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

Issue #45 Friday, May 23, 2002

 

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Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002: Program Update

Great Website Features "Great Streets"

Got a Bike/Walk/Bus/Etc. Week to Tell Us About?

Colorado's C470 Bike/Ped Path To Open
New Jersey's Bill
Feldman Retires
Transport Concerns of UK Disabled People

Scooter Trauma Studied by Pediatricians

Marin Co. California Gets $3m for Bike Freeway

British Med Journal Focuses on "Road Wars"

 

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Reducing Ped Deaths at the Source

Bike Safety Not Bombs

Bicyclist Goes Over Big in Idaho

Senior Obesity Threatens Health Gains

Gag Order for Honolulu Drivers?

Vienna's Free Bikes Disappear

False Sense of Security from Kids' Safety Gear?

Montgomery County MD Gets New Ped Signs

Baltimore Cyclists Fed Up with Driver Hostility

Bike to Work Day --San Diego 

Barcelona's Pedestrian Boulevard

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PRO BIKE/PRO WALK 2002: PROGRAM UPDATE
Things are happening at Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002 headquarters! The initial selections for 
workshop presentations have been made and a robust set of mobile workshops are being 
planned. Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002 will have a familiar feel, but expect some tweaks and 
improvements. "We're going to try some different things in this year's program," says 
Peter Moe, conference program manager. "We're including some special sessions on 
critical topics, and we're building in a little more unstructured time for folks to network, 
and to get out and see the City of St. Paul. This is what people said they wanted, so 
that's what we're delivering!"

Special sessions are planned on the reauthorization of TEA-21, the increasingly important 
role of walking and bicycling in the public health agenda, and 'Crossing the Street' -- a 
critical look at the institutional, physical and social challenges to pedestrian mobility. 
Mobile workshops will take delegates into the City and beyond, exploring the revitalized 
downtown, bike commuter routes and trails, Mississippi river walks, and St. Paul's elevated 
'Skywalk' system.

Registration is now open. To stay in tune with Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002, and to register online, 
visit the conference website at www.bikewalk.org/conference.htm. If you made a submission 
to the conference program and have not yet received your notification, contact Peter Moe 
at:pete@bikewalk.org.
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GREAT WEBSITE FEATURES "GREAT STREETS"

Tom Kloster recently wrote to tell us of his website, "Great Streets." According to Tom, 
"The goal of the site is to encourage local officials and activists to press for better design 
on the County and State roads that often serve as 'main street.' The site responds to 
what I see every day in my professional life, where local interests are often trumped by 
DOT traffic engineers who intimidate local activists with jargon and accident statistics. 
It's a work in progress, but there are already several design themes, case studies, 
and hundreds of images on the site. They are free for use in non-profit activities - there 
are details on the site on how the images may be used."

 

To check out Tom's work, go to: http://www.splintercat.org/SplintercatMainFolder/GreatStreets/GreatStreets.html

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GOT A BIKE/WALK/BUS/ETC. WEEK TO TELL US ABOUT?

A reader, Ross Trethewey, suggested we collect web addresses for the

various bike and/or walk weeks held around the world and list them for everyone's use. 
We thought the idea was a good one, so if you have an address for us, send it to the 
editor at:john@montana.com Thanks!

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COLORADO'S C470 BIKE/PED PATH TO OPEN

According to a May 23rd note from Gay Page, Colorado's

Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager, "Come join us for the grand opening of the final 

segment of the C470 bike/pedestrian path, the path over Highway 285. This new $2 million 

bridge makes the link between Bear Creek Lake Park on the North and Quincy on the South. 

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2002 at 10am along the bike path just south 

of Bear Creek Lake Park."

 

For more information, contact Gay Page, CDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager, 

4201 E Arkansas Ave, Denver CO 80222. Voice: (303) 757-9982; fax: (303) 757-9727; 

email: gay.page@dot.state.co.us

Website: http://www.dot.state.co.us/bikeped/

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NEW JERSEY'S BILL FELDMAN RETIRES

Today, we received this message from Bill Feldman, long-time bicycle pedestrian advocate...

 

"I am planning to retire from the New Jersey Department of

Transportation effective July 1, 2002, and since I will be taking accrued vacation during 

the month of June, my last day in the office will be May 31st. My many years as the 

Department's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocate (Bike and Ped Coordinator) have been 

challenging and generally fulfilling, with a little frustration thrown into the mix. Even with

the frustrations, I have always been able to go home in the evening believing that we are

doing something worthwhile...

