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Issue #32 Friday, November 23, 2001

 

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Long-Time SC Trail Advocate Joins FHWA Program

Safe Kids: Road Design Trends Threaten Kids

Wanted: Test Community for Speed Hump Study

Oregon Tgm Quick Response Team Helps Communities

Rumble Strips Becoming Obsolete?

New Driver Distraction Study

 

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Pittsburgh to get 'Yield to Pedestrian' Law?

Montana Health Pgm Conducts Walk/Bike Study

Bike Activists Sue L.A.

Portland (OR) Commuters Walk, Bike To Work

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Up 3.1% In 2000

New Urbanism, Walking Go Together

Spartanburg SC to Get Countdown Signals

Pennsylvania Towns to Improve Ped Safety

Coming: Impact-Absorbing Handlebars?

Ped Bridge to Connect Tijuana, San Diego

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LONG-TIME S.C. TRAIL ADVOCATE JOINS FHWA PROGRAM

According to a Nov. 19th message from John Fegan, FHWA's

pedestrian-bicycle coordinator, long-time bicycle advocate Jim Schmid

will be working with Arrowhead Space & Telecommunications to assist

with FHWA's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and the Recreational Trails

Program. Fegan noted "We are pleased that Arrowhead

selected Jim, who comes from the South Carolina State Trails

Program...Jim is well known nationally among trail advocates as a

friendly, unbiased, and knowledgeable trail expert." Schmid will assist

with the pedestrian portion of FHWA's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Duties will include helping to develop and provide training on the

planning, design, construction, and maintenance of pedestrian

facilities, including pedestrian accessibility.

 

You may contact Jim by phone at (202) 366-9766; by fax at (202)

366-3409 or via e-mail at: jim.schmid@fhwa.dot.gov

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SAFE KIDS: ROAD DESIGN TRENDS THREATEN KIDS

According to a recent news release, "Due to recent road design

trends creating potentially hazardous conditions for children who walk,

today the National SAFE KIDS Campaign kicked off its year-round

pedestrian safety program, SAFE KIDS Walk This Way. Longer street

blocks and wider street designs offer fewer opportunities for child

pedestrians to cross streets safely. Today, at more than 300 schools

throughout the country, SAFE KIDS coalitions with the help of parents,

students, teachers and volunteers from program sponsor FedEx Express

and new supporting partner 3M conducted walkability checks to examine

the pedestrian hazards found along the routes children take to school.

Once the exact problems are identified, school-based task forces will

apply practical solutions to create safer routes for schoolchildren.

 

"'Children should not have to ride to school simply because walking in

their neighborhood is dangerous,' said Heather Paul, Ph.D., executive

director of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. 'SAFE KIDS' goal is to

make parents and the community as a whole more aware of the hazards

children face, and to work together to fix these problems so that

children can walk to school or anywhere in their neighborhood safely.'

 

Source:

http://news.excite.com/printstory/news/pr/011002/dc-safe-kids-risks

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WANTED: TEST COMMUNITY FOR SPEED HUMP STUDY

We recently received this request from Richard Retting of the

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, who "would like to work with a

city or county government to evaluate potential crash effects of

installing speed humps or raised crosswalks on the major legs of 2-way

stop sign-controlled intersections. The goal is to reduce intersection

crashes by reducing speeds of vehicles on the major approaches, thus

making it easier for drivers on the minor approaches to enter and cross

the intersection.

 

"If successful, this approach can serve as an alternative to traffic

signals or 4-way stop control at some intersections. IIHS is interested

in evaluating this countermeasure using an experimental design in which

a group of eligible sites is selected, and of these, a random subset

(perhaps half) of the sites are treated and the remainder serve as

controls. The sample size would we determined by a statistician based

on the number of crashes occurring at these intersections. Please

contact me if your city or county may be interested in participating in

such a study. Thank you."

 

Contact: Richard A. Retting, Senior Transportation Engineer, Insurance

Institute for Highway Safety, 1005 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22201.

