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


Issue #103 Friday, August 13, 2004

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**HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!**


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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  NCBW "Back to School" SR2S Institute is About Kids
  Uncertain Future for Transportation Bill
  Get Your Trail and Greenway Work Recognized!
  St. Louis Univ. Studies Walk, Bike Factors
  American Hiking Society Offers Nat'l Trail Fund Grants
  Marin Co. Calif Hosts Nat'l SR2S Leadership Training
  Olympia (WA) Advocates Push Sidewalk Ballot Measure

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  50-Something Empty Nesters Moving to Ped-Friendly Places
  Elizabethtown (PA) Wheelchair Users Face Dangers
  S. Burlington (VT) Resists Drive-Through Strip Option
  Columbus (OH) Plans N'hood Calming Measures
  Elburn (IL) Ped Bridge to Cross Four-Lane Highway
  Communities Wrestle with Suburban Retirement Challenge
  Minn. Cyclists Concerned about Rumble Strip Policy
  High Mileage/High Chaos Life of Taxi Driver Moms
  Caledonia (WI) Envisions Ped-Friendly I-94 Corridor



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

NCBW "BACK TO SCHOOL" SR2S INSTITUTE IS ABOUT KIDS

-> Demand for the "Back to School" Safe Routes to School Institute in
Victoria, British Columbia has exceeded expectations. The NCBW-
sponsored Institute will be held Tuesday, September 7th, just
prior to the start of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 conference. The
Institute will feature 16 different speakers and include four case
studies from Ontario, Canada; Marin County, California; New York, New
York; and Chicago, Illinois. The case studies will examine planning and
engineering tools, project prioritization, capacity building and how to
build and sustain a movement. Speakers will share their success and not
so successful stories and lessons learned.

Bill Wilkinson, NCBW's Executive Director says that two key discussion
topics that he is looking forward to are: who is thinking about the
children and effective strategies for engaging the community. "If we as
professionals as going to get beyond checking the box on community
involvement, we need to get down to what really needs to be done on
engaging the community -- not just making sure you get a few people to
attend the public hearing. The success of SRTS is going to depend on
engagement and building partnerships. We also need to make sure that we
are doing right by the kids because in the end that is what this is all
about -- the kids."

The cost for the Back to School Institute is $75 (US) and participants
may register using the conference registration form at:
https://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/reg_form.htm

For ProWalk/ProBike 2004 participants, don't forget that hotel room blocks
are closing now. Also, the complete conference schedule has been posted at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/presenter_schedule.htm
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UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR TRANSPORTATION BILL

-> According to an article in the Aug. 9th issue of the Surface
Transportation Policy Project's Transfer Newsletter, "Since Congress
recessed for the lengthy recess period, which runs until September 7th,
most observers believe that TEA-21 renewal will not move in this
Congress, although no official statements to this effect have been
made. There also continues to be speculation that the Congress might
work on TEA-21 renewal legislation during a lame duck session after the
elections, but it is too soon to consider this as a likely scenario. In
addition to challenges over funding levels for TEA-21 renewal, this
legislation is competing with a number of other priorities during the
closing days of the 108th Congress, such as completion of work on the
many annual appropriations bills that are now in various stages of
development. Legislation stemming from the 9/11 Commission Report will
also dominate the Congressional agenda when Congress reconvenes after
Labor Day.

"What is known is that as soon as Congress resumes its work in
September, transportation leaders will immediately have to confront the
next extension of the TEA-21 law. Before the recess, Congress moved to
extend all TEA-21 programs, except the highway programs, through
September 30. The highway programs were extended only through September
24, presumably giving transportation leaders the opportunity to address
a number of issues before the current fiscal year expires. Among the
concerns is how to address member project earmarks and proposals to
redress funding inequities that have cropped up for a number of
reasons, including decisions on the FY04 Appropriations bill."

Source: http://www.transact.org/transfer/trans04/8_09.asp
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GET YOUR TRAIL AND GREENWAY WORK RECOGNIZED!

-> According to a recent note from Stuart Macdonald of American Trails,
"American Trails is sponsoring several programs to recognize the
efforts of trails supporters. First is the National Trails Awards
program for people and projects involved in trails and greenways,
related facilities, improvements in education and information, and
service contributing to the betterment of trails opportunities. The
deadline for submitting nominations is August 13, 2004." See the
American Trails website at
http://www.americantrails.org/Austin/awardnomNTS04.html.

