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


Issue #79 Friday, Sept. 12, 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
  Advocates Push Enhancements Back into 2004 Bill!
  More on Sprawl/Obesity/Pedestrian & Bicyclist Deaths
  Death Spurs Indiana Community's Push For Safe Routes
  Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S



I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  MA Rep Olver "Fights Off" Enhancement Cuts
  Wyoming's Cubin Votes for Olver/Petri Amendment
  Women in "Walkable" Neighborhoods More Active
  Regular Walks Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
  San Francisco's Presidio Adopts Bike Plan
  Warren (RI) Finishes $1.3 Million Sidewalk
  Florence (KY) To Re-Invent Mall Road Strip
  Juneau (AK) Bicyclists Protest Bridge Plans
  Philly Parkway Gets $5 Million Ped Lighting
  Columnist: Minn. Drivers Don't Pay Own Way
  York (PA) Mayor: Wheelchair Access Falls Short
  Dearfield (IL) Fear: Road Will Endanger Kids
  Davenport (IA) Council Won't Close Ped Tunnel
  Quincy (MA) Kids Walk with Mark Fenton
  Glendale (AZ) Bike/Ped Bridge Schedule Moved Up
  Schaumburg (IL) Gets Ped Signals, Sidewalks
  Pocatello (ID) Police Sting Scoff-Law Drivers




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


ADVOCATES PUSH ENHANCEMENTS BACK INTO 2004 BILL!

-> Thanks to Martha Roskowski of America Bikes for this wrap-up on the
success of the recent Transportation Enhancements effort...

"The House of Representatives today [Sept. 4th] overwhelmingly rejected
a move to eliminate funding for bicycling and walking, voting to
restore funding for the popular Transportation Enhancements program.
The vote followed an intensive lobbying effort by diverse groups,
including America Bikes coalition members. During consideration of the
2004 Transportation Appropriations bill, the House passed, 327-90, an
amendment by Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI) and Rep. John Olver (D-MA) to
fully restore the Transportation Enhancements program. The TE program,
which delivers $600 million each year to communities for local bike
trails, sidewalks, and similar facilities, had been de-funded in the
Transportation Appropriations bill now under consideration.

"'Congress responded to the clear message delivered by thousands of
Americans who called and wrote their representatives: we need to invest
in safe places to bicycle and walk,' said Martha Roskowski, manager of
the America Bikes campaign. 'The strong support from both sides of the
aisle for preserving Enhancements shows that Congress, and the America
people, want the Transportation Enhancements program, and want a
transportation system that works for everyone.'

"The amendment offered by Republican Petri and Democrat Olver was a
rare display of bipartisanship and was strongly supported by lawmakers
of both parties. In introducing the amendment, Rep. Petri noted the
many diverse groups who supported restoration of the funding, including
the American Association of State Transportation and Highway Officials,
county governments, the AARP, and architecture, health groups, and
recreation and travel groups. Numerous newspapers also editorialized
for restoration of the funding.

"Public health officials have been calling attention to the poor
bicycling and walking environment in the United States, saying it is in
part to blame for American's sedentary ways and rising obesity and
chronic disease levels. In addition, recent polls show a majority of
Americans support using federal gas tax money to create better
bicycling and walking facilities. 'Preserving Enhancements and other
good programs is one of America Bikes three primary goals for
reauthorization of the federal transportation bill,' said Roskowski.
'Now we can turn our attention to providing Safe Routes to School and
creating a truly bicycle-friendly transportation system.'

"A separate bill has been introduced in the House to create a Safe
Routes to school program, awarding $250 million in grants each year to
help communities make it safe, convenient and fun for children to walk
or bicycle to school. America Bikes is also seeking to include language
in the new transportation bill to be sure that all transportation
projects be planned and built to accommodate people on foot and
bicycle..."

