Caltrans Makes Walking/Biking Central
Wyoming Re-evaluates Rumble Plans
New York Bills Threaten Road Safety
Texas to "Protect All Road Users"
Free Street Trees in Seattle
Georgia Joins "Safe Routes" Movement
Poll: U.S. Drivers Trying to Cut Gas Use
D.C. Aims Speed Cameras
Bloomfield Mich. Gains New Sidewalks
Good Bicycling in Vancouver B.C.
Stop Child Violence? Take Kids for a Bike Ride N.C.
Cities Want Less Parking, More Place
CALTRANS MAKES WALKING/BIKING CENTRAL
DD-64. It may not sound like much, but it could change everything.
Deputy Directive 64, issued by the #2 transportation official in
California, establishes bicycling and walking as central elements of the
transportation in the state. The policy requires that bicycling and
walking be considered in all aspects of Department operation and
decision-making. "It may be the most powerful pro-bicycling and
pro-walking policy document ever to come out of a state DOT," says Chris
Morfas, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition. "It is
superior even to the outstanding USDOT statement of last year in that it
highlights specific areas of responsibility for high-level employees in
all functional areas of the department."
The Policy: "The Department fully considers the needs of non-motorized
travelers (including pedestrians, bicyclists, and persons with
disabilities) in all programming, planning, maintenance, construction,
operations and project development activities and products. This
includes incorporation of the best available standards in all of the
Department's practices. The Department adopts the best practice concepts
in the US DOT Policy Statement on Integrating Bicycling and Walking into
Transportation Infrastructure." (excerpt)
Caltrans Deputy Directive 64 was mailed to thousands of Caltrans
employees with the signature of Chief Deputy Director Tony Harris, a
respected Caltrans insider and second ranking official in the
department. For more on DD-64 and its impact on bicycling and walking in
California, visit the California Bicycle Coalition's website,
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WYOMING RE-EVALUATES RUMBLE PLANS
According to the July 3rd edition of the Bicycle Colorado
e-newsletter, "After vociferous outcry from bicyclists, the Wyoming
Department of Transportation is re-evaluating its plans to put
aggressive rumble strips on nearly a thousand miles of highway. However,
the department has not officially informed the public of any change in
plans, according to cyclist Tim Young of Jackson. Several WYDOT and
federal engineers came to Colorado in early June to ride test patterns
of different designs on I-70 near Eagle, and are reportedly considering
adopting some of Colorado's improvements, such as a gap pattern..."
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NEW YORK BILLS THREATEN ROAD SAFETY
According to an article in the June 25th issue of Mobilizing the
Region, "Beyond the hype surrounding the possibility that New York will
become the first state nationally with a ban on the use of hand-held
cell-phones while driving, state legislators are now considering
approval of two bills that would seriously degrade pedestrian, cyclist,
and driver safety in NYC.
"A.9230, S.5561 would allow trucks in NYC to be 5% above their permitted
weight limit and limits the City to levying just one fine for violating
overall weight, axle weight, and wheel weight laws, reducing fines from
as much as $4,700 to $300. The Senate has approved its version of the
bill. The Assembly will consider the bill in Codes Committee this week.
"A.6819, S.1763 would eliminate NYC's no right-turn- on-red rule on
Staten Island. The bills also allow drivers making a left hand turn from
one one-way street onto another one-way street to go after stopping at
the light without having to wait for it to change. Mayor Giuliani and
pedestrian safety advocates vehemently oppose the bill, arguing that the
leading cause of pedestrian fatalities in NYC is vehicles turning into
pedestrians in crosswalks."
For more information:
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TEXAS TO "PROTECT ALL ROAD USERS"
According to a recent press release from the Texas Bicycle Coalition
(TBC), Texas Governor Rick Perry has signed the Matthew Brown Act into
law. The act "... is designed to protect all users of Texas roads --
bicyclists and motorists alike -- but with a special focus on making
cycling safer for children."
The Act was named after Matthew Brown, who in 1998 at the age of 11,
"was riding his bicycle on a sidewalk in Plano. He crossed a quiet
street in front of a truck that had come to a complete stop behind a
stop sign. Matthew, believing the truck had spotted him, rode into the
street. Tragically, the driver did not see Matthew and struck him,
killing him instantly. His story prompted an alliance of individuals and
groups consisting of physicians, hospitals, parents and teachers to
promote a comprehensive bicycle-safety legislative package to ensure the
safety of children and other cyclists using Texas roads. To honor
Matthew, they chose to give his name to the bill."