 

"Our program here at NJDOT is being left in capable hands, Sheree Davis will head up our

Bureau. She will be working with Elise Bremer-Nei and Bill Riviere. Please help them as 

you have helped me. Please add Sheree to the list to receive future mail from this list serve. 

Her e-mail address is:sheree.davis@dot.state.nj.us.

 

"My plans are uncertain at this time (it is even possible, though not likely, that I will be 

unable to follow through on my plans to retire); but I expect that I will remain in touch with 

many of you in the years ahead. I hope to be able to attend Pro-Bike/Pro Walk in September. 

Keep up the good work. Keep fighting the good fight.

So long for now." --Bill Feldman:billatng@aol.com

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TRANSPORT CONCERNS OF UK DISABLED PEOPLE

According to a new report from the UK Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee 

(DPTAC), "For nearly half of disabled people (48%) transport is the most important local 

concern but only a fifth (21%) believe those responsible for transport planning and development

 give about the right amount of attention to disabled people, according to a report published 

today by the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee...

 

"Disabled people have high expectations for the future public transport system and will use 

improved services. Two thirds of disabled people 65%) were dissatisfied with pavement 

maintenance, of which half were very dissatisfied. However, around half say they would go 

out more if improvements were made to walking conditions (48%)..."

 

Source: http://www.dptac.gov.uk/pn/020523.htm

The Annual Report can be found at: http://www.dptac.gov.uk/01report/index.htm

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SCOOTER TRAUMA STUDIED BY PEDIATRICIANS

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, "The sudden 

popularity of the 'scooter phenomenon' was followed by an increased rate of injuries 

associated with its use. This study evaluates the circumstances, types, degrees, and 

mechanisms of injury related to the use of a scooter in the pediatric population. From 

January 2000 to February 2001, the emergency files of all the children arriving at the

uthors' institutions with a diagnosis of 'scooter related trauma' were reviewed...

 

Results of the study showed that of the 156 cases recorded, "48% of patients were 

between 10 and 13 years old; 66.6% were boys. There was a incidence peak in September

and October. Trauma locations were as follows: face (47.5%), ankle (17.9%), wrist (17.3%), 

knee (11.5%), and head trauma (12%). Eighty-five percent healed within 1 to 4 weeks; 16.6% 

needed hospitalization. Fractures occurred in 31% of cases; 38% of these required surgical

treatment. Concerning the mechanisms of injury, 45% occurred on the street and sidewalk, 

44% of which resulted from collisions with a motor vehicle, 33% were caused by inefficient

braking, and 15% were related to a mechanical problem with the scooter's structure."

 

In conclusion, "The authors observed a shift in the children's interest from roller skates 

toward the scooter. Research on scooter injury prevention needs to be improved, and a 

program needs to be promoted to reduce the number and the severity of related injuries. 

For now the authors would recommend head, mainly face, wrist, and ankle protections."

 

From: "Evaluation of scooter-related injuries in children" by Anne B. Mankovsky, Mario 

Mendoza-Sagaon, CĒcile Cardinaux, Judith Hohlfeld, & Olivier Reinberg, Lausanne, 

Switzerland (J Pediatr Surg 37:755-759)

 

Source: http://www.jpedsurg.org/scripts/om.dll/serve?action=searchDB&searchDBfor=art&artType=abs&id=ajpsu0370755&nav=abs

http://www.jpedsurg.org/scripts/om.dll/serve?action=searchDB&searchDBfor=art&artType=abs&id=ajpsu0370755&nav=abs

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MARIN CO. CALIFORNIA GETS $3M FOR BIKE FREEWAY

According to a May 22nd news release, "Bikes Belong, the bicycle industry's advocacy

 voice, proudly announced today the receipt of three million dollars by the Marin County 

Bicycle Coalition for the rehabilitation of the Cal Park Hill Railroad Tunnel. The funds 

come on the heels of a $10,000 grant awarded to MCBC by Bikes Belong to coordinate 

the implementation of the North-South Bicycle Freeway. The money was awarded by the 

California Transportation Commission, with the grant originating from the State 

Transportation Enhancements fund, a component of TEA-21 - the federally funded 

Transportation Equity Act. The project was the only bicycle project in Northern California 

to receive Enhancements funds and was one of four projects funded out of a total 32 

projects vying for federal funding.

