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

Issue #42 Friday, April 12, 2002

 

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PB/PW 2002 -- Meet Us in St. Paul!

Ped Advocates in ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI -- Get On TV!

Calif. DHS Funds Ped Advocates

Bikes Up, Peds Down in NY/NJ/CT Region

Take This Survey, Please! And Quickly!

PPS Wins Award for Unesco Work

Health Promo More Useful than Med. Care?

Champaign-Urbana to Get Accessible Ped Signals

 

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38% of Americans Don't Exercise for Leisure

Feet First Protest Seattle Pedestrian Deaths

Polluting Buses Ordered Off New Delhi Streets

U.S. Border Cops to Put Bikes with Peds

Ireland Clamps Down on "Driving while Cell-Ing"

Inactivity Worse than Smoking, Part 2

UK Cops Leave Enforcement to Cameras?

Pedestrians: Don't Walk and Talk!

Park Service: No Mtn Bikers on AZ Trail

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PB/PW 2002 -- MEET US IN ST. PAUL!

We hope you're planning to be at the ProBike/ProWalk Conference, the

12th International Symposium on Bicycling and Walking. This year's

conference will be hosted in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 3-6, 2002.

The theme is "Making Great Things Happen!" If you're a bicycle or

pedestrian professional, advocate, planner, engineer, public health

specialist, or transit provider, this is your conference! We've just

established the conference fees for those who would like to budget

ahead: Delegates: $450; Presenters: $350 (these fees are valid through

July 31). We're still working on our advocate scholarship program and

rate; we'll publish that announcement in an upcoming issue of

Centerlines.

 

Registration fees include all conference materials, the opening

reception, all workshops and plenary sessions, two luncheons, all

refreshment breaks, one evening banquet, and the ProBike/ProWalk Party

(always a must-attend event!). For more registration details, check

http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.htm on May 1, when we'll post the

on-line registration form. We'll see you in St. Paul!

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PED ADVOCATES IN ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI -- GET ON TV!

John Z. Wetmore, producer of the "Perils for Pedestrians" TV show,

will be visiting New England for Walk to Lunch Day in Boston on May 1.

While he is there, he wants to conduct interviews in several states,

some of which have not yet been on Perils For Pedestrians. If you live

in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode

Island, and would like to appear on camera discussing issues of concern

to pedestrians in your community, please contact John at

John@pedestrians.org

 

His website is at: http://www.pedestrians.org

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YIKES! FHWA WANTS PED 'ITS' SAMPLES TODAY!

According to an article we just found in NAWGIT's Economic

Development Digest, "The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is in

the process of evaluating the effectiveness of various pedestrian

related Intelligent Transportation Systems-based (ITS) traffic control

technologies for reducing pedestrian fatalities and injuries as part of

its Pedestrian Safety Engineering and ITS-based Countermeasure Program.

The FHWA recently awarded cooperative agreements to three cities in

Nevada, Florida, and California.

 

"The objective of this special announcement is to notify and inform

manufacturers of pedestrian ITS-based technologies about the project

and obtain from them information on their products. This information

should be in the form of brochures, manuals, videos, etc., that can be

provided to the cities with which FHWA is working. Examples of the ITS

technologies include pedestrian detectors (infrared, etc.), pedestrian

information systems (talking signs, illuminated push buttons, audible

signals, count-down signals, etc.), motorist information (in-pavement

lighting, smart overhead lighting, etc.) and enforcement systems

(variable speed limit, speed controls, etc.)

 

"The FHWA reserves the right to review the submitted information for

relevance to the project. FHWA is interested in getting five sets of

brochures, manuals, and other related materials for each pedestrian

ITS-based technology. This information is for general use only, and

must not be taken as an endorsement of product or manufacturer or any

intent to procure. The materials can be mailed to: FHWA, 400 Seventh

ST, SW, HSA-20, Rm 3407, Washington, DC 20590, Att: L. Boodlal. These

items should be submitted to FHWA by April 12, 2002 and sent by

overnight mail. For technical questions call (202) 366-8044."

