C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S
Issue #41 Friday, March 29, 2002

 

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

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MacFadden New NCBW Director of Operations

Susie Stephens Remembrance to be Held Monday

Portland (ME) Adopts Bike Plan

Bicycle Colorado's New Executive Director

House Transportation Chair Pushes Radical Bill

Charlottesville (VA) Gets Yellow Bikes

NY Bicycling Coalition Releases Manual, Plans Workshops

Segway Coming to a Fed-Funded Walkway Near You?

TBC's Cummins Gets Advocacy Award

CDC & PAHO Sponsor Active Cities Contest

RIDOT'S New Bridge, Park Design

Bush's New Surgeon General to Focus on Exercise, Diet

 

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Obesity Harder on Health than Smoking?

Cell Phone Drivers Worse than Drunks?

Stuck in Traffic

MD Police to Crack Down on Unyielding Motorists

German Inline Skaters Ordered off Roads

Detroit to Get Ped-Friendly Facelift

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MACFADDEN NEW NCBW DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

On March 20th, Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director of the National

Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW), announced that the organization

has named Gary D. MacFadden as its new Director of Operations.

 

MacFadden, 49, spent 27 years with the Adventure Cycling Association,

based in Missoula, Montana. He served in the capacities of guidebook

editor and publications director before becoming the organization's

third executive director in 1982. He held that post until the fall of

2000.

 

"We're delighted to have Gary join our team at this exciting time,"

said Wilkinson. "Gary proved at Adventure Cycling that he knows how to

organize and manage a high-quality, 'customer service' operation.

That's exactly the kind of experience the NCBW needs right now."

 

Wilkinson noted that the NCBW is in the early stages of implementing a

major new technical assistance and training program funded by The

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Gary will be helping develop new

delivery systems to support community-based actions to create more

physically active places," said Wilkinson. "His expertise in project

management and his experience with a large staff will be a great asset

for our growing organization."

 

MacFadden, who spent the past 18 months volunteering with his

wife at national parks and wildlife refuges, said that the challenge of

the NCBW's new programs attracted him to come out of retirement. "For

the past 27 years, I've been working with the bicycle and bicyclists

from a recreation viewpoint," MacFadden said. "The NCBW's focus on the

creation of more bicycle-friendly and walkable communities is

refreshing and exciting; the potential is staggering."

 

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking was founded in 1977 as the

Bicycle Federation of America. The mission of the organization is to

make America bicycle-friendly and walkable. Mr. MacFadden will work in

the DC office.

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SUSIE STEPHENS REMEMBRANCE TO BE HELD NATIONWIDE MONDAY

Please get together this Monday, April 1st and raise a glass at 9pm EST, 6pm

PT, to join us all in a simultaneous remembrance of Susie Stephens, who was

killed last Thursday in St. Louis when she was struck by a bus while

crossing the street. Solidarity events are planned in Seattle, Washington,

Washington, DC, and other cities across the country. We will gather to

celebrate Susie's life, her contribution to our lives, our organizations and

most importantly, our hearts.

 

Susie's family plans to hold a memorial service for her in early May in the

Methow Valley. We'll pass along the information when we receive it. In

lieu of flowers, her family suggests that donations be made in her name to

one of the following organizations: Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Methow

Conservancy, Thunderhead Alliance.

 

See http://www.bicyclealliance.org/ for further information.

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PORTLAND (ME) ADOPTS BIKE PLAN

According to a Mar. 20th story in the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's

e-newsletter, "The Portland Bike Plan and proposed bike lanes sailed

through City Council on Monday evening with a 9-0 vote of approval for the

project. We are anticipating that the paint will hit the pavement in

late May, in time for a special promotion of 'Commute Another Way Day

by Bicycle' in June.

 

"Thanks to Mayor Karen Geraghty and several City Councilors - Jack

Dawson, Jim Cloutier, Peter O'Donnell, Nathan Smith, and Jill Duson -

who all spoke in support of the project and also in support of

obtaining funds for additional facilities next spring. City Traffic

Engineer Larry Ash has an increasing understanding of what bicycle lane

facilities are, and we are confident that we will have some great bike

lanes soon. You know you've had a good meeting when City Councilors

are standing up to tell you that they're bicyclists, too."

