F-R-I-D-A-Y--T-H-E--1-3-T-H--E-D-I-T-I-O-N


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


Issue #90 Friday, February 13, 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-AT-U-R-E-S
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Proposal Deadline Looms
  NCBW Starts State DOT Benchmarking Phase II
  Federal Trans. Bill Staggers Forward
  APBP Wants ADA Pedestrian Design Trainers
  Colorado Safe Routes to School Bill Introduced
  MassBike's Tim Baldwin Leaves for Law School
  Request for Pedestrian/Bicycle Resources
  Commentary: Marie Birnbaum on Advocates' Report
  Adventure Cycling Exec. Director Bill Sawyer Departs


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Philly Daily News Series -- Dangerous Drivers
  US Spent $75B to Treat Obesity in 2003
  Cumming (GA) Development: "5-Min. Walking Destinations"
  Heart Assn. Publishes Heart Guidelines for Women
  Elburn (IL) Studies Sidewalk Network
  Obesity Narrowing Death Gap with Smoking
  W. Kentucky Univ. Students Applaud Trails Plan




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


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 more than
100 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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NCBW STARTS STATE DOT BENCHMARKING PHASE II

-> In March 2002, the NCBW issued its report, "Are We There Yet?," in
which we compared the current bicycle and pedestrian-related plans and
policies of State departments of transportation to various benchmarks
taken from Federal and national guidelines. Based on first hand
experience and comments from folks from around the country, it seems
safe to say that a gap exists -- at least in some states -- between
stated policy and outcomes. Some recent State DOT highway projects do
not include adequate (if any) accommodations for bicyclists and
pedestrians, despite policies to the contrary. We need to understand
why this is happening in order to determine what to do differently to
ensure the desired outcomes.

The approach for Phase II of the State DOT benchmarking project is to
look at what the agencies have actually done to accommodate pedestrians
and bicyclists in recent state highway projects. To this end, we're
asking for members of the general public -- bike advocates, ped
advocates, unaffiliated cyclists and pedestrians -- to step up and take
on this project.

The goal is to have the "clients" -- the customers of bike-ped
accommodations -- assess these accommodations. NCBW staff has
developed a set of procedures to identify and select projects, to
conduct a post-construction review and assessment, and to meet with
appropriate State DOT staff to review the findings and implement
necessary changes. Our objective is to improve both the policies and
practices of the State DOTs to better accommodate people who choose to
bicycle or walk.

The project assessment activity will be under taken by a group or
committee (i.e., Work Group) in each state. We will encourage each
state Work Group to keep us posted on their progress and share the
results of their assessments. We will make this information available
on the NCBW web site to help monitor progress and encourage action.

We plan to kick off this new project at the League of American
Bicyclists' Summit in the first week of March. The full details of the
program will be made available on our web site by the end of this
month. Now is the time to begin thinking about getting a Work Group
organized in your state. If you want to get involved -- or have any
questions -- contact Bob Chauncey, Director for Policy Analysis, at
the NCBW: <bob@bikewalk.org>
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FEDERAL TRANS. BILL STAGGERS FORWARD

-> According to the Feb. 9th issue of STPP's Transfer newsletter, "A
whirlwind of activity and uncertainty punctuated the Senate's initial
week consideration of legislation renewing TEA-21, a renewal plan (S.
1072) called the 'Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient
Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA). So far, the Senate has not taken
action on specific amendments to S. 1072 and its progress has stalled
in the wake of numerous events, ranging from procedural objections from
Senators opposing various aspects of the legislation to a biohazard
alert that closed all Senate office building for most of last week.

