Issue #57 Friday, November 8, 2002

Congressman Oberstar Does TV Spots
NCBW Walkable Communities Boot Camp Report
Aussies Give out Bicycling Achievement Awards
NHTSA Wants Bike Helmet Effects Information
Rockville (MD) Code Enforcement Inspectors Start Biking
(Old) Senate Committee Chairs Urge Trans. $$ Ottawa Announces 2002 Timmermans Awards I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S ------------------------------------------------------------ Roanoke (VA) Reporter Goes to Bike Boot Camp Univ. of Hawai'i Police Start Bike Lock Program Buckhead County (GA) Gets More Ped-Friendly Streets Belgian P.M. Breaks Elbow in Bike Crash Gladwin (MI) Considers Bridge Walkway Bikers Make Kampala (UG) "Unsuitable" Capitol? Indianapolis (IN) Trail Expands Chico (CA) Cyclists Face Hefty Fines "Tunnel Hill" a Popular S. Illinois Trail Dutch Considering "Velotaxis" St. Paul (MN) Bypass Gets Bike, Ped Paths Toledo (OH) Police Concerned about Helmet Law San Luis Obispo (CA) Gets "Safe Routes" Money Athens Cops to Tow Cars from Sidewalks New Car Mileage Heads Down Peds, Bikes to Inherit Old Tucson Underpass Canadian Docs Say Helmet Laws Work F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S ------------------------------------------------------------ CONGRESSMAN OBERSTAR DOES TV SPOTS -> America Bikes' executive director, Martha Roskowski, wrote to point out Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar's TV spots, two of which are particularly relevant to CL's readers: "Safe Routes to Schools" and "Transportation Vision." See them at: http://www.oberstar.org/media.htm Learn more about America Bikes at: http://www.americabikes.org/
<back to top> NCBW WALKABLE COMMUNITIES BOOT CAMP REPORT Staff specialists from the nine metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) selected to participate in round one of the NCBW's Walkable Communities Workshop (WCW) program gathered in San Jose, California last week for a four-day "boot camp" on walkable communities. Led by co-trainers Dan Burden and Peter Lagerwey, along with NCBW's Peter Moe and Sue Newberry of Community Partners, LLC, the nine MPO coordinators were taken on a whirlwind tour of eight communities in the Silicon Valley area. "This is what community change is all about," said Moe, NCBW's deputy director. "We brought these folks in, raised their awareness, trained their eyes to see things differently, and increased their capacity to make things happen. They're now more effective agents of change for walkable communities." Said one coordinator "I can guarantee that my experience this past week will stay with me for a long time." In addition to walking and bicycling tours of facilities and developments, the coordinators were trained to effectively organize, promote, and deliver the Walkable Community Workshops in their own regions. They also participated in a WC Workshop in the City of Santa Cruz, led by Burden and Lagerwey. Each of the MPO coordinators trained this past week in turn host eight Walkable Community Workshops in his or her own region. The NCBW is conducting this project as part of its active living through community design program (sponsored in part by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Check here for photos from the San Jose event:
<back to top> AUSSIES GIVE OUT BICYCLING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS -> Lenore Evans of the Cairns (Australia) Bicycle User Group sent information about their inaugural "Bicycling Achievement Awards." They were "announced at the Bicycling Australia Show in Melbourne on the 19. October 2002. The awards aim to recognise innovation, contribution and commitment towards promoting cycling and in enhancing conditions for bicycle riders. "The winners are: Cycling Advocate of the Year: Fiona Campbell Honorary Mention: Leonore Evans Cairns Bicycle User Group; Ian Maciondoe, CAMWEST NSW Award for special achievement by a bicycle advocacy organisation: Pedal Power Advocacy Team (Canberra); Bicycle South Australia Honorary Mention: Bike North NSW; Mountain Bike Australia Inc.; Wangaratta Bicycle User Group Local Government award for initiatives to encourage and promote cycling: City of Darebin, Victoria Honorary Mention: Cycling South, Tasmania Cycling Advocacy Award for Bicycle Industry Business: Treadlies, Kingston Tasmania Bicycling Achievement Award for Contribution by a Politician: Kate Lamb, Deputy Mayor of City of Willoughby" For details of the Winners, download this pdf: http://www.cyclingpromotion.com/Bicycling%20Achievement%20Awards%20Winners.pdf "
