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


Issue #67 Friday, March 28, 2003


CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
and information you can use to create more walkable and
bicycle-friendly communities.

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  NCBW Walkable Community Workshop Series Kicks Off
  STPP Names Anne P. Canby New President
  NCBW Launches New On-Line Forum
  NHTSA Honors Marin Co. (CA) Safe Routes Program
  England Gets Tougher on "Death by Dangerous Driving"
  Michael Ronkin's X-Walk Presentation Now Available
  Burlington (VT) Wins Award for Bike-Ped Study
  Orlando (FL) Folks Want to Bike!
  Last Chance -- Low Rates on Int'l Walking Conference!
  PPS Releases March Issue of "Making Places"
  Santa Cruz (CA) Bike Safety Videos Available
  STPP Urges Congress to "Stay the Course" on Tea-21
  Miami's Bicycling Police Chief Came from NYPD


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Hot Off NCBW Presses: More Copies of I.P.A. Guide
  Norwood (MA) Hosts NCBW Walkable Community Workshop
  Charlotte (MI) Walkable Downtown Attracts Developers
  Santa Fe (NM) Group Seeks $$ for Trail Xing
  Just Walk Worcester (MD) Grows to 1200 Members
  Pollution Worse for Motorists than Cyclists?
  Decatur (GA) to Work on Ped Safety Plan
  Athens (OH) Organizers Push for New Rail Trail
  Bicyclists Fight Houston (TX) Bike Lane Removal
  Alameda (CA) Woman Lauded for Walk-to-School Efforts
  Philly Suburb Changes Code to Encourage Walkability


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

WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SERIES KICKS OFF IN BOSTON!

->The first of a national series of half-day Walkable Community
Workshops (WCWs) aimed at making local communities more pedestrian
friendly started in Boston March 24th. The workshops are sponsored
by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW), in
partnership with various Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs),
and are made possible in part by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation.

The workshops bring together elected officials, public agency staff,
public health practitioners, planners, engineers, and advocates to
focus attention on pedestrian issues in their community. During the
next 12 weeks, teams of trainers will present Walkable Community
Workshops in nine regions across the country, working with local
MPO coordinators. Workshops will be presented in Boston, Massachusetts;
Atlanta, Georgia; Spokane, Washington; Gulfport, Mississippi;
Charlottesville, Virginia; Rochester, New York; Binghamton, New York;
Burlington, Vermont; and Hartford, Connecticut.

For more about the Walkable Community Workshop series and to see a schedule,
see the NCBW web site at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
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STPP NAMES ANNE P. CANBY NEW PRESIDENT

-> According to a Mar. 3rd news release, "The Surface Transportation
Policy Project (STPP) announced today that Anne P. Canby will become
the President of the organization. Ms. Canby brings a wealth of
professional transportation experience to the well-known reform
coalition. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of
transportation, having served in many senior policy roles over more
than two decades. From 1993 - 2000, she was the Secretary of the
Delaware Department of Transportation (DOT). At the Delaware DOT she
presided over dramatic changes, transforming a traditional highway
agency into a multimodal mobility provider, boosting public
transportation services in the state, and promoting an open,
collaborative decision-making process with many new transportation
constituencies.

"'I'm pleased to bring my background, experience and many vantage
points to STPP,' said Canby. 'I have been working for many years to
implement transportation reform as a DOT secretary, a leader in
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
(AASHTO), and in the U.S. Department of Transportation. I now look
forward to helping STPP continue its critical efforts to provide better
transportation choices and build more livable communities for all
Americans.'

"Canby succeeds former STPP President David Burwell, who was made a
Senior Fellow at the Prague Institute for Global Urban Development in
January. Mr. Burwell will continue to work with STPP on climate and
transportation issues, and with the Project for Public Spaces on
place-making and transportation. He continues on the STPP Board, where
he was a founding member. 'I am very pleased that Anne is taking the
helm at STPP,' said David Burwell. 'She is precisely the leader our
campaign needs to help make our Blueprint for reform a mainstream
element of transportation policy and practice.'

For more information contact: Sarah Campbell, STPP Chair, (202)
547-2717; Kevin McCarty, STPP, (202) 466-2636; James Corless, STPP,
(415) 290-5457. Or visit:
http://www.transact.org/news.asp?id=18
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NCBW LAUNCHES NEW ON-LINE FORUM

-> For nearly 25 years, the Bicycle Federation of America/National
Center for Bicycling & Walking have published NCBW Forum, the quarterly
journal aimed at bicycling and walking professionals and advocates.

Now, the NCBW Forum is taking a new tack, discontinuing the print
version of the journal and going to an online-based forum. "We've always
printed letters and follow-ups from readers," said John Williams, who has
edited the NCBW Forum for more than 22 years. "Now we want to make it
easy for people to really interact and discuss the pieces we publish.
The Internet makes that possible.

Each month Williams, who also edits this CenterLines e-bulletin, will
post several new articles that can be downloaded and read. Then readers
can go to the on-line NCBW Forum area and comment on the articles. "We
hope that this will open new ways for people to learn from and add to
the knowledge base," said Williams.