"The second opportunity is the National Recreation Trails (NRT) Photo
Contest. The search is on for good photos of trail users, special
facilities, art on the trails, management issues, construction, and
volunteers. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2004. Both the
USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service are partners in the
NRT Program to recognize these diverse trails throughout America."
Entries (and previous winners) are highlighted on the NRT website at:
http://www.AmericanTrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/photocon.html.

"The third opportunity is the American Trails Website Contest for 2004
to seek out great websites that really make trails come alive, provide
effective information delivery, support volunteers, and engage the
public. Awards will be presented in several categories and announced at
the National Trails Symposium in October. Deadline for nominations is
September 10, 2004." For details, visit:
http://www.americantrails.org/webcon04.html

Questions? Contact Stuart Macdonald at <mactrail@aol.com> or
<trailhead@AmericanTrails.org>
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ST. LOUIS UNIV. STUDIES WALK, BIKE FACTORS

-> An Aug. 5th Innovations Report article asks, "How can we build
communities that encourage a more active lifestyle? Researchers at
Saint Louis University School of Public Health have received a $99,000
grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to answer that question
as they study how the features of our physical environment affect our
activity levels. The researchers, led by Ross Brownson, Ph.D.,
professor of epidemiology and director of the Prevention Research
Center at Saint Louis University School of Public Health, will analyze
how factors such as the quality of sidewalks, the presence of
restaurants, safety from traffic and graffiti influence whether we walk
or ride bikes. 'The primary aim of this project is to determine the
most important features of the street-level environment that influence
transportation and recreation activity patterns,' Brownson says. Their
findings could shape how the cities of tomorrow are designed, he says.

"'By identifying specific features of the built environment that are
important in influencing rates of physical activity, this study will
contribute to a body of evidence for directing changes in local land
use and transportation policies that shape the built environment.'
Planners will be able to use this type of research to plan communities
that support physical activity, adds Christine Hoehner, a
co-investigator at Saint Louis University School of Public Health.
'With the goal of creating environments that rely less on cars and
encourage walking and bicycling, a growing number of cities throughout
the United States are changing development codes, which regulate
various aspects of how communities are built,' Hoehner says..."

Source:
http://www.innovations-report.com/html/reports/social_sciences/report-32
086.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Shaping the City of Tomorrow: What Gets Us Moving"

St. Louis Univ. news release:
http://www.slu.edu/readstory/more/4541
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AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY OFFERS NAT'L TRAIL FUND GRANTS

-> According to a note from Mary Margaret Sloan, "American Hiking
Society, with the support of Cascade Designs, is re-launching our
National Trails Fund small grants. We are accepting proposals through
the end of October and will distribute $20,000 in grants in March.
Between 1998 and 2001, American Hiking Society distributed $196,000 in
grants, but had to suspend the program when the stock market tanked. We
are very pleased that we are able to offer this opportunity again to
trail organizations across the country."

For more info, contact Mary Margaret Sloan, President, American Hiking
Society, 1422 Fenwick Lane
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; phone: (301) 565-6704 ext. 204; fax:
(301) 565-6714; email:
<MMSloan@AmericanHiking.org>. Here's a direct link to more information:
http://www.americanhiking.org/alliance/fund.html.
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MARIN CO. CALIF HOSTS NAT'L SR2S LEADERSHIP TRAINING

-> According to a recent note from Deb Hubsmith, "The Marin County
Bicycle Coalition and Parisi Associates are offering a Leadership
Training Workshop for national Safe Routes to School leaders on October
14 and 15, 2004 at the Mill Valley Community Center in Marin County,
California. This workshop will focus on how to initiate and maintain a
successful Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program. It will also cover how
to run effective encouragement, education, enforcement and engineering
measures.

"Wendi Kallins and David Parisi will lead the workshop, providing the
most up-to-date knowledge of the best SR2S practices. Wendi Kallins is
a national leader in the Safe Routes to Schools movement. She is the
creator and Program Director of the Marin County Safe Routes to Schools
program and authored the national 'Safe Routes to School Toolkit'
published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. David
Parisi is a professional engineer who has developed traffic calming
programs for over 100 schools and recently created 'Transportation
Tools for Improving Children's Health and Safety,' a guide of
engineering solutions to common school related issues. He is the
consulting traffic and civil engineer for the Marin County SR2S
program."

