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#119 Friday, March 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
  U.S. Transportation Bill Update
  U.S. Transportation Bill Update Part 2: Wal Mart’s allocation
  Thunderhead Sets Complete Streets Policy Goal
  NCBW Publishes New Bruce Appleyard Article
  Active Living Research in Am. Journal of Prev. Med.
  America Walks News, Website, Conference
  Sen. Kerry Gets Award at Nat'l Bike Summit
  Yes, NCBW Will Customize Workshops
  Illinois Group Unveils Complete Streets Website
  "Move Missoula" Pgm Focuses on Elevators
  NHTSA's Runge Backs "Automatic Speed Enforcement"


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Summit Co. (OH) Plans for Active Living
  Maine Coalition, State DOT Offer Safe Routes Course
  Jackson (MI) Program Promotes Healthy Work Sites
  Workshop Envisions Ped-Friendly Catonsville (MD)
  Penn. Towns Get Safe Routes + Main Streets Grants
  Eugene (OR) #8 on Best U.S. Walking Places
  Sioux Falls (SD): Hearing-Impaired Walkable Community
  Fontana (CA) Gets "Foot Soldier" in Obesity War
  Bike Shop Gives to Massbike Safe Routes Program



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

U.S. TRANSPORTATION BILL UPDATE

-> Bill Wilkinson, Executive Director of the NCBW, took a few minutes
yesterday to answer questions on the current status of the long-overdue
national transportation bill...

  1. Where's The Bill Now?
    In the House, H.R. 3 passed by a vote of 417 to 9 on 10 March 2005.
    A copy of the bill can be located at:
    http://www.house.gov/transportation/

In the Senate, it's a bit more complicated. While the TEA-3
reauthorization legislation falls under a single committee in the
House, it is spread across three different committees in the Senate. So
far, two have reported out their parts of the Senate's SAFETEA bill.

  1. The Senate Environment and Public Works SAFETEA bill (highway and
    research titles), was reported 16 March. It is available at:
    http://epw.senate.gov/109th/SAFETEA_2005.pdf

  2. The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affair Committee approved
    the transit title of the Senate's SAFETEA bill, adopting a Committee
    package on 17 March. The transit title, named manager's amendment,
    and summary, are at:
    http://banking.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Hearings.Detail&HearingID=143

  3. The third committee, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation has
    not yet reported out their part of the bill.

  1. What's In It For "Us" At This Time?
    The House bill includes a major, new Safe Routes to School (SR2S)
    program, funded at $850 million over the course of the legislation.
    Every state would be guaranteed at least $2 million/year, and a
    national SR2S clearinghouse and task force would be established. Also
    included in the bill are funding for a demonstration cities project and
    reauthorization for a national bicycle and pedestrian clearinghouse.

The Senate version of the legislation carries forward most of the
provisions included in last year's version, with all the references to
funding reduced by some across the board percentage (to bring it in
line with the "agreed to" limit), thus rendering most programs with
very specific, strange funding numbers.

  1. So, When Will We See A New Bill Signed Into Law?
    Ah yes, the BIG question. We are now in our second year of "nope, we
    still haven't gotten around to reauthorization" of this legislation. To
    keep something moving forward, Congress has passed a series of
    "continuing resolutions (CR)." Essentially, this provides federal
    funding for transportation using the structure of TEA-21. The current
    CR will expire on 31 May 2005.

It is likely that this deadline will be used in an effort to move the
process along ... which it may well do. But those-in-the-know tell us
the smart money is on a new bill by 1 July 2005. But, don't go running
to the bank with this. Those-in-the-know also say there are some big
unknowns in the Senate having nothing to do with transportation that
could, nonetheless, throw the Senate calendar into a loop and all bets
would be off ... on everything and anything.

  1. What Can/Should/Might We Do?
    Well, we can't be partisan about this, but then again we do not need to
    be: the big push that one and all can and should get behind is: PASS A
    BILL! Beyond that, it is appropriate and desirable to let your
    Representatives and Senators know what you would like to see in the
    final bill. For instance, the House and Senate bills have very
    different versions of the Safe Routes to School legislation. Most folks
    have concluded that the House version is MUCH better than the Senate
    version. So, the pitch is "Please support the House version of the SR2S
    legislation." We anticipate that America Bikes will soon provide a
    side-by-side comparison of the two bills on their website, to offer
    guidance on which works best for bicycle and pedestrian interests.
    Watch this site for updates:
    http://www.americabikes.org/

--Bill Wilkinson
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U.S. TRANSPORTATION BILL UPDATE Part 2: Wal Mart’s allocation

‘Always Low Prices-Always’ goes the slogan of the world’s largest retailer.
In the past that slogan has been liberally applied to the prices Wal Mart
customers pay, the wages that they pay their workers, and the wages
Wal Mart’s subcontractors pay their workers. But very soon the slogan
may also apply to Congress and the new transportation bill.

