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


Issue #101 Friday, July 16, 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.


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Centerlines #101 Screaming Deal: Free Copy of #1!
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 -- Back to School Institute
  Walkable Community Workshop Pgm Applications Underway
  Got Ideas? Try Them Out on the TRB's Idea Program!
  Missouri Gov. Holden's Fitness Challenge
  Brookings' Katz: "Neighborhoods of Choice and Connection"
  Bicycle-Friendly Cities Applications Due August 20
  Colorado Safe Routes Sponsor Hit by Driver
  CDC Youth Media Campaign Survey On-Line
  1/3 of Euro Child Deaths: Traffic, Environment
  Aug 2 Abstract Deadline: Active Living Research Conf.
  Chicago's Millenium Park Bike Station Opens
  ePodunk Looks at Walking to Work Stats

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Pedometers Give People Exercise Incentive
  60% Kailua (HI) Residents Want Ped-Friendly Downtown
  Walkable Salt Lake (UT) N'hood Has "Great Energy"
  Rockwood (WI) Trail Projects Gets Funding Boost
  Great Falls (MT) to Spend $3M on Sidewalks
  Glendening Talks Smart Growth in Baton Rouge (LA)



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

CENTERLINES #101 SCREAMING DEAL: FREE COPY OF #1!

-> Yesterday, the Transportation Research Board celebrated publication
of the 100th issue of their Transportation Research E-Newsletter. Which
got us thinking -- we should make some noise about our 101st issue
(i.e., this one!), since we didn't make any noise about our 100th issue
a few weeks ago, being the humble people we are. So, to celebrate,
we're offering anyone who writes to the editor (john@montana.com) a
FREE copy of issue 1, published September 18, 2000. Act now! Editors
are standing by!
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PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004 -- BACK TO SCHOOL INSTITUTE

-> This year's ProWalk/ProBike, Creating Active Communities Conference
will feature a one-day program on safe routes to school. We are calling
it the "Back to School Institute." It will be held Tuesday, September
7th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the conference facility. Registration
for the Institute is $75.00 (lunch included). Presenters will include
experienced SRTS practitioners from around the globe and specialists on
community involvement and social marketing. Participants will be given
a prospective look at the opportunities, responsibilities and
possibilities of a federally legislated and funded SRTS program.
Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants.

The draft agenda for the Back to School Institute can be found at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/BTSI.pdf

You can register for the event at the PW/PB registration site (choose
"SR2S INSTITUTE" option at bottom):
https://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/reg_form.htm
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WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP PGM APPLICATIONS UNDERWAY

Many of you are immersed in the process of applying for Round III of
our Walkable Community Workshop program. And how do we know this?
Because many of you have written us, expressing your interest in the
program. With several of these expressions of interest have come
questions. Here are a few of the latter, along with the answers.

  1. Do I need to be with an MPO to apply? No. MPOs are the obvious
    choice for pulling together community interest in walkability, but city
    or county planning departments can also do a fine job. State or local
    public health departments are also well positioned to coordinate a
    series of workshops. If you have questions about how your community
    might best apply for the program, contact Bob Chauncey
    <bob@bikewalk.org>.

  2. Where is my nearest MPO? For a list of all MPOs, by state, visit:
    http://www.ampo.org

  3. Will you consider applications from outside the US? Yes, but we
    might have to increase the price to offset higher travel costs.

  4. Is there any flexibility in the application deadline? Unfortunately,
    no. We really need to hear from you by August 13.

  5. How can I convince my board (or my boss) that participation in the
    program is a good idea for us? You can cite some numbers -- 3000
    participants from 21 regions over the first two years of the program,
    to indicate the degree of public interest. You can cite the
    endorsement of AMPO and the receipt of the 2004 Institute of
    Transportation Engineers (ITE) Pedestrian Project Award for Education
    to indicate the degree of professional support. You can cite the
    outstanding quality of our instructors -- last year's group included
    Bruce Appleyard, Kristin Bennett, Dan Burden, Bob Chauncey, Mark
    Fenton, Charlie Gandy, Megan Hoyt, Bill Jack, Pete Lagerwey, Gary
    MacFadden, Erica McArthur-Allison, Peter Moe, Sharon Roerty, Cara
    Seiderman, and Deb Spicer -- to indicate the quality of our staff. And
    we can provide testimonials from MPO coordinators and WCW participants
    to indicate the use to which the program's lessons are being applied
    across the country.

