C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S


Issue #61 Friday, January 3, 2003


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

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  CDC: Obesity, Diabetes Still on Rise
  "America Moves" Registration Packets Available
  CCRI Assembles Segway Legislation Database
  Creating New Town Squares
  CLF's Foy to Join Mass. Governor's Administration
  Bike/Ped Plea Goes to President
  Saskatoon (SK) Bike Safety Program


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Ontario (Calif) Airport Gets Pedicab Service
  We're All Subsidizing Big SUVs
  Minnesotan Wants Mopeds in Bike Lanes
  Parents Sue Cell Phone Driver for Daughter's Death
  Bikes-On-Bus Service Starts Slow in Hobart, Tazmania
  Baltimore Officials Work Toward Safer Charles St.
  U.S. Embassy Blocks Suriname Sidewalk
  Santa Fe (NM) Installs Raised Crosswalks
  Segways, Mopeds, and now Minicars??
  Cars Taking Over Cuban Roads
  Uganda Vets Make Money Fixing Bikes
  Segway Doesn't Impress S.F. Bicycle Coalition




F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S

CDC: OBESITY, DIABETES STILL ON RISE

-> According to a Dec. 31st CDC news release, "The obesity and diabetes
epidemics continued to escalate during 2001, according to new data
released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a study published in the January 1, 2003, issue of the Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reported that obesity
climbed from 19.8 percent of American adults to 20.9 percent of
American adults between 2000 and 2001, and diagnosed diabetes
(including gestational diabetes) increased from 7.3 percent to 7.9
percent during the same one-year period. The increases were evident
regardless of sex, age, race and educational status.

"'Obesity and diabetes are among our top public health problems in the
United States today,' said HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. 'The good
news is that diabetes and other chronic illnesses can be prevented with
modest lifestyle changes. As we enter a new year, it is a great
opportunity for all Americans to be active and healthy.'

"Currently, more than 44 million Americans are considered obese by body
mass index, reflecting an increase of 74 percent since 1991. During the
same time frame, diabetes increased by 61 percent, reflecting the
strong correlation between obesity and development of diabetes. Today
an estimated 17 million people have diabetes in the United States.
Prevalence of both diagnosed diabetes and obesity varied widely among
states. Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity (25.9 percent) and
Colorado had the lowest (14.4 percent). Alabama had the highest rate of
diagnosed diabetes (10.5 percent) and Minnesota the lowest (5.0
percent).

"'These increases are disturbing and are likely even underestimated,'
said CDC Director Dr. Julie L. Gerberding. 'What's more important,
we're seeing a number of serious health effects resulting from
overweight and obesity.'..."

Contact
Renee Brown, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention & Health Promotion, (770) 488-5131
Tim Hensley, CDC, NCCDPHP, (770) 488-5820

The entire news release may be found at:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r021231.htm

Also see the links to the obesity studies and resources, including
the NCBW report "Why Transportation is a Health Issue," at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/challenge/challenge_health.htm
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"AMERICA MOVES" REGISTRATION PACKETS AVAILABLE

-> We recently received a note from Brian Fellows of the City of Mesa,
Arizona, announcing the availability of registration packets for the
April 3-4, 2003 America Moves Conference.

As the Conference materials say, America Moves is "the 'how to'
conference designed to create more active, liveable communities by
forging partnerships and building alliances. Developing active
partnerships between professionals will begin on day one - every
session will be professionally facilitated in order to stimulate
creative thinking and innovative program ideas among colleagues.
Attending America Moves will give you the tools you need to create
synergy and partnerships - invaluable resources given constricted
budgets in today's economy."

To get your registration packet, contact Brian at:
<Brian_Fellows@ci.mesa.az.us>, or download a .pdf at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/pdf/America_Moves_registration1.pdf
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CCRI ASSEMBLES SEGWAY LEGISLATION DATABASE

According to a recent note from Bob Laurie, Alaska's bicycle/pedestrian
coordinator, "The Children's Center for Injury Research and Policy, Dr.
Gary Smith, has compiled a comprehensive list of the status of Segway
legislation in each of the 50 states, the federal legislation, and a
summary of the key provisions in each bill - including any speed
limits."

