G-U-A-R-A-N-T-E-E-D--"M-Y-D-O-O-M"--F-R-E-E


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


Issue #89 Friday, January 30, 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
  ALRC Offers New Active Living Presentation
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Proposal Deadline Looms
  Andy Clarke to Lead L.A.B.
  Congress Plans Action on TEA-21 Renewal
  Walkable Community Workshops Begin March 1
  Oregon: Enforcement Cuts X-Walk Crashes
  "Time's Up!" at 2004 Republican Nat'l Convention
  L.A.B. International Symposium to Attract Mayors
  College Park Bicyclists Propose Map Color Codes
  DelDOT Lets Public Vote Before Project Built
  Kingston (ON) Releases Cycling/Pathways Report
  Denver's Walkable Stapleton Gets Car-Sharing


I-N--T-H-E-N-E-W-S
  Scottish Study: Preschoolers Not Getting Exercise
  Bikes Belong Kicks Off "Bike for Life" Campaign
  Pennsylvania Uses CDC Grant to Fight Obesity
  Charlotte (NC) Considers Walkable Biz District Plan
  Menasha (WI) Bridge Project Overcomes PCB Worries
  Study: Saline County (MO) Towns Low on Ped Safety
  W. Sacramento (CA) Does "Road Diet" on School Route
  Sylvania (OH) Trail Project Gets Prelim. Approval
  Hoboken (NJ) Looks at Walkable Master Plan
  Ft. Smith (AR) Considers 160-Mile Trail Plan




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


ALRC OFFERS NEW ACTIVE LIVING PRESENTATION

-> The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) has announced the availability of
a new presentation, "The Inactivity Epidemic." The ALRC is a program of the
National Center for Bicycling & Walking, operated under a grant from The
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

"We've designed this so that a local person can give a 15-minute presentation
to a group such as a Rotary club or the PTA," said Gary MacFadden, NCBW staff
director. "The presentation walks the audience through a simple logic-model
that says, "We have a growing health problem, the design of our communities
is part of the problem, and here are some things you can do about it, such
as increasing opportunities to bicycle and walk." He added that the program
has been beta-tested at health conferences and in small groups of health
practitioners and bike/ped advocates.

MacFadden said that the "Inactivity Epidemic," built in PowerPoint, can be
adapted to the state or region. "For example, we've included slides that
allow the presenter to quickly customize the presentaition with data showing
adult obesity rates in the region." He added that included PowerPoint
templates make it easy for the presenter to add data or local images while
maintaining a consistent design for the presentation. Embedded presenter
notes detail the operation of the program and offer talking points.

The Inactivty Epidemic is available through the ALRC on CD-ROM; request a
copy at http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/PubHealth.htm. You can also download
the presentation (11 mb!) and associated slide library as a .zip file at the
same URL: http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/PubHealth.htm
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PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 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 dozens
of proposals covering a wide range of topics that focus on this year's
conference theme: Creating Active Communities. This is the 13th
biannual Pro Walk/Pro Bike symposium offered by the National Center
For Bicycling & Walking.

To learn more about submitting a presentation proposal, visit:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/paper_submissions.htm
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ANDY CLARKE TO LEAD L.A.B.

-> According to a recent League of American Bicyclists news release,
"Andy Clarke, the League's Director of State and Local Advocacy and
Deputy Executive Director, will succeed Elissa Margolin as Executive
Director on April 19. Margolin, who has been with the organization
since 1997, decided to resign her position to spend more time with her
young children. The transition will allow Margolin to lead the League
through the 2004 National Bike Summit, March 3-5 in Washington, DC.
Chris Kegel, President of the League, 'Bicycle Retailer of the Year,'
and owner of six Wheel & Sprocket bicycle shops in Wisconsin, said,
'Elissa has led the League through an extraordinary period of growth in
programs, budget and strategic alliances.

