S*E*A*S*O*N*S***G*R*E*E*T*I*N*G*S!!

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


Issue #86 Friday, December 19, 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
  Senate Passes Bill Targeting Obesity
  Please Help With Phase II Of NCBW's State DOT Scan
  Burlington (VT) Puts Walkability Lessons to Work
  Call for Presentations: Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004
  Chicagoland Bicycle Fed. Helps Rewrite IL Driver Manual
  S.F. Bay Area's MTC Approves $200M Bike/Ped Set-Aside
  New RWJF Report: Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids
  Tempe (AZ) Path Wins Statewide Award
  Europe to Clamp Down on Noise Pollution
  Recommending Traffic Control Changes for Older Travelers
  Call for Proposals - Active Living Research


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Building Exercise-Friendly Neighborhoods
  We Sit and Eat Instead of Walking, Biking, or Bowling
  Walkability Helps Make Cadillac (MI) "Cool City"
  Terre Haute (IN) Officials Await Trail Grant News
  Waikiki (HI) Releases Livability/Mobility Study
  Putting "Public" Back in New York City Public Space
  Parents Push Kids to Obesity
  Urban Cycling - Tale of 2 Cities
  Ellsworth (ME) Gets $400K Grant for Walkable High St.
  Exercise Can Help Keep Cancer at Bay
  Boise (ID) Parents Want Safe School Routes




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

SENATE PASSES BILL TARGETING OBESITY

-> According to a Dec. 12th article on the American Dairy Products
Institute website, "U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN),
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) today
applauded Senate passage of comprehensive legislation aimed at reducing
obesity, particularly among children and adolescents. The bill was
introduced by the Senators in June of this year.

"The 'Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act,' or 'IMPACT Act,'
recognizes significant problems associated with obesity including heart
disease, diabetes and cancer and works to reduce those problems by
encouraging better nutrition and more physical activity..."

The legislation will:

"Representatives Mary Bono (R-CA) and Kay Granger (R-TX) introduced
companion legislation in the House of Representatives earlier this
year. The bill still awaits House debate..."

Source:
http://www.americandairyproducts.com/newsdetails.asp?nid=321&start=
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PLEASE HELP WITH PHASE II OF NCBW's STATE DOT SCAN

-> In March 2002, the NCBW issued its report, "Are We There Yet?" (AWTY)
in which we considered the plans and policies of State DOTs. In most
cases, the information reported was provided by the State DOT's
bike/ped coordinator. Now, we're getting ready to begin Phase II of this
project. We've posted a description of how we're thinking about organizing
the projcedures. We'd like to have your help in determining how we
approach this project.

The draft of our scan procedures is at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm

Please download and review the .pdf (131k) and then follow the link with
the article to our online NCBW Forum discussion about the State DOT Scan.
We really want and need your comments, feedback, and suggestions.

The objective for this Phase II of our scan is to look at
what the agencies are really doing to accommodate pedestrians and
bicyclists in highway projects. We will accomplish this by encouraging
local advocates, state bike-ped coordinators, APBP and ITE members,
public health officials, and members of the general public to
participate in an assessment of at least a sample of recent state
projects. We will provide a tool and a methodology for conducting this
post-project review and assessment and encourage meetings with
appropriate State DOT staff to discuss the findings. Our hope is that
this process will help improve both the policies and practices of the
State DOTs with regard to highway design to accommodate all users.

Based on first-hand experience and comments from folks around the
country, it seems safe to say that a bit of a gap exists -- at least in
some states -- between policy and practice. Some recent State DOT
highway projects don't appear to include reasonable accommodations for
bicyclists and pedestrians, despite policies or stated practices to the
contrary. Through Phase II of this process, we hope to get a better
idea of what's going on out there in the "real world" of implementation.

As background, you can download a copy of the Phase I (AWTY) report on the
same NCBW Forum articles page:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm
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BURLINGTON (VT) PUTS WALKABILITY LESSONS TO WORK

-> According to a news item in the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian
Coalition Dec. 2003 newsletter, the Burlington Department of Public
Works "is working to incorporate some pedestrian improvements to
Battery St. that were discussed as part of the Walkable Community
Workshops held in June. In the workshops, pedestrian planners Cara
Seiderman and Peter Lagerway presented models of walkable communities,
and suggested improvements to make Battery St. less of a barrier
between downtown and the waterfront." [Note: the workshops were part of
NCBW's Walkable Community Workshop series being conducted around the
country.]

