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


#114 Friday, January 14, 2005


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
  ProWalk/ProBike 2004 Presentations Posted to Web
  Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
  "Complete the Streets" Workshop a Winner
  A 2004 Success Story from Springfield (MO)
  A Few "SummerActive 2004" Success Stories
  Jeff Speck's 10 City Design Resolutions


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  U.S. Guidelines: More Exercise, Fruits, Veggies
  Sarasota Co. (FL) Adopts Aggressive Sidewalk Regs
  Dallas (TX) Survey: Folks Want Walkable City
  Charlotte (NC) Ponders Bike Parking Ordinance
  San Diego (CA) Plan: 5 Min. Walk to N'hood Centers
  Pottstown (PA) Planner: Walkable Schools Save $$
  Independence, Monmouth (OR) Attract New Market
  Salt Lake (UT) Council Ok's Ped-Friendly Ordinance
  Chapel Hill (NC) Trades Parking for Bike Lanes
  Winchester (MA) Leaders Work on Walkability
  Edmonton (AB) Trades Old Mall for Towers, Parks
  Glendale (AZ) Citizens Applaud City Project
  Mayor Presents Vision of Walkable Hamden (CT)
  Miami Lakes (FL) Developer Receives Accolades
  Olympia (WA) Road Diet Project Approved
  Suffolk (VA) Sees Walkable Community Future



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

PROWALK/PROBIKE 2004 PRESENTATIONS POSTED TO WEB

-> At long last, we've put a large number of the conference
presentations (and associated materials) on the web. You'll find them
here: http://bikewalk.net/ but to browse through titles, use the
listings in your conference brochure or look them up here:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/presenter_schedule.htm
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TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD ANNUAL MEETING

-> This past week was the occasion of the 85th annual meeting of the
TRB. Purportedly, more than 9500 folks were on hand for some or all of
the festivities. Many of the paper sessions, panels, committee
meetings, and the like included topics related to bicycling and
walking. Also, physical activity and transportation received special
attention as did "Complete the Streets" and school transportation.

Bill Wilkinson was one of the panelist at a plenary session entitled,
"Transportation from the Customer's Perspective: What Do Travelers Need
and Want From Our Transportation Organizations and Systems?" Bill
reports that the session managed to at least touch on many of the
significant challenges and needs associated with transportation, and
included several references to, and discussion of, "Complete the
Streets." TRB has made an audio version of the session available.
However, the audio quality seems very poor.

It can be found at:
http://www.trb.org/conferences/e-session/2005am-mon.htm

Also, Bill noted that after serving for 30 years on various committees
and task forces, this week's Pedestrian Committee meeting marks the end
for him. However, he plans to nominate other NCBW staff to serve on
both the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees.
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"COMPLETE THE STREETS" WORKSHOP A WINNER

-> On Friday, Jan. 7th, representatives of some very major
organizations joined forces with bicycle and pedestrian groups and
spent a day working on strategies and tactics to help move the Complete
Streets agenda forward, at the local, state, and national levels.

The meeting was hosted by the AARP, who along with the American
Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Surface
Transportation Policy Project, National Parks and Conservation
Association, and Smart Growth America, joined representatives from
America Bikes, America Walks, League of American Bicyclists, and the
National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

The gathering also included Federal, state and local government experts
as well as professionals from the consultant world. Barbara McCann,
Matt Winfield, and Bill Carroll did the lion's share of the lifting to
help make the meeting a real step forward in the Complete Streets
campaign.

For more on the "Complete the Streets" Campaign, go to:
http://www.americabikes.org/bicycleaccomodation_factsheet_completestreets.asp
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A 2004 SUCCESS STORY FROM SPRINGFIELD (MO)

-> In a recent email, Eric Johnson let us know of a pretty cool
accomplishment from his city: "Led by Christian Lentz of the City of
Springfield (MO) Planning Department, a group of cycling advocates were
able to pass a local ordinance requiring new city businesses to provide
two bicycle rack spaces for every 50 automobile parking spaces on-site."

For more information, contact Christian Lentz at
<clentz@ci.springfield.mo.us>
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A FEW "SUMMERACTIVE 2004" SUCCESS STORIES

-> Canada's SummerActive is an annual community-based campaign that
supports provincial and territorial governments, national organizations
and community agencies in their efforts to increase public awareness
about the benefits of adopting an active, healthy lifestyle. Here are a
few of the 2004 SummerActive events mentioned on their website...

Source:
http://www.summeractive.canoe.ca/SummerActiveStories/letters.html
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JEFF SPECK'S 10 CITY DESIGN RESOLUTIONS

-> "for city mayors who want to build better places"

  1. Design Streets for People
  2. Overrule the Specialists
  3. Mix the Uses
  4. Hide the Parking Lots
  5. Small is Beautiful
  6. Save That Building
  7. Build Normal (Affordable) Housing
  8. Build Green / Grow Green
  9. Question your Codes
  10. Don't Forget Beauty

Source: http://www.planetizen.com/oped/item.php?id=141
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"You don't find a better person than [Toronto Raptor basketball player]
Matt Bonner. This kid, I picked him up the other day coming to the
game, he walks to the game. I picked him up on the side of the road. I
was just laughing like, 'Matt, you're in the NBA. You can buy a car or
rent one.' He was like, 'No, coach, I like walking in the cold. It
reminds me of home.' Hey, go figure."

