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



Issue #94 Friday, April 9, 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
  House Approves TEA-21 Renewal Plan
  Update: Pro Walk/Pro Bike - Creating Active Communities
  National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates May 6-8
  Cancer Takes Safe Routes Pioneer Anne Seeley
  Virginia DOT Adopts "Complete the Streets" Policy
  May is National Bike Month
  Philly's Klein Gallery Hosts Bike Part Art Show
  New Fact Sheets Summarize Physical Activity Research
  Overweight Kids' Have "Middle-Aged Smoker" Arteries
  Whatcom (WA) Transit Adds 3-Bike Bus Racks
  Calif Trans Dept. Wants Comment on Bike/Ped Report

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Exercise Cuts Cancer Risk, Improves Survival Rates
  DC-Area Police Cracking Down on Scofflaw Drivers
  Where the Sidewalk Ends in East Lansing (MI)
  Walk SanDiego Makes Progress over Past 5 Years
  Providence (RI) to Brainstorm Downtown Fixes
  Froma Harrop: Walk to School Day One of Saddest
  Pleasanton (CA) Installs 'Smart Signals' for Speeders
  Venice (FL) Path Use - 3 Times March '03 Numbers
  Changes Coming for NYC's "Boulevard of Death"
  Speeding Epidemic in Lexington (KY)




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


HOUSE APPROVES TEA-21 RENEWAL PLAN


-> According to the April 7th issue of the Surface Transportation
Policy Project's (STPP) Transfer newsletter, "The U.S. House of
Representatives April 2 approved legislation (H.R. 3550) to renew the
nation's surface transportation law (TEA-21), proposing to allocate
more than $275 billion in federal funds for highways, bridges, transit
and safety programs over six years. After two days of debate and
consideration of 23 pending amendments, House members passed the
legislation by a vote of 357-60, an action that now sets the stage for
Senate and House negotiations on a compromise bill. When Congress
resumes work after the Easter recess, the House and Senate will appoint
their respective leaders or conferees to begin negotiations to hammer
out a final conference agreement.


"As approved by the House, H.R. 3550 provides $51.5 billion for transit
programs, about $217.5 billion in obligation limitations to the states
for highway programs, another $4.4 billion for state equity funds and
emergency relief, and the remaining funds for research, safety and
other activities. According to the Administration's estimates, the
House bill authorizes a total of $284 billion, well above the $275
billion that Speaker Hastert agreed to bring to the House floor and
the Administration's request of $256 billion...


"Importantly, H.R. 3550 preserves the basic ISTEA/TEA-21 program
structure, although it diminishes resource commitments to funding the
core program categories. It includes selected new initiatives such as
the $1 billion commitment to a new Safe Routes to Schools program
and a small pilot program for Transit in Parks that have been STPP
coalition priorities."


For more information on the bill and other issues, go to:
http://www.transact.org/
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UPDATE: PRO WALK/PRO BIKE - CREATING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES


-> According to NCBW's John Williams, who is in charge of structuring
the Sept. 7-10 Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference program, the review process
on presentation proposals is taking longer than initially anticipated.


"We received a tremendous response to our call for presentations,"
said Williams. "I've got a number of very committed individuals on
our volunteer review panel currently digging through some 270 proposals.
As one of those volunteers recently commented, 'We find ourselves
with an embarassment of riches!'"


Williams added that the "up side" of the situation is that the
conference will offer one of the best programs ever. The "downside"
is that we won't be able to post the final presenter list until
April 28th.


This year's Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference, which will be hosted in
Victoria, British Columbia, will feature more available options
for presentations. "As an example, we're instituting our first-ever
poster sessions, which will go under a 'Meet The Experts' heading,"
Williams said. "We'll post more information about how the poster
sessions will work on our web site by the end of April.


