Gov. Gray Extends Safe Routes to School
Kids Lead the Way
Shape of Nation: Not Good...
New NCHRP Project On Roundabouts
Get Obesity Trends Slide Show
Tucson Hosts APBP Conference
Texans Walk to School
No More Solo Commuting for the Big Apple
North Carolinians Walk to School, too
Air Pollution More Deadly than Crashes
No Rest for Cincinnati Air Quality Regulators Bike
Parking Featured at Seattle's Safeco Field "Cadillac
Bypass" Bike/Ped Trail to Close Neighborhood Makes its
GOVERNOR DAVIS SIGNS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL BILL
Sacramento - Governor Gray Davis has signed Safe Routes to School
legislation -- Senate Bill 10 authored by State Senator Nell Soto
(D-Pomona) -- that extends the popular statewide program for three
"It's wonderful to see Governor Davis recognize that Safe Routes to
School is a smart investment in the future of this great state," says
Chris Morfas, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition
(CBC), a co-sponsor of the bill. "This is a sweet victory for bicycling.
The child cyclist has become an endangered species, and our triumph with
this Safe Routes to School legislation will get kids back on bikes in
California. Now it's time to go national with Safe Routes to School
construction, education and encouragement programs."
SB10 is expected to provide approximately $70,000,000 over the next
three years for new sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and other projects to
encourage students to walk or bike to school. Schools requested more
than five times the funding ($230 vs. $44 million) that was available
during the first two rounds of grant applications.
"It's a little bit of money that will go a long way towards safer
streets, more vital neighborhoods and healthier kids," states James
Corless, California Director of the Surface Transportation Policy
Project (STPP), the other co-sponsor of the bill.
More than 60 organizations statewide supported the bill including the
California PTA and the League of California Cities. California Bicycle
Coalition extends a special thanks to its members, Bikes Belong, local
bicycle advocates, Interbike, the League of American Bicyclists, the
Thunderhead Alliance and Chunky Flyrite Enterprises for their help
throughout the SB10 campaign.
For more information, see website of the California Bicycle Coalition,
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KIDS LEAD THE WAY
According to the website of Walk to School - USA, "Walk to School
Day 2001 was a great success! The day was about children, adults and
community leaders walking to school together to recognize the benefits
of walking and the need to create communities that are safe places to
walk. Millions of children and adults in 20 countries walked on Tuesday,
For more information on events around the country and world, visit their
website at: http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/
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SHAPE OF THE NATION: NOT GOOD...
On October 10th, the National Association for Sport and Physical
Education (NASPE) released its latest "Shape of the Nation" report. As
you might imagine, the news is not good. Whether it's childhood obesity,
type II diabetes, or sedentary lifestyles, things have gotten worse.
And, perhaps even more alarming, the agencies charged with making
progress have done very little to make a difference. Here are a few
"Fifteen years after the U.S. Congress passed Resolution 97 encouraging
state and local governments and local educational agencies to provide
high quality daily physical education programs for all children in
kindergarten through grade 12, and 10 years after Goals 2000 called for
inclusion of physical education as an integral component of all school
programs, little progress has been made.
Most states are not living up to recommendations of multiple reports and
recommendations from the federal government and other national
organizations including the Surgeon General's Report, Physical Activity
and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for
Schools and Community Programs to Promote Lifelong Physical Activity
Among Young People, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the
National Education Association (NEA) to require physical education for
all students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
That is the major finding of the Shape of the Nation Report, as
conducted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education
(NASPE). While this does not represent dramatic change from the previous
survey, it does indicate that most states, in the face of the growing
crisis in childhood obesity, Type II diabetes and of increasing
sedentary lifestyles, have taken no action to provide education about
the physical dimension of individuals..."
The report may be downloaded from:
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NEW NCHRP PROJECT ON ROUNDABOUTS
According to an October 4th posting on the Transportation Research
Board's website, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program
(NCHRP) released a Request for Proposals on "Applying Roundabouts in the
In particular, the proposed study will look at safety issues,
specifically regarding "pedestrians with blindness and low vision use
cues from traffic sounds to determine when to cross the roadway." The
project's objectives are to (1) develop methods of estimating the
safety and operational impacts of U.S. roundabouts and (2) refine the
design criteria used for them."
National Cooperative Highway Research Program
RESEARCH PROJECT STATEMENT
Project 3-65, FY 2002
If you're interested in learning more about the project and picking up a
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GET THE OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT OBESITY TRENDS SLIDE SHOW NOW
The Centers for Disease Control offers a free set of Power Point
slides on the topic of obesity trends in the U.S. from 1985 to 2000.
