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


Issue #98 Friday, June 4, 2004


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


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Program Coming Together!
  New Round of NCBW Walkable Community Workshops
  U.S. House to Take Action on Safe Routes Funding
  Maryland Health Dept Develops SR2S Guide
  NCBW's Chauncey to Address Canadian Health Professionals
  NJDOT Study Unveils New Trail Route Through North Jersey
  Bike the Vote: an Exercise in American Democracy
  Every Road Should Be Walkable, Bikeable -- Thompson
  Jeff Ciabotti is New RTC VP of Trail Development
  TCRP Problem Statement Submittal Due Date Looms
  AAFTS Evaluates Pedestrian Signal Timing
  National Trails Symposium Set for Oct. 21-24
  Sadowsky Chosen to Lead Chicagoland Bike Fed

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Obese Kids May Be 1st Generation to Die Before Parents
  Don't Forget to Write...to Your Local Editor!
  NCBW's Workshops Walking Through Rhode Island
  Michigan Governor Announces First "Cool City" Grants
  The Hidden Bike Boulevards of Berkeley (CA)
  Hillsborough (NC) Group Promotes Walking, Trails
  Active Vacations Lure Fitness-Minded Boomers
  Montana Bike/Ped Bridges Use "Wood In Trans" $$
  Retirees Taking To Traditional Neighborhood Designs



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

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE PROGRAM COMING TOGETHER!

-> Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 program director John Williams says that
e-mails by the dozens have been flying out of the Montana office.
Wending their ways to folks who've put in presentation proposals, the
messages have announced the fates of those proposals -- good news and
(sadly) sometimes not so good news.

According to Williams, there are some great sessions in the works. "I'm
thrilled at the quality of proposals we've had to choose from. In the
past week, I've gotten nearly 100 confirmations for a wide variety of
sessions, on topics ranging from Active & Safe Routes to Schools to
advocate-health professional partnership success stories to awareness
campaign case studies to crosswalk design to accessible roundabouts."

If you have a proposal in and HAVEN'T heard from Williams yet, drop him
a note at <john@montana.com> so he can track down the problem.

To register for the conference, go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/PWPB2004.htm
<back to top>


NEW ROUND OF NCBW WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

-> For the past eight years, the National Center for Bicycling &
Walking (NCBW) has presented the Walkable Community Workshop program
(formerly called pedestrian road shows) around the country to help
people make their communities better places to live and easier places
to travel by foot, by bike, by public transit, and even by car. In just
four hours, each session helps groups composed of elected officials,
local government staff, and residents analyze their current
environments and identify needed improvements. The results? New traffic
calming programs that work; revitalized main streets; more
pedestrian-friendly intersections; new, accessible sidewalks; and safe
routes to school programs. And, most importantly, more people walking
and bicycling!

Now, the NCBW is kicking-off Round III of offering Walkable Community
Workshop programs cooperatively with MPOs. And this year, MPOs who took
part in earlier rounds can apply to join in again.

In Rounds I and II, a total of 21 MPOs were selected from more than 60
applications. These MPOs represent the following cities: Albuquerque
(NM), Atlanta (GA), Binghamton (NY), Birmingham (AL), Boston (MA),
Burlington (VT), Charlottesville (VA), Cincinnati (OH), Dayton (OH),
Eugene (OR), Gulfport (MS), Hartford (CT), Lexington (KY), Louisville
(KY), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MN), Providence (RI), Rochester (NY), San
Antonio (TX), Spokane (WA), Vancouver (WA), and Washington (DC).

To join this list, MPOs will need to complete the application sent by
NCBW. Alternatively, MPOs can download the application at
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/direct_assistance/wcw.htm

Applications are due by August 13, 2004. If you have any questions,
please contact Bob Chauncey at <bob@bikewalk.org>, or by phone
at 410-570-5765.
<back to top>


U.S. HOUSE TO TAKE ACTION ON SAFE ROUTES FUNDING

-> According to a June 3rd note from Martha Roskowski, Campaign Manager
for America Bikes, "This afternoon, sometime between noon and 2pm
eastern, Rep. Oberstar will introduce a motion into the House to direct
the conferees to adopt the House Safe Routes program. He's hoping for a
strong show of support to lock in the House language in conference. The
House language is better both in terms of program and money, though
we're downplaying the money angle."

