Issue #60 Friday, December 20, 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
|New NCBW Site Launch|
|Sustrans Safe Routes to Schools Video Now Available|
|FHWA Resources on Context Sensitive Solutions|
|Transportation Enhancements Guide Now Available|
|Alt. Transportation in the National Parks|
|Safeco Supports Cascade Bicycle Club's Safety Work|
|Oakland (CA) Adopts Pedestrian Master Plan|
|Spirit Walk 2003 to Further Lakota Cause|
|CDC Offers 2 New Slide Presentations|
|Concerned over Montreal Bicycling Conditions|
|Major Taylor Reading Week Coming...|
|Plainsboro (NJ) to Create Walkable Village|
|Palm Springs (CA) Promotes Physical Activity|
|New Sydney (AU) Bike Courier Conduct Code|
|Ft. Pierce (FL) Sidewalk Project to Begin in Fall|
|Burley Co-op of Eugene (OR) Introduces Commuter Bike|
|Perils for Pedestrians' Wetmore Gets His Sidewalk|
|Cleburne (TX): Sidewalks Now, Bike Lanes Later|
|Peirce, Stpp Ask Questions Re: Federal Trans. Budget|
|South Carolina DOT Holds 3-Day Ped/Bike Conference|
|Dublin (CA) to Get Bike Lanes|
|Tucson (AZ) Group Salvages Bikes|
|Loudoun County (VA) Committee Plots Path Net|
|NYC's Mayor Buys Bike to Commute During Strike|
-> It's been months in the making, but on Thursday, December 19,
staff at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW)
announced the launch of a completely revised web site.
"The staff has worked hard to arrange the wealth of information,
contacts, and resources we've got on bicycling, walking, and
community design," said Bill Wilkinson, NCBW's executive director.
"We've laid out our organization's vision for bicycle friendly
and walkable communities, and presented the tools and resources
we think community leaders and advocates need the most."
Wilknson added that work on the revamped site began months ago
with a careful study of the various audiences to be served. "We
spent a lot of effort creating a beta site which was reviewed by
bicycle, pedestrian, and health professionals. Then we built the
site starting with the materials those people found useful in
Gary MacFadden, NCBW's director of operations, added that the
new site offers on-site search and site map tools that will
make the visitor's job of finding information much easier.
"There's a lot of useful information that has been available
but largely inaccessible at the NCBW site in the past," said
MacFadden. "A good example is the information carried in each
issue of CenterLines. In the past, those issues were archived,
but a visitor would have to scroll through the text of each
issue to find specific information. The new site's search engine
finally 'opens up' the CenterLines, back issues of Bicycle
Forum, and more."
Wilkinson noted that the work on the new site is far from over.
We've just built and launched the functioning framework of this
resource," he said. "With the structure in place, we'll begin
researching and putting into place the best tools and information
we can find for making communities more bicycle friendly and
Check out the new site at http://www.bikewalk.org
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-> According to a recent message from Paul Osborne, Safe Routes to
School Project Director for Sustrans, a UK-based charity, "Sustrans'
video 'Creating a Safer Journey to School' is now available in NTSC
format (suitable for viewing on North American video equipment). The
video advocates a partnership approach between traffic engineers,
parents, teachers, young people and other members of the local
community. It features walking buses, bike trains, bike safety
training, travel plans and 'Lollipop people' at several schools in
England. The video was first shown at the ProBike/ProWalk Conference in
St Paul (September 2002).
The video is available from Sustrans on-line shop, Price 15UKP or
$24(USD) including postage.
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-> We recently learned of an October 29th Memo from King W. Gee, Assoc.
Administrator for Infrastructure at FHWA. It deals with Context
Sensitive Solutions and, among other things, it has an extensive list
of training resources, publications, and FHWA contacts.
It says, in part, "As we strive to improve the quality of
transportation decisionmaking by promoting strategies that establish a
better link between transportation planning and environmental review
processes at the systems planning level as well as the project level,
one of the key strategies is the CSS approach to project development.
