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



Issue #82 Friday, October 24, 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
  An Invitation From NCBW'S Bill Wilkinson
  Finding Your Way to Victoria (BC) For PW/PB 2004
  Colorado Tallies Rumble Strips Across the State
  New NCBW Forum Articles Section Launched
  Bruce Timmermans Cycling Award Winners Announced
  Walk/Bike California 2003 Termed A Great Success
  Thunderhead Alliance Honors Courage in Advocacy
  Drivers "Seldom Charged" in Fatal Ped/Bike Cases
  Martha Roskowski - Brainy "Cycling's Woman of Year"
  Pedestrians Win One in San Francisco
  HHS Looking for 'Steps to a HealthierUs' Partners
  Chicago-Area Regional Transportation Plan Approved
  Berkeley (CA) Council Shifts $140,000 from Bikes to Traffic Calming

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Non-Profits Promote Physical Activity, Healthy Eating
  Severe Obesity in US Skyrockets from 1996 to 2000
  Arlington (MA) Kids Take the 'Walking School Bus'
  W. Virginia Legislator/MD Pushes Trails for Health
  Olympia (WA) Needs 84 More Miles of Main Street Sidewalks
  Loudoun County (VA) Approves Bike/Ped Route Plan
  Disability Group: Ban Segway on Sacramento (CA) S'walks
  Columbus (OH) Trail to Connect 14 Parks, 7 Communities
  Brighton (NY) Residents Differ on Sidewalk Need
  Gainesville (FL) Planner Explores "Car Obsession"
  Boise (ID) Mayoral Candidate Wants Walkable Downtown
  Construction on New Seattle Trail Begins
  Laurens (IA) Teen Ticketed for Using Wheelchair in Road
  Clanton (AL) To Spend $100K on Sidewalks
  L.A. Drive Times Likely to Double by 2030




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


AN INVITATION FROM NCBW'S BILL WILKINSON


Friends,
I have assembled some materials related to the question of whether the
minimum sidewalk width should be four (4) feet or five (5) feet. I'd
like to invite you to take part in the discussion. With help from John
Balicki (Maine DOT) and Lois Thibault (US Access Board), and a bit of
insightful observation/suggestion from Daniel Egan of Toronto, I've
presented some background to a discussion of the question of what the
minimum sidewalk width should be.


In order to make this an "open" forum -- and to reduce the need for
cross-posting -- we've presented the information on the NCBW's On-Line
Forum. To "Read all about it!" and to take part in the discussion, go
to the following URL:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=943603&f=214603&m=661605534


Thank you and good luck,
Bill Wilkinson, AICP
National Center for Bicycling & Walking
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FINDING YOUR WAY TO VICTORIA (BC) FOR PW/PB 2004


-> Need maps to help get yourself oriented for the upcoming
ProWalk/ProBike 2004? According to the Adventure Cycling Association,
there's a new "Cycle Vancouver Island Map and Guide." As ACA says,
"Produced by the Vancouver Island Cycle Tourism Alliance (VICTA), the
map shows routes around Victoria, Sidney, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, and other
communities. It also includes information about accommodations,
attractions, dining, and organized tours."


For more info, go to:
http://www.cyclevancouverisland.ca
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COLORADO TALLIES RUMBLE STRIPS ACROSS THE STATE


-> According to an article in the Oct. 17th issue of News from Bicycle
Colorado, "The Colorado Department of Transportation has tabulated the
prevalence of shoulder rumble strips on Colorado highways. Colorado has
about 16,000 miles of highway (not including Interstates.) Currently
CDOT has rumble stripped around 1,800 of those miles (11.2 %.)
Interstate highways have rumble strips installed on 1,400 of 1,900
miles (73.7%) and CDOT plans to finish installation on all non-urban
Interstates in the next few years.


"In 1999 Bicycle Colorado worked with CDOT to develop a rumble strip
design standard which accommodates the needs of cyclists. Now rumble
strips may only be installed on shoulders with six feet minimum width.
This allows at least four feet of shoulder for cyclists. They are also
intermittent breaks in the stripping so that cyclists may safely change
from the traffic lane or shoulder as needed. The cuts are no deeper
than 3/8 of an inch, five inches wide and eighteen inches across. This
design maximizes sound and vibration in motor vehicles while minimizing
dangers for cyclists."

Source: http://www.bicyclecolorado.org
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NEW NCBW FORUM ARTICLES SECTION LAUNCHED


-> According to editor John Williams, the new current articles section
has been launched on the NCBW web site. "For more than 25 years we
published editions of the Bicycle Forum (later NCBW Forum) as a
subscription-based print publication," said Williams. "In September 2003
we decided to open up the information to all interested parties, using
the Internet for distribution."


