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


Issue #71 Friday, May 23, 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
  Mineta Unveils TEA-21 Reauthorization Proposal
  The Shape We're In Newspaper Series Premieres
  America Bikes Reacts to Safetea Proposal
  Free Guide: Promoting Active Living Communities
  LAB Honors US Bike-Friendly Communities
  Come to the East Coast Greenway Inauguration!
  CDC Study: 1 in 4 Adults Inactive
  APBP's 3rd Pro. Dev. Seminar Coming June 22-24
  2003 Call for Entries: National Smart Growth Awards
  Snowe, Wyden Introduce Bike Commuter Act in Senate

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  NCBW Walkable Community Workshop Hits Brockport (NY)
  Indianapolis Considers $15m Downtown Path
  Atlanta's ARC Gives $27m Walkability Grants
  Palo Alto (CA) to Add 7 More Bike Boulevards
  U. Chicago Helps Employees Buy Walkable Homes
  Hightstown (NJ) Seniors Learn Walking Benefits
  Houston Wheelchair User Sues City under ADA
  Seattle Envisions Walkable "Blue Ring"





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

MINETA UNVEILS TEA-21 REAUTHORIZATION PROPOSAL

-> According to a May 14th news release, "U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today unveiled the Bush
Administration's six-year $247 billion surface transportation
reauthorization proposal. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient
Transportation Equity Act of 2003 (SAFETEA), serves as the largest
surface and public transportation investment in U.S. history. The
Secretary said the Administration's proposal more than doubles funding
for highway safety over levels provided by the Transportation Equity
Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and serves as a framework for
investments needed to maintain and grow the nation's vital
transportation infrastructure.

"'The proposal I have submitted to the Congress is more than a simple
spending plan ? it is a key blueprint for investment,' said Secretary
Mineta. 'SAFETEA, when enacted by the Congress, will help ensure
transportation projects are completed on budget and on time, while
protecting the environment. More importantly, this proposal will
further the Administration's commitment to dramatically reducing the
number of highway injuries and fatalities. I look forward to working
with the Congress to help pass this important legislation without
delay.' The Secretary also said that SAFETEA, once enacted, would help
modernize federal safety programs, create jobs and sustain economic
growth, reduce congestion and minimize project delays, increase funding
flexibility for states and localities, improve public transit
efficiency and help protect the environment..."

For the rest of the news release, go to:
http://www.dot.gov/affairs/dot04003.htm

For more details (including the bill's language), go to:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reauthorization/safetea.htm
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THE SHAPE WE'RE IN NEWSPAPER SERIES PREMIERES MAY 27

-> It's coming down to the wire, but you still have time to contact
your local newspaper's editor and ask him or her to see that the
paper runs the series, "The Shape We're In," which starts on
May 27 nationwide. This five-part newspaper series on physical activity
and obesity is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It is
written by professional journalists and distributed free by
Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services. The series is intended
to build public awarness and spark action across the country.

ShapeNews.com is the Series companion Web site. It shows how you
can leverage this opportunity to build awareness and support for
your efforts to increase physical activity and reduce obesity.
ShapeNews.com is designed for community advocates,
public officials, and professionals in urban planning and design,
public health, nutrition, parks and recreation, community development
and transportation.

For more details, go to http://www.shapenews.com
Or contact Julia Zauner at 609-430-9089; jkzauner@patmedia.net.
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AMERICA BIKES REACTS TO SAFETEA PROPOSAL

-> According to an analysis found on the America Bikes website, the
Administration?s SAFETEA bill supports the America Bikes agenda in the
following areas:

The bill takes several steps backwards:

SAFETEA misses several important opportunities:

For more details, go to:
http://www.americabikes.org/story1safetea.asp
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FREE GUIDE: PROMOTING ACTIVE LIVING COMMUNITIES

