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


#107 Friday, October 8, 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 2004 Photo Album Needs Pics!
  Congress Extends TEA-21 Trans. Act Another 8 Months
  Safe Kids: 90% of Intersections Hazardous for Kids
  League Honors Six New Bicycle-Friendly Communities
  Perils for Pedestrians Vol. 1 out on DVD This Month
  National Survey of Art on Trails
  U.S. Govt. Kicks Off "Healthier Feds" Campaign

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Catch a Ride on the Walking School Bus
  Survey: Fat-Fighting Kids' Programs Miss Mark
  Companies Net EPA "Best Workplace for Commuter" Awards
  Bicycling Developer Makes "Art" in Downtown Akron (Oh)
  Riding the First East Coast Greenway Tour
  "I Didn't Know I Was Speeding" (But My Car Did!)
  New Jersey Group Tackles Obesity Epidemic
  Texas Starts New Program to Combat Obesity Surge
  New Study: Sprawl Makes You Sick
  Deerfield (MN) Gets in Gear for Walk to School
  Cranberry Twp (PA) Gets Ped-Friendly Zoning Changes
  Norcross (GA) Schools Celebrate Walk/Bike to School Day
  Pennington (NJ) Works toward Walkable Streetscape



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

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004 PHOTO ALBUM NEEDS PICS!

-> Did you take photos at our recent conference in Victoria, BC? If so,
why not share them with others? We've just set up a photo album section
of our ncbw forum website where you can post your pictures and view
other folks' offerings. We've added a few shots but are sorely in need
of more. Join the fun by going to:
http://ncbwforum.infopop.cc/eve/ubb.x?a=frm&s=943603&f=162107355
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CONGRESS EXTENDS TEA-21 TRANS. ACT ANOTHER 8 MONTHS

-> According to an item in the Oct. 7th issue of OKI Bicycle E-Info
News, "On September 30, Congress passed another extension for 8 months
of the TEA-21 transportation act. This extension will authorize funding
through May 31 of the 2005 federal fiscal year which started October 1.
The authorized funding levels approved, however, are based on the House
bill, TEA-LU, at 2/3 of the levels recommended in the bill. This likely
means funding which would be somewhat higher for highway programs than
the level under TEA-21. This also means that there is little chance of
further action by this Congress and work on reauthorization of TEA-21,
which expired in September 2003, will have to start over in the new 109
th Congress in January. It will be important for those interested in
cycling, walking and transit issues to see that these are appropriately
included in the House and Senate bills next year..."

To keep up to date go to:
http://www.americabikes.org/news.asp
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SAFE KIDS: 90% OF INTERSECTIONS HAZARDOUS FOR KIDS

-> According to an Oct. 6th National Safe Kids Campaign news release,
"Nearly nine out of 10 intersections studied have hazards that put
children at risk as they walk to and from school...The research found
that unsafe driver behavior and poor infrastructure are responsible for
creating unsafe conditions. Of the signalized intersections SAFE KIDS
studied, 87.3 percent have at least one of four common environmental
and behavioral hazards that put children at risk as they walk to and
from school. The four hazards are: drivers who fail to stop or stop and
then turn illegally; crosswalks in poor condition or not present at
all; posted speed limits during school hours of 35 mph or more; and
curb ramps that are missing or outside the crosswalk.

"'Kids at the Crossroads: A National Survey of Physical Environment and
Motorist Behavior at Intersections in School Zones' examines conditions
at signalized intersections near our nation's elementary and middle
schools. A total of 102 intersections, 204 crossings and 3,640 vehicles
were observed in 51 cities across 35 states.

