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


Issue #78 Friday, Aug. 29, 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
  What's Up with the 2004 Trans. Appropriations Bill?
  Applications for Walkable Community Workshops Due
  TEA-21 Extension Legislation Moves Up on Agenda
  CA Bike Coalition's Chris Morfas Moves On
  Bikes Belong Gives $10,000 for Grand Canyon Trail
  Univ. of MN Offers Community-Based Trans. Workshop
  BTS Item 1: Americans Walk...a Bit
  BTS Item 2: Cars Outnumber Drivers per U.S. Household
  Univ. of Penn Valet Bike Parking Takes Off


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  U.S. Sprawl Feeds Obesity, Ped/Bike Deaths
  Pittsburgh Leaders Inspired by Prague
  Atlanta's "Peds" Gives Out Golden Shoe Awards
  Redding (CA) Gets $1 Million SR2S Project
  Americans Still Not Exercising Enough
  Bay City (TX) Group Sues to Block Ped Beach
  World Facing Diabetes Catastrophe
  Acton (MA) Works on Trail Linking Project
  Villa Park (IL) Board Drops CMAQ Sidewalk Project
  Pennington (NJ) Leaders Discuss Pedestrian Projects
  MIT Students Help Plan Ped-Friendly Needham (MA)
  Palo Alto (CA) Gets $5 Million Bike/Ped Tunnel




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

WHAT'S UP WITH THE 2004 TRANS. APPROPRIATIONS BILL?

-> Here's an Aug. 28th update from Martha Roskowski of America Bikes:
"The House has scheduled a vote on HR 2989, the 2004 Transportation
Appropriations Bill, for Thursday morning, September 4th. An amendment
to restore funding for Enhancements will be offered by Representatives
Petri, Olver and others. America Bikes, the League and others will send
out a mass action alert first thing Tuesday morning saying 'call
Congress today' so we get a slew of phone calls going in to members on
Tuesday and Wednesday. Please watch for that alert and plan to forward
it. If you're doing your own alerts (which is fine), the core message
is this: Ask your Representative to support an amendment by
Representatives Petri (R-WI), Olver (D-MA) and others to restore
dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements by striking Section
114 of HR 2989. A few of you have asked for the actual text of the
amendment. It's simple: 'Strike Section 114'

"If you've been trying to line up a district meeting, it's time to go
to Plan B and get on the phone with the Transportation Appropriations
staffer for your Representative in DC. We'll send out a press release
on Friday saying 'House to decide fate of Enhancements.' Please forward
it to your media contacts for a last round of stories. Having a
bi-partisan amendment ready for the floor has brightened our chances of
winning this fight on the House floor. Let's do it!"

For more information, contact: Martha Roskowski. Campaign Manager,
AMERICA BIKES, 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington DC 20006;
phone: (202) 833-8080; fax: (202) 822-1334; email:
<martha@americabikes.org>
Website: http://americabikes.org
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APPLICATIONS FOR WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS ARE DUE

-> The application period for Round II of the MPO Walkable Community
Workshop series is drawing to a close. Applications must be
postmarked by August 29, 2003 (that's today, folks) to be
considered by the review team.

"We'll choose up to ten MPO locations where we will offer the
workshops in 2004," said Peter Moe, the national project
director. "We expect that once again it will be difficult to
select between the many excellent applications. The selected
MPOs will be announced in CenterLines and through a general
press release in mid-September."

Peter added that the first step in Round II will be to have a
coordinator from each of the selected MPOs attend an intensive
training session in the Silicon Valley of California in late
October. "We've found this is an excellent way to get everyone
involved in the series working with the same set of tools," said
Peter. "There are a lot of logistical details to work out for each
local session, during which our training staff will present up to
eight localized workshops over a five-day period."

Peter has just posted a summary report (in the .pdf format)
of the first round of Walkable Community Workshops, which covers
the series offered between March and June of 2003 in eight MPO
locations across the country. You'll find the report linked at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
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TEA-21 EXTENSION LEGISLATION MOVES UP ON AGENDA

-> According to an article in the Aug. 28th issue of Transfer, the
Surface Transportation Policy Project's e-newsletter, "As Congress
resumes its work in September, the committees responsible for
reauthorizing TEA-21 are expected to focus their attention on what
legislation is needed to keep the Federal Highway Administration
operating and funds flowing to states, MPOs and transit providers after
September 30 when the nation's surface transportation law expires.

