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


Issue #68 Friday, April 11, 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
  Walkin' The Walk, Talkin' The Talk
  NCBW Forum Gets Going Online
  Poll: Americans Support Better Walking Environment
  Thunderhead Alliance Southwest Workshop A Success
  Congressional Staff Briefed on Obesity Epidemic
  STPP's Canby Testifies Before House Science Committee
  NCBW Staff On The Road
  Risk of Excess Weight Increases in Unsafe Neighborhoods
  30,000 Cyclists Gear Up for Bike New York
  Univ. Of Wisconsin Offers Neighborhood Traffic Courses
  Better World Club Offers Bike Roadside Assistance


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  NCBW Walkable Community Workshop a Hit in Morrow (GA)
  Brownsville (TX) Kids to Get Safer Route to School
  Building in Physical Activity
  Chattanooga (TN) Celebrates Bike Plan Success
  Virginia DOT Vows Improved Ped/Bike Access
  North Carolina Bicycle Alliance Sets Lofty Goals
  "Best Yet to Come" for Davis (CA) Bikeway System
  Visalia (CA) Rotarians To Use Alt Trans
  Obese Children's Self-Esteem Far Below That of Peers
  Cincinnati's "Purple People Bridge" Opens in 3 Weeks
  Mazda Develops "Ped-Friendly" Car Hood
  Most French Think Too Little Done to Promote Bicycling




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WALKIN' THE WALK, TALKIN' THE TALK

-> The NCBW’s Walkable Community Workshop (WCW) campaign is in
full swing! NCBW’s Peter Moe and co-trainer Charlie Gandy made
the most of a week in Atlanta as they delivered eight Walkable
Community Workshops in cities and towns across that region.
The previous week, NCBW trainers Peter Lagerwey, Dan Burden,
and Mark Fenton teamed up to deliver eight workshops in and
around Boston, Massachusetts. Boston and Atlanta are the
first in a series of nine metropolitan areas selected and
scheduled for the WCWs (see the link below for a listing of
all regions).

“That’s the toughest work-week I’ve had in years,” says Moe. “But
the outcomes are clear and compelling. We are helping people
define a new vision for walking in their community, and giving
them the tools to make it happen.”

“This is absolutely state of the art public involvement,” adds Gandy.
“We gather the key people, elected officials, professionals from
public agencies and private interests, and citizen stakeholders
and bring them together in consensus on what needs to be done to
make their place a great place for walking.”

Moe said that the workshops in both regions have included state
and local agency staff from law enforcement, health, schools,
transportation, and planning, as well as local media reporters,
community association leaders, and citizen advocates. Elected
officials – including city council members, county officials,
and mayors – have been well-represented in the workshops.

“We’ve got a hit on our hands,” says Bill Wilkinson, NCBW’s
executive director. “The successes we’ve seen so far in Boston
and Atlanta, and the kind of media attention we’re getting, are
telling us that we’ve struck a chord with people who want to
make their communities great places to walk. We’ve got seven
regions to go with 56 workshops in this series, and we can’t
wait to get started on the next round.”

Wilkinson added that the call for proposals for a second
round of MPO Walkable Community Workshops will be released in
May. Application packets will be announced in an upcoming issue
of CenterLines.

For more about the Walkable Community Workshop Series, visit:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
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NCBW FORUM GETS GOING ONLINE

-> As the word gradually gets out, people are beginning to visit our
new online message system, ncbwforum. Folks are starting to post their
announcements and have been browsing through some of the initial
messages. Nancy Smith Lea has started a thread on her article, "Urban
Cycling Safety: Individual or Social Responsibility?," and we've
started adding in some interesting stories that wouldn't fit in
CenterLines. Drop by and say HI! Be one of the "early adopters!"
Check out thencbwforum at:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc
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POLL: AMERICANS SUPPORT BETTER WALKING ENVIRONMENT

-> According to an Apr. 1st news release from STPP, "A new national
survey released today on attitudes toward walking finds that Americans
want to walk more places more often, and are willing to invest in
making it possible. Poll results show that if given a choice between
walking more and driving more, 55 percent of adults choose walking
more. The poll shows overwhelming support for policies to make the
walking environment less dangerous for people of all ages, and
especially children. A majority (68 percent) favor putting more federal
dollars toward improving walkability, even within a constrained budget.

