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Issue #43 Friday, April 26, 2002

 

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PRO BIKE/PRO WALK Countdown!

Federal Register: Access Board Guidelines

CT Buses Sport Pro-Bike Messages

2001 Bike, Ped Deaths About Same

Bikes Belong Helps Fund Hank Aaron Trail

Who Says Physical Inactivity Dangerous

Mtn Bike Leaders Meet at IMBA Summit

NHTSA Offers Mini-Grants for Bike Safety

GIS Map Maker Looks for Volunteer Work

Bikewalk Virginia Recognizes Leaders

Segway Senate Bill Update

 

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Atlanta Cops: Segway Easier than Walking Philippines

Cyclists Push for Change Cleveland (Oh) Cops Ticket Jaywalkers

Tracking Air Pollution in People

NYPD Gives Cell Phone Drivers 4,736 Tickets

New Denver Bike/Ped Bridge Opens

Device Helps Stroke Victims & Others Walk

Jim Kunstler in Trouble in Texas

Jury Hears 911 Call in NYC Pedestrian Death Trial

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PROBIKE/PROWALK COUNTDOWN!

Plan 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. On the ProBike/ProWalk conference schedule you'll find more than 50 workshops, seminars, and plenary sessions on the latest in bicycling and pedestrian concepts, planning, and design. Those workshop topics will include:

 

- Walk to School programs

- Bicycling, Walking and the Health Agenda

- Innovations in Trail Planning and Design

- T-3: What's Ahead for Transportation Reauthorization?

- Model Approaches to Bicycle Planning and Facility Design

- Indicators for Bicycle-Friendly Communities

- Delivering Effective Presentations and Training sessions

- Smart Growth Tools for Transportation

- How Advocates Can Work with the Media

- Resources for Changing Communities

- Policies that Make a Difference for Walking & Bicycling

 

For more conference details, check http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.htm.

We'll see you in St. Paul, September 3-6, 2002!

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FEDERAL REGISTER: ACCESS BOARD GUIDELINES

According to a news item on the Access Board's website, "The

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access

Board) has placed in the docket for public review a draft of the final guidelines revising the Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines. The Board has placed this document in the docket to inform the building codes community of the actions taken by the Board to promote the harmonization of the Board's guidelines with the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute A117.1 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities and the International Building Code.

 

"Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities; Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines" (Published in the Federal Register Tuesday, April 2, 2002). 36 CFR Parts 1190 and 1191 [Docket No. 99-1] RIN 3014-AA20

 

"The draft final guidelines will be available for inspection at the offices of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street NW., suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on regular business days. For more information, contact Marsha Mazz, Office of Technical and Information Services, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street, NW., suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111. Voice: (202) 272-0020; TTY: (202) 272-0082; email: mazz@access-board.gov

 

Source: http://www.access-board.gov/ADA-ABAnotice.htm"

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CT BUSES SPORT PRO-BIKE MESSAGES

According to a recent release from the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition

(CBC), "Through a CDC Cardiovascular Disease Prevention grant administered by the CT Dept of Public Health, bus signs reading 'Good for You; Good for Everyone: Bike to Work' will be appearing for the next two months in the Capitol Region to promote the 3rd year of our organized Bike to Work efforts.

"Participants have grown from 79 in the first year to 200 in the second. CBC, the Capitol Region Council of Governments, CT Depts of Environmental Protection, Public Health and Transportation hope to break 500 for year 3. CBC is actively exploring ways to promote and assist Bike to Work campaigns in CT's 5 largest metropolitan regions."

For more information, contact The Connecticut Bicycle Coalition, One Union Place, Hartford, CT 06103; phone: (860)527-5200; fax: (860)527-5035; email: info@ctbike.org

Website: http://www.ctbike.org/

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2001 BIKE, PED DEATHS ABOUT SAME

According to an April 22nd news release from NHTSA, "The U.S.

Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced its preliminary analysis of highway traffic fatalities in 2001. According to these estimates, traffic fatality and injury rates remained at historic lows in 2001. Deaths of children ages 15 and under dropped to the lowest level since record-keeping began.

 

"The preliminary fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles (VMT) was 1.50 in 2001, a statistically insignificant change from the final 2000 rate of 1.52. The total number of people killed in highway crashes in 2001 was estimated to be 41,730, compared to 41,821 in 2000. The number of people injured dropped from 3.2 million in 2000 to 3.0 million in 2001. In 2001, vehicle miles traveled increased slightly to 2.778 trillion in 2001, up from 2.75 trillion in 2000..."

