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


Issue #91 Friday, February 27, 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 2004 -- Have We Got Proposals!!
  Urban Myths -- More than Chihuahuas in Microwaves!
  NCBW Publishes "Taking Steps"
  Transportation Bill Moving Ahead in Congress
  NCBW Introduces "Does It Work? State DOT Project Assessment"
  Got Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resources?
  We'll Miss Australian Bike Advocate Ron Shepherd
  NBDA/Thunderhead Alliance Launch National Campaign
  "Common Ground" Links Walking, Biking, Health
  Rail~Volution Call for Presentations Deadline Approaches
  Coalition Protests Administration Approach to Obesity
  Maryland Considers "Routine Accommodation" Bill
  Requesting Bicycle Facility Cost Information
  Diane Bishop Leaving Eugene (OR) Bike Program


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Vancouver (WA) Mixed Use Fosters Walking/Biking
  San Diego Workshop Focuses on Zoning Codes
  New Braunfels (TX) Trails Project Moves Ahead
  New Jersey Pedestrian Deaths Fall 20%




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


PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004 -- HAVE WE GOT PROPOSALS!!

-> It looks like we were pretty successful in encouraging folks to come
forth with proposals for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 presentations. "Pretty
successful," hah! At last count, we had about 260 separate
submissions!! Now comes the hard part -- selecting the proposals that
will make the cut. That ought to keep us busy for the next month and a
half. Meanwhile, we've been busy sending out acknowledgement notes. IF
you submitted a proposal and haven't heard from us yet, it may mean
that we haven't gotten your proposal. Contact PW/PB Program Director
John Williams immediately at <john@montana.com>!
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URBAN MYTHS -- MORE THAN CHIHUAHUAS IN MICROWAVES!

-> Want to help us identify common barriers to promoting safe walking
and bicycling? For this year's Pro Walk Pro Bike conference, we're
collecting lists of such barriers, under the banner of "Urban Myths" --
things people say and think that become excuses for poor decision
making. Urban or rural, we're interested in myths that someone has
thrown up to prevent you from making progress!

Here's what we want you to do:

  1. Add to the list below;
  2. Tell us which 3 "Urban Myths" are the biggest barriers to walking
    and bicycling; and
  3. Suggest resources that address any of the urban myths identified.

Then, at next Fall's Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 Conference, we'll project
the "Urban Myth" of the hour on a large screen at and will select up to
six of the "Urban Myths" for a full vetting and discussion at workshop
sessions. The intent: to give participants "ammunition" to use when
someone throws an Urban Myth in your face.

To get things started, here are some we've thought of:

Send your suggestions to Peter Lagerway at <raney2@earthlink.net>
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NCBW PUBLISHES "TAKING STEPS"

-> The National Center for Bicycling and Walking has just published
"Taking Steps," An assessment of how a sample of Metropolitan
Planning Organizations (MPOs) is supporting the accommodation
of bicycling and walking. Authored by Bob Chauncey and Bill
Wilkinson, the report found five characteristics of MPOs that
appear most likely to yield policies and practices friendly to
these modes of transportation: a clear vision and commitment to
bicycling and walking; the will to create meaningful plans; an
ability to obtain political support for their goals; an especially
keen understanding of how transportation money flows and how to
influence this flow; and the determination to create practices that
make change routine.

To download the complete report (in .pdf), please visit
http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/Reports/steps_booklet.pdf
or contact NCBW at info@bikewalk.org.
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TRANSPORTATION BILL MOVING AHEAD IN CONGRESS

-> According to America Bikes, on Feb. 13th "the Senate passed S. 1072,
the successor to TEA-21 by a vote of 76 to 21. Our bike stuff fared
well. Existing programs such as Enhancements, Rec Trails, CMAQ, etc
continue. Safe Routes to School is funded at $70 million a year. Debate
on the bill centered around the $318 billion price tag. Fiscal
conservatives complained that the bill's spending was not in line with
the 2004 budget, and that the funding package was laced with credits,
offsets and other 'funny money.' But other Senators, eager to send
'jobs, jobs, jobs' back to their states, overrode those objections to
pass the bill. Senators also chose to overlook President Bush's threat
to veto the bill which calls for $62 billion more than the President's
proposal."