In other Pro Walk/Pro Bike news, the conference fees were posted
in mid-April, and are on the NCBW web site at:


http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/program.htm
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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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CANCER TAKES SAFE ROUTES PIONEER ANNE SEELEY


-> According to a note from Aida Berkovitz, "It is with great sadness
that I must pass along the news that a wonderful and powerful
pedestrian advocate from California has passed away - Anne Seeley.
She died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday afternoon after a 1-year battle
with a rare form of cancer. Anne worked for the California Department
of Health Services' Physical Activity Initiative and was very involved
nationally in bringing the health perspective to national transportation
issues. I'm sure that many of you have met Anne at conferences over
he years, including ProBike ProWalk. She also worked on local issues,
and helped the fledgling Walk Sacramento advocacy organization grow.


"Anne was one of the early health professionals to make the strong
connection between health and the built environment and was always
interested in learning more about building the right facilities for
walking. Anne worked very closely with the California chapter of the
Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) to lobby for the landmark,
first-of-its-kind California Safe Routes to School legislation. My first
ntroduction to Anne was in the early 1990s when she organized a
statewide Safe Routes to School conference, featuring Mark Fenton as
the inspirational speaker. It was cutting edge stuff at that time. Anne
was really a leader in her field. Her hard work and tireless efforts on
behalf of walkers are worthy of a special place in a 'pedestrian hall
of fame,' should there every be such a place. She will be sorely
missed."
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VIRGINIA DOT ADOPTS "COMPLETE THE STREETS" POLICY


-> According to a Mar. 25th Virginia Bicycling Federation news release,
"On March 18, Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board adopted a
new bicycle and pedestrian policy that commits the Virginia Department
of Transportation (VDOT) to routinely accommodate bicycling and walking
'as fundamental travel modes and integral components...in the planning,
funding, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Virginia's
transportation network.' The policy statement broadly defines
'accommodation' as 'any facility, design feature, operational change,
or maintenance activity that improves the environment in which
bicyclists and pedestrians travel' and explains that 'bicycling and
walking are successfully accommodated when travel by these modes is
efficient, safe, and comfortable for the public.'


"The Virginia Bicycling Federation (VBF) largely instigated this new
policy by repeatedly promoting its March 2001 position paper
recommending six changes to VDOT's previous 1990 bicycle facility
policy. The new VDOT policy, which fully achieves three of VBF's six
recommended reforms and promises to address a fourth, departs
significantly from the old policy...The VBF significantly influenced
the new policy by actively participating in a VDOT-appointed task force
that met ten times between July 2003 and February 2004 to develop
the six-page statement..."


For more information, go to:
http://vabike.org
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MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH


-> According to their website, "The League of American Bicyclists is
promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 17th - 21st and Bike-to-Work Day
on Friday, May 21st. For Bike to Work Week 2004, the League is proud to
partner with Shimano American Corporation and Rodale.


"Bicycling is part of the solution to many of our nation's problems:
the obesity epidemic, traffic congestion, air pollution and more. Some
64% of adults and over 15% of kids are overweight today, resulting in
300,000 premature deaths and a cost to society of $117 billion a year.
Over 22% of all motor vehicle trips Americans take are less than one
mile long, and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or
less to work, an easily bikeable distance. If the average person biked
to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could
prevent the pollution of close to one billion gallons of gasoline from
entering the atmosphere every year..."


Source: http://www.bikemonth.com/
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PHILLY'S KLEIN GALLERY HOSTS BIKE PART ART SHOW


-> According to their website, "The Esther M. Klein Art Gallery is
pleased to announce the fifth exhibition in its Art & Community
Exhibition Series. This exhibition series features grass roots
organizations that use art and the creative process as a vehicle to
enhance the lives of individuals in the spirit of sustained community
interaction. Since 1996 Neighborhood Bike Works has used bikes as a
positive influence in the lives of Philadelphia youth by offering
earn-a-bike classes that teach bike maintenance, repair and safety...


"The Esther M. Klein Art Gallery will sponsor Neighborhood Bike Works'
second annual fund-raising event through a juried exhibition of Bike
Part Art. An open call to artists and individuals will include access
to bike parts donated by Neighborhood Bike Works. Participants of this
initiative will be challenged to create found object art pieces using
bike parts..."


Source: http://www.kleinartgallery.org/upcoming_1/nbw.htm
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NEW FACT SHEETS SUMMARIZE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RESEARCH


-> Barabara McCann has just alerted us to two new fact sheets that
summarize the latest research on promoting physical activity through
community design. "Designing for Active Transportation" and "Designing
for Active Recreation" present solid science in a format useful for
policy makers, planners, developers, public health officials and
others interested in working for more active communities. The research
summaries present results from the latest studies as short bullet points.