"An extension bill is needed to keep critical provisions of current law
in force as well as any necessary new provisions so that disruptions
will not occur once the new federal fiscal year begins October 1. The
separate extension legislation is still needed even though Congress is
expected to act next month on appropriations legislation providing
funds for the new fiscal year. This issue is now a top priority for the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the three Senate
committees that authorize federal surface transportation policies.

"Although no decision has been made on the length of an extension, it
is likely to run less than one year, perhaps one month at first and
later six months, keeping pressure on the authorizing committees to
continue their efforts to craft multi-year renewal legislation."

To subscribe to Transfer or to learn more about STPP, go to:
http://www.transact.org
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CA BIKE COALITION'S CHRIS MORFAS MOVES ON

-> On August 8th, Chris Morfas, executive director of the
California Bicycle Coalition, tendered his resignation,
effective early in 2004. In looking back over his years with
the organization, Chris said "It's been a great ride. Since 1997,
by increasing the allocation to the Bicycle Transportation Account
and creating the Safe Routes to School program, CBC and its allies
have increased the amount of funding the state provides for bicycling
and walking projects by $30,000,000 per year. These two programs
alone have funded projects in over 130 cities!"

During his tenure with CBC, Chris has definitely made his
mark, both in California, and nationally. As NCBW Executive
Director Bill Wilkinson recently noted, "I didn't know Chris was
one of the candidates for governor; hell, I didn't even know he
could lift weights! But, I do know that it was his foresight, energy,
and expertise that brought California's bicyclists together
as the CBC. Chris leaves a tremendous legacy for cycling and I've
no doubt that he will go on to do other great things. So, governor?"

To read Chris' letter, which recounts many of the CBC's projects,
follow this link: http://www.calbike.org/res.pdf
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BIKES BELONG GIVES $10,000 FOR GRAND CANYON TRAIL

-> According to an Aug. 26th release, "Bikes Belong Coalition, the
bicycle industry's advocacy voice, announced today the awarding of a
$10,000 grant to the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation for their
efforts to construct the Gateway Trail in the Grand Canyon National
Park. The $10,000 Bikes Belong Coalition grant will provide a portion
of the local match required to activate $2.7 million in funds from the
Federal Transportation Equity Act (TEA).

"The Gateway Trail will eventually be a 73-mile system around the Grand
Canyon, costing about $40 million to construct. Currently, as a
national park, the Grand Canyon houses only two miles of bikeable
trails. The Grand Canyon National Park Foundation serves to preserve,
protect and enhance the Grand Canyon with this trail. Deborah Tuck of
the Grand Canyon National Parks Foundation notes, 'This projected 73
mile trail is expected to attract bicycle riders to the Canyon. If one
percent of the annual 4.5 million visitors ride, that?s 450,000 bikers
a year.'..."

For more information, go to:
http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=65
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UNIV. OF MN OFFERS COMMUNITY-BASED TRANS. WORKSHOP

-> According to an Aug. 27th note from Candy Kragthorpe of the
Minnesota Department of Health, "The University of Minnesota is
sponsoring a one day workshop on October 1, 2003 entitled 'Second
Conference on Community-Based Transportation: Designing a System for
Minnesota.' The content is focused on the outcomes of a major study
here at the University on community-based transportation systems. The
purpose of the conference is to begin a dialogue on systems change
issues related to transportation policies."

Cost is $50. and the workshop runs from 8:45am-3:45pm. For a copy of the
brochure, contact Rebecca at <rreib@umn.edu> or phone (612) 625-7865.
Limited information available at:
http://register.cce.umn.edu/cgi-bin/Course.pl?sect_key=175814&cmp_cd=TUCL
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BTS ITEM 1: AMERICANS WALK...A BIT

-> According to an article in the Aug. 28th TRBNews, "The Bureau of
Transportation Statistics (BTS) monthly Omnibus Survey found that,
during 2002, an average of 143.7 million US residents (or 72 percent of
the non-institutionalized, adult population) walked, ran, or jogged
outside for 10 minutes or longer on at least one day during the month
prior to completing the survey. Monthly averages ranged from a low of
68% who walked, ran, or jogged in November to a high of 76% in April.
BTS' OmniStats newsletter offers items of widespread interest from the
Omnibus Household Survey."

