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


Issue #104 Friday, August 27, 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
  The NCBW Has Moved!
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 Conference Is On The Launch Pad
  Calif Safe Routes Bill off to Governornator's Desk
  Aussie Draft Cycling Data, Indicators Report Released
  Moving Houston toward Walkable, Bikeable Future
  Be a Bicycling Ambassador During the RNC
  California May Adopt 'Corporal Bike' Pavement Marking
  NCHRP RFP Focuses on Rural Trans-Land Use Links

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  High Blood Pressure Numbers up 30% in U.S.
  MD's Bronrott: Every Child Has Right to Walkable Community
  Holladay (UT) Works toward Village-Style Retail District
  Watertown (CT) Sees Trails, Sidewalks in Future
  Canadian, B.C. Govts to Rebuild Historic Trail Trestles
  Marysville (MI) Memorializes Walkable Plan's Author
  House Bill Proposes Northwest's Ice Age Flood Trail
  Prescott (AZ) Council Sides with Biz against Bike Lanes
  Obesity May Account for 14-20% of Cancer Deaths
  Watsonville (CA) Takes Step in the Right Direction
  Columbus (GA) Residents Meet to Plan Midtown Future
  Hillsborough (NC) Parents Petition for Safety



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

WE MOVED!

Yes, after 12 years on 21st Street NW and after 24 years in the
District of Columbia the National Center for Bicycling & Walking
has moved back to Maryland. Our new contact information is as follows:

National Center for Bicycling & Walking
8120 Woodmont Avenue
Suite 520
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301.656.4220
Fax: 301.656.4225

Bethesda is an old, street-car suburb, home of the National Institutes
of Health, and has a well-defined downtown with lots of New Urbanism
characteristics because it was done right in the first place! Not by
chance, the new office is about 2 miles from the home of Bill Wilkinson
(who now can walk, bike, or take transit); Corey Twyman rides his track
bike 7 miles out the Capitol Crescent Trail and Mark Plotz is riding about
20 miles each way from his home in Alexandria.

The move was prompted by the opportunity to reduce our headquarters office
space. Ten years ago we had seven staff working out of the DC office; today,
we have seven staff working from five different locations: Bob Chauncy,
Chestertown, MD; Sharon Roerty, Maplewood, NJ; John Williams, Missoula, MT;
Gary MacFadden, Corbett, OR; and the Bethesda trio.
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PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004 CONFERENCE IS ON THE LAUNCH PAD

The staff of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking hopes you'll
be joining us in Victoria, British Columbia, September 7-10 for the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 Conference, with the theme of Creating Active
Communities. The program is set, the band is tuning up for the
ProWalk/ProBike Bash on Thursday night, and hundreds of delegates
are getting ready to descend on the walkable/bikeable city of Victoria.

You can get a preview of the full conference program at the
organization's web site: http://www.bikewalk.org Just follow the
links to find out about the conference program; be sure to check the
logistics page for travel information, bicycle rental info, etc.

John Williams, program director for the conference, notes that there
are more people involved in the program than ever before. "Panels,
workshops, discussion groups, and poster sessions will bring more than
175 people to the conference to share their stories, techniques, and
successes with the delegates," says Williams.

Williams added that many of the presentations will be placed on the
organization's web site following the conference. "If you won't be
able to attend, at least you can access a portion of the variety of
presentations."

We'll see you in Victoria!
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CALIF SAFE ROUTES BILL OFF TO GOVERNORNATOR'S DESK

-> According to an Aug. 26th release from California Alliance for
Transportation Choices, "After a flurry of recent activity SB 1087
(Soto) is off to Governor Schwarzenegger for his signature! The bill
passed out of the Assembly on Monday by a vote of 66-13 (19 Assembly
Republicans supported the bill) and out of the Senate yesterday (no
Senate Republicans voted for the bill) by a margin of 23-13.

"SB 1087 extends the life of California's Safe Routes to School program
until 2008 and will dedicate $20-25 million a year for six categories
of projects: sidewalk improvements; traffic calming and speed
reduction; pedestrian/bicycle crossing improvements; on-street bicycle
facilities; and, traffic diversion improvements..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.catransportationchoices.org
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AUSSIE DRAFT CYCLING DATA, INDICATORS REPORT RELEASED

-> Thanks to Paul Magarey, Chair of the Australian Bicycle Council, for
this item: "The Australian Bicycle Council's Draft Cycling Data and
Indicators report entitled 'Australia Cycling: Bicycle Ownership, Use
and Demographics' is now available." Download it at:
http://www.abc.dotars.gov.au/Cycling_Data_Indicators.htm.

