Issue #59 Friday, December 6, 2002
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|Bicycle Coalition of Maine's Harry Faust Dies|
|Thunderhead Alliance Advances Bicycle Advocacy|
|"Active Living by Design" Accepting Grant Proposals|
|Africa Looking for Bike Planners|
|NCBW Staff Members Help Spread "The Word"|
|RTC Conference Call for Papers Deadline Looms|
|Active Living Policy & Environmental Studies Pgm - Rnd 2|
|TA's Budnick Named to Thunderhead Alliance Board|
|Another Take On State Planning Organizations|
|Crosswalk Studies -- Reasons to Do Nothing?|
|Following CA's Lead on Safe Routes to School Funding?|
|Vancouver Credit Union Promotes Alt Trans|
|Toledo (OH) to Get $6 Million in Projects|
|Metro Atlanta Getting More Ped-Friendly?|
|La Crosse (WI) Emphasizes Grid, Sidewalks, Trails|
|AZDOT Gets High Marks from Cyclists|
|This Just in ... People Walking in San Jose!|
|Chico (CA) to Triple Bike Lane Mileage|
|Columbus (NE) Car Wash Owner Sees No Pedestrians|
|Saskatoon (SK) Council Votes "Yes" on Bike Plan|
|Shropshire (UK) Motorists Don't Want Alternatives|
|It Takes a Bus to Get Kids Across NJ's Columbia 'Pike|
|Sociologist Ivan Illich Dies at 76|
|Kaua'i (HI) Project Turns Cane Rd. into Path|
|Cell Phone Study Equates Deaths with Users' Convenience|
|UK Couple Fed Up -- Install Own Speed Camera|
-> We recently received this message from Jeffrey Miller, executive
director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine." This morning, Friday,
November 29th, Harry Faust peacefully closed his eyes and took his last
breath. I first met Harry in late '93, it was both his and my first
Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) board meeting. I remember being struck
by this short character who was so slow and steady in his speech and
had the most distinctive mustache / beard. I never would have guessed
nine years ago that this little man would become coconspirator, my
boss, a mentor, and one of my best friends.
"Harry first joined the Board of the BCM in 1993 and in 1994 he became
the new organization's second President. Over the next four years,
Harry shepherded us from a struggling core of wicked dedicated but
nearing burnout lot to a strong and resilient organization that has
accomplished a remarkable amount. As our knight in shining armor, Harry
guided us with wisdom as we focused in on our mission of 'Safety,
Education, and Access.' He also strove successfully to make the BCM
more inclusive, transparent, and responsive to numerous opportunities.
"Harry was also the first to really start delving into bicycling issues
in the Maine State Legislature. He helped get the Government Relations
Committee going and continued to be a very active board member right up
till the end. Most recently his wisdom contributed greatly at our
Strategic Planning Retreat and donated numerous items and framing for
the BCM's Silent Auction both in the end of October. Without the
dedicated and long-term contributions from Harry, the Bicycle Coalition
of Maine might not even be here today, and certainly we are as
successful and triumphant as we are because of this incredible man.
"Harry will be cremated. He asked that I take him on a final bike ride.
We will organize a memorial ride for Harry in Waterville this next
spring (obviously details have yet to be determined but we will let you
know). Harry also requested no service or memorial, but an open house
was held at the FrameMakers at 46 Main Street in Waterville, on
Thursday, December 5th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The BCM will be setting up a memorial
fund for contributions received in honor of Harry."
Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of
Maine, (207) 623-4511; <email@example.com> http://www.BikeMaine.org
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-> In a Dec. 5th news release, The Thunderhead Alliance, a
national coalition of state and local bicycle advocacy organizations,
announced that the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) will
provide $15,000 to help underwrite the expense of strategic training
sessions in the southeast and the southwest, two regions in dire need
of strong bicycle advocacy.
"In some southeastern areas, bicycles are considered toys relegated
to sidewalks," said Sue Knaup, Thunderhead's Executive Director.
According to Bill Wilkinson, NCBW's Executive Director, "Bicycling
needs strong voices at the local and state levels. Without them,
our call for action will not be heard or heeded. The Thunderhead
Alliance training sessions are a great opportunity to build
this kind of capacity."
As part of the NCBW's sponsorship agreement, Thunderhead will raise at
least another $5,000 in regional funds. "The trainings, planned for
April 5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and April 26 in New Orleans, will
draw Thunderhead members and other dedicated regional advocates
to share resources for starting new organizations, strengthening
existing organizations and to use their collective experience to
develop a tailored, regional bicycle advocacy strategy."
To learn more, contact Sue Knaup, Executive Director, Thunderhead
Alliance, P.O. Box 3309, Prescott, AZ 86302; (928) 541-9841; email:
<firstname.lastname@example.org> or visit:
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-> According to a Nov. 26th news release, "Active Living by Design, a
national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will award
grants of up to $200,000 to 25 qualifying community-oriented
partnerships that develop strategies to more fully incorporate physical
activity into daily life.