"Other findings include:

Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041006/dcw002_1.html

"Kids at the Crossroads - A National Survey of Physical Environment and
Motorist Behavior at Intersections in School Zones" (Oct. 2004) is
available at:
http://www.safekids.org/content_documents/Ped_Study_2004.pdf
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LEAGUE HONORS SIX NEW BICYCLE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

-> According to an article in the Oct. 4th BikeLeague News, "The League
of American Bicyclists is pleased to announce it has recognized six
American communities with its prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community
(BFC) designation; the League has now honored a total of 44 communities
across the nation with the award. Eugene, Oregon -- granted the
silver-level BFC award -- leads the new group. The other new BFC
winners -- all at the bronze level -- are: Ada County, Idaho; Chandler,
Arizona; Chico, California; Lawrence, Kansas; and Orlando, Florida."

For more on the awards program, go to:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org
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PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS VOL. 1 OUT ON DVD THIS MONTH

-> According to a recent note from John Wetmore, "Volume 1 of Perils
For Pedestrians (7 DVDs with Episodes 3 to 30) will be ready for
shipment in October. Each disk contains 4 episodes, with each
interview marked as a separate chapter for easy navigation. The price
of Volume 1 is US $90.00, including shipping to US addresses. Maryland
residents please add 5% sales tax. Outside of the USA: Shipping to
Canada is not much more than US shipping and is also included. For all
other countries, an additional $5.00 should be added to cover some of
the additional shipping costs. (The DVDs are in the NTSC broadcast
standard. If you are in a country that uses the PAL broadcast
standard, you will need to have access to equipment that can play NTSC
DVDs.) In many countries, customs duty will be collected upon delivery
of the package. Check with your local post office to determine the
amount. Checks should be made out to "John Z Wetmore". I cannot take
credit cards at this time. Mail to: John Z Wetmore, 5305 Bradley Blvd.,
Bethesda, MD 20814."

"Please note that Perils For Pedestrians is still available free of
charge for use on public access cable channels. Individuals are
welcome to videotape the program for noncommercial use when their
access channel plays it."

The contents of each episode is available on the Perils for Pedestrians
website under "Episodes":
http://www.pedestrians.org
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NATIONAL SURVEY OF ART ON TRAILS

-> According to an item in the Oct. 7th issue of OKI Bicycle E-Info
News, "The National Park Service has embarked on a new partnership
with American Trails, the National Endowment for the Arts, US Forest
Service, and Bureau of Land Management. Called 'Artful Ways,' the
program will encourage creative strategies for enhancing trail
interpretation and trail-related facilities on National Recreation
Trails using temporary and permanent site-based art. The first step in
launching this new partnership is a first-ever nationwide survey of art
on trails. The survey is being conducted by American Trails in
cooperation with the National Park Service. They are looking for
practical information about the use of art on trails of all kinds.

To view the survey, please visit:
http://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/
and click on the "Artful Ways national survey" link near the top of
the page. This marks the first time that the National Recreation
Trail (NRT) program will be able to offer a benefit beyond just
recognition."
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U.S. GOVT. KICKS OFF "HEALTHIER FEDS" CAMPAIGN

-> According to a release from the Federal Office of Personnel
Management (OPM), "A new OPM website supporting the HealthierFeds
campaign. The HealthierFeds initiative places emphasis on educating
Federal employees and retirees on healthy living and best-treatment
strategies. It is well established that physical activity, nutrition,
preventive screenings and healthy lifestyle choices all reduce demand
on the health care system. HealthierFeds brings attention to the
healthcare industry's "demand" side, incorporating personal
responsibility and the consumer's role in driving both quality and
affordability. It is aimed at educating the Federal workforce on how
they can take greater responsibility for their personal health.

"HealthierFeds fully supports President Bush's HealthierUS initiative
for a healthier America: Be physically active every day, eat a
nutritious diet, get preventive screenings and make healthy choices.
HealthierFeds also supports the Steps to a HealthierUS, led by
Secretary Tommy G. Thompson of the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) that advances the HealthierUS goal of helping Americans
live longer, better, and healthier lives. The Steps includes both
personal responsibility for the choices Americans make and social
responsibility to ensure that policy makers support programs that
foster healthy behaviors and prevent disease. The Steps initiative
envisions a healthy, strong U.S. population supported by a health care
system in which diseases are prevented when possible, controlled when
necessary, and treated when appropriate. This initiative is a shift in
the traditional approach to the health of our citizens, moving us from
a disease care system to a health care system."

