Issue #73 Friday, June 20, 2003
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|Rep. Oberstar Champions Safe Routes to School|
|U.S. Mayors Support Bicycling -- Riding & Writing|
|The 2003 Walkable Coummunity Workshop Series Wraps Up|
|NCBW Launches Pages on Safe Routes to School|
|Will SAFETEA Shift $$ to School Bus Industry?|
|Sharon D. Banks Award for Leadership in Transportation|
|MassBike Offers Pilot Bike Law Police Course|
|Victoria (BC) Bike to Work Week Results Are In|
|Nevada Moving Fast on Bike Road Shows|
|Oberstar Promotes Hometown Values Through Pace|
|Pickens (SC) New Trail "Better Than a Treadmill"|
|Accessible Sidewalks -- The Decent Thing to Do|
|Is the Long Commute a Frustration or Golden Hour?|
|Selling the Walkable Vision|
|Amarillo (TX) Plans to Be Bike-Friendly Town|
|Ronkin and Kulash Point the Way in Atlanta|
|Ford, Pepsi, Honeywell, Others to Fight Obesity|
|San Antonio (TX) to Get Greenbelts, Ped-Friendly Centers?|
|Albany (NY) Residents Encouraged to Check Walkability|
|Sioux Falls (SD) Ped Posse Mounts Up|
|Amble Time Software Links Pedestrian with Paths|
-> According to a June 18th America Bikes news release, "Supporters of
bicycling, walking and healthy communities cheered today as Congressman
James L. Oberstar (D-MN) announced the introduction of a bill to fund
Safe Routes to School and create more bikeable and walkable
communities. 'This bill encourages children and adults to reacquaint
themselves with the joys of human-powered transportation,' said
"At the heart of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Equity Act of 2003 (PACE)
is a national Safe Routes to School program which would provide $250
million a year to fix unsafe conditions on roads near schools and
encourage children to walk and bike to school. Representative Oberstar
announced the new bill surrounded by children on bicycles and
proponents of Safe Routes to School from around the country."
Oberstar was joined by co-sponsors Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep.
Jim Moran (D-VA), and Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX). Fourteen members have
co-signed so far, including: Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Eleanor Holmes
Norton (DC); Jose Serrano (D-NY); Mike Honda (D-CA); Sherrod Brown
(D-OH); Martin Frost (D-TX); Bernard Sanders (D-VT); Nick Lampson
(D-TX); Lynn Woolsey (D-CA); Bill Pascrell (D-NJ); Lloyd Doggett
(D-TX); David Hobson (R-OH); William Lipinski (D-IL); Frank Ballance
(D-NC); and Ed Case (D-HI).
Martha Roskowski, Campaign Manager, America Bikes; (202) 833-8080;
Jim Berard, House Transportation Committee (Congressman Oberstar);
(202) 225-6260; <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Or go to:
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-> According to a June 13th Thunderhead Alliance news release, "The
Thunderhead Alliance, the national coalition of state and local bicycle
advocacy organizations, today announced the first annual Thunderhead
Alliance U.S. Mayors Bike Ride, July 4th, 2003. The U.S. Conference of
Mayors has been supportive of the ride since the Thunderhead Alliance
introduced the idea to them earlier this year. Complimenting this
support is a resolution to promote bicycle friendly communities passed
this week at their 71st Annual Conference of Mayors.
"Executive Director Sue Knaup said from Thunderhead headquarters in
Prescott, Arizona, that the U.S. Mayors Bike Ride challenges mayors
from across the country to show their support for bicycling as a
sustainable transportation option. 'Putting mayors in the saddle will
demonstrate the commitment of America's community leaders who support
sustainable transportation options.' "
Contact Sue Knaup, Executive Director: (928) 541-9841;
<email@example.com> or visit:
-> In a related note, Andy Clarke, head of the LAB's Bicycle Friendly
CommunitY Campaign, pointed out that the US Conference of Mayors has
adopted a Bicycle Friendly Communities resolution at their 71st annual
meeting in Denver, CO. Andy adds "Special thanks are due to the
wonderful Mayor of Santa Barbara, Mayor Marty Blum, who introduced the
resolution. The resolution was adopted unanimously in committee with
Mayors from Houston, Indianapolis, Redmond, Schaumburg, Lauderhill
making a particular point of supporting it during a brief discussion."
