CenterLines, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking’s biweekly news bulletin, covers current developments in the world of active transportation in North America. It’s a one stop source for all things bicycling and walking and more. If you’re just beginning to investigate active transportation, an experienced professional, or somewhere in between, CenterLines is a smorgasbord of opportunities, ideas, and ways to make new connections. It covers research, policies, events, conferences, job listings, trainings, news and ways to get involved. Here are a couple content examples from the most recent CenterLines issue published on March 23.
* Health Impacts of Active Transportation in Europe
This study measured the health impact of increased bicycling and walking in six European cities. Increases in cycling to 35% of all trips improved health the most of all the scenarios analyzed in the study. The research team concluded that “Increased collaboration between health practitioners, transport specialists and urban planners will help to introduce the health perspective in transport policies and promote active transportation” for substantial benefits.
* The International Mtn. Biking Assocation (IMBA) World Summit is in Bentonville, AR
November 10-12, 2016 Arkansas welcomes the IMBA summit, which gathers together mountain bikers, public land stewards, the business community and advocates of all kinds. I was just in Arkansas visiting my grandmother and it is an incredible place to bicycle (blog posts here). When IMBA came to Santa Fe in 2012 the local scene “got discovered.” Certainly Northwest Arkansas will experience a similar recognition for their beautiful countryside and the way local communities have wholeheartedly embraced cycling as a way to explore the Natural State.
*CenterLines has a Quotes R Us section. “Our ultimate goal is to improve the economic and environmental health of American communities and the personal health of the people who live there. To achieve this, we will reconnect America with trails in the same way that railroads once connected people and places.” –Keith Laughlin, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy President
CenterLines is free, published online and open to the general public. It is a good place to start and come back to when you want to grow your understanding of the quickly expanding frontiers of the active transportation world. The presentation is not flashy, but the content is deep, diverse, and leading edge. The National Center for Bicycling and Walking is my Bike Org. of the Month for March 2016. Keep up the important work that you are doing. Arigato.