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


#118 Friday, March 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.

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

House Approves TEA-LU

NCBW's Fall Walkable Community Workshop Series

Activists: Want Walkable Community Workshops?

NRPA Fights Federal Cuts in LWCF State Grants

Iowa Bicycle Summit Coming April 9th

Safe Routes Work Provides Focus for PhD Student

What's Happening at Velo-City 2005 (Dublin, IR)???


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

Mich. Supreme Court Mulls Ped Access to Great Lakes

Pittsford (NY) Watching for Speeders During Campaign

Nashville (TN) Road Widening to Help "Walkable Centers"?

New Carson City (NV) Bridge - Space for Bikes, Peds

Gingellville (MI) to Get "Village Square"

Manatee Co. (FL) Development: "Neighborhood "

Columbus (OH) Makes Progress on 22-Mi. Trail

Survey First Step in Springfield (MO) Bike Plan



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

HOUSE APPROVES TEA-LU

-> According to a Mar. 10th America Bikes news item,"Today the U.S.
House of Representatives approved H.R. 3, The Transportation Equity
Act: A Legacy For Users, by an overwhelming vote of 417-9. The six-year
bill provides $284 billion for the federal highway, transit and highway
safety programs. We now look forward to the reintroduction of the
Senate's reauthorization bill."

More on the legislation under America Bikes' March 3rd update:
http://www.americabikes.org/

and at the House Committee website:
http://www.house.gov/transportation
<back to top>


NCBW'S FALL WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP SERIES

Notes from Bob Chauncey: Thanks to everyone who has expressed an
interest in our Fall Walkable Community Workshop series. Here are
answers to several questions asked.

Yes, one agency can sponsor your entire workshop series, but a better
idea is to seek multiple partners. They not only share the cost, but
encourage broader participation. Likely partners include metropolitan
planning organizations, councils of government, city governments, town
governments, discretionary funds from local council persons and state
legislators, public health agencies, school districts (the cost of
school transportation is becoming an increasingly significant motivator
for walkable communities), state departments of transportation
(especially their safety elements), chambers of commerce, and dowtown
business associations.

Yes, previous workshop partners can apply again for additional
workshops.
Yes, we can modify our format to better fit your needs. Just ask.
Yes, we can accommodate multiple cities within the same week --
provided we can work out the logistics.
Yes, the application form is now on line at www.bikewalk.org/WCW

Additional questions? Contact Bob at <bob@bikewalk.org>
<back to top>


ACTIVISTS: WANT WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS?

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking has received several
requests from community residents, asking how they can bring the Fall
Walkable Community Workshop series to their communities.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Review the workshop information at http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW
  2. Start making phone calls to your metropolitan planning organization,
    council of governments, city or town government, state legislator,
    state department of transportation, chamber of commerce, public health
    department, school officials, community groups, and others. Ask them to
    check out the website information.
  3. Remind them that the cost is more than reasonable, especially when
    divided among several sponsors.
  4. Remind them that creating and improving walkable communities makes
    good economic sense. Need help in making this argument? Contact NCBW:
    <bob@bikewalk.org>.
  5. Encourage one agency to take the lead in completing the application
    form. Do they want help? We'll provide it!
  6. Thank them for applying!
    <back to top>



NRPA FIGHTS FEDERAL CUTS IN LWCF STATE GRANTS

-> According to a Mar. 10th National Recreation and Park Assn. update,
"President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget request and related documents
propose to "terminate" Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) state
assistance grants for local and state park systems. The proposed budget
was released in February. The fiscal year 2005 approved budget
appropriates $89.7 million for grants, but they have not yet been
apportioned to the states. Technically, these funds could also be
subject to a rescission request.

"The National Park Service would receive $53 million for land
conservation in the National Park system, slightly higher than the
agency requested. The LWCF account contains approximately $12 billion
in authorized but unappropriated funds. As expected, the budget
requests no funds for the restoration of urban parks. 'The LWCF grants
have played an important role in creating a nationwide system of parks
and recreation resources,' says NRPA Executive Director John Thorner,
CAE. 'We will make every effort to convince the Congress to appropriate
$100 million for reinvestment in state and local public parks.'..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.nrpa.org/content/default.aspx?documentId=1867
<back to top>


IOWA BICYCLE SUMMIT COMING APRIL 9TH

-> According to a recent announcement, "The 2005 Iowa Bicycle Summit
will be held in Des Moines on Saturday, April 9 from 8:30 am to 4:00
pm. The summit will focus on sharing information and promoting
communication about a variety of issues affecting bicycling and trails
in Iowa. Topics include bicycle advocacy, safety, education, trails
development, bicycle clubs, and national programs and trends. Success
stories, roundtable discussions, networking and a bicycle ride around
Des Moines are all a part of the 2005 Iowa Bicycle Summit."

