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


#122 Friday, May 6, 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
  Lucinda Means, League Of Mich. Bicyclists E.D., Dead At 49
  Walkable Community Workshop Coordinator Training
  Hey, It's National Bike Month(Tm)!!
  What's Up In National Transportation Legislation?
  Got Training? Let the NTTP Know All About It!
  Washington St. Authorizes Red Light & Speed Cameras
  TRB Wants Comments On Safety White Papers by May 20
  International Ride of Silence: 7:00pm, May 18Th
  Sportworks Announces Bike and Transit Challenge


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  CDC Study: "Overweight" Not as Dangerous as Thought
  Bakersfield (CA) Kids Learn How to Make Difference
  Asheville (NC) Board Rejects Drive-Up Windows
  Tinley Park (IL) School Bus Doesn't Run on Diesel
  Surveys: Americans Want Old-Timey Neighborhoods
  Durham (NC) Hosts Safe Routes Course
  "Sidewalk-Hungry" Naples (FL) Folks Push Plan
  Bend (OR) Footbridge to Link Popular Trails



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

LUCINDA MEANS, LEAGUE OF MICH. BICYCLISTS E.D., DEAD AT 49

-> In a recent note, Philip Wells, Board Chairman of the League of
Michigan Bicyclists said, "It is with deep sadness that I report of the
death of Lucinda Means, Executive Director of the League of Michigan
Bicyclists, on Wednesday, April 27. Lucinda, 49, died in her sleep at
home. An autopsy report is pending, but all indications point to
natural causes. Lucinda became LMB's first Executive Director in
January 1997. Under her tireless and skilled direction, LMB has become
a leading force in transportation policy in Michigan. Just hours before
her death, Lucinda--along with Todd Scott, her counterpart at the
Michigan Mountain Biking Association--taped a TV interview with a State
Senator about pending legislation to clarify and strengthen cyclist's
rights on the road. Todd was the last person to see and talk with her
before her death. Lucinda came to Michigan from San Francisco where she
was a volunteer leader in cycling advocacy. She was born in Boston,
Massachusetts.

"The LMB Board and staff are committed to honoring Lucinda's legacy by
moving forward in making Michigan a bicycle-friendly state. This
includes cycling advocacy, sponsorship of the annual Shoreline Bicycle
Tours, information and education, and other activities that
Lucinda--along with her staff, board of directors, and dedicated
volunteers--raised to a new level. There will be no traditional funeral
service or viewing/visitation. Lucinda's friends and colleagues are
planning an event to celebrate her life and work. This will probably
take place in Lansing on May 19. Not coincidentally, this is the first
'Smart Commute' week in the Lansing area--which, as you might expect,
Lucinda has been much involved in organizing. The LMB office will
remain open during regular business hours. The work of the league is
continuing."

Our hearts go out to Lucinda's family and her many friends. She will be
sorely missed by all. --J.W.

For more information and suggestions for memorials, go to:
http://www.lmb.org/
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WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP COORDINATOR TRAINING

-> This July, the National Center for Bicycling & Walking will conduct
a 3-day training session for local and regional bike/ped specialists.
The focus will be on creating walkable communities and organizing
Walkable Community Workshops. This is the course we've developed for
our local workshop coordinators and we have a few extra spots available.

The training is ideal for community planners, health and transportation
professionals, engineers, architects, and pedestrian and bicycle
advocates. Attendees will visit communities in the San Jose, Calif,
area to see first hand what makes a city or town really livable. We'll
visit both rich and poor places to see the wonderful things that can be
done for pedestrians and cyclists. We'll visit farming communities,
artist colonies, and tourist hot-spots. We'll cycle through a college
town, ride the light rail, explore neighborhoods, talk with local
officials, and learn a lot from each other.

We'll provide practical and topical instruction on safe routes to
school, community involvement, and how to make an effective
presentation. The group will be small, the days will be long but fun,
the discussions will be lively, and the benefits will be many. Find out
what makes a walkable and bike-friendly community -- how it's less
about the money than the commitment. Learn how to generate community
interest in walkable community workshops -- and how to put them on!
And, learn how to bolster your current planning efforts with an
"institutionalization" approach.

