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Issue #31 Friday, November 9, 2001

 

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TBC Trains 2000th Bike Safety Instructor

Realtor Study Shows Commute Concerns

$$ for Obesity Prevention

Safe Routes Group Gets New Website

Cycling Popular in Quebec

ADA Overrides Local Zoning

Diabetes to Increase 165%

A Big Ped Time in Mass.

NY State Seeks Calming Proposals

CDC Report Links Health, Built Environment

A Heart for Life

 

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Bison Trail Opens in Lincoln

Genoa, MI, Studies Sidewalks

NY Fire Fighters to Bike to LA

Honolulu Residents Get Crosswalk

Philly High-Speed Line Allows Bikes

Burden Lauded by Sierra Club

World Heading to Gridlock, Pollution

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CRASHING SOFTWARE AND THIS ISSUE

This issue is a little bit later than I had hoped. Unfortunately, a

system crash destroyed the first version and I had to reconstruct it

this morning from scratch. If you had a news item that should have

shown up, let me know and I'll get it in the next issue. -- John

Williams, editor <john@montana.com>

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TBC TRAINS 2000TH BIKE SAFETY INSTRUCTOR

According to a Nov. 6th news release from the Texas Bicycle

Coalition, "A San Antonio teacher became the 2,000th bicycle safety

instructor to be trained in the Texas Bicycle Coalition’s (TBC )

world-renowned Texas SuperCyclist Project Saturday. The local teacher,

Patricia S. Diez, was recognized at Hawthorne Elementary School in a

brief recognition ceremony featuring San Antonio Independent School

District (SAISD) and TBC officials.

 

"Diez, a teacher at SAISD's Carrajal Elementary School, was presented

with a certificate in recognition of her landmark participation in the

Texas SuperCyclist Project, and with several bicycle helmets for her

students' use in SuperCyclist classroom work. Diez was one of a group

of teachers in regularly-scheduled Texas SuperCyclist Project training

Saturday.

 

"'This is a landmark for the team of teachers we're building to make

bicycle safety a part of the institution of public education, 'TBC

Executive Director Gayle Cummins said. 'We’re planning on reaching

3,500 teachers by next year, so we may have a long way to go, but we’ve

come such a very long way already'..."

 

For more information, contact Gayle Cummins of TBC at

<gayle@biketexas.org>

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REALTOR STUDY SHOWS COMMUTE CONCERNS

According to a recently released survey of urban and suburban

voters, "The car is still king and the yard is queen. Both can be

deposed by too long of a commute. Why is the car king? A lack of

convenient mass transit, not a lack of willingness to try it. Americans

voice a desire for choice."

 

The study, conducted by Gene Ulm and Rob Autry for the National

Association of Realtors found that commuting alone by car accounted for

85% of the journeys to work and bicycling and walking account for 2%.

The rest are split among carpooling, transit, and telecommuting. Forty

percent of the respondents spend more than 40 minutes a day commuting;

18% spend over an hour.

 

When asked about the causes of traffic congestion, many said it was due

to the lack of convenient alternatives; too many people commuting too

far; too much development; and not enough people using alternative

modes. Other popular responses include narrow roads; crashes and road

rage; too few new roads being built; and bad roads and maintenance.

 

To download a copy of the survey results, go to:

http://nar.realtor.com/gov/look.pdf

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$$ FOR ENVIRO APPROACHES TO OBESITY PREVENTION

The National Institutes of Health released a request for

applications (RFA) on October 26th for projects that "study primary and

secondary prevention approaches targeting environmental factors that

contribute to inappropriate weight gain in children, adolescents, and

adults." Applications may be submitted by for-profit and non-profit

organizations (e.g., universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories,

units of State and local governments, and eligible agencies of the

Federal government).

 

For the initial year, approximately $4,000,000 will be committed to

fund successful applications and NIH anticipates making 5 to 12 awards.

In addition to a variety of other suggested project goals, including

many that involve nutrition, here are some from the application

guidelines that hit close to home:

 

- Promoting walking or bicycling to school or to worksites

- Increasing physical activity during before and after school care

- Decreasing sedentary behaviors in children and adolescents

- Promoting physical activity at worksites

- Increasing family participation in physical activity

 

For more information, go to:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-02-021.html

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CALIF. SAFE ROUTES GROUP GETS NEW WEBSITE

According to a recent note from Gracie Askew, the California Safe

Routes to School group has launched their new website. The site

includes information about California's SRS legislation (SB10), as well

as information on upcoming events and copies of their newsletters.