Included at the site are also pdfs of testimony of Dr. Smith before the
Ohio State Legislature and various letters. For example, an April 2002
letter from Louis Cooper, MD, President of the American Academy of
Pediatrics, to James M. Jeffords (then-Chair of the U.S. Senate
Committee on Environment and Public Works) says, in part:

"...The purpose of sidewalks is the separation of pedestrians from
motorized traffic. Children, elderly individuals, persons with
disabilities, and other vulnerable populations cannot - and should not
- be expected to negotiate motorized traffic on sidewalks, trails and
other walkways. While the Academy recognizes the potential benefits of
new transportation technology for improving the quality of life and
facilitating transportation in appropriate settings under appropriate
conditions, we feel strongly that motorized vehicles such as electric
personal assistive mobility devices should not be exempted from
existing laws without real-world objective evidence supporting such a
significant change. The need for such evidence is especially critical
when potentially serious injuries could occur..."

Go to: http://www.injurycenter.org/segway
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CREATING NEW TOWN SQUARES

-> According to an article in the December issue of Making Places,
"Despite the misty-eyed memory of the town commons or village green,
the plain truth is that most cities no longer have a good central
square.

"From the town greens of New England to the plazas of the Southwest,
the U.S. has a great history of civic squares, but for decades this
rich heritage has gone to waste. Poorly maintained, underused, and
overrun by automobiles, our squares have been stripped of their
rightful purpose: to sustain the economic and social vitality of
cities. They are no longer places where one can have the regular,
random encounters that foster the kind of social contact Jane Jacobs
called 'the small change from which a city's wealth of public life may
grow.'..."

Source: http://www.pps.org/newsletter/Dec2002_Feature

Title: "The Return of the Civic Square"

Author: Kathy Madden
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CLF'S FOY TO JOIN MASS. GOVERNOR'S ADMINISTRATION

We recently received this note from Bennet Heart of the Conservation
Law Foundation: "As you may (if you are in Massachusetts then
'probably' should replace 'may') know by now that Conservation Law
Foundation President Doug Foy has agreed to join [incoming
Massachussetts Governor Romney's] Administration in the newly created
position of Chief of Commonwealth Development.

"He will have oversight authority over transportation, environment and
housing. Specifically, the cabinet secretaries in charge of those areas
will be reporting to him and he will be setting policy and ensuring
that these agencies are working together to create a sustainable
future. It is unprecedented to have an environmental advocate of Doug's
experience and stature step into such a role in the administration of
an American state.

"It will obviously be a little internally traumatic for CLF to lose
Doug after 25 years but we are all overjoyed to have someone like him
in such a position. CLF will continue to soldier ahead with our work on
sustainable transportation, smart growth, clean air and climate change,
natural resource protection and a whole host of other important issues.

"Obviously there are now new and exciting opportunities in
Massachusetts, as well as related opportunities in Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. We hope to take
advantage of all of these opportunities."

For more details on Doug's move, see the CLF website:
http://www.clf.org/
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BIKE/PED PLEA GOES TO PRESIDENT

According to a Dec. 21st news release, " Chicagoland bicycle and
pedestrian activist Bob Matter wrote a one-page letter to President
Bush Saturday requesting a larger share of transportation funding be
devoted to building, connecting, and improving multi-use paths, bike
lanes, and sidewalks across the nation. The letter will be
hand-delivered to the White House by Jeanette Wallis who is walking
there from Seattle, Washington with her dog 'Sherpa.' The pair began
the 5,000-mile journey in April 2001. In a literal interpretation of
our First Amendment right to 'petition the government for the redress
of grievances,' Ms. Wallis is stopping in towns along the route to meet
with citizens and collect their written concerns to deliver to the
president. Ms. Wallis was in Chicago Saturday where she met with Mr.
Matter.

