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


Issue #63 Friday, January 31, 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
  NCBW Launches New Calendar of Training Opportunities
  New Jersey Targets Sprawl-Inducing Trans. Projects
  Upcoming Colorado Charrette Training Session
  REI Donates $10,000 For ACA's Lewis & Clark Video
  America Moves to Arizona
  Fifty-Plus Fitness Weekend Coming March 15th
  Context Sensitive Solution Website Expanding
  Helmets R Us Provides Helmets at Cost


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  New York Governor Signs New Ped Bill
  First Bicycle Caravan in Accra, Ghana
  Toronto Traffic Worsens as 9 of 10 Drive Alone
  Boise (ID) Inventor Wants to Do Away with Training Wheels
  UK Car Gets High Marks for Pedestrian Crash Protection
  Mr. Burden Lands -- Momentarily -- in East Aurora, NY
  Long Hours at Computer Can Lead to E-Thrombosis
  Segway Dodges Santa Cruz (CA) Showdown
  Hallandale Beach (FL) Fights Bike Lanes
  Study: Cell Phone Drivers and Tunnel Vision
Monessen Valley (PA) Man Honored for Bike Work
  Gatanga (India) Youth Rides for Peace
  Georgians Blast State DOT on Bike, Ped Issues
  Petersburg (VA) Landmarks Trail System in Works
  Tammany Trace Brings Cyclists to Louisiana
  Bike Maker Cannondale Files for Chapt. 11
  Menlo Park (CA) Ponders Fate of Median Islands
  Seattle Picks Most Beautiful Traffic Circles




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

NCBW LAUNCHES NEW ON-LINE CALENDAR OF TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

-> One of the best ways you can learn what works and what doesn't work
in program design and implementation is by attending a training course
that focuses directly on the challenge you're facing. To that end, the
NCBW web staff has just launched a calendar featuring upcoming training
courses in the fields of bicycle and pedestrian facilitiy design, safety
issues, community planning, and more. The information is presented in
two formats: as a scrollable registry of the courses divided by topic,
and as a calendar-based listing, so you can easily see what's going
to be available in the near future. Plus, if you know of an applicable
course or workshop that is coming up and isn't currently listed, you
can use the on-screen calendar to add a course. Once the NCBW staff
has confirmed the information, it will become a listing on the calendar
and in the training registry. See what courses are coming up at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/training_resources/training_calendar.htm
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NEW JERSEY TARGETS SPRAWL-INDUCING TRANS. PROJECTS

-> According to the Jan. 21st issue of the Tri-State Transportation
Campaign's Mobilizing the Region e-newsletter, "After Governor James
McGreevey made his campaign against sprawl development a centerpiece of
his state of the state speech Tuesday, New Jersey officials moved
quickly to add substance to the effort.

"Late Thursday, they unveiled a map that clearly identifies growth
zones, areas where uncontrolled growth is undesirable, and an
intermediate zone, where development should proceed cautiously. About
2/3 of the state, excluding the already-protected Pinelands, is in the
red zone, where the state would like to discourage sprawl. The green
growth areas are focused mainly in the NY metro region, in Hudson,
Essex, Bergen, lower Passaic, eastern Morris, Union, northern Middlesex
and northern Monmouth Counties. The map defines smaller growth areas
around Trenton and along the Delaware facing Philadelphia. It also
shows local growth areas in key towns inside the primarily red zone.
The yellow 'caution' zone is primarily a buffer between large red and
green areas.

"Though the map is a draft, it would be difficult to make the issue of
stopping sprawl more concrete than actually mapping where growth is and
is not desirable. The map is a very strong early step by the McGreevey
administration. It is the kind of clear blueprint for policy debate and
decisions that smart growth discussions elsewhere -- Long Island, for
instance -- so far lack...

Source: http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20030121/mtr39901.html
Title: "New Jersey Maps War Against Sprawl"
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UPCOMING COLORADO CHARRETTE TRAINING SESSION

We recently received a news release from the National Charrette
Institute about their upcoming workshops: "NCI is pleased to announce
our upcoming 'Charrettes 101' seminar in Denver, Colorado, in
collaboration with PlaceMatters.com, Livable Communities Support
Center, Metro Mayors Caucus, and the Center for Regional and
Neighborhood Action. 'Charrettes 101: Best Practices and Lessons
Learned' Instructor Bill Lennertz will draw upon his in-the-trenches
experience from over 150 Charrettes to lead this NCI seminar. Ken
Snyder, Director of PlaceMatters.com, and Rich McClintock, Program
Director of the Livable Communities Support Center will also contribute
to this course. This course is accredited with the AIA for 6.5 Learning
Units (hours)

