Issue #66 Friday, March 14, 2003
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|Remembering Susie and Amy...and Taking Action|
|Fast Track Trans. Projects Leave Environment Behind|
|America Bikes Releases Policy Book|
|L.A.B. Hires Andy Clarke as Dir. of State, Local Advocacy|
|NY Bridge Authority Drops 'Code Orange' Ped/Bike Ban|
|NY Bicycling Coalition Offers Workshops|
|AAA Members Favor Bike/Ped, Transit Funding|
|Kilgore, Burton Win Chicagoland Bike Advocacy Award|
|London's Congestion Charging Experiment Charges On|
|Cheney (WA) Hosts NCBW Walkable Community Workshop|
|MD DOT Staffer Volunteers on Local Trail Project|
|U. of Michigan/Flint Starts 10K-A-Day Program|
|Somerville (MA) Considers Bike/Ped/Car Access|
|Utility Poles Stop Missouri Ped Bridge Bid Process|
|Commuting in Heavy Traffic Takes Health Toll|
|Michigan City (IN) Goes After Trail Grant Money|
|Niles (IL) P.D. Uses Bikes in C.O.P. Program|
|License Plates Help Fund Bluffton (SC) Pathways|
|Car Buffs See Vehicles as Faces|
|Kenmore (WA) Council Debates Ped-Friendly Downtown|
|New Jersey Trail Planned from Hopewell to Lawrence|
|New York City Fences 'Boulevard of Death'|
|Raleigh (NC) Museum Envisions Trail Network|
|Ped Bridge to Connect Cincinnati (OH), Newport (KY)|
|Ft. Smith (AR) Ponders Bike Route Signs|
|Drivers Fined in Pocatello (ID) Ped Safety Campaign|
|Red Hook (NY) Trail Planned|
|St. Louis Bridge Re-Opens with Bike Lanes|
Next Friday will be the first day of spring. It will also be one year
since pedestrian/bicycle advocate Susie Stephens was hit and killed
while walking across a street in St. Louis. Ten months later, in Palo
Alto, California, 6-year-old Amy Malzbender was hit and killed while
riding her bike to school. Neither Susie nor Amy was in any way at
fault; the operators of the motor vehicles who killed them were
fully responsible for their deaths.
The person who killed Susie is Michael Wamble; he was driving a
tour bus. Wamble was charged by the city with failing to yield to a
pedestrian, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of $500.
Megan Coughran, an 18-year-old high school student, killed Amy. She
hit two young girls that morning, killing Amy and injuring her friend
Chloe. According to police, Coughran's car dragged one of the bicycles
for several hundred feet and, when hit, Amy flew up onto the hood
of the car. Coughran did not stop. For driving away from the crash
she has been charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run. She may
also be charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. If she had
not fled the scene it appears that the maximum charge would have
been a misdemeanor.
Several questions must be asked. Why is it that under our current
system of laws the act of killing an innocent person with a motor
vehicle is of such little consequence? Why is it that the motor
vehicle operators whose various failures were the direct cause
of death of these two people are in no way being held accountable
for the consequences of their actions? And, why do we tolerate
Michael Wamble killed Susie Stephens and the city charged him
with "failure to yield to a pedestrian" While that may be true,
what about the fact that he killed someone? Megan Coughran killed
Amy, but had she stopped at the scene (rather than having continued
on to her boyfriend's home) she would have likely been charged
only with a misdemeanor. The various state vehicle codes do not
serve to hold motor vehicle operators strictly accountable for the
consequences of their actions. There is no justice. This must change.
Over the next few months the National Center for Bicycling & Walking
will contact various experts, advocates, and advocacy groups to
solicit input on what others are doing to respond to this problem.
We will likely commission some legal research on what approaches
other countries are taking to hold drivers accountable. We will
identify or develop model language to reform the vehicle code.
One idea that is being discussed is to define a "standard of care"
for motor vehicle operators and use it as a benchmark by which
to establish fault or failure.
The system we have in place does not work. It must be fixed. It
will take all of us and it will take time to make this happen.
We have begun.
-- Bill Wilkinson, NCBW Executive Director
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-> According to a Feb. 27th news release, "Environmental Defense today
raised concerns that environmental and public health impacts were not
effectively addressed in the fast track review of six new
transportation projects, which the Bush administration announced today.
