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

Issue #48 Friday, July 5, 2002

 

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S

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North Carolina's Curtis Yates Retires
Thunderhead Alliance Hires Sue Knaup of P.A.T.
'Intersections for All' Seminar at ITE Meeting
UK Trans. Researchers Look at Walking
Trek's Burke Joins Prez' Council

FHWA/FTA Notice on Local Consultation

PENNDOT Puts 'Share Road' Message on Envelopes

UK Bike-Light Rail Research Request

Albany, CA, to Get Road Diet

 

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Wash. State Drops Funding for TTI Study

Chicago Bikes the Drive

Venice to Dry Pedestrians Wet Feet

Japanese Hit-Run Suspect Flees 600 mi. on Bike
Sidewalk Riding Bill Surfaces in NYC
Boston's Teen Drivers Learn Virtually
Bhutan Capitol Gets Pedestrian Facelift

Missouri Dot Can't Fence All Ped Overpasses

EU Lawmakers Lose Taxi Service, Must Bike Instead

U.S. Teens Avoid Bike Helmets

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NORTH CAROLINA'S CURTIS YATES RETIRES

Thanks to Judi Lawson-Wallace for this item... "The national bicycle

scene will lose one of its most senior advocates when Curtis (Curt)

Yates retires on June 28, 2002. Director of the North Carolina

Department of Transportation's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian

Transportation, Curt's retirement caps a 32+-year career, 28 of which

were spent creating and building a strong bicycle and later pedestrian

transportation program with a national reputation. North Carolina's is

the nation's oldest comprehensive state bicycle program, having been

created in 1974. From a one-person staff at the beginning, the NC

Bicycle Program grew in size and stature to eventually become a

full-fledged division within NCDOT with 11 staff positions.


"During Curt's tenure, the award-winning Bicycling Highways System was

developed, initially with the 700-mile Mountains to Sea bike route.

Also an award-winner, the North Carolina Bicycle Facility and Program

Handbook was introduced in 1976. Curt and his long-time associate Mary

Meletiou developed many outstanding education programs and materials

over the past quarter-century. His advocacy led the General Assembly to

create the North Carolina Bicycle Committee and the NC Board of

Transportation to adopt the nation's first comprehensive Bicycle Policy

for planning, design, maintenance, and construction of bicycle

facilities. Part of his legacy is the recently completed 30-mile

American Tobacco Trail, linking 3 counties. Hats off to Curt for his

long service to the cause and best wishes for a healthy and enjoyable

retirement."


Ed. Note: As one who has worked with Curt off and on over the past 25

years, I second Judi's praise. Curt's a quiet gentleman who just plain

gets things done. He'll be missed. -- John W.

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THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE HIRES SUE KNAUP OF P.A.T.

According to a June 10th news release, "The Thunderhead Alliance,

the national coalition of state and local bicycle advocacy

organizations, has hired Sue Knaup of Prescott, Arizona as their

administrative director. Sue, Executive Director and founder of

Prescott Alternative Transportation and owner of Ironclad Bicycles, a

Prescott bike shop, brings to the Thunderhead Alliance a diverse

background of experience with bicycle advocacy and the bicycle industry.


"The Thunderhead Alliance's energies are focused on growing grassroots

bicycle advocacy as they gear up for the reauthorization of TEA-21, our

nation's transportation bill, in 2003. 'I am thrilled to have this

opportunity to help steer this extraordinary effort at such a crucial

time,' said Sue. The Thunderhead Alliance is one of several national

bicycle advocacy organizations that are represented in the America

Bikes Campaign which is working for better accommodation of bicycles in

our next transportation bill."


For more information, please contact Sue Knaup at the Thunderhead

Alliance: (928) 541-9841 or PAT: (928) 708-0911, email

sue@thunderheadalliance.org

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'INTERSECTIONS FOR ALL USERS' SEMINAR AT ITE ANNUAL MEETING

Michael King sent us this note about an upcoming workshop that he

and other experts are putting on at the ITE Annual Meeting..."Join us

at the ITE 2002 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Philadelphia, PA, for a

one-day special professional development seminar and site visit on

'Designing and Operating Intersections to Meet the Needs of All Users.'