 

"The North-South Bicycle Freeway will be built in phases, with the latest phase 

incorporating a 1,000-foot tunnel linking downtown San Rafael and the Larkspur Ferry 

Terminal. Once opened, the bicycle commute between the two cities will take five 

minutes rather than the 20 minutes it takes to bike right now. The Bikeway will begin

at the Golden Gate Bridge, and parallel Highway 101 to the Sonoma County line. 

The 25 mile-long facility will pass through seven transit centers, two ferry terminals, 

dozens of shopping centers, and within two miles of 51 schools. Several parts of the 

North-South Bicycle Freeway are already completed, and other sections are now 

underway. With this $3 million dollar commitment, Marin now has scheduled almost 

$7.5 million to be 'in the ground' within the next three years. The Bicycle Freeway will 

revolutionize pedestrian and bicycle commuting in Marin, and serve as a model project

 for the United States and the entire world.

 

"'I am so pleased that Marin County was granted this $3 million to re-open Cal Park Hill

Tunnel,' said Senator Barbara Boxer. 'This is an important step in making sustainable 

transportation improvements for Marin County. Biking is an efficient, healthy, and 

environmentally friendly way to commute. With this grant, Marin County further cements 

its reputation as a national model for bicycle transportation.'..."

 

Source: http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=65

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BRITISH MED JOURNAL FOCUSES ON "ROAD WARS"

Thanks to Peter Jacobsen for sending us this May 11th note: "This week's issue of the

 British Medical Journal is devoted to the dangers of motorized traffic. I encourage 

everyone to look at it. Note that in America, one in fifty of us will die in a traffic crash 

(twice as many as most of Europe). Think about it, someone living on your block, some 

relative, many people who went to your school, etc. will die in a crash." 

 

The issue contains "many good articles (including one relevant to bicycle safety education 

as a preventative -they criticize pedestrian education and say that the limited resources 

available would be better spent on modifying the streets to reduce danger..."

 

The May 11th issue (BMJ 2002;324) may be seen at: http://bmj.com/content/vol324/issue7346/

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STATS-R-US: 2000 CENSUS TRANS. DATA ARRIVES!

According to Michelle Ernst, Senior Analyst for the Surface Transportation Policy Project,

"The U.S. Census has just released micro-level data from the 2000 Decennial Census for

select states. Altogether, data for 22 states (AK, CT, CA, HI, IL, IN, KS, ME, MA, MS, MT,

NE, NV, NH, ND, OK, OR, RI, SD, VT, WA, WI) has been released so far, with data from 

the rest of the states to be released in subsequent batches over the next couple of weeks.

 

"Included in this data is information about commute mode of travel, average commute duration,

 and number of vehicles per household." 

 

[Note: the journey to work data released does not break bicycling out separately from 

"other" but will when the final data is released in late June.]

 

For more info: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/demoprofiles.html

 

QUOTABLE QUOTE:

"We may not have a need for green space in Mt Pleasant, but we have a need for more roads,

 nor is there a need for public transit in this community"

-- Mayor Harry Hallman of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina's 5th largest, fastest growing, and 

most sprawled out city.

 

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REDUCING PED DEATHS AT THE SOURCE

According to a May 10th Reuters story filed in London,

"Energy-absorbing bumpers, pop-up engine covers and windshield air bags could soon be

added to cars to protect millions of pedestrians involved in accidents each year, scientists

said on Friday. Although more than a third of the 10 million people injured and 1.2 million 

killed in road accidents worldwide each year are pedestrians, little has been done to improve 

their safety. But researchers at the University of Virginia said cars in the future could become

 safer for pedestrians when new features are introduced.

 

"'Car manufacturers are already working on all of these measures and incorporating them 

into their designs. In the near future cars on the market will have them,' Kavi Bhalla, a research

scientist in pedestrian safety at the University of Virginia, said in a telephone interview. 

Automobile makers in Europe are supporting a voluntary agreement to include the new 

safety measures, which are described in the British Medical Journal, in their vehicles over 

the next decade..."

