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


Issue #93 Friday, March 26, 2004


CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
and information you can use to create more walkable and
bicycle-friendly communities.


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004: Creating Active Communities
  What's Up with the Transportation Bill?
  Highlights from the 2004 National Bike Summit
  International Bicycle Fund Offers Tour
  "Safe Roads" Theme for World Health Day 2004
  Ottawa #1 in Biking To Work, Montreal #1 in Walking
  Why Not Try for an ITE Ped Project Award?
  Tour Kosovo/a, Montenegro, Albania this Summer
  Wiliamson Co. (TX) Offers Online Bike Map


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  American Kids Only a Little Better Off than 30 Yrs Ago
  Trans Bill Gives New Meaning to Word "Pork"
  A Good City for Kids is a Good City for Everyone
  Chicagoans Remember Pedestrians Killed
  Robbinsdale (MN) Seniors Work for Ped-Friendly Town
  Atlanta Region Ped/Bike Planners: Show Me the $$!
  Homeowners Looking for Community Connections
  North Port (FL) Should Plan for Biking, Walking, too
  Fregonese Talks Walkability in Arlington (TX)
  Detroit Ped Deaths Down but More Effort Needed
  Santa Cruz (CA) Bike Industry Parties to Raise $$
  Denver Activist: My Kingdom for a Sidewalk
  Princeton (NJ) Looks at Connected, Walkable Future



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


PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004: CREATING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) announced
on Thursday the rates for the biennial conference, to be held
Sept. 7-11 in Victoria, British Columbia. "We're excited about
the number of new partners we're hearing from for this year's
conference," said Bill Wilkinson, NCBW's Executive Director.
"In additon to bicycle/pedestrian professionals and advocates,
we're getting more interest from health practitioners and
community planners who want to help make their communities bicycle
friendly and walkable. And that's what this year's theme is all
about."

Standard conference rates will be (in US dollars):
Delegate: $500; Presenter: $400; Advocates: $350; Guest: $250.
Advocate registrations will again be screened by participating
organizations (the Thunderhead Alliance and America Walks did
a great job for the 2002 conference). A special rate of $400
will also be offered to members of the Association of Pedestrian
and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).

Wilkinson noted that the conference rate increases have been held
to no more than $50 over the rates for the 2002 conference in
Saint Paul, MN. "We want to continue to offer the best value
possible for a 3-day training conference where people from many
areas and disciplines can meet, learn, and have some fun," he
added.

According to Gary MacFadden, the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 manager,
registration for the conference will open on April 15. "As with
the last conference, we'll accept registrations via an online
form; we'll also offer a form that can be downloaded and either
faxed or mailed," MacFadden said. "Additional conference information
will be placed on the NCBW web site as it becomes available."

For more information about Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004: Creating Active
Communities, see:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/
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WHAT'S UP WITH THE TRANSPORTATION BILL?

-> According to a Mar. 24th news advisory from Barbara McCann of
America Bikes, "Three provisions are in play that could dramatically
improve bicycling and walking in America. America Bikes has
state-by-state information on their impact:

-- Safe Routes to School would devote up to $250 million annually to
local projects in every state to make it safe for children to walk and
bike to school. It is included both the Senate's SAFETEA and the House
TEA-LU bill, but Senate funding is only one-third of the House.

-- Fair Share for Safety would direct states to spend safety money in
proportion to bicycle-pedestrian deaths. The language is in the Senate
bill, but not on the House side. If enacted, it would direct
approximately $130 million a year to bicycle and pedestrian safety
improvements in communities across the country.

-- Complete Streets is a policy change that would ensure that new road
projects would be safe for bicycling and walking, with bike lanes,
sidewalks, and other facilities. This requires no additional funding
commitment from Congress. Costs have been termed 'minimal' by several
states that already have this policy as improvements are included in
larger construction projects. Despite the documented benefits of the
policy, no sponsor has stepped forward to champion it.