"Launched in September, Active Living by Design is dedicated to
establishing innovative approaches to increase physical activity
through community design, public policies and communications strategies
that can become models for success nationwide. The $16.5-million-
program is based within the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill's School of Public Health.
"Active Living by Design is now accepting proposals from local, state
or regional entities that demonstrate a readiness and ability to
incorporate the goals of active living into ongoing local efforts. The
program will give preference to applicants demonstrating
interdisciplinary partnerships, engaging government agencies, and
proposing innovative programs, policies and communications strategies
that have potential to increase access to physical activity.
"'Active living' is a way of life that integrates physical activity
into daily routines. The goal is to accumulate at least 30 minutes of
moderately intense physical activity most days of the week, as
recommended by the 1996 U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical
Activity and Health."
The deadline for submitting proposals is Jan. 31. For additional
information, call (919) 843-2523 or e-mail
<email@example.com>. For more information, visit:
To download the Call for Proposals:
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-> According to a Dec. 2nd note from Paul Steely White, Africa Regional
Director of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy,
"ITDP's Africa program is assembling a list of U.S. based bike facility
planners who are interested in applying their skills in African
cities. The average duration of the paid consultancies is about two
Minimum requirements: three years of bike planning and experience
working in developing countries. Interested? Send a brief cover letter
and resume to: Paul Steely White, email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Africa
Regional Director, Institute for Transportation and Development
Policy, New York, NY; (212) 629-8001. Or visit the organization's
website at: http://<http://www.itdp.org
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-> In late October, Bill Wilkinson gave a presentation on creating
bicycle-friendly and walkable communities at the annual meeting of
the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials in Seattle.
The first week in November, Bill was a participant in The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation’s “Active Living Network: Building Bridges Between
Placemaking and Health” meeting in Boulder. Next, he headed south for a
day-long work session with the Virginia Department of Health’s
Comprehensive Cardio-vascular Health Project team (who are doing a great
job promoting bicycling and walking issues!).
And, in what he claims was his last trip for the next few months, Bill
gave a keynote presentation at the “Big Sky or Big Sprawl? 3” conference
in Helena, Montana. Bill and NCBW staff member John Williams, based in
Missoula, Montana, presented a workshop on “Healthy Streets and Kids,”
(along with Lynda Blades of the MT Dept. of Health and Human Services),
and Bill gave a third presentation on “Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues in
the Reauthorization of TEA-21.” Before leaving Helena, Bill met with
conference organizer Marga Lincoln to discuss a proposed Safe Routes to
School project she is developing for Helena, and taped an interview with
Brian Kahn, award-winning host of Montana Public Radio’s “Home Ground
Closer to home, in late November the NCBW’s Peter Moe joined Maryland
Special Secretary for Smart Growth Harriett Tregoning and other speakers
for a Quality of Life conference in Silver Spring, Maryland. Peter did
a PowerPoint presentation, and the group discussed strategies for
encouraging the development of walkable, active communities. They were
joined by surprise guests Charlie Zegeer and Lauren Marchetti of the
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), who traveled up from
meetings in Washington at the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration.
Peter also got out of town when he took part in the “MPO training
session” in San Jose. This three-day course, sponsored by the NCBW and
presented by Pete Lagerwey and Dan Burden, was designed to prepare MPO
project coordinators and NCBW instructors for the Spring 2003 series on
walkable community workshops. Peter Moe will be one of eight instructors
who will work for us in two-person teams to present 78 workshops in
nine metropolitan regions.
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-> Want to present a paper at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Trail
Link 2003 conference? The deadline is coming fast, so act fast. For the
record, the conference will be held June 26-29, 2003, in Providence,
Rhode Island. Here's what they say:
"U.S. and international professionals, academics and advocates with
experience working on trails and greenways are encouraged to submit
proposals. We are interested in submissions from individuals in other
professions who seek links between their work and the trails and
greenways movement, including those working in the fields of public
health, environmental education, youth conservation, urban
redevelopment, economic development and tourism. Presenters are
expected to pay conference attendance fees and provide for their own
lodging and transportation. Some scholarships are available for
volunteer trail advocates.
"The conference program committee will evaluate submissions based on
overall relevance to theme, clarity, focus and practical applicability.
Given the growth and sophistication of the trails and greenways
movement, please submit specific and in-depth presentations rather than
general historic overviews of projects."
The deadline for submitting proposals for a conference session is
December 16, 2002. For information, contact Betsy Goodrich, Conference
Manager, by phone at (508) 755-3300 or by e-mail at
<email@example.com>. Or visit the website:
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-> We recently received a note from Julie Weitzel, Research Coordinator
of the Active Living Policy and Environmental Studies Program (ALPES).
ALPES "is a $12.5-million national program of The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation (RWJF), created to stimulate and support research that will
identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical
activity. Findings are expected to inform environmental and policy
changes that will promote active living among Americans.