"'We need to make walking a safe, easy and appealing option for all
Americans,' said Anne Canby, President of the Surface Transportation
Policy Project. 'Walking is a critical part of the transportation
system, but our institutions, programs, policies, and funding aren't
providing the balance that citizens want - in part because of
development patterns, but also because we plan, design and build
transportation facilities for automobiles at the expense of other
modes,' said Canby.

"Canby noted that nearly half of Americans consider traffic where they
live a problem, yet building new roads is the least popular long-term
solution among choices offered in the survey. Sixty-six percent say the
best solution is 'improve public transportation' or 'develop
communities where people do not have to drive long distances to work or
shop.' Only 25 percent of Americans advocate building new roads..."

Policies that would make streets more friendly for walkers find
overwhelming support in the poll:

- Design Streets for Slower Traffic Speeds: 84%
- Use Federal Funds to Make Walking Safer from Traffic: 68%
- Fund Safe Routes to School: 74%

For more on the poll, visit:
http://www.transact.org

To see a local story on the poll, check this Apr. 2nd story from the
San Jose (CA) Mercury News:
Source: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5539141.htm
Archive search: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Lawmakers, advocates urge rise in funding for
pedestrian-friendly projects in cities"
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THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE SOUTHWEST WORKSHOP A SUCCESS

-> The first of two regional advocacy workshops presented by the
Thunderhead Alliance was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 4-5.
There were 30 participants representing a dozen organizations
from across the southwestern states.

The response was absolutely incredible, especially considering
this is our first try at this type of training,” said Sue Knaup,
executive director of the Thunderhead Alliance. “Thunderhead
has run training sessions for advocates in the past, but
this was our first regional workshop that focused on leaders
and potential leaders bicycle advocacy organizations.” Knaup
served as one of the workshop trainers, and was joined by
Gayle Cummins of the Texas Bicycle Coalition and Chris Morfas
of the California Bicycle Coalition. NCBW’s Gary MacFadden
presented some ideas on how to apply health initiatives to
local bicycle programs. He also offered materials that can
be used at the local level, including the popular Increasing
Physical Activity Through Community Design booklet (see
http://www.bikewalk.org/PubHealth.htm).


The second workshop in this series will be held on April 25-26
in New Orleans. For more information, call Sue Knaup at
928.541.9841, or e-mail her at sue@thunderheadalliance.org.
For other current training opportunities, check the
NCBW On-Line Training Calendar at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/training_resources/training_calendar.htm
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CONGRESSIONAL STAFF BRIEFED ON OBESITY EPIDEMIC

-> According to an article in the Mar. 25th issue of HABIT, "Cuts in
physical education classes and extra sodas are just some of the reasons
why U.S. children are becoming more overweight, a trio of researchers
told congressional staffers at a Capitol Hill briefing on March 21.
Nearly 30 percent of children ages 6-11 were either overweight or obese
in 2000, and the percentage continues to climb, said Barry Popkin,
Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Changes in
eating habits over the last decade have contributed to this increase,
he said. Children and adults are eating more meals away from home,
larger portions and more calorie-dense snacks. 'With these larger meals
and more snacks, children are eating an average of an extra half-meal a
day,' he said...

"Schools have become more sedentary places as well. Children in schools
without physical education programs could double their amount of weekly
physical activity if P.E. were added to their school day again, Popkin
said. Researchers are still identifying the best interventions for
preventing and treating obesity, according to Sally Davis, Ph.D., of
the University of New Mexico. 'The science of what we know about
preventing obesity is very new and therefore very limited,' Davis said.
Although the researchers did discuss the latest medications and
surgical therapies for obesity, they stressed that prevention efforts
will be more important to building better public health. 'We are simply
not going to treat this epidemic away,' said Tom Wadden, Ph.D., of the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine..."

Source: http://www.cfah.org/habit/current/obesity.cfm
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STPP'S CANBY TESTIFIES BEFORE HOUSE SCIENCE COMMITTEE

-> According to an Apr. 10th note from Andrea Broaddus, "STPP's new
President, Anne Canby started off her first month on the job with a
bang this week, testifying on Thursday, April 10th before the House
Science Committee. The hearing, 'Transportation Research and
Development: Investing the in Future,' also featured Emil Frankel from
the U.S. DOT, and Michael Meyer from Georgia Tech, as well as
representatives from the G.A.O., the Illinois State DOT, and the
University of Texas..."

