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Issue #5 FRIDAY November 10, 2000*

*early release for Veteran's Day holiday

 

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Spotlight: OnLine Pedestrian Guide

Hong Kong Pedestrian Dreams

TRB Annual Meeting Program Available

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

 

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Walkable Retail Loses In Atlanta

But Sidewalks/Pedestrians/Bicyclists Win!

Miami Bike Rodeo To Draw Hundreds

Car-Free Ballot Measures Go Down In S.F.

Seattle Trail Battle Pits Rich Vs. Public

Two-Thirds Of Drivers Speed In School Zones

In Race With Traffic, D.C. Pedestrians Losing

Court Wary Of Air Rules Cost Argument

Bike Lanes In Spain Run Mainly On The Plain

Study Finds Decline In Hiking, Biking

Melbourne Path Has Cyclists Riding On Water

 

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------------->In this issue, we mention a few results from

Tuesday's election. As reports come in between now and the

next issue, we'll start filling in the gaps.

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In the last issue, I mistakenly attributed the new report

on elderly driver safety to the Federal Highway

Administration. In fact, the report was produced by The

Road Information Program, a lobbying effort of highway

construction interests. --JW

 

SPOTLIGHT: ONLINE PEDESTRIAN GUIDELINES

Log on to BikeWalk.org and take a tour of the On-Line

Pedestrian Guide, the electronic version of the forthcoming

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report "Implementing

Pedestrian Improvements at the Local Level". The e-Guide

covers each of the traditional 4 E's (education,

encouragement, enforcement) identifying typical issues

and possible solutions.

The Guide content was developed collaboratively by Peter

Lagerwey, our own favorite editor John Williams, and Bill

Wilkinson and Bruce Burgess of the NCBW. The printed report

is scheduled to be printed later this year, or early 2001,

according to the FHWA. We'll keep you posted on its

availability.

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HONG KONG PEDESTRIAN DREAMS

In an October 14th letter to Hong Kong pedestrians,

Commissioner for Transport Robert Footman asked "Have you

ever dreamed of walking on a road in Hong Kong free of

traffic and traffic noise ? Have you ever dreamed of taking

your children on the road without fear of vehicles?"

While noting that "road space and priority is so often

biased against pedestrians," he proposed to shift the

priority to pedestrians and enhance road safety for

pedestrians and improve the overall environment for

pedestrians. To accomplish these ends, he identified three

primary initiatives:

(a) Full-time pedestrian streets whereby the streets will

be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the day except

for emergency vehicles.

(b) Part-time pedestrian streets whereby vehicular traffic

will only be permitted during certain hours of the day

mainly for deliveries.

(c) Traffic calming streets to reduce traffic flow and

speed; features will include widened footpaths to improve

pedestrian circulation, and lay-bys to regulate curb-side

activities.

In closing, Commissioner Footman said "I believe that all

of us have the will to improve the quality of life in Hong

Kong for our future generations and ourselves. We need your

support. We welcome your views and suggestions so that we

can build better pedestrian schemes as we move ahead."

Source: http://www.info.gov.hk/td/eng_commiss.html

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TRB ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM AVAILABLE

The Transportation Research Board 80th Annual Meeting

will be held in Washington, DC from January 7-11, 2001.

Here are the pedestrian and bicycle-related sessions noted

in the program:

59 Pedestrian Access to Transit

65 World Developments in Bicycling

90 Bicycle Facilities and Users Research

125 Non-Motorized Trans. Planning, Techniques and Safety

190 Keeping Pedestrians Safe

191 Pedestrian Modeling Studies

194 Bicycle Safety: Research, Methods and Design

313 Factors in Pedestrian Modal Choice

346 Crosswalks with Uncontrolled Approaches

385 Walkability Research: Audits, Indicators and LOS

402 New Guidelines for Accessible Public Rights-of-Way I

427 New Guidelines for Accessible Public Rights-of-Way II

443 Proposed Guide for Pedestrians in Response to TEA-21

The workshop program is available at

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

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EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE

According to a Nov. 8th AP story, "There's a good way to

prevent cardiac arrest during vigorous exercise, a new

study finds: Get plenty of vigorous exercise. The 12-year

study of thousands of male physicians showed that men who

exercised at least five times a week had a much lower risk

of sudden death - about sevenfold less - than those who

only exercised once a week, said Dr. Christine M. Albert, a

cardiologist and a researcher at Brigham and Women's

Hospital.

