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#113 Friday, December 31, 2004


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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
2004 Highlights...
  Traverse City, MI
  Victoria, BC
  Massachusetts
  Alexandria, VA
  Portland, OR
  Missoula, MT
  New Jersey
  Mississauga, ON
  Marin County, CA
  Seattle, WA
  New York, NY
  Nashville, TN
  Olympia, WA
A few NCBW end-of-year reports...
  Bob Chauncey: Year End Comments
  Bill Wilkinson: A Brief Look Back ...
  Sharon Roerty: Looking Back/Going Forward
And an NCBW look ahead to 2005...

We now return to our previously scheduled program...
  Tennessee APA, ASLA, ITE to hold joint conference
  And... a future MUTCD committee member from Arizona?

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Philly Judge is in Pedestrians' Corner
  South Bend (IN) Youth Want Bike Lanes, More
 






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

2004 HIGHLIGHTS...

TRAVERSE CITY, MI

-> Missy Luyk: In Traverse City, Michigan, the TART Trails group
(Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc.) has had many
successes this year. The most prominent of those successes, is a
short multi-use trail connector. The connection allows trail users to
eliminate a dangerous highway connection along busy M-22 shoulders.
This project has been a long time in the making. Over seven years of
negotiating easements, funding and support, the connector was paved on
October 6, 2004. This short connector serves as a connection between
two trails; the TART Trail and the Leelanau Trail. Now that these
trails are connected, we now have a continuous 23-mile trail that
traverses both rural and urban environments. It is truly a treasure
worth waiting for!

Info: http://www.traversetrails.org/
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VICTORIA, BC

-> John Luton: The visit of 600 plus delegates to Victoria for the 2004
Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference accelerated new projects in the Victoria
area. Bike lanes and a neat design for transitioning from road to trail
were finished in time for the conference in September, along a route
connecting the airport to downtown. The local airport authority also
added bike lanes to their terminal access road and set up an assembly
station at the airport to help visiting and touring cyclists make their
journeys more seamless. Elsewhere, at least one local municipality
accelerated bike lane and trail projects to meet the conference
timetable. Victoria is trapped on an Island, and BC Ferries
co-sponsored (along with Norco Performance Bicycles and travel packager
bceh.com) a design competition to develop racks for the Ferries fleet.
Work is now underway to perfect proto-types for testing on board some
Ferries vessels in the summer of 2005. Local hosts also used the
occasion of the conference to develop a new downtown walking map for
Victoria. A popular item at the conference, organizers are putting
together a second edition.

Info: http://www.capitalbikeandwalk.org
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MASSACHUSETTS

Dorie Clark MassBike had two major accomplishments this year. In July,
we were instrumental in passing a bill requiring the Registry of Motor
Vehicles to update the Driver's Manual to include bike safety
information. When Governor Romney vetoed the bill, we led a successful
override effort, even drawing in Republican bike supporters who were
willing to buck party lines to support MassBike. In November, we
convinced the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to
dramatically increase bike access on the subway, bringing the agency --
which once had one of the most restrictive bike policies in the country
-- into line with most other cities.

Info: http://www.massbike.org/
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ALEXANDRIA, VA

-> Paul DeMaio: 2004 has been a good year for pedestrians and
bicyclists in Alexandria. We've built:

Descriptions and photos of these and other projects are available at:
http://www.AlexTrafficCalming.org
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PORTLAND, OR

-> Daniel Bohn: 2004 was a pretty amazing year for the Community
Cycling Center! We are proud of our many achievements to expand our
organization and meet the needs of the community. Here are a few of our
favorites.