Comments should be sent to <abc@dotars.gov.au>.
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MOVING HOUSTON TOWARD WALKABLE, BIKEABLE FUTURE

-> According to a recent note from Dan Raine, ped/bike coordinator for
the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), "In less than two years,
H-GAC hired the region's first-ever pedestrian-bicycle transportation
planner, adopted Texas' first ever 'Pedestrian-Bicycle Accommodation
Review Process,' and introduced design guidelines for accommodating
pedestrian and bicycle travel within all transportation planning
projects. In addition, the H-GAC Transportation Planning Council set
aside $18 million for the MPO's new pedestrian-bicycle special
districts program as part of the 2025 Regional Transportation Plan. The
MPO has developed a solid mantra for pedestrian and bicycle
transportation planning: build it right the first time; retrofit
selectively; and, invest strategically.

"H-GAC worked with John Ciccarelli and Dan Burden, as well as Houston
experts Lorin Gaertner, David Crossley, Clark Martinson, and the Walter
P. Moore engineering firm to develop a Pedestrian-Bicycle Special
Districts Study, identifying over 9,000 pedestrian and bicycle activity
centers within the eight-county region. The team developed a list of
the top 10 'hot-spots' within the 5,500 square mile, region-wide, study
area. They also worked with community stakeholders, business leaders,
and elected and public officials, to identify needed improvements in
Houston's historic Third Ward. The Greater Southeast Management
District stepped forward to provide the upfront costs and 20% match to
federal funding.

"The project team developed an overall cost for preliminary engineering
for new curb extensions, crossing islands, and 1,000 feet of new
sidewalk for the Third Ward. H-GAC fast-tracked these project into the
2006-2008 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) with an estimated
construction date of February 2006."

For more information, contact Dan Raine, AICP, H-GAC Pedestrian-Bicycle
Coordinator, at <dan.raine@h-gac.com> or (832) 681-2525. If you're
attending Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004, join Dan, Lorin and John for their
presentation (#50) on Thursday, September 9th, at 1:30 PM.
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BE A BICYCLING AMBASSADOR DURING THE RNC

-> According the Aug. 25th edition of Transportation Alternatives'
E-Bulletin, "Now is a great time use your bike to travel around the
city. In fact, the Mayor's office and the City DOT are actively
encouraging New Yorkers to avoid RNC-induced traffic snarls by riding
their bikes. It is no secret that the authorities and New Yorkers in
general will be extra sensitive to everyone traveling near the
convention locations next week. A lot of people will be watching.

"Accordingly, T.A. encourages all bicyclists to act as cycling
ambassadors during the convention. Whether you commute to work, go out
for spin around town or ride in a protest event, the best way to
demonstrate that bicycling is a vital part of New York City's
transportation system is to ride lawfully and courteously. Set an
example for the many new people who will take up bicycling during the
convention; it is the best way to encourage them to stick with
bicycling after the convention is over."

Source: http://www.transalt.org/press/askta/040826rnc.html
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CALIFORNIA MAY ADOPT 'CORPORAL BIKE' PAVEMENT MARKING

-> According to a recent note from Mike Sallaberry of the City of San
Francisco, "California jurisdictions may soon have a standardized
pavement marking for use on roadways shared by bicyclists and
motorists! On August 12, the California Traffic Control Device
Committee unanimously recommended language supporting the use of the
bike + chevron (or 'corporal bike') shared lane marking. This
recommendation has been forwarded to Caltrans, the California DOT, who
will prepare the final language for inclusion in the MUTCD 2003
California Supplement. The committee was impressed by the results of
the study, prepared by Alta Planning + Design for the City and County
of San Francisco, which showed that the bike + chevron marking
effectively:

For more information, including the final report and the language
approved by the CTCDC, please go to http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org

"Adoption of the marking in the California Supplement to the MUTCD will
set the stage for possible inclusion in the next revision of the MUTCD,
a task being undertaken by the Bicycle Technical Committee of the
National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices." Their website
is at: http://www.ncutcd.org/
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NCHRP RFP FOCUSES ON RURAL TRANS-LAND USE LINKS

-> According to a recent note from Christopher Forinash, there's a new
National Cooperative Highway Research Program Request for Proposals on
the streets entitled "Best Practices to Enhance the
Transportation/Land-Use Connection in Rural America (Project 8-52, FY
2005). According to the notice, "The purpose of this project is to
identify key, common problems affecting rural transportation systems
and to identify measures designed to address them in enhancing the
transportation/land-use connection."

