Issue #64 Friday, February 14, 2003
CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for
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|Centerlines -- What Do You Like, What Don't You Like?|
|Sidewalks = Auto Recovery Zones?|
|Rep. Blumenauer's Bike-Friendly Capitol Proposal|
|Cambridge (MA) to Host Apbp Seminars|
|HHS' Tommy Thompson's Promotes Healthy Communities|
|Canadian Group's New Bike-to-Work Campaign Model|
|Thunderhead Alliance Distributes SR2S Toolkits|
|EPA Announces New Community-Based Initiatives Guide|
|New Urban Street Design Phone Conference Coming|
|Biking, Walking Key to "Healthy Maine Partnerships"|
|Flashing Crosswalk Lights Now Snowplow-Resistant|
|PennDOT Discontinues Share the Road Envelope Use|
|Speed Cameras Cut Deaths & Injuries, UK Study Says|
|CT Pedestrian Safety Bill Pending|
|'World Transport Policy & Practice' on Sustainability|
|Pedestrian/Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool Beta Testing|
|South San Francisco's Bart Line to Get Bike/Ped Path|
|Can Towns Ban Bikes from Streets?|
|Breast Cancer Less Likely in Cyclists|
|Milwaukee's $50 Million Viaduct Connects Neighborhoods|
|Winona (MN) Starts Bike Program For Troubled Teens|
|Plumsted (NJ) Gets $100,000 Safe Routes To School Grant|
|More Bike Helmets on Nevadan Heads in 2002|
|Illinois Finance Crunch May Halt Bike/Ped Bridge|
|Park City (UT) Seeks Answers to Ped Safety Problems|
|Critical Mass Sues Berkeley (CA) Police|
|Fortuna (CA) Adopts Bike Plan|
|Practicing Bike Safety on Colorado State Univ. Campus|
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-> A recent "Notebook" item in Governing magazine asks, "What are
sidewalks for? If you think they are for pedestrians to walk safely,
then welcome to Atlanta, where the state Department of Transportation
considers them to be 'auto recovery zones.' As the DOT sees it, the
sidewalk is a buffer, so if a driver veers off the road while talking
on his cell phone, he has a chance to yank the car back on the road.
"This startling piece of information came out when a developer tried to
get the DOT's permission to plant trees between his development's
sidewalks and the street, to give the walkways a shaded appearance.
Absolutely not, the DOT said. If a car hit a tree, one official said,
it would surely hurt the car. But if a car roars up on a sidewalk,
there's a chance it won't hit any pedestrians..."
Comment: From a non-DOT perspective, street trees might well be called
"Pedestrian Protection Devices" intended to stop motorists' runaway
cars before they kill someone on foot. At least at urban speeds, a
motorist is more likely to live through a collision with a tree than a
pedestrian is to live after being run down by a careening car. -JW
To see the rest of the commentary, go to:
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-> According to a Feb. 13th news release, "The U.S. House of
Representatives is expected to approve tonight legislation wrapping up
months of debate over funding for the federal government for fiscal
year 2003. Included in the massive Omnibus Appropriations bill for
Fiscal Year 2003, is language championed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer
(D-Ore.) to improve conditions for bicyclists in and around the U.S.
"'Bicyclists are an indicator species for livable communities, so it's
important that we do what we can to provide safe and convenient
routes,' said Blumenauer. 'I applaud my colleagues for ensuring that we
will work together with the District of Columbia in the coming year to
improve conditions for bicyclists.' The bill to be considered tonight,
directs the Capitol Police and Architect of the Capitol to coordinate
with the District Department of Transportation to 'create safe routes
for bicyclists in and around the Capitol grounds in a manner that
encourages bicycling without sacrificing security concerns.'
"In the wake of September 11, 2001, security concerns led to the
posting of signs prohibiting bicyclists on Capitol grounds. The Capitol
grounds have for years been an important link to Capitol Hill, the
National Mall, and downtown for thousands of commuting and recreational
bicyclists. As the founder of the Congressional Bike Caucus, which
enjoys the bi-partisan support of over 100 Members of Congress,
Congressman Blumenauer has been an active spokesman for bicycling. He
commutes by bike daily to his Capitol Hill office and often conquers
local traffic congestion by biking to meetings throughout the downtown
area. The bill is expected to be approved tonight by the House and is
scheduled to be considered by the Senate tomorrow and subsequently
signed into law by the President."
