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


Issue #81 Friday, October 10, 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
  National Walk to School Day A Big Success!
  Good Morning America! To Air "Clear Channel" Issue
  EPA Study - School Location Matters for Walking/Biking
  BikeAthens Sponsors "Tour De Sprawl
  ITE Ped/Bike Council Chair on "We" and "They"
  Lee Co. (FL) Engineer: Bridge Sidewalks Not Worth Cost
  Making Safe Routes to School a National Priority
  Study: Drivers Blow Stop Signs Where Kids Walk
  Road Rage: VeloNews Wants Your Story


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Michigan Surgeon General: "Get Moving"
  Villa Park (IL) to Accept Sidewalk Money After All
  Orange County (FL) Voters: "No to Trans. Sales Tax"
  Madison (WI) Pedestrian Hit While Carrying Flag
  Montreal's Car-Free Day a Downtown Success
  Walk Albuquerque's Message: Roads Are for All
  Iowa DOT Asking for Transportation Ideas, Views
  Uptown Racine (WI) to Become More Walkable
  Daly City (CA) Special Ed Kids Walk to School




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NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY A BIG SUCCESS!

-> A quick look at the news coming in from around the country shows one
basic pattern: Walk to School Day 2003 looks like a tremendous success!

"Today citizens around the world joined together to help our children
take a few important steps to better health and safety," said Anne Canby,
president of the Surface Transportation Policy Project. "Programs like
Safe Routes to School help make communities safe again for walking
and bicycling. For too long, transportation safety programs have focused
almost solely on protecting motorists. It is time to invest in
protecting the most vulnerable people out on the streets - our children."

Mayors and governors walked with the kids, groups scheduled special
events, the media was out in force. Schools and kids in hundreds of
communities took part. And the kids walked and walked. Here are a few
quotes from stories we found:

News 14 in Raleigh, NC: "Wednesday was National Walk to School Day and
students across the state help observed it despite the rainy weather.
The yearly observance helps promote exercise, health and positive
relationships."
http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=36950&SecID=2

Wheeling (WV) News-Register: "An estimated 350 students ...
participated today in the Ohio County 'Walk to School Day.' A grant
from the Wheeling Hospital Foundation, spurred the effort..."
http://news-register.net/community/story/109202003_com1.asp

Central Maine Daily Sentinel: "[Winslow] School Health Coordinator
Claire Heffernan headed the event, which brought more than 500 teachers
and students from the elementary school onto the Winslow High School
track for a 30-minute walking session..."
http://www.centralmaine.com/news/local/54497.shtml

Concord (NH) Monitor: "Yellow, tulip-shaped dinosaur footprints marked
the way yesterday morning as dozens of kids and parents marched across
Loudon Road toward Dame School in honor of Walk to School Day..."
http://www.cmonitor.com/stories/news/local2003/1009_schoolwalk_2003.shtml

Olympia (WA) Olympian: "About 150 children huddled near Garfield
Elementary School on Wednesday morning, bundled in rain gear and
clutching umbrellas as parents and teachers distributed bright-colored
signs proclaiming 'Slow down!' and 'Kids Crossing' in English and
Spanish."
http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20031009/southsound/119940.shtml

Congrats to all who participated! And here are some important links:

The Safe Routes to School area on the NCBW web site, including an
introduction to SR2S issues and several new examples under the Activities
section:
http://www.bikewalk.org/safe_routes_to_school/SR2S_activities.htm

International Walk to School website:
http://www.iwalktoschool.org/

US National Walk to School Day website
http://www.walktoschool.org/

Canadian Go for Green Walk to School Day website:
http://www.goforgreen.ca/walktoschool/home_e.html
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BREAKING NEWS: GOOD MORNING AMERICA! TO AIR "CLEAR CHANNEL" ISSUE

-> According to a quick note from John Gideon (<gideonjj@cs.com>),
President of the Central Ohio Bicycle Advocacy Coalition, "I am
forwarding you a message I received from Lois Cowan yesterday. Lois is
the one who confronted Cleveland Clear Channel radio station WMJI about
its DJs making light of running cyclists off the road and rallied the
bicycling community to successfully challenge WMJI."

Lois' message "Score one more for the good guys!! You may have been
following the Clear Channel Radio versus bicycles controversy. Many of
you have been instrumental in the fight by writing, calling and
e-mailing management and their advertisers. Thank you for your efforts
and your help.