"'Though some of the projects announced today provide models for good
environmental stewardship, many threaten substantial environmental
harm,' said Michael Replogle, transportation director of Environmental
Defense. 'Fast-tracking is only appropriate in limited circumstances -
where project reviews show that environmental and community concerns
have been fully taken into account. The fast-tracking of controversial
and potentially harmful projects weakens environmental laws, cuts out
public input and prevents consideration of less harmful alternatives.'
"Today, the administration announced a list of six fast-track projects,
some of which, such as U.S. 93 in Montana, have been extensively
reviewed and are recognized as having made sound efforts to address
environmental concerns. Others, however, are highly controversial and
likely to have severely negative environmental impact. 'Using
fast-track authority to shield bad projects from public review, risks
adverse impacts on the environment, environmental justice, public
health or local communities,' said Replogle. 'There is a better way to
speed project delivery - by taking the environment and community
concerns into account up front. Environmental Defense would look
forward to working with the Bush administration to make sure that
fast-track review fully complies with environmental law.'..."
A complete list of the projects announced today is available on the
Department of Transportation website at
The entire Environmental Defense news release can be seen at:
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-> According to a recent note from Martha Roskowski of America Bikes,
"The America Bikes policy book is now on-line (yahoo!!!). Check it out.
It's a big .pdf, so it may take a few minutes to load, but it's a great
publication (not to brag or anything.) It outlines our full agenda for
TEA-3 and offers some great charts, graphs and other info. We'll have
print copies at the Summit, and we can mail you additional copies, tell
Susan <susan@americabikes> how many you need."
Download the book at:
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-> According to the March 4th issue of BikeLeague News, the League of
American Bicyclists, "The League is pleased to announce the hiring of
Andy Clarke as its Director of State and Local Advocacy. Clarke will
manage the League's Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign (TM) and head
up the League's new initiative to promote state and local policies that
facilitate the creation of bicycle-friendly environments.
"Clarke has successfully led efforts to create, interpret and implement
the various transportation funding programs that are available to
improve conditions for bicycling and walking. Most recently, Clarke was
on contract to provide technical assistance to the highly respected
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center on site at the Federal
Highway Administration. Since June 1999, he has also served as the
Executive Director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle
"The League's Bicycle Friendly Communities Campaign (TM) works -- town
by town, city by city -- to encourage bicycling and achieve a
bicycle-friendly America. The Bicycle Friendly Communities Policy
Project (TM), a new program under the BFC Campaign, is devoted to
identifying state and local policies that help create bicycle-friendly
communities and educating the public and state and local decision
makers about bicycle-friendly policy. The Bicycle Friendly Community
Campaign is supported by generous grants from Bikes Belong Coalition
and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation..."
For more information, go to:
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Thanks to Jon Orcutt of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign for
sending this follow-up to the story in issue 65 about the NY State
Bridge Authority closing bike/pedestrian walkways over its Hudson River
crossings. The message is from Lukas Herbert, chair of the Mid-Hudson
South Bicycle and Pedstrian Subcommittee...
"I just wanted to let you know that I just received a phone call from
Mark Sheedy, the planning and PR director for the Bridge Authority. He
told me that the bridges would now be open to bikes/pedestrians during
'Code Orange' alerts. However, the walkways would be closed during
'Code Red' alerts - but then again, the bridges would also be closed to
cars as well."
Here's a link to TSTC's website: http://www.tstc.org
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-> According to a Mar. 4th news release, "The New York Bicycling
Coalition will be holding FREE bicycle and pedestrian planning
workshops beginning in May this year in partnership with the Governor's
Traffic Safety Committee. NYBC will host four workshops around New York
State from May 7 to June 4 that will provide local residents,
transportation planners, advocates, and city and town officials the
opportunity to discuss the latest state of the art solutions for
accommodating cyclists and pedestrians on our roads and pathways...
