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


Issue #87 Friday, January 2, 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
  Chicagoland Bike Fed Helps Wauconda Lift School Bike Ban
  A New Look to the NCBW's Line-Up
  Virginia DOT Releases Draft Bike/Ped Policy for Comment
  Effective Health Messages Don't Preach, Ad Exec Says
  TRB Annual Meeting to Highlight Trans. Bill Reauthorization
  TRB to Hold Conference on Women's Transportation Issues
  Please Help With Phase II Of NCBW'S State DOT Scan
  Public Health & Environment Conference Call for Abstracts
  "Increasing Physical Activity" Guides Back In Stock
  Media Can Play Positive Role in Obesity Fight
  Presentation Proposals Deadline for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  CBS' Early Show Features Walking School Bus Story
  Florida Obesity Task Force Approves Recommendations
  NY State Spares Rod for Those Who Kill with Cars
  E. Hartford (CT) Hits Obesity with Multicultural Approach
  Port Washington (WI) to Build $1.2M Bike/Ped Bridge
  Montgomery Twp (NJ) Walkable Development Moves Ahead
  $60M Colony (TX) Development Mixes Trails, Housing, Shops
  New MD Subdivision Provides No Safe School Connections
  New Waltham (MA) Mayor Sees Walkable Future
  South Kingstown (RI) to Get Traffic Circle
  Des Plaines (IL) Working On Bike/Ped-Friendly Redevelopment
  Creating an Open Space Tapestry of Well-Connected Spaces




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

CHICAGOLAND BIKE FED HELPS WAUCONDA LIFT SCHOOL BIKE BAN

-> According to an article by Steven Boimein the Dec/Jan issue of
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's Bike Traffic newsletter, "Rack up a
win for Wauconda school children! That's 'rack,' as in the bike racks
that will soon be restored to Wauconda's grade, middle and high
schools. Rack up a win for their parents, the school administration,
village officials and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation as well...

"Wauconda hit the news in August when bicycle racks disappeared from
its grade school without notice. Concerned parent Jose Pineiro learned
that Wauconda Community Unit School District #118 had implemented a ban
on bicycles at the school without any public input or discussion. The
decision was based on a car/bike crash that occurred near the high
school...Pineiro began a campaign to rally other parents against the
ban. He also called Dave Glowacz.

"Glowacz, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's Director of
Education...offered the Federation's services in conducting a Safe
Routes to School program at no charge to the community. The school
board accepted the offer and established a Safe Routes task force...
More than 30 people served on the task force, including school
administrators and principals, Village of Wauconda staff, two school
board members, a village trustee, the police chief, a number of parents
and Glowacz and me representing the Federation...

"Once at the table, everyone quickly agreed that traffic safety around
the schools was much more than a bicycle problem...The Federation
developed a set of parent and student questionnaires...volunteers
conducted traffic counts at various points around the three schools,
and the school's transportation director videotaped traffic from the
perspective of a bus driver. Additionally, the district's risk
management consultant performed his own on-the-scene review.

"The data clearly showed that many kids, especially in the lower
grades, want to walk and bike to school, but both students and parents
are very concerned about traffic, especially around the schools...Based
on its findings, the task force recommended to the school board the
following changes:

"On November 13, the school board voted 5-1 to implement the Safe
Routes Task Force's recommendations, and formally requested the
village's cooperations with the task force's suggestions that lay
outside school jurisdiction...The Federation's Glowacz sees success in
repealing Wauconda's bike ban as a 'coming out party' for Safe Routes
to School. 'We learned a lot,' says Glowacz. 'And we gained a lot of
credibility that will open some doors for us.'...

"Where to next? We've hired long-time member and Bike Traffic
contributor Jeff Balch to complete a comprehensive report of all
suburban school districts to identify where bike bans exist. We'll make
his report available in January 2004. And we suburban coordinators have
begun offering the Safe Routes to School program to communities..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.biketraffic.org/biketraffic/BT1203_0104/
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A NEW LOOK TO THE NCBW'S LINE-UP

-> With the end of 2003, the NCBW bids farewell to two long-time staff
members, and begins 2004 with two new members on the team.

After more than 15 years with us, Bruce Burgess, our Director of Special
Projects, is making room for some new activities in his day. Over the
years, Bruce has managed some of our most extensive planning projects
including the regional bike plan for Buffalo, NY, and the Vermont Bicycle
and Pedestrian Planning and Design Guide. Now, he and his wife, Mary Alice
Rath, have bought a second home on the Northern Neck of Virginia so
that Bruce will have easy access to the extensive collection of maritime
artifacts, photos, and documents collected over nearly three quarters
of a century by his father, Robert,who passed away last year; Bruce
plans to catalog the entire collection. Bruce, who has managed our
Pro Bike/Pro Walk conferences since 1996, will continue to work with
us as a consultant; his first task will be to manage the Pro Walk/Pro
Bike 2004 conference in Victoria this coming fall.

