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


Issue #77 Friday, Aug. 15, 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
  New Site Area Launched For Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004
  Walkable Community Workshop Applications Due Soon
  2004 Transportation Appropriations Bill Battle Looms
  Thunderhead Alliance Announces "50/50 Project"
  Pediatrician Group to Fight Childhood Obesity
  Spartanburg (SC) Comes Together for Safe Routes Project


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Waterloo (IA) Paper Hammers House on Enhancement $$
  Boston Globe Backs Olver's Enhancements Amendment
  South Bend (IN) Columnist Faces City Sidewalk Resistance
  Salt Lake City Learns Walkability from Latino Immigrants
  Canadian Study: Low-Level Activity Reduces Obesity Risk
  "Don't Walk to School" - Wauconda (IL) School Officials
  Update: Bike Ban to Stay, "Safe Routes" Study Begins
  Baton Rouge (LA) River Road Gets Ped-Friendly Makeover
  An Interview with Maine Coalition's Jeffrey Miller
  Teen Risk High for Obesity-Related Syndrome
  Anchorage (Ak) Enlists Volunteers to Watch Trails




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NEW SITE AREA LAUNCHED FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004

-> It's not too early to mark your calendars for the upcoming Pro Walk/
Pro Bike 13th International Symposium, hosted this year in beautiful
Victoria, British Columbia. The dates have been set for September
7-10, 2004. This biennial conference typically attracts an
international gathering of more than 600 bicycle and pedestrian
program specialists, advocates, health practitioners, and government
leaders committed to improving conditions for bicycling and
walking. A local host committee in Victoria is already hard at work to
make this one of the best conferences yet. Don't miss it! You can
learn more about Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/PWPB2004.htm
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WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP APPLICATIONS DUE SOON

-> Youre in luck! Theres still time to apply for the MPO Walkable
Community Workshop Program! You have until August 29th to complete
your application to be one of up to ten Metropolitan Planning Organizations
(MPOs) selected to receive training and assistance to bring a series
of Walkable Community Workshops to your region. The workshops are
sponsored by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) and
endorsed by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO).
Only MPOs are eligible to apply, but we strongly encourage collaboration
between MPOs and other organizations and agencies.

Application forms are available on the NCBW website at
http://www.bikewalk.org/wcw_2_application.htm , you can also see the
answers to frequently asked application questions at http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw_faq.htm

Walkable Community Workshops (WCW) are a central piece of the NCBWs
effort to provide direct assistance to communities. The workshops, made
possible in part by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
bring together elected officials, public agency staff, public health
practitioners, planners, engineers, and advocates to focus attention
on making communities more walkable. During a four-hour workshop the
participants identify opportunities to reduce barriers and enhance
opportunities for walking build consensus on what needs to be done to
improve conditions for pedestrians. NCBW will conduct a series of up to
eight workshops in each selected region over a five-day period between
March and June of 2004.

For more about the WCW program, visit the NCBWs web site at:
http://www.bikewalk.org , or email Peter Moe, national program manager,
at pete@bikewalk.org
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2004 TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL BATTLE LOOMS

-> The 2004 House transportation appropriation bill will go to the
floor for a vote when Congress reconvenes in September. This is the
bill which essentially eliminates Transportation Enhancement funding
and affects other "non-highway" programs as well. To see how the bill's
primary author, Rep. Ernest Istook (R, OK) views transportation
priorities, follow this link to an editorial he wrote that appeared in
the Carolina Morning News:
http://www.lowcountrynow.com/stories/080703/LOChighwayoped.shtml

Those who disagree with Rep. Istook should remember that House Members
are in their home districts for the month of August. Now is a good time
for Representatives to hear how folks feel about the upcoming vote.

Meanwhile, John Boyle of bikemap.com sent this interesting note: "I
just sat in on a reauthorization briefing put on by the Natural
Resources Defence Council (NRDC). There are multiple threats to the
transportation bill including the possibility of losing all public
involvement in the planning process i.e. setting transportation
planning back to the 1960's.