One of the Vital Few strategies is for FHWA to provide guidance,
information, and training to States on 'integrating the planning and
environmental processes' and encouraging context-sensitive
solutions/context-sensitive design (CSS/CSD).
"Guidance and training for CSS/CSD is evolving. Both FHWA and AASHTO
have recently initiated actions to develop CSS/CSD training. Also, the
NCHRP report on the experiences of the five pilot States in
implementing CSS/CSD has been completed and will be issued later this
year. Much of the training developed will be based on the findings in
"However, given the identified need for training within FHWA and State
DOTs at multiple levels, and given the strategic goals of the Vital
Few, we should not wait for the FHWA or AASHTO training development to
be completed. Some training and guidance resources developed by other
organizations are already available and we, FHWA and State DOTs, should
take full advantage of them in order to become familiar with and
trained in CSS/CSD concepts and implementation as early and quickly as
possible. As listed in the attachment, the American Society of Civil
Engineers, the Project for Public Spaces and the Kentucky
Transportation Cabinet through the Kentucky Transportation Center
already have training available. The listing is only for major efforts
we are aware of and includes those applicable on a nationwide basis.
Many State DOTs have developed State specific training for their own
people. However, they may or may not be applicable or available to
For the rest of the memo, as well as links to training information and
publications, go to:
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-> According to Bethaney Bacher of the National Transportation
Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC), the Clearinghouse "recently released
'Enhancing America's Communities: A Guide to Transportation
Enhancements.' This 32-page-full-color guidebook features information
on federal and state TE requirements, how to develop a project
application, as well as 21 new case studies of TE projects that have
successfully contributed to community revitalization.
"Projects include the Mineral Belt Trail in Leadville, Colorado; the
Mispillion River Greenway in Milford, Delaware; the Bicycle Education
Enhancement Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Greenway
Trail from Maryville to Alcoa, Tennessee." To order your free copy,
e-mail <email@example.com> or call (888) 388-6832.
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-> There's an interesting U.S. National Park Service website entitled
"Alternative Transportation in the National Parks," that says in part:
"The fundamental purpose of the National Park System is resource
preservation. Visitors can experience and learn about their natural and
cultural heritage in parks. Most visitors arrive by private auto and,
in some cases, this has begun to threaten the very resources parks were
created to protect.
"Congestion in many National Parks causes lengthy traffic delays and
noise and air pollution that substantially detract from the visitor's
experience and overall resource protection. Recognizing that more park
roads and more parking lots are not the solution, the introduction of
visitor transit systems help to alleviate traffic problems and make
parks more accessible. Park roads and visitor transit systems are
intended to enhance visitor experience while protecting park resources.
Transportation is, in many ways, the connection between the NPS mission
of resource protection and visitor enjoyment..."
For more information, go to:
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-> According to a recent news release from Scott Marlow of the Cascade
Bicycle Club, based in Seattle, the organization's Education
Foundation's programs has received a grant from SAFECO for $5,000 to
help with their helmet campaign. "Cascade runs an ongoing helmet
donation program, targeting non-profit organizations, schools, and
needy kids. In 2002, Cascade donated 325 helmets to these groups and
individuals, financed by a donation from Fred Meyer. Cascade also
organized give-aways of 300 additional helmets at the Seattle Int'l
Bicycle Expo and the KOMO Kids' Fair - sponsored by the Seattle
Firefighter's Benevolent Association. All helmets are custom-fitted to
recipients to provide the best protection.
"In addition, Cascade will use some of the funding from SAFECO to help
support 'Basics of Bicycling,' the popular on-bike safety/skills
program in the Seattle schools, originally established in Seattle
Elementary School Physical Education classes by Cascade in 1998. The
continuation of Basics of Bicycling is threatened with recent budget
cuts, so part of this sum will tide them over for the time being.
Cascade and the Seattle Schools need additional ongoing funding to keep
this unique program running..."
