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


#116 Friday, February 11, 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.

I'd like to dedicate this issue to my mother-in-law, June Tracy, who
passed away Sunday, February 6th. She will be missed. --JW

F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  CalTrans Director Reaffirms Commitment to Bikes, Peds
  CenterLines Survey Response Buries NCBW Staffers
  US Trans. Secretary Mineta to Address LAB Bike Summit
  Dan Burden Joins Glatting-Jackson Firm
  Safe Routes to School Boulder (CO) Kickoff
  Philly Hosts "Round*Up USA" Expo June 3-5, 2005
  Critical Mass: Just Say 'No!' to Chicago Car Show
  Speaking of Chicago, Inquiring Minds Want to Know...
  Drivers -- Esp. Young -- Zone Out on Phone


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Traverse City (MI) Commission: Keep Walkable Schools Open
  Urban Atlantans More Likely to Get Exercise
  Plainville (CT) Group to Work on Trails
  West Newton (PA) Revitalizes Its Main Street
  What Call is Worth a Life?
  Sierra Club, Chamber Agree on New Mtn. View (CA) Project
  U of Calif/Santa Barbara Students Ride to School
  Kaiser Gives Riverside (CA) $35K to Get Walking
  Louisville (KY) Cyclists Peddle Plan for City
  Wixom (MI) Rebuilding Town Center 75 yrs. after Fire



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

CALTRANS DIRECTOR REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO BIKES, PEDS

-> According to the Feb. issue of the California Trails and Greenways
Update, "The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and several other bicycle and
pedestrian advocacy groups met with Will Kempton, the new [California
Dept. of Transportation] Director, last month to explore strategies to
improve nonmotorized transportation. He related his experience as a
bicycle commuter while working in Folsom, and conveyed his support for
improving bicycling and walking facilities. He specifically reaffirmed
the Department's commitment to Deputy Directive 64 which states that
Caltrans shall fully consider the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians
in all of its planning, programming, design and construction. While his
tenure so far has been dominated by Bay Bridge issues, we hope that we
can make significant strides to improve non-motorized transportation
choices under his leadership at Caltrans to improve mobility for all
Californians."

For more information, go to:
http://www.railtrails.org/field/california/active_pages/newsletter/main.asp
(download the newsletter labeled "December 2005")
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CENTERLINES SURVEY RESPONSE BURIES NCBW STAFFERS

->What can people do to make their neighborhoods more bicycle
friendly and walkable? That's the question NCBW staffers
Sharon Roerty and Gary MacFadden set out to research as
part of their work to structure the topics list for the
new Active Living Resource Center web site.

"We knew we wanted to have the advice of a broad group of
practitioners," said MacFadden. "First we had John Williams
(CenterLines editor) run a small pre-survey of a dozen
bicycle-pedestrian coordinators and several members of
the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
(APBP). We used the answers John gathered to create our
initial topics list. Then we brought in the big guns and
invited all of the CenterLines subscribers to rank the topics
we'd listed, and to add ideas of their own."

"When I was with Adventure Cycling, we tried to survey
members at least once each year," MacFadden said. "I remember
reading in some marketing book (possibly one of the popular
"idiot" series) that if you didn't get 100 responses to a
survey, it wasn't valid. So that was my target for this survey.
I figured 100 responses wouldn't take long to collate and analyze."

In addition to CenterLines subscribers, the survey invitation
was sent to participants in the recent ProWalk/ProBike
conference, the state DOT bicycle/pedestrian coordinator
list, a list of people who had requested print items from
the NCBW within the past year, the Thunderhead list serve,
and all APBP members. Allowing for the unavoidable overlap
in the lists, MacFadden estimates 3,600 individuals received
a request to complete the survey.

The first response (from a CenterLines subscriber, of course)
came in five minutes after MacFadden began e-mailing invitations.
By the end of the first day, 180 responses were in. The next
morning, responses had climbed to 250,and were still arriving
at about 25 per hour. When MacFadden finally closed the flood
gates two days later to begin digging through an initial
analysis, 573 completed surveys were in the folder, with
more dribbling in. "I may have overestimated the size of our
invitation list," he admitted.

"One thing we've proven here is that those who have gathered
in this field like to share what they've learned," MacFadden
reported from beneath a pile of printouts. "The rankings
supplied will help immensely in shaping the content of the
new web site. But perhaps more important are the ideas for
content that respondents suggested that we didn't already
have on the ranking list. We'll be mining this information
for some time to come."

