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Issue #10 Friday, January 19, 2001

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New Report On Accessible Public R-O-W

Campaign Targets N'hood Speeding

Cycling On UK Canal Towpaths

 

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Atlanta Finding Way To Bridge The Divide

Seattle Pols, Cyclists Battle Over I-90

Paul Newman Donates For CT Bridge

LA Cyclists To MTA: Fund Bike Projects

Menomonee Falls Won't Shovel Path

Quebec Tests Right-Turn-On-Red

Trails Could Link Susquehanna Sites

Fostering Good Will: Cyclists, Drivers

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NEW REPORT ON ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY

According to an article on the U.S. Access Board's

website, "On January 10, 2001, the Access Board's Public

Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee presented its

recommendations on accessible public rights-of-way at the

annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

 

"The recommendations are provided in the form of a report,

'Building a True Community,' which the Board will use in

developing accessibility guidelines specific to public

rights-of-way under the Americans with Disabilities Act

(ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The

committee's 33 members (and 14 alternates) included

representatives from disability organizations, public works

departments, transportation and traffic engineering groups,

design professionals and civil engineers, government

agencies, and standards-setting bodies..."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://www.access-board.gov/news/prowaac.htm

 

For the report:

http://www.access-board.gov/prowac/commrept/index.htm

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CAMPAIGN TARGETS SPEEDING IN NEIGHBORHOODS

What do Dave Schurr of Bolingbrook, IL, John Amberson of

Oceanside, CA, Daniel Cole, of Toledo OH, Steve Cooper of

Tucson, AZ, Ray Gulaskey of Andover, KS, Jennifer Treanor

of St. Francis, MN, Gary Greer of Phoenix, AZ,Webb Aldrich

of Golden, CO, and Mike Smeltzer of Columbus, OH, have in

common? They're all working on "Keep Kids Alive: Drive 25R"

projects in their own communities.

 

What is KEEP KIDS ALIVE DRIVE 25? It's a safety campaign

designed to encourage motorists to observe the residential

speed limit. In most towns and cities across the U.S., the

residential limit is 25 mph. Hence, the slogan, "Keep Kids

Alive Drive 25." To learn more about the program, visit

the "KKAD25" website at http://www.keepkidsalive.com/

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CYCLING ON UK CANAL TOWPATHS

"British Waterways cares for over 2000 miles of canals

and rivers around the country and there are over 1500 miles

of towpaths beside them. British Waterways support and wish

to encourage cycling where it is safe and sustainable to do

so.

 

"The surfaces of the towpaths vary considerably around the

country, from asphalt and tarmac to grass or stony ground

and each waterway can have a combination of these surfaces.

Our local waterway offices can provide details of the

surfaces you will encounter cycling in their area.

 

"If you would like to know where you can cycle you should

refer to the network maps on the British waterways website.

Cycle approved routes are marked in green. Alternatively

you could contact one of the local British Waterways

offices..."

Source: http://utc.nottscc.gov.uk/cycnews.htm

Here's a link to British Waterways' Cycling Page:

http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/default.asp?A2inter

And their informative Cycling Guidelines:

http://www.britishwaterways.co.uk/default.asp?A2_1

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ATLANTA FINDING WAY TO BRIDGE THE DIVIDE

According to a Jan. 15th story in the Atlanta

Journal-Constitution, "Atlanta was cut in half when a

six-lane limited-access expressway split the west side from

the east side between 1947 and 1951.

 

"That was when the first leg of the Downtown Connector was

built --- from Brookwood Station south through Midtown. It

divided residential neighborhoods stretching from Georgia

Tech to Peachtree Street. Many of the city's numbered

streets ended in a dead end on both sides of the highway.

 

"Fifty years later, the expressway has multiplied in lanes,

widening the distance between what used to be a seamless

Atlanta. The homes along the corridor that predated the

expressway were torn down --- only to be replaced in most

cases by surface parking lots. But now Atlanta has an

opportunity to try to restitch the tear that tore the city

apart, not only in Midtown but throughout the central

city..."

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SEATTLE POLS, CYCLISTS BATTLE OVER I-90 WIDENING

According to a Jan. 17th Seattle Times story, "Faced

with the prospect of a contentious debate and a split vote,

the Metropolitan King County Council yesterday backed away

from endorsing the addition of two carpool lanes to

Interstate 90 between Bellevue and Seattle.