To read Canby's testimony, visit:
http://www.transact.org.
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NCBW STAFF ON THE ROAD

-> In addition to NCBW staffers Peter Moe co-leading the Walkable
Community Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, and Gary MacFadden
acclimating himself to the high altitudes of Santa Fe for
the Thunderhead Alliance advocates workshop (see related
stories this issue), NCBW Executive Director Bill Wilkinson
also headed to the southwest last week to give a presentation on
creating active communities at the America Moves conference in
Mesa, Arizona. Wilkinson joined Mark Fenton, Dan Burden and other
speakers on the two-day program which brought more than 160
participants together to discuss ways to promote active living.
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RISK OF EXCESS WEIGHT INCREASES IN UNSAFE NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a Mar. 27th news release from the Health Behavior News
Service, "Missouri adults who say that they live in unsafe and
unpleasant neighborhoods are one and a half times more likely to be
overweight than adults who say they live in safe and pleasant
communities, according to a new study. Unsafe traffic, crime and a lack
of nice scenery in certain neighborhoods may keep residents from
getting enough physical activity, which contributes to becoming or
staying overweight, say Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D., of the St. Louis
University School of Public Health and colleagues, who collaborated
with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on the
study. 'Today's technological environment, which promotes high energy
intake and discourages physical activity, has been described as toxic,'
Brownson says...

"In telephone interviews, the researchers asked 2,281 adults about
their weight, health behaviors and features of their community like
sidewalks, lighting, crime, traffic, parks and outdoor and indoor
exercise facilities. Almost 60 percent of the adults in the study were
overweight. 'Individuals who perceived their neighborhood or community
to have one, two or three negative characteristics were 14, 23 and 56
percent more likely to be overweight, respectively, than individuals
who perceived their neighborhood to be safe and pleasant,' says Tegan
Catlin, lead author on the study..."

Copies of the study may be purchased from the American Journal of
Health Promotion at:
http://www.healthpromotionjournal.com/publications/journal.htm

To see the HBNS news release, go to:
http://www.cfah.org/hbns/news/neighb03-27-03.cfm
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30,000 CYCLISTS GEAR UP FOR BIKE NEW YORK

-> According to a recent news release, "Bike New York Inc., in
association with the City of New York and the New York City Department
of Transportation, today announced that BIKE NEW YORK: The Great Five
Boro Bike Tour will return to the city streets on Sunday, May 4, 2003.
BIKE NEW YORK-presented by Con Edison-will be commemorating its 26th
consecutive year.

"The largest mass cycling event in the United States, BIKE NEW YORK
began twenty-six years ago with just 250 participants and has grown
into one of the nation's highly-anticipated springtime traditions.
This year tens of thousands of recreational cyclists, fitness
enthusiasts, families and friends from around the globe will amass in
lower Manhattan to kick off their 42-mile excursion throughout New
York's five boroughs..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.bikenewyork.org/
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UNIV. OF WISCONSIN OFFERS NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC COURSES

-> According to a recent flyer from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
(GO BADGERS!), "The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of
Engineering Professional Development, will offer the course, "Solving
Neighborhood Traffic Problems," June 2-3, 2003 in Orlando, Fl and June
9-10 in Boulder, Co.

For more information, call 1-800-462-0876, and request brochure
#F260(Orlando) or #F261(Boulder). The seminar brochure and on-line
enrollment is available at:
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/emaF260
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BETTER WORLD CLUB OFFERS BIKE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

-> According to a recent news release, "Better World Club, the first
environmentally-sensitive auto club, [has] announced the first
nationwide bicycle roadside assistance service...Bicyclists have been
interested for years in a service that would assist them when they
breakdown far from home. Better World Club will now supply this
service, getting a bicyclist and their bike to the nearest repair
facility-or home-within 30 miles...

