C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S

Issue #40 Friday, March 15, 2002

 

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

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Are the Lunatics Running the Asylum?

2002 National Bike Summit(r)

"America's Walking" to a PBS Station near You? Maryland

House Passes Sidewalk Bill TX Bicycle Coalition Gets $3

Million for 'Safe Routes' Tax Break for Bike Commuting

Study Links Air Pollution, Lung Cancer, Cardio Deaths

TEA-21 Schedule

Make Money Pedaling Car Divorce

Maine Bike Ed Hits Schools

New Traffic Signal at San Jose State Univ

Competition: Smart Growth in Transportation

NYSDOT Goes Context Sensitive

 

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Improving the Way Humans Walk

Ft. Worth Driver Lets Pedestrian Die in Garage New

American Dream: Less Materialistic Society? 

Mount Prospect Residents: No to Four Lanes! 

Hated Speedbumps Removed in Kandahar 

Pedestrian Killed at Daytona Beach Bike Week 

Coming Down Fast

70-Year-Old Twin Bicyclists Killed in Finland

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ARE THE LUNATICS RUNNING THE ASYLUM?

In an overwhelming display of deference to the auto industry, a 62

to 38 majority of the members of the U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to

reject the first increase in mandatory fuel economy standards in more

than 25 years. And the requirements were going to be phased in over 13

years!

 

As Massachusetts Senator John Kerry said "Today, the big money and the

special interests prevailed in their fight to stop us from increasing

fuel efficiency and doing it in a way that makes sense for our workers,

our consumers, and our environment. The industry launched a massive

campaign against reasonable fuel efficiency standards and through

lobbying and advertisements they scared citizens and Congress with

grossly exaggerated claims aimed at buying stalemate and inaction."

 

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, America's cars and light

trucks account for over 40 percent of U.S. oil consumption, and vehicle

fuel economy in the U.S. is at a 21 year low. Yet, our oil consumption

continues to increase - U.S. oil consumption rose 15 percent in the last

decade while U.S. oil imports rose 28 percent.

 

Alliance President David M. Nemtzow said "Even as American troops are

advancing on al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Senators are retreating from the

auto industry here at home. With America vulnerable to disruption of oil

supplies from an explosive Middle East, a majority of Senators caved in

to intense lobbying by the auto industry and put special interests over

national interests. This was a complete abdication of responsibility and

a betrayal of their rhetoric embracing energy policy," he added.

 

With respect to our current crop of Senators, Bill Wilkinson, executive

director of the NCBW, asked, "Can we get a few folks with a modicum of

commonsense to serve in some of these positions? The current occupants

don't appear to care about we common folk --- or the health of our

children and grandchildren --- not to mention their children and

grandchildren. May they rot in heck," he added.

 

For more information, go to:

http://www.ase.org/media/newsrel/senatefail.htm

Alliance fact sheet supporting stronger fuel economy standards:

http://www.ase.org/policy/factsheets/TFS.htm

Read AP coverage:

http://www.nandotimes.com/politics/story/301180p-2633795c.html

Reuters coverage of the fuel economy debate:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/politics/politics-energy-congress-autos.html

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2002 NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT(r)

According to a recent release from the League of American

Bicyclists,

"over 275 people --- including bicycle advocates, transportation, public

health and environmental professionals and leaders from the bicycle

industry --- came together at the National Bike Summit, March 6-8, to

exchange ideas, explore common goals, and make new alliances to

encourage and promote bicycling.

 

"Trek President and Bikes Belong Coalition President John Burke,

Executive Director of the Texas Bicycle Coalition Gayle Cummins,

Executive Director of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking Bill

Wilkinson and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) kicked off the Summit

by delivering an energetic and enthusiastic vision of 'America Bikes.'

Attendees then presented and attended panels on important elements for

bicycling within TEA-21, enjoyed a pro-cycling keynote from FHWA

Administrator Mary Peters, participated in a valuable Listening Session

with the FHWA and ended the long day with issues review and advocacy

training.