For more information, contact Julie Salathe, Education Director,
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation; (206) 523-1952; email:
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-> According to a recent note from Jason Patton of the Oakland
Pedestrian Safety Project, "In November 2002, the City of Oakland,
California adopted a comprehensive Pedestrian Master Plan as part of
the Land Use and Transportation Element of the City's General Plan. The
twenty year plan is based on an analysis of collision data and an
extensive community outreach process. It establishes a Pedestrian Route
Network extending throughout the city, emphasizing safe routes to
school and to transit. The Plan identifies policy recommendations,
design elements, and priority projects to promote walking as a form of
transportation and recreation that is safe and accessible for all
Oakland's Pedestrian Master Plan is available on the web in pdf format
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-> We recently received a note about this event: "Join the Seven Fires
Foundation on July 11, 2003 and walk for a mile or 1700 miles! The
Seven Fires Foundation is walking from Kyle South Dakota to Washington
DC to raise awareness and support for The Lakota Project. An new
outreach program to re-teach the children the traditions, sacred values
and honored culture of the Lakota Nation through the teaching of the
Lakota Language. There is a very real crisis across the World facing
many of the indigenous cultures regarding the loss of their Native
languages and cultures. We are joining together to support the Lakota
Project to preserve these sacred traditions for the generations to come.
For more information about Spirit Walk 2003 and the Lakota Project, go
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-> According to a note from Tim Torma, "Two new slide presentations are
available on the CDC's Kidswalk-to-School Website. Each comes with a
lesson plan, presenter's guide, and presentation script.
"1. Walking and Bicycling to School: Community Presentation Slide
presentation designed to increase knowledge and interest in
participating in a Walk and Bicycle to School program. Developed for
parents, teachers and other community members to present at i
"2. Walking and Bicycling to School: Train-the-Trainer Presentation
Slide presentation developed to encourage state level promotion of walk
and bicycle to school programs by building state level partnerships and
assisting local constituents to develop walk and bicycle to school
"Includes various reference links for finding information related to
relevant partners, funding sources, and health facts and data.
Developed specifically as a train-the-trainer for state health
For more information, go to:
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-> Peter Krantz of Montreal recently let us know about some of his
bicycle advocacy writings. Among the pieces he sent us are:
For copies of his works, write Peter at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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-> According to the website of the Educational Association of Worcester
(MA), "The children of the Worcester Public Schools in grades 3 and 4
have been invited to participate in a fund-raiser as a community
project. The week of February 17th -21st has been named 'Major Taylor
Reading Week' in honor of .Marshall W. 'Major' Taylor, a World Champion
bicyclist. Major Taylor lived most of his adult life in Worcester, MA.
"Information about Major Taylor is available at the Worcester
Historical Museum. there is also a display on the life of Major Taylor
at the Applebee Restaurant on Park Avenue. The restaurant chain
traditionally honors neighborhood heroes in each of its restaurants.
When this Applebee's was built a few years ago they chose to honor
Major Taylor. His home was in the Columbus Park area of Worcester. The
Major Taylor Association is raising money to build a statue in honor of
Major Taylor that will be erected outside the Worcester Public Library.
"Major Taylor Reading Week will be the week of February Vacation. the
children are encouraged to ask family and friends to sign a pledge
sheet to donate money based on the number of pages read during the
week. The students can record the number of pages read each day and
submit the total at the end of the seven day period. People can
pay-per-page or pledge a set amount. We hope to have 100%
participation. We believe it is a project that the children will, even
as adults, remember, and will be proud that they were a part of the
group responsible for erecting the statue. All donations are
tax-deductible. Checks may be made out to the Major Taylor
If, unlike some of us bike geeks, you don't know Major Taylor (he was
only the fastest bicycle rider in the world -- and an African-American
-- who raced in the late 1800s and early 1900s), here are some
excellent websites to visit:
The Major Taylor Association: http://www.majortaylorassociation.org/
The Major Taylor Society: http://www.majortaylor.com/
The Major Taylor Velodrome:
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"I hear a lot of people saying that 'No one has died here, so we don't
need a sidewalk.' But sidewalks should be more than just a monument to
dead pedestrians," -- John Z. Wetmore, Perils for Pedestrians,
-> According to a Dec. 15th story in the Newark Star-Ledger, "Residents
of a soon-to-be-built development in Plainsboro will have an option
that few others in the sprawling Middlesex County suburb enjoy. They'll
be able to walk to a store.