 

For more information, contact Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director,

Bicycle Coalition of Maine at (207) 623-4511 or email:

mailto:BCM@BikeMaine.org or visit their website at:

http://www.BikeMaine.org

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BICYCLE COLORADO'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

According to a Mar. 11th news release, "Bicycle Colorado has named

Dan Grunig to the position of Executive Director. Grunig was previously

the Director of Communications for the Denver Center Theatre Company

and holds a Masters Degree in Business from the University of

Wisconsin-Madison. He is an avid proponent for bicycling issues, has

served with many bicycle groups, and resides in Golden with his wife,

Nancy Lehet, who is also an active cyclist.

 

Grunig takes over for Martha Roskowski who was recently hired as

Campaign Manager of America Bikes, a national cycling advocacy effort.

Roskowski will assist Grunig for about six weeks before she relocates

to Washington, D.C. 'Martha helped create Bicycle Colorado and her work

has made it one of the leading advocacy groups in the nation,' notes

Mark Graff, Bicycle Colorado's board president. 'This certainly

influenced the organizers of America Bikes to recruit her, and it has

also helped Bicycle Colorado attract many qualified replacements. The

selection of Dan Grunig ensures our members that the vital work of this

organization can continue without interruption.'"

 

For more information, contact Dan at (303) 417-1544 or email:

:dan@bicyclecolo.org

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HOUSE TRANSPORTATION CHAIR PUSHES RADICAL BILL

According to the Mar. 18th edition of TSTC's Mobilizing the Region

newsletter, "Don Young of Alaska, chair of the House Transportation and

Infrastructure Committee, has drafted and widely disseminated a bill

that would 'streamline' surface transportation project environmental

and historic impact reviews by state and federal agencies, essentially

cutting the public out of the process. The bill does not mention public

participation, but creates a rigid, inter-agency process to eliminate

'delay.'

 

"Environmental and transportation reform groups and urban advocates

told Capitol Hill staffers they vociferously opposed the bill's

provisions and would seek to head it off before it gathers momentum.

They predicted that a fight over the bill would re-polarize highway

lobby and transportation reform groups who had been looking forward to

a bipartisan, forward-looking renewal of the U.S. transportation

funding law in 2003.

 

"...The environmental streamlining bill, called 'Expediting Project

Delivery to Improve Transportation and the Environment Act' (EXPEDITE),

fundamentally shifts the balance of power from state DOTs and transit

properties to federal transport agencies, making FHWA or FTA the lead

sponsor and the final decision maker for all aspects of project

delivery, from the determination of projects' purpose and need,

feasible and prudent alternatives, timelines for concurrent NEPA and

permit reviews, the determination of preferred alternatives and the

record of decision. State natural resource and historic preservation

officers generally will have just 60 days to review projects..."

 

For more on the bill, visit the Tri-State Transportation Campaign's

website at: http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20020318/mtr35701.htm

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CHARLOTTESVILLE (VA) GETS YELLOW BIKES

According to a recent message from Stephen Bach of Charlottesville,

VA, "You may be interested to know that on March 21 we are staging the

debut of a community bike program here in Charlottesville, Virginia. I

am president of Community Yellow Bicycles of the Piedmont, a small

group of volunteers who have been working for about a year to get

things ready.

 

"We will debut with 50 yellow bikes, which have been donated by people

who otherwise may have discarded them. We've refurbished and painted

the bikes, and have another 50 ready to go out after the initial 50.

We are also getting worse bikes from the landfill which we're using

mostly for parts. We were fortunate to get a grant of $5000 for tools

and parts from a locally based rock band. Otherwise, the city was about

to fund us, although they were having some qualms about it due to fears

about getting sued by someone who might have an accident on one of the

bikes and get hurt."