For more about the VBPC, go to:
http://www.vtbikeped.org/
For more on the Walkable Community Workshops, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is now soliciting
presentation proposals for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004, the 13th International
Symposium on Bicycling and Walking to be held September 7-10, 2004,
in Victoria, British Columbia.

"The theme of Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 is "Creating Active Communities"
through bicycling and walking," reports John Williams, who is heading
the program development team for the conference. "Our goal is to give
conference participants the tools to get things started and make
things happen in their communities."

Williams said that proposals are being accepted through an online form,
and that prospective presenters can learn more about completing and
submitting proposals at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/paper_submissions.htm
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CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED. HELPS REWRITE IL DRIVER MANUAL

-> According to a recent note from Dave Glowacz of the Chicagoland
Bicycle Federation, "The Illinois Secretary of State has published a
new version of its driver's manual, Rules of the Road. This
long-awaited edition has entirely new text on bicyclists, submitted by
us at the Federation! The key difference in the new text: It focuses on
what motorists should do to share the road. The previous text (a) had
much of the content directed to bike riders, and (b) didn't identify
some of the key moves that motorists make to cause car-bike crashes."

See the new language at:
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/rr/rr_chap09.html#bicyclists.
The CBF's website is at:
http://www.chibikefed.org/
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S.F. BAY AREA'S MTC APPROVES $200M BIKE/PED SET-ASIDE

-> According to an article in the Dec. 18th Marin County Bicycle
Coalition Weekly Bulletin, "On December 17, 2003 the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission approved $200 million in funds for a Regional
Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs. The funds were dedicated as part of
the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Transportation 2030 process,
which provides a guideline for how all available transportation funds
will be spent in the San Francisco Bay Area from the years 2005 through
2030...

"The process for creating these funds began in 1999 when Bay Area
bicycle advocates encouraged the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
to develop a Regional Bicycle Plan that would detail projects in local
bicycle plans which are of regional significance (such as connections
between counties, or providing "Safe Routes to Transit.) A Regional
Bicycle Plan was adopted by MTC in 2001, but no funds were allocated as
part of the 2001 RTP process..."

For more information, visit the MCBC website at:
http://www.marinbike.org.
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NEW RWJF REPORT: HEALTHY SCHOOLS FOR HEALTHY KIDS

-> From the Dec. 18th edition of CDC's Physical Activity e-newsletter,
we heard that "Two national polls show that teachers and parents
overwhelmingly agree that schools should provide daily physical
education and access to healthy foods as part of the solution to our
nation's childhood obesity problem. That is a key finding of the study,
Healthy Schools for Healthy Kids, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. The complete report, detailing two years of interviews,
school site visits and analysis of federal, state and local policies,
can be accessed on the RWJF Web."

Go to: http://www.rwjf.org/news/release/healthyschools
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TEMPE (AZ) PATH WINS STATEWIDE AWARD

-> According to a Dec. 15th news release, "The City of Tempe Transit
Office, Tempe in Motion, won the Governor's Pride in Arizona Award for
its Crosscut Canal Multi-Use Path Project at the Arizona Clean and
Beautiful Awards Conference on Dec. 12. The Arizona Clean and Beautiful
Awards recognize the best environmentally-friendly programs in Arizona.
Tempe received the award in the Transportation Enhancements category
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, go to:
http://www.tempe.gov/tim or:
http://www.arizonacleanandbeautiful.org
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EUROPE TO CLAMP DOWN ON NOISE POLLUTION

-> According to a Dec. 10th ENN World Wire News story, "Harnessing the
tireless power of computers and collective will, the old continent is
embarked on a new fight against a long-overlooked, but oft-overheard,
form of pollution: noise. At the heart of the program is a Europe-wide
drive to map noise levels in cities in 25 nations.

"Allowing eyes to see what ears hear, the maps will show Europe as
never before. They will be followed with plans to dampen the din and
calm public disquiet about the 24-hour aural assault of modern life. In
the same way that X-rays reveal broken bones, completed maps will help
show how the rumble of cars, planes, and trains sickens cities and,
experts fear, their inhabitants..."