For more information, contact: Kathie Eastman (503) 231-2300
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-> Andy Clarke recently sent us a copy of the announcement for the
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals' 3rd Professional
Development Seminar Series. To be held June 22-24, 2003, in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, the seminar features a variety of workshops and field
trips on topics like: accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians at
roundabouts; development, redevelopment, and zoning; making signals
work for bicyclists and pedestrians; and context sensitive design. And
there's plenty to see in the Cambridge area, in terms of pedestrian and
bicycle work, traffic calming, etc. Not to mention all the great
Costs are $200 for apbp members and $250 for non-members (if received
by May 30). They also offer day rates and banquet tickets. For more
information, download the announcement from their website at:
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-> In a Jan. 24th speech before the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter
Meeting, Secretary Tommy Thompson of the Department of Health and Human
Services introduced his "Steps to a Healthier U.S." initiative in this
"One initiative that I'm particularly excited about - and not just
because it was my idea - is the $125 million 'Steps to a Healthier
U.S.' initiative to prevent diabetes, obesity and asthma by promoting
community-based healthier lifestyles. That means we're going to be
working with you, the mayors and communities, to support community
prevention efforts, encouraging healthier lifestyles for hundreds of
thousands of Americans. We will provide grants to you, on a competitive
basis, to develop innovative techniques to reduce chronic diseases in
your communities - literally to create a healthier society. Healthier
families. Happier people. And, yes, lower health costs. It's all part
of our campaign to make prevention a centerpiece of American health
care. Why not make a healthy investment up front to keep people from
getting sick in the first place?
"Why is this important? Consider that more than 108 million adults are
either obese or overweight. 19.8 percent of Americans were obese or
overweight in 2000 - and the proportion rose to nearly 21 percent in
2001. Obesity and overweight cost our nation $117 billion a year in
direct and indirect costs, and roughly 300,000 Americans die each year
due to weight-related illnesses. And being overweight or obese leads to
additional complications, such as diabetes - a scourge that is hurting
far too many Americans. 17 million have diabetes, and 16 million have
pre-diabetes. Each year, there are 1 million new cases and 200,000
people die from this awful disease. My friends, we can do something
about this. And we will."
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-> David Cubberley of the Greater Victoria Bike To Work Society (BTWS)
from Victoria, British Columbia, recently sent us a copy of the
organization's "Behaviour Change Model for Bike To Work Week
Campaigns," which is intended to "lay the foundation for an action plan
to increase cycling in Canada." The proposal says, in part "Past
efforts to induce conversion to cycling using a promotional campaign
known as Bike To Work Week have enjoyed limited success. The Bike To
Work Society has redesigned the original BTWW campaign, using team
formation, peer example, employer endorsement and access to skill
development to enable behaviour change and effectively expand commuter
"The model has been refined and its reach increased for five years,
achieving a record of 304 teams and over 3500 riders in 2002.The
Society proposes federal government support for a three-year process to
template the Victoria model for transfer to other cities, to help
address the related challenges of declining fitness and spiralling
emissions.The proposal responds to Canada?s obligations under the Kyoto
Protocol and to a call for a national action plan flowing from Health
Canada's 1998 National Survey on Active Transportation. A synopsis of
the model's key features and support programs is provided.A detailed
project and budget proposal will be developed in response to
expressions of interest."
Cubberley may be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. And a pdf of the
proposal may be downloaded from BTWS' website at:
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-> According to a Feb. 4th news release, "Thunderhead Alliance and the
Marin County Bicycle Coalition are pleased to announce the release of a
new 'Safe Routes to School Toolkit.' The publication is available over
the web, or as a free booklet through the Thunderhead Alliance. This
distribution is just one component of Thunderhead's National Safe
Routes to Schools Program which was launched last October with a
$20,000 donation from Interbike at their annual trade show in Las Vegas.
"The 'Safe Routes to School Toolkit' is a step-by-step guidebook for
how to get more children walking and biking to schools safely. Produced
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration free of charge,
the Toolkit includes sections on promoting the program, creating safer
streets, and integrating curriculum with physical education classes.
State and local bicycle advocacy organizations, parents, teachers,
school administration and city officials will all find valuable
information on how to start and maintain a Safe Routes to School
program in their community.
"The Toolkit was developed by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition's
(MCBC) Safe Routes to Schools program and is available at:
To order a hard copy, contact: Sue Knaup, Thunderhead Alliance's
executive director, at <email@example.com> or (928) 541-9841.