"Ms. Wallis was very sympathetic to Mr. Matter's plea. For much of
their journey Ms. Wallis and Sherpa walked along the edge of narrow
roads with no shoulders or sidewalks while cars, monster SUVs, and
semi-trucks roared past them perilously close. Mr. Matter's letter
pointed to the success of the extensive off-street path system in the
Netherlands where 20% of all trips are now by bike and foot. Part of
this success is attributed to the estimate that it is ten times safer
to cycle and walk in cities with off-street paths than their
counterparts. In the U.S. approximately 5,000 cyclists and pedestrians
are killed by motor vehicles each year. About 10% of those deaths are
children under 15..."

Mr. Matter may be contacted at <rjmatter@prodigy.net>. You can keep up
with Ms. Wallis and Sherpa at http://www.thewalkfordemocracy.org/.
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SASKATOON (SK) BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM

-> According to a recent note from Darrell Noakes, "Nine years ago, I
was approached by a local service club to find a way to get bicycle
safety into lower grades. We quickly decided that it would not be
productive to get teachers not trained in bicycle safety to teach
bicycle safety, nor did we see much benefit in classroom-only
instruction. Instead, we consulted with teachers and the school board
to develop a program that would work in the schools and still provide
meaningful skills practice (there is always a trade-off in these
situations between limited time available in schools and the time
needed for proper instruction). The service club contracts my firm to
train qualified instructors and to visit the schools to conduct the
training. Our instructors are university students, usually those
enrolled in education, kineseology or nursing programs. I think this
approach could work in other jurisdictions, as well.

"I have information on the program on my Web site (see URL below).
Browse to the Can-Bike pages and look for the links to the bicycle
safety program for elementary students." -- Darrell Noakes, CAN-BIKE
National Examiner, Borealis Outdoor Adventure Inc., Saskatoon, SK CANADA

http://www.BorealisOutdoor.com
http://www.SaskatoonCyclingClub.ca
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

In 2001,while commenting on new restrictions on illegal immigrants'
access to health care, Texas' then-Attorney General Cornyn (now U.S.
Senator-elect) urged Texas immigrants to look on the bright side:


"There are still many, many, federally funded services that are
available to you," he stated in a meeting with immigrant organizations.
Inhaling deeply, he stated "Federally funded breathing air will still
be available -- at absolutely no charge -- to all Americans, legal or
illegal. Similarly, federally funded sidewalks will continue to be open
to everyone." Mr. Cornyn referred to sidewalks as strips of "Gray
Gold," for the immigrant community. "Federally funded sidewalks are
especially valuable to the undocumented immigrant community, since many
start their illegal job searches on these strips of federally funded
Gray Gold."


From Invisible America's archives:
http://www.invisibleamerica.com/texas.html


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

ONTARIO (CALIF) AIRPORT GETS PEDICAB SERVICE

-> According to a Dec. 23rd NBC4-TV story, "Skyline Pedicab Co. got a
five-year contract to provide bicycle-powered taxi service at Ontario
International Airport. The La Verne-based company has supplied
bicycle-powered cab service in airport parking lots since November
2001, but the Los Angeles World Airport's board of commissioners has
now changed that interim deal to a five-year contract. 'We're really
happy about it,' Skyline owner Devin Duran said. 'I've got 11 employees
now, and I just put an ad in the paper because now I need four more
drivers.'

"The airport sent out proposals to eight pedicab companies but got
responses from only two, Skyline and Acme Pedicab Co. Skyline secured
the contract because of its 'value-added features,' said Selwyn
Hollins, an airport spokesman. 'Their cabs are specifically designed
for this airport,' he said. 'They have a larger space for luggage and
they're light but still able to hold a lot of weight.'..."

Source: http://www.nbc4.tv/news/1852716/detail.html

Archive search: Use "search" window

Cost: No

Title: "Bicycle Taxis Coming To Local Airport"
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WE'RE ALL SUBSIDIZING BIG SUVS

-> According to a Dec. 18th story in the Detroit News, "Karl Wizinsky
wasn't thinking about buying a new vehicle, and certainly not a big
SUV. So why is there a brand-new $47,000 Ford Excursion sitting in his
driveway? He was able to write off $32,000 of the purchase price as a
business expense. 'We really did it because it was a pretty hefty
deduction,' said Wizinsky, a health care consultant in Novi.