Several respondents asked if the results will be published.
MacFadden said he will post a summary of the results
as a Word file at the end of February; the URL will be
published in CenterLines, and will also be sent to the
other lists that received the invitation to participate.

In the meantime, if you missed the announcement and would
still like to take part in the online survey, it is at:

http://www.bikewalk.org/ALRC/ALRC_content.htm

Maybe we can hit 1,000 responses...?
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U.S. TRANS. SECRETARY MINETA TO ADDRESS LAB BIKE SUMMIT

-> According to a Feb. 8th League of American Bicyclists news release,
"U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will deliver the
keynote address to the National Bike Summit(r) in Washington, DC on
Wednesday, March 16. 'As a key author of the landmark Intermodal
Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 when he served in
Congress, Secretary Mineta has long supported efforts to improve
transportation infrastructure for bicyclists and we are delighted he
will address the Summit,' said Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the
League.

"Secretary Mineta will provide the Administration's perspective to
Summit participants on the prospects for investments in transportation.
President Bush's newly released FY 2006 budget proposes an increase for
TEA-21 renewal from $256 billion to $284 billion, opening the door for
an accelerated timetable for passage of the multiyear transportation
reauthorization bill. 'This makes the timing for the 2005 National Bike
Summit(r) more critical than ever,' said Clarke...

"Other confirmed speakers to date include Elizabeth S. Mabry, Executive
Director of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and
bicycling's best friends in Congress-Representatives James Oberstar
(D-MN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)..."

For more on the Summit, go to:
http://www.bikeleague.org/events/summit05.html
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DAN BURDEN JOINS GLATTING-JACKSON FIRM

-> According to a recent news item on the Glatting Jackson consulting
firm's website, "Glatting Jackson is pleased to announce that Dan
Burden will be joining the firm beginning February 7th. Dan brings
complimentary skills and unique expertise to our firm. We have teamed
together on numerous projects in the past and we are excited about
being able to work together and to learn from each other in the future.
Dan will be housed in our urban design and transportation service group
where he will expand our knowledge base in creating walkable
environments and livable solutions for redeveloping urban and suburban
environments..."

Source: http://www.glatting.com/Glatting_Community/news.htm

-> Meanwhile, Dan has released the preamble of a new "Healthy Streets"
guide, which starts off: "Healthy (context sensitive) roadways call for
new design tools and process guidelines. But they also call for much
more. They require community held visions that are as compelling as the
suburban vision that animated public policy and popular imagination
just after World War II. At that time the modern highway and street
making industry was crafted, born, and fueled. This industry in turn
ignited a new way of settlement so compelling that most people now hold
memories only of suburban childhoods..."

For a copy of the preamble, contact Lys Burden at <WPburden@aol.com>.
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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL BOULDER (CO) KICKOFF

-> According to Bicycle Colorado's Feb. 8th "E-News," "Bicycle Colorado
would like to thank the city of Boulder and Boulder Valley School
District for hosting a Safe Routes to School community kickoff at the
end of January. Fifty parents, teacher, administrators, police officers
and citizens met at Whittier Elementary for a half-day training
workshop presented by Bicycle Colorado. Mayor Mark Ruzzin and County
Commissioner Will Toor greeted participants with a message that
children's safety and health is at the foremost of this program.
Following an enlightening presentation by national Safe Routes leader,
Wendi Kallins, participants worked in small groups planning next steps
for their schools. A mini-grant program will provide them some fund to
start their program this calendar year. Many community partners also
presented their expertise working with kids and improving their
safety..."

Information is available at:
http://www.saferoutescolorado.org/
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PHILLY HOSTS "ROUND*UP USA" EXPO JUNE 3-5, 2005

-> Michael McGettigan recently sent us a note alerting us to Round*Up
USA, a three-day gathering that will explore the compact bicycle
universe. There will be workshops, a bike-on-rail excursion, a time
trial, a bike expo, and more. As he put it, "At a time when architects
and transit authorities still fail to plan for bicycles, folder and
compact bicycles can help bridge the 'final' miles between rail and
destination... and compact bikes help urban riders foil thieves by
keeping their bikes off the street. The compact bike is also stylish
and demands less from its riders than full-size bikes... this year,
we've gotten real interest from Metropolis Magazine and some other
design media... with Friday, Brompton and Swift all planning new models
intros aimed at urban commuters, this is a big year for folders."