To download the pedestrian travel report, go to:
http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=1745
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BTS ITEM 2: CARS OUTNUMBER DRIVERS PER U.S. HOUSEHOLD

-> According to an Aug. 26th Bureau of Transportation Statistics news
release, "The first National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) of the 21st
century, released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation, shows
vehicles in U.S. households outnumber drivers."

Some details:

For more information, go to:
http://www.bts.gov/press_releases/2003/bts019_03/html/bts019_03.html
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UNIV. OF PENN VALET BIKE PARKING TAKES OFF

-> Parker Snowe, prez of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
sent this item along recently: "The Wharton School of the Univ. of
Pennsylvania, Neighborhood Bike Works and the Bicycle Coalition of
Greater Philadelphia have combined forces to provide valet bike parking
on the Penn campus. Everyone in the Penn community is invited to use
this service, which is provided free of charge to users, with costs
being born jointly by the Wharton School and the Bicycle Coalition.
Neighborhood Bike Works, a youth development group with experience
providing bike parking during the X Games, is providing on-site
management of the site using its staff and youth volunteers.

"The valet bike parking service came about as a result of the high
number of bike thefts on the Penn campus last summer. In the first two
weeks of service, the service has been averaging 40 - 50 customers per
day, about one-third over projections. The valet service has been so
successful that university officials extended it from one week to three
weeks. Once the three-week trial period is over, the Bicycle Coalition
will use the data collected to negotiate a permanent bike parking
station on campus. It is expected that between 100-200 bikes would use
the station on a daily basis."

For more information, contact the BCGP at (215) 829-04188 or visit:
http://www.bicyclecoalition.org

Here are two recent articles on the project:
http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/article.asp?ArtID=5999 and
http://www.ucityphila.org/press_releases/pr_valet_bike.cfm
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

U.S. SPRAWL FEEDS OBESITY, PED/BIKE DEATHS

-> According to an Aug. 28th Arizona Republic story, "Sprawling suburbs
that make it harder for people to get around without a car may help
fuel obesity: Americans who live in the most sprawling counties tend to
weigh 6 more pounds than their counterparts in the most compact areas.
Adding to the sprawl concern: Pedestrians and bicyclists are much more
likely to be killed by passing cars here than in parts of Europe where
cities are engineered to encourage physical activity - and whose
residents typically are skinnier and live longer than the average
American.

"Those are conclusions of major new studies being published Thursday
that call on urban planners and zoning commissions to consider public
health in designing neighborhoods. 'How you build things influences
health in a much more pervasive way than I think most health
professionals realize,' said Dr. Richard Jackson of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, who helped edit the research, published
in the American Journal of Public Health and American Journal of Health
Promotion..."

Some findings:

Source:
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0828unhealthy-sprawl28-ON.html
Archive search: http://www.azcentral.com/search/advancedsearch.html
Cost: No
Title: "Sprawling suburbs may fuel obesity"

ADDENDUM

The American Journal of Public Health article was not
available on the publication's website as we went to press. However, it
will likely show up at this link soon (articles cost about $7 each to
download):
http://www.ajph.org/current.shtml
As of the afternoon of Aug. 28th, the article's title, along with those
of related articles, can be seen here:
http://www.ajph.org/future/93.9.shtml

The related special issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion
is described here:
http://www.healthpromotionjournal.com/publications/HP_comm_design.htm
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PITTSBURGH LEADERS INSPIRED BY PRAGUE

-> According to an Aug. 26th story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
"This Central European capital of 1.2 million residents has a vibrant
downtown of retail shops, residents living above them and droves of
visitors crowding into its narrow cobblestone alleys. At first, it
seems unfair to compare this tourist-packed, 14th century city with
Pittsburgh. People come here from around the world to marvel at and
enjoy the statue-laden Charles Bridge, the Gothic-spired buildings and
the intimate riverfront cafes.

"Two of Pittsburgh's leading urban planners -- no less than Mayor Tom
Murphy and Councilman William Peduto -- say they find inspiration here.
'Prague is similar to Pittsburgh in its feel,' Murphy said during a
recent interview in the City-County Building. 'It's walking scale. The
idea of it being compact. Older buildings on a walking scale.'...'What
we have been doing the last 30 years hasn't been working,' Peduto said.
'If we want to create new development initiatives, we shouldn't be
doing what Baltimore did 20 years ago. It might be time to look at
cities such as this.'..."

