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


Issue #84 Friday, November 21, 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
  Safe Routes Gains Traction In House & Senate Bills
  AASHTO Ped Guide in State Balloting Process
  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Grants
  House Approves "Conserve by Bicycling" Provision
  NCBW Expands Safe Routes Resources
  New CDC Website Gives Risk Factors for 98 Areas
  Active Living Research Issues Call For Proposals
  WeWALK.Org Starts Online Step Count Log
  MUTCD Revision Now up on FHWA Website
  STPP's James Corless to Join S.F. Bay Area MPO
  $1B Univ of Calif/Davis Plan Emphasizes Walking, Biking
  Gov. Bush: No Bike/Ped Provisions on Florida 1A1


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  NY Daily News Campaigns for Tougher Driver Penalties
  Families Leave "Green Acres" for Mass. Town Centers
  Plymouth Twp. (MI) Creating Walkable Community
  Maryville (TN) Seeks Ped-Friendly Downtown
  New L.A. Path Targets Minority Community
  Sidewalks Making Comeback in Suburbia
  RWJF Awards Seattle Group $200K
  Worried Parents, Sprawl Keep Kids from Riding
  Admin, Hwy Lobby Threaten Historic Area Protections




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

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GAINS TRACTION IN HOUSE & SENATE BILLS

-> The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
reauthorization bill was introduced on November 20th. One
highlight: the Bill includes a six-year Safe Routes to School
program funded at $1.5 billion (i.e., $250 million/year).

The draft bill is available on the Committee's Democratic website:
http://www.house.gov/transportation_democrats/Text_of_Legis/TEALUBill.PDF

Also, last week, the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee
amended and approved its own bill including a Safe Routes to School
provision; the bill increases the original proposal from $50 million
to $70 million a year.
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AASHTO PED GUIDE IN STATE BALLOTING PROCESS

-> Editor's note: Because the state departments of transportation are now
looking over the ballot draft of the AASHTO pedestrian guide, it would
be a good time to contact your state DOT director (and pedestrian-
bike coordinator) to comment on the issue. Below is a link
to the ped-bike coordinator list.

Meanwhile, a group of state coordinators is drafting alternative
language that they intend to submit. It would make 5 feet the
minimum with 4 feet allowed under special circumstances. --John W.

State bike-ped coordinators:
http://www.bikewalk.org/contacts_links/state_bikeped_coord.htm
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ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS

-> According to a Nov. 13th news release, "Recognizing the important
role of physical activity in promoting healthier lifestyles, Active
Living by Design and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
announced today the selection of 25 partnerships across the United
States to increase active living, a way of life that integrates
physical activity into daily routines.

"Each partnership will receive a $200,000 grant to address community
design, land use, transportation, architecture, trails, parks and other
issues that influence healthier lifestyles. 'Community design and
limited transportation choice often prevent people from leading
physically active lives' said Richard Killingsworth, director of Active
Living by Design. 'These grants support innovative partnerships that
will create places, programs, and policies that make physical activity
something everyone can access and enjoy.'..."

The 25 Active Living by Design community partnerships are located in:
Albuquerque, NM, Bronx, NY, Buffalo, NY, Chapel Hill, NC, Charleston,
SC, Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Columbia, MO, Denver, CO., Honolulu,
HI, Isanti County, MN, Jackson, MI., Louisville, KY, Nashville, TN,
Oakland, CA, Omaha, NE, Orlando, FL, Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA,
Santa Ana, CA, Seattle, WA, Somerville, MA, Upper Valley NH/VT,
Wilkes-Barre, PA, Winnebago, NE

For more information, go to:
http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/grantees/albdcommunitypartnerships.htm
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HOUSE APPROVES BLUMENAUER "CONSERVE BY BICYCLING" PROVISION

-> According to a Nov. 18th news release, "The House of Representatives
today approved legislation authored by Congressman Earl Blumenauer
(D-Ore.) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) to encourage increased
cycling use. The 'Conserve by Bicycling' provision included in the
Energy Policy Act, promotes cycling as an alternative to driving to
save energy, reduce vehicle emissions and improve public health.
'Biking is an important transportation choice for millions of
Americans,' Blumenauer said. 'A comprehensive energy policy should
consider not just how we consume energy, but also how we conserve.
Energy conservation does not have to be difficult: it can be as
economical, healthy, and environmentally friendly as a bike ride.'