-> According to a recent note from Melissa Klein, "The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of a guide
to promoting Active Living Communities. The guide is designed to help
integrate communication strategies as you promote the value of active
living. This toolkit can be applied to promoting active living on
numerous levels ? whether you're encouraging individuals to adopt an
active lifestyle, facilitate changes in the social environment, or
advocate for policy change by changing attitudes on a community-wide
basis. The guide offers:

A pdf of the guide can be downloaded at:
http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/resources/communications.htm
Hard copies (binders) can also be ordered free of charge while supplies
last by contacting Ms. Bobbi Williams at (202) 973-3656 or
<bwilliams@porternovelli.com>. Please include your mailing address and
telephone number in your request.
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LAB HONORS US BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

-> According to a May 16th release from the League of American
Bicyclists, "The League of American Bicyclists has designated the first
recipients of its Bicycle-Friendly Community awards. Fourteen
communities around the United States have been recognized for providing
safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists and encouraging
residents to bike for transportation and recreation. Through policy and
design, these communities have focused on increasing opportunities for
physical activity and are models in America's efforts to reduce
obesity.

"Gold-level award winners are: Corvallis, OR and Palo Alto, CA. Silver
awards go to Denver and Fort Collins, CO; Missoula, MT; Santa Barbara
and Stanford University, CA; and Tempe, AZ. The recipients of the
bronze-level Bicycle-Friendly Community national awards are: Cary, NC;
the Presidio of San Francisco, CA; Redmond, WA; Schaumburg, IL;
Shawnee, KS; and Beaverton, OR. No communities were granted the
platinum-level designation, the highest honor of the League's
awards...A number of communities received honorable mention
distinctions under the Bicycle-Friendly Community awards program. These
are: Auburn, AL; Blacksburg, VA; Hennepin County, MN; Lawrence, KS;
Orlando, FL; Rockville, MD; Newark, DE; Pittsburg, CA; Oakdale, MN: and
Salinas, CA.

"The program was launched in September 2002. As communities apply for
the honor, the League anticipates a rapidly growing list of award
winners...The Campaign is supported by generous grants from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation and Bikes Belong Coalition..."

For the rest of the news release, go to:
http://www.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/spew4th.pl?ascribeid=20030516.065628&time=08%2014%20PDT&year=2003&public=1

For more information, go to:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/
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COME TO THE EAST COAST GREENWAY INAUGURATION!

-> In a recent release from the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Eric Weis
invited us to the U.S. Capitol on June 5 for the Inauguration of the
East Coast Greenway. The 2600-mile Greenway passes through 15 states
and Washington, DC. The 2600-mile trail is being developed to connect
the cities of the eastern seaboard for hikers, cyclists, and all other
non-motorized users. According to the Alliance, the national nonprofit
organization behind development of the trail, the ECG is 20% complete
today, and will be 80% complete in 2010.

The inauguration is being held to mark the "coming out" of the
Greenway. Now that the trail is 1/5 complete and temporary on-road
routing is being developed to connect the completed portions, the ECGA
is announcing that the trail is "open for business". User maps and
touring directions are being prepared so that people can explore the
east coast, from Maine Florida, in a safe, healthy, leisurely manner.

For more information on the ECG, visit:
http://www.greenway.org

For more on the inauguration, visit:
http://www.greenway.org/inaugural.htm.
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CDC STUDY:1 IN 4 ADULTS INACTIVE

-> According to a May 14th news release from the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control, the CDC "today released a new report that shows about
1 in 5 American adults engage in a high level of overall physical
activity, including both activity at work and during leisure time. At
the other end of the spectrum, about 1 in 4 American adults engage in
little or no regular physical activity. 'Physical activity -- whether
it's walking the dog or simply taking the stairs at work -- is
essential to good health,' [Health & Human Services] Secretary Tommy G.
Thompson said. 'This study helps give us an even fuller picture of our
physical activity status. It confirms that we need to pay more
attention to getting adequate physical activity and reversing the
alarming rise in obesity that we've experienced nationally during the
past decade.'

