C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S
Issue #52 Friday, August 30, 2002


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002 Is Underway!
Census Bureau Releases More Data
VT Bicycle/Pedestrian Coalition Hires Becka Roolf
BLM Wants Comments on Mtn Bike Plan
San Francisco Seniors Fight Segway Bill
Kamloops' Smart Sign Reduces Speeding
Paris Public Spaces Keep Getting Better


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CDC: Many School Kids Driven Less Than Mile
USA an Example of Obesity "Don'ts"
Building Neighborhoods from Strip Malls
Rail Trail Dust-Up in Klickitat, WA
Crashes to Become 3rd Biggest Killer
Chirping Signals for the Birds?
Think Bicycles at Earth Summit
Blind Pedestrians to Get Cameras?
L.A. Ped Fatalities Hit Minorities, Seniors
Boston's "Big Dig" Fills with Pedestrians

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PRO BIKE/PRO WALK 2002 IS UNDERWAY!
Well, okay, it isn't quite underway, but by the time many of you
read this, hundreds of folks will be flying, driving, and yes, even
bicycling toward the Twin Cities and the 12th International Symposium
on Bicycling and Walking. That's nearly 500 people, to be more
exact: planners, engineers, program managers, landscape architects,
advocates, organization staff members, and many, many more. "We're
excited to welcome all of these talented presenters and delegates to
our biennial conference," said Peter Moe, deputy director of the
National Center for Bicycling & Walking. "There simply is no better
place to get the current word on how to make our communities more
accommodating for bicyclists and pedestrians."

Bill Wilkinson, excecutive director of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking, added that much of the credit for the success
in pulling together such a diverse assembly of bicycle and pedestrian
professionals goes to the conference sponsors. "Our sponsors include
The Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bikes Belong and
the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. We also received
assistance and contributions of time and effort from America WALKs, the
Thunderhead Alliance, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

So, if you're on your way to St. Paul, we'll see you there. And if you won't
be making it to Pro Bike/Pro Walk this year, ink in your calendar dates
now for early September 2004 when we'll again convene.
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CENSUS BUREAU RELEASES MORE DATA
According to a recent note from Peter Jacobsen, "The U.S. Census
Bureau has released 813 new detailed tables describing social, economic
and housing characteristics for the US, California, CA counties
(including Los Angeles), and cities in LA County. The data can be
further broken down by zip code, census tract and, in some cases, by
city block.

"Detailed information is available on poverty status, income,
occupation, employment status, educational attainment, disability,
veteran status, language, ability to speak English and more. Housing
tables include data on number of rooms, plumbing and kitchen
facilities, vehicles available, value of home, monthly rent, shelter
costs and more. Features of the new data include the ability to enter
in your address to find your block group or census tract. Interactive
maps are also available to illustrate the data by whatever geographical
area you choose. The maps can zoom out to view the county or in to view
specific streets."

DATA FORMATS
- Quick Tables (summary of many different characteristics)
- Detailed Tables (813 single subjects)
- Geographic Comparison Tables (predefined tables comparing different
areas)
- Thematic Maps (shows the data in the form of a map)

The data is available online at: http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_lang=en
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VT BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN COALITION HIRES BECKA ROOLF
According to an Aug. 19th news release, "The Vermont Bicycle and
Pedestrian Coalition is pleased to announce that Becka Roolf has been
selected as its first paid Executive Director. The Coalition is a
non-profit membership organization that works to make bicycling and
walking a significant part of the culture of Vermont through improved
facilities, greater safety and public education.

"Becka brings several years of professional and volunteer experience as
a bicycling and walking advocate. She has worked closely with the
Bicycle Coalition of Maine, is a certified bicycle-education instructor
with the League of American Bicyclists, and formerly served on the
board of MassBike. She has been a bicycle commuter for ten years and is
a member of the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals. As
the Executive Director, Becka will coordinate the successful Bicycle
Safety Education program that goes into schools to teach children how
to bicycle safely, expand the Share The Road campaign, advocate for
bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and develop other programs that
encourage more people to bicycle and walk for fun, fitness, recreation
and transportation.

