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


Issue #80 Friday, Sept. 26, 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
  NCBW Names Walkable Community Workshop Selections
  National Walk to School Day - October 8th
  NCBW Forum Hosts Prof. John Pucher
  Worcester (MA) Hosts Bicycle-Pedestrian Conference
  Congress at Work on Tea-21.5
  Raleigh (NC) Clear Channel DJs Promote Bicyclist Assault
  Clubs Host Ken Kifer Memorial Bike Rides
  Univ. of Washington Launches "Walk In" Campaign
  New Govt. Report: High Biz Costs of Chronic Conditions
  Forest Fires Devastate B.C.'s Trail Trestles
  Get Your "Walk To School Colorado" Tool Kit


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Transporters Topple: Segways Recalled for Power Problems
  Walkable Schools Author Talks about Neighborhoods
  2000 Santa Cruz Kids to Join Walk to School Day
  Beaufort (SC) Considers Walkable Promenade
  Will Americans Follow the European Example?
  Main St. Center Helps Pedestrianize SW Motown
  Court Ruling Severs Minnesota's Paul Bunyan Trail
  Irondequoit (NY) Trail Plans, Talks Finally Bear Fruit
  Walla Walla (WA) Ped Committee Publishes Walking Maps
  L.A.'s Summer Smog Reaches 6-Year High




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


NCBW NAMES WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SELECTIONS

-> Washington, DC–The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW)
has announced its selections in the second round of its Walkable
Community Workshops program. The following eight Metropolitan
Planning Organizations (MPOs) were chosen: Birmingham, AL;
Metropolitan Washington, DC; St. Paul, MN; Albuquerque, NM;
Cincinnati, OH; Dayton, OH; Providence, RI, and San Antonio, TX.
In addition, two series of workshops will be hosted in shared
arrangements by an additional four MPOs: the Louisville/Lexington, KY,
MPOs and the MPOs in Eugene, OR, and Vancouver, WA.

Walkable Community Workshops provide technical assistance to MPOs
on creating more walkable communities. An MPO staff specialist
is trained to serve as the local workshop coordinator. In the
spring of 2004, NCBW instructors will present a series of eight
workshops in each of the selected regions. The workshops focus
on real-world problems and hands-on solutions. The NCBW is
conducting this project as part of its active living through
community design program, sponsored in part by The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation.

You can learn more about the Walkable Community Workshop program at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
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NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY - OCTOBER 8TH

-> According to a note from Nancy Pullen, Walk to School Day
Coordinator, "Walk to School Day is just two weeks away! We hope you
are geared up to have a great event...This year, we will place photos
with short captions on our Walk to School website. We will post up to
three pictures per school. If you like, include a comment or short
story to accompany each picture. Please e-mail your photos as jpeg
files if possible. Please note that when you send photos, you are
agreeing to allow their use for promotional purposes and in response to
media requests. We are testing out not having 'Post a Quote' this year.
Please let us know if you have feedback on this for us to consider as
we make our future plans.

"In case you have schools that are not yet registered, remember that
October 1 is the deadline for registrants to be included in a drawing
for $100.. Watch your email on October 6 to see if your school is a
winner. We will send an e-mail notification when the news release has
been placed on the website."

For more info, go to:
http://www.walktoschool.org
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NCBW FORUM HOSTS PROF. JOHN PUCHER

-> Professor John Pucher of Rutgers University, co-author of "Promoting
Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons from the
Netherlands and Germany" (Am. Journal of Public Health, Sept. '03), has
posted a pdf file of his article on our ncbwforum website. Follow this
link to his introductory message and the pdf of the article:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=943603&f=34060193&m=946604073&r=946604073#946604073

Prof. Pucher says "I would be most pleased to discuss the article and
its policy implications with any who are interested. It seems to me to
be a crucial development that the huge public health community is now
joining forces with environmentalists and the sustainable transport
movement to support walking and cycling for practical, daily
transport..."

