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


Issue #102 Friday, July 30, 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
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Presentations Listed
  Another Trans. Bill Extension: Congress Debates Funding
  CPSC Orders Bicycle Helmet Recall
  NCBW "Back to School" Safe Routes Institute Coming
  Got Thoughts on NHTSA Safety Data Collection?
  Car Companies: Bike/Ped-Free "Sustainable Trans"
  Washington State Funds $1M Worth of SR2S Pgms
  NCBW Expands Walkable Community Workshop Pgm
  State, Metro Health Risk Factor Maps Available Online
  CST Raises Profile Of Children In Transportation
  Many Aging Americans "Stranded Without Options"
  Invitation - Pro Walk/Pro Bike Book Club
  Int'l Walk To School Week: October 4-8, 2004
  Preserve and Promote Trails with Yogurt!

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Walk Boston's Dukakis Leads Ped Tour During Convention
  Minnesota Court Backs Agency in Trail Case
  San Antonio's Barrera Helps Create Walkable N'hoods
  Sprawl, Gas Prices Take Toll -- Esp. on Poor
  Walljasper to Minneapolis: Just Say "No" to 5-Lane
  For Diabetics, Walking to Work Can Make a Difference
  Kingston (ONT) Pushes Compact Bike/Ped Friendly Plan
  Horn Lake (MS) Considers Trails, Sidewalks
  San Rafael (CA) Installs Solar-Powered X-Walk Lights



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

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE PRESENTATIONS LISTED

-> If you've been on the fence about attending the Pro Walk/Pro Bike
2004 conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Sept. 7-11, you might
want to take a look at the lineup of presentations recently posted on
the conference's web site. With the theme of "Creating Active
Communities," this year's Pro Walk/Pro Bike promises to be one of the
best yet.

"Through a major restructure of the conference program, we've succeeded
in involving many more presenters who are ready to share their
programs, workshops, and 'trade secrets' with conference participants,"
reports John Williams, program director for the thirteenth conference
in this biennial series. "Even a quick glance at the schedule shows the
broad scope of topics that will be covered at this year's conference."

John added that prospective participants should hurry to register for
the conference, because regular registration is slated to end July 31,
which means a $50 price increase for late signups. John also noted that
room blocks in the hotels surrounding the Victoria Conference Centre
venue are due to close soon.

To view the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 presentations schedule, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/presenter_schedule.htm

To register or to learn more about the conference, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/index.htm
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ANOTHER TRANS. BILL EXTENSION: CONGRESS DEBATES FUNDING

-> According to an article in the July 23rd issue of Transfer, "Last
evening, Congress cleared another extension of the TEA-21 law, giving
House and Senate conferees working on TEA-21 renewal some additional
time to consider whether or not an agreement can be struck in September
before Congress adjourns for the fall elections. House and Senate
conferees working on a six-year renewal of TEA-21 met July 22 to take
another stab at reaching an agreement on an overall funding level for
the six-year renewal period. This time, Ways and Means Committee
Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) was the one who unveiled a proposal -- new
spending authority of $299 billion, with $284 billion in guaranteed
spending -- and pledged the support of President Bush and Speaker
Hastert (R-IL) for the proposed funding levels...

"Without voting on the Thomas proposal, conferees then directed staff
to use the summer recess to explore whether the House Leadership
proposal could support an agreement between the House and Senate
positions. Comments made by individual conferees during discussion of
the proposal indicated skepticism that the plan would adequately
provide for the many policy proposals embedded in the House and Senate
positions, such as the Senate's commitment to states to deliver a 95
percent rate of return on highway program dollars and the House bill's
emphasis on new program initiatives, such as Projects of National and
Regional Significance and the Truck Toll Lanes program..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.transact.org/transfer/trans04/7_23.asp
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CPSC ORDERS BICYCLE HELMET RECALL

-> According to a note in the July 29th Helmet Update from the Bicycle
Helmet Safety Institute, "The Consumer Product Safety Commission and
the manufacturer have announced the recall of a very small number
(4,600) of bicycle helmets branded as DBX and Geartec ESPY. The helmets
are reasonably normal elongated bicycle-style helmets that were sold at
Dick's Sporting Goods and KHS Bicycles nationwide."