"The employment of the first executive director is being made possible
in part through support from the New England Grassroots Environment
Fund based in Montpelier, Vermont, partner organizations, and several
individual donors. The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition focuses
on statewide education and advocacy, to complement the local efforts of
trails groups, bicycle councils, and related organizations."

More information:
http://www.vtbikeped.org/www.vtbikeped.org
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BLM WANTS COMMENTS ON MTN BIKE PLAN
According to a recent message from Bob Laurie, Alaska's
bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, "Thanks to Dave Ringle of Juneau
Freewheelers for this heads up...The Bureau of Land Management is
working on a national mountain bike strategic action plan, and the
comment period is open now. Go to: http://www.blm.gov/mountain_biking/
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SAN FRANCISCO SENIORS FIGHT SEGWAY BILL
According to an Aug. 22nd news release from Bruce Lee Livingston of
the Senior Action Network (SAN), "Pedestrian advocates fear the State
Legislature is about to turn sidewalks into a scooter raceway if SB
1918 passes this year. Seniors of San Francisco are asking the Board
of Supervisors to introduce and pass a resolution opposing SB 1918 on
Monday, August 26.

"So-called environmentalist Senator Tom Torlakson introduced
legislation which unfortunately has been sailing below the public radar
through both houses. But Monday, Seniors, persons with disabilities,
pedestrian advocates and the blind will start the fight against a new
electric beast on the sidewalks.

"Supervisor Chris Daly and other co-sponsors of the resolution will be
at the press conference and rally Monday. This will be the first rally
anywhere in the country against the Segway Scooter. But it certainly
won't be the last. Senior Action Network is San Francisco's citywide
advocacy group for Seniors, consisting of 150 organizations
representing over 30,000 elderly persons.

"Segway Scooter Facts: SB 1918 by Senator Torlakson:

- Legalizes the Segway Scooter for sidewalks and trails unless hundreds
of municipalities, counties and districts specifically regulate it;
- Has few safety requirements, which should include helmets, kneepads,
insurance, training and age limits;
- Destroys our sidewalks as a safe space for the elderly, blind,
persons with disabilities and children;
- Allows a motorized vehicle for the well-heeled to replace walkers on
their heels.
- It doesn't replace polluting cars, it replaces pedestrians.
- It's untested by the State and unseen by the public.

"As Seniors, children advocates, sight-impaired persons and persons
with disabilities became aware of this bill roaring through the
legislature, we have become horrified and shocked at this reckless
legislation."

For more information, contact: Bruce Lee Livingston, SAN. (415)
546-1334 work, (415) 824-1880 home.
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KAMLOOPS' SMART SIGN REDUCES SPEEDING
Among other things found on the City of Kamloops (BC) "Safer City
website is a "A 'smart' sign here telling drivers they're speeding and
warning them of pedestrians on the roadway has yielded encouraging
results, according to Insurance Corp. of B.C. statistics. The sign,
installed in February, was viewed by many drivers as nothing more than
a gimmick when it was first put into place along the 200 block of West
Victoria Street in Kamloops. However, Angela Warren, ICBC regional
coordinator of road safety, insists the sign is working. Before the
sign was installed, average traffic moved along the street at 62.5
km-h. Traffic has since slowed to an average speed of 48.5 km-h.

"'It equates to about a 22 per cent reduction in the average speed in
that stretch of road,' Warren tells local media. 'We think it's
working.' There have also been fewer ICBC claims for rear-end
collisions and other accidents. The success of this sign may prompt
ICBC to use the new technology elsewhere in the province where speeding
is a problem."

(Check out the "newspaper article" menu item.)
http://kamloops.ca/transportation/safercity/projects/2001/index.html
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PARIS PUBLIC SPACES KEEP GETTING BETTER
According to an article in the August/September issue of the Project
for Public Spaces' Making Places, "It seems like Paris breaks new
ground every year in its efforts to draw people to its public spaces.

