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Issue #39 Friday, March 1, 2002

 

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S

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ProBike/ProWalk Abstracts Due!

Calif. Election Day Brings Parks, Trails Props

Commuter Bicyclist Survey

Segway -- Coming to a Capitol Near You?

NYC Council Passes Sidewalk Bill

Bike Locker Design Competition

S.C. Pushes Cardio Health with Trails

San Jose Council Approves Ped-Oriented Lights

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Your Car

Safe Routes to School Congressional Hearing

Calif Bike Funding Bill Introduced

Canadian Docs Urged to Write P.A. Scripts

 

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Calif Kids Gagged by School Buses?

King County (WA) Low-Cost Ped Safety Unit

Taxi-Pods of Future to Carry Bicycles?

DC Area Aggressive Drivers Studied

Segway'ians Want MN Sidewalks

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PROBIKE/PROWALK02 PRESENTATION PROPOSALS AND ABSTRACTS DUE!

If you're thinking of proposing a presentation or paper for

ProBike/ProWalk02, you better stop thinking and start writing! The

deadline for making your submission ended at midnight last night...but we've

conveniently arranged to have a weekend immediately following the

deadline. So, submissions received by close of business Monday, March 4

will be considered for inclusion in the conference program.

 

Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002, the 12th International Symposium on Bicycling

and Walking will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota from Tuesday, September 3,

through Friday, September 6, 2002. Got questions?

See http://www.bikewalk.org or email pete@bikewalk.org

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CALIF. ELECTION DAY BRINGS PARKS, TRAILS PROPS

According to Feb. 28 "Alert" from Laura Cohen, California State

Director of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, "Election Day is less than

one week away -- March 5. We encourage you to vote, and to support two

ballot measures that we strongly endorse:

 

"- YES on Proposition 40 -- Statewide parks and resources bond

"- YES on Measure K (Alameda & Contra Costa Counties only) -- Funding

for East Bay Regional Park District.

"- PROP 40 will raise $2.6 billion for projects that improve air and

water quality, protect the coast, create neighborhood parks and trails,

and preserve open space. To learn more, please visit the web site which

contains a wealth of information: www.voteyeson40.org

"- MEASURE K will raise $8.4 million annually for environmental

maintenance and new park and trail openings in Alameda and Contra Costa

counties. The funds will be levied through a parcel tax equal to $1 per

month for single family residences, and $0.69 per apartment unit. For

more information, visit

http://www.ebparks.org/parks2002/2002_home.htm.

 

"Both of these measures will provide desperately needed funding for

parks & trails. Each and every vote will count - please do what you

can to spread the word about Prop 40 and Measure K to friends,

colleagues and family members, too." Ms. Cohen may be reached at (415)

397-2220; fax: (415) 397-2228; email: lcohen@transact.org

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COMMUTER BICYCLIST SURVEY

Monique A. Stinson and Dr. Chandra Bhat of the University of Texas

at Austin are conducting a survey of route preferences for bicycle

commuting. The results will be used in Ms. Stinson's master's thesis,

though it is hoped that the results will also be useful to planners and

designers of bicycle facilities. To participate in the survey, please

visit the website:

http://www.ce.utexas.edu/stu/stinsoma/survey/survey-Jan31.htm

 

Or send a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) to Monique Stinson,

Civil Engineering - Transportation, Campus Mail Code: C1761, The

University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712

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SEGWAY -- COMING TO A CAPITOL NEAR YOU?

A heads-up from Sally Flocks of Atlanta's PEDS organization:

"Legislation authorizing 'Electronic Personal Assistive Mobility

Devices' (EPAMB) has been introduced in all 50 states. A lobbyist

hired by Segway to promote the legislation in Georgia informed me

Friday that a bill that puts almost no restrictions on EPAMB (other

than showing due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians) has already

passed both houses of the legislature in New Mexico. PEDS is eager

to give Segway a chance--and is not attempting the kill the bill. But

I encourage advocates in all states to look into the legislation that

has been introduced and to take an active role in shaping the

policies..."

