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Health: A real passion for bones

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Bone health researcher Dr Sandra Iuliano says her ongoing involvement in field work is a major part of her job.
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Presently, she is involved with a large intervention in aged care that involves recruiting aged-care residents to participate in various tests and questionnaires focused on measuring their leg strength, walking speed over small distances, balance and bone density. Dr Iuliano finds it heartening that many of the participants are enthusiastic about their involvement in the research, too.

”When you see participants actually enjoying participating and getting something from it, that gives you that instant feedback that what you’re doing is good.”

Dr Iuliano is a senior research fellow in endocrinology at the University of Melbourne. She spends her time on a variety of tasks, including recruiting participants for research projects, organising testing of research participants, supervising research students and analysing data. The broad aim of her role is to investigate how individuals can develop and preserve the health of their bones, she says.

”When you get all the data together and you start to explore it, that’s when you start to see your work is coming to fruition. One of the nicest feelings is when your work is published, because now you know it’s been accepted across the world.”

As a former elite triathlete, Dr Iuliano’s long-standing passion for running piqued her interest in the effects daily activities have on bones. She has a degree in human movement, a masters in nutrition and a PhD in exercise and nutrition. She began her present research role in 2002.

”Even though you’re working on a few projects at a time, there’s a start and an end point.

”When you complete one project, it answers one question, but raises five others.”

This year, Dr Iuliano has been nominated as an official spokeswoman for the 20th annual Healthy Bones Action Week – which begins tomorrow. She was appointed to raise awareness about bone health and help reverse the growing incidence of osteoporosis in Australia by encouraging women from all stages of life to take care of their bones before it is too late.

Having the opportunity to influence change is a big motivator, she says.

”It can happen on that one-on-one personal level of someone making a change to their own lifestyle through to institutionalised changes that can actually make a difference at a higher and wider level. If I a see a personal or systemic change, that’s the feedback that makes me want to keep doing it.”

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Trainer Chris Waller caps stellar season with fourth Bart Cummings Medal

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Awesome foursome: Chris Waller has won his fourth Bart Cummings Medal. Photo: Jenny EvansSydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller came with a late charge to win his fourth Bart Cummings Medal, which was awarded at Rosehill on Saturday.
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Racing NSW’s first awards night honoured the metropolitan premiership winners and some of the lower profile members of the racing community but it was the Bart Cummings Medal, which is voted on a 3-2-1 system for every city meeting with double points on Saturday, that was the highlight.

Waller was nine votes behind former Darley head trainer Peter Snowden with two months left in the season but his close finish saw him end on 87 votes to win by 14 votes. Jockey Nash Rawiller was third on 67.

Waller won his fourth consecutive TJ Smith Award for Sydney’s leading trainer after preparing 158.5 winners for the 2013-14 season and also had the BOBS horse for the year in Sense And Reason.

“Chris Waller continues to amaze the industry with his exceptional feats,” Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said. “To win four successive Bart Cummings Medals in an arena littered with some of the best racing talents anywhere in the world is astonishing.”

The Waller stable domination extended to strapper of the year going to George Tucker.

James McDonald took home the George Moore Award for Sydney’s premier jockey after riding 72 city winners for the season, the least by the leading jockey since Athol Mulley in the 1960-61 season

Sam Clipperton, who rode 27 city winners last season, won his second Theo Green Award for the leading apprentice. He completed his time at the end of the 2013-14 season, finishing with a flourish to outride his claim.

Each of the premiership winners were given a watch from the Australian Turf Club as was Kathy O’Hara for being the leading female jockey for the season.

Racing NSW also recognised Robert Thompson riding his 4000th winner with the Outstanding Performance Award, while retired Sydney starter Billy Dale was given the Extraordinary Services to Racing Award.

Tommy Berry was named NSW Racing Writers’ Personality of the Year, while Phillip McInerney, who works for Todd Howlett’s country stable, was given Dedicated Performance Award.