The Seminar will take place on Sunday, Aug, 4th at the Philadelphia

Marriott. The fee is $175 for ITE members and $200 for nonmembers.


"'Designing and Operating Intersections to Meet the Needs of All Users'

is intended to help you identify and address the unique characteristics

and needs of all intersection users, including pedestrians, bicyclists,

the elderly and the visually and mobility impaired. Discussions will

also address the variety of vehicle types that must be accommodated at

intersections such as public transit, emergency-response vehicles and

trucks, as well as personal automobiles.


"Throughout this one-day seminar, specific attention will be devoted to

design features and equipment that serve the independent mobility of

pedestrians with disabilities, particularly those who have vision

impairments. In response to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the

traditional toolbox of geometric design and signal systems employed by

engineers to manage intersection use has recently been expanded to

include new design features and equipment, including requirements for

accessible pedestrian signals and pushbuttons, detectable warning

surfaces, and curb ramps and landings of several types. Instructors

will address the need for these subjects to be incorporated into the

transportation industry's body of knowledge."


Instructors include Janet Barlow (Design for the Blind); Denise

Chaplick (RBA Group); Michael Dannemiller (RBA Group); Gihon Jordan

(Philadelphia Street Department); John LaPlante, (T.Y. Lin

International); Michael King (Architect); Michael Moule (Sprinkle

Consulting); Deborah Schaaf (Philadelphia City Planning Commission);

Franklin L. Spielberg (SG Associates); and Lois Thibault (U.S. Access

Board).


To register online: http://www.ite.org/AnnualMeeting/personalregpage.asp

Or download a hardcopy registration form at: http://www.ite.org/AnnualMeeting/AMregform.pdf

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UK TRANS. RESEARCHERS LOOK AT WALKING

According to the June 2002 issue of 'TRL News' from the UK's

Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), 'Walking accounts for nearly a

third of all journeys in the UK but is one of the most overlooked and

neglected of all transport modes. The importance and value of walking,

however, is being acknowledged by Government and a National Walking

Strategy is currently in preparation, with its release being

anticipated for Summer 2002.


"In this climate, TRL has been carrying out a number of research and

consultancy projects to establish a greater understanding of pedestrian

activity and methods of improving walking environments. Three of these

projects, Walking Advisory Project; Pedestrian Environment Review

System (PERS) and Imax Tunnels, demonstrate the institutional,

theoretical and practical dimensions of the challenge to support

walking.


"These three projects have brought together institutional and strategic

issues as well as the practical issues associated with upgrading

pedestrian environments in constrained conditions. A legacy has been

the development of the PERS tool, suitable for wider use..."


For more details (and contact information for these projects), download

the June 2002 issue of TRL News: http://www.trl.co.uk/pdf/TRLNews_jun02.pdf

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TREK'S BURKE JOINS PREZ' COUNCIL

According to a June 20th news release from the President's Council

on Physical Fitness and Sports, "President George W. Bush has appointed

twenty members to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and

Sports. The new Council flanked the President on the south lawn of the

White House at a Fitness Expo, where he announced his HealthierUS

initiative to motivate Americans to increase their personal fitness and

become healthier.


"'Today, I'm taking two actions to put a new emphasis on health and

fitness in America,' the President said. 'First, I'm appointing the men

and women you see behind me to the President's Council on Physical

Fitness and Sports. These are professional athletes, trainers, U.S.

Olympians, executives from the public and private sector, and

physicians.'"


Among those appointed is John Burke of Waterloo, Wisconsin. Mr. Burke

is president of Trek Bicycle Corporation and of the Bikes Belong

Coalition. For more information on Bikes Belong or Trek, go to:


Bikes Belong Coalition: http://bikesbelong.org/site/index.cfm

Trek Bicycle Corporation: http://www.trekbikes.com/

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FHWA/FTA NOTICE ON LOCAL CONSULTATION

According to a recent mailing from Aliyah Horton of the Institute of

Transportation Engineers, "FHWA and FTA issued a joint supplemental

notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) and request for comments on a

proposal to incorporate consultation with nonmetropolitan local

officials in current planning regulations outlined in TEA-21.