"The 'Conserve by Bicycling' provision establishes a pilot project by
the same name within the U.S. Department of Transportation. This
program will launch ten pilot projects throughout the country that
utilize education and marketing tools to encourage people to replace
some of their car trips with bike trips. The provision also directs the
Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences to
conduct a research project on converting car trips to bike trips. That
study would consider what car trips Americans can reasonably be
expected to replace with bike trips and what energy savings would
result.

"'As our nation struggles to address clean air challenges and alarming
rates of adult and child obesity, promoting cycling can be critically
important' said Blumenauer. 'Americans already love to bike. Obtaining
this basic information will provide a strong foundation for taking
cycling in America to the next level as a more accepted transportation
alternative.' The legislation must still be approved by the U.S. Senate
and signed into law by the President."

For more information, contact Kathie Eastman at (503) 231-6995 or
Elizabeth Dozier at (202) 225-4811.
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NCBW EXPANDS SAFE ROUTES RESOURCES AND DATA PAGES

-> There have been a number of new items recently released concerning
Safe Routes to School programs and related topics. For example, the
campaign case statement, "Pledging Safe Communities For Our Children: 2003"
is available for downloading in the .pdf format, and makes a nice leave-
behind when you're visiting with principals, teachers, and community leaders
you'd like to have involved in an SR2S program. The "Pledge" is at
http://www.bikewalk.org/safe_routes_to_school/SR2S_resources.htm

Also, more communities have been looking at the expense of busing
programs and how this form of transportation relates to the physical
activity of children (not to mention the costs coming out of shrinking
school coffers). We just received an updated (2002) report on the
nationwide costs of school busing programs from Barbara McCann.
One of the items that Barbara notes is that the the per-pupil busing
costs have grown from $394 in 1990-91 to $521 in 1999-2000. That report
is on our Safe Routes to School Data page, listed under the heading
"How Many, How Much?" at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/safe_routes_to_school/SR2S_data.htm
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NEW CDC WEBSITE GIVES RISK FACTORS FOR 98 AREAS

-> According to a Nov. 18th CDC news release, "Responding to requests
for localized health information, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) announces the release of a new data analysis SMART
BRFSS...The new analysis provides health information for 98 selected
metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSAs*) for 2002 in
such health categories as diabetes, obesity, smoking and overall health
status...

"SMART BRFSS marks the first time that health officials have had access
to local-level data on health status that are comparable across the
nation... Within the data limitations... the new analysis allows
comparison between communities and comparison of the health status of a
community with state and national data. Using the SMART BRFSS data,
public health professionals can examine and compare the different needs
of demographically similar metropolitan areas or different metropolitan
areas within states and better target public health programs according
to local needs..."

Some findings among the 98 MMSAs include:
- More than 25% of residents were obese in 12% of MMSAs and 16% of
counties;
- 6.7% - 26.2% of people who said their health was fair to poor

SMART BRFSS includes a searchable Website with prevalence estimates for
select risk factors for 2002. For more info, go to:
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/brfss-smart/index.asp
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ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH ISSUES CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> Active Living Research has issued a Call for Proposals intended to encourage
experts in fields such as exercise science, public health, transportation,
urban planning, architecture, the behavioral sciences, health care,
recreation, landscape architecture, geography, law enforcement, economics,
policy studies and education to form transdisciplinary teams to identify
environmental factors and policies that are related to physical activity.

Active Living Research (formerly Active Living Policy and Environmental Studies)
is a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created to stimulate
and support research to identify environmental factors and policies that
influence physical activity.

Proposals should demonstrate the potential to produce high-quality,
scientifically sound research that could be used to inform policy-makers about
environmental and policy changes to increase physical activity levels in the
United States.

Up to $3 million is available for this round of funding for research addressing
the following topics:

1. Environmental characteristics and physical activity in under-studied populations.

2. Impact of changes in community environments or policies on physical activity.

Two cycles of funding are available: Cycle One for proposals requesting up to
$600,000 for up to three years, and Cycle Two for proposals requesting up to
$150,000 for up to two years. Preference may be given to applicants who may be
either public entities or nonprofit organizations. Doctoral candidates may request
a total of up to $25,000 over two years as support for their doctoral dissertations.