The 2005 Iowa Bicycle Summit is sponsored by: Iowa Department of
Transportation, Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Iowa Natural Heritage
Foundation. For more information, contact: Kathy Ridnour Iowa
Department of Transportation 800 Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50010 Phone:
(515) 239-1713 E-mail: <kathy.ridnour@dot.iowa.gov> Register On-Line at
http://www.iowabikes.com or http://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.
<back to top>


SAFE ROUTES WORK PROVIDES FOCUS FOR PHD STUDENT

-> Our NCBW colleague, Sharon Roerty, sent along this note from Ben
Weaver, re: his plans for grad school: "I just wanted to let you know
that I have been admitted to the Ph.D. program at the State University
of New York. They seem to be very interested in the research I proposed
on the relationship between school siting/design and the health of the
student. A lot of inspiration for this focus came from the work I've
been doing on the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Project --
more specifically Safe Routes to School and Walk to School Day. I
realize the link between and would like to research how the increasing
trend of constructing large schools on the outskirts of towns impacts
the lack of physical activity and obesity in children.

"When I attended high school in Wisconsin in 1998, I was able to walk
to and from school. On a recent trip home, I noticed two newly
constructed massive high schools that were constructed far from the
homes of the students they serve. The old high schools were located
downtown and were very walkable. The new ones are located highways
outside of town. School districts may argue that these locations
provide enough land to build larger schools and are more affordable,
but is it at the cost of the students' health?"

For more info on Ben's work, email him at <bw9929@albany.edu> or
<bweaver@gmail.com>
<back to top>


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT VELO-CITY 2005 (DUBLIN, IR)???

-> In a recent note, Olly Hatch and Michael Aherne told us a bit about
the upcoming Velo-City conference scheduled for May 31-June 3, 2005 in
Dublin. "At the last Velo-city conference in Paris in 2003, we had
about 750 delegates from over 40 countries world-wide -- all of who
were involved in some way to increase the levels of cycling." At this
year's conference, Jacques Barrot, European Union Commissioner for
Transport, will give the keynote speech. The conference will be looking
at the role of the bike within Dublin's integrated transportation
strategy, as well as bicycle transport developments from around the
globe.

Details are available on the Velo-city website at:
http://www.velo-city2005.com/

You can also download the program of events, site visits, keynote
speakers and technical presentations here:
http://www.velo-city2005.com/pdf/velocity_registration.pdf
<back to top>


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

"There is only one solution to intensifying traffic congestion --
Fundamental Change in human settlement patterns."

--E M Risse, principal, SYNERGY/Planning
http://www.baconsrebellion.com/Issues04/07-26/Risse.htm


"Time is money in the development business. If you make it more
difficult for developers to do the sustainable development -- a
conservation development, a walkable development -- then developers
default to doing the conventional thing, the cookie-cutter homes, the
very thing that people oppose."

-- Ed McMahon, the Urban Land Institute
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0503080315mar
08,1,5027899.story?coll=chi-newslocalnorthwest-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true


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

MICH. SUPREME COURT MULLS PED ACCESS TO GREAT LAKES

-> According to a Mar. 4th Citizen Patriot article, "The thorny issue
of waterfront rights is back in the state's highest court next week
when the Michigan Supreme Court considers a walk on the beach. At issue
is whether lakefront property owners on the Great Lakes have exclusive
rights to the beach, including into the water, and who owns the land
under the water.

"In Glass vs. Goeckel, an Alcona County case, the state Court of
Appeals ruled the public has the right to walk private beaches only if
they remain in the water. It also held that the state -- not the
property owner -- owns the land under the high-water mark on the Great
Lakes. Oral arguments are scheduled Tuesday in Lansing. 'The case will
determine the extent of private title ownership at the beaches of the
Great Lakes and the public's right to use such beaches throughout the
state of Michigan,' court officials said in the case summary..."

