PRO BIKE/PRO WALK 2002 Advocate Rates
CA Bike-Ped Legislation Clears First Capitol Hurdle
Wisconsin Bike Fed Exec Director Steps Down
Mayor Says 'On Your Bike' to Londoners
Walkability, Highway Access Important to Home Buyers
UK Govt to Renew Cycling Push
Martin Pion Posts Susie Stephens' Crash Info
Pedestrian Safety Research Online
Help a Reader with Grocery Cart Source?
Danger in Exurbia
The Segway: What Are the Planning Issues?
Lung Association Grades Metro Ozone Levels
North Carolina May Shift Trans $$ to Upkeep Walking Can
Help Arthritis Sufferers Bike New York -- 30,000 Pedal 42 Mile Route
U.S. Lifestyle Hits Somali Immigrants Hard
"Tour De Lincoln" -- Nebraska Capitol's Art
Fewer Than 50% Of Young Cyclists Use Helmets
Malibu Stars Move to Block Ped Beach Access
Brooklyn Jury Convicts Ex-Cop in Pedestrian Deaths
PRO BIKE/PRO WALK 2002 ADVOCATE RATES
Each year, the Pro Bike/Pro Walk Conference offers a special rate
for local advocates in order to help defray expenses for delegates who
might not otherwise be able to attend this important conference. The
Advocate Rate for this year's conference is $300. Finding out if you
qualify for such the Advocate Rate is simple.
First, contact either the Thunderhead Alliance or America WALKS; these
two organizations have generously offered to help identify and select
recipients of the Advocate Rate. You'll be asked to complete a simple
application to determine if you qualify for the Advocate Rate. If your
request is approved, you will receive a certification code.
Go to the conference registration form at:
In the Fees area, select the button for Advocate Rate, then place your
code in the field marked Certification Code. We must have your
certification code supplied by the Thunderhead Alliance or
Thunderhead Alliance: phone: (202) 728-9100; email:
Web site: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org
AmericaWALKS: phone: (503) 222-1077; email: email@example.com
Members of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
(APBP) can qualify for the discounted Speaker's Rate of $350. To check
your membership status, contact APBP at:
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, phone: (202)
366-4071 email: firstname.lastname@example.org fax: (703) 876-0562.
Web site: http://www.apbp.org/
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CA BIKE-PED LEGISLATION CLEARS FIRST CAPITOL HURDLE
According to a recent note from Chris Morfas of the California
Bicycle Coalition, "An amended version of Senate Bill 1555 (sponsored
by the California Bicycle Coalition) passed the Senate Public Safety
Committee by a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, April 30th. If successful, SB1555
will launch a new era of government support for bicycling and walking
by providing the state health department with $10,000,000 annually to
promote bike- and walk-friendly environments and to modify behaviors.
The funds would be generated by tacking a $5 penalty onto the driver's
license renewal fee of motorists with two or more points on their
For more information, visit:http://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7LZb1DwGwb/
Or contact Chris Morfas, California Bicycle Coalition (916) 446.7558;
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WISCONSIN BIKE FED EXEC DIRECTOR STEPS DOWN
According to a recent message from the Thunderhead Alliance, "Jeanne
Hoffman, Wisconsin Bicycle Federation's Executive Director, plans to
step down this coming June. 'Six years in this position is a long
time,' said Ms. Hoffman, 'and it's time for me to move on.' She plans
on attending graduate school in urban planning. The Bike Fed has
enjoyed considerable success with Jeanne as its first full-time
executive director. Jeanne oversaw the development of a statewide
bicycle plan as well as numerous metropolitan and local plans. She
helped develop facilities through the 'Bikes on Buses' program and an
excellent statewide bicycle map package. Publicity and education
programs such as 'Bike to Work Week,' corporate bike commuting
education and the new 'Safe Routes to School' campaign are making their
"The Bike Fed's budget grew from $21,000 per year to $300,000 for 2002
and membership from 250 to over 2500 this year. This past year Bike Fed
also opened a Milwaukee office with a full-time staff. 'Jeanne's hard
work and leadership has transformed our Bike Federation into an
effective, professional organization making a difference for all
cyclists,' said Richard Schwinn, Bike Fed Board President. The Bike Fed
board has already formed a search committee to find a replacement.
