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Issue #4 October 27, 2000

 

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Walk And Learn

New Trip Report

Bogota Holds Car Ban Referendum

 

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How Cities Can Win In The New Economy

ECGA And Amtrak Link Bikes And Trains

Fort Collins Considers Bike Depot

Bikes Belong Coalition Announces Grants

San Diego Adopts-A-Bikeway

In Ireland, Car Free Day Was A Big Success

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WALK AND LEARN: INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

The results are in from the International Walk To School

Day and, by all measures, it was a tremendous success. From

the U.S. Capital Region to Cyprus to the Isle of Man,

children, parents, educators, policy-makers and others came

together to focus on the health, safety and well being of

kids -- and learn some lessons along the way:

 

"I like walking to school because you get fresh air. It

makes me feel healthy. It's good exercise for everyone, you

talk to different people, make different friends, you can

talk to your friends. If you walk it prevents air

pollution. It makes you feel fit." [Robert, student, Year

5, walking with Northborough Primary in Peterborough,

Cambridgeshire, Great Britain]

 

"I believe the best part of the walk was seeing all the

children, parents, school staff, school superintendent,

police officer and other important people from the

community walk, talk and smiling together." [Parent Jackie

Edwards, walking with Spring Hill Elementary in Xenia,

Ohio, USA]

 

"I found that our students are often more knowledgeable

about school zone speeding laws and traffic safety than are

the adults. So I would encourage students worldwide to

practice good pedestrian safety themselves, and to

encourage their parents to slow down and pay attention when

they are driving." [Chief of Police Charles H. Ramsey,

walking with J.O. Wilson Elementary in District of

Columbia, USA]

 

"We're all about trying to promote physically active

living. I think too often our students see that as

something you do during a half-hour P.E. class two or three

times a week. They forget that it's a community-based thing

and a lifestyle-based thing." [a physical education

professor at Virginia Tech University commenting on getting

his students involved in community pedestrian programs,

Blacksburg, Virginia, USA]

 

(here's our favorite)

"I had fun." [Curriculum Director School Administrator,

Helena, Montana, USA]

 

To learn more about the International Walk to School Day

events, visit: http://www.iwalktoschool.org

To see more about Safe Routes to School and Walk a Child to

School programs and more, see:

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

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NEW TRIP REPORT BOOSTS BIGGER ROADS FOR SENIORS

There's a new report out called "Traffic Safety And

Older Americans: Making Roads Safer For Motorists."

Published by FHWA's "The Road Information Program" (TRIP),

it reminds one of the old adage: "To a man with a hammer,

everything looks like a nail."

 

Noting the growing number of older drivers killed in

crashes and the rapidly aging baby boomer generation, the

authors suggest a number of measures to help senior drivers

out. Some of them are pretty obvious: clearer signs, bigger

letters, better lighting. However, in many ways the report

seems like a rationalization for the "bigger is better"

agenda -- more left turn and deceleration lanes, wider

lanes, rumble strips, etc.

 

Of course, with a name like "Making Roads Safer for

Motorists" one could expect little consideration of

pedestrians or bicyclists and you won't find those words

mentioned anywhere. Clearly, there is little in this report

that reflects the need for a balanced transportation system.

 

But even with respect to older drivers, it seems

superficial. The report doesn't discuss complexity or speed

as problems for older drivers. Do the authors believe that

12-lane expressways with complex interchanges -- even with

big signs or wide lanes -- are senior-friendly?

 

And, since reaction time increases as we age and

recognition of important features can take more time, it

would make sense to focus on speed as a concern. Many older

drivers seek out slow routes. But reducing speeds through

design isn't discussed.

 

A recent survey conducted by the American Association of

Retired Persons (AARP) showed that 66% of older drivers

avoid certain routes. Of those, 9% avoid "four lane, high

speed roads," 12% avoid roads in poor condition, 30% avoid

interstate highways, and 34% avoid heavy traffic. It sounds

like many seniors avoid the wide roads promoted by the

TRIP report.

 

Finally, there seems little recognition that sooner or

later nearly everyone must stop driving, regardless of the

size of the signs or the width of the lanes. Once that

happens, as the AARP report shows, seniors still need to

get around. If transportation planners don't plan walkable

communities with decent transit, baby boomer seniors will

suffer the consequences.

 

"Traffic Safety and Older Americans: Making Roads Safer for

Motorists" is available at

http://www.tripnet.org/OlderDriversStudyOct2000.PDF

The AARP Transportation Survey can be downloaded from:

http://research.aarp.org/il/d16603_commtran_1.html

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THE 1000th MILLENNIUM TRAIL--COULD IT BE YOURS?