UPDATE: According to a Thursday afternoon update from Kevin McCarthy of
the Surface Transportation Policy Project, "The House of
Representatives just voted 377-30 to instruct the conferees
(appointment of conferees included), a motion that affirms the House
position for the Safe Routes to School program as set forth in Section
1120 of H.R. 3550. Several members spoke strongly for the effort, with
Rep. Oberstar laying out a strong case for the investment in SRS."

For more information as it becomes available, go to:
America Bikes:
http://www.americabikes.org/
STPP:
http://www.transact.org
<back to top>


MARYLAND HEALTH DEPT DEVELOPS SR2S GUIDE

-> The Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, supported by
the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene recently published the "Maryland Safe
Routes to Schools Guidebook." Based on experiences gathered from a
two-year SRTS pilot program, the Guidebook provides a recipe for
creating community-based SRTS programs throughout and beyond
Maryland.To download a copy, visit:
http://fha.state.md.us/fha/cphs/chn/index.html
<back to top>


NCBW'S CHAUNCEY TO ADDRESS CANADIAN HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

-> On June 18, Bob Chauncey from our NCBW staff will be the featured
speaker on walkable communities at a meeting of Canadian public health
professionals. They want an overview of the concept of walkability,
its relation to Smart Growth initiatives, and how to encourage the
development of walkable communities in Canada. If your organization is
interested in a similar presentation (actually, we can do it for
communities in the USA, too!), please contact us at (202) 463-6622 or
<info@bikewalk.org>.
<back to top>


NJDOT STUDY UNVEILS NEW TRAIL ROUTE THROUGH NORTH JERSEY

-> According to a June 2nd release, "The New Jersey Department of
Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the East Coast Greenway
Alliance (ECGA), the nonprofit organization developing a 2600-mile
trail connecting cities of the eastern seaboard for non-motorized
users, has unveiled the new trail route for the East Coast Greenway
(ECG) through northern New Jersey. NJDOT's planning study identified a
64-mile route through 5 counties and 22 municipalities connecting the
existing Delaware and Raritan River (D&R) Canal Towpath through the
Middlesex Greenway and Jersey City's Historic Harsimus Cove Railroad
Embankment to the Hudson River Walkway which will provide access to New
York City via multiple water ferries.

"The recommended route accomplishes the ECGA's goal that at least 80%
of the Greenway be off-road, with safe on-road and sidewalk connections
for walkers, runners and bikers. The planning work was conducted by The
RBA Group, of Morristown, NJ, under contract from NJDOT. Said Karen M.
Votava, ECGA Executive Director, 'The Newark-Jersey City area was the
only major urban center along the east coast not on the ECG route.
We're pleased that NJDOT enabled us to find a feasible off-road route
that will allow these cities to become destinations along the
Greenway.'..."

For more on the NJDOT study, contact Sheree Davis of NJDOT at (609)
530-6551 or Eric Weis of ECGA at (401) 789-4625. Or go to:
http://www.greenwaynj.org

For information on the East Coast Greenway, go to:
http://www.greenway.org
<back to top>


BIKE THE VOTE: AN EXERCISE IN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

-> According to a recent note from Vanessa Herald
(<Vanessa@BikeTheVote.org>), "Bike the Vote: An Exercise in American
Democracy is a grassroots, cross-country voter registration initiative
created from the desire to help people across the country exercise
their right to vote. This summer a small group of people in
their twenties will bike from New Haven, CT to Portland, OR to engage,
energize and register 3500 new voters for the upcoming election and
beyond."