"'She will be missed. However, Andy Clarke is hands-down our ideal
successor who can build on the momentum Elissa created, and lead the
League to even greater success in building a bicycle-friendly America.'
John Burke, President of Trek Bicycle Corporation, said, 'Andy Clarke
delivers. I can't think of a better person to take over the League and
to work with the bike industry to put more people on bikes more often.'
Clarke, who has worked to improve conditions for bicycling in a variety
of capacities for almost 20 years, has been managing the League's
Bicycle Friendly Community CampaignTM and spearheading the League's
initiative to promote state and local policies that facilitate the
creation of bicycle-friendly environments."

For more information, go to:
http://www.bikeleague.org/mediacenter/e-news012404.htm
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CONGRESS PLANS ACTION ON TEA-21 RENEWAL

-> According to the Jan. 23rd issue of STPP's Transfer, "This week
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and House Speaker Dennis
Hastert (R-IL) met with the nation's mayors at their annual Washington
Meeting, pledging that the Senate and House will act early next month
on legislation reauthorizing 'TEA-21,' the nation's surface
transportation law. Frist indicated he expected to have the legislation
on the Senate floor in 'about two weeks,' while acknowledging that
additional resources to pay for the planned $311 billion renewal bill
remained uncertain. Hastert pledged House action next month on its
legislation that would provide a $300 plus billion investment.

"On February 2, President Bush submits his Budget Request for Fiscal
Year 2005, a document that will renew or modify the Administration's
position on proposed transportation funding levels for the next fiscal
year and thereafter. Ironically, the President's budget will be
unveiled on the same day the Senate is expected to begin debate on a
TEA-21 renewal bill that will exceed the Administration's requests by
tens of billions. In recent weeks, Administration officials has said
they were reviewing revenue options to allow some upward adjustments in
their $248 billion 'SAFETEA' renewal plan that was unveiled in May."

For more on reauthorization, go to:
http://www.transact.org/transfer/trans04/1_26.asp
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WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS BEGIN MARCH 1

-> Spring is coming, and with it arrives the kickoff of the Walkable
Community Workshops: Round 2. This year's MPO workshop series, under
the direction of Bob Chauncey of the National Center for Bicycling &
Walking (NCBW), begins March 1 with the Brimingham, Alabama, workshop.
During the following three-and-a-half months, NCBW trainers will work
with staff at MPOs in ten states, including Kentucky, New Mexico,
Minnesota, Ohio, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Alabama, Rhode Island,
and Washington, DC.

"During Round 1 of the workshops last year we hosted nearly 1,500
participants, with planners, elected officials, and engineers taking
part," said Mark Plotz, NCBW program assistant. "With the increase from
8 to 12 MPO regional workshops, we're planning to attract as many as
1,800 participants for Round Two."

For more about the Walkable Community Workshop program, see:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm
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OREGON: ENFORCEMENT CUTS X-WALK CRASHES

-> According to a recent note, "Oregon cities have been able to reduce
pedestrian crashes by rigorously enforcing pedestrian laws and fining
drivers for not stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks. Under the
Pedestrian Safety Operations (PSE) program, a decoy police officer
attempts to cross in a crosswalk. A video camera records each incident
of drivers not yielding and either a warning or citation is issued. In
the first three years of the program, there was a 16% decrease in
pedestrian injuries (from 348 to 293) and a 19% reduction in pedestrian
fatalities (from 16 to 13), related to crosswalks."

For more information, contact Rick Waring, ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian
Safety Program, (503) 986-4196, e-mail: <rick.a.waring@odot.state.or.us>.
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"TIME'S UP!" AT 2004 REPUBLICAN NAT'L CONVENTION

-> According to the website of Time's Up, "The TIME'S UP! environmental
group has a long history of promoting a positive message about our
environment and non-polluting transportation. The Republican National
Convention (RNC) in 2004 represents a great opportunity to express this
message to our elected representatives and the national audience that
will watch the Republicans nominate George Bush for another four years
in office. TIME'S UP! is planning a full week of events to coincide
with the RNC.