According to a story in USA Today, U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) inserted a
last minute provision in the transportation bill that allocates
$37 million for widening and extending the Bentonville street that provides
the main access to the headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores. Wal Mart had
asked U.S. Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) to get federal money for the project.
He requested $3 million; Don Young gave him $37 million.

This amount represents a substantial return-on-investment (ROI). The Center
for Responsive Politics notes that Wal Mart donated $44.5k (2002) and
$26k (2004) to the campaign of Boozman. Young wasn’t forgotten: he received
$10k from Wal Mart in 2004. For those uninterested in math, that amounts a
ROI of 300% in the case of Boozman’s $3 million request; and 500% for Young’s
$37 million allocation. ‘Oink, oink, oink,’ remarked a bike/ped advocate
who demanded to be identified for this story.

Bill Wilkinson would like to take this opportunity to remind CenterLines
readers that the transportation bill is not yet passed. So if you’d like
to see bicycle and pedestrian facilities included in your local Wal Mart’s
taxpayer-funded road widening project, don’t despair, there’s still plenty
of time to act. Contact your representative today!

Read more:
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/2005-03-25-walmart-street_x.htm
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THUNDERHEAD SETS COMPLETE STREETS POLICY GOAL

-> According to a Mar. 21st news release, "The Thunderhead Alliance
launched its national Complete the Streets campaign last week with a
training and guidebook intended to help leaders win complete streets
policies that require all transportation projects to serve the needs of
all roadway users. More than 30 leaders of Thunderhead organizations
attended the intensive 2-day training, and at least three statewide
campaigns are already underway.

" Thunderhead has set an ambitious goal of winning complete streets
policies in all 50 states by the year 2008 including ten new state-wide
policies. This goal aligns with their 50 States/50 Cities Project to
build effective and sustainable bicycle and pedestrian advocacy
organizations in all 50 states and at least the 50 largest US cities
through support from Planet Bike and the National Bicycle Dealers
Association.

Contact
Sue Knaup, Executive Director; phone: (928) 541-9841; email:
<sue@thunderheadalliance.org>

Or visit their website at:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org
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NCBW PUBLISHES NEW BRUCE APPLEYARD ARTICLE

-> NCBW Forum is pleased to announce the publication of a new article
by Bruce S. Appleyard, MCP, AICP. Entitled, "Livable Streets for
Schoolchildren," the article describes the world as seen through the
eyes of children. The author provides powerful graphic illustrations of
how streets and communities are impacted by automobile traffic and
inadequate pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The article shows how
completing our streets for walkers and cyclists can help improve
livability and our children's quality of life.

Mr. Appleyard is founder of Appleyard Associates, a consulting firm
specializing in effective transportation, land-use and urban design
strategies for livable streets, communities and regions. He has taught
graduate level transportation and land-use planning courses at the
University of Virginia and Portland State University, and has served as
a Planning Commissioner in Charlottesville, VA. He can be reached at
<bappleyard@msn.com>.

The article is available for download at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm
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ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH IN AM. JOURNAL OF PREV. MED.

-> According to an item in the Mar. 21st issue of the University of
South Carolina Prevention Research Center Notes, "Active Living
Research (ALR) supported a February supplement to the American Journal
of Preventive Medicine. This issue includes papers selected from
abstracts submitted for presentation at ALR's First Annual Conference."
Free access to this issue (Feb 2005, 28(2) Supplement 2) is now
available and pdfs of articles may be downloaded from:
http://www.ajpm-online.net/.

USC Prevention Research Center Notes may be found here:
http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/Newsletter/index.htm
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AMERICA WALKS NEWS: WEBSITE, CONFERENCE

-> According to a recent note from Andy Hamilton, "America Walks
announces its website (http://www.americawalks.org) has been completely
revised and updated. The site includes archived presentations (PDF)
from the 2004 National Congress of Pedestrian Advocates, and many other
resources for advocates. Among the new features is a list of America's
Most Walkable communities, compiled by national experts Mark
Fenton and Dan Burden. See if your community is listed, or offer your own
suggestion.