Date and Location: February 28th, 2003, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Lakewood
Civic Center, Community Room, 480 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO. Fee
(includes lunch): $295 private sector; $175 non-profit / government
sector. For more information and to register, see the programs section
of NCI's website at:
http://www.charretteinstitute.org/
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REI DONATES $10,000 FOR ACA'S LEWIS & CLARK VIDEO

-> According to a Jan. 20th news release, "Recreational Equipment Inc.
(REI) has donated $10,000 to the Adventure Cycling Association to
support the production of an educational video, entitled 'Wheels of
Discovery,' about the new Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail (LCBT). This
donation marks the third donation from REI in support of various
projects associated with the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail. The 14-minute
'Wheels of Discovery' video will help inform and educate a broader
audience about the history, geography and culture to be experienced
along the new LCBT...

"The Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail is the latest addition to Adventure
Cycling's 30,500-mile National Bicycle Route Network. The LCBT was born
of a desire to offer bicyclists a way to celebrate the 2003 - 2006
bicentennial celebration of the Corps of Discovery's historic journey.
Maps of this new 3,215 mile course from Hartford, IL, to Astoria, OR,
are available from Adventure Cycling sales at (800) 721-8719.

For more information, contact Steve Snyders, Sublime Public Relations;
<steve@sublimepub.com>; (406) 728-4180. Or visit the organization's
website at:
http://www.adventurecycling.org
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AMERICA MOVES TO ARIZONA

-> Brian Fellows, an organizer of the America Moves conference coming
up April 3-4 in Mesa, AZ, dropped us a quick note recently: "Join us at
America Moves -- the conference on building livable communities through
physical activity and partnerships, April 3-4, 2003. Only $135 if you
register by Feb. 21, 2003.

As the conference website says, "Bicycling and walking are excellent,
affordable ways to get exercise, which can lessen the growing
international epidemic of physical inactivity. America Moves is a 'how
to' conference that will draw together a wide variety of audiences to
focus on forging partnerships to attack this epidemic. America Moves
will focus on building alliances that increase and improve bicycle and
pedestrian facilities, create neighborhoods that invite physical
activity, and 'get more bikes and tennis shoes on the ground.'"

For more info, contact: Brian Fellows, Bicycle and Pedestrian
Coordinator, City of Mesa; (480) 644-3824;
<brian.fellows@cityofmesa.org>. Or visit the America Moves web site at:
http://www.cityofmesa.org/citymgt/america_moves
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FIFTY-PLUS FITNESS WEEKEND COMING MARCH 15TH

-> According to a recent news release, "The Fifty-Plus Fitness
Association announces a special 20-Year Celebration for the Fifty-Plus
Fitness Weekend, March 15-16 at Stanford University and Stadium. The
educational and festive public event attended by mature men and women
along with supportive families, friends and advocates will celebrate 20
years of fitness education and inspiration for thousands of the nations
mature population. Those attending may select any or all of the major
four events: Saturday's Health Conference and Awards Dinner and
Sunday's famed Fifty-Plus Fitness Events and Health Fair..

All are invited to join the leading non-profit national fitness
association in celebrating the Annual Fitness Weekend, a journey
through the realm of fitness for older adults. This is an opportunity
not only to join or compete in a major walk or other event but also a
time to enjoy peers, friends and family members while learning from
experts who know about aging successfully..

For more information on the Fitness Weekend or to register online,
go to:
http://www.50plus.org/2003Weekend/index.htm
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CONTEXT SENSITIVE SOLUTION WEBSITE EXPANDING

-> According to a recent message from Mary Kaufman, "I am currently in
the process of upgrading and expanding the reference nexus, Context
Dependent Transportation Solutions website. This site will have URL's
and some files for easy access on what other individuals and
organizations in Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) are doing. I might
sneak in a few hot topics too. I have already made some changes. The
website link will always be located on the CSS Forum home page in the
description box."

To see it now, the Yahoo CSS Forum Home Page is:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CSS_Forum/

The direct link to the CDTS site is:
http://home.earthlink.net/~ckkaufman
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HELMETS R US PROVIDES HELMETS AT COST

-> The other day, we got this note from CindyLu Webber of Helmets R Us,
"Please consider adding our company to your resource list and website.
Helmets R Us - we're a non-profit company out of the State of
Washington. We provide bike helmets, multisport helmets, ski helmets
etc... to non-profit groups all over the USA and Canada at cost. Our
helmets start at $3.95 and are an excellent resource for people trying
to help in this endeavor."

