Issue #95 Friday, April 23, 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
|America Walks, NCBW Kick off "Go Statewide!"|
|Aging Americans: Stranded without Options|
|Walkable Community Workshops Series Expands|
|EPA Sponsors Smart Growth Award Program|
|Nat'l Trails Symposium Call for Presentations|
|31 States Have Ozone Nonattainment Areas|
|Pro Walk/Pro Bike Depends on Local Support|
|NCBW Walkable Community Workshop Comes to Eagan (MN)|
|Attract Seniors by Focusing on Livability|
|Tour de Georgia Good for Columbus Businesses|
|Olympia (WA) to Consider Sidewalk Ballot Measure|
|U of Texas Students Study Austin Congestion|
|Hattiesburg & Southern Miss Extend Rail-Trail|
|Stairways: Pittsburgh's First Mass Transit System|
|Charleston (SC) Gets Ped-Friendly Development|
|Takoma (WA) Cyclist Gives $10K to Start Trail Fund|
|Glen Cove (NY) to Turn Brownfield into Showcase|
|North Carolina Starts "Anti-Driving" Campaign|
|Young Michiganians Go for Walkable Streets|
|Tempe (AZ) Engineer Enjoys 18-Mi. Ride to Work|
|Penn DOT Pulls W. Easton (PA) Rail-Trail Grant|
The simple act of walking as part of our daily routine counters
the health consequences of physical inactivity. As more people of more
disciplines look for ways to create walkable communities, America Walks
sees a need for statewide organizations that focus in whole or in part
on creating walkable communities.
In May, America Walks and the National Center for Bicycling &
Walking will begin a "Go Statewide!" initiative. The purpose is to
build partnerships across disciplines to promote walkable communities
by working together on policy and planning initiatives.
Please share ourinformation with potential champions for walkable
communities who could build a team to create a new statewide
organization AND with existing regional or statewide organizations that
have or could easily add a walkable communities component to their
mission. [See below for contact information.] We have up to 10 slots
for this training and are offering registration and travel assistance.
Thank you! Warmly, Kit Keller, Secretary, America Walks, Inc.
Go Statewide! -- Scholarships Available Now!
Create an effective state collaborative to promote health, safety,
walking & biking
When: May 5-8, 2004
- What: A special track of the 4th National Congress of Pedestrian
Where: Silver Spring Hilton, Silver Spring, Maryland
Who Should Attend: Health agencies, walking/biking advocates, smart
"Go Statewide" is a special training offered by America Walks and the
National Center for Bicycling and Walking, in conjunction with the
National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates. Explore the "why" and "how"
of statewide coalitions that promote walking and bicycling, improve
pedestrian safety and health, calm traffic, create livable
neighborhoods, and battle the bulge of obesity-related disease.
Trainers include partners involved in existing coalitions in
California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. If you have one or
want to start one, this one-time training is a must. Why walk alone?
Scholarships are available to offset registration fees and some travel
For more info, or to recommend a champion to guide your "Go Statewide"
collaborative, contact America Walks Go Statewide Initiative at (262)
375-6180, or <email@example.com>. Don't let this opportunity
To view the Agenda of the National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates,
go to http://www.americawalks.org.
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-> According to a new study by the Surface Transportation Policy
Project (STPP), "The demographics of the United States will change
dramatically during the next 25 years as more baby boomers reach their
60s, 70s and beyond. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of
Americans age 65 or older will swell from 35 million today to more than
62 million by 2025 - nearly an 80 percent increase. As people grow
older, they often become less willing or able to drive, making it
necessary to depend on alternative methods of transportation.
Unfortunately, the United States is currently ill prepared to provide
adequate transportation choices for our rapidly aging population.
Alternatives to driving are sparse, particularly in some regions and in
rural and small town communities. As the number of older people
increases, so too will their mobility needs. How the nation addresses
this issue will have significant social and economic ramifications."
