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


#109 Friday, November 5, 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
  NCBW Co-sponsors Smart Growth Conference
  Thunderhead Alliance Adds Walking to Mission
  Sen. Kennedy Introduces Bill on Childhood Obesity
  Traffic Control: an Exercise in Self-Defeat
  AASHTO Pedestrian Guide Published
  Toronto's Pedestrian Situation Gets Lively
  Marin Co. (CA) Transportation Sales Tax Approved
  Is Car-Free Central Park Coming to New York City?

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  CDC: Adults Almost 25 Pounds Heavier than 40 Yrs Ago
  "Hiving" Trend May Mean More Walkable Neighborhoods
  Rockville (MD) Adopts Transportation Review Process
  Warren (MI) Builds a Village Center in Downtown
  Major Berkeley (CA) Artery to Get "Road Diet"
  Upper Uwchlan Twp (PA) Plans Victorian Village, Trails
  Sacramento (CA) Looks at Bike/Ped Arterial Face-Lift
  Jackson (MI) Seeks Kids' Transportation Opinions
  $2M Trail Project in Highland Village (TX) Underway
  Seattle Trades "Bad Fwy On-Ramp" for Walkable Blvd
  Concord (NC) Gets Its First Greenway



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

NCBW COSPONSORS SMART GROWTH CONFERENCE

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking will be a cosponsor of
the 4th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, to be held
Jan. 27-29, 2005 at the Deauville Beach Resort Hotel in Miami Beach,
Florida. It should be an exciting and educational gathering of the many
professions working together to create more livable communities. This
multidisciplinary event will feature cutting-edge smart-growth issues,
the latest research, implementation tools and strategies, successful
case studies, new partners, new projects, and new policies. Join us in
Miami Beach to catch up on what's new in smart growth!

On-line registration is now open! Visit the conference Web site for
more details on the program, speakers, sponsors and cosponsors, special
events, optional tours, and registration information. If you have any
questions, contact Michele Kelso (<mkelso@lgc.org>) or Joseph Hurley
(<jhurley@lgc.org>) at the Local Government Commission, (916) 448-1198.

For more info, go to:
http://www.newpartners.org
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THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE ADDS WALKING TO MISSION

-> According to an article in the Nov. 1st BikeLeague News, "The
Thunderhead Alliance, the national coalition of state and local bicycle
advocacy organization, has decided to expand its mission beyond
bicycling to offer support for pedestrian issues and provide pedestrian
resources. Its new mission is 'Creating, strengthening and uniting
state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.' The
expanded mission will attempt to achieve synergies between the needs
and advocacy efforts of pedestrians and bicyclists.

"Sue Knaup, the organization's Executive Director, said, 'As
Thunderhead acknowledges its commitment to pedestrian advocacy, its
leaders have assured their members that they will honor the
organization's bicycle advocacy roots by wielding the bicycle as the
vehicle of choice that transforms individuals and communities.
Advocating for pedestrian issues will increase bicycling by easing
people out of their cars and one step closer to bicycling.'"

For more information, contact Sue at <sue@thunderheadalliance.org>
or (928) 541-9841; or visit
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org.
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SEN. KENNEDY INTRODUCES BILL ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY

-> In an Oct. 27th note, Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the
Public Interest mentioned, "Earlier this month, Senator Kennedy
introduced a bill to address childhood obesity. Kennedy wanted to get
the bill in this year so it would be ready to reintroduce early next
year.

"The bill would:

To see the bill, go to the following address and type in bill number
S2894.
http://thomas.loc.gov/
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TRAFFIC CONTROL: AN EXERCISE IN SELF-DEFEAT

-> Our good friend, Ken Todd, had a short version of one of his essays
published by the Cato Institute. The title of the article (and longer
essay) is "Traffic Control: An Exercise in
Self-Defeat."

Abstract "The traffic control system we have today is governed by
rules that run counter to legal, engineering and safety principles. It
has killed innumerable people, causes massive traffic jams, wastes
innumerable hours of time and vast quantities of fuel, pollutes the air
and leads to unjust decisions in civil accident litigation.