<back to top> NHTSA WANTS BIKE HELMET EFFECTS INFORMATION -> According to a recent note, "NHTSA has recently awarded a contract to Dunlap and Associates, Inc., of Stamford, CT, to determine the effects of bicycle helmet laws and ordinances on bicycle helmet use and mobility. Dunlap will be developing and testing education and enforcement campaigns to try to increase bicycle helmet use. If you are aware of any innovative and/or evaluated enforcement or publicity campaigns, please inform Arlene Cleven or Richard Blomberg of the Dunlap staff at the following address: Dunlap and Associates, Inc., 110 Lenox Avenue, Stamford, CT 06906-2300; phone: (203) 323-8484; fax: (203) 964-0799; e-mail: <arlenecleven@aol.com>, <rdblomberg@aol.com>. If available, please send copies of reports or publicity materials that you think are relevant. Otherwise, just let them know where the program was done and they'll follow up."
<back to top> ROCKVILLE (MD) CODE ENFORCEMENT INSPECTORS START BIKING -> According to the October 2002 Rockville Reports, "In an effort to increase visibility and effectively respond to citizens' input, the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services has incorporated the use of bicycles as part of its Code Enforcement Program. By using bicycles for code enforcement, the inspectors hope to gain accessibility to areas that were difficult to access before. 'For example, there are areas in King Farm that are not vehicle accessible,' said Housing Codes Inspector Bill Calloway. 'There are alleys and many places that require more mobility. Before, we could park a car and walk, but with bikes now, we will be able to ride right up to a location and see much more.' "According to Calloway, the bicycle program seems to be a first. After researching other code enforcement organizations, he has not been able to find another like it in the country. The department will launch the pilot program in early October, and bike inspectors will soon become a familiar City site. The City will ensure that the Inspectors' bikes are easily identifiable by marking the bikes with large decals. Using bicycles seem like a natural progression for the City that is working to establish itself as a bicycle mecca. The program will enable the Mayor and Council's goals of 'Increased Mobility,' 'Superior City Services' and 'Strengthening Neighborhoods.'" For more information on the program, contact Nikki Hawkins, Public information specialist with the City of Rockville;phone: (240) 314-8116 email: <NHawkins@ci.rockville.md.us>
<back to top> (OLD) SENATE COMMITTEE CHAIRS URGE TRANS. $$ -> According to an Oct. 17th U.S. Senate news release (obviously sent before the election's shake-up of the Senate leadership, "Today six Senators urged President Bush to include higher funding for the nation's surface transportation system as the Administration develops its fiscal year 2004 budget, announced U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, I - Vt, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.The President's FY 2004 budget will include proposed six-year funding levels for the next surface transportation bill. The letter includes chairmen of key Committees and Subcommittees that will be involved in the reauthorization of TEA-21, the nation's major transportation bill. "'It is clear to me following 14 transportation hearings that our transportation system needs a massive investment of new funds. Next year's Administration budget will set the tone for reauthorization of TEA-21. It is imperative that Congress be given the tools to address our transportation needs,' said Jeffords. Signing the letter were U.S. Sens. Jim Jeffords, I - Vt., Fritz Hollings, D - S.C., Paul Sarbanes, D - Md., Harry Reid, D - Nev., John Breaux, D - La., and Jack Reed, D - R.I...." Source: http://www.senate.gov/~epw/maj_pr_10-17-02.htm
<back to top> OTTAWA ANNOUNCES 2002 TIMMERMANS AWARDS According to an October 21st news release from the City of Ottawa, Ontario, "The fourth annual Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards were presented at a ceremony today at Ottawa City Hall. The awards are presented to an individual and an organization that demonstrate a commitment to promoting cycling as a means of transportation. The recipients of this year's awards are: - Fidus Systems, the first business to receive the Cycling-Friendly designation in the new City of Ottawa. This award is given to organizations and businesses that meet at least two cycling-friendly criteria. - Sidney Board, winner of the Individual Award, which recognizes an Ottawa citizen who demonstrates exemplary commitment to the promotion of cycling. Mr. Board, who travels by bicycle year round, is president of the Ottawa Safety Council. He has a long history of volunteering with Citizens for Safe Cycling and teaching cycling skills to Ottawa residents. - Pathway Patrol, winner of the Organization Award, which recognizes the outstanding efforts of a volunteer organization in the encouragement of bicycle use. During the summer months, teams of Pathway Patrol volunteers ensure the city's recreational paths are safe and enjoyable for all users. "City Councillor Rainer Bloess was on hand for the awards ceremony. 