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


Issue #75 Friday, July 18, 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
  Transportation Enhancements Under U.S. House Attack
  "U.S. Mayors Bike Ride" Spreads Across Nation
  Cleveland's WMJI Radio Gets Major Bicyclist Feedback
  Maine Bicycle Friendly Communities Conference Coming
  NHTSA, BikeInfo.Org Release New Bikeability Checklist
  DC Area's WABA Takes Commuter Help Pgm. Online
  CBC, Oakland Host Calif Walk/Bike Conference
  HSRC Looking for Ped Audit Forms
  NHTSA Releases 2002 Highway Fatality Statistics
  Be a Walk to School Resource Person!

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  SE Michigan Foundation Raises $20M for Greenways
  Portsmouth (NH) Trans. Study Addresses Walkability
  Denver's 'burbs Sprouting Ped-Friendly Developments
  Palo Alto (CA) to Measure Neighborhood Livability
  Popular Cheshire (MA) Trail Grows
  Bend (OR) Residents Opt for Walking, Biking
  Carrboro (NC) Mayor Runs for Re-Election On Sidewalks
  Driver Kills 8 Pedestrians in Santa Monica (CA) Market
  Motorist Hits 20 Bicyclists While Passing Another Car
  Man Sitting 15 Ft. Off Road Killed by Drunk Driver




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

TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS UNDER U.S. HOUSE ATTACK

-> According to an alert on the America Bikes! website, "In a
controversial move, a House subcommittee voted on July 11 to eliminate
federal funding for bike facilities from the 2004 budget. The committee
redirected the money to highways instead. Funding for the popular
Transportation Enhancements program was zeroed out in the 2004 federal
budget by a House Appropriations subcommittee on Friday 7/11. The bill
increases highway funding to $34.1 billion, an increase of $2.5 billion
over 2003 levels, in part by entirely cutting funding for Enhancements,
and severely reducing money available for new transit projects and
Amtrak.

"A vote by the full Appropriations Committee may happen on Monday,
7/21. America Bikes and its partners are mobilizing cyclists to ask
Congress to restore full funding for this important program. America
Bikes is particularly concerned because not only does this move
eliminate the most important source of federal funding for bike
facilities in 2004, it also sets a bad precedent for the the next 6
year transportation bill, jeopardizing the bicycle community's efforts
to strengthen existing programs, build safer roads, and create a strong
national Safe Routes to School program..."

Martha Roskowski, the campaign manager at America Bikes, has been
distributing updates on this threat to the Transportation Enhancements
program. Contact her at 202-833-8080 (voice), 202-822-1334 (fax); her
e-mail is martha@americabikes.org.

To learn more -- and to find out what you can do -- go to:
http://www.americabikes.org/saveenhancements.asp|
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"U.S. MAYORS BIKE RIDE" SPREADS ACROSS NATION

-> According to a July 13th Thunderhead Alliance news release, reports
are still coming in to Alliance headquarters of successful "U.S. Mayors
Bike Ride" events held on July 4th around the country. The event is a
memorial to bicycling advocate and Thunderhead Alliance founding
member, Susie Stephens. (The Thunderhead Alliance is the national
coalition of state and local bicycle advocacy organizations, based in
Prescott, Arizona.)

Some samples of the events:

Look for Thunderhead to bring together another U.S. Mayors Bike Ride
next July 4th.

For more information, contact Sue Knaup, Executive Director at (928)
541-9841; email: <sue@thunderheadalliance.org>
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org.
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CLEVELAND'S WMJI RADIO GETS MAJOR BICYCLIST FEEDBACK

-> On July 2nd, the Cleveland, Ohio, Clear Channel Communications radio
station, WMJI, ran a lengthy call-in show all about how bicyclists
shouldn't be on the roads. And how to harass them for being there. Some
of the suggestions were merely juvenile but others were lethal. For
instance, one DJ suggested speeding past a bicyclist, having your
passenger open the door, and put on the brakes.