"A publication of the Federal Highway Administration lists four
principal goals of urban traffic control: minimum stops, minimum delay,
maximum capacity and maximum safety. The system does not meet these
goals. It causes needless stops and needless delays, reduces capacity
and provokes accidents. Traffic control inefficiencies cost the US
motoring public an estimated $123 billion annually in lost time, wasted
fuel and other vehicle operation costs. Billions more go to high-tech
electronics in an attempt to fight the symptoms of self-inflicted
problems. The roots of the problem lie in the irreconcilable
contradictions between the equal rights and responsibilities each
individual has under common law and the unequal rights and
responsibilities that the right-of-way rules dictate. A return to a
system based on common law principles will give the public a safer,
more efficient and more cost-effective service."

About the author Ken Todd is a retired engineer. He has been writing
about traffic regulation for more than 30 years. He can be contacted
at: <Kennethatodd@aol.com>

An abridged version appeared in the fall 2004 issue of Cato Institute's
journal "Regulation." It can be found here:
http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv27n3/v27n3-brieflynoted.pdf
A more detailed version can be found at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/pdfs/trafficcontrol_backtobasics.pdf

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AASHTO PEDESTRIAN GUIDE PUBLISHED

-> According to the CATS** Bike-Ped newsletter, "The American
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has
adopted and published its 'Guide for the Planning, Design and Operation
of Pedestrian Facilities.' According to AASHTO, 'appropriate methods
for accommodating pedestrians, which vary among roadway and facility
types, are described in this guide. The primary audiences for this
manual are planners, roadway designers, and transportation engineers,
whether at the state or local level, the majority of whom make
decisions on a daily basis that affect pedestrians. This guide also
recognizes the profound effect that land use planning and site design
have on pedestrian mobility and addresses these topics as well."

"The guide is available at the AASHTO bookstore at
https://www.transportation.org/publications/bookstore.nsf/Home?OpenForm
(in the 'design/operations/planning' section) or by calling
1-800-231-3475.

**CATS stands for Chicago Area Transportation Study. And speaking of
CATS, check out their ped-bike plan website at:
http://www.solesandspokes.com/current_home.html
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TORONTO'S PEDESTRIAN SITUATION GETS LIVELY

-> In a Nov. 1st message, Dr. Barry Wellar, Director of the University
of Ottawa's Walking Security Index Project said, "The pedestrian
situation in Toronto is getting 'very lively', and there is an item in
the last edition of NOW Magazine that may be of interest to a number of
your readers. The article of note is titled, 'This street was made for
walking', and it contains a comment or two on the Walking Security
Index."

The article can be viewed at:
http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2004-10-28/news_insight.php

For more on the Walking Security Index Project, go to:
http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~wellarb/index.html
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MARIN CO. (CA) TRANSPORTATION SALES TAX APPROVED

-> According to the Nov. 4th Marin County Bicycle Coalition newsletter,
"On November 2, 2004 Marin County residents overwhelmingly approved
Measure A, a half cent transportation sales tax that will raise
approximately $331 million over the next 20 years for local
transportation projects. Deb Hubsmith, executive director of the Marin
County Bicycle Coalition said, 'This is a huge victory! We are
especially pleased that bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to Schools
are well represented in the expenditure plan. Marin's transportation
sales tax is the first in the nation to include funding for Safe Routes
to Schools. We hope that this precedent will serve as a model for other
communities.'..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.marinbike.org/Campaigns/Infrastructure/MeasureAVictory.htm
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IS CAR-FREE CENTRAL PARK COMING TO NEW YORK CITY?

-> According to an article in the Nov. 4th issue of Transportation
Alternative's E-Bulletin, "Thanks to the 1,000 supporters who rallied
last Tuesday, our campaign to win a car-free Central Park has now
gained the undivided attention of City Hall. Mayor Bloomberg is now on
the verge of approving more car-free hours and more car-free space
within the park. To ensure these gains and to capitalize on an
unprecedented opportunity to win a car-free park, we need you to act
now..."