Andy also mentioned that "America Walks is partnering with member
group, Albuquerque Walks, to offer a 2-day mini-conference for
pedestrian advocates and practitioners in Albuquerque, NM, April 29-30,
2005. Registration by April 7 is only $25. Information and registration
for 'Revolucion en Las Calles: Capturing the Public's Yearning for
Walkable Communities' are available at:
http://hsc.unm.edu/emermed/Cipre/Events.shtml

"In an effort to reach more grassroots walking advocates, this event is
being offered as the second of at least three America Walks Regional
Pedestrian Conferences in 2005. Proposals are still being accepted for
additional conferences, with America Walks providing $1000 for
successful applicants." To download the Request for Proposals, go to:
http://www.americawalks.org
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SEN. KERRY GETS AWARD AT NAT'L BIKE SUMMIT

-> According to a Mar. 22nd Dirt Rag News article, "After a busy and
successful week, the [League of American Bicyclists'] 5th annual
National Bike Summit has come to a close. Over 300 people representing
over 47 states attended the event including Sen. John Kerry(D-Ma) and
Elizabeth Mabry, Executive Director of South Carolina's Department of
Transportation. The participants discussed many issues including the
Safe Routes to School initiative and the amount of federal funding
going to bicycling and walking projects. Also Sen. Kerry accepted the
National Bicycle Advocacy award at the conference.

"Elizabeth Mabry gave a speech at the closing plenary session which
focused on the lack of accommodations for bicyclists on roads. Mabry
cited lack of funding, motorists' resistance to share the road and a
transportation culture geared toward motorists as the main reasons for
the lack of accommodations. Mabry credited bicycling organizations for
doing an excellent job in educating the public and also emphasized how
Congress has stressed the importance of non-motorized transportation
through federal transportation bills.

Source: http://www.dirtragmag.com/web/news-article.php?ID=409

For more information, visit the League of American Bicyclist's website:
http://www.bikeleague.org/index.cfm
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YES, NCBW WILL CUSTOMIZE WORKSHOPS

-> Some communities want NCBW to conduct evening workshops to encourage
more residents to attend. Other communities have asked NCBW trainers to
meet with mayors, city council members, planning and zoning
commissions, business associations, civic associations, public health
professionals, emergency responders, and similar groups. Still other
communities -- especially small communities -- would like NCBW to come
for a few days, rather than a week. To all of these requests, the
answer is the same: YES.

If schedules permit, NCBW remains happy to customize the Walkable
Community Workshop program to fit the needs of each community. To
discuss your community needs, contact Bob Chauncey at
<bob@bikewalk.org>. Remember, all applications for the Fall workshop
series are due by April 8. You can find the application form at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW
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ILLINOIS GROUP UNVEILS COMPLETE STREETS WEBSITE

-> According to a recent note from Ed Barsotti, "The League of Illinois
Bicyclists has unveiled its 'Complete Streets' website, presenting
local cyclists and pedestrians with an easy way to provide input on
upcoming road projects near them. After learning details about an
individual project, the user may fill out a quick survey on existing
conditions and what should be done to accommodate bikes and peds. LIB
then forwards their comments and a cover letter to the road-building
agency and its top elected official. 'Our goal is to empower others
with a 3-minute way to be effective advocates and show the demand,'
said Ed Barsotti, LIB's Executive Director."

Go to:
http://www.bikelib.org/completestreets
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"MOVE MISSOULA" PGM FOCUSES ON ELEVATORS

-> In a Mar. 18th note, Ellen Brown, coordinator of the Missoula (MT)
Health Department's "MOVE Missoula" program writes, "MOVE has been
reaching worksites with presentations and letters about the benefits of
promoting physically active employees, including financial benefits. We
are now taking our first simple and non-intrusive step of offering
small colorful signs promoting taking the stairs and walking/rolling
breaks to 250 businesses...Research shows that signs next to elevators
promoting stair use can increase stair use up to 54%...Every business
that joins the campaign will be recognized on the Craig & Al morning
[radio] show. Additionally, every 10th business to join the 'take the
stairs/walking break' campaign gets to offer all its employees incentives
from 13 participating gyms and studios -- everything from dance to
massage to nutrition to physical therapy to pilates to weights to
exercise classes. Our goal is to reach 200 employers with our signs and
the message that physical activity is good for business."

For more information, go to:
http://co.missoula.mt.us/healthpromo/MOVE.CATCH.htm
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NHTSA'S RUNGE BACKS "AUTOMATIC SPEED ENFORCEMENT"

-> In a Mar. 14th speech to the Lifesavers 23 Conference in Charlotte,
NC, Jeffrey Runge, a physician and the administrator of the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration focused attention on the problem
of motorists who speed. In his presentation, he called speeding "an
emerging new priority at NHTSA," saying that speed contributes to 31%
of fatal motor vehicle crashes, costing 13,380 lives, thousands of
injuries, and $40.4 billion annually. He pointed out that the speeding
fatality rate is highest on low-speed roads. These roads have posted
speed limits between 20-45mph and represent almost 69% of total public
road mileage.