"As the Senate took up S. 1072 February 2, the President was releasing
his budget request for Fiscal Year 2005, a plan that dramatically
constrains domestic spending even though his plan found some additional
resources for TEA-21 renewal. By allowing trust fund balances to spend
down further, the Administration budget upped its TEA-21 renewal
request by $9 billion to $256 billion, still well below the $318
billion total spending package before the Senate. Following the budget
release, the U.S. Treasury and Transportation Secretaries joined on a
letter conveying the Administration's position on funding levels for
the renewal, an action that triggered much speculation and confusion
throughout the week about whether the pending Senate bill satisfied the
Administration's criteria for a Presidential veto."

To view this letter, go to:
http://www.dot.gov/affairs/strb020404.htm

For more on reauthorization, go to:
http://www.transact.org
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APBP WANTS ADA PEDESTRIAN DESIGN TRAINERS

-> Are you a member of the Assn. of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals
(apbp)?** If so, this message from President Aida Berkovitz is for you:
"Are you interested in becoming an expert trainer on the pedestrian
design aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? apbp is
soliciting letters of interest from individuals who want to serve on a
team of trainers for a new FHWA course entitled Designing Pedestrian
Facilities for Accessibility. People selected for this project will be
given a $500 stipend (to defray travel costs) to attend a
train-the-trainer conference in Washington D.C. in May 2004. You'll
learn all you need to know about accessible design for public
rights-of-way, and will become part of our cadre of instructors who
will be paid to teach the course throughout the country.

"The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and apbp are
co-hosting this event. The attached course description provides more
detail and includes a short list of qualifications for becoming an
instructor. As there are a limited number of slots for attendees, the
selection process will be competitive. Interested applicants should
submit their resume along with a letter of interest addressing the
qualifications, electronically, to my e-mail address on or before Close
of Business on February 27, 2004. I look forward to hearing from you."

-- Aida Berkovitz, President, <aida.berkovitz@fhwa.dot.gov>

**If you'd like to join apbp, download this application:
http://www.apbp.org/Membership%20Application-2004.doc
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COLORADO SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL BILL INTRODUCED

-> According to the Feb. 9th Bicycle Colorado newsletter,
"Representative Greg Brophy (R) introduced House Bill 04-1309 to
improve children's safety, health, and neighborhoods by making it
easier and safer to bike and walk to school. Senator Ron Tupa (D) is
carrying the bill in the Senate. The Colorado Safe Routes to School
Bill will create a program within the Colorado Department of
Transportation to utilize a portion of federal safety funds for
projects around schools. Improvements may include creating bike lanes,
multi-use paths, paved shoulders, sidewalks, safer road crossings,
safety signs, traffic calming measures, bicycle parking, and safety
education.

"'Colorado's spending of federal transportation safety funds have
focused almost exclusively on protecting motorists. It is time to
invest in protecting the most vulnerable people out on the streets our
children,' stated Representative Brophy. He added, 'The area around
schools, both rural and urban, has become a congested place for kids to
bike and walk. Parents need to know that their kids have a safe route
to school.'..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.bicyclecolorado.org/for/saferoutes
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MASSBIKE'S TIM BALDWIN LEAVES FOR LAW SCHOOL

-> Tim Baldwin, executive director of the Massachusetts Bicycle
Coalition (MassBike) for the past four years, wrote to say "I will be
stepping down from MassBike this year, leaving the organization towards
the end of May, to go to law school. It's been a unique and rewarding
experience being part of local and national bicycle advocacy." Tim will
be missed but, somehow, I doubt he'll disappear from bicycle advocacy
entirely. Few of us REALLY leave forever and we hope to see Tim back in
the fold some day!

And, as Tim says, "If you're aware of any bike advocates that might
want to apply, please refer them to the job announcement." [See the
Jobs section of this issue for more details.]
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REQUEST FOR PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE RESOURCES

-> According to a recent note from Arlene Cleven of Dunlap and
Associates, "NHTSA has produced two CD-ROMS -- one for bicycle and
one for pedestrian resources. Each provides the pedestrian/bicycle
professional with a resource guide of countermeasures that can be used
by a variety of implementers to help solve specific commonly occurring
pedestrian/bicycle safety problems. The bicycle guide contains
countermeasures collected through mid-1998 and the pedestrian guide
through mid-2002.