For further information, contact Martha Roskowski, America Bikes, at
(202) 833-8080 or martha@americabikes.org. Or, go to:
http://www.americabikes.org

Thanks to Becka Roolf, Director of the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian
Coalition for this link.: To see the roll call vote tally, go to:
http://clerkweb.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.exe?year=2003&rollnumber=469

And thanks to John Boyle of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater
Philadelphia for this link: You can find the text of the testimony in
the Congressional Record.
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/index.html
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MORE ON SPRAWL/OBESITY/PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLIST DEATHS

-> In issue 78, we included a story about two new studies linking
obesity and sprawl; and sprawl and pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. The
story was carried in numerous papers and received air time on
television as well.

Since then, we've gotten more information on the studies, thanks to
Barbara McCann. Barbara and and Reid Ewing are the authors of the
obesity and sprawl study, a Smart Growth America Special Report
entitled "Measuring the Health Effects of Sprawl," and it -- along with
numerous related articles -- may be found here:
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/healthreport.html
Also included is a pdf of the "American Journal of Health Promotion"
article.

The other study, entitled "Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to
Improve Public Health: Lessons from The Netherlands and Germany," was
conducted by John Pucher and Lewis Dijkstra and a pdf of the report may
be downloaded here:
http://www.evworld.com/library/safewalkbike.pdf

A related Neal Peirce's column, which encouraged members of the U.S.
House to fund Transportation Enhancements, can be found at:
http://www.postwritersgroup.com/archives/peir0902.htm
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DEATH SPURS INDIANA COMMUNITY'S PUSH FOR SAFER ROUTES TO SCHOOL

-> Indiana 930 runs through the center of New Haven, Indiana, a
community of 13,000 on the outskirts of Fort Wayne. The two
lane road — with its heavy truck traffic, a speed limit of
45 MPH, and the lack of sidewalks despite its proximity to
five schools — has long been a source of frustration for many
in New Haven. Past attempts by this community to improve safety
along this road have been frustrated by a single fact: There is
no local control over that stretch of road. The Indiana DOT
(INDOT) sets the speed limit.

Recently, the push to improve IN 930’s safety began again, following
the tragic events of August 28 when a student of New Haven Middle
School was struck and killed while crossing the road, on his way to
school. Once again, New Haven residents—who are seeking to extend
school zones, and lower the speed limit to 35—have run into the INDOT.

Parents, concerned citizens, the PTA, the local school district’s
administration, local and state politicians, and Congressional
representatives have all become involved in the fight for a safer
IN 930. However, nothing can be accomplished if INDOT decides
statistics do not warrant lowering the road’s speed limit. The
only recourse offered under Indiana state law is for residents of
New Haven to petition INDOT to lower the speed limit. The people
have responded: petitions are now being drafted, volunteers are
being recruited, and signatures are being gathered.

Speed limits and school zones are one matter; gathering support
and securing funding to make New Haven a safer place to walk and
bike is quite another. And New Haven is by no means unique in
the fight it is facing; its experiences may prove instructive for
other parents, neighborhoods, communities and cities. We are
asking CenterLines readers: ‘What should be done?’

If you’ve got suggestions, comments, or similar past experiences,
take part in the discussion under the Safe Routes to School topic
in the NCBW Forum.
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

HOWARD DEAN SPEAKS (SEATTLE, WA; 8-24-03)

John Z. Wetmore (Perils for Pedestrians): "Mr. Governor, Seattle is
known for being bike and ped friendly. How do those non-motorized
modes fit into your energy policy?"

Presidential Candidate (and former VT Gov.) Howard Dean: " Very
heavily. I got my start in politics building a bike path along the Lake
Champlain coast so it could be opened to the public and so that we
could have non-fossil-fuel-burning transportation. I believe that when
I was governor I spent twice as much money on bike paths and pedestrian
walkways as was required by the Federal government and will continue
that policy."

For more about Perils for Pedestrians, go to:
http://www.pedestrians.org
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

A few news stories about the recent Transportation Enhancements vote...


