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Issue #53 Friday, September 13, 2002
FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH! OH MY!

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Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002: Great Things in St. Paul!
Onward to Victoria for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004!
MPO Walkable Community Workshop Sites Selected

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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Denver BikeStation Saved from Budget Ax
Economic Value of Walking Workshop
Walking Conference Abstracts Due
IIHS Study Of NY's Cell Phone Law
New AARP Survey Brings Out Senior Walking Problems
Rail~Volution to Feature Innovative Minds
Seattle LEM Program Encourages Commute Options
Beta Sportworks Bus Rack Holds 3 Bikes

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Teen Girls Getting Less Exercise
Car Magazine Advice: Drive Less
Athens Police Just Say "No" To Jaywalking
Density May Sink Akron Ped-Friendly Development
Ft. Lauderdale Path Access In Dispute
'Kamikaze Ken' Target Of London Drivers' Ire
Cleveland Works Toward Bike-Friendly Status
Higher Exercise Requirement Suggested
Delaware Gov. Signs Safe Routes Bill
Jerusalem - A Walkable City
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PRO BIKE/PRO WALK 2002: GREAT THINGS IN ST. PAUL!

Five hundred of our closest friends and colleagues gathered
together in St. Paul, Minnesota for Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002,
the 12th International Symposium on Bicycling and Walking,
for an outstanding week of networking, dialog, teaching and
learning. People came from all parts of the US, from across
Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia to meet new
people, reconnect with old friends, exchange great ideas and
visit the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

From the preconference meetings and opening reception to
the many workshops and tours, the party, and all the way
through the closing session, participants contributed to and
shared the great energy and sense of community that has
become synonymous with a Pro Bike/Pro Walk conference.

The staff at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking would
like to thank the able Local Host Committee, chaired by
Gary Sjoquist of Quality Bicycle Products; the Minnesota
Department of Transportation, especially Bob Works and
Gary Ruud; our co-sponsors, the Federal Highway Administration,
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Thunderhead Alliance,
AmericaWALKS, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center,
the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and
Bikes Belong; each of our excellent moderators, speakers and
presenters; and of course, all our energetic and dedicated delegates.
Thanks to each of you for making great things happen at
Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002!

Stay tuned to our website, www.bikewalk.org for more details and follow-up in the coming weeks.
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NOW, ONWARD TO VICTORIA FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004!
There would be no Pro Bike/Pro walk conference in 2004. Instead,
we are pleased to announce that PRO WALK/Pro Bike 2004 will take
place in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The name
change affirms the central role of walking in the conference, and in
our communities. Victoria Local Host Committee Chair John Luton
wowed the delegates at the closing session of the 2002 conference
with slides of the wonderful natural surroundings and urban form that
make Victoria perhaps the most livable city in North America and
"Canada's Cycling Capital."

Get a taste of what it will be like in 2004 by visiting http://www.gvcc.bc.ca/probike.htm
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MPO WALKABLE COMMUNITIES WORKSHOP SITES SELECTED
On Friday, September 6th, the National Center for Bicycling & Walking
(NCBW) announced the winners in the first round of its Walkable
Community Workshops project. Proposals submitted by the Metropolitan
Planning Organizations (MPOs) for the following regions were selected:
Atlanta, GA; Binghamton, NY; Boston, MA; Burlington, VT;
Charlottesville, VA; Gulfport, MS; Hartford, CT; Rochester, NY; and
Spokane, WA. The NCBW is conducting this project as part of its active
living through community design program (sponsored in part by The
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

The project provides technical assistance to MPOs on creating more
walkable communities. It includes training an MPO staff specialist to
serve as the local workshop coordinator and providing instructors to
present a series of eight workshops in each region focusing on
real-world problems and hands-on solutions.

More than 30 MPOs from around the country sent in applications to
participate in the shared-cost workshop project, pledging staff and
financial resources in exchange for technical assistance and training.
"The response was tremendous," said Bill Wilkinson, executive director
of NCBW. "Our judges were nearly overwhelmed by the number of entries,
and the quality of the applications and level of commitment shown by
the MPOs.

"The great response to Round 1 has convinced us to move forward more
quickly with Round 2 of the Walkable Community Workshops," Wilkinson
said. "Instead of waiting a year, we plan to issue another call for
proposals in the next few months."