Some highlights:

Next, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is scheduled
to consider their bill (H.R. 3550 "TEA-LU") the first week in March.

For more information, go to:
http://www.americabikes.org/news.asp
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NCBW INTRODUCES "DOES IT WORK? STATE DOT PROJECT ASSESSMENT"

-> In February 2003, the National Center for Bicycling & Walking
(NCBW) issued the first report in our Benchmarking Project, titled,
"Are We There Yet?" It documented the current bicycle and
pedestrian-related plans and policies of State departments of
transportation (DOT), and compared them to various benchmarks taken
from Federal and national guidelines.

The goal of The Benchmarking Project is to ensure that the plans,
policies, and performance of public agencies accommodate and encourage
bicycling and walking.

Now it is time to look at specific projects and assess if bicyclists and
pedestrians have been accommodated, and, if not, why not. There is
a need to know where and to what extent bicycles and pedestrians are
not yet being accommodated.

The NCBW's newest tool under the Benchmarking Project is "Does It
Work? State DOT Project Assessment." This is not a report, but rather
a process and tools with which to assess what an agency has actually
done to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists in recent state highway
projects. The process involves a series of steps or activities to
identify and select projects, to conduct a post-construction review
and assessment, to meet with appropriate State DOT staff to review
the findings, and to identify and implement actions to improve
performance, as needed. The objective is to improve both the policies
and practices of the State DOTs to better accommodate people who
choose to bicycle or walk.

The NCBW is encouraging advocates and agency professionals in each
state to form an “assessment team” to organize and conduct the project
assessments, and to then meet with their State DOT officials to
review their findings.

You can download the "Does It Work?" tools at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/does_it_work.htm
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GOT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (SRTS) RESOURCES?

-> NCBW is currently compiling a list of SRTS resources, of particular
interest are any presentations that have been developed to create an
awareness or interest in SRTS programs and applications for the general
public. One such example is the Centers for Disease Control "Walking
and Bicycling to School Community Presentation." This PowerPoint slide
presentation, which is available through the Kids Walk to School
Website (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk), was developed for
use at neighborhood, school or community meetings to increase knowledge
and interest in participating in a walk and bicycle to school program.

NCBW would like to know if there are other SRTS awareness building
presentations that are currently being used to promote and build
interest in SRTS applications. And, if your organization has developed
an awareness building presentation, we would like to know if it is
generally available to the public, has there been much demand for the
product and what if any feedback have you received from it. Please send
your comments to our Director of Community Programs, Sharon Roerty at
<sharon@bikewalk.org>.
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WE'LL MISS AUSTRALIAN BIKE ADVOCATE RON SHEPHERD

-> According to the newsletter of the Bicycle Federation of Australia,
"It is very sad to report the death of Ron Shepherd on 13 January. Ron
was instrumental in the formation of Bicycle Victoria and the BFA. When
you met Ron it was obvious that he had a passion for bicycles, not only
the machines themselves, but also their positive effects on the human
spirit. He was greatly respected by the cycling community and his
contributions to the science of bicycles and to their appreciation will
be remembered and valued for many years to come."

A more detailed obituary for Ron has been placed on the BFA website:
http://www.bfa.asn.au/
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NBDA/THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE LAUNCH NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

According to a Feb. 19th news release, the National Bicycle Dealers
Association (NBDA) and the Thunderhead Alliance have launched an
exciting new national bicycling promotion campaign which will tap the
expertise of each organization's local memberships. The campaign will
coordinate local promotions and events at the national level through
the Thunderhead Alliance. It will compile the most successful promotion
campaigns and events used by NBDA bike shops and Thunderhead Alliance
state and local bicycle advocacy organizations. As a part of
Thunderhead's 50 States, 50 Cities Project, the campaign will build
dealer/organization partnerships through promotion and events in market
areas in need of more effective advocacy organizations to increase
bicycle use for the long term.