CindyLu Webber, Sales Manager, Helmets R Us, 2705 Pacific Ave, Tacoma,
WA 98023; phone: (253) 627-2121; fax: (253) 572-4225; email:
<cindylu-helmetsrus@nventure.com>
http://www.helmetsrus.net
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CORRECTION: STATE COORDINATORS LISTING

-> In the last issue, the web address we published for AASHTO's listing
of state bicycle-pedestrian coordinators contained a small error. Here
is the correct address:
http://www.transportation.org/committee/design/tf_nonmotorized_bikeped.html
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS NEW PED BILL

-> According to a Jan. 29th story in the South Bay (NY) News, "Governor
George E. Pataki announced recently that a new law took effect on
Sunday, January 19th, requiring motorists to yield the right-of-way to
pedestrians crossing any portion of a roadway crosswalk where a traffic
signal is not present or operating.

"'With more and more New Yorkers, particularly in urban areas, choosing
to walk instead of ride, we must take steps to ensure their safety at
crosswalks,' Governor Pataki said. 'This new law will make our streets
safer by eliminating confusion for both pedestrians and motorists,
helping to reduce needless accidents and injuries.'..."

Source:
http://www.southbaynews.com/news/2003/0129/Community_News/newpedestrian.html
Archive search:
http://www.southbaynews.com/public/Archiveplus.cfm?pub=SouthBay
Cost: No
Title: "New Pedestrian Crosswalk Law"
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FIRST BICYCLE CARAVAN IN ACCRA, GHANA

-> According to a Jan. 24th story in the Accra, Ghana, Mail, "The
Greater Accra Regional Sports Council is organising the first Accra
Bicycle Caravan on Saturday, January 25. According to a statement
signed by Hamah Hamid Isakah, the administrative officer, the event is
to afford the cycling public the opportunity to ride their bicycles
freely through certain principal streets of the city.

"The event which has 'Ride for Recreation, Health and Transport for
your benefit' as its theme is being organised jointly with the Accra
Metropolitan Assembly and International Transportation and Policy
Development."

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200301230693.html
Archive search: http://allafrica.com/ (use "search" window)
Cost: No
Title: "First Bicycle Caravan in Accra"
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TORONTO TRAFFIC WORSENS AS 9 OF 10 DRIVE ALONE

-> According to a Jan. 20th story in the Toronto Sun, "Joyce Savoline
rushed into the meeting a little breathless. The chair of Halton Region
apologized for arriving late to a public meeting about transportation
in Milton last week. 'I was stuck in traffic. There was an accident,'
Savoline explained to the roomful of people whose heads nodded
sympathetically. Traffic has more than doubled in the GTA over the last
20 years and it is expected to double again within 10 years.

"The regions of Halton, Peel, York and Durham are all widening existing
roads and building more roads just to keep pace with growth, yet
transportation planners in those regions all agree this strategy won't
reduce traffic congestion. 'Transportation issues are pivotal to our
quality of life,' Savoline said. 'Traffic creates grumpy individuals
parked on the road trying to get home for dinner. It's bad for the
environment, it's bad for the economy.' It's also getting worse,
according to the recently released 2001 GTA Cordon Count, a study
tracking traffic patterns.

"The study shows:

Source:

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=5a5d4275cd29a1fd&pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1035776827977&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154
Archive search:
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Render&inifile=futuretense.ini&c=Page&cid=992945693891&pubid=968163964505
Cost: Free (14 days)
Title: "Traffic bad and getting even worse"
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BOISE (ID) INVENTOR WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH TRAINING WHEELS

-> According to a Jan. 29th story in the Boise Idaho Statesman, "Terry
Sechler's dream clientele are barely 4 feet tall and often are missing
their two front teeth. And they don't know how to ride a bicycle.
Sechler fixes that with a new patented bicycle that he says teaches
kids how to ride in less than an hour. 'My goal is to do away with
training wheels in my lifetime,' said Sechler, whose patents for the
bicycle were approved this month. The Boise man has made believers out
of bicycle shop owners in the Treasure Valley, Utah, and Oregon, where
his Fun One bicycle is sold.

"'It's a really slick little idea,' said Screamin' Toad Cycles owner
Todd Olson, whose Hyde Park shop sells the bicycle. 'This is one of the
first things I've seen in teaching kids balance and how to maintain a
sure footing.' The idea is simple. The key to the Fun One bicycle is
that the pedals are easily removable and snap back into place just as
easily, secured with a single bolt. There are three steps to the
one-hour learning process:

"1. Have the child practice balance by standing on one foot. This
encourages balance.
"2. Let the child scoot around on the bicycle with the pedals removed.
Have the child lift both feet up to coast.
"3. Once the child can coast for about 20 feet without losing balance,
put the pedals on. The child will be able to ride.

"Really. 'My record-holder learned to ride in just 17 minutes,' Sechler
said with a laugh..."