-We recycled and reused enough material to fill at least 22 school
busses
-14,000 children and adults were served by our programs
-Our staff grew from 29 to 36 employees and interns
-We celebrated our 10th anniversary
-We opened a facility in Vancouver
-Low-income adults made 197,400 trips by bicycle through our Create a
Commuter Program

Info: http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/
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MISSOULA, MT

-> Phil Smith: The Missoula (MT) Bicycle Pedestrian Office launched a
3-year pedestrian safety campaign in spring 2004 with a four-part
approach. Signage: 126 bright blue-red-yellow signs were installed
throughout the city advising drivers: You Have the Power Stop for
Pedestrians; and 22 intersections were posted with similar signs for
pedestrians, advising them to Look Before Crossing. Media: All major
radio and TV stations ran spots, half of which were donated by the
media, for 3 months in spring and 2 months in the fall. Enforcement:
Police conducted 5 "pedestrian safety operations", commonly known as
pedestrian stings. These events were well covered by the media.
Newsletters: brief pedestrian safety articles were submitted to more
than 60 organizations' newsletters. It's too early to have data about
effectiveness of the campaign; anecdotally, the bike/ped office has
received dozens of comments from citizens that motorists are stopping
for pedestrians significantly more often.

Info: Phil Smith, <psmith@ci.missoula.mt.u>
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NEW JERSEY

-> Bettina Zimny: In July 2004, the New Jersey Dept. of Transportation
celebrated the completion of the New Jersey Statewide Bicycle and
Pedestrian Master Plan Update. Assistant Commissioner Dennis Keck was
on hand as other State agencies, County and MPO representatives, and
key stakeholders gathered for the unveiling of new analytical GIS tools
and planning documents designed to create a more bicycle and
pedestrian-friendly New Jersey. The Master Plan effort, led by NJDOT
and The RBA Group, produced:

Analytical elements of the Master Plan received a 2004 Outstanding
Paper Award from the TRB Committee on Pedestrians earlier this year,
earning national recognition as innovative advances in planning for
bicycling and walking.

Info: Bettina Zimny, <bzimny@rbagroup.com>
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MISSISSAUGA, ON

-> Catherine O'Brien: My latest work with the Centre for Sustainable
Transportation has been the development of 5 booklets on children's
health and transportation for municipal staff and politicians,
educators, public health professionals, parents, and children. The
booklets will be available by the end of March 2005. The Centre is also
developing child- and youth-friendly transportation and land use
planning guidelines for the province of Ontario. We aim to develop
guidelines for other provinces in Canada. I have been pursuing my
interest in the research on happiness and considering how it might be
applied to creating healthy, livable communities. My belief is that we
need to learn how to harmonize our internal and external landscapes. As
we develop our understanding of how to pursue authentic happiness we
may also learn how to create the kinds of cities and towns that Enrique
Penalosa refers to as "Cities of Joy". I am in the process of
developing a workshop package that will assist individuals and organiza
tions, in a variety of settings, to learn how to "practice happiness".

Info: http://www.cstctd.org/
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MARIN COUNTY, CA

Deb Hubsmith In November of 2004, voters in Marin County, California
approved Measure A, a 1/2 cent transportation sales tax which includes
major wins for bicycle and pedestrian transportation, as well as public
transit. Measure A will generate $331 million over the next 20 years
for local transportation projects, with $36 million (11.5%) being
earmarked for Safe Routes to Schools. The language in Measure A also
specifies that all transportation projects must consider the needs of
bicyclists and pedestrians -- this includes local roads, transit, and
even a highway project. Leading up to the election, it was uncertain if
Marin's Measure A would pass with the required 2/3 vote. Two weeks
before the election, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition kicked into high
gear with the campaign by organizing phone banking, holding rallies,

writing letters to the editor, and coordinating sign-holding at freeway
on-ramps during the morning of the vote. Measure A passed with 71% of
the vote, and bicyclists were acknowledged by elected officials for
putting the vote "over the top" through our energetic and effective
grassroots outreach.

