Issue #22 Friday, July 6, 2001






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






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,

http://www.calbike.org .

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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..."

Source: http://bicyclecolo.org/site/index.cfm

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

department. ..."


Some details:

--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.


Source: http://detnews.com:80/2001/oakland/0107/02/b04-242256.htm

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

Title: "Strollers find safe paths"

Author: Max Ortiz

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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..."






Search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com:80/web/

Title: "Well-spoken: Biking in Vancouver"

Author: Gordon Black

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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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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:




"...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..."

(includes picture)








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/



"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:




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:




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:






(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:





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: pps@pps.org

website: http://www.pps.org/conference.htm


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 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:


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


September 3-6, 2002, ProBike/Prowalk 02, the 12th Inter- national

Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.

website: http://www.bikewalk.org







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:




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




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



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:samp@scccl.org. No phone inquiries please.



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




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

at peterh@transportationchoices.org






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