Additional questions? Again, contact Bob Chauncey <bob@bikewalk.org>.
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GOT IDEAS? TRY THEM OUT ON THE TRB'S IDEA PROGRAM!

-> According to the July 13th issue of Transportation Research
E-Newsletter, "TRB's Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA)
Programs have issued a request for proposals for start-up funding for
promising, but unproven, innovations in surface transportation
systems. The programs' goals are to seek out and support new
transportation solutions that are unlikely to be funded through
traditional programs. To be considered during the current award cycle,
proposals must be submitted by September 1, 2004."

Source http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=3923
Download details (5mb) at:
http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/sp/idea_announcement.pdf
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MISSOURI GOV. HOLDEN'S FITNESS CHALLENGE

-> According to a July 8th release, "Now is the time and today is the
day for you to join others in your community in a great event -- SHAPE
UP MISSOURI! -- a program of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness
and Health (GCPFH). In Missouri 60% of adults are overweight or obese.
One of the primary reasons for obesity is lack of physical activity.
With 26.5% of Missouri's adults having no leisure-time physical
activity and 44.1% of high school students not being enrolled in
physical education classes, Missourians suffer from many chronic
diseases caused by obesity. Costs associated with obesity in Missouri
are estimated at $1.6 billion.

"Governor Holden believes it is time to take action against obesity and
all the diseases to which it leads, by kicking off the 2nd annual SHAPE
UP MISSOURI! program. This year SHAPE UP MISSOURI! will kick off on
September 13th and run through November 5th (Registration began July
1st) with individuals, families and seniors from your community
registering to participate in the challenge..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.mofitness.org/shapeupmo.htm
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BROOKINGS' KATZ: "NEIGHBORHOODS OF CHOICE AND CONNECTION"

-> According to an article in the July 13th Broookings Metro Update,
"Neighborhood policies in both Britain and America should aim to create
'neighborhoods of choice and connection,' argues program Director Bruce
Katz in a major new brief delivered last week at the Joseph Rountree
Foundation's Centenary Event in London. The brief and lecture,
presented on the centennial of the UK's leading funder of social
research and development work, offer a wide-ranging survey of American
neighborhood policy since the 1960s as well as a new goal for future
work.

"The paper opens with an overview of the nature of American
neighborhood distress and how leaders have responded to it in recent
decades. Here Katz identifies three distinct sets of neighborhood
policies and assesses them. Building on that analysis, the brief then
provides a series of observations on how neighborhood leaders and
policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic can embrace a new
neighborhood paradigm that includes residents of all income strata
while linking them to quality education, training, and other routes to
economic opportunity. Declares Katz in the brief: 'A true rebirth of
distressed areas will only occur if we make these places neighborhoods
of choice and connection.'

The brief may be downloaded here:
http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/20040713_katz.htm
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BICYCLE-FRIENDLY CITIES APPLICATIONS DUE AUGUST 20

-> The July 13th BikeLeagueNews, "Is your community bicycle-friendly?
Find out by applying for the League's Bicycle Friendly Community
awards, granted twice a year. To be included in the next review cycle
for the awards, submit both Part 1 and Part 2 of the application for
BFC status by August 20. The application asks for information on
engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and
evaluation/planning initiatives that encourage bicycling and make the
activity safer. Applications received on or before August 20, 2004 will
be considered in the next application review cycle, with announcements
of winning communities scheduled for October 2004. Please submit your
applications as soon as possible and thank you for helping create a
bicycle-friendly America.

"The League's Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is a national
grassroots effort to increase the number of trips made by bike, promote
physical fitness, and help make communities more livable. The Campaign
works in the most effective way possible -- town by town, city by city
-- to encourage bicycling and achieve a bicycle-friendly America."

