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


Issue #96 Friday, May 7, 2004


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


F-E-AT-U-R-E-S
  NCBW Brings WCW Workshops to Cincinnati Area
  And to Minneapolis-St Paul Region
  PW/PB 2004 Proposal Review <STILL> Almost Done
  Sidewalks Save Lives in Rockland County (NY)
  Stroke Survivors Take Safe Routes Msg to Congress
  State of the Air Report Ranks Cities, Counties
  League Honors 11 More Bike-Friendly Communities
  Free Maryland Booklets Provide Bike Safety Tips


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Make Places Walkable so Kids Don't Have to Take Bus
  U.S. Kids and Teens See Blood Pressure Rising
  L.A. Stars, Others Promote Bike to Work Day
  A Sustainable/Walkable Chapel Hill (NC) Vision
  Shelby County (AL) Plans "Community Of Communities"
  Brooklyn Center (MN) Hosts NCBW Walkable Workshop
  Haddonfield (PA) Steps Up for Pedestrian Rights
  Flint (MI) Students, Parents Pitch In for Safe Routes
  Clarksburg (WV) Rebuilds Streetscape to Attract Pedestrians
  Utica (MI) Police Seek 'Fake' Bicycle Cop
  Virginia's Longwood Univ. Dedicates Pedestrian Mall
  State Should Follow Indianapolis' Trails Lead
  River Oaks (TX) Residents Want More Ped-Friendly Standards
  Berryville (AR) Gets its First Bike Cops



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

NCBW BRINGS WCW WORKSHOPS TO CINCINNATI AREA

-> The Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments
hosted the Walkable Community Workshop (WCW) in April with NCBW
instructors Pete Lagerwey and Sharon Roerty. Don Burell the OKI
Bicycle / Pedestrian coordinator said, "I was pleased to have OKI
involved working directly with communities in support of local plans to
improve conditions for walking for travel and recreation. Federal
transportation guidance since 1991 has required inclusion of
accommodations for walking and biking in state and regional planning
and projects. More recently, requirements of the Americans with
Disabilities Act, and concerns over growing obesity levels have added
popular support to these planning measures." About 150 people
participated in the eight workshops that were held in the Greater
Cincinnati Area. One of the workshops was held on the campus of Miami
University in Oxford, Ohio and another one was held at the Lakota
Middle School. These workshops focused on safe travel for the young
and the younger.

For more information, contact Sharon Z. Roerty at <sharon@bikewalk.org>
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...AND TO MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL REGION

-> According to a note from NCBW's Bob Chauncey, another series of
eight Walkable Community Workshops were hosted by the Metro Council of
the Twin Cities. Don Koski was the agency's WCW coordinator. The
largest crowd for the series was 80+ at the Cedar-Riverside community
near the University of Minnesota campus. Approximately 200 people
participated over the course of the eight workshops, which were spread
around the urban area. According to Bob, "one immediate outcome was an
agreement to find additional funds to add lighting and signage to a new
light rail station."

We also received some nice feedback on the Minneapolis workshops from
Alice Tibbetts of Biking and Walking Solutions: "I wanted to thank you
all for making these workshops possible. I see that 100 people attended
the Minneapolis site and we had 55 in St. Paul. It was very helpful to
have so many engineers and advocates in the room at one time to hear
the presentation. The content validated what Eric Thompson and I have
been working on in St. Paul and boosted our credibility with city
staff." In his reply, NCBW Executive Director Bill Wilkinson said, "The
real value of the WCW program is realized when and where there are
advocates and dedicated professional staff, as well as community
leaders, on hand, in place, and ready to move forward... or to move
forward FASTER! We're pleased to have been able to contribute to all
your efforts on behalf of your community."

For more information, contact Bob Chauncey at <bob@bikewalk.org>
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PW/PB 2004 PROPOSAL REVIEW <STILL> ALMOST DONE

-> After wading through over 280 Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 proposals,
compiling the comments of reviewers, and assembling spreadsheets upon
spreadsheets until he was blue in the face, NCBW's John Williams is
almost done with the process. As Williams put it, "I know, I know, I'm
late. I was so wild yesterday, that I jumped out of my window!"
Luckily, Williams' window is on the first floor and he only sustained a
pair of slightly soiled trousers in the fall. Barring any further
garment-related mishaps, he swears on pain of, well, pain that he'll be
done the first part of next week.