The report presents findings based on the 2001 National Household
Transportation Survey and places them in the context of other research
on mobility in the aging population. Some highlights:
For more information (and downloadable resources), go to:
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-> According to Bill Wilkinson, executive director of the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking, the NCBW is now making its very
popular Walkable Community Workshops (WCW) series more broadly
available to communities across the country.
"For the last two years we have been offering the WCW program
exclusively through a proposal process involving Metropolitan
Planning Organizations," Wilkinson explained. "While we are
making plans for another round of MPO workshops, we want to
make the program more widely available to other agencies and
Bob Chauncey, NCBW's WCW project manager, said he is very
pleased with the success of WCW program, especially the
increased interest in walkability and action on implementing
projects and programs in many of the communities where the
workshops have been offered during the past two years. "The
WCWs are leading to real change and sustained efforts,"
Meanwhile, Round II of the MPO/WCW series is attracting lots
of attention in a dozen new regions. Between March 1 and June 18,
a total of 80 workshops will be presented. During March and April,
Birmingham, Alabama, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and
Albuquerque, New Mexico hosted workshops. At press time, two
workshop series were wrapping up in Cincinnati and the Twin
Cities. In the coming weeks, workshops will be presented in
the Washington,D.C. region, Eugene, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington,
San Antonio, Texas, Providence, Rhode Island, and Dayton, Ohio.
"If your agency, community group, or MPO is interested in
sponsoring a Walkable Community Workshop or a series of workshos,
or in sponsoring a "train-the-trainer" session to develop a state
or regional corp of WCW instructors, give NCBW a call, or send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org," Wilkinson said. "WCWs are a proven
strategy for increasing awareness, for helping communities
organize for action, and for getting plans and programs implemented."
For more about the Walkable Community Workshops program, visit:
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-> Lynn Richards of the USEPA recently wrote to alert us to this item:
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce
that applications are now being accepted for the third annual National
Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This competition is open to local
or state governments and other public sector entities that have
successfully created smart growth. Non-profit or private organizations
or individuals are not eligible for the award. However, if a superior
project is developed through a public-private or a public-non-profit
partnership, EPA will make the award to the public sector entity while
noting the private firm, non-profit organization or individual involved
with the project.
"Smart growth is development that serves the economy, the community,
public health, and the environment. Smart growth development approaches
have clear environmental benefits including improved air and water
quality, greater preservation of critical habitat and open space, and
more clean up and re-use of brownfield sites.
"This year, applications will be accepted in five categories:
"Applications are due on June 1, 2004. Up to five winners will be
recognized at a ceremony in Washington, DC in November 2004." The
application may be downloaded here:
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-> We recently received a note from Pam Gluck, Executive Director of
American Trails, asking "Would you please run an announcement about our
Call for Presentations for the 2004 National Trails Symposium to be
held October 21-24, in Austin, Texas?" Glad to help! The announcement
says, in part:
"To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the
Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support
of the Symposium's theme ("The Emerging Role Of Trails In American
Lifestyles"). We expect to offer 60 to 65 sessions, each lasting 75
minutes. In addition, if you would like to make your presentation in a
smaller scale format, please consider the Poster Session...
"The Program Committee is particularly seeking presentations that
introduce new ideas, convey useful strategies, identify lessons
learned, and strengthen participants' existing skills and knowledge in
the spirit of the Symposium theme."
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
The deadline for submitting proposals is May 14, 2004. Details and a
submission form may be found at:
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-> According to an April 15th news release, "Thirty-one governors were
told today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that areas of
their states do not meet new health standards for ground-level ozone.
Part or all of 474 counties nationwide are in nonattainment for either
failing to meet the 8-hour ozone standard or for causing a downwind
county to fail. The vast majority of counties, 2,668 in all, meet the
new standards. Ozone aggravates asthma, damages the lining of the lungs
and makes breathing more difficult. Some 159 million people live in
areas that do not meet the new ozone standard.