"Cardiologist Dr. Daniel Shindler called the finding by

researchers at three Boston hospitals and the Harvard and

University of Miami public health schools very important.

'If you're constantly exercising - not one of those weekend

warriors - (the study shows) you have a much better

outcome,' said Shindler, an associate professor at Robert

Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J."

Source:

http://www.examiner.com/ap_a/AP_Exercise_Sudden_Death.html

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WALKABLE RETAIL LOSES IN ATLANTA

According to a Nov. 6th article in the Atlanta

Journal-Constitution, a new 1256-unit subdivision in the

Atlanta area features sidewalks, a greenbelt, and walking

trails but is missing an important ingredient of

walkability: close proximity to retail. "Plans to

incorporate a 10,000-square-foot retail center, with a

convenience store, video rental outlet and pizza place at

the subdivision entrance were shelved during a contentious

rezoning process."

As a result, shops are a 3-mile round trip from homes and,

according to Sally Flocks, president of Pedestrians

Educating Drivers on Safety, 'That's not walking distance,'

Flock said. 'That makes it an hour trip, and not many

people will do that unless they're looking for physical

exercise.'..."

Source:

http://www.accessatlanta.com:80/partners/ajc/epaper/editions/monday/business_a36002e6f202711d00b0.html

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BUT SIDEWALKS/PEDS/BICYCLISTS WIN IN ELECTION!

In Tuesday's election, Atlanta voters gave the "thumbs

up" to four measures that will help pedestrians and

bicyclists. According to Sally Flocks of Pedestrians

Educating Drivers on Safety, "The City of Atlanta approved

four bond issues that focus on sidewalks, pedestrian safety

improvements, green space, and road and bike lane

improvements." All the bond issues passed with comfortable

margins of 75% to 25% or better.

Source: Sally Flocks, peds@mindspring.com

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MIAMI BIKE RODEO TO DRAW HUNDREDS

According to a Nov. 2nd article in the Miami Herald,

"Miami Lakes' second annual Bike Rodeo is kicking off at 10

a.m. Saturday at the parking lot of Don Shula's Hotel &

Golf Club on Main Street. The sidewalk of the hotel will be

converted into a safety course for bicyclists that will

feature marked roads, mini-homes, cars and stop signs to

show children -- and adults -- how to properly ride a bike

and safely get by obstacles on the road.

"'The main purpose of the bike rodeo is to educate children

and parents about safety awareness and to let them learn

about the laws of riding their bikes on the street,' said

Keith Lindholm, an officer with the Miami-Dade Police

Department's bicycle squad..."

Source:

http://www.herald.com:80/content/thu/news/dade/northwest/digdocs/087311.htm

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CAR-FREE BALLOT MEASURES GO DOWN IN S.F.

According to a Nov. 8th story in the San Francisco

Examiner, "Voters turned down two measures that would have

closed JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park on Saturdays, as it is

on Sundays. They rejected Proposition F, a measure placed

on the ballot by bicyclists, joggers and other recreational

groups, which would have closed the drive starting in

January. The 'no' vote on Prop. F was 54 percent, with most

of the vote counted.

"Voters also turned thumbs down to a competing measure,

Proposition G, which had the support of six members of the

Board of Supervisors, with 62 percent voting 'no.' The

measure would have delayed the closure of JFK Drive until a

voter-approved underground garage was built beneath the

Music Concourse."

Source: http://eXaminer.com/001108/1108measures.html

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SEATTLE-AREA TRAIL BATTLE PITS RICH VS. PUBLIC

According to a Nov. 6th article in the Seattle

Post-Intelligencer, "Winding 11.6 miles along the lush

lakeshore, the proposed East Lake Sammamish Trail resembles

many of the miles of converted-railroad biking and walking

trails elsewhere in King County with its meandering curves,

gentle slopes and beautiful vistas.

"Similar, except for the required armed police escort. The

threats of shotgun blasts to those who use it. The

snowdrift of litigation. The construction materials and

crews cobbling multimillion-dollar homes along its flanks.

The barbecues and homeowner flotsam in the yards it cuts

through.

"The trail is a work in progress -- or regress, depending

on who's talking. Planted squarely in the Burlington

Northern Railroad's 100-year-old right of way, the

county-owned trail runs through land coveted both by its

wealthy owners and by trail advocates who pushed for its

purchase. The ELST, as locals call it, has pitted the rich

against the public, city against county and consultant

against consultant in a battle over public land vs. private

property rights..."

