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


Issue #97 Friday, May 21, 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
  Maplewood (NJ) Cyclists Tour Proposed Bikeways
  PW/PB 2004 Proposal Review Complete - Huzzah!
  Back to School! – A Safe Routes to School Institute
  London Study: Air Quality, Congestion Better
  Helmet Survey Has National Usage Rates


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  NCBW Workshop Leader Dodges Pickups to Spread Word
  Consultant Decries Baton Rouge (LA) "Jiffy Lube-Effect"
  El Cajon (CA): Art Integral to Walkable Downtown
  Gwinnett Co. (GA) Starts Bike/Walk Pilot Project
  Ft. Worth (TX) Ped-Friendly Development Gets Green Light
  San Diego Bikes to Work Today!
  Thriving Media (PA) "Couldn't Be Much Better"
  Duany Gets Credit for Popular Sarasota (FL) Development
  Fresno (CA) High School Students Push Ped Safety
  Burnville (MN) Creates Downtown Where There Was None
  Portsmouth (RI) Hosts Walkability Workshops
  Boston's Mayor, Potential Opponent Vow Pedestrian Help




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

MAPLEWOOD (NJ) CYCLISTS TOUR PROPOSED BIKEWAYS

-> Maplewood, NJ -- On Saturday, May 15th members of the Colavita Olive
Oil Pro Cycling Team led more than 100 residents of all ages on a
Community Bike Ride for a tour of the proposed network of bike paths
which will connect major destinations in town such as the train
station, pool, library, parks, and schools. "We are very excited to
help launch the Maplewood Bikeway," says John Profaci, a member of the
Maplewood Bikeway Committee and owner of the Colavita Olive Oil Pro
Cycling Team. "Cycling is an activity that can be enjoyed by family
members of all ages. I'm proud that our town is committed to creating
more options for transportation and leisure activities that encourage
healthy lifestyles and help alleviate traffic congestion and demand for
parking."

Planning for the Maplewood Bikeway began in 1997 by the Transportation
Committee which was formed to promote alternative modes of
transportation in town. In 2002, the Township Committee approved a
resolution recommended by the Transportation Committee to support the
creation of bicycle routes within the town. Later that year, the
NJ-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded the Township of
Maplewood a $50,000 grant to determine the feasibility of developing a
community biking route. The grant enabled the town to hire The RBA
Group of Morristown to conduct the feasibility study. The feasibility
study was presented to the public this week, as part of the town's
efforts to recognize National Bike to Work Week. Sharon Roerty,
Director of Community Programs for the National Center for Bicycling
and Walking and member of the Maplewood Transportation Committee
acknowledged that while RBA's work may be done turning this plan into a
reality will take time, patience and persistence in addition to
funding, but she has no doubt that it will happen.

To preview the Maplewood Bikeway, visit:
http://www.bikemap.com/maplewood
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PW/PB 2004 PROPOSAL REVIEW COMPLETE - HUZZAH!

-> At long last, John Williams, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 program director,
has finished reviewing the hundreds of Pro program proposals. Over the
next several days, John will be notifying applicants of how their
submissions fared. (The on-line conference registration form will be
delayed until presenters have been notified.)

Meanwhile, we'd like to thank our review panel, who worked very hard at
a challenging task. They are: Kristin Bennett, Bob Chauncey, Megan
Hoyt, David Levinger, Todd Litman, John Luton, Norma Moores, Michael
Moule, Catherine O'Brien, Sharon Roerty, Sue M. Tancredi, and Linda
Tracy.
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BACK TO SCHOOL! - A SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL INSTITUTE

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) will present a
one-day institute on safe routes to school: Back to School!
The training institute will take place in Victoria, British Columbia,
on Tuesday September 7, 2004. Leading North American SR2S practitioners
will instruct participants in how to introduce these programs and
what makes them work.

Legislation now pending before the U. S. Congress to reauthorize
the federal transportation program includes a provision to create
a national safe routes to school (SR2S) program and provide funds
to each of the fifty states for grants to local communities to help
foster walking and bicycling to school. The legislation would also
require each department of transportation (DOT) to create a
“safe routes to school coordinator” position.

This makes the NCBW’s forthcoming Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 – the
13th biennial conference on bicycle and pedestrian programs – an
ideal opportunity for a safe routes to school institute. The program
will include: presentations on what to expect from the still pending
or new legislation; results of a new study summarizing the recent
experience of state DOTs in implementing SR2S programs; and an
opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced SR2S
practitioners from across Canada and the U.S.

