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


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


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.


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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 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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The Kodak American Greenways Program | The Conservation Fund

The Kodak American Greenways Program | The Conservation Fund a partnership project of the Eastman Kodak Company, The Conservation Fund, and the National Geographic Society, provides small grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways in communities throughout America.

© From "The C&O Canal" by Dorothy Camagna

Greenways—corridors of protected public and private lands—link recreational, cultural, and natural features and provide multiple public benefits. They provide paths for people and wildlife; protect forests, wetlands and grasslands; and improve the quality of life for everyone. Often associated with rivers, stream valleys, mountain ridges, abandoned railroad corridors, and utility rights-of-way, greenways also can be built along canals, scenic roads or other linear features.

2009 Kodak American Greenways Program Grants

The Program operated by The Conservation Fund invites land trusts, local governments, and other organizations to submit proposals for small greenway project grants. Funded projects typically advance one or more of the following Program goals:

  • Catalyzing new greenway projects
  • Assisting grassroots greenway organizations
  • Leveraging additional money for conservation and greenway development
  • Promoting use and enjoyment of greenways

The 2009 application deadline has been extended to July 15. [All applications must be submitted electronically.

Award Amounts: Most grants range from $500 to $1,000. The maximum grant is $2,500.

Click here for access the guidelines for the 2009 Greenways Awards.

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Urban Green Expo 2009

Urban Green Expo 2009

USGBC New York's Annual Green Building Conference

Submission Deadline: July 27th, 2009

Click Here For The Green Garage Inventors Competition Call for Submissions

The Green Garage Inventors Competition seeks to foster the creative ingenuity needed to usher in the green buildings of tomorrow and to retrofit our existing buildings. The competition will highlight innovative building products that address sustainability in compelling but practical ways. Winning inventions will be showcased in a dedicated section on the Urban Green Expo trade show floor on Sept. 22–23 in New York City, gaining exposure to the most vibrant real estate, media and financial market in the country. Winners will also be featured on the Urban Green Council and Urban Green Expo websites.

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Innovation/ originality
• Clarity of design and presentation
• Potential environmental value/ impact

Eligibility Requirements:
• Invention must relate to buildings
• Invention must have a working prototype
• Invention must be reproducible
• Invention may not be commercially available or subject to a patent held by another
person or organization

Invention Categories:
Site (Suggested Sub-Categories: Heat-Island Effect Mitigation, Stormwater Management)
Water Efficiency (Suggested Sub-Categories: Water-Use Reduction, Wastewater Technologies)
Energy (Suggested Sub-Categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Emission Reduction)
Materials and Resources (Suggested Sub-Categories: Recycled Materials, Renewable Materials, Waste Reduction)
Indoor Environmental Quality (Suggested Sub-Categories: Ventilation/Thermal Comfort, VOC/Toxicity Issues, Daylighting and Views)

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WPA 2.0 : Whoever rules the sewers rules the city.

Jury: Stan Allen,Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller, Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, Marilyn Jordan Taylor

WPA 2.0: an open design competition for working public architecture organized and sponsored by cityLAB

cityLAB, an urban think tank at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, announces a call for entries to “WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture.” WPA 2.0 is an open competition that seeks innovative, implementable proposals to place infrastructure at the heart of rebuilding our cities during this next era of metropolitan recovery. WPA 2.0 recalls the Depression-era Works Projects Administration (1935-43), which built public buildings, parks, bridges, and roads across the nation as an investment in the future—one that has, in turn, become a lasting legacy. We encourage projects that explore the value of infrastructure not only as an engineering endeavor, but as a robust design opportunity to strengthen communities and revitalize cities. Unlike the previous era, the next generation of such projects will require surgical integration into the existing urban fabric, and will work by intentionally linking systems of points, lines and landscapes; hybridizing economies with ecologies; and overlapping architecture with planning. This notion of infrastructural systems is intentionally broad, including but not limited to parks, schools, open space, vehicle storage, sewers, roads, transportation, storm water, waste, food systems, recreation, local economies, ‘green’ infrastructure, fire prevention, markets, landfills, energy-generating facilities, cemeteries, and smart utilities.

Download the competition brief here:

July 24, 2009:
REGISTRATIONS CLOSES; last day to submit questions

July 31, 2009:
Final update posted to Questions and Answers

August 7, 2009:

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Genessee Land Trust

500 East Ave # 200 Rochester, NY 14607 – (585) 256-2130
Directions and more »

I had breakfast last week with Tom Frey and Gay Mills, head of the Genessee Land Trust. I learned all sorts of things I didn’t know, but most importantly, the Genessee Valley Land Trust is all about preserving green places, and connecting them to people and neighborhoods.

According to their newsletter, their new strategic plan outlines five conservation initiatives

  • Create a ribbon of protected critical habitat and countryside near the shore of Lake Ontario
  • Link our urban neighborhoods to the natural places of the City of Rochester and Beyond
  • Partner with towns and farmers to extend the quilt of protected thriving farms
  • Preserve the best and uncommon natural habitats
  • Create greenways for wildlife between preserved habitats

I also learned that they share offices with the Rochester Area Community Foundation….

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The High Line: "that would be so cool…" IS

Rendering of the High Line, a green future pro...Image via Wikipedia

The High Line–world’s most innovative urban park (so far)– opened last week in New York City. Betsy and I visited it today. It’s beautiful, functional, and inspiring.

The High Line was an overgrown and abandoned elevated railroad line slated for demolition in a decaying neighborhood. A couple of dreamers with no particular qualifications met at a public hearing and advanced the idea that it should become a new public park. Ten years later, it is so. (History, Design Slideshow, my photos)

We were impressed by a number of things.

The merging of old and new, industrial and natural. (right)

The success of the social design and the instant community (below; note the kid- and wheelchair-friendly bleachers)

And the unity-in-diversity of the vistas.

And above all the demonstration that regular people can turn radical visions into life-enhancing realities.

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Thomas Frey knows how it's done.

I found Thomas Frey of the Genessee Valley Land Trust (and former Monroe County Executive) watering a tree at a new park on the corner of Clifford and Conkey Streets. Adjacent to that park (he explained) runs the former track of a CSW Railroad Spur that went from the Power Plant in High Falls all the way up to the top of the Genessee River near Charlotte. Tom helped the City of Rochester obtain a $2 million grant that will turn that trackbed into a bike path in the next year!

Besides offering to help us advance the Rochester Greenway, Tom told me more than I could fully absorb about the history of the various rail lines that criss-crossed Rochester in the past and provides us with such interesting opportunities for the future. What I *was* able to absorb is now recorded on the google Earth map at (and above right).

The conversation will continue.

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First Post of the RochesterGreenway Blog (and clipping service)

This blog chronicles the progress of the RochesterGreenway project.

Presumably you’ve already been to
If not go there! Then come back.

Today I initiated this blog, where you may find day by day updates on the project.

On the right you’ll find a clipping service, featuring items of interest (if you’re interested in this kind of thing) from around the web.

Co-editors, apply within!