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NYC COUNCIL PASSES SIDEWALK BILL

According to an article in the Feb. 11th edition of Mobilizing the

Region, "The New York City Council unanimously passed a law that

requires builders to put sidewalks in new developments and build

streets that are the same width as other city streets. The law will

mostly affect developments on Staten Island and in Queens." A previous

article (from the Jan. 7th edition), mentioned that the NYC Planning

Commission had passed the amendments to the zoning code, which would

"mandate four-foot sidewalks in new housing developments, primarily in

Queens and Staten Island.

 

The Jan 7th article further said that "At the end of 2001, the Building

Industry Association sought an injunction against the rule. According

to the Staten Island Advance, 'the builders' recommend creating

sidewalks on one side of a private street in order to satisfy City

Planning without 'urbanizing desirable private developments.'' The

State Supreme Court rejected the request but the Building Industry

Association said it would return to court once the law passed the City

Council.

 

Sources: Issues 352 and 347 of Mobilizing the Region, published by the

Tri-State Transportation Campaign. http://www.tstc.org

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BIKE LOCKER DESIGN COMPETITION

According to a recent news release, the Tri-County Metropolitan

Transportation District of Oregon (Tri-Met) "invites artists and

designers from the United States to submit concept proposals for a

bicycle locker. Artists/designers of the two to three selected

proposals will receive $3,000 each for design development. The winning

designer will receive an additional $1,500 for design consultation and

fabrication oversight."

 

For more information on the competition, contact Mary Priester, Public

Art Manager, at (503)962-2291 or via email at: priestem@trimet.org. 

For more information on Tri-Met's public art program, visit

http://www.tri-met.org/publicart.htm .

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S.C. PUSHES CARDIO HEALTH WITH TRAILS

According to the website of the South Carolina Division of

Cardiovascular Health (CVH), the agency's mission is "to prevent and

reduce heart disease and stroke in South Carolina." Their focus is on

promoting community, institutional, and environmental changes in the

areas of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, tobacco use,

hypertension, and high cholesterol.

 

Based on the overwhelming toll that Cardiovascular Disease takes on

South Carolina's citizens, the CVH Program area, in collaboration with

its partners, is implementing a plan to address the challenges of this

disease by supporting efforts to, among other things, "Increase

physical activity in communities, worksites, and schools."

 

As an example, the CVH offers mini-grants to South Carolina health

districts for projects that relate to policy and environmental

initiatives in the areas of physical activity and heart healthy dietary

intake. A number of the projects involved creating of walking and

bicycling trails, as well as programs that otherwise encourage walking

and bicycling.

 

For more information, visit the CVH's website at:

http://www.scdhec.net/cvh/index.htm

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SAN JOSE COUNCIL APPROVES PED-ORIENTED LIGHTS

According to an article in the February issue of the Walk San Jose

Reporter, "Thanks to the work of councilmember Ken Yeager, the City

Council approved a plan to utilize pedestrian-oriented 'ornamental'

light fixtures when installing street light systems in Historic

Districts and Conservation areas. The glare of cobra head street lights

has long detracted from the charm and pedestrian orientation of our

historic neighborhoods. Hopefully we will see enough resources put into

our older neighborhoods so that we can underground the utility wires

and replace the freeway-style street lights with more appropriate

fixtures."

 

Source: http://www.walksanjose.org

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D-I-V-O-R-C-E YOUR CAR

Katie Alvord, author of "Divorce Your Car!," recently wrote to tell

us she's been writing a "My Week" feature for Grist magazine. According

to Katie, "'My Week' is a journal of some of my car divorce

experiences, including some snow-biking..." According to the Feb 12th

edition, sent from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, "Snow is flying, the

wind is howling, the temperature's dropping and I'm about to cycle an

invigorating 11 miles into town. Once during a visit to our Congress

member's office to urge support for alternatives to cars, I mentioned

that I had snow tires on my bike. His jaw dropped about a foot but I

think he got a kick out of the concept. A lot of Yoopers (natives of

the Upper Peninsula, or U.P.) are proud of how much snow falls here,

and feel an affinity for anything associated with the white stuff. So

snow tires for bikes are a natural in our region, given the standard

winter's snowfall of 200-inches-plus..."