Lois Cowan of Century Cycles in Solon, Ohio, heard the show and was
appalled. She called the station and was able to go on the show several
days later to explain about bicyclists' rights to use of the road, the
dangers of harassment, and other topics. She was treated badly by the
DJs and listeners. She then got the word out to bicyclists around the
country and Clear Channel and their Cleveland affiliate, WMJI, were
flooded with emails, phone calls, and letters. We found out about it
through the Thunderhead Alliance listserv, where it was discussed among
bicycle advocates from all over the country.

Even after the abuse, Ms. Cowan pointed out that she didn't want to
"get even" but, rather to "get results." And did she get results! As
she put it, "I don't want this to escalate into an 'us versus them'
debate and make things worse. I just want to try to educate the public
that bicycles are considered vehicles, cyclists are allowed on the
roads and that we should all share the roads."

By July 11th, Clear Channel and the station had seen the light. They
agreed to run pro-bicycling PSAs, donate money to bicycling causes,
help with education programs and Safe Routes to School efforts, support
the America Bikes agenda, and apologize publicly for their
transgressions.

As Chuck Smith of the Ohio Bicycle Federation put it, "Thanks to the
magic of bicycle advocacy on the internet, and the hard work of local
Cleveland area advocates including my good friends Lois Cowan of
Century Cycles and Dom Liberatore, their 50,000 watts will soon be
working for cycling through PSAs rather than against us through
extremely loose talk."

Congrats to all those who helped turn a bad situation into one that
benefits all bicyclists -- and everyone else, for that matter!
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MAINE BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE COMING

-> According to an July 15th news release, The Maine Department of
Transportation and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine are hosting the
"Maine Bicycle Friendly Communities Conference" on August 15 in
Fairfield, Maine. There will be sessions on: Making Maine More Bicycle
Friendly; Portland Bike Lane Project; Local Bike/Ped Committees: How to
Work with Municipal Officials; Maine Safe Routes to School; Developing
a Bicycle-Friendly Police Department; Providing Safe Attractive Bike
Parking for Downtowns, Schools and Businesses; Bicycle Education for
Adults and Kids; Healthy Citizens = Healthy Communities; and more.

For more information, contact John Balicki, MDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian
Coordinator, State House Station 16, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: (207)
624-3252; email: <john.balicki@maine.gov>.
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NHTSA, BIKEINFO.ORG RELEASE NEW BIKEABILITY CHECKLIST

-> According to the July 15th issue of TRBNews, "The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration has posted its Bikeability Checklist on
the Web. The checklist is designed to be used by adult and child
cyclists to assess and identify potential remedies to conditions they
may encounter when biking in their communities."

The Bikeability Checklist was created in cooperation with the the folks
at http://www.bikeinfo.org.

To see the new Checklist and background information, go to:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/Bikeability/index.htm
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DC AREA'S WABA TAKES COMMUTER HELP PGM ONLINE

-> According to a recent news release, "With cooperation from Arlington
County's Commuterpage.com, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association
(WABA) has recently unveiled its online Bicycle Commuter Assistance
Page. The new website provides valuable assistance and information to
bicyclists around the region with the goal of reducing the mobile
source emissions of single occupancy vehicles in the region through the
encouragement of the use of bicycles for transportation and
recreation. The program was possible through a grant from the
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Mobile Source Outreach
Program and Arlington County (VA)."

The Bicycle Commuter Assistance Page, which can be found at the address
given below, is an updated, electronic version of the WABA's Commuter
Mentor Program that has provided thousands of cyclists with assistance
in finding a safe route to their destinations.
http://www.waba.org/new/help/cap.php

For more information, contact Eric Gilliland, Project Manager, Tour
Director, BikeDC 2001, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, at
<gill@waba.org> WABA's main website is at:
http://www.waba.org
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CBC, OAKLAND HOST CALIF. WALK/BIKE CONFERENCE

-> According to a recent news release, "The California Bicycle
Coalition and the City of Oakland, in association with California
Walks, are proud to announce the Walk/Bike 2003 Conference, commencing
in Oakland the evening of October 15, 2003. Together, CBC and the City
of Oakland will present a world-class event that highlights
walking-and-bicycling's ability to relieve congestion, stimulate
economic activity, increase transit use, and create safer and healthier
communities throughout California and the western United States.
Featured speakers and presenters will include nationally-recognized
experts as well as state legislators, local, regional and state agency
representatives, planners and engineers, public health promoters,
pedestrian and bicyclist advocates, and more."