Peter Moe began working with the NCBW when he was still a college student.
Over the past 10 years he’s developed a broad competency in all things related
to bicycle and pedestrian programs, and more recently, public health issues.
He moves on to his next adventure having established himself as a certified
planner who has lead local planning studies, supervised video productions,
written and edited publications, developed and presented training, managed
conferences and conference programs, and recently helped create our Walkable
Community Workshop (WCW) program. Pete, too, plans to continue to work with
the NCBW as a consultant and will serve as a lead instructor for several of
this year’s WCW presentations.

This past summer, Bob Chauncey joined the NCBW staff; his title is now
Director for Research. Bob is currently on his third career. He began
his professional life as a sociologist, getting his PhD from the
University of Minnesota, and teaching full and part-time for several
years. Career number two was in various Human Resources capacities
with GE and Lockheed Martin. After taking a year off to clear his head,
and wander the country with his wife, Lynne, Bob began career number
three about four years ago as a bike-ped advocate. He worked for Maryland’s
statewide advocacy group as their first paid executive director, spent
about a year as an independent consultant, and then joined the NCBW.
He coauthored “Are We there Yet?” (a report on state DOT policies) and
a forthcoming report, “Getting Around Town” (a study of MPO bike/ped
program), and now manages the NCBW’s Walkable Communities Workshop
program. Bob works out of his home office in Chestertown, MD, and is an
avid cyclist, an amateur thespian, and a very proud husband, father,
and grandfather.

With the start of the new year, we welcome Sharon Roerty to the NCBW staff
as Director for Community Programs. Sharon has 20 years of environmental,
community and transportation planning experience in the NY/NJ metropolitan
area. Most recently, as a Senior Project Manager at the Voorhees Transportation
Center, she directed the Pedestrian and Bicycle Resource Project for the New
Jersey DOT and the New Jersey Walks & Bikes! pilot program for The Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation. She has chaired the Statewide Pedestrian Task
Force, and the New Jersey Bicycle Advisory Council, and serves on the
New Jersey Council of Physical Fitness & Sports. Sharon was previously
with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (the fourth largest
MPO in the nation), where she directed the development of the multi-billion
dollar capital program and project prioritization. She also spent several
years in the consulting business working on environmental impact statements
and land use suitability studies. She has a Master of City and Regional
Planning Degree from Rutgers University. She is a certified planner, holds
a Professional Planners license in the State of New Jersey, and is a member
of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. In 2004 Sharon
will be a Leadership New Jersey Fellow. Sharon will work out of her home
office in her hometown of Maplewood, New Jersey where she is a member of
the Transportation Committee, coaches a girls travel soccer team, and
otherwise spends as much time as she can with children, Van and Mary,
and husband, Barry.

So, with all of these changes in place, the staff line-up at the NCBW now
looks like this:

Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director
Gary MacFadden, Staff Director
Bob Chauncey, Director for Research
Sharon Roerty, Director for Community Programs
John Williams, Senior Project Manager and Editor of CenterLines
Corey Twyman, IT Specialist
Mark Plotz, Program Assistant
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VIRGINIA DOT RELEASES DRAFT BIKE/PED POLICY FOR COMMENT

-> According to Allen Muchnick, President of the Virginia Bicycling
Federation, "VDOT has just released a draft of its proposed new policy
for accommodating bicycling and walking for public comment through
January, and members of the General Assembly must hear that bicyclists
strongly support this new policy. [But we] still seek some additional
policy reforms plus mechanisms for effective implementation (including
the establishment of regional VDOT bicycle and pedestrian advisory
committees and more state funding of priority bike and ped projects)."

To learn more about the draft policy, go to:
http://www.virginiadot.org/infoservice/bk-policyinfo.asp
For more about the Virginia Bicycling Federation, go to:
http://vabike.org/
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EFFECTIVE HEALTH MESSAGES DON'T PREACH, AD EXEC SAYS

-> According to an article in the Dec. 23rd edition of HABIT, "Public
health professionals have to learn what people need for health, find
ways to get it to people and then persuade them to change individual
behavior, said advertising executive Chris Jones at a Dec. 1 symposium
on behavior and public health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public
Health. 'Scaring people has only a short-term effect,' said Jones,
former CEO of the J. Walter Thompson Company.'Panic often subsides into
complacency.'

"Jones said that an effective public health message has to be simple,
can't preach and must offer more information so the audience can follow
up...To break through the clutter and din, a public health
communications strategy must identify which behaviors can be affected
by communications, Jones said. Then 'however difficult it seems' health
and communications professionals must collaborate to simplify the
message to make it persuasive for mass audiences..."

For more about "HABIT," the e-newsletter of the Center for the
Advancement of Health, go to:
http://www.cfah.org/habit/
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TRB ANNUAL MEETING TO HIGHLIGHT TRANS. BILL REAUTHORIZATION

-> According to an article in the Dec. 23rd Transportation Research
Board News, "Americans have relied extensively on the gas tax to fund
transportation infrastructure construction and improvements. It is
commonly held that future reliance on the gas tax will not provide
sufficient resources to maintain the quality and safety of the
transportation system. The TRB 83rd Annual Meeting will place a
spotlight on funding through a broad range of sessions and workshops
that will examine current and future finance options, road pricing,
demand management, economic development strategies, and classical
economic analysis..."