'The dedication of Fidus Systems, Sidney Board and the Pathway Patrol are shining examples of what any individual or organization can do to make a difference in our community,' he said. 'I am proud to recognize their efforts in our city, and to pleased to honour the memory of one of our greatest cycling advocates, Bruce Timmermans.' Bruce Timmermans was a long-time cycling educator and advocate, an active member of the Ottawa Bicycle Club and a founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling. He worked tirelessly to encourage safe and increased bicycle use. "The Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards are part of the TravelWise program which encourages and recognizes initiatives that promote the greater use of cycling, walking, public transit and carpooling to get around Ottawa." For more information on the Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards, contact the City's Call Centre at (613) 580-2400 or visit: http://city.ottawa.on.ca/city_services/traffic/26_1_8_2_2_8_en.shtml
<back to top> I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S ------------------------------------------------------------ ROANOKE (VA) REPORTER GOES TO BIKE BOOT CAMP -> According to a Nov. 6th story on WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "There's more to bike cops than meets the eye. No matter where you live, you probably got officers on bike patrol. What you may not know is that it's a long, tough ride for those officers, before they ever take a shift, 'in the saddle.' I wanted to see if I could pass the test -- so I took Roanoke's week-long training program. "A week, if you will, at bicycle boot camp! Before officers can learn how to do their job on a bicycle, they must endure some time in the classroom. Like the real officers, I learned quickly that this would be no easy week. Todd Clingenpeel/Instructor: 'We're going to give you a lot of knowledge in a short period of time.'..." Source: http://www.wsls.com/news/localnews/MGBC8MZP78D.html Title: "Bicycle Boot Camp part 1" Author: John Carlin <back to top> UNIV. OF HAWAI'I POLICE START BIKE LOCK PROGRAM -> According to a Nov. 6th article in the University of Hawai'i/Manoa Ka Leo, "In an effort to inform the University of Hawai'i at Manoa community of the importance of locking their bicycles, Campus Security has decided to institute a new bike lock program. Security officers will lock any bicycle found unlocked and unattended, even if it's just for a little while. Those wanting their bicycle unlocked will have to call 956-8211 and provide appropriate identification and bicycle registration papers. "'Previously, campus security would confiscate unsecured bikes and take them to a storage facility ? from which students could claim them upon submitting proper identification,' Director of Public Affairs Jim Manke said. 'This amounted to about three bikes per month; many or most bikes were never retrieved ? i.e., they were abandoned. This is an alternative method of doing the same thing.' Since the program went into effect on Oct. 14, only one bicycle has been locked by Campus Security. 'If you think about it, it's good that they lock it up,' Junior Kim Su said. 'That's an advantage to the student except the whole process to get it back just sounds like it's a little too time consuming.'..." Source: http://www.kaleo.org/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/11/06/3dc7769c84eb0 Archive search: http://www.kaleo.org/vnews/display.v/ARC?submit=search Cost: No Title: "Security trying to cut down on bike theft" Author: Marlo Ting <back to top> BUCKHEAD COUNTY (GA) GETS MORE PED-FRIENDLY STREETS -> According to an Oct. 25th story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Many of Buckhead's most pedestrian-unfriendly concrete canyons have been retrofitted with walkers in mind, the result of $1 million in federal safety funding and $275,250 from local businesses. Now if they could only do something about the pedestrian signals, many of which don't seem to work correctly. "'That's our follow-up project, to replace all the pedestrian signals' buttons and make them handicapped-accessible,' said Scotty Green, executive director of the Buckhead Central Improvement District, a self-taxing group formed to improve transportation..." Source: (archives) http://stacks.ajc.com/ Cost: Yes Title: "Buckhead's streets get friendlier for pedestrians" Author: Joey Ledford <back to top> BELGIAN P.M. BREAKS ELBOW IN BIKE CRASH -> According to a Nov. 4th Reuters story filed in Brussels, "Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has postponed a meeting with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder after falling off his bicycle and fracturing an elbow. "A spokesman for Verhofstadt said he was expected to leave hospital this afternoon after undergoing minor surgery. The 49-year-old leader -- a keen cyclist -- was due back at work on Tuesday..." Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20021104/od_uk_nm/oukoe_belgium_verhofstadt_2 Title: "Bike accident delays Belgian-German summit" <back to top> GLADWIN (MI) CONSIDERS BRIDGE WALKWAY -> According to a Nov. 7th story in the Gladwin County (MI) Record, "In the interest of public safety the Gladwin City Council will be examining the possibility of creating a walkway on the new Cedar River Bridge on Cedar Avenue. City councilwoman Dee Jungman told the council at their last meeting that the city?s safety committee had been approached by residents who have concern about the safety of those walking across the bridge. She said the committee would like sidewalks on the north side of the bridge west out to the stoplight at M-18 and on the south side of the bridge west to the stoplight at M-18 to be installed including the approaches to the bridge on either side. "City manager Bob McConkie said the city has been looking into applying for highway enhancement grants that would fund streetscaping and a sidewalk for the area. He said the city will be putting together a grant application. City councilman Tom Hindman said he?d like to see the council move quickly and he expressed concern about tying the pedestrian walk way in with such a big project. Mayor Tom Winarski agreed. 'We can look into temporary measures that can be taken until we can find a permanent solution to the problem,' he said." Source: http://www.gladwinmi.com/placed/story/11-07-2002bridge.html Archive search: use "search" window Cost: No Title: "Pedestrian walkway on Cedar River Bridge considered public safety issue" Author: Amy L. Morris <back to top> BIKERS MAKE KAMPALA (UG) "UNSUITABLE" CAPITOL? -> According to a Nov. 2nd Kampala Monitor story, "The Town Clerk of Kampala, Gordon Mwesigye, is talking tough about boda bodas (small motorcycle 'taxis'). He gave the boda boda riders a last chance to register, or else their bikes will be impounded. The number, and importance of Boda bodas in Kampala and other towns have grown to the extent that it is now impossible to imagine what life used to be like without them. However the success of the boda boda industry is also becoming its worst enemy. Because they are so many, they are crowding the roads and making travel riskier for themselves, the people they carry, and car drivers... "Dangerous as they might be, boda bodas do not pose the biggest new risk on the streets. It is the bicycles. They are overloaded with heavy sacks, and it is common for the rider and the goods he is carrying to crash and spill on the road. Apart from their not having flashing items to make them stand out, some of these bicycles sometimes carry wood or metal bars that are 12 feet long. Either motorists run into, or while avoiding them, hit other vehicles. This problem must also be dealt with. The longer the Town Clerk waits, the sooner Kampala will become unsuited to be the nation's capital." Source: http://www.monitor.co.ug/archive.php?record_number=49&month=November&year=2002&date=2§ion=Editorial Archive search: http://www.monitor.co.ug/archive.php?section=Editorial&year=2002&month=November&date=2 Cost: No Title"Fix Bicycle Men Too, Not Boda Boda Riders Only" <back to top> INDIANAPOLIS (IN) TRAIL EXPANDS -> According to an Oct. 27th story in the Indianapolis Star, "Urban innovation. Recreation destination. Damned invasion. That's the Monon. More than a million trail users each year are counted along the Northside trail, which has expanded mile by mile on what once was a busy railroad bed. In November, the last asphalt will be laid to finish a Downtown connection to the $9 million trail that now stretches more than 15 miles to 146th Street in Carmel. "This modest ribbon of asphalt has connected diverse urban and suburban areas into one recreational community. It passes poor inner-city neighborhoods, grimy industrial plants, artsy Broad Ripple, middle-class houses, a nature preserve, a golf course, a horse pasture and wealthy homes with sprawling back yards..." Source: http://www.indystar.com/article.php?monon27_p.html Archive search: http://www.indystar.com/archives/lastsevendays/ Cost: Yes (after 30 days) Title: "Trail touches all walks of life" Author: George McLaren Related articles may be found at: http://www.indystar.com/article.php?mononreal28.html http://www.indystar.com/article.php?monon28.html http://www.indystar.com/article.php?mononcrime28.html http://www.indystar.com/article.php?mononpeople27.html <back to top> CHICO (CA) CYCLISTS FACE HEFTY FINES -> According to an Oct. 30th story in the Calif. State University/Chico Orion, "For most students $89 is a lot of money. It equals one-third of rent for a month or 89 drinks on buck night at the bars. It's also the cost of a citation for riding a bicycle on campus. In a city where many of students ride their bikes to campus and use them as a common source of transportation, it's often the little things like the laws that are forgotten. "Laws that often go unnoticed are those such as bicycling under the influence of alcohol or drugs, having proper equipment for night riding, and obeying laws regarding headsets or earplugs. Riding a bicycle while under the influence is punishable by up to a $250 fine and arrest. If the rider is under 21 but over 13 years old, driver's licenses are often suspended or delayed for one year..." Source: http://www.orion-online.net/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/10/30/3dbf333b92a77 Archive search: http://www.orion-online.net/vnews/display.v/ARC?submit=search Cost: No Title" "Bicycle violators risk hefty fines" Author: Michelle Choat <back to top> "TUNNEL HILL" A POPULAR S. ILLINOIS TRAIL -> According to an Oct. 13th story in the Carbondale (IL) Southern Illinoisan, "Ignoring the first real kiss of fall weather that hit the region Sunday, Joe Kern bundled up and drove to the Tunnel Hill State Park for an early morning bicycle ride. 'Oh well, when it gets cold I just put on gloves and boots, warmer clothes,' the 76-year-old Metropolis resident said. 'You just have to adapt to the weather as much as possible.' "Riding a bike for the past 13 years has not only provided Kern with a healthy outlook, it has given him a hobby that has allowed him to travel throughout Southern Illinois in pursuit of one more hill, one more trail or one more unbeaten path. 'I like to get out and ride on the country roads," he said as he adjusted the windscreen on his bike. "I don't think there's any better way to travel, really, than by bike. I mean, it's comfortable, not that expensive, pretty convenient and slow enough to let you see things.'..." Source: http://www.southernillinoisan.com/rednews/2002/10/14/build/top/TOP004.html Archive search: Use "search" window Cost: Yes Title: "Tunnel Hill State Trail a Haven for Bicycle Enthusiasts" Author: Linda A. Krutsinger <back to top> DUTCH CONSIDERING "VELOTAXIS" -> According to an Oct. 25th AP story, "Five bicycle taxis were introduced to the bike-crazy city of Amsterdam this week for a trial run, and judging by the initial enthusiastic reaction, they may soon become a fixture. 'Velotaxis,' as they are called, have three wheels, florescent sides with open windows, a curved roof, and look something like a postmodern rickshaw. The German-designed taxis are pedal-powered, but include two small batteries to give the driver a little extra assistance getting over Amsterdam's stone bridges ? or moving extra heavy passengers. "'My batteries are drained, and so am I,' said driver Joel Sahuleka, leaning back in his seat. He regretfully told several passengers queuing in a light rain they would need to wait for a fresh driver. Sahuleka is a student who plans to pedal for cash two days a week if the project is given the green light..." Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021025/ap_wo_en_po/netherlands_bike_taxi_1 Title: "Bicycle taxis take a trial spin in Amsterdam" Author: Toby Sterling <back to top> ST. PAUL (MN) BYPASS GETS BIKE, PED PATHS -> According to a Nov. 4th story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "Motorists who use Shepard Road to bypass downtown St. Paul will have to find a new route starting today as the road will be closed after morning rush hour for major reconstruction that will last about a year. The $6.5 million project is the final step in the 10-year revamping of the 50-year-old route along the north side of the Mississippi River through much of St. Paul. When it is completed, the road will have two lanes of traffic in each direction, pedestrian and bicycle paths, a median and amenities to make it a parkway. "With the paths, it will serve as a major link in the growing network of bicycle and pedestrian ways throughout the city and metropolitan area. The area to be fixed up now has