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


Issue #69 Friday, April 25, 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. Check online for additional strories:

http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/resources_information/publications/centerlines.htm

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  LAB: National Bike Month, Bike to Work Day
  Bike Week 2003 Hits Toronto
  NCBW Walkable Community Workshop Series Update
  Urban Streets Symposium Scheduled for July
  Senate Adopts "Conserve by Bike" Amendment
  20 Agencies, Groups Get Older Adult P.A. Grants
  Bikesummer Brings Fun Events to New York City
  Canadian Health Unit Gets People Walking
  It's National TV-Turnoff Week!
  Nevada Cyclists Take Safety Message Around State
  Editorial: It's "Drunken Pedestrian" Time...Again!


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Americans Can't Get There from Here!
  AFB: Charlotte (NC) Most Livable, Berkeley (CA) 2nd
  Study: Obesity-Cancer Link "Irrefutable"
  Sprawling, Auto-Dependent Suburbs Unhealthy
  East Coast Greenway Makes Way through Myrtle Beach (SC)
  Riverside County (CA) Debates Congestion Approach
  UNC-Charlotte Aims for Bike/Ped-Friendly Campus
  Seattlites Fix City Transportation System Virtually
  Mo'Town Folks Want Walkable Communities




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


LAB: NATIONAL BIKE MONTH, BIKE TO WORK DAY

-> According to the LAB's website, "The year 2003 will mark the 47th
consecutive year the League of American Bicyclists has declared May to
be National Bike Month. The League is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from
May 12 - 16 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 16. Contrary to popular
belief, it is possible to lose weight and have fun at the same time.
The proven method: ride your bike.

"Bicycling is one of the most popular activities in the United States,
and National Bike Month provides an opportunity for friends of
bicycling and the League to sponsor educational programs, bicycle
commuting events, trail work days, bicycle helmet promotions, and even
bicycle film festivals to draw positive attention to bicycling. If you
are thinking about planning a Bike Month event for the first time or
are looking for new ideas, we recommend purchasing the National Bike
Month Event Organizer's Kit (BMOK). The BMOK is an invaluable aid to
anyone planning a Bike Month promotion within their community or
company..."

For more information, go to:
https://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/bikemonth.htm
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BIKE WEEK 2003 HITS TORONTO

-> According to a recent news release, "The City of Toronto is proud to
present Bike Week 2003, the 14th annual celebration of bicycle culture.
All cyclists planning on being in the Toronto area between May 26th and
June 8th are invited to come out to the events...Bike Week is organized
by cyclists for cyclists. This year over 50 organizations and community
groups have joined with the City of Toronto to host more than 100
exciting cycling events. The Bike Week staff would like to thank all of
the volunteers from the cycling community who help make these events
happen..."

For more information, contact: <bikeweek@toronto.ca>
For the complete Bike Week Calendar visit:
http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikeweek_2003.htm
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NCBW WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SERIES UPDATE

-> The 2003 Walkable Community Workshop series is pulling great reviews
and a lot of media attention. Since NCBW fired up the series in
Boston in mid-March, we've held WCWs in Boston, Atlanta, Spokane,
Gulfport, and Charlottesville.

Here's a quick report from WCW trainers Dan Burden and Peter Moe
at the Charlottesville, VA, workshop:

"In Charlottesville we added two new events...a morning with the
fire administrators, and an afternoon with the ADA community. Both
were highly successful. We ran the largest fire equipment through
mini-circles and curb extensions on narrow streets. We illustrated
how stop signs and speed humps can be eliminated in many locations.
Pete has a wonderful on-camera quote from one of the Battalian
Chiefs: 'You made a believer out of me ... I came to this event
very skeptical (he was)...and now I'm ready to go out and sell
these concepts.'"