"The Convention will take place during the last week of summer from
August 30th through September 2nd, but TIME'S UP! will be kicking
things off early on Friday, August 27th with a festive Critical Mass
that is not to be missed..."

For the rest of the story, go to:
http://times-up.org/rnc_2004.php
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L.A.B. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM TO ATTRACT MAYORS

-> According to a recent League of American Bicyclists news release,
"The League's International Symposium on Bicycle Friendly Communities
will take place March 4 in Washington, DC. The symposium is an
opportunity for mayors and other municipal elected officials to
discover how communities in the U.S., Europe, and beyond use bicycling
to achieve a wide variety of policy goals; how they have overcome
technical and financial challenges to safely accommodating bicycles;
and how leadership is essential to realize the potential of bicycling
in communities. The Symposium is co-hosted by the League of American
Bicyclists and Velo Mondial."

For more information, go to:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/mayors.htm
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COLLEGE PARK BICYCLISTS PROPOSE MAP COLOR CODES

-> According to a recent note from Bill Kelly of the College Park Area
Bicycle Coalition, "We at CPABC have been working on a Color Code for
Bike Maps Routing. In our many years of using and studying Bike/Ped
Maps when have found that there is NO Standard or System to help
Bike/Ped Folks use the few maps that are out there. If you would go to
our Web-Site, you will get a short report on Color Code for Maps
Paper." Bill is looking for comments, so let him know what you think!
His email address is <ws.kelly@worldnet.att.net>.

The CPABC website is at: http://www.cpabc.org/
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DELDOT LETS PUBLIC VOTE BEFORE PROJECT BUILT

-> According to an article in the Jan. 16th AASHTO Journal, "The
Delaware DOT is taking a new step in public involvement by giving
residents of specific neighborhoods a chance to vote on proposed
projects aimed at curbing speeding. The Delaware News-Journal reports
that, if the now-limited approach is deemed effective, it may be used
in decision-making on larger Delaware projects in the future.

"The projects pending votes are aimed at curbing commuter speeding on
residential streets that are being used as alternate routes to arterial
roads. One plan, for example, would invest $75,000 for installation of
medians, with islands along curbs and a traffic circle at a key
intersection. The design was created following complaints by residents
of the neighborhood last winter, and was drawn up with neighborhood
involvement and presented at a public hearing..."

Source:
http://www.transportation.org/publications/HTMLJournal.nsf/ViewItems/Volume
+104,+Number+02+-+January+16,+2004?opendocument

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KINGSTON (ON) RELEASES CYCLING/PATHWAYS REPORT

-> According to a recent news release, "On January 20, 2004, Kingston
City Council accepted the final report of the Kingston Cycling and
Pathways Study, a comprehensive review and analysis of the existing and
potential pathway system for cyclists and pedestrians...'The Cycling
and Pathways report presents a vision of what could be,' said the
City's Project Manager, Cherie Mills. 'It recommends a number of new
programs and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.'

The final report is available on the City website:
http://www.cityofkingston.ca/pathways.
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DENVER'S WALKABLE STAPLETON GETS CAR-SHARING

-> According to a Jan. 26th Business Wire news release, "Living and/or
working in or near Stapleton, one of the nation's largest urban
developments, just got better -- it now comes with wheels. Flexcar, the
nation's oldest and largest car-sharing company, today announced its
expansion into the Denver area through a unique partnership with
Stapleton's master developer, Forest City Stapleton, Inc. Flexcar has
located two brand new gas/electric Honda Civic Hybrid sedans at
Stapleton for use on an hourly basis. The new Flexcar program will
become an important part of Stapleton's ongoing commitment to create a
sustainable community, not only to enhance the quality of life for
people today, but also to ensure that the needs of future generations
can be met.

