Issue #27 Friday, September 14, 2001


National Day of Prayer and Remembrance

for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks





Rail-Volution Cancelled

Obesity/Diabetes Major Causes of Death in Us

Community Health Report: Rural/Urban Areas

Safe Routes Request From a Reader




Pitching in Helps Brighten Darkest Day

NYC Streets Quiet after Terrorist Attack

Embattled Amtrak Comes to Travelers' Aid

Nurturing our Children

No Sidewalks for Caledonia Strip?

Waterfront Towns see Riverwalks as Lifelines




According to a message from G.B. Arrington of Parsons Brinckerhoff,

Portland OR, "The unfolding tragedy facing our nation has lead us to a

decision to cancel the conference that was scheduled for San Francisco

September 13-16th. Even if we wanted to hold the conference the

difficult status of America's airlines means that many who would want

to attend the conference could not. As a reflection of that we have had

over 200 room cancellations today.


"Please let your friends / associates /clients know so they are not

unconvinced any more than is avoidable. The fees that you have paid to

Rail-Volution will be refunded in the next several weeks. Your hotel

reservations can be cancelled without penalty but you need to make the

cancellation yourself. It is our understanding that you will not be

charged a fee for late cancellations.


"The Hyatt Regency has offered a block of space in late November and

early December at a deep discount to reschedule the conference. We will

be closely evaluating that option to establish if it is viable to

reschedule the conference.


"As always I will be very interested in getting your input on how we

should proceed."


GB Arrington, Senior Professional Associate, Transit Oriented

Development, Parsons Brinckerhoff, 400 SW 6th Avenue Suite 802,

Portland, OR 97204, Voice: (503) 274-2298; Fax: (503)274-1412; email:


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According to the results of a recent study published in the Journal

of the American Medical Association, "Each year, an estimated 300000 US

adults die of causes related to obesity. Obesity also substantially

increases morbidity and impairs quality of life. Overall, the direct

costs of obesity and physical inactivity account for approximately 9.4%

of US health care expenditures. 9 The direct and indirect costs of

health care associated with diabetes in 1997 were an estimated $98



"In 2000, the prevalence of obesity (BMI $30 kg/m2) was 19.8%, the

prevalence of diabetes was 7.3%, and the prevalence of both combined

was 2.9%. Mississippi had the highest rates of obesity (24.3%) and of

diabetes (8.8%); Colorado had the lowest rate of obesity (13.8%); and

Alaska had the lowest rate of diabetes (4.4%). Twenty-seven percent of

US adults did not engage in any physical activity, and another 28.2%

were not regularly active. Only 24.4% of US adults consumed fruits and

vegetables 5 or more times daily. Among obese participants who had had

a routine checkup during the past year, 42.8% had been advised by a

health care professional to lose weight. Among participants trying to

lose or maintain weight, 17.5% were following recommendations to eat

fewer calories and increase physical activity to more than 150 min/wk.


The study's conclusion: "The prevalence of obesity and diabetes

continues to increase among US adults. Interventions are needed to

improve physical activity and diet in communities nationwide."


Source: JAMA. 2001;286:1195-1200 http://www.jama.com

Title: "Obesity and Diabetes are Major Causes of Morbidity and

Mortality in the United States"

Cost: Yes.

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According to a Sept 10th news release, "HHS Secretary Tommy G.

Thompson today released a new report that shows Americans who live in

the suburbs fare significantly better in many key health measures than

those who live in the most rural and most urban areas. The 25th annual

statistical report on the nation's health is the first to look at

health status relative to communities' level of urbanization.


"People who live in the most rural and most urban areas have higher

mortality rates for working age adults than suburban residents, the

report found. Those who live in the suburbs of large metropolitan areas

have the lowest infant mortality rates and are more likely to have

health insurance and healthy lifestyles. These variations also

frequently track other demographic factors, such as income and race.


"We want all Americans, regardless of where they live, to have an equal

chance for a healthy life," Secretary Thompson said. "Geography alone

does not determine health status, but this report performs a valuable

service by helping us understand where the most rural and urban

communities can target public health efforts to close the gaps."