To see if this group will be stopping in your town, find out how you
can support Bike the Vote through donation or housing, or register
yourself to vote, go to:
http://www.BikeTheVote.org
<back to top>


EVERY ROAD SHOULD BE WALKABLE, BIKEABLE -- THOMPSON

-> According to a May 24th HHS release, "Health and Human Services
Secretary Tommy Thompson urged corporate America and government to join
the fight against obesity by making offices, cities and suburbs easier
places to exercise. Speaking at an HHS-sponsored conference on 'Obesity
and the Built Environment,' Thompson called on the nation to reach a
'tipping point' in obesity awareness that will speed up progress on
slimming down and saving millions of lives and billions of dollars. He
said he has asked business leaders to set aside time in their
workplaces for employees to exercise every day and said insurance
companies should give people discounts for improving their health
behavior in the same way that discounts are given to safe drivers...

Thompson urged public health advocates 'to convince city planners to
provide safe streets for children to bicycle on and safe streets for
people to walk on' and won applause when he declared, 'Every road being
built - you should be able to walk on it or ride a bike on it.' He
added, 'Go to Congress and the city council and state legislatures and
start getting them to buy into' the idea of improving the 'built
environment.' Thompson noted that a huge transportation bill before
Congress has 'hardly anything in there regarding bicycle paths or
walking paths' and said local government should transform abandoned
railroad rights-of-way into exercise paths. 'It helps the economy,
attracts tourists and makes people healthy,' he said..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.cfah.org/hbns/news/hhssec05-24-04.cfm
<back to top>


JEFF CIABOTTI IS NEW RTC VP OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a May 27th release, "Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the
nation's largest trails organization, has named Jeffrey Ciabotti as
Vice President of Trail Development. Ciabotti has been with the
organization for eight years. In his new capacity Ciabotti will oversee
field operations for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's (RTC) five regional
offices, direct RTC's trail technical assistance services, coordinate a
nationwide network of trail and greenway advocates and work with new
and existing partners at the national, state and local levels of
government.

"Rails-to-Trails Conservancy president Keith Laughlin said 'Jeff's
years of experience lend him an understanding of the interplay of
public agencies, regional planning and community outreach that needs to
occur in the creation of healthy trail and greenway systems.'..."
Ciabotti had been Director of Trail Development since 2001 and before
that was a project manager with RTC's Florida field office.

For more information, contact Karen Stewart at (212) 362-7272, or visit
RTC's Web site at:
http://www.railtrails.org
<back to top>


TCRP PROBLEM STATEMENT SUBMITTAL DUE DATE LOOMS

-> According to the June 1st TRB Transportation Research News,
"Research problem statements for the FY 2005 Transit Cooperative
Research Program (TCRP) are due on June 15, 2004. If you have submitted
a research problem statement in a previous year that was not selected,
but is still a relevant transit research topic, please feel free to
resubmit the problem statement for consideration. There are many good
research topics that are not selected each year simply due to the level
of funding available. Research problem statements must be resubmitted
each year to receive further consideration."

For more information (and for the downloadable solicitation) go to:
http://www4.trb.org/trb/crp.nsf/Reference/Appendices/TCRP+Problems
<back to top>


AAAFTS EVALUATES PEDESTRIAN SIGNAL TIMING

-> According to a June 2nd note from Fairley Washington of the AAA
Foundation for Traffic Safety, "The AAA Foundation for Traffic
Safety is conducting an 18-month research project to evaluate design of
pedestrian walking signals as well as walking speeds of older
pedestrians. The project will also study the broader subject of all
pedestrian countdown signals and develop guidelines for their use.
Titled 'Signal Timing and Safety for Older Pedestrians,' project goals
include defining recommended walking speeds for timed pedestrian
intersection signals and determining areas in which pedestrian
countdown signals should be used.

"ITE will serve as the study's primary contractor, while BMI-SG -- a
nationally recognized traffic engineering, design and research firm
based in Virginia -- will conduct research components.
'This project will be unique in its focus on walking speeds and signal
timing -- an area where there are many options but little science to
say which options work best,' said foundation President and CEO Peter
Kissinger.