"The new Village Center, likely to get the final nod of approval from
the town planning board tomorrow, will have shops and restaurants
topped with apartments. Townhouses and a handful of single-family homes
will be clustered nearby. In the center of the neighborhood will be a
square park with a fountain.
"Simple as it sounds, the development is fairly radical in the context
of post-World War II suburban construction in the United States. Tastes
and zoning laws of these past several decades have created subdivisions
devoid of commerce, with sprawling malls a car ride away. Village
Center's design is true to the principles of New Urbanism, a school of
planning that eschews this strict separation of living and shopping in
favor of old-style, walkable neighborhoods..."
Archive search: http://www.nj.com/search/
Cost: Free for 14 days
Title: "Plainsboro fights sprawl with new urban-style development"
Author: Alexander Lane
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-> According to a Dec. 5th story in the (Coachella Valley) Desert Sun,
"Concerned about the rise in diabetes and a sedentary lifestyle among
children, Coachella-based Santa Rosa del Valle Inc. is offering a fun
and active solution: bike riding. Since Oct. 19, the nonprofit
organization's new C.V. Roadies program has encouraged children to make
lifestyle changes by providing a freewheeling alternative to
television, computers and other more expensive or interdependent sports.
"'We're trying to instill in our community that bicycling is good,
clean exercise,' said Fred Deharo, executive director of Santa Rosa Del
Valle Inc. 'There's also not much expense involved in a bicycle's
upkeep. So our whole premise is to show how bicycling can be a healthy
alternative to other sports and make a difference in a child's exercise
habits.' Santa Rosa del Valle was formed in 1996 to provide community
health services in Riverside County. The group currently operates two
mobile medical clinics in the east valley for schools and community
centers and offers free diabetes, cholesterol and other screenings..."
-> According to a Dec. 10th story in the Sydney Morning Herald,
"Bicycle couriers have been warned - riding on city footpaths and
scaring the living daylights out of pedestrians will no longer be
tolerated. Neither will riding the wrong way down a one-way street or
disobeying traffic lights. Such unsafe or illegal practices will be
discouraged under a new code of conduct approved yesterday by the City
of Sydney Council and due to begin in the first quarter of next year.
"'Riding at speeds that are too high for the city environment, together
with a lack of warning noise often causes confusion amongst
pedestrians, particularly the elderly or people who have sight or
movement difficulties,' the accord says. The council will now seek
agreement with bicycle courier companies, unions and other
representative groups and city businesses to enforce the voluntary
accord, after an earlier attempt at a voluntary registration scheme
failed in 1994. The deputy Lord Mayor, Lucy Turnbull, said last night
that the accord was 'a very positive way to try and ensure greater
pedestrian amenity and safety.'..."
Archive search: http://newsstore.smh.com.au/apps/tiles/smh/search.jsp
-> According to a Dec. 7th story in the Fort Pierce Tribune, "A
state-funded project aimed at increasing pedestrian safety on U.S. 1
north of the Taylor Creek Bridge will begin next fall, state and city
officials said Thursday. The 3/4-mile-long project includes road
resurfacing, bike lanes, sidewalk construction and other improvements
such as lighting and landscaping, City Engineer Hector Arias said
during the informational public meeting.
"Although no member of the public attended, Arias and Florida
Department of Transportation officials discussed the $900,000 project,
which runs about 500 feet south and 700 feet north of the Taylor Creek
Bridge. 'We had a problem with people trying to get to the shopping
center and other businesses by walking over the bridge and in the
street,' Arias said of the project's creation. 'It was very dangerous,
so we had to get sidewalks down there.'..."