Bicycle friendly Community website:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org
Online application:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/apply.cfm
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COLORADO SAFE ROUTES SPONSOR HIT BY DRIVER

-> According to an article in the July 14th edition of E-news from
Bicycle Colorado, "State Representative Greg Brophy, sponsor of the
Colorado Safe Routes to School Bill, was struck on his bike by the
driver of a Jeep in Steamboat Springs on July 1. Greg reports that
injuries include a broken left ankle and a broken right hip. As an avid
cyclist, he was participating in the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. Greg was
beginning the day's ride when the driver, heading in the opposite
direction, turned left and stuck Greg with the front of the vehicle.
The driver was ticketed at the scene.

"Greg's attitude is positive and he is already critiquing the
stationary bikes used in the physical therapy clinic. Bicycling will be
an important part of his rehabilitation and Greg pledges to be back in
shape for his favorite rides in summer 2005. Well wishes and words of
encouragement may be sent to: <greg@gregbrophy.net>

For more on Bicycle Colorado, go to:
http://bicyclecolo.org/
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CDC YOUTH MEDIA CAMPAIGN SURVEY ON-LINE

-> According to an article in the July 7th CDC Physical Activity
newsletter, "The Youth Media Campaign Longitudinal Survey (YMCLS) is an
annual national telephone survey of young people aged 9 to 13 years and
their parents. Survey questions are designed to measure the physical
activity-related beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of tweens and their
parents and to monitor youth exposure to the VERB campaign. The first
YMCLS (YMCLS 2002) was administered to more than 3,000 9-13-year-olds
and their parents nationally during spring 2002. This initial survey
was conducted before the launch of the national VERB campaign, and data
collected provide the baseline for future studies."

To view the survey, follow this link and click on "Longitudinal Survey."
http://www.cdc.gov/youthcampaign/research/resources.htm


1/3 OF EURO CHILD DEATHS: TRAFFIC, ENVIRONMENT

-> According to an article in the July issue of the European Federation
for Transport and Environment's T&E Bulletin, "A third of all child
deaths in Europe are caused by environmental factors and traffic
accidents, with up to 6.4% caused by fine particles, according to the
World Health Organization. The new research was published by the WHO
last month..."

For more on the World Health Organization report, go to:
http://www.who.dk/eprise/main/WHO/MediaCentre/PR/2004/20040617_1
For more on the T&E Bulletin, go to:
http://www.t-e.nu/
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AUG 2 ABSTRACT DEADLINE: ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH CONF.

-> According to an article in the July 8th CDC Physical Activity
newsletter, "Active Living Research is pleased to announce our upcoming
2nd Annual Conference scheduled on February 25 & 26, 2005, in San
Diego, California! The abstract submission deadline is Monday, August
2, 9:00 p.m. PDT. Registration for this year's conference is limited
to 200 participants. However, those selected to present poster or
paper presentations will be offered priority conference registration.
Abstracts selected for paper presentation at Active Living Research's
2nd Annual Conference will be expected to submit a manuscript for
possible inclusion in a supplemental issue of the Journal of Physical
Activity and Health (JPAH).

"In addition to our Call for Abstracts for the 2nd Annual Conference,
Active Living Research is joining the Journal of the American Planning
Association (JAPA) in supporting a special track in Planning and Public
Health at the 2005 American Planning Association (APA) Conference in
San Francisco, California March 19-23, 2005. A Call for Abstracts will
be posted very soon at the APA website at
http://www.planning.org/. Selected abstracts will
submit manuscripts for possible publication in a special issue of the
Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA)..."

Got questions? Contact Kevin Reese at <kreese@projects.sdsu.edu> or
(619) 260-5538.

