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


#111 Friday, December 3, 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.

Correction: The headline of issue 110's article, "Marin Co. (CA) Welcomes
Walkable Development," should have read "Monterey Co. (CA) Welcomes
Walkable Development."



F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Celebrating 2004's Pedestrian, Bike Accomplishments
  Cambridge (MA) "Best in Class" Bike-Ped Program
  Got Ped-Bike Railroad Crossing Advice?
  STPP "Mean Streets 2004" Report Released

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Washington Twp. (NJ) Kids Get What They Want: Sidewalks
  CDC to Correct Obesity & Death Statistics
  Phoenix (AZ) Promotes "Nature's Swamp Coolers"
  Building Wider Streets Shouldn't Be Automatic
  Japanese "Electronic Eye" May Help Visually-Impaired Peds
  Stapleton: Denver's Walkable Community Experiment
  Afternoon Constitutionals: Good for Adults and Babies
  Weather Delays Sacramento (CA) Road Diet Projects
  Tornado: Chance For Pierce City (MO) Renewal
  Ontario Medic: Obesity Prevention Better Than Treatment
  Richmond (VA) Ped-Friendly "Bottom" Rebounds from Gaston
  Housing Next To Shopping Centers: Walkable Distances
  Central Florida Works toward 200-Mi. Trail Loop
  Nashville (TN) Creates "Detailed N'hood Design Plans"



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

CELEBRATING 2004'S PEDESTRIAN, BIKE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

-> As we approach the end of another year, we'd like to invite you, our
readers, to send in brief items highlighting some of your biggest
successes over the last 12 months. CenterLines issue "Lucky #113" will be
coming out on New Years Eve and we'll be mentioning some of the things
that have happened here during 2004. Got some news? Keep it to <<one short
paragraph>> and send it today to: <john@montana.com>
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CAMBRIDGE (MA) "BEST IN CLASS" BIKE-PED PROGRAM

-> According to an article in the Dec. 1st BikeLeague News, "The City of
Cambridge, MA, has received a Smart Growth Leadership Award from Governor
Mitt Romney for its 'Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.' The
citation recognizes that, 'The City of Cambridge has invested in a 'best
in class' bicycle and pedestrian program that embraces the vision of a
sustainable city where walking, biking and using public transit are the
norm for how people get around.'

"The Governor cited ten projects best exemplifying smart growth in
Massachusetts. He said, 'Step by step, town-by-town, we're working to
build a smarter, healthier, greener, more efficient Commonwealth that
better meets the needs of our current and future residents. I want to
personally congratulate each of today's award recipients, and re-dedicate
my administration to the goal of creating a more livable state for people
from all walks of life.'"

For more info, go to:
http://www.mass.gov/portal/govPR.jsp?gov_pr=gov_pr_041123_smart_growth.xml

For more info on the BikeLeague News, go to:
http://www.bikeleague.org/
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GOT PED-BIKE RAILROAD CROSSING ADVICE?

-> Kit Keller of Wisconsin Walks sent in this note from Linda Stoll of
Menasha, Wisconsin. Anyone with good ideas for Linda, please contact her
at the email address below...

"We are having difficulty in our community with the railroad. There has
been a concerted effort by the railroad to close street crossings not only
to cars but to pedestrians and bikers as well. In the City of Neenah, this
will effectively divide the community in half and greatly reduce the
ability of people to safely travel on foot or by bike. The mayor would
like to retain at least one or two pedestrian crossings but has been
completely shut out by the railroad. Examples and/or documents from
elsewhere in the state in regards to this issue would be most appreciated.
Thank you for any help you can give us." --Linda Stoll, email:
<lstoll@new.rr.com>
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STPP "MEAN STREETS 2004" REPORT RELEASED

-> According to a Dec. 2nd release, "The Surface Transportation Policy
Project (STPP)'s Mean Streets 2004 study issued this morning reveals that
walking remains the most dangerous mode of transportation, and some areas
of the country are becoming markedly more dangerous. The study, released
by STPP in conjunction with AARP, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety,
American Planning Association, American Public Health Association (APHA),
American Society of Landscape Architects, prominent local and state polic
ymakers who are leaders on pedestrian safety and numerous state and local
transportation advocates, assesses the data and recommends specific
actions that governments can take to increase pedestrian safety..."

Some of STPP's findings include:
-- In 2003, 4,827 American pedestrians died -- 11.3% of all traffic
fatalities.
-- Senior citizens, African-American and Latino pedestrians suffer a
fatality rate well in excess of the population at large.
-- More than half of the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas grew more
dangerous.

"The Orlando (FL) metropolitan area, which has seen an increase in
pedestrian death rate of more than 117 percent in the last ten years,
ranks as the area with the meanest streets today, as well as the streets
that have worsened the most over the last decade. Other metropolitan areas
with worsening pedestrian death rates over the last ten years included
Richmond (VA) with a more than 70 percent increase in deaths and Memphis
(TN) with a rate of 42.6 percent.