For more info, go to:
http://www.trophybikes.com/events/roundup/index.html
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CRITICAL MASS: JUST SAY 'NO!' TO CHICAGO CAR SHOW

-> According to a recent Chicago Critical Mass news release, "Hundreds
of performance artists and bike builders will pedal from Daley Plaza
on Saturday, February 12, at 12 noon to the Auto Show Entrance at
McCormick Place to carry out a peaceful Car Show Shutdown Festival.

"Festivities will include:

"Each year, more than 200 Chicagoans die in automobile crashes and
nearly 15,000 are maimed and injured, according to Chicago Police
Department statistics...'It's time to hold the auto industry
accountable for their role in thousands of needless deaths and injuries
in Chicago,' said Becki Retzlaff, a festival organizer. 'It's time to
shut down the Chicago Auto Show!'..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.chicagocriticalmass.org
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SPEAKING OF CHICAGO, INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW...

-> Does Randy Neufeld of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation know
someone in the group SmazE? Maybe the drummer?? Maybe it's his son?
Have a listen to a couple of MP3s at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index%3Dmusic-dd%26field-keywords%3Dsmaze%26store-name%3Ddigital-music/102-3381892-6832118
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DRIVERS -- ESP. YOUNG -- ZONE OUT ON PHONE

-> According to a Feb. 1st Univ. of Utah news release, "If you have
been stuck in traffic behind a motorist yakking on a cellular phone, a
new University of Utah study will sound familiar: When young motorists
talk on cell phones, they drive like elderly people, moving and
reacting more slowly and increasing their risk of accidents. 'If you
put a 20-year-old driver behind the wheel with a cell phone, their
reaction times are the same as a 70-year-old driver who is not using a
cell phone. It's like instantly aging a large number of drivers,' says
David Strayer, a University of Utah psychology professor and principal
author of the study...

"The new study...was published in this winter's issue of Human Factors,
the quarterly journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. The
study found that when 18- to 25-year-olds were placed in a driving
simulator and talked on a cellular phone, they reacted to brake lights
from a car in front of them as slowly as 65- to 74-year-olds who were
not using a cell phone. The elderly drivers, meanwhile, became even
slower to react to brake lights when they spoke on a cell phone. But
the good news for elderly drivers was that their driving skills did not
become as bad as had been predicted by earlier research showing that
older people performing multiple tasks suffer additional impairment due
to aging..."

Source: http://www.utah.edu/unews/releases/05/feb/cellphones.html
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"A good community is a healthy community and the best yardstick is the
walking opportunities a city offers."
-- Ron Loveridge, Riverside (CA) Mayor
http://www.pe.com/localnews/riverside/stories/PE_News_Local_rwalk06.a2b57.html


"We've turned the automobile into just another living room. Cars today
have entertainment zones, they have telecommunication possibilities,
they have food, they have all of the things we once had at home -- to
the point where we feel as though we shouldn't have to interact with
anyone else [on the road]. And that leads to all sorts of problems."
--Char Miller, director of urban studies, Trinity University, San
Antonio
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/orl-livdriven020605,1,7343762.story?coll=orl-home-promo&ctrack=1&cset=true


"People have this sense of entitlement [about driving]. And when
they're anxious and late for an appointment, they're going to run over
their grandmother if she gets in the way."
-- Joseph Tecce, associate professor of psychology, Boston College
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/orl-livdriven020605,1,7343762.story?coll=orl-home-promo&ctrack=1&cset=true


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

TRAVERSE CITY (MI) COMMISSION: KEEP WALKABLE SCHOOLS OPEN

-> According to a Feb. 8th Traverse City Record Eagle article, "Oak
Park - an elementary school nestled in an east-side neighborhood --
fits the city plan and should remain open, said city commissioners. The
Traverse City Area Public Schools board is expected in the upcoming
weeks to vote on closing Oak Park or Sabin Elementary, due largely to
budget considerations. Monday, the city commission approved a
resolution explaining its support for keeping Oak Park on South
Garfield Avenue open. Sabin parent Amy Travis questioned how the city
could 'pick one school over another.'

"'(Sabin) is no less a neighborhood than Oak Park,' she said. Hans Voss
of the Michigan Land Use Institute was one of several Oak Park
supporters who urged the city to "advocate for its neighborhood." He
said it was 'absolutely appropriate' for the city to 'send a message'
to school officials. 'Sprawl,' Voss said, occurs through 'incremental
decisions' such as closing neighborhood schools. Other parents and
neighbors stressed that nearly 60 students walk to Oak Park. School
officials have said no students walk to Sabin, located on Cass Road in
Garfield Township. City commissioner Scott Hardy said the city's stance
was not about choosing Oak Park over Sabin. 'This is ultimately a
resolution in support of the goals of the master plan,' he said..."