 

Source: http://www.nawgits.com/fhwa/itspedtest.html

Title: Pedestrian Safety Engineering and ITS-Based Countermeasures

Program"

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CALIF. DHS FUNDS PED ADVOCATES

According to a Mar. 29th message from Anne Seeley of the Calif.

Dept. of Health Services, "We've funded 11 ped advocacy groups at

$2,200 each to do activities from March through June 2002 that will

'build their capacity' to be effective and successful within their

communities." Among the groups receiving grants are America Walks,

Pasadena Walks,Pedestrian Friendly Alameda, Red Bluff Trails United,

Walk&Roll Berkeley, and WalkSacramento. Projects include conducting

membership drives, printing traffic calming manuals, creating

interactive websites, and hosting trails advocacy workshops. According

to Seeley, "Pedestrian advocates need to be supported as quickly and

substantially as possible to meet the new interest in making

communities more livable. We need to bring these pedestrian groups to

the level of organization and networking that bike coalitions have been

developing in recent years."

 

For more information, contact Anne Seeley Active Communities

Coordinator, Physical Activity & Health Initiative, UC San Francisco /

CA Department of Health Services, PO Box 942732 - Mail stop 675,

Sacramento, CA 94234-7320. Voice: (916) 445-0472; fax: (916) 324-7763

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BIKES UP, PEDS DOWN IN NY/NJ/CT REGION

According to an article in the April 8th issue of Mobilizing the

Region, "Bicycle commuting in New Jersey nearly doubled during the

1990s, according to 'journey to work' data from the 2000 Census. Bike

commuting's share of the census commuting survey also increased more

than 60% in NY State from 1990 to 2000. The survey indicates that in

both New Jersey and New York, bicycling was far and away the fastest

growing commute mode during the decade. Mass transit's share of survey

responses, for instance, increased 29% in New Jersey and 8.29% in New

York State. Driving's share fell slightly in both states. Nationally,

bicycling increased its share more than any other mode except 'other'

-- its share of all U.S. responses to the survey increased nearly 9%.

Connecticut appears to be missing out on the bike boom, showing a

cycling share increase of only 1.1%.

 

"Although DOT-type planners frequently lump bicycling and walking

together, the Census data shows a sharp divergence in where the two

modes are heading. Nationally, walking declined more than any mode

except motorcycling, whose overall numbers barely register. Plummeting

rates of U.S. foot commuting are reflected around the region: In New

Jersey, walking's share dropped over 35%; in Connecticut, down over

28%; in New York, down nearly 24%..."

 

Source: http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20020408/mtr36005.htm

For information on the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, visit:

http://www.tstc.org/

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TAKE THIS SURVEY, PLEASE! AND QUICKLY!

If you care about the development of the Highway Safety Manual

(HSM), take a few minutes to visit the link below and fill out a

survey. April 15th is the deadline (sheesh!)...

According to the release, "The proposed HSM will help in the

decision-making process to improve safety and save lives. The purpose

of the HSM is to 'provide the best factual information and tools in a

useful form to facilitate roadway design and operational decisions

based on the explicit consideration of their safety consequences.' The

unique aspect of the planned HSM will be its focus upon presenting an

organized system of tools for predicting safety impacts. The

Transportation Research Board (TRB) has formed a joint subcommittee to

oversee the development of the HSM. Several organizations are

supporting and guiding the development of the HSM, and

members/employees of these organizations are active participants of the

HSM joint subcommittee including the following: State departments of

transportation, FHWA, ITE, universities, NCHRP, research centers, and

consultants.

 

"We need your input and active participation in guiding the development

of HSM. The link below will take you directly to a survey to assist in

the development of the HSM and provide you with additional information

on the HSM. You will find additional information on HSM in the attached

file to this email. Please complete the survey by April 15, 2002 and/or

forward this email to the appropriate person in your organization in

time for a prompt response."

 

http://survey.northwestern.edu/pollpages/Commuter/Highway%20Safety%20Manual.poll.html

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PPS WINS AWARD FOR UNESCO WORK

According to an April 11th message from Harriet Festing of Project

for Public Spaces, PPS' Ilaria Salvadori has won the Place Research

Award from EDRA, the Environmental Design Research Association. The

award is for her research and work on an international project entitled

"Growing up in Cities." The project resulted in a UNESCO publication,

"Growing Up in an Urbanising World." a book released by UNESCO.