Source: http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com:80/local/samm06.shtml

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TWO-THIRDS OF DRIVERS SPEED IN SCHOOL ZONES

According to a national survey recently released by the

National SAFE KIDS Campaign, "the majority of motor

vehicles in school zones exceed the speed limit. According

to the SAFE KIDS Campaign, the prevalence of speeding

around schools, where safety measures exist, suggests that

drivers are even more neglectful in residential areas.

"The results of Child Pedestrians at Risk in America: A

National Survey on Speeding in School Zones, the first

national survey of its kind, were based on an analysis of

vehicles traveling in 63 school zones in 29 cities in

September 2000. SAFE KIDS coalitions and local law

enforcement observed vehicle speeds using speed- measuring

devices during 30-minute time periods before and after

school, the busiest traffic times for children who walk to

school. A total of 16,714 vehicle speeds were captured.

"The findings revealed that the majority of drivers speed

in areas where children most frequently walk:

-65% of drivers were traveling over the speed limit;

-Nearly 25% of drivers were traveling at least 10mph above

the speed limit

-5% of drivers were traveling at least 20 mph above speed

limit.

"In addition, the Campaign found that regardless of speed

limit, many cars were traveling at speeds that could be

lethal to children:

- 33% were going 30 mph or above.

- 7% of drivers were traveling at 40 mph or above..."

The survey results are available at:

http://www.safekids.org/pedestrianreport.pdf.

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IN RACE WITH TRAFFIC, D.C. PEDESTRIANS ARE LOSING

According to a Nov. 6th article in the Washington Post,

"Each morning, Saul Murcia has two choices on how to get to

the bus stop across Georgia Avenue near Hewitt Avenue in

Wheaton. He can take the longer, safer route or opt for

short and risky. Almost always, he says, he chooses

danger--otherwise known as a mad dash across six lanes of

Georgia Avenue, at an intersection where more than 41,000

cars whiz by daily.

"Two pedestrians have been hit and killed while scurrying

across that stretch of Georgia Avenue in one month, but

dozens of people are still crossing without using the

nearby crosswalk, which requires an extra hike of a few

hundred feet. People even ran past police as they were

investigating the fatalities..."

Source:

http://washingtonpost.com:80/wp-dyn/metro/A27471-2000Nov6.html

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SUPREME COURT WARY OF AIR RULES COST ARGUMENT

According to a Nov. 7th AP story, "Supreme Court

justices voiced skepticism Tuesday about ordering the

federal government to change decades of clean-air policy

and begin considering compliance costs - not just health

benefits - in setting nationwide air quality standards.

"A lawyer for industry groups asked the justices to rule

that federal Clean Air Act requires the Environmental

Protection Agency to weigh the cost of reducing harmful

emissions against the benefits of improved air quality.

"Justice John Paul Stevens said the industry groups

appeared to be seeking a rule that the EPA must set

air-quality standards 'to protect the public health,

provided it doesn't cost too much.'..."

Source:

http://news.excite.com/news/ap/001107/16/scotus-clean-air

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BIKE LANES IN SPAIN RUN MAINLY ON THE PLAIN

According to a Nov. 6th Environmental News Network

story, "Spain is the most mountainous country in the

European Union, which can make it a rough ride for

bicyclists. The country's politics don't always help

either. In Madrid, Spain's capital, the right-wing mayor is

on record as saying bicyclists are not welcome, and they

remain a rare sight.

"But change is afoot. A national network of 80 bicycle

trails has just opened. The greenways, or vias verdes, run

mainly along old railway lines, and about 600 miles are

finished with new surfacing and signage. Another 400 miles

can be traversed by mountain bike, though perhaps not by

the faint of heart..."

For the rest of the story, go to:

http://www.enn.com:80/features/2000/11/11062000/spain_39730.asp

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STUDY FINDS DECLINE IN HIKING, BIKING, CLIMBING

According to a Nov. 7th article in the Rocky Mountain

News, "Representatives of the outdoor recreation business

got a hard lesson Monday from their next generation of

customers: Outdoor activities are losing to the indoors.

"A youth panel at the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of

America's regional meeting - held at REI's store in

downtown Denver - gave a variety of reasons that they are

not participating in outdoor recreation or buying outdoor

gear. The reasons primarily had to do with weather, cost

and competing urban activities. 'I don't like to get cold

or get my shoes dirty," said East High School student Jason

Fordham, 17. "Plus, it's too complicated and too

expensive.'...