Source: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/s_151765.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "City planners look to Prague for inspiration"
Author: Andrew Conte
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ATLANTA'S "PEDS" GIVES OUT GOLDEN SHOE AWARDS

-> According to an Aug. 15th AScribe news item, "Georgia Tech's
Technology Square and Kim King Associates' Centergy projects are being
recognized as the most pedestrian-friendly developments in metro
Atlanta. Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) presented the
honor Friday night at its Golden Shoe Awards.

"'It's a great place to walk around, and it really connects Georgia
Tech with Midtown,' said Sally Flocks, president and chief executive
officer of PEDS. PEDS has presented Golden Shoe Awards for the past
four years to people, projects and agencies that have contributed
significantly during the past year toward making metro Atlanta safer
and more accessible to pedestrians.

"Located along Fifth Street west of the Biltmore between West Peachtree
and Williams streets in Midtown, Technology Square and Centergy combine
pedestrian-focused retail with education, research, economic
development, hospitality and office space. 'The architecture is very
pedestrian-friendly. The first-floor retail and the glass fronts to the
buildings are inviting to pedestrians. The on-street parking makes
walking safer because it provides a layer of protection between
pedestrians and traffic,' explained Flocks. Flocks also praised the
developers efforts to widen the sidewalks along West Peachtree Street,
narrowing the traffic lanes and making crossings safer for
pedestrians..."

Source:
http://www.ascribe.org/cgi-bin/spew4th.pl?ascribeid=20030815.143202&time=14%2041%20PDT&year=2003&public=1
Archive search: use Live Newswire "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Technology Square/Centergy Awarded Most Pedestrian-Friendly
Development"
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REDDING (CA) GETS $1 MILLION SR2S PROJECT

-> According to an Aug. 16th story in the Redding Record Searchlight,
"A groundbreaking was held here Friday morning for a project that will
create sidewalks and bike lanes in front of Shasta Lake Middle School.
The Safe Routes to School project will construct 1,550 feet of new
sidewalks and bike lanes on the south side of Vallecito Street, said
program manager Chris Westlake. The $924,000 project is a joint effort
by the city, the Gateway Unified School District and the California
Department of Transportation.

"About 20 people attended Friday's groundbreaking ceremony, including
Mayor Debra Duryee, Gateway Superintendent John Strohmayer and Sheriff
Jim Pope, Westlake said. Phase one of the project is expected to be
completed in December. A second phase, to be started next summer, will
construct sidewalks on the west and east ends of Vallecito Street..."

Source: http://www.redding.com/news/stories/20030816lo032.shtml
Archive search: http://archive.redding.com/
Cost: No
Title: "Work begins on sidewalk"
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AMERICANS STILL NOT EXERCISING ENOUGH

-> According to an Aug. 18th WebMD story, "Even with new guidelines
that ease up on what it means to be physically active, most Americans
still fail to meet the minimum activity requirements recommended by the
federal government. A new CDC report shows that 55% of American adults
simply didn't move enough in 2001 to meet the minimum recommendation of
30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the
week. And that's including the time adults spent in leisure activities
that aren't likely to cause them to break a sweat, such as vacuuming,
gardening, and walking.

"Although the percentage that met the minimum physical activity
requirements is up dramatically from a whopping 74% that failed to do
so in 2000, researchers say that increase probably does not reflect an
actual increase in physical activity. Instead, the increase is likely
due to changes in the way the annual Behavioral Risk Factor
Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey was conducted. In 2001, researchers
included more lifestyle physical activity questions to include
household and transportation activities that were excluded in previous
surveys..."

States with the most physically active residents:

States with the least physically active residents:

Source: http://content.health.msn.com/content/article/72/81791.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Most States Don't Meet Minimum Physical Activity Requirements"
Author: Jennifer Warner
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BAY CITY (TX) GROUP SUES TO BLOCK PED BEACH

-> According to an Aug. 28th story in the Bay City Tribune, "A group
opposed to Matagorda County's plan to close a half-mile stretch of
Matagorda Beach to vehicle traffic filed a lawsuit Monday, then held a
brief press conference on the courthouse steps. The suit was filed in
130th District Court by the Matagorda Bays Committee of the
Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and D. Charles Menut, a resident of
Matagorda.

"The lawsuit accuses Matagorda County of violating the Texas Open
Beaches Act when commissioners court approved a resolution amending the
Matagorda County Dune Protection and Beach Access Plan on July 28. That
amendment allows for the creation of a half-mile-long pedestrian-only
beach near the mouth of the Colorado River on Matagorda Beach..."

