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


#120 Friday, April 8, 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
  Bicycle Commuter Act Makes a Comeback
  Active Living Focus of Nat'l Landscape Arch. Month
  Florida Realtors Call for "ENVY" Award Entries
  Seattle/King Co. (WA) Walk For Public Health Week
  Oregon's BTA Offers Walk+Bike to School Day Training
  Univ. of Wisconsin Re-Opens Bike Annex


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  TA's Noah Budnick Injured in New York City Crash
  Austin (TX) Council to Consider New Design Guidelines
  Census Study: Fewer People Walked to Work in 2003
  Thousand Oaks (CA) Police Nab 35 in X-Walk Sting
  Bentonville (AR) Reviews Ped-Friendly Guidelines
  Shawnee (KS) Corridor Gets Bike Lanes, Sidewalks
  Mayor Offers Bold Vision for Marana (AZ)
  Study: Obesity Soars in California
  Fayetteville (AR) Looks at Trails, Bike Access
  Marietta (OH) Residents Protest Pedestrian Dangers



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

BICYCLE COMMUTER ACT MAKES A COMEBACK

-> According to the Mar. 30th OKI Bicycle E-Info News, "Chuck Smith,
President of the Ohio Bicycle Federation, reported back from the
National Bicycle Summit that the Bicycle Commuter Act has been
re-introduced as HR 807. This bill puts bicycle commuters on equal
footing with transit riders. Employers currently may take a deduction
for money spent reimbursing transit riders for bus and subway fares.
The bill extends the transportation fringe benefits, 'Commuting
Allowances,' under the IRS code, to persons using their bicycles to
commute to work."

Find the bill at:
http://thomas.loc.gov
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ACTIVE LIVING FOCUS OF NAT'L LANDSCAPE ARCH. MONTH

-> According to their website, "The American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA) has declared April 2005 as National Landscape
Architecture Month. The theme will be Design for Active Living,
highlighting ways community design affects residents' daily activity
levels and, in turn, their overall health. Studies show that access to
resources such as parks, recreational facilities, bicycle paths,
walking trails, and sidewalks can increase physical activity among
residents, lowering obesity and improving health.

"'Years ago we all walked to school, to the store, to the park or to a
friend's house. Today we are often unable to walk anywhere safely
because many communities are designed only for car travel,' said
Patrick A. Miller, Ph.D., FASLA, president of ASLA. 'Engineering the
daily physical activity out of our lives has fueled an obesity
epidemic, and affects our aging population in particular, which relies
heavily on walking to access transit and other services. As landscape
architects, working hard with developers and public officials we can
design active living components back into our communities.' During
April, many ASLA chapters will work with students from local schools to
assess safe walking and biking routes between their school and home.
Local landscape architects will use the National Center for Bicycling &
Walking's checklists to help children issue walkability and bikeability
'report cards' on their communities..."

Source: http://www.asla.org/lamonth/
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FLORIDA REALTORS CALL FOR "ENVY" AWARD ENTRIES

-> An April 7th news releases cautions readers, "Don't wait to enter
the Florida Association of Realtors(R)' (FAR) 20th Annual Environmental
Award program, or you may be green with ENVY when the winner is chosen.
Popularly known as the "ENVY" award, the honor goes to a development
that demonstrates it best preserves Florida's natural quality of life.
The award may be given in two categories: one for residential
development and one for commercial development.

"By entering the competition, residential and commercial developers may
be recognized for making the most significant contribution toward
building in harmony with Florida's sensitive environment..." [Judging
criteria include preservation of natural flora and fauna; scale and
context of the design; open space; streets, pedestrian and bicycle
access; and family recreation and common areas (playgrounds, nature
trails, etc.).]

Source: http://media.living.net/
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SEATTLE/KING CO. (WA) WALK FOR PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

-> According to an April 4th news release, "Hundreds of Public Health
Seattle & King County employees are celebrating national Public Health
Week by showing that the best way to better health is often simply by
going for a walk. King County Executive Ron Sims, the King County
Council and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels have issued proclamations
signifying April 4-10 as Public Health Week. 'The experts tell us
exercise improves our health and that's why King County is doing
everything from developing more trails to adopting land use policies
that make neighborhoods more pedestrian friendly,' said Ron Sims, King
County Executive.