According to Thunderhead executive director Sue Knaup, "This NBDA
partnership is a dream come true for Thunderhead. As a bike shop owner,
I have witnessed first-hand the power of local dealer/advocate
partnerships. This NBDA/Thunderhead partnership takes it to the
national level to unfurl across the country!" Current funding will help
with the national campaign and development of the local partnerships.
The NBDA and Thunderhead are seeking more partners for the local
promotion campaigns and events.

For more information, contact Sue Knaup, Thunderhead Alliance: (928)
541-9841; email: <sue@thunderheadalliance.org>; or go to:
http://www.nbda.com
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org
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"COMMON GROUND" LINKS WALKING, BIKING, HEALTH

Common Ground: An Invitational Leadership Conference to Advance
Walking, Biking and Healthy Community Design drew more than 170
transportation, health, education, planning and community activists in
New Jersey on February 6th to The Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers University. The conference was
sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation with support
from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alan M. Voorhees
Transportation Center (VTC), the New Jersey Chapter of the American
Planning Association and the Institute for Traffic Engineers. The
conference engaged high-ranking state officials including New Jersey's
First Lady, Dina Matos McGreevey, mayors, non-profit leaders and local
activists in thoughtful and collaborative discussion on how New Jersey
can encourage community design and planning to support healthy, active
lifestyles.

VTC Director Martin E. Robins said the connections being made by
transportation, environmental and community planners must now be
augmented by new found allies in the health and education professional
communities and advocacy groups. The challenge is to ingrain pedestrian
and bicycle compatibility in decision-making at all levels of project
development and in all levels of government. Conference sponsors and
participants are mapping out next steps and are hoping to form an
interdisciplinary, public/private task force to provide leadership and
structure to the common ground vision.

Conference proceedings will be available soon at the VTC website:
http://policy.rutgers.edu:16080/vtc/commonground/index.html
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RAIL~VOLUTION CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS DEADLINE APPROACHES

-> According to a recent note from Rail~Volution program coordinator
Brandon Aguirre, "Rail~Volution's annual Call for Presentations, which
commenced in early January, is rapidly approaching the March 1st,
2004 deadline for submissions. Our 10th Annual Conference, September
1822 2004 in Los Angeles, California provides a forum for new and
better ways to work collaboratively in the regional process, tie inner
city developments to existing neighborhoods, creatively finance transit
and land use, build unusual partnerships to rebuild and revitalize
communities, link transit investments to the community's vision for the
future, and remake the suburbs, while protecting and renewing our
natural resources through the process."

If you would like to participate in Rail~Volution this year, please
read the full Call for Presentations at
http://www.railvolution.com/CallForPapers.html
where you can submit online or print out a PDF
version.
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COALITION PROTESTS ADMINISTRATION APPROACH TO OBESITY

-> On Feb. 20th, a broad coalition of health and physical activity
groups (including the NCBW), as well as key individuals, wrote to
Secretary Tommy Thompson of the Department of Health and Human
Services. They expressed concern about the Department's efforts to
blunt the thrust of the World Health Organization's (WHO) recently
released draft "Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health."

As the coalition put it, "We understand that representatives from the
food industry have asked you to intervene on their behalf and urge the
WHO to modify the draft Global Strategy. Last month, your department
responded by calling on the WHO Executive Board to approve a resolution
that emphasized individual responsibility as the primary way to address
obesity." The coalition pointed out that obesity should be addressed at
many levels, "by governments, food companies, health care providers,
and communities." They also told Secretary Thompson that relying
primarily on personal responsibility, as the administration suggested,
would be "ineffective," given the unrelenting marketing efforts used to
promote high-calorie/low-nutrition foods to children. In the coal
ition's view, policy, programmatic and environmental changes were
"needed to support Americans' efforts to eat well, be physically
active, and maintain a healthy weight." No word yet on the
Administration's reaction to the coalition's efforts.

