Issue #56 Friday, October 25, 2002

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U.S. Obesity Keeps Increasing
NCBW Launches Pro Bike/Pro Walk PowerPoint Collection
STPP Posts TEA-21 Platform
Increasing Physical Activity booklet Out of Stock...Again
Wisconsin Walks Takes First Steps
LAB Bike-Friendly Community Campaign
Bike Lanes For Calif. Bridge? Allies Say 'Yes!'
Nashville to Fund Major Sidewalk Improvements
Wilmington (NC) Neighborhoods Want Traffic Calming
California Lowers Level of Service for Infill
2003 Bike Month Organizer Kit Now Available


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NCBW Out and About...
Boulder (CO) Wants to Double Walking, Biking
North New Jersey Path in Jeopardy
Bike-Friendly Angel Island
Knoxville (TN) Adopts Bike Plan
Talking Billboards to Assault Walking Scots
Berkeley (CA) Residents Asked to Spend $10m for Peds
No Crosswalk for Auke Bay (Ak) Kids
Melbourne Updates Bike Plan
Link Between Bikes and Impotence Gains Acceptance
Countdown Signals Come to Spartanburg (SC)
Georgian Bicyclists "Ready to Rumble" Over Strips
Galway (Ire) Pedestrians March for Crossing

Jonesboro (AR) Getting Ped-Friendly Downtown


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U.S. OBESITY KEEPS INCREASING
According to an Oct. 8th news release from the National Center for
Health Statistics, "Obesity continued to increase dramatically during
the late 1990s for Americans of all ages, with nearly one-third of all
adults now classified as obese, according to new data from the
1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey published
today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"The data show that 31 percent of adults 20 years of age and over?
nearly 59 million people -- have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or
greater, compared with 23 percent in 1994, according to the data
collected and analyzed by the National Center for Health Statistics,
part of HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Meanwhile, the percent of children who are overweight (defined as
BMI-for-age at or above the 95th percentile of the CDC Growth Charts)
also continues to increase. Among children and teens ages 6-19, 15
percent (almost 9 million) are overweight according to the 1999-2000
data, or triple what the proportion was in 1980..

"'The problem keeps getting worse,' said HHS Secretary Tommy G.
Thompson. 'We've seen virtually a doubling in the number of obese
persons over the past two decades and this has profound health
implications. Obesity increases a person's risk for a number of serious
conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood
pressure, and some types of cancer.'..."

For the rest of the news release, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases/02news/obesityonrise.htm

For statistics on adults, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/obese/obse99.htm

For statistics on children, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/overwght99.htm
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NCBW LAUNCHES PRO BIKE/PRO WALK POWERPOINT COLLECTION
Good news for those of you who were unable to attend the recent
Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2002 Conference in St. Paul. Corey Twyman, NCBW's
IT Specialist, announced this week that a collection of presentations
from the conference has been posted to the NCBW web site. "We had
36 presentations submitted in the PowerPoint format following the
conference," Twyman said. "Most of the presentations compressed
down pretty well, although we've got a couple heavyweights on the
site." You can preview an index of the available presentations at
http://www.bikewalk.org/training_resources/pwpb_conference/pbpwpresentations02.htm .
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STPP POSTS TEA-21 PLATFORM
According to their website, the Surface Transportation Policy
Project (STPP) has developed an initial position statement on
reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation law, TEA-21. In
it, they outline "four key challenges that Congress needs to address as
part of the TEA-21 renewal debate. The statement calls for the defense
of the ISTEA and TEA-21 program frameworks along with new guarantees to
make the funding programs more accountable, transparent and tied to
performance.

"The statement issues a strong message that environmental, health, air
quality, equity and historic preservation protections must be preserved
and strengthened as part of the TEA-21 renewal, and builds on the four
challenges contained in the new transportation charter: (1) require
accountability and reward performance; (2) fix it first; (3) create
better transportation choices and build more livable communities; and
(4) learn to serve people..."

