C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S
Issue #54 Friday, September 27, 2002


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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Probike/Prowalk Gets Mn/DOT Press
Comment on Access Board's Draft Guidelines
Ohio to Fund $6.25 Million in Trails
Montreal to Hold Ped Safety Hearings
MN Transit Office Absorbs Sustainable Trans. Section

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New York City to Spend $218 Million on Curb Ramps
Paradise Gets Hi Viz Crosswalks
Salt Lake Area Cities, Towns Rebuild Main Streets
Vancouver's Bicycling City Councillor Steps Down
North Texas' Low-Income Bike Commuters
Hyattstown Uses Sculptures to Slow Traffic
Hillsboro Gets "C-Minus" Bike Friendly Grade
Hamburg pushes Active Communities Agenda
Making Toronto's Ped Lights Work
New Signals Reduce Japan's Ped Crashes
Rensselaer Wants Walkway
Oakland Works on Ped Friendliness
Charlotte to Get $15 Million Greenway
Building a Walkable San Jose
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PROBIKE/PROWALK GETS MN/DOT PRESS
According to an article in the September issue of the Minnesota
Dept. of Transportation's Newsline newsletter, "More than 500 biking
and walking advocates met in St. Paul for the national ProBike/ProWalk
Conference Sept.3 - Sept. 7. Participants -- planners, engineers,
police officers, professors, landscape architects, community health
specialists and bike and pedestrians coordinators -- journeyed from
more than 40 states plus Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia to
explore ways to incorporate biking and walking into the transportation
mainstream.

"'Transportation must and can be part of community, rather than a
threat,' said Bill Wilkinson, executive director of the National Center
for Biking and Walking, the primary conference sponsor. Mn/DOT's
Bikeways and Pedestrians Section in the Office of Transit helped plan
the conference. During the opening session, Commissioner Elwyn
Tinklenberg stressed Mn/DOT's emphasis on creating transportation
choices and Minnesota's role as the nation's leader in number of miles
of bike trails. He also stated that every Mn/DOT transportation
improvement project requires that bike and pedestrian concerns be
considered.

"Mayors Randy Kelly, St. Paul, and R. T. Rybak, Minneapolis, welcomed
the group to the Twin Cities. Kelly had proclaimed St. Paul the 'City
That Walks and Bikes' the previous week. He related that many St.
Paulites have taken the "Safe Routes" pledge¢to drive less each day,
drive the speed limit or less and choose to walk and bike more often.
Rybak advocated biking and walking everyday, not just as recreation on
Saturday and Sunday. 'Bikeways and walkways are designed to get
somewhere,' he said."

Source: http://www.newsline.dot.state.mn.us/archive/02/sep/11.html#5
Title: "Advocates for non-motorized travel converge on same path during
St. Paul conference"
Author: Sue Stein
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COMMENT ON ACCESS BOARD'S DRAFT GUIDELINES
We recently received this note from Ellen Vanderslice of America
Walks: "If anyone has NOT yet checked out the new 'Draft Guidelines on
Accessible Public Rights-of-Way,' the Access Board will accept comments
on the draft through October 28. There will be a public hearing on
October 8 in Portland, OR. The draft guidelines are now the most
up-to-date information available about what you should be doing to
achieve accessibility in the public right-of-way, and as I understand
it, we have a duty to use the most up-to-date information in designing
facilities to be usable by people with disabilities.

"Some "big-ticket" provisions that folks in public works might find
worthy of comment:

-required elevator if grade change for a pedestrian overpass or
underpass is greater than 60" (the Board specifically seeks comment on
whether 60" is the right trigger)
-pedestrian-activated signal at every crosswalk on a roundabout to aid
those with visual impairment
-requirement for at least one 13' wide accessible parking space on
every block."

More information and the draft are available at
http://www.access-board.gov/news/prow-release.htm.

