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


#112 Friday, December 17, 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
  Act Now! Let Us Know About Your Accomplishments!
  NCBW, Louisville (KY) Continue Partnership
  Got Training?
  Traffic Control Article Now at NCBW Website
  Smart Growth Conference Scholarships Still Available
  New Jersey Bill: Tax Deduction for Bike Commuting
  Attn: Cities on the Forefront...
  PBIC Wants Instructor Trainees for SR2S Course


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  PA Governor Signs Tough New School Speed Law
  Tiny Chester (VA) Welcomes Walkability
  Americans Drive More but Like to Walk
  Waynesville (NC) Residents Want Smaller Road Project
  ATSB: Cycling Benefits Outweigh Deaths
  Prairie Crossing (IL) Development Gets Trails, Lakes
  St. Louis Park (MN) Families Renovate Walkable 'hoods
  Retail Growth in Walkable Downtown Madison (WI)
  Sun City-Hilton Head (SC) Cyclist Karen Heitman Honored
  Brooklyn Park (MN) Ped Bridge Honored at NLCC
  American Way of Life: Hazardous to Immigrants' Health
  Dear Mr. Chrysler Pacifica Driver...



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

ACT NOW! LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR 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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NCBW, LOUISVILLE (KY) CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP

-> Sharon Roerty and Bob Chauncey from NCBW conducted two more Walkable
Community Workshops in Louisville, Kentucky, last week. Based
on positive feedback to an earlier series of workshops held in the
Spring, NCBW was invited to return, the trip paid for by funds provided
by three members of the Louisville City Council. According to Mohammad
Nouri, Assistant Director of Transportation Services, the city is
seeking CMAQ funds to address several needs identified in the workshops.

NCBW was also hired to help plan and facilitate the Louisville Bike
Summit, to be held in February. The goal of the Summit is simple: to
help Louisville become a bike-friendly city. Some two hundred elected
officials, professional staff, and community leaders have been invited
to the two day meeting. Guest speakers include Chattanooga Mayor Bob
Corker, Bob Chauncey from NCBW, and Andy Clark from LAB.

Please contact Bob Chauncey at <bob@bikewalk.org> for more information
about NCBW's Walkable Community Workshop program and NCBW's history
of supporting conferences.
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GOT TRAINING?

-> 2005 is just around the corner. If you've got a bicycle, pedestrian, or
livable community training event coming up, we'd like to list it in our
online Calendar of Training Opportunities. It's fast and easy: just go to
the link below, click "Submit Entry" at the bottom of the calendar box, and
fill out the brief form. Use the description box to tell us a little about
your training event, such as the audience your aiming at, or if it's the first
of its kind or a part of a continuing series. Also, be sure to list in this
box any contact information, e-mail addresses, or web sites where site visitors
can get more information. Please note that this calendar is for workshops and
conferences about bicycling, walking, and other forms of active living...
training rides, while certainly encouraged by the NCBW, don't make the list.

http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/training_resources/training_calendar.htm
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SMART GROWTH CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE

-> Want to attend the 4th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth
conference (January 27-29 in Miami Beach)? Scholarships are still
available to cover registration fees for this exciting and important
event. Priority will be given to applicants representing nonprofits,
grass roots, and community organizations. Don't delay, the scholarship
deadline is 12/23 -- visit the Registration page on the conference
website for details on how to apply:
http://www.NewPartners.org
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TRAFFIC CONTROL ARTICLE NOW AT NCBW WEBSITE

-> Our November 19 issue mentioned an article "Traffic Control: An
Exercise in Self-Defeat" by Kenneth Todd in the current issue of the
Regulation magazine, which is published by the Cato Institute. We
forgot to mention a more detailed version of the article (including
references) on our website at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/pdfs/trafficcontrol_backtobasics.pdf
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NEW JERSEY BILL: TAX DEDUCTION FOR BIKE COMMUTING

-> The NJ Assembly has introduced a bill that would allow a 0.10
cents/mile income tax deduction for commuting to and from work by
bicycle. As stated in the bill, "This deduction will provide an
incentive to encourage bicycle commuting and reduce the large number of
short, single occupancy vehicle trips that many New Jerseyans engage in
to get to and from work. This deduction provides a potential means to
increase the numbers of bicycle commuters in the State, which would
help reduce the numbers of trips made by automobiles."