MA REP. OLVER "FIGHTS OFF" ENHANCEMENT CUTS

-> According to a Sept. 6th North Adams (MA) Transcript article, "U.S.
Rep. John Olver, D-Amherst, successfully fought off a provision in the
GOP-crafted transportation bill for fiscal 2004 that would have cut
funding for pedestrian and bicycle pathways such as the popular the
Ashuwillticook Trail in Berkshire County. Olver joined Rep. Thomas
Petri, R-Wisc., in winning overwhelming support for their eleventh-hour
amendment to retain the requirement that states must spend 10 percent
of their allotted road funds on enhancements for non-motorized pathways.

"The Republican leadership on the House Appropriations Committee had
deemed the alternative transportation enhancements an expensive luxury
that siphoned off funding for highways and eliminated the requirement
in the bill.

"'The enhancement program was designed to help communities expand
transportation choices,' Olver said. 'Enhancements are popular and a
needed component of a balanced transportation policy.' Advocates of
Olver's amendment, which passed 327 to 90 Thursday night, argued the
pathways promoted fitness and community activism while creating jobs.
They also said the pedestrian and cycling alternatives would relieve
the congested roadways around America's cities..."

Source:
http://www.thetranscript.com/Stories/0,1413,103~9054~1614789,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.thetranscript.com/Stories/0,1413,103%257E9084%257E,00.html
Cost: No
Title: "Olver fights off cuts to pathways"
Author: Ian Bishop
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WYOMING'S CUBIN VOTES FOR OLVER/PETRI AMENDMENT

-> For a western look at the House vote, here are some excerpts from a
Sept. 8th story in the Jackson Hole (WY) Zone, "...The measure passed
by a vote of 327 to 90 with U.S. Rep Barbara Cubin voting in favor of
the amendment. The transportation bill is expected to be passed later
by the full House. 'Wyoming's been using this money for years, and it's
been going towards good projects,' Cubin said in a prepared statement.
'Not only do [they] attract economic development, they also increase
the safety of the roads and highways and promote public recreation.
That's a pretty good bang for the buck.'...

"The new amendment was also a considerable victory for the Pathways
organization in Jackson whose members have been pressing Cubin and U.S.
Sen. Craig Thomas for continued funding for a bike path that would
extend from Wilson to the Grand Teton National Park. Cubin and Thomas
made public declarations of their support for the project in a ceremony
commemorating the completion of the 4.4-mile section of the
Moose-Wilson trail on Aug. 12 at the Lake Creek Bridge off Highway 390.

"'We're of course ecstatic,' said David Vandenburg, executive director
for Friends of Pathways. 'I think it's very important that people
contacted their representatives and let them know that this is
something they care about and are committed to.' Vandenburg said that
many residents in Teton County emailed and called Cubin in the days
before the vote on the amendment. Martha Roskowski, campaign manager
for America Bikes, said that she had talked to a staff member of Cubin
who had said, 'We have definitely heard from Wyoming.'..."

Source:
http://www.jhzone.com/viewinfo.cfm?ObjectID=0BABCC97-D41C-42A8-A1577EEB9617DB64
Archive search: http://archives.projo.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Amendment restores 'enhancements' funding"
Author: Winston Meckles
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WOMEN IN "WALKABLE" NEIGHBORHOODS MORE ACTIVE

-> According to an Aug. 29th Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story, "Too many
communities, particularly in suburbia, may be contributing to obesity
and other health problems of modern America by discouraging activities
such as walking and biking in favor of driving, new research has found.

"Several studies, including one based in Pittsburgh, being published in
scientific journals today are providing new evidence of how what's
called the 'built environment' can affect health.

"In the Pittsburgh study, appearing in the American Journal of Health
Promotion, researchers found that older women who thought of their
neighborhoods as safe and 'walkable' were twice as active as their
peers who didn't, suggesting that the creation of such environments
would be a step in a healthier direction..."

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/03241/216312.stm
Archive search: http://www.post-gazette.com/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Studies find walkable communities are healthier"
Author: Anita Srikameswaran
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REGULAR WALKS CAN CUT BREAST CANCER RISK

-> According to a Sept. 9th USA Today story, "Postmenopausal women can
reduce their risk of breast cancer simply by taking a brisk, half-hour
walk five days a week, according to a study out Wednesday. 'It's not
too late to start exercising,' says lead author Anne McTiernan, an
internist and epidemiologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
in Seattle.