“We want the public policy debate around physical activity informed by
real science, and we’ll keep updating these fact sheets as new studies
come out,” says Jim Sallis, head of Active Living Research. Active
Living Research supports new, cross-disciplinary research on how the
built environment and government policies encourage or discourage
physical activity.


The fact sheets are available for download at
http://www.activelivingresearch.org/index.php/Whatís_New/index.php/What_We_are_Learning/117


Multiple copies of the printed versions are also available by contacting
LeeAnn Adan at ladan@projects.sdsu.edu or by calling (619) 260-5534.
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OVERWEIGHT KIDS HAVE "MIDDLE-AGED SMOKER" ARTERIES


-> According to an April 5th Journal Report on the American Heart
Association's website, "The arteries of overweight children act like
those of middle-aged smokers, increasing their risk of an early heart
attack or stroke. But the damage can be reversed through diet and
regular exercise, according to a report in today's rapid access issue
of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. 'We were
surprised that the children had developed vascular abnormalities at
such a young age -- and by how readily these could be reversed with
simple lifestyle measures,' says Kam S. Woo, M.D., chair and professor
of medicine and therapeutics and a consultant cardiologist at The
Chinese University of Hong Kong.


"The researchers studied 54 boys and 28 girls, average age 9.9 years.
Based on body mass index (BMI), 28 were deemed overweight and 54
were obese. The study did not include children with a family history of
early heart disease, but the youngsters already showed signs of early
atherosclerosis. Using ultrasound, the researchers measured the
ability of the brachial artery in the arm to expand in response to
increased blood flow. This response is called endothelium-dependent
dilation, and is a measure of an artery's reactivity..."


Bottomline

"Adopting a healthy lifestyle in childhood is the most
cost-effective and practical way to prevent heart disease in adults."
-- Kam S. Woo, MD




Source: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3020389
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title "Exercise is key to reversing obesity-related heart risk in
children"



Related Reuters article:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=571&ncid=751&e=6&u=/nm/
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WHATCOM (WA) TRANSIT ADDS 3-BIKE BUS RACKS


-> According to an article on the Whatcom Transportation Authority's
website, "WTA buses can now accommodate a third bike on front-mounted
bike racks. Previously, WTA's Fixed Route fleet was equipped with
two-bike racks. The agency had been testing 10 of the three-bike racks
for ease of operation since they became available on the market in
September. Like the previous model, bike racks allow passengers to load
and unload their own bikes.


"Bike racks have grown increasingly popular with WTA passengers. Soon
after their initial introduction, passengers began requesting increased
capacity. Users of the racks include those who bike commute one-way,
and make the return trip by bus, as well as many who reach their
destination by a combination bike ride and bus ride. WTA General
Manager, Richard Walsh said, 'When it comes to transportation
alternatives, one size doesn't fit all. By making the bike-plus-bus
commute an option, we offer an alternative to people who might not
otherwise ride their bike or ride the bus -- people who usually drive
alone.' WTA was the first transit system in Washington State to equip
its entire Fixed Route fleet with bike racks..."


Source: http://www.ridewta.com/


Follow up: According to Lisa Robinson of SPORTWORKS, maker of
the racks in question, "our new 'Trilogy' rack carries 50% more bikes
than our traditional 2-bike rack without extending any further in front
of the bus. The Trilogy can even attach to existing Sportworks brackets,
making upgrades very cost-effective. We are currently shipping both
mild steel and stainless steel versions of the Trilogy." Transit
agencies interested in the Trilogy rack should contact Lisa Robinson
at Sportworks, 425 483-7000, or <Lisar@sportworks.com>. For more
on the new Sportworks Trilogy rack, go to:
http://www.bicycleracks.com/sbIndex.asp
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CALIF TRANS DEPT WANTS COMMENT ON BIKE/PED REPORT


-> According to a recent note from Marc Jensen, "Caltrans is now
soliciting comments on their Draft Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities in
California, Technical Reference Report prepared by Alta Planning &
Design. The full report (250 pages) is available in pdf on the Alta
website as the address below."