Voice: (703) 247-1582; fax: (703) 247-1587. Email: rretting@iihs.org

Website: http://www.iihs.org

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OREGON TGM QUICK RESPONSE TEAM HELPS COMMUNITIES

The Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM) was

formed by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Land

Conservation and Development after its approval by the 1993 Oregon

Legislature. The program is supported by state general funds and

federal funds under TEA-21. Its mission is:

 

"To enhance Oregon's livability, foster integrated land use and

transportation planning and encourage development that results in

compact, pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly communities."

 

The Quick Response Program is a part of TGM Program and "provides

planning and design services to help developers and communities create

compact, pedestrian-friendly, and livable neighborhoods and activity

centers. In response to local requests, property owners, local and

state officials, and affected stakeholders come together to review

development proposals, develop innovative design solutions, and

overcome regulatory obstacles to land use, transportation, and design

issues. New developments can satisfy local goals and objectives, become

more accessible for walking, cycling, and transit services, and be

profitable and rewarding for developers."

 

For more info on the QRT:

http://www.lcd.state.or.us/tgm/quickresponse.htm

The TGM Program's website is at:

http://www.lcd.state.or.us/tgm/index.htm

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RUMBLE STRIPS BECOMING OBSOLETE?

According to an article in the Nov. 12th update from Bicycle

Colorado, "While Bicycle Colorado continues our work to build a better

rumble strip, the federal government has announced tests of an

Intelligent Vehicle system which would warn drivers if they are about

to run off the road. The three year tests will involve 120 drivers

using 10 specially equipped cars near Detroit. 'The technology warns of

an imminent collision but the driver retains control of the vehicle.

The system operates on straight and curved paved roads as well as day

or night,' says a press release from the US Department of

Transportation. Bicycle advocates have encouraged the development of

these technologies, since we support the concept of keeping vehicles on

the road, we just don't like the current approach of digging divots on

the shoulders."

 

More at: http://www.its.dot.gov

Bicycle Colorado's website is at:

http://bicyclecolo.org/site/page.cfm?pageID=16

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NEW HSRC/AAAFTS DRIVER DISTRACTION STUDY

According to a recent story on Drivers.com, " Each year an estimated

284,000 distracted drivers are involved in serious crashes, according

to a new study by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety

Research Center funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Perhaps the most surprising finding of the research is that objects and

events outside the car were such a major source of distraction. 'We

found that 15 percent of drivers in the study were not paying attention

and just over half of these (8.3 percent) were distracted by something

inside or outside the vehicle,' said Dr. Jane Stutts, manager of

epidemiological studies at the UNC center and author of the study. When

drivers with unknown attention status were removed from the data, the

percentage of distracted drivers rose to 12.9 percent...

 

"'Different age groups appear to be distracted by different things,'

Stutts said. Drivers under 20 were especially likely to be distracted

by tuning the radio or changing CDs, while young adults (ages 20 - 29)

seemed to be more distracted by other passengers. Drivers over 65 were

more distracted by objects or events happening outside the vehicle.

Most of the distracted drivers were male (63 percent), in part because

as a group males drive more than females and are more likely to be

involved in serious crashes..."

 

A detailed summary of the report is available on the AAAFTS site:

http://www.aaafoundation.org/projects/index.cfm?button=distraction

 

Source:

http://www.drivers.com/cgi-bin/go.cgi?type=ART&id=000000423&static=1

Title: " Drivers most at risk from distractions outside car"

Author: Drivers.com staff

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PITTSBURGH (PA) TO GET 'YIELD TO PEDESTRIAN' LAW?

According to a Nov. 18th story on WTAE TV, "Pittsburgh City Council

President Bob O'Connor wants to improve pedestrian safety in the city.

O'Connor plans to introduce new legislation Monday to implement 'yield

to pedestrian' signs at busy, nonsignaled intersections. O'Connor said

his office has received an escalating number of complaints. He said he

is concerned because most of the intersections are used by children on

their way to school."

 

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wtae/20011118/lo/979329_1.html

Title: "'Yield To Pedestrian' Legislation Coming"

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MONTANA HEALTH PROGRAM CONDUCTS WALK/BIKE STUDY

According to a Nov. 8th story in the Helena (MT) Independent Record,

"Does automobile dependence lead to obesity? Is the health of Montana?s

residents linked to how their communities grow? Those are among the

issues the Montana Cardiovascular Health Program will address as it

embarks on a telephone survey to determine what residents think of

their neighborhood conditions, and if those conditions promote or

discourage walking and biking.