"'The Mean Streets 2004 report provides a useful yardstick for elected
officials and transportation leaders to measure progress, or lack thereof,
in making pedestrians and their communities safer,' said Anne Canby,
president of STPP. 'Nearly 52,000 pedestrian deaths over the last ten
years is a staggering figure that demands that we do much more to make
walking a safer travel option.'..."

For more on the Mean Streets report, go to:
http://www.transact.org/report.asp?id=235
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"America's mean streets are meanest to our youngest and oldest citizens,
and to African-American and Latino pedestrians. We need to find out why
this is happening and take the necessary steps to correct it."
-- Judith E. Espinosa, chair, STPP Board of Directors
http://www.transact.org/library/reports_html/ms2004/press_release.asp


"How incongruous -- at the very moment the notion of real town centers and
walkable neighborhoods is catching hold around the country, the vast
majority of new developments in the Boston orbit reflect characterless,
cookie-cutter generica."

-- Neal Peirce and Curtis Johnson
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2004/11/29/help_wanted_leaders_for_the_21st_century/


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WASHINGTON TWP. (NJ) KIDS GET WHAT THEY WANT: SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Nov. 20th Courier-Post article, "Jackie Callahan's first
phone call to the mayor's office more than three years ago to request
sidewalks in front of her elementary school didn't go exactly as planned.
'The person on the other end said, 'You're too young. Call back when
you're older,'' recalled Jackie, 13, who was a fourth-grader at the time.
But that did not deter Jackie or her neighbor and friend, Allison
Petruzzelli, who was then a pint-sized first-grader. The two girls were
tired of taking a 15-minute, meandering bus ride to school when they could
make the three-minute walk and get some exercise along the way.

"So they called back and kept calling until their nearly four-year odyssey
ended in late August with the township installing a half-mile stretch of
sidewalk along heavily traveled Greentree Road between Egg Harbor Road and
Bells Elementary School. Every time the duo saw Mayor Randee Davidson at
community and school events, they would ask her about the sidewalk. They
wrote letters to politicians such as Gloucester County freeholders Stephen
Sweeney and Robert Damminger and former state Sen. John Matheussen. And
they walked around their neighborhood with petitions. 'I really liked it
because now I know it's not just older people that can do something in the
community,' said Petruzzelli, 10, a fifth-grader at Bells Elementary.
'It's a small difference, but it is a difference.'...

"'They were wonderful and they were gracious, and they were persistent,'
said Davidson, who presented Jackie and Allison with a Mayor's
Appreciation Award at a township council meeting this month. 'They were
very patient.' In fact, the girls' parents marvel at their persistence in
the face of government bureaucracy. 'It's wonderful that she learned
there's a process and if they work for it, they'll get it,' said Katie
McGee, Allison's mother. Added Tina Callahan: 'There are people out there
who are doers.' So what do the girls -- both of whom aspire to hold
elected office one day -- think when they see people of all ages using the
sidewalk for which they tirelessly lobbied? 'It makes me feel good,' said
Allison. Quipped Jackie: 'I'm just, like, happy - because it took
forever.'..."

Source The article is no longer available except through the archives. To
find it, do a search on "Jackie Callahan."
Archive search:
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_site=courierpostonline&p_product=CHCB&p_theme=gannett&p_action=keyword
Cost: Yes
Title: "Girls' efforts land sidewalk in front of school"
Author: Lisa Grzyboski
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CDC TO CORRECT OBESITY & DEATH STATISTICS

-> According to a Nov. 24th Washington Post article, "Federal health
officials said yesterday they had overestimated in a high-profile study
the number of Americans dying from being overweight. Officials at the
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they will submit a
correction to the Journal of the American Medical Association, which
published the paper March 10, to set the record straight. In the hope of
producing more accurate estimates in the future, the agency is reviewing
the methods it uses to calculate the health effects of being overweight.

"Officials stressed, however, that the error did not change the
fundamental conclusion that the increasing number of Americans who are
overweight is a major and increasingly common public health problem. 'I
want to make it clear that we really regret this error, and we really
regret any confusion it has caused about the importance of obesity,' said
Dixie E. Snider, the CDC's chief scientist. 'But obesity is still going to
be a major public health problem and a major contributor to death.'...
Regardless of the final number, Snider said being overweight would still
be the second leading cause of preventable death behind tobacco. 'Tobacco
and obesity are still the two major risk factors for death in this
country, and that won't change,' Snider said..."

