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Issue #24 Friday, August 3, 2001

 

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STPP Board Member Headed for Bush Admin?

CDC Activity Funding Gets Attention in Congress

Surgeon General Walks Kids to School

Great Strides for Rural Arkansans

New Euro Transport Policy Guidelines

Toronto Adopts Bike Plan

FHWA CD-ROM Wins Award

WA Traffic Safety Near Schools Program

About California's 85%ile Law...

CDC's Killingsworth Gets Around

 

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SF Bicycle Coalition Leads Campaign

Bergen NJ Trail Users Learn to Share

Arlington VA Cyclists Get Lanes

Helmets Lead to Risk Taking?

Another View on NYT Article

Lance Bolsters Cycling in US

Talking, Driving: Bad Combination

Citrus FL Gets Safety Grant

Chicago Crack Down on Sidewalk Bikers

Is Charlotte NC "Car Town" USA?

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STPP BOARD MEMBER HEADED FOR BUSH ADMINISTRATION?

According to a news release from the Surface Transportation Policy

Project, "On July 30, President Bush announced his intention to nominate

Emil H. Frankel to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation for

Transportation Policy. Currently, Mr. Frankel serves on the Surface

Transportation Policy Project's Board of Directors where he has been

involved with the creation of the New Directions Initiative.

 

Previously, he served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of

Transportation from 1991 to 1995 during which time he was the Chairman

of the Standing Committee on the Environment of the American Association

of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

 

"Since then, he has been Counsel to Day, Berry and Howard LLP, where he

has consulted primarily on transportation and public policy issues. He

is also a Management Fellow at the Yale School of Management and a

Senior Fellow at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Mr.

Frankel is presently a member of the Connecticut Governor's Council on

Economic Competitiveness and Technology and is an Advisor to the

National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

"Mr. Frankel understands how transportation affects not just the

movement of goods and people, but also the quality of life for entire

communities. If confirmed, he will bring a much needed voice to the U.S.

Department of Transportation."

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CDC ACTIVITY FUNDING GETTING ATTENTION IN CONGRESS

Congressional delegates in both the U.S. House and Senate are gathering

support for increased funding for CDC programs that promote increased

physical activity and good nutrition. Senators Reed (D-RI) and Collins

(R-ME) and House delegate Morella (R-MD) are circulating dear colleague

letters to colleagues in support of the CDC funding The letters asks the

Chair and Ranking members of the respective subcommittees in support of

$50 mil for nutrition, physical activity promotion and obesity at CDC.

 

The CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity has an annual

budget of $16 million compared to the $100 million that CDC is given for

programs to reduce the use of tobacco, which kills about the same number

of Americans as unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. The increased

level of funding would allow CDC to expand programming from the 12

states that are currently funded to 24 states, and expand extramural

research, monitoring and surveillance, and national communications to

promote physical activity.

 

For more information on the activities in Congress visit

http://www.congress.gov , or contact your Congressional delegates. For

information on the status of the support letters, email

jjohanson@cspinet.org

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US SURGEON GENERAL TO HELP "WALK OUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL"

According to a recent news release, "David Satcher, Surgeon General

and Assistant Secretary for Health of the Department of Health and Human

Services, will help kick-off this year's event as he joins a group of

children on October 4th walking to the East Silver Spring Elementary,

Silver Spring, Maryland. Walking groups will assemble at the Montgomery

County Police Station at 801 Sligo Avenue at 8:30-a.m. and proceed to

the school located at 630 Silver Spring Avenue. Dr. Satcher will make

brief remarks at the school and will be available for interviews.

 

"Our young people need help to get moving," said Dr. Satcher. He noted

that the number of overweight children has doubled in the past two

decades, leading to a generation at risk for cardiovascular diseases,

diabetes, and other serious health problems. Physical inactivity is a

major factor. Nearly half of all young people do not take part in

regular, vigorous physical activity, and less than half of all high

school students have regular physical education classes at school..."

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk/pr-kidswalk.htm

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GREAT STRIDES FOR RURAL ARKANSANS

A new $300,000 annual fund solely for walking path construction has

been approved by the Arkansas legislature. The "Great Strides Grant

Program" designates use of tobacco settlement funds for walking parks in

rural communities. At least ten rural communities in Arkansas may apply

annually for up to $25,000 each to secure land and develop community

pathways.

