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Issue #55 Friday, October 11, 2002


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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NHDOT's New Bicycle-Pedestrian Website
Toronto Honors Bike-Friendly Businesses
Census Numbers Coming Out
Better World Club Competes with AAA
Chicago Suburbs Bike-Bus Program Grows
Midtown NYC Gets Ped-Friendly Changes


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Bike Biz Eyes Commuter Market
Learning from Scandinavia's Winter Cities
Kids Walk to School in Montgomery (AL)
Dutch Embrace Sprawl?
Fewer Kids Walk, Die Walking; Obesity Climbs
Montana Schools Join the Parade
Portland (OR) Bike Commuting Up, Walking Down
Charlottesville (VA) Kids Walk for Health
Copenhagen Shows How It's Done
Who's Stealing Berkeley's Pedestrian Flags?
The Many Benefits of Walking
Seymour (CT) Kids Walk to School
New Bern (NC) Kids Walk the Walk
Boise (ID) Kids Walk, Bike to School



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NHDOT'S NEW BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN WEBSITE
According to an Oct. 4th news release, "New Hampshire is the perfect
place to explore by bicycle or on foot and the New Hampshire Department
of Transportation has just introduced a new Internet website to help
you do just that. 'NHBIKEPED.COM is devoted exclusively to New
Hampshire's cyclists and pedestrians and offers visitors a collection
of information and resources to plan their leisure time,' says Tom
Jameson, the NHDOT's Bicycle Pedestrian Transportation Coordinator.

The new website includes: news and events; safety Information; New
Hampshire laws and rules of the road; interactive Bike maps; featured
tours; and more. "'The Internet is an ideal way for the Department of
Transportation to offer bicycle and pedestrian information to the
public,' explained Tom Gilligan, webmaster for the NHDOT website. 'This
new website is designed to meet the needs of cyclists and pedestrians
in New Hampshire, with information for the recreational user as well as
those who use bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation.'"

To access the new NH Bike/Ped website, go to:
http://www.nhbikeped.com
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TORONTO HONORS BIKE-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES

According to an Oct. 7th news release from the City of Toronto,
"Councillor Olivia Chow, co-chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee,
along with Councillors Joe Pantalone, Jane Pitfield and Raymond Cho,
will honour businesses that promote cycling for a healthy city at the
Bicycle Friendly Business Awards Ceremony."

The awards, given on October 9th, were presented in the following
categories:

- Best Bike Parking Award
- Bicycle-Friendliest Suburban Business Award
- Bicycle Commute Award
- Best Skills Development Award
- Best Small Business Award
- Best Large Business Award
- Best Overall Award

The news release continues, "Businesses are selected based on
secure/monitored bicycle parking facilities, the percentage of
employees that cycle and the corporate use of bicycle services.
Councillor Chow will also present Derek Chadbourne, chair of the Hoof
and Cycle Courier Coalition, with a proclamation declaring October 9 as
Messenger Appreciation Day."

Source: http://www.newswire.ca/releases/October2002/07/c8827.html
Title: "City recognizes cycle enthusiasts at second annual Bicycle
Friendly Business Awards Ceremony"
For more information on the awards, visit:
http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/cycling/bfba.htm.
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CENSUS NUMBERS COMING OUT
According to a recent note from John Boyle of bikemap.com, "The
Census Bureau is just about finished publishing the final Journey to
Work Numbers for the 2000 census. (Only a few territories remain). It
shows that the increase in Bicycling as a 'Primary' means to work was
much more modest than was estimated in the supplementary survey which
was a much smaller sample.

"...I looked at the 1990-2000 results for 7 cities; 2 midatlantic
(Philly and Baltimore), 2 sunbelt (Orlando and Atlanta), 2 West Coast
(Portland and SF) and 1 Anomoly (Davis CA). Most encouraging were the
significant gains in Portland and San Francisco, each city doubling
their bike mode share. Philadelphia also registered significant gains
(about 35%). Percentage wise increases in bicycling in those cities far
outpaced gains in other modes. Baltimore saw a slight increase in
cycling as a modal share (.25 to .33) but the number of actual cyclists
went down. Atlanta and Orlando saw an erosion of bike use and Davis saw
a precipitous drop in bicycling. Davis has been a victim of dumb growth
in the past 10 years.