"The largest urban development in the nation, Stapleton is a tapestry
of homes, shops, offices, parks and schools in a walkable community.
Flexcar complements this smart design with a practical service for
people who only need a car part-time...'Clearly, Forest City Stapleton
is at the forefront of smart and sustainable development, setting a
great example for others to follow,' said Lance Ayrault, president of
Flexcar. 'Walkable communities that are connected to transit and offer
car-sharing represent the next phase of urban development. We are proud
to be a partner in bringing clean transportation options to Stapleton
residents and the community at large.' Used in conjunction with public
transit, car/vanpools and walking/biking, car-sharing helps individuals
meet their transportation needs in an economic and environmentally
responsible manner, giving them the freedom of car ownership without
the associated cost and hassles..."

Source:
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040126005154&newsLang=en

For more information on Flexcar, go to:
http://www.flexcar.com/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"The truest and most horrible claim made for modern transport is that
it 'annihilates space.' It does. It annihilates one of the most
glorious gifts we have been given. It is a vile inflation which lowers
the value of distance, so that a modern boy travels a hundred miles
with less sense of liberation and pilgrimage and adventure than his
grandfather got from travelling ten."

-- C.S. Lewis, "Surprised by Joy"

"'In Wayne County we would discourage bicyclists from using the
roadway,' [Wayne County Roads Director Patrick Hogan] says. When asked
if cycling on the road is illegal (which it isn't), Hogan replied that
he didn't know, adding, 'I do know that it's dangerous and should be
discouraged.'"

Source: Detroit Metro Times http://www.metrotimes.com


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

SCOTTISH STUDY: PRESCHOOLERS NOT GETTING EXERCISE

-> According to a Jan. 16th Toronto Globe and Mail article, "If
inactivity levels get any worse, children are going to start growing
roots. New research shows that children aged 3 to 5 spend about 20
minutes a day in vigorous activity, a fraction of what they need to
derive a health benefit. The study, conducted in Scotland, provides
graphic proof that the sedentary lifestyle causing the obesity epidemic
in Western countries is beginning in the first years of life. 'There is
a widespread perception among parents and health and educational
professionals that young children are spontaneously active,' said John
Reilly, a researcher in the division of developmental medicine at
Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, and lead author of the study.
But the findings demonstrate that, in a world of television and
parental time constraints, this is not true.

"In fact the study, published today in medical journal The Lancet,
found that at age 3, children were sedentary, on average, 81 per cent
of their waking hours. By age 5, they remained inactive 78 per cent of
the time. Worse yet, the younger age group spent only about 20 minutes
of the day in moderate to vigorous activity -- the kind of play that
would get the heart pumping. By age 5, that rose to just over 35
minutes. Girls were less active than boys. According to Canadian
guidelines for physical activity, children should engage in moderate to
vigorous activity for at least one hour daily, ideally for 90 minutes
or more. Only 38 per cent of Canadian girls and 48 per cent of boys
meet even the most basic activity level, according to data compiled by
the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute..."

Source:
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040116/FAT16/Health/Idx
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (archives appear to be limited at this time)
Title: "A new generation of couch potatoes"
Author: Andre Picard
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BIKES BELONG KICKS OFF "BIKE FOR LIFE" CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Jan. 28th Houston Chronicle article, "Through a
multiyear, multimillion-dollar national campaign, the bicycle industry
is taking a leadership role in helping Americans get fit. Bikes Belong,
the industry's advocacy group, and Pacesetter, a marketing company, are
launching 'Bike for Life' in an effort to get more people on bicycles
to combat obesity and influence the health-and-fitness choices of all
Americans. Through the partnership, Bikes Belong and Pacesetter will
develop the campaign and raise funds. The Bike for Life campaign will
feature celebrity participation, an in-school education program for
children, a nationwide mobile marketing tour providing consumers with
access to bike advocates, dealers and manufacturers, and a media blitz
with advertising and public service announcements.