Williams said that articles in the new online version of the NCBW Forum
will still be formatted as they were in the print publication, but will
be distributed as .pdf files rather than as hard copy. "The change to an
online distribution system really frees us up to offer more articles and
cover more topics in depth," Williams added. "For example, we can now
run color pieces that were simply beyond the budget of our print
publication.


Current articles in the NCBW Forum OnLine include a look at the
Wauconda, Illinois, bike ban for school children, and a review of the
new bikeway design guide published by Velo Quebec.


The current articles from the NCBW Forum collection are housed at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm


You can also access archives of the print version of the NCBW Forum at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/resources_information/publications/forum.htm


The NCBW Online Forum articles are combined with an area where participants
can respond to the articles or start new threads on topics related to bicycling
and walking programs. You can access that message center at:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=cfrm&s=943603
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BRUCE TIMMERMANS CYCLING AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED


-> According to an Oct. 21st release from the City of Ottawa, "The
fifth annual Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards were presented at a
ceremony yesterday at City Hall. The awards are presented to an
individual and an organization that demonstrate a commitment to
promoting cycling as a means of transportation."


The recipients of this year's awards are:

About Bruce Timmermans:
"Bruce Timmermans was a long-time cycling educator and advocate, an
active member of the Ottawa Bicycle Club and a founding member of
Citizens for Safe Cycling. He worked tirelessly to encourage safe and
increased bicycle use."


About the awards:
"The Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards are part of the City of Ottawa's
TravelWise program, which encourages greater use of cycling, walking,
public transit and carpooling to get around Ottawa."


For more information, go to:
http://ottawa.ca/city_services/traffic/26_1_8_2_2_8_en.shtml
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WALK/BIKE CALIFORNIA 2003 TERMED A GREAT SUCCESS

California's first-ever statewide walking and bicycling conference
was hailed a "smashing success." According to Chris Morfas, executive
director of the California Bicycle Coalition, "We had 300 registrants,
a packed plenary hall, and standing room only in the breakout rooms."
Morfas credited the National Center for Bicycling & Walking for the
initial idea and impetus to launch a statewide walking/biking conference,
and also for assistance in providing advice and technical support for
the conference logistics and the online registration systems. According
to Morfas, the conference will become a biannual event.
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THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE HONORS COURAGE IN ADVOCACY


-> According to a Oct. 17th news release, "At the Interbike show this
past week the Thunderhead Alliance honored those who have shown courage
toward greater advocacy efforts. Their 2003 Courage in Advocacy Awards
went to 16 winners for their efforts to support effective advocacy at
the grassroots level."


Top awards went to:


Other honorees were BTI, Burley Design, Fuji America, Hans Johnsen Co.,
Hawley Co., Interbike, Quality Bicycle Products, USA Cycling, Trek and
Wilson Bicycle Sales.


For more information, contact Sue Knaup, Executive Director: (928)
541-9841 or <sue@thunderheadalliance.org>
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DRIVERS "SELDOM CHARGED" IN FATAL PED/BIKE CASES

-> According to an Oct. 13th news release, "A study by the Silicon
Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) shows that drivers are seldom charged
in fatalities involving pedestrians and cyclists. In less than 25% of
at-fault cases were drivers charged. For the two years studied 22% of
fatal pedestrian crashes involved hit and run drivers.

"Even in cases where fault is assigned to the pedestrian (25%) street
improvements need to happen. Half the citations were for crossing in an
unmarked crosswalk. In most of the cases where the crashes occurred the
road was seven lanes or larger with a large distance between crosswalks
and no pedestrian refuge. Frequently housing is available on one side
and shopping on the other side. Where age was available three of the
six victims were elderly. New facilities like these are going in on
Aborn Road and in south San Jose. The elderly also made up the
overwhelming majority of hit and run victims..."


For more information, contact Gladwyn d'Souza of the Silicon Valley
Bicycle Coalition at (408) 857-7347 or Rafael Cruz (Spanish) of the
Mayfair Improvement Initiative at (408) 687-6958. Or visit:
http://www.svbcbikes.org/svbccontact.cgi
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MARTHA ROSKOWSKI - BRAINY "CYCLING'S WOMAN OF YEAR"


-> According to an Oct. 23rd news release, "The bicycling industry
named America Bikes Campaign Manager Martha Roskowski 'Cycling's Woman
of the Year' at the Interbike 'BRAINy' Awards banquet in Las Vegas on
October 12th. 'I'm honored by this recognition of the work of America
Bikes,' said Roskowski, 'This award is a testament to the strong
partnership between the bicycle industry and the advocacy community as
we work together for better bicycling.'