You can't hope for much better than that! For more about the
Walkable Coummunity Workshops and a link to
all of the media pieces the series has been generating, visit:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
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URBAN STREETS SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR JULY

-> According to an article in the March/April issue of Access Currents,
the newsletter of the Access Board, "The second annual Urban Street
Symposium ('Uptown, Downtown, or Small Town: Designing Urban Streets
that Work') will be held July 28-30 in Anaheim, California. The event
provides a forum for discussion on urban and suburban street design
practices, best practices, and research findings. Sessions will be held
on various topics, including one on accessibility at roundabouts for
people with disabilities that the Board is helping to organize. An
expert panel will address key issues and assess proposed treatments to
make roundabouts usable by pedestrians with vision impairments."

For more information, go to:
http://gulliver.trb.org/conferences/USS2.
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SENATE ADOPTS "CONSERVE BY BIKE" AMENDMENT

-> According to an April 12th news release from the League of American
Bicyclists, "During yesterday's debate on the energy bill, the United
States Senate adopted an amendment that would promote energy
conservation through bicycling. The Conserve By Bike Amendment passed
by a voice vote and was recommended by Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK),
Ranking Member of the Energy Committee, as an amendment that 'suggests
the obvious benefits of the bicycle.'

"Introduced by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Susan Collins
(R-ME), the Conserve By Bike Amendment establishes within the
Department of Transportation a Conserve By Bicycling pilot program.
This program would oversee up to 10 pilot projects geographically
dispersed across the country designed to conserve energy resources by
providing education and marketing tools to convert car trips to bike
trips. In addition, the projects would encourage partnerships between
stakeholders from transportation, law enforcement, education, public
health, environment, and energy fields. Project results and energy
savings must be documented, and the Secretary of Transportation is
instructed to report to Congress on the results of the pilot program
within two years of implementation.

"The Department of Transportation is also authorized to conduct a study
on the feasibility and benefits on the conversion of car trips to bike
trips. The amendment authorizes $5.5 million for the pilot projects and
the study..."

For more information, contact: Mela Williams at (202) 822-1333; email:
<Mele@bikeleague.org>
Or go to:
https://www.bikeleague.org/mediacenter/medprs041202.htm
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20 AGENCIES, GROUPS GET OLDER ADULT P.A. GRANTS

-> According to an Apr. 17th story in the CDC's Physical Activity
e-newsletter, "The 'National Blueprint: Increasing Physical Activity
among Adults Aged 50 and Over' has awarded 20 community programs and
coalitions to help midlife and older adults live active lifestyles.
Grants were given to projects in the following states: MD, NY, RI, NC,
MA, WA, IL, CT, IN, MN, WI, SC, CA, NJ, OR and TX."

To learn more go to the website:
http://www.agingblueprint.org/ViewArticle.cfm?id=76&class=2
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BIKESUMMER BRINGS FUN EVENTS TO NEW YORK CITY

-> Hannah Borgeson recently sent us a note saying "We are pleased to
announce that the fifth annual BikeSummer, a month-long celebration of
bicycling and bike culture, will hit the streets of New York City from
June 27 to July 26, 2003. BikeSummer was founded in San Francisco in
1999 and since then has traveled to Vancouver, Chicago, and Portland,
OR, leaving behind expanded, energized, and more effective cycling
communities...

"A month full of educational and fun events, BikeSummer's East Coast
debut will include rides for all ages along with bike-themed workshops,
competitions, exhibits, films, parties, lectures, and more, giving
locals and visitors the chance to discover the unique and healthy
experience of cycling in New York City..."

For more information, contact: Hannah Borgeson at (212) 348-2601 or
<gasiorcj@att.net>
Or visit:
http://www.bikesummer.org
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CANADIAN HEALTH UNIT GETS PEOPLE WALKING

-> According to a recent news release from the Kingston, Frontenac and
Lennox & Addington (Ontario) Health Unit, "Kingston - Step Into
Fitness, a new pedometer-based walking program designed to help
participants increase their physical activity, begins with its first
class on Tuesday, April 29, 2003. Participants will be able to monitor
their activity level, set realistic goals, and increase activity
safely..."