To learn what to do when you "act now," go to:
http://www.transalt.org/press/askta/041029cfcp.html
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Every moment you spend making it easier for someone to ride a bicycle,
you are improving the social life of a community. Every time you stop a
freeway from being expanded, or protect a car-free plaza, or convince
someone to think twice about depending entirely on automobiles for
getting around, you are striking a blow for democracy, and being part
of the solution instead of part of the problem."
-- Dave Snyder, editor of the Livable City Journal
http://livablecity.org/

"More and more, smart growth is about real estate market preferences
and less and less about government regulation. Market preference, not
government policy, is driving the industry toward smart growth."
-- Joe Molinaro, National Association of Realtors
http://www.startribune.com/stories/561/5063528.html

"Commuting by automobile now takes so long that many workers have no
time to do any actual work. When they reach their place of employment,
they grab a cup of coffee, spend a few minutes discussing the previous
night's episode of 'The Apprentice' with their co-workers, and
immediately start the long commute home, unaware that their jobs were
outsourced to Asia months ago."
-- Dave Barry
http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041017/NEWS/410170303/1013


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

CDC: ADULTS ALMOST 25 POUNDS HEAVIER THAN 40 YEARS AGO

-> According to an Oct. 27th WebMD article, "If you could go back in
time to 1960, you might notice that men, women, and children were a bit
shorter then and had a lower average weight than today. Americans of
all ages are 'dramatically' heavier and slightly taller than they were
back then, according to the CDC. 'On average, both men and women gained
more than 24 pounds between the early 1960s and 2002,' says the CDC in
its report, Mean Body Weight, Height, and Body Mass Index, United
States 1960-2002. The CDC identified trends in national estimates of
average weight, height, and body mass index (BMI). The data came from
the National Health Examination and the National Health and Nutrition
Examination Surveys, which were conducted between 1960 and 2002.

"Average weight increased for everyone regardless of age, sex, and
racial/ethnic groups. In people older than 20, both men and women were
a little more than 24 pounds heavier than in the early 1960s. By 2002,
average weight for men was almost 191 pounds; for women, average weight
was 163 pounds. Kids aged 6-11 are almost 9 pounds heavier, with an
average weight of almost 74 pounds in 1999-2002. Teen boys aged 12-17
are heavier by more than 15 pounds, with an average weight of 141
pounds in 2002. Teen girls in the same age bracket were about 12 pounds
heavier, tipping the scales in 2002 at 130 pounds..."

Source: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/96/103549.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Average Weight for Americans Growing Heavier"
Author: Miranda Hitti
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"HIVING" TREND MAY MEAN MORE WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a Nov. 4th Sun-Sentinel article, "Used to be we simply
lived in our houses. Then the '80s came, and we 'cocooned.' Now, we are
'hiving.' The term surfaced in pop culture during the past year or so,
although trend-watchers coined it a few years back. In case you've been
doing it and haven't realized it, or want to know how to start: Hiving
entails making connections to others from within our homes; the home is
"command central" for a variety of activities involving other people,
including work and socializing.

"'Borrowing from the metaphor of a beehive, abuzz with activity, hiving
represents engagement, interaction and connection with the outside
environment,' according to Yankelovich, a marketing consulting firm
that tracks consumer attitudes. This differs from what lifestyle guru
Faith Popcorn coined 'cocooning,' or retreating to one's home as refuge
from the outside world. 'We don't see the return to home motivated by a
desire to isolate oneself, but to reconnect, re-engage with other
people, to renew relationships with other people. Family, neighborhoods
are much more important,' says J. Walker Smith, president of
Yankelovich, based in Chapel Hill, N.C..."

Yankelovich has spotted these signs of hiving:

Source:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-lihivingnov04,0,3708417.story?coll=sfla-features-headlines
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Hiving is the new trend for today's busy bees"
Author: Meg Dupont
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ROCKVILLE (MD) ADOPTS TRANSPORTATION REVIEW PROCESS

-> According to a Nov. 4th Montgomery Sentinel article, "Amidst major
development and planning within the County, Rockville City approved a
new law tightening up requirements for developers construction
projects. The Comprehensive Transportation Review (CTR) Methodology
forces developers to further analyze the community impact of projects
in Rockville. The Mayor and City Council have been looking to create
strict guidelines for developers to plan projects more accommodating to
the community. On October 4 the CTR was officially adopted by the Mayor
and Council. The CTR enables Rockville City to enforce provisions cited
in an Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. With the added provisions
in the CTR, the Mayor, Council, and City Planning Commission have more g
uidelines to review planning decisions.

