Issue #100 Friday, July 2, 2004

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.

  Senate Conferees Press House to Adopt $318B TEA-21 Level
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Program Topics List Posted
  IMBA's Blumenthal to Take Over at Bikes Belong
  Colorado Safe Routes Bill Becomes Law
  Betsy Jacobsen is New Colorado Bike/Ped Coordinator
  Pitt, Aca to Create Underground Railroad Bike Route
  Are You Ready for Active Aging Week?
  Bike to Work Victoria Participation Up 37%
  July Consumer Reports Tests Bike Helmets
  Northern Virginia's W&OD Trail Threatened by Power Co.

  NY Riverwalk Project Gets boost from Walkable Community Workshops
  Missourians Flock to St. Charles' Walkable "New Town"
  W. Warwick (RI) Councillor Learns Walkability at NCBW Session
  Calif. Bill Emphasizes Vision over Zoning
  "Cool City" Grant Recognizes Portland (MI) Efforts
  Meredith (NH) Planners Told: Focus on Walking
  Urban Visionary Jacobs Ties Loose Ends with New Book
  Barnstable (MA) Commission Staffer Uses 11 Modes, No Car
  Santa Monica (CA) Tests Time-Share Cars
  5-Lane Road No Longer Stops Springfield (MO) Trail Users
  In Draper (UT), Biking to Store Becomes Reality
  Author Talks Livability at Delaware Conference
  L.A. Region Unveils Plan for More Walkable Future
  E. Brandywine (PA) Seeks to Break Driving Habit with Trails



-> According to an article in the July 1st issue of the Surface
Transportation Policy Project's Transfer newsletter, "House and Senate
conferees working on a TEA-21 renewal plan met for the second time June
23, where Senators voted 17-1 to offer the Senate's $318 billion
funding level to their House counterparts. The Senate action was
intended to prompt a conference committee agreement on surface
transportation funding over the six-year renewal period.

"After voting to officially convey the Senate offer, Conference Chair
and Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe immediately advised the House conferees
that the conference committee would meet July 7, when the House
conferees would be expected to act on the Senate's funding offer. This
third meeting of the conferees, occurring just after Congress returns
from the Independence Day Holiday, is now believed to be the key
milestone in the process. If the conferees can agree on a funding
level, the conferees are expected to continue working on a six-year
bill. Absent an agreement, it is likely the conferees will abandon
their efforts this year and move to extend TEA-21 into next year ...
While several House transportation committee leaders welcomed the
Senate's offer, other conferees, House leaders and the White House have
lined up against the $318 billion level..."

For more information, go to STPP's website at:
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-> As we celebrate the Fourth of July, it's important to remember
that the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 conference is just around the corner,
September 7-10, in Victoria, British Columbia.

Program director John Williams has placed the initial listing of program
topics on the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 section of the NCBW's web site, at:

"We'll have the final schedule posted within two weeks," Williams said.
"We're very excited by the breadth of the topics and issues that have been
offered as presentations. Participants are going to learn from the people
who are out in the field, actually making things happen."

Williams added that this year's conference will include many more opportunities
for learning and networking. "We've added a series of short presentations as
well as two poster sessions with more than 50 posters confirmed at this
time," Williams said. "Both of these additions will increase the
opportunities to network with practitioners in the fields of bicycle and
pedestrian facility design, safe routes to school, and developing active

You can learn more about the biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference and register
for the conference at:

For those who are attending the conference, it's important to remember to book
your rooms in the hotels surrounding the Victoria Conference Centre as early
as possible. Several of the hotels will begin relinquishing their conference room
blocks as early as July. You can learn more about accommodations at:
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-> According to a June 28th release, "Bikes Belong, the bicycle
industry coalition dedicated to putting more people on bikes more
often, today announced its selection of a new executive director. Tim
Blumenthal, 49, current CEO of the International Mountain Bicycling
Association (IMBA), has been picked from a pool of more than 500
applicants to direct Bikes Belong during its next phase of growth and
bike industry leadership. He will start work in September.