--Toronto Raptors basketball coach Sam Mitchell
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/
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"Generally, it takes about three weeks to develop a habit. We find that
if people consciously motivate themselves, choose an interesting
activity, and develop a back-up plan for days when the normal exercise
routine is impossible, they are much more likely to keep exercising
long enough to develop a healthy habit they never give up."

-- Lisa Geyman, physical therapist and director of the Tools For
Fitness program, National Jewish Medical and Research Center
http://nationaljewish.org/news/healthtips/exercise_resolution.html


"I'm a specialist in converting towns that were over-designed for cars
back into towns for people. It's kind of like being a bumblebee, but
having a vast field. I do a lot of photography. I analyze the towns
I've been in. I read about how and why things work. I collect the
pollen from one town and I disperse it as quickly as I can to people
who want the information."

-- Dan Burden, Walkable Communities, Inc.
http://www.yubanet.com/artman/publish/article_16771.shtml
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I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S

U.S. GUIDELINES: MORE EXERCISE, FRUITS, VEGGIES

-> According to a Jan. 13th San Jose Mercury News article, "The latest
diet advice from the government sounds distinctly old-fashioned:
Exercise more, eat less and make sure you get more fruits, vegetables
and whole grains. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 takes a
no-nonsense approach to the nation's obesity epidemic...calling on
adults to balance the calories they consume every day with at least 30
minutes of exertion -- 60 to 90 minutes to lose weight and keep it off.
Personal responsibility is the key to controlling weight, Tommy
Thompson, secretary of health and human services, said Wednesday when
he released the guidelines in Washington, D.C. 'It's as simple as it
can be. It is not hard.'..." However, not everyone agreed with
Thompson's assessment.

"If it were easy, people would be doing it, said Marian Nestle, head of
the nutrition department at New York University. She talked of
supermarkets filled with junk food and communities with no safe
sidewalks for walking...Marjorie Freedman, a nutritionist and parent
working to improve food in San Jose schools, also argues that the
government needs to do more. 'I think it's probably our best guideline
in that there was such an extensive review of the literature,' said
Freedman, who was attending a childhood-obesity conference in San Diego
on Wednesday...'[But] we have to make the environment conducive to
putting the guidelines in practice. We're telling people to exercise
more, and yet we don't have walkable communities.'..."

Source:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/10633908.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "If you eat it, sweat it off"
Author: Aleta Watson
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SARASOTA CO. (FL) ADOPTS AGGRESSIVE SIDEWALK REGS

-> According to a Jan. 13th Herald Tribune article, "Continuing efforts
to make the county more walkable, county commissioners are changing
their rules for where new sidewalks should go. Neighborhoods near
shopping centers and workplaces would receive more consideration for
sidewalks in the future under changes that the County Commission
approved on Wednesday. While new developments are required to have
sidewalks, the county has had to play catch up in older neighborhoods
where county planners never required them. County rules have long made
schools the key factor in dictating which neighborhoods get sidewalks.
But under the changes approved Wednesday, shopping centers and large
employers would get almost as much weight.

"The county expects to spend $16 million on 25 miles of sidewalk
projects over the next three years, using bond money. Commissioner Jon
Thaxton said he was concerned that dangerous walking areas are not
being addressed under current policies. He pointed to the area around
Westfield Shoppingtown Sarasota, which Thaxton said has kids and
workers traversing grassy shoulders of the roadway to get where they
are going. 'Our criteria de-prioritizes people shopping or going to
work,' Thaxton said..."

Source:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050113/NEWS/501130358/1006/SPORTS
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Sarasota County revises sidewalk rules"
Author: Jeremy Wallace
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DALLAS (TX) SURVEY: FOLKS WANT WALKABLE CITY

-> According to a Jan. 10th Dallas News article, "Color Dallas green.
This city may not be known as a pioneer of "smart growth," but Dallas
residents are eager for a less congested, more transit-oriented, green,
walkable place to call home. Don't take our word for it. Consider the
findings of a research team that surveyed residents as part of Forward
Dallas!, the city's comprehensive planning process.

"'A real consensus exists regarding: redevelopment, especially in [the]
southern sector; transit (especially rail); affordable housing
(although less so for apartments); walkable neighborhoods; [and]
efforts to protect air, water and trees.' The responses should give a
shot in the arm to the city's leaders, tempered with a few pointed
warnings. It's very good news that, by nearly 2-to-1, those surveyed
were in agreement on where the city should focus public investment: in
the southern sector. That consensus held across all demographic
groups..."