For more information on America Walks, visit:
http://www.americawalks.org/
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OHIO TO FUND $6.25 MILLION IN TRAILS
According to a Sept. 18th news release, "Standing along the historic
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath, Governor Bob Taft today announced $6.25
million in Clean Ohio Trails Fund grants to 24 Ohio communities to
improve and expand the state?s recreational trail system.

"The awards represent one-quarter of a total $25 million in grants for
recreational trails to be funded over the next four years through the
Clean Ohio Program, initiated by Governor Taft and approved by voters
in November 2000. Each grant requires a minimum 25-percent match with
local funds.

"'I am among the many Ohioans who enjoy biking or hiking these trails
to take in the beauty of our state,' Governor Taft said. 'These Clean
Ohio Trails Fund grants will assist trail partnerships throughout the
state - each building an important local project that will help us
complete our vision for an interconnected statewide network of
trails.'..."

Source: http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/news/sep02/0918cleanohio.htm
Title: "Taft Announces Clean Ohio Trails Fund Grants"
For more information on the Clean Ohio Program, go to:
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/cleanohiofund/admin.htm
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MONTREAL TO HOLD PED SAFETY HEARINGS
According to a Sept. 26th news release from the City of Montreal,
"Jeremy Searle, president of the city's permanent commission on
transport and service to citizens and cultural communities, is inviting
citizens to participate in public hearings on the issue of pedestrian
safety in the new city of Montreal. The hearings are to take place
Monday September 30th and Wednesday October 2nd at 7 p.m at Montreal
city hall.

"Representatives from the St. Laurent borough will be present at the
hearings to unveil the dramatic results of a pilot project unveiled
this summer in St. Laurent designed to improve safety at pedestrian
crosswalks. Motorist compliance has risen to over 80 per cent at
unprotected crosswalks. As well, City of Montreal Police officials and
other experts will make presentations at the hearings.

"'It's important for people to understand that pedestrian safety and
better traffic circulation are inextricably linked because traffic
moves faster when it interacts smoothly and not aggressively with
pedestrians,' Searle said. 'Members of the public have already shown a
keen interest in the work of this commission. They are now invited to
participate in these hearings so that the city can get their input on a
subject that touches the lives of all Montrealers...pedestrian safety
and better traffic flow.' Among the items to be discussed at the public
hearings are proposals to extend the pilot project for pedestrian
crosswalks in St. Laurent to other boroughs as well as examining the
question of whether to enforce regulations to keep cyclists off of city
sidewalks plus ways to get traffic moving faster.

For further information: Jeremy Searle, (514) 872-5727, (514) 483-2561
Source: http://www.newswire.ca/releases/September2002/26/c5095.html
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MN TRANSIT OFFICE ABSORBS SUSTAINABLE TRANS. SECTION
According to an article in the September issue of the Minnesota
Dept. of Transportation's Newsline newsletter, "Mn/DOT's Office of
Transit increased by eight employees when the Sustainable
Transportation Initiatives Section transferred from the Office of
Environmental Services. 'We welcome this partnership and want to make
the transition as smooth as possible,' said Donna Allan, director of
the transit office. 'One thing we're working on is how transit,
bicycling and pedestrian travel can work well together.' In order to
acquaint transit staff with bike facilities in the community, the
office held a multi-modal staff meeting Sept. 10 at McCarron's Park in
Roseville to get a first-hand look at local bike facilities.

"Instead of checking out cars from the Central Office garage, employees
arrived at the site a variety of ways. Ten staff members chose to bike
along the roadway and two bike trails, Gateway and Trout Brook, to get
there. Others hopped on a bus at Rice Street and University Avenue for
the trip. Still others vanpooled to the site or vanpooled to the
walking path and continued their journey."