For more information, go to:
http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=2230
The 83rd TRB Annual Meeting will be held in Washington DC, Jan. 11-15,
2004. For more on the conference, go to:
http://www4.trb.org/trb/annual.nsf
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TRB TO HOLD CONFERENCE ON WOMEN'S TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

-> According to another article in the Dec. 23rd issue of TRB News,
"TRB is sponsoring a Conference for Research on Women's Transportation
Issues on November 18-20, 2004, in Chicago, Illinois. The Conference is
designed to identify research and data necessary to make informed
policy choices on mobility, security, and safety as they relate to
women."

For more info, go to:
http://gulliver.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=2224
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PLEASE HELP WITH PHASE II OF NCBW's STATE DOT SCAN

-> As was announced in the last issue (CenterLines #86), the NCBW has
begun Phase II of its State DOT Scan project. We've had quite a response
considering the holidays, but we're still hoping for more CenterLines
readers to take a hand in determining how we approach this project.

Here's how you can take part. We've posted a description of how we're
thinking about organizing the procedures at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm

Download and review the .pdf (131k) and then follow the link that
appears with the article to our online NCBW Forum discussion about
the State DOT Scan.

The objective for this Phase II of our scan is to look at
what the agencies are really doing to accommodate pedestrians and
bicyclists in highway projects. We will accomplish this by encouraging
local advocates, state bike-ped coordinators, APBP and ITE members,
public health officials, and members of the general public to
participate in an assessment of at least a sample of recent state
projects. We will provide a tool and a methodology for conducting this
post-project review and assessment and encourage meetings with
appropriate State DOT staff to discuss the findings. We really want
and need your comments, feedback, and suggestions.

As additional background, you can download a copy of the Phase I
(AWTY) report on the same NCBW Forum articles page:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm
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PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

-> According to an article in the Dec. 31st issue of the CDC Physical
Activity newsletter, "The American Public Health Association's CALL FOR
ABSTRACTS for the 2004 Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, DC on
November 6-10, is now open for submissions. We invite you to submit
your abstract and assist APHA in continuing to provide the highest
quality public health educational programming.

"Abstracts are welcome in any area of public health, including those
that incorporate the meeting theme of 'Public Health and the
Environment.' The deadlines for abstract submission is between February
2-6, 2004 depending on which Section, Special Interest Group (SPIG) or
Caucus you submit to. A complete list of deadlines is available on the
APHA web site. The submission deadline is at MIDNIGHT on the due date
as listed on the Call for Abstracts."

Abstracts will be accepted through the APHA web site:
http://www.apha.org/meetings
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"INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY" GUIDES BACK IN STOCK

-> NCBW's ever-popular booklet, "Increasing Physical Activity Through
Community Design -- A Guide for Public Health Practitioners" has just
been reprinted and is now back in stock. Some 20,000 copies of the 48-pg.
booklet, first released in May 2002, are now in print; thousands more
have been downloaded as .pdf files from the NCBW website. Don't be
frightened off by the "Public Health Practioners" phrase in the title.
Many bike/ped advocates, elected officials, and planners have told us
they've found the booklet invaluable for getting local people on board
for making changes in community design that will decrease barriers to
walking and bicycling. You can request the free booklet using the
online form at:

http://www.bikewalk.org/PubHealth.htm

Also at that URL you can link to the downloadable version of the
booklet if you just can't wait for the mail.
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MEDIA CAN PLAY POSITIVE ROLE IN OBESITY FIGHT

-> According to another article in the Dec. 23rd edition of HABIT,
"Couch potato time in front of the television and its endless
commercials for high-fat, high-sugar foods are two common evils cited
often by childhood obesity researchers. But health advocates can and
should use the media to their advantage in the fight against fat,
according to speakers at a Dec. 9 Institute of Medicine workshop.
Television can teach positive as well as negative lessons, said Neal
Baer, M.D., an executive producer who has worked on shows like ER and
Law and Order: SVU. Baer cited a recent Health Affairs study of an ER
episode about human papilloma virus and cervical cancer.

"Surveys showed that significantly more viewers knew about the link
between HPV and cervical cancer after the episode aired. 'When you
translate that to 40 million viewers, you're really saying something,'
Baer said. Baer suggested that storylines about obesity would be 'quite
easy' to incorporate into television programs, even in the face of
advertising that may tempt viewers to eat more. 'Advertising is what is
paying for these shows, but we are very independent in terms of what we
show,' he said. Baer said that media messages alone might not change
behavior, but could provide some of the health knowledge necessary to
make positive changes..."

To listen to the workshop webcast, go to
http://www.iom.edu/event.asp?id=16821
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PRESENTATION PROPOSAL DEADLINE FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE

John Williams, director of programming for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004
Conference to be held in Victoria, British Columbia, has announced
that proposals for presentations will be due by February 15, 2004.
He notes that he has already received a number of proposals covering
a wide range of topics that speak to the conference theme: Creating
Active Communities.

