Issue #58 Friday, November 22, 2002

CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
and information you can use to create more walkable and
bicycle-friendly communities.

  Bureau of Land Management Releases Mtn Bike Study
  Creating a Sense of Place in Neighborhoods
  Helmet Study Needs Exposure Measure
  STPP Ranks Dangerous Places for Walking
  City of Toronto First to Endorse Ped Charter
  America Moves Conference Coming in April
  Nevada Conference Calls for Papers
  SegwayChat.com Launches Forum
  BikeStation Creates "City Wheels" Car-Sharing Pgm

  Roanoke (VA) Reporter Goes to Bike Boot Camp - 2
  California's Streets are "Meanest"
  Perrysburg (OH) Checks Out New Bike/Ped Plan
  Port Huron (MI) Gets "Road Diet," More
  Segway Quotes to Put on Fridge Door
  Buenos Aires Bike Traffic Up, Paths Coming
  Wisconsin Streets Not As "Mean"
  Portland (OR) Bikers Search for Racks
  Dustup in OZ Parliament over Exploding (?) Bikes
  Oklahoma Streets Middling "Mean"
  Philly Eyes Ped/Bike-Friendly Waterfonts
  Bikes Big Business in Sant Cruz (CA)
  Fast-Growing Cities Worst for Ped Safety
  Washington (NJ) to Get Ped Underpass
  Auckland (NZ) Has "Mean Streets," Too
  Belleville (IL) To Get Boardwalk Trail Connection
  Atlantic Canada Streets "Not Mean"



-> According to a recent news release from the U.S. Bureau of Land
Management, "We are pleased to announce the release of our National
Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan. This Action Plan reflects the
continued involvement of people interested in providing high-quality
mountain bicycling experiences on BLM-managed public lands. This Action
Plan will provide guidance to BLM state office and field office
managers and staff, interest groups, and individuals for implementing
on-the-ground actions and resource protection measures for mountain
bicycling use and other muscle-powered, mechanical transport uses.

"Substantive comments voiced by the public during the public comment
period for the draft document, along with BLM's responses, are listed
in Appendix 1 of the Action Plan. Where appropriate, the comments were
incorporated into the draft Action Plan to create this final plan. You
are probably already involved in innovative and effective efforts to
address issues associated with mountain bicycling use. Your continued
involvement and cooperation with the BLM is essential to effectively
implement the Action Plan.

"If you have any questions or would like to be involved in BLM's
implementation of the National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action
Plan, please contact your local BLM field office at the address listed
on BLM's home page."

The Plan can be downloaded as a pdf from:
Graphic version (2.4mb): http://www.blm.gov/mountain_biking/final.pdf
Text Only Version (425k pdf):
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-> Katie Salay of Project for Public Spaces recently sent out this
message, "What gives a neighborhood a sense of place and neighborliness
and makes people feel safe and comfortable? Why are we drawn to walk
down some blocks and nervous about being on others? More and more,
residents and community-development professionals are discussing
whether neighborhoods are livable and easy for people to navigate and
enjoy. Learn the key elements for creating a sense of place in the
public realm of a neighborhood, taught by Project for Public Spaces.
Come away with techniques you can use to ensure that your
revitalization strategy is helping to create a neighborhood of choice.

"Participants will learn to use the Place Performance Evaluation Game,
will spend a day on-site in a DC-area project with local officials and
organizations, and will come away with the tools of PPS' trade, ready
to apply them at home."

Where: Washington, DC, Neighborhood Reinvestment Training Institute

Date: December 12-13, 2002
Faculty: Phil Myrick, Elena Madison, Project for Public Spaces
Length: 2 day(s)
Tuition: $350

Interested in this course? Email CHouk@nw.org, giving the course name
and date.
PPS website: http://www.pps.org/www.urbanparks.pps.org
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-> Charles Komanoff, of the Right Of Way organization of New York City,
sent us a note commenting on last issue's news item about a new
Canadian helmet law study. He said, in part, "the article from Canada
reporting steeper declines in kids' head injuries in provinces with
compulsory helmet laws for kids on bikes. As you know, these kinds of
articles -- as well as the campaigns that bring about such laws --
rarely if ever take the trouble to adjust injury rates for 'exposure.'
Thus they leave open the real possibility that kids' head injuries
declined largely or even solely due to declines in kids' cycling. (Not
to mention the possibility that total kids' injuries increased due to
risk compensation by helmeted kids and/or substitution of driving for
cycling.) I was disappointed that you didn't at least mention this
(e.g., by noting that the article didn't make reference to this
essential adjustment)."