"The campaign will be enhanced by the Billion Mile Ride to Wellness.
This component of the overall effort will encourage parents, children
and cycling enthusiasts of all ages to keep track of their cycled miles
in an effort to combat obesity and promote wellness for a charitable
cause. 'As an industry, we felt there was no better time to launch our
first-ever national promotions campaign to encourage Americans to get
active and fit by riding a bike and enjoying all the benefits that come
with it,' said Bill Fry, the CEO of Bell Sports and president of Bikes
Belong. The first projects in the campaign are expected to get under
way within the next few months..."

Source: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/cycling/2376058
Archive search: http://www.chron.com/content/archive/index.mpl
Cost: Yes
Title: "Bike for Life targets fitness"
Author: Steve Seivert
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PENNSYLVANIA USES CDC GRANT TO FIGHT OBESITY

-> According to a Jan. 25th Washington Observer-Reporter story, "To
gain an edge on the obesity problem in Pennsylvania, the state
Department of Health is calling for a coordinated front led by
community leaders, schools and health-care providers...On March 10,
with a $649,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control, PANA will
kick off a campaign that focuses on creating healthy environments in
schools. The campaign will concentrate on nutrition, activity and
physical education. 'Schools are continuing to cut PE time. We're
trying to make sure kids are getting regular physical education and
quality time,' [Allison Topper of Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition]
said...

"Topper said plans are being finalized to spur the development of
walkable communities with amenities such as sidewalks and trails. By
next fall, PANA plans to have a course for local municipal officials
offered at colleges and universities...'Right now, everything happens
in pockets and isolation. By having a unified effort, we'll show a
bigger bang that we're moving and changing the tide,' Topper said..."

Source: http://www.observer-reporter.com/289301361518081.bsp
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title "Contractor for state spearheading effort to tackle obesity
problem"
Author: Heidi Price

A related story, "Schools take steps to ensure kids learn a healthy
lifestyle," can be found here (if not, use "Search" window):
http://www.observer-reporter.com/features.bsp
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CHARLOTTE (NC) CONSIDERS WALKABLE BIZ DISTRICT PLAN

-> According to a Jan. 26th Charlotte Observer story, "City planners
expect plenty of new shops and restaurants to open on Central Avenue
over the next few years, expanding the business district that has
blossomed in east Charlotte's Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. But they
won't be your typical strip centers and chain stores with big parking
lots. The Charlotte City Council will vote on new rules next month that
would require developers to build pedestrian-friendly projects that
front the street. The rules are part of a new plan for Central Avenue
designed to accelerate its redevelopment while protecting its
character. In addition to the new zoning rules, the Plaza Central
Pedscape plan calls for more on-street parking, crosswalks, trees,
benches and pedestrian-level lighting -- which planners hope will
attract new businesses.

"'The goal is to move away from the disjointed shopping centers that
have parking lots in the front to something more pedestrian,' said
Charlotte-Mecklenburg planner Kent Main. 'Over time, we hope to remake
the area into a more urban neighborhood.' Gary Frame, who has lived in
the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood for eight years, said the changes can't
come soon enough. 'I live two blocks from Central and The Plaza so I
walk to the grocery store; I walk to Thomas Street Tavern,' he said.
'This is a really unique business district, and it needs to be
preserved and protected.'..."

Source: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/7797421.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Plaza-Midwood plan encourages foot traffic"
Author: Michelle Crouch
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MENASHA (WI) BRIDGE PROJECT OVERCOMES PCB WORRIES

-> According to a Jan. 29th Appleton Post-Crescent article, "Conversion
of the former railroad trestle spanning Little Lake Butte des Morts to
a bicycle-pedestrian trail will not be derailed by the PCB cleanup
after all. Concerns that part of the mile-long trestle might have to be
removed to facilitate barge traffic for the cleanup of PCB hot spots on
either side have been allayed - much to the delight of Menasha and Town
of Menasha officials working jointly on the project. 'Everybody's on
the same track now to make it move forward,' said George Dearborn, Town
of Menasha.community development director.