Source:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/stories/011105dnedigreen.55b54.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Move Over, Portland: Dallas wants on the livable cities
bandwagon"
Author: Editorial Board

For more about Forward Dallas!, go to:
http://www.forwarddallas.org/
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CHARLOTTE (NC) PONDERS BIKE PARKING ORDINANCE

-> According to a Jan. 13th Charlotte Observer article, "Bicycling
advocates seeking more places around Charlotte to park their two-wheel
rides can tell City Council members all about it Tuesday. A bicycle
parking ordinance, on the agenda for the City Council zoning meeting,
would require developers to install bike racks while building or
renovating shopping strips or other commercial or office areas, said
Ken Tippette, Charlotte's bicycle program manager.

"The number of racks required would depend on the development. At
shopping areas, for example, developers would have to provide racks for
five bikes for every 100 car parking spaces. 'Just imagine going to a
shopping center and not having any parking spaces,' Tippette said.
'That's what bicyclists have to go through.'..."

Source: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/10632142.htm
Archive search: http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Zoning panel to weigh parking for pedalers"
Author: Celeste Smith
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SAN DIEGO (CA) PLAN: 5 MIN. WALK TO N'HOOD CENTERS

-> According to a Jan. 10th Union-Tribune article, "Downtown San Diego
has long been known for its distinctive neighborhoods. You know you are
in the Gaslamp Quarter when you see the old-style buildings housing hip
restaurants and nightclubs. The Core District is unmistakable for its
corporate high-rises. But the eclectic East Village, with its new
ballpark, hotels and condominiums standing shoulder to shoulder with
old warehouses and social service agencies, has never been easy to
pigeonhole. City planners want to change that by creating four
neighborhoods in the eastern half of downtown to replace what is now
the East Village. They would be called Ballpark, Bayside, College and
East Village...

"The new neighborhoods are needed to make what is now the East Village
fit in with the rest of the Downtown Community Plan, said Alexandra
Elias, a senior planner with Centre City Development Corp., the city's
downtown redevelopment agency. A cornerstone of the plan is that every
home in downtown would be within a five-minute walk of a neighborhood
center. Each neighborhood center would be organized around a park and a
main street and have businesses and amenities to serve residents.
'There would be a range of opportunities such as dry cleaners,
groceries, parks and restaurants, everything you would need within a
five-minute walk of your house,' Elias said. The East Village today is
about 300 acres, far too large to work in the new plan..."

Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20050110-9999-1m10eastvill.html
Archive search: http://archives.signonsandiego.com/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Plan creates 4 neighborhoods in East Village"
Author: Jonathan Heller
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POTTSTOWN (PA) PLANNER: WALKABLE SCHOOLS SAVE $$

-> According to a Jan. 1st Pottstown Mercury article, "...Pottstown
Planning Commission Chairman Tom Hylton made two presentations this
year pitching the idea of a full-blown elementary school in the
borough-owned parking lot at the intersection of High and Evans
streets. His most recent presentation was to a joint meeting of the
school board and borough council and he also provided new information
that he says bolsters his case. The gist of Hylton's case is to make it
even easier for Pottstown children to walk to school. 'The lifeblood of
a community is for people to feel safe walking,' he said. An analysis
conducted by David Anstrand, an architect and urban planner and member
of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International, showed
that all but a small section of the borough, in the southeast, is
within one mile of a neighborhood elementary school.

"That could be remedied, Hylton argues, with the construction of the
school on High Street, which would also be another demonstration of the
borough's dedication to rejuvenating downtown. 'We could create a
totally walkable school district,' Hylton said, adding that the
district could also reduce its annual $1 million school bus tab in the
process. 'Pennsylvania spends $775 million annually busing students in
buses that drive 381 million miles,' he said..."

Source:
http://www.pottstownmercury.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13663198&BRD=1674&PAG=461&dept_id=18041&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.pottstownmercury.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1674&pag=628&cat_id=402
Cost: No
Title: "Competing school plans debated in Pottstown"
Author: Evan Brandt

For more about Planning Commissioner Hylton, go to:
http://www.saveourlandsaveourtowns.org/index.html
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INDEPENDENCE, MONMOUTH (OR) ATTRACT NEW MARKET

-> According to a Jan. 5th Statesman Journal article, "Embedded in the
Dec. 18 Statesman Journal article on the newest local population
statistics were some salient facts for those of us concerned about
growth and economic development. Salem grew slower than the state
average; Monmouth and Independence grew faster than all other
communities in Marion and Polk counties. No doubt there are many good
and complex reasons for these numbers...The first thing that comes to
mind is the hard work done by both communities to attract a new and
emerging market...

"With the help of the Oregon Downtown Development Association,
Independence revitalized its downtown with pedestrian amenities and
historic charm. In Monmouth, developer Eric Olsen and architect Martha
Anderson worked with the city to create a neighborhood that is
attracting attention, and new residents, with an exciting mix of
housing that makes a strong statement in favor of the pedestrian...In
both cases, the market is responding to sophisticated urban design
principles. Both towns are creating features that new residents are
looking for -- walkable neighborhoods with character..."