He also mentioned a new letter of his: "We recently posted at
www.cars-suck.org a letter I wrote to Lester Brown, critiquing a
highly-publicized but, I found, muddleheaded and fairly wrong article
from Earth Policy Institute in mid-Sept that purported to show that
automotive air pollution kills more people than automotive "violence"
(road traffic accidents)..."
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-> According to a Nov. 21st news release from the Surface
Transportation Policy Project, "The Orlando, Florida, metropolitan
area is the most dangerous region for walking, according to a
report released today by STPP that says dangerous street design
and a lack of investment in pedestrian safety are to blame for
pedestrian deaths nationwide. The report, "Mean Streets 2002,"
analyzes federal safety and spending databases and finds that
while 12 percent of all traffic deaths are pedestrians, less than
one percent of federal transportation dollars go to protecting
people on foot.

"The study ranked the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians
according to the number of deaths per capita and the amount of walking
in the community. The Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI) shows that after
the Orlando region, the most dangerous places to walk are Tampa, West
Palm Beach, Memphis, Jacksonville Florida, Miami, Houston, Phoenix,
Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Nashville, Tennessee. The deadliest metro areas
tend to be those in newer, high growth areas in the sunbelt states that
boomed during the latter half of the twentieth century when traffic
engineers and road designers largely favored speed over safety. The
report calls for greater spending on pedestrian safety as part of the
federal transportation bill that Congress will take up in 2003, cre
ating and funding a new national Safe Routes to School program,
designing safer streets, and collecting better data on pedestrian

For the complete press release or to download the complete report, go

to: http://www.transact.org.
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According to a recent news release, "On October 29, 2002 Councillor
Jane Pitfield and internationally renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs
unveiled Toronto's new Pedestrian Charter. The Charter is the first of
its kind in North America and the first to be approved by a
municipality anywhere.

"Within it are outlined six principles by which walking is to be
recognized as a community-building, essential and environmentally
friendly mode of urban transportation. The six principles are also
designed to ensure that the needs of pedestrians are recognized and
implemented in all urban planning..."

To find out more, go to:
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We recently received this note from Brian Fellows, "Have you ever
wanted to go to a conference and have your voice heard? Well then,
America Moves conference is for you. America Moves will help you create
communities that invite physical activity. The focus of the conference
is to provide both education and a forum for dialogue - to forge
partnerships to solve the epidemic of physical inactivity. Partnerships
are essential to success especially given today's economy and
constricted budgets.

America Moves will be held April 3-4, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona. To request
a conference registration packet, please send your mailing address to:
<mdecindis@mag.maricopa.gov>. For information, contact Brian Fellows
at (480) 644-3824; email: <Brian_Fellows@ci.mesa.az.us> or Maureen
DeCindis (602) 452-5073; email: see above.
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-> Eric Glick, Nevada's Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, recently sent
us a note re: the March 27-28, 2003 Nevada State Pedestrian and Bicycle
Conference, to be held in Las Vegas. "Papers are invited on the tracks
indicated below. Abstracts of no more than 300 words, clearly stating
the purpose of the work described in the final paper should be
submitted to the mailing address or email address below as soon as
possible, and before January 10th 2003 for review by the Technical
Advisory Committee. Successful authors will be notified by January
15th, 2003. Conference Tracks: Safety & Education, Engineering &
Design, Promotion & Advocacy, Enforcement & Legal Issues, Livable
Communities & Planning, Grant Writing.