For more info, go to:

http://www.healthunit.on.ca/whatsnew/dp.cfm?action=Upcoming_Eventsdetails&ContentID=415
Download a program flyer at:
http://www.healthunit.on.ca/pdf/Step.pdf
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IT'S NATIONAL TV-TURNOFF WEEK!

-> According to an Apr. 17th story in the CDC's Physical Activity
e-newsletter, " A total of 73 national organizations have signed on to
support TV-Turnoff Week 2003, TV-Turnoff Week organizers announced
today. 'TV-Turnoff Week continues to capture the imagination of
millions of Americans,' commented TV-Turnoff Network Executive Director
Frank Vespe. 'We're excited and pleased to have so many organizations,
representing such a wide diversity of interests, represented in our
list of supporters.' TV-Turnoff Week 2003 will take place April 21-27.
During this ninth annual Turnoff, millions of children and adults
across the nation and around the world will take a seven-day break from
the television and rediscover that life can be more fun, rewarding, and
even relaxing when we do more and watch less.

"For many, the Week will become the springboard to making lasting
change in their lives: watching less television, choosing what they do
watch more selectively, and engaging in more screen-free activities.
TV-Turnoff Week 2002 proved to a great success. An estimated 6.4
million people took part in the event in more than 16,000 organized
Turnoffs. The lengthy list of supporting organizations for 2003
includes a number of major groups, including the American Academy of
Pediatrics, American Medical Association, National Education
Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and many others..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.tvturnoff.org/
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NEVADA CYCLISTS TAKE SAFETY MESSAGE AROUND STATE

-> According to a recent piece sent in by Susan Snyder of Nevada, "Not
wind nor snow nor rain deterred a small group of cyclists from taking
bike safety messages across Northern Nevada earlier this month. Safe
Pedaling Across Nevada (SPAN) was led by Bruce Mackey, the Nevada
Office of Traffic Safety bicycle-pedestrian safety education officer.
Mackey and six other bicycle safety instructors set out from the
Nevada/California border April 13 and pedaled 410 miles to the
Nevada/Utah border, where they arrived April 20.

"They spoke to about 650 children through 45-minute bicycle safety
presentations at elementary schools and events along the way. They
recognized the efforts of outstanding bicycle safety instructors in
each town and left helmets, water bottles, stickers, pencils and other
goodies for teachers to give as prizes throughout the year. The
children learned about stopping, hand signals, bicycle laws and the
importance of wearing helmets. They heard from a bicycling mom, who
explained why moms insist they wear helmets. And they learned that even
after they obtain drivers' licenses, bicycles can carry them to grand
places -- like across a whole state.

"'This was an opportunity to go across the state, promote bicycle
safety to kids and have fun,' Mackey said. 'I hope to foster a whole
generation of kids who will know, understand and follow the traffic
rules -- not only as bicyclists, but also as pedestrians and
motorists.'..."

Contact Bruce Mackey at <bmackey@dps.state.nv.us>
Phone:775.687.4229 Or visit the website at:
http://www.ots.state.nv.us/bikeped/
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EDITORIAL: IT'S "DRUNKEN PEDESTRIAN" TIME...AGAIN!

-> For those of us who've worked in the pedestrian and bicycle fields
for a while, the release of a new report from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is often an occasion for the
gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair. This week, the agency published
"Pedestrian Roadway Fatalities." In it, NHTSA researchers looked at
pedestrian fatality data from 1975 to 2001 and came to some familiar
conclusions. To get a sense of the salient points, here is an
assortment of story headlines about the study from newspapers around
the country:

Report Denver Deadly Place For Pedestrians
Intoxicated Pedestrians Often Auto-Crash Victims
New Mexico Leads Nation In Pedestrian Deaths
'Motor City' a Deadly Place for Pedestrians
Elderly, drinkers most likely victims in pedestrian auto ...
Old and Young Vulnerable to Pedestrian Accidents
Age, Drinking Tied to Pedestrian Deaths in US
Age, alcohol factors in fatal crashes

Does a theme start to emerge here? Or perhaps more than one? I see
three: certain places are "deadly;" kids and old folks are
"vulnerable;" and drunken pedestrians are "often" crash victims.
Unfortunately, the report does not do a good job of proving any of
these claims and it ignores some important "externalities." As a
result, you have such headlines. After all, how many reporters will dig
through the report and ferret out the details?