Info:
http://www.marinbike.org/Campaigns/Infrastructure/MeasureAVictory.htm
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SEATTLE, WA

-> Julie Salathe: Group Health has generously agreed to sponsor the
Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation's youth programming for 2005
and 2006. The goal is to teach kids to ride safely and develop skills
that will continue with them into adulthood -- skills that are
components of a healthy, active and environmentally-friendly lifestyle.
Cascade has hired a half-time youth program coordinator to run the
Group Health Basics of Bicycling in Seattle elementary schools as well
as the summer Group Health Bicycle Camps for Kids. In the Basics of
Bicycling program, kids get hands-on bicycle safety lessons during a
two week period in their gym classes. Cascade's long-time goal has been
to build child and youth bicycle education into a broader regional
program. Our planned program exemplifies Group Health's goal of
"promoting cycling as a healthy lifestyle activity" and it fulfills
Cascade's community-building ideals as well. By providing bicycle
education on a broader scale to kids, we can help kids become competent
bicycle drivers as well as healthy and active adults.

Info: http://www.cascade.org/Home/
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NEW YORK, NY

-> Noah Budnick: Transportation Alternatives and thousands of Central
Park users rejoiced last week when the Mayor took a historic step
towards returning Central Park's Loop Drive to a safe and healthy place
to play, exercise and escape -- in other words making it more like a
park and less like a highway. Responding to increasing public pressure,
the Departments of Transportation and Parks & Recreation announced the
following:

-Cars will only be allowed in the park 7 to 10 am and 3 to 7 pm
-Five entrances permanently closed to cars and reclaimed
-25 mph speed limit on park drives (formerly 30 mph)
-High Occupancy Vehicle restriction during the morning rush hour on the
Park's West Drive

Info: http://www.transalt.org/press/askta/041203cfcp.html
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NASHVILLE, TN

-> Mason St. Clair: With only 20 respondents going strong, Mason's WIRE
DONKEY Bike Zine puts a country-wide group of cyclists together. Some
do their own mech work. while some use a local shop. Many of these
cyclists are commuters with a long history of bike commuting behind
them. They offer up twice monthly tips and news. Bob Lafay sends those
neat "Biker Biff" cartoons; Chip Haynes commutes by bike in Florida and
offers loads of neat advice and tips; John Mansour, a bike lawyer gives
great advice about biking here and abroad; Gary Riggs takes his bikes
to a shop, but continues to slog through those wintry commutes in Ann
Arbor, Michigan; Cathy Dion, knows about those Michigan winters, but
commutes by bike and enjoys sunny California now; Marty Cooperman found
out you could go to sleep on a bike!; and on the list goes and grows.
As Chip says, "Keep your bike friends pumped!".

Info: Mason St. Clair, <masonbike@aol.com>
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OLYMPIA, WA

-> Jim Lazar: On September 14, 2004, voters in Olympia, Washington
approved a tax increase dedicated to parks and sidewalk funding.
Beginning in 2005, the 3% increase in bills for electricity, natural
gas, and telephone service will provide about $2 million per year for
parks and off-street hiking trail acquisition, development, and
operation, plus $1 million per year for sidewalk construction and
maintenance. The sidewalk funding will allow for a five-fold increase
in the rate of sidewalk development in existing neighborhoods in
Olympia (all newly developed neighborhoods already include developer
requirements for curb, gutter, sidewalks, planter strips, and street
lighting). The city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has
prepared a prioritized list of sidewalk projects, and construction will
begin in earnest in the summer of 2005. The ballot measure was
motivated by Olympians for a Livable Community: Parks, Open Space, and
Sidewalks, a joint campaign effort of parks and open space advocates
and pedestrian advocates. The measure passed with a 57% majority.

Info: Jim Lazar, <jimlazar@cheerful.com>
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AND NOW, FOR A FEW NCBW END OF YEAR REPORTS...