"The report, 'Physical Activity Among Adults: United States, 2000,' is
the first HHS report to focus on the amount of physical activity during
a person's usual daily activities, including work, leisure time, or
some combination of the two. The data comes from about 32,000
interviews conducted in 2000... The study reports that those who are
more active in their usual daily activities -- walking or lifting or
carrying moderate to heavy loads -- are more likely to engage in
regular physical activity in their leisure time compared to those who
mostly sit, stand or lift only light loads. The report also shows that
about one half of all adults usually walk during their normal daily
activities, while more than a third usually sit, and about 14 percent
usually stand. Almost three-quarters of adults lift or carry light to
heavy loads during their usual activities..."

The complete news release can be found at:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases/03news/physicalactivity.htm

A 788k pdf of the report. can be downloaded at:
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad333.pdf
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APBP'S 3RD PRO. DEV. SEMINAR COMING JUNE 22-24

-> According to a recent release about the apbp Professional
Development Seminar scheduled for June 22-24 in Cambridge (MA), "The
May 30 deadline for reserving your hotel room and getting the reduced
registration rate is rapidly approaching. The conference is taking
shape and promises to be the premier event for pedestrian and bicycle
professionals nationwide. The unique feature of the apbp Seminar Series
is that the program is built around a small number of critical issues
that are covered in-depth and with a lot of interaction. Workshop
presenters and moderators are recognized national and local experts..."

Here's a snapshot agenda:
June 22:A variety of tours of local facilities
June 23: Workshops on roundabouts, zoning, signals, context sensitive
design.
June 24: Workshops on getting things done; integrating bikes, walking,
transit; college opportunities. Also tours of several paths, new
developments, and street redesign projects.

There will also be a "poster session" for consultants, planners,
project directors, etc., to showcase what they've been doing. For more
information, contact Aida Berkovitz; phone: (415) 744-2995, ext. 16;
email: <aida.berkovitz@nhtsa.dot.gov>
Or go to: http://www.apbp.org
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2003 CALL FOR ENTRIES: NATIONAL SMART GROWTH AWARDS

-> According to a recent note from Amber Levofsky of the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, applications are now being accepted
for the 2003 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This
competition is open to local or state governments and other public
sector entities that have successfully created smart growth. Smart
growth is development that serves the economy, the community, and the
environment. Smart growth development approaches have clear
environmental benefits including improved air and water quality,
greater preservation of critical habitat and open space, and more clean
up and re-use of brownfield sites.

Applications for smart growth activities undertaken within the last
five years will be accepted in five categories: (1) Built Projects; (2)
Policies and Regulations; (3) Community Outreach and Education; (4)
Public Schools; (5) Overall Excellence in Smart Growth. Successful
applicants will incorporate smart growth principles to create places
that respect community culture and the environment, foster economic
development and promote a better quality of life for this and future
generations.

Applications are due June 30, 2003. Up to five winners will be
recognized at a Wash. DC ceremony in November 2003. For info, visit:
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards_2003.htm
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SNOWE, WYDEN INTRODUCE BIKE COMMUTER ACT IN SENATE

-> According to a May 21st news release from the League of American
Bicyclists, "Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Ron Wyden (D-OR)
introduced legislation today in the U.S. Senate that would extend the
transportation fringe benefit in the tax code to people who commute to
work on their bicycles. The transportation fringe benefit was added to
the tax code as an incentive to get more people to use alternative
modes of transportation for commuting. The goal was to reduce traffic
congestion, pollution and wear and tear on the roads.

"The Bicycle Commuter Act, S. 1093, would allow an employer to offer a
monthly cash reimbursement to an employee who commutes to work by
bicycle, providing a tax benefit to the employer and helping defray
commuting expenses for the bicyclist. This straightforward but
significant addition not only provides fairness to commuters traveling
by bike, but would also help achieve the broader goals of the
transportation fringe benefit provision by encouraging healthy,
environmental, community-oriented commuting, said Snowe.

