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Issue #18 Friday, May 11, 2001

 

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National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety Released

Tell Us Your Road Hog Crash Stories

Plan to Ease Grand Teton Park Traffic

LAB's "Best Of Bike Month" Awards Contest

Austin Bike/Ped Bridge Nears Completion

 

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Toronto Launches Bike Share Program

Denver Post Slams Bush Admin. Energy Policy

Honolulu Celebrates Bike to Work Week

Milwaukee Cyclists Stick It To Oil Companies

Bike to Work Day in SF Bay Area

New Atlanta Bike Map Online

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NATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR ADVANCING BICYCLE SAFETY

RELEASED

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (part of

the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the

Federal Highway Administration released an advance

version of the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle

Safety last Friday, as a part of the Bike to Work Day

celebration in Washington, DC.

 

The National Strategies document outlines specific actions

to improve bicycle safety in five major areas: 1) sharing the

road with motorists; 2) enhancing bicycle safety education;

3) increasing bicycle helmet use; 4) enhancing the role of

the legal system in promoting bicycle safety, and 5)

using bicycle facilities and community planning for bicycle

safety.

 

The strategies were the focus of a national conference of

safety experts and advocates, bicycling enthusiasts, and

government agency representatives held in Washington,

DC in July of 2000. The conference, sponsored by the

NHTSA, CDC, FHWA, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle

Information Center, focused on developing consensus an

actionable agenda for bicycling safety.

 

“The conference was the most diverse gathering of

expertise and interests that I have ever seen brought to

bear on bicycle safety issues,” says Peter Moe, Senior

Planner with the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

“The National Strategies reflect the desire of participants,

despite their different viewpoints, to reach consensus and

to work together toward common goals for bicycle safety.”

 

A final print version is expected from NHTSA soon (keep your

eye on CenterLines for news). CL will report on each of the five strategies

in sequence—beginning with “Share the Road” in the

next edition (also see below). To view the advance version of the document,

and to learn more about how it was developed, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/bike/

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TELL US YOUR ROAD HOG CRASH STORIES

The National Center for Bicycling and Walking is

currently compiling cases of motorists and bicyclists who

have been injured by a driver not sharing the road. We are

trying to gather data to assess the severity of the problem

and to explore possible trends in these incidents. Examples

of not sharing the road include "unintentional" acts by

motorists, such as turning into your path, as well as

"intentional" acts such as purposefully hitting running

into you or trying to push you off the road. All

information will be treated confidentially."

 

If you have experienced such a case yourself, please share

the details. The NCBW has created a handy on-line form to

submit your information. Fill out the form at:

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

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PLAN TO EASE GRAND TETON PARK TRAFFIC

According to an article in the May-June issue of the

National Parks Conservation Association magazine, "Visitors

to Grand Teton National Park may soon have more diverse

transit options if elements of a new study are followed and

funded.

 

"In January, the Park Service issued a final draft of a

transportation study that recommends ways to move away from

automobile-based travel and increase opportunities for mass

transit, bicycling, and walking. The study was drafted with

help from 35 appointed members of local and national

interest groups, including Tony Jewett, NPCA's Northern

Rockies regional director. 'The study is visionary and

far-reaching,' said Jewett. 'It is strong and ambitious in

its recommendations to move away from automobiles and into

mass transit and muscle-powered alternatives,' such as

biking and walking.

 

"Some suggestions for promoting bicycling in the park

include paving shoulders of existing roads to create bike

lanes, designing pathways separate from roads, and

improving signs and parking for bicycles. For pedestrians,

the plan proposes sharing bicycle pathways, using more

signs to clearly define walking trails, and improving

facilities in major activity centers. 'The lack of

provision for walking in [major activity centers] results

in a significant amount of driving for short trips that

most people would be willing to make by foot,' the study

states..."

Source:

http://www.npca.org:80/magazine/may_june/news6.asp

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LAB'S "BEST OF BIKE MONTH" AWARDS CONTEST

Also, according to the BikeLeague News, "The League

of American Bicyclists announces the first 'Best of Bike

Month' awards competition. The goal is to recognize

outstanding efforts to promote bicycling at the local

level, to compile a list of best practices in bike month

celebrations, and to get a picture of the extent of

National Bike Month celebrations.

 

"All reporting forms on Bike Month festivities returned by

June 15, 2001 will be entered into a national database

providing a comprehensive picture of Bike Month activities

across the nation. Winning communities will receive an

all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC in late July for

the 'Best of Bike Month' awards ceremony and dinner.

Winners will also have their event showcased in the

League's magazine and BikeLeague News. Winning

communities will be selected based on the success and

creativity of their events, with particular attention given

to events that attract significant numbers of new riders."

