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


Issue #88 Friday, January 16, 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
  PW/PB Presentation Proposal Deadline Looms
  New Articles Posted at NCBW Forum
  America Bikes Begins "Complete Streets" Campaign
  Active Living Leadership Grants Encourage Healthy Communities
  Chicagoland's Neufeld Takes on New Challenge
  Ottawa, Niagra, (ON) Gear Up Bike Plan Efforts
  NCHRP Conducts Bicycle Railing Height Survey
  FHWA Offers 2 New Docs on Accessible Sidewalks
  Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
  St. Louis' "Broken Bikes Broken Lives" Memorial
  Auto Club Drops Member Survey Bike/Ped Questions
  Things Are Cooking Down Under!
  Calif. Bicycle Coalition Leader Moves On
  Canadian Road Safety Conference Call for Papers
  Brisbane (OZ) Wins Award for Key Bike Projects


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  America's Streets -- Do They Have to Be So Mean?
  Residents Walk Out of Meeting to Protest...Sidewalks
  Menlo Park (CA) Woman Killed Crossing 5-Lane Street
  Naperville (IL) Working on Bike-Friendly Streets
  Buffalo (NY) to Shame Those Who Won't Shovel Walks
  Tucson (AZ) Residents Wait for Bike Crossing Project
  Madison Co. (AL) Commissioner Wants More Sidewalks
  Waynesville (OH) Begins Safety Improvements for Kids
  Sebastopol (CA) Bike Shop Project Helps Community
  Carrboro (NC) Moves Ahead on Sidewalk Bond Projects
  Outlook (SK) Gets Canada's Longest Bike Bridge
  New Walkable Neighborhood Planned For Holland (MI)




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

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE PRESENTATION PROPOSAL DEADLINE LOOMS

-> John Williams, director of programming for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike
2004 Conference to be held in Victoria, British Columbia, Sept. 8-10,
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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NEW ARTICLES POSTED AT NCBW FORUM

-> We just finished editing four new pieces featured on our web-based
journal, NCBW Forum. According to Forum editor John Williams, "We're
excited to offer these new pieces.

PDFs may be viewed or downloaded at this address:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm
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AMERICA BIKES BEGINS "COMPLETE STREETS" CAMPAIGN

-> According to a recent note from the folks at America Bikes, the
organization "would like to ask you to help launch a new campaign to
'Complete the Streets for safer bicycling and walking.' In bicycling
circles, this idea had become known as 'routine accommodation,' as
advocates, working with planners and engineers, used their terminology
to urge a more inclusive approach. America Bikes wants to make what has
been a behind-the-scenes discussion into an easily understandable (and
widely supported!) concept: that every road and street be routinely
made safe and friendly for bicycling and walking.

"Through a process involving media experts and the America Bikes
Board, the group coined the phrase 'Complete the Streets,' since such
routine accommodation means truly completing the street network,
expanding its capacity to serve everyone who travels, be it by
automobile, bus, foot, or bicycle...Right now, we'd like to ask you to
begin to use this phrase in your work. When you are discussing bicycle-
and pedestrian- friendly changes with decision makers, talk about
creating complete streets. Consider writing an article for your
newsletter explaining the idea to your members, or updating your
website. Use the term when speaking with reporters, in written
testimony, and in meetings and conversations. In short, please help us
propagate this term by using it whenever you can. We want this phrase
to become the shorthand for the vision of a transportation network that
truly welcomes people on foot and bicycle."

To see America Bikes' fact sheet on the concept, go to:
http://www.americabikes.org/bicycleaccomodation_factsheet_completestreets.asp.
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ACTIVE LIVING LEADERSHIP GRANTS ENCOURAGE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

-> Active Living Leadership has announced new grants designed to help
state and local leaders make their communities more activity-friendly.
In this second round of funding, the ALL program selected several national
organizations to receive grants totaling nearly $1 million.

The organizations are: the Local Government Commission; the National
Governors Association; the International City/County Management Association;
the National Conference of State Legislatures; and the Joint Center
for Sustainable Communities, a partnership of the National Association of
Counties and the United States Conference of Mayors. These organizations
will work with elected and appointed officials nationwide in their efforts
to support active living policies and programs. ALL describes an active living
community as one that is designed with pedestrians’ and bicyclists’ needs
in mind, providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to
engage in routine, daily physical activity.

“Government leaders have a unique ability to encourage and enact policies
and programs that will create healthier communities," said Marla Hollander,
director of Active Living Leadership. "An active living community also
enhances quality of life, attracts business, and provides enormous cost
savings to state and local governments, ultimately leading to greater
economic viability.”