Source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/Business/story.asp?ID=31650
Archive search: http://www.idahostatesman.com/Search/index.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Boisean says bike can help kids learn to ride in 1 hour"
Author: Julie Howard
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UK CAR GETS HIGH MARKS FOR PEDESTRIAN CRASH PROTECTION

-> According to a Jan. 28th Ananova story, "A British-produced car has
become only the second vehicle to achieve a high rating for protecting
pedestrians in the event of a crash. The Midlands-made MG TF was
awarded three stars for pedestrian protection in the latest European
Euro NCAP crash test programme. The vehicle, produced by MG Rover, is
only the second car to attain a three-star mark in the pedestrian test
and the first two-seat roadster to do so.

"By contrast, the Skoda Superb followed the Suzuki Grand Vitara in
becoming only the second car to score no points at all for pedestrian
safety in the latest tests. However, the Skoda Superb did get four
stars in the car occupants' protection part of the test, as did the MG
TF. All the tests are scored out of five stars.

"Chris Patience, the AA's head of technical policy, said: 'It is good
to see another car doing well in pedestrian tests. However, the MG TF's
engine is behind the driver, so it might be expected to score well.
'Much of the damage done to pedestrians in front-engined cars is caused
by having unyielding parts of the engine right under the bonnet, which
means there is less 'give' in the structure. 'However, it is
disappointing to see another car failing to achieve any points in the
pedestrian tests.'..."

Source: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_744019.html
Archive search: http://www.ananova.com/search/index.html
Cost: No
Title: "UK car scores highly for pedestrian crash protection"
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MR. BURDEN LANDS -- MOMENTARILY -- IN EAST AURORA, NY

-> [One never knows where Dan will be next. He's got more frequent
flyer miles than most pilots. -ed]. According to a Jan 6th AP story
filed in East Aurora, NY, "Dan Burden is playing in traffic. The lanky
58-year-old scurries into the busy main street of this western New York
village, unfurling a metal tape measure as he goes. He gets a quick
measurement of the distance from the curb to the double yellow line,
then retreats to the sidewalk. 'Twenty-two feet,' he says. 'Plenty of
room for a bike lane.' Burden is a guest here, invited by a group of
citizens who want his advice on how to make their town a better place
to walk and bicycle.

"That's no mean feat. Americans now use automobiles for more than 90
percent of their daily trips. An average person travels more than 9,000
miles a year by car, compared to less than 4,000 miles four decades
ago. The average driver spends 443 hours a year behind the wheel. The
result of this automotive addiction: A world where children are
sometimes bused 300 feet to school because they can't safely cross
eight-lane suburban boulevards. Two-hour commutes on clogged highways.
Quaint main streets forsaken for windowless hulks set in acres of
asphalt.

"'America is out of sync with its values,' Burden tells 100 people who
have gathered for a slide presentation in a school cafeteria. 'We say
we're for kids. We say we're for safety. We say we're for families. And
we build this ...' A slide comes up of a woman pushing a stroller along
the shoulder of a busy road, a toddler with her walking inches from the
traffic..."

Source: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/business/4849312.htm
Archive search: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Man works to reclaim America for pedestrians"
Author: Matt Crenson
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LONG HOURS AT COMPUTER CAN LEAD TO E-THROMBOSIS

-> [Here's another reason to spend time walking and bicycling and get
away from the computer occasionally. -ed] According to a Jan. 29th ABC
(Australia) News story, "Sitting for long hours at a computer terminal
can cause fatal blood clots, in the same way as taking a long flight in
cramped seating, doctors say. In the latest issue of the 'European
Respiratory Journal,' New Zealand researchers report the case of a
32-year-old man who suffered a swollen calf, with the pain subsiding 10
days later.

"In the ensuing weeks, however, he became increasingly breathless when
he exerted himself and then one day lost consciousness. The cause was a
massive blood clot that had formed in his leg veins, broken off and
travelled to his lungs - a potentially fatal 'deep vein thrombosis'
(DVT) identical to that sometimes suffered by travellers on long
flights.
The patient used to sit immobile at his computer screen, at work and at
home, for 12 hours a day, and on occasions for up to 18 hours.

"The authors, led by Richard Beasley of the Medical Research Institute
of New Zealand, based in Wellington, said: 'He would typically sit for
one to two hours, and not infrequently as many as six, without standing
up from his work station. This is the first reported case of an
association between repeated prolonged immobility sitting at a computer
and life-threatening (lung embolism),' they write. They suggest the
condition be called 'e-thrombosis.'..."