"Better World Club Bicycle Roadside Assistance program includes: two
service calls per year; roadside assistance up to 30 miles in total,
over a twelve-month period; discounts on hotels, restaurants, and other
travel services provided to Better World Club auto members; and,
bicycle members obtain Better World's Travel Cool! Program: discounts
on green hotels, eco-travel, hybrid and electric car rentals, as well
as Better World's distinctive Carbon Offset program, which enables
travelers to fight global warming..."

To learn more, visit:
http://www.betterworldclub.com/bicycle/bike_home.htm
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ISSUE 67 CORRECTIONS!

-> In the last issue, four articles contained the wrong text: "JustWalk
Worcester (MD) Grows to 1200 Members;" "Athens (OH) OrganizersPush for
New Rail Trail;" "Bicyclists Fight Houston (TX) Bike LaneRemoval;" and
"Philly Suburb Changes Code to Encourage Walkability."To see the
corrected articles, visit our online forum at:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc

At the bottom right of the page, click on the link, "Go to the NCBW
Forum Message Board." The correction is in the forum called "current
and on-going ncbw projects" under the topic, "Correction -- Centerlines
67." Thanks to everyone who let me know! -JW
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NCBW WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP A HIT IN MORROW (GA)

-> According to an Apr. 10th story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
"Peter Moe, an advocate of walkable communities, says it has not taken
him long to realize that walking and cycling the streets in metro
Atlanta are dangerous undertakings.Morrow residents Jeanell Bridges and
Shirley Watterson agree. 'I want to walk. I'm able to walk, but we
don't have safe access. I'd like to see our community more
walker-friendly for seniors. In some cases, there are no sidewalks, and
it's dangerous to cross Jonesboro Road,' said Bridges, president of the
governing board of the Northridge Condominium Association.

"She lives on the opposite side of Jonesboro Road, which has some
sidewalks. 'We have a major street through our community [Jonesboro
Road] and we're limited in what we can do about it,' said Watterson.
She lives off Lake Harbin Drive but would like to see the lanes of
Jonesboro Road shrink from 12 feet to 10 feet with an eye toward making
more room available for sidewalks and bike paths..."

Source:
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/clayton/0403/10morrowalk.html
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Ambling activists promote walking"
Author: Peter Scott
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BROWNSVILLE (TX) KIDS TO GET SAFER ROUTE TO SCHOOL

-> According to an Apr. 2nd story in the Brownsville Herald, "Each day
that Judith Yanez takes her son to school, she asks for God's
protection. After all, walking across a narrow auto bridge with no
sidewalks has its share of risks. She uses the La Posada bridge that
runs between Ramada and Dukie drives as a shortcut to her son's school.
With cars whizzing by, she prays daily for his safe arrival at Garza
Elementary School.

"'Every time that I have to (take) my 8-year-old son to the school, we
always make the sign of the cross because there is always someone who
would cut you off or try to pass you by,' said Yanez, a resident of
Southmost. 'Because the bridge is so narrow, you need to walk between
cars, and that's a problem. Somebody needs to fix it immediately.'

"Brownsville Public Works is addressing the problem following a flood
of complaints. After nearly three years of planning, construction has
started on one of the two pedestrian bridges in the Southmost
neighborhood. It will be installed next to the auto bridge used mainly
by residents of Las Posada, a large neighborhood in the southeastern
part of Southmost..."

Source:
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/sections/archive/topstoryjmp/4-02-03/News2.htm
Archive search:
http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/sections/archive/archive.shtml
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian bridges to give residents safer routes"
Author: Angeles Negrete Lares
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BUILDING IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

-> According to an Apr. 9th story in the Indianapolis Star, "Trails and
open spaces built within housing developments help foster a healthy
lifestyle for residents, advocates say. The pathways and parks also are
appealing aesthetically, according to planners. Developments in places
such as Carmel and Greenwood are being built with trails and parks that
tie into a community-wide trail plan. Officials with the Center for
Advancement of Health in Washington say new research shows that people
who live in a community where they can walk to complete simple chores
make almost twice as many weekly trips on foot as residents in
less-walkable neighborhoods.

"'The way that people live now is so different than the way they used
to live,' said Becky Ham, a science reporter for the health center. 'In
your daily life, you used to have exercise built into everyday things.
You could walk to the grocery. We've lost that. When we rebuild
neighborhoods, we need to encourage these kinds of activities that make
it much easier to get the exercise the body needs.'