"Nationwide the census claimed an increase in bicycle commuters (about
20,000) but a decrease in mode share (.41% in 1990, .38% in 2000) The
number of people who walked to worked dropped from 4% to less than 3%
As you know these numbers are dubious because of the time the question
is asked (March) and the way the question is phrased (Primary means to
work, not occaisional or intermodal). The census should keep this
question for a baseline, but more information about real commuting
habits is needed from the census bureau."

For more information, contact John at john@bikemap.com
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BETTER WORLD CLUB COMPETES WITH AAA
According to a recent news release, "The Better World Club, the only
socially responsible and environmentally friendly emergency towing,
roadside assistance and travel club is 'live' and taking on the
environmentally hostile AAA [the American Automobile Association]. You
will also find there a number of articles which describe why AAA may
not be the organization that you want to support...

"The press points out that while we differ from AAA in our focus on
reducing the environmental impact of travel, we are similar in one key
way - the quality and reliability of our service. The fact is that
national towing networks essentially use the same roadside assistance
providers. We're using the same network that serves much of the
insurance industry, including GEICO and CNA.

"Why not join Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk, Rudy Maxa - the Savvy
Traveler, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in being among our first
members - which you can do easily by going to the site and hitting the
"Join" button? As you will see, our prices are competitive, and in many
cases, we are less expensive than AAA. We also offer our exclusive
Travel Cool program to help fight global warming and...'If you don't
use it, you won't lose it.'..."

For more information:
http://www.betterworldclub.com
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CHICAGO SUBURBS BIKE-BUS PROGRAM GROWS

According to a news release from the PACE transit system in the
Chicago suburban region, "A skyrocketing number of bicyclists have been
riding Pace buses since the agency completed its two-year project of
outfitting every fixed-route bus with a bike rack. The usage of the
racks has more than quadrupled this summer over last summer, making
public transportation an even better option for work commutes and
recreational trips. As of April, all fixed-route buses throughout the
suburbs have featured a front-end bike rack. Pace Executive Director
T.J. Ross started the program in June 2000.

"'Many people don't live within walking distance of a bus route, so
being able to put their bike on a bus gives them a way to use public
transit,' Ross said. The number of bike-rack users this past April
totaled 445, a major increase from the April 2001 count of 48.
Continuing to compare last summer with this summer, May's usage climbed
from 63 to 514, June's number jumped from 167 to 692, July's total
increased from 244 to 1,187, and August's usage ballooned from 352 to
2,641.

"'We just completed the project this summer, and hundreds of people are
already taking advantage of the bike racks,' Ross said. 'I couldn't be
more pleased, and I think the popularity of the program will continue
to grow.'..."

Source: http://www.pacebus.com/content/news/News0209.htm
Title: "Easy-to-use bike racks become a hit on buses"
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MIDTOWN NYC GETS PED-FRIENDLY CHANGES

According to an article in the Oct. 9th issue of Transportation
Alternatives' E-Bulletin, "Pedestrians outnumber vehicles by 20 to 1 on
cross-town streets in Midtown Manhattan. Yet this walking majority must
contend with suffocatingly crowded sidewalks--many of which were
narrowed to move motor vehicle traffic faster.

"Last week the Department of Transportation announced it's new 'Thru
Streets' initiative, in which turns off of 36th, 37th, 45th, 46th,
49th, 50th, 53rd, 54th, 59th and 60th streets will be prohibited
between Third and Sixth Aves. on weekdays between 10am and 6pm from
Oct. 15 to Jan. 15. While the DOT pitched the plan as a way to move
cross-town traffic, the greatest beneficiaries will be the tens of
thousands of pedestrians who will no longer have to contend with
turning cars. Kudos to DOT and Mayor Bloomberg for 'Thru Streets,' a
worthwhile experiment which helps pedestrians and moves traffic. If it
works, it will help make Giuliani's ill conceived pedestrian barricades
a distant memory.

"...Along with eliminating turns on ten streets, the DOT is using
traffic signals to give pedestrians priority over turning vehicles at
37 additional intersections between 42nd and 60th Streets. Signals will
be timed so that motorists intending to turn will be stopped by a red
turn-arrow while pedestrians cross. Then pedestrians will be stopped
while motorists turn. This is called a split phase signal. Overall,
pedestrians will get 2/3rds of the crossing time and turning cars 1/3.
While overall pedestrian crossing times will be reduced by a third from
their current length, pedestrians will not have to face turning
motor-vehicles which are a major safety problem and cause of delay for
pedestrians...".