 

For a printable version of the reporting form or for any

questions on Bike Month, please go to

http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/bikemonth.htm , or write

anthony@bikeleague.org or call (202) 822-1333.

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AUSTIN TX LAMAR BIKE/PED BRIDGE NEARS COMPLETION

Everyone loves construction photos and no doubt the

folks in Austin, Texas, are aware of this popular

obsession. After all, while they have a very nice web page

with text describing their new Lamar Bicycle/Pedestrian

Bridge (Grand Opening scheduled for June 16th), the real

heart of the project's website is the PHOTOS!

 

For those who can't do without text: "The City of Austin is

building a new Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge over Town Lake. At

the south end, the bridge will connect to the intersection

of Lamar Boulevard and Riverside Drive as well as the hike

and bike trail. The entire bridge will be accessible to

people in wheelchairs. The bridge is designed to provide

four lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross Town

Lake. It has observation decks on both the east and west

sides, and there are planters and benches available. On the

north end, the bridge will have an accessible ramp

structure to reach the shore and allow users to connect to

the hike and bike trail and Cesar Chavez Street. There will

be new sidewalks connecting the users back to Lamar

Boulevard from Cesar Chavez Street. These sidewalks will

also be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible..."

 

And more info can be found at:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/downtown/0799/lamarb0799.htm

and:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/news/lpbb_default.htm

Now, on to the exciting stuff. Visit these two sites to see

the PICTURES!

Photos:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/news/lpbb_new_photos.htm

Still more photos:

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/news/photos_page.htm

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TORONTO LAUNCHES BIKE SHARE PROGRAM

According to a May 8th Reuters story, "Canada's largest

and most congested city, beset by air pollution and

increased traffic, launched a bike sharing program Monday

it hopes will prompt commuters to leave their cars at home

and rediscover the benefits of cycling. The BikeShare pilot

program, inspired by initiatives in Amsterdam, Copenhagen

and Portland, Oregon, aims at reducing vehicle emissions by

encouraging Torontonians to pick up a bicycle at one of

six locations available next to subway stations or commuter

parking lots and return it the next day.

 

"'They are very straightforward bicycles, with one gear,

but Toronto is very flat,' said Toronto councilor Jack

Layton, himself an avid, year-round cyclist. 'We want to

make them unattractive to the thieves because Toronto is

the bicycle theft capital of the world - we have 11,000

bicycle stolen each year here - but we are not going to

panic about that,' he said.

 

"For an annual C$25 ($16) fee, riders can pick out one of

150 used yellow bicycles equipped with a lock, a basket, a

bell and reflectors, and cycle throughout Toronto or along

Lake Ontario on the city's 200 km (125 miles) of bike

lanes. Layton hopes to have 1,000 bikes and 1,000 km (625

miles) of bike paths before 2004 in response to the growing

popularity two-wheeled transportation. Plans also call for

the expansion of the number of pick-up and drop-off

depots..."

 

Source:

http://www.enn.com:80/news/wire-stories/2001/05/05082001/reu_bike_43446.asp

Search: http://www.enn.com:80/search/search-r.asp

Title: "Toronto launches bike share program "

Author: Julie Remy

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DENVER POST SLAMS BUSH ADMIN. ENERGY POLICY

In a May 6th editorial, the Denver Post took the Bush

Administration to task for their "supply side-only"

approach to energy policy, saying "Conservation is far more

than a 'personal virtue,' as [Vice President] Cheney

condescendingly described it. It is a national necessity.

 

"Most disturbing, the Bush team is crafting its new policy

behind closed doors. Democratic U.S. Reps. John Dingell of

Michigan and Henry Waxman of California want federal

Comptroller General David Walker to investigate whether

private interests (including campaign contributors) are

influencing Cheney's Energy Task Force, which has been

meeting in secret. That secrecy leaves the Bush team wide

open to criticism.

 

"Two oil guys, Bush and Cheney, are calling for more oil

drilling, while a former lobbyist for the big car makers,

Andy Card, is now chief-of-staff in a White House that

disdains conservation..."

Source:

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,73~29632,00.html

Search: http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1002,25,00.html

Title: "Energy policy incomplete"

Cost: $1.95

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HONOLULU CELEBRATES BIKE TO WORK WEEK

According to a May 7th article in the Honolulu

Star-Bulletin, "Organizers of next week's Bike To Work Week

concede the event is unlikely to attract a turnout of Tour

de France proportions in Honolulu. But even if the city's

roadways are not covered in a sea of spandex, the idea is

to encourage commuters of all ages to give bicycling to

work a try and to reward those who already do.

 

"Companies are also encouraged to recognize those employees

who choose to bike to work, said Georgette Yaindl of the

Hawaii Bicycling League. 'What we've focused on this year

is getting some recognition for employees who already bike

to work,' she said. Organizers of the event will be

contacting Hawaii employers to ask them to recognize in

some way those employees who are already biking to work,

she said.