The fee for this special, one-day institute is $75 (US); the fee will
cover all materials and lunch. Use the soon-to-be released
Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference registration form to sign up for
the institute. (Space will be limited.)
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LONDON STUDY: AIR QUALITY, CONGESTION BETTER

-> According to an April 26th news release, "Transport for London today
published its Second Annual Report into congestion charging in central
London, which covers the full first year of operation. The report
provides the figures for the full first year of the charge, which
confirm that it has led to a dramatic reduction in congestion within
the zone. It gives the first information available on the effects of
congestion charging on reducing harmful traffic emissions, along with
new figures on the effects on business and a more general update on how
the charge is working."

A few notable results:

Source:
http://www.londontransport.co.uk/tfl/press-releases/2004/april/press-1009.shtml
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HELMET SURVEY HAS NATIONAL USAGE RATES

-> According to an article in the May 12th BHSI Helmet Update, "The
injury prevention community has been concerned for years that there
were no accurate surveys of helmet use. Last year the National Safe
Kids Campaign developed a survey to be carried out by its local
organizations across the US. We participated in the advisory panel for
the study."

Key (preliminary) findings:

But "the study did not take into account whether or not there was a
local ordinance."

Check out the study here:
http://www.safekids.org/tier3_cd.cfm?content_item_id=14390&folder_id=183

For more on the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, go to:
http://www.bhsi.org/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"When 1,000 Friends [of Wisconsin] began, a lot of the emphasis was on
saving farmland. Now we are trying to show that one of the best ways to
protect beautiful land in the countryside is to improve the quality of
life in the city - for example, reusing brownfields, building infill
housing on vacant lots, and promoting jobs and balanced transportation."

1000 Friends website: http://www.1kfriends.org

"Walking is harder than hitting because you're on your feet all day. I
never sit down. I go to the base, stand up, go to get my glove, and
stand out there. That's not easy."

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

NCBW WORKSHOP LEADER DODGES PICKUPS TO SPREAD WORD

-> According to a May 19th San Antonio Express-News article, "Even in
the heart of suburban sprawl, where cars reign supreme and pedestrians
often have to suck it up, there is hope that walking and bicycling can
be made safer and more comfortable. So say experts in town this week to
teach community activists and traffic officials how to size up the
walkability of local neighborhoods.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization is holding eight Walkable
Communities Workshops...The second clinic took place Tuesday in Harmony
Hills, just north of Loop 410 and west of San Antonio International
Airport...'This is the most expensive, wasteful way of building a
neighborhood,' said [Charlie Gandy of Livable Communities Consulting in
Austin], who at one point stood at the edge of a road and found himself
dodging a speeding pickup. Many cures for anti-pedestrian sprawl start
at the development stage, said Bob Chauncey of the National Center for
Bicycling and Walking, who helped Gandy with the workshop..."

Source:
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA051904.1B.walkingworkshop.dd3bac23.html
Archive search:
http://www2.mysanantonio.com/aboutus/expressnews/archive/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Workshop puts best foot forward"
Author: Patrick Driscoll
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CONSULTANT DECRIES BATON ROUGE (LA) "JIFFY LUBE-EFFECT"

-> According to a May 19th Baton Rouge Advocate article, "A
Dallas-based consultant has recommended connecting West State and
Chimes streets with a pedestrian-only strip and encouraging restoration
and development on the east side of Highland Road north of LSU.
Speaking to an audience of about 35 planners, merchants and LSU
officials Tuesday, RTKL's Paris Rutherford said turning the North Gates
of LSU -- formerly known as Tiger Town -- into a magnet for development
will require reversing decades of neglect, bad architecture and a lack
of planning.

"Nevertheless, he said, 'This is doable, and it's happening in
communities all over the country.'...Rutherford said there are three
main neighborhoods separated by Highland and Nicholson roads. While
there are stretches of those two roads that are walkable, their ugly
architecture -- something he called the 'Jiffy Lube-effect' -- and
fears of crime make few people want to do so. 'It's not a pleasant
experience right now,' he said..."