 

For more information, contact Askew at <askew@jba-cht.com>

Or visit their website at:

http://www.4saferoutes.org

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CYCLING POPULAR IN Quebec

According to a recent news release from Velo Quebec, "the cycling

culture is solidly imbedded in Quebec, as confirmed by the State of

cycling in Quebec in 2000. The study, undertaken by Velo Quebec in

collaboration with the ministäre des Transports du Quebec, reveals that

one Quebecer out of two has used a bike in 2000. This represents 53% of

people aged 6 to 74, about 3,5 million people.

 

"'Cycling keeps getting more popular in Quebec,' states Jean-François

Pronovost, director of Velo Quebec. 'With 750 bikes for 1000

inhabitants, Quebec is close to European countries that are

traditionally cycling nations, like Denmark and the Netherlands (1000

bikes/1000 inhabitants). Today we can estimate that there are 5,5

million bikes in Quebec, compared to 5 million in 1995.'

 

"This increase also comes with a more frequent use of the bicycle. So,

since 1977, the number of adults who use a bike at least once a week

has almost doubled, going from 0.9 million to 1.7 million. The increase

is particularly notable with cyclists older than 45, and notably with

the 65 to 74 age group (21% of cyclists in 2000 compared to 12% in

1995). On the other hand, a decrease in cycling has been reported with

young adults. The popularity of cycling for the 18-24 age group has

gone from 76 to 58% and from 67 to 58% with the 25-34 age group. We

might think that this decrease is part of a generalized decrease of

physical activity with youths..."

 

To download the report, go to:

http://www.velo.qc.ca/velo_quebec/Documents/etat_velo/bicycling-quebec-2000.

pdf

 

Information: Sophie des Marais, Director of public relations, at

<sophie_desmarais@velo.qc.ca> or visit their website at:

http://www.velo.qc.ca

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ADA OVERRIDES LOCAL ZONING

According to an article in the Nov. 5th edition of Elder Law Issues,

George and Astrid Dadian of Wilmette, Illinois, have medical problems

and, as a result, wanted their reconstructed home to have a garage that

could be reached from the front curb. "The Dadians have lived in

Wilmette for forty two years. Their home, like most in the Village, has

a garage that is accessible only from the back of the lot. They plan an

extensive reconstruction, however, and they hope to move the new garage

entrance around to the front of the house. This would shorten the

distance Mrs. Dadian has to back up to get out their garage, and her

doctors agree that the change would be better for her, since she would

not have to twist and turn for as long when backing out."

 

Neighbors, concerned about the safety of small children, objected. The

Village suggested the Dadians put in a back-yard turnabout to limit

Mrs. Dadian’s backup distance, but the couple said it would take up

most of their back yard. Since under ADA, the Dadians’ zoning problems

became a legal issue, they went to court. "They argued before a federal

judge and jury in Illinois that the Village’s refusal to permit the

front access amounted to discrimination against them based on their

disabilities. The Village objected, arguing that the Dadians are not

disabled within the meaning of the ADA, and that the law does not

require the Village to approve this curb cut even if it does apply.

After a jury trial, the Village was ordered to approve the front access

to the Dadians’ garage, and the Village appealed.

 

The Federal Court of Appeals, however, upheld the lower court decision,

pointing out that Mrs. Dadian's ailments fit within the law’s

definition. "The appeals court agreed that the front-access curb cut

was reasonable, especially since six of the sixteen homes on the

Dadians’ block already have similar front or side access....The ADA

(and the related Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988) can overrule

local zoning restrictions. Based on those laws, local governments and

private businesses can be forced to show that rules and decisions

reasonably accommodate the needs of the disabled." (Dadian v. Village

of Wilmette, October 18, 2001.)

 

Source: http://www.elder-law.com/2001/Issue919.html

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DIABETES INCIDENCE WILL INCREASE 165% BY 2050

According to an article in the Nov. 9th edition of BikeLeague News,

"The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes will soar 165% over

the next 50 years, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Dr.