 

"Instead, the council unanimously approved a compromise

that calls for continued study of that plan and a rival

proposal. The second plan would convert the freeway's

two-lane, reversible center roadway into two opposing lanes

for all-day bus and carpool use.

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"Councilman Chris Vance, R-Kent and other suburban

Republicans on the County Council had introduced a motion

endorsing a plan to expand the freeway to 10 lanes, adding

a carpool lane in each direction to the westbound and

eastbound outer roadways by reducing the widths of the

existing three lanes and the shoulders. Bellevue and Mercer

Island already have embraced that proposal.

 

"But Seattle Democrats on the council objected, echoing

concerns raised by the Federal Highway Administration,

Cascade Bicycle Club and 1,000 Friends of Washington, among

others. They said the 10-lane plan would mean more

accidents and might narrow I-90's bicycle/pedestrian lane.

They also said there was no need to identify a preferred

alternative before environmental studies were done...."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com:80/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=hov17m&date=20010117

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PAUL NEWMAN DONATES TO BUILD CT BRIDGE

According to a Jan. 14th AP story from Danbury CT,

"Actor Paul Newman donated $10,000 to build a pedestrian

bridge that will help complete a 2.2-mile walking trail

along the revitalized Still River. 'We are ecstatic that

Paul Newman has chosen to support this environmental

initiative,' Mayor Gene Eriquez said Friday.

 

"For years, the river was polluted by the hat factories

that once filled Danbury. Six years after the

revitalization project began, there are trout and

smallmouth bass in the river and a walking trail dotted

with environmental education markers. ...."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://news.excite.com:80/news/ap/010114/18/ent-paul-newman

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LA CYCLISTS TO MTA: FUND BIKE PROJECTS

According to a Jan. 18th story in the Los Angeles Times,

"A coalition of about 1,000 bicyclists Wednesday called on

the MTA to dramatically increase funding for bike projects

and give bicycling a higher priority in long-range

transportation planning for the region.

 

"Members of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition made

the recommendations in an attempt to ensure that MTA

officials do not overlook cycling as they map out the

county's transportation future. 'Los Angeles County has a

severely undeveloped network of safe and enjoyable places

to bicycle,' said Ron Milam, the coalition's executive

director. 'Bike projects are planned in L.A. County, but

MTA is not allocating enough.'..."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://www.latimes.com:80/news/state/20010118/t000005019.html

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MENOMONEE FALLS WON'T SHOVEL PATH

According to a Jan. 17th story in the Milwaukee Journal

Sentinal, "Menomonee Falls officials plan to look at what

it will take to keep the recreational path along Pilgrim

Road clear of snow, but neighbors are not optimistic.

Trustee Jeffrey Steliga, chairman of the village's

Transportation Committee, said the village will look at

'doing more, but we don't have the manpower or budget now.

I sympathize with them, but we're trying to keep our

spending down,' Steliga said about the neighbors' requests

to have snow cleared.

 

"The committee met Monday to hear neighbors' concerns about

the mounds of snow that piled up on the trail in December.

Residents who want to use the recreational path were forced

to travel on busy Pilgrim Road. 'I didn't go into the

meeting wearing rose-colored glasses,' said David A.

Seebach, a resident who asked the village to plow the

10-foot-wide asphalt trail. 'I certainly went in there

knowing that this, at best, was an extreme longshot.'

Seebach said he knows that clearing snow from the

'sidewalk,' as he refers to it, costs time and money. While

the village chooses to call it a recreational trail, it

follows Pilgrim Road just like a sidewalk, Seebach said..."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://www.jsonline.com:80/news/wauk/jan01/falls18011701a.asp

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QUEBEC TESTS RIGHT-TURN-ON-RED

According to a Jan. 15th story in the Ottawa Citizen,

"Beginning today, Quebec drivers will finally be able to

turn a droite on a red light. It marks the beginning of a

year-long pilot experiment in 26 Quebec municipalities,

including those in the Outaouais, that will relax Quebec's

traffic laws for cars turning right when the light says

stop. In Western Quebec, police aren't particularly worried

that there will be any big problems. 'There will be no

special operation or anything,' says Sgt. Gaetan Farrazin,

of the Hull police. 'We'll just watch what will happen.'

