Alert! CDC Seeks Input on Injury Research Agenda
World Bank's Transport Strategy Review
APBP's 2nd Professional Development Seminar Series
UC Davis Launches Bike/Ped Course
Arlington VA Tries Speed Hump Temps
A Cool MO to DE Trip For Dennis Scott
Irish Commute Can Be Rough
Calgary Peds Get a Few Lifts
A Walk on DC's Wild Side
New Bike Lanes/Path Coming to Oahu
Biking Alaska's Coastal Trail
New Jersey Path Project Worries Neighbors
ALERT! CDC SEEKS INPUT ON INJURY RESEARCH AGENDA
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control (NCIPC) is asking for comments on its injury
research agenda, with input to be received by August 20. The NCIPC sets
out its research agenda in eight topical chapters in three prioritized
tiers. Comments submitted by August 20 will be considered for the next
iteration of the agenda, to be presented in early December.
The document makes some mention of issues related to bicycling, walking
and physical activity promotion (listed here by chapter):
TRANSPORTATION AND MOBILITY
"F. Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral and environmental
strategies to prevent pedestrian injury." (Tier Two)
"K. Evaluate programs and policies to increase the use of bicycle and
motorcycle helmets." (Tier Three)
"L. Adapt and evaluate proven effective prevention strategies to rural
areas (e.g., for alcohol, pedestrian, speeding, traffic calming)." (Tier
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
"L. Evaluate community efforts that aim to increase physical activity
while preserving safety." (listed below Preventing Dog Bites, but above
Unintentional Firearm Injury) (Tier Three)
SPORTS, RECREATION, AND EXERCISE
"T. Evaluate the effectiveness of components of safe bicycling"
To register and submit comments, visit
To view discussion and comments on the agenda, visit the PedNet
discussion group archive at
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WORLD BANK'S TRANSPORT STRATEGY REVIEW
According to the Institute for Transportation and Development
Policy's website, "The World Bank has completed the latest version of
their Urban Transport Sector Strategy Review, and the July draft
contains the important Chapter 12 which spells out how the new policy
will influence World Bank activity. It's important that we review and
comment on this Chapter in particular as soon as possible.
The current draft is great on promoting Non-Motorized Transport and
integrating it into all road loans. Its weakest in that it doesn't
really mention lending for Bus Rapid Transit, and there is no explicit
commitment to traffic demand management and incorporating induced
traffic into their economic and environmental evaluation."
To see the Bank paper, go to:
To see ITDP's comments:
Thanks to SUSTRANS News Flash service:
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APBP'S 2ND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR SERIES
According to the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle
Professionals' website, APBP's 2nd Professional Development Seminar
Series, scheduled for November 14-16 in Tucson, Arizona will bring
together "leaders of the bicycle and pedestrian transportation
profession for two days of networking, in-depth technical seminars, and
study tours. Critical subjects to be covered include designing sidewalks
and trails for universal access, intersection design, context sensitive
design, and bicycle and pedestrian issues for TEA-21 reauthorization. A
special ?Inside the Manuals? session features speakers who are
responsible for the Highway Capacity Manual, AASHTO Green Book, and
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
"A series of half-day bike rides and walks will take participants on an
exploration of the innovative and exemplary ways in which Tucson is
accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians. There might also be some
locations that need improvement! Take your pick from tours focused on
pedestrian design, integrating transit with nonmotorized travel, trail
and bicycle facility design etc."
For more information, go to:
For registration forms and information, go to: http://www.pbaa.com
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UC DAVIS LAUNCHES BIKE/PED COURSE
According to a recent news release from the University of
California, Davis, "'Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning and Design'
provides an introduction to the critical elements of planning and design
for bicycle circulation and pedestrian design. It moves from the broad
legal and policy framework to community-wide planning and policy needs
and, finally, to the scale of detailed design for neighborhoods and
projects. The first day consists of classroom lectures, discussions and
case studies. The second day is an optional half-day guided bike tour
throughout the city of Davis and the University of California, Davis
campus. The city and campus communities have developed one of the most
extensive, well-connected and safe bicycle networks in the country.