For more information, contact Peter Moe at pete@bikewalk.org or John Williams at john@montana.com.
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DENVER BIKESTATION SAVED FROM BUDGET AX
According to an Aug. 21st note from Dan Grunig of Bicycle Colorado,
"Last night (8/20) the RTD Board of Directors voted to keep the Denver
BikeStation in its 2002 budget! The BikeStation was the only item in
over $61.5 million in cuts that the Board singled out and reinstated
into the budget. Area cyclists provided the strongest influence by
raising tremendous objection to the proposed cut. Early in the meeting
some Board members mentioned the onslaught of phone calls, letters, and
emails they had received from concerned cyclists. Combined with the
number of cyclists in attendance, it displayed involvement of the
community and the importance of this project. Thanks to everyone for
your contribution!

"Another factor in the decision was the City of Denver's commitment to
provide additional funding for the project. At the meeting, Jason
Longsdorf from the City's Public Works Transportation Department
presented the news that Denver upped its contribution from $4,770 to
$36,000! The RTD Board originally approved the BikeStation last
December and last night's vote reaffirmed their support for multimodal
transportation solutions that include bicycles. RTD has also encouraged
cycling by improving pedestrian/bicycle access to its stations and by
adding bike racks to its fleet of buses.

"The BikeStation will be located at the corner of Wynkoop and 16th
Street Mall will offer secure bike parking, showers, a commuter store,
and other services for commuters of all types. Plans are for a
groundbreaking next Spring and an opening in early Summer. Stay tuned
for details."

Contact: Dan Grunig Executive Director Bicycle Colorado 1701 Wynkoop
Street, Suite 236 Denver, CO 80202-5924; voice: (303) 417-1544; fax:
(303) 825-1038; email: www.bicyclecolo.org
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ECONOMIC VALUE OF WALKING WORKSHOP

According to a recent news release from the Victoria Transport
Policy Institute, "VTPI Director Todd Litman is organizing a TRB
workshop on the economic value of walking, to be held Sunday, January
12, in Washington DC, as part of the Transportation Research Board
Annual Meeting. It will cover a wide range of issues, including the
value of pedestrian facilities (sidewalks and paths),
pedestrian-friendly streets, public health benefits, consumer choice,
financial savings, and other categories of impacts (see 'Economic Value
of Walkability' paper described above). Several leading experts on
nonmotorized transport planning and evaluation are planning to speak.
Please contact VTPI if you have related research that you might be able
to share at this event."

For registration information contact the Transportation Research Board
at http://www.trb.org
(specific information should be available in October or November).
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WALKING CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS DUE

We recently received this update from Ellen Vanderslice of
AmericaWalks: "This is a reminder that abstracts for papers for the 4th
International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century are due by the
close of business on Monday, September 16, 2002.

"Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment will be held in Portland,
Oregon, USA, May 1-3, 2003. Abstracts submitted by September 16 will be
considered by the Program Committee, which will notify successful
authors by November 15. If accepted, final papers are due by March 1,
2003."

For more information, please visit the conference website at: http://www.walk21.com/
or download the abstract submission guidelines at: http://americawalks.org/walk21/callforpapers/.
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IIHS STUDY OF NY'S CELL PHONE LAW

According to an article in the Aug. 17th issue of Status Report, a
publication of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, "a big
question is, do cell phone laws actually induce drivers to give up
using their hand-held phones? The answer is yes, at least in the short
term. A new Institute study involved observing drivers in various
places across the state before and after New York's law [which banned
driving while using a hand-held cell phone]. Three months after the law
took effect, the proportion of observed drivers using hand-held phones
had dropped by about 50 percent.

"To measure rates of cell phone use, researchers observed drivers at
intersections over a period of about an hour at a time. In the first
set of observations, conducted one month before the law took effect and
before police started issuing warnings, 2.3 percent of the drivers were
using hand-held phones. Shortly after the warning period ended, the use
rate was lower (1.1 percent). Several months later, use was still at
1.1 percent. In neighboring Connecticut, where no law was in effect
during the study period, the use of hand-held phones while driving
remained steady at 2.9 percent of drivers.

"'The results suggest that laws like New York's can significantly
reduce hand-held phone use by drivers,' says Anne McCartt, senior
associate at Preusser Research Group and lead author of the study. 'The
changes in hand-held phone use occurred at a time when the new law was
getting considerable publicity. It will be interesting to see if the
changes can be maintained and increased over the long term. Enforcement
is likely to be key.'..."