Proposal Deadlines:

February 18, 2004 (1 p.m. PST) for Cycle One grants

September 1, 2004 (1 p.m. PST) for Cycle Two grants

All proposals (other than those requesting dissertation funding) must be submitted
through the RWJF Grantmaking Online system. For complete information on this
grant opportunity, eligibility requirements and the application process go to:
http://www.rwjf.org/cfp/activelivingresearch.

Direction and technical assistance for this program are provided by San Diego
State University, which serves as the National Program Office for Active Living
Research. For more information, contact Leslie Linton, Deputy Director at:
ALR@projects.sdsu.edu or by phone at: (619) 260-5534.
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WEWALK.ORG STARTS ONLINE STEP COUNT LOG

-> A recent news release from Nick Thompson of NobleMotion said,
"Announcing WeWALK.org, devoted to the walking achievements of
grandmothers, grandfathers, and people with deep gray hair. WeWALK.org
recognizes an 80 year old walking her block as an athlete on par with a
20 something who runs a fast 100 meters. Older Americans face a barrage
of motorized scooters, wheelchairs, TV recliners and non stop sedentary
routines. WeWALK.org celebrates the individuals who continue on their
feet.

"Like other step count sites, this site relies on pedometers worn by
the individual. However, it has two key functional differences; 1st, by
design the log is open for all to see. (There is no password setup.)
2nd, you can record daily your step counts by telephone. No computer is
required.

"WeWALK.org is open to all comers, including youngsters, and is free to
use. "Age factor" ranking demands effort depending on the contestant's
date of birth. The site is sponsored by NobleMotion.com and
Accusplit.com." Additional sponsors may contact: <sponsor@WeWALK.org>.
For info, call Nick Thompson, NobleMotion, Inc.
(800) 234-9255. Or visit the website and start logging your steps!
http://WeWALK.org
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MUTCD REVISION NOW UP ON FHWA WEBSITE

-> According to a note from Richard Moeur, chair of the National
Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices' Bicycle Technical
Committee, "The Final Rule announcing the publication of the revised
2003 edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
was published in today's (20 Nov 2003) Federal Register.

The new 2003 MUTCD is now up and available on FHWA's website at:
http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/kno-2003.htm

"There are numerous changes which affect bicyclists, including
revisions to bike lane signs and markings, new signs and markings to
assist detection of bicyclists at intersections, and prohibitions on
unsafe marking practices at turn lanes and roundabouts. Remember that
each state must now adopt the 2003 MUTCD (or a 'substantially
conforming' document) as their state traffic control manual before it
takes effect in that state, and that the states have until December
2005 to do so. So, it might still be a while before the 2003 MUTCD is
uniformly adopted across the US."
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STPP'S JAMES CORLESS TO JOIN S.F. BAY AREA MPO

-> On Nov. 20th, we received this message from James Corless of STPP:
"After eight years with the Surface Transportation Policy Project, I've
decided to start practicing what we've been preaching. Beginning
December 8th, I'll be working for the Metropolitan Transportation
Commission (MTC), the transportation planning and financing agency for
the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. My responsibilities there will
include coordinating the agency's smart growth, transit-oriented
development and livable community efforts. It's an incredibly exciting
new opportunity, and a job that will allow me to continue to work with
many of you on the issues we all care so deeply about.

"In the meantime, STPP is seeking both a new California Director as
well as a new National Field Director. Both job announcements will soon
be posted on our national web site. It's been fantastic getting to know
and work with so many of you during my time at STPP..." Starting Dec.
8th, you'll be able to reach James at <jcorless@mtc.ca.gov>. And we
wish him all the best in his new job!

When available, the STPP job announcements will be posted here:
http://www.transact.org
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$1B UNIV OF CALIF/DAVIS PLAN EMPHASIZES WALKING, BIKING

-> According to a Nov. 20th Univ. of California/Davis news release, "An
innovative roadmap for future growth and more than $1 billion in
development at the University of California, Davis, including a
transit-friendly neighborhood, research park, educational partnerships
and new academic buildings, was approved today by the UC Board of
Regents...

