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


Issue #62 Friday, January 17, 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
  Portland Walks in May, 2003
  Texas Safe Routes to School Fund Swamped with Apps
  NCBW Sets Forth A "Vision"
  TechSoup's DiscountTech -- Good For Non-Profits
  New Zealand Cycling Conference Coming
  N.M. Bike Coalition Gets $10K Bikes Belong Grant
  Keeping Up with the State Coordinators
  UC Berkeley/Davis Offer Bike Facility Course
  Nominations Sought: N.E. Illinois Bike/Ped Projects/Pgms


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Mod. Exercise (Cycling, Walking) Cuts "Dangerous" Fat
  Modesto (CA) Road Tax Would Help Fund Bike/Ped Work
  Delray Beach (FL) to Push Ped/Bike-Friendly Agenda
  Oil-Short Venezuelans Hot for Bikes
  Orange (AU) Reviews Risky Ped Refuge
  Norway to Cut Taxes for Employees who Cycle to Work?
  Prague (CZ) Dangerous for Pedestrians
  New Article: Do Helmets Prevent Serious Brain Injury?
  Bike Sales/Use Down -- Esp. Among Casual Riders
  Peds to Oust Cars from Historic Greek Street
  San Diego to Build Ped-Friendly Villages
  Retired Couple Donate Time, Bikes to School Kids
  Henderson (KY) Gets Highway Bike Lanes, Sidewalks
  Raleigh (NC) MPO Gets Comment on Bike/Ped Plan
  Segway -- a Fair Weather Scooter?




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

PORTLAND WALKS IN MAY, 2003

-> According to a recent note from Ellen Vanderslice of America Walks,
"Let me extend a warm invitation to you to Portland, Oregon, for the
4th International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century.
Registration for 'Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment' is now
open. The conference will bring together activists, practitioners,
decision makers and academics in public health, transportation, and
community planning. Together we will explore how walking is integrated
into our infrastructure, our institutions, and our daily lives. We
will rethink the context for walking and refine the tools we use in our
work."

In conjunction with the conference, America Walks will also host the
Third National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, from May 1st to the
4th. More details are at:
http://americawalks.org/congress/.

Ellen adds "Please join us in Portland in May, 2003!"

-- Ellen Vanderslice, President, America Walks; email:
<ellenv@americawalks.org>
http://americawalks.org
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TEXAS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FUND SWAMPED WITH APPS

-> According to a recent note from Gayle Cummings, executive director
of the Texas Bicycle Coalition, "The numbers are in for the 1st Texas
Safe Routes to School call for projects: 272 applications by Dec. 6 for
a total of $45 million in projects and this is with hardly having
enough time, or money, to promote this. The call was published Aug. 2
and we had a very small window of time to promote this to the cities
and communities, giving them less than 4 months to complete the entire
bureaucratic process.

"Probably 25% of the projects will be disqualified for not meeting
criteria, bringing the dollar amount to $33 million. But the selection
process starts the week of Jan. 27th and its expected to take the
entire week. We have two separate committees scoring the applications,
a 9-member citizen-based Bicycle Advisory Committee chaired by Robin
Stallings, and a separate committee comprised of TxDOT staff."

For more information, contact Gayle at (512) 476-RIDE (7433) or via
email at <gayle@biketexas.org> or via the web at:
http://www.biketexas.org
http://www.supercyclist.org
http://www.saferoutestexas.org
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NCBW SETS FORTH A "VISION"

-> Many of us spend a fair amount of our time (if not all of our time!)
working to make our communities more bicycle-friendly and walkable. The
National Center for Bicycling & Walking has just placed on its new
web site a proposed "vision" (with goals and objectives) that describes
communities designed to support active living (bicycling and walking).

"Next, we asked ourselves what actions would need to be implemented to
make a community bicycle-friendly and walkable," says NCBW
executive director Bill Wilkinson. "We've organized these ideas under
five major headings where change is needed: transportation facilities
and services; land-use planning and development; schools; recreation,
parks and trails; and safety, security and crime prevention."

