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Issue #3 FRIDAY October 13(!), 2000

 

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The National Bicycle Party (!)

CDC Establishes State Programs

Oberstar Delivers Safe Routes To School

Obesity Continues Climb In 1999

 

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California Advocates Win Some, Lose Some

New Tucson Crosswalks A Boon For Pedestrians

Denver-Area Cyclists Push For U.S. 36 Trail

Great Britain/San Jose Share Experiences

Walking With Purpose In LA

Clemmons (NC) Tries Brightly Colored Xwalks

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THE NATIONAL BICYCLE PARTY (!)

A short bike ride and a couple of hundred years separate

the founding of two revolutionary forces in America. In

1776 Philadelphia, a nation was born; in 2000 Philadelphia,

a party was born. The National Bicycle Party. In an address

to the delegates of the ProBike/ProWalk 2000 conference,

Bikes Belong Coalition's Richard Olken used the backdrop of

the nation's birthplace to sound a clarion call to arms

(and legs):

 

"Two Hundred Twenty-five years ago a bunch of angry and

determined men came here to Philadelphia in the heat of

summer with a bold vision, a very bold vision indeed. The

government saw them as rabble and troublemakers, and they

were. The Revolution they created has changed the world for

the better by making freedom and the pursuit of happiness

achievable for all.

 

"Well, it is time for us to start a new revolution, a

campaign to be waged in the streets and in the halls of

government, a campaign to make America bicycle-friendly,

walkable, and accessible for everyone, everywhere...It's

time to demand the right to bike...It's time to say I Bike

and I Vote! It is time for the National Bicycle Party!"

[Ed. Note: And, there's nothing we like so much as a good

party...]

 

To see the text of the entire address (as well as others

from the conference), see

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

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CDC ESTABLISHES STATE NUTRITION/PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has

awarded grants to various state departments of health for

plans and programs which can and should include bicycling

and walking. Two CDC divisions are involved.

 

The Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity is funding

six states to establish "State Nutrition and Physical

Activity Programs to Prevent Obesity and Related Chronic

Diseases." These include California, Connecticut,

Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Texas. The

program's purpose is to support states in developing and

implementing nutrition and physical activity interventions

using strategies such as policy-level change, environmental

supports, and social marketing. Each state will develop a

plan, form partnerships to carry it out, and implement the

physical activity interventions.

 

For its part, the Division of Adult and Community Health

selected 14 new states, bringing to 25 the total number

being funded to establish "State Cardiovascular Health

Programs." The new states are: Arkansas, Colorado,

Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota,

Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and

Wisconsin. The 11 states previous selected and scheduled to

receive funding for a second year are: Alabama, Georgia,

Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North

Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

 

The NCBW will be helping these states develop and implement

their plans. If you live in one of these states and would

like to get involved, contact us at info@bikewalk.org.

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OBERSTAR DELIVERS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL,MARIN CYCLISTS GET ROLLING

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) rolled out

their $100,000 Safe Routes to Schools Program as a part of

International Walk Our Children to School Day on October 4.

The Safe Routes to Schools pilot program is part of a

$50,000 cooperative agreement with the National Highway

Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a deal brokered by

U.S. House Representative James Oberstar. The MCBC also

received a $25,000 grant from the Marin Community

Foundation for the project, and is part of a $25,000 grant

from the California Office of Traffic Safety and Department

of Health Services.

 

Mr. Oberstar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member on the House

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, initiated

the effort to fund Safe Routes demonstration projects in

two American communities (a second pilot will soon be

initiated in the Boston area), following meetings with

Bikes Belong Coalition executive director Richard Olken and

NCBW executive director Bill Wilkinson.

 

"We must find a way to help promote a healthy lifestyle at

an early age," Oberstar said. This program will help change

these lifestyle patterns. It has the potential to improve

the living habits of an entire generation of

schoolchildren."