Source:
http://www.mlive.com/news/jacitpat/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1109955922313050.xml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No, but search appears limited to last 14 days
Title: "State Supreme Court to decide lakefront issue"
Author: Steven Hepker
<back to top>


PITTSFORD (NY) WATCHING FOR SPEEDERS DURING CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Mar. 4th Democrat and Chronicle article, "Speeders,
beware when you arrive in the village of Pittsford. The Monroe County
Sheriff's Office is cracking down on heavy-footed motorists. The
initiative, announced Thursday at Village Hall, is an outgrowth of
efforts to make Pittsford's streets more pedestrian-friendly. Mayor
Robert Corby said the initiative also is 'to pre-empt the rash of
accidents that occur in the spring.' The village will use the town of
Pittsford's 'speed wagon,' a roadside device that digitally displays
the speed of vehicles as they pass.

'Aggressive driving and speeding, especially in residential areas, are
not going to be tolerated,' said Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn. Some of his
office's new slick-top patrol cars, which have no roof-mounted light
racks, will be used in the enforcement campaign, he said. Village Board
member Tim Galli said the effort 'will help preserve the historical
nature of the village.' Supervisor Bill Carpenter said the message to
motorists is to 'be as sensitive as you would want people to be in your
own neighborhood.' The speeding crackdown will be evaluated after three
or four weeks to determine its impact, Corby and O'Flynn said..."

Source:
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050304
/NEWS01/503040377/1002/NEWS

Archive search:
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_site=democratandchronicl
e&p_product=RDCB&p_theme=gannett&p_action=keyword

Cost: Yes
Title: "Pittsford isn't the place you want to speed"
Author: Dolores Orman
<back to top>


NASHVILLE (TN) ROAD WIDENING TO HELP "WALKABLE CENTERS"?

-> According to a Mar. 7th Nashville City Paper article, "Morning rush
hour traffic is heavy at the intersection of Buena Vista Pike and
Clarksville Pike, just south of the stretch where Clarksville Pike
narrows from five lanes to two. Photo by Bill Harless. Plans to widen
Clarksville Pike from two lanes to five between Briley Parkway and
Ashland City Highway are closer to becoming a reality. The executive
board of the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (NAMPO)
will vote March 16 on adding the project to its 2006-08 Transportation
Improvement Program...

"Widening the road would relieve congestion safety issues and would
also likely attract new businesses to the Bordeaux-Joelton area, [Metro
District 1 Councilwoman Brenda] Gilmore said...Gilmore has requested
that bike and pedestrian lanes be added to the road. A Clarksville Pike
Corridor Study created by the Metro Planning Department suggests
establishing four 'walkable centers' along the road between Briley
Parkway and the Cumberland River, each with shops, restaurants and
community centers, such as the Bordeaux library and YMCA, in walkable
proximity..."

Source:
http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?section=9&screen=news&news_id=39755
Archive search:
http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/index.cfm?screen=archives
Cost: No
Title: "Clarksville Pike plan faces vote"
Author: Bill Harless
<back to top>


NEW CARSON CITY (NV) BRIDGE - SPACE FOR BIKES, PEDS

-> According to a Mar. 4th Reno Gazette-Journal article, "Carson City
motorists can look forward to crossing the Carson River on a new bridge
this fall. The old Deer Run Bridge, which was completed in 1970, is
considered substandard today, said Scott McGruder, spokesman for the
Nevada Department of Transportation, which owns the bridge...

"The new bridge will not only be stronger, but wider by 10 feet than
the present structure. The 40-foot-wide span will give pedestrians and
bicyclists ample room for crossing at the same time as motor vehicles.
'Additional space is always a benefit, and I'd say the more room the
better, even though there isn't a lot of traffic on that bridge all the
time,' said Anne Macquarie, an advocate of a group for a more walkable
and bikeable community..."

Source:
http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html/2005/03/04/93776.php?sps=rgj.c
om&sch=LocalNews&sp1=rgj&sp2=News&sp3=Local+News&sp5=RGJ.com&sp6=news&sp7=local_news

Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Motorists to see new Deer Run Bridge this fall"
Author: Sandi Wright
<back to top>


GINGELLVILLE (MI) TO GET "VILLAGE SQUARE"

-> According to a Mar. 10th Clarkston Eccentric article, "The Village
Square, a proposed commercial and residential development at the
southwest corner of Baldwin and Maybee roads, should bring 'jobs and
identity' to downtown Gingellville, according to the developer. The
Orion Township Board approved several rezoning requests for the Planned
Unit Development, which is expected to have 64,000 square feet of
retail space and 62 condominium units, said Mike Clark of 21st Century
Development.