"Blumenthal has served as executive director of IMBA--now the world's
largest mountain bike advocacy group -- since 1993. At Bikes Belong,
Blumenthal will work to increase government support for bike paths,
trails, safe routes to work and school, and other key components of
bicycle-friendly communities. He will strive to generate positive
publicity for cycling, particularly among kids and families. He will
further develop the Bikes Belong organization by expanding its
already-strong membership and revenue base, enhancing its support of
other non-profit bicycling groups, and cultivating new partnerships
inside and beyond the cycling community. Blumenthal will replace Rich
Olken, Bikes Belong's first executive director, who has served since
1999 and will retire later this year..."

For more info, go to:
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-> According to the June 22nd issue of News from Bicycle Colorado, "On
June 5th, 30 days after passing the Legislature, the Colorado Safe
Routes to School Bill automatically became law without Governor Owens'
signature. Next BC will work with the Department of Transportation to
help craft the Safe Routes program and make funding available to Safe
Routes projects as soon as possible."

For more info, go to:
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-> The same issue of News from Bicycle Colorado brought this news: "We
are pleased to welcome Betsy Jacobson as CDOT's new Bicycle and
Pedestrian Coordinator. Betsy joins CDOT from her previous role
leading bicycle efforts within the City of Fort Collins' SmartTrips
office." Betsy may be reached at <betsy.jacobsen@dot.state.co.us> and
CDOT's bicycle program is at:
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-> According to a June 30th release, "The University of Pittsburgh's
Center for Minority Health (CMH) at the Graduate School of Public
Health (GSPH) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Adventure
Cycling Association, the nation's premier bike-touring organization, to
create an Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. In addition to
identifying the route and developing a set of maps describing it, the
collaborators will provide the public with an assortment of history-
and health-related activities related to the route, including
Underground Railroad bicycle tours.

"CMH and Adventure Cycling share the goal of encouraging people from
all walks of life and cultural backgrounds, including African
Americans, to explore the landscapes and history of America by bicycle.
The organizations created this partnership in recognition of the
capacity for bicycle travel to build stronger cross-cultural
relationships among the nation's citizens while promoting lifelong
health through a form of physical activity available to people of all
ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. 'The challenge to eliminate racial
and ethnic health disparities requires implementation of interventions
that are scientifically sound and culturally appropriate,' said Stephen

Thomas, Ph.D., CMH director and Philip Hallen Professor of Community
Health and Social Justice at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate
School of Public Health..."

Source: http://newsbureau.upmc.com/MedSurg2/UndergroundBikeTour.htm
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-> According to an item in the June 30th USC Prevention Research Center
Notes, "Jazzercise, Inc., the world's leading dance-fitness program,
and the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) are gearing up for
the second annual Active Aging Week, September 27-October 3, 2004. This
national health observance raises awareness of the benefits of physical
activity and proper nutrition for older adults. Last year, aging adults
and numerous fitness and wellness facilities and professionals
enthusiastically embraced the weeklong initiative, so be sure to mark
your calendars to participate in this year's event..."

For more information, email <colinmilner@icaa.cc> or visit:

For more on the USC Prevention Research Center Notes, go to:
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-> Thanks to Linda Saunders of Bike to Work Victoria for this update:
"Here are the final results from Bike to Work Week 10:

Source: http://www.biketoworkvictoria.ca
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-> According to the June 21st issue of the Helmet Update from the
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, "Consumer Reports has an article on
helmets in their July issue. The article rates 15 adult helmets, eight
youth models and six toddler helmets. That is a very small
cross-section of the hundreds of models on the market, but it
represents the only independent lab test data publicly available, so it
is a major event in the helmet field..."

You can read the article in the July issue of Consumer Reports,
available at news stands for several weeks and thereafter in your local
library or for a fee on the Consumer's Union Web site at:

For more information on BHSI, go to:
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-> According to an item in the July 1st BikeLeague News, "Dominion
Virginia Power has begun planning for a new 230,000-volt transmission
line in western Loudon County. Currently, their preferred alignment is
the W&OD Trail from the east side of Leesburg to an area east of
Purcellville. To put the line there, the company would remove most of
the trees on the 100-foot wide W&OD trail property to make way.
According to Dominion Virginia Power, transmission lines with this
voltage would require 110-foot tall steel towers set 450-700 feet
apart. During the construction, trail users would almost certainly have
to take significant detours and, at times, the trail may be closed to
all users."