"Under the previous policy, developers were required to analyze the
affect of their project on automobile traffic. The CTR also requires
analysis of the affect a project will have on sidewalks, bicycle routes
and access to bus stops and Metro stations. Most importantly the CTR
requires a developer to be responsible for a project's affect on the
area within a half-mile radius of the site. The city can reject,
accept, or request improvements, based on how well a developer meets
the standards of the CTR. According to Rockville City government, the
new policy makes Rockville the first jurisdiction in the region to
require development applicants to provide specific information about
access routes (such as sidewalks and bicycle facilities) outside of the
proposed development site. Also, the CTR is the first development
policy requiring "safety ratings" of nearby intersections based on the
presence of cross walks, pedestrian refuges, and pedestrian countdown
signals..."

Source: http://www.thesentinel.com/298552934471704.php
Archive search: access only for paid subscribers
Cost: ?
Title: "Rockville limits construction"
Author: Atwan Kwan
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WARREN (MI) BUILDS A VILLAGE CENTER IN DOWNTOWN

-> According to a Nov. 2nd MSU State News article, "Nine years later,
Dennis Champine can still remember the Mayor of Warren doodling changes
for City Hall on a piece of paper. Champine, Warren's community
relations coordinator, said the drawing was just the beginning of the
city's mission to establish a downtown urban atmosphere. 'It really
isn't a plan anymore,' Champine said. 'We're creating a downtown.' As
East Lansing officials compile plans to bring a "village" identity to
the Cedar Village area, other cities around the state have already
begun construction on similar projects.

"What used to be a large parking lot and grassy area near Warren City
Hall is already being transformed, Champine said. The project, which
broke ground in August, calls for a pedestrian-friendly civic center
that includes a new City Hall, skating rink, fountain, concert lawn,
library and retail space. 'We're well on our way to becoming one of
Michigan's great downtown centers,' Champine said. 'I know this is
really going to change people's perception of the city of Warren.'
Although there were some naysayers in the infancy of the project,
Champine said the majority of the community believes the development is
an investment in Warren's future..."

Source: http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=26668
Archive search: http://www.statenews.com/searchadvanced.phtml
Cost: No
Title: "Mich. cities develop village areas"
Author: Claire Cummings
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MAJOR BERKELEY (CA) ARTERY TO GET "ROAD DIET"

-> According to an Oct. 26th Daily Planet article, "North Berkeley's
major east-west thoroughfare is one step closer to shrinking in half
for motorists. On Wednesday the city's Transportation Commission
unanimously backed a proposal to re-engineer the lower portion of Marin
Avenue to slow traffic and improve conditions for pedestrians and
cyclists. Under the plan, backed by traffic engineers in both Albany
and Berkeley, Marin from Stannage Avenue east to The Alameda would be
scaled back from four lanes of traffic to two lanes, with a center
turning lane and bicycle lanes on both sides of the street.

"If the city councils in both Berkeley and Albany approve the plan,
Marin Avenue could be redrawn by the end of the summer for a one-year
trial period, said Berkeley Transportation Planner Heath Maddox.
Berkeley's share of the project cost would be about $41,000. The source
of the funding has not yet been identified. The proposal is the
culmination of a seven-year drive by Marin Avenue neighbors, primarily
those in Albany, to calm traffic on the avenue..."

Source:
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/article.cfm?issue=10-26-04&storyID=19944
Archive search:
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/searcharchives.cfm?issue=11-02-04
Cost: No
Title: "Marin Avenue May Cut Lanes"
Author: Matthew Artz
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UPPER UWCHLAN TWP (PA) PLANS VICTORIAN VILLAGE, TRAILS

-> According to a Nov. 4th Downingtown Ledger article, "In the midst of
ongoing and completed construction in Upper Uwchlan, the town is moving
towards the vision of a 'village.' 'We are trying to mimic the
Victorian image that existed between 1870-1895,' said John Roughan Jr.,
Township Manager. The township hopes to regulate the aesthetics of
incoming construction. A new CVS will be created to coordinate with the
village theme. The store will boast a wrap-around porch, and a second
story facade. 'We are adamant that as new development in the village
occurs, construction will be evaluated by the Historic Commission and
our historic architect,' said Roughan.