Their website is at:
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-> According to a recent note from Amy Sheridan, "The USEPA's
'Community Culture and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a
Sense of Place' is available for ordering. The Guide explores the
concepts of community and culture and provides tools for identifying,
assessing, and working cooperatively within the social dynamics and
local values connected to environmental protection. These tools will
help you define your community, identify stakeholders, enhance
education and outreach, build partnerships and consensus, identify
resources, plan and set goals, and integrate local realities with
ecological issues. The Guide is designed for people involved in
community-based initiatives, including those affiliated with community
and watershed-based organizations, universities, and federal, state,
tribal, and local agencies."
For more information about the Guide or Community Culture and the
Environment trainings, send an email to <CCEinfo@tetratech-ffx.com> or
call (410) 356-8993. The guide may be ordered freeby calling (800)
490-9198; or by visiting:
The publication number is EPA 842-B-01-003. A brief introduction can be
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We recently received a news release from the New Urban News outlining
their upcoming 90-minute interactive audio conference, "Context-Driven
Street Design." It's scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th at 2pm (EST).
Led by the high-powered group of Peter Swift, Rick Hall, and Rick
Chellman, the session is intended to teach participants how to "design
streets that are both pedestrian-friendly and auto-efficient." Joining
the conference costs $175 per phone line. The conference transcript,
audio tape, and learning materials cost $135. Both together cost $265.
You can contact the sponsor, New Urban News, via email at:
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; by phone at: (607) 275-3087; or by fax at:
(607) 272-2685. Or visit the website at:
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-> According to a recent note from Jeff Miller of the Bicycle Coalition
of Maine, "In Maine, a good chunk of the tobacco settlement funding is
going into the 'Healthy Maine Partnerships' who are charged amongst
other things, to change the environment to encourage physical activity
including the promotion of bicycling and walking. One of the specific
goals they are charged with is to help form local bicycle and
pedestrian advisory committees. Many are just now getting into this
and we are working with a couple of these regional organizations. These
are mostly health education professionals who don't know much at all
about how DOT works. Between this relationship and our membership base
they are finding us to be a great resource and partner as we are enjoying
all the benefits they bring to the table including data, health
angle, credibility, and other networks. It is still all pretty new for
us..." A general website for the programs can be found at:
For more information on the BCM, contact Jeff at <email@example.com> or
visit their website at:
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-> According to LightGuard Systems' website, the company now makes a
"snowplow resistant in-roadway warning signal" designed for use in the
Snow Belt. Their lighting system is installed in the pavement surface
and flashes when a pedestrian pushes a button. The snowplow resistant
version "is made using high-strength impact resistant metal alloy, and
is designed to be self-cleaning and debris free. The circular design
allows for snowplow blade impact resistance from any direction . It is
mounted onto a metal baseplate approximately 1 inch deep into the
roadway and extends approximately 0.5 inches above the roadway surface.
The design also allows for easy signal head access."
For more info, go to:
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-> According to a recent news release from Pennsylvania's Bicycle
Access Council, "In a letter dated December 27, 2002, PENNDOT Deputy
Secretary Betty Serian informed the Bicycle Access Council that the
Department will no longer feature the Share-The-Road (STR) logo on all
renewal envelopes. It will be replaced by a new slogan highlighting
recent legislation for Work Zone Safety. Current supplies of the STR
style will be exhausted sometime in January 2003.
"'While Pennsylvania Bicyclists may be disappointed to see the STR
replaced, it was a proud achievement to have PENNDOT grant our request
in the first place,' says BAC Executive Director Joe Stafford. In
nearly a year's time, almost 12 million STR logos were mailed to
Pennsylvania licensed drivers and owners of registered vehicles."