To learn more about submitting a presentation proposal, visit:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/paper_submissions.htm
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"There is no such thing as a freeway. Freeways are tax roads. There are
tax roads and there are toll roads,"

-- Ric Williamson, Texas Transportation Commission
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/7529608.htm


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

CBS' EARLY SHOW FEATURES WALKING SCHOOL BUS STORY

-> According to a Dec. 24th CBS Early Show story, "'In in my day, we
had to walk a mile to school - uphill, both ways.' There may be some
truth -- and a lesson -- to that old joke. Today, only 13 percent of
kids walk to school, down from 66 percent 30 years ago. And now, The
Early Show Correspondent Tracy Smith reports, there's an effort afoot
to bring those days back.

"Mornings at the Wilson house in Indiana, Pa., are like clockwork as
Valerie Wilson wakes up her kids. Sometimes, the clock is a little slow
as there usually is a sleepyhead in the household. Eventually, the kids
are up and dressed, breakfast is made, lunches packed and they're off.
But instead of getting on the bus, Sam and Becky Wilson are the bus,
part of what's called 'a walking school bus,' a group of kids and
adults who go to school together every day on foot..."

Source:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/12/18/earlyshow/contributors/tracysm
ith/main589283.shtml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Take The Walking School Bus"
Author: Tracy Smith
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FLORIDA OBESITY TASK FORCE APPROVES RECOMMENDATIONS

-> According to a Dec. 30th Miami Herald article, "Following is the
list of draft recommendations approved Monday by the governor's task
force on obesity:
[...]

Source: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/7599426.htm
Archive search: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Draft recommendations of governor's task force"
Author: AP

For more on the Task Force's work, go to:
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Family/GTFOE/index.html
The draft recommendations can be downloaded here:
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Family/GTFOE/materials/20031229/draft20031229.pdf
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NY STATE SPARES ROD FOR THOSE WHO KILL WITH CARS

-> According to a Dec. 29th New York Daily News article, "Killers don't
need a high-priced team of lawyers to avoid serious jail time in New
York. They just have to make sure their weapon of choice is a car.
Fewer than one driver in five involved in a fatal auto accident in the
city faces serious criminal charges. And in the rare cases that killer
drivers are prosecuted and convicted, the average minimum sentence is
16 months, a Daily News investigation shows. The max? Just over three
years. And sentences have gotten shorter in recent years.

"'They are getting away with murder,' said Vensa Trajkovski, who last
saw her 10-year-old son, Stefan, leaving their Queens home in April.
Stefan was run down and killed on Ditmars Blvd. by a sport-utility
vehicle whose driver allegedly was drag racing. The 19-year-old driver,
Emmanuel Kanios, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of
manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an
accident. But earlier this month, the Queens district attorney's office
warned Trajkovski that the judge could let her son's killer off with no
jail time. Kanios' attorney maintains Stefan's death was a 'tragic
accident.' 'It's nuts that he is out on the streets while my son is 6
feet under,' Trajkovski said..."

Ed Note No one should see this as a New York-only story. It could
happen just about anywhere. -JW
Source http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/150156p-132371c.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/nydailynews/advancedsearch.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "State spares the rod for those who kill with cars"
Authors: Bob Port and Greg Gittrich
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E. HARTFORD (CT) HITS OBESITY WITH MULTICULTURAL APPROACH

-> According to a Dec. 27th New Haven Register article, "The
fat-fighting program used by East Hartford will serve as a model
obesity prevention program for statewide efforts next year. Alison
Case, the program's coordinator, said she has taken a multicultural
approach to encourage members of minority groups to learn more about
obesity prevention and good nutrition.

"Dr. Pouran Faghri, professor of allied health at the University of
Connecticut, said obesity in Connecticut is most prevalent among black
men, who are also at a higher risk of getting diabetes. Faghri said
losing 5 percent to 7 percent of body weight can reduce the chances of
developing diabetes by a half. She said it is important that prevention
programs include suggestions from those within minority communities.
'People will listen much better to people within their own community,'
Faghri said. Approximately 54 percent of adults in Connecticut and 64
percent nationally are either overweight or obese..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10718593&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=31007&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1281&dept_id=31007&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Town's obesity program to expand"
Author: Jenny Rees
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PORT WASHINGTON (WI) TO BUILD $1.2M BIKE/PED BRIDGE

-> According to a Dec. 17th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article,
"Ozaukee County has been awarded $991,600 in federal funds to build a
bridge for bicyclists over I-43 in the Town of Grafton. In addition,
Ozaukee County will get another $101,600 to fund its bus service, and
West Bend will receive $520,000 for a bicycle path in Quaas Creek Park.
The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grants were announced Monday
by Gov. Jim Doyle.

"In Ozaukee County, the bridge will span the freeway between Terminal
Road and Ridgewood Road, linking the Ozaukee Interurban Trail at those
points. Bicyclists now have to leave the trail when it reaches the
freeway and cross it on Ulao Parkway. The total cost of the
10-foot-wide, 750-foot-long bridge over I-43 will be about $1.24
million. The county is responsible for raising the balance, about
$250,000..."