BOB CHAUNCEY: YEAR END COMMENTS

-> My first thought when asked to jot down my impressions of 2004 was
to create a litany of accomplishments, much like those year-end letters
we receive from friends and family. I began to recall several:

Yet it soon became obvious that the fondest memories of the year
involved interactions with many people who were excited about helping
to transform their communities; and interactions with many others who
were initially skeptical about this whole bike- and ped-friendly
concept, but who began to come around. In general, it's the people I
remember, and their multiple examples of energy and kindness. Let me
just cite a few. I'll not mention specific names, for fear of
forgetting and thereby slighting others. In no particular order:

As many of you know, I am now in my third career. While careers one and
two were often rewarding, I can honestly say that this is the best one
yet. What a joy to work with fine, dedicated people on moving our world
closer to such a laudatory goal.

Happy Holidays!
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BILL WILKINSON: A BRIEF LOOK BACK ...

-> On this very cold, December evening, I'll pause and do a bit of
reflecting on the year that is closing. A year of troubles and
troubling events, sadness and loss, ... and of wonderful moments, and
people, and places, and kindnesses, and the myriad of little things
that make it exciting to wake up each morning.

I think I'll go with the good stuff ... and, unlike Bob, I'll name some
names as I give thanks and tip my hat to:

The two major agencies (NIH and Maryland SHA) for giving attention to
some much-needed, minor changes to a major intersection so that there
are now good ramps at the ends of all of the marked crosswalks. Thank
folks!

The boundless energy and enthusiasm that Sue Knaup brings to the
Thunderhead Alliance, bike and ped advocacy, and to life!

The passion and politics of Chicago that Randy Neufeld shares with us
all.

The astoundingly erudite, witty, and eclectic posts of Dwight
Kingsberry to the various lists that I read (and who knows where else)!

The determination of Michael Ronkin to get things right.

The commitment and persistence of the many local advocates -- for
example, some of my buddies named "Bill" in Maryland: Bill Kelly, Bill
Smith, Bill Bronrott, and John Overstreet (even if he isn't named
"Bill"!) -- who keep pushing at it seemingly every day, year after year,
and as a consequence, change the world.

The poise and wisdom of Ricci Olken, who like his father before him,
has given so much to promote and encourage bicycling.

The thoughts and words of Enrique Penalosa and Catherine O'Brien for
reminding many of us that is isn't really "about the bike" or the
design speed, or the sidewalk width, but rather it is all about joy and
happiness ... and children.

The all the effort of Bruce Burgess and Mary Alice Rath to once more
help us produce a Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference that worked well, played
well, and that fed us well.

The determination and dedication of Anne Canby, Kevin McCarty, and all
the other people who have made the STPP a real player in the
transportation policy game.

Long-time friend Kit Keller who sets such a high standard for all of us
in her quest to do the job the way it should be done.

The energy of the road warriors -- Pete Lagerwey, Charlie Gandy, Dan
Burden, and Mark Fenton -- for helping us all spread the word, and bring
light and hope to the huddled masses ....

The hundreds of people who, in there desire to share their experiences
and insight, make John Williams' task of putting together the
conference program for Pro Walk/Pro Bike an "insurmountable
opportunity."

Our friends to the north -- the "eh?" people -- for their hospitality,
for challenging us with their wonderful cities and stunning
accomplishments, and for showing up at the conference in such numbers
as to make it the biggest ever. And, a special thanks to John Luton!

The board and members of the apbp for seizing the opportunity to honor
John Williams for his many, amazing contributions to this field of ours
and for his wonderful sense of play that has helped define it.

The many people, and I do mean many -- including Barbara McCann, Nils
Eddy, and Gary MacFadden -- who help me in one way or another to
finally complete A Plan for Active Community Environments (for the CDC).

To Tedson Meyers who has chaired this little organization since the
beginning (1977) and who again was on hand for our conference (as he
has been each and every time since it began in 1980) to exhort us on to
greater glories.

And, for the support I got -- big-time -- from the people I have the
great, good fortune to work with on the staff of the NCBW -- Gary, Bob,
Sharon, John, Mark, and Corey -- and them that I work for: the NCBW's
Board of Directors. I wouldn't have made it through this one without
you. My most humble thanks.
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SHARON ROERTY: LOOKING BACK/GOING FORWARD

->This time last year I was saying good bye to my NJ friends and
colleagues and hello to my new organization and the big wide world
beyond the Garden State. Fortunately for me there was no good-bye and
my NJ friends have continued to provide me with encouragement, stories,
links, questions, work and most importantly truth; thank you to all of
them (too many to name) for giving me wings and a nest.