"Two years ago, the excitement centered on the Luxembourg Gardens,
whose fence was covered with large aerial photographs of places
throughout the world. Titled 'La terre vue du ciel' ('Earth seen from
the sky'), the photography exhibit drew thousands of people. The French
Senate also installed a large raised platform in Luxembourg Gardens,
upon which a map of the world was painted, showing the locations of all
of the photographs. Black felt slippers were provided so people could
walk on the map.

"The City of Paris has transformed the Georges Pompidou expressway into
a pedestrian haven. This summer, Paris introduced a daring, even more
interactive idea than the photo exhibit: Paris Plage ('Paris Beach').
The concept is simple and creative. Basically, a two-mile stretch of
the Georges Pompidou expressway along the Seine has been turned into a
beach, replete with sand, activities, and vendors. The closed segment,
which usually receives 200,000 cars per day, is located on the Seine's
right bank near the Hotel de Ville (City Hall), facing Notre Dame..."

Source: http://www.pps.org//newsletter/Aug2002_Feature
Title: "Paris: The Best Public Spaces Keep Getting Better"
Author: Kathy Madden
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QUOTABLE QUOTES
"In addition, the highway lobby will undoubtedly make a bigger issue of
how much fuel tax revenue gets spent on mass transit, bike paths, and
other highway-alternative programs. Reducing expenditures for these
programs would be unfortunate and untimely, but if we can't afford to
feed all the mouths in the transportation nest, we better make it a
point to feed the golden goose." -- editorial in 'Better Roads' mag.


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CDC: MANY SCHOOL KIDS DRIVEN LESS THAN MILE
According to an Aug. 21st AP story filed in Atlanta, "Only a quarter
of American children walk or bicycle to school, which may be
contributing to the country's growing problem of childhood obesity,
federal health officials said Thursday. Parents, who responded to a
national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said
the top reasons for not allowing their offspring to walk to schools
were distance, traffic, weather and crime. The CDC said the number of
overweight teens has tripled since 1980, and in 1999 some 13 percent of
children and teenagers were overweight. At the same time, Type 2
diabetes, once unheard of in children, is increasing dramatically among
adolescents.

"The report sets a goal of getting at least 50 percent of children who
live less than a kilometer (mile) from school walking or cycling by
2010. It also advocates sending children to schools within walking
distance of their homes and making the walking routes safer. 'We need
to build physical activity into a child's daily routine,' said Jessica
Shisler, a CDC public health expert.

"The survey, conducted in 1999, found that about 19 percent of school
children walked to or from school at least once a week, and 6 percent
made the commute by cycling. The numbers were about the same for
students in elementary through secondary school. Even pupils who live
within a mile of school typically get there in an automobile, the
survey found. Only 31 percent of the children who lived less than a
mile from school walked or biked there in an average week..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020822/ap_wo_en_po/us_child_obesity_2
Title: "Health officials say only a quarter of U.S. children regularly
walk or bike to school"
Author: Kristen Wyatt
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USA AN EXAMPLE OF OBESITY "DON'TS"
According to an Aug. 22nd story in USA Today, "International obesity
expert Philip James was meeting with several weight-loss researchers
recently in the USA when he jokingly told them: 'Please don't change,
because you have a wonderful environment to make everybody obese and
diabetic, and the rest of the world will look at you and know exactly
what not to do.'' James doesn't think obesity is a laughing matter, but
he believes millions of Americans will continue to struggle with their
weight unless the environment changes drastically.

"And he should know. James is chairman of the International Obesity
Task Force, a non-profit organization fighting obesity around the
world. The British nutrition expert travels the globe talking with
policymakers about how to curb obesity epidemics. He's one of the
featured speakers next week at a meeting of obesity experts in Sao
Paulo, Brazil. He's also working on the upcoming World Health
Organization's recommendations on nutrition and physical activity.