Active Living Leadership is a national project supported by
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and administered by San Diego
State University. For more information about the program, please visit:
www.activelivingleadership.org
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CHICAGOLAND'S NEUFELD TAKES ON NEW CHALLENGE

-> According to a note from Randy Warren, Program Director of the
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, exciting things are happening at CBF.
Randy Neufeld, current Executive Director, is taking a new position
with the group -- Chief Strategy Officer. As he puts it, "2004 will
mark the 19th year of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and my 16th
year with the organization. It promises to be a doozie! The board and I
have decided that it is an ideal time to expand our leadership
capacity. I will take on a new position with our organization that we
are calling the Chief Strategy Officer. This will give me a chance to
concentrate on exploring and seizing the new opportunities that have
emerged from the growth and success of our advocacy efforts."

Thunderhead Alliance's Sue Knaup, remarked that this move "will
allow Randy to tap his talents for taking the Chicagoland Bicycle
Federation to the next level."

As a result of the staffing change, the organization seeks a
proven leader, visionary manager, knowledgeable advocate, powerful
communicator and entrepreneurial fundraiser with a deep commitment to
their mission to serve as executive director. For more information, see
the job announcement farther down in this issue or contact Randy at
<randyw@biketraffic.org> or (312) 427-3325, x21.

The organization's general website is at:
http://www.biketraffic.org
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OTTAWA, NIAGRA, (ON) GEAR UP BIKE PLAN EFFORTS

Dave McLaughlin of Marshall Macklin Monaghan Ltd., recently sent us a
note about two projects currently underway in Ontario:

Dave may be reached at: <MclaughD@mmm.ca>
The company website is at:
http://www.mmm.ca
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NCHRP CONDUCTS BICYCLE RAILING HEIGHT SURVEY

-> According to a recent note from Robert Leslie, "Clough, Harbour &
Associates LLP (CHA) has been designated by the National Cooperative
Highway Research Program (NCHRP) to determine the critical railing
heights for bicyclists. Currently, the AASHTO Bridge Specification
requires bicycle railings on bridges to be 54 inches high. The recent
AASHTO Bicycle Guide recommends railing heights of 42 inches, which is
consistent with the height required for pedestrian railings.

"CHA has been charged with contacting State DOT bicycle/pedestrian
coordinators, national and international bicycle advocacy groups, and
foreign transportation officials to determine opinions and concerns,
and identify guidelines regarding adequate bicycle railing heights. CHA
looks forward to this opportunity to receive your input and guidance as
we conduct this research effort. We are confident that our research
effort will assist NCHRP's determination of appropriate railing heights
for bicyclists." For more info, contact Robert Leslie at (518)
453-3946 or <rleslie@cha-llp.com>

To fill out the survey, go to:
http://www.cha-llp.com/bikeSurvey/state/
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FHWA OFFERS 2 NEW DOCS ON ACCESSIBLE SIDEWALKS

-> According to a recent note from Christopher Douwes, Trails and
Enhancements Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration,
"The FHWA Office of Highway Safety produced two new documents you might
like to see:

"These two related documents summarize the information found in
Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access. They focus on some of the
emerging accessibility issues and design parameters that affect
sidewalk and street crossing design and operation." To order, go to:
http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/walk/order/order3.htm
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TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD ANNUAL MEETING

-> The Transportation Research Board annual meeting was held this week
in Washington, DC. Nearly 10,000 transportation specialists convened
for committee meetings and the presentation of approximately 1500 papers.
Both the Bicycle Committee (chaired by Lisa Aultman-Hall) and the
Pedestrian Committee (chaired by Petty Drake) meetings were attended
by more than 100 people; between them, the two committees co-sponsored
12 paper/poster sessions.

Bill Wilkinson addressed each of the two committees on the need for
action to better address transportation data needs related to bicycling
and walking. He noted that Roger Herz has long promoted this sort of
initiative, and called the committees’ attention to a 30 December letter
to Secretary Mineta, USDOT on this issue.
(See http://www.bikewalk.org/PDF/data_letter.pdf )

Wilkinson asked each of the committees to consider taking part in
a working group to define data needs and propose specific actions
to collect and provide this information.

Each of the committees proposed to hold their mid-year meeting in
September, 2004 in conjunction with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference
in Victoria, BC, Sept. 7-10.

