Issue #36 Friday, January 18, 2002




Chicago Releases Bike Safety Booklet

TXDOT Re-Thinks Frontage Roads

Martha Roskowski Leaves Bicycle Colorado

Apartments Create Ped-Friendly Neighborhoods

FHWA Launches New Metro Website

Texas Coalition Needs Help With Crash Reporting




Indiana Crossing Guard Calls It Quits

Exercise "Primary Component" in Cancer Prevention

Bikestations Offer Alternative to Automobile Parking

Slovakian Police to Get Breathalizer Tests

Greenville Spruces up for Pedestrians

Houstonians Awarded Dubious Prize

Vancouver to Get Bike Parking Regs?




According to a Jan. 9th news release, "This month the City of

Chicago released a revised version of its award-winning safety

publication, 'Safe Bicycling in Chicago.' While the Chicago Dept. of

Transportation (CDOT) has reprinted the 36-page booklet several times

since its original publication in 1994, the most recent version

represents a complete revision.


"Over the years, people have come to know the yellow-and-blue booklet

as everything from 'the bicycle owners' manual' to 'the short course in

urban biking.' 'People seem to like 'Safe Bicycling in Chicago' more

than any other publication of its kind in the U.S.,' said Dave Glowacz,

director of education for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, which

produced the booklet for CDOT. 'It works well because it presents so

much you should know about biking--but in a really fun, visual way.'


For more information, contact Brian Steele, (312) 477-0707, or Maria

Castaneda (312) 744-4211

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According to the Jan. 8th edition of Gulf Coast Growth News, "A

public hearing on proposed rules for a new frontage road policy for

Texas highways will be held here on January 18. The new rules govern

access to frontage roads and expressed the intent of the Texas

Department of Transportation not to build new frontage roads, except in

proscribed circumstances. Texas’ use of frontage roads with

uncontrolled curb cuts is often blamed for a significant degree of

urban traffic congestion. The meeting will be held at the

Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons, second floor, and will

begin with an open house from 2-4 pm followed by the formal public

hearing from 4-6 pm. Written comments will be accepted if received by

February 4. Comments should be mailed to Ken Bohuslav, Director, Design

Division, Texas Department of Transportation, 125 E. 11th Street,

Austin, TX 78701-2483."


Media advisory is available at:


Policy background information at


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According to a recent message from Mark Graff, President, and Leila

Vale, Vice President, of the Bicycle Colorado Board of Directors, "If

you receive this message, then you know Bicycle Colorado. If you know

Bicycle Colorado, then you know Martha Roskowski. She has served as our

Executive Director for 7 years, working with energy and conviction to

lead a successful organization. Martha's leadership qualities have not

gone unnoticed. This week, she was officially hired to manage the

national campaign to improve the bicycling components of TEA-21, the

federal transportation funding bill, due for reauthorization in 2003.

So, 'Martha goes to Washington' in May to lead the BikeTEA campaign.

The campaign is a collaborative effort of IMBA, the League, Rails to

Trails Conservancy, the Thunderhead Alliance, the National Center for

Bicycling & Walking, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle

Professionals, the Adventure Cycling Association and Bikes Belong Coalition.


"Please join us in congratulating Martha in her new and challenging

endeavor, confident in the knowledge that Martha's work will benefit

not just Colorado cyclists but all riders in the USA."


Check the job listing in our "Jobs, Grants, and RFPs" listing. To

congratulate Martha, send an email to: martha@bicyclecolo.org

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According to a Jan. 18th news release, the National Multi Housing

Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) have just

released a new brochure entitled "Creating Successful Communities: A

New Housing Paradigm." Among other things, the authors argue that

apartments are:


-- more compact;

-- less sprawling and conserve green space;

-- create pedestrian-friendly and vibrant 24-hour neighborhoods;

-- use municipal infrastructure more efficiently;

-- revitalize deteriorating neighborhoods;

-- reduce auto traffic;

-- provide the critical mass of users required to make mass transit


-- improve economic prosperity;

-- provide much-needed housing for the employees and customers local

   businesses need.


