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


Issue #76 Friday, Aug. 1, 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
  Congressional Battle Over Enhancements Moves to Floor
  America Walks Elects Hershfang President
  America Walks Also Presents Awards
  Part 2: Ohio's Clear Channel Story
  Montgomery County (MD) Moving Ped Agenda
  Enter the 2003 Accessible America Competition!
  Census Canada Releases 2001 Commute Data
  Stanford Researcher Links Life-Savings to Tickets
  Ryka Women's Fitness Grant Program
  Bicycle Retailer Seeks Brainy Advocacy Award Nominees


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Langley Park (MD) Latinos Fight for Ped Safety
  South River (NJ) Gets $1 Million for Trail Work
  Atlanta (IL) Promotes Area to Bicyclists
  Vehicle Safety in the Walkable Community
  Lance Armstrong Flag Raised at Roslyn (NY) P.O.
  Indiana (PA) Schools Get SR2S Project
  New Hampshire Cyclists Have Rights, Too
  Daytona Beach (FL) Sidewalks Will "Bring Renters"?
  Torrington (CT) Bike Patrol Quietly Snags Perps
  Pittsburg (KS) Medics Detail Bike Unit Benefits
  Maryland Toughens Xwalk Laws




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

CONGRESSIONAL BATTLE OVER ENHANCEMENTS MOVES TO FLOOR

-> Here's the latest from America Bikes on the battle in the House of
Representatives over Transportation Enhancements funding...

"Communities counting on federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian
projects will have to shelve their plans, if a measure recently passed
by the House Appropriations Committee becomes law. The Committee voted
on July 24th to eliminate funding for the popular Transportation
Enhancements program from the federal transportation budget for 2004.

"Representative Ernest Istook (R-OK) chairs the House Appropriations
subcommittee which drafted the bill eliminating the funding. 'In a time
of falling resources, you need to make decisions of where the greatest
need is,' explains Micah Swafford, Rep. Istook's press secretary. 'For
years we have siphoned off funds from highway repair and construction.'

"'Rep. Istook's argument about falling resources is not reflected in the
numbers,' counters Martha Roskowski of advocacy group America Bikes.
The federal transportation budget approved by the Appropriations
Committee on July 24, 2003 was $33.3 billion, an increase of $1.7
billion over 2003 spending. Enhancements was expected to be funded at
about $600 million in 2004.

"The budget now moves to a vote by the full House of Representatives,
expected in early September. Supporters of the Enhancements program,
including America Bikes and other organizations, are mobilizing to
convince Congress to guarantee full funding for the Enhancements
program."

To help community leaders and reporters, America Bikes has created a
fact sheet and resource guide to answer questions about the
implications of eliminating the Enhancements program. Contact Barbara
McCann at (202) 641-1163, Martha Roskowski at (202) 833-8080, or Andy
Clarke at (202) 822-1333 or visit:
http://www.AMERICAbikes.org/saveenhancements.asp
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AMERICA WALKS ELECTS HERSHFANG PRESIDENT

-> According to a recent release, "On July 17 the America Walks Board
of Directors elected a new slate of officers and directors for
2003-2004, effective immediately. President and Board Chair for
2003-2004 is Ann Hershfang, who is also President of member group
WalkBoston. Ms. Hershfang was the founding co-chair of America Walks in
1996. She is the immediate past chair of the Transportation Research
Board Committee on Pedestrians and is a former President of the
National Women's Transportation Seminar.

"A leader in the transportation arena, she served as the first woman
board member of the Massachusetts Port Authority and Undersecretary of
Transportation for Massachusetts, and spent 10 years on the board of
the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. She is the recipient of many
honors, including Honorary A.I.A. in 1999 and WTS National Woman of the
Year, also in 1999."