Contact David Parisi, Parisi Associates, (415) 388-8978,
<david@parisi-associates.com>
Wendi Kallins, Program Director, Safe Routes to Schools (415) 488-4101
<wendi@marinbike.org>
Register at http://www.saferoutestoschools.org/
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OLYMPIA (WA) ADVOCATES PUSH SIDEWALK BALLOT MEASURE

-> According to a recent note from Jim Lazar of Olympia, "The Olympia
contingent will be noticeably missing from Victoria. We have a ballot
measure on the September 14 primary election to increase the City
utility tax by 3% to fund parks acquisition and development and
sidewalk construction. If approved, it's a 400% increase in our
sidewalk budget. Most of us are staying right here, and doorbelling,
rather than heading north. I'll be sending some of our campaign
materials up with Paula Reeves (WSDOT) so that our campaign can be
'noticed' at the conference."

For more information, go to:
http://www.walkolympia.org/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Senator [Charles] Schumer isn't just a big wheel in the figurative
sense. He actually brought his bike to Boston and he was pedaling his
message all over town."
-- U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D), 5th Congressional District, New York, NY

"It is my goal that Eureka becomes a livable, walkable city that
invites prosperity and strengthens civic pride."
-- Chris Kerrigan, Mayor Pro Tem, Eureka, CA
http://www.eurekareporter.com/Stories/fp-08110404.htm

"Have you been to the Target shopping center on Route 30 on a weekday
lunch hour? Not only are the stores busy with shoppers, but the Panera
cafe is usually packed. And when the weather's nice, the outdoor tables
are filled with people eating, reading and chatting. That's a nice
enough scene -- but it's also a huge opportunity lost. Because had the
stores and outdoor dining area been built up at the sidewalk, instead
of keeping the old Lechmere mall footprint, Panera and its neighbors
could have anchored a rebirth of Rte. 30 as a pedestrian-friendly
boulevard instead of another soulless strip mall..."
-- Sharon Machlis Gartenberg, Framingham, MA
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/columnists/view.bg?articleid=74559


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

50-SOMETHING EMPTY NESTERS MOVING TO PED-FRIENDLY PLACES

-> According to an Sept/Oct AARP Magazine article, "Jim and Marty
Shannonhouse love the Carolina Panthers, but they don't bother with
season tickets. On game days, they stroll from their Charlotte, North
Carolina, home to the stadium in search of cheap seats. 'If we can't
find any, we go home, watch the game on TV, and leave the door open so
we can hear the crowd roar,' Jim says. Most days are equally relaxed:
in the morning, he walks a few blocks to his office. In the evening, he
and his wife saunter to bistros, ballet, and the symphony. The
Shannonhouses are part of a growing trend: 50-plus empty nesters are
abandoning sprawling suburbs for pedestrian-friendly cities, towns, and
planned communities.

"In the past decade, affluent boomers and retirees have helped fuel
major growth in the downtown populations of several cities. 'The upper
end of the downtown condo market is all boomers,' says John McIlwain, a
senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute. In the same period, town
centers ringed with housing are popping up in big-city business
districts, close-in suburbs, and new-urbanist, master-planned
communities. 'Ten years ago, the concept of a town center was an
anomaly,' McIlwain says. 'Now there's a significant trend toward the
old urban retail style of parking your car, walking along the street to
do your shopping, then going to a movie or a restaurant.'..."

Source:
http://www.aarpmagazine.org/lifestyle/Articles/a2004-07-22-mag-suburban.html
Archive search: http://search.aarp.org/
Cost: No
Title: "Suburban Flight"
Author: Elizabeth Pope
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ELIZABETHTOWN (PA) WHEELCHAIR USERS FACE DANGERS

-> According to an Aug. 12th Elizabethtown Chronicle article, "The
sidewalks that run through the heart of Elizabethtown are often filled
with pedestrians running errands, enjoying the sights and sounds of the
town and strolling along with little to no trouble: but getting up and
down Market Street isn't as hassle-free for all area residents.
Disabled people, especially those confined to wheelchairs, have had
problems with steep curbs and cracked sidewalks on Market Street that
are far more difficult to navigate on wheels than on foot.