Salvadori's work involved conducting a 1997 participatory design

project with children of Mexican and Cambodian immigrants in the

Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California.

 

According to Festing, "More than half of all children in industrialized

countries live in urban areas, and the same will be true in the

developing world in the near future. Yet, by almost all indicators,

cities are failing to meet the needs of young people, prejudicing their

chances as adults."

 

For information on the book, visit:

http://upo.unesco.org/bookdetails.asp?id=3685

For more information on PPS, contact Harriet Festing at (212) 620-5660

or via email: hfesting@pps.org

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HEALTH PROMO MORE USEFUL THAN MED. CARE?

According to a recent paper in the March/April issue of Health

Affairs, "Until recently, when anthrax triggered a concern about

preparedness in the public health infrastructure, U.S. health policy

and health spending had been dominated by a focus on payment for

medical treatment. The fact that many of the conditions driving the

need for treatment are preventable ought to draw attention to policy

opportunities for promoting health. Following a brief review of the

determinants of population health-genetic predispositions, social

circumstances, environmental conditions, behavioral patterns, and

medical care-this paper explores some of the factors inhibiting policy

attention and resource commitment to the nonmedical determinants of

population health and suggests approaches for sharpening the public

policy focus to encourage disease prevention and health promotion.

 

"One of the most-cited statistics in public health is the imbalance of

social investments in medical care compared with prevention activities.

Approximately 95 percent of the trillion dollars we spend as a nation

on health goes to direct medical care services, while just 5 percent is

allocated to populationwide approaches to health improvement. However,

some 40 percent of deaths are caused by behavior patterns that could be

modified by preventive interventions. (Social circumstances and

environmental exposure also contribute substantially to preventable

illness.) It appears, in fact, that a much smaller proportion of

preventable mortality in the United States, perhaps 10-15 percent,

could be avoided by better availability or quality of medical care.

Thus, one could question a funding scheme that places so much emphasis

on medical care and not on prevention..."

 

Source: http://www.healthaffairs.org/freecontent/s12.htm

Pdf of whole article: http://www.healthaffairs.org/freecontent/s12.pdf

Title: The Case For More Active Policy Attention To Health Promotion"

Authors: J. Michael McGinnis, Pamela Williams-Russo, and James R.

Knickman

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CHAMPAIGN-URBANA TO GET ACCESSIBLE PED SIGNALS

According to a recent article in NAWGITS' Economic Development

Digest, "Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) in

Urbana, Illinois is upgrading crosswalk signals to 'accessible

pedestrian signals,' an ITS component that visually and verbally

notifies pedestrians when it is safe to cross an intersection and can

be remotely controlled. The CCRPC is the region's designated

metropolitan transportation planning organization or MPO.

 

"Approached by the Central Illinois Council for the Blind in November

2000 to improve intersection crossings for the blind, CCRPC reviewed

the region's transportation improvement program (TIP) and found that

the signal upgrades minimized pedestrian-vehicular conflict. Using a

TIP study, the CCRPC incorporated the signal upgrades into a Street

Escape Project. Rita Morrocoima-Black, the Program's Transportation

Engineering Coordinator explained, 'By making it an MPO project and TIP

objective, we obtained local funding to study 20 intersections and the

necessary public and agency input to select two pilot locations.'

 

"The two pilot replacements will be completed in Spring 2002 and be

accompanied by traffic lane reductions and sidewalk widening to

decrease ambient noise, permitting pedestrians to hear the signals.

'The accompanying changes will be made to meet state guidelines and

federal Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards,' Black said. Meeting

these standards means that future signal replacements will be eligible

for federal and state funding from the Transportation and Community

System Preservation (TCSP) program and Illinois' 'Operation

Greenlight. "The estimated cost for each signal replacement ranges from

$8,000 to $15,000."