 

Focusing on non-motorized travelers, here are NHTSA's estimates:

 

Pedestrian deaths: for the year 2000: 4739; for 2001: 4698 (-0.9%) Pedestrian injuries: for the year 2000 78000; for 2001: 77000 (-0.4%) Bicyclist deaths: for the year 2000: 690; for 2001: 701 (+1.6%) Bicyclist injuries: for the year 2000: 51,000; for 2001 46000 (-9.3%)

 

Sources

News release: http://http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/announce/press/pressdisplay.cfm?year=2002&filename=pr31-02.html

"2001 Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes Injury and Fatality Estimates Early Assessment" http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/2002/809-439.pdf

"Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fatality and Injury Estimates for 2001" http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2002/2001EARelease.pdf

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BIKES BELONG HELPS FUND HANK AARON TRAIL

According to a recent news release, on April 16th, Bikes Belong

awarded a $10,000 grant to the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin for the construction and implementation of the Hank Aaron Trail, leveraging $4.6 million in Federal funds. "Located in Milwaukee, the trail will link the new Miller Park Baseball Stadium with the new Lakeshore State Park and the Summerfest Grounds. 'This trail represents a new era of integrating bicycle facilities into redevelopment projects. In urban areas, trail opportunities of this magnitude do not happen very often,' stated Jeannie Hoffman, Executive Director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.

 

"Milwaukee is a city where bicycles have historically been relegated to the perimeter, literally & politically. The Oak Leaf Trail System is a wonderful 76-mile trail that encircles the city, but does not provide access to the city. The Hank Aaron State Trail will fill the need by creating an off-street bicycle path into the heart of the city along an east-west corridor, offering a direct route for cyclists to use from the western suburbs to downtown and the lakefront. Once completed, the trail will be 7 miles long,' notes Hoffman..."

 

Bikes Belong has awarded over $400,000 in grants, with a return of over $200 million in funding for bicycle facilities. Bikes Belong Coalition is working with organizations throughout the country to make America more bicycling-friendly. For more information about the Bikes Belong Coalition grants program, call (617) 734-2800; e-mail: tim@bikesbelong.org or visit http://www.bikesbelong.org/.

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WHO SAYS PHYSICAL INACTIVITY DANGEROUS

According to an April 4th news release, "Physical inactivity can

have serious implications for people's health, said the World Health Organization today on the occasion of World Health Day. Approximately 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity, prompting WHO to issue a warning that a sedentary lifestyle could very well be among the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world. World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7 and used to inform the public about leading public health issues. By choosing physical activity as the theme for World Health Day, WHO is promoting healthy, active and tobacco-free lifestyles. The aim is to prevent the disease and disability caused by unhealthy and sedentary living.

 

"Sedentary lifestyles increase all causes of mortality, double the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety. According to WHO, 60 to 85% of people in the world-from both developed and developing countries-lead sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of children are also insufficiently active, with serious implications for their future health."

 

Source: http://www.who.int/inf/en/pr-2002-23.html

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MTN BIKE LEADERS MEET AT IMBA SUMMIT

According to an April 24th release from the International Mountain

Bike Association, "The 2002 IMBA Mountain Bike Advocacy Summit attracted 170 leaders to the Utah desert April 18-21 for four days of strategic planning, networking and information exchange. This unprecedented event will help create and preserve riding opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide. The summit was presented by REI, with support from the Federal Highway Administration, Grand County (Utah), Quality Bicycle Products and the Bureau of Land Management.

 

Participants included nearly all of IMBA's state and international reps, key federal land managers from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, BLM and Army Corps of Engineers, journalists, key IMBA sponsors, and leaders of other cycling and conservation groups. 'This was far and away IMBA's best event ever,' said executive director Tim Blumenthal. 'Everyone left Moab with new energy, new ideas and a stronger commitment to work for the future of our sport. IMBA's network is more talented and motivated than ever. We've got unprecedented momentum'..."

 

For more information, contact: Pete Webber, IMBA communications director. Email: pete@imba.com phone: (303) 545-9011.

Website: http://www.imba.com/

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NHTSA OFFERS MINI-GRANTS FOR BIKE SAFETY

According to Andy Clarke of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle

Professionals, "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published details of a program of mini-grants to implement the National Strategies for Bicycle Safety document published last year. The details were published in the April 16 edition of the Federal Register starting at page 18673. Approximately $250,000 is available to fund a number of projects for up to $50,000 each. The total number of awards will depend on the quality of the proposals submitted for consideration."