For the rest of the news release, go to:



For more information, contact NMHC at 202-974-2300, e-mail the Council

at info@nmhc.org, or visit NMHC's web site at http://www.nmhc.org


To download the brochure go to:


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According to an article in the Jan. 8th issue of Gulf Coast News,

"The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration

have launched the Metropolitan Capacity Building (MCB) program and

website, with the purpose of assisting transportation officials and

staff in meeting the demands of an increasingly complex set of

transportation issues. The MCB program provides information, training,

and technical assistance to help transportation professionals create

plans and programs that respond to the needs of the many users of their

local transportation systems.


For more info, go to:



For more on the Gulf Coast Growth News, go to:


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We just received this request from Preston Tyree of the Texas

Bicycle Coalition... "As part of the Matthew Brown Act passed in the

77th Texas Legislature, the Texas Department of Public Safety is

required to collect and report on pedalcycle crashes that do not

involve motor-vehicles. We have been asked to give input to the process

of creating the reporting form and instructions for completing the

form. There are a number of question that we need to answer. WE NEED

YOUR HELP and we need it quickly, before January 31 if possible. Please

check out the discussion and form at



Thanks for your interest,

Preston Tyree, Education Director, Texas Bicycle Coalition, P.O. Box

1121, Austin, TX 78767. (512) 476-RIDE (7433)

email: mail@biketexas.org

Website: http://www.biketexas.org

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And now, for the Golden Raspberry Award. This issue's winner is the

State of Virginia's "Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program" (VASAP)

website. In particular, the page entitled "The Path to Becoming a

Pedestrian: A step-by-step Guide to Losing Your Drivers License" makes

the point to drunk drivers that "Unless you're being represented by a

brilliant atteroney, you are going to be a pedestrian. Brilliant

atteroney, by the way, may end up costing you a fortune (sic)." Who

knows what an "atteroney" is but it is apparently better than a

"pedestrian," according to VASAP.


Source: http://www.vasap.state.va.us/vasap/pathto.htm





According to a Jan 15th article in the (Northwest Indiana) Times,

"Elise Pack is done being a crossing guard. 'My daughter made me

promise I'll never be a crossing guard again,' Pack said. Pack also

said it would be painful and she might be too 'flipped out' if she went

back to her job after being hit by a car and thrown 40 feet a week ago

while she was on the job.


The accident occurred about 3:41 p.m., Jan. 7, at the intersection of

White Oak Avenue and Fisher Street as Pack was preparing to lead three

children across the street. Frank Hebda, the 77-year-old driver who

police say struck Pack, told police he didn't see her standing in the

center of White Oak Avenue with her stop sign raised..."


Source: http://www.thetimesonline.com/index.pl/article?id=10893575

Archive search:


Cost: No

Title: "Crossing guard is on a long road to recovery"

Author: Elizabeth Eaken

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According to a Jan. 14th story in the (Suburban Chicago area) Daily

Herald, "Everyone knows exercise is a good thing. It strengthens the

heart and lungs, keeps weight off, improves mood and increases energy.

But can it prevent cancer?


"A growing body of evidence about the cancer-fighting benefits of

exercise has prompted the American Cancer Society to recommend regular

physical activity as a cornerstone of cancer prevention. In guidelines

on diet and exercise, to be released this month, the cancer society for

the first time puts exercise on an equal footing with nutrition. 'We

now believe physical activity is a primary component of preventing

cancer,' says Abby Bloch, chairwoman of an advisory panel that prepared

the recommendations..."


Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/health/health_story.asp?intID=372703

Archive search: http://archives.dailyherald.com/

Cost: Yes (after 7 days)

Title: "Experts give more weight to exercise in preventing cancer "

Author: Marlene Cimons

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According to a Jan. 17th story from ENN WorldWire News, "As the

streets and sidewalks of most cities grow increasingly crowded, people

are spending more time and energy looking for an easier way to get

around. Driving across town takes much longer than it did ten years

ago. Not only are there more cars, but many of the cars are

considerably larger than they were only five years ago. Sometimes all

it takes is one SUV attempting a creative parking maneuver and

voilà: instant traffic jam. Parking lots seem to fill up as soon

as they are constructed. So where do we park our vehicles? What options

exist for parking-weary commuters and travelers?..."


Source: http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2002/01/01172002/s_46119.asp

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According to a Jan. 18th Reuters story, "The Slovak government is to

order random breathalyzer tests on its police force, a government

spokesman said, amid a public outcry at a recent spate of deaths

involving drink-driving officers. Since the start of the year alone,

off-duty drink-driving policemen have been involved in accidents in

which four people have died, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.