two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane, all of it on worn concrete, and a sidewalk that narrows to as little as 3 feet. To gain space for the extra lane, paths and green space, a retaining wall will be constructed, giving engineers another 20 to 30 feet to work with. There will also be a 15-foot pedestrian platform where the road passes under tight quarters at the intersection of the Robert Street Bridge and a railroad bridge..." Source: http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/4437470.htm Archive search: http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/archives/ Cost: No Title: "St. Paul: Shepard Road ready to close this afternoon" Author: Karl J. Karlson <back to top> TOLEDO (OH) POLICE CONCERNED ABOUT HELMET LAW -> According to a Nov. 1st story in the Toledo (OH) Blade, "Children who ride bicycles without helmets could be fined, and possibly have their bikes impounded, if a draft ordinance endorsed yesterday by the Toledo-Lucas County health board is approved by city councils in Lucas County. The health board can?t pass or enforce such an ordinance, but it has drawn up what it feels is good model legislation that it hopes area councils adopt. It will send the proposed ordinance to Toledo City Council and other jurisdictions in the county. "The issue surfaced when local children?s safety experts urged Toledo council in March to pass a bicycle helmet law. Toledo police told council while they supported helmet use, they were concerned about how they?d enforce such an ordinance. They also worried that low-income children wouldn?t be able to afford helmets. Based on those and other concerns, council tabled the issue and asked the health department to look into the matter and come up with some suggestions..." Source: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20021101&Category=NEWS17&ArtNo=111010073&Ref=AR Archive search: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/oversikt?Category=ARCHIVES Cost: Yes (after 30 days) Title: "No helmet, no bicycle, health unit proposes" <back to top> SAN LUIS OBISPO (CA) GETS SAFE ROUTES MONEY -> According to a Nov. 3rd article in the San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune, "San Luis Obispo County has received nearly $400,000 in state funding for two projects to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The money is part of nearly $30 million in grants that Gov. Gray Davis handed out for 110 such projects statewide. Students from Templeton Elementary, Middle and High schools will be the biggest local beneficiaries. "A project to build sidewalks and enhance crosswalks along Old County Road between Florence Street and Vineyard Drive -- which links the three schools -- will be primarily funded by $288,000 from the state. Another $108,000 will be used to install traffic signals and vehicle and bicycle detection equipment at the intersection of Santa Barbara and Morro streets in San Luis Obispo. The funding for all 110 projects came from the Safe Routes to Schools program and the Bicycle Transportation Account program." Source: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/local/4438721.htm Archive search: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/archives/ Cost: Yes Title: "County gets state grants for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects" Author: Freddie Yap <back to top> ATHENS COPS TO TOW CARS FROM SIDEWALKS -> According to a Nov. 3rd AP story filed in Athens, Greece, "There are two ways to park in the Athens area: cruise the crowded streets for a legal spot or simply roll onto an empty stretch of sidewalk. The second -- and often favored -- option could be coming to an end. "In another bid to tame the city's wild habits before the 2004 Olympics, traffic police on Monday will begin ticketing and towing cars, motorcycles and other vehicles parked on sidewalks in central Athens. The rules are expected to be gradually extended to the rest of greater Athens, where new laws have tried to impose some order on the renegade mentality..." Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021103/ap_wo_en_po/g reece_sidewalk_sweeps_1 Title: "Greek authorities seek to clear sidewalks of cars in pre-Olympic campaign" Author: Miron Varouhakis <back to top> NEW CAR MILEAGE HEADS DOWN -> According to an Oct. 30th San Francisco Chronicle story, "America's automobiles are headed in the wrong direction -- at least when it comes to fuel efficiency, according to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A tiny 3.5 percent of 2003 passenger vehicles -- just 33 of the 934 models now rolling into showrooms -- can drive 30 miles or more on 1 gallon of gasoline, according to an analysis of the EPA's 2003 Fuel Economy guide released Tuesday. "That compares to 5.5 percent of 2002 vehicles, or 48 of the 865 models released last year, that get 30 mpg or better, according to an analysis by the Associated Press. 