For more information, contact Scott Osberg, Foundation Research
Director, <sosberg@aaafoundation.org> or visit:
http://www.aaafoundation.org
<back to top>


NATIONAL TRAILS SYMPOSIUM SET FOR OCT. 21-24

-> According to a recent release from American Trails, "Calling all
trail professionals, advocates, vendors and enthusiasts! It's time to
brush up your proposals, schedule the dates, reserve your booth space,
and prepare to nominate your best programs, projects and people. Get
ready to join American Trails, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,
Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Texas Trails Network for the
17th National Trails Symposium, to be held in Austin, Texas, October
21-24, 2004. Centrally located in Texas, this state capital has a
temperate climate and is rich in history, culture and recreational
opportunities - and to top it off, bills itself as the 'Live Music
Capital of the World.'...

"The planning team members are hard at work developing the most
innovative, practical, diverse and inspirational conference yet to
showcase our theme, 'The Emerging Role of Trails in American
Lifestyles.' Trails are no longer the exclusive domain of the so
litude-loving wilderness seeker or the dedicated fitness enthusiast.
Whether facilitating transportation alternatives, providing
recreational and educational opportunities, encouraging well-being,
exploring history and heritage, or bringing together people of all ages
and connecting communities, trails have become a prominent factor in
how and where we choose to live our lives..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.AmericanTrails.org/Austin/default.html
<back to top>


SADOWSKY CHOSEN TO LEAD CHICAGOLAND BIKE FED

-> According to a May 21st release, "The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Board of Directors has selected one of its own members, Rob Sadowsky,
as the new Executive Director of the organization. In July, Rob will
accept the reins from Randy Neufeld, who is taking on a new position as
Chief Strategy Officer after 16 years as Executive Director.

"Rob comes to the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation from the Jewish
Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), where he served as Community
Development Consultant and recently as Director of Foundation and
Corporate Giving...According to board president Dave Seglin, 'Rob's
strong fundraising and exceptional management skills bring the
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation a new capacity as we continue to grow in
influence, program, and mission.' 'I am thrilled to work with Rob,'
states outgoing Executive Director Randy Neufeld. 'He is the ideal
person to position this organization where it can take advantage of all
the opportunities to improve bicycling in Chicago as we expand our
efforts in the suburbs.'..."

For more information, contact Dan Korman at (312) 427-3325 (x24) or
<dan@biketraffic.org>. Or visit:
http://www.chibikefed.org
<back to top>


Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"It would make sense that just the little motions you make walking
around would generate enough energy to charge the phone on your belt.
It could work with hearing aids, pacemakers and other medical devices."

- Frank Riskey, CEO and President, TenXsys
http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040525/NEWS0202/405250317/1029/NEWS02


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

OBESE YOUTH MAY BE 1ST GENERATION TO DIE BEFORE PARENTS

-> According to a May 28th Western Mail article, "Obesity is a killer
and we need a revolution in the way we live if we are serious about
salvaging the health of a generation, a leading health expert warned
last night. Dr Wyndham Boobier of the University of Glamorgan has spent
much of 2004 touring Wales on a one-man mission to convince parents,
pupils, and food manufacturers of the severity of the threat. 'There's
nothing gets to me as much as obesity,' he said. 'It's extremely
serious.' His comments came after the Government's Health Committee
published a damning report on the UK's obesity epidemic yesterday, with
the Government, the NHS, food manufacturers and advertisers all
condemned for their inaction.

"The committee warned that obese children could become the first
generation to die before their parents. Their report mentioned the case
of a three-year-old obese child who died from heart failure, as
reported by Dr Sheila McKenzie, a consultant at the Royal London
Hospital. The hospital runs an obesity service for children which, even
though it has only been open for three years, has an 11-month waiting
list..."

Source:
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_objectid=
14282476&method=full&siteid=50082&headline=academic-attacks
-flabby-attitude-to-new-killer-disease-of-obesity-name_page.html

Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Academic attacks flabby attitude to new killer disease of
obesity"
Author: David Williamson
<back to top>


DON'T FORGET TO WRITE...TO YOUR LOCAL EDITOR!