To harass Williams, send email to: <john@bikewalk.org>
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SIDEWALKS SAVE LIVES IN ROCKLAND COUNTY (NY)

-> According to an article in the May 3rd issue of the Tri-State
Transportation Campaign's 'Mobilizing the Region,' "Rockland County
residents are the latest of the region's citizenry calling for a
retrofit of streets designed with only cars in mind. After a 48
year-old Pearl River woman was killed last week trying to cross
Middletown Road, citizens and police agreed that sidewalks and crossing
facilities need to be extended and upgraded. The National Highway
Safety Administration blames two out of every three pedestrian
fatalities on the victim. But Rockland residents feel dangerous roads
are to blame, and want more sidewalks and crosswalks.

"Safety proponents know simple changes like sidewalk installation save
lives and limbs. 'In the 1990s, we had a rash of pedestrian accidents
down there, with two that turned into fatalities,' Stony Point Police
Lt. Patrick Brophy said. 'After the state put in sidewalks, it's been
much better.' But with sidewalk construction costing about $100 per
foot, county officials are struggling to implement additional projects.
State DOTs and county public works budgets need to do more for
pedestrians."

Source: http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20040503/mtr45706.html
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STROKE SURVIVORS TAKE SAFE ROUTES MSG TO CONGRESS

-> According to an April 27th American Heart Association news release,
"The fight against the nation's leading killer takes center stage on
Capitol Hill today as close to 500 heart disease and stroke advocates
from across the nation ask Congress to help reduce disability and death
from the nation's no. 1 cause of death -- cardiovascular disease. The
citizen advocates are here as part of the American Heart Association's
annual Congressional Heart and Stroke Lobby Day...

"'Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kill more
Americans than the next seven leading causes of death combined. They
also cost more than any other disease an estimated $368.4 billion this
year alone,' said Augustus O. Grant, M.D., president of the American
Heart Association. 'All Americans regardless of age, ethnicity or
gender are touched by these diseases in one way or another. We must
take action now if we are going to reduce the toll they take on our
nation.'

"The association's advocates are urging Congress to increase funding
for heart disease and stroke research and prevention, help improve
stroke treatment and awareness, and support initiatives to curb
obesity."

One of their priorities: "Support for policies that will help reduce
obesity including the Safe Routes to School provision in the House
transportation reauthorization bill, Senate action on the
reauthorization of the Childhood Nutrition Act, and House action on the
Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act."

Source: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=105-04272004
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STATE OF THE AIR REPORT RANKS CITIES, COUNTIES

-> According to an April 29th news release, "High levels of
microscopic, soot-like particles are increasing the risk of premature
death for millions of people, including those with heart or lung
disease, according to the 'American Lung Association State of the Air:
2004' report released today.

"Americans need to know about unhealthy air pollution in their
communities," said John L. Kirkwood, American Lung Association
President and Chief Executive Officer. 'The threat may be invisible to
the human eye, but it is real -- and it can kill. This is why the
American Lung Association is fighting hard to protect tools in the
Clean Air Act that can clean up the pollution -- a tool that the
Administration has taken steps to roll back,' said Kirkwood."

The report provides county-by-county grades of ozone pollution and the
first-ever county-by-county analysis of particle pollution. Find it here:
http://www.lungusa.org.
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LEAGUE HONORS 11 MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

-> According to an April 30th release, "The League of American
Bicyclists kicks off National Bike Month(tm) by awarding 11 communities
its prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community designation. Among the
communities receiving the League's Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC)
designation, the standouts are Boulder, Colo.--which was granted the
League's gold-level BFC award-and silver-level award winners
Gainesville, Florida; Olympia, Washington; and Tucson, Arizona. The
League has yet to bestow its highest-level platinum award to any
communities.

"Bronze level awards were awarded to Ashland, Oregon; Auburn, Alabama;
Carrboro, North Carolina; Longmont, Colorado; Mountain View,
California; Portage, Michigan; and Rockville, Maryland. An Honorary
Mention was given to Milpitas, California..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org.
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FREE MARYLAND BOOKLETS PROVIDE BIKE SAFETY TIPS

-> According to a May 4th news release, "As part of National Bicycle
Month, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) today released
the second edition of the 'Safe Bicycling in Maryland' guide. This
34-page booklet, intended for adult bicyclists, provides information on
bicycle traffic regulations, how to ride safely, required and
recommended equipment, techniques for riding at night and in bad
weather and much more...