"Enactment of these measures could direct as much as $1 billion a year
to increase physical activity through safer bicycling and walking. The
Senate bill, S. 1072, is final. The House bill is in markup today, with
floor action as early as next week. The bill could go into conference
after the two-week Easter recess."

CONTACT America Bikes for additional information at (202) 641-1163 or
(202) 833-8080. Additional information is available on the website at:
http://www.americabikes.org
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2004 NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT

-> According to a Mar. 19th news release, "The League of American
Bicyclists' 2004 National Bike Summit, March 3-5 in Washington, DC,
was a resounding success, once again showcasing the strength of the
bicycling community and its ability to unite for positive change on
the reauthorization of TEA-21 and other critical education and advocacy
issues. Some 350 bicycle advocates; bike retailers and industry
leaders; and transportation, public health and environment professionals
came together to meet with key legislators and government officials
to focus on improving bicycling policies and initiatives...

"Featured speakers at the Summit included Enrique Penalosa, former
Mayor of Bogota, Colombia; Steve Madden, Editor In Chief of Bicycling
magazine; Marty Blum, Mayor of Santa Barbara, CA; and of course, our
Congressional mentors, Jim Oberstar (D-MN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).
Summit participants met with over 350 House members and over 85 percent
of the U.S. Senate to urge Congress to ensure that the reauthorization
of the federal transportation bill focuses on supporting a balanced
transportation system that embraces bicycling..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.bikeleague.org/mediacenter/medprs031904.htm
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INTERNATIONAL BICYCLE FUND OFFERS TOUR

-> According to a recent release from the International Bicycle Fund,
"For those who already love the northwest USA and southwest Canada, or
for those who are willing to fall in love with this region, the
International Bicycle Fund will offer a special pre-conference edition
of 'Rolling the Islands of the Salish Sea' to coincide with
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 Conference in Victoria, BC. This tour will pay
extra attention to the special bike projects in the region, as well as
offering a fascinating nine-day immersion into the heart and soul of
the magical homeland of the Coastal Salish people.

"The program is more than a bicycle trip," says David Mozer. "In addition
to the physical activity you can enrich your mind and nourish your spirit."

For more information on the tour, contact David Mozer, International
Bicycle Fund at <ibike@ibike.org> or visit the website at
http://www.ibike.org.
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"SAFE ROADS" THEME FOR WORLD HEALTH DAY 2004

-> According to the website of the World Health Organization, "World
Health Day is an annual event held by the World Health Organization to
mark the date of the establishment of the Organization. Traditionally,
the day is held on 7th April every year. The World Health Organization
uses World Health Day as the main tool to reach out and engage the
general public in health messages. Essentially, this occasion is used
to engage the international, national and local public in a health
message that is known but neglected.

"'Safe Roads' is the Theme for World Health Day 2004...The objectives
of the World Health Day 2004 are:

  1. To draw global attention to the growing but preventable human and
    economic costs of road traffic injuries.
  2. To advocate for increased and sustained action in policy,
    programmes, funding and research.
  3. To place road traffic injury prevention high on the agenda of
    governments, international organizations, development agencies, NGOs
    and the private sector.
  4. To launch the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention.
  5. To build partnerships and collaboration for road traffic injury
    prevention..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/unintentional_injuries/road_traffic/whd1/en/
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OTTAWA #1 IN BIKING TO WORK, MONTREAL #1 IN WALKING

-> According to a recent report by Jack Jedwab, executive director of
the Association of Canadian Studies, "An eight-country survey conducted
in fall 2003 by the British firm Market Opinion Research International
on how we feel about cars revealed that North Americans value their
vehicles to a greater extent than most Europeans. More than others
Americans disagree that cars reduce the quality of life. Moreover
Americans are most likely to agree that cars an important aspect of
people's freedom. Canadians have similar views but for the most part
are slightly less attached to their automobiles than their southern
neighbor. When surveyed Americans were far less willing than were
Canadians to give up their cars."