For more on the issue, go to:
http://www.cspinet.org/new/200402181.html
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MARYLAND CONSIDERS "ROUTINE ACCOMMODATION" BILL

-> Currently, the Maryland General Assembly is considering House Bill
HB 1319, entitled "Transportation, Planning, Accommodation of
Bicyclists and Pedestrians." One of the Bill's chief sponsors is Del.
Bill Bronrott, who serves on the House Environmental Matters Committee
and is a member of the Montgomery County (MD) Pedestrian Safety
Advisory Committee. The bill would alter a public policy statement of
General Assembly regarding bicyclist and pedestrian needs by restating
it as follows:

"As an element of good design, all phases of transportation planning,
including highway design, construction, reconstruction, and repair as
well as expansion and improvement of other transportation facilities
shall include appropriate provisions to accommodate bicyclists and
pedestrians."

The bill adds three exceptions: (1) where bicyclists or pedestrians are
prohibited; (2) where the cost of providing the facilities would be
excessive (exceeds 20% of the cost of the overall transportation
project); and (3) where there is a demonstrable lack of need, including
sparse population. It also adds that an existing low level of use by
bicyclists and pedestrians does not constitute a demonstrable lack of
need. The bill is scheduled for hearing on March 17th.

For more information on the bill, visit Del. Bronrott's website at:
http://www.bronrott.com/
The bill may be downloaded here:
http://mlis.state.md.us/2004rs/bills/hb/hb1319f.rtf
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REQUESTING BICYCLE FACILITY COST INFORMATION

-> According to a recent note from David Loutzenheiser, "As part of the
NCHRP Project 7-14 Cost Benefit Analysis of Investments in Bicycle
Facilities, we are tasked to obtain actual costs (planning, design,
construction, maintenance) of all types of bicycle facilities in as
diverse regions of the country as possible. If you are involved with
implementing bicycle facilities, we need your help! We are developing a
comprehensive database of bicycle facility costs. Bicycle facilities
include but are not limited to off-street paths and trails, on-street
facilities, and equipment such as lockers, racks, and bus/rail
accommodations for bicycles. Any information that you can provide, in
the level of detail that is convenient for you, is requested.

"Please provide a description of the project, when it was built, and
maintenance costs to date, as available. As a guide, cost information
will be collected and organized in to the following structure:

--David R. Loutzenheiser, Senior Transportation Planner, PLANNERS
COLLABORATIVE, 273 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210; (617) 338-0018 x113;
(617) 338-4228 (fax)
http://www.thecollaborative.com/

For more on the NCHRP project, go to:
http://www4.trb.org/trb/crp.nsf/e7bcd526f5af4a
2c8525672f006245fa/d6a5d75b296f208385256b990044a79c?OpenDocument

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DIANE BISHOP LEAVING EUGENE (OR) BIKE PROGRAM

-> According to a recent message from Brian Genovese of Eugene (OR)
Public Works, "As many of you know, the City of Eugene is a recognized
leader and innovator for cities that are friendly toward the bicycling
and pedestrian community. And, many of you know Diane Bishop, our city
Bike and Ped Coordinator, who after 30 years of fighting the good
fight, is retiring from civil service." In response to an inquiry from
CL's editor about what she plans to do next, Diane -- who looks forward
to doing some training work before deciding on a new direction --
pointed out that she has "a little granddaughter I need to play with
more."

We at the NCBW wish Diane all the best and hope that, like others
who've recently moved out of the public sector, she won't stray far and
will continue to share her extensive knowledge and upbeat approach to
non-motorized transportation with newcomers far and wide. For now, you
can still reach her at <Diane.L.BISHOP@ci.eugene.or.us>.
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

VANCOUVER (WA) MIXED USE FOSTERS WALKING/BIKING

-> According to a Feb. 23rd Vancouver Columbian story, "Jim Torson and
his wife, Sally, were the first to buy a condominium in Uptown Village,
which provides a mix of housing and retail on upper Main Street in
Vancouver. They find much of what they need just down the street. They
did all their Christmas shopping at Mint Tea, often pop over to Ice
Cream Renaissance for dessert and adorn their living room with flowers
from Petals. Torson, an artist, rides his bike to his studio downtown.
'We sold our truck,' he said. 'We're looking at using the bus.'