 

Almost 40% of families with local access to new trails constructed in

Missouri began using them for exercise, according to a recent study.

Women and persons earning lower incomes were more than twice as likely

to have exercised by using the community trails. (American Journal of

Preventive Medicine 18(3):235-241).

 

Program funds will be managed by the Governor's Council on Fitness,

Department of Parks and Tourism, Department of Health, and the Parks and

Recreation Association. Regulations are being drafted and may be

approved by spring 2002. For more information contact Alissa Beach,

mailto:abeach@healthyarkansas.com or 501.661.2677.

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EURO COMMISSION'S NEW TRANSPORT POLICY GUIDELINES

According to a July 18th news release, "Today the European

Commission adopted the policy guidelines of the White Paper on

transport policy. These guidelines form the basis for around sixty

proposals that the White Paper will detail when it is formally adopted

in September. The aim of this document is to provide the European

Community with a programme of actions to gradually decouple transport

growth and economic growth. Led by economic growth up to 2010, goods

traffic should increase by 38% and passengers by 24%.

 

"Congestion of urban centres and on the principal Trans-

European corridors will be exacerbated. 'In the long term, the economic

competitiveness of the Union will be compromised, pressure on the

environment and congestion will reduce safety and the quality of life'

declared Loyola de Palacio, Vice president of the Commission in charge

of the Energy and Transport." The intent is to "achieve a rebalancing

between the modes. 'This approach is far more ambitious than it looks,

bearing in mind the historical imbalance in favour of road for the last

50 years' underlined Loyola de Palacio." The guidelines are part of a

sustainable development strategy adopted by the European Council of

Gothenburg, calling for a shift of balance between modes through

investment in railways, inland waterways, short sea shipping and

intermodal operations.

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.europa.eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=IP/01/1008|0|RAPID&lg=EN

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TORONTO ADOPTS BIKE PLAN

According to a release sent by Dave McLauglin, "On July 26, 2001

City of Toronto Council adopted the Toronto Bike Plan - Shifting Gears.

Estimated to cost $ 73 million Cdn. over 10 years, the Toronto Bike Plan

establishes a vision for cycling in the City of Toronto and sets out

integrated principles, objectives and recommendations regarding safety,

education and promotional programs as well as cycling related

infrastructure. The Plan calls for the City to expand the existing 180

km of on and off road cycling facilities to form a comprehensive bikeway

network with 475 km of bike lanes, 255 km of off-road routes, and 250 km

of signed routes for a total of 980 km. The Plan was developed by City

Staff and a consultant team lead by Marshall Macklin Monaghan Limited.

(MMM).

 

"According to Dave McLaughlin, a Senior Transportation Planner with

MMM, 'The Toronto Bike Plan is the product of a process through which

staff, consultants and the Toronto Cycling Committee worked together.

The Public was extensively consulted with in the development of the

Plan, including a public attitude telephone survey of over 1,000

residents that identified issues from users of all transportation modes.

The success of the Toronto Bike Plan will be in its implementation.

Recognizing this, the Plan provides a clear staff and public process to

move forward and begin implementation immediately.'"

 

For more information, contact Daniel Egan, the City's Pedestrian and

Cycling Infrastructure Manager at mailto:Dan_Egan@city.toronto.on.ca or Dave

McLaughlin, Senior Transportation Planner at Marshall Macklin Monaghan

Limited at mailto:McLaughD@mmm.ca. The Plan may be seen or downloaded (pdf)

at: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/cycling/bikeplan.htm .

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FHWA CD-ROM WINS AUDIOVISUAL AWARD

According to a July 30th FHWA news release, "A CD-ROM developed by

the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help improve pedestrian

safety has received one of the highest honors in audiovisual competition

from the International Film and Video Festival the Gold Camera Award for

interactive multimedia. 'We are honored to receive this award for our

work to improve pedestrian safety,' U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman

Y. Mineta said. 'We must do more to integrate pedestrian safety needs

into highway design and operations, and this CD-ROM is a tangible result

of our commitment to safety, President Bush's top priority for

Department of Transportation.'