Source: http://www.newsline.dot.state.mn.us/full_articles.html#7
Title: "Transit Office staff bike, pool and "walk the talk" to reach
off-site staff meeting:
Author: Sue Stein
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NEW YORK CITY TO SPEND $218 MILLION ON CURB RAMPS
According to a Sept. 13th article in the New York Times, "A group
representing thousands of New Yorkers in wheelchairs announced
yesterday that it had reached a settlement in a protracted lawsuit
against the city, and that the Bloomberg administration had agreed to
set aside almost $218 million to speed the installation of concrete
ramps at the city's 158,000 curb corners. The agreement was hailed as
an important victory for the city's wheelchair users, who - despite a
federal requirement put in place a decade ago to compel cities to
install such ramps - still must contend with 61,074 corners, most
outside Manhattan, where the curbs might as well be ramparts, because
wheelchairs cannot be rolled over them.

"'It's very simple,' said Robert B. Stulberg, a lawyer who represents
the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, which sued the city in
1994, contending that it had made no plan to comply with the federal
law. 'If you're in a wheelchair and you pull up to a corner that's not
ramped, you literally cannot get to the other side of the street.' The
veterans' group, which successfully sued the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority in 1979, leading to wheelchair-accessible
buses and some subway stations, praised the city for settling the curb
suit, which had dragged on throughout the Giuliani administration.
The group said that the agreement was particularly heartening in light
of the fact that the city's Department of Transportation, which is
responsible for installing the ramps, has seen its resources stretched
thin as it has dealt with post-Sept. 11 street rebuilding in Lower
Manhattan..."

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/13/nyregion/13CURB.html
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced
Cost: Yes for premium archives; otherwise free registration required
Title: "City Agrees to Spend $218 Million to Make Sidewalks Accessible
to Wheelchair Users"
Author: Randy Kennedy
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PARADISE (CA) GETS HI VIZ CROSSWALKS

According to a Sept. 26th story in the Chico Enterprise- Record, "A
dangerous Paradise crosswalk now marked by faded yellow lines may soon
light up like an airport landing strip. Public Works Director Dennis
Schmidt says he's taking a hard look at high-technology warning systems
for the Skyway crosswalk linking Fir Street with the Boys and Girls
Club.

"Two teen-agers were struck there last spring. They weren't seriously
hurt, but the incident focused attention on the heavily used crossing.
In June, demonstrators, including the teens who were hit, carried
brightly colored signs through the crosswalk with such messages as 'Can
you see me now?' They asked town officials, as well as Boys and Girls
Club representatives, to work on improving safety.

"The crosswalk systems vary in their sophistication, but all use a
series of strobe lights imbedded in asphalt. 'They're plenty visible
enough, even in daylight hours, to warn traffic that a pedestrian is
attempting to cross,' Schmidt said. Two such devices, activated by
pressing a button, are in use in Yuba City. Based on a rate of three
feet per second, pedestrians have a calculated time to cross the street
before the lights go off. More expensive systems sense pedestrian
movement and stay on until crossing is completed. Yuba City Public
Works Director John Wright said the two crosswalks, one in front of a
post office, the other at the entrance to a hospital, have
significantly improved pedestrian safety..."

Source: http://www.chicoer.com/articles/2002/09/25/news/news4.txt
Archive search: http://www.chicoer.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Skyway crosswalk could go high-tech"
Author: Greg Welter
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SALT LAKE AREA CITIES, TOWNS REBUILD MAIN STREETS
According to a Sept. 17th story in the Salt Lake Tribune, "Every
city wants bright lights and a big city center. Even Salt Lake Valley
suburban communities -- large and small -- are putting their money
where their main streets are, creating quasi downtowns or re-creating
historic city centers.

"Draper, South Jordan and Taylorsville are erecting city halls to
anchor new pedestrian-friendly plazas. Here is a snapshot of the
valley's emerging suburban centers..."