Source:
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/scitech/SciTechRepublish_771839.htm
Archive search: http://abc.net.au/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Computer users at risk of 'e-thrombosis'"

Note: The article in the European Respiratory Journal may be found at
the European Respiratory Society's website. Getting to the article,
however, involves setting up an account.
http://www.ersnet.org
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SEGWAY DODGES SANTA CRUZ (CA) SHOWDOWN

-> According to a Jan. 29th story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Segway
officials announced last week they were canceling a visit to Santa Cruz
to demonstrate their controversial transportation gizmo for a trip to
Celebration, Fla. instead. Company officials say it's more than just
another demonstration. Celebration, a community built by the Walt
Disney Co., has agreed to take part in a year-long study of how people
use the Segway and whether it creates any problems.

"Residents there will be able to buy the devices for full price - about
$5,000 - but get a discount after the study. The two-wheeled,
battery-powered device looks like a push-mower, and can carry someone
up to 250 pounds. The 83-pound gizmo can travel 12.5 mph for up to 15
miles. Its designers tout it as an alternative to walking and driving
short distances.

"Santa Cruz and Capitola are considering banning the devices from
sidewalks at the request of pedestrian and seniors groups. They say
they already compete for space with skateboarders and bicyclists. 'The
sidewalk is supposed to be a place of safety for children, the elderly,
everyone,' said Debbie Bulger of Mission: Pedestrian. 'It is difficult
enough to cross the street. Pedestrians should not have to dodge
fast-moving, heavy vehicles on the sidewalk.' The cities and community
groups were going to get a first-hand look at the Segway Tuesday, but
the company said its employees were needed in Florida..."

Source:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2003/January/29/local/stories/09local.htm
Archive search: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/index.html
Cost: No
Title: "Segway opts for Florida town for year-long study"
Author: Ramona Turner
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HALLANDALE BEACH (FL) FIGHTS BIKE LANES

-> According to a Jan. 22nd story in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
"[Hallandale Beach] City officials do not want bicycle lanes installed
on Federal Highway, even though state transportation officials say the
lanes are necessary. At Tuesday's meeting, where commissioners fiercely
debated the project with Florida Department of Transportation
officials, commissioners decided to call on the Florida secretary of
transportation to help eliminate bike lanes from an $8 million
resurfacing project.

"The transportation department has proposed placing the lanes along
Federal Highway, from Young Circle Park to Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
In addition, the busy commercial strip would receive new lighting,
landscaping, left turn lanes, medians and brick pavers. 'People are out
there riding bikes,' said DOT District Secretary Rick Chesser. 'All we
try to do is create an area of safety for them instead of sharing a
lane with a vehicle.'..."

Source:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-slanes22jan22 ,0,3089655.story?coll=sfla-news-broward
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Hallandale officials fight bicycle lanes on Federal Highway"
Author: Kai T. Hill
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STUDY: CELL PHONE DRIVERS AND TUNNEL VISION

-> According to a Jan. 27th Reuters story filed in Washington DC,
"Drivers who use a cellular telephone, even with a 'hands-free' device,
suffer from a kind of tunnel vision that endangers themselves and
others, U.S. researchers said on Monday. Legislation that seeks to make
mobile telephone use by drivers safer by mandating the use of a
hands-free device may be providing a false sense of security, they
warned.

"New York is the only U.S. state that requires the use of the devices
for mobile telephone conversations while driving, but 30 others have
been considering similar laws, as has the Canadian province of
Newfoundland..."

Source:
http://dailynews.attbi.com/cgi-bin/news?e=pub&dt=030127&cat=news&st=newshealthcellphonesdc
Archive search: http://www.att.net/search/search_advanced.html
Cost: No
Title: "Cell phones 'Blind' Drivers, Study Shows"
Author: Maggie Fox

For the University of Utah press release on the study (and related
links), go to:
http://www.utah.edu/unews/releases/03/jan/cellphone.html
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MONESSEN VALLEY (PA) MAN HONORED FOR BIKE WORK

-> According to a Jan. 21st story in the Monessen (PA) Independent,
"Tony Evans said he's been fixing bicycles since he was a kid. Now a
36-year-old man, Evans was honored because of his interest in bike
maintenance. Evans recently received the Governor's Highway Safety
Award, based on years of service at area bicycle rodeos. The bike
rodeos, conducted annually in Monessen and Donora, feature safety tips
and free equipment for children. The events are co-sponsored by West
Penn AAA, the Washington Regional Highway Safety Program, Mon Valley
EMS and the Monessen and Donora police departments.

"Evans, who owns and operates Evans Graphics of Monessen, repairs and
inspects bikes at the rodeo events. 'He has a nice set-up at the
rodeos,' said Colleen Lantz, a member of the Washington highway safety
organization. She nominated Evans for the award, under the Citizens
Division. 'He has really made the rodeos a big success,' she said..."

