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



Issue #83 Friday, November 7, 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
  Final Draft of New AASHTO Pedestrian Guide Released
  Clear Channel CEO Promises Clear Support For Cyclists
  Steps to Healthier US Fed. Register Notice Published
  Pima Co. AZ Drafts New Bike Parking Standards
  N.J. Bill Would Allow Towns to Weigh Traffic Impacts
  Walk/Bike California 2003 a Huge Success
  Tempe (AZ) Bike Efforts Earn Clean Air Awards


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  CDC Chief: We Must Change in "Astonishing Ways"
  Palo Alto (CA) to Establish School Commute Network
  Mich. Gov's Fitness Council Gives 5 SR2S Grants
  Infants Slugging Down Fries, Soda, Pizza, Candy
  San Antonio (TX) Floats Bond Issue for Sidewalks
  Pottstown (PA) Speaker Hylton Preaches Zoning Reform
  Marysville (MI) Re-Elects "Walkable Community" Mayor
  Cal. State Humboldt Univ. Center Empowers Bicyclists
  Unique Attributes, Landmarks Foster Walkability
  Univ. of Montana Starts NASA-based SR2S Project
  Gainesville (FL) Dumps 4-Lane Plan for "Walkable Two"
  Indiana Rep. Visclosky Proposes L. Michigan Greenway
  Randallstown (MD) UDAT Proposes "Strip" Improvements
  Geneva (Ny) to Get $500K "Crossway" Ped Project
  Greenwich (Ct) Candidates Asked about "Safe Routes"
  Seattle Ped Advocate's Sign "Stop for Me - It's the Law"
  Hey Kids: 'A' Stands For Autos!




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


FINAL DRAFT OF NEW AASHTO PEDESTRIAN GUIDE RELEASED


-> An important item popped up yesterday on a Google search
("pedestrian facilities, AASHTO"): the final draft of the long-awaited
AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operations of Pedestrian
Facitlies has been released to the State DOTs for balloting (an up
or down vote due by November 24th).


"At first glance, these are not the standards we were hoping for,"
said Bill Wilkinson, executive director of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking, and a member of the committee that originally
drafted the new Guide. "One example is the Guide's recommendation
of a minimum clear width for sidewalks set at four feet. There has
been a lively discussion on the NCBW Forum area (see below) during
the past two weeks concerning this very point. This recommendation
simply isn't wide enough for passing pedestrians, let alone
wheelchairs; it should be at least five feet. But if we don't get
it changed now, you can bet it will become the preferred standard of
agencies and developers everywhere."


"This Guide is coming -- we need to do whatever we can to make sure
it will help us do a good job for pedestrians," Wilkinson added.


To access the draft Guide, go to:
http://design.transportation.org/references.html


The Draft Ped Guide is listed midway down the page at DS-03-08. Also
available in the Excel format are the comments that were received on
the original draft of the Guide. The 229-page .pdf file is quite
large (6.8mb); there are directions at the top of the page for saving
the file to your disk before attempting to open the Guide.


Each state DOT will vote on the adoption of the new Guide. If you
have opinions or suggestions, you need to convey them to your DOT
leaders now. To find the contact information for your state DOT,
go to:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/keyfield/hwy.htm


You may also want to cc. your state bike-ped coordinator with your
comments; you can find his or her address at:


http://www.bikewalk.org/contacts_links/state_bikeped_coord.htm


To check in on the sidewalk width discussion now underway in
NCBWs Forum, go to:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc/6/ubb.x?a=frm&s=943603&f=214603
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CLEAR CHANNEL CEO PROMISES CLEAR SUPPORT FOR CYCLISTS


-> This past summer, DJs at Clear Channel radio stations in Ohio, Texas,
and North Carolina angered many in the cycling world by airing suggestions
about "how motorists should deal with cyclists using 'our' roads." Those
suggestions ranged from running cyclists off roads to hurling empty
soft drink containers at them. State and national advocacy groups
including the Thunderhead Alliance, NCBW, and the League of American
Bicyclists, were quick to respond. And that pressure is paying off.


According to a Nov. 6th news release, "In a letter to Elissa
Margolin, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, John
Hogan, President and CEO of Clear Channel Radio, said, 'the comments
made by Clear Channel Radio stations in Cleveland, Houston, and Raleigh
were inappropriate and intolerable ... As CEO of Clear Channel Radio, I
do not support or condone the anti-cyclists messages and have taken
steps to insure they do not occur again.' The letter was written
following a November 5 meeting between Margolin and Hogan at the
company's headquarters in San Antonio, TX...