According to the Rails to Trails Conservatory, "Our

nation is very close to being able to designate the 1,000th

Community Millennium Trail as part of the Millennium

Trails initiative. You can help reach this milestone in the

year 2000. If you haven't already done so, we encourage

you to nominate and register a trail for Community

Millennium Trail designation Please help demonstrate the

nationwide pride and support for the thousands of trails

across the country that have made such important contributions

to their communities. There will be special recognition

for the 1,000th Community Millennium Trail.

 

"The process is simple. You can nominate a trail on-line

via the Millennium Trails website at http://www.millenniumtrails.org.

The application is one page, and will only take a few

moments to complete. Each designated Community Millennium

Trail will receive a trail marker and certificate from the

White House Millennium Council. We keep hearing stories of

how Millennium Trails designation has created new

partnerships, funding opportunities and publicity. Please

help us recognize your tremendous contribution to your

community! For more info, call: 1-877-MIL-TRLS.

Source: Karen Nozik, RTC rtcknozik@transact.org

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BOGOTA HOLDS CAR BAN REFERENDUM

The City of Bogota will hold a referendum on October 29,

2000 proposing a ban on car use during peak hours beginning

January 1st, 2015. Should the people of Bogota vote

favorably on this issue, cars would be banned from using

any city street from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 4:30

p.m. until 7:30 p.m. during weekdays.

 

The referendum also includes a proposal about establishing

the celebration of a Car Free Day once a year, as of the

year 2001, every first Thursday of February in Bogota. Car

circulation would be prohibited on this day from 6:30 a.m.

until 7:30 p.m.

 

Bogota, a 6.5 million inhabitants city, whose population is

growing 160,000 per year, has a low motorization rate, with

only 120 cars per 1,000 people. More than 80% of the

population uses a low-quality bus system. The present city

administration is structuring a very modern bus system

based on exclusive bus ways which should reach all points

in the city by the year 2015. The current administration

has also promoted bike use which has grown from 0,5% to

nearly 4% today. A bike path network of more than 200

kilometers is being built and should be in operation by the

beginning of the year 2001...

 

For more information, contact Oscar Edmundo Diaz with the

Office of the Mayor at consnacion@interred.net.co or

visit the website:

http://www.alcaldiabogota.gov.co 

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TO WIN IN NEW ECONOMY, CITIES MUST ADD AMENITIES -- LIKE BIKE PATHS

In an article entitled "Old ways of luring business

don't work in the 'new economy," Philadelphia Inquirer

writer Andrew Cassel says "The key is people, people,

people, a new study says. That is a message Philadelphia

does not seem to be getting. If Philadelphia were serious

about wanting to claim a place in the "new economy," the

region's leading lights would be fussing much less about

new sports stadiums, and much more about bicycle paths.

 

"Boating, hiking and rock-climbing would rank much higher

on the civic priority list, too - maybe right up there with

orchestra halls and hotels. And we'd be doing a lot more to

encourage immigrants, gays and other 'outsider' groups to

settle here.

 

"That's the advice of Richard Florida, a professor of

regional economic development at Carnegie-Mellon University

in Pittsburgh. He's been studying how some American cities

became magnets for high-tech enterprise, and has concluded

that the answer is mostly - people..."

 

For the rest of the article, go to:

http://web.philly.com/content/inquirer/2000/10/09/business/CASS09.htm

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ECGA AND AMTRAK LINK BIKES AND TRAINS

According to Bikeleague News #5, "On September 14, the

East Coast Greenway Alliance and Amtrak announced their

partnership to forge an unprecedented intermodal network,

connecting Amtrak's passenger trains to 2,600 miles of

bikeways and trails in 15 states and the District of

Columbia. Amtrak Board of Directors Vice Chair and former

Governor Michael S. Dukakis announced Amtrak's Bikes on

Board effort. Dukakis was joined by E.S. Bagley, Jr.,

President of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, East Coast

Greenway Alliance Chairman Pat King, U.S. Department of

Transportation Assistant Secretary Gene Conti and

Environmental Protection Agency Chief of Staff Reid

Wilson...Cyclists traveling between east coast cities will

soon be able to use Amtrak's easy-on easy-off bicycle

accommodations."