"S. 1093 is a companion measure to H.R. 1052 introduced earlier this
year by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mark Foley (R-FL).
According to Blumenauer, 'the upcoming TEA-21 reauthorization is a
perfect opportunity to examine all approaches to improve and support
mobility options for Americans, making this the time to pass the Bike
Commuter Act. Today's introduction of the Bike Commuter Act in the
Senate shows that this legislation is gaining momentum at a crucial
time.'..."

For more information, contact Mele Williams, Director of Government
Relations; phone: (202) 822-1333; email: <Mele@bikeleague.org>
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

AK DOT'S RALPH SWARTHOUT ON FAIRBANKS' BIKE TO WORK DAY:

"...Any office can start a great tradition to celebrate this day. All
you need are employees with bikes, helmets and a willingness to ride.
Fairbanks has good pathways, over 75 miles of them, according to our
most recent inventory, and a surprising number of bicycles--over half
of Fairbanks residents say they bike. Now is a great time to tune up
your bike and get out there and ride. It might be all you or your
coworkers need to start commuting by bike every day.

"As an employer, why should you be interested in seeing your employees
riding bikes more often? Employees who get moderate exercise are more
productive. According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social
Services, over 60 percent of Alaskans are overweight. As an employee,
biking is a great way to squeeze regular exercise into a hectic
schedule. An average-sized man will burn 400 calories in a 10-mile
round-trip commute, and an average woman about 300 in a trip of the
same length. And saving on gas money? Enough said..."

Swarthout is director of the Northern Region of the Alaska Department
of Transportation and Public Facilities.
Source:
http://www.news-miner.com/Stories/0,1413,113%257E7252%257E1390216,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.news-miner.com/Stories/0,1413,113%257E26822%257E,00.html?search=true
Cost: No
Title: "Roll your way to good health"
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NCBW WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP HITS BROCKPORT (NY)

-> According to a May 19th story in the Spencerport Westside News, "A
group of more than 50 walking enthusiasts converged on Brockport's
Village Hall recently to hear Mark Fenton, Brockport native and host of
the PBS series 'America's Walking,' talk about walkable communities.
Fenton spoke about walkability as the cornerstone of an efficient
transportation system and the most affordable, accessible and
healthiest system a community can plan, construct and maintain. Social
interaction, physical fitness and diminished crime are just some of the
benefits of bicycling and walking. According to Fenton, 'The village is
a very walkable community, in fact, I use photos of the village in my
presentation. I feel lucky to have been brought up here and I hold
Brockport up as a good example of a walkable community when I speak
throughout the U.S.' Fenton now lives with his family in suburban
Boston, Massachusetts.

"'Mark and his team are very dynamic and their message is really a big
part of what village living is all about,' said Brockport Mayor
Josephine Matela. After the presentation, the group took a walking tour
of the village. As they walked, Fenton highlighted the positive aspects
as well as potential areas for improvement in the walkability of the
village. Planning Board Chairman Scott Winner noted that 'hearing what
Mark and his cohorts have to say validates what the planning board has
asked of developers building new neighborhoods within the village.
Sidewalks, walking paths, and open common areas are all a part of the
walkable communities concept.'..."

Source:
http://westsidenewsonline.com/OldSite/westside/news/2003/0519/features/brocknative.html
Archive search: http://westsidenewsonline.com/archives.html
Cost: No
Title: "Brockport native walks the walk"

NOTE The NCBW's Walkable Community Workshop continues to roll. We're down to
only two MPOs remaining: Burlington, VT and Hartford, CT, both in early
June. See http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
for more on the workshops and the schedule.
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INDIANAPOLIS CONSIDERS $15M DOWNTOWN PATH

-> According to a May 19th story in the Indianapolis Star, "The city is
considering a $15 million to $20 million walking, skating and biking
path of a dimension unparalleled in the United States.

