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Issue #1 September 15, 2000

 

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ProBike/ProWalk 2000...Outstanding!

NHTSA tests methods to reduce speed

Dan Burden takes honors at APBP PB/PW luncheon

Santa Barbara going to video controllers

Columbus OH spends $5 million on school routes

WA State funding for traffic safety near schools

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PROBIKE/PROWALK 2000....OUTSTANDING!

More than 500 bicycle and pedestrian professionals, advocates

and allied interests gathered in the City of Philadelphia last week

for ProBike/ProWalk 2000, the 11th International Conference on Bicycling

and Walking.

 

From the pre-conference meetings of State and Local Bicycle and Pedestrian

Program Managers to post-conference training, delegates had more than

enough to keep them busy during the week. Nearly 200 presentations were

delivered in 63 workshops on topics ranging from innovations in pedestrian

facility designs and pedestrian advocacy, to multimodal planning and bicycle

facility selection. Delegates were also treated to guided walking and

bicycling tours, exhibits and special events.

 

Philadelphia was much more than backdrop as the conference, the largest

ProBike/ProWalk to date, came to town. Mobile workshops and tours

moved delegates from the conference hall into the City, which served as

a living, moving classroom. Workshop participants explored one of the oldest

big cities in America, tackling real-world issues such as Getting to School

Safely and Real Intersection Design.

 

An emerging theme from ProBike/ProWalk 2000 is the opportunity for

transportation planning, engineering and program staff and advocacy

organizations to partner with public health practitioners: Safe Routes to

School Programs, pedestrian and bicycle education and skill training, and

factors in community environments that affect the levels of

bicycling and walking (you'll hear more about this in the next CenterLines).

ProBike/ProWalk 2000 was presented by National Center for Bicycling &

Walking (NCBW) in partnership with the Pedestrian and Bicycle

Information Center (PBIC) with the assistance of an able Local Host

Committee.

More info: Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2000

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NHTSA TESTS METHODS TO REDUCE SPEED IN NEIGHBORHOODS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

has awarded a contract to Dunlap and Assoc., Inc., to develop and field

test a program using engineering, enforcement and education approaches

to reduce speeds in neighborhoods. Marv Levy is directing the project for

NHTSA. The study will involve a literature review, assembly of a panel of

specialists to define problems and possible solutions, identification of

a site for the study field test, development of appropriate countermeasures,

and implementation and test of the countermeasures at the selected

field site. Since NHTSA recently published a review of the topic

(Literature Review on Vehicle Travel Speeds and Pedestrian Injuries)

the current effort will focus only on studies that have been initiated or

completed since that report was prepared (mid-1998).

Send information or materials to: Arlene Cleven or Richard D. Blomberg,

Dunlap and Associates, Inc., 1010 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905.

Phone: (203) 323-8464; Fax: (203) 964-0799;

email: arlenecleven@aol.com" or rdblomberg@aol.com

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DAN BURDEN TAKES THE HONORS AT APBP'S PB/PW LUNCHEON

Dan Burden, executive director of Walkable Communities, Inc.,

was honored with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

first Lifetime Achievement Award, Wednesday, September 6. The award

recognizes the remarkable impact Burden has had in promoting bicycling

and walking during the past 30 years. In that time, Dan helped establish

Bikecentennial (now the Adventure Cycling Association) and the Bicycle

Federation of America (now the National Center for Bicycling & Walking);

he set the standard for state bicycle and pedestrian programs during his 16

years at Florida DOT; and is now energizing one community after another

to take control of their future and create more walkable and bicycle-friendly

places.

 

The lunchtime ceremony, organized by the APBP as part of the

program of the Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2000 conference in Philadelphia, came

as a complete surprise to the recipient: and for a brief moment, Dan was

lost for words! The element of surprise was made possible by virtue of

another honor Dan has received. He thought he was on the podium to

be recognized as the Transportation Research Board's Distinguished

Lecturer at the January 2001 annual meeting of the TRB. Ann Hershfang,

Chair of the TRB Committee on Pedestrians announced details of Dan's

second major award, noting that once again Dan will be breaking new

ground as TRB's featured speaker: this is the first time a

bicycle/pedestrian

speaker has filled this prestigious role. --Andy Clarke, APBP

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SANTA BARBARA GOING TO VIDEO SIGNAL CONTROL

According to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition's

"Quick Release" newsletter (Sept. 2000), Santa Barbara County

has determined from tests begun in 1995 that traffic signals

controlled by video cameras are superior to in-street loops.