The 2003 Long Range Development Plan builds on UC Davis traditions by
providing alternative transportation, affordable housing, generous open
spaces and preservation of agricultural areas on and off the core
campus... A key component of the growth plan is a 224-acre residential
neighborhood that will consist of about 1,600 affordable housing units
for students, faculty and staff...

"Residents will be connected to the campus and city via a system of
bike trails and frequent Unitrans bus service to the campus and
downtown Davis. A generous open space network, including recreation
fields, ponds, walking paths and bike paths, will be open and
accessible to the public. And many of the single-family homes in the
community will also have small cottages -- increasing the density of
the development and providing more student housing options..."

Source: http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=6746
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GOV. BUSH: NO BIKE/PED PROVISIONS ON FLORIDA 1A1

-> According to a recent note, "Palm Beach County, Florida, is one of
the most dangerous places in the United States to ride a bicycle. This
year alone there have been 595 bicycle vs. automobile accidents...State
Road A1A, which winds along the Atlantic coast of Florida, is one of
the only places to safely ride a bike in this area. It has low posted
speed limits, moderate traffic, and fewer curb cuts and commercial
areas than anywhere else in Palm Beach County...

"The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is planning to
resurface State Road A1A in the near future. Knowing that there is an
extraordinarily high level of bicycle traffic on A1A (a recent traffic
study counted 363 riders a day in one area), FDOT, in accordance with
Florida laws, planned to install a bicycle lane along the entire
27-mile length of the resurfacing project. Cyclists across Florida were
rejoicing!

"That was until a wealthy, politically connected group of homeowners
formed a non-profit organization called Save Our Seacoast, Inc. The
purpose of this group is to prevent the installation of bicycle lanes
and sidewalks on state owned land along A1A. Why? Because these
homeowners have encroached into the public right of way with driveways,
landscaping and privacy walls.

"Last week members of Save Our Seacoast met with representatives from
Florida Governor Jeb Bush's office. They convinced the Governor to
order FDOT to ignore state laws, public safety, and the rights and
well-being of thousands of cyclists in order to cater to the interests
of a few, rich, greedy homeowners. Following this meeting, Governor
Bush ordered FDOT to resurface A1A without a bicycle lane...without
even a shoulder or sidewalk!...Please ask your readers to tell Governor
Bush not to trample on the safety and rights of bicyclists..."

Letters should be sent to: Governor Jeb Bush, The Capitol, 400 S.
Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida 32399; email: <bush.jeb@myflorida.com>
phone: (850) 488-4441. For more information, contact <BIKEAPE@aol.com>.
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

HIGH YOUNG PED. FATALITY RATE FOR SUVS, PICKUPS, VANS

"Sport utility vehicles, pickups, and vans fatally injured pedestrians
at a higher rate than passenger cars during the period 1997-2001, with
the greatest difference seen among children under 8 years old. This
trend may be attributable to the greater size of sport utility
vehicles, pickups, and vans, and/ or the frontal configuration of these
vehicles which does not allow smaller pedestrians who are being struck
to roll up onto the vehicle. The drivers of higher elevated vehicles
with a larger frontal configuration also may be more likely to have
their view of smaller child pedestrians obstructed."

Source "Child Pedestrian Fatality Rates by Striking Vehicle Body Type"
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/Rnotes/2003/809-640/RN_Ped_Fatal.pdf



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NY DAILY NEWS CAMPAIGNS FOR TOUGHER DRIVER PENALTIES

-> According to a Nov. 10th New York Daily News story, "Mourners
outside funeral home console one another yesterday over death last week
of pedestrian Giulia Lewis. Weeping at her 15-year-old daughter's wake,
Giulia Lewis' mother demanded last night that 'justice should be done'
as politicians vowed to toughen laws that let too many drivers get away
with murder. The Daily News launched a campaign - Save a Life, Change
the Law - yesterday to demand that politicians work to make it easier
for charges to be brought against drivers who kill.

"The urgent need for action was vividly brought home at the wake for
Giulia, who was killed when a driver slammed into her on a Queens
street Wednesday. 'The way people drive can make a difference between
life and death,' said Giulia's grief-stricken mother, Maria Lewis.
'Justice should be done. ... If [the driver] came here right now, I'd
kill him. I'd kill him with my own hands.' The driver who struck Giulia
was not charged - an all-too common occurrence.