"The city of Indianapolis is at a crossroads. Residents and officials
are deciding whether to drastically change Downtown by creating paths
for bikers, skaters, walkers and joggers, eliminating traffic lanes on
some major arteries in the process. Experts say the city's decision
isn't only about cosmetics. It's about changing Downtown from a
car-driven one to a destination for health-conscious residents and new
companies. But some who live and commute Downtown say shrinking the
width of the roads will create traffic problems and more parking
headaches.

"Dubbed the Cultural Trail, the estimated $15 million to $20 million
path would be built on busy Downtown streets. The final decision is
still months away, but the city is spending more than $330,000 in tax
money as it ponders the direction it wants to go. Mayor Bart Peterson
favors the Cultural Trail, calling it one of the best ideas he has
heard 'to take Downtown to the next level.'..."

Source: http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/1/044232-2251-009.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (archive limited to 30 days)
Title: "Cultural Trail could set new course"
Author: Cathy Kightlinger
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ATLANTA'S ARC GIVES $27M IN WALKABILITY GRANTS

-> According to a May 19th story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
"Hoping to turn blighted areas into bustling town centers, or transit
station parking lots into apartments over retail shops, the Atlanta
Regional Commission is expected to announce today more than $27 million
in grants to 25 communities around the metro area. The funds represent
the largest chunk of federal transportation money channeled by the
commission to encourage development around transit stations and
walkable communities.

"Money will pay for projects ranging from sidewalks and bike lanes to
the realignment of roads to make them more pedestrian-friendly. About
20 percent of the funds will prime areas around MARTA stations for
growth. Over the last four years, ARC provided most of the communities
with small Livable Centers Initiative grants to come up with plans.
This new round of larger grants gives the communities with the most
viable designs more money -- in some cases millions -- for the
infrastructure improvements needed to launch redevelopment..."

Source:
http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/horizon/0503/19arcgrant.html
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "ARC ready to bestow grants"
Author: Janet Franskston
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PALO ALTO (CA) TO ADD 7 MORE BIKE BOULEVARDS

-> According to a May 20th story in the Palo Alto Weekly, "The city
with the first bicycle boulevard in the nation -- that was 25 years ago
-- is about to add seven more of them. The Palo Alto City Council voted
unanimously Monday night to approve an ambitious new bicycle
transportation plan, in part a wish list, that aims to double bicycle
travel in the city. The plan, with implementation happening over
several years, has a big price tag of $37 million, but $20 million of
that would be for four bicycle/pedestrian tunnels under the Caltrain
tracks. The seven more bicycle boulevards, by comparison, would cost
only a combined $203,496. Like with the existing Bryant Street Bicycle
Boulevard, that mainly means adding some traffic barriers at key
locations to reduce the number of cars on the street and adding some
stop signs for cross streets to give bicyclists more of a clear run
without stopping.

"When fully implemented, the plan would increase the miles of bike
boulevards from the current 3 to 12. But it would also more than double
the number of bike lanes on other streets, increasing the total miles
of bike lanes plus bike boulevards from 35 to 76 miles. 'Palo Alto has
a long and storied bike plan,' said Joe Kott, the city's chief
transportation official. 'It's known as one of the most bikeable
American cities.'..."

Source:
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/paw/paonline/news/2003_05_20.bike20.shtml
Archive search:
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/paw/paonline/weekly/search.shtml
Cost: No
Title: "Palo Alto: $37 million plan for bike boulevards, tunnels"
Author: Don Kazak
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U. CHICAGO HELPS EMPLOYEES BUY WALKABLE HOMES

-> According to a May 15th story in the University of Chicago
Chronicle, "Owning a home and walking to work will become easier to
achieve for many staff and faculty members thanks to the University's
new employer-assisted housing program, EAHP, launched earlier this
month. The EAHP offers a $7,500 forgivable loan for qualified employees
to use toward down payment or closing costs on homes purchased in the
neighborhoods of Hyde Park-South Kenwood, North Kenwood-Oakland,
Washington Park and Woodlawn, which surround the campus. The
zero-interest loan will be forgiven over five years at 20 percent per
year, provided the employee remains in the home and continues working
at the University or the University Hospitals. Employees also will
receive homeownership education and assistance during the home-buying
process.