"It was clear and agreed upon, however, that saving Transportation
Enhancements is a litmus test that Congress has put out for grass roots
transportation activism and we can lead by example. One thought that I
had is that if we attend such reauthorization pow-wows, we could
encourage each organization (transit activists, environmental groups
etc.) to develop its own version of the America Bikes strategy which is
clear simple and to the point. Frame it like a coordinated attack as
opposed to everyone conveying one long confusing message."

In their Aug. 1st issue of Transfer, the Surface Transportation Policy
Project noted that "A major House floor fight on the transportation
funding bill is expected in mid-September, where an amendment to
restore the Enhancements program will be offered as well as an
amendment to increase Amtrak's funding level." The amendment is one
sponsored by Representative John Olver (D, MA). To learn more about
Rep. Olver's amendment, go to:
http://www.house.gov/olver/news/pr030724.html

Some important Resources:

America Bikes "Save Enhancements" page:
http://www.americabikes.org/saveenhancements.asp

League of American Bicyclists:
http://www.bikeleague.org

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's "Trail funding under fire in Congress"
page:
http://www.railtrails.org/whatwedo/policy/tea21b.asp

Surface Transportation Policy Project:
http://www.transact.org

Also, thanks to Susan Byrne Klasmeier of America Bikes for sending
these links:

State TE program benchmarks for FY 1992 through FY 2002:
http://www.enhancements.org/misc/tedatafy02.pdf

State by state 'pie charts' representing both the federal funds and
local match of TE program. The pie charts also show the break down in
percentage spent on each type of project:
http://www.railtrails.org/whatwedo/policy/TEstatecharts.asp

State Bicycle Fact Sheets that America Bikes put together for each
state, including TE spending in addition to other stats like % traffic
deaths as compared to the % spending on safety funds, etc:
http://www.americabikes.org/resources_publication_stateinfo.asp
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THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES "50/50 PROJECT"

-> The Aug. 14th issue of Thunderhead News carried some interesting
items. The Thunderhead Alliance is a national coalition of bicycle
advocacy groups. At their recent 8th Annual Retreat, held Aug. 2-5 near
Jackson Hole, WY, Alliance members committed to an ambitious expansion
plan, the "Thunderhead's 50/50 Project." The goal is to assure that all
50 states and the top 50 population metro areas have "effective, well
respected and sustainable bicycle advocacy organizations creating
change at both the state and local levels."

A core component of the 50/50 Project will be to "assess organizational
capacities at the state level in each state and at the metro level in
each of these top 50 metro areas" and "proactively work to build the
effectiveness of organizations in the areas of need." Key ingredients
will include organizational capacity measures, bicycling environment
measures, and targets for each state and city.

In other Thunderhead news, Sue Knaup, Thunderhead's Executive Director,
also encouraged members to use the August Congressional Recess to meet
with members of Congress and Senate and editors of local newspapers.
The focus is to be on encouraging support for the America Bikes agenda
to (1) provide safe routes to school; (2) create a bicycle-friendly
transportation system; and (3) strengthen Enhancements, CMAQ, and other
TEA-21 programs.

For more information on the Thunderhead Alliance, go to:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/
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PEDIATRICIAN GROUP TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

-> The August 14th issue of the CDC's Physical Activity newsletter
mentions a new Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics
on the "Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity." The Policy
proposes "strategies for early identification of excessive weight gain
by using body mass index, for dietary and physical activity
interventions," according to its Abstract. As the CDC's newsletters
says, "A primary diagnostic tool suggested by the AAP is body mass
index (BMI), the ratio of weight to height. BMI is widely used to
define overweight and obesity, and significant changes in a child's BMI
should be recognized and addressed before the child becomes severely
overweight. The policy points out that some parents may not recognize
or accept the potential risk of their child being overweight. It also
notes that anticipatory guidance or treatment intervention before
obesity has become severe will likely be more successful..."

Useful quote
"Change is desperately needed in opportunities for
physical activity in child care centers, schools, after-school
programs, and other community settings. As leaders in their
communities, pediatricians can be effective advocates for health- and
fitness-promoting programs and policies."