According to Wilson Hubbell, the County's Alternative

Transportation Coordinator all new County signals will have

video sensors and old signals with sensors in the pavement will

be updated. When video cameras are installed, the old in-street

cables will be abandoned. The cameras are more expensive to buy,

but are more cost-effective in the long run.

source: http://www.sbbike.org/QR/2000/00.09/00.09.html

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COLUMBUS (OH) SPENDS $5 MILLION ON SCHOOL ROUTE SAFETY

According to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch,

the City has just begun implementing a $5 million plan to upgrade

pedestrian conditions near local schools. "The plan breaks down

as $1 million over four years to replace safety signals, as well

as signs and crosswalks, and $4 million over three years to

rebuild the sidewalks."

source: http://www.dispatch.com:80/news/newsfea00/aug00/404526.html

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STATE FUNDING FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY NEAR SCHOOLS

The Washington Transportation Commission approved grant

funding packages for five new programs created by the Legislature,

including a Traffic SafetyNear Schools Program. The purpose of this

program is to fund capital projects for traffic and pedestrian safety

improvements near schools. Eligible projects include sidewalks and

walkways, school signing and signals, improved pedestrian crossings,

turning lanes, school bus pullouts, and roadway channelization and

signalization.

For more info: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ta/homepage/hlphp.html

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"TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT STREET DESIGN

GUIDELINES: RECOMMENDED PRACTICE"

The final version, this 44-page manual from ITE includes community

design parameters, design principles, specific guidance on geometric

street design, and recent findings on urban design and travel demand.

Item RP-027A. Member price: $25, Nonmember price: $35

Order online from http://www.ite.org

 

"NCDOT TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES"

An Aug. 2000 24-page downloadable manual from the North Carolina

Department of Transportation. Covers topics like design speed,

street types and widths, sidewalks, planting strips, and

relationship of buildings to street.

http://www.doh.dot.state.nc.us/operations/tnd.pdf

 

"LIVABLE COMMUNITIES"

The Clinton/Gore administration's livable communities website,

tied to their initiative of the same name. Good links on

school walkability, among other topics.

http://www.livablecommunities.gov

 

"BICYCLE USER GROUP MANUAL"

71-page downloadable manual on how to start and run a bicycle user

group (BUG). Published in 1998 by Bikewest and the Bicycle

Transportation Alliance of Perth, Western Australia.

http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/metro/bikewest/documents/bug_manual.pdf

 

"LITERATURE REVIEW ON VEHICLE TRAVEL SPEEDS AND

PEDESTRIAN INJURIES"

Online NHTSA report concludes that higher vehicle speeds are

strongly associated with greater likelihood of pedestrian

crash occurrence and more serious resulting pedestrian injury.

Suggests countermeasures.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/pub/hs809012.html

 

"SAFETY OF VULNERABLE ROAD USERS"

229-page report reviews safety of vulnerable road users in OECD

Member countries. Published in 1998 by the Organization for

Economic Cooperation and Development, Road Transport Research

Program.

http://www.oecd.org/dsti/sti/transpor/road/prod/Free-on-line/RS7.pdf

 

"SCHOOL SPRAWL"

Article in the Planning Commissioner's Journal (Summer 2000)

promoting walkable school sites. "In Maine, the number of

children attending public schools declined by 27,000 between

1970-1995 but state and local busing costs rose from $8.7

million to $54 million a year during that period. The principal

reason: sprawling land use patterns."

order online ($4) at http:/www.plannersweb.com

 