For more, about the projects, go to:
http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dot/html/get_around/streetprog.html

For more about Transportation Alternative's E-Bulletin, go to:
http://www.transalt.org/press/askta/index.html
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BIKE BIZ EYES COMMUTER MARKET
According to an Oct. 10th story in the New York Times, "For decades
the bicycle industry has drawn its inspiration from the racing world.
But this year the stars of the industry's annual trade show, the
International Bicycle Expo held here this week, were closer in spirit
to Volkswagens than Ferraris.

"Seeking to ignite growth with products appealing to more than the
athletic and aggressively outdoorsy, the nation's bicycle makers are
exploring the commuter bike. The idea is to provide an inexpensive and
comfortable bicycle that comes with all the essentials - lights, locks,
suspension, fenders and even a bell - necessary for getting to work and
back. The $4.2 billion American bicycle industry also senses a market
opportunity in the continued sluggish, travel-compromised economy.
'People aren't traveling by airplanes and they're staying closer to
home, and that's probably good for the bicycle industry,' said Marc
Sani, publisher of Bicycle Retailer.

"Already, bicycles that are designed to be more accessible to
non-skilled riders are the industry's fastest-growing category. These
so-called 'comfort' bicycles grew to 20.8 percent of the estimated 17
million bicycles sold in the United States last year. That was up from
13.6 percent in 2000, according to statistics from the National Bicycle
Dealers Association. Now the industry is hoping that the market is
ready for a true everyday transportation or commuting bicycle.

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/10/business/10BIKE.html?ex=1035263056&ei=1&en=54d6d13bb4503681
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced
Cost: Yes, for some
Title: "Big Hopes for Commuting by Bike"
Author: John Markoff
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LEARNING FROM SCANDINAVIA'S WINTER CITIES
According to an Op-Ed piece in the Oct. 9th Anchorage Daily News,
"Listening to Anchorage winter cities advocate Tom Davis give his slide
show about what we can learn from Scandinavian city planning is a
discouraging experience. It's not Mr. Davis' fault. He has a droll wit
and a fresh, almost innocent enthusiasm. But listening to his
presentation, delivered earlier this month for the Anchorage Citizens
Coalition, I was left wondering if we are hopelessly locked into our
old warm-weather ways.

"Take something as simple as drainage. In Scandinavian intersections,
the pedestrian crossings are raised to the level of the curb, above
where slush and water accumulate. The rise in the road at each
intersection encourages traffic to slow down. In Anchorage, sidewalks
drop down to the level of the road, making low spots that collect water
just waiting to soak pedestrians..."

Source: http://www.adn.com/opinion/
Archive search: http://www.adnsearch.com/index.cfm?fa=bs
Cost: Yes
Title: "Winter Ways"
Author: Matt Zencey
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KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL IN MONTGOMERY (AL)
According to a WAKA-TV/Montgomery (AL) story, "Alabama's School
Zones are being made a little safer thanks to 6 point 7 Million Dollars
in Pedestrian Funds. CBS eight takes you to Paterson Elementary where
parents are implementing A Walking School Bus. Things are looking up
for children who walk to Paterson Elementary everyday. Parents like
Marquette McLean are putting their best foot forward to improve
pedestrian safety by coordinating a Walking School Bus. McLean says,
'Some kids want to play around and skip school. I make sure my children
get here on time so they can learn and get their lesson and stuff.'..."

Source:
http://www.waka.com/immedia_cfm_pages/tv8newssingle.cfm?docID=9657
Archive search: None found
Title: "Walk to School Day"
Author: Cynthia Milledge
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DUTCH EMBRACE SPRAWL?
According to a story by Jane Holtz Kay in the Oct. 3rd Christian
Science Monitor, "Water is to Holland as plains and hills are to
America ? a clean slate for building. Yet, for all its history in
pluckily turning bog and sea into buildable land, the Netherlands'
dedication to urban and social planning is equally heroic.

"Rich in urban and environmental skills, Dutch architects and engineers
have shaped civilized cities, doted on mass housing, and tooled
well-crafted buildings. Notably tolerant, its citizenry has endorsed
'social housing' or low-income rentals ? foreign to market-driven
America. From public transport and bicycling, to sustainable space and
environmental protection, the virtual island nation has framed
standards for the world.