Peggy Drake announced that the Pedestrian Committee will soon under
take the once every three year process of reconfiguring its
membership. Anyone interested in being considered for appointment to
the committee should send a letter of interest with a resume to
Peggy at: pldrake@yahoo.com
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ST. LOUIS' "BROKEN BIKES BROKEN LIVES" MEMORIAL

-> According to a recent note from Patrick Van Der Tuin of St. Louis,
"We're looking for some help in spreading the word of a little
project." The project is "Broken Bikes Broken Lives" and the idea is to
place memorial bicycles (painted white) around St. Louis documenting
where cyclists have been hit by cars."

For more information, contact Patrick at
<brokenbikesbrokenlives@hotmail.com> or visit the project website at:
http://www.pbase.com/terbo/brokenbikes
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AUTO CLUB DROPS MEMBER SURVEY BIKE/PED QUESTIONS

-> According to a recent note from Bob Foster, "AAA is doing its annual
survey on transportation issues for its member magazines and
legislative effort. Unlike last year, when respondents said that 7% of
funds should be used for Bike/Ped projects, and 16 percent thought
it should go for transit, there is no mention of Bike/Ped issues this time.
A step backward? I think so. Still, good questions on tollroads, fuel taxes
and dangerous motorists! AAA Midwest Traveler covers Missouri, Illinois,
parts of Kansas and Indiana. The same survey is taking place for AAA
Southern Traveler, which covers Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi."

To see the survey, go to:
http://aaamissouri.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/aaamissouri_metrics.cfg/websurveys/ws?_133=32
If this link doesn't work, try this:
http://www.ouraaa.com/traveler/poll_select.html
And, for a different kind of auto club, go to:
http://www.betterworldclub.com/
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THINGS ARE COOKING DOWN UNDER!

-> According to a recent note from the Australian Bicycle Council's
Paul Magarey, "ABC's Latest News site has been updated after it's
November meeting. It's a bumper Christmas Eve edition."

Issue highlights include:

To learn more, go to:
http://www.abc.dotars.gov.au/news.htm.
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CALIF. BICYCLE COALITION LEADER MOVES ON

-> According to a recent note from Chris Morfas, former Executive
Director, "As of December 18th, 2003, I am no longer working for the
California Bicycle Coalition. It has been my enormous pleasure and
privilege to serve CBC members, our allies and the bicyclists of this
great state. Thank you for your support during my joyful years at CBC.
You may contact Executive Assistant Michael Feliciano with any CBC
business at <michael.feliciano@calbike.org> or (916) 446-7558. "
Beginning January 20, 2004, Chris' contact information will be: Chris
Morfas, Senior Consultant, Odyssey, 1414 K Street, Suite 660,
Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 448-1687 x 308; e-mail: <chris@odyssey.org>
http://www.odyssey.org
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CANADIAN ROAD SAFETY CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

-> According to a recent news release, "The 14th Canadian
Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference will be held in Ottawa,
Ontario during the period June 27-30, 2004. Scientific papers on
any aspect of traffic safety or injury prevention are invited for
onsideration for presentation at the conference. This is the
pre-eminent traffic safety conference in Canada and attracts
researchers and practitioners from across the country and, indeed,
from around the world.

"Abstracts may be submitted in either English or French, and must
include the title of the paper, the name and address of the authors,
and a precis of the topic, methodology and conclusions of the research.
Abstracts of proposed papers must be received by January 31, 2004.
Those papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be
published in the conference proceedings."

For details, visit the conference web site at:
http://www.cmrsc.ca
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BRISBANE (OZ) WINS AWARD FOR KEY BIKE PROJECTS

-> According to a recent note from Ben Wilson of Bicycle Queensland,
"The latter half of 2003 was one with some hugely significant projects
announced in Queensland. However, special praise was rightly given to
the Brisbane City Council who won the coveted Australian Bicycling
Achievement Award for Local Government Initiatives to encourage and
promote cycling, from the Cycling Promotion Fund. The award -- won
jointly with the City of Gosnells in Western Australia -- recognized
Brisbane City Council is one of Australia's leading councils in
implementing strategies and programs to encourage and promote cycling."

While Brisbane won the award for numerous projects, one of their most
interesting achievements was the creation of the World first 'floating"
bikeway, a fantastic and inventive solution to get people active and
healthy by walking and riding bikes. What was once a hilly and complex
on-road trip has been supplemented by a flat, unique and pleasant 1 KM
route on pontoons.

For more information, contact Ben at <bqmanager@bq.org.au> or
visit the website at:
http://www.bq.org.au
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

AMERICA'S STREETS -- DO THEY HAVE TO BE SO MEAN?