For more on the statement, visit:
http://www.transact.org/platform.asp%20
To download a copy, go to:
http://www.transact.org/PDFs/platform.pdf
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INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BOOKLET OUT OF STOCK..AGAIN
The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is once again
out of stock on it's publication, Increasing Physical Activity Through
Community Design: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners. "We can't
seem to keep this booklet on the shelf" reports Gary MacFadden,
operations director at NCBW. "We've already gone through two printings
in May and July, and we're scheduling another reprint now." MacFadden
added that more than 5,000 of the printed guides have been distributed
in the past 4 months, and more than 8,000 copies have been downloaded
from the organization's web site in the portable document format (.pdf).
"Until we can get this back on the press, we're directing inquiries to the
download version on the site," MacFadden said.

Download the booklet at http://www.bikewalk.org/PubHealth.htm
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WISCONSIN WALKS TAKES FIRST STEPS

According to an October 2nd news release from Kit Keller of Wisconsin
Walks, "Walk to School Day activities in Cedarburg today included the
first footsteps of Wisconsin Walks, a new statewide pedestrian advocacy
organization. The group's goal is to promote walking for
transportation, recreation, and physical fitness, including heart
health and weight reduction. Wisconsin Walks urges Wisconsinites to
leave a lasting legacy by walking regularly and taking action to make
their communities great places to walk.

"In choosing Walk to School Day as its birthday, Wisconsin Walks adopts
walk to school initiatives as a primary goal. 'Wisconsin Walks
encourages you to walk with a child to school today and every day you
can,' suggests the group's organizer Kit Keller. 'This simple activity
will reveal how pedestrian friendly your community is. We encourage you
to take notes or use a checklist as you walk,' she said.

"Wisconsin Walks, working in cooperation with the Department of
Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety offers Walking
Workshops to assist communities in identifying and improving conditions
for walking. To date, 19 cities and villages in Wisconsin have used
pedestrian safety workshops to help make their communities more
pedestrian friendly. Each four-hour workshop brings people together to
focus on a particular area such as a school zone, downtown, or
neighborhood.

"In addition to promoting walking and offering Walking Workshops,
Wisconsin Walks? first year goal is to generate a statewide educational
campaign to clarify the respective rights and responsibilities of
motorists and pedestrians. Legally, Wisconsin is a pedestrian rights
state, yet walkers throughout Wisconsin report being afraid to cross
the street for fear motorists will run them over. 'Neglect and bad
habits have created a hostile environment for pedestrians,' Keller
said, adding 'We can all play a part in making sure that people on
foot, especially children and seniors, feel safe walking in our
communities.'..."

For more information, write Wisconsin Walks, PO Box 93, Cedarburg, WI
53012. Call 262-375-6180 (Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm, and Sat. 8am-noon). Email
info@wisconsinwalks.org or visit their website (currently under
construction) at: http://www.wisconsinwalks.org
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LAB BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN
According to the Oct. 18th issue of the League of American
Bicyclists's BikeLeague News, the LAB "recently launched its Bicycle
Friendly Community Campaign, a national grassroots effort to increase
the number of trips made by bike, promote physical fitness, and help
make communities more liveable. The Campaign works in the most
effective way possible -- town by town, city by city -- to encourage
bicycling and achieve a bicycle-friendly America. The Campaign is
supported by a generous grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"'As more people bicycle and walk, communities experience reduced
traffic, better air, and improved public health,' said Elissa Margolin,
Executive Director of the League. 'Bicycle-friendly and walkable towns,
like those with good schools and vibrant downtowns, are communities
that offer a good quality of life,' she added.

"The League recognizes newly designated Bicycle Friendly Communities
(BFC) with an awards ceremony, a BFC road sign, and a formal press
announcement. Municipalities that apply for BFC status receive an
abundance of technical assistance to help them improve cycling
conditions and encourage residents to bike for fun, fitness and
transportation."

The League encourages community leaders seeking BFC status to complete
and submit part one of the application on:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org

After reviewing this profile, the League will advise towns on whether
or not they meet the basic criteria required and on the next steps in
the application process. For more information about the LAB, go to:
http://www.bikeleague.org
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BIKE LANES FOR CALIF. BRIDGE? ALLIES SAY 'YES!'
According to a recent note from Chris Morfas of the California
Bicycle Coalition, "On October 17th, Bay Area bicyclists pedaled a
little closer towards their eventual goal of bike access to the
Richmond-San Rafael Bridge when the San Francisco Bay Conservation and
Development Commission adopted a resolution directing the California
Department of Transportation to provide a buffered bike lane on the
bridge. A campaign spearheaded by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's
Deb Hubsmith and assisted by the California Bicycle Coalition gained
momentum when four state legislators wrote letters of support."

