Friday, July 30, 2010
To summarize, this former couch potato couple started to seriously walk and made their diets healthier. They made a point of walking 10,000 steps every day. The husband no longer needed a knee replacement, and was able to get rid of the blood pressure medication, while halving the cholesterol medication.
10,000 steps is around five miles. For most people dedicating an hour and forty minutes (assuming a walking speed of 3 mi/hr) every day to walking isn't practical; however, the 10,000 steps can include ordinary activities, making it much more manageable. A pedometer was suggested as a way to track the number of steps taken.
For short trips, walking is an eminently feasible way to get around, not to mention being relaxing and healthy. The construction of sidewalks around busier streets can greatly encourage this most basic form of transportation.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
"There's growing excitement surrounding the bike trail that spans from Midtown to Shelby Farms. Not only is the Greenline Project expected to help Memphians get fit, it'll bring two sides of town together.
Cement is being laid at the end of the Greenline. The first week of September is when the project is expected to be complete, giving Memphis' growing cyclist population a new safe route to ride their bikes."
"It's about 6.5 miles of trail that goes through the most beautiful wildlife area that you will find anywhere," said County Public Works Director Ted Fox."
Saturday, July 24, 2010
There was also an article in the Tennessean today that told more of his Tennessee connection.
Not enough known about the accident to comment on what happened. Even experienced cyclists make mistakes but it's hard not to wonder.
Friday, July 23, 2010
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"We don't really have a biking culture in this city," said Toks Omishakin, the man Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has charged with the job of turning the city into a bicycle-friendly, pedestrian-friendly mecca. "But change is happening. If you build it, they will come."
What Nashville has built are two pilot bike stations — one at Shelby Bottoms and one at the Music City Star riverfront train station on First Avenue South. There, any Davidson County resident can take one of the city's new bright yellow and blue one-speed bikes out for a spin.
An attendant will take down the cyclists' driver's license information, provide them with a helmet if they don't have one of their own and send them on their way with a map of the city's bike paths, bike lanes and suggested cycling routes — and the understanding that they will return the bike.
The pilot locations were chosen because they will attract plenty of people on foot, looking for a way to get around without a car. In Shelby Bottoms, park visitors could take the bikes for a spin on the greenway's miles of bike paths. The train station bikes might appeal to the Music City Star commuters.
What is important about helmets in young children?Tennessee State Law (55-52-105) requires all bicycle riders under sixteen years of age must wear an approved bicycle helmet while riding on a public way. The federal standard for helmets was developed in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A helmet should have a sticker on it that states it meets CPSC safety standards. Most helmets are good for 3-5 years unless damaged in a crash.
IN adults?Even very careful riders can fall or get hit by a motorist. Wearing a helmet will protect adults from head injury in the event of a crash. Since the majority of bicycling related deaths are caused by head injuries, the best insurance for a rider to prevent injury or death is to wear a helmet.
What are the essentials for bike safety?
There are four basic principles for maintaining safe cycling:
1. Maintain control of your bicycle - never ride under the influence
2. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic. When coming to an intersection - obey the traffic signs.
3. Be visible and ride defensively - bright clothing and lights are recommended
4. Protect yourself - wear a helmet
What are the points you make in your bike safety presentations?
Although it is legal to ride your bicycle on a sidewalk, except in downtown
While bicyclists have the same rights as other vehicles to be on the road, they are also expected to obey the rules of the road. Obey traffic signs and signals. Signal when turning or slowing. Lights are required for bicyclist who ride at dusk or after dark. A white light on the front visible at least 500 feet, and a red light visible at least 600 feet on the rear are strongly recommended.
Motorists are required by law to leave a safe distance between the motor vehicle and the bicycles of not less than three feet. Motorists should always pass on the left - as should bicyclists if they must pass stopped or slower vehicles.
Do you do a "check" of the bike before leaving? Are there safety checks before leaving? Make sure your tires are properly inflated - the PSI recommendations are usually on the tire sidewall and range from 35 PSI's for a child's bike, to 120 PSI for a road bike. Check your tires for wear in the tread as well as the sidewalls. Carry a spare tube and pump or air cartridge with you and know how to change a tire.
Check your brakes. Brakes should be powerful enough to bring your bicycle to a complete stop. You should be able to reach your brake levers easily.
Make sure your helmet fits properly. It should sit on top of your head, not to the back or to one side or the other. You should not be able to get more than one finger between your chin and the chin strap.
What gear should you have? The most important gear for safe cycling is a helmet. A way to carry water is probably next on the list if you plan to be out for very long. Lights and reflectors are good for early morning/late evening - and lights are required for riding after dark.
What are tips parents need to know when starting out with a young cyclist?Tips for beginning cyclists as far as safety? Tips for general handling?
Anything else safety oriented you can think of...
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
US Bike Route workshop flier.