Source: http://www.record-eagle.com/2005/feb/08oakpark.htm
Archive search: http://www.record-eagle.com/searchmethods.htm
Cost: No
Title: "City backs keeping Oak Park open"
Author: Vanessa Mccray
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URBAN ATLANTANS MORE LIKELY TO GET EXERCISE

-> According to a Feb. 9th Journal-Constitution article, "A study of
metro Atlantans released Wednesday concludes where you live could
determine if you meet the federal government's guideline for exercise.
People are more likely to get 30 minutes of exercise at least five days
per week if they live in a compact community where walking around is
easy, said Lawrence Frank, co-author of the study and a professor at
the University of British Columbia. 'If you choose neighborhoods that
provides convenient, safe access to shops and services, you're more
likely to get the recommended amount of physical activity that is
required for your health and well being,' said Frank, a former
professor at Georgia Tech.

"People who live in cities -- with a mix of housing, offices and retail
space -- are 2.4 times more likely to get the necessary physical
activity than their suburban neighbors. The study, which appears in the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, said 38 percent of the
participants who lived in the most pedestrian friendly neighborhoods
met the recommendations, while 18 percent who live in the least
walkable places got their half-hour of exercise. New federal guidelines
released last month suggest at least 30 minutes of physical activity
most days of the week to reduce the risk of chronic disease and 60
minutes of activity daily to manage body weight..."

Source:
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0205/09walk.html?UrAuth=%60NcNUOcN]UbTTUWUXUTUZTZUTUWUbUcUZUbU[UcTYWVVZV
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Urban residents more likely to get exercise"
Author: Janet Frankston
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PLAINVILLE (CT) GROUP TO WORK ON TRAILS

-> According to a Jan. 30th Hartford Courant commentary, "Sometimes you
can win for losing, and I hope it happens with a small group of trail
advocates in Plainville. I hope they become a large group of trail
advocates and I hope they get a multiuse trail through their town. We
often read about new sections of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
being opened in Cheshire, Farmington or Simsbury, crowded with bikers
and hikers. Plainville is the only town on the line without an open
segment. There wasn't even a local trail-advocacy group until last
September.

"What mobilized the group was the impending removal of a railroad
bridge over Northwest Drive in the northern part of town. The bridge
hadn't been used in two decades. It attracted graffiti, as railroad
bridges will. The track and the embankment north of the bridge were
removed, so it appears to be attached to thin air. Town officials
decided the bridge was an attractive nuisance, a source of potential
liability, and had to come down. The state Department of Transportation
gave the town permission to remove it in 1997. But for one reason or
another, it didn't get around to it..."

Source:
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/commentary/hc-plccondon0130.artjan30,0,7975016.column
Archive search: http://www.courant.com/about/hc-archives.htmlstory
Cost: Yes
Title: "Plainville Bridge Aside, Trails Are Coming"
Author: Tom Condon
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WEST NEWTON (PA) REVITALIZES ITS MAIN STREET

-> According to a Feb. 5th Tribune-Review article, "For more than a
decade, George A. Sam has wanted more foot traffic in downtown West
Newton. 'Right now, downtown isn't very pedestrian-friendly,' said Sam,
a 1988 founder of the nonprofit Downtown West Newton Inc. Sam and
corporation President Judy Harvey envision citizens safely gathering
there, shopping and even catching an occasional concert. 'We're trying
to create that environment, a more walkable community,' Sam said. The
group is closer to realizing that goal with $436,500 in donor pledges,
fund-raising money and grants it brought in during 2004 via the
Pennsylvania-sponsored Main Street Manager Component program.

"In 2000, the borough became a member of the five-year program run by
the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Since then,
'Main Street' money has financed enhancement projects for West Newton
Bridge and downtown businesses in the program, along with Sam's salary
as part-time program manager. 'The rest of the money is given to us to
maintain our ongoing projects,' Harvey said. 'This year, we plan to buy
property along the waterfront to develop a town center with a community
fountain, a special events kiosk with a business directory and a town
map, and a stage area for small concerts.' But next year the borough
can no longer participate in the Main Street program..."

Source:
http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/westmoreland/s_300670.html
Archive search: http://pittsburghlive.com/x/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Organization hopes to create more 'walkable' community"
Author: A.J. Panian
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WHAT CALL IS WORTH A LIFE?