Are there problems with the report? Yes. They tend to fall into
somewhat distinct categories:

  1. Death "rates" are based on the number of fatalities per 100,000
    population with no exposure measures. So, some very walkable
    communities come out looking much worse than some real walkability
    nightmares.
  2. Alcohol is emphasized to the point you'd think non-drinkers were in
    the minority. But by NHTSA's own accounting, 63% of pedestrians killed
    were stone cold sober and another 5% were under the blood alcohol limit
    for legally driving a car.
  3. Without exposure measures, it's impossible to tell if kids or
    seniors are over-represented compared to other age groups. If they're
    the ones doing most of the walking, that might (!) affect the results.
  4. Forty-three percent of pedestrians were killed at intersections
    while not using a crosswalk or where there was no crosswalk. But there
    is no indication that the authors understood that un-striped crosswalks
    are crosswalks nonetheless.
  5. "Non-intersection" crashes are emphasized but this means one thing
    in a traditional urban setting with short blocks and another in a
    suburban corridor, where intersections are few and far between.
  6. A related point: the roadway classifications are virtually
    meaningless. Twenty-five percent were killed on "urban principal
    arterial roads" but, again, a 4-lane downtown arterial with frequent
    signals set to 25mph is nothing like a suburban 7-lane arterial with
    55mph speeds. Combining such diverse settings creates a category that
    is not a category.

Ultimately, it appears that the report's focus has more to do with
NHTSA's priorities (e.g., alcohol and children) and their data source
limitations than with trying to figure out what's wrong with the
system. There is no discussion of adjudication and whether, for
instance, offending motorists actually get penalized. Police records
are presented as unbiased data sources with no testing of that
assumption; this may well affect the discussion of pedestrian "errors."
And there is no discussion of the consequences of putting out such
unqualified data. Will reports that lead to headlines like "Old and
Young Vulnerable to Pedestrian Accidents" discourage walking and
encourage sedentary lifestyles? They certainly don't help. --John W.

To download a copy of the report, click on:
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rpts/2003/809-456.pdf

To see the news release, go to:
http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/announce/press/pressdisplay.cfm?year=2003&filename=pr12-03.html
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NCBW FORUM TO HOST ONLINE DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS REPORT

-> Starting today, we will be opening up a new Forum section to discuss
the limitations of this report and how we can move beyond such
inadequate sources of data and analysis. Stop by and join the fun at:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc
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AMERICANS CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE!

-> According to an Apr. 23rd story on the front page of USA Today, "Why
don't Americans walk anywhere? Old answer: They're lazy. New answer:
They can't. There is no sidewalk outside the front door, school is 5
miles away, and there's a six-lane highway between home and the
supermarket. Many experts on public health say the way neighborhoods
are built is to blame for Americans' physical inactivity -- and the
resulting epidemic of obesity.

"The health concern is a new slant on the issue of suburban sprawl,
which metro regions have been struggling with for a decade. These
health experts bring the deep-pocketed force of private foundations and
public agencies into discussions about what neighborhoods should look
like. The argument over whether suburbs are bad for your health will
hit many Americans precisely where they live: in a house with a big
lawn on a cul-de-sac. 'The potential for actually tackling some of
these things, with the savvy of the folks who have tackled tobacco, is
enormous,' says Ellen Vanderslice, head of America Walks, a pedestrian
advocacy group based in Portland, Ore..."