'Jeanne's replacement will have a hard act to follow but starts out
with a great foundation for the future, both organizationally and
financially,' said Mr. Schwinn, 'We hope to take this opportunity to
reach even higher.'" (See JOBS section for BFW announcement.)
For More Information, contact: (608) 251-4456; email: email@example.com<back to top>
MAYOR SAYS 'ON YOUR BIKE' TO LONDONERS
According to a recent news release, London Mayor, Ken Livingstone
"will launch a series of free cycle guides today, Tuesday 23rd April,
as part of a new initiative to promote cycling in London. Transport for
London has been working in partnership with the London Cycle Campaign,
the London Cycle Network and the London Boroughs, to developed a series
of 19 cycle guides to cover the Greater London Area. More than one
million guides, which show enlarged street maps of central London with
corresponding cycle route networks, will be distributed to tube and bus
stations, travel centres, bike shops, health centres, sports centres
Mayor Ken Livingstone said:
"Cycling is an integral and valuable part of London's transport system
and I believe these maps will give Londoners more choice by raising
awareness of safer cycle routes and facilities. Half of all trips
currently made in London are under two miles, easily within cycling
distance. I believe the maps are a major step forward, highlighting how
easy it is for Londoners to get around the city by bike. These maps
will also make an important contribution to improving the environment
for all Londoners."
Director of London Cycling Campaign, Peter Lewis, said:
"These maps join up implemented cycle routes, and show tried and tested
routes used by experienced cyclists. I would encourage everyone to pick
up a map and start cycling to their local shops, cinema or even to
work. The benefits will be incredible and you will feel a lot fitter
and healthier and soon realise that your journey is actually quicker
and more convenient by bike."
Source:http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/transport/cycling/index.htm<back to top>
WALKABILITY, HIGHWAY ACCESS IMPORTANT TO HOME BUYERS
According to a recent survey conducted by the National Association
of Home Builders and the National Association of Realtors, walkability
showed up as an important home buyer preference. While a desire for a
larger home was the top choice (64%), 27?% said they wished they could
walk to more places from home; 23% said they wished their home was
closer to work; 17% wanted to be closer to shopping and restaurants.
According to Gary Garczynski, president of NAHB, "This survey
demonstrates that home buyers are quite conscious of the tradeoffs they
make when buying a home." "They are willing to live further from the
city in order to have a larger home, and the quality of the community
is more important then the length of the commute. A better
understanding of these tradeoffs enables us to develop planning and
growth policies that take into account home buyers' preferences."
When asked about the importance of 18 community amenities, the highest
ranking features were (with percent ranking as important or very
important): highway access, 44 percent; jogging/bike trails, 36
percent; sidewalks, 28 percent; parks, 26 percent; playgrounds, 21
percent, and shops within walking area, 19 percent.
Summing up the survey, Garczynski said "The survey responses suggest a
vision of smart growth that home buyers are prepared to embrace.". "A
majority of consumers want single-family detached homes in a
pedestrian-friendly community that has shopping within walking
distance. They want a mix of open space, including parks, recreational
facilities, playgrounds, farms, nature preserves and undeveloped areas.
They want traffic minimized on neighborhood streets. To the extent that
we - builders, developers, planners, elected officials - can create
high quality, walkable, mixed-use communities, we will deliver a
version of smart growth that is more likely to be accepted in the
Source: http://www.nahb.com/news/smartsurvey2002.htm<back to top>
"The Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center has teamed with Walkable
Communities, Inc. and the Institute of Transportation Engineers
Pedestrian and Bicycle Council to bring you the Image Library, a
searchable collection of over 1400 categorized images. Whether you're a
concerned citizen interested in improving the walkability or bikability
of your community or a professional who's making a report or
constructing new policies, please feel free to use these images and
come back often - we're constantly adding new images."
Source: http://www.pedbikeimages.org/<back to top>
UK GOVT TO RENEW CYCLING PUSH
According to Howard Boyd of Birmingham, England, "Our government
committed itself to quadrupling cycling in 16 years back in 1996, but
so far the decline in usage has continued, and there is now real panic
setting in. The Labour government has appointed the former Conservative
transport minister, Steven Norris, to head a National Cycling Strategy
Board and get some action. Yesterday he gave us all a rousing opening
speech at a conference to get things going."