Source: http://www.jsonline.com/news/ozwash/dec03/193187.asp
Archive search: http://www.jsonline.com/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Ozaukee County to get $991,600 for bicycle bridge"
Author: Dan Benson
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MONTGOMERY TWP (NJ) WALKABLE DEVELOPMENT MOVES AHEAD

-> According to a Dec. 30th Princeton Packet article, "The Township
Committee approved a zoning overlay Monday morning that encourages
construction of a pedestrian-oriented mixed-use shopping complex on
three contiguous parcels on the west side of Route 206 between the
Princeton Airport and the Route 518 intersection...Township officials
said the zoning measure, which permits greater square footage, provides
an alternative to existing zoning that includes design guidelines
providing the township more control over how the land is developed, and
ensures that the three parcels are developed under a single coordinated
plan rather than individually.

"A preliminary concept plan being proposed by development group CGEM
shows a 306,000-square-foot mixed-use and walkable "village" that
includes 32 age-restricted housing units, a small hotel, bookstore,
pharmacy and shopping center. The overlay gives the township greater
square footage of non-residential tax ratables than the current zoning
provides, but with less rush-hour traffic from commuting workers than
would occur if the parcels were developed as office space...The
committee voted 4-0 to approve the overlay..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10728052&BRD=1091&PAG=461&dept_id=425695&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1091&dept_id=425695&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Montgomery shopping complex advances"
Author: David Campbell
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$60M COLONY (TX) DEVELOPMENT MIXES TRAILS, HOUSING, SHOPS

-> According to a Dec. 17th Colony Courier-Leader story, "The landscape
is a little different here -- residents are nestled into nature with
creeks, lakes and trees and executive offices overlook hike and
bike-trails through a nature preserve. Sounds resort-like and that's
what developers of the 1,900-acre residential, retail and commercial
development at Austin Ranch in The Colony want you to feel while you're
there. They've pumped millions into creating such a city within a
city...[Austin Ranch is] similar to the mixed-zoned Addison Circle,
Plano Post Legacy and revitalized downtown Plano, where residential,
retail stores and commercial office buildings are all built in one
walkable community.

"Weekday commuters walk down the street to catch the DART light rail to
work; weekend loungers walk downstairs for their morning latte and
their afternoon window shopping. Real estate experts call it 'new
urbanism. [Developer Henry] Billingsley calls it a success. 'If I were
young, I would want to live here,' said Billingsley. 'At no other
development do you have the environmental features and prime location,
as you do here. The environment can't be touched.' The development
features more than 50 one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans for
apartment homes, lofts and townhomes with innovative designs and
interiors.

"Among the community's amenities are hike-and-bike trails; three
resort-style pools; a state-of-the-art fitness center with free weights
and showers; a business center with high-speed Internet access; retail
shops located on site; outside professional stainless-steel barbecue
grills; sand volleyball; and complimentary tanning..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10677998&BRD=1426&PAG=461&dept_id=528214&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1426&dept_id=528214&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Resort-style living in Denton County"
Author: K. Shelby Skrhak

Related article "Austin Ranch already worth $60 million, appraisal
district says," by the same author:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10677992&BRD=1426&PAG=461&dept_id=528214&rfi=6
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NEW MD SUBDIVISION PROVIDES NO SAFE SCHOOL CONNECTIONS

-> A Dec. 28th Baltimore Sun article announces: "Rules about who walks
to school called unsafe; Officials to review guidelines; Routes often
exclude kids living within 1-mile radius."

And it continues, "Sharon Kirin was trying to have her son's bus stop
moved closer to their Eldersburg home when she found out that her
5-year-old would not be allowed on the bus at all for much longer. With
the roads of their new housing development nearly complete and their
quiet cul-de-sac just eight-tenths of a mile from Freedom Elementary
School, Kirin's son and 31 other neighborhood children were soon to be
designated by the school system as walkers.

"'That really surprised me because I had not realized that anybody
walked to Freedom. It's on Route 32,' Kirin said of the 50-mph,
two-lane road that slices through Carroll County's rolling landscape,
'and I couldn't imagine they'd have elementary kids walking on that
road for any amount of time.' In part because of Kirin and her
neighbors' persistence over the past three months, Carroll school
officials are re-evaluating whether elementary school children should
be walking to school at all..."

Ed. Note This story would be funny if it weren't so sad. A brand new
subdivision less than a mile from the school and no one thought about
providing a safe route. -JW

Source:
http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/carroll/bal-ca.bus28dec28,0,7401125.story?coll=bal-local-carroll
Archive search: http://www.sunspot.net/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "School busing policy faulted"
Author: Jennifer McMenamin
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NEW WALTHAM (MA) MAYOR SEES WALKABLE FUTURE

-> According to a Dec. 26th Daily News Tribune article, "Though taking
what she called a 'low-key approach' until the Jan. 4 inauguration,
Mayor-elect Jeannette McCarthy asserted she will fulfill the promises
she made during her campaign. Saying she is 'excited' about being
mayor, McCarthy aims to expand the city's health care options, promote
smart development, weed out government waste and streamline the city's
budgetary process...In a meeting with the News Tribune this week,
McCarthy laid out what will be some of her top priorities when she
takes over in little more than a week.

"[Among other things, she] says she plans to...conduct a comprehensive
zoning review to guide Waltham's future development. The findings can
be used to create a cohesive, walkable city, curtail overdevelopment
and add to the city's affordable housing stock..."