-> According to a Feb. 9th Washington Post article, "Phone driving is
the drunken driving of the new millennium. Seemingly everyone does it,
and all of them seem to believe that they are skilled in a way that
prevents their powers of perception from being clouded by the fog of
isolation that envelops drivers who talk on the phone. Everyone who
isn't on the phone while driving sees evidence of it every day, as
drivers weave and stutter drunkenly through traffic while negotiating
peace in the Middle East over the phone, or their kid's allowance, or
some other question that, while too important to wait, doesn't merit
pulling over to the side and parking for a few minutes to make the
call. Those who are on the phone not only don't see others weaving in
their lanes, they don't realize that they themselves are doing it.

"Virginia is taking a step in the right direction with a bill to
prohibit phone use by drivers younger than 18. State Sen. Bill Mims
(R-Loudoun) and Del. Joe May (R-Loudoun) recognize that teen drivers
have a hard enough time staying out of trouble without the distraction
of telephone conversation. But the truth is that adults are affected in
much the same way: Talking on a cell phone while driving makes them as
likely to be involved in a crash as if they were drunk..."

Source:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9443-2005Feb8.html
Archive search:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/search.html?nav=left
Cost: Yes
Title: "What Call Is Worth a Life?"
Author: Dan Carney
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SIERRA CLUB, CHAMBER AGREE ON NEW MTN. VIEW (CA) PROJECT

-> According to a Feb. 7th Mercury News editorial, "Mountain View can
make yet another dent in the housing shortage Tuesday night by moving
ahead with a plan for a new neighborhood at the Palo Alto border. The
Mayfield site at San Antonio Road and Central Expressway started out as
a mall. Then it was offices for HP -- a handy location, next to a
Caltrain station. But HP doesn't need the space any more. When the
company went to the Mountain View City Council last year to talk about
what to do next with the land, the council gave one loud and clear

message: Build housing. So HP partnered with Toll Brothers as the
developer, which in turn brought in Dan Solomon, a highly respected
planner and architect. Their ideas for Mayfield have been aired at a
series of community meetings.


"Now the council needs to reaffirm its support -- not just for housing
on the site, but for enough of it to make the most of this land near a
transit stop. The proposal, including the corner of the site that's in
Palo Alto, is for 631 homes, a mix of single-family houses, townhouses
and condominiums, all for sale rather than rental. It includes two
parks that residents of the nearby Monta Loma neighborhood can walk to.
Nothing would be over four stories, and much of it under; Manhattan
this is not. The plan has the support of many city residents and a wide
range of groups, from the chamber of commerce to the Sierra Club. How
often do you see those two on the same page?..."

Source:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/10836894.htm
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Mtn. View needs to keep plan on track"
Author: Editorial board

**Ed. Note: San Francisco architect Daniel Solomon is author of "Global
City Blues"
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U OF CALIF/SANTA BARBARA STUDENTS RIDE TO SCHOOL

-> According to a Feb. 10th UCSB Daily Nexus article, The results of a
recent transportation study exploring the parking habits of those who
park on campus, has been used to consider policy alternatives to reduce
UCSB's traffic and parking problems. In the study...2,300 people were
surveyed on various modes of transportation used to get to campus. For
nine months -- beginning in April and ending in December of 2004 --
faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students were asked via
e-mail to participate in the online survey...

"Data collected from the survey shows that the average travel time to
campus ranges from 20-30 minutes. The majority of travelers do not make
multi-purpose or multi-stop trips on their way to campus - suggesting a
low number of carpoolers - and the most common form of transportation
reported was bicycle..."

Source: http://www.ucsbdailynexus.com/news/2005/8937.html
Archive search: http://www.ucsbdailynexus.com/archive/
Cost: No
Title: "Transportation Survey Addresses Campus Parking"
Author: Diana Ho
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KAISER GIVES RIVERSIDE (CA) $35K TO GET WALKING

-> According to a Feb. 6th Press-Enterprise article, "Community and
public health leaders are taking steps to get Riverside walking. Ten
thousand steps a day are the minimum an average person needs to be
healthy, said Michael Osur, assistant public health director for
Riverside County and a member of Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge's task
force on walking. 'The average office worker takes less than 5,000
daily steps,' Osur said. Kaiser Permanente has awarded Riverside a
$35,000 grant to help the task force create a pedestrian master plan to
encourage would-be walkers to leave their seats. The panel is expected
to forward its recommendations to the City Council in April.