"Gov. Pataki immediately backed The News' campaign, saying, 'I commend
the Daily News for fighting hard to change these laws. 'It is simply
wrong when someone uses a motor vehicle as a weapon - either
consciously or unconsciously - and doesn't get an appropriate
sentence,' Pataki said. 'I think we have to make many changes in the
law to protect pedestrians.'..."

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/135506p-120584c.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "How many more must die?"
Authors: Richard Weir and Joe Mahoney

And a related story is here:
http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/135049p-120308c.html
A related editorial is here:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ideas_opinions/story/134970p-120268c.html
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FAMILIES LEAVE "GREEN ACRES" FOR MASS. TOWN CENTERS

-> According to an Oct. 26th Boston Globe article, "Two years ago,
Susan and Stephen Muller found themselves living in Concord, an
epicenter of the 19th century back-to-the-earth movement, the place
where Henry David Thoreau ventured because he could be 'half a mile
from the nearest neighbor.' And for the Mullers, that was the problem.
The Mullers have turned the notion of a healthy, natural form of life
on its head, uprooting themselves and their son and daughter to a more
densely populated neighborhood in Acton where they can walk and bike
more -- as well as keep their champagne-colored Town and Country
minivan parked in the driveway more. This move puts them farther from
Boston, but hoping for healthier lives in the bargain.

"'It gave us the opportunity to live in the center of town,' said Susan
Muller. 'And now our children walk to school, we walk to church, and
the Acton Arboretum is in our backyard.' Frustrated with the isolated,
car-based existence of the sprawling suburbs, more and more families
from Concord to Cohasset, from Newburyport to Southborough, are in
search of the same change, local and regional officials say. Sick of
driving miles from housing developments to restaurants and strip malls,
often through snarled traffic, many residents are looking to make
sidewalks, bike trails, and commuter lines their preferred
thoroughfares..."

Source:
http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2003/10/26/fresh_air_times_square/
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Fresh air? Times Square?"
Author: Matt Viser
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PLYMOUTH TWP. (MI) CREATING WALKABLE COMMUNITY

-> According to a Nov. 18th Detroit News story, "Those who grew up in
older cities and remember walking to a neighborhood school or a corner
grocery may enjoy the fact that sidewalks are trendy. Plymouth
Township, for instance, which grew up sidewalkless in the '60s, has
been building sidewalks for three years. This year's township budget
allocated $80,000 for sidewalks, and township Supervisor Steve Mann
estimates $100,000 will be allocated in 2004. 'I like the new
sidewalks. They're wonderful,' said Esther Cumber, a resident of the
Five Mile-Haggerty area. Cumber recalled when she and her husband,
Gary, moved to Plymouth Township in 1995. The sidewalk in their
subdivision 'just stopped. It didn't go anywhere. Now we're connected
to something.'

"She added that she was more than a little surprised when a job
transfer brought the Cumbers to Michigan from Kentucky and they
discovered they had left ordinary sidewalks behind. 'You can walk to
the grocery store now without having to get on the road,' Cumber said.
'The older people can walk to church now without having to get on the
road. It used to be so unsafe for children to wait for the school bus
on Haggerty. Now, the children can wait on the sidewalk.' The
township's 'Sidewalk Extension Project' is 3 years old, and this year
sidewalks were added along Ann Arbor Trail and at the township park on
Ann Arbor Trail at Beck. Next year, if the township board approves,
sidewalks will be built along Beck and on portions of Five Mile and
Haggerty..."

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2003/wayne/0311/18/b03-328497.htm
Archive search: http://www.detnews.com/search/index.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Plymouth Township aims for walkable community"
Author: Christopher M. Singer
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MARYVILLE (TN) SEEKS PED-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN

-> According to a Nov. 16th Maryville Daily Times article, "There's a
method, of sorts, to an attractive, pedestrian-friendly downtown.
Successful downtowns feature ample activity, good lighting, wide
sidewalks, a balance between pedestrian and vehicular traffic and
vehicles and overall, 'a sense of place.' So said Gary Hawkins of
Hawkins Partners Inc. during a presentation 'on the front end' of
development of a master plan for downtown Maryville. Hawkins Partners
of Nashville is the consulting firm for the 'streetscape' project,
funded by a $2.7 million federal grant as part of some $7 million in
federally funded projects set for downtown. The goal is to improve the
public physical structure of downtown to make it a more walkable and
attractive destination...