"At the same time it issued designations on attainment and
nonattainment, EPA issued a new rule classifying areas by the severity
of their ozone conditions and establishing the deadline state and local
governments must meet to reduce ozone levels. Once designations and
classifications take effect on June 15, 2004, states and communities
must prepare a plan to reduce ground-level ozone. EPA Administrator
Mike Leavitt stressed that the new ozone designations do not represent
failure. 'This isn't about the air getting dirtier,' he said. 'The air
is getting cleaner. These new rules are about our new understanding of
health threats; about our standards getting tougher and our national
resolve to meet them.'..."
Related documents: http://www.epa.gov/ozonedesignations/
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-> Putting on a biennial conference such as Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004
always requires a lot of staff involvement at the NCBW. But
there are always many other people involved in planning the
conference, designing the program, and handling the logistics.
One of those groups is the local host committee. The involvement
of this group begins years before a conference is held. This
is the group that submits the initial proposal to NCBW for bringing
the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference to a community. Once its community
is selected, the local host committee begins setting up special
tours and mobile workshops, and assists with the logistics that
will help bring 600 to 700 people together for a memorable
For the 2004 Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference, that host committee is
the Capital Bike and Walk Society of Victoria, British Columbia.
The host committee is headed by executive diretor John Luton, who
has put together a crackerjack team to make sure every Pro Walk/Pro
Bike participant has a great time as well as an unforgettable
learning experience. NCBW extends its thanks to the Capital Bike and
Walk Society...we couldn't do it without you!
If you haven't already marked the dates September 7-10 2004 on your
calendar for Pro Walk/Pro Bike, this is the time. The theme of this
year's conference is Creating Active Communities. The full program will
be announced May 14th. Conference registration will open May 7th;
watch the NCBW web site conference area for the online or download/fax
registration forms. Conference rates have been announced are
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"Policeman MacCruiskeen put the lamp on the table, shook hands with me
and gave me the time of day with great gravity. His voice was high,
almost feminine, and he spoke with delicate careful intonation. Then he
put the lamp on the counter and surveyed the two of us. 'Is it about a
bicycle?' he asked..."
"The Third Policeman"
-> According to an April 22nd Pioneer Press article, "Here's what you
see: sleepy old one-story buildings that dot a frontage road off the
highway. In a little mall, some mom-and-pop services draw loyal
customers, but business is largely limp in this tucked-away corner of
Eagan. And now, what the city of Eagan sees: a 'vibrant gateway' to the
community. A jazzy urban village where you can live in a condo or
townhouse and stroll to the ice cream store -- or go bowling. The
stores are pulled tight to the street, and the cars are parked
"'For years, there's been no sense of place in the suburbs,' said Jon
Hohenstein, Eagan's community development director. He said he's hoping
to attract people who are intrigued by some aspects of urban living but
want to be close to parks and other suburban amenities. Hohenstein was
at Cedar Grove on Wednesday for a workshop led by the National Center
for Bicycling & Walking. The Washington, D.C.-based center is using
several communities in the metro area this week to teach area planners,
engineers and citizens how they can make their communities more
Archive search: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/archives/
Title: "Making a village"
Author: Laura Yuen
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-> According to an April 19th USAToday column, "Even in the best of
times, when local governments talk economic development, advocates for
quality-of-life amenities such as hiking trails and the local library
rarely get a seat at the table. The hard-core business types like to
remind tree-huggers and the arts crowd that jobs trump 'frills' every
time. But what if there were a powerful economic development argument
for investing in frills first? What if there were an industry with
dependable access to billions of dollars, which -- instead of demanding
a break on taxes or relaxed environmental regulations -- most wanted
communities to be good places to live?