"Now, however, some see a shrinking of these urban and social values.
In the wake of the conservative election after the murder of far-right
candidate Pim Fortuyn, the Dutch worry that market dictates and the
move to the right could undo progressive living policies. Some fear
that social housing, which once accommodated 70 percent of the
population but now is down to 30 percent, could descend still further.
Others watch anxiously as suburbanization and motorization expand and
new shopping centers spin off the freeway..."

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/1003/p13s01-stgn.html
Archive search: http://www.csmonitorarchive.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "In Holland, the pressures of American-style urban sprawl"
Author: Jane Holtz Kay
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FEWER KIDS WALK, DIE WALKING; OBESITY CLIMBS

According to an October 1st AP story, "The number of children hit
and killed by automobiles was cut nearly in half during the 1990s,
according to a report released Tuesday that said the decline is due to
fewer kids walking to school and better traffic safety. According to
the National Safe Kids Campaign, 475 pedestrians under 15 years old
were killed while walking in public roadways in 2000, compared to 861
in 1990. The campaign's report on child pedestrian safety found that
parents worried about safety, long distances, time and crime are
driving their children to school more often or putting them on the bus
instead of allowing them to walk.

"In 1969, about half of elementary school children walked or biked to
school, the study said. By 1995, the government's Nationwide Personal
Transportation Survey of 5- to 9-year-olds found that 10 percent of
kids walked to school, 53 percent traveled by car and about 30 percent
rode school buses. Heather Paul, executive director of the National
Safe Kids Campaign, said it's important to make it safer for children
to walk to school. 'We know obesity numbers are growing, and part of it
is based on sedentary trends for children,' Paul said. 'Walking to
school should be the first step, literally and figuratively, toward a
really healthy day.'..."

Source: http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/news/1002/01childsafety.html
Archive search: http://stacks.ajc.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Child pedestrian deaths fell sharply in '90s"
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MONTANA SCHOOLS JOIN THE PARADE
According to an Oct. 2nd story in the Billings (MT) Gazette, "Today,
thousands of students throughout Montana will put their healthiest foot
forward by walking in support of active, healthy lifestyles and safe,
'walkable' communities. Annual Walk to School Day promotions typically
include information for students and parents, guest speakers and safety
demonstrations. The international event, celebrating its fourth year in
Montana, has grown dramatically. This is the first year that the event
will be observed statewide. An estimated 1,000 Helena students and
parents participated at six schools last year, including Gov. Judy
Martz, who will again walk this year with students from Smith School.

"'Walk to School Day reinforces so many important social elements that
children will need to succeed in life, like the importance of
education, physical fitness and being safety conscious,' Martz said.
'And I can't think of a more enjoyable way to get to know our state's
children and parents than by walking with them to school.'
Participating Montana schools include Sandstone Elementary in Billings;
Fred Graff Elementary in Laurel; and Forsyth Elementary, as well as
schools from Anaconda to Vaughn. Twenty-six schools from across the
state received a total of more than $11,000 in grants to support this
year's observations..."

Source:
http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2002/10/02/build/health/05-hayes.inc
Archive search: http://www.billingsgazette.com/search.php
Cost: No
Title: "Ways to celebrate Walk to School Day"
Author: Dayle Hayes
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PORTLAND (OR) BIKE COMMUTING UP, WALKING DOWN

According to an Oct. 6th Porland Oregonian story, "Despite a decade
of rising traffic congestion, the average commute in Portland takes
about as long as in San Francisco or Los Angeles 20 years ago. New
census figures show Portland-area residents typically commute 24
minutes to work -- a three-minute increase since 1990 but still a
shorter journey than in 30 of the nation's 50 top metropolitan areas,
including Denver (26 minutes), Seattle (28 minutes) and Atlanta (31
minutes).

"Experts say the fact that the numbers don't look worse reflects a
natural coping mechanism: Frustrated by traffic, commuters have moved
closer to their jobs. The 2000 Census figures are part of the most
detailed portrait ever of how people get to work in greater Portland --
a region consisting of Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill,
Columbia, Marion and Polk counties in Oregon, and Clark County in
Washington .

"Their answers reveal that: Portland stood out among a handful of
regions where automobiles declined in importance. Bus commuting grew 41
percent, while the numbers of bicycle riders and people working at home
each grew 54 percent -- well ahead of the 27 percent growth in people
driving alone. Despite that, the region remains as car-dependent as
Puget Sound and Southern California. Roughly 73 percent of
Portland-area residents drove alone by car or motorcycle -- the same as
in Los Angeles and 1 percentage point more than in Seattle. Walking
lost popularity. Metro areas walkers grew by a sluggish 13 percent,
with big declines in small towns and outlying areas. The most popular
place to walk? Yamhill County, where 6.3 percent of commuters hit the
sidewalk..."

