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


Issue #85 Friday, December 5, 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
  House Committee Unveils $375 Billion Transportation Bill
  Thunderhead Alliance's 50/50 Project to Blanket Country
  Georgia Bikes! Statewide Bicycling Group Forms
  Help Shape 2nd National Highway Visibility Conference
  Gay Page Leaving Colorado DOT, to Lead "Colorado Walks"
  Survey: What's Being Done in Your Town re: Obesity?
  Moving to a Portland (OR) Walkable Neighborhood
  Australian Bicycle Council Studies Buses, Bikes
  Insurance Institute Focuses On Speed, Speed, Speed


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Dayton (OH) Pursues Walkable Zoning Code Revision
  St. Louis Bicyclists Create Sobering Street Art
  Envision Utah Pushes for Ped-Friendly Communities
  NHTSA: "U.S. Drops to 9th in Traffic Safety"
  Buffalo (NY) Plans "Walkable Winter Wonderland"
  Wisconsin to Add 35 Miles to 1600 Mile Trail Network
  Army's "Sgt. Santa" Takes on Ft. Bliss (TX) Bike Project
  Boise (ID) Sees Infill as Walkability Boost
  Chattanooga (TN) Latest L.A.B. Bicycle-Friendly Community
  "Smart Assistant" to Divert Drivers' Phone Calls?
  Union (KY) to Get Traditional, Walkable Neighborhood




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

HOUSE COMMITTEE UNVEILS $375 BILLION TRANSPORTATION BILL

-> According to the Nov. 25th issue of Transfer, STPP's e-newsletter,
"The bipartisan leadership of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee unveiled their TEA-21 renewal proposal on
11/19, calling for $375 billion over six years for the nation's
highway, transit, and transportation research efforts. H.R. 3550, "The
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users," commits approximately
$69 billion to public transportation investment, while proposing $298
billion in highway program investment...

"The committee's request dwarfs the Administration's six year plan by
50 percent and is substantially higher than the Senate measure, which
is estimated to total $311 billion over six years. The House
transportation leaders' plan does not specify how additional revenues
will be raised to pay for the $375 billion package, but committee
leaders have supported indexing the federal gas tax as a method. The
legislation is not a full package in that it excludes provisions
dealing with project streamlining and clean air conformity, which has
been at the center of the debate on legislation moving its way through
the Senate. Importantly, the basic program structure of ISTEA and
TEA-21 are preserved in the package, and an expanded safety initiative,
new programs for immediate congestion relief and increased attention to
intelligent transportation systems are also proposed...

"While the bill provides many assurances to the states about annual
funding commitments, it does not provide a complete structure of how
funding will be allocated. Nearly all of the House panel members
cosponsored the bill, which is expected to move to full Committee
markup by late February."

A summary of the bill, its funding tables and other statements can be
found at: http://www.house.gov/transportation

For more information about STPP and Transfer, go to:
http://www.transact.org
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THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE'S 50/50 PROJECT TO BLANKET COUNTRY

-> According to a Nov. 25th news release, the Thunderhead Alliance's 50
States/50 Cities Project is underway to seek out areas of the country
left vulnerable to attacks on bicycling. They will then build effective
bicycle advocacy organizations where there are none. Thunderhead has
hired Gayle Cummins, former executive director of the Texas Bicycle
Coalition, as their first Field Trainer for the project.

One of the first steps is the development of a bicycle advocacy
benchmarking tool to assess the effectiveness of bicycle advocacy in
all 50 states and the 50 top population metropolitan areas. Local and
state advocacy leaders will fill in the tool with current data on miles
of bikeways, bicycle policies, bicycle ownership and bicycle usage as
well as organizational stability. This compilation of data will guide
Thunderhead to the areas of the country in the most need of their
assistance. When the first areas are chosen next spring, Thunderhead
trainers like Gayle and others with state or local bicycle advocacy
experience will be assigned to work with budding leaders.

For more information, contact Sue Knaup, Executive Director: (928)
541-9841, or at <sue@thunderheadalliance.org>. Or visit the
organization's website at:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org
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GEORGIA BIKES! STATEWIDE BICYCLING GROUP FORMS

-> According to a Nov. 25th news release, bicyclists in Georgia have
formed "GEORGIA BIKES!," a statewide organization working to improve
bicycling conditions and promote bicycling throughout the state. The
organization plans to work with government agencies, elected officials,
consulting firms, and developers to improve and expande facilities and
safer bicycling. GEORGIA BIKES! will also work to educate children, the
general public, law enforcement officials, and cyclists about bicycle
safety and bicyclists' rights and responsibilities. Other goals will be
promoting bicycling for health, recreation, transportation, and
tourism/economic development reasons.

