Issue #65 Friday, February 28, 2003
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|New Report Assesses State Dot's On Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning And Accommodation|
|L.I.B. Gets Bikes Belong Grant|
|Aging and Mobility Clearinghouse|
|NY Agency Closes Bridge Walkways for "Security"|
|"Steps to a Healthier U.S." Expands on HHS' Program|
|New Paper on Sustainable Transportation Planning|
|America Moves "Early Bird" Special Extended|
|"Great Streets!" Gets Even Better|
|European Bike, Ped Images for Download|
|Leadership for Active Living|
|California Bill Targets Childhood Obesity|
|Van Buren (MI) Promotes Active Community Environments|
|Tucson (AZ) Considers Downtown Path Proposal|
|Euphaula (AL) Celebrates Pedestrian-Friendly Downtown|
|EPA -- Asthma on Rise Among Children|
|Hackensack Greenway to Extend Through Dickinson Campus|
|Neighborhood Speeders Kill Kids|
|Univ of Washington Helps Fund Ped Bike Patrols|
|Advocates Lobby for Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Work|
|Albiate (IT) Mayor Bans School Buses, Kids Must Walk|
|Portland's Naito Parkway Gets Bike Lanes, Sidewalks|
|Liability Concerns Hold Up Santa Cruz (CA) Path Project|
|Buffalo (NY) Still Has Its Sidewalks|
|Los Altos (CA) Residents Push for Calming|
|Augusta, North Augusta (GA) to Link Via Ped Bridge|
|Iowa Dot and IAHPERD to Offer Safety Program|
|Gainesville (FL) Police Sting Bike Thieves|
-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking released a report on
Friday, February 28, 2003, titled "Are We There Yet? Assessing the
Performance of State Departments of Transportation on Accommodating
Bicycles and Pedestrians." This report is based on a interviews with 49 of
the state departments of transportation and the District of Columbia.
"We didn’t know what we would find when we began this study," said
NCBW executive director, Bill Wilkinson, one of the co-authors of the
report. “Thanks to the cooperation of the state DOT bicycle/pedestrian
coordinators we now have a pretty good picture of the current state of
the practice. And, we know that ‘We’re not there yet."
The study looked closely at four topics: statewide bicycle and pedestrian
plans, accommodating bicycles in state highway projects, providing
sidewalks for pedestrians in state highway projects in urban areas,
and implementing a statewide Safe Routes to School Program. The NCBW
reviewed federal legislation, regulations, polices, and guidance, as well
as the policies and recommended practices of national organizations
including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Using these
sources, a set of benchmarks was identified and used to assess the
current performance of the state DOTs.
"We asked the state DOT bicycle/pedestrian coordinators a list of
questions," said Bob Chauncey, the reports other co-author. "We used one
or more of the responses as indicators of whether or not a particular DOT
had achieved the benchmark. After our initial assessment, we shared both
the benchmarks and our proposed assessment with each of the
bicycle/pedestrian coordinators and asked them to review our description
of their agency. We incorporated most of the suggestions we received."
One finding in the report: only 11 DOTs have bicycle and pedestrian plans,
and routinely accommodate bicycles and pedestrians in state highway projects.
The entire report is available on the NCBW web site at:
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-> According to a Feb. 25th news release, "Bikes Belong Coalition, the
bicycle industry's advocacy voice, announced today the awarding of a
$10,000 grant to the League of Illinois Bicyclists for the continued
coordination of the Grand Illinois Trail, a 535-mile loop route
consisting of off-road trails and on-road connections in Northern
Illinois. 'The $10,000 Bikes Belong grant has the potential to unlock
an additional $25 million in funding along with the $50 million that
has already been allocated to the Grand Illinois Trail,' noted Ed
Barsotti, Executive Director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists.
Founded in 1989, the League of Illinois Bicyclists operates at the
state and local levels to push for better bicycling policies and
provides technical assistance to local implementing agencies.