"This Call for Proposals is intended to encourage experts in fields
such as exercise science, public health, transportation, urban
planning, architecture, the behavioral sciences, health care,
recreation, geography, law enforcement, economics, policy studies and
education to form transdisciplinary teams to identify environmental
factors and policies that are related to physical activity. ALPES plans
to release annual Calls for Proposals focusing on topics of current
interest. This round of funding will make available up to $3.5 million
for research grants. The maximum grant amount per project will be
$600,000 over three years."
Deadlines are coming up fast. January 2nd--17th, applicants may submit
brief proposals via the RWJF Grantmaking Online system. On January 6th
there will be an optional teleconference for potential applicants.
Details and preregistration information are posted at:
To download the Call for Proposals, use this address:
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-> According to the Dec. 1st issue of "The Ride," Transportation
Alternative's e-newsletter. "Continuing its dynamic tradition, the
Thunderhead Alliance, the umbrella organization of statewide bicycle
advocacy groups, has announced a new addition to its board of
directors. Noah Budnick, the projects coordinator for NYC-based
Transportation Alternatives, will assume his responsibilities
"The youngest and easternmost member of the board, Budnick represents
bicycle advocacy's New School--a young, smart, urban clique of savvy
organizers and strategists who know full well what the rest of the
bicycling community is only beginning to recognize. Advocacy is sexy.
'The Thunderhead Board is made up of some of the most experienced,
effective and dedicated bike advocates in North America. It's literally
a who's who of state and local bike advocacy,' said Budnick. 'John
Kaehny, my boss at T.A., helped start Thunderhead, so to both work with
such a talented group of advocates and carry on T.A.'s involvement on
the board is a considerable honor.'
"But the honor is not all Budnick's. 'We're thrilled to have him on the
Thunderhead Alliance board of directors,' said Executive Director, Sue
Knaup. '[Budnick's] perspective from such a dense and diverse city has
given him unique abilities for effective bicycle advocacy, but I
suspect he's just plain talented.'"
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One idea getting tossed around as part of the TEA-21 reauthorization
discussion is to create State Planning Organizations (SPOs). If it
makes good sense (and it does!) to have multi-jurisdictional and modal
representatives coming together as Metropolitan Planning Organizations
(MPOs) to develop regional, long-range transportation plans and
transportation improvement programs, why not do the same thing at
the state level? A, thoughtful concept paper on this subject, entitled
Building a 21st Century Transportation System, was written by
Joel Hirschhorn for the National Governors Association. Apparently,
the topic was too hot for the NGA to handle because while there are
still references to it on their web site, you can’t find it. Fear not,
however, because we’ve managed to dig up a copy of this “banned-in-
the-state-capitols” bit of seditious thinking, scanned it, and in the
interest of supported wide-ranging discussion of ways to improve the
transportation planning and decision-making process, have made it
available on the bikewalk.org web site:
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-> Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association published
the results of a study entitled "Crosswalk Markings and Motor Vehicle
Collisions Involving Older Pedestrians" (Jeffrey W. Runge, MD; Thomas
B. Cole, MD, MPH; JAMA, Vol. 288 No. 17, November 6, 2002 ).
Among other things, the researchers found that " the risk of collisions
was similar at intersections with or without marked crosswalks if the
intersections were controlled by stop signs or signals. At
intersections without stop signs or signals, pedestrians were 3 times
as likely to be struck by motor vehicles in marked crosswalks as in
We tend to cringe when such studies come out because they tend to give
some of the worst designers justification for doing nothing forpedestrians.
These folks will say "we don't want to put in crosswalksbecause they will
give pedestrians --- are you ready? ---'a falsesense of security.'"
As frequent CL correspondent Peter Jacobsen of Sacramento points out,
"So, once again, a study shows that people get hit in crosswalks more
often if the pavement is marked. And once again, the solution is to
blame the victim by seeking to modify their behavior -- teach them to
cope with the danger.
"What is newsworthy is that this approach appears in a MEDICAL JOURNAL.
They argue for modifying the victim, not the dangerous environment.
Unbelievably they admit that there is no evidence the former can be
modified, and the streets are 'potentially dangerous.'..."
To see the study's abstract, go to:
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The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's 10 "most heavily-used rail-trails
Minuteman Bikeway (MA): 2,000,000
W&OD Railroad Trail (VA): 2,000,000
Pinellas Trail (FL): 1,200,000
Iron Horse State Park Trail (WA): 1,200,000
East Bay Bicycle Path (RI): 1,100,000
Fox River Trail (IL): 1,000,000
Baltimore & Annapolis Trail (MD): 1,000,000
Northern Centrail Railroad Trail (MD): 1,000,000
Provo Jordan River Trail (UT): 1,000,000
Burke-Gilman Trail (WA): 1,000,000
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Ever since California took the bold, brilliant step of allocating
funds for Safe Routes to School projects, there has been a lot
on interest in other states it doing something similar. There
is also a lot of interest and support for incorporating the
California approach in the reauthorization of TEA-21. But, there
has also been a lot of confusion about just what it was the
California did; namely, which federal transportation program
funds are being used for this project. Is it the Hazard Elimination
program or something else? In what he hopes will be the final word
on this subject, at least in terms of defining the terms, NCBW
Executive Director Bill Wilkinson has prepared a short background
piece to help understand one of the more complicated and confusing
category of programs in TEA-21. You can find a copy of his
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-> According to a Nov. 27th Toronto Globe and Mail story filed in
Vancouver, "Accounting assistant Sandra Rosang happily admits to an
'addiction' -- one that has strong backing from her employer. She bikes
10 kilometres to work, rain or shine. An employee with Vancouver City
Savings Credit Union for the past 24 years, Ms. Rosang first cycled to
work 2« years ago on a 'clean air' day. 'Then I made a commitment [to
bike] and it's become almost like an addiction,' says the 49-year-old
grandmother. 'I get fitness into my day and I am not driving.'