Some of the organization's other goals include helping form a State
Legislature Bicycle Caucus; creating a law enforcement officer's
bicycle pocket guide; having commercial vehicle driver outreach
efforts; improving the Georgia drivers license manual and exam to
include bicycling laws and safety; producing bicycle safety Public
Service Announcements; [and] representing bicyclists to the print and
broadcast media.

For more information, contact David Crites at <thecrites@juno.com> or
(404) 634-6745. A website for GEORGIA BIKES! is being developed at:
http://www.georgiabikes.org
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HELP SHAPE 2ND NATIONAL HIGHWAY VISIBILITY CONFERENCE

-> According to an article in the Dec. 1st issue of the ICDN
Newsletter, "The Federal Highway Administration and Wisconsin
Department of Transportation are sponsoring the second National Highway
Visibility Conference (NHVC) to be held at the University of Wisconsin,
Madison campus May 17-18, 2004. The NHVC planning committee invites
you to participate in shaping the program content for the 2004 NHVC by
contributing your industry knowledge in the following ways: 1) Submit
an abstract (due by Jan. 9, 2004) for a presentation at the conference,
or 2) Volunteer to assist with reviewing abstract submissions."

For more info:
http://www.nawgits.com/fhwa/nhvc2004.pdf
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GAY PAGE LEAVING COLORADO DOT, TO LEAD "COLORADO WALKS"

-> In a recent note, Gay Page. Colorado DOT's bike/pedestrian
coordinator said, "I would like to announce my retirement from CDOT
effective December 31, 2003. It has been a pleasure and honor to work
with all of you!!! I hope that my next step as president of Colorado
Walks will afford me the opportunity to continue and build on our
partnerships and relationships. As the voice for pedestrians in
Colorado, Colorado Walks will encourage and promote walking for health,
fitness and transportation. In fact, we are already working on a
variety of issues including community development, walking events,
clinics and tours, Walk to School Colorado, CO Pedestrian Month,
legislation and policies supporting pedestrians, and much more!

"Our website should be up and running near the beginning of January, so
you can check on our progress and see how you would like to be
involved. At the least, I hope you will all consider becoming a
member, even if you don't have time to volunteer. My new contact
information: Gay Page, CEO & President, Colorado Walks, 5249 E Eastman
Ave, Denver CO 80222; (303) 549-5081; email: <gaypage@earthlink.net>;
after mid-January: <gpage@coloradowalks.org>
http://www.coloradowalks.org
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SURVEY: WHAT'S BEING DONE IN YOUR TOWN RE: OBESITY?

-> According to an article in the Dec. 4th CDC Physical Activity
e-newsletter, "Shaping America's Youth Initiative At the request of the
US Surgeon General, Academic Network is working to identify what
actions are currently being taken throughout the public & private
sectors to address the crisis of overweight and inactivity in America's
children. The creation of a comprehensive database that identifies what
is being done is the first step toward resolving this health crisis. To
achieve this, information must be collected from as many programs and
organizations as can be identified. Your participation is critical to
the success of this initiative. You can access the registration page
by clicking:
http://www.shapingamericasyouth.com/registration.aspx.

"As an active member of the community that is fighting childhood
overweight and inactivity, you know the challenges to resolving these
conditions. By participating in this survey, you will be contributing
to both the overall goals of this national initiative and the
objectives of your own work - to promote the health of our kids. If you
are involved in projects or activities, directly or indirectly, that
target childhood nutrition, physical activity, or health education, we
would like to include these in what will become a national
clearinghouse for this type of information."

Call (800) SAY-9221 to register for this survey or for more
information. Joan Randall, MPH Academic Network
http://www.shapingamericasyouth.com
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MOVING TO A PORTLAND (OR) WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD

-> According to a recent note from John Anderson, "In March 2002, we
moved to a walkable neighborhood. In August 2002, we sold the family
car and replaced it with four bicycles. Our new neighborhood is within
easy walking distance of the library, bus stops (with 4 times an hour
service to a nearby light rail station), 2 supermarkets, schools, an
athletic club, multiple restaurants, churches, barber, hardware store,
a park, etc., etc.