"The Safe Bicycling in Maryland guide is made possible through a grant
by the Maryland Highway Safety Office and the support of the Maryland
Transit Administration and the State Highway Administration (SHA)." For
a copy of the guide, call (410) 545-5656 or toll free: (800) 252-8776.
The contact number for impaired hearing or speech is (800) 735-2258.
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Walking, in many ways, is still viewed as an exotic and slightly odd
habit. Try this experiment some time at a party or other gathering:
Announce that you are walking home. I'll bet you, two-to-one odds, that
someone will offer a ride, even if you live just three blocks away and
it's a sunny 80 degrees outside. This is a generous gesture, of course,
seen by most folks as similar to giving a glass of water to someone who
says they're thirsty. Why walk if you could go in a car?"

-- Jay Walljasper
UTNE Reader
http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18554


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

MAKE PLACES WALKABLE SO KIDS DON'T HAVE TO TAKE BUS

-> According to a May 4th Family Circle article, "Rather than focus on
giving up sweets and junk food, children should concentrate on eating
healthy and being active to maintain a healthy weight, experts say. All
agree that losing weight can be tough, especially for children whose
environment surrounds them with sodas, fries and candy. 'I believe you
can be healthy at any size. But when children watch four hours of TV
per day or (are) just not going outside and playing...we need to try to
encourage children to be more active,' said Dan Remley, family and
consumer science and community development agent for The Ohio State
University Butler County Extension Office.

"'Encourage them to be more active by participating more in (physical
education classes), and help communities to be more walkable and
pedestrian friendly so children don't have to take the bus.' According
to the 1999-2000 data from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, almost 9 million children, aged 6-19, are overweight.
That's triple the proportion from 1980. 'The problem keeps getting
worse,' said Tommy G. Thompson, secretary of the U.S. Health and Human
Services. 'We've seen virtually a doubling in the number of obese
persons over the past two decades and this has profound health
implications. Obesity increases a person's risk for a number of serious
conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood
pressure and some types of cancer.'..."

Source:
http://magazines.ivillage.com/goodhousekeeping/hb/news/article/0,,nytsyn_2004_05_04_medic_3445-0004-pat_nytimes~ew~xml,00.html?arrivalSA=1&cobrandRef=0&arrival_freqCap=1&pba=adid=7948891
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Fighting the Baby Fat"
Author: Carmen M. Henderson
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U.S. KIDS AND TEENS SEE BLOOD PRESSURE RISING

-> According to a May 4th Agence France Presse story, "The blood
pressure of U.S. youth has climbed alarmingly since the late 1980s, as
the nation's waistlines have bulged, said a study released. Putting on
pounds did not explain the whole increase, but researchers pointed to
other factors, such as sedentary lifestyles, as part of the equation,
according to the paper in the Journal of the American Medical
Association (news - web sites). The findings were culled from two
surveys of 5,582 children. The first was taken in 1988-1994 and another
in 1999-2000.

"Researchers tracked the nationally representative sample of children
and adolescents over a 12-year period. During that time, the volunteers
had an average rise of 1.4 points in systolic blood pressure. Their
diastolic blood pressure was up an average of 3.3 points. The
percentage of overweight kids jumped 4.6 percent over the period of the
study to 16.3 percent of the group..."

Source:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1508&ncid=751&e=6&u=/afp/20040504/hl_afp/us_health_obesity
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Blood pressure of US kids, teens on the rise: study"
Author:
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L.A. STARS, OTHERS, PROMOTE BIKE TO WORK DAY

-> According to a May 4th L.A. Times article, "In this epicenter of
traffic, where the rich and famous are usually stuck in congestion like
everyone else, actor Ed Begley Jr. has found a humble, two-wheeled way
to travel faster. Since Begley was a boy with a paper route, he has
loved riding bicycles. The actor, now 54, still pedals everywhere -- to
deal-making meetings on the Westside, to visit friends in Ojai, even to
a recent film festival in Hollywood. 'My No. 1 form of transportation,
the first thing I do, is to get on my bike when I need to get
somewhere,' said Begley...