"This afternoon, Good Morning America taped an interview from Century
Cycles' Solon store regarding the issue. Unless a big story breaks, the
segment is due to air Wednesday, October 15. It's a great opportunity
to do some public education. Who knows how my comments will be edited,
but cross your fingers that the piece helps get the message out to
Share the Roads!" -- Lois Cowan <lois@centurycycles.com>
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EPA STUDY - SCHOOL LOCATION MATTERS FOR WALKING/BIKING

-> On Oct. 8th, the Environmental Protection Administration released a
new study, "Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting."
According to their news release, "this is the first study to
empirically examine the relationship between school locations, the
built environment around schools, how kids get to school, and the
impact on air emissions of those travel choices. Over the next few
decades, communities making decisions about the construction and
renovation of thousands of schools will be challenged to meet multiple
goals -- educational, fiscal, and environmental."

Some findings:

The news release continues, "For some time, there has been a trend
toward construction of big schools and requirements for large sites.
Guidelines, recommendations, and standards that encourage or require
building large schools on new campuses or discourage renovation are
embedded in a variety of state and local regulations, laws and funding
formulas. This study provides important information about the effect of
school location on how children get to school. It shows that school
siting and design can affect choices of walking, biking, or driving.
In turn, these changes in travel choices could affect traffic
congestion, air pollution, and school transportation budgets."

Here's a link to a pdf of the report (1.3mb):
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/school_travel.pdf
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BIKEATHENS SPONSORS "TOUR DE SPRAWL

-> According to a recent note from Brent Buice of BikeAthens,
"BikeAthens, a nonprofit advocating for transportation choices,
presents its fourth annual Tour de Sprawl, October 9th-11th. The Tour
is a collection of events focusing on the issues of sprawl, smart
growth, and Athens' Long-range Transportation Plan."

On Oct. 10th, Chuck Bohl, professor of Architecture at the University
of Miami and head of the Knight Program in Community Building, will
speak on "Town Centers for Post-Suburban America." On Saturday there
will be a 13-mile bike and bus tour of Athens with frequent thematic
stops and speakers.

Highlights of the bike/bus tour:

For more information about BikeAthens and the Tour de Sprawl, visit
http://www.bikeathens.com.
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ITE PED/BIKE COUNCIL CHAIR ON "WE" AND "THEY"

-> In a recent note, David Noyce, Chair of the Institute of
Transportation Engineers' Pedestrian and Bicycle Council, commented:
"During the last 3 months, I had a chance to teach several workshops/
courses related to accessible pedestrian signals (APS), design of
pedestrian and bicycle facilities and bicycle and pedestrian
considerations to improve intersection safety. Each course's audience
varied, but they consisted primarily of traffic engineers. Many
participants were fellow ITE members. What I found interesting and
consistent in each of the course discussions is how the stories were
presented about bicycle and pedestrian issues in their hometowns. I
have come to learn that bicyclists and pedestrians have an alias called
'they.'

"'They want wider shoulders to travel,' 'they want countdown pedheads,'
'they are complaining about our intersection designs,' 'they mess up my
signal timing.' Although not surprising to many of our PBC members, I
was surprised to see the tone taken when discussing many pedestrian and
bicycle issues and the barrier between some in the traffic engineering
community and those who look to accommodate all modes in our
transportation system.

"Until 'they' becomes 'we,' substantial improvement in our
transportation system for all modes will not be realized. PBC members,
especially those who are traffic engineers, need to continue the effort
to educate and eliminate any barriers that you experience. As Oliver
Wendell Holmes Jr. once said, 'I find the great thing in this world is
not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.' We
will keep moving!

For more on ITE's Pedestrian and Bicycle Council, go to:
http://www.ite.org/councils/Ped_Bike/index.asp
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LEE CO. (FL) ENGINEER: BRIDGE SIDEWALKS NOT WORTH COST

-> According to a Sept. 24th note from Dan Moser, "Lee County (Florida)
DOT is about to construct three replacement bridges that link the
mainland to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, two very popular destinations,
both for locals and vacationers from around the world. Other than
providing access to bicycles by default (8' breakdown lanes are
required) they do not plan to include any special treatments for
cyclists. Worse yet is that there are no pedestrian facilities
included, and in fact, pedestrian traffic will be prohibited because of
the proposed railing height (the City of Sanibel doesn't want
motorists' views disturbed by the railing!) and lack of separation from
motor vehicles.