 

For more info, go to: http://http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-9137-filed

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GIS MAP MAKER LOOKS FOR VOLUNTEER WORK

According to a recent note from Quil Forbes, publisher of

Cyclemaps.com, "I have a couple of different GIS software and am interested in doing some volunteer work with any American groups that have digital data. I look forward to hearing from you, or any group who are interested in collaborating." Email: quil@cyclemaps.com

Website: http://cyclemaps.com/

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BIKEWALK VIRGINIA RECOGNIZES LEADERS

According to a recent news release, "BikeWalk Virginia has announced

the winners of its first annual awards to recognize leaders in promoting bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The awards were given at the 4th Annual BikeWalk Virginia Conference held in Blacksburg on April 8, 2002. Arlington was given the Community Champion Award for its efforts over 35 years in planning and building a transportation infrastructure that encourages bicycling and walking during an era when most communities have focused on automobile accommodation.

 

"Bill Ellenbogon of Blacksburg was given the Local Hero Award for his leadership over eleven years to convert an abandoned rail line into a 6 mile multi-use trail connecting the center of Blacksburg with shopping, employment, and residential centers. BikeWalk Virginia is the state's leading nonprofit advocate for bicycling and walking issues. According to Allen Turnbull, Executive Director of BikeWalk Virginia: 'We want to identity the communities and people in Virginia who will serve as role models in promoting bicycle and pedestrian accommodations to reduce transportation congestion, expand recreation resources, and contribute to improved health.'

 

For more information contact: Allen Turnbull, BikeWalk Executive Director (757) 229-7969, email: aturnbull@bikewalkvirginia.org

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SEGWAY SENATE BILL UPDATE

Here's the latest on the U.S. Senate bill that would, according to

the bill's summary, "[amend] Federal highway provisions to make an exception to the prohibition against the use of motorized vehicles on trails and pedestrian walkways for an 'electric personal assistive mobility device,' when permitted by State or local regulations. (Defines such a device as a self-balancing, non-tandem-wheeled device that is designed to transport only one person with personal baggage, is powered solely by an electric propulsion system, and has a top speed of 20 miles per hour.)"...

 

The Bill, S.2024 sponsored by Sen. Bob Smith, was introduced on March 15th to the Senate and has been read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. For the record, the bill is entitled "A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to authorize use of electric personal assistive mobility device on trails and pedestrian walkways constructed or maintained with Federal-aid highway funds."

 

Members of the Committee: James Jeffords, VT Chair; Max Baucus, MT; Harry Reid, NV; Bob Graham, FL; Joe Lieberman, CT; Barbara Boxer, CA; Ron Wyden, OR; Thomas Carper, DE; Hillary Rodham Clinton, NY; John Corzine, NJ; Robert Smith, NH; John Warner, VA; James Inhofe, OK; Christopher Bond, MO; George Voinovich, OH; Michael Crapo, ID; Lincoln Chafee, RI; Arlen Specter, PA; and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, CO.

 

According to Richard Olken, executive director of the Bikes Belong Coalition, "So far the Segway folks have spent $741,000 lobbying all 50 states to change laws allowing the Segway to be used on sidewalks. This is a foray at the federal level. To our knowledge they have not done any outreach to bike and pedestrian interests." [We know of at least one bit of outreach

 

For updates on the bill's status, go to: http://thomas.loc.gov/ and enter "S 2024" in the bill number field. For info from Segway, LLC, the manufacturer, go to: http://www.segway.com/ For Christopher Orlet's Dec. 7th Salon article, "Segway's assault on walking" go to: http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2001/12/07/segway/index.html

For PBIC's overview of the pluses and minuses, go to: http://www.walkinginfo.org/

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STATS-R-US: WHO'S FASTEST IN LONDON?

 

"Average speed for door to door journeys by cycle (including parking) in Central London is 5.5mph. This compares with 3.5mph for public transport and 2.8mph for cars. (Transport Statistics for London 1999)" http://www.streetmanagement.org.uk/initiatives/cycling/index_cycling.htm

 

QUOTABLE QUOTE:

"Today, New Jersey and the nation face a new set of urgent public health concerns. Chronic diseases have replaced infectious disease as the number one cause of death. The fastest-growing public health concern for New Jersey is obesity and its causes. It is becoming increasingly evident that these 'lifestyle' diseases are a result of communities designed around automobiles. These places discourage an active lifestyle that includes walking or bicycling for recreation or transportation." http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/3sppm/3ccent21.htm

 

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ATLANTA COPS: SEGWAY EASIER THAN WALKING

According to an April 24th AP story, "Purse-snatchers beware:

Atlanta police are riding shiny new $9000 scooters ? and it will take at least a brisk jog to get away from them. The city's police unveiled a battalion of Segway Human Transporter vehicles Tuesday. The battery-powered, two-wheeled scooters can top out at 15 mph (24 kph). Inventor Dean Kamen introduced the gyroscope-stablized scooters last fall after keeping them secret for months under the code names IT and Ginger.