"Margolin said, 'The League of American Bicyclists is pleased with the
response from Clear Channel Radio. The comments broadcast on stations
in Cleveland, Houston, and Raleigh were indeed egregious, but the
company's redress has been aggressive and the measures taken to prevent
any reoccurrence are heartening. CEO John Hogan has clearly
demonstrated that any programming that endangers cyclists will not be
tolerated and we applaud his leadership on this issue. We are
particularly pleased that Clear Channel will work with the bicycling
community to help make America's roads safer for everyone.'...


"Hogan and Omar Thompson, the company's Vice President for Marketing
and Communications, expressed a commitment to continuing and expanding
the extensive range of sponsorships of local bicycling events by local
Clear Channel radio stations, and to educate motorists, cyclists and
law enforcement officers on bicycle safety and sharing the road."


To read the letter from CEO Hogan, go to:
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/clear_channel.pdf


For more on the Clear Channel broadcasts, see the articles listed below
at the 2003 CenterLines Archives link:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/resources_information/publications/centerlines.htm


CenterLines Issue #75 July 18, 2003
Cleveland's WMJI Radio Gets Major Bicyclist Feedback


CenterLines Issue #76 August 1, 2003
Part 2: Ohio's Clear Channel Story


CenterLines Issue #80 September 26, 2003
Raleigh (NC) Clear Channel DJs Promote Bicyclist Assault


CenterLines Issue #81 October 10, 2003
Good Morning America! To Air "Clear Channel" Issue
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STEPS TO HEALTHIER'US FED. REGISTER NOTICE PUBLISHED


-> According to Emmeline Ochiai of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, "The Federal Register Notice (FRN) inviting partners to
participate with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in
the Steps to a HealthierUS initiative was published today (Oct. 22nd). "


Here's the link:
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-26628.pdf
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PIMA CO. AZ DRAFTS NEW BIKE PARKING STDS


-> Matthew Zoll, bicycle and pedestrian program manager for the Pima
County Dept. of Transportation recently sent along a copy of the brand
new "Proposed Bicycle Parking Development Standards," developed for
Pima County and the City of Tucson, AZ; Oct. 2003. According to Matt,
the standards provide criteria for good vs. bad facilities and
locations. Detailed specs and lots of clear graphics!


To request a copy (in pdf form), contact Matt at:
<Matt.Zoll@dot.pima.gov>
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N.J. BILL WOULD ALLOW TOWNS TO WEIGH TRAFFIC IMPACTS


-> According to an article in the Nov. 3rd issue of the Tri-State
Transportation Campaign's Mobilizing the Region, "While Governor
McGreevey's anti-sprawl legislation appears in limbo, one smart growth
bill (S. 2093) -- which allows towns to consider traffic impacts of
development -- still has a chance for approval this year. It was
approved by the Senate Community Affairs Committee last May, but has
yet to be voted on by the full Senate or Assembly.


"Since 1975, New Jersey law has prevented municipalities from
considering the traffic that developments would cause on nearby roads.
S. 2093 would allow cities and towns to adopt congestion standards in
their master plans and judge new projects against them. If a proposed
development exceeds the standards, the planning board could negotiate
for impact fees and improvements, or ultimately deny the application..."


Source: http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20031103/mtr43503.html
Title: "Traffic-Busting Smart Growth Bill Good to Go"
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WALK/BIKE CALIFORNIA 2003 A HUGE SUCCESS


-> According to the Nov. 7th issue of the California Bicylce
Coalition's CalBike Report, "The Walk/Bike California 2003 conference,
held October 15-18 at the Oakland Marriott City Center, was a seminal
event in the history of the walking and bicycling movements in
California. The event, presented by CBC and the City of Oakland, in
cooperation with California Walks, sold-out, with 300 attendees filling
both plenary and breakout rooms. Planners, engineers, advocates and
health promoters heard from state and national experts on facilities,
education and politics."


Wrap-up: http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net/
Letter to Arnold: http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net/arnoldlet1.pdf
Program: http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net/CBCConferencescreen.pdf
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TEMPE (AZ) BIKE EFFORTS EARN CLEAN AIR AWARDS


-> According to an Oct. 28th release, "The City of Tempe Transit
Office, Tempe in Motion, received two awards at the Clean Air Campaign
Awards program held on Oct. 28. The Clean Air Awards recognize the best
clean air and alternative transportation programs in Maricopa County.
The city received a Golden Spoke Award for implementing an outstanding
bicycle program encouraging commuters to use bicycles as an alternative
mode through improved facilities, educational programs and events.
Tempe is a bicycle-friendly community with more than 150 miles of
dedicated bikeways, and more than 3.5 percent of Tempe residents are
bicycle commuters. Annual events include the Tour de Tempe community
bike ride and Bike to Work and School Day activities.