 

"'Safer Journey - Interactive Pedestrian Safety Awareness' is an

interactive CD that takes the user through various pedestrian safety

scenarios encountered on roads and streets to improve the level of

pedestrian knowledge for all road users (including schools, driver

education groups, enforcement, etc.) and people involved in advancing

safety. Leverson Boodlal, a highway engineer in FHWA's Office of Safety,

was the program manager and developer of the CD-ROM. Avalon Integrated

Services, a production company in Arlington, Va., produced the video."

 

Copies can be obtained from the FHWA Office of Safety, 400 7th St.

S.W., Washington DC 20590, telephone (202) 366-2288, or email,

leverson.boodlal@fhwa.dot.gov. For more information, visit:

http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ped_bike.htm

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WA STATE TRAFFIC SAFETY NEAR SCHOOLS PROGRAM

According to Michael Dornfeld, Washington's state bicycle/pedestrian

coordinator, "The Washington State Legislature provided another $2

million dollars for the state's Traffic Safety Near Schools Program

(TSNS). The $2 million was included in the Washington State Department

of Transportation's budget using current revenue from existing taxes.

The additional money will fund 19 more projects to improve pedestrian

safety and traffic conditions near schools. The TSNS Program has funded

69 projects for a total of $7 million.

 

"The future of the TSNS is unclear. The Washington Legislature met in

three special sessions to try to create a new revenue plan for

transportation projects. No new revenue plan was passed leaving no

funding for a future call for TSNS projects."

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ABOUT CALIFORNIA'S 85%ILE LAW...

We've gotten several inquiries on the story about the California

85th %ile law story in CenterLines #23. Yes, it has been enacted. The

pertinent section is reproduced in part below...

 

"(c) When conducting an engineering and traffic survey, local

authorities, in addition to the factors set forth in paragraphs (1) to

(3), inclusive, of subdivision (b) may consider all of the following:

 

"(1) Residential density, if any of the following conditions exist on

the particular portion of highway and the property contiguous thereto,

other than a business district:

 

"(A) Upon one side of the highway, within a distance of a quarter of a

mile, the contiguous property fronting thereon is occupied by 13 or more

separate dwelling houses or business structures.

 

"(B) Upon both sides of the highway, collectively, within a distance of

a quarter of a mile, the contiguous property fronting thereon is

occupied by 16 or more separate dwelling houses or business structures.

 

"(C) The portion of highway is longer than one-quarter of a mile but

has the ratio of separate dwelling houses or business structures to the

length of the highway described in either subparagraph (A) or (B).

 

"(2) Pedestrian and bicyclist safety."

 

The actual law (and it is a law) can be downloaded as a pdf from:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/99-00/bill/asm/ab_27512800/ab_2767_bill_20000628_chaptered.pdf

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CDC'S KILLINGSWORTH GETS AROUND

On September 27, 2001, the Michigan Governor's Council on Physical

Fitness, Health, and Sports (Region 1) will be hosting an annual dinner

in Jackson, Michigan, and the featured speaker will be Health Scientist

for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Richard

Killingsworth. Rich will be discussing "The American Dilemma: Improving

Public Health in the Age of Sprawl". Killingsworth is the lead

interventionist for the CDC's Active Community Environments Initiative,

a national effort to increase physical activity and improve health

through community design and transportation alternatives. For more

information on the Regional Council's activities, go to:

http://www.michiganfitness.org/jacksonfitness.htm

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SF BICYCLE COALITION LEADS NEW 'COEXIST' CAMPAIGN

An August 1st article in the San Jose Mercury News described a new

ad campaign being run by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. As the

author says, "Just when I was convinced the so-called 'cyclist

community' would never veer away from sanctimonious rants against

drivers, a group of bike riders in San Francisco has done the

unthinkable. It's launched a new tack of diplomacy that displays a sense

of humor about daily stupidities that happen on the road. The message:

There's plenty of blame to go around.

 

"The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is one of the main sponsors of a

public ad campaign to stamp out dangerous behavior, whether the jerk in

question is behind the wheel or the handlebars. It's a welcome departure

from pious condemnations of motor vehicles -- lectures that are only

slightly less annoying than those delivered by vegetarians at

Thanksgiving.