 

"Attendees worked Capitol Hill the following day, engaging over 225

congressional offices including two thirds of the Senate and over 160

House offices in a pro-cycling agenda. About a dozen Members of Congress

and 75 congressional staffers joined with Summit participants at the

Summit's congressional reception that evening to cheer on cycling's

future."

 

Some key achievements:

 

- Participation in the 2002 Summit grew by 53% from the inaugural Summit

in 2001.

- Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) agreed to co-chair the new Senate

Bike Caucus. Summit participants secured another 15 commitments to join

the Senate Bike Caucus. The Congressional Bikes Caucus already has 107

Members in the House of Representatives.

- Summit participants encouraged interest in the US Senate in The

Bicycle Commuter Act. Several new cosponsors were also added to the

House bill, which now has a total of 44 cosponsors.

- Summit presence generated over 100 commitments from Congressmen and

Senators to attend cycling events in their districts/states.

- Summit attendees generated Congress support for the Safe Routes to

Schools programs.

 

Follow-up work continues on legislative initiatives and policy topics.

To keep up, subscribe to the League's e-newsletter at:

http://www.bikeleague.org

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"AMERICA'S WALKING" TO A PBS STATION NEAR YOU?

According to an alert from Mark Fenton, "The series, 'America's Walking'

is now officially available to local PBS stations to begin airing the

week of April 1. The 13 half-hour episodes include features on

Congressman Earl Blumenauer; the efforts of elementary school children

in Santa Anna, CA to calm traffic near their school; a comparison of the

walkability of Atlanta and nearby Chattanooga, TN (a city making a

serious effort!); and a visit and walkability audit with Dan Burden.

 

"Feel free to share this info with anyone, as local pedestrian advocacy

and public health groups may benefit by urging their local PBS station

to carry the show. Even better, they can and should offer to partner

with the station to increase impact (by helping to respond to viewers

who follow up and show an interest, for example). Please share this with

whoever you think may be interested (there's a communications contact

below for anyone who's interested.)

 

Publicity contact: Lee Newton, Connecticut Public Television,

860-278-5310, ext. 1285; fax: 860-244-9624; email: lnewton@cptv.org

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MARYLAND HOUSE PASSES SIDEWALK BILL

According to a Mar. 14th release from Maryland State Delegate Bill

Bronrott (D-16, Bethesda), "The [Maryland] House of Delegates today

approved legislation (HB 130) to increase the state's share of building

sidewalks and bikeways in Smart Growth regions of the state. Currently,

counties and municipalities split such construction costs in a 50-50

share. Under HB 130, the states share increases to 75 percent, which

proponents say will help speed up construction of sidewalks, and bicycle

pathways that will help improve community links to transit, schools and

commercial areas. The bill now moves to the State Senate.

 

"The bill was a legislative recommendation in the recent final report of

the Montgomery County Blue Ribbon Panel on Pedestrian and Traffic

Safety, appointed by County Executive Doug Duncan and chaired by

Delegate Bronrott."

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TX BICYCLE COALITION GETS $3 MILLION FOR 'SAFE ROUTES'

According to the March 2nd BikeLeague News, "Texas Bicycle Coalition

(TBC) supporters were stunned by the recent announcement that the Texas

Department of Transportation will allocate $3 million to develop the

TBC-sponsored Safe Routes to Schools program. The announcement was made

by State Rep. Roberto Gutierrez (D-McAllen), who sponsored the Matthew

Brown Act that included the creation of Safe Routes to School. Gutierrez

said he had been assured by both Gov. Rick Perry and TxDOT Executive

Director Michael W. Behrens that TxDOT intends to come up with the funds

to get the program started.

 

For the full story, visit http://www.biketexas.org.

For more info about BikeLeague News, visit http://www.bikeleague.org .

