Issue #17 Friday, April 27, 2001




Bush Budget Cuts CDC, Phys. Activity $$

"Community Character" Bill Introduced

Investing In Destination Urban Villages

NYSDOT Kicks Off Land Use/Transp. Study

Physical Activity Trends: U.S. 1990-1998

More American Children, Teens Overweight

Active Life Style Cuts Cancer Risk

CDC Study Links Air Quality, Asthma

National Employee Health, Fitness Day




E. Coast Greenway "2 Beginnings" Celebration

Perrysburg, Wants To Be "Bicyclist-Friendly"

Environment Ministers In UN Bike Ride

Footbridge Backed In Tempe, AZ

Greenways May Link 7 SE MI Counties




President George Bush's budget proposal, which he has

submitted to Congress, significantly cuts chronic disease

prevention activities at the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention, including cuts in the nutrition and

physical activity program. Prior to the 2000 election their

was strong bipartisan support for increase funding for the

public health services.


The President's budget calls for a 23 percent decrease in

funding for CDC's Chronic Disease Prevention and Health

Promotion including a 10 percent cut in the Division of

Nutrition and Physical Activity. The President suggests

decreasing CDC's overall budget by 2.6 percent -- from $4.2

billion in FY 2001 to $4.09 billion for FY 2002.

Negotiations are underway in Congress, where there remain

good support and understanding of CDC programs.


[Ed. Note: Thanks to Margo Wootan of the National Alliance

for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) for keeping us up-to-date

on this important issue. NANA is a coalition of more than

150 health-related organizations, public agency programs,

and other interests including the National Center for

Bicycling and Walking, Association of Pedestrian and

Bicycle Professionals, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin,

Bikes Belong Coalition, League of American Bicyclists,

California Bicycle Coalition, Rails to Trails Conservancy,

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Surface Transportation

Policy Project, and the Thunderhead Alliance. If your

organization is interested in joining NANA, contact the

Center for Science and the Public Interest at (202)

332-9110 x351]

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According to an April 6th release from the American

Planning Association, "On April 4, 2001, the Community

Character Act of 2001 (H.R. 1433) was introduced in the

U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Earl Blumenauer

(D-OR) and Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD). The bill would

authorize a $50 million grant program for federal

assistance to states for reform of outdated state planning

statutes and improved state and regional planning. H.R.

1433 was referred to the House Resources Committee and

House Financial Services Committee.


"H.R. 1433 would provide $50 million to states, multi-state

regional programs and tribal governments to assist in

revising land use planning legislation and developing

comprehensive plans. The bill is intended to support

efforts to promote improved quality of life, economic

development and community livability through planning

reform. Grants could be used to obtain technical assistance

and support for a state's review of growth and planning

laws. Activities such as researching and drafting state

legislation, conducting workshops, holding public forums,

promoting regional cooperation and supporting state

planning initiatives would qualify for federal assistance.

Grant guidelines call for planning that coordinates

transportation, housing and education with infrastructure

investments and conserves historic, scenic and natural



"Currently, more than half the states are still operating

under planning statutes devised in the 1920s. And, even in

those states with updated planning laws, communities are

struggling to find and implement tools to grow smarter and

in ways consistent with the values and vision of the

citizens. This legislation promotes smart growth principles

and encourages states to create or update the framework

necessary for good planning without imposing federal

mandates. H.R. 1433 would provide critically needed federal

support for planning reform but would not undermine local

control of land use decisions. This program is a small

investment that will bring substantial dividends in

improving the livability of our cities, towns and



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According to a recent news release from the National

Town Builders Association, "The NTBA announced a new

collaborative of funds that will invest upwards of $100

million in cities and towns through New Economy Town (NET)

real estate pilot projects. The goal of the venture, called

the NET Collaborative, will be to attract knowledge workers

by creating destination town centers that strategically

integrate compelling workplace, entertainment, retail and

residential environments. The collaborative will assemble

customized consortiums of NTBA members with expertise in

each of these environments and is currently seeking

assistance with identifying sites for these investments.


Today's Gen-X and Y knowledge workers want the flexibility

to work either at home, in local cafes, or at neighborhood

satellite offices, possibly all in the same day...

socializing and nightlife are a priority, and they seem to

be resisting the isolated office park lifestyles of their

baby boomer parents, says NTBA executive director Neil

Takemoto, a Gen-Xer himself.


The NET pilot projects will connect universities tightly

with the high-tech companies," says Bruno Bottarelli,

managing director of the Marquette Companies and director

of the NET Collaborative. Our goal is to create the kinds

of places that workers donít want to leave, while providing

the community amenities, activities and organizations that

support a more work-live balanced lifestyle.