 

Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020510/sc_nm/health

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020510/sc_nm/health_pedestrians_dc_1

Title: "Safety Features Designed to Cut Pedestrian Deaths"

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BIKE SAFETY NOT BOMBS

According to a May 22nd WCVB-TV story from Boston, "Next to cars, bicycles are linked

to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product. In a city like Boston, kids 

have more than their share of obstacles. NewsCenter 5's Heather Unruh said that a local 

program is helping kids play it safe by giving them a handle on navigating city streets.

 

"With fast-moving cars, trucks and even trains, city streets can be no place for kids. 

'Sadly, there are many parts of town that don't have adequate playgrounds and the kids 

are out playing in the street,' Children's Hospital Dr. David Mooney said. 'I took a bad 

wipe out and got a couple of bruises on the leg,' one biker said. A program in Jamaica 

Plain is teaching kids the rules of the road and how to safely bike on city streets. 'I'm 

scared that a car is going to turn by accident or that a crash is going to happen right in 

front of me,' one girl said.

 

"Bikes Not Bombs teaches girls the skills to steer clear of danger -- from biking over 

train tracks to riding with the flow of traffic. 'One of the biggest mistakes young people 

make is they ride against traffic,' Bikes Not Bombs spokesman Maria Ortiz said. 

'But if they were going to get into an accident, the problem with that is that there would

be a greater impact going against a car versus being hit from behind and being with the traffic.'..."

 

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wcvb/20020522/lo/1203394_1.html

Title: "Program Helps Kids Practice Bike Safety"

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BICYCLIST GOES OVER BIG IN IDAHO

According to a May 15th AP story, "A bicyclist who fell off a pedestrian bridge

clung to its girder and yelled for five hours before he was rescued - ignored by 

two boys who walked away laughing, police said. Christopher Blair apparently 

tipped over a guardrail on an unlit bridge over Lake Pend Oreille at about 

9:30 p.m. Saturday.

 

"The cyclist managed to scramble to safety on the bridge's concrete piling, 

and then climbed onto support beams 12 feet above water, where he began 

to scream for help..."

 

Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020515/ap_on_re_us/cyclist_stranded_2

Title: "Idaho Cyclist Rescued From Bridge"

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SENIOR OBESITY THREATENS HEALTH GAINS

According to a May 21st AP story published in the (Missoula, MT) Missoulian, 

"Americans over 50 are living longer, smoking less and developing fewer disabilities

than their predecessors, but increasing obesity could cancel the health gains, an 

AARP report says. Obesity among those over 50 nearly doubled from 1982 to 1999

, to 26.7 percent of that population from 14.4 percent, said the report being released 

Tuesday.

 

"On the other hand, the study found that, over the past decade, smoking among 

men and women over 50 has decreased 29 percent. More women are getting 

mammograms, and more older Americans report getting preventive services like 

blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening and prostate exams. Susan Raetzman,

associate director of the AARP's Public Policy Institute, said the obesity problem '

threatens to outweigh the gains in prevention of other diseases.' The AARP report is 

based on research from as far back as 20 years ago as well as new surveys and data

commissioned by the organization..."

 

Source: http://www.missoulian.com/display/inn_features/healthwell/health01.txt

Archive search: http://www.missoulian.com/archives/

Cost: No

Title: "Report: Obesity threatens health gains of Americans over 50"

Author: Janelle Carter

AARP News release: http://www.aarp.org/press/2002/nr052102.html

Report home page: http://www.aarp.org/beyond50/

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GAG ORDER FOR HONOLULU DRIVERS ?

According to a May 15th story on Hawaii's KITV, "The Honolulu City Council is 

considering a ban on cellular phone use by motorists. City Councilman John Henry 

Felix introduced the bill. He said he feels strongly that cell phone use while driving 

is a major safety hazard.

 

"'Clearly anything that is a distraction while driving puts the driver and the pedestrians

and other drivers at risk,' Felix said. The bill bans cell phone use but has a few 

exceptions..."

 

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/kitv/20020515/lo/1196431_1.html

Title: "City Council Considers Cell Phone Ban"

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VIENNA'S FREE BIKES DISAPPEAR

According to a May 15th AP story, "Just a week after Vienna [Austria] proudly presented

a program that lets anyone borrow bright pink and blue bicycles free, half of the bikes 

were missing Wednesday. The city has placed 800 bikes in 208 special stands scattered

across the city's inner districts. A two-euro coin (dlrs 1.80) releases the bike from a chain

that locks it to the stand, and the coin us returned when the bike is returned. The bikes 

are to be used only in Vienna's inner districts.