The bill, which was introduced on October 25th and sponsored by
Assemblyman David Wolfe, acknowledges a recent transportation survey
the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics and states that,
"bicycling is the second most preferred form of transportation after
the automobile, ahead of public transportation. Several findings from
the study indicate a growing concern among Americans with the impact of
transportation choices on the quality of life. 38% of all Americans
feel that the availability of bikeways, walking paths, and sidewalks
for getting to work, shopping, and recreation is very important in
choosing where to live."

Follow this link for a copy of the bill:
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2004/Bills/A3500/3441_I1.PDF
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ATTN: CITIES ON THE FOREFRONT...

-> ...of Implementing Alternative Transportation Strategies To Combat
Urban Sprawl. Nominations Invited...

Prof. Barry Wellar of the University of Ottawa recently wrote to let us
know about a unique opportunity at the upcoming Assn. of American
Geographers' Conference:

"Local governments, businesses, and organizations which implement
policies, plans, programs or projects to increase the share of trips
made by walking, cycling and transit, or reduce the share made by car,
minivan, pick-up or SUV, are implementing elements of an alternative
transportation strategy (ATS).

"In a session on Transportation and Urban Sprawl, 2005 Annual
Conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), April 5-9
in Denver, I will present the preliminary findings from the search for
'Cities on the Forefront of Implementing Alternative Transportation
Strategies to Combat Urban Sprawl'.

"There is a special reason for circulating this notice about the AAG
presentation via Centerlines, and it can be expressed in two words:
'Success Stories'. Attendees at PW/PB 2004 in Victoria know what I
mean. The wrap-up session was informative, interesting, and a lot of
fun. It was also clear, however, that the walking or cycling person or
group responsible for the success story frequently lacked publication
resources.

"The AAG conference is a great opportunity for Centerlines readers to
'spread the word' about ATS achievements, and they are invited to
contact Prof. Barry Wellar at <wellarb@uottawa.ca> to receive the
nomination details."
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PBIC WANTS INSTRUCTOR TRAINEES FOR SR2S COURSE

-> According to a note from Charlie Zegeer, "We at the Pedestrian and
Bicycle Information Center are excited to announce the first call for
applicants to become the initial group of instructors for the Safe
Routes to School (SR2S) National Training Course. The first round of
instructor training will be February 28 to March 4, 2005 in Tucson,
Arizona. Applications are due January 5, 2005 by 1pm (Eastern Time).
We will be selecting 20 people to attend the training. Please pass
this email to anyone in your organization you think is a good fit."

For more information, contact the PBIC at (877) 925-5245 or (919)
843-7577; email: <bic@pedbikeinfo.org>
Or visit:
http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/sr2s/instructor_training.htm
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"New Urbanist ideas -- such as creating walkable places in which
residential, retail, and other activities intermingle -- generate a
distinctiveness and local flavor that conventional development
typically lacks."

-- Philip Langdon
http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/projo_20041213_ctlangd.17048b.html


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

PA GOVERNOR SIGNS TOUGH NEW SCHOOL SPEED LAW

-> According to a Dec. 9th Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Pennsylvania
now has one of the toughest school-zone speeding laws in America. Gov.
Rendell yesterday signed into law a measure that fines drivers up to
$500, plus three points on the license, for driving past a school at
more than 11 miles over the 15 mph speed limit. Second offenders would
lose their license for 60 days. 'Children and their families should not
have to worry about careless and reckless driving while in a school
zone,' Rendell said. 'This bill will help nurture an environment that
places a child's well-being above all else.' Lawmakers pushed the bill
in response to Daily News stories detailing the surging number of
schoolchildren hit by cars in recent years while walking to or from
school.

"Last school year, at least 92 public school students were hit by cars,
most right outside school. Daily News radar gun surveys found motorists
routinely speeding past schools at triple the speed limit. City
Councilman Jim Kenney, who proposed stiffer fines after a Council
hearing, said the heavier fines will shock motorists who for so long
have ignored traffic laws around city schools. The old school zone
speeding fine was $35, plus $2 for every mph over 20 mph..."