 

"We applaud and support Congressman Oberstar's outstanding

leadership on this and other bicycling legislation," said

Olken. "We urge everyone in the bicycle industry, advocates

as well as all others interested in promoting bicycling as

a means to a better America, to support him and Safe Routes

to Schools."

 

The Walk to School Day events in Marin marked the official

launching of the MCBC Safe Routes to School pilot program.

An average of 66% of the student population in the nine

participating schools came to school by walking, biking, or

skating that day (compared to an average of 10% of students

who usually arrive at school by their own power.)

 

"On October 4th, the cars stayed home. Walk to School Day

was a phenomenal kick-off for our year-long program," said

Debbie Hubsmith, Executive Director of the MCBC. "Parents

are already galvanized to have these kinds of events on a

regular basis. We're on the road to making everyday walk

and bike to school day."

 

To learn more about the MCBC Safe Routes to School project,

visit them on the web at http://www.marinbike.org.

 

[Ed. Note: we'll bring you more about the Marin Safe Routes

Program and other Safe Routes to School programs and

resources in the next CenterLines.]

 

Mr. Oberstar's Safe Routes to School Press Release (Aug. 9,

2000)

http://www.house.gov/transportation_democrats/press/000809_SafeSchoolRoute.htm

 

NHTSA's Safe Routes to School Press Release (August 9, 2000)

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/announce/press/pressdisplay.dbm?year=2000&filename=pr33-00.html

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OBESITY CONTINUES CLIMB IN 1999 AMONG AMERICAN ADULTS

The prevalence of obesity in the United States continued

to grow in 1999, representing a serious public health

threat to millions of Americans, according to a CDC

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) letter to the

editor published in the October 4, 2000, issue of The

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

 

"Obesity rose 6 percent nationally between 1998 and 1999,

and the increase affected all regions and demographic

groups and most states in the United States. Obesity is

defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher. A BMI

of 30 in most cases means an individual is about 30 pounds

overweight. Since 1991, obesity among adults has increased

by nearly 60 percent nationally..."

source: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/pr-obesity.htm

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CALIFORNIA ADVOCATES WIN SOME, LOSE SOME

According to a story in the Walk San Jose Reporter,

"California bicyclist and pedestrian advocates were dealt a

painful blow as Democratic Governor Gray Davis vetoed

Senate Bill 1629(Sher), known to its supporters as The Good

Roads Bill. SB1629 would have placed in statute the need

for most major road projects to accommodate bicyclists and

pedestrians.

 

"Fortunately, Governor Davis did sign AB2522, The

Pedestrian Safety Bill, sponsored by Kevin Shelley, which

will fund an $8 million statewide grant program to pay for

local pedestrian and traffic safety engineering projects.

AB 2522 also increases the fine for drivers who injure a

pedestrian from $103 to $594 and raises the fine for

passing another vehicle at a crosswalk from $104 to $270.

 

"Davis also signed AB2140 which requires regional

transportation agencies to establish pedestrian indicators

in their twenty year plans, to disclose funding for

different modes and to model smart growth alternative land

use scenarios."

To subscribe to the Walk San Jose Reporter, send email to:

mail@walksanjose.org

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NEW TUCSON CROSSWALKS A BOON FOR PEDESTRIANS

 According to an October 9th story in the Arizona Star,

"Tucson's motorists are finally stopping for pedestrians,

thanks to an innovative new crossing that resembles an

ordinary traffic light. The "Hawk" crossing, as it has been

nicknamed, could be one of the most effective in the nation

on high-speed roads - stopping vehicle traffic an

astonishing 93 percent of the time, according to a study by

the University of North Carolina's Highway Safety Research

Center.