"The greatest shift in history has been from a mass

production-based economy to a knowledge-based economy,"

says NET Collaborative advisor Richard Florida of Carnegie

Mellon University. Knowledge workers don't believe money is

enough. They like to mix fun with work, in close proximity

to outside activities and recreation."


Joel Kotkin, author of The New Geography agrees, "We used

to say the Internet was going to make us a placeless

society, but the irony of the new geography is that the

Internet makes place more important than ever."



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According to the April 24th issue of Mobilizing the

Region, "NY State DOT and Long Island Railroad officials

joined elected leaders from five towns and nine villages to

begin the extensive 'Sustainable East End Development

Study' last Friday. 'We are inviting our citizens,

community groups, business interests, transportation

providers and others to learn about the connections between

land use planning and our transportation networks, and to

articulate how they want the East End to look and how they

want to get around here in the next 25 years,' said Shelter

Island Supervisor Gerard Siller.


"The NY Metropolitan Transportation Council has helped

municipalities and agencies establish joint land

use/transportation studies in the Hudson Valley (see MTR

#311). The East End study is the first such effort on Long

Island. The range of municipalities involved makes it the

largest yet of NY's "sustainable development" studies. The

organization several years ago of the East End

Transportation Council, an arm of the East End Mayor's and

Supervisors Association, is permitting the unusual scale of

inter-municipal cooperation."


The study is expected to begin in late May and to take

18-24 months. For information, contact Suzanne Donovan,

East End Transportation Council at 631-477-0300, or Gerry

Bogacz at NYMTC, 212-938-3443.

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NEWS FROM THE CDC: 1st Quarter 2001


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have

released a summary report on leisure-time physical activity

during 19901998, using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor

Surveillance System (BRFSS). The analysis of the BRFSS data

indicates that leisure-time physical activity trends have

remained unchanged.


The prevalence of those who engaged in recommended levels

of activity increased slightly from 24.3% in 1990 to 25.4%

in 1998, and the prevalence of those reporting insufficient

activity increased from 45.0% in 1990 to 45.9% in 1998

(Figure 1). Those reporting no physical activity decreased

from 30.7% in 1990 to 28.7% in 1998.



[Ed. Note: While the levels of physical activity are

"stable," the tremendous increase in levels of obesity

during the same period underscore the need for a

coordinated and concentrated campaign to increase physical

activity in the U.S. (see next item).]

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The latest findings from CDC's National Health and

Nutrition Examination Survey show that more and more

children and teens are overweight, continuing the pattern

the survey documented over the past two decades when the

number of overweight children and teens nearly doubled. The

initial results for 1999 show 13 percent of children ages 6

to 11 are overweight, up from 11 percent in the previous

NHANES survey conducted from 1988 to 1994. The number of

overweight teens ages 12 to 19 increased from 11 to 14

percent in the same time period.


"Overweight children are at risk for cardiovascular

diseases, diabetes, and other serious health problems. They

are part of an epidemic of overweight and obesity that must

be addressed so that they can lead healthier lives," said

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan, Director of the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention. "This survey provides the critical

information we need on overweight, diet and physical

activity to help develop the strategies for healthier

children and families."


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According to the April 20th edition of the CDC's

Physical Activity List, "...Regular physical activity

reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer, and possibly

that of endometrial cancer and prostate cancer. Up to one

third of tumors of the colon, breast and kidney can be

attributed to overweight and insufficient physical

activity. These were the main conclusions of a panel of

international experts convened at the International Agency

for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization

(WHO) in Lyon on 13-20 February 2001. Their full review and

evaluation of the relevant scientific information will be

published later this year in Volume 6 of the IARC Handbooks

of Cancer Prevention..."


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

recently released a study showing that decreased citywide

use of automobiles in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer

Olympics led to improved air quality and a large decrease

in childhood emergency room visits and hospitalizations for

asthma. Atlanta's inner-city children on Medicaid seemed to

benefit the most from this Olympic experiment in city

transportation planning, showing a 42% decrease in

asthma-related emergency room visits. The study was

released in the February 21st edition of Journal of the

American Medical Association (JAMA).


[Ed. Note: We would like to acknowledge the work of the

Atlanta Bicycle Campaign for their tireless work to promote

bicycling as a preferred alternative during the '96 games.]


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May 16th will be the National Employee Health and

Fitness Day, according to the April 20th edition of the

CDC's Physical Activity List. [Sounds like something

cycling and walking advocates should get involved with!]