"NHTSA has asked Dunlap and Associates, Inc., to update the contents of
each guide and reproduce the two guides in one pedestrian/bicycle
CD-ROM. If you have new or updated countermeasures that should be
included in the CD-ROM, please provide the titles, authors, and sources

of each to Arlene Cleven at the address listed below. If available,
receipt of actual copies of the countermeasures would be appreciated."



Contact Arlene Cleven, Dunlap and Associates, Inc., 110 Lenox Avenue,
Stamford, CT 06906-2300; (tel) 203-323-8464; (fax) 203-964-0799;
email: <arlenecleven@aol.com>.
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COMMENTARY: MARIE BIRNBAUM ON ADVOCATES' REPORT

-> In January, "Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety" released "A
Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws." The group is a coalition of
insurance and self-identified "consumer" groups. Insurance businesses
include Allstate, Kemper, Prudential, and State Farm, among others.
"Consumer" groups include the American College of Emergency Physicians,
American Public Health Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving,
Center for Auto Safety, and others.

The report is a state-by-state "report card," grading state laws in the
familiar categories of occupant protection, teen driving, and impaired
driving and recommends legislation in these areas. The authors assert
that new and improved laws will increase safety and reduce crash costs,
noting that "30 states do not have a primary enforcement seat belt
law...." Such a law enables police to stop drivers for not wearing
seatbbelts. "Advocates" wants laws to help protect drivers from
themselves. Question: Should non-use of a seatbelt have the same status
as an action that endangers the public? An action such as running a red
light, failing to use a turn signal, speeding in a school zone, or
failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk?

For teens, graduated licensing is a good idea. But before this,
children should gain independence gradually, walking and bicycling. As
teenagers, they should be able to model their driving behavior after
that of adults who respect the rights of all road users, including
other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. When it comes to impaired
driving, we've had decades of tough talk about drunk drivers and
practically no talk about sober, dangerous drivers. Why should public
policy turn a blind eye to forms of dangerous -- but sober -- driving
that kill and injure more people than drinking and driving do?

Every state has taxpayer-funded costs for special education for
children disabled in crashes, Medicaid costs stemming from traffic
crashes, not to mention police and emergency services. How much money
do taxpayers waste in a permissive environment that emphasizes "safe
crashing" over crash prevention? "Advocates for Highway and Auto
Safety" asserts that the laws it recommends will be the equivalent of a
"public policy vaccine" for a "costly public health epidemic."
Unfortunately, it's not true. The problem isn't the laws. It's the
driving.


Since retiring in 1994, Marie E. Birnbaum has dedicated herself to
traffic safety issues, focusing on the need to revamp public policy to
emphasize crash prevention rather than "safe crashing" for vehicle
occupants. She has lived in Washington DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood
since 1969.

For more information on the Advocates report, visit:
http://www.saferoads.org/press/press2004/pr_RoadmapRelease1-8-04.htm
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ADVENTURE CYCLING EXEC. DIRECTOR BILL SAWYER DEPARTS

-> MISSOULA, Mont. - Bill Sawyer, who led Adventure Cycling Association
for the past three and a half years, has resigned his position to
pursue other endeavors. The outgoing executive director of America's
largest recreational cycling association - with 41,000 active members -
will be replaced on an interim basis by Julie Huck, the association's
membership and development director. The search for a new executive
director has begun.

"Bill did a great job strengthening the organization and leaves it
in an outstanding position in terms of both programs and finances. We
appreciate his mission-centered focus and his dedication to the cycling
community," said Dan Hungate, president of the association's Board of
Directors. "Adventure Cycling has an excellent, dedicated staff that
won't miss a beat during our search for a new director," he said.