For more info, go to: http://americawalks.org/contacts/
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AMERICA WALKS ALSO PRESENTS AWARDS

-> In more America Walks news, the organization presented its 2003
Pedestrian Advocates Honor Awards as follows: Simon Breines was given
the Golden Footprints Award for his outstanding contribution as
co-author of the 1974 book, The Pedestrian Revolution: Streets without
Cars. The City at Your Feet Award went to Greenville, South Carolina
for exemplary efforts to improve conditions for walking. Walk San
Francisco received the Best Foot Forward Award for exemplary
contributions to the cause of pedestrian advocacy. The President's
Award was received by John Fegan (FHWA) and Maria Vegega (NHTSA) for
their outstanding service to pedestrian advocacy. More information is
online at http://americawalks.org/awards/.
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PART 2: OHIO'S CLEAR CHANNEL STORY

-> Here's a follow-up from Chuck Smith of the Ohio Bicycle Federation
on the Cleveland Clear Channel radio station story mentioned in issue
75: "I contacted Ohio Governor Bob Taft, who will be making bike safety
Public Service Announcements for broadcast on other Ohio Clear Channel
stations. Next Sunday's Cleveland Plain Dealer will include an
extensive story on cycling."

For more on the Ohio Bicycle Federation, go to:
http://www.ohiobike.org/
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY (MD) MOVING PED AGENDA

-> In their July "Pedestrian Safety Update," the Montgomery County
Dept. of Public Works & Transportation reported agreeing to "undertake
a brief assessment of all county public schools within the next two
years to determine the level of pedestrian safety needs at all schools.
A special team of county employees will be trained to undertake the
surveys, with the information being used to develop an action plan and
budget request." Also mentioned were the installation of new pedestrian
countdown signals, lighted crosswalks, and education programs in the
schools.

Of particular interest was a new requirement that all capital projects
in the County must include a Pedestrian Impact Statement. "The
Pedestrian Impact Statement, recommended by the Blue Ribbon Panel, is
designed to preempt many of the engineering problems faced by DPWT and
SHA when trying to retrofit safety features in existing areas which
were designed solely to move cars." The Update also mentioned that
Governor Ehrlich vetoed legislation that would fund pedestrian safety
projects from a vehicle registration fee, as well as speed camera
legislation supported by the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee.

For more on the activities of Montgomery County, contact Anna Hargrave.
Pedestrian Safety Assistant. 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor. Rockville,
MD 20850; phone: (240) 777-2558; fax: (240) 777-2517; email:
anna.hargrave@montgomerycountymd.gov.
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ENTER THE 2003 ACCESSIBLE AMERICA COMPETITION!

-> According to a recent note from John Fegan of FHWA, "I would like to
call your attention to the 2003 Accessible America Competition
sponsored by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and the
United Parcel Service (UPS). The purpose of the competition is to
recognize exemplary practices that communities use to facilitate the
comprehensive involvement of citizens with disabilities in community
life and promote their replication.

"The deadline for entering the competition is October 31, 2003 and the
winning city receives $ 25,000. The cash award will be presented to
the Chief Elected Official of the winning city, town or county by NOD.
The award should be used to further the community's efforts in closing
the participation gaps for citizens with disabilities."

More info: http://www.nod.org/content.cfm?id=209
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CENSUS CANADA RELEASES 2001 COMMUTE DATA

-> Data from the 2001 Canadian Census were recently released and
included are some interesting facts about walking and bicycling to work.

The report also points out that men and women in the youngest age
groups were more likely to walk or bike to work than older individuals.
Nearly 3% of employed workers aged 15 to 19 cycled to work in 2001,
while less than 1% of those aged 65 and over did the same. On the other
hand, the likelihood of men and women walking to work drops until age
44, then increases steadily with increasing age. Employed seniors aged
65 and over were just as likely to walk to work as a worker aged 20 to 24.

For more cycling and walking data, go to:
http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/Products/Analytic/companion/pow/ftorbike.cfm
To read the full report, go to:
http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/Products/Analytic/companion/pow/contents.cfm
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STANFORD RESEARCHER LINKS LIFE-SAVINGS TO TICKETS

-> According to a June 26th Stanford University news release, "Police
should hand out more traffic tickets. While Robert Tibshirani, PhD,
won't win any popularity contests with that sentiment, the Stanford
School of Medicine researcher and his colleagues at the University of
Toronto report in a paper being published in the June 28 issue of The
Lancet that vigilant traffic law enforcement may reduce fatal car
crashes. The team examined the records of drivers in Ontario, Canada,
and found that receiving a traffic ticket reduces a driver's risk of
dying in a crash by 35 percent in the weeks following the citation.
'You don't think the police are doing a public service when they issue
tickets, but traffic enforcement has a huge public-health benefit,'
said Tibshirani, professor of health research and policy at Stanford
and study co-author. 'It may be a nuisance to receive a ticket but it
could be helpful.'