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20030423/5094277s.htm
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/USAToday/
Cost: Yes

Title "The way cities and suburbs are developed could be bad for your
health"
Author: Martha T. Moore
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AFB: CHARLOTTE (NC) MOST LIVABLE, BERKELEY (CA) 2ND

-> According to an Apr. 16th story in the Charlotte Business Journal,
"The American Foundation for the Blind has named Charlotte the best
place to live in the United States for people who are blind or visually
impaired. Factors taken into consideration are the 'walkability' of a
city, availability of public transportation and jobs and the cost of
living.

"The foundation presented the city with the 2003 AFB Most Livable
Community Award on Wednesday. AFB Livable Community Awards were also
presented to five other cities to honor the accessibility they provide
to the blind and visually impaired. Coming in second after Charlotte
was Berkeley, Calif., followed by Kalamazoo, Mich., and New York City.
LaCrosse, Wis., and Louisville, Ky., tied for fifth place..."

Source:
http://charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2003/04/14/daily27.html
Archive search: http://charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/search.html
Cost: No
Title: "Foundation for the Blind honors Charlotte"
Author: Staff

For more on the AFB's Livable Communities Survey, go to:
http://www.afb.org/livabilityresults.asp
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STUDY: OBESITY-CANCER LINK "IRREFUTABLE"

-> According to an Apr. 24th AP story published in the Orlando (FL)
Sentinel, "Losing weight could prevent one of every six cancer deaths
in the United States -- more than 90,000 each year, according to a
sweeping study that experts say links fat and cancer more convincingly
than ever. Researchers spent 16 years evaluating 900,000 people who
were cancer-free when the study began in 1982. They concluded that
excess weight may account for 14 percent of all cancer deaths in men
and 20 percent of those in women.

"The study was big enough to back up a fat connection not only in
cancers where it has been known for some time, but also in eight other
cancers where it hadn't been widely documented, lead researcher Eugenia
Calle said. Calle, whose study is in today's New England Journal of
Medicine, said she was surprised the link 'really was the rule more
than the exception.'

"A commentary said the study is 10 times greater than the largest
previous research on the topic. Top researchers in cancer and obesity
said the research proves they are linked. 'Because of the magnitude and
strength of the study, it's irrefutable,' said Dr. Donna Ryan, head of
clinical research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton
Rouge, La. 'It's absolutely convincing. And therefore it's
frightening.'..."

Source:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/custom/science/orl-asecfatcancer24042403apr24,0,6982586.story?coll=orl-news-headlines
Archive search:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-advancedsearch.htmlstory
Cost: No
Title: "Study links fat to cancer deaths"
Author: Janet McConnaughey

For the abstract of the NEJM article, go to:
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/348/17/1625
(Full text available for $10.)
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SPRAWLING, AUTO-DEPENDENT SUBURBS UNHEALTHY

-> According to an April 2003 Washington Monthly article by Phillip J.
Longman, "To get an idea of how wildly ineffective our health-care
system is, consider this: The United States spends roughly $4,500 per
person on health care each year. Costa Rica spends just $273. That
small Central American country also has half as many doctors per capita
as the United States. Yet the life expectancy of the average Costa
Rican is virtually the same as the average American's: 76.1 years.

"How can that be? According to public health researchers, the biggest
reasons are behavior and environment. Costa Ricans consume about half
as many cigarettes per person as we do. Not surprisingly, they are four
times less likely to die of lung cancer. The car ownership rate in
Costa Rica is a fraction of what it is in the United States. That not
only means that fewer Costa Ricans die in auto accidents, but that they
do a lot more walking, and hence they get more exercise. Thanks to a
much lower McDonald's-to-citizen ratio, the average Costa Rican thrives
on a traditional diet of rice, beans, fruits, vegetables, and a
moderate amount of fried food--and therefore enjoys one of the world's
lowest rates of heart disease and other stress-related illnesses..."