Source http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8902-2004Nov23.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/search.html?nav=left
Cost: Yes
Title: "CDC Study Overestimated Deaths From Obesity"
Author: Rob Stein
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PHOENIX (AZ) PROMOTES "NATURE'S SWAMP COOLERS"

-> According to a Nov. 30th Arizona Republic article, "Nothing says shade
quite like a tree. Nothing says heat quite like Phoenix. You don't need a
Ph.D. in logic to figure out that this desert city should be full of
trees. Especially downtown. Major projects are transforming the central
city, and success hinges on making it a livable, walkable place. The right
formula includes plenty of trees. They're not only the logical choice for
shade, they're also nature's air-conditioners. Trees release water through
their leaves, a process called evapotranspiration that is a lot like
sweating. As the water evaporates, it cools the surrounding air.

"On a typical Valley day in July, when it's a toasty 106 degrees, the
temperature under a tree, especially if there's surrounding vegetation,
can be as low as the mid-90s. As Valley residents know, crossing the
100-degree barrier makes a big difference in comfort. A couple of spots
downtown give a hint of what we can do with trees. Pedestrians in downtown
Phoenix get a brief escape from the sun in front of the old county
courthouse on Washington Street, where the sidewalk goes between two rows
of large paloverde trees. It's an enticing tunnel of green even in the
blaze of midsummer..."

Source:
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/1130tue2-30.html
Archive search:
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=customized&s_search_type=customized&p_product=ARPB&p_theme=gannett&s_site=azcentral
Cost: Yes
Title: "The 'miracle product'"
Author: Kathleen Ingley
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BUILDING WIDER STREETS SHOULDN'T BE AUTOMATIC

-> According to a Dec. 2nd San Jose Mercury News article, "As the debate
over North San Jose begins, there's a related issue that will hit closer
to home for most city residents. Is it time to change the rules that
mandate widening nearby streets to handle traffic from new development? It
is. But the idea is threatening to neighborhoods that feel overwhelmed by
growth. It's important to build a consensus before the city council votes
on a new policy in February. The proposal has one underlying premise in co
mmon with the North San Jose vision: Sometimes, there are more important
things than making traffic move faster. Here's an example.

"When the apartment towers under construction near First and Taylor
streets were first proposed, city traffic policy would have required
widening Taylor east of First to handle more traffic. That would have
taken out beautiful street trees and even encroached on some lawns. The
prospect horrified the Jackson-Taylor neighborhood, which is eager to
become a more walkable community. In this case, an exception was made.
Instead of paying to widen the street, the developer agreed to pay for
traffic calming and other benefits. The proposed changes in city policy
would offer alternatives like this in areas where widening streets will
harm rather than help the neighborhood..."

Source:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/10319532.htm?1c
Archive search: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Building wider streets shouldn't be automatic"
Author: Editorial board
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JAPANESE "ELECTRONIC EYE" MAY HELP VISUALLY-IMPAIRED PEDS

-> According to a Dec. 1st Orlando Sentinel article, "Equipped with a tiny
camera, a high-tech device that recognizes the white stripes of a
pedestrian crosswalk and reads traffic lights could tell a blind person
when it's safe to cross the street, researchers say. The electronic eye,
being developed at Kyoto Institute of Technology, could one day be adapted
for broader use to help the blind or visually impaired get around without
a walking stick or seeing-eye dog. Tested in a lab by Tadayoshi Shioyama
and Mohammad Shorif Uddin, the technology has identified crosswalks,
judged the width of roads and deciphered the color of pedestrian signals.

"'It's almost real-time. The response time is 3 or 4 seconds,' Uddin said
Wednesday. Though a prototype isn't ready yet, Uddin said researchers hope
to make a device small enough to perch on a pair of glasses. It will be
run by a miniature computer that can speak verbal instructions. The
electronic eye is the latest in high-tech gadgets aimed at helping
millions of blind and visually impaired people -- 1.3 million legally
blind in the United States alone -- lead more independent lives..."

Source:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/technology/ats-ap_technology16dec01,0,1208664.story?coll=sns-technology-headlines
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/orlandosentinel/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "High-Tech Eye to Help Blind Cross Streets"
Author: Kenji Hall
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STAPLETON: DENVER'S WALKABLE COMMUNITY EXPERIMENT

-> According to a Nov. 25th Denver Post article, "Scott Woodard has lived
in Stapleton for less than half a year and, without dieting or even trying
to lose weight, he is trimmer. 'When I went to my physical, they said I
had lost 6 pounds,' Woodard said. The 53-year-old moved to Stapleton with
his wife, Camille, in June. He's giving the so-called walkable community
experiment a try. To run errands, he walks from his home office to the
shops and businesses of the town center. When Camille gets in at the end
of the day, they walk around the neighborhood.

"Not power walking or exercise walking, he said. Just taking a stroll for
the experience. The two-car family became a one-car family. Their
lifestyle now revolves around their strolls. 'There are lots of people
walking,' Woodard said. 'There's so much more of a sense of community
here.'..."