For the complete resolution, go to:
For more on the LAB Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign, contact Andy
Clarke at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or visit:
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-> The Walkable Community Workshop series for 2003 ended in
Hartford, CT, the second week of June as it began in Boston the last
week of March: drawing together rooms full of people excited and
energized to make their communities more pedestrian friendly. In all,
72 4-hour workshops were presented during the 12-week period,
reaching more than 1,500 participants with the message of making
communities more physically active places by reducing the barriers
The Walkable Community Workshops were offered by the National Center
for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) and funded in part by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation. The workshops drew together community leaders,
planners, engineers, public health officials and pedestrian advocates
in nine Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regions to look at
specific barriers to more pedestrian activity in their communities,
as well as some potential fixes.
At the Hartfort series, WCW trainers Sue Newberry and Dan Burden
presented 8 4-hour local workshops within the Hartford MPO region
within 5 days, following the standard pattern adopted for this
"Running eight workshops in five days results in a sometimes brutal
schedule," said Peter Moe, NCBW deputy director and one of the eight
trainers who fanned out across the country to present the workshops.
"Sometimes we had to use the energy levels of the workshop participants
just to keep going when it wasn't possible to grab a bite to eat
between workshops," Moe added. In addition to Moe, Newberry, and
Burden, the training teams included Peter Lagerwey, Deb Spicer,
Charlie Gandy, Cara Seiderman, and Mark Fenton.
"Even as the Hartford workshop was wrapping up we were putting together
application packets for the next round of workshops," said Bill Wilkinson,
NCBW executive director. "The next round will run on a similar schedule
to this year's series, with a training course for the selected MPO
coordinators this fall, and workshops kicking off again in the
spring of 2004."
You can read more about how the Walkable Community Workshops work at:
Watch CenterLines for an announcement of applications for the 2004
workshop series being sent to MPOs.
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-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) has launched a new
online resource area for Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs. "There
are already a lot of good resources for this topic available," said Bill Wilkinson,
NCBW executive director. "We're not trying to reinvent the
wheel. Our approach is to take a broad look at the many resources that
have been developed, and use our pages to guide site visitors to
the most useful resources available."
Gary MacFadden, NCBW director of operations, added that the new site
area uses materials from recognized SR2S practitioners. "A lot of the
site is based around matarial from people like Bruce Appleyard, David
Parasi, and Wendy Kallins, each of whom brings a wealth of background
and knowledge to any discussion of SR2S.
MacFadden noted that the SR2S topic area is currently at a
'beta stage.' "We've just launched the area, and we're already
doing a full revision of the Resources area," MacFadden said. "We're
interested in hearing any comments from CenterLines readers as to what
materials we might add to make the site even more useful."
Check out the Safe Routes to School pages at:
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-> TEA 21 is up for reauthorization, and everyone has their hands out.
This is no surprise as billions of dollars, including over $7 billion
earmarked for public transit agencies in FY 2003 alone, is up for
grabs. Now one more party can be added to the many already standing in
line for that $7 billion: the pupil transportation industry. In the
April/May 2003 issue of School Bus Fleet (an industry publication)
publisher Frank Di Giacomo suggests that the pupil transportation
industry should also be entitled to a share of this funding. The
National School Transportation Association has already responded,
employing a lobbyist and launching a phone, fax, and e-mail
communication campaign to influence lawmakers.
The problem with this? Pupil transportation is a huge business.
According to the industry's own figures for the 1998-1999 school year
over $12 billion was spent transporting students at public expense. If
capital outlays were included, this figure would be even higher. And
that amount is only rising. Given the widespread revenue crisis states,
cities, and school districts are experiencing, it is little wonder the
industry is looking elsewhere for funding. Competition for public
transit monies has increased again.
For more information on the costs of pupil transportation, visit:
Digest of Education Statistics, 2001.
The National Center for Education Statistics
The complete article from School Bus Fleet can be found at:
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-> The Transportation Research Board is seeking nominations for the
Sharon D. Banks Award for Innovative Leadership in Transportation. This
TRB award was inaugurated in 2002, and it may be presented biennially.
The next presentation of the award will be made during the Chairman's
Luncheon on January 14, 2004, during the TRB 83rd Annual Meeting.
Nominations are due August 15, 2003.