Specifically, the proposal is an effort to allow for effective

participation of local officials in statewide transportation planning.

States would have the flexibility to determine which local officials

should be involved in their statewide transportation planning process

and how they would be consulted. It would also require local officials

with responsibility for transportation to be involved on a consultation

basis in developing the statewide transportation plan and statewide

transportation improvement for the nonmetropolitan areas of the state."


Comments must be received on or before Aug. 19, 2002. Mail or hand

deliver comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dockets

Management Facility, Room PL- 401, 400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC

20590 USA; or submit electronically at:

http://dmses.dot.gov/submit


For more information within FHWA, contact Dee Spann, Statewide Planning

Team (HEPS), (202) 366-4086, or Reid Alsop, Office of the Chief Counsel

(HCC-31), (202) 366-1371. For the FTA, contact Paul Verchinski,

Statewide Planning Division (TPL-11) or Scott Biehl, Office of the

Chief Counsel (TCC-30), (202) 366-0952. Both agencies are located at

400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC 20590 USA. (Federal Register June 19,

2002; Pages 41648-41653)


Text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-

bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-15280-filed


PDF:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-15280-filed.pdf

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PENNDOT PUTS 'SHARE ROAD' MESSAGE ON ENVELOPES

According to an item in the July 4th Bike Bits (Adventure Cycling

Assn), "The Bicycle Access Council of Pennsylvania has successfully

petitioned PENNDOT to include a 'Share-the-Road' message on the

agency's official envelopes. The council says this is an important step

in convincing the general public to recognize bicyclists as legitimate

users of the road. Perhaps your state's transportation department would

consider a similar move?"


Source: http://www.bicycleaccess-pa.org/news.htm

ACA's Bike Bits: http://www.adventurecycling.org/bikebits/
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UK BIKE-LIGHT RAIL RESEARCH REQUEST

We recently got this request from Dave Morris of the UK... "I am

conducting research on the integration of bicycles and light rail. The

project is funded in part by the U.K. Department for Transport, as part

of their F.I.T. initiative : Future Integrated Transport. The project

is supervised by Hugh McClintock, of Nottingham University. The project

will report on three main issues: safety implications for cyclists of

on-street light rail vehicles and rails; Bike-and-Ride Opportunities

for providing well-designed cycle parking at transit interchanges;

Bikes on trams (here in the UK, it is only possible to travel on light

rail systems with a folding bicycle)..." In particular, Dave is looking

for:


1. Details of bike-accessible light rail / tramways, and arrangements

adopted for carrying bikes;


2. Physical measures to address risks to cyclists from light rail

infrastructure or vehicles;


3. Experience with rubber track fillers (are they are suitable / robust

enough to stay in place during extended use on high-speed and

high-frequency rapid transit lines.


4. Existing research on bikes and rapid transit safety / integration

issues.


Details of the project can be found at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sbe/research/current.htm

Contact: Dave Morris at Dave.Morris@nottingham.ac.uk

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ALBANY, CA, TO GET ROAD DIET

According to a July 3rd message from Robert Raburn of the East Bay

Bicycle Coalition, "On Monday evening the Albany City Council approved

a 'road diet' reconfiguration of Marin Ave from 4 lanes, to 3 lanes

with bike lanes for the entire stretch of Marin Ave in Albany. And it

was a unanimous vote!


"Traffic analysis has always indicated that such a conversion would

maintain acceptable levels of vehicle traffic while significantly

slowing traffic and reducing the length of pedestrian crossings. As a

result, pedestrian and bicycle safety (and vehicle safety) will be

significantly improved. The feature of adding bike lanes was not the

main focus of the project, but the support of many bicyclists really

helped. There was also broad support from neighbors, local schools, the

police, and from Albany's Traffic Commission.