For the original news release, go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml04/04189.html
For more on the BHSI, go to:
http://www.helmets.org
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NCBW "BACK TO SCHOOL" SAFE ROUTES INSTITUTE COMING

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is pleased to announce
that Catherine O'Brien, PhD, will be speaking at the upcoming "Back to
School" Safe Routes to School Institute in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Institute will be held Tuesday, September 7th, just prior to the
start of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 conference.

Dr. O'Brien is a Research Associate with the Centre for Sustainable
Transportation in Toronto (http://www.cstctd.org), Canada. Her research
documents the importance of including children's needs in urban
planning, as well as involving youth in the planning process. She has
studied and documented the UN Friendly Cites Program and will provide
examples of initiatives from around the world that include children as
planning partners. One of Dr. O'Brien's articles, "Transportation
That's Actually Good for the Soul," (Jan. 2004) is available on the
NCBW website at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/trans_soul.pdf

Other speakers for the Institute will include David Parisi (Marin
County, CA), Charlie Zegeer (PBIC Training Program Demo), Jackson
Wandres (SRTS, NYC), Jackie Kennedy (Ontario ASRTS Program), Bernadette
Kowey (Way to Go School Program), Lynn Drake (Washington Highway Safety
Commission) and more. Capacity for the Institute is limited to 75 so
sign up now. Participation certificates will be issued to all
attendees. The cost is $75 (US) and participants may register using the
conference registration form at:
https://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/reg_form.htm
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GOT THOUGHTS ON NHTSA SAFETY DATA COLLECTION?

-> According to a July 27th release, "The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on a report on
the agency's high-priority quest to help upgrade America's traffic
safety data collection systems. The report is the result of an in-depth
examination of data-collection issues by a team of U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) officials, in consultation with local, state and
national traffic safety data experts. The new report proposes
initiatives to help reduce the incidence of death and injury on the
country's roadways by increasing the flow of timely, accurate, uniform,
complete and accessible traffic safety data. It is the last in a series
of five NHTSA Integrated Project Team (IPT) reports. Other teams
addressed rollover mitigation, vehicle compatibility, safety belt use,
and impaired driving.

"The new report, titled 'Initiatives to Address Improving Traffic
Safety Data,' has been posted on the NHTSA website at:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/Crash/crashstatistics/TrafficSafetyData_IPT_Report.htm.

"The public may comment on the report's proposals through DOT's docket
management system at http://dms.dot.gov/. The docket number for the new
report is NHTSA-2004-17339. Written comments may be submitted to the
Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, PL 401,
400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20590-0001."
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CAR COMPANIES: BIKE/PED-FREE "SUSTAINABLE TRANS"

-> Earlier this month, the World Business Council for Sustainable
Development (WBCSD), led by 12 international car, oil and tire
companies, released their vision of a global sustainable transportation
future. In a WBCSD report, entitled 'Mobility 2030: Meeting the
Challenges to Sustainability,' they define sustainable mobility as "the
ability to meet the needs of society to move freely, gain access,
communicate, trade and establish relationships without sacrificing
other essential human or ecological values today or in the future."

The authors find accessible, sustainable and affordable mobility to be
compatible with auto-dependency. Sadly, bicycling and walking are not
part of their vision as they see cities -- particularly those in the
developing world -- continuing to grow in area and decline in density.
They believe that new technology, principally road vehicles with
automatic driving capabilities will create new transport systems. One
quote notes "the car has radically reshaped cities because it
eliminates walking almost entirely."