-> In a June 3rd letter to the Boston Globe, Lauren Dewey Platt,
executive director of the Scholars in Clinical Science Program at the
Harvard Medical School notes, "The Editorial 'Harvard's new neighbors,'
(May 31) says that the university will be undertaking a master plan for
Allston and will be considering the Undergraduate Life Task Force's
estimates that more than a thousand students will be living there
eventually and that they will need to come up with some creative ideas
to get the students to and from classes on the other side of the
Charles [River].

"On Page A2 that same day is a brief article about a study in Atlanta
indicating that 'spending more time behind the wheel and less time on
two feet is adding inches to waistlines and contributing to the
nation's obesity epidemic.' Let's hope that the master planners Harvard
hires capitalize on the walkability of Boston and Cambridge and use the
opportunity to get students to walk across the river and keep them out
of cars, buses, and shuttles. They'll have more time to contemplate,
observe the tranquil Charles, and keep fit all at the same time."

Source:
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/letters/articles/2004/06/03/welcome_to_the_walkable_city/
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Welcome to the walkable city"
Author: Lauren Dewey Platt

For more info on Dewey Platt's organization, go to:
http://www.hms.harvard.edu/gradprograms/scsp/
<back to top>


NCBW'S WORKSHOPS WALKING THROUGH RHODE ISLAND

-> According to a May 27th Providence Journal article, "Burrillville is
one of eight communities statewide that's participating in an effort by
the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program to make neighborhoods and
communities more pedestrian-friendly and walkable. One of eight
workshops held throughout the state this week will be today in Pascoag.
The 1:30 p.m. meeting will begin at Pascoag Fire Station No. 2, located
at 141 Howard Ave. It should last for much of the afternoon.

"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Statewide Planning Program
paid for the workshops. They'll be run by trainers from the National
Center for Bicycling and Walking. As town officials and Pascoag
advocates work to encourage future residential growth within walking
distance of downtown Pascoag, town planner Thomas J. Kravitz said
earlier this month that he saw a connection between the state's efforts
to promote more walkable communities and the town's plans for
Pascoag..."

Source:
http://www.projo.com/northwest/content/projo_20040527_bwalk27.327b1d.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Workshop in Burrillville will promote 'walkable communities'"
Author: Kate Bramson
<back to top>


MICHIGAN GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES FIRST "COOL CITY" GRANTS

-> A June 3rd Lansing State Journal article suggests, "Put those
visions of transforming the Lansing area into a hotbed for hip living
on hold. Not one city in the tri-county area was selected to
participate in the first year of Gov. Jennifer Granholm's Cool Cities
Pilot Program. 'We're disappointed,' East Lansing City Manager Ted
Staton said Wednesday. 'We thought we had a homerun, but there was a
lot of competition.' The state received 151 project applications from
112 Michigan cities, including Lansing, East Lansing, Eaton Rapids,
Alma, Ionia, Laingsburg, Perry, and St. Johns.

"Twenty projects in 17 cities were selected to receive $100,000
catalyst grants and access to $100 million in state resources to help
revitalize urban areas. The program is a main part of Granholm's
economic development plan... 'The successful competitors were those
communities that maximized multiple strategies,' [program director
David] Hollister said. 'We looked at the merits of each proposal, how
it maximized partnerships, mixed-use development and made walkable
communities with arts and cultural interests.'

Source: http://www.lsj.com/news/capitol/040603uncool_1a-7a.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Lansing area misses out on cool cash"
Author: Stacey Range
Note Projects funded through Governor Granholm's $100 million Cool
Cities initiative include a number of trail and walkability
improvements. The article link above has more information. --Editor
<back to top>



THE HIDDEN BIKE BOULEVARDS OF BERKELEY (CA)

-> According to a May 21st San Francisco Chronicle article, "Berkeley
transportation manager Heath Maddox wishes more people would discover
what he already knows -- the city is utopia for bicyclists. 'I bike to
work five days a week, every single day, rain or shine,' Maddox said.
'It's a lot easier than taking the bus. I'd rather put on rain pants
than wait for a bus. With the exception of the hills, Berkeley is an
easy place to get around by bike. A lot of people choose to get around
this way.'