"Stan Day, President of SRAM corporation, a Chicago - based bicycle
parts provider, and member of Bikes Belong, is in full support of the
trail. 'This is great news. The LIB proposal will build upon previous
momentum of the Grand Illinois Trail, a route which would provide safe
bicycling opportunities for cyclists of all ages and abilities,' stated
"In addition to funding bicycle facility projects, Bikes Belong
Coalition has broadened the grants program to include education and
capacity projects. Bikes Belong Coalition welcomes grant applications
from organizations and agencies within the United States that are
committed to putting more people on bicycles more often. Bikes Belong
will accept applications from non-profit organizations and from public
agencies and departments at the national, state, regional and local
For more information on Bikes Belong grant opportunities, please visit
http://www.bikesbelong.org and click on the subheading titled: "Grant
Info and Application."
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-> According to the Transportation Research Board's newsletter,
TRBNews, "The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has created the 'Aging
and Mobility Clearinghouse' web repository." The address is:
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-> According to a story in the Feb. 24th edition of the Tri-State
Transportation Campaign's Mobilizing the Region newsletter, "The NY
State Bridge Authority has closed all the bike/pedestrian walkways over
its Hudson River crossings in response to the national 'orange alert'
for possible terrorism. The Bridge Authority is a state entity that
runs the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson,
Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle bridges over the Hudson. The
Authority told the Tri-State Campaign that it is not inspecting trucks
crossing the bridges.
"While foot and bike traffic over the bridges is probably low due to
the weather, the move is a very bad precedent and does not mark the
first time the agency has overreacted for security reasons. The Bridge
Authority also banned cycling and walking in the fall of 2001. To their
credit, NYC DOT, the MTA and the Port Authority have maintained bike
and pedestrian access to the bridges in an around New York City since
September 11, 2001, regardless of alert levels."
For more information on the TSTC's work on transportation issues in the
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut metro area, visit their website at:
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-> According to a Jan. 22nd news release from the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, "President Bush's fiscal year 2004 budget
plan will include an increase of $100 million -- to $125 million -- for
a new initiative to prevent diabetes, obesity and asthma through
community initiatives to achieve healthier lifestyles for hundreds of
thousands of Americans, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced
today. 'To truly stem the epidemic of preventable diseases that
threaten too many Americans, we need to move from a health care system
that treats disease to one that avoids disease through wiser personal
choices,' Secretary Thompson said. 'This new initiative will support
community programs aimed at getting results and helping those at risk
to avoid these diseases through proven prevention methods.'...
"Under the "Steps to a Healthier US" initiative, HHS would fund
specific projects at the state and community level that would use
proven medical and public health strategies to reduce the burden of
diabetes, obesity and asthma among their populations...'Steps to a
Healthier US' represents an expansion of HHS' $25 million Healthy
Communities initiative, which President Bush and Secretary Thompson
proposed as part of the fiscal year 2003 budget request."
To see the original news release, go to:
For budget info, go to:
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-> According to a recent note from Carlos Balsas of the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, "My paper about sustainable transportation
planning on college campuses in the US just came out in the Elsevier
journal Transport Policy. For your convenience, I have attached it as a
pdf file. Please feel free to forward it to your fellow colleagues
working in this area. I don't mind sending it to people."
To request a copy of "Sustainable Transportation Planning on College
Campuses" (Transport Policy, 10(1):35-49), contact Carlos Balsas at
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-> According to a recent note from Brian Fellows, bicycle and
pedestrian coordinator of Mesa, AZ, "We're extending the 'early bird'
registration deadline for America Moves to March 14 -- the cost
will remain at $135. In case you've been waffling about registering,
here's your chance. America Moves is a 'how to' conference that
will draw together a wide variety of audiences to focus on
forging partnerships to solve the international epidemic of
physical inactivity. U.S. Surgeon General (invited), Dan Burden, Mark
Fenton, great weather -- need we say more? "
Contact Brian at (480) 644-3824, by e-mail at
<email@example.com>, or visit the website at:
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-> According to a recent note from Tom Kloster, "I just finished a
major overhaul of my 'Great Streets!' online resource. The site has
been expanded to include nearly 1,000 images of great street designs,
and the 'Main Street Profiles' section has grown to include 12 main
street success stories, with new profiles in the works. As always, the
resource is strictly non-profit, and dedicated to helping ordinary
citizens make a difference on streets in their community. With the
expansion of the site, it now has its own, dedicated domain, which is
much easier to find."