For more information, go to:
http://www4.trb.org/trb/crp.nsf/e7bcd526f5af4a2c8525672f006245fa/a36a
a8be74f2676985256ef900 73c7c8?OpenDocument

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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Whether or not cycling goes with drinking is debatable. Food is
another matter, here is the happiest of relationships. I eat to ride, I
ride to eat. At the best of moments, I can achieve a perfect balance,
consuming just the right amount of calories as I fill up at bakeries,
restaurants, or ice-cream parlors. On the road, I can get about twelve
miles to a quart of milk and a piece of baker's apple tart."

-- Daniel Behrman, The Man Who Loved Bicycles
http://www.bikereader.com/BikeReader/contributors/behrman/mw7.html


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

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE NUMBERS UP 30% IN U.S.

-> According to an Aug. 23rd HealthDayNews article in Forbes, "Older,
heavier and sedentary, more and more Americans are suffering from high
blood pressure, the latest government report shows. And while the
numbers in the report are four years old, there are reasons to believe
the trend is continuing, one expert said. From survey periods 1988-94
to 1999-2000, the number of adults in the United States with high blood
pressure increased 30 percent, to 65 million, according to the latest
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The findings
are published Aug. 24 in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart
Association...

"Dr. David C. Goff, professor of public health sciences and internal
medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, said that at
least one trend doesn't look encouraging. 'More current data on obesity
suggest that Americans continue to get fatter, so I suspect that blood
pressure levels will continue to go up,' said Goff, a spokesman for the
American Heart Association...'We are taking in too many calories and
not doing enough physical activity to counter that,' Goff said. The
changing nature of the workplace and the suburbanization of America
play important roles, too, he said. 'Mechanization has removed a lot of
physical labor from work,' Goff said. 'We don't walk as much as we used
to. Many neighborhoods have no sidewalks and no destinations in close
proximity to the home, so that we drive cars to get to the post office
or grocery.'..."

Source:
http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2004/08/23/hscout520783.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "High Blood Pressure Up 30% in U.S."
Author: Ed Edelson
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MD'S BRONROTT: EVERY CHILD HAS RIGHT TO WALKABLE COMMUNITY

-> According to an Aug. 25th Wheaton Gazette article, "Fifteen-year-old
Regis Ford of Wheaton always looks both ways before crossing the
street. The John F. Kennedy High School sophomore said he follows
traffic rules and always uses the crosswalk, but is afraid of getting
hit by a car on busy Randolph Road. 'They just don't stop. They don't
slow down,' Ford said. 'Sometimes they get a yellow light, so it's
almost my turn to go, but they just go faster.'

"With more than 140,000 students starting school Aug. 30, county and
school officials gathered at Kennedy on Monday to promote pedestrian
safety. The first day of school is also the start of the National
Stop-on Red Week, and police will be cracking down on motorists who run
red lights, speed and don't stop for school buses...Del. William A.
Bronrott (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda said it shouldn't be that way. 'Every
child has the basic right to a safe and walkable community,' he said.
'We mean business. Crossing the street shouldn't be a death-defying act
for children.'..."

Source: http://www.gazette.net/200435/silverspring/news/232257-1.html
Archive search: http://www.gazette.net/advanced_search/
Cost: No
Title: "Start of school puts safety in spotlight for pedestrians"
Author: Trish Barba
For more on National Stop-on Red Week, go to:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/pressroom/fhwa0237.htm
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HOLLADAY (UT) WORKS TOWARD VILLAGE-STYLE RETAIL DISTRICT

-> According to an Aug. 26th Salt Lake Tribune article, "Intent on
avoiding big-box retailers and hoping to create a 'village' that is
both charming and walkable, officials here are expected to adopt a new
ordinance tonight that would cement design standards for the town
center. The City Council may also pick a realignment plan for the
Holladay Village Center's awkward intersection at 2300 East and
Murray-Holladay Boulevard. Now, the challenge focuses around luring a
developer to recast the neighborhood retail district while looking
through a progressive lens. Community development director and
architect Ken Millard says the goal is to marry the aesthetic with
practical needs. 'A little more homey, not big-boxey,' he says. 'We
want activity on the streets again, like Salt Lake used to be.'