Source: http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/breaking_news/10373499.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Rendell signs tough school speed law"|
Author: Myung Oak Kim

To see the Governor's news release, go to:
http://www.governor.state.pa.us/governor/cwp/view.asp?a=1115&q=439603

To see the language of the bill, go to:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/BT/2003/0/HB0873P4807.HTM
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TINY CHESTER (VA) WELCOMES WALKABILITY

-> According to a Dec. 15th Style Weekly article, "There isn't anything
'new' or 'urban' about Chester, a blue-collar village at the eastern
edge of Chesterfield County that has long served as a bedroom community
for the massive DuPont plant along U.S. Route 1. But there it sits in
all its new-urbanist, latte-and-tweed glory: Chester Village Green,
directly across the street from old haunts like the Busy Bea sewing
shop. Ever since Magee's drugstore closed its soda fountain in the
mid-1970s, the Busy Bea has served as a gathering spot for about a
dozen good ol' Chester boys who putter by each morning to sip coffee in
Styrofoam cups and, as one of them puts it,'"solve all of the county's
problems.'

"They don't seem to mind the city stuff a few feet away. On about 85
acres, Chester Village is a mixed-use residential development that
includes $300,000 homes on tiny 65-foot lots with urban alleys and
long, narrow houses with garages in the back. It includes 300
apartments, complete with interlocking sidewalks, retail shops and
office buildings under construction at the Route 10 entrance. There's a
new county library, three public schools, four churches and a Walgreens
under construction, all within walking distance..."

Source: http://www.styleweekly.com/article.asp?idarticle=9561
Archive search: http://www.styleweekly.com/search.asp
Cost: No

Title "Chester's Urban Secret -- How a tiny, working-class village is
beating sprawl"

Author: Scott Bass
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AMERICANS DRIVE MORE BUT LIKE TO WALK

-> According to a Dec. 9th Topeka Capitol Journal, "Americans are on
the road more than ever. Drivers in a typical household log enough
miles every year to travel between New York and Los Angeles almost
eight times -- 21,200 miles. On those road trips, they might snack on
cheese. Americans consume almost 31 pounds of it a year. Lots of people
-- almost 29 million -- try to burn off those calories by joining
health clubs. Those and myriad other facts and figures can be found in
the latest edition of the Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the
United States, a 1,000-page tome on life in America. 'It's Uncle Sam's
almanac,' said Glenn King, the bureau economist who oversees production
of the annual compendium. The tables are compiled from government and
private sources...

Some other tidbits:

--The top sporting activity for Americans? "Exercise walking," done by
82 million people in 2002...
--On average, drivers in a U.S. household got behind a steering wheel
for 21,188 miles in 2001, up roughly 75 percent since 1977.

"That's partly a reflection of the decades-long trend of people moving
farther away from their jobs to find larger or more affordable homes,
said Alan Pisarski, author of 'Commuting in America.' Plus, more
families own two or more cars. 'And as many jobs move out to the 'burbs
to be near the workers, that gives the opportunity for workers to move
even farther out,' Pisarski said. The average drive to work one-way is
about 12 miles..."

Source: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/120904/pag_americans.shtml
Archive search: http://www.cjonline.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Americans love cheese and driving"
Author: AP
For more on the "Statistical Abstract of the United States," go to:
http://www.census.gov/statab/www/
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WAYNESVILLE (NC) RESIDENTS WANT SMALLER ROAD PROJECT

-> According to a Dec. 15th Smoky Mountain News article, "A plan by the
Department of Transportation to widen and straighten Plott Creek Road
on the outskirts of Waynesville has angered residents of the area as
well as some town leaders who say the plan is ill-conceived and was
developed without public input. The project is supposed to ease
congestion at Hazelwood Elementary School, where parents picking up
their children in the afternoon back up traffic while waiting to turn
into the school. The plan would add a third turn lane to the road,
widen the lanes and straighten a section of the road. DOT says the
measures will make the road safer, but residents of the area and some
town leaders disagree.

"'When roads are wider and straighter, people just tend to go faster,'
said Chuck Dixon, a resident of the area. 'Highways are more than just
moving traffic from one place to another. Highways go through places
where people live, go to school, go to work, go to church...It also
involves bicycles and sidewalks.' Waynesville Town Planner Paul Benson
said the town is asking DOT to offset the bigger road with traffic
calming measures -- including sidewalks on both sides of the street,
raised crosswalks, a tree border and landscaped islands. 'The main
purpose of this project seems to be to move traffic. It could result in
increased speeds, which could actually make the road by the school less
safe,' Benson said. 'People will drive whatever speed they feel comfort
able.'..."