"Larry Hess, of South Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, found out about the
conditions of the sidewalks after he was thrown head first from his
wheelchair trying to cross the entrance of the parking lot of the
Elizabethtown Fitness Club on June 30. Hess suffered four cracked ribs
from the fall, but was aided by several passing motorists. 'I'm not one
to sue, I just want to bring the issue to everyone's attention,' said
Hess, who was put in a wheelchair in 1994 due to muscular dystrophy. 'I
don't expect it to be a super highway, they've come a long way since
what it used to be.'..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2248&dept_id=451438&newsid=12678298&PAG=461&rfi=9
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2248&dept_id=451438&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Wheelchair worries"
Author: Chris McCarthy
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S. BURLINGTON (VT) RESISTS DRIVE-THROUGH STRIP OPTION

-> According to an Aug. 5th WCAX-TV story, "A plan by one of Vermont's
premier nightclubs to redevelop a Williston Road movie theater could
help transform the area. The plans by the Higher Ground Showcase --
formerly Higher Ground -- could help turn the area into a
pedestrian-friendly place where people could eat dinner, see a show,
grab a nightcap and spend the night in one of the hotels. 'One of the
greatest struggles of South Burlington has been figuring out the future
of Williston Road,' City Planner Juli Beth Hoover said. 'We've had a
lot of pressure to rezone it for drive-through restaurants. That didn't
fit into what we thought should be the feel of the area.'

"The large number of hotels on Williston Road, along with the music
club, will set a tone for a 24-hour environment, Hoover said. She
anticipates the area will slowly redevelop to include a neighborhood of
restaurants, shopping, entertainment venues and hotels. That will
define one section of South Burlington's planned city center. The city
center district is bordered by Dorset Street, Hinesburg Road, Kennedy
Drive and Williston Road. A 40-acre swath of open land in the center is
primed to be developed after 20 years because the city received a $1
million federal grant this year that will pave Market Street,
envisioned as a walkable area with public facilities and parking
garages..."

Source: http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=2137197
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Nightclub plans could lead to city redevelopment"
Author: Associated Press
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COLUMBUS (OH) PLANS N'HOOD CALMING MEASURES

-> According to an Aug. 12th Columbus ThisWeek article, "Strawberry
Farms residents are finding out that what Tom Petty once sang is true:
The waiting is the hardest part. Final plans for traffic calming
efforts in the community are in. Funding is available for the first
phase of measures, but the community needs the passage of a November
bond issue in order to get the full package. 'We hope we can get
something implemented this year,' said Tom Nann, resident and past
president of the community's civic association. 'We need the bond issue
passed to create money to rectify a bad situation here.' Last month,
Strawberry Farms residents met with representatives of the city of
Columbus and Walkable Communities, a Florida-based traffic consulting
firm, to assess the community's traffic-calming needs.

"The city has $100,000 available for immediate improvements and could
have up to $450,000 for the community if a November bond issue is
approved by voters. The bond package totals $605-million. It is not a
tax increase, but with voter approval, the city would be able to borrow
money at better interest rates on the bonds, which will fund
infrastructure improvements. A multiple-stage plan for Strawberry
Farms, decided on by the residents, was completed last week. 'Traffic
calming needs to be done holistically so it doesn't just move the
problem around the neighborhood,' said Dan Burden, founder of Walkable
Communities. 'You have to look at it all and solve one problem at a
time.' Nann said the first stage of improvements, expected to be paid
for with the $100,000 already available, will be 'gateway treatments'
at the two entrances to the community, which will mean widening
existing medians, giving drivers less space..."

Source:
http://www.thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=common&story=thisweeknews/081204/nor/News/081204-News-445746.html
Archive search: http://libpub.dispatch.com/thisweek.html
Cost: No
Title: "Plans set for traffic-calming measures"
Author: Dan Eaton
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ELBURN (IL) PED BRIDGE TO CROSS FOUR-LANE HIGHWAY

-> According to an Aug. 12th Elburn Herald article, "After five years
of planning, a project that will make it safe for bicyclists to cross
Route 56 is expected to begin as early as February, explained Kane
County Forest Preserve Executive Director Monica Meyers. The project
involves the construction of a pedestrian and bike bridge on the
portion of the Virgil-Gilman Bike Trail that crosses Route 56. The
Forest Preserve Executive Committee approved the funding for the
project on Friday.