Source: http://www.enn.com/news/2003-12-10/s_11170.asp
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RECOMMENDING TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGES FOR OLDER TRAVELERS

-> According to an article in the Dec. 16th TRB News, "Fluorescent pink
signs to alert drivers to traffic crashes, large print on road signs
for older drivers, and 'animated eyes' to caution pedestrians at
intersections are among the improvements federal highway engineers are
recommending that states consider to improve the safety and ease of
travel. The recommendations are included in the Federal Highway
Administration's (FHWA) update of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control
Devices, a publication used nationally by state and local
transportation agencies in designing and placing traffic signs,
signals, and pavement markings."

Source: http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=2177
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS - ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH

-> According to a recent note from Julie Weitzel of Active Living
Research, "Active Living Research has released Call for Proposals -
Round 3. The priority topics of this Round are: 1) environmental and
policy correlates of physical activity in under-studied populations,
and 2 impact of changes in community environments or policies on
physical activity. This Round will make available up to $3 million for
research grants. There are two cycles of funding in 2004. The deadline
for brief proposals requesting up to $600,000 over three years is
February 18, 2003. The second deadline is September 1, 2004 for
proposals requesting up to $150,000 for up to two years.

"Active Living Research is a national program of The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation and is administered by San Diego State University.
Active Living Research supports research that will promote active
living for all Americans by expanding our knowledge of how
environments, policies and practices influence physical activity.
Contact us by e-mail at <ALR@projects.sdsu.edu> or by telephone at
(619) 260-5534."

The Call for Proposals is available online at:
http://www.activelivingresearch.org
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

TEAM OF ENGINEERS CAN'T TOP SELF-TAUGHT BIKE MECHANICS

-> "On a rainy afternoon when the winds on North Carolina's Outer Banks
were uncharacteristically calm, a team of engineers tinkered with the
plane and waited in vain for the breeze to pick up before they finally
gave up trying to match the feat of the two self-educated bicycle
mechanics from Dayton, Ohio..."

Source "Wright brothers replica ends up in puddle"
http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/19Dec2003_news36.html
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

BUILDING EXERCISE-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a Dec. 14th Atlanta Journal-Constitution article,
"Inviting, tree-lined sidewalks. Speed bumps that make roads safe for
bikers. Zoning laws that inspire people to walk to work. This kind of
community might actually end the nation's obesity epidemic, and all the
attendant diseases that come with it. That's what experts in a variety
of fields are beginning to think, and they're joining forces to try and
create places to live that are also good for your health.

"'There's a new subfield, a marriage of urban planning and public
health,' says Reid Ewing, a research professor at the National Center
for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland. In the past five years,
experts have begun to realize that one's physical environment may be
directly linked to one's level of physical activity, he explains. That
connection may become critical as Americans grapple with a collective
weight problem that many now believe rivals smoking as a major public
health issue. As a matter of fact, more Americans are expected to die
from obesity-related causes than from smoking by the end of the decade,
according to the American Journal of Health Promotion..."

Source:
http://www.ajc.com/health/content/shared-auto/healthnews/envr/515959.html#
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Neighborhoods That Nudge People to Exercise"
Author: HealthDayNews
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WE SIT AND EAT INSTEAD OF WALKING, BIKING, OR BOWLING

-> According to a Dec. 4th CBS MarketWatch article, "If you were
wondering why the words obesity and epidemic are increasingly paired
together, wonder no more. Along with ingesting greater amounts of
fattening food, Americans are increasingly choosing sedentary leisure
activities over physically active pursuits such as swimming, gardening
and fishing.

"Twenty-nine percent of the leisure activities Americans chose as their
favorites involve physical movement, down from 38 percent in 1995,
according to a telephone survey of 1,017 adults by Harris Interactive.
The poll asked Americans to name their two or three favorite leisure
activities. Reading, watching TV and spending time with family top the
list, while swimming, walking, running and even gardening have fallen
out of favor.

"'The long-term trend clearly is fewer people like to do activities
which involve physical activity,' said Humphrey Taylor, chairman of the
Harris Poll for Harris Interactive...'We're more likely to want to sit
in a chair and talk to people or eat with people or read than we are to
go garden or fish or go bowling or play sports,' he said. And 'the
fatter we get the less we want to exercise.'..."