"Well, that's pretty much the deal with the oldster industry. In areas
with the potential to attract affluent seniors, conventional wisdom
about economic development is turned on its head. Many of these places,
especially rural communities and college towns without the urban
infrastructure favored by traditional industries, have a chance to
compete for migrating retirees the way others compete for relocating
companies. With retirees, however, you don't sacrifice clean air and
parks for the sake of jobs. In order to get the jobs and other
financial benefits seniors bring, you save the environment, nurture the
arts and enhance the walk-around appeal of your downtown..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "Retirees provide attractive target for communities"
Author: Ben Brown
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-> According to an April 22nd Columbus Ledger-Enquirer article,
"Several downtown retailers and restaurants reported brisk business as
the Tour de Georgia cyclists approached Columbus Wednesday. A street
festival began around 11 a.m. By noon, the 1000 block of Broadway was
abuzz with people grabbing a bite and enjoying activities. 'This
morning I was fretting,' said Austin Scott, owner of GAD's Deli, after
the race's completion. 'But I'm real happy with the turnout today. If
we could pull off some more stuff like this to get people down here,
that would be awesome.'
"David Serrato, a partner in Locos Amigos Cantina, said all 134 seats
in his restaurant, along with the bar and sidewalk tables, were full
during lunchtime. 'I know it has been published in your paper that I
was somewhat skeptical about it being a bicycle thing,' he said. 'But
I'm eating crow. I was surprised by the turnout.'..."
-> According to an April 22nd Olympian story, "A citizens group is
recommending that a 3 percent utility tax increase be placed on the
November ballot to pay for parks and sidewalks. The measure would have
public support, but its success hinges on a well-coordinated campaign
effort that makes clear to voters how much they would pay, how the
money would be used and why it is needed, said consultants hired by the
"Two groups, Walkable Olympia Neighborhoods and Climate Solutions are
launching efforts to support a parks and sidewalks measure. The group
of about two dozen activists are planning their first meeting to
recruit more volunteers on Tuesday. Spokesman Jim Dees said they will
help get the issue on the ballot, then campaign to get it passed.
Including sidewalks would mean having 'something for everyone' and
ensure enough voter support, he said. The city's 84 miles of missing
sidewalks carries a $54 million price tag. Officials will spend
$175,000 on construction this year..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "Higher taxes for parks urged"
Author: Katherine Tam
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-> According to an April 22nd Daily Texan story, "Students in the UT
Center for Transportation Research might leave a mark on Austin that
will last long after they graduate by providing research for the city's
development of land where Guadalupe Street and North Lamar Boulevard
merge. Pending approval of a final contract at today's Austin City
Council meeting, the center will receive $100,000 to study mobility in
"Randy Machemehl, a civil engineering professor, said the study started
as a class project after he volunteered his students to analyze
congestions in the [Triangle] area. 'The students are doing 100 percent
of the work,' Machemehl said. 'What they are doing may serve as a guide
for the city's project as it progresses.' In preparation for the
project, Machemehl's class of 27 students was divided into five teams,
focusing on five areas: pedestrian access, bicycle access, public
transportation access and two teams for neighborhood access. 'The five
teams by design will naturally have five different points of view, and
we anticipate that they will have to come together to form a balanced
and well-integrated plan to present to the city planners,' Machemehl
Archive search: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/main.cfm?include=search
Title: "Student research keeps Austin mobile"
Author: Daniel K. Lai
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-> According to an April 21st Hattiesburg American article, "Called by
some one of the area's landmark partnerships, city and University of
Southern Mississippi officials outlined Tuesday a threefold plan for
renovating the historic Hattiesburg High School, Eureka High School and
extending the Rails-to-Trails bicycle path an additional four miles
into downtown Hattiesburg. But there are unknowns tied to project, such
as securing grant funding for what could total more than $10
million...The final component of the project is the extension of the
Rails-to-Trails bicycle path from its current terminus near USM's
campus about four miles to downtown Hattiesburg. With the extension,
it would increase the bicycle path to a total of about 45 miles.