"Begley and dozens of cycling enthusiasts, riding 10-speeds, mountain
bikes, beach cruisers and tandems from all corners of Los Angeles,
joined transportation officials downtown recently to promote May 20 as
'Bike to Work Day' and to advocate pedaling as an alternative to
driving solo...When California began 'Bike to Work Week' a decade ago,
20,000 to 25,000 people participated, said K.C. Butler, the state
coordinator for the event. Last year, the event drew up to 75,000
commuters throughout the state. This year, the state's Bike to Work
Week is May 17-21. Surveys of past participants showed that 30% were
new to commuting by bicycle and that 70% of the new cyclists kept
pedaling to work, at least every once in a while, more than a month
after the event, Butler said..."

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wheel4may04,1,2651304.story?coll=la-headlines-california
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "MTA Hopes to Convert More Drivers to Pedal Power"
Author: Caitlin Liu
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A SUSTAINABLE/WALKABLE CHAPEL HILL (NC) VISION

-> According to an April 29th Herald-Sun article, "A sustainable
community is compact, has meaningful jobs and multiple forms of
transportation, and protects the rural landscape, according to a draft
report from a group created by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of
Commerce. The report, released Thursday, detailed the findings of the
Council on a Sustainable Community. Members of the group, which
included people ranging from business owners to university professors,
discussed their 20 pages of recommendations during a morning news
conference at the Chapel Hill Museum.

"The group's chairman, Howard Lee, a former state senator and Chapel
Hill mayor, also presented the report to the Assembly of Governments, a
meeting of the county and town governments. 'We have what I think is a
wonderful document that I think will hopefully stimulate [and] engage
people in a discussion, and become a living document for those people
interested in sustaining the community,' Lee said. The group hopes to
solicit community feedback, present a final report by fall and form an
ongoing 'sustainability roundtable' to review and update goals and
track progress..."

Source: http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-475714.html
Archive search: http://www.herald-sun.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Sustainable community visions presented"
Author: Geoffrey Graybeal
The draft report is available at
http://www.sustainablecommunity.info
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SHELBY COUNTY (AL) PLANS "COMMUNITY OF COMMUNITIES"

-> According to a May 6th Shelby County Reporter article, "In January
2002, Shelby County residents embarked on a journey to develop a plan
for the future. Now, more than two years later, that plan has been
developed with a clearly stated goal -- to become a 'Community of
Communities.' Planners, officials and the group of residents who
collaborated to develop the county's comprehensive plan see the county
'as a regional community made up of many unique cities, towns,
neighborhoods, villages and hamlets, each place with its own identity.'
Recently, the county hosted a series of public hearings for residents
to look over the comprehensive plan, titled 'A Path to the Future,' and
submit their input. The county's Planning Commission and County
Commission still must approve the proposed comprehensive plan.

"Writers of the plan state that functionality as a community depends on
a community's organization around a central activity core which could
be a traditional town square, a courthouse, a commercial area, a
neighborhood school or church or a general store in a rural area...The
plan states that 'at the heart of this vision is the concept that a
pattern of land development based on the traditional neighborhood --
focused on a neighborhood center providing for the daily needs of its
residents internally'..."

Source:
http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/articles/2004/05/06/news/news01.txt
Archive search: http://www.shelbycountyreporter.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "'A Community of Communities' - County plans for future with its
comprehensive plan"
Author: Candace Parker
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BROOKLYN CENTER (MN) HOSTS NCBW WALKABLE WORKSHOP

-> According to an April 29th Sun article, "Brooklyn Center residents
discussed their ideas for a more pedestrian-friendly city at a Walkable
Communities Workshop on Tuesday, April 20. The workshop, sponsored by
the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, was held at the Brooklyn
Center Community Center. Peter Moe, the facilitator for the workshop,
told those in attendance that Brooklyn Center has many assets for
walkers, including a strong sidewalk network and a basic set of trails.
'You have a lot of great resources,' Moe said. 'You've spent a lot of
money and it shows.'...

"Moe told the group that many of the redevelopment problems that
Brooklyn Center is facing are not unique. 'The problems you're facing
are very common, and that's good news,' Moe said. Moe showed the group
a slideshow featuring before and after pictures from many communities
illustrating the ideas of walkable communities. Some dominating
features included wide sidewalks and crosswalks, grass buffers between
the road and sidewalks, and pedestrian-friendly stores located near the
sidewalks. The most important thing for a city of the brink of
redevelopment like Brooklyn Center, Moe said, is to have a plan. 'You
need to have a real vision,' Moe said. 'If you have a vision, you can
do it. If you don't have a plan, any plan will do.'..."