"The need for a pedestrian bridge came shortly after the Forest
Preserve extended the trail beyond Route 56 to link it to Bliss Woods
and the property surrounding Waubonsee Community College approximately
15 years ago. The pedestrian underpass often suffered from flooding,
and pedestrians began to cross the four-lane divided highway to avoid
the tunnel...The Forest Preserve will provide $817,500 of the
$1,017,500 total cost of the project. The remaining $200,000 will come
from a grant provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
(IDNR), said Meyers. Bidding on the project will begin this fall, and
explained that the hope is that the project will be completed by
mid-August 2005..."

Source: http://www.elburnherald.com/sgbd2004/sg212.htm
Archive search: http://www.elburnherald.com/search.htm
Cost: No
Title: "Forest Preserve plans pedestrian bridge over Route 56"
Author: Susan O'Neill
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COMMUNITIES WRESTLE WITH SUBURBAN RETIREMENT CHALLENGE

-> According to an Aug. 3rd Abany (NY) Times Union article, "...As they
have with virtually everything else, [baby] boomers will approach old
age in a whole new way. They're expected to work longer, to live longer
and to stay put after retirement rather than flock to traditional
geriatric hot spots. For most, that will mean living out their lives in
the suburbs where they grew up, raised their own families and became
empty nesters. Few of those suburbs are ready to meet their needs.
Places built for car-pooling the kids to soccer matches do not
necessarily make good places to grow old.

"'We planned our suburban communities as if we would be young forever
and always have our children in schools,' said Steve Englebright, a
Democrat from Setauket, Suffolk County, who chairs the state Assembly
committee on aging. Neighborhoods full of winding streets, spacious
homes and big yards perfect for basketball hoops and backyard baseball
left little room for apartments and pedestrian access to services that
seniors rely on, he said. The town of Colonie, the Capital Region's
largest suburb, is starting to examine its own future as a retirement
area..."

Source: http://www.timesunion.com/aspstories/story.asp?storyID=272351
Archive search: http://www.timesunion.com/archives/index.asp
Cost: Yes
Title: "Behind the Aging Curve"
Author: Anne Miller
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MINN. CYCLISTS CONCERNED ABOUT RUMBLE STRIP POLICY

-> According to an Aug. 12th Grand Forks Herald article, "They're out
every week on Minnesota Highway 23, the budding Lance Armstrongs who
glide and climb over the rolling hills south of Duluth on their sleek
bicycles. Lately, these bikers say they've been rattled by a state
policy to install rumble strips along the shoulders of all newly
rebuilt highways. Rumble strips alert drivers with vibration and noise
when they're about to veer off the road. Minnesota Department of
Transportation officials say the strips have become the norm for all
highway construction or reconstruction - and they effectively keep
motorists on the road. This summer, MnDOT resurfaced 21 miles of
Highway 23. The final touch wrapped up last week when crews installed
foot-wide, inch-deep rumble strips just beyond the white shoulder line.

"Now bicyclists have about 4 feet of shoulder between the strips and
the edge of the blacktop. The strips are in 48-foot-long sections, with
12 feet of open area between the sections, so riders can cross the
road. 'These things are one of the greatest safety innovations ever,'
MnDOT spokesman John Bray said. 'The bottom line is, rumble strips save
lives.' The strips, though, are rubbing some bike riders the wrong way.
They're especially annoyed because MnDOT placed the strips along the
roughly 5-mile, on-road section of the Alex Laveau Memorial Bike
Trail..."

Source: http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/state/9384225.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Rough road ahead: Rumble strips anger bikers around Duluth"
Author: Associated Press
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HIGH MILEAGE/HIGH CHAOS LIFE OF TAXI DRIVER MOMS

-> According to an Aug. 5th Redding (CA) Record Searchlight article,
"Marcy Mammay is zooming along in her red Chevrolet Venture littered
with baseball bats, jump ropes, peanut shells and other debris of her
chauffeuring life. Midway through a 41-mile haul, after stopping to
pick out school uniforms and cheerleading shoes, Mammay suggests lunch
at Chili's to her two kids in the back seat. 'No. Pizza Hut,' yells her
11-year-old son, John John. 'No, gross,' says 15-year- old Sarah, who
lobbies for Bravo over John John's howls. 'We put the fun in
dysfunctional family,' quips Mammay before negotiating a minivan truce:
They will go out for ice cream if John John compromises and behaves at
Bravo.