Wilkinson notes that this is just a first-round examination of these
elements. "We're hoping to encourage lots of discussion on these objectives
and actions as we move on with providing assistance on implementation," he
said. "We welcome comment and input from all...it will make for a
stronger vision and better approach in the end."

To view the draft vision, visit:
http://www.bikewalk.org/vision/vision_intro.htm
To send us your comments, e-mail: info@bikewalk.org
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TECHSOUP'S DISCOUNTTECH -- GOOD FOR NON-PROFITS

-> We've been hearing good things about a program that gives non-profit
organizations good prices on technology products and services. Called
"DiscounTech," it's a new service of TechSoup in partnership with
leading technology companies. To learn more, visit their website (see
below).

The process looks quite straight forward. To start shopping, you have

to: 1) Join MyTechSoup; 2) register your 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization or school; 3) verify that your organization or school
meets the requirements specified by the vendors; and 4) place your
order.


If you are ordering for your organization for the first time, you will
need to fax or mail them a copy of your valid 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
status documentation. The fax number is (415) 512-0309. The address is
DiscounTech Shipping and Receiving, CompuMentor, 322 Ritch St., San
Francisco, CA 94107

To learn more, visit:
http://www.techsoup.org/DiscounTech/about.asp
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NEW ZEALAND CYCLING CONFERENCE COMING

-> Recently, we received this note from Robert Ibell of the Cycling
Advocates Network of New Zealand... "Attached is a flyer providing
information about the fourth New Zealand Cycling Conference which will
be held at the Bruce Mason Centre, North Shore City (Greater Auckland),
New Zealand, on 10 and 11 October 2003. We would be very grateful if
you could distribute information about the conference via your
newsletter."

For further information, contact Paul Doherty at
<pd@cycling-support.org.nz>

Source Robert Ibell, Campaigns & PR Secretary, Cycling Advocates
Network of NZ Inc., PO Box 6491, Auckland, NZ; Tel/Fax: +64-4-385 2557
http://www.can.org.nz
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N.M. BIKE COALITION GETS $10K BIKES BELONG GRANT

-> According to a Jan. 15th news release, "Bikes Belong Coalition, the
bicycle industry's advocacy voice, announced today the awarding of a
$10,000 grant to the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico to facilitate the
construction of a grade-separated bicycle crossing within the historic
State Capitol of Santa Fe.

"'Major arterial roads sever downtown from the greater southwest
portion of Santa Fe,' stated Gail Ryba, Executive Director of the
Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico. 'The grade-separated crossing would
provide a convenient alternative for cyclists and would also provide a
valuable connection to a 20 to 30 mile proposed trail network,' stated
Ryba.

"Larry Delgado, Mayor of the City of Santa Fe and former employee of
the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department supports the
project and is "excited by the enthusiasm of bicycle advocates in Santa
Fe for the development of a citywide network of trails, and in
particular for their pursuit of a safe crossing at the Railyard Park."
Delgado also noted, 'I look forward to bicycling across St. Francis
Drive on a new facility only a few years from now.'..."

For more information, contact Rich Olken, Bikes Belong Coalition (617)
734-2800 or Gail Ryba, Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico (505) 955-9578.
Or visit
http://www.bikesbelong.org.
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KEEPING UP WITH THE STATE COORDINATORS

-> According to Dwight Kingsbury of the Florida Dept. of
Transportation, "It appears that the list of State Coordinator
contacts, formerly kept on the FHWA website, is now maintained on
AASHTO's site, at:

http://www.transportation.org/committee/design/tf_non-motorized_bikeped.html
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UC BERKELEY/DAVIS OFFER BIKE FACILITY COURSE