In what many see as a shift in NHTSA's position, Runge pointed out that
"traditional enforcement is not the only solution, and in some cases,
it may not be the appropriate solution." As an example of appropriate
solutions, Runge suggested that "innovative tools such as automatic
speed enforcement" can augment traditional enforcement methods,
especially in difficult to enforce areas. Speed cameras, like those
used in some jurisdictions, would fit the description of "automatic
speed enforcement." Such automated techniques are controversial with
some, who say the cameras infringe on drivers' rights and may be used
for other non-safety purposes. Some safety advocates, however, see them
as a good way to promote safe driving and reduce the toll that speeders
cause.

Dr. Runge's presentation may be found here:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/NHTSA%20Administration
/Presentations%20&%20Speeches/Associated%20Files/Lifesavers05Speech.pdf

Visual aids for the presentation are here:
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/NHTSA%20Administration
/Presentations%20&%20Speeches/Associated%20Files/Lifesavers05Slides.pdf

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

"It's high time that we stand up to planners and politicians who don't
yet understand that it's pedestrians that bring life to a community,
and it's cars who suck all the life out. While it's important to lobby
public officials for traffic calming and other public safety
improvements, it's also important to assert the fact that our streets
don't exist merely for the ease of motorists."

Jay Walljasper, Project for Public Spaces
http://www.pps.org/info/newsletter/march2005/march2005_town_square


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

SUMMIT CO. (OH) PLANS FOR ACTIVE LIVING

-> According to a Mar. 21st Beacon Journal article, "Framers of Summit
County's general plan are asking a lot of questions. Some of them are
predictable: How much farmland should Summit County have? How should
development be controlled? But some are a bit unexpected: Would the
obesity rate in the county drop if houses were arranged in a way that
encouraged bicycling to work and walking to the grocery store? In the
end, planning staffers from the county's Department of Community and
Economic Development hope that all of their questions will result in a
plan that will help local officials make better decisions in the
future...

"If implemented successfully, the plan could aid economic development,
preserve green spaces, encourage historical preservation, control
traffic congestion, improve local water quality and utilities and help
control sprawl. Ann Pylkas, a comprehensive planner leading the study,
said Summit County, like many cities in Northeast Ohio, has added
urbanized developed land at a much faster rate than its population has
increased. 'This is the basic definition of sprawl,' she said..."

Source: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/11190716.htm
Archive search: http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Summit blueprints its future"
Author: Lisa A. Abraham
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MAINE COALITION, STATE DOT OFFER SAFE ROUTES COURSE

-> According to a Mar. 22nd WLBZ-TV story, "The state and the Bicycle
Coalition of Maine are joining forces to get kids to exercise more. One
way they plan to do this -- find safe ways for kids to either bike or
walk to school. In a training session, the Coalition and Maine's
Department of Transportation instructed teachers, police and other town
officials across Maine on how best to promote safe commuting for kids.
Especially now that schools are much farther from many homes than they
used to be.

"'Part of it too is that we're starting to sprawl a lot more. We're
building further out. Schools, in some cases, are outside of town, and
not in a walkable distance. So, in some cases, we need to build a
sidewalk that connects to a school. In some cases it's simply a case of
connecting the neighborhoods,' said Jeffrey Miller of the Bicycle
Coalition..."

Source: http://www.wlbz2.com/newscenter/article.asp?id=21104
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle coalition wants kids to walk and ride to school safely"
Author: Staff
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JACKSON (MI) PROGRAM PROMOTES HEALTHY WORK SITES

-> According to a Mar. 23rd Citizen Patriot article, "Teresa Smith is
looking forward to summer when she can make her two-mile trek to work
on her bike. Smith, a customer services specialist at LifeWays, is a
member of Fitness for Life, a group of LifeWays employees working to
promote healthy lifestyles at work. LifeWays is the first member of the
Fitness Council of Jackson's new Foot Energy program, which provides
employers with a neighborhood walking audit that identifies safe routes
and hazards to walking and biking in the area and to popular
destinations.

"Project U-Turn, a Fitness Council initiative created last year to
increase walking and biking for transportation, is coordinating the
program, which also provides personalized active transportation plans
and bike safety and maintenance training. 'Over the past year we have
been trying to encourage employees to be more conscious of their
wellness as a whole,' said Lesia Pikaart, LifeWays community relations
manager. 'Since we're right on West Avenue hopefully many of us will
start walking and biking to places that are close by.'..."