Please email your comments to <Richard_Haggstrom@dot.ca.gov>
no later than April 26, 2004. :
http://www.altaplanning.com/files/Caltrans
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S


"If you concur with David's recommendations, we are now considering
this revision of the revision of the revision not as a vision statement
but the long detailed picture that we would have fall into the category
of either executive summary, introduction or probably a succinct vision
statement with clarification and expansion on it. Are we all clear on
that?" (chuckles all around)


-- Rosemary Bowler, Chair, Boca Grande (FL) Vision Statement
Subcommittee
http://www.bocabeacon.com/story.htbml?number=538


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EXERCISE CUTS CANCER RISK, IMPROVES SURVIVAL RATES

-> According to a Mar. 29th BBC News story, "Researchers found the risk
of endometrial cancer was cut by as much as 30% by physical activity
such as household chores and walking. Another study showed the chances
of surviving breast cancer were also improved by taking exercise. All
the findings were presented at the American Association for Cancer
Research's annual meeting in Orlando. There was greater protection for
women who did more than four hours of chores a day than for those who
did less than two hours.


"Women who walked for 60 minutes a day were also better protected than
those who walked less than 30 minutes a day. The researchers at
Vanderbilt University in the US and the Shanghai Cancer Institute in
China looked at 832 women with endometrial cancer and a control
population who did not have the disease. Dr Charles Matthews, at the
university, said: 'We were particularly pleased to see the beneficial
effect on endometrial cancer risk of more accessible and lower
intensity forms of activity like walking for transportation and doing
household chores, as well as intentional exercise.'..."


Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3578405.stm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Housework 'reduces cancer risk'"
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DC-AREA POLICE CRACKING DOWN ON SCOFFLAW DRIVERS


-> According to an April 5th Washington Times article, "Area police
officials are conducting a regionwide pedestrian sting this month as
part of a public safety campaign funded by state and local governments.
The $375,000 Street Smart campaign -- which began yesterday and will
continue for the next four weeks -- offers overtime pay to uniformed
police officers throughout the region for strolling along crosswalks
and stopping any vehicles that refuse to yield the right of way.


"'We're hoping the campaign will make drivers think twice about roaring
through intersections during tourist season,' said D.C. police Sgt.
Stephen R. Barton, with the District's Traffic Safety Unit. 'We also
want to educate pedestrians and get bikers to wear protective
gear.' Drivers who are pulled over during pedestrian stings, which
typically occur during the day, will receive citations according to
local county or city laws. Authorities are targeting those crosswalks
in Maryland, Virginia and the District that have a high rate of
pedestrian injuries..."


Source: http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20040405-100031-1056r.htm
Archive search: http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20040405-100031-1056r.htm
Cost: Yes
Title: "Areawide program targets pedestrian safety"
Author: Sean Salai
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WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS IN EAST LANSING (MI)


-> According to a Mar. 29th State News article, "In a city that prides
itself as being a 'walkable community,' Brian Goluska was dismayed last
spring to find he had reached a place where the sidewalk ends. Goluska
was not caught in the whimsical world of the Shel Silverstein poem,
where the sun burns crimson bright and the moon-bird rests from his
flight. Instead Goluska, who dropped his car off for repairs at Frandor
Shopping Center and decided to walk back to his home near Lake Lansing
Road, was caught on a bustling Saginaw Street, facing a sidewalk's dead
end four blocks east of Coolidge Road.


"Opting not to cross the four-lane thoroughfare or trudge over the
narrow, grassy shoulder, Goluska walked back to Coolidge Road. His
anger was the only thing burning crimson bright that day. 'The city
shouldn't pretend that it's a walkable place,' Goluska said, looking
over Saginaw Street on Monday, months after his initial walk. 'No one
is walking here.'..."