For more information, go to:
http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/transportation/4313518.htm
http://www.marinij.com/news/stories/index5002400.html
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NASHVILLE TO FUND MAJOR SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS
According to a recent note from David Kleinfelter of the Metro
Nashville Planning Department, "Mayor Bill Purcell commissioned a
comprehensive Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways, which was
recently released in draft form. The plan can be viewed in its
entirety (it's big) at:
http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/index.htm

"The following is a quote from a press release noting that Mayor Bill
Purcell has proposed funding for the first year of the sidewalk and
bikeway plan in a capital spending plan that has been submitted to the
Nashville Metro Council (equivalent of a city council).

"'Purcell will also fully fund the recommendations of plans for
sidewalk improvements and Metro's park system. Sidewalk and bikeways
funding will total $20.6 million for the first year of a Strategic Plan
for Sidewalks and Bikeways.'

"The plan sets out extensive design guidelines for sidewalks and
bikeways, as well as significant proposals for changes in policies and
ordinances. The Council is expected to vote on the spending plan on
Tuesday, October 15..."

The entire press release can be viewed at:
http://www.nashville.gov/mayor/press011.htm
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WILMINGTON (NC) NEIGHBORHOODS WANT TRAFFIC CALMING
According to a recent message from Bill McDow of the Wilmington (NC)
Traffic Engineering Department, "The City of Wilmington has had a
Traffic Calming program for many years, including speed humps that go
back to 1994. Since 1994, we have installed over 130 Speed Humps, as
well as, chokers, one way streets, road closures and roundabouts...We
are evaluating our system of traffic calming and have received lots of
public interest in the program. We have over 120 streets that have
applied for traffic calming and more that apply every week..."

According to the City's website, "The Neighborhood Traffic Program
works to address traffic problems on residential streets within our
neighborhoods. The most common concerns are speeding and excessive
traffic volume...Traffic calming devices are installed after a
Neighborhood Traffic Study has been completed and the study recommends
a specific calming device. Residents can request that a Neighborhood
Traffic Study be conducted to examine the problems and help develop
solutions to these problems. Since this process is a cooperative
effort, a neighborhood petition with signatures from a majority of
residents in the identified area, is required before the study can be
initiated..."

For more information on the City's program, visit:
http://www.ci.wilmington.nc.us/development/neighborhood_traffic.htm
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CALIFORNIA LOWERS LEVEL OF SERVICE FOR INFILL
According to a recent note from Peter Swift of Peter Swift
Associates, "California Senate Bill 1636 passed and was signed by the
Governor recently. It allows for LOS D and E in infill redevelopment
areas. This is a big deal for California."

The measure, SB 1636 (Figueroa) is entitled, "Congestion management:
transportation: congestion management programs." Here is a brief
excerpt:

"Existing law requires the development, adoption, and updating of a
congestion management program for each county that includes an
urbanized area, as defined. The plan is required to contain
specified elements and to be submitted to regional agencies, as
defined, for determination of whether the program is consistent with
regional transportation plans. The regional agency is then directed
to monitor the implementation of all elements of each congestion
management program. The required elements include traffic level of
service standards for a system of designated highways and roadways.

"This bill would define an infill opportunity zone for purposes of the
above-described provisions to mean a specific area designated by a city
or county zoned for new compact residential or mixed use
development, except as specified, within 1/3 mile of specified
transportation sites in counties with a population of over 400,000. It
would exempt streets and highways in an infill opportunity zone
from the level of service standards specified in the above-described
provisions and instead require alternate level of service standards to
be applied. It would provide that a city or county may not designate an
infill opportunity zone after December 31, 2009.

For the rest of the bill, go to:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/sen/sb_1601-1650/sb_1636_bill_20020912_chaptered.html
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2003 BIKE MONTH ORGANIZER KIT NOW AVAILABLE
According to the Oct. 18th issue of the League of American
Bicyclists's BikeLeague News, "The year 2003 will mark the 47th
consecutive year the League of American Bicyclists has declared May to
be National Bike Month. The League's 2003 Bike Month Organizer's Kit is
now available. From a one day celebration of Bike-to-Work Day (May 16)
in your community or at your workplace or school, to a month-long,
city-wide program, this year's Event Organizer's Kit is designed to
help you succeed."