"To Submit an Abstract: If you are submitting more than one paper, you
must submit one complete abstract for each paper. The email address you
provide will be used for any future correspondence with respect to your
paper and the conference. The deadline for submissions is January 10th
2003. The following information must be included in your submission:
About the author: First and Last name; Company; Street address, City,
State, Zip; Telephone; Fax; email address. Information about the
abstract: Title of paper, a two line summary which expands the title by
indicating the general contents of the paper; Author name & co-author
names (if applicable); Tract as listed above that best fits your
submission; Maximum 300 word description clearly defining your paper."

Send submissions to: email: <bicycle@dot.state.nv.us>; mail: Eric
Glick, State Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, 5151 S Carson, St, Carson
City, NV 89701.
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-> According to a Nov. 11th news release, "SegwayChat.com is a site
dedicated to covering the latest news and information relating to the
Segway-HT (Segway Human Transporter - aka "Ginger" or "IT") and its
inventor, Dean Kamen. The administrator and moderators of this site
are enthusiastic about this new invention, its implications and the
general public's interest in learning more about IT and its core
technologies. We're also interested in increasing public awareness of
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -
www.USFIRST.org), as well as provide a common place for teams, mentors
and sponsors to meet and correspond with one another.

"The Segway-HT is a 2-wheeled, self-balancing, electric powered
personal transportation device designed to be used on sidewalks and in
other pedestrian environments. More information about the Segway-HT
can be found on the official web site, www.Segway.com. In anticipation
of a consumer release, SegwayChat.com intends to become the premiere
site for Segway related discussion, product reviews, updates on state
sidewalk legislation status, related multimedia and links to other
Segway related sources on the web. SegwayChat.com is not affiliated
with Segway LLC, the company producing Segway-HTs.."

SegwayChat.com's official web address:
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According to the website of the original BikeStation, "City Wheels is a
program of the Clean Mobility Center. Partners include CALSTART, a
California-based advanced transportation technology consortium;
Bikestation Coalition, a national non-profit organization working to
improve communities with the development of bike-transit facilities;
and, Flexcar, the nation's largest car-sharing company. Funding is
provided by the Federal Transit Administration with support from Long
Beach Energy..."

Find it at: http://www.bikestation.org/
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-> According to a Nov. 7th story on WSLS-TV, Roanoke, VA, "When you see
an officer on a bicycle you might think he's got an easy job. Think
again. Before that cop gets the chance to test his mettel on the
pedals, he has to survive bicycle boot camp, a week of intense and
punishing training. I know because I took the class.

"Except for me, everyone in bicycle boot camp is a police officer. All
cops who believe the bicycle is a legitimate crime fighting tool. You
may think of Bike cops as the friendly guys at a parade or doing what's
described as "community policing." That's true, but beyond that - it's
a sneaky and fast way to catch bad guys unaware.

"Carolann Curry is a superfit 49-year old officer, nervous about the
class, but anxious to take drugs off the street. "We get a lot of
suspects on bikes because you just can't hear a policeman coming up to
you, they can observe from a very secretive point of view, point of
position and sneak right up on people that don't even know you're
there. The first thing we learn is how to go slow. Really slow. Without
falling off. ..."

Source: http://www.wsls.com/news/localnews/MGB1PSK698D.html

Title: "Bicycle Boot Camp part 2"

Author: John Carlin

Part 3: http://www.wsls.com/news/localnews/MGBV2BGI98D.html
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-> According to Nov. 21st AP story in the Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune,
"More pedestrians died on California streets last year than any other
state in the nation, according to a report released Thursday by a
national nonprofit group that promotes pedestrian and bicycle safety.

"Last year, 731 pedestrians were killed in California, a 6 percent
increase from 691 deaths in 2000, according to the Surface
Transportation Policy Project. Within the state, Southern California
led with 389 pedestrian deaths in 2001, up from 354 the previous year.
However, the 'Mean Streets 2002' report listed central California's
Merced County as the most dangerous metropolitan area in the state
based on a 'pedestrian danger index,' which considers the number of
deaths per capita and the percentage of people walking to work.

