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Thursday, September 27, 2012

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, Second Edition

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released the second edition of its Urban Bikeway Design Guide. As with its first edition, the guide provides guidance on the design of numerous creative bicycle facilities in an urban environment. I had mentioned the first edition last year, on April 2. Since then, no new full member cities have been added, but Arlington, Cambridge, Hoboken, Indianapolis, Memphis, and Ventura (CA) have become affiliate members. The Urban Design Bikeway Guide offers interesting suggestions on facilities that planners might want to consider implementing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FWHA Releases Interim MAP-21 Guidance.

. . Today, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released interim guidance documents and Q&A’s regarding implementation of MAP-21.  The materials are online at
. . FHWA will also hold two webinars – Wednesday and Thursday – to provide an overview of the MAP-21 guidance documents.  All interested members of the public are invited to participate. MAP-21 Implementation Webinars

Thursday, September 20, 2012

840 Grand Fondo

Join Governor Haslam and Commissioner Shroer as they open SR 840 on October 13'th with a BIKE FESTIVALCLICK HERE for all the details.  This ONE TIME event has
  • A fully timed course with a King of the Mountain section.
  • A new major roadway legally closed for cyclist only!
  • Rest stops stocked by Whole Foods Market.
  • 840 Fondo gift bag & t-shirt
  • Post-ride meal & social with music in Historic Leipers Fork.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Webinar on Bike/Ped Investments

Bike/Ped projects are broadly eligible in the majority of MAP-21 funding programs, such as safety (the Highway Safety Improvement Program, HSIP), reduce congestion and air pollution (the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, CMAQ), and broad and flexible programs, like the Surface Transportation Program (STP). Together, they provide huge opportunities for bike/ped investments.

Note From Bud Laumer

. . Since I am no longer the state bike-ped coordinator and do not need to speak to separate communities in my e-mails, I have collapsed the several Arkansas Google groups into one.  Please note (below) the new address for my Google Group and the address for my webpage
. . If you continue your membership or join, you may see an occasional e-mail related to active healthy community development—walking and bicycling with a little transit on the side.  

Monday, September 17, 2012

TDOT Progress on Bike/Ped Programs

Jessica Wilson has provided a great summary of TDOT objectives for Bike/Ped programs. (CLICK HERE to view it). It offers a great way to see what has been accomplished over the last two years and what might be expected in the future.  If you are an advocate, you need to read this Summary and offer your comments.  Your perspective is very important to the priorities that TDOT and BWT are able to set in an environment of significantly (more than 30%) reduced spending and loss of Federal mandates.

Complete Streets - Memphis

Thoughts After Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012: Pro Place

"We have crushed the ability of children to move about their own world." -- Mark Gorton, Rethink the Auto

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012 left us with a lot to think about.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program - Ride Smart Class

The Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program has a free 1-hr class on safely riding one's bicycle on city streets. The class consists of a 5 min talk followed by a slow ride around town. An upcoming session is on Thursday September 27, at 6:30 PM starting at Market Square downtown. A bike and helmet are required. Signups are at the following link.

For beginning riders, taking a class such as this one can go quite a ways toward building riding confidence, as well as avoiding common beginner mistakes. The League of American Bicyclists has their own training courses. What other similar courses exist around the state?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bike theft article

The Atlantic Cities has this article on the problem of bike theft. Bike theft has deterred numerous people from cycling and most especially commuting; after all, besides losing the bike, the commuter is threatened with being stranded at work. Bike theft tends to be a low-priority offense, and it's also incredibly hard to investigate due to the lack of connection between perpetrator and victim.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 1 Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012: Pro Place

Today was the first full day of Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2012, and I am grateful to be joined in Long Beach, CA with two other Bike Walk Tennessee directors and 800+ biking & walking advocates and practitioners (several of whom also made the trek from TN).  This year's emphasis is on placemaking- designing places for people.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

. . Most of the time when we ask you to take action, it has to do with a national bicycling issue. That’s the main reason we created—to allow individuals to speak with one powerful, united voice in support of better bicycling in America.
. . Today, however, we need your action for another reason. Our parent foundation Bikes Belong is up for a $250,000 Chase Community Giving Grant. If we win the grant, $125,000 will go to help reach its goal of one million people (we are at 600,000 supporters now) and the other half will go toward our Green Lane Project, a new campaign to fast-track the installation of protected bike lanes in U.S. cities.

Smart Growth for America

Smart Growth America and the Complete Streets Coalition have produced a valuable document "The Innovative DOT" which lays out in detail much of what our stakeholders meetings with TDOT eventually concluded. See this at:

This is an excellent document for your review.

Dan Reese

Friday, September 7, 2012

Knox Walks kickoff September 8

The Knoxville Track Club is sponsoring a fitness walking program starting September 8. They are looking for people to commit to one walk a week for seven weeks, culminating in an entry into the October 28 Crossknox 4 mile walk. Further information is available here.

This and other (hiking) events are listed at the Knoxville News Sentinel's Off the couch: Active options, Sept. 7 and beyond page.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Davidson County District Attorney Sends A Message to Cyclists

Michael Rivas was riding down Old Hickory Boulevard  in May and was killed by an “inattentive“ texting motorist when he was hit from behind, struck the windshield and was thrown over the car. 

Bike Walk Tennessee and Walk Bike Nashville notified the Chief of Police and the District Attorney General that we wanted justice in the case of Michael Rivas. We were ignored. The police department report said the cyclist was riding too far to the left and the motorist was “inattentive”. Apparently they were equally responsible even though one walked away and the other was buried.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

National Women's Bicycling Summit - September 13, 2012

The National Women's Bicycling Summit will be held in Long Beach, CA on September 13 and registration is now open. I've heard it said that there are many more men who ride than women. What are the reasons for such? Speaking of which, there are the claims that drivers tend to give more passing distance if they believe the rider is female; having a ponytail sticking out the back of one's helmet does the trick.

There is an inspiring story at the link that also points to the value bikes bring to people. A Zambian girl was attending school seven miles away from home. Walking took about two hours each way; having a bike enabled her to drastically reduce her commute time, and she would no longer be too tired to attend some Fridays. This difference in speed is applicable to transportation planning everywhere.