 

"'Drivers in Tucson have done very, very well,'" said city

traffic engineer Richard Nassi. 'When it goes red, they

basically all stopped. And that's something to be very

proud of.' The new crosswalk lights, which are in place at

a handful of locations throughout the city, resemble a

regular traffic signal. The bottom lens, however, is red,

and the signal remains dim until activated by a pedestrian

at the side of the road. The signal begins by warning

motorists with the middle yellow light, then flashes red

and finally goes solid red, giving a clear signal to

motorists to stop for pedestrians, Nassi said. In May,

voters approved $2 million in bonds to begin replacing the

flashing "box" crosswalks with the newer design..."

http://azstarnet.com/dstar/dstar/today/001009CROSSINGS.html

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DENVER-AREA CYCLISTS PUSH FOR U.S. 36 TRAIL

According to an October 9th story in the Rocky Mountain

News, "Bicycle enthusiasts are pushing for construction of

a 15-mile bike path to Westminster as a way to help reduce

pressure on U.S. 36. Some highway officials say it is worth

looking at. 'I think it could be done,' said Regional

Transportation District board member Dick McLean. 'It makes

sense to me.'

 

"Bicyclists at Broomfield's Interlocken business park and

area high-tech firms are lobbying heavily for the

15-foot-wide bike path. They are asking RTD and the

Colorado Department of Transportation to include a bike

path in a package of proposals to ease congestion on U.S.

36. The expansion is needed to handle rapid growth along

the U.S. 36 corridor, which includes the 965-acre

Interlocken Park..."

http://insidedenver.com:80/news/1009bike8.shtml

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GREAT BRITAIN, SAN JOSE SHARE WALK TO SCHOOL EXPERIENCES

According to a recent story in the Walk San Jose

Reporter, "In celebration of International Walk To School

Day, October 4, 2000, the children of Toyon Elementary

School in San Jose shared 'Twin School' experiences with

the children of Sheredes Primary School in Hoddesdon,

Hertfordshire, Great Britain. Reed School also

participated. Walk San Jose, in cooperation with Safer

Routes to School of Hertfordshire County, Great Britain, is

hosting their shared experiences, stories, and pictures on

our website. More schools from England and San Jose will

be submitting material next week.

 

Walk San Jose "also added a children's section as a

permanent part of our website, which will include letters

and thoughts about walking from the perspective of San

Jose's children. Schools, teachers, parents, and kids, are

invited to participate."

See http://www.walksanjose.org/walk2school.htm

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WALKING WITH PURPOSE IN L.A.

According to an October 8th story in the Los Angeles

Times, "The Ventura County schools that joined hundreds of

others across America last week for National Walk to School

Day were taking a path that could help reduce such problems

as school-day traffic jams, air pollution, youth obesity

and the effects of cutbacks in physical education classes.

 

"Schools in Moorpark, Simi Valley, Oxnard and Ojai

participated in the annual event, which encourages parents

to leave their cars at home and walk or bicycle with their

children to school. This gives parents an opportunity to

teach their children safe pedestrian behavior and to

accompany students to make sure they take safe routes to

school, organizers say..."

source:

http://www.latimes.com:80/editions/ventura/comment/20001008/t000095819.html

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CLEMMONS (NC) TRIES BRIGHTLY COLORED CROSSWALKS

According to a report in the October 5 Winston-Salem

Journal, "Motorists driving down Stadium Drive in Clemmons

[North Carolina] are likely to notice the brightly colored

crosswalks -- and that's the whole idea. 'These sorts of

designs have been used in Great Britain for years,' said

Larry Kirby, the assistant village manager for public

works. 'The product works there, so it might work here.'

 

"The red and green crosswalks are not painted on. There are

made from a colored polymer epoxy that adheres to the

pavement, giving a crosswalk a rough, no-skid texture.

Where paint might fade in a few years, the polymer won't

lose its bright color and is designed to last more than 10

years. .."

