C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S
Issue #50 Friday, August 2, 2002


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ProBike / Pro Walk Invited Speakers List
FHWA Solicits Comments on T-21 Reauthorization
'Critical Failures' at Urban Intersections
Fill Out This State DOT 'Best Practices' Survey!
Oregon to Update State Bike/Ped Plan
AASHTO on Tea-21 Reauthorization
Paved Roads Contribute to Asthma?
CDC on Promoting Physical Activity Through Trails
NCPPA Hosts Physical Activity Policy Briefing

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"Paris Beach" Bans Cars, Attracts Walkers
Get Bicyclists Off Pittsburgh Roads
California Improves School Routes
Ped Signals Bring London to Standstill
Philly Mayor Patrols on Bike
Bike Ambulances Get There First
Older Neighborhoods Have More Walking
Charlotte Coordinator Moves On
Marshfield Residents Fight Kids' Obesity
Boston Police Conduct Ped Sting
San Diego Ped Project to Go Slow
Hartford to Repeat Ped-Unfriendly Mistakes?
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PRO BIKE/PRO WALK 2002 INVITED SPEAKERS LIST
Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking, has announced his "List of Luminaries" who
will grace the various events at this year's Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002
Conference in St. Paul, Sept. 3-6. "Our conference theme this year
is "Making GREAT Things Happen" for bicycling and walking," notes
Wilkinson.

Watch the web site schedule at http://www.bikewalk.org for updates.
Here are some of the people who will welcome us, share their insights,
and inspire us all:

Randy Kelly, Mayor of the City of St. Paul
R. T. Rybak, Mayor of the City of Minneapolis
Ted Mondale, Chair, Metropolitan Council
Jean-Paul Beaulieu, Deputy Minister for Transport, Quebec
Mark Fenton, Host for America’s Walking television series on PBS
Kate Kraft, Senior Program Officer, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
David Engwicht, Creative Communities International
Noel Grove, Former Senior Editor, National Geographic Society
Peter Harkness, Editor and Publisher, Governing magazine
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FHWA SOLICITS COMMENTS ON T-21 REAUTHORIZATION
According to a July 31st news release from the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA), "U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
today asked individuals and groups across the country to take advantage
of a new online service to express their opinions and offer ideas as
the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) prepares its proposal to
Congress on reauthorization of the nations surface transportation
programs.

"For the first time ever, USDOT is providing an Internet-based site for
individuals and groups to go online and submit comments, ideas and
analyses regarding reauthorization. The Department also invites
comments that can be submitted in writing. The current legislation, the
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), was enacted in
June 1998. TEA-21 expires on Sept. 30, 2003, and Congress and the Bush
Administration are working to develop its successor.

"Participants are encouraged to use the Web site to submit comments
online. They can do so by logging on to http://www.dot.gov/ and
clicking on 'Surface Transportation Reauthorization.' Written comments
may be sent to the Docket Clerk, USDOT, Room PL-401, Docket Number
OST-2002-12170, 400 Seventh St., SW, Washington, DC 20590. To order a
copy of the brochure write to: Public Affairs, Room 10416, U.S.
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh St., S.W., Washington, DC
20590."
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FILL OUT THIS STATE DOT 'BEST PRACTICES' SURVEY!
We recently received this note from Andy Goetz of the University of
Denver's National Center for Intermodal Transportation:

"We are conducting a survey of transportation professionals perceptions
of the best practices of state DOTS in the area of intermodal
transportation. The study is designed to gather information from a wide
range of state DOTs. Please take a few minutes to complete this
37-question survey. It should only take about 10 to 15 minutes to
complete. Don't forget to key in your e-mail address at the end of the
survey if you want to receive a copy of the results."

You'll find the survey here:
http://www.du.edu/~psherry/ncitsur/ncitsurvey2.html
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'CRITICAL FAILURES' AT URBAN INTERSECTIONS
According to a recent news release from Professor Barry Wellar of
the University of Ottawa, "A new report submitted to the City of Ottawa
could be the catalyst for municipalities across North America becoming
legally bound to take actions that deal with situations dangerous to
the health of pedestrians.