"McTiernan's team studied nearly 75,000 volunteers, ages 50 to 79, in
the government-sponsored Women's Health Initiative, or WHI. The WHI is
best known for reporting in July 2002 that the risks of estrogen plus
progestin outweigh the benefits...The new findings, in the Journal of
the American Medical Association, come from the WHI's observational
study, in which participants decided on their own whether to go on
hormone therapy or not. Researchers are following the women over time
to identify factors, such as exercise, that predict disease
development. At the start of the study, all of the women were healthy
and about half were on hormones.

"Researchers asked the women whether they exercised hard enough to
break a sweat and speed up their heartbeat at least three times a week.
The scientists were interested in the women's current exercise habits
as well as at three specific, earlier ages: 18, 35 and 50..."

Source:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-09-09-cancer-usat_x.htm

Archive search:
Cost: Yes
Title: "Breast cancer risk reduced by exercise"
Author: Rita Rubin
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SAN FRANCISCO'S PRESIDIO ADOPTS BIKE PLAN

-> According to a Sept. 11th San Francisco Examiner story, "The scenic
Presidio will receive miles of new bicycle paths and trails and
improvements to eroding ones through a recently approved Presidio
Trails and Bikeways Master Plan. The plan was adopted last month by the
Presidio Trust and the National Park Service, the two federal agencies
responsible for managing the area. The site was transformed from a
United States army base to a national park in 1994.

"Although the informal development of different paths has been on going
for years, no direction was offered until now, said John Pelka, a
National Environmental Policy Act compliance manager for the Presidio
Trust. The plan would double the amount of existing pedestrian trails
and bike paths that wrap around the area for a total length of 19 to 50
miles..."

Source:
http://www.sfexaminer.com/templates/story.cfm?displaystory=1&storyname=091103n_bikeplan
Archive search: http://www.sfexaminer.com/archive/index.cfm
Cost: No
Title: "New bike plan for the Presidio"
Author: Jean Choung
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WARREN (RI) FINISHES $1.3 MILLION SIDEWALK

-> According to an Aug. 26th story in the Providence Journal, "The
months of digging, blasting, traffic jams and blocked sidewalks are
over, and downtown Warren has a sparkling new surface to celebrate. The
$1.3 million sidewalk renovation project, which gave Main Street a new
and improved look, was completed this week, and Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy
will join town officials outside Town Hall tomorrow to commemorate the
event.

"'I'm extremely happy with the way the project has turned out,' said
Town Manager Michael J. Abbruzzi. 'It was a very good partnership
between the Department of Transportation and the town of Warren.' The
sidewalks along Main Street, from Greene to Miller Street on the east
side, and from Broad to Wood on the west, have been repaved or laid in
brick. New replicas of historic street lamps dot the main drag, as do
new trash barrels, and a set of benches embossed with the words, 'Town
of Warren,' sits outside Town Hall..."

Source:
http://www.projo.com/eastbay/content/projo_20030826_wnsdwk25.3dab3.html
Archive search: http://archives.projo.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Main Street starts to roll as sidewalk project ends"
Author: Jessica Ullian
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FLORENCE (KY) TO RE-INVENT MALL ROAD STRIP

-> According to a Sept. 10th Cincinnati Enquirer story, "Over the next
seven years, the now-aging Mall Road shopping district could become a
walkable, tree-lined destination, bustling with restaurants, a new
movie theater and town homes. A study unveiled at Tuesday's City
Council meeting will help Florence officials 'transform the Mall Road
corridor into a modern first-class economic center of Northern
Kentucky,' said Warner Moore, regional manager of Jordan, Jones &
Goulding, which prepared the study.

"The aging strip centers along the road and Florence Mall are becoming
dated and are losing tenants, the study says. 'The shine is no longer
there,' Moore said. 'It's time to repolish and move it forward.'...The
strip shopping centers grew up on Mall Road in the late 1970s, soon
after the mall opened, at a time when there were few rules about access
points, pedestrian walkways, landscaping or architecture. The study
shows the city how to fix that while bringing new upscale shopping and
dining to the area..."