"In many cases, the city 'is blessed' with existing attributes that
will make it easier to improve downtown streetscapes, Hawkins told
those gathered for Monday's meeting, which was attended by the full
Maryville City Council. In other cases, there are 'constraints' to
making downtown more pedestrian-friendly, such as the steep topography
of some areas, and narrow sidewalks and rights of way in other
places..."

Source http://www.thedailytimes.com/sited/story/html/149087
Archive search:
http://www.thedailytimes.com/sited/search.pl?site=tdt&level=advanced&action=form
Cost: No
Title: "Designing downtown: City tries to improve pedestrian, traffic
mix"
Author: Thomas Fraser
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NEW L.A. PATH TARGETS MINORITY COMMUNITY

-> According to a Nov. 16th L.A. Times article, "Health officials are
touting a new trail that opened Saturday in the Baldwin Hills as a
potential remedy for high rates of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
in nearby minority communities. The trail was stitched together from
several old paths in the Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area and offers
sweeping views of the Los Angeles Basin. The target audience is South
Los Angeles, where there is little open space and, say health
officials, too many health problems tied to sedentary lifestyles and
fatty diets.

"Lining the Walk for Life Trail in the Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area are
large signs offering tips such as 'Don't let fried foods and sugary
treats crowd out fruits, vegetables and whole grains.' Another sign
includes a photo of a doctor checking the blood pressure of an
overweight woman. The implied message: Don't let this be you. 'We
wanted to build something that anyone could do and it doesn't cost
anything,' said Esther Feldman, the president of Community Conservancy
International, a West L.A. nonprofit that pushed for the project.
'Everybody said walking is the No. 1 thing you can do for your
health.'..."

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-trail16nov16,1,7699893.story
Archive search: http://www.latimes.com/services/site/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "On the Trail of Better Health in South L.A."
Author: Steve Hymon
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SIDEWALKS MAKING COMEBACK IN SUBURBIA

-> According to a Nov. 20th Realty Times column by Al Heavens, "The
people who come up with new-home communities seem to be shifting back
to the older, pedestrian-friendly development model. According to a
recent publication by the Urban Land Institute, 'The New Shape of
Suburbia,' factors behind the change include a shift in lifestyles and
priorities, such as a rise in the number of people working at home and
in the number seeking shorter commutes and fewer errand trips.

"Such demographic and lifestyle changes have resulted in people placing
less value on developments packed with amenities and more value on
developments that offer a sense of connection, diversity and pedestrian
access, according to the authors of the book. 'For developers, the task
is to foster a community for people who have no time to do it
themselves,' the book says... A big challenge for the walkable
communities movement is figuring out how to connect with the rest of
the community. One way, of course, is public transportation, manifested
in the light-rail systems in major cities such as Dallas and San Diego
that travel in corridors that parallel, but rarely intersect, busy
streets..."

Source: http://realtytimes.com/rtcpages/20031120_sidewalks.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Sidewalks Are Making A Comeback In The Suburbs"
Author: Al Heavens
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ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION AWARDS SEATTLE GROUP $200K

-> According to a Nov. 14th Seattle Post-Intelligencer article,
"Walking daily, if only to and from the grocery store, can do far more
than improve fitness, a group of community planners and health experts
says. Feet First, a non-profit organization working to promote the
interests of pedestrians, believes that including foot time in everyday
life supports the environment, bolsters the economy and can transform
communities. Now it has won a $200,000 grant to put these ideas into
action. Over the next five years, Feet First will promote Seattle as a
walking city through Active Seattle, a program designed to create
pedestrian maps, neighborhood 'walkability ratings' and stickers
promoting an active lifestyle.

"The group also will aid sidewalk repair efforts already under way. The
benefits extend beyond the physical, according to Dr. Margaret
Kitchell, vice president at Feet First and a member of Washington
Physicians for Social Responsibility. 'By walking, we can promote our
physical health and our planet's health,' Kitchell said. Initially, the
Feet First initiatives, funded through the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, will target five neighborhoods deemed in need of and
receptive to pedestrian improvements..."

