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


#117 Friday, February 25, 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
  Pro-Bike/Pro-Walk Florida Coming April 6-8, 2005
  Transportation Law Reauthorization News?
  NCBW Invites Applications for Fall WCW Series
  Cycle History Conference Coming to Davis (CA)
  2005 Project ACES Event Coming May 4th
  Australian Bike/Ped Interaction Study Underway
  Calif. Safe Routes Program Good for Kids' Health


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Chapel Hill (NC) Joins Global Warming Movement
  NCBW Starts Kern Co. (CA) Walkable Workshops
  "Latino New Urbanism" Grows in Santa Ana (CA)
  Newport News (VA) Development Offers "Community"
  Air Pollutants Can Change Fetal Chromosomes
  Walkers, Cyclists Boo Golden Gate Bridge Fee
  Revised Atlanta (GA) Bridge Plan More Ped-Friendly
  U. Of Miami (FL) to Build Model Development
  Willits (CA) Student Pushes Bike Locker Project



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

PRO-BIKE/PRO-WALK FLORIDA COMING APRIL 6-8, 2005

-> In a recent note, Pat Pieratte, Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Specialist
with the Florida Department of Transportation said, "Please help us
publicize Pro-Bike/Pro-Walk Florida by putting it in the Centerlines
e-newsletter. It's shaping up to be a great conference, our first ever
full-blown Bike/Ped Conference!" The conference theme will be
"Showcasing Solutions in Florida and Beyond." Keynote speaker will be
Dan Burden, of Walkable Communities fame, and there will be
pre-conference training and workshop tracks will include Professional
Development; Engineering; Active Transportation; Law Enforcement &
Education; Advocacy & Legislation; Field trips; Panel discussions;
Planning & Land Use; and more.

The conference will be presented by the Florida Bicycle Association
(FBA); the Florida Section Institute of Transportation Engineers
(FSITE); the Office of Greenways and Trails, Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (OGT); Visit Florida (FLAUSA); and is made
possible by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation
(FDOT). Dates are April 6-8, 2005, with pre-conference training on
April 5th.

For more information, go to:
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com/
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TRANSPORTATION LAW REAUTHORIZATION NEWS?

-> According to an item in the Feb. 23rd OKI Bicycle E-Info News, "As
2004 faded away, so did the congressional bills for reauthorizing the
Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). This
legislation and its accompanying funding includes transportation
planning and construction projects for the six-year period 1997 - 2003.
Having expired in September, 2003, Congress maintained the TEA-21
funding levels through five extensions of which the last continues
funding through May 2005.

"So far, replacement bills have been introduced by the administration
in the President's budget, and by the House in the Transportation
Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (TEA-LU, HR-3). Both have funding levels
at $283.9 billion for the remaining five years of the legislation term
(2009). The House bill has not changed significantly from the previous
version and includes increased funding for all transportation programs.
This includes $875 million for the new Safe Routes to Schools program
to improve facilities and education to encourage more children to walk
to school."

Keep up to date at:
http://www.americabikes.org

For more on the OKI Bicycle E-Info News, contact Don Burrell at:
<dburrell@oki.org>
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NCBW INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR FALL WCW SERIES

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is initiating
a Fall series of its extremely popular Walkable Community
Workshop (WCW). In the past three years, NCBW has joined with clients
in 35 metropolitan regions to produce more than 250 workshops. The
WCWs have generated widespread enthusiasm for creating pedestrian
and bicyclist friendly communities. More than that, participants in
virtually all regions have subsequently made real progress toward
their goals.

“We had a great Spring workshop series last year,” says Bob Chauncey,
NCBW program manager. “We had a wonderful group of partners who are
following up the workshops with tangible actions to improve the
walkability of their communities. We received outstanding press
coverage during our visits, and the WCW program won the ITE award for
pedestrian education programs. This has all generated a lot of interest
from potential partners for workshops in their regions. That’s why
we’re offering the program again in the Fall.”