"Her switch to cycling was made easier because VanCity offers its
employees a number of amenities. At VanCity's head office, where Ms.
Rosang works, there are four showers, 15 lockers, change rooms and a
secure storage area for 35 bikes. She keeps extra suits in her locker
and has access to a dry cleaner in the building. Seven of VanCity's
newest branch offices also have showers. Promoting transit-friendly
options for its 1,500 employees is a corporate goal of VanCity, the
largest credit union in the country.
"'Single occupancy vehicles are the No. 1 emitter of CO2 emissions [a
major contributor to air pollution],' says Loralee Delbrouck, manager
of corporate social responsibility for VanCity. 'There are great
leadership opportunities for business and it does not have to cost a
lot of money.' Seven years ago, the credit union built its new head
office over a Skytrain transit station at Main Street and Terminal
Avenue on the eastern edge of downtown Vancouver.
"VanCity participates in an incentive program offered by Translink, the
Vancouver regional transportation authority, that offers a 15-per-cent
discount to employees who sign up for an annual transit pass. In total,
107 companies and 6,600 employees in the Vancouver region are signed up
for the discount pass. In promoting alternative transportation, the
credit union offers flexible work arrangements. About 12 per cent of
the staff work longer hours over fewer days get every Friday or second
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Title: "A tale of one city"
Author: Jennifer Lewington
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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
"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..."
Title: "Connector routes put at $6 million"
Author: Janet Romaker
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-> "Metro Atlanta may be getting a little bit more pedestrian-friendly
-- at least if you use fatality counts as your gauge. After four
straight years with at least 80 walkers and as many as 97 being killed
by vehicles, it was obvious we had a major pedestrian safety problem.
But we've now had two straight years of declines, with last year's
total dropping to 64.
"Are we driving and walking more carefully? Or are we just walking
less? Sally Flocks, Atlanta's best-known pedestrian, believes the area
media are doing a better job of making drivers and walkers aware of the
hazards involved in hoofing it in car-crazy Atlanta. Plus, she believes
more money for sidewalks is starting to make a difference. 'Pedestrians
are learning it's dangerous, and drivers are learning they need to go a
little slower,' she said. 'And there's more enforcement, too.'..."
Archive search: http://stacks.ajc.com/
Title: "Pedestrians, motorists are learning to coexist"
Author: Joey Ledford
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-> According to a Dec. 4th story in the La Crosse Tribune, "A new
north-south corridor is noticeably absent from the proposed
Comprehensive Plan. Instead, the plan says the city should work with
existing roads, green them up, encourage housing closer to jobs and
shopping, and encourage use of transportation other than
"'Hallelujah,' north-south road foe Chip DeNure said of the absence of
a new highway. 'The people involved in that plan have listened to the
people of La Crosse. Wonderful.' Augmenting existing roads is a way to
improve the transportation, said Lee Rasch, president of Western
Wisconsin Technical College, who was a new road supporter. 'Anything
that can be done to strike a balance between our community wants and
transportation needs is a good thing. It sounds like that is the
direction they are trying to go. If we continue to strike that balance,
we will find the plan makes sense for us as a community in 10-20 years.'
"The city's transportation system has a solid foundation to build on,
including the grid-pattern of streets, higher-than-average rate of
walking and bike-commuting, and good transit, the report says. But it
notes that the city also has challenges including the La Crosse River
Marsh, which constricts north-south traffic to three roads. The city
should discourage cul de sacs and maintain its grid system of roads to
give drivers alternatives to main roads, City Planner Larry Kirch told
neighborhood residents last month. In addition, he said the city should
continue a sidewalk network and work to connect bike trails, noting
that studies have indicated property values are higher along bike
Title: "City won't count on new highway"
Author: Joan Kent
The La Crosse Tribune has a link on their home page to an
interesting page promoting Western Wisconsin trails:
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-> According to a Nov. 30th story in Flagstaff's Arizona Daily Sun,
"The Arizona Department of Transportation is getting high marks from
cyclists for including bike paths and highway cycle lanes as they plan
20 years of new highways and construction projects. At a recent forum
in Flagstaff, ADOT invited folks like Jack Welch of the Flagstaff
Bicycle Advisory Committee to comment on the needs of bicycle commuters
and recreational riders.