"At the same time the tax code sanctions $30,000 write-offs for SUVs,
prospective purchasers of a fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles qualify for
a relatively small $4,000 tax credit. A deal to extend similar tax
credits to other environmentally friendly vehicles remains stalled in
Congress. It's all legal, and accountants and auto dealers are
beginning to catch on.

"'If it can save the consumer money, it's most likely that the dealer
is going to know about it,' said Andrew Beck, spokesman for the
National Automobile Dealers Association. So far, there is no indication
anyone in Congress wants to close the loophole. In fact, even higher
depreciation tax breaks are on the table as part of the next round of
tax cuts President Bush is planning.

The SUV tax break is becoming a staple of advice in the accounting
world, as small business owners such as Wizinsky are advised on ways to
reduce end-of-the-year tax bills. The size of the tax break has been
growing under a schedule that became law in 1996. That's when Congress
changed tax law to encourage business investment. The scale of the tax
break surprises accountants and tax experts, who feel bound to
recommend SUVs and other light trucks to small-business clients..."

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2002/autosinsider/0212/18/c01-38875.htm

Archive search: Use "search" window

Cost: No

Title: "SUV, truck owners get a big tax break"

Author: Jeff Plungis
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MINNESOTAN WANTS MOPEDS IN BIKE LANES

-> According to a Jan. 2nd article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star
Tribune, "Robert Probelski likes the wind in his hair and the sun on
his face, but he's not keen on pedaling a bicycle. At 56, the retired
Piper Jaffray stock trader prefers a motorized bicycle, and he is
urging legislators to legalize their use on bike lanes to make them a
choice for commuters.

"'I have read volumes about the traffic crisis that Twin Cities
residents are facing now and the fact that the current problem will
become far worse in years to come,' Probelski wrote in a letter to his
newly elected state senator, David Gaither, R-Plymouth. 'Commuting is
becoming a nightmare, and it's time to look at any and all alternatives
that will lessen the impact of increasing traffic caused by a surge in
population.' In the tradition of the World War II-era Whizzer
motorbikes, the motorized bicycle that Probelski is championing
requires pedal power to start, has a two-horsepower gas engine and a
top speed of 30 miles per hour, with the potential of getting 100 miles
per gallon..."

Source: http://www.startribune.com/stories/917/3567324.html

Archive search: http://www.startribune.com/archives/

Cost: Yes

Title: "Mopeds promoted as commuter alternative"

Author: Laurie Blake
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PARENTS SUE CELL PHONE DRIVER, LAW FIRM, FOR DAUGHTER'S DEATH

-> According to a Dec. 26th USA TODAY story, "As a 29-year-old
technology lawyer on the rise, Jane Wagner drove a silver Mercedes and
billed clients for the time she talked to them from her car. She
routinely made as many as 40 cellphone calls a day. On March 8, 2000,
during a call she made at 10:36 p.m., she hit and killed a 15-year-old
girl, Naeun Yoon, on a busy highway in Fairfax County, Va., just
outside Washington.

"Now Yoon's parents have filed a civil suit against Wagner, who served
a one-year jail term on work release after pleading guilty to leaving
the scene of an accident. But in seeking $30 million in damages, Yoon's
father, Young Ki Yoon, also is suing Wagner's former employer, the law
firm Cooley Godward, based in San Francisco.

"At the heart of the claim against the law firm are the cellphone calls
that Wagner made when she was working. The suit alleges that the firm
is partly liable for the accident because Wagner's job involved doing
business -- in lawyers' parlance, amassing 'billable hours' -- by
cellphone. Such calls, the suit says, were done ''with the expectation
and acquiescence of Cooley Godward and served as a direct benefit to .
. . the law firm.'..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20021226/ts_usatoday/4730754
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p
Cost: No
Title: "Cellphone suits targeting firms"
Author: Laura Parker
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BIKES-ON-BUS SERVICE STARTS SLOW IN HOBART, TAZMANIA

-> According to a Jan 3rd story in the Hobart Mercury, "It was a wobbly
start for a new Hobart-Fern Tree mountain bike service yesterday when
only one passenger turned up -- and with a road bike, not a mountain
bike, at that. The passenger, Tim Stredwick, of Mountain River, is
president of bicycle advocacy organisation Bicycle Tasmania. Metro
introduced the trial service in conjunction with the Wellington Park
Management Trust.