Source: http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=23251
Archive search: http://www.statenews.com/archives.phtml
Cost: No
Title: "Sidewalk conditions slow strolling citizens"
Author: Don Jordan
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WALK SANDIEGO MAKES PROGRESS OVER PAST 5 YEARS


-> According to an April 4th San Diego Union-Tribune article, "Walking
isn't a high priority for a lot of us, but for a few of us, it's
becoming more and more desirable. Yeah, it's healthy, burns calories,
strengthens muscles and all that blah, blah, blah. But it's also a
great way to spend time with a friend before the pressures of the day
begin, a soothing way to reconnect to what nature we've got left and a
chance to note what kind of weather we'll be experiencing as we run
from car to office to school to errands and back to the car again.


"The people at Walk SanDiego have taken it a bit further. As its name
suggests, members of the nonprofit organization are big supporters of
pedestrian power. But they're also big supporters of residents who want
to make their communities more livable by making them more
feet-friendly. 'Over the past five years, we've developed a methodology
where we can come into a neighborhood and show people what a
walkable community looks like and break it down into its simplest
elements,' says Andy Hamilton, vice president of Walk SanDiego..."


Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20040404-9999-news_1mi4curran.html
Archive search: http://archives.signonsandiego.com/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Taking a stroll down lane that favors walking"
Author: Mary Curran-Downey


For more about Walk SanDiego, go to:
http://www.walksandiego.org/
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PROVIDENCE (RI) TO BRAINSTORM DOWNTOWN FIXES


-> An April 1st Providence Journal article asks, "Got an idea that
would better unite the waterfront to the central part of the city?
Improve traffic flow downtown? Ease the area's parking woes? Put your
thinking cap on and head to Thompson Middle School tomorrow night
and Saturday. The Newport Redevelopment Agency is hosting a two-
day 'charrette,'...[inviting residents] to offer their thoughts on improving
the city's downtown. The ideas discussed at the charrette will help
hape the recommendations to be included in a report a private
consultant is preparing for the city. A team led by Taylor & Partners,
a local design firm, has been hired for $50,000 to conduct what officials
are calling the Central Newport Study.


"'We're hoping for a big turnout,' said Bruce Bartlett, the
redevelopment agency's director. 'We want to hear everyone's thoughts.
We are hoping to spark interest and spark the support to move the
various elements [of the study] forward in the future.' The city used
the same charrette process several years ago for revitalizing Broadway,
Bartlett said. 'It was quite successful, as you can witness from by the
amount of activity along Broadway,'...The goal of the study, according
to a news release, is 'to improve walkability, increase prosperity and
enhance the character of the area for both residents and tourists.'..."


Source:
http://www.projo.com/eastbay/content/projo_20040401_ntchar1.2b335b.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Brainstorm downtown improvements at weekend charrette"
Author: Richard Salit
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FROMA HARROP: WALK TO SCHOOL DAY ONE OF SADDEST


-> According to an April 5th Dallas Morning News column by Froma
Harrop, "One of the saddest days on the calendar has to be national
'Walk to School Day.' The very name makes it sad. It tells us that a
once-routine activity now is being regarded as an unusual physical
feat. Before families started moving into the sprawl known as suburbia,
children would walk to school every day. They lived in a neighborhood
with sidewalks, and the neighborhood had its own schools. Small wonder
the kids are getting fat. They can't walk to school. They can't walk
anywhere. They can't ride bikes, either, because there is too much
traffic. They are trapped in a world designed for the convenience of
automobiles.


"The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has sounded the
latest warning on the big-girth problem. It reports that being
overweight is about to become the leading cause of preventable deaths.
Obesity will kill 500,000 Americans a year, about the same number as
cancer. Some choose to blame triple cheeseburgers for the alarming
numbers. But that's too simple. Fast food beckons from every corner of
the country, but the problem of overweight isn't evenly spread. It is
worse in places where people can't walk..."

Source: http://www.statenews.com/article.phtml?pk=23251
Archive search: http://www.statenews.com/archives.phtml
Cost: Yes
Title: "Suburbs fatten us early on"
Author: Froma Harrop
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PLEASANTON (CA) INSTALLS 'SMART SIGNALS' FOR SPEEDERS


-> According to an April 7th San Francisco Chronicle article, "In a
move unprecedented in the Bay Area, the city's traffic engineers have
created a traffic signal with attitude. It senses when a speeder is
approaching and metes out swift punishment. It doesn't write a ticket.
It immediately turns from green to yellow to red. Residents and
commute-jockeys said Tuesday that the light, which the city plans to
unveil today on Vineyard Avenue at the intersection of Montevino Drive,
is either an inspired leap into the future or a blatant example of
government overzealousness.