See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1930000/1930961.stm<back to top>
MARTIN PION POSTS SUSIE STEPHENS' CRASH INFO
We recently received this message from Martin Pion of Ferguson,
Missouri, "I've just finished updating the web page I created with
info. on Susie Stephens. It now includes information about the
suspect's citation and court date and suggestions for what people can
do to voice concern over the leniency of the charge filed: failure to
yield to a pedestrian.
"Go to my home page and double-click the first link. The additions
should be obvious from the Table of Contents, to which I've now added
internal links to make it easier to navigate the page."
Website: http://home.swbell.net/mpion/conservion.html<back to top>
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY RESEARCH ONLINE
According to an article in the April issue of "Pedestrian Digest,"
the newsletter of the TRB Committee on Pedestrians, "An excellent
summary, 'State-of-the Art Pedestrian Safety Programs and Literature
Search,' February 7, 2001, can be seen on the Pedestrian Committee web
site at the address listed below. [Look under 'Documents.'] It includes:
Summary of other States' Pedestrian Safety Programs; Studies
and Programs of Other States; FHWA Reports; TRB Research in Progress;
and Literature Search. It was developed by the Maryland State Highway
Administration's Research Division based on input from the AASHTO
Research Advisory Committee and their own literature search.
Source: http://trbpeds.tripod.com<back to top>
HELP A READER WITH GROCERY CART SOURCE?
Sue Laughlin recently wrote to say, "I need your help. I am trying
very hard not to use my car for all transportation needs. Since I live
within three blocks of a grocery store, I would like to walk to the
store for my food shopping. But I need a GOOD push cart, the two
wheeled kind that tips back with an expandable basket to hold my
groceries. Here's the rub. The ones I find here locally are all way
too short (I am only 5'4'', but apparently the carts are designed for
dwarfs). I would also hope to find a product that is better made than
the flimsy ones I have seen.
"Any ideas?? Any mail-order business that makes a good product to fill
this need? Please let me know. I want to get out of my car and WALK.
Thanks for your assistance."
If you have any suggestions for Sue, contact her at:
firstname.lastname@example.org<back to top>
DANGER IN EXURBIA
According to an April 30th University of Virginia news release,
"Leaving home to go to work and other activities is more dangerous for
residents of outer suburban areas than for many central city residents
and for nearly all inner suburban residents, concludes a recent
University of Virginia study.
"From Baltimore to Minneapolis to Houston, some sparsely settled outer
suburban counties are the most dangerous parts of their metropolitan
areas, according to a study by William H. Lucy, professor of urban and
environmental planning at U.Va., and graduate research assistant
Raphael Rabalais. Their findings are contrary to the conventional
wisdom that cities are dangerous and outer suburbs are safe.
"The metropolitan areas examined in the study are: Baltimore, Chicago,
Dallas, Houston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, and
Pittsburgh for the years 1997-2000, depending on data availability..."
http://www.virginia.edu/topnews/releases2002/lucy-april-30-2002.html<back to top>
THE SEGWAY: WHAT ARE THE PLANNING ISSUES?
A May 6th Planetizen news release asked "What are the
concerns/objections to the Segway being treated as a pedestrian? What
is being proposed at the state and federal levels? What are the
positive aspects of the Segway? Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, provides an
overview and tutorial on the Segway."
Source: http://www.planetizen.com/oped/item.php?id=53<back to top>
LUNG ASSOCIATION GRADES METRO OZONE LEVELS
According to a May 1st news release, "More than 142 million
Americans -- 75 percent of the nation's population living in counties with
ozone monitors -- are breathing unhealthy amounts of ozone air pollution
(smog), representing the third straight year in which the toxic
pollutant reached fully half of the American public, according to the
American Lung Association's 'State of the Air 2002' report. Of those
living in the 678 counties monitoring ozone, the vast majority of the
most vulnerable lived in the nearly 400 counties receiving an 'F,'
including nearly three-quarters of the seniors and more than 70 percent
of children who had an asthma attack in the last year. The findings are
compounded by the reality that, due to a series of legal and management
delays, states are relying on weak federal clean air standards in place
"Among those metropolitan areas scoring 'Fs,' the 10 most
ozone-polluted areas are Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, Calif.;
Bakersfield, Calif.; Fresno, Calif.; Visalia-Tulare-Porterville,
Calif.; Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; Merced,
Calif.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.; and
"'It is clearly time to get serious about enforcing all of the
provisions of the Clean Air Act so that we place Americans' health
above business and political interests,' said John L. Kirkwood,
American Lung Association president and CEO. 'Yes, we've made great
progress in cleaning our nation's air, but this report illustrates that
we have a long way to go to give our children safe air to breathe'..."