-> A Jan. 11th Washington Post article poses the following dilemma,
"Disappearing sidewalks, impassable crosswalks, unstoppable traffic,
malevolent driving. Does it have to be such a jungle out there?" The
article continues, "It's strange about the shoes. There are a lot of
shoes out here, shoes without people attached. Ghost shoes: a flattened
leather boot, a new black patent leather military dress shoe, a faded
blue canvas sneaker. And it's always one shoe, half a pair. How do you
lose one shoe? Such are the mysteries of the lonely pedestrian. And I
do mean lonely. I'm 24 miles and five days into a 50-mile hike west out
of Washington, walking the commuter routes, the fastest roads from
downtown to the suburbs. Except for a few people at bus stops here and
there, I haven't seen a soul afoot. There's no one walking.

"And no wonder. The cars on this stretch of Route 50 in Fairfax County
are roaring past me at 55 mph, 10 miles over the posted speed limit.
There's no sidewalk, so I'm proceeding down a narrow shoulder of gravel
beside a painted white line, with my shoulders hunched and the strap to
my kit bag tucked tight and out of reach of passing side-view mirrors.
At the intersection up ahead, a right-turn-only lane lets cars take the
corners without stopping. A maroon van rounds the corner on two wheels
and nearly clips me. Just past the intersection, a blue asphalt
footpath appears briefly -- a lifeline! -- but then dives under the
grass without warning, like a sea serpent on an old map..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60034-2004Jan6.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/advancedsearch.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "A Walk on the Wild Side"
Author: Mary Battiata

Ed. note: This lengthy article is one excellent piece -- a "must read!"
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RESIDENTS WALK OUT OF MEETING TO PROTEST...SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Jan. 9th Lenawee Connection story, "A group of
Blissfield [Michigan] residents say they will pursue measures to halt
the construction of sidewalks in their neighborhood. The sidewalks are
to be installed in the northwest portion of the village in conjunction
with street upgrades associated with a sewer separation project
mandated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

"'We're trying to figure out what we're going to do to get somebody's
attention,' said Jay Bowling, who has lived on Franklin Street for
seven years. Bowling said he and other residents attending the Dec. 15
meeting of the village council voiced their objections to the sidewalks
though they support the other upgrades. 'A bunch of us walked out when
(council members) said the sidewalks were a done deal,' Bowling said.
'They're trying to shove this down our throats.'..."

Source: http://www.lenconnect.com/articles/2004/01/09/news/news06.txt
Archive search: http://www.lenconnect.com/archives/?search=advanced
Cost: No
Title: "Residents plan further action on sidewalks"
Author: Jennifer Burd
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MENLO PARK (CA) WOMAN KILLED CROSSING 5-LANE STREET

-> According to a Jan. 14th San Jose Mercury News article, "More than
20 bouquets of flowers lay Wednesday at the Menlo Park crosswalk where
Atefeh 'Amy' Bijan was struck and killed by a car last week, just feet
from the Menlo Commons retirement complex where she lived. While police
said no other pedestrians have been struck on that stretch of Santa
Cruz Avenue in the past five years, some Menlo Commons residents say
the crosswalk is unsafe, and they feel Bijan's death should force the
city to do something about it. Bijan, a former Iranian parliament
member who worked as a nurse and health educator on the Peninsula and
in her home country, was well liked at Menlo Commons. She walked and
swam every day and played bingo and bridge, residents said. She was 75..
.

"Bijan was struck Friday about 11 a.m. as she walked across Santa Cruz
Avenue. The crosswalk traverses five lanes and lies about 500 yards
from the busy intersection of Sand Hill Road to the south. It is the
same distance to the intersection of Alameda de las Pulgas to the
north, making it a nexus for commuters traveling between Interstate 280
and downtown Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The driver, 83-year-old Adele
Elliott of Atherton, was not arrested, and police continue to
investigate the collision. Detectives have not released information
about how fast Elliott was going or about any other possible reasons
for the collision..."

Source:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/7714439.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Death sparks call for traffic control in Menlo Park"
Author: Jessie Seyfer

Ed. note No pedestrian/car collisions in 5 years? With a busy 5-lane
street next to a retirement complex, the explanation is probably fear,
rather than a safe situation.
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NAPERVILLE (IL) WORKING ON BIKE-FRIENDLY STREETS

-> According to a Jan. 13th Chicago Daily Herald article, "Collin
Tillotson faced a bit of culture shock when he moved to the suburbs six
months ago from Chicago. Tillotson, who rides his bicycle every day
from Wheaton to work at a bike shop on South Route 59, found it much
more difficult to navigate the streets of Naperville. 'It's an entirely
different mindset for bikers,' he said. 'The roads here aren't as
well-designed for biker use. It's hard to (find a place to) lock it up.'