"The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), chose Roskowski for
the honor through a vote of its membership. 'This award shows that the
suppliers are looking at advocates as part of our industry,' said BPSA
President Pat Cunnane. 'With leadership from Martha and others who
know the political landscape, this fall we came together and were more
effective than ever before in getting something done that had a clear
benefit for bicycling...'


For more information, contact Barbara McCann at (202) 641-1163 or
<bmccann@verizon.net>. America Bikes' website is at:
http://www.americabikes.org
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PEDESTRIANS WIN ONE IN SAN FRANCISCO


-> According to an Oct. 10th note from Peggy daSilva of Walk San
Francisco, "We have just come through a rather nasty fight regarding
the acceptability of parking motorcycles on sidewalks. The Motorcycle
and Scooter Coalition in our city convinced one of the members of the
Board of Supervisors to propose legislation that would ask the traffic
folks to 'deprioritize' ticketing motorcycles and scooters that park on
the sidewalk. Walk San Francisco and Senior Action Network rallied
members against the proposal. At the heart of the debate is the
question: what are sidewalks for? Car and motorcycle drivers often
assert that they can park without 'blocking' a pedestrian. But their
concept of what is adequate space is very different from ours, and the
whole idea of attractive and accessible sidewalks is not on their radar
screen.


"I think it's important to point out that if we build for density and
walkability, then we find that we have fewer parking spaces, and then
there are some real conflicts. SF (and New York and other old, dense
cities) are examples of what happens when we achieve high density, but
still have auto-oriented communities. And, by the way, this is one
reason we are starting the process of writing a Pedestrian Master Plan
for SF (just need to get more funding...).


For more information, visit Walk San Francisco's website at:
http://www.walksf.org
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HHS LOOKING FOR 'STEPS TO A HEALTHIER-US' PARTNERS


-> According to a notice in the Oct. 22nd Federal Register, "The
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to work with other
public and private sector organizations to support a new Federal
initiative to promote better health for all Americans. This initiative
is called 'Steps to a HealthierUS' and is part of the President's
HealthierUS Initiative to help Americans live longer, better, and
healthier lives.


"This 'Steps Partnership' initiative is not a grant or contract award
program and each partner will be responsible for supporting its own
activities. Working together, it is intended that these partnerships
will provide innovative opportunities to promote healthier living and
successfully promote the principles and efforts of the Steps
initiative..."


The rest of the notice may be found here:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-2
6628.pdf


More information about Steps is available at:
http://www.healthierus.gov/steps/.
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CHICAGO-AREA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN APPROVED


-> According to their Oct. 23rd newsletter, "The Policy Committee of
the Chicago Area Transportation Study endorsed the 2030 Regional
Transportation Plan on October 9. The plan's endorsement is the
culmination of a three-year multi-modal plan development effort called
'Shared Path 2030.'


Common themes in the process included:

The plan includes a number of strategies and projects to maintain and
improve the transportation system to sustain the region. The plan
features shared-use arterials and other strategies, as well as major
capital projects.


Among the recommendations endorsed by the Policy Committee in the plan
are the following:

The full plan is posted at
http://www.catsmpo.com/sp2030/2030RTP_102203.pdf.
Additional information about the plan is also available at
http://www.catsmpo.com/sp2030/index.html.
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BERKELEY (CA) COUNCIL SHIFTS $140,000 FROM BIKES TO TRAFFIC CALMING


-> According to an article in the Oct. 20th issue of the
Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition Weekly Bulletin, "On Tuesday, Oct.
14, the City Council passed a resolution supporting Councilmember
Miriam Hawley's proposal to transfer $140,000 from the Bike Fund to the
Traffic Calming Fund in order to pay for more traffic circles. This was
a setback for bicycling in Berkeley and for BFBC, which has opposed the
transfer since Councilmember Hawley first introduced it last June.


"Councilmember Kriss Worthington's compromise motion to use the
$140,000 only for traffic circles on bike boulevards was
defeated...When Worthington's motion was defeated, the council then
voted to support Hawley's proposal...Many of us in BFBC are meeting
with councilmembers and bicycling advocates to determine appropriate
next steps..."