"Tempe also received a Livable Communities Award from the Maricopa
Association of Governments for implementing new bicycle and pedestrian
facilities, which help meet the city's goal of providing a livable
community with a balanced transportation system. During the last year,
the city implemented the Crosscut Canal Multi-use Path, providing new
opportunities for bicyclists, joggers and pedestrians to enjoy the
amenities and recreational opportunities of Papago Park and the Papago
Salado area."


For more information, call (480) 350-2775 or visit:
http://www.tempe.gov/tim
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S


"Too often, it seems, commercial interests take advantage of our public
spaces at the expense of people who regularly use them. Take the recent
travesty on the National Mall, "NFL Kickoff Live 2003 Presented by
Pepsi Vanilla," which used America's most iconic public space to
promote a major product launch from Pepsi and the opening of the new
football season."


From "Keeping the 'Public' in Public Spaces;" Nov. 2003 issue of
Making Places
http://www.pps.org/info/newsletter/Nov_2003/Nov2003_Issues
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S


CDC CHIEF: WE MUST CHANGE IN "ASTONISHING WAYS"


-> According to an Oct. 28th Reuters story, "Obesity is the No. 1
health threat in the United States today, the head of the leading U.S.
federal health agency said on Tuesday. While much of her time is spent
preparing to fight anthrax, smallpox, and biological threats, and
diseases like SARS and West Nile virus, Centers for Disease, Control
and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding, said Americans are much
more likely to die from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes caused by
smoking, eating too much and exercising too little.


"Unfortunately, poor diet and a lack of exercise have almost caught up
with tobacco as being the leading cause of death in the United States,"
Gerberding told a meeting of the National Health Council, which groups
companies and non-profit health advocacy organizations. She cited
statistics that show 65 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or
obese. In 2000, 38.8 million American adults were classified as obese,
meaning their health is seriously at risk...


"The government is working and will do more to encourage better eating
and exercise habits, said Gerberding. 'We really have to change our
behavior in astonishing ways if we are going to get over this
bottleneck to good health,' she said. At CDC, Gerberding has said one
of her first acts as director was to open stairwells. Putting in
carpeting, music and allowing employees to hang children's art has made
it more appealing to use them, she said 'along with turning off some of
the elevators.'..."


Source:
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=3708749&section=news
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (limited archives)
Title: "Obesity Top Health Problem in U.S., Agency Head Says"
Author: Maggie Fox
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PALO ALTO (CA) TO ESTABLISH SCHOOL COMMUTE NETWORK


-> According to a Nov. 5th Palo Alto Weekly article, "A plan to
establish safe streets for bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to Palo
Alto schools has garnered a wait-and-see attitude from parents and
school officials who have long encouraged such progress. The plan,
which was approved by the City Council Oct. 27, establishes a web that
includes more than 30 school commute corridors around Palo Alto.
Stretches of Bryant Street, Middlefield, Embarcadero and Arastradero
roads are in the plan, which is the latest in a string of school and
city efforts to increase safe driving and the number of students
walking and biking to school.


"Gayle Likens, a city senior planner, couldn't say if any changes would
be made to corridor streets in the next year, but they will receive
priority for such improvements as refurbishing bike lanes and street
paving. Though the plan does not earmark any new funding for these
projects, it prioritizes these streets for use of future state and
federal funds it may receive..."


Source:
http://www.PaloAltoOnline.com/paw/paonline/weekly/thisweek/2003_11_05.corridor05mb.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Green light for safe-streets plan"
Author: Rachel Metz
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MICH. GOV'S FITNESS COUNCIL GIVES 5 SR2S GRANTS


-> According to an Oct. 28th Ann Arbor News, "Five Michigan schools
hope to figure out how to get kids out of the car pool and onto the
bike path. The five elementary schools each won $3,000 aimed at
creating 'safe routes' to encourage walking or bike riding to school,
state officials announced today. The effort is part of a $380,000
federal grant to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and
Sports to create a safe route plan that can be replicated statewide.
The schools are Belmont Elementary in Rockford, Stanton Elementary in
Stanton, Washington Elementary in Flint, Winans Elementary in Lansing's
Waverly School District, and Webster Elementary in Pontiac, said T.J.
Bucholz, spokesman for the Department of Community Health.