Source:
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_
standard.xsl?/base/front_page/1033818952299283.xml

Archive search: http://www.oregonlive.com/search/oregonian/
Cost: Yes, after 30 days
Title: "Big city, small commutes"
Author: Steve Suo
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CHARLOTTESVILLE (VA) KIDS WALK FOR HEALTH
According to an Oct. 6th story in the Charlottesville (VA) Daily
Progress, "There is a whole battery of reasons for children to walk or
ride bikes to school: good health, traffic reduction, a stronger sense
of geography. But students have all kinds of excuses to counter those
reasons, according to local transportation planner Chris Gensic: busy
streets, no sidewalks, heavy backpacks and 'stuff in the way,' such as
signs and telephone poles in sidewalks.

To get students to walk or bike is going to take an overhaul - of area
residents' heads, he said. 'It's a difference in attitude rather than
roads,' Gensic noted. A grass-roots effort to encourage students to
walk or ride bikes gained steam last week as area officials and parents
met at Buford Middle School to discuss transportation. 'I think there
is a silent majority of city kids who would gladly ride a bike over
taking a school bus,' said Charlottesville Mayor Maurice Cox, a
bicyclist himself. 'You are in a very strategic position to see some
gains. I'm welcoming the pressure.'..."

Source: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/archive/MGBR760TZ6D.html
Archive search: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/archive/index.shtml
Cost: No, but limited in scope
Title: "Get off the bus"
Author: Kate Andrews
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COPENHAGEN SHOWS HOW IT'S DONE
According to an article in the August/September issue of Metropolis,
"Copenhagen is one of the world's great pedestrian cities. Although
it's blessed with certain inherited characteristics--such as a narrow
medieval street grid--the city has worked steadily to improve the
quality of its street life. In the 40 years since Copenhagen's main
street was turned into a pedestrian thoroughfare, city planners have
taken numerous small steps to transform the city from a car-oriented
place to a people-friendly one.

"'In Copenhagen, we have pioneered a method of systematically studying
and recording people in the city,' says Jan Gehl, a Danish architect
and coauthor of Public Spaces--Public Life, a study on what makes the
city's urban spaces work. 'After twenty years of research, we've been
able to prove that these steps have created four times more public
life.' Here is Copenhagen's program for a more pedestrian-friendly
city..."

Source: http://www.metropolismag.com/html/content_0802/ped/index.html
Archive search: http://www.metropolismag.com/html/archives/index.html
Cost: No
Title: "Encourage walking and cycling. Discourage cars and parking"
Author: Paul Makovsky
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WHO'S STEALING BERKELEY'S PEDESTRIAN FLAGS?
According to an Oct. 10th Oakland (CA) Tribune story, "OK, who's the
wise guy out there making a giant inflatable pumpkin? Or perhaps 3,000
parachutes for mice? Or maybe building a half-time float for the Orange
Bowl? Who can know the evil ways of the person or persons -- it is
probably a conspiracy -- who have slowly but surely taken all 3,000 of
the 18- inch-square, bright-orange pedestrian crossing flags from their
posts at four busy intersections in Berkeley. The little holding stands
are still in place, all lonely and useless like the stems of
decapitated poppies.

"'I haven't seen any out there in a while,' said Aracely Trujillo, who
works at Viva Taqueria at the intersection of Claremont Avenue and
Russell Street, one of the first intersections to get the flags nearly
a year ago as part of Berkeley's pedestrian safety program. 'I don't
know why people would take them or what they would do with them.'
Whatever people are doing, the flags currently are no more. They'll be
back, however. The city has new ones on order at a cost of $1.25 each.
That's $3,750 just to replace the stolen ones, plus another $2,500 for
an additional 2,000 flags already on the way to be installed at three
more intersections throughout the city..."