Source: http://www.lungusa.org/<back to top>
STATS-R-US: PROFESSIONS THAT WALK THE FARTHEST...
According to the book, 'The Top 10 of Everything,' by Russell Ash,
physicians are fifth on the list, with an average 840 miles per year.
Nurses are fourth, logging an average 942 miles per year. Top three: 1)
police officer with 1,632 miles, 2) letter carrier with 1,056 miles,
and 3) TV reporter with 1,008.
NORTH CAROLINA MAY SHIFT TRANS $$ TO UPKEEP
According to a May 3rd story in the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer,
"The state should spend more money on highway maintenance, public
transit and efforts to make roads safer and efficient and less to build
new highways, participants at a statewide transportation summit said
Thursday. It would be a significant departure from the way the state
Department of Transportation has historically spent its money.
Currently, highway construction and maintenance make up 91 percent of
the state's transportation budget, with public transit, aviation,
ferries and passenger and freight rail making up the remainder. The
state spends $4 to build new roads or widen existing ones for every $1
spent to maintain them.
"But the more than 100 participants - almost half from the DOT and the
state Board of Transportation - said they can't continue to build more
roads when old ones are crumbling, public transit is inadequate, and
about 1,300 people die in traffic accidents in North Carolina each year.
"The DOT is seeking comment from a variety of leaders to help develop a
blueprint for transportation spending over the next 25 years,
Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett said. 'The decisions we make now
not only determine what the future will be like for us, but for our
children and grandchildren as well,' he said..."
Cost: After 7 days
Title: "Transportation panelists push upkeep over new roads"
Author: Vicki Hyman
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WALKING CAN HELP ARTHRITIS SUFFERERS
According to a May 8th USA Today story, "For years, people with
arthritis were discouraged from exercising for fear it might harm their
joints. But that belief has changed over the past decade, as a growing
body of research reveals that exercise is crucial for maintaining joint
health. Several national weight-training experts are pushing some basic
strength and flexibility exercises that they say 'can dramatically
improve' some of the symptoms of arthritis, and they have research to
back up their advice. They say their work offers hope to the 43 million
people suffering from arthritis.
"'The reason strength training helps is that strong muscles cushion the
joints, acting as shock absorbers,' says Miriam Nelson, author of
Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis with Kristin Baker, Ronenn
Roubenoff and Lawrence Lindner. Nelson is an exercise researcher with
the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University
in Boston. She and other scientists recruited 46 people, 55 or older,
with osteoarthritis. All had moderate to severe knee pain. Half did
strength training and flexibility exercises at home three times a week
for four months. The other half got tips on healthy eating but no
exercise guidance; 38 participants completed the study.
-- The strength of the quadricep muscles in the front of the thigh
increased by an average of 71% for the exercisers, compared with 3% for
the control group.
-- Exercisers reported a 43% decrease in pain, compared with a 12%
decrease for the control group.
-- The exercise group reported a 44% improvement in physical
functioning, including being able to walk, climb stairs, sit and stand
more easily. The control group stayed about the same.
-- Exercisers gained in self-confidence and self-esteem and showed a
decrease in depression. The control group didn't have improvement in
any of those areas.
-- Exercisers improved in 17 physical tasks of daily living, including
putting on socks and shoes, and getting out of a chair. The control
group didn't experience the same improvements.
Nelson recommends that people with arthritis "start a strength and
flexibility program slowly, beginning with 10 minutes, three times a
week. As they get stronger and experience less pain, they can progress
to a more challenging program, working up to strength training and an
aerobic activity such as walking for 45 minutes three times a week..."
Title: "Proper exercising can help absorb the pain of arthritis"
Author: Nanci Hellmich<back to top>
BIKE NEW YORK -- 30,000 PEDAL 42 MILE ROUTE
According to a May 3rd story in the New York Times, "No sideswiping
taxis, no fume-belching buses, no zigzagging skaters, no oblivious
jaywalkers, no manic bike messengers. One day a year, bicyclists in New
York City can negotiate the streets, highways and bridges of the five
boroughs without many of the usual distractions. That day this year is
Sunday, when 30,000 riders are expected to take part in Bike New York,
the car-free, 42-mile pedal parade that is the nation's largest bicycle
rally. 'It's become a great event, like the New York City Marathon,'
said Martin Nichols, manager of Bicycle Habitat, a retail store in
"Like the marathon, Bike New York attracts thousands of visitors from
out of state and overseas. But because it is not a race, there is no
prize money, no major television coverage, minimal policing, few
spectators and, in the past, a casual atmosphere. This year is the
event's 25th anniversary, and there are a few tacks in the road, due
mostly to security concerns and to economics.