Source: http://www.sltrib.com/09172002/utah/181980.htm Archive search: Yes
Title: "S.L. Valley Communities Revive, Restore Main Streets"
Author: Karyn Hsiao
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VANCOUVER'S BICYCLING CITY COUNCILLOR STEPS DOWN
According to a Sept. 14th story in the Vancouver Sun, "...Most
people know [Gordon Price] as the bicycle-riding environmentalist who
has fought long and hard for alternative forms of transportation, from
bike routes to new transit initiatives. During the course of his
16-year career he helped create the system of cycling routes that now
almost encircle the downtown. Others know him as the man who organized
the Clouds of Change task force and report on air pollution or as the
city's first elected openly gay councillor. But the 53-year-old
politician -- who's retiring from city council this fall -- has shaped
the city in far more dramatic, if less visible, ways.

"If it weren't for Price, the West End wouldn't be the model urban
neighbourhood it is today. And the Concord Pacific and Downtown South
neighbourhoods might not be emerging -- as they are now -- as
Vancouver's latest development success stories. Councillor Bikeways has
done more than any other elected official to shape the city and the way
we use it. Active in every stage of the decade-long downtown
residential housing boom that has transformed this city's core from raw
idea to livable community, Price may well be remembered by historians
under a different moniker: Dr. Raise Your Crane, the man who made
high-density living Vancouver's collective urban dream..."

Source:

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/archives/story.asp?id=0B36CA2A-2846-4C28-91ED-9DBDECE8DF0A Archive search: http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/archives/ Cost: No
Title: "Mr. Price's neighbourhoods"
Author: Sean Rossiter
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NORTH TEXAS' LOW-INCOME BIKE COMMUTERS
According to a Sept. 23rd Fort Worth, TX, Star-Telegram story, "The
phrase 'bike to work' might bring to mind environmental activists or
affluent suburbanites who have access to neighborhood trails. But the
highest percentages of North Texans who ride bicycles to work live in
low-income areas, including a census tract south of downtown Dallas
that is majority African-American and a census tract that includes part
of the University of Texas at Arlington and is half Hispanic.

"Those are among the results of a Star-Telegram analysis of Census 2000
information on North Texas neighborhoods. Here are other results:

- Areas where walking to work is most popular include the neighborhoods
near the University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist
University, and the downtown areas of Fort Worth and Dallas...
- Commuters who walk to work outnumber bicyclists by a nearly 10-to-1
ratio in Tarrant County..."

Source: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/local/4133042.htm
Archive search: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Bicycle commuting in low-income areas"
Author: Jeff Claassen
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HYATTSTOWN (MD) USES SCULPTURES TO SLOW TRAFFIC
According to a Sept. 19th AP story filed in Hyattstown, Maryland,
"The sculpture is as close to an official traffic stopper as the law
allows: A stick figure with an upraised, white-gloved hand, it is one
of 19 artworks that Hyattstown citizens have placed along a road in
hopes of slowing the cars speeding past their front doors. 'If you see
one, then all of a sudden, you start looking and, hopefully, your
initial reaction is to slow down,' said Linda Tetens, an artist who
helped organize the project. The Road Show, as residents call it, is
among the many approaches citizens nationwide have devised for dealing
with traffic problems that authorities won't or can't solve. Others
involve brightly colored flags, 'pace cars,' homemade speed bumps, even
a steel gate.

"Tiny Hyattstown, about 25 miles northwest of Washington, isn't even a
wide spot in the road. That is one of the problems its 65 residents
face in trying to slow drivers who ignore the 30 mph limit on Route
355, a state highway popular with commuters avoiding congested
Interstate 270. Some of the community's 200-year-old houses are right
beside the road, leaving little margin for parking ? which tends to
slow passing cars ? or other "traffic-calming" features such as
roundabouts and lane closings. Tetens, who created some of the
sculptures, said she and a neighbor once borrowed a police radar gun
and found the average speed was at least 45 mph..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020919/ap_en_ot/traffic_stoppers_2
Title: "Md. Town Uses Arts to Slow Traffic"
Author: David Dishneau
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HILLSBORO (OR) GETS "C-MINUS" BIKE FRIENDLY GRADE
According to a Sept. 17th in the Hillsboro (OR) Argus, "Hillsboro is
in the process of becoming a bicycle-friendly community, but the city
still has work to do. So says the Bicycle Transportation Alliance
(BTA), which recently gave Hillsboro a C- grade on the alliance's
first-ever Bicycle-Friendly Communities Report Card. BTA graded 22
cities statewide. Other Washington County cities included Beaverton
(C), Tualatin (D) and Tigard, which received a flat tire grade for not
providing BTA with any information about its bicycle programs.