Source:
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/12_04/12_15_04/fr_plott_creek.html
Archive search:
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/internal_pages/search.html
Cost: No
Title: "Plott Creek road plan angers neighbors"
Author: Becky Johnson
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ATSB: CYCLING BENEFITS OUTWEIGH DEATHS

-> According to a Dec. 8th article in the Australian, "The benefits of
regular bike riding outweighed the loss of life through cycling
accidents, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said today.
About 35 cyclists die on Australian roads each year, but a recently
published report said while the risks of cycling should not be ignored,
they must be considered with the benefits. The ATSB report, Cycle
Safely, said on average about 2500 bike riders were seriously injured
on public roads each year. Cyclists accounted for about 2 per cent of
road deaths and about 11 per cent of people seriously injured on the
roads each year, the report found.

"But despite the deaths and injuries, the report said that regular
cycling had been shown to have health benefits, including reducing
heart disease, obesity and hypertension. It said an overseas study had
shown that encouraging bike riding had not led to an increase in
cyclist deaths and injuries. The study found that an increase in the
number of cyclists in European towns and cities was associated with a
reduction in the rate of deaths and serious injuries. 'The overall
community benefits gained from regular cycling are likely to outweigh
the loss of life through cycling accidents,' the report said..."

Source:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11627517%255E1702,00.html
Archive search: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Cycling benefits 'outweigh deaths'"
Author: Kate Williams

For more on the study (and a link to download a copy), go to:
http://www.atsb.gov.au/road/mgraph/mgraph17/index.cfm
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PRAIRIE CROSSING (IL) DEVELOPMENT GETS TRAILS, LAKES

-> According to a Dec. 15th Chicago Daily Herald article, "...The
[Grayslake ground breaking] was the next big step in an uncertain idea
launched 11 years ago -- to build an environmentally friendly,
commuter-oriented community from scratch. Met with skepticism at the
time, the Grayslake neighborhood, located near routes 137 and 45, has
thrived as the anti-development development. Located near the rare
intersection of crossing Metra commuter rail lines, all but two of 359
single-family homes have been sold. This new chapter, The Condominiums
at Prairie Crossing, was presented with assured confidence.

""The resistance people are starting to feel toward sprawl is very
strong. This is the remedy. As more developments like Prairie Crossing
happen, people may begin to think of development as a good thing,' said
John Norquist, president and CEO of The Congress for New Urbanism...The
project features 36 condos, starting at $350,000 in three buildings.
Interspersed with about a dozen shops, the buildings will be grouped
around an open area, similar to Market Square in Lake Forest.
Energy-efficient and oversized by traditional condo standards, the
allure is expected not only to be the space within, but that without --
an open environment with trails and lakes in a protected natural
habitat..."

Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/news_story.asp?intid=3833690
Archive searchhttp://www.dailyherald.com/search/index.asp
Cost:
Title: "New urbanism breaks ground in Grayslake"
Author: Mick Zawislak
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ST. LOUIS PARK (MN) FAMILIES RENOVATE WALKABLE 'HOODS

-> According to a Dec. 15th Star-Tribune article, "Loran and April
Paprocki faced a problem that St. Louis Park officials worry is
increasingly common in the first-ring suburb: too little house for
their growing family. The Paprockis, who now have five children, loved
living in St. Louis Park. But, Loran said, it looked liked they would
have to 'move way out to the outer 'burbs'' to find a large house they
could afford. Then they came up with an alternative: Over the last few
years, the Paprockis have spent much time and money adding a full
second floor to their St. Louis Park home. City officials are looking
for ways to encourage more families in St. Louis Park to take the same
step...Loren Paprocki cites his short commute to his job in Minnetonka
as a reason for staying.

"'The one thing you can't buy is time,' he said. By 'having a five [or]
10-minute commute to work versus a 40-minute commute, I just bought an
hour every day. That's priceless, especially with small kids.'...Scott
and Jane Hallett are expanding their house because they didn't want to
give up their walkable urban neighborhood near Excelsior & Grand, the
city's new mixed-use development. Yet they needed room for their
3-year-old daughter and a newborn son. They spent two years looking for
another house but decided to stay and expand. It might have been more
affordable to move farther out, he said. 'But then we would have been
giving up everything.'..."