"In previous years, thousands of so-called bandits, participants who
did not pay the entry fee ($30 to $35 for adults, $15 for children),
sneaked into the pack, helped themselves at three food stops and
enjoyed the thrill of cruising on the F.D.R. Drive and on the
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. But this year the military has told
organizers to weed out any riders not wearing Bike New York vests
before they cross the Verrazano, because the finish line is at a Coast
Guard installation, Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. In response, Bike
New York, a nonprofit organization formed by American Youth Hostels,
the ride's original sponsor, has hired 20 private security officers to
supplement its 600 marshals and 600 other volunteers..."
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced
Cost: After 7 days
Title: "A Day for Sunday Drivers on Two Wheels"
Author: Grace Lichtenstein<back to top>
U.S. LIFESTYLE HITS SOMALI IMMIGRANTS HARD
According to a May 6th AP story, "Somali immigrants in Minnesota are
developing a disease of plenty that was almost unknown in their
impoverished homeland: diabetes. Dr. Mehmood Khan, a consultant in the
Mayo Clinic's Division of Endocrinology, says a growing number of
Somali immigrants are developing the disease within five years, and
some as quickly as six months, after their arrival in this country.
'Something happens,' Khan said. 'The question is, what is it?'
"No one has scientifically studied the phenomenon, but Khan is
convinced he knows the answer: lack of exercise and a dramatic increase
in caloric intake, especially fat. 'No mechanisms are in place to track
it and monitor this,' Khan said of the diabetes trend among Somali
immigrants. 'But it needs to be done.' Khan cautions that he and his
Mayo Clinic colleagues don't have solid data on the Somali diabetes
phenomenon. 'It's all observational; this population is not
well-studied,' he said.
"'Many minorities are genetically predisposed to developing diabetes.
The changing environment triggers (the onset of the disease),' he said.
In their homeland, Somalis walk and ride bicycles, have far fewer
labor-saving appliances and eat food containing little fat. But once
they reach America, their physical activity drops precipitously and
their diets shift toward high-fat, high-calorie American diets..."
Title: "Somali immigrants suffering a peril of plenty: diabetes"<back to top>
"TOUR DE LINCOLN" -- NEBRASKA CAPITOL'S ART
According to a May 7th story in the Lincoln Journal Star, "Santa Fe
turned artists loose on fiberglass horses. Cincinnati and Des Moines
opted for pigs, and Omaha had the human-like J. Doe forms. In the
summer of 2003, Lincoln will be covered with big steel bikes, the
products of a community public-art project called 'Tour de Lincoln.'
'Lincoln will be the first to use an object instead of a living form,'
Mayor Don Wesely said at a Monday news conference kicking off the
project. 'The bicycle was selected to celebrate our city trail system,
one of the best in the nation.'
"A total of 50 bikes, designed by Laurel Shoemaker of Berggren & Woll,
Architects, will be cut and welded by Midwest Steel Works Inc. Anchored
on a concrete base, each bike will be more than 4 feet tall, 7 feet
long and will weigh more than 385 pounds. Artists will be selected to
add their ideas to the basic steel sculpture through a juried
competition. The artists will be chosen in mid-August based on designs
they propose for the bikes. They will then have until early summer 2003
to complete work on their bikes..."
Title: "Public art project 'Tour de Lincoln' coming"
Author: L. Kent Wolgamott<back to top>
FEWER THAN 50% OF YOUNG BICYCLISTS USE HELMETS
According to a May 2nd Reuters story, "Less than half of all US kids
wear helmets each time they ride a bicycle, and only one-third wear
them while using in-line skates or scooters, according to a national
survey released Thursday. The figures show that large numbers of
children are continually at risk for traumatic brain injuries, experts
said. Forty-seven percent of bicycle-related hospitalizations among
children under 14 years were blamed on brain trauma, according to a
companion analysis of 3,700 hospital admissions between 1994 and 2001.