NCBW invites you to visit their website (www.bikewalk.org/WCW) to
learn more about the workshop series, and complete the application.
This is a competitive process; applications are due by April 8.
Winners will be notified by April 22. Please note that previous
and current partners are welcome to apply for additional workshops.

Questions? Contact Bob Chauncey (bob@bikewalk.org; 410-570-5765).
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CYCLE HISTORY CONFERENCE COMING TO DAVIS (CA)

-> According to a recent note from David Takemoto-Weerts, "The 16th
annual International Cycle History Conference will be held in Davis,
California, USA, September 8 - 10th, 2005. The conference site will be
on the campus of the University of California. The first International
Cycling History Conference was instituted in 1990 in Glasgow, Scotland,
to offer historians of the sport and the technology of cycling a forum
to exchange their findings and ideas. A conference has been held each
year in locations ranging from San Remo (Italy) to Osaka (Japan), and
from Cambridge (England) to Stellenbosch (South Africa). At each of
these conferences, delegates make presentations about specific aspects
of the history of cycling and the bicycle."

The deadline for submissions of paper topics is April 1. For more
information, contact David Takemoto-Weerts at
<dltakemotoweerts@ucdavis.edu> or visit:
http://www.cycling-history.org/
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2005 PROJECT ACES EVENT COMING MAY 4TH

-> According to a recent note from Ellen Brown, MOVE Coordinator for
the Missoula City-County Health Dept., "The first Wednesday in May (May
4th this year) is the yearly Project ACES (All Children Exercise
Simultaneously) event. Part of National Physical Fitness and Sports
Month and along with National Physical Education Week, this day is
intended to show children that physical activity can be fun and to
emphasize that physical activity is important."

For help on planning a Project ACES event or ACES club, go to:
http://www.projectaces.com
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AUSTRALIAN BIKE/PED INTERACTION STUDY UNDERWAY

-> According to a recent note from Paul Magarey of the Australian
Bicycle Council, "The Australian Bicycle Council web page on the
Pedestrian Bicycle Interaction project has been updated. See:
http://www.abc.dotars.gov.au/pedestrian_bicycle_interactions.htm

"Stage 1: Issues Identification is now complete with Working paper 1
available from:
http://www.abc.dotars.gov.au/doc/Ped-Bike_Working_Paper_1.doc

"The consultants conducting this project, ARRB, would appreciate any
comments on Working Paper 1. These can be forwarded via email to Ian
Ker at <iank@arrb.com.au>. Stage 2 is now underway, to identify,
develop and assess options for addressing those issues. As an important
part of Stage 2, ARRB will be running workshops with key stakeholders
in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane during
March and early April." For more on the study, contact Ian Ker at the
above email address.

For more on the Australian Bicycle Council, email Paul at:
<paul.magarey@dotars.gov.au> or visit:
http://www.abc.dotars.gov.au/
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CALIF. SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM GOOD FOR KIDS' HEALTH

-> According to a Feb. 23rd Univ. of California/Irvine news release, "A
state program designed to make children's routes to school safer may
actually be encouraging kids to walk or bike to school more often --
something that's good for their health. The UC Irvine study examining
the effectiveness of the California Safe Routes to Schools program is
the first to evaluate whether changes to the built environment can
increase pedestrian travel to school. The study looks at elementary
schools located near improvements funded by the Safe Routes to School
program, such as additional traffic lights, new crosswalks and improved
sidewalks.

"Parent surveys show that children who pass by these improvement
projects on their route to school are three times as likely to walk or
bike to school when the project is completed, compared to classmates
who do not pass such projects. 'The kind of infrastructure improvements
we looked at in this study are the low-hanging fruit of transportation
projects, and it's quite impressive that these are producing measurable
effects,' said Marlon Boarnet, chair of UCI's planning, policy and
design department, and lead author of the study. 'It suggests that we
ought to think more about these small, strategic projects.'..."