Check out the new on-line NCBW Forum at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/resources_information/publications/forum/NCBW_Forum_online.htm
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NHTSA HONORS MARIN CO. (CA) SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> According to a recent news release, "On Tuesday, March 11, Marin
County's Safe Routes to Schools Program received a prestigious 2003
Award for Public Service from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA). The awards ceremony was held at the Lifesavers
Conference, in Chicago.

"The NHTSA Awards for Public Service recognize and honor individuals and
organizations that exemplify high standards of achievement in the field
of traffic safety. In a letter announcing the award, NHTSA
Administrator Dr. Jeffrey Runge stated, 'The individuals and
organizations we honor today are model activists and supporters of our
mission to improve the health and safety of all Americans.'

"The Public Service Award was presented by Dr. Jeffrey Runge to Deb
Hubsmith, Executive Director of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition
(MCBC). Hubsmith states, "It is truly an honor to accept this award on
behalf of our entire Safe Routes to Schools program...I especially want
to recognize Wendi Kallins, Program Director of Safe Routes to Schools
for developing this local program, and Congressman James Oberstar for
recognizing that Safe Routes to Schools has the potential to change the
habits of an entire generation.'...

"Presently, Marin County's Safe Routes to Schools serves 10,000
children at 26 local elementary and middle schools. In the year 2001,
the Marin County Congestion Management Agency estimated that 21% of
morning traffic is caused by parents driving their children to schools.
In a two year time period, the Marin County Safe Routes to Schools
program increased the number of children walking and biking at
participating public schools from 21% to 38%..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.marinbike.org/News/Releases/NHTSAAwardToSRTS.htm
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ENGLAND GETS TOUGHER ON "DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING"

-> According to a recent note from Olly Hatch of the Velo-City
conferences, "Re your top story about the death of Susie, can a life in
the US of A really only be worth $500? While the UK may well not be
perfect in every regard, the UK Government are (when Parliament stops
discussing the war) to increase the maximum penalty for the offence of
'causing death by dangerous driving' (which has existed some long
while) from 10 years to 14 years following their 'Review of Road
Traffic Penalties'. This awaits Parliamentary time. See proposals 8,9
and 10 on pages 6 and 7 of the following link to the document quoted
above:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/new_indexs/index_police-traffic.htm

For more on Velo-City, go to:
http://www.ecf.com/networks/net_conferences1.htm
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MICHAEL RONKIN'S X-WALK PRESENTATION NOW AVAILABLE

-> According to a recent note from Michael Ronkin, Oregon's Bicycle &
Pedestrian Program Manager, "As promised, I placed a PowerPoint
presentation on textured/colored crosswalks on our ftp site. Please
feel free to use. A courtesy - acknowledging the source would be nice,
thank you. It's designed to make people think long and hard about
spending a lot of $ on a treatment that does not seem to do what it's
supposed to do - increase visibility."

To download the presentation, go to:
ftp://ftp.odot.state.or.us/outgoing/BikePedProgram/
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BURLINGTON (VT) WINS AWARD FOR BIKE-PED STUDY

-> We recently heard from Connie Livingston, bicycle-pedestrian planner
for Burlington, Vermont. "On Monday, March 24, there will be a
presentation of the 2002 Vermont Public Spaces Awards for the City
Hall Park Phased Master Plan and the Burlington North/South Bicycle
and Pedestrian Route Study at Contois Auditorium, City Hall, in Burlington.
"The awards are an initiative of the Vermont Chapter of the American
Society of Landscape Architects, the Vermont Planning Associations, the
Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Vermont
Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The awards"recognize
special exterior or interior spaces, accessible to the public,which have
been defined or enriched by design or planning and to recognize regulations,
studies, plans, or policies which promote positive, active uses of Vermont's
public spaces."The Study was prepared by the Office of Robert A. White for
the Burlington Public Works Department and funded by the Vermont Agency
of Transportation. It focused on the streets, recognizing that they are public
spaces that can be used for more than just the movement of motor vehicles.
The jury felt that this study outlines practical, pragmatic programs for a network
of streets that can make them better for both bicyclists and pedestrians. For
more information, contact: Connie Livingston at:<CLivingston@ci.Burlington.vt.us>.
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ORLANDO (FL) FOLKS WANT TO BIKE!

-> According to a recent message from Mighk Wilson, Bicycle &
Pedestrian Coordinator for Metroplan Orlando, "Metroplan Orlando, has
recently completed a Walking & Bicycling Attitudes Survey for Orange,
Seminole and Osceola Counties. The survey was designed and conducted by
Dr. Evan Berman at the University of Central Florida Department of
Public Administration. Our general purposes for the survey were to
explore the various social, economic and environmental factors that
most affect a person's decision to walk or bike for transportation, and
to measure public support for improvements to the pedestrian and
bicycle systems."