For the rest of the story, download a pdf of the Aug. 17th issue of
Status Report at:
http://www.iihs.org/srpdfs/sr3707.pdf
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NEW AARP SURVEY BRINGS OUT SENIOR WALKING PROBLEMS
Recently, the AARP commissioned the "Understanding Senior
Transportation Survey," a nationwide telephone survey of adults age 50
and older (50+). The purpose was to better understand the
transportation needs and preferences of mid-life and older adults. The
survey particularly focused on transportation concerns of adults age 75
and older (75+), because personal mobility (as measured by how often a
person leaves home) shrinks as individuals age. This national survey
was the first to examine a representative sample of adults age 85 and
older (85+)the fastest growing age group in America.

Some relevant facts:

"About one in four adults age 50+ consider 'everything is too far away'
and 'walking is too hard' to be large problems with walking. One in
five consider 'no place to rest' to be a large problem with walking.
Respondents with poor health and disability status (HDS) are many times
more likely than their counterparts with excellent HDS to report large
problems with walking..."

The Executive Summary is found at: http://research.aarp.org/il/2002_04_transport_1.html
The report may be downloaded at: http://research.aarp.org/il/2002_04_transport.pdf
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RAIL~VOLUTION TO FEATURE INNOVATIVE MINDS
According to a recent note from Brandon Aguirre, "Rail-Volution 2002
- our 8th national conference - will feature innovative minds from a
variety of disciplines, including developers, elected officials, urban
planners, transportation professionals, financiers, citizen groups,
architects and others. Conference attendees are guaranteed to take home
a sense of renewed energy, fresh ideas, and a portfolio of new
strategies that will serve as a springboard for new solutions.

"Speakers include Administrator Jennifer Dorn of the Federal Transit
Administration, Jonathan Miller of Lend Lease Real Estate Investments,
Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow of Brookings Institution, Ken Hughes,
President of United Commercial Urban Centers and developer of
Mockingbird Station in Dallas, Texas, Tom Downs, Former President of
Amtrak, Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta, Marla Hollander, formerly of
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grace Crunican, Director of the Seattle
Department of Transportation, Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President of the
Center for Neighborhood Technology, Andy Altman, Planning Director,
District of Columbia, and Rudy Pyatt, formerly of the Washington Post."

For more information on the conference, which takes place from October
3rd through 6th, contact Brandon M. Aguirre, Program Coordinator,
Rail~Volution, 1120 SW 5th Rm. 800, Portland, OR 97204; (503) 823-7737;
email: Brandon.Aguirre@pdxtrans.org
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SEATTLE LEM PROGRAM ENCOURAGES COMMUTE OPTIONS

According to a Sept. 11th news release, "HomeStreet Bank, one of the
largest privately-owned banks in the Puget Sound area, is partnering
with King County Metro, Flexcar, Seattle Office of Housing, Fannie Mae
and PMI Mortgage Insurance to offer an enhanced Location Efficient
Mortgage (LEM). The LEM is an innovative loan program that helps
borrowers qualify for higher loan amounts when they purchase homes in
Seattle. The program encourages Seattle residents to use mass transit
and other transportation alternatives and offers homebuyers a financial
incentive to live and work in the city.

"'The enhanced LEM is an innovative program that has resulted from
businesses, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations working
together in creative and cooperative ways to help people become
homeowners,' said Bruce W. Williams, CEO of HomeStreet Bank. 'Though
this program is only one small part of a much-needed solution for our
regional housing, transportation and air quality issues, it can make a
big difference for individuals or families trying to buy a home.'

"The basic LEM program has been enhanced to include additional
transportation benefits. LEM program homebuyers will now be able to
choose between a $250 voucher and 10% discount on a bike at Gregg's
Cycle in Greenlake, or a 50% discount on a two-year transit pass. In
addition, the free Flexcar membership now includes 10 complimentary
hours of Flexcar use. The basic LEM program features a low down payment
of only 3%, greater qualifying ratios based on transportation cost
savings, and free homebuyer education classes. The LEM has no income
limits. Anyone buying a home in Seattle is eligible, provided that at
least one member of the household is employed within the city limits..."