 

For more information, contact Stephen Bach, 1208 Meriwether St.,

Charlottesville VA 22902-5421; (434) 977-7015

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NY BICYCLING COALITION RELEASES MANUAL, PLANS WORKSHOPS

According to a recent news release, "The New York Bicycling

Coalition is pleased to announce the release of 'Improving Bicycling

and Pedestrian Safety,' a problem-solving manual aimed at both

advocates and transportation professionals, with applications

throughout New York State and beyond. Find it, along with other basic

information about NYBC and our activities at:

http://www.nybc.net

 

Download a pdf copy at:

http://www.nybc.net/programs/NYBC_manual.pdf

or individual chapters at:

http://www.nybc.net/programs/NYBC_manual.shtml

 

For a hard copy, send a check for $3.50 per copy to cover shipping and

handling to: Jesse Day, Safety Advocacy Manager, New York Bicycling

Coalition, PO Box 8868, Albany, NY 12208. Phone: (518) 505-9499.

 

"Beginning this spring, NYBC will hit the road with phase two of this

Campaign, traveling to Albany, Monroe, Suffolk and Kings counties for

regional workshops aimed, again, at both advocates and transportation

professionals and with the same overall goal - to promote better

communication between constituencies who sometimes speak a somewhat

different language. This will help facilitate fixes of well-known and

well-documented problem intersections and stretches of the state's road

system.

 

"Our plan is to host these workshops in conjunction with local cycling

clubs. The workshop facilitator will be one of our nation's best-known

bicycling and pedestrian advocates - Jeff Olson from Saratoga Springs,

New York. Mr. Olson served for many years as Statewide Bicycling and

Pedestrian Program Coordinator at NYS DOT and was the Director of the

Millennium Trails Project in Washington, D.C.

 

Tentative 2002 workshop dates: Albany County: May 2 in Albany; Monroe

County: May 22 in Rochester; Suffolk County: June 6, site yet to be

determined; Kings County: June 19 in Brooklyn. Check website for times

and venues: http://www.nybc.net

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SEGWAY COMING TO A FED-FUNDED WALKWAY NEAR YOU?

According to Andy Clarke, executive director of the Association of

Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), "Senator Bob Smith of New

Hampshire has introduced a bill into the US Senate that would allow the

use of the Segway (IT, Ginger, or 'Electric Personal Assistive Mobility

Device') on trails and pathways constructed or maintained with

Federal-aid highway funds. Senate Bill 2024...is quite short and does a

couple of things: it defines the Electric Personal Assistive Mobility

Device; and it says that such devices would, when state or local regulations

permit, be allowed to use trails and pedestrian walkaways built or

maintained with federal funds."

 

To see the text of the bill, go to the following website and enter SB

2024 in the search window.

http://thomas.loc.gov/

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TBC'S CUMMINS GETS ADVOCACY AWARD

According to a Mar. 8th news release from the Texas Bicycle

Coalition, "Texas Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Gayle Cummins

was presented with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bicycle

Advocacy Award during the League's March 6 through 8 National Bike

Summit in the nation's capital. Cummins was chosen to receive the award

for her efforts in making the Texas Bicycle Coalition the bicycle

advocacy model for the rest of the nation, and for her work with the

Texas Legislature.

 

"In accepting the award, however, she refused individual credit for the

honor. 'The work that went into this does not lend itself to individual

credit,' she said. 'It took a lot of dedicated staff, volunteers,

industry support and partners, all of whom stuck with us, believed in

our mission and helped create our advocacy model in Texas.' Cummins

added that she was proud to accept the LAB National Advocacy Award on

behalf of all Texas cyclists."

 

For more information, contact: Gayle Cummins at (512)476-RIDE(7433) or

gayle@biketexas.org

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CDC & PAHO SPONSOR ACTIVE CITIES CONTEST

According to a story in the Mar. 15th edition of NCPPA News, The

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pan American Health

Organization will hold a new contest to "recognize cities in the region

of the Americas for their outstanding efforts in improving public

spaces for safe recreation and promoting physical activity. The six

winners of the Active Cities Contest will be recognized during an

official meeting in Santiago, Chile, the Health Promotion Forum in the

Americas (Oct. 20-24, 2002).