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-> According to a recent note from Tim Baldwin, the Massachusetts
Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), in collaboration with NHTSA, is looking
for help conducting pilot trainings for its draft national police
bicycle law enforcement curriculum. Organizations or agencies chosen to
participate will be paid $500 per training (plus minor expenses).
Training should take place between July 10 and September 10, 2003.
The draft curriculum includes two hours of course material and is not
an on-bicycle class. It is intended as a resource for police officers
enforcing laws relating to bicycling (both motorist and bicyclist
enforcement) and is designed to be taught by police officers for police
officers. At the conclusion of the pilot trainings, MassBike will
modify the trainings based on feedback.
The program is part of NHTSA's National Strategies for Advancing
Bicycle Safety. Over the past three months, MassBike has identified
best practices throughout the country, and developed a model applicable
in all 50 states. A technical advisory group, consisting of police
officers; representatives from the LAB, IPMBA, USA Cycling, LEBA,
transportation agencies, bicycle advocacy groups, and bicycle safety
experts have assisted in the curriculum development.
Groups, departments, or agencies interested in conducting pilot
trainings should contact Tim Baldwin, MassBike Director, at (617)
542-2453 or <email@example.com>
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-> According to a June 14th news release, "Just-tallied final results
of Victoria's 9th annual Bike To Work Week show impressive growth, with
teams and first-time commuters up by more than 20% over last year. BTWW
coordinator Linda Saunders says 369 workplaces registered teams
totalling 3751 cyclists. 'That's a 21% increase in teams over last
year, which is great, but even more significant are the numbers of
first-time commuter cyclists.'
"'Team captains recruited 604 first timers, and of those, 219 -- more
than one-third -- say they're hooked and plan to continue commuting by
bike at least once or twice a week.' BTWS President David Cubberley
says, 'team participation exposes hundreds of first-timers to the
benefits of commuter cycling, and a whole lot get hooked. You have to
expose people to the opportunity in order to get them interested, and
BTWW Victoria really does that...
"Cyclists on Bike To Work teams accounted for 12.9% of trips to and
from their workplaces during BTWW. That's more than twice the 6.2% of
peak-hour commuter trips that are being made by bike year-round,
according to CRD stats from Spring 2001. Cubberley notes that that's by
far the highest commuter cycling rate in Canada. (Saskatoon is
next-highest at 2.5%, followed by Kingston at 2.2%. Vancouver came in
5th, at 1.9%)..."
For more info, contact Linda Saunders at (250) 920-5775 or
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; or David Cubberley at (250)
727-6441 or <email@example.com>. Or visit the organization's website
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-> According to a recent note from Susan Snyder, "Four Nevada
representatives attended the Bicycle Road Show training sessions,
hosted June 2 on the eve of the League of American Bicyclists education
conference in Portland, Ore. Two statewide bicycle-pedestrian
officials, a Las Vegas pedestrian-bicycle program coordinator and a Las
Vegas bicycle advocate with the Silver State Bicycle Coalition (me),
learned how the show is supposed to work and set tentative plans in
motion to host shows in at least two Nevada cities. [I attended the
workshop at the request of and using a grant from the National Center
for Bicycling and Walking.]
"In Clark County, home to Las Vegas, I met with the local metropolitan
planning organization's bike/ped planner days after returning from
Portland. We decided to begin work on creating a
why-bicycles-are-good-for-Vegas portion for the show and hope it will
be something that can even be used as a stand-alone to increase
bicycling interest and funding. And the timing couldn't be better.
Proponents of a recently finished a $500,000 bicycle/pedestrian plan
for Clark County now are looking for ways to convince people to commit
money for putting it on pavement.
"Bicycle-pedestrian representatives from the Nevada Office of Traffic
Safety and the Department of Transportation have agreed to handle
logistics, coordination, and road show presentations. They will also
work with local advocates to ensure that sessions are relevant to each
community. This could be the catalyst for a widespread effort joining
local advocates and state agencies in making bicycling better across
Nevada. I appreciated being included."
"You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town."
-- Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) from the book
"Oh, the Places You'll Go."
-> According to a June 17th article in the Hibbin (MN) Daily Tribune,
"Congressman Jim Oberstar is looking for bipartisan and public support
for a package of legislation developed from a series of public
meetings. In recent months, Oberstar held public forums on hometown
values throughout the Eighth Congressional District. Based on the
response from those events, he put together a three-piece initiative...