Source: http://www.startribune.com/stories/106/5132405.html
Archive search: http://www.startribune.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "St. Louis Park -- Move up, not out"
Author: Ben Steverman
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RETAIL GROWTH IN WALKABLE DOWNTOWN MADISON (WI)

-> According to a Dec. 16th Capital Times article, "As the 2004 holiday
shopping season moves into what is traditionally a last, frantic
weekend before Christmas, many downtown retailers, especially those at
the upper end of State Street and around the Capitol Square, are upbeat
about the benefits that visitors to the Overture Center and new
downtown residents are bringing to their businesses... [According to
Jill Lundberg, Downtown Madison Inc. vice president and manager of the
Central Business Improvement District], 'We are definitely feeling an
increase in excitement about downtown Madison as a destination.' ...
Peg Scholtes, owner of Capitol Kids toy and clothing store for
children, moved her business two years ago from Webster Street to 8 S.
Carroll St. on the Capitol Square. This year Scholtes' business is up
about 25 percent over last year.

"She is delighted with the increased pedestrian traffic from new
downtown residents, as well as from customers who make visiting the
Square a destination for the Farmer's Market, Art Fair on the Square or
other special events such as an Overture Center performance.
'Developing relationships with customers you get to know over time is
one of the real pleasures of a business like this,' Scholtes said. Jan
Gietzel and her husband, Chuck, moved to a downtown condominium just
over a year ago from Madison's west side. 'We love to walk downtown,'
she said. 'A store like Capitol Kids is a great place to shop for our
grandchildren.'..."

Source: http://www.madison.com/tct/business/index.php?ntid=21440&ntpid=0
Archive search: http://www.madison.com/archives/advanced_search.php
Cost: No
Title: "Overture to shop"
Author: Susan Troller
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SUN CITY-HILTON HEAD (SC) CYCLIST KAREN HEITMAN HONORED

-> According to a Dec. 16th Carolina Morning News article, "Sun City
Hilton Head residents Al and Alice Cervini, Karen Heitman, Rich North,
Jo Stephey and Ed Wiler were recently named winners of the Board of
Directors Award. This was the second year the volunteer achievement
awards have been presented...Marty McMahon said Heitman has been active
in the Computer, Money Talks, Bird, Kayak and Forum clubs. 'But she is
best known for her strong advocacy for biking in the community, county
and state.'

"She is past president of the Sun City Cyclers Bicycle Club. In 2002,
she founded the Greater Bluffton Pathways, which works to connect
people and places in the Bluffton area with walkways and pathways.
Heitman successfully lobbied the state Department of Transportation to
widen shoulders along S.C. 170 south of the Broad River bridge to
accommodate bicyclists and to pave shoulders on S.C. 46. She developed
a program to donate 400 bike helmets to area children. She negotiated
with Del Webb to donate 10 acres to Bluffton for a trailhead...'In
terms of her leadership,' McMahon said, 'she is known for high
standards, keeping a cool head, sound reasoning and logic, and an
appreciation of the efforts of those working with her.'..."

Source: http://www.lowcountrynow.com/stories/121604/LOCsuncityawar.shtml
Archive search: http://www.lowcountrynow.com/search.shtml
Cost: No
Title: "Sun City volunteers recognized"
Author: Staff
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BROOKLYN PARK (MN) PED BRIDGE HONORED AT NLCC

-> According to a Dec. 16th Brooklyn Park Sun Post article, "A
pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park garnered an
American Crown Communities Award at the recent National League of
Cities Congress in Indianapolis. Originally named the Edinburgh Trail
Bridge, the structure was renamed Kara's Crossing last summer. This was
in memory of 11-year-old Kara Kavanaugh, who was killed in 1999 while
attempting to cross Highway 252 on her bike. At that time, plans were
in place to build a pedestrian bridge over the highway. As a result of
the accident, residents lobbied to move the proposed bridge closer to
the signalized crossing at 85th Avenue North.

"The accident prompted 'an outpouring of community activism,' according
to the American Crown Cities Award application. "Based on tremendous
community support, in December 2000, the Brooklyn Park City Council
approved a more visually appealing and functionally superior crossing
near the intersection of TH 252 and 85th Avenue North.' City officials
attending the National League conference accepted the award earlier
this month. 'It was an honor to receive the award on behalf of the
city,' City Councilman Rand Haglund said. Kris Kavanagh, Kara's mother,
was on hand last Monday when members of the City Council were presented
with the award. She said she took great pride in being part of the
bridge project and watching it come to fruition. 'So thank you very much,'
Kavanagh said..."