Source:
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82%257E1865%257E915101,00.html?search=filter
Archive search:
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82%257E23689%257E,00.html
Cost: No
Title: "Someone's walked off with pedestrian flags"
Author: Angela Hill
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THE MANY BENEFITS OF WALKING
According to an article in the Oct. 1st Washington Post, "If a pill
could significantly lower the risk of heart attack, diabetes, stroke,
osteoporosis and breast and colon cancer while reducing weight,
cholesterol levels, constipation, depression and impotence and also
increase muscle mass, flatten the belly and reshape the thighs even as
it reduced the risk of age-related dementia and made you better-looking
-- and had no negative side effects -- there would be panic in the
streets. The American economy would tip into chaos. The military would
have to be called in to secure supplies of the medication.

"Luckily, there is no such pill. But a large and growing body of
credible research demonstrates that taking a good walk most days of the
week can deliver all of the health benefits cited above and more
(although we admit the 'better-looking' part is harder to prove). Yes,
walking. You know: one foot in front of the other, repeat, rinse,
repeat. A mode of exercise formerly considered the domain of the
elderly, the infirm and others incapable of or unwilling to do anything
more brow-dampening..."

[This article is one of a number of walking articles in this issue of
the Post.]

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17484-2002Sep28.html
Archive search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/front.htm
Cost: Not for 1st 2 weeks
Title: "Take a Walk"
Author: Suz Redfearn
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SEYMOUR (CT) KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL

An Oct. 2nd WTNH-TV story from Seymour, Connecticut, says "According
to the national Safe Kids organization, thousands of children are hurt
every year in car-pedestrian accidents. But there are things you can
tell your kids to help keep them safe while they are walking.

"Mary Mansi's two kids walk to Bungay School every day. 'I think I am
the only person on this street who shovels their walk, so we have to
walk in the street and there's ice and snow, and people come barreling
around the corner.' Safety in the wintertime is just one of the worries
parents of walkers have. That's why Wednesday's National Walk to School
Day was so important. Kids in Seymour were escorted by parents, school
officials and police officers on their trek so they can be safe when
they walk on their own..."

Source: http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=957914
Archive search: http://archivesearch.wtnh.com/resultframe.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Walk to School Day"
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NEW BERN (NC) KIDS WALK THE WALK

Nearly 300 students and teachers at Bangert Elementary walked the
walk Wednesday to promote physical exercise as part of International
Walk to School Day. 'We will use Walk to School Day to promote physical
activity within the school and community,' said Stephanie Fisher,
cardiovascular health coordinator with the health department. 'It's a
collaborative project between the Craven County Health Department and
our schools. Our goal is to promote physical activity.'

"Nearly 3 million children, parents and community leaders in 21
countries around the world took part in International Walk to School
Day last year. The goal of the walk varies from community to community.
Some walks rally for safer and improved streets, some to promote
healthier habits and some to conserve the environment. "We received a
$5,000 grant for this project, which we will use to build walking
trails at four elementary schools," Fisher said.

Source: http://www.newbernsunjournal.com/Details.cfm?StoryID=4702
Archive search: http://www.newbernsunjournal.com/Search.cfm
Cost: No
Title: "Walk to School Day promotes healthy lifestyle"
Author: Penny Round
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BOISE (ID) KIDS WALK, BIKE TO SCHOOL
According to an Oct. 3rd story in the (Boise) Idaho Statesman, "Just
before the sun broke over the Foothills on Wednesday in Harris Ranch,
about 25 kids and parents began a 4-mile, police-escorted bike trip
down Warm Springs Avenue. Their destination: Adams Elementary School.
Their mission: to promote fitness in kids, school zone and neighborhood
safety, and concern for the environment.

"The group along with more than 100 kids at Monroe Elementary School
in the Depot Bench area took part in National Walk to School Day.
'Were doing this to promote wellness and physical activity,' said Bill
McDougall, who joined his 7-year-old son, Lukas, on the ride. 'I like
to ride my bike,' Adams sixth-grader Gerod Roth said of his decision to
participate. Encouraging kids to walk to school is one way to fight an
alarming national increase in childhood obesity, the events organizers
said. Its also a great way to strengthen a neighborhoods sense of
community.

"For the Monroe students, walking to the neighborhood school on a quiet
street didnt present many problems. But for students who attend schools
such as Adams on collectors and arterials -- about 95 percent of the
schools in Boise -- its a different story..."