For more information, go to:
http://www.opm.gov/healthierfeds/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"[Sprawl is] more than just a driving issue. It's about creating
healthy living areas and walkable communities. In urban sprawl, they
haven't thought about people's health."

Dr. Ron Chapman, Solano County (CA) health officer
Source: http://www.dailyrepublic.com/articles/2004/10/06/news/news1.txt


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

CATCH A RIDE ON THE WALKING SCHOOL BUS

-> According to a Sept. 27th St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, "No
wonder walking to school fell so far out of favor. The tedious stories
from Gramps that begin -- and end -- with, 'Why, when I was your age I
had to walk 15 miles to school, barefoot, in the snow...' aren't
believable. Then there are other stories: the overhyped ones of
children abducted while walking to school and the all-too-familiar ones
of overworked parents dropping off the kids on their way to work. One
story that deserves retelling, though, is the rise in obesity among
youngsters.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the following:

"Which means now is the time for walking to regain a foothold in the
lifestyles of young and old. The CDC reports that about 13 percent of
children nationwide walk to school regularly, compared with 60 percent
more than 30 years ago. Among those who live within a mile of school,
only 25 percent walk to school regularly..."

Source:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/lifestyle/stories.nsf/healthfitness/story
/F44FFC1EDF83CF9286256F17003A1AE7?OpenDocument&Headline=
Hop+on+board+the+Walking+School+Bus

Archive search:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/help.nsf/archives/$first?OpenDocument
Cost: Yes
Title: "Hop on board the Walking School Bus"
Author: Kathleen Nelson
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SURVEY: FAT-FIGHTING KIDS' PROGRAMS MISS MARK

-> According to a Sept. 29th Indianapolis Star article, "Most
initiatives to fight childhood obesity are not focusing on the few
things known to make a difference -- and overall there is no consensus
on what works best, according to a survey being released today. 'There
are some substantial holes in our efforts,' said Dr. David McCarron,
executive director of Shaping America's Youth, which commissioned the
survey of 1,100 organizations that work with children...The number of
overweight children more than doubled from 1980 to 2000. According to
the American Obesity Association, more than 30 percent of youngsters 6
to 19 are overweight, and more than 15 percent are obese...

"The problem is feeding the multitude of programs aimed at improving
children's health. But, as the survey found, the efforts may not be as
effective as they could be. For example:

"Concerned parents should make sure kids 'get outside and play, eat
five fruits and vegetables a day and turn off the TV,' said Dr. Carden
Johnston, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics."

Source: http://www.indystar.com/articles/4/182462-9264-052.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Survey: Fat-fighting programs for kids miss mark"
Author: Robyn Shelton
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COMPANIES NET EPA "BEST WORKPLACE FOR COMMUTER" AWARDS

-> According to a Sept. 29th Ledger-Enquirer story, "Intel Corp.,
Fannie Mae and Cisco Systems Inc. top a new listing the government
plans to offer each year rating companies on the benefits they offer
commuting employees. The Environmental Protection Agency hopes to
combat air pollution by encouraging more companies to compete for top
spots on its 'Best Workplaces for Commuters' list, compiled from
Fortune 500 companies. EPA's honor roll is top-heavy with computer and
energy businesses that emphasize telecommuting. Next on the list are
USAA, Sun Microsystems Inc., Oracle Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc.,
Texas Instruments Inc., Safeco and EMC Corp.

"The EPA wants to encourage more companies to offer such benefits as
$30 or more a month for commuting costs, emergency rides home for
parents with children and shower or locker rooms for bike riders. About
1,070 companies with a total of 2 million employees participate in EPA
voluntary's program. Companies that make the EPA list offer at least
three different types of commuter benefits to 15 percent or more of
their employees, said Margo Oge, director of the agency's Office of
Transportation and Air Quality. 'Through this program we can have
significant environmental benefits like saving fuel and reducing
pollution, greenhouse gases and congestion,' she said..."