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TAX BREAK FOR BIKE COMMUTING

According to the latest issue of Quick Release, the Santa Barbara

Bicycle Coalition newsletter, "If you commute to work by bike, if your

employer participates in the 'Transportation Fringe Benefit' plan, and

if House Bill HR1265 passes in Congress, you will get a tax benefit of

$65 a month. HR1265, called the 'Bicycle Commuter Act,' has the backing

of 33 co-sponsors. It simply adds bicycling to other responsible means

of commuting-carpool and public transit-that already receive the tax

break. The bill is currently in committee."

 

Contact your Representative and ask her/him to become a co-sponsor for

this bill that will help encourage bicycle commuting. But be advised

that, with the Anthrax scare, mail to Representatives' offices is

delayed so send an e-mail via http://www.house.gov/writerep/

 

Source: http://www.sbbike.org/QR/2002/02.03/02.03.html

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STUDY LINKS AIR POLLUTION, LUNG CANCER, CARDIO DEATHS

According to a Mar. 5th release from Brigham Young University,

"Tiny particles of pollutants emitted by automobiles, power plants and

factories significantly increase the risk of dying from lung cancer in

the United States, according to a study led by Brigham Young University

epidemiologist Arden Pope.

 

"The research, which was published in the March 6 issue of the 'Journal

of the American Medical Association,' also substantiates Pope's

controversial previous work that demonstrated an association between

increased levels of air pollution and an increase in total and

cardiorespiratory deaths.

 

"'The findings of this study provide the strongest evidence to date that

long-term exposure to air pollution common to many metropolitan areas in

the United States is an important risk factor for cardiopulmonary and

lung cancer mortality,' said Pope, professor of economics at BYU..."

 

Source: http://www.byu.edu/news/releases/Mar/pope.htm

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TEA-21 SCHEDULE

According to an article in the Mar. 5th issue of STPP's Transfer

Newsletter, "Duane Gibson, staff member to the House Transportation and

Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (the house panel

overseeing TEA-21 renewal), outlined the likely House schedule for

action on legislation renewing TEA-21. During remarks last week before

the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

(AASHTO), Gibson indicated that the subcommittee would introduce

legislation in February 2003 and would act on that legislation in March

of that year. The full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would

act before Memorial Day 2003, and the bill would go to the full House

after the Memorial Day recess. The Senate has not announced their

reauthorization schedule, but fully expects to renew the bill next

year."

 

For more information about STPP visit:

http://www.transact.org

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MAKE MONEY PEDALING CAR DIVORCE

"Divorce Your Car!" author Katie Alvord is offering a portion of

proceeds to bike/ped non-profits who announce signed copies of her book

for sale through their newsletters. The book (in case you haven't seen

it) includes an overview of society's troubled marriage to automobiles,

as well as chapters on walking and bicycling as transport solutions;

there's a more detailed description on the publisher's website at

http://www.newsociety.com. The signed copies Katie is selling are from her

own author's supply. She'll donate 50 cents per book sold and handle all

the shipping -- you just run the announcement.

 

For more details about how your group can offer members signed copies of

this book and raise a little money at the same time, please contact

Katie at ktalvord@portup.com or P.O. Box 516, Houghton, MI 49931.

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MAINE BIKE ED HITS SCHOOLS

According to a recent release from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine,

"The Maine DOT is again contracting the BCM to do the Bicycle Safety

Education Program in Maine Schools. Last year this allowed us to teach

over 15,000 school kids across the state. Letters have just gone out to

the school principals inviting them to apply for this popular and

successful program. We suggest you check with your school to make sure

they are applying for this program (there is no guarantee that MDOT will

fund this program next year). We are also offering teacher trainings on

how to most effectively teach bike safety to young people."

 

Source: Bicycle Coalition of Maine http://www.BikeMaine.org

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NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIV

According to a story in the March issue of the WALK SAN JOSE

Reporter,

the San Jose DOT "installed a new traffic signal at the corner of East

San Fernando and South 9th Street, to allay he terrifying pedestrian

conditions between SJSU and its parking garage. DOT built the new

signal, without going to outside bidding, which reduced time

dramatically. SJSU contributed financially the project.