"The service was an introduction to the concept of carrying bicycles on
buses in Hobart, Mr Stredwick said. 'In North America tens of thousands
of ordinary urban buses carry bikes,' he said. 'You can literally hop
on a bus and hitch your bike to a rack, and they are easy racks on the
front of the buses. This is a first for Australia.' Mr Stredwick said
Bicycle Tasmania hoped the mountain bike service would be successful
and that ultimately other Metro services would carry bicycles..."

Source:
http://www.themercury.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,5790304%255E3462,00.html
Archive search: http://www.newstext.com.au/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Uphill start on bus for bikes"
Author: Charles Waterhouse
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BALTIMORE OFFICIALS WORK TOWARD SAFER CHARLES ST.

-> According to a Dec. 26th Baltimore Sun story, "Baltimore
transportation officials are working to redesign North Charles Street
in a way that will please everybody with an interest in the future of
the city's central north-south artery. But consensus has been elusive.
For years, debate has flourished on how to make traffic on Charles
Street - which can be confusing and even treacherous - safe for the
thousands of pedestrians who cross it around the Johns Hopkins
University campus and Charles Village.

"Representatives of the interested parties - including the university,
the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Charles Village Civic Association -
will get a final opportunity to confer with city officials at a meeting
Jan. 7 at City Hall. At stake is a $10 million streetscape project -
from 25th Street to University Parkway - that the city would like to
see go forward next year. The city will pay for 20 percent of the
project, and federal funds will cover the rest.

"'We'd like to walk out of that meeting with a concept universally
accepted,' said Frank Murphy, the city's chief of traffic engineering.
'The problem is we have to put our global hats on - meet the needs of
the city as a whole, not just the immediate area.'..."

Source: http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.charlesst26dec26.story

Archive search: http://www.sunspot.net/search/

Cost: No (for 2 weeks; free registration required)

Title: "Redesign of Charles corridor is planned"

Author: Jamie Stiehm
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U.S. EMBASSY BLOCKS SURINAME SIDEWALK

-> According to a Dec. 21st AP story filed in Paramaribo, Suriname,
"The fortified flower boxes installed outside the U.S. Embassy for
protection should be removed because they force pedestrians to walk in
the streets, some lawmakers say. The brick, rectangular boxes were
built on the embassy perimeter to prevent cars from driving onto the
property, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Vernel Trimm said. 'These boxes are
not meant to hold flowers,' she said Friday. 'They are anti-ram
barriers to prevent people from driving a car onto the sidewalk to
detonate a bomb.'

But Suriname lawmakers have asked the public works ministry to revoke
the permit for the flower boxes, even though the boxes have not caused
any reported traffic accidents or injuries. 'We strongly object,' Otmar
Rogers, leader of the Front Fraction coalition, said last week in
Parliament. 'We would never dream of doing this in America.'..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20021221/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/suriname_us_embassy_1
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "Suriname Lawmakers Criticize U.S. Embassy"
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SANTA FE (NM) INSTALLS RAISED CROSSWALKS

-> According to a Dec. 20th story in the Santa Fe New Mexican,
"Traffic-calming devices installed on Santa Fe streets this fall are
infuriating some drivers, but neighborhoods like them so much that city
officials are looking at the possibility of having more put in next
year. 'These things just impede traffic flow,' Carol Johnson said of
the three speed humps and a raised crosswalk recently completed on
Camino Consuelo, between Cerrillos and Siringo roads. 'Somebody must
have been on acid.' Johnson said Consuelo was 'by no means a speedway'
before, so she questioned why four devices were installed on the short
stretch with one hump just before the four-way stop at Siringo.