Source: http://today.uci.edu/news/release_detail.asp?key=1282
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"[The baby boomer] generation is retiring differently, such as retiring
in stages. Now that their children are out of the house, they are
opening small businesses that they always wanted to have. Downtowns
need to tap into that interest. They want walkable downtowns, eclectic
food and entertainment choices, same as the creative class."

-- Valecia Crisafulli, National Trust for Historic Preservation

http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_
BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031780878644&path=!business&s=1037645507703&tacodalogin=no


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

CHAPEL HILL (NC) JOINS GLOBAL WARMING MOVEMENT

-> According to a Feb. 19th Herald-Sun article, "A Town Council
committee is considering an ambitious proposal to reduce carbon-dioxide
emissions that could help shape planning and development in Chapel Hill
for the next several decades. Douglas Crawford-Brown, director of the
university's Carolina Environmental Program, has proposed that the town
commit to a nonbinding goal of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 60
percent by 2050. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas believed to
contribute to global warming. The proposal calls on the town to join
the Community Carbon Reduction Project, an England-based coalition of
cities, universities and businesses committed to reaching the
carbon-reduction goal. Chapel Hill would become the first American
partner in the project.

"Crawford-Brown said the proposal would require new thinking about
long-term issues such as transportation planning, renewable energy and
the proposed Carolina North development. 'The town has made a
commitment to the reduction of carbon dioxide in the past,' he said.
'What the CRed program does is to sort of move them the next step
toward practical action to help them develop plans for how they'll
[act].' The Town Council Committee on Energy, Environment and
Sustainability will draft a report on the idea in the next couple of
months and present it for consideration by the full council. If the
council wanted to move forward, it likely would hold public meetings to
discuss the issue before voting on it..."

Source: http://www.herald-sun.com/orange/10-578544.html
Archive search: http://www.herald-sun.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Panel's goal to cut carbon-dioxide emissions"
Author: Erik Holmes

For more information on the Community Carbon Reduction Project, go to:
http://www.cred-uk.org/
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NCBW STARTS KERN CO. (CA) WALKABLE WORKSHOPS

-> According to a Feb. 12th Bakersfield Californian article, "Kern
residents might love their trucks, but local officials are hoping
they'll leave them at home. In an effort to get people out of their
cars and onto their bikes and feet, seven Kern communities are hosting
workshops to think up ways to plan for pedestrians. 'We're developing
bigger and bigger transportation projects without taking into account
that not everyone can drive,' said Peter Smith, a senior planner for
Kern Council of Governments, which plans regional transportation
projects. 'Parents are terrified to let their children walk because
they're afraid they are going to get run over.'

"All these car trips aren't helping lungs or waistlines. Cars and
trucks are a growing part of the Central Valley's notorious air
pollution, which experts say is the cause of high asthma rates and
other health problems. Seeing a need for a new approach, Smith entered
Kern into the Walkable Communities Initiative, a nationwide campaign
run by Maryland's National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Kern
competed with roughly 40 other metropolitan cities for a spot in the
program, and will join Los Angeles, Daytona Beach, Baltimore and eight
other U.S. cities in the campaign...The National Center for Bicycling
and Walking's pedestrian expert Bob Chauncey said he's optimistic that
Kern can scale down its streets. 'If (places like Cincinnati and
Dayton) can do this, why the heck can't Bakersfield?' said Chauncey.
'These malls, our dependence on cars, that didn't happen by an act of
God.'..."

Source: http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/5284112p-5314069c.html
Archive search: http://www.bakersfield.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "A whole lotta of drivin' going on -- not enough walking"
Author: Sarah Ruby
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"LATINO NEW URBANISM" GROWS IN SANTA ANA (CA)

-> According to a Feb. 15th USA Today article, "This is a slice of
Orange County you won't see on TV's 'The OC.' Bridal shops and corner
grocery stores. Families strolling downtown. Workers walking to lunch.
Store signs in Spanish next to the ubiquitous Starbucks shops. Street
vendors. Professionals living in artists' lofts a block from Main
Street. Amid a suburban county's gated communities, three-car garages
and megamalls, Santa Ana is a fledgling hub of 'new urbanism,' an
increasingly popular antidote to sprawl that promotes dense, walkable
neighborhoods where people live, work and play. But it's new urbanism
with a twist: Latino new urbanism.