To learn more, contact Chris Morfas, California Bicycle Coalition, at
(916) 446-7558; or <Chris.Morfas@CalBike.org> or Kathryn Hughes, City
of Oakland, at (510) 238-6493; or <khughes@oaklandnet.com>. You can
register online by visiting:
http://www.calbike.org/conference.htm
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HSRC LOOKING FOR PED AUDIT FORMS

-> According to a recent note from Charlie Zegeer of the Highway Safety
Research Center, "We could use some help from anyone on the following
question...Have you seen or had experience with any pedestrian
environment audits that might fit this description? To assist with a
research project, we are looking for a pedestrian environment audit
that is more technical and quantitative in nature than the Partners for
a Walkable America Walkability Checklist.

"We seek a tool to evaluate the walkability of school areas that:

"Any leads or advice you can provide is greatly appreciated." Charlie
can be reached at: <zegeer@claire.hsrc.unc.edu>.
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NHTSA RELEASES 2002 HIGHWAY FATALITY STATISTICS

-> On July 17th, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
released its 2002 traffic fatality statistics. While we haven't had
time to go over the report, here are a few things they mentioned in
their news release...

"Highway fatalities in 2002 reached the highest level since 1990 while
crash-related injuries hit an all-time low, the U. S. Department of
Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
announced today. As highway crashes continue to claim the lives of
thousands, the grim statistics underscore the need for better state
laws, stricter enforcement and safer driving behavior. Alcohol-related
fatalities remained at 41 percent of the total with 17, 419 deaths in
2002, up slightly from 17,400 in 2001. Historically, the majority of
passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing safety
belts; that trend continued in 2002 with 59 percent unrestrained..."

They also pointed out that pedestrian deaths declined, to 4,808, a 1.9
percent drop from 2001, although there is no indication whether the
decline follows a (likely) decline in walking. We should have more
information later as we digest the report...

To see the news release go to the following address. You can also
download the report here:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/announce/press/pressdisplay.cfm?year=2003&filename=pr32-03.html
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BE A WALK TO SCHOOL RESOURCE PERSON!

-> According to the July 17th issue of the CDC's Physical Activity
Listserv, "New this year, the official Walk to School website now
includes resource people for each state. As we build this national
network of people who represent safety, physical activity,
transportation and planning and who care about walking, we want to add
your name to the list.

"Why become a resource person?
-To build relationships with other people who want to promote physical
activity

To register as a resource person, go to the website below, click on
"register online," and follow the instructions. If you have any
questions, contact Nancy Pullen, Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center;
(919) 962-7419; email: <walk@www.walktoschool.org>
http://www.walktoschool.org
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"When I was elected mayor of Bogota and got to city hall, I was handed
a transportation study that said the most important thing the city
could do was to build an elevated highway at a cost of $600 million.
Instead, we installed a bus system that carries 700,000 people a day at
a cost of $300 million. We created hundreds of pedestrian-only streets,
parks, plazas, and bike paths, planted trees, and got rid of cluttering
commercial signs. We constructed the longest pedestrian-only street in
the world. It may seem crazy, because this street goes through some of
the poorest neighborhoods in Bogotú, and many of the surrounding
streets aren't even paved. But we chose not to improve the streets for
the sake of cars, but instead to have wonderful spaces for pedestrians."
--Enrique Pe'alosa, former Mayor of Bogata, Colombia, and visiting
scholar at New York University. (From "The Politics of Happiness," by
Enrique Pe'alosa as told to Susan Ives.)
http://yesmagazine.org/26courage/ives.htm
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

SE MICHIGAN FOUNDATION RAISES $20M FOR GREENWAYS

-> According to a July 7th Barb Arrigo column in the Detroit Free
Press, "The handsome new wood-planked footbridge invites you across.
From the shady walking loops on Huroc Island in Flat Rock, unexplored
terrain awaits on a route that will stretch for miles, almost to Metro
Airport. It's still unexplored, unfortunately. What greets you on the
other side of the bridge is a short road of crushed rock that's horrid
underfoot, a couple of utility substations -- and then you're stymied
by railroad tracks. Sometime next year, you'll be able to get to the
path that ends about a mile away inside Oakwoods Metropark. Just not
today.