"The package includes the Pedestrian and Cyclist Equity Act of 2003
(PACE), the Living Well with Fatal Chronic Illness Act and the Rebuild
America Act of 2003. PACE is a continuation of some of Oberstar's
earlier transportation legislation. Its main purpose is to help
children lead healthier lives by providing safe walking and biking
opportunities and fighting obesity. He said the measure will provide
funding for the establishment of a national safe routes to school
program and a three city pilot program for nonmotorized
Archive search: use "Search" window (see revolving lighthouse)
Title: "Oberstar to push hometown values"
Author: Pat Faherty
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-> According to a June 18th Greenville News story, "The new 2.5-mile
public Town Creek Trail beside the popular Playground of Promise in
Pickens is better than a treadmill and prettier than a postcard,
project leaders say. 'It's really something special,' said Pickens City
Administrator Chris Eldridge, who saw three deer on the trail...
"The trail dedication and workday starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, but lots
of curious people have already made the trail trek, said Meg Benko,
project director and Pickens resident...'We're just celebrating
everyone's effort and walking the trail,' Benko said. The trail, which
loops, will one day connect to other future walking trails around
Pickens and to the proposed Pickens Recreation Center, said Julie
Capaldi, president of the Pickens County United Way, which partnered
with Pickens and several volunteer groups to build the trail...
"The trail fits in with the goal of the Pickens County Health Partners
to encourage people to walk more, she said. The partners are a
coalition of several area health providers, the United Way, local
governments and businesses. Obesity, unhealthy living and the lack of
recreational opportunities in Pickens County were high concerns of the
700 citizens the group surveyed. 'We want Pickens to be a truly
walkable community,' Capaldi said..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (only 14 days of stories archived)
| Title: "New Pickens trail offers healthy alternative"
Author: Sara Harvey
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-> In her July 8th "Alive & well" column, Cincinnati Enquirer columnist
Deborah Kendrick said, "Asked for my most important criterion in
selecting a place to live, I would probably answer 'sidewalks.' Without
sidewalks, I am marooned, isolated, disconnected to all that is around
me. With them, I can access any service, program or product that anyone
"That's how Joan Barden, a wheelchair user in Sacramento, feels too.
When utility lines, tree roots, and benches repeatedly impeded her free
movement through her own city, forcing her and her wheelchair into the
roads alongside cars and trucks, she decided to act. In a class action
suit involving other citizens who are blind, use wheelchairs or walkers
or have other disabilities, Barden maintained that the city of
Sacramento is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing
to provide equal access to sidewalks. A 9th Circuit U.S. court decision
March 3 agreed, finding that sidewalks are a necessary link to public
programs and services and that without them, people with disabilities
are being discriminated against and excluded..."
Archive search: http://cincinnati.com/search/advanced_index.html
Title: "Making sidewalks accessible is the decent thing to do"
Author: Deborah Kendrick
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-> According to a June 15th Washington Post story, "Traffic experts
want to know how much time on the road people such as Joe Damond can
stomach. Does his 40-minute commute between Alexandria and downtown
leave him sapped? How much additional time is he willing to spend
running errands and driving his two children to soccer, baseball and
school activities? He could help solve a 40-year debate in
transportation circles: whether people have an ideal for how much time
they want to -- or are willing to -- spend getting around.
"Damond, an economist, knows which side of the debate he's on.
Commuting takes time away from his children, Damond said, and delays
from unexpected backups wear on him. In fact, he said, his family chose
to live in Alexandria precisely to limit its driving. 'I don't want to
spend an hour or hour and a half in the car a day,' Damond said, as he
leafed through a book at Borders Books & Music in downtown Washington.
'If I do, I'm unhappy.'..."
Cost: Yes (after 14 days)
Title: "In Drive Time, a Golden Hour"
Author: Katherine Shaver
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According to a June 10th story in the Baton Rouge Business Journal,
"...[D]evelopers and investors, after looking at market surveys and
anecdotal evidence...are starting to build [Traditional Neighborhood
Developments], counting on bottled-up demand to not only sell housing
in the mixed-use neighborhoods but to sell that housing for fatter
returns. One study put those returns at an average of 20 percent more
than standard suburban neighborhoods.