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-> According to a recent note from Michael Ronkin, Oregon's
bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, "By popular demand, I have placed
several hundred (890) photos of Europe - France (including Paris -
new), the Netherlands, Switzerland - on the ftp site [see below]. Many,
I hope most, will be of interest to New Urbanism fans and
practitioners. A few may be more detail-oriented than you need
(crosswalk markings, bike lane design, traffic signals etc.) Some are
somewhat personal - photos of my wife, mother-in-law, father, friends,
simply strolling down the street, places I lived in, schools I went to
etc. But these images are just as real, as they show life as lived in
European cities, or the countryside. For Am‚lie fans, a few good shots
of la Rue Mouffetard in Paris (where he buys his chicken). Enjoy, use
as you need, please acknowledge the source, and don't hesitate to
contact me if you have specific questions about specific photos. Site:
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-> We recently visited the website of "Leadership for Active Living"
(LAL), a National Initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation (RWJF), developed to "support government leaders as they
create and promote policies, programs and places that enable active
living to improve the health, well-being and vitality of communities."
LAL's focus is largely on state and local leaders and their goals
include educating leaders about the impact of community design on
health; providing information about policies and programs that support
active living; and creating tools and materials to help leaders
implement active living strategies.
LAL is currently running a series of"Active Living" workshops for
leaders in California, Colorado, Michigan, and Kentucky. To learn more
about their work, visit:
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-> According to a Feb. 2nd news release, California Assemblywoman Wilma
Chan (D-Oakland) "has introduced legislation to facilitate partnerships
between the state's health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and school
districts to educate children, parents, and their families about the
importance of preventive health care and better nutrition. 'Research
shows that too many of our children are not eating a healthy diet and
are not exercising properly,' said Chan, who represents Oakland,
Alameda and Piedmont in the Assembly. 'We need to bring home to parents
and children the importance of preventative health care and better
"Assembly Bill 195 authorizes the California Department of Managed
Health Care, the state's new HMO watchdog, the ability to organize
partnerships between HMOs and school districts. Chan said the bill is a
natural follow up to her bill last year to restore nutrition education
to school classrooms and provides funds for schools gardens.
"The California Center for Public Health Advocacy recently released a
report showing more than 40% of California children are not physically
fit and more than one quarter of its 6 to 19 year olds are overweight,
greater than the national average. In the Oakland area, ranked among
the lowest in the state, 46 percent of the children are estimated to be
unfit, with 26 percent considered overweight."
For more information, contact either Rachel Richman, (510) 393-8769 or
Joe Landon, (916) 319-2016. Assemblywoman Chan's website is at:
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-> According to a Feb. 27th story in the Belleville View, "Van Buren
Township is the recipient of a grant from the Governor's Council on
Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Department of
Community Health to promote active community environments. Active
community environments (ACEs) are places where people of all ages and
abilities can easily incorporate physical activity into their daily
routines because the landscape provides ready access to walking, biking
and other forms of active transportation and recreation. ACEs can be
identified with such elements as well-designed sidewalks, on-street
bicycle facilities, multi-use paths and trails, parks, open space and
recreational facilities. In addition, homes, work, schools and stores
are built close together with a connected grid of streets.
"Van Buren Township is one of five pilot sites statewide which will
develop a pedestrian and bicycle committee with diverse representation.
This group will assess the community's environment and residents'
attitudes and behaviors related to physical activity. Using these
results plus other community feedback, a vision will be developed for
improving the physical activity environment, including a strategic
plan. In addition, the township will receive up to $3,000 towards a
related first-step project. 'Van Buren Township has prioritized
greenways and trails and other important elements for walking and
biking in their planning already,' said Risa Wilkerson, director of
ACEs. 'We are looking forward to working with them.'..."
Archive search: http://archives.heritage.com/
Title: "Township gets grant for fitness project"
Author: Joan Dyer-Zinner
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-> According to a Feb. 22nd editorial in the Arizona Daily Star, "One
of the best ideas we've heard lately is a proposal to create a walking
and bicycle path along an abandoned railroad line through the downtown
barrios. The abandoned El Paso and Southwestern Railroad right of way
would be used for part of a new park that meanders from the vicinity of
St. Mary's Road on the north to 29th Street on the South. The route is
roughly parallel to Interstate 10.
"This is a park proposal with great potential. It would be a perfect
addition to the Rio Nuevo Redevelopment Project, the city's ambitious
blueprint for rebuilding the central business district. Not only would
it provide an attractive link from north to south through the heart of
Rio Nuevo, it could also provide a link to the city's past. The route
skirts the area where Tucson's life as a village began and passes only
a block or so west of the site \where the Tucson Presidio once stood.