Source:
http://www.mnsun.com/archive.asp?display=story2&year=2004&storyID=134552
Archive search: http://www.mnsun.com/archive.asp?cat=ARCH
Cost: No
Title: "Walkable community workshop sparks ideas for BC"
Author: Sarah Bingaman Schwartz
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HADDONFIELD (PA) STEPS UP FOR PEDESTRIAN RIGHTS

-> According to an April 23rd Philadelphia Inquirer article, "The town
of Haddonfield, a quiet, tree-lined borough is so committed to walking
that it doesn't provide yellow buses to ferry kids to school. You still
see people walking to the PATCO station and toting home a sack of
groceries from the downtown Acme. Yet, even in this inherently walkable
town, pedestrians don't have it easy. Heavy traffic has always been a
problem there. The situation has even reached the tipping point, some
residents say, where harried drivers detouring to back streets actually
discourage people from setting out on foot.

"Now a group of militant pedestrians is plotting to take back the
streets of Haddonfield. On May 10, the borough's Transportation and
Pedestrian Safety committee will launch its first salvo: 'Drive 25,' an
intensive week-long campaign to force motorists to adhere to the
borough's 25 m.p.h. speed limit. Over time, the pedestrian-friendly
qualities of Haddonfield's street grid have been eroded by the dominant
car culture. Katherine Shriver, a Philadelphia planner was hired last
year to conduct a walkability survey and the borough has just hired
Parsons Brinckerhoff as traffic consultants to investigate more
permanent traffic-calming measures. Shriver says, 'Walkability isn't
about having a light to cross with. It's about having a reason to
walk.' With its lively downtown, neighborhood schools and historic
houses, Haddonfield has as many reasons as it has streets..."

Source: http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/8497767.htm?1c
Archive search: http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Well-heeled Haddonfield steps up for pedestrian rights"
Author: Inga Saffron
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FLINT (MI) STUDENTS, PARENTS PITCH IN FOR SAFE ROUTES

-> According to an April 30th Flint Journal article, "About 40
Washington Elementary students, parents and community members walked in
the neighborhood surrounding the Washington School in Flint Thursday,
taking notes and pictures of hazards. The event is part of a Safe
Routes to School program to encourage mores tudents to walk to school
for exercise. Washington is one of six schools statewide to get a
$3,000 grant to create safe routes and encourage students to walk or
ride bikes to school. The pilot program is coordinated by Governor
Jennifer Granholm's Council on Physical Fitness.

"The tour was videotaped by the state, which hopes to use the video to
train other schools in how to do a safe passage program. The volunteers
mapped out needed improvements. The next step is to approach community
partners for help. Many of those partners attended Thursday's event,
including a representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee,
D-Flint, Michigan Department of Transportation, the Flint Police
Department and Catholic Charities..."

Source:
http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/base/news-20/1083338790154610.xml
Archive search: http://www.mlive.com/search/
Cost: No, limited to 14 days
Title: "Flint students, parents pitch in, point out hazards, problems"
Author: Matt Bach
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CLARKSBURG (WV) REBUILDS STREETSCAPE TO ATTRACT PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a May 6th Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram article, "The
city's streetscape projects downtown and in Glen Elk are due to
continue this summer, an official said. Sealed bids from contractors
for the $500,000 worth of work will be received through 10 a.m. May 17.
The federal Department of Transportation supplied a $400,000 TEA-21
grant for most of the funding. The city approved the required 20
percent match of $100,000, said Anthony Bellotte, a Public Works
Department supervisor...

"New curbs and sidewalks will be built, and decorative stamped bricks
and new lights will be installed, Bellotte said. Also, permanent
electrical and water drainage systems will be placed underground, he
said. That's all planned for both sides of West Main Street between
South Second and South Third streets (Phase II). [According to] City
Manager Tom Vidovich, 'No one individual thing that we are doing will
bring the downtown back...Revitalization happens when positive projects
are combined.' And that could afford the opportunity to draw more
pedestrian traffic, Vidovich said. 'That will allow the unique shops,
restaurants and other businesses to come back and to thrive downtown,'
he said...