"The latest death was on Thursday, when a 44-year-old pedestrian died

after being hit by a vehicle driven by an off duty officer. The officer

fled the scene but was later found and made to take a breathalyzer

test, which he failed. Police will soon be subject to random

breathalyzer tests for an indefinite period, ministry spokesman Peter

Nevolny said. The police force were involved in 53 traffic accidents in

all of last year, but data did not show how many of these were



Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020118/od/police_dc_1.html

Title: "A New Twist: Police to Get Breathalyzed"

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According to a Jan. 15th story on WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC,

"Greenville's West End is about to get some changes to is streetscape

that city officials hope will make the area more enticing to diners and

shoppers. The intersection of Main, Pendleton, Augusta and River

streets will be revamped to make it easier for pedestrians to cross,

City Manager Randy Oliver told WYFF News 4's Todd Gladfelter. Pendleton

Street will be narrowed to two lanes, much like Main Street, and lined

with planting and parking spaces. The traffic changes come as the area

is trying to market itself as an arts district.


"Monday night, the owners of the Latitude restaurant opened a gallery

where local artists can display their work. 'It was really good for

artists who are relatively unknown at this point,' Latitude owner

Martha Weingarden told News 4. 'This is a good way to launch.' Other

buildings in the area are getting fresh coats of paint and new awnings

in the hopes of luring more businesses to the area. 'All these

beautiful buildings that are being brought back to life,' West End

merchant Allison Spinks told News 4. 'They need to have life in



Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wyff/20020115/lo/1050194_1.html

Title: "West End Streetscape Changing"

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According to a Jan. 3rd ABC News story, "The residents of Houston

just won a dubious distinction that will hit

them right at their waistlines. For the second year in a row, the Texas

town is 'America's Fattest City,'

according to the fourth annual report in Men's Fitness magazine, set to

hit newsstands on Jan. 8.


"Among 'fat cities,' Houston ranks No. 1, followed by Chicago, Detroit,

Philadelphia and Dallas, according to results released this morning on

Good Morning America. Welcome to Fat City..."




Title: "Which Are America's Fattest Cities?"

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According to a Jan. 1st story in the Columbian, "Bike racks could

become a requirement, not an amenity, if the city council approves

regulations requiring new development to provide bicycle parking. No

existing businesses would be required to provide bicycle parking,

unless they expand business to provide additional seating, floor area,

guest rooms or dwelling units. The city council in mid-December agreed

to hold a public hearing on the proposed regulations. No date has been



"Councilman Dan Tonkovich sounded as though he might be reluctant to

pass bicycle- parking mandates. Tonkovich said he believes bicycles are

a 'legitimate form of transportation,' but he's not sure that

recognition merits the city adopting an ordinance. Matt Ransom,

Vancouver's transportation-planning manager, told the council that some

property owners have ignored the city's requests to voluntarily provide

bicycle parking. 'I tend to not differentiate this with automobile

parking,' he said..."


Source: http://www.columbian.com/01012002/clark_co/243651.html

Archive search: http://www.columbian.com/ (click on "Archives")

Cost: Yes

Title: "Bike Parking Could Become A Lock In City"

Author: Jeffrey Mize

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And now for something completely different:


"Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our

fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation

written by a professional astronomer."







A new additions to the UK Department for Transport, Local Government

and the Regions website.




Trying to find the bucks for your (California) bike project?





Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, and

PolicyLink, December 1999




Information about the City of Portland, including facts on





Report from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) shows Smart Growth

policies reduce congestion.




Subtitled, "Design and Operational Issues for Pedestrians who are

Blind," this report is available from the U.S. Access Board at:





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 , 700 Melvin Ave. Suite 7B, Annapolis MD 21401; voice:

(410) 810-9011; email:info@onelesscar.org

Website: http://www.onelesscar.org/


February 10-13, 2002, National Leadership Conference: Healthy Kids,

Healthy Communities: Integrating Health and Education, Washington, DC.

Info: Professional and Scientific Associates, voice: (404) 633-6869,

fax: (404) 633-6477

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/conference/current/index.htm


February 27 - March 1, 2002, Metropolitan Transportation Planning

Course, Newington CT. Info: Susan Winter, National Transit Institute,

(732) 9321700, ext. 17.