One element of the report involved looking at how people get to work.
"Clearly taking the bike to work is far more common in Canada than in
the United States. Ottawa-Hull leads the continent with the highest
percentage of persons that take their bicycles to work followed by
Vancouver. In the United States it is San Francisco that leads other
American cities. When it comes to walking to work it is Montrealers
than lead North Americans followed by New Yorkers. Again this is a
habit that far more Canadians indulge in than their American
counterparts."

City rankings by percentage bicycling to work:
1 Ottawa 2.9%; 2 Vancouver 1.9%; 3 Calgary 1.5%; 4 San Francisco 1.4%;
5 Montr‚al 1.3%; 6 Edmonton 1.2%; Toronto 0.8%; 8 Portland 0.77%; 9
Seattle 0.70%; 10 Los Angeles 0.62%

City rankings by percentage walking to work:
1 Montreal 7.4%; 2 New York 6.7%; 3 Ottawa-Hull 6.7%; 4 Vancouver 6.4%;
5 Calgary 5.8%; 6 San Francisco 5.6%; 7 Boston 5.2%; 8 Edmonton 4.7%; 9
Toronto 4.5&; 10 Philadelphia 4.1%

Source "Getting to Work in North America's Major Cities and Dependence
on Cars;" Jack Jedwab, Association for Canadian Studies; Feb. 20, 2004.
http://www.acs-aec.ca/Polls/locomotions.pdf
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WHY NOT TRY FOR AN ITE PED PROJECT AWARD?

-> In a recent note, Craig Raborn said "I think that information about
the Institute of Transportation Engineers' Pedestrian Project Award
(also sponsored by the Partnership for a Walkable America) was posted a
while back, but the April 1st deadline is quickly approaching, so this
seems like the time to remind folks about it. If you are interested,
there is still a week and a half until the deadline. Please consider
entering!"

Craig Raborn, AICP, Program Manager for Technical Information,
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, email:
<craig@pedbikeinfo.org>; phone: (202) 366-4071
http://www.pedbikeinfo.org
Download the announcement at:
http://www.walkinginfo.org/pdf/PedAwards.pdf
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TOUR KOSOVO/A, MONTENEGRO, ALBANIA THIS SUMMER

-> According to a recent note from Howard Boyd, "A UK-based group is
planning an international bicycle tour through the mountain border
regions of Kosovo/a, Montenegro and Albania in the summer of 2004. This
is the area of a proposed 'Peace Park', aiming to bring together people
who have been enemies for centuries in common projects to develop
sustainable tourism in an area of great natural beauty.

"As well as mountainous terrain and primitive roads, the riders will
encounter some communities whose simple way of life has had little
contact with the outside world and others where lives have been
irrevocably changed by recent conflicts. The tour will take place in
the last two weeks of August, starting and finishing in Podgorica,
capital of Montenegro.

For more information, e-mail Howard at <howardboyd@gn.apc.org>.
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WILIAMSON CO. (TX) OFFERS ONLINE BIKE MAP

-> In a recent note, Marge Tripp of the Williamson County & Cities
Health District said, "We believe that promoting local attractions and
natural beauty on an easy-to-use on-line bike map will motivate people
to hop on their bikes and enjoy physical activity. The Bike Map Project
confronts key issues that threaten the quality of life for area
residents: urban sprawl, the disappearing natural environment, and a
diluted appreciation of the local heritage.

"Using GIS technology, WCCHD staff and Americorp*VISTA volunteers
identified, rated the bike map roads according to their level of
difficultly. Then WCCHD partnered with the Williamson County
Commissioners' Court to locate, document, and photograph the 'Heritage
Trees,' cemeteries, and historical makers on the routes. Williamson
County residents can now plan a safe bike ride that will showcase the
areas breath-taking beauty and fascinating history with the click of a
mouse. Please take a look!"

Here's the link:
http://www.wcbikemap.org
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"We've seen a real shift in values in recent years. Most people aren't
about getting these huge houses where they lock themselves away, but
instead they want a place where they can connect with their families
and neighbors."