Source:
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/business/9785333.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "EPA Names 'Best Commuter' Companies"
Author: Associated Press

Note Among the winners, those that touted their non-motorized
transportation options include Oracle (bike lockers, emergency ride
home, alt trans updates); Cisco Systems (bike lockers, showers,
guaranteed ride home); AMD (monthly prizes for non-SOV commuters);
Safeco (showers, lockers); HP (bike to work day, commuter reward
program); Nike (prize drawings for non-SOV commuters); IBM (emergency
ride home); and Wyeth ("Foot and Pedal Club"). For more information on
the awards, go to:
http://www.bwc.gov/
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BICYCLING DEVELOPER MAKES "ART" IN DOWNTOWN AKRON (OH)

-> According to an Oct. 3rd Akron Beacon Journal article, "Real estate
developer Tony Troppe's downtown office on High Street is a dump -- a
small room littered with papers on the floor and walls among dark,
ill-lit hallways. He calls it his 'war room' and says he knows where
everything is. The office is a stark contrast to the elegantly restored
historical buildings Troppe has renovated in downtown Akron...Many
days, the avid bicyclist rides the 25 minutes into downtown Akron. But
when he's tooling around town, he drives a bright blue Volkswagen
Beetle with a broken ignition key and a bumper sticker that says, 'Life
is Good.'...

"For the energetic and animated Troppe, all the world's a stage; and
Akron is his artist's palette. The self-professed history buff and art
lover is refurbishing some of Akron's old, neglected buildings into
what he calls works of art. He's changing the landscape of parts of
downtown Akron -- giving face-lifts to buildings that then take on
lives of their own through their new tenants...At Main and Market,
Troppe's Everett Group has transformed seven buildings [and] has gotten
the area onto the National Registry of Historic Places and he calls it
'Akron's own historic district.' Troppe has grand plans for several of
the buildings in the block bordered by Main, Market and High streets.
Maiden Lane, an alley that runs off Market Street...will become a
pedestrian area with shops, boutiques, coffeehouses and 'loftominiums.'
Troppe says he wants to create a place where people can eat, work and
play..."

Source: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/living/community/9818050.htm?1c
Archive search: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/archives/#form
Cost: Yes
Title: "Artist's canvas is downtown"
Author: Betty Lin-Fisher
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RIDING THE FIRST EAST COAST GREENWAY TOUR

-> According to an Oct. 6th Newark Star-Ledger article, "For more than
a decade, the East Coast Greenway was nothing more than a bicycle
rider's dream. So when Mike and Anne Kruimer heard the 2,800-mile route
was finally opening, they knew they had to be on the inaugural ride
from Maine to Florida. On Sept. 12, the couple, along with seven other
riders, began their trek in Calais, Maine, near the Canadian border.
The group logs an average of 60 miles a day, with one day of rest a
week. 'We've been having perfect cycling weather,' said Mike Kruimer...

"Cyclists have been dreaming of creating an East Coast trail for
decades. In 1991, the nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance was formed
to spearhead the project. As president of the 1,000-member Central
Jersey Bicycle Club, Kruimer is also a local board member of the
Greenway. The Greenway cuts across 15 states, linking park paths,
abandoned railroad corridors and waterfront esplanades. Cyclists have
been successful in persuading local governments to dedicate land to the
Greenway. It's billed as the urban Appalachian Trail. Karen Votava,
executive director of the Greenway Alliance, said participants in the
inaugural tour can better map the route and develop cue cards for the
entire course. 'The trail will no longer be just a vision, but a
facility that really functions as a tourism destination,' she said. The
trail is expected to be 80 percent off-road by 2010..."