Archive search: http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/archives
Title: "Project targets well-being of pedestrians"
Author: Liz Flaisig
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-> According to a Dec. 6th Eugene (OR) Register-Guard story published
in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Burley Design Cooperative, a
worker-owned company that has specialized mainly in family-friendly
bike trailers and tandems, has expanded its product line to include two
high-performance road bikes and a commuter bike. The new models target
a growing niche of upscale, mostly male professionals -- although a
tough rivalry for that market makes it uncertain just how Burley's
latest innovations will fare.
"'It's been a flat market for several years,' Burley general manager
Matt Purvis said. 'In this economy, if you're going to grow, it's
probably going to be with new products.' In 1996, Burley built a $3.5
million, 60,000-square-foot facility in west Eugene and invested
$350,000 in automated production equipment and a powder-coating
operation. The factory now can run 24 hours a day. 'We built the
facility with an eye toward growth,' Purvis said, 'but the specialty
bike industry hasn't seen much growth in that period.'..."
Archive search: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/search/
Title: "Bicycle cooperative is on a roll"
Author: Rosemary Camozzi
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-> According to a Dec. 14th article in the Washington Post, "For years,
John Z. Wetmore walked down a muddy track next to six lanes of traffic
on Bradley Boulevard to get to his Bethesda house, scampering out of
the path of a wayward minivan or pickup that swerved too close to the
shoulder. At night, he felt invisible to the cars speeding inches away
from his feet. He spent 17 years lobbying for a sidewalk, finally
winning one along the dangerous stretch of road in front of his house
"Wetmore, who moved to Maryland from Evanston, Ill., when he was a boy,
said sidewalks play an important role in shaping neighborhoods and
their residents. 'After we moved, all of a sudden, it was one-half mile
to the nearest sidewalk. I couldn't walk to school, I couldn't walk to
the store to buy bubble gum,' he recalled.' A walkable neighborhood was
the normal state of the universe to me, but it was a whole different
Archive search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/front.htm
Title: "Activists Pave Way for Foot Traffic"
Author: Barbara Ruben
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-> According to a Dec. 3rd story in the Cleburne Times-Review, "Dr.
Greg Vanzant completes one of his bike rides. The chief of
anesthesiology at Walls Regional Hospital is looking forward to the
city and school district working together to establish bike lanes in
Cleburne. Even though city and school district officials are not
pursuing bike lanes with their Safe Routes to School application due
this week, they plan to continue to push for them. The Cleburne
Independent School District and the city will ask the state for help
expanding sidewalks at Cooke Elementary School and near Gerard
Elementary School and Cleburne Middle School.
"But bike lanes or paths will not be part of the request for a piece of
the $3 million allotment. Assistant City Manager Adam Miles said the
first step toward establishing bike lanes is to ensure city council
supports a study of the idea. 'I think there's probably a need out
there right now for bike lanes ... But what we need to do is look at
what's appropriate,' Miles said..."
Title: "Establishing bicycle routes"
Author: Brian Wilson
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-> According to a Dec. 8th column by Neal Peirce of the Washington Post
Writers Group, "Even as the federal budget tumbles into deep red ink, a
coterie of lobbying titans -- road builders, politically muscular state
transportation departments, resurgent public transit agencies -- are
converging on Congress to demand not less but a lot more money. With
the current 'TEA-21' federal transportation program due to expire next
Sept. 30, the road builders are proposing a staggering increase in
Washington's yearly highway subsidies -- from $35 billion now to $60
billion by 2009. A touch more modest, the state transportation
departments are requesting $41 billion a year.