To see the effects of such a project and to support efforts to help
prevent or mitigate this damage to the trail, visit:

For more on the League of American Bicyclists, go to:
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"These set-asides [for rail-highway grade crossings, safe routes to
school and rural road safety] may in fact be good safety improvements
in some States, but in other States, these requirements simply divert
resources away from programs that can actually save a greater number of

-- From a June 22nd letter from USDOT Secretary Norm Mineta to
Senator Inhofe, opposing provisions in the draft transportation bill
for a Safe Routes to School program.



Scott Reigle, a Senior Transportation Planner in Binghamton, New York, recently
advised us that the city's riverwalk project is moving along steadily, partially
thanks to the fact that the Broome County MPO offered one of NCBW's Walkable
Community Workshops in the spring of 2003.

"There is a connection between the riverwalk project and the Walkable
Community Workshops," wrote Scott. "The City had completed its multi-phased Riverwalk
Plan, and was in the process of creating a Local Waterfront Revitalization
Plan at the time of the Workshops back in May 2003. I believe the Workshops
provided motivation to forge ahead with the riverbank trail development
plans, as well as realize the need for the city to team-up with local
businesses and organizations to make the trails successful."

Scott attached an article with more details concerning their riverwalk project. You
can download that article as a .pdf at:

THe NCBW has just announced Round III of the Walkable Community Workshop series offered
through MPOs. Applications must be completed by August 13, 2004. Applications were mailed
directly to all MPOs across the country. If you did't receive one, you can download the
application as a .pdf file at:

To learn more about the Walkable Conmmunity Workshop series, you can visit:

If you have questions about the series, please contact the NCBW's Bob Chauncey at
<bob@bikewalk.org>, or by phone at 410-570-5765.
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-> A June 30th Business Wire article suggests readers, "Imagine a place
where your kids can ride their bicycles down the street, where your
favorite coffee shop is right around the corner, where the produce
vendor at the farmer's market knows your name ... this place isn't only
a dream; it's a reality at New Town at St. Charles. New Town, near
Historic St. Charles in St. Charles County -- collar county to St.
Louis -- was planned as a traditional neighborhood development with
five compact walkable and mixed-use neighborhoods -- each is
approximately a half-mile across -- surrounding a series of lakes. The
five neighborhoods are a mix of residential and commercial uses ...

"The recent grand opening of New Town's sales center drew a massive
number of interested people. 'In the history of our company, we've
never seen anything like the incredible enthusiasm generated by New
Town at St. Charles. Before we open a neighborhood, we usually have 30
or 40 inquiries," said [Greg Whittaker, president of Whittaker Homes],
"but with New Town, we had more than 1,100 people expressing interest
in our first phase of 600 sites before the opening. We've sold 350
homes in three months alone and have more than 3,000 people on a list,
expressing interest for Phase II and Phase III!'..."

Archive search:
Cost: No
Title: "The American Dream in America's Heartland; St. Charles County -
a Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name"
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-> According to a June 24th Kent County Times article, "Navigating the
streets of Arctic can be a challenge for pedestrians, but a recent
'Walkable Workshop' presented ideas and corrections that could be used
in an effort to make Main Street more walker-friendly. West Warwick
Town Councilman Leo J. Costantino Jr. (R-Ward 4) attended the workshop,
and he admitted that when he first heard about it, he was prepared to
be 'underwhelmed.' 'But I came away educated with a different awareness
and a lot of ideas of different ways of accomplishing things,' he said.
The workshop had the attendees walk the streets of Arctic so that they
could experience first hand what obstacles were in the way and the
challenges of crossing the street.

"'You either feel the pedestrian owns the street or the motorists own
the street,' said Costantino. 'And when you walk the streets in Arctic
there's no question that the motorists own the streets. They gave us
some techniques for the pedestrians to take the street back.' The
workshop covered the topic of crosswalk visibility and the right way to
mark a crosswalk. Costantino said they also learned different ways to
force cars to slow down, such as using mini-rotaries. 'If you want to
create a vibrant business district people have to feel comfortable
crossing the streets,' he said. 'And that's not (the case with Arctic).
It's a major thoroughfare.'..."