This slide set -- even when only four or five are used -- is a very
effective, dramatic presentation of the consequences (and magnitude) of
the physical inactivity/obesity problem and really wows the audience. As
the authors say, "During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic
increase in obesity in the United States. Currently, more than half of
all U.S. adults are considered overweight, defined as having a Body Mass
Index (BMI) of 25 or more. These data were derived from the Behavioral
Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a random-digit telephone survey
conducted by the CDC and state health departments.
"In 1985, while only a handful of states were participating in CDC's
BRFSS, none fell into the highest two categories of obesity prevalence.
No BRFSS participating states had an obesity rate greater than 14%. By
the year 2000, data were available for all 50 states, revealing 49
states as falling within the highest two categories of obesity (i.e., 27
states having 15-19% obesity; 22 states having a population rate of 20%
obesity or more). As the obesity epidemic spread, the prevalence of
overweight among U.S. adults increased by 61% from 1991 to 2000 alone."
The Power Point slides can be downloaded from:
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TUCSON HOSTS APBP CONFERENCE
From November 14th through the 16th, the Association of Pedestrian
and Bicycle Professionals will be putting on its 2nd Professional
Development Seminar Series in Tucson, Arizona. The Conference "brings
together leaders of the bicycle and pedestrian transportation profession
for two days of networking, in-depth technical seminars, and study
tours. Seminars topics include Inside the Engineering Manuals; Context
Sensitive Design; Trail-Roadway Intersection Design; Designing Sidewalks
and Trails for Access; Setting the Table for TEA-21; Real Intersection
Design; and more.
For more information on the conference, visit:
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TEXANS WALK TO SCHOOL
According to an October 3rd story in the Arlington (TX) Morning
News, "It was a little chilly, but J.J. Russell and his friend Eric
Walker still walked a mile on Tuesday from their homes to Dunn
Elementary School. 'My mom usually drives me,' said J.J., a
fifth-grader. The students were among several dozen in Arlington who
recognized National Walk to School Day on Tuesday.
"The event was started in 1997 by Partnership for a Walkable America, an
organization that encourages parents to walk to school with their
children to promote physical activity, pedestrian safety and awareness
of the difficulties children face on their trip to school. Since the
first Walk to School Day, millions of students, parents and teachers
from the United States and other countries have walked to their
campuses, according to the group's Web site.
"The Dunn students followed principal Debbie Williams along Woodside
Drive. Some wore patriotic clothes; others waved small American
Title: "Teachers, students and parents stroll to school in national
Author: Jennifer Arend
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NO MORE SOLO COMMUTING FOR THE BIG APPLE
According to an Oct. 1st story in Newsday, "Rudy Giuliani has had a
lot of surprises for us in recent days. His ban on solo car commuting
represents a particularly bold break with conventional thinking about
the place of automobiles in New York City.
"Banning single-occupant vehicles from lower and mid-Manhattan crossings
was visionary. The mayor has done more than ease the current traffic
crunch. He has pointed the way to curing our region's chronic traffic
congestion, once and for all.
"With one stroke, Giuliani has eliminated gridlock's No. 1 culprit: the
single-occupant vehicle. It wasn't easy. The 'right to drive' -
anywhere, anytime - is ingrained in contemporary culture. In life's
frantic scramble and struggle, a vehicle of one's own has come to be
seen not as an indulgence but a refuge; not as a luxury but a necessary
convenience. But with more and more cars on the road, 'convenience' has
lengthened from minutes to hours, making solo commuting very
inconvenient - indeed, a luxury we cannot afford to provide..."
Title: "Giuliani Puts Brakes on Car Culture"
Author: Charles Komanoff (Yes! Our Charles Komanoff!!)
Cost: Yes (registration required)
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NORTH CAROLINIANS WALK TO SCHOOL, TOO
According to an October 2nd story on WRAL TV in Raleigh (NC), "The
cool morning air did not prevent thousands of students across the
Triangle from walking to school Tuesday morning. Students and parents
from Cary's Northwoods Elementary show their patriotism during Walk To
School Day. The walk was in celebration of National Walk to School Day.
Students from Northwoods Elementary in Cary started their trek from
their local community center. This year, students also used the day to
proudly display their patriotism.
"The goal of Walk To School Day is to promote physical activity and to
make sure communities are safe for walking. Students and parents took a
walkability survey to answer safety questions. As many as 600,000 people
nationwide were expected to participate in the event..."
"Local Students Participate In Walk To School Day"
Reporter: Ericka Lewis
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AIR POLLUTION MORE DEADLY THAN CRASHES
According to an August 17th article in the Columbus (OH) Dispatch, "
More people are being killed by pollution from cars, trucks and other
sources than by traffic crashes, researchers estimate in a report that
says cleaning up would prolong the lives of thousands of people.