 

"Lynda Blades, a health education specialist for the Montana

Cardiovascular Health Program in the Department of Public Health and

Human Services, said funding for the survey comes from the

Cardiovascular Health Grant, offered by the Centers for Disease Con

trol. The CDC, Blades said, is currently looking at environmental

factors in the urban setting and how they affect individual behavior.

The CDC has asked each state to participate in the study by looking at

its own urban environment and how it promotes or impedes physical

activity.

 

"'We're looking at walk-ability and bike-ability and how conducive our

neighborhood environments are to recreational activities,' Blades said.

The state’s Cardiovascular Health Program chose Helena as the location

for its pilot study. Blades said the Program hopes to expand its study

to the rest of the state once the study’s fundamentals are in place.

The survey will likely begin on Nov. 12 and last through January..."

 

Source:

http://www.helenair.com/rednews/2001/11/08/build/montana/8A3.html

Search: http://www.helenair.com/search/index.html

Title: "Health program searches for transportation answers"

Author: Martin J. Kidston

Archive cost: No

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BIKE ACTIVISTS SUE L.A.

According to a Nov. 10th AP story, "More than 50 bicyclists arrested

during the Democratic National Convention last year are suing the city,

county and local law enforcement officials, alleging civil rights

violations. The lawsuit filed Friday claimed 57 bicyclists were

unlawfully arrested and searched after they were halted by police on

Aug. 15, 2000. It seeks unspecified damages and a penalty of $25,000

per plaintiff.

 

"'They were a group of people bicycling around downtown,' said Timothy

Midgley, attorney for the plaintiffs. 'Some people were there

demonstrating in favor of pedal power, but other people were just

tourists and bicycle messengers.' County spokeswoman Judy Hammond

declined to comment, saying she had not seen the lawsuit.

 

"The protest was aimed at creating a more bike-friendly environment.

Police said the cyclists were arrested after they ignored traffic laws

and showed a disregard for safety. The lawsuit claims women in the

group were subjected to strip searches and body cavity searches in a

county jail corridor. It also alleges they bicyclists were denied

telephone calls and medication and were imprisoned for 12 hours after

charges were dismissed..."

 

Source:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011110/us/brf_bike_arrests_1.html

Title: "Bicyclists Arrested at DNC Sue L.A."

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PORTLAND (OR) COMMUTERS WALK AND BIKE TO WORK

According to a Nov. 20th story in the Portland Oregonian, "Thanks to

its loyal bus riders, bicyclists, car poolers and walkers, Portland

ranks among the top one-fourth of U.S. cities in which people get to

work without driving there alone. That is one key finding of a new

U.S. Census Bureau survey released today that details life in the

country's 64 biggest cities and 216 biggest counties. Few cities can

top Portland when it comes to residents riding bikes to work or making

the easiest commute of all: working at home.

 

"Washington County and Multnomah County as a whole also rank high in

the sort of energy-conserving, weather-braving commutes often

associated with the Oregon ethos. A quarter or more of both county's

residents reported using an alternative means of commuting -- mostly

carpooling, riding the bus or walking. That beat the national average

for counties with populations over 250,000.

 

"The local willingness to forgo driving is the result of a lot of hard

work by transportation planners, bicycling advocates, pedestrian

alliances and city officials, alternative commuting advocates say. From

the 288 miles of bike lanes to Tri-Met buses that run as often as every

seven minutes to an urban growth boundary that squeezes housing closer

to jobs, Portland and some of its suburbs have made it easy, they say.

Brita Johnson, volunteer coordinator with the Bicycle Transportation

Alliance, said, 'There are two things I hear from everybody who's biked

in other cities and then moved here: 'I see so many bikers here,' and,

'It's so much easier to bike here than in other cities where I have

lived.' '...''