A few key findings:

-- 77.7% would like to live in a place where more of their daily needs
can be met through walking or bicycling.
-- 64% wished to see more bike lanes in the area.
-- 80% felt people should be able to bike to work if they wished to.

For info about the survey contact: Mighk Wilson, Bicycle &
Pedestrian Coordinator, METROPLAN ORLANDO, 315 E. Robinson St.,
Suite 355, Orlando, Florida 32801-1949; Phone: 407-481-5672 ext. 318;
FAX: 407-481-5680; E-mail: <mwilson@metroplanorlando.com

A text final report and a PowerPoint presentation are available at:
http://www.metroplanorlando.com .
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LAST CHANCE -- LOW RATES ON INT'L WALKING CONFERENCE!

-> According to a recent note from Ellen Vanderslice of Amerca Walks,
"Wednesday, April 9, is the last day to register at the regular rate for
'Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment,' the 4th International Conference
on Walking in the 21st Century. The conference will be held May 1-3 at the
Portland Marriott Downtown in Portland, Oregon. For more info, visit:
http://www.walk21.com. Register before April 9 to receive the regular
rate of $385 ($325 forNGOs/non profits, $250 students). April 9 is also the
deadline for hotel reservations at the conference rate. For registration
information, e-mail:<register@eweme.com> or visit:
http://americawalks.org/walk21/registration Still available: a handful of
partial scholarships for the Walk21 Conference($190 registration rate)
for advocates who register for both Walk21 IV and
NCPA. For details,
contact <info@americawalks.org>. In conjunction with the Walk21 conference,
America Walks will convene the Third National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates,
May 1-4. More information can be found at: http://americawalks.org/congress/.
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PPS RELEASES MARCH ISSUE OF "MAKING PLACES"

-> According to a recent release from Project for Public Spaces (PPS),
"To break a vicious cycle of longer commutes and scarcer housing,
residents of California's San Mateo peninsula needed a daring,
innovative solution. Now, PPS and an unlikely group of partners are
helping them set a new standard for livability." The story is told in
the March issue of their newsletter, Making Places. Other topics
covered include:

-- SUVs: Stealing the Public Wealth, by David Burwell;
-- How PPS turns car-dominated streets into people-friendly places;
-- Placemaking for computer centers;
-- and more...

Get the March edition here:
http://www.pps.org/newsletter/Mar2003.htm
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SANTA CRUZ (CA) BIKE SAFETY VIDEOS AVAILABLE

-> According to a note from Cheryl Schmitt, Santa Cruz (CA)
Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, Somebody a while back was looking for
bike safety videos. We have some pretty good bike safety videos in
English and in Spanish. Three different videos for three different
audiences--kids, teens, adults.

Here's the website:
http://www2.ucsc.edu/taps/pdf/bikevideo.pdf
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STPP URGES CONGRESS TO "STAY THE COURSE" ON TEA-21

-> According to a March 10th release, the Surface Transportation Policy
Project has released its policy platform for reauthorization of TEA-21,
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. "The platform, 'Stay
the Course: How to Make TEA-21 Even Better,' calls on Congress to build
upon the landmark transportation legislation, the 1991 Intermodal
Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and the 1998
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)."

For more information, or to download the platform, go to:
http://www.transact.org/report.asp?id=203
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MIAMI'S BICYCLING POLICE CHIEF CAME FROM NYPD

-> Recently, Steve Faust, leader of the AYH Bike Committee in New York
City, sent us a note about our CL #65 Quotes-R-Us item on Miami Police
Chief John Timoney. According to Steve, Timoney came from the NYPD.
"Timoney was one of the 'chief' police brass supporting the early years
of the 5 Boro Bike Tour-Bike NY. We taught him a lot about what bikes
can do in a city and he helped get the tour approved and keep it
running.."

For more info on the 5 Boro Tour, go to:
http://www.bikenewyork.org/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"In a November [Riverside County, California] survey of weary
commuters, nearly 40% said they'd take a job within 15 minutes of home
even if it meant a 10% pay cut."
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2003-03-19-la-sprawl_x.htm
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/USAToday/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Congestion replaces citrus in L.A. fringe"
Author: Martin Kasindorf


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

HOT OFF NCBW PRESSES: MORE COPIES OF I.P.A. GUIDE

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) has just
re-issued its popular guide, "Increasing Physical Activity Through
Community Design." This 48-page manual focuses on how to make
communities more bicycle friendly and walkable.--

To order a hard copy, use this online form:
http://www.bikewalk.org/cgi-script/CSMailto/forms/IPA_1.htm

To download a pdf of the Guide, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PubHealth.htm
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NORWOOD (MA) HOSTS NCBW WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

-> According to a Mar. 19th story in the Norwood Daily News Transcript,
"The Walkable Communities Initiative evokes images of a maze of nature
trails meandering through golden fields or emerald forests. Norwood's
goal for the program however, is to improve safety conditions from its
municipal parking lot on Nahatan Street to the Civic Center: Not to
create a likeness to the Atari game Frogger. Its goal plan is to
coordinate pedestrian and vehicle movement downtown to reduce the
hazard of crossing busy streets, while maintaining traffic flow to
avoid bottlenecks at the central artery.