James P. Boyle from the CDC found that 29 million Americans will be

diagnosed with diabetes in 2050, compared with 11 million today. The

good news: getting people to improve their diet and exercise habits

could slow this alarming increase. Dramatic new evidence signals the

unfolding of a diabetes epidemic in the United States. With obesity on

the rise, we can expect the sharp increase of diabetes rates to

continue. Unless these dangerous trends are halted, the impact on our

nation's health and medical care costs will be overwhelming, said Dr.

Jeffrey Koplan, Director of CDC.

 

"While over consumption of fast food and other high fat foods is part

of the problem, reduced physical activity and neighborhoods with

neither parks nor connecting sidewalks also play a role, Dr. William

Dietz of CDC said. Obesity is second behind tobacco in U.S. health risk

factors, contributing to 300,000 deaths a year. 25% of Americans are

obese, resulting in $100 billion a year in national health care costs,

or one in every $10 spent, Dietz said, and diabetes, often an obesity

complication, represents 25% of all Medicare costs. Dr. Boyle said,

"Our study strongly supports the need for people who are at risk for

diabetes to make these changes, such as developing better eating habits

and maintaining a regular exercise program.

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.cdc.gov/health/diabetes.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/index.htm

 

For more information on BikeLeague News, visit the League of American

Bicyclists' website at:

http://www.bikeleague.org

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A BIG PED TIME IN MASS.

According to Josh Lehman, the bicycle/pedestrian coordinator of

Massachusetts, the recent statewide pedestrian conference was a big

success. "200 attendees over the 2 days, 18 exhibitors, 15 workshops.

Good press coverage. 3 agency heads to spark the plenary, plus the

Worcester City Manager. Mark Fenton to spark the crowd. Plus fabulous

weather for those who chose to walk when schedules permitted..."

 

For more information, contact Lehman at <Josh.Lehman@MHD.state.ma.us>

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NY STATE SEEKS TRAFFIC CALMING PROPOSALS

According to an article in the Oct. 29th issue of Mobilizing the

Region, "The NY State Department of Transportation has issued the

request-for-proposals for a second round of funding under its 'Long

Island Safe Streets and Traffic Calming' program. The program was

announced by Governor Pataki in 1999 and got started last year. The DOT

uses federal funding for safety projects to give grants to counties and

municipalities to build traffic calming, bike lane and other

bike/pedestrian safety projects. Nassau and Suffolk are the most deadly

NY State counties for pedestrians outside of New York City.

 

Last summer, the DOT made grant awards to eight towns and villages (see

MTR #320), and is working with those local governments to implement the

projects...Proposals must be back to the Dept. by December 21." For

more info, call: (631) 952-6128.

 

Mobilizing the Region is published weekly by the Tri-State

Transportation Campaign. They may be reached at: <tstc@tstc.org>

Their website is: http://www.tstc.org

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CDC REPORT LINKS HEALTH, BUILT ENVIRONMENT

According to a Nov. 1st story in the Gulf Coast Growth News, "A new

report by doctors from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC) finds several primary connections between suburban sprawl and

public health. For Creating A Healthy Environment: The Impact of the

Built Environment on Public Health the researchers compiled data from

across disciplines and from multiple sources into a single

comprehensive report that examines the effects on health of the broad

physical and social environment, which includes housing, urban

development, land-use and transportation, industry, and agriculture.

 

"Findings include the following: Increases in vehicle miles traveled

has resulted in an increase in air pollution and in the incidence of

respiratory diseases, sedentary living habits contribute to poor health

outcomes because they are a significant factor in the incidence of

overweight and obesity, lack of pedestrian friendly features in a

community becomes a factor leading to illness and even death,

residential development can pose unique health and quality of life

hazards.

 

The report, published by Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse, is available at:

http://www.sprawlwatch.org/frames.html

 

For more information about the Gulf Coast Growth News, go to:

http://www.livablehouston.org

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A HEART FOR LIFE

According to a recent news release from the World Heart Federation,

"One out of three deaths across the world is now due to heart disease

and stroke, and this figure is rising rapidly. That is 17 million

people a year, six times more than HIV/Aids related deaths. This

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) epidemic is not limited to industrialized

countries. Because heart disease and stroke is largely preventable and

in response to this growing pandemic, the World Heart Federation along

with its 140 members [held] "World Heart Day" on Sept. 30th to

encourage everyone throughout the world to take action and protect

themselves from the very real threat of heart disease and stroke.