A variety of materials, including the main report, may be found here:
http://www.wbcsd.org/Plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?strDocTypeIdList
=749&DocType=749&StrCharValList=&DateStart=01.01.1753&DateEnd
=31.12.9999&MenuId=Mzcx&DocId=6097&URLBack=%2Ftemplates%2
FTemplateWBCSD2%2Flayout%2Easp%3Ftype%3Dp%26MenuId%3D
Mzcx%26doOpen%3D1%26ClickMenu%3DRightMenu

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WASHINGTON STATE FUNDS $1M WORTH OF SR2S PGMS

-> According to a recent news release, "While school children have fun
this summer, a team of Washington State agencies is working hard with
schools and school districts across the state in preparation for safety
improvements when students return to classes in the fall. Awards for
eleven Safe Routes to Schools grants were announced in July. The
Washington State Legislature approved $1 million in their 2004
Supplemental Transportation Budget to support this Safe Routes to
Schools Grant Program. The program is a coordinated effort between the
Washington State Departments of Health and Transportation, the
Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the Office of the Superintendent
of Public Instruction and the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.

"'Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is eager to
support bicycling in its many forms -- fitness, touring and commuting,'
said Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald. 'There is nothing more
important, however, than supporting the Safe Routes to Schools bicycle
and walking program, which provides a host of benefits for kids,
health, communities and the environment. All of the project proposals
are worthy -- and if we had more money, we'd fund more of them.'..."

For more information, contact the WSDOT's Highways & Local Programs
Office at (360) 705-7258.
go to:
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/safe_routes_projects.htm
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NCBW EXPANDS WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP PGM

-> NCBW is pleased to announce the receipt of funds from the Maryland
Highway Safety Office (MHSO) to offer several weeks of Walkable
Community Workshops (WCW) to communities throughout Maryland. Notes Bob
Chauncey, WCW Program Manager: "The response to our Walkable Community
Workshops from organizations like MHSO is quite gratifying. It has
forced us to expand the way we deliver the program. In the past, we
have focused on inviting MPOs to participate. Based on the MHSO
response and several inquiries we have received from cities, counties,
and public health agencies, we are encouraging state and local
governments, state DOTs, state HSOs, and other agencies and
professional organizations to apply as well."

For more information about how your organization can participate in our
Walkable Community Workshop program, please call Bob at (410) 570-5765,
or email him at <bob@bikewalk.org>.
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STATE, METRO HEALTH RISK FACTOR MAPS AVAILABLE ONLINE

-> According to an article in the July 29th CDC Physical Activity
Listserv, "Starting July 28th, 'BRFSS Maps' will be available on the
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) website. This is an
exciting and interactive mapping application that graphically displays
the prevalence of behavioral risk factors at the state and
metropolitan/micropolitan statistical area (MMSA) level. Using GIS
mapping technology and BRFSS data, the new web site allows users to
visually compare prevalence data for states, territories, and local
areas.

"Beginning with the 2002 BRFSS data, visitors to the BRFSS Web site
will be able to create, save, and print state and MMSA level maps
detailing a variety of health-related risk factors. State and MMSA data
layers can be displayed independently or in combination, to identify
regional patterns. This tool will play a vital role in the
dissemination of data for policymakers and state and local public
health officials." For questions regarding this announcement, please
contact Michele Sussman Walsh at <zzk7@cdc.gov>.

For maps of state and local area behavioral risk factor data, visit:
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/gisbrfss/
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CST RAISES PROFILE OF CHILDREN IN TRANSPORTATION

-> According to a recent release, "The Centre for Sustainable
Transportation has been raising the profile of children in
transportation discussions. Their report Kids on the Move in Halton
and Peel outlines the results of extensive consultations with key
representatives of public health, transportation planning, urban
planning, children's services, educators, community services,
developers, school board planners, politicians, traffic safety
councils, environmental groups, transit authorities, mayor's youth
advisory committees, parents and children in two regions just west of
Toronto, Canada. The project aim was to introduce key people to
information regarding children's health and transportation, seek ways
to improve the situation for children and determine what kind of
information resource would be most effective for educating the general
public. The next phase of the Centre's work involves the creation of
six booklets focusing on children's health and transportation for
specific target audiences -- the health sector, municipal staff and
politicians, educators, parents, children, and youth.

