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Title: Bicycling and Public Health: PLACE grants and Safe Routes to School


1
Bicycling and Public Health PLACE grants and
Safe Routes to School
  • Matthew Ruscigno, RD, MPH
  • Network for A Healthy California at
  • LA Trade Technical College

2
Many Uses of Bicycles
  • Recreation
  • Physical fitness
  • Utility
  • Socially
  • Politically

3
As Transportation?
4
In NYC
  • DOT's most recent counts show levels of cycling
    have doubled in the last 6 years
  • Commuter cycling grew by 35 from 07-08
  • Strong city support and the building of
    infrastructure

5
Los Angeles Unique
  • Space developed primarily for automobiles
  • Easier to drive More likely to drive
  • Low rates of bicycle commuting
  • Poor infrastructure and city support
  • LA DOT recently threatened to cut 100 of bike
    projects
  • BUT
  • There is currently a lot of momentum

6
LA County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)
  • envisions a new Los Angeles that is a great place
    for everyday, year-round cycling a Los Angeles
    with healthier, more vibrant communities, where
    the air is cleaner, streets are safer and quieter
  • www.la-bike.org

7
Connecting Public Health and Bicycling
  • Safer, quieter streets
  • Less pollution
  • Increase in local resources
  • Humanization of mobility and social interactions

8
PLACE Grant
  • Policies for Livable, Active Communities and
    Environments
  • PLACE funds proposals that initiate policy
    changes and physical projects to enhance the
    built environment and increase physical activity
    among community residents
  • Requires non-profit organizations to partner with
    a city

9
PLACE Recipients
  • Pacoima Beautiful LA City Planning Dept
  • Culver city LACBC
  • El Monte multiple partners
  • Long Beach BikeStation
  • LACBC City of Glendale

10
In Glendale
  • Colin Bogart, LA County Bicycle Coalition
  • 818.334.9731, colin_at_la-bike.org,www.la-bike.org
    /glendale
  • Create a Safe and Healthy Streets Plan, a policy
    document designed to implement existing policies
    from current City planning documents
  • More educating and connecting, than built
    projects

11
Glendale PACE Activities
  • Glendale history 12-mile ride

12
PLACE cont
  • The LA Dept of Public Health does not anticipate
    funding additional initiatives at this time
  • Mailing list to receive information about other
    funding opportunities or built environment
    workshops place_at_ph.lacounty.gov

13
Safe Routes to Schools
  • Two funding sources
  • State (SR2S)- Applicants are cities and counties,
    funds infrastructure, 10 match required, K-12
    target, must be in school vicinity
  • Federal (SRTS)- Non-profits, PH Depts, school
    districts with city or county, funds
    infrastructure and other, no match, K-8, must be
    w/in 2 miles of schools

14
How To Get Started
  • Identify community stakeholders and form a
    multidisciplinary team
  • Inventory and identify safety needs/hazards
    around schools get info and seek out resources
    and propose alternatives that would correct those
    needs/hazards
  • Prioritize alternatives and adopt the one that
    proposes short and long-term safety solutions in
    the form of projects
  • Develop a plan
  • Submit an application to secure funding for
    project within that plan

15
CAs SR2S Program
  • Joyce Parks, the SR2S Coordinator, Caltrans
  • 916.653.6920, joyce_parks_at_dot.ca.gov
  • dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/saferoutes/saferoutes.
    htm
  • Dorothy Le, Planning Policy Director, LACBC
  • dorothy_at_la-bike.org, 213.629.2142
  • Safe Bicycle Routes for LA schools
  • http//sr2s-la.blogspot.com
  • www.saferoutesinfo.org

16
Safe Routes to Schools
  • Safe Routes to Schools national conference
  • Portland, Oregon August 19-21st
  • www.saferoutesconference.org/

17
Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange
  • www.cicle.org
  • Safe urban riding courses
  • Workshops for kids
  • Social rides ice cream tours, bike-in movies,
    park tours

18
CICLEs Recommendations
  • 40 of our trips are under 2 miles. These trips
    present a great opportunity to get on the bike
  • Make your first few city bike trips pleasant and
    enjoyable
  • Keep it easy. Pick a regular destination that
    falls within one mile from your house. Start
    biking instead of driving. Ride to meet friends
    for a cup of coffee or a trip to the movies
  • Make it safe. Learn good urban street riding
    and bike handling skills

19
Additional Resources
  • Complete the Streets
  • www.completestreets.org
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
  • www.pedbikeinfo.org
  • League of American Bicyclists
  • www.bikeleague.org
  • Street Films
  • www.streetfilms.org
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