For more information on BAC's work, go to:
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-> According to a recently completed evaluation of "red-light cameras,"
the UK's Department for Transport reported that deaths and serious
injuries fell by 35% on roads where speed cameras have been in
operation. The evaluation looked at "a two-year pilot scheme in which
eight areas were allowed to reinvest some of the money derived from
speeding fines to the installation of more cameras and increased camera
use." For more information, go to:
To read the agency news release, go to:
To download the study, "A cost recovery system for speed and red-light
cameras: two year pilot evaluation," click on the following link (1.4mb
For general speed camera information, visit:
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-> According to an article in the Feb. 3rd issue of the Tri-State
Transportation Campaign's Mobilizing the Region newsletter, "The
[Connecticut] legislature's transportation committee will soon schedule
a hearing to consider a bill to fund 'safe routes to school' projects
throughout the state. Cities and towns have worked with the CT Bicycle
Coalition over the last several years to plan sidewalk, traffic calming
and bikeway improvements between residential neighborhoods and school
sites. However, ConnDOT has provided little funding for identified
improvements. The bill, PHB 5687, would designate 15% of the federal
'hazard elimination' funds ConnDOT receives from the FHWA for a safe
routes to school funding program. A similar bill was introduced but not
enacted last year.
"The Bicycle Coalition has publicized the fact that pedestrian
fatalities make up an average of 16% of all of our motor
vehicle-related deaths in Connecticut, and argues that the bill would
begin to redress a public safety issue that state government ignores.
The proposed legislation is supported by CT Safe Kids, CT Chapter of
the American Planning Association and Transportation Choices Coalition
of CT (of which the Tri-State Campaign is a member). It is sponsored by
Rep. Tim O'Brien of New Britain and co-sponsored by Dep. Minority
Leader Brian Flaherty..."
More information on the effort is available at the following address
(follow the "programs" link):
TSTC's newsletter may be seen at:
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Recently, Pascal Desmond sent us a note to say that Volume 8, Number 3,
2002 & Volume 8, Number 4, 2002 of World Transport Policy & Practice
are now available at the web address shown below. The first issue
focuses on the work of the Institute for Sustainability &
Technology Policy at Murdoch University in Western Australia. A couple
of the articles of particular interest are a piece on the Millennium
Cities Database for Sustainable Transport and the International
Sourcebook of Automobile Dependence in Cities. The second issue deals
with urban transport in a global sample of cities and travel demand
management in contributions from authors Jeff Kenworthy and Felix
Laube. There's plenty more of interest in this FREE pdf journal
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-> This just in from the transportation Research Board: "The National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted a report describing
the beta testing of a computer-based tool designed to assist in
pedestrian and bicycle crash analysis and countermeasure selection."
For more information, go to:
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"I went to do research [in Copenhagen] because it was well known as one
of the places that had the most highly elaborated sets of rules and
regulations regarding citizen input into the city planning...
"It was only after getting the entire story of how this legislation had
evolved and what the meaning of each of the statutes was, that I was
finally able to pose the question of what plans had been changed and
modified over the years as a result of this citizen input. The answer
was 'none.' There had never - over all of those years - been any change
or revision in any plan despite this elaborate process of
participation. As it turned out, there was no stipulation that the
planners had to be responsive to people's comments..."
"Citizen Participation in City Planning and Development" (The
Mega-Cities Project Publication MCP-004); by Janice E. Perlman
-> According to a Feb. 13th story in the San Mateo County Times, "After
several years of planning, the [South San Francisco] Council
unanimously approved the master plan Wednesday night for a narrow 2.85
mile-long park above the tracks connecting the new South San Francisco
BART station with the San Bruno station. Officials hope the project
will beautify the corridor and encourage even more commuters to use the
new BART station when it opens this spring. The city has plans for a
transit village near the BART station, and officials hope the
50-foot-wide park will help create a pedestrian-oriented city center.
"The park will cost about $6.4 million, according to the architect's
report. A $75,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
funded the park plans and an extensive community outreach. The park
was part of the original agreement between BART and the city when the
City Council approved the new stop in 1997. Under it, BART will pay for
the park's 8- to 10-foot-wide pedestrian/bike trail, expected to cost
about $1.5 million. The rest of the park is the city's
Title: "Linear park to give BART bikers new access"
Author: Emily Fancher
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-> In response to a question from a reader about whether a town may
restrict bicycle use on public roads, Robert Mionske, JD, replied in
his Feb. 13th "Legally Speaking" column on the InsideTriathlon.com
website, "You raise one of the most frequently asked questions in
cycling. Unfortunately, the answer varies widely from state to state,
and many of the foundation cases in this subject are over a century old!