"Also, following the Kids on the Move consultations it was determined
that children's mobility needs need to figure more prominently in
land-use planning and transport planning. The Centre is developing
child-friendly planning guidelines for the province of Ontario. These
may be used by planners, developers, public health officials, and
transit authorities to determine how to create communities that are
safer, more accessible for active transportation, less automobile
dependent, and designed with the destinations in mind that are
important to children. Support for all the work mentioned here has come
from the Ontario Trillium Foundation."

For further information, contact Catherine O'Brien at
<cobrien@renc.igs.net> or Richard Gilbert at <richardgilbert1@csi.com>.
Or visit the CST's web site at: http://www.cstctd.org.
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MANY AGING AMERICANS "STRANDED WITHOUT OPTIONS"

-> According to an article in the July 23rd issue of Transfer,
"Representatives from the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP),
AARP and the American Public Transportation Association briefed House
and Senate staff on the recently released STPP report on aging
Americans and transportation. The report describes the many
transportation issues faced by older people in the U.S., especially
when they cannot or choose not to drive. Older non-drivers stay home
three times as much as older drivers, take many fewer trips to go
shopping, eat, visit family, or for religious purposes, and also make
fewer visits to medical providers.

"Transportation is one of the biggest worries for older people living
independently, according to David Certner, AARP's Director of Federal
Affairs. Barry Barker, speaking for APTA, discussed some of the
programs he and other transit agencies have undertaken to improve
mobility for the aging population. Mr. Barker is the Executive Director
of the Transit Authority of River City in Louisville, Kentucky. The
briefings were sponsored by Sen. Levin (D-MI), Sen. Smith (R-OR), Rep.
Shaw (R-FL), and Rep. Menendez (D-NJ)."

For more information, see:
http://www.transact.org/report.asp?id=232
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INVITATION - PRO WALK/PRO BIKE BOOK CLUB

-> You are invited to join the Pro Walk Pro Bike 2004 Book Club.
Membership is easy. Purchase one of the books below, read it prior to
the conference and then attend the structured discussion that will be
on Thursday during lunch. Very important: you must have read the book
to participate and you are encouraged to make a reservation for the
Thursday discussion prior to the conference since space is limited.
The books:

  1. Global City Blues by Daniel Solomon (Island Press, 2003)
  2. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Little Brown, 2000)
  3. Are We There Yet? Assessing the Performance of State Departments of
    Transportation on Accommodating Bicycles and Pedestrians (National
    Center for Bicycling and Walking, 2003)
  4. Health and Community Design: The Impact of the Built Environment on
    Physical Activity by Lawrence D. Frank, Peter O. Engelke, Thomas L.
    Schmid (Island Press 2003)

To make your reservation, email Peter Lagerwey at
<raney2@earthlink.net>.
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INT'L WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK: OCTOBER 4-8, 2004

-> According to an article in the July 29th CDC Physical Activity
Listserv, "Last year more than 3,000 schools from all 50 states joined
children and adults around the world in celebration of International
Walk to School Day and Week. Communities used the event to create
energy for change, to serve as a springboard for policy and
environmental changes, to kick off physical activity programs, and more.

"Already participating in Walk to School events? Thanks for your
support. Please remind communities to register their events online
again this year. The information gathered through registration helps us
share ideas with other participants and expand efforts to promote
walking and biking to school. Look for a new section on the web site
this year on the growing Safe Routes to School movement. Consider
serving as a resource person. Resource people provide expertise,
materials or other support for an area or state. Contact information is
listed on an interactive map on the web site." See:
http://www.walktoschool.org

For more information, contact Nancy Pullen, National Coordinator for
International Walk to School, The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information
Center, Highway Safety Research Center at University of North Carolina.
She can be reached at (919) 962-7419, or via email at
<pullen@claire.hsrc.unc.edu>

Note CDC also has resources for your Walk to School Events at:
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk/index.htm
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PRESERVE AND PROMOTE TRAILS WITH YOGURT!

-> According to a recent note from Peter Olsen of the American Hiking
Society, "Beginning in July and continuing through October, Stonyfield
Farm yogurt lids will feature American Hiking Society's National Trails
Day as one of three causes that can benefit from its Bid with Your Lid
campaign. As most already know, National Trails Day promotes the usage
and preservation of America's trails each year. In 2004, 925
nationally-sanctioned events were conducted. These included rail-trail
dedications such as the dedication and official opening of a 3.2 mile
urban trail in Beckley, WV, and the dedication of the Mahaffie Creek
Trail Dedication in Olathe, KS, which included a fun-run and a bike
event.