Source:
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/09/10/loc_kymallroad10.html
Archive search: http://web.lexis.com/xchange/ccsubs/cc_prods.asp
Cost: Yes
Title: "Mall Road hopes to shake slump"
Author: Brenna R. Kelly
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JUNEAU (AK) BICYCLISTS PROTEST BRIDGE PLANS

-> According to a Sept. 10th Juneau Empire story, "Bicyclists hit the
road Tuesday and expected to head to court today to protest city
support for a controversial state plan to reconfigure the Douglas
Bridge. About 30 bicycling enthusiasts and members of the Juneau
Freewheelers Bicycle Club road crossed the bridge during Tuesday
afternoon's rush hour to demonstrate what could happen if the state
goes ahead with plans to remove the roadway's bike lanes.

"Meanwhile, bicyclists talked to lawyers about filing a formal appeal
in court in an attempt to overturn a Juneau Assembly vote Monday needed
for the $8 million bridge project to proceed. 'The whole point of (the
demonstration) is that with DOT's plan the cyclists on the road are
going to slow everybody down, and they are going to be in the lanes and
what happened today is going to happen on a daily basis,' said Dave
Bartlett, president of the Freewheelers..."

Source: http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/091003/loc_bicycle.shtml
Archive search: http://juneauempire.com/stories/
Cost: No
Title: "Bikers take rush out of traffic"
Author(s): Ed Schoenfeld and Timothy Inklebarger
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PHILLY PARKWAY GETS $5 MILLION PED LIGHTING

-> According to an Aug. 11th Philadelphia Inquirer editorial, "If
Philly's more fun when you sleep over, then the Benjamin Franklin
Parkway should be transformed into a more splendid destination for
night-time visitors over the next year. Thanks to a $5.3 million
project that will double lighting on the Parkway, pedestrians will
stroll better-lit sidewalks - while the Parkway's sculptures and grand
civic buildings are showcased by state-of-the-art illumination.

"It's a project of the business-funded Center City District (CCD), in
partnership with the city, state, and the Philadelphia-based Pew
Charitable Trusts - the private foundation generously paying two-thirds
of the cost. Hoopla over new street lights? Safety is one reason to
cheer. With decades-old fixtures in place, the stretch from Eakins Oval
to Logan Circle is as dimly lit as a rural road, according to a Pew
study..."

Source: http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/6505565.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Glowing potential"
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COLUMNIST: MINN. DRIVERS DON'T PAY OWN WAY

-> According to a Sept. 7th St. Paul Star Tribune column, "We tend to
assume that driving pays entirely for itself, and that that's reason
enough for government to favor roads over other transportation choices.
Not only do drivers pay for their cars, we believe, but also for
gasoline that is taxed enough to cover the construction and maintenance
of all the roads we'll ever need. But this is a myth.

"Minnesota's 20-cent gasoline tax would have to rise by 39 cents to
cover all of the state's current road-related expenses. To start
building the roads we actually need in order to deal with congestion,
the tax would have to rise 42 cents beyond that, pushing the price of
gasoline beyond $2.60 a gallon. Clearly, somebody besides the driver is
paying for Minnesota's roads. Drivers -- through gasoline taxes, car
registration fees and sales taxes on vehicles -- actually pay only 62
percent of the costs of roads. General taxpayers 'subsidize' the rest,
no matter how much or little they drive..."

Source: http://www.startribune.com/stories/562/4080832.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Think drivers pay the cost of roads? It's a myth"
Author: Erik Hare
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YORK (PA) MAYOR: WHEELCHAIR ACCESS FALLS SHORT

-> According to an Aug. 25th editorial in the York Daily Record, "York
Mayor John Brenner saw the world from a different vantage point last
year, when he spent a day in a wheelchair. His house, his office and
his strength didn't work in his favor that day and neither did the
streets and sidewalks of the city. Those curb cuts mandated by the
Americans with Disabilities Act aren't on street level, he found. In
fact, the lip at the bottom of the curb's ramp sometimes requires the
wheelchair rider to pop a wheelie just to overcome it.