The BFBC website is at:
http://www.bfbc.org
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S


In answer to a question in the Oct. 3rd edition of the San Francisco
Chronicle ("Should the city allow scooter and motorcycle parking on
sidewalks?"), Robert Triptow of San Francisco's Sunset District
replied:


"No. The sidewalks are reserved for cars. There's no room for any other
vehicles, such as, oh, wheelchairs. Last year when I was using a cane,
I often had to hobble out into traffic because of blocked sidewalks. I
do hope no driver was inconvenienced by it..."


Source:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/10/03/WBGHJ1VALU1.DTL


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NON-PROFITS PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, HEALTHY EATING


-> According to an Oct. 16th article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy,
"In Colorado, Girl Scouts are using pedometers to log 3,318,000 steps
this year -- the distance between their state capital and Savannah,
Ga., the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of
the USA. In Columbus, Ohio, day-care providers are reading copies of
the popular picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the young
children they care for to help prompt them to make smart food choices.


"In Oklahoma City, officials of a local Indian clinic are taking kids
on field trips to Pizza Hut to teach them how to count calories.
Through numerous efforts such as these -- paid for by private,
community, and corporate foundations -- nonprofit organizations are
trying to reverse an alarming rise in obesity in the United States,
particularly among children..."


Source: http://philanthropy.com/free/articles/v16/i01/01000701.htm
Archive search: http://philanthropy.com/free/search.htm
Cost: Yes (free to subscribers)
Title: "Keeping Kids Fit and Trim"
Author: Nicole Lewis
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SEVERE OBESITY IN US SKYROCKETS FROM 1996 TO 2000


-> According to an article by Dr. Roland Sturm in the Oct. 13th issue
of the Archives of Internal Medicine, "We know that Americans are
increasingly becoming overweight, but we do not know whether this trend
applies to clinically severe obesity (>100 lbs [45 kg] overweight),
which is believed to have different causes than typical weight gain.
Severe obesity is more serious for an individual's health and creates
different challenges for the health care system. This study estimates
trends for extreme weight categories between the years 1986 and 2000.


"The data come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. The
dependent variable is weight category according to the body mass index
(BMI; calculated as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height
in meters) based on self-reported weight and height..."


Results:

The author concludes "The prevalence of clinically severe obesity is
increasing much faster than obesity. The widely published trends for
overweight/obesity underestimate the consequences for physician
practices, hospitals, and health plans because comorbidities and
resulting service use are much higher among severely obese individuals.
Accommodating severely obese patients will no longer be a rare event,
and providers have to prepare to treat such patients on a regular
basis."


Source Arch Intern Med. - 2003;163:2146-2148.
http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/163/18/2146
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ARLINGTON (MA) KIDS TAKE THE 'WALKING SCHOOL BUS'


-> According to an Oct. 21st Christian Science Monitor story, "Lucy
Kneissler and Emma Maxtutis made their way to school the old-fashioned
way -- on foot. The pair trailed their parents to Dallin Elementary
School in Arlington, Mass., their conversation meandering with their
small footsteps. They discussed what they might be for Halloween - Lucy
a princess, Emma a bride -- and their birthdays. For the girls, the
walk was mostly just a nice way to start the morning -- although they
were excited about special footprint stickers that awaited them at
school in honor of International Walk to School Day.


"But for their parents, the walk to school was part of a more
complicated decision. Walking to school, an activity long taken for
granted, is gaining prominence once more. But parents are torn. While
they want their children to get the exercise and fresh air, they also
worry about their kids' safety. So parents in Arlington have banded
together to form 'Walking School Buses.' The popular concept places at
least one parent in charge of collecting a gaggle of children, each
from his or her home, guiding them on their morning trek, and
depositing them safely at school.


"'The police aren't there, traffic's speeding by at 40 miles per hour,
and nobody's going to put their kids on the road,' says Mark Fenton,
host of the PBS series 'America's Walking.'..."


Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1021/p15s01-legn.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes (after 5 days)
Title: "Students 'ride' to school on foot"
Author: Teresa Mendez


W. VIRGINIA LEGISLATOR/MD PUSHES TRAILS FOR HEALTH


-> According to an Oct. 21st Beckley Register-Herald, "[West Virginia
State House Delegate Dan Foster and physician] cited recent statistics
showing 20 percent of children are too fat, compared to a rate of 5 to
6 percent only years ago. 'If the present trend continues,' the
physician warned, 'with these kids, the life expectancy is going to be
lower than our generation.' Foster said a problem in West Virginia is
urban sprawl, making it difficult to either bike or walk from one part
of a community to another, or within a municipality. Obesity may also
be viewed as economically troubling - since being overweight sends an
individual's health care costs an average of $700, the delegate said.