"The workshops will be held in Syracuse, Nassau, Westchester, and
Binghamton, and will provide detailed insight in the latest health and
fitness issues, transportation infrastructure solutions, and policy and
project implementation for cycling byways. NYBC will improve on last
year's workshops by engaging participants in a discussion and
presentation of issues and problems on their local roads and
For more information on the workshops, contact Jesse Day, Executive
Director at (518) 436-0889 or visit the Bicycling Coalition's website
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We recently received a note from Tim Young about a survey of Midwest
members of the American Automobile Association. The results were
published in the Mar/Apr issue of the AAA Midwest Traveler. "More than
3,000 AAA members responded to the poll in the January/February issue
of the 'AAA Midwest Traveler.' Both state and federal legislators are
being advised by AAA of the opinions expressed by AAA members in
Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Indiana who responded to the poll...When
asked how they would allocate $100 of the highway users fees they pay
(registration and fuel taxes) among selected transportation
improvements in their area, they answered that they would spend their
$100 this way:
"--Maintaining and/or expanding existing roads $60
--New roads $17
--Public transit $16
--Bicycle/pedestrian projects $7"
In discussing the survey, bicycle advocate Bob Foster noted that "If
Missouri were to apply this allocation to its transportation funding,
transit funding would go from $3 million to about $80 million per year.
Bike/ped funding would go up to $35 million."
To see the article, go to the following address (the survey is at
the bottom of the page):
Archive search: http://www.ouraaa.com/traveler/dept_mid/search.html
Title: "AAA poll results on transportation, safety issues"
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-> Bob Matter of Chicago Bike Winter recently sent us this note:
"Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in a round of applause and
congratulations for the winners of the 2003 Golden Derailleur Award,
Gin Kilgore and Michael Burton. Presented on behalf of the cycling
community and citizens of Chicagoland for outstanding service,
dedication, and excellence in improving the state of cycling for all."
A nice photo of the winners may be seen at:
Visit the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Home Page at:
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-> The City of London has embarked on a bold -- and controversial --
program of charging motorists a "congestion" fee for driving in the
city center. Before the charge was instituted, Mayor of London Ken
Livingstone said: "This is an historic day for London. Everyone knows
that tough decisions have to be made to tackle the congestion which
cripples this capital city of ours. From today something is being done.
If we want London to continue to be a success story for business and
jobs, then we must enable people to move around the heart of London
more efficiently. Congestion charging is the only option available -
there is no practical alternative."
The 5 (pound) daily congestion charge is intended to help get London
moving and reduce traffic, making journeys and delivery times more
reliable. Not to mention, raising millions each week to re-invest in
London's transport system.
A March 7th news release gave this update on the program:
"Traffic levels inside the zone again remained light throughout the
week, observations indicated traffic was around 17-18% lower than in a
typical working week. Traffic flowed well, including on the Inner Ring
Road, the boundary road of the zone. Bus services ran well all week.
Latest data from Week One (w/c 17 February) indicate that delays to bus
services caused by traffic congestion more than halved."
According to Derek Turner, Transport for London Managing Director of
Street Management, "We are pleased to see traffic levels in and around
the zone still well down on a normal working week. The news that delays
to bus services fell by over 50% in the first week of congestion
charging is great news for the 4.8 million people that use London's bus
services every working day.
He added, "The payment systems continue to work very well with more and
more people finding that paying by text message is both quick and
convenient. To get the best and quickest possible service those paying
the charge should make sure that they have their vehicle licence number
correctly noted when they pay and that they retain the receipt from
paying their charge."
For all news releases from Feb. 17th onward, go to:
To visit the London Congestion Charging homepage, go to:
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"In his first week on the job, [Miami's new police chief John] Timoney
called one of his commanders to ask for directions to the North Side
station in Liberty City. The commander explained that he needed to get
on Interstate 95 and go north. 'No, no, no,' Timoney said. 'How do I
get there on a bicycle?'..."
Archive search: http://www.miami.com/mld/miami/archives/
Cost: Free (for 7 days)
Date: Mar. 10, 2003
Title: "An immigrant's rise to top police job"
Author: Oscar Corral
-> According to a Mar. 13th article in the Eastern Washington
University Easterner, "Elm Street could soon become a pedestrian
friendly avenue with suggestions from students, faculty, and Cheney
residents. On April 10, 2003, from 8:30am to 12:30 pm, there will be a
half-day workshop on making Elm Street, between North 9th and North
10th, a safer place for pedestrians crossing the street from the campus
of Eastern Washington University and the residence halls. The city of
Cheney is holding this workshop to seek input from the citizens of
Cheney and the students, faculty and staff of EWU. In order to voice
their concerns and suggestions on what to do with this particular part
of the street. The design and construction will have a major impact on
the city and the college...