Source:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleyindependent/news/s_113929.html
Archive search: http://library.triblive.com/
Cost: No
Title: "Evans honored for effort to promote bicycle safety"
Author: Jeff Oliver
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GATANGA (INDIA) YOUTH RIDES FOR PEACE

-> According to a Jan. 24th Express News Service story from Ahmedabad,
India, "Driven by the growing militancy and disturbances in the
country, 18-year-old Manas Naren Bohra of Gatanga village in Sonipur
district of Assam has set out on a bicycle tour to spread the message
of peace and universal brotherhood. Bohra began the expedition on
September 10 without the help of his parents or relatives. 'I set out
with Rs 4,000 given by jawans of the Army camp near my village. Later,
I received help from people on the way,' informs Bohra..."

Source: http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=41939
Archive search: http://cities.expressindia.com/archive.html
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle tour to spread the message of peace"
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GEORGIANS BLAST STATE DOT ON BIKE, PED ISSUES

-> According to a Jan. 29th story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
"The relationship between the State Department of Transportation and
Georgia's bicycling and pedestrian communities is very similar to our
recent weather: Chilly at best, often quite cold, and sometimes even
icy. At a meeting Monday of DOT's State Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
Committee, the two sides couldn't even agree on how long it's been
since they last met. The DOT says it's been about a year. The bikers
and pedestrians say it's been two and a half years.

"'We knew it was going to be a barbecue,' said Joy Still, DOT's special
projects branch chief, after the smoke cleared and DOT had committed to
biannual get-togethers.

"Bikers aren't happy about DOT's new standards for rumble strips, those
indentations milled near the edge of the road that are designed to wake
slumbering or distracted motorists. Many contractors, they claimed,
aren't leaving the proper gaps, making cycling difficult to impossible.
Pedestrians aren't happy about the amount of money being spent on
sidewalks and the DOT's alleged inattention to painting and maintaining
adequate crosswalks. And those are just the most discussed issues..."

Source: http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/0103/29ranger.html
Archive search: http://stacks.ajc.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Walkers, cyclists push DOT for safer roads"
Author: Joey Ledford
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PETERSBURG (VA) LANDMARKS TRAIL SYSTEM IN WORKS

-> According to a Jan. 28th story in the Petersburg Progress-Index.
"Closer, closer, closer, Dinwiddie County is inching toward
establishing a trail system that will link historic Civil War battle
sites and other landmarks. Starting in 1999, the county has
methodically worked on the project, securing grant money, gathering
input from residents, paying consultants to advise and educate about
developing the network of trails.

"When residents were asked to choose between two trail concepts, they
opted for neither. Combine the two, they said, and the county has taken
that advice. Dinwiddie is making the transition from totally rural to
mostly rural with some elements of suburbia. And when it comes to
recreation and preservation of greenways, the direction this project is
progressing demonstrates that county folk want to do it right. It's
important that the county continues in the same direction with this and
similar projects. Urban sprawl has a way of sneaking up on communities,
reducing or eliminating recreation space and wildlife habitat..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2271&dept_id=462943&newsid=6847922&PAG=461&rfi=9
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2271&dept_id=462943&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "On foot, horseback or bicycle, trail system looks mighty fine"
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TAMMANY TRACE BRINGS CYCLISTS TO LOUISIANA

-> According to a Jan. 24th story in the Baton Rouge Advocate, ,"When
local officials begin laying out their strategies for attracting more
tourists, they rarely focus on the potential of bike paths. The success
enjoyed by Louisiana towns on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain in
attracting visitors to the Tammany Trace suggests that bike paths
should be taken more seriously.

"Lisa Pratt, St. Tammany Parish's trace director, estimated the
10-year-old bike path, created out of a former railroad line, draws
10,000 users per month, even during the winter. 'Thousands have
discovered Abita Springs again as a tourist center because of the
trace,' Mayor Louis Fitzmorris said during a recent meeting to discuss
the next phase of the bike path..."

Source: http://www.theadvocate.com/stories/012403/opi_edi2001.shtml
Archive search: http://www.theadvocate.com/search.shtml
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle paths enhance cities"
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MOTORSPORTS DIV. DRIVES BIKE MAKER CANNONDALE TO CHAPT. 11

-> According to a Jan. 28th story in the Johnstown (PA)
Tribune-Democrat, "Cannondale Corp., once considered among the premier
mountain bike manufacturers in the country, said yesterday it will file
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. The company did not pay its
employees Friday, and stock trading was halted yesterday. In a
statement, Cannondale executives said the financial problems stem from
the company's motorsport division, which has been in operation at
Bedford Business Park, Business Route 220 at Cessna. The bankruptcy,
which protects Cannondale from its creditors while it reorganizes, is
expected to be filed in Connecticut. The company's headquarters are in
Bethel, Conn.