The Call for Abstracts is available online at:
http://www.activelivingresearch.org/index.php/Call_for_Abstracts/122
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CHICAGO'S MILLENIUM PARK BIKE STATION OPENS

-> According to a recent release, "The new Millennium Park Bicycle
Station, which opens to the public on July 16th, will feature more than
300 secure, indoor bicycle parking spaces. Traditional bike racks would
accommodate less than half this number of bicycles, but high-capacity,
two-tiered racks allow more than twice as many bicycles to be stored in
the same amount of floor space...Parking capacity at the facility is
maximized with DoubleParker racks from Josta, a German manufacturer of
high-capacity bicycle parking systems and bike stands. Cycle-Safe, Inc.
collaborated with the City of Chicago and Josta to coordinate this
significant new installation."

For more information about the DoubleParker bicycle racks used in the
Millennium Park Bicycle Station, contact Richard Hartger, Cycle-Safe,
Inc. AT (888) 950-6531 or <info@cyclesafe.com>. For more on the
Millenium Park Bicycle Station, contact Simon Chan with the Chicago
Department of Transportation at (312) 742-4772
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ePODUNK LOOKS AT WALKING TO WORK STATS

-> In a recent note, Kristin Bennett wrote, "[ePodunk] recently moved
from Ithaca up to Rochester [and] might be an interesting highlight for
the next CenterLines. They have lots of other statistical analyses,
maps, etc. on lots of topics, some of which may be very useful to
CenterLines readers."

Kristin, who's the Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Specialist for the
Genesee Transportation Council in Rochester, NY, included a link to
ePodunk's COMMUTING BY FOOT page:
http://www.epodunk.com/top10/walkable_small_towns.html

A good starting place for browsing:
http://www.epodunk.com/profiles/index.html
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"As someone who is constantly overwhelmed with the demands of work, I
seem to have little time for anything outside of work. Managing time,
my scarcest resource, is the biggest challenge I face. Consequently,
I'm always looking for efficient ways to access reliable and accurate
information in the quickest way possible. Over the years, I have
discovered that CenterLines fits this need. Centerlines is the single,
best, one stop, easy to access, available resource, for information on
anything and everything related to bicycling and walking. I find
myself reading almost every article. I even bookmark my calendar to
note when the next addition of CenerLines will be available. So, to
John Williams and the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, a big
THANK YOU for your great work. Keep it up - all of us in the field
rely on you to keep us informed and in touch. "

Peter Lagerwey
Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Coordinator
City of Seattle


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

PEDOMETERS GIVE PEOPLE EXERCISE INCENTIVE

-> According to a July 1 Los Angeles Times article, "Pedometers have
become popular tools for keeping track of steps and promoting moderate
exercise. Now they've been used to get inactive people moving as well
as to discover how few steps college kids take each day. In a
University of Minnesota study examining the effectiveness of giving
inactive patients pedometers, 94 participants were given a brief talk
by a physician on the importance of exercise, a one-page handout
detailing the same, and three follow-up phone calls from a health
educator. About half were given a pedometer and asked to increase their
steps by 400 each week. They were also told to keep a record of their
daily steps.

"After nine weeks, both groups had walked more and incorporated more
physical activity into their daily lives. Those with pedometers (21 of
the 50 kept adequate logs) increased their steps by about 2,100 (from
6,700 to 8,800 a day) or about 20 minutes of walking. This group
increased its activity slightly more than those in the control group,
which also "significantly increased their amounts of physical
activity,' said lead researcher Dr. Steven Stovitz, an assistant
professor of family medicine. Pedometers, he said, appear to serve as a
constant reminder of how many steps patients were taking..."

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-pedometer28jun28,1,6228518.story?coll=la-headlines-health
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pedometers push people to walk more, exercise"
Author: Jeannine Stein
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60% KAILUA (HI) RESIDENTS WANT PED-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN

-> According to a July 12th Star-Bulletin article, "Kailua residents
want a more pedestrian-friendly town, according to survey results
released last week by the Kaneohe Ranch Co., which manages more than
550 acres of land in the Windward community. In addition to better
sidewalks and pedestrian access, Kailua residents indicated that they
would also like to see safer bicycle routes, restaurants with outdoor
seating, senior housing and a community center.