'Walk your neighborhood, or explore our parks and extensive trail
system. Walking is the perfect way to get into shape and have fun at
the same time.' 'One of my top priorities has long been the health of
our community,' said Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. 'Walking is a simple
but effective approach to better health.' Members of the King County
Council and Seattle City Council are launching a month-long challenge
this week to see which Council can log more miles, on average. [On
April 6th,] members of both councils will be on hand to discuss their
walking challenge at an event featuring Public Health employees taking
a walk through downtown Seattle, along with members of the City and
County Councils..."

Source: http://www.metrokc.gov/health/news/05040401.htm
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OREGON'S BTA OFFERS WALK+BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY TRAINING

-> According to a recent note from Brita Johnson, the Bicycle
Transportation Alliance, Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, and the Oregon
Walk+Bike to School Committee are sponsoring a series of free Walk+Bike
to School Coordinator Trainings throughout Oregon. The sessions will be
held from April 5-19th at Oregon DOT regional offices in Portland, La
Grande, Bend, Ashland, and Salem. Topics covered include 'How to
Organize a Walk+Bike to School Day,' 'Safe Routes to School Overview,'
and more.

The purpose is to prepare school coordinators to participate in
International Walk and Bike to School Day, which will be held this year
Wednesday, October 5 during Walk and Bike to School Week. Last year's
Walk+Bike to School Day involved more than 7400 kids in 30 Oregon
communities.

For more info, go to:
http://www.walknbike2school.org/2005/03/2005_regional_w.html
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UNIV. OF WISCONSIN RE-OPENS BIKE ANNEX

-> According to an April 6th news release, "[the University of
Wisconsin-Madison's] Bike Annex will reopen on Thursday, April 7,
beginning its second year of operation. The facility...offers free
maintenance classes to university employees and students who bike to
work or class. It also provides them with an opportunity to do
maintenance work on their bikes free of charge, and it has a selection
of professional-quality tools that can be checked out for that
purpose...

"The Bike Annex is a component of the Bucky's Ambassadors program
offered through UW Transportation Services. The Bucky's Ambassadors
program, started in the fall of 2003, has been a campus success, says
Matthew Burczyk, the university's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.
Burcyzk says the ambassadors will be back out on the streets this
spring, working to encourage bicycling and walking as modes of
transportation, helping to educate people about the laws that govern
those modes and promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety..."

Source:
http://www.news.wisc.edu/10981.html

For more on UW's bicycle programs, go to:
http://www2.fpm.wisc.edu/trans/TDM/Bicycling.htm
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"When behind the wheel, the only thing you should be doing is driving."
-- Sgt. Mike McTaggart, Cochrane (AB) RCMP
http://www.cochranetimes.com/story.php?id=153060


"After 20 years of walking this city, I have learned what to expect
from Anchorage drivers -- rudeness at best, hostility at worst. For
motorists, pedestrians crossing the street are like potholes -- an
intolerable interruption that forces them to slow down and prevents
them from running the next red light. It's surprising more pedestrians
don't die."
-- Michael Carey, Anchorage Daily News
http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/6350313p-6227694c.html


"No federal grant program is more important to mountain biking's future
than the Recreational Trails Program. We need lawmakers to get behind
the House version of the transportation bill and support trails."
-- Mike Van Abel, IMBA executive director
http://www.imba.com/news/news_releases/04_05/04_07_mtb_lobby.html


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

TA'S NOAH BUDNICK INJURED IN NEW YORK CITY CRASH

-> According to an April 6th New York Press article, "In June of 2003,
Transportation Alternatives bike program director Noah Budnick and I
had a meeting with a small group of high-level Department of
Transportation officials at the agency's Brooklyn borough
commissioner's office. At the time, I was working as a coordinator for
T.A.'s Brooklyn Committee. The issue at the very top of our agenda that
day was safer bicycle and pedestrian access to the Manhattan Bridge. We
brought a video to the meeting so DOT officials could clearly see how
dangerous the on- and off-ramps of the Manhattan Bridge were for
cyclists. We told DOT officials in no uncertain terms that the
Manhattan Bridge was a disaster waiting to happen.