"I own and operate a carpet cleaning business, so we do have a
two-seater van available after hours for occasional heavy shopping.
Other than that, we get around on foot, or on our bikes. Our lives have
never been better. I have a whole section of my website dedicated to my
family's move to a walkable neighborhood in Portland, Oregon."

You can find Anderson's experiences at:
http://www.unconventionalideas.com/urban.html
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AUSTRALIAN BICYCLE COUNCIL STUDIES BUSES, BIKES

-> According to the Nov. Update of the Australian Bicycle Council,
"Buses and Bikes are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of size,
mass and manoeuvrability but frequently operate in the same road space,
especially adjacent to the kerb and at intersections. Both buses and
bicycles are effective alternatives to the private car for travel in
our towns and cities and are being promoted by governments on this
basis, but they can come into conflict as well as working together.

"The ABC through project management by the NSW Roads and Traffic
Authority has commissioned ARRB Transport Research to develop
guidelines for the management of interactions between buses and bikes
in the road network. ARRB would like to know what you see as being the
key issues or situations to be addressed in this study. They would also
like to hear from you about any really good examples of providing for
buses and bikes together on roads. A survey form prepared for the
Connecting Cycling Conference held in Canberra on 20-21 November
provides more detail - download it, add your responses and e-mail to
the address shown or copy the questions and your responses directly
into an e-mail. Your responses by Friday 5 December would be greatly
appreciated, but responses received in the first quarter of 2004 will
also be considered."

For more information, contact the ARRB Project Leader, Ian Ker at
<iank@arrb.com.au>."
Source: http://www.abc.dotars.gov.au/news.htm
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INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOCUSES ON SPEED, SPEED, SPEED

-> According to the cover story of the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety's Nov. 22nd Status Report, "Speed limits are higher on many U.S.
roads than they used to be, and motorists are going faster -- in many
cases a lot faster than the newly posted limits. There's a notable
absence of public support for, or political will to, lower speed
limits, or even to enforce existing limits in the interest of public
safety.

"'The perception is that moderate speeding is a harmless infraction,
not a serious safety hazard,' Institute chief scientist Allan Williams
says. 'And for any individual motorist on any given trip, this
perception is probably accurate. Getting a ticket for speeding, let
alone getting into a crash or being injured, isn't likely to happen.
But this doesn't mean speeding is harmless. There's a significant
societal cost in the form of an increase in crash deaths and injuries.'

"For years, Institute and other research has quantified the price in
lives we pay to get from here to there a little bit faster. The most
recent estimate is that higher speed limits increase deaths on rural
interstates by about 35 percent. Yet motorists on both rural and urban
roads are going faster and faster, encouraged by automakers who build
ever more powerful cars and tout their speed capabilities in ad after
ad..." [There are several other articles on the topic in this issue.]

Source: http://www.hwysafety.org/srpdfs/sr3810.pdf (365k pdf)
Title: "Faster Travel - and the Price We Pay"
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

CALIF. TREASURER PROUD OF COMMUNITY DESIGN EFFORTS

"I'm as proud of anything I did in the private sector as I am with
those actions that come with my title as state treasurer of California,
and of being in charge of investing $300 billion in the global
economy," said Angelides, who, as a real estate developer involved in
the New Urbanist Movement in the 1980s, helped design communities "with
a real sense of community. Tree-lined streets, front porches, real
'walkability,' better access to transit - to really have us grow in
ways that were sustainable and environmentally smart."

-- California State Treasurer Phil Angelides
Source:
http://www.ojaivalleynews.com/issues2003/11-November2003/11-14-03/11-14-03news4.html


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

DAYTON (OH) PURSUES WALKABLE ZONING CODE REVISION

-> According to a Nov. 30th Cleveland Plain Dealer article, "Along with
other American cities, Dayton sought to reshape itself in the 1960s as
a suburban-style community, Aaron Sorrell, a senior development
specialist in the planning department there says. Having lost a third
of its residents since then, the southwest Ohio city now sees the error
of its ways and is working to recover its urban roots by mandating
smart-growth-style development. In Dayton, that means future commercial
and multifamily residential buildings near downtown will have
ground-level storefronts, and homes will stand more densely on smaller
lots with shorter setbacks from sidewalks and with less land devoted to
parking.