"'At this point there is no intent to remove any section of trestle
trail,' said Michael Kading, Town of Menasha parks and recreation
director. 'They (state Department of Natural Resources personnel) gave
the green light.' Construction should begin this summer on what is
expected to become one of the longest recreational trails spanning
water in the U.S. The two communities now lease the trestle trail from
the DNR, which acquired it last year from Canadian National Railway..."

Source:
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040129/NEWS18/101290147
Archive search: http://www.wisinfo.com/postcrescent/search/basic.shtml
Cost: No (but appears to be limited)
Title: "PCB cleanup won't derail trestle project"
Author: Michael King
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STUDY: SALINE COUNTY (MO) TOWNS LOW ON PED SAFETY

-> According to a Jan. 29th Marshall Democrat-News article,
"Communities in Saline County have few laws addressing smoking and
employ few strategies to enhance safety for non-motorists, according to
a study by the county health office. Gayle Thomas, health office
administrator, reported the survey results to the Saline County
Commission Wednesday morning during its regular session. She said the
survey is required as part of the health office's core functions
contract with the state...

"The health office survey also addressed physical activity and
nutrition. It found most communities have at least some sidewalks, but
they are not well maintained. A negative finding was that most
communities do not employ pedestrian and cyclist safety measures such
as crosswalks at all major intersections and roads with adequate
shoulders, although four responded that city roads are well
maintained..."

Source: http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1060828.html
Archive search: http://www.marshallnews.com/search/
Cost: No
Title "Health office survey: Area cities don't address smoking,
pedestrian safety"
Author: Jenny Bryers
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W. SACRAMENTO (CA) DOES "ROAD DIET" ON SCHOOL ROUTE

-> According to a Jan. 15th Sacramento Bee article, "West Sacramento
officials plan to redesign busy Park Boulevard and place a traffic
turnaround at the intersection where a school crossing guard was
fatally injured near Westmore Oaks Elementary School. In a move to
reduce speeding, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a
plan to reconfigure the four-lane street so there will be one lane in
each direction, with bike lanes.

"In addition, the city will install a peanut-shaped traffic circle in
the Park Boulevard intersection with 16th and Fallbrook streets where
crossing guard Byron G. 'Bud' Brown Sr. was struck by a car Oct. 9. "It
will improve safety, make the neighborhood more intimate and walkable
and help relieve congestion during the morning school drop-off period,.
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said later..."

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/8104661p-9036909c.html
Archive search: http://www.sacbee.com/static/live/search/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "West Sacramento plans to redesign busy thoroughfare"
Author: Steve Gibson
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SYLVANIA (OH) TRAIL PROJECT GETS PRELIM. APPROVAL

-> According to a Jan. 29th Toledo Blade article, "A bicycle trail in
the new parkland owned by the Olander Park System designed to run to
Fossil Park and the area of Centennial Quarry and Terrace has been
given preliminary approval by the Ohio Department of Transportation. A
final OK depends on a state grant for 80 percent of the price tag of
approximately $650,000 for the trail that would have the area of
Timberstone Junior High School as its other end. Bikeways were
prominently mentioned as important to the area when Olander and
residential developers announced plans for the area east of Mitchaw
Road between Sylvania Avenue and Brint Road. The area is being
developed as a residential community with about 60 acres belonging to
Olander.

"The park board has decided that much of the land will remain in its
natural state, although a sledding hill may be developed and there is
the possibility of the construction of a community building, according
to Gary Madryzkowski, director of the park system. At the time the land
was acquired by the park last year, Mr. Madrzykowski said an important
consideration was the development of bike trails. The trails, he said,
were not only for recreation, but to allow youngsters a way to ride to
Timberstone without having to use their bikes on the increasingly busy
streets in the area. Mr. Madrzykowski said the park system would
construct the trails and restore the area to create natural
corridors..."