"The survey, which was funded by Kaneohe Ranch and conducted in April
by Ward Research, was designed to get the community's input on how best
to continue a town upgrade that has been going on for years. It was
sent to 17,000 Kailua households and returned by 2,832. More than 60
percent of the respondents said a walkable downtown is their No. 1
priority..."

Source: http://starbulletin.com/2004/07/12/news/story6.html
Archive search: http://search.starbulletin.com:8080/
Cost: No
Title: "Kailua wish list includes pedestrian-friendly town"
Author: Kawehi Haug
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WALKABLE SALT LAKE (UT) N'HOOD HAS "GREAT ENERGY"

-> According to a July 11th Salt Lake Tribune article, "Sugar House
Coffee sits on a busy corner, and owner Bob Evans knows nearly everyone
who passes by. He invites the daughters of his old University of Utah
roommate inside for on-the-house Italian sodas and jokes easily with a
woman at the next table when her puppy wanders over to make friends.
'It's not just coffee,' Evans says he wants to stir up with his
business. 'It's an interaction.'

"Evans, who grew up in Salt Lake City then moved to the Bay Area,
returned 25 years later and set up shop in Sugar House because, to use
a California phrase, 'It has great energy.' That energy comes from the
mix of people on the street and a matching mix of stores,
characteristics that stand out in a city known for homogeneity. 'This
is the only part of Salt Lake you can go to and have a range.'..."

Source: http://166.70.44.66/2004/Jul/07112004/business/business.asp
Archive search: http://166.70.44.66/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Business sweet in Sugar House"
Author: Michael Chandler
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ROCKWOOD (WI) TRAIL PROJECTS GETS FUNDING BOOST

-> According to a July 14th Herald Times article, "The proposed 14-mile
'Denrock' Trail along abandoned railroad between Denrock and Rockwood
just got a major boost. The [State Department of Natural Resources] is
awarding the county $200,000 through the Local Park Aid Grant Fund to
start developing the trail, a plan in the works since 1996. 'It's been
a long while,' said Mike Demske, director of the Manitowoc County
Planning and Park Department, adding that the county has filed another
grant application for the remaining $200,000 necessary to complete the
crushed limestone bike, hike, snowmobile, cross-country ski and horse
trail. The trail offers a scenic tour through kettle moraine topography
and rural farm country, and includes a trek over a bridge on the
Devil's River about 100 feet below.

"'That would be fantastic,' said Jim Nickels of Manitowoc, who along
with wife Mary Jane was looking at cycling equipment Monday at the
Bicycle & Fitness Co. on Eighth Street. The Nickels, now in their 50s,
recently biked the Elroy-Sparta Trail in southwest Wisconsin, and are
also avid fans of the Mariners Trail and Plank Road Trail in Sheboygan
County. Nickels said he believes cycling is really beginning to take
off in the area..."

Source:
http://www.wisinfo.com/heraldtimes/news/archive/local_16880294.shtml
Archive search: http://www.wisinfo.com/heraldtimes/search/basic.shtml
Cost: No
Title: "DNR grant brings trail one step closer"
Author: Neil Rhines
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GREAT FALLS (MT) TO SPEND $3M ON SIDEWALKS

-> According to a July 14th Great Falls Tribune editorial, "In the next
two years Great Falls will make great strides in becoming a more
walkable city. Thanks to strong federal transportation funds, two
separate projects will add miles of sidewalks to city streets and
highways. Last year, the city announced its plans to put in nearly $2
million worth of sidewalks, mostly in neighborhoods near schools. Most
should be completed by next year. This week we learned of a new plan to
construct some $1 million in sidewalks along some of the city's busier
commercial streets.

"We applaud both projects, which serve two admirable purposes:
-- Sidewalks make the city more walkable. That means people will find
it much easier to walk or bicycle to school, work, church, a store,
wherever.
-- If, as projected, more people use the sidewalks, there should be a
noticeable reduction in air pollution from vehicles.