"'I am very encouraged. I feel that they have reached the conclusion
that you can't solve traffic problems by building more roads or
widening roads and that you've got to encourage people to use other
means of transportation,' Welch said. Other topics at the Flagstaff
forum included highways, transit, rail, air travel and pedestrian
issues. The Flagstaff forum is one of eight being held across the
Archive search: http://www.azdailysun.com/search/
Title: "Heading on the right path"
Author: Daily Sun Staff
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-> According to a Nov. 30th story in the San Jose Mercury News,
"Something unusual was happening Friday at a busy intersection on
Stevens Creek Boulevard in San Jose: Holiday shoppers were crossing the
street on foot. Sure, it happens all the time in urban shopping
districts and small-town Main Streets. But not along suburban
commercial strips like Stevens Creek, where city planners and retail
experts say most people won't walk more than a few hundred feet from
their cars, or cross a busy street unless they absolutely have no
"Yet, there they were: Shoppers lining up by the dozens for a green
light that let them stroll across eight lanes of traffic, between the
venerable Valley Fair shopping mall and the upstart Santana Row complex
on the other side. 'I've lived in San Jose for years, and there never
used to be very much foot traffic along here,' said 49-year-old Eugene
Franco, standing at the Stevens Creek entrance to Santana Row on Friday
morning. 'Now look at this -- all these people.' Hundreds of people,
all day long. Some folks jostled, but most politely waited for their
turn to cross -- never mind the racing engines, honking horns and
swirling exhaust from auto traffic that got worse by the hour. They
walked, if only because the holiday crush made it too much trouble to
park more than once.
"And why not? asked Erin Fyfe, who parked at Westfield Shoppingtown
Valley Fair and then crossed to Santana Row. 'I'd much rather be
walking outside,' she said. After all, 'we're in California.'..."
Archive search: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/archives/
Title: "Shoppers hit the street between centers"
Author: Brandon Bailey
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-> According to a Nov. 29th story in the Chico Enterprise-Record,
"Chico officials last week tweaked a plan to install $11 million worth
of bicycle paths, and assured the city's eligibility for state and
federal money. The 2002 Chico Urban Area Bicycle Plan is an update of
one adopted in 1998, said Brian Mikelson, a city traffic engineer.
"In addition to the 70 bike routes already criss-crossing Chico, the
bicycle plan proposes 51 more, at a total cost of almost $11 million.
The estimated cost for each ranges from $10,000 to $490,000. The
proposed projects would more than triple number of miles of existing
bike lanes, from about 40 miles to almost 128 miles. About 25 percent
of the total mileage of bike lanes now in place run through Bidwell
"Based on figures from the 2000 U.S. Census, city officials assume that
about 11.4 percent of the urban area's population now ride bicycles
daily. That includes 5 percent of the workforce, about 2,400 people. It
also includes about 1,150 grade school students and about 6,500
students at Chico State University. If, as predicted in the city's
General Plan, the population rises to 135,000 over the next 15 to 25
years, the number of people riding bicycles could increase to more than
14,000. 'It's a valuable mode of transportation and we're trying to
accomodate the bicycling community,' Mikelson said.
Archive search: http://www.chicoer.com/archives/
Title: "Updated plan would triple bike lane mileage"
Author: Ariel Cohn
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-> According to a Dec. 3rd story in the Columbus Telegram, "A
representative of the Nebraska Department of Roads battled it out with
some local property owners who would be affected by a road project at
the intersection of Eighth Street and 33rd Avenue. The property owners
had requested a meeting with the department representatives to air
grievances and to get more information. Although some city council
members do not support the venture, they worry pulling out of the
contract could affect future projects with the state.
"The project - determined necessary by a 1997 study and locked in by a
1999 contract with the state - will straighten out the intersection and
fix the roadway along U.S. Highway 81, and was the subject of a
Committee of the Whole meeting Monday evening. Roadway Design Engineer
Eldon Poppe drew the brunt of criticism from Kat's Car Wash owner Alan
Davis, who said the proposed sidewalk behind the bays on west Eighth
Street will inhibit people from entering and exiting easily.
"Davis said the sidewalk is unnecessary due to the lack of pedestrians
in the area. However, Poppe said it would be hard to find an engineer
who would sign off on the project if cars were allowed to back up into
the street, where people could be walking. Currently, the city allows
Davis to use its right of way to back out into the street from the car
wash. No pedestrian has yet been hit, Davis argued, nor is the area
Archive search: http://www.columbustelegram.com/archives/
Title: "Highway 81 rebuild faces roadblocks in safety, convenience"
Author: Heather Koontz
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-> According to a Dec. 5th story in the Saskatoon (SK) StarPhoenix,
"New signs, lighting, redesigned roadways and a map of cycle routes
throughout the city are on the way after council voted to enhance
bicycle travel in Saskatoon. The comprehensive bicycle plan (CBP),
created by city administration and adopted unanimously as a new policy
Monday, ensures cyclists' needs are heeded in decision making.