The Act creates a "Safe Routes to Schools" Program to create safe ways
for children to get to school. The Program will encourage students to
walk or cycle safely to increase youth fitness and reduce congestion. In
addition, the Act allows the use of funding from Federal-Aid Hazard
Elimination funds. The Act also requires the State Department of Public
Safety to track bicycle accident reports that include death, injury or
property damage to cyclists.
"This success was made possible by the concerted efforts of many groups
including the TBC, Texas bicycle industry, Texas PTA, and the Texas
Medical Association, among others," says NCBW Executive Director Bill
Wilkinson. "Now, with major Safe Routes to School legislation passed in
California, Washington, and Texas the challenge is well-put to the other
states and our Federal transportation legislation: Get with the
[ED NOTE: Congratulations to TBC executive director Gayle Cummins, her
staff and board, and all the other individuals and groups who worked
together to achieve this goal.]
Download the press release at:
For additional details including a link to the full text of the new Act,
go to: http://www.biketexas.org/press.html
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FREE STREET TREES IN SEATTLE
According to an article by Shireen Deboo in the July issue of
Seattle Neighborhood News, "Planting trees is a great way to beautify
our urban neighborhoods and build stronger communities. If you want to
plant free trees on your [Seattle] residential street or in your local
park, the Department of Neighborhoods Tree Fund is a great resource.
"Groups of five or more households who want to plant street trees can
request 10 to 40 trees. Planting strips must be at least five feet wide.
Free trees are also available for planting projects in parks or natural
areas. Neighbors can request up to 100 trees to plant in natural areas
or up to 40 trees for parks, with approved landscape plans. Free trees
for streets and parks!"
For more information: http://www.cityofseattle.net/don/trees/Trees.htm
For the Neighborhood News issue, go to:
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GEORGIA JOINS "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL" MOVEMENT
According to a June 26th news release from the North Georgia Bicycle
Dealers Association and Citizens for a Livable DeKalb, "The State
Transportation Board presented a resolution supporting a "Safe Routes to
Schools" pilot program in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties Thursday to Fred
Boykin of the North Georgia Bicycle Dealers Association and Allison
Adams of Citizens for Livable DeKalb.
"In the resolution, the Board pledges to direct more financial and staff
resources of the Georgia Department of Transportation towards programs
that will increase the use of non-motorized modes of transportation to
and from schools and make routes to schools safer for those modes of
transportation. Additionally, the Board resolves to reduce motor vehicle
congestion; improve student health and fitness; and work with government
entities in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties to foster
transportation-related improvements and programs for the safety of
"In the last several months, the Intermodal Committee of the Board had
worked with citizen action groups, advocacy organizations, and public
health professionals to gather more information on the current status of
roadway safety for pedestrians and bicycle riders, especially children
on their way to and from school..."
For more information, contact Fred Boykin, North Georgia Bicycle Dealers
Association, (404) 636-4444 or Allison Adams, Citizens for a Livable
DeKalb, (404) 727-5269
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POLL: U.S. DRIVERS TRYING TO CUT GAS USE
According to a Reuters story carried on the July 5th ENN WorldWire
News, "U.S. consumers are reacting to higher gasoline prices with their
wallets, according to a new Harris Poll. The poll showed that half of
those surveyed are cutting gasoline consumption and also plan to buy
more fuel-efficient cars in the future. According to the poll, about
half of current car owners surveyed say they cut spending on weekend
trips, recreation, and vacations. Some 72 percent said they reduced
weekend travel, 71 percent cut recreation spending, and 53 percent
reduced vacation spending.
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D.C. AIMS SPEED CAMERAS
According to a July 2nd article in the Washington Post, "After a
year-long delay, D.C. police are scheduled to announce today the use of
radar cameras to capture motorists who race through city streets, the
latest effort by local officials to use technology to control traffic
"After claiming success in curbing red-light runners through photo
images, D.C. police will begin ticketing speeders with six speed
cameras. The effort will start with a month-long probationary period,
during which offenders will get warnings rather than tickets..."
Title: "D.C. Aims To Catch Speeders On Camera"
Author: Clarence Williams
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BLOOMFIELD MICH. GAINS NEW SIDEWALKS
According to a July 2nd article in the Detroit News, "Thanks to new
sidewalks, her neighborhood is a much friendlier place to stroll, said
Maureen Hayes who lives near Walnut Lake Road. Before the township built
sidewalks beside busy roads, such as Franklin and Quarton, it was too
dangerous for Hayes and her children to walk to a nearby playground.