 

For info on the new service visit: http://www.greenway.org

To subscribe to Bikeleague News, email

bikeleague@bikeleague.org

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FORT COLLINS (CO) CONSIDERS BIKE DEPOT

According to Bicycle Colorado's October 16th

e-newsletter, "The City of Fort Collins is evaluating the

feasibility of a Bicycle Depot facility in Fort Collins. It

could offer services such as valet bike parking, rentals,

maintenance and repairs, restrooms and changing areas,

food/beverage services, retail opportunities, bus pass

sales and other services geared to bicycle commuters, avid

bicyclists, and leisure riders arriving or departing from

downtown Fort Collins." For info, contact Tom Reiff at the

City of Fort Collins Transportation Planning Department

(970-416-2040). For more on Bicycle Depots (or

bikestations), visit http://www.bikestation.org/

Source: Bicycle Colorado: http://bicyclecolo.org/

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BIKES BELONG COALITION ANNOUNCES FL, NY, & MT GRANT RECIPIENTS

At the recent Interbike bike show, Rich Olken, Bikes

Belong Coalition's Executive Director, announced three new

grants for bicycle projects.

 

One of the recipients is the East Coast Greenway Alliance

in Florida. Financial assistance from Bikes Belong will

help the Alliance map specific routes for a network of bike

paths in Florida. Bikes Belong is also giving $10,000 to

Transportation Alternatives of New York, New York, to be

used on the Hudson River Greenway's Riverside South

Connector. Running along the water and through land owned

by Donald Trump, the path should soon be open. And,

finally, Bikes Belong will match funds for a

rails-with-trails project in Missoula, Montana. Olken said

project developers see the plan not only as beneficial to

those who will use the trail, but also as something that

will boost the local economy.

 

Quote to put on the fridge: U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D,MT),

a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works

Committee, supported the Montana project. "I remain

committed to sustaining TEA-21 funding for bicycle

transportation," Baucus said.

Source: http://www.bikesbelong.org/bbcnews.htm

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SAN DIEGO ADOPTS-A-BIKEWAY

According to Joel Rizzo, the City's Bicycle Coordinator,

"The City of San Diego is creating an Adopt-A-Bikeway

program similar to the other Adopt-A-xxx programs in

California for maintenance on our Bike Paths. So Far,

initial estimates are showing about a $200,000 -$250,000

savings yearly to taxpayers for existing facilities and

additional savings will grow considerably over the next 5

years."

Source: Joel Rizzo JHR@sdcity.sannet.gov

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IN IRELAND, CAR FREE DAY WAS A BIG SUCCESS

According to a story in the October 20th Irish Times,

"Car Free Day should be repeated at least once a year,

according to almost 90 per cent of residents surveyed in

cities and towns which participated. Some 33 per cent of

those surveyed said Car Free Day, held last month, should

be repeated once a week. The survey was commissioned by the

Irish Energy Centre and involved 300

telephone interviews and 250 interviews with people walking

in the car-free areas on the day.

 

"Air pollutants in Dublin were lower by 30 per cent during

the day and the number of vehicles going into and out of

the city decreased by 11 per cent, according to preliminary

measurements. Dublin Bus said there was a 9 per cent rise

in passenger numbers and average journey times decreased by

almost 30 per cent. In Limerick, noise levels were less

than half normal measurements..."

Source:

"http://scripts.ireland.com/search/highlight.plx?TextRes=car%20free%20day&Path=newspaper/ireland/2000/1020/hom13.htm"

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"CITY COMFORTS: HOW TO BUILD AN URBAN VILLAGE"

As the author, David Sucher says, "The book shows examples

of small things - City Comforts - that make urban life

pleasant: places where people can meet, methods to tame

cars and to make buildings good neighbors, art that infuses

personality into locations and makes them into places. Many

of these small details are so obvious as to be invisible."

$18. No online ordering but for more info:

Source: http://www.citycomforts.com/

 

"THE THREE RULES - URBAN DESIGN 101"

A brief illustrated flyer, also by David Sucher, on how to

make more pedestrian-friendly places by building to the

property line, making building fronts permeable, and

banning parking between the building front and the

sidewalk. Downloadable as a PDF.

Source: http://www.citycomforts.com/3RulesFl.pdf

 

"BIKE TO WORK GUIDE"

A brief 8-page guide to encouraging bicycle commuting at

the workplace; covers why companies should be involved, why

employees might bike, steps to promoting bike commuting,

and more. Created by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

Source: http://www.chibikefed.org/commute.htm

 

"AN URBANIST SAYS A SENSE OF PLACE IS MORE IMPORTANT

THAN THE DESIGN ITSELF"

An interview with Fred Kent of Project for Public Spaces,

published in Architectural Record (April, 2000). Here's a

quote: "A good place has less to do with how a space looks

than how people use it: the activities that go on there,

how comfortable it is, how easy it is to get to and walk

through, the public image it projects. As we begin to

realize how important the civic realm is and how we have

lost it in recent years, we realize that we've relegated

its design to a profession that seems interested mainly in

making visual statements."