"You can help National Trails Day receive a portion of the funds
Stonyfield Farms will donate by voting online at
http://www.stonyfield.com (no purchase necessary) or by mailing in
yogurt lids that feature the National Trails Day logo. Enlist your
family and friends in protecting and promoting trails by e-mailing them
and asking them to vote for National Trails Day!"

For more information visit http://www.stoneyfield.com or call (301)
565-6704.
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"[The Step With It legislative fitness challenge] is a great way to
demonstrate how easy it can be to fit physical activity into our daily
routine. We hope that when legislators go home after participating in
this challenge, they think about how walkable their own communities
are."

--Leslie Robbins
Healthy Community Design program
National Conference of State Legislatures
http://www.newszap.com/articles/2004/07/29/dm/eastern_shore_of_maryland/cam03.txt


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WALK BOSTON'S DUKAKIS LEADS PED TOUR DURING CONVENTION

-> According to a July 27th Washington Times article, "Despite [Former
Massachusetts Governor Michael] Dukakis' role in carrying John Kerry
into his first elective office as Massachusetts' lieutenant governor in
1983 -- his springboard to the U.S. Senate two years later -- there was
no sign that Mr. Dukakis, 70, will appear in this week's parade of
party notables. As of last night, it appeared that Mr. Dukakis would do
this week's talking on the streets of his hometown. From 5 to 7 p.m.,
he'll be guiding a 'Walkable City' tour from Copley Square to the
FleetCenter, where the convention is in progress...

"'This is a one-time thing,' said Liz Levin, president of Walk Boston,
which boasts of its longtime member that he walked and rode the subway
even when he was governor. 'We asked him if he would like to walk. He's
very supportive of initiatives that make sense. I think he's going to
have a good time,' she said..."

Source: http://washingtontimes.com/national/20040727-123851-9732r.htm
Archive search: http://www.washingtontimes.com/archive/
Cost: Yes
Title: "With time on his hands, Dukakis takes a walk"
Author: Frank J. Murray
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MINNESOTA COURT BACKS AGENCY IN TRAIL CASE

-> According to a July 30th Duluth News Tribune article, "The Minnesota
State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that 2 miles of former railroad beds
along the Paul Bunyan State Trail belong to the state, not to private
landowners. The decision overturned a 2003 state Court of Appeals
decision regarding a small stretch of the trail, which runs from the
Brainerd area to Bemidji. Trail advocates hailed the ruling as a
victory for the state's 500 miles of railroad-turned-public-trails. But
a key defendant vowed to bring the case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
'You haven't heard the end of her yet,' defendant and landowner Brian
Sandberg told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis from his home in
northwest Missouri. 'I will win. I'll sell everything I've got to win
this case.'

"C.B. Bylander, communications director for the state Department of
Natural Resources, said: 'It's a great day for rails to trails in
Minnesota and the nation.' The DNR paid the Burlington Northern
Railroad $1.5 million in 1991 for the rights of way to parts of the
trail near Walker. When three landowners blockaded that part of the
trail in 1998, the DNR sued. In 2002, a Hubbard County district judge
ruled in favor of the railroad. The state Court of Appeals ruled last
year in favor of the landowners, who contended that deeds from 1898
said the railroad had an easement and that once the tracks were
removed, the rights of way returned to landowners..."

Source:
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/politics/9277744.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Court backs DNR in case dealing with trail ownership"
Author: Associated Press
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SAN ANTONIO'S BARRERA HELPS CREATE WALKABLE N'HOODS

-> According to a July 25th San Antonio Express-News article, "On a
City Council with more than its share of young men just starting out in
life, District 6 Councilman Enrique Barrera offers a different, and
reassuring, model. Barrera, 66, was elected to the council after
retiring from a career centered around education. It also included 12
years of service on the Edgewood School Board...