Source:
http://159.54.226.83/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050105/OPINION/501050301/1049
Archive search:
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=keyword&s_search_type=keyword&p_product=
SSJB&p_theme=gannett&s_site=statesmanjournal

Cost: Yes
Title: "Monmouth, Independence set good growth examples for Salem"
Author: Tony Nielsen
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SALT LAKE (UT) COUNCIL OK'S PED-FRIENDLY ORDINANCE

-> According to a Jan. 12th Salt Lake Tribune article, "After four
years of discussion, the Salt Lake City Council approved Mayor Rocky
Anderson's walkable-communities ordinance Tuesday. It says owners of
new commercial developments, along with major expansions, must place
buildings up to the sidewalk and orient front doors toward the street.
Parking lots are to be behind buildings and 40 percent of the first
floor should be glass. Developers can obtain variances.

"The ordinance, which passed 5-2, won't take affect for four months.
Councilman Van Turner said it will help small businesses. But
Councilman Dave Buhler, who urged the council to delay action until all
business owners were notified of the change, disagreed. 'Business
owners don't even know this is happening,' Buhler said, adding that the
ordinance places another burden on owners. 'What we're saying is,
'Don't invest in Salt Lake City.'..."

Source: http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2522447
Archive search: http://www.sltrib.com/utah/ci_2522447
Cost: Yes
Title: "Walkable ordinance OK'd by Salt Lake City Council"
Author: Heather May

For more information on the new ordinance, click:
http://www.slcgov.com/council/agendas/2005reports/011105/011105SRA6F1.pdf
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CHAPEL HILL (NC) TRADES PARKING FOR BIKE LANES

-> According to a Jan. 13th Daily Tarheel article, "Bikers and drivers
now can ride along western Cameron Avenue in their own separate lanes.
The town of Chapel Hill finished Tuesday adding two permanent bike
lanes to Cameron Avenue between Merritt Mill Road and Pittsboro Street
-- changes authorized by the Town Council in November. A person
standing on the south side of the road now will see a bicycle lane, two
travel lanes, another bicycle lane and a parking lane, said town
Traffic Engineer Kumar Neppalli.

"About 40 parking spaces along the south side of the road were lost to
the new bike lanes. Neppalli said he does not believe that the loss of
the spaces will cause a significant impact on the town because there
are other places to park downtown. 'Most parking is used for students
in the daytime," he said. "We're not removing parking from
residents.'...Bicycle lanes were previously available during designated
parts of the day, but they were not identified for bikes or marked by
solid lines. '(The Town Council) wants to make the town more
bicycle-friendly,' Neppalli said..."

Source:
http://www.dailytarheel.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/01/13/41e6715e7e869
Archive search:
http://www.dailytarheel.com/vnews/display.v/ARC?submit=search
Cost: No
Title: "Cameron gets bike lanes, loses parking"
Author: Jennifer Fair
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WINCHESTER (MA) LEADERS WORK ON WALKABILITY

-> According to a Jan. 13th Winchester Star article, "Selectmen are
finding the town could be more foot-friendly. The Board of Selectmen
discussed the traffic portion of Winchester's Strategic Plan its Jan. 3
meeting, and touched upon a traffic calming plan for Everett Avenue. In
attendance was Bill Schwartz, a representative from the Louis Berger
Group, who was hired to look at Winchester's transportation situation
and identify important issues facing the town. 'We looked at many
issues that were brought to the Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC)
because input from the residents is what matters,' he said.

"Schwartz said the group looked at Winchester's streets in terms of
what they are being used for, including main and residential streets.
Hopefully, he said, the group's findings will help the selectmen
prioritize future projects. Schwartz said it is important to have a
plan in place where needs are prioritized in case there is revenue or
money to be spent on a project. He said there were three major areas
identified by the Louis Berger Group pertaining to traffic: Sidewalks
and crosswalks, traffic calming and maintenance and decision making..."

Source:
http://www2.townonline.com/winchester/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=162226
Archive search: http://www2.townonline.com/search/
Cost: ? (limited archives)
Title: "Selectmen look toward a pedestrian-friendly town"
Author: Christopher Rocchio
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EDMONTON (AB) TRADES OLD MALL FOR TOWERS, PARKS

-> According to a Jan. 8th Edmonton Journal article, "A new plan for
Century Park sees the demolition of Heritage Mall -- and adds a wading
and skating pool in the centre of the mixed-use complex. The highest
towers will be sliced to 24 storeys from 28 storeys. The proposal for
the $600-million development, northeast of 23rd Avenue and 111th
Street, will be supported by the city planning department at a public
hearing before Council, Jan. 26. The original plan was to save
one-third of the now-empty mall, which closed in 2001, for commercial
space plus college or university classrooms, says Armin Preiksaitis, a
planning consultant to Century Park Developments Ltd. But suitable
tenants could not be signed -- and the developer realized that complete
removal of the mall would 'open up a lot more space, and make the area
more permeable for pedestrians,' Preiksaitis says.