 

The deadline for submitting the completed application form and all

supporting documents is APRIL 5, 2002. For more information, visit

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/worldhealth/contest.htm

 

NCPPA News is a publication of the National Coalition for Promoting

Physical Activity. Visit their website at: http://www.ncppa.org

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RIDOT'S NEW BRIDGE, PARK DESIGN

According to a Jan. 24th news release, "The Rhode Island Department

of Transportation (RIDOT) unveiled a unique design feature today for

the Washington Bridge 200 Eastbound. A linear park on the bridge's

southerly side will be created for the enjoyment of all Rhode

Islanders. 'We are looking at preserving a portion of the Washington

Bridge, rather than demolishing all of it,' said William D. Ankner,

Ph.D., RIDOT's Director. 'Not only will this become a new destination

in the Ocean State, but it turns out to be the cheapest construction

alternative, because we will not have to demolish all of the bridge.'

Five alternatives were examined for the new five lane bridge and each

one was studied for its actual construction costs, cost of demolishing

the bridge, and the cost of creating a new bikeway, as well as a total

cost. Alternative Two has been selected because it is within budget,

$82 million, and because of its innovative components.

 

"Creating the linear park, which will include a bike path and a

pedestrian path, will allow RIDOT to keep the two southerly most arches

of the Washington Bridge. There will be comfortable and scenic

gathering places on the bridge along with benches, decorative lighting,

and bike racks. Planters on the bridge, containing low to no

maintenance plants, will be made from the recycled granite from the

existing bridge. 'A pedestrian walkway will be placed on the water

side, and a bikeway will be built at a slightly higher grade closer to

the side of the new bridge," said Ankner. "This will allow bikers to

have a view of the water as well.'

 

"Historic preservation was a key element to the design as well. The

existing bridge operator's house will be rehabilitated, and the

water-facing arches of the Washington Bridge Eastbound will be

preserved. This detail will therefore maintain the vista that all Rhode

Islanders recognize. 'RIDOT's plan to save and restore the south facade

of Washington Bridge will preserve the most important historic features

of its classical design,' said Ted Sanderson, Executive Director of the

Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, 'and will

allow walkers and bicyclists to enjoy this historic structure and its

views down the river.'"

 

Source: http://www.dot.state.ri.us/WebNews/releases/wblinearpark.htm

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BUSH'S NEW SURGEON GENERAL TO FOCUS ON EXERCISE, DIET

According to an article in the Mar. 27th issue of BikeLeague News,

"President Bush's appointment of Dr. Richard Carmona as Surgeon General

of the United States, and his announcement that one of Dr. Carmona's

three key missions will be to encourage Americans to exercise and

improve their diets, have great implications for the future of

bicycling and fitness in the U.S. The Surgeon General's job is to

educate Americans on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of

disease...

 

Following are excerpts from the President's remarks on the appointment:

 

"I have asked Dr. Carmona to lead an important initiative focusing on

prevention and life-long healthy living as a key component to medical

care. The research is overwhelming that simple improvements in diet and

exercise would result in dramatic improvements in America's health.

Studies show that overweight Americans who are at risk of developing

type II diabetes or coronary heart disease can delay and possibly

prevent these diseases with just moderate exercise and a healthy diet.

Walking 30 minutes a day will dramatically improve your life. Playing a

game with your children in your backyard will help. Walking in a park

can make a difference to your health."

 

"These relatively small actions can dramatically reduce costs and

strain on our health care system. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle are a

priority for me. I really like to run. It makes me feel better. The doc

and I are going to encourage all our country to either run or walk or

swim or bicycle for the good of their families, for the good of their

own health, and for the good of the health of the nation."

 

For more information and the full text of the President's remarks, visit

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/03/20020326-3.html and

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20020326.html.

 

For more info about the League of American Bicyclists' BikeLeague News,

visit: http://www.bikeleague.org

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STATS-R-US:

 

SEATTLE BICYCLE FACTS AND STATISTICS

- Estimated number of Seattle-area participants in last year's Bike to

Work Day: 3,000+

- Number of times cyclists put their bikes on Metro buses every year:

300,000+

- Number of times cyclists forgot to take their bicycles off the bus:

353

- Number of free Seattle bike route maps requested in past two years:

50,000+

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For the rest of the story, go to:

http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/td/bikefact.asp

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OBESITY HARDER ON HEALTH THAN SMOKING?