"Perhaps most exciting for him was an area in the Edgewood School
District where 55 lots will become the Arroyo Vista Showcase of
Affordable Homes, the first in District 6. (That means the homes must
sell for less than $89,000.) Ground for the project was broken in early
July, and 14 homes should be completed by the end of the year. For
Barrera, this is part of a larger vision, for a walkable neighborhood
that will connect with nearby Monterrey Park. He sees it as the
beginning of a revitalization of the Edgewood area. 'Young families in
Edgewood have had to go elsewhere to find new homes,' he notes. 'This
will help the school district.'..."

Source:
http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/stories/MYSA072504.1H.barrera.163c6dbc.html
Archive search:
Cost:
Title: "Meet the city council"
Author: Lynnell Burkett
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SPRAWL, GAS PRICES TAKE TOLL -- ESP. ON POOR

-> According to a July 19th Wall Street Journal article, "Denise
Quenneville drives 30 miles each way to her $7-an-hour job as a cashier
at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop here [in Tampa, FL]. With this year's
surge in gas prices, she's paying $23 every couple of days to fill up
her car, up from about $19 a year ago. 'A $4 difference is a lot,' said
Quenneville, who now is pouring about a quarter of her take-home pay
into the tank of her blue 2000 Oldsmobile Alero. To keep her car on the
road, the 19-year-old has run up a balance of about $500 on her
gas-company credit card.

"The cost of gas, currently averaging $1.89 a gallon nationwide, is
creating a new burden for everyone who drives a car. But the toll is
particularly heavy among low-income workers, for whom higher gas prices
amount to a palpable pay cut. The pain at the pump only intensifies a
deeper problem for America's low-paid workers: sprawl..."

Source:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/local/bal-gas071904,0,359787.story?coll=sfla-business-headlines
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Gas price woes exacerbated by sprawl"
Author: Jeffrey Ball
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WALLJASPER TO MINNEAPOLIS: JUST SAY "NO" TO 5-LANE

-> In a July 22nd Star Telegram commentary, Jay Walljasper, executive
editor of the ODE Magazine, wrote, "The city of Minneapolis is about to
undertake a huge move on Lake Street, which will affect life in the
city for the next 50 years. Lake Street is more than simply a street,
it is the most definable place in Minneapolis with the exception of
downtown. And its vitality is crucial to the vitality of the city as a
whole. That is why I am alarmed by plans to turn Lake Street into
essentially a five-lane road in the vicinity of Chicago Avenue. The
hope is that more traffic lanes will ease congestion and pollution
problems in this struggling inner-city neighborhood. But the reality
will be something far different: A neighborhood that shows great
potential for revitalization will have the life sucked out of it.

"Widening the traffic lanes to accommodate more and faster traffic on
Lake Street will stunt local businesses, increase crime, worsen road
safety and send a message to the predominantly immigrant, minority and
working-class residents of the area that the convenience of commuters
passing through is more important than the future of their community.
It will also increase traffic and pollution; numerous studies have
shown that increasing road capacity only increases the number of cars
using that road. And in the case of Lake Street, much of that new
traffic will be people only passing through..."

Source: http://www.startribune.com/stories/1519/4889781.html
Archive search: http://www.startribune.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Don't let a five-lane road stunt Lake Street"
Author: Jay Walljasper
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FOR DIABETICS, WALKING TO WORK CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

-> According to a July 27th New York Times article, "Diabetics should
not just think about the gym when it comes to protecting their hearts,
according to a study from Finland released yesterday...The study,
published in the journal Circulation, drew on data collected from more
than 3,000 people with Type 2 diabetes, most of whom were of working
age. The information included ... whether their commute involved
walking or cycling and for how long; and how strenuous or sedentary
they were during their leisure time. Since more and more jobs are
sedentary, [the study's lead researcher] Dr. Hu recommended exercising
during breaks at work, walking more on the job or walking to work, if
possible.,,:

