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


Issue #92 Friday, March 12, 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
  Urban Myths -- Keep Them Coming
  National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates May 6-8
  Revised Version Of "Inactivity Epidemic" Released
  Join National Walk to Work Day -- April 2nd
  Activist Tooker Gomberg Missing and Presumed Dead
  Ozaukee (WI) Interurban Trail Gets $1M Grant
  Prevention, APMA Announce US' 12 Best Walking Cities
  Chicago Ped Critical Mass Protests Deaths
  US HHS Announces "Small Steps" Obesity Campaign


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  West Valley City (UT) Plans Active Community Future
  Univ of Oklahoma Students Study Ped Situation
  Mass. Bay Transit to Donate Mystic River Trail Land
  Modesto (CA) Begins Work on Rail Trail
  Ped/Bike Deaths Hit Long Island (NY) Hispanics Hard
  Walking Could Be the Nicest Thing to Do in Atlanta.
  New Speed Camera Battle Brewing in Maryland?
  Univ. of Wyoming Campus Core to Go "Car-Free"




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


URBAN MYTHS -- KEEP THEM COMING

-> THANK YOU - to all of you who responded to our request for "Urban
Myths. The response has been nothing short of spectacular. Please keep
them coming - you have one more chance. 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. Send us your "Urban Myths"
  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.

Some myths you have sent in already:
"It (proposed trail) will result in noise, litter and security problems"
"The gas tax pays all costs of driving"
"Faster roads reduce collisions"
"If people can't drive by and see my shop, they won't come in" (malls?)
"Slowing cars leads to cut through traffic"
"We need to maintain a LOS of C for all hours of the day"
"We don't want those people in our neighborhood"
"We have to base our speed on the 65%"
"Downtowns are a bad idea anyway, they get in the way of regional
traffic"
Other: ???
Send your suggestions to Peter Lagerway at <raney2@earthlink.net>
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NATIONAL CONGRESS OF PEDESTRIAN ADVOCATES MAY 6-8

-> The National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates convenes in Silver Spring,
Maryland, May 6-8. Want to be a Delegate? If you are a health, planning,
transportation, or recreation professional, you will find an inspirational
and informative set of programs about ped advocacy with a focus on
working together. Learn what is working for others across the country.
Find out new ways to be a more effective pedestrian advocate. Lend your
views and experiences to this dynamic three-day discussion.
Organizers note that SPACE IS LIMITED REGISTER NOW.

For more information contact:
William Smith - Chairman
2004 National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates
301-565-0788
wsmith295@comcast.net

Check out the NCPA 2004 Program:
http://www.americawalks.org/congress/index.htm

You can register using an online form at:
https://www.bikewalk.org/ped_congress/registration.htm
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REVISED VERSION OF "INACTIVITY EPIDEMIC" RELEASED

-> The community presentation, "The Inactivity Epidemic," is now being
distributed on a CD with several revisions suggested by community
leaders, public health practitioners, and bicycle/pedestrian
professionals who received early copies of the presentation.

"We're very interested in making the program fit the needs of the people
who are using it in communities," said Gary MacFadden, one of the
developers of the presentation for the Active Living Resource Center
(ALRC). "We've based our distribution program around the idea of being
able to quickly make changes and get the revised programs out to presenters."

The 15-20 minute PowerPoint presentation comes complete with speaker's
notes and suggestions for customizing the program to a local or regional
audience. According to Mark Plotz, program assistant for the ALRC, more
than 200 copies of the presentation have been requested during its first
two months of distribution. "The 'Inactivity Epidemic' was originally
designed for the public health professional who needed a presentation
suitable for community groups," Plotz said. "But the presentation has been
equally popular with State DOTs, bike/ped coordinators, and individuals
who want to help make their communities more walkable and bicycle friendly."

MacFadden said that any of the presentation CDs requested after March 1
already have the updates. Those who received earlier CDs can update
their presentation information beginning March 15th by going to the
NCBW web site at the URL below and requesting the update download. For
additional questions concerning the Inactivity Epidemic community
presentation, contact Mark Plotz, ALRC assistant, at mark@bikewalk.org.