"Advocates of this budding movement suggest that places where Hispanics
are fast becoming the majority could help rein in sprawl by
capitalizing on Latino cultural preferences for compact neighborhoods,
large public places and a sense of community. 'I grew up in Mexico. We
had a traditional urban square and plaza where everything is
happening,' says Mario Chavez-Marquez, 31, who lives in one of downtown
Santa Ana's new loft apartments. 'To me, it made sense to move back to
the center, closer to my job. Now I can walk to a supermarket.'
Builders and planners have largely ignored the cultural identity of
this new wave of home buyers, says planner Michael Mendez, who coined
the term 'Latino new urbanism.'..."

Source:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-02-15-latinos-usat_x.htm
Archive search: http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/USAToday/search.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "'New urbanism' embraces Latinos"
Author: Haya El Nasser
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NEWPORT NEWS (VA) DEVELOPMENT OFFERS "COMMUNITY"

-> According to a Feb. 21st Daily News article, "Patrice Stein was
living in a spacious suburban house with her husband a few years ago,
but something was missing. When she saw Port Warwick -- a mixed-use,
150-acre development of brick homes, condos and apartments, and shops
centered around a three-acre square -- she had an 'a-ha' moment. 'It
was a fabulous community,' Stein said. 'I said ah, this is it. This is
what's missing.' She found the friendly urban-style neighborhood she'd
been looking for in Newport News' Oyster Point area. 'You see people
walking the dogs. And you stop and talk to people. There's such a
variety of businesses,' Stein said. The largest green area, William
Styron Square, is named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer from
Newport News.

"The complex has smaller squares and public statues commissioned by the
developer. There are shops where you can get coffee, beer or wine, and
restaurants where you can get a sandwich or dinner. Stein said Port
Warwick reminded her and her husband of growing up in the city, and of
the villages she visited in Europe. 'I grew up in a circle. He grew up
on a square,' she said. 'We wanted to live in the inner city.' She, her
husband and their 7-year-old son live in a spacious condominium above
the store she owns, Beck & Stein books. Stein plans to open a
bed-and-breakfast in an adjacent condominium..."

Source:
http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/dp-69121sy0feb21,0,1186319.story
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "New urbanism taking to streets"
Author: Keith Rushing
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AIR POLLUTANTS CAN CHANGE FETAL CHROMOSOMES

-> According to a Feb. 16th New York Times article, "Exposure to air
pollution, even in the womb, may be linked to genetic changes
associated with an increased risk of cancer, researchers said
yesterday. That finding, from a study done in New York City by
scientists at Columbia University, followed 60 newborns and their
nonsmoking mothers in low-income neighborhoods, primarily in Harlem and
the Bronx. Exposure to pollutants caused chiefly by vehicles was
measured by backpack air monitors worn by the women during the third
trimester of pregnancy.

"When the babies were born, genetic alterations were measured.
Researchers found an increase of about 50 percent in the level of
persistent genetic abnormalities among infants with high levels of
exposure, said the study's senior author, Dr. Frederica P. Perera,
director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health.
'We already knew that air pollutants significantly reduced fetal
growth, but this is the first time we've seen evidence that they can
change chromosomes in utero,' Dr. Perera said, adding that the kind of
genetic changes that occurred had been linked in other studies to
increased risk of cancer..."

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/16/health/16pollute.html
Archive search: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pollution Is Linked to Fetal Harm"
Author: AP
For more on the study, go to:
http://www.ccceh.org/research/mothers_newborns.html
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WALKERS, CYCLISTS BOO GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE FEE

-> According to a Feb. 11th San Francisco Chronicle article, "Charging
folks a buck to walk or pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge is a cheap
and crummy thing to do, say the folks who would wind up getting charged
the buck. In fact, it's an affront to human decency. 'Walking,' said
tourist Derek Jones, 'is a right. Like breathing. It's almost an
infringement of your civil liberties to pay to walk.' Golden Gate
Bridge directors are, once again, considering whether to install toll
booths on bridge sidewalks to hit up pedestrians and cyclists. That's
partly because their last big idea -- begging pedestrians and cyclists
to drop donations into collection boxes near the sidewalk entrances --
is bringing in all of $6 a day...