"The survey, released by the National Safe Kids Campaign, polled 332
children between 8 and 12 years old. Nearly half said that they don't
regularly wear helmets because they only ride their bicycles close to
home. Twenty-eight percent said they 'don't feel cool' wearing a helmet
and 27% said they don't wear a helmet 'because my parents don't make
me.' The risk of brain injury is highest in older children aged 10 to
14 because they are less likely to wear protective head gear and more
likely to take risks, said former US Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett
Title: "Most U.S. Kids Bike Ride with Bare Heads: Study"
Author: Todd Zwillich<back to top>
MALIBU STARS MOVE TO BLOCK PED BEACH ACCESS
According to a May 3rd article in USA Today, "A tide of ordinary
people is lapping at the secluded beaches of the rich and famous.
Malibu, a 27-mile strip of spectacular coastline northwest of Los
Angeles, has been resisting encroachment by average folks for decades.
A retreat for Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Robert
Redford, Goldie Hawn, Pierce Brosnan and scores of other Hollywood
stars, Malibu has come to connote entertainment royalty watching
Pacific sunsets from exclusive sands. Privacy means a lot to
celebrities, and they have achieved it by walling off luxurious
oceanfront hideouts worth up to $15 million.
"Now, state officials are moving to assert the public's right to share
Malibu's vistas. The California Coastal Commission, a powerful state
environmental agency, says the law allows everyone to frolic in the
waves and the damp sand below the point of the highest tide. These
legal rights are worthless without a way to get onto the beach,
however, so the commission is working to open more pedestrian rights of
way from the Pacific Coast Highway to long-impenetrable miles of Malibu
Title: "Malibu's rich and famous fight to keep beach private "
Author: Martin Kasindorf<back to top>
BROOKLYN JURY CONVICTS EX-COP IN PEDESTRIAN DEATHS
According to a May 4th Newsday story, "With a speed that spoke to
the swiftness of the deaths involved, a Brooklyn jury Friday convicted
ex-police officer Joseph Gray of running a red light and killing four
people in a drunken-driving crash last summer. A red-faced Gray showed
no emotion as the jury foreman said 'guilty' four times on the charges
of second-degree manslaughter for his killing of three pedestrians on
Aug. 4 in Sunset Park. Gray also was convicted of one count of drunken
"The panel of six men and six women had deliberated for less than four
hours after getting the case late Thursday and returned the verdict
right after lunch on Friday..."
Title: "Convicted of killing 4 while drunk"
Author: Anthony M. DeStefano<back to top>
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
UNICYCLING PASTOR TO RIDE ACROSS USA
According to an April 30th AP Story, "Lars Clausen estimates he will
celebrate his 41st birthday this summer near Lidgerwood, N.D., on Day
45 of his cross-country unicycle trek. 'It's the perfect mid-life
ride,' he says. The Lutheran pastor left Neah Bay, the most northwest
tip of the lower 48 states, on Monday with 4,700 miles ahead of him. He
plans to arrive at the Statue of Liberty on Aug. 10.
"Clausen, from the small town of Greenbank on Whidbey Island, is riding
for an endowment fund for the Inupiat Eskimos of Alaska's Seward
Peninsula, where he accepted his first preaching position. Monday
marked the anniversary of the start of a bicycle ride he made from Los
Angeles to Boston when he was 26..."
Title: "Pastor Riding Unicyle Across Country"
Author: Janie McCauley
"VALUING AMERICA'S FIRST SUBURBS"
Subtitled "A Policy Agenda for Older Suburbs in the Midwest," this
April 2002 Brookings Institute report by Robert Puentes and Myron
Orfield can be downloaded as a 4.7mb pdf. For a summary, visit:
"TOWARD A MULTIMODAL LEVEL OF SERVICE ANALYSIS"
PDF of a Powerpoint presentation by Douglas McLeod and Martin
Guttenplan of Florida DOT.