Archive search:
Cost: No
Title: "On the sidewalks of Arctic"
Author: Tracy Scudder
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-> According to a June 28th San Jose Mercury News article, "People love
places like downtown Willow Glen, Los Gatos and Mountain View. They
stroll the streets and linger, with or without laptops, at coffee
shops. People who work in stores or nearby offices rarely get in their
cars at lunchtime because it's so easy to walk to Aqui or Kuleto's or
The Cantankerous Fish. It's no coincidence that these are older
neighborhoods. Since the 1950s, zoning in the United States has
discouraged building them. But a bill moving through the California
Legislature this month would make it easier for communities to mix
stores, offices and different kinds of homes in new, walkable
neighborhoods that mimic popular older ones.

"Assembly member Patricia Wiggins' AB 1268 should become law -- and it
should be required reading for local officials all over the state.
Cities that haven't been thinking about this kind of planning ought to
be. At issue is the pattern of growth known as sprawl, which is what
today's standard zoning calls for. Rather than creating walkable
communities, it puts clumps of offices here, tracts of houses there,
and stores in strip malls on wide roads that are difficult to navigate
on foot. As drivers become frustrated with the time they spend in
traffic, there's more talk of building communities where it's easy to
walk to shops, offices and parks. It's at the heart of San Jose's
ambitious plan for a whole new community in the Coyote Valley. But this
increasingly popular idea still requires an exception to standard

"Wiggins' bill would make it easy. Instead of drawing lines on maps to
show what goes where, communities could present a vision for new
neighborhoods -- for example, setting standards to make the streets
inviting to pedestrians as well as cars. Cities including Petaluma and
Palo Alto are experimenting with this type of zoning, but some land use
attorneys have questioned its legality. Wiggins' bill would remove
doubts. Cities ought to be encouraged to offer alternatives after 50
years of building primarily for cars. Wiggins' bill is a positive step.
Amended last week in the Senate, it should quickly win the Assembly's
approval and the governor's signature..."

Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Walkable? Zoning bill is the key"
Author: Mercury News Editorial
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-> According to a July 1st State News article, "Where the Looking Glass
and Grand rivers meet, lies a small city with not so small dreams. It's
a city where the Chocolate Moose ice cream shop serves up mountains of
cherry cheesecake dessert in waffle cones. It's a place where the city
council has made sure almost every sidewalk leads somewhere, so kids
can get to school without walking in the street. There, young
entrepreneurs could buy a three-story building from the city for $1 -
if they promise to fix it up. And if you're lucky, you can catch the
glimmer of happiness in a fisherman's eye, as he winds in his catch of
the day near the town's own dam.

"The people who live in the city of Portland think these one-of-a-kind
qualities give their city a quaint, small-town feel that makes it a
pretty cool place to live. And Gov. Jennifer Granholm agrees. Portland
city officials will join officials from 16 other communities today at
Kellogg Center for a 'Cool Cities' conference. There they will meet
with state officials who will help them begin their journey to
coolsville. The two-square-mile town of 3,789 people was the only
Mid-Michigan city selected to receive a $100,000 'Cool Cities' grant
from Granholm's pilot program..."

Source: http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=24573
Archive search: http://www.statenews.com/archives.phtml
Cost: No
Title: "Little city that could"
Author: Jaclyn Roeschke
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-> According to a June 29th Laconia Citizen article, "America needs to
rethink its planning methodology if it wants to develop vibrant
communities that promote walkability, preservation of green space, and
diversity, according to a pioneer in the livable community movement.
Tom Hylton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, was the keynote
speaker for the Lakes Region Planning Commission's annual meeting held
Monday at the Inn at Church Landing.

"Hylton is the author of 'Save Our Land, Save Our Towns,' a book which
motivated the state of Pennsylvania to produce a strategic plan to
preserve farmland and forests, and to revive its cities and
neighborhoods. 'We've squandered the land as recklessly as we did the
timber and the buffalo 100 years ago,' said Hylton ... American's
dependence on automobiles has turned 'greenscapes into junkscapes,'
said Hylton, arguing nationally there are 67 paved parking spaces for
every one car..."

Archive search: http://archive.citizen.com/search_index.asp
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Title: "Pulitzer winner asks Planning Commission to think green"
Author: Bea Lewis
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-> According to a June 29th New York Times article, "Four decades after
she fought to save Washington Square Park and wrote 'The Death and Life
of Great American Cities,' a seminal book that has reshaped urban
planning to this day, Jane Jacobs sits on her weather-beaten front
porch here, contemplating the untended meadow that is her front yard
and waving to neighbors as they walk by. At 88, she has trouble taking
even a few steps without her walker to dump junk mail into a recycling
bin she keeps handy on the veranda.