Source: http://www.pps.org/architectual_record.html

 

"SMART DEVELOPMENT PRIMER (WHAT IS SMART DEVELOPMENT?)"

An online primer Compact, pedestrian-, bicycle-, and

transit-friendly development, or Smart Development, is

centered around people rather than cars. It supports a mix

of uses, with residential, office and retail facilities in

close proximity to each other. A quote: "Traffic has become

like garbage; we all generate it, but we want someone else

to get rid of it."

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

 

"LIVABLE COMMUNITIES: AN EVALUATION GUIDE"

A 118-page guide to help AARP volunteers and other

interested persons assess the "liveability" of their

communities, that is, to assess whether their community has

the physical features, programs, and readily accessible

services that will enable older persons to remain

independent. Key subject areas covered in the survey

include: public transportation, driving, walking, housing,

shopping, and municipal features, services and leisure

facilities. For a hard copy, send an email to

vwoodard@aarp.org with your name and mailing address, and

the title. Also downloadable as a pdf.

Source:

http://research.aarp.org/consume/d16905_communities_1.html

 

"CENTURY OF BIKES: BICYCLE MASTER PLAN CITY OF PASADENA"

A 109-page draft bike plan by Dennis Crowley and Peter

Jacobsen. Filled with great historical photos, the report

puts the modern plan in context as it promotes a return to

Pasadena's cycling roots. Downloadable as a pdf.

Source:

http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/publicworks/trans/tp&d/DraftBMP.asp

 

"CASE STUDY OF THE CHOLLAS CREEK GREENWAY IN SAN DIEGO"

A 142-page report on using greenways to improve San Diego's

older urban neigborhoods (illustrations not included).

Downloadable as a 300k pdf. For more information, contact

the author, Brian Schoenfisch, at IBS@sdcity.sannet.gov

Source: http://www.bikeplan.com/bazarr/chollas.pdf

 

"SMART DEVELOPMENT INTERACTIVE PHOTO ALBUM"

Very neat online resource which shows you what specific

environments (wide suburban street, strip mall, downtown)

would look like with more people-friendly treatments. Part

of the Oregon Transportation & Growth Management Program's

website. Nice visual effects!

Source: http://www.lcd.state.or.us/issues/tgmweb/index-f.htm

And now for something completely different...

ANTI-PED CONSPIRACY?

Thanks to Sustrans for this one..."For a light-hearted

column that asks the question 'Is there a conspiracy to

eliminate all pedestrians in Malaysia?' see..."

Source:

http://www.malaysiakini.com/archives_news/2000/aug/aug9/news4.htm

Sustrans: http://www.malaysiakini.com/sustran/

 

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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 28-30, 2001: National Bike Summit 2001, Washington,

DC. Info: Paul Weiss, League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K

Street NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20006-2082 voice:

(202) 822-1333 fax: (202) 822-1334 email:

paul@bikeleague.org

website: http://www.bikeleague.org

 

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 -> BCM PROGRAM ASSISTANT

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM), a fast-paced,

state-wide, membership based, nonprofit bicycling education

& advocacy organization is seeking a Program Assistant. The

Program Assistant will work with the Executive Director and

volunteers on a wide range of programs including Bike

Safety Education in the schools, research and publication

of the BikeMaine Event Calendar, etc. For further

information contact Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director at

(207) 288-3028 or BCM@BikeMaine.org. Application deadline:

Nov. 1, 2000.

 

GRANT > TCSP 2002 GRANT PROPOSALS DUE JAN. 31, 2001

The purpose of the Transportation and Community and System

Preservation Pilot Program (TCSP) is to fund grants and

research to investigate and address the relationship

between transportation and community and system

preservation. States, local governments, MPOs, tribal

governments, and other local and regional public agencies

are eligible for discretionary grants for planning and

implementation.

 

Applications for Fiscal Year 2002 grants and research

recommendations are due at your FHWA Division Office by

close of business on Jan. 31, 2001. For more information on

the program, visit:

http://tcsp-fhwa.volpe.dot.gov/index.html

 

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 were sent to MPOs the

first week of October but are also available by request.

Application deadline is Dec. 15, 2000. For more

information, contact Lys Burden of Walkable Communities at

walkable@aol.com

 

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

 

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