"Those likely will include suggestions for zoning changes and
pedestrian-friendly planning policies. That's good news to Eastside
resident Christina Duran, who doesn't own a car. Duran usually laces up
her sneakers to get where she's going. Her children do the same. 'Trees
have displaced the sidewalks,' Duran said of the places she regularly
walks. 'There are a lot of cracks and dirt in the sidewalks and poor
street lighting.' Duran said more green spaces between businesses and
strategically placed trash cans and drinking fountains would make
hoofing it more enjoyable. 'It would be really nice if the city was
more pedestrian friendly,' she said..."

Source:
http://www.pe.com/localnews/riverside/stories/PE_News_Local_rwalk06.a2b57.html
Archive search: http://www.pe.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Task force wants to get Riverside on its feet -10,000 steps a day"
Author: Kimberly Trone
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LOUISVILLE (KY) CYCLISTS PEDDLE PLAN FOR CITY

-> According to a Feb. 9th Courier-Journal article, "Bicycling
advocates and city officials laid out a plan yesterday to make
Louisville nationally recognized as a bicycle-friendly community.
Presented after two days of meetings at a cycling summit, the re
commendations identify goals that include developing a communitywide
network of bike lanes in roads or bike paths. The proposal also calls
for improving maintenance on existing roads and paths traveled by
cyclists; adding signs and striping to routes; and launching an
educational program for cyclists and drivers so people know how to
share roads safely. Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson said he would create a
task force to follow up on the recommendations and hire a full-time
bicycle coordinator.

"Certain streets could be closed to traffic on weekend days as a way to
encourage people to ride their bikes, and the city might develop a
cycling festival and bicycle-racing center. The vision of a
bicycle-friendly Louisville is rooted in public health, quality of life
and the economy, participants said. 'It's important to Humana, as it is
to other big employers, that Louisville score high on the livability
indexes for the people we are trying to recruit,' said David A. Jones
Jr., vice chairman of Humana Inc. Jones, a cyclist and triathlete,
played host to the summit on the 25th floor of the Humana Building
downtown..."

Source:
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050209/NEWS01/502090428&SearchID=73198742433848
Archive search:
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=search
Cost: Yes
Title: "Cyclists peddle plan for city"
Author: James Bruggers
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WIXOM (MI) REBUILDING TOWN CENTER 75 YRS. AFTER FIRE

-> According to a Feb. 10th Detroit News article, "You can hear the
excitement in Stacey Plotnik's voice when she talks about the
improvements coming to downtown Wixom. 'They are really trying to make
it a destination place with cool shops, places to gather and great new
restaurants like Volare,' she said. 'Very soon, we won't have to drive
outside of our community for these things.' Construction on the $220
million Village Center Area project has kicked into full gear after a
groundbreaking in late 2004. The area will include shops, residential
and office space, and a town square in a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

"'We are striving to be a more walkable, vibrant community where people
can meet and greet, and hang out and relax,' City Manager Mike Dornan
said. The downtown has not acted as a social scene or had any major
investments since the bulk of the area was burned down in 1929 at
Pontiac Trail and Wixom Road, the heart of the city. Since 1990,
Wixom's industrial base has grown to some 600 businesses, and the
population has soared from 8,500 residents to more than 13,000, Dornan
said. Cohen and Associates of West Bloomfield and Robertson Brothers of
Bloomfield Hills have partnered to develop the project's master plan
that will include 100,000 square feet of retail and some 571 homes
selling from $150,000 to $300,000..."

Source: http://www.detnews.com/2005/oakland/0502/10/B04-85588.htm
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Title: "Wixom wants to be walkable"
Author: Delores Patterson
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

'WIFE SWAP' SEEKS RANCH FAMILIES

"Is your ranching family ready for prime-time television? The ABC
Television Network is looking for ranch families to participate in
'Wife Swap,' a new hit show that celebrates the diversity of American
families. Each episode of the show involves two families. One parent
from each household swaps places for 10 days to experience how other
families from different backgrounds run their lives.