Here's what Paul Wingard, LCDOT's Deputy Director (who's also the
bridge builder) said in response to a local bike club's inquiry about
the missing sidewalks: "The idea of not building separate bic(sic)/ped
facilities is a policy the Lee DOT has followed for some time. The
primary reasons are high costs to build such facilities. If you were to
perform a cost benefit comparison, the typical minimal use does not
warrant the added costs."

While numerous attempts to get the Board of County Commissioners to
overturn LCDOT's decision have come to naught, Dan suggests "because
the first piling isn't yet in the bay bottom I'm trying to put some
additional pressure on them from unusual sources: those who subscribe
to newsletters like yours. Perhaps they might be persuaded if enough
fellow engineers and planners become as outraged as are many of us here
in Lee County."

Here are some additional sources of info on the issue:
http://www.lee-county.com/publicworks/sanibelcauseway.htm
http://www.lee-county.com/SANIBELBRIDGE/
http://news-press.com/news/growth/p_030915bridge.html

To contact Dan, email him at <Dan_Moser@doh.state.fl.us>
or call (239) 332-9514.
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MAKING SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL A NATIONAL PRIORITY

-> According to an Oct. 7th release from America Bikes, "As students,
parents, and community leaders mark Walk to School Day October 8th,
America Bikes is calling on members of Congress to support the national
Safe Routes to School bill. The bill, introduced in the House of
Representatives as the Pedestrian and Cyclist Equity Act of 2003
(PACE), would provide $250 million each year in federal funding to help
communities make it safe, convenient and fun for children to walk or
bicycle to school.

"'Thousands of children cannot participate in Walk to School Day
because their neighborhood streets do not have sidewalks, bike lanes,
or safe places to cross the street,' said Martha Roskowski, America
Bikes campaign manager. 'But Congress is considering a measure that
would support communities as they create safer routes to school.'
Under the bill, local governments and other local groups would be able
to get funding through their State Department of Transportation to fix
hazards and slow traffic near schools while increasing safety through
focused enforcement and education programs. The bi-partisan bill was
introduced in May by Representative James Oberstar (D-MN), ranking
Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and
has 33 co-sponsors.

"'Safe Routes to School programs have been started around the country
as a community response to the lack of safe walking and bicycling
routes for children in their own neighborhoods.' says Rep. James
Oberstar, (D-MN). 'A national program will give many more communities
the resources to make their streets safe for kids.' State and local
Safe Routes to School programs have been established in at least 18
states. From Marin County, California, to the Bronx, New York, parents
and local advocates have established local programs that examine safety
around schools and work to correct it, while encouraging children to
walk to school."

For more about the Safe Routes to School bill and local programs, go to:
http://www.americabikes.org
Or contact Martha Roskowski at (202) 833-8080, or Barbara McCann at
(202) 641-1163.
For more about national Walk to School Day, go to:
http://www.walktoschool.org.
For an introduction to Safe Routes to School programs, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/safe_routes_to_school/SR2S_introduction.htm
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STUDY: DRIVERS BLOW STOP SIGNS WHERE KIDS WALK

-> According to an Oct. 7th National Safe Kids Campaign news release,
"New research unveiled today by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and
FedEx Express revealed that nearly half of motorists are not stopping
at stop signs near school zones and in residential areas across the
nation, potentially endangering children as they travel to and from
school each day.

"Stop Sign Violations Put Child Pedestrians at Risk: A National Survey
of Motorist Behavior at Stop Signs in School Zones and Residential
Areas examines the frequency of driver compliance with stop signs at
unsignalized, marked and unmarked pedestrian crosswalks near schools
and in residential areas.

"Other findings include:

Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031007/dctu022_1.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title "New Study Finds Nearly Half of Drivers Violate Stop Signs Where
Young Children Walk"

To download a copy of the report, click on this link:
http://www.safekids.org/content_documents/Stop_Sign_Violations_Put_Child_Pedestrians_At_Risk-_full_report.pdf
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ROAD RAGE: VELONEWS WANTS YOUR STORY

-> An Oct. 8th note on the VeloNews website says, "As cyclists we are
all familiar with those occasional and quite memorable moments of
enmity between motorists and cyclists. For many, this is not a
particularly new subject, but in view of several examples of
cyclist-bashing comments recently broadcast by radio stations across
the country, there is concern that some misguided motorists may have
acted or will act upon this encouragement.**

"The letters we've received on the subject, prompted us to wonder if
you have been harassed, threatened or even assaulted by a motorist
while riding a bicycle. If you would like to share your account please
e-mail: <Rosters@7Dogs.com>. In particular, if you have reason to
believe such actions were a result of the radio broadcast encouraging
violence against cyclist, we are interested in your story. We are also
interested in seeing photos and especially video from anyone who might
have filmed or photographed a road rage incident."