"University of Ottawa geography professor Barry Wellar created the
Walking Security Index, and recently completed a pilot study for the
City of Ottawa. The pilot study tests the Index for implementation by
the city. The concept of "critical failure" was created to identify
problems that make it difficult or dangerous to be a pedestrian trying
to cross intersections with traffic signals.

"According to Wellar, there are two types of what he calls critical
failures. 'The first type involves the design and condition of the
intersection. Piles of snow, non-existent or poorly-placed wheelchair
ramps, medians that extend into crosswalks...In some cases they prevent
pedestrians from using the intersection, and in other situations they
are flat-out dangerous to pedestrians' health.'

"The second type of critical failure identified by Prof. Wellar
involves failure by police to enforce existing laws and by-laws. 'Our
fieldwork program identified large numbers of drivers who run amber or
red lights, block intersections, block crosswalks, fail to yield to
pedestrians in crosswalks, and so on. In some locations in Ottawa, not
likely the worst city in North America for aberrant driver behaviour,
there are more than 6 violations for every light cycle, that is, 2 or
more for each green, amber or red light.'

"Wellar believes that lawsuits, or the fear of lawsuits, may force
municipalities into action on behalf of pedestrians. 'If pedestrians
are injured or killed because municipal governments haven't made the
intersections safe, then there may well be an increase in lawsuits.
It's unfortunate for obvious reasons, but that's what it may take to
get cities to do more than just talk about ensuring that walkers and
cyclists are able to safely cross intersections.'

For more information on the Ottawa report, contact Daphne Hope at (613)
580-2400 x 13225; or via e-mail at: Daphne.Hope@ottawa.ca

For more information on Professor Wellar's Walking Security Index,
contact him at: wellarb@uottawa.ca or visit his website at:
http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~wellarb/main.htm
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OREGON TO UPDATE STATE BIKE/PED PLAN
According to a July 19th letter from the Oregon Bicycle and
Pedestrian Program to Oregon cities, counties, and other 'interested
persons,' "The '1995 Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan' is being
updated. The update focuses on the Planning, Design, Maintenance and
Safety sections (pages 39-194 of the hard copy) pertaining to facility
design standards. The Plan has been a valuable tool that has assisted
ODOT, cities and counties, consultants and the public in building bike-
and pedestrian-friendly communities. Much of its strength derives from
the thorough and detailed sections on facility design." As Michael
Ronkin, Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, "We have all
learned a lot in the past 7 years, and some conditions have changed. It
is time for an update."

"The Plan establishes standards for accommodating pedestrians and
bicyclists on ODOT highways. These standards can be used as guidelines
for cities and counties, who may adopt their own standards or follow
ODOT's recommendations. The plan also serves as a guide in the
development of local TSPs.

Phase 1 of the public comment process began on July 22nd and extends
through October 18th. Ronkin asks people to "Tell us what should be
added to, changed or updated in the current Plan." Based on Phase 1
input, the plan update will be drafted by ODOT staff and reviewed by
the Oregon Bicycle Advisory Committee. The proposed changes will be
posted on the Plan Web site for a second comment period of
approximately six weeks. Phase 3 will involve asking for comments on
the final draft and Phase 4 will finalize the changes.

Oregonians wishing to comment have several options. They may request a
hard copy of the current Plan by calling (503) 986-3602, mark up pages,
and mail them to the ODOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, Traffic
Management Services, 355 Capitol St NE, Salem OR 97301-3871.
Alternatively, the current plan may be viewed on the Web at
http://www.odot.state.or.us/techserv/bikewalk and email comments may be
sent to Ronkin at michael.p.ronkin@odot.state.or.us. Those commenting
on the electronic version may also mark up the pages and mail them back
the Program.
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AASHTO ON TEA-21 REAUTHORIZATION
If you want to know where the American Association of State Highway
and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) stands on TEA-21 Reauthorization,
check out their website. That's where you'll find AASHTO's basic policy
proposals for the next U.S. surface transportation law. For example, on
the topic of "Congestion Relief," they say this:

"Too many Americans are spending time stuck in traffic. Congestion
deeply affects our nation's ability to move goods and services and
threatens the health of our economy. Traffic is growing in areas of
every size, but there doesn't seem to be the space, money and public
approval to add enough roads.