"Further plans include a trail throughout the community. All of the new
developments are constructed with internal trail networks. 'Our goal is
to create a network through which every home will have the ability to
safely pick-up a trail to the village,' said Roughan. According to
Elaine Benson, Project Coordinator, a feasibility study of the trail
network has been underway for the past year. 'We are looking into
multi-use trails and pedestrian walkways,' said Benson. Benson hopes
the study will be finished in December 2005, which would slate
construction for 2006. The plans for a trail network include connecting
Upper Uwchlan to its neighboring townships. 'There is already a link
into Uwchlan Township through Hickory Park,' said Benson..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2247&dept_id=453366&newsid=13295414&PAG=461&rfi=9
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=2247&pag=628&cat_id=402
Cost: No
Title: "Trail network planned in Upper Uwchlan"
Author: Alexis Grilli

For more info on the trails network, go to:

http://www.dailylocal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12526036&BRD=1671&PAG=461
&dept_id=17782&rfi=6
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SACRAMENTO (CA) LOOKS AT BIKE/PED ARTERIAL FACE-LIFT

According to a Nov. 4th Sacramento Bee article, "Apartment manager
Margaret McConnell would like to see more sidewalks along Marconi
Avenue and 'median dividers to stop insane crisscrossing left turns.'
She also would like low-cost loans and tax breaks for property owners
so they can upgrade buildings. Carmichael Chamber of Commerce official
Jan Bass Otto would like to see trees lining Marconi and bicycle lanes
all along the five-mile street. Also, she noted, a tasteful sign
denoting the entrance to Carmichael would be great. 'We embrace those
ideas,' she said. 'To take a mature area like ours and give it a
face-lift is certainly a good idea.'

"Homeowners, renters, business owners and others met last week to
create a vision for Marconi Avenue, a stretch of roadway some believe
needs to be revitalized. The effort has been dubbed 'Reinventing
Marconi: The Marconi Neighborhood Improvement Program.' The nonprofit
[Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley] has obtained a
$100,000 federal grant to fund the Reinventing Marconi study.
[Executive Director Jim] Lofgren said the study will produce a report
to be given to the city and county of Sacramento, the Sacramento Area
Council of Governments and those who live or work along Marconi.
McConnell, Otto and about 40 other people attended a workshop last week
to begin the process of completing the report. Lofgren noted that the
final report will 'not carry any weight,' but he hopes it will
stimulate efforts to improve the street by energizing people to lobby
for local, state and federal funds..."

Source:
http://www.sacbee.com/content/community_news/arden_carmichael/story/11305198p-12220050c.html
Archive search: http://www.sacbee.com/static/live/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Ideas flow for Marconi face-lift"
Author: Bill Lindelof
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JACKSON (MI) SEEKS KIDS' TRANSPORTATION OPINIONS

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Jackson Citizen Patriot article, "Middle and
high school students can view 'Spider-Man 2' free at the Michigan
Theatre on Friday. Project U-Turn and the Jackson Transportation
Authority are sponsoring the movie to gain ideas from youth about
public transportation.

"JTA buses will be outside the theater after the 6:30 p.m. movie. The
Student Coalition for Walkable Communities will be inviting youth to
look around the buses and give input about making buses cool..."

Source:
http://www.mlive.com/news/jacitpat/index.ssf?/base/news-10/109950225258970.xml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No, but limited to 14 days
Title: "JTA seeks students' input to make public buses cool"
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$2M TRAIL PROJECT IN HIGHLAND VILLAGE (TX) UNDERWAY

-> According to an Oct. 30th Dallas Morning News article, "The wait is
nearly over for Highland Village residents yearning to head out to the
city's inland trail to walk, jog, bike or enjoy nature. It's been
several years in the making. This month, the Texas Department of
Transportation gave the city the green light to construct the first
phase of the Inland Trail System, known as the City Trail section. The
state agency found that the trail would have no significant impact on
its environment. The city's next task is to request and receive bids
for construction, which is expected to begin by early 2005. 'We've been
waiting for this for quite a while,' said Carolyn Dalglish, chairwoman
of the city's Park Board. 'Whether you are young or old, a biker or a
walker, it provides something for everyone. It also provides a
transportation alternative for our community.' The 2.75-mile City Trail
will be funded through a $1.45 million grant awarded in 1999 by the
Texas Transportation Commission and $622,570 in city money.
Construction could take about six months to a year, city officials said.