"The EAHP provides an opportunity for moderate and middle-income
employees to purchase a home in nearby neighborhoods, where 30 percent
of staff members currently reside. An estimated 8,400 of the 12,000
people employed by the University and its Hospitals could be eligible
to apply on a first-come, first-served basis for the 90 loans that will
be initially offered over the next two years. 'We are pleased to show
our commitment to our employees and our local communities by investing
in a program that will help our faculty and staff purchase a home close
to work,' said President Randel. Added Michael Riordan, President and
CEO of the University Hospitals, 'We are thrilled to help turn the
dream of homeownership into a reality for our employees and want to enco
urage them to consider a new home in these quickly redeveloping areas
of the city.' The program was developed in partnership with the
Metropolitan Planning Council, the Neighborhood Housing Services of
Chicago and the City of Chicago..".

Source: http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/030515/eahp.shtml
Archive search: http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/archive/
Cost: No

Title "University program to help employees live in community where
they work"
Author: Peter Schuler

For more information on EAHP:
Visit the website of University Human Resources Management:
http://uhrm.uchicago.edu/index.html
Or the University of Chicago Hospitals:
http://www.uchospitals.edu/
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HIGHTSTOWN (NJ) SENIORS LEARN BENEFITS OF WALKING

-> According to a May 16th Windsor-Hights Herald story, "This is the
story of a 30-something man people called Butterball who left his
high-paying job at DuPont and packed a kit and settled on a pace of 3û
miles an hour to make it all the way around the United States on foot.
Along the line, different people gave him new nicknames like Johnny
Appleseed and Pied Piper and Forrest Gump. Then one day, he realized
people had stopped calling him Butterball. He'd lost a lot of weight,
had an energy level high enough to power a small home and a legion of
formerly sedentary couch potatoes who were following in his many, many
footsteps. Such is the legend of Robert Sweetgall.

"Seven laps around the country later, Mr. Sweetgall, now 20 years older
and several sticks of butter lighter, stopped by Meadow Lakes
retirement community to get a few more posteriors out of their seats
and walk around. The message he brought was simple: 'Anything is better
than nothing. If you can only do 50 steps, then walk 50 steps. Maybe
tomorrow you'll be able to do 60.' And so began Meadow Lakes' pitch to
get more of its residents up and at 'em. Mr. Sweetgall's visit (all the
way from McCall, Idaho, where he runs Creative Walking Inc., and no, he
didn't walk here) is a literal first step in the community's brand-new
walking program. Generated by a $28,000 grant from the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, the program is built to get seniors more healthy..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=8027090&BRD=1091&PAG=461&dept_id=425728&rfi=6
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "A walk a day...Meadow Lakes seniors are taught the benefits of
walking and daily exercise"
Author: Scott Morgan

For more about Sweetgall and Creative Walking, visit:
http://www.creativewalking.com/
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HOUSTON WHEELCHAIR USER SUES CITY UNDER ADA

-> According to a May 21st story in the Houston Chronicle, "Kristen E.
Jones is finding it harder to go about her daily business. While the
Upper Kirby resident is not confined to a wheelchair, as a quadriplegic
she relies on a motorized power-chair to get around. Since the removal
of bike lanes along portions of West Alabama, her access to surrounding
locations has hampered her lifestyle. As an activist for those with
disabilities, Jones felt she had to do something about her situation.

"On her behalf, attorney and cycling activist Dan Lundeen filed a
complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice earlier this month. The
grievance charges that the city of Houston violated her rights under
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation
Act by getting rid of the bike lanes. The Chronicle was referred to the
city's legal department by the public works department for comments.
The legal department did not return calls. While getting the bike lanes
back would be ideal, Jones said through the complaint she is hoping the
city at least addresses the issues that drew her to the bike lanes in
the first place.