 

Source: http://www.nawgits.com/nado/its_regionalsafety.htm

Title: "Pedestrian Safety"

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STATS-R-US:

BTS SURVEY: 25% OF ADULTS RIDE BIKES, 76% WALK

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released the first

results of the upgraded Omnibus Household Survey of travel habits,

carried out in July 2001. The results show that one quarter of adults

(49 million) in the United States rode a bicycle during July. Primary

purposes were recreation (54%) and exercise (31%). Half the riders

reported that they rode mostly on paved roads. More than three-quarters

of adults reported walking, running or jogging outside for 10 minutes

or more. Exercise (58%) was the predominant reason for walking.

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QUOTABLE QUOTE:

"Like all cities of the trans-Mississippi West, Albuquerque had grown

on the assumption that humans over fourteen were driving themselves

around in their own cars."

---Tony Hillerman, in "Coyote Waits"

 

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38% OF AMERICANS DON'T EXERCISE FOR LEISURE

According to an April 8th story in the Washington Post, "Nearly 40

percent of American adults are sedentary in their leisure time,

basically never exercising. In contrast, about 30 percent exercise on a

regular basis, either vigorously several times a week, or even more

often at lower intensity. The rest do something in between.

 

"Those are among the findings of a survey, whose results will help the

federal government track behaviors in the American population in the

coming decades. Regular exercise is more common in men than in women.

It is also more common in the young and in the better educated. Whites

are also more likely to exercise regularly or vigorously than blacks or

Hispanics..."

 

Source:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10630-2002Apr7.html

Archive search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/front.htm

Cost: Yes

Title: "Study Says 38 Percent of Adults Are Sedentary in Leisure Time"

Author: David Brown

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FEET FIRST PROTEST SEATTLE PEDESTRIAN DEATHS

According to an April 1 article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,

"As Shoreline officials gather information on an intersection where an

11-year-old girl was fatally hit on Thursday, citizens in several

Seattle neighborhoods are organizing their own pedestrian protest. A

pedestrian advocacy group called Feet First is organizing a

demonstration for rush hour tomorrow night to draw attention to two

intersections in the Eastlake and nearby Roanoke Park neighborhoods

that they consider dangerous.

 

"Shoreline residents held a similar event Saturday to point to the need

for a traffic light at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 170th

Street, where Tia Townsend, 11, and her friend Angelique Ambers, 10,

were struck by a car four days ago. Tia died later at Harborview

Medical Center. 'We need to change the way motorists and pedestrians

interact so that, when one is driving, one is more aware of pedestrians

and behaves more responsibly,' said David Levinger, treasurer of Feet

First, a group with about 50 active members. Traffic enhancements can

be expensive -- often above what a city has budgeted for traffic

improvements, Levinger said. And cities don't like to admit that an

intersection is dangerous if they're not going to fix it because they

can be sued, he said..."

 

Source: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/64767_traffic01.shtml

Archive search: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/search/

Cost: No

Title: "Protesters decry pedestrian deaths"

Author: Jane Hadley

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POLLUTING BUSES ORDERED OFF NEW DELHI STREETS

According to an April 10th AP story filed from New Delhi, "Schools

were closed and commuters stranded Tuesday as nearly half of New

Delhi's public buses were ordered off the roads by the Supreme Court

for failing to switch to cleaner fuel. The court has ordered all public

buses in the Indian capital to modify their polluting diesel engines to

run on compressed natural gas (CNG), whose emissions are less noxious.

Only about half of New Delhi's 12,000 buses have switched to CNG during

the three-year deadline the court set in 1998.

 

"Last week, the court refused to extend the deadline, which ran out on

Tuesday. As office-goers crammed into the CNG buses and tens of

thousands more waited vainly at bus stops, police imposed court-ordered

fines of 500 rupees (US$10) on the few diesel buses that tried to

operate. Officials said buses will stay off the roads indefinitely

until either the court relents or the buses convert to CNG..."

