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Town of Brighton Proposed Multi-Use Trail Public Meeting July 27

Tom Low, Town of Brighton Commissioner of Public Works
585.784.5225, thomas.low@townofbrighton.org.

Brighton, NY, July 3, 2009 – The Town of Brighton will hold a Public Meeting to review the concept of a multi-use trail connecting Town Hall and the Erie Canal. The meeting will be held on July 27th from 7pm-9pm at the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave. The I-590 Bicycle / Pedestrian Bypass Trail Feasibility Study is nearing completion, and the Town wishes to gather additional feedback on the preferred trail alignment identified in the Draft Report.

In its 2000 Comprehensive Plan, the Town identified a concept for a trail connecting the Town Hall Complex on Elmwood Avenue to the Erie Canal at Meridian Centre Park. This Feasibility Study explores the viability of the whole corridor of the I-590 Bicycle / Pedestrian Bypass trail, with consideration given to location alternatives, design recommendations, funding sources, and phasing strategies.

The Preferred Trail Alignment map, along with the full Draft Report, is available on the Town’s website; http://www.townofbrighton.org/CivicAlerts.aspx.

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CenterLines #229

CenterLines #229

-> “Every additional 30 minutes spent in a car each day translates into a 3 percent greater chance of being obese. People who live in neighborhoods with a mix of shops and businesses within easy walking distance are 7 percent less likely to be obese.”
— Lawrence Frank, University of British Columbia
http://tinyurl.com/ngwhxa

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About StreetsWiki – Streetswiki – Livable Streets

About StreetsWiki – Streetswiki

treetsWiki . . .

What Should You Write on StreetsWiki?

is a community-created, online encyclopedia for transportation, urban environmental, and public space issues.

It’s a place for ordinary people, planners, and academics to read and write about our cities and
how we can make them more livable.


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Cyclists slow down to avoid crater-sized 'hole' – Telegraph

Cyclists slow down to avoid crater-sized ‘hole’ – Telegraph

Cyclists were encouraged to slow down thanks to this crater-sized “hole” in the middle of a towpath.

A woman looks into the three dimensional drawing

A woman looks into the three dimensional drawing Photo: GETTY

But the hole is an optical illusion, a three-dimensional drawing of a canyon, in an attempt to make careless cyclists hit the brakes rather than ride dangerously and ignore pedestrians.

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Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 – Seattle, Washington

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 – Seattle, Washington

Presentations
#2. Federal Funding for Nonmotorized Transportation and Recreation and the National Trails Training Partnership (Cascade II)
1) RTP Trails Nov 2008:
Presentation: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/fundrec_pres.htm
2) RTP and TE Summary: includes both briefs listed below.
Recreational Trails Program Brief: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/brief.htm
Transportation Enhancement Activities Brief:http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/te/brief.htm
3) New Approach for Transportation
USDOT Reform Proposal: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/reauth_reform.htm
Christopher Douwes

The (National) Recreational Trails Program–NRTP
Greg Lovelady (155Kb PowerPoint Presentation)

#6. Adapting the Bike Sharing Concept to North America (St. Helens)
A Public Bicycle System in Metro Vancouver?
Eileen Kadesh and Andrew Curran (605Kb PDF Format)
Bike Sharing in North America
Eileen Kadesh and Andrew Curran (968Kb PDF Format)
SmartBike DC and How it Happened (for Free)
George Branyan (444Kb PowerPoint Presentation)

#16. Maps and Community Engaged Mapping (Cascade IA)
The Neighborhoods on Foot Map Series
Seth Schromen-Wawrin (13.6MB PowerPoint Presentation)

#66. Designing Facilities for Bicyclists (Cascade II)
Thinking (and Building) Outside the MUTCD/AASHTO Box
Joshua Benson (3Mb PDF Format)

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      Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state and local effort

      Overview

      Safe Routes to School image, © Andersen Ross/Blend Images/CorbisSafe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school and to make walking and bicycling to school safe and appealing.

      In New York, as in other parts of this country, travel to school by walking and bicycling has declined dramatically over the past several decades. The adverse impacts of this trend on air quality, traffic congestion and childhood health are alarming.

      The goal of New York’s Safe Routes to School Program is to assist New York communities in developing and implementing projects and programs that encourage walking and bicycling to school while enhancing the safety of these trips.Safe Routes to school Logo

      These programs can bring a wide range of benefits to students and the community. These include an easy way for children to get the regular physical activity they need for good health and even to ease traffic jams and reduce pollution around schools.

      A major goal of the program is to increase bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety. Successful Safe Routes to School programs in the United States usually includes one or more of these approaches engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement.

      Local and regional government, schools and community non-profit organizations ready, willing and able to implement SRTS initiatives are eligible to apply for funding.

      Applications are available for projects and programs to improve the health and safety of New York children who bike or walk to school. The program is open to all New York municipalities and school districts.

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      Stimulus Watch: Keeping an Eye on Economic Recovery Spending

      Stimulus Watch: Keeping an Eye on Economic Recovery Spending

      Projects in Rochester, New York

      Below are the “shovel-ready” projects for which this city submitted in the 2008 U.S. Conference of Mayors report. You can click on a project to read (and add to) its description. You can also discuss the project and vote on whether you believe it is critical or not.

      The total cost of all the projects submitted by Rochester is $50,946,000


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      Copenhagenize.com – The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog: Copenhagen Winter Cycling

      Copenhagenize.com – Winter Cycling from Colville Andersen on Vimeo.