"The researchers, in a study in the journal Science, said that cutting
greenhouse gases in just four major cities -- Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mexico
City; Santiago, Chile and New York City -- could save 64,000 lives
during the next 20 years. Greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide
or ozone, are pollutants that tend to trap the sun's heat in the
atmosphere or to affect solar radiation.
"The gases have been blamed for causing global warming, but the study's
lead author, Devra Lee Davis, a professor at Carnegie Mellon
University's Heinz School in Pittsburgh, said the effects are not just
long-term. 'The message in our study is that there are real and
immediate health benefits' in reducing greenhouse gases, she said.
"She said that burning of fossils fuels, such as gasoline or coal, can
create air pollutants such as ozone, airborne particles small enough to
be inhaled, carbon dioxide and other gases. The pollutants, said Davis,
can cause people to die prematurely from asthma, breathing disorders and
heart disease. 'It is our best estimate that more people are being
killed by air pollution . . . than from traffic crashes,' Davis said..."
Title: "Auto Pollution Called Deadlier Than Traffic"
Author: Paul Recer
Archive cost: Apparently but not clear
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NO REST FOR CINCINNATI AIR QUALITY REGULATORS
According to an October 2nd story from the Environmental News
Network, "Pollution still permeates the air over Cincinnati, Ohio and
the city cannot relax its air pollution regulations, a federal appeals
court has ruled. Reversing a decision by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), the court decided that metropolitan
Cincinnati's air is still too dirty to qualify for clean-air status.
"On behalf of two Cincinnati residents and the Ohio chapter of the
Sierra Club, Earthjustice challenged the earlier EPA decision, charging
that decision violated the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati handed down the decision on Sept. 11..."
Title: "Court rejects clean air status for Cincinnati"
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BIKE PARKING FEATURED AT SEATTLE'S SAFECO FIELD
According to an Oct. 9th story in the Seattle Times, bicyclists
heading for the ballpark to watch the playoffs between the Seattle
Mariners and the Cleveland Indians are in luck. There is parking. "A
secure bicycle parking cage for more than 150 bicycles is located in the
Safeco Field garage. Additional bicycle parking racks are located on the
plaza next to the garage. The City of Seattle has requested that
bicyclists not chain bicycles to meters, trees or other objects because
they become hazards to pedestrians. Bicycles creating a hazard may be
removed by the Seattle Police Department."
Title: "Transportation, parking information for playoff games"
Author: Seattle Times staff
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MICHIGAN'S "CADILLAC BYPASS" BIKE/PED TRAIL TO CLOSE
According to a Sept. 27th news release from the Michigan Department
of Transportation, "MDOT has temporarily closed the portion of the new
US-131 bypass in Cadillac previously used by the community for
recreation. The lanes in both directions on US-131 just north of M-55
needed to be closed for construction purposes. The recreational use on
this stretch of the bypass has been enjoyed by many over the past two
months. Residents have been walking, running and biking on it since
"'We encourage members of the community to still come on out and enjoy
the bypass, but only on weekends now, through Oct. 14,' said Bob
Sweeney, manager of MDOT's Transportation Service Center in Cadillac. On
Oct. 14, 2001, the area will be permanently closed to all non-motorized
traffic. However, MDOT plans to hold a special ceremony near the end of
October to officially dedicate this portion of the bypass as the Sid
Ouwinga Memorial Bypass."
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NEIGHBORHOOD MAKES ITS OWN CROSSWALKS
According to a story in the October 7th edition of the Philadelphia
Inquirer, "The white lines on the pavement in Seattle's Fremont
neighborhood were a bit sloppy. Errant brush strokes blurred the long
edges. Some lines crisscrossed. It was a crosswalk, but clearly not the
work of professionals. A resident baffled by the questionable paint job
called Seattle Transportation, the office in charge of such things, to
report it. When city crews showed up, they also found four unauthorized
stop signs. They spent the next three days removing the paint and the
"This incident is not an isolated case, city officials say. Citizens
often take traffic control into their own hands. It costs the city
about $300 to replace each sign that is stolen or vandalized, said Tammy
Ravert, Seattle Transportation field supervisor. One or more signs are
taken or vandalized every day. Yet people who want traffic signs,
including stop signs and no-parking signs, can buy them from sign
companies in the area. Ravert estimates people illegally install signs
or paint their own crosswalks once or twice a month..."