"Given a choice of riding the terrain of the sidewalk and its curb
cuts, some wheelchair-bound folks have chosen to ride the road instead.
The City of York has embarked on a worthy project to prioritize the
long list of sidewalk and curb cut improvements. The Center for
Independent Living Opportunities' First Capital Advocacy Group has been
working with the city to make this happen.

"City officials warn that the pot of money to make changes isn't large,
so they are listening to residents' concerns before they begin choosing
what work needs to be done first. This is one of those small but
significant changes the city has in its grasp. It will be good for
residents, the city and its mayor..."

Source: http://ydr.com/story/opinion/12569/
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Flying high on W. Market with initiatives"
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DEARFIELD (IL) FEAR: ROAD WILL ENDANGER KIDS

-> According to a Sept. 11th Deerfield Review article, "Plans to widen
Kenton Road will likely be shelved, due to the opposition of neighbors,
village staff said this week. The village had floated a proposal to
widen Kenton Road, supposedly because the road is narrow and parking on
both sides constricts the flow of traffic. But neighbors, who met with
Village Manager Bob Franz and Public Works Director Barbara Little at
Village Hall last week, made it clear they were unhappy with the idea.
Some of those residents are expected at Monday's meeting to voice their
opposition to the full board.

"Franz said he met with the residents at the direction of the board to
gauge response to the plan. The neighbors fear the widening plan would
eliminate the grassy fairway and make the sidewalk unsafe for children
walking or bicycling to Kipling School. 'We wanted to at least explore
it, but the Board made it clear not to go against the neighbors,' Franz
said in a telephone interview Friday..."

Source:
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/de/09-11-03-103706.html
Archive search:
http://archives.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-query?paper2=de
Cost: No
Title: "Residents oppose wider Kenton Road"
Author: Ruth Solomon
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DAVENPORT (IA) COUNCIL WON'T CLOSE PED TUNNEL

-> According to an Aug. 28th Quad-City Times, "A dispute over whether
to close a west Davenport pedestrian tunnel that is heavily used by
schoolchildren was settled Thursday in favor of those who want to keep
it open. Aldermen meeting as the City Council's Public Safety Committee
agreed to delete from their agenda a plan that would have installed
metal grates to seal off either end of the tunnel behind homes along
West 7th Street and Wilkes Avenue.

"Instead, the full council will be asked to approve more lighting and
surveillance cameras as well as fences along the rear property lines of
some homeowners who say they have been plagued by gangs of youths who
gather there and vandalize property, fight, trespass and cause other
disturbances..."

Source:
http://www.qctimes.com/internal.php?story_id=1016937&;t=Local+News&c=2,1016937
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Aldermen decline to close pedestrian tunnel"
Author: Tom Saul
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QUINCY (MA) KIDS WALK WITH MARK FENTON

-> According to a Sept. 6th article in the Providence Journal, "Walking
to school is not impossible, even in suburban communities where
culs-de-sac reign and sidewalks may be few. This year has brought
renewed interest in having children walk to school. In part, the idea
springs from concern about the number of overweight youngsters in
America. It's not just eating snacks and drinking soda that make
today's children chubbier. They don't walk to school - a mile or more
back and forth each day, as was common not so very long ago.

"The best thing about walking to school as exercise is that it's
routine. You don't have to join a class or have an instructor. The
benefits of the exercise come naturally...Exercise isn't the only
reason to urge children to walk to school. It also cuts down the number
of cars on the road, especially if high-schoolers adopted the habit.
Last week in Scituate, Mark Fenton of the University of North
Carolina's Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and other
organizers held a trial walk for about 100 children who will attend the
new Jenkins Elementary School..."