Source: http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/051904/bus_gates001.shtml
Archive search: http://www.2theadvocate.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Consultant: Make North Gates walkable"
Author: Chad Calder
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EL CAJON (CA): ART INTEGRAL TO WALKABLE DOWNTOWN

-> According to a May 14th San Diego Union-Tribune article, "Not long
ago, downtown visitors would have been hard pressed to find a mural or
a piece of public art. These days, depictions of Rome and ancient
Babylon can be seen on restaurant walls. Signal and utility boxes are
becoming canvases for artists. A 524-square-foot mosaic mural planned
for the El Cajon Transit Center is awaiting final approval. That's
quite a change from five years ago, when downtown was mostly 'empty
lots and empty buildings,' said Mayor Mark Lewis, who pushed for the
creation of an arts and culture commission in 2001. 'There just wasn't
anything down there at all,' said Eldonna Lay, curator of El Cajon's
Knox House Museum.

"Public art is becoming more visible in El Cajon, from the sunflowers
and birds of paradise that now adorn two signal boxes on Magnolia
Avenue near Main Street to the murals appearing at downtown
restaurants. The latter trend was initiated by restaurant owners, but
has been encouraged by the city...The [El Cajon community Development
Corp.] is striving to create a walkable community, and public art
enhances that, said Michael Summers, chairman of the commission. 'We
want to attract people to El Cajon, so they know they can park their
car and get out and walk,' he said..."

Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20040514-9999-2m14pubart.html
Archive search: http://archives.signonsandiego.com/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "El Cajon's palette awash in colors as city raises its public
art profile"
Author: Liz Neely
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GWINNETT CO. (GA) STARTS BIKE/WALK PILOT PROJECT

-> According to a May 10th Atlanta Journal-Constitution article,
"Parent Lisa Carthy and sons Dylan and Jake walk a half-mile to Mason
Elementary each morning, passing a long queue of cars snaking through
the school's parking lot and down Bunten Road. They typically beat
car-riding neighbors to the school's front door. On mornings when
traffic congestion is especially annoying, Carthy often will greet
neighbors still idling in traffic on her return trek home. Like a Pied
Piper of pedestrians, she tends to attract other walkers on her
journey, as harried parents call out, 'Can my child join you?'

"'We have seven subdivisions around Bunten, all within easy walking
distance to the school,' Carthy said. 'In the foreseeable future, we'll
have nine neighborhoods. It's hard to imagine why families who live so
close will idle in traffic for a half-hour or more some morning and
afternoons.'...Since January, Mason has piloted the Safe Routes to
School program in Gwinnett. On two recent Sunday afternoons, the school
sponsored bicycling safety clinics for youngsters, directed by the
Atlanta Bicycle Campaign.

Source:
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/0504/10classfea.html
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pilot program encourages walking, cycling"
Author: M. Elizabeth Neal
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FT. WORTH (TX) PED-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT GETS GREEN LIGHT

-> According to a May 20th Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article, "Tarrant
County College has decided not to buy 26 acres on bluffs overlooking
the Trinity River for a downtown campus, leaving a developer to move
forward with plans for the Trinity Bluffs housing, retail and office
development. A consultant for TCC told the land's owners Tuesday that
the college will look elsewhere to build a campus. The site, on the
north edge of downtown, had been considered a leading candidate...

"Wide Open Spaces, headed by Tom Struhs, acquired the property, just
north of the old Tarrant County Courthouse, mainly along historic
Samuels Avenue, over the past couple of years. A little more than a
year ago, Struhs announced plans to build apartments, condos, shops and
restaurants on the land. The $350 million project would be within
walking distance of downtown's Sundance Square entertainment and
restaurant district...Struhs said the consultant for TCC told him that
the trustees felt that the Trinity Bluffs development was in the city's
best interest and that that 'weighed in their decision-making
process.'..."

Source: http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/8711735.htm?1c
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Bluffs development can proceed"
Author: Sandra Baker
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SAN DIEGO BIKES TO WORK TODAY!

-> According to a May 20th SanDiego.com article, "For Tim Ingersoll,
riding his bicycle to work it just plain fun. During the warm-weather
months, he routinely commutes by mountain bike from his home in Pacific
Beach to his office in the University Towne Center area. 'More than
half the ride is on trails, and there are jumps. It's a blast!' said
Ingersoll, communications manager for Biocom. Tomorrow, he will be
joined by the roughly 12,000 to 13,000 other bike riders expected to
turn out for the 11th annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike to
Work Week, which began on Monday.

"Around the country, special events are scheduled in more than 150
cities. The event is a means of encouraging people to get out of their
cars and use an alternate form of transportation that not only improves
San Diego's air quality and relieves congestion on the freeways but
also promotes physical fitness, says Kathy Keehan, executive director
of the San Diego Bicycle Coalition. The coalition is a privately funded
organization of bicycle enthusiasts. Riding a bike also promotes mental
health, she said. 'I like how bicycle commuting makes me feel. When I
get to work, I'm not stressed. I'm actually happy to be there.'..."