The policy, published in the Aug. 2003 issue of Pediatrics, may be
found at:
http://www.aap.org/policy/s100029.html
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SPARTANBURG (SC) COMES TOGETHER FOR SAFE ROUTES PROJECT

-> Thanks to Meghann Harmon, program coordinator for HeartWise of
Spartanburg, S.C., we recently learned of this great community
project...

South Carolina DOT Executive Director, Elizabeth Mabry, Spartanburg
Mayor Barnet, city council members, and school district 7
administrators joined Mary H. Wright Elementary School students in
their third mid-year "Walk to School Day" and to help celebrate some
new Safe Routes to School improvements along Church Street near the
school. The honorary guests acknowledged the efforts of the community
on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 7:15am outside of Mary H. Wright
Elementary School. In order to allow every student to participate, Mary
H. Wright Principal Barbara Whitney stopped buses that day so. Then,
guests joined in a "Symbolic Walk" across Church St. into the school?s
campus at 7:30a.m.

Last July, with the help of HeartWise, Safe Kids, and the South
Carolina Dept. of Health & Environmental Control, parents,
administrators, and Spartanburg city staff used Walk to School Day to
kick off a new project: creating a comprehensive Safe Routes to School
program within Mary H. Wright Elementary and Carver Junior High School.
The Safe Routes to School Committee spent the year working with city
engineers to improve nearby routes and encouraging parents and kids to
enjoy the benefits of bicycling and walking. This July, they celebrated
the fruits of their labors: new flashing overhead beacons for both
directions of Church St, a colored four-lane crosswalk, and re-striping
of the main crosswalk with new yellow-green school crossing signs.

For more information, contact: Diane Lambert, HeartWise Executive
Director (864) 598-9638; <diane.lambert@heartwisespartanburg.org>
or visit their website at:
http://www.heartwisespartanburg.org/
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WATERLOO (IA) PAPER HAMMERS HOUSE ON ENHANCEMENT $$

-> According to an Aug. 7th editorial in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls
Courier, "Approximately $620,000,000 in federal money is about to be
taken away from bicyclists and pedestrians and given to motorists.
Early in July, the House of Representatives Transportation and Treasury
Subcommittee voted to eliminate the Transportation Enhancement funds
for 2004. Those are the funds set aside for things like multi-use
trails, bike lanes, bicycle education and safety programs and Safe
Routes to School programs.

"Enhancements funding began with the Intermodal Surface Transportation
Equity Act in the mid 1990s, when some bright lights in Congress
discovered that not all transportation happened in motor vehicles.
Given the traffic congestion and exhaust fumes generated by motor
traffic, Congress decided to encourage nonmotorized transportation by
spending one percent of the transportation budget on making bicycling
and walking more convenient and safe.

"The enhancements program was continued in the Transportation Equity
Act for the 21st Century, which covers transportation funding through
2005. Now it appears the bright lights have gone out, and the House of
Representatives is pulling the plug on enhancements funding. This is
not going to save taxpayers any money, by the way: the $620 million in
enhancements money hasn't been subtracted from the budget. It has
simply been diverted to build more roads..."

Source:
http://www.wcfcourier.com/articles/2003/08/07/news/lifestyles/f77f1a8b533812ef86256d78004d00db.txt
Archive search: http://www.wcfcourier.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Goodbye to trail money"
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BOSTON GLOBE BACKS OLVER'S ENHANCEMENTS AMENDMENT

-> According to an Aug. 3rd Boston Globe editorial, "The conversion of
abandoned railroad tracks into paths for bicyclists and pedestrians is
one of the best ways government can create new recreational
opportunities. At a time when public health officials are justifiably
concerned with the lack of exercise that contributes to epidemic levels
of obesity, rail trails have been a convenient and affordable means of
getting people of all ages to be more active. This is why it is so
lamentable that the federal funding source for such conversions -- and
many other streetscape projects -- is threatened by the House
Appropriations Committee. Before the August recess, its transportation
subcommittee voted to eliminate the 'transportation enhancements'
program altogether.