Source:
http://www.dailynewstribune.com/news/local_regional/walt_mccarthy12262003.htm
Archive search:
http://www.dailynewstribune.com/HiasysTools/Search/search.bg?mode=all
Cost: Yes
Title: "McCarthy promises to fulfill campaign pledges"
Author: Joshua Myerov
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SOUTH KINGSTOWN (RI) TO GET TRAFFIC CIRCLE

-> According to a Dec. 30th Providence Journal article, "If you live in
Wakefield, you've probably spent more than a little time there -- no,
not Old Mountain Field or the town beach, but the intersection at Dale
Carlia Corner. Years of snarled traffic, endangered pedestrians and
impeded left turns at the junction of Route 108 and Tower Hill Road
have prompted the Department of Transportation to investigate the
problems and possibly transform the signaled intersection into a
rotary.

"'The state has advised us that they will be looking at Dale Carlia
Corner,' said Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred, referring to the
department's 'high hazard intersection improvement program.' 'We
support any efforts to make that corner safer and we have asked that
they consider the feasibility of a traffic circle,' he said. The idea
for the roundabout was first raised by Troy West, a local architect,
Bob Votava, executive director of the civilian watchdog group, DOT
Watch, and resident Marc Levitt, who say they see that kind of
intersection as a first step in a long-range plan to make that section
of Wakefield more like Main Street, with two-story street-front shops
and wide sidewalks..."

Source:
http://www.projo.com/southcounty/content/projo_20031230_skproj30.2df0ea.html
Archive search: http://archives.projo.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "DOT considers traffic circle for Dale Carlia Corner"
Author: Cynthia Needham
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DES PLAINES (IL) WORKING ON BIKE/PED-FRIENDLY REDEVELOPMENT

-> According to a Dec. 31st Des Plaines Journal article, "If the
proposed Uptown redevelopment in Park Ridge is Mt. Everest, then the
proposed Dee Park upgrade is something like Pikes Peak. That is one way
to compare the two redevelopment projects now being planned by Park
Ridge officials and private developers...The city has worked for more
than a year with the Dee Park Work Group, made up of business and
property owners from the area, in developing the proposed plan. Also
giving input has been the firm of Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne
(TPAP), the city's planning consultant.

"The city says its vision for Uptown is to create a more vibrant
neighborhood shopping district centered on an improved Metra station,
stronger urban design, increased multi-family residential density, is
more conducive to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and improves open
space. Officials also say they want to move some buildings closer to
the street and put parking behind commercial properties, and upgrade
streetscapes with pavers, new street lights, benches, landscaping,
etc..."

Source: http://www.journal-topics.com/pr/03/pr031231.1.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Dee Park Redevelopment Plans Return"
Author: Dwight Esau
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CREATING AN OPEN SPACE TAPESTRY OF WELL-CONNECTED SPACES

-> According to a Dec. 28th Whitney Gould column in the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel, "Beautiful buildings and walkable streets would be
near the top of any list of the physical underpinnings for a livable
city. But let's not forget about open space. I'm not talking only about
spacious parks and wooded groves. In a crowded downtown where just
about every inch of land is built upon, small plazas and squares and
flowering greenways can often mean the difference between mere real
estate and memorable places.

"Sanctuaries for sitting and socializing, resources for storm-water
management and wildlife, little oases remind us that a city is more
than the sum of its parts. If they're well-connected to other
amenities, these modest spots create the sense of an organic tapestry
unfurling..."

Source: http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/dec03/195968.asp
Archive search: http://www.jsonline.com/search/
Cost: No
Title: "City could use more breathing room"
Author: Whitney Gould
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S (NEW SECTION!)

EXERCISE TIPS FROM HOLMES (PA) YMCA DIRECTOR

-> "Busy schedules may make regimented daily exercise impossible for
some; that's why we must treat every passing minute as an outlet for
fitness...."
Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10731955&BRD=2255&PAG=461&dept_id=451706&rfi=6

OUTSIDE STIMULI ACCOUNT FOR 30% OF M.V. CRASHES

-> "While cell phones have been singled out as a major cause of
distraction-related accidents, the biggest diversions are fairly low
tech..."
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/26/automobiles/26AUTO.html

N.E. PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL BMI PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND

-> "The state Health Department has enlisted 10 school districts to
calculate the body-mass index of each of its students and notify
parents..."
Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10717535&BRD=2212&PAG=461&dept_id=465812&rfi=6

INDIANA LEGISLATOR PUSHES HEALTHY LIVING BILL

-> "A leading state lawmaker wants schools to push healthier foods and
lifestyles on students, and the Indiana Department of Education plans
to back his legislation targeting childhood obesity..."
Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=541&ncid=751&e=5&u=/ap/20031229/ap_on_he_me/indiana_fitness

LAUREL (MS) SCHOOL KIDS -- BIKES FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE

-> "All kindergarten students who had perfect attendance for the month
of December were in a drawing to receive a bicycle...."
Source: http://www.leadercall.com/articles/2003/12/31/news/news07.txt