Source: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0304.longman.html
Archive search: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/search.html
Cost: No (not in archives yet)

Title "The Health of Nations - Instead of forcing seniors into HMOs,
how about forcing them to exercise?"
Author: Phillip J. Longman
About the author:
http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=Bio&contactID=198
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EAST COAST GREENWAY MAKES WAY THROUGH MYRTLE BEACH (SC)

-> According to an Apr. 23rd story in the Myrtle Beach Sun News,
"Planners are a step closer to finalizing the local route of the East
Coast Greenway. The planners charting the local course of the
2,000-mile-long trail met with residents Tuesday in Myrtle Beach and
Pawleys Island to discuss just where the multiuse path should go. They
say they need one more month to complete the plan. The greenway will
connect cities from the Canadian border to the Florida Keys through a
series of bicycle and pedestrian trails.

"Though the exact location of the path through Horry and Georgetown
counties won't be identified until next month, most of the route has
been determined. 'It's not the final piece, but it's close to the final
piece,' said Jonathan Wood of HadenStanziale, an N.C.-based consultant
hired by the Waccamaw Regional Planning and Development Council to
study local routes. The greenway will include more than 100 miles in
Brunswick County, N.C., and Horry and Georgetown counties. In most
areas, existing bicycle paths and sidewalks will be made part of the
trail. In other areas, trails will be built or upgraded. The idea is to
bolster recreation, ecotourism and alternatives to roads and
highways..."

Source:
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/sunnews/news/local/5695588.htm
Archive search:
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/archives/
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title: "East Coast Greenway: Route could be finalized in month"
Author: David Klepper
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RIVERSIDE COUNTY (CA) DEBATES CONGESTION APPROACH

-> According to an April 20th story in the North County Times, "In
planning circles it's known as 'level of service.' In human terms, it's
the level of frustration drivers reach as they sit through several
changes of red and green lights before they finally make it through the
intersection. And as the county prepares its new blueprint for the next
20 years, it is planning to increase the level of frustration it
considers acceptable to drivers at key intersections around the county.

"That does not sit well with Bruce Colbert, executive director of the
Riverside County Property Owners Association, who believes that the
county is setting itself up for the same traffic problems as
neighboring Orange and Los Angeles counties. Specifically, he is
concerned that the county's new general plan is lowering its own
traffic standards, which will make higher levels of congestion
acceptable in the future, in part to encourage people to leave their
cars behind..."

Source: http://www.nctimes.net/news/2003/20030420/63448.html
Archive search: http://www.nctimes.net/news/
Cost: No
Title: "New county plans allow for more congestion"
Author: Rob O'Dell
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UNC-CHARLOTTE AIMS FOR BIKE/PED-FRIENDLY CAMPUS

-> According to an Apr. 22nd story from the University of North
Carolina-Charlotte campus newspaper, the University Times, "Thursday
April 17, the University Development Initiative held a symposium in
which they outlined a specific vision for the future of development at
UNC Charlotte and the surrounding area. The symposium was the result of
a design charrette held on March 22 in which students, architects, city
planners, community members and developers brought ideas for solutions
to issues such as pedestrian safety, transportation and road
construction. 'We want to address issues of growth and development on
and around the University,' said UDI president Joe Martinez.

"A group of about 40, which included the Vice Chancellor and Student
Body President, watched a presentation created by UDI that outlined the
group's suggestions for improving the University area. Safe and easy
access for pedestrians and bikers to surrounding developments,
including reconstruction of University City Boulevard and Mallard Creek
Church Road, were discussed, along with traffic flow, the lack of
sidewalks, practical pedestrian crosswalks and proper street lighting.
UDI is proposing implementation of Pedestrian Enhancement District
zoning on busy streets such as University City Boulevard and Mallard
Creek Church Road. PED zoning is designed to maintain traffic flow and
accessibility while maximizing pedestrian access and safety..."