 

"'Factors such as lifestyle changes, lack of exercise, stress, tobacco

and genetic predisposition to heart disease are responsible for the

rise in heart diseases in low and middle income countries. Of the 17

million deaths due to CVD worldwide, 80% occur in low and middle income

countries,' said Professor Mario Maranho, President of the World Heart

Federation.

 

Source: http://www.worldheartday.com/infocentre/infocentre.html

(click on the news release entitled "World Heart Federation - A heart

for life")

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BISON TRAIL OPENS IN LINCOLN, NE

According to a Nov. 5th story in the Lincoln, Nebraska Journal Star,

"Hikers, bicyclers and others joined city and other local officials

Sunday afternoon to dedicate the Bison Trail, the newest addition to

Lincoln's recreational trail system. The Lincoln High School Madrigal

Singers performed and there was even the first public singing of new

lyrics - written by Cathie Bailey of Lincoln - for "Home on the Range"

in celebration of the new trail. Her version begins:

 

"Oh, give me a trail, where the bison did hail, and the deer and the

antelope played.

"Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not

cloudy all day."

 

The chorus:

"Come, ride on the trail, where the kids and the adults will play.

"Where beauty is seen, and the air is still clean, and we'll ride

southwest Lincoln all day."

 

"The 1.7-mile trail takes users west along Van Dorn Street under four

bridges, including the Folsom Bypass, along the north side of the

Lincoln Regional Center and up to the main entrance of Pioneers Park on

Coddington Avenue. It connects Van Dorn Trail and the rest of Lincoln's

trail system, thus providing what city officials say is a safe off-road

route to Pioneers Park..."

 

Source:

http://www.journalstar.com:80/local?story_id=5072&date=20011105&past=

Search: http://www.journalstar.com:80/search

Title: "Bicyclists, hikers open Bison Trail"

Author: Staff

Archive cost: No

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GENOA, MI, STUDIES WALKWAYS

According to a Nov. 6th story in the Detroit News, Genoa Township

officials "envision a day when residents can walk or ride a bike along

Grand River from Grand Oak Road, all the way to Sunrise Boulevard. In a

joint meeting of the township board, planning commission and zoning

board of appeals this week, officials decided to request bids for a

feasibility study to determine how, where and how much it would cost to

fill the gaps in the township's disconnected Grand River walkways. 'In

1995, we did a Grand River Corridor plan, and it recommended that all

the properties along Grand River should install sidewalks to allow

pedestrian travel,' said township planning coordinator Kelly

Kolakowski. 'Since then, all new developments are required to install

sidewalk, but developments that went in before that time did not. Right

now it's kind of choppy. Pedestrians can't walk the full length, so

it's not really functional.'

 

"Kolakowski said the township has been working with its consulting

firm, Langworthy, Strader, LeBlanc & Associates, Inc., to explore

connecting the sidewalks. 'We're trying to provide some contiguous

sidewalks so pedestrians can travel without having to walk on Grand

River Avenue,' Kolakowski said. 'We're also trying to link residential

development with commercial service areas.' Kolakowski said the

township will also consider extending the sidewalk system just north

and south of Grand River on Latson..."

 

Source: http://detnews.com:80/2001/livingston/0111/06/d05l-333514.htm

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

Title: "Genoa studies walkways"

Author: Karen Bouffard

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NY FIRE FIGHTERS TO BIKE TO LA

According to a Nov. 9th news release from the Fire Department of New

York, "On Sunday, November 11, exactly two months after the first plane

struck the World Trade Center towers, six New York firefighters will

leave Ground Zero in Manhattan and bicycle their way across the

continental United States to Los Angeles. This ambitious bike tour is a

way for these firemen to express their deep gratitude and appreciation

for America's support following the terrorist attacks of September

11th. The six firefighters (Danny Rowan, Salvatore Princiotta, Drew

Robb, Gerard Dolan, Mac Hornug and Ralph Perricelli) are from Ladder

Co. 9, Engine Co. 33, which lost 10 of its members in the collapse of

the World Trade Center towers. Located less than one mile from the

former site of the twin towers, Ladder Co. 9 and Engine Co. 33 were

among the first on the scene following the attacks.