Source:
http://www.mlive.com/news/jacitpat/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1111597542303040.xml
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (apparently limited to 14 days)
Title: "Program promotes healthy work sites"
Author: Leah V. Harris

For more on Foot Energy and Project U-Turn, go to:
http://www.fitnesscouncil.org/
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WORKSHOP ENVISIONS PED-FRIENDLY CATONSVILLE (MD)

-> A Mar. 23rd Catonsville Times article asks us to "Imagine a
14-year-old boy living just south of Route 40 and Winters Lane, with no
means of transportation and in need of school supplies. Will he dash
across that busy intersection to buy them at Staples, risking life and
limb? You bet he will, said Sharon Roerty of the National Center for
Bicycling and Walking, directing a 'walkable community workshop' March
16 at Banneker Community Center. The event was aimed at making
Catonsville more pedestrian-friendly. No doubt other pedestrians
wanting to get from one side of Route 40 to the other would also take
the risk, said Roerty, explaining why she would like to see 'real
results for real people' being factored into whatever plans the state
or county might have for street improvements.

"George Branyan of the State Highway Administration and Robbi Farschman
of the Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation were among a
number of government staff attending the Banneker event, which was one
of eight workshops being held across the region in March -- in
Baltimore, Hunt Valley, Pikesville, Glen Burnie and Westminster.
Presented by Roerty's group, a private, nonprofit organization, and
coordinated by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, also a private
nonprofit, they were subsidized by a grant from SHA's highway safety
office. The format brought local residents and government staff
together for a classroom-style discussion on safe walking environments.
That was followed by a 'pedestrian audit' of the target community. For
Catonsville, county staff had selected the Route 40 corridor between
North Rolling Road and Winters Lane..."

Source:
http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?pnpID=351&NewsID=619581&
CategoryID=8381&show=localnews&om=1

Archive search: http://news.mywebpal.com/news_tool_v2.cfm?NPV2Datasource
=Mywebpal&pnpid=351&show=archivelist&searchsel=archives

Cost: No
Title: "Workshop envisions a Catonsville more pedestrian-friendly"
Author: Marcia Ames
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PENN. TOWNS GET SAFE ROUTES + MAIN STREETS GRANTS

-> According to a Mar. 15th Advance article, "Four Bucks [County]
communities -- Doylestown Township and Borough, Yardley and Quakertown
-- were announced Wednesday, March 9 as the recipients of a combined
$2.3 million in state funds from two initiatives administered through
PennDOT...The money is coming to the towns by way of two PennDOT
programs pushed for in the state budget by Governor Ed Rendell -- Home
Town Streets and Safe Routes to School, which aim to aid in the
revitalization of the state's towns through improvements to their
streets.

"Individually, Doylestown Township came out as the top recipient with
$862,500 obtained through the Safe Routes initiative and earmarked for
a project that will extend a multi-use path linking the township's
elementary and secondary schools, the Delaware Valley College campus
and the central park. Doylestown Borough was also awarded $200,000
through Safe Routes, which will go toward improvements around Central
Bucks West High School, Lenape Middle School and Doyle Elementary.
'This is going to go a long way towards helping us create a safer
environment for the children to get to and from the various schools we
have in the borough,' said Tom Jarret, Doylestown's Borough Council
President..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1686&dept_id=41297&newsid=14157193&PAG=461&rfi=9
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "PennDOT priorities"
Author: Joe D'Aquila
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EUGENE (OR) #8 ON BEST U.S. WALKING PLACES

-> According to a Mar. 17th Register-guard editorial, "Eugene has been
declared one of the nation's best places for walking -- No. 8 among the
country's 200 biggest cities, according to the American Podiatric
Medical Association. The ranking is welcome recognition of the fact
that the amenities that are so famously prized by runners serve walkers
as well. These amenities are shared by Springfield and other local
communities, so the penumbra of Eugene's ranking extends beyond the
city limits.

"Eugene seems slightly out of place on the list. All but one of the
cities that were ranked higher are much bigger: San Francisco, Seattle,
Portland, Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City. The exception --
No. 1-rated Arlington, Va., is directly across the Potomac River from
Washington, D.C., and should have been counted as a suburb of the
capital. All of the big cities on the list are good places to walk,
sometimes because it's hard to drive and impossible to park, but the
experience is different than in Eugene. Walking in Eugene is about
being part of nature, which can't be said for walking in New York or
San Francisco..."