Source http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2557279,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E25%257E,00.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Taking a walk on the healthier side"
Author: Chuck Plunkett
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AFTERNOON CONSTITUTIONALS: GOOD FOR ADULTS AND BABIES

-> According to a Nov. 23rd Guardian article, "The old-fashioned nannies
of the nation were right. The best way to get small babies to sleep well
at night is to take them out in the pram for a good airing in the
afternoon, a scientific study has concluded. Those of the older and wiser
generation who used to leave the pram outside the back door covered with a
cat net may consider this pronouncement from a psychologist at Liverpool
John Moores University to be a touch of the blindingly obvious. But
according to Yvonne Harrison, whose study appears in the Journal of Sleep
Research today, it is not fresh air that makes all the difference but
daylight.

"She asked the parents of 56 babies to describe their babies' sleeping
habits, and then attach a light-monitoring teddy bear to their clothes and
their cots. At six weeks, and then at nine and 12 weeks, she took readings
to establish how much light each baby had been exposed to over three
consecutive days. One finding stood out: babies who got a lot of light in
the afternoon were better sleepers. It is not where the light comes from,
but the quantity of it between midday and 4pm that seems to matter, she sa
ys. Her theory is that it is all connected with circadian rhythms. When
the baby is born, the area of the brain concerned with the body clock is
immature, she says..."

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1357304,00.html
Archive search: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/0,4271,,00.html
Cost: No
Title: "Baby remedy is clear as day"
Author: Sarah Boseley
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WEATHER DELAYS SACRAMENTO (CA) ROAD DIET PROJECTS

-> According to a Dec. 2nd Sacramento Bee article, "Sacramento's plan to
convert four major streets in midtown from three lanes to two has been
postponed until spring, officials said. The city planned to convert L, N,
P and Q streets into two-lane roads with bicycle lanes on both sides by
the end of October. L and N have been completed, said Angie Louie Fong,
city traffic engineer, but P and Q are incomplete because inclement and
cold weather. 'That's been delayed until May of 2005,' she said. 'We
weren't able to do the slurry because the weather is too cold.' The South
Midtown Area Revitalization and Transportation plan was developed by a
citizen committee intending to slow traffic and improve safety for
pedestrians in midtown...

"While waiting for better weather, the city will continue a comprehensive
study on converting the same streets to two-way traffic. Those possible
conversions are not part of the plan. Reducing speed and increasing
pedestrian safety are project goals, Fong said. In January 2003, the
Sacramento City Council adopted guidelines, which the transportation
department developed for pedestrian safety. Among those practices are
crosswalks that are highly visible 'bulb-outs,' which slow drivers making
right turns at intersections, and 'pedestrian islands' that give people a
safe place to wait halfway across the street..."

Source:
http://www.sacbee.com/content/community_news/sacramento/story/11632819p-12522357c.html
Archive search: http://www.sacbee.com/static/live/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Street conversions are postponed"
Author: Ralph Montano
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TORNADO: CHANCE FOR PIERCE CITY (MO) RENEWAL

-> According to a Nov. 28th Columbia Daily Tribune article, "A passion for
the past always distinguished downtown Pierce City, where tourists came to
browse the antique stores and enjoy the 19th century architecture. It all
disappeared on May 4, 2003, when a tornado smashed the historic business
district to rubble. But hope and pride are surging as the city's heart is
rebuilt piece by piece - first a set of stores and restaurants that opened
in May 2004, and now several municipal buildings...

"'It's a better town for the people who live here than before,' said
Pierce City architect Jim Moore, who based the initial design for the new
City Hall on the old train depot depicted on post cards. The tornado,
Moore said, decided the fate of old buildings that were nearly past
repair. 'The upper floors and windows in many of them were already
rotten,' Moore said. 'There was no interest in rebuilding them. It would
have never happened without the tornado,' he said. Moore said the new
Pierce City is a more livable and walkable town for the 1,300 people who
live here. 'The facilities are near for everything you do on a day-to-day
basis,' he said. 'Things will smooth out over the next few years, but
Pierce City is on the right path.'..."

Source: http://www.columbiatribune.com/2004/Nov/20041128News024.asp
Archive search: http://archive.columbiatribune.com/
Cost: No
Title: "Tornado's devastion provides Pierce City chance for renewal"
Author: Staff
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ONTARIO MEDIC: OBESITY PREVENTION BETTER THAN TREATMENT

-> According to a Nov. 24th CBC story, "With almost half of adults in
Ontario overweight or obese, unhealthy weights are reaching epidemic
proportions, Ontario's chief medical officer of health warned Wednesday.
In an annual report titled Healthy Weights, Healthy Lives, Dr. Sheela
Basrur said obesity among children aged seven to 13 tripled between 1981
and 1996. Poor eating habits and a lack of exercise are costing the
economy billions of dollars in health care every year, she said. 'We are
already behind the eight ball when it comes to overweight and obesity,'
said Basrur. 'We are spending way too much on treatment services ... that
could have and should have been prevented by investments in prevention
last year, last decade, 20 years ago.'