"Stone Barefield, attorney for the Pearl-to-Leaf Rivers Rails-to-Trails
Recreation District board, said the stretch of railroad track could be
acquired from its owner, the Canadian National Railroad, for about
$400,000 by the Mississippi Department of Transportation and then be
managed by the board. 'I think the board is committed to bringing this
trail to downtown Hattiesburg and bringing traffic to downtown
Hattiesburg particularly from the campus of the university especially
on football weekends and basketball nights,' Barefield said.
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said he has been working with Rep.
Gene Taylor, D-Miss., to help get the $400,000 for the bike path as well
as looking for other funding sources through Congress..."
Cost: No (appears limited, though)
Title: "Plan benefits 2 landmarks"
Author: Kevin Walters
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-> According to an April 22nd CNN story, "Bob Regan is out to save part
of Pittsburgh's history one step at a time. Not long after moving here
from Boston 12 years ago, Regan was smitten by the sight of the
hundreds of stairways and thousands of steps linking one hilly street
level to another. 'They're history,' said Regan, a visiting professor
at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in geographic information
systems. 'I can't help but walk some of them and picture steelworkers
schlepping the steps' long ago.
"More than half of these pedestrian thoroughfares are legal streets and
show up on maps as such, confounding many a motorist in this jumble of
hills, valleys and bridges that could have served as an inspiration for
artist M.C. Escher. Regan calls the steps the city's first mass
transportation system. They enabled laborers to travel between
now-defunct steel mills along the rivers and their homes along the
steep hillsides, which rise as high as 370 feet (111 meters) above
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Title: "Historic steps a tourist draw? "
Author: AP staff
For info on Dr. Regan's related book, go to:
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-> According to an April 19th Charleston Regional Business Journal
article, "Developments are popping up around the Lowcountry and the
most desirable seem to be mixed use, which include combinations of
housing, offices, retail and service businesses, and public and
institutional uses. It differs from traditional zoning in that mutually
supportive land uses are integrated, rather than separated or buffered
from one another.
"'The trend has been about rediscovering the lost traditions of urban
design and city and town building, and discovering that they can be
updated to become very vital and competitive in today's marketplace,'
says Stephen Filmanowicz, communications director for the Congress for
the New Urbanism in Chicago. 'Mixed-use walkable communities nurture
street life. That's a big part of what makes them so attractive.'..."
-> According to an April 21st Tacoma News Tribune article, "Bob Myrick
logs an average of 7,000 to 10,000 miles a year aboard his bike. In a
cycling career that began in 1980, that's the equivalent of at least
six trips around the Earth at the equator. He is devoted to building
and improving the biking and hiking infrastructure in the region.
Myrick also is a self-confessed 'tightwad.' All three characteristics
played a large role in his decision to open his wallet and help one of
the area's biggest trail projects. He has donated $10,000 to start the
Foothills Trail Fund.
"Rather than directly donating to the Foothills Rails-to-Trails
Coalition, Myrick helped create a fund that will be managed by the
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. 'I didn't trust them to be frugal
with my money,' Myrick said, mostly in jest. 'I was thinking longer
term, rather than giving them $10,000 for one particular project.' The
former water quality engineer for Tacoma said he hopes his effort will
encourage similar donations. 'What I did was put in a small amount as
seed money, maybe we could attract some more money as time went on,'
Myrick said. 'If we can get up to $1 million, we could get about
$50,000 a year out of that.'..."
Archive search: http://www.tribnet.com/archives/
Title: "With $10,000, cyclist hopes to seed future for Foothills trails"
Author: Jeffrey P. Mayor
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-> In an April 23rd Newsday column, Ronald Roe said, "I was sitting
down earlier this week with [Glen Cove Mayor Mary Ann] Holzkamp and
developers Michael Posillico and Donald Monti of Glen Isle Development
Co. LLC, who are working as partners with the city in an ambitious plan
to turn a polluted waterfront property into a destination spot -- a
project hatched under [Nassau Co. Executive Tom] Suozzi's tenure.