Source: http://www.mnsun.com/story.asp?city=Brooklyn_Park&story=149210
Archive search: http://www.mnsun.com/archive.asp?cat=ARCH
Cost: No
Title: "Highway 252 bridge honored for design"
Author: Staff
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AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE: HAZARDOUS TO IMMIGRANTS' HEALTH

-> According to a Dec. 15th Houston Chronicle article, "Long-term
exposure to American culture may be hazardous to immigrants' health.
A new study found that obesity is relatively rare in the foreign-born
until they have lived in the United States -- the land of drive-thrus,
remote controls and double cheeseburgers -- for more than 10 years.
Only 8 percent of immigrants who had lived in the United States for
less than a year were obese, but that jumped to 19 percent among those
who had been here for at least 15 years. That compared with 22 percent
of U.S.-born residents surveyed.

"The study, published in today's Journal of the American Medical
Association, shows the flip side of the American dream of finding a
better life in the land of plenty. 'Part of the American dream and sort
of life of leisure is that you also have some of the negative effects,
and obesity is one of the major side effects of the success of
technology and just having a life of leisure,' said co-author Dr.
Christina Wee of Harvard Medical School. 'It's a double-edged
sword.'..."

Source: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/health/2948689
Archive search: http://www.chron.com/content/archive/index.mpl
Cost: Yes
Title: "Moving to America may be hazardous to health"
Author: AP
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DEAR MR. CHRYSLER PACIFICA DRIVER...

-> In a Dec. 1 Washington Post op-ed piece, John Kelly writes, "Dear
Mr. Chrysler Pacifica Driver: You might recall, sir, that you almost
ran me over the other day when I was crossing the street. I think that
you somehow found me at fault for this near-collision. I think you felt
that there was something audacious about my desire to cross L Street NW
while you were trying to turn onto it from 16th Street.

"The misunderstanding arose, I think, in the brief glance that we
exchanged when the light turned green. You took my look to mean,
'Please, after you' Whereas I, fool that I was, thought that the
circumstances (a freshly illuminated walk sign) and my own body
language (stepping into the crosswalk and placing one foot in front of
the other in an action that we bipeds call "walking") made it clear
that I was going to go first.

"In fact, we exchanged two looks, didn't we? One when the light first
changed and I started to cross the street and another when I saw you
bearing down on me. This second look, I think, is actually the more
interesting one, because with it you telegraphed your impatience. With
just a look, you said, 'I know you are in the crosswalk, but I don't
think you want to argue with my 4,000 pounds of steel, rubber and
imitation wood grain.' And yet I kept walking, didn't I?..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23481-2004Nov30.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/search.html?nav=left
Cost: Yes
Title: "A Mere Pedestrian Complaint"
Author: John Kelly
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CHICAGO'S TALL BIKE HISTORY

"One hundred years ago, in the golden age of the bicycle, tallbikes
were a common sight in Chicago. When all the streets of the city were
lit by gaslight, the lamplighters made their way from pole to pole on
tall bicycles to repair and relight the gas mantles and replace the
glass globes from their high perches..."
http://www.rat-patrol.org/Archives/Eiffel.html

For more current history -- not to mention delightfully modern tall
bikes, sinister-looking choppers, plucky pack rats, and dainty pixie
bikes -- visit the rest of the Rat Patrol's website, starting here:
http://www.rat-patrol.org/


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

OF SPRAWL SCHOOLS AND SMALL SCHOOLS

-> "As students at Fairfield Senior High School in suburban Cincinnati
headed back to school this year, they got a message from the local
police: Don't even think about walking..."
http://www.realtor.org/sg3.nsf/Pages/winter05sprawl?OpenDocument

UTAH CITIES MAKE EFFORT TO BE EXERCISE-FRIENDLY

-> "Now, it seems even rising gas prices are conspiring to get people
to think in terms of 'walkable communities' and 'active community
environments'..."
http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2487008

WE'LL NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE OUR CHAIRS

-> "Such electronic instant-gratification devices as television and
videogames are cited for boosting obesity among America's youth. Now
the concerned may have a new target: library books..."
http://www.forbes.com/2004/12/14/1214autofacescan04.html