Source http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/5087.0.html
**Also, see "Bob Mionske's Legally Speaking column: Shock jocks."
http://velonews.gadoz.com/news/fea/5058.0.html
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"We're building obesogenic environments."

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MICHIGAN SURGEON GENERAL: "GET MOVING"

-> According to an Oct. 8th story in the Muskegon Chronicle,
"Michigan's surgeon general has some advice for state residents: Get
moving and get off the junk food. Michigan, with one of the fattest
populations in the country, has the seventh-highest rate of diabetes,
officials said.

"Health officials, in releasing a first-ever state diabetes prevention
plan, called the disease a silent killer that threatens Michigan's
kids. 'We need to get children off the PlayStation and onto the
playground,' said Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, appointed by Gov. Jennifer
Granholm as the state's first surgeon general to focus on disease
prevention..."

Source:
http://www.mlive.com/news/muchronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1065705352196400.xml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (limited archives, though)
Title: "State, local groups target 'silent killer' -- diabetes"
Author: Judy Putnam
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VILLA PARK (IL) TO ACCEPT SIDEWALK MONEY AFTER ALL

[Note: We carried the original story about the board rejecting the
sidewalk money in CenterLines #78.]
-> According to a Sept. 26th Chicago Daily Herald story, "Amid mounting
criticism from the community, Villa Park trustees have changed their
minds about turning down federal money to build sidewalks along
Roosevelt Road. The about-face came this week when trustees voted 6-0
to accept the grant, which will cover 80 percent of the cost of paving
the half-mile stretch of sidewalks. Last month, trustees voted 4 to 2
to reject the federal grant. The vote disappointed many in the
community. One critic called it 'unthinkable' that the village would
reject money that could improve general safety in town.

"At the time, trustees said the village was facing a budget crunch and
that government can't 'legislate safety.' Trustee Ray 'Doc' Hensley,
said he reconsidered his original no vote because residents came
forward to support the sidewalk project. 'We listened to the people,'
Hensley said. 'This should encourage the people to come out more often
and speak out on something they support or oppose.'..."

Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intID=3789038
Archive search: http://archives.dailyherald.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Roosevelt Road to get sidewalks"
Author: Harry Hitzeman
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ORANGE COUNTY (FL) VOTERS: "NO TO TRANS. SALES TAX"

-> According to an Oct. 8th Orlando Sentinel story, "Voters force-fed a
stunning defeat to Orange County's political, business and community
leaders Tuesday, handily rejecting a transportation tax billed as the
region's last, best hope to come to grips with its congested roads.
Proponents blamed the loss on Florida's traditional resistance to
higher taxes, a poor economy, mistrust of government and public
distaste for toll lanes and a rail system.

"The Mobility 20/20 plan -- a comprehensive list of 140 road, rail,
sidewalk and bike path projects -- went down by a margin of 7,974
votes, 54 to 46 percent. More than 22 percent of Orange's registered
voters went to the polls, a significant number for a ballot with only a
single question. The loss came after pro-tax supporters lined up
unprecedented support among the area's elite and oiled their push with
a record $1.5 million in campaign cash. The defeat elated critics of
the plan -- and left supporters struggling to understand what went
wrong..."

Source:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-asecwhathappened08100803oct08,0,423256.story?coll=orl-home-headlines
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/orlandosentinel/search.html
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title: "Voters: No tax for roads"
Author: Mark Schlueb
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MADISON (WI) PEDESTRIAN HIT WHILE CARRYING FLAG

-> According to an Oct. 7th Capital Times story, "Taking advantage of a
program that helps pedestrians cross streets safely, Sarah Marty
plucked a red flag from a metal container Monday, held it aloft and
began to cross Monroe Street. She didn't make it.

"It was during afternoon rush hour, at a busy crosswalk with Michael's
Frozen Custard on one side and Pasqual's restaurant on the other - an
intersection commonly used by children to get to music lessons at the
Monroe Street Fine Arts Center, where the 29-year-old Marty teaches
piano. She waited as two cars came to a stop to allow her to cross. 'I
got halfway through the second lane, and she hit me,' Marty said in an
interview this morning..."