 

Source: http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/week/alvord021202.asp

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

According to the Feb. 19th edition of STPP's Transfer Newsletter,

"On February 5, health and transportation officials and advocates from

across the country took part in a Congressional Forum to discuss their

efforts to create Safe Routes to School. Rep. Jim Oberstar of

Minnesota, ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and

Infrastructure Committee, convened and moderated the forum in the

Library of Congress. In his opening statement, Rep. Oberstar lamented

the health of an 'entire generation of children who are mobility

challenged.'

 

"Dr. Jeff Runge, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration (NHTSA), emphasized the need to allow people of all ages

to move about safely and freely, to enable commerce and to promote

social interaction and health. He cautioned, however, against

encouraging children to walk or bicycle without providing a safe street

environment. Two top officials of the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention, Dr. Bill Dietz and Christine Branche, said safe routes to

school is important in fighting physical inactivity and the obesity

epidemic in children.

 

"A major issue for Safe Routes to Schools programs is the funding of

engineering changes - sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic signals -

typically the most costly of the "four E's" of pedestrian and bicyclist

safety. STPP's Barbara McCann and James Corless discussed state-level

efforts to use federal safety money for Safe Routes to School

engineering projects. While programs in California and Washington have

experienced demand far in excess of funding, proposals for similar

programs in other states have been opposed by state Departments of

Transportation and typically killed in committee.

 

STPP took the opportunity at the forum to release an updated Summary

of Safe Routes to School Programs. The document is now available on

STPP's website at http://www.transact.org

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CALIF BIKE FUNDING BILL INTRODUCED

According to a brief story in the Feb 21st edition of the CalBike

Report, "Senate Bill 1555 (Torlakson) will add $4 onto every moving

violation in order to fund $10,000,000 worth of bicycling and walking

promotion programs at the CA Department of Health Services."

 

The text is now available at:

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/sen/sb_1551-1600/sb_1555_bill_20020220_introduced.html

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/sen/sb_1551-1600/sb_1555_bill_20020220_introduced.html

or look under 'bill information' at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

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CANADIAN DOCS URGED TO WRITE P.A. SCRIPTS

According to a Jan. 15th release from The College of Family

Physicians of Canada (CFPC), "Doctors across Canada are being urged to

write physical activity prescriptions for their patients as a more

effective way of tackling the problem of obesity among Canadians, in

addition to a myriad of other inactivity-related chronic diseases."

 

According to a series of articles in the January issue of Canadian

Family Physician, "researchers have found that the effectiveness of

physical activity counseling interventions for overweight patients can

be improved if family physicians add written materials, especially if

provided in the form of a 'prescription.' The likelihood that patients

will increase their physical activity levels may be further enhanced

through the use of simple evaluations to assess fitness capacity and

guide physical activity prescriptions Currently,16 per cent of family

physicians provide patients with a written physical activity

prescription according to CFPC's 2001 National Family Physician

Workforce Survey.

 

Dr. Andrew Pipe, Chair of CFPC's Physical Activity and Health Strategy

Coordinating Committee, said "Canadians are becoming dangerously

inactive and obesity has reached epidemic levels. Evidence shows that

family physicians can facilitate improved physical activity levels

among their patients." The articles in the January issue of Canadian

Family Physician are available on CFPC's website:

 

"Get active about physical activity"

http://www.cfpc.ca/programs/patcare/physact/ph_act.asp

"Physical activity to prevent cardiovascular disease"

http://www.cfpc.ca/programs/patcare/physact/2002/counseling.asp

"Does counseling help patients get active"

http://www.cfpc.ca/programs/patcare/physact/2002/cardiovasc.asp

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POP QUIZ: CAN YOU FIND THE DIFFERENCES?

About pedestrians, AASHTO's 1994 Green Book, the "bible" of highway

designers, said: "Because of the demands of vehicular traffic in

congested areas, it is often extremely difficult to make adequate

provisions for pedestrians. Yet this must be done, because pedestrians

are the lifeblood of our urban areas..." (page 97)

 

AASHTO's 2001 edition, by contrast says this: "Because of the demands

of vehicular traffic in congested areas, it is often very difficult to

make adequate provisions for pedestrians. Yet provisions should be

made, because pedestrians are the lifeblood of our urban areas..."