Other related links:
Prof. Pucher's website:
http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher.htm
Free downloads of all recent articles:
http://policy.rutgers.edu/papers
Alt. source of the current article:
http://policy.rutgers.edu/tpi/articles.html
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NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY - OCTOBER 8TH

-> According to a note from Nancy Pullen, Walk to School Day
Coordinator, "Walk to School Day is just two weeks away! We hope you
are geared up to have a great event...This year, we will place photos
with short captions on our Walk to School website. We will post up to
three pictures per school. If you like, include a comment or short
story to accompany each picture. Please e-mail your photos as jpeg
files if possible. Please note that when you send photos, you are
agreeing to allow their use for promotional purposes and in response to
media requests. We are testing out not having 'Post a Quote' this year.
Please let us know if you have feedback on this for us to consider as
we make our future plans.

"In case you have schools that are not yet registered, remember that
October 1 is the deadline for registrants to be included in a drawing
for $100.. Watch your email on October 6 to see if your school is a
winner. We will send an e-mail notification when the news release has
been placed on the website."

For more info, go to:
http://www.walktoschool.org
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WORCESTER (MA) HOSTS BICYCLE-PEDESTRIAN CONFERENCE

According to a note from William Hanson, "Moving Together 2003, the
statewide bicycle and pedestrian conference, will be held on October
22, 2003, in Worcester. The conference is sponsored by MassHighway, the
Governor's Highway Safety Bureau, and the Massachusetts Department of
Public Health. Moving Together is geared to a variety of interested
people who have a commitment to better bicycling and walking
conditions. Bicyclists and pedestrians, planning and highway officials,
law enforcement officers and traffic safety advocates, wellness and
injury prevention professionals, emergency medical staff, educators,
school administrators and nurses, and community-based organization
representatives are among those expected to attend this event.

"Workshops will cover many aspects of bicycling and walking, including
designing communities, trails and roadways, promoting health and safety
initiatives, and working with the media and municipal agencies." To be
placed on the conference mailing list, contact the Baystate Roads
Program at (413) 545-2604, or by e-mail at: <ahmadjia@ecs.umass.edu>
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CONGRESS AT WORK ON TEA-21.5

-> According to a Sept. 22nd story in Mobilizing the Region, the weekly
bulletin of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, "With lawmakers and
the White House still unable to reach a compromise on TEA-21
reauthorization, and less than two weeks to go before TEA-21 expires on
September 30th, Congress is working around the clock to pass an
extension bill granting authority for expenditures from the U.S.
Highway Trust Fund. Without an extension bill, FHWA and FTA would
essentially close shop and state and local agencies would be unable to
expend funds recently passed in the 2004 appropriations bill.

"Though lawmakers say the extension will be 'clean' -- with no
substantive policy changes -- there is still plenty to fight about.
House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Don
Young's initial proposal for a six-month extension bill stirred the ire
of House GOP leadership because its timing would push the
reauthorization debate up against a pending March debate on the FY 2005
budget resolution. This would give Congressman Young a prime
opportunity to use the budget as leverage for his reauthorization
proposal.

"After a week of wrangling with House leaders, Young introduced both
five-month and six-month extensions on Sept. 16. Meanwhile the Senate
Finance Committee reported a five-month bill the next day. That measure
will be combined with bills proposed by the Environment and Public
Works (authorizing highway funding) and Banking committees (the transit
title) during markup this week..."

Meanwhile, according to the Sept. 16th issue of TRBNews, "with such an
extension likely, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta is
voicing concern about potential economic harm caused by a delay in
passing a full six-year federal surface transportation reauthorization
bill."

For the rest of the Mobilizing the Region article, go to:
http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20030922/mtr43003.html

For the rest of the TRBNews article, go to:
http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=1831
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RALEIGH (NC) CLEAR CHANNEL DJS PROMOTE BICYCLIST ASSAULT

-> According to bicyclists' reports, Clear Channel Communications radio
station G105 in Raleigh, NC, aired episodes of the "Bob and Madison"
morning show on Sept. 22nd and 23rd, in which the hosts talked about
throwing empty YooHoo bottles at bicyclists. The bicyclists' offense?
Being on the road, (where they are legally entitled to be). The hosts
allegedly talked about how much fun it is to run bicyclists off the
road. Since this was a talk show, numerous callers added their own
stories and advice. One woman, who admitted to hating bikes on the
road, talked of her father hitting a bicyclist on the way to church.
Another described a neighbor who shoots his pellet gun at bicyclists
riding past his house.