"Part of the blame can be heaped on urban sprawl. Suburban subdivisions
have been built with convenience -- and the automobile -- in mind. 'For
the past 50 years, we've been building suburbs on the assumption that
people will drive absolutely everywhere they have to go,' said James
Sallis, professor of psychology at San Diego State University..."

Source: http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/1/034669-9371-009.html
Archive search: use "Search" window (30 days)
Cost: No
Title: "Trails may be path to good health"
Author: Jason Thomas

Follow up: Here's a link to the CFAH news item about the study:
http://www.cfah.org/hbns/news/walkers04-01-03.cfm
More follow up: This week, CenterLines editor John Williams talked with
one of the authors, Brian E. Saelens, PhD, of Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Saelens said that their research involved
looking at twenty studies from around the country that compared levels
of walking and bicycling in light of the presence or absence of certain
key environmental factors: street network connectivity, a relatively
high population density, and a varied mix of land uses. In what the
authors called "high walkable" neighborhoods, the street systems had
many connections, the neighborhoods were more dense, and the mixture of
land uses created logical destinations for walking and bicycling trips.
In "low walkable" neighborhoods, the opposite was true.

According to Saelens, these common issues appear to be very important
to the levels of walking and bicycling. Their analysis suggests that a
resident in a "high walkable" neighborhood will likely take 3.1 walking
or biking trips per week, while a resident in a "low walkable"
neighborhood will take only 1.5 to 2 such trips. This difference, while
seemingly slight, can mean a resident of a "high walkable" neighborhood
can lose one to two pounds a year, the amount a typical adult American
gains. Further, Saelens points out that environmental factors, unlike
common behavior change programs, tend to be relatively permanent.
Finally, he said that, while some Americans will exercise regardless
of externalities, some 70 percent will only if the environment encourages
such activity.

The study "Transportation Impacts on Human Health, Especially Physical
Activity" (Annals of Behavioral Medicine; Mar/Apr. 2003); by Brian
Saelens, James Sallis, and Lawrence Frank).
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CHATTANOOGA (TN) CELEBRATES BIKE PLAN SUCCESS

-> According to an Apr. 2nd story in the Chattanoogan, "This spring
Chattanooga residents and visitors will be able to enjoy an enhancement
to the 'Chattanooga Experience' kicked off today by Mayor Bob Corker
and members of the bicycle community. The event at the Cricket Pavilion
marked the official introduction of new bicycle facilities (bike
routes, lanes and paths) located throughout Chattanooga. The bicycle
facilities were created as part of the Bicycle Facilities Master Plan
developed last year through extensive public involvement. At the event,
CARTA officials also unveiled new bus racks which have been installed
on 57 of the fleet's buses, an improvement also envisioned in the plan.

"Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker said, 'Today is an exciting day as we
celebrate the completion of the majority of Phase I of the Bike Plan,
an initiative created through tremendous public input from our
community. The bicycle facilities now available to our citizens provide
yet another enhancement to the Chattanooga Experience. I am very
appreciative of the great work that volunteers from our community,
staff at the Regional Planning Agency, representatives from the Trust
for Public Land, staff at CARTA and crews from Public Works have
devoted to making the plan a reality.'..."

Source: http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_34668.asp
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No

Title "Mayor Corker, Bicycle Community Celebrate Implementation of
Bike Plan"
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VIRGINIA DOT VOWS IMPROVED PED/BIKE ACCESS

-> According to an Apr. 9th AP story from Richmond, "Virginia
Transportation Secretary Whitt Clement wants bicyclists and pedestrians
to have greater access to the state's roads. 'Providing a sound and
balanced transportation system is much more than building and widening
roads,' Clement said in announcing the new policy goals for the
Virginia Department of Transportation this week.

"'Our goals will bring Virginia's policies into line with federal
standards,' Clement said. 'The issue is how best to move people and
goods, not just build and maintain highways.' The department spends its
$3.4 billion budget overwhelmingly on the state's highway system.
Clement's initiative parallels the Virginia Bicycling Federation's
position on improving bicycle accommodation on state roads.