Source: http://www.baycitytribune.com/story.lasso?wcd=3224
Archive search: None found
Cost: ?
Title: "County sued over beach plan"
Author: William T. Wood
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WORLD FACING DIABETES CATASTROPHE

-> According to an Aug. 25th Reuters story filed in Paris, "More than
300 million people worldwide are at risk of developing diabetes and the
disease's economic impact in some hard-hit countries could be higher
than that of the AIDS pandemic, diabetes experts warned on Monday. In a
report released at the International Diabetes Federation conference in
Paris, experts estimate the annual healthcare costs of diabetes
worldwide for people aged 20 to 79 are at least $153 billion.

"'In some countries with a higher incidence, diabetes has a higher
economic impact than AIDS,' Williams Rhys, professor of clinical
epidemiology at the University of Wales, told a news conference.
According to the Diabetes Atlas report, total direct healthcare
spending on the disease worldwide will be between $213 billion and $396
billion by 2025, if predictions are correct that the number of people
with diabetes will rise to 333 million by 2025 from 194 million...

"They also warn that type II diabetes was increasing in children and
adolescents in many countries and is linked to rising obesity. They
urged food companies -- especially those who make fast foods -- to
produce healthier foods and governments to set up national campaigns to
combat diabetes. 'We are running out of time,' IDF President-elect
Pierre Lefebvre warned during a news conference..."

Source:
http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=3332392
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "World Facing Diabetes Catastrophe -Experts"
Author: Emelia Sithole
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ACTON (MA) WORKS ON TRAIL LINKING PROJECT

-> According to an Aug. 28 story in the Acton Beacon, "Residents hoping
to see the abandoned Sudbury-Lowell rail line turned into a linear park
connecting Concord with neighboring towns asked for the support of the
Concord Board of Selectmen last week. The proposed trail has been named
the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, after the late state representative from
Chelmsford who first presented the idea for the recreational way. Phase
I of the project, running through Lowell, Chelmsford and Westford, has
received state money and will go out to bid this fall.

"Phase II, which would include three miles in Concord, would also run
through parts of Westford, Carlisle, Acton and Sudbury. Plans for a
third phase, running to Framingham, are still in infant stages..."

Source:
http://www.townonline.com/acton/news/local_regional/act_covcorailtrailp08282003.htm
Archive search: None found
Cost: ?
Title: "Bike trail gets hearing in neighboring towns"
Author: Maureen O'Connell
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VILLA PARK (IL) BOARD DROPS CMAQ SIDEWALK PROJECT

-> According to an Aug. 27th story in the Villa Park Review, "In the
midst of an often emotional debate Monday evening, the village board
voted down a plan to construct sidewalks along Roosevelt Road in Villa
Park. Village President Rae Rupp Srch and Trustee Larry Dean cast their
support for the project -- which would entail the use of 80 percent
federal funds (in the form of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
Improvement Program, or CMAQ) and 20 percent local funds -- but they
were outnumbered by 'no' votes from trustees Joyce Stupegia, Richard
Illian, John Vargas and Ray 'Doc' Hensley...

"The project in question called for putting sidewalks on a large portion
of Roosevelt -- specifically, from S. Michigan Avenue to S. Ardmore
Avenue. According to Village Manager Ralph Coglianese, the absence of
sidewalks on this portion has led to incidents involving pedestrian
injuries and one fatal accident...With no sidewalk to lead them to a
crosswalk, added Coglianese, pedestrians often attempt to jaywalk
across the frequently-busy road, with vehicle traffic coming from both
east and west...

"Both Stupegia and Illian suggested that perhaps funding could be used
to create better signage and lighting at current Roosevelt
stoplights/crosswalks. Stupegia added that she would also support the
establishment of something like an overpass...Maybe, Illian added, the
village could focus attention on educating the public about the dangers
of crossing outside of a crosswalk area..."

Source: http://members.aol.com/lombardian/vpnews0333b.html
Archive search

None found but home page is:
http://members.aol.com/lombardian/vpreview.html
Cost: ?
Title: "Divided board says 'no' to sidewalk project"
Author: Larry Rogowin
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PENNINGTON (NJ) LEADERS DISCUSS PEDESTRIAN PROJECTS

-> According to an aug. 20th Pennington Post article, "Sidewalks,
pedestrian crossing points and the continuing traffic problems were hot
topics of discussion at the Hopewell Township Planning Board meeting on
Thursday, August 14. The Pennington Circle was one of the top concerns
brought to the attention of the committee. The committee wanted to make
a recommendation for pedestrian crossing or to put up several yield for
pedestrian signs before any construction on the circle took place.