'It's very unfortunate, given what's going on in the Middle East, that automakers are continuing to offer products that increase oil dependency,' said David Friedman, senior analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Berkeley..." Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/10/30/MN172978.DTL Archive search: http://www.sfgate.com/search/ Cost: No Title: : New cars headed in reverse on fuel usage Only 3.5 percent of next year's models hit 30 mpg threshold" Author: Carol Emert For more information on the EPA data, go to: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/headline2_102902.htm <back to top> PEDS, BIKES TO INHERIT OLD TUCSON UNDERPASS -> According to an Oct. 28 story in the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star, "Work to build a new Fourth Avenue underpass in Downtown starts next year, and when it's done, people will see much more than a way to pass beneath a pair of railroad tracks. As part of the $16.6 million project, a small park will be installed just north of the underpass, a plaza will replace a relocated Greyhound bus depot, and the Old Pueblo Trolley line will be extended into Downtown. Along with a short road extension, the underpass will finally connect north and south Fourth Avenue. "It will be built directly east of the existing underpass - which will be renovated and turned over to bicyclists and pedestrians. The improvements will be an important part of revitalizing Downtown, said Brooks Keenan, project manager for the Tucson Department of Transportation. 'This can become a very lively corner of Downtown,' he said..." Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/azstar/20021028/lo_azstar/new_4th_ave__underpass_planned Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/azstarnet/index.html?ts=1036711808 Cost: Yes Title: "New 4th Ave. underpass planned" Author: Susanna Canizo <back to top> CANADIAN DOCS SAY HELMET LAWS WORK -> According to a Nov. 4th story on Canada's CTV, "Parents of bike-riding kids now have more reason to ensure they strap on helmets. Provinces that require children to wear bicycle helmets had a significant reduction in the number of head injuries over a four-year period compared to provinces without such legislation, a new study has found. The study, by the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, is in the November issue of Pediatrics, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "'It was already known that bicycle helmet legislation is a successful strategy for the adoption of helmets, but the effect on the rates of head injuries was unknown,' said the study's lead author, Alison Macpherson. 'This research shows that helmet legislation is an effective tool in the prevention of childhood bicycle-related head injuries.' Five provinces have adopted bike-helmet legislation..." Source: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1036449005382_31858205/?hub=Health Archive search: Use "search" window Cost: No Title: "Bicycle helmet laws reduce injury, study says" <back to top> AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT... DAIRY CAM MILKING PARLOR "This parlor contains a unique double 8 with parallel (90 degree) stalls on one side and herringbone (70 degree) design on the other. This is the first parlor in the United State to measure differences between the two systems in the same parlor. Automatic cow identification allows parlor operators to collect daily milk weights on each cow. This view shows the herringbone stalls. The parallel stalls sit across the alley to the right. (cam view is updated every 30 seconds)" http://dairycam.com/ CORRECTION: Last issue's "something" didn't include the web address. Here it is: "THINGS NOT TO DO (ON A UNICYCLE)" http://www.unicycling.com/things/index.htm R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S ------------------------------------------------------------ -> "INTEGRATION OF BICYCLES AND TRANSIT" TCRP Synthesis 4; by John T. Doolittle, Jr. and Ellen Kret Porter; 1994 http://www.nationalacademies.org/trb/publications/tcrp/tsyn04.pdf -> "TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" National Conference Proceedings; TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH E-CIRCULAR Number E-C028; April 2001 http://trb.org/trb/publications/circulars/ec028.pdf -> "PERSONAL TRAVEL - THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT" Conference Proceedings; TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH E-CIRCULAR