Michelle DeRobertis, principal transportation engineer with Wilbur Smith
Associates in San Francisco, teaches the course which takes place
Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m.-1
p.m., respectively. The course will take place at 1632 Da Vinci Ct.,
Davis, and the fee is $300 for both the lecture and bike tour or $250
for the lecture only. A $50 discount is available for CCAPA and AEP
For more information about this program, call University Extension, UC
Davis at (800) 752-0881 or visit the Web site at
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ARLINGTON VA TRIES SPEED HUMP TEMPS
According to Rich Viola of the City of Arlington, "Arlington,
Virginia, just purchased two temporary speed humps from Recycled
Technology Inc., an Oregon firm. The humps are made from sections of
recycled rubber material and are assembled and anchored at the
installation site. We had ours installed in early July and so far are
pleased with them." For specifications , prices, etc:
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A COOL MO TO DE TRIP FOR DENNIS SCOTT
We recently got a note from Dennis Scott, formerly Missouri's
bike/ped coordinator saying that "After eight years as the Bicycle and
Pedestrian Program Coordinator for the Missouri Department of
Transportation, Dennis Scott has moved on to the east coast to serve as
the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Delaware Department of
Transportation. Prior to his work in Missouri, Dennis held similar
positions at the regional level in Tampa and Sarasota, Florida for a
total of nine years." Good luck to Dennis in his new position and if any
of his friends want to drop him a line, try
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IRISH COMMUTE CAN BE ROUGH
In an August 13th Irish Times editorial, Mary Mulvihil said "There I
am, communing with the tarmac outside the Ormond Hotel on Dublin's north
quays, surrounded by a host of angels holding mobile phones, while a
couple of local 10-year-olds give me the benefit of their considerable
medical expertise. You're maybe wondering what I'm on, or what I've
taken? Well, what I'm not on, is my bike, what I've taken is a tumble.
And unfortunately, I led with my right eyebrow, not my most intelligent
"It's just the latest incident in my long, and fortunately
undistinguished career, as an urban cyclist, but it has left me with
five neat stitches, a prizefighter's eye, smashed spectacles, multiple
bruising, and a severe shock to the nervous system. On the plus side,
though, it has greatly restored my faith in humankind (more about that
Title: "An Irishwoman's Diary"
Author: Mary Mulvihill
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CALGARY PEDS GET A FEW LIFTS
In an August 10th op-ed piece, Calgary Herald writer Allan Connery
described some of Calgary's new pedestrian features: "With new LRT
stations opening soon, it's good to see pedestrian overpasses being
provided to link the two stations to the east side of Macleod Trail. The
Canyon Meadows walkway is nearly complete and work has started on an
overpass from the Fish Creek/Lacombe station. Major users of this one
will include students at St. Mary's College.
"And way down south, near Highway 22X, there'll be a pedestrian overpass
in place even before the LRT extension opens in 2003. When Ald. Linda
Fox-Mellway learned the old overpass from Anderson Station to
Southcentre was being replaced, she put the grab on the precast pieces
and arranged for them to be installed again. The walkway will provide a
path across Macleod from the Shawnessy LRT station to places like
Fluor-Daniel's new offices and a future public high school."
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A WALK ON DC'S WILD SIDE
In the fourth part of a five part series, Washington Post staff
writer Benjamin Forgey had this to say: "I must say that I am impressed
with all the building activity downtown. Not the architecture,
necessarily, but the activity. Walking downtown, however, is not an
impressive experience. A simple message, 'Sidewalk Closed, Use Other
Walk,' has become required reading for all citizens and visitors in the
commercial core of the nation's capital.
"Oh, sure, the phenomenon is easy enough to explain. Construction is all
over the place, and so are the signs. And isn't it nice that the author
thought to put that helpful-hint arrow in, directing you to cross the
street to the 'Other Walk'? On second thought, you might wonder, as you
take your umpteenth detour, why you are being forced to use the 'Other
Walk.' After all, if there is this 'Other Walk,' there must be 'The
Walk.' Why can't we all use 'The Walk'?..."