 

Source: http://enn.com/news/wire-stories/2002/04/04102002/ap_46902.asp

Title: "Schools closed, commuters stranded as court orders polluting

buses off roads"

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U.S. BORDER COPS TO PUT BIKES WITH PEDS

According to April 4th story in the San Diego Union-Tribune,

"Bicyclists will no longer be allowed to cross the international border

from Mexico into the United States alongside automobile traffic, as

they have been doing by the thousands since the terrorist attacks of

Sept. 11. Traffic safety concerns prompted the decision, officials said

yesterday. Now hundreds of bicyclists who have become used to quickly

crossing the border will have to walk their bikes through pedestrian

checkpoints.

 

"U.S. Customs Service and Immigration and Naturalization Service

officials said they want to avert potential accidents as bicycles,

buses and cars jockey for position in the crowded traffic lanes at the

San Ysidro Port of Entry. 'We're putting bicycles out there with

vehicular traffic, and that's not a good combination,' said David

Murphy, Assistant Port Director for U.S. Customs at San Ysidro. 'We

don't want anybody to get run over by a car.' The change takes effect

at 6 a.m. Monday. 'They're going to be processed as pedestrians," said

INS district director Adele Fasano, adding that bicyclists will have no

'special access.' 'There might be a bike lane some day, Fasano said,

adding "ultimately that's the solution.' But there is no plan for that

now, she said.

 

"The policy switch was immediately decried by bike riders and business

owners, who predicted serious economic impacts because it would take

their employees longer to get to work. 'We have a lot of commuters that

ride their bikes across from Tijuana and take the trolley to their jobs

in San Diego,' said Johnny Munoz, president of the San Ysidro Chamber

of Commerce. 'So it's not just the border that will be affected; it

will be businesses all throughout the county.' Rep. Bob Filner, D-San

Diego, said yesterday that he will ask that the decision be reversed.

'The INS is like a bunch of Keystone Cops,' he said. 'They have no idea

what they're doing and no notion of what the community wants.'..."

 

Source: http://www.uniontrib.com/news/mexico/20020404-9999_1n4bikes.html

Archive search: http://a4.uniontrib.com/index.html

Cost: Yes

Title: "Citing safety, border officials order bicycle riders into

pedestrian lines "

Authors: Union-Tribune Staff Writers

Additional source:

http://www.cnn.com/2002/TRAVEL/NEWS/04/04/border.bikes.ap/index.html

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IRELAND CLAMPS DOWN ON "DRIVING WHILE CELL-ING"

-> According to a March 20th story in the Irish Independent, "Motorists

who use hand-held mobile phones face a [435 Irish Pound] fine, three

months' jail and a six-month driving ban under a new Government move

announced last night. The Government stopped short, however, of banning

hands-free mobile phone use in cars and lorries despite stating there

was 'scientific evidence that using any mobile phone is a distraction

for a driver.'

 

"Last night Road Safety Minister Bobby Molloy announced he will also

bring in a new measure which will see any driver caught using a

hand-held mobile phone liable for sufficient penalty points for a six

months' driving ban. While the fine and jail terms were introduced

yesterday, the penalty points six month driving ban will be introduced

in the Dail during the next stage of the Road Traffic Bill..."

 

Source:

http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=9&si=714727&issue_id=7073

Archive search:

http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/index.php3?ti=41&issue_id=7073

Cost: No

Title: "Motorists face [435 Irish Pound] fine, jail for phone use on

the move"

Author: Treacy Hogan, Environment Correspondent

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INACTIVITY WORSE THAN SMOKING, PART 2

According to a March 22nd article in the Washington Post, "Poor

physical fitness is a better predictor of death than a host of other

documented and widely feared health risk factors, including smoking,

hypertension and heart disease. This finding is based on research

conducted on over 6,000 older men published this month in the New

England Journal of Medicine. The role of exercise in improving survival

held true for every elevated-risk group studied, from those who had had

heart attacks to those with chronic emphysema and other lung diseases.

In every case, the risk of death in the fittest patients was about half

that of the least fit.

 

"'No matter how we twisted it, exercise came out on top,' said lead

author Jonathan Myers, a researcher at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto

Health Care System and professor of medicine at Stanford University.

While the fittest patients had the lowest risk of death regardless of

underlying condition, the biggest gain in the protective benefit of

exercise occurred at the other end of the spectrum. When the least fit

subjects stepped up their physical activity, their relative risk of

death dropped by a higher proportion than any other group's..."