Sawyer, who joined Adventure Cycling in the fall of 2000, made a number
of important contributions during his tenure, including the creation
of a strategic plan, enhancement of the organization's development
program, the launch of a redesigned website (www.adventurecycling.org),
and integration of GPS technology into the Routes and Mapping Program.

Julie Huck, the association's acting ED, has played a number of
important roles during her 18 years at the association, working her
way up through the ranks to her most recent position in the Membership
and Development Department. An avid cyclist who has been touring for
more than 20 years, Huck has been a key player in the association's
rise to its current stature as America's largest recreational cycling
association.


Adventure Cycling Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is
to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle and to help cyclists
explore the landscapes and history of America for fitness, fun, and
self-discovery. Major services and products include bicycle-route
development and mapping; periodical publishing (Adventure Cyclist
magazine and The Cyclists' Yellow Pages resource directory), and a
guided bike-touring program. Each year, thousands of cyclists travel
along segments of the association's 31,735-mile National Bicycle Route
Network.

For more information, contact Nancy Nichols at 800-755-2453 ext. 219
Adventure Cycling's web site is http://www.adventurecycling.org
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"If we valued fraternity as much as independence, and democracy as much
as free enterprise, our zoning codes would not enforce the social
isolation that plagues our modern neighborhoods, but would require some

form of public gathering place every block or two."
-------- Ray Oldenburg, "The Great Good Place"


"Consider this. If a 150 pound person walked briskly to a store or post
office that was five blocks away every day for a year, that person
would weigh 10 fewer pounds at the end of that time, according to the

CDC."
------- Connie Rausch Director, Butler County (KS) Dept. on Aging
http://www.eldoradotimes.com/articles/2004/02/12/news/news44.txt



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

PHILLY DAILY NEWS SERIES -- DANGEROUS DRIVERS

-> According to a Feb. 2nd Philadelphia Daily News article, "On a
Wednesday morning last fall, Hien Tran made her usual commute by SEPTA
bus to Lincoln High School in Mayfair. She got off in front of school.
But she never made it to class. The bus she'd been riding in struck the
17-year-old senior as she crossed Rowland Avenue. She was rushed to
Nazareth Hospital and treated for bruises and head pain.

"That day in late September, two other students were run down near
their public school:

"That three Philadelphia schoolchildren were mowed down between home
and school in one day is not a fluke. City motorists are plowing into
children in school zones and at school crossings in alarming numbers --
twice a week on average and almost daily in the warmer months. And the
numbers are exploding -- possibly doubling in the past two years..."

(First of four parts)
Source: http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/7853826.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Dangerous Drivers Put Students at Risk"
Author: Myung Oak Kim

Ed. Note A big "Thanks" to author Kim and the Daily News for
publishing this series!
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US SPENT $75B TO TREAT OBESITY IN 2003

-> According to a Jan. 26th Pakistan Daily Times article, "The cost of
treating health problems caused by the U.S. obesity epidemic reached an
estimated $75 billion last year, with taxpayers picking up about half
the tab, according to a study released on Tuesday. That conclusion,
which is described by the study's lead author as "conservative," would
mean that Americans spend almost as much on obesity-related health care
services as they do to treat the illnesses caused by cigarette smoking.

"Obesity, which increases the likelihood of heart disease, diabetes,
some types of cancer and arthritis, has become twice as common in the
nation since 1980. About 39 million Americans were obese in 2000,
according to the U.S. government. 'The $75 billion number is about 5.7
percent of annual health care expenditures. Estimates for smoking are
about 6 or 7 percent,' said Eric Finkelstein, the study's lead author
and an economist with North Carolina think tank RTI International. RTI
did the study in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention..."