"The solution, according to the respected Texas Transportation
Institute, must include a more diverse set of options: more highways
and more transit must be the top priority. But additional options can
help including: incident management to clear accidents faster; better
traveler information; HOV lanes, ramp metering and staggered work
hours. Land use development friendly to walking, biking, and transit
can reduce trips made by car. Increasing funding for the STP and CMAQ
programs and simplifying the rules for operational investments should
provide critical relief for urban areas."

Source: http://transportation.org/community/reauthorization/
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PAVED ROADS CONTRIBUTE TO ASTHMA?
According to a health news item on the website of the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, "The street where you live
could contribute to your asthma problems. It's easy to imagine that a
dusty, unpaved road could contribute to breathing problem. But
California researchers say dust from paved roads could contribute
significantly to asthma-causing pollutants in the environment. They
vacuumed dust from several southern California roads and found that
it's full of things that cause respiratory allergies -- such as soil,
exhaust particles, tire dust, brake lining dust and plant materials.
All this stuff is thrown into the air when cars drive on roads. Up to
about 12 percent of the allergens found in the air could come from road
dust. It could be worse in areas that have more vegetation, and thus
more pollen to contribute to the dust.

"The situation is probably the worst for people who live near major
highways or well-traveled roads. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical
Center at Dallas say one way of dealing with asthma-causing allergies
is to stay indoors and keep windows shut. Use the air conditioner to
filter the outside air -- and keep your filters clean, changing them
often. Keep your windows rolled up in the car, and use the recirculate
setting on your car air conditioner. That may help keep some of the
road dust out of your lungs."

Source; http://www3.utsouthwestern.edu/library/consumer/roaddust.htm
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CDC ON PROMOTING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THROUGH TRAILS
According to an online Centers for Disease Control article on trails
and physical activity, "Trails have been built and maintained in this
country mainly for reasons related to transportation and recreation.
Rarely, however, have people asked how important are trails to our
health and whether trails should be a resource accessible to
multiple-types of recreation users?

"There is strong scientific evidence that regular physical activity
promotes health and reduces risk of premature death and many chronic
diseases. It is recommended that adults obtain a minimum of 30 minutes
of moderate intensity (e.g., brisk walking) on most, if not all, days
of the week.

"Indeed, there is now scientific evidence that providing access to
places for physical activity increases the level of physical activity
in a community. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services
strongly recommends creating or enhancing access to trails and other
places for physical activity. However, just building trails is not
enough, the Task Force highlighted that communication strategies and
outreach activities that promote using trails and facilities are also
recommended. A typical study of an intervention to create or enhance
access to places for physical activity reports a 25% increase in
physical activity levels..."

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/trails.htm
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NCPPA HOSTS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY POLICY BRIEFING
According to a recent release from the National Coalition for
Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA), "NCPPA, in cooperation with
Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and the Livable Communities Task
Force, hosted the first in a series of policy briefings on Physical
Activity. After a welcome from Representative Blumenauer, Congressional
staff and organization representatives heard presentations on physical
activity and the built environment from Andy Clarke, Executive Director
of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and Marya
Morris, Director of Research with the American Planning Association. An
in-depth question and answer period followed the presentation.The next
Issue Forum, a discussion of Physical Activity and Older Americans, is s
cheduled for Fall 2002. More information will be posted as it becomes
available."