 

"The program was introduced to promote the use of bicycles for shorter trips. But half of

 the bikes have not been returned, meaning many of the stands are empty. Michael 

Haeupl, Vienna's mayor, said he thought the problems were 'initial difficulties.'..."

 

Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/2002051

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020515/ap_wo_en_ge/austria_free_bikes_1

Title: "In Vienna, half of bicycles in free lending program missing after a week"

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FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY FROM KIDS' SAFETY GEAR?

According to a May 23rd Reuters Health story, "Parents allow their children to take greater

risks while playing if they are wearing safety gear, new study findings suggest. The

research highlights a misperception among some parents that safety gear prevents injury.

In fact, the authors say, such protective equipment only moderates injury risk.

 

Dr. Barbara A. Morrongiello and K. Major of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada,

the authors of the report, suggest that successful advertising and safety campaigns for 

safety-gear products may be partly to blame for this misperception. The Canadian team 

wanted to determine if such campaigns led parents to believe injuries are completely 

preventable if safety gear is worn, and if so whether this would result in parents having 

greater tolerance for children's risk taking..."

 

Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020523/hl_nm

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020523/hl_nm/children_safety_1

Title: "Kids' Safety Gear Lulls Parents Into Complacency "

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY MD GETS NEW PED SIGNS

According to a May 21st story on DC's WJLA TV, "One local county is following in the 

footsteps of the District, when it comes to pedestrian safety. Montgomery County is

putting 'Yield to Pedestrians' signs in the middle of several roads.

 

"The neon yellow-free standing paddle signs are designed to get drivers to slow down 

and yield to pedestrians. For now, only six signs have been erected in Montgomery 

County in areas where pedestrians are especially vulnerable. The cost to taxpayers 

is around $900.00. Taxpayers in the District have invested roughly $60,000 for 250 signs..."

 

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wjla/20020521/lo/pedestrian_signs_go_up_to_slow_down_drivers_1.html

Title: "Pedestrian Signs Go Up to Slow Down Drivers"

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BALTIMORE CYCLISTS FED UP WITH DRIVER HOSTILITY

According to a May 15th story in the Baltimore Sun, Riding a bike in Baltimore's suburbs

may be hazardous to your health. Cyclists say they are increasingly in peril from drivers 

hurling objects and insults as vehicles zoom past on narrow suburban and rural roads. 

From casual pedalers to racers, most riders have at least one story to tell: A soccer mom

in a minivan tried to run me off the road. Some punk teen-ager shot at me with a paintball 

gun. One driver blared his horn and swore at me.

 

"'This area is one of the most difficult places to coexist with motorists,' said Howard County

resident Nils Dennis, a bicycle racer for 23 years. In just the past two weeks, Dennis said,

he has been startled by someone firing a cap gun, harassed by a driver and injured when a 

pickup truck forced him off the road. Long seen as a nuisance by impatient drivers, the 

cyclists are beginning to fight for their place on the road. They're using cell phones to call 

911 immediately after an assault, filling out police reports for even minor incidents and filing

civil lawsuits when criminal charges don't stick. Michael Glass, a Baltimore County-based 

lawyer, said he represents five cyclists, including Dennis, who are considering civil lawsuits

against their alleged harassers..."

 

Source: http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/howard/bal-ho.cyclists15may15.story?coll=b

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

Cost: after 2 weeks

Title: "Cyclists seek ride sharing"

Author: Julie Bykowicz

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BIKE TO WORK DAY -- SAN DIEGO

According to a May 17th KGTV story from San Diego, "Thousands of San Diegans left 

their cars at home today and pedaled to work. According to 10News, more than 30 

refreshment stops were set up throughout the county to give respite to those participating 

in the 11th annual Bike to Work Day. The idea is to get people to see bicycling as a 

viable form of transportation and decrease traffic congestion.

 

"The Metropolitan Transit System provided free rides to anyone combining bus or trolley

rides with their bicycle commute, 10News reported. 'For those whose commute may be 

too long, combining mass transit with bicycling is a great way to get to and from work,'

said K.C. Butler of the MTDB."