"A preliminary study found that youth participation is

declining in 13 of 14 outdoor recreational activities. The

categories include backpacking, road bicycling, mountain

bicycling, dirt road cycling, camping, kayaking, canoeing,

hiking, rafting, rock climbing, cross-country skiing,

telemark skiing, snowshoeing and trail running. The only

area that showed a slight increase was kayaking..."

Source: http://insidedenver.com:80/business/1107out6.shtml

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NEW MELBOURNE BIKE PATH HAS CYCLISTS RIDING ON WATER

According to an Oct. 30th article in The Age, "A $4

million floating bike path on the Yarra was opened

yesterday, giving cyclists from Melbourne's eastern suburbs

an express route into town.

"Bicycle Victoria welcomed the path, calling it a

"magnificent addition" to Melbourne's bike network. But the

group blasted a decision to tear up an old path that would

have continued the north bank route to the city centre.

"The two-kilometre trail, 600 metres of which is on

pontoons to avoid flooding, runs alongside the Monash

Freeway on the north bank of the Yarra from Burnley to the

Morrell Bridge near the tennis centre..." For the rest of

the story, go to:

http://www.theage.com.au:80/news/20001030/A14930-2000Oct29.html

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"A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF INDUCED TRAVEL EFFECTS IN THE

U.S. MID-ATLANTIC REGION"

Paper by L. Fulton, R. Noland, D. Meszler, and J. Thomas;

presented at the Jan. 2000 TRB Annual Meeting. According to

the authors, "The results presented indicate a significant

relationship between the level of highway capacity, as

measured by lane miles, and the level of travel, measured

by daily VMT, in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S."

Downloadable as a 59k PDF file.

http://www.bts.gov/jts/V3N1/fulton.pdf

 

"PIERCE COUNTY NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PLAN"

"It is 2020, and the citizens of Pierce County often ride

their bikes and walk to work, school, the bus stop, park,

library, post office, store and other destinations. People

are pleased with their system of bike lanes, sidewalks,

trails and roads that allow them to travel throughout

Pierce County using non-motorized transportation.

Equestrians are even able to ride to popular trailheads and

riding areas. The non-motorized mobility is the result of

the Pierce County Non-motorized Transportation Plan adopted

in 1997..."

http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/services/transpo/nmplan.htm

 

"SPRAWL CITY: RACE POLITICS AND PLANNING IN ATLANTA"

Edited by Robert D. Bullard and Glenn S. Johnson of the

Clarke Atlanta University Environmental Justice Resource

Center, Sprawl City "uses a multi-disciplinary approach to

analyze and critique the emerging crisis resulting from

urban sprawl in the ten-county Atlanta metropolitan region.

Local experts including sociologists, lawyers, urban

planners, economists, educators, and health care

professionals consider sprawl-related concerns as core

environmental justice and civil rights issues." [from the

publisher's website, Island Press,

http://www.islandpress.org/books/bookdata/sprawlcity.html

The book is available online ($30) or from your bookstore.

 

"A NETWORK OF LIVABLE COMMUNITIES"

Subtitled "Evaluating Travel Behavior Effects of

Alternative Transportation and Community Designs for the

National Capital Region," this 1996 Environmental Defense

report about transportation futures in the Washington D.C.

area suggests "combining pragmatic pricing reforms with

transit service improvements, transit-oriented development,

the curtailing of growth in areas where people have no

travel choices but the car, and significantly improving

conditions for walking, bicycling, and local access to

public transportation." Available for download as a PDF

file.

http://www.environmentaldefense.org/pubs/Reports/Network/

 

"FACILITIES FOR NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION"

Washington State's Highway Design Manual chapter 1020,

which deals with designing bicycle, pedestrian, and

equestrian facilities. Downloadable as a PDF (1.5mb).

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/hlrd/PDF/1020.pdf

 

And now for something completely different...

"PEDALING HISTORY BICYCLE MUSEUM"

As they say, "There's more to bicycles than you think and

'Pedaling History Bicycle Museum' is here to tell you about

it!"

http://www.pedalinghistory.com/

 

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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 > EXEC. DIRECTOR OF GEORGIANS FOR GTA

Georgians for Transportation Alternatives (GTA) is seeking

an Executive Director who is a leader and a collaborator,

with fund-raising experience, an advanced degree or

equivalent experience in public administration, urban

planning, non-profit management, or related area, success

working independently and on a team, and excellent writing

and speaking skills. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2000. For the full

details, go to http://www.gatransalt.org/EDjob.html

 

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

 

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