To order a hard copy of the kit for $22.00, call (202) 822-1333. To
download a free version, go to:
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/bikemonth.htm.
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NCBW OUT AND ABOUT...
Bill Wilkinson spoke on creating more physically active communities
at the annual meeting of the Association of Metropolitan Planning
Organizations held in Los Angeles last month. Pete Moe spread the
walkable communities message at the SAFE KIDS Leadership Conference
in Washington, DC earlier this month... Bill will be in Seattle on Monday
to speak at the annual conference of the National Association of Housing
and Redevelopment Officials.
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BOULDER (CO) WANTS TO DOUBLE WALKING, BIKING
According to an October 24th story in the Boulder Daily Camera,
"Twice as many Boulderites will need to walk and bike to their
destinations by the year 2020 if street congestion is to be kept at or
close to its current level, city transportation planners say. On
Wednesday, the city launched the first in a series of four weekly
forums to solicit suggestions on how to achieve that goal. The next
meetings will be held Wednesday nights through Nov. 13.

"Former Boulder City Councilwoman Gwen Dooley said she envisioned a
future in which bicycles are licensed like cars so that enforcement of
speed limits and other rules is easier and results in safer, friendlier
paths. Marion Gately, a member of Seniors on Bikes, said businesses
sometimes shovel their parking lots, piling snow on adjacent paths --
a practice that the city may want to bring to their attention.

"Other suggestions, which filled four large boards, included adding stop
and go signals at bicycle intersections, upgrading bicycle parking
throughout Boulder and keeping bicycles off sidewalks, making both
pedestrians and cyclists safer..."

Source:
http://www.bouldernews.com/bdc/city_news/article/0,1713,BDC_2422_1499240,00.html

Archive search: Use "search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Boulder targets walking, biking "
Author: Mary Butler
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NORTH NEW JERSEY PATH IN JEOPARDY
According to an Oct. 24th North Jersey News story, "State
transportation officials have given the [West Milford] township until
Dec. 31 to submit plans for a bicycle path - or risk losing $1.25
million in grant money. This latest deadline appears to be the last
chance for the township to get the project off the drawing board and
into the design stage, nearly three years after the state Department of
Transportation sent the township seed money to start the bike path.

"Councilman Andrew Gargano met with DOT officials last week and said
that it's now or never for the project. 'If we don't get approval of
this plan by Dec. 31, then it's goodbye,' Gargano said. Mayor Robert
Moshman said submitting plans for the bicycle path shouldn't be a
problem. After all, the idea has been kicking around township hall for
more than eight years, he said, and blueprints have already been laid
out, dividing the project into four phases. All local officials have to
do is send them to the DOT, he said..."

Source: http://www.bergen.com/page.php?level_3_id=7&page=5407938
Archive search: http://www.bergen.com/cgi-bin/search.pl
Cost: No
Title: "Now or never for West Milford bicycle path plan, state says"
Author: Richard Cowen
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BIKE-FRIENDLY ANGEL ISLAND
According to an Oct. 24th Alameda (CA) Times-Star, "It had been 15
years since Roseanna Mathers had ridden a bicycle, and when she finally
decided to get back on a bike, her first destination was Angel Island
State Park. How can you blame her? A trip around Angel Island on a bike
is like having 100 postcards melded into one circular snapshot of the
Bay Area. Moreover, the island boasts historical value and a wonderful
array of flora and fauna -- often overlooked by visitors too busy
admiring the views.

"Angel Island is simply angelic, a slice of heaven in our own backyard.
Where else can you get away from the bright lights, big city and still
sit smack dab in the middle of the hustle-bustle that is the Bay Area?
And Angel Island is bicycle friendly and a fairly easy place to reach.
Which is why Mathers made the trip to the 740-acre chunk of land
formerly inhabited by Coastal Miwok Indians, the U.S. military and
immigrants -- which is why the island was once dubbed 'The Ellis Island
of the West.'..."