 

"Police in Atlanta ? a traffic-snarled city that never met a motor vehicle it didn't like ? are borrowing six of the scooters from Kamen's company for a two-month test run. The department wants to know whether scooter patrols will be more effective than foot or bicycle patrols, and also hopes to use the machines to boost police visibility. A few officers showed off their new two-wheeled toys in a demonstration for the TV cameras. 'It's much easier to ride this than walk,' Officer Jennings Kilgore said. The scooter detects tiny shifts in body weight, rolling forward or backward depending on which way its user leans. Its gyroscopes make it difficult to fall from or to topple..."

 

Source: http://http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020424/ap_wo_en_ge/us_atlanta_scooters_1

Title: "Atlanta cops scoot off after criminals on Segway scooters"

Author: Erin McClam

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PHILIPPINES CYCLISTS PUSH FOR CHANGE

Buried deep in an April 23rd Reuters story about Earth Day was this

interesting item, "...In the Philippines on Sunday, thousands of cyclists took to the streets of the capital Manila to press for more bicycle-friendly streets and to protest against the city's horrendous air pollution.

 

"The ride, covering 31 miles (50 km) through seven cities in the greater metropolitan Manila region, was also held to highlight the plight of fireflies. The Firefly Brigade, a volunteer citizens action group that organized the cycle ride, claims the city's fireflies have all fled Manila because of the high level of toxins in the air."

 

Source: http://http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020423/ts_nm/environment_earthday_dc_10

Title: "Gore Blasts Bush Environment Record on Earth Day"

Author: Arshad Mohammed

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CLEVELAND (OH) COPS TICKET JAYWALKERS

According to an April 24th story on WEWS NewsChannel5 from

Cleveland, "When there's a big event downtown, thousands of people could cause some traffic problems by jaywalking. NewsChannel5's Tracy Carloss reported that it could cost those who break the law. Getting people in and out of downtown safely is a big job for the Cleveland Police Department, and it becomes a tough job when pedestrians ignore crosswalks and traffic signals.

 

"'He gave me a $75 ticket,' pedestrian Sylvia Harris said. 'I'm still crying and still paying for it.' Harris was handed a jaywalking ticket for crossing Euclid Avenue illegally, and she's not alone. On Euclid Avenue Wednesday, NewsChannel5 watched one person after another dodging traffic instead of crossing legally in the crosswalk. 'We do it all the time,' one pedestrian said. 'We work right here, and lunch is right over there.'..."

 

Source: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/1417184/detail.html

Title: "Have The Urge To Jaywalk? Think Again"

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TRACKING AIR POLLUTION IN PEOPLE

According to an April 16th story in Newsday, "Amid a growing catalog

of data on disorders that air pollution can trigger, a recent investigation has shown precisely how air pollution leaves its signature on the cardiovascular system. The study tracks the path of inhaled particles as they travel through nasal passages down the trachea - the windpipe - lodge in the alveoli, the tiny air sacs of the lungs, and possibly enter the bloodstream destined for parts unknown.

 

"Anecdotal evidence and statistical studies have made a correlation between pollution and a host of diseases, particularly asthma, heart disease, respiratory disorders and cancer. Michigan scientists decided to find out how pollutants cause heart disease. 'We have a wealth of epidemiological data saying that air pollution is associated with adverse respiratory and cardiovascular outcomes,' said Dr. Robert D. Brook, a specialist in hypertension and cardiovascular diseases at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 'These findings suggest a possible reason why the rate of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events increases with exposure to air pollution for people with known heart and blood vessel disease.'..."