Source:

http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/local/winston/clem05.htm

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"DANGEROUS BY DESIGN: PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN CALIFORNIA"

A 47-page report from STPP suggests that pedestrians

throughout California are in serious danger navigating

streets and intersections that are increasingly built for

speed and traffic. According to the report, Sacramento,

Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Santa Clara and San Mateo are

the state's five most dangerous counties for 1999. Regions

characterized by rapid growth and sprawling suburban-style

development, with wide streets and fast-moving traffic,

typically pose the worst problem. Can be read online or

downloaded as a PDF from:

http://www.transact.org/ca/design/default.htm

 

"LIVABLE TRAFFIC MEASURES FOR DOWNTOWN TOLEDO"

A report to Downtown ToledoVision, Inc. by Walter Kulash,

P.E., of Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart,

Inc. Discussion of various recommended measures to convert

one-way streets, introduce traffic calming, eliminate 2-way

turn lanes, etc. Can be read online or downloaded as a PDF.

http://www.toledovision.org/trafficmeasures/report_index.html

 

"SAN DIEGO 2020 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN"

The recently released Regional Transportation Plan for the

San Diego region is available in pdf format on-line. As

Stephan Vance, Senior Transportation Planner for the San

Diego Association of Governments says, "It's a big [4.6mb]

document, but the Bicycle and Pedestrian chapter can be

found on page 175-195."

http://www.sandag.org/whats_new/publications/transportation/2020rtp_final.pdf

 

"STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, PEOPLE AND CARS: THE CITIZENS'

GUIDE TO TRAFFIC CALMING"

A 52-page manual on evaluating and improving the safety of

neighborhood residential and commercial streets. By

Walkable Communities Director Dan Burden, the Guide

includes a toolkit with profiles of over 20 different

traffic calming measures; forms to audit street safety and

traffic speeds/volumes; and steps to implement traffic

calming measures. $10 per copy. The bibliography is

downloadable as a PDF.

http://www.lgc.org/publications/center/clcpubs2.html

 

"STREET-SMARTS - AN INTRODUCTION TO CITIZEN ACTION IN

MACON, GA"

An online introduction to local transportation politics by

Dan Fischer of CAUTION Macon, a citizens' group. "Citizens

affected by government action, be it local, state or

federal, usually feel overwhelmed. Unfortunately, this

leaves them resigned and dispirited - a very self-defeating

reaction! Citizens around the county, using democratic

processes, can and do make a significant difference;

CAUTION Macon has and continues to do so in Macon,

Georgia..."

http://www.cautionmacon.org/StreetSmartsDanFischer.htm

 

And now, for something completely different...

 

"SONG CYCLE: A CHOIR ON BICYCLES"

The Wheel Truth About Song Cycles: "We're a cult. It's

true. Why else would adults don purple and lime-green

attire and try and drown out the noise of big-city traffic

with melodic odes to the bicycle?..."

http://www.deepdownproductions.com/artists/songcycles.htm

 

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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.

 

November 1-2, 2000: Seguridad De Los Peatones En

Communidades Latinos (Pedestrian Safety in Latino

Communities), San Diego, CA. Info: Jeannie Galarpe voice:

(916) 323-3614.

 

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

 

January 19-20, 2001: Redefining Community: A Smart Growth

Approach to Street and Neighborhood Design, Crime

Prevention, and Public Health and Safety conference, San

Diego, CA. Info: Michele Kelso, Local Government

Commission, 1414 K St, Ste 250, Sacramento, CA 95814,

voice: (916) 448-1198, e-mail: mkelso@lgc.org

website:

http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/RedefiningCommunity/

 

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 > PUBLIC HEALTH CONSULTANT: NORTH CAROLINA DHHS

Lead physical activity & nutrition state program consultant

policy position for health promotion policy development,

analysis & implementation. Also serves as a consultant for

policy & environmental level strategies related to physical

activity & nutrition for state cardiovascular health

program (cvh) & 6 lead cvh counties. For more information,

contact Deann Rudd at 919-715-3661.

 

JOB HEADS UP > ALBUQUERQUE BIKE TDM POSITION & BIKE/PED

PLANNER/COORDINATOR

No details yet but we'll post 'em when we get 'em. For now,

try contacting City of Albuquerque, Public Works Personnel

(505) 768-3686 or Marilyn Martinez (505) 768-2680 for more

info.

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

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

 

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