Source:
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-4/109704323354290.xml?starledger?nmx
Archive search:
http://wawa.starledger.com/texis/search/+xGexVTse2dbnmCeH5qLwwwi/sleasy.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Edison pair ride Greenway"
Author: Diane C. Walsh

For more on the Greenway and the inaugural tour, go to:
http://www.greenway.org/
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"I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS SPEEDING" (BUT MY CAR DID!)

-> According to a Sept. 30th New Scientist article, "The plaintive plea
to the traffic cop is the same the world over: 'Sorry officer, I didn't
know I was speeding.' But drivers may soon have to come up with a
better excuse. A new electronic driver's assistant will detect road
signs and warn drivers not to ignore them. The Australian invention is
part of a global effort to make drivers more aware of road signs,
especially those concerned with safety. Eventually, GPS-based systems
could entirely replace road signs, but until then, ideas like the new
driver assistance system (DAS) developed at the National Information
and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) lab in Canberra may
help.

"DAS uses three cameras: one to scan the road ahead and a pair to
monitor where the driver is looking. The road camera is mounted on the
rear view mirror and a 'gaze monitoring' pair are set on either side of
the instrument panel on the dashboard. Images from the cameras are fed
to a computer system fitted behind the dash. Software on the PC detects
road signs and works out where the driver is looking. The speedometer
is also connected to the computer, so the system always knows how fast
the car is travelling..."

Source: http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996454
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Clever cars can read road signs"
Author: Duncan Graham-Rowe
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NEW JERSEY GROUP TACKLES OBESITY EPIDEMIC

-> According to a Sept. 30th Washington Post article, "The prevalence
of obesity is rising faster among adults in New Jersey than in
neighboring states, and has hit an ominous 20 percent among the state's
sixth-graders, according to a Rutgers University researcher. From 1991
to 1998, obesity among New Jersey adults skyrocketed 57 percent, and by
2001 hit 19 percent, just below the national average of 20 percent,
according to Susan Shapses, associate professor of nutritional sciences
at Rutgers and co-director of the New Jersey Obesity Group, a research
collaborative.

"Obesity prevalence in New Jersey and most of the country will exceed
20 percent by 2005, predicted Shapses, who outlined efforts to fight
the epidemic at a seminar at the Statehouse on Tuesday. In 1991, all
but a few states had adult obesity rates below 15 percent, according to
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week, the
state Department of Health and Senior Services released data showing 20
percent of New Jersey sixth-graders are obese and another 18 percent
are overweight. Nationwide, 15 percent of children are considered
obese. 'This is so high that it's almost unbelievable,' Shapses said of
the state figures. 'When it affects the children at this high of a
rate, we have to do something.'..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61930-2004Sep30.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/search.html?nav=left
Cost: Yes
Title: "N.J. Group Tackles Obesity Epidemic"
Author: Linda A. Johnson
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TEXAS STARTS NEW PROGRAM TO COMBAT OBESITY SURGE

-> According to an Oct. 2nd Tyler Morning Telegraph article, "'This
country has turned into a factory producing a record number of
oversized, physically inactive adults and children. Their risk factors
are off the charts.' Texas Commissioner of State Health Services
Eduardo Sanchez pointed to these facts as the Texas Department of
State Health Services launched Building Healthy Families, a new
program to tackle the growing problem of obesity in Texas. He said
health problems caused by obesity in cost Texas $10 billion today,
an amount that could easily double by 2040...'We are engaged in a
broad range of programs and initiatives to promote healthy eating
and physical fitness.'