"And the historically neglected local transit agencies want a doubling
the federal assistance they receive, from $7 billion yearly now to $14
billion in 2009. There's been such a cascade of requests for 'new
start' federal funding of light rail or busway systems, say the transit
lobbyists, that it would take 50 years to finance them all under the
current funding formulas. So what's Congress to do with ballooning
transportation demands? Will it be willing to cut other programs, or
increase federal deficits, to finance the avalanche of new
"Even more fundamentally, what results can be expected from radically
expanded spending? The Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP), a
reform group that's taken a strong role in each transportation bill
since the early 1990s, has begun to ask that pesky question. There was
a huge (40 percent) increase in federal transportation spending in the
1998, notes STPP. But to what end? Has the spending produced less
traffic congestion? Any dramatic improvement in road and bridge
conditions? Reduced fatalities and injuries? Cleaner air (and less
asthma cases)? And any serious scientific or land use innovation to
improve Americans' mobility?..."
SOUTH CAROLINA DOT HOLDS 3-DAY PED/BIKE CONFERENCE
-> According to a Dec. 9th story in The State (SC), "Pick your poison.
You can stay on the couch and increase South Carolina's alarming
obesity statistics, or you can take a walk or a bike ride in a state
that ranks fourth nationwide in traffic fatalities involving
pedestrians and cyclists. The S.C. Department of Transportation took
aim at that dilemma last week with a three-day conference on making
roads safer for walking and cycling.
"Agency director Elizabeth Mabry said the numbers cry out for change.
Twenty-five bicycling and 110 pedestrian deaths occurred in 2001 in
South Carolina, 59 percent per resident above the national average.
Terecia Wilson, director of safety for the agency, solemnly read the
names of pedestrians killed over a three-month period. 'If these deaths
had been smallpox fatalities, one right after the other, can you
imagine the reaction?' she asked the crowd at the conference.
"The audience included those who can make a difference -- the people
who plan, build and maintain the state's roads. Mabry encouraged agency
employees to attend the conference. 'We're trying to change the
culture,' Mabry said. 'Adding bicycle lanes on new roads should not be
the exception, it should be the norm.' The state has fewer than 100
miles of bikeways, according to Tom Dodds, who coordinates bike and
pedestrian programs for the transportation department. Road engineers
heard national experts on sidewalk and bike lane design.
"Michael Ronkin, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Oregon
Department of Transportation, said bike lanes don't have to be
expensive add-ons. By painting the stripes differently on resurfaced
roads, traffic engineers can make roads safer for drivers, walkers and
"Studies show cars drive faster on a four-lane road, but travel
actually is safer on a three-lane road with a turn lane and bike lanes
because people drive slower. Ronkin encouraged engineers to sacrifice
traffic flow during rush hour to make roads more inviting to
pedestrians and cyclists the other 23 hours..."
Archive search: http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/archives/#form
Title: "DOT targets pedestrian, biker safety"
Author: Joey Holleman
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-> According to a Dec. 7th story in the Alameda Times-Star, "Cycling
between Castro Valley and Dublin will be safer by next June, officials
promise. A project to create 4-foot-wide bike lanes on either side of
Dublin Canyon Road won a $97,600 grant from the Bay Area Air Quality
Management District last month. Bike lanes on MacArthur Boulevard in
Oakland and five new bike cages on the University of California,
Berkeley, campus also made the list of grants.
"The Dublin Canyon Road project will basically involve relocating the
center line of the road so that there is room on either side for
bicycle lanes. Rick Rickard, a member of the East Bay Bicycle Coalition
who bikes frequently on Dublin Canyon Road, has contacted the county in
the past about the dangers of the current situation. There is no
shoulder on the westbound lane, so cyclists riding from Pleasanton
toward Castro Valley have to share the lane with car traffic, a hazard
exacerbated by the steep climb and prevailing headwinds, he said. The
new bicycle lanes are expected to alleviate some of those problems..."