"When this brought protests from state and municipal transportation and
planning officials, the full committee acted last week to let states
decide whether to use the money earmarked for enhancements for such
projects or for regular highway and bridge work. An amendment by US
Representative John Olver of Amherst to require that enhancement funds
be spent only on enhancement projects -- the rule since 1992 -- was
defeated on a 33-29 vote. Olver plans to bring his amendment to the
House floor when Congress returns from its recess in September.

"The full House should endorse Olver's measure because without it there
would be too great a chance that many states will, under the influence
of the construction lobby, spend all their money on roads and bridges
and none or little on rail trails, pedestrian walkways, or paths..."

Source:
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/215/editorials/Off_track_on_trails+.shtml
Archive search: http://www.boston.com/globe/search/
Cost: YES
Title: "Off track on trails"
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SOUTH BEND (IN) COLUMNIST FACES CITY SIDEWALK RESISTANCE

-> In an Aug. 10th column in the South Bend Tribune, Nancy Sulok made a
pitch for sidewalks along several busy streets, Grape Road and Main
Street. Here's what she found...

"City Engineer Gary West has resisted that idea in the past. He has
said he doesn't want to encourage pedestrians in those busy commercial
corridors. [Mayor Robert C.] Beutter supports him on that. When the
city puts in a sidewalk, Beutter said, it sends a message that the area
is a safe place to walk, ride a bicycle or roller-skate. But he doesn't
feel that is true along parts of Grape Road, where there are so many
driveways and so many vehicles coming and going from all directions.

"Although I often see people walking or riding bikes along Grape Road,
Beutter said very few people actually walk from shopping center to
shopping center up there. He pointed to the little-used pedestrian
underpass that was included in the Toll Road bridge on Grape Road as an
example of the lack of interest in walking. 'We never felt like it was
warranted,' Beutter said about the pedestrian bridge. That, of course,
begs the question: Would it be used more if it connected to a sidewalk
or trail of some sort? Right now it is like a bridge to nowhere. The
lack of sidewalks may be an inconvenience to a few people, Beutter
said, but it's a matter of safety for a lot of people. Discouraging
pedestrian and illegal motorized traffic may be saving lives. When the
positives outweigh the negatives, he said, that's the way to go..."


Comment: Part of the issue discussed in this column has to do with
disabled people using golf carts and slow-moving scooters to get
around. However, it's clear that Mayor Beutter and Engineer West are of
the opinion that excluding the disabled and those on foot from an area

is a reasonable "safety" measure. This, of course, avoids the challenge
of making a place safe for all -- not a small task, in many places, but
one that lots of civic leaders and staff members around the country are
embracing. Maybe these two gentlemen need to get out more. --JW


Source:
http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2003/08/10/local.20030810-sbt-FULL-D1-Crackdown_on_golf_ca.sto
Archive search: http://www.southbendtribune.com/search
Cost: Yes
Title: "Crackdown on golf carts shows need for pedestrian pathway"
Author: Nancy Sulok
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SALT LAKE CITY LEARNS WALKABILITY FROM LATINO IMMIGRANTS

-> According to an Aug. 2nd Salt Lake Tribune story, "Latino mothers
and their children crowd Sherwood Park with midday picnics. At the end
of the work day, a man leaves Acapulco Market and walks home with the
day's groceries, passing women squeezed onto a bus bench. As dusk
approaches, families head out on long neighborhood strolls, stopping to
chat with each other. Turns out, a typical summer day on Salt Lake's
west side goes a long way toward Jane Jacobs' utopia.

"Jacobs is a godmother of New Urbanism, the movement which has sought
to pull cities back to a human scale, making them livelier, more
walkable and less homogenous. In 1961 she wrote The Death and Life of
Great American Cities, an assault on the "urban renewal" practices that
sucked the life out of neighborhoods with one-size-fits-all housing and
commercial projects. More than 40 years later, Salt Lake Valley is
filled with the same bland suburban sprawl that angered Jacobs.