(page 96) [thanks to Michael Ronkin!]

 

QUOTABLE QUOTE:

"... Mr. Bush also spoke during the question and answer section of his

astonishment at Beijing, where grand neon swaths of new building and

hotels have risen like a mix of Hong Kong and Las Vegas. Mr. Bush was

last here in 1975, when he described himself as depressed by the drab

sameness of the clothes and the bicycles. 'It is hard for me to

describe the difference," Mr. Bush told the students. "It is an amazing

transformation.'..."

 

New York Times, Feb. 22, "Bush Urges Freedom of Worship in China" by

Elisabeth Bumiller.

Fri Feb 22, 9:00 AM ET

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nyt/20020222/wl_nyt/bush_urges_freedom_of_worship_in_china

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nyt/20020222/wl_nyt/bush_urges_freedom_of_worship_in_china

 

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CALIF KIDS GAGGED BY SCHOOL BUSES?

According to a Feb 8th article in the San Francisco Chronicle,

"California has flunked a state-by-state examination of pollution from

school buses. In a report by a public interest group -- the first to

analyze the emissions from the country's 454,000 school buses --

California tied for last place in the amount of soot, smog-forming

chemicals and greenhouse gases. Nine of 10 school buses nationwide are

powered by diesel fuel, according to the report released yesterday by

the Union of Concerned Scientists.

 

"Tiny particulates in diesel exhaust are linked to a higher risk of

cancer and, combined with the pollutants that create smog, can

exacerbate or cause respiratory problems like asthma. The state's

average school bus discharges the same amount of particulates in a year

as 170 cars, the report found..."

 

Source:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/02/08/MN88887.DTL

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/02/08/MN88887.DTL

Archive search: http://www.sfgate.com/search/

Cost: No

Title: "California school buses hit for smog"

Author: Jane Kay

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KING COUNTY (WA) LOW-COST PED SAFETY UNIT

According to a Feb. 16th story in the Seattle Times, "Deep in the

bowels of King County bureaucracy -- inside the Department of

Transportation, inside the Road Services Division, inside the Traffic

Engineering Section -- Kevin Chang sits inside his gray cubicle,

studying large street maps highlighted with hundreds of red and pink

lines, thinking about the following:

 

"A sidewalk should go there. Traffic goes too fast here. This school

needs better walking routes. That neighborhood could use some speed

bumps. This is the Neighborhood Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Unit at

work. But to many county residents, its influence is far more important

and immediate. This is where the thousands of calls and complaints from

citizens concerned about pedestrian safety in their neighborhoods end

up every year. The staff listens, sets priorities, helps neighborhoods

organize, recommends improvements, tries to find money for them and

ultimately builds pedestrian-friendly projects along some 2,000 miles

of unincorporated King County road.

 

"Given budget constraints, only a small fraction of the problems are

solved each year, and even then, often after months or years of effort.

'We fill some of the voids,' said Chang, a project engineer. 'When we

make improvements, hopefully, we're making a difference.'..."

 

Source:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=pedestrian16m&date=20020216

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=pedestrian16m&date=20020216

Archive search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/web/index.html

Cost: No.

Title: "Low-budget, high-impact pedestrian safety unit helps

neighborhoods"

Author: Michael Ko

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TAXI-PODS OF FUTURE TO CARRY BICYCLES?

According to a Feb. 25th Reuters story filed from London, "A shiny

white pod that began road tests this month may well be the taxi of the

future. The pod, known as ULTra -- Urban Light Transport -- could make

driver-free transport a reality and not just the stuff of futuristic

fantasy. 'It will be the first in the world,' said Richard Treychenne,

director of business development at ULTra's makers, Advanced Transport

Systems Limited.

 

The pod -- which seats up to four passengers -- is the brainchild of

Bristol University's Martin Lowson, who is no stranger to making

science fiction dreams come true. His past projects include the Apollo

Moon-landing program in the United States. Wherever possible, ULTra

will run along the ground, but some routes might require tracks to be

raised on pillars above roads, creating a truly futuristic look.