"Worldwide, more than 1 billion people are overweight, and of those,
300 million are obese, according to the International Obesity Task
Force. About 61%, or more than 120 million people, in the United States
are either overweight or obese, according to government statistics.
Obesity is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight. James says obesity
is the biggest reversible health problem in the world. It increases the
risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, several
types of cancers and arthritis.

"Childhood obesity around the world is particularly disturbing, and the
United States is one of the countries where it's the worst. 'You've got
the most amazing catastrophe with an increase in Type 2 diabetes among
children,' he says. As an outsider looking in, James says Americans
have been 'mentally conditioned' to believe it's an individual's
responsibility to maintain weight, but he thinks it's a larger societal
issue. 'That individualism is one of your strengths, but it's a
disaster in health terms. The assumption is that everybody is able to
make their own decisions, however appalling the environment.'..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20020822/en_usatoday/4382292
Title: "USA wallowing in unhealthy ways"
Author: Nanci Hellmich
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BUILDING NEIGHBORHOODS FROM STRIP MALLS
According to an Aug. 25th story in the Seattle Times, "While no one
was looking, housing in the Puget Sound area grew in some remarkable
ways. People are living in areas that just a few years ago would have
been unthinkable. Builders are providing well-designed apartments and
condominiums in locations once occupied by warehouses, factories, strip
malls and parking lots. Over the past decade, the state's Growth
Management Act set in motion new public policies that discouraged the
relentless outward expansion of our metropolitan areas. The act
directed development into areas already served by roads, utilities and
transit. A number of years passed before the change was visible; many
projects had already received approvals and permits under the old
system.

"But by the end of the 1990s, the pattern of growth was clearly
changing. Neighborhoods began to see significant amounts of 'infill'
development; thousands of dwellings were built in mature settings,
including downtowns and town centers. Now the changes are everywhere.
Communities of all sizes are evolving in response to new laws,
demographic trends, consumer preferences, and the fact that builders
are, finally, offering new choices.

"The best news is the appearance of new housing in spots where we least
expected it a few years ago. Some of this can be attributed to
economics: If demand for land continues and the supply is constrained,
the cost goes up. Previously built-on land becomes profitable for
redevelopment. But, there is another factor at work now. Many
developers are going beyond individual buildings ? they are putting
together whole neighborhoods. They see the merits of creating places
with a wide range of consumer choices close at hand: housing, haircuts,
dinner, groceries and a stroll, all within reach..."

Source:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/northwestlife/134520288_hometransform25.html
Archive search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/web/
Cost: No
Title: "Here comes the neighborhood: Where strip malls once reigned,
new housing is springing up"
Author: Mark Hinshaw
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RAIL TRAIL DUST-UP IN KLICKITAT, WA
According to an Aug. 28th story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
"In a decision that left opposing sides claiming victory and a dispute
between governments unresolved, a Klickitat County court yesterday
refused to sanction a local prosecutor for pursuing questionable
criminal trespassing charges against a young mountain biker. After a
telephone conference call with County Prosecutor Timothy O'Neill and
attorney Charles Montange, who represents a biking-trail advocacy
group, District Judge Robert Weisfield ruled that the prosecutor
retained his authority to refile the charges but, if he does, he had
better come up with stronger evidence.

"'It seems pretty straightforward: They lost,' O'Neill said. Countered
Montange: 'The judge said (O'Neill) has to get more evidence and that
he won't get away with (a case similar to) this a second time. That's
good.' The decision, however, didn't settle the central issue in a
dispute that has pitted Klickitat County authorities and a small group
of landowners against the state and trail advocacy groups: Is the
Klickitat Rail Trail entirely on public land?..."