 

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/kgtv/20020517/lo/1198946_1.html

Title: "Bike To Work Day A Success"

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BARCELONA'S PEDESTRIAN BOULEVARD

According to a May 22nd AP story from Barcelona, "Strolling down Las Ramblas is like

looking through the wrong end of a telescope. The city is reduced to one slightly out-of-whack

focal point, and all that makes up Barcelona is squashed into a thin line that runs from the 

city center to the sea. The Catalan capital's favorite street is a pedestrian boulevard that 

cuts through the heart of the old quarter and is alive with activity day and night.

 

"Elderly men out for a walk are joined by kids on scooters, mothers with toddlers, immigrants

headed to work and, of course, the throngs of camera-toting tourists trying to digest the

sensory overload without getting their wallets stolen. I love to stroll down Las Ramblas, 

and I do so whenever I can to remember what a varied, lively and fun city I live in..".

 

Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020523/ap_wo_en_ge/trav_

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020523/ap_wo_en_ge/trav_spain_barcelona_magic_1

Title: "Magic of Barcelona reflected in old quarter's pedestrian boulevard"

Author: Sarah Andrews

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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"WHEN IS AN ANT LIKE A BICYCLE? "

"Army ants team little with large to lift heavy loads."

 

"If you can't see the point of the miniature back wheel on a penny-farthing 

bicycle, try riding a unicycle or watch an ant colony. Ants have realized

that, to carry a heavy load, two supports are better than one - even if 

they seem comically mismatched..." http://www.nature.com/nsu/011101/011101-6.html

http://www.nature.com/nsu/011101/011101-6.html

 

And while we're on the topic of ants... Articulated Navagation Testbed (ANT): "An autonomous or tele-operated, combination legged/wheeled vehicle constructed 

for superior off-road mobility. The ANT is capable of adopting a flexible mission 

architecture which gives this unmanned vehicle a configure-for-mission capability." http://www.dres.dnd.ca/ResearchTech/Products/MilEng_Products/RD96007/index.html

 

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"BIKEABILITY CHECKLIST"

Subtitled "How bikeable is your community?," it's a new publication from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/pdf/bikabilitychecklist.pdf

 

"A COMPARISON OF STREET & BACKYARD CHARACTER"

("...of Small Lot Single Family Residential using Front Access Driveways versus Rear Access Lanes"), Technical Bulletin #7, Jan. 2001; James Taylor Chair in Landscape & Liveable Environments, Univ. of British Columbia. http://www.sustainable-communities.agsci.ubc.ca/bulletins/TB_Lot%20Comparison.PDF

 

"SIDEWALK CROSS-SLOPE DESIGN"

("Analysis of Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities") Winner of the TRB 2002 Pedestrian Committee's Best Paper Award. Presented at the Transportation Research Board's 81st Annual Meeting and forthcoming in Transportation Research Record (2002). by Kara Kockelman, Lydia Heard, Young-Jun Kweon, and Tom Rioux. http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/kockelman/public_html/TRB02Sidewalk.pdf

 

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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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mpb1NP4Wb/

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mpb1NP4Wb/

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mqb1NP4Wb/

 

August 1-31, 2002, Bikesummer2002, Portland, OR. Info: BikeSummer Portland, P.O. Box 786, Portland OR 97207; email: <bikesummer@pdxbikes.org>

Website: http://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mrb1NP4Wb/

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Msb1NP4Wb/

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7LWb1NP4Wb/

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mub1NP4Wb/

 

September 6-7, 2002, Mississippi River Trail, Inc. Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN. Info: Pat Nunnally, Executive Director, MRT, 2001 Sargent Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105; voice: (651) 698-2727; fax: (651) 698-4568; e-mail: pdn@umn.edu

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mvb1NP4Wb/

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mwb1NP4Wb/

 

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JOB > TRAINING MANAGER -- NATIONAL CENTER FOR BICYCLING & WALKING

The National Center for Bicycling and Walking (NCBW), located in Washington, DC, is seeking an experienced program manager for the development and implementation of NCBW training programs. The manager will supervise curriculum development, develop course concepts, prepare course materials (guides, instructor materials, and manuals), recruit and develop trainers, and work closely with the Deputy Director in fulfillment of a grant to foster more bicycle- and pedestrian- friendly community environments. Experience in community organizing and advocacy, and knowledge and understanding of transportation planning and facility design is essential. Experience in training course development and outreach is also important. The knowledge of local land-use planning and community design, as well as knowledge of local and state government processes is desired. 