Just why Clear Channel stations seem to be promoting violence against
bicyclists is un-"Clear." Similar incidents recently involved Clear
Channel stations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Houston, Texas. When
bicyclists contacted station managers to let them know how they felt,
the managers typically expressed remorse, fired or reprimanded the
offending DJ's, and have contributed to campaigns promoting bicyclists
rights and safety. However, Clear Channel owns many radio stations
around the country. The prospect of dealing with violence-prone radio
shows on a one-at-a-time basis will not solve the problem. -- John W.

Here are some people to contact:
Clear Channel Public Relations: <pr@clearchannel.com>
Investor Relations: <randypalmer@clearchannel.com>
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lowry Mays:
<LLowryMays@clearchannel.com>
President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Mays:
<MarkPMays@clearchannel.com>
Also, here are some of G105's advertisers: Toyota, US Cellular,
Con Agra Foods, Applebees, and Kroger.
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CLUBS HOST KEN KIFER MEMORIAL BIKE RIDES--
WELL-KNOWN CYCLIST KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER

-> According to a recent note from Dani Weber of the Peninsula Bicycle
& Pedestrian Coalition in San Mateo, California, "Ken Kifer, a cycling
guru, was recently struck and killed head on by a drunk driver who had
just been released from jail the day before. His death is an
unnecessary tragedy and is a tremendous loss to the cycling community
worldwide. Most of us didn't know him personally but his website and
words greatly aided and encouraged cyclists in safe and enjoyable
riding. We hope that his death will be commemorated by memorial rides
worldwide to demonstrate the loss that we, the bicycling community are
suffering, and to let the world know who Ken was and just who this
drunk driver destroyed. Our memorial ride for Ken will be Sunday, Sept.
28th at 11 am starting in Central Park. All cyclists and other
supporters are invited on this ride"

A note from Jamie Miernik of Huntsville, Alabama, said "We at the
Spring City Cycling Club (SCCC) Huntsville, AL, dedicated our annual
century ride of 400 riders this past Saturday to the memory of Ken
Kifer. We begin our ride in Gurley, less than 40 miles from Ken's
home. Many club members met Ken; he spoke at a club meeting last year.
He will be missed. Also, an AlaBike (Alabama Bicycle Coalition) member
donated an NPR radio day sponsorship at WLRH, in memory of Ken Kifer
for the local Huntsville area for Wednesday Sept 24th."

Background According to news reports, Ken Kifer, 57, of Scottsboro,
Alabama, had been struck and killed by Jimmy D. Rogers, 29, also of
Scottsboro. Rogers was driving a pick-up four hours after being
released from the city jail where he had been held for DUI and
violation of the open container law.

Rogers hit Kifer after crossing to the wrong side of the road.
According to Alabama Trooper Terry Thomas' accident report, Rogers was
driving at a high rate of speed and was under the influence of alcohol
and drugs. Initially, Rogers was charged with first-degree assault and
driving under the influence. Kifer died shortly after arriving at
Huntsville Hospital. As a result, the next morning, the charges against
Rogers were upgraded to murder.

Related news stories:
http://www.thedailysentinel.com/story.lasso?wcd=167
http://www.waff.com/Global/story.asp?S=1445344&nav=0hBBI1o2

Ken Kifer's website is at:
http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages
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UNIV OF WASHINGTON LAUNCHES "WALK IN" CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Sept. 24th note from Lisa Quinn of the University of
Washington, "In Spring 2003, the University of Washington
Transportation Office launched the Walk In campaign. The campaign
focused on walking as a reliable, inexpensive, and fast mode of travel
for short trips. A week-long series of activities took place on April
21-25, 2003, in addition to ongoing efforts to promote walking.

"Highlights included:

"The team walking challenge was highly successful. The three-month
campaign encouraged 14 teams made up of four to 12 people to keep
walking. Of the teams created, 26 people began regularly walking to
campus-a commute they hadn't tried. Each time participants walked to
work, walked home, walked at lunch, walked to an errand, or walked to a
meeting, their trip was counted. Teams that wrote about their walking
experiences received extra credit. Winners with the most points
received a Walk In T-Shirt, Flexcar Membership, $25 in usage vouchers,
$50 Commuter Bonus Plus Vouchers, and Husky Football tickets."