Final standings for the Bart Cummings Medal:

87 – Chris WALLER

73 – Peter SNOWDEN

67 – Nash RAWILLER

38 – Gai WATERHOUSE

37 – Team HAWKES

35 – James McDONALD

30 – Jason COLLETT

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Cars drive passion: Photos

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Cars drive passion: Photos Ferrari Club Australia gathers in Bendigo over the weekend.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING
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Ferrari Club Australia gathers in Bendigo over the weekend.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Ferrari Club Australia gathers in Bendigo over the weekend.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Ferrari Club Australia gathers in Bendigo over the weekend.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Ferrari Club Australia gathers in Bendigo over the weekend.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Ferrari Club Australia gathers in Bendigo over the weekend.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Ferrari Club Australia gathers in Bendigo over the weekend.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Susan Cooper, Peter Goodin, Trent Smyth and Tarsh Logan. Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Lucio Rovis, Christina Collett and Squadren Leader Hugh Dolan. Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Magdalena Biel and Michael O’Connor. Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Marina Russo, Frank Russo, Julie Lacobucci and Elio Lacobucci. Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Steve Hume and Christine Hume.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Vicky Strintzos and Foni Strintzos.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

John Borell and Janine Brodie.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Jenny Sadler and Paul Sadler.Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

Louisa Bernstein and Allan Bernstein. Pictures: LIZ FLEMING

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Road research role suits Gerard Waldron

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MEET THE BOSS
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Qualified mechanical engineer, Gerard Waldron, may be a self-confessed rev head, but his work on the roads has mainly happened away from vehicles. As head of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), Waldron leads a team that  conducts research for road and transport bodies, and state, federal and local government organisations across the country.

”We don’t do policy work but our work informs policy,” he says.

Having been in the role for around 14 years, Waldron stays for the people. ”I am constantly challenged and the people I work with here are amongst the smartest you’d find anywhere. It’s never an easy journey, but they always have new insights. I find that quite exciting.”

Over the years he has also found ways to help those ”smart people” shift from a silo mentality, to one of collaboration as the organisation has taken on an increasingly commercial bent. One project is deceptively simple, yet pays big dividends.

”When I first joined it was apparent we had some really clever people, but they were working in silos. There was no communication between them and they weren’t encouraged to spend time around a tea trolley.” .

Waldron set up daily get-togethers, via the ARRB café. With good coffee and trained baristas, this in-house café has just three rules, all geared at encouraging staff interaction.

”At the ARRB café the coffee is free. There’s no takeaway, no self-serve and you’re required to have a conversation with somebody,” he says.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Name: Gerard WaldronCurrent position: Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB Group) Responsibilities: Responsible for developing strategic plan and vision (with board and management).Education: Master of Enterprise Innovation, Swinburne · Graduate diploma of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne · Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, Swinburne.Additional training/courses: Just completed Company Directors Course with Australian Institute of Company Directors (exam pending).Professional associations: Vice President of Federation of European Highways Research Laboratories ) · Vice President of Roads Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia · Non-executive Chairman of Harvey Technology Ltd.

Honourable mentions: Victorian Enterprise Workshop, Best business Plan Award, 1993.

Strength: I’m in the privileged position of having oversight over a whole number of different areas. In lots of ways my strength is in joining the dots.

Weakness: I’m not good at detail. I never have been really. I manage that by having people around me who are good at that.Management style and tips: I’d like to see it as facilitating others to make the most of their contributions. I like to encourage initiative.Work motto: I see a lot of mottos as being appealing at first, then trite when you think about them. But one of my strongest values is efficiency. I think doing a job twice is a huge waste.

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Click baiting is out of control, and here’s why

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Ruthless: The online marketer will do anything to entice you. Photo: istockI have something interesting on my chest that I want to get off, can you guess what it is?
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No, this line is not delivered in a pervert’s lap dancing palace nor is it an innocent double entendre from a Play School presenter, rather it is a patronising ploy to entice online readers. The formula is simple: get more page views by tantalising with a question or claim.

Imagine if these hideous web strategists had been given access to great literary and cinematic works?

We are all discontented, but the season I am talking about will surprise you! It was the best of times, but what were the worst of times? Click here to find out!

All happy families are alike; Shocking facts revealed about each unhappy family.

Of all the gin joints in all the world … but do you know which one she walked into? What does a single man in possession of a good fortune want? Universal truth revealed C … You will never guess what the jolly swagman was doing near the billabong …

Perhaps instead of me raging against the dying of the light (Dylan Thomas outs meteors as gay – click this link), we might profitably apply this technique in our careers.

For instance the annual performance review: My goals for this year will shock you and stretch my credibility – more on page 2; the meeting agenda – top 10 things to do on a Monday morning – the shocking truths you wont find in any other business!; and the résumé – so what did I do that put such a big smile on my boss’ face, I expose all on page 3.