"'I used to bicycle to work,' she recalled with a nostalgic grin and
widening eyes that still twinkle through her big eyeglasses. 'There are
compensations, though. The older you get, the more loose ends that
you've observed through life get tied up. And that's interesting.' Ms.
Jacobs's tying up of loose ends has produced a quirky, somewhat
scattered but typically iconoclastic new book, 'Dark Age Ahead' (Random
House), her eighth. As its title so bleakly suggests, it sounds a
litany of warnings about Western society, which she sees as tilting
toward a steep decline, or at least a critical reckoning. 'The purpose
of this book is to help our culture avoid sliding into a dead end,' she
writes at the start of the compact, 241-page work. At the end, she
concludes, 'Formerly vigorous cultures typically fall prey to the
arrogant self-deception for which the Greeks had a word, 'hubris.''..."

Archive search: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "War? Terrorists? No, Here's What's Really Scary"
Author: Clifford Krauss
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-> According to a July 2nd Barnstable Patriot article, "Melissa Mills
doesn't need to cross Lake Wequaquet to get from her Harwich home to
work at the Cape Cod Commission in Barnstable Village, but on Tuesday,
she did - to break a record and to make a point. Mills used 11 modes of
transportation on her circuitous route. More to the point, though, she
didn't use her car at all this week, not even to head off Cape on
vacation yesterday. For that, she was planning to take a Plymouth &
Brockton bus.

"This week was the fourth and final Cape Cod Alternative Tansportation
Week, an annual event to promote the use of alternatives to private
cars to get around the region. The event isn't going away, though; it's
just getting a new name. Next year, it will be called Smart
Transportation Week, in part to cross-promote the Cape Cod Chamber of
Commerce's 'Smart Guide: Car-Free Links to and around Cape Cod,
Nantucket and Marthan's Vineyard.'..."

For the record, here are the modes she (1) ran, (2) swam, (3) kayaked,
(4) walked, (5) bicycled, (6) took the bus, (7) carpooled, (8) sailed
across the lake, (9) rowed to shore, (10) rode a tandem, and (11)
finished up on a non-motorized scooter.

Source: http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/07-02-04-news/FS-Many.html
Archive search: http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/archives.html
Cost: No
Title: "Many ways to get where you're going"
Author: David Curran
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-> According to a July 1st Santa Monica Mirror article, "Time-share has
come to Santa Monica. Not in the form of vacation homes, but
alternative fuel automobiles. Local developer JSM Construction has
teamed up with Flexcar, a five-year-old, Seattle-headquartered,
national car-sharing program with locations in more than 20 U.S.
cities. At a press conference last week, JSM president Craig Jones and
Flexcar executives unveiled the hybrid vehicle that will be take up
residence at the Venezia Apartments on Sixth Street.

"'This is not the solution to transportation in Los Angeles,' says
Flexcar president and chief executive officer Lance Ayrault. 'It is one
solution that fits very nicely into certain lives -- people who choose
to live in densely populated urban areas.' The company has 750 drivers
across Los Angeles, sharing 30 cars, though they hope to have 100
within the year. The Venezia vehicle is the first in L.A. to be located
in a residential building. Santa Monica has one other Flexcar, based at
the Lantana development on Olympic Boulevard. Planning commissioner
Terry O'Day -- who helped bring the program to Santa Monica -- calls
Flexcar 'a new way of living.'..."

Source: http://www.smmirror.com/volume6/issue3/flexcar_parks_in.asp
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Flexcar Parks in Santa Monica"
Author: Kathleen Herd Masser

And, in a somewhat related item, the MassBike July Update says "[The
Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition] has been working to partner with
like-minded organizations and help our members get great benefits.
Here's the newest: Zipcar serves Boston-area residents with a network
of 160 shared cars available for rent by the hour or day. MassBike
members are eligible for a $25 driving credit upon joining Zipcar. (The
joining costs are a $25 application fee and a $100 security deposit.)"