-> According to a recent note from Linda K. Howe-Steiger, "The
University of California Berkeley, Institute of Transportation Studies,
in cooperation with UC Davis Extension, is offering TE-19 "Design,
Implementation and Operation of Bicycle Facilities," a two-day training
course. In response to demands from those who have taken our previous
course covering both bicycle and pedestrian facilities, we have
expanded and revised course material to provide more detail and
hands-on information to meet the needs of transportation planners,
traffic engineers, highway construction departments, and bicycle
advocates involved with designing and implementing safe, effective
bicycle facilities in California. The course is team taught by Michele
DeRobertis, a consulting bicycle facililties planner, and Tim Bustos,
Bike Coordinator for the City of Davis.
http://www.its.berkeley.edu/techtransfer/training/open/byDate.lasso

"Deliveries are scheduled January 29-30, 2003 in San Diego and June
18-29, 2003 at the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station in the East Bay,
10 miles north of Berkeley. Class fee is $380 (a discounted fee of $200
available for California public agency staff).

"To learn more about the class, its instructors, the topics covered as
well as to access registration materials please click on the course
title above or call the Technology Transfer Program at 510-231-9681 or
visit:
http://www.its.berkeley.edu/techtransfer/

"If the direct links above do not work for you, go to:
http://www.its.berkeley.edu/techtransfer
and click on "2002-2003 calendar" of training to learn more about this
class."
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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT: N.E. ILLINOIS BIKE/PED PROJECTS, PROGRAMS

-> According to a recent note from Melissa Smiley, "The Chicago Area
Transportation Study seeks nominations for the 2003 Soles and Spokes
Awards for Excellence. Any project or program that increases the
convenience, safety and popularity of walking and cycling in
northeastern Illinois is eligible.

"Nominations are due by January 31, 2003. Awards will be presented at
a pedestrian design workshop on February 25." Email:
<msmiley@catsmpo.com> or visit:
http://www.catsmpo.com/bikeped
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Q-U-O-T-A-B-L-E_Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Everyone should have a copy of Bill Strickland's The Quotable Cyclist."
--Mighk Wilson

See http://www.breakawaybooks.com/Quotable_Cyclist.htm for some
samples.


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

MOD. EXERCISE -- BICYCLING, WALKING -- CUTS "DANGEROUS" FAT

-> According to a Jan. 14th story on WCVB-TV in Boston, "If you're down
on exercise because the scale won't budge, there's good news.
NewsCenter 5's Heather Unruh said that a new study shows that working
out can trim the hidden fat that's hazardous to your health. Some
people are fitness fanatics. Jan Eckert is not, but she makes a point
of fitting activity into her life. 'I walk every day,' Eckert said.
'And I run after my 2.5-year-old granddaughter five days a week so that
gives me a little bit of extra running up and down stairs,' Eckert said.

"Modest exercise may be enough to melt away the more dangerous fat
hidden in the body's midsection, according to a study released Tuesday.
'It looked at regional fat distribution and demonstrated benefits in
terms of the region we're most concerned about, which is abdominal
obesity,' Framingham Heart Study Dr. Daniel Levy said. Researchers put
overweight post-menopausal women on an exercise plan. Some did as much
as 45 minutes of moderate exercise -- like walking or bicycling -- five
days a week. After one year, the women, on average, didn't lose much
weight -- just under 3 pounds -- but they did lose fat in their
abdomens by close to 7 percent..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ibsys/20030114/lo_WCVB/1454363
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "Working Out Can Trim Hidden, Hazardous Fat"

For the abstract of the study, as reported in the Journal of the
American Medical Association, go to:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v289n3/abs/joc21225.html
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MODESTO (CA) ROAD TAX WOULD HELP FUND BIKE/PED WORK

-> According to a Jan. 16th story in the Modesto Bee, "A ballot measure
on a Stanislaus County road tax is likely to wait until 2004, and could
be scrapped if Gov. Davis succeeds in raising the state sales tax by a
penny. The proposed half-cent county tax would generate $30 million a
year for road construction and repairs. Business and civic leaders had
hoped the plan, which would need two-thirds approval for passage, would
be ready to place before voters next fall...