Source: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/84523_trails28.shtml
Archive search: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Ruling settles little in trail trespassing case"
Author: Mike Lewis

Related story: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/84237_trails26.shtml
Title: " Klickitat County case highlights ongoing 'Rails-to-Trails'
dispute"
Author: Mike Lewis
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CRASHES TO BECOME 3RD BIGGEST KILLER
According to an Aug. 28th AP story filed in Geneva, "Traffic
accidents are set to become one of the world's biggest killers in the
next two decades, with pedestrians making up far and away the largest
number of victims, the leader of a U.N.-sponsored research body said
Wednesday. 'These accidents are currently the ninth leading cause of
death globally,' said Dr. Adnan Hyder, a founder member of the Road
Traffic Injury Research Network, which is funded by the World Health
Organization. Hyder also is a professor of international health at
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

"The most recent United Nations statistics show that almost 1.2 million
people were killed on the world's roads in 1998, Hyder said. By 2020
road accidents will be the third leading cause of death, behind heart
disease and deaths linked to mental illness, Hyder said. Governments ?
especially in poor countries ? must find new ways to reduce the
carnage, he said. Most of the accidents occur in developing countries
where Western-style traffic regulations are largely ineffective because
they are rarely enforced or because people and vehicles have to share
the same busy roads.

"'Two-thirds of the people who die are pedestrians,' Hyder told
reporters. 'People who will never own a car in their life are at the
greatest risk.'..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020828/ap_wo_en_ge/un_health_road_accidents_1
Title: "Traffic accidents could be third-biggest killer in 20 years:
expert"
Author: Jonathan Fowler
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CHIRPING SIGNALS FOR THE BIRDS?
According to an Aug. 26th story in the Arizona Daily Star, "Lee Kerr
walks across busy intersections every day without being able to see the
cars around him. The 59-year-old blind man depends on his ears to tell
him how traffic is moving before he steps into the roadway. But audio
traffic signals meant to help blind people are crimping Kerr's ability
to travel around town - and making him worry about the safety of
others.

"'They don't tell you if someone's running a light, or if someone's
turning right in front of you. . . . They make it very hard for anyone
to hear the traffic.' The audio signals, which sound like chirping
birds and cost up to $6,000 per intersection, tell listeners which
street has the green light. Reflecting a national debate over the
value of the signals, Kerr and some members of Tucson's blind community
want them turned off.

"'I'm afraid of these things, and I'm afraid someone is going to get
hurt or killed by them,' he said. About 25 of the chirping traffic
signals can be found within the city limits, and the county has
installed several on the Northwest Side and in Green Valley..."

Source: http://www.azstarnet.com/star/mon/20826TRAFFICSIGNALS.html Archive search:
Cost:
Title: "Some criticize signals for blind"
Author: Susanna Canizo
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THINK BICYCLES AT EARTH SUMMIT
According to an Aug. 22nd AP story filed in Amsterdam, "When world
leaders gather at the 10-year follow up to the Earth Summit next week,
Pascal van den Noort wants them to think about bicycles. The Dutch
campaigner behind Bikes for Africa, which sends used bikes from the
West to Africa to be refurbished and sold, talks about how cycling can
alleviate poverty by enabling people to take jobs outside the
communities. They aid education by getting children to distant rural
schools quicker, he adds, and promote gender equality by making women ?
usually the last ones with access to cars ? more mobile.

"'I want to take cycling away from the Spandex and helmet crowd and
make it relevant,' says the boisterous van den Noort. 'Cycling is not
the solution to every problem, but it helps.' But the developing world
wants much more than used bicycles from the World Summit on Sustainable
Development, which aims to find environmentally friendly ways to enrich
the world's poor..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020822/ap_wo_en_po/un_world_summit_4
Title: "'Show me the money' replaces climate change on agenda of
follow-up to 1992 Earth Summit"
Author: Paul Geitner
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BLIND PEDESTRIANS TO GET CAMERAS?
According to an Aug. 21st Reuters story filed in New York City, "A
team of Japanese researchers has proposed the use of a device
consisting of a small camera and a wearable computer to help blind
people cross the street. 'This device is the first step in developing a
system which allows the blind to cross the road safely and
independently,' study author Dr. Tadayoshi Shioyama of Kyoto Institute
of Technology said in a statement.