 

Source:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3959-2002Mar22.html

Archive search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/front.htm

Cost: Yes

Title: "High-Risk Inactivity

Author: Brian Reid

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UK COPS LEAVE ENFORCEMENT TO CAMERAS?

According to a March 12th story on Drivers.com, "Most people seem

to think aggressive, dangerous driving is on the increase. However,

traffic conviction rates may not show it because police are backing off

on enforcing these infractions and leaving all the work to speed

cameras, reports an article in the London Times. In the U.K., the

number of police devoted to traffic duties has fallen from 15 per cent

of all officers in 1990 to less than 5 per cent, research by the Royal

Automobile Club Foundation found. In January the Metropolitan Police

switched more than 300 traffic officers to tackling street crime.

 

"The RAC argues that stopping motorists for driving offences helps

detect other crimes. Stopping motorists helped to detect other crimes,

says Edmund King, the RAC Foundation's executive director. More than 65

per cent of drivers committing serious traffic offences had criminal

records, he said. "Speed cameras will not catch drivers who tailgate,

overtake dangerously, talk on mobile phones and many other potentially

fatal actions. In many areas the number of police on duty keeping the

roads safe is almost zero," King added."

 

Source: http://www.drivers.com/Top_Enforcement.html#000000519

Title: "Police leaving the law to cameras"

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PEDESTRIANS: DON'T WALK AND TALK!

According to an April 2nd article in the (London) Times,

"Pedestrians and drivers are to be warned about the dangers of using

mobile phones while on the move.

 

"Lothian and Borders Police yesterday launched a three-week clampdown

on motorists, with offenders facing the threat of being fined or

reported to the procurator fiscal. Glasgow City Council is planning a

campaign aimed at drivers and also pedestrians, who, it says, are also

at risk..."

 

Source: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2-254625,00.html

Archive search: http://www.newsint-archive.co.uk/pages/welcome_post.asp

Cost: Yes

Title: "Mobile phones a risk to walkers"

Author: "A Scotland Correspondent"

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PARK SERVICE: NO MTN BIKERS ON AZ TRAIL

According to an April 10th article in the Arizona Daily Star,

"Tucson mountain bicyclists are fuming over a decision to close the

popular Cactus Forest Trail in Saguaro National Park-East to bikers.

The scenic 2.5-mile trail - the first national park trail opened to

mountain bikers - will be closed Monday and likely will stay closed for

at least three years, said Jim Bellamy, acting park superintendent. It

will remain open to hikers and horseback riders, he said.

 

"The organization that persuaded the National Park Service to close the

trail to mountain bikers also is pressuring the agency to examine

off-road mountain-bike trails in at least five other national parks.

Cactus Forest Trail is being closed to mountain bikers because the Park

Service must go through a process of studies and public review that it

did not follow when it opened up the trail to mountain bikers in 1991,

Bellamy said.

 

"The agency was alerted in February of its failure to follow its own

regulations by an organization called Public Employees for

Environmental Responsibility, a watchdog group for people who work in

government jobs related to environmental protection. It worked to

reinstate Matt Chew, who lost his job with the Arizona State Parks

after writing an essay in 2000 critical of opening Kartchner Caverns to

large numbers of tourists.

 

"The organization's executive director, Jeffrey Ruch, wrote to Bellamy

pointing out that park service officials did not follow the agency's

regulations on designating trails for use by bicycles. That process -

similar to a federal environmental assessment - will be done by park

and agency staff members during the three years the trail is closed,

Bellamy said..."