Source: http://www.madison.com/captimes/news/stories/58300.php
Archive search: http://www.madison.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian using flag hit"
Author: Steven Elbow
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MONTREAL'S CAR-FREE DAY A DOWNTOWN SUCCESS

-> According to a Sept. 23rd story in the Montreal Gazette, "The last
time there were this many smiling faces on Montreal's downtown streets,
the Stanley Cup was on parade. No big silver trophies on display
yesterday. And it may be a while before we fete another hockey
championship. Car-Free Day, aka Walk Down the Middle of Ste. Catherine
St. With a Big Grin on Your Mug Day, may become an annual event. The
rumours had begun by noon. Two hours into Montreal's first Car-Free
Day, people were talking about a sequel.

"'Isn't this great?' asked an office worker, lined up to pay for her
soft drink at a Peel St. depanneur. 'I hear it's going to be every
Monday.' She heard wrong. But if the point of yesterday's street party
-- complete with jugglers, clowns, unicyclists, Segway drivers and
acrobats -- was to awaken Montrealers to the bright possibility of life
without traffic, Car-Free Day was a smashing success..."

Source:
http://canada.com/national/story.asp?id=0170E215-BEE4-42BA-BF20-C660AC950978
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Streets of smiles - It was worth it"
Author: Mike Boone
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WALK ALBUQUERQUE'S MESSAGE: ROADS ARE FOR ALL

-> According to an Oct. 7th article in the Albuquerque Journal,
"Sometimes walking or pedaling aren't options -- sometimes they are
just the simple business of life. Diane Scena of WALK Albuquerque,
which promotes walking for transportation, health and recreation
through education and advocacy, says in an e-mail that 'sometimes we
forget that roads serve more than just cars. Many of Albuquerque's
citizens are too old or too young to drive; many are too poor to own a
car. For them, walking and bicycling need to be safe and convenient
choices. And the rest of us, many overweight and suffering from
weight-related health concerns, might choose to walk and bicycle for
some of our daily trips if the roads accommodated us.' A big if.

"Scena says a dearth of 'safe and convenient alternatives to driving
everywhere have limited our choices. Traffic speed and volumes make
walking and biking uncomfortable and sometimes unsafe. Our
neighborhoods are designed so that there are few destinations within
walking distance and poor or discontinuous pedestrian and bike
facilities.' Time for some grass-roots action. Enter Wednesday,
International Walk to School Day..."

Source: http://www.abqjournal.com/traffic/93868traffic10-07-03.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Get Up and Get Walking"
Author: D'Val Westphal
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IOWA DOT ASKING FOR TRANSPORTATION IDEAS, VIEWS

-> An Oct. 1st article in the Mt. Pleasant News asked, "Would area
workers be willing to compute to work on public transportation? Are
bicycles a potential alternative to cars for getting around town? Can
Iowa afford to maintain backroads when fewer and fewer people use them?
What can be done to entice young people back to Iowa? These were just a
few of the topics addressed in a three-hour regional focus group
discussion hosted last night at the Ramada Ltd. by Iowa Department of
Transportation Commissioner Donald Carmody and facilitated by professor
David Forkenbrock of the University of Iowa. The session was one of
nine focus groups being conducted by the Iowa Transportation Commission
this year.

"Representatives from railways, industry, aviation, bus service, city
and county administrations and private and public interest groups
attended the meeting. Forkenbrock said one of the main difficulties
facing cities across the U.S. is the 'doughnut' effect. Extensive
development is concentrated on the perimeters of cities, leaving a
empty hole in the middle. Referring to cities, Forkenbrock asked, 'How
do we keep them viable?'...

"Chuck Albright, of the Henry County High Wheelers bicycle group,
thinks cities need to stop thinking only of cars when it comes to
transportation. A beefed up trail system would increase the possibility
of children riding bikes to school and workers riding to work,
according to Albright. 'I don't know how we change our mindset. It's
taken a lot of years getting to this point [where we are dependent on
cars and gasoline.] I wonder in 20 years if fuel prices will be so
high, we won't be able to afford it.'..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10252447&BRD=1141&PAG=461&dept_id=163037&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1141&dept_id=163037&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Transportation spending topic of panel discussion"
Author: Martha Wick
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UPTOWN RACINE (WI) TO BECOME MORE WALKABLE

-> According to an Oct. 6th Racine Journal Times story, "Downtown's
revitalization is well under way, West Racine has improvement plans,
and Douglas Avenue wants to pull itself up by its bootstraps. But, when
it comes to resuscitating this city's business districts, no area needs
a breath of life more than Uptown. Such an effort is in embryonic stage
now for Washington Avenue from Taylor Avenue to Eighth Street. That
process got moving Tuesday when the contracted urban planners,
Schreiber/Anderson Associates of Madison, conducted interviews with
stakeholders. An open forum followed that evening.