Source:
http://www.nineronline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/04/22/3ea59a035906d
Archive search:
http://www.nineronline.com/vnews/display.v/ARC?submit=search
Cost: No
Title: "Group emphasizes increasing pedestrian safety, University
character"
Author: Derek Murphy

For more on the UNC-C University Development Initiative, go to:
http://www3.uncc.edu/udi/
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SEATTLITES FIX CITY TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM VIRTUALLY

-> According to a recent article on the Institute for Interactive
Journalism's JLab website, aging viaducts, sinking bridges, and
traffic-jammed corridors are aggravations for any department of
transportation. But The Seattle Times is doing more than just writing
about the region's daunting transportation woes. It is also challenging
local residents themselves to play transit builder. On Sunday, March
30, The Times launched 'You Build It,' an interactive exercise that
invites people to tackle the same problems - and solutions - that are
plaguing local officials. Readers can participate online or via a
ballot in the newspaper.

"Participants are offered a menu of 50 choices for 29 transportation
initiatives. Each choice has its own price tag. Not only must
participants choose what they'd like built, they also must choose how
they would pay for it. The response has been encouraging. 'By
mid-April, about 2,000 readers had responded with more than 80%
participating online,' says reporter Eric Pryne..."

Source: http://www.j-lab.org/seattle_article.html
Title: "Residents Take Back the Streets in Seattle"
Author: Vicki L. Duckett

To join in the fun, go to:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/local/links/transportationgame/calculator/
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MO' TOWN FOLKS WANT WALKABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to an Apr. 22nd story in the Detroit News, "The same issue
drew them together as one, but what sprawl means and what should be
done about it depends on what side of the fence you live on. 'Sprawl
seems like a dirty word for growth,' said Laurence R. Goss of the
Burton-Katzman Development Company in Bingham Farms, while attending
the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council's first public hearing on
Monday. 'We see it as a symptom -- not a disease.'

"More than 75 people -- ranging from environmentalists and farmers to
transit-boosters and road-builders -- offered opinions and made their
expectations known to members of the Land Use Council. The council was
formed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm in February to create a comprehensive
state plan to minimize sprawl. Headed by former Attorney General Frank
J. Kelley and former Gov. William Milliken, the mission of the
26-member council is to address the trends, causes and consequences of
unmanaged growth and development in Michigan. [...]

"The growing desire of new home buyers for more walkable communities
and downtown areas means the council has an opportunity to implement
policies that call for recycling and reusing existing facilities in
Metro Detroit's cities, said JoAnn Van Tassel, Lake Orion city manager.
'We need legislation that makes it easier to redevelop neighborhoods.
These decisions need to be made locally,' Van Tassel said..."

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2003/politics/0304/22/c01-143933.htm
Archive search: http://www.detnews.com/search/index.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Land use officials get an earful"
Author: Jennifer Chambers
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CAR JOINS COUPLE IN BED

-> According to an Apr. 18th story in the Houston Chronicle, "Houston
police are looking for four men whose car crashed into a southeast
Houston home late last night, injuring a couple in their bed. The
accident happened just after 11 p.m., when police said a dark green
Pontiac Grand Am struck a parked car on Bel Arbor near Crosswell. The
driver of the Grand Am was evidently trying to back away from that
accident when it plunged backward through the wall of a nearby home,
ending up atop the bed of the couple who lived there..."

Source: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/1873530
Archive search: http://www.chron.com/content/archive/advanced.mpl
Cost: Yes
Title: "Police seek 4 after car hits house, lands on bed"
Author: S.K. Bardwell


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

-> "BICYCLE HELMETS - A REVIEW OF THEIR EFFECTIVENESS"
Subtitled "A critical review of the literature;" by Towner, Dowswell,
Burkes, Dickinson, Towner, Hayes; Road Safety Research Report No. 30;
November 2002; UK Department for Transport: London
http://www.roads.dft.gov.uk/roadsafety/roadresearch/bicyclehelmets/pdf/01.pdf

-> "ACE OREGON PRESENTATION WITH SPEAKER NOTES"
Powerpoint presentation by the Oregon Active Community Environments
Coalition; Mar 13, 2003. (42mb)
ftp://ftp.odot.state.or.us/outgoing/BikePedProgram/ACE/