"This first section, which is considered the main spine of the Inland
Trail System, is the most critical because it will connect all of the
trail sections, officials said. It will be located within a 20-foot-wide
trail easement and will run west from Murray Park on Sellmeyer
Lane to Village Parkway. 'We are eager to get started on the
construction of this project,' Mayor Bill Lawrence said. 'When all of
the sections are completed, the inland trail will link our
neighborhoods together as one community. But at this point, people
need to get ready to do a lot of hiking, walking and healthy living in
Highland Village.'..."

Source:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/denton/stories/103104dndentrails.a16ef.html
Archive search: http://www.dallasnews.com/archive/
Cost: Yes
Title: "State gives the go-ahead for trail"
Author: Julie Elliott
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SEATTLE TRADES "BAD FWY ON-RAMP" FOR WALKABLE BOULEVARD

-> According to a Nov. 2nd Seattle Times article, "The Seattle City
Council yesterday endorsed the idea of turning Mercer Street into a
two-way, tree-lined boulevard, although the proposal would not improve
traffic and travel times in the area. The vote was 8-1 for the plan,
first promoted by Paul Allen's development company, Vulcan, which owns
about 60 acres in the area. Vulcan's holdings include properties along
Mercer Street that it bought from the city in 2001. The city would need
to reacquire some of that land to widen Mercer Street from four to six
lanes, while narrowing adjacent Valley Street from five lanes to two.

"Mayor Greg Nickels also pushed hard for the proposal in hopes of
making the South Lake Union area more attractive for residents,
visitors and the biotech industry. 'We're on our way to transforming
Mercer from a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad freeway on-ramp to
a two-way walkable green boulevard,' Nickels said in a statement
released after the council's action. Technically, the council yesterday
agreed to spend $1.8 million to further study the plan. But council
members made it clear that they supported the boulevard vision as more
than a transportation project..."

Source:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2002079254_mercer02m.html
Archive search: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/web/
Cost: No
Title: "Mercer widening plan gets council's blessing"
Author: Bob Young
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CONCORD (NC) GETS ITS FIRST GREENWAY

-> According to a Nov. 4th Charlotte Observer article, "Concord will
open its first greenway in a public ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at
Branchview Drive and Lawndale Avenue. Parking will be available across
the street at Les Myers Park, where the city's Peanut Butter and Jam
Festival starts afterward.

"The first segment of the Harold B. McEachern Greenway runs one mile
from Lawndale to Corban Avenue. People can bicycle, walk, run, skate
and skateboard along the trail. Future segments will extend the
greenway to five miles, connecting with downtown and NorthEast Medical
Center, according to a city news release..."

Source:
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/north_carolina/counties/cabarrus/10094265.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Concord greenway to open in public ceremony"
Author: Staff
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

NY DRIVER KILLS CHILD IN X-WALK, GETS F-T-Y TICKET

-> According to a Nov. 4th New York Newsday article, "No charges will
be filed against a Long Island man who struck and killed a 2-year-old
Queens boy in a stroller with his van on the north service road of the
Long Island Expressway in Queens. Daniel Campos was killed just before
9 a.m. yesterday as his babysitter pushed his stroller through the
crosswalk of the westbound service road along Greenpoint Avenue, in
Greenpoint, with the green light. According to police, Harold Basil,
51, of Amityville, who also had the green light, was making a left turn
in his van from Greenpoint Avenue onto the service road but did not see
Campos and his babysitter, Toban Lezama, 28.

"Police officials said the impact knocked Daniel from his stroller. He
was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:31
a.m. No charges have been filed against Basil because police found no
criminality in the accident. Basil was issued a ticket for failure to
yield to a pedestrian. 'He just didn't see them. It is a tragic
accident,' said a police official at the scene..."