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"But the move also comes as pedestrians and cyclists in

other parts of Canada have called on their provinces to

follow Quebec's lead in prohibiting motorists from turning

right on a red light, as a way to prevent accidents.

Because of this, the pilot project was opposed by Montreal

and Quebec City, as well as lobby groups for the disabled,

Montreal police and the provincial police chiefs'

association..."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com:80/national/010115/5100667.html

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TRAILS COULD LINK SUSQUEHANNA SITES

According to a Jan. 15th story in the Binghampton (NY)

Press, "You'll find the scenery in the greater Montrose,

Pa., area much improved if you leave the car behind.

 

"At least that's the philosophy of a coalition of

environmentalists, outdoor enthusiasts and historic

preservationists who are gauging public support for a

project to create pedestrian and cycling trails connecting

the area's natural and historic landmarks...."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://www.binghamtonpress.com:80/binghamtonnews/local/Monews6.html

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FOSTERING GOOD WILL AMONG CYCLISTS, DRIVERS

According to a Jan. 18th story in the San Jose Mercury

News, "If you didn't have to deal with rolling blackouts,

Wednesday's blue skies and mild temperatures provided a

brilliant, absolutely perfect day to tune out and take a

bike ride. Or to host a photo op by the Golden Gate Bridge

and the Marin Headlands.

 

"The occasion was to show off a new poster in a barely

year-old 'Share the Road' campaign in Marin County that is

trying to get cyclists and motorists to occupy the same

roadways in harmony. Two-time Tour de France winner and

Olympic team cyclist Lance Armstrong agreed to pose for the

poster that will go up around Marin County..."

 

For the rest of the story:

http://www0.mercurycenter.com:80/premium/local/docs/chungbike18.htm

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"MANAGING SPEEDS OF TRAFFIC ON EUROPEAN ROADS"

"The aim of the project MASTER [acronym for above title] is

to produce information that can be used in the preparation

of national and EU decisions concerning speed management

and speed control equipment standards. It is expected that

by adequate speed management traffic safety can be improved

without excessively degrading mobility and the overall

effectiveness of road traffic can be improved. The project

MASTER seeks for answers to three key questions: (1) What

are the acceptable ranges of speeds?(2.) What are the key

factors influencing drivers' choice of speed? and (3.) What

are the best management tools and strategies?..." (1.6mb

pdf)

http://www.vtt.fi/yki/yki6/master/master_finalreport.pdf

 

"THE EFFECTS OF ROAD DESIGN ON SPEED BEHAVIOUR: A

LITERATURE REVIEW"

A sub-task report of the MASTER project, "...this

literature review contains an overview of the efficacy of

various speed reducing measures. Measures that affect

driving speed directly are discussed, but special attention

is paid to factors that affect driving speed indirectly,

i.e. by influencing the willingness to show the appropriate

speed behaviour. Advantages and disadvantages of various

measures are discussed..."

http://www.vtt.fi/yki/yki6/master/rep231.pdf

 

"GREATER NOTTINGHAM CYCLING GUIDE 2000"

A full-color cycling map of the bicycle facilities in the

Greater Nottingham area. Available for download as a pdf

file.

http://utc.nottscc.gov.uk/cycle.pdf

 

"NEW DEAL FOR TRANSPORT: WALKING AND CYCLING STRATEGY"

Nottingham's plan for encouraging walking and bicycling

http://utc.nottscc.gov.uk/walkweb.htm

 

"CHILDREN: A CRITICAL LINK FOR CHANGING DRIVING

BEHAVIOUR"

"...parents are deeply concerned when they learn about the

impacts of cars on children. However, few are aware of the

extensive nature of these impacts. While public outreach

strategies have focused on convincing people to reduce the

number of kilometres they drive, become more physically

active, and run more fuel efficient cars, the role of

children has often been overlooked..."

http://www.sustreport.org/news/driving_behaviour.html

 

"THINK GLOBALLY, WALK LOCALLY: THE FUTURE OF WALKING"

Ellen Vanderslice's paper on the U.S. pedestrian advocacy

scene, presented at the February 2000 Walk21 conference

held in London.