 

Source:

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/front_page/1006260926295484.xml

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/front_page/1006260926295484.xml

 

Search: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?month

Title: "Portland commute is a road less traveled"

Author: Betsy Hammond

Archive cost: No (for a month)

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CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS UP 3.1 PERCENT IN 2000

According to a Nov. 12th story on the ENN WorldWire News, "Carbon

dioxide emissions spewed by the United States and its territories

jumped 3.1 percent last year, one of the biggest annual increases in a

decade, a government report said on Friday. Carbon dioxide emissions,

which accounts for more than 80 percent to total U.S. greenhouse gas

emissions, reached 1,583 million metric tons of carbon equivalent,

according to the Energy Department's analytical arm..."

 

Source:

http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2001/11/11122001/reu_carbon_45543.asp

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NEW URBANISM, WALKING GO TOGETHER

According to a Nov. 19th Los Angeles Times story, "Patty and Kevin

Cunningham have nothing against Chino Hills, the town 20 miles west of

Riverside where they've lived for seven years. It's just that, 'quite

frankly, there's absolutely nothing to do,' Patty says. That's why,

come spring, this two-career couple in their 50s who love night life

and people watching will move into a two-bedroom apartment above a

shopping mall.

 

"Not just any shopping mall--Paseo Colorado, the Pasadena development

that opened in September mixing apartment living with stores,

restaurants, a high-end supermarket, gym, spa and a multiplex. The

Cunninghams, minus their two grown children, will rent a two-bedroom

apartment, one of 387 units that lease for $1,500 to $4,000 a month and

look out over a P.F. Chang's restaurant, a Sephora cosmetics store,

busy Colorado Boulevard and the Pasadena skyline.

 

"Paseo Colorado is one of many mixed-use developments in various stages

of completion around the country that combine residential, office and

retail space in close proximity, a trend that has been gaining steam in

recent years. In Southern California, where apartment living is

traditionally considered a stop on the way to homeownership, these new

developments are drawing the young and hip along with older

empty-nesters, realizing a long-heralded growth of a new urbanism..."

 

Source:

http://www.latimes.com/news/yahoo/la-000092306nov19.story?coll=la%2Dnewsaol%2Dheadli

Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/

Title: "In New Urban Villages, City Living Becomes Trendy"

Author: Jeannine Stein

Archive cost: Yes (after 7 days)

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SPARTANBURG SC TO GET COUNTDOWN SIGNALS

According to a Nov. 12th story on WYFF-TV, "In Spartanburg, some

people will start looking straight ahead when crossing the street to

make sure it's safe to cross. Traffic engineers said that Spartanburg

is one of the first in the state to install new equipment aimed at

helping people cross the street. A new pedestrian countdown signal has

been installed at the intersection of Church Street and Dunbar Street.

 

"'Church Street is the busiest street that runs through downtown. What

it does is it counts down the total amount of time that is available

for pedestrians to cross the intersection,' traffic engineer Steve Raff

said. The problem may be getting pedestrians to take notice. 'They're

not paying attention to the traffic signs until the car hits the horn

as it's almost running them over,' pedestrian Joe Barnowski said. City

developers said that traffic is about to pick up. The Advance America

building is finished and downtown is making room for Extended Stay's

corporate headquarters.

 

"'We've got a pretty good safety record as far as pedestrians. We want

to keep it that way. Even though Spartanburg may be a small city as far

as size, we don't think we're a small city and we try to keep ourselves

on the cutting-edge of technology,' Raff said. 'So we can see

additional growth coming. This is just sort of preparing ourselves for

more pedestrians downtown,' he said.

 

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wyff/20011112/lo/969790_1.html

Title: "Spartanburg Installing Pedestrian Countdown Signals"

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PENNSYLVANIA TOWNS TO IMPROVE PED SAFETY

According to a Nov. 16th story in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call,

"The Montgomery County Commissioners approved $400,000 in

revitalization grants to Pennsburg and East Greenville on Thursday. The

neighboring Upper Perkiomen Valley boroughs plan to spend the money on

new intersections and other improvements designed to make their

commercial areas safer for pedestrians and more appealing to shoppers

and businesses, county planner Brian N. O'Leary said.