Source:
http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125%257E11080%257E945921,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125%257E24036%257E,00.html
Cost: No
Title: "Your bicycle seat offers the best view of the Bay"
Author: Billy Ortiz
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KNOXVILLE (TN) ADOPTS BIKE PLAN
According to an October 24th story in the Knoxville News-Sentinel,
"Local transportation planners have adopted a comprehensive bicycle
plan to offer would-be riders more of what they want. The new plan
comes in response to recent public surveys that revealed many locals
would be more inclined to leave their cars at home in favor of riding a
bike if access and safety were improved.

"The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization's
Executive Board unanimously approved a new regional bicycle plan
Wednesday that outlines a series of priorities for the next five years.
'Bicyclists get marginalized,' said Kelley Segars, the TPO's bicycle
plan coordinator. 'But I think there's a demand for that.' Citizens
have specifically asked for more greenways, more adjoining bike lanes
along roads and respect from motorists, she explained.

"'If we work on those, there is a certain percentage of people who
would switch to bicycles,' Segars said. Drafted by the TPO's 11-member
bicycle advisory committee, the plan outlines 50 action steps, grouped
into a three-tier priority system..."

Source:
http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/local_news/article/0,1406,KNS_347_1498785,00.html
Archive search: http://web.knoxnews.com/archives/newsbank/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pedal pushers pleased with new regional bicycle plan"
Author: Hayes Hickman
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TALKING BILLBOARDS TO ASSAULT WALKING SCOTS
According to an Oct. 14th EuropeMedia.net story, "Scottish
pedestrians may have to cross the street to avoid triggering the
sound-enabled billboards that may soon line their shopping venues, if
Scottish-based design consultant Harris Hynd, Ltd. has its way.

"The BBC reports that the Fife-based firm has designed a motion
sensitive infra-red device that, when appended to a billboard, can
launch a recorded message lauding the billboard's sponsor. Passersby
could thus set off the sonic accompaniment by simply walking past the
sign.

"Harris Hynd director Norman Harris extols the device's mixed-media
potential, 'Where before you might have a picture of a drink being
poured into a glass, now you can hear the drink being poured. Or you
might hear a voice talking to you.'..."

Source: http://www.europemedia.net/shownews.asp?ArticleID=13078
Archive search: http://www.europemedia.net/searcharchives.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Let the billboards do the talking"
Author: Abbott Katz
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BERKELEY (CA) RESIDENTS ASKED TO SPEND $10M FOR PEDS
According to an Oct. 24th story in the Berkeley Daily Planet, "On
Election Day, Berkeley voters will have a chance to make a $10 million
investment in pedestrian safety. But some say the investment would be a
waste of taxpayer dollars. Measure L, which requires a two-thirds vote
for approval, would raise an estimated $1 million per year for 10 years
to pay for traffic circles, lighted pedestrian crosswalks and other
pedestrian safety improvements. An increase in property taxes would pay
for the measure, with the average Berkeley homeowner paying an
additional $24.70 per year for ten years, according to city estimates.

"Supporters say Berkeley streets are some of the most dangerous in the
state and call passage of Measure L a life and death issue. 'The
improvements need to be made now to save lives,' said Wendy Alfsen of
the Transportation Commission. But opponents say pedestrian injuries
are on the decline and call the measure a waste of money. 'It's just
another boondoggle,' said Art Goldberg, former chair of the Citizens'
Budget Review Commission, which advises the City Council.

"Measure L opponents cite California Highway Patrol statistics which
show that the number of pedestrians injured in Berkeley dropped from
126 to 106, or 15 percent, between 2000 and 2001. CHP figures show an
even more dramatic decline since 1990, when 164 pedestrians were
injured. But City Councilmember Dona Spring, who supports Measure L,
said the city only has a limited amount of money it can spend on
pedestrian improvements every year out of its general fund. A $10
million boost from the taxpayers, she argued, is necessary to ensure
adequate pedestrian safety..."

Source:
http://www.berkeleydaily.org/text/article.cfm?issue=10-24-02&storyID=15597
Archive search:
http://www.berkeleydaily.org/searcharchives.cfm?issue=10-24-02
Cost: No
Title: "Safer strolls hang on Measure L"
Author: David Scharfenberg
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NO CROSSWALK FOR AUKE BAY (AK) KIDS
According to an Oct. 22nd story in the Juneau Empire, "When school lets
out each day at Auke Bay Elementary, a few children stand at the edge
of busy Glacier Highway waiting to cross. Occasionally, a child will
dart out just before a vehicle speeds by. 'I bet they (Auke Bay
children) have close calls. I cringe to think about it,' said Nancy
Lehnhart, a parent of two Auke Bay students.