To request (or download) the Inactivity Epidemic presentation, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PubHealth.htm

To download the program updates, after March 15, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/IECD.htm
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JOIN NATIONAL WALK TO WORK DAY -- APRIL 2ND

-> According to a Mar. 9th news release, "U.S. Secretary of Health and
Human Services Tommy G. Thompson endorsed the first-ever National Walk
to Work Day initiative on April 2nd. With obesity and poor physical
fitness rapidly catching up to tobacco as the leading cause of death,
the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the not-for profit
America On the Move (AOM) and Prevention magazine have formed a
partnership to help reverse these sobering trends.

"National Walk to Work Day will take place on Friday April 2 as part of
AOM's launch of twelve state affiliates, Prevention magazine's April
issue devoted to the healthy benefits of walking, and a joint
APMA/Prevention announcement of America's Best Walking Cities. At
today's ceremony in the nation's capitol, Thompson endorsed the
initiative for launching much needed awareness across the country. 'The
science continues to show that walking just 30 minutes a day can have a
real, positive effect on your health,' says Thompson. 'I'm encouraging
every American to walk to work on Friday, April 2. For those of you who
live too far away to walk to work, find another time to walk during the
day. Walk before work, walk after work, walk during your lunch break.
Just by taking a few simple steps we can all live healthier, happier,
longer lives.'..."

Source:
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040309005140&newsLang=en

Additional resources:
America on the Move:
http://www.AmericaOntheMove.org/
Prevention Magazine:
http://www.prevention.com/cda/feature2002/0,2479,s1-6869,00.html?
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ACTIVIST TOOKER GOMBERG MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD

-> We were saddened to hear of the presumed death last week of
well-known Canadian environmental -- and bicycle -- activist Tooker
Gomberg. In 1977, Gomberg founded one of Canada's first curbside
recycling programs in Montreal, where he grew up. Later he moved to
Edmonton, where he headed the EcoCity Society. He also served on
Edmonton city council and as executive director of the Edmonton Bicycle
Commuters, a group that exists to this day. Gomberg was famous for his
vociferous and unconventional sense of political theatre. In 2000,
he took on Toronto incumbent mayor Mel Lastman in a mayoral campaign
"filled with humour and publicity stunts," according to an article on
Carbusters.org.

As former Montreal councillor Sam Boskey put it in a Montreal Gazette
article, "If impact is a question of making sure that certain points
get onto the public radar, then I think he had impact. He could be
brash, but he was somebody who had a marvellous sense of humour. I
always had the feeling that he was sort of chuckling." Environmental
groups in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are planning
memorials for him. Our hearts go out to Tooker Gomberg's family.
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OZAUKEE (WI) INTERURBAN TRAIL GETS $1M GRANT

-> According to a recent note from Kit Keller of Wisconsin Walks, "Here
is something for the NCBW on-line newsletter. The website for the
Ozaukee Interurban Trail is awesome! It all came about because we
started a trail advisory council before the trail ever opened to build
and maintain enthusiasm for and use of the trail." And, according to a
story in the March Trail Update, Council Chair Andrew Struck has
announced "a momentous project to make a significant safety,
transportation, and aesthetic improvement along a section of the
Ozaukee Interurban Trail. This project includes replacing approximately
2 miles of on-road designated trail with 1.3 miles of off-road trail,
which includes the construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over
Interstate 43 in the Town of Grafton.

"This improvement will take pedestrian/bicycle traffic off of a busy,
high-speed County Highway and provide a safe and scenic trail that will
pass near hardwood woodlands and several small wetlands between the
Grafton and Port Washington. The total cost of the project is estimated
at $1.25 million. However, 80% of the project cost has been raised
through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.interurbantrail.us/TrailUpdates2004March.htm
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PREVENTION, APMA ANNOUNCE US' 12 BEST WALKING CITIES

-> According to a Mar. 2nd news release, "Prevention magazine, in
conjunction with the American Podiatric Medical Association, names the
top twelve cities that are best suited for fitness and walking. The
results of the joint study will appear in the April issue of
Prevention, on newsstands Tuesday, March 9. With obesity and poor
physical fitness rapidly catching up to tobacco as the leading cause of
death, it is Prevention and APMA's goal to help reverse these sobering
trends by urging Americans to incorporate walking into their lives.
'Walking is just about the best health bargain around-fun, easy and
absolutely free,' said Dr. J.D. Ferritto, Jr., President of APMA. 'Any
place can be a good place to walk, but the APMA and Prevention found
these twelve cities to be true urban oases, proving how easy and
enjoyable walking can be.'