--Jeff Kingsbury, vice president of sales and marketing for McStain
Neighborhoods, Boulder ,CO, http://www.mcstain.com/
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

AMERICAN KIDS ONLY A LITTLE BETTER OFF THAN 30 YRS AGO

-> According to a Mar. 24th Reuters article, "American children are
under threat from their own fat, with obesity so common that its
effects have wiped out many other health gains, according to a report
released on Wednesday. The report, called the 'Child Wellbeing Index,'
found that obesity is the single most widespread health problem facing
children. When being overweight is included in a statistical profile of
how children are faring, health well-being falls nearly 15 percent
below 1975 levels. The report, released by the non-profit philanthropic
Foundation for Child Development, finds that U.S. children are better

off than they were in 1975, less likely to fall victim to an accident
and more connected to their communities.


"But it finds that more children are overweight, poor and more attempt
suicide than 30 years ago. 'Kids are doing better, but they are not
doing nearly as well as they should be given this country's advances in
education, health, and social programs,' said Kenneth Land, a Duke
University sociologist and demographer who developed the index..."

Source:
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=4649829&section=news
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Report: American Children Under Threat from Fat"
Author: Maggie Fox

The Foundation's website is here:
http://www.ffcd.org/
The FFCC news release may be downloaded here:
http://www.ffcd.org/pdfs/FCDIndexofChildWell-BeingReleaseFINAL311.pdf
The report and a PowerPoint presentation are here:
http://www.brook.edu/comm/events/20040324.htm
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TRANS BILL GIVES NEW MEANING TO WORD "PORK"

-> According to a Mar. 24th NY Times editorial, "The transportation
bill that's now before the House of Representatives is likely to be
controversial for all sorts of reasons, given President Bush's concern
for symbolic cost-cutting and Congress's love affair with
road-building. While that debate goes on, we hope that someone focuses
on this oddity: at a time when the nation is obsessively worrying about
obesity, the bill seems to do everything it can to make sure that
Americans continue sitting in their cars for as much time as possible.

"Some 80 percent of the six-year $300 billion bill would go to
road-building projects, with most of the rest financing mass transit.
Less than 1 percent would be allotted for pedestrian and bicycle paths.
By giving Americans more reasons to pick up the car keys instead of
their sneakers, the bill gives new meaning to the word pork..."

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/24/opinion/24WED3.html
Archive search: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced?srchst=nyt
Cost: Yes
Title: "The Path to a Healthier America"
Author: editorial board
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A GOOD CITY FOR KIDS IS A GOOD CITY FOR EVERYONE

-> According to a Mar. 13th Sarasota Herald Tribune article, "A state
official from South Baden, Germany, city leaders from Ontario, and
urban planners from Italy, Sweden and Hong Kong will join their
counterparts from around the world in Sarasota this week. It's no
coincidence that their purpose -- a conference promoting livable cities
-- is being held here, at a time when Sarasota is emphasizing plans and
projects designed to make it more pedestrian friendly. Conference
founder and architect Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard heard about this
coastal city through the former mayor of Sarasota's sister city,
Hamilton, Ontario. She decided it would be a good place to hold the
39th International Conference on Making Cities Livable, which runs from
Sunday through Thursday...

"The conference, held twice a year, once in the United States and once
in Europe, attracts large groups of community leaders and residents.
Lennard said she created the conference in 1985, held in Venice, Italy,
to bring together people who are responsible for making their cities
more livable, and to provide brainstorming sessions where they can
share ideas and learn from each other's mistakes. 'We're very concerned
about making cities that are walkable,' said Lennard, who lives in
Carmel, Calif. 'Ideally, you should be able to live within walking and
biking distance to where you go to work, shop, or go to school. If you
make a city that is good for kids to be around, then it will be good
for everybody,' she said..."