"This bridge is, nonetheless, the first tangible sign of great promises
to come through the GreenWays Initiative, launched two years ago by the
Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. More work is scheduled
this year at several sites...many more projects are on the drawing
board. The Community Foundation has raised $20 million toward its
$25-million goal, and so far has awarded just $3.6 million in grants.
Minus the few odd administrative costs, that leaves a lot of money for
actual work before Dec. 31, 2005, when the program is slated to end..."

Source: http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/ebarb7_20030707.htm
Archive search: http://www.freep.com/newslibrary/
Cost: Yes
Title: "GreenWays paths will link us to nature, to each other"
Author: Barb Arrigo
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PORTSMOUTH (NH) TRANS. STUDY ADDRESSES WALKABILITY

-> According to a July 13th story in the Portsmouth Herald, "What a
wonderful place it could be...if more people opted for foot power
instead of the automobile. The Portsmouth Listens Transportation Study
Circle addressed the question of how to make the city a more livable,
walkable place. The crux of its report to the Planning Board this past
Thursday night was making it easier and safer for residents and
visitors to walk and bike.

"Steve Sanger, a Mendum Avenue resident, presented the Transportation
Study Circle's synopsis by looking back to days gone by. 'My house on
Mendum was built in 1914 as part of a so-called 'trolley
neighborhood,'' Sanger said at the presentation. 'In 1914, you could
walk 100 paces down Mendum to Middle, jump on the Portsmouth Electric
Car trolley line and go anywhere in the world without taking another
step.' Sanger admitted it is impossible to turn the clocks back, and
nostalgia is not good rationale for a new transportation plan. But
placing greater emphasis on walking and biking in the city's master
plan update is good rationale, the committee stated..."

Source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/07132003/news/39136.htm
Archive search: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/zarchive.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Leave keys at home: Walk, bike around city"
Author: Richard Fabrizio
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DENVER'S 'BURBS SPROUTING PED-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENTS

-> According to a July 17th Denver Post article, "Urban housing
developments sprouting up in suburban areas are part of a new trend to
create communities more akin to Denver's Washington Park than acres of
cookie-cutter sprawl. The movement to create pedestrian-friendly
neighborhoods in places where residents usually have to hop in a car
for even simple errands, is being driven by a coalition of health
experts, senior-citizen advocates and champions of 'smart growth.'

"Some experts predict this movement will continue to spread throughout
the Front Range as baby boomers start to retire over the next 10 years.
Those empty-nesters are expected to embrace neighborhoods where they
will not need a car as much, neighborhoods reminiscent of where many
grew up. 'If you go to the suburbs of anywhere in America, you have to
drive one place to get a burger, another place to buy a quart of milk,
and another place to get dog food,' said Bob Simpson, Englewood's
director of community development, who is overseeing the creation of a
pedestrian-friendly community near his city's light-rail stop. 'People
want a change from that.'..."

Source
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~1516380,00.html#
Archive search:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E25%257E,00.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "'Burbs prepare for foot traffic"
Author: Trent Seibert
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PALO ALTO (CA) TO MEASURE NEIGHBORHOOD LIVABILITY

-> According to a July 16th Palo Alto Weekly story, "It's an
urban-planning geek's fantasy: Palo Alto's transportation staff is
working on a study to find out what makes the city's neighborhoods so
great -- or not. If all goes well, volunteers will fan out in
neighborhoods later this year, asking residents for comment on all
aspects of life on their streets, from whether fumes can be smelled
from passing cars to whether they borrow from or lend items to their
neighbors.

"The ultimate goal, according to Joe Kott, the city's chief
transportation official, is to figure out how traffic affects
'livability.' In essence, he said, the purpose is 'to develop a method
for determining how much (traffic) is too much on residential streets.
... It's a topic near and dear to the hearts of most Palo Altans.' But
whether this is just another study of the obvious or a road leading to
a greater quality of life for all is not so easily measured..."