"JUST KEEP PEDALING"
A new book by T.E. Trimbath describing his experiences riding from
Washington state to Florida, looking at how bicyclists and pedestrians
were treated. ISBN 0595221009
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:email@example.com
May 15, 2002, 4th Annual Bike & Walk New Hampshire Conference, Durham,
NH. Info: Louis A. Barker, Conference Committee Chairman (603)
271-6855, or Thomas E. Jameson, P.E., Bicycle Pedestrian Transportation
Coordinator (603) 271-1688
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;
June 5-6 (2-5pm), Teaching Safe Bicycling, Madison, WI. Attendees of
National Bicycle Educators Conference register free. Info: JoAnne
Pruitt Thunder, WisDOT - BOTS, voice: (608) 267-3154; email:
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;
August 1-31, 2002, Bikesummer2002, Portland, OR. Info: BikeSummer
Portland, P.O. Box 786, Portland OR 97207; email:
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:
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;
September 3-6, 2002, Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002, the 12th International Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 10-13, 2002, 16th National Trails Symposium, Orlando, FL.
Info: American Trails, PO Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797; voice:
(530) 547-2060; fax: (530) 547-2035, e-mail:
JOB > EXEC. DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE FED. OF WISCONSIN
Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, a statewide non-profit bicycle
advocacy organization, with 2500 members seeks an Executive Director.
The successful applicant will have financial, public relations,
programming, fundraising, staff management, and advocacy experience.
As the primary employee of the organization, the Executive Director
sets the tone and direction of the organization yet works with board,
staff, volunteers, members and public to achieve the goals of the
organization. Interested applicant should have a passion for bicycling
and bicycling issues.
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin has two offices Madison and
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Executive Director will be working out of the
Madison office. Salary will be based upon the skills and experience of
the final candidate. For a more detailed job announcement, please email
JOB > TRANS PLANNER -- BALTIMORE METRO COUNCIL
BMC is seeking a Transportation Planner to conduct a full range of
metropolitan transportation planning activities. Duties and
qualifications include the following: ability to conduct general and
technical planning analyses, coordinate regional bicycle and pedestrian
planning, conduct various tasks to support the development of the
regional long range transportation plan, and support congestion
management activities. A working knowledge of
federal/state/metropolitan transportation planning requirements is p
At a minimum, a Bachelor's Degree is required in Transportation,
Geography, Planning, Economics or a relevant social science, plus two
years of relevant experience. A Master's Degree may be substituted for
one year of experience. Computer proficiency, strong oral and written
communication and public presentation skills are essential, as is the
ability to work independently on complex assignments with minimal
supervision. Salary commensurate with position level assigned to
candidate. Closing date: May 27, 2002.
To apply, send cover letter specifying the position for which you are
applying, resume, writing sample and salary history to Director,
Finance and Human Resources, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Suite 310,
2700 Lighthouse Point East, Baltimore, MD 21224-4774. No phone calls
please. Applicants not submitting all requested materials may not be
considered. The BMC is an EOE/M/F/H.
JOB > SUMMER INTERNSHIP -- STPP
This position will conduct strategic research and grassroots organizing
to support the organization of the Alliance for a New Transportation
Charter. Activities will generally consist of gathering information
to support STPP's model campaigns, assisting with outreach to add
members to the Alliance and support for our grassroots network in
conducting activities such as candidate education.
Qualified candidates: Have excellent written and oral communication
skills; understand the basics of legislative and electoral processes;
interested in grassroots organizing; have some experience researching
issues and/or monitoring public policy; proficient at using MS Excel
and Access, experience using Lexis/Nexis and ArcView preferred;
completed undergraduate degree. This is a paid position (June-August,
2002). Please submit a resume and cover letter by May 15 to Andrea
Broaddus, Surface Transportation Policy Project, 1100 17th St. NW, 10th
Floor, Washington, DC, 20036. Fax: (202) 466-2247.
JOB > BIKE PKG. SYSTEMS MGR -- GRABER PRODUCTS INC.
Graber Products Inc. a growing and innovative manufacturer of bike
parking systems, bike racks, and trainers has an incredible opportunity
for the right person to grow as a Product Manager selling our Bicycle
Parking Systems. If you want to own a process from start to finish, and
have fun doing it, APPLY. At least five years of proven sales success
with one company and a willingness to learn. We want with your ability
take our product to the next level. BA in related field essential.
Position based in Madison, WI. Some traveling required. Salary plus
bonus and full benefit package. For consideration, please send your
resume, along with salary history (no resume will be considered without
this) to: Graber Products Human Resources, 5253 Verona Road, Madison,
WI 53711; Email: Hrmgr@graberproducts.com Fax: 608-274-1702.
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:
email@example.com Position open until filled. For more
information and a complete job description visit
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org Position open until filled. For more
information and a complete job description visit
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