"Welcome to the high-mileage, high-chaos life of a mom taxi driver, a
role that has changed the very nature of motherhood. For better or
worse, the average mother of school-age children spent 74 minutes a day
driving in 2001, up from 67 minutes in 1995, according to the Surface
Transportation Policy Project, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C.
Single mothers are even harder on their odometers. Even during the
summer 'slow season,' mothers like Mammay are always on the go,
ferrying kids to practices, games and on other errands. 'Mothers and
fathers, but mostly mothers, are always jamming someone into the car,'
said Sandra Rosenbloom, professor of planning at the University of
Arizona.'..."

Source:
http://www.redding.com/redd/nw_national/article/0,2232,REDD_17534_3088363,00.html
Archive search: http://archive.redding.com/
Cost: No
Title: "Moms spending more time chauffeuring kids"
Author: Christina Rouvallis and Laura Pace
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CALEDONIA (WI) ENVISIONS PED-FRIENDLY I-94 CORRIDOR

-> According to an Aug. 8th Journal Times article, "It's a familiar
view from the Interstate highway system around Milwaukee, Chicago and
elsewhere: large glassy office buildings and sprawling commercial
structures that were built for utility - not beauty. This landscape,
which is fast replacing formerly pastoral vistas, does represent added
tax base for each of those municipalities. However, it's not everyone's
idea of perfect progress. And, in all likelihood, it's not what the
future Caledonia will look like from Interstate 94. 'What we want to
avoid is looking like everybody else,' said Caledonia Plan Commission
Chairwoman Linda Mielke. When I-94 drivers reach Caledonia, she said,
'We want them to know they're entering someplace that's different ...
as opposed to every other stretch of the interstate.'

"'We see mixed-use development happening in that area,' Greenfield
said. That means the whole spectrum, from various kinds of housing to
retail, commercial/industrial, some green space and more. The term
'mixed-use' also portends blending those categories, rather than having
them in widely segregated zones. Town officials are working closely
with Milwaukee's Planning and Design Institute to find the best ways to
do that...High-quality, mixed-use development 'is what the people are
telling us they want,' Mielke said. 'They don't want us to totally
sacrifice green space for the industrial look,' [Town Chairwoman Susan]
Greenfield added..."

Source:
http://www.journaltimes.com/articles/2004/08/08/local/iq_3027541.txt
Archive search: http://www.journaltimes.com/archives?search=advanced
Cost: Yes
Title: "Plan for change: Caledonia officials prepare for the inevitable
development along the interstate"
Author: Michael Burke
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

RENO (NV) DRIVER KILLS CHILD OFF ROAD, GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

-> According to an Aug. 7th Gazette-Journal article, "Federal Highway
Administrator Mary Peters says the story of Sun Valley's campaign to
promote pedestrian safety after the roadside death of 9-year-old Alexis
Kiles last summer serves as a national model for other communities.
'This is the type of community involvement we can take to other areas
of the country,' Peters said after a news conference at Washoe County
offices Friday to announce a new public service announcement on
pedestrian safety... Alexis was killed and her brother injured July 30,
2003, when a motorist struck them while they walked home along a narrow
section of Sun Valley Boulevard after going to a county swimming pool.
They were four houses from home...The driver later was charged with two
misdemeanor traffic tickets and received a suspended sentence.

"The Kiles family and the Sun Valley Boulevard Safety Task Force plan
to testify for a bill in the Nevada Legislature next year to create a
new misdemeanor category for manslaughter involving traffic accidents.
That would put accidental deaths -- such as Alexis' -- on a motorist's
driving record. Nevada law currently allows only felony reckless
driving convictions to be added to driving records. The bill has been
defeated in three previous legislative sessions, but Washoe District
Attorney Dick Gammick said he will push for it again. 'Alexis was off
the road. She wasn't doing anything wrong,' he said..."

Source:
http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html/2004/08/07/77484.php?sp1=rgj&sp2=News&sp3=Local+News&sp5=RGJ.com&sp6=news&sp7=local_news&jsmultitag=news.rgj.com/news/local
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pedestrian safety plan wins praise"
Author: Susan Voyles

[Comment: Even the best "model" pedestrian safety campaigns won't do
much in a context where motorists can drive off the road, kill
children, and get away with a couple of misdemeanors and a suspended
sentence. -Ed.]