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 6-8, Second National Bike Summit, Washington DC. Info: League of

American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC

20006-2082; voice: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202) 822-1334; email:


Website: http://www.bikeleague.org/involved/nationalbikesummit.htm


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

AZ. 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:



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

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


April 25-26, 2002, How to Turn a Place Around training course, New

York, NY. Info: Harriet Festing, Project for Public Spaces, 153 Waverly

Place, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014; voice: (212) 620-5660; email:


Website: http://www.pps.org/nyc_training.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


May 13-15, 2002, Context Sensitive Solutions training course, Rutgers

University Inn, New Brunswick, NJ. Info: Harriet Festing, Project for

Public Spaces, 153 Waverly Place, 4th floor, New York, NY 10014; voice:

(212) 620-5660; email: hfesting@pps.org

Website: http://www.pps.org


June 3-5, 2002, Bicycle Education Leaders Conference, Madison, WI.

Info: League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 401,

Washington, DC 20006-2082; voice: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202) 822-1334;

email: bikeleague@bikeleague.org

Website: http://www.bikeleague.org/involved/nationalbikesummit.htm


June 5-7, 2002, 20th National Conference on Health Education and Health

Promotion, New Orleans, LA. Info: Sonya H. Geathers, M.A.,

NCCDPHP/DNPA, voice: (770) 488-5152.


August 1-31, 2002, Bikesummer2002, Portland, OR. Info: BikeSummer

Portland, P.O. Box 786, Portland OR 97207; email:


Website: http://www.bikesummer.org


September 3-6, 2002, ProBike/ProWalk02, 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





The GMLA is based in Washington DC. Experience in field, good

fundraising and program development, leadership building skills all

essential. More info: http://www.gmla.org/exdir.html. Candidates should email

letter of interest with resume to: info@gmla.org and mail same to

GMLA Search Consultant, 1616 Delaware St., Berkeley CA 94703.



The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is a national, nonprofit

organization providing technical assistance to agencies, government and

local trail groups to acquire, design and develop trails; promoting the

use of trails as a component of creating livable communities with

close-to-home transportation and recreation potential; working at the

federal, state and local level on trail and greenway policy and funding



The Program Manager position requires a person who is excited about the

opportunity to promote trails in an effort to build more livable

communities throughout California and who will dive into the challenges

that come with working in a small, feisty non-profit. The nature of the

field office also requires someone who can work well in a team-oriented

office setting. This person will be expected to develop expertise in

all major areas of RTC's work, including providing technical assistance

to communities to help develop, fund and build rail-trails, and

promoting legislation and policies at the local, state and national

level that help create trails and greenways. Requirements: This senior

level position reports to the State Director and requires someone with

significant experience in some combination of the following

backgrounds: parks & recreation, public health or transportation

policy; land use planning/conservation/advocacy; landscape

architecture; non-profit management and resource development.

Familiarity with California politics and smart growth issues a plus. 

Compensation depends on experience. RTC provides excellent health, 

dental and vacation benefits. To apply send cover letter, resume and salary

requirements to: Search Committee (PrgMgr), Rails-to-Trails

Conservancy, 26 O'Farrell St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94108.

Position open until filled. We plan to begin interviews in mid-January.

Info: Amanda Eaken (415) 397-2220. email: aeaken@transact.org



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



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 Description: Participates in planning, acquisition, design,

development and redevelopment of parks, greenways and recreational

facilities throughout Mecklenburg County. Locates property, conducts

environmental audits, ascertains recreational value and negotiates the

purchase price. Coordinates appraisal, survey, and presents

recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. Experience in

working with capital needs, assessments and budgets a plus.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree in urban planning, geography, or public

administration and two (2) years experience in planning and design, or

Master's degree in urban planning, geography, or public administration

and one (1) year experience in planning and design. Understanding of

planning theory, the economical principles and interrelationships of

real estate, land use and environmental impacts, local government

regulations and practices and principles of site design. Ability to

obtain Playground certification within six months of employment.

Trainee appointments will be considered. Salary range: $35,977,

$44,972, $61,162. Resumes (and applications if required) for this

position must be received at our offices no later than 5:00 pm on

Monday, 1/28/02. For more information, call (704) 336-2931.



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,


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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