"'I hopefully plan to get the city in compliance with ADA codes,
including accessible sidewalks,' said Jones, who has been disabled
since age 17 because of a swimming accident. She said many of the
sidewalks along the street have numerous cracks and various obstacles
such as parked vehicles in driveways and difficult-to-maneuver
connectors, which interrupt continuous access..."

Source:
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/thisweek/zone12/news/1919040
Archive search: http://www.chron.com/content/archive/index.mpl
Cost: Yes
Title: "Bike lane removal prompts suit"
Author: Danny Perez
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SEATTLE ENVISIONS WALKABLE "BLUE RING"

-> According to a May 12th story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer,
"Vision is a four-letter word in this town. The collective suspicion of
any grand plan explains why the Monorail, considered a grass-roots
effort, succeeded while the perceived top-down push for the Commons
failed. Ironically, the dearth of real planning leaves Seattle
susceptible to any developer with a pretty drawing -- remember the
recent fuss over the new 'plan' for Pioneer Square? It's no way to
build a city.

"That's why the Olmsted Centennial couldn't happen at a better moment.
The celebration's focus is on the power of a 100-year vision. Begun in
1903 by the country's most prestigious landscape architects, Frederick
Law Olmsted Jr. and John Charles Olmsted, the design's scale and
ambition anticipated Seattle's needs in 2003. Seattle is long overdue
for a plan for the next 100 years, perhaps due to the hurdles that such
a plan must negotiate. It has to be inexpensive, easy to implement,
developer-friendly, not so visionary as to scare off the citizenry but
not so understated as to be unnoticeable.

"Remarkably, CityDesign [Seattle's Urban Design Office] has come up
with a plan that meets all these requirements: the Blue Ring...In a
nutshell, the Blue Ring is a series of public open spaces and
destinations linked by pedestrian-friendly streets. A graphic image
shows a blue ring superimposed on a map of Seattle inside the larger
green ring of the Olmsted brothers' parks. Unlike that outlying system
of parks, the minimal open spaces in the city center are scattered and
disconnected. The goal of the Blue Ring is to link downtown with
walkable green streets and parks..."

Source: http://www.channel3000.com/news/2200883/detail.html
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

THE SILENT POLICEMAN

-> "By the early 1920s, Cokato had become a village full of
automobiles...But with these cars came new problems for city leaders.
Parking difficulties, horse owners complaining about the new-fangled
machines scaring their animals, and excessive speed, were just some of
the hazards that arose. Of particular concern was proper etiquette for
cars at intersections. While city ordinances specified that all cars
must keep to the right of center and six miles per hour was the maximum
speed allowed while making a turn, close calls and fender-benders
abounded.

"To keep drivers honest and make the streets safer, the city council --
under the prodding of Cokato's first and only woman mayor, Ida Sparks
Clarke -- approved the construction of two traffic guides, later called
'Silent Policemen.' The guides stood in the middle of Cokato's two
busiest intersections, 3rd & Broadway and 3rd & Millard. Made of solid
concrete by Sam Martinson's Cokato Cement Works, the guides featured a
glass globe for lighting and flower beds maintained by the Women's
Civic Improvement League..."

Source: http://www.cokato.mn.us/lost/lost2.html


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

-> "U.S. OBESITY TRENDS 1985 TO 2001"
"Today, 20 states have obesity prevalence rates of 15-19 percent; 29
states have rates of 20-24 percent; and one state reports a rate over
25 percent." Info:
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/trend/maps/
PowerPoint presentation (2.3mb):
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/trend/maps/obesity_trends_2001.ppt
Text-only pdf (1.3mb):
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity/trend/maps/obesity_trends_2001_508.pdf