"The park project is supported by the neighborhood groups that would be
most directly affected. It has been on the Eastern Pima County Trail
System Master Plan since 1989 and also appears on the Parks,
Recreation, Open Space and Trails map created around 1992..."
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/azstarnet/
Title: "Parked for eternity"
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-> According to a Feb. 27th editorial in the Eufaula Tribune, "It was
exactly the kind of scene civic-minded Eufaulians envisioned for their
downtown just a few years ago. Tourists recently strolled with their
children along Broad Street on a lazy afternoon, stopping in Southern
Charm to browse the shop's eclectic mix of merchandise after lunch at
the coffee shop. They strolled into the beautifully restored depot,
which anchors East Broad Street just as LDR International envisioned,
and stopped in to find out more about historic Eufaula.
"They admired the colorful plantings, the landscaped medians and the
Broad Street gazebo. They spent their time-and some of their money-in
downtown Eufaula. Watching this fairly common scene unfold just a few
days before our annual Progress Edition rolled off the press reminded
us of the notable progress that's taken place in Eufaula's downtown
revitalization efforts. Much work remains. Yet there's plenty to
"Thanks largely to the efforts of Eufaula PRIDE, Governor's Park on the
bluff, downtown's eastern gateway, is again a source of pride. It was
also an eyesore just a few years ago. Look at it now with its
landscaped grounds, ornamental light poles and pedestrian-friendly
benches and walkways. We offer praise for Eufaula PRIDE -- it looks
even better than the attractive artist rendering LDR designed..."
Title: "Downtown progressing; work remains"
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-> According to a Feb. 25th Washington Post story, "The exposure of
American children to several harmful pollutants is declining, but
asthma rates among children are increasing, the Environmental
Protection Agency said yesterday. It said there is a 'growing concern'
about exposure to mercury by women of child-bearing age that could lead
to adverse health consequences for any children they bear.
"In its report, 'America's Children and the Environment,' the EPA said
children of color and children from low-income families suffer a
disproportionate share of diseases linked to the environment...The
report's findings on mercury exposure are likely to be among the most
scrutinized because of an ongoing debate in Congress over how best to
curb air pollution...
"Elsewhere in the report, the EPA said the percentage of American
children with asthma more than doubled -- from 3.6 percent to 7.5
percent -- between 1980 and 1985, and reached 8.7 percent, or 6.3
million children, by 2001. It said recent studies suggest that air
pollution's impact on asthma sufferers is more severe among
Archive search: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/front.htm
Cost: Yes, after 14 days
Title: "EPA Report Has Good, Bad News For Kids"
Pollutant Exposure Falls, but Mercury Is Growing Concern
Author: Edward Walsh
-> According to a Feb. 27th story in the Bergen County (NJ) Record,
"The trail along the banks of the Hackensack River in Teaneck veers
through secluded woods, municipal parks, and a watershed where egrets,
herons, and cormorants flock from time to time. But when the trail
reaches Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Walden-esque images are all
but lost in an array of macadam walkways and parking lot extensions.
Now, under an agreement with the township that allows the school to
build a four-story, $17.8 million dormitory, FDU will beautify and
extend its section of the Hackensack River Greenway. The deal works out
favorably for both parties, township and college officials say.
"FDU's enrollment at its Teaneck campus has increased by 1,300 students
in the past five years, forcing the school to put up dozens of students
in area hotels. And the efforts of the township and an environmental
group to create a 3-1/2-mile walkway along the river moves several
steps ahead. 'One cannot diminish the importance of walking along a
riverfront,' said Marvin Mausner, chairman of the Greenway Advisory
Board to the Township Council. 'Most cities love the fact that they
have a river running through them, and most take advantage of it.
That's what we've been trying to do here.' The greenway and the dorm
are part of the school's master plan to make the campus more
'pedestrian friendly,' which FDU officials admit is difficult to do
when the campus is tailored for commuter students. More than 75 percent
of the school's 4,633 undergraduates commute..."