"It is a project town officials have grappled with for years and a
topic taken up recently by the Downtown Steering Committee. No one
group yet has created a solution that balances cost, pedestrian safety,
and vehicular traffic. Next Thursday could turn that table around
according to John Williams, NCBW project manager with Walkable National
Center for Bicycling and Walking. His organization scheduled a half-day
workshop at the Civic Center that day to give town officials and
project facilitators an opportunity to meet. By lunchtime Williams said
they could be mapping improvement plans and reaching consensus on
footbridges or traffic signals..."

Source:
http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/news/local_regional/norw_downtown03192003.htm
Archive search:
http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/HiasysTools/Search/search.bg?mode=all
Cost: Yes
Title: "Norwood on right path to smarter, safer downtown"
Author: Brian Falla
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CHARLOTTE (MI) WALKABLE DOWNTOWN ATTRACTS DEVELOPERS

-> According to a Mar. 24th Lansing State Journal article from
Charlotte, "Residents could move into the first homes of a planned $65
million development on the city's west side by October, developers
said. In five to seven years, 88 acres on Lawrence Avenue at Wheaton
Highway should be filled with 148 single-family homes, 352 apartments
in 22 buildings, an office complex, a small retail center and an
assisted-living facility for senior citizens. The area borders Carmel
Township. Charlotte is the first foray in the Lansing market for David
Goldberg's development firm, the Aspen Group developers of Southfield.
Aspen has partnered with Elm Development of Holt to complete the
project.

"Charlotte's recent school improvements, a walkable small-town downtown
and expected growth surrounding General Motors Corp.'s upcoming $1
billion assembly complex in Delta Township, are all things that
attracted the firm. The Charlotte City Council recently approved
special rezoning for the project as a Planned Development District.
That requires a development plan with some unified design themes in the
buildings.

"'We're creating a neighborhood feel, where people can put the baby in
a stroller and walk downtown or to the corner store,' Goldberg said. He
said the value of homes in the new subdivision or rental prices in the
future apartments haven't been determined. The popularity of such
mixed-use developments is picking up in mid-Michigan. Delhi and Delta
townships and Williamston also are expecting projects combining housing
with retail and other uses. And Meridian Township is encouraging
housing units built above retail spaces..."

Source: http://www.lsj.com/news/local/030324_charlotte_1b-2b.html
Archive search: use key word search window
Cost: No
Title: "Charlotte project blends homes, businesses"
Author: Chris Golembiewski
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SANTA FE (NM) GROUP SEEKS $$ FOR TRAIL XING

-> According to a Mar. 27th story in the Santa Fe New Mexican,
"Officials at The Trust for Public Land have asked the federal
government for $4.8 million to build a bicycle and pedestrian crossing
at St. Francis Drive. Brian Drypolcher, program manager at The Trust
for Public Land, said the crossing would connect the planned Railyard
Park and Plaza to a lengthy trail system west of St. Francis Drive. The
system includes the 18-mile Santa Fe Rail Trail, which goes to Lamy,
Drypolcher said. The crossing would also provide easier access to the
3.5-mile Arroyo Chamiso Trail, which starts near Sam's Club on Rodeo
Road and travels up the arroyo to Siringo Road, then goes along the
railroad to Zia Road near St. Francis Drive, Drypolcher said.

"The Trust for Public Land is overseeing the creation of a 13-acre park
in the rail yard, which is expected to be complete in roughly a year
and a half. Last May, a jury of landscape and urban-design experts and
community representatives selected a New York landscape and
urban-design team headed by Ken Smith, Mary Miss and Frederic Schwartz
to design the $5.3 million project. Drypolcher said he expects Smith to
visit Santa Fe in April, and people should have a chance to talk to him
about the project during his visit. The park project includes 10 acres
between Cerrillos Road, Guadalupe Street and Paseo de Peralta and 3
acres north of the Paseo. It is part of the 50-acre, city-owned rail
yard..."

Source:
http://santafenewmexican.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2144&dept_id=500281&newsid=7510483&PAG=461&rfi=9
Archive search:
http://santafenewmexican.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2144&dept_id=500281&pag=628
Cost: Yes
Title: "Group Seeks Federal Money for Trail-System Overpass"
Author: Wendy Brown
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JUST WALK WORCESTER (MD) GROWS TO 1200 MEMBERS

-> According to a Mar. 27th story in the Santa Fe New Mexican,
"Officials at The Trust for Public Land have asked the federal
government for $4.8 million to build a bicycle and pedestrian crossing
at St. Francis Drive. Brian Drypolcher, program manager at The Trust
for Public Land, said the crossing would connect the planned Railyard
Park and Plaza to a lengthy trail system west of St. Francis Drive. The
system includes the 18-mile Santa Fe Rail Trail, which goes to Lamy,
Drypolcher said. The crossing would also provide easier access to the
3.5-mile Arroyo Chamiso Trail, which starts near Sam's Club on Rodeo
Road and travels up the arroyo to Siringo Road, then goes along the
railroad to Zia Road near St. Francis Drive, Drypolcher said.