-> "ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & TRANSPORTATION: A CITIZEN'S HANDBOOK"
Report from Institute of Transportation Studies, U.C. Berkeley; by
Cairns, Greig, and Wachs. 32 pp. January 2003.
http://www.its.berkeley.edu/publications/ejhandbook/ejhandbook.pdf

-> "CLOSING THE DIESEL DIVIDE"
Subtitled "Protecting Public Health from Diesel Air Pollution;" by
Decker, Patton, Scott, and Spencer; 2003. "Diesel exhaust is among the
most dangerous and pervasive sources of air pollution."
http://www.environmentaldefense.org/pdf.cfm?ContentID=2738&FileName=DieselDivide.pdf


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

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.

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 2 -8, 2003, 13 annual Commute Options Week is. Info: Jeff Monson,
Executive Director, Commute Options for Central Oregon, 856 NW Bond
St., Bend, OR 97701; <541 330-2647>
http://www.commuteoptions.org

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 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/

October 15-18, 2003, The California Walking and Bicycling Conference,
Oakland. Info: California Bicycle Coalition, (916) 446-7558.
http://www.calbike.org/conference.htm


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

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- TEXAS BICYCLE COALITION
The nationally recognized, Austin-based Texas Bicycle Coalition seeks a
full-time Executive Director. The Texas Bicycle Coalition is a
non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote bicycling safety,
education and access. Principle duties include: fundraising, financial
management and planning, contract and grant management, contract
negotiations, office management, compliance with non-profit laws,
soliciting volunteer involvement, membership campaigns and retention,
publishing quarterly newsletter, coordination with local, state, and
federal governments and organizations regarding bike/pedestrian issues,
attending professional conferences and workshops, and being current on
bicycle and pedestrian issues. TBC's 2003-2004 budget is $650,000, with
a full-time staff of eight, a minimum of six independent contractors,
and an active volunteer base.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree and senior management
experience working in a non-profit environment, performing duties
similar to those listed above. The successful candidate should be able
to start work on July 15, 2003. Submit resume electronically with a
cover letter and salary history to: <resumes@biketexas.org>. Resumes
must be submitted by May 15, 2003.

---->>>>>ACT VERY FAST -- DEADLINE IS TODAY!<<<<<<----
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- APBP
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professional (APBP) is
seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director. APBP is a
professional organization whose purpose is to increase awareness,
knowledge, and expertise among the wide range of professionals whose
work affects the bicycling and walking environment. In fulfillment of
this mission, APBP has entered into a contractual arrangement with the
University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center to
participate in the operation of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
Center (PBIC), which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA). The position will primarily involve serving as the PBIC "on
site" staff person at FHWA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Principal
duties will include: Serving as the principal staff of APBP, under the
direction of the Board of Directors; Providing technical information to
those seeing information from the PBIC; Developing web material for the
PBIC web site; preparation of reports, articles, etc.; Providing
technical assistance to FHWA staff; Assisting with the support of
State DOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinators; Attending/organizing
meetings and professional development workshops; Other related duties
as required. Duties may also include administrative duties associated
with the operation of APBP and PBIC.

The successful candidate will be assertive and self-motivated and will
have: A minimum of five years as a professional involved in bicycle and
pedestrian planning and design, with a bachelors degree in a related
field; a broad knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian issues, information
resources and contacts with other pedestrian and bicycle professionals;
excellent written and verbal communication skills. The position will be
filled in late May 2003. This position is a one-year appointment. It is
possible, but not known at this time whether the duration of this
position will be extended. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with
experience. The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is
an equal opportunity employer. Expressions of interest (with salary
requirements) accompanied by resumes are due no later than close of
business April 25, 2003. In your cover letter, please indicate the
date you would be available to fill the position. Resumes may be sent
via email or regular mail to the following address: Jennifer Toole,
President, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, c/o
Toole Design Group, 535 Main Street, Suite 211, Laurel, MD 20707;
Email: <jtoole@tooledesign.com>

-> 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.


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