"Last week, the Council of Governments policy board approved a plan to
divide revenue that would be generated by the tax:


Source: http://www.modbee.com/local/story/5901547p-6864437c.html
Archive search: http://www.modbee.com/man/archive/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Tax plan is likely to wait "
Author: Michael G. Mooney
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DELRAY BEACH (FL) TO PUSH PED/BIKE-FRIENDLY AGENDA

-> According to a Jan. 10th South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from
Delray Beach, "Officials are hoping a new task force will make the city
more bicycle friendly after it ranked as the second most dangerous
municipality in Palm Beach County for bicyclists and pedestrians. Three
of the county's eight bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in 2001 took
place in Delray Beach.

"Partially to address that problem, the City Commission approved a
resolution in November forming the Pedestrian and Bicycle Task Team.
Comprised of seven members elected by the Commission, the team will
evaluate the safety of existing pedestrian paths, bikeways and
sidewalks in the city, as well as review city codes and hazardous
conditions that affect pedestrians and bicyclists.."

Source:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-db10bikesjan10
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/
Cost: No
Title: "Delray panel hopes to make city more bicycle-friendly"
Author: Sar Perlman
Author: Laurie Blake
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OIL-SHORT VENEZUELANS HOT FOR BIKES

-> According to a Jan 5th AP story filed in Caracas, "In a holiday
shopping season made dreary by Venezuela's general strike, one item was

"But the Caracas traffic jams and the gasoline vanished when
Venezuela's largest labor union and business chamber began a general
strike Dec. 2 to demand President Hugo Chavez' resignation. While
motorists wait to fill their tanks in mile-long lines outside service
stations, bike stores have been swamped as Venezuelans adopt an
alternate form of transportation. Frank Gonzalez, co-owner of a store
in Caracas' upscale Las Mercedes district, said he's never seen such a
spike in year-end sales..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030105/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/venezuela_bike_boom_1
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "More Venezuelans Turn to Bicycles"
Author: Christopher Toothaker
Venezuela's Cyclists for Freedom organization:
http://www.ruedalibre.org.ve
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ORANGE (AU) REVIEWS RISKY PED REFUGE

-> According to a Jan. 16th story in the Orange Central Western Daily,
"A PEDESTRIAN refuge in Woodward Street near Elephant Park is
inadequate and poses a safety risk to children, residents have warned.
The refuge is on one of Orange's busiest feeder roads and is used by
Calare Public students travelling to and from school and parents taking
their children to Elephant Park.

"Deputy Mayor Glenn Taylor and road safety advocate Marj Bollinger
believe the safety of pedestrians would be better served with a marked
crossing, improved signage or a larger refuge. They also feel that
signage in either direction of Woodward Street warning drivers of the
refuge is inadequate. 'In the case of a large number of children
seeking refuge, the traffic island is not adequate,' grandmother Mrs
Bollinger said. 'Whilst a refuge is a good safety protection measure,
without a marked pedestrian crossing some kids could be left stranded,'
she said..."

Source:
http://orange.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?class=news&subclass=local&category=general%20news&story_id=203543&y=2003&m=1
Archive search: http://orange.yourguide.com.au/search.asp
Cost:
Title: "Safety concerns at pedestrian refuge"
Author: Deborah Szaloki
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NORWAY TO CUT TAXES FOR EMPLOYEES WHO CYCLE TO WORK?

-> According to a Jan. 17th ABC News (Australia) story, "Norway is
considering tax breaks for employees who agree to leave their car at
home and bike to work, part of a program the Public Roads
Administration on Thursday called a 'national bicycle strategy.' 'The
idea is to make riding a bike both safe and attractive,' Administration
spokesman Anders Dalen said.

"Among the measures under consideration are income tax cuts for people
who cycle to work, elimination of value-added tax on bicycles, and a
reduction in the tax levied on people whose employers provide them
with a bicycle as a benefit..."