The 12 Best Walking Cities for 2004:
Northeast: Jersey City, NJ; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA;
Midwest: Chicago, IL; Madison, WI; St. Louis, MO
South: El Paso, TX; San Antonio, TX; Washington, DC
West: Honolulu, HI; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA

"The joint study surveyed 125 of the most populated cities and then
tabulated and weighed 20 criteria of interest to pedestrians. Areas
examined include crime, mass transit, air quality, and the number of
historic sites, museums, parks and gyms each city has..."

For the list of all 125 cities, please go to
http://www.prevention.com/links.
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CHICAGO PED CRITICAL MASS PROTESTS DEATHS

-> According to a Mar. 8th posting on Break the Gridlock, "Chicago's
first-ever Pedestrian Critical Mass will be held Saturday, March 20, in
memory of Chris Saathoff and Benjamin Dominquez Vazquez, two
pedestrians who lost their lives to motorists the weekend of April
14...Saathoff and Vazquez were the victims of hit-and-run collisions
within hours of one another along a short stretch of Western Avenue,
between Division and North Avenue. There has been at least one other
reported hit-and-run on Western Avenue since that weekend.

"During the early hours of Valentine's Day, Chris Saathoff and his
girlfriend, Tiffany Weeder, were walking home after seeing a concert
at the Empty Bottle. As the couple proceeded through a crosswalk a
ew blocks away from the bar, Chris was struck by an SUV running a
red light. The vehicle dragged Saathoff for nearly two blocks and he
died at the scene. Weeder was also seriously injured as the vehicle
sped away. Please join us in honoring Saathoff and Vazquez and
drawing attention to the growing problems surrounding pedestrian safety
and access in Chicago. Pedestrian Critical Mass is being organized by
members of Logan Square Walks and friends and family members of
Chris Saathoff..."

Source:
http://www.breakthegridlock.org/mt-archives/000211.html
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US HHS ANNOUNCES "SMALL STEPS" OBESITY CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Mar. 9th U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services news
release, "With poor diet and physical inactivity poised to become the
leading preventable cause of death in America, HHS Secretary Tommy G.
Thompson today renewed efforts against obesity and overweight,
announcing a new national education campaign and a new research
strategy at HHS' National Institutes of Health (NIH).

"A new study released by HHS' Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention shows that deaths due to poor diet and physical inactivity
rose by 33 percent over the past decade and may soon overtake tobacco
as the leading preventable cause of death...'America needs to get
healthier one small step at a time,' Secretary Thompson said. 'Each
small step does make a difference, whether it's taking the stairs
instead of an elevator or snacking on fruits and vegetables. The more
small steps we can take, the further down the road we will be toward
better health for ourselves and our families.'..."

The campaign launch news release is here:
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040309.html

The Small Steps program website is here:
http://www.smallstep.gov/

The program's PSAs may be seen here:
http://www.adcouncil.org/campaigns/healthy_lifestyles/

The NIH Draft Strategic Plan for Obesity Research is here:
http://obesityresearch.nih.gov/About/strategic-plan.htm

The abstract of the JAMA article is here:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/291/10/1238
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"[Our] analysis reveals our society to be primarily sedentary; leisure
time physical activity contributed only approximately 5% of the
population's total energy expenditure. Not counting sleeping, the
largest contributor to energy expenditure was 'Driving a car,' followed
by 'Office work,' and 'Watching TV.' Household activities accounted for
20.1% and 33.3% of energy expenditure for males and females
respectively."