 

"One ad in the 'Coexist' campaign shows an irate driver leaning out the

window, and the speech balloon next to his head reads: 'Cycling chum,

your generous use of hand signals and predictable riding decorum make

sharing the road an utter joy!' Another shows a scowling bicyclist

leaning over to holler, 'Kind sir, I'm positively elated you exhibited

the decency to survey the roadscape prior to opening the door!'..."

 

Source:

http://www0.mercurycenter.com:80/premium/local/docs/hutch01p.htm

After 7 day search: http://www0.mercurycenter.com:80/resources/search/

Title: "Tribulations on the open road of bicycle-motorcar coexistence"

Author: Sue Hutchison

Archive cost: $1.95

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BERGEN CO., NJ, TRAIL USERS LEARN TO SHARE

According to an article in the July 27th issue of the Bergen County

(NJ) Record, things are getting testy and crowded on area paths. And

trail etiquette is becoming a very popular topic among users. "On a

sunny Sunday, the five-mile asphalt path that runs along the Saddle

River in Ridgewood and Glen Rock and the 6.5-mile strip through Rifle

Camp Park in West Paterson are crawling with fitness and recreation

seekers. What has yet to catch on is the proper etiquette for using

these pathways.

 

"Take 6-year-old Alexander Zuluaga of Paterson. His technique? Weaving

back and forth between slower people as he zips along on his in-line

skates. 'I wish everyone would just get out of the way. They slow me

down,' Alexander said one recent evening on the path at Rifle Camp Park.

'I come up really fast and just circle around them.' That's not

recommended by etiquette experts and path users..."

 

Source: http://www.bergen.com:80/bnw/pmmanners20010727.htm

Archive search: http://www.bergen.com/search.html

Title: Cyclists, runners, skaters jockey for right of way on path

Author: Michelle Han

Archive cost: Apparently (new system coming)

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ARLINGTON, VA, CYCLISTS GET NEW LANES

According to an August 2nd article in the Washington Post,

"Arlington County bicyclists will eventually be able to cruise along

more than 21 miles of bike lanes as part of a new program to set aside

more room on the county's main streets for bicyclists.

 

The County Board, capping nearly two years of study, approved a

five-year plan last Saturday to expand the number of bike lanes from

two miles to 23.3 miles on portions of 25 arterial streets. About five

miles of bike lanes will be added in fiscal 2002 at a cost of $50,000.

The entire bike lane network is expected to cost $250,000. 'In previous

years, we did a section here and there. This is the first time the

county really looked at it systematically,' said Richard Viola, bicycle

and pedestrian coordinator in the county's Department of Public Works.

'We looked at the whole county.'..."

 

Source:

http://washingtonpost.com:80/wp-dyn/metro/va/A186722001Aug1.html

After 14 day search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpadv/archives/front.htm

Title: "Cyclists to Get A Bigger Piece Of the Road"

Author: Frederick Kunkle

Arlington Board Approves Adding 21 Miles of Lanes

Archive cost: Yes

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HELMETS LEAD TO RISK TAKING?

According to a July 29th New York Times article reprinted in many

places, helmet wearing rates have risen but so have head injuries while

cycling has declined. "Millions of parents take it as an article of

faith that putting a bicycle helmet on their children, or themselves,

will help keep them out of harm's way. But new data raises questions

about that assumption. The number of head injuries sustained in bicycle

accidents has increased 10 percent since 1991, even as helmet use has

risen sharply, according to figures compiled by the Consumer Product

Safety Commission. With ridership declining over the same period, the

rate of head injuries among bicyclists has increased 51 percent even as

the use of bicycle helmets has become widespread.

 

"What is going on? No one is sure, but safety experts stress that while

helmets do not prevent accidents, they are extremely effective at

reducing the severity of head injuries when they do occur. Almost no one

suggests that riders should stop wearing helmets, which researchers have

found can reduce the severity of brain injuries by as much as 88

percent. Still, with fewer people riding bicycles, experts are mystified

as to why injuries are on the rise..."