"Meanwhile, the growing Latino population in west-side Salt Lake
neighborhoods like Rose Park, Poplar Grove and Glendale has spawned a
changing urban landscape. In the public arena, this Latino presence is
often defined by negative aspects -- overcrowded homes, loud music and
Spanish business signs many Anglo neighbors can't read. But some
planners and neighborhood activists say the ways in which these areas'
immigrants have settled and live point the way toward vibrant
neighborhoods -- for all of their residents. 'The way of life in Latin
American cities is in essence New Urbanism, without the regulations,'
says John Taveras, a Salt Lake resident from the Dominican Republic
with a degree in urban planning. 'This concept . . . where people live
within walking distance of shops, schools, places of work and
entertainment and easy access to mass transit is all that most Latinos
have known before coming to this country.'..."

Source: http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Aug/08022003/utah/80619.asp
Archive search: http://www.tribaccess.com/
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title "Latinos bring back the concept of walkable, vibrant neighborhoods"
Author: Tim Sullivan
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CANADIAN STUDY: LOW-LEVEL ACTIVITY REDUCES OBESITY RISK

-> According to an Aug. 14th story in the National Post, "Children
involved in even low levels of physical activity -- including such
things as Boy Scouts, music classes or art lessons -- have a reduced
chance of becoming overweight or obese, according to a new Canadian
study. The research, based on more than 7,000 children aged seven to
11, shows young people who participated in any form of sport or
activity reduced their risk of becoming obese by as much as 43%.

"The study, published in today's International Journal of Obesity, also
confirms the link between excessive video game and television use and
what the researchers call 'the progressive fattening of Canadian
children.' Those who watched more than three hours of television had a
50% greater chance of being obese compared to those who spent only up
to two hours per day in front of the television.

"Mark Tremblay, a professor of kinesiology at the University of
Saskatchewan and the lead researcher, said he believes things will get
worse before they get better. 'We are losing the battle against
fast-food chains and multi-media. It is not as enticing to get involved
in a ball hockey game as it is to play NHL hockey on your laptop,' said
Mr. Tremblay, whose earlier research showed an alarming increase in the
percentage of overweight and obese Canadian adults and children..."

Source:
http://www.canada.com/health/story.html?id=CE506365-D94D-43BA-861F-255F22625B22
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Art classes, piano lessons fight child obesity"
Author: Julie Smyth

To see the study's abstract (copy of entire article: $30), go to:
http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/ijo/journal/v27/n9/abs/0802376a.html
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"DON'T WALK TO SCHOOL" - WAUCONDA (IL) SCHOOL OFFICIALS

-> According to an Aug. 12th Chicago Tribune editorial, "Last spring a
car hit a child riding a bike to grade school in northwest suburban
Wauconda. The child wasn't seriously injured, though the incident
surely sent a shock through parents and school officials.
Unfortunately, school officials have overreacted, deciding that the
best way to protect kids is to impose a ban on riding their bikes to
Wauconda Grade School. With the start of school on Aug. 27, students
there will have to get to school on foot--not necessarily a safer
alternative--or most likely in the back seat of their parents' SUVs.
Illinois school officials don't keep track of such policies, but they
say they have never heard of such a ban outside of Wauconda.

"The bike ban has not gone over well with some parents and students,
including a group of kids who held a ride-in protest Aug. 7. Indeed,
this seems to be a case where parents should be allowed to make the
decision whether safety concerns override the health benefits and
convenience of riding to school. If they don't want their kids to ride
a bike, they won't ride a bike. There's no question that American
children, from grade school on up to high school--and their
parents--could use more exercise. Alas, the picture of a child merrily
pedaling to school is fading rapidly..."