Source: http://www.sandiego.com/sdbusiness.jsp
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Pedal Power the Focus of Bike to Work Day"
Author: Larry M. Edwards

For more on National Bike to Work Week, go to:
http://www.bikemonth.com/
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THRIVING MEDIA (PA) "COULDN'T BE MUCH BETTER"

-> According to a May 19th Philadelphia Inquirer article, "The 20th
century had several agonizing lessons in store for small-town
Pennsylvania: that downtowns thriving for 100 years can be deserted in
10. That cherished neighborhoods can quite quickly dissolve. That
geography is indeed destiny - and destiny these days prefers to do her
shopping at the mall, where there is never a shortage of parking.
Media, Pa., the governmental seat of Delaware County, apparently missed
the memo on this. With a thriving restaurant scene, a racially diverse
population, trolley cars on State Street, and a softball-coaching
mayor, Media today is vibrant and homey to such an extent that cynical
visitors may leave disbelieving.

"Back in 1951, reporters from the Philadelphia Bulletin canvassed the
Media citizenry (who numbered 5,500, as they do today) to see what
troubled the town. The resulting story ran beneath a rare headline:
Town couldn't be much better, pleased residents agree..."

Source:
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/special_packages/media/8698563.htm
Archive search: http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "A town everybody calls home"
Author: Matthew P. Blanchard
(Don't forget to click on the "More photos" link!)
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DUANY GETS CREDIT FOR POPULAR SARASOTA (FL) DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a May 19th Herald Tribune article, "It was a feeding
frenzy like developer Chris Brown had never seen. In less than an hour
and a half on Tuesday, the 134 condominium units at Main Street and
Palm Avenue were gone except for five penthouses. Named simply 1350
Main, the $55 million, 17-story project will begin construction in the
fall and completion is expected in spring 2006. 'It was unbelievable.
All the one-bedroom units were gone in half an hour. Over 100 people
were waiting an hour before we were supposed to begin,' said Brown, a
principal of Sarasota Main Street LLC. 'People were taking no more than
five minutes to make a decision.'...

"Brown says he gives a lot of credit to Andres Duany, the urban planner
who advised the City Commission on making downtown walkable and
diverse. It's the first downtown building planned under new density
increases that allow 200 units per acre in a 47-acre target area..."

Source:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040519/NEWS/405190474/1060
Archive search:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?CATEGORY=ARCHIVES
Cost: Yes
Title: "Gone in 90 minutes"
Author: Dorothy Stockbridge-Pratt
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FRESNO (CA) HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PUSH PED SAFETY

-> According to a May 20th KFSN-TV story, "A safety patrol program is
taking to the streets in front of Fresno High and the students are
behind it all. The idea came up after a student was hit a few weeks
back. Fresno High principal Bob Reyes says a group of Fresno High
students brought their concerns to him, 'Kids said one of their
concerns was the traffic problems around Fresno High School, both
before and after school, and how dangerous is was to cross some of the
streets.'

"The city then stepped in, and now many students are volunteering their
time to serve as crossing guards. The goal is to make crossing McKinley
Avenue safer and to get the word out that drivers need to slow down
when passing by campus the area..."

Source: http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/news/052004_nw_fresno_high.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian Safety"
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BURNVILLE (MN) CREATES DOWNTOWN WHERE THERE WAS NONE

-> According to a May 16th St. Paul Pioneer Press article, "In
February, officials were aghast when the single project accounting for
more than half of the $400 million Heart of the City complex fell
through. It came as such a blow because of high-flying expectations for
the Heart of the City: the pride of Burnsville, the future of suburbia,
a brave attempt to stick an honest-to-gosh downtown into the vast blur
of malls and garage doors in the 'burbs. But the city's getting over it
-- with a vengeance. If anything, the Heart of the City's momentum is
building, as developers announced new plans last week for condos,
stores and other elements of the project.

"'It is absolutely going well,' said Judy Tschumper, the city's
economic development director. There is evidence galore that Tschumper
is not just pumping up her pet project: The Nicollet Commons Park,
built with a $2.5 million grant from the Metropolitan Council, will be
dedicated June 2. At that ceremony, a $100,000 sculpture called
'Centrifuge' will be unveiled. Ground has been broken for Uptown
Landing, a three-building series of buildings with a total of 111
residential units. Preliminary work is proceeding on a 17-acre site of
a former Kmart, which will feature a Cub Foods grocery store and 235
condo units..."