"VDOT will revise its bicycling and pedestrian policies so that:
Bicyclists, walkers and other nonmotorized transportation receive the
same consideration as cars and trucks in the setup of Virginia's
transportation network; Bike lanes, sidewalks, shared-use paths or
other accommodations are part of the design of new highway and major
reconstruction projects, unless special circumstances preclude it or a
local government asks that they be excluded..."

Source:
http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-va--vdot-bikelanes0409apr09,0,5797270.story?coll=dp-headlines-virginia
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Free for 7 days
Title: "State sets goal to improve access for walkers, bicyclists"
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NORTH CAROLINA BICYCLE ALLIANCE SETS LOFTY GOALS

-> According to a Mar. 30th story in the Asheville Citizen-Times,
"Local advocates' drive for pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly roads went
forward Sunday even though some heavy, wet snow forced the cancellation
of planned bike ride. Advocates for public health, clean air,
pedestrian issues and bicyclists' rights gathered in Asheville for a
Western North Carolina biking and walking summit. The meeting was held
in an effort to make the community aware of 'America Bikes,' a
collaboration of groups working for positive outcomes of the
reauthorization of the federal transportation bill.

"'What we hope will happen is that routinely when improvements are made
to roads, the changes also accommodate bikes and pedestrians,' Claudia
Nix said. 'Our legislators need to know that that the money needs to be
there for the changes, too.' The newly formed North Carolina Bicycle
Alliance, one of the meeting's sponsors, stressed the importance of a
new federal bill that allocates money for roads. The funds may also be
used for bicycle and pedestrian projects across National Highway System
corridors. N.C. Bicycle Alliance director Claire Hermann said the group
had lofty goals for a state ranking 46 out of 50 for the portion of its
commuters who biked or walked to work..."

Source: http://cgi.citizen-times.com/cgi-bin/story/news/31823
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Alliance works to make roads bicycle-friendly"
Author: Jennifer Brevorka
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"BEST YET TO COME" FOR DAVIS (CA) BIKEWAY SYSTEM

-> According to an Apr. 9th story in the Davis Enterprise, "Local bike
enthusiasts braved chilly weather Wednesday morning to welcome the new
bicycle tunnel behind Davis Commons shopping center. City and UC Davis
officials presented the Putah Creek bicycle undercrossing to the
community in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the path near the tunnel.
Several of the approximately 75 attendees arrived on bicycles; Virginia
Hinshaw, UC Davis provost and executive vice chancellor, rode her
Segway scooter.

"'I'd kind of like to think ahead 50 years from now because I think
people will be walking and biking and jogging (on) this bicycle
facility and marveling and wondering how (it was created),' City
Engineer Pat Fitzsimmons said during the ceremony. 'I think the best is
yet to come.' Speakers included Fitzsimmons, city Promotions Manager
Bob Bowen, City Manager Jim Antonen, Mayor Susie Boyd, Hinshaw, project
engineer Bill Hedberg and Chris Morfas, executive director of the
California Bicycle Coalition. Several local elected officials and
community leaders attended..."

Source: http://www.davisenterprise.com/display/inn_news/272NEW2.TXT
Archive search: http://www.davisenterprise.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Build a better bikeway, they'll come"
Author: Beth Curda
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VISALIA (CA) ROTARIANS TO USE ALT TRANS

-> According to an Apr. 9th story in the Porterville Recorder, "To
celebrate Earth Day, April 22, all members of the Visalia County Center
Rotary Club are being asked to arrive at Rotary using alternate
transportation: Golf carts, bicycle, on foot, car-pooling, scooter or
by bus. President Nina Clancy will reward the most innovative method
and fine heavily all who do not participate.

"Ted Smalley, a transportation planner with the Tulare County
Association of Governments, will present a program on air quality
challenges facing the region and how they affect transportation
planning. He will also discuss the 'Make a Difference in Air Quality'
campaign under way. He will show a video of the same title that is
available for employers and community members to encourage people to
take personal responsibility for the quality of the air. The video
features County Center Rotary Club member Vicki Stasch, who regularly
uses her bicycle for commuting..."