Archive search: http://www.northjersey.com/search.php
Title: "FDU plans riverfront makeover as part of dorm project"
Author: Scott Fallon
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-> According to a Feb. 25th traffic calming story on NBC News' Dateline
show, "It's the single most common complaint made to police departments
across the country: drivers speeding through residential areas, putting
people, especially kids, at risk. Correspondent Chris Hansen reports.
"We've all seen them barreling down our neighborhood roads, rushing to
save seconds. They are speeders, endangering lives and enraging people
in neighborhoods like yours and mine.How many times have you wanted to
confront a speeder, to ask them what they were thinking. That's exactly
what we decided to do recently, with the help of 'Dateline' cameras.
They're the same kind of questions Kim Schroeder has had on her mind
"When her family moved to this neighborhood in northern Kentucky, it
seemed ideal. It wasn't just the rocking chairs on the porches or the
flowers in the window boxes that sold her. It was friendly neighbors
and plenty of children, children just the right age for her son,
Stephen. All of this was on a quiet, one-way street. But Kim soon
learned that this seemingly tranquil street wasn't what she thought..."
Search archive: http://search.msn.com/
Title: "Moving violations: Deadly effects of speeding in residential
Author: Chris Hansen
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-> According to a Feb. 27th story in the University of Washington
Daily, "In conjunction with the city of Seattle and the businesses of
the U-District, the UW recently committed to contribute thousands of
dollars to the safety of the neighborhood. By increasing the number of
police officers on the Ave., the coalition of community members hopes
to reduce crime and bring shopping patronage back to the area. As part
of Mayor Greg Nickels' package for revitalizing the U-District,
presented Feb. 12, the UW will chip in $80,000 for more police officers
on foot and on bicycle patrols.
"'We are stepping up to improve the safety of the U-District,' said
Theresa Doherty, assistant vice president of regional affairs. 'It is
necessary that the University be an active participant because
students, staff and faculty frequent the Ave. and are very concerned
about their safety.' In addition to the UW, University Book Store,
University Tower Hotel and Safeco Insurance have signed a two-year
financial commitment to further enhance police presence on the Ave. The
businesses will seek other partners in the effort. With a total pledge
of $125,000, the businesses hope that taking control of public safety
will bring back shoppers who have left the area due to safety concerns
and rumors of drug dealing..."
Archive search: http://archives.thedaily.washington.edu/
Title: "UW chips in for safety"
Author: Paul Chi
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-> According to a Feb. 27th story in the Staten Island Advance, "For
almost 40 years, only motor traffic has been allowed on the
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, one of the last major crossings in the city
without pedestrian access. Now advocates are pushing for a path on the
bridge for bicycle riders and walkers. The target of their efforts is
Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island), who will submit his priorities
Friday for the annual bid for federal transportation funds through
TEA-21 -- the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.
"A walkway could be fastened to the outer cables of the Verrazano --
like the paths on the George Washington and Brooklyn bridges -- for
about $25 million, according to a report by the City Planning
Commission, obtained by the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition. 'It
would be one of the best things to ever happen to people who ride
bicycles in the city of New York,' said John Mansfield, president of
the Staten Island Bicycling Association. The bridge could easily be
outfitted with a walkway-bike path so that it wouldn't take away a
regular traffic lane, said David Lutz, executive director of the
coalition, an advocacy group for city parks..."
Archive search: http://www.silive.com/search/
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Title: "Hike-Bike path sought for V-N Bridge"
Author: Michael Wagner
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-> According to a Feb 21st Ananova.com story, "An Italian mayor hopes
to ban school buses to help fat pupils lose weight. Mayor Filippo
Vigano, from Albiate near Milan, is worried about the number of
overweight children and says walking to school would 'do them good'. He
said: 'It is not far for most of the community's children to walk to
school, at most one mile, and it will do them good.' He added he was
looking for adult volunteers to accompany primary school aged pupils to
their schools for safety. Italian doctors are increasingly worried
about weight problems in the country's young, with 25% of nine to
twelve-year-olds over their recommended weight."
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Title: "Mayor to ban school buses to help pupils lose weight"
More details on this event can be found on the website of Italy's la
Repubblica newspaper. According to a small survey done on the
newspaper's website, 66% of respondents favored the ban on school
buses, while 34% did not. The full article may be seen (in Italian)
And, for a strangely entertaining version of the same story
("translated" by Google.com), go to:
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-> According to a Feb. 27th story in the [Portland] Oregonian, "Some
day, in the not-too-distant future, the bumpy ride that characterizes
driving much of Southwest Naito Parkway will be a thing of the past.