The oval-shaped central pool will be encircled by grass, trees, an
indoor amenity centre and four condominium towers. 'Without the mall,
the design will be less angular,' Preiksaitis says. The 17-hectare
development is planned for 5,000 residents in 2,900 units. To encourage
on-site employment, 'one of the residential towers has been changed to
an office tower,' Preiksaitis says. He hopes to attract 'small,
street-oriented retailers' to main floor spaces, along with health-care
and professional offices. The reduced towers will never cast shadows on
neighbouring single-family residences, Preiksaitis says. With light
colours and lots of glass, their appearance will not be obtrusive, he
adds..."

Source:
http://www.canada.com/edmonton/edmontonjournal/news/business/story.
html?id=1e782dd6-7798-45df-80e6-1d2d3378bd49

Archive search:
http://www.canada.com/edmonton/edmontonjournal/news/archives/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Mall to fall in new plan"
Author: Ron Chalmers
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GLENDALE (AZ) CITIZENS APPLAUD CITY PROJECT

-> According to a Jan. 13th Glendale Star article, "Following months of
study and public input, the city has come up with a plan for 59th
Avenue that satisfies the concerns of the majority of residents
originally opposing plans to widen the road. The contentious section of
road that winds it way through Thunder-bird Park from Melinda Lane to
Pinnacle Peak Road was identified by the city as having serious safety
issues that needed to be addressed. At a public meeting held Saturday
morning at Mountain Ridge High School, alternative plan E was unveiled.
It featured a two-lane roadway alignment utilizing more than 90 percent
of the existing roadway.

Members of Save the Park, Larry Clark, Allan DeFranco and Dale Woods,
who were instrumental in working with the city design team to reach the
compromise, said the new alternative E satisfies the concerns of most
of the people...DeFranco said. 'We had a good working relationship with
the city and it was a rewarding and satisfying experience.'...The group
said that alternative E addresses all of the safety issues with minimum
impact on the virgin park land...Alternative E also provides bicyclists
with a five-foot wide striped bicycle lane in both directions so they
can safely ride through and over the hill..."

Source http://www.glendalestar.com/articles/2005/01/13/news/news06.txt
Archive search:
http://www.glendalestar.com/shared-content/search/index.php?search=advanced
Cost: No
Title: "Residents speak their minds at Thunderbird Park meeting"
Author: Elizabeth Jackman
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MAYOR PRESENTS VISION OF WALKABLE HAMDEN (CT)

-> According to a Jan. 12th Hamden Journal article, "A
pedestrian-friendly town center, village-like residential
neighborhoods, and business development along existing commercial
districts all are parts of a future vision for Hamden. Mayor Carl
Amento presented that vision at an economic development forum last
week. Amento asked local business people to help town officials and
residents decide what will make Hamden 'the best, most attractive
suburb of New Haven.' 'We are at a crucial juncture when we have to
make decisions about the last developable property in Hamden,' said the
mayor.

"He said the choices involve a balancing act between conservation and
development to...preserve and improve neighborhoods and promote a
pedestrian-friendly village character focused around the town center.
The Hamden Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Jan. 5 forum, and
Quinnipiac University hosted it. Central to the town's plan is a
pedestrian-friendly town center focused around the consolidation of
town offices and the development of a new town green with a permanent
band shell, Amento said..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1345&dept_id=432724&
newsid=13734992&PAG=461&rfi=9

Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "'Walkable' town center sought"
Author: Fred Musante
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MIAMI LAKES (FL) DEVELOPER RECEIVES ACCOLADES

-> According to a Jan. 3rd Miami Herald article, "This month the Beacon
Council, Miami-Dade's public/private economic development agency, will
honor Bill Graham with its premier prize, the Jay Malina Award. The
accolade is given annually to an executive who has 'contributed the
most to the growth of his or her industry' in the county...Graham, who
served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, stayed close to home.
After graduation from the University of Florida, he returned to South
Florida in 1948 and took over the family's dairy farm. As time passed,
the nearly 3,000 acres of Graham farmland became increasingly valuable.
The construction of the Palmetto Expressway in the 1950s, Graham said,
suddenly made the land accessible.

"But unlike many farmers with valuable land, Graham decided to develop
rather than sell. And unlike many suburban developers who were putting
up rows of single-family tract homes in nondescript communities, Graham
sought to build a complete town where people could live, work and play.
Long before new urbanism and its pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use
developments and open public spaces became fashionable, Graham built a
walkable town center that combined retail shops, theaters, town homes,
hotel and office space. Some 30 public parks were built throughout the
town, streets were systematically planned and landscaped with trees,
schools were developed, and residential communities were framed around
lakes.

"'We went to Stockholm, Finland, England, Scotland to see planning
ideas,' Graham recalled. 'We talked to people and listened.' By 1962,
Graham said, the master plan for the town was complete and The Graham
Cos. began to sell homes. Today, the privately-held Graham Cos. remains
the biggest property owner in Miami Lakes, owning and operating Don
Shula's Hotel, Shula's Athletic Club, Don Shula's Golf Club, 1,500
rental apartments, and more than two million square feet of office,
industrial and retail space..."