Source:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/health/chi-0308120207aug12,1,7569813.story
(free registration required)
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Wrong turn on biking to school"
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UPDATE: BIKE BAN TO STAY, "SAFE ROUTES" STUDY BEGINS

-> According to an Aug. 14th story in the Lake Zurich Courier,
"Students will have to store their bicycles at home while school
officials evaluate a bike riding ban at some Wauconda schools. The
Wauconda School District 118 Board of Education refused at its Aug. 7
meeting to lift a bicycle ban imposed by Wauconda Grade School
Principal Robert Kenison and Superintendent John Barbini in June. The
ban brought protests from some residents, and the board held its
meeting in the cafeteria to accommodate a larger than usual crowd.

"Parents and cycling enthusiasts asked for an end to the ban at the
meeting, where school officials set a timeline to investigate routes to
school. The board said the ban will not be lifted unless the
investigation eases safety and liability concerns..."

Source:
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/lz/08-14-03-83158.html
Archive search:
http://archives.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-query?paper2=lz
Cost: No
Title: "Bike ban remains as Wauconda schools search for safe routes"
Author: Nicole Wagner
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BATON ROUGE (LA) RIVER ROAD GETS PED-FRIENDLY MAKEOVER

-> According to an Aug. 13th story in the Baton Rouge Advocate, "The
walk across River Road to the Mississippi River levee in downtown Baton
Rouge will become less daunting soon, but the change will slow down
traffic. Under plans described at Tuesday's Downtown Development
District board meeting, much of the downtown stretch of River Road will
go from four lanes to two lanes. Parking spaces will take up the
remaining space.

"Three traffic signals will also be installed. One will be a pedestrian
signal near the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, and the others will be
red lights at River Road's intersections with North Boulevard and
Florida Street. The new lights, repaving and realignment of River Road
to create new parking spaces dovetail with the 'traffic calming' and
pedestrian-improvement plans city-parish and state officials have
quietly labored toward in recent years.

"DDD Director Davis Rhorer said Tuesday that $1 million in public money
is expected to help pay for new street signs, landscaping and other
amenities throughout downtown in the next few weeks. State government
has committed $500,000 and Mayor Bobby Simpson has said the city-parish
will pay $250,000 in required matching funds. Rhorer said the remainder
should come from a federal grant..."

Source: http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/081303/new_friend001.shtml
Archive search: http://www.2theadvocate.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "River Road to be more pedestrian friendly"
Author: Derrick Nunnally
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AN INTERVIEW WITH MAINE COALITION'S JEFFREY MILLER

-> The Aug. 10th edition of the Kennebec Journal carried an interview
with Jeffrey Miller, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of
Maine. He "spoke recently with staff writer Betty Adams in the Augusta
headquarters of the nonprofit organization. When and why was the
organization founded?

"This is our 11th year, and we're up to over 5,500-dues paying members.
Charley LaFlamme, the founding president of the Bicycle Coalition of
Maine, was talking with folks and realized there really needed to be a
statewide voice for bicyclists. He and others were involved in their
communities with bike clubs and doing a lot of fun rides. They
recognized the need to educate public officials and motorists about
sharing the road with bicyclists.

"I think one issue that really pushed them over the edge was when the
ferries started charging bicycles as much as they were charging cars,
which is clearly discriminatory since a bicycle takes up a 10th of the
space that a car does, not to mention probably a 50th of the weight.
The organization was formed in 1992 and one of the first successes
within the year was getting those rates reversed back to where they had
been..."

Source: http://www.centralmaine.com/news/stories/030810miller_q.shtml
Archive search: http://www.portland.com/archive/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pedal power gains ground by the year "
Author: Betty Adams
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TEEN RISK HIGH FOR OBESITY-RELATED SYNDROME

-> According to an Aug. 12th Washington Post story, "Nearly 1 million
U.S. teenagers suffer from a syndrome associated with being overweight
that makes them unusually prone to diabetes and premature heart disease
later in life, researchers reported yesterday. In the latest indication
of a deepening health crisis because of the nation's obesity epidemic,
researchers determined that at least 4 percent of American adolescents
have developed 'metabolic syndrome,' a constellation of risk factors
for subsequent health problems.