The new surface will be smoothly paved with bicycle lanes and will
feature sidewalk pedestrian ramps that meet Americans with Disability
Act standards. The medians with trees will remain.
"Also being considered is a Portland Development Commission proposal to
add parking along parts of the west side of Naito Parkway. The makeover
will be a dramatic change for many, including Joanna Guzzetta, a
project manager for the city's Office of Transportation. 'If you've
ever driven Naito,' she said, 'you probably feel like you're on a
roller coaster or something. It's really, really bad.'...
"A 15-member committee has been meeting since last winter, addressing
concerns and issues related to the Naito Parkway project. As part of
the process, a subcommittee is starting to offer insights about
possible effects and suggestions to complete the project with the least
disruption to business, traffic and downtown residents and
visitors...[Representatives] on the Naito Parkway committee include the
Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Building Owners and Managers
Association, Naito Properties, Northwest Industrial Neighborhood
Association, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Bureau of Parks and
Recreation, Rose Festival Association, Saturday Market and Willamette
Archive search: http://www.oregonlive.com/search/
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Title: "Parkway will lose roller-coaster feel"
Author: Wade Nkrumah
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-> According to a Feb. 26th story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, "The City
Council on Tuesday delayed approval of a permanent two-way bike path on
Beach Street after a Boardwalk official complained about liability
issues. There is already a two-way bike path on Beach Street, but the
westbound stretch is on the books as temporary. A permanent two-lane
bikeway would include traffic barriers and turn-out lanes, along with
an emergency vehicle/shuttle lane between Pacific Avenue and Cliff
"But John Robinson of the Seaside Co., which owns the Boardwalk
amusement park, said his company would face a hefty hike in liability
insurance if the project is approved. His rationale was that a
permanent path would encourage more bike traffic across the railroad
bridge leading from the Boardwalk to the Seabright neighborhood. While
Union Pacific owns the bridge, Seaside owns a paved path leading from a
parking lot to the bridge. Robinson earlier this month asked the city
to include that portion of the bike path/bridge approach in the city's
"The council said there also needs to be more discussion about loading
zones, turnout lanes and lane width. While the council emphasized it
supports the idea, Cheryl Schmitt, the city's bike and pedestrian
coordinator, was disappointed Tuesday night's vote wasn't final. 'I
thought it would go through,' she said. 'We worked so hard on the
design and tried to make such a wide range of users happy.'
Archive search: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/index.html
Title: "Liability question holds up final vote on Beach Street bikeway"
Author: Dan White
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-> According to a Jan. 29th ArtVoice article, "Saddled with a
patronage-laden City Hall and under-funded schools and city services,
Buffalo is often a tough sell compared to its suburban neighbors. But
it has one advantage that the suburbs could never touch: that's the
reality that old urban cores are walkable. We have sidewalks. And they
generally lead to places. Buffalonians can take a brisk stroll or a
leisurely walk to visit neighbors, enjoy a park, buy a loaf of bread,
get a cup of coffee, pick up the paper, and grab a six-pack or
whatever. It's part of the charm of urban living. We're not auto
dependent. By walking around we get to meet our neighbors. We get to
appreciate architecture and gardens. We develop an intimate
understanding of our community that suburbanites will never experience.
"Buffalo's street plan accommodates pedestrians. The original Olmsted
park plan created large expansive parks joined together by forested
parkways. Major streets with wide sidewalks emanated from downtown like
spokes on a wheel, each hosting what we now refer to as a light rail
rapid transit system, or trolley. One hundred years ago Buffalonians
could board one of those trolleys and ride out to public beaches in
Angola. Commuter trains took passengers out to Ellicottville for the
"What happened is now history. Federal and state funds paid to tear up
the parkway system and replace it with high speed highways designed to
whisk folks away to sidewalk-less suburbs pocked with strip malls and
drive-thru eateries. After World War II the trolleys were dismantled,
replaced by buses that only run sporadically..."