"The Trust for Public Land is overseeing the creation of a 13-acre park
in the rail yard, which is expected to be complete in roughly a year
and a half. Last May, a jury of landscape and urban-design experts and
community representatives selected a New York landscape and
urban-design team headed by Ken Smith, Mary Miss and Frederic Schwartz
to design the $5.3 million project. Drypolcher said he expects Smith to
visit Santa Fe in April, and people should have a chance to talk to him
about the project during his visit. The park project includes 10 acres
between Cerrillos Road, Guadalupe Street and Paseo de Peralta and 3
acres north of the Paseo. It is part of the 50-acre, city-owned rail
yard..."

Source:
http://www.dailytimesonline.com/news/stories/20030324/localnews/1239682.html
Archive search: None apparent
Cost: ?
Title: "Worcester's Boardwalk and beaches make it state's most walkable
county"
Author: C.R. Hook
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POLLUTION WORSE FOR MOTORISTS THAN CYCLISTS?

-> According to a Mar. 27th story in the Budapest, Hungary, Sun,
"Budapest organization the Friends of City Cycling (VBB) recently
celebrated its 10th anniversary. The group says its decade of
achievements include that there are now 10 times as many bicycle lanes
in the capital than 10 years ago, that commuters are allowed to take
cycles on the suburban railway, the cog wheel railway and state
railways, and a growing number of people using bikes - although there
is still scope for lobbying, according to VBB president Istvan Kohalmi.

"The 60-year-old bicycle fanatic, who coincidentally celebrates his
birthday on the same day as the association, is constantly encouraging
people to leave their cars at home and get on their bikes. 'Apart from
reasons like it is good for your health, cycling is also a means of
reducing the level of air pollution and thus achieving a city that's
better to live in,' he said. Kohalmi referred to an Austrian study
refuting arguments that cycling in cities is dangerous for a person's
health due to the fumes.

"'Some 10 years ago it was discovered that the pollution cars cause is
doing harm primarily to the drivers themselves. The second most
endangered group are the people who want to let some so-called 'fresh
air' into their apartments, but pedestrians are not in a much better
situation. Cyclists come only next,' he said. The surprising results of
the Austrian team's medical experts included the claim that the faster
the metabolism, the faster the body eliminates harmful materials. The
body of a cyclist evidently works more efficiently in this way than
that of a driver. 'Thus the danger cycling possesses does not come from
pollution. It is rather the behavior of drivers and the inappropriate
quality and organization of cycle lanes,' said Kohalmi..."

Source:
http://www.budapestsun.com/full_story.asp?ArticleId=%7BD242FB10AB9349DFB1C44DEA38F641C9%7D&From=Sport
Archive search:
http://www.budapestsun.com/search.asp?SearchAuthor=&SearchIssue=&SearchSection=&Search=
Cost: No
Title: "10 years riding high"
Author: Eszter Balazs
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DECATUR (GA) TO WORK ON PED SAFETY PLAN

-> According to a Mar. 27th story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
"Decatur officials are beginning work on an intersection safety plan as
the fourth child recently hit by a car remains in a hospital. Michael
Martin, 12, probably will be at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
through early April, said his father, Chuck Martin. Surgeons last week
began a series of skin grafts on his left foot. Earlier, they removed
the toes and ball of that foot. Michael has been hospitalized since
Feb. 13, when a BellSouth truck ran over his feet when he tried to
cross a busy south Decatur road en route to practice for his school's
track team. His accident was the fourth in six months in which a child
crossing a Decatur street was hit by a vehicle.

"The first two accidents happened on Clairmont Avenue, where Madelyn
Turner was hit in September and Skyler Lawes in October. Madelyn was
uninjured and no charges were filed against the driver, said Decatur
Public Safety Director David Rutledge. Skyler was hospitalized for
almost two weeks with numerous injuries. The driver in that case paid a
fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Rutledge
said. In the third case, a child riding a bicycle through the downtown
intersection of Sycamore and Church streets was hit by a car but
uninjured, said City Manager Peggy Merriss, who would not release the
child's name. That driver was convicted of failing to yield to a
pedestrian in a crosswalk and also paid a fine, Rutledge said..."

Source:
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/dekalb/0303/27pedestrian.html
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pedestrian safety gets Decatur's attention"
Author: Karen Hill
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ATHENS (OH) ORGANIZERS PUSH FOR NEW RAIL TRAIL

-> According to a Mar. 27th story in the Athens News, "A new
bicycle/hiking/horseback riding trail could soon meander through
one of the prettiest parts of Athens and Vinton counties. A group
of area citizens is working to turn the old railroad bed that runs
for 11 miles from Zaleski in Vinton County to the area around the
village of Mineral in Athens County, into a public trail. The railroad
bed runs through the Zaleski State Forest and Wayne National
Forest. Around nine miles of the trail are in Vinton County while
the rest of it is in Athens County. The old railroad bed runs through
Lake Hope State Park and through the historic Moonville Tunnel
near Raccoon Creek.