"As it stands, the area is a hodgepodge of aging storefronts, a spiffy
strip mall adjacent to City Hall and the state's oldest pharmacy. But
crumbling asphalt, a dearth of sidewalks and the 'dangerous'
five-pointed intersection create what some in the city call 'an
embarrassment.' The ordinance - tweaked often since the spring -
outlines size restrictions, how far a building can be set back from
the street, aesthetics and landscaping standards. 'It tries to create a
village instead of having walls that are 50 feet high,' says City
Manager Randy Fitts. 'We want to make this a place to shop and enjoy
the atmosphere.'..."

Source: http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2399526
Archive search: http://www.sltrib.com/search?reset=true
Cost: Yes
Title: "Holladay to adopt a 'village' design"
Author: Derek P. Jensen
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WATERTOWN (CT) SEES TRAILS, SIDEWALKS IN FUTURE

-> According to an Aug. 26th Litchfield County Times article, "A
meeting of the Watertown Planning Commission Aug. 18, concerning an
application for a proposed subdivision, highlighted the town's ongoing
struggle to balance development pressures with stewardship of natural
resources. The meeting was unexceptional by many measures...However, in
between the facts and figures bandied about, what was actually taking
place was no less than the shaping of Watertown's future, as the
commission struggled to balance the rights of developers with its
stewardship of the town's overall design, which, in turn, fundamentally
affects the character of the town...

"Planning Commission member Ray Rondeau raised the first issue. He
asked if it would be possible for [Developer Pat] Graziano to rearrange
the proposed open space parcels so that they could form a continuous
band [to] form a more suitable habitat for wildlife, as well as
preserve the space for use in a possible future greenway. Mr.
Graziano's engineer, Vincent Caterino, said that he felt that would be
possible, but that he would have to reevaluate the land to make sure.
Planning Commission chairman Judith Wick [added] that sidewalks would
be a prudent investment, so that pedestrians could eventually walk from
Middlebury Road to Bunker Hill Road where there is shopping...[She
said] sidewalks are an important part of the town's Plan of
Conservation and Development and that 'everything I read these days
about planning supports walkable communities.'..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12786744&BRD=2303&PAG=461&dept_id=478976&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2303&dept_id=478976&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "In Watertown, Sidewalk Talk"
Author: Amy Mulvihill
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CANADIAN, B.C. GOVTs TO REBUILD HISTORIC TRAIL TRESTLES

-> According to an Aug. 26th Vancouver Sun article, "A year after they
were destroyed by a devastating wildfire, the federal and B.C.
governments announced Thursday they would jointly spend $13.5 million
to rebuild the historic Kettle Valley railway trestles. Premier Gordon
Campbell and Senator Ross Fitzpatrick announced work in the Myra Canyon
will begin this fall. 'The Myra Canyon trestles are a national
treasure, a major tourism asset for the Okanagan economy and an
invaluable part of our provincial heritage,' Campbell said in a news
release. 'The loss of the trestles was a devastating blow, and their
reconstruction is a priority for us all.'

"Campbell said the spirit that helped British Columbia through the
fires last summer will also see the bridges rebuilt. The trestles
belonged to the 90-year-old Kettle Valley railway line, which after
being abandoned in the 1980s became a popular hiking and cycling trail
for tourists visiting the Okanagan Valley. Twelve of the 16 wooden
trestles were destroyed and two steel trestles damaged when the
Okanagan Mountain Park fire roared through the area one year ago..."

Source:
http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=c92df003-87bb-454f-a64a-8aa 5561408b5
Archive search:
http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/news/archives/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Governments to spend $13.5 million to rebuild historic, fire
razed trestles"
Author: Canadian Press
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MARYSVILLE (MI) MEMORIALIZES WALKABLE PLAN'S AUTHOR

-> According to a Marysville Times Herald article, "The marble memorial
stands barely 3 feet tall, but to friends and family it has the
presence of a mountain. More than 60 people gasped in approval Monday
as the family of former city Community Development Director Scott
Richards unveiled a memorial in City Park in his honor...Richards died
in December of a heart attack while playing basketball. The monument
was paid for with donations after his death.