"WALK OUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL" KIT

Has sample letters to parents, businesses and community groups,

news releases, handouts, Walkability checklists, curriculum ideas

and 100 free Grafeeties ("bumper stickers for sneakers") saying

"Let's Walk Together." Produced by the Health Promotion Project

at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison. Kit is $5. Contact Rick Brooks at

(608) 265-4079 or via email at applepie@mail.dcs.wisc.edu

After September 18, info and downloadable artwork available on

above website.

http://www.dcs.wisc.edu/pda/applepie

 

"AN INVESTIGATION OF THE SAFETY IMPLICATIONS OF WIRELESS

COMMUNICATIONS IN VEHICLES"

An NHTSA report presenting a variety of options for enhancing

the safe use of cellular telephones by drivers and addressing

the many issues raised.

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/research/wireless/

 

"SMART CHOICES OR SPRAWLING GROWTH: A 50-STATE SURVEY

OF DEVELOPMENT"

The Sierra Club Report on Sprawl, September 2000. Lots of examples of

"smart" walkable developments.

http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/50statesurvey/

 

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September 21-24, 2000: 15th National Trails Symposium, Redding, CA .

Info: American Trails (520) 632-1140; e-mail: AmTrails@lankaster.com">AmTrails@lankaster.com

website: http://www.americantrails.org/INFO2000TrSymposium.html

 

September 20-22, 2000: The 2000 Wisconsin State Bike Conference,

Neenah, WI. Info: Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, 106 E Doty Street,

Suite 10, Madison, WI 53703 voice: 608/251-4456 fax: 608-251-4594

email: info@bfw.org website: http://www.bfw.org/bikeconference/

 

October 4, 2000: International Walk to School Day. Info: email:

chad_sattler@unc.edu also for info the international program,

as well as links to nine national events, visit their website.

website: http://www.iwalktoschool.org/

U.S. event website: http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/

 

October 19-21, 2000: 3rd International Congress Greenways in the

Millenium; Gijón, Spain. Info: Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles,

fax: +34(0)91-528 09 86, email: viasverdes@ffr.es

website: http://www.viasverdes.com

 

October 28, 2000: Northeast Bicycle Advocate's Conference, Hartford, CT.

Info: CT Bicycle Coalition at (860) 527-5200 or Thunderhead Alliance

website: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

 

November 1, 2000: Velo-city 2001, Call for Papers Deadline; see

Sept. 2001 entry below for Conference and access information.

 

January 7-11, 2001:80th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research

Board, Washington, DC. Info: TRB, 2101 Constitution Ave, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20418, voice: (202) 334-2934 fax: (202) 334-2003

website: http://www4.nationalacademies.org/trb/annual.nsf

 

February 20-22, 2001: Australia: Walking the 21st Century:

An International Walking Conference, Perth, Western Australia. Info:

John Seaton, Metropolitan Div., Dept. of Transport, PO Box 7272

Cloisters Square, Perth, W. Australia - 6850,

voice: +61 8 9313 8680 fax: +61 8 9320 9497

e-mail: jseaton@transport.wa.gov.au

website: http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/conferences/walking/index.html

 

March 25-28, 2001,17th Annual ITE Spring Conference: Improving

Transportation Performance and Productivity, Monterey, CA. Info: ITE, 525

School Street, SW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20024 USA ,

voice: (202) 554-8050 fax: (202) 863-5486, email: ite_staff@ite.org

website: https://www.ite.org/conference2001/sixdays.asp

 

July 3-6, 2001,Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland. Info: EDRA, P.O. Box 7146,

Edmond, OK 73083-7146, voice: (405)330-4863

fax: (405)330-4150, email: edra@telepath.com

website: http://www.telepath.com/edra/home.html

 

September 17-21, 2001, Velo-city 2001, Edinburgh/Glasgow, Scotland.

Info: Meeting Makers Ltd, Jordanhill Campus, 76 Southbrae Drive,

Glasgow G13 1PP, Scotland, voice: 0141 434 1500 fax: 434 1519,

e-mail: Velo_city@meetingmakers.co.uk

website: http://velo-city2001.org/

 

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