Can you imagine having work next to Jones from accounts in the grip of this deeply irritating habit? Its worse if they’ve done the advanced course and discovered top 10 tips. These agonising alliterative accumulations of supposed wisdom without exception contain more padding than a reality TV show.

My top 10 tips for a successful career include: 4. remember to breathe; 6. don’t stab anyone; 7 wear clothes to work. Interactions would be intolerable: ”Jones, would you like a tea?”, ”My top 10 tips for a top tasty tea”, ”Jones you are fired”, ”My 5 favourite fires…”

Funnily enough a wily journalist and author was way ahead of the game using this baiting exercise 164 years ago: ”Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show,” so wrote Charles Dickens in David Copperfield.

Perhaps Dickens also came up with the most apt response to such baits: ”I know enough of the world now to have almost lost the capacity of being much surprised by anything.”

Jim Bright is professor of career education and development at ACU and a partner at Bright and Associates.Email [email protected]老域名. Follow @DrJimBright

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Souths shut out Kinross-CYMS

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CLEAN SHEET: Jess Watterson scored a goal during Souths’ 2-0 win over Kinross-CYMS on Saturday. Photo: MEGAN FOSTER 0802hockey2mf5HOCKEY
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SOUTHS continue to roll towards the semi-finals in women’s Premier League Hockey after their second straight shut-out of an Orange team, beating Kinross-CYMS 2-0 on Saturday.

Playing away from home against a rival who have been competitive with virtually everyone this season, it loomed as a danger game for Damien Carter’s side, especially with five regulars out of the line-up.

However, two goals in quick time midway through the first half got rid of Souths’ nerves and they were able to hold the hosts out with relative ease in the second stanza to secure the win.

It was their defensive effort that Carter was most pleased with.

“We only allowed them one short corner in the whole game and they actually had a pretty good side on the park,” he said.

“They’ve been a bit like St Pat’s and haven’t put all their players together at the same time very often. To go over and get the four points was a good effort.

“The girls were pretty excited afterwards, they aren’t too worried about where we finish now because fourth spot gets us a home final and we’re confident we can go on from there.”

After an even start, Souths broke the deadlock in the 20th minute thanks to Jess Watterson, who added a typically clinical finish after getting past the last defender.

Seven minutes later thanks to some nice lead-up work from Emma Siejka, Ali Stanford converted from a 45 degree angle to double her team’s advantage. That would prove to be the end of the scoring.

The second half saw Souths spend plenty of time on the attack and they forced a handful of good saves from the Kinross-CYMS goalkeeper, while at the other end two blues custodian Kate Brown had to make some of her own.

Souths’ goal was not breached and they have now played 140 minutes of hockey without conceding.

“We had five corners for the match and their goalie did save a couple of good shots from us,” Carter said.

“Cait Hadley at fullback was outstanding for us, her and Steph Plunkett both did a great job in defence. Amelia Burke was another one at right half who was fantastic, she was player of the match according to the umpires.

“I think the turf over there, which is quite bouncy, probably cost us one or two more goals. The girls had a bit of trouble getting their timing right and had some balls bounce over the stick.

“It wasn’t a flamboyant performance, but to keep them scoreless and only letting them have one short corner for the match was very pleasing and we’ll take on Ex-Services next week with a lot of confidence.”

SOUTHS 2 (Jess Watterson, Ali Stanford) defeated KINROSS-CYMS 0

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Education: Doing the maths for life in general

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Mandy Moore is on a mission to change the way people think about mathematics. Moore, a casual high school mathematics teacher, says many people recall ”how much they hated maths at school and how boring it was”.
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She says the key to getting students engaged in maths is to share her enthusiasm and passion for the ”beautifully simple complexities” of the subject.

”I want my students to see that mathematics isn’t an isolated subject, alone in the sea of subjects, seemingly unrelated to anything else in existence. But rather as a way of thinking; a logical, step by step, simplified, connected and critical pattern of thought,” she says.

Moore says author Gordon Tait summed it up best in the book Making Sense of Mass Education when he wrote: ”Maths teachers would argue that maths isn’t just of value because it teaches you to count; they would also contend that it teaches you to think in an orderly fashion, to organise your premises well in order to reach a valid conclusion, to reduce problems to their functioning elements and to find some certainty in areas where there previously may have been none.”

”The real reason I decided to further my study of mathematics was because I was good at it and I enjoy it,” she says. ”I love that there is only one answer and I love that I can prove things, concretely, without a doubt. I love that there are things that can’t be proved, and the mystery that surrounds them.”