For more information, contact Lisa Quinn, Public Information
Specialist, University of Washington, Transportation Office, Box
355212, 1127 NE Boat Street, Seattle WA 98105-6709; phone: (206)
616.2051; fax: (206) 685.9289; email: <lquinn@u.washington.edu>

Or, go to:
http://www.washington.edu/upass/walkin
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NEW GOVT. REPORT: HIGH BIZ COSTS OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS

-> According to an item in the Sept. 23rd issue of HABIT, a newsletter
of the Center for the Advancement of Health, "Chronic conditions like
obesity and asthma cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars in health
insurance costs and lost productivity, according to a report released
Sept. 16 by the Department of Health and Human Services. The negative
economic effects of unhealthy workplaces have not gone unnoticed by all
employers, however. The HHS report singles out several corporate
programs that encourage workers to adopt healthier behaviors and manage
their diseases. 'Smart business leaders are increasingly finding that
it is the right decision to promote health education, physical activity
and preventive benefits in the workplace,' said HHS Secretary Tommy
Thompson when the report was released.

"The bulk of the study stressed the need to change individual attitudes
and behaviors, calling them 'the root cause of chronic conditions.' But
the report also acknowledged that people face 'significant barriers [to
change] in their social and physical environments.' Many of the
corporate programs praised in the report rely on counseling, education
and other interventions that target risky behaviors like smoking or
lack of exercise. However, relatively little research has been done to
determine if these programs will result in better health and fewer
costs over the long run, the study concluded."

The report, along with a link to a downloadable pdf, is here:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/prevention

To reach the Center for the Advancement of Health, go to:
http://www.cfah.org
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FOREST FIRES DEVASTATE B.C.'S TRAIL TRESTLES

-> According to a note from Ken Wuschke, "It is a great tragedy that so
many people lost their homes this summer due the forest fires in
British Columbia's interior. And it is strong expression of community
that individuals from across Canada, non-profit groups such as the
Canadian Red Cross, the various levels of governments, and the
insurance companies, are helping these people reestablish their lives.

"However, from a historical perspective we also lost an important part
of British Columbia's heritage with the devastation of the many
trestles at Myra Canyon near Kelowna. If this is a concern for you as a
either a rail fan, a local historian, or cyclist/hiker you might be
interested in the efforts of the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration
Society and the British Columbia Cycling Coalition.

"While the first priority should be to help those people who lost homes
and businesses due the many forest fires this summer, a long term goal
is help the many organizations that have been caretakers of the Myra
Canyon section of the Trans-Canada Trail and rebuild these trestles.
That way the Trans-Canada Trail can be a continuous route again."

For information about the Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley
Railway you can look at:
http://www.great-trails.com/myracanyon.shtml
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GET YOUR "WALK TO SCHOOL COLORADO" TOOL KIT

-> According to a recent note from Gay Page of the Colorado Dept. of
Transportation, "October is Colorado Pedestrian Month, October 8th is
Walk to School Day, and Every Wednesday is Colorado Walking Wednesday."
If you need help planning your Walk to School Day, the Walk to School
Colorado tool kit is now on the CDOT web site at:
http://www.dot.state.co.us/BikePed/WalkToSchool.htm
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

TRANSPORTERS TOPPLE: SEGWAYS RECALLED FOR POWER PROBLEMS

-> NEW YORK According to a report by Peter Valdes-Dapena, a
writer for CNN/Money, Segway LLC has recalled all 6,000 of
its human transporters sold since March 2002 because of
a falling hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
made the announcement Friday.


Apparently, when the batteries on the devices begin to run low,
there may not be enough power to keep the machines upright. Falls
could occur if the rider continues to ride after receiving
a low-battery alert.

For more on the story, see:
http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/26/pf/autos/segway_recall/
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WALKABLE SCHOOLS AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a Sept. 25th story in the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer,
"David Salvesen is co-author of 'Good Schools -- Good Neighborhoods,' a
recently released report, funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation,
which recommends building more 'walkable' schools. His report found
that fewer schools are being built that make it possible for children
to walk to school.

"Why should people care whether schools are walkable? DS: 'Schools used
to be the anchors of their communities. They were built to last. In the
1960s, half of the kids could walk to school. Now it's one in 10. Most
children are driven to school. That's why we have such huge traffic
jams around schools. There's also an epidemic of obesity among
children. Is it because kids aren't walking to school? I think there
are several reasons. We have children eating more processed foods,
which are higher in fat. Kids are sitting in front of the TV or
computer playing video games. Children are getting less exercise.
Walking to school isn't a panacea, but it's a start.'