"One million people die and 25 million people are permanently disabled
from traffic crashes worldwide each year, the researchers report in
their study. While limited evidence previously has pointed to traffic
enforcement reducing fatalities, the researchers' aim in this study was
to learn whether receiving a ticket has a protective effect on the
driver. 'Getting a ticket stays on your mind,' said Tibshirani when
explaining why traffic enforcement could influence the way people
drive. 'If you know you deserved the ticket it may remind you to slow
down.'..."

Source:
http://mednews.stanford.edu/news_releases_html/2003/junerelease/Traffic.htm
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RYKA WOMEN'S FITNESS GRANT PROGRAM

-> According to a recent news release, "the Women's Sports Foundation
and RYKA, an athletic footwear manufacturing company, have joined
together to provide fitness grants to support organizations and
individuals that enhance women's lives through health and
fitness-related programs.

"The RYKA Women's Fitness Grant program will provide $50,000 in
financial assistance. All proposals must indicate that the grantee will
conduct education programs, produce educational materials, provide
fitness participation opportunities, or provide other services that
increase women's participation in fitness activities. Programs must
primarily serve women age 25 and over. See the Women's Sports
Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines."

RFP Link:
http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/cgi-bin/iowa/funding/index.html

For additional Women's Issues RFPs, visit:
http://www.fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_women.jhtml
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BICYCLE RETAILER SEEKS BRAINY ADVOCACY AWARD NOMINEES

-> According to a recent news release, "Bicycle Retailer & Industry
News is seeking nominations for its BRAINy Awards for Advocacy. The
awards will be given to three winners in the categories of retailer,
company and individual on Oct. 12 at the Bicycle Industry Awards
Celebration...Written nominations should include an outline of the
nominee's accomplishments, the projects they have been involved in,
their history as bike advocates, as well as examples of their
leadership and how their work benefits cycling. Nominations should be
no longer than 500 words. Also important is contact information for the
company or person being nominated.

The BRAIN editorial staff, with the consultation of members of the
advocacy community, will select the winners based on the nominations.
Past winners include Patrick Seidler, Randy Neufeld, Gary Sjoquist,
Trek Bicycles, Quality Bicycle Products, Chris Kegel, Hill Abell and
Charlie McCormick and Phil Koopman.

Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 18. Send nominations to
mgamstetter@bicycleretailer.com.

For more information, go to:
http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicycleretailer/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1939215
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

LANGLEY PARK (MD) LATINOS FIGHT FOR PED SAFETY

-> According to a July 24th story in the Prince George County Gazette,
"Pedestrian safety in Langley Park and the surrounding area is
garnering much attention from elected officials, community leaders and
residents, due in large part to the many pedestrian deaths and injuries
that have occurred there in recent months. Seven pedestrians, including
two children, died in the last 14 months in automobile-related
accidents within a few blocks of the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and
East University Boulevard, otherwise known as the International
Corridor, according to a study released this month by CASA of Maryland.

"On Tuesday, elected officials including Prince George's County
Executive Jack Johnson, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan
and Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert Flanagan met with
residents at a CASA-sponsored press conference at the Prince George's
County Police substation in Langley Park to discuss the area's
pedestrian woes. CASA Executive Director Gustavo Torres said the
International Corridor is facing many challenges. 'This pedestrian
crisis kills our children, our community. We have the capacity in the
International Corridor to make changes to make sure that these
accidents don't happen anymore,' he said..."

Source:
http://www.gazette.net/200330/princegeorgescty/county/169527-1.html
Archive search: http://www.gazette.net/advanced_search/
Cost: No
Title: "Protecting Latino pedestrians"
Author: Corina E. Rivera
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SOUTH RIVER (NJ) GETS $1 MILLION FOR TRAIL WORK

-> According to a July 31st story in the Old Bridge Suburban, "Sporting
a wide grin, Mayor Robert Szegeti accepted a $1 million check on Monday
that will help fund a bike path and pedestrian walkway near the South
River. During a ceremony at Grekoski Park, the mayor said it was a
'wonderful surprise' when he heard the borough was awarded the money
through the state Department of Transportation's Transportation
Enhancement Act. 'It's wonderful when a plan comes together,' Szegeti
said.