"The project is a joint effort between the city of Cheney and Pathways
to Progress. The Spokane Regional Transportation Council received a
walkable community grant for the cities; the city of Cheney is a
partial recipient of the grant. The workshop will be held to discuss
the design and planning stage of the project. The first part of the
morning will be spent discussing what is a walkable community. Then the
participants will take a break and walk the site between 9th and 10th
to see what the problems are and how they can be resolved. The second
half will be spent discussing ideas on how to fix the problems..."
Title: "Pedestrian nightmare"
Author: Rachel Chiavaras
Follow-up: The Spokane RTC is one of the eight recipients of a NCBW
Walkable Community Workshop series.
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-> According to a Mar. 11th article in the Towson Northeast Booster,
"Perry Hall resident Bob Mowry has been appointed to a countywide
committee that will develop a plan to make northeast Baltimore County's
bike paths into one extensive trail. The appointment was made by 8th
District Del. Al Redmer, to whom Mowry will report. The committee falls
under the umbrella of the Baltimore County Office of Planning. 'I was
one of a dozen people the county executive (James Smith) asked to
participate,' said Redmer, who felt Mowry would 'represent our
community interests well.' Mowry, who serves as the director of metro
operations for the Maryland Department of Transportation, said he is
one of about 30 members on the committee.
"Anything that I can do to improve the quality of life in the Perry
Hall and White Marsh area, I'm going to volunteer for it," said Mowry,
a member of the Perry Hall Improvement Association's transportation and
infrastructure committee...Mowry, a hiker and biker, said he looks
forward to the group's progress. 'This is an amenity that could be used
by all kinds of folks,' he added. Although the group has no 'definite
time line' yet, Mowry said, the plan is set to come to fruition in
2010. Currently, the group is locating existing trails and studying how
they can best be connected to serve communities, said Mowry.
Title: "Mowry chosen for bike trail project"
Author: Jennifer Siciliano Shayne
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-> A recent article in the University of Michigan-Flint's UM-Flint
Today asked "What is a pedometer? It is an instrument that records the
distance a person covers on foot by responding to the body motion of
each step. How can you get one? Simply by being one of the first 100 to
sign up for the Recreation Center's latest Employee Wellness program:
'10K a Day.' Walking is the most popular physical activity in the
United States and by taking 10,000 steps or more a day you can help to
lower blood pressure, raise HDL ("good") cholesterol, and decrease
triglycerides. The 10K a Day program is designed to motivate you to
reach 10,000 steps a day, regardless of your current activity. Each
2,000 steps equals one mile. Your goal is to work up to 10,000 steps or
more every day over a four week period...
"Sign up through the Rec Center and get on your way to 10K a DAY! The
first 100 who register will receive a pedometer and a log. The program
begins Monday, April 7 and continues though May 4. For more information
call the Rec Center at (810) 762-3441..."
Search: [article index] http://www.umflint.edu/today/index.html
Title: "10k a Day"
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-> According to a Mar. 13th story in the Somerville Journal, "For
$150,000 in grant monies, the city has received a vision of the future
where you can either catch a train to the airport and downtown Boston
or quickly get to I-93 from Assembly Square. A final plan to move I-93
exits, improve bicycle and pedestrian access and create direct traffic
access to Assembly Square could be released in the next four to six
weeks, city officials said. Traffic planners held another public
meeting Monday to look at how changing access routes to Assembly Square
would change traffic in the surrounding area. The final study will be
used as a blueprint by the city to plan the future transportation paths
to the redeveloped Assembly Square.
"'The idea is this is a framework for future transportation
investments,' Office of Housing and Community Development Director of
Transportation Jeff Levine said. Rizzo Associates, traffic engineers
hired by the city to create a transportation plan that would increase
motor vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle access to the area, were given
$150,000 from a Mass Highway grant in 2001 to create the plan..."
Archive search: Possibly, but no obvious link
Title: "Easy access to Assembly is goal of transport study"
Author: Hillary Chabot
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-> According to a Mar. 13th article in the Southeast Missourian, "Plans
for a pedestrian bridge over Highway 74 that would link a south side
Cape Girardeau neighborhood have been temporarily derailed as state
highway officials look at whether AmerenUE utility poles have to be
relocated to make room for the Ellis Street span. It's yet another
delay for a project that already experienced snags in the design
process that kept it from being constructed last year.