 

"Said Firemen Danny Rowan, who organized the tour, 'The response to our

loss has been amazing. The homeless man who insisted upon giving us his

last $1.22. The three young girls who donated a coffee can full of

change -- the proceeds from an impromptu lemonade stand. The $15,000 in

cash from a fund- raising party organized by a neighborhood bar or the

$10,000 that came from Hell's Angels. We just want to give something

back to the millions of Americans who have supported our efforts here

in New York City following the World Trade Center attacks. It is a way

for the riders to express their appreciation for the outpouring of

support that our stationhouse received from all across the U.S.'...''

 

Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/011109/laf026_1.html

Search: http://www.newslibrary.com/nlsite/region_pgs/south_search.htm

Title: "Six New York City Firemen Begin an Ambitious 'Thank You

America' Bike Tour Across the Continent"

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HONOLULU RESIDENTS GET THEIR CROSSWALK

According to the story in the Nov. 4th edition of the Honolulu Star

Bulletin, "Seventy-five-year-old Silvestre Maramba shuffled past the

speeding traffic on the Pali Highway to catch the bus after working at

the Children's Center Inc. 'I used to watch him walk across the street

and feared for his life,' said the Rev. Tom Fujita of Nuuanu

Congregational Church. Fujita's fears were eased after state

transportation officials installed a traffic light on Jack Lane a year

ago, where Maramba crosses the highway. Since the traffic light was

installed in October 2000, safety for pedestrians has improved, some

Nuuanu residents say. Resident Carolyn Kato said, 'It's been 100

percent safer. ... It's made a big difference.'

 

"Transportation officials will update Nuuanu/Punchbowl Neighborhood

Board members and residents on state and city improvement projects at a

Nov. 15 community meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's

Church, 2747 Pali Highway. Officials will discuss a draft plan on speed

indicators, median openings and speed stripes. Westley Chun,

coordinator of the Pali Highway Safety Task Force, said, 'The

installation of Jack Lane's traffic signal was our first success.'..."

 

Source: http://starbulletin.com:80/2001/11/04/news/story7.html

Search: http://starbulletin.com/search.html

Title: "Nuuanu residents applaud Pali crosswalk"

Author: Rosemarie Bernardo

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PHILLY HIGH-SPEED LINE ALLOWS PEAK HOUR BIKES

According to a Nov. 8th story in the Philadelphia Inquirer,

"Bicycles will be allowed on the PATCO High-Speed Line even during peak

travel hours because the Benjamin Franklin Bridge's walkway has been

closed for security reasons, the commuter railroad said yesterday.

 

The walkway, which some bicyclists used for commuting, was closed Oct.

12 in response to the possibility of terrorist attacks. Bicyclists have

already been given the go-ahead to ride PATCO trains during off-peak

hours. PATCO said bicyclists must be able to lift their bikes over

turnstiles and asked that they ride in the rear cars."

 

Source:

http://inq.philly.com:80/content/inquirer/2001/11/08/city/PPATCOHIGH.htm

Search: http://www.philly.com/newslibrary/

Title: PATCO High-Speed Line to allow bicycles at all times"

Archive cost: Yes

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BURDEN LAUDED BY SIERRA CLUB

According to an article in the Nov/Dec issue of Sierra, Nov/Dec

2001, "The spring night is dark; sudden rain lashes the windshield of

the car; dense fog comes and goes, swirling trickily up from nowhere.

For almost an hour it is hard to see if the slick, twisty mountain road

ahead has any plan to its wanderings, any destination at all. At the

wheel, Dan Burden -- whom one of his clients calls 'the Johnny

Appleseed of livable communities' -- drives forward as confidently as

if he were entering his own neighborhood, and talks about his work and

his vision of the slowly emerging, post-sprawl America.

 

"Burden's enthusiasm for the 21st-century landscape ahead is strong and

steadfast. He seems already a resident of a future that, for many,

still only occasionally flickers into sight. People's optimism about

improving their communities often wavers when they talk about the

clutter, confusion, and congestion they see through their windshields.

It falters again when they reach inside themselves to describe the

absences sprawl imposes on their lives: It steals time, choice, and

proximity to others--not just open space. We are not only farther away

from schools and shops, from friends and neighbors, from fields and

woods; more and more of each day is given over to a tense, effortful,

unnourishing, and for now unavoidable in-betweenness..."