"'The suburban patterns of large lots made development more difficult
in the inner city,' Sorrell says. They 'made it a hassle and ignored
200 years of development patterns.' A new comprehensive zoning code the
city is working on with Cleveland urban consultant David Hartt, of D.B.
Hartt, takes the city back to its original urban pattern with smaller
lots, denser housing and rules to encourage more street-level
commercial development and, hence, more street life..."

Source:
http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1070101887181320.xml
Archive search: http://www.cleveland.com/search/
Cost: No (apparently limited archives)
Title: "The past becomes Dayton's future"
Author: Betsy Vandercook
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ST. LOUIS BICYCLISTS CREATE SOBERING STREET ART

-> According to a Nov. 17th St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, "When
Patrick Van Der Tuin saw another cyclist hit by a vehicle while riding
in a bike lane on Holly Hills Boulevard a few weeks ago, it was the
final straw. He decided the time had come for an idea that had been in
the back of his mind for a while. So one night, a twisted bike, painted
ghostly white and sporting a "Cyclist Struck Here" sign, appeared at
the site where the woman was struck. The bike was removed within a few
days, but Van Der Tuin thought it had an impact.

"'Passing it every day, I could see the reaction from drivers,' said
Van Der Tuin, 24. 'People were slowing down in this residential
neighborhood, and that amazed me.'...Sunday night, Van Der Tuin and a
few other bicycle enthusiasts took the experiment a step further. They
set out just after dusk with several mangled cycles on the bike rack on
his car. Stopping at intersections where he knew cyclists had been
struck, he jumped out of his car, locked the bikes to street lamps and
sign posts and drove to the next location. In all, they put out 15
bikes in St. Louis and St. Louis County, and said more could appear
this week..."

Source:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/St.+Louis+City+/+County/3111C69FA95A884C86256DE1003E0019?OpenDocument&Headline=Roadside+displays+focus+on+plight+of+bicyclists&highlight=2%2Cbicycle
Archive search:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/help.nsf/archives/$first?OpenDocument
Cost: Yes
Title: "Roadside displays focus on plight of bicyclists"
Author: Greg Jonsson
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ENVISION UTAH PUSHES FOR PED-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

-> According to a Dec. 4th Salt Lake City Weekly article, "Unless we
plan now, there will be no room at the inn (or anywhere else) by 2020,
when the Wasatch region, now home to 1.7 million people, will have
added a million more...The impact on air quality, water sources,
housing costs, transportation and our quality of life will be
staggering...Envision Utah (EU) is trying to shape a different future
here. The private, nonprofit group promotes quality growth, with a
focus on creating livable, walkable communities while preserving open
spaces. Since January 1997, the partnership of state and local
government officials, business leaders, developers, conservationists,
landowners, academicians, church groups and general residents has
directed activities to gather public input, leading to development of a
growth strategy for much of Utah.

"'We will conserve more land, provide more housing choices, lower
emissions resulting in less pollution, reduce water consumption and
make our transportation system more efficient with less congestion on
the roads,' the group's plan promises. Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky
Anderson is applying EU principles to downtown development. His senior
adviser, D.J. Baxter, was formerly an EU strategist. Baxter believes
many people are living in large suburban houses because they don't have
other options, and he anticipates a demand for smaller homes..."

Source: http://www.slweekly.com/editorial/2003/city_2003-12-04.cfm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Progressive Development"
Author: Ann Poore

For more on Envision Utah, go to:
http://www.envisionutah.org/
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NHTSA: "U.S. DROPS TO 9TH IN TRAFFIC SAFETY"

-> According to a Nov. 27th New York Times article, "The United States,
long the safest place in the world to drive and still much better than
average among industrialized nations, is being surpassed by other
countries. Even though the nation has steadily lowered its traffic
death rates, its ranking has fallen from first to ninth over the last
30 years, according to a review of global fatality rates adjusted for
distances traveled. If the United States had kept pace with Australia
and Canada, about 2,000 fewer Americans would die because of traffic
accidents every year; if it had the same fatality rate as England, it
would save 8,500 lives a year.

"Many safety experts cite several reasons the United States has fallen
in the rankings, despite having vehicles equipped with safety
technology that is at least as advanced as, if not more than, any other
nation. They include lower seat-belt use than other nations; a rise in
speeding and drunken driving; a big increase in deaths among
motorcyclists, many of whom do not wear helmets; and the proliferation
of large sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, which are more
dangerous to occupants of other vehicles in accidents and roll over
more frequently..."