 

Source:

http://www.sptimes.com:80/News/072901/Worldandnation/Despite_helmets__head.shtml

Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/index.html

Title: "Despite helmets, head injuries rise"

Author: Julian E. Barnes

Archive cost: No

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ANOTHER VIEW ON THE NYT HELMET ARTICLE

Randy Swart of the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has taken issue

with the data sources and the analysis presented in the New York Times

article and his comments may be found at:

http://www.helmets.org/time2001.htm

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LANCE BOLSTERS CYCLING IN US

According to an August 2nd Washington Post article, three-time Tour

de France winner Lance Armstrong has had a significant impact on U.S.

bicycling scene in a number of ways. As Nike spokesperson Dave Mingey

said, "Through his amazing story, Lance has been able to capture the

hearts and minds of Americans coast to coast. Through that attention,

he's also been able to leverage the sport of cycling."

 

The article further cites evidence of Armstrong's impact: "The sale of

road bikes at specialty bike stores jumped 39 percent last year,

according to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. Attendance at

the 14 professional cycling events in the United States increased nearly

40 percent, from about 700,000 in 1999 to more than 1 million this year,

according to Pro Cycling Tour organizers. The number of professional

riders in the United States has grown by 22 percent since last year, USA

Cycling officials say..."

 

Source:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A194002001Aug1.html

After 14 day search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpadv/archives/front.htm

Title: "Armstrong Puts Biking in Catbird Seat"

Author: Amy Shipley

Archive cost: Yes

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STUDY: TALKING, DRIVING A BAD COMBINATION

According to an article in the July 28th issue of the Cincinnatti

Post, a new study shows the dangers of DWT (Driving while talking) are

serious and can't be eliminated with "hands-free" cell phone technology.

According to the article, "This will come as no surprise to anyone who

has been cut off in traffic by an erratic driver with a cell phone

attached to his ear: Research by Carnegie Mellon University scientists

shows that people can't effectively operate an automobile and talk on a

cell phone - or even to a passenger - at the same time.

 

And the state of New York's legislative solution to require ''hands

free'' cellular phones won't work either because the conversation

itself, not just holding the phone, is what distracts the brain, said

Marcel Just, psychology professor and leader of the Carnegie Mellon

team. 'Viewing the brain as a work engine, talking on cell phones and

having conversations while driving has to take a toll,' he said. 'The

brain can only do so much.'

 

"The study, to be published next week in the journal NeuroImage, used a

noninvasive technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging, or

functional MRI, to monitor the brain activity of 18 people who were

performing a visual processing task while scientists read to them. While

it would seem logical that listening and looking would not compete for

the brain's energy because those tasks are processed in different

areas, that's not what researchers found.

 

'We gave the body and the brain every opportunity to do things

simultaneously without competition from overlapping parts,' Just said.

'It turns out in some ways they are drawing on the same resource pool,

and it's limited.'

 

Source: http://www.cincypost.com/2001/jul/28/cell072801.html

Archive search: http://www.cincypost.com/news/n073001.html

Title: "Study: Talking, driving unsafe"

Author: Scripps Howard News Service

Archive cost: No

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CITRUS, FL, GETS SAFETY GRANT

According to a July 28th article in the St. Petersburg (FL) Times,

"This month, the state Department of Transportation notified health

officials that they will receive a grant to establish a bicycle safety

program that will include training and distribution of helmets. Citrus

is one of two counties in the state that have declined to enact the

mandatory bike helmet law, which went into effect for children under 16

in 1997.

 

"'I certainly hope that this helps to increase awareness so that people

understand the importance of wearing bike helmets, both adults and

children, because it will save lives,' said Marybeth Nayfield, health

department administrator.

 

"From 1995 through 1999, 91 people were injured on bicycles in Citrus

County and five were killed. During the same period, 123 pedestrians

were hurt and 16 were killed. Citrus officials have sought about $70,000

to hire a person to coordinate an educational program through the

University of Florida targeting elementary and middle school children.

 

"The program would include classroom instruction and on-bike skill

development. The coordinator would teach safe traffic behavior,

including signaling and avoiding hazards. The lessons will focus on

pedestrian and school bus safety along with bicycle safety. The program

also will distribute free and low-cost bike helmets through a variety of

venues and provide pedestrian safety information through day care

centers and civic and fraternal organizations..."