Source:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040313/NEWS/403130311/1060
Archive search:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=ARCHIVES
Cost: Yes
Title: "Sarasota hosting urban talks"
Author: Janel Stephens

For more on the conference, go to:
http://www.livablecities.org/
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CHICAGOANS REMEMBER PEDESTRIANS KILLED

-> According to a Mar. 21st Chicago Tribune article, "For a few minutes
Saturday, the parents and girlfriend of Christopher Saathoff stood in
the normally busy intersection of Western Avenue and Division Street,
sharing hugs and shedding tears as police held traffic at bay. Joined
by about 60 marchers, they remembered Saathoff and Benjamin Dominguez
Vazquez, two men killed by alleged hit-and-run drivers in mid-February.

"Though the two died in different places and on different days, their
friends and family united Saturday to remember them, and to call for
improved safety measures. 'We do want to draw attention to the issue of
pedestrian safety, but we also want to memorialize the victims,' said
Christy Prahl, chairman of Logan Square Walks, which organized the
first Pedestrian Critic*l M*ss event..."

Source:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0403210280mar21,1,5937251.story
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pedestrians killed in crashes remembered"
Author: Hal Dardick
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ROBBINSDALE (MN) SENIORS WORK FOR PED-FRIENDLY TOWN

-> According to a Mar. 25th Robbinsdale Sun-Post article, "In the
summer of 2000 Loretta Berg, current chair of the Robbinsdale Senior
Commission, got off the bus at 42nd Avenue and Regent to go to work at
the Robbinsdale Area Community Education Center. She was about to cross
the street, but waited for a car that looked like it was going to turn
west onto 42nd Avenue. 'He turned off his engine, so I just decided to
cross,' Berg said. When she was in the middle of the street, the
driver started the engine, turned west on 42nd and hit Berg, knocking
her down as she was crossing the street. Berg broke her collarbone, had
six stitches in left side of her head, and a week later had to have her
spleen removed.

"'I can still feel the wheel hit the left side of my leg,' Berg
explained. This experience and others have caused Berg and her
colleagues on the Robbinsdale Senior Commission to wonder if the city
could be safer for pedestrians. 'We are an automobile society and
sometimes pedestrians are forgotten,' said David Bjorkquist, who also
serves on the Robbinsdale Senior Commission. 'We just want to draw more
attention to pedestrians. A lot of seniors are pedestrians.'..."

Source: http://www.mnsun.com/story.asp?city=Robbinsdale&story=132770
Archive search: http://www.mnsun.com/archive.asp?cat=ARCH
Cost: No
Title: "Seniors try to make Robbinsdale more pedestrian friendly"
Author: Justin Piehowski
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ATLANTA REGION PED/BIKE PLANNERS: SHOW ME THE $$!

-> According to a Feb. 21st Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, "Five
years after the Atlanta Regional Commission announced the first
planning grants for its much-heralded Livable Centers Initiative, the
program is still more potential than reality. But that hasn't curbed
enthusiasm among the government leaders and community activists trying
grab $280 million in federal transportation money to build their
distinctive districts, planned to encourage people to walk or take
public transit to reduce car trips that contribute to the region's
dirty air.

"As she walks along North Decatur Road with a spiral-bound planning
report in hand, Kathie Gannon, a board member of the Alliance to
Improve Emory Village, uses lingo to describe what is expected to
happen in her community. 'We're going to put the road on a diet,'
Gannon says, explaining that a section of North Decatur Road will be
reduced from four lanes to three, making room for a turning lane and
space for bicycles. She is equally excited about a proposed
'roundabout' that could transform the confusing five-way crossroads
into a calmer, nicely landscaped intersection..."

Source:
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/business/horizon/0304/22livable.html
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Rebuilding blocks"
Author: Janet Frankston
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HOMEOWNERS LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

-> According to a Mar. 14th Denver Post article, "Homeowners are
beginning to emerge from their cocoons. Lifestyle guru Faith Popcorn
coined the term 'cocooning' in the 1980s to describe the American need
to retreat from the realities of life. Cocooning was considered a way
to protect oneself and disconnect from the outside world. Now American
homeowners are acting like a whole different type of insect.