"For two years Lehnhart and other parents at Auke Bay have been
lobbying for a crosswalk on the highway near the school, but so far
their efforts have had little result. Recently a representative from
the state Department of Transportation came to the Auke Bay site
council meeting to explain why the state isn't going to install a
crosswalk anytime soon.

"'The thing about crosswalks is that crosswalks are effective when
drivers are aware that a crosswalk is there,' said Chris Morrow, DOT's
preliminary design chief for Southeast. 'Crosswalks don't necessarily
ensure safety.'..."

Source: http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/102202/loc_aukebay.shtml
Archive search: http://juneauempire.com/stories/
Cost: No
Title: "Auke Bay parents worry about pedestrian safety"
Author: Julia O'Malley
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MELBOURNE UPDATES BIKE PLAN
According to an October 25th story in the Altona-Laverton Mail
CYCLISTS can look forward to uninterrupted travel and smoother
conditions along bike routes in Hobsons Bay with the launch of a draft
strategic bicycle plan for the city by Premier and MP for Williamstown
Steve Bracks.

"The draft plan, providing a framework for the development of a
connective bicycle network, was developed jointly by Hobsons Bay
Council engineering services, VicRoads and Victoria Police, with input
from Bicycle Victoria, Parks Victoria, local schools and Maribyrnong
and Wyndham councils. Mr Bracks said the plan would build on the city's
existing bicycle network by completing a number of 'missing links'
over the next five years. Having cycled many of the city's bike routes,
Mr Bracks said the plan would benefit recreational cyclists and those
who relied on the network as a mode of transport for getting to work
or traveling to school..."

Source:
http://www.altonalavertonmail.com.au/read.asp?article=002n2017475.txt&s=news
Archive search: http://www.altonalavertonmail.com.au/search.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Hobsons Bay the new link in Melbourne bike circuit"
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LINK BETWEEN BIKES AND IMPOTENCE GAINS ACCEPTANCE
According to an Oct. 16th Wall Street Journal story published in the
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, "The notion that bicycling is linked to
impotence has long been ridiculed. Now, new research is giving credence
to the theory, even among once-ardent opponents in the cycling industry.

"The biggest gathering of bicycle manufacturers in the country for the
first time acknowledged the problem with a symposium last week, hosted
by a noted urologist, called 'Bicycle Riding: Good for Health, Bad for
Sex, Fact or Fiction.' In the next few days, the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health is expected to publish research that
found some erectile dysfunction among bicycle policemen. The health
worries have even prompted a handful of manufacturers to develop
newfangled bike seats aimed at solving the problem..."

Source:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-prxbike16oct16,0,328017.story?coll=sfla-news-palm
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle makers look again at impotency risk"
Author: Tara Parker-Pope
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COUNTDOWN SIGNALS COME TO SPARTANBURG (SC)
According to an Oct. 18th Fox21-TV/South Carolina story, "Urban Sprawl
and construction in the Upstate is on the rise and crossing busy
intersections can be dangerous. Pedestrian-vehicle accidents are
increasing in the Upstate. In order to keep people safe, city officials
in Spartanburg installed new traffic signals called Countdown
Pedestrian Signals.

"Steve Raff, Director of Spartanburg Public Works, says that with the
new Renaissance Project thousands are expected in Downtown Spartanburg.
'We expect to have probably several hundred or thousands more pedestrians
on the street during lunch hour and we felt we need to do something to
improve their safety,' said Raff. 'The new pedestrians signals tell
walkers exactly how much time they have to cross the street,' said Raff..."

Source: http://www.fox21.com/Global/story.asp?S=978702&nav=2KPpBseu
Archive search:
http://www.fox21.com/Global/SearchResults.asp?qu=&x=15&y=8
Cost: No
Title: "New Upstate Pedestrian Signals"
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GEORGIAN BICYCLISTS "READY TO RUMBLE" OVER STRIPS
According to an Oct. 22nd Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "They are
called 'rumble strips,' and they are installed on roadway shoulders to
provide a literal wake-up call for motorists. Let's say you doze off
while driving. As your right wheels ease toward the shoulder, suddenly
the 'BUZZZZ' and physical vibration of your tires on the rumble strips
-- little indentations in the pavement -- snap you out of your stupor.