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

NEW JERSEY CLEARS TRAFFIC CALMING ROADBLOCKS

-> "Legislation that makes it easier for municipalities to build speed
humps on dangerous streets without a lengthy approval process from the
state Department of Transportation (DOT) was signed into law by
Governor McGreevey in July..."
http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20040809/mtr46905.html

BOULDER (CO) GETS WALKABLE N'HOOD "RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX"

-> "Main Street North includes 14 residential lofts -- all but one
already sold -- and 15 commercial spots totaling 27,000 square feet
that have all been booked, fulfilling part of the Holiday Drive-in's
promise as Boulder's largest mixed-use neighborhood...."
http://www.bouldernews.com/bdc/local_business/article/0,1713,BDC_2461_3093662,00.html

LOS ALAMOS CO. (NM) ADOPTS TRAFFIC CALMING GUIDELINES

"[The Los Alamos County] Council voted to endorse the guidelines as
described in the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program for use by
staff...for prioritizing neighborhoods, funding improvements, involving
residents in the planning process and selecting traffic calming tools
to help slow traffic, increase safety and reduce traffic noise."
http://www.lamonitor.com/articles/2004/07/28/headline_news/news03.txt

FLUSHING (MI) SUBDIVISION RESIDENTS: NO SIDEWALKS

-> "...Hut West residents insist their streets are walkable as-is.
'Sidewalks will detract from the appearance of the whole neighborhood.
Everyone I've talked to is opposed,' said John Smith, who said he moved
to the neighborhood 25 years ago because of its 'country
appearance.'..."
http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-23/1092324141155680.xml

REPLACING STREET TREES WITH AWNINGS IN SARASOTA (FL)?

-> "If scientists could breed a street tree that sprouted awnings
instead of seeds, Sarasota's new downtown design code wouldn't be so
controversial...."
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040807/OPINION/408070597/1030

DOYLESTOWN (PA) BUILDING ON TRADITIONAL MIXED N'HOOD DESIGNS

-> "The three-story office buildings, which will include small retail
and service businesses, are a key component of a traditional
neighborhood and dovetail with the borough's long-range plan for Broad
Street, according to borough manager John Davis..."
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/113-08102004-345625.html

BOSTON MAYOR MENINO ANNOUNCES $24M SIDEWALK PROJECT

-> "Sidewalks in the city that has long billed itself as one of the
most walkable in the United States are about to get the biggest
overhaul in more than three decades..."
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/08/11/the_fix_is_in_for_citys_sidewalks/

MALTA (NY) DREAMS OF PED-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN

-> "The group of town residents and officials that took a walking tour
Monday down the Route 9 corridor into downtown discovered that walking
there is not so pleasant..."
http://www.saratogian.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1169&dept_id=17718&newsid=12664620&PAG=461&rfi=9

MEMPHIS (TN) BIKE/PED STUDY GETS UNDERWAY
-> "A new citizens committee has started work to help create a $330,000
plan for safer and more abundant cycling and walking routes in the
Memphis area...."
http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/state/article/0,1406,KNS_348_3097201,00.html

FAYETTEVILLE (NC) GETS S'WALKS IN TIME FOR SCHOOL

"Construction crews began building a foundation for sidewalks along a
busy street in Fayetteville this summer. Crews worked on the project
for several weeks to meet the first day of school deadline..."
http://rdu.news14.com/content/headlines/?ArID=53036&SecID=2

ACTIVE LIVING LEADERSHIP CREATES INACTIVITY COST CALCULATOR

-> "Now, a new online tool can help government leaders, policy-makers,
and businesses calculate the financial costs of a physically inactive
population or employee base..."
http://www.activelivingleadership.org/costcalc.htm

YPSILANTI (MI) GETS LOOK AT WALKABLE POSSIBILITIES

-> "A floating walkway, comfortable benches and flower pots may soon
start springing up in Ypsilanti as part of the Cool City's efforts to
become more 'walkable.'..."
http://www.mlive.com/news/aanews/index.ssf?/base/news-9/1092235412233670.xml


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

COMING SOON TO A BIKE NEAR YOU...AIR BAG HELMETS!

"...There is a doctor in Barcelona who just invented something not even
my father can say he would have thought of first. The doctor has
decided to install an air bag inside a bicycle helmet that is designed
to deploy the moment a sudden movement is detected. The inflated
helmet, according to news reports, is set up to protect the spine..."