"What can be done to promote more walkable schools? DS: 'We need to
revise our land-use regulations so it's easier to build more compact
communities with compact, smaller schools. If we can't build walkable
communities, we can't have walkable schools. We need to have more
physical connections to schools. How can you walk to schools if you
don't have sidewalks? You have to make people feel it's safe to walk to
school. The other thing is we need better collaboration between school
officials and county planning departments. Right now it's two different
institutions planning independently. School boards will pick a site and
tell commissioners they need money, but that's too late in the
process.'..."

Source http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2892534p-2664484c.html
Archive search:
http://archives.newsbank.com/ar-search/we/Archives?p_action=keyword&p_theme=RLEC&p_product=RLEC
Cost: Yes
Title: "Step-by-step reasoning for 'walkable' schools"
Author: T. Keung Hui

For more about the report, go to:
http://www.unc.edu/depts/curs/SGNE/Publications.htm
(downloadable pdf available)
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2000 SANTA CRUZ KIDS TO JOIN WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to a Sept. 24th Santa Cruz (CA) Sentinel story, "Coming to
a neighborhood school near you: children walking and biking to class
instead of relying on mommy and daddy for rides in the family car.
Traffic Busters, lead by Barbara Graves of Capitola, is working with
four Santa Cruz County elementary schools to get parents to stop
driving their kids to school.

"Children are more susceptible to the negative effects of vehicle
exhaust because they are closer to an automobile's tailpipe," she said
during a press conference Tuesday, while listing statistics from the
Surface Transportation Policy Project, Transportation and Land Use
Coalition and Latino Issues Forum:

"(1) Children make three-quarters of all their trips in automobiles --
even for short distances -- while walking and bicycling for just 16
percent of their trips. (2) Home-to-school trips account for up to 21
percent of all trips during the morning peak commute period in some
communities around the state...

"This week, she and a host of volunteers are working to enlist the
families of about 2,000 students at Capitola, Live Oak, DeLaveaga and
Mar Vista elementary schools to allow their youngsters to walk or bike
to school. International Walk to School Day is Oct. 8. Graves hopes to
take things a bit further by having children walk to school the whole
week and sign up motorists to pledge to be courteous drivers,
especially around schools and children, for a chance to win a pizza
party..."

Source:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2003/September/24/local/stories/08local.htm
Archive search: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/archive.html
Cost: No
Title: "Walking to school reduces traffic, air pollution"
Author: Ramona turner
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BEAUFORT (SC) CONSIDERS WALKABLE PROMENADE

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Carolina Morning News story, "Calhoun
Street is Bluffton's quirky heart, with its shops and art galleries,
its historic homes and May River dock. It's where people shop, it's
where the town holds its popular festivals. And it's only seven blocks
long. For now, at least. Developer Bill Herbkersman wants to extend the
busy main street to Dr. Mellichamp Drive, the equivalent of at least
four town blocks to the north. He calls his proposed extension - and
the 40-odd shops and restaurants that he plans to accompany it - the
'Calhoun Street Promenade.'...

"The road's extension would be lined with two- and three-story shops -
90,000 square feet of retail space in all - with art galleries and
restaurants downstairs and apartments overhead. The overall feel,
Herbkersman said, would be of Savannah's City Market, with its brick
storefronts and pedestrian-friendly layout. Parking would be pushed to
the rear of the buildings, making cars invisible to Calhoun Street
walkers. 'The whole plan is to make it very walkable,' Herbkersman
said. Traffic would be 'calmed,' he said, by the creation of two
'squares' in the center of the road..."

Source: http://www.lowcountrynow.com/stories/092303/LOCcalhoun.shtml
Archive search: http://www.lowcountrynow.com/search.shtml
Cost: No
Title: "Calhoun Street, times two"
Author: Rob Dewig
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WILL AMERICANS FOLLOW THE EUROPEAN EXAMPLE?

-> According to a Sept. 15th Newsweeek Online column by Gersh Kuntzman,
"You may have heard that America is fat. You may have heard that nearly
two-thirds of us are overweight and 31 percent of us are obese. You may
have even heard last week that the Department of Agriculture will soon
decrease the number of calories a person should eat every day, an
admission that there's no point in designing diets for the healthy
average American when the healthy average American no longer exists...

