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

Issue #44 Friday, May 10, 2002

 

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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

Need Images?

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

 

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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

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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:

http://www.bikewalk.org/registration_form.htm

 

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

AmericaWALKS.

 

Thunderhead Alliance: phone: (202) 728-9100; email:

info@thunderheadalliance.org

Web site: http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

AmericaWALKS: phone: (503) 222-1077; email: info@americawalks.org

Web site:http://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7LXb1DwGwb/http://www.americawalks.org/"

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: pedbike@aol.com 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

record."

 

For more information, visit:http://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7LZb1DwGwb/

Or contact Chris Morfas, California Bicycle Coalition (916) 446.7558;

email: Chris.Morfas@CalBike.org

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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

mark.

 

"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: info@bfw.org

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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

and libraries."

 

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

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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

marketplace."

 

Source: http://www.nahb.com/news/smartsurvey2002.htm

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NEED IMAGES?

"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/

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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

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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

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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

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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:

suelaughlin@hotmail.com

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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..."

 

Source:

http://www.virginia.edu/topnews/releases2002/lucy-april-30-2002.html

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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

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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

since 1979.

 

"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

Sacramento-Yolo, Calif.

 

"'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/

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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.

 

Source: http://www.webcom.com/pgi/current2.html

 

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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..."

 

Source: http://newsobserver.com/news/nc/story/1347314p-1384011c.html

Archive search:

http://archives11.newsbank.com/ar-search/we/Archives?p_action=keyword&p_theme=RLEC&p_product=RLEC

http://archives11.newsbank.com/ar-search/we/Archives?p_action=keyword&p_theme=RLEC&p_product=RLEC

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.

 

Some findings:

 

-- 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..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20020508/en_usatoday/4092820

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20020508/en_usatoday/4092820

Title: "Proper exercising can help absorb the pain of arthritis"

Author: Nanci Hellmich

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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

Manhattan.

 

"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..."

 

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/03/sports/othersports/03BIKE.html

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

Cost: After 7 days

Title: "A Day for Sunday Drivers on Two Wheels"

Author: Grace Lichtenstein

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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..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020506/ap_wo_en_ge/us_somali_diabetes_2

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020506/ap_wo_en_ge/us_somali_diabetes_2

Title: "Somali immigrants suffering a peril of plenty: diabetes"

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"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..."

 

Source: http://www.journalstar.com/local?story_id=6750

Title: "Public art project 'Tour de Lincoln' coming"

Author: L. Kent Wolgamott

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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

Koop..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020502/hl_nm/bicycles_safety_1

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020502/hl_nm/bicycles_safety_1

Title: "Most U.S. Kids Bike Ride with Bare Heads: Study"

Author: Todd Zwillich

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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

sand..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20020503/ts_usatoday/4082611

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20020503/ts_usatoday/4082611

Title: "Malibu's rich and famous fight to keep beach private "

Author: Martin Kasindorf

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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

driving.

 

"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..."

 

Source:

http://www.newsday.com/news/yahoo/ny-nygray042693333may04.story?coll=ny%2Dnewsaol%2Dheadlines"

http://www.newsday.com/news/yahoo/ny-nygray042693333may04.story?coll=ny%2Dnewsaol%2Dheadlines

Title: "Convicted of killing 4 while drunk"

Author: Anthony M. DeStefano

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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..."

 

Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020430/ap_on_sp_ot/unicycling_pastor_1

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020430/ap_on_sp_ot/unicycling_pastor_1

Title: "Pastor Riding Unicyle Across Country"

Author: Janie McCauley

 

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

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"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:

http://www.brook.edu/dybdocroot/es/urban/firstsuburbs/firstsuburbsexsum.htm

 

"TOWARD A MULTIMODAL LEVEL OF SERVICE ANALYSIS"

PDF of a Powerpoint presentation by Douglas McLeod and Martin

Guttenplan of Florida DOT.

http://transit.kittelson.com/multimodal.pdf

 

"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

 

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

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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

 

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

Website: http://webster.state.nh.us/dot/nhbikeped/

 

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 5-6 (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:

joanne.pruittthunder@dot.state.wi.us

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, Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002, 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

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 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:

symposium@americantrails.org

Website: http://www.AmericanTrails.org/

 

J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S

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JOB > 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

info@bfw.org.

 

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

referred.

 

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.

http://www.baltometro.org/content.asp?id=32

 

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.

http://www.graberproducts.com/

 

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/

 

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

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