After 14 day search:
Title: "Pedestrian Impediments: A Walk on the Wild Side"
Author: Benjamin Forgey
Date: August 16, 2001
Archive cost: Yes
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NEW BIKE LANES/PATH COMING TO OAHU
According to an article in the August 12th Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
"What a difference a bike lane will make: Soon Liz Ryan won't have to
bike three blocks out of her way to avoid exiting freeway traffic to get
from Kaimuki to Kahala. The special events coordinator for the Hawaii
Bicycling League looks forward to work on the Kaimuki bike lane as well
as another short section near Kealaolu Avenue farther east.
"That work is scheduled to begin Sept. 4, said Dean Harvest, information
specialist with the state Department of Transportation. Vince Llorin,
the Department of Transportation's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator,
said the two projects are a small part of the Honolulu Bicycle Master
Plan's ''Bike-Friendly Route No. 1.' It would connect the Kalanianaole
bike lane from Hawaii Kai to Aiea through the downtown area.
"In Kaimuki, the lane will be installed along Waialae Avenue from 17th
Avenue to 21st Avenue. In Kahala, the lane will extend the existing path
on Kealaolu to help cyclists merge onto Kalanianaole Highway. The two
projects will cost a total of $1,645,145 for design and construction..."
(search by issue date)
Title: "Bike lanes to ease East Oahu travel"
Author: Pat Gee
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BIKING THE ALASKA COASTAL TRAIL
According to an article in the August 12th Seattle Times, "'Most
people encounter moose past the airport,' my photocopied sheet of
cycling directions tersely stated. Too bad I had time to ride only
halfway out the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, but maybe it was just as
well. Even on this perfect summer Saturday, I was alone on stretches of
the waterfront path, and armed only with 21 speeds on a rented bicycle.
"'A cow moose can be very dangerous while protecting her calf from a
perceived threat,' another brochure told me. OK, so I stopped short of
the airport. Still, I got a wonderful first taste of wild Alaska only
minutes from downtown Anchorage ? a relaxing way to spend an unplanned
afternoon in town before I set out the next day for Denali National
Title: "Alaska: A trail of wilderness and history"
Author: Brian J. Cantwell
Archive cost: No
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NEW JERSEY PATH PROJECT WORRIES NEIGHBORS
According to an August 14th story in the Passaic County Record, "The
plan was to create a nature trail along the old Morris Canal where
township residents would be able to stroll or bike while learning about
the waterway's history. But the second phase of the project, which
called for the clearing of trees in the Great Notch section to make room
for park benches and light posts, has infuriated residents of this
"'I knew that there was going to be a pathway through there, but
honestly I was led to believe that it was going to be a natural dirt
pathway,' said April Patrick, a Morningside Circle resident whose
backyard patio faces the walkway. 'I really had no idea that there was
going to be lights and a 12-foot-wide paved situation.'..."
Title: "Trail's neighbors fear loss of privacy"
Author: Monsy Alvarado
Cost: Apparently (new system coming)
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And now for something completely different:
ONE V-E-R-Y L-O-N-G BIKE/PED BRIDGE
"John --- Thank you for contacting the State Cycle Unit in
Queensland Transport and for exploring our web site. The bridge in the
picture you refer to is the Hornibrook Highway linking Brighton and
Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, Qld. The bridge was once used by vehicles
but was closed when a new bridge for vehicles was built alongside it.
(If you look to the left in the picture you will see the new bridge.)
The bridge has been reopened for cyclists and pedestrians and is used
regularly for recreation and commuting. Many people cycle out onto the
bridge to fish. I hope this answers your questions. If you would like
any more information please contact me again." --Jennifer Collin, State
Cycle Unit, Queensland Transport.