Source: http://www.ncppa.org/
Note: See this issue's "Resources" section to download the
presentations of both speakers.
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"PARIS BEACH" BANS CARS, ATTRACTS WALKERS
According to a July 21st Reuters story filed from Paris, "Lines of
scantily-clad bodies are soaking up the sun a stone's throw from
Paris's famed Louvre museum, as the northern bank of the River Seine
has become a palm-fringed beach for the summer. Kids slurped on ice
cream, built sandcastles and gawped at jugglers on the first day of the
'Paris beach' project, which bans cars from the road that snakes
alongside the river in favour of tourists and Parisians seeking fun in
the sun.

"Some idled in bright blue sunlougers and deck chairs dotted along the
river on freshly imported grass, while others lazed on the 180 cubic
metres of fine sand dumped near Pont Neuf and in front of the ornate
Paris city hall to create two small beaches. 'I think it's great -- it
makes Paris seem much friendlier,' one semi-naked sunworshipper told
LCI television. One thing missing from what city hall has touted as the
complete seaside experience, is the sea.

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020721/od_uk_nm/oukoe_life_paris_beach_2
Title: "Life's a beach in Paris"
Author: Rebecca Harrison
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GET BICYCLISTS OFF PITTSBURGH ROADS
According to a column by Dimitri Vassilaros in the July 23rd edition
of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "I don't want to share the road with
a bicycle. However, you and I must because if we did not, it could lead
to tragedy. Drivers have to follow the law, but that does not mean we
have to like it. The Tour de France seems to have spawned the Tour de
South Hills ¢ if you'll pardon my French. Are your secondary arteries
clogged by clumps of Lance Armstrong-esque bicyclists sporting
aerodynamic helmets, colorful skintight synthetics and baseball-size
calf muscles?

"Drivers anywhere near East McMurray Road are plagued by these swarms
most weekends. Do you have the same problem where you live? If you see
them up ahead, you are forced to drive slower than the slowest one of
the pack while you ponder if you can pull out without grazing one and
not plowing into an oncoming car around the next bend. Bicyclists are
an accident waiting to happen.

"Your municipality should be doing whatever it can to get them off the
road. It can start by taking down those yellow street signs with black
silhouettes of bike rider and car that encourage road sharing..."

Source: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_82631.html
Title: "Bicycles and cars don't mix"
Author: Dimitri Vassilaros (who can be reached at
dvassilaros@tribweb.com or (412) 380-5637).
[You can also comment via the above web page.]
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CALIFORNIA IMPROVES SCHOOL ROUTES
According to a July 22nd story in the Sacramento Bee, "'These days,
about 10 percent of kids walk to school or ride their bikes -- it's
really abysmal,' said Barb Alberson, chief of the state and local
injury prevention section of the California Department of Health
Services. The fact that children are driven nearly everywhere has
contributed to the skyrocketing rate of childhood obesity, health
experts maintain.

"Children...living in urban areas or older suburbs are more likely to
walk than those in new, more spread-out suburbs, a recent study found.
But often they must contend with heavy traffic, narrow or nonexistent
sidewalks and very real fears of crime. The modern dependence on cars
prompted a coalition of 'smart growth' advocates and health
professionals to launch an initiative, called Safe Routes to School,
aimed at making it safer for kids to walk or bike.

"For the past two years, the state of California has earmarked about
$22 million annually in federal transportation money to improve walking
and biking routes to schools. Legislation extending the program until
Jan. 1, 2005, was signed late last year by Gov. Gray Davis."

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/3677198p-4703012c.html
Archive search: http://www.sacbee.com/static/live/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Walking on the safe side"
Author: Mary Lynne Vellinga
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PED SIGNALS BRING LONDON TO STANDSTILL
According to a July 24th story in This Is London, "Central London
was brought to a standstill in the rush hour when 800 sets of traffic
lights failed at the same time - in effect locking signals on red.
Thousands of drivers were trapped between the north and south circulars
as vast tailbacks grew. Tempers frayed with most major routes across
central London impassable.