"Organizers Andrea Reik and Jackie Fokes said Tuesday that
the owner of the old railroad bed has given the group permission
to buy the property and turn it into public land. Much of the railroad
bed is clear of trees and brush, and it cuts through picturesque
woodlands in Athens and Vinton counties, Reik said. The trail is
made up of 170 acres of land, and it includes several spots where
the old concrete foundations for bridges still stand, Reik said.
The group would have to get funding to rebuild the bridges on the
old foundations, but grant funding may be available, she said..."

Source: http://www.athensnews.com/issue/article.php3?story_id=12074
Archive search: use "search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Old RR bed could become new hiking trail through Athens, Vinton counties"
Author: Nick Claussen
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BICYCLISTS FIGHT HOUSTON (TX) BIKE LANE REMOVAL

-> According to a Mar. 11th story in the Houston Chronicle, "The
closure of Spur 527 has caused much anxiety lately for some
Neartown residents. There are the concerned property owners
hoping to avert an onslaught of traffic into their community and
the pedestrians who hope they can make it safely to the corner
store. Somewhere in between, though, are the bicyclists and
community activists in Neartown who find the city's plan to remove
bike lanes along West Alabama. Since it was first announced that
West Alabama would be used as an alternative thoroughfare while
the spur is shut down for three years, there has been talk that the
bike lanes from Woodhead to Weslayan would be removed to
make room for more vehicles...

"The city decided to remove the coveted bike lanes and, to appease
the community, place caution signs for bikers on Fairview Street,
about three-quarters of mile to the north, as an alternative. 'For us to
leave the bike lanes would not allow us to do that
(maintain a safe environment) and it would be a danger to the
bicyclists,' said Gary Norman, a spokesman for the Department of
Public Works and Engineering. 'We felt it (on Fairview) was the safest
route and the best way to maintain connectivity in the bikeway system.'
However, community activists find the removal of the lanes typical of
the city's lack of commitment to the bikeway program. 'Really, it (the city)
only has bike lanes as a token to meet the air quality requirements.
Most of the bike lanes are dangerous because they are too narrow
and the speeding cars go too fast,' said activist Dan 'The Bikeman'
Lundeen, an attorney who battled with the city two years ago over
the removal of bike lanes on West Dallas..."

Source: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/thisweek/zone10/news/1813265
Archive search: http://www.chron.com/content/archive/index.mpl
Cost: Yes
Title: "Spur 527 closure forces bike lane removal"
Author: Danny Perez
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ALAMEDA (CA) WOMAN LAUDED FOR WALK-TO-SCHOOL EFFORTS

-> According to a Mar. 26th story in the Oakland Tribune, "Audrey Lord
Hausman knows how to get around in Alameda, and it doesn't always
involve four wheels and a tank of gas. As co-founder of Pedestrian
Friendly Alameda, Lord-Hausman has worked with Alameda city officials
to make the Island a more walkable city, especially near elementary and
middle schools. 'This is a tremendously walkable town and I think
there's a lot to be said from a health standpoint,' Lord-Hausman said.
Tonight, she will be honored with the 2003 Golden Oak Award at the PTA
Council of Alameda for her work encouraging parents to walk their kids
to school.

"'She just continues to work to make Alameda a better place,' said
David Forbes, president of the PTA Council. 'If it weren't for her, the
Walk and Roll to School Day would not have happened. She started that
here in Alameda and she continues to push public works to make
crossings safer.' The local celebration of Walk and Roll to School Day
each October, spearheaded by Lord-Hausman two years ago, has given
Alameda parents one less reason to use their cars to drop kids off at
school. Stacey Benedetto, the vice president of PTA at Haight
Elementary, said the impact of Lord-Hausman's work is immeasurable and
considers her an 'inspirational mentor.'..."

Source:
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1865~1271258,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82%257E1828%257E,00.html?se
arch=true
Cost: No
Title: "Alameda PTA to honor woman"
Author: Ali Fard
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PHILLY SUBURB CHANGES CODE TO ENCOURAGE WALKABILITY

-> According to a Mar. 21st story in the Lower Moreland Globe,
"Commissioner Jay Friedenberg, chairman of the ordinance committee,
said the board has had to make some code changes to accommodate
the traditional neighborhood development concept. He said this is the
second time the board has had to amend its codes for the proposed
development of the lot on Byberry and Heaton roads. Developer
Joe Duckworth plans to build nearly 100 homes on the 42-acre plot of
land, Friedenberg said. To really give the development that old style
neighborhood feel, a 'destination' store will be included in the
development plan. 'The thing is this piece of ground is going to be
developed anyway,' Friedenberg said. 'We've been looking at it for a
number of years and finally a developer, Joe Duckworth, came forward.'