For a quick virtual tour, go to:
"AUSTRALIA CYCLING: THE NATIONAL STRATEGY, 1999-2004"
A report by the Australian Bicycle Council, "Australia Cycling provides
the framework for the delivery of programs that will increase
participation in cycling. The Strategy contains deliverable objectives,
with clear targets, time frames and responsibilities. Its implementation
will ensure that cycling can play an important part in our transport
system." Downloadable as a pdf from:
"CYCLING DATA AND INDICATOR GUIDELINES"
According to this Nov. 2000 report funded by the [Australian]
Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care & developed in
conjunction with the Australian Bicycle Council, "One of the key goals
of the National Cycling Strategy is an increased participation in
cycling. The development of the 'Guidelines for Cycling Data and Cycling
Indicators' will allow the measurement of progress towards this key
goal, as well as other objectives within the strategy. They will also
guide each state in collecting cycling data that will allow the creation
of a national picture of cycling." Downloadable as a MS Word document
"LINKAGES: BUILT ENVIRONMENT, WELL BEING, AND ACTIVE LIVING"
A Sept. 1994 paper prepared for Active Living and the Environment
Program, Fitness Canada by Transport Concepts. See the report at:
"ADDENDUM TO THE 1997 FEDERAL HIGHWAY COST ALLOCATION
STUDY, FINAL REPORT"
This FHWA publication calculates the externalized "social costs" of
motor vehicle use, i.e., congestion, crash costs, air pollution, and
noise. "Social costs" borne by highway users exceed direct highway
program costs by nearly a factor of 3, and those borne by non-users come
to about 3/4 of highway program costs. Download the addendum at:
http://www.bts.gov/ntl/data/final.pdf (2mb pdf) The 1997 Federal Highway
Cost Allocation Study is available at:
http://www.ota.fhwa.gov/hcas/summary (for the summary) or
http://www.ota.fhwa.gov/hcas/final/toc.htm (very large)
"PEDESTRIAN COMPATIBLE PLANNING AND DESIGN GUIDELINES"
The New Jersey Dept. of Transportation's manual on pedestrian planning
and design. Can be downloaded in chapters from:
"PSYCHOLOGY OF THE CAR DRIVER: THE NUT BEHIND THE WHEEL AND
HOW TO HELP HER"
A paper by Cees Wildervanck, presented at the "Expert Workshop on In-Car
Technology and Driver Behaviour" (Delft,1996). "About half of traffic
accidents are caused by errors in distribution of attention, ranging
from in-car discussion groups via using the car-phone to just missing
relevant stimuli from the environment. That gives us the first
hint: preferably, don't distract the driver from his main task, and, if
possible, avoid peak mental loads. (Roundabouts are a nice example: the
mental load of a busy conventional junction is "spread out" over a
series of easy T-junctions.)..." Can be downloaded at:
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,
website: http://www.usask.ca/kinesiology/PASS )
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 24-28, 2001, International Conference on
Ecology and Transportation, Keystone, CO. Info: Pam Cloer, CTE Events
Coordinator, voice: (919) 515-7990, 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
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.
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
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:
February 1 - March 30, 2002, Exhibition: The Physical Fitness of
Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building, Salt Lake City, UT.
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
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:
September 3-6, 2002, ProBike/Prowalk 02, the 12th Inter- national
Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.
JOB > D.C. REP. FOR SIERRA CLUB CAMPAIGN
The Sierra Club seeks Washington DC Representative for its "Challenge to
Sprawl" Campaign. The Representative participates in the development of
strategies and priorities for the campaign, produces educational
materials and reports, does research, testifies, lobbies, works closely
with volunteers, serves as a technical resource, and represents the
Sierra Club to government officials, the media and other organizations.
Required experience includes B.A./B.S. degree in Environmental Studies,
Political Science, or a closely related field, substantial experience
planning and conducting a national legislative campaign, and work with
senior level political leaders; excellent knowledge and background in
policy issues related to sprawl, including land use, transportation and
smart growth. For a complete job description, go to:
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:
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 due September 14, 2001. Inquiries should be directed
to Doug Burton or Kelley Segars at Knoxville Knox County MPC, 400 Main
St., 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:
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