Source: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/8670652.htm
Archive search: http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "City carries on without project's key developer"
Author: Bob Shaw
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PORTSMOUTH (RI) HOSTS WALKABILITY WORKSHOPS

-> According to a May 20th East Bay Newspapers article, "The notion
that the best towns are those that provide people places to walk and
bicycle will be explored at workshops in Portsmouth, Middletown and six
other communities around the state this month. Sponsored by the Rhode
Island Statewide Planning Commission, the 'Walkable Community Workshop'
is part of an effort to make towns more 'pedestrian friendly' and comes
at a time when Portsmouth is considering the design of its downtown

"A community's 'walkability' is a strong indicator of its livability,' say the
ponsors, the National Center for Biking and Walking. 'More and
more people are expressing a desire to live in places where they and
their children can safely walk or bike along pleasant streets.' The
half-day pedestrian road show: Sessions are designed for elected
officials, citizens, businesses, neighborhood groups, and professionals
in the fields of planning, engineering, law enforcement, public health,
historic preservation and education. There will be representatives from
the RI Department of Transportation, RI Public Transit Authority, and
the RI Health Department..."

Source: http://www.eastbayri.com/story/290158453370544.php
Archive search: http://archive.eastbayri.com/archive_index.php
Cost: No
Title: "Workshop to explore Portsmouth's 'walkability'"
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BOSTON'S MAYOR, POTENTIAL OPPONENT VOW PEDESTRIAN HELP

-> According to a May 19th Boston Globe article, "Needled for a year by
a city councilor's crusade to rid Boston of potholes, Mayor Thomas M.
Menino said yesterday he will spend $12.8 million to fix streets and
sidewalks -- repaving, repairing, and in some cases, totally
reconstructing crumbling pieces of streetscape. 'Boston residents
deserve the best roads and sidewalks,' Menino said in a statement.
'From motorists on their way to work to children on their way to
school, this new program will benefit everyone in Boston's
neighborhoods.'

"Menino's announcement came on the heels of plans by City Councilor
Maura A. Hennigan for a new phase in what she called her 'ongoing
struggle to combat street and sidewalk hazards.' The councilor at large
-- who broke her ankle after tripping on a pothole during a parade last
year, and who is widely discussed as a possible mayoral candidate --
began circulating petitions in neighborhood shops and on her website to
push Menino to make street repairs. 'Bostonians deserve to have
walkable sidewalks and drivable streets without fear from injury or
damage,' Hennigan said in her own statement..."

Source:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/05/19/menino_vows_to_fix_streets_sidewalks/
Archive search: http://www.boston.com/globe/search/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Menino vows to fix streets, sidewalks"
Author: Kevin Joy
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CORRECTION: HADDONFIELD HASN'T YET MOVED TO PA.

-> At least three people know geography better than our editor. If you
were worried that Haddonfield (NJ) had suddenly been annexed by an
aggressive Pennsylvania, as suggested by the story in issue 96, you can
breathe a sigh of relief. It's still where it used to be. Follow this
Mapquest link just to be sure.


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

PUBLIC ART TO COVER NEW YORK

-> "Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's support of public art is visible [in]
Central Park, where Christo and Jeanne-Claude plan to festoon 23 miles
of walkways with billowing saffron fabric in February in their 'Gates'
project..."
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/21/arts/design/21INSI.html

ATLANTA-AREA WALKABLE PROJECT JEOPARDIZED BY CONDOS?

-> "Emory Morsberger, who spearheaded the formation of the Highway 78
Community Improvement District, looked on with exasperation as the
group's other board members deadlocked twice on whether to bless his
plans for a mixed-use village of shops, offices and townhouses on 50
acres just west of Snellville..."
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/0504/14emory.html

TAX BREAKS FOR BIKE COMMUTERS?