"He thanked state Sen. Barbara Buono, state Assemblymen Peter Barnes and
Patrick Diegnan, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt and DOT Commissioner Jack
Lettiere, who all attended the ceremony Monday, for their help in
securing the funds. 'This is a great opportunity for the residents of
South River,' Szegeti said.'Here's a million dollars that are coming to
our town that we just could not incorporate in our budget,' he said.

"The grant will be combined with almost $400,000 from the borough's
municipal budget to construct the 1.4-mile bike path and pedestrian
walkway. The path, which will be 12 feet wide, will begin at Ivan Way
and run north to Whitehead Avenue, opposite of Yates Avenue..."

Source: http://suburban.gmnews.com/news/2003/0731/Front_Page/011.html
Archive Search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Bike/walking path gets help to the tune of $1M"
Author: Jennifer Dome
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ATLANTA (IL) PROMOTES AREA TO BICYCLISTS

-> According to a July 28th story from Atlanta, published in the
Bloomington Pantagraph, "Dale Colaw believes bicycling is the best way
to really see the Central Illinois towns he loves. If so, the perfect
opportunity may be the Triangle of Opportunity Cycle Tour, which begins
at 7 a.m. Saturday in Atlanta. The life-long Atlanta resident has been
chairman of the tour since it began about eight years ago. The purpose
is to promote the triangle-shaped area between interstates 74, 55 and
155 as both residential and commercial attractions. A pleasant place to
be.

"As Colaw sees it, towns within the triangle -- including Atlanta,
Danvers, Deer Creek, Mackinaw, Minier, Hopedale, Tremont and Stanford
-- have much to offer. 'These are nice places to live. Taxes are low
and the people are friendly,' he said ... Colaw, a 54-year-old
independent trucker, won't be among the riders -- he hasn't ridden a
bicycle for about 30 years -- but he hopes to see 50 to 70 riders from
throughout Central Illinois. 'We're trying to attract riders from
Bloomington, Peoria, Lincoln and Decatur,' said Colaw, an Atlanta city
councilman and former mayor..."

Source: http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/072803/new_20030728018.shtml
Archive search: http://www.pantagraph.com/archive.html
Cost: Free for 14 days
Title: "Bicycle tour promotes area"
Author: Bob Holliday
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VEHICLE SAFETY IN THE WALKABLE COMMUNITY

-> According to a July 31st Realty Times column by David Kopec, "Fear
is a strong deterrent to pedestrian activity. If one fears injury or
death they will most likely avoid the circumstances surrounding that
source of fear. One source of fear for many pedestrians derives from
automobiles. As large formidable objects that can inflict serious harm,
automobiles being driven at excessive speeds have a greater potential
of running down a pedestrian. Likewise, some people have been
accidentally rundown because of getting in a driver's blind spot or
because a driver lost control and his/her vehicle ended up on the
sidewalk, as illustrated by the tragic accident that occurred recently
in which an elderly driver lost control of his vehicle and killed 10
pedestrians in a closed-street Los Angeles farmers' market.

"Because of media, many no longer need a personal experience to develop
a fear of traffic. Media images have shown us the many different ways
in which human-vehicle accidents can occur. Hence, whether at a
conscious or unconscious level, most humans do have some fear of
automobiles and this fear will impact whether a person will choose to
walk or not..."

Source: http://realtytimes.com/rtapages/20030731_walkable.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Vehicle Safety In the Walkable Community"
Author: David Kopec
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LANCE ARMSTRONG FLAG RAISED AT ROSLYN (NY) P.O.

-> According to an Aug. 1st story in the Roslyn News, "For the fifth
consecutive year, Lance Armstrong has won the prestigious Tour de
France, which, next to the World Soccer Cup, is the most popular
sporting event in all of Europe. Armstrong and his American mates were
sponsored in the Tour de France by the United States Postal Service. In
honor of Lance's great career and as a way to show their support for
the entire squad, the Greenvale Post Office raised the 'Lance Armstrong
flag' last Wednesday, July 23 at their building on 37 Northern Blvd.