"Let's start with the general law that applies to your query and work
our way to your specific situation. While the courts have long
recognized a Constitutional right to travel, they have not recognized a
protected right to travel by a particular mode. One exception was the
Kansas Supreme Court, which threw out a citywide cycling ban in 1890,
Archive search: use "search" window
Title: "Legally Speaking - with Bob Mionske"
Author: Robert Mionske, JD
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-> According to a Feb. 10th BBC New World Edition story, "Women who
cycle regularly appear to be at reduced risk of developing breast
cancer, research has found. Just three hours of moderately intensive
cycling a week is linked to a 34% reduction in risk, they found. German
researchers found the benefits of cycling appeared to increase the more
"Previous research has suggested exercise can reduce cancer risk. This
study suggests cycling could have particular benefits. But the
researchers admit this could be partly because those questioned had a
better recall of bike riding compared to other forms of exercise..."
Archive search: Use "search" window
Title: "Breast cancer less likely in cyclists"
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-> According to a Feb. 13th Marquette Tribune story, "[Milwaukee] City
officials hope a reopened Sixth Street Viaduct will -- after 16 months
of construction -- effectively reopen some of Milwaukee's
neighborhoods. 'The Menomonee Valley was the heart of this city for 100
years, the place where everyone used to go to work,' said Lilith
Fowler, director of City Development and head of the Menomonee Valley
Project. 'Unfortunately, however, it has deteriorated. This bridge
opens up a whole new part of the city that Milwaukeeans have never had
access to before.' The new Sixth Street Viaduct -- opened on Sept. 4.
-- links the downtown area with the Menomonee River Valley and
Milwaukee's south side by spanning the Menomonee River and the South
Menomonee River Canal. Construction on the $50 million bridge began in
earnest in May 2001, when the old viaduct was closed to traffic...
"The viaduct is 80 feet wide, with four lanes of traffic and two
bicycle lanes and sidewalks. Before the construction, access to the
valley had been limited to a series of pedestrian ramps and stairways
on the old viaduct. 'Instead of the standard highway-style span that
was first envisioned for the site, we have a beautiful landmark and a
powerful economic connector for nearby neighborhoods,' Mayor John
Norquist said in a press release. 'It truly is a gateway to Walker's
Point with its vital array of restaurants and small businesses, as well
as the Menomonee Valley, where we expect the new intersection to
attract high-value development, much like we've seen downtown and in
the Third Ward.'..."
Archive search: http://18.104.22.168:8000/tribune/simplesearch.jsp
Title: "Sixth street Viaduct open"
Author: Tom Blair
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-> According to a Feb. 13th story in the Winona Daily News, "The teens
in trouble worked diligently on the used bicycles Wednesday afternoon,
polishing the chrome until it gleamed. Kolter Bicycle & Fitness Inc.
owner Tim Theis showed a 14-year-old boy how to put a tire on a rim. In
addition to completing their community service time for offenses, the
teens are giving back to the community, said Joyce Kaczorowski, Winona
County restorative justice coordinator. The repaired bikes are given to
kids who are unable to afford their own.
"'The kids feel good about it - that they are doing something for
somebody else,' Kaczorowski said. The teens work on the donated bikes
at the bike shop, 400 Mankato Ave., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. 'We
have two bikes that have a home already,' Kaczorowski said. Winona
State University volunteers help the teens.
"The teens also do afternoon community service work at Winona Volunteer
Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Winona ORC Industries.
Most of the participants are ages of 12 to 16. The repairs are overseen
by Theis and his son, Lincoln. 'We teach them just about everything
that needs to be done,' Tim Theis said. 'I try to keep my hands off as
much as possible. I enjoy watching the kids try something they haven't
Archive search: http://www.winonadailynews.com/?search
Title: "Teens learn lesson at bike shop"
Author: Margie Cady
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-> According to a Feb. 13th Messenger-Press story from Plumsted
Township, New Jersey, "The Township Committee has been notified by the
acting commissioner of transportation, Jack Lettiere, that Plumsted's
grant application to the 'Local Aid For Pedestrian Safety Programs' has
been approved in the amount of $100,000. The pedestrian safety program
had 242 applications from municipalities across the state totaling more
than $42 million for the $5 million available. Plumsted was one of only
42 municipalities statewide to be awarded the grant, which will provide
$100,000 to construct sidewalks within walking distance to our schools
for the children.
"During times of state deficits, Plumsted is extremely fortunate to
continue receiving significant grants of this nature and we thank our
state Sen. Bob Singer and Assemblyman Malone for all their assistance.
The Township Committee would also like to thank the Board of Education
for supporting our grant application. This award is another example of
the positive results of representatives from the Board of Education and
Township Committee meeting at least quarterly and working together to
improve the community..."