 

Pennsburg Mayor William Umbehauer said he is 'grateful that we got the

money and that the county has such a vision to help us improve our

economy.' Umbehauer said the work, which could take place within a

year, is part of a larger plan by the boroughs to refurbish a

commercial area that runs along Main Street, also known as Route 29..."

 

Source: http://www.mcall.com/news/yahoo/all-b1_2grantsnov16.story

Search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/mcall/

Title: "Pennsburg, East Greenville to receive $400,000 in joint

revitalization grants"

Author: Frank Devlin

Archive cost: Yes

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COMING: IMPACT-ABSORBING HANDLEBARS?

According to a Nov. 11th AP story, "Just falling off a bike can

result in lifethreatening abdominal injuries to children who hit the

bike's handlebars on the way down, researchers say. Such accidents

would be less dangerous with handlebars that absorb some of the impact,

and researchers want the federal government to require them. But one

bike company opposes the proposal as unjustified by the scientists' own

data.

 

"'We feel these are entirely preventable accidents,' said bioengineer

Kristy B. Arbogast of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. 'A child

should not suffer a life-threatening injury by falling off his bike.'

These children were not involved in car-bike accidents; all it would

take is to be thrown off-balance by striking a rock or riding off the

pavement onto gravel or grass, Arbogast said.

 

"As they struggle to regain balance, victims would turn the handlebars,

inadvertently pointing one end of the handlebars toward their abdomens,

Arbogast said. The children then fall into the pointed end after the

bike strikes the ground. The force of the fall would be enough to

rupture organs such as the liver, spleen, kidneys or pancreas, she

said. Because the accidents seem minor, and the resulting bleeding is

internal, parents and doctors might not spot the problem right after

the incident, Arbogast said..."

 

Source:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011111/hl/exp_fitness_bike_injuries_1.html

Title: "Cutting Bicycle Injuries Is Studied"

Author: Ira Dreyfuss

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PED BRIDGE TO CONNECT TIJUANA, SAN DIEGO

According to a Nov. 16th AP story, "A $260 million shopping plaza,

believed to be the largest private investment project ever built along

the U.S.-Mexico border, opened Friday amid an economic downturn and a

security crackdown that has severely cut cross-border traffic. The

detrimental effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were

unforeseeable to developers of The Shops at Las Americas, which sits in

southernmost San Diego, next to the world's busiest border crossing.

Still, supporters of the venture remain optimistic.

 

"'These projects are visionary. You have to have a vision that says

'We're not going to have the Berlin Wall here. We're going to have a

relationship,' said Juan Vargas, a state assemblyman from San Diego.

The project's first phase features 75 outlet stores and restaurants

aimed at attracting Mexican shoppers who spend well over a billion

dollars a year in San Diego County. It will create 800 retail jobs.

Next year, a library and cultural center will open. In 2004, a

150-foot-high suspension bridge is planned to link San Diego and

Tijuana and provide a new port of entry for pedestrian traffic..."

 

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011116/us/border_plaza_1.html

Title: "Huge Plaza Opens in San Diego"

Author: Michelle Morgante

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And now for something completely different:

CITY 4x4 DRIVERS PREFER BUNGIE JUMPING

"In a survey of 250 UK 4x4 drivers driving in cities, 25% said they

would be more likely to take a bungee jump than go off-road driving.

The survey was carried out by motoring web site Fish4cars.com. Extra

storage space, looking good, and safety were primary reasons expressed

for owning a 4x4..."

 

"...27% of owners confessed they bought their vehicle to make

themselves look good, which also explains why 40% say they would be

embarrassed at having a muddy car..."

http://www.drivers.com/Top_Autos.html#000000469

 

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"HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MAIN STREETS"

Subtitled "Strategies for Compatible Streetscape Design," this new

Oregon DOT publication can be downloaded as a pdf from:

http://www.odot.state.or.us/eshtm/mainstreet.pdf

 

"MISSOULA NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PLAN"

The website for this June 2001 plan includes downloadable PDF of plan,

itself, as well as info on public involvement, a community survey, and

public comments.

http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/non-motorized_plan.htm

 

"AGEING AND TRANSPORT: MOBILITY NEEDS AND SAFETY ISSUES"