"The money will go to form local teams consisting of a school
administrator, teacher, parent, student leader, law enforcement
official and government official. The teams will research attitudes and
behaviors of parents and students and will scrutinize routes to school
with an eye on safety, including crosswalks, sidewalks and barriers
that reduce visibility of pedestrians or bikers. The U.S. Centers for
Disease Control reports that three decades ago, two-thirds of children
walked or biked to school. Today, it's just 13 percent..."


Source:
http://www.mlive.com/news/statewide/index.ssf?/base/news-3/106729620227460.xml
Archive search: http://www.mlive.com/search/
Cost: No (archives appear to be limited to 14 days)
Title: "Five schools get walk-to-school grants"
Author: Judy Putnam
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INFANTS SLUGGING DOWN FRIES, SODA, PIZZA, CANDY


-> According to an Oct. 26th AP story published in the Everett (WA)
Herald, "Even before their second birthday, many American children are
developing the same bad eating habits that plague the nation's adults
-- too much fat, sugar and salt and too few fruits and vegetables. A
new study of more than 3,000 youngsters found that significant numbers
of infants and toddlers are downing french fries, pizza, candy and soft
drinks.


"Children 1 to 2 years old require about 950 calories a day, but the
study found that the median intake for that age group is 1,220
calories, -- an excess of nearly 30 percent. For those 7 months to 11
months old, the daily caloric surplus was about 20 percent. 'By 24
months, patterns look startlingly similar to some of the problematic
American dietary patterns,' said an overview of the Feeding Infants &
Toddlers Study, commissioned by baby-food maker Gerber Products Co..."


Source: http://www.heraldnet.com/Stories/03/10/26/17669103.cfm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Free (limited archive)
Title: "French fries and pop for the baby"
Author: T.A. Badger
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SAN ANTONIO FLOATS BOND ISSUE FOR SIDEWALKS


-> According to an Oct. 29th News 9 story from San Antonio, "Many kids
walk to school everyday, but for some the trip is not that safe. One
city councilman said that could change in his district with the passage
of the city's bond package. Kids walking to school along Stahl Road
definitely have to clear the sleep from their eyes before they step
foot out of the door. 'Sometimes we hold up traffic when we cross the
street,' sophomores Jason Graef & Jordan Endsley said. 'We have to make
them stop.'


"The problem is sidewalks have a tendency of just ending and picking up
again on the other side of the road. Parents and students alike said
it's a problem that needs to be fixed. 'Put it on both sides all the
way,' Graef and Endsley said. 'Instead of little pieces on both sides
where we have to keep switching.'..."


Source:
http://news9sanantonio.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=6240
Archive search: http://news9sanantonio.com/content/search/
Cost: No
Title: "City bond calls for sidewalks, curbs near schools"
Author: Meranda Carter
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POTTSTOWN (PA) SPEAKER HYLTON PREACHES ZONING REFORM


-> According to an Oct. 30th Lansdale Reporter story, "People used to
bicycle, drive cars and walk on the same roads within villages, towns
and cities. But since the 1950s, roads have widened to accommodate more
traffic, vehicles travel at faster rates, and parking lots have
replaced open land. But if more municipalities adopted uniform zoning --
and if the state adopted a new building code -- towns could be built
within more compact areas, people could walk or bicycle to their
destinations, and more open land could be preserved, according to
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Hylton, who wrote the book 'Save
Our Lands, Save Our Towns.'


"'You need zoning reform,' he said to a crowd of about 40 business
leaders, municipal officials, engineers and planners on Wednesday. 'You
have all types of zoning in Montgomery County and most of it is the
wrong kind.' Hylton was a featured speaker at Wednesday's annual fall
Liveable Communities Forum, sponsored by The Partnership TMA of
Montgomery County at the Bay Pony Inn in Lederach. 'I think we can
change,' said Hylton, who lives in Pottstown. 'I'm confident this can
change because the sprawling development is becoming the number one
environmental problem in our state.'..."