Title: "Plumsted gets pedestrian safety grant "
Author: Ron Dancer [Mayor of Plumsted Township]
For more information on the New Jersey State pedestrian safety grant
program go to:
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-> According to a Feb. 11th story on KOLO-TV in Reno, "A study by a
state office has shown that more Nevadans are wearing bicycle helmets
recently and those at Tahoe ride safer. The Nevada Office of Traffic
Safety (NOTS) has announced that the percentage of bicyclists wearing
helmets rose in 2002 to 19.2%, up from 17.2% the previous year.
"The study was conducted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas under a
grant from NOTS. The survey was performed by having observers in
selected sites throughout the state watch traffic, specifically for
bicyclists. Out of 1000 bike riders observed, 192 were wearing helmets
Archive search: use "search" window
Title: "More Nevadans Wear Bike Helmets In 2002"
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-> According to a Feb. 12th story in the Sauk Valley (IL) Newspaper,
"The state's dire finances may put a damper on construction of a
bicycle bridge over the new Sinnissippi Dam. 'We don't know what the
governor is going to do. He has got some real financial problems,'
Coloma Township Park District Executive Director Mike Sterba told the
park board Tuesday night. Plans are to construct a $1.3 million bicycle
path over the bridge linking the Sterling and Rock Falls riverfronts.
"The bridge was supposed to have been part of the $10.5 million
Sinnissippi Dam, but it was shelved when bids came in too high for the
dam. Sterba said he hopes the bridge funds stay in place at the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources and not be used by Gov. Rod
Blagojevich for something else. The state says the project is still
alive, and it could be let out for bid this summer, but Sterba has
doubts because of the state's financial condition..."
Archive search: http://ww2.saukvalley.com/search/search.bsp
Title: "Finances may put a hold on bridge"
Author: Paul Gale
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-> According to a Feb. 10th Salt Lake Tribune story, "Reeling from
separate auto-pedestrian accidents that in one week left one person
dead and one seriously injured, Park City officials are seeking ways to
get motorists to slow down in the resort town that bills itself as
friendly to foot traffic. With the death last week of Fawn Hughes, 46,
of Park City, and a second accident that injured Anna Bussmann, 19, of
Curitiba, Brazil, City Councilwoman Peg Bodell is pressing for
increased law enforcement as well as more signs and crosswalks.
"'We keep saying we're pedestrian-friendly, but we don't take action to
back that up,' Bodell said. The councilwoman said she would like more
'traffic-calming devices' and flashing lights for crosswalks. The city
has placed orange pedestrian flags at the intersection of Bonanza and
Iron Horse drives. But Bodell also wants more citations issued. 'Our
enforcement is lacking in the worst way,' she said. Park City's
speeding problems have increased during the past decade along with the
town's popularity and growth. While there has been plenty of discussion
about speeding in recent years, the municipality has not been
aggressive enough in finding solutions, Bodell contended..."
Archive search: http://www.tribaccess.com/
"Park City's Reputation as Pedestrian Friendly Tarnished by Recent Accidents"
Author: Christopher Smart
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-> According to a Feb. 3rd AP story filed in Berkeley, "Members of a
controversial group that promotes bicycle use across the country are
suing the police here - a liberal college town where people love to
boast about their use of alternative transportation. Riders from
Critical Mass, which organizes huge group bicycle rides that often
close city streets to frustrated motorists, have filed four suits in
U.S. District Court. The Critical Mass members allege that during
protest rides in 2000 and 2001, police used excessive force, made
improper arrests and wrongly seized property.
"Berkeley police officials and the city attorney declined to comment on
the lawsuits, which seek damages ranging from $50,000 to $8 million.
Critical Mass has staged demonstrations in more than 50 U.S. cities.
The group says its rides are a way to promote pollution-free
transportation and protest the American love affair with
pollution-spewing cars. But the events occasionally turn into shouting
or even shoving matches between cyclists and motorists, who are often
effectively blocked from driving down city streets..."
Title: "California bicycle protesters sue police over demonstration
Author: Associated Press
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-> According to a Feb 5th story in the Eureka Times-Standard, "...the
[Fortuna City] council adopted the Regional Bicycle Facilities Plan
2000 as put together by the Humboldt County Association of Governments.
For the city to apply for grants under the state Bicycle Transportation
Account program, it must have a bicycle plan approved and in place. In
1982, the city performed some bicycle planning that resulted in the
identification of lanes, routes and parking facilities development.