Source:
http://www.cpubco.com/cgi-bin/LiveIQue.acgi$rec=17017cbgCurrentLocalNews?cbgCurrentLocalNews
Archive search: http://www.cpubco.com/search.html
Cost: No
Title: "Downtown Clarksburg, Glen Elk to see more streetscape projects"
Author: Marc G. Auber
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UTICA (MI) POLICE SEEK 'FAKE' BICYCLE COP

-> According to an April 30th article in The Source, "Utica police were
notified by a resident and her son that the boy had been approached on
the evening of April 26 by a man who was acting like a bicycle patrol
officer. The boy had been riding his bicycle when he was approached by
an older male riding a mountain bike with 'police' stickers on it.

"The man was wearing a jacket with a gold badge and 'police dept.' on
it. The boy told the real police that the man accused him of setting a
fire in a nearby field on the previous Friday and the suspect requested
the boy give him his name, address, date of birth and phone number. The
boy refused and quickly fled to his home, where he notified his mother
of what had taken place..."

Source:
http://www.sourcenewspapers.com/articles/2004/04/30/neighbors/neighbors11.txt
Archive search: http://www.sourcenewspapers.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Utica police seek 'fake' bicycle cop"
Author: -
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VIRGINIA'S LONGWOOD UNIV. DEDICATES PEDESTRIAN MALL

-> According to an April 23rd Richmond Times-Dispatch article,
"Longwood University, which had been intersected by city streets,
dedicated Brock Commons, its new $7.5 million pedestrian mall in the
center of campus. Much of Pine Street, which intersects the campus, has
been dug up, 'greened over' and closed to traffic...

"Longwood President Patricia Cormier said nothing has transformed the
campus in the school's 165 years like this project. The mall features a
landscaped, tiered plaza ... new sidewalks and lighting plus a
142-space parking area tucked under the plaza. 'The philosophy behind
Brock Commons is to make this more of a pedestrian campus and less of a
vehicular campus,' said Brent Douglass, Longwood's interim assistant
vice president for facilities management..."

Source:
http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArticle&;c=MGArticle&cid=1031775036450&path=!news&s=1045855934842
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/timesdispatch/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Longwood to dedicate its new pedestrian mall"
Author: Jamie C. Ruff

Related story (and photo gallery):
http://www.longwood.edu/news/events/brockcommons/story.htm
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STATE SHOULD FOLLOW INDIANAPOLIS' TRAILS LEAD

-> In the May 2nd issue of the Indianapolis Start, Associate Editor,
Russ Pulliam, calls for "a coordinated system of biking/hiking trails
across Indiana, following the example set by Indianapolis." He notes
that City officials use the trail system in recruiting business and
industry, trails are beneficial to property values and they are used in
real estate advertising in some neighborhoods. Greg Lindsey, director
of the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment at IUPUI, has done
research showing that trails help property values. But, according to
Pulliam, what is missing is leadership from the top levels of state
government. "We're behind many states," Lindsey says. "But there's
growing interest because of the multiple benefits -- health,
recreation, economic development, environmental benefits and property
value increases."

"Around the state, several local groups are coming up with ideas for
longer trails. Purdue University landscape architectural students are
researching a proposed Farm Heritage Trail to link Indianapolis and
Lafayette. Another ambitious proposal, called the National Road
Heritage Trail, would run from Richmond to Terre Haute, near I-70. The
Hoosier Rails-to-Trails Council has come up with a vision for a network
of trails around the state..."

Source: http://www.indystar.com/articles/5/142962-5725-021.html
Archive search: http://www.indystar.com/cgi-bin/htsearch.cgi
Cost: No
Title: "State should follow city's lead on trails"
Author: Russ Pulliam
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RIVER OAKS (TX) RESIDENTS WANT PED-FRIENDLY STANDARDS

-> According to an April 29th River Oaks Examine article, "The Kirby
Coalition, a group made up of stakeholders covering the length of Kirby
Drive from Allen Parkway to Reliant Stadium, plans to lobby city of
Houston officials for higher construction standards on major
thoroughfare projects. The group, which was formed last fall in
response to the Kirby Drive storm sewer reconstruction project, is
seeking to create a "true urban environment" along what members call
the 'core corridor' of Kirby. 'This is a very benign thing to ask,'
says Kathy Easterly, representing the University Place Super
Neighborhood. 'There's nothing controversial about asking the city to
do better on construction for major thoroughfares.'

