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Issue #2 September 29, 2000

 

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#PROBIKE/PROWALK: MAKING THE PUBLIC HEALTH CONNECTION">PB/PW: Making the Public Health Connection

Walk Our Children To School Day - October 4th

A Velo-City 2001 Teaser

Bike-Ped Coordinators Step Down

Pedestrian Take-Over Set For NYC's Times Square

San Francisco Tests Countdown Ped Signals

World Car-Free Day...

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PROBIKE/PROWALK: MAKING THE PUBLIC HEALTH CONNECTION

ProBike/ProWalk 2000 was the biggest in the conference series' history,

with more than 550 people taking part. Participants from a wide range of

backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives exchanged ideas and information

and inspired one another to continue the important work of making our

nation's communities more bicycle-friendly and walkable.

This year it was impossible to overlook the growing presence of public

health at the conference, as evidenced in the list of participants and in the

conference agenda. There's much to be gained by creating partnerships

between the transportation, bicycling and walking communities, and the

public health community. Our missions are the same: to get people to live

healthier, better lives by promoting bicycling and walking, and making this

possible by improving the political, social, and physical environments.

To help make the connections between the bicycling, walking and transportation

communities and the public health community, we will include regular updates

on current issues in public health. CenterLines will feature news, information

and ideas to help you create more active, more walkable and bicycle-friendly

communities. You can also stay up-to-date by browsing our website.

Check it out:

http://www.bikewalk.org/Safe_Routes_to_School.htm

http://www.bikewalk.org/cdc_active_community_environments.htm

http://www.bikewalk.org/walk_a_child_to_school.htm

http://www.bikewalk.org/state_departments_of_health.htm

http://www.bikewalk.org/data_&_statistics.htm

http://www.bikewalk.org/smart_growth.htm

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WALK OUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL DAY - OCTOBER 4TH

More than two and a half million people in the US and six other nations

will take part in the 4th Annual Walk Our Children to School (WOCTS)

celebration will take place in communities across the country and around

the world on Wednesday, October 4th. School children will be joined by

parents, public officials, school administrators, transportation pro-

fessionals, safety program specialists and others to highlight the need

for safe routes to school for our nation's children.

This year marks the first ever International Walk To School Day; par-

ticipants in the U.S. will be joined by walkers in Canada, the United

Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, the Isle of Man and the British Colony

of Gibraltar.

 

Bill Wilkinson, NCBW Executive Director, will join U.S. Surgeon General Dr.

David Satcher along with representatives of the National Highway

Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Shape Up

America!, State and local officials at East Silver Spring Elementary School

in Maryland to celebrate Walk Our Children to School Day.

See the Walk our Children to School website: http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/

to find out more about previous events, and WOCTS 2000. Walk Our Children To

School Day is sponsored in the U.S. by the Partnership For A Walkable

America.

 

Find an event near you!

http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/usa_walk/2000/2000db.htm

WOCTS Press Release (PDF Format)

http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/usa_walk/pdf/Ireleas.pdf

 

Getting to School Safely Around the World:

--Global Headquarters on the Web: http://www.iwalktoschool.org/

--In Australia: http://www.walk.com.au

--In Canada: http://www.goforgreen.ca

--In France: http://www.preventionroutiere.asso.fr

--In Great Britain: http://www.walktoschool.org.uk

--In New Zealand: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/saferoutes

--In the United States: http://www.walktoschool-usa.org

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A VELO-CITY 2001 TEASER

"The 'Velo-city' international cycle planning conference will be held

from

September 17th through 21st, 2001 in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. This

conference series which started in 1980 regularly attracts over 550

delegates from more than 30 countries. YOU have a chance to be part of the

workshop program next year in Scotland - we need to hear of the best

practice, innovative policies and just plain good news too.

 

"A call-for-papers is now in progress with a deadline date of November 1st.

There are five conference themes, which along with the other conditions are

set out in the web site http://www.velo-city2001.org Abstracts need be no

more than 300 words, and can be submitted on the web site. Oh! and why

the two sites? Because on Monday and Tuesday the event will be in

Edinburgh, Thursday and Friday we will be in Glasgow, and on Wednesday

the whole conference has the opportunity to cycle from one to the other -

a rolling event. Be there." --Olly Hatch oh@velo-city.org

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BIKE-PED COORDINATORS STEP DOWN

Three well-known bicycle/pedestrian coordinators recently announced

their resignations. Each is moving on to new challenges. Mignette Dorsey,

Houston's popular coordinator, has taken a position in another city agency,

managing communications. Mary Hardison, Albuquerque's coordinator,

just received a promotion within that city's transportation department. And

Tom Fisher, Tucson's bike/ped coordinator, will soon become an Intermodal

Planner with the Pima Association of Governments, Tucson's MPO.

We'll miss them all, wish them luck in their new endeavors, and encourage

them to keep active in the field!