"The Humboldt County Association of Governments in March of 2000
developed their regional bicycle plan, and it contained information
from Fortuna's 1982 planning sessions. The council on Monday adopted
the regional plan 'so the submission of future grant applications can
be accepted by the Department of Transportation,' a staff report
Title: "Attorney contract delayed, bike plan adopted"
Author: James Faulk
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-> According to a Feb. 3rd story in Colorado State University's Rocky
Mountain Collegian, "The Vehicular traffic, weather conditions and
pedestrians can make biking to campus a stressful commute. Practicing
safety while riding can reduce the dangers of sharing the roads,
suggests Sgt. Mike Childress, administrator of the Bicycle Education
and Enforcement Program provided by the CSU Police Department.
"'I think having a lot of buses, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians in
the same area at certain parts of the day will certainly cause a lot of
problems on any campus,' said David Hancock, a junior business major.
'That makes having enforcement, education, engineering and common
courtesy big parts of creating a safe place.' CSU's bike system is
safe, effective and one of the better ones nationwide, Childress said.
He estimates that there are over 15,000 bikes on the one-square-mile
main campus everyday..."
Title: "Safeguarding your bicycle commute to campus"
Author: Kristy Fenton
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-> According to a Feb. 5th story in the Newton Kansan, "...In three
hours and 15 minutes, on a bicycle weighted down with lead, and
breathing from a scuba tank, 53-year-old Wolfgang Kulov of Germany
pedaled 2.6 miles along the floor of the North Sea. Afterward, he said,
'At one point I had to drive around a discarded garden gnome that
someone had thrown into the water.' Apparently no one asked him what
the heck he was doing in the first place, or why. Or maybe no one
wanted to be seen talking to him..."
Archive search: http://www.thekansan.com/stories/
Title: "Call it what you want; to him, it's just 'dumb'"
Author: Mike Morton
-> "CYCLING 365"
A year-round online bicycling guide from the City of Ottawa (CA).
Topics include "Are You Ready for Cold Weather Cycling?; Benefits of
Cycling All Year; How Safe Is Winter Cycling?; Essential Clothing:
Essential Equipment; How Bad Are Ottawa Winters, Anyway?; and Further
-> "VISITOR BICYCLE USE IN YOSEMITE VALLEY"
Study by Sean A Co, Kenneth S Kurani, Thomas S Turrentine. (July 31,
2001)"Park visitors using the bicycle as transportation can help
alleviate much of the summer traffic congestion."
-> "THE IMPACT OF MODE AND MODE TRANSFERS ON COMMUTER STRESS"
Final Report (August 2000). By Richard Wener and Gary Evans, in
cooperation with New Jersey DOT.
-> "CREATING CONNECTIONS"
Subtitled "The Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails How-To Manual." By
Russ Johnson, Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
-> "FLEXIBLE DESIGN OF NEW JERSEY'S MAIN STREETS"
By the Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute for the New Jersey
Department of Transportation; Authors: Reid Ewing and Michael King.
-> "TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND AUTO OWNERSHIP"
By Daniel Baldwin Hess and Paul M. Ong, UCLA. "...strong evidence of
the impact of mixed-land use on auto ownership."
February 8-15, 2003, WTBA Trailbuilders Conference, Reno, NV. Info:
February 13-15, 2003, IMBA Advanced Trailbuilding School: Focus on
Challenging Trails, Reno, NV. Info: IMBA, 1121 Broadway Ste 203, P.O.
Box 7578, Boulder, CO 80306; phone: (303) 545-9011; fax: (303)
545-9026; email:< firstname.lastname@example.org>
February 16, 2003, ABC's of Cycling Advocacy, New Westminster, BC,
Canada. Info: Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition; email:
<email@example.com>; phone: (604) 520-7636
February 24-25, 2003, Pedestrian Design Workshops, Oak Brook and
Chicago, IL. Info: Melissa Smiley at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or (312)
February 24-26, 14th Annual International Cycle History Conference,
Canberra, Australia. Info: PO Box 498 Dickson ACT 2602; phone: 02 6247
March 5-7, 2003, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC. Info: League of
American Bicyclists; phone: (202) 822-1333; email:
March 20-22, 2003, Urbanism downunder 2003, Auckland, New Zealand.
