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?
CHICAGO RELEASES BIKE SAFETY BOOKLET
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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TXDOT RE-THINKS FRONTAGE ROADS
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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MARTHA ROSKOWSKI LEAVES BICYCLE COLORADO
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: email@example.com
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APARTMENTS CREATE PED-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS
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
-- 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
For the rest of the news release, go to:
For more information, contact NMHC at 202-974-2300, e-mail the Council
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit NMHC's web site at http://www.nmhc.org
To download the brochure go to:
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FHWA LAUNCHES NEW METRO WEBSITE
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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TEXAS COALITION NEEDS HELP WITH CRASH REPORTING
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)
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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.
INDIANA CROSSING GUARD CALLS IT QUITS
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..."
Title: "Crossing guard is on a long road to recovery"
Author: Elizabeth Eaken
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EXERCISE "PRIMARY COMPONENT" IN CANCER PREVENTION
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
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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BIKESTATIONS OFFER ALTERNATIVE TO AUTOMOBILE PARKING
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?..."
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SLOVAKIAN POLICE TO GET BREATHALIZER TESTS
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
Title: "A New Twist: Police to Get Breathalyzed"
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GREENVILLE SPRUCES UP FOR PEDESTRIANS
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
Title: "West End Streetscape Changing"
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HOUSTONIANS AWARDED DUBIOUS PRIZE
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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VANCOUVER (WA) TO GET BIKE PARKING REGS?
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..."
Archive search: http://www.columbian.com/ (click on "Archives")
Title: "Bike Parking Could Become A Lock In City"
Author: Jeffrey Mize
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And now for something completely different:
ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY
"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."
"TRAFFIC ADVISORY LEAFLET 7/01:WALKING BIBLIOGRAPHY"
A new additions to the UK Department for Transport, Local Government
and the Regions website.
"GUIDE TO BICYCLE PROJECT AND PROGRAM FUNDING IN CALIFORNIA (DRAFT)"
Trying to find the bucks for your (California) bike project?
"OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMARTER GROWTH: SOCIAL EQUITY AND THE SMART
Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, and
PolicyLink, December 1999
"PORTLAND, OREGON, FACT SHEET"
Information about the City of Portland, including facts on
"CORRECTING THE RECORD"
Report from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) shows Smart Growth
policies reduce congestion.
"PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO MODERN ROUNDABOUTS"
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: email@example.com
February 1 - March 30, 2002, Exhibition: The Physical Fitness of
Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building, Salt Lake City, UT.
February 6, 2002, 5th Annual Bike/Ped Symposium, Annapolis, MD. Info:
One Less Car , 700 Melvin Ave. Suite 7B, Annapolis MD 21401; voice:
(410) 810-9011; email:firstname.lastname@example.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
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:
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:
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: email@example.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:
May 8-9, 2002, Third Walk21 International Walking Conference, San
Sebastian, Spain. Info: Carlos Suso Beitia, Technical Secretariat,
Congress WALK 21, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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;
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:
September 3-6, 2002, ProBike/ProWalk02, the 12th International
Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.
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
JOB > EX. DIR. -- GROWTH MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org and mail same to
GMLA Search Consultant, 1616 Delaware St., Berkeley CA 94703.
JOB > FIELD OFFICE PGM MGR -- RTC
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com website:
http://www.mc-mncppc-org For questions regarding this position or the
M-NCPPC, call Richard Hawthorne, Chief, Transportation Planning at
JOB > PARKS PLANNER -- MECKLENBURG CO., NC
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.
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
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,
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