"'With 1,000 children born daily in Texas, one-third of whom are
destined to develop Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, we have to be
engaged,' he added. 'In terms of fatal diseases today, the top three
are heart disease, cancer and stroke...But when we look at the actual
causes of death, the top three are tobacco, poor diet/lack of exercise
and alcohol,' he added. 'How exactly do doctors fix those problems? In
public health terms, increasing life expectancy requires people change
their behavior and it requires we work together to change the
environmental factors that influence people's behaviors as well as the
policies that guide behavior. This includes everything from indoor bans
on tobacco use to safe, walkable streets, the removal of soda and
vending machines from our public schools, coupled with increased
education about nutrition in our communities,' Sanchez said..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13057105&BRD=1994&PAG=461&dept_id=227937&rfi=6
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No; after 14 days contact editor ($)
Title: "Texas Starts New Program to Combat Surge in Obesity"
Author: Marvin Ellis
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NEW STUDY: SPRAWL MAKES YOU SICK

-> According to a Sept. 27th Chicago Sun-Times article, "Suburban
sprawl, it appears, is bad for your health. A new study by the RAND
Corp. think tank found that people in high-sprawl regions have more
health problems such as diabetes, breathing difficulties, migraine
headaches and high blood pressure. The study found that living in a
high-sprawl area has the equivalent effect on your health as aging four
years. Researchers don't know why this is so, but they cited an earlier
study that found people who live in high-sprawl areas walk less, weigh
more and have a higher rate of high blood pressure.

"Researchers also suggested that increased traffic in high-sprawl areas
harms residents' health by causing more air pollution and traffic
accidents. 'To improve our health, the study suggests that we should
build cities where people feel comfortable walking and are not so
dependent on cars,' said study co-author Deborah Cohen. In the study,
published in the journal Public Health, researchers controlled for
demographic factors such as age, race and income..."

Source: http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-sprawl27.html
Archive search: http://www.suntimes.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Suburban sprawl sickening"
Author: Jim Ritter
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DEERFIELD (MN) GETS IN GEAR FOR WALK TO SCHOOL

-> According to an Oct. 7th Lincolnshire Review article, "Deerfield's
Wilmot School students will be part of a growing nationwide effort
aimed at getting children to school on foot or bicycle as part of its
third annual Walk to School event next Wednesday. At the same time, the
village Walkable and Accessible Community task force is compiling more
than 200 responses from School District 109 parents to a September
online survey about safe walking and bicycling routes to all six
district schools, Village Trustee Jerry Kayne, chairman of the task
force, said.

"Task force members hope to share the information on safe routes to
each of the schools after collecting responses. Kayne said other
recommendations for safer routes may be forwarded to the village board
for inclusion in Deerfield's long range plan. While the national 'Walk
to School Week' is Oct. 4 through Oct. 8, Wilmot School's event is
being held Oct. 13 because of scheduling conflicts, said Andrea
Glickman, chairman of the Health and Safety Committee of the Wilmot
Parent Teacher Organization, sponsoring the event. The Deerfield police
will be on hand and Mayor Steve Harris, and School District 109
Superintendent Larry Pekoe have been invited to participate, Glickman
said..."

Source:
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/lr/10-07-04-402288.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Event gets students walking"
Author: Ruth Solomon
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CRANBERRY TWP (PA) GETS PED-FRIENDLY ZONING CHANGES

-> According to an Oct. 3rd Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, "Cranberry
will soon put in place three new zoning districts inspired by the past.
Members of the township Planning Commission and board of supervisors
met in a special joint session Monday to review the steps township
staff have taken to prepare for the new districts. The session ended
with endorsements of the three new districts: Town Center, Traditional
Neighborhood Development and Mixed-Use Corridor. When all are in place,
Cranberry's northern half will be zoned in a way that encourages
architectural diversity and a mix of commercial, retail and residential
uses in a proximity that hearkens to the day when Main Street was a
walkable destination for office workers, shoppers and residents...

"The concept of town center zoning is to mix a bit of residential use
into a primarily commercial and retail development with walkable
streets, camouflaged parking and smaller buildings with interesting
architectural detail. The Traditional Neighborhood development zone is
envisioned for a 500-acre tract next to the new Graham Park, north of
Rochester Road and west of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the town
center development. It is the flip approach of its neighboring new
district, mixing a bit of retail and commercial into a primarily
residential area. Again, the district will emphasize walkable streets,
garages to the rear, and an eclectic collection of housing styles..."