Source:
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_26-1-2004_pg6_17
Archive search: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=archives
Cost: No
Title: "HEALTH: US spent $75b to treat obesity in 2003 "
Author: Reuters

To see the RTI news release, go to:
http://www.rti.org/page.cfm?nav=442&objectid=4CDB8DC2-6720-4FBF-806A064BB32DD00B
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CUMMING (GA) DEVELOPMENT: "5-MIN. WALKING DESTINATIONS"

-> According to a Feb. 6th North Fulton News article, "Hedgewood
Properties' newest creation, Vickery offers more than home, it is a
lifestyle. With that bold boast, the 214-acre mixed-use development
proceeds to back up its claim with design for living that few if any
real estate developer can match. The community meandering tree-lined
streets with early nineteenth century architectural homes, each one
custom-designed and built to exacting 21st century standards of smart
growth and green building...

"'It is an exciting time to be in this industry. These are changing
times, and I want to be part of positive changes,' [homebuilder Pam
Sessions] said. 'What we have in The Vickery is a chance to build a
whole village.' The Vickery is planned as a walkable community. The
150,000-square-foot village center with the Forsyth YMCA as its
centerpiece will front on Ga. 371. It will contain shopping, retail and
office components and have its own fire station. The residential
portion (431 homes, 150 townhomes) will have diverse choices of housing
from townhomes up to estate homes. 'We plan a tremendous number of
parks, passive and programmed recreation areas, and perhaps a library
site,' Sessions said. 'Every home will have a five-minute [walking]
destination.'..."

Source:
http://www.northfulton.com/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=%7BA0DBBC46-0818-4AAF-97CC-6A3361512D6A%7D
Archive search: http://www.northfulton.com/Search.asp
Cost: ? (registration required)
Title: "Vickery offers residents hometown living"
Author: Hatcher Hurd
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HEART ASSN. PUBLISHES HEART GUIDELINES FOR WOMEN

-> According to a Feb. 5th Atlanta Journal-Constitution article,
"Losing weight through a healthy diet and exercise is the best way for
women to prevent heart disease, the American Heart Association says in
its first-ever guidelines aimed specifically at women. 'Management of
weight got our highest classification [for recommendations for
change],' said Dr. Nanette K. Wenger, professor of medicine in the
division of cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine and a
co-author of the new guidelines.

"'These lifestyle behaviors can lead to risk factors later on. A lot of
these obese women really do have risk factors because of their obesity,
and they don't know it. This is an epidemic in today's society.' The
recommendations published Wednesday in Circulation: Journal of the
American Heart Association, are part of a new push to remind women that
heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women as well as men. Heart
disease claims the lives of more than 500,000 women each year..."

Source: http://www.ajc.com/news/content/health/0204/05heart.html
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Women warned obesity can kill"
Author: Virginia Anderson

The guidelines may be downloaded here:
http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/01.CIR.0000114834.85476.81v1.pdf
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ELBURN (IL) STUDIES SIDEWALK NETWORK

-> According to a Feb. 10th Chicao Daily Herald article, "'One of
Elburn's goals is to create a walkable community,' said Village
Administrator Dave Morrison at Monday's committee of the whole meeting.
New sidewalks are a major part of ongoing construction in the village.
But some older sidewalks are damaged, and some aren't connected to each
other or are even buried under grass. The village board approved a
$5,200 study to inventory all existing sidewalks, determine the scope
of the problem, and develop a cost analysis and schedule for remedying
it.

"'Why does it cost so much to tell us where the bad sidewalks are?'
Trustee Craig Swan asked. 'We need to rate them equally,' said Bill
Gain, consulting village engineer from Rempe-Sharpe. 'We need one
person to do this so it is fair and consistent. Various people may use
different criteria. We need to calculate the cost estimates and
prioritize the projects.'..."

Source: http://www.dailyherald.com/kane/main_story.asp?intID=3802757
Archive search: http://archives.dailyherald.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Elburn approves sidewalk study"
Author: Denise Perry Donavin
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OBESITY NARROWING DEATH GAP WITH SMOKING

-> In answer to the question, "Which increases health risks more,
smoking or obesity?" a Feb. 10th Q&A column in the New York Times said,
"According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is still the greater
risk, by a big margin. But the rising rate of obesity in the United
States is narrowing the gap for the general population. In terms of
overall mortality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has
found that tobacco smoking is responsible for more than 440,000 deaths
a year in the United States.