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PEDESTRIAN TAKE-OVER SET FOR NYC'S TIMES SQUARE

According to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, "After 3-1/2 years

of planning and numerous public meetings, the New York City Department

of City Planning's innovative Times Square Pedestrian Improvement Plan

is soon to be built. According to the NY Post, the improvements are strongly

supported by the Times Square BID, which has played a key role in

shepherding the plan past the city's traffic engineers.

 

"The proposed improvements are a boon for pedestrians. Sidewalks will be

widened from 8 to 14 feet and the TKTS traffic island at the north end of the

square significantly widened. Passenger cars will be prohibited from using

Broadway between 44th and 47th Streets, sidewalks will be widened

between 41st and 47th Streets, truck deliveries will be limited to the hours

of 10am to 4pm, and automobiles will be banned from making turns on

several streets. All of which should decrease the pedestrian accident and

fatality rates. Over a five-year period, there were 4,840 pedestrian

accidents

including 31 fatalities.

 

"The city has announced the project will begin before the end of 2000,

though no formal schedule has been determined. The Times Square will

join Herald Square and Lower Manhattan/Wall Street as the third major

pedestrian improvement project underway in Manhattan's Central Business

District."

source: "MOBILIZING THE REGION," the weekly bulletin of the Tri-State

Transportation Campaign, #287. For more info, contact: Kristen Fountain

at tstc@tstc.org or visit http://www.tstc.org

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SAN FRANCISCO TESTS COUNTDOWN PED SIGNALS

The San Francisco Chronicle reports, "People crossing

the street near San Francisco City Hall will soon be able to count

the seconds they have left to beat the onslaught of traffic. In the

next month, four pedestrian ``countdown clocks'' will be installed

around City Hall and at 10 other busy intersections in San Francisco,

Supervisor Mabel Teng said yesterday.

 

"At the same time, about 50 fluorescent pedestrian signs will be

posted at key crossing points, replacing the smaller, yellow signs

that warn drivers to slow down at crosswalks, Teng said. The clocks

and signs will be put up in conjunction with a ``Slow It Down''

advertising campaign that urges drivers in San Francisco to be

more careful..."

source:

http://www.sfgate.com:80/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/09/21/MN34801.DTL

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WORLD CAR-FREE DAY...

September 22nd (or 21st or 24th, depending on who's talking) was

World Car-free Day. Organizer Margot Wallstroem, the European

Union's environment commissioner said that 65 million people in

813 cities across some 30 countries participated, although some

news stories suggested low participation, especially in the U.S.

The purpose of World Car-Free Day was to raise awareness to the

car-related problems in urban areas, and discuss climate change,

noise levels and air pollution.

For more information:

http://www.ecoplan.org/carfreeday/cf_index.htm

http://www.carfreeday.net/

http://www.22september.org/ [European Car Free Day]

For an alternative view, see:

http://www.carbusters.ecn.cz/WCFD2.htm/

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Here's a sampling of the most interesting Car-Free Day news reports...

 

BANGKOK TRAFFIC DOWN 10% ON CAR-FREE DAY

According to the Bangkok Post, "Most Bangkok motorists ignored

Car-free Day, but authorities said the number of private cars on the city's

streets was still down by 10%.

"There was a big improvement in air quality as well.

 

"Dr Pongpisit Visetkul, of the National Energy Policy Office (Nepo), said an

estimated 130,000 private cars were off the streets, resulting in a 10%

improvement in traffic flow on the streets and 20% on the expressways.

 

"Air quality checks by the Pollution Control Department showed 13%

less dust and carbon monoxide in the air, he said. The 10% cut in car

numbers amounted to a saving in petrol of seven million baht..."

source: http://www.bangkokpost.net/230900/230900_News01.html

 

LIMERICK'S TRAFFIC AND NOISE DOWN

In Limerick, Ireland, according to the Irish Times, "Hourly traffic

movement on the Dublin road was down by 12 per cent on last year, and

in O'Connell Street the noise-monitoring unit found "a remarkable reduction"

in background levels. 

 

"It is one aspect that we have to consider if we want to

sell traffic congestion solutions to the public," Mr McDermott said.

 

"In the city centre there was a relaxed atmosphere as pedestrians reclaimed

the quiet streets for a few hours. The Labour Party TD, Ms Jan O'Sullivan,

who was shopping, said it was a pleasure to walk around. "Overall, I

think it is great. It is an educational experience for people," she said...

source: http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2000/0923/car1.htm

 

DENMARK'S GREEN TRANSPORT WEEK

Denmark's version of the Car-Free Day was a week-long celebration

called "Green Transport Week," which took place from 18 to 24 September

2000. Denmark decided to shift their focus away from the issue of car-free

cities and extend activities to cover a whole week under the motto:

"Rethinking Transport Habits". Forty-four large and medium-sized

communities participated in the campaign, among them 16 of Denmark's

largest cities.

source: http://www.miljoetrafik.dk/

(English version available)

 

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"IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT: A LOOK AT THE CAR

FREE CITY POLICY IN THE NETHERLANDS"

A 17-page paper by Lindy Molenkamp, ARCADIS Heidemij Advies,

presented at the 1999 Annual TRB Meeting in Washington, D.C.