"Naperville transportation leaders soon hope to make the city more
rider-friendly by requiring most new commercial developments to provide
off-street parking for bicycles. They will present a draft of a
proposal to the plan commission at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at city hall, 400 S.
Eagle St. 'We'd like to encourage more bicycle use,' transportation
programs coordinator Carmen Carruthers said Monday. 'One method is to
provide accommodations at various sites so people have a place to
ride.'..."

Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/search/main_story.asp?intid=3799912
Archive search: http://archives.dailyherald.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "City to look at bicycle parking"
Author: Amy Boerema
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BUFFALO (NY) TO SHAME THOSE WHO WON'T SHOVEL WALKS

-> According to a Jan. 13th Buffalo News article, "If shoveling snow
isn't your thing, you might be getting some unwanted publicity. The
lobby of City Hall will soon become a Hall of Shame that red-flags the
most flagrant offenders of Buffalo's sidewalk-shoveling law. At the
urging of pedestrian advocates who have put together a plan for making
Buffalo more 'walkable,' Mayor Anthony M. Masiello agreed Monday to
help publicize the 'good, the bad and the ugly' as it pertains to
keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice. An 'honor roll' that applauds
property owners who shovel their sidewalks will be posted in City Hall
and on the city's Web site.

"So will a list of the worst offenders. The embarrassment tool is one
of several new efforts that will be launched this winter to try to get
more homeowners and businesses to comply with the shoveling ordinance.
Masiello met with about 20 advocates for the disabled, elderly and
pedestrian communities Monday. As the news conference began, he glanced
out the window of his second-floor office. 'Today we have a prop,' he
said, referring to the piles of snow along Niagara Square. City
officials will help pedestrian advocates stage a contest that was first
proposed last month. The so-called Walkable Winter Wonderland Challenge
will award prizes and recognition to neighborhoods, business strips and
city-owned properties that are considered to be 'most walkable' by a
panel of judges..."

Source http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20040113/1054021.asp
Archive search:
http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20040113/1054021.asp
Cost: Yes
Title: "Hall of Shame aimed at shoveling scofflaws"
Author: Brian Meyer
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TUCSON (AZ) RESIDENTS WAIT FOR BIKE CROSSING PROJECT

-> According to a Jan. 15th Arizona Daily Star article, "Residents who
received grant funding for a long-delayed bicycle crossing in Midtown
are wondering if they'll ever see the safety feature installed. A city
transportation official said the project is an example of the problems
red tape and inconsistent government regulations are causing at the
state level in getting grant funds released. Residents in the Miramonte
Neighborhood received $203,000 from the Federal Highway Administration
at the beginning of 2000 for a new signalized bike and pedestrian
crossing at North Alvernon Way and the East Third Street Bikeway. The
money is available through the Transportation Enhancement Program...

"Andy McGovern, an engineering manager for the Tucson Department of
Transportation, said red tape and inconsistencies at the state level
have delayed several Transportation Enhancement projects, including the
new crossing at Alvernon and Third...But Doug Nintzel, a spokesman for
the state Department of Transportation, said it is the city's
responsibility to take the lead in completing documents. He said the
state has been waiting for the city to finish acquiring right of way
for the bike crossing..."

Source: http://www.dailystar.com/dailystar/neighbors/5858.php
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Residents wait for bike crossing"
Author: Megan Rutherford
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MADISON COUNTY (AL) COMMISSIONER WANTS MORE SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Jan. 8th Huntsville Times story, "So you've resolved
to slim down in 2004. If you live in Huntsville, you can work off the
pounds jogging on a city-owned greenway. Or chasing down tennis balls
at Brahan Spring Park. Or swimming laps at the municipal natatorium off
Drake Avenue. You can even sweat with a view: Monte Sano State Park and
the sprawling Hays Nature Preserve near Hampton Cove have miles of
hiking trails itching to be explored. Since the mid-1970s, the city has
required subdivision developers to build sidewalks, so there are plenty
of places to walk off that double cheeseburger. The same goes for
Madison.

"But if you live in, say, New Market, your exercise options are much
more limited. There are only a handful of public parks scattered across
rural Madison County, and hardly any sidewalks. Unlike Huntsville and
Madison, the county government does not require sidewalks in
unincorporated areas. That means kids can't safely walk to school, and
grown-ups have to drive to the corner convenience store when they need
a jug of milk. County Commissioner Dale Strong, whose district includes
the booming Harvest and Monrovia communities, said he'd love to see
more sidewalks..."