Source:
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/special_packages/business_monday/10547725.htm
Archive search: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Miami Lakes builder to receive award"
Author: Matthew Haggman
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OLYMPIA (WA) ROAD DIET PROJECT APPROVED

-> According to a Jan. 7th Olympian article, "The Evergreen State
College is moving forward with a controversial plan to narrow Evergreen
Parkway from four lanes to two, college officials announced Thursday.
Pending approval by Evergreen's Board of Trustees, the $1.6 million
project is scheduled to begin construction in the spring and should be
finished in June. The proposal -- approved Thursday by Evergreen
President Les Purce -- will reduce the college's section of Evergreen
Parkway to one lane in both directions to match the existing
county-owned sections at both ends of campus. The inner lanes will be
rebuilt and repaved, and the outer ones will be designated
bicycle/pedestrian zones.

"Two roundabouts originally were planned for the parkway's
intersections with McCann Plaza Drive and Overhulse Place Northwest.
But because of budgetary constraints, the college has opted to build a
roundabout only at the McCann Plaza intersection. Other improvements
will be completed at the Overhulse and Driftwood Road intersections.
Several neighbors have opposed the project and at one point filed an
appeal with the Thurston County hearing examiner that they later
dropped. In particular, some don't want the road narrowed..."

Source:
http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20050107/southsound/64331.shtml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "College aims to narrow parkway"
Author: Heather Woodward
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SUFFOLK (VA) SEES WALKABLE COMMUNITY FUTURE

-> According to a Jan. 6th Virginian-Pilot article, "The city will buy
the 25-acre site of the former Obici Hospital for $4.5 million, an
initial step toward developing a mix of homes, offices and businesses
between North Main Street and a marshy area along the Nansemond River.
During a meeting late Wednesday at City Hall, the City Council voted
6-1 to buy the land. Rapidly growing Suffolk has encouraged mixed-use
development and is considering a new zoning category to foster the sort
of communities it hopes to develop at the Obici site. The city released
a statement outlining a general vision for the site that would foster a
'livable and walkable community.'

"The plan would encourage innovative housing design and job
opportunities. Officials on Wednesday said Suffolk's oversight of this
property's future could be used as a blueprint for private industry to
follow suit. 'This could be the prototype,' said City Manager Steve
Herbert. 'Individual developers would have the trail blazed for them.'
The council's vote allows the city to buy the property through money in
an economic development fund. The city, in turn, might sell the
property to a private developer who would follow a plan for the site..."

Source:
http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=80143&ran=237834
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Suffolk council agrees to buy former Obici site"
Authors: John-Henry Doucette and Linda Mcnatt
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

CDR AND GPS: NEW TOOLS FOR THE CRIME SOLVER'S KIT?

-> According to a Jan. 2nd Washington Post article, "On Christmas Eve
2002, as snow fell on Silver Spring, Neris Roldan was driving along a
slippery stretch of Norbeck Road when a pickup heading the other way
crossed the line and hit her car head-on. The truck driver, Keith Lee,
fled the scene; Neris Roldan was killed, and her husband, George, was
critically injured. No one witnessed the crash, but both vehicles had
crash data recorders (CDRs) -- which are standard in some vehicles.
CDRs are similar to the black boxes carried by airplanes.

"From the CDRs, police were able to determine that while Roldan was
driving under the speed limit, Lee had been driving at 71 mph five
seconds before the collision -- a dangerous speed in the 40 mph zone in
any weather, but especially reckless in treacherous winter conditions.
The CDRs also revealed information about when the drivers had hit their
brakes, lending support to the accident reconstruction analysis that
showed Lee was at fault. Lee was arrested, pleaded guilty to vehicular
manslaughter and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and is
serving an eight-year prison term..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A40027-2004Dec31.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/search.html?nav=left
Cost: Yes
Title: "New Tools for the Crime Solver's Kit"
Author: Douglas F. Gansler


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CDC: BE CAREFUL TAKING DOWN HOLIDAY DECORATIONS!

-> According to a recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Fact Sheet,
"The holiday season, November 1st to January 31st, can bring with it an
increased risk of injuries from falls, as people use ladders, stools
and other furniture to hang lights, ornaments and other decorations.
About 5,800 people, two to three every hour, were treated in emergency
departments for fall-related injuries sustained while decorating during
each of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 holiday seasons. Men were more likely
than women to be injured (58% vs. 42%). Holiday fall prevention
strategies should focus on raising awareness about seasonal fall
hazards, using ladders safely, and using stable step stools rather than
furniture when arranging holiday decorations..."