 

"One of those companies who has already agreed to pay

tribute to employees who bike is Big City Diner in Kaimuki.

The restaurant's bike-riding employees will receive lei and

a free lunch, said the diner's owner, Lane Muraoka. Muraoka

says he will also change the marquee above the restaurant

to remind people about the event. 'It will help to create

more awareness (about bicycling) and it just makes sense,'

Muraoka said..."

 

Source:

http://starbulletin.com:80/2001/05/07/business/story2.html

Search:

http://starbulletin.com/search.html

Title: Event promotes bike commuting

Author: Lyn Danninger

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MILWAUKEE CYCLISTS STICK IT TO OIL COMPANIES

According to a May 9th story in the Milwaukee

Journal-Sentinel, "With gas prices spiking again, 'people

are beginning to realize that biking is not only good

exercise but that it saves money,' Jeanne Hoffman,

executive director of the Bike Federation of Wisconsin,

said Wednesday. Even the concrete-minded state Department

of Transportation, which is two years into a 20-year

program of bike-path building, likes bikes, said Ken

Leonard, DOT's director of planning in the bureau of

infrastructure management. Biking is clearly a 'relatively

small' part of the overall transportation picture, Leonard

said. 'But every little bit helps,' he said.

 

"The Rev. Mark McDonough is doing his part by commuting by

bike from his Shorewood home to his downtown Milwaukee

church. He started the practice last summer when gas prices

also spiked - although McDonough's motivation was not

primarily economic. 'It was more my Presbyterian

background, which is strongly supportive of the

environment,' said McDonough, 45, who previously served at

a Detroit church. 'It's a lot easier to get around

Milwaukee on a bike than Detroit,' he said. McDonough also

favors walking to his favorite Shorewood stores whenever

possible.

 

"The Milwaukee office of the Bike Federation of Wisconsin

will sponsor a bike-to-work week in this area June 4-8,

said Andrea Broaddus, the office director. 'Gas prices

create an incentive to bike, but unless people feel safe

while biking and a have a place to put their bikes at work

and to shower when they get there, it's a deterrent,'

Broaddus said. Employers can do more to provide those

amenities, she said..."

 

Source:

http://www.jsonline.com:80/news/metro/may01/bike10050901a.asp

Search: http://www.jsonline.com/general/search.asp

Title: "Cyclists to oil giants: You can't fuel me!"

Author: Kenneth R. Lamke

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BIKE TO WORK DAY IN SF BAY AREA

According to L.A. Chung's May 8th column in the San Jose

Mercury News, "OK, OK. I'll get back on my bike. You

scolded. You tsk-tsked. You told me not to surrender the

road after I told you I don't ride anymore. OK. For one

week.

 

"If it's good enough for San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown

and Supervisors Gavin Newsom and Chris Daly, it's good

enough for me. If it's good enough for Jake McGoldrick,

Matt Gonzales and Mark Leno, a few other San Francisco

supervisors, it's good enough for me. If it's good enough

for Rep. Mike Honda and San Jose City Council members Chuck

Reed, Ken Yeager, Linda Lezotte and David Cortese, hey,

it's good enough for me. If it's good enough for San Jose's

assistant chief of police, it's good enough blah-blah.

 

"Next week is National Bike to Work Week, and the bike

coalitions around the Bay Area are getting politicians and

law enforcement brass on two wheels for a one-day photo op,

complete with stylish lender bikes for the short rides.

They're urging the rest of us to do the same (on our own

wheels) that week. If the San Francisco mayor, several

supervisors, a congressman and several San Jose City

Council people can ride to work one day, I'll give it a

whirl. I don't need a lender bike, either..."

 

Source:

http://www0.mercurycenter.com:80/premium/local/docs/chungbiker08.htm

Search: http://www0.mercurycenter.com:80/resources/search/

Title: "Bike to Work Week no time to be chicken about

riding"

Author: L.A. Chung

Cost: $1.95 (if more than a week old)

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NEW ATLANTA BIKE MAP ONLINE

According to the May 7th "Lane Ranger" column in the

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Maps sometimes persuade you to

go where you might fear to tread, which brings us to the

most unlikely map of all. The Atlanta Bicycle Campaign has

helped prepare a map of the traffic-infested Central

Perimeter area that details which streets are the

friendliest --- or most fearsome --- for bikers. Available

for free online at http://www.perimetergo.org or by calling

770-394-4540, 'The Perimeter By Bicycle' color codes the str-

eets around Perimeter Mall so bikers can route the trek of

least resistance.