Source:
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/1073587624129310.xml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (limited online archives)
Title: "Huntsville is built with opportunities to take off pounds"
Author: John Peck and Steve Doyle
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WAYNESVILLE (OH) BEGINS SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS FOR KIDS

-> According to a Jan. 15th Cincinnati Enquirer article, "This Warren
County village is taking new steps to boost child safety in Waynesville
school zones. Village and school officials have discussed the need for
a cooperative safety plan for some time, but concerns were highlighted
recently after long-time crossing guard Pat Irelan retired. The
brightness of all traffic lights will be increased, reflective strips
will be installed in the crosswalks and the village will purchase
"pedestrian crossing" signs. The police chief has even ordered all
on-duty officers to be at the school when students are arriving or
being dismissed.

"This week, orange vests and other safety materials are being delivered
to all school crossing guards, who also are getting training from
police officers. 'There's no greater concern than the safety of the
children,' said Rodney Smith, village manager and safety director. 'I
know the school has some financial constraints, as does the village.
But it really takes partnerships like this to make things like this
succeed.' In all, the village of 2,725 people is investing upwards of
$2,000 on the initial improvements, Smith said. That does not include
the long-term costs of the increased lighting and staff..."

Source:
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/01/15/loc_waynesville15.html
Archive search: http://www.enquirer.com/backissues/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Police step in to keep students safe on streets"
Author: Erica Solvig
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SEBASTOPOL (CA) BIKE SHOP PROJECT HELPS COMMUNITY

-> According to a Jan. 8th Sonoma West Times & News article, "With
customers from Sebastopol to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, a new
Middle Way project is putting people on bikes and training its
developmentally-challenged workers to refurbish old bikes. 'A lot of
our clients have great mechanical inclinations,' explained Middle Way
Executive Director Jeff Edelheit. 'We wanted to find something easy yet
beneficial and that could be built on.' Community Bikes, a
collaboration between the Middle Way, Car-Lite Sebastopol, local bike
shops and other community groups, rescues old bikes, restores them and
gets them back into circulation in the community.

"'I see this shop as a catalyst for the community to be more
bike-friendly,' said Manuel Mejia, a Middle Way trainer and supervisor
of the bike shop. The Middle Way is a Sebastopol-based nonprofit that
helps developmentally challenged people develop job and other life
skills. The main focus of the program, explained Kathryn Ackland,
director of Middle Way client services, is to train the developmentally
challenged people who are Middle Way clients in a skilled trade. 'There
are lots of jobs in janitorial, landscaping and heavy labor, but not
skilled trade,' said Ackland. 'This will give our clients the
opportunity to get jobs in bike shops out in the real world.'..."

Source:
http://www.sonomawest.com/articles/2004/01/08/sonomawest/news/nws-3.txt
Archive search: http://www.sonomawest.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Middle Way rescues old bikes and puts them back on the street"
Author: Dawn Pillsbury
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CARRBORO (NC) MOVES AHEAD ON SIDEWALK BOND PROJECTS

-> According to a Jan. 14th Durham Herald-Sun article, "The Board of
Aldermen now knows where it plans to put its first round of sidewalk
bond projects, but members want the public to help work out the
details. The board approved Tuesday the first round of the proposed
sidewalks, scheduling -- among others -- Oak Avenue, Pine Street, Hanna
Street and North Greensboro Street for the improvements over the next
two years. Aldermen added North Greensboro to the list in place of Oak
Street because residents of the street said they didn't need the
sidewalks.

"Carrboro voters approved a $4.6 million sidewalk and greenway bond
package last November. Since then, the aldermen have established a plan
that calls for three separate stages of funding of about $1.53 million
each every two years during the next six years. In a public hearing
before board members approved the projects, many residents argued that
there needs to be a dialogue between the community and the town's
engineering staff. These discussions would allow the engineers to
tailor sidewalk designs to specific neighborhoods, residents said..."

Source: http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-435463.html
Archive search: http://www.herald-sun.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Officials OK sidewalk schedule "
Author: Jenny Huang
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OUTLOOK (SK) GETS CANADA'S LONGEST BIKE BRIDGE

-> Here's a somewhat dated story from Saskatchewan's Western Producer
(9/23/03) but it's interesting, nonetheless. "Outlook will be home to
the longest pedestrian bridge in Canada when an old railway bridge
becomes part of the Trans Canada Trail this fall. Volunteers Doreen
Bell, Ruth Ballek and Russell McPherson have helped organize a number
of fundraisers like a triathlon and town-wide garage sale to pay the
$100,000 cost of the project. The group borrowed money from the rural
municipality of Rudy and the town of Outlook, but is confident it will
be able to pay them back.