According to a Mar. 12th Reuters story, "Obesity exacts a higher

toll on health and healthcare costs than either smoking or drinking as

serious obesity-related problems like diabetes are near epidemic

levels, according to a study released on Tuesday. 'Smoking and

drinking, which are on the decline, have been the focus of research and

policy work for years. Yet obesity, which can have far more serious

health consequences, has received far less interest' said Roland Sturm,

author of the study and a researcher at the UCLA/RAND Managed Care

Center for Psychiatric Disorders in Santa Monica, California.

 

"The study found that obesity -- linked to health complications

including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, strokes and certain

cancers -- raises a person's healthcare costs by 36 percent and

medication costs by 77 percent. Smoking and drinking also cause serious

health problems, but the study, released by the journal Health Affairs,

found that active smoking leads to a more modest 21-percent rise in

healthcare costs and 28-percent increase in medication costs, with

smaller effects seen for problem drinkers..."

 

Source:

http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2002/03/12/eline/links/20020312elin017.html

Title: "Obesity harder on health than smoking"

Author: Deena Beasley

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CELL PHONE DRIVERS WORSE THAN DRUNKS?

According to a Mar. 22nd Wireless.NewsFactor.com story, "A British

study just released shows that talking on a mobile phone while driving

is more hazardous than operating a vehicle while under the influence of

alcohol. The study is sure to raise a few eyebrows and fuel the

controversy over legislation aimed at banning cell phone use by drivers.

 

"Researchers tested how driving impairment was affected when drivers

were talking on a handheld mobile phone or a hands-free phone, and when

drivers had consumed enough alcohol to register above the legal

blood-alcohol limit. The UK legal alcohol limit is 80mg/100ml, or .80.

Direct Line reported that the results showed drivers' reaction times

were, on average, 30 percent slower when talking on a handheld mobile

phone than when legally drunk -- and nearly 50 percent slower than

under normal driving conditions. Also, the tests showed, drivers

talking on phones were less able than drunk drivers to maintain a

constant speed, and they had greater difficulty keeping a safe distance

from the car in front..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nf/20020322/tc_nf/16908

Title: "Study: Talking on a Phone Worse than Driving Drunk "

Author: Jay Wrolstad

 

News release from the company and a downloadable copy of the report:

http://info.directline.com/xxx/news.nsf/IICHeadline/current?opendocument&category=current+headline

http://info.directline.com/xxx/news.nsf/IICHeadline/current?opendocument&category=current+headline

Note: Michael Malak, who alerted us to this story, asks "Why was this

report quashed by the media? Try searching for it on your own local

newspaper's website. You won't find it, despite it being an AP story.

Write your local and state representatives. Get the word out."

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STUCK IN TRAFFIC

According to the March 13th issue of Gulf Coast Growth News, "An

article in emagazine analyzes the role that the highway lobby has

played in the problematic increase in gridlock, emissions and commuting

time facing modern America. According to the article, the modern

highway system, with its subsequent problems, was birthed in 1891 when

the League of American Wheelmen began lobbying state legislatures for

road improvements to support the fledgling automobile industry.

 

"Since that time, lobbyists, including the American Automobile

Association (AAA), have relentlessly focused on extending highways,

often claiming that building more roads can remove "strategic

bottlenecks," and therefore reduce pollution and congestion. According

to this article, however, only alternative transportation, congestion

pricing, and telecommuting will reduce the pollution and gridlock

caused by America's love affair with the car."

 

Source: http://www.emagazine.com/march-april_2002/0302feat2.html

For more on the Gulf Coast Growth News, visit:

http://www.livablehouston.org

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MD POLICE TO CRACK DOWN ON UNYIELDING MOTORISTS

According to a Mar. 28th story in the Baltimore Sun, "In some

cities, motorists know to expect glares and gestures when they don't

stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. The person might be yards away.