-- "Activities Contributing to Total Energy Expenditure in the United
States: Results from the NHAPS Study;" Linda Dong , Gladys Block and
Shelly Mandel; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and
Physical Activity 2004, 1:4 (published 12 February 2004).
http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/pdf/1479-5868-1-4.pdf


"...So here's my advice to city planners. Make your city runnable.
Runners are the first wave of troops bringing human activity back to
the urban core of any city. Where we go, others will follow. The
connection between runnability and livability is so clear (at least to
me), that it's surprising that new developments consistently leave
pathways out of the plans..."

-- "Pathways to Vitality" by Don Kardong
http://www.runnersworld.com/home/0,1300,-0-0-ZNEWS----02-27-2004,FF.html


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

WEST VALLEY CITY (UT) PLANS ACTIVE COMMUNITY FUTURE

-> According to a Mar. 11th Salt Lake Tribune story, "The west side of
the Salt Lake Valley finally has a comprehensive, if conceptual, land
use plan. West-side political and business leaders joined their
northern Utah County peers Wednesday at the E Center to approve a map
and set of principles for the Mountain View Corridor, an agreement that
will help guide land-use decisions in the area for decades. The deal
must still pass muster with the city councils of participating cities,
and there are no guarantees the Utah Department of Transportation will
integrate all aspects of the Mountain View plan into its ongoing
environmental impact study (EIS) of the corridor. But Wednesday's
unanimous vote did signal the start of something new, according to
Stephen Holbrook, executive director of Envision Utah, which oversaw
the Mountain View Corridor's 'Growth Choices' process.

"The plan approved Wednesday calls for mixed-use development, walkable
neighborhoods and town centers, and transit alternatives that could
include streetcars and bus rapid transit -- express buses running in
dedicated lanes. 'The real key is land use, because land use is a
reflection of the transportation choices we'll make in the coming
years,' said Utah Transit Authority General Manager John Inglish. With
the Mountain View process, he added, 'we all understand how that works
now.'..."

Source: http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Mar/03112004/utah/utah.asp
Archive search: http://www.tribaccess.com/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Western valley's future mapped"
Author: Joe Baird
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UNIV OF OKLAHOMA STUDENTS STUDY PED SITUATION

-> According to a Mar. 1st OU Daily article, "A survey conducted by OU
students to evaluate campus pedestrian facilities gave landscaping and
furnishing the highest marks while drainage received the lowest. This
study involved two four-person teams of regional and city planning and
civil engineering students, each armed with a checklist of things that
contribute to the quality of a pedestrian's experience on campus. Each
group came up with different answers for the campus's overall
relationship with pedestrians and transportation.

"'I think that in many ways the study speaks for itself,' said Sarah Jo
Peterson, assistant professor of regional and city planning. 'My goal
is to help the students think about pedestrian transportation as a
classroom exercise.' Though the teams chose slightly different routes
to walk, the overall study area involved a circle of 0.8 miles with the
center at Bizzell Memorial Library and the edges at Sarkeys Energy
Center and the Duck Pond parking lots. The area encompasses the heart
of campus along with high pedestrian areas such as campus housing,
parking areas, facilities and Campus Corner shops..."

Source:
http://www.oudaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/03/01/4042b182e29fe
Archive search:
http://www.oudaily.com/vnews/display.v?TARGET=archive&function=search_form_advanced
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian Pathways"
Author: Jeffrey Henderson
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MASS. BAY TRANSIT TO DONATE MYSTIC RIVER TRAIL LAND

-> According to a Mar. 11th Boston Globe article, "Making amends for
dumping waste into rivers and allowing idling buses to spew fumes in
urban areas, the [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority] agreed to
pay fines and tighten pollution-control programs in a sweeping
settlement announced yesterday by federal and state officials.

"The [MBTA] agreed to pay a $328,000 fine and about $1 million to reduce
emissions by retrofitting diesel commuter trains operating out of South
Station. The T also agreed to donate a 1-acre strip of property on the
banks of the Mystic River so a commuter bike path can be extended to
Sullivan Square; and the agency promised to be more environmentally
sensitive in its operations...The donation of the strip of MBTA-owned
property along the Mystic River will complete a vital link in a
commuter bike path between Draw 7 park in Somerville and Sullivan
Station, said Bryce Nesbitt, a member of the Somerville Community Path
organization. A path through the MBTA yard also will connect with
future parkland development at Assembly Square, he said.