 

"The red-colored routes (much of Ashford Dunwoody, some of

Abernathy and a stretch of Peachtree Dunwoody roads, for

example) represent the 'most difficult cycling conditions,'

which is defined as high-speed, high-volume vehicular

traffic on relatively narrow lanes with lots of merge and

right-turn-only lanes. Yellow routes are 'medium level

cycling conditions,' while green roads represent the 'best

conditions for cycling.' And believe it or not, even in a

traffic-snarled place like the Central Perimeter, there are

quite a few roads bikers consider bikeable..."

 

Source:

http://www.accessatlanta.com:80/partners/ajc/epaper/editions/monday/business_a36f23a9828632400071.html

Search: http://stacks.ajc.com/

Title: "Top-flight Georgia maps keep drivers, bicyclists on

right path"

Author: Joey Ledford

Cost: $1.95 (if more than a week old)

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And now for something completely different:

THE EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN FRONT PORCH

Subtitle: The Study of an American Cultural Object

"...While to many the front porch is unfamiliar, to the

rest it must bring to mind a memory, experience, or actual

place. This project may help to connect these cultural

memories of the front porch to an understanding of the

important role it has played in the national experience.

..."

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CLASS/am483_97/projects/cook/first.htm

 

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"FHWA FINAL GUIDANCE: TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT

ACTIVITIES, 23 U.S.C. AND TEA-21"

December 17, 1999 guidance includes relevant memos. Don't

leave home --- or work on Enhancement projects --- without it!

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/te_final.htm

 

"GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF TACTILE PAVING SURFACES"

A Jan. 1999 online report from the UK Department of the

Environment, Transport and the Regions that describes

treatments that aid visually impaired pedestrians. "There

are certain key design principles which, when applied, make

it easier and safer for visually impaired pedestrians to

move around. Layouts of all pedestrian areas should be

simple, logical and consistent. This will enable people to

memorise environments that they use regularly and predict

and interpret environments that they are encountering for

the first time..."

http://www.mobility-unit.detr.gov.uk/tactile/index.htm

 

"PERSONAL SECURITY ISSUES IN PEDESTRIAN JOURNEYS"

A Nov. 1999 report intended as part of the efforts of the

UK Department of Environment, Transport, and the Regions to

"improve personal security for both transport passengers

and pedestrians. It shows the range of personal security

concerns pedestrians have, and describes a number of

initiatives which have improved and promoted walking, both

as discrete journeys and as links to public transport

services. Key lessons and recommendations to promote best

practice are also highlighted. Some of the initiatives

described show that with imagination, rather than big

budgets, a range of effective measures can be achieved."

http://www.mobility-unit.detr.gov.uk/psi/index.htm

 

"AMERICA'S UNUSED LEGS: A PEDESTRIAN'S LAMENT"

An April 2000 article by the staff of Drivers.com that

says "Citing research done at the University of

California, Bryson says a study of the nation's walking

habits concluded that 85 per cent of people in the U.S. are

"essentially" sedentary and 35 per cent are "totally"

sedentary. The average American walks less than 75 miles a

year-about 1.4 miles a week, barely 350 yards a day. "

http://www.drivers.com/cgi-bin/go.cgi?type=ART&id=000000242&static=1

 

"WALKING-SPEED, STRIDE AND CADENCE IN GAIT ASSESSMENT IN

DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS"

A study by MM Samson, A Crowe, SA Duursma, JAG Dessens, and

HJJ Verhaar of the Mobility Laboratory, Department of

Geriatrics, Utrecht University Hospital and Utrecht

University Faculty of Social Science. Some results: "Speed

and stride tend to decrease with increasing age. Cadence

however did not change with increasing age. Groups of

subjects of the same age showed a large variation in

walking speed and stride. Lower values of gait parameters

found in old subjects are partly due to differences in

height. Cadence had no correlation with height and body

weight."

http://www.nig.nl/congres/congresouderworden98/abstract-samson1.html

 

"WALKING TIME ESTIMATES FOR TRAILS"

"The walking speed on trails depends both on the distance

to be covered and on the altitude at which one walks. The

walking times for trails shown in these pages are based on

the walking time table published by the Schweizer

Wanderwege, Federation Suisse de tourisme pedestre, Ente

svizzero pro sentieri, CH-4125 Riehen. This table gives

isochrones as function of horizontal and vertical distances

to be covered.

"For the usual Alpine trails in good state, and with an

inclination of 10-20%, they assume a mean elevation speed

of 300-350m/h and a mean descent speed of 450-600m/h. The

fastest climbing rate is for trails at 25% (370m/h). For

nearly horizontal trails, they assume a speed of 4.2_km/h.

Maximum horizontal speed is achieved for trails going down

at a rate of 5% (4.5km/h)..."

http://rjd.home.cern.ch/rjd/Walk/speed.html

 

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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:

info@americawalks.org

website:

 

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:

cycling@ccc.govt.nz

 

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

 

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JOB > THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE EXEC. DIRECTOR

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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