Source:
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/paw/paonline/weekly/thisweek/2003_07_16.qlivable16mb.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Plotting a road to better neighborhoods"
Author: Jocelyn Dong
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POPULAR CHESHIRE (MA) TRAIL GROWS

-> According to a July 12th story in the Berskire Eagle, "Dreary
weather and business attire did not prevent state officials from
hopping on bicycles and cruising the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
yesterday afternoon, just minutes after they declared the nearly 11
miles of paved bicycle path officially open for use.

"About 50 people watched as Secretary of Transportation Daniel A.
Grabauskas, MassHighway Commissioner John Cogliano, Chief of
Commonwealth Development Douglas Foy, Secretary of Environmental
Affairs Ellen Roy Herzfelder and state Rep. Shaun P. Kelly, R-Dalton,
proclaimed the trail finished, cut through a fluorescent pink ribbon,
donned helmets and pedaled off in a northerly direction.

"Cogliano welcomed the crowd and said that the trail has already
'surpassed all expectations of popularity among residents and
visitors.' The trail was erected in two phases, with the first section
linking Lanesboro to Cheshire, and the recently completed second
section running through to Adams. The project, which cost about $4.2
million, converted an idle railroad corridor into a 10-foot-wide, paved
trail that prohibits motor vehicle traffic. The state-funded
construction was launched in August 2001..."

Source:
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/Stories/0,1413,101~6282~1508479,00.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Ashuwillticook Trail keeps growing"
Author: Susan Bush
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BEND (OR) RESIDENTS OPT FOR WALKING, BIKING

-> According to a July 14th Bend Bulletin story, "When Ron Alvarez's
shift at The Twins radio station ends in the middle of a sunny
afternoon, he flips on a 'Budweiser' baseball cap, slips on a small
backpack and slides on some shades. Clad in shorts and hiking shoes, he
heads out for a 35-minute, two-mile walk to his east Bend home from his
office at Butler Market Road and Boyd Acres Road. During his daily
walks, the 46-year-old talks himself through problems, eavesdrops on
elderly neighbors holding hands, and gets a daily dose of exercise.

"Alvarez, program manager at The Twins, has been walking or bicycling
to work daily for about five years now, and he has strong legs and a
big smile on his face to show for it. It started as a dare from a radio
listener years ago during Commute Options week. But now he wouldn't
want to get to work any other way..."

Source: http://www.bendbulletin.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=10129
Archive search: http://www.bendbulletin.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=3517
Cost: No, but only "selected articles" included
Title: "Regular exercise can mean a healthier life"
Author: Anne Aurand
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CARRBORO (NC) MAYOR RUNS FOR RE-ELECTION ON SIDEWALKS

-> According to a July 8th story in the Durham Herald Sun, Carrboro's
Mayor Mike Nelson "filed for re-election Tuesday, becoming the first
Carrboro resident to become a candidate for town office in 2003. 'The
two main things that I'd like to achieve if I'm re-elected would be to
start construction of the Hillsborough Road Park, and get passage of
the sidewalks bond referendum and start building those sidewalks,' said
Nelson, who's seeking his fifth term. Park and sidewalk projects will
depend on the results of a November bond referendum that the aldermen
endorsed June 24. In the referendum, voters will decide whether to
spend $4.6 million to build new sidewalks and greenways and $700,000
for a new park.

"While the town has made developers build sidewalks in new
neighborhoods since the 1980s, Carrboro's older neighborhoods lack
them, and the aldermen have fielded complaints from those residents
about the lack of infrastructure. 'The need for sidewalks, particularly
in older neighborhoods, has been highlighted again and again in the
last few years,' Nelson said. 'It's really important for walkability,
for our kids and for our older citizens.'..."

Source: http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-369612.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Carrboro's Mayor Nelson files for re-election"
Author: Isaac Groves
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DRIVER KILLS 8 PEDESTRIANS IN SANTA MONICA (CA) MARKET

-> According to a July 16th Washington Post story filed in Santa
Monica, "A car driven by an elderly man plowed through a crowded
farmers market Wednesday, killing eight people including a 2-year-old
girl and injuring at least 35 others. Police Chief James T. Butts Jr.
said that besides the eight deaths, 14 victims were critically injured
and 21 or 22 had moderate or light injuries. He called the tragedy 'the
single most devastating scene I have seen.' The driver, who was in his
80s, was being interviewed by officers and treated for unspecified
injuries, Butts said. The man was not identified.