Source:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/03/11/t_agrees_to_pollution_fines_upgrades/
Archive search: http://www.boston.com/globe/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "T agrees to pollution fines, upgrades"
Author: Anthony Flint
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MODESTO (CA) BEGINS WORK ON RAIL TRAIL

-> According to a Mar. 4th Modesto Bee article, "The Modesto City
Council accepted nearly $700,000 in state bond money Tuesday night,
enabling the city to begin work on its Virginia bicycle corridor. The
money will help underwrite the first phase of work on a bicycle and
pedestrian pathway along an abandoned north-south railroad line. The
trail, which will meander along Virginia Avenue, eventually will
connect Needham Street in downtown Modesto with Bangs Avenue to the
north.

"Parks Director James Niskanen said the money will pay for basic
construction documents, as well as the project's first phase. Initial
work will concentrate on developing the section between Roseburg and
Coldwell avenues..."

Source: http://www.modbee.com/local/story/8223141p-9072449c.html
Archive search: http://www.modbee.com/man/archive/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Funds roll in for Modesto bicycle path"
Author: Staff
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PED/BIKE DEATHS HIT LONG ISLAND (NY) HISPANICS HARD

-> According to a Feb. 29th New York Times article, "When a craving for
cigarettes struck him one January night, Jose Cortes leaped onto his
black mountain bike and sped away to the gas station down the street
from his home in Hicksville, N.Y. He told his family he would be quick.
But like scores of Hispanics who try to navigate the automotive jungle
of Long Island on two wheels or two feet, Mr. Cortes, 23, never
returned home. At 10 p.m. on Jan. 6, a 1993 Ford Taurus slammed into
Mr. Cortes, killing him. In that instant, Mr. Cortes became not only
the object of his family's outpouring of grief but also a disturbing
statistic. In a region where almost everyone drives, Hispanic
residents, many of them poor and without cars, are victims of
pedestrian and bike fatalities in disproportionate numbers.

"About 10 percent of Long Islanders are Hispanic, according to census
data, though demographers say they now make up closer to 15 percent of
the population. But Hispanics made up 43 percent of Nassau County's 35
pedestrian deaths in 2002, and 35 percent of the fatalities last year,
according to statistics from the New York State Department of Health
and the Nassau County Medical Examiner. In neighboring Suffolk County,
Hispanics accounted for 21 percent of the 28 fatal pedestrian accidents
in 2002 and 30 percent of the 44 deaths in 2003, according to the State
Health Department and Suffolk's medical examiner. There was no
breakdown on Hispanics involved in fatal bike accidents..."

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/29/nyregion/29hispanic.html
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced?srchst=nyt
Cost: Yes
Title: "In the Land of Four Wheels, Immigrants Walk in Peril"
Author: Patrick Healy
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WALKING COULD BE THE NICEST THING TO DO IN ATLANTA.

-> According to Colin Campbell column in the Mar. 7th Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, "There's a new high-rise office building in
Midtown, part of the Atlantic Station development. Its upper floors
provide such an unexpected view of the city -- from west of the
freeway, for a change -- you have to smile. Will growth in the heart of
Atlanta just keep chugging along through recessions and budget crises?
What new networks (streets, tracks, bike paths, fiber optics) will link
tomorrow's neighborhoods? And what about those pedestrians down there,
already strolling along the sidewalks of the yellow 17th Street bridge?

"It's this last point, the walkers, that struck me most. I think
they're the wave of the future. Atlanta badly needs to make it safer to
walk, and also more practical and fun. Because if we did that all over
town, walking could become one of the nicest things to do in Atlanta.
It could be a major supplement to cars, buses and trains, as it already
is in many other cities. It would mean cleaner air, more stores and
more customers. It would mean people-watching instead of the usual
anxious glancing at other drivers. It would mean cafes, gardens and a
better environment for children, families and the elderly..."