For more information on HomeStreet Bank's LEM program,
visit: http://www.homestreet.com/lem

Partner contacts:
Fannie Mae Washington State Partnership Office: Heyward Watson, (206)
292-8365
Flexcar: Ref Lindmark, (206) 684-1104
HomeStreet Bank: Dianne Wasson, (206) 389-7781
King County Metro Transit: Carol Cooper, (206) 684-6766
Seattle Office of Housing: Gary Clark, (206) 684-0344, or Bart Becker,
(206) 684-0604
PMI Mortgage Insurance: Shari Spiess, (420) 497-8268
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BETA SPORTWORKS BUS RACK HOLDS 3 BIKES

According to a Sept. 4th message from John Boyle of bikemap.com,
"Today at ProBike/ProWalk, Sportworks showed off the beta version of
their Trilogy bike rack which holds 3 bikes. It extends the same
distance out from the bus as their standard two bike rack (36")."

Transit Agencies that are interested in beta testing the Trilogy Bike
Rack should contact Lisa Robinson at (425) 483.7000 or Lisar@swnw.com
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TEEN GIRLS GETTING LESS EXERCISE
According to a Sept. 4th AP story, "The amount of regular exercise
girls get falls off dramatically as they move through their teenage
years, dropping to practically zero in many cases, especially among
blacks, a study found. By the time they were 16 or 17, more than half
of the black girls in the study and nearly a third of the white girls
reported they got no regular exercise at all outside school.

"With obesity at epidemic levels, 'it's a cause for alarm,' said Dr.
Sue Y.S. Kimm of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 'We
cannot sit complacent anymore.' Kimm and her colleagues reported their
findings in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. She said that
there has been no similar study of boys but that they are generally
more active because of their greater participation in sports.

"The study did not ask the girls why they were not exercising. 'Is it
they think it's less cool? They're more interested in shopping? Does it
seem like more of a tomboy-ish activity? These are all interesting
questions worth pursuing,' said Eva Obarzanek, a research nutritionist
at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which funded the
study.."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020904/ap_on_he_me/exercise_teen_girls_1
Title: "Exercise Rate Drops for Teen Girls"
Author: Stephanie Nano

Related link:
"Decline in Physical Activity in Girls during Adolescence" (NEJM,
Volume 347:709-715) http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/347/10/709
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CAR MAGAZINE ADVICE: DRIVE LESS

According to a recent article in "World of Wheels," Canada's car
magazine, "Since you're reading this magazine, I'm going to make a
giant leap of logic and assume that you love cars and you enjoy
driving. Not for you the notion of a motor vehicle as merely an
appliance or "a tool, personal transportation, for the use of." Cars,
to you, are intrinsically interesting. Driving is an act of emotion,
not mere motion. That being the case, I have a proposal that may shock
you. Drive less.

"Am I nuts? The editor of a car magazine telling people to cut back on
the driving? No, I'm serious: if you're serious about how much you like
to drive, do it less. What this planet needs more than anything is
fewer cars on the road. We need fewer cars crashing into each other,
cleaner air in our cities, less carbon dioxide heating up the planet.
We need to reduce our dependence on the foreign sources of oil over
which future wars may be fought.

"At the same time, what we of the auto-enthusiast persuasion need is
more quality in our driving, not quantity. Put these two needs together
and what we have is an opportunity for enlightened self-interest. If
we're going to benefit from reduced traffic, we who like to drive will
have to do our part. But there are personal spin-off benefits from
leaving the car at home, say, one or two days a week. And on the days
we do drive, we'll enjoy it that much more.

"On many of North America's busiest highways, traffic already grinds
along so slowly that it would be literally faster to ride a bike to
work. How much longer before walking becomes the faster alternative?..."

Source: http://autonet.ca/wow/Stories.cfm?storyID=6125
Title: "The joy of (not always) driving"
Author: Jeremy Sinek
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ATHENS POLICE JUST SAY "NO" TO JAYWALKING

According to an Aug. 30th AP story filed in Athens, "Pedestrians
dodging traffic while walking in the road are a common sight in Athens'
congested streets, where a shortage of parking spaces frequently leads
to motorists parking their cars on sidewalks.

"But police will now begin fining jaywalkers and anyone violating
crosswalk and pedestrian regulations in the capital, authorities said
Friday. According to traffic police records, 143 pedestrians were
killed in traffic-related accidents in Athens last year..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020830/ap_wo_en_po/greece_ticketing_jaywalkers_1
Title: "Greece cracks down on pedestrian violations"
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DENSITY MAY SINK AKRON PED-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT

According to a Sept. 9th article in the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal,
"Developer Tony Troppe spent time Friday explaining to some of the
city's up-and-comers his vision for the future of Akron -- including
his embracing of the new urbanism architectural style that features
higher-density, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. While Troppe was
giving his address, however, the development he and partner Todd Ederer
hope to construct at Memorial Parkway and Hickory Street based on those
principles was getting carved apart by the city's Planning Commission.