"Stories of Richards' life swirled around the park Monday evening as
family and acquaintances shared tales and memories...Richards worked
for Marysville for 18 years and coordinated several city projects
including the exercise-based Walkable Community Plan and the Range Road
Corridor Plan..."

Source:
http://www.thetimesherald.com/news/stories/20040824/localnews/1106880.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "City honors Marysville leader"
Author: Chris Sebastian
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HOUSE BILL PROPOSES NORTHWEST'S ICE AGE FLOOD TRAIL

-> According to an Aug. 24th New York Times article filed in Hope,
Idaho, "Thousands of years ago, with a force that shook the earth, ice
dams in the mountains here gave way, sending a towering, churning wall
of water -- the equivalent of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie flowing at a
rate of 10 times all the rivers on the planet -- on a frantic dash to
the Pacific Ocean. The mammoth lake held back by the dam, Glacial Lake
Missoula, was drained like a giant bathtub, in perhaps as little as 48
hours. And like an enormous high-pressure fire hose, the water moved
massive amounts of rock and left scars in the bedrock of four states...

"Last month, legislation was introduced in Congress by Representative
Doc Hastings, Republican of Washington, to create an Ice Age Floods
National Geologic Trail along the path of the floods, on public and
private land across Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. The trail
would be the first with a geologic theme, although long-distance
interpretative trails have been devoted to cultural phenomena, like the
travels of Lewis and Clark..."

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/24/science/earth/24floo.html
Archive search: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Ice Age Floodwaters Leave a Walkable Trail Across the Northwest"
Author: Jim Robbins
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PRESCOTT (AZ) COUNCIL SIDES WITH BIZ AGAINST BIKE LANES

-> According to an Aug. 26th Arizona Republic story, "The City Council
rejected a proposal to add bike lines to a central Prescott street that
will undergo reconstruction, an idea that had generated debate for
weeks. When reconstruction work is completed, possibly by November,
Sixth Street should remain as it is now - with four driving lanes. The
original plans recommended that the redone street have one driving lane
in each direction, one continuous center-turning lane, and bike lanes
on both sides of the street.

"The city's Public Works Department based the recommendation on the
Prescott Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which designated Sixth Street as
a bicycle route. Bike advocates noted that Sixth provided a link to
many biking destinations. But many of the business owners along Sixth
objected, saying four lanes are necessary to accommodate the heavy
truck traffic on the street..."

Source:
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0826prescott-bikelane-ON.html
Archive search:
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_site=azcentral&p_product=ARPB&p_theme=gannet t&p_action=keyword
Cost: No
Title: "Prescott rejects plan for added bike lanes"
Author: Associated Press
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OBESITY MAY ACCOUNT FOR 14-20% OF CANCER DEATHS

-> According to an Aug. 23rd AP story, "Heart disease and diabetes get
all the attention, but expanding waistlines increase the risk for at
least nine types of cancer, too. And with the obesity epidemic showing
no signs of waning, specialists say they need to better understand how
fat cells fuels cancer growth so they might fight back. What's already
clear: Being overweight can make it harder to spot tumors early, catch
recurrences, determine the best chemotherapy dose, even fit into
radiation machines.

"That in turn hurts chances of survival. One major study last year
estimated that excess weight may account for 14 percent to 20 percent
of all cancer deaths -- 90,000 a year. 'Obesity makes taking care of
cancer patients much more complicated,' says Dr. Christopher Desch, a
medical oncologist in Richmond, Va. So why is cancer often the
afterthought when listing obesity's multiple risks? 'The cancer picture
is a little bit more subtle,' says American Cancer Society
epidemiologist Eugenia Calle, one of the nation's leading specialists
on the link..."

Source:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/08/23/health/main637912.shtml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Obesity Ups Cancer Risk"
Author: AP
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WATSONVILLE (CA) TAKES STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

-> According to an Aug. 21st Santa Cruz Sentinel article, "Friday's
Walkable Communities Fair held at Watsonville Farmers Market kicked off
an effort to publicize the benefits of pedestrian-oriented
infrastructure and land uses. The Nutrition and Fitness Collaborative
of the Central Coast, representing more than 50 health and nutrition
organizations, hosted the event. City Councilmember Ana Ventura-Phares
addressed the benefits of walkable communities -- including physical,
social and economic vitality -- and identified deterrents to walking in
the Central Coast region.