"If you are a ranching family with kids age 6 and older and would love
an adventure, call Jen Weeks at (212) 404-1427 or e-mail
<jen.weeks@rdfmedia.com> to learn more and be part of the show..."

http://www.emtelegraph.com/303441mtnview02-10-05.htm


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

ALBEMARLE, FREDERICK (VA) COUNTIES MULL SMART GROWTH

-> "Albemarle planners worry that the beauty of the Blue Ridge
Mountains and historic Monticello will be compromised for strip
commercial development and dispersed subdivisions..."
http://www.winchesterstar.com/TheWinchesterStar/050208/Area_planners.asp

SUNY STUDENT SEES DUBLIN'S "CAR FREE DAY" UP CLOSE

-> "Car free day. I hadn't known such a marvelous day existed until I'd
mistakenly taken part. I was in Ireland in late September and taking
the bus to the city center to buy some groceries..."
http://oracle.newpaltz.edu/article.cfm?id=1680

RIVERHEAD (NY) MOVES FORWARD ON PED-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN

-> "...Also implemented were 'smart growth principles' for a walkable
downtown community, including the potential for river view
apartments...Another upcoming project is the Riverhead Catwalk Project,
3000 linear feet starting 400 feet from the Peconic River bridge and
running east..."
http://www.indyeastend.com/cgi-bin/indep/news.cgi?action=article&category=News&id=6280

WHISTLER (BC) GIVES SEGWAY TEST THE AXE

-> "...Council cites congestion on Valley Trail for nixing
pilot-project extension Segways, those odd-looking upright,
electric-powered human transport devices, have had their day in
Whistler and have been judged unfit for the Valley Trail. .."
http://www.whistlerquestion.com/madison%5CWQuestion.nsf/0/765FF2C1FD384A8988256FA40069B9F7?OpenDocument

STRAWBERRY FARMS (OH) CALMING PROJECTS WAIT FOR $$

-> "The Strawberry Farms community continues to wait on traffic calming
measures it thought it would get last year. 'We had a lot of
conversations last year, but we haven't seen anything yet,' said Rich
Bloom, civic association president..."
http://www.thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=common&story=thisweeknews/021005/Northland/News/021005-News-523266.html

ADDICTED CYCLIST EDWARD KOREN REVIEWS NEW BIKE BOOK

-> "While 'Bicycle' is immensely absorbing, I was often compelled to
put it aside. It was as if the author himself were imploring me to take
a break and come outside and play...''
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/30/books/review/30KORENL.html?ex=1108184400&en=c299e000934e8b9a&ei=5070

1ST SARASOTA CO. (FL) PROJECT MEETS 2050 GROWTH POLICY

-> "...By being first, the Neal development marks a milestone in the
years-long process the county undertook to adopt the policy, which
favors a compact village form of development instead of the
conventional large-lot subdivision..."
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050209/NEWS/502090362/1006/SPORTS

AARP TALKS ABOUT MAKING YOUR COMMUNITY WALKABLE

-> "'In a walkable community, people 'don't have to jump in a car to
get somewhere,' says Bob Chauncey of the National Center for Bicycling
and Walking..."
http://www.aarp.org/health-active/walking/Articles/a2005-01-19-walking.html#top

EU REGS TO REQUIRE LESS-LETHAL CAR EXTERIORS

-> "Beginning this fall, the European Union will require manufacturers
to meet pedestrian safety standards on all new models of vehicles, with
stricter requirements on the way in 2010. Japan is not far behind..."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12616-2005Feb9.html

"PIMP YOUR RIDE" WITH HOT TUB, FIREPLACE, SAT. DISH

"...If you're part of the growing audience for MTV's outrageous 'Pimp
My Ride'...you know that it is indeed possible to install faux
fireplaces, satellite dishes and clothes dryers in one's car. On the
new-season opener March 6, the custom shop gang will outfit some lucky
person's back seat with a hot tub..."
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/lifestyle/orl-livdriven020605,1,7343762.story?coll=orl-home-promo&ctrack=1&cset=true

AUTHOR KOTKIN: THE WINNER IS...SPRAWL

-> "...For half a century, legions of planners, urbanists,
environmentalists and big city editorialists have waged war against
sprawl. Now it's time to call it a day and declare a victor. The winner
is, yes, sprawl..."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A364-2005Feb5.html

FLORIDA DEVELOPERS SKIRT PUBLIC BENEFIT REQUIREMENTS

-> "Residential developers don't particularly want to build bike paths,
libraries, pools, nature trails, parks, sidewalks, ball fields, fire
stations or schools in their projects -- unless they must..."
http://www.staugustine.com/stories/020805/new_2875515.shtml

CREATING A TOWN CENTER FOR STORRS (CT)

-> "So the University of Connecticut and the Mansfield Downtown
Partnership have a long-term challenge ahead of them in trying to
develop a town center in Storrs. The encouraging news is that they're
off to a good start..."
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/commentary/hc-plclangdon0130.artjan30,0,3555361.story