"'It's kind of big-brotherish, but sometimes it's the price we pay for
safety,' said JoAnne Brewer, 49, who walked her golden retriever past
the new signal Tuesday morning and predicted it would be a success.
'I'm not much of a speeder myself,' Brewer added. 'It's my husband that
it will catch.' Drivers on the two-lane Vineyard, as they approach
Montevino, will see an electronic sign that gives the speed limit -- 40
mph heading west and 35 mph going east -- then flashes their actual
speed..."


Source:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/04/07/MNG8N61MGG1.DTL
Archive: http://www.sfgate.com/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Stoplight to punish suburban speeders"
Author: Demian Bulwa
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VENICE (FL) PATH USE - 3 TIMES MARCH '03 NUMBERS


-> According to an April 4th Sarasota Herald Tribune article, "From
his Country Club Estates patio, Bill Chapman has a perfect view of
the Venetian Waterway Park, and lately he's been seeing a lot more
bikers and walkers. 'People are getting used to it and know that it's
here,' said Chapman, 77. 'I like to ride my bike on it.' Chapman is
not quite as lonely on his bike rides these days.


"Last month, more than 3,000 people used the 10-mile Intracoastal
Waterway trail, compared with 1,000 in March of 2003, said Faith
Pridmore, executive director of Venice Area Beautification Inc.
And it's not only the locals who are taking notice. 'Where to Retire'
magazine in the fall listed Venice as one of the top eight
most-walkable cities. Still, there's a lot more work to be done..."


Source:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040404/NEWS/404040583/1060
Archive search:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=ARCHIVES
Cost: Yes
Title: "Trail park usage up 300 percent"
Author: Kim Hackett
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CHANGES COMING FOR NYC'S "BOULEVARD OF DEATH"


-> According to an April 5th New York Daily News article, "Mayor
Bloomberg unveiled a slew of new safety improvements designed to make
Queens Blvd. much less dangerous. The improvements are focused on the
westernmost and easternmost sections of Queens Blvd. - the 3.5-mile
stretch from Van Dam St. to the Long Island Expressway and the 1-mile
segment from Union Turnpike to Hillside Ave. The improvements include
changing traffic signals so pedestrians have more crossing time,
installing more pedestrian fencing and creating 'leading pedestrian
intervals,' which temporarily freeze intersections for all traffic.


"Queens Blvd., dubbed the Boulevard of Death by the Daily News, had 72
pedestrian fatalities from 1993 to 2000. Since 2001, there have been 11
fatalities. 'We are not going to rest as long as New Yorkers keep dying
on the streets of this city. We're going in the right direction and
we've gone a long ways,' Bloomberg said. 'But there is still a ways to
go and we're not walking away from this.'


Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/180787p-157035c.html
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/nydailynews/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Good sign for Blvd. of Death"
Author: Michael Saul
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SPEEDING EPIDEMIC IN LEXINGTON (KY)


-> According to a Mar. 30th Lexington Herald-Leader article, "Cruise
around New Circle Road at the posted 55 mph speed limit, and you
probably won't pass many cars. But you might get your doors blown off
by all the cars passing you. It's not much different on other roadways.
Most of us, it seems, are in a big hurry to get somewhere today, and we
don't let speed limits hold us back.


"'We get a lot of speeders on New Circle; we get a lot of speeders on
the interstates; we get a lot of speeders on Man o' War,' says Maj.
Kevin Sutton, who heads the Lexington police department's traffic
bureau. 'There's no shortage in this town of people speeding, running
red lights. ... You name it, they do it. We write tickets for all ages,
all genders, all races, and every year we seem to write more.' It's
happening despite statistics that show risks increase as speeds climb.
About 13,700 people died in speed-related crashes in the United States
in 2002, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, which says speeding has become pervasive. The agency
also estimates that speed-related wrecks cost us $40.4 billion each
year..."