"Potential lifesavers for motorists, rumble strips can make riding a
bicycle on the shoulder difficult to impossible. 'Most motorists are
clueless as to why the selfish-looking [bicycle] riders don't just show
some courtesy and move over a bit,' said Kevin Fitzgerald, a bicycle
writer addressing the rumble strip issue. 'If they only knew.'..."

Source: http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/1002/22ranger.html
Archive search: http://stacks.ajc.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Bicyclists grumble over 'rumble strips'"
Author: Joey Ledford
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GALWAY (IRE) PEDESTRIANS MARCH FOR CROSSING
According to an Oct. 17th story in the Galway (Ireland) Advertiser,
"Students took to the streets outside NUI, Galway this week to
highlight the need for a pedestrian crossing at one of the University
Road entrances to the campus.

"According to Students' Union president Leona Byrne, students have been
seeking the construction of a pedestrian crossing at the university
entrance opposite Wards' shop on University Road for several years. She
said the Galway City Council has yet to commit to providing a crossing
at the entrance despite identifying the need for a safe crossing
mechanism..."

Source:
http://www.galwayadvertiser.ie/dws/story.tpl?inc=2002/10/17/news/29125.html
Archive search:
http://www.galwayadvertiser.ie/dws/news.tpl?inc=2002/10/17/news
Cost: No
Title: "Students call for pedestrian crossing on University Road"
Author: Una Sinnott
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JONESBORO (AR) GETTING PED-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN
According to an Oct. 21st KAIT-TV story from JONESBORO, Arkansas,
"A.visit to downtown Jonesboro may.be different that the last time you
have been there, thanks to a trend the city is following to bring
families back to the core of the community.

"New art, wider sidewalks, and.a lot of work is what can be found in the
almost-finished, new and improved downtown Jonesboro. Gaylon Tate is
supervising the contract work that molds Jonesboro's old, lonely
downtown into something more attractive. 'The sidewalks will be wider,'
Tate said. 'And it's going to be handicap accessible all the way
through from Matthews to Cate Street.'..."

Source: http://www.kait8.com/Global/story.asp?S=981113&nav=0jshBvPq
Archive search:
http://www.kait8.com/Global/SearchResults.asp?qu=&x=12&y=8
Cost: No
Title: "Construction Continues for 'Pedestrian Friendly' Downtown"
Author: Tyler Hawks
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"THINGS NOT TO DO (ON A UNICYCLE)"
"This light hearted theme originated in the UNICYCLING.QUARTERLY
magazine put out by the International Unicycling Federation in the
1980s and later appeared in On One Wheel from the Unicycling Society of
America. It features humorous photos of things that are not advisable
to do on, with or near unicycles. The numbers correspond with the order
in which they were published. Your submissions are welcome. Please read
the disclaimer at the bottom..."

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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"TRAILS & GREENWAYS: ADVANCING THE SMART GROWTH AGENDA"
A 43-page report by Hugh Morris of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy;
September 2002
http://www.trailsandgreenways.org/TAG_Documents/SmartGrowth/turner1-final.pdf


"HIGHER DIRECT MEDICAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PHYSICAL INACTIVITY"

Article by Michael Pratt, MD, MPH; Caroline A. Macera, PhD; Guijing
Wang, PhD; in The Physician and Sportsmedicine, Vol. 28, No. 10, Oct.
2000.
http://www.physsportsmed.com/issues/2000/10_00/pratt.htm


"RAILS WITH TRAILS: LESSONS LEARNED"
Draft USDOT report produced by Alta Transportation Consulting; August
1, 2002.
http://www.altaplanning.com/projects/rails/index.html


"STANDARD HIGHWAY SIGNS"

FHWA's 2002 Edition (Metric and English Versions available).
http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/ser-shs_millennium.htm

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October 23-24, 2002, Moving Together, the statewide bicycle and
pedestrian conference, Worcester, MA. Info: Baystate Roads Program at
(413) 545-2604; email: ahmadjia@ecs.umass.edu
http://www.state.ma.us/mhd/paths/bikewalkflyer.pdf.