"When she was driving to her house on nearby Calle Princesa Juana
recently, she said, she almost rammed the back end of another car when
its driver slammed on the brakes as he neared one of the devices.
Angela Montoya said she damaged the wheels of her 'Euro-style' low
rider, a customized 1999 Volkswagen Jetta, when she crossed over the
speed humps under construction along Garcia Street a month ago. Peter
Cate said the plan to install a traffic circle at the intersection of
Botulph, Arroyo Chamiso and Miguel Chavez roads seems "screwy" because
it could create a traffic hazard.

"But Johnson, Montoya and Cate had better get used to traffic-calming
devices. Mary Ramirez, who lives beside the new raised crossing for the
Arroyo Chamiso Trail on Avenida de las Campanas, says it has helped
slow motorized traffic in front of her home. 'It is physically and
fiscally impossible to have a cop on every corner,' said City Councilor
Karen Heldmeyer. 'What traffic calming does is, through either physical
or psychological barriers, it slows you down. But the second thing it
does, if you want to go faster, it encourages you to go on those
arterial roads where you can go faster. And the people who are upset
are the people who speed through neighborhoods.'..."

Source:
http://santafenewmexican.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6454927&BRD=2144&PAG=461&dept_id=367954&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://santafenewmexican.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2144&dept_id=367954&pag=628
Cost: Yes
Title: "Raised Crosswalks Raise Ire"
Author: Tom Sharpe
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SEGWAYS, MOPEDS, AND NOW MINICARS??

-> According to a Jan. 2nd AP story filed in Rome, "Niccolo turns the
key and holds tight as his little vehicle shudders forward with a noise
like a diesel lawnmower grinding long grass. This isn't exactly a
Ferrari, but the snubbed-nosed, 8-foot-long minicar isn't bad for a
teenager's first wheels. What is worrying, especially to pedestrians
who brave the screeching cars and mopeds zinging by on Italian roads,
is that Niccolo Cantaloni, 17, is too young to get a driver's license.
Yet what he's doing is quite legal.

"Thanks to a twist of Italian law, kids as young as 14 can drive
so-called minicars, which are much smaller and much slower than normal
cars, though they can't get licenses until age 18. Even adults whose
licenses have been revoked, or who wouldn't qualify for a license
because of health problems including bad eyesight, can drive minicars
because the vehicles are classified as small mopeds, which don't
require a license to operate.

"Niccolo cruises through tight traffic after school in his bite-sized
auto -- without wearing his seat belt and with just one hand on the
wheel. His minicar is convenient: No more waiting for buses or being
chaperoned around. But Niccolo tells a troubling story about a
16-year-old buddy. 'My friend just killed someone on the street,' he
says. 'Not with a minicar but with a moped. Yet he can still drive a
minicar.' 'It's not like a 14-year-old is going to be thinking about
what he's doing, and he'll make a ton of mistakes that an 18-year-old
wouldn't make,' Niccolo says..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030102/ap_on_re_eu/italy_kid_drivers_1
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "Italian Teens Hot on Driving Minicars"
Author: Tom Rachman
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CARS TAKING OVER CUBAN ROADS

-> According to a Dec. 27th story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune,
"After more than a decade as a bicycle paradise amid severe economic
woes, Cuba is finding it needs a stricter set of regulations for the
growing number of cars on the streets and all the dangers they bring.
Those new regulations take effect on Jan. 1 for the drivers of a
growing number of shiny new sedans, the classic American
pre-revolutionary beauties from the 1950s, motorcycles and a host of
homemade hybrid vehicles made with begged and borrowed parts .

"With traffic accidents the No. 1 cause of violent death on the island,
and the fourth cause of all deaths, order must be restored to Cuba's
streets and highways, said Lt. Col. Francisco Buzon. There are an
average of 28 traffic accidents daily in this country of 11 million,
resulting in an average of three deaths and 28 injuries, said Buzon,
head of the Transit Division of Cuba's National Revolutionary Police.
While the number of accidents has remained roughly the same over the
past several dozen years, the number of deaths has increased, said
Buzon. 'And that is our concern,' he told a Friday news conference.

"After the collapse of the former Soviet Union more than a decade ago,
petroleum supplies dried up and many people took to the streets in
bicycles to get to work or school. As Cuba's economy has slowly
recovered, so have cars slowly returned to the nation's byways and
highways..."