Unveiled last week before about 300 officials and observers, the plan
includes a hotel, shopping, restaurants, parks, botanical garden and
nature walks, restored ferry service to Manhattan and a cultural arts
district, interdispersed with almost 700 units of varied housing
"The proposal for a 'new suburbia' has come a long way since I first
experienced the resolute handshake of our now embattled Nassau County
Executive Suozzi -- and it's no joking matter. It has caught the
attention of a host of government officials on Long Island, across the
state and in Washington, as well as planners nationwide. The waterfront
project has gained prominence as an industrial toxic-waste cleanup
site, earning Glen Cove the designation (and millions in federal funds)
as a 'Brownfields Showcase Community' selected by the federal
Environmental Protection Agency, which is supervising the cleanup..."
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/newsday/search.html
Title: "Renovating the idea of suburbia"
Author: Ronald E. Roel
For more information, contact Zefy Christopoulos, City of Glen Cove:
(516) 676-3505; or Donald Monti, Glen Isle, LLC: (516) 433-9000 x1502.
-> According to an April 21st News & Observer article, "Under the cloud
of a federal mandate to make the Triangle's dirty air healthy again,
state agencies and regional employers are revving up campaigns to slow
the growth of automobile travel and highway congestion. The state
Department of Transportation, acknowledging that it cannot build roads
fast enough, has announced a three-year campaign to help North
Carolinians cut back on their driving.
"As part of that campaign, state and area business groups began Tuesday
to recruit employers to reduce the number of employees driving alone to
work. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of
Transportation certified 11 public or private Triangle employers as
'Best Workplaces for Commuters.' Local promoters hope to sign up dozens
more by October. 'It's an easy program,' said Joseph A. Freddoso,
operations director at Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park, where
as many as 11 percent of employees work from home each day. 'The
benefits don't cost a lot for an employer to offer, but the benefits to
employees are great. And the benefits to future generations are
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes (?)
Title: "State starts anti-driving effort"
Author: Bruce Siceloff
-> According to an April 21st Detroit News article, "Gov. Jennifer
Granholm wants Michigan cities to be cool places that attract the
so-called 'creative classes.' But Michiganians seem to prefer another
C-word: comfort. Some 13,000 people, identifying themselves as state
residents ages 18 to 35, filled out a questionnaire on the governor's
Web site about Granholm's cool cities initiative...[Respondents said]
they'd prefer safe and walkable streets with gathering spots, job
opportunities and solid public schools. Other top requests: Nice local
stores and services, neighbors their age, scenic beauty and a sense of
"'I was surprised by the great emphasis on the long term,' Granholm
said after a recent cool cities forum at Grand Valley State
University.'Young people, even those who are single, have focused on
where they want to live when they have a family.'...Granholm's cool
cities initiative is a centerpiece of her plan to revitalize the
state's urban areas. Between 1995 and 2000, more than 42,000 young
people fled Michigan for opportunities elsewhere..."
Some of the top priorities for survey respondents:
Archive search: http://www.detnews.com/search/index.htm
Title: "Comfort beats hip in 'cool cities' poll"
Author: Mark Hornbeck
-> According to an April 22nd Arizona Republic article, "Richard Kocher
considers his daily 18-mile bicycle ride to work a bargain that can't
be beat. The 42-year-old design engineer estimates that the commute
from his Tempe home to the Honeywell plant near Sky Harbor
International Airport takes 30 minutes by bike and about 20 minutes by
car. 'So it really only costs me about 10 minutes to get in a decent
workout,' Kocher said. 'Not only that, I get a company-sponsored hot
shower as a fringe benefit. What a bargain.'
"Kocher said he also enjoys the opportunity to help clean up the air,
save money on gas and reduce the wear and tear on his truck. He follows
a route that passes through ASU and down along the canal banks and the
river bottom. Kocher rides his bike all year long, through heat, rain
and barking dogs. 'The dog chases can be exciting,' he said, laughing.