"That's just what planners have in mind when they zone land for
so-called 'mixed use,' which combines different sorts of development
housing, retail and office so people can live, work and shop within the
same walkable area. Most examples of this type of development in Clark
County are found in Vancouver, but it could spread to the urban
fringes. The county, in updating its 20-year growth plan, is
considering the Salmon Creek and Sifton areas for mixed-use
development. First, though, the county must define mixed use. Officials
are reconsidering the policy on the books, opening the debate about
what development should look like. A big-box store next to an apartment
complex? Or boutiques on the ground floor and flats upstairs?..."

Source: http://www.columbian.com/02232004/front_pa/120100.html
Archive search: http://www.columbian.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "At Home With Retail -- Trying to Find The Right Mix"
Author: Erin Middlewood
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SAN DIEGO WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON ZONING CODES

-> According to a Feb. 22nd San Diego Union-Tribune article, "For
nearly 60 years, Americans have eagerly traded their Main Streets,
front porches and walkable old neighborhoods for lookalike suburban
homes, multi-car garages and colossal freeway shopping centers with
acres of parking. Now, arguing that the nation lost its aesthetic soul
in the process, a small cadre of experts is mounting an attack on the
rules that govern Sunday's development and drive what's commonly called
'sprawl.' They're proposing one of growth's most curious reforms in
decades: new "smart codes" to restore an era when less regulated
builders created countless towns and cities such as Santa Barbara and
Charleston, S.C., all now beloved by tourists.

"This emerging idea of new rules to spark a market-driven renaissance
of older time-tested growth patterns has gained its biggest following
in California, Florida and New York, and is being widely considered in
fast-growing Virginia...Architects, planning consultants and city
officials meeting in San Diego this week said a century's accumulation
of zoning laws meant originally to separate factories and meatpacking
plants from homes have made many of the nation's favorite postcard
cities impossible to build today. Across two days, 150 delegates from
21 states and as far as Guatemala City, Guatemala, considered an
overthrow of conventional zoning that in most growth areas requires
rigid separation of stores, offices and homes -- and even $300,000
homes, they said, from $200,000 homes..."

Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20040222-1144-ca-reinventinggrowth.html
Archive search: http://archives.signonsandiego.com/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Growth experts push new zoning to spark aesthetic renaissance"
Author: Jim Wasserman

For more on the Feb. 19-20 SmartCode Workshop, go to:
http://www.placemakers.net/
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NEW BRAUNFELS (TX) TRAILS PROJECT MOVES AHEAD

-> According to a Feb. 20th New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung article,
"Developing a network of hiking and biking trails could alter the
community's approach to its transportation problems, project advocates
claim, and could enhance the city's quality-of-life. Recreational
opportunities beyond the more traditional sports of baseball, softball
and soccer are needed as the town's population becomes more diverse,
officials said. 'The hike-and-bike plan is a quality of life issue for
the city,' said Mayor Adam Cork. 'When you can get people to walk or
ride a bicycle, it's healthy, and it slows down the pace of life. But
you have to do it in a cost-effective manner, and it has to be safe.'

"The city, in conjunction with Comal County Trails, completed a bicycle
and hiking trail two years ago along Comal Avenue. Plans are in the
works for a $.75 million project that will connect the Faust Street
bridge to the Gruene historic district. Comal County Trails, a
nonprofit group organized after a failed attempt to buy a stretch of
abandoned Union Pacific railroad track, has been the strongest advocate
for bicycle and hiking trails. 'A group of us got together years ago in
response to an attempt to buy 13 miles of railroad that ran through New
Braunfels,' said Peter Olsen, Comal County Trails president..."

Source: http://www.herald-zeitung.com/story.lasso?wcd=8958
Archive search: http://herald-zeitung.com/search.lasso
Cost: Yes (after 30 days)
Title: "Trail group 'spoke' up"
Author: Scott Mahon
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NEW JERSEY PEDESTRIAN DEATHS FALL 20%

-> According to a Feb. 25th Newark Star-Ledger article, "The number of
pedestrians killed on New Jersey's roads dropped by about 20 percent
last year, as the state rebounded from a startling surge in deaths in
2002. The state's pedestrian fatalities dropped to 142 in 2003 after
soaring to 180 the year before, which had been the highest death toll
in about a decade. Meanwhile, overall highway deaths in New Jersey also
fell in 2003 to 733, compared to 771 the previous year, according to
the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. 'Obviously, it's very
good news that the numbers are down, but I still think they're too
high,' said Michele Mount, spokeswoman for AAA-New Jersey.