"Ultimately, the commission approved the development. But the changes
it enacted in its recommendation are so drastic -- such as cutting the
number of dwellings from 88 to 68 and eliminating the possibility of
tax breaks -- that the project's viability may be in jeopardy. The
recommendation will be sent on to the City Council, which can accept
it, reject it or make other modifications. The council resumes meetings
tonight after a monthlong recess, but the Hickory project isn't likely
to be on the agenda until later.

"'We believe in the plan that was presented. We believe that's the best
layout and we are going to go to council and ask for that,' Ederer said
after the Planning Commission vote. 'We will take a look at the plan
and see if there are any changes that could be made,' he said. 'But the
Planning Commission recommendations just exact too much of a toll
leading to mediocrity, which we do not wish to build.'..."

Source: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/local/4034747.htm
Archive search: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/archives.htm
Cost: Yes
Title: "Akron whittles Hickory proposal
Author: Julie Wallace
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FT. LAUDERDALE PATH ACCESS IN DISPUTE

According to a Sept. 1st article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
"A detail left out of a city law could derail an expensive beach access
project. A judge may decide Friday whether the city is required to
follow what a resolution calling for a pedestrian access actually says,
instead of what city officials now say it means.
In dispute is the use of a 500-foot-long sliver of land bordered by
State Road A1A, Northeast 33rd Street and private residences. While
city documents say it's for 'pedestrian' use, officials say they meant
for that to include bicycles.

"The battle over the alleyway has been under way for several years.
Resident Stephen Nagy erected a six-foot high fence on the piece of
alleyway near his house, saying he wanted to deter crime. He also
obtained quiet title to the corridor because it was not on the tax
rolls and had no official owner..."

Source:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/yahoo/sfl-cp01nagysep01.story?coll=sfla%2Dnewsaol%2Dheadlines Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Court to decide beach access"
Author: Lisa J.Huriash
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'KAMIKAZE KEN' TARGET OF LONDON DRIVERS' IRE
According to a Sept. 5th New York Times article, "Les Selby had only
to hear the words 'Ken Livingstone' and he was off and ranting. He had
plenty of time for it, because the taxi he was driving was inert,
hemmed in from all sides by London's formidable midmorning gridlock.
'It borders on criminal, what he's got up to,' Mr. Selby said of Mr.
Livingstone, or 'Kamikaze Ken,' as he unfondly calls the man elected
mayor two years ago on a traffic-reduction pledge. 'He wants people to
use public transportation, but I wouldn't let a dog on the bus at
night, let alone the wife.'

London's bold traffic-abatement scheme --- a program to charge
motorists &#339;5, or about $7.80, a day for the privilege of driving into
central London at peak times --- is scheduled to take effect next
February. While the famously automobile-shunning mayor is already
hailing the plan as the best way to get traffic moving, critics,
including small businesses and residents' associations, cannot quite
believe it is actually going to happen..."

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/06/international/europe/06LOND.html?ex=1032759059&ei=1&en=4395e5d5af2d1866
Archive search: http://search.nytimes.com/archives/
Cost: ?
Title: "Go Ahead, Drive Into London. That Will Be &#339;5, Please."
Author: Sarah Lyall
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CLEVELAND WORKS TOWARD BIKE-FRIENDLY STATUS
According to a Sept. 6th NewsNet5 TV story out of Cleveland, Ohio,
"If you're looking for a way to get some exercise, the city of
Cleveland may be able to help. NewsChannel5's Debora Lee reported on
the city's new bicycle plan. When the weather's good, you're likely to
see a man identified as 'John' riding his bike -- in the park, to the
gym downtown and even to work. 'I like the exercise, and it's easy to
get around,' he said. 'You (have a) car and you (have to) think about
parking. You (have to) think about a lot of things.'

"Steps are being taken to make Cleveland a more bicycle-friendly city.
There are hundreds of new racks for bicycle parking, and a bikeway
master plan is in the works, which include the addition of bike lanes
in areas such as the Euclid Corridor. 'By placing bike paths between
CSU and Case, we have a university to university bikeway connector,'
Mayor Jane Campbell said..."