'One time a dog chased me and tried to grab at my leg. He lost his
balance and ended up falling into the canal. I made sure he could crawl
out and then quickly continued on my way.'..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "Honeywell design engineer in wheel win-win situation"
Author: Sally Mesarosh
-> According to an April 22nd Allentown Morning Call article, "A West
Easton Rails to Trails project is the first casualty in the state
transportation department's new 'use it or lose it' policy on federal
grants for nontraffic projects. Local traffic planners voted Wednesday
to revoke a $360,000 grant from West Easton's plan to make a bike trail
out of a former railroad bed because the municipality had not make
sufficient progress. Coplay, which also was threatened with having
$30,000 for refurbishing its section of the Ironton Rail Trail taken
away, is fighting to keep its federal money and planners deferred a
decision until the next meeting in June, citing what they felt were
'miscommunications.' A lawyer for the borough said Coplay was trying to
provide the documentation required by the state, but PennDOT kept
'raising the bar' because of litigation fears.
"However, PennDOT's Jay McGee said the money is federal highway funds
and subject to the same regulations as any highway project...Every two
years since 1992, federal transportation enhancement money is available
for nontraffic projects. But because Pennsylvania has ranked 50th in
the nation in spending the money, McGee said PennDOT began reviewing
projects earlier this year and picked four that it felt were not making
Title: "West Easton loses state grant for Rails to Trails project"
Author: Kathy Lauer-Williams
-> According to an April 21st article in The Argus, "A grief-wracked
177 days after a hit-and-run driver mowed down two East Bay children,
their dad testified Tuesday how they died in his arms -- and put a big,
new crackdown against the resurgence of drunken-driving deaths on a
fast track to the governor. 'I had to do what no one should ever have
to go through,' said Bob Pack of Danville, backing legislation
virtually certain to become law. 'I had to give mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation to my two children laying back in my arms.'...The Pack
children -- Troy, 10, and Alana, 7 -- were riding their bicycles on a
sidewalk when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver on Oct. 26.
"Though the children's mother, Carmen, was injured, she hobbled to the
car and snatched the keys from the ignition. Suspected driver Jimena
Barreto, 45, then fled in the car of a passing motorist. Barreto was
arrested later in San Jose, ending a four-day, statewide manhunt. The
alleged driver is awaiting trial. She has a record that includes nine
license suspensions and two recent drunken-driving arrests. Two
driving-under-the-influence convictions from the 1990s couldn't be
considered under current law and the sentencing judge at her last
conviction couldn't consider a public intoxication charge that didn't
Title: "Lawmakers rush to pass DUI laws"
Author: Steve Geissinger
-> "The Pasadena Museum of History presents 'Wheels of Change,' an
exhibition focusing on the history of the bicycle and its impact on
American culture." (co-curated by Dennis Crowley and Ardis Willwerth;
through Aug. 1, 2004)
-> "'Walk This Way' is the first project of Safe Kids Worldwide
Philippines (SKWP), a private initiative which aims to improve the
pedestrian environment and change driver behavior to prevent childhood
injuries, especially in areas around schools."
-> "In an accident in 2001 in Montreal, the black box in Eric
Gauthier's car proved that he was driving 131 km/h in a 50 km/h zone
when his vehicle hit Yacine Zinet's car, killing him and injuring a
"...Today's events will begin at 10 a.m. at Putnam Hummer in Burlingame
where protesters on bicycles and in hybrid cars will gather. At noon,
the Raging Grannies will serenade the public with 'Hummers that Hammer
the Earth.' A peaceful picket will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Team Hummer
of Marin in San Rafael and the day's events will wrap up on the west
steps of the State Capitol where activists will issue the governor an
'invitation to give up his Hummers.'..."
-> "CYCLING: THE WAY AHEAD FOR TOWNS AND CITIES"
European Community report by Dekoster and Schollaert; 1999.
-> "PORTLAND (OR) BICYCLE SCRAMBLE SIGNAL"
April 8, 2004 news release with info on new signal; includes diagram
and link to photos.