"The city's sidewalk plan makes particular sense from a safety
standpoint: Children should be able to walk to their neighborhood
school on sidewalks. The more recent plan makes sense from a community
standpoint: People should be able to negotiate the town -- even
business areas -- on foot or bicycle. The state project will add
sidewalks along 3rd Street Northwest all the way from the Cowboy Museum
to Montana Refining. Also planned are walkways along a stretch of the
Northwest Bypass and on the south side of 25th Avenue Northeast between
10th and 15th streets Northeast. The work is expected to be completed
in 2006..."

Source:
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/news/stories/20040714/opinion/840637.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Taking a walk will be easier in the future"
Author: Editorial Board
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GLENDENING TALKS SMART GROWTH IN BATON ROUGE (LA)

-> According to a July 12th Baton Rouge Advocate article, "The
sprawling suburbia that is most of Baton Rouge today need not be the
city's future, according to one of the nation's leading advocates of
better urban planning. But Parris Glendening, the former governor of
Maryland who received national praise for his progressive policies in
that state, said that a great deal of political will is necessary to
make 'smart growth' a reality anywhere.

"Baton Rouge needs better planning and smart growth more than most
places. But because of the long history of development interests
generally having it their way in fights over planning and zoning, the
political hurdles in the way of meaningful change might be higher than
in many other places. 'This is a long-term battle,' and 'land-use
battles are not for the faint of heart,' Glendening told an audience at
the Old State Capitol. He encouraged tough policies to push city-parish
public investments into older areas of town and promote private
investment in inner-city blocks that have been all but abandoned..."

Source: http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/071204/opi_edi1001.shtml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Better planning for Baton Rouge"
Author: Staff
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S

ALLOUEZ, ASHWAUBENON (WI) GIVE BIKERS, WALKERS LIGHTS

-> "The communities of Ashwaubenon and Allouez are benefiting from a
Wisconsin Division of Health grant supplying 1,000 lights to be
distributed in the communities..."
http://www.greenbaynewschron.com/page.html?article=126667

KINGSTON (ONT) PLANS FOR BIKES, PEDS, TRANSIT

-> "A downtown bus on Princess Street every 10 minutes, park and ride
services at 401 interchanges, dedicated bikes lane and a one lane bus
and carpool are but a few of the possibilities for the future of
transportation in Kingston..."
http://www.kingstonthisweek.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=73023&catname=Local+News

OBESITY TENDS TO RUN IN FAMILY

-> "Children with obese parents have the greatest risk of being
overweight, says a Stanford University School of Medicine study in the
July issue of Pediatrics...."
http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2004/07/09/hscout520003.html

MISSOULA (MT) POLICE TICKET DRIVERS FOR F.T.Y. TO PEDS

-> "Using plain-clothed officers attempting to cross the street, police
officials wrote 48 citations, 35 for failure to yield the right of way
to crossing pedestrians. The same sort of operation was successfully
conducted on West Broadway two weeks ago..."
http://www.kpax.com/Global/story.asp?S=2016163&nav=LpDlObOu

BEND (OR) SEES MORE BIKE CRASHES IN JULY, AUGUST

-> "'In Deschutes County, there are literally more than twice as many
bike injuries in July and August (as there are in other months),' Hogan
said..."
http://www.bendbulletin.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=13902

W. HARTFORD (CT) TO VOTE ON "BLUE BACK SQUARE" DEVELOPMENT

-> "The development, above all, is meant to be 'walkable,' with wide
sidewalks, mature trees, charming street lamps, and street-level
storefronts..."
http://www.ctnow.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-whdblueback0714.artjul14,1,5041974.story?coll=hc-headlines-topnews

CDC RELEASES 3RD EDITION OF "SCHOOL HEALTH INDEX"

-> "The School Health Index is designed for use at both the elementary
and middle/high school levels. It was developed to provide schools with
a tool to assess their policies and programs in relation to the
recommendations of CDC school health guidelines..."
http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/SHI


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

-> "TAKING STEPS"
Subtitled, "An Assessment of Metropolitan Planning Organization Support
for Bicycling and Walking;" by Bill Wilkinson & Bob Chauncey; National
Center for Bicycling & Walking; Mar. 2004.
http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/Reports/steps_booklet.pdf

-> "DOES IT WORK?"
A Benchmark Project report on "State Department of Transportation
Project Assessment;" by Bill Wilkinson & Bob Chauncey; National Center
for Bicycling & Walking; February 2004.
http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/Reports/Does_It_Work.pdf

"WILL 'SMART BIKES' SUCCEED AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION..."