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/fs041210.htm
Archive search: http://www.cdc.gov/search.do
Cost: No
Title "Study: Fall-Related Injuries during the Holiday Season, United
States, 2000-2003"



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

DENVER'S PETER PARK BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

-> "A new-urbanist planner credited with reinventing Milwaukee's
battered urban core is now Denver's Director of Community Planning and
Development..."
http://www.westword.com/issues/current/news/feature.html

BUFFALO (NY) CITIZENS' GROUP ENDORSES DEVELOPMENT

-> "'We believe the WestEnd plan incorporates some of the best ideas in
urban planning -- fine-grained, walkable neighborhoods of lasting value
and at an affordable price to the public,' says Charles Banas, a New
Millennium Group representative..."
http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2005/01/10/daily20.html

LA PORTE (TX) PUTS MOTORIZED SCOOTERS ON S'WALK

-> "Children under age 12 can use the scooters only on bicycle trails
or sidewalks...Councilman Louis Rigby...added that he 'had a problem'
with allowing the scooters' use on sidewalks..."
[Ed. note: Pedestrians sharing sidewalks with little kids on motorized
scooters? What will they think of next?]
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/thisweek/politics/2987219

WODONGA (OZ) NEW SUBURB "COMPLETELY DIFFERENT"

-> "A village centre with two-storey buildings and high-density housing
will be created just north of the roundabout linking Beechworth Rd and
Baranduda Boulevard...The suburb will comprise clusters of walkable
neighbourhoods, generally 800m by 800m, interspersed with central
parklands..."
http://www.bordermail.com.au/newsflow/pageitem?page_id=875209

STUDY: DOCTORS' HOURS AFFECT RISKS ON ROAD (DUH!)

-> "Doctors in training were more than twice as likely to get in a car
crash while driving home after working 24 hours or longer, compared
with when they worked shorter shifts, according to a study conducted by
Harvard Medical School..."
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/13/health/13intern.html

PINCKNEY (MI) MERCHANTS WEIGH SAND VS SALT FOR S'WALKS

-> "Village officials said contractors working on the project told them
salt could damage the new concrete sidewalks, which were poured around
Thanksgiving weekend..."
http://www.detnews.com/2005/livingston/0501/07/B05L-53317.htm

SAN ANTONIANS WILL SOON WALK BENEATH CITY

-> "Geologically, ecologically, and historically rich, Robber Baron
Cave is the longest cave in Bexar County, winding beneath the city
streets in an elaborate maze of 100 intersections..."
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13736648&BRD=2318&PAG=461&dept_id=484045&rfi=6

VANCOUVER (WA) BIKE SCULPTURES DOUBLE AS RACKS

-> "The new metal bicycle sculptures sprouting up downtown are
themselves bicycle racks. Vancouver's transportation services is
installing 18 racks downtown, in Uptown Village and at the Marshall
Center..."
http://www.columbian.com/01132005/neighbor/232485.html

MORRIS (IL) COUPLE HELPS KIDS GET NEW BIKE

-> "The couple says every child, no matter their parents' financial
status, should know the thrill of having a new bike..."
http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=58&ArticleID=12750&TM=54498.21

AUSTIN (TX) GETS COMPROMISE SHOAL CREEK BLVD PROJECT

-> "The final plan -- which includes 37 crape-myrtle-adorned, six-foot
curb extensions placed at selected intersections, two 10-foot motor
vehicle lanes, and two 10-foot shared bike, pedestrian, and parking
lanes -- is a mutant even its own parents don't entirely applaud. 'It's
a true compromise,' said city project manager Keri Juarez, who was
assigned to the project in September. 'No one loves it, but everyone
can agree on it.'..."
http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2005-01-14/pols_feature.html

RIVERBANK (CA) PLANS PED/BIKE IMPROVEMENTS
-> "The city also plans to finish infilling and building new sidewalks
for children walking to and from school in the vicinity of Rio Altura
Elementary School..."
http://www.mantecabulletin.com/articles/2005/01/13/riverbank/local_news/news04.txt


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

-> "CHILD-FRIENDLY CITIES: CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES"
Article by Rae Bridgman, (2004). Children, Youth and Environments
14(2): 178-200. http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye/.

-> "CYCLISTS AT ROUNDABOUTS"
Subtitled, "Continental Design Geometry;" leaflet from the UK Dept. for
Transport.
http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_roads/documents/pdf/dft_roads_pdf_504729.pdf
To download figures, go to:
http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_roads/documents/page/dft_roads_504729.hcsp

-> "TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENT, AND HEALTH"
WHO Regional Publication (European Series, No. 89)
http://www.euro.who.int/document/e72015.pdf


C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R

Note Additional training opportunities are available on the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Readers are encouraged to add
their own items as long as they pertain to training in the bicycle,
pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/technical_assistance/training_resources/training_calendar.htm

January 24-25, 2005, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems, Las Vegas,
NV. Info: Keith Knapp, Program Director, University of
Wisconsin-Madison, 432 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; phone: (608)
263-6314; fax: (608) 263-3160; e-mail: <knapp@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/emaG138

January 27-28, 2005, Land Use Planning for Rail Transit Systems,
Madison, WI. Info: Prof. C. Allen Wortley, University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development,
432 N. Lake St. Madison, WI 53706; phone: (608) 262-0577; email:
<wortley@engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/webG598

January 27-29, 2005, 4th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth, Miami
Beach, FL. Info: Michele Kelso Warren, Senior Program Manager, Local
Government Commission, 1414 K Street, Suite 600, Sacramento CA 95814;
phone: (916) 448-1198; fax: (916) 448-8246; e-mail: <mkelso@lgc.org>
http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/SmartGrowth/