"'I think the demand for TNDs is fully there,' said Princeton Bardwell,
who is building Providence, a Highland Road residential development
that will have back alleys to hide cars, houses close to the street and
community parks,all key elements of TNDs. He doesn't have shops and
offices in his project because he doesn't have the space. Bardwell
Properties has sold 10 lots in the 21-lot Providence. His price range
for lots,$120,000 to $250,000,isn't crimping sales, and neither has it
hurt that purchasers can't yet see what a house will look like.
"So the purchasers, Bardwell said, are putting up big money on the
promise of a better life provided by the new urban development. 'We are
selling lots on a vision and the profile of our community.'..."
Archive search: http://www.businessreport.com/archives/adv_search.html
Title: "Walk of Life"
Author: Mukul Verma
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-> According to a June 12th story on Amarillo's Fox14 TV, "The city is
involved in plans that will make Amarillo more bicycle friendly. It's a
project the city has been working on for more than a year, called Rails
to Trails. It will create a four-mile bike path which starts at Coulter
near I-40 and follows the old rail line toward downtown, ending at 7th
and Crockett. The city also plans to build miles of bike lanes on many
of our streets.
"Amarillo has few, if any, lanes designated for bicycles. There are
some parks with trails, but the paths are short. Currently, Amarillo
isn't very bike-friendly -- that will change. Parks and Recreation
Department director Larry Offerdahl says, 'A lot of Amarillo citizens
are already bicycling, whether it's recreational or occasionally on the
streets. We wanted to look at providing safer transportation.'..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "Bicycle Friendly Plans"
Author: Jensen Gadley
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-> According to a June 16th Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, "Cars
monopolize much of metro Atlanta's public space, killing hundreds of
people a year in crashes and literally driving off pedestrians,
cyclists, playing children, chatting neighbors, strolling shoppers and
others who in a gentler time shared the streets. But just as the area's
public space has degraded gradually over decades, its streets can be
tamed incrementally, one block or one intersection at a time,
transportation experts last week told several dozen government and
"Key to this improvement is better design, the experts said at a
symposium sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the Urban Land Institute.
Wide pavement with fast-moving traffic may provide a type of mobility,
allowing motorists to speed from community to community, but it makes
streets unlivable in those communities. Good design can permit car
mobility while also restoring life to streets and providing people with
easier access to neighborhoods and businesses, they said.
"'The last 40 years, we've lost sight of the need to build quality,'
said Michael Ronkin, bicycle and pedestrian program manager of the
Oregon Department of Transportation. 'Most people hate streets, yet we
spend a good portion of our waking lives on them, so we need to make
sure they work.' 'Simply moving more traffic is not where it's at any
more,' said Walter Kulash, a traffic engineer with Glatting Jackson, an
Orlando-based development planner and consultant. Retail and commercial
developers have learned, he said, that 'context sells, and walkable
context is what really sells now.' Ronkin and Kulash described a
variety of design strategies to improve the streetscape..."
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Title: "Experts share ideas to make area walkable"
Author: Eric Sundquist
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-> According to a June 18th New York Times story, "A group of large
employers headed by Ford Motor, Honeywell, General Mills and PepsiCo
announced a campaign yesterday to encourage overweight workers to slim
down as a way to improve both their personal health and the corporate
bottom line. Dr. Vince Kerr, director of health care management at
Ford, said weight-related costs were adding $12 billion a year to costs
of employers nationwide, including medical bills, reduced productivity,
increased absenteeism and higher health and disability insurance
"Obesity is becoming as large a factor as tobacco once was," Dr. Kerr
said. Weight-related ailments are taking "amazingly large portions" of
the $3 billion that Ford spent on health care benefits last year, he
"Ford is a founding board member of the Institute on the Costs and
Health Effects of Obesity, organized by the Washington Business Group
on Health, a group of 175 large employers that provide benefits for 40
million people. The institute plans to draw on research financed by the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The centers and the
Institute of Medicine have also joined the new obesity institute
"[According to Helen Darling, president of the Washington Business
Group], 'We want to partner with all the entities that touch these
problems.' 'For example, employers can work with communities to
establish safe places for kids to walk and bike.'..."
Archive search: http://www2.redbluffdailynews.com/archives/
Cost: No (for 7 days). Free registration required to access article.