"...in the United States?"; Journal of Public Transportation article by
Paul DeMaio.
http://www.nctr.usf.edu/jpt/pdf/JPT%207-2%20DeMaio.pdf.

-> "CANADIAN CITIES AMERICAN CITIES"
Subtitled, "Our Differences Are the Same;" by Patrick M. Condon. Univ.
of British Columbia; February 2004. (2.4mb)
http://www.fundersnetwork.org/usr_doc/Patrick_Condon_Primer.pdf

-> "A GUIDE FOR REDUCING COLLISIONS INVOLVING PEDESTRIANS"
NCHRP Report 500, Volume 10 "provides strategies that can be employed
to reduce the number of collisions involving pedestrians."
http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_rpt_500v10.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

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:
<info@worldcarfree.net>
http://www.worldcarfree.net/conference/

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.

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:
<cpd.conference@nottingham.ac.uk>

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:
<info@railvolution.com>
http://www.railvolution.com

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;
email:<Collins@coe.unt.edu>.
http://www.AmericanTrails.org/Austin/default.html

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>
http://www.europoint-bv.com

February 25-26, 2005, 2nd Annual Active Living Research Conference, San
Diego CA. Info: Kevin Reese, Active Living Research, phone: (619)
260-5538; email: <kreese@projects.sdsu.edu>
http://www.activelivingresearch.org/index.php/Conference/7

May 24-27, 2005, Health Promotion and Education at the Crossroads,
Minneapolis, MN. Info: DHPE, 1101 15th Street, N.W., Suite 601,
Washington, DC 20005; phone: (202) 659-2230; fax: (202) 659-2339;
email: <director@dhpe.org>
http://www.dhpe.org/nationalconference/


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-> JOB -- COORDINATOR -- NTEC
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) seeks to fill the position of
Coordinator of the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse
(NTEC). The NTEC is a partnership project between RTC and the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA). The Coordinator is primarily
responsible for the daily operations of the Clearinghouse and for
carrying out NTEC's research projects and product development.

Specifically, the duties of the NTEC Coordinator are (note these duties
are split between two coordinators): Provide technical assistance to
the public via phone and email; Fill orders for publications and other
resources; Data entry and upkeep of Customer Database; Write, edit, and
publish a 6-page quarterly newsletter, distribution 9,000; Write, edit,
and publish other documents, such as fact sheets, case study booklets,
and brochures; Conduct research with state DOTs regarding spending of
TE funds and update database of TE funded projects; Write, edit, and
publish yearly report analyzing trends in state TE spending; Prepare
and execute 2-day TE Seminar for 100 DOT staff held every two years;
Conduct research about TE for other strategic reports; Speak at
conferences and to stakeholders about TE; Analyze monthly customer data
for service summary; Maintain customer database and product
distribution; Manage email list serve for TE professionals; Stay
informed on legislative and administrative changes at both the federal
and state level that affect TE; Update Web site information; Other
duties as assigned.

The NTEC Coordinator reports directly to the NTEC Director, and is a
member of the RTC Program Department staff. The ideal candidate for
this job will have: A Bachelor's degree; At least two years
professional experience in a transportation or public policy related
field; Demonstrated excellence in research, writing and editing;
Strong interpersonal communications skills; Exposure to government
and/or non-profit work environments; Interest in transportation reform,
public policy, urban planning, and the environment; A preference for
behind-the-scenes, research-based advocacy; Experience with Microsoft
Office, especially databases, Web, and word processing. Send letter,
resume, and writing sample to: Hugh Morris, Rails-to-Trails
Conservancy, 1100 17th Street, NW, 10th Fl., Washington, DC, 20036. Or
email: <hugh@railtrails.org>

-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II -- NORTH CAROLINA DOT
Description of work: professional planning work involved in organizing
& conducting comprehensive bicycle & pedestrian transportation planning
studies in localities throughout the state; providing technical
assistance & guiding planning activities with state and local
officials; assisting in the procurement & administration of planning
grants and consultants for local studies; and evaluating existing local
bicycle & pedestrian systems to identify priority areas for future
improvements, etc.