"'You can't have a healthy economy if you don't have a healthy
population,' he said. Foster used his time to pitch for a statewide
trail coordinator as a means of developing a network of trails
accessible to West Virginians, so they can reach stores, schools,
workplaces and the like on foot, getting more exercise in the process.
One element exacerbating the lack of physical output by youths has been
consolidation, forcing many to ride long distances to schools -- time
that could be spent working out, the doctor said..."


Source:
http://www.register-herald.com/articles/2003/10/21/news/local_news/08atvride22.txt
Archive search: http://www.register-herald.com/archives/?search=advanced
Cost: No
Title: "Lawmakers reset ATV ride for Nov."
Author: Mannix Porterfield
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OLYMPIA (WA) NEEDS 84 MORE MILES OF MAIN STREET SIDEWALKS


-> According to an Oct. 20th Olympian story, "Rhonda Murphy tries to
distance herself from passing cars by sticking to the side of the road
when walking near her home. There are blocks where there are no
sidewalks. 'This is a walking neighborhood. My church is two blocks up
the road, and there are a lot of kids on bikes or walking,' said Murphy
at her Division Street home. 'Cars go by, and they tend to weave and
sideswipe us.'


"City officials hope to make streets safer and promote walking in a
car-dependent culture with a new program that will make changes a few
blocks at a time. The city has completed its first comprehensive
catalog of missing sidewalks, and it found 84 miles of absent concrete,
said project manager Sophie Stimson. The inventory focuses on arterials
and main streets that feed into neighborhoods; it does not include the
smaller roads within neighborhoods, called local access streets..."


Source:
http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20031020/frontpage/128551.shtml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Sidewalks end with 84 miles to go"
Author: Katherine Tam
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LOUDOUN COUNTY (VA) APPROVES BIKE/PED ROUTE PLAN


-> According to an Oct. 23rd Washington Post story, "The [Loudoun
County] Board of Supervisors approved a plan Monday to build bicycle
and pedestrian routes throughout [the] County. The proposal includes a
bridge over Route 7, installation of bicycle storage lockers at
park-and-ride lots and establishment of a permanent citizens advisory
board on bicycle and pedestrian issues.


"Chairman Scott K. York (I) said he sees congestion firsthand in his
Sterling neighborhood and hopes that a better bicycle network might
help relieve congestion and enhance access to parts of the community.
'If there was a bicycle network, my kids could easily get into their
community,' York said. 'Now they cannot.'..."


Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62074-2003Oct21.html
Archive search:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/searches/mainsrch.htm
Cost: Yes (after 14 days)
Title: "Board Passes Plan To Build Network Of Bicycle Routes"
Author: Barbara E. Martinez
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DISABILITY GROUP: BAN SEGWAY ON SACRAMENTO (CA) S'WALKS


-> According to an Oct. 20th Sacramento Bee story, "Earlier this year
President Bush had his picture taken riding a Segway -- the high-tech
sidewalk scooter that balances itself with gyroscopes and runs on
electricity. Segways have been hyped by the inventor and manufacturer
as devices that will change the way people live. Apparently, moments
after the photo was taken, Bush took a tumble.


"Now segue to last week at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
where a telling bit of information came up. A group of people with
disabilities asked the supervisors to ban Segways from sidewalks. They
argue the machines are dangerous, especially to the blind, because they
are quiet and can glide at 12 mph..."


Source: http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/7635076p-8575557c.html
Archive search: http://www.sacbee.com/static/live/search/index.html
Cost: Yes (after 7 days)
Title: "Ban sought on fast-moving, slow-selling Segways"
Author: Tony Bizjak
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COLUMBUS (OH) TRAIL TO CONNECT 14 PARKS, 7 COMMUNITIES


-> According to an Oct. 23rd story in This Week's Pickerington edition,
"The city received a $150,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources to connect the central part of the trail between Academy Park
and Main Street. 'This is the last section of the center portion,' said
Brad Westall, greenways planner for the Columbus Department of
Recreation and Parks. 'We've already built to the north and south.
There will be an underpass beneath Main Street; that is the most
intensive feature.'...


"Earlier this year, Columbus City Council approved a $1.7-million
project to construct 2.5 miles of multi-use trail between state Route
161 and Morse Road, along Alum Creek. Council also approved $112,100 to
acquire land south of Morse to be used for the trail. That project will
complete a 6-mile portion at the north part of the trail, Westall said.
Already completed are a 6-mile portion stretching up from Three Creeks
and an almost 4-mile section between Interstate 670 and Livingston
Avenue, which includes the Academy-to-Main part.