"'When we develop anything in the city we must now look at it through
the lens of a person on a cycle. Period,' said Coun. Lenore Swystun,
who has pushed for a bike plan since getting elected in 2000. 'We're
actually looking at our city now as not just a place for cars but for
cyclists and pedestrians. It is very cool and very timely with concerns
about the environment and our city being a manageable size to do
"The policy is reinforced by guiding principles stating, 'every street
is a cycling street; every bicycle trip improves the quality of life
for all; and bicycles should be used safely and without fear of injury.
We're not just accommodating cycling, we're encouraging it,' noted
Archive search: http://www.canada.com/saskatoon/starphoenix/archives/
Cost: No (only 14 days kept)
Title: "Council shifts bike plan into high gear"
Author: Darren Bernhardt
The plan is posted on the City of Saskatoon website:
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-> According to a Dec. 3rd story in the Shropshire (UK) Star,
"Shropshire motorists will not be easily persuaded to give up their
cars and use other forms of transport, a new survey has revealed. Car
usage for most journeys in Shropshire is high, with walking clearly
substituting only when distances are short, county council watchdogs
will be told next week. Moreover, 68 per cent of workers travel to
their jobs by car, the survey, from the Shropshire People's Panel,
"'A relatively small proportion of people consider they might transfer
their journeys to work to the bicycle, although for many this would
require a change of job, of weather or better behaviour by motorists,'
says a report to the council's central audit committee. But an improved
cycle path network might encourage many others, as would better
facilities at their workplace such as showers and changing rooms..."
Archive search: http://www.shropshirestar.com/archive/index.asp
Title: "Motorists snub bike message"
Author: Dave Morris
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-> According to a Nov. 29th story in the Florham Park Eagle, "Police
Chief John Treiber has officially told the Florham Park Board of
Education that Columbia Turnpike, the four-lane highway running across
the borough from east to west, is a 'hazardous road' that is unsafe for
school children to cross on foot. 'To have little kids crossing
Columbia Turnpike is an absolute hazard,' Treiber said after writing to
the school board on the matter. 'I have been under the impression all
through the years that the school board has been providing busing.'
School district Superintendent Fred Ferrone said Monday, Nov. 25, the
board 'plans to discuss' whether to provide additional bus service to
transport students across Columbia Turnpike to get to and from the
Ridgedale, Brooklake or Briarwood schools.
"All three of the district schools are located on the south side of
Columbia Turnpike. One hundred forty-three of the district's 924
students in grades K-8 live north of Columbia Turnpike, district
Business Administrator John Csatlos said Nov. 25. He noted the district
transports 46 of those children to school by bus, with busing provided
for 14 students and 'subscription busing' paid for by parents of 32
"Ferrone said the parents of the remaining 97 students 'make other
arrangements' to transport their children to and from school, including
driving them. He said he 'doesn't think' students are walking across
the highway to or from school. 'I don't think for a matter of dollars
it would be good to have a child killed or injured severely,' Treiber
said of children whose parents may not be able to afford to pay for
busing unless it is provided by the school district. "'Whatever (the
board) does is up to them.'..."
Title: "Chief to board: Columbia Tpk. is 'hazardous'"
Author: George Danco
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-> According to a Dec. 4th story in the Austin (TX) American-Statesman,
"Ivan Illich, a renowned sociologist who protested against the
institutionalization of learning and religion, has died, a former
university colleague said Wednesday. He was 76.
"Illich -- best known for his 1971 publication ``De-Schooling
Society''-- died Monday in the northern German city of Bremen, where he
had lectured in sociology for the past decade, said Johannes Beck, a
professor at the university. He did not give the cause of death. Illich
was born in Vienna, Austria in 1926. He was forced to leave school in
1941 under Nazi race laws because of his mother's Jewish ancestry, and
went to Italy. There, he studied in Florence and at Rome's Gregorian
University before returning to Austria and obtaining a doctorate in
history from the University of Salzburg.
"He entered the Roman Catholic priesthood and, from 1951 to 1956,
served in New York City as an assistant pastor, championing the cause
of Puerto Rican immigrants. From 1956 until 1960, he was the deputy
rector of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico..."
Archive search: http://archives.statesman.com/
Title: "Sociologist Ivan Illich Dies at 76"
"As soon as people become tributaries of transport, not just when they
travel for several days, but also on their daily trips, the
contradictions between social justice and motorized power, between
effective movement and higher speed, between personal freedom and
engineered routing, become poignantly clear. Enforced dependence on
auto-mobile machines then denies a community of self-propelled people
just those values supposedly procured by improved transportation.
"People move well on their feet. This primitive means of getting around
will, on closer analysis, appear quite effective when compared with the
lot of people in modern cities or on industrialized farms. It will
appear particularly attractive once it has been understood that modern
Americans walk, on the average, as many miles as their ancestors-most
of them through tunnels, corridors, parking lots, and stores..."