Source: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0304a/07colin.html
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Safer sidewalks would be big step into city's future"
Author: Colin Campbell
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NEW SPEED CAMERA BATTLE BREWING IN MARYLAND?

-> According to a Mar. Takoma Voice article, "Speed cameras are back.
Some lawmakers are supporting a new bill to set-up a five-year pilot
program for the radar devices in Prince George's and Montgomery
counties. Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. vetoed legislation last year
that would have authorized all localities to install the technology to
catch and ticket speeders. 'There were some real privacy concerns that
the governor had with regard to that bill,' Ehrlich spokesman Henry
Fawell said. 'I don't think the governor would be very enthusiastic
about a similar bill this year.' Delegate William A. Bronrott,
D-Montgomery, introduced the new legislation to target speeders in
residential and school zones where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
The two target counties, he said, face pedestrian accident problems and
want to crackdown on speeders'problems he said the cameras could curb.

"In Prince George's County there were 103 pedestrian deaths between
1997 and 2001, according to a CASA of Maryland study titled 'Pedestrian
Safety in Crisis: Latino Deaths on the International Corridor.' Between
1997 and 2001, there were more pedestrian fatalities than homicides in
Montgomery County. Pedestrian deaths rose from 11 to 18 from 1997 to
1999, according to a 2002 Montgomery County Report. 'Speed kills,'
Bronrott said. 'It is a leading killer of Marylanders on our roadways
and it is a particular threat in far too many of our neighborhoods and
school zones.'..."

Source: http://www.takoma.com/archives/copy/2004/03/speed.html
Archive search: http://www.takoma.com/voiceArchives.htm
Cost: No
Title "Lawmakers seek speed camera trial in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties"
Author: Fulvio Cativo
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UNIV. OF WYOMING CAMPUS CORE TO GO "CAR-FREE"

-> According to a Mar. 4th Laramie Boomerang article, "A redesign that
will ban vehicles from Prexy's Pasture is needed to create a pedestrian
campus that mimics 'most good universities,' according to University of
Wyoming President Philip Dubois. He said the plan to change the face of
the most prominent open space in the UW campus has been in the books
since 1970, and it was revived as part of a shuttle-based parking plan.
'Most good universities have excluded vehicles from the center of
campus,' Dubois said.

"The work, scheduled to begin in May, will mean eliminating a major
road and nearly 180 parking spaces, angering faculty and staff that
currently park there. Neighbors of the university also fear those
vehicles will be forced to park in surrounding neighborhoods. Public
concern has also revolved around plans to remove some of the spruce
trees that now surround the Prexy's Pasture. But Dubois said opposition
is simply part of any process associated with change at an institution
as complex as UW.

"'We are a campus of 10,000 people, and I believe in the long term, the
value of having a pedestrian campus outweighs the loss of convenience
for those who park on the pasture today,' Dubois said. In an
unprecedented move to create a walking and public transportation
culture in personal vehicle-dependent Wyoming, the process to create a
walking UW campus started two years ago when all student parking was
moved to satellite shuttle lots..."

Source: http://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/more.asp?StoryID=100873
Archive search: http://www.laramieboomerang.com/news/archive.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian philosophy brings changes"
Author: Andi Balla
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

MURDER CONVICTION AFFIRMED IN PEDESTRIAN DEATH

-> According to a Mar. 4th Aberdeen News story, "The South Dakota
Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously denied a new trial for a Mellette
County man convicted of second-degree murder for running over a
pedestrian on purpose near White River. Jason Boyles, 29, was placed in
prison for life after his June 1996 conviction.

"In his request for a new trial, Boyles argued that new witnesses could
prove that someone else was driving the car that struck and killed
Ronald Stranger Horse on Aug. 10, 1995. Stranger Horse, 48, died while
hitchhiking to his construction job at Rosebud...The justices said the
new witnesses were not believable because they either were close
friends of Boyles or relatives. Many of them had been prosecuted over
the years by the Mellette County state's attorney and held a grudge
against him, the high court added..."