Source:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20021227&Category=APN&ArtNo=212270976&Ref=AR
Archive search:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=ARCHIVES
Cost: Yes
Title: "Former bicycle paradise learns to live with cars, traffic laws"
Author: Andrea Rodriguez
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UGANDA VETS MAKE MONEY FIXING BIKES

-> According to a Dec. 31st article in the Kampala (Uganda) Monitor,
"There is no job too ordinary when you are determined. Francis Nakana,
a member of United Veterans Boda boda Repairing Association Project, is
a witness in the current boom of bicycle repairing. The project was
started in the late 90s to generate money for the retrenched soldiers
who used their retirement benefits to start up the project. Since this
year began, bicycle and motor cycle boda boda has increased, as many
veterans were chased from the streets.

"This has created jobs for over 500 mechanics in Kampala Central only
yet even outside Kampala there are so many others. Nakana said that he
has bought three mini buses out of this business and provided
employment to his relatives. 'My three young brothers drive these mini
buses together with other relatives,' said Nakana. He said that they
charge every customer according to the fault of the bicycle. On a good
day Nakana repairs about 30 bicycles. Rashid Mukisa, a mechanic at
Kafumbe Mukasa Road, said that he started realizing a boom in repairing
bicycles last year and he attributes this to the low dues they pay to
Kampala Veterans Association..."

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200212310229.html

Archive search: http://allafrica.com/search.html

Cost: No

Title: "War Veterans Make Money from Bicycle Repairs"

Author: Baker Mulumba
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SEGWAY DOESN'T IMPRESS S.F. BICYCLE COALITION

-> According to a Dec. 18th San Francisco Weekly column by Matt Smith,
"As any political consultant or pool player knows, it's the
easiest-seeming shots that test a hustler's chops. Call it the
Dukakis-in-the-battle-tank syndrome: The most avoidable mishaps, the
no-bank corner shots, are the ones that can really rattle an ace's
game. And so it was that local playah Karen Skelton, Bill Clinton's
former deputy director for political affairs, the woman who has
reportedly billed SFO $500,000 in lobbying fees, found herself standing
in the middle of the second-floor hall in the Grant Building on Market
Street, trying to sell bicycle activists on the merits of an $8,000
scooter.

"Skelton had taken one of the devices up to the headquarters of the San
Francisco Bicycle Coalition in hopes of gaining political support from
alternative-transport types. Segway LLC, you see, has been conducting a
nationwide push to change local laws so its eponymous, computerized
scooter will be allowed on city sidewalks; San Francisco has been the
toughest sell.

"Dave Snyder, former executive director of the Bicycle Coalition and
founder of the lobbying outfit Transportation for a Livable City, gave
the device a try. He had a hard time getting the hang of it. Then
Skelton hopped on to demonstrate. She hopped off, presumably to show
that the machine stops itself when unmanned. Last week, Snyder showed
me two foot-long cracks, joined together in an 'A' shape, that he said
the pilotless Segway left in the Grant Building wall. I spoke with Matt
Dailida, Segway's director of regulatory affairs, for an official
explanation..."

Source:
http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2002-12-18/smith.html/1/index.html
Archive search: http://www.sfweekly.com/search/index.html
Cost: No
Title: "Showing Segway the Highway"
Author: Matt Smith

THIS JUST IN
Amazon.com is now pimping the Segway, claiming to be the
exclusive outlet. Segway inventor Dean Kamen opined that the Segway,
formerly code-named "Ginger," would change our world. For more about
this machine that can leave impressive dents in buildings in a
single bound, see:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00007EPJ6/ref=segway_tn_left/102-4509917-6556133
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ISRAEL'S GREEN LEAF PARTY PROMOTES BICYCLING

According to a Jan. 1st AP story filed in Jerusalem, "A driver speeding
past two dozen cyclists from the pro-marijuana Green Leaf Party shouts,
'Hey, you giving out free samples?' A bus driver gives a wave and a
honk. The cyclists, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a marijuana leaf,
pedaled through the city to draw attention to one of their many tenets,
ditching cars for bicycles. It was part election campaign, part
environmental activism and part lark.