"Measured by that index, Southern California, which includes Los
Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties, was
ranked the seventh most dangerous region in the state. Nationwide, the
Golden State was followed by Florida, which recorded 494 pedestrians
killed last year, down six fatalities from 2000. The state with the
least pedestrian deaths in 2001 was North Dakota with three people
killed while walking..."

Archive search:
Cost: Yes
Title: "California remains deadliest state for pedestrians"
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-> According to a Nov. 21st story in the Toledo Blade, "Connecting
Perrysburg neighborhoods with parks, schools, and other public
facilities could cost an estimated $6 million, based on figures
included in a master plan that will be reviewed during a meeting next
month in city hall. The plan suggests targeting bike paths, lanes, and
routes toward family useage, and recommends that bike facilities be
within a half-mile of each home in Perrysburg.

"The proposal recommends construction of a 'cross-town connector' along
Second Street or Indiana Avenue.
Most of the connector would be a bike lane, stretching through the
city?s older, traditional neighborhood and the downtown. It would link
to Woodlands Park and a new bike path near the Maumee-Perrysburg
bridge, said Matthew Wetli, associate planner for McKenna Associates,
Inc., a consulting company in Lebanon, Ohio.
The comprehensive, detailed plan includes recommendations ranging from
bike safety to bicycle facility amenities, such as restrooms.

"McKenna prepared the plan with input from a 15-member steering
committee created by the council several months ago. The plan is to be
used as a decision-making tool to guide the development of new bicycle
and pedestrian facilities. It will be up to the council to decide
whether to adopt the plan. The council will view the plan and hear
public comments beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 in city hall..."


Archive search:
Cost: Yes (after 30 days)
Title: "Connector routes put at $6 million"
Author: Janet Romaker
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-> According to a Nov. 13th story in the Port Huron Times Herald,
"Along with his Electric Avenue neighbors, Ed Bell of Port Huron is
monitoring work crews as they build an 8-foot-wide curbside sidewalk,
the city's newest part of the Bridge-to-Bay Trail. In recent weeks, the
retired Grand Trunk Railroad cashier also has seen workers rip out an
old, narrower sidewalk in front of his house, leaving a muddy ditch
between the front stoop and the new sidewalk. 'I don't know what to
make of it,' said Bell, who's given up using his driveway and instead
takes his cars out a back alley to Military Street. While south-side
residents wonder when the divots in their yards and driveways will be
repaired, more bike trails in the past two weeks have opened throughout
the city.

"In addition to completing a half-mile asphalt trail on the city's
north side, workers repainted Erie Street downtown, near St. Clair
County Community College, adding bicycle lanes as they reduced the
number of lanes for vehicle traffic. City Engineer Robert Clegg said
the north-side trail, from Kennelworth Drive north along Pine Grove
Avenue (M-25) to the shopping center at Holland Avenue, cost about
$115,000, less than the $130,000 project budget. About $92,000 of the
work, or 80%, was federally funded, he said.

The restriping of Erie Street between Pine Grove Avenue and McMorran
Boulevard reduced vehicle traffic lanes from four to two plus a central
turn lane, with bike lanes on the outside of the traffic lanes. 'The
advantage of that is to connect the college and enable bicyclists to
access downtown and the college with an appropriate bike facility,'
Clegg said. Repainting and marking the street with signs cost the city
about $20,000, he said..."

Archive search: No(?)
Title: "Port Huron bicycle paths taking shape"
Author: Dan Hockensmith
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-> According to a Nov. 21st UPI story filed in Buenos Aires, Argentina,
"Cyclists are taking to the Argentine capital's streets, partly to
avoid troublesome downtown gridlock, but more and more often to save a
peso or two in these belt-tightening times. According to La Nacion
newspaper, bicycle traffic increased by 55 percent in Buenos Aires
since Argentina's economic and political collapse over the last year.
In an effort to accommodate the influx of peddlers, the city has in
recent months created some 30 miles of bike paths, with more on the

"That's good news for the city's two-wheel enthusiasts, who often
complain that motorists make cycling a near calamitous event every time
they roll into traffic. 'Bus drivers and cabbies think they own the
street, you have to be very careful,' said bike rider Carlos Alberto
Ceste, 51. 'I started using the bike four or five years ago, to save
some money. I save 40 pesos ($15) a month by riding my bike.'..."