A new 125-page OECD report on travel among aging citizens of OECD

member countries. May be purchased at:

http://electrade.gfi.fr/cgi-bin/OECDBookShop.storefront/EN/product//772001051P1

or "browsed" as a pdf at:

http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/7701051e.pdf

 

"TRANSFORMING SUBURBAN BUSINESS DISTRICTS"

175-page Urban Land Institute book that "examines the creation of

tightly-knit, pedestrian-friendly,

mixed-use environments. Price: $49.95. For details and ordering go to:

http://www.uli.org/fusebox/bookstore/uli_Book_fst.cfm?ordernumber=T16

 

"NATIONAL BLUEPRINT: INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG ADULTS AGE

50 AND OLDER"

A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report developed "as a guide for

organizations, associations, and agencies to plan strategies to help

people age 50 and older increase their physical activity." May be

downloaded as a pdf from:

http://www.rwjf.org/app/rw_publications_and_links/publicationsPdfs/Age50_Blueprint_singlepages.pdf

http://www.rwjf.org/app/rw_publications_and_links/publicationsPdfs/Age50_Blueprint_singlepages.pdf

 

"ALAMEDA COUNTYWIDE BICYCLE PLAN"

Produced by the Alameda County Congestion Management Assn., in

conjunction with Alameda County and its 14 cities. May be downloaded as

pdfs by chapter at:

http://www.accma.ca.gov/pages/taskforce.shtml

 

"OREGON'S TRANSPORTATION & GROWTH MANAGEMENT PROGRAM"

...has produced numerous publications including the following:

--"Implementing the Oregon Transportation Planning Rule"

--"Part 1 ? Planning for Narrow Local Streets"

--"Part 2 ? Planning for Sidewalks on Local Streets"

--"Neighborhood Street Design Guidelines; An Oregon Guide for Reducing

   Street Widths

--"Main Street...when a highway runs through it; A Handbook for Oregon

   Communities"

--"Parking Management Made Easy: A Guide to Taming the Downtown Parking

   Beast"

"Commercial and Mixed Use Development Code Handbook"

"Model Development Code and User's Guide for Small Cities"

"Infill and Redevelopment Code Handbook"

These are available for download at:

http://www.lcd.state.or.us/tgm/publications.htm

 

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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

 

March 25-27, 2002, National Conference on Aging & Mobility, Scottsdale,

Arizona. Info: Maureen DeCindis, Transportation Planner II, Maricopa

Association of Governments, 302 N. First Ave, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ.

85003; voice: (602) 452-5073; fax: (602) 254-6490; email:

mdecindis@mag.maricopa.gov

 

April 8-10, Nevada's First Bicycle & Pedestrian Conference, Reno

Nevada. Info: Eric Glick, State Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Manager,

5151 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701; voice: (775) 888-RIDE; fax:

(775) 888-7207; email: bicycle@dot.state.nv.us

Website: http://www.bicyclenevada.com

 

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 > BICYCLE PGM SPECIALIST/PROJECT MGR -- WASH. D.C.

Duties will include coordinating development of multi-use trails and

bicycle routes; reviewing technical, regulatory and legal materials;

coordinating with neighboring jurisdictions and District and Federal

government officials; preparing position papers, grant and operational

proposals, letters, and reports; developing annual budget requests;

assessing project status, analyzes performance and progress; preparing

periodic status reports and briefing papers; developing materials and

strategies specifically geared towards the public and interest groups.

Considerations may include traffic right-of-way, street and bridge

design, and construction engineering.

Ranking factors: 1. Ability and initiative to manage a large, complex,

design and construction project. 2. Knowledge of trail and bikeway

planning and all applicable planning and design standards and

guidelines. 3. Knowledge of transportation and urban planning to

analyze and plan trails and bikeways in a broader planning context. 4.

Knowledge of contractual procedures and requirements to ensure the

attainment of program specifications. 5. Ability to effectively

communicate with others both orally and in writing. Salary range is $

43,874 to $ 56,510. For more information, contact Jim Sebastian at:

jim.sebastian@dc.gov

 

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.

 

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