Knowledge , skills and abilities: applicant must have experience
related to community planning or transportation planning; management of
federal & state grants; ability to analyze & interpret federal, state,
& local polices & procedures; developing & maintaining databases;
effective communication skills, both oral & written, etc.

Training and experience requirements: a master's degree in urban and
regional planning, transportation planning, engineering, business
administration, or economics and one year ofexperience in
transportation or community planning; or a four-year degree in one of
the fields listed above and three years of experience in the collection
and analysis of economic and social data and information one of which
must have been related to transportation or communityplanning projects;
or an equivalent combination of education and experience. For more
info, go to:
http://apps.dot.state.nc.us/personnel/jobvacancies/vacancyDetail.asp?key=4261-0610-0000-009

How to Apply: See below.

-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER I -- NORTH CAROLINA DOT
Description of Work: organizing & conducting comprehensive bicycle &
pedestrian transportation planning studies in localities throughout the
state; development & maintenance of existing arcmap gis databases &
coverages, etc.

Knowledge, Skills And Abilities: Applicant must have experience related
to community planning or transportation planning & management of
federal and state grants. Ability to analyze, interpret & understand
policies & procedures. Understanding of and proficiency in mathmatical
methods, expecially statistics. Effective personal interaction &
communication skills, both oral & written, in order to gather and
process information, etc.

Training and Experience Requirements: A four-year degree in urban and
regional planning, transportation planning, engineering, business
administation, or economics and two years of experience in the
collection and analysis of economic and social data and information,
preferably related to transportation or community planning projects; or
an equivalent combination of education and experience. For more info,
go to:
http://apps.dot.state.nc.us/personnel/jobvacancies/vacancyDetail.asp?key=4230-0300-0000-052

How to Apply Contact Veronica Stark, Bicycle and Pedestrian Tr, Human
Resources, 1517 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1517; phone:
(919) 71-9836.

-> JOB -- ST. BIKE/PED PLANNING SPECIALIST -- WASH. ST. DOT
The Washington State Department of Transportation, Highways & Local
Programs Division is preparing to fill the position of State Bicycle
and Pedestrian Planning Specialist. The State Bicycle and Pedestrian
Planning Specialist is responsible for the coordination and operation
of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program by providing technical expertise
on non-motorized issues within the agency, other federal, state and
local agencies; encouraging the use of bicycles and pedestrian travel
for transportation; developing bicycle tourism efforts in the state;
working within the agency and with local agencies to assure
non-motorized travel is a priority. The position supervises bicycle
and pedestrian data collection and summarizes operations.

The position is located in Olympia, Washington at the southern most tip
of Puget Sound. As a recent recipient of the League of American
Bicyclists' Bike Friendly Community Award, Olympia is a community that
makes walking and biking safe and convenient. It is also an excellent
community to live and/or raise a family; and a wonderful place to
recreate - whether it's bicycling miles and miles of scenic country
roads or trails, sea kayaking the rich diversity of Puget Sound, skiing
nearby in the challenging terrain of the Cascade Mountains, or hiking
in the beautiful rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula. Salary Range for
this position is Range 62 which is $4,115 -- 5,266 per month. For
general questions on this position please contact Paula Reeves,
<ReevesP@WSDOT.WA.GOV>, (360) 705-7258, Local Planning Liaison. To be
considered, candidates must have applied for and be included in the
Transportation Planning Specialist 4 pool of candidates. Candidates are
encouraged to complete the on-line application by July 23, 2004.
On-line application for this employment pool must be made through
following the instructions at
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/employment/job_openings/tps_series.htm


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