As my first year at NCBW comes to a close -- here is my story. I first
met Bill Wilkinson in 2000 in Philly at ProBike/ProWalk and to steal a
line from one of my favorite movies -- "he had me at hello." Bill has a
fire in his belly that 20 years ago would have scared the heck out of
me. Now, that fire challenges me as it does "my brothers." Bill has a
passion for what he does like none other that I've ever experienced.
"The Brothers" are my new extended family -- you know them as Gary (the
tall/clever one), Bob (the smart/handsome one), John (the wise one),
Mark (the cunning one) and Corey (the technical one). What remains
invisible to most of you, but not to us, is our Board of Directors --
they are supportive, encouraging, spirited. They provide confidence and
complicity in the mission.

Inspiration this year came from Catherine O'Brien who at the PW/PB
conference coached us all on the value of happiness and how we can
build it into our communities. Catherine introduced us to 9-year old
Henry Orsini, who reminded us all that we shouldn't plan for kids
without planning with kids. The Walkable Community Workshops introduced
me to local champions like Julie Sparks, Don Burrell, and Mohammed
Nouri. Coast to coast I have found much that has been done and much
needs to be done. I am encouraged and inspired by a growing cadre of
people who are motivated to facilitate change; people like Deb Spicer
(NY Healthy Heart), Kit Hodge (Transportation Alternatives), Jennifer
Hill (Groundwork Somerville), Lynne Drake (Wa. Traffic Safety
Commission), all the folks involved in RWJF Active Living Programs, and
of course Pete Lagerwey (Seattle DOT) who shows us all how to get it
done.

Two big projects for me this year included the SRTS Institute, with
over 100 people in attendance, this program made possible by all of the
speakers and participants, was a huge success (very special thanks to
Dave Parisi and Jackie Kennedy). In the past year, Gary and I have been
working on a project that will soon see the light of day -- the all new
Active Living Resource Center with resources and tools targeted
specifically to grass roots groups. The centerpiece of the ALRC will be
a web site that we hope will become a hitching post for community
activists that are striving to create more pedestrian and bicycle
friendly communities. Personally, I completed a one-year leadership
seminar (Leadership New Jersey) -- it has been a transformative
experience.

Looking back it's been a very full year and I am where I think I am
supposed to be. Many people, my family included, are somewhat mystified
by my "work" in walking and bicycling. How could walking and bicycling
be work? My attempts to explain what I do are frequently met with a
quizzical retort, "Oh so you build trails." To which I reply, "No, not
really." I like to think that what I and my brothers do is build
community. I also would say that what we all do is more of a mission
than a job. At 43 I am still naive (and perhaps foolish) enough to say
that I want to change the world.

Our quality of life and indeed our longevity is implicitly affected by
how we react, respond, relate and navigate our neighborhoods. And while
I very much enjoy my work, especially when I witness positive change, a
little piece of me dies every time I hear about another child,
restaurant worker, the mom, the dad, the brother, the senior citizen
that became road kill the night before. I am working to make the
routine accommodation of pedestrians and bicycles a reality; to create
equity in transportation; to stop the indifference to pedestrian and
cycling fatalities; and yes, to change the world.
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BILL WILKINSON: A LOOK AHEAD TO 2005

As one chapter ends another begins. So, for myself, for the staff and
board, and for all of you, here are some of the issues and activities
that I expect the NCBW will engage with as we turn the pages of the
coming year:

As always, over the course of the year we will likely add new projects
to this list. Watch CenterLines for news about these and other
initiatives. And, feel free to contact us if you want to learn more
about how you and your community can partner with us.


WE NOW RETURN TO OUR PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM...