"The report, 'Health, United States, 2001, with Urban and Rural Health

Chartbook,' documents differences in a wide-ranging set of health

characteristics for people residing in communities from the most rural

to the most urban. Among its specific findings:


"- Death rates for working-age adults were higher in the most rural and

most urban areas. The highest death rates for children and young adults

were in the most rural counties.

- Residents of rural areas had the highest death rates for

unintentional injuries generally and for motor-vehicle injuries

specifically. Homicide rates were highest in the central counties of

large metro areas.

- Suburban residents were more likely to exercise during leisure time

and more likely to have health insurance. Suburban women were the least

likely to be obese.

- Both the most rural and most urban areas had a similarly high percent

of residents without health insurance.

- Teenagers and adults in rural counties were the most likely to smoke.

Residents of the most rural communities also had the fewest visits for

dental care.


"Health, United States, 2001, with Urban and Rural Health Chartbook," is

available online at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs .

Tables at the Web site will be updated as new data become available,

and users can sign up to be notified of changes through a listserv.

More information about the Secretary's Rural Health Task Force is

available at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2001pres/20010725.html .

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"If you are aware of and have information on states that are working

on Safe Routes to School Legislation (even if it is only in the

beginning stages of development), similar to California's SR2S

legislation, please contact Jessica Shisler, the CDC Walk to School

Program Coordinator at jshisler@cdc.gov. If you, too, are interested

in this information, I would be happy to share what I collect, just let

me know and I will forward it along.


Also, we are trying to put together a video on walk to school

initiatives. If you have some footage of community members walking to

school or news coverage related to walking to school that you would

like us to include please send to below address."


Jessica Shisler, MPH, Walk to School Program Coordinator, Division of

Nutrition and Physical Activity, Center for Disease Control and

Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, Mailstop K-46, Atlanta, GA

30341. Voice: (770) 488-5692; Fax: (770) 488-5473;

email: jshisler@cdc.gov

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According to a Sept. 13th story in the Bergen (NJ) County Record,

"The monstrous attack intended to blow the nation apart may instead

have brought it together...


"Paul Pollock, a corporate attorney who tried biking home to Tenafly

after the Trade Center blasts, waited nearly five hours at the closed

George Washington Bridge -- long enough to watch the Bergen County Bomb

Squad and its dogs search the bridge abutment. The bridge sidewalks

remained closed, so like hundreds of other stranded pedestrians and

cyclists, he waited at the uptown bus station, hoping to catch a ride

from the scores of car, van, and truck drivers offering to ferry

strangers across.


"'It was cooperation like you never see in the New York area,' said

Pollock, who eventually caught a ride in the back of a delivery van,

sitting on cases of wine with 15 other commuters. 'As big a bottleneck

as it was over there, there was no yelling, no screaming, no



Source: http://www.bergen.com:80/news/reachout200109137.htm

Search: http://www.bergen.com/search.html (apparently disabled


Title: "Pitching in helps brighten darkest of days"

Author: Ruth Padawer

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According to an article in the Sept. 12th edition of the Milwaukee

(WI) Journal-Sentinel, "Even though schools were closed, Wall Street

was vacant, nearly all movement in and out of Manhattan remained shut

down and police squads patrolled the perimeter, New Yorkers carried on

with their lives, walking dogs, peddling patriotic T-shirts and, most

of all, bearing the weight of their emotions...


"The morning commute into Manhattan, usually a winding snarl of cars on

bridges and tunnels, was non-existent. The Port Authority kept all

bridge and tunnel entrances into the city from New Jersey shut down,

creating huge traffic jams in some places and keeping many New Yorkers

who have been trying to return to the city since Tuesday from getting

home by car.


"Gone was the city's normally frantic atmosphere. Bicyclists pedaled

down the center lanes of broad avenues. Pedestrians, some with teary

eyes, passed shuttered restaurants and stores. Ambulances and fire

trucks roared by, unimpeded by pedestrians or taxis, an unusual sight

in a city where the whine of sirens is background noise..."