"Traditional walking aids, such as long canes, only allow users to
detect obstacles that lie within a narrow range of the walker. And
canes that are fitted with sensors and lasers to provide a wider range
of detection are limited in the information they are able to give
pedestrians at street crossings, the report indicates.

"Further, even traffic lights with built-in sound equipment to inform
pedestrians when it is safe to cross do not tell them the length of the
crosswalk, Shioyama told Reuters Health. In light of this, Shioyama and
his colleagues propose that a small camera be used to capture image
data that, through the use o f a computer, can be used to detect
traffic lights and provide accurate measurements of the length of
pedestrian crossings..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020821/hl_nm/blind_streets_dc_1
Title: "New Device Helps Blind People Cross Streets Safely"
Author: Charnicia Huggins

Study source:
http://www.iop.org/EJ/S/UNREG/h4PC1nl06lzq4XDnFTH1nQ/article/0957-0233/13/9/311/e20911.pdf (free for 30 days)
Title: "Measurement of the length of pedestrian crossings and detection
of traffic lights from image data"
Authors: Tadayoshi Shioyama, Haiyuan Wu, Naoki Nakamura and Suguru
Kitawaki
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L.A. PED FATALITIES HIT MINORITIES, SENIORS
According to an Aug. 19th Los Angeles Times story, "Luis Bosch
Guzman served as a U.S. Army sergeant in Panama and Pearl Harbor before
moving to Echo Park to enjoy retirement with his three children and
wife of nearly 50 years. But on a rainy February morning in 1996, he
became another pedestrian fatality on the increasingly crowded streets
of Los Angeles. The 77-year-old native of Puerto Rico was hit by a
speeding pickup truck as he crossed busy Alvarado Boulevard to buy a
newspaper near his Echo Park home. The driver, who was never cited,
told police he was in a hurry to get to work and didn't see the man in
the crosswalk until it was too late. In several respects--his age, his
ethnic background and the location of the accident--Bosch's death is
typical of those that have made Los Angeles County the nation's leader
in pedestrian fatalities.

A Times analysis of more than 2,500 pedestrian deaths from 1993 through
2001 found that although the fatal accidents are concentrated in
densely populated urban neighborhoods, the county's deadliest streets
are not necessarily its busiest. The study also found that government
efforts to improve pedestrian safety have not always occurred in areas
with the most deaths. The deaths occur in crowded urban neighborhoods
that, like Echo Park, are bisected by busy thoroughfares that commuters
use to avoid crowded freeways. The communities of Westlake, Hollywood,
Boyle Heights and South and Central Los Angeles have been especially
hard hit..."

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/news/yahoo/la-me-peds19aug19005059.story?coll=la%2Dnewsaol%2Dheadlines
(free registration required)
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/index.html
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title: "Inequities in Pedestrian Deaths"
Authors: Hugo Martin and Maloy Moore
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BOSTON'S "BIG DIG" FILLS WITH PEDESTRIANS
According to an Aug. 25th Reuters story filed in Boston, "Thousands
of curious Bostonians turned out on Sunday to walk through a new tunnel
that is part of the city's $14.6 billion 'Big Dig,' the largest and
most complex highway construction project in U.S. history. After more
than a decade of construction work, organizers opened a half-mile
stretch of tunnel to give pedestrians a chance to see first-hand what
the underground project is all about. The Massachusetts Turnpike
Authority, which manages the Big Dig, said as many as a half-million
people were expected to walk through the subterranean highway by the
end of the day.