TENNESSEE APA, ASLA, ITE CONF. CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> According to a note from Kelley Segars, the Tennessee chapters of
the American Planning Assn., the American Society of Landscape
Architects, and the Tennessee Section of the Inst. of Transportation
Engineers will hold a joint annual conference September 21-23, 2005 in
Knoxville, TN. The theme: "Looking Back, Moving Forward."

Call for proposals: Proposals can be for a single presenter, or for a
panel of speakers and are due Feb. 18, 2005.

Info: http://www.knoxmpc.org/conference/callprop.doc
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AND...A FUTURE MUTCD COMMITTEE MEMBER FROM ARIZONA?

-> Richard Moeur recently sent us a note to say that he and his wife,
Suzanne Carlisle, have just welcomed a new baby boy, Duncan Alexander
Moeur, to the family. Born on December 22nd, he weighs in at 9lb-13oz
and we're told he's already working on the 2020 MUTCD revision.
Congrats to all!

For a photo, go to:
http://members.aol.com/rcmoeur/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"In the city of Tehran converting the downtown business district into a
more walkable area by reducing the number of traffic lanes, converting
to angled parking, and reducing the speed limit can increase access by
automobile (due to more convenient parking) attracts pedestrian
activity and increase safety."

--Morteza Aminmansour
http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_5150.shtml


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

NOTE Due to the length of this issue's Features section, most of the
news items appear in abbreviated form in the Quick Hits section...

PHILLY JUDGE IS IN PEDESTRIANS' CORNER

-> According to a Dec. 24th Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Once again,
Judge Matthew D. Carrafiello has come to the rescue of a sadly
vanishing species: the forsaken Philadelphia pedestrian. The Common
Pleas Court judge caught our attention in May when he invalidated the
zoning for a mega-skyscraper because it would overwhelm Chestnut
Street's sidewalks. Then two weeks ago, he ruled again on behalf of the
slow-footed ambler when he barred the Philadelphia Parking Authority
from tearing down a trio of historic buildings to make way for a
500-car garage on Rittenhouse Square. The demolitions, he concluded,
would be the beginning of the end for the gracious, walkable
Rittenhouse-Fitler Historic District.

"On the surface, these rulings deal with zoning code and historic
preservation issues rather than pedestrian rights. But it's hard to
miss Carrafiello's underlying passion for protecting the simple act of
walking down the street. It grounds his opinions, and reflects a deeply
humane worldview. At a time when the Street administration and its
planning, zoning and historic boards are often willing to jettison
anything old for anything new and then call it economic development,
the judge has become the city's planning conscience..."

Source: http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/living/home/10488539.htm
Archive search: http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Changing Skyline - Protecting buildings, and pedestrians"
Author: Inga Saffron
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SOUTH BEND (IN) YOUTH WANT BIKE LANES, MORE

-> -> According to a Dec. 20th South Bend Tribune article, "Young
adults enjoy the South Bend/Mishawaka area's cost of living and
educational opportunities but think the community could do much more to
attract and retain young residents. Those are the results of a recent
online survey compiled by the Bend Area Service & Social Club, an
organization of area adults in their 20s and 30s. The BASS Club survey
asked what characteristics make for a good quality of life and how the
community could be improved...Most of the survey takers -- 43 percent
-- reported they were in their late 20s. The next largest group -- 25
percent -- were in their early 30s.

"Ideas survey takers listed for improving the community include:
loft-style housing downtown, bike lanes, walkable neighborhoods,
expanded public transportation, a high-speed train to Chicago..The goal
of the survey, Cressy said, was to prompt young people to think about
what is possible for the future of the South Bend area. When the survey
results are compiled, highlights will be posted on the club's Web site
(http://www.bass-club.com).