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-> According to a Dec. 1st story in the Honolulu Advertiser, "An
abandoned cane-haul road will form the core of a $7.2 million bicycle
and pedestrian path along the East Kaua'i shoreline. The 4.3-mile route
from Lihi Park in Kapa'a town to 'Ahihi Point in Kealia will take users
through coastal neighborhoods and along bluffs overlooking two popular
"The 12-foot-wide trail will be built by improving an existing asphalt
path in the Kapa'a town area and paving a former Lihu'e Plantation
cane-haul road to 'Ahihi Point. The rough road already is used by
mountain bikers and joggers. Cane-haul bridges along the coastline also
will be improved. The project is one link in what is envisioned as an
"emerald lei" of greenways and paths around the island, said Laurie Ho,
coordinator of the federal Garden Island Resource Conservation and
Archive search: http://search.honoluluadvertiser.com/
Cost: Yes (after 2 months)
Title: "Kaua'i bike path first in 'lei'"
Author: Christie Wilson
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-> According to a Dec. 3rd editorial posted on Underreported.com, "In a
widely reported story, for example the Dec. 2, 2002 Washington Post
story (see below), it was reported that 'drivers talking on their
phones are responsible for about 6 percent of U.S. auto accidents each
year, killing an estimated 2,600 people and injuring 330,000 others.'
And what was casually reported along with this story -- I heard it
reported on the radio the same way -- was that the convenience of the
cell phone outweighed or equaled the 2600 lives lost: The Harvard
researchers calculated the costs associated with accidents caused by
cell phones, such as medical bills and loss of life. The costs added up
to an estimated $43 billion a year -- about the same as the researchers
arrived at for the value that cell phone owners put on their phones.
"...I'm not going to suggest that the economic value of a human life is
infinity. While from a moral perspective it is, from the practical
perspective of efficiently allocating limited resources (the definition
of the word 'economics'), a value has to be assigned; otherwise,
everyone would starve. But unlike economists, I don't believe all
dollars are equal. What the authors of this study are trying to say is
that when a meat-packing executive is able to handle a cell phone call
on the way to work, it saves consumers money at the grocery store --
perhaps $10 million. But when that executive runs into a pedestrian as
a result, it was 'worth it' because that $10 million was saved by the
economy as a whole and can be deployed to other uses, such as medical
Title: "Harvard: Deaths caused by driving with cell phone 'worth it'"
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Title: "About One in 20 Car Accidents Caused by Cell Phone"
Author: Nedra Pickler
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-> According to a Dec. 3rd article in the UK's Daily Telegraph, "A
couple today told how they were so sick of cars crashing near their
house that they built and erected a fake speed camera. Beryl and Reece
Oakes claim that at least 17 accidents have taken pace near their home
over the last three years. But when they campaigned for traffic calming
measures and a 20mph limit on 30mph Reade's Lane in Congleton, Cheshire
they were told it was not an accident blackspot.
"Mr Oakes, 67, was so fed up with the lack of action that he made a
fake speed camera out of wood. The retired National Trust consultant
painted it grey and yellow, made small windows and even added winking
infra-red cameras before attaching it to a pole in his front garden.
The couple also helped to put up 20mph speed limit signs along the
road, with the word "please" underneath.
"He said: 'Normally we are not the kind of people to raise our heads
above the parapet but this is something we felt we just had to do
because the situation had become so serious. I made it to look like a
real camera, the idea being that as people approach the speed camera
they will slow down and save their pockets, and their driving
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Title: "Fed-up residents install DIY speed camera"
In the last issue, we listed the headline for the following
article but forgot to include the article! Here it is...
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-> According to a Nov. 18th commentary posted on Britain's "The
Register" tech news website, "...Despite the fact that the expensive
Segway will make fat Americans even fatter, Segway claims that using a
Segway is good for your health, and your wealth:
"'Enhancing your strength and mobility will expand the boundaries of
your neighborhood by enabling you to cover more ground in less time.
And it will help you accomplish things that might have otherwise
required a vehicle, creating benefits for your household?such as saving
money ?as well as benefits for your community and society as a whole.'
The Segway website stresses that fast, heavy Segways have 'no impact on
the pedestrians around you.' Is this a comment that Segway Corp will
come to regret for not only is America the land of the obese, it's the
land of the litigant...
"In an article in Time last year, Kamen said Segways are ideal for
downtown transportation. Unlike cars, they are cheap, clean, efficient,
maneuverable. Unlike bicycles, he told Time, with not a shred of irony,
they are designed specifically to be pedestrian-friendly. 'A bike is
too slow and light to mix with trucks in the street but too large and
fast to mix with pedestrians on the sidewalk...Our machine is
compatible with the sidewalk. If a Segway hits you, it's like being hit
by another pedestrian.'..."
Title: "Segways go on sale. No need to walk ever again"
Author: Carlton Reid (http://www.BikeBiz.co.uk)
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-> According to a Dec. 3rd story on The Register website, "A London
woman used her own one-year-old infant to jump start her Ford Focus
after the voracious rugrat ate the coded radio transponder from the
car's keys, the Telegraph reports.