"Unhealthy weights are responsible for a rise in type 2 diabetes and
contribute to heart disease, strokes, hypertension and some cancers,
Basrur said. The medical officer wants obesity to be the focus of public
health policy in the province, by encouraging healthy eating and physical
activity. The report also includes recommendations for all levels of
government on how to keep weights down...The report also recommends
offering better access to weight-loss information through a
Dial-a-Dietician telephone service. British Columbia has provided such a
service for 30 years..."

Source:
http://www.cbc.ca/story/science/national/2004/11/24/obesity-ont041124.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Medical officer in Ontario tackles bulging waistlines"
Author: Staff
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RICHMOND (VA) PED-FRIENDLY "BOTTOM" REBOUNDS FROM GASTON

-> According to a Dec. 1st Washington Post article, "On Aug. 30, a
tropical deluge called Gaston slammed into Richmond's Shockoe Bottom, the
historic riverside entertainment quarter. Fourteen inches of rain fell in
five hours on the Shockoe Valley watershed and, after the storm drainage
system was overwhelmed, most of it converged on Shockoe Bottom's 17th and
Main streets, the city's lowest point on the downtown side of the James
River. SUVs bobbed like rubber ducks, buildings sagged and Richmonders
raced for their lives...

"When the waters receded, Shockoe Bottom residents and workers crept back
to a catastrophe. Cars were stacked roof-to-roof. The neighborhood's
beloved farmers market was swamped...'It was like nothing I could have
ever imagined, an utter, utter disaster area,' recalls Erika Gay, head of
the River District Alliance...And yet the neighborhood has come back,
mostly. Three months later -- after miles of streets have been scraped of
mud, dozens of basements scoured and aired, tons of debris trucked away
and a number of federal agencies wrestled with -- Shockoe Bottom is ready
for visitors. 'People are coming back down,' says Janene Charbeneau of the
Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau. 'They're beginning to realize
that it's coming back.'...However you get there, Richmond's walkable
riverside neighborhoods are worth the visit..."

Source http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23727-2004Nov30.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/search.html?nav=left
Cost: Yes
Title: "Richmond's Shockoe Bottom Climbs Back From August Flood"
Author: S.J. Ackerman
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HOUSING NEXT TO SHOPPING CENTERS: WALKABLE DISTANCES

-> According to a Nov. 29th Baltimore Sun article, "Whenever Tia Arnold
wants a night on the town -- to grab a bite to eat, say, or catch a film
-- she just has to step out her front door and stroll across the parking
lot to The Mall in Columbia. The spacious brick townhouse she shares with
her parents is just one house back from the busy two-lane "ring road"
around the shopping center. 'It's great because I can walk to the movies
really quick,' says Arnold, 33, who spends much of her week on the road
training cosmetics salespeople. Time was, only in cities and towns could
people live within walking distance of shops, restaurants and nightlife.
But urban is going suburban, as more and more condominiums and townhouses
are sprouting next to shopping malls once reachable only by motor vehicle.

"Area developers, trying to shore up financially struggling, older
shopping centers, are adding office buildings, restaurants, nightspots
and, now, housing to what had been primarily a shopping environment. Some
new malls also are being built with residential communities either
adjacent or on site, with condos built over shops and offices. The Village
at Waugh Chapel in Gambrills, for instance, features more than 200 condos
in four-story buildings on the back corner of a 72-acre mall along busy
Route 3. Residents, the vast majority of them 55 or older, can stroll
around a man-made lake with fountains to reach about 40 shops and stores,
including a Safeway, Italian deli and wine shop, and pharmacy..."

Source:
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.mall29nov29,1,1545355.story?coll=bal-local-headlines
Archive search: http://www.baltimoresun.com/search/
Cost: Yes (after 2 weeks)
Title: "Residences at mall yield urban flavor, convenience"
Author: Timothy B. Wheeler
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CENTRAL FLORIDA WORKS TOWARD 200-MI. TRAIL LOOP

-> According to a Dec. 2nd Sun-Sentinel article, "Mark Marshall is looking
for room to roam. He's not alone. The local bicycle shop owner is among a
growing throng of people who use Central Florida's recreational trails
each week for riding, jogging and walking. Now, he says, it's getting
harder to escape from the pack. But that soon could change. Construction
is expected to begin this spring on a South Lake Trail extension
connecting more than three miles of existing paths in Clermont and
Minneola eastward to the popular West Orange Trail in Orange County.