Title: "Employers Plan Obesity Fight, Citing $12 Billion-a-Year Cost"
Author: Milt Freudenheim
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-> According to a June 17th story in the San Antonio Express-News,
"Mayor Ed Garza's plan to steer growth to the South Side and encourage
something besides sprawling, car-dependent subdivisions is leaving a
wake of anticipation as well as apprehension as it churns forward. But
mostly many questions are still to be answered and much more work is to
be done to plot how development should occur in a 57-square-mile area
between Loop 410 and the Medina River, an ambitious effort that for now
is called the South Side Initiative.
"A general land-use plan unveiled last week and scheduled for a City
Council vote June 26 is just the latest step in an idea born on a
napkin more than a year ago...The map for land uses was drafted using
input from community meetings in May. Common wishes included greenbelts
connecting streams and parks; preservation of agriculture; construction
of east-west roads; pedestrian-friendly town centers; and concentrated
Title: "Mayor's land-use ideas are raising many questions"
Author: Patrick Driscoll
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-> According to a June 16th story on Albany's Capital News 9 TV,
"Boykin Bell worries about her family's health, so she and her children
walk every chance they get. She said, 'I don't get as much exercise as
I wish I did, but I make sure I get a little throughout the day by
walking places that I might not otherwise.' Experts said most
American's don't walk enough. That's one reason why rates of obesity
and related diseases, like diabetes, are so high.
"Mark Fenton of America's Walking said, 'We know the Surgeon General
recommends that everybody get 30 minutes of activity a day. That would
be a brisk one and half to two mile walk, and sadly only one in four
American's on average actually gets that activity.' One reason is that
many of us now live in areas that actually discourage walking and
bicycling. Lauren Marchetti of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
Center said, 'What we need now is more of a balance shift so that
people on foot and people in cars have opportunities to go about the
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "How walkable is your neighborhood"
Author: Marcie Fraser
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-> According to a June 17th story on KSFY TV in Sioux Falls, "Visual
aids are always a helpful learning tool, especially when they're
interactive. The flashing walk/don't walk signs at 10th Street and
Minnesota Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls are meant to catch your eye.
The arrows ensure you don't mistake where and when you can drive.
"But the largest signal at the busy intersection is a pedestrian posse.
The area they patrolled for an hour-and-a-half on Tuesday night wasn't
huge, but the people walking the intersection hope their impact was.
Bill Thompson is one of many who volunteered to pound the pavement, 'I
think the yellow vests we're wearing and signs we are carrying will
make everybody more aware of their roles as drivers and as
pedestrians.' Employees with the Department of Transportation, city of
Sioux Falls and about 20 volunteers are passionate about putting their
feet down for pedestrian safety..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "Pedestrian Posse"
Author: Shelley Keohane
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-> According to a June 8th Neal Peirce column published in the St. Paul
Pioneer Press and filed in Dublin, Ireland, "High technology and the
humble pedestrian are about to meet. Through an ingenious piece of
software called 'Amble Time' being developed at Media Lab Europe here,
digital maps of city streets and pathways can be wed with information
about an individual's walking speed. Say you're at Dublin's train
station, your walking speed is 3 miles an hour, and you wonder which of
the town's attractions you can reach in a 20-minute walk. The software
draws a bubble around you, showing what is within your reach.
"As it's perfected, Amble Time will be combined with the global
positioning system and available on hand-held computers with color
displays. A pedestrian's physical location, his pauses and en-route
variations and revised arrival times, will be noted automatically.
He'll also be able to click on the map to check schedules of buses or
local rail, hours of movies or museums, and locations of restaurants.
The pedestrian focus of this project isn't as "off the map" of global
concerns as you'd think. Focusing on the needs of pedestrians -- making
cities safer, more convenient, more attractive to them -- is rising as a
concern across continents..."
Archive search: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/archives/
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title: "All around the world, pedestrians are reclaiming cities"
Author: Neal Peirce
For more about Amble Time, go to:
For more Neal Peirce columns, go to:
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-> "This walking tour illustrates the impact that the Battle of
Gettysburg had on this small rural community during those fateful days
of 1863, offering a sampling of Gettysburg's battle-related sites..."