Perhaps his foot has just left the curb. Or maybe he is simply standing

on a sidewalk waiting to cross. It doesn't matter. At the first glimpse

of a person near a rectangle of white stripes, drivers in places like

Seattle and Northampton, Mass., are prone to hit the brakes.

 

"Not in Baltimore, though, or in most Maryland towns. Here motorists

and pedestrians navigate the streets in close proximity and often with

equal disregard for each other. 'The general attitude here is that

pedestrians are supposed to keep out of the road, and if they get hit,

it's their fault,' said George Branyan, special programs coordinator

for the State Highway Administration. But police are hoping a new

crackdown will change the culture..."

 

Source:

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.pedestrian28mar28.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.pedestrian28mar28.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

Archive search: http://www.sunspot.net/search/

Cost: No (first 2 weeks)

Title: "Stepping up for safety"

Author: Marcia Myers

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GERMAN INLINE SKATERS ORDERED OFF ROADS

According to a Mar. 20th Reuters story filed in Karlsruhe, Germany,

"Germany's inline skaters were ordered off the roads and onto the

sidewalks in a ruling by the Supreme Court Tuesday. The court also

ruled that skaters must keep their speed down to accommodate

pedestrians -- a move likely to anger the country's large number of

inline enthusiasts.

 

"The ruling stemmed from a lower court decision to award damages to a

skater injured in a collision with a motorbike on the basis that

skaters be treated the same as vehicles. The Supreme Court overturned

the ruling and called on the government to introduce laws regulating

skating. But dedicated skaters will still have limited opportunities to

hit the road. Some cities occasionally close off major avenues to

traffic in order to give skaters a few hours of fast and free wheeling."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020320/od_nm/skaters_dc1

Title: "Inline Skaters Ordered Off the Streets"

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DETROIT TO GET PED-FRIENDLY FACELIFT

According to a March 21st story on Detroit's WDIV-TV, "Local

government and business leaders unveiled a new tourism plan Wednesday

that they hope will generate as much as $3 billion in additional

revenue for metro Detroit's economy. The Detroit Metro Convention and

Visitors Bureau has formed the Tourism Economic Development Council to

spearhead the effort, which brings several economic development groups

together with officials from the city of Detroit and Wayne, Oakland,

and Macomb counties..."

 

The plan is the product of a two-year Ernst and Young study that

included interviews with 1,500 travelers, and, among other things,

intends to:

 

-- Improve metro Detroit's appearance with major beautification and

landscape architecture enhancement projects for area freeways.

-- Ensure a safe visitor experience by highlighting safety

improvements, enhancing the local police presence and improving

walkways, lighting, directional signage and emergency phone boxes.

-- Increase regional collaboration by improving recreation areas and

greenways, pedestrian walkways and bikeways in multi-county settings.

Cleaning up area freeways and major roadways is also a component.

 

"The Convention and Visitors Bureau provided $1 million to fund the

initiative and officials said additional money will come for public and

private sector organizations..."

 

Source:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wdiv/20020320/lo/1126929_1.html

Title: "Local Leaders Want To Boost Tourism"

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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

 

MARDI GRAS INDIANS: TRADITION AND HISTORY

"Mardi Gras is full of secrets and the Mardi Gras Indians are as much a

part of that secret society as any other carnival organization. The

Mardi Gras Indians are comprised, in large part, of the blacks of New

Orleans' inner cities. They have paraded for well over a century...yet

their parade is perhaps the least recognized Mardi Gras tradition..."

Source: http://www.mardigrasindians.com/

 

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"THINKING BEYOND THE PAVEMENT"

New website on context sensitive design from The Project for Public

Spaces. "Looks beyond the pavement to the role that streets and roads

can play in enhancing communities and natural environments"

http://www.pps.org/CSS/cssonline.htm.