"'Shortly after 9/11 there was a lot of discussion about a new return
to home, about the 'new cocooning,'' said J. Walker Smith, president of
Yankelovich, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based marketing consulting group that
tracks consumer attitudes. 'But this return is actually quite
different.' Yankelovich trend-watchers began seeing signs of this new
return home in 1998 and coined the term "hiving" in 2001. Like a
beehive, a hive home represents engagement, interaction and connection
with the outside environment. It has larger, open gathering areas. Hive
homes are also often on smaller lots, encouraging use of community
centers and parks that are an integral part of a hiving community..."

Source http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~33~2014737,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E25%257E,00.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "'Hiving' new community buzzword"
Author: Chryss Cada
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NORTH PORT (FL) SHOULD PLAN FOR BIKING, WALKING TOO

-> According to a Mar. 13th Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial,
"Officials in fast-growing North Port are wise to glance in the
rear-view mirror as they put the pedal to the metal and seek more and
more of everything -- including asphalt. Repairs, widening and other
work must be performed to improve 900 miles of existing streets in a
city that encompasses 103 square miles. So, the North Port City
Commission has allocated $350,000 to develop a plan for rebuilding
those streets...

"Meanwhile, North Port citizens and elected officials must recognize
that more roads and traffic will also bring air pollution. Cities with
the most roads tend to have the highest levels of air pollution,
according to a report released this week by the U.S. Public Interest
Research Group. The report says the nation's most polluted city is
Nashville, which ranks second in highway capacity and third in most
miles driven per capita. As North Port looks to the future while
upgrading streets, there's also a need for: bike lanes; travel made
possible by golf cart and other electric vehicles; and mixed-use,
walkable neighborhoods. More modes of travel that don't pollute should
be included in the city's plans."

Source:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040313/OPINION/403130581/1030
Archive search:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=ARCHIVES
Cost: Yes
Title: "'Travel plans North Port looks both ways on roads"
Author: Editorial Board

The U.S. PIRG highway study mentioned may be found here:
http://uspirg.org/uspirg.asp?id2=12484&id3=USPIRG&
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FREGONESE TALKS WALKABILITY IN ARLINGTON (TX)

-> According to a Mar. 24th Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article, "When
superstar urban planner John Fregonese spoke to a group of more than
100 Arlington government and business leaders earlier this month, lots
of those in attendance were prepared to adopt a sort of 'You dreamer,
you' response. Instead, they heard a mix of practicality and vision
that started a buzz of excitement that continues to ripple through the
community. Fregonese has been involved with urban renewal projects in
Portland, Salt Lake City, Nashville and (most recently) Austin and
Denton.

"Though Fregonese has been linked with New Urbanism advocacy -- more
dense populations, mass transit opportunities and the like -- he came
across in his Arlington presentation as someone well in touch with the
realities of marketplace practicality. For example, he noted that he's
seen many cities run into financial difficulties because they invested
too much public money ahead of private development. He advocated a
bite-at-a-time strategy, much like Denton's. The Denton master plan,
though still in early stages, calls for a walkable downtown and an
assortment of projects that can be achieved any of several ways -- for
example, by private business, by the city or via a partnership between
the two..."

Source: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/8263686.htm
Archive search: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Time to bite down"
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DETROIT PED DEATHS DOWN BUT MORE EFFORT NEEDED

-> According to a Mar. 17th Ann Arbor News article, "The Motor City
already struggles with having one of the highest homicide rates among
major U.S. cities. It's also one of the most unsafe places for
pedestrians. A crackdown on speeders and jaywalkers, however, has led
to a 29 percent reduction in pedestrian fatalities so far this year,
Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said Wednesday...Seventeen pedestrians
have been killed in Detroit so far in 2004, compared with 24 during the
same period in 2003, Bully-Cummings said during a news conference.
Seven pedestrians have been critically injured so far this year,
compared with 13 in the year-ago period, she said...