"Company executives said late yesterday that Cannondale's largest
lenders, CIT/Business Credit and Pegasus Partners II, have agreed to
provide interim financing to give company operating money to pay for
supplies and employee debt. Cannondale will sell substantially all of
its assets to Pegasus, subject to better and higher offers and court
approval, executives said yesterday. Under the agreement Pegasus will
run the bicycle business with current management. In a separate
transaction, Pegasus is expected to purchase the motorsports assets
while Cannondale works with potential buyers interested in one or both
of the businesses. Cannondale said it will be able to pay vendors for
goods and services received after the filing..."

Source:
http://www.tribune-democrat.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=6842814&BRD=2332&PAG=461&dept_id=484742&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.tribune-democrat.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2332&dept_id=484742&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle maker in bind Cannondale files for bankruptcy"
Author: Kathy Mellott
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MENLO PARK (CA) PONDERS FATE OF MEDIAN ISLANDS

-> According to a Jan. 29th story in the Menlo Park Almanac, "What to
do with the concrete median islands and bulb-outs that remain on Santa
Cruz Avenue's west-of-downtown stretch? After six months of living with
those and other changes that were part of last year's controversial
traffic-calming project, the Menlo Park City Council is set to consider
two partially conflicting recommendations at its January 28 meeting,
which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St.

"The city staff's recommendation, released last week, suggests removing
the concrete islands in the center of Santa Cruz Avenue, at Arbor Road
and Lemon, Olive and Johnson streets. The city's Bicycle and
Transportation commissions, on the other hand, unanimously recommended
last month to keep all of the islands..."

Source: http://www.calmanac.com/thisweek/2003_01_29.mpcruza.html
Archive search: use "search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Santa Cruz 'traffic calming': six-month trial ends"
Author: Pam Smith
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SEATTLE PICKS MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAFFIC CIRCLES

-> Recently, the City of Seattle set up an awards program for the most
attractive landscaped traffic circles in town. More recently, they
announced the winners, who "were given a watering-can trophy engraved
with the category and the intersection, as well as yellow signs
neighbors can erect to acknowledge the prize," according to an article
in the Seattle Times.

For the rest of the Times article go to the source link below. For more
on the traffic circle contest winners (along with photos of their
circles!), go to the link at the bottom.

Source:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134544880_bumper29m0.html
Archive search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/web/
Cost: No
Title: "City rewards street beauty in the round"
Authors: Susan Gilmore and Bobbi Nodell

Traffic Circle Contest Winners
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/tcgwinners.htm
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SEGWAY KNEE-CAPS OFFICER, GETS AWAY

-> According to a May 3, 2002 article, found in the bowels of the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution archives "The heralded Segway has claimed
its first Atlanta victim. A member of the Central Atlanta Progress
Ambassador Force toppled from one of the personal scooters on Cone
Street near Luckie Street about 8:40 p.m. Thursday. The officer, whose
name was not released, injured his knee going up a driveway onto the
sidewalk, said Atlanta Police Sgt. Michael Giugliano. He was taken to
Grady Hospital..."

Source: http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/0502/03segway.html
Archive search: http://stacks.ajc.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Segway hits bump in its progress"
Author: Andy Kjellgren


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

CORRECTION

-> In the last issue, we forgot the link to one of the resources,
"CYCLING SAFELY BY EXPERIENCE," subtitled: "Training School Children in
Eberg Traffic Course." Here's a link:

http://www.flux.teksam.ruc.dk/FLUX_UK/ChildrenMob/Download/9_Velo-Eberg_Traffic_Course_Kbenhavn_May02.pdf
A workbook is also available at:
http://www.flux.teksam.ruc.dk/FLUX_UK/ChildrenMob/2002%20workshop/workbook.pdf

-> "LIABILITY ASPECTS OF BIKEWAY DESIGNATION"
1986 FHWA Report by John English, done through the NCBW; now online at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/bicycling/design_guide/bike_design_guide_index.htm

-> "PROFITABLE WALKING AND CYCLE TRACK NETWORKS"
"A cost-benefit analysis of completing walking and cycling track
networks in three Norwegian cities shows a benefit of at least four to
five times the cost. The analyses include health effects and external
costs of road traffic." Nordic Road Transport Research; No. 2, 2002;
Institute of Transportation Economics.
http://www.vti.se/nordic/2-02mapp/cycle.htm