"As explained in a report on the grades, BTA issued C grades to
communities that do little more than the minimum state requirements.
Generally, there are few innovative ideas and the community relies
heavily on other jurisdictions for resources. Riding a bicycle in the
community can be frustrating and dangerous in many areas..."

Source:
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/argus/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1032298211249873.xml
Archive search: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/argus/index.ssf?month
Cost: No. Only 30 days available
Title: "Hillsboro earns low grade from Bicycle Transportation Alliance
on its first 'Bike Friendly' report card"
Author: Ian Rollins

For more information on the BTA's report card program, visit:
http://www.bta4bikes.org/act/program/reportcard.html
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HAMBURG (MI) PUSHES ACTIVE COMMUNITIES AGENDA
According to a Sept. 10th Detroit News article, "With
fitness-crippling factors such as obesity reaching epidemic levels in
the United States, finding a community that provides healthy options to
its residents is becoming more important. Hamburg Township's efforts to
provide active options for its present and future residents have earned
high marks from a state agency that has set out to determine what
communities can do to promote good health.

"In October, the township will receive a Promoting Active Communities
Award from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and
Sports in Lansing. 'People are taking a more active interest in their
physical fitness as well as for the kids,' said resident Ron Murdock,
who serves on the township's recreation board...The township will host
a grand opening later this month for a newly constructed trail system,
boardwalk and playground at Manly W. Bennett Park. With its many
improvements over the past several years, Bennett Park has become the
township's centerpiece for recreation. But in order to qualify for the
governor's award, the township had to submit to a lengthy survey that
produced a snapshot of the entire community.

"The survey took into account everything from government policies to
recreation opportunities afforded to employees of local businesses and
to students at area schools..'The survey is very holistic. It doesn't
just look at one piece of the community,' said Risa Wilkerson, the
Governor's Council Director of Active Community Environments. 'We look
at more than 100 local actions that would help make an environment more
suitable to physical activity.'

"...The number of overweight children and adults in the state of
Michigan exceeds the national average, Wilkerson said. Communities like
Hamburg that provide physical activity options are doing something
about the problem. One of the major obstacles facing communities is
staving off the adverse effects of the automobile, which has made
travel easy and fast but has added to the increasingly sedentary
lifestyle of many Americans. Wilkerson said many people are now looking
for walkable communities, and that amenities in a community that enable
pedestrian travel are becoming more valued. 'Making improvements in
this area will not only attract new residents but new businesses as
well,' Wilkerson said.

"Hamburg Township Supervisor Howard Dillman said a greenways committee
formed in 1997 has come up with a plan to connect about 80 percent of
the township's residents to a trail system that will connect to the
Lakelands Trail. Additional trails are planned to connect subdivisions.
'We're working toward creating a pedestrian network so people have ways
to get around the township without having to jump in a car,' Dillman
said..."

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2002/livingston/0209/17/c05l-582909.htm
Archive search: http://www.detnews.com/search/index.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Hamburg gets high marks for its fitness"
Author: Mike Murphy

About those Michigan "Promoting Active Communities Awards"...

According to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, the "Promoting
Active Communities Awards are granted to any city, township, charter
township, or village in the State of Michigan. Each community awarded
has made a commitment to create healthier environments, by removing
barriers to physical activity and encouraging residents to be more
active. The award accomplishes two purposes: It helps increase
awareness of the types of public policies and programs that remove
barriers to healthful physical activity, and it recognizes communities
that are making progress in this regard.