"Witnesses said victims were hurled through the air as the car, running
down a street closed for the once-a-week market, smashed through market
tents and boxes of produce. 'Sixty miles per hour and it wasn't slowing
down. It was flying. And then people down, dead and everything,' said
David Lang, manager of a shoe store along the market route. 'I heard a
car just hit, bang, bang, bang,' said Mojgan Pour, 38. 'I heard people
screaming. By the time I looked, I never even saw the car. I tried to
help a man and he died while I was helping him.'..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15932003Jul16.html?nav=hptoc_n
Archive search: use "Search" window for AP stories
Cost: No
Title: "8 Pedestrians Killed in California Market"

Follow-up story:
"Calif. Accident Death Toll Rises to 10"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8751-2003Jul17.html
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MOTORIST HITS 20 BICYCLISTS WHILE PASSING ANOTHER CAR

-> According to a July 7th St. Petersburg Times story, "It was a
beautiful Sunday morning, and several dozen bicyclists moved two
abreast like a caterpillar through the residential streets of St.
Petersburg. Kip Vosburgh was near the back of the pack when he heard
screams, looked up and saw a Lincoln Continental mowing down the
cyclists, spraying them over the hood, onto the street and into the
gutter. 'It was almost like Moses and the Red Sea was parting,'
Vosburgh said. 'Then I was looking right at the grille of the car.'
Vosburgh was flipped over the hood and into the gutter, his leg and arm
broken.

"He was one of about 20 cyclists hit, 13 of of whom were hospitalized.
Three were in serious condition Sunday night. The others were in fair
condition or were treated and released. The driver, Joseph D. Pastore,
60, of Pinellas Park, told police he was trying to pass another car
when he plowed into the line of bikes. Police are investigating whether
Pastore, who carried a cane and has disability license plates, was
impaired or suffered from a medical condition..."

Source:
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/07/07/Southpinellas/Car_slams_into_20_cyc.shtml031769762835
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sptimes/
Cost: No
Title: "Car slams into 20 cyclists"
Author: Chris Tisch

Follow-up story:
"Pedaling a message"
http://www.sptimes.com/2003/07/14/Southpinellas/Pedaling_a_message.shtml
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MAN SITTING 15 FT. OFF ROAD KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER

-> According to a July 16th Sacramento Bee story, "A 53-year-old North
Highlands man was sitting on a sign pillar about 15 feet from the edge
of Roseville Road near Watt Avenue. A pickup truck driven by Ernest
Fuentes, 35, of Sacramento missed a left-hand curve and veered off the
road. The truck hit a sign before crashing into the sign pillar that
the man was sitting on, [Max Hartley, a California Highway Patrol
spokesperson] said. The pedestrian was still conscious when police
arrived, and the officer who spoke to him believed he was under the
influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, Hartley said.

"The man, whose identity is being withheld until his family is notified
... was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and was pronounced dead
at 12:24 a.m. Tuesday, Hartley said. Fuentes was uninjured, and
officers arrested him at the scene. He was booked into Sacramento
County jail for investigation of felony drunken driving, driving under
the influence of a controlled substance, gross vehicular manslaughter
and driving with a suspended license, Hartley said..."

Source:
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/traffic/story/7041678p-7989976c.html
Archive search: http://www.sacbee.com/static/live/search/index.html
Cost: Free for 7 days
Title: "Two pedestrians die in capital-area accidents"
Author: Erika Chavez
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Editorial comment

We don't usually carry stories about bicyclists or
pedestrians being killed or injured, although such incidents make up
the majority of stories we come across. However, the combination
of too many "over the top" articles coming one after the other AND
our concern that there's an all-too-common practice of giving motorists
the benefit of the doubt was just too much this week.

In the case above, the Highway Patrol spokesperson "believed the
victim was under the influence of alcohol." Exactly what that has to do
with anything is hard to say. However, it does fit a pattern of finding
reasons to blame those on foot or on bike for being hit by motorists. A
North Carolina friend once told me that, in her state, running over an
African American pedestrian used to carry a lower penalty than running
over a White pedestrian. The justification was that Black people were
"harder to see." Of course this transparent explanation only seems
credible to those looking to justify racism.