Source: http://www.projo.com/ap/ma/1062854920.htm
Archive search: http://archives.projo.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "N.E. Editorial Roundup"
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GLENDALE (AZ) BIKE/PED BRIDGE SCHEDULE MOVED UP

-> According to a Sept. 11th Glendale Star article, "Opting to save
money on one project and use it for additional bicycle-path projects,
Glendale's Citizens Transportation Oversight Commission approved the
original design concept for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning
the Loop 101 at 63rd Avenue. The design schedule was also moved up
several years to 2004 to coincide with the design of sound barrier
walls to be installed along the freeway. Rich Rumer, president of the
Arizona Bike Coalition, said that an alternative method of crossing the
freeway is necessary.

"'Freeways create barriers between neighborhoods and without this
project...there are not a lot of ways to get from one side of this
freeway to the other without crossing several lanes of traffic,' Rumer
said. 'That is our primary concern.' Brian Nelson, president of the
Arizona Bike Club, agreed, saying, 'In normal traffic times, having to
cross the freeway is hazardous.'..."

Source: http://www.glendalestar.com/articles/2003/09/11/news/news02.txt
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Citizen commions OKs bike-pedestrian path over 101"
Author: Jim Small
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SCHAUMBURG (IL) TO GET PED SIGNALS, SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Sept. 10th Chicago Daily Herald article, "Hoping to
encourage more pedestrians in Schaumburg through safer street
crossings, village officials Tuesday asked Cook County to add walk
signals at seven traffic lights that will be upgraded in 2005. The
intersections lie along both Wise and Roselle roads, and are scheduled
to be among 14 in Schaumburg that the Cook County Highway Department
will address during their traffic signal modernization project the year
after next.

"June Johnson, Schaumburg's senior transportation engineer, said the
village has wanted to add pedestrian signals at these crossings for
years, but the current signals aren't set up to accept them. Three of
the intersections are on Roselle Road at Weathersfield Way, Hartford
Court and Wise Road. The rest are along Wise Road, at the major
intersections from Roselle Road west to Irving Park Road.

"These intersections lie near bike paths, schools and the Alfred
Campanelli YMCA. The village has already built sidewalks in these areas
to encourage pedestrian traffic, which the requested signals are hoped
to help grow through greater safety and convenience, Johnson said..."

Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=3787413
Archive search: http://archives.dailyherald.com/
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title: "Making pedestrian crossings safer"
Author: Eric Peterson
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POCATELLO (ID) POLICE STING SCOFF-LAW DRIVERS

-> According to an Aug. 27th KPVI-TV story from Pocatello, "If you have
been driving around ISU this week, you may have noticed the speed
limits and crosswalk laws are being enforced...These patrols are funded
by a grant from the Idaho Office of Highway Safety through the
Transportation Department. They receive anywhere from
$14,000-$21,000...

"This week, grant money is being used on traffic -- Pocatello Police
watching for speeders and ensuring pedestrian safety around Idaho State
University...'There will be public service announcements on TV stations
encouraging the public to use seatbelts, watch for pedestrians, stop
when they're supposed to stop, billboards around town that are there to
inform the public about pedestrian safety as well as seatbelt safety.'

"And if you're near crosswalks, watch out -- grant money has been used
to help enforce these areas too. 'We do have officers that are dressed
like ISU students and are using the crosswalks to cross the street in
those areas, and if motorists are not stopping as they should, they are
being stopped by a uniform officer and issued a citation.' Another
pedestrian safety measure will start next week, as Pocatello and
Chubbuck Police, Bannock County officers, and Idaho State Police will
be monitoring the speed zones around District 25 schools..."

Source: http://www.kpvi.com/index.cfm?page=nbcheadlines.cfm&ID=14791
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Grant Funds Pedestrian Safety"
Author: Bryan Latham
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

9-YR-OLD SUV DRIVER HITS PARKED CARS, PEDESTRIAN

-> According to an article in the Aug. 27th New York Times, "A
9-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, left alone yesterday in the
girl's home in Little Ferry, N.J., climbed into the family sport
utility vehicle and drove it almost a mile to Hackensack, where it
crashed into four parked cars in a supermarket parking lot and struck a
pedestrian.