Number E-C026 March 2001 http://trb.org/trb/publications/ec026/ec026.pdf -> "PLANNING AND DESIGN OF A SUBURBAN NEOTRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD" By Brian Wolshon and James Wahl; Urban Street Symposium Conference Proceedings; June, 1999 http://nationalacademies.org/trb/publications/ec019/ec019_b2.pdf -> "DOWNTOWN STREETS" Subtitled "Are We Strangling Ourselves on One-Way Networks?" by G. Wadewalker, W. Kulash, and B. HcHugh; Urban Street Symposium Conference Proceedings; June, 1999 http://nationalacademies.org/trb/publications/ec019/ec019_f2.pdf -> "PEDESTRIAN LEVEL OF SERVICE BASED ON TRIP QUALITY" By Frank Jaskiewicz; Urban Street Symposium Conference Proceedings; June, 1999 http://nationalacademies.org/trb/publications/ec019/ec019_g1.pdf C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R ------------------------------------------------------------ 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/maaaBxsaaT7O3b1NP4Wb/ November 14, 2002, Bikes-N-Kids: Helping Children Have Fun and Be Safe on Two Wheels, Redding, CA. Info: Amy Pendergast, Shasta County Public Health and the Injury Prevention Coalition; phone: (530) 245-6583; email: <apendergast@co.shasta.ca.us> November 18; 2002, 12:30 - 1:30pm, 2002 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement, Washington DC. Presented by EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman. Info: http: //www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards 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>. January 30 - February 1, 2003, 2nd Annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference, New Orleans, LA. See: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/SmartGrowth/ 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> May 1-3, 2003, Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment; the Fourth International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century, Portland, OR. Info: e-mail<info@americawalks.org> http://www.walk21.com/ May 4, 2003, Third National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, Portland, OR. Info: e-mail <info@americawalks.org> http://americawalks.org/congress/ 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 September 23-26, 2003, Velo-City 2003, Paris, France. Info: Isabelle Lesens, Velo-city 2003, Mairie de Paris, 40 rue du Louvre, F- 75001 Paris; email: <isabelle.lesens@mairie-paris.fr>. Call for papers deadline: Nov. 15, 2002. http://www.velo-city2003.com J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S ------------------------------------------------------------ -> JOB -- BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR -- ST. PETERSBURG, FL Description: This is responsible professional and technical work in planning, directing and coordinating the City of St. Petersburg's bicycle - pedestrian program. The incumbent works with City staff, neighborhood residents and community members to identify and resolve issues, and works with individual groups to develop action strategies to implement plans developed. Work involves developing and implementing a City wide bicycle pedestrian master plan and assist in the development, forecasting and budgeting of long-term modifications to facilities. To qualify: Prefer graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in Planning or Social Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Transportation, or related fields. Must have a minimum of three years progressive planning experience at the coordination level. Must also possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver's License, or obtain one within 6 months.Salary: $35,069 - $51,646. Selection Process: Review of resumes for relevant education, training and experience. Most qualified candidates will participate in a departmental interview. Close: November 13, 2002. To apply: Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume to the Employment Office, P.O. Box 2842, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail to jobs@stpete.org. Also, see: http://www.stpete.org/employee/employee.htm -> 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+Projects/NCHRP+3-72 -> 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> Deadline: Nov. 15, 2002. 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> Deadline: Nov. 15, 2002. 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 -- 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. H-O-U-S-E-K-E-E-P-I-N-G ------------------------------------------------------------ TO SUBSCRIBE TO CENTERLINES: send a blank email to email to <CenterLines-subscribe@topica.email-publisher.com> MISS AN ISSUE? Find it here.

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