By contrast, the modern "value-free" traffic safety approach of
identifying factors on all sides of a tragedy may be conceived as
"neutral" and not designed to assign blame. And traffic safety
professionals may believe it works that way. However, it must be viewed
in the real-world context of a system that generally favors motorists
over pedestrians and bicyclists. In the most egregious cases, like this
one, the motorist may be arrested and charged (whether the driver will
be convicted is another matter).

But in the "run of the mill" cases, officials and the media tend to
focus blame on the victim and sympathy on the motorist. Perhaps the
pedestrian "had been drinking" or "wasn't in a crosswalk." Is that
necessarily THE important causative factor in the case or is it like
saying the pedestrian "was Black"?

Let's say the police determined that the motorist wasn't breaking the
speed limit. Does that mean the driver wasn't going too fast for
conditions and was driving "safely"? Not at all. What if someone is
driving at the speed limit past a school where children are hanging out
on the sidewalk. A youngster at the curb steps into the road and is
killed. What do we hear? Often, an outpouring of sympathy for the
driver: "he'll have to live with this for the rest of his life." And
safety tips for pedestrians: "Stay out of the road." We seldom hear
anything about driving like people's lives depend on it. -- John W.


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

FORGET WALKING NEAR MADONNA'S WILTSHIRE MANSION

-> Some issues back, we carried excerpts from an NBC Dateline interview
with Madonna. In it, she talked about liking to walk and bicycle around
her Southern California neighborhood. However, a July 2nd AP story,
found on the FoxNews website, tells us:

"Madonna has successfully put her foot down to prevent walkers from
using land near her country mansion. The Countryside Agency said
Tuesday that it had abandoned plans to create a footpath just 100 yards
from Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, southern England. Madonna and her
film director husband, Guy Ritchie, wrote to Prime Minister
Tony Blair, expressing concern that the planned walkway would
encourage curious sightseers and paparazzi. The Countryside Agency said
Madonna was among hundreds of residents who filled out a comment sheet
about proposed changes under a redrawing of maps for the area. The
agency insisted that Madonna's complaint wasn't given extra weight
because of her celebrity..."

Source:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,90904,00.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Madonna Bans Pedestrians Near English Mansion"


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

-> "MAINE - SAFE WAYS TO SCHOOL RESEARCH PROJECT"
Final report from the Maine Department of Transportation. The full
report, an executive summary, and a fact sheet, are available for
download at:
http://www.maine.gov/mdot/opt/bike .

-> "CENSUS TRANS. PLANNING PKG. 1990 STATEWIDE ELEMENT"
"Special tabulations of the 1990 decennial Census by place of residence
and work." No word on why this 13-year-old information is now being
released.
http://www.bts.gov/products/census_transportation_planning_package_1990/statewide_element/index.html

-> "10TH/EGAN INTERSECTION PROJECT DESCRIPTION"
A web-based public outreach effort from the Alaska DOT for one of their
projects.
http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/projectinfo/ser/10th_egan/index.htm

-> "HALF WAY FROM EVERYWHERE"
Subtitled "A Portrait of America's First Tier Suburbs;" by William
Hudnut; ULI-Urban Land Institute, June 2003; $34.95. Read the forward
by Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution at:
http://www.brookings.edu/es/urban/20030627_hudnut.htm

-> "TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGED POPULATIONS"
GAO report, subtitled "Some Coordination Efforts Among Programs
Providing Transportation Services, but Obstacles Persist."
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03697.pdf

-> "MOVING TO EQUITY"
Subtitled "Addressing Inequitable Effects of Transportation Policies on
Minorities." Direct and indirect effects of transportation policies.
http://www.civilrightsproject.harvard.edu/research/transportation/MovingtoEquity.pdf


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

Note Additional training opportunities are available on the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Readers are encouraged to add
their own items as long as they pertain to training in the bicycle,
pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/training_resources/training_calendar.htm

July 28-30, 2003, 2nd Urban Street Symposium, Anaheim, CA. Info:
Transportation Research Board; email: <TRBMeetings@NAS.edu>.
http://gulliver.trb.org/conferences/USS2/