"Shaken but uninjured after a passer-by stopped their vehicle, the two
children were immediately turned over to the State Division of Youth
and Family Services, the police said. The pedestrian, an 84-year-old
man whom the police would not identify, was taken to Hackensack
University Medical Center. The police said he had suffered bruises and
scratches that were not life-threatening and was in stable condition
late yesterday.

"The boy's mother, Rose Graham, showed up at police headquarters to
claim him, but the mother of the girl, who had been behind the wheel,
had not yet been located, Hackensack Police Chief Charles Zisa said
yesterday afternoon..."

Source: (free registration required)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/27/nyregion/27KIDS.html?ex=1063425600&en=acf8f675a283043a&ei=5070
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced/
Cost: Yes
Title: "9-Year-Old Drives S.U.V. and Hits Pedestrian"
Author: Ronald Smothers


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

-> "SAFETY IN NUMBERS"
Subtitled "More Walkers and Bicyclists, Safer Walking and Bicycling;"
Sept. 2003 article by Peter L Jacobsen; Injury Prevention 2003;9:205-209
http://ip.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/9/3/205.pdf

-> "STATE BIKE-PED COORDINATORS LIST"
Part of AASHTO's task force listing (last updated May 20, 2003).
Includes email, addresses, phone, websites, more, for each state's
coordinator.
http://www.transportation.org/committee/design/tf_nonmotorized_bikeped.html

-> "HOME ZONE DESIGN GUIDELINES"
From the (UK) Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE);
œ28.00 plus œ2.70 P & P; free CD-Rom included. "In Home Zones cars,
pedestrians, cyclists, children use a shared surface which is designed
to ensure vehicles travel very slowly and to be visually attractive to
encourage neighbourliness and strong communities. A new road sign marks
the entrances."
http://www.ihie.org.uk/home_zone.html

-> "PROMOTING SAFE WALKING AND CYCLING TO IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH"
Subtitled "Lessons from The Netherlands and Germany;" by John Pucher,
PhD, and Lewis Dijkstra, PhD; American Journal of Public Health, Vol.
93, No. 9, Sept. 2003.
http://www.evworld.com/library/safewalkbike.pdf

-> "EVALUATING NONMOTORIZED TRANSPORT"
"Techniques for Measuring Walking and Cycling Activity and Conditions"
from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute's TDM Encyclopedia. May
2003.
http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm63.htm

-> "HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2001 NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD TRAVEL SURVEY"
Bureau of Transportation Statistics report highlights the breadth of
topics covered by the NHTS.
http://www.bts.gov/products/national_household_travel_survey/highlights_of_the_2001/

-> "GETTING TO AND FROM SCHOOL"
A brand new City of Portland (Oregon) website just now hitting the net.
http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_rpt_500v6.pdf

-> "MANAGING SPEED"
Subtitled "Review of Current Practice for Setting and Enforcing Speed
Limits;" TRB Special Report 254.
http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/sr/sr254.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

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 19-22, 2003, International Symposium on Road Pricing, Key
Biscayne, FL. Info: email: TRBMeetings@NAS.edu
http://gulliver.trb.org/conferences/RoadPricing/

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 -- TRANS. PLANNER II- BIKE/PED -- DURHAM, NC
Description: Seeking experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning,
project management, program development and implementation, and
administration of an advisory committee to assist in the transportation
planning work unit. The position is responsible for providing strategic
planning and direction, technical expertise and project management in
the development and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian programs
throughout the City of Durham and the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro
(DCHC) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The Bicycle/Pedestrian
Planners time will be split equally between the City of Durham and the
MPO.

Requirements: Bachelors degree in Urban Regional/Transportation
Planning, Civil/Transportation Engineering or related filed with two
years of progressive and relevant experience in bicycle and pedestrian
transportation planning or an equivalent combination of education and
directly related experience. Salary: $43,872 - $65,808 Closing Date:
Open Until Filled. For complete job description and application, go to:
http://www.ci.durham.nc.us/employment/DisplayJob.cfm?vJobID=94

-> 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

-> 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


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