"The flag was autographed by all the US team members, including Lance
Armstrong. The day also featured a visit by Frank Niland from the
Triple A Association who lectured local youth on bicycle safety. In
addition, Bob Harris, owner of Bikeworks Ltd., also located in
Greenvale, donated a bicycle and bicycle helmets to be raffled off..."

Source: http://www.antonnews.com/roslynnews/2003/08/01/news/
Archive search: http://www.antonnews.com/roslynnews/archive/
Cost:No
Title: "Lance Armstrong Flag in Greenvale"
Author: Joe Scotchie
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INDIANA (PA) SCHOOLS GET SR2S PROJECT

-> According to a July 25th story in the Blairsville Dispatch, "The
paths between the Indiana Junior and Senior high schools should soon
become safer with the commissioners' agreement to provide $45,000
through Transportation Enhancement Grant funds the Indiana Area School
District.

"The money will be used by the Safe Routes to School program to
implement traffic-calming devices along North Fifth Street, between the
two schools, with the intention of improving pedestrian and bicyclist
safety..."

Source:http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/blairsvilledispatch/s_146373.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Local Manufacturer Moves To Commerce Park"
Author: Gina Delfavero
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NEW HAMPSHIRE CYCLISTS HAVE RIGHTS, TOO

-> According to a July 31st story in the Conway Mountain Ear, "While
driving north through the construction zone on the strip the other day
I came up behind a cyclist. My cycling experience in similar
circumstances told me she was not happy about having to ride in the
roadway, but she had little choice. Legally she was in the right place.
As a car driver, I had to give her a break and trail behind her until I
could pass safely. This minor situation calls up a number of big
questions: Where should cyclists ride on a narrow, high traffic road?
What legal rights do road riders have? What should drivers do when they
encounter cyclists in the roadway?

"For what it's worth, cyclists have the same rights on New Hampshire
roadways as do all other vehicles. The law says, 'Every person
propelling a vehicle by human power or riding a bicycle shall have all
of the rights and be subject to all of the duties applicable to the
driver of any other vehicle under the rules of the road...'"

Source: http://www.mountainear.com/Sports/Sportsstories/03E6803CB0.nclk
Archive search: None found
Cost: ?
Title: "Legally, bicyclist have road rights too"
Author: Peter Minnich
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DAYTONA BEACH (FL) SIDEWALKS WILL "BRING RENTERS"?

-> According to a July 21st Daytona Beach News-Journal story, "Fred
Kurtz fights a war against sidewalks. He's been doing it since at least
1999. That's when he, along with neighbors, complained and protested
about the installation of a sidewalk along Northbrook Drive in his
Ormond Beach neighborhood. Kurtz, now 75, went to jail because he
refused to move for a construction crew. The sidewalk went in, but
Kurtz still doesn't like it, and he went to a recent City Commission
meeting to complain some more.

"'Nobody uses it,' he said. 'Everybody has two cars. Most people here
are retired, so there are no families with kids.' It might be easy to
dismiss Kurtz as a cranky citizen with too much time on his hands --
except that he enjoys wide-ranging company. A lot of it. Antipathy
toward sidewalks is a common feature of suburban living, not only in
Florida but throughout the nation.

"'You won't believe the kind of controversy sidewalks cause,' said
Stephen Louni, a University of Florida architecture professor who also
works as an urban planner. Apparently some property owners see
sidewalks as a conveyer belt that brings in such undesirables as
renters. In a city outside Minnesota, he recalled, 'we proposed
sidewalks, and several citizens got up and said, 'Renters like
sidewalks, and we don't want sidewalks.''..."

Source:http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/Local/03AreaEAST01072203.htm
Archive search: http://www.news-journalonline.com/search/
Cost: Depends on article
Title: "Homeowners fight fiercely to stop sidewalks"
Author: Thad Rueter
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TORRINGTON (CT) BIKE PATROL QUIETLY SNAGS PERPS

-> According to a July 19th story in the Torrington Register Citizen,
"The tick tick tick of the bicycle may be the only warning that
suspects get before they are snagged by police officers on bike patrol.
Patrol Officer Ken Deland likes it that way. 'For once we have the
advantage of surprise,' he said with a smile. In its sixth year the
bike patrol program is rolling again this summer through downtown
Torrington. 'We still get the double takes,' Deland said. 'Especially
when the criminals see us out there --- -they tend to move on.
Sometimes they don't know we are police officers until we are right on
top of them.'