 

Source: http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-dsfocus2670367apr16.story

Archive search: http://library.newsday.com/

Cost: Yes

Title: "The Dirt on How Pollution Exacerbates Heart Disease"

Author: Delthia Ricks

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NYPD GIVES CELL PHONE DRIVERS 4,736 TICKETS

According to an April 22nd story in Transportation Alternatives,

"Cyclists and pedestrians applauded last year when New York became the first state to ban hand-held mobile phones while driving. Public health experts established that using a hand-held (or hands-free) phone while driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Since December, cops have issued about 60 summonses a day to cell phone-using drivers. First-time violators found guilty face a maximum $100 fine, plus a $35 surcharge. Subsequent violations could result in fines up to $500. Until last month, violators could try to get the fine waived by showing a judge they owned a hands-free device.

 

"'We're treating the cell phone law very seriously because it's dangerous to use a cell phone while driving, especially dialing or answering,' NYPD Transportation Bureau Chief Michael Scagnelli said.

 

Source: http://www.transalt.org/campaigns/reclaiming/cellphone.html

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NEW DENVER BIKE/PED BRIDGE OPENS

According to an April 22nd story in Denver's Rocky Mountain News,

"It opens today, the Millennium Bridge to the Central Platte Valley. Which is a fancy way of saying that the link between lower downtown and the Platte Valley can be negotiated on foot, in-line skates, bikes, skateboards and so on. Mayor Wellington Webb will dedicate the bridge at 3 p.m.

 

"'It's an exciting project that will for the first time offer pedestrians a passageway from LoDo to the developments that are going on in the Platte Valley,' said Andrew Hudson, the mayor's spokesman. 'It will provide access not only to the new housing projects, but also to the new parks, like Commons Park, and the bike trails and paths that are associated with that.'

 

The bridge project began about a year ago. It has a 200-foot-tall, 110-ton mast and cable system to support itself. 'This entire structure is much more than a bridge,' said Mark Smith of East West Partners, which has developments under way in the Central Platte Valley and, along with Legacy Partners, Archstone and Greystar, contributed to the $9 million project..."

 

Source: http://http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_1102347,00.html

Archive search: http://denver.rockymountainnews.com/archive/

Cost: Yes

Title: "LoDo-Platte Valley bridge opens today"

Author: Michael DeBan

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DEVICE HELPS STROKE VICTIMS & OTHERS WALK

According to an April 23rd Dow Jones story, "The Food and Drug

Administration cleared HealthSouth Corporation's walking device, AutoAmbulator, for marketing. AutoAmbulator assists patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury by replicating a normal walking pattern. HealthSouth said the machine holds the patient upright while robotic legs move the patient's legs and sensors linked to a computer track vital signs, movement and contact pressure.

 

"In a press release Tuesday, HealthSouth said it plans to continue research and work towards putting the device in its facilities by the end of the year. Currently researchers from HealthSouth and the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala., are conducting clinical studies on the machine to rehabilitate persons recovering from stroke and other neurological conditions affecting walking..."

 

Source: http://http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/dowjones/20020423/bs_dowjones/fda_gives_healthsouth_clearance_to_market_walking_device

            http://http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/dowjones/20020423/bs_dowjones/fda_gives_healthsouth_clearance_to_market_walking_device

 

Title: "FDA Gives HealthSouth Clearance to Market Walking Device"

Author: Yun-Hee Kim

For info about the device: http://www.autoambilator.com/

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JIM KUNSTLER IN TROUBLE IN TEXAS

In a recent Orion Online article, Jim Kunstler, author of 'The

Geography of Nowhere' and 'Home from Nowhere,' wrote, "The September 11th attacks had one outstanding paradoxical effect on our national

psychology: they put the kibosh on any criticism of the 'American Way of Life.' I was in Texas just two weeks after that event, in the wasteland of off-ramps, megaplexes, chain stores, pawnshops, and fried meat establishments that runs between Fort Worth and Dallas. I had gone there at the invitation of a civic booster group to give my talk on traditional town planning to the chamber of commerce, which had all been arranged long before the attacks.

 

"Now, my regular rap contains a goodly amount of criticism of the status quo. I've been known to say things like 'the highway strip is a spiritually degrading environment,' and 'there isn't enough Prozac in the world to counteract the anxiety and depression generated by the average suburban high school.' Boy, did they not want to hear that now. I could hear grumbling over the chipotle chicken even as I warmed up..."

 

For the rest of the article. entitled "Maul of America," go to: http://www.oriononline.org/pages/oo/curmudgeon/index_curmudgeon.html

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JURY HEARS 911 CALL IN NYC PEDESTRIAN DEATH TRIAL

According to an April 23rd Newsday story, "Prosecutors at the trial

of former New York police officer Joseph Gray yesterday played a spine-chilling 911 call made moments after he mowed down three Brooklyn pedestrians with his minivan, drunk at the wheel.