 

"The new signal, the first of it's kind in San Jose, includes a

'scramble' phase, where vehicular traffic is stopped in all directions

and peds can walk in any direction. In addition, when a pedestrian

pushes a signal button, a bright 'No right turn on red' light is

activated, increasing everyone's safety. The opening ceremony was held

February 22. Walk San Jose was present at the opening, and we were

pleased to observe that the signals, which are activated by camera

instead of an in-pavement loop, were readily activated by bicycles.

Thanks to DOT and Councilmember Cindy Chavez's office for their work to

expedite this project."

 

For more on Walk San Jose, visit http://www.walksanjose.org

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COMPETITION: SMART GROWTH IN TRANSPORTATION

According to a Mar. 7th release from AASHTO, "A new competition,

'Smart Moves: Transportation Strategies for Smart Growth,' has been

launched by AASHTO, the Federal Highway Administration and the

Environmental Protection Agency to showcase outstanding state and local

efforts to promote smart-growth principles in the planning and delivery

of transportation projects.

 

"The competition was announced Thursday at AASHTO's Washington Briefing

by Mary Peters, Federal Highway Administrator, who said that the

national competition is intended 'to honor best practices in smart

growth and transportation.'...

 

"'More communities are recognizing that smart growth can help create a

balanced transportation system while addressing environmental

challenges,' said Thomas J. Gibson, EPA's Associate Administrator, for

the Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation. 'EPA is proud to work

in partnership with AASHTO and FHWA to recognize the very best state and

local transportation and smart-growth efforts. Partnership and

innovation are essential at all levels of government to achieve smart

growth.'...

 

"Eligible participants include state DOTs, metropolitan planning

organizations, transit operators, and local transportation departments.

Partnering with other agencies, non-profit organizations, and civic

groups is encouraged. The competition sponsors stress the importance of

partnering with appropriate project and activity stakeholders that are

not eligible applicants. Up to eight winners in three different

categories will be recognized. Emphasis will be on those projects or

activities that make outstanding contributions to their communities,

create effective partnerships and demonstrate best practices for smart

growth.

 

"The application and instructions can be downloaded at

http://www.transportation.org and are due on May 3, 2002. An expert panel will

evaluate the applications and make its selections by Friday, August

16th. Winners of the competition will be formally announced at AASHTO's

annual meeting, October 11-15 2002 in Anchorage, Alaska.:

 

Source:

http://www.transportation.org/aashto/news.nsf/allpages/SmartGrowth

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NYSDOT GOES CONTEXT SENSITIVE

This just in from Michael King: "Great news! The new Context

Sensitive Solutions (CSS) web site is now up on NYSDOT's Home Page.

Please explore the CSS site at your leisure to review the information

and learn about what we are currently working on. Please share this

information with your Region and peers.

 

"The CSS site is intended to assist New York State communities, our

customers, stakeholders, the Department and anyone interested in CSS to

be more informed, to better understand what CSS is all about and how CSS

is making a difference in our projects. As always, your thoughts,

suggestions and comments are most welcome to help us better inform the

public and our customers and to assist our efforts to make CSS better."

 

Go to: http://www.dot.state.ny.us

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QUOTABLE QUOTE:

MINI-HIGHWAY COUPLETS DIMINISH DOWNTOWN

"Speaking as a real estate developer, we look to invest in downtown

areas that are attractive and inviting to pedestrians; areas that invite

and encourage people to live and work there. The one way streets act as

through-ways that diminish the value of downtown as a place to be, and

encourage development elsewhere. By eliminating these through-ways, it

will reinstate downtown as a more efficient and attractive place to be

for all the reasons downtowns exist in the first place. By definition,

downtowns are center of everything!"