Source:
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/queens/nyc-hit1105,0,507016.story?coll=nyc-homepage-headlines
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/nynewsday/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Van hits toddler in stroller"
Author: Deborah S. Morris


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

YAK BUTTER BLUES -- A TIBETAN TREK OF FAITH

-> In a recent note, Brandon Wilson had this to say: "My wife and I,
and our Tibetan horse Sadhu, were fortunate enough to trek 1000km
across Tibet, from Lhasa to Kathmandu in 1992. We were told that we
were probably the first Western couple to make this trek. It's the
subject of my new book, Yak Butter Blues-A Tibetan Trek of Faith, which
is now available..."

For more on Brandon's travels and book, follow this link:
http://www.YakButterBlues.com


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

WESTPORT (MA) WEIGHS DONUTS VS TRAFFIC SAFETY

-> "With donut franchises popping up like rabbits, Westport selectmen
listened to a presentation on traffic safety and drive-throughs on
Monday..."
http://www.eastbayri.com/story/304415356331812.php

LONG-AWAITED BORDENTOWN TWP (NJ) TRAIL PROJECT UNDERWAY

-> "The developer of an 87-house community off Highbridge Road is
expected to construct the first phase of a bike path that will
ultimately run throughout the entire township, officials said..."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13292983&BRD=1091&PAG=461&dept_id=425707&rfi=6

CHARLOTTE (NC) HOLDS DRIVE-THROUGH FLU SHOT CLINIC

-> "Based on community need and the success of the drive-thru flu shot
clinics at the Charlotte Coliseum, the Mecklenburg County Health
Department has scheduled an additional clinic...The flu shots will be
given in the cars. People should enter the Coliseum parking lot from
the main entrance off Tyvola Road, wear loose-fitting clothes that
easily expose the upper arm, and be prepared to wait with food, a
full-tank of gas and a jacket or blanket..."
http://www.charmeck.org/_News/County/flu110404.htm

EAST COAST GREENWAY CYCLISTS REACH KEY WEST (FL)

-> "Organized by the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the trip required 53
days and coursed through 15 states and Washington, D.C..."
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041103/APN/411031115

CYCLING UK MPS GET BICYCLE ALLOWANCE FOR TRAVEL

-> "...For travel, [Members of Parliament] can claim either a motor
mileage allowance, or for journeys on public transport, and, for the
ecologically-minded, there is even a bicycle allowance..."
http://www.middletonguardian.co.uk/news/index/articles/article_12599.html

DIETITIAN: IT'S ALL ABOUT "CALORIES IN, CALORIES OUT"

-> "Judy Dodd paid just $3.99 for a 'Fat-Begone' ring that supposedly
would help her lose weight. It came with instructions: Limit food
intake and get more exercise..."
http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/health/s_267889.html

BIKE WHEEL REVOLUTIONS IN NEW YORK CITY

-> "In my recurring suburban nightmare, it's morning and I'm determined
to ride my bike to work. But I have trouble getting dressed because my
closet is filled with clothes I've never laid eyes on..."
http://www.thevillager.com/villager_78/revolutionsofbike.html

SURVEY: MINORITIES MOST LIKELY TO CHOOSE WALKABLE N'HOOD

-> "Minorities are more likely than other Americans to choose a
walkable neighborhood that has a shorter commute, with 59 percent of
women, 57 percent of Hispanics and 78 percent of African-Americans
selecting those communities over communities with bigger lots and
longer commutes...."
http://www.news-press.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041028/BUSINESS/410280310/1075

LAKEWOOD (WA) CREATES THRIVING TOWN CENTER

-> "Today, Lakewood's once-neglected business core is a vibrant outdoor
shopping center with more than 50 businesses, most of them national
chains..."
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/4143528p-3908457c.html

EXERCISE MAY PROTECT YOU FROM PARKINSON'S

-> "A new study indicates that you can protect yourself from getting
Parkinson's disease if you exercise regularly and keep yourself fit..."
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=15452