November 7, 2002, Midwestern Conference on Smart Growth and Community
Development, Cincinnati, OH. Info: Julie Seward, LISC, email:
jseward@liscnet.org
http://click.topica.com/maaaBxsaaT7O2b1Dwz7b/

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
http://click.topica.com/maaaBxsaaT7O3b1Dwz7b/

November 26-27, 2002, ACCESS Conference, Barcelona, Spain. Info:
Eurocities for a New Mobility Culture, 18 Square de Meeus, 1050
Brussels, Belgium; phone: + 32 2 552 0883; fax: + 32 2 5520889; email:
access@eurocities.be
http://www.access-eurocities.org/frameset_events.html

December 4-5, UITP Workshop: Public Transport and Car-Sharing, Bremen,
Germany. Info: The Senator for Building and Environment, Hanseatenhof
5, 28195, Bremen, Germany, Michael Glotz-Richter; phone: +49 421 361
6703; fax: +49 421 361 10875; e-mail: moses@umwelt.bremen.de.
http://213.170.188.3/moses/index.asp?page=80

February 5, 2003, 6th Maryland Bicycling and Walking Symposium,
Annapolis, MD. Info: Bill Kelly, phone: (301) 441-2740; email:
ws.kellt@att.net or Pete Olsen at One Less Car-OLC, phone: (410)
360-6755; email: PSOlsen@aol.com.

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

June 26-29, 2003, TrailLink 2003: Designing For The Future, Providence,
RI. Info: Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036.
http://www.railtrails.org/traillink2003

August 3-6, 2003, Action for America's Communities, Countryside, and
Public Lands, Denver, CO. Info: Scenic Summit, P.O. BOX 3499, Boulder,
CO 80307-3499; phone: (303) 494-1246; e-mail:
scenicsummit@atwoodcompany.com
http://www.scenicsummit.org

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RFQ -> PHASE 2 BIKE/PED TRANS. PLAN -- LANCASTER CO., PA
The County of Lancaster is currently soliciting statements of
qualifications from firms who specialize in bicycle and pedestrian
facilities planning and design. The County needs technical assistance
to complete Phase II of the Lancaster County Bicycle and Pedestrian
Transportation Plan. Phase I is a policy plan that is used as a guide
for the Lancaster County Transportation Coordinating Committee, our
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), when reviewing projects on
the county Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Phase II will be
a facilities specific plan.

The project consists of an analysis of the bicycle transportation
routes, pedestrian mobility, and intermodal facilities maps that were
identified in Phase I of the plan. The analysis will result in a
prioritized project list with improvement designs and cost estimates, a
county bicycle route map identifying roads that are most suitable for
commuter and tourist bicycle travel, a map identifying existing
facilities (sidewalks, multi-use trails) along previously identified
transportation routes, and a strategy for creating a way-finding system
and subsequent promotion/marketing campaign.

To receive a copy of the full request for statements of qualifications,
please contact Lauri P. Ahlskog at the Lancaster County Planning
Commission 717-299-8333 or via email: AHLSKOGL@co.lancaster.pa.us or
on the web at:
http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/BikePed

RFP -> HOW CAN LANE WIDTHS, CHANNELIZED RIGHT TURNS, AND RIGHT-TURN
DECELERATION AFFECT SAFETY? -- NCHRP

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program has issued a request
for proposals to develop design guidance or criteria addressing the
safety and operational tradeoffs for motorists, pedestrians, and
bicyclists for three specific topics: selecting lane widths,
channelizing right turns, and using right-turn deceleration lanes at
driveways and unsignalized intersections. Proposals are due December 4,
2002.
http://www4.trb.org/trb/crp.nsf/All%2BProjects/NCHRP%2B3-72


RFP -> METHODOLOGY TO PREDICT THE SAFETY PERFORMANCE OF URBAN AND
SUBURBAN ARTERIALS -- NCHRP

The objective of this project is to develop a methodology that predicts
the safety performance of the various elements (e.g., lane width,
shoulder width, use of curbs) considered in planning, design, and
operation of non-limited-access urban and suburban arterials. Proposals
are due Oct. 29, 2002.
http://www4.trb.org/trb/crp.nsf/06b9849e1b250cee8525673600663c80/def471da1010d08d85256b9900451806?OpenDocument


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
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 -> 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 resume 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.

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