 

--Dennis L. Randall, Jr., Senior Director

Real Estate Development

Opus West Corporation

 

(From the WALK SAN JOSE Reporter, Issue #22, March 2002)

For more on Walk San Jose, visit

http://www.walksanjose.org%3ewww.walksanjose.org

 

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IMPROVING THE WAY HUMANS WALK

According to a Mar. 12th story in the New York Times, "As dawn breaks,

Linnette Otieno leaves her small house on Nairobi's outskirts and walks

five miles to market. On her head is a load of firewood she plans to

sell. The load weighs about 65 pounds. She hardly sweats. 'I've been

doing this since I was 6,' she explains as she hoists the wood onto her

head with an experienced motion. When she was growing up in her home

village in western Kenya, she had to walk even farther to gather

firewood, up to eight hours a day. By now, at age 35, she says long

journeys with heavy loads are second nature.

 

"Scientists have long wondered how women like Ms. Otieno are able to

carry so much so easily. Now, in a study to be published shortly, two

researchers from Europe describe the trick in detail: women from certain

African tribes unconsciously modify their gait to walk using less

energy. The energy they save is applied to carrying the weight.

 

"The study, which follows two previous articles in the journal Nature,

is the first documentation of humans' improving the economy of

walking..."

 

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/12/health/12HEAD.html?ex=1016965556&ei=1&en=09a77b194ed551f4

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/12/health/12HEAD.html?ex=1016965556&ei=1&en=09a77b194ed551f4

Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced

Cost: Yes

Title: "Improving the Way Humans Walk"

Author: Otto Pohl

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FT. WORTH DRIVER LETS PEDESTRIAN DIE IN GARAGE

According to a gruesome story in the Mar. 9th edition of the Ft.

Worth Star-Telegram, "Bail was raised to $250,000 Friday for a woman

accused of leaving an injured pedestrian, whose body was trapped in the

shattered windshield of her car, in her garage until he died. Chante

 

Mallard, a 25-year-old nurse's aide, was immediately taken from the

courtroom to jail while family members discussed how to raise money to

post her bail. Mallard had been free on a $10,000 writ bond since her

arrest Wednesday on a murder warrant. If released on bail, Mallard must

remain under house arrest, wear an electronic ankle monitor and adhere

to other restrictions imposed by Judge James R. Wilson.

"Mallard is accused of hitting 37-year-old Gregory Glenn Biggs as she

drove near the East Loop 820 split with U.S. 287 one night in October

and then hiding the injured man, still lodged in her windshield, in her

garage until he died days later of blood loss and shock. Police say

friends of the woman took the body from the garage and dumped it in Cobb

Park, where it was found Oct. 27..."

 

Source: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/2824851.htm

Archive search: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/archives/

Cost: Yes

Title: "Driver's bail now $250,000"

Author: Deanna Boyd

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NEW AMERICAN DREAM: LESS MATERIALISTIC SOCIETY?

According to a Feb 8th story from the ENNWorldWire News, "Your

neighbors are expanding their house, the driveway across the street is

starting to look like a luxury car lot, and your kid's room is filling

up with video game cartridges, $150 sneakers, and bean-filled toys. A

Time/CNN poll says 80 percent of people think children are more spoiled

today than the kids of 10 or 15 years ago. American CEOs now make more

than 400 times what their average workers make, and 'the top 20 percent

of American households earns nearly as much as the bottom 80 percent,'

write John De Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas Naylor in Affluenza..."

 

Source: http://enn.com/news/enn-stories/2002/03/03082002/s_46492.asp

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MOUNT PROSPECT (IL) RESIDENTS: NO TO FOUR LANES!

According to a Mar. 13th story in the Chicago Daily Herald, "Mount

Prospect residents who live on or near Busse Road told village officials

Tuesday that they're not interested in seeing the road widened into a

four-lane highway. They added that less drastic changes, such as the

addition of a single lane for left-turns, might be acceptable.

 

"Roughly 30 people attended Tuesday's village board meeting to discuss

possible changes to the stretch of Busse between Golf and Central roads.