"Mum Amanda Webster, 34, called in the RAC when the car refused to
start during a shopping trip. Patrolman Keith Scott was initially
baffled until he realised that part of the Focus's key was missing -
namely the small coded security chip device without which the vehicle
would remain resolutely immobilised.
"The finger of suspicion quickly pointed at little Oscar Webster, who
had been playing with the keys shortly before. Mercifully, just when a
major surgical procedure looked inevitable for the miscreant toddler,
Mr Scott had a flash of inspiration..."
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Title: "Woman jump starts car with cyber-infant"
Author: Lester Haines
-> "IF HEALTH MATTERS"
Subtitled: " Integrating Public Health Objectives in Transportation
Decision-Making," by Todd Litman; "investigates how transportation
policy and planning practices must change if public health objectives
is to be given greater priority.
-> "TRANSPORTATION ENERGY DATA BOOK: EDITION 22"
A statistical compendium prepared and published by Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL). Can be seen online (or downloaded as a pdf) at:
-> "WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE?"
WWJDrive Discussion Paper 1; by Rev. Ron Sider, Ph.D. & Rev. Jim Ball,
Ph.D.; November 4, 2002."Today we in the U.S. are driving much more
than we were in years past, and our driving is having harmful
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:
<firstname.lastname@example.org> 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:< email@example.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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
May 1-3, 2003, Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment; the Fourth
International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century, Portland, OR.
May 4, 2003, Third National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, Portland,
OR. Info: e-mail <email@example.com>
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Call for papers
deadline: Nov. 15, 2002.
-> JOB -- SUSTAINABLE TRANSP. PROJECT LEADER -- AUCKLAND NZ
The Auckland Regional Council is committed to making it safe, pleasant
and easy for Aucklanders to walk, cycle, rideshare, or choose other
sustainable transport options. We are looking for an exceptional
person who can make sure that the right projects are identified and
implemented to make this happen. If you know about transport issues
from working in a public sector organisation or an effective
stakeholder group, and have successfully worked with diverse groups
to achieve measurable outcomes, then we are keen to hear from you.
This is a challenging, senior role. We need someone who can encourage,
guide and enthuse stakeholder groups, and build strong working
relationships with the many public sector agencies involved. An
optimist who is pragmatic and experienced enough to steer complex,
multi-agency projects to a successful outcome. A relevant tertiary
degree, for example Geography, Economics, Environmental Science,
Engineering or marketing, would be an advantage.
Applicants must be New Zealanders or eligible to, and hold a current
work permit to work in New Zealand under current immigration
legislation. We may not respond to other applicants. For a position
description and further information check out
-> JOB -- CBC ADVOCACY DIRECTOR -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB
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:
-> RFP -- TRAILS DEVELOPMENT PLAN -- ROCHESTER, NY
The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is soliciting Consultant
Proposals to conduct portions of Phase 2 of its Regional Trails
Initiative. This Project will result in the development of a
comprehensive and achievable Plan to create and maintain a safe,
accessible, and highly functional regional trail system in the greater
Rochester, New York area. This trail system will be fully integrated
with the existing transportation system and will constitute a
nationally recognizable distinguishing feature of this region.
The Study Purpose will be achieved by: inventorying existing and
planned regional trail assets; assessing needs and demands for regional
trails; and developing a set of regional trail system development
recommendations, including improvement opportunities, priorities,
design and maintenance guidelines, and achievable implementation
strategies (including funding strategies).
Phase 1, which covered Monroe County and the adjacent developed areas
of Livingston, Ontario, and Wayne Counties, was completed in June 2002;
results are posted on GTC's web site at http://www.gtcmpo.org.
Phase 2 will cover the remainder of GTC's nine-county planning region
and will be integrated with the outcomes in Phase 1.
GTC seeks a consultant with demonstrated experience in trail studies,
including planning, development and design; bicycle and pedestrian
transportation issues; facility accessibility; and general
transportation planning. Engineering and/or landscape architecture
skills may be needed. The Consultant must show that it is certified to
do business in the State of New York and that it can comply with all
standard federal and state contracting requirements. GTC maintains a
10% DBE/MBE/WBE contracting goal.
Interested consultants must request a copy of the complete Regional
Trails Initiative - Phase 2 RFP, including all project proposal
requirements, from GTC by calling (585) 232-6240 or E-mailing
email@example.com. The RFP Package is available in hard copy or
electronically in Adobe PDF. Please state which version you wish to
receive -- hard copy via regular mail or the electronic version E-mail.
When requesting the RFP either by phone or E-mail, please provide the
firm name, the contact person's name, full mailing address, telephone
and fax numbers, and E-mail address.
Questions regarding this RFP should be directed in writing (fax or
E-mail) by Friday, December 6, 2002, to: Kristin Bennett, AICP
Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Manager Genesee Transportation Council 50
West Main Street, Suite 101 Rochester, NY 14614 FAX (585) 262-3106
E-mail:<firstname.lastname@example.org>. Proposals due Friday, Dec. 20, 2002.
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