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/justin/nat/newsnat-17jan2003-2.htm
Archive search: http://search.abc.net.au/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Norway could cut taxes for employees who cycle to work"
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PRAGUE (CZ) DANGEROUS FOR PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a Jan. 15th story in the Prague Post, "When the city of
New York first installed crosswalks in the 1920s, police were
authorized to shoot out the tires of vehicles that did not yield to
street-crossing pedestrians. Closer to home and more recently, local
authorities in Usti nad Labem drew chalk outlines on streets where
pedestrians had been killed by cars. Safety activists such as Jarmila
Johnova say measures as powerful as these may be needed nationwide to
protect pedestrians, who are dying in record numbers. But she's not
hopeful. 'There is no political will to change anything,' says Johnova,
who heads Prague Mothers, a group concerned with the rising number of
pedestrian deaths...

"Johnova puts much of the blame for the accidents on bad driving, which
has been a documented problem especially since the fall of communism.
Some sociologists have gone so far as to describe driving here as a
social illness. Two current presidential candidates, Otakar Motejl and
Jaroslav Bures, have each killed a pedestrian in an accident. 'Drivers
are responsible for most of the accidents,' Johnova says, adding that
excessive speed and alcohol consumption are factors in many of the
accidents..."

Source: http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2003/Art/0115/news2.php
Archive search: http://praguepost.newtonit.cz/
Cost: No (free registration required)
Title: "Pedestrian fatalities rise sharply"
Author: Kevin Livingston
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NEW ARTICLE: DO HELMETS PREVENT SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY?

-> According to a Jan. 7th Reuters story filed in London, "A
controversial new study by a cyclists' action group claims bicycle
helmets are not designed correctly to prevent serious brain injury. The
research, published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention,
concludes there is no scientific evidence to support the compulsory use
of helmets and that their design is based on a discredited theory of
brain injury. However, road safety experts strongly disagree with the
claims and insist helmets are cutting the number of cycling-related
brain injuries. The same studies had already been used by other
researchers from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau as part of a
meta-analysis which, in contrast, showed helmets did prevent serious
brain injuries.

"Researcher Bill Curnow claims the studies were not based on 'sound
knowledge' of the mechanisms of brain injury and says although helmets
may reduce minor head injuries, they do not protect against severe
brain damage. Curnow, president of the Cyclists Rights Action Group in
Australia, said the findings call into question Australia's policy of
compulsory use of cycle helmets. He reached his conclusions after
examining 16 studies on helmet use carried out between 1987 and 1998..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030107/hl_nm/helmets_injuries_dc_1
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "Cycle Helmets May Not Prevent Brain Injury: Group"
Author: Pat Hagan

Original article "The efficacy of bicycle helmets against brain
injury;" W. J. Curnow; Accident Analysis & Prevention , Volume 35,
Issue 2, March 2003, Pages 287-292 (Note: this is a very long web
address! It may break into 3 or 4 pieces)

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V5S-452W8TW-3&_user=10&_coverDate=03%2F31%2F2003&_rdoc=15&_fmt=summary&_orig=browse&_srch=%23toc%235794%232003%23999649997%23372528!&_cdi=5794&_sort=d&_docanchor=&wchp=dGLbVlb-lSzBV&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=b2e43c0b697e9d150cd8659b8efa4879
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BIKE SALES/USE DOWN ESP. AMONG CASUAL RIDERS

-> According to a Jan. 16th Detroit News story, "Fewer people are
riding bikes but those who are riding are doing so more often. That's
good news for independent bike dealers. Randy Martin remembers as a kid
riding his bike every day from dawn to dusk, rain or shine. But his
children, ages 14 and 10, ask for rides when they want to visit
friends. 'I tell them, 'Ride your bike,'' said the co-owner of
Continental Bike Shop in Hazel Park. 'Kids today ride them only when
they really need to.'

"The number of bicycle riders age 7 and older has dropped to 42.5
million in 2000 from 54.6 million in 1992, according to the National
Sporting Goods Association. What's more, a study by the National
Bicycle Dealers Association shows the number of adult cyclists has
fallen to 24 million in 2000 from 32 million in 1990...