"Missouri Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday that the
bridge project, to be funded with up to $200,000 in federal highway
dollars, will have to be bid out again once the utility issue has been
resolved. The project had been advertised for bid opening at Cape
Girardeau City Hall on March 20. But on Monday, city and MoDOT
officials announced the bid opening had been cancelled. .."
Archive search: http://semissourian.com/redesign/search/
Title: "Pedestrian bridge project to be rebid"
Author: Mark Bliss
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-> According to a Mar. 10th story in the San Gabriel Valley (CA)
Tribune, "Commuting in heavy traffic can drive up your blood pressure,
put you in a dark mood or ruin your whole day. That's the finding of a
professor at UC Irvine, who has spent the past two decades studying
thousands of commuters and documenting the physical and psychological
dangers of gridlock. 'Most people having to drive an hour and half for
a distance of 40 miles are bothered by that commute,' said Professor
Raymond W. Novaco, a psychologist and professor of social ecology.
'It's not just subjectively being bothered - their mood. It affects
their blood pressure, tolerance for frustration, their cognitive
"Many studies have tallied the economic cost of sitting in gridlock:
the average of 136 hours a year Los Angeles County residents spend
stuck in traffic; the $2,510 per person in lost time; the 260 gallons
of wasted fuel, according to the Automobile Club of Southern
California. But often unaccounted for is the emotional toll that comes
from bracing for the worst every time you climb behind the wheel..."
Title: "Navigating heavy traffic hazardous to your health"
Author: Lisa Mascaro
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-> According to a Mar. 10th Michigan City story in the Gary
Post-Tribune, "If area officials have their way, dreams of a bicycle
trail around the entire southern tip of Lake Michigan will take a big
step closer to reality. Michigan City is applying to the Indiana
Department of Transportation for a $1.27 million dollar grant to help
build a 12-foot-wide, blacktop trail now on the drawing board. The
proposed path would run from the Porter County line to the Michigan
state line, taking riders by points of interest such as the lakefront
and Northwest Indiana's only zoo at Washington Park.
"'This project offers great potential for our community as well as the
entire Northwest Indiana region,' said Mayor Sheila Brillson. Acquiring
the grant is far from guaranteed, though, because of stiff competition
for a limited pool of funds. Typically, 50 communities go after the $16
million to $18 million dollars handed down to the state by the federal
government annually for transportation related projects, said Bruno
Canzien, a manager with the local transportation division of INDOT in
Archive search: None found
Title: "Michigan City drums up bike trail backing"
Author: Stan Maddux
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-> According to a Mar. 13th story in the Niles Herald-Spectator,
"Residents who live in the area bounded by Cumberland Avenue, Ballard
Road, Dempster Street and Prospect Street are invited to attend to a
meeting at 7 p.m. today to learn about the new Community Oriented
Policing (COP) designation for their district. [Robert Tornabene,
liaison officer for the COP strategy beat] said the recently determined
COP district is the first of areas in the community that will be
"Tornabene said the area, which is primarily multi-residential, has
experienced a slight increase in crime, including loitering. There is a
need to improve the appearance of the area, which Tornabene said would
include such projects as providing bike racks and improving
lighting...The Niles Police Department will address issues, such as
crime and improving the quality of residents' lives, through Bicycle
Patrol Officers, increased patrols, juvenile intervention, community
events and safety assessments..."
Title: "COP district meeting for residents tonight"
Author: Darcy Hendricks
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-> According to Mar. 13th story in the Hilton Head Island Packet, "A
new license plate will remind motorists to share the road with bicycles
and teach elementary school children about bicycle safety. The 'Share
the Road' plates are good for two years and cost $54. The plates have
been available at the Bluffton branch of the Division of Motor Vehicles
since Feb. 18, said Karen Heitman, founder of the Greater Bluffton
Pathways Group and a board member of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition.
"The cycling coalition will use a portion of the fees collected for two
programs: a bicycle safety curriculum for elementary schools and an
outreach program for urban Hispanics who rely on bicycles. About 12 Sun
City Hilton Head residents have ordered the plates, Heitman said..."
Archive search: http://www.islandpacket.com/search/
Title: "New license plates encourage safety"
A photo of the plate can also be seen here:
To learn more about the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, go to:
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-> According to a Mar. 10th New Scientist story, "Men who are fanatical
about cars identify vehicles using the same brain circuitry used to
recognise faces, new research shows. Forty men, half of whom were
proven automobile aficionados, were fitted with sensors to monitor
electrophysiological activity in part of the brain linked with facial
identification. They were then asked to identify faces and cars,
individually and then together.