Source: http://www.aberdeennews.com/mld/aberdeennews/news/8105366.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Man who ran over pedestrian denied a new trial"
Author: Joe Kafka


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

WALKABILITY A FACTOR IN DETROIT AREA CONDO SALES

-> "Marketers say spots most alluring to buyers have an established
community feel of existing architecture, small shops and restaurants
that offer traditional services like a nearby post office..."
Source: http://www.freep.com/realestate/renews/condo5_20040305.htm

MEMPHIS (TN) POLICE USE BIKES TO CATCH THIEVES

-> "During the operation, an undercover police officer will ride the
bike somewhere, park it or lean it up against a fence, and then walk
off. After a suspect rides off on the bicycle, he or she is usually
apprehended within a few blocks..."
Source: http://www.memphisflyer.com/content.asp?ArticleID=3&ID=5575

PREZ CANDIDATE WANTS WALKABLE COMMUNITIES

-> "One of [Independent Presidential Candidate Joe Schriner's]
ecology-oriented stands is working to establish 'walkable communities.
A lot of people have never heard of walkable communities,' he said. 'It
involves both beautifying downtown, slowing traffic down a little,
building bike paths ... and encouraging people to walk and ride
bicycles for their own health.'"
Source:
http://www.gainesvilleregister.com/articles/2004/03/04/news/news3.txt

PORTLAND BUS RUNS DOWN PEDESTRIAN ON CRUTCHES

-> "A TriMet bus struck and killed a pedestrian Monday near the Rose
Quarter. The bus driver was making a left turn at Wheeler and Multnomah
streets when she hit a man on crutches in the crosswalk..."
Source: http://www.koin.com/webnews/2004/20040302_trimetfatal.shtml

JACKSON (MI) WALKING GROUP GEARS UP

-> "'Our hope is that more and more people will walk or use their bike
not only to get to work or school, but also in their leisure
activities,' said Nick Gallagher, a senior at Vandercook High School,
who helped spearhead the task force's new initiative Project U-Turn ...
[which received] a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation: Active Living by Design..."
Source:
http://www.mlive.com/news/jacitpat/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1078504843159430.xml

ANCHORAGE DEBATES ROAD WIDENING, PED SAFETY

-> "The state is re-evaluating proposals for rebuilding upper DeArmoun
Road because of neighborhood criticism that a planned expansion and
redesign would make the road too big and traffic too fast..."
Source: http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/4802124p-4743666c.html

BERKELEY (CA) DROPS PED FLAG PROGRAM

-> "The 8,000 neon pedestrian flags that were stolen, ridiculed and
ignored as a serious pedestrian safety tool are gone for good, but
certainly not forgotten..."
Source:
http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1726~1996246,00.html

REVIEW: "BICYCLE - THE NOBBLEST INVENTION"

-> "'Bicycle: The Noblest Invention' celebrates all forms of cycling as
a fantastic way to travel. Essays by six authors, all bikers, capture
the simple, childish joys that go with the activity, through to the
incredible achievements and pained efforts of the world's top racers..."
Source:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/entertainmentstorydisplay.cfm?storyID=3552413&thesection=entertainment&thesubsection=books&thesecondsubsection=reviews

D.C. INSTALLING MORE COUNTDOWN SIGNALS

-> "Crossing the street is getting easier in the District. The city is
installing about 90 more of those pedestrian signals that show how many
seconds remain before the light turns green for oncoming cars. D.C.
currently has about 35 of the signals, which first appeared in June..."
Source: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0304/130294.html

DECATUR (AL) PED BRIDGE TO SPAN RR TRACKS

-> "Pedestrians can walk over trains rather than worrying about
locomotives running over them when a contractor builds a bridge linking
Northwest and downtown Decatur this year..."
Source:
http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/040302/bridge.shtml

EPA REPORT: EXTRA LANES DON'T EASE CONGESTION

-> "EPA found that in all but the smallest size category, metro areas
with greater transit availability, better pedestrian environments, and
more route choices (smart growth transportation areas) had less car
travel per person, shorter average car trips, less congestion higher
transit use, and lower air pollution emissions than more auto-dependent
metro areas of similar size..."
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/CharPerm_RTS.htm