Source: http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20021121-040854-9154r

Archive search: (use search window)

Title"Argentines peddlers clog capital"
Author: Leandro Prada
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-> According to a Nov. 21st story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"With drunken drivers killing more people on the roads, a national
organization said Thursday that both Wisconsin and the nation are doing
a worse job of handling the issue. In its 'Rating the States' report,
Mothers Against Drunk Driving said Wisconsin's grade for dealing with
drunken driving has dropped from a 'B' in the last report in 2000 to a
'C' this year, while the nation's grade dropped from a 'C+' to a 'C.'

"Also Thursday, a separate report ranked Wisconsin among the top 10
states - and Milwaukee among the top five large metropolitan areas -
for pedestrian safety. But the Surface Transportation Policy Project
said the state and nation are not spending enough federal money on
pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Officials at the state Department of
Transportation said both reports reflected the sponsoring groups'
political agendas. They agreed drunken driving deaths are too high, but
they disagreed that Wisconsin is shortchanging pedestrians and

Source: http://www.jsonline.com/news/state/nov02/97789.asp

Archive search: http://www.jsonline.com/general/search.asp

Cost: No

Title: "State accused of letting up in war on drunken driving"

Author: Larry Sandler
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-> According to a story in the Nov. 21st issue of Willamette Week,
"Although Lisa Caron owns a car, she usually gets around on two wheels.
For example, when Caron worked in the development office at the Oregon
Museum of Science and Industry, she rode her old Bridgestone to work
and locked it in a covered area designated for bikes.

When she recently pedaled over to the new Pho Van in the Pearl
District, however, she couldn't find a bike rack, so she had to secure
her bike to a parking meter. 'I always find someplace to lock it,'
Caron says. 'Trees, parking meters.... Once I had to lock it to an
electrical meter; that was probably the most awkward. I've wondered if
it's the building's responsibility to provide bike parking.' In the
case of new buildings like The Gregory, where Pho Van is located, it

Source: http://www.wweek.com/flatfiles/News3342.lasso

Archive search: http://www.wweek.com/flatfiles/storysearch.lasso

Title" "Attack of the Phantom Bike Racks"
Author: Anne Laufe
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-> According to a Nov. 1st story in Melbourne's The Age newspaper,
"Bicycles have been banned from Parliament House in what appears to be
an odd new security strategy, causing uproar among parliamentary staff.
Parliament House's security gurus have piled on extra protection over
the past year, turning up the voltage on entry metal-detectors and
installing boom gates between 8am and 4pm on the car parks to dissuade
terrorists working business hours. But the latest directive, banning
bikes from the building, was met this week with an unprecedented level
of protest - not least because it does not apply to politicians. Deputy
Security Controller Shane Stroud ignited the dispute on Wednesday when
he used Parliament House's e-mail service to advise its 4000-odd oc
cupants of 'changes to some security processes.'

"'Those who ride their bikes to work will... note that bicycles are no
longer permitted inside the building,' he wrote. 'This step has been
taken in response to concerns relating to traffic flow through the
entrances at peak periods, safety implications and security.' But it
was Mr Stroud's response to an inquiry from Victorian Liberal MP Phil
Barresi - a response which, in a slight e-indiscretion, the security
guru mailed to all and sundry in Parliament House - that really got
things going. 'Sir, thank you for advising me of your circumstances...
of course, the prohibition does not extend to members, Senators and
ministers... members such as yourself are exempt from this requirement
in the interests of facilitating unhindered access into and out of the
building,' he wrote.

"It was at that point that all hell broke loose, and the downtrodden
staffers of Parliament House rose up to claim their biking rights.
'Yeah that's right, the property of politicians is far more important
than the property of their staff,' griped one Labor drone. 'I don't
profess to have your detailed knowledge of counter- terrorism, but are
exploding bicycles really a major threat to the seat of Australian
democracy?' asked a National Party ministerial adviser of Mr Stroud..."