-> "Proposed legislation could offer tax breaks to people who ride
bicycles to work. Ask your congressman or woman to support the Bicycle
Commuter Act.
http://www.velonews.com/news/fea/6119.0.htm

NORTH DAKOTA BIKE COPS SAVE MONEY

-> Grand Forks, ND, bike patrol offers value-added policing and saves
taxpayers money on fuel and oil. "Fuel and oil costs for the Grand
Forks Police Department are estimated to rise to $105,000 in 2005, a 50
percent increase over the 2004 budget of $70,000."
http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/8709114.htm

SAN FRANCISCO-AREA EMPLOYERS ENCOURAGE BIKE COMMUTERS

-> "More [San Francisco] Bay Area employers are taking steps to
encourage the small but growing ranks of bicycle commuters who relieve
congestion and pollution...[M]ore employers are installing
bike-friendly equipment and policies aimed at improving worker
satisfaction and health, and holding down company health insurance
premiums."
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/8711363.htm?1c

10 YEARS OF UTAH HELMET USE STUDIED

-> Despite increased bicycle helmet use among riders of all ages, a new
Utah Department of Health report finds usage is still too low. The
10-year study released this week, Bicycle Helmet Use in Utah, 1994 -
2003, "also found that children were more apt to wear a helmet when
riding the bike to school than just around the neighborhood."..."But
fully 30 percent of those who wear bike helmets wear them wrong." The
study concludes "that if everyone wore a helmet on every ride, Utah
emergency rooms would treat 920 fewer people every year and that would
save at least $19 million in medical costs."
http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595064496,00.html


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING(S) COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BIKER BRAWL, PORTLAND STYLE

-> "Ten pub-crawling bicyclists versus the tipsy motorist -- whose car
tires they had deflated -- along with a few of his drinking buddies.
The bicyclists say they were just trying to stop a drunk driver from
killing someone..."
Source: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=51916


SWEDISH CIRCUS ELEPHANT EXAMINES, TRAMPLES BIKE

-> According to a May 21st article in the Pakistan Daily Times, "The
father of a 10-year-old boy filed a police complaint after a circus
elephant trampled his child's bicycle, a police spokesman said. Dennis
Horvath parked his bicycle close to the elephant compound at the Cirkus
Mustang in Finspaang, 110 miles southwest of the capital, Stockholm, to
watch as the circus came to town.

"While he watched the parade, one of the elephants in the pen used his
trunk to pick up the bicycle for a closer look and then dropped it on
the ground and trampled it. When circus officials said they weren't
responsible for replacing it, Horvath's father, Gyula, filed a police
complaint."
Source:
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_21-5-2004_pg9_7


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

-> "ECONOMIC IMPACT OF INVESTING IN BICYCLE FACILITIES"
Case Study from the North Carolina DOT Div. of Bicycle & Pedestrian
Trans; published 5/04. "Bicycling tourists make an annual economic
impact of $60 million and help support 1,400 jobs in the northern Outer
Banks region."
http://www.ncdot.org/transit/bicycle/safety/safety_economicimpact.html

-> "GUIDELINES FOR THE CONVERSION OF..."
"...Urban Four-Lane Undivided Roadways To Three-Lane Two-Way Left-Turn
Lane Facilities;" Center for Transportation Research and Education,
Iowa St. Univ.; April 2001; Sponsor: Office of Traffic and Safety, Iowa
DOT.
http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/reports/4to3lane.pdf

-> "URBAN 4-LANE UNDIVIDED TO 3-LANE ROADWAY..."
"...Conversion Guidelines;" by Knapp, Giese, and Lee; presentation at
2003 Mid-Continent Trans. Research Symposium.
http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/pubs/midcon2003/knappconversion.pdf

-> "THE CONVERSION OF FOUR LANE UNDIVIDED URBAN ROADWAYS..."
"To Three Lane Facilities;" by Thomas M. Welch, P.E., Director
Office of Transportation Safety, Iowa DOT; prepared for TRB/ITE Urban
Street Symposium, June 28-30, 1999, Dallas, Texas.
http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/pubs/conferences/Welch4to3Lane1999.pdf


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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 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 -- VANCOUVER PGM ORGANIZER -- COMM CYCLING CTR
The Community Cycling Center in Portland, Oregon is the largest bicycle
organization of its kind in the nation. We run experiential, hands-on
bicycle safety and maintenance programs for low-income youth and
adults. By providing bicycles to low-income adults, our groundbreaking
Create a Commuter program is the first federally funded program in the
nation to offer a truly flexible solution to meet the transportation
needs of low-income adults. We are the largest bicycle recycling
facility in the nation, recycling the volume of at least one school bus
every month. We also operate a full-service professional retail bike
shop.

Join our team of 30 employees and 1,000 volunteers! We are developing
a facility across the river in Vancouver, Washington. Our Vancouver
Programs Organizer will be responsible for the development of programs
and a facility in Vancouver. This is an AmeriCorps*VISTA position.
For more information, how to apply, and a full description, please see
our website:
http://www.CommunityCyclingCenter.org.

-> 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 -- 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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