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/27/national/27SAFE.html?ex=1071029491&ei=1&en=8e73068297aec335
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Once World Leader in Traffic Safety, U.S. Drops to No. 9"
Author: Danny Hakim

COMMENTARY For thoughts on this story, we turned to three colleagues
who've been involved in traffic safety for years, Marie Birnbaum of
Walk D.C., Riley Geary of the Institute for Traffic Safety Analysis,
and Charles Komanoff of the pedestrian advocacy group, Right of Way:

Marie Birnbaum "Overall, [the article] is a poor portrayal of US and
global traffic safety issues. It repeats old saws. It omits
non-motorists. It makes no distinction between 'safe crashing" and
crash prevention."

Riley Geary "Our traffic fatality rate would be 40% lower and 17,000
deaths avoided each year if US driving habits were equivalent to Canada
or Australia, or up to 60% lower and 25,000 lives saved annually if
American motorists would drive more like their British, Dutch, or
Swedish counterparts."

Charles Komanoff "By the more tangible measure of traffic-caused
funerals per million people, the United States now scores 27th worst
among 31 countries in an international road accident database."
Komanoff's letter to the editor appeared here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/04/opinion/L04TRAF.html
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BUFFALO (NY) PLANS "WALKABLE WINTER WONDERLAND"

-> According to a Dec. 2nd Buffalo News story, "The region's sultry
summers are trumpeted by Buffalo in Bloom and other garden walks that
send droves of people into neighborhoods. Some pedestrian advocates are
hatching a similar plan with a bone-chilling twist. Hoping to find new
ways to encourage homeowners and businesses to keep their sidewalks
free of snow, a task force wants to launch a citywide contest that
challenges neighborhoods to devise creative ways to move and make use
of snow.

"They envision residential streets, their sidewalks cleaned to the

pavement, lined with unusual snow sculptures. They even hope to spur
'friendly rivalries' between neighborhoods, challenging them to compete
for prizes and recognition as they match their wits against winter. And

who knows? The so-called Buffalo Walkable Winter Wonderland might even
attract a blizzard of publicity. 'This could get us some positive
national attention, instead of always being the brunt of bad weather
jokes,' said Suzanne B. Toomey Spinks, a leader of the Citizens Streets
and Public Works Task Group..."

Source: http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20031202/1041021.asp
Archive search: http://www.buffalonews.com/newslibrary/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Seeds sown for sidewalk snow show"
Author: Brian Meyer
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WISCONSIN TO ADD 35 MILES TO 1600 MILE TRAIL NETWORK

-> According to a Nov. 30th Appleton Post-Crescent article, "The state
Department of Natural Resources is looking to add three railroad
corridors -- including one in Brown and Manitowoc counties -- to an
already booming network of Wisconsin recreational trails. A proposed
$790,000 state purchase for 34.8 miles of unused corridor will go
before the agency's advisory board this week.

"The deal would mark the state's second major acquisition this year
from Canadian National Railway Co., which recently sold 112.6 miles
including an 11-mile southern extension to the Fox River Trail in Brown
County. Wisconsin has 37 state trails totaling 1,607 miles and ranks
among the most extensive systems of its kind in the nation...."

Source:
http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/news/archive/local_13424422.shtml
Archive search: http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/search/basic.shtml
Cost: No
Title: "DNR may buy more land for rec trails"
Author: John Dipko
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ARMY'S "SGT. SANTA" TAKES ON FT. BLISS (TX) BIKE PROJECT

-> According to a Dec. 4th VeloNews article, "It's not all Operation
Iraqi Freedom and Operation Iron Hammer for the U.S. Army these days.
Sometimes, it's Operation Santa Claus. And sometimes, Santa needs a
little help from the civilians. Just ask Sgt. David Wilson, the head
elf for Operation Santa Claus's bicycle-distribution program at Fort
Bliss, Texas, near El Paso.

"'I decided to check out the Operation Santa Claus program that the
Army does here at Fort Bliss, and it turns out they have hundreds of
bicycles and parts in need of a loving mechanic,' he said. Wilson asked
to be reassigned to the program, and one week later he found himself in
charge of 600 bikes in need of repair, a few volunteers 'and a bunch of
crappy non-bicycle tools.' With Christmas bearing down on him, Wilson
let out a shout to friends in the sport: 'I need help.'..."