"A policy brief delivered at the fair detailed how increased physical
activity, including walking, can counter the rise in the level of obese
and overweight people. 'Making communities more walkable will help
counter the obesity epidemic in Santa Cruz County,' said Kari Bernardi,
NFCCC co-chair. 'To do this we need to repair our sidewalks, continue
to preserve open spaces for walking and, when possible, choose walking
above other modes of transportation.'..."

Source:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2004/August/21/local/stories/04local.htm
Archive search:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/
Cost: No
Title: "Walkable Communities Fair touts all things pedestrian"
Author: Sentinel staff
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COLUMBUS (GA) RESIDENTS MEET TO PLAN MIDTOWN FUTURE

-> According to an Aug. 22nd Ledger-Enquirer article, "For four hours
Saturday morning, about four dozen Columbus residents armed with packs
of Crayola Crayon markers huddled over layers of transparent paper and
maps scattered across tables in the community room of Wynnton United
Methodist Church. Their mission: To help determine the future of
MidTown, a 6-square-mile area centered along the Wynnton-Macon Road
corridor.

"'We're here to determine quality-of-life issues,' said Tom Walsh, of
Tunnell, Spangler, Walsh and Associates. The firm is working with area
residents, business owners and city leaders to create a 25-year
comprehensive plan. 'The key issues are how the area can become more
livable, more walkable and less auto-dependant,' Walsh said..."

Source:
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/local/9463271.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Residents seek to revamp area"
Author: Muriel Tan
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HILLSBOROUGH (NC) PARENTS PETITION FOR SAFETY

-> According to an Aug. 23rd Herald Sun article, "A Hillsborough parent
has asked Orange County officials to make safety improvements for
students who walk and ride bikes to two schools off Orange Grove Road.
At a recent Orange County Commissioners meeting, Nancy Baker presented
a petition signed by about 300 people who called for walking and
bicycling safety improvement at Cedar Ridge High School and Grady Brown
Elementary School. 'I'm hoping they'll use the petition to urge the
[N.C. Department of Transportation] to push these projects forward,'
Baker said. The petition calls for the county school board, the state
DOT and Orange County government to 'make pedestrian and biking routes
to our schools safer and more pleasant.'

"Specifically, it asks for a pedestrian overpass over Interstate 40,
neighborhood sidewalks leading to the overpass, sidewalks from the
street entrances to the school buildings, and a crosswalk between Grady
Brown and Cedar Ridge. Commissioner Steve Halkiotis, who is the county
school district's director of auxiliary services, said that DOT
officials are willing to put in the crosswalk between the two schools.
'The door has been open and hopefully the crosswalk will become a
reality,' he said..."

Source: http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-514638.html
Archive search: http://www.herald-sun.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Parent's petition seeks safer streets near schools"
Author: Geoffrey Graybeal
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

DRUNK DRIVER GETS 14 YRS FOR KILLING CYCLIST

-> According to an article in the Aug. 26th Marin County Bicycle
Coalition Weekly Bulletin, "On Monday, August 23, Sonoma County Judge
Elaine Rushing sentenced William Michael Albertson to the maximum
prison term of 14 years for vehicular manslaughter in the death of
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition volunteer Daniel O'Reilly, a husband
and father of two young girls...

"Judge Rushing said she hopes Albertson's sentence tells motorists they
must make room for bicyclists. 'Bicycle riders have the same rights as
automobile drivers,' she said. Rushing said a maximum prison sentence
is 'the only way to protect society' from such drivers as Albertson.
'I'm so, so, so very sorry,' Albertson told the victim's family and
fellow bicycle riders who filled that packed courtroom..."

Source: http://www.marinbike.org/News/Bulletin/Index.htm#SCBC
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S

NEW HAMPSHIRE BILL: NO PENALTY FOR DRUNK BIKING

-> "[Derry Senator Frank] Sapareto said he will file a bill to prohibit
police from filing charges against people riding bikes while under the
influence of alcohol or drugs..."
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/3683314/detail.html

COATESVILLE (PA) HIGH SCHOOL KIDS BEMOAN PARKING FEES

"Coatesville Area Senior High students claim that the rising cost of
parking on campus will prevent many of them from participating in
after-school activities and sports..."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12751255&BRD=1671&PAG=461&dept_id=17782&rfi=6

DELHI (INDIA) MASTER PLAN PROMOTES WALKING, BIKING

"DDA has emphasised on restructuring of the Mass Rapid Transportation
System (MRTS) so that maximum number of people are encouraged to use
it...Bicycle users and pedestrians will also get their due..."
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5922_972609,0015002200000002.htm


MILWAUKEE (WI) BIKE/PED BRIDGE REVAMPED

"During the reconstruction, the staircase will be replaced with a
ramp, making the bridge accessible to people with disabilities,
cyclists and people on roller blades or pushing strollers...."
http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/aug04/254250.asp

ST PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) TO GET BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE?