Source:
http://www.thereporteronline.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10432348&BRD=2275&PAG=461&dept_id=466404&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.thereporteronline.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2275&dept_id=466404&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Author preaches on zoning reform"
Author: Beth Cohen
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MARYSVILLE (MI) RE-ELECTS "WALKABLE COMMUNITY" MAYOR


-> According to a Nov. 5th Port Huron Times Herald story, "City voters
pleased with incumbent Mayor Gary Orr on Tuesday re-elected him to
another two years. 'We need to keep the mayor in the mansion,' resident
Sandy Smith said after voting. 'He's doing a fine job.' About 33% of
the city's 7,289 registered voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote
for Orr or his opponent, former mayor Harry Stark, as well as for the
races to fill three, four-year City Council seats and one, two-year
council seat...


"Both Orr and four-year council member [and incumbent, Richard] Badley
said their top priorities included the city's walkable community
project by adding sidewalks in the city and by completing the city's
section of the Bridge-to-Bay trail. 'We are looking for grants to fund
(the walkable community),' Orr said. 'I know they are scarce, but we
are going to hunt for them.'..."


Source:
http://www.thetimesherald.com/news/stories/20031105/localnews/585491.html
Archive search: http://www.thetimesherald.com/news/index.html (use calendar)
Cost: No (7 day archive)
Title: "Newcomer elected to Marysville council seat"
Author: Hannah Newton
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CAL. STATE HUMBOLDT UNIV. CENTER EMPOWERS BICYCLISTS


-> According to a Nov. 4th article in Humboldt State University's Merge
Media, "With a shoestring budget and 11 energetic volunteers, the
Bicycle Learning Center strives to provide skills to empower people and
promote alternative transportation. 'Our mission is to help people work
on their bikes so they'll feel comfortable,' Miguel Flynn, a volunteer
at the BLC and an environmental science senior, said. 'One of the best
ways to empower people is to help them learn to work on their own
bikes.'


"Tucked away between Nelson Hall and Redwood Hall, the BLC is a fully
stocked shop open to volunteers, students and community members. 'A lot
of people don't know where we are because we're in a hidden spot,'
Flynn said. An HSU club since February of 1992, the BLC strives to
'break down the mystery surrounding bicycle service and repair.'...'In
15 minutes you can teach someone a valuable skill they can use the rest
of their lives,' Danny Franks, a volunteer and appropriate technology
senior, said..."


Source:
http://media.humboldt.edu/merge1/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=922&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
Archive search:
http://media.humboldt.edu/merge1/modules.php?op=modload&name=Search&file=index
Cost: No
Title: "Small bicycle shop helps students use alternative
transportation, despite tucked away location"
Author: Karen Wilkinson
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UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES, LANDMARKS FOSTER WALKABILITY


-> According to a Nov. 4th Realty Times column by David Kopek, "How one
perceives the safety of a community is a strong indicator of whether or
not they will expose themselves by walking. One's perception of safety,
however, is not an exclusive factor when determining if a city is
walkable. Other factors related to the physical environment and how one
perceives that environment can be just as important.


"Research conducted by well-established thought-leaders have shown that
physical environments which contain unique attributes to stimulate the
mind, landmarks that assist in a person's ability to find their way,
and strategically placed nodes to focus behaviors all help to promote
pedestrian use within a community. To illustrate what I am writing
about in this article, I am going to use the city of Palm Springs
California as an example..."


Source: http://realtytimes.com/rtapages/20031104_walkable.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Walkable Communities: The Physical Environment"
Author: David Kopec
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UNIV. OF MONTANA STARTS NASA-BASED SR2S PROJECT


-> According to a Nov. 2nd Missoulian article, "The University of
Montana's School of Education recently received a $1.3 million federal
grant to fund a variety of projects aimed at keeping kids safe. The
Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, grant is one of the
largest education outreach grants the university has ever received,
said Matthew Taylor, outreach coordinator for the Division of
Educational Research and Service.


"Among the projects started by the university's Safe Schools Initiative
is a mapping program jointly sponsored by the university's NASA-funded
Earth Observing System Education Project, said Rick van den Pol, the
project's principal investigator. Elementary students in Lolo and at
Russell School will use satellite imagery and aerial photographs to
study traffic patterns and map safe routes to school..."


Source:
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2003/11/02/news/local/news05.txt
Archive search: http://www.missoulian.com/archives
Cost: No
Title: "School of Education projects target childhood safety"
Author: Ericka Schenck Smith
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GAINESVILLE (FL) DUMPS 4-LANE PLAN FOR "WALKABLE TWO"


-> According to a Nov. 5th Gainesville Sun article, "A contract
stalemate between the Alachua County Commission and developer Clark
Butler led the board to scrap plans for a four-lane road just north of
Butler Plaza. To build SW 24th Avenue as a four-lane road, the county
needed land for right of way and $2.7 million from Butler to proceed
with the $11.2 million project, which also included constructing SW
38th Terrace to link SW 24th Avenue with SW 20th Avenue. Butler has
said he needed the wider roadway to move forward with plans for a major
shopping center expansion.