Source:
http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7B60183658-3851-4CC6-B002-29854CE7ECA9%7D&siteid=google&dist=google
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (free membership required)
Title: "Sedentary nation -- More Americans choose less-active leisure
time"
Author: Andrea Coombes
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WALKABILITY HELPS MAKE CADILLAC (MI) "COOL CITY"

-> According to a Dec. 16th Cadillac News article, "Following a cool
cities conference in Lansing, Cadillac found that it is well on its way
to achieving cool city status. With its walkability, goals of
pedestrian safety, activities and events, Cadillac has already created
a city that is attractive to people ages 25 to 34 years old. The Cool
Cities program is an initiative of Gov. Jennifer Granholm designed to
attract and keep young professionals in Michigan.

"Representatives from cities all over the state gathered in Lansing
Thursday to discuss the program. 'People don't relocate for the purpose
of taking a job, they relocate to a community they see as desirable,'
said Assistant City Manager Precia Emmons. 'There is a big emphasis on
cultural or arts offerings and walkability of communities. That fits in
nicely with we're already doing.' Carol Potter, director of the
Cadillac Area Visitors' Bureau, said Granholm addressed the group clad
in sunglasses and told everyone to wear them because Michigan is so
cool..."

Source: http://www.cadillacnews.com/articles/2003/12/16/news/news01.txt
Archive search: http://www.cadillacnews.com/archives/?search=advanced
Cost: No
Title: "Cadillac on its way to cool city status"
Author: Matt Whetstone

Related articles about Michigan's "Cool Cities Conference":
"Granholm's plan is cool way for state's economy to grow;" Keith
Schneider
http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/eschne17_20031217.htm
"'Hipsters,' Granholm discuss cool cities;" Stacey Range
http://www.lsj.com/news/local/031212_coolcities_1b-2b.html
"'Prime minister of cool' on path to transform cities;" Stacey Range
http://www.lsj.com/news/local/031212_florida_2b.html

Conference info:
http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160--79410--,00.html
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TERRE HAUTE (IN) OFFICIALS AWAIT TRAIL GRANT NEWS

-> According to a Dec. 18th Terre Haute Tribune Star article, "Native
plants and wildflowers of the Midwest may soon provide a unique
ecological trailhead along the National Road Heritage Trail, east of
the current Twigg Rest Area along U.S. 40...Terre Haute officials could
learn this week if the city will receive about $539,000 in grant money
from the Indiana Department of Transportation for the new trailhead...

"A general announcement on the state grant awards will be made
statewide Friday, said Gerald Nieman, manager of INDOT's transportation
enhancement grant program. Gov. Joe Kernan is scheduled to be in Terre
Haute on Friday, he said. The Twiggs Rest Area is the easternmost point
of the 5.5-mile bicycle/pedestrian National Heritage Road Trail..."

Source: http://www.tribstar.com/articles/2003/12/18/news/news05.txt
Archive search: http://www.tribstar.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title "Terre Haute park officials expect to hear about grant for
trailhead"
Author: Howard Greninger
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WAIKIKI (HI) RELEASES LIVABILITY/MOBILITY STUDY

-> According to a Dec. 18th Honolulu Advertiser article, "The city has
completed its Waikiki Livable Community Project, Livability & Mobility
Report, a comprehensive study intended as a reference for revitalizing
Waikiki and making it a better place for the people who live there. The
108-page document, which will be released tonight at the Waikiki Beach
Marriott Hotel, looks at all aspects of transportation in Waikiki from
streets and sidewalks to buses, cars, taxis and delivery trucks with a
focus on putting the pedestrian first.

"The report divides Waikiki into districts and includes eight pages of
proposed projects with some for each of the areas, including renovating
buildings; removing overhead utility lines; widening sidewalks;
improving bike paths, signage and street lighting; and adding parking.
It details improvements for residential streets and recommends moving
some loading zones onto side streets and restricting hours for larger
vehicles on Kuhio Avenue..."