"Sponsored exclusively by the National Association for

Health & Fitness (NAHF), NEHF is an excellent activity for

companies of all sizes, whether just starting a worksite

wellness program or enhancing an existing program. Launched

nationally in 1989, NEHF encourages employees to become

more active and healthy through fun, non-competitive

activities. To get started, request the NEHF Event Planning

Kit. The kit includes year-round activity suggestions so

your company can celebrate NEHF 365 days a year. NAHF also

has a resource and product guide that contains incentives

and programs to fit every health promotion budget.


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According to an April 20th news release from the East

Coast Greenway Alliance, "The Calais Waterfront Walkway and

the Key West Overseas Heritage Trail will be officially

designated as part of the East Coast Greenway on June 2nd,

National Trails Day. This northern beginning segment of the

East Coast Greenway or 'Gateway' in Maine will be

simultaneously designated along with the southern 'Gateway'

in Florida via a live video link. The event will symbolize

the connection between Calais and Key West provided by the

East Coast Greenway, the 2,600 mile multi-use trail for

bicyclists, equestrians, walkers and the physically

challenged that will stretch along the Eastern Seaboard of

the United States. The Mayors will host other symbolic

"links" between the two Gateway cities provided by this

long-distance trail. Themes demonstrating the similarities

and the diversity of Maine & Florida will be highlighted -

tourism, fishing, cuisine (e.g. Blueberry & Key Lime pie).


NATIONAL TRAILS DAY is a nationally celebrated day of

locally planned and organized events to raise awareness of

America's trails. It is coordinated by the American Hiking

Society to raise public awareness about our trail and to

promote partnerships among trail groups, businesses, public

land managers and government officials...."


For more information, contact Karen Votava at

kvotava935@aol.com  (401) 789-1706 or Tony Barrett at

kelbar@loa.com  (207) 833-0939 or visit the following




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According to an April 26th article in the Toledo (OH)

Blade, "As Perrysburg continues to grow it should be

thinking more about bike and pedestrian safety, Councilman

Walter Hales says. 'We're getting strangled by our own

roads,' he said.

Now, he's asking city council to apply to the League of

American Bicyclists for national status as a

Bicyclist-Friendly Community - a program that began in 1995

and has designated 52 such communities, including Bowling



"The designation not only would promote Perrysburg, it also

would remind - though not necessarily require - government

officials and future developers to keep non-motorized

transportation as safe as possible as they lay out

neighborhoods and commercial developments, Mr. Hales said.

'It's a matter of getting the city officially on board,'

Mr. Hales said. 'There's no radical changes, but in the

future, we might advocate subtle changes in zoning to make

things more biker and pedestrian friendly.'




Search (30 days):


Title: Perrysburg seeks to join bike program

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According to an April 20th Reuters story, "Environment

ministers from six nations took a quick bicycle ride around

the United Nations compound Thursday to tout the energy

savings that would result if more people used bikes instead

of cars. Joined by some 20 U.N. staffers and bicycle

activists, the environmental leaders rode shiny red

bicycles a total of about 80 yards down a paved, tree-lined

path to a small stage where several gave brief speeches to

a small group of reporters.


"The ministers were in New York for a two-week session of

the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, discussing

how energy and transport policy could contribute to

environmental protection. 'I see only positive things in

promoting cycling,' Finnish Environment Minister Satu Hassi

told reporters. Ministers from Belgium, the Czech Republic,

Finland, Norway, South Africa and Sweden participated in

the event."




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According to an April 26th story in the Arizona

Republic, "A long-fought plan to build a pedestrian bridge

over U.S. 60 at Country Club Way is getting the backing of

Tempe's transportation staff as the City Council takes up

the issue tonight. Residents remain sharply divided over

whether it would benefit or harm the area.


"Some residents argue that the bridge would provide a

much-needed link for schoolchildren and other pedestrians,

cyclists and people with disabilities... Others residents

fear it would bring added traffic, crime and noise into

their neighborhoods, and would be an unsafe pathway. They

have fought the idea for years.


"The state Department of Transportation and city will share

the estimated $2_million cost of the bridge, approaches and

path amenities..."


Source: http://www.azcentral.com:80/news/0426bridge26.html

Search: http://www.azcentral.com/archive/

Title: "Footbridge is backed in Tempe"

Author: Susie Steckner

Cost: $2

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According to an April 19th story in the Detroit News,

"Livingston County communities are trying to become more

attractive to walkers and bicyclists. And ultimately, by

expanding their trails, places such as Howell, Brighton and

Hamburg Township want to connect to a wider network that

could connect all seven counties in southeastern Michigan.