"'Tourists are paying all the time, for everything,' he said. 'It's
another hit. We bring enough money to San Francisco already, and this
just isn't very nice.' Cyclists were hissing about the proposed toll,
too. Cyclist Jim Stifter was hissing about it louder than the sound of
the air escaping from his rear tire, which had blown out as he
descended the hill near the Joseph Strauss statue. 'It seems wrong,' he
said. 'What a cheap thing to do to people.' Cyclist Kalani Hines said
charging tolls is a 'stupid idea.' 'What are they going to do next,
charge a quarter to cross the street?' he said..."

Source:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/02/11/BAG6CB978V1.DTL
Archive search: http://www.sfgate.com/search/
Cost: No
Title: "$1 toll plan called 'stupid idea'"
Author: Steve Rubenstein
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REVISED ATLANTA (GA) BRIDGE PLAN MORE PED-FRIENDLY

-> According to a Feb. 15th WXIA-TV story, "Hundreds came out to review
and applaud the latest draft of the 14th Street bridge project Tuesday
night. The design is being hailed as a triumph of collaboration between
the state Department of Transportation and midtown residents. Midtown
residents had a vision of how their community was going to grow. The
idea, according to Susan Menheim of the Midtown Alliance, was to 'make
the area pedestrian friendly, walkable, beautiful, safe.' The 14th
Street bridge project design, following the construction of the 17th
Street bridge, however, did not fit the vision of the area's planners.

"'We felt that a very wide bridge and a wide 14th was going to be a
detriment to that plan,' Menheim said. As a result, DOT officials went
back to the drawing board. 'We looked at some of the issues they were
bringing to us [and] through that collaborative effort, we were able to
come up with a very good solution to some of the traffic problems here
in midtown,' said Glenn Bownan of the DOT..."

Source: http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=59037
Archive search: http://www.11alive.com/help/search/searchstory.aspx
Cost: No
Title: "14th Street Bridge Design Revised"
Author: Keith Whitney
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U. OF MIAMI (FL) TO BUILD MODEL DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a Feb. 17th Lexington Herald Leader article, "The
University of Miami, venturing into real estate development for the
first time, is aiming for something a lot more ambitious than a
cookie-cutter subdivision: It wants to create an antidote to suburban
sprawl amid a rare pine forest in South Miami-Dade County. Though far
from finalized, the university's proposal envisions an old-fashioned,
walkable village of up to 1,200 small homes clustered around a new
public kindergarten through 12th grade school and a public library,
parks and neighborhood shops. UM officials say the project would serve
as a model for what suburban development in Miami-Dade could be --
smart, not wasteful, ecologically friendly and civic-minded.

"The village's compact plan and small lots would make efficient use of
land and encourage strolling, UM officials say. Kids could walk to
school and recreation, and parents could forgo use of their automobiles
for many daily activities - from basic shopping to working out at the
gym, from seeing a doctor at a UM-run medical clinic to attending
courses. UM officials hope it will also nurture a close sense of
community missing in many conventional subdivisions. 'It would not be
the typical suburb where residents leave in the morning, come back at
night and close the door or close the gate, and that's it,' said UM
provost Luis Glaser. The village, dubbed the South Campus, would occupy
much of a large, mostly unused property the university has owned for
years on Coral Reef Drive by the entrance to Miami Metrozoo..."

