado are retrofitting their vehicle-dominated streets into bike boulevards (BTA: Bicycle Boulevards Campaign) where commuters and even kids off to school can get to their destinations year-round and safely.

Year-round and safely? In New York State? In the rain, the snow, heavy traffic, though the mud, across busy bridges, to grandmother’s house and still be presentable?

Become a believer. When more people bike more drivers accept them on our streets—which, of course, they have every right to be. In official studies: under 6.5 miles, the public prefers bicycling over mass transit. Bicycling produces zero greenhouse gas emissions, has relatively inexpensive repair bills, and because of the soaring cost of road and bridge maintenance our regional planners consider bicycles a serious component of our future transportation.

If we make our streets more bike accessible, protect bicyclists from fast-moving traffic, create innovative all-weather bike corridors, []and provide convenient and comprehensive bike parking, the public will bike. Already, many cities have found a way to bicycle-friendly their streets, not because it is trendy, but because there is no faster, more efficient, environmentally and urban-friendlier way to get around than the bike. []

Too expensive, too radical, too dangerous, too slow, and just too much darn trouble? As opposed to what? Billions of dollars on maintaining our existing vehicular dominated streets? An obese society that spends zillions of bucks for insurance, parking, fuel, repairs, and the vehicles’ price (the ‘Clunkers for Cash’ program is drying up)?

The real impediment to creating a Rochester, New York that moves around in massive numbers on bicycles and renews our sense of community from our too expensive isolation tanks is Attitude. Everything else is there, the technology, the know-how, and the vivid examples of bike/transportation modes across the spectrum of world cities. Behold a healthier lifestyle.

Frank J. Regan []

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Montreal Exports Its Bike-Sharing Program – Green Inc. Blog –

Montreal Exports Its Bike-Sharing Program

AUGUST 13, 2009, 7:31 AM

Montreal Exports Its Bike-Sharing Program

Ian Austen/The New York Times The bike-sharing system pioneered in Montreal will soon be used in Boston and London.

From the beginning, Montreal officials had ambitions for the new Bixi bicycle-sharing system that went beyond the borders of that Canadian city. On Wednesday, Gérald Tremblay, the Montreal’s mayor, announced that the Bixi system will be implemented in Boston and London.

It is not clear at this point if the roll-out in Boston — where local officials are mounting a push for more bike lanes as well — will be on the same scale as Montreal’s system, with hundreds of parking stations and thousands of bicycles. (An alternative model would be SmartBike D.C. in Washington, which uses a different docking technology and has only has 10 stations.)

Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council confirmed that it has selected Bixi to put in place a bike-sharing program. But Amanda Linehan, a spokeswoman for the council, said that Boston and other municipalities must now negotiate contracts for the service.

In a statement, the Public Bike System Company, Montreal’s marketing operation for Bixi, indicated that the Boston system will initially offer 2,500 bikes at 290 stations in downtown Boston.

In England, Bixi’s partner, the Serco Group, said that it has a six-year contract to install 400 docking stations holding about 10,000 bicycles in central London.

Until now, the only other Bixi system was a modest, four-station demonstration project in Ottawa, which is about two hours by car from Montreal.

In selling Bixi, Montreal has emphasized that its solar-powered, WiFi-enabled docking stations are self-contained, eliminating the need for construction or utility work. The design also enables operators to remove the stations for winter, and to relocate them easily in accordance with demand.

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Fostering Sustainable Behavior

Installing Bike Parking at Schools and the Impact on Student Behavior

June, 08 2009 at 10:52 AM account icon posted by image 7 comments »
We are looking for fact sheets or information to share with schools and others about the impact of bike racks that may be motivational. Such as if you install bike rack/# of bike parking spaces, you will reduce…
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Looking for University Bicycle Stations

March, 19 2009 at 06:12 PM account icon posted by Archie Phillips image 1 comment »
I am seeking information on Bicycle Centers that have been designed as part of green buildings on University campuses. We would like to know: What was the impetus for the Bike Center? How was the…
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Web Campaigns Promoting Bicycle Commuting

January, 21 2009 at 07:22 AM account icon posted by jmarkelj image 5 comments »
Hello everybody, I ‘ve just started working on a web-based campaign aiming to promote cycling to work or school (instead of driving). If you are aware any good examples of such campaigns, I would be…
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Bicycle Fleets – Carbon-Free Transport Options for Organisations

December, 08 2008 at 06:57 PM account icon posted by ldalehallett image 2 comments »
Dear All, I am investigating the introduction of a bicycle fleet into our organisation, as an alternative to using cars and taxis. This would offer an important opportunity for staff to actively reduce…
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Ponoko Blog

Ponoko Blog:

Ponoko to Distribute Making to Laser Cutters Worldwide!