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/10/31/1036026979083.html

Archive search: http://newsstore.theage.com.au/apps/tiles/age/search.jsp

Cost: Yes

Title: "Wheels come off in parliament over bicycle ban"

Author: Annabel Crabb
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-> According to a Nov. 21st story on Oklahoma City's KOCO-TV, "Oklahoma
City is among the top 20 metropolitan areas in the nation for
pedestrian traffic deaths, a national report released Wednesday showed.
'Mean Streets 2002' ranked Oklahoma City 19th. According to the report,
4,955 people died in 2001 while walking down U.S. streets, up from the
4,843 pedestrians who died in such accidents in 2000. 'While only about
5 percent of all trips are made on foot, about 12 percent of all
traffic deaths are pedestrians, making walking one of the most
dangerous modes of travel,' the report released by the Washington-based
Surface Transportation Policy Project stated.

"Surface Transportation Policy Project is a nonprofit coalition of more
than 800 organizations including scenic groups, landscape architects
and environmental groups, said Andrea Broaddus, state and local
campaign manager..."

Archive search: use "search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Report Says OKC Has High Pedestrian Traffic Death Rate"
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According to a Nov. 13th story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "In the
last 20 years, while Philadelphia was running through four developers
and four plans for Penn's Landing, two other places - Louisville, Ky.,
and North Jersey's Hudson River towns - were doggedly pursuing unique
visions for their riverfronts and creating dynamic public spaces. The
waterfront projects in Louisville and North Jersey are as different as
can be, yet both draw crowds that are helping to revitalize their

"While Louisville reserved a swath of its Ohio River shore for a green
park, making its waterfront a refuge from the bustle of city life,
North Jersey preferred to celebrate that urban energy. Its Hudson River
towns, which include Hoboken, Weehawken and Jersey City, welcomed
development and kept only a strip of the river's edge for public use.
Philadelphia can learn a lot from both waterfronts.

"In just three years, Louisville's river park has become one of the
most popular attractions in Kentucky, luring suburbanites and city
dwellers to enjoy the cool river breezes, shrub-lined pathways, a
playground, and cascading fountains. North Jersey's waterfront plan has
resulted in the construction of entire neighborhoods of apartments,
offices and stores along an extensive, landscaped riverwalk. The
30-foot-wide pathway teems with joggers and bicyclists, all enjoying
spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline..."

(Fourth of five parts)

Source: http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/4505163.htm

Archive search: http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/archives/

Title: "From eyesore to oasis"

Author: Inga Saffron
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-> According to a Nov. 19th story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel,
"Bicycling is big business in Santa Cruz and local cycling companies
have banded together to flex their economic muscle. The newly formed
Santa Cruz Bicycle Industry Coalition, composed of bike shops and
manufacturers, will advocate for cyclists using the clout of the large
local industry. The group aims to improve and increase cycling with
local lobbying, promoting safety education and organizing events.

"'I thought of everything that?s already been done and realized, nobody
is twisting the economic screws,' said Michael Moore, chairman of the
coalition and co-owner of The Spokesman bicycles in Santa Cruz. 'This
is absolutely a legitimate business that has not thrown its weight
around.' The local cycling industry generates more than $125 million a
year, and employs nearly 500 people, according to a coalition survey.
The revenue rivals the local strawberry market, the area?s largest
agricultural crop..."

Archive search: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/index.html
Cost: No
Title: "Businesses getting behind bicyclists"
Author: Nicole Stricker
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-> According to a Nov. 20th story in the Knoxville (TN) News, "All of
the 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians are in the
Southeast and Southwest, with half in Florida, according to a new
report by anti-sprawl advocates. Pedestrian deaths rose from 4,843 in
2000 to 4,955 in 2001, the first increase since 1995, according to a
report released Wednesday by the Surface Transportation Policy Project
in Washington. There are about 78,000 injuries annually.