Source: http://www.jsonline.com:80/news/nat/sep01/nyc13091201.asp

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

Title: "In the city that never sleeps, the streets are empty"

Authors: Jessica Mcbride and Mark Johnson

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According to a story in today's ENN WorldWire News, "Amtrak, the

troubled national rail service that some lawmakers want to eliminate,

helped rescue thousands of stranded travelers Wednesday. Amtrak

trains around the country were running at capacity -- about double

their normal ridership -- as travelers searched for ways around the

nation's air-travel ban."


Source: http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2001/09/09142001/krt_44961.asp

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According to a Sept. 12th story in the Detroit News, "Malik

Weathers, 4, could barely contain his excitement as he put on a bicycle

helmet decorated with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He pedaled back and

forth in front of the Belle Isle Casino, showing off his prized new

possession. That kind of pride is just what the 200 members of the

Rotary Club of Detroit hoped to cultivate by distributing 500 helmets

free to children ages 5 to 12 on a recent Saturday morning on Belle



"Rotarians, known for sporting big name badges and singing goofy songs

at their weekly luncheon meetings, help children all over the world

through scholarships and events aimed at educating them and keeping

them healthy and safe. 'Our club is very concerned about children and

safety,' said Ann Clark, chair of Detroit Rotary's charitable

foundation, who helped initiate the annual give-away three years ago.

'This was something we could do to help reduce the number of head

injuries among children riding bicycles or skateboards.'


"While Rotarians gave away puzzles and prizes to children winning

raffles, parents wandered among exhibits by Detroit Edison, the Detroit

Technical Rescue Operations Team, Police Athletic League and the League

of Michigan Bicyclists. Members of the Sisters of Cycling demonstrated

the proper way to wear helmets while the Salvation Army distributed

free water and pop.


"The helmet give-away and safety presentation is one of the most

visible charity projects aimed at helping Detroit youth. 'We're a

Detroit club and we are dedicated to helping Detroit's children,' Clark



Source: http://detnews.com:80/2001/detroit/0109/13/s06-290962.htm

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

Title: "Nurturing our children"

Author: Maureen McDonald

Cost: No.

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According to a story in the Sept. 8th edition of the Milwaukee (WI)

Journal-Sentinel, "Fits of clapping and murmured protest punctuated a

public hearing Tuesday in which the Town Board heard from the community

about a proposed ordinance that would allow the town to build sidewalks

along a widened stretch of Highway 32...Among residents' objections

were: fears that sidewalks in one portion of the town could force

urbanization in the rest of the largely rural community; concerns over

who would pay for the project; and arguments over whether the sidewalks

are really necessary.


"'Who's going to pay for this?' asked Lori Jensen, practice manager at

North Shore Animal Hospital, 4630 Douglas Ave. 'We're all worried about

having our business decreased when they tear up the road for a year.

Now this? A lot of us won't be able to afford it.'


"No decisions about the proposal were made during the meeting at the

Caledonia Community Center. However, the board could vote as early as

Sept. 18 on the plan, [Town Board Chairman Susan] Greenfield said. The

ordinance, if approved, would allow the town to install a 5-foot-wide

sidewalk on both sides of Highway 32, also called Douglas Ave., from

north of the quarry at Three Mile Road to the end of the existing

four-lane highway, just south of Middle Road. Sidewalks are also

proposed on Four Mile Road between Chester Lane and the railroad tracks

just west of Douglas Ave. to provide pedestrian and bicycle access to

the nearby Racine County Bike Trail..."


Source: http://www.jsonline.com:80/news/racine/sep01/calr09090801a.asp

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

Title: "Caledonia debates Highway 32 plan"

Author: Jessica Hansen

Cost: No.

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According to a story in today's ENN WorldWire News Service, "The

waterfront-redevelopment revolution that helped transform such big-city

downtowns as Chicago, San Antonio, and Baltimore

during the last three decades is now an economic development idea

trickling out to the suburbs and even the smallest towns in the Chicago



"The tiny city of McHenry is trying to raise $8.8 million for an almost

mile-long riverwalk

along its stretch of the Fox River to lure people and businesses to the

downtown area. McHenry's downstream neighbors, Algonquin and Elgin,

broke ground in recent months on their own downtown riverfront

projects. And in Aurora, city leaders eyed neighboring Naperville's

riverwalk success and embarked upon plans for a $40 million, two-level

riverwalk project.