"Ridding businesses of loiterers and busting unsuspecting drug dealers
are just a few advantages of the program. Officers on walking beats and
bicycles during the summer months improve community relations and
discourage numerous petty crimes such as car and business burglaries
... Bike police are capable of doing everything officers in cruisers
accomplish, short of transporting suspects. Slipping in an out of the
lines of traffic police glide beside open car windows, making it easy
to spot drunk drivers and motor vehicle violations. 'We respond to
everything from traffic accidents to domestic disputes,' Deland said..."

Source: http://www.registercitizen.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=9869954&BRD=1652&PAG=461&dept_id=12530&rfi=6
Archive search: http://www.registercitizen.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1652&dept_id=12530&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "City police mount bicycle patrols"
Author: Tracy Kennedy
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PITTSBURG (KS) MEDICS DETAIL BIKE UNIT BENEFITS

-> According to a July 28th story in the Pittsburg Morning Sun, "Five
years ago, two bicycles and some saddlebags quietly introduced a new
level of public safety at annual community events like Little Balkans
Days, Fourth of July in the Park, the Bicknell Golf Tournament, and the
Farm Show. The bikes and gear were new additions to Crawford County
Emergency Medical Services, which bears the responsibility of standing
by as a safety measure at each event.

"'We saw a need because we had several local events with a lot of large
crowds and significant foot traffic,' said Neil Bryan, an EMS
paramedic. Large crowds were not conducive to the standard method of
medical service, which was to have EMS staff and an ambulance parked
there from one to three days ... 'Plus, we aren't able to get into
crowds with ambulances, and often at a large event an emergency is too
far to walk with equipment, which delays the response time for patient
care,' Bryan said. He researched the feasibility of creating an EMS
bike unit, wrote a proposal, and presented it to the director at the
time, Joe Cobb, who approved the $1,500 plan..."

Source: http://morningsun.net/stories/072803/loc_20030728004.shtml
Archive search: http://morningsun.net/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle-based EMS unit improves safety at events"
Author: Andra Bryan Stefanoni
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MARYLAND TOUGHENS XWALK LAWS

-> According to a July 21st Baltimore Sun article, "On Feb. 5, Jane
Ellen Torr, 71, of Parkville was killed walking across the street on
the crosswalk at Harford Road and Garnet Avenue in Parkville. The
motorist who struck Torr did not think that he had to stop his vehicle
to let her walk by because she was walking toward - not in - the lane
in which he was driving.

"Now, a new Maryland law will make it clear that a motorist approaching
a crosswalk must stop for a pedestrian. But so few people seem to know
about the stiffer rules going into effect Oct. 1 that Robert L.
Flanagan, Maryland's secretary of transportation, police and some
elected officials will gather today at the crosswalk to raise awareness
of the new law.

"'This is something that the community has wanted for a long time. ...
People need to feel safe when they are walking around their area,' said
Baltimore County Del. Joseph C. Boteler III, who sponsored the bill.
The original law stated that motorists must stop if an approaching
pedestrian seemed in danger. The new law defines 'danger' more
specifically, saying that a motorist must stop if the pedestrian is
walking in a lane adjacent to theirs..."

Source:
http://www.sunspot.net/news/traffic/bal-md.crosswalk21jul21,0,3428777.story?coll=bal-traffic-headlines
Archive search: http://www.sunspot.net/search/
Cost: No (for 14 days)
Title: "Law aims to protect pedestrians"
Author: Alyson R. Klein
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

METAL CHILDREN SLOW NOTTINGHAM (UK) MOTORISTS

-> According to a July 23rd BBC story, "A Nottingham primary school has
installed metal bollards designed to look like children to slow down
motorists. The bollards - all nicknamed Billy by the children - are
outside Southwold Primary School in Radford. Head teacher Kay Price
says the idea is to stop cars mounting the kerb and to get them to slow
down as they pass the school.

"Nottingham City Council ordered the six bollards at 260 each from the
Great British Bollard Company in South Shields, Tyneside after a safety
officer thought up the idea. Stewart Thompson, traffic and safety
officer at Nottingham City Council, said: 'Graffiti a possibility, but
we won't mind a moustache or two. We will see the reaction of the
children and community before we decide whether to install them
elsewhere.'...