Archive search: http://mediastudy.com/articles/
Title: "Walking in Buffalo"
Author: Michael I. Niman
-> According to a Feb. 27th story in the Los Altos Town Crier, "Marlis
McAllister crosses her fingers every time her 11-year-old son gets on
his bicycle for the mile ride to the Almond Camp School on the Egan
campus. The route takes him from his home on El Monte Road and across
San Antonio Road - two of Los Altos' busiest streets. McAllister said
she has counted as many as one accident a month near her home.
Impatient commuters have nearly struck her son twice while he was in
the El Monte bike lane, to pass cars waiting to turn left, she said.
"'I can't put him in a bubble,' she said. 'I cross my fingers every day
he goes out the door and hope nothing happens to him.' Don't think that
McAllister relies on fate alone to protect her son - the attorney is
part of a growing grass-roots movement in Los Altos dedicated to making
the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Through resident
efforts, the city has secured about $1 million in grant money for
various traffic-calming projects throughout the city..."
Archive search: http://losaltosonline.com/archives/?search=advanced
Title: "Efforts to calm traffic"
Author: Linda Taaffe
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-> According to a Feb. 26th story in the Augusta Chronicle, "Leaders
from Augusta and North Augusta have received the preliminary
engineering design for a 1,300-foot-long pedestrian bridge that would
link Riverwalk Augusta and the Greeneway. A 21st century alliance
between Augusta and North Augusta became formalized Wednesday as
business leaders and government officials discussed their
transportation futures, including a plan to connect the two cities with
a pedestrian/bicycle bridge.
"'When you get a postcard from Augusta in 10 years, that will hopefully
be the picture on it,' said Skip Grkovic, the director of North Augusta
economic and community development, referring to the proposed bridge
over the Savannah River that would connect North Augusta's Greeneway to
Riverwalk Augusta. At Wednesday's meeting at the Pinnacle Club in
Augusta, officials discussed a '21st century strategic alliance'
between the cities to work together on future connecting road projects.
More meetings are planned. 'We're going to be literally building new
bridges together,' said Lee Smith, the president and CEO of the CSRA
Archive search: http://augustachronicle.com/archive/
Title: "Cities plan pedestrian span"
Author: Preston Sparks
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-> According to a Feb. 18th story in the Waukon (IA) Standard, "To help
make bicycling safer for Iowa's youth, the Iowa Department of
Transportation (DOT) has developed a statewide bicycle safety campaign.
As part of this effort, the DOT and the Iowa Association for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is providing a comprehensive
bicycle safety program to every elementary school in Iowa. This program
is designed to create awareness of cycling safety issues and encourage
bicycling as a healthy, active lifestyle choice.
"To supplement the safety program, a series of bicycle safety workshops
will be held around the state. These free workshops are for physical
education teachers, police personnel, parks and recreation department
personnel, parents, as well as any other bicycle safety advocates..."
Title: "DOT to provide bicycle safety program, workshops"
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-> According to a Feb. 27th story in the Gainesville Sun, "Gainesville
Police conducted an experiment last week that proved something many
people already know - not all our local residents are honest. After
numerous complaints that residents' bicycles were being stolen, police
put out a bicycle a few different times in the 900 block of W.
University Avenue and at the 300 block of S. Main Street to see if
anyone would steal it, Cpl. Keith Kameg said.
"'Within 30-45 minutes, it was stolen,' Kameg said. 'It was humorous
how they would check out the bike, look around, pretend it was theirs
and get about 25 feet before they were arrested.' Three people were
arrested for stealing the bicycle. One of the men told police he hadn't
done anything wrong because his finding the bicycle made it his, Kameg
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Title: "GPD arrests 3 who couldn't resist bike's lure"
Author: Kathy Ciotola
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-> According to a Feb. 24th Washington Post story, "Dean Kamen,
inventor of the Segway Human Transporter, wants the federal government
to provide a big financial boost to his new-age scooter. Kamen, the
multimillionaire creator of the futuristic vehicle, is lobbying the
government to buy some of the self-balancing electric devices so U.S.
Special Forces can scoot into battle and rangers can zip through
national parks. The inventor, a proponent of free markets, also wants
Congress to help him sell more Segways to consumers by funding projects
that would create paths for the scooters in cities, and by providing
environmental tax credits to people who buy them. It's all part of a
broader campaign by New Hampshire-based Segway LLC to boost sales of
the ballyhooed transporters, a product that Silicon Valley venture
capitalist John Doerr once called 'bigger than the Internet.'