Source: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04277/388309.stm
Archive search: http://www.post-gazette.com/search/
Cost: Yes
Title "Official says new zoning districts should create neighborhood feel"
Author: Karen Kane
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NORCROSS (GA) SCHOOLS CELEBRATE WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to a Sept. 7th Gwinnett Daily Post article, "About 600
students from Simpson Elementary ditched the bus Wednesday in favor of
their feet. Simpson was one of several schools nationwide to
participate in International Walk and Bike to School Day, an event
designed to promote health, safety, physical activity and environmental
concern. The streets surrounding Simpson were packed with students,
parents and dogs who say the day gives them a chance to bond and enjoy
the morning air. Kim Tardy walked with her daughter Bailey, and
8-year-old third-grader. She said Bailey normally rides the bus, but
the family made special arrangements to take the two-mile trek from
their home.

"'It's a community thing, and it's a healthy thing,' Tardy said. 'It
teaches our kids that we are involved in what they are doing.' Walk to
School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the
Partnership for a Walkable America. It is Simpson's fourth time
participating, said PTA representative Lynn Grove. 'It's a very tight
community and this is another way for us to get out say 'Hi' and have
fun with our kids,' she said. Elizabeth Friedman walked her daughter
Lauren, 10, to school at about 8:30 a.m. She said a lot of parents park
their cars in nearby neighborhoods and finish the walk, but she and her
daughter made the two-mile trip from their house on foot..."

Source:
http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article3912D4A601774B4094E85DF45809A12E.asp
Archive search: http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/archiveSearch.html
Cost: No
Title: "Going for a joy walk"
Author: Jaime Sarrio
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PENNINGTON (NJ) WORKS TOWARD WALKABLE STREETSCAPE

-> According to an Oct. 6th Pennington Post article, "A draft of the
Streetscape Revitalization Report was unveiled last Wednesday night at
the Pennington Borough Hall at their rescheduled Streetscape Meeting.
The thorough plans include an assessment of the borough of Pennington,
the proposed process, goals, details, funds and the budget for this
large project to enhance the beauty of the town. The assessment
incorporates many issues that may or may not be instrumental in the
Streetscape process. The traffic of Pennington was assessed to help
schedule potential working time when the project is underway. According
to the assessment, parking issues are not a concern. The sidewalks in
town were evaluated as very variable. Some of the sidewalks in town
have deteriorated to the point where one ends up walking a dirt path,
while others are pleasant with concrete pavers and brick.

"The trees over the streets in Pennington are said be a jewel in this
town, but some moderate maintenance, pruning and fertilization of the
trees may occur, along with possible removal, but it will not have as
huge an impact as seen in other communities. Other things were reviewed
such as overhead utilities, signage and traffic speed. The Report laid
out 8 goals that were products of community input: to retain the
Historic essence of the community, create a walkable community, enhance
the Borough experience, invigorate the business community, retain the
quality of the Pennington living experience, coordinate with the
Hopewell-Lawrence Bicycle Trail, provide pedestrian oriented lighting
and reduce negative impacts of mid-20th century land planning..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13080304&BRD=1689&PAG=461&dept_id=41795&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1689&dept_id=41795&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Streetscape proposes new landscape for Pennington"
Author: Tim Chicirda
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

IS CAFFEINE WITHDRAWAL A MENTAL DISORDER?

-> "A new study that analyzes some 170 years' worth of research
concludes that caffeine withdrawal is very real -- producing enough
physical symptoms and a disruption in daily life to classify it as a
psychiatric disorder. Researchers are suggesting that caffeine
withdrawal should be included in the next edition of the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), considered the bible of
mental disorders..."