"Americans bike and walk far less than their European counterparts
(what article about American obesity would be complete without a
gratuitous comparison with good ol' Europe?). In the U.S., only 7
percent of all trips outside the home are made by walking or biking,
compared to 39 percent in Sweden (hey, it's cold there), 34 percent in
Switzerland (hey, it's hilly there) and 46 percent in The Netherlands
(hey, it's low and swampy there)..."

Source http://www.msnbc.com/news/967089.asp?0cv=HA00
Archive search:
http://archives.newsbank.com/cgi-bin/user/home.pl/NWEC?nb_id=T5CY4CWCZ2V0dGltZW9mZGF5OjE6MTM6NjYuMTA5LjE0MS44Ng
Cost: Yes
Title: "Chewin' the Fat"
Author: Gersh Kuntzman
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MAIN ST. CENTER HELPS PEDESTRIANIZE SW MOTOWN

-> According to a Sept. 18th Detroit News story, "A resource team from
National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C., spent Wednesday
talking to residents and business owners in southwest Detroit to find
out what they want in a revitalized West Vernor commercial strip. 'Our
role is to be the educators ... to tell how other cities and suburbs
went about revitalization,' said Scott Day, senior program associate
for the center. The center is developing 'core recommendations' for
revitalizing commercial strips in the city of Detroit. The Knight
Foundation awarded the city of Detroit a $125,000 grant to pay for the
advice...

"Alan S. Levy, director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood
Commercial Revitalization...said the city hopes to build pedestrian
traffic so people are on the streets interacting -- and spending -- and
to restore the feeling of community that was lost to depopulation and
disinvestment. 'We've heard from a couple of people already about
building a community that is basically self-sustaining,' said Day, of
the Main Street Center. He added that residents in the growing
neighborhood want a walkable community in which they can feel safe
buying groceries, attending worship or playing soccer or pickup
basketball..."

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0309/18/c01-274545.htm
Archive search: http://www.detnews.com/search/index.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Southwest Detroit gets tips for breathing life into area"
Author: Christopher M. Singer
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COURT RULING SEVERS MINNESOTA'S PAUL BUNYAN TRAIL

-> According to a Sept. 11th story in the Minneapolis-St. Paul
Star-Tribune, "Minnesota's popular 1,300-mile system of recreational
trails forged from former railroad beds could be threatened by a recent
court ruling, trail advocates and state officials said. The ruling by
the state Court of Appeals gave a small section of the Paul Bunyan
State Trail near Walker, Minn., to the adjacent landowners, even though
the state had paid a railroad for the rights of way. Barricades and 'no
trespassing' signs have gone up -- effectively severing the 100-mile
trail for bicyclists, snowmobilers and other users.

"'It's a nightmare,' said Peter Seed, an attorney and honorary director
of the nonprofit Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, which is
seeking to intervene in the court case. Said Paul Swenson, Department
of Natural Resources (DNR) regional director in Bemidji: 'It's opening
a huge can of worms any way you look at it.' The DNR has appealed the
ruling to the state Supreme Court..."

Source: http://www.startribune.com/stories/531/4091093.html
Archive search: http://www.startribune.com/archives/
Cost: Yes (after 2 weeks)
Title: "Parts of Paul Bunyan State Trail returned to landowners"
Authors: Doug Smith and Robert Franklin
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IRONDEQUOIT (NY) TRAIL PLANS, TALKS FINALLY BEAR FRUIT

-> According to a Sept. 25th Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story,
"After more than four years of talks, plans for a 5 mile, multi-use
trail from the Seabreeze area to Thomas Avenue have finally come
together. County Executive Jack Doyle and Irondequoit Town Supervisor
David Schantz announced today an agreement to design and build the $2.3
million Irondequoit Lakeside Trail, a pedestrian, hiking and bicycle
path that will link the town's three major water features: the Genesee
River, Lake Ontario and the Irondequoit Bay. Construction could begin
by next fall.

"'This is really a dream come true,' said Schantz, of the trail system
as he stood on the Thomas Avenue side of the county's new O'Rorke Lift
Bridge over the Genesee River, which is scheduled to open next year..."