"'I was just wondering how many crossings do we really want, especially
along Route 31,' asked committee member Karen Murphy. Some of the
pedestrian crossing points that the Planning Board recommended were
from the new Lehigh Shopping Center across Route 31 to the west, from
Blackwell Road to Washington Crossing-Pennington Road across the
circle, at Ingleside Road/Route 31 and at several other locations
across or involving Route 31. Murphy went on to specifically mention
the crossings being planned at the circle, in which she stated it would
be hard to visualize which angles would be best for the creation of
these crossing..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10038649&BRD=1689&PAG=461&dept_id=41795&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1689&dept_id=41795&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Traffic and pedestrian concerns debated at Township meeting"
Author: John Kell
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MIT STUDENTS HELP PLAN PED-FRIENDLY NEEDHAM (MA)

-> According to an Aug. 28th story in the Needham Times, "A group of graduate
students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge will be
tackling the issues of community growth and land-use planning in
Needham for a course this fall semester. MIT's department of urban
studies and planning, which has carried out similar initiatives in
communities such as Andover and Newton, will break the graduate
students into three groups. Each group will take a hard look at
Needham's downtown for each to propose a Needham Center plan for the
downtown business district, the Chestnut Street business district and a
small area enlarged beyond that.

"'I see it as a continuation of other planning efforts the town has
done,' said [Town Planning Director Lee] Newman. 'It's the opportunity
to link in with MIT and at close to zero cost.'...'It would be nice to
see public improvements that would unify the downtown...like upgraded
walkways and introduce brick running through the center, with the
common elements of park benches and pedestrian lighting to create a
public space with a common theme,' said Newman. 'Needham has a
wonderful town center...It really has all the components.'..."

Source:
http://www.townonline.com/needham/news/local_regional/nt_newndcenterplanms08282003.htm
Archive search: None found
Cost: ?
Title: "Students take the town to task"
Author: Amanda McGregor
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PALO ALTO (CA) GETS $5 MILLION BIKE/PED TUNNEL

-> According to an Aug. 21st San Jose Mercury News article, "A new $5.4
million bicycle-and-pedestrian tunnel beneath the train tracks in
downtown Palo Alto will be finished by September 2004, city officials
said Tuesday. The tunnel will burrow beneath the Caltrain tracks at the
point where Homer Avenue dead-ends into Alma Street.

"The under-crossing will connect downtown shops and restaurants with
the Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinic and the Westin and Sheraton
hotels. Medical foundation president David Drucker said he was eager
for the staff and patients to reconnect with downtown, a connection
that was severed when the foundation moved from the downtown to an
address on El Camino Real four years ago..."

Source: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6583007.htm
Archive search: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/bayarea/archives/
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title: "Tunnel will connect downtown and clinic"
Author: Dan Stober
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

'BICYCLE THIEF' DIRECTOR'S WARTIME HEROICS

-> According to a recent story on Zoomata.com, "Italian film director
Vittorio De Sica, best known for 'The Bicycle Thief,' hid 300 Jews and
refugees on the set of a film to keep them from deportation. Now the
dramatic story of what went on behind the scenes will be made into a
film starring De Sica's son.

"Some 60 years ago, in the summer of 1943, the director accepted an
offer from the Vatican to shoot a film called 'The Gate of Heaven' (La
porta del cielo). 'The Gate of Heaven' was the story of a group of sick
people on a pilgrimage to the Loreto Sanctuary in the province of
Ancona, hoping for a miracle. The real miracle took place for a few
hundred people, Italian Jews and other 'irregulars,' seeking refuge
from the fascist regime -- De Sica hired them as fake extras, hid them
and did all he could to stall filming..."