For more information about MassBike, go to:

For more on Zipcar, go to:
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-> According to a July 1st News-Leader article, "Glenn Anderson braked
his bicycle and decided to sit for a bit Wednesday morning on the South
Creek/Wilson's Creek Greenway Trail just short of traffic-clogged
Campbell Avenue. But he didn't stop to wait out some of the 40,000
vehicles a day that are the last big barrier connecting pieces of the
trail. Instead, he wanted to hear about a project that will allow
cyclists, walkers and others to avoid crossing the five-lane street by
travelling under it. 'I'm really looking forward to it,' the
82-year-old said of a $332,000 project to add a trail underpass to the
culverts allowing water from South Creek to flow underneath Campbell,
as well as other improvements.

"Once the underpass similar to structures under Scenic Avenue and
Golden Avenue is open, the greenway trail will stretch from McDaniel
Park at National Avenue and Sunset Street to just short of Highway M to
the southwest. As work proceeds, work building sections of trail
between McDaniel Park and Campbell Avenue will be finished, Greenways
executive director Terry Whaley said. Once that's done the trail will
be 8.1 miles long, he said..."

Archive search: http://www.news-leader.com/archive/
Cost: No (but archives appear limited to 7 days)
Title: "Cyclists eager for greenway underpass"
Author: Mike Penprase
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-> According to a June 27th Salt Lake Tribune article, "A little boy
rides his scooter down to the store for a candy bar. A mom stops to
pick up a few things for dinner on the way home from work. An old man
sits at a counter with a cup of coffee, watching the world go by. These
may seem like mundane experiences, but they happen less and less as
Wal-Marts continue to supersize and little neighborhood markets
disappear. The SunCrest Market, which opened June 4, is trying to
reverse this trend. Perched atop Traverse Ridge, the store is a
centerpiece of the SunCrest master-planned community -- a type of
development that is bringing back corner stores across the country.
Whether these communities can bring them back to profitability is still
a question.

"After decades of consolidation among food retailers, individual
retailers are coming back slowly -- 'store by store,' said Todd A.
Hultquist, spokesman for the Food Marketing Institute. This trend is
happening primarily in cities, but in suburban and rural areas, too,
particularly in planned developments such as SunCrest..."

Archive search:
Cost: Yes
Title: "Corner Market Comeback"
Author: Michael Chandler
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-> According to a June 23rd Delaware Coast Press story, "Growth, it
seems, is on everybody's minds these days. There is talk of increased
traffic, pollution, loss of open space, farmland and sprawl. Many
people have said that development should simply stop in Sussex County
and that there are enough people here, but Ed McMahon, author of
'Better Models for Development in Delaware' and vice president and
director of Land Use Programs for The Conservation Fund, said that is
unrealistic. Instead, he suggests that by following six principles,
growth can be positive, contained and less harmful to the environment.
McMahon spoke at the Town and Regional Planning conference May 26, at
the Virden Center in Lewes. During the conference, his book was

"His principles for responsible development are :

"McMahon said in order for communities to implement these principles,
municipalities have to take several steps including creating a shared
vision for the future; identifying key natural, cultural, scenic and
economic assets; building local plans around the preservation and
enhancement of key assets; and picking and choosing amongst development
proposals. He said it is important to pay attention to a community
appearance as well as economics and ecology and to recognize the link
between land use and transportation planning..."

Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Ease congestion with community involvement"
Author: Paige Lauren Deiner
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-> According to a June 29th Business Wire article, "Preparing for a
region that will grow by 6.3 million people by the year 2030, the
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) unveiled 'The
Compass Vision,' an unprecedented strategy to accommodate that growth
while alleviating traffic congestion, improving air quality and
sustaining a livable region. Local elected officials and business
leaders from throughout Southern California joined SCAG officials in
announcing The Compass Vision, its long-term blueprint for Imperial,
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.
The plan, called 'The 2% Strategy: Shared Values; Shared Future,' was
presented at three news conferences in Orange County, the Inland Empire
and in Los Angeles.