"A month before parliamentary elections, Green Leaf is among several
fringe parties competing for the protest vote from Israelis unwilling
to choose hardliners but frustrated by dovish parties after more than
two years of fighting with the Palestinians. They woo voters with
campaigns on the weakened economy, social ills and the environment, not
plans for peace.

"Green Leaf just missed the 1.5 percent of the vote needed to enter
parliament in 1999, but polls predict it might get two of 120 seats in
the parliament, or Knesset, this time. The party champions legalizing
marijuana and the right to hold all-night dance parties without
interference from police making drug busts..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030101/ap_wo_en_po/me_fea_israel_green_leaf_1
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "Pro-marijuana party, and host of other groups, hoping to get
into Israel's Knesset"
Author: Jason Keyser


CORRECTION:

In the last issue, we forgot to thank Delores Pluto of the Prevention
Research Center at the University of South Carolina, for her info on
the state's first ped/bike conference.


R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S

-> "SERVING RURAL AMERICA"
2002 report on FHWA programs that serve rural areas. (10mb pdf)
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/rural/ruralamerica/ruralfinal-nu2.pdf

-> "HEALTHY SIDEWALKS: A GUIDE"
M. Gordon Brown, Principal, Space Analytics, LLC; Denver, Colorado
http://www.spaceanalytics.com/media/healthysidewalks.pdf


C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R

January 15, 2003, 6:00 p.m., The Second Feet First Caucus. This
special event in association with the Transportation
Research Board Annual Meeting is an opportunity for people
working in the pedestrian, bicycle, and non-motorized
transport arenas to meet. Hilton Washington and Towers CAUCUS ROOM
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20009. More info:
Ellen Vanderslice <ellenv@americawalks.org>

January 30
February 1, 2003, 2nd Annual New Partners for Smart Growth
conference, New Orleans, LA. See:
http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/SmartGrowth/

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

February 8-15, 2003, WTBA Trailbuilders Conference, Reno, NV. Info:
http://www.trailbuilders.org/conference/2003_conference/wtba_conference_
2003.html

February 13-15, 2003, IMBA Advanced Trailbuilding School: Focus on
Challenging Trails, Reno, NV. Info: IMBA, 1121 Broadway Ste 203, P.O.
Box 7578, Boulder, CO 80306; phone: (303) 545-9011; fax: (303)
545-9026; email:< info@imba.com>
http://www.trailbuilders.org/conference/2003_conference/wtba_conference_2003.html

February 16, 2003, ABC's of Cycling Advocacy, New Westminster, BC,
Canada. Info: Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition; email:
<president@vacc.bc.ca>; phone: (604) 520-7636
http://www.vacc.bc.ca

February 24-26, 14th Annual International Cycle History Conference,
Canberra, Australia. Info: PO Box 498 Dickson ACT 2602; phone: 02 6247
1363.
http://www.HistoricCyclesDownunder.info

March 5-7, 2003, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC. Info: League of
American Bicyclists; phone: (202) 822-1333; email:
<bikeleague@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikeleague.org.

March 20-22, 2003, Urbanism downunder 2003, Auckland, New Zealand.
Info: Barry Williams, Centre for Continuing Education (University of
Auckland); voice: +64 9 373-7599 extension 8903; email:
<b.williams@auckland.ac.nz>

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

May 1-3, 2003, Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment; the Fourth
International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century, Portland, OR.
Info: e-mail<info@americawalks.org>
http://www.walk21.com/

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

May 22-24, 2003, 13th Annual Int'l Police Mountain Bike Assn
Conference, Charleston, WV. Info:
http://www.ipmba.org/conferences.htm

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

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

September 23-26, 2003, Velo-City 2003, Paris, France. Info: Isabelle
Lesens, Velo-city 2003, Mairie de Paris, 40 rue du Louvre, F- 75001
Paris; email: <isabelle.lesens@mairie-paris.fr>. Call for papers
deadline: Nov. 15, 2002.
http://www.velo-city2003.com


J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S

-> JOB -- 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.
http://www.ci.charlotte.nc.us/departments/human+resources+city/home.asp

-> 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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