Title: "Illegal crosswalks, signs proliferating in Seattle"
Author: Nicole Tsong
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And now for something completely different:
BIKE ATHENS VIRTUAL TOURS
"Living in one of the most notoriously car-cluttered regions of the
world (Georgia, USA), it's often hard to imagine workable alternatives
to ALL-CAR transportation. Thankfully, because of miraculous internet
technology you can now explore deep into the multimodal transportation
universe...without having to buy an expensive plane ticket to Europe or
Japan. Here you will find high-speed trains, trams, buses, safe and
enjoyable walking and biking environments, durable mixed-use urban
landscapes, city parks, countryside greenspace, plus the urban
celebration and camaraderie of San Francisco's Critical Mass. Each of
our virtual tours is divided into sub-categories with thumbnails for
your browsing convenience, and tours are long on pictures and short on
text. Take a virtual tour and enter the realm of truly advanced
transportation systems and more..."
"GEOMETRIC DESIGN PRACTICES FOR EUROPEAN ROADS"
A new FHWA publication "provides a summary of findings from the
International Scanning Tour for Roadway Geometric Design. The June 2000
tour reviewed European procedures and practices in roadway geometric
design and context-sensitive design, in which safety and mobility needs
are balanced with community interests." To get the full report on the
FHWA Web site, go to:
"HEY KID, TRY WALKING!"
According to this October 2nd Michigan Land Use Institute report,
"Communities win when schools are close to home." The author points out
that "we have to change this pattern of sending schools and children
away from the heart of our communities."
Larry Bassett's extensive online resource for pedestrian advocates,
particularly in the Montgomery CO., Maryland area.
"UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM ONLINE PLANNING RESOURCES
BIBLIOGRAPHIES, CONTACT AND WEBSITE DETAILS"
"This is a real treasure trove" --Bill Wilkinson
"MADISON URBAN AREA AND DANE COUNTY BICYCLE
The Sept. 2000 plan for the Madison, Wisconsin, area. Chapters may be
downloaded as pdfs from:
"DETROIT ARCHDIOCESE TACKLES SPRAWL"
According to this Oct. 11, 2001 report by Arlin Wasserman, "the church's
involvement could prove decisive to the growing Smart Growth movement in
Michigan. The Archdiocese, which represents 1.5 million Catholics in
southeast Michigan, has an enviable track record of successfully
influencing crucial public policy debates." See the report here:
For details about the church's activities, go to:
CONNECTICUT BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN TRANSPORTATION PLAN"
The Connecticut Department of Transportation's current
bicycle/pedestrian plan. Available for download at:
October 21-22, 2001, Bicycle Action Days, Sacramento, CA. Info: Chris
Morfas, California Bicycle Coalition, voice: (916) 446-7558; email:
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: email@example.com
November 8-9, 2001, Creating Walkable Communities, Glens Falls, New
York. Info: New York State Department of Health, Cristina Dyer-Drobnack,
Event Coordinator, 518-456-7905.
November 9, 2001. Maryland Bicycle Advocacy Meeting, Annapolis, MD.
Info: Mike Klasmeier, League of American Bicyclists, (220) 822-1333;
November 14-16, 2001, APBP Professional Development Seminar Series,
Tucson, AZ. Info: Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc.
(PBAA); voice: (520) 745-2033; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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:
December 6, 2001, The Interface of Urban Design, Public Health and
Physical Activity in Preventing Obesity, Seattle, WA. Kandi Lee,
University of Washington Nutritional Sciences program, voice:
February 1 - March 30, 2002, Exhibition: The Physical Fitness of
Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building, Salt Lake City, UT.
February 6, 2002, 5th Annual Bike/Ped Symposium, Annapolis, MD. Info:
One Less Car , Bob Chauncey, voice: (410) 810-9011.
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 International
Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.
JOB > BIKE COORDINATOR -- MARIN CO, CA
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
JOB > LEAD TECHNICIAN, SEMINOLE CO, FL
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 email@example.com
JOB > SR. GREENWAY/PEDESTRIAN/ENVIRONMENTAL
PLANNER: BIRMINGHAM, AL
The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham is considering
qualified persons for a Senior Planner position in Greenway, Pedestrian,
and Environmental Planning. Qualifications and experience: Masters
degree in urban, city or regional planning or closely related field and
three years planning experience or appropriate bachelors degree and five
years professional planning experience required; bicycle, pedestrian,
greenway planning experience desirable; knowledge of civil or traffic
engineering design principles desirable; knowledge of National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) provisions required; working knowledge
of ArcView GIS and Microsoft Office, including Access, required. For
more information, contact: William R. Foisy, Director, Transportation
Planning, RPC of Greater Birmingham, 2112 11th Avenue South, Suite 220,
Birmingham, AL 35205; voice: (205) 251-8139;
fax: (205) 328-3304; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
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