Source: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/148316_feetfirst14.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Foot soldiers in push for walkable Seattle"
Author: Claudia Rowe
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WORRIED PARENTS, SPRAWL KEEP KIDS FROM RIDING

-> According to a Nov. 16th Washington Post story, "Like most of his
friends in Eldersburg, Md., 6-year-old Nate Diamond has a bicycle. It's
black and has training wheels and spends most of its life in the
garage. He wheels it out maybe once a month, to ride only as far as his
mother can see. 'He doesn't ride it very much,' Sally Diamond conceded,
as she considered a display of new bicycles outside an Alexandria bike
shop. 'There's more traffic, and people aren't as nice as they used to be.'

"Still, she and her husband, Tom, were shopping for a bigger bike as a
Christmas present for Nate -- thus contributing to two apparently
contradictory trends: Even as sales of children's bikes soar, children
are riding them less and less. 'It's not like when we were kids, when
you'd just take off and go two miles to the store or wherever,' Tom
Diamond said. 'Those days are gone.'..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49689-2003Nov16.html
Archive search:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-adv/archives/?nav=globebot
Cost: Yes
Title: "Bikes Are Flying Off the Racks, Not Down the Streets"
Author: Elaine Rivera
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ADMIN, HWY LOBBY THREATEN HISTORIC AREA PROTECTIONS

-> According to a Nov. 12th New York Times editorial, "Tucked inside
federal transportation law is a small phrase that has done a fairly
heroic job of protecting some of the nation's most important historic
areas for almost 40 years. These few words in the 1966 Department of
Transportation Act say that a federal highway project cannot destroy
any historic area if there is a "prudent and feasible alternative."
These words have blocked, for example, highways from paving parts of
the French Quarter in New Orleans and Fisherman's Wharf in San
Francisco.

"But as Congress begins negotiating a new transportation bill, the Bush
administration and the highway lobby are trying to weaken those
protections in the name of 'streamlining' the process of building the
nation's roads. Instead of acting as a powerful deterrent against
building roads through national treasures, the administration's
proposal would rely on transportation agencies to decide what is
historic..."

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/12/opinion/12WED3.html?ex=1069218000&en=0482b21e7a427e9f&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced?srchst=nyt
Cost: Yes
Title: "Editorial: The Road to Preserving History"
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

UK SCIENTISTS TEST IMPAIRED DRIVER DETECTOR

-> According to a Nov. 19th New Scientist article, "A hand-held device
designed to identify drivers impaired by drugs, alcohol or excessive
tiredness, is being evaluated by the British police. The device is
intended to deliver a quick yes or no verdict on whether a person is in
a fit state to drive and works by assessing the driver's behaviour,
rather than testing for particular substances. It is the first of its
kind to be tested by police anywhere in the world.

"The 'impairment detector' is still in the early stages of development,
but the Police Scientific Development Branch (PSDB) in St Albans,
Hertfordshire, is studying results from a prototype to decide whether
to take the project further. If it gets the go-ahead, at least two
years of testing will be needed before the detector is ready for the
streets. 'Early results are very promising,' says Julia Boyle of the
University of Surrey in Guildford, UK, who is leading the research on
behalf of the PSDB and who revealed the results last week at a
conference at Cranfield University..."

Source: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994394
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Hand-held device detects impaired drivers"
Author: Graham Lawton


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

-> "EXERCISE - GUIDE FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING"
Free 86p. guide (with video, $7) available at:
http://www.niapublications.org/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=17&cat=Exercise+for+Older+People
Pdf available at:
http://www.niapublications.org/exercisebook/ExerciseGuideComplete.pdf

-> "ACTIVE LIVING FOR OLDER ADULTS"
Subtitled, "Management Strategies for Health and Livable Communities;"
from the International City/County Management Association.
http://www.activelivingleadership.org/pdf_file/Active_Living_for_Older_Adults.pdf

-> "EXISTING CONDITIONS AND REGIONAL TRENDS"
Section of "Soles and Spokes Plan" for Chicago area. In particular,
fig. 4 shows bike/walk trips safer than car trips on a per million trip
basis.
http://www.solesandspokes.com/Task2_Part1_draft3.pdf
For information on the whole study, go to:
http://www.solesandspokes.com/