-> "ROAD EXPANSION, URBAN GROWTH, AND INDUCED TRAVEL"
Subtitled: "A Path Analysis." Spring 2003 Journal of the American
Planning Association article by Robert Cervero, U.C. Berkeley professor.
http://www.planning.org/newsreleases/pdf/Cervero.pdf

-> "IMPROVING EFFICIENCY AND EQUITY IN TRANSPORTATION FINANCE"
April 2003 Brookings Institution policy brief by Martin Wachs. "The
burden of raising the funds for transportation programs is gradually
being shifted to local governments and voter-approved initiatives that
are, in most instances, not based on user fees."
http://www.brookings.edu/es/urban/publications/wachstransportation.pdf


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

June 2-3, 2003, Design of Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities, Madison,
WI. Info:Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison college of Engineering, Dept. of
Engineering Professional Development, 432 N. Lake St., Madison WI
53706; phone: (800) 462-0876.
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/webE890

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 4-6, 2003, Oregon Bicycle Conference, Portland, OR. Info: Serra,
the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, PO Box 9072, Portland, OR 97207;
voice: (503) 226-0676 x16; fax: (503) 226-0498
http://www.bta4bikes.org

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 25, 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 27-28, 2003, Planning and Building More Livable Communities, San
Diego, CA. Info: Dave Defanti or Michele Kelso, Local Government
Commission, phone: (916) 448-1198; email: <ddefanti@lgc.org> or
<mkelso@lgc.org>
http://www.lgc.org/events

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

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

January 22-24, 2004, Promoting Clean and Alternative Transport Modes,
Rome, Italy. Info: European training programme for urban transport
professionals, 92 Av. d'Auderghem / Oudergemselaan 92, B-1040 Brussels;
phone: +32-2 737 96 80; fax +32-2 737 96 99; email:
<info@transport-training.org>
http://www.transport-training.org/


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

-> JOB -- BIKE/PED PROGRAM ASST -- OREGON DOT
The Oregon Department of Transportation is hiring an Associate
Transportation Engineer(Region Bicycle /Pedestrian Program Assistant).
The salary is $2865 - $4101 Monthly and the Close Date is June 5, 2003.
The position is with the Department of Transportation's Region 1, located
in Portland. Because of the time constraints and somedifficulty we had
in using the ODOT job announcement system, we've decided to make
the job description available for download at the following location on
our website. -- JW
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=943603&f=568603&m=366607021


-> JOB -- BICYCLE COORDINATOR -- STANFORD UNIVERSITY
The Campus Bicycle Coordinator reports to the Transportation Program
Manager in the Office of Parking & Transportation Services.
Responsibilities include: Develop and implement programs to encourage
bicycle use; coordinate cyclist input to improve the cycling
environment; promote bicycle safety; coordinate campus bicycle-related
changes; oversee campus-wide bicycle registration program; develop and
maintain elements of campus bicycle security programs; maintain
existing elements of campus bicycle program. In addition, the incumbent
will be assisting the Transportation Program Manager with a variety of
complex issues, analyzing utilization data, and supporting the Office
of Parking & Transportation Services in a variety of tasks consistent
with this classification.

Qualifications In-depth knowledge of bicycles & bicycling including
safe cycling practices, bicycle security measures, bicycle related
legislation, bicycle registration procedures, bicycle facilities, and
promotion of bicycling as an alternative form of transportation.
Ability to develop concepts and programs fully and see them to
successful completion. Ability to work with a diverse individuals at
various administrative levels. Combination of education and experience
that demonstrate the skills necessary to manage a bicycle program in a
complex University environment. Analytical, management, and
communications skills required for the development and implementation
of policies and programs. Strong communications skills, both written
and verbal. Ability to deal tactfully & professionally w/ all members
of a widely diverse Campus community. Ability to work independently &
manage multiple priorities in a high-pressure, results-oriented
environment. Demonstrated skill in the use of computerized spreadsheet
applications. To apply, go to:
http://jobs.stanford.edu/openings/display.cgi?Job_Req=003071&JFam=NIL



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