      Scenes from a cycling life in Copenhagen during the winter. Featuring some of the 400,000 citizens who choose the bicycle throughout the wint

      COPENHAGENIZE.COM

      Each and every day 500,000 people ride their bicycle to work or school in Copenhagen. This blog highlights who they are, why they do and how it was made possible.

      Forty years ago Copenhagen was just as car-clogged as anywhere else but now 55% of the population choose the bicycle. 37% in the Greater Metropolitan area. Copenhagenizing is possible anywhere.

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      R Community Bikes, needs bikes!

      Bikes needed

      R Community Bikes, a grassroots organization that collects and repairs used bikes to distribute free of charge to adults and children in need, will be collecting bicycles on Sat, Sept 19, at Penfield Fitness and Racket Club, 667 Panorama Trail West, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

      Information: www.rcommunitybikes.net

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      Bikes Belong

      Bikes Belong

      What We Do

      Bikes Belong works to put more people on bicycles more often. From helping create safe places to ride to promoting bicycling, we carefully select projects and partnerships that have the capacity to make a difference.

      We concentrate our efforts in four areas:

      Support letters from the local bicycle industry are KEY
      to your proposal. Letters from Bikes Belong members—retailers and
      suppliers—will strengthen your application. Please ask your supporters
      to address their letters to the Bikes Belong Grant Committee, as form
      letters will not be considered. Click here to view a list of Bikes Belong members.

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      Alliance for Biking and Walking Advocacy Grants

      Alliance for Biking and Walking

      The Alliance for Biking & Walking will award a total of $250,000 in
      2009. Advocacy Advance Grants will range from $5,000–$30,000.
      Approximately $125,000 will be available for Round 1 and another
      $125,000 in Round 2.  Each round will include a balance of Start-up and
      Innovation Grants.  The Alliance’s ability to award grants is dependent
      upon receipt of the support pledged for this program.

      Start-up / Capacity Building Grant Funding Priorities

      These grants are to help catapult emerging and developing organizations
      with matching challenge grants. Awards of $5,000–$30,000 will match
      dollar for dollar new funds raised within six months. These funds are
      to help leverage private and public investment and launch campaigns
      that are proven to grow bicycling and walking. Priority for Start-up
      Grants will be given to organizations serving cities and states with
      the greatest potential for biking and walking advocacy organizations.
      Funding may be used to develop staff, membership, and resources to
      reach target outcomes that both support an increase in biking and
      walking and sustain the organization. Advance funding will be
      considered, but the majority of funding will be paid when funds have
      been raised and/or pledges have been committed in writing.

      Innovation Grant Funding Priorities

      These grants are intended to help organizations take bold steps to
      increase bicycling, walking, and safety. These grants can be used to
      fund activities that will:

      • Yield new sources of funding for biking and walking (e.g. new revenue streams and old programs that are ripe for change)
      • Spur groundbreaking designs (e.g. Euro designs, reprogramming of streets space)
      • Create innovative marketing and encouragement programs (e.g. new media, new audiences, social marketing)
      • Develop cause-related marketing and mainstream partnerships (e.g. transit, seniors, health, business)
      • Improve, expand or extend an existing program that promises further success

      The goal is to create successful models that can spread throughout North
      America. Priority for Innovation Grants will be given to established
      organizations who demonstrate a clear work plan to develop and freely
      share their innovative program. Grants from $5,000–$30,000 will be
      awarded for winning proposals. Matching funds and over-matches are
      encouraged and will be evaluated favorably.

      Advocacy Advance Grants Round 2:

      • Deadline for Inquiry Application: August 26, 2009
      • Inquiry Applicant Notification: September 11, 2009
      • Deadline for Full Proposal: October 13, 2009
      • Applicant Notification: October 30, 2009

      In exceptional circumstances, grant applications outside the official grant rounds will be considered. Contact Chanda for more details.

      Applications must be complete and all attachments e-mailed to grants@PeoplePoweredMovement.org by the deadline date. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. If you have questions or need help with your application, do not wait until the last minute to contact the Alliance staff.

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      Deadlines and Opportunities

      This blog’s many readers will note that a number of deadlines approach.

      The recent posts highlight highly-relevant competitions

      Urban Green Expo Garage Inventors competition deadline July 27th, 2009

      WPA 2.0: Whoever rules the sewers rules the city deadline August 7, 2009

      The Kodak American Greenways Program | The Conservation Fund deadline July 15, 2009

      Alliance for Biking and Walking Advocacy and Startup grants, deadline August 26, 2009

      BikesBelong Facilities and Advocacy
      grants, deadline August 24, 2009

      Even more pressing and perhaps more promsing, Ram Shrivastava of Larsen Engineering points out that the County and the City will be submitting applications for NYSERDA / DOE Formula based block grants to the County and the City on June 25, 2009. He suggests that we

        “call and write a letter to the Municipal Leaders requesting that they allocate a small fraction 5%-10% for a fund for conducting strategic planning studies. This could allow a source of funding for your project to conduct the first stage feasibility assessment to develop the design concepts and cost estimates. Since this is 100% grant and meant for projects with same goals as your project, it is worth reaching out to these communities and request them to set aside some funds for Planning work and remaining funds could be use for project implementation. The planning amount is not just for RIT – greenway but many other activities in the community.

        Obviously there are other sources that can be contacted later, but this opportunity needs immediate action. Please do point out that this fits into Rochester Green program and would help create jobs and economic development in Rochester.”

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