"The estimate for obesity ranges from 280,000 to 325,000 deaths a year,
according to Michael Thun, the chief epidemiologist for the cancer
society. 'However,' he added, 'obesity costs more in annual medical
expenditures -- an estimated $75 billion in 2003 -- because of the long
and expensive treatment for several of its complications.'..."

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/10/health/10QNA.html?ex=1076994000&amp;en=5058a087b0f22c8d&amp;ei=5062&amp;partner=GOOGLE
Archive search: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Calculating Health Risks"
Author: C. Claiborne Ray
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W. KENTUCKY UNIV. STUDENTS APPLAUD TRAILS PLAN

-> According to a Feb. 12th Bowling Green Daily News article, "Students
agreed that bicycle paths and walking trails at Western Kentucky
University would enhance the aesthetics and accessibility of the
campus. 'I think getting rid of the interior lots, like the one beside
Grise Hall, is a great idea,' Western freshman Paige Barnsfather of
Louisville said. 'It would make the campus look better, and I think it
would make walking or biking on campus more pleasant.' Barnsfather, who
lives in Rodes-Harlin Hall, said she would consider using a bicycle on
campus if more trails were added.

"'I'm not really interested in biking from class to class, but having
the trails just for exercise purposes would be great,' she said. 'It
would be much better than having to use the track at the (Raymond H.)
Preston Center, which is the only option we have now.' Russell Springs
freshman Lindsey Thurman agreed. 'I think it's a great idea,' Thurman
said. 'We have a beautiful campus, and one of the only unattractive
things are the parking lots. Getting rid of those would really enhance
the experience for people here.' Thurman and Barnsfather were among the
more than 100 students, faculty and staff at an open house to discuss
the potential paths Wednesday at Dero Downing University Center..."

Source:
http://www.bgdailynews.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?/200402/12+greenways20040212_news.html+20040212+news
Archive search: http://www.bgdailynews.com/cgi-bin/archives.cgi
Cost: No
Title: "WKU students give thumbs-up to Greenways bicycle, walking
trails"
Author: Jason Dooley
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

OHIO COURT CASE: CYCLIST'S RIGHT TO ROAD

-> According to a letter from attorney Steve Magas, quoted in the
"Legally Speaking column of the Jan. 30th edition of VeloNews, "In the
summer of 1999 I was asked to become involved in the case of a young
man who had received a traffic ticket for "impeding traffic" in
Trotwood, Ohio. Little did I know that the case would ultimately garner
international intention, cause countless e-mails to be sent to the City
of Trotwood, and generate an appellate court ruling that is extremely
favorable to the nation's cyclists!

"On May 14, 2001, the court of appeals decision in the case of Trotwood

  1. Selz was officially 'published' in Ohio's law books. Virtually every
    lawyer in the State of Ohio had the decision on their desks with the
    other cases published on May 14. However, more importantly, publication
    of the case greatly increases its precedential value to future cyclists
    who wish to challenge traffic citations..."

Source: http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/5496.0.html
Archive search: http://www.velonews.com/srch/
Cost: No
Title: "You gotta fight for your right to slooooow down"
Author: Steve Magas


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

S.F. EXAMINER EDITORIAL -- PED SAFETY IMPORTANT

-> "Pedestrian safety must be considered an elemental facet of a
well-run city, just like good public transit or adequate police and
fire services."
Source:
http://sfexaminer.com/templates/story.cfm?displaystory=1&storyname=013004op_editorial

LEESBURG (FL) TRAIL SYSTEM TO EXPAND

-> "The steering committee responsible for creating the master plan of
the trail network had its first meeting Tuesday."
Source: http://www.mywebpal.com/news/partners/701/public/news525186.html