Source: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/living/health/8290227.htm
Archive search: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "One big blurry hurry"
Author: Jim Warren
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WE PAY TO DEFEND JANKLOW IN WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT


-> According to the Partnership for Safe Driving On-Line News, "The
U.S. government will provide defense lawyers, and taxpayers will pay
any civil damages awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against
former congressman Bill Janklow following his fatal car crash in August
2003. A U.S. attorney in Minnesota has concluded that the former
Republican congressman was on official duty when he sped through a stop
sign and killed a motorcyclist. This means that the case will be moved
from state to federal court and that the government will be substituted
as the defendant in the case, which was brought by the family of the
victim.


"It also means that taxpayers will pay any damages awarded in the case,
and the family will not be able to file for punitive damages (i.e. pain
and suffering). This will greatly restrict the size of any award. Janklow,
a four-term governor-turned-congressman from South Dakota, is
currently serving 100 days in jail after being convicted of
second-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and running
a stop sign..."


Source: http://www.crashprevention.org/news/news.php
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NEW CRIME NETS MORE PROBATION FOR PED KILLER


-> According to an April 7th Rochester (NY) Democrat & Chronicle
article, "An Irondequoit man who killed a pedestrian while driving
drunk in 1995 will receive three years' probation for his latest
drinking-related criminal charges, which prosecutors reduced from
felonies to misdemeanors. Thomas Tacito, 44, pleaded guilty today to
misdemeanors of second-degree reckless endangerment and driving
while intoxicated for an incident on March 11, 2003, in which he fired
a .380-caliber pistol into the dashboard of a car where his father was
sitting, then led police on a high-speed chase.


"Assistant District Attorney Joanne M. Winslow denied that Tacito
received special treatment because his father, Louis Tacito, is a
former investigator for the DA's office...Tacito pleaded guilty in 1996
to a felony of leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor of
driving while intoxicated in the death of Calvin 'Shorty' Franklin on
Dec. 5, 1995. Franklin was killed while walking on crutches across East
Main Street. Although Tacito could have been imprisoned up to three
years [for that conviction], he received five years' probation..."


Source: http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/0407RI3ROBR_news.shtml
Archive: use "Search" window
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Title: "D.A. OKs probation for felon"
Author: Michael Zeigler
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S


NETHERLANDS' BICYCLE QUEEN BURIED WITH ROYAL POMP

-> "Princess Juliana of the Netherlands -- famous for shunning royal
limos in favour of self-propelled, two-wheeled transport -- was buried
on Tuesday with full State honours...Living to 94, she was a good
advert for the health-enhancing benefits of regular cycling..."
Source: http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3891


PORTLAND INSTALLS "BIKE SCRAMBLE" SIGNAL

-> "A new bicycle-only traffic signal was turned on this morning at the
intersection of Interstate Avenue and Oregon Street...The signal
features bicycle-shaped green, amber and red lights and is designed to
serve cyclists exiting the Eastbank Esplanade and entering the roadway,
either heading north on Interstate or east on Oregon.."
For more information, contact Roger Geller: <roger.geller@pdxtrans.org>


TALLAHASSEE (FL) HOLDS BIKE/PED PLAN OPEN HOUSE
-> "There's $24 million in transportation money available to take ideas
from the drawing boards to the streets, according to Jennifer Carver,
the local bicycle-pedestrian planner..."
Source: http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/8325396.htm


VOLVO, OTHERS, WORK TO COUNTER DROWSY DRIVING

-> "Volvo is trying to retain its image as a leader in safety with new
technology designed to help drowsy drivers..."
Source:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/ptech/04/08/drowsy.driver.ap/index.html


CLEVELAND (OH) BRIDGE ADDS PED, BIKE SPACE

-> "Over the next four months, the underused six-lane bridge linking
downtown to Ohio City will be converted to a four-lane road to free up
more space for walkers, joggers and bicyclists..."
Source:
http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1081161032316940.xml


ARLINGTON CO. (VA) APPROVES $641K IN TRAFFIC CALMING

-> "The county's new traffic calming projects are meant to persuade
drivers to obey speed limits through neighborhood areas and to stay on
major roadways built to accommodate heavy traffic..."
http://www.dcmilitary.com/army/pentagram/9_13/local_news/28140-1.html