 

Source:

http://www.sptimes.com:80/News/072801/Citrus/Citrus_getting_grant_.shtml

Archive

Title: "Citrus getting grant for safer biking and hiking"

Author: Barbara Behrendt

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CHICAGO, EVANSTON CRACK DOWN ON SIDEWALK BIKERS

According to a July 27th article in the Chicago Sun-Times, local

governments throughout the Chicagoland area are cracking down on

sidewalk bicycling. As author Lucio Guerrero puts it, "No riding on the

sidewalk. Got that? You'd better if you ride a bike in Chicago or in

Evanston. Otherwise, you could get hit with a hefty fine or even have

your bicycle confiscated. Evanston recently began cracking down on

cyclists who ride on the sidewalks of the north suburb, threatening them

with fines of up to $500.

 

"On Wednesday, Ald. Joseph Moore (49th) offered a proposal in the

Chicago City Council that would turn a swath of a lakefront

neighborhood--along Sheridan Road between Ardmore and Devon--into a

'bicycle-forfeiture zone,' giving the city the authority to confiscate

the bicycles of those who violate the rules of the road. Kids 12 to 17

years old who ride on the sidewalk on Sheridan Road could have their

bikes confiscated. They'd have to pay a $25 fine to get them back.

Adults would be treated more harshly. Their bikes would be forfeited and

returned only if they could prove to an administrative hearing officer

they weren't riding on the Sheridan Road sidewalks after all."

 

Rules like this put bicyclists in a tough spot, said Randy Neufeld,

executive director of the 2,500-member Chicagoland Bicycle Federation.

'Right now, cyclists are in a special situation because it's illegal to

ride on the sidewalks, but some fear for their lives riding on the

street,' Neufeld said Thursday. 'They are caught in the middle.'..."

 

Source: http://www.suntimes.com:80/output/news/cst-nws-bike27.html

Archive search: http://www.suntimes.com:80/pwrsearch/index.html

Title: "Cyclists' concrete problem"

Author: Lucio Guerrero

Archive cost: No, but archives appear limited

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IS CHARLOTTE, NC, "CAR TOWN" USA?

Starting Sunday, July 22nd, the Charlotte Observer carried a 5-part

series entitled "CAR TOWN: How 100 years with the automobile have shaped

Charlotte's destiny," which explores the impacts of motor vehicles on

this North Carolina city. The first article starts "Charlotte and the

automobile have been together for more than 100 years now. So who's

driving whom? Here's a hint: In the Queen City, the car is king.

 

"Since 1900, when Osmond Barringer startled the horses by driving his

steam-powered 'locomobile' down Charlotte's dirt streets, the car has

helped mold the city in its own image. It has fueled Charlotte's rapid

suburbanization and the equally rapid loss of countryside. It remains a

major factor in what's built and where it's located. And it has given

rise to a lifestyle in which the car has gone from an amenity to a

member of the family..."

 

The series includes the following articles, as well as numerous

sidebars and several travel diaries:

Sunday: Vehicles transformed our region - and now they're overtaking it

 

Monday: Moms on the run

Tuesday: Acres of asphalt

Wednesday: Why kids don't bike

Thursday: Dr. Traffic makes a change

 

Source:

http://www.charlotte.com/observer/special/cars/docs/0722cars.htm

After 7 day search: http://newslibrary.infi.net/char/

Author: Scott Dodd

Archive cost: $1.95 per article

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And now for something completely different:

"WHY BICYCLISTS HATE STOP SIGNS"

An article in the current issue of "Access," by Univ. of

California/Berkeley physics professor Joel Fajans and Access managing

editor Melanie Currie. Both commute by bicycle. "...on a street with a

stop sign every 300 feet, calculations predict that the average speed

of a 150-pound rider putting out 100 watts of power will diminish by

about forty percent. If the bicyclist wants to maintain her average

speed of 12.5 mph while still coming to a complete stop at each sign,

she has to increase her output power to almost 500 watts. This is well

beyond the ability of all but the most fit cyclists..." "Access" is a

journal of the University of California Transportation Center at U.C.