"The coalition is asking the city to improve its planning efforts,
including pedestrian enhancements, i.e. colored concrete crosswalks and
general city beatification efforts. 'I'd like to take a stab ... at
addressing the fundamentals of lighting, tree relocation, etc.,' says
Kurt Hull, representing the Boulevard Oaks Civic Association. Hull is a
member of the coalition's Pedestrian Amenities and Streetscape
subcommittee. 'The missing link (in this project) is an amenities
package that should have been designed for the project
(originally).'..."

Source:
http://www.westuexaminer.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=
66&twindow=&mad=No&sdetail=8808&wpage=1&skeyword=&
sidate=&ccat=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&sal=

Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Coalition to lobby city for more pedestrian planning"
Author: Sarah Williams
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BERRYVILLE (AR) GETS ITS FIRST BIKE COPS

-> According to an April 30th Carroll County Star-Tribune article, "The
police department has added a new phase to its community policing
program -- reserve officers will now patrol areas of Berryville on
bicycles. An anonymous person donated two expensive Italian bicycles to
the police department so that the officers can interact with the
community in a more relaxed, one-on-one manner.

"Chief David Muniz said the main objective, besides a different way to
patrol Berryville, is to reach out to children and teens who may find
the bike officers less intimidating than the usual uniformed patrol
officer in a marked car. 'This is another step in our
community-oriented, 'stop and talk' program where our officers get
around and visit with people in the business areas and the
neighborhoods,' Muniz said..."

Source:
http://www.greenforesttribune.com/articles/2004/04/30/news/s3.txt
Archive search: http://www.greenforesttribune.com/archives/
Cost: No
Title: "Donation leads to creation of bicycle beats for reservists"
Author: Ken O'Toole
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

DEADLY DRIVER PLEA BARGAINS DOWN TO 3.5 YRS

-> According to an April 30th Ottawa Sun article, "A man who struck a
teenager and drove around with the youth's body lodged in his car's
windshield was sentenced yesterday to 3 1/2 years in prison. Gilles
Francoeur had pleaded guilty in December to hit-and-run and leaving the
scene of an accident in the death last August of Nicolas Fortin, 18.
With time already served, Francoeur will spend two years less a day in
jail.

"Fortin was found lodged in a windshield after he and two friends were
struck outside a bar in Ste-Adele, Que., about 70 km north of Montreal.
Francoeur's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit but an
impaired driving charge was dropped while a plea bargain was being
negotiated. During a recent sentencing hearing, Francoeur said he felt
a violent impact while driving home on the night of Aug. 16, 2003. He
said his windshield broke and he saw something on the passenger seat
but assumed it was the airbag that deployed..."

Source:
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/OttawaSun/News/2004/04/30/441469.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Quebec driver gets 3 1/2 years for fatal hit-run"
Author: CP


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

NCBW WALKABLE WORKSHOP GETS MPLS THINKING WALKABILITY

-> "Toronto, Boston, Chicago and many cold-weather European cities are
remarkably walkable. Minneapolis and other Minnesota cities should join
them..."
http://www.startribune.com/stories/561/4743971.html

SHAPE-UP SOMERVILLE (MA) GETS KIDS MOVING

-> "'It's a community based environmental approach to childhood
obesity,' she said. 'Our interventions are going on at the homes,
before school, during school, after school, the community...'"
http://www.tuftsdaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/04/29/40904defc3588

CALIF. PED BILL: DOUBLE DRIVER FINES ON S.F. STREET

-> "A bill designed to curb the number of pedestrian deaths on 19th
Avenue in San Francisco is one step closer to becoming law..."
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/8572213.htm?1c
The text of the bill may be seen here:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2568_bill_20040330_amended_asm.html

ATLANTA TRANS PLAN: TOO MANY ROADS?

-> "'You see in this that the old ideology of expanding roads to manage
traffic is still winning,' Hager said. 'They're failing to provide the
incentives needed to reverse 50 years of dumb growth.'..."
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0404/30traffic.html

SOUTH CAROLINA SAFE ROUTES BILL ADVANCES

-> "A bill aimed at helping students walk safer routes to school
cleared a Senate Education subcommittee Wednesday."
http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1824581

INTERNET PIONEER PROMOTES WALKABLE COMMUNITIES IN ATLANTA

-> "[Charles] Brewer, famous (or infamous) for strumming a Bob Marley
song to a meeting of confused developers, will open his current
project, what he calls the 'lovable, walkable' Glenwood Park off I-20,
in November..."
http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/0404/29brewer.html