"The car lovers had greater difficulty in recognising vehicles from
isolated details, suggesting they recognise them 'holistically.' This
method is normally associated with facial identification. The
researchers, Isabel Gauthier of Vanderbilt University in Nashville and
Tim Curran of the University of Colorado at Boulder, say their findings
contradict the theory that at one part of the brain is used solely for
facial recognition. Automobile aficionados also found it more difficult
to identify an image consisting of parts of both faces and cars. The
researchers say this 'traffic jam' in the brain indicates that the same
neural process is used to process both types of image..."
Archive search: http://archive.newscientist.com/
Cost: Free trial
Title: "Car lovers recognise vehicles as faces "
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-> According to a Mar. 7th Seattle Times story, "In the coming weeks,
the Kenmore City Council will make some big decisions addressing this
question: How valuable is walking? The city Planning Commission has
finished a long-term blueprint for a new downtown -- a mixed-use,
higher-density, pedestrian-friendly core that would replace strip malls
fronted by acres of asphalt. Property owners in the area oppose the
idea of a walk-around downtown, preferring ample parking for their
businesses. The City Council, which could significantly alter the plan,
will hear from the public Monday night at a hearing. A final decision
is expected soon.
"The proposal calls for a 'strategic public investment' in a new City
Hall, community center and public library that would encourage
redevelopment around Bothell Way and 68th Avenue Northeast, near where
City Hall now sits in a shuttered Wells Fargo branch, the drive-through
still intact. It also calls for new zoning regulations that would
encourage denser, pedestrian-friendly development and discourage new,
auto-based businesses from moving into the area..."
Archive search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/web/
Title: "Kenmore Council to debate pedestrian downtown?"
Author: J. Patrick Coolican
Follow-up: The proposal is available online at
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-> According to a March 13th story in the Hopewell Valley News, "About
two dozen residents -- some from Hopewell Township and some from
Lawrence Township -- turned out last week for a closer look at the
proposed Lawrence Hopewell Trail. The information session, held at the
Lawrence Township Municipal Building, was intended to allow residents
to see the overall plan, as well as individual segments of it. A
similar information session is planned for March 27 in Hopewell
"The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a 20-mile loop for bicyclists and
pedestrians that spans the two townships. The trail will run on land
and roads owned by Lawrence and Hopewell townships, as well as Mercer
County-owned land. It will also cross lands owned by Bristol-Myers
Squibb Co., the Educational Testing Service, The Lawrenceville School
and the Stony Brook- Millstone Watershed Association. And it will run
across privately owned land whose owners have granted an easement for
Title: "Residents view Lawrence Hopewell Trail plans"
Author: Lea Kahn
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-> According to a Mar. 13th story in the Forest Hills Ledger, "The [New
York City] Transportation Department plans to resume installation of
fencing along Queens Boulevard this spring in a campaign to reduce
pedestrian fatalities by adding four more miles of barriers to restrict
mid-block crossings. 'We want to begin work in early May at the latest
in putting up fencing from Union Turnpike to Hillside Avenue, then from
the Long Island Expressway to Roosevelt Avenue,' said Lisi de Bourbon,
a spokeswoman for the Transportation Department. Fences installed in
2001 already stretch from the Long Island Expressway to Union Turnpike.
"De Bourbon said the $4 million contract for the latest stretch of
fencing, which is to cover four miles, had not yet been awarded. 'It is
our hope that the work will be completed by September,' de Bourbon
said. The fences were first put in place to try to diminish the
pedestrian death toll after 72 people were struck and killed by cars
along Queens Boulevard between 1993 and 2000..."