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

-> "THE PATH TO A LIVABLE CITY"
An "agenda for positive change in San Francisco;" by Transportation for
a Livable City et al; 2002 (3mb)
http://livablecity.org/resources/tlc_path.pdf

-> "SAFE TRAVELS"
Subtitled "Evaluating Mobility Management Traffic Safety Impacts;" by
Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute; 27 October 2004
http://www.vtpi.org/safetrav.pdf

-> "RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM INTERIM GUIDANCE"
Federal Highway Administration; Revised 1 August 1999. "Although issued
as Interim Guidance, this is the only Recreational Trails Program
Guidance issued, and it is still in effect."
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rtp9908.pdf

-> "THE PORTLAND EXCEPTION..."
Subtitled "Sprawl, smart growth, and rural land loss in 15 US cities;"
Northwest Environment Watch report compares Portland's record at
curbing sprawl and protecting rural land with 14 other US cities. A
variety of materials available at:
http://www.northwestwatch.org/scorecard/Portland04.asp


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

January 9-13, 2005, 84th Annual TRB Meeting, Washington DC. Info:
Transportation Research Board, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC
20001; phone: (202) 334-2934; fax: (202) 334-2003; email:
<TRBWeb4@NAS.edu>
http://www.trb.org/meeting/

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

March 16-18, 2005, National Bike Summit, Washington DC. Info: League of
American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC
20006-2850; phone: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202) 822-1334
email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikeleague.org/events/index.html

April 28 - May 1, 2005, 3rd Southeastern Foot Trails Conference,
Pickens, SC. Info Jeffrey Hunter, Southern Appalachians Initiative,
American Hiking Society, 175 Hamm Road - Suite C, Chattanooga, TN
37405; phone: (423) 266-2507; email: <jhunter@americanhiking.org>
http://www.americanhiking.org/alliance/sai.html

May 2-4, 2005, Bicycle Education Leaders Conference, New York, NY.
Info: League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 800,
Washington, DC 20006-2850; phone: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202) 822-1334
email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikeleague.org/events/index.html

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

-> RFP -- ENHANCING INTERNAL TRIP CAPTURE ESTIMATION FOR
MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has
issued a request for proposals to produce a methodology for enhancing
internal trip capture estimates that includes a classification system of
mixed-use developments and a data-collection framework for quantifying
the magnitude of internal travel to and around mixed-use developments.
PROPOSALS DUE NOVEMBER 18, 2004
http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=4257

-> JOB -- MEMBERSHIP/MKTG MGR -- BICYCLE COLORADO
We are currently seeking a Membership and Marketing Manager to work
from our offices in Denver. This is a great opportunity to be part of
the movement to improve and expand cycling in Colorado. Full job
description and application process is posted at
http://www.bicyclecolorado.org/to/Jobs

-> JOB -- TRAILS INFO COORD -- RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY
Duties: The Trails Information Coordinator will be responsible for:
Collection, input, and maintenance of information on trails, trail
projects, railroad abandonment and trail contacts in an organizational
database; tracking of trail project and research projects; work with
TrailDART -- RTC's trail planning consultant team on place-based
projects throughout the country; assist in the delivery of technical
assistance to trail builders, managers and advocates; input trail
information into a Geographic Information System (GIS) database and
subsequent creation of trail maps for internal and external use;
maintenance of rail corridor abandonment data; assistance with
organizational fundraising efforts; and assist with other RTC and
Trail/Greenways related business as needed.

Requirements/Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a B.S.
or B.A. degree from a college or university in urban and regional
planning or related field, excellent data base management skills with
an emphasis on SQL, or related field plus a minimum of three years
experience (environmental/ nonprofit background a plus), strong GIS
mapping skills, and excellent written and oral skills a must.

How to apply Mail, fax or email resume and cover letter detailing your
interest in RTC and your qualifications for the position ASAP, but no
later than Wednesday, November 17, 2004 to (use one form of
transmitting your resume and no phone calls please): Rails-to-Trails
Conservancy, Attention: HR, 1100 Seventeenth Street, NW, 10th floor,
Washington, DC 20036. Fax: 202-466-3742. Email:
<elton@railtrails.org>.

For a detailed job description you can go to our website at
http://www.railtrails.org.


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