"The development will be immediately north of the Great Lakes Athletic
Club and across the street from Orion Village Crossing, a similar
development that broke ground last year. Bob Pote, chairman of the
Orion Planning Commission, called the development a keystone to the
future of the village concept. 'We're trying to develop the look and
feel of a village in 'new' construction,' Pote said...'It's a combination of
residential and commercial with the idea that it's a walkable community.
You don't have to get in your car to go out to eat, do your dry cleaning,
whatever,' [Clark said]..."

Source:
http://hometownlife.com/Clarkston/News.asp?pageType=StoryCurrent&
StoryID=7023&Section=Main%20News&OnlineSection=Main%20News&
SectionPubDate=Thursday,%20March%2010,%202005&RefDate=3/10/2005

Archive search: http://hometownlife.com/HomeTownLife/FSSearch.asp
Cost: No
Title: "Gingellville development meets Orion board's approval"
Author: Steve Kowalski
<back to top>


MANATEE CO. (FL) DEVELOPMENT: "NEIGHBORHOOD"

-> According to a Mar. 10th Herald Tribune editorial, "A proposal to
build what amounts to a small town in northern Manatee County is
getting rave reviews from many of its prospective neighbors. Even so,
county officials should scrutinize the project and assess its impact on
schools and roads. Developers hope to build 1,117 single-family homes,
villas and townhouses and a 112,000-square-foot retail center at Fort
Hamer and Old Tampa roads. The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold
a public hearing on the plans at 9 a.m. today...

"Many Parrish residents are leery of growth. But quite a few people,
including the Parrish Civic Association, have embraced this project,
saying it's the sort of growth they prefer. 'If they're going to
develop Parrish, let's develop it into something livable,' says Charlie
Britt, a sixth- generation community resident. 'Traditionally,
developers out here just dump a bunch of houses and nothing else.' Many
aspects make the project appealing. Almost 60 percent of the 694-acre
parcel would remain open space or be used for parks and trails. The
developers call it a "walkable, bikable" community. In many regards,
the project fits the vision of 'a neighborhood and not just a
subdivision,' as one Parrish leader put it.

Source:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050310/OPINION/503100613/1030
Archive search:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?CATEGORY=ARCHIVES
Cost: Yes
Title: "Planning a new 'town'"
Author: Editorial board
<back to top>


COLUMBUS (OH) MAKES PROGRESS ON 22-MI. TRAIL

-> According to a Mar. 10th Columbus This Week article, "Columbus took
two big steps toward completing the 22-mile, multi-use Alum Creek trail
to connect Westerville and the South Side. Monday night, Columbus City
Council approved a $190,987 contract with Columbus Asphalt for the
construction of a half-mile trail segment near Bexley. 'This has been
difficult to build,' said Brad Westall, greenways planner for the
Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks. 'There have been a lot of
property issues. It has taken four years to resolve.' In the scheme of
the trail, a half-mile does not seem like much, but Westall said this
piece -- from Main Street to Academy Park -- will complete the middle
section of the trail, from Interstate 670 to Livingston Avenue.

"With 14.5-miles finished, the trail is more than halfway completed,
including more than five miles in the Northland area, almost four miles
around Bexley, and five miles between Route 104 and Three Creeks Park.
'Our trails are some of the greatest amenities in the city,' said Wayne
Roberts, Parks and Recreation director. 'These are great additions.'
Westall said the city is moving forward on the next large part of the
project, the stretch between Easton and Ohio Dominican University. To
that end, it recently acquired four miles of land along the creek
between Innis and Mock parks, two of the largest parks along the
waterway..."

Source:
http://www.thisweeknews.com/thisweek.php?edition=common&story=
thisweeknews/031005/Northland/News/031005-News-540725.html

Archive search: http://libpub.dispatch.com/thisweek.html
Cost: No (but limited to 30 days)
Title: "Columbus pushes to finish Alum Creek multi-use trail"
Author: Dan Eaton
<back to top>


SURVEY FIRST STEP IN SPRINGFIELD (MO) BIKE PLAN

-> According to a Mar. 1st News-Leader article, "Chuck Gregg, who rides
from his home just outside Springfield [Missouri] to his job, sees a
regional bicycle plan as a good idea. During the Ozarks Greenways
annual meeting last week, Gregg filled out a survey the transportation
organization is distributing to gauge attitudes toward setting up a
route system. 'I think it needs to be done,' Gregg said. 'It's
something that only improves the quality of life in the community
you're in.' Those kinds of comments and others on how people use their
bicycles, where they ride and what they'd like to see in a more
developed bicycle route system are part of the OTO's survey effort,
acting executive director Sara Edwards said. Surveys can be submitted
until March 29.