Title: "DOT fence plans expanded along 'Boulevard of Death'"
Author: Philip Newman
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-> According to a News 14-TV Mar. 13th story from Raleigh, "The North
Carolina Museum of Art wants to make the outside as beautiful as the
inside. The museum is going to tear down the graffiti-covered,
abandoned buildings of the neighboring youth detention center. Those
who love the art museum, like Nancy Gregg, know it has a fatal flaw
just across the property line. Gregg has been a volunteer docent at the
museum for 12 years. 'I've been concerned about it ever since I moved
here 12 years ago,' Gregg said. 'I thought, 'what an eye sore.' '
"Pretty much anyone you ask is going to call the derelict youth
detention center an eyesore. A lot of it is covered in graffiti, not to
mention a lot of buildings are actually boarded up. But picture instead
open space, beautifully landscaped where your kids can play, where you
can ride your bike and even see some original artwork. That's something
that museum director Lawrence Wheeler envisions. 'What will appear
there,' Wheeler said, 'is a park which will be laced with bicycle
trails that will connect with the greenway system of the region. There
will be hiking trails, environmental education projects, art projects
in the landscape, picnic areas, playgrounds and so forth.'..."
Archive search: Use "search" window
Title: "Museum claims land for art"
Author: Katie Marzullo
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-> According to a story on Cincinnatti's WLWT-TV, "Plans to transform
the old L&N railroad bridge into a pedestrian walkway are moving
forward. In fact, the project should be finished on schedule, WLWT
Eyewitness News 5's Susanne Horgan reported. The pedestrian walkway
will be open on April 26, according to officials.
"But its completion might not be entirely free of suspense, Horgan
reported. The Cincinnati side of the bridge appears somewhat behind the
Newport side. 'That's really not true at all,' Cincinnati City
Architect Bob Richardson said. '(Newport) started a little bit earlier,
while we were still trying to get our funding in place. But we're
catching up, and soon we'll be totally in concert with the south bank
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Title: "Purple Pedestrian Pathway Approaches Completion?"
Author: J. Patrick Coolican
-> According to a Mar. 13th story in the Ft. Smith Times Record, "Since
November nearly 900 traffic signs have been erected along 94 miles of
Fort Smith streets designating city bicycle routes. City Parks and
Recreation Director John Dargle said Wednesday response to the signs
and routes has been "overwhelming," and not all of it positive.
"Bicycle enthusiasts, city staff members and members of a city bikeway
committee met Wednesday afternoon to plan an educational campaign
telling cyclists and motorists precisely what the signs mean. Deputy
City Administrator Ray Gosack said many who called the city about the
signs wondered how streets were selected for the designation. Others
asked if bicycles had the right of way on designated routes. Still
others, Gosack said, simply asked the signs be moved from their yard..."
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Title: "Bicycle Route Draws Questions, Calls"
Author: Rusty Garrett
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-> According to a Mar. 4th story on KPVI-TV in Pocatello, "Police have
started 'Operation Pedestrian Safety,' which is designed to help keep
students safe, as they cross the street. If somebody steps off the curb
in a designated crosswalk area drivers will get a ticket if they don't
stop. The fine is 53 dollars. Police say the recent speed limit change
in the area was also made to help make cross-walks safer
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Title: "Police Start 'Operation Pedestrian Safety'"
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-> According to a Mar. 13th story in the Rhinebeck Gazette Advertiser,
"Red Hook's residents will have a new, safer route to the Recreation
Park if officials secure funding for a proposed pedestrian and bicycle
path to extend from Linden Avenue to the park. 'We're meeting with a
grant writer to discuss what kinds of funding may be available,' said
Red Hook Mayor Dave Cohen. 'I know money at the state level is tight
this year, but you never know.'
"According to Cohen, the bike path initiative has been in the works for
several years. 'This will need to be a joint effort between the village
and the town, since the area involved is in both municipalities,' Cohen
said. 'We've all been working on it for quite some time'..."
Title: "Rec Park bike path in the works in Red Hook"
Author: Eileen Keeffe
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-> According to a March 10th story in the St. Louis Tribune, "While a
new Mississippi River bridge into downtown St. Louis still could be
more than 10 years from becoming a reality, some relief for Alton area
commuters could come within a couple of years with the reopening of the
McKinley Bridge. The bridge closed last October, removing four lanes
from the area's available means to traverse the river. Illinois
Department of Transportation officials cited safety issues in closing
"When the bridge reopens, it is hoped in 2005, two of those lanes would
be put back into use for motor vehicles. The two outside lanes would be
relegated to bicycle traffic. Also included in the project would be the
addition of reconfigured approaches to the bridge..."