Source: http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2001/09/09142001/krt_44969.asp

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And now for something completely different:

A moment of silence...





The latest issue of "World Transport Policy & Practice," a quarterly

journal is now available free of charge at the below address. Articles

include "Cycling in African Cities: Status & Prospects"; "National

symbolism undermining healthy transport policies?"; "Twisted Logic in

the upside-down world of 'road safety' ideology"; "Livable

Neighborhoods"; and Walking as a local transport modal choice in






A report of a study published in Preventive Medicine (32:191-200, 2001)

which involved administration of a physical activity related

cross-sectional community survey to residents living in proximity to a

community rail-trail (Minuteman Bikeway, Arlington, MA). "While no

differences existed in the perceived physical environment between users

and non-users of the trail, distance to the bikeway, steep hill

barriers, and busy street barriers were all factors associated with

trail use." Reprint requests should be addressed to : RSAUNDERS@SC.EDU

Preventive Medicine (abstract):


Cost for a copy of the article from Preventive Medicine (pdf) is $35.00.



This Helsinki, Finland, study shows that "The average number of

daily trips in Helsinki is 4.7. In the centre area cycling was used

almost in every sixth journey. This is the same amount as the average

daily motor vehicle trips. The average length of a single cycle ride is

4.3 km and the median length 2.7 km. These two figures are noteworthy

because half of motor vehicle trips in Helsinki are shorter than 6 km."


Other reports are available at:





An article by Rahmi Akcelik (1997) published in Traffic Engineering +

Control (38 (7/8), pp. 388-399). Can be downloaded as a pdf from:


Other roundabout resources are available.




September 13-16, 2001, Rail~Volution: CANCELLED.


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 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


October 25-26, 2001, How to Turn a Place Around, New York City. 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/nyc_training.htm


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:


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





The Marin County Board of Supervisors recently approved a permanent new

civil engineering position -- a Bicycle Coordinator. Now, the Marin

County Department of Public Works is announcing a recruitment for an

Assistant Engineer/Junior Engineer with bike and pedestrian facility

design experience. What follows is a job description. Duties: Designs

and develops bicycle and pedestrian paths and facilities, participates

as staff in public hearings and public meetings, responds to inquiries

from the public, and writes correspondence and reports. Salary Range:

$4,696 - $5,657 monthly, 37.5 hour work week. Requirements: Bachelor's

Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college

and two years engineering experience, which must include development of

bicycle and pedestrian paths. Possession of a valid California

Engineer-In-Training Certificate and 4 years of engineering related

experience may substitute for the college requirement only. Request an

application form from: Marin County Human Resources Department, 3501

Civic Center Drive, Room 403, San Rafael California 94903. Telephone:

(415) 499-6104. Or apply at:




Position opening in Central Florida for person with good bicycle/ped

facilities planning/design experience and GIS. Seminole County Florida

Public Works Dept, engineering division will be looking for a "LEAD

TECHNICIAN" type whose duties will be to help in the planning and

oversight of trails, bikeways and pedestrian facilities, attend MPO

bicycle/pedestrian advisory committee, conduct LOS studies, staff

Seminole County bicycle sub-committee, maintain trails website,

educate, speak, write and all the rest of those good professional

bike/ped things including development review of plans for trails and

facilities, write research grants. Contact Ginger Hoke at




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:

http://www.sierraclub.org/jobs/WDC_sprawl_rep.htm .



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:




The new Assistant City Traffic Engineer will coordinate the City's

Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (traffic calming), develop and

create a new Bicycle/Pedestrian Program, and coordinate transportation

planning activities. We are looking for a transportation professional

with engineering and/or planning experience. The salary range is

$62,475 to $79,737. The position opened on July 9th; to be considered

for the first review, applications need to be submitted by September

14. For more information: Scott E. Nodes, P.E., City Traffic Engineer,

City of Peoria, 8401 West Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ 85345. Email:





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