Source: http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/94/103004.htm?pagenumber=1


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

SUV BACKLASH GAINS TRACTION IN EUROPE

-> "In England, sport-utility vehicles are derided as 'Chelsea
tractors,' a slight that refers to the affluent London neighborhood
where BMW X5s, Mercedes-Benz MLs and Porsche Cayennes jam the roads..."
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002056383_suv07.html

STANWOOD (WA) SCHOOL GETS SAFE KIDS GRANT

-> "Their walk [to school] could soon become safer thanks to a $1,500
grant the school received from the Safe Kids Coalition...."
http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/04/10/07/loc_grant001.cfm

HOLLAND (MI) CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS JOIN WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

->"More than 400 elementary students and teachers at the Holland
Christian schools participated in 'Walk to School Day' sponsored by the
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sport and the
Michigan Department of Community Health..."
http://www.thehollandsentinel.net/stories/100704/loc_100704043.shtml

OLD BRIDGE TWP. (NJ) SPRUCES UP MAIN STREET

-> "With the goal of making the existing Village at Town Center
shopping center more accessible to pedestrians coming from the area of
the municipal center, township officials will accept a $100,000 grant
from the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders tonight..."
http://suburban.gmnews.com/news/2004/1007/Front_Page/046.html

KRYPTONITE BIKE LOCKS SUFFERS LOSS IN COURT

-> " Southern District Judge Richard Owen issued several summary
judgment rulings favorable to DC Comics in DC Comics v. Kryptonite
Corp., 00 CV. 5562, including a finding that kryptonite, 'Superman's
one fatal flaw,' is a protectable symbol under the Lanham Act..."
http://www.nylawyer.com/news/04/09/092204b.html

WIXOM (MI) BREAKS GROUND ON PED-FRIENDLY VILLAGE CENTER

-> "The design for the Village Center Area includes a pedestrian plaza
offering civic amenities such as a clock tower, band shell, lawn and a
pond. The plaza will be flanked by roughly 20 stores, restaurants and
service shops that will be topped by two or three floors of offices or
residences..."
http://www.detnews.com/2004/oakland/0410/06/b04-293328.htm


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

-> "WALK THERE..."
"A Guide to Your Walking School Bus;" Oregion Department of
Environmental Quality, Mar. 2004.
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/Education/walkthere/tool%20kit-full.pdf

-> "COMMERCIAL AND MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT..."
"...Code Handbook;" Oregon State Transportation and Growth Management
Program.
http://www.lcd.state.or.us/tgm/pub/CommCode.pdf

-> ROAD CASUALTIES IN GREAT BRITAIN: 2003 ANNUAL REPORT
U.K. Department for Transport's 2003 national statistics on road
casualties.
http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=4193


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

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 8-9, 2004, Washington State Trails Coalition's 2004 Congress,
Snoqualmie Pass, WA.
Registration info: Bryan Bowden, (360) 569-2211x2306; email:
<bryan_bowden@nps.gov>. Program info: John Keates, (360) 802-0236;
email: <johnkeates@ci.enumclaw.wa.us>.
http://www.wwta.org/wstc

October 14-15, 2004, Safe Routes to School Leadership Training
Workshop, Mill Valley, CA. Info: David Parisi, Parisi Associates, 58
Alta Vista Ave, Mill Valley CA 94941; phone: (415) 388-8978; email:
<davide@parisi-associates.com>

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

October 21, 2004, Tourism and Cycling, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
Louise St Maurice, VELO QUEBEC, 1251, Rachel Street East, Montreal,
Quebec, H2J 2J9, Canada; phone: (514) 521-8356, ext 308.
http://www.routeverte.com/colloque_e.lasso

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

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/

June 17-18, 2005 New York Statewide Trails and Greenways Conference,
New Paltz, NY. Info: Fran Gotcsik, Parks & Trails New York; phone:
(518) 434-1583; email: <fgotcsik@ptny.org>

July 27-30, 2005, TrailLink 2005, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. Info: Katie
Magers, RTC media coordinator; phone: (202-974-5115); e-mail:
<katie@railtrails.org>
http://www.railtrails.org

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


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