"Surveys were also distributed at the Logan-Rogersville Health Fair
this past weekend and will be given to SpringBike cycling club members
at their March meeting, Edwards said. And they will be available at
area bike shops, community centers and city halls in towns covered by
OTO. People can also get surveys online and possibly on City Utilities
buses to get reaction from people who combine bike riding with bus
riding, she said. Cyclists shouldn't expect immediate results from the
survey, though, said Dave Hutchison, Springfield Public Works
transportation planning engineer. After several years of effort,
Springfield should have added several east-west and north-south streets
spanning the city to the existing bike route system, he said. But fully
integrating city routes with county roads could take awhile..."

Source http://www.news-leader.com/today/20050301-Makingroomforbi.html
Archive search:
http://nl.newsbank.com/nlsearch/we/Archives?s_site=o
zarksnow&p_product=SNLB&p_theme=gannett&p_action=keyword

Cost: Yes
Title: "Making room for bikes"
Author: Mike Penprase

To see the online survey, go to:
http://www.ozarkstransportation.org/

For more info, go to:
http://www.mobikefed.org/
<back to top>


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ARM WRESTLING ROBOTS BEATEN BY A TEENAGED GIRL

-> "Flesh and bone triumphed in the first ever man-versus-machine
battle of brawn -- an arm wrestling contest between robots and humans
in California on Monday. The champion, beating all three robotic arms
each in a matter of seconds, was a 17-year-old girl called Panna
Felsen, a high school student from San Diego, US...The three robot
teams are now trying to work out what went wrong..."

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7113


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

BOSTON (MA) TO "REINVENT" 12 KEY THOROUGHFARES

-> "'Starting this spring, we will introduce a new set of 21st century
street standards, which will do more to incorporate new technology,
such as wireless access and interactive kiosks to assist people in
finding their way.'..."
http://news.bostonherald.com/opinion/view.bg?articleid=71660

MONTVILLE (NJ) PARENTS: KEEP "COURTESY" SCHOOL BUSES

-> "'Even if we had sidewalks, in this day and age, nobody would send
their kids to walk to school,' said Frank Lechleiter, who has a
third-grader at Cedar Hill School.
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1109833112311460.xml?starledger?nmr

WHITEFISH (MT) COUNCIL VEXED BY DEVELOPER-SPEAK

"...In defense of the project, Scott Eldon characterized the
development as suiting both sides and the proper appearance, 'It's a
residential looking, commercial-like development. It's in line with the
rest of Wisconsin and will have that look. I think the goal is to have
that appearance.'..."
http://www.whitefishpilot.com/articles/2005/03/10/news/news02.txt


CANADA'S GO FOR GREEN GIVES GRANTS FOR BIKE/PED PROJECTS

-> "Communities across Canada are acting in a variety of interesting
and exciting ways trying to promote Active Transportation. In December,
Go for Green provided funding to a number of community projects that
were making small, practical contributions to their neighbourhoods..."
http://www.goforgreen.ca/

FRANKLIN (TN) DEVELOPMENT TO RETAIN HISTORIC FEEL

-> "'We're trying to reinforce the concept of a walkable neighborhood.'
A tree lined street, with a focus on front porches will be the first
part of the village off of Franklin Road..."
http://www.newschannel5.com/content/news/9741.asp

SPRING TIME BRINGS OUT TORONTO'S "BUGS"

-> "Cycling is one of the best ways to get around and have fun and
because of that the Bicycle User Group Network (BUG) is constantly
evolving and growing..."
http://www.toronto.ca/bug/index.htm

UPPER FREEHOLD (NJ) GOES FOR "SMART GROWTH" GRANT

-> "The ANJEC grant program awards one-to-one matching reimbursement
grants of up to $20,000 to municipalities for local or regional plans,
ordinances, studies or document reviews that protect natural resources
and establish the land-use patterns envisioned in the state plan..."
http://examiner.gmnews.com/news/2005/0309/Front_Page/008.html