DEADLY DRIVER WANTS 'TIME SERVED' FOR SLEEPING AT HOME

-> "Judge Joseph H. Kleinfelter dismissed Druce's claim that he should
be given credit for time spent sleeping in his Bucks County home as
'patently ludicrous.' He said that sleeping 'in your own bed with your
wife' is hardly 'the equivalent of jail time.'..."
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/8604992.htm?1c

MIAMI BANS BIKES FROM LITTLE HAVANA SIDEWALKS

-> "Coming out of the store was like crossing the street. I had to look
both ways before opening the door,' said Cookie Etxebarrieta, former
store owner. 'It got to the point that you would get run over by a
bicycle rider.'..."
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/miami-dade/cities_neighborhoods/east/8565016.htm?1c

FREE BIKE REPAIR DURING BOISE (ID) BIKE WEEK

-> "Steve Parrish, owner of Dirt Dart Mobile Bike Service...is
donating his time to commuters who ride their bikes to work by giving
them a free bike inspection..."
http://www2.kbcitv.com/x5154.xml?ParentPageID=x5157&ContentID=x53179&Layout=KBCI.xsl&AdGroupID=x5154

TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP (MI) FOLKS WANT TRAILS

-> "Preserving open space in the heavily developed township and
creating a bicycle and walking trail system to get people out of cars
were the clear priorities..."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11408138&BRD=1677&PAG=461&dept_id=82745&rfi=6

AGING BOOMERS BOOST BIKE BUSINESS

-> "To stay in shape and keep the pounds off, many boomers are forgoing
running and turning to bicycling. Retailers are seeing brisk sales of
bikes to boomers, especially ones that emphasize comfort."
http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/business/8514287.htm


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

COMMENTARY: BICYCLE THIEVES' ESSENTIAL ROLE

All Things Considered audio
May 3, 2004

"Commentator Aaron Freeman is a committed cyclist. And he's impressed
that the cyclists in The Netherlands seem even more committed than he
is." (Real Audio or Windows Media Player required to listen.)

Source: http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1869196


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

-> "DARK AGE AHEAD"
The latest book by Jane Jacobs; Random House, May 2004. "the crowning
achievement of Jane Jacobs's career" and "one of the most important
works of our time."
http://www.randomhouse.com/randomhouse/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=1-4000-6232-2

-> "IMPACT THRESHOLD CURVES"
City of Portland (OR) methodology to evalutate diversion to parallel
streets after traffic calming project constructed.
http://www.trans.ci.portland.or.us/TrafficCalming/reports/impact.htm

-> "PROTECTING SCHOOL CHILDREN THROUGH TRAFFIC CALMING"
Portland (OR) Elementary School Safety Program.
http://www.trans.ci.portland.or.us/Trafficcalming/How/schoolprogram.htm


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

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 17-21, 2004, Bike-to-Work Week, Nationwide. Info: League of
American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20006;
phone: (202) 822-1333; email: <ryan@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikemonth.com

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: <ryan@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikemonth.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: <league@niehs.nih.gov>
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/drcpt/beoconf/home.htm

June 4-6, 2004, THE ROUND*UP USA small-wheel + folder bike fest,
Philadelphia, PA. Info: Michael McGettigan, Trophy Bikes Philadelphia;
email <mcget@aol.com>
http://www.trophybikes.com

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

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;
email:<Collins@coe.unt.edu>.
http://www.americantrails.org

October 20-22, 2004, 2nd "Child in the City" Conference, London UK.
Info: Child in the City Foundation, Ms. Sandra van Beek, P.O. Box 822,
3700 AV Zeist, The Netherlands; phone: +31 (0)30 6933 489; +31 (0)30
6917 394; e-mail: <svanbeek@europoint-bv.com>
http://www.europoint-bv.com


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

-> 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 <terry@tmalouf.com>.
The position is posted at:
http://www.bikesbelong.org.

-> 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
sick leave.

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:
http://www.onelesscar.org

-> 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
interested, contact:
Dr. James F. Sallis, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
Director, Active Living Research Program
http://www.activelivingresearch.org
3900 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92103
phone: (619) 260-5535; fax: (619) 260-1510
email: <sallis@mail.sdsu.edu> (Please expect delays in my responses to
emails.)
Instructions for applicants will be available at:
http://www.drjamessallis.sdsu.edu.

-> 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
development.

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:
http://wiscjobs.state.wi.us/public/job_view.asp?annoid=11124&jobid=10639

-> 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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