-> "DOWNTOWN STREETS"
Subtitled "Are We Strangling Ourselves on One-Way Networks?" By G.
Wadewalker, Walter M. Kulash, Brian T. Mchugh of Glatting Jackson
Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart, Inc.
http://nationalacademies.org/trb/publications/ec019/ec019_f2.pdf

-> "EXPERIENCES GAINED FROM THE LOCAL 'CYCLE HELMET LAW'"
"A political - not legal - resolution concerning cycle helmets
attracted great interest by the media, especially during the first six
months after the introduction of the law. The name 'helmet law'
presumably played an important part in this connection." Nordic Road
Transport Research; No. 2, 2002; Institute of Transportation Economics.
http://www.vti.se/nordic/1-02mapp/helmet1.htm

-> "GROWING UP IN AN URBANISING WORLD"
UNESCO report of an eight-nation project re: kids in low-income
neighborhoods in industrialized and developing worlds. UNESCO
Publishing / Earthscan 2002; price: 29,73 Euros.
http://www.UNESCO.org/most/guic/guicpubframes.htm

-> "CREATING BETTER CITIES WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH"
Subtitled "A Manual for Participation;" by David Driskell, in
collaboration with members of the Growing Up in Cities Project; UNESCO
Publishing / Earthscan Publications; 2002; 30 Euros.
http://www.UNESCO.org/most/guic/guicpubframes.htm


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, 2003, Conference on Cycling and Health, Nottingham, UK. Info:
Lynn Cooper, Conference Secretary, Institute of Urban Planning, School
of the Built Environment, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK;
phone: (0115) 951 4132; fax: (0115) 951 3159; email:
<Lynn.Cooper@nottingham.ac.uk>

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

April 3-4, 2003, America Moves: building livable communities through
physical activity and partnerships, Mesa, AZ. Info: Brian Fellows, City
of Mesa; phone: (480) 644-3824; email: <brian.fellows@cityofmesa.org>
http://www.cityofmesa.org/citymgt/america_moves

April 3-5, 2003, Montana State Trails Conference, Butte MT. Info: Bob
Walker, MT Fish Wildlife & Parks; phone: (406) 444-4585; e-mail:
<bwalker@ state.mt.us>
http://www.fwp.state.mt.us

April 30, 2003, Real Intersection Design session at Walk21 Conference,
Portland OR. Info: Michael King; phone: (718) 625-4121; email:
<RID@trafficcalmer.com>
http://www.apbp.org

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/call_for.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

August 24, 2003, Real Intersection Design session at ITE Conference,
Seattle WA. Info: Michael King; phone: (718) 625-4121; email:
<RID@trafficcalmer.com>
http://www.apbp.org

September 21-24, 2003, , Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference,
Indianapolis IN. Info: Steve Morris, Indiana Department of Natural
Resources; phone: (317) 232-4751; email: <smorris@dnr.state.in.us>
http://www.indygreenways.org/conference/index.html

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>.
http://www.velo-city2003.com


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

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- WALK SAN FRANCISCO
Walk San Francisco, an influential and growing pedestrian advocacy
non-profit organization, seeks a talented, self directed, organized
person for a full-time Executive Director position. The Executive
Director will be responsible for furthering our goal of improving
pedestrian conditions in San Francisco by working with City government
and with the general public. Due to the growing clout of Walk San
Francisco, this position is a rare opportunity for someone to have a
significant influence on pedestrian and transportation related issues
in San Francisco. Application Deadline: February 3rd, 2003. A full
description of the position is available online at:
http://www.walkSF.org/ed

-> JOB -- PROJECT COORDINATOR -- VOORHEES TRANS. POLICY INST.
Department: Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute; Division: Edward
J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University,
New Brunswick, NJ. Job Description: Reports to the Senior Project
Manager. Responsible for coordinating the management of projects
related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation policy issues,
conducting research and preparing project-related reports, memoranda
and other written materials, interacting with external constituents via
briefings, correspondence and outreach meetings, and coordinating the
development and maintenance of resource libraries and project websites.

Job Requirements: Requires a master's degree in urban and regional
planning, public policy or related field and approximately three years
of policy-related research and writing experience. Also requires
excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to prepare
and conduct presentations, and demonstrated ability to work with
community constituents with a high level of sensitivity and diplomacy.
Knowledge of a wide range of federal and state laws concerning
transportation issues and in pedestrian and bicycle project design,
implementation, funding, engineering and advocacy is preferred.

Salary Range

$43,715 - $59,899. Send Resume to: Sharon Roerty,
Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute; Rutgers, The State University
of New Jersey, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1981;
e-mail: <szroerty@rci.rutgers.edu>; fax: (732) 932-3714

-> 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., FL.
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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