Source: http://204.228.236.37/News/story.asp?ID=22035
Archive search: http://204.228.236.37/Search/index.asp
Cost: No
Title" Boiseans honor Walk to School Day"
Author: Emily Simnitt
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model, which includes the eight rear wheels for handling those trips to
Sam's Club...."
http://poseur.4x4.org/futuresuv.html


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"NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING PROGRAM GUIDE"
March 2002 manual from the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
http://ci.alexandria.va.us/tes/td/pdf/Neighborhood%20Traffic%20Calming%20Program%20Guide.pdf

"CHANGING DIRECTION"
Subtitled "Transportation Choices for 2030." By Center for Neighborhood
Technology of Chicago.
http://ctaqc.cnt.org/publications/changing-direction.pdf

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

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

"CANADIAN MOTOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC COLLISION STATISTICS"
Summary statistics for 1981-2000.
http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/tp/tp3322/2000/pdf/st2000e.pdf


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October 12, 2002, 3rd Annual Break the Gridlock Conference, Chicago,
IL. Info: Break The Gridlock, 1573 N. Milwaukee Ave. #447, Chicago, IL
60622-2009.
Website: http://www.breakthegridlock.org

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/maaazLtaaTVtIb1Dwz7b/

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/maaazLtaaTVtJb1Dwz7b/

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 -> SRTS PGM MGR -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation manages a program for the City of
Chicago called Safe Routes to School. Safe Routes to School aims to to
help Chicago recover a time, not so long ago, when the vast majority of
kids routinely roamed their neighborhoods on foot or bicycle, taking
their first steps toward independence. Safe Routes to School strives
for this goal by increasing the percentage of children who bike and
walk in their communities, one school at a time.

Primary duties: establish relationships with funding organizations and
work to obtain continued funding; research and develop partnerships
with other in-school, safety, and wellness programs; create a bicycle
and pedestrian safety curriculum and manage the creation of related
publications; market the Safe Routes to School program to schools,
government officials, community groups and parents; establish school
contacts and schedule school visits; etc. Qualifications: experience in
program management; obtaining grant funding; teaching bicycling and/or
pedestrian safety; video production; proficiency in a foreign language,
especially Spanish; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Salary: $25,000 to $35,000 per year depending on experience.
Applications: Candidates should (a) write why they consider themselves
suited to the job, and (b) list their qualifications and/or relevant
experience, and (c) provide a resume of experience. Provide to: Dave
Glowacz, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, 650 South Clark Street, Room
300, Chicago IL 60605; phone (312) 427-3325 ext. 29 fax (312) 427-4907;
email: glow@biketraffic.org

See website for details:
http://www.biketraffic.org/jobs/prg_mgr_src.html

JOB -> BIKE PGM MGR -- CHARLOTTE, NC
Hiring Range: $45-60K DOQ Defines and implements bicycle polices,
programs, standards and projects outlined in the Bicycle Transportation
Plan; represents bicycle interests on steering committees of
transportation studies; serves on the MPO's Technical Coordinating
Committee; provides planning or engineering support to various program
and project development teams; responds to citizen concerns and
complaints; makes presentations to elected officials, neighborhood
groups and others regarding bicycle issues, projects, etc.; works with
both public and private sectors to obtain funding for proposed projects
and programs; analyzes and collects data pertinent to bicycle issues,
such as accident data, traffic counts, and pedestrian counts. Requires
graduation from a four-year degree in transportation planning, urban
planning, traffic engineering or a related field, preferably
supplemented by a Master's Degree; minimum of five years experience in
transportation planning or transportation engineering, with an emphasis
in bicycle planning and programming preferred; ability to communicate
effectively both orally and in writing, and knowledge of geographic
information systems (GIS) is desired. For more information, contact
John Cock at jcock@ci.charlotte.nc.us
For information on the Bicycle Program:
http://www.ci.charlotte.nc.us/citransportation/bicycle/index.htm

For instructions on applying, see the following web link:
http://www.ci.charlotte.nc.us/cihr/cityjobs.htm

JOB -> PEDESTRIAN PGM MGR -- CHARLOTTE, NC
Hiring Range: $45-60K DOQ. Serves as the City's Pedestrian Advocate
responsible for managing the Sidewalk Construction Program, responding
to requests/inquiries and evaluating potential streets for new sidewalk
construction; chairs and serves on various committees; prepares annual
work programs and budgets; makes presentations as needed. Requires
BS/BA in civil/traffic engineering, transportation/urban planning,
public health related to pedestrian/bicycling communities or a related
field (Master's degree preferred); excellent oral/written communication
skills; knowledge of principles and practices of transportation
planning; ability to work effectively with diverse groups; minimum 5
years experience in transportation planning/engineering. Experience
with an emphasis on pedestrian friendly design and safety, and GIS
experience preferred. For more information, contact John Cock at
jcock@ci.charlotte.nc.us