 

Source:

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/azstar/20020410/lo/closure_plans_anger_cyclists_1.html

Title: "Closure plans anger cyclists"

Author: Tim Ellis

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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

THE SEGWAY HUMAN TRANSPORTER

"In a multimillion-dollar feat of overengineering that dwarfs the

best efforts of Microsoft, NASA and Rube Goldberg, inventor Dean Kamen

has unveiled his Segway Human Transporter (SHT), a 65-pound, $3,000

'smart' scooter that can travel a dozen miles on a dime's worth of

electricity..." For the rest of of Patrick O'Grady's article, go to:

http://www.maddogmedia.com/sht.html

 

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S

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"STATEWIDE SAFETY STUDY OF BICYCLES AND PEDESTRIANS ON FREEWAYS,

EXPRESSWAYS, TOLL BRIDGES, AND TUNNELS"

September 2001 report by Dr. Thomas C. Ferrara, PE.

http://transweb.sjsu.edu/publications/BikesAndPeds.htm

 

"EXPOSURE TO AMBIENT PARTICULATE SPIKES INCREASES EXHALED eNO LEVELS

IN ASTHMATIC SCHOOLCHILDREN WITH A CLINICAL SENSITIVITY TO AIR

POLLUTION"

(Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Jan. 2002, pt. 2, Vol.

109, #1). "Ambient PM2.5 particulate spikes are associated with

increased levels of the airway inflammatory marker eNO in asthmatic

children with a demonstrated clinical sensitivity to air pollution."

http://www.harcourthealth.com/scripts/om.dll/serve?action=searchDB&searchDBfor=art&artType=misc&id=jai021091ab0010106

http://www.harcourthealth.com/scripts/om.dll/serve?action=searchDB&searchDBfor=art&artType=misc&id=jai021091ab0010106

 

"GUIDELINES FOR THE CONVERSION OF URBAN FOUR-LANE UNDIVIDED ROADWAYS

TO THREE-LANE TWO-WAY LEFT-TURN LANE FACILITIES"

Publication of the Office of Traffic and Safety, Iowa DOT, and the

Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State Univ.

http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/reports/4to3lane.pdf

 

"PEDESTRIAN STRATEGY FOR CHRISTCHURCH CITY - A STEP IN THE RIGHT

DIRECTION"

"The main aim of this strategy is to encourage more people to walk both

as a means of getting around and for health and recreation..."

http://www.ccc.govt.nz/Publications/PedestrianStrategy/

 

"DENVER BICYCLE MASTER PLAN UPDATE"

A pdf of the entire version of the Plan (6mb) is available at this

address; individual chapters available on a linked page.

http://198.202.202.66/Bicycle_Program/template33739.asp

 

"THE COMPLETE OTTAWA CYCLING GUIDE 2002"

Available at:

http://city.ottawa.on.ca/city_services/traffic/cycling_guide/intro_en.shtml

 

"LE GUIDE COMPLET DU CYCLISME D'OTTAWA 2002"

Disponible a:

http://city.ottawa.on.ca/city_services/traffic/cycling_guide/intro_fr.shtml

 

"MANUAL OF TRAFFIC SIGNS"

Richard Moeur's listing of the most commonly used traffic signs in the

United States. Signs are listed by type (regulatory, warning, marker,

guide) and sub-type (R1, R2, etc.)

http://members.aol.com/rcmoeur/signman.html

 

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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

 

April 30, 2002, Shaping the Region with New Urbanism, (via telephone).

Info: New Urban News, P.O. Box 6515, Ithaca, NY 14851; voice: (607)

275-3087; fax: (607) 272-2685; email: mail@newurbannews.com

Website: http://www.newurbannews.com.

 

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

 

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RFP > BICYCLE PLAN UPDATE -- SAN FRANCISCO CA

The Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) is pleased to announce the

issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to update portions of the San

Francisco Bicycle Plan and undertake a Bicycle Pavement Arrow Study.

To request a copy of this RFP, please contact Peter Tannen at

peter_tannen@ci.sf.ca.us or (415) 554-2396 and leave your name,

mailing address, and your firm's name. RFPs will be mailed beginning

the week of April 1.

 

A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2002, from

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DPT office at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite

345, San Francisco. Responses to all questions raised at this

conference or submitted in writing or E-mailed to DPT by April 30 will

also be provided in writing and mailed to all those who requested the

RFP. However, we strongly encourage all potential proposers that have

general or specific questions or requests for interpretation to submit

them prior to the Pre-Proposal Conference to: Peter S. Tannen, Bicycle

Program Manager, Department of Parking and Traffic, 25 Van Ness Avenue,

Suite 345, San Francisco, CA 94102-6033. peter_tannen@ci.sf.ca.us

Fax: (415) 554-2352 Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14, 2002. The City and County of San Francisco strongly

encourages RFP responses from qualified local minority-owned businesses

and woman-owned businesses.