While studying for a Bachelor of Advanced Mathematics at the University of Wollongong, Moore began tutoring mathematics to high school students. Soon after she worked for the university as a mathematics and statistics tutor. ”When I left university, I had no idea what I was supposed to do with this mathematics degree,” she says.

Moore worked for the Department of Defence in an area that ”must not be named” and found she gravitated towards roles that saw her teaching fellow employees and new staff members. She went on to work as a coach and teacher at the Australian Institute of Fitness, teaching Certificate III and IV in fitness.

”After realising that I kept falling into the role of an educator – something that had been apparent to my high school’s maths teacher many years prior – I formalised my qualifications and became a high school mathematics teacher.”

She says the profession gives her flexibility, variety, more money, the ability to travel and the opportunity to continue her own learning. ”I have always been a teacher and I always will be. Teaching allows me to help other people, to show them things they never thought were possible, to show them they can do things they never thought were possible; and to learn as much as I can about people, the world and mathematics as possible.”

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Farah faring better than Smith

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When Robbie Farah recently said of Cameron Smith, “I’ve shown he is not a better player than me”, there were more than a few eyebrows raised.
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But if the stats are to be believed, the Wests Tigers hooker has a point. Farah and Smith will resume battle when the joint-venture club hosts Melbourne at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday.

Farah is expected to take his place for the clash after one of the most tumultuous weeks of his career. After being painted by Gorden Tallis as the man behind the push to oust coach Mick Potter, Farah took stress leave from training. The Rugby League Player’s Association was sufficiently concerned to get in touch to check on his welfare.

It is understood Potter’s manager was told the coach would receive a one-year extension, which would be triggered if the Tigers made the finals. Fairfax Media has been told Potter subsequently fronted the board and, when asked how long a tenure he wanted, sought an additional three years. Tigers officials believe that request cancelled out the original one-year deal although this could be a point of contention.

The continuing dramas are the worst possible build-up to a match that could shape the Tigers’ season.

It will also be a test of Farah’s focus. While Smith is widely considered the best player in the game and a future Immortal, statistics suggest his NSW counterpart has had the better of him this season.

The pair are rated the best hookers in the game according to Sportsdata’s Contribution Value Rating [CVR].

However, Farah has the superior score of 482.9 compared with Smith’s 422.7. Rooster Jake Friend (362.4), Penrith’s James Segeyaro (346.4) and Brisbane’s Andrew McCullough (346) round out the top five.

Smith has proven himself an outstanding leader during the some dark periods in Melbourne’s history, most notably the club’s salary cap fiasco. Opposing captain Farah now has the opportunity to put the Tigers’ dramas behind him by leading his men against the premiership heavyweights.

“This is a bloke who played the best game I’ve ever seen him play all career the week of his mother’s death,” former Balmain hooker Ben Elias said.

“He can rise to the occasion, don’t worry about that. Champions love challenges and this will be a challenge for him. He will put this all behind him and show everyone what he’s all about.”

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Owners of quality homes reluctant to sell

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Attendees at the auction of 1/90 Pakington Street, Kew. Photo: Craig SillitoeTap here for Saturday’s auction results.
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Tap here for the Market Snapshot.

All this year auction clearance rates in Melbourne have been steady with seven out of 10 properties selling under the hammer on most weekends. But a more telling factor weighing on the market is the slow growth in residential transactions.

The fact is that home owners and investors throughout the city are hanging on to superior properties in A-grade locations for longer. When these properties come onto the market, the competition to buy them is strong – and, frequently, so are the prices.

Private sale and auction data collected this year by the Valuer-General Victoria indicates Melbourne is likely to see 85,000 to 87,000 residential transactions in 2014.

In 2013, a total of 82,495 properties changed hands. If the figure grows by only 5 per cent this year, the market activity won’t accommodate the pressures for housing generated by population growth and high rates of new household formation.

The transaction levels, which suggest Melbourne’s market is not overheating, are considerably lower than sales notched up in the boom periods of 2009 (97,813 sales) and 2007 (105,194 sales).

Hockingstuart director Rob Elsom said on Saturday that buyers were seeking “forever homes.”

“People are looking for properties that they are going to be in for 15 years, not just the turnover home where you make a few dollars and move onto the next one,” he said.