Source:
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Dec/18/ln/ln12a.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Report looks at getting around in Waikiki"
Author: James Gonser

For more on the project, go to:
http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/dts/waikikilivable.htm
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PUTTING "PUBLIC" BACK IN NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SPACE

-> According to a Dec. 12th Gotham Gazette article, "New York City's
sidewalks are its best public spaces, the heart of the city's bustling
street life. Sidewalks are everywhere, 12,000 miles of them, enough to
stretch half way around the world. Everyone uses them. They move more
people daily than cars and subways, and play host to more people than
the city's parks. They take the place of the grand plazas and public
squares that are prominent in many European cities. Yet the city does
not take responsibility for its sidewalks. Instead, they are treated as
places to issue tickets and put advertising, as potential lawsuits, or
as by-products of new development. Instead of a positive approach that
celebrates sidewalks, the city spends most of its efforts trying to
punish people who use them.

"Recent actions by the City Council give the city new authority to
control newsstands, newspaper boxes and anything else that obstructs
sidewalks. In fact, the city controls just about everything that goes
on sidewalks, and everything people do on sidewalks. The city has the
power to give out a franchise for all 'street furniture,' including bus
shelters, information kiosks, and public toilets, and to allow
advertising on it all. There reportedly is even talk in City Hall about
pasting ads on garbage cans. And the city is just waiting for Albany to
renew a law that will let it repeat more of its periodic blitzes to
remove street vendors. But with all of its powers and ability to
enforce them with fines, the city has no overall policy or plan for the
use and enjoyment of public sidewalks. Its street furniture deals are
mired in negotiations that are anything but public. It is time to put
the public back in public space..."

Source: http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/landuse/20031216/12/806
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "The Sidewalks of New York"
Author: Tom Angotti
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PARENTS PUSH KIDS TO OBESITY

-> According to a Dec. 15th Tallahassee Democrat article, "In the
battle against the American bulge, every little bit can help. With that
in mind, some health-care and physical-education experts are eyeing
strollers. Once the province of babies, buggies are becoming luxurious
conveyances for older children, to the dismay of pediatricians and
others. Strollers traditionally were used for children from 'infancy up
to 36 months of age,' according to a definition developed at ASTM
International, a nonprofit group based in West Conshohocken, Pa., that
sets standards for products. More strollers, though, are being designed
to carry children through age 4 and beyond. KidCo, a Libertyville,
Ill., baby products company, introduced the LifeStyle line this year.
The strollers have stepped-up weight limits - up to 50 pounds.

"'You can see the trend out there,' said Carole Childs, marketing
manager at KidCo. The higher weight limit, of course, allows a family
to get a longer life out of a stroller, but it also reflects changes in
lifestyles. Children, as any pediatrician can attest, are bigger, which
is forcing stroller makers to push weight limits beyond the industry
standard of 40 pounds to accommodate even young toddlers. But that's
not all that has changed, according to marketers...'All you have to do
is walk around a fair or mall, and you see older and older children in
strollers,' she said. 'Parents want to cover a lot of ground and keep
children from getting tired at a big event. If we overuse strollers,
children are not going to be as physically active.'..."

Source:
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/living/health/7479024.htm
Archive search: http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Mega-strollers push obesity"
Author: Lini S. Kadaba
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URBAN CYCLING - TALE OF 2 CITIES

-> According to a Dec. 2003 Metropolis article, "Picture yourself
walking in a city where the predominant sounds are the rotational clink
of chains and the whir of spokes punctuated occasionally by bells
ringing or warning calls when you've drifted into a bicycle lane. You
can hear the sounds of conversation down the block, of doors onto the
street opening and closing, of footsteps. Now imagine standing on a
street where horns are blowing, brakes squealing, and revving engines
set off car alarms. As a pedestrian, you are forced to shout over this
sonic hurricane, to have your movements dictated by the rhythms and
noise of automobile traffic.

"The first city I described does exist, as my recent trips to
Copenhagen and Amsterdam proved. These locales are well-known for their
transportation policies that encourage bicycle ridership. The second
city also exists; it might be the town where you live, although I was
thinking specifically of my home, New York. After all, although it is
rife with non-vehicular traffic (pedestrians crowd the sidewalks and
subways run 24 hours a day), cars still dominate its streets. Yet this
monopoly on New York's blacktop may be changing. There are signs that
city officials are encouraging bicycle travel in the five boroughs,
and, officially or not, looking to European models for ways to
cultivate a cyclist-friendly atmosphere..."