 

JOB > ALT. MODES COORDINATOR -- SACRAMENTO CA

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is seeking highly

motivated and well-qualified candidates for the position of Alternative

Modes Coordinator. This position will report to the Director of

Planning. The position will be filled at either the Assistant or

Associate Planner classification. The Coordinator will have two primary

responsibilities: oversight of the region's Rideshare Program

(approximately 30% of time) and coordination of bicycle and pedestrian

planning (approximately 70% of time). SALARY: Assistant Planner:

$45,896-55,787 annually; Associate Planner: $53,130-64,580 annually.

Position will be filled at either salary range, depending on

qualifications. Applicants must send a fully completed and signed SACOG

Employment Application (available on our web site), a detailed resume

and a cover letter to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, 3000

"S" Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95816-7056 Attn: Human Resources.

The final filing date for this position is Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at

4:30pm. Send required documents to: Sacramento Area Council of

Governments, 3000 "S" Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95816-7056,

ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES. Phone: (916) 457-2264. TDD: (916) 737-1718 For

more details on this position, go to:

http://www.sacog.org/jobs/

 

JOB > BICYCLE PLANNER -- MONTGOMERY CO., MD

The Montgomery County Park and Planning Department in Silver Spring,

Maryland seeks an experienced planner/engineer to lead efforts in

bicycle planning and support efforts in travel demand management.

Typical bicycle-related assignments include: update the Master Plan of

Bikeways, present bike plan to citizen groups and public officials,

work with state and county agencies on designs for new bikeways, and

review public and private development proposals for bicycle

accommodation. Good knowledge of bicycle planning and travel demand

management practices is important. The ability to read and understand

engineering drawings is essential, as are strong written and oral

communications skills. Requires self-motivation and the ability to work

effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment. 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 pl

anning experience for the Coordinator level. Position may also be

filled as Senior Planner with requirement of advanced degree plus one

year experience. Good PC skills with word processing software and

general knowledge of GIS also are necessary. Experience in bikeways

preferred.

 

Starting salary for the Coordinator level is $43,654 to $56,761

($69,869 top-of-grade); for the Senior level $38,546 to $50,059

($61,572 top-of-grade). Applicants should submit resume with cover

letter indicating salary history and social security number to: The

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: cas-recruiting@mncppc.org For questions, please

call Richard Hawthorne, Chief, Transportation Planning at (301) 495-4525

http://www.mc-mncppc.org

 

JOB > PATHWAY/TRAIL PLANNER -- TETON CO., WY

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department, located next

to Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is accepting

applications for the full time/year round position of Pathway Planner.

This position handles the administrative responsibilities in the

planning and management of the Teton County/Jackson non-motorized and

recreational pathway system. Primary duties include: develops

agreements and documents, seeks outside sources of funding, develops

long range plans for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, develops

multi-year funding programs, develops and conducts needs analyses,

acquires easements, serves on taskforces and committees, evaluates

pedestrian and bicycle improvements in position statements, develops

budgets and project cost estimates.

 

The applicant must demonstrate past public experience with pedestrian,

bicycling and non-motorized planning and program development.

Qualifications include: Bachelor of Science degree in community

planning, transportation, public administration or related field with

two or more years of demonstrated experience in bicycling and

pedestrian planning. This position will answer to the Park and

Recreation Director. The salary range is $40,000 - $59,158 annually.

Hiring range is $40,000 - $44,000 annually depending on experience and

demonstrated skills. This position has County offered benefits that

currently include retirement, medical, dental, vision, vacation,

holiday and sick leave.

 

Questions regarding this position may be forwarded to Steve Foster by

calling (307) 733.5056 or by email at sfoster@tetonwyo.org

Applications will not be accepted electronically. Applications

submittal deadline is May 1, 2002. Please submit to: Steve Foster,

Director, Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation, PO Box 811,

Jackson, WY 83001.

 

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