"The center of ecological initiatives believes the development of
bicycle infrastructure in St. Petersburg absolutely necessary, said the
head of the center, Alexander Fyodorov at a news conference Thursday,
Interfax reported..."
http://www.sptimes.ru/archive/times/998/news/b_13369.htm

HIKING WITH YOUR DOG BENEFITS BOTH OF YOU

-> "People who love to hike find taking along a four-legged companion
can have physical benefits for both ends of the leash..."
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5736359/

KUALA LUMPUR GETS 'COMMUNITY OF SHORT DISTANCES'

-> "...the developer, Perdana ParkCity Sdn Bhd, has provided the space
to create the Klang Valley's first 'Community of Short Distances' and
the most 'walkable' community township..."
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2004/8/23/business/8701396&sec=business

BIKE RICKSHAWS CARRY INTERNET TO VILLAGES IN RURAL INDIA

-> "For 12-year-old Anju Sharma, hope for a better life arrives in her
poor farming village three days a week on a bicycle rickshaw that
carries a computer with a high-speed, wireless Internet connection..."
http://edition.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/08/19/internet.rickshaw.ap/index.html


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

STUDENT'S BIKE PRINTS CHALK MSGS ON PAVEMENT, MORE

Josh Kinberg just finished his master's thesis and hit Print. It read
only 'I Love New York.' His adviser loved it. Of course, Kinberg's
degree is an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design
in New York City, and his thesis is a bicycle that receives text
messages and prints them in foot-high chalk letters, then blogs a
digital photo and GPS map of the printing, all while the rider cruises
along...Kinberg will officially roll out the bike during August's Republican
National Convention in New York, but he says the project is as much
performance art as protest. See video of it in action in QuickTime or
Real Video..."

The project homepage can be found at:
http://www.bikesagainstbush.com.


Source:
http://www.popsci.com/popsci/computers/article/0,12543,662876,00.html


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

-> "HOW TO ORGANIZE A WALKING/CYCLING SCHOOL BUS"
24-page report from Go for Green of Canada.
http://www.goforgreen.ca/asrts/pdf/WSB-booklet-e.pdf

-> "HOW TO ORGANIZE A WALK TO SCHOOL DAY EVENT
27-page report from Go for Green of Canada.
http://www.goforgreen.ca/asrts/pdf/How%20to%20WSD%20-%20final.pdf

-> "THE CASE FOR ACTIVE AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL"
Subtitled "An Information and Discussion Paper" from Go for Green.
http://www.goforgreen.ca/asrts/pdf/The%20Case%20for%20ASRTS-E.PDF

-> "TRANSPORTATION AND HEALTH"
Fact sheet from the Surface Transportation Policy Project
http://www.transact.org/library/factsheets/health.asp

-> "MEASURING URBAN FORM"
Subtitled, "Is Portland Winning the War on Sprawl?" Article by Y. Song
and G. Knapp in the Journal of the American Planning Assnl Spring 2004.
http://www.planning.org/japa/pdf/JAPAsong.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 -- COMMUTE TRANS. OPTIONS TEAM -- ARLINGTON, VA
Arlington Transportation Partners is seeking an energetic team member
for a unique opportunity marketing commuter transportation options.
Duties include: creating and implementing sales and marketing plans,
building client relationships, seeking new clients, managing event
projects, and conducting local community outreach to top clients and
prospects, all while working to reduce the region's pollution
emissions. Sales, marketing, and/or public relations experience
preferred. Demonstrated writing and presentation skills. Proficiency
required in Microsoft Office, database management. Excellent benefits,
salary, 401K, generous leave. Please fax resume to Executive Director
at 703-247-9288. Visit:
http://www.commuterpage.com/atp/index.cfm

-> 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

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

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