"And there's a movement afoot in attempting to increase those ranks.
The Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition, an advocacy group formed in
1995, has designated May as Bike Month, holding a series of events to
motivate people to get out of their cars and on to their 10-speeds. On
the heels of Thursday's Bike to Work day, the coalition is holding a
ride of Berkeley boulevards on Saturday. There are seven
bicycle-priority boulevards in Berkeley -- streets designed to
encourage bike use, decrease vehicular traffic, improve traffic flow
and provide a more relaxing and serene route through town than
University Avenue..."

Source:
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/05/21/EBGNB6MVT01.DTL
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Berkeley: Bicycle tour a ride on the boulevards less taken"
Author: Tony Cooper
<back to top>


HILLSBOROUGH (NC) GROUP PROMOTES WALKING, TRAILS

-> According to a June 2nd Durham Herald-Sun article, "Holly Reid would
like to see about 150 Hillsborough residents walking around town
Saturday morning. The co-founder of the Walkable Hillsborough
Coalition, a pedestrian advocacy group, hopes its third annual Walkable
Hillsborough Day is a success...

"'I'd hope to get people out [walking] that aren't necessarily aware
that we have a beautiful jewel of a river that runs right through our
community,' Reid said. '[The river] was once traveled a great bit and
right now we just travel above it and over it without ever really
seeing it. Town officials are acquiring land for a planned 1.5-mile
River Walk along the Eno River. It'll run from behind the county
courthouse to Occoneechee Mountain. In addition, there will be a
2.5-mile walk along the river to the town's planned Gold Park area, and
a shorter walk on paved surfaces around the downtown area..."

Source: http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-487049.html
Archive search: http://www.herald-sun.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Taking steps for a River Walk"
Author: Geoffrey Graybeal
<back to top>


ACTIVE VACATIONS LURE FITNESS-MINDED BOOMERS

-> According to an article in the June 3rd AARP Health & Wellness
newsletter, "Lazing around the pool, eating and drinking to your
heart's content -- sound like the ideal vacation? Not for a growing
number of health-minded baby boomers who are changing the meaning of
'R&R.' Boomers who are no longer satisfied with just any trip to the
beach are turning leisure time into fitness time with active vacations.

"What are Active Vacations?...For the more adventurous, there are rock
climbing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting trips. For those who want to
whip themselves into shape, there are fitness boot camps. And yoga
retreats beckon to those who want to stretch, strengthen, and
decompress. Not to mention golf vacations, horseback-riding
expeditions, cycling trips through the French countryside, hiking
vacations through the Swiss Alps, or walking tours of Roman ruins,
famous battlefields, and other historic sites...While the active and
adventure vacation concept isn't new, selling it to baby boomers is. In
the past, these vacations have appealed mostly to younger 20- to
30-somethings. Today, the boomer market is growing fast, according to
Janet Seaman, executive director of the American Association for Active
Lifestyles and Fitness..."

Source: http://www.aarp.org/health/Articles/a2003-03-06-getaways.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Active Vacations Lure Fitness-Minded Baby Boomers"
<back to top>


MONTANA BIKE/PED BRIDGES USE "WOOD IN TRANS." $$

-> According to a May 28th Missoulian article, "A pair of wooden
bridges soon to be built over Rattlesnake and Lolo creeks will not only
provide hikers with safe passage, but will also show off the high-end
architecture possible with small-diameter roundwood. Awarded a $135,000
grant Thursday by the U.S. Forest Service's Wood In Transportation
program, the bridge project is the brainchild of Craig Rawlings, small
wood enterprise agent for the Montana Community Development Corp.