Title: "McKinley Bridge renovation could start this year"
Author: Shawn Clubb
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-> According to a March 7th article in the Edie Weekly News Summaries,
"Energy production is child's play, particularly if you have a bicycle
pump, a tyre, and a group of energetic children letting off steam on
playground equipment such as seesaws, swings and roundabouts
"This isn't a riddle, says a scientist from the University of Michigan,
but a cheap and simple way to generate electricity in developing
countries. Whilst children play on the playground equipment, such as a
seesaw, air is compressed by bicycle pumps, stored in tanks, and later
used to charge batteries. The energy can then be used to power devices
such as lights, sewing machines and fans.
"A child spending three minutes during its school break time on a
teeter-totter provides enough energy to power a 20W lamp for one to two
minutes, the system's inventor, Dr Raj Pandian, said to edie. This can
be invaluable in the dry season in developing countries, when there is
less electricity being generated. 'The reason why I have chosen
pneumatics is that it's a simple and safe system,' said Dr Pandian. He
has developed a small prototype in the laboratory, and is planning to
use the device on a few local playgrounds in Michigan in the summer..."
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Title: "Bicycle pumps and playgrounds solving energy problems"
For more information on the project, see Dr. Pandian's webpage at:
[see "Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory," subsection on "Research on
Human Power Conversion."]
Photos of Dr. Pandian's teeter-totter can be seen at:
-> "A CRITIQUE OF TRANSPORTATION PLANNING BOARD TRAVEL DEMAND AND
Report on the DC Metro Area's modelling by Norm Marshall and Brian
Grady of Smart Mobility, Inc., Norwich VT, for Environmental Defense,
et al. (Revised: January 14, 2002)
-> "THE PEDESTRIAN CONDITION"
1989 paper by Jean Robert. "Pedestrian locomotion is not the abolishing
of distances. It is the bodily experience of the intimate distance
between unique places and moments."
Three reports from the City of Portland (OR) Traffic Calming Program:
-> "INFLUENCE OF TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICES ON FIRE VEHICLE TRAVEL
Report from Portland Bureau of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Service and
Traffic Calming Section. (January 1996).
-> "EMERGENCY RESPONSE STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS"
Office of Transportation/Fire Bureau (DRAFT February 10, 1998)
-> "SPLIT SPEED BUMP"
Kathy Mulder, PE, City of Portland, Oregon, Traffic Calming Program
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: <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 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: <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 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.
June 26, 2003, Real Intersection Design session at APBP Professional
Development Seminar, Boston MA. Info: Michael King; phone:
(718) 625-4121; email: <RID@trafficcalmer.com>
June 28-July 9, 2003, Great Places Hike and Bike Ride 2003, Czech
Republic. Info: Kumar, Project for Public Spaces; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 -- PGM. MGR., CYCLING/PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES -- OTTAWA, CANADA
We are seeking an experienced individual to plan, organize and direct
the technical, administrative, financial and policy aspects of projects
involving cycling and pedestrian issues. You will manage sustainable
transportation modes with a focus on technical and engineering aspects
and implement cycling and pedestrian systems as cited in the Official
Plan. The Program Manager directs a work section consisting of
professional and technical staff, fulfilling the role as the City's
resource for Cycling and Pedestrian Issues.
The successful candidate will possess a four-year undergraduate degree
in Civil Engineering or Urban Planning and a minimum of five to eight
years of professional transportation planning and/or engineering
experience. Accreditation as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or
Planner (M.C.I.P.) is required. You must have transportation available
for business and a valid Ontario unrestricted Class G Driver's License
or equivalent as per the City's corporate standard. Bilingualism is
considered an asset. Salary: $62,000.12 - $76,001.38 CDN
Please forward your r‚sum‚ and covering letter, quoting
number TUPW2003/13-BB by March 16, 2003 to: Human Resources Service
Bureau, 735 Industrial Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 5J1. You may also
apply by fax at (613) 580-2674 or email at <tupwst
email@example.com> using Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) for your
attachments. We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only
those selected for an interview will be contacted.
-> JOB -- GREENWAYS, TRAILS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR -- TAMPA, FL
The City of Tampa is seeking a qualified person to lead the development
of greenways and trails in the City of Tampa. Applications are being
accepted until March 24th. Questions can be directed to: Karla Price,
RLA, City of Tampa Parks Department; phone: (813)231-1333; email:
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. Additional information about the City of
Tampa greenway and trail efforts is available on line at
Applications are available on line at
-> 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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