 

"IBF NEWSLETTER"

Latest issue of the International Bicycle Fund's newsletter, with

articles on: Pan-Africa Bicycle Information Conference, Jinja

Declaration, Pan-Africa Bicycle Information Network, Cross-Cultural

Tours, Bicycle Essay Contest. Find it online at:

http://www.ibike.org/ibfnews.htm

 

"DEVELOPMENT OF A CYCLIST ROUTE CHOICE MODEL"

Subtitled "Combining Geographical Information System technology with

route environment measures to predict cyclist route choice to the

University of Queensland." Paper by Neil Hutchinson. Available as a

Word document from the author at: AROCP2@brisbane.qld.gov.au

 

"NEW DIRECTIONS FOR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLANNING EDUCATION IN US"

(Planning Practice and Research, 17(1): 91-95) Paper by Carlos J. L.

Balsas, AICP, Ph.D. Candidate and Instructor, Dept. of Landscape

Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts. For a

copy, contact the author at: balsas@larp.umass.edu

 

"LIVEABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS - STREET LAYOUT, DESIGN AND TRAFFIC

MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES"

Traffic management guidelines published by the Western Australian

Planning Commission.

http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/liveable/LNTMG.pdf

 

"INTRODUCING LIVEABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS"

A Western Australian Government Sustainable Cities Initiative.

http://www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/liveable/LN_ed2.pdf

 

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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 >TRAFFIC ENGINEER -- ASHEVILLE, N.C.

The City of Asheville, North Carolina is seeking qualified candidates

for the position of Traffic Engineer to perform professional

transportation planning and traffic engineering work and assisting in

the administration of various traffic and transportation activities.

Candidates must have the ability to analyze field data; develop

solutions for traffic engineering and safety issues; oversee traffic

signal design and operation; develop traffic control signage and

marking plans; coordinate the City's traffic calming programs; review

development plans and traffic impact studies; and provide input on

bicycle and pedestrian issues.

 

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree in Transportation/Traffic

Engineering, or a related field, and 6 to 9 years traffic engineering

experience, or any equivalent combination of experience and additional

education and/or training that provides the knowledge, skills, and

abilities to perform this work. Registration as a Professional Engineer

with the State of North Carolina required or ability to obtain within 6

months of employment. Must possess a valid North Carolina Driver's

License at the time of hire.

 

Asheville offers a walkable, vibrant downtown and is a haven for

outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and art collectors. It was rated as

one of the Top 10 places to live by Outside Magazine and was selected

as a 1997 All-America City. Asheville, population 70,000, is nestled

between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Starting Salary: $41,707 - $50,048 EOE/ADA/AA To Apply - Please fax,

email or submit cover letter, resume and Official City of Asheville

Application (http://www.ci.asheville.nc.us) to: Pat Nelson-Ezzell, City of

Asheville,P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802 Phone: (828)259-5691.

Fax: (828) 259-5479. E-mail: PatN@mail.ci.asheville.nc.us. Email:

EdwardH@mail.ci.asheville.nc.us DEADLINE IS V. SOON!!!

 

JOB > COMMUNITY PLANNER II -- NORTH CAROLINA DOT

The Community Planner II position will become a part of a community

impact assessment team. In this role the person must function as a

team member in a newly evolving approach toward the assessment of

transportation related effects on local communities and land use. The

position requires knowledge of community impact assessment techniques

and environmental justice principles. Communication and consensus

building skills are imperative to this new role, as well as the ability

to understand different perspectives and to identify creative

solutions. This person must be self-motivated, diligent, and able to

work with limited direct supervision. We will be developing tools to

promote more effective engagement with local communities.

Vacancy Number: 4250-3381-0000-134/00134. Salary Grade: 72. Salary

Range: $33,050 - $54,434. Division: DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS. Location:

WAKE Closing Date: 04/02/02

For additional information please go to

http://apps.dot.state.nc.us/personnel/jobvacancies/vacancyDetail.asp?key=4250-3381-0000-134

http://apps.dot.state.nc.us/personnel/jobvacancies/vacancyDetail.asp?key=4250-3381-0000-134

For a state application form please go to

http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/gnrlinfo.htm#app

 

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

 

H-O-U-S-E-K-E-E-P-I-N-G

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