"Butler had until Tuesday to consent to terms approved by the County
Commission in October requiring him to submit development plans for the
expansion within six months and agreeing not to annex into the city of
Gainesville for 10 years or pay a penalty. No such agreement came. In a
3-2 vote, the County Commission will refocus efforts on building SW
24th Avenue as a two-lane road , something the board initially approved
two years ago. Commission Chairman Rodney Long cast the deciding vote
siding with Penny Wheat and Mike Byerly who have long opposed the
four-lane option because of the possibility of increased traffic in
what had been expected to become a walkable, student village..."


Source http://realtytimes.com/rtapages/20031104_walkable.htm
Archive search:
http://gainesvillesun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=ARCHIVES
Cost: No
Title: "Plans for four-lane SW 24th dumped"
Author: Janine Young Sikes
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INDIANA REP. VISCLOSKY PROPOSES L. MICHIGAN GREENWAY


-> According to an Oct. 29th Northwest Indiana Times story, "For 18
years, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has been promoting his vision to
recapture the south shore of Lake Michigan. Tuesday he announced a plan
to make it a reality. The vision, now called the Marquette Greenway Plan,
involves a transformation of Northwest Indiana's lakeshore, covering
about 45 miles from the state line at Hammond to the eastern edge of
Portage. Visclosky, D-Ind., envisions a gradual transition from a shoreline
reminiscent of the Industrial Revolution into a picturesque swath of
public space more in keeping with the 21st century."


"The key elements of the plan include recapturing 75 percent of the
shoreline for public use, a minimum 200-foot setback from the shoreline
for all new structures and facilities and a continuous pedestrian/
bicycle trail along the shore. 'I really think this is a significant opportunity
to transform Northwest Indiana,' Visclosky said. The plan, coupled with
the expansion of mass transportation, will make the region the 'true
southeast suburbs of Chicago,' Visclosky said..."


Source:
http://www.nwitimes.com/articles/2003/10/29/news/top_news/cc0178a9a00545ad86256dce0018a462.txt
Archive search: http://nwitimes.com/site_pages/archives.php
Cost: No
Title: "Opening up the lakeshore"
Author: Elizabeth Eaken
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RANDALLSTOWN (MD) UDAT PROPOSES "STRIP" IMPROVEMENTS


-> According to a Nov. 6th Towson Jeffersonian article, "In
Randallstown, it's Liberty Road. In Salisbury, N.C., it's Innes Street.
Both roads have been considered the main arteries and eyesores of their
communities. Both are plagued by strip malls and traffic and give
visitors a poor first impression. Now, both have undergone the Urban
Design Assistance Team process in which a team of architects and
planners descends on a community for a weeklong blitz to develop a
revitalization plan.


"It works. It takes time, but it works," said Joe Morris, planning
director for Salisbury, N.C., which was visited by UDAT planners in
1995...Randallstown's UDAT process took place last month and generated
a host of recommendations...Now that the team has gone, the real work
begins, Morris said. In Salisbury, residents raised more than $300,000
to provide pedestrian walkways, decorative lighting and enhanced
landscaping to the Innes Street corridor...New development guidelines
that set standards for lighting, landscaping, parking and signs have
also been established.


"'As we are introducing new concepts that affect development along the
corridor, we refer to the UDAT plan as being the Magna Carta for
planning for this street,' he said. 'It has changed our approach to
public planning.'...County Executive James Smith has pledged $4 million
to begin implementing the team's proposals..."


Source:
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=811&NewsID=503532&CategoryID=9045&show=localnews&om=1
Archive search:
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpid=811&show=advsearch
Cost: No
Title: "Experts gone, future up to Randallstown"
Author: Mary Robbins


For more on the UDAT process, go to:
http://www.aia.org/rudat/default.asp
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GENEVA (NY) TO GET $500K "CROSSWAY" PED PROJECT


-> According to a Nov. 6th Finger Lakes Times article, "Work should
start next spring on a Routes 5&20 pedestrian crossway to help link
downtown and Seneca Lake. City Council unanimously approved hiring
Clough, Harbor and Associates last night to complete design work for
the festival commons project. The Buffalo-based firm will be paid up to
$58,000 from a $400,000 grant from the federal Transportation
Enhancement Program. Gordon Eddington, the city's director of public
works, said the design work should be completed this winter and
construction started in the spring. The project could be finished by
the end of the summer, he said.