"A grass-roots civic booster said he welcomed the reduction in
fatalities, but said more needed to be done to make Detroit less
hostile to foot traffic. 'Traffic enforcement has not been a priority
of the city in a long time,' said Dave Naczycz, a member of the
steering committee of Detroit Synergy, a volunteer organization that
promotes, among other things, walking city neighborhoods and business
districts. 'I have noticed a difference in the last year, and that's
good ... but traffic enforcement can only go so far when you have a
Woodward Avenue that's eight lanes wide. The infrastructure in Detroit
is built around cars.'..."

Source:
http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf?/base/news-12/107956704454691.xml
Archive search: http://www.mlive.com/search/
Cost: No (archive search limited to 14 days)
Title: "Detroit police: Traffic crackdown reducing pedestrian deaths"
Author: Jim Irwin
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SANTA CRUZ (CA) BIKE INDUSTRY PARTIES TO RAISE $$

-> According to a Mar. 24th Santa Cruz Sentinel story, "The first Santa
Cruz Bicycle Industry Party, a celebration to raise money for better
cycling conditions in Santa Cruz County, will be April 10. The Santa
Cruz Bicycle Industry Coalition will use the funds to advocate for the
Coastal Rail Trail, more bike lanes, safer roads and places to park
bikes, said Piet Canin, Santa Cruz Bicycle Industry Coalition
coordinator..."

Source:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2004/March/24/local/stories/08local.htm
Archive search: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/archive.html
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle industry party set for Santa Cruz on April 10"
Author: Sentinel Staff
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DENVER ACTIVIST: MY KINGDOM FOR A SIDEWALK

-> According to a Mar. 25th Denver Post column by Susan Barnes-Gelt,
"The perfect metaphor for Denver's ambivalent flirtation with C-I-T-Y
may be the new sidewalk adjacent to downtown's Skyline Park. The
three-block linear park on the west side of Arapahoe Street from 18th
to 15th streets is undergoing the first phase of a $12 million redesign
into an active, urban civic space. The scheme adds grass, flowers,
performance space, seating and - perhaps most important - a wide, paved
sidewalk along Arapahoe.

"Oops! Not so fast! Budget constraints have now reduced that walkway to
a crushed gravel footpath. The $1 million needed to construct an urban,
downtown, walkable-cleanable-shovelable pedestrian promenade wasn't
included in the $6.5 million Phase I funding. If this decision reflects
civic priorities for downtown, then the Downtown Multimodal Access Plan
(DMAP) - a 25-year vision for the center city's mobility and access -
faces big challenges..."

Source:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~29123~2039121,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E25%257E,00.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "My kingdom for a sidewalk"
Author: Susan Barnes-Gelt
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PRINCETON (NJ) LOOKS AT CONNECTED, WALKABLE FUTURE

-> According to a Mar. 9th Princeton Packet article, "Princeton Future
continued its community dialogues Sunday with a closer look at
Witherspoon Street and its neighborhoods and institutions. About 30
residents from Princeton Borough and Princeton Township gathered to
brainstorm about various needs, including housing, transportation,
business and employment along Witherspoon Street from Valley Road to
Nassau Street. The meeting was held at Township Hall. Princeton Future
divided Princeton into five zones to consider how future development
might best occur. But now it should pull back and see how all the
pieces fit together, said Robert Geddes, co-chairman of the nonprofit
organization.

"James Floyd, a member of Princeton Future's steering committee, said
neighborhoods should be thought of as interdependent rather than
singular entities. 'I can't get to my zone without going through
yours,' said Mr. Floyd, a Princeton Township resident and a former
mayor. Michael Mostoller, chairman of Princeton Future's Planning and
Design Task Force, built on Mr. Floyd's comment with a presentation
focusing on key sites that are linked to the Witherspoon Street
corridor by 15-minute or 30-minute walks in a square mile. For example,
Mr. Mostoller said, a pedestrian could walk from Community Park North
or Princeton Township Hall to the University Medical Center at
Princeton to The Arts Council to Nassau Street in about 15 minutes..."