Westall said the remaining portions of the project are in planning and
that the department hopes to do one section of the trail each year
until it is completed. Westall compared the proposed Alum Creek trail
to the Olentangy River trail as a place people can enjoy outdoor
pursuits such as walking, jogging, bicycle riding and rollerskating,
adding that it will connect approximately 14 parks and at least seven
communities..."


Source:
http://www.thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=common&story=thisweeknews/102303/pik/
News/102303-News-327100.html
Archive search: http://libpub.dispatch.com/thisweek.html
Cost: No (limited archives)
Title: "Columbus receives trail fund"
Author: Dan Eaton
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BRIGHTON (NY) RESIDENTS DIFFER ON SIDEWALK NEED


-> According to an Oct. 13th article in the Rochester Democrat and
Chronicle, "Most of the homeowners on a portion of Bonnie Brae Avenue
don't have or want sidewalks. But other residents do. They want to make
sure the road is safe for their children. Residents asked the Town
Board last week to consider installing sidewalks along Bonnie Brae. The
board agreed to study the idea.


"Peter Fornieri, 33, of Bonnie Brae Avenue, walks around the
neighborhood with his two young children every day. Without sidewalks
to walk on, the trio often walks in the road, Fornieri said. Cars park
along both sides of the street, and drivers often use the road as a
shortcut between Elmwood and Monroe avenues. 'I don't feel safe walking
there,' he said. 'But I don't feel right walking on my neighbors'
lawns.'


Source:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/1013T8228O0_sidewalk13_news.shtml
Archive search: http://cf.democratandchronicle.com/search/advsearch.cfm
Cost: No (archives appear to be limited, though)
Title: "Neighbors split on sidewalks"
Author: Danese Kenon
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GAINESVILLE (FL) PLANNER EXPLORES "CAR OBSESSION"


-> An Oct. 22nd article in the Gainsville Sun asks, "Is the road to
utopia on -- well -- a bigger, faster road? Dom Nozzi doesn't think so.
The Gainesville city planner taps a 16-plus-year career in urban
planning to describe what he calls an American obsession with improving
conditions for cars rather than people in a new book titled 'Road to
Ruin: An Introduction to Sprawl and How to Cure It.'


"When cars come first, more public money is sunk into costly road
systems. Pollution increases, traffic accidents go up and residents
ultimately live farther from where they need to go. That causes them to
drive more, thus the need for more roads, and so on, and so on. 'What's
happened is we have become our own worst enemy. It's a vicious cycle,'
said Nozzi, who's worked at the city since 1986 except for a three-year
stint in Boulder, Colo. 'We have essentially locked ourselves into our
future.'..."


Source:
http://gainesvillesun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031022/LOCAL/31022010/1007
Archive search:
http://gainesvillesun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=ARCHIVES
Cost: No
Title: "City planner writes about 'Road to Ruin'"
Author: Janine Young Sikes
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BOISE (ID) MAYORAL CANDIDATE WANTS WALKABLE DOWNTOWN


-> According to an Oct. 16th Ada County Arbiter story, "Vaughn Killeen,
Ada County Sheriff since 1984, is one of four candidates running for
the position of mayor...Killeen wants to promote high-density housing
in the downtown area in an effort to decrease traffic, reduce urban
sprawl and cut down on air pollution. 'It's something we have to have a
better understanding of, especially in the downtown area where you can
accommodate high-density and mixed residential,' Killeen said. Killeen
said at the present moment the downtown area is split between
low-income housing and high-income condos.


"Killeen's vision for the future is a mixed-use downtown area where mom
and pop stores flourish amongst residential housing and big business.
With more people living downtown, foot traffic in front of businesses
will increase and people will be more inclined to use public
transportation, thus cutting down on air pollution, Killeen said.
Killeen characterized urban sprawl as the enemy, and said the
infrastructure supporting it has become too costly.


"...Killeen wants to work with the ACHD and the neighborhood
reinvestment program to put sidewalks in older neighborhoods. Many
older neighborhoods in Boise don't have sidewalks, the few pedestrians
that brave these streets are forced to walk in the road. Killeen says a
lack of sidewalks is a barrier to tight-knit neighborhoods, contributes
to road congestion and causes problems for kids walking to school..."


Source:
http://www.arbiteronline.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/10/16/3f8dea77c5957
Archive search:
http://www.arbiteronline.com/vnews/display.v/ARC?submit=search
Cost: No
Title: "Mayoral candidate promotes cleaner downtown"
Author: Monica Price
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CONSTRUCTION ON NEW SEATTLE TRAIL BEGINS


-> According to an Oct. 17th Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce story,
King County began construction on the initial segment of the East Lake
Sammamish Trail this week. First to be built is an interim -- and
gravel -- 3.4 mi. section along the former Burlington Northern Rail
corridor in Issaquah and Redmond.