"The project includes several improvements at Castle Street and Routes
5&20, including new crosswalks, landscape treatments and the
installation of a small median to further define the intersection. Work
could also extend to lower Castle Street, near Seneca Lake, and include
landscaping, streetscape and lighting improvements. As a requirement of
the grant, the city has to provide $100,000 for the project and is
doing so with $75,000 cash and $25,000 in in-kind services. 'The
project will improve the gateway to Geneva (Castle Street at Routes
5&20), build in some safety features and help to bring in tourists,'
Mayor Donald Cass said..."


Source:
http://www.fltimes.com/Main.asp?SectionID=38&SubSectionID=121&ArticleID=2890
Archive search: http://www.fltimes.com/SearchForm_Advanced.asp
Cost: No
Title: "5&20 project may start in spring: Crossway will link lakefront,
downtown Geneva"
Author: Andrea Deckert
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GREENWICH (CT) CANDIDATES ASKED ABOUT "SAFE ROUTES"


-> According to an Oct. 30th Greenwich Times article, "Candidates for
the Board of Selectmen discussed ideas for controlling traffic and
improving driver and pedestrian coexistence last night at a forum in
Old Greenwich...The traffic-and-safety forum for all Board of Selectmen
candidates was presented by the Old Greenwich Association [and] over
100 people attended.


"Questions were posed to individual candidates, who were allowed a
minute to answer; the other candidates could choose whether to respond.
When asked whether the town spent adequate money building new
sidewalks, Jim Lash, the endorsed Republican first selectman candidate,
responded that residents should lobby for their sidewalk projects at
the Selectmen's Sidewalk Safety Committee, which prioritizes the
projects. 'You need a transparent process, with the safety committee
laying out their priorities to see if the neighborhoods can live with
it,' Lash said. Before the forum began, representatives of the Cos Cob
and Old Greenwich Safe Routes to School programs and other neighborhood
safety advocates spoke to residents..."


[NOTE: Lash, quoted above, was chosen First Selectman in the election.]


Source:
http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/local/scn-gt-candidates4oct30,0,2005436.story?coll=green-news-local-headlines
Archive search:
http://www.greenwichtime.com/search/scn-advancedsearch.htmlstory
Cost: No (archives appear to be limited)
Title: "Candidates wrestle with traffic, safety"
Author: Martin B. Cassidy
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SEATTLE PED ADVOCATE'S SIGN "STOP FOR ME - IT'S THE LAW"


-> According to a Nov. 4th Seattle Times article, "With cars whizzing
by, Lester Goldstein pulled out an orange plastic sign folded in his
coat pocket and unfurled it. Gingerly he stepped into the Capitol Hill
intersection, waving the sign that reads 'Stop For Me, It's The Law.'
The cars slowed and stopped. 'With the flag, 90 percent of the cars
will stop,' said Goldstein, a retired biology professor who lives in
Wallingford.


"Most motorists don't, even though state law requires them to halt to
allow pedestrians to cross at intersections. That's why Goldstein, 79,
designed the orange sign. Unfolded, it's 12 inches by 12 inches. Folded
up, it's small enough to fit in a pocket. Feet First, an advocacy group
for pedestrians to which Goldstein belongs, has produced 500 of the
flags for distribution..."


Source:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001782179_feetfirst04m.html
Archive search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/web/
Cost: No (with free registration)
Title: "Pedestrians flag safety with bright new device"
Author: Susan Gilmore
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HEY KIDS: 'A' STANDS FOR AUTOS!


-> A Nov. 3rd Detroit News article announces: "Kids, this lesson has
been brought to you by the letter 'A' -- and the letter 'A' has been
brought to you by Ford. Joining a growing industry effort to get
noticed by the next generation of new car and truck drivers amid a
fiercely competitive sales environment, Ford Motor Co. recently sent
out thousands of alphabet posters to preschools as part of a community
service program.


"Each letter on the poster offers a recycling tip for kids, along with
an underlying message that Ford cares about their future. Harmless
community service? Subliminal ad? Either way, more and more, auto
companies are trying to get their brands out in front of the young and
very young. In doing so, they're hoping for a chance to influence
parents' purchases while polishing the appeal of their brands when
junior gets old enough to buy a new car or truck. Marketing officials
say there's no doubt automakers want to influence kids, who in turn
often influence the shopping preferences of parents..."