"Wait no longer. On Tuesday, March 29 at about 7 p.m., Noah Budnick had
a disastrous crash on Sands Street in Brooklyn, just after exiting the
Manhattan Bridge bike path. Though he was wearing a helmet, Budnick
suffered severe head trauma. He is now in stable condition, floating in
and out of consciousness in a hospital intensive care unit. Police
initially said that Budnick's crash was caused by a hit-and-run driver.
Now they say that he dropped into a pothole after swerving to avoid a
vehicle parked in the bike lane. There are still 'many questions about
inconsistencies and omissions in the accident report,' T.A. says. What
I can say for certain is this: Despite major improvements made to the
bike path on the Manhattan Bridge since our meeting two years ago,
access to the bridge is still extremely dangerous, especially on the
Brooklyn side..."

Source: http://www.nypress.com/18/14/pagetwo/newshole8.cfm
Archive search: http://www.nypress.com/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Dept. of Aggravation"
Author: Aaron Naparstek

LATEST NEWS (From an April 7th update from Paul Steely White,
TA's executive director)

-> "Noah is conscious and speaking. He recognizes friends and family,
and is eager to begin his rehabilitation, which starts this afternoon.
One clear sign of Noah's progress is his curiosity: he wants to know
more about what happened to him the night of his crash. (The crash
investigation is ongoing. What we do know is that Noah struck a large
pothole while he was on a scouting mission investigating safer
alternatives to the current bicycle routing around the bridge.)

"Another sign of his progress is his that his resolve to continue his
life's work has not diminished. In the past 24 hours Noah has twice
mentioned the need for the city to greatly expand its capacity to plan
for bicycling. Indeed, one of Noah's top priorities is to get the NYC
Department of Transportation to expand its bicycle program staff, which
today numbers a paltry four out of 4,500 total DOT employees..."

http://www.transalt.org/press/releases/050407NB.html

-> On Monday, April 11th at 5:30pm (rain or shine), Transportation
Alternatives will honor New York City bicycling hero, Noah Budnick, and
all New York City bicyclists with a silent ceremony awarding Olympic
medals for 'bravery while bicycling.' The event will be a rally to
demand safer bicycling to and from the Brooklyn, Manhattan,
Williamsburg and Queensboro Bridges. Riders should meet at the
Brooklyn-side entrance/exit to the Manhattan Bridge bicycling path.

http://www.transalt.org/campaigns/safebiking/email.html
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AUSTIN (TX) COUNCIL TO CONSIDER NEW DESIGN GUIDELINES

-> According to an April 1st Chronicle article, Austin City Council
Member Brewster McCracken believes that "'More and more of Austin looks
like Anywhere, USA, with national chain retailers doing business out of
big-box outposts.'...But he also believes we can do something about it.
His answer is to give Austin's commercial strips a slow, gradual
face-lift by enacting a set of design standards for all new commercial
construction in Austin. The final recommendations will be ready for
public hearing at the City Council meeting on April 14; if adopted, the
ordinances would nudge Austin toward a day when even chain restaurants
with billions and billions served will design buildings that [reflect]
the character of Austin...

"While the standards contain some dictates -- increased vegetation is
mandated; blank concrete facades are banned -- in general the ordinance
aims to achieve its goal through an elaborate system of incentives and
disincentives. The most desirable features, such as planting trees or
building vertical mixed-use projects, would enjoy streamlined
permitting or fee reductions, while less desirable ones, like big
boxes, would endure the regulatory hurdles. Over time, as spiffy new
developments replace poorly designed older ones, the hope is that the
ordinance can help Austin reduce traffic congestion, improve its air
quality, nurture small businesses, and mitigate the brain-baking (and
energy draining) results of Texas sun on too much concrete..."

Source:
http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2005-04-01/pols_feature.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Weird by Design"
Author: Rachel Proctor May

Related article:
http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2005-04-01/pols_feature2.html

More on Austin's proposed standards:
http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/development/commercial_design.htm
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CENSUS STUDY: FEWER PEOPLE WALKED TO WORK IN 2003

-> As an April 6th Courier Times article points out, "Nationally, less
than 5 percent of commuters took public transportation. And when they
did, it often took them a few minutes longer to arrive at work than
those who drove [according to the American Community Survey, released
last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.] If the roads seem crowded, it's
because about 77 percent of commuters drive alone, compared to 73
percent in 2000.