King County's project manager, Robin Cole, said that the first phase
cost is $488,000 and it should be completed in December. Construction
on the remaining 7.2 mi. will begin next year.


Source: http://www.djc.com/news/co/11150047.html
Archive search: http://www.djc.com/#searchform
Cost: Yes, after 7 days (v. expensive subscription!)
Title: "Lake Sammamish Trail work begins"
Author: Journal Staff
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LAURENS (IA) TEEN TICKETED FOR USING WHEELCHAIR IN ROAD


-> According to an Oct. 21st Des Moines Register story, "A showdown
between a small-town police chief and a boy in a wheelchair has
attracted the attention of lawmakers and advocates who say the child is
being treated unfairly. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, said he
is investigating the case in Laurens, where 14-year-old Bryce Wiley
faces $15 fines for riding his motorized wheelchair on city streets. An
Iowa legislator said she is reviewing state law to see if changes are
needed to protect the teen and others like him.


"And advocates across the state called on the police chief to reconsider
his decision to prohibit Bryce from riding a wheelchair around town.
Bryce uses a wheelchair because he has muscular dystrophy. His parents
have asked the police chief to let Bryce have his freedom. The two
sides met briefly at a City Council meeting Monday to air their
feelings. Both sides stood their ground.


"Bryce's father, Mike Wiley, told council members that the wheelchair
serves as his son's legs. 'I don't feel like we can just lock our son
up at home,' Wiley said. But police Chief Rod Watkins insisted that
Bryce's forays into the streets have become a safety hazard, especially
at night..."


Source: http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4780932/22551743.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Wheelchair flap sparks outcry, calls for fairness"
Author: Jennifer Dukes Lee


Related links:
Advocates react:
http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/22561621.html
Editorial:
http://desmoinesregister.com/opinion/stories/c2125555/22569029.html
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CLANTON (AL) TO SPEND $100K ON SIDEWALKS


-> According to an Oct. 13th Clanton Advertiser article, "Clanton's
City Council voted last night to spend in excess of $100,000 to rework
the sidewalks and add lighting on Second Avenue in front of the County
Courthouse.


"The renovations will include new handicapped parking spots and will
bring the north side of the street up to the condition of the south
side where working is being completed on the city's multi-million
dollar renovation of city hall. Mayor Billy Joe Driver said the new
lights, improved sidewalks and handicapped parking spaces will cost
approximately $119,000. 'We need to complete this work now or it will
never be done,' Driver told the council..."


Source:
http://www.clantonadvertiser.com/articles/2003/10/13/news/c-clanton.txt
Archive search:
http://www.clantonadvertiser.com/archives/?search=advanced
Cost: No
Title: "City to work on sidewalks"
Author: Mike Kelley
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L.A. DRIVE TIMES LIKELY TO DOUBLE BY 2030


-> According to an Oct. 23rd San Diego Tribune story, "If you think
freeway congestion here is bad now, just try driving up to Los Angeles
in 2030. Assuming that current trends continue, the total number of
hours people spend stuck in gridlock in the greater Los Angeles area
will more than double by then, to 3.6 million hours annually, officials
of the Southern California Association of Governments said yesterday.


"That figure was part of a long-term transportation plan released by
SCAG, a regional agency that provides transportation and
growth-management planning for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San
Bernardino, Ventura and Imperial counties..."


Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20031023-9999_1n23scag.html
Archive search: http://archives.signonsandiego.com/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Study: Drive times in L.A. could double by 2030"
Author: Gordon Smith
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...


"ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, VIDEO: WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM"


By Sam Easterson
"dedicated to building the world's largest and most
comprehensive library of video footage that has been captured from the
points of view of animals and plants." (requires RealPlayer or Windows
Media Player)
http://www.channel.creative-capital.org/webcast_detail_7.html



More about animal cams:
http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/science/07/16/coolsc.animalcam/index.html


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


-> "NAPERVILLE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE SIDEWALK POLICY"
City of Naperville (IL). Oct. 4, 2003 Draft proposes "that all public
roads have public sidewalks or similar pathways along both sides of the
street."
http://www.naperville.il.us/emplibrary/cspdraft.pdf


-> "2ND INVESTIGATORS WORKSHOP ON INNOVATIVE APPROACHES..."