Source:
http://www.metropolismag.com/html/urbanjournal_1203/urbancycling.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Urban Cycling: A Tale of Two Cities"
Author: Kristi Cameron
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ELLSWORTH (ME) GETS $400K GRANT FOR WALKABLE HIGH ST.

-> According to a Dec. 18th Ellsworth American article, "The city has
been awarded a $400,000 state grant for improvements scheduled to be
made in conjunction with a proposed High Street widening project. In
the spring, the Maine Department of Transportation plans to begin
widening the busy commercial strip from the intersection of High and
Main streets to Washington Street. The widening will result in two
travel lanes each for northbound and southbound vehicles, as well as
sidewalks on either side of the street.

"'We want to create a more walkable Ellsworth,' said City Planner
Michele Gagnon. Ellsworth will use most of the money for streetscape
improvements in the area proposed for widening, Gagnon said.
Improvements include landscaping and smaller -- 'human-scale' --
streetlights and fixtures. About 2 percent of the funds will go toward
the creation of a "pocket park" where Dunkin' Donuts is currently
located. The existing shop will close because the DOT needs most of the
land for the widening. A new Dunkin' Donuts is nearing completion at
the Mill Mall..."

Source:
http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/thisweek/12-18-03/ea_news1_12-18-03.html
Archive search: http://www.ellsworthamerican.com/ea_archive.html
Cost: No
Title: "City Lands $400K Grant"
Author: Jennifer Osborn
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EXERCISE CAN HELP KEEP CANCER AT BAY

-> According to a Dec. 12th CNN story, "For the nearly 10 million U.S.
cancer survivors, key ways to protect against a recurrence of illness
include maintaining a healthy weight and diet and exercising, the
American Cancer Society recommends. These are no guarantees, but they
can help, said Colleen Doyle, the society's director of nutrition and
physical activity.

"To help educate patients about life after cancer treatment, Doyle and
other experts have co-authored a consumer friendly guide that separates
fads and frauds from choices backed by scientific data. While cancer
patients may be familiar with some of the information, newer guidelines
for exercise may come as a surprise. In the past, some cancer patients
were discouraged from exercising, but nowadays such advice isn't
necessarily the case..."

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/12/12/hln.fit.cancer.exercise/
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Exercise may help ward off cancer's return"
Author: Kat Carney
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BOISE (ID) PARENTS WANT SAFE SCHOOL ROUTES

-> According to a Dec. 18th Idaho Statesman article, "Like many
parents, Paige Morgan drives three of her children to McKinley
Elementary School every day. The school is within walking distance of
Morgan's home in the Franklin Randolph Bench neighborhood, and she'd
like her kids to get more exercise. But she says the walking route
simply isn't safe. 'There's no way our kids are even allowed to play
out front,' Morgan said. 'We know it's not safe for them to walk to
school.'

"The area's neighborhood association wants to change that. In the
coming year, the group will work on a plan to identify the barriers to
walking safely in the neighborhood and ways to eliminate those
obstacles. For Morgan, those barriers include dangerous intersections,
such as the Cole Road-Hummel Drive intersection near her house and the
intersection at Camas Street and Hummel where high school students
drive to and from Borah High School..."

Source: http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=56347
Archive search: http://www.idahostatesman.com/Search/index.asp
Cost: No
Title "Neighbors want to make community safe for walking walk on
fitness, community"
Author: Emily Simnitt
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S (NEW SECTION!)

COLUMBUS (OH)

"A developer's desire to meet the spirit of Clintonville's urban
commercial overlay...was approved by the Columbus Board of Zoning
Adjustments Tuesday night...providing an attractive development that
was walkable for much of the surrounding neighborhood..."
http://www.thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=common&story=thisweeknews/121803/cln/News/121803-News-351545.html

N. WILDWOOD (NJ)

"City Council in a 5-2 vote passed an ordinance [to allow] businesses
in the city's general business zone...to include residential flats or
apartments above their first-floor commercial properties...the plan
would bring residential and commercial together creating 'walkable
neighborhoods.'..."
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/cape/121803ZONINGDEC18.html

ATLANTA (GA)