Source:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0925KQ1TKD7_trail26_news.shtml
Archive search: http://cf.democratandchronicle.com/search/advsearch.cfm
Cost: No (but limited search range)
Title: "Hike, bike trail to link river, lake, bay"
Author: Meaghan M. McDermott
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WALLA WALLA (WA) PED COMMITTEE PUBLISHES WALKING MAPS

-> According to a Sept. 25th Union-Bulletin story, "New pedestrian maps
are guiding the fleet of foot to walks on Walla Walla's historic side.
Four maps developed by Walla Walla's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
Committee offer directions to the city's historic homes, buildings and
sights. More than 75 structures and 6 miles are covered in the trail
guides, which include tours of downtown Walla Walla, historic homes,
Fort Walla Walla and the area up Boyer Avenue to Pioneer Park.

"The $3,500 print work was done locally by Color Press and paid for
through the city's contract with tourism promoter The Langley Group.
Similar to bicycle route maps created by the advisory committee a
couple of years ago, the walking guides are expected to be an
attraction among tourists, said committee member Jeff Bolander. 'It
isn't just a map of the town out of the phone book,' he said. 'It gives
visitors something to do.'..."

Source:
http://www.union-bulletin.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=18472
Archive search: http://www.union-bulletin.com/SearchForm_Advanced.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian committee creates four walking maps of WW"
Author: Vicki Hillhouse
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L.A.'S SUMMER SMOG REACHES 6-YEAR HIGH

-> According to a Sept. 24th L.A. Times story, "A combination of hot,
stagnant weather and growing emissions from cars, ships, factories and
household products generated the highest levels of smog in Southern
California in six years. Not since 1997 has ozone, an invisible toxic
gas and the main ingredient in smog, blanketed the greater Los Angeles
area as it did this summer. Dirty air occurred on many more days and at
higher concentrations than forecasters had expected, making breathing
unhealthy for millions of people from Simi Valley to Banning. Only
communities hugging the coastline escaped the elevated smog levels, air
quality officials said.

"Although air pollution these days is diminished from a generation ago
-- days when unhealthful ozone occurs have fallen by 70% since 1976 --
the resurgence of heavy smog over the last three years, and
particularly this summer, threatens the long-term trend toward cleaner
air. Without major emission reductions in the next several years, air
quality officials warn that the region may miss a 2010 Clean Air Act
deadline to virtually eliminate smoggy days. If the deadline isn't met,
the Los Angeles region could face federal sanctions amounting to
billions of dollars..." [Note: When I read the story on the Times
website, the text was wrapped around a Hummer ad! -JW]

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-smogyear24sep24000427,1,4543794.story
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/search.html
Cost: Yes (free registration also req'd)
Title: "Southland Smog Reaches Highest Level in Six Years"
Author: Gary Polakovic
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

HONKU - THE ZEN ANTIDOTE TO ROAD RAGE

by Aaron Naparstek

A "honku" is a haiku poem about cars and traffic. Haiku is a
traditional Japanese form of poetry. As it's typically written in
English, a haiku consists of three lines written in a 5-7-5 format,
totaling 17 syllables. A good haiku is subtle. It makes a simple and
direct observation of something in nature, often leading the reader to
a larger observation about the world as a whole. Below is a classic
haiku by the Japanese master, Basho. I believe this may be the world's
first honku:

This road -
no one goes down it,
autumn evening

http://www.honku.org/


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

-> "COUNTERACTING CHILDREN'S SEDENTARY LIFESTYLES"
Subtitled "By Design;" an online article from the Natural Learning
Initiative, North Carolina State Univ. College of Design.
http://www.naturalearning.org/activechildhoods.html

-> "STREETS AS PLAYGROUNDS"
An article by Robin Moore taken from "Public Streets for Public Use;"
Anne Vernex Moudon; 1987. Very large pdf (18mb).
http://www.naturalearning.org/MooreStreetsPlaygr.pdf

-> "SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE: A GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM"
Subtitled "What can be done?;" a World Health Organization website at:
http://www.who.int/hpr/physactiv/sedentary.lifestyle2.shtml

-> "TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH IN EUROPE"
Subtitled "Evidence, Initiatives and Examples;" a WHO online report
with articles on numerous related topics.
http://www.who.dk/healthy-cities/UrbanHealthTopics/20011207_1

-> "A PHYSICALLY ACTIVE LIFE THROUGH EVERYDAY TRANSPORT"
A World Health Organization/Europe report, subtitled "With a Special
Focus on Children and Older People."
http://www.euro.who.int/document/e75662.pdf