"The worst gridlock the capital has seen for years was caused by a
computer which crashed as engineers installed software designed to give
pedestrians longer to cross the roads..."

Source:
http://www.thisislondon.com/dynamic/news/top_story.html?in_review_id=649242&in_review_text_id=620267
Title: "Gridlock as 800 traffic lights seize"
Author: David Williams
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PHILLY MAYOR PATROLS ON BIKE
According to a July 23rd AP story, Philadelphia "Mayor John F.
Street is combining his enthusiasm for exercise with a new
crime-fighting program. He's hopping on a bicycle to patrol some of the
city's most notorious drug corners, and he wants citizens to join him.
Starting this week, Street plans to spend four hours a week pedaling on
his donated police-issue Mercedes-Benz mountain bicycle through
neighborhoods where drug dealing has been most common.

He has recruited some of the city's top officials to ride with him as
part of an expansion of Operation Safe Streets, an aggressive crackdown
on open-air drug markets. 'In the end, if you're going to have a
world-class city ... our streets have to be safe and free of drugs and
all the violence that goes along with that illegal activity,' Street
said. Since May 1, hundreds of officers have patrolled more than 200
corners and blocks to help stop drug dealing. Serious crime dropped 12
percent in May and 16 percent in June, police said.

"U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter announced last week that $500,000 in federal
funding had been approved for the program..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020723/ap_on_re_us/mayor_s_bike_patrol_1
Title: "Pa. Mayor Plans Bicycle Patrol"
Author: Joann Loviglio
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BIKE AMBULANCES GET THERE FIRST
According to a July 24th Reuters story filed in London, "A fleet of
six bicycle ambulances, complete with flashing blue lights, sirens and
heart-starting defibrillators, hit the streets of London on Wednesday.
The brainchild of ambulanceman and former British BMX bike racing
champion, Tom Lynch, the two-wheeled ambulances will be sent to
emergency calls in central London at the same time as their four-wheel
counterparts, the ambulance service said.

"Trials conducted in 2000 by Lynch himself revealed the bicycles are
likely to arrive first in 88 percent of cases. In a third of calls, the
bicycle ambulanceman was also able to treat the patient at the scene
and cancel the full ambulance response, freeing up much needed capacity
for more serious cases..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020724/od_nm/ambulances_dc_1
Title: "Bicycle Ambulances Hit the Streets"
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OLDER NEIGHBORHOODS HAVE MORE WALKING
According to a July 23rd New York Times article, "Some people think
older houses have more charm. A study being published today suggests
that they may also offer a healthful benefit: people in cities and
suburbs who live in houses built before 1974 are almost 50 percent more
likely to walk a lot for pleasure, it found. Of course, it's not the
house itself that makes the difference, said the study's lead
researcher, Dr. David Berrigan of the National Cancer Institute, as
much as the neighborhood it's in. Dr. Berrigan said he concluded that
development patterns in the 1950's and 60's were more conducive to an
active lifestyle than development since then.

"The researchers analyzed responses from over 17,000 people. Because
the survey included information about housing and leisure pursuits, Dr.
Berrigan said, he and his colleagues were able to use the data on house
age as a measure of the relationship between location and physical
activity. The number of people who said they walked a mile or more at
least 20 times a month was fairly low no matter where they lived: 11
percent of those living in houses built after 1974 and 16 percent of
those in older houses, according to the study, published in The
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Berrigan said the
difference showed the importance of planning decisions that influence
the environment 'in ways that increase its suitability for walking'..."

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/23/health/23HABI.html?ex=1028525243&ei=1&en=7b629ce10995419e
(requires free registration)
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced
Cost: Yes
Title: "Habits: Some Streets Are Made for Walking"
Author: John O'Neil.