Info: Barry Williams, Centre for Continuing Education (University of
Auckland); voice: +64 9 373-7599 extension 8903; email:
March 27, 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:
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: <email@example.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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
April 3-5, 2003, Montana State Trails Conference, Butte MT. Info: Bob
Walker, MT Fish Wildlife & Parks; phone: (406) 444-4585; e-mail:
April 6-8, 2003, Virginia Bike Walk Conference, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Info: Allen Turnbull, Director, BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203
Williamsburg, VA 23187-0188; phone: (757) 229-7969; mobile: (757)
810-3102; fax: (757)259-2372; email: <email@example.com>
April 30, 2003, Real Intersection Design session at Walk21 Conference,
Portland OR. Info: Michael King; phone: (718) 625-4121; email:
May 1-3, 2003, Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment; the Fourth
International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century, Portland, OR.
May 4, 2003, Third National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, Portland,
OR. Info: e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
May 22-24, 2003, 13th Annual Int'l Police Mountain Bike Assn
Conference, Charleston, WV. Info:
June 4-6, 2003, LAB's 2003 Bicycle Education Leaders Conference,
Portland, OR. Info: League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW,
Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006-2082; phone: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202)
8221334; e-mail: <email@example.com>
June 8-11, 2003, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference
XIII, Banff, Alberta. Info:
June 26-29, 2003, TrailLink 2003: Designing For The Future, Providence,
RI. Info: Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036.
August 3-6, 2003, Action for America's Communities, Countryside, and
Public Lands, Denver, CO. Info: Scenic Summit, P.O. BOX 3499, Boulder,
CO 80307-3499; phone: (303) 494-1246; e-mail:
August 24, 2003, Real Intersection Design session at ITE Conference,
Seattle WA. Info: Michael King; phone: (718) 625-4121; email:
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: <firstname.lastname@example.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: <email@example.com>.
-> JOBS -- ADMINISTRATOR, OUTREACH COORDINATOR, ADVOCACY ASST.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) is currently advertising to
hire qualified staff for three part-time positions (20 hours/week).
Depending on the applicant's skills, it may be possible to combine any
two of thepositions into one full- time position. Employees will work
out of our Fairfax office in Marin County, California. Detailed job
descriptions and more information about the MCBC can be found on our
website. The positions are: (1) Administrator; (2) Outreach
Coordinator; (3) Advocacy Assistant
We encourage interested persons to apply for one or more of these
openings by sending us:
We will be accepting applications until Wednesday, 2/19/03, and
anticipate scheduling interviews during the week of 2/24/03. To be
considered, applications must arrive at our office by 5 PM on
Wednesday, February 19, 2003. Out of state applicants selected for
consideration will be interviewed at the National Bicycle Summit in
Washington, DC on March 5- 7, 2003. We anticipate hiring staff during
mid-late March with start dates soon thereafter. Please send your
application packet to the attention of Deb Hubsmith, Executive
Director, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, P.O. Box 35, San Anselmo, CA
94979. You may also fax your materials to us at 415-456-9344. NO PHONE
CALLS PLEASE. Deb Hubsmith, Executive Director, Marin County Bicycle
Coalition, P.O. Box 35, San Anselmo, CA 94979; Phone: (415) 456-3469;
Fax: (415) 456-9344.
-> JOB -- PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE COORDINATOR -- CLEARWATER, FL
Position: Technical and professional level engineering and planning
work in connection with the evaluation, planning, design and
construction of sidewalks, pedestrian trails, bike trails and their
appurtenances. Employee will identify present and future hazards to
pedestrians and bicycles and will assist in the creation of a
pedestrian-bicycle friendly City. Duties will include reviewing,
analyzing and evaluating plans and specifications, preparing
cost-benefit studies, coordinating projects with the public and various
other agencies, and implementing approved pedestrian-bicycle related
programs and projects. NOTE: This is a regular full-time position with
health benefits and inclusion in the City's pension plan, partially
grant funded for the first three years then completely budgeted through
the City thereafter. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in
Engineering, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning or related field
and two (2) years of professional level experience in pedestrian and/or
bicycle transportation planning and construction preferably at the
local government level. Any equivalent combination of education,
training and experience is acceptable. Evaluation procedure: Candidates
will be evaluated based on a combination of their education, training,
and experience. Applicants must complete a Training and Experience
Questionnaire to be considered for this position. Target Entry Salary:
$39,000 - $44,000
-> 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 -- 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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