MAKE 1-WAY COUPLET 2-WAY: "HUMBOLDT (CA) CANDIDATE

-> "A project like returning H and I streets back to two-way streets
will greatly impact the city of Eureka and its quality of life..."
http://www.eurekareporter.com/Stories/fp-03100502.htm

TULSA CYCLIST RIDES FOR HEALTH & $AVINGS

-> "'I started getting kind of heavy when I was working and I wanted to
lose some weight and get some exercise.'..."
http://www.kotv.com/main/home/stories.asp?whichpage=1&id=79381

ELIZABETHTON (TN) DEBATES RAIL-TRAIL OPTION

-> "At 7 p.m. this evening at City Hall, citizens will be allowed to
voice opinions about whether Elizabethton city and Carter County
government should buy the right-of-way to what remains of the old
ET&WNC Railroad..."
http://www.starhq.com/html/localnews/0305/031005tweetsie.htm

"SUPER SIZE ME" AVAILABLE AS HEALTH ED DVD

-> The SUPER SIZE ME EDUCATIONALLY ENHANCED(r) edition incorporates
unique educational content into the original documentary film, and will
be released on DVD on February 28, 2005."
http://www.supersizemestore.com.

LIVABLE COMMUNITY MODEL COMPETITION

-> "The purpose of this competition is to identify and showcase cities
and counties that exemplify a livable community and to highlight
promising practices that can be used by local governments throughout
the country in preparing for the aging of the baby boom population..."
http://www.vnsny.org/research/aoacompetition/

BICYCLE-ONLY ROAD TO BE BUILT IN KAESONG (NK)

-> "Roads that only allow bicyclists and pedestrians are commonly found
in North Korea..."
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200503/kt2005031020080312070.htm

DRIVER CELL PHONE USE UP IN 2004

-> "According to a survey released by the U.S. Department of
Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), more motorists than ever are using cellular phones while they
drive..."
http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=4769


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

-> "WORLD TRANSPORT POLICY & PRACTICE 3/10/05"
Articles in this issue include: "World Report on Road Traffic Injury
Prevention;" "The 'YOU-move.nrw' campaign - New partnerships for
youth-oriented and environmentally friendly mobility management;"
"Evaluating bicycle-car transport mode competitiveness in an urban
environment." Issue can be downloaded here:
http://www.eco-logica.co.uk/WTPPhome.html

-> "MAIN STREETS..."
"...Flexibility in Design & Operations;" California Dept. of
Transportation; Jan. 2005.
http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/oppd/context/mainstreets2005.pdf

-> "NATURE OF ORDER"
Book 3 ("A Vision of a Living World") of Christopher Alexander's
"Nature of Order" is now available. This is the last of the 4-part
series (part 4 came out earlier). Alexander is the author of community
design classics, "A Timeless Way of Building" and "A Pattern Language."
Those interested in his new work can find out more here:
http://www.patternlanguage.com/

-> "AIR QUALITY & SMART GROWTH: PLANNING FOR CLEANER AIR"
2005 Translation Paper #16; by Winkelman, Dierkers, Silsbe, Wubben, and
Stott from the Center for Clean Air Policy; for the Funders' Network
for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
http://www.fundersnetwork.org/usr_doc/Air_Quality_and_Smart_Growth_FINAL.pdf

-> "QUICKSTATS: PREVALENCE OF OVERWEIGHT..."
"...Among Children and Teenagers, by Age Group and Selected Period ---
United States, 1963--2002;" Centers for Disease Control.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5408a6.htm

-> "MAKING NEW YORKERS HEALTHY--STEP-BY-STEP..."
"...Pedal-by-Pedal;" Year's end status report by Transportation
Alternatives.
http://www.transalt.org/press/askta/050106health.html

-> "TURNING AROUND DOWNTOWN: 12 STEPS TO REVITALIZATION"
March 2005 report from Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy
Program; by Christopher B. Leinberger.
http://www.brookings.edu/metro/pubs/20050307_12steps.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

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, 2005, 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 1-2, 2005, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Healthy Streets
Conference, Chicago, IL.
http://www.biketraffic.org

April 6-8, 2005, Pro-Bike/Pro-Walk Florida, Tampa, FL. Info: Lyndy
Moore, Florida Bicycle Association, PO Box 780371, Orlando, FL
32878-0371; phone: (407) 282-3245; email: <Lyndybyke@earthlink.net>.
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com/