Source:
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040129/NEWS18/101290147
Archive search:
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=ARCHIVES
Cost: Yes
Title: "Sylvania: Bike trail to quarry advances"
Author: Mike Jones
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HOBOKEN (NJ) LOOKS AT WALKABLE MASTER PLAN

-> According to a Jan. 20th Jersey Journal article, "The mood was
largely positive in the Hoboken High School cafeteria last week, where
about 80 people turned out, despite subfreezing temperatures, for a
public hearing on the city's proposed new master plan. The draft plan -
which contains more than 230 recommendations to guide future
development in Hoboken - drew support from many in the crowd, which
included the mayor, city administrators and members of the City
Council, planning and zoning boards, along with a large number of
interested citizens.

"Prepared by the New York City planning firm Phillips Preiss Shapiro
Associates at a cost to the city of $270,000, the draft master plan
addresses seven key areas: transportation, community facilities, parks,
housing, economic development, land use and design. The aim is to
create a 'new type of urban village' the document said, defining that
as a compact, walkable community with a diverse population and balanced
mix of land uses. 'The goal and intent of the master plan is to make
life better for families living in Hoboken, to make the city more
livable for families that are going to stay in Hoboken for a long
time,' summarized Mayor David Roberts during comments after the
meeting.

Source:
http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?/base/news-0/107461818874531.xml#continue
Archive search: http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/index.ssf?fourteendays
Cost: No (but appears to be limited to 14 days)
Title: "Hoboken mostly smiles at master plan"
Author: Maria Zingaro Conte
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FT. SMITH (AR) CONSIDERS 160-MILE TRAIL PLAN

-> According to a Jan. 29th Fort Smith times Record article, "A
suggested trail/greenway corridor map developed with input from Fort
Smith residents will be reviewed at a planning workshop at 7 p.m. today
at the Fort Smith Convention Center. The city's Trails and Greenways
Advisory Committee, with officials from LandPlan Consultants Inc.,
drafted the map following a Nov. 6 workshop at which participants
offered suggested routes and features. The resulting map shows 160
miles of suggested trail corridors, existing trails and linkage to the
city's bicycle trails.

"At today's meeting, citizens can comment on the trail system and help
prioritize the development of trails. Tulsa-based LandPlan has been
contracted to develop a trails-greenway plan for a system the city can
build in phases, as funds become available. Other aspects of the plan
include educating the public on the benefits of trails to city
transportation, recreation, environment and economy..."

Source:
http://www.swtimes.com/archive/2004/January/29/news/trail_plans.html
Archive search: http://www.swtimes.com/Search/archive.html
Cost: No
Title: "Directors To Study Trail Plans"
Author: Rusty Garrett
<back to top>


O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

SPEEDING 82-YR-OLD PEDESTRIAN RUN DOWN BY SCHOOL CHIEF

-> According to a Jan. 28th Newsday article, Robert Christmann,
superintendent of the Newark (NY) Central School District, was found
not guilty of "failure to exercise due care," a charge stemming from an
Oct. 18th incident in which he ran down an 82-year old pedestrian,
Mabel Hammer. Ms. Hammer was trying to cross the street when Christmann
hit her; she died later at the hospital. While Village Court Judge
Victor Chambers found Christmann guilty of speeding, he decided that
there was not enough evidence to convict him on the other charge.
Christmann had told a reporter from the Rochester Democrat and
Chronicle that Ms. Hammer, who was standing two feet from the curb,
"suddenly" walked in front of his car. Christmann faces a maximum $150
fine.

Source:
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny-brf--pedestrianfat0128jan28,0,4623406.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/newsday/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Schools chief found guilty of speeding in pedestrian fatal"


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

STATEN ISLAND (NY) GOVT: "DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO"??