Source:
http://www.registerguard.com/news/2005/03/17/ed.edit.walking.0317.html
Archive search: http://www.registerguard.com/news/wwwsearch.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "A walkable city: But pedestrians could use improvements"
Author: Editorial board

For more on APMA's 2005 survey, go to:
http://www.apma.org/s_apma/doc.asp?CID=18&DID=17913
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SIOUX FALLS (SD): HEARING-IMPAIRED WALKABLE COMMUNITY

-> According to a Mar. 23rd Holland Sentinel article, "It's not
everyday one gets to attend the birth of a community -- witnessing the
concept as it develops, watching as the first hole is dug, and then
finally seeing people begin their lives. But a team of designers from
Holland [MI] and West Michigan is doing just that. They've been handed
the responsibility of creating a new community in South Dakota uniquely
designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Greg Raad, the Holland
branch manager for Nederveld Associates, the firm overseeing the
project, said the commission to design Laurent, S.D., is a rare
opportunity.

"'This community is unique in the way that we are starting a whole town
from scratch,' said Raad in a telephone interview from South Dakota.
'Typically you work close to an existing town or in projects right in
town. This town is being planned from the water tower to the cemetery.'
Raad has a personal understanding of the needs of the deaf community --
members of his wife's family are deaf. His firm is designing the town
to make life easier and more practical for deaf and hearing-impaired
residents.

"Plans for the town near Sioux Falls, S.D., include shops and homes
within walking distance of each other -- the vision is very European
and walkable, said Raad. Each building will have strobe lights as well
as sirens to warn residents of fires or other disasters. The businesses
will have as many windows as possible to allow in optimum levels of
light. 'We have a special part of a studio designated to planning for
the deaf and hard-of-hearing,' Raad said. 'We have deaf architects and
future residents sharing ideas of how to make this town a wonderful
place for their culture.'..."

Source:
http://hollandsentinel.com/stories/032305/local_20050323003.shtml
Archive search: http://hollandsentinel.com/smart_search/
Cost: No
Title: "Local firm designing community for the deaf"
Author: Olivia Cobiskey
Author: Editorial board
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FONTANA (CA) GETS "FOOT SOLDIER" IN OBESITY WAR

-> According to a Mar. 14th L.A. Times article, "In the land where the
car is king, Acquanetta Warren has learned a thing or two about body
fat and upward mobility. A transplant from South-Central Los Angeles to
Fontana, one of the Inland Empire's fastest-growing cities, Warren has
achieved the dream of suburbia -- a big house with a three-car garage
and a sweeping plot of green. But for several years, moving up meant
barely moving under her own power. And over a few short years, that
contributed to some serious upward movement on her bathroom scale.

"Now 50 pounds lighter than her heaviest weight, Warren -- a City
Council member in Fontana -- has become a foot soldier in an emerging
movement. Spurred by evidence that 60% of Americans are too sedentary
and 61% are overweight or obese, assorted academic experts and public
officials have joined forces. They aim to fight the nation's epidemic
of obesity with more sidewalks and bike paths, schools that kids can
walk to, devices that slow traffic and zoning changes that would create
an appealing mix of homes, stores, schools and recreation in blighted
downtowns and far-flung suburbia. Simply put, they want to shape and
retool communities to encourage walking and cycling -- not as a
spandex-clad, feel-the-burn obligation, but as a healthful activity
that is a normal part of everyday life..."

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-build14mar14,0,1747720.story?coll=la-home-health
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Places to park and stride"
Author: Melissa Healy
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BIKE SHOP GIVES TO MASSBIKE SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> According to a Mar. 17th Herald article, "A Danvers bike shop,
Landry's Bicycles, has made a $5,000 contribution to The Massachusetts
Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), the statewide advocacy group dedicated to
making Massachusetts a better and safer place to bicycle.

"Landry's Bicycles prides itself in sponsoring local bicycle advocacy
organizations and projects to promote better bicycling conditions.
Landry's community outreach led them to sign on as the title sponsor of
MassBike's Safe Routes to School initiative, working to create safe
routes for children to ride their bicycles or walk to school..."

Source:
http://www2.townonline.com/danvers/businessNews/view.bg?articleid=206464
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No (but archives appear limited)
Title: "Landry's donates to MassBike"
Author: Staff

For information on MassBike, go to:
http://www.massbike.org.
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WALLACE AND GROMIT IN NEW COMEDY ADVENTURE

-> "The cheese-loving Wallace and his ever faithful dog Gromit star in
an all new comedy adventure, marking their first full-length feature
film. It's "vege-mania" in Wallace and Gromit's neighbourhood and our
two enterprising chums are cashing in with their humane pest-control
outfit, Anti-Pesto. With only days to go before the annual Giant
Vegetable competition business is booming, but Wallace & Gromit are
finding out that running a "humane" pest control outfit has its
drawbacks as their West Wallaby Street home fills to the brim with
captive rabbits..."

http://m1e.net/c?11525190-sdhcvmkGZvxzc%40905531-OHJQ9DHQ./gNg


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

EPA'S 2005 NATIONAL SMART GROWTH AWARDS

-> "Applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual National
Award for Smart Growth Achievement. The program recognizes communities
that use smart growth principles to create better places..."
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm

NEW JERSEY PEDESTRIANS "STILL AT RISK"

-> "A new report released last week by the Tri-State Transportation
Campaign documented a four percent rise in New Jersey pedestrian deaths
in 2004...."
http://www.tstc.org/bulletin/20050321/mtr49405.html

OCEANSIDE (CA) BANS LEFT TURNS FOR PED SAFETY

-> "Coming up next in the city's plans to make downtown more attractive
and pedestrian-friendly: a ban on left turns at the busy intersection
of Mission Avenue and Coast Highway and the narrowing of Mission from
four to two lanes..."
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20050320-9999-1mi20owalk.html

LONG ISLAND (NY) LOOKS BACK AT VISIONING EXERCISES

-> "'Do any of these 'visioning process' people have property on the
highway that's going to be affected?' was the pointed question of
William Shiminsky, who owns a plumbing business on Montauk Highway..."
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-lismar184180266mar18,0,760065.story?coll=ny-linews-headlines

BILL: EURO DRIVERS LIABLE IN BIKE-CAR CRASHES

-> "The European Union, now 25 nations strong, may be on the verge of
shaking motorists out of the unconscious fog some seem to be in when
driving into cyclists and pedestrians..."
http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicycleretailer/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000808978

SAN FRAN. SUPERVISORS SUPPORT BRIDGE ACCESS

-> "Also, Supervisor Mirkarimi sponsored a resolution calling on the
Golden Gate Bridge Board to cease consideration of the maligned $1
bike/ped toll on the Golden Gate Bridge..."
http://www.sfbike.org/?baybridge&PHPSESSID=f0d7b2644d5d84928db650bff7f458b2

PORTSMOUTH (NH) PLANNERS WEIGH WALKABLE PLAN

->"The proposed plan comes from two years of study circles, resident
surveys, public hearings and planning board meetings..."
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/03242005/news/71565.htm

SPRINGDALE (UT) PLANNING TRAIL TO ZION NAT'L PARK

-> "Gregoric is working on getting a trail put in that will enable
bicyclists to ride safely from the end of the Pa'rus Trail in Zion
National Park all the way through Rockville. The trail will follow the
Virgin River for approximately six miles and avoid the heavy congestion
and safety hazards of SR 9..."
http://www.hvjournal.com/articles.php?id=1834&art_title=Bike_Enthusiast_Plans_New_Trail_in_Springdale

WICHITA (KS) YOUTH PROJECT FEATURES SQUARE, PED ROUTES

-> "It will feature a new Boy's & Girl's Club of South Central Kansas,
a community education center, a pre-kindergarten facility, a
neighborhood square, pedestrian access routes, basketball courts, park
space, sports fields and possibly a new elementary school near 25th
Street..."
http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/11203242.htm

DOVER (DE) PREFERS "QUALITY CENTERS" TO SPRAWL

->"Residents attending a Strafford Regional Planning Commission public
workshop last month rejected continued 'business as usual' sprawling
development. Instead, they voiced support for accommodating 30,000 new
residents...in existing, but improved, villages and urban centers..."
http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050319/NEWS05/50318128

KANE CO. (IL) PLANNERS OK TRANSIT VILLAGE IDEA

->"The proposal also rejects strip malls in favor of a walkable town
square surrounded by small shops. 'This plan I think makes very artful
use of the new Metra station and the old historic village of La Fox,'
Shepro said..."
http://www.dailyherald.com/search/searchstory.asp?id=20947

MASSBIKE MISSION: MAKE BIKING SAFER IN MASSACHUSETTS

-> "Now, a member of MassBike is involved in the rewriting of
MassHighway's road design manual. For [President Robin] Schulman, the
group's most important mission is making biking safer in Massachusetts..."
http://www2.townonline.com/maynard/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=204297

SPRING LAKE (MI) SUBDIVISION GETS "PRE-WWII DESIGN"

-> "James 'Duff' Duer of Dumar Development and his partner, Marvin
Barts, are proposing a 264-lot subdivision called Lincoln Park Village,
which would feature single-family homes and duplexes with large front
porches, small lots and garages at the back of the property accessed
through alleys..."
http://www.mlive.com/news/muchronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-4/1111679175265680.xml

CDC STUDY: NONFATAL BACKOVER INJURIES AMONG CHILDREN

-> "...During 2001-2003, an estimated 2,492 children aged 1-14 years
were injured annually after being struck by or rolled over by an MV
moving in reverse. Many were pedestrians near or behind an MV and were
at home when the incident occurred. The majority were treated and
released from hospitals..."
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/293/12/1444