Source: http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/5310.0.html
Archive search: http://www.velonews.com/srch/
Cost: No
Title: "Sgt. Santa needs your help"
Author: Patrick O'Grady
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BOISE (ID) SEES INFILL AS WALKABILITY BOOST

-> According to a Dec. 1st Idaho Statesman article, "A different kind
of development is sprouting up between turn-of-the-century homes in the
North End and on large lots on the Bench and elsewhere in Boise. It's
called 'infill,' which means homes, apartments and mixed-use projects
that are built in gaps in established neighborhoods or aging strip
malls. Fans tout infill as a way to have walkable neighborhoods and
diverse housing and residents. It consumes less farmland and open
space. Downtowns and business districts benefit from foot traffic
generated by close-in redevelopment. And denser populations lead to the
type of public transportation that some in the Treasure Valley say is
vital to reducing traffic jams and smog.

"Developing in already-built areas also means that streets, sewers,
sidewalks and fire and police protection - things that cost homebuyers
and taxpayers millions of dollars - are already in place. Chris Furhman
found a new home in the North End - with amenities at a price she could
afford. 'It's close to a lot of things I like to do,' Furhman said. She
can walk to Hyde Park or the Foothills. Her kids can walk to school..."

Source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/Story.asp?ID=55115
Archive search: http://www.idahostatesman.com/Search/index.asp
Cost: No
Title "Boise looks to guide development of core neighborhoods, yet
preserve their character"
Author: Joe Jaszewski
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CHATTANOOGA (TN) LATEST L.A.B. BICYCLE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

-> According to a Dec. 4th article in the Chattanoogan, "The League of
American Bicyclists has honored Chattanooga with its prestigious
Bicycle Friendly Community designation 'because of its longstanding
commitment to providing safe accommodation and facilities for
bicyclists, and its efforts to encourage bicycle travel for
transportation and recreation.' Through policy and design, Chattanooga
has focused on increasing opportunities for physical activity and is a
model in America's efforts to reduce obesity, officials said.
Chattanooga is one of 13 communities given the Bicycle Friendly
Community designation this fall; a total of 27 cities have been honored
with the award in 2003.

"Chattanooga has been granted the League's Bicycle Friendly Community
bronze-level award, the fourth highest prize in the national awards
program. A total of 17 American communities have earned the
bronze-level designation. Just three cities -- Portland and Corvallis,
Oregon and Palo Alto, California -- have received the second highest
gold-level award. The League has not yet bestowed the highest-level
platinum award on any community..."

Source: http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_44150.asp
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "League Names Chattanooga A Bicycle Friendly Community"
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"SMART ASSISTANT" TO DIVERT DRIVERS' PHONE CALLS?

-> According to a Dec. 3rd New Scientist article, "A smart assistant is
being developed to help drivers cope with the increasing number of
electronic devices in cars. When complete, the assistant will decide
when it is too dangerous for a driver to be disturbed, and will divert
phone calls to voicemail, hide arriving emails and lock the controls of
the satellite navigation system and CD player. A clutch of accidents
has been blamed on the workload that in-car devices can place on
drivers, and this week the UK became the latest country to ban the use
of hand-held cellphones by drivers. Portugal and some other countries
have even banned voice-operated hands-free phones.

"Yet while the laws get tougher, the number of gadgets designed for
cars continues to increase. Some luxury models are now fitted with
internet terminals specifically designed to offer information while the
car is on the move, such as the location of parking places and filling
stations. Now a system being developed by engineers at BMW and Robert
Bosch, funded partly by the German government, assesses whether the
driver is becoming overloaded, and uses this to decide whether it is
safe to use these gadgets on the move..."

Source: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994447
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Smart assistant will cut driver distraction"
Author: Duncan Graham-Rowe
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UNION (KY) TO GET TRADITIONAL, WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD

-> According to a Dec. 4th Cincinnati Enquirer article, "The future of
this Boone County city is about to arrive. A community of nearly 800
homes and apartments featuring planning concepts and residential
designs new to Northern Kentucky has been proposed for the heart of
Union. The suburb, just south of Florence, appears to be on the verge
of a housing boom.

"Fort Mitchell-based Drees Homes, one of the nation's most prolific
homebuilders, has filed a detailed proposal with Boone County planners
for a residential development called 'Harmony.' The project follows
guidelines set out in the Union Town Plan, a long-range document
drafted by city leaders and county planners, said Mayor Don
Kirby...'There is lots of green space, lots of pedestrian walking paths
and bike trails that meet our goal of connectivity within the
community,' Kirby said...The entire project is designed to be more like
a traditional neighborhood than a new suburban development..."