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

-> "PERCEPTIONS OF LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD ENVIRONMENTS..."
"...and their relationship to childhood overweight and obesity; by
Timperio, Salmon, Telford and Crawford; International Journal of
Obesity; February 2005, Volume 29, Number 2, Pages 170-175. Abstract
(full article: $30):
http://www.nature.com/cgi-taf/DynaPage.taf?file=/ijo/journal/v29/n2/abs/0802865a.html

-> "STOPS & GOES..."
"...of Traffic Signals - A Traffic Signal Auditors' Perspective;"
TransFund New Zealand; November 2004.
http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/pubs/traffic-signals.pdf

-> "COMMUNITY DESIGN AND INDIVIDUAL WELL BEING..."
"...the Multiple Impacts of the Built Environment on Public Health;" by
Dr. Lawrence Frank; from the Obesity and Built Environment Conference,
NIEHS, May 2004.
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/drcpt/beoconf/postconf/overview/frank.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

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 14-15, 2005, Thunderhead Complete Streets Training, Washington,
DC. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/trainings05.htm

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

March 17 & 18, 2005, On Your Mark symposium, Edmonton, AB. Info: Kevin
Arnott; phone: (780) 496-8094; email: <kevin.arnott@edmonton.ca>; or
Marie Carlson; phone: (780) 413-7786; email: <marie.carlson@cha.ab.ca>
http://www.activedmonton.ca/how_active/mark_symposium

April 1-3, 2005, Thunderhead Complete Streets Training, Denver, CO.
Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/trainings05.htm

April 22-24, Thunderhead Complete Streets Training, Portland, OR. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/trainings05.htm

April 24-28, 2005, 10th TRB Transportation Planning Applications
Conference, Portland, Oregon. Info:
http://www.trb-portland-05.com/conference_resources.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

March 13-15, 2005, Lifesavers Conference 2005, Charlotte NC. Info:
Lifesavers Conference, PO Box 30045, Alexandria, VA 22310; phone: (703)
922-7944; fax: (703) 922-7780.
http://www.lifesaversconference.org/

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 3-5, 2005, ROUND*UP USA small wheel + folder bike fest,
Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://www.trophybikes.com/events/roundup/index.html

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

August 26-28, 2005, Thunderhead Complete Streets Training, Decatur
(Atlanta), GA. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/trainings05.htm

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/

September 22-24, 2005, International SIIV Congress on People, Land,
Environment and Transport Infrastructures, Bari, Italy. Info: contact
Joedy Cambridge by email: <JCambridge@nas.edu> with subject line of
"International SIIV Congress on People, Land, Environment and Transport
Infrastructures."
http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=4567


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

-> JOB -- EVENT COORDINATOR -- TRANSP. ALTERNATIVES
Transportation Alternatives seeks: Coordinator will work with the
Events Director, learning the ins and outs of event organizing. T.A.'s
NYC Century Bike Tour is a big event (5,000 participants) and generates
about 25 percent of T.A.'s annual budget. Responsibilities will include
preparing the route, working with City agencies, planning logistics,
obtaining materials and many other details of planning and executing
the ride. This is a great opportunity to take on a great deal of
responsibility for putting on a very fun event. This job begins in
March and will be part-time (10-20 hours a week) until mid-May when it
will be full-time through mid-September. Note: This job has the
potential to become a permanent events planning/community outreach
position.

Requirements

Write an excellent cover letter and send it, with your resume, to:
Transportation Alternatives, 115 West 30th St. #1207, New York, NY
10001; fax: (212) 629-8334; e-mail: <info@transalt.org>
Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. Start Date: March 15,
2005.


-> JOB -- BIKE SAFETY CLUB LEADER -- COMMUNITY CYCLING CTR.
The Community Cycling Center has expanded to start a branch in
Vancouver, Washington and is seeking a highly qualified, skilled youth
program leader to teach safe bicycling and maintenance to low-income
youth in Vancouver schools. Participants in the Bike Safety Club
program have the opportunity to earn their own bicycle, helmet and lock
by learning safe bicycling skills. Experience in Challenge by Choice
and Experiential Education program facilitation, safe bicycling,
bicycle mechanics, and working with at-risk youth preferred.

The position is 12 -20 hours per week, weekday afternoons from
approximately 3 - 7pm. The position runs from early February through
May, with the potential for qualified candidates to continue full-time
during the summer leading our Summer Bike Camp and programs.
Open until filled. Please call first. See our website for the full job
description and details for how to apply.
http://www.CommunityCyclingCenter.org


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