"'We love them,' said Hayes, who uses the sidewalks at least once a day
to walk to Wing Lake or the playground at West Maple Elementary School.
'I've never seen so many people out walking. They get the neighbors out
mingling with each other.'
"The initiative to build sidewalks, which officials call safety paths,
began in 1998 when voters approved a property-tax increase of 0.53 mill.
The bond will raise $6.6 million over five years. 'The idea was to get
people off of major roads and safely away from traffic,' said Lance
Scram, project coordinator for the township's roads and maintenance
--Sidewalk funding: Bloomfield Township allocated almost $1.5 million
from taxes this year to build safety paths.
--Bond: In 1998, Bloomfield Township voters approved a bond issue to
build sidewalks along busy streets.
--Amount: $6.6 million, representing .53 mills in increased taxes.
--Issues: Busy streets without sidewalks made it dangerous for residents
to walk or ride to neighborhood schools, churches, playgrounds and
businesses. --Taxpayer cost: About $80 a year for the owner of a
$300,000 home. --Term of payments: Five years.
Title: "Strollers find safe paths"
Author: Max Ortiz
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GOOD BICYCLING IN VANCOUVER B.C.
According to a July 5th article in the Seattle Times, "Urban
bicycling is usually the reserve of the ecologically dedicated. Well, at
least outside of Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Vancouver's skyline is filled
with Hong Kong-style apartment buildings, signs of a crowded city and
not normally the indicators of a bicycle-friendly environment.
"Besides, with a good bus system and an east-west spine of SkyTrain,
Vancouver has alternatives to driving. But this spring's strike by bus
drivers got me poring over maps to see if a bicycle might be a good
alternative to taking cabs, walking or driving in Vancouver. Here's what
I found: a slithering trail that wound from Kitsilano Beach eastward
around False Creek and into Stanley Park. We loaded the tandem bike on
the back of the car and headed north..."
Title: "Well-spoken: Biking in Vancouver"
Author: Gordon Black
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STOP CHILD VIOLENCE? TAKE KIDS FOR A BIKE RIDE
According to a July 2nd ENN WorldWire News story, "Mountain-biking
provides an alternative activity for children participating in 'Trips
for Kids,' a Marin County, California-based nonprofit organization.
Researchers have long presented evidence that kids who spend their prime
activity time in front of the television are more likely to be
aggressive and violent than peers not bombarded with media. But earlier
this year, a Stanford University study offered a glimmer of hope to
parents and caregivers looking for ways to stem the tide of violent
influences on their children.
"The study concluded that the negative influence of media on children
can be reversed, at least in the short term, and potentially for a
lifetime. The catch? Children need to spend more of their non-school
hours away from the seductive screens of their televisions and 'Game
Title: "Growing up green: Trips for Kids - prime time in nature"
Author: Elissa Sonnenberg
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N.C. CITIES WANT LESS PARKING, MORE PLACE
According to an article in the July 6th Raleigh News & Observer,
"Next time you park the family sedan at an outdoor shopping center such
as Cary's Crossroads, ask yourself this: When you've wrapped up the
shopping at Dick's Sporting Goods and want to hit Pier One Imports
across the way, would you rather walk? Or drive? Most people climb back
into their cars, said Raleigh architect Thomas Crowder. Who would hike
across all that asphalt? But change the design of shopping centers,
replace the pavement with shady paths, and more people would choose to
stroll, he said. That means less traffic -- and more social interaction.
"Leaders in Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Chapel Hill are hoping to
encourage developers to move away from traditional, spread-out strip
shopping centers and instead build places with pedestrians in mind.
Though the details differ from place to place, the towns recently have
proposed or adopted measures with the goal of creating retail centers
where people enjoy gathering as much as shopping. Planners picture
families lingering at picnic tables or outdoor cafes, couples sitting on
benches, shoppers wandering past windows of colorful merchandise. And
less emphasis on parking, parking, parking. 'This is not just about an
aesthetic issue or some knee-jerk response," said Crowder, a member of
Raleigh's planning commission. "It's more global. It's making a sense of
Title: "Towns want less asphalt at new shopping centers"
Author: Barbara Barrett
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And now for something completely different:
"STEPHAN FARFFLER'S TRICYCLE"
"...The first tricycle was built in 1680 for a German paraplegic
named Stephan Farffler (-Oct. 24, 1689), who lived near Nuremburg. He
was a watch-maker and the tricycle had gears and hand cranks..."
"THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT"
Visit the Smithsonian's exhibit on disability rights at the National
Museum of American History. "The ongoing struggle by people with
disabilities to gain full citizenship is an important part of our
American heritage. The disability rights movement shares many
similarities with other 20th-century civil rights struggles by those who
have been denied equality, independence, autonomy, and full access to
society. This exhibition looks at the efforts - far from over - of
people with disabilities, and their families and friends, to secure the
civil rights guaranteed to all Americans. These people only want to be
treated the same as everyone else. So they often have to fight to be
included..." Online, it's available at:
Thanks to the Ragged Edge Online: http://www.ragged-edge-mag.com/
"ILLINOIS BICYCLE PATH GRANT PROGRAM"
"The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program was created in 1990 to
financially assist eligible units of government acquire, construct, and
rehabilitate public, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related
support facilities. Grants are available to any local government agency
having statutory authority to acquire and develop land for public
bicycle path purposes. Financial assistance up to 50% of approved
project costs is available through the program. Maximum grant awards for
development projects are limited to $200,000 per annual request; no
maximum exists for acquisition projects. Revenue for the program comes
from a percentage of vehicle title fees collected pursuant to Section
3-821(f) of the Illinois vehicle code..." The program's website (with
downloadable manual etc.) can be found at:
"WORLDWATCH PAPER 156. PUTTING THE BRAKES ON SPRAWL"
A new 85-page Worldwatch report by Molly O'Meara Sheehan. The
publisher's info says, in part, "Decades ago, Copenhagen, Denmark;
Portland, Oregon; and Curitiba, Brazil, made tough choices to give
precedence to pedestrians and cyclists, steer new construction to
locations easily reached by a variety of transportation means, and
reserve green space for nature and people. Today, their economies are
thriving, and their children are enjoying safer streets and cleaner air.
These stories show other places how they could gain by revamping
government agencies and policies to link transportation and land use
decisions and remove incentives to sprawl." Can be downloaded ($5) from:
"SWEDEN'S EXPERIENCE IN REDUCING CHILDHOOD INJURIES"
A 1991 article in Pediatrics journal by AB Bergman and FP Rivara. Here's
the abstract: "Why does Sweden have the lowest childhood injury rate of
any country in the world? The answer lies in a combination of factors
including the special characteristics of Swedish society and an
energetic 35-year campaign. Contributing societal characteristics are a
small, relatively homogeneous, health conscious, law-abiding population
that values children. Key factors in the campaign have been support of
trauma surveillance systems and injury prevention research, ensuring
safer environments and products through legislation and regulation, and
a broad-based safety education campaign using coalitions of existing
groups. Emulating the strategies used in the Swedish campaign would
markedly reduce the number of US children killed, injured, and disabled
from trauma." For more info, go to:
IDAHO STATUTES, TITLE 49, MOTOR VEHICLES, CHAPTER 7, PEDESTRIANS
AND BICYCLES, 49-720. STOPPING -- TURN AND STOP SIGNALS."
(1) A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a
stop sign shall slow down and, if required for safety, stop before
entering the intersection. After slowing to a reasonable speed or
stopping, the person shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the
intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to
constitute an immediate hazard..." See the whole thing at:
"EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION OF TRAFFIC INJURIES TO URBAN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS"
An article in the June 1999 issue of "Pediatrics" (Vol. 103 No. 6, p.
e74) by Maureen S. Durkin, PhD, DrPH, Danielle Laraque, MD, Ilona
Lubman, PhD, and Barbara Barlow, MD. According to the Abstract: "Child
traffic injuries, particularly those involving pedestrians, are a major
public health problem in urban communities. Although the incidence of
child pedestrian injuries is declining nationally and internationally,
perhaps attributable to declines in walking, this trend may not be
applicable in inner city communities such as northern Manhattan, in
which walking remains a dominant mode of transportation. Community
interventions involving the creation of safe and accessible play areas
as well as traffic safety education and supervised activities for
school-aged children may be effective in preventing traffic injuries to
children in these communities. Additional controlled evaluations are
needed to confirm the benefits of such interventions." For more info:
July 13, 2001, Maine Bike Paths Conference: Shared Use
Paths for Maine Communities, Bath, ME. Info: Bicycle Coalition of
Maine, PO Box 5275, Augusta, ME 04332,
voice: (207) 623-4511 email:<BCM@BikeMaine.org
July 28-31, Great Parks - Great Cities Conference, New York City, NY.