-> "COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION OF RAIL TRANSIT BENEFITS"
Report "evaluates rail transit benefits based on a comprehensive
analysis of urban transportation system performance;" by Todd Litman,
Victoria Transport Policy Institute; 21 April 2004.
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:
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>
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:
May 21, 2004, Bike-to-Work Day, Nationwide. Info: League of American
Bicyclists, 1612 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006; phone:
(202) 822-1333; email: <email@example.com>
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>
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:
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.
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:
October 21-24, 2004, 17th National Trails Symposium, Austin, Texas.
Info: Dr. John Collins, University of North Texas, Department of
Kinesiology, Health Promotion & Recreation; phone: (940) 565-3422;
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BIKES BELONG COALITION
The Bikes Belong Coalition, the American bicycle industry's advocacy
group, is seeking a new Executive Director to "put more people on bikes
more often." The new Executive Director will take charge of a
successful organization that has managed to secure funding through
federal transportation legislation and leveraged more than $300 million
of the federal funding to build thousands of miles of new trails. In
addition, Bikes Belong has increased revenues from $400,000 to over one
million, and has begun fund raising for a national promotions campaign
aimed at mobilizing Americans to get out and ride their bikes more
often. If interested, candidates can apply by forwarding their resumes
to Terry Malouf of T. Malouf & Company at <email@example.com>.
The position is posted at:
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- ONE LESS CAR
Maryland Campaign for Bicycling and Walking, a nonprofit organization
that promotes bicycling and walking as viable modes of transportation
is seeking a full-time Executive Director. Areas of focus include
program, financial and operations management, funding development,
community relations, advocacy, and Board support. Salary: Mid-30's to
start, with likely increases as the organization grows; vacation and
To apply, please provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
<OneLessCar@onelesscar.org> with the subject line "Executive Director
search" or mail to: One Less Car, PO Box 1870, Pasadena, MD 21123. No
telephone calls, please.
For more details on the position, visit:
-> POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP -- 2004-2006 -- SDSU
The Department of Psychology at San Diego State University will award a
2year post-doctoral fellowship to support collaboration with a faculty
member. James F. Sallis, Ph.D. invites inquiries from individuals from
the behavioral sciences who are qualified and interested in studying
environmental and policy factors related to physical activity. The
purpose of the fellowship is to prepare individuals to be independent
investigators. Applications are due June 15. The award notice will be
made July 30, 2004. The dates of the fellowship will be September 1,
2004 through August 31, 2006. The stipend is $35,000 per year. Benefits
and travel budget are provided. This is a competitive application, and
only one fellowship will be awarded for the whole department. If
Dr. James F. Sallis, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
Director, Active Living Research Program
3900 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92103
phone: (619) 260-5535; fax: (619) 260-1510
email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Please expect delays in my responses to
Instructions for applicants will be available at:
-> JOB -- BIKE/PED COORDINATOR -- UW/MADISON
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Transportation Services is
seeking a Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. Job duties include assisting
the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) project manager in the
following areas: analysis of program needs, collecting data and
information, developing options and plans, and issuing recommendations
and implementing policies and procedures to achieve overall TDM goals.
In addition, this position is the primary contact for the University's
Bicycle/Pedestrian program and is responsible for its maintenance and
Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Considerable knowledge of planning
methods including data collection through surveys and focus groups and
data analyses through forecasts, projections and impact analysis;
relationship between federal, state and local government systems, and
their underlying constitutions, laws and administrative regulations;
knowledge of transportation systems planning and planning approaches;
policy analysis techniques including sensitivity analysis, benefit-cost
analysis, and program evaluation; computer applications including SPSS
for windows, ACCESS and Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Word
and Power Point; administrative techniques (i.e. budgeting, contract
administration, public relations techniques). Strong verbal and written
communication skills and interpersonal skills. Broad program knowledge
of and experience working with bicycle/pedestrian related issues.
Experience in planning, public policy, or other related field.
For more information, go to:
-> 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 email@example.com. 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
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