Berkeley, which may be found at: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~uctc

 

To download issue 18 (with the article on p.21) go to:

http://www.uctc.net/access/access18lighter.pdf

 

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"NATIONAL PEER REVIEW: THE NETHERLANDS"

Subtitled "Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies," this

83-page OECD report by the European Conference of Ministers of

Transport says "Transport specialists around the world have for many

years looked to the urban transport experience of the Netherlands as

exemplary. The Dutch have demonstrated strong and sustained commitment

to integrating transport and land-use planning and policies to maximise

use of public transport and cycling. Bolstered by a long-standing and

highly respected planning culture, they have undertaken this in an

institutional environment that favours consultation and

consensus-seeking among different sectors and stakeholders." The Table

of Contents may be downloaded. The full report is available for $25

from:

http://www.oecd.org/cem/events/JustPub/justPeerRev.htm

 

"RESIDENTIAL STREETS"

A new 76-page Urban Land Institute book by Walter M. Kulash: "Updated

throughout, the third edition of Residential Streets takes a practical

approach to planning and designing streets that is cost effective, and

that enhances the livability of subdivisions and master-planned and new

urbanist communities. It offers a fresh look at street widths,

geometrics, traffic flow, and other

design considerations, as well as intersections, drainage systems, and

pavement." ULI Member Price: $29.95, Retail Price: $39.95. Can be

ordered from the ULI Bookstore at their website:

http://www.uli.org/

 

"TUNNELS ON TRAILS: A STUDY OF 78 TUNNELS ON 36 TRAILS IN THE UNITED

STATES"

An April 2001 study by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Marin (CA)

County that details "the national experience in reopening abandoned

tunnels for pedestrian and bicycle use." Downloadable as a pdf from:

http://www.trailsandgreenways.org/TAG_Documents/OnlineReferences/Tunnels.pdf

 

"A POLICY ON GEOMETRIC DESIGN OF HIGHWAYS AND STREETS, 4TH EDITION"

The 2001 "Green Book," is now available, with "the latest design

practices in universal use as the standard of highway geometric

design." The book is $102.00 (AASHTO Members: $80.00). A CD version

costs $248.00 (Members: $195.00). The book and CD together cost $165.00

(Members $130.00). For more information, visit AASHTO's online

bookstore at:

https://www.transportation.org/publications/bookstore.nsf/

 

"BIKE ROUTES: THE PATH TO A BETTER TOMORROW"

A video that "contains compelling reasons why we need a better bicycle

infrastructure, like: less pollution, fewer single occupancy vehicles,

less highway congestion, less lost productivity due to traffic delays,

better health and fewer animals dying slow, agonizing deaths after

being hit bymotor vehicles (less cars =less deaths)." Cost: $13.99.

For more information, visit:

http://www.enviroexpression.org/page328119.htm

 

"GREAT AMERICAN CITIES: FIVE THAT ARE GETTING IT RIGHT"

The latest from the Elm Street Writers Group, this article by Peter

Katz says "Milwaukee, Louisville, West Palm Beach, Washington, D.C.,

and Pittsburgh are wonderful cities that share common civic assets:

Elegant older neighborhoods, easy access to beautiful parks and natural

areas, close proximity to lively downtowns, first-rate public transit

systems, and strong local leadership." To read the article go to:

http://www.mlui.org/projects/growthmanagement/elmstreet/katzcities.asp

 

2 NEW PEW CENTER REPORTS ON TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

"These two case studies examining transportation issues in Delhi, India

and Shanghai, China are the first of a five-part series of reports

looking at the greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector

in developing countries. The reports identify policies and technologies

to simultaneously reduce emissions growth while improving air quality,

reducing traffic congestion, improving safety, and enhancing

transportation services. Three additional reports - examining South

Africa, Chile, and an Overview report - will be released later this

year."

 

"GREENHOUSE GAS SCENARIOS FOR DELHI, INDIA"

http://www.pewclimate.org/projects/transportation_delhi.cfm?m

"GREENHOUSE GAS SCENARIOS FOR SHANGHAI, CHINA"

http://www.pewclimate.org/projects/transportation_shanghai.cfm?m

 

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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/

 

August 20-24, 2001, Summer School on Community-based

Strategies to Enhance Physical Activity, Saskatoon, Canada.