-> "'It's not fair to homeowners, who get slapped for $350 fines, when
the city is negligent to clean up their property,' Pye said."
Source:
http://www.silive.com/news/advance/index.ssf?/base/news/1074789900204840.xml

GSMR TURNS BRYSON (NC) LAND INTO WALKABLE ZONE

-> "The streetscape will tie the town in with the railway, facilitating
a seamless, walkable community, said Bryson City Town Manager Larry
Callicutt."
Source:
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/01_04/01_21_04/fr_bryson_leaders.html

EDITORIAL: YES TO SEATTLE (WA) TOWER FOR WALKABILITY

-> "Smith's site is now an illegal drug market, a blight on the city. A
chance to plug one of the saddest corners in downtown Seattle should
not be dismissed lightly..."
Source:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2001841953_towered23.html

JACKSONVILLE (FL) PROMOTES BIKE/BUS CONNECTION

-> "'We have a lot of ridership among people with bicycles,' she said.
'It's a service our customers have requested.' To date, 685 permits
have been issued, Laubach said..."
Source:
http://jacksonville.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/stories/2004/01/26/daily33.html

SAN DIEGO (CA) MOVES ON 'CITY OF VILLAGES' PROJECTS

-> "Four redevelopment pilot projects will serve as models for a
controversial 'City of Villages' plan the San Diego City Council
adopted as a way to manage future growth, proponents said today."
Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20040116-1423-village.html

PORTLAND (OR) PAINT CREW DOLLS UP BIKE LANE MARKINGS

-> "...on some city streets, the bike lane markings are far from
generic or standard issue. Creative members of the city street crews
have taken to customizing the bike lane graphics"
Source: http://www.portlandtribune.com/archview.cgi?id=21693


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

DID YOU KNOW...

"The first pedestrian crossing in Great Britain was sited near the
Houses of Parliament in London, in December 1926. It consisted of two
parallel white lines painted across the road. A white rectangular sign
was positioned high up on a nearby pole, with a black directional arrow
and a cross shape painted on it. It read, 'Please Cross Here'. They
were very polite in those days."

From the "Walking as Art" website
http://guardian.curtin.edu.au/cga/art/facts.html


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

-> "2002 USER SURVEY..."
"... for the Pennsylvania Allegheny Trail Alliance;" by Farber,
Argueta, & Hughes; University Center for Social and Urban Research,
University of Pittsburgh; March 1, 2003
http://www.ucsur.pitt.edu/Rails%20to%20Trails.htm

-> "TRAIL TRAFFIC COUNTERS -- AN UPDATE"
Report by David Gasvoda, USFS Missoula Technology and Development
Center, 1999. (downloadable as 192k or 2mb pdfs)
http://www.fs.fed.us/eng/php/library_card.php?p_num=9923%202835P

-> "MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS FOR TRAILS"
Trails work on federal lands is planned through a maintenance
management system; by Lois Bachensky, USFS Rocky Mountain Region.
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/ManageMaintain/BuildMaintSys.html

-> "GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS"
Factsheet subtitled "A Tool for Improving Community Livability;"
examples of how communities are applying GIS in the planning process.
http://www.lgc.org/freepub/PDF/Land_Use/fact_sheets/gis.pdf

-> "FREEDOM TO TRAVEL"
Report from the Bureau Of Transportation Statistics, USDOT; designed to
identify the impact of transportation on work, social lives of people
with disabilities"
http://www.bts.gov/publications/freedom_to_travel/pdf/entire.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

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 8-10, 2004, Urban Street Design, 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/webF502

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 10-11, 2004, Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities, 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/webF881

March 15-16, 2004, Implementing a Sidewalk Management Plan, 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/webF685

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

March 30-31, 2004, Implementing a Sidewalk Management Plan, Las Vegas
NV. 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/webF870

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


H-O-U-S-E-K-E-E-P-I-N-G

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