Source:
https://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2004/12/20/local.20041220-sbtMARS-B3-Young_adults_offer.sto
Archive search: http://www.southbendtribune.com/search
Cost: Yes
Title: "Young adults offer input to improve the area"
Author: Margaret Fosmoe
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BELLEVILLE (IL) MAN DEVOTED TO BLUEBIRDS

-> "In 1999, [Henry] Winter and Proud Partners, a nonprofit community
betterment organization in Belleville, started working on placing 40
bluebird houses along a bicycle trail parallel to the MetroLink light
rail in Belleville..."
http://www.belleville.com/mld/newsdemocrat/10519788.htm


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

NOT TOO LATE: WRITE OFF $76K OF THAT NEW $110K HUMMER!

-> "That's enough for some small businesses to erase their entire
year's profit, legally dodging both income tax and self-employment
taxes..."
http://www.aiada.org/article.asp?id=29835&cat=Government

MAINE DOT WORKS TO PROTECT HISTORIC, VARIED ROUTE 1

-> "The differences are why state transportation department officials
have such high hopes for an innovative new project called Gateway 1,
designed to preserve Route 1 in midcoast Maine as a scenic, functional
highway.
http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/041220route1.shtml

WATERLOO (IA) REBUILDS RATH NEIGHBORHOOD

"...[Resident David Deeds] envisions a neighborhood where cars aren't
necessary to get to important places. A key component of his plan is
the Vision Iowa-funded Riverfront Renaissance Project, which will
include a river walk and connecting trails along both sides of the
Cedar River, from First Street to 18th Street..."
http://www.wcfcourier.com/articles/2004/12/28/news/top_story/578cd570377a334886256f78004d5665.txt

HONOLULU PLANS $4.5 PED/BIKE ACCESS PROJECT
-> "The plans call for building new mile-long, 6-foot-wide bicycle
lanes in both directions and a 5-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of
the park's entryway, according to a draft environmental assessment the
city has filed with the state Office of Environmental Quality
Control..."
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Dec/29/ln/ln20p.html

HARVARD STUDY: EXERCISE 'CAN'T END OBESITY RISK'

-> "A study of more than 116,000 women nurses found physical activity
did not totally compensate for the higher death risk associated with
being obese..."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4120259.stm

LANSING (MI) PARENTS FIGHT WALKABLE SCHOOL CLOSURES

-> "'The east side has been blessed with a neighborhood school for a
long time,' said Kibbey, whose offices are located across the street
from Allen Street Elementary School. 'There's a value to that. It is a
walkable neighborhood.'..."
http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041217/NEWS05/412170332/1001/news

OBESE CHILDREN IN "FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES"

-> "Children aren't moving. Riding a bicycle or walking to school is
almost unheard of..."
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,600100119,00.html

A NEW DAY BEGINS FOR NEW CASSEL (NY)

-> "The New Cassel Revitalization project represents some $58 million
of public and private investment in the community and approximately
263,500 square feet of mixed-use development, which will include 238
residential dwelling units..."
http://www.antonnews.com/westburytimes/2004/12/24/news/


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-> "KANSAS CITY WALKABILITY PLAN"
City of Kansas City, Missouri; March, 2003
http://www.kcmo.org/planning.nsf/plnpres/walkability?opendocument

-> "REGIONAL BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN, AND TRAILS MASTER PLAN"
Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Nov. 2004 Draft.
http://www.sacog.org/bikeinfo/download_bike_ped_trails_mp.cfm


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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 18-21, 2005, Towards Carfree Cities V, Budapest, Hungary. Info:
Judit Madarassy, email: <madarassy@levego.hu> (put "TCFC V" in subject
line).
http://www.worldcarfree.net/

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/


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-> JOB -- BIKE/PED ENV. PLANNER -- BURLINGTON VT
This position is responsible for transportation planning for the
integration of bicycle and pedestrian needs in transportation
infrastructure. This position is also responsible for development and
implementation of environmental education programs for the residents of
Burlington. Rate of pay: $741.73/week. Deadline to apply: January 21,
2005.

Full job listing:
http://www.hrjobs.ci.burlington.vt.us/positions/dpwbike.html


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