 

"'We have an emergency right here, 46th Street and Third Avenue, a car just hit two girls and one is pregnant! And a little boy! Oh my God!' Rosa Cintron, an eyewitness, was heard shrieking into her cellular phone. The playing of Cintron's frenzied communication with a 911 dispatcher - punctuated by hysterical screams - caught defense attorneys by surprise and left many in the jury looking shaken on the opening day of Gray's trial in Brooklyn.

 

Source: http://http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/newsday/20020423/lo/a_chilling_911_call_1.html

Archive search: http://library.newsday.com/

Cost: Yes (after 7 days)

Title: "A Chilling 911 Call"

Author: Bobby Cuza

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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

 

TEAM FROM HIGGINSVILLE, MO. WINS HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION AT

9TH ANNUAL 'GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE'

"A 'moonbuggy' from Lafayette County High School in Higginsville,

Mo., crosses the finish line to win the high school division of the 9th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race. The two racers and their support crew, designated Lafayette county team #1, beat out 26 other teams representing schools from 9 states in rainy conditions at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., Friday, April 12. The race is inspired by NASA's successful lunar roving vehicle project during the Apollo moon mission era, with students designing, building and racing their human-powered buggies over a lunar-like terrain."

Photo: http://www1.msfc.nasa.gov/NEWSROOM/news/photos/2002/photos02-088.htm

 

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"TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH"

Edited by Carlos Dora and Margaret Phillips; WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 89 (2002) http://www.who.dk/document/e72015.pdf

 

"THE EFFECT OF VEHICLE CHARACTERISTICS ON DRIVERS' RISK-TAKING

BEHAVIOUR"

Article by Mark S. Horswill & Martin E. Coster (Ergonomics, Vol. 45, No. 2, Feb 10,2002; pp.85-104). Says, in part, "high vehicle performance and a greater number of safety features led independently to greater intended risk taking..." http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=E5HLG5W6BN1BECKT

 

"KIDS ON THE MOVE"

European Union report on the mobility and health of Europe's 90 million children. http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/youth/air/kids_on_the_move_en.pdf

 

"THE EFFECTS OF INNOVATIVE PEDESTRIANS SIGNS AT UNSIGNALIZED

LOCATIONS"

By the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center; Evaluation the "Yield to pedestrians in crosswalk" signs (in the middle of the street) at sites in N.Y. state, along with evaluating other pedestrian sign treatments in Seattle and Tucson. http://www.walkinginfo.org/rd/devices.htm

 

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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 http://www.walk21.com/ingles/

 

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: mailto: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

 

August 31, 2002, 7th Annual Thunderhead Retreat, Chisago City, MN. Grassroots bicycle advocates interested in more information should contact Adam Spey, The Thunderhead Alliance, 1612 K St., NW Suite 401. Washington, DC 20006; voice: (202) 728-9100; fax: (202) 822-1334;

email: adam@thunderheadalliance.org

Website: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/

 

September 3-6, 2002, ProBike/ProWalk02, the 12th International Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.

Website: http://www.bikewalk.org/

 

September 3, 2002, 2nd Annual National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, St. Paul, MN. 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/congress/index.htm

 

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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JOB > PROGRAM ASSISTANT -- WRN, WASHINGTON DC

The Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN) seeks a self-motivated Program Assistant for a FT/PT position. WRN's goal is to create a network of walkable, bikeable communities linked by quality transit, laced with parks, and surrounded by greenspace, with the District of Columbia as the hub of the region. The Program Assistant will work closely with the Executive Director to provide substantive program and administrative support with the potential to focus on program activities of particular interest. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Cassie Seiple, WRN, 1777 Church St, NW Washington DC 20036, fax (during business hours) (202) 667-4491; email: staff@washingtonregion.net Position open until filled. For more information and a complete job description visit http://www.washingtonregion.net/

 

JOB > EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- WRN, WASHINGTON DC

The Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities (WRN) seeks an Executive Director to fulfill WRN's goal to create a network of walkable communities linked by quality transit, laced with parks, and surrounded by greenspace, with the District of Columbia as the hub of the region. This position will offer the candidate the opportunity to work directly on implementing smart growth on the local level and to build the capacity of a small but expanding organization with a successful emerging redevelopment program. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Cassie Seiple, WRN, 1777 Church St, NW Washington DC 20036, fax (during business hours) 202/667-4491; email: staff@washingtonregion.net Position open until filled. For more information and a complete job description visit http://www.washingtonregion.net/

 

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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