CALPUNDIT SPEAKS OUT ON WALKING TO SCHOOL

-> "Why do parents ferry their kids around when there's no reason for
it? What's the motivation? I dunno, but apparently the CDC is on the
case and considers this to be a serious issue."
Source: http://www.calpundit.com/archives/003176.html

E. STROUDSBURG (PA) ADDS S'WALKS, X'WALKS TO DOWNTOWN

-> "These changes will help East Stroudsburg maintain its reputation as
a 'walkable town.' East Stroudsburg [received] a grant of $270,000."
Source: http://www.poconorecord.com/local/tjd57035.htm

CLACKAMAS (OR) TOWN CENTER TO GET MORE PED-FRIENDLY

-> "The plans, which are preliminary, call for an open-air design with
more pedestrian amenities, restaurants and home furnishing stores."
Source:
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/business/1076504873295140.xml

MICHIGAN'S "COOL CITIES" EFFORTS INCLUDE WALKABILITY

-> "The Legislature and municipal governments have a map to support
public and private efforts to develop city spaces now empty, address
urban blight and take advantage of urban infrastructure to create
mixed-use housing, walkable neighborhoods and new business
opportunities."
Source: http://www.freep.com/voices/columnists/eland9_20040209.htm

ST. GEORGE ISLAND (FL) BRIDGE GETS BIKE LANES

-> "The $74 million project has only two motor vehicle lanes but at 12
feet they are a foot wider than the old bridge and it adds an 11-wide
bicycle and emergency lane in each direction."
Source:
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7938139.htm

BLOOMINGTON (MN) COUNCIL APPROVES TRAIL

-> "A three-mile bicycle trail running from 84th Street to 106th Street
-- mostly within Hyland Park -- was approved by the Bloomington City
Council last week...About 80 percent of the $1.08 million price tag
will be covered by federal grant funds"
Source: http://www.mnsun.com/story.asp?city=Bloomington&story=129027


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ANGER-POWERED CARS TO REVOLUTIONIZE HOW WE DRIVE

-> "By drawing a significant percentage of its motive power from the
unbridled temper of the American motorist, the new anger-powered car
will change, or at least take mechanical advantage of, the way
Americans drive."
http://www.theonion.com/4005/news1.html


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

-> "STOPPING SPRAWL AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE DOOR"
Feb. 2004 "New Colonist" article by Jane Holtz Kay
http://www.newcolonist.com/schoolsprawl.html

-> "JACK AND THE GIANT SCHOOL"
"The case for small schools is supported by mountains of evidence and a
growing number of innovative models;" article by Stacy Mitchell; The
New Rules, Summer 2000.
http://www.newrules.org/journal/nrsum00schools.htm


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

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

February 18-20, 2004, 18th Nat'l conference on Chronic Disease
Prevention & Control, Washington DC. Info: <ccdinfo@cdc.gov>
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/

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 5, 2004, National Trails Day, "Trails and Health . . . A Natural
Connection," nationwide. Info: Jane Thompson, American Hiking Society,
1422 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone: (301) 565-6704
x208; email: <JThompson@AmericanHiking.org>
http://www.AmericanHiking.org

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

July 19-24 2004 - Towards Carfree Cities IV, Berlin, Germany. Info:
World Carfree Network, Kratka 26, 100 00 Prague 10, Czech Republic;
phone: +(420) 274-810-849; fax: +(420) 274-816-727; email:
<info@worldcarfree.net>
http://www.worldcarfree.net/conference/

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 -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS PGM. DIRECTOR -- BTA/WPC
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Willamette Pedestrian
Coalition are two groups working to create healthy communities by
improving bicycling and walking conditions in the greater Portland,
Oregon area. We are seeking a highly qualified Program Director to our
Safe Routes to School programs.