"And if cars and trucks in high-occupancy vehicle lanes seem to be
moving faster, it's because only about 10 percent of commuters
carpooled. For a lucky few, work is within walking distance, but even
their numbers are declining. In 2000, about 2.6 percent of commuters
walked to work. By 2003, 2.2 percent of commuters depended on their
feet to get to work..."

Source: http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/147-04062005-472498.html
Archive search: http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/archive.cfm
Cost: Yes
Title: "They drive so much because they must"
Author: Crissa Shoemaker

For more on the American Community Survey, go to:
http://www.census.gov/acs/www/
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THOUSAND OAKS (CA) POLICE NAB 35 IN X-WALK STING

-> According to an April 7th Acorn article, "...On Wednesday, making
crosswalks safer for pedestrians was the goal of [Thousand Oaks police]
officers. They monitored cars on Thousand Oaks Boulevard near the
24-Hour Fitness gym, checking whether drivers yielded to pedestrians.
Police chose one mid-block crosswalk and had three pedestrian
volunteers use it. If drivers failed to yield, they were stopped and
issued a violation.

"'We want to make people aware that there are crosswalks that people
use that are not governed by stop lights,' said Kenney. The operation
resulted in 35 to 40 tickets issued in a four- to six-hour period, he
said. 'This enforcement posture is to prevent people from being
injured; we don't go out there to make revenue,' said Kenney. 'Our
purpose is to protect people,' he emphasized..."

Source: http://www.toacorn.com/news/2005/0407/Front_Page/005.html
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Something new: Spring break license/safety checkpoints"
Author: Sylvie Belmond
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BENTONVILLE (AR) REVIEWS PED-FRIENDLY GUIDELINES

-> According to an April 5th Daily Record article, "The [Bentonville
Planning Commission] will consider downtown design guidelines which
would 'preserve the small-town, unique character of downtown
Bentonville' and create 'friendly, walkable streets,' according to the
proposed ordinance. The ordinance emphasizes sidewalks, pedestrian
walkways and buildings aligned at the sidewalks, said Shelli Rushing,
Bentonville's planning service manager.

"The guidelines focus on sites and building placement and encourage
predominantly masonry construction as well as benches, traditional
light fixtures and landscaping. The guidelines apply to any new
construction downtown except for duplexes or single-family homes. If
approved, the ordinance will go to the City Council for a vote April
12..."

Source:
http://nwanews.com/story.php?paper=bcdr&section=News&storyid=19126
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Planners to discuss duplexes, detention ponds, design rules"
Author: Rachel Lianna Davis
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SHAWNEE (KS) CORRIDOR GETS BIKE LANES, SIDEWALKS

-> According to an April 7th Johnson County Sun Times article, "A
redesign project scheduled for 51st Street between Quivira Drive and
Rosehill Road in Shawnee could improve traffic flow, appearance and
drainage along the corridor. City staff has reviewed an engineering
study and report submitted by consultant firm Shafer, Kline and Warren
for the project, which will include complete removal and replacement of
pavement, lane widening, installation of curbs and sidewalks,
installation of storm sewers, and addition of streetlights and pavement
markings.

"Also, in accordance with the city's bicycle and recreational trail
master plan, this section of 51st Street is designated for on-street
bike lanes. Work from Quivira Drive to Rosehill is phase one of the
51st Street reconstruction project and is scheduled to begin this year.
Phase two, currently on the city's 2008 Capital Improvement Plan, will
take place from Rosehill to Quivira Road. Paul Lindstrom, project
engineer, said preliminary and final plans for the second phase have
not been completed at this time. He said the street will maintain a 35
mph speed limit. The total estimated project cost is $6.5 million..."

Source:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14297920&BRD=1459&PAG=461&dept_id=155725&rfi=6
Archive search:
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1459&dept_id=155725&pag=628
Cost: No
Title: "51st Street redesign planned"
Author: Jessica Marshall
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MAYOR OFFERS BOLD VISION FOR MARANA (AZ)

-> According to an April 6th Explorer editorial, "Last week, after
Marana Mayor Bobby Sutton Jr. finished his State of Marana speech, the
audience rose for a standing ovation that seemed genuine rather than
just polite. That's because Sutton, in a great speech, outlined a
vision for Marana that went far beyond just changing the town's
residential design standards, as had been reported in advance stories
in the EXPLORER and the Arizona Daily Star.