FLASH D.C. AREA FOLKS WANT TO WALK TO PLACES
-> "About 900 residents in Sterling's Westerley subdivision live a
five-minute walk from a grocery store, a bank and three restaurants..."
Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35099-2003Dec27.html

BAY CITY (TX) USES SR2S $$ TO WIDEN ROAD TO HIGH SCHOOL

-> "The widening of Second Street and building Charles Haley Drive
began in February as part of the 'Safe Routes to School' program..."
Source: http://www.baycitytribune.com/story.lasso?wcd=3509

PUSHING FOR SAFER SCHOOL ROUTES IN WALES

-> "The stream of cars that inch their way closer to the school creates
a lethal obstacle course for children, yet we seem almost powerless to
effectively do anything about it..."
Source:
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/content_objectid=13754618
_method=full_siteid=50082_headline=-Drive-away-danger-from-the-gates-of-our-schools-name_page.html

WHAT MAKES A WALKABLE COMMERCIAL DISTRICT?

-> "Who uses commercial areas the most? Who spends the most money in
commercial districts? And, who are we enticing when we promote
pedestrian activity in a commercial area?..."
Source: http://realtytimes.com/rtapages/20031224_walkable.htm

REPORT: DANGERS OF RURAL MARIN COUNTY (CA) BICYCLING

-> "'Unincorporated Marin includes a lot of roads that are windy and
narrow and there is the potential for danger,' said Deb Hubsmith,
executive director of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition..."
Source: http://www.marinij.com/Stories/0,1413,234~24407~1834176,00.html


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BRITS DISTINGUISH BETWEEN BANANAS AND BIKE WHEELS

"Let's bid the year farewell with a bizarrely European affair that has
put an end to any hope that in the years ahead, East African bananas
will rule Western supermarket shelves. In Britain, the House of Lords
has ordered groceries across the country to obey all EU horticultural
rules passed over the last 30 years. So there will be no more curved
cucumbers, for example. And, most striking, no 'bendy' bananas. You and
I know that if it isn't bent, it ain't no banana.

"The EU rule on bananas specifies what the correct length and width of
the fruit should be, and bans 'abnormal curvature.' The Times reports
that the rule was made, according to an EU official at the time, to
prevent bendy bananas from being mistaken for a 'bicycle wheel.'..."

-- Charles Onyango-Obbo, Daily Nation (Kenya), 1/1/04
http://www.nationaudio.com/News/DailyNation/Today/Comment/Comment010120043.html


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

-> "TORONTO BICYCLE/MOTOR-VEHICLE COLLISION STUDY"
A 2003 study of 2,572 car/bike collisions that occurred within the city
between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 1998.
http://www.toronto.ca/transportation/publications/bicycle_motor-vehicle/index.htm

-> "FRESH PERSPECTIVES ON CHILDREN'S HEALTH..."
"...and Sustainable Transportation;" Presentation by Catherine O'Brien,
Centre for Sustainable Transportation, Canada.
http://herry.at/the-pep/down/hague/OBrian.pdf

-> "PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN CHILDREN"
Presentation by Brian Martin, BASPO - Swiss Federal Office of Sports,
Health Promotion Unit.
http://herry.at/the-pep/down/hague/Martin.pdf

-> "EFFECTS OF TRAFFIC-RELATED AIR POLLUTION ON CHILDREN"
Presentation by Bert Brunekreef, Institute for Risk Assessment
Sciences, University of Utrecht. (2mb)
http://herry.at/the-pep/down/hague/Brunekreef.pdf

-> "EIGHT CITIES WALKING"
Subtitled "comparative data on walking as a transport mode from cities
in Europe, Australia and the US," Walk21 IV presentation by Werner
Br”g, Nicola Mense.
http://www.americawalks.org/PDF_PAPE/Brog.pdf

-> "VANCOUVER TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN"
Subtitled "Street Design to Serve Both Pedestrians and Drivers;" Walk21
presentation by Boulanger, Maciejewski and McCourt.
http://www.americawalks.org/PDF_PAPE/Boulange.pdf

-> "THE PLAZA THAT MAKES A SENSE OF PLACE"
Presentation by Ken Hughes, New Mexico Local Government Division, State
Planning Office at 2002 APA Conference.
http://www.asu.edu/caed/proceedings02/HUGHES/hughes1.htm


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 11-15, 2004, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting,
Washington, DC. Info: Customer Service, PO Box 590, Frederick MD 21705;
phone: (301) 694-5243; fax: (301) 694-5124.
http://www4.trb.org/annual.nsf

January 22-24, 2004, New Partners for Smart Growth, Portland, OR. Info:
Michele Kelso, 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/

January 22-24, 2004, Promoting Clean and Alternative Transport Modes,
Rome, Italy. Info: European training programme for urban transport
professionals, 92 Av. d'Auderghem / Oudergemselaan 92, B-1040 Brussels;
phone: +32-2 737 96 80; fax +32-2 737 96 99; email:
<info@transport-training.org>
http://www.transport-training.org/

February 1-8, 2004, 2004 Trailbuilders Conference, Reno, Nevada. Info:
http://www.trailbuilders.org/conference/2004/overview04.html