"A world of thanks and congratulations goes out to Preston Jordan for

all his hard work in building support for this project. He will now be

known as the father of the Albany road diet. The EBBC was

well-represented by Albany resident Michael Marguiles and Robert

Raburn. As a Berkeley Traffic Commissioner, Dave Campbell reminded the

Council of Berkeley's willingness to continue the project across the

City line. After the vote, we celebrated at The Ivy Room.


"As an added bonus, Albany also approved studying a road diet on

Buchanan St., which could allow for the provision of bike lanes,

extending the bike lanes on Marin to the new Buchanan overpass and the

Bay Trail."


Source: Robert Raburn: robertraburn@csi.com

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WASH. STATE DROPS FUNDING FOR TTI STUDY

According to a June 3rd story in the Seattle Times, "Seattle traffic

is bad, but ranking may be bad, too...But some of this region's leading

transportation researchers say the high ranking is misleading. The way

TTI calculates congestion makes Seattle's traffic appear worse in

relation to other cities than it really is, they contend. The state

Department of Transportation agrees with them. It has helped finance

TTI's report for years. Last month, it withdrew its support.


In a May 14 letter, Secretary Doug MacDonald informed the institute it

would get no more money from Washington. He also asked it to take his

agency's name off the list of sponsors of the 2002 report, scheduled

for release next week. 'I want to move far, far away from the TTI

measures,' MacDonald says. 'They don't tell us a thing.'


This isn't retribution for the high ranking, MacDonald insists, or a

backdoor attempt to convince Seattle commuters traffic really isn't a

problem. He says he just wants an accurate measure of the effectiveness

of his department's efforts to combat congestion, and that TTI's report

doesn't provide it. Some of Seattle's innovations in improving freeway

flow may actually penalize the city in the institute's rankings,

MacDonald and others maintain. 'The better we do, the worse we look,'

says Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation

Center at the University of Washington..."


Source:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-

bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=tti03m&date=20020603&query=Texas+Transpor

 

Archive search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/web/

Cost: No

Title: "Seattle traffic is bad, but ranking may be bad, too " Author; Eric Pryne


Related article:

Source:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=goodnews03m&date=20020603

Title: "Good news, bad news: It's all in report"

Author: Eric Pryne

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CHICAGO BIKES THE DRIVE

According to a June 27th Chicago Sun-Times article, "Motorists

inconvenienced by Mayor Daley's unprecedented decision to close Lake

Shore Drive for four hours to give 12,000 cyclists a chance to 'Bike

the Drive' had better get used to it. On Wednesday, Daley said the June

9 extravaganza was such a smashing success that he plans to make the

30- and 15-mile rides an annual event, to the delight of the sponsor,

the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. The federation aims to boost

attendance to 20,000 next year and 30,000 in three years.


"'We're not really ready for every Sunday yet, but once a year sounds

good,' President Randy Newfeld said. 'It was a very, very exciting

time. It clearly showed that Chicago does love bicycling, and there's a

strong and substantial constituency for it.' Daley is a cycling junkie

who said Wednesday he has been forced to get up earlier and earlier to

avoid the morning crowds as he rides the lakefront bike path from his

South Loop town house to Hollywood..."


Source: http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-drive27.html

Archive search: http://www.suntimes.com/pwrsearch/

Cost: No (but limited article search)

Title: "Bike event to close the Drive annually"

Author: Fran Spielman

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VENICE TO DRY PEDESTRIANS WET FEET

According to a June 25th AP story filed in Venice, Italy, "A 57

million euro ($55 million) project to raise the flood-prone areas

around St. Mark's Square and overhaul its drainage system has gotten

the go-ahead for the initial phase of work, officials said Tuesday. A

commission determined that renovations to elevate jetties in front of

St. Mark's and shore up the masonry around the piazza and its basilica

could get under way. Work had been suspended last year pending a full

study. A statement from Consorzio Venezia Nuova, the

government-financed consortium of engineering firms that is working to

keep Venice from sinking, said the work is expected to begin in

November, take about a year, and cost 7 million euros (dlrs 6.7

million)...