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/geography/cast/walk21/

 

For more on the Walk21 Conference, in general, (and for

other downloadable papers) go to:

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/geography/cast/walk21/frames.html

 

"WALKING AND HEALTH: PRACTICAL STEPS"

Forty-two page proceedings of Britain's Third Annual

Walking Conference. The Conference was held in July, 2000,

at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent. (116k pdf)

http://www.staffs.ac.uk/geography/cast/walkandhealth/pdf/proceedings.pdf

 

...Speaking of health, here are two new Active Community

Environments (ACEs) working papers from the Centers for

Disease Control designed to promote understanding of how

the natural, built, and social environment influences

physical activity:

 

"HOW LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS IMPACT PUBLIC

HEALTH"

This new paper from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is

a synthesis of the literature on the relationship between

physical activity and community design. (6,350k pdf)

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/pdf/aces-workingpaper1.pdf

 

"HOW LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS IMPACT PUBLIC

HEALTH: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY"

(635k pdf)

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/pdf/aces-workingpaper2.pdf

 

"WALKING - MAKING IT HAPPEN"

Three parts: the first two may be downloaded but to get the

third part, follow ordering instructions on the website.

"1. Executive summary outlining issues and opportunities

connected with walking and gives a flavour of the

innovative solutions being used around the world...2. 'Why

Walking?' is a deeper analysis of current transport,

health, community and regeneration, leisure and tourism and

environmental issues in respect of walking and how walking

can help. 3. 'Making It Happen' is a one-stop shop of good

practice guidance for the practitioner with case studies

and references."

http://www.londonwalking.com/lwf/wmih.html

 

And now for something completely different...

 

"VISIONS FROM THE UNDERWORLD"

"A photographic journey into the hidden, derelict, and

abandoned drains, reservoirs, bridges, and industrial sites

of Sydney, Australia."

http://www.orchy.com/underworld/index.html

 

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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 4-8, 2001: 29th International Conference on

Making Cities Livable, Savannah, Georgia. Info:

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard Ph.D.(Arch.), IMCL

Conferences, P.O. Box 7586, Carmel, CA 93921,

voice: (831) 626-9080, fax: (831) 624-5126

website: http://www.livablecities.org/savannah2.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

 

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

 

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

 

August 3-5, 2001, Bikefest 2001 - LAB's National Rally,

Altoona, PA. Info: League of American Bicyclists, voice:

(202) 822-1333, email: bikeleague@bikeleague.org

website: http://www.bikeleague.org/rallies/rallies.html

 

August 16-18, 2001, First National Congress of Pedestrian

Advocates, Oakland, CA. Info: AmericaWalks, email:

info@americawalks.org

website: http://americawalks.org/news/congress/

 

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/

 

September 26-29, 2001, TrailLink 2001: the 3rd International

Trails and Greenways Conference, St. Louis, MO. Info: Rails-

to-Trails Conservancy, voice: (202) 974-5152,

email: rtcconf@transact.org

website: http://www.railtrails.org

 

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JOB > BIKE/PED PLANNERS

Alta Transportation Consulting has immediate openings in

their San Rafael (San Francisco Bay Area) and Seattle

offices. The ideal candidate will have project

management experience,knowledge of bikeway, trail

and pedestrian planning/design, be well organized, be

able to work under schedules and budgets, work well with

public agencies and the public, be a good writer, and be

proficient in basic computer programs (Word, Excel).

Degree and experience in transportation planning,

traffic/civil engineering, environmental analysis, urban

design, landscape architecture, or other related fields.

For more information, visit their website at

http://www.altaplanning.com or email Michael Jones

at mgjones@pacbell.net (San Rafael) or Phil Miller

at alta.seattle@gte.net  (Seattle).

 

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://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tcsp/

 

RFP > BIKE SAFETY CURRICULUM/BOOKLET

The Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley and the School

District of Philadelphia are seeking bicycle

professional(s) to work with local staff to write and

prepare a bike safety curriculum and develop a bike safety

and encouragement booklet for middle and high school

students. Both curriculum and booklet should be directed to

children living in a dense, urban environment. For more

information, contact Sue McNamara, Bicycle Coalition of

the Delaware Valley, 252 S.11th Street, Philadelphia, PA

19107, Fax 215-829-4188, e-mail:sue@bcdv.org

 

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