July 2nd, 2009 at 7:36 am
This sounds to be an excellent project especially as this would expand your successful business model to support access to affordable 3D fabricating for many of us creatives.
Shain Says:
July 2nd, 2009 at 5:39 pm
I think this is a brilliant Idea! Makers of the world uniting. Let everyone tap into the resources once only accessible to the elite. Manufacturing for the masses.
I can’t wait!
Ponoko and the Fabrication Network Says:
July 15th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
[…] me this is pretty huge news (Fabbaloo found it for me): Ponoko is creating a fabber network. This to me is an absolute thrill.� This will monetize fabricator ownership.� This will […]”
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Rochester Bicycle Ecology

I’ve created a conceptual map of the Rochester Bicycle Ecology in order to explore the idea that we need a Rochester Bicycle Alliance.
(You can view the map as a full-sized PDF file for full screen viewing by clicking here)

The map is loaded with hyperlinks and background on local organizations and initiatives, thus if you mouse around, you’ll read things like…

Rochester could be home to a number of potentially transformative bike-related initiatives. Even a few of them, implemented and marketed strategically, could turn the region into a world capital of cycling. Individually they are long-shots.

The Rochester Cyclng Alliance could help unify a healthy but non-organizd community and create a constituency for innovative land use, energy independence, transportation policy, healthy living, and urban renewal.

The RCA’s first venture could be to bring the Bicycle Film Festival to town (and use it to build a constituency for other initiatives on this map).

I think I’m convinced. How about you?

Add comments or more information, and I’ll update the map!

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Biking Rochester

Let the Huffington Post know about biking in Rochester. If the RochesterGreenway were a reality, I think we’d be number one in this poll. Check it out.

The Top 10 U.S. Cities For Biking Americans overwhelmingly continue to drive alone to work. With more than nine out of 10 workers favoring driving. But these 10 cities are definitely taking the initiative to change that. Here are the top 10 U.S. cities for bicycling commuters. And remember to send us a photograph of your favorite biking city.

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Another Affiliation

People are talking. Excitement builds. The Rochester Greenway is entering a new phase: a steering group (maybe, the “The Rochester Greenway Steering Group”) who will be focusing on moving the project from conceptual stage to something more concrete—or macadam, or plastic, or a new composite altogether. At this point, interested groups are offering their time to see this unique concept get funding through grants, get endorsements from various groups, and provide presentations of this all-weather, carbon-free transportation system.

“I just want to point out to you that this isn’t just about biking. This is truly about a grander purpose happening here. I would just urge you to think about what you want to do. I think it’s important to consider options for the future.”

“There is an opportunity for capitalizing on new materials and ideas and how this will relate to communities. We want to have a plan for some type of sustainable plan in the longer term sense. I think that we should also get students from other regions interested from other campuses. There are many things, which could be woven into the goals. There
is great potential here.”

“This could be a steering group for a future Charrette meeting. There is a reality about a certain threshold for numbers of people working together. I think you bring up
a good point that we should all be in contact with each-other. We should also think about people in the working group. I think it’s very important that there would be a shared vision going in multiple directions. I think we should think of ourselves as being a Greenway Steering group.”

People are talking.

More to come:

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The Roc City Park – Location & Design

RocCity Park UPDATE

The mission of the RocCity Skate Park City-Community Partnership is to build a skate park in the City of Rochester.
This is a volunteer effort, so 100% of donated money goes directly to the skate park.The planned location (pending New York State Department of Transportation approval)is beneath the east side of the iconic and award winning Susan B. Anthony/Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. This location provides excellent shelter from often adverse elements of the region. There is plenty of room for the varied disciplines of skateboarding and BMX. There is also room on either side of the bridge for a more outdoor feel.

Burnside, Portland, Oregon