"... To Prevention Of Obesity," National Institutes of Health, Aug. 12-13, '02
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/fund/other/obesity_report.pdf


-> "DESIGNING TRAIL TERMINI"
Produced for FDOT by Highway Safety Research Center. Discusses how to
accomplish the transition between the roadway and the trail network.
http://www11.myflorida.com/safety/ped_bike/handbooks_and_research/termini.pdf


-> "PERFORMANCE OF SHOULDERS ADJACENT TO CONCRETE PAVEMENTS"

Final Report to Wisconsin Highway Research Program; by Samuel
Owusu-Ababio and Robert Schmitt, Univ. of Wisconsin-Platteville, July
2003.
http://www.dot.state.wi.us/library/research/docs/finalreports/02-05shoulders-f.pdf


-> "VERIFYING THE ACCURACY OF REGIONAL MODELS..."

"...Used in Transportation and Air Quality Planning." June 2003 report
by Caroline Rodier, Mineta Transportation Institute. "...suggests that
the travel demand models in transportation and air quality planning can
overestimate vehicle miles traveled, vehicle hours traveled, and
vehicle hours of delay."
http://www.transweb.sjsu.edu/publications/VerifyingModels.pdf


-> "UNDERSTANDING SPRAWL..."
"...A Citizen's Guide" by David Gurin; for the David Suzuki Foundation.
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/files/Climate/Ontario/sprawlreport.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


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


December 7-9, 2003, Transit Initiatives in Communities, Tempe, AZ.
Info: Center for Transportation Excellence, 4000 Albemarle Street, NW,
Suite 303, Washington, DC 20016; phone: (202) 244-2405; fax: (202)
318-1429; email: <info@cfte.org>
http://www.cfte.org/events.asp


January 22-24, 2004, New Partners for Smart Growth, Portland, OR. Info:
Michele Kelso, Local Government Commission, 1414 K Street, Suite 600,
Sacramento, CA 95814; phone: (916) 448-1198; fax: (916) 448-8246;
e-mail: <mkelso@lgc.org>
http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/SmartGrowth/


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/


June 9-11, 2004, Walk21 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.Info: Richard
Harris, Walk 21, PO Box 270, Town Clerks Dept Guidhall, London EC2P,
England; phone: 00 44 (0) 7952 983 854; e-mail:
<richard.harris@walk21.com>
http://www.citiesforpeople.dk


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 -- RESEARCH PROJECT STATEMENT -- NCHRP
National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 15-25, FY 2004;
title: "Alternatives to Design Speed for Selection of Roadway Design
Criteria" (Posted date: 9/30/03). The objective of this research is to
recommend comprehensive improvements or augmentations to the
design-speed approach for setting geometric design criteria. This
research is intended to apply to all types of roads." Submissions due:
11/18/03. To see the whole project statement, go to:
http://www4.trb.org/trb/crp.nsf/All+Projects/NCHRP+15-25


-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
Transportation Alternatives' longtime executive director, John Kaehny,
is stepping down in 2004. T.A. is looking for a strong new leader to
take his place. If you have the required skills and experience, we
encourage you to apply. Applications due by November 15. Read the job
description for more information,
http://www.transalt.org/about/jobs.html#ex.


-> JOBS -- ENGRS, L. ARCHITECTS, URB. PLANNERS -- SPRINKLE, INC.
Sprinkle Consulting, Inc. (SCI), one of the Nation's leading
transportation research, areawide planning and facility design firms,
now has openings in its Tampa Florida office. Requirements: degree in
civil engineering, landscape architecture or a related degree such as a
master's in urban planning and at least four years' professional
experience. Particular experience in travel demand modeling, traffic
engineering, or roadway design is necessary. Experience with a
consulting firm or research organization is a plus. Successful
candidates for these positions will be proficient in consulting and
able to independently manage multiple contracts, be a good public
speaker, and prepare well-written reports. Salary range: $65,000 -
$80,000+ plus benefits, depending upon qualifications, capabilities,
experience and professional registration / certification.

SCI offers excellent salary and benefits packages and a rewarding
potential for its motivated staff. If you would like to join our team
of professionals, please send a letter stating which position you are
interested in and your qualifications. Please attach a resume and a
list of references. SCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Send
responses to: <blandis@sprinkleconsulting.com> or Sprinkle Consulting,
Inc., 18115 U.S. Highway 41 N., Suite 600, Lutz, FL 33549 Attn:
Bruce W. Landis P.E., AICP , Vice President.
http://www.sprinkleconsulting.com/Positions%20AvailableOctober2003B.pdf
.


-> 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.


H-O-U-S-E-K-E-E-P-I-N-G

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