The Award is given in five levels:
- Level 1--Communities have made a commitment to becoming a healthier
place to live and have begun to take steps toward removing barriers to
physical activity.
- Level 2--Communities have taken significant steps toward making it
easier for people to be physically active.
- Level 3--Communities have achieved significant progress toward making
it easier for people to be active.
- Level 4--Communities can document outstanding achievements in making
it easier for people to be active.
- Level 5--Communities are models of commitment to healthy, active
living.

This year's awards went to:
Level 1: Detroit Southwest
Level 2: City of Charlevoix, City of Grand Rapids, Hamburg Township,
Harbor Springs
Level 3: City of Alpena, City of Battle Creek, Boyne City, Buena Vista
Charter Township, Clinton Township, City of Gaylord, City of Jackson,
City of Lansing, City of Marquette, City of Monroe, City of Mount
Clemens, City of Petoskey, City of Saginaw, Van Buren Township, City of
West Branch
Level 4: Escanaba, City of Kalamazoo
Level 5: None.

For more information on the program, contact Gretchen Blink,
Coordinator of Marketing and Communications, Michigan Fitness
Foundation at gblink@michiganfitness.org
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MAKING TORONTO'S PED LIGHTS WORK
According to a Sept. 23rd Toronto Sun article, "You've pressed the
pedestrian crossing button. But nothing happens. So you wait a few
seconds, and press the button again. Still, the lights don't change.
Ever wondered if those pedestrian crossing buttons are actually hooked
up to anything?

"Les Kelman, director of the Toronto's Traffic Management Centre,
insists they are indeed connected to the lights. And no, they're not
designed to frustrate people who can't afford a vehicle. But the way
they work is a bit confusing. There's basically a 'window of
opportunity,' as Kelman puts it, when the button will promptly change
the lights and make you happy. But press the button at any other time
and it might not seem quite so helpful.

"Consider your standard intersection where a major street meets a minor
street. The traffic lights will spend the most time giving the green
go-ahead to traffic flowing on the m ajor street, while cars
approaching the intersection on the minor street will likely see a red
light. A woman, who wants to cross the major intersection on foot,
presses the pedestrian crossing button. But what matters is when,
exactly, she pressed it. The system doesn't check continuously to see
if the button has been pressed, only at certain times during the
traffic light's cycle from green to yellow and red..."

Source:
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/
Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1026145548072&call_page=TS_
Business&call_pageid=968350072197&call_pagepath=Business/News&col=969048863851


Archive search: http://www.thestar.com/static/archives/search.html
Cost: Yes (after 14 days)
Title: "Pedestrian crossing button is a matter of timing"
Author: Rachel Ross
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NEW SIGNALS REDUCE JAPAN'S PED CRASHES
According to a Sept. 13th article in the Japan Times, "The number of
traffic accidents involving pedestrians fell to less than one-third
what they had been at intersections equipped with a new
pedestrian-friendly traffic light system, the National Police Agency
said in a study released Thursday. The system contains arrow signals
indicating 'straight ahead,' 'right turn' and 'left turn' to control
traffic flow so that vehicles do not turn onto thoroughfares when
pedestrians are crossing, police said.

"For research purposes, the agency installed the system at 100
locations with a high number of accidents or heavy traffic. During an
experimental period from January to June, the number of accidents where
pedestrians were hit by vehicles dropped to eight at these locations
from 30 in the same period a year earlier, according to the agency. The
overall number of traffic-related deaths and injuries fell 40 percent
to 122 from 182 cases reported from the same period the previous
year..."

Source:
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20020913a6.htm
Archive search: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/search.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Better traffic lights protect pedestrians, NPA finds"
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RENSSELAER (IN) WANTS WALKWAY
According to a Sept. 26th story in the Rensselaer Republican, "The
Rensselaer City Council considered the feasibility of a walkway to
Brookside Park from Countryside Subdivision at Monday night's meeting.
The walkway would provide a means of getting to the park from the area
without walking along the highway. 'It's a popular plan,' said Council
President George Cover. 'There's a lot of people who want walking
paths.'