"During Venice's notorious high tides, water levels can suddenly rise

by 100 centimeters (40 inches) ? forcing pedestrians to use raised

wooden walkways or high boots to keep their feet dry. On days when the

square itself floods, the vestibule of St. Mark's Basilica gets soaked

? something which happened on 250 days in 2000..."


Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020625/ap_wo_en_po/italy_venice_high_tides_1

Title: "Project to raise area around St. Mark's Square gets the OK from

study commission"

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JAPANESE HIT-RUN SUSPECT FLEES 600 MI. ON BIKE

According to a July 3rd AP story posted in Tokyo, "A man was in

police custody Wednesday after fleeing about 1,000 kilometers (620

miles) across Japan on a stolen bicycle following a traffic accident.


"Hiroyuki Kumaki's odyssey began after his car hit another in the early

morning hours of June 11 in the northwestern city of Fukui, said local

police official Akinori Asano. Kumaki, 40 and unemployed, disappeared

after rescue officials arrived at the scene. The 19-year old college

student in the other car suffered light injuries..."


Source http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020703/ap_wo_en_po/odd_japan_hit_and_run_1

Title: "Hit-and-run accident suspect flees across Japan _ on a bicycle"

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SIDEWALK RIDING BILL SURFACES IN NYC

According to a June 24th NY Daily News Op-Ed piece by Michael J.

Smith, "Connoisseurs of the bizarre can relax now. The new City Council

may well be even deeper in the Twilight Zone than its predecessor. Its

first spasmodic gesture in the direction of traffic safety is a bill to

criminalize ... riding a bike on the sidewalk. The Council, whose

speaker, Gifford Miller, is the bill's biggest backer, is set to vote

on the proposal Wednesday.


"Dodging bikers on the sidewalk is one of the classic low- level urban

annoyances. New Yorkers love beefing about such things ? it's less

painful than thinking about, say, the city's multibillion-dollar budget

gaps as far as the eye can see. Or the up-and-down, color-coded war on

terror. Or, since we're talking about traffic safety, the fact that one

person a day is killed in the city by a motor vehicle.


"To be sure, sidewalks are for pedestrians. But maybe it's time we told

that to the drivers..."


Source:http://www.nydailynews.com/2002-06-24/News_and_Views/Opinion/a-155342.asp

Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/nydailynews/

Cost: No

Title: "Speaker's on the Wrong Path"

Author: Michael J. Smith

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BOSTON'S TEEN DRIVERS LEARN VIRTUALLY

According to a June 6th story on Boston's WCVB-TV, "This year,

Billerica lost a 14-year-old student to a drunken driving accident. Now

the school system is participating in a pilot project to help all teens

steer clear of trouble when behind the wheel. NewsCenter 5's Heather

Unruh said that when they're 16 and learning to drive, many thoughts

come to mind. Billerica Memorial High School students are getting a

crash course on the impact of driving impaired. A virtual program

called 'Crash Site' rates their personal risk factors, then assigns

them to driver, passenger or victim in a fatal wreck. The interactive

nature hooks them.


"'It makes it real. They come out of the final session and say, I was

the driver. I was the passenger. I was the pedestrian. So it makes it

much more real for them than just watching a video,' school spokeswoman

Helen Devlin said..."


Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/wcvb/20020606/lo/1219089_1.html

Title: " Virtual Program Steers Teen Drivers In Right Direction"

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BHUTAN CAPITOL GETS PEDESTRIAN FACELIFT

According to a June 6th Reuters story filed from New Delhi, "Two

years ago, when the rest of the world was getting ready to leap into

the 21st century, the sleepy Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan finally

crawled into the 20th century by logging on to the information

super-highway. Now that the doors to the Cyber Age have been flung

open, the tiny mountainous nation wedged between India and China is

considering another leap in its development with a planned $1 billion

facelift for its monastery-studded capital, Thimpu.


"Aiming to avoid unchecked growth in the capital -- where the 50,000

population is expected to triple in the next 25 years -- authorities

drafted in U.S. architect Christopher Benninger to draw up some plans.