"Sutton announced a vision for Marana that, if successful, will make
the community one of the most distinctive and unique in the Western
United States, let alone Arizona and Pima County. The question is --
can Marana pull it off? An informal survey of the audience's reaction,
aside from the standing ovation, ranged from rosy optimism among Marana
elected officials and town staff, to uncertain pessimism among other
regional government officials, home builders and business leaders..."

Source:
http://www.explorernews.com/articles/2005/04/06/opinion/voice_of_the_editor/opinion01.txt
Archive search:
http://www.explorernews.com/shared-content/search/index.php?search=advan
ced
Cost: No
Title: "A bold vision for Marana"
Author: Explorer editor


Ed. note: Sutton's speech is included in its entirety at the end of the
editorial. Among other things, the Mayor outlined plans for
implementing these themes:

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STUDY: OBESITY SOARS IN CALIFORNIA

-> According to an April 6th Union-Tribune article, "Overweight, obese
and inactive Californians cost $21.7 billion annually in medical care,
workers' compensation and lost productivity, according to a study
commissioned by the California Department of Health Services. Employers
are absorbing the majority of the costs for Californians' bad habits,
according to the study, released yesterday. The study is the first to
link the state's waistline and financial bottom line.

"'We must have an investment made in prevention or these numbers are
going to continue to skyrocket and draw from the bottom line of
businesses, government and taxpayers,' said Susan Foerster, chief of
the health department's Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section.
California was once one of the leanest states, but its rate of adult
obesity has increased at one of the fastest paces in the nation. About
65 percent of U.S. adults meet the typical definition of either
overweight or obese, and California is catching up, with more than half
of its adults overweight or obese..."

Source:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20050406-9999-1n6obesity.html
Archive search: http://archives.signonsandiego.com/index.html
Cost: Yes
Title: "Californians' weight hikes medical costs, hinders productivity"
Author: Sarah Skidmore
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FAYETTEVILLE (AR) LOOKS AT TRAILS, BIKE ACCESS

-> According to an April 7th Northwest Arkansas Times article,
"Residents will have their first opportunity to discuss the proposed
$162 million in transportation improvements at tonight's Ward 2
meeting...'We're looking at a $162 million bond issue and I don't think
we can have too much public input on that,' said Ward 4 Alderman
Lioneld Jordan, who also serves as chairman of the City Council Street
Committee...

"The proposed list includes $7.3 million for Scull Creek, but that
doesn't have to be the only trail that is funded with the bond issue,
[Ward 2 Alderman Kyle] Cook said. If the goal of the program is to
truly look at transportation, then the discussion needs to include
trails, bicycle access and mass transit. 'There are a lot of other
issues to transportation than just building and widening streets,' he
said. 'I think we'll hear that from our Ward 2 residents.'..."

Source:
http://nwanews.com/story.php?paper=nwat&section=News&storyid=26865
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Transportation improvement talk to be taken to city wards"
Author: Adam Wallworth
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MARIETTA (OH) RESIDENTS PROTEST PEDESTRIAN DANGERS

-> According to an April 7th Marietta Times article, "Downtown Marietta
was often likened to a NASCAR race track Wednesday night in an attempt
to show city officials how area citizens and merchants view pedestrian
safety. More than 75 people showed up at Wednesday night's public
meeting to discuss ways to make crossing the street in Marietta safer.
The chief culprits, in the eyes of those attending the meeting, are
excessive speeding and lack of law enforcement.

"Some residents even asked for the resignation of Police Chief Brett
McKitrick for his role in the lack of enforcement and comments he's
recently made concerning pedestrian safety. The push for greater
pedestrian safety is being made in Marietta after Charles Hairdressers'
stylist Barb Stacy, 64, was knocked 34 feet out of a crosswalk in the
200 block of Front Street two weeks ago after being struck by a 1998
Mercury Tracer driven by 80-year-old Artie Life, of Belpre. Stacy was
listed in critical condition today at Marietta Memorial Hospital, which
has been her status since the accident..."