"Mayor Herb Arihood explained the present idea was put forth by a group
of citizens from the area, but there have been similar plans in the
past, including a walking path around the perimeter of Brookside under
former Mayor and present council member Susan Smith. Arihood noted that
if the current plan goes through, then perhaps other plans and areas
can be included later. He added there are a lot of people who would
like to walk to the parks in the city, but there is no easy way to do
that now..."

Source: http://www.urlocalmedia.com/rrp/todays/headlines/greenway.shtml
Archive search: http://www.urlocalmedia.com/cgi-bin/rrp_archives.pl
Cost: No
Title: "Council considers city pedestrian walkway"
Author: Luke Dunscombe
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OAKLAND (CA) WORKS ON PED FRIENDLINESS
According to a Sept. 22nd Alameda (CA) Times-Star story, "One person
is struck by a car nearly every day on Oakland streets and more often
than not the victim is a child or a senior citizen. But two groups, the
city's Public Works Department and the Oakland Pedestrian Safety
Project, have been working to reduce these incidents and make Oakland a
more friendly place for walkers.

"In August, the nonprofit Surface Transportation Policy Project called
Alameda County the 10th most dangerous in the state for pedestrians.
Although the report praised Oakland for its citywide pedestrian
education campaign and pedestrian master plan, it noted the city has 82
accidents per 100,000 residents. The report found that accidents
disproportionately injure and kill black and Latino pedestrians.

"On a recent tour of Oakland streets, city Public Works Department
workers were proud to show off street improvements made in the last few
years. And although most Oakland residents may not have noticed, little
by little city streets are getting safer, they say. 'It is a priority
of the mayor, the city manager and the City Council to have the city be
more pedestrian-friendly,' said Niccolo DeLuca, public works assistant
director..."

Source:
http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125%257E1486%257E875943,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125%257E24036%257E,00.html
Cost: No
Title: "City takes steps on pedestrian safety"
Author: Laura Casey
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CHARLOTTE (NC) TO GET $15 MILLION GREENWAY

According to a Sept. 24th Charlotte Observer story, "Mecklenburg
County officials showed detailed plans Monday night for a 15-mile
greenway along Little Sugar Creek. The long-awaited project, to be
completed over the next 10 years, starts in Cordelia Park on North
Davidson Street and runs to the S. C. line.

"Planners hope the asphalt trail will connect neighborhoods, promote
physical fitness, spur economic development and help restore water
quality in the stream. The price tag: $15 million for construction,
which can be expensive in areas that require underpasses or bridges..."

Source: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/4138381.htm
Archive search: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Little Sugar Creek path detailed for residents"
Author: Richard Rubin
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BUILDING A WALKABLE SAN JOSE
According to a Sept. 21st column by San Jose (CA) Mercury News
reporter Joe Rodriguez, "On the final weekend of summer, San Jose on
Foot kicks off the shoes for the last time, grabs a cool one and
measures up the unwalkable city. After 15 different walks with 31 San
Joseans throughout this sprawling city, what did I learn? I remember
the very first e-mail response to my plea for the best places to walk.
It was from a senior citizen wary of traffic and street violence. 'I am
sorry to burst your bubble,' he wrote, 'but safety-first is still the
rule. I may like to walk about the city, but I shall stay in my own
back yard, which is behind fences and guarded gates.'

"Thanks for the warning, but please consider my mission: San Jose on
Foot was an optimistic search for the city built for people, not cars.
These walkable places offer lessons on building a more livable and
exciting San Jose. I remember my walk in the Hamann Park neighborhood.
If there is beauty in the ordinary, and there is, then this 1950s
residential mix of city and suburb wins the pageant. But Hamann Park is
hemmed in by two freeways and two intimidating boulevards.