Source:
http://www.portervillerecorder.com/articles/2003/04/09/news/briefs/brief01.txt
Archive search: http://www.portervillerecorder.com/archives
Cost: No
Title: "Visalia Club finds alternative transportation"
Author: Porterville Recorder staff
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OBESE CHILDREN'S SELF-ESTEEM FAR BELOW THAT OF PEERS

-> According to an Apr. 8th AP story filed in Chicago, "A study has
found a startling level of despair among obese children, with many
rating their quality of life as low as that of young cancer patients on
chemotherapy. The research published in Wednesday's Journal of the
American Medical Association offers a sobering glimpse of what life is
like for many obese youngsters nationwide. They are teased about their
size, have trouble playing sports and suffer physical ailments linked
to their weight.

"The study was published in an edition of the journal devoted to
obesity research. It also comes amid growing concern about the nation's
obesity epidemic and recent data suggesting 15 percent of U.S.
youngsters are severely overweight or obese, defined as having a
body-mass index greater than 95 percent of their peers. Obesity
researcher Kelly Brownell, who runs a Yale University weight disorders
center, said the increasing prevalence of obesity hasn't made it any
less stigmatizing.

"'It just breaks your heart,' Brownell said, relating a story from a
Yale patient who recalled being absent from school as a child and
learning the teacher had told the class, 'She's probably home eating.'
In the study, 106 children ages 5 to 18 were asked to rate their
well-being on physical, emotional and social measures. The dismal
scores were far lower than anticipated, said lead author Dr. Jeffrey
Schwimmer, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the University of
California in San Diego. 'The magnitude is striking,' Schwimmer said.
'The likelihood of significant quality-of-life impairment was profound
for obese children.'..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=553&ncid=751&e=9&u=/ap/20030408/ap_wo_en_he/na_med_us_childhood_obesity
Archive search:
http://search.news.yahoo.com/usns/ynsearch/categories/23/index.html
Cost: No
Title: "Study finds self-esteem of obese children far below that of
peers"
Author: Lindsey Tanner
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UPDATE: CINCINNATI'S "PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE" OPENS IN 3 WEEKS

-> According to an Apr. 4th article in the Cincinnati Business Courier,
"Wally Pagan still remembers the looks on their faces, the slack-jawed
stares of people in those meetings where he first explained that he
wanted to buy a bridge. 'Nobody thought you could do it,' said Pagan,
president of Southbank Partners in Northern Kentucky. 'When you sit in
a meeting and say it, everyone looks at you like you're crazy.'

"Well, not buy it exactly. Pagan actually wanted to get the bridge for
free. And he also wanted millions of dollars to fix it up for
pedestrians and cyclists and roller-bladers. But in just three weeks,
the old L&N Bridge, which once carried car and train traffic between
Cincinnati and Newport, will reopen as the newly dubbed pedestrian-only
'Purple People Bridge.' That is, until Southbank can sell naming rights
for the span (Available for a cool $1 million over five years)..."

Source:
http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2003/04/07/story2.html
Archive search: http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/search.html
Cost: Free registration required
Title: "L&N Bridge to see new life as pedestrian-only link to Newport"
Author: Lucy May
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MAZDA DEVELOPS "PED-FRIENDLY" CAR HOOD

-> According to an Apr. 2nd story on AZOM.com, "Mazda have developed an
impact absorbing structure for use in car bonnets. The structure is
called 'shock cone aluminium hood.' The new structure was designed to
minimise head injuries sustained by pedestrians when they were struck
by cars. It differs from standard automotive bonnets in that it has an
inner panel with uniquely shaped craters, similar to cones. These
structures are called shock cones and effectively absorb impact loads
across the whole surface of the bonnet.

"Standard bonnets consist of an outer skin reinforced by a metallic
skeleton. This structure, while controlling crumpling to some degree,
has hard points and is not as effective at absorbing impacts. The shock
cone aluminium hood will be first used in the Mazda RX-8, due out in
spring (northern hemisphere), but will be gradually incorporated into
all Mazda models..."

Source: http://www.azom.com/news.asp?newsID=568
Archive search: http://www.azom.com/default.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian Friendly Auto Panels from Mazda"
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MOST FRENCH THINK TOO LITTLE DONE TO PROMOTE BICYCLING

-> According to an Apr. 2nd AFP story on Voila.fr, "The bicycle is used
by 14% of the French for their trips, far behind the automobile (84%),
walking combined with some other means of transportation (45%) and
public transportation (24%), according to a poll completed by the
Sofres for the Club for Cyclable Cities and published Wednesday.