April 10-12, 2005, Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference,
Charlotte, NC. Info: Center For Transportation Excellence, 4000
Albemarle St. NW, Suite 303, Washington, DC 20016; phone: (202)
244-2405.
http://www.cfte.org

April 22-24, Thunderhead 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 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 -- MEMBER RESOURCES MGR -- THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE
As the only national coalition of state and local bicycle and
pedestrian advocacy organizations the Thunderhead Alliance's highest
priority is to provide what our member organizations need to make the
greatest impact for bicycling and walking in their communities. Our
full-time Member Resources Manager will coordinate the development and
dissemination of Thunderhead materials to our 104 member organizations
in 46 states. The Member Resources Manager will work closely with
Thunderhead's Executive Director to develop our personal training
program, coordinate trainers, and increase our resources and
productivity of our programs for our members.

Requirements:

Salary & Benefits $32,000, health, three weeks paid vacation. For
more details on application requirements, download:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/worddocs/Member%20Resources%20Manager%20job%20announcement.doc


-> JOB -- MGR. OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT -- RTC
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
advocates at the local, state and national level for policies that
support trails and greenways for transportation, recreation,
conservation, and as an integral part of livable communities

The Program Department is seeking a Manager of Trail Development.
Responsibilities are: manage RTC's trail planning team; identifying
project prospects, marketing services; managing projects, and in-depth
project work; oversee the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse, RTC's
premier trail building technical assistance website, and the Trails and
Greenways Program; Manage RTC's technical assistance and training
programs in identified regions of the country; oversee our GIS mapping
program; identifying potential funding sources and developing
proposals; delivery of technical assistance to trail builders and
advocates; assist with other program duties as assigned. Must be
available for occasional long-distance travel. Salary is commensurate
with experience.

Must have a B.S. or B.A. degree from a college or university in urban
and regional planning, environmental studies or related field, master's
degree preferred; a minimum of three years experience in urban and
regional planning or related field; three years of management
experience (non-profit background a plus); excellent GIS mapping
skills; database management; experience developing and managing budgets
and raising revenue; excellent written and oral skills, plus excellent
interpersonal and leadership skills. Compensation: $47,500 - $50,000
per year. To Apply, send cover letter and resume via mail, fax or
e-mail detailing interest and qualifications by the C.O.B. on Friday,
March 3, 2005 to: Elton A. Clark, Manager, Human Resource, RTC, 1100
17th St., NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20036; Email:
<elton@railtrails.org>; Fax: 202-466-3742.
http://www.railtrails.org/info/employment.asp?id=27


-> JOB -- EXEC DIRECTOR -- BICYCLE TRANSP. ALLIANCE
Oregon is regarded as one of the best places to ride a bicycle, and the
Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is dedicated to promoting bicycle
use and improving bicycling conditions throughout the state. This
dynamic non-profit organization is seeking a new Executive Director to
lead our work creating healthy, sustainable communities by making
bicycling safer, more convenient and more accessible. Candidates must
have a proven track record of successfully working with elected
officials, government agencies, businesses, community groups, citizens
and grassroots organizations.

Minimum qualifications five years experience in non-profit, issue or
advocacy work; successful fundraiser; ability to manage staff and work
as team player. Salary range: $40,000-$50,000, with health and
retirement benefits. Applicant must submit BTA application and answer
supplemental questions; resumes submitted without these items will
disqualify the applicant. Closing date is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1,
2005. For job description and application form, go to:
http://www.bta4bikes.org.


-> 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


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

TO SUBSCRIBE TO CENTERLINES: send a blank email to
<cl_subscribe@bikewalk.org>

TO UNSUBSCRIBE FROM CENTERLINES: Send a blank
email to <cl_unsubscribe@bikewalk.org>

MISS AN ISSUE? Find it here.

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

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

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


Contributors: John Williams, Bill Wilkinson, Corey Twyman, Gary
MacFadden, Mark Plotz, Sharon Roerty, Bob Chauncey, Ross
Trethewey, Sue Knaup, Elton Clark, Kathy Ridnour, Olly Hatch, Michael
Aherne, Harrison Marshall, Pascal Desmond, Sarah Martin, Ben Weaver,
John Cinatl, Catherine Ciarlo Coy Hart.

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


National Center for Bicycling & Walking, 8120 Woodmont Ave, Suite 520,
Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: (301) 656-4220; fax: (301) 656-4225; email:
<info@bikewalk.org>
Web: http://www.bikewalk.org