"By 2 p.m., the waiting time to get into the tunnel had grown to an
hour as tens of thousands of people choked the main street leading to
the entrance. 'I'm here because I figure we're spending billions of
dollars on this project so I'd better get as much out of it as I can,'
said Sam Maranto, 36, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, as he waited in
line for the free walk-through..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20020825/ts_nm/life_bigdig_dc_1
Title: "Thousands Walk Through Boston's 'Big Dig'"
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SPAGHETTI JUNCTION
"The intersection of Interstates 285 & 85 northeast of Atlanta. The $86
million, 311 acre, interchange was named after Tom Moreland, once a
Georgia transportation commissioner (retired in 1987). There are 14
bridges, the highest crests about 90 feet above the ground. This
interchange is often called 'Spaghetti Junction.'"
http://www.gate.net/~roblin3/Georgia/Atlanta/Perimeter/moreland.html


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"THE INTERSECTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND SOCIAL JUSTICE"
Subtitled "Denver?s Platte River Greenway." By Ginette Chapman,
Middlebury College, 1999 http://www.newecology.org/theses/ginetteapp.doc

"TRENDS IN THE TRANSPORT SECTOR: 1970-2000"
Report from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport; based on
data supplied by 40 ECMT member countries. (No bike/ped data)
http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/7502091E.PDF

"WORLD TRANSPORT POLICY & PRACTICE"
Volume 8, No. 2, with articles on fair mobility, transport disability,
older people and road safety, and evaluating transportation equity. http://wtransport.org/

"PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION PREVENTION-RELATED LEGISLATION"
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides a
comprehensive table of state physical activity and nutrition
legislation on its website at: http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/phyact.htm#laws

"DRAFT GEORGIA PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES DESIGN GUIDE"
Direction on design, construction, and maintenance of pedestrian
facilities. http://www.dot.state.ga.us/dot/plan-prog/planning/projects/bicycle/ped_facilities_guide/index.shtml


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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/maaavxeaaTnAVb1Dh4jb/

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/maaavxeaaTnAWb1Dh4jb/

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/maaavxeaaTnAXb1Dh4jb/

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 17, 2002, Successful Strategies for Trail Development, Bloomington, Indiana. Info: Sherry Lorance at the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association at: 1-888-495-8426, fax (317) 422-5169,
email: inparkrec@aol.com Website: http://www.inpra.org/calendar.html#now

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/maaavxeaaTnAZb1Dh4jb/

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/maaavxeaaTnA3b1Dh4jb/

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/maaavxeaaTnA4b1Dh4jb/

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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RFP -> NON-MOTORIZED PLAN -- HELENA, MT
The City of Helena, in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark County, the
Montana Department of Transportation, the Helena School District and
the Helena Downtown Business District will be selecting a professional
firm to prepare a non-motorized plan for portions of the Helena,
Montana urban transportation planning area. Kathy Harris, P.E.,
City/County Transportation Coordinator, 316 North Park Avenue, Room
438, Helena, MT 59623, phone: (406) 447-8457, fax: (406) 447-8460
email: kharris@ci.helena.mt.us. Additional information available at: http://www.ci.helena.mt.us/community/transportation/index.html.

JOB -> ALT TRANS. PGM. COORDINATOR -- TEXAS A&M UNIV.
Major/essential duties of job: Promotes Campus Bicycle Use; promotes
bicycle safety; coordinates Campus Bicycle-Related Changes; oversees
Campus-Wide Bicycle Registration Program; develops and Maintains
Elements of Campus Bicycle Security Programs; collaborates with
Purchasing and Surplus with regards to Bicycle Auction; performs other
duties as required.

Requirements: Bachelor?s degree or any equivalent combination of
training and experience. Three years experience in bicycle program
management. In depth knowledge of the bicycles and bicycling, including
safe cycling practices, bicycle security measures, bicycle-related
legislation, bicycle registration procedures, bicycle facilities, and
promotion of bicycling as an alternative transportation mode. Prefer
five years in bicycle program management. Requires ability to
multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Salary: $33,000 - $38,000. (Starting salaries for positions may be
negotiable based on qualifications and experience. ) Start Date:
Immediately.For more info, contact Heather Masten at (979) 847-8872;
e-mail: hrm@ptts.tamu.edu http://www.ptts.tamu.edu/hr/position.asp?PID=48

JOB -> WALK TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR -- SACTO., CA
A Half-time position with flexible hours, at the CA Dept. of Health
Services in Sacramento. Duties: raise awareness and recruit volunteer
coordinators for Walk to School events throughout California; provide
technical assistance to local event coordinators using a variety of
communication tools: telephone, e-mail, teleconference, internet list
serv, mail and web site. Requirements: bilingual (English/Spanish) or
multi-lingual preferred; experience with Microsoft Word required; Excel
and Outlook preferred; limited travel, to staff exhibit booth at
meetings and conferences; requires positive attitude, team work and
excellent customer service skills. Ability to problem-solve is
essential.