The abstract of Dr. Berrigan's article (along with numerous others
relevant to walkability) is available at:
http://www.medicinedirect.com/journal/journal/current?sdid=6075
In addition, Dr. Berrigan welcomes inquiries about his study. After
August 12th, you may email him at: berrigad@mail.nih.gov
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CHARLOTTE COORDINATOR MOVES ON
According to a July 21st commentary in the Charlotte (NC) Observer,
"No one would mistake Charlotte for a bicycle-friendly city, but as the
city's first bike coordinator cleans off his desk Friday for a new job
in suburban Phoenix, we're at least a bit more aware of two-wheelers.
Look at Central Avenue. The city's bicycle master plan does not include
bike lanes there, but engineers suggested including them since the city
was about to widen the street. The same thing happened when crews
resurfaced Third and Fourth streets uptown. Someone else recommended
restriping the lanes 2 feet narrower to create room for a bike lane.

"Bicycle coordinator Steve Hancock didn't suggest either, but his
campaign to get engineers and planners thinking about bikes as well as
cars is paying off. 'People working on those projects, said, 'Hey, what
about bikes?' That question wasn't being asked before,' Hancock said.
Now it is..."

Source:
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/columnists/dr_traffic/3705217.htm
Archive search: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/archives.htm
Cost: Yes
Title: "Move over drivers, bikers coming through"
Author: Dianne Whitacre
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MARSHFIELD RESIDENTS FIGHT KIDS' OBESITY
According to a July 21st Health Scout News story, "The residents of
Marshfield, Wis. have had enough, and they're not going to take it
anymore. Officials of the small town have launched a community-wide
effort to attack what they regard as an epidemic of overweight children
and adults, and the associated health problems -- heart disease,
diabetes, cancer -- and medical costs.

"Called the Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, the effort involves doctors,
school officials, teachers, businesses and community groups in this
city of about 20,000 people. The coalition was established this spring,
and is currently developing education and other programs to encourage
and help everyone in the community, especially children, to get more
exercise and eat healthier foods.

"'My sense is that people want to change, but they don't know how,'
says Marshfield Clinic cardiologist Dr. Charles S. McCauley, one of the
coalition founders. 'They need some help to try to find the way that
they can make that change.' McCauley says he was distressed by the
growing number of young people with heart disease coming to see him. He
and other doctors at the clinic first formed their own coalition to
promote healthier living, then took their idea to community leaders and
got an enthusiastic response. 'This was a grassroots effort to get
people involved and say, 'Hey, let's do something as a community,''
McCauley says..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/hsn/20020723/hl_hsn/it_takes_a_city
Title: "It Takes a City"
Author: Robert Preidt
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BOSTON POLICE CONDUCT PED STING
According to a July 24th story in the Boston Globe, "The man in the
crosswalk seemed to be standing still, so Nancy Sullivan didn't think
twice as she breezed past him at the intersection of Boylston and
Kilmarnock streets and kept driving on a recent afternoon. Sullivan
didn't know it, but she had just been snared by Operation Crosswalk.

The pedestrian Sullivan passed was actually a plainclothes Boston
police sergeant acting as a decoy, on the lookout for drivers who don't
stop when he steps into a crosswalk. A few yards away, four uniformed
officers and their cruisers were waiting in the street. On the
sergeant's signal, one officer stepped forward, pointed to Sullivan,
and pulled her over..."

Source:
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/205/metro/Sting_in_their_step+.shtml%20
Archive search: http://www.boston.com/globe/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Sting in their step"
Author: Jack Healy
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SAN DIEGO PED PROJECT TO GO SLOW
According to a July 24th story in the San Diego Daily Transcript,
"As the estimated costs of the North Embarcadero visionary plan have
climbed and climbed, hopes that the downtown bay front facelift will
get done all at one time have faded and faded. Planners for the
wide-ranging project -- intended to create a pedestrian-friendly
atmosphere with walkways, parks, piers and commercial spaces -- were
told Tuesday to start working on a phasing proposal.