"Sandy Springs advocates hope [a special tax district] will rejuvenate
an increasingly shabby section of Roswell Road...citing the
Virginia-Highland area...as a model [of] a mix of restaurants, shopping
and services that will encourage people to leave their cars and spend
money in Sandy Springs..."
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/northfulton/1203/18district.html

KIMBALL JUNCTION (UT)

"During the next 20 years, three major projects will double Snyderville
Basin's population while tripling the junction's commercial activity.
But the new designs emphasize "walkable communities" -- a stark
contrast to the strip development that now borders state Route 224 near
Interstate 80..."
http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Dec/12072003/utah/117816.asp


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

IT'S THE MOST FATTENING TIME OF THE YEAR

(to the tune of "Most Wonderful Time of the Year")

"It's The Most Fattening Time Of The Year
With that pumpkin pie filling
and everyone swilling down eggnog and beer
It's The Most Fattening Time Of The Year

"It's the lip-smakinist season of all
while you're shopping you're cheating
impulsively eating that junk at the mall
it's the heav heaviest season of all..."

Humor from Bob Rivers, Bob Rivers' Twisted Tunes
From the CD, More Twisted Christmas, by Bob Rivers & Comedy Corp.
http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/its_the_most_fattening_time_of_t.htm


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

-> "ECONOMIC VALUE OF WALKABILITY"
Transportation Research Record 1828, Transportation Research Board
(www.trb.org), 2003, pp. 3-11; by Todd Litman, Victoria Trasport Policy
Institute. "Current transport planning practices tend to undervalue
walking."
http://www.vtpi.org/walkability.pdf

-> "OP-EDS - A COST-EFFECTIVE STRATEGY FOR ADVOCACY"
"Strategic Communications for Nonprofits" guide by Denise Keck;
published by the Benton Foundation for the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. (3.8mb)
http://www.benton.org/publibrary/op-eds/Op-Eds.pdf

-> "LIGHTS...ACTION...CAMERA!"
Subtitled "Creating a video message on the cheap;" by Ted Needleman,
The Nonprofit Times, Aug. 1, 2001.
http://www.benton.org/publibrary/practice/features/NPTimesAug2001.html

-> "SPEED CAMERAS: 10 CRITICISMS AND WHY THEY ARE FLAWED"
UK Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and the Slower
Speeds Initiative Research Briefing, December 2003.
http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_rdsafety/documents/page/dft_rdsafety_026034.pdf

-> "WORLD TRANSPORT POLICY & PRACTICE"
Volume 9, Number 2, 2003, is available now for download. The issue
includes articles on the Global Tyranny of Roads, Slow Vehicle Traffic,
European Sustainable Transport Policies, Promoting Sustainable Urban
Transport in Lahore, Pakistan; and others.
http://www.eco-logica.co.uk/WTPPhome.html

-> "WILL 'SMART BIKES' SUCCEED AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN THE U.S.?"
Paper by Paul DeMaio and Jonathan Gifford; subtitled "A study of smart
bike programs and their suitability for future use in the U.S."
http://members.aol.com/humorme81/metrobike/smartbikesaspublictransportation.pdf.

-> "PROMOTING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES RESOURCE GUIDE"
Resources for Michigan communities wanting to apply for the statewide
PAC awards.
http://www.mihealthtools.org/Communities/default.asp?tab=resources


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

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

-> JOB -- SR. TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- BLOOMINGTON, IN
Starting salary range is $38,000 to $41,500, following probation. Full
City benefits package applies. Major duties include implementing
alternative transportation projects called out for in the City's
Alternative Transportation and Greenways System Plan, maintaining and
amending the Greenways System Plan, serving as the Planning
Department's liaison with the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Commission, and assisting transportation staff with the completion of
annual work products directed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization
(MPO). Position works under supervision of the Long
Range/Transportation Planning Manager. Strong writing and presentation
skills are required. Ideal candidate would possess a Bachelor's degree
in planning or related field, with 1 to 3 years of job experience. A
Master's Degree may substitute for some of this job experience. Please
send resume or letter of interest before January 5 to: Employee
Services Department, City of Bloomington, P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, IN
47402. Please call Frank Nierzwicki, Long Range/Transportation Manager,
at (812) 349-3423 with any questions about this position.

-> 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


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

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