"Both are pedestrian bridges and will be built of small-diameter trees
culled from local forests in the name of wildfire protection...The
bridges are not, Rawlings said, 'a one-time demonstration,' but rather
'commercialization projects' -- proof that functional, aesthetic
structures can be constructed from small-size trees..."

Source:
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2004/05/28/news/local/news02a.txt
Archive search: http://www.missoulian.com/archives
Cost: No
Title: "Wooden bridges will span Lolo, Rattlesnake creeks"
Author: Sherry Devlin

For more on the Forest Service's National Wood in Transportation
Program, visit:
http://www.fs.fed.us/na/wit/
<back to top>


RETIREES TAKING TO TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGNS

-> According to a June 2nd Christian Science Monitor article, "'It is
the closest we could get to what we left behind,' says John Hopton
about retiring in a traditional neighborhood development, or TND, in
Lynchburg, Va. TNDs are a modern interpretation of an old idea: the
self-contained neighborhood or small town with mixed housing types and
diverse populations -- much like a Norman Rockwell painting brought to
life. They are characterized by high- density building; small lot
sizes; and a walkable, compact size. They also feature commercial and
civic components, so residents can buy what they need and take part in
community activities without leaving the neighborhood.

"Mr. Hopton and his wife, Ruth, live in a TND called Wyndhurst. He grew
up in a small village in England, and fondly recalls the lifestyle.
'Growing up, we walked to the pub, to the cafe. [You walked] to get
your groceries every day.' The Hoptons had dreamed of being able to
retire in such a setting, and when the Wyndhurst project broke ground,
they were one of the first home buyers. Retirees like the Hoptons
represent a noticeable proportion of TND residents across the United
States. At Wyndhurst open houses over the past three years, about 25
percent of potential buyers have been retirees, says real estate broker
Steve Burkett.

"Reports from Westhaven, a TND just outside Nashville, Tenn., estimate
that about 35 percent of its residents are retirees. People in their
50s through 90s like living in TNDs for the same reasons as other age
groups. But some advantages are more significant to seniors, who don't
want to be isolated or inactive..."

Source http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0602/p11s01-lihc.html
Archive search:
http://www.csmonitorservices.com/csmonitor/archivesearch.jhtml
Cost: Yes
Title: "Traditional living, with a slightly modern twist"
Author: Deborah Nason
<back to top>

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

FAMOUS NYC CHEF GETS HIS VEGGIES BY BIKE

-> "'This is really where my meals begin,' Mr. Hoffman said, his bike
brimming with spiny rhubarb, bunches of asparagus and heirloom apples
picked upstate..."
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/02/dining/02CHEF.html?ex=1087164912&ei=1&en=f3d9bd8d59ef1e40

NEW BOOK: "CARS, COLLEGES AND COMMUNITIES"

-> "The new book, which profiles 10 campus communities including
CU-Boulder, analyzes current trends in transportation and looks at
strategies that have been tried by other communities coping with
traffic, parking and transit development..."
http://www.coloradodaily.com/articles/2004/05/26/news/news05.txt

ASK KIDS, NOT MOM, IF THEY WEAR HELMETS

-> "While most parents believe that their children always wear bicycle
helmets when riding their bikes, and use seat belts and sit in the back
seats when riding in motor vehicles, these beliefs do not always
reflect their children's actual behavior...."
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=4MBVF03U2240KCRBAEKSFEY?type=healthNews&storyID=5304206

AIR POLLUTION A SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR RISK

-> "Exposure to air pollution contributes to the development of
cardiovascular diseases, according to a new American Heart Association
scientific statement published in today's print issue of Circulation..."
Source: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3022282

DELAFIELD (WI) SCOUTS, STUDENTS HELP BUILD RIVERWALK

-> "Boy Scouts and college students helped assemble sections of a
boardwalk totaling 1,200 feet and slashed thick patches of buckthorn
along the Bark River, laying the groundwork for a memorial walkway with
nine sites paying homage to veterans in U.S. military history...."
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wauk/jun04/233897.asp