"The price tag on the array of developments has risen from a low of
about $30 million four years ago, to close to $100 million now.
Meanwhile, tourism and the economy in general have taken some solid
blows in the last year, threatening the incomes of the coalition of
government agencies working to make the vision a reality..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/020725/31/1wv58.html
Title: "Soaring costs may force North Embarcadero plan into phases"
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HARTFORD TO REPEAT PED-UNFRIENDLY MISTAKES?
A July 29th story in the Hartford (CT) Courant asks, "Does downtown
Hartford really need another faceless street-level wall? As two key
downtown development projects near final approval, some urban planners
fear that in its headlong rush to remake itself, the city may be
repeating an old mistake: allowing developers to erect bare facades
that isolate their buildings from pedestrians.

"'We can't have another dark long wall,' Chief City Planner James A.
Sequin said of what he called 'unacceptable' design flaws in a plan to
remake the old Sage-Allen building on Main Street...While the
developers' drawings emphasize the attractive new faces along major
streets such as Main and Trumbull, the views from Lewis Street and
Temple Street are much less pedestrian friendly. Both projects would
place parking garages along these important walkways at a time when
urban planners nationally are emphasizing 'extroverted' buildings that
are open and inviting at street level..."

Source: http://www.ctnow.com/news/yahoo/hc-facade0729.artjul29.story
Archive search: http://www.ctnow.com/about/hc-archives.htmlstory
Cost: Yes
Title: "Experts: City Poised To Repeat Mistake"
Author: Tom Puleo
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ZZ TOP HELPED LANCE UP THOSE HILLS

According to an Aug. 1st Launch story, " Lance Armstrong didn't need
performance-enhancing substances to win his fourth consecutive Tour De
France, but he did have a secret weapon--the music of ZZ Top.

"Armstrong said he and the other members of the U.S. Postal Service
bicycle team rocked out to some ZZ Top music before the start of each
stage of the race, according to the Dallas Morning News. 'We would play
it as loud as we could. Quite frankly, that's what this team is about.
We can do goofy stuff, and we can laugh,' Armstrong is quoted as
saying. 'Every time I hear ZZ Top, I'll think of this Tour de France
and this team.'..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/020801/143/1yjx3.html
Title: "ZZ Top Helped Power Lance Armstrong To Tour De France Win"
Author: Bruce Simon


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"CITY OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PLAN"
A draft of the August 2002 plan (as of July 19, 2002)
http://www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/documents/NMTP%20Draft/NMTPindex.htm

"ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL AERODYNAMIC EFFECTS ON PERSONNEL AND
EQUIPMENT IN PROXIMITY TO HIGH-SPEED TRAIN OPERATIONS"

"potential hazards created from the aerodynamic effects of passing
high-speed trains at speeds of 150 mph."
http://www.fra.dot.gov/pdf/volpe/reports/ord9911.pdf

"BICYCLING & WALKING TO HEALTHY COMMUNITIES"
Presentation by Andy Clarke, Executive Director, Association of
Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
http://www.ncppa.org/Built%20Env%20Briefing%20Clarke.pdf

"PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT"
Presentation by Marya Morris, AICP, of the American Planning
Association. http://www.ncppa.org/Built%20Env%20Morris.pdf


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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://click.topica.com/maaarS3aaSRS7b1NP4Wb/

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/maaarS3aaSRS8b1NP4Wb/

August 31, 2002, 7th Annual Thunderhead Retreat, Chisago
City, MN. Grassroots bicycle advocates interested in more
information should contact Sue Knaup, The Thunderhead
Alliance, P.O. Box 3309, Prescott, AZ 86302;
voice: (928) 541-9841; email: sue@thunderheadalliance.org
Website: http://click.topica.com/maaarS3aaSRS9b1NP4Wb/

September 3-6, 2002, Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002, the 12th International
Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, St. Paul, MN.
Website: http://click.topica.com/maaarS3aaSRTab1NP4Wb/

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://click.topica.com/maaarS3aaSRTbb1NP4Wb/