"'I feel it shouldn't come out of the taxpayers' pockets,' said Bell.
The bridge, originally erected in Lachine, Que., and moved to Outlook
in 1910, was donated by CP Rail, which shut it down in the 1980s.
'Outlook has been recycling for 100 years,' joked Bell of the bridge
that was moved in chunks and riveted together over the South
Saskatchewan River. At 914 metres long and 45 m high, the old railway
deck will be lined with chest-high chain link fences on both sides of
the trail. It will have recycled plastic planks, including some from an
extensive recycling program in the town..."

Source:
http://www.producer.com/articles/20030918/farm_living/20030918fl01.html
Archive search: http://www.producer.com/articles/search.html
Cost: No
Title: "Bridge to be link in walking trail"
Author: Karen Morrison
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NEW WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNED FOR HOLLAND (MI)

-> According to a Jan. 7th Holland Sentinel article, "A developer's
plans to turn about 40 acres of former farmland into a city-like
neighborhood in Holland Township with homes tucked close together
around a small park has advanced to the next level. Called Knollwood,
it would include 121 narrow lots for single-family homes, a series of
narrow tree-lined public streets with sidewalks, private alleys behind
some of the homes, and a 2-acre central park with pavilion and
community swimming pool.

Brian Meiste Builders Inc. is working on designs for the project, along
with Nederveld Associates Inc. It took the developer and site designers
at least five appearances before the planning commission, but in the
end, they won over the doubts of some commissioners who voiced concerns
about density and the marketability of the project. After a little more
fine-tuning Tuesday, the commission voted to recommend the township
board approve the final plan. A public hearing before the township
board is expected to be Feb. 5..."

Source:
http://www.thehollandsentinel.net/stories/010704/loc_010704013.shtml
Archive search: http://www.thehollandsentinel.net/stories/
Cost: No
Title: "Plans for city-like neighborhood OK'd"
Author: John Charles Robbins
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S

NILES (IN) GETS PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY MAKE-OVER

-> "Croteau said the new look will be pedestrian friendly and make
Niles a more 'walkable' community, despite the slant of East Main
Street between Second and Fourth streets."
Source:
http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2004/01/12/local.20040112-sbt-MICH-A1-

STUDY LINKS OBESITY AND DISABILITIES FOR UNDER 60S

-> "Disability rates rose sharply between 1984 and 2000 among Americans
younger than 60, probably because of a rise in obesity"
Source: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/nation/7669718.htm

ST. LOUIS' OLDER 'BURBS GET WALKABLE MAKEOVERS

-> "St. Louis' older suburbs, once an escape for urban refugees, now
are replicating traditional city neighborhoods, all in an effort to
keep longtime residents and draw new ones."

Source:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/St.+Louis+City+%2F+County/4BBC987BA27B313A86256E1A001F9614?OpenDocument&Headline=The+new+urbanism



SALT LAKE CITY RECORD STORE HEADS FOR MORE WALKABLE 'HOOD

-> "The Sugar House neighborhood and that at 900 South and 900 East
share the sought-after residential and retail mix that makes them
highly desirable 'walkable' communities."
Source: http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jan/01082004/business/127032.asp

WASHINGTON DC'S "ORBITING" TOUR BUSES RISKY FOR PEDS

-> "District residents responded last night to a proposal to alleviate
one of the worst side effects of tourist seasons -- roaming tour buses
that clog the streets, pollute the air and pose a safety risk to
pedestrians."
Source: http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20040114-100604-9750r.htm

BICYCLE BOB'S MONTREAL NEIGHBORHOOD GETS SAFER XING

-> "Cars will slow down and cycling will become safe in Bicycle Bob
Silverman's old stomping grounds, where two-wheeled transportation is
popular and no trees are left unhugged..."
Source:
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/columnists/story.asp?id=7DAC64DD-0CD7-4AE9-B85A-5259E194627A

MINNESOTA DRIVERS SEEING MORE ROUNDABOUTS

-> "Local and state transportation officials have built at least a
half-dozen roundabouts from Blaine to Rochester in recent years, and
more are on the way."
Source: http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4313280.html


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BOULDER (CO) BANK GETS "BIKE-THROUGH" LANE

-> Thanks to James Mackay for putting us onto this. According to the
website of the Pueblo Bank & Trust, "Boulder is a city dedicated to its
bicyclists, offering extensive, safe and beautiful bike paths
throughout the community. To help support this cyclist-friendly way of
life, Pueblo Bank & Trust is proud to now offer cyclist-only drive-thru
banking at our Boulder bank. This lane is dedicated to bikes only, so
it is designed to be safe from auto traffic and specially equipped for
riders' ease of use."