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/27/health/27exer.html
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced?srchst=nyt
Cost: Yes
Title: "Exercise: A Workout Without the Gym"
Author: John O'Neil
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KINGSTON (ONT) PUSHES COMPACT BIKE/PED FRIENDLY PLAN

-> According to a July 17th Kingston Whig Standard article, "Kingston
politicians this week adopted hardline measures to curb urban sprawl
and reduce the city's dependence on automobiles. Two key documents, a
transportation master plan and an urban growth study, were approved and
adopted Tuesday night. The studies lay out a 20-year plan for reining
in suburban growth and encouraging Kingstonians to walk, cycle and take
the bus. The tangible result, if the city acts on the plans, will be
the gradual emergence of a more compact city with a greater
concentration of people in its central area and fewer automobiles, at
least in the downtown core.

"A strategic direction for the new city of Kingston was badly needed,
Mayor Harvey Rosen said in an interview. Individual Official Plans, the
municipal guidelines for growth, have continued to dictate development
from three different perspectives even though local governments
amalgamated in 1998. The urban growth and transportation plans set a
clear direction for council decisions on where and when development
will occur over the next two decades. 'Otherwise, we're reacting to
subdivision applications by developers, rather than planning for
growth,' Rosen said..."

Source:
http://www.thewhig.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentID=73550&catname=Local+News
Archive search: None found
Cost: ?
Title: "Where Kingston is headed for the next 20 years"
Author: Annette Phillips
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HORN LAKE (MS) CONSIDERS TRAILS, SIDEWALKS

-> According to a July 29th Desoto Times article, "Members of a
consulting team with the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) were in Horn Lake Wednesday to hear public comment
on a proposed bicycle and pedestrian route that would include parts of
DeSoto County. Kim Hawkins, with Hawkins Partners of Nashville, said
the federally mandated plan includes all of Shelby County and two to
four miles of western Fayette County in Tennessee and the northern
eight miles of DeSoto County.

"'What we want to hear from you is how do we make this a more walkable,
bike friendly community,' she said. 'We want to know what you think is
important for this community.' Hawkins said an extensive bike and
pedestrian system can provide a number of benefits to a community
including better air quality as a result of fewer vehicle emissions and
better overall health for individuals who exercise regularly. Rebecca
Brooks, with RPM Transportation consulting firm, said national
statistics show that 40 percent of all trips are two miles or less from
home. Twenty-five percent are one mile or less. Those trips, she said,
could be made on foot or bicycle..."

Source:
http://www.godesoto.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=4844&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
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Title: "Proposed path discussed during public forum"
Author: Rino Dolbi
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SAN RAFAEL (CA) INSTALLS SOLAR-POWERED X-WALK LIGHTS

-> According to a July 23rd Marin Independent Journal article, "Hoping
to make a high-traffic pedestrian zone safer, San Rafael city officials
have installed a solar-powered pavement system to shine a spotlight on
a key crosswalk near the Marin Civic Center. The $27,000 in-pavement
crosswalk lighting system at Civic Center and Vera Schultz drives cost
the city about $700, as a result of a grant from the state Office of
Traffic Safety. The newest of its kind in the county, the system works
by sending a radio signal sent to the wireless system when pedestrians
push the button to cross the street. The signal illuminates more than a
dozen lights in the pavement to light up the crosswalk.

"The lights stay on for 35 seconds and are accompanied by amber warning
lights set ahead of the crosswalk on poles to let motorists know a
pedestrian intends to cross the street. 'We had a lot of requests to do
something. We had a couple of accidents,' city Traffic Engineer Nader
Mansourian said. 'We have made, in the last several years, many changes
in the signing and striping of the crosswalks. This was the last trick
in the toolbox we could pull off.'..."

Source http://www.marinij.com/Stories/0,1413,234~24407~2290153,00.html
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Title: "State grant illuminates crosswalk at Civic Center"
Author: Jennifer Upshaw

For more information on the product, go to Silicon Constellations Inc's
website:
http://www.wirelesscrosswalk.com
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SHERYL CROW AND LANCE ARMSTRONG TO WED?