NOVATO (CA) GETS "SAFE ROUTES" PROJECT

-> "Students and their parents marked the occasion with the school's
first 'Walk-to-School-Day,' aimed at improving children's health and
cutting down on congestion. At the end of January, parents at the
school raised $1,200 from other parents, local businesses and the
Novato Police Officers Association for the 'Pedestrian Gateways'..."
Source: http://www.marinij.com/Stories/0,1413,234~24407~1995695,00.html


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ATOMICZOMBIE'S GUINNESS WORLD RECORD "SKYCYCLE"

"After looking through a few old photos from the 1980's of this crazy
tall bike I built, I decided that it would be a blast to make another
one since I had miles of conduit and ample bike parts laying around
the garage..."

Source: http://www.atomiczombie.com/!skycycle.htm


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

-> "THE GEORGIA PEDESTRIAN AND STREETSCAPE GUIDE"
A multi-year collaborative effort by GDOT, FHWA, the State Bicycle and
Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and Pedestrians Educating Drivers on
Safety (PEDS). (7mb pdf)
http://www.dot.state.ga.us/dot/communications/publications/index.shtml#pedestrian

-> "THE ROLE OF MICH. SCHOOLS IN PROMOTING HEALTHY WEIGHT"
Subtitled, "A Consensus Paper;" by the Michigan Department of Education
in Cooperation with the Michigan Department of Community Health, the
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, and the
Michigan Fitness Foundation; September 2001.
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/healthyweight_13649_7.pdf

-> "OBESITY RESOURCES"
2-page list from a webcast entitled "Obesity: A Personal or Public
Health Issue?" by the Michigan St. Univ. Families and Communities
Together (FACT) Coalition and the Institute for Public Policy and
Social Research.
http://www.fact.msu.edu/pdf/obesityforumresources.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

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 22-23, 2004, How to Turn a Place Around, New York, NY. Info:
Jande Wintrob, Project for Public Spaces; phone: (212-620-5660); email:
<jwintrob@pps.org>.
http://pps.org/toplevel/nyc_training.htm

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 /800788-7077; fax: 503-823-7609;
e-mail: <info@railvolution.com>
http://www.railvolution.com



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

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- GCGP
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) is seeking an
Executive Director (ED). This active 1,800-member organization sets the
agenda for bicycle improvements in the City of Philadelphia and its
suburbs. The ED works closely with the Board of Directors, a small
staff, and a large cadre of volunteers in carrying out BCGP's mission
to create a healthier, more livable region through bicycle promotion,
advocacy, and education. The ED is responsible for all administrative
aspects of the organization, including directing BCGP fundraising
activities, as well as supervising all educational and advocacy
programs. The ED will also be responsible for acquiring, retaining, and
servicing BCGP's membership, and the supervision of an annual
fundraising bicycle ride that highlights the regional trail system.
Salary range is $30,000 - $40,000 (depending on the quality of the
candidate) plus benefits. Email resume and cover letter to Dennis
Winters, BCGP President at dennis.winters@verizon.net. Receipt will be
acknowledged by a more detailed job description. Search will remain
open until July 1st or until the position is filled, whichever comes
first.

-> JOB -- TRAIL CARE CREW TEAM -- IMBA
The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) is looking to hire a
full-time, professional two-person team for the highly successful
Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. This position requires a passion
for mountain biking, excellent communication skills, a basic knowledge
of trailwork and team compatibility. The Crew will travel nearly all
year in a 2004 Subaru Outback. The application deadline is March 19,
2004...Although the position is not for everyone, couples who enjoy
travel and adventure, love to work outside and want to help improve
trails and mountain biking are encouraged to apply. IMBA is asking the
Crew make a two-year commitment. Please send a resume and cover letter
to Aaryn Kay at aaryn@imba.com or to IMBA, P.O. Box 7578, Boulder, CO
80306 by Friday, March 19. The selected applicants will start work in
May 2004. For more information, visit:
http://www.imba.com

-> 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


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