"It's disconnected from other walkable neighborhoods. I found this sort
of isolation almost everywhere. The disconnect not only limits good
walks, it keeps the city from coming together. We remain a city where
freeways and computers connect but sidewalks and people do not. Still,
the good news is we have enough walkable places to offer hope..."

Source: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4121845.htm
Archive search: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Let Walkable Places Build New San Jose"
Author: Joe Rodriguez
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SUBURBAN CIRCUS
-"A circus staged as a musical, as a play, a pantomime, a revue, or
even as dinner theatre. Suburban Circus is an award-winning musical. In
Australia during the State of Victoria's sesquicentenary celebrations
in 1985, Suburban Circus won a Best Musical competition and then the
overall first prize as Best Show.

"There are 16 skits in this musical each about suburban life and all
with a circus theme. The jugglers are the refuse collectors who juggle
your rubbish. The high-wire act is the school-crossing supervisor. The
clowns are the parking cops who book motorists by squirting cream on a
paper plate and pushing it in the motorist's face ! Oi !..."

http://www.foxplays.co.uk/musicals/subcircus.htm


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"NEW COMMUNITY DESIGN TO THE RESCUE"
Subtitled "Fulfilling Another American Dream," by Joel S. Hirschhorn
and Paul Souza, Nat'l Governors Assn.
http://www.nga.org/cda/files/072001NCDFull.pdf

"OPERATIONALIZING NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESSIBILITY"
Subtitle: "For Land Use-Travel Behavior Research and Regional
Modeling;" by Kevin Krizek, University of Minnesota
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~kjkrizek/Operationalizing%20NA.pdf

"STOP ON RED = SAFE ON GREEN: A GUIDE TO RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAMS"
Published by "The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running," with
financial support from Financial support is provided by ACS, a provider
of red light camera systems. Parts 1 and 2 -- both are small -- must be
downloaded separately:
http://www.stopredlightrunning.com/images/StopOnRed=SafeOnGreen_1.pdf
http://www.stopredlightrunning.com/images/StopOnRed=SafeOnGreen_2.pdf

"SPEED HUMP INSTALLATION POLICY"
Part of the City of Louisville's Neighborhood Speed Reduction Program.
http://www.louky.org/works/pdf/Speed_Hump_Policy.PDF

"AN EXAMINATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CYCLE TRAINING, CYCLE
ACCIDENTS, ATTITUDES AND CYCLING BEHAVIOUR AMONG CHILDREN"

Article in Ergonomics (V45, No. 9) by John Colwell and Angus
Culverwell.
To view the abstract, go to: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/.
Enter the word "Ergonomics" in the "Quick Search" window and click on
the "Publications" button and click on "Search." At the next screen,
choose Ergonomics from the list. At the next screen, choose Volume 45,
Number 9. At the next screen, choose the article's title (the 4th one
down).

"TRAFFIC CALMING PROTOCOL MANUAL"
March 2001 Report of the Municipality of Anchorage, Traffic Department
(prepared by DOWL Engineers).
http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/reports/4to3lane.pdf

"PLANNING FOR MOVEMENT"
Subtitle: "Measuring and Modelling Pedestrian Flows in Cities;" by Dr.
Jake Desyllas and Elspeth Duxbury, Intelligent Space, London.
http://www.intelligentspace.com/Images/pdf/PlanningforMovement.pdf


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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/maaawKxaaTxPOb1NP4Wb/

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/maaawKxaaTxPSb1NP4Wb/

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/maaawKxaaTxPTb1NP4Wb/

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


J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S
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JOB -> TRANS/LAND USE PLANNER -- NEW BERN NC
Planner with focus on Land Use & Transportation Searching for an
opportunity to showcase your planning skills? Want to live in New Bern,
NC? Desiring an ideal professional work environment? Have
some experience in land use, transportation, GIS planning? The Eastern
Carolina Council of Governments has an unique opportunity for you.
Salary range: $33,727 - $40,996. EEOC. Inquire or send resume to
Executive Director Joe McKinney at jmckinney@eccog.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 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


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