-> "MICHIGAN'S COMEBACK CITY"
"In Grand Rapids, smart investments spur Smart Growth; Mar. 13, 2005
article by Andy Guy, Great Lakes Bulletin News Service. Available from
Michigan Land Use Institute.
http://mlui.org/growthmanagement/fullarticle.asp?fileid=16827

NEW HAMPSHIRE HELMET BILL PASSES STATE HOUSE

-> "By a vote of 202-165 Wednesday, lawmakers passed House Bill 118,
which mandates any child under 16 wear a helmet while riding a bicycle
on a 'public way.' The matter now heads to the Senate..."
http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050324/NEWS0201/50324090

CHINA'S CAR POPULATION TO INCREASE 6-FOLD BY 2020

-> "Some small steps have been taken recently to reverse pro-car
policies; bike taxes have been dropped and fuel taxes introduced..."
http://www.greenfutures.org.uk/briefings/default.asp?briefingtypedisplay=1&id=2163


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

-> "THE SHAPE OF DOWNTOWNS"
Essay on "walkable urbanity" by Christopher Keinberger; published in
Urban Land, Nov/Dec. 2004.
http://www.cleinberger.com/ShapeOfDowntown.pdf

-> "EVALUATING TRANSPORTATION EQUITY"
Subtitled, "Methods For Incorporating Distributional Impacts Into
Transport Planning;" Mar. 2005 report by Todd Litman, Victoria
Transport Policy.
http://www.vtpi.org/equity.pdf

-> DIABESITY THE OBESITY-DIABETES EPIDEMIC..."
"...That Threatens America -- and What We Must Do to Stop It;" book by
Francine R. Kaufman. M.D. Available wherever books are sold and at:
http://www.DPShealth.com

-> "CREATING COMMUNITIES OF LEARNING SCHOOLS..."
"...and Smart Growth." April 2004 report by Ellen Shoshkes, Ph.D.
http://www.edlawcenter.org/ELCPublic/AbbottSchoolFacilities/FacilitiesPages/Resources/SchoolFacilities/PDF/CommunitiesOfLearning.pdf

-> "WALK AWAY HOME"
Teen novel by Paul Many, Professor of Communication, University of
Toledo (OH). Info: <Paul.Many@utoledo.edu>
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0802788289/qid%3D1052327719/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/103-8307521-7945420


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

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 25-26, 2005, Designing and Implementing Roundabouts, 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/webG140

April 27-28, 2005, Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities, 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/webG141

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 1-2, 2005, 2nd Annual Conference on Obesity and the Environment,
Washington, DC. Info: email: <sanders5@niehs.nih.gov>
http://www.niehs.nih.gov/drcpt/events/oe2005/

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 13-21, 2005, 2005 Physical Activity and Public Health
Courses, Hilton Head, SC. Info: Janna Borden, University of South
Carolina Dept of Exercise Science, 730 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29208;
phone: (803) 576-6050; fax: (803)777-2504; email: <jsborden@gwm.sc.edu>.
http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/seapines/index.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

October 13-15, 2005, Walking for Health: Measurement and Research
Issues and Challenges, Urbana-Champaign, IL. Info:
http://www.acsm.org/meetings/walkingconference2005.htm

October 27-29, 2005, Cooper Institute Conference on Childhood Obesity,
Dallas, TX. Info: Melba Morrow, Cooper Institute, 12330 Preston Rd.,
Dallas, TX 75230; phone: (972) 341-3247; email:
<mmorrow@cooperinst.org>.
http://www.cooperinst.org/conf2005intro.asp


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

-> JOB -- PROGRAM DIR. -- S.F. BICYCLE COALITION
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is seeking a highly motivated,
talented individual to join our growing staff of professional bicycle
advocates in the role of Program Director. In this full-time position,
the Program Director oversees the Coalition's major programs, including
managing campaigns for new bicycle lanes, paths, and other major bike
improvements; increasing the SFBC's media presence; working with city
officials to improve policies affecting bicycling and to promote
bicycling; and organizing related events. Other responsibilities
include managing a part-time Community Organizer and representing the
SFBC at public events.

This position reports directly to the SFBC Executive Director and works
closely with a talented team of bicycle advocates on staff, with
Coalition volunteers, and with other community stakeholders. People of
color and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Pay is commensurate
with experience. Please submit your resume and a letter of interest as
soon as possible to Leah Shahum, SFBC Executive Director, either via
email to jobs@sfbike.org with the subject line: Program Director
search, or via mail to 995 Market St Ste 1550, SF, CA 94103. For a
complete job description visit
http://www.sfbike.org/?jobs_program


-> 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 -- 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.



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