-> This week at ncbwforum, we're asking folks a very serious question:
Can you name a novel that mentions bicycle, pedestrian, or traffic
calming features in particular communities? We're after titles,
authors, and -- if possible -- a quote or two. We figure we'll have
"made it" once the popular literature treats our work as part of the
scenery. Or something like that...To start things off, we can think of
features mentioned in two murder mysteries. One is set in Seattle, WA,
and the other in Missoula, MT. Add to the list! Join the excitement
(?!!) at the following address (relatively painless registration
required to leave a msg.):
-> "ROAD EXPANSION, URBAN GROWTH, AND INDUCED TRAVEL"
Subtitled: "A Path Analysis;" by Robert Cervero; APA Journal, Spring
-> "SKATEBOARDING AND THE COUNTERMAPPING OF CITY SPACE"
Term Paper for Communications course at Simon Frasier University
(Vancouver BC); by Ben Bradley, Spring 2001.
-> "MULTI-WAY STOPS "
Subtitled "The Research Shows the MUTCD is Correct!" A review of 70+
technical papers on all-way stops in residential areas; by W. Martin
Bretherton Jr., P.E.
-> "DRIVING MODERN ROUNDABOUTS"
A "RealOne" online video on the Washington State Dept. of
Transportation web page.
-> "PERSONAL CARS AND CHINA"
A Chinese Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of
Engineering joint report.
June 22-24, 2003, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Cambridge,
MA.-June 22-24, Info: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle
Professionals. A pdf of the announcement may be downloaded from:
June 26-27, 2003, Traffic Congestion: Issues and Options, Washington
DC. Info: UCLA Public Policy Program office; (310) 825-7885.
June 26-29, 2003, TrailLink 2003: Designing For The Future, Providence,
RI. Info: Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036.
June 25, 2003, Real Intersection Design session at APBP Professional
Development Seminar, Boston MA. Info: Michael King; phone:
(718) 625-4121; email: <RID@trafficcalmer.com>
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or
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.
June 28-July 9, 2003, Great Places Hike and Bike Ride 2003, Czech
Republic. Info: Kumar, Project for Public Spaces; email: <email@example.com>
July 28-30, 2003, 2nd Urban Street Symposium, Anaheim, CA. Info:
Transportation Research Board; email: <TRBMeetings@NAS.edu>.
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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: <email@example.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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
October 15-18, 2003, The California Walking and Bicycling Conference,
Oakland. Info: California Bicycle Coalition, (916) 446-7558.
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:
-> JOB -- PEDESTRIAN PROGRAM MGR. -- CHARLOTTE, NC
Serves as the Pedestrian expert and responsible for management of $5
million annual Sidewalk Construction Program; responds to citizens'
requests/inquiries; evaluates potential streets for new sidewalk
construction; coordinates design of sidewalk projects; chairs and
serves on pedestrian and safety committees; prepares annual work
programs and budgets; makes presentations as needed. Requires BS/BA in
civil/traffic engineering, transportation planning, public health, or
related (master's degree preferred); considerable experience in
transportation engineering/planning with an emphasis on
pedestrian-oriented design and safety; excellent oral and written
communication skills; knowledge of principles and practices of
transportation planning; ability to work effectively with citizens,
other public agencies, developers, and consultants; working knowledge
of GIS desirable. Job #030093/2328/52202. Mail resume to: City of
Charlotte, HR Department, 600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or
fax to 704-336-3236
-> SOQ -- ALT. TRANSPORTATION STUDY -- BRANSON, MO
The City of Branson, Missouri is requesting the submission of a
Statement of Qualifications from interested consultants leading to the
possible award of contract for an Alternative Transportation Study.
This request is the result of the City receiving a federal funding
appropriation to implement a study of innovative methods and means to
solve the community's traffic congestion problems. To develop a
solution to this traffic situation, the City of Branson is requesting
that interested firms submit a "Statement of Qualifications" so that a
study of possible solutions can be done with the future goal of
implementing a citywide transportation system. The City's intent with
this SOQ is to proceed with the selection of an engineering firm based
on qualifications and experience and then negotiate a contract with
that firm. The deadline for submission of the SOQ is July 31, 2003.
Information on SOQ submittals for this study can be acquired by
contacting the City of Branson Engineering Department at (417) 337-8559
or email: <email@example.com>.
-> JOBS -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FEDERATION
Salary: $35,000 to $45,000 depending on experience. Grow and service
the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's diverse membership base and direct
the organization's communication and marketing needs. Responsibilities:
Manage membership and volunteer files, direct mail campaigns,
membership recruitment and renewals; Manage and coordinate the
organization's communications, publicity and marketing; Coordinate
staff and member work on publications, the website and media relations.
For either of these jobs, direct questions and submit a resume and
cover letter by email to: <David@biketraffic.org>.
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