"'The encouraging down-trend in pedestrian fatalities we saw from 1998
to 2001 came to an abrupt end with last year's huge increase. The good
news is that 2002 may have been an unusually bad year,' said Kate
Slevin, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a
watchdog group..."

Source:
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1077693177228890.xml
Archive search: http://www.nj.com/archive/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Jersey pedestrian deaths fall 20%"
Author: Joe Malinconico
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

TEEN WITH 17 TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS STILL DRIVING

-> According to a Feb. 5th Lamonitor article, "Teenager David Martinez
has been cited 17 times for Los Alamos traffic violations ranging from
speeding to unsafe passing yet he retains a lawful driver's license.
Martinez's father, David Martinez is the owner of David's Barber Shop
and David's Dogs, which closed down last month. He denies his son had
multiple traffic violations citing only a jaywalking ticket last month.
He acknowledged his son was in an accident with Vivian Westfall but did
not want to elaborate on the details.

"Westfall stated that she was driving home from the grocery store on
Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. when the collision occurred a few blocks from her
home. 'I was on Diamond Drive waiting to turn left onto 35th Street
when I was hit from behind by David Martinez,' said Westfall. 'My van
went several hundred yards and stopped near a crosswalk by the golf
course.' An eyewitness in the police report stated that he was 10-to-15
feet behind Martinez's jeep and saw the jeep smash into the rear of the
van 'like they didn't know it was turning.' There were no skid marks at
the scene, said Westfall..."

Source:
http://www.lamonitor.com/articles/2004/02/05/headline_news/news01.txt
Archive search: http://www.lamonitor.com/archives?search=advanced
Cost: No
Title: "Teen with 17 traffic violations still has his driver's license "
Author: Carol A. Clark


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

BILLINGS (MT) GAZETTE COLUMNIST WALKS THE WALK

->"I've visited pedestrian hell three times over the past three years,
strolling down the busiest sections of Main Street..."
Source:
http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=rednews/2004/02/22/build/local/50-citylights.inc

MICK ANDERSON KEEPS RIDING -- AT 90 YRS OF AGE!

-> "The ladies in the sewing club ... don't know how he does it--
especially at the age of 90..."
Source: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3763901/

PED DEATHS SPUR MACOMB TWP (MI) TO ACTION

-> "Something drastic has to change,' said Eric Douglas, as he dodged
rush hour traffic at 22 Mile and Romeo Plank in Macomb Township, not
far from the scene of the second fatal accident..."
Source: http://www.detnews.com/2004/macomb/0402/22/c05-70781.htm

LONDON'S MAYOR LAUNCHES NEW WALKABILITY PLAN

-> "The "Making London a walkable city" plan hopes to turn the town
into one of the world's most pedestrian-friendly places by 2015."
Source:
http://www.epolitix.com/EN/News/200402/a8b69715-1250-4d6e-8f00-bfd04b00aebf.htm

BURBANK (CA) SEEKS STATE SAFE ROUTES MONEY

-> "The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to seek state funds for
a $342,000 project to install and repair sidewalks near schools and
improve bike routes students can use..."
Source:
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20946~1977312,00.html


STUDYOUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IMPROVE MENTAL/PHYSICAL HEALTH

-> "Americans who participate in at least one outdoor activity on a
regular basis reap mental and physical health benefits."
Source:
http://www.outdoorindustry.org/press.oia.php?news_id=393&sort_year=&PHPSESSID=94755178bc3eda6006e7a71a000383b7

US ACCESS BOARD APPROVES NEW ADA AND ABA GUIDELINES

-> "The approved rule overhauls the existing ADA Accessibility
Guidelines (ADAAG), which were published in 1991."
Source: http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/status.htm
http://www.access-board.gov/ada-aba/status.htm