"The report is based on recent data from the National Traffic Highway
Safety Administration, the Department of Transportation and the U.S.
Census Bureau. Leading the list of the most dangerous metro areas for
pedestrians was Orlando, Fla., followed by Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.;
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.;
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston-Galveston, Texas; Phoenix-Mesa,
Ariz.; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Nashville, Tenn..."

Archive search: use "search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Taking to foot unhealthy in fast-growing cities"
Author: Joan Lowy
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-> According to a Nov. 20th story in the Hightstown (NJ) Messenger
Press, "[Washington] Township officials last week announced plans for a
pedestrian walkway that would run underneath the proposed municipal
bypass road. The plan was unveiled at the Nov. 14 committee meeting,
where Township Administrator Jack West told the Township Committee it
would add $100,000 to the more than $1.4 million project to build the
walkway ? a cost that would be absorbed by the township either through
already appropriated funds or developer contributions. The bypass is
designed to bisect the municipal complex, segmenting the basketball
courts, the planned skate park and senior center from an area of
passive recreation property. The intention is to alleviate traffic at
the intersection of Route 130 and Robbinsville-Allentown Road, Mr. West

"'There's several reasons why I think we should proceed with this,' he
said. 'I've had concern from residents of Hillside that it is going to
be difficult to cross the road.' He said that because the road is going
on land preserved under the state's Green Acres program, the tunnel
would appease concerns of state environmental officials about dividing
the land. If the township didn't build a walkway, he said, the
municipality would have to secure additional open space for
construction approval in order to obtain approval from Green Acres..."

Archive search:
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian walkway planned at bypass road"
Author: Cynthia Koons
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-> According to a Nov. 22nd story in the New Zealand Herald, "Auckland
is rated one of the worst cities in the western world for walkers by an
international transport expert. Rodney Tolley, a director of UK Centre
for Alternative and Sustainable Transport, met Auckland transport
leaders this week to tell them how to make the city safer for
pedestrians. Most of New Zealand's pedestrian accidents occur in
Auckland and the injury rate is up, even though fewer people are

"Mr Tolley, who has promoted walking in Europe, Britain, America and
Australia, said that during his four days in Auckland he had found
walking in the city hard and dangerous. 'Auckland is definitely at the
bottom of the pile. I know I've only been here a few days, but tourists
would have the same perception - and it's its not good news.'..."

Archive search: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storyquery.cfm
Cost: No
Title: "City trips up on state of its footpaths"
Author: Cathy Aronson
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-> According to a Nov. 19th story in the Belleville News Democrat,
"Construction workers are bringing a little bit of Atlantic City
downtown. They're building a 200-foot-long boardwalk along Richland
Creek that eventually will be part of the Sixth Street Bike Trail.
'There wasn't enough room between the street and Richland Creek to put
a 10-foot-wide bike trail,' city engineer Rich Wilson said of the
bridge that is located near Sixth and West Main streets. 'So we decided
to build a cantilever-type boardwalk that will overhang the bank.'

"Wilson said it will probably take about two weeks to complete the
wooden bridge that will have 54-inch-high guardrails along the sides.
In the spring, work will begin on the rest of the Sixth Street Bike
Trail, which is expected to eventually be about 3 1/2 miles long..."

Source: http://www.belleville.com/mld/newsdemocrat/4551666.htm

Archive search: http://www.belleville.com/mld/newsdemocrat/archives/

Title: "Belleville constructs boardwalk to accommodate bicycle path"

Author: Tim Vizer
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-> According to a Nov. 15th story in the St. John (New Brunswick)
Telegraph- Journal, "If Atlantic Canadian drivers were any more laid
back and relaxed, we'd be asleep at the wheel. The Risky Driving Report
released Thursday by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation says
drivers in Atlantic Canada are more likely to stop and wait for a
person to cross the street. More than 1200 drivers across Canada were
surveyed by telephone last April on a number of road-safety issues.
Laura Sears, manager of Young Drivers of Canada in Saint John's Market
Square, and Sgt. Terry Brewer, shift supervisor with the Fredericton
Police Force, believe Atlantic Canadian drivers are more courteous for
a simple reason: We're less frazzled.