 

"The first stage of the ULTra project will have 30 pods circling the

Cardiff Bay area in Wales by 2004 if all goes according to plan,

Treychenne said. Next, the pods would move to the center of the Welsh

capital. At a maximum of 25 miles per hour, ULTra may not reach cosmic

speeds but should still speed past cars and buses stuck in traffic. The

battery-powered pods will operate on a single five foot track -- less

than half the width of a single lane of road -- and recharge at every

stop to keep their energy levels topped up.

 

"...Its designers say ULTra could spell the end of taxi lines, because

passengers would find on-call pods at designated stops at least 80

percent of the time. This efficiency would come from a large number of

pods in circulation, and by shortened journey times without

conventional traffic jams. Advanced Transport Systems estimate that

building an ULTra network would cost about one-third to one-half of the

amount needed for a light railway.

 

"...The pods will be accessible to the disabled, as well as passengers

with bicycles or prams, with lifts taking people up to high-rise

stations..."

 

Source:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20020225/lf/science_travel_dc_1.html

Title: "British Travel Pod Makes Science Fantasy a Fact"

Author: Toni Vorobyova

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DC AREA AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS STUDIED

According to a Feb 26th Reuters story, "A large proportion of

motorists drive 10 miles an hour or more over the speed limit and can't

be bothered to stop at red lights or stop signs, according to the

results of a new US study aimed at evaluating so-called aggressive

driving behaviors. Aggressive driving--not to be confused with the

verbal or physical abuse associated with "road rage"--can include

speeding, improper lane changes, running red lights or stop signs,

failing to use turn signals, tailgating and improper passing.

 

"According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

aggressive driving occurs when a motorist commits 'a combination of

moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.'

Currently, there is a dearth of scientific data on how common

aggressive driving behavior is, but a recent survey conducted by the

American Automobile Association found that drivers feel that such

behavior is on the rise. In the current study, Drs. Samir M. Fakhry and

Kathy Salaita of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia

assessed aggressive driving at several sites in metropolitan

Washington, DC, which includes parts of suburban Maryland and northern

Virginia.

 

"Using hidden cameras, human observers and devices embedded in roads,

the researchers gathered information on three aggressive driving

behaviors: running red lights, running stop signs and speeding. Between

40% and 80% of motorists drive on major roadways at speeds exceeding

the speed limit by 10 miles per hour (mph) or more, according to the

report in the February issue of The Journal of Trauma. What's more, the

investigation revealed approximately 30,000 cases of drivers not

stopping at red lights over a 1-month period, with 16% of red-light

runners sailing through at speeds 10 mph or more over the speed

limit..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020226/hl_nm/dc_1

Title: "Aggressive Driving Common in DC Metro Area: Study"

Original source: The Journal of Trauma 2002;52:217-224

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SEGWAY'IANS WANT MINN. SIDEWALKS

According to a Feb. 21st AP story, "Its inventor brags his device

will transform cities and revolutionize human travel. First, though,

the Segway Human Transporter must get permission to use sidewalks.

Lawmakers in a Minnesota House transportation committee took a step

toward that goal Thursday, passing to the floor a bill that crafts the

rules of the road ? and the bike paths and sidewalks ? for the

battery-powered scooters.

 

"Though the scooter travels up to 15 miles per hour, backers don't want

the Segway regulated as a motor vehicle. They want it to be allowed

anywhere people walk..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020221/ap_to_po/segway_laws_5

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020221/ap_to_po/segway_laws_5

Title: "Segway backers seeking laws to permit its use"

Author: Patrick Howe

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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

One of the editor's favorite books is the 70's classic, "The Man Who

Loved Bicycles" by Daniel Behrman. A recent crawl around the web found

it, in its entirety, available online at:

http://www.bikereader.com/BikeReader/contributors/behrman/behrman.html

Behrman is one of many authors found at "BikeReader, a Rider's Digest"

--- a truly splendid website!

http://www.bikereader.com/BikeReader/BikeReader.html

 

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"AN ANALYSIS OF FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO 'WALKING ALONG ROADWAY'

CRASHES"

A new FHWA study, subtitled "Research Study and Guidelines for

Sidewalks and Walkways"

http://www.walkinginfo.org/rd/for_ped.htm#sidewalk

 

"IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABLE URBAN TRAVEL POLICIES: FINAL REPORT"

Examines ways national governments can act as catalysts for sustainable

travel practices on a local level.

http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/7502011e.pdf

 

"LISTENING TO BIKE LANES: MOVING BEYOND THE FEUD"

Jeff Hiles' report attempts to help advocates rise above their feuds.

http://www.wright.edu/~jeffry.hiles/essays/listening

 

"PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES USERS GUIDE"

Shows how to create walkable environments through engineering

improvements and identifies the main causes and solutions of pedestrian

crashes.

http://www.walkinginfo.org/insight/features_articles/userguide.htm

 

"SAFETY ON ROADS: WHAT'S THE VISION?"

"Fatalities across OECD countries could be halved if all governments

were fully committed to improving road safety".

http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/7702021e.pdf

 

"TEN YEARS OF PROGRESS"

STPP's latest report on "how transportation is changing in America, why

more change is on the way, and where transportation is already creating

better communities." Can be read online or downloaded as a pdf:

http://www.transact.org/tenyears/default.htm

 

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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:

bikeleague@bikeleague.org

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:

mdecindis@mag.maricopa.gov

 

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:

hfesting@pps.org

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

 

May 1, 2002, National Walk to Lunch Day, U.S. Info: America WALKs ,

P.O. Box 29103,Portland, Oregon 97296-9103; voice: (503) 222-1077; fax

(503) 228-0289 ; e-mail: info@americawalks.org

Website: http://www.americawalks.org

 

May 2-4, 2002, Breaking Ground Conference on Urban Greening, Calgary,

AB. Info: Calgary Area Outdoor Council, 1111 Memorial Drive NW,

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 3E4; voice: (403) 270-2262; fax:(403)

270-3654; email: tracy.tarves@bowvalley.com

Website: http://www.breakinggroundcalgary.org

 

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: ASTDHPPHE, 1101 15th St. NW, Suite

601 , Washington, DC 20005 ; voice: (202) 659-2230; fax: (202)

659-2339; email: director@astdhpphe.org

Website: http://www.astdhpphe.org/conf20/20confindex.htm

 

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

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

bikesummer@pdxbikes.org

Website: http://www.bikesummer.org

 

August 2-4, 2002, BikeFest 2002, Amherst, MA. Info: League of American

Bicyclists. 1612 K Street NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20006-2082;

voice: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202-) 822-1334; e-mail:

bikeleague@bikeleague.org

Website: http://www.bikeleague.org/mediacenter/medprs40.htm

 

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

 

October 2, 2002, National Walk to School Day, U.S. Info: Pedestrian

Bicycle Information Center, Walk to School Day - Sara Latta, 730

Airport Road, CB 3430, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; email

walk@claire.hsrc.unc.edu

Website: http://www.walktoschool-usa.org

 

November 13-16, 2002, 16th National Trails Symposium, Haines City, FL.

Info: American Trails, PO Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797; voice:

(530) 547-2035; fax: (530) 547-2035, e-mail:

symposium@americantrails.org

Website: http://www.AmericanTrails.org

 

J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S

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JOB >  SR. TRANS. PLANNER -- CITY OF KETCHUM, ID

Successful candidates with skills to conduct transportation/ parking

studies, including development of downtown parking plan, experience in

project planning, programming, reviewing traffic impact studies, travel

demand modeling, managing consultants, working with local officials,

public groups, state/federal partners, familiarity with federal/state

grants. Experience with transportation issues in mountain resort

communities desired.

 

Required: Bachelor's: civil engineering, transportation and/or

urban/regional planning - four years experience, master's - two year's

experience. Salary: $3,555 - $4,320/month, doq. Cover letter

describing skills applicable to position, resume/three references by

March 11, 2002: Lisa Horowitz, P&Z Administrator, City of Ketchum, Box

2315, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.

 

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

issues.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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CORRECTION: Michael King wrote re: last issue's story from "The

Dallas-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram" to let us know that it's just "The Ft.

Worth Star-Telegram." Or as his dad calls it, the "Startlegram."

 

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