"The traditional neighborhood design represents a departure from
suburban development projects of the past quarter century or so.
Instead of building homes on a quarter-acre of property far off the
street, the so-called 'walkable communities' will have homes that are
build in close proximity to the neighbor's homes. The front of the homes
will be equipped with a porch and sidewalk close to the dwelling. Each
home will have a separate parking garage in the back. 'This type of
development will allow us to preserve more open space while promoting
a sense of community,' Friedenberg said. 'We did some marketing
research and found a number of these type of developments down
south and they sold very quickly.' Friedenberg said a number of township
residents at first voiced opposition to the traditional neighborhood
development concept. But after reviewing the development plans, many
of the neighbors have had a change of heart..."

Source: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1306&dept_id=187821&newsid=7456052&PAG=461&rfi=9
Archive search: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1306&dept_id=187821&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Zoning ordinance amended by Lower Moreland supervisors"
Author: Joe Harrington
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"ART OF THE WEIRD "

-> According to a Mar. 27th Fresno (CA) Neighbors article, "'I'll warn
you, it's weird,' said artist Bill Bruce, 70, ducking into a
closet-size storeroom in his downtown Fresno studio. 'But being weird
is good, you know.' Bruce looks the part of an unconventional artist,
with gray hair in a crew cut, a gray goatee and a diamond stud earring
in one ear lobe.

"The former avid bicyclist returned carrying a 3-foot tall plastic doll
bound mummy-style in bicycle inner tubes. In a previous life the doll
had starred as a model in a series of digital photos Bruce took of
dolls kissing. Bruce's inner tube art is one part of his show that
opens April 4 at the Fig Tree Gallery. The mummy doll in a fabric-lined
coffin will be flanked by glass 'urns' filled with cut up tubes. 'I
venture to say people are going to get all numbed out,' Bruce said of
the inner-tube art. 'But it's a foil for the other art.'..."
"The former avid bicyclist returned carrying a 3-foot tall plastic
doll bound mummy-style in bicycle inner tubes. In a previous life the
doll had starred as a model in a series of digital photos Bruce took of
dolls kissing. Bruce's inner-tube art is one part of his show that
opens April 4 at the Fig Tree Gallery. The mummy doll in a fabric-lined
coffin will be flanked by glass 'urns' filled with cut up tubes. 'I
venture to say people are going to get all numbed out,' Bruce said of
the inner-tube art. 'But it's a foil for the other art.'..."

Source:
http://www.fresnoneighbors.com/showcase/story/6453813p-7398329c.html
Archive search: None apparent
Cost: ?
Title: "From paintings to 'inner-tube art', local man prepares for show
of his work."
Author: Paula Lloyd


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

-> "THE COMING DEMAND"
Report on increasing desire for walkable communities; from the Congress
for the New Urbanism and the Funders Network for Smart Growth and
Livable Communities.
http://www.cnu.org/cnu_reports/Coming_Demand.pdf

-> "SLANTED PAVEMENT"
March 2003 Brookings Institute report by Hill, Geyer, O'Brien, Robey,
Brennan, and Puentes, subtitled "How Ohio's Highway Spending
Shortchanges Cities and Suburbs."
http://www.brookings.org/es/urban/publications/ohiogastax.htm

-> P.A. BROCHURES FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS
CDC Brochures for Parents, Teachers, and Principals to Increase
Physical Activity Among Youth. View pdfs online (or download) or order
hard copies at the following address:
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/healthtopics/physical_activity/brochures/index.htm


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

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

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

April 4-5: Thunderhead Southwest Training, Santa FE, NM. (For leaders
or potential leaders of southwestern bicycle advocacy organizations.).
Info: Sue Knaup, Executive Director, Thunderhead Alliance, P.O. Box
3309, Prescott, AZ 86302; phone: (928) 541-9841; email:
<sue@thunderheadalliance.org>
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

April 4,5, 2003, Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers and
Western Canada Traffic Association Regional Conference, Victoria,BC.
Info:http://citebc.ca/Quad2003/

April 5-13, 2003, Tempe Bike Week, Tempe, AZ. Info: Tempe in Motion;
phone: (480) 350-8663.
http://www.tempe.gov/bikeprogram

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: <aturnbull@bikewalkvirginia.org>
http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org/

April 25-26: Thunderhead Southeast Training, New Orleans, LA. (For
leaders or potential leaders of southeastern bicycle advocacy
organizations.). Info: Sue Knaup, Executive Director, Thunderhead
Alliance, P.O. Box 3309, Prescott, AZ 86302; phone: (928) 541-9841;
email: <sue@thunderheadalliance.org>
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

April 28-29, 2003, Transportation, Air Issues, and Human Health
Conference, Toronto, Ontario. Info: Krista Friesen, Project Manager,
Pollution Probe; email: <kfriesen@pollutionprobe.org>
http://www.pollutionprobe.org/Happening/Index.htm.