The position provides experience in both chronic disease control and
injury prevention programs. Half-time salary: approx. $17,500 (DOQ) and
excellent benefits

Recruitment is open until the position is filled. Submit resume or a
letter of experience and qualifications. E-mail, fax and mail
applications are welcome. Please, no calls.Please apply to: Anne
Seeley, Physical Activity & Health Initiative, UC San Francisco / CA
Department of Health Services, PO Box 942732- Mail Stop 675,
Sacramento, CA 94234-7320. Email: aseeley@dhs.ca.gov Fax: (916)
324-7763. For more information about Walk to School Day, visit our web
site: www.cawalktoschool.com

JOB -> BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN, TRAILS COORD. -- ORO VALLEY, AZ
The Town of Oro Valley is recruiting for the position of Bicycle,
Pedestrian & Trails Coordinator. For the job description go to:
http://www.townoforovalley.com%20or
http://www.ci.oro-valley.az.us/hr/BIKE%20COORD.htm

JOB -> PATHWAY/TRAIL SPECIALIST-- TETON CO., WY
The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department, located next
to Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is accepting
applications for the full time/year round position of Pathway
Specialist. This position handles the administrative responsibilities
in the planning and management of the Teton County/Jackson
non-motorized and recreational pathway system. Primary duties include:
develops agreements and documents, seeks outside sources of funding,
develops long range plans for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure,
develops multi-year funding programs, develops and conducts needs
analyses, acquires easements, serves on taskforces and committees,
evaluates pedestrian and bicycle improvements in position statements,
develops budgets and project cost estimates. The applicant must
demonstrate past public experience with pedestrian, bicycling and
non-motorized planning and program development.

Qualifications include: Bachelor of Science degree in community
planning, transportation, public administration or related field with
two or more years of demonstrated experience in bicycling and
pedestrian planning. This position will answer to the Park and
Recreation Director. The salary range is $40,000 - $59,158 annually.
Hiring range is $40,000 - $44,000 annually depending on experience and
demonstrated skills. Questions regarding this position may be forwarded
to Steve Foster by calling (307) 733-5056 or by email at
sfoster@tetonwyo.org. Applications will not be accepted
electronically. Applications submittal deadline is Thursday, September 5, 2002.
Please submit to: Steve Foster, Director, Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation,
PO Box 811, Jackson, WY 83001.

JOB -> DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PGM -- Univ. of B.C.
The Centre for Landscape Research and the James Taylor Chair in
Landscape and Liveable Environments in UBC's Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of Director
for the UBC CLR Sustainable Communities Program. This position is
responsible for partnering with BC communities to promote sustainable
urban development throughout BC. The director will work in partnership
with allied agencies and partner NGO Smartgrowth BC. The Director
manages staff, external partnership relations, and champions research,
information dissemination, outreach and education on the topic of
sustainable communities and their implementation in new and retrofitted
community settings.

The successful candidate will possess a Masters degree in urban design,
architecture, planning or landscape architecture plus ten years'
experience in the field managing complex urban planning/design projects
in BC and/or possess a PhD in an area pertaining to sustainable
community design. Demonstrated leadership and public relations skills
an important asset. This is senior level position with salary
commensurate with experience.

Resumes and covering letters may be sent or e-mailed to the.James
Taylor Chair in Landscape and Liveable Environments, Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences, 2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4.
or e-mail to patrick.condon@ubc.ca

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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