ABW Leadership Retreat Agenda
Monday, July 12, 2010
. . Rumble strips are raised or grooved patterns in a road’s shoulder designed to alert drivers with noise and vibrations that they are drifting off the roadway. They can be an effective safety measure to prevent run‐off‐the‐road (ROR) crashes, especially on limited‐access highways and rural two‐lane highways with long straight sections.(Rumble strips placed on the centerline can help prevent head‐on crashes.)
How do rumble strips impact cyclists?
. . Rumble strips are virtually impossible to ride a bicycle on or over– they are at best uncomfortable, even for a very short distance, and at worst can cause a cyclist to lose control of their bike and fall. They can damage a bicycle wheel, can cause a flat tire, and/or shake lose parts off a bicycle. Consequently, cyclists will avoid riding over themii – and when rumble strips leave no room on a shoulder, the cyclist will have no other option than to ride in the travel lane. While rumble strips do not deter car, truck or bus travel, they have a severe impact on bicycling travel, and have ruined popular cycling routes.
. . The negative impact of rumble strips on the ride‐ability of a roadway has prompted American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide guidance to follow when considering rumble strips on roadways used by cyclists. They recommend that rumble strips should not be used indiscriminately on roadways that are not limited‐access. Rumble strips should be used where there is a history of run‐off‐the‐road crashes; especially where there is sufficient recovery room for a motorist to react to the alert provided by the rumble strip; and when the impact cyclists can be minimized. This means that at least four feet of unobstructed roadway shoulder remains after the rumble strips have been installed.
. . States should train and monitor contractors to ensure best practices are followed. Advocates should work with their state DOTs, Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs), and county road commissions to verify that unnecessary rumble strips are not installed and that preferred bicycling routes, especially, are kept free of rumble strips. It is important to get it right the first time. Improperly installed rumble strips are expensive to repair – often costing many times more than the original installation – and usually cannot be repaired without leaving behind an uneven surface or a shoulder prone to early failure.
Specific Elements to Address
. . 1. Too wide – many rumble strips are excessively wide, removing limited space on the shoulder for bicyclists to travel.
. . 2. Too deep – most rumble strips are ground‐in to depths that are excessive and dramatically more dangerous for cyclists.
. . 3. Continuous – rumble strips without gaps in the strip do not allow a safe way for cyclists to cross, merge or turn without hitting rumble strips.
. . 4. Placement – the lateral placement in a shoulder can make a shoulder that was once very comfortable to a bicyclist unusable.
More on Rumble Strips continues via the League of American Bicyclists at:
Lots more information on Rumble Strips in Tennessee can be found at the Bike Walk TN website at:
Sunday, July 11, 2010
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The July/August 2010 edition of the AARP Bulletin's article entitled Biketopia, led me to the attached video. The article itself explains how Brunswick, Maine became a LAB designated Bike Friendly Community.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which was formed over 10 years ago, diligently works to keep issues in front of the community officials and planning groups in the area.
I think the take home message for this article is in line with my theory of how to affect change in your community - Relationship building, education, persistence and patience.
Go here to read the article -http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/info-7-2010/brunswick_maine_bike_paths.html
Or look for your personal copy of AARP Bulletin in your mailbox...and I know you get it....
Friday, July 2, 2010
My name is Tim Nagae from Community Television Network, Ann Arbor, Michigan. We produce a local TV show called, "Eco Sense," which is about energy and environment. The next Eco Sense show will feature the issues of walking and biking with panelists, Eli Cooper of the City of Ann Arbor's Transportation Specialist and Nancy Shore of the Ann Arbor GetDowntown Program. We have just made a short video, "Why Bike & Walk," promoting biking and walking activities in town, which will be used during this studio show. The Ann Arbor Energy Office just posted the above video.
Governor Bredesen and TDEC-Recreation Education Services' release of Tennessee 2020: Vision for Parks, People and Landscapes shows a strong attitude toward attacking the roots of our inactive lifestyles and related diseases of obesity and diabetes by fully developing our natural recreational resources. Part of the new plan we as members of Bike Walk TN should strongly support is the
2015 Action Plan:
"TDEC/RES and PARTAS will develop incentives to encourage cities and counties to enter into school-parks agreements that open school recreation facilities to the public; to encourage high growth counties that lack a county-wide department to form one; to encourage creation of local greenways, with an emphasis on connectivity of greenways, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks into local or regional networks; to help under served counties develop multi-county parks and recreation entities, and to hold a Recreation Summit in 2010 to focus on issues relating to local parks and recreation departments."
This plan’s Quality Growth initiative will encourage county planning commissions to recognize recreation resources as significant community facilities in their comprehensive plans, to include parks representatives on their commissions, to include funding for parkland acquisition as part of the subdivision permitting process, and to ensure that undeveloped land will be protected to provide for future recreation needs.
In addition to the health related impacts of the new vision of Tennessee 2020 plan are the strong economic impacts of investing in recreation resources. Bicycle tourism and walking and hiking opportunities for individuals and families are strong factors in building economic growth especially in rural communities.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
For the full article and references click this link.