Source:
http://www.mariettatimes.com/news/story/047202005_new02pedsafety.asp
Archive search: http://www.mariettatimes.com/index.asp (use "Search"
window)
Cost: No, but appears to be limited to 7 days
Title: "City pressed on pedestrian safety"
Author: Justin McIntosh
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

TEVA DESIGNS NEW SHOES FOR ELEPHANT

-> "Teva, the company that produces high quality sport sandals and
footwear is designing a new line of shoes made especially for
elephants. Carol Buckley, Executive Director of The Elephant Sanctuary
in Tennessee recently contacted Barry McGeough, Teva's Senior Director
of Product and Resource, and asked if they would create a pair of shoes
for Tina, a 34 year old Asian elephant suffering from a debilitating
foot disease. McGeough was intrigued with the idea and said he would
need a model of Tina's feet to determine how the shoes would be made."
-- Business Wire

http://www.kimwoodbridge.com/elephant/archives/004160.php/


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

RANCHO CORDOVA (CA) TO GET NEW URBANIST CENTER

-> "The fledgling city of Rancho Cordova, whose older neighborhoods
were developed in suburban, 'Brady Bunch'-style by Sacramento County,
has embraced a sharply different, more urban vision for part of its
territory..."
http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/12667164p-13520364c.html

MEDFORD (OR) POLICE CONDUCT GREENWAY PURGE

-> "For the second time in a month, police on Wednesday scoured the
Bear Creek Greenway, using different strategies in trying to minimize
the transient population along the popular bike and walking path
between Ashland and Central Point..."
http://www.mailtribune.com/archive/2005/0407/local/stories/02local.htm

CRITICAL MASS RIDER SNATCHED FROM POLICE NET

-> "My wife and kids spent Purim at a Greenwich Village synagogue. I
celebrated the holiday in a sausage joint near Union Square, hiding
from the police..."
http://www.newsday.com/news/opinion/ny-opmot174196764mar31,0,7769998.story?coll=ny-viewpoints-headlines

FUNDING WOES STALL BLOOMINGTON (MN) PED/BIKE BRIDGE
-> " 'It's a key link between the north and south banks of the
Minnesota River, and Dakota and Hennepin counties,' said Lori Nelson,
executive director of Friends of the Minnesota Valley. 'It really was
the main crossing for foot and bike traffic.'..."
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/states/minnesota/counties/dakota/11303918.htm

COLORADO BIKE BILL FACES ONE LAST HURDLE

-> "The Bicycle Bill cruised through the Capitol on Tuesday, easily
winning Senate approval on a 27-6 vote...Because several minor
modifications were made in the wording of the legislation, the bill
must now be re-approved in the House before the governor can sign it
into law..."
http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/05/news050406_6.htm

IN JACKSON (NJ), BIKING TO SCHOOL A LAUGHING MATTER?

-> Antonoff said that despite the board's figures showing that the
$8,542 cost per student was lower than the state average of $11,215,
the actual cost was closer to $12,000 when transportation was included.
'How do you want us to transport our students?" asked Krakower. "By
bicycle?' The audience burst into laughter..."
http://tritown.gmnews.com/news/2005/0406/Front_Page/002.html

MORROW (GA) $0.5B GATEWAY PROJECT UNDERWAY

-> "'We're trying to build a place where thousands of people can live,
work and play. We are not going to be a sea of asphalt. Our plan is to
create the ultimate walkable, livable community district here,'
Wainscott added..."
http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/horizon/0305/04gateway.html

COMING SOON...GOLF HELMETS FOR KIDS?

-> "Seventeen bicycle-related head injuries during that period barely
beat out golf as the major cause of sports-related head injuries in
these children..."
http://www.mydna.com/resources/news/200504/news_20050405_golfinj.html

COOKIE MONSTER ET AL FOCUS ON KIDS' HEALTH

-> "Even politicians have gotten into the act, filming public service
announcements with 'Sesame Street' residents. In one taping, Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist taught Elmo to exercise -- jumping up and
down..."
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/04/07/entertainment/e123204D96.DTL

PLYMOUTH (CA) COUNCIL APPROVES SAFE ROUTES PROJECT

-> "The council...also approved a Safe Routes to School road fix
project, to be paid for with grants, costing $437,215, including a 15
percent contingency..."
http://www.ledger-dispatch.com/news/newsview.asp?c=152663

TRAIL ACCESS HELPS SELL LEXINGTON (MA) BIZ CENTER

-> "The complex is amenity rich with an on-site cafe, exercise facility
with showers and direct access to the Cambridge / Bedford bicycle path
for jogging, cycling or walking..."
http://www.bostonsf.com/news/2005/04/06/Leasing/Lexington.Corporate.Center.Attracts.100000.Sf.Of.Leases-914326.shtml