General Description / Responsibilities: The Safe Routes to Schools
Program Director will develop and implement a community-based program
to increase youth bicycling and walking. Program elements include
community outreach and coordination, providing technical support, and
identifying and implementing safe walking and bicycling routes to and
from Portland/Oregon schools. The ideal candidate will have strong
project management skills and a demonstrated ability to create and
maintain successful partnerships. Necessary skill sets include the
ability to present expert level information to community audiences,
experience interacting with children, and an ability to understand
urban planning concepts.

Qualifications The successful candidate must have the following
qualifications (see website): experience managing community-based
programs; ability to train adults and educate children; proven ability
to establish working relationships with organizations; excellent
writing and public speaking skills. Other desired qualifications: a
Master's Degree or Bachelors Degree with at least five years of
relevant job experience; experience teaching children and/or bicycle
and pedestrian safety; working knowledge of urban planning concepts.

Wage: $30,000 to $32,000 depending on qualifications. Application

Deadline Open until filled; interviews begin in late February 2004. To
Apply, contact Scott Bricker: <scott@bta4bikes.org> or see:
http://www.bta4bikes.org

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- MASS. BICYCLE COALITION

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition's mission is to make Massachusetts
a better and safer place to bicycle. MassBike is a 1,100 member
organization with two employees, several contractors, and many
volunteers. The Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive officer
of MassBike, responsible for the management and operations of the
organization. The ED is responsible for the consistent achievement of
MassBike's mission, financial objectives and program objectives.

Preferred Background and Profile: Bachelors degree; A minimum of three
years work experience in a non-profit or related organization;
Knowledge and passion for bicycling as a form of transportation and
recreation; Experience lobbying and working with decision-makers;
Experience leading a broad and diverse constituency; Demonstrated
ability to communicate to the public and the press in writing and
orally; Record of successful and entrepreneurial fundraising;
Demonstrated project management skills including planning, execution,
and oversight; Personal management skills including the oversight of
staff and volunteers.

Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2004. No phone calls.
Learn more at:
http://www.massbike.org.

-> JOB -- STATE BIKE/PED COORDINATOR -- COLORADO DOT
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is currently seeking
to hire a Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator following Gay Page's
retirement. Interested applicants should visit the CDOT website,
www.dot.state.co.us/chrm/announcements.asp, to read the formal job
description and download an application form. The application deadline
is Friday, February 20, 2004. After reading the application materials,
if you have any questions, the CDOT contact is Tom Mauser at (303)
757-9768, or <tom.mauser@dot.state.co.us>.

Bicycle Colorado has a more detailed description of job duties and
benefits (provided by CDOT) posted on our website "Hot Topics." Visit
http://www.bicyclecolorado.org

-> 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/

-> JOB -- SR. TRANS. PLANNER -- ARIZONA DOT
Salary Range: $40,942 - $60,895; Position Number: ADT2948AAE/Org.3009;
Location: Phoenix. ADOT is seeking a Transportation Planner, Senior for
the Transportation Planning Division. Candidates will have experience
with managing consultant contracts, writing proposals, and scopes of
work, transportation studies and establishing and maintaining effective
working relationships will be helpful. Preference will be given to
candidates with a working knowledge of intermodal planning. The ideal
candidate will be a self-starter and posses excellent verbal and
written communication skills. Qualifications: Two years of experience
as a Planner II in Arizona State Service involving transportation
planning, or three years of professional transportation planning
experience. Some overnight travel is required.

Interested applicants should send a resume, accompanied by a SF-501 by
February 23, 2004 to: ADOT Human Resources, Attn: Staffing Unit, 206.

  1. 17th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85007. If you already have a resume in the
    database, you may apply by calling 602-712-8188 indicating your
    interest. See website or call 602-712-8188 to obtain a SF-501. Resumes
    are computer scanned and may be referred for any appropriate vacancy.
    AZ STATE GOVT.-AA/EOE.
    http://www.dot.state.az.us/cdfs/index.htm



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