"Mrs Price says: 'We certainly have had children knocked over and we
have had a couple of serious accidents. It is important that we teach
children road safety - and anything like Billy Bollard that help
children and drivers beware is absolutely great. We want kids to adopt
them as their own - they might even be painted to match the colours of
the school.'..."

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/nottinghamshire/3089045.stm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Metal children slow motorists"

For more information on the Great British Bollard Company, go to the
company's website:
http://www.gbbco.com/


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

The following books about Bogata, Colombia, may be ordered at:
http://www.ciudadhumana.org/publicaciones.htm

-> "BOGOTA EN MOVIMIENTO"
(Bogota in Movement) is about a contest during Bogota's No Car Day in
2002. It has pictures and writings about the event, as well as a
preface from Mayor Antanas Mockus.

-> "1995-2000 - BOGOTA'S TRANSFORMATION"
By Ricardo Montezuma, this book is about the substantial cultural and
infrastructure transformation in Bogota during the mandate of Mockus
and Pe-alosa.

-> "CICLOV-AS"
A book about the Sunday Car-Free Event, in which near 2 million people
participate; by Ricardo Montezuma.

-> "TRAFFIC CALMING DESIGN MANUAL"
Delaware State Department of Transportation; Sept. 2001. "Delaware's
Traffic Calming Design Manual represents an important milestone in the
development of traffic calming in Delaware."
http://www.deldot.net/static/pubs_forms/manuals/traffic_calming/DelDotFinal.pdf

-> "TRANSPORTATION COSTS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM"
STPP report on "Why a Lack of Transportation Choices Strains the Family
Budgetand Hinders Home Ownership"
http://www.transact.org/library/decoder/american_dream.pdf

-> "RISK FACTORS FOR BICYCLE-MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISIONS AT INTERSECTIONS"
Article by Alan Wachtel and Diana Lewiston; ITE Journal, Sept. 1994,p.30-35.
http://www.bicyclinglife.com/Library/riskfactors.htm

-> "AUSTRALIAN AND OECD TRAFFIC FATALITY COMPARISONS"
Australian Transport Safety Bureau report comparing Australia's
transport accident fatalities with those of Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development nations for the years 1980 to 1999.
http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=1626


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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

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: Iva Balassa, Szilgyi 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

September 25-26, 2003, Towards Environmental Citizenship, Dublin,
Ireland (1st day) and Belfast, Northern Ireland (2nd day). Info: Dr
John Yarwood, Director UII; phone: 353 1 716 2691; email:
john.yarwood@ucd.ie; or Dr Bill Neill, Institute of Governance QUB;
phone: 028 90 274380; email: b.neill@qub.ac.uk
http://www.eaue.de/Programme/dublin.htm

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 12-14, 2003, National Physical Activity Conference, Fremantle,
Australia. Info: email: info@eventedge.com.au
http://www.eventedge.com.au/npac

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/


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-> 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 -- PROJECT COORDINATOR -- VOORHEES TRANS. POLICY INST.
The Project Coordinator is responsible for the day to day management of
the Pedestrian/Bicycle Resource Project; conducts research, collects
and analyzes data, administers surveys, monitors and assesses policy
and policy related impacts, coordinates the development and maintenance
of the resource library and website, and prepares project related
presentations and reports. Must facilitate communications with groups
such as the NJ Bicycle Advisory Council and NJ Pedestrian Task Force;
sets meeting agendas, assist groups with short and long-term planning
and technical assistance through research, presentations and consensus
building. Will be expected to monitor use of resources against a
project budget, be able to prepare grant applications and scopes of
work, provide supervision and direction to graduate assistants, provide
key information and support to the Senior Project Manager and Director.

Interested candidates should have two to five years of experience in
the area of transportation and/or community planning. Knowledge of
federal and NJ transportation programs and policies is preferred.
Knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian planning, design and engineering is
highly desired. Salary is commensurate with experience. Interested
persons should send resumes to Sharon Z. Roerty at the Voorhees
Transportation Policy Institute, Rutgers University, 33 Livingston
Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Resumes can also be sent to
szroerty@rci.rutgers.edu or by fax to (732) 932- 3714.

-> 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 mustbe 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


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