His design aims to meet Thimpu's traditional and modern needs by

dividing the city into 10 'urban villages' -- neighborhoods with

community halls, cinemas, restaurants, shops, temples and monasteries.

'These urban villages reflect the human settlements of Bhutan's

interior where everyone recognizes each other and knows their names,'

Christopher Benninger, who has planned developments in India, Sri Lanka

and Indonesia, said in an e-mail interview.


"'There is a Lakhang or monastery in the center, with chortens or

temples and prayer wheels in small gardens which connect pedestrian

walkways,' said Benninger, who studied architecture at Harvard and

urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is

based in India's western city of Pune..."


Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020606/lf_nm/bhutan_capital_dc_1

Title: "Bhutan Capital Thimpu to Get $1 Bln Facelift "

Author: Sugita Katyal

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MISSOURI DOT CAN'T FENCE ALL PED OVERPASSES

According to a June 4th story on KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri,

"A Kansas City woman remained in critical condition Tuesday after

someone threw a log off an Interstate 70 overpass Monday and into the

car she was riding in. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

officials told KMBC's Donna Pitman that what happened is not common,

but covering all overpasses is not feasible.


"'We could cover them all. There are hundreds and it would take years,'

MoDOT engineer Tom Evans said. Evans said that it would also cost

millions of dollars. Pitman reported that some overpasses have fences

only on one side where there is more foot traffic, or where people tend

to linger. But even that fence is considered expensive by MoDOT. 'We're

probably talking about $25,000 to $35,000,' Evans said.


"Completely covering a pedestrian bridge could cost between $50,000 and

$60,000, Pitman reported. They cost that because heavy-duty chain link

is used and safety equipment is used during installation to ensure that

workers don't drop tools on the highways. Evans said that some bridges

are fully covered because troublemakers are drawn to them..."


Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/kmbc/20020604/lo/1216396_1.html

Title: "MoDOT: 'Unfeasible' To Cover All Overpasses"

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EU LAWMAKERS LOSE TAXI SERVICE, MUST BIKE INSTEAD

According to a July 1st AP story filed in Strasbourg, France, "...an

exclusive taxi contract to transport members of the assembly to and

from the parliament buildings was found to be in breach of French laws

? forcing EU lawmakers to find other modes of transport to get to the

parliament.


"'In 1999 the French government ensured us they would do everything in

their power to make our lives here more comfortable ... and now we

don't have any cars,' Dutch liberal-democrat Elly Plooij-Van Gorsel

complained. 'What else can the French government do to poison our lives

in Strasbourg?'


European Parliament President Pat Cox said members should use bicycles

to get around the historic city to attend the sessioN. 'We have

improvised service until necessary (and) we have doubled the pool of

bicycles available,' Cox said..."


Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020701/ap_wo_en_ge/eu_legionaires__scare_1

Title: "EU Parliament cleared of Legionnaire's Disease; other problems

pop up"

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U.S. TEENS AVOID BIKE HELMETS

According to a June 27th Reuters story, "Today's US teens are less

likely to practice certain behaviors that put them at risk of injury or

disease than the adolescents of 10 years ago, according to a report

released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC). But other types of risky behaviors have remained stable or

increased among teens since 1991, indicating that there is still much

work to be done, said Dr. Laura Kann of the CDC. 'Too many high school

students are still practicing unnecessary health-risk behaviors,' she

told reporters at a press conference.


"The findings are based on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System,

which surveyed teens from 1991 to 2001 from across the US, and within

34 states and 18 major cities. High-risk behaviors are considered to be

any activity that increases risk of bodily harm. This harm can include

injury, sexually transmitted disease, heart disease or cancer, for

example. In 2001, some of the most common risk behaviors reported by US

teens included rarely or never wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle

(85%), and smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol at least once during

the 30 days preceding the survey (29% and 47%, respectively)..."


Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020627/hl_nm/teens_safety_1

Title: "Teens Now Safer in Some Ways, Less So in Others"

Author: Alison McCook

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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...