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

May 1-3, 2003, Walk21 IV: Health, Equity & Environment; the Fourth
International Conference on Walking in the 21st Century, Portland, OR.
Info: e-mail<info@americawalks.org>
http://www.walk21.com/

May 1-11, 2003, Bike Week NYC, New York, NY. Info: Transportation
Alternatives, 115 West 30th Street, Suite 1207, New York, NY 10001;
phone: (212) 629-8080;fax: (212) 629-8334; email: <info@transalt.org>
http://www.bikeweeknyc.org.

May 4, 2003, Third National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, Portland,
OR. Info: e-mail <info@americawalks.org>
http://americawalks.org/congress/

May 18, 2003, 3rd Annual Los Angeles River Ride, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, 634 S. Spring St., Suite 821, Los
Angeles, CA 90014; phone: (213) 629-2142; fax: (213) 629-2259; email:
<rpm@labikecoalition.org>
http://www.labikecoalition.org/events/larr2003.html

May 22-24, 2003, 13th Annual Int'l Police Mountain Bike Assn
Conference, Charleston, WV. Info:
http://www.ipmba.org/conferences.htm

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: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikeleague.org/events/educonference.htm

June 8-11, 2003, Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference
XIII, Banff, Alberta. Info:
http://www.cyberus.ca/~carsp/call_for.htm

June 12-13, 2003, ICTCT Workshop on Safe Non-Motorised Traffic,
Vancouver, BC. Info: International Cooperation on Theories and Concepts
in Traffic Safety; click on "workshops" link at:
http://www.ictct.org/

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:
http://www.apbp.org/apbp_cambridge.pdf

June 26-29, 2003, TrailLink 2003: Designing For The Future, Providence,
RI. Info: Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036.
http://www.railtrails.org/traillink2003

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>
http://www.apbp.org

June 27-July 26, 2003, Bike Summer 2003, New York, NY. Info: BikeSummer
2003, P.O. Box 249, New York, NY 10002-0249; phone: (212) 330-7083.
http://www.bikesummer.org.

June 28-July 9, 2003, Great Places Hike and Bike Ride 2003, Czech
Republic. Info: Kumar, Project for Public Spaces; email: <kumar@pps.org>
http://www.pps.org/training//Czech_Ride.htm

August 3-6, 2003, Action for America's Communities, Countryside, and
Public Lands, Denver, CO. Info: Scenic Summit, P.O. BOX 3499, Boulder,
CO 80307-3499; phone: (303) 494-1246; e-mail:
<scenicsummit@atwoodcompany.com>
http://www.scenicsummit.org

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

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

September 23-26, 2003, Velo-City 2003, Paris, France. Info: Isabelle
Lesens, Velo-city 2003, Mairie de Paris, 40 rue du Louvre, F- 75001
Paris; email: <isabelle.lesens@mairie-paris.fr>.
http://www.velo-city2003.com

October 10-11, 2003, NZ Cycling Conference 2003, Auckland, NZ. Info:
Cycling Support NZ, PO Box 3064, Whangarei, NZ; phone: 09 436 2640;
fax: 09 436 2600; email: <pd@cycling-support.org.nz>
http://www.cycling-support.org.nz/


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

-> RFP -- TRAIL ALTERNATIVE DESIGN -- N. SANTIAM CANYON, OR
The North Santiam Canyon Economic Development Corporation is soliciting
proposals to do work on a trail alternative in the North Santiam
Canyon, Oregon. Proposals will be due April 11, 2003 no later than 2:00
p.m. For a map or copy of the RFP, please contact Nicole Feigion at
(503) 897-2295 or via email at <nscedc@open.org>.

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- L.A. CO. BICYCLE COALITION
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit organization
working to improve the bicycling environment and the quality of life in
Los Angeles County, seeks an Executive Director with 3-5 years
experience in management, fundraising, and grassroots organizing, with
solid oral/written communication skills, and knowledge of
transportation issues. For a complete job announcement, call (213)
629-2142. Deadline to apply: April 7.Or visit:
http://www.labikecoalition.org/helpwanted/edposavail.html

-> JOBS -- ENGRS., L.A.S, PLANNERS -- SPRINKLE CONSULTING
Sprinkle Consulting, Inc. now has openings in our Tampa, Florida Office.
We are seeking both Project and Senior level Engineers, Landscape
Architects and Planners. If you are interested, please email me at
<fleonard@sprinkleconsulting.com> for more information.
Felicia K.Leonard, Sr. Project Planner, Sprinkle Consulting, Inc. (888) 462-3514.

-> 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:
<karla.price@tampagov.net>. Additional information about the City of
Tampa greenway and trail efforts is available on line at
http://www.tampagov.net/dept_parks/trails
Applications are available on line at
http://www.tampagov.net

-> 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:

Program Director This position will direct and manage the Physical
Activity Coalition, including overseeing the budget, supervision of
administrative assistant, community outreach to planning commissions,
civic groups, schools, recreation departments, and the philanthropic
community, and developing projects. Energetic promotion of mission and
activities of the coalition. Strong interpersonal skills, attention to
detail and multi-tasking. Minimum BA and 5 years experience. 30 hours
per week.

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


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