"'One of the reasons Dean moved to New Hampshire was he loved the live
free or die motto. Keep government out,' said Brian Toohey, a vice
president at Kamen's company. 'But to make this technology widely
available, we need government help.'..."
Cost: Free for 14 days
Title: "Lobbying To Put the Segway on Profit Path"
Author: Jim VandeHei
-> "HEALTH AND SMART GROWTH"
Translation Paper #11, February 2003. Subtitled "Building Health,
Promoting Active Communities." 20-page paper by William L. Roper,
Katherine Kraft, Richard E. Killingsworth, Phyllis Mofson, and Ben
-> "20 YEAR BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCESS MASTER PLAN"
Subtitled "Model Ordinances for the Enhancement of Bicycle and
Pedestrian Access to Transportation Facilities." By Maryland Department
-> "NE ANN ARBOR TRANSPORTATION PLAN, NON-MOTORIZED COMPONENT"
Includes draft proposed policies and programs, a draft of the plan
component, as well as numerous downloadable maps.
-> "LEADERSHIP ACTION STRATEGIES"
22-page booklet from Leadership for Active Living.
-> "A PRIMER ON ACTIVE LIVING FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS"
Pamphlet from Leadership for Active Living on "Working with government
leaders to create and promote active living communities." Jan., 2003.
March 5-7, 2003, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC. Info: League of
American Bicyclists; phone: (202) 822-1333; email:
March 17-22, 2003, Towards Car-free Cities, Prague, CZ. Info: Car
Busters, Toulcuv Dvur Ecological Centre, Prague, Czech Republic; 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 25, 2003, Health and the Built Environment, New York City, NY.
Info: New York Academy of Medicine, go to website and click on "events."
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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: <email@example.com>
April 3-5, 2003, Montana State Trails Conference, Butte MT. Info: Bob
Walker, MT Fish Wildlife & Parks; phone: (406) 444-4585; e-mail:
April 5 - 13, 2003, Tempe Bike Week, Tempe, AZ. Info: Tempe in Motion;
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 <email@example.com>
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
June 8-11, 2003, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference
XIII, Banff, Alberta. Info:
June 22-24, 2003, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Cambridge,
MA.-June 22-24, Info: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle
Professionals. A pdf of the announcement may be downloaded from:
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: <email@example.com>
September 23-26, 2003, Velo-City 2003, Paris, France. Info: Isabelle
Lesens, Velo-city 2003, Mairie de Paris, 40 rue du Louvre, F- 75001
Paris; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> JOB -- 3 POSITIONS -- RUTLAND (VT) COUNTY P.A. COALITION
The Rutland County Physical Activity Coalition (PAC) represents a broad
spectrum of organizations focused on promoting a physically active
community environment throughout Rutland County, Vermont. PAC is
currently seeking applicants for the following three positions:
Administrative Assistant: Provide administrative and technical support
to the Program Director, dissemination of program information,
attendance at Coalition meetings, AA degree and experience preferred.
Positive attitude and flexibility a must. 16 hours per week.
Development Consultant: Provide oversight for development and
implementation of Coalition sustainability plan. Program evaluation,
research appropriate funding sources, writing and submission of grants
to public and private funders. MA in related field, and 5 years
experience. 4 hours per week.
Please send resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, Rutland Mental
Health Services, P.O. Box 222, Rutland, VT 05702-0222. EOE
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- SAN LUIS OBISPO CO. BICYCLE COALITION
The San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition (SLOCBC) is an
organization whose mission is to transform SLO County into a safer and
more livable community by promoting cycling and walking for everyday
transportation and recreation. We are seeking an Executive Director who
will perform the following duties: Maintain financial solvency through
a variety of fundraising activities; Develop partnerships with
organizations and policymakers to achieve the Coalition's goals;
Develop and grow membership and manage volunteer activities; Serve as
primary staff to the Board of Directors; and Continuously develop
professional skills related to the position. This position is part-time
with the goal of becoming full-time depending upon the Executive
Director's ability to develop funding sources that will support the
organization. Please send a resume and letter of application to:
SLOCBC, P.O. Box 14860, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-4860; or fax to:
(805) 543.6847. A complete job description is available by mail or fax
upon request. Application deadline: 25 March 2003.
-> 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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