This paper discusses the problems that car-free areas in Dutch downtowns

cause for nearby residential areas. It proposes solutions and shows how

public involvement should be a key ingredient to such projects.

http://www.ch2m.com/trb_pi/00494.pdf

 

"CHANGING DIRECTION: FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION SPENDING

IN THE 1990s"

In this 37-page March 2000 report, STPP analyzes ten years of data

from the U.S. DOT's Fiscal Management Information System as well

as reports from the FTA that track how the states have spent federal

transportation dollars.

http://www.transact.org/reports/cd/tea21color.pdf

 

"MAKING WALKING AND CYCLING SAFER: LESSONS

FROM EUROPE"

Published in Transportation Quarterly (Vol. 54, No. 3, Summer 2000,

pp. 25-50). According to authors John Pucher and Lewis Dijkstra,

pedestrian and bicyclist casualties are too high in the US and

European solutions can help improve the situation. Downloadable

from the Rutgers University website.

http://policy.rutgers.edu/papers

 

"EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY CHECKLIST"

Among the many features of the AdVanced Consulting website is a

detailed checklist for advocates. Find it at:

http://www.advocacyguru.com/checklist.htm

Also, check out their free online advocacy teleseminar at:

http://www.avidlearn.com/catalog/freelist.php

 

"MAKING CROSSWALKS SAFER FOR PEDESTRIANS:

APPLICATION OF A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH..."

54-page report documents the steps involved in assessing

pedestrian safety, prioritizing and selecting countermeasures,

implementing engineering, education, and enforcement

interventions, and evaluating effectiveness. From St. Petersburg, FL

http://www.dot.state.fl.us/safety/ped_bike/handbooks_and_research/research/pedyield.pdf 

 

"CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND THE AIMS OF ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION"

In-depth report by the UK Department of the Environment, Transport

and the Regions presents a view that is in "marked contrast to a

widely-held view in the road safety field that children are inherently

incapable of dealing with the traffic environment until they have

reached a certain level of cognitive development."

http://www.roads.detr.gov.uk/roadsafety/aims/index.htm

 

"WHEN A HIGHWAY RUNS THROUGH IT"

Handbook on Main Street design published by the Oregon Downtown

Development Association and Oregon DOT. Talks about what towns can do

when their Main Street also is a state highway. Emphasis is on balancing

access and mobility.

Order online ($25) at http://www.odda.org/Services.htm#Publications

 

"MINNESOTA BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND

DESIGN GUIDELINES"

Published by the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation in 1996, this 74-page

guide includes sections on planning, on-road design, off-road design,

bike parking, and other topics. Color graphics can be hard to read.

http://www.dot.state.mn.us/sti/mg1004.pdf

 

"PEDESTRIAN SAFETY HANDBOOK: A HANDBOOK FOR ADVOCATES"

The American Council of the Blind's handbook on "improving the pedestrian

environment, guaranteeing people who are blind or visually impaired

access to intersection identification and traffic control information."

Second

edition published in April, 2000

http://www.acb.org/pedestrian/phd2a.zip

 

"ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS"

Produced in 1998 by Accessible Design for the Blind under contract with

the U.S. Access Board, this study includes details on audible signal

technology and other approaches to making signals accessible to the

blind.

http://www.acb.org/pedestrian/signals.html

 

"ROADKILL BILL"

"The weekly comic that looks at cars, technology, ecology and

philosophy from the viewpoint of a frequently squashed rodent.... "

[Couldn't resist including this wonderful site! --JW]

http://www.roadkillbill.com

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

October 4-10, Rail~Volution 2000: Building Livable Communities

with Transit, Denver, CO. Info: 800-788-7077

website: http://www.railvolution.com

 

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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JOB > BIKESTATION COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

The Bikestation Coalition is seeking a full-time salaried position in Long

Beach, CA. Individual would be responsible for developing and

implementing communications strategies for both the Long Beach

Bikestation, a public bike-transit center, and the Bikestation Coalition,

a national non-profit transportation/advocacy organization. For more

information, contact Mark Shandrow at < shandrow@earthlink.net >

 

GRANT > MPO WALKABLE COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM

The U.S. Department of Transportation is sponsoring a competitive

matching grant program for metropolitan planning organizations

(MPOs) who would like to host walkable community workshops.

Six MPOs will be chosen in December to host eight 1/2 day workshops

each. MPOs are required to provide a $6k match, along with local

logistical support. Application forms will be sent to MPOs in the

first week of October. For more information, contact Lys Burden of

Walkable Communities at < walkable@aol.com>

 

Send us your job, grant program, and request for proposals

announcements and we'll let a LOT of people know!

 

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