For information on Charlotte DOT:
http://www.ci.charlotte.nc.us/citransportation/cdot.html

For instructions on applying, see the following web link:
http://www.ci.charlotte.nc.us/cihr/cityjobs.htm

JOB -> PR INTERN -- BIKE WINTER, CHICAGOLAND
Bike Winter is a grassroots volunteer organization of Chicagoland
bicycling enthusiasts who seek to encourage all-season cycling for
transportation, fitness, and fun through a variety of classes, bike
rides, and special events from November through April. We are looking
for a public relations intern to help us get the word out for the
2002-2003 season. Job Description: Contact print, radio, television,
and internet media in the Chicagoland area, write stories and press
releases describing Bike Winter and announcing Bike Winter events,
setup publicity interviews with Bike Winter volunteers, attend Bike
Winter planning meetings, classes, and special events.

Degree or Experience: No degree or experience required, just some
public relations talent and enthusiasm to make Chicagoland a better
place to live through all-season cycling. Public relations,
journalism, english, or marketing major preferred. Candidate will need
access to a personal computer and the internet and the ability to use
word processing and e-mail software. All-season cycling enthusiast
strongly encouraged! Hours: Flexible, 4 to 8 hours per week, November
2002 through April 2003. Can work from home, school, public library,
etc. All classes and special events take place in Chicago. Most bike
rides are in Chicago.

Pay: Pay? Are you kidding? You should be paying us for all the fun
you will be having and all the valuable experience you will be getting!
If interested, contact Bob Matter at rjmatter@prodigy.net by October
16, 2002. The first Bike Winter planning meeting is October 17, 2002
6:00 p.m. at the Billy Goat, 430 N. Michigan (lower level). All ages
welcome. See:
http://www.bikewinter.org for more info on Bike Winter.

JOB -> BIKE/PED COORDINATOR -- ALAMEDA CO., CA.
Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (Authority) is
seeking a Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator through June
30, 2003. This position will be considered for renewal annually. The
coordinator will help improve access and safety for bicyclists and
pedestrians throughout Alameda County. The coordinator will report
directly to Authority staff but will contract with Bay Area Program
Management Group, the Authority's Project Control Team.

Visit the Authority website at http://www.acta2002.com for information
about the Authority, the position and the application. Send an
application with a ten page maximum limit detailing relevant experience
to Michele Bellows/ACTIA at 426 17th Street, Suite 100A, Oakland, CA
94612. The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, October 25 at
3 p.m. Compensation for this position is a maximum of $50,000,
inclusive of benefits and insurance. Questions, call Tess Lengyel at
(510) 267-6111.

JOB -> NORTHERN NJ ADVOCATE -- TRI-STATE TRANS. CAMPAIGN
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign seeks to hire a Northern New
Jersey advocate to manage advocacy campaigns that promote our
transportation policy reform work in northern New Jersey. Primary place
of work: The Campaign's Midtown Manhattan office, though a branch
office in northern NJ is possible.

Responsibilities: organizing and leading opponents in campaigns against
several highway expansion proposals in northern New Jersey, and
advocating for more appropriate projects; educating state, municipal
and other relevant officials on the elements of our agenda; mastering
and interpreting official transportation policy and project documents;
help research and write media-oriented reports; assist the Campaign
central staff with media outreach and commentary.

Qualifications: Must be energetic, personable, and a self-starter, with
ability to work well under pressure; two or more years experience in
transportation, land use, social justice, environmental issues, or
similar policy or advocacy work; thorough understanding of state and
local political structures, role of activist and citizen groups, and
overall political decision making processes; excellent communications
skills, including writing and public speaking in particular;
familiarity with computers, word processing programs, databases and the
internet. GIS skills a plus; experience in non-profit or government
sectors preferred.

Pay is competitive with other NY-NJ area non-profit organizations and
commensurate with qualifications and experience; generous benefits
package.Interested individuals should send resumes (include contact
information for references) along with a writing sample to: Tri-State
Transportation Campaign, c/o Jon Orcutt, 240 West 35th Street, New
York, NY 10001; Fax: (212) 268-7474; or by email to: jo@tstc.org.
Position open until filled.No phone calls please.
http://www.tstc.org/about/jobs.html

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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