-> "NO JUSTICE FOR CYCLISTS"
Subtitled, "What's wrong with this picture?" Website on how bicyclists
are treated by law enforcement and the media.
http://www.bicycleaustin.info/justice/

-> "CREATING GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS"
Subtitled, "Density in Your Community;" from EPA's Smart Growth
program. To read more, go to:
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/density.htm
Download 3.9mb pdf:
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/density.pdf

-> "TRAVEL BEHAVIOR AND LAND USE IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY"
Report by the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute;
literature review.
http://www.vti.se/PDF/reports/N48A-2003.pdf

-> "INFRARED TRAFFIC LIGHT CHANGES..."
"...Pose Safety Problem;" 11/10/03 article by Drivers.com staff.
http://drivers.com/article/651/


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 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

November 30, 2002, TRB 83rd Annual Meeting, Washington DC. Info:
Russell Houston, Transportation Research Board, 500 Fifth Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20001; phone: (202) 334-3252; fax: (202) 334-2920;
email: <rhouston@nas.edu>
http://www4.trb.org/trb/annual.nsf

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

December 10-12, 2003, 2003 Transportation Engineering and Safety
Conference University Park, PA. Info: Janice S. Dauber, The
Pennsylvania State University, 201 Transportation Research Building,
University Park PA 16802-4710; phone: (814) 863-5621; email <J
Dauber@psu.edu>
http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/PTI

December 12, 2003, New Developments in Accessible Pedestrian Signals,
New Orleans, LA. Info: Cathy Colella, Program Coordinator, Western
Michigan University; phone: (269) 387-4174.
http://conference.wmich.edu

January 11-15, 2004, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting,
Washington, DC. Info: Customer Service, PO Box 590, Frederick MD 21705;
phone: (301) 694-5243; fax: (301) 694-5124.
http://www4.trb.org/annual.nsf

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 1-8, 2004, 2004 Trailbuilders Conference, Reno, Nevada. Info:
http://www.trailbuilders.org/conference/2004/overview04.html

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

April 4-6, 2004, 6th Annual BikeWalk Conference, Arlington, VA. Info:
BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203; phone:
757-229-0507; fax (757) 259-2372; email:<info@bikewalkvirginia.org>
http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org/conference/index.html

April 29-May 1, 2004, Children's Play: Learning From The Past, Planning
For The Future, Baltimore, MD. Info: Georgiana Duarte, American
Association for the Child's Right to Play, <Duarte@utb.edu>
http://www.ipausa.org/2004CallforPapers.html

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/

May 24-26, 2004, Obesity and the Built Environment: Improving Public
Health Through Community Design, Washington, D.C. Info: Charle League,
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, phone: (919)
541-5741; email: <league@niehs.nih.gov>
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/drcpt/beoconf/home.htm

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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- OSYSSEY, SACRAMENTO CA
Odyssey's Mission: Make public transit and other equitable, efficient
transportation choices more competitive through policy reform and
marketplace improvements. The Executive Director is responsible for
leading, developing, and managing Odyssey, including: development and
oversight of programs, management of personnel, fiscal oversight &
budgeting, fund raising, legal and fiduciary compliance, public
relations, networking, board and volunteer leadership development.
Budget & Staff: Odyssey's operating budget of $750,000 supports 6
staff, 4 VISTA*Americorps volunteers, and 2 part-time staff.

Candidate Profile proven ability to provide leadership; experience as
a senior manager or organizer; proven ability to supervise, support and
develop staff and volunteers; experience developing boards, campaign or
coalition steering committees; strong communication skills and computer
literacy; fundraising experience; proven strategic planning and
operational management skills. Compensation based on the applicant's
meeting job qualifications and commensurate relevant experience.
Interested individuals should send a cover letter that articulates your
experience as relevant to this position, salary requirements, and a
resume, no later than December 5, 2003, to:
<Kerry@articulateintegrity.com> with a subject line of "ODYSSEY
Search." For the complete job announcement, go to:
http://www.odyssey.org and click on Job Openings.

-> 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

-> 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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