-> SAN FRANCISCO REPORTS ONLINE
Four reports and studies recently added to the San Francisco DPT
Bicycle Program website:
"Seventh Street Bike Lane Traffic Impact Study" (2001)
"Polk Street Lane Removal/Bike Lane Trial Evaluation" (2001)
"Valencia Street Bike Lanes, A One Year Evaluation" (2000)
"Implementing San Francisco's Bicycle Route and Sign System" (1998)
http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org/site/dptbike_index.asp?id=18784


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 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

March 8-30, 2004, Lifesavers 2004, San Diego, CA. Info: Lifesavers
Conference, PO Box 30045, Alexandria VA 22310; phone: (703) 922-7944;
fax: (703) 922-7780.
http://www.lifesaversconference.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

-> RFP -- SAFETY/OPERATIONAL IMPACTS OF TRADE-OFFS - NCHRP
The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway
Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to quantify
the safety and operational impacts of design element trade-offs and
their associated risks, and to develop guidelines to assist designers
in making reasonable choices. The project will evaluate design element
trade-offs encompassing the full range of highway designs, including
context-sensitive solutions and common design exceptions. Proposals due
October 30, 2003.
http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=1839

-> JOB -- PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INTERVENTIONIST -- CDC
The Program and Interventions Team of the Physical Activity and Health
Branch of the Centers for Disease Control's Division of Nutrition and
Physical Activity currently has an opening for a Physical Activity
Interventionist. The person selected for this position will have an
interest in community-based physical activity promotion as related to
the prevention of chronic diseases. Demonstrated experience and
advanced training in culturally competent physical activity program
planning, development, implementation, and evaluation is strongly
desired. Duties include providing programmatic technical assistance on
physical activity to state-based programs and national partners,
including development of evidence-based guidelines on policy and
environmental aspects of physical activity for disease prevention and
health promotion; evaluation of physical activity projects and
programs; and publication of active community environments-related
findings in the scientific literature.

Qualifications Masters in Public Health, Exercise Science, or related
degree; two years post graduate public health experience preferred. The
Physical Activity and Health Branch is one of three branches in the
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. The mission of the
Physical Activity and Health Branch is to "Promote Physical Activity to
Enhance Health and Quality of Life." For more information, send your CV
by e-mail or regular mail--by October 15, 2003--to: John M. Davis, RD,
MPA (Mailstop K46), Deputy Chief, Physical Activity and Health Branch,
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, NCCDPHP, CDC 4770 Buford
Hwy., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30341-3717; phone: (770) 488-5659;email:
<JMDavis@cdc.gov>

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- WABA
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association, one of the oldest bicycle
advocacy organizations in the United States, is seeking an Executive
Director. This extremely active 7,000-member organization sets the
agenda for bicycle improvements in the nation's capital and the
Virginia and Maryland suburbs. For more information, and application
procedures, visit"
http://www.waba.org/new/content/ed_job.htm.

-> JOB -- PLANNER III (WALK ARLINGTON PROJECT) -- ARLINGTON, VA
The professional position in the Planning Section of the Planning
Division in the Department of Public Works will manage the
implementation of the WalkArlington pedestrian project. The primary
goal of the project is to enhance the safety, comfort and enjoyment of
walking within Arlington County. Specific duties of the position
include, but are not limited to: coordinating, scheduling and planning
meetings of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the WalkArlington
Steering Group; preparing and circulating agenda, attending meetings,
and preparing meeting minutes; preparing long-range plans related to
pedestrian accomodation and streetscape improvements; coordinating with
other County staff on issues such as public art, site plan review,
streetscape design and street engineering; developing design guidelines
for WalkArlington projects; reviewing County project plans and
developer site plans for WalkArlington issues; developing and managing
the implementation of small-scale pedestrian safety projects such as cur
b extensions (nubs), refuge islands, crosswalk enhancements, and
signage improvements; answering project related questions from
citizens, civic associations, property owners, and consultants;
evaluating existing systems and practices and identifying appropriate
measures to correct safety and urban design problems; and coordinating
public outreach through management of the program's website,
publications and presentations.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Landscape
Architecture, Civil Engineering or related field and three years'
progressively responsible experience in transportation planning or
urban design. Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may
substitute for the Bachelor's degree on a year for year basis. For more
information, visit this site:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/arlington/view_job.cfm?JobID=9014&hit_count=Yes

-> 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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