Title: "$97,000 earmarked for bicycle lanes on Dublin Canyon Road"
Author: Brooke Bryant
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-> According to a Dec. 17th AP story in the Arizona Daily Wildcat,
"When it starts to crumble, knock it down and rebuild it anew - that's
the American way. Or you can be a rebel and choose to believe there's
something beautiful about old, beat up things. Newer is not always
better, and junk is often the best. That's the idea behind BICAS, or
Bicycle Inter Community And Salvage, a local non-profit organization
that may seem like some bizarre bicycle cult, yet whose ideology is
anything but crazy. In fact, it's a pretty smart little organization.
"BICAS promotes the recycling of bicycles and bicycle awareness. Their
bicycle culture is built upon the idea that the bicycle is, in itself,
a work of art. BICAS began as a youth-based organization that taught
children how to build new bicycles from old used parts. In the 10 years
since BICAS first set up shop, the organization has grown to become
much more, evolving from a bicycle school to an art community.
"'It's great to sport your own crazy creation,/ said Lisa Sturdivant,
who made her bike at BICAS a couple years back. 'Everyone at BICAS has
maintained that building your own bicycle is, in itself, art. We have
all these old bicycles and you basically have a blank slate to start
and build whatever you want,' said BICAS worker Jen Nichols. This bond
between bicycle and art is what led to the evolution of the
organization. Today, you will find a complete metalworks extension
where participants are welding away, creating and helping others create
metal sculptured art from bike parts. The colorful trash cans and bike
racks around Tucson are an example. of some of the public art that
BICAS has on display. Or go to Full Cycle bicycle/coffee shop in Tucson
and you'll see the funky tables BICAS constructed from skeletal bicycle
Title: "Bicycle recycling program turns into works of artv"
Author: Lindsay Utz
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-> According to a Dec. 19th story in the Washington Post, "A citizens
advisory committee is working on a plan to create a countywide network
of bicycle and pedestrian paths to connect residents with parks,
schools, jobs, shopping areas and open space, and to reduce automobile
use. Proponents say many of Loudoun residents' daily trips are within
biking or walking distance. Yet the 2000 Census said only 0.12 percent
of the county's 200,000 residents commute to work by bike and only 1.23
percent walk to work.
"The Board of Supervisors appointed the committee in July to develop a
master plan for bicycle and pedestrian mobility. It's part of the
revised countywide transportation plan that calls for improving
transportation safety and efficiency, reducing the number of vehicles
on roads and the length of their trips and encouraging use of public
transit and other alternatives to vehicles. The 19 committee members
include rural and suburban residents as well as commuter, sport and
recreational bicyclists and pedestrians. Many have cycled in other
states or countries where it is a more common mode of transportation..."
Archive search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/front.htm
Title: "Panel sees possibilities for county trail system"
Author: Daniele Seiss
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-> According to a Dec. 13th ABC News story, New York City "Mayor
Michael Bloomberg prepared for a possible bus and subway strike by
buying a new bicycle on Friday, while contract talks continued and a
judge considered issuing an injunction to ban a paralyzing walkout.
Facing a threat by the 34,000-member Transport Workers Union to walk
off the job when their contract expires on Sunday night, Bloomberg said
he was optimistic as long as both sides kept talking.
"'Hopefully I won't need this, and I can put it under some kid's
Christmas tree,' the mayor said as he bought a $540 Cannondale mountain
bike at a bicycle shop near City Hall. 'But if I have to ride it, I'll
ride it.' Bloomberg, who often rides the subway to City Hall, says he
will pedal his 94-block commute if a strike occurs..."
-> According to a recent article in London's tabloid, the Sun, "Furious
builder Ian Beesley got the hump with a speed bump outside his house --
so he dug it up with his JCB. Ian and wife Lilian put up with five
weeks of sleepless nights after the sleeping policeman was
installed outside their house.
"They were driven mad day and night by the HISSING of air brakes as
trucks slowed down, the BANGING of tailgates as they rumbled over, the
REVVING of cars as they sped away and the CRASHING of milk bottles as
floats rattled along at 5am.
"Ian, who runs his own construction company, said: 'I phoned the
council over 30 times to complain and was passed from pillar to post.