 

Applicants must have excellent verbal and writing skills, familiarity with project and proposal management, strong management skills, the ability to work independ

Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree and/or at least five years experience in a related field. Strong people skills are a must. Good benefits, small casual office, and friendly atmosphere. Salary $44-50K, commensurate with experience. Fax resumes to 202-463-6625, mail to NCBW Personnel, Suite 200, 1506 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, or e-mail to info@bikewalk.org.

 

JOB > TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE MANAGER -- NATIONAL CENTER FOR BICYCLING

& WALKING

The National Center for Bicycling and Walking (NCBW), located in

Washington, DC, is seeking an experienced program manager for the

development and delivery of technical assistance and support to public

agency staff and citizen advocates. This position will work closely

with the Deputy Director in the fulfillment of a grant to foster more

bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community environments. Experience

with transportation planning and design, land-use planning and bicycle

and pedestrian programs are essential. Candidates must be able to

coordinate the development and delivery of special technical services to

state and local agencies and organizations and local communities,

research and identify information needs of various audiences, and assist

with the development of workshops and training. Applicants must possess

strong interpersonal communication and writing skills, solid management

skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a small

team environment, and a commitment to customer service.

 

Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree and/or at least five years

experience in a related field. Strong “people” skills are a must. Good

benefits, small casual office, and friendly atmosphere. Salary $44-50K,

commensurate with experience. Fax resumes to 202-463-6625, mail to NCBW

Personnel, Suite 200, 1506 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, or

e-mail to info@bikewalk.org.

 

JOB > EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- VT BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COALITION

Dynamic individual with a personal commitment to bicycling and walking sought to direct the not- for- profit Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition. Relevant experience and demonstrated success in organizational management and fundraising essential. Experience with event planning, bicycle safety educational programming and the print and broadcast media are extremely important. Strong communication skills are desirable, as is website development and maintenance experience. Some experience with transportation planning and environmental issues and organization is also desirable.

 

Responsibilities: Implement and direct annual and long-term fundraising strategies and campaign; coordinate organizational and programmatic growth in conjunction with the Board; direct advocacy efforts of Coalition to educate and influence local, state, and federal decision-making regarding sustainable transportation mix.

 

This is a contractual position. EOE, $20 /hour up to 20 hours /week. No benefits. It is the intention of VBPC to grow this to a full time position with benefits as funds become available. Submit application including a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to: Plumb@together.net or alternatively three hard copies to: VBPC-ED Search Committee, George Plumb, 305 Plumb Lane, Washington, VT 05675. Applications must be received by Thursday, June 6, 2002 http://www.vtbikeped.org/

 

JOB > TDM PLANNER -- CAMBRIDGE, MA

Under the direction of the Director of the Environmental and Transportation Planning Division, implement the City's transportation demand management programs. Work closely with staff in various City departments to carry out trip reduction programs for municipal employees, including incentive programs, subsidies, marketing, etc. Work with City staff, non-profits, and businesses to introduce trip reduction programs for private employers in Cambridge. Coordinate design, production, and distribution of paper and electronic marketing and educational materials targeted to the needs of City employees, businesses, and the general public. Organize annual GoGreen Month Celebration and participate in other major marketing events to promote transportation options to the general public. Conduct regular surveys of City employees' commute mode in compliance with state Rideshare Regulation. Promote improved and coordinated shuttle and public transportation service in Cambridge. Manage data collection and reporting to meet state and federal requirements for the City of Cambridge Vehicle Trip Reduction Program. Manage additional transportation demand management and trip reduction projects as needed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Min. requirements: Experience with transportation demand management strategies, program marketing, and outreach and communications techniques required. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be well organized and able to manage multiple responsibilities. Able to work well in both a small business and corporate environment required. Bilingual skills Spanish/English, Portuguese/English, Haitian-Creole/English a plus. Master's Degree in relevant field plus a minimum of two years of relevant experience or a Bachelor's Degree and four years experience preferred. Rate: $37,922-$53,663/yr. Application procedure: Submit 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest t: Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Fax (617) 349-4312. Email: employment@ci.cambridge.ma.us Review of resumes will begin May 21, 2002. http://www2.ci.cambridge.ma.us/jobs/joblisting.cfm?JobID=539

 

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://click.topica.com/maaamn6aaR7Mxb1NP4Wb/

 

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