Source: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/nation/10928484.htm
Archive search: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "U. Miami plans a 'model' village"
Author: Andres Viglucci
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WILLITS (CA) STUDENT PUSHES BIKE LOCKER PROJECT

-> According to a Feb. 22nd Willits News article, "Willits High School
student Jesse Gantt likes bikes. In fact, he's wearing a bicycle chain
necklace as he works on a project for the City of Willits: the first of
a series of barn-shaped bike lockers designed to encourage two-wheel
commuting. Gantt's working partner in the high school's welding shop,
Patrick Turner, says he'll probably ride a bike more often once the
secure metal lockers start to appear all over town. When they do
appear, they may be mistaken for sculpture, given the decorative metal
siding now being created by the high school's art department.

"The concept of having high school students, those most likely to ride
bikes, produce the lockers originated with Community Development
Director Alan Falleri. Welding shop instructor Bill Gabe extended the
idea to include design work by art students. Falleri is the city's
representative to WALC, the Willits Active Living Congress, which
secured the $5,600 project grant from the Air Quality Management
District. The organization was created two years ago in order to 'try
to get people off their duffs in everyday life,' according to chairman
Mike Aplet, who drew up the blueprints for the lockers..."

Source:
http://www.willitsnews.com/Stories/0,1413,253~26908~2726450,00.html
Archive search:
http://www.willitsnews.com/Stories/0,1413,253%257E30055%257E,00.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Got a bike?; Grant funds park-and-pedal lockers"
Author: Claudia Reed
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WELCOME TO THE ATLANTA TIME MACHINE WEBSITE

-> "The Atlanta Time Machine website is dedicated to examining the
history of Atlanta, Georgia by comparing vintage photographs of Atlanta
with much more contemporary images shot, more or less, from the same
perspective of the original photographer. Where do all the vintage
photos come from? I found the overwhelming majority of them in the
Special Collections & Archives department of the Georgia State
University Library System. From the moment I first visited their
extremely extensive online photographic archive in about September
2003, I was completely mesmerized..."

http://atlantatimemachine.com/


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

MAINE COURT: SCARBOROUGH ZONING SHOULD MATCH PLAN

-> "The developers who initiated the lawsuit have proposed a mixed-use,
residential and commercial development in Dunstan's Corner that is
consistent with the town's plan, but is not allowed by the town's
zoning law..."
http://www.clf.org/general/internal.asp?id=293

BAKERSFIELD (CA) STREETSCAPE PROJECT STARTS TREND

-> "Without a viable business community, the area became a breeding
ground for crime, he said. But things are slowly changing. The city
streetscape put in two years ago started a trend, and now people from
the community want to take over and make things better..."
http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/5311503p-5341891c.html

BENTONVILLE (AR) PLANNERS APPROVE "WALKABLE VILLAGE"

-> "A local developer, ProCon Inc., wants to create a walkable village
area at the future intersection of Southeast C and 22nd streets,
utilizing a zoning that is usually reserved for downtown -- central
commercial (C-3)..."
http://nwanews.com/story.php?paper=bcdr&section=News&storyid=17413

LEESBURG (VA) PUSHES FOR WALKABLE RETAIL COMPLEX

-> "Commissioners...wanted to see a more walkable site, saying the
large parking lot divided the buildings in a way that people wouldn't
walk between them..."
http://www.leesburg2day.com/current.cfm?catid=1&newsid=10255

PRESIDENT BUSH TRADES RUNNING FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING

-> "When it comes to weekend enjoyment, all George W. Bush seems to
need is some winding trails and a helmet. And his mountain bike..."
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.journal12feb12,1,7627780.column?ctrack=1&cset=true

NAT'L REVIEW AUTHOR DERIDES THE "BIKE PATH LEFT"

-> "When Howard Dean was still on top of the world looking down on the
Democratic presidential nomination, the indispensable columnist Mark
Steyn, writing in the Wall Street Journal, dubbed the good doctor the
figurehead of the 'bike path left.'..."
http://www.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg200502161204.asp

SIDEWALKS, TRAILS, PLAZA PART OF TALLAHASSEE (FL) PLAN

-> "For decades, Gaines Street has been a neglected semi-industrial
strip, a symbol of Tallahassee's complacency. With last year's purchase
by the city of several key parcels in the Gaines Street corridor, that
area is primed for an extreme makeover that could well become a source
of community pride..."
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/10927217.htm