"The Greenways Initiative is a program involving community

planners, business leaders, environmentalists and nature

enthusiasts, who attended workshops last week. There, they

learned about the plan to link Livingston, Oakland, Macomb,

St. Clair, Washtenaw, Wayne and Monroe counties with a

system of natural corridors...


"Developing a system of trails is crucial in Hamburg

Township, where most people live in disconnected

subdivisions and have to take a car wherever they go, said

township businessman Ralph Neri, a volunteer with Friends

of Hamburg Greenways. 'Our primary objective is for the

trails to provide an alternative to getting around,' he

said. 'The only way around now is by automobile. Riding a

bike is dangerous, and out of the question for

children.'...Neri said his group's vision is to develop

arteries to and from the Lakeland Trails, which run along

the path of the old Grand Trunk railway."




Search: http://detnews.com:80/search/index.htm

Title: "Bike path network envisioned"

Author: Karen Bouffard

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In an article in "The Physician and Sportsmedicine" (Vol

29, #2 February, 2001), Rich Killingsworth, Physical

Activity Interventionist at the CDC, recently said "...for

the US population, in which 29% of adults are sedentary and

more than 50% are overweight (4), becoming moderately

active can provide a meaningful health benefit.

Inactivity's negative effects have generated interest in

collaboration between public health, city planning, and

transportation organizations..."




"The first comprehensive Internet tool for Transportation

Demand Management planning is now available free at the

Victoria Transport Policy Institute website. The VTPI

Online TDM Encyclopedia is a unique new resource that

provides comprehensive information about Transportation

Demand Management (TDM). It is available free at the

Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI)."

http://www.vtpi.org .




In a January 2000 study, Richard Florida of Carnegie-Melon

University focused on the kinds of amenities that attract

technology workers. One finding: "A major concern...is the

accessibility of amenities. Participants expressed a strong

preference for regions where amenities and activities are

easy to get to and available on 'just-in-time' basis, with

easy access on foot, bicycle, or via public

transportation. Many of the younger knowledge workers did

not have cars and wanted to locate in regions where they

did not need a car..."





A webpage devoted to funding ideas from the Chicago Area

Transportation Study (CATS). While the ideas relate to

Illinois and Chicago, many would be useful elsewhere.

"Sometimes planning efforts are constrained by concern

about_ limited implementation resources--why do a grand

plan when there is no money to turn it into a reality?_

However, projects that are part of comprehensive plans

often have a competitive edge over stand-alone projects.

Also, there are many different ways to combine funding and

other resources."





Section F of the New York Lt. Gov's "Quality Communities"

report says, in part, "Infrastructure decisions have a

profound and lasting impact on our communities. In fact,

the impetus for many Quality Communities Principles has

been the automobile-induced sprawl characterizing our inner

and outer ring suburbs." Nice photos, too.





May 13-19, 2001, Bike to Work Week. Info: League of

American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 401,

Washington, DC 20006-2082, voice: (202) 822-1333, fax:

(202) 822-1334, email: bikeleague@bikeleague.org

website: http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/bikemonth.htm


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:


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


September 13-16, 2001, Rail~Volution: Envisioning the New

Frontier, San Francisco, CA. Info: (503) 823-6870.

website: http://www.railvolution.com/ataglance.htm


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 21-22, 2001, New Zealand Cycling Conference 2001,

Chateau on the Park, Christchurch. Call for Papers out now.

Info: NZ Cycling Conference, PO Box 237, Christchurch, NZ,

voice: 03 371 1472, fax: 03 371 1864. email:



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


October 4-6, 2001, Innovative Approaches to Understanding

and Influencing Physical Activity, Dallas, TX. Info: The

Cooper Institute, Dallas, TX.

website: http://www.cooperinst.org/conf2001.asp





The Thunderhead Alliance is a growing coalition state and

local organizations advocating for bicycle-friendly

communities. Our mission is to increase bicycling in the

United States by securing more funding for bicycle projects

and programs and improving policy to facilitate bicycling.

With the help of the Board of Directors, the Executive

Director will play the key role in crafting, funding and

carrying out the strategic plan. Fundraising, fiscal and

contract management, and grassroots advocacy experience are

critical skills. The successful candidate will understand

Washington DC culture and will be an opportunistic

fundraiser. Salary $32,000 - $40,000 with benefit stipend,

DOE. For more information, contact Board Member Chris

Morfas at (916) 446-7558 or chris.morfas@calbike.org




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