“A big reason for that is that stamp duty is so high in this state. It costs too much for people to go and trade real estate every three years.”

In the capitals the average hold time for houses and units has trended higher in the past decade. Nationally, Melbourne has the longest average hold for houses (11.4 years) and for units (9.4 years), according to RP Data.

The growth in residential values between 2001 and 2014, as well as the transactional costs of buying and selling, are key reasons owners are choosing to move less.

But tens of thousands of buyers still need to make transactions for reasons ranging from a change of job to a growing family. And, against this backdrop, prospective sellers of A-grade properties are now facing a lot of temptation.

The market is dominated by owner-occupiers. Most sellers are also buyers, so the important part of the transaction is the sale price you get for your existing property. That is likely to be a good price because Melbourne house prices rose by about 10 per cent last year and demand is continuing to outstrip supply, particularly for desirable properties.

“Demand is so strong at the moment that clients don’t feel like they’re missing out if they do not spend time at open houses,” Hodges Bentleigh director Frank Ruffo said on Saturday. “Our last auction today had six bidders and there were 78 bids in total – there’s been this pattern occurring where buyers don’t visit open houses but they go to the auction and bid on the day of sale.”

Inner bayside agent Graeme Wilson, of Wilson, said his area was extremely short of stock.

“The general St Kilda-Elwood market is very tight – there are very few houses on the market,” he said. “It’s good for sellers, and those coming into campaigns in September will benefit.”

In other parts of the city, some vendors with A-grade properties are taking the bait. “I look at what everybody is selling and there is some good quality again,” Mr Elsom said. “At this time last year there wasn’t the quality on the market. The quality didn’t really hit until late spring.”

On Saturday, the Domain Group reported a clearance rate of 76 per cent from 382 auctions. There are 610 auctions scheduled for next weekend.

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Government: Reducing graffiti brightens city

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Arty: Living Streets co-ordinator Danella Bennett in front of an Ashcroft mural by Claire Nakazawa.Liverpool Council’s long-running Living Streets program has brightened dull areas, helped address resident concerns about safety and reduced graffiti and tagging.
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Funding from all levels of government has been used since 1997 on initiatives that have ranged from the creation of community gardens to large scale art projects. In 2011, the council received funding from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice to implement a range of projects that promote crime prevention through environmental design and community participation.

Co-ordinator, Danella Bennett says the projects have raised a sense of ownership and pride in public places, created work for professional artists and helped educate young people about careers that can use their own artistic talents. Bennett gained her first experience of arts administration during a trip overseas. She returned to study photography and arts administration at tertiary level and enjoys the interaction with communities and professional artists that her current and previous jobs in local government have offered.

Before joining the staff at Liverpool, she was public art co-ordinator at the City of Sydney for four years and, as a member of the Plus One collaboration, worked on the Great Crate installation for the 2012 Art and About festival. The project used plants – including hundreds of fast-growing broad bean seedlings propagated by Sydney residents and businesspeople – to cover a giant cube of recyclable crates at Green Square station. Its environmental message was accentuated with solar generated lighting and a distribution of plants after dismantling.

In 2013 she curated the 11th Sculpture in the Vineyards along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail, an event that attracts more than 5000 visitors each year to the Lower Hunter Valley. At Liverpool, Bennett has overseen projects that use public art to beautify areas often targeted by taggers. One project, funded under the Commonwealth’s Proceeds of Crime Act, included a youth education component provided by the Ted Noffs Foundation’s Street University to educate young people about careers that can use their creativity and artistic talents in socially acceptable ways.

It culminated at the Casula Power House Arts Centre with a video and display of artworks by the professional artists involved and the young people who participated in the education program. Bennett says arts administration is a competitive area of work. ”You have to believe in yourself and network. There are so many people aspiring to this sort of work that you have to stay committed.” Her current projects include organising the Liverpool Stories banner program at Macquarie Mall. The first of four groups of banners, designed by David Capra, 2013 Emerging Artist Blake Prize winner, was created in collaboration with Liverpool’s Aboriginal community and is currently on display. Work created with other community groups, including refugees, will be displayed in coming months.

Art is a good leveller, Bennett says. ”It gets people to engage and chat and it promotes a real sense of place and ownership among local communities.” She says people often show greater interest in areas during and after arts projects. ”They come forward and ask for more bike racks or bins – really simple things that show they like improvement to the places where they live. We see an increase in safety and a reduction in graffiti and tagging.”

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