PEORIA (IL) GOES FOR 477K MI. IN ANNUAL MOON WALK

-> "The goal of the 2005 Moon Walk is to enlist area residents to
collectively walk the distance to the moon and back -- 477,400 miles --
between April 1 and June 30..."
http://www.pekintimes.com/articles/2005/02/22/news/news3.txt

ELDERLY DRIVERS HAVE GREATER RISK OF DEATH

-> "A 2004 study of 25 years of accidents in Texas showed the risk of
death from an accident is 4 times higher for drivers 85 and over than
it is for drivers 55 to 60..."
http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/1301527.html

ANN ARBOR (MI) WANTS NEW LIBRARY CENTRALLY LOCATED

-> "He said people in the focus groups said they want to be able to
have easy access not only to parking but also to the walkable business
locations nearby..."
http://www.mlive.com/news/aanews/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1109000470261400.xml

DERBY (CT) MAIN STREET PLAN DRAWS PRAISE

-> "Heapes said what is needed is a public waterfront, street retail, a
neighborhood atmosphere, parking and a sense of being authentic. 'As
many of you know, parking can make or break a place,' he said..."
http://www.nhregister.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=13977521&BRD=1281&PAG=461&dept_id=517515&rfi=6

AUSSIE TYCOON DEVELOPING W. PA'S BROWNFIELDS

-> "The idea is to take advantage of Ambridge's walkable size and the
charm of historic Old Economy Village across the street. It's a far cry
from the cul-de-sac suburbs, but to Moltoni, that's exactly the point.
'This is how we want to live in 2005, as opposed to how we wanted to
live in the 1960s,' he said..."
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05047/457998.stm

SAANICH (BC) PLANNER: WINDOWS ATTRACT PEDESTRIANS

-> "Fuoco started by picking on the Langford Superstore, next to
CanWest Mall...The side of the store is an unrelenting off-white wall
-- dwarfing a barren, skinny sidewalk next to an empty road. The only
relief to the wall's largeness are regularly-spaced spindly trees..."
http://www.saanichnews.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=28&cat=23&id=380326&more=

MAKING DEAD LYNCHBURG (VA) MALL A 'MINI-DOWNTOWN'

-> "One of the consultants said part of the idea is to take a dead
shopping area (The Plaza) and turn it into a miniature downtown with
walkable streets, restaurants and recreation all in one place..."
http://www.newsadvance.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=LNA/MGArticle/LNA_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031781029991&path=

MACON CO. (NC) FOLKS WANT TRAILS, WALKABLE DOWNTOWN

-> "Also, child/family oriented facilities such as an indoor swimming
pool, all-encompassing recreational facility, linkage of existing bike
and walking trails, and a more walkable downtown ranked high on the
list of desired facilities..."
http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/02_05/02_16_05/fr_macon_citizens.html


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

-> "COMPLETE THE STREETS..."
"...for safer bicycling and walking;" Fact sheet from America Bikes.
http://www.americabikes.org/bicycleaccomodation_factsheet_completestreets.asp

-> "ACTIVE LIVING AND SOCIAL EQUITY..."
"...Creating Healthy Communities for All Residents;" by Emerine,
Feldman; and Delchad; 2005; International City/County Management
Association.
http://icma.org/upload/library/2005-02/%7B16565E96-721D-467D-9521-3694F918E5CE%7D.pdf

-> "HISPANIC PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY"
Report of Focus Group Discussions in Washington, New York, Miami, and
Los Angeles; Murphy & Knoblauch; FHWA, July 2004
http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/docs/fhwanhtsa.htm

-> "MANAGING ACTIVE LIVING COMMUNITIES"
20-page report by Mishkovsky; 2004; International City/County
Management Association.
http://icma.org/upload/library/2004-12/%7BA12C815F-A4E3-4558-895B-76092CC84797%7D.pdf