February 4, 2004, 7th Annual Maryland Bicycle & Pedestrian Symposium,
Annapolis, MD. Info: Bill Kelly, CPABC, phone: (301) 441-2740; email:
<ws.kelly@att.net>
http://www.cpabc.org

February 9-11, 2004, Designing and Implementing Roundabouts, Madison
WI. Info: Keith Knapp, Program Director, Dept of Engineering
Professional Development, U. of Wisconsin; phone: (800) 462-0876; fax:
(800) 442-4214; email: <custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/webF501

February 13-15, 2004, Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne,
Australia. Info: Sustainable Living Festival, 2nd Level, 332 Albert
Street, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002, Australia; phone: (03) 9412
7888; fax: (03) 9412 7899; email: <info@sustainablelivingfestival.org>
http://www.sustainablelivingfestival.org/

March 8-30, 2004, Lifesavers 2004, San Diego, CA. Info: Lifesavers
Conference, PO Box 30045, Alexandria VA 22310; phone: (703) 922-7944;
fax: (703) 922-7780.
http://www.lifesaversconference.org

March 31, 2004, The Promotion and Marketing of Cycling, Knottingham
Univ., UK. Info: Hugh McClintock, Institute of Urban Planning, School
of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, University Park,
Nottingham NG7 2RD; phone: +44 115 951 4875; fax: +44 115 951 3159;
email: <Hugh.McClintock@nottingham.ac.uk>
http://www.nationalcyclingstrategy.org.uk/fileuploads/events/promotecycling.pdf

April 4-6, 2004, 6th Annual BikeWalk Conference, Arlington, VA. Info:
BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203; phone:
757-229-0507; fax (757) 259-2372; email:<info@bikewalkvirginia.org>
http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org/conference/index.html

April 29-May 1, 2004, Children's Play: Learning From The Past, Planning
For The Future, Baltimore, MD. Info: Georgiana Duarte, American
Association for the Child's Right to Play, <Duarte@utb.edu>
http://www.ipausa.org/2004CallforPapers.html

May 6-8, 2004, 4th National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, Silver
Spring, MD. Info: America Walks, P.O. Box 29103, Portland, OR 97296;
phone: (503) 222-1077; fax: (503) 228-0289; email:
<info@americawalks.org>
http://americawalks.org/congress/

May 24-26, 2004, Obesity and the Built Environment: Improving Public
Health Through Community Design, Washington, D.C. Info: Charle League,
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, phone: (919)
541-5741; email: <league@niehs.nih.gov>
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/drcpt/beoconf/home.htm

June 9-11, 2004, Walk21 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.Info: Richard
Harris, Walk 21, PO Box 270, Town Clerks Dept Guidhall, London EC2P,
England; phone: 00 44 (0) 7952 983 854; e-mail:
<richard.harris@walk21.com>
http://www.citiesforpeople.dk

September 7-10, 2004, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004, Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada. Make plans now to attend the NCBW's 13th
international symposium on walking and bicycling. For details on how
to get to Victoria and where to make hotel reservations, visit the
website. Other details posted as they become available.
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/PWPB2004.htm.


J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S

-> JOB -- SR. TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- BLOOMINGTON, IN
Starting salary range is $38,000 to $41,500, following probation. Full
City benefits package applies. Major duties include implementing
alternative transportation projects called out for in the City's
Alternative Transportation and Greenways System Plan, maintaining and
amending the Greenways System Plan, serving as the Planning
Department's liaison with the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Commission, and assisting transportation staff with the completion of
annual work products directed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization
(MPO). Position works under supervision of the Long
Range/Transportation Planning Manager. Strong writing and presentation
skills are required. Ideal candidate would possess a Bachelor's degree
in planning or related field, with 1 to 3 years of job experience. A
Master's Degree may substitute for some of this job experience. Please
send resume or letter of interest before January 5 to: Employee
Services Department, City of Bloomington, P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, IN
47402. Please call Frank Nierzwicki, Long Range/Transportation Manager,
at (812) 349-3423 with any questions about this position.

-> 2 JOBS - SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY PROJECT
The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a national coalition of
transportation, environmental, health, social equity, community
development and business advocates. Below are brief descriptions of two
positions. Both positions will be open until filled. Follow the web
links for details. Applications and any questions to Linda Bailey,
urface Transportation Policy Project, 1100 17th St. NW, 10th Floor,
Washington, DC 20036; email: <lbailey@transact.org>

CALIFORNIA DIRECTOR STPP is seeking a full time staff person to lead
state level and local reform initiatives in our Californiafield
office. Responsibilities include state level policy work, public
education and media advocacy, and local outreach and organizing. The
position presents an excellent opportunity to play a critical role in
advancing a comprehensive, balanced transportation and smart growth
agenda in the state of California.
http://www.transact.org/jobs.asp#4

NATIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR STPP is looking to hire a full time national
field director. Responsibilities include managing STPP's field staff,
policy development, public education, media advocacy, and local
outreach and organizing, and promoting state and local transportation
reform initiatives in a number of targeted states with STPP's local
partners. The position presents an excellent opportunity to play a
critical role in the advancement of a comprehensive transportation
reform agenda nationwide.
http://www.transact.org/jobs.asp#5



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