Source: http://www.times-journal.com/report.lasso?WCD=253


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

-> "ORIENTAL BOULEVARD BICYCLE LANE IMPACTS"
Brooklyn bike lane project Final Report; by NYCDOT; 2004.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/pdf/orientalblvd.pdf

-> "CONTEXT-SENSITIVE DESIGN AROUND THE COUNTRY..."
Transportation Research Circular E-C067; July 2004
http://trb.org/publications/circulars/ec067.pdf

-> "HIGHWAY HEALTH HAZARDS"
2004 Sierra Club report on health hazards of highways , roads (21mb)
http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/report04_highwayhealth/report.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

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 7-9, 2004, Missouri Trail Summit, Columbia MO. Info: Missouri
Park & Recreation Assn, 2018 William Street, Jefferson City, MO
65109-1186; phone: (573) 636-3828; fax: (573) 635-7988; email:
<info@mopark.org>
http://www.mopark.org/2004_Trail_Summit_page.htm

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

January 27-29, 2005, 4th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth, Miami
Beach, FL. Info: Michele Kelso Warren, Senior Program Manager, Local
Government Commission, 1414 K Street, Suite 600, Sacramento CA 95814;
phone: (916) 448-1198; fax: (916) 448-8246; e-mail: <mkelso@lgc.org>
http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/SmartGrowth/

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/

May 31-June 3, 2005, Velo City 2005, Dublin, Ireland. Info:
http://www.velo-city2005.com

June 5-8, 2005, Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers annual
conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Info:
http://www.cite7.org/saskatoon/

September 22-23, 2005, Walk 21 (VI), Zurich, Switzerland. Info: Walk21,
Diddington House, Main Road, Bredon, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20
7LX, United Kingdom; phone: 00 44 (0) 1684 773 94; email:
<info@walk21.co>
http://www.walk21.com/


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

-> JOB -- ASST ENGR FOR BIKE/PED PROJECTS -- MARIN CO. CALIF
To replace now vacant Bicycle Coordinator position. Help find the right
person! The Marin County Human Resources Department and the Marin
County Public Works Department are announcing a recruitment for the
position of Assistant Engineer. The current vacancy serves as the
Bicycle Coordinator in the Transportation Services Division of the
Public Works Department. The salary is $5,397 - $6,500 monthly.
Depending upon the number of qualified applications received, the exam
process may include an application screening or a written, practical or
oral examination or any combination. Successful candidates will have
their name placed on the eligible list. Tentative oral examination date
is Tuesday, October 12.

For the complete job posting, visit the Marin County website at:
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/hr/jobs/bulletin.asp?bulletin_num=0631-04-07&job_class_code=0631&job_opened_year=04&job_opened_num=07&ServDeptCd=PW
There is a link to the County's website from http://www.marinbike.org

-> JOB -- BICYCLE, ALT. MODES COORDINATOR -- EUGENE, OR
(Traffic Engineering Technician 1 / 2), City of Eugene, Oregon; $15.89
- $ 22.27 / hourly. This full time position coordinates the promotion
of bicycling and other alternatives to motor vehicle use. Provides
public education and information, works with agencies, developers, and
the public to ensure proper planning of facilities and providing other
services as it relates to alternative modes of transportation. Liaison
to neighborhood associations to address transportation issues and
manage traffic calming program. Depending upon the knowledge, skills,
and abilities possessed by the applicants, this position may be filled
as either the Traffic Engineering Technician 1 or 2. The Traffic
Engineering Technician 1 requires one year of experience with civil/tr
affic engineering and a High school diploma or GED equivalent. The
Traffic Engineering Technician 2 requires two years of experience in
civil/traffic engineering work and an Associate degree in civil/traffic
engineering technology or related field. Experience in Alternative
Modes Coordination and/or Traffic Calming preferred. A valid Oregon
driver's license is required. Must pass driving records check and, if
hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard.
CLOSING DATE: August 27, 2004. Apply online at
http:/agency.governmentjobs.com/Eugene/default.cfm or obtain an
application packet from Human Resource and Risk Services, 777 Pearl
Street, Room 101, Eugene OR 97401. Application packets may also be
requested by calling (541) 682-5061 or emailing
application.requests@ci.eugene.or.us The City of Eugene values
diversity in its work force and is committed to affirmative action.

-> 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.


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

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