"'It's frighteningly common,' said Michael Weitzman, director of the
American Academy of Pediatrics' Center for Child Health Research, who
helped conduct the first-of-its-kind research. 'It's very, very
disturbing. You're talking about people who haven't even become adults
yet who are already on the way to cardiovascular disease.'...Teens with
the syndrome are believed to be at sharply increased risk for
developing diabetes by their twenties and heart disease as early as
their forties...The syndrome is by far most common among those who are
overweight. Nearly 30 percent of those who are either overweight or
obese have the syndrome, the researchers found...

"Jonathan Klein, chairman of the committee on adolescents for the
American Academy of Pediatrics, called the findings 'dramatically high
-- it's almost one out of every 20 kids. That's at least one child in
every kindergarten class,' Klein said. The risk for diabetes and heart
disease drops sharply for those who have metabolic syndrome if they
lose weight. 'We need to really focus our society and health care
resources on more effective prevention strategies,' Klein said..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A46645-2003Aug11.html
Archive search:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/?nav=hpleft1
Cost: Yes (after 2 weeks)
Title: "Risk Syndrome Found In Overweight Teens"
Author: Rob Stein
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ANCHORAGE (AK) ENLISTS VOLUNTEERS TO WATCH TRAILS

-> According to an Aug. 14th story in the Anchorage Daily News, "A
nationally recognized group of volunteers that helps Anchorage police
look for missing people and assists them with evidence searches has
started training on the city's sprawling trail system as a way to
promote safety, officials said Wednesday. Four attempted sexual
assaults on the city's trails in the last 21/2 months -- and a dead man
found by a little girl Monday under a footbridge on the Chester Creek
Trail -- have brought the issue of safety on the trails to the fore of
public discussion this summer.

"Mayor Mark Begich's office is in the process of launching a volunteer
Trail Watch program, which is scheduled to be up and running by
September. The Anchorage Police Department Auxiliary Search Team, 55
members strong, began training on the trails Monday. The team wears red
search vests and hats. On Monday, its first night out, when the team
had about 12 people on the trails, they helped one person who needed
medical assistance, police said..."

Source: http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/3667558p-3698047c.html
Archive search: http://www.adnsearch.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Volunteers beginning to train on city's trails"
Author: Tataboline Brant
For more about the Trail Watch program, go to:
http://www.muni.org/mayor/trailwatch.cfm
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

THE 2003 BLACKOUT:

BIG APPLE PEDESTRIAN SAYS "WE CAN HANDLE THIS!"

-> On Thursday, major portions of the Northeastern U.S. and Canada were
hit by a huge blackout that, among other things -- and it shut down air
travel and crippled ground transportation in New York City. According
to an Aug. 15th Reuters story, however, "New Yorkers took the power
outage in stride on Thursday as widespread disruptions in the city's
transport system pushed thousands of workers streaming on foot across
major thoroughfares in sweltering heat. 'It was slow going, and there
were cars in the pedestrian walkways, but it was not panic,' said
attorney Bill Binckes, who walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. 'We can
handle this. Hey, we're New Yorkers.'

"With New York's sprawling transportation system halted and traffic
lights out across the city, cars and pedestrians snarled streets, but
authorities said there appeared to be no major civil or criminal
disorder. 'To the best of our knowledge no one has been injured,' said
Mayor Michael Bloomberg..."

Source: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N14241046.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "New Yorkers pull together in power outage"
Author: Dane Hamilton


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

-> "WINNING WITH ACES!"
NC Dept of Public Health policy guide for public health practitioners
and others interested in creating more active community environments.
http://www.startwithyourheart.com/tools/aces.pdf

-> "THE ELIXIR OF HAPPINESS"
A tribute to transportational bicycling, by Dave Snyder , exec.
director of Transportation for a Livable City.
http://bestofthebay.com/2003/e_outdoor.html

-> "BICYCLE PARKING ORDINANCE"
University of Arkansas regulations.
http://www.uark.edu/ALADDIN/bco/parking.html

-> "ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS"
Subtitled "Synthesis and Guide to Best Practice;" an interim product
for NCHRP Project 3-62; UNC-HSRC (David L. Harkey, Principal Investor)
http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_rrd_278.pdf