That portion is under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Highway

Department.

 

"Cook County officials have placed Busse on their five-year road

improvement plan, with 2004 considered a target year for any work that

might be done. Village officials stressed that discussions about changes

to Busse are in their infancy, and a final decision is still about a

year away. Though no specific plans have been submitted, the county has

suggested that Busse be widened between Golf and Central to accommodate

as many as four lanes of traffic -- two in each direction

-- plus a fifth lane for left turns..."

 

Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/cook/main_story.asp?intID=373295

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

Cost:Yes

Title: "Residents say they don't want Busse Road widened to 4 lanes"

Author: Matt Arado

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HATED SPEEDBUMPS REMOVED IN KANDAHAR

According to a Mar. 8th AP story filed in Kandahar, Afghanistan,

"Friday was something of a 'driver's liberation day' in this noisy,

exhaust-choked city, as crews began digging up speed bumps that slowed

traffic to a crawl during the time of the Taliban. Long stretches of the

Herat Bazaar and Kabul Shah thoroughfares were suddenly flat and

inviting to speeding motorists, where once the Taliban had built up

bumps in the pavement to control the traffic of motorized rickshaws,

lumbering trucks, bicycles and overpowered sport utility vehicles.

 

"Although many Kandaharis appreciated the Taliban's law-and-order

government, the speed bumps were highly unpopular. During their

five-year rule, the Islamic radical Taliban also sought to control the

population by banning music, movies, television and girls' education,

among other things. Friday's unannounced pavement project came three

months after the Taliban were toppled from power in a U.S.-led military

campaign."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020308/ap_on_re_as/afghan_speed_bumps_2

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020308/ap_on_re_as/afghan_speed_bumps_2

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED AT DAYTONA BEACH BIKE WEEK

According to a Mar. 12th AP story from Daytona Beach, Florida, "Nine

people died during this year's Bike Week festival, including a

pedestrian who was hit and killed by a motorcycle over the weekend.

Emergency workers responded to 69 crashes on Friday and Saturday alone,

the most accidents EVAC Ambulance has responded to over two days at Bike

Week in 21 years, said spokesman Mark O'Keefe.

 

"The ninth and final death during the event occurred after a man was hit

crossing a busy intersection on Saturday night, police said. Bike Week

is a 10-day festival in Volusia County that is among the biggest biker

events in the nation. The festival began last Friday and ended Sunday.

Fifteen motorcyclists were killed in traffic accidents during Bike Week

2000, while six people died last year."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020312/ap_on_re_us/brf_bike_week_2

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020312/ap_on_re_us/brf_bike_week_2

[We'd guess their 'Bike Week" is a motorcycle event...]

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COMING DOWN FAST

According to a March 1st column in the LA Weekly, "Aldea Hill, as it

was and may still be known to the little children of Encino Village, is

where the street I grew up on rises steeply to meet Burbank Boulevard,

across which superannuated character actor Edward Everett Horton (Top

Hat, F Troop, Fractured Fairy Tales) in the days of my youth kept his

woody, ramshackle estate...

 

"The essential purpose of this block-long incline --- a matching of form

to function from whose perfection a philosopher might extrapolate the

existence of God --- was evident to anyone old enough to ride a bike

without training wheels. It was for coming down fast. On a bicycle or

skateboard or whatever other wheeled thing you were brave enough to try.

One time a kid in my class was hit by a car, I remember or think I do,

as he cruised into the intersection at the bottom of the hill; he flew

across the street and landed more or less safely in some bushes. Maybe I

am making that part up. But he lived to tell the tale, and, I am

(practically) sure, to coast and coast again..."