-> According to a July 30th iAfrica article, "Rumour has it that
six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and singer Sheryl Crow
are engaged. The New York Post has reported that Armstrong didn't
object -- nor did Crow -- when staff at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris
referred to the singer as his 'fiancee'. The report added that insiders
at Crow's label, Interscope, had also heard the 'rumour' that Armstrong
proposed after winning the world's top bicycle race last weekend. A
represenative for Crow, however, uttered a terse 'no comment' when
asked about the engagement, said the New York Post report, and no word
was forthcoming from Armstrong's representative..."

Source: http://entertainment.iafrica.com/news/338480.htm


Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S

UK PROPOSAL TO PREVENT GRIDLOCK (+ TRAFFIC DEATHS?)

-> "The communications box will contain a digital map of the road
network. To turn it into a road safety device, you need only add the
local speed limits and connect it to the engine management system..."
http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2004/07/27/think-inside-the-box/

LIFESTYLE CHANGE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN YO-YO DIETING

-> "Better to toss the TrimSpa now. Health experts say the more
effective, more affordable approach to a healthier body is to focus on
much larger lifestyle changes..."
http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/072404/2325238.shtml

"LIVING LIKE PEOPLE" MEANS PORCHES IN BAYVIEW (VA)

-> "We rehearse everything from the Gettysburg Address to James
Johnson's Creation, on the front porch. We held the books for others,
and others held the books until we learned together. So, a part of this
village concept was the porch..."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/11/26/60minutes/main585793.shtml


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

-> "PHYSICIANS ASSESSING AND COUNSELING OLDER DRIVERS"
AMA guide; includes assessment tools, interventions, strategies and resources.
Note: the authors don't mention the potential of walking and bicycling for
people who unable to drive.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/olddrive/physician_guide/PhysicianGuide.pdf

-> "CYCLE PARKING"
Brochure from SUSTRANS and the Cyclists Touring Club of Great Britain;
April 2004.
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/downloads/989C05_CYCLE%20PARKING_2.pdf

-> "TRAVEL PATTERNS OF OLDER AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES"
USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics working paper. "While elderly
people with disabilities remain mobile, they rely heavily on private
motor vehicles often as passengers. In the month before the survey,
37.7% reported they had walked and 3.7% had ridden a bike."
http://www.bts.gov/programs/bts_working_papers/2004/paper_01/pdf/entire.pdf

-> "EVALUERING AF ODENSE"
[In Danish]; subtitled "Danmarks Nationale Cykelby;"
http://www.cykelby.dk/pdf/cykel_inet.pdf
For more on Odense, "The National Cycle City of Denmark," in English,
go to:
http://www.cykelby.dk/english.asp

-> "WELCOME TO THE STAIRWAY TO HEALTH"
Health Canada information and resources on developing a "Stairway to
Health" program at the workplace (and elsewhere); Oct. 2003.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pphb-dgspsp/sth-evs/english/index.htm

-> "POINT-OF-DECISION PROMPTS THAT ENCOURAGE PEOPLE..."
"...to Use the Stairs are Recommended to Promote Physical Activity;"
Part of the CDC's Guide to Community Preventive Services; June 2004.
http://thecommunityguide.org/pa/pa-int-decision-prompts.pdf

-> "EVALUATION OF AUTOMATED PEDESTRIAN DETECTION..."
"...at Signalized Intersections;" by Ron Hughes et al, HSRC; Report No.
FHWA-RD-00-097 August 2001.
http://www.walkinginfo.org/task_orders/to_11/peddetec.pdf

-> "HANDBOOK FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY..."
"...Guide to Healthy Active Living;" Health Canada and the Canadian
Society for Exercise Physiology.
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hppb/fitness/pdf/handbook_eng.pdf
Other related materials:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hppb/fitness/downloads.html


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

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/


J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S

-> JOB -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- SLO BIKE COALITION
The San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition (SLOCBC) is seeking an
Executive Director for 25-30 hours per week, with opportunities for
growth into a full-time position. Application deadline is August 20. To
see a job announcement describing the position in detail, follow this
link:
http://www.slobikelane.org/EDannouncement.pdf.

-> 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>


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

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