Source: http://www.detnews.com/2003/autosinsider/0311/03/a01-314453.htm
Archive search: http://www.detnews.com/search/index.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Kids learn young that 'A' stands for autos"
Author: Mike Hudson
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...


DUTCH CYCLIST REUNITED WITH BIKE -- 24 YRS LATER


-> According to a Sept. 30th story in the San Diego Union-Tribune, "A
Dutch woman has been reunited with a bicycle stolen 24 years ago after
police spotted a man trying to steal it again. The woman reported the
bike's theft from a hospital in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede in
1979, two weeks after she bought it, police said.


"It reappeared by chance earlier this year when police saw a man trying
to steal it again in Amsterdam. A postcode marking linked the cycle to
its rightful owner, who travelled to the Dutch capital on Tuesday from
her current home in Germany to reclaim it..."


Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20030930-0639-odd-dutch-bike.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Woman reunited with stolen bike after 24 years"


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


-> "GATEWAY (MN) TRAIL"
Video by Dave Carlson, Hennepin County Bicycle Advisory Committee &
Minnesota Coalition of Bicyclists. "Adds a 'human aspect' to the trails
discussion" $20.00 from Parks & Trails Council of MN, email:
<info@parksandtrails.org>
http://www.mnptc.org/parksntrails_trails.html (lower right corner of
page)


-> "THE ECONOMIC & SOCIAL BENEFIT OF TRAILS"

Article on the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota website; by Gary
Sjoquist, Quality Bicycle Products; Feb. 2003.
http://www.mnptc.org/parksntrails_trails2.html


-> "PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLES 2003"
Transportation Research Record (TRR) 1828; "focuses on the safety and
convenience of pedestrian and bicycle travel in urban and rural areas."
Can be purchased at:
http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=2017


-> "IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABLE URBAN TRAVEL POLICIES"
OECD report on experiences of 11 European countries (inc. Russia) and
the U.S. in "designing and implementing sustainable urban transport
policies;"
http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/7503081E.PDF


-> "CARS AND CRIME"
Transportation Alternatives' analysis of crime in Prospect Park
(Brooklyn).
http://www.transalt.org/campaigns/brooklyn/PPCrimeStatsreport.pdf


-> "MEASURING PERSONAL TRAVEL AND GOODS MOVEMENT"
TRB Special Report 277; recommends changes to National Household Travel
Survey (NHTS).
http://trb.org/publications/sr/sr277.pdf


3 publications from the Alliance for Justice:
(http://www.allianceforjustice.org/)


-> "E-ADVOCACY FOR NONPROFITS"
Subtitled "The Law of Lobbying and Election Related Activity on the
Net;" by Kingsley, Harmon, Pomeranz, and Guinane; 2003.
http://www.allianceforjustice.org/images/collection_images/eadvocacy.pdf


-> "LOBBY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, ADVOCATE FOR LEGISLATION..."
"...and you know what will happen?;" 2003 brochure.
http://www.allianceforjustice.org/images/collection_images/Nonprofit%20Advocacy%20Brochure.pdf


-> "WORRY-FREE LOBBYING FOR NONPROFITS"
Subtitled "How To Use The 501(h) Election To Maximize Effectiveness."
Handbook for funders and grantees.
http://www.allianceforjustice.org/images/collection_images/Worry-Free%20Lobbying.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 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


February 13-15, 2004, Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne,
Australia. Info: Sustainable Living Festival, 2nd Level, 332 Albert
Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia; phone: (03) 9412
7888; fax: (03) 9412 7899; email: <info@sustainablelivingfestival.org>
http://www.sustainablelivingfestival.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


-> JOB -- Exec. Director -- N. CALIF. MTN BICYCLING ASSN.
The Northern California Mountain Bicycling Association (NCMBA) is an
affiliation of the Bicycle Trails Councils of the East Bay, the Bicycle
Trails Council of Marin, and Access4Bikes. We welcome the affiliation
of other Northern California mountain bike advocacy organizations, as
we intend to expand from the Bay to Tahoe and from Oregon to points
south of the Greater Bay Area. Through this affiliation, small
organizations will be able to combine their resources and improve the
effectiveness of their efforts, ultimately resulting in more trails to
ride. NCMBA is pleased to announce that we are currently seeking to
hire an executive director. Resumes can be submitted via e-mail to
<resu-@ncmba.org>.
http://www.ncmba.org


-> 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.


-> 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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