AUGUSTA (ME) HOSTS STATE SMART GROWTH MEETING

-> "Alan Caron, president of Grow- Smart Maine, a nonprofit
organization formed two years ago, said the complex problem of the
spread of sprawl requires action on many levels simultaneously and
must have public support to succeed..."
http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/1210880.shtml

ASHEVILLE (NC) PARKING CRITICS WANT BIKE, WALK FOCUS

-> "Building a $21 million parking deck downtown isn't the way the city
should promote alternative transportation for a cleaner, healthier
environment, say critics of a plan for the new structure in Battery
Park..."
http://www.citizen-times.com/cache/article/buncombe_news/72372.shtml

MORRISVILLE (PA) WATERFRONT GETS WALKABLE MAKEOVER

-> "There, the plan envisions opening up the Morrisville Borough
riverfront to public access, with new pedestrian and bicycle routes
along the entire waterfront from Bridge Street to Falls Township..."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13568497&BRD=1683&PAG=461&dept_id=40799&rfi=6

AFRICAN-AMERICANS ESPECIALLY AT RISK FOR OBESITY

-> "'Even correcting for obesity, African-Americans are slightly less
fit,' Lavie tells WebMD. 'Everyone in the country needs to be thinking
about their weight and their fitness. Our data support [that] this is
of even greater urgency in African-Americans.'..."
http://my.webmd.com/content/article/98/104764.htm

CYCLING PROF WINS 2004 NDSU DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AWARD

-> "Gary Clambey has logged a lot of miles during his 30 years at North
Dakota State University -- 47,200 miles, to be more precise..."
http://new.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=78171&section=Columnists&columnist=Higther%20Education%20notebook%20Mike%20Nowatzki

IT'S THAT FATTENING TIME OF YEAR

->"Children's physical fitness bottoms out this time of year, making it
all the more difficult for them to burn off those extra Christmas
cookie calories..."
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6712784/

NEW HONDA ACCORD V-6 HYBRID

-> "They even added pedestrian safety features, making the Hybrid the
safest car in its class to get hit by -- honest, I didn't make this
up..."
http://blog.inc.com/archives/2004/12/16/drives_honda_accord_v6_hybrid.html

EUREKA (CA) CITZENS, OFFICIALS DISAGREE ON STREET SAFETY

-> "Since last weeks accident which left Freshwater resident Erica
Upton in a coma, residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the
intersection on Harris and K streets are asking the city for some help
in making it safer..."
http://www.eurekareporter.com/Stories/fp-12160401.htm

GREENCASTLE (PA) TRAIL WORK TO BEGIN

-> "'When it's all said and done, it will be approximately 5 to 6 miles
long,' Thomas said..."
http://www.therecordherald.com/articles/2004/12/16/local_news/news02.txt


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

-> "TOWARD A NEW METROPOLIS"
Subtitled, "The Opportunity To Rebuild America;" Brookings Institution
report by Arthur C. Nelson, Dec. 2004
http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/20041213_rebuildamerica.htm

-> "NATIONAL POLICIES TO PROMOTE CYCLING"
Subtitled: "Implementing Sustainable Urban Travel Policies;"
European Conference of Ministers of Transport & OECD, 2004.
http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/7504101E.PDF

-> "PREVALENCE OF OVERWEIGHT, OBESITY, AND COMORBID CONDITIONS"
"...Among U.S. and Kentucky Adults, 2000-2002;" by Todd M. Jenkins,
MPH; Preventing Chronic Disease Vol. 2, No. 1, Jan. 2005.
http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2005/jan/pdf/04_0087.pdf

-> "CHILDHOOD OBESITY"
"...What We Can Learn from Existing Data on Societal Trends, Part 1;"
by Roland Sturm, PhD; Preventing Chronic Disease Vol. 2, No. 1, Jan.
2005.
http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2005/jan/pdf/04_0038.pdf


C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R

Note Additional training opportunities are available on the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Readers are encouraged to add
their own items as long as they pertain to training in the bicycle,
pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/training_resources/training_calendar.htm

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 27-28, 2005, Land Use Planning for Rail Transit Systems,
Madison, WI. Info: Prof. C. Allen Wortley, University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development,
432 N. Lake St. Madison, WI 53706; phone: (608) 262-0577; email:
<wortley@engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/webG598

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
egular 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>.



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