 

Source: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200111/sprawl.asp

Title: "Man about towns: Dan Burden helps communities find their hearts"

Author: Tony Hiss

Archive cost: No

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WORLD HEADING TO GRIDLOCK, POLLUTION

According to an Oct. 30th ENS story, "People's insatiable appetite

for mobility is heading the world's transportation systems toward

unsustainable gridlock and environmental degradation unless several

grand challenges are tackled, conclude Massachusetts Institute of

Technology researchers and colleagues in report on worldwide mobility

at the end of the 20th century.

 

"The MIT researchers warn that by 2015, greenhouse gas emissions from

transport in the developing world will exceed those in the

industrialized world unless manufacturers and municipalities can

improve the fuel economy of cars and trucks and curb traffic growth.

Grand challenges to that end include reinventing public transport and

creating a portfolio of mobility options for people and freight ."

The report may be downloaded from the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the

Environment website at:

http://lfee.mit.edu/

 

Source: http://ens.lycos.com/ens/oct2001/2001L-10-30-06.html

Title: "Mobility Study Warns of Gridlock, Pollution"

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And now for something completely different:

"FOR SAFETY YOU MUST KNOW GERMAN TRAFFIC SIGNS"

A colorful poster showing all the German traffic signs...

http://www.forscom.army.mil/pubs/190-12.pdf

 

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"ONE STEP AT A TIME--FALL EDITION"

The subject of this issue of Walk San Jose's quarterly newsletter is

"Multimodal Streets--Speed Is the Demon." Look under "News" on their

website:

http://www.walksanjose.org

 

"GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO ACCOMMODATE OLDER DRIVERS AND  PEDESTRIANS"

An update the 1998 "Older Driver Highway Design Handbook," excerpted

from the full report (FHWA-RD-01-103), which also "includes a detailed

discussion of the rationale and supporting evidence for each

recommendation."

http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/pedbike/pubs/01-051.pdf

 

"INTERNATIONAL PEDESTRIAN LEXICON"

A work-in-progress of the Jersey Pedestrians Association, compiled with

input from members of the Pednet listserv.

http://user.itl.net/~wordcraf/lexicon.html

 

"FEDERAL INCENTIVES COULD HELP PROMOTE LAND USE THAT PROTECTS AIR AND WATER QUALITY"

The third in a series of GAO studies. According to Senator Jim Jeffords

(I, VT), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, "Smart

growth provisions could be included in the reauthorization of the

nation's major transportation law (in 2003)." Request the study at:

http://www.gao.gov.

 

"BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO AUTOMOBILE TRANSPORTATION"

Description of projects underway in Tucson, Arizona.

http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/lv-goal1.html

 

"HEALTHY PLACES, HEALTHY PEOPLE"

A report of an experts' meeting, Nov. 27-28, 2000, subtitled "Promoting

Public Health & Physical Activity through Community Design." Sponsored

by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Available as a pdf from:

http://www.rwjf.org/app/rw_publications_and_links/publicationsPdfs/healthy_p

laces.pdf

 

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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: <pbaa@dakotacom.net>

Website: http://www.pbaa.com/APBP/ElTourConference.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:

<fabio@source.co.ug>

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

 

November 29-December 2, 2001, Rail-Volution, San Francisco, CA. Info:

Rail-Volution 2001, PO Box 519, Selbyville, DE 19975; voice: (800)

788-7077; fax: (302) 436-1911; email: <convene@aol.com>

Website: http://www.railvolution.com

 

December 1, 2001, Walkers Caucus (at Rail-Volution), San Francisco, CA.

Info: America Walks, P.O. Box 29103, Portland, Oregon 97296; voice:

(503) 222-1077; fax: (503) 228-0289 ; e-mail: <info@americawalks.org>

Website: http://www.americawalks.org

 

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:

(360)-236-3755

Website: http://www.beactive.org/register.html

 

January 24-26, 2002, New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe,

Healthy,and Livable Communities, San Diego, CA. Info: Michele Kelso,

Local Government Commission, 1414 K Street, Suite 600,

Sacramento_CA_95814 voice: (916) 448-1198; e-mail:

<mkelso@lgc.org>

Website: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/SmartGrowth/

 

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 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

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

 