"On Wednesday, officials announced plans for a public workshop on another
141/2-mile trail west of Clermont, passing through Groveland, Mascotte and
connecting to the larger Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail in Sumter
County. The new trails are the latest in longtime plans for a 200-mile
loop that could wrap through several Central Florida counties in coming
years. 'That would be really good because you won't have the kind of
congestion that you have on West Orange Trail,' Marshall said. Popularity
of the trails is escalating. The West Orange Trail, which stretches 22
miles from the Orange-Lake line, around Winter Garden and north through
Apopka, gets an average of 77,442 users each month..."

Source:
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/orl-locrailtrail02120204dec02,0,1981165.story?coll=sfla-news-florida
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/sun_sentinel/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Planned trail additions in Lake add to vision of 200-mile loop"
Author: Robert Sargent
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NASHVILLE (TN) CREATES "DETAILED N'HOOD DESIGN PLANS"

-> According to a Dec. 2nd Nashville City Paper article, "Metro is
planning 17 Detailed Neighborhood Design Plans for the Midtown area, most
of which will be tackled after an update of the Green Hills/Midtown
Community Plan is completed. Bob Eadler, Metro planner and co-manager of
the community plan update, said the overall community plan update would
hopefully be completed by early 2005. Eadler said Metro planners will
return to several neighborhoods in 2005 to create Detailed Neighborhood
Design Plans (DNDPs). 'Many of these areas are experiencing redevelopment
pressure,' Eadler said. 'Future planning at a detailed neighborhood level
can provide the community with the best plans to harness the redevelopment
and get the best possible product for the community.'

"Planners have already started to work with residents, business owners,
property owners and other stakeholders in the Edgehill Community and the
West End area. Both those areas include several of the DNDPs the Planning
Department has outlined in its community plan update online...DNDPs focus
on areas that already are or are intended to develop into traditional
neighborhoods which are usually half a mile in diameter, include a mixture
of housing types and affordability, have some sort of a center and open sp
ace, and are walkable..."

Source:
http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section_id=9&screen=news&news_id=37576
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Title: "Metro plans detailed neighborhood design plans for Midtown"
Author: Judith R. Tackett
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SPONGE BOB KIDNAPPED IN MENANDS (NY) -- AND ELSEWHERE!

"A 10-foot inflatable Sponge Bob Square Pants balloon was stolen from the
roof of a Menands Burger King Thursday Night. The Sponge Bob balloon was
supposed to be part of a promotional campaign involving Burger King and
the new movie..."
http://www.wten.com/Global/story.asp?S=2619571&nav=6uyNTaIK


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

STUDY: SOME PEOPLE ARE 'IMMUNE' TO EXERCISE

-> "The vast majority will benefit in some way, but there will be a
minority who will not benefit at all..."
http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996735

DEARBORN (MI) WORKS ON DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS

-> "[Paid public parking is] part of a public dispute that is echoed
throughout metro Detroit, as cities in a region known for its car-centric
culture struggle to transform downtowns into pedestrian-friendly areas..."
http://www.freep.com/news/locway/parking29e_20041129.htm

CROSSING OZ'S NULLARBOR PLAIN ON PENNY FARTHING

-> "A British leukaemia patient rolled into Sydney after a gruelling
fundraising ride on a vintage penny farthing bicycle across the Australian
outback..."
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20041202/lf_afp/afplifestyle_health_041202161630

MENLO PARK (CA) DEBATES INTERSECTION SOLUTIONS

->"At issue is a busy intersection where several pedestrian accidents have
occurred, resulting in one death..."
http://www.sfexaminer.com/article/index.cfm/i/120204n_trafficlight

LIVE UPSTAIRS, WORK DOWNSTAIRS IN SALT LAKE CITY?

-> "Developer Alan Wood recently unveiled a plan to the RDA Board that
will put seven new live-work spaces in a 122-unit housing project on 200
East between 300 South and 400 South. Some raised eyebrows was the initial
reception to Wood's plan..."
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595108538,00.html

INDIANAPOLIS HOSTS LEAGUE OF CITIES CONFAB

-> "'When I think of Indianapolis, I think of Hoosiers. I think of Larry
Bird and the greatest basketball in the world,' said [League of Cities
President Charles] Lyons, a selectman of Arlington, Mass. 'I also think of
a city that has transformed itself in the last 20 years -- a city with a
walkable, invigorating Downtown.'..."
http://www.indystar.com/articles/4/197887-2934-009.html

FRAMINGHAM (MA) RTE. 30 "NOT WALKER-FRIENDLY"

-> "If you investigate this apparent paradox, you'll understand why simply
installing sidewalks -- even sidewalks that meet government codes, and are
wide enough to walk three abreast -- will not entice anyone but the most
militant of walkers out of their cars..."
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/columnists/view.bg?articleid=84035