"The 14% includes all use, including pleasure. It is much higher than
the level measured by the Sofres poll of October 2001 which estimated
5% use of bicycles by active people and students in cities of more than
30,000 population for traveling from home to work..."

"The main obstacle to using a bicycle is actually the distance (22% of
non-cyclist responses) over the physical requirements (21% of
respondents) and fear of being run over by a car (11%). Bicycles are
used more often in the rural areas, where it is the second most
preferred mode of travel behind the car. Twenty percent of shop
keepers and workers go by bicycle against only 11% of middle
management...According to the study, 62% of French think that too few
efforts have been made in their city to promote bicycling..."

(translation courtesy of James Hofmann)
Source:
http://actu.voila.fr/Article/article_actu_france_030402113903.gwax6zbw.html
Archive search: Use Recherche window
Cost: No
Title: "Le velo utilise par 14% des Francais pour leurs deplacements"
(accents taken out so as not to confuse US-based computers)
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"Alternate Realities: A Constitutional Right to Drive Cars"
(The Ethical Spectacle, May 1995)

"Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, a chronosynplastic
infundibulum opened up at my feet, and I fell through. Its so annoying
when that happens! When I recovered, I was still in my own apartment,
but in a parallel world. I'm no sucker; I've had this happen enough
times that I know the last thing you want to do in a parallel world is
rush out of the house, until you figure out what is different. I have
learned by experience that the right place to start is by looking at
the U.S. Constitution. I opened up the familiar-looking volume, and
here is what I found, in place of the Second Amendment I knew:

"'Transports of people and communications between places being necessary
to the security of a free state, the right of the people to conduct
conveyances shall not be infringed.'

"A constitutional right to drive coaches, which undoubtedly evolved
into a right to drive cars! This was an interesting development. I
peered out the front window into the street..."
http://www.spectacle.org/595/drive.html


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

-> "MISSOULA IN MOTION TV COMMERCIALS"
Quicktime videos (software available) of some of their best alternative
transportation PSAs.
http://missoulainmotion.com/commercials.phtml

-> "EXERCISING YOUR OPTIONS: THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY"
Subtitled "Collaborative Management of Chronic Conditions;" Facts of
Life: Issue Briefings for Health Reporters Vol. 5, No. 5 (June 2000)
Center for the Advancement of Health.
http://www.cfah.org/factsoflife/vol5no5.cfm

-> "FACING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC"
Subtitled "Developing Strategies for Weight Control;" Facts of Life:
Issue Briefings for Health Reporters, Vol. 6, No. 7 (November 2001);
Center for the Advancement of Health.
http://www.cfah.org/factsoflife/vol6no7.cfm

-> "SLANTED PAVEMENT"
March 2003 Brookings Institute report, subtitled "How Ohio's Highway
Spending Shortchanges Cities and Suburbs." Downloadable as pdf.
http://www.brook.edu/es/urban/publications/ohiogastax.htm

-> "HISTORY OF THE BUS BIKE RACK"
"The first bike racks were installed on a select few of the former
Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro Transit) buses in the late
1970s..."
http://transit.metrokc.gov/tops/bike/h-bikerack.html


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

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

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 16, 2003, Connecticut Conference on Bicycling & Walking, New Haven,
CT. Info: Connecticut Bicycle Coalition, 433 Chapel Street, New Haven,
CT 06511; phone: (203) 848-6491; email: <info@ctbike.org>
http://www.ctbike.org/Bike_walk_conf.htm

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 5, 2003, Keeping all of California Moving, Sacramento, CA. Info or
to register: email Kerry Brown at <kerry@odyssey.org>.

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

-> ACT NOW!! -- JOB -- EDUCATION DIRECTOR -- L.A.B.
The League of American Bicyclists is seeking candidates for the
Education Director position to administer the BikeEd program, develop a
Safe Routes to School bicycle safety curriculum for middle-school aged
children, update materials, coordinate seminars and classes, and
promote bicycle safety to a national audience. Knowledge of vehicular
cycling required. Experience with working with federal agencies a plus.

Send cover letter and resume to: <marthea@bikeleague.org> or fax (202)
822-1334. --->>> DEADLINE: Apr. 11, 2003! <<<---


-> 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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