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/maaarS3aaSRTcb1NP4Wb/

October 3-6, 2002, Rail-Volution 2002, Washington DC. Info: see the
conference brochure at http://www.railvolution.com

October 7-11, 2002, National Smart Growth Leadership Program, Potomac,
MD. Info: Danielle Koontz, Program Coordinator, Office of Executive
Programs, 1193 Van Munching Hall, School of Public Affairs, University
of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1821; voice: (301) 405-1168 email:
dw190@umail.umd.edu.
Website: http://www.puaf.umd.edu/OEP/SmartGrowth/default.htm

October 15-19, 2002, NRPA CONGRESS & Exposition, Tampa, Florida. Info:
NRPA Congress & Exposition, 22377 Belmont Ridge Rd., Ashburn, VA 20148;
voice: (703) 858-2158; fax:( 703) 858-0794; email: gamble@nrpa.org
Website: http://www.nrpa.org/index.cfm?publicationID=48

November 7, 2002, Midwestern Conference on Smart Growth and Community
Development, Cincinnati, OH. Info: Julie Seward, LISC, email:
jseward@liscnet.org
Website:
http://click.topica.com/maaarS3aaSRTgb1NP4Wb/

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/maaarS3aaSRThb1NP4Wb/

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 -> TRANSPORTATION SPECIALIST -- STPP
The national Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and
Sustainable Pittsburgh (SP) have partnered to launch the Southwestern
Pennsylvania Transportation for Livable Communities Project.. The
project will advance transportation planning for livable communities
focusing on connections between transportation and land use policy. To
implement the project, a full-time Transportation Specialist is sought
to advance professional, credible, and constructive policy input and
affect regional decision-making via research, public education,
advocacy, and working with local and statewide constituencies. The
project will advance regional transportation reform bridging to a
statewide initiative, tied to STPP's federal transportation policy
agenda.

Applicants should have experience in transportation and infrastructure
planning including transportation project evaluation, community
engagement, and in the integration of land use planning analysis.
Degrees in Planning, Public Policy, Engineering and professional
training in transportation a plus.Candidates should have a high energy
and demonstrated commitment to advancing smart growth and sustainable
development. Effective public speaking and excellent writing skills
required. The Transportation Specialist is a full-time salaried
position with a starting salary of $45,000-$50,000 with full benefits.
This a minimum two-year grant funded position housed in the offices of
Sustainable Pittsburgh, Regional Enterprise Tower, Pittsburgh, PA.

Interested candidates should submit letter and resume to Karin
Cicelski, Surface Transportation Policy Project, 1100 17th St., NW,
Washington, DC 20036 or e-mail: karin@transact.org. No phone calls,
please. The position will be kept open as long as possible until the
right candidate is found. The complete announcement is posted at:
http://www.transact.org

JOB -> POLICY DIRECTOR -- SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Smart Growth America (SGA) is searching for a Policy Director. SGA is a
nationwide coalition of more than 80 organizations promoting a better
way to grow: one that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes
neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides more
transportation choices. The Policy Director will be expected to
coordinate with SGA's Steering Committee and partner organizations to
identify, develop and advocate smart growth policies pertaining to
transportation, environment, housing, economic development, open space
and farmland protection.

The Policy Director will be SGA's main representative to Congress and
federal agencies. He or she will have significant public speaking
responsibilities, including speaking at press conferences, media
events, conferences, workshops, and television and radio programs.
Policymakers, coalition partners and the public are all key audiences
for SGA, and the successful candidate must be comfortable working with
all of these constituencies.

The Policy Director will report directly to the Executive Director, and
will work closely with SGA's staff, Steering Committee, Federal Policy
Team (policy directors from our coalition partners), and other
partners. Compensation Commensurate with qualifications, and
competitive with positions in similar Washington, DC-based non-profit
organizations. Excellent benefits. Starting Date This position will be
open till the right candidate is hired, hopefully by August 2002. See
website for more information:
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/job_policy.html


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