To visit the website (and see a photo of the bike lane being used), go

to: http://www.pueblobankandtrust.com/extra.shtml



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

-> "A NEW VIEW OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY"
South Asian Women's Forum article by Ragini Chaturvedi
http://www.sawf.org/newedit/edit03042002/fitness.asp

-> "WALKING, EFFECTIVE EXERCISE FOR EVERYONE"
American Fitness Professionals & Associates article by Elaine Gavalas.
http://www.afpafitness.com/articles/WALKING.HTM

-> "SKATEBOARDING, SPACE AND THE CITY"
Subtitled "Architecture and the Body;" 2001 book by Iain Borden,
Director of Architectural History and Theory, University College
London. Now in paperback. Info:
https://www.b-bold.com/berg/us/book_page.asp?Title_ID=650

-> "TRANSPORTATION EQUITY FALL/WINTER 2003-4"
A Newsletter of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark
Atlanta University
http://www.ejrc.cau.edu/transequnewsvol6.htm

-> "PRIMER OF EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION"
ChiroWeb.com article by Len Goodman, PhD.
http://www.chiroweb.com/archives/14/12/05.html

-> "THE VEHICLE DETECTOR CLEARINGHOUSE"
"A Summary Report" on a multi-state, pooled-fund project managed by the
Southwest Technology Development Inst and sponsored in cooperation with
FHWA; Summer 2002. The word "bicycle" is nowhere to be found.
http://www.itsdocs.fhwa.dot.gov//JPODOCS/REPTS_TE//13894_files/13894.pdf

-> "GETTING TO SMART GROWTH II"
Subtitled "100 More Policies for Implementation." From the Smart Growth
Network. (1.6mb pdf)
http://www.smartgrowth.org/pdf/gettosg2.pdf

-> "A ROUNDABOUT CASE STUDY..."
"Comparing Capacity Estimates from Alternative Analytical Models."
Paper presented at 2nd Urban Street Symposium (July 2003) by Rahmi
Akcelik, Akcelik and Associates, Greythorn, Victoria (Australia).
http://www.akcelik.com.au/documents/Akcelik_USS2RoundaboutPaper.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 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 3-5, 2004, National Bike Summit, Washington DC. Info: League of
American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington DC 20006;
phone: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202) 822-1334; e-mail:
<bikeleague@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikeleague.org/events/natlsummitmarch2004.htm

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 18-20, 2004, Midwest Regional Bike-Ped Conference,
Overland Park KS. Info: Patricia Weaver, Executive Director, KU
Transportation Center, 1530 West 15th Street #2015S, Lawrence,
KS 66045; phone: (785) 864-2595; fax: (785) 864-3199;
e-mail: <weaver@ku.edu>
http://www.kutc.ku.edu/region7bikeped

March 18-20, 2004, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Conference, Chicago,
IL. Info: Anne, CBF; phone: (312) 427-3325 x41; e-mail:
<anneh@biketraffic.org>
http://www.biketraffic.org/conference.html

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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FEDERATION
(The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is a 5,500+ member-based advocacy group
with a staff of over 20 employees that services the 8.5 million
resident, seven-county Chicago area. As the nation s largest staffed
bicycle advocacy group the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation works closely
with, and holds accountable, governmental agencies regarding
responsible transportation planning and implementation. The Chicagoland
Bicycle Federation also leverages the power of the vibrant Chicagoland
bicycling community through a wide variety of programs and events to
improve the bicycling environment and thereby the quality of life in
the region.

Qualifications for Executive Director Position: commitment to the
mission; proven leader and communicator; expertise on bicycling, and
related transportation issues; ability to raise significant funds from
diverse sources; ability as a public interest advocate; significant
experience and expertise as an advocate; proven diversity experience;
ability to budget, plan and maintain focus; ability to identify key
goals, strategies, and raise funds and resources; ability to manage
consulting services and grants; ability to manage a professional staff
and consultants; non-profit experience. Applications will be accepted
via email only until February 20, 2004. For the complete job
announcement, go to:
http://www.biketraffic.org/edsearch/

-> 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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