LONDON WILL BE GETTING PRO-CYCLING MAYOR

-> "London's mayoral candidates agree on little but they are united on
one front for the forthcoming election: all four have pledged their
support for a ten-point cycling manifesto drawn up by the London
Cycling Campaign..."
http://www.bikebiz.co.uk/daily-news/article.php?id=3889


CHARLOTTESVILLE (VA) SIDEWALK VS. BEECH TREE

-> "'I think it's a wonderful opportunity for the city to look at
alternatives to concrete,' says avid gardener Mary Howard. 'All over
Europe they use permeable pavers.'..."
Source:
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2004/04/01/newsParkBeechSidewalkThrea.html




CALDWELL (ID) TO GET BIKE/PED FRIENDLY DESIGNS

-> "A standard adopted last year calls for 'walkable neighborhoods,
the preservation of green space areas, connectivity, creation of
neighborhood centers and a grid street layout.'..."
http://www.idahopress.com/articles/2004/03/31/news/story1.txt


SUE ENGINEERS, NOT FAST FOOD JOINTS?

-> "The congressional sponsors of the 'Cheeseburger Protection Act'
are probably right about the obesity epidemic: We shouldn't be suing
fast-food marketers. Instead, we should prosecute the transportation
engineers and suburban developers..."
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/0404/02goldberg.html


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...


THE FAMOUS GUINNESS FISH ON BIKES


"Pictures and real live fish on bikes courtesy of Guinness, bless its
(black and white) cotton socks."
http://www.fishonabike.com/guinness.htm


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


-> "CLEANING BIKE LANES"
Article by Roger Geller, City of Portland (OR), in "American Sweeper"
(vol.9, no.1, 2004).
http://www.americansweeper.com/v9n1/bikelanes.html


-> "ON THE ROAD AGAIN"

Subtitled, "Promoting Safe Travel and the Public's Health." Mar. 26th
broadcast of CDC/UNC-Chapel Hill Public Health Grand Rounds. Features
case study of San Francisco programs. Webcast may be viewed online.
http://www.publichealthgrandrounds.unc.edu/traffic/after.htm


-> "SMART POLITICS"
Article in the Jan-Feb issue of Environmental Forum; by Parris N.
Glendening, Former governor of Maryland.
http://www.eli.org/pdf/21-1smartpolitics.pdf


-> "QUICK REFERENCE - OFFENCES AND PENALTIES..."

"...Under the Traffic Safety Act and Regulations;" Province of Alberta,
Canada. Note that the penalty for "Fail to yield to pedestrian in
crosswalk" was $69 and now is $575 (see p.36).
http://www.trans.gov.ab.ca/Content/doctype44/production/splquickref.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



April 19, 2004, 3rd Annual Parks & Greenspace Conference, Atlanta GA.
Info: Ann McClure, Conference Chair; phone: (770) 578-4567.
http://www.parkpride.org/conference.htm


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


-> JOBS -- CYCLING AMBASSADORS -- CITY OF TORONTO
The City of Toronto hires 10 Cycling Ambassadors, from May 10, 2004 to
August 31, 2004, to carry out recommendations of the Toronto Bike Plan.
The Cycling Ambassadors will cycle and work in teams implementing
programs and delivering information at community events. Ambassadors
must be experienced cyclists willing to ride in any weather conditions.
POSITION:
- 8 Cycling Ambassadors (File# RLINDSAY5327) - $13.27 - $16.55 hourly
- 2 Cycling Ambassador Team Leaders (File# RLINDSAY5325) - $15.45 -
$18.80 hourly

NOTE Candidates who are selected to participate in the interview
process will be required to successfully complete a Bike Road Test
during the week of April 26.



To apply for these positions, please send us a resume and cover letter,
quoting File #, using one of the following methods: FAX: 416-397-9818,
or Email: <mailto:outjobs@toronto.ca>outjobs@toronto.ca or Mail to:
Employment Services, Human Resources, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 55
John Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6.
Applications must be received by April 16, 2004.


-> 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.


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