Info: Project for Public Spaces, 153 Waverly Place, 4th floor, New York,
NY 10014, voice: 212 620-5660, fax: 212 620-3821, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 3-5, 2001, Bikefest 2001 - LAB's National Rally, Altoona, PA.
Info: League of American Bicyclists, voice:
(202) 822-1333, email: email@example.com
August 16-18, 2001, First National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates,
Oakland, CA. Info: AmericaWalks, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 13-16, 2001, Rail~Volution: Envisioning the New Frontier, San
Francisco, CA. Info: (503) 823-6870.
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:
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 4-6, 2001, Innovative Approaches to Understanding
and Influencing Physical Activity, Dallas, TX. Info: The
Cooper Institute, Dallas, TX.
September 3-6, 2002, ProBike/Prowalk 02, the 12th Inter- national
Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.
JOB > GEORGIA D.O.T. BIKE/PED COORDINATOR
Under limited supervision, develops and manages the State Bicycle and
Pedestrian Ways Plan, independently conducts professional multimodal
transportation planning studies for all rural and small urban areas
within an assigned portion of the state. Minimum Training and Experience
include completion of a college major in civil engineering at a four
year college or university and one year of work experience at the
Transportation Engineer II level. For more information, go to:
JOB > MANAGER, NTEC
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) seeks to fill the position of
Manager of the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse
(NTEC). The NTEC is a partnership project between RTC and the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA). The Manager is primarily responsible for
the daily operations of the Clearinghouse and for carrying out NTEC's
research projects and product development. For full description see
JOB > PUB. HEALTH STRATEGIES MGR, AMERICAN HEART ASSN
The Manager creates vision for federal and state governmental public
health collaborations and provides expertise and leadership to
volunteers and staff on the creation, implementation and management of
programs, products and services through public health collaborations;
works to select and maintain strategic public health alliances and other
external relationships in order to assist in the achievement of the
AHA's strategic goals and objectives; ensures that AHA is represented on
public health boards and councils as appropriate to expand partnership
opportunities; provides continued education and training to AHA staff
and volunteers on public health entities and identified opportunities;
integrates with other departments and committees within the Association
to assure successful partnerships. For further information, please
contact: Katherine A. Krause at Katherk@heart.org
JOB > PROGRAM MANAGER, SCCCL PROGRAM MGR., NORTH COAST OFFICE, GEORGETOWN, SC
The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League ( http://www.scccl.org )
is an independent membership organization. Our mission is to protect the
threatened natural and cultural resources of the S. C. coastal plain.
Program manager will coordinate and implement the strategic plan for
this regional office, lead land-use and transportation planning issues,
work with staff on forestry, water and air quality issues, be primary
spokesperson to the media. Successful candidate must be a conservation
advocate, have firm understanding of land-use, transportation or related
policy field, and be adept in a political environment. Desirable
qualities include dedication to the region, fundraising and media/p.r.
experience. Generous salary and benefits pkg. E.O.E. To apply, send
letter and resume to Sam Passmore, Land Use Program Director, POB 1765,
Charleston, SC 29402 or mailto:email@example.com. No phone inquiries please.
JOB > CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER, ORANGE, CALIF.
The City of Orange in Southern California is looking for a Manager of
Transportation Services/City Traffic Engineer. The City of Orange has a
commuter rail station, some bus service and is planning some bikeways.
The regional transportation authority may re-initiate a light-rail
proposal through Orange and neighboring cities. It's an exciting time to
be managing transportation services in Orange. If you know an
engineer/planner who understands how to accommodate and promote transit
and non-motorized transportation, please direct them to
JOB > FIELD DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION CHOICES COALITION
Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) is a statewide non-profit based
in Seattle with a Spokane field office. We promote improving the quality
of life for all Washingtonians by supporting a diverse and effective mix
of transportation choices (bus, rail, vanpools and passenger ferries,
trip reduction, Smart Growth, bike and pedestrian facilities). This
high-energy position is responsible for building public support for our
agenda, running the grassroots component of legislative, issue-based and
ballot measure campaigns, directing other field staff and volunteers,
serving as a liaison to coalition partners and interacting with the
media. Flexible schedule with some night and weekend work required.
Occasional travel. For more information, contact Peter Hurley
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