Source: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/1651625/detail.html

Related link:
Ecocity Cleveland:
http://www.ecocitycleveland.org/transportation/transchoice.html
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HIGHER EXERCISE REQUIREMENT SUGGESTED
According to a Sept. 6th AP story, "People who want to stay healthy
need to exercise for at least an hour a day - double the previous
workout recommendation - according to new dietary guidelines on fat,
protein and carbohydrate intake. Independent advisers to the
government, in a report Thursday, avoided setting strict amounts for
each of the three major components, proposing ranges so people can
balance their diet.

"'The ranges are new and were developed to assure a nutritionally
adequate diet,' said Joanne R. Lupton of Texas A&M University, head of
the Institute of Medicine committee that prepared the study. The
institute, for the first time, added an exercise recommendation to its
dietary advice. 'To reduce some of the main killers of America we will
have to increase the level of physical activity,' said Dr. Benjamin
Caballero, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore.

"The committee recommended at least one hour of moderate physical
activity daily, such as walking, slow swimming, leisurely bicycle
riding or golfing without a cart. That's twice the latest government
guidance, recommended by the surgeon general in 1996. Lupton said the
committee recognizes that the lifestyles of many people might make this
goal seem difficult to achieve. But Caballero noted that the exercise
can be broken up and spread throughout the day. In addition to
recommending an hour of exercise daily for adults, the same amount was
suggested for youngsters, and comes at a time when worry is increasing
over the number of obese children..."

Source:
http://www.missoulian.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/September/06-2140-news18.txt
Archive search: http://www.missoulian.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Report says Americans should get hour of exercise"
Author: Randolph E. Schmid
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DELAWARE GOV. SIGNS SAFE ROUTES BILL

According to a Sept. 10th AP story filed in Newark, DE, "A bill
establishing a program to improve the safety of children walking and
bicycling to school was signed into law by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner on
Tuesday. The bill authorizes the Department of Transportation to
establish and administer a "Safe Routes to School" program using
federal transportation funds. Existing law requires that certain
federal transportation funds received by the state be spent on
specified transportation programs.

"Under the new law, the DOT will make grants for pedestrian and
bicyclist safety available to schools and school districts based on a
statewide competition that requires submission of proposals. The
proposals must identify safety hazards, current and potential walking
and bicycling routes. They will be rated on their potential for
reducing child injuries and fatalities and encouraging increased
walking and bicycling..."

Source:
http://www.newszap.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2002/September/10-2299-news910.txt
Title: "School 'Safe Routes' bill signed by Delaware Gov. Minner"
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JERUSALEM - A WALKABLE CITY
According to a recent article by Michael Lewyn published in the
Atlanta Jewish Times, "Most Americans think of Jerusalem as a spiritual
center or as Israel's capital. But this city of about 650,000 people is
also a city where apolitical people work and play, and where
transportation and urban form matter as much as in Atlanta or Memphis
or Baltimore. After a little exploring on a trip last month, I noticed
that most of Jerusalem does not resemble any neighborhood in Atlanta.

"Atlanta is dominated by two types of areas: sterile skyscraper
districts (in downtown, parts of Midtown, and parts of Buckhead) and
low-density, autooriented areas dominated by single family houses;
intown areas differ from suburbs primarily in house and lot size. But
most of Jerusalem falls into neither category. Jerusalem has more than
13,000 people per square mile, some four times as many as Atlanta and
more than seven times as many as Alpharetta, Yet I saw almost no
high-rises..."

Source: http://lewyn.tripod.com
Title: "Jerusalem The Walkable"
Author: Michael Lewyn
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"HOUSE MOVING THROUGH K-68 ROUNDABOUT IN PAOLA, KANSAS"
"Mike Stringer from KDOT provided these photos of a house that moved
through the K-68 roundabout on Thursday, April 18, 2002. According to
Mike 'it was 32 feet wide by 19 feet high by 60 feet long and weighed
85,000+ pounds. The movers had trouble pulling the signs from the
splitter islands, which was really the only problem with moving the
house through the roundabout. The small holes in the concrete did not
allow the dirt around the posts to yield upward. The movers did not
have adequate traffic control, even without the delay."

http://www.ksu.edu/roundabouts/photos/paolahouse.htm
[NOTE: There are quite a few items on roundabouts at this website.]