Source: http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/12/04/loc_kyunion04.html
Archive search: http://www.cincinnati.com/search/advanced_index.html
Cost: No
Title: "Housing plan called inclusive"
Author: Patrick Crowley
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

"EXERCISE ADDICT" MICE RUN 6 MI/DAY

-> According to a Dec. 2nd Psychology Today article, "We all know a
fitness buff who can't seem to get enough exercise, but keeping fit may
actually be addicting, finds a study published in the December issue of
Behavioral Neuroscience. When a mouse's running wheel is taken away,
its brain shows a jump in neurological activity much like the symptoms
seen during withdrawal from drug addiction.

"Justin Rhodes, a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science
University, examined the neurological activity of two sets of mice. One
was a group of ordinary typical lab mice; the other had been bred for
29 generations to have a predisposition for running.

"In the study, conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, each
mouse was allowed to run as much as or as little as it wanted for six
days. As expected, the runner mice tended to go longer distances,
covering six miles a day compared to just two for the normal mice. On
the seventh day, researchers took the running wheels away from half of
both mice groups..."

Source:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/htdocs/prod/PTOArticle/pto-20031202-000002.asp
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Addicted to Exercise"
Author: Colin Allen


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

-> "NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING GUIDE"
"Are people not walking in your neighborhood? This guide will help you
figure out why this may be the case."
http://www.walkinginfo.org/cps/guide.htm

-> "BUILT ENVIRONMENT"
Subtitled "Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes, Healthy People." Final
conference report, edited by Srinivasan, O'Fallon, Dearry; National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 2002
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/translat/BE-final.pdf

-> "PROMOTING HELMET USE IN POOR NEIGHBORHOODS"
Article by Steve Meiers, Safety Educator, Madison (WI) Department of
Transportation.
http://www.helmets.org/poorkids.htm

-> "ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION POLICY ISSUES"

Backgrounder by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
http://www.vtpi.org/act_tran.pdf

-> "INTEGRATING PUBLIC HEALTH OBJECTIVES..."

"... Into Transportation Decision-Making;" American Journal of Health
Promotion editorial by Todd Litman, Victoria Transportation Policy
Institute, March 2003.
http://www.vtpi.org/AJHP.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

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 9-11, 2004, Designing and Implementing Roundabouts, Madison
WI. Info: Keith Knapp, Program Director, Dept of Engineering
Professional Development, U. of Wisconsin; phone: (800) 462-0876; fax:
(800) 442-4214; email: <custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/webF501

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

March 31, 2004, The Promotion and Marketing of Cycling, Knottingham
Univ., UK. Info: Hugh McClintock, Institute of Urban Planning, School
of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, University Park,
Nottingham NG7 2RD; phone: +44 115 951 4875; fax: +44 115 951 3159;
email: <Hugh.McClintock@nottingham.ac.uk>
http://www.nationalcyclingstrategy.org.uk/fileuploads/events/promotecycling.pdf

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

-> 2 JOBS - SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY PROJECT
The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a national coalition of
transportation, environmental, health, social equity, community
development and business advocates. Below are brief descriptions of two
positions. Both positions will be open until filled. Follow the web
links for details. Applications and any questions to Linda Bailey,
urface Transportation Policy Project, 1100 17th St. NW, 10th Floor,
Washington, DC 20036; email: <lbailey@transact.org>

CALIFORNIA DIRECTOR

STPP is seeking a full time staff person to lead
state level and local reform initiatives in our Californiafield
office. Responsibilities include state level policy work, public
education and media advocacy, and local outreach and organizing. The
position presents an excellent opportunity to play a critical role in
advancing a comprehensive, balanced transportation and smart growth
agenda in the state of California.
http://www.transact.org/jobs.asp#4

NATIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR

STPP is looking to hire a full time national
field director. Responsibilities include managing STPP's field staff,
policy development, public education, media advocacy, and local
outreach and organizing, and promoting state and local transportation
reform initiatives in a number of targeted states with STPP's local
partners. The position presents an excellent opportunity to play a
critical role in the advancement of a comprehensive transportation
reform agenda nationwide.
http://www.transact.org/jobs.asp#5

-> 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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