"What did the consultants - paid for with federal Community Block Grant
money - learn so far? 'I think there are definitely a lot of different
needs that came out,' said Kevin Firchow, project manager for the
Madison firm. One issue: 'Uptown is not perceived as healthy or vibrant
for business,' he said. The district also needs a broader business mix
to attract more shoppers. Another theme was that the Washington Avenue
business areas are not very 'walkable' - the street is busy and hard to
cross, and the areas feel somewhat cut off from the surrounding
neighborhoods..."

Source:
http://www.journaltimes.com/articles/2003/10/06/local/business/iq_2474201.txt
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (archives appear to be limited)
Title: "Uptown gets its own plan"
Author: Mick Burke
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DALY CITY (CA) SPECIAL ED KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL

-> According to an Oct. 9th San Mateo County Times article, "It takes
Leo, a fifth-grader at Westlake Elementary School, just 15 minutes to
walk to school every day. His brief journey is a great improvement over
last year's one-hour-plus ride to Garden Village Elementary School. Leo
is able to attend his neighborhood school, thanks to the Learning
Center Model, a new special-education program that the Jefferson
Elementary School District is using for the first time this year.

"Special-education students were previously often bused to schools far
from home, and often had to switch schools three or four times
throughout their elementary school career. Now, kids are in their
neighborhood school. 'This way, each child stays at their home school,'
said Superintendent Barbara Wilson, who has a background in special
education. 'So much of education is socialization, and this gives
students more peer support.' Leo agreed that he has an easier time,
because kids at school now live in his neighborhood. 'I know kids from
where I live,' he said. 'It's better now.'..."

Source:
http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~1686614,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87%257E24074%257E,00.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Special-ed students stay at local schools in Daly City program"
Author: Emily Fancher
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WALKERS/BICYCLISTS ALERT: LADYBUG WON'T BITE

-> According to an Oct. 8th Lincoln Courier story, "Walkers and bicycle
riders have ladybugs for companions these days. The tagalongs are
harmless, but their tiny claws can make for bite-like sensations. 'As
soon as they land ... you know they're there,' Hellman said. 'They're
very aggressive,' said John Fulton, Logan County extension leader.
'They eat aphids, scale crawlers, other insects that are normally
pests,' he said..."

Source: http://www.lincolncourier.com/news/03/10/08/a.asp
Archive search: http://www.lincolncourier.com/search/search.asp
Cost: No (use date to find article)
Title: "Area goes buggy with beetles"
Author: Paul Ayars


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

-> "ACCESSIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS"
Subtitled "Synthesis and Guide to Best Practice - Final Report"
Prepared for NCHRP report by Barlow, Bentzen, Tabor; May 2003.
http://www.walkinginfo.org/aps/pdf/APS-Synthesis.pdf

-> "GIRTH AND GROWTH"
Subtitled "Congress weighs sprawl-induced fat problem;" article by
Barbara McCann, Elm Street Writers Group.
http://www.mlui.org/growthmanagement/fullarticle.asp?fileid=16523

-> "PROMOTING ACTIVE LIVING"
Subtitled "A Guide to Marketing and Communication." Produced by Porter
Novelli for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Download a 3.1mb pdf at:
http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/resources/RWJF_ToolKit.pdf

-> "BIKEWAYS AND PATHWAYS"
Article by Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists; published
in the July/Aug. 2003 issue of "Public Roads."
http://www.tfhrc.gov/pubrds/03jul/07.htm

-> "TAKING THE HIGH ROAD"
AASHTO report, subtitled "The Environmental and Societal Contributions
of America's Highway Programs." Individual chapters or the entire
report may be downloaded from:
http://downloads.transportation.org/highroad/.


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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

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 18, 2003, Break the Gridlock: Overcoming Car Dependency,
Chicago, IL. Info: Break the Gridlock, 1573 N. Milwaukee #447, Chicago,
IL 60622-2009.
http://www.breakthegridlock.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 3-6, 2003, Main Street Basic Training, Chicago, IL. Info:
National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6219; email:
<mary_delafe@nthp.org>
http://www.mainstreet.org/Conferences/Institute/basictraining.htm

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.


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-> 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 -- 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


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