"It offers a growth vision for the next 30 years on jobs, housing and
mixed-use development in centers and major transportation corridors.
Estimates indicate there will be an additional 6.3 million people in
the region by 2030, for a total population of nearly 23 million people.
If current trends continue, traffic congestion will more than double in

Some elements of the plan include:

Archive search:
Cost: No
Title: "Southern California Prepares for 6.3 Million in Population
Increase with Its Compass Vision -- Long-Term Blueprint For Growth"
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-> According to a June 27th Daily Local article, "It's a habit that's
hard to break. We hop in the car to go to a store that's really only a
10-minute walk away. It's just so much easier todrive -- especially if
there's no handy sidewalk or path to take us to our destination. Now,
East Brandywine officials are following the footsteps of other local
municipalities by planning ways to make it much easier to get around on
foot and leave the car in the driveway. The township, largely rural in
appearance but increasingly dotted with housing developments, has plans
to create a recreational trail system that runs the entire width of the
township, from Spatola Park on the west side to the Struble Trail in
the east.

"The concept originated in the township's parks and recreation
committee in 2002 as a plan to connect Spatola Park with the developing
East Brandywine Community Park. But when Township Manager Scott T.
Piersol heard the plan, he wondered why the trail had to end so soon.
Why not run the trail all the way through the township, he proposed,
and connect it to the Struble Trail instead? On the way, not only will
the trail connect with area parks and conservation areas, but it will
also wind through many existing and future housing development sites --
not to mention an elementary school. 'The idea is to interconnect
developments with their parks to encourage people to use something
other than vehicles,' said Piersol. 'Uwchlan township did it and it
makes perfect sense for us, too. It makes the whole township more

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-> "Council members praised [retiring member Ron] Parson for
'refocusing the City's economic development efforts' toward a town
square, a 'walkable city' and the benefits of a theatre district..."


-> "Corktown, in effect, exposed one of the basic flaws in the economic
development strategy that ruled in Detroit and southeast Michigan for
over half a century. If parking lots and freeways determined
prosperity, then Corktown and the region would be one of the world's
choice places to live..."



-> According to a June 30th Detroit Free Press article, "A Michigan
judge expressed disgust at a prosecutor who filed felony charges
against a 9-year-old boy in a case of bicycle tracks in wet cement.
Judge Matthew Switalski ripped the Macomb County prosecutor Tuesday for
wasting the court's time with the case, the Detroit Free Press reported
Wednesday. 'I'm going to be devoting two or three days to a case where
a second-grader drove his scooter over wet cement -- that just fries
me,' Switalski said. ... The judge met with the boy for 15 minutes
Tuesday before dismissing the case. 'I don't think he has a malicious
bone in his body,' Switalski said..."

Source: http://www.freep.com/news/locmac/bike30_20040630.htm
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Title: "Judge dumps felony charge against child"



-> According to a June 28th Daily Item article, "Done right, you are
eight feet up and breezing along. But with one false move, and you're
in serious trouble. Riding a Victorian highwheel bicycle is a blast
from the past, a healthy workout and a logistical puzzle. It is a fad
that had a very popular, very short, window of fame during the Gilded
Age, between the mid-1870s and 1890s ... The injuries and fatalities
caused by falls from a highwheel are responsible for highwheel's short
window of desirability. Because the rear wheel is so small, there's
little weight to it. If the front wheel stops for any reason -- a
stone, a curb or a shoelace caught in the spokes is enough to do it --
the rear wheel will flip up and over the rider's head, causing him to
literally ride the bike into the ground...

"Within the past year, modern daredevils Donnie Serfass of Tamaqua and
Dennis Schafer of Jim Thorpe have taken up the sport. They began
shaking off their winter lethargy in Allentown's Trexler Park, right
after the snow melted, to stay balanced and in shape for the festivals
in which they will ride this summer..."

Source: http://www.dailyitem.com/archive/2004/0628/fea/stories/05fea.htm
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Title: "Modern daredevils perfect 19th-century bicycle balancing act"
Author: AP


"An International Workshop;" Draft #1; by Steinfeld & Paquet; for the
U.S. Access Board, Washington, DC; March 29, 2004
Additional info at:

Final Report; Federal Highway Administration; Sept. 2003. 20mb pdf

"Health and Fitness professionals have used the activities and
exercises from the workbook in their programs and classes." First copy
is free. Call 1-888-OUR-AARP. For more info, go to:

Online tool from the Vermont Forum on Sprawl and the Orton Family


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:

July 16, 2004, PennDOT's Bicycle/Pedestrian Facilities Checklist
Training Seminar, Lewisburg, PA. Info: Joe Stafford, Executive
Director, Bicycle Access Council, phone: (717) 417-1299; email:

July 19-24 2004 - Towards Carfree Cities IV, Berlin, Germany. Info:
World Carfree Network, Kratka 26, 100 00 Prague 10, Czech Republic;
phone +(420) 274-810-849; fax: +(420) 274-816-727; email:

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.