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

NCBW'S COREY TWYMAN TAKES 2004 MAYHEM WEEKEND OMNIUM RACE

-> The 2004 Men's category winner of last weekend's "Omnium MayHem
Weekend" bike race was none other than NCBW's own Corey Twyman!
The race was a three day three city event over memorial day weekend
which took racers from Baltimore, MD, on to Washington, DC and then
finishing up in Richmond, VA on Monday May 31st. This was an event
put on by the District of Columbia Bicycle Courier Association along
with cycle messengers from each of the three cities. Corey finished
well amongst 75 other riders in all three cities to win the overall. While
details in the article may be sparse, there's no doubt that it takes one
skillful rider to win this puppy! Congrats, Corey!
Source: http://www.dccourier.com/rush/mayhem2004/


GET A CONQUISTADOR TODAY!

-> "This is the vehicle that will smoke your neighbors who only have
lowly SUVs..."
http://www.ibike.org/environment/conquistador.htm


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

-> "PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN MAINE"
Final Report/Technical Report (May 2002); by Per Garder, Dept. of Civil
& Environmental Engineering, University of Maine. For a pdf of the
report, contact CL editor John Williams at <john@montana.com>.
Questions on the study, itself, should be directed to the author,
Per Gardner, at <Per_Garder@umit.maine.edu>.

-> "TRANSPORTATION IN AN AGING SOCIETY"
Subtitled, "A Decade of Experience;" Conference Proceedings 27,
Transportation Research Board. (2mb pdf)
http://gulliver.trb.org/publications/conf/reports/cp_27.pdf

-> A MATCHED CASE - CONTROL STUDY EVALUATING..."
"...the Effectiveness of Speed Humps in Reducing Child Pedestrian
Injuries;" article in the April 2004 issue of the American Journal of
Public Health; by Tester, Rutherford, Wald, and Rutherford.
http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/94/4/646


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

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 9, 2004, Encouraging workplace cycling, Nottingham, UK.
Info: Emma Clews, Conference Secretary, Institute of Urban Planning,
School of the Built Environment, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD,
UK; phone: (0115) 951 4132; fax: (0115) 951 3159; email:
<cpd.conference@nottingham.ac.uk>

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/Austin/default.html

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

-> GRANTS -- ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH -- RWJF
Active Living Research is a $12.5 million national program [of the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation] to stimulate and support research that
will identify environmental factors and policies that influence
physical activity. Application Deadline: Sep. 1, 2004
http://www.rwjf.org/applying/cfpDetail.jsp?cfpCode=PAP&type=open

-> JOB -- VANCOUVER (WA) 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.


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

TO SUBSCRIBE TO CENTERLINES
send a blank email to
<CenterLines-subscribe@topica.email-publisher.com>

MISS AN ISSUE? Find it here.

CAN'T GET ENOUGH pedestrian and bicycle news? Don't forget that the
"industry's" biggest conference is coming up September 7-10, 2004!
More info:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/PWPB2004.htm

GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? Tell it to the NCBW OnLine Forum.

SEND US YOUR NEWS We want to hear what you're up to!
Contact <john@montana.com> today!

COPYING: We encourage you to copy our content as long as you
identify the source in this way"from CenterLines, the e-newsletter
of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking."


ContributorsJohn Williams, Bill Wilkinson, Peter Moe, Corey Twyman,
Gary MacFadden, Mark Plotz, Sharon Roerty, Per Garder, Fairley
Washington, Dwight Kingsbury, Harrison Marshall, David Mozer, John
Schelp, Heath Maddox, Linda Tracy.

Editor: John Williams
Send news items to: <john@montana.com>
Director: Bill Wilkinson


National Center for Bicycling & Walking 1506 21st St NW,
Suite 200, Washington D.C. 20036; Voice: (202) 463-6622;
fax: (202) 463-6625; e-mail: <info@bikewalk.org>
Web: http://www.bikewalk.org