-> "THE LONG JOURNEY TO WORK"
Brookings Institute report by Margy Waller and Evelyn Blumenberg;
Aug. 2003. Subtitled "A Federal Transportation Policy for Working Families."
http://www.brookings.edu/es/urban/publications/20030801_Waller.pdf

-> "PILOT HOME ZONE SCHEMES"
Subtitled "Evaluation of The Methleys, Leeds." Prepared for Charging
and Local Transport Division, Department for Transport; R Layfield, L
Chinn and D Nicholls; TRL Report TRL586. Note: "home zones" =
"woonerven."
http://www.homezonenews.org.uk/documents/Methleys_Final_Report.pdf

-> "LIVING PLACES - CLEANER, SAFER, GREENER"
From the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (UK); London; Oct. 2002.
http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_urbanpolicy/documents/page/odpm_urbpol_607950.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

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 22-24, 2003, Future Urban Transport, Goteborg, Sweden. Info:
Volvo Research and Educational Foundations; phone: +46 - (0)31-66 91
06, fax: +46 - (0)31-53 84 31; e-mail: <fut@volvo.com>
http://www.future-urban-transport.com/

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 7-24, 2003, Environmental Impact of Transportation Conference,
online. Info: Planeta.com:
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/transportation.html

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.WalkBikeCalifornia.net

October 16-19, 2003, Bikefest 2003: National Rally of Cyclists,
Madison, FL. Info: Bike Florida, P.O. Box 621626, Oviedo, FL 32762-1626.
http://www.bikeflorida.org/

October 23-24, 2003, How to Turn a Place Around, New York City, NY.
Info: Jande Wintrob, Project for Public Spaces, 153 Waverly Place, 4th
Floor, New York, NY 10014; phone: (212) 620-5660; fax: (212) 620-3821.
http://www.pps.org

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/

September 7-10, 2004, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004, Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada. Make plans now to attend the NCBW's 13th
international symposium on walking and bicycling. For details on how
to get to Victoria and where to make hotel reservations, visit the
website. Other details posted as they become available.
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/PWPB2004.htm.


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

-> JOB -- BIKE VIRGINIA RIDE COORDINATOR -- BIKEWALK VIRGINIA
BikeWalk Virginia, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is seeking a
qualified individual to coordinate the annual Bike Virginia event. Bike
Virginia is the state's premier 5-day bike tour held each June
attracting over 1,800 cyclists. Responsibilities include working with
the Director to plan and to coordinate the overnight host towns,
routes, food service, rest stops, transportation, luggage handling,
police and emergency medical support, sponsorships, and marketing
programs.

Qualifications The successful applicant shall have a bachelor's degree
and experience in planning or directing large-scale events, excellent
communication and public speaking skills, an ability to execute complex
logistics, the ability to travel frequently to the event location, and
experience with Word, Excel, Access, desktop publishing, and web
management. Salary Range: $26,000 ? 32,000. Office Location:
Williamsburg, Virginia. Possibility of working from a home office in
Virginia. Please mail a cover letter and resume by September 5 to:
BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203
http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org

-> JOB -- PROGRAM COORDINATOR -- RAILS-T0-TRAILS CONSERVANCY
Nonprofit trails & greenways organization seeks Program Coordinator for
San Francisco office to provide technical assistance to projects, write
funding grants, conduct training workshops, and build relationships
with recreation, alternative transportation and conservation
organizations. Qualifications: Four-year college degree plus 2-3 years
related experience.

Excellent writing and speaking skills; ability to work with diverse
constituencies. Salary DOE plus benefits. Position open until filled;
interviews will commence in early August. For complete job description,
see <http://www.transact.org>www.transact.org. Send resume, cover
letter to Elton Clark, Manager, Human Resources, RTC, 1100 17th Street,
NW 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036 or email to
<rtcelton@transact.org>. RTC is an equal opportunity employer seeks
qualified candidates regardless of race, color, gender or national origin.

-> 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.


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