"Fred Clements, executive director of the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based
National Bicycle Dealers Association, said despite a drop in the
overall number of riders, there has actually been an increase in the
number of those who ride frequently. According to a study by the
organization, there were 3.5 million bicycle enthusiasts in the United
States in 2000, up from 868,000 in 1990. However, the number of
cyclists who rode only occasionally dropped to 11 million in 2000 from
22 million in 1990..."

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2003/business/0301/16/b04-61279.htm
Archive search: http://www.detnews.com/search/index.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Sales decline at bicycle shops"
Author: Michelle Franzen Martin
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PEDS TO OUST CARS FROM HISTORIC GREEK STREET

-> According to a Jan. 9th AP story filed in Athens, "One of Greece's
best known tourist streets, in the shadow of the 2,500-year-old
Acropolis hill, will be turned into a pedestrian walkway, a government
agency said Thursday. Adrianou Street cuts through central Athens'
famous Plaka area - also the site of the ancient agora or marketplace.
The narrow street is lined with tourist shops and restaurants.

"The work is part of a major redevelopment project in the Greek capital
ahead of the 2004 Olympics, connecting the city's ancient sites with
paths and walkways where cars are banned. Marios Katsouros, an engineer
in charge of the Adrianou project, said work will start shortly and
will be finished in two months..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030109/ap_wo_en_po/eu_gen_greece_archaeological_walkways_1
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "One of Greece's well-known tourist streets to become pedestrian
walkway"
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SAN DIEGO TO BUILD PED-FRIENDLY VILLAGES

-> According to a Jan. 13th story in the San Diego Daily Transcript,
"The city of San Diego is now accepting applications for three pilot
villages in the City of Villages concept adopted in October 2002 by the
City Council. The City of Villages plan is designed to provide a
framework to most efficiently deal with the next generation of San
Diegans and the estimated influx of new residents to the city. The plan
envisions the creation and growth of villages around the city that
provide easy access for work, recreation and residence.

"San Diego's population is projected to grow by approximately 284,000
people by 2020 and less than 10 percent of raw land remains available
for development in the city, according to statistics provided by San
Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). The city began accepting
applications on Dec. 2, 2002 and the deadline is set for March 14,
2003...

"The SGIC will be looking specifically for projects that include
pedestrian-friendly streets with a minimum width of five feet of
sidewalk and a unified theme with respect to street trees, lighting and
street furniture..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/030114/31/317dx.html
Archive search: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/options?p=
Cost: No
Title: "City of Villages program looking for a few good developers"
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RETIRED COUPLE DONATE TIME, BIKES TO SCHOOL KIDS

-> According to a Jan 15th story in the Asheville Citizen-Times, "As
principal of Bruce Drysdale Elementary School [in Hendersonville, NC],
Connie Brown makes it a point to visit every classroom on the first day
of school. And before she leaves, she always asks if the children have
any questions for her. 'In almost every classroom, the children ask me
if we will have the Red Bicycle Program this year,' said Brown. 'That
shows that the children are taking their school attendance seriously,'
she said.

"The Red Bicycle Program was started by school volunteers Irv and Doris
Kasner to help promote regular attendance. 'We got a rebate on our
income taxes from (President) Bush, and we decided that we had to do
something with his money,' said Irv Kasner. 'All the schools that I've
worked in, the kids were punished for bad attendance but were not
rewarded for good attendance. We wanted to do something positive.'
Children who have not missed any days during the nine-week grading
period are allowed to put their name into a raffle. At the end of the
grading period, a school assembly is held to honor all of the children
who have attended school regularly. One lucky child wins a bicycle.
During last week's award ceremony, the Kasners expanded the program to
include donating a bike to a child who has improved his schoolwork..."