--> "DEVELOPING STANDARDS FOR COOPERATIVE REGIONAL PLANNING"
Project Report; by the Greater Jackson Business and Community Alliance;
funding through the Kellogg Foundation People and Land Program;
December 2004. [Report and appendices available as message board
attachments.]
http://www.peopleandland.org/projects/detail.cfm?project=50#messageboard

-> "CARSICK"
"...Suburban dwellers are driving their way to poor health;" by Paige
P. Parvin, Emory Magazine, Winter 2005.
http://www.emory.edu/EMORY_MAGAZINE/winter2005/sprawl.html

-> "ACTIVE LIVING INITIATIVES IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI"
Report by Darwin Hindman, mayor; 2004; International City/County
Management Association.
http://icma.org/include/download.asp?cap=Darwin+Hindman+Presentation&;file=/upload/library/2004-06/{69C6C7DA-6BC3-42DD-8080ADB279BDE0A8}.pdf
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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 3, 2005, Designing for Health: The Future of Texas City-Regions
Symposium, Austin TX. Info:
http://web.austin.utexas.edu/architecture/health/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/

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

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, Implementing a Sidewalk Management System, 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

March 17-20, 200,5 Building Livable, Walkable Communities, Yosemite
National Park, CA. Info: Joseph Hurley, Local Government Commission;
phone: (916) 448-1198 Ext. 330; email: <jhurley@lgc.org>.
http://www2.lgc.org/events/index.cfm?fuseaction=conference&cid=49

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, Chicago, IL.
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

May 22-25, 2005, Transportation Research Board National Roundabout
Conference, Vail CO. Info: Richard Pain, TRB Staff; phone: (202)
334-2964; email: <RPain@NAS.edu>
http://trb.org/Conferences/Roundabout/

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 -- NEW ROUTES COORD.-- ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSN.
The person who gets this job will coordinate our collaborative efforts
to create a federally recognized National Bike Route Network and to
establish the innovative new Underground Railroad Bicycle Route,
working in partnership with the Center for Minority Health at the
University of Pittsburgh. Both projects are key to expanding the
visibility and diversity of the bicycling movement in America.

We are looking for someone with very strong organizing and
interpersonal skills. The job is based in beautiful and friendly
Missoula, MT, will require some travel, takes place in a flexible and
fun workplace, and is competitively compensated. The deadline for
application is March 16. For the full job description, go to:
http://www.adventurecycling.org/whoweare/employment.cfm


-> JOB -- PED/PUBLIC SPACE CAMPAIGNER -- T.A., NYC
Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) seeks an advocate to lead campaigns
to expand the provision of pedestrian public space at key locations
throughout New York City. You should be an urbanist, familiar with
current local politics and have experience in political organizing.
Business experience is a plus. You will work closely with the lead
pedestrian campaigner and the Executive Director to galvanize the
support of local businesses and community groups for
pedestrian-oriented redesigns of such famous New York City landmarks as
Times Square and Herald Square as well as other spaces controlled by
Business Improvement Districts. We are looking for someone who is
capable of communicating to local businesses and residents how they
will benefit from better public spaces through meetings, presentations,
press work, research, writing and studies. You should be practical and
hard working as well as captivated by the idea of improving these
famous spaces. We are looking for someone equally comfortable with
negotiating in a corporate board room and leading a public rally.

Qualifications Strong interest in the mission of Transportation
Alternatives; Strong writing and presentation skills and ability to
effectively represent T.A. to the public; Highly self-motivated and
able to work closely with others; Political and PR experience a plus;
Ability to work closely with business and community leaders, including
after hours; Savvy with print, radio and TV journalists. Salary:
$34,000-$38,000. Benefits: HMO health coverage, TransitChek and three
weeks paid vacation. Start Date: Immediate. Send: Cover letter (the
most important part of your application); resume; and writing sample to
Program Staff Search, Transportation Alternatives, 115 W. 30th Street,
#1207, New York, NY 10001; fax: (212)629-8334; email:
<info@transalt.org>. We do not take phone calls.



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