September 9, 2004, Encouraging workplace cycling, Nottingham, UK.
Info: Emma Clews, Conference Secretary, Institute of Urban Planning,
School of the Built Environment, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD,
UK; phone: (0115) 951 4132; fax: (0115) 951 3159; email:

September 18-22, 2004, Rail~Volution: Building Livable Communities with
Transit, Los Angeles, California. Info: Rail~Volution phone:
503-823-7737 / 800-788-7077; fax: 503-823-7609; e-mail:

October 21-24, 2004, 17th National Trails Symposium, Austin, Texas.
Info: Dr. John Collins, University of North Texas, Department of
Kinesiology, Health Promotion & Recreation; phone: (940) 565-3422;

October 20-22, 2004, 2nd "Child in the City" Conference, London UK.
Info: Child in the City Foundation, Ms. Sandra van Beek, P.O. Box 822,
3700 AV Zeist, The Netherlands; phone: +31 (0)30 6933 489; +31 (0)30
6917 394; e-mail: <svanbeek@europoint-bv.com>


[Based on Federal Register: June 9, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 111).]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces
discretionary Cooperative Agreement opportunities to provide funding to
individuals and organizations in support of the implementation of the
National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety, a document designed
to reduce the incidence of bicycle related fatalities and injuries. In
FY02, NHTSA funded six (6) demonstration projects to support the
National Strategies 'agenda.' This year, NHTSA anticipates funding up
to four (4) demonstration projects for a minimum period of one year and
a maximum period of two years. These Cooperative Agreements will
support projects that foster implementation of the goals and strategies
under the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.

This notice solicits applications from public and private, non- profit
and not for-profit organizations, state and local governments and their
agencies or a consortium of the above. Interested applicants must
submit a packet as further described in the application section of this
notice. The application packet will be evaluated to determine which
organizations will be awarded cooperative agreements. Applications must
be received on or before 3 p.m. (EDT), on July 7, 2004. Questions may
be directed by e-mail to Ms. Maxine Edwards, Office of Contracts and
Procurement at <Maxine.Edwards@nhtsa.dot.gov>. All questions must be
submitted by no later than June 23, 2004.

For the entire Federal Register announcement, including relevant
addresses, go to:

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA), nonprofit org., seeks qual.
individ. to direct activities in heritage tourism area in No. Prince
George's County, MD. Applicant must be able to wk w/ diverse group and
have: prev. exp. developing tourism programs and incentives and/or
coord. heritage-related activities w/ approp. pub./pvt. agencies;
knowledge of historic preservation and related dev. activities;
excellent oral/written commun. skls; exp. writing grants; ability to
wk independently; BA/BS in rel. field; prof. in MS Word, Excel, E-mail;
skl in handling multiple projects; valid driver's lic. FT, $55,000
(incl. benefit pkg), EOE. For inquiries, job descript. call George
Denny, 301641-3147 days, or e-mail jean.denny2@verizon.net. Resumes
and application to: ATHA c/o Mayor George Denny, Town of Brentwood,
4300 39th Pl., Brentwood, MD 20722. Deadline at above address COB
Friday, 7/9/04.

Active Living Research is a $12.5 million national program [of the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation] to stimulate and support research that
will identify environmental factors and policies that influence
physical activity. Application Deadline: Sep. 1, 2004


The Community Cycling Center in Portland, Oregon is the largest bicycle
organization of its kind in the nation. We run experiential, hands-on
bicycle safety and maintenance programs for low-income youth and
adults. By providing bicycles to low-income adults, our groundbreaking
Create a Commuter program is the first federally funded program in the
nation to offer a truly flexible solution to meet the transportation
needs of low-income adults. We are the largest bicycle recycling
facility in the nation, recycling the volume of at least one school bus
every month. We also operate a full-service professional retail bike

Join our team of 30 employees and 1,000 volunteers! We are developing
a facility across the river in Vancouver, Washington. Our Vancouver
Programs Organizer will be responsible for the development of programs
and a facility in Vancouver. This is an AmeriCorps*VISTA position.
For more information, how to apply, and a full description, please see
our website:


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