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PAGANS FIGHT UK GOVERNMENT'S STONEHENGE TUNNEL SCHEME

-> According to a Feb. 17th Toronto Globe and Mail article, "The
British government wants to bore a $450-million highway tunnel under
Stonehenge, and the pagans are not pleased. Britain's Pagan Federation,
which groups more than 5,000 Druids, Wiccans and assorted followers of
pagan ritual, has joined up with environmentalists, archeologists and
even the august National Trust in a broad coalition
opposing the plan to run a four-lane highway under the country's most
famous prehistoric monument.

"'Stonehenge is a national icon, and it's a spiritual temple as far as
many pagans are concerned,' said Karen Attwood, official spokeswoman
for the Pagan Federation, which plans to be represented at public
hearings on the proposed tunnel that begin today in Salisbury. 'For the
sake of a few more cars being able to get home a bit more quickly, it's
screwing up things for future generations.'..."

Source:
http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040217/STONEHENGE17//?query=stonehenge
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Tempest brewing over Stonehenge tunnel plan"
Author: Alan Freeman


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

-> "WISCONSIN BICYCLE FACILITY DESIGN HANDBOOK"
Published Jan. 2004, Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation; by John
Williams, et al. (3.4mb pdf)
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/state/docs/bike-facility.pdf

-> "HARD LESSONS"
Subtitled, "The real costs of Michigan's school construction boom;" by
Mac McClelland and Keith Schneider, Great Lakes Bulletin News Service;
a report on report on "how the Michigan public school building boom is
exacerbating sprawl." An article on the report is found here (as a link
to the report):
http://mlui.org/mailinglist/redirect.asp?i=1128&l=630

-> "ZEBRA CROSSING AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MANAGEMENT..."
"...In Road Traffic Environment In Metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria;" by
Joshua Adetunji Odeleye. Presented at 15th ICTCT Workshop, Oct. 2002,
Brno, Czech Republic.
http://www.ictct.org/workshops/02-Brno/Odeleye.pdf


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

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.

September 18-22, 2004, Rail~Volution: Building Livable Communities with
Transit, Los Angeles, California. Info: Rail~Volution phone: 503-823-7737 /
800-788-7077; fax: 503-823-7609; e-mail: <info@railvolution.com>
<http://www.railvolution.com>http://www.railvolution.com


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-> JOB -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- WALKBOSTON
WalkBoston is a Boston metropolitan-area membership non-profit that
promotes walking for transportation, recreation and health. Our mission
is to create and preserve walkable, livable and healthy communities
through education and advocacy.

General description/Responsibilities The Executive Director is the
senior/primary employee of WalkBoston and is therefore responsible for
the management of the office, staff and budget. She/he supervises all
office, volunteer and consultant staff, membership services and
relations and is the face of the organization. The Executive Director
assists the WalkBoston Board in reviewing, shaping, establishing,
articulating and the vision and promoting the organization. The
Executive Director should be a leader and key member of the fundraising
work. The Executive Director manages individual and corporate
membership solicitations, works with the Treasurer to prepare and
manage the annual budget and keeps on top of the day-to-day receipts
and expenditures. The Executive Director represents WalkBoston at
meetings and events. The Executive Director gives testimony and
represents WalkBoston's position in meetings and hearings, and manages
press and public relations.

Qualifications Degree in city planning, environmental issues,
transportation, public health or other related field. Graduate degree
and/or transportation experience are preferred. Experience with general
office management including computer/internet/web experience.
Experienced fundraiser. Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills,
enthusiasm and flexibility are required.
Salary Low to High 40s, depending upon experience. Higher salary
opportunity available after demonstrated ability to fundraise. Benefits
include health Insurance., paid holidays, personal days, and vacation
time.

Please send resume by March 10, 2004 to WalkBoston, Old City Hall, 45
School Street, Boston, MA 02108, T 617-367-9255, F 617-367-9285, E
<walkboston@walkboston.org>,
http://www.walkboston.org

-> 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.


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