REVISED LEESBURG (VA) DEVELOPMENT INCLUDES TRAILS, POND

-> "...the updated proposal reverts to the town's alignment plan for
Battlefield Parkway, includes a pond with a network of walking trails,
adds an elementary school site and includes additional proffers and monies
for road construction projects on and off the 324-acre site known as
Meadowbrook..."
http://www.leesburg2day.com/current.cfm?catid=1&newsid=9780


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


-> "YOUR GUIDE TO FORMING A BIKE ADVISORY COMMITTEE"
80-page "How-To" by the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), 2004.
http://www.massbike.org/resources/bacguide.pdf

-> "A CASE FOR SMART GROWTH"
2003 West Coast Environmental Law report by Deborah Curran.
http://www.wcel.org/issues/urban/sbg/case.pdf

-> "SMART BYLAWS - SUMMARY"
2003 West Coast Environmental Law report by Deborah Curran.
http://www.wcel.org/issues/urban/sbg/summary.pdf

-> "BOSTON UNBOUND"
"Subtitled, "Tapping Greater Boston's Assets and Talents to Create a
World-Leading Citistate;" by Neal Peirce and Curtis Johnson; for the
Boston Foundation; 2004.
http://www.tbf.org/uploadedFiles/Citistates_final.pdf

-> PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR CONTEXT SENSITIVE SOLUTIONS"
NCHRP manual subtitled "A Guidebook for State DOTs;" by TransTech
Management, Inc., Oldham Historic Properties, Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff
Quade & Douglas, Inc; October 2004.
http://trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_w69.pdf

-> "ACHIEVING FLEXIBILITY IN HIGHWAY DESIGN"
AASHTO's Guide on "Context-sensitive solutions;" 2004; 112p. paperback.
Non-member price: $84 (AASHTO members: $70). Item code: E37-FHD-1. Order
at:
https://bookstore.transportation.org

-> "NATIONAL BICYCLING AND WALKING STUDY"
Subtitled, "Ten Year Status Report;" October 2004 Report prepared for FHWA
by the Highway Safety Research Center, UNC-Chapel Hill.
http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/pdf/NBWS_10yr_Progress_Report.pdf

-> "AASHTO GREEN BOOK"
Officially titled, "A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets,
5th Edition;" AASHTO's bible on road design; 2004; 872p. Book:
non-members: $120 (AASHTO members: $100); CD: non-members: $192
(AASHTO members: $160); Book and CD: non-members: $250 (AASHTO
members: $208). Order at:
https://bookstore.transportation.org


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 24-25, 2005, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems, Las Vegas,
NV. Info: Keith Knapp, Program Director, University of
Wisconsin-Madison, 432 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; phone: (608)
263-6314; fax: (608) 263-3160; e-mail: <knapp@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/emaG138

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 14-15, 2005, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems, Madison, WI.
Info: Keith Knapp, Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
432 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; phone: (608) 263-6314; fax:
(608) 263-3160; e-mail: <knapp@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/emaG138

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 26-27, 2005, Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, St. Paul
MN. Info: Rory Robinson
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, IN Projects Manager, 2179
Everett Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264; phone: (330) 657-2951; fax: (330)
657-2955; email: <Rory_Robinson@nps.gov>
http://www.railtrails.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 -- BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN PLANNER -- ALEXANDRIA, VA
Duties: Coordinates programming and funding developments including grant
applications and management of improvements and plans to enhance and
develop pedestrian, bicycle, and alternative transportation. Works with
other local jurisdictions and regional authorities. Prepares, evaluates,
administers budgets, grants, and grant applications; drafts requests for
proposals, contracts, statistical reports. Meets with community groups,
makes presentations, evaluates public response to projects plans, and
develops public relations approaches to accommodate public response.

Requirements 3 yrs transportation planning and modeling experience,
completion of graduation requirements from accredited college or
university with degree in Civil Engineering, Urban
Planning/Transportation, or related field.

Qualifications Knowledge of transportation planning, transportation
modeling, traffic capacity analysis, transit and paratransit services, and
financial/budgetary analysis. Excellent interpersonal skills. Good
knowledge of transportation-modeling computer software, MS Word,
WordPerfect, and Excel; ability to write clear, concise, well-organized
reports; ability to make clear and effective oral presentations to civic
associations, public officials, and others.