No one would take responsibility and no one would tell me what they
were going to do. I said that if they didn't dig the thing up then I
damn well would. I think they thought that I was joking. But they
didn't know what I do for a living.'..."
Archive search: Apparently not?
Title: "Angry Ian gets the hump"
Author: Jamie Pyatt
-> "MODELS FOR CHANGE"
Subtitled "Efforts by Four States to Address Environmental Justice;" a
report of the National Academy of Public Administration for the EPA;
-> "BICYCLE PARKING SOLUTIONS"
Subtitled "A Resource for Installing Indoor Bicycle Parking;"2002;
illustrated 16-page booklet by Transportation Alternatives, NYC.
-> "WHEN MAIN STREET IS A STATE HIGHWAY"
Subtitled "Blending Function, Beauty an Identity." 60-page handbook for
communities and designers; 2001. (4.3mb PDF)
-> "TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM"
Subtitled "A Guide for Municipal Officials, Special Interest Groups,
and Citizens," this website of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning
Commission provides useful info for advocates elsewhere, too.
-> "THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING GUIDE"
By Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. under the direction of
the National Park Service; Sept. 1999.
February 5, 2003, 6th Maryland Bicycling and Walking Symposium,
Annapolis, MD. Info: Bill Kelly, phone: (301) 441-2740; email:
<email@example.com> 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:< firstname.lastname@example.org>
February 16, 2003, ABC's of Cycling Advocacy, New Westminster, BC,
Canada. Info: Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition; email:
<email@example.com>; phone: (604) 520-7636
February 24-26, 14th Annual International Cycle History Conference,
Canberra, Australia. Info: PO Box 498 Dickson ACT 2602; phone: 02 6247
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>
May 22-24, 2003, 13th Annual Int'l Police Mountain Bike Assn
Conference, Charleston, WV. Info:
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 -- ADVOCACY DIRECTOR -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB, SEATTLE, WA
Cascade Bicycle Club, the largest recreational bike club in the
country, seeks an advocacy director to build upon our volunteer-based
advocacy programming. Position responsibilities include (a) building a
strong organizational advocacy structure to manage advocacy activities;
(b) developing and executing an annual advocacy work plan; (c)
providing professional organizing, advocacy, and political leadership
and support for campaigns; (d) building political and community
networks; and (e) building up our volunteer network & leadership.
Experience: political campaign and community organizing; volunteer
recruiting and coordinating; political, business, and/or community
networking. Opportunity for jobsharing. Deadline 12/31. Cover
letter/resume to AD Search, CBC, PO Box 15165, Seattle 98115 or
email@example.com. Full job description to be posted after 11/20 at
-> JOB -- PEDESTRIAN PROGRAM MANAGER -- CHARLOTTE, NC
Job #030093/2328/52202 Hiring Rate: Negotiable. 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.
The City's Human Resources website has instructions on how to apply.
-> JOB -- BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLANNER -- MONROE CO. FLORIDA
Monroe County, Florida (located in the Florida Keys), seeks an
enthusiastic individual to oversee the bicycle and pedestrian planning
activities throughout the county. This position serves as the
County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner for the Livable CommuniKeys
Program and as the County's Project Coordinator for the Overseas
Heritage Trail. In addition, this position will provide assistance
with the Florida Keys Scenic Highway Program. The County seeks someone
with successful experience in overseeing multifaceted projects through
their completion and with a proven ability to work effectively with
elected officials, representatives from all levels of government, the
public and special interest groups. The position requires an
independent, creative self starter that will interact extensively with
the public; participate in evening meetings and travel regularly
throughout the county. Starting salary is $ 43,560 per year depending
upon qualifications. Requires a master degree or related experience,
computer skill including word processing, power point, GIS and
spreadsheet applications. Please submit a resume and cover letter to
Monroe County Planning Director, 2798 Overseas Highway, Suite 410,
Marathon, FL 33050 or by Fax at (305) 289-2536. For further information
call (305) 289-2500. Open until filled.
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