Source:
http://www.zoomata.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=954
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Italian Director's 'Shindler's List' Heroics Come to the
Screen"


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

-> "THE SIDEWALK TO NOWHERE..."
"Sidewalks are supposed to go somewhere, right? Well, maybe in some
other universe." Photo essay by Brent Hughes.
http://www.sunflower.org/~bhugh/sidewalk-nowhere/

-> "THE POLICY BOOK: AARP PUBLIC POLICIES 2003"
Transportation Chapter (supports non-motorized transportation).
http://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/articles/legislative/03ch10.pdf

-> "KINGSTON CYCLING AND PATHWAYS STUDY"
Draft plan and analysis for Kingston, Ontario. Exec. summary, full
report, maps etc available at:
http://www.city.kingston.on.ca/pathways

-> "HOW POLLUTION AFFECTS PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY IN COMMUNITIES"
The latest Realty Times column by Dr. David Kopec.
http://realtytimes.com/rtapages/20030818_pollution.htm

-> "NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING PROGRAM"
City of Alexandria, VA, guide to the elements of their local process.
http://ci.alexandria.va.us/tes/td/traffic_calming/pdfs/NTCP_Guide.pdf

-> "A GUIDE FOR ADDRESSING RUN-OFF-ROAD COLLISIONS"
NCHRP Report 500, Vol. 6 subtitled "Guidance for Implementation of the
AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan."
http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_rpt_500v6.pdf

-> COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND SMART GROWTH
Subtitled "Stopping Sprawl at its Source;" Translation paper 13 from
the Funders Network.
http://www.fundersnetwork.org/usr_doc/Community_Development_and_Smart_Growth.pdf

-> "BICYCLE HELMET ASSESSMENT"
Subtitled "During Well Visits Reveals Severe Shortcomings in Condition
and Fit;" article in Pediatrics (Vol. 112 No. 2 August 2003) by Gregory
W. Parkinson, MD, FAAP and Kelly E. Hike, BA, Falmouth Pediatric
Associates, Falmouth, Massachusetts. "96% of children and adolescents
wore helmets in inadequate condition and/or with inadequate fit."
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/112/2/320

-> "FELL STREET TRIAL TOW-AWAY LANE CLOSURE"
Subtitled "Scott to Baker Streets." A Dec. 2002 City of San Francisco
report by Michael Sallaberry.
http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/dpt/bike/fellstreetreport(1).pdf

Three articles by well-known Australian traffic calming advocate David
Engwicht:

-> "IS THE WALKING SCHOOL BUS STALLED IN AN EVOLUTIONARY CUL-DE-SAC?"
http://www.lesstraffic.com/Articles/Traffic/wbstalled.htm

-> "DOES INCREASING INTRIGUE AND UNCERTAINTY COMPROMISE SAFETY?"
http://www.lesstraffic.com/Articles/Traffic/intrigue.htm

-> "STREET RECLAIMING -- INTRODUCTION"
http://www.lesstraffic.com/Articles/Traffic/SR1.htm


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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

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/

February 4, 2004, 7th Annual Maryland Bicycle & Pedestrian Symposium,
Annapolis, MD. Info: Bill Kelly, CPABC, phone: (301) 441-2740; email:
<ws.kelly@att.net>
http://www.cpabc.org

May 6-8, 2004, 4th National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, Silver
Spring, MD. Info: America Walks, P.O. Box 29103, Portland, OR 97296;
phone: (503) 222-1077; fax: (503) 228-0289; email:
<info@americawalks.org>
http://americawalks.org/congress/

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 -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- CA. BICYCLE COALITION
The CBC Executive Director will report to and provide strategic
leadership in collaboration with the Board of Directors for the
organization. Responsibilities include fund-raising, planning for
growth, directing ongoing campaigns, managing staff and volunteers, and
directing all operational aspects of the organization to advance the
CBC?s mission of making California more bicycle friendly and enhancing
the culture of bicycling. The ED will represent and promote the vision
of the CBC with the ongoing development of positive bicycling policy
for the State of California. Key functions include raising funds for
the CBC in the private as well as the public sector in the State of
California as well as on a National level.

Education and Experience: BA/BS and a minimum of 5 years management and
administrative experience in non-profit organizations. Knowledge,
Abilities and Commitments: commitment to the environment and to the
CBC?s mission; financial and fund-raising knowledge; written and oral
communication skills; ability to communicate and work with diverse
individuals and groups; experience with non-profit Boards of Directors;
organizational and analytical abilities; computer skills; Ability to
prioritize and balance workload; excellent follow-through skills. How
to Apply: send a cover letter and resume to: Gail Payne, CBC Board
President, c/o Dowling Associates, Inc., 180 Grand Avenue, Suite 250,
Oakland, CA 94612; phone: (510) 835-3117; e-mail:
<gpayne@dowlinginc.com>. Use this link to download the entire job
description:
http://www.calbike.org/director.pdf

-> 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

-> 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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