Source: http://cgi.citizen-times.com/cgi-bin/story/news/26874
Archive search: 7 days (use "search" window on home page)
Cost: No
Title: "Retired couple donate time, bicycles to schoolchildren "
Author: Eden Foster
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HENDERSON (KY) GETS HIGHWAY BIKE LANES, SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Jan. 9th story in the Henderson (KY) Gleaner, "The
first bicycle lanes along a roadway in Henderson are part of the plans
for widening U.S. 60-West to five lanes at the western edge of the
city. The Kentucky Department of Highways intends to place
five-foot-wide bike lanes on either side of the roadway, state Chief
District Highway Engineer Ted Merryman said Wednesday. That's in
addition to curbs and sidewalks on each side of the road, similar to
what has previously been done on Zion Road and U.S. 60-East widening
projects. The project extends from the South Y to the Kentucky 425
South Bypass, a distance of 1.7 miles.

"The bicycle lanes were requested by the city of Henderson and the
Evansville Urban Transportation Study (EUTS), Merryman said. 'We're in
the process of developing a bicycle-pedestrian plan for the city of
Henderson,' EUTS Executive Director Rose Zigenfus said. During the
committee process, some comments were made by people who want to
bicycle out to the (community) college and the Henderson sloughs
wildlife management area. 'We thought, why not ask the (Kentucky
Transportation Cabinet, the parent agency for the Highway Department)
for bicycle facilities in the design,' she said..."

Source:
http://www.myinky.com/ecp/gleaner_news/article/0,1626,ECP_4476_1661093,00.html
Archive search: Use "search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle lanes will be a part of U.S. 60 work"
Author: Chuck Stinnett
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RALEIGH (NC) MPO GETS COMMENT ON BIKE/PED PLAN

-> According to a Jan. 13th story on Raleigh's News 14-TV, "Capital
Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, or CAMPO, wants to hear from
you about transportation planning in Wake County. The group is meeting
with the public about its bike and pedestrian plan on Tuesday and
Wednesday. The plan will ultimately become a part of CAMPO's long range
transportation plan. 'I love to bike because its not like running where
you have to really exert yourself but it's relaxing and you can go a
long distance and see a lot of the scenery, especially on the
greenways,' said Joy Peck.

"The greenways help Joy Peck escape the noisy city and her bike is also
the way she gets to and from the library. Biker Sig Hutchinson is
trying to change the public's view about transportation. He says that
like cars, bikes and sidewalks are forms of transportation.
'Recognizing obesity issues, air quality issues, environmental issues,
even quality of life issues, we recognize that we want to be able to
have more accessibility to destination points other than automobiles,'
said Hutchinson..."

Source: http://rdu.news14.com/content/your_news/raleigh/?ArID=21414
Archive search: http://rdu.news14.com/content/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Citizens invited to comment on bike and pedestrian plan"
Author: Sarah Nakasone
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SEGWAY -- A FAIR WEATHER SCOOTER?

According to a Jan. 15th Washington Post story, "There was no time to
ponder how the ozone was doing or how the melting glaciers fared as
Washington basked in the 60-degrees-in-January miracle. All Michael
Osver knew was that it was the first time since the motorized
contraption [his Segway] had arrived at his Dupont Circle apartment in
mid-December that a day like this had fallen from the sky. In the dead
of winter, the sun-soaked, periwinkle glory had injected city streets
with an energy that Osver was eager to experience, and human feet
couldn't take him fast enough...

"Osver is a people person, and he's enjoying the newfound neighborhood
notoriety. But there have been a few snags. USAA, his homeowner's
insurance company, flat-out refused to insure the scooter. (Segway says
other companies will.) And a solution hasn't yet been invented for the
biggest obstacle he's encountered so far: the weather. It has been a
frosty winter. The battery expires too quickly when the temperature
drops to 40 or so. That 60-degree day allowed Osver one of his first
real opportunities to truly experience the Segway..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57136-2003Jan14.html
Archive search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/front.htm
Cost: Yes
Title: "The Wheel Thing"
Author: Natalie Hopkinson
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BIKE TOURIST AMONG SHUTTLE COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS

-> According to a recent WCVB-TV story from Boston, "Columbia's latest
crew is comprised of personnel from a diverse array of disciplines...