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"TRADITIONAL TOWN CENTER HANDBOOK"
By R. Clark Assoc. for Traverse Co., Michigan http://www.taar.com/towncenterhandbook.pdf

"PATTERNS IN TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOODS"
Illustrated article by Lou Host-Jablonski, AIA, Design Coalition, Inc. http://designcoalition.org/orders/TNDPatterns2001.pdf

"POLICY INSTRUMENTS FOR ACHIEVING ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE
TRANSPORT"

New OECD report "directed towards achieving mode shifts and favoring
non-motorized alternatives." http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/9702151E.PDF

"PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FUNDAMENTAL TO PREVENTING DISEASE"
A June 20, 2002 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. http://click.topica.com/maaawKxaaTxPHb1Dh4jb/

"STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE UNITED STATES "
"collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the
United States." Sections may be downloaded
as pdfs at: http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/01statab/stat-ab01.html

"GUIDELINES FOR THE CONVERSION OF URBAN FOUR-LANE UNDIVIDED ROADWAYS
TO THREE-LANE TWO-WAY LEFT-TURN LANE FACILITIES"

April 2001 Final Report; from the Center for Transportation Research
and Education, Iowa St. University. http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/reports/4to3lane.pdf

"ECONOMIC VALUE OF WALKABILITY"
"Uses standard economic evaluation methods to investigate the value of
walking and walkability..."
http://www.vtpi.org/walkability.pdf

"WALKING COMPARED WITH VIGOROUS EXERCISE FOR THE PREVENTION OF
CARDIOVASCULAR EVENTS IN WOMEN"

"Both walking and vigorous exercise are associated with substantial
reductions in the incidence of cardiovascular events among
postmenopausal women" Abstract: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/347/10/716

"CITIES FOR CYCLISTS"
Here's a variety of publications available from the "Cities for
Cyclists" website, hosted by the Danish Cyclist Federation:

- "Collection of Cycle Concepts"
- "Best practice to promote cycling and walking"
- "Bicycle Account 2000"
- "The European Greenways - Good Practice Guide"
- "City-Bike Maintenance and Availability"

Available for download as pdfs from: http://www.cities-for-cyclists.org/pub-events.htm


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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/maaawKxaaTxPOb1Dh4jb/

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/maaawKxaaTxPSb1Dh4jb/

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/maaawKxaaTxPTb1Dh4jb/

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 -> EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- AZ TRAIL ASSN.
The Arizona Trail Association is pleased to announce an opening for the
position of Executive Director. Funding for this position has been
provided by a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
Salary range is $55,000 - $65,000 per year. A benefits package is
included.

The Arizona Trail Association is a non-profit organization established
in 1994 to plan, build, maintain, manage and promote the Arizona Trail
in cooperation with a consortium of federal, state, county and
municipal land management agencies. The Arizona Trail is a 790-mile
long-distance, non-motorized backcountry trail traversing the state of
Arizona south to north, border-to-border, from Mexico to Utah.

Required: Prior success in financial development in a nonprofit
organization. Bachelor?s degree from four-year college or university in
business or public administration, marketing, communications, public
policy or organizational management majors preferred. Prior experience
in developing and managing an annual operating budget and program of
activities. Prior experience in supervisory position at organizational,
community, state, and/or national level. Excellent writing,
communication and presentation skills. Ability to travel and work
flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Prior experience in
executive management with a volunteer board of directors and volunteer
membership organization

Applicants may submit a letter of interest and their resume to: Chair,
Executive Director Search Committee, Arizona Trail Association, P.O.
Box 36736, Phoenix, AZ 85067-6736. E-mail application submittals are
encouraged and may be submitted to pres@aztrail.org
Deadline: September 20, 2002. A detailed position description and
contact information regarding this open position is available on the
Association?s website at http://www.aztrail.org

JOB -> ENV. TRANS. ADVOCATE -- TRANS. ALTERNATIVES, NYC
Experienced public interest advocate needed for T.A.s cutting-edge NYC
environmental transportation campaigning. Will manage pedestrian,
traffic calming and car-free parks advocacy. Must have excellent
writing skills, post-graduate political and/or advocacy experience and
the ability to work both on policy issues and community coalition
building. Salary $30k-$40k to start. E-mail and postal mail only. No
phone calls please. Send cover letter (important) and resum to
Transportation Alternatives, 115 West 30th Street, Rm. 1207 NYC 10001
or mailto: info@transalt.org. Please do not attach
Word documents--plain text or pdf only.

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: http://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 or
http://www.ci.oro-valley.az.us/hr/BIKE%20COORD.htm

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


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