May 8-9, 2002, Third Walk21 International Walking Conference, San

Sebastian, Spain. Info: Carlos Suso Beitia, Technical Secretariat,

Congress WALK 21, email: <carlos@2ados.com>

 

September 3-6, 2002, ProBike/ProWalk 02, the 12th International

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

Website: http://www.bikewalk.org

 

September 23-26, 2002, 5th Symposium of the International Urban

Planning and Environment Assn, Oxford, UK. Info: Lynne Mitchell, OCSD,

Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane Campus, Headington, Oxford OX3

0BP, UK; voice: 01865 484296 Fax: 01865 483298

 

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JOB >  DIRECTOR OF PLANNING -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED.

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is seeking a person to lead our

bicycle planning consulting work. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation

(CBF) is a non-profit bicycle advocacy organization with 2500 members,

a $1,000,000 annual budget and a staff of 14. CBF does quality bicycle

planning work for regional, county and municipal agencies often as part

of consulting teams. We view technical and design expertise as vital to

effective advocacy. Consider this position if you are a planner who is

not content expending your best professional energies only to achieve

some pretty reports and a tiny bicycle mode shift . We are looking for

someone who wants to be part of the group that catalyses Chicago and

the suburbs towards revolutionary changes in transportation choice.

Chicago is a great place to live and work. The working environment at

CBF is supportive and exciting. The cycling community is united,

welcoming and fun. CBF is making history. Do you want to be part of it?

Salary commensurate with experience. Minimum of two years bicycle

planning experience preferred. Health, retirement and bicycle use

benefits. Please submit a resume and a short letter of introduction by

email to <planner@biketraffic.org> by November 30, 2001.

 

JOB >  PLANNER COORD./SR PLANNER -- MD-NCPPC

Montgomery County Park and Planning Department in Silver Spring,

Maryland, seeks experienced planner/engineer to lead efforts in bicycle

planning and support efforts in travel demand management. Education and

experience: Minimum requirements include a Masters Degree in Regional,

Urban or Land-Use Planning, Engineering, or related field of study and

minimum of three years of progressively responsible transportation

planning experience for the Coordinator level. Excellent benefits and

ideal work environment. Starting salary for the Coordinator level is

$43,654 to $56,761. Submit resume, cover letter with salary history,

SSN, to: Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Attn:

Recruiter, Planner Coordinator (Transportation) #11502 Employment and

Testing Office, 6611 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20731 Fax: 301

454-1404; e-mail: <recruiting@mncppc.state.md.us> website:

<http://www.mc-mncppc-org> For questions regarding this position or the

M-NCPPC, call Richard Hawthorne, Chief, Transportation Planning at

(301) 495-4525.

 

JOB >  STATE BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR -- WASHINGTON

The Washington State Department of Transportation is currently

recruiting for its Bicycle and Pedestrian State Coordinator

position. The position is responsible for the coordination and

operation of the bicycle and pedestrian elements of the Community

Partnership Program by facilitating and conducting efforts that

encourage the use of bicycles and pedestrian travel for transportation;

developing bicycle tourism efforts in the state; working within the

agency and with local agencies to assure nonmotorized travel is a

priority; and providing technical expertise and advice on nonmotorized

and urban design/land use issues. The position is located in Olympia,

Washington. Minimum qualifications: Bachelors degree involving major

study in related field, four years of professional experience; Masters

degree will substitute for one year of the experience.

Interested candidates must be in the Transportation Planning Specialist

(TPS) 4 eligibility pool. Applications can be found at

http://hr.dop.wa.gov/forms/dopforms.htm. This is a Local List

Recruitment, #LL 00-0008. On the application under Part 6 Geographic

Location, candidates must choose at least 34, for Thurston County or

may also choose the whole state. For questions on the application

process please contact 360.705.7049. For information on the

Eligibility Pool, http://hr.dop.wa.gov/bulletins/lldot1120.htm

Salary Range for the TPS 4, Range 62 is $4115-5266 per month. For

general questions on this position please contact Julie Mercer Matlick,

(360) 705-7505.

 

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. Voice: (415) 499-6104. Or apply

at: http://www.marin.org/mc/hr/pub/CurrentJobs.cfm

 

JOB >  GREENWAY/PED./ENV. 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: <bfoisy@brpc-al.org>;

 

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