July 31, 2003, Roundabout Analysis using aaSIDRA, San Diego CA. Info:
California Institute of Transportation Safety, USA (619) 594 0164.
http://www.trafficsafety.sdsu.edu (click on Services>Training)

August 24-29, 2003, International Conference on Ecology &
Transportation, Lake Placid, NY. Info: Katie McDermott, Center for
Transportation and the Environment; phone: (919) 515-8034; email:
<kpm@unity.ncsu.edu>
http://www.itre.ncsu.edu/cte/icoet/ICOET2003.html

September 14-17, 19th International Traffic Medicine Conference,
Budapest, Hungary. Info: Congress Ltd., Attn: va Balassa, Szil gyi E.
fasor 79. 1026 Budapest, Hungary; phone: +36 1 212 0056; fax: +36 1 356
6581; email: <eva@congress.hu>
http://www.itma2003.hu/

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

November 20-21, 2003, Connecting Cycling: A Conference on the
Integration of Cycling with Travel Behaviour Change Programs, Canberra,
Australia. Info: Barry Neame of Consec at <cycling@consec.com.au> or
via phone at: + 61 2 6251 0675; or fax at: + 61 2 6251 0672.
http://www.bfa.asn.au

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

-> GRANT -- ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE -- EPA
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) has created an exciting new
grant program called the "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem
Solving Grant Program." The grant program provides financial assistance
to community-based organizations who wish to engage in
capacity-building initiatives, and also utilize constructive engagement
and collaborative problem-solving to seek viable solutions for their
community's environmental and/or public health issues.

Only non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply. If an
organization does not already have the 501(c)(3) status, they need to
obtain it before submitting a grant application (see information
below). The grants are due September 30, 2003, and will be awarded at
$100,000, for a project period of up to three years. This information
and other info resources are also available online at:
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/recent/ej.html

-> JOB -- TRANS. SPECIALIST FOR BYWAYS, ENHANCEMENTS -- FHWA
Federal Highway Administration is accepting applications for a
transportation specialist with its Office of Natural and Human
Environment; Byways, Bike-Ped, Trails, and Enhancement Team in
headquarters (400 7th Street SW, Washington DC). Applications are due
by Monday, August 11, 2003.

Summary of duties The transportation specialist is responsible for
providing stewardship for the National Scenic Byways Program and
Transportation Enhancement activities. The incumbent is responsible for
technical oversight of the FHWA's scenic byways website used for
preparing and submitting grant applications and byway nominations for
possible national designation, as well as the promotion of the
collection of National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads as America's
Byways. The specialist works in a team-oriented setting and
participates as a team member and assists in formulating and advancing
the Office's goals and strategies. Salary: GS-9/11/12: $40,044 -
$75,492; GS 12/13: $58,070 - $89,774.

Please note there are 3 vacancy announcements:
HEP.MPP-2003-0009 (GS-2101-9/12) - open to all candidates. You must be
a U.S. citizen.
HEP.MPP-2003-0010 (GS-2101-12/13) ) - open to all candidates. You must
be a U.S. citizen.
HEP.MPP-2003-0013 (GS-2101-12/13) - open only to current Federal
employee with status or a former Federal employee eligible for
reinstatement.

For more information, contact Mary Beth Pultz, (202) 366-0541; email:
<ROADS@fhwa.dot.gov>. View the announcements (or apply on-line) at:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/vacancy/roads.htm

-> 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
http://www.charmeck.org

-> 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: <cashcraft@cityofbranson.org>.

-> JOBS -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FEDERATION
MEMBERSHIP/COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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.

TECHNOLOGY MANAGER

Salary $30,000 to $40,000 depending on experience. Be the internet and
technology go-to person for the country's most effective, most
cutting-edge bicycle advocacy organization. Responsibilities: Website
maintenance and enhancement; Linux network administration; Tech support
for Windows and Mac office computers; Tech support for office software
(primarily Microsoft Office); Access database maintenance and
enhancement; Maintain phone, fax, printer and e-mail systems

For either of these jobs, direct questions and submit a resume and
cover letter by email to: <David@biketraffic.org>.


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