Info: Lesley Rugg, University of Saskatchewan, voice:

(306) 966-6498, fax: (306) 966-6502,

email: lmr134@duke.usask.ca

website: http://www.usask.ca/kinesiology/PASS )

 

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 24-28, 2001, International Conference on

Ecology and Transportation, Keystone, CO. Info: Pam Cloer, CTE Events

Coordinator, voice: (919) 515-7990, email: pcloer@unity.ncsu.edu

website: http://www.itre.ncsu.edu/cte/icoet2001.html

 

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

 

September 27-28, 2001, Creating Active Community Environments, Sandy,

UT. Info: Jane Lambert voice: (801) 572-9487. The first 200 people who

register for them at the conference will receive a pedometer.

 

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

 

October 10-12, 2001, Footprints and Bike Tracks: Washington State's

biennial conference on walking and bicycling Olympia, WA. Info:

Bicycle Alliance of Washington, PO Box 2904, Seattle, WA 98111,

voice: (206) 224-9252

Website: http://www.bicyclealliance.org

 

November 21-25, 2001, Pan African Bicycle Conference, Jinja, Uganda.

Info: First African Bicycle Information Office (FABIO), Main St, Jinja,

Plot 9, P.O.Box 1537, Uganda. voice or fax: ++256 (43) 121 468, e-mail:

fabio@source.co.ug

website: http://www.connect-uganda.net/fabiobspw.htm

 

February 1 - March 30, 2002, Exhibition: The Physical Fitness of

Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building, Salt Lake City, UT.

Website: http://www.fitcities.org/

 

February 10-13, 2002, National Leadership Conference: Healthy Kids,

Healthy Communities: Integrating Health and Education, Washington, DC.

Info: Professional and Scientific Associates, voice: (404) 633-6869,

fax: (404) 633-6477

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/conference/current/index.htm

 

February 27 - March 1, 2002, 16th National Conference on Chronic

Disease Prevention and Control: Cultivating Healthier Communities,

through research, policy and practice, Atlanta, GA. Info:

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/current/index.htm

 

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

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

website: http://www.bikewalk.org

 

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JOB > EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: BIKEWALK VIRGINIA

BikeWalk Virginia, a recently created 501(c)(3), seeks part time staffer

to carry out its programs to encourage biking and walking in Virginia.

This is an exciting opportunity for a person with vision and energy to

shape this young organization. The executive director is responsible for

carrying out day-to-day activities; tasks include fundraising, writing

grants, establishing and operating a membership program, implementing

education programs, administrative and financial duties, and

coordinating annual conference. Limited short-term salary available.

Long-term pay and benefits are subject to the executive director's

ability to secure funding. For more information, contact:

mailto:cstroebel@igc.org

 

JOB > HEALTH POLICY ANALYST: PARTNERSHIP FOR PREVENTION

Policy analyst sought to research, write, and promote policy reports on

disease prevention and health issues. Must have excellent skills in

project management and oral/written communications. Require at least 2

years of experience in policy analysis: conducting substantive

research, critically analyzing research, and creating policy

recommendations. Prefer advanced degree. Application Deadline: August

24, 2001. For details, see:

http://www.prevent.org/CareerOpps-healthpolicyanalyst.htm

 

RFQ > KNOXVILLE CO. MPO, TN, PLAN

The Knoxville Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission is soliciting

qualifications to prepare a Development Concept and Transportation

Management Plan for Cades Cove, located in the Great Smoky Mountains

National Park. The Plan will incorporate natural and cultural resources,

existing Park facilities, visitation trends, and public involvement in

developing strategies to improve the visitor's experience in and around

Cades Cove. RFQ guidelines are available online at http://www.knoxtrans.org" .

Qualifications are September 14, 2001. Inquiries should be directed to

Doug Burton or Kelley Segars at Knoxville Knox County MPC, 400 Main

Street, Suite 403, Knoxville, TN 37902, (865) 215-2500.

 

JOB > BIKE/PED TRANS SPECIALIST: SAN JOSE, CA

The San Jose (CA) Transportation Planning Division of the Department

of Transportation is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to lead

and coordinate the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs. Education:

Bachelor's degree in transportation planning, city and regional

planning, urban studies, civil engineering or closely related field.

Experience: 3 years of increasingly responsible experience in project

or program management. For more information, contact SooBin Shin,

Transportation Department - City of San Jose,1404 Mabury Road, San

Jose, CA. 95133. Voice: (408) 277-2537; fax: (408) 277-3621; E-mail:

Soobin.Shin@ci.sj.ca.us

 

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