February 25-26, 2005, 2nd Annual Active Living Research Conference, San
Diego CA. Info: Kevin Reese, Active Living Research, phone: (619)
260-5538; email: <kreese@projects.sdsu.edu>
http://www.activelivingresearch.org/index.php/Conference/7

March 14-15, 2005, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems, Madison, WI.
Info: Keith Knapp, Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
432 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; phone: (608) 263-6314; fax:
(608) 263-3160; e-mail: <knapp@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu/emaG138

March 16-18, 2005, National Bike Summit, Washington DC. Info: League of
American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC
20006-2850; phone: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202) 822-1334
email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikeleague.org/events/index.html

April 28 - May 1, 2005, 3rd Southeastern Foot Trails Conference,
Pickens, SC. Info Jeffrey Hunter, Southern Appalachians Initiative,
American Hiking Society, 175 Hamm Road - Suite C, Chattanooga, TN
37405; phone: (423) 266-2507; email: <jhunter@americanhiking.org>
http://www.americanhiking.org/alliance/sai.html

May 2-4, 2005, Bicycle Education Leaders Conference, New York, NY.
Info: League of American Bicyclists, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 800,
Washington, DC 20006-2850; phone: (202) 822-1333; fax: (202) 822-1334
email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org>
http://www.bikeleague.org/events/index.html

May 24-27, 2005, Health Promotion and Education at the Crossroads,
Minneapolis, MN. Info: DHPE, 1101 15th Street, N.W., Suite 601,
Washington, DC 20005; phone: (202) 659-2230; fax: (202) 659-2339;
email: <director@dhpe.org>
http://www.dhpe.org/nationalconference/

May 31-June 3, 2005, Velo City 2005, Dublin, Ireland. Info:
http://www.velo-city2005.com

June 5-8, 2005, Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers annual
conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Info:
http://www.cite7.org/saskatoon/

June 17-18, 2005 New York Statewide Trails and Greenways Conference,
New Paltz, NY. Info: Fran Gotcsik, Parks & Trails New York; phone:
(518) 434-1583; email: <fgotcsik@ptny.org>

July 18-21, 2005, Towards Carfree Cities V, Budapest, Hungary. Info:
Judit Madarassy, email: <madarassy@levego.hu> (put "TCFC V" in subject
line).
http://www.worldcarfree.net/

July 26-27, 2005, Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, St. Paul
MN. Info: Rory Robinson, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance,
IN Projects Manager, 2179 Everett Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264; phone:
(330) 657-2951; fax: (330) 657-2955; email: <Rory_Robinson@nps.gov>
http://www.railtrails.org/

July 27-30, 2005, TrailLink 2005, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. Info: Katie
Magers, RTC media coordinator; phone: (202-974-5115); e-mail:
<katie@railtrails.org>
http://www.railtrails.org

September 14-16, 2005 Walk/Bike California 2005 Conference, Ventura,
CA. Info: Gail Payne, California Bicycle Coalition; phone: (510)
306-0066; email: <gpayne@alamedanet.net>.
http://www.walkbikecalifornia.net

September 22-23, 2005, Walk 21 (VI), Zurich, Switzerland. Info: Walk21,
Diddington House, Main Road, Bredon, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20
7LX, United Kingdom; phone: 00 44 (0) 1684 773 94; email:
<info@walk21.co>
http://www.walk21.com/


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

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- ONE LESS CAR One Less Car, Maryland's
Campaign for Biking and Walking (OLC) is seeking an Executive Director
to provide the organization with experienced leadership, vision, and
management skills to build on its track record as a successful
statewide membership and advocacy organization. OLC works to create
safe streets and healthy communities through education, outreach, and
special events by promoting walking and bicycling as viable
transportation options in Maryland. OLC has an annual budget of
approximately $250,000, and runs three well attended events each year.
Its Board is comprised of leaders in the nonprofit, for profit and
public sectors.

OLC is seeking an executive with the leadership and resource
development experience to further shape and refine the organization,
including creating a strategic plan, implementing its advocacy agenda,
developing the board, and effectively managing its programs and events.
The following is a summary of key requirements for the position:
strong, visionary leader, and proven manager; demonstrated track record
of growing financial resources for operations and for programs;
knowledge of bicycling and pedestrian issues sufficient to be an
effective advocate and spokesperson; Maryland experience preferred, not
required.

Salary will range from $50,000 to $60,000 to be negotiated based on
experience and qualifications. Work location is flexible, telecommuting
available. To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary
requirements to: info@onelesscar.org (attached files in Microsoft Word
or PDF format) or mail to: One Less Car Search Committee, P.O. Box
1870, Pasadena, MD 21123. For information on One Less Car, see:
http://www.onelesscar.org

-> JOB -- BIKE/PED ENV. PLANNER -- BURLINGTON VT
This position is responsible for transportation planning for the
integration of bicycle and pedestrian needs in transportation
infrastructure. This position is also responsible for development and
implementation of environmental education programs for the residents of
Burlington. Rate of pay: $741.73/week. Deadline to apply: January 21,
2005.

Full job listing:
http://www.hrjobs.ci.burlington.vt.us/positions/dpwbike.html


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