STUART (FL) LAWYER SUED FOR BEATING CYCLIST

-> "The attack was broken up by hairdresser Robert Newsome, who ran out
of his salon and tackled [attorney Fred] Spotts. Newsome told police
that he had a background in kick-boxing. Police said that bystanders
cheered as Spotts was handcuffed and put in a police car..."
http://www.nylawyer.com/news/05/04/040605t.html

LIFE WITH SEVERE DISABILITY CAN BE RICHLY REWARDING

"At age six I was a pedestrian crossing a busy suburban road when a car
struck me. This accident resulted in my spine being broken at C1
leaving me with only head movement, speech and brain function..."
http://www.theage.com.au/news/Opinion/Why-Eastwoods-Baby-got-it-wrong/2005/04/07/1112815666092.html?oneclick=true

WALKING ADVOCATE JOINS ALLOUEZ (WI) BOARD

-> "Green -- active in Allouez local politics for many months, serving
in such organizations as Walkable Allouez Group and Neighborhood Watch
groups, along with the Allouez Parks, Recreation and Forestry
Department -- received the most votes of all nine candidates.
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/news/archive/local_20507442.shtml

UK LIBERAL DEMS LAUNCH PRO-BIKE PLATFORM

-> "Under the present government the number of trips made by bicycle
has fallen by a staggering 22%..."
http://www.libdems.org.uk/story.html?id=8486&navPage=news.html

FIXED GEAR BIKES POPULAR WITH COLLEGE CROWD

-> "Long a favorite of fearless bike couriers, the 'fixie' is growing
in popularity among young urban American cyclists, who love the bike's
pure lines, low price and street cred..."
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,67149,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_4


STUDY 40% OF PERUVIAN TAXI/BUS DRIVERS PSYCHOPATHS
-> "Anyone climbing aboard a bus or taxi in Peru should think twice
because many drivers have psychopathic tendencies, a university study
said on Wednesday..."
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=8114746



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

-> "WELL MEASURED"
Subtitled, "Developing Indicators for Comprehensive and Sustainable
Transport Planning;" by Todd Litman, Director, Victoria Transport
Policy Institute; 5 April 2005.
http://www.vtpi.org/wellmeas.pdf

-> "THE HIGH COST OF FREE PARKING"
Book by Donald Shoup, Planners Press, 2005. "Shoup points out that
there really is no free parking, except in the game of Monopoly." (Todd
Litman)
http://www.planning.org/bookservice/description.htm?BCODE=AHCF

-> "MODEL SCHOOL WELLNESS POLICIES"
model nutrition and physical activity policies "based on nutrition
science, public health research, and existing practices from exemplary
states and local school districts around the country;" National
Alliance for Nutrition and Activity et al; 2004.
http://www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org/index.html

-> DESIGNING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES..."
"...Schools: the Heart of a Healthy Community; by Rob Lane and Amy
Decker, Regional Plan Association; Dec. 2003.
http://www.rpa.org/pdf/HCschoolbriefing_final.pdf

-> "MITIGATING TRAFFIC CONGESTION..."
"...the Role of Demand-Side Strategies;" by the Assn for Commuter
Transportation, Urbantrans Consultants, Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff And
ESTC; USDOT, Oct. 2004.
http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/mitig_traf_cong/index.htm

-> "CENTERLINE RUMBLE STRIPS..."
"...a Synthesis of Highway Practice;" NCHRP Synthesis 339; by Russell
and Rys, Kansas St. Univ.; Trans. Research Board; 2005
http://trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_syn_339.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

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, 2005, Regional Trails and Greenways Symposium, Cincinnati,
OH. Info: Pat Timm, Ohio River Way; phone: (513) 723-1916
http://www.ohioriverway.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 9-13, 2005, Pedestrian Planning and Design Workshops, Raleigh NC.
Info: Institute for Transportation Research and Education.
http://www.itre.ncsu.edu/transit/Pedwkshp/location.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

March 28-30, 2006, Transportation and Economic Development 2006, Little
Rock, AR. Info: Mark Norman at <MNorman@nas.edu>
http://trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=4837


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



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