"SHOP BLUNDER GROUNDS CHICKEN-HYPNOTIST"

According to a June 25th Reuters story filed in London, "An Alaskan

chicken-hypnotist who cycles around the world with a travelling circus

has ground to a halt after a charity clothes shop in Scotland sold her

bicycle by mistake while she was in the fitting-room. Emily Harris left

the 1200-pound bicycle leaning on a mannequin inside the British Heart

Foundation shop in Edinburgh while she tried on a shirt. By the time

she came out the bike had been sold for 10 pounds.


"'I went into shock. I started shaking and I said 'what a lot of' with

some expletives attached a few times,' Harris told Reuters on Tuesday.

She said the shop staff apologised profusely but did not give her the

proceeds of the impromptu sale. 'We're hoping the person who bought it

will have the decency when he realises the mistake to bring it back.

We'll obviously reimburse him his tenner,' said Jo Hudson, a

spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation..."


Source:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020625/od_uk_nm/oukoe_britain_bicycle_1

 

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

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"SUNBURN ADVICE FOR BALD RIDERS"

"Internet messages on how a bald rider can wear a helmet without funny

tan lines." [From the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.] http://www.helmets.org/baldhead.htm


"GUIDELINES FOR GEOMETRIC DESIGN OF VERY LOW-VOLUME LOCAL ROADS"

"...addresses unique design issues highway designers and engineers face

when determining appropriate cost-effective geometric design policies

for very low-volume local roads." Item # E7-VLVLR-1; $35.00 (AASHTO

Members: $30.00) 2001. 96 pages. To order, call (800) 231-3475 or visit

http://www.transportation.org/publications/bookstore.nsf


"PROMOTING ACTIVE TRANSPORT IN AUSTRALIA"

"An intervention portfolio to increase physical activity as a means of

transportation."

Slide show by Bill Bellew, (Australian) National Public Health

Partnership/SIGPAH: http://participaction.com/whistler2001/pdf/Bellew.pdf

Report: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/nphp/ppi/planning/active.pdf


"TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT: MOVING FROM RHETORIC TO REALITY"

June 2002 Paper by Dena Belzer and Gerald Autler, Strategic Economics.

"...transit-oriented development must be mixed-use, walkable,

location-efficient development" http://www.brookings.edu/dybdocroot/es/urban/publications/belzertod.pdf


"FEET FIRST PEDESTRIAN BILL OF RIGHTS"

Feet First is a group working to make walking safer, more accessible

and more enjoyable in the Puget Sound area. http://www.scn.org/civic/feetfirst/rights.html


"IMPROVING REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS: MPOS AND CERTIFICATION"

Sept. '99 Paper by Bruce McDowell of Intergovernmental Management

Associates "examines the MPO certification process, what it has

accomplished to date, some of the issues it has raised, and its

prospects for improving metropolitan transportation planning further in

the future."

http://www.brookings.edu/dybdocroot/es/urban/mcdowell.pdf


" DEVELOPMENT OF SAFE WALKING AND BIKING STRATEGIES"

From the Way to Go! program in British Columbia/ http://www.waytogo.icbc.bc.ca/framesets/toolkit/index_tool.html


"NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR AUSTRALIANS"

"...incorporate recent thinking about physical activity for health, in

addition to the more widely understood concepts of exercise for

fitness."

http://www.health.gov.au/pubhlth/publicat/document/physguide.pdf

A related site:

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/npag/home.htm

 

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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/2002/index.html


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/custom/customPages/viewPage.asp?WebPage_ID=150


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

Website: http://www.americawalks.org/congress/index.htm


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://www.walktoschool-usa.org/


November 7, 2002, Midwestern Conference on Smart Growth and Community Development, Cincinnati, OH. Info: Julie Seward, LISC, email: jseward@liscnet.org

Website:

http://www.faithandcommunityatwork.com/events/eventdetail.asp?event_id=230


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/


March 20-22, 2003, Urbanism downunder 2003, Auckland, New Zealand.

Info: Barry Williams, Centre for Continuing Education (University of Auckland); voice: +64 9 373-7599 extension 8903; email: b.williams@auckland.ac.nz

 

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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.

 

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