"David Brown: Mission Specialist David Brown holds a bachelor's degree
in biology from the College of William and Mary, and a doctorate in
medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is a former
president of the International Association of Military Flight Surgeon
Pilots. He is also an associate fellow in the Aerospace Medical
Association and the Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons. Brown is a
captain in the U.S. Navy and enjoys flying and bicycle touring..."

Source: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/1912539/detail.html
Archive search: Use "search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Meet Columbia's Crew"


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

"CYCLING SAFELY BY EXPERIENCE"
Subtitled: "Training School Children in Eberg Traffic Course;"
Presented by L. Ovstedal and G. Jennsen at the VELO-CITY Conference
Sept. 2001 in Glasgow, UK.

"THE EXPOSURE OF CYCLISTS, CAR DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS TO
TRAFFIC-RELATED AIR POLLUTANTS"

"Despite the much higher concentrations in the personal air samples of
car drivers, the uptake of CO, benzene, toluene and xylenes of cyclists
sometimes approached that of the car drivers. The uptake of NO2 of
cyclists was clearly higher than that of car drivers;" by van Wijnen
JH, Verhoeff AP, Jans HW, van Bruggen M., Municipal Health Service,
Department of Environmental Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health,
1995;67(3):187-93.
(Apparently not available on the web)

"MISSION CREEK BIKEWAY AND GREENBELT"
Extensive plan and supporting documentation for an urban trail project
in San Francisco
http://www.missioncreek.org/

"ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION AND GREENWAYS PLAN"
Online version of the City of Bloomington, IN, plan.
http://www.city.bloomington.in.us/planning/mpo/greenways/index.html


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

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 24-25, 2003, Pedestrian Design Workshops, Oak Brook and
Chicago, IL. Info: Melissa Smiley at <msmiley@catsmpo.com> or (312)
793-0119.
http://www.catsmpo.com/bikeped

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 8-11, 2003, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference
XIII, Banff, Alberta. Info:
http://www.cyberus.ca/~carsp/cmrsc_call.htm (research topics and
abstracts)
http://www.cyberus.ca/~carsp/call_for.htm (conference information)
http://www.cyberus.ca/~carsp/acpser.htm (CARSP home page)

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 -- PROGRAM ASSOCIATE -- NAT'L MAIN STREET CENTER
The National Main Street Center seeks a highly dynamic individual to
join its technical assistance team as program associate. The program
associate's primary responsibility is to provide a variety of
commercial district revitalization technical assistance to local
non-profit revitalization organizations via partnership with city/state
governments. The individual will be responsibility for providing
technical assistance to local organizations in the areas of
organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring of
traditional commercial districts.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three to five years of
increasingly broad experience in revitalizing a traditional
neighborhood business district or central business district, along with
training or consulting experience. S/he will have a clear understanding
of the dynamics facing economically distressed neighborhoods and
business districts, experience in building a successful revitalization
organization (collaborative partnerships, funding, volunteer
development, non-profit management), and specialized expertise in the
area(s) of promotion and marketing, urban design/historic preservation,
and/or business development and market analysis. Excellent speaking and
facilitation skills, ability to work with a diverse range of people,
and problem-solving abilities are essential. Ability to travel and to
work evenings/weekends expected.

Bachelors degree required; advanced work in related field preferred.
Individual should also be computer literate, preferably experienced
with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Position is based in
Washington, D.C. Salary DOE. The National Trust values diversity and
strives to achieve a workforce that reflects the composition of the
communities that we assist. Interested candidates should submit cover
letter, resume, and references to: Stephanie Redman, Program Manager
for Technical Services. National Trust's National Main Street Center;
1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW; Washington DC 20036; email:
<jobs@nthp.org>; fax: 202/588-6050.

-> 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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