Salary: $47,347-$61,650/YR.(DOQ); Reference #TES-5-2715;
Deadline 5:00pm, 12/17/04.
https://cheyenne.ci.alexandria.va.us/personnel/jobopps_current/TES-5-2715.html



-> JOB -- PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COORDINATOR -- HAWAII DOH
The Hawaii Dept of Health needs to fill the position of Physical Activity
Coordinator for the Healthy Hawaii Initiative (HHI). The HHI is a large
statewide project to increase physical activity and improve nutrition
among the people of Hawaii using a socio-ecological approach. The Physical
Activity Coordinator will: serve as a content expert for the HHI team,
manage the Governor's council on PA with a focus on implementing systems
change in partner organizations, lead the development of a statewide PA
plan, create a resource directory of existing opportunities, implement HHI
designated PA interventions, work with state and local governments to
influence policy change and prepare regular press materials to promote
active lifestyles.

Min. qualifications a bachelor's degree in public health or a related
field and 3 years of experience in public health. Individuals with
professional experience in physical activity and public health strongly
encouraged to apply. Salary commensurate with experience, qualifications.
Send applications to the Healthy Hawaii Initiative, Hawaii Department of
Health, P.O. Box 3378, Honolulu, HI 96801. Deadline: December 20, 2004.
For more information please contact Jay Maddock (jmaddock@hawaii.edu) or
Betty Wood (phhsbg01@mail.health.state.hi.us).



-> JOB -- SR2S PROGRAM MANAGER -- CBF
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (CBF) is now hiring for a Program
Manager for a Safe Routes to School program. This program is run by CBF
for the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

The Program Manager of the Safe Routes to School program will: hire,
train, schedule and supervise a part-time and seasonal team of
employees that will work exclusively in Chicago schools; market the
program to public and private school administration city-wide; train
additional CBF/CDOT staff on school safety education delivery; manage
content and dissemination of all program publications and website;
evaluate the program and recommend improvements on an on-going basis.

Applicants should have program management and supervisory experience,
as well as a commitment to bicycling and pedestrian advocacy. For a
full job description, see www.biketraffic.org/jobs. Please send cover
letters and resumes to Eve Jennings, email: eve@biketraffic.org or fax:
(312)-427-4907.


-> JOB -- MANAGER OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT -- RTC
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization
creating a nationwide network of public trails. RTC is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., with state and regional offices in California,
Florida, Michigan, Ohio and the Northeast.

Responsibilities manage RTC's trail planning team; identifying project
prospects, marketing services; managing projects, and in-depth project
work; oversee the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse, RTC's premier
trail building technical assistance website, and the Trails and
Greenways Program; Manage RTC's technical assistance and training
programs in identified regions of the country; oversee our GIS mapping
program; identifying potential funding sources and developing
proposals; delivery of technical assistance to trail builders and
advocates; assist with other program duties as assigned. Must be
available for occasional long-distance travel. Salary is commensurate
with experience.

Requirements/Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a B.S.
or B.A. degree from a college or university in urban and regional
planning, environmental studies or related field, master's degree
preferred; a minimum of three years experience in urban and regional
planning or related field; three years of management experience
(non-profit background a plus); excellent GIS mapping skills; database
management; experience developing and managing budgets and raising
revenue; excellent written and oral skills, plus excellent
interpersonal and leadership skills. Compensation: $47,500 - $50,000
per year.

How to Apply Send a cover letter and resume via mail, fax or e-mail
detailing your interest and your qualifications by the C.O.B. on
Friday, December 3, 2004 to (choosing one form of transmitting your
resume. no phone calls please): Elton A. Clark, Manager, Human
Resource, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th St., NW, 10th Floor,
Washington, DC 20036; email: <elton@railtrails.org>; fax: (202)
466-3742.



-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- E-W GATEWAY COG
The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has an opening for a
position as a Transportation Planner. This professional position
reports to the Division Manager of Planning and Programming and has
general responsibility for alternative transportation activities
including: Bicycle and Pedestrian planning, Accessibility and
Paratransit planning, Environmental Justice and ADA activities as they
relate to various agency initiatives and work program activities. The
successful candidate must possess a working knowledge of principles and
practices of urban and regional transportation planning, related to one
or more of the following disciplines: transportation policy analysis,
transportation system and project evaluation, transportation project
programming, traffic engineering, and socioeconomic and environmental
impact assessment. Experience with GIS and other computer-based
analytical tools is required, and familiarity with TEA-21 metropolitan
planning requirements is highly desirable.

The successful candidate for this position will have graduated from an
accredited four-year college or university, with major course work in
Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, or in a
directly related field, and will have one (1) year of directly related
professional experience or an equivalent combination of directly
related education and professional experience. Advanced degrees may be
substituted for one year of experience. The salary range for this
position starts at $31,548 per year. Starting salary will be based upon
qualifications and experience. The Council offers a competitive benefit
package. Interested individuals should submit a resume and letter of
interest to East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Attn: Human
Resources, One Memorial Drive, Suite 1600, St. Louis, MO 63102.
http://www.ewgateway.org/aboutus/jobads/jobads.htm#TransPlanner


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