"There's not as much traffic, so it moves along better, creating
happier and more patient drivers. 'People can take the time to be more
polite without somebody losing their mind in the car behind you. It's a
way of life,' said Ms. Sears who used to live - and drive - in Toronto.
Although Atlantic Canadian drivers may be more patient, Ms. Sears finds
their driving habits can also be relaxed to the point of being

Archive search:
Cost: No
Title: "Atlantic drivers pedestrian friendly"
Author: Krista Charke
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"Released: 1989; Published By: Access Software, Inc.; Developed By:
Access Software, Inc.; MobyScore: 3.8 (out of 5); Platforms: DOS;
Genres: Action, Adventure, 3rd-Person Perspective, Detective / Mystery,

"A film noir-style mystery, set in a post-nuclear holocaust future. The
first in a long series of Tex Murphy mysteries. Groundbreaking
technology (for 1989) features 256-color graphics, real actors, and
digital sound played back through the PC speaker. An underrated
classic...This game was released 13 years ago and may be out of print.
You can likely purchase it on eBay."


Last issue's article on the Belgian Prime Minister taking a
fall off his bike neglected to mention a key factor: he was hit by an
inattentive motorist!


Subtitled: "A Guide to Best Practice on Access to Pedestrian and
Transport Infrastructure." Advice on the needs of the disabled and
older people in the design of public transport and pedestrian networks
is included in a U.K. Department for Transport report.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website discussing accessible

Acronym for Trail Development Assistance Response Team," a service of
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; "Helping Communities Create Trails for 15


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:

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:

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>.

February 8-15, 2003, WTBA Trailbuilders Conference, Reno, NV. Info:

February 13-15, 2003, IMBA Advanced Trailbuilding School: Focus on
Challenging Trails, Reno, NV. Info: IMBA, 1121 Broadway Ste 203, P.O.
Box 7578, Boulder, CO 80306; phone: (303) 545-9011; fax: (303)
545-9026; email:< info@imba.com>

March 5-7, 2003, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC. Info: League of
American Bicyclists; phone: (202) 822-1333; email:

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:

March 27-28, 2003, Nevada State Pedestrian and Bicycle Conference, Las
Vegas, NV. Info: Eric Glick, State Pedestrian & Bicycle Program
Manager, 5151 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701; phone: (775)
888-RIDE; fax: (775) 888-7207; email: <bicycle@dot.state.nv.us>

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>

May 4, 2003, Third National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, Portland,
OR. Info: e-mail <info@americawalks.org>

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.

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:

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.


The advocacy director position is intended to significantly increase
the amount and effectiveness of advocating for bicycling (i.e.,
facilities and policies that improve the environment for cycling) by
the Cascade Bicycle Club and its Advocacy Committee (AC). It is also
expected that the advocacy director will increase CBC's work in the
"livable communities" movement by networking and organizing with other
involved organizations. CBC advocates with all levels of government,
government agencies, private companies and community organizations. The
primary means for accomplishing this goal are
(a) through the development and management of an effective
organizational advocacy structure and network of volunteers, and (b) by
personal political and community networking and organizing.

Position objectives: Build a strong organizational advocacy structure
to manage advocacy activities; In conjunction with volunteer activists,
develop an annual advocacy work plan based on the Club's 3-year
strategic plan; Work with volunteers to implement the annual work plan;
Provide professional organizing, advocacy, and political support for
campaigns; Develop the Club's networks and working relationships with
political, business, NGO, and other community leadership; Provide
leadership and professional support to CBC volunteers in designing and
implementing advocacy campaigns

political campaign and community organizing; volunteer
recruiting and coordinating; political, business, and/or community
networking. Opportunity for job sharing. Deadline 12/15. Cover
letter/resume to AD Search, CBC, PO Box 15165, Seattle 98115. Full job
description to be posted after 11/20 at:

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.

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>

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:
For instructions on applying, see the following web link:

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:
For instructions on applying, see the following web link:

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.

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.
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.


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