Source
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11092663&BRD=1091&PAG=461&dept_id=425695&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1091&dept_id=425695&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "Princeton Future holds session on a community both accessible
and separated"
Author: Jennifer Potash
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S

KAUAI (HI) CONSIDERS 23-MI PATH PROJECT

-> "Amid public concerns about public access, Anahola community leader
James Torio has urged Anahola residents to give input on a Kaua'i
County proposal for a 23-mile bicycle and pedestrian pathway that could
end in Anahola or on the outskirts of the community..."
Source:
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/business/horizon/0304/22livable.html

RAINIER (WA) DEVELOPER ACCEPTS RIVERSIDE PATH

-> "A developer of a proposed $9 million riverfront condo project got
the Rainier Planning Commission's approval Tuesday night, after
compromising with a plan for a riverside pedestrian walkway..."
Source: http://www.tdn.com/articles/2004/03/24/area_news/news04.txt

CLEVELAND PLANS "NEW AMERICAN WATERFRONT"

-> "Robin Richmond likes city planners' vision of a gritty downtown
lakefront transformed into neighborhoods of walkable streets, markets
and watery vistas..."
Source:
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1080215812253830.xml

PED BRIDGE TO SPAN CAPE GIRARDEAU (MO) HIGHWAY

-> "Construction could begin by June on a pedestrian bridge to span
busy Highway 74 just east of Ellis Street and reunite a divided
south-side Cape Girar-deau neighborhood..."
Source: http://www.semissourian.com/story.html$rec=133485

PAKISTANI CYCLIST OUT TO CARRY 18 KIDS ON BIKE

-> "A Pakistani cyclist plans to enter the Guinness Book of World
Records by riding his bicycle 100km while carrying 18 children..."
Source:
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/arc_Articles.asp?Article=76418&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=26358

SCOTTISH KIDS GIVE DRIVERS PARKING TICKETS

-> "As if there weren't enough Enforcers already, pupils at a city
school have become wardens in a bid to stop drivers parking in danger
areas near their gates..."
Source: http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=324952004

TORONTONIANS ENCOURAGED TO WALK, BIKE

-> "The good news is that nobody's come up with a study finding that
too much exercise and fresh air is bad for one's health. ..."
Source:
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1079133610344


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

FRENCH DRIVER MISTAKES PEDESTRIAN FOR BIN LADEN

-> According to a Mar. 17th Expatica story, "A driver in the southern
French city of Montpellier who tried to run down a pedestrian he
believed was Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Tuesday was given a
three-month suspended sentence. On Monday, the driver, a 35-year-old
craftsman, chased the would-be bin Laden through the streets of
Montpellier, running a red light and driving through a pedestrian zone.
He only failed to hit the pedestrian when his car ran into a staircase.

"The driver, who was not identified, said he had experienced a
delirious episode, attributing his folly to current fears over the
global terrorist threat. The court in Montpellier also ordered the
driver to seek counseling and pay EUR 500 (USD 615) in damages to the
victim..."

Source:
http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=58&story_id=5711
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "French driver mistakes pedestrian for bin Laden"


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

-> "CONTEXT SENSITIVE SOLUTIONS IN LARGE CENTRAL CITIES"
Workshop report; by Cerreno and Pierson; Rudin Ctr for Trans Policy &
Mgmnt, NYU; Feb. 2004.
http://www.nyu.edu/wagner/transportation/research/research_docs/CSS%20report%20FINAL%202-9-04.pdf

-> "BICYCLE DETECTION AT TRAFFIC SIGNALS"
2-page brochure for bicyclists; from the City of Santa Cruz.
http://www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/pw/trafeng/bikedet.pdf

-> "FRESH IDEAS"
Subtitled "for community nutrition and physical activity;" from the
Center for Civic Partnerships and the California Nutrition Network for
Healthy, Active Families.
http://www.phi.org/pdf-library/ccpfreshideas.pdf

-> CALM STREETS! AND THE MUNICIPALITY"
Subtitled "Traffic Planning in Local Practice;" by Svensson and
Hedstrom, Swedish National Road Administration; 2004; (NOTE: in
Swedish, except for abstract).
http://www.vti.se/pdf/reports/M961.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 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 / 800-788-7077; 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.


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

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