 

Source:

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/02/15/ant-lloyd.shtml

Title: "Hills"

Author: Robert Lloyd

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70-YEAR-OLD TWIN BICYCLISTS KILLED IN FINLAND

According to a Mar. 6th AP Europe story filed in Helsinki, Finland,

"Seventy-year-old twin brothers riding their bicycles were killed, each

one hit by a truck, in separate accidents hours apart on the same

highway. The first accident occurred at 9:29 a.m. Tuesday when one of

the twins was riding a bike on an icy road at a road junction in Raahe,

370 miles north of the capital, Helsinki, Constable Pauli Ketonen said.

 

"Two hours 17 minutes later the other twin was hit and killed by another

truck nearby while riding his bike on the same road in similar snowy

conditions," Ketonen said. The second twin was killed at a junction

about a mile from the first accident, he said. Ketonen said it was

unlikely the second victim knew of his brother's accident because police

had not had time to inform the family about the first accident. Police

declined to identify the men or give further details..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020306/ap_on_re_eu/finland_twins_killed_3

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020306/ap_on_re_eu/finland_twins_killed_3

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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"ARTISTS ALONG THE KATY TRAIL 2001"

A curated exhibition will travel throughout Missouri in 2002. The

schedule is:

 

April 14 -- May 18: The St. Louis Artists? Guild, Clayton

June 3 -- June 28: William Woods University, Fulton

Aug. 31 -- Oct. 6: Springfield Art Museum, Springfield

Nov.11 -- Dec. 13: CMSU Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg

 

Source: http://www.stlouisartistsguild.org/katytrail/default-1.shtml

 

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CORRECTION:

"LISTENING TO BIKE LANES: MOVING BEYOND THE FEUD"

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

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

 

"WORLD TRANSPORT POLICY & PRACTICE"

Volume 7, Number 4 contains numerous articles on pedestrian issues by

authors like Mayer Hillman, Rodney Tolley, Ian Ker and Werner Brog.

Available free as a pdf file at: http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/

 

"FIT SOCIETY PAGE NEWSLETTER"

Spring 2002 special edition on Outdoor Recreation: water safety, energy

expenditure of daily activities, activities at high altitudes, and

enhancing flexibility http://www.acsm.org/newsletters.htm

 

"BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER"

New web site with bicycle safety education information, a searchable

database of training materials, a guide to identifying training needs,

and a "Good Practices Guide." http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/ee/fhwa.html

 

"WHEN YOU ARE CONCERNED"

A handbook for families, friends and caregivers worried about the safety

of an aging driver. From the New York State Office on Aging at:

http://aging.state.ny.us/caring/concerned/

 

"BUILDING TRANSIT-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES"

From Regional Plan Association; readable online or downloadable as a

pdf http://www.rpa.org/publications/tfctoc.html

 

"A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TRAIL AND RECREATION ISSUES"

Extensive bibliography from the International Mountain Bicycling Assn.

http://www.imba.com/resources/science/biblio.html

 

"BUILDING BETTER TRAILS"

Subtitled "Designing, Constructing and Maintaining Outstanding Trails,"

International Mountain Bicycling Association, 2001

http://www.imba.com/resources/trail_building/trailbuilding_basics_index.html

 

C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R

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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 >  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 >  PROGRAM DIRECTOR, CHAIN REACTION

Seeking full-time Program Director for Chain Reaction, a grassroots

recycle-a-bicycle program for Washington, DC youth. Must have 2-3 years

program management experience, excellent organizational skills, and

ability to teach youth ages 11-19 about basic bicycle transportation

issues (mechanical experience not necessary). Contact

:shawecovillage@shawdc.com or call: (202)265-8899 for full job

description. http://www.shawecovillage.com

 

JOB >  BIKE MECHANICS TEACHER, CHAIN REACTION

Seeking part-time (20 hours/week) Bike Mechanics Teacher for Chain

Reaction, a grassroots recycle-a-bicycle program for Washington, DC

youth. Minimum 2-3 years professional bicycle mechanics experience,

passion for working with youth ages 11-19, and excellent organizational

skills. Contact shawecovillage@shawdc.com or call: (202)265-8899 for

full job description. http://www.shawecovillage.com

 

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