The workshop will be held in July 2005. You'll get yourself to/from the
San Jose airport but we'll provide everything else. The fee for the
course is $2000. Space is very limited so act now. Contact Bob Chauncey
at <bob@bikewalk.org>
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HEY, IT'S NATIONAL BIKE MONTH(tm)!!

-> What are YOU doing for Bike Month? Got a Bike Week happening? A Bike
to Work Day? If none of this sounds familiar, hustle on over to the
League of American Bicyclists' website and find out what's up! Then get
yourself in gear! No excuses, now!

Here's the address:
http://www.bikeleague.org
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WHAT'S UP IN NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION?

-> Bill Wilkinson says: "The Senate comes back and takes up SAFETEA
again next week so everyone should be on their toes."

Keep up with the action here:
http://www.americabikes.org/
http://www.transact.org/
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GOT TRAINING? LET THE NTTP KNOW ALL ABOUT IT!

-> In a recent note, Stuart Macdonald of American Trails mentioned,
"Our big effort at the moment is to promote the National Trails
Training Partnership (NTTP). We're eager to publicize any training and
education opportunities in the trails and bike/ped field, so please
keep us in mind. We're also hoping to see more links to www.NTTP.net
which takes people to the online calendar as well as the resources and
studies."

To check out the National Trails Training Partnership, go to:
http-://www.NTTP.net

Also, visit American Trails at:
http://www.americantrails.org
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WASHINGTON ST. AUTHORIZES RED LIGHT & SPEED CAMERAS

-> In a recent note, David Levinger of Feet First in Seattle said,
"Washington State succeeded in passing new legislation that authorizes
the use of photo-enforcement for red-light running and for speeding in
school zones. This is very exciting news and something that Feet First
had been pushing for!"

Here is a link to the text of the bill:
http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2005-06/Htm/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/5060-S.PL.htm
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TRB WANTS COMMENTS ON SAFETY WHITE PAPERS BY MAY 20

-> According to an article in the May 3rd Transportation Research
E-Newsletter, "[The Transportation Research Board] is soliciting
comments from interested individuals on all or part of a report on
infrastructure safety research needs and knowledge gaps that has been
commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration. The report is made
up of five independently produced white papers designed to help
identify and prioritize research needs and knowledge gaps in
run-off-the-road accidents, intersection safety, human factors, work
zone safety, and fundamental advanced research."

To read the white papers and comment, go to:
http://www.trb.org/safety/report.asp
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INTERNATIONAL RIDE OF SILENCE: 7:00PM, MAY 18th

-> "On May 18, the Ride of Silence will roll across the country,
starting at 7:00 PM. In more than 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada,
cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor
cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public
roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with
motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and
sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. Chris Phelan organized
the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas last May after endurance cyclist
Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.

"The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no
faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There is no
brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt. The ride,
which is being held during Bike Safety month, aims to raise the
awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a
legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show
respect for those who have been killed or injured..."

For more info, go to:
http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php
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SPORTWORKS ANNOUNCES BIKE AND TRANSIT CHALLENGE

-> An article in the May 3rd Sonoma County (CA) Bicycle Coalition
(SCBC) Update asks, "Which U.S. city boasts the most popular bicycle
transit system in the country? Sportworks is holding a contest to find
out. Running from May 1 through August 31, 2005, the Sportworks Rack
and Ride Transit Challenge will gather information from close to 70
transit authorities on bicycle usage aboard transit buses. Both
percentage of bicycle boardings per total bus usage and total number of
bicycle boardings will be used to determine the winners which will be
announced at the International Transit Expo in Dallas in September.

"'Over the years I have observed a subtle, and sometimes not so subtle,
competition between transit authorities regarding bicycle boardings on
their transit vehicles,' says Lisa Robinson-Falvy, Vice-President of
Multi-Modal Products for Sportworks. 'The 2005 Sportworks Rack and Ride
Transit Challenge beginning with Bike-to-Work month will give transit
authorities the opportunity to see just where they rank for the
year.'..."

For more info, go to:
http://www.bicycleracks.com/sbindex.asp

For more on the SCBC, go to:
http://bikesonoma.org/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"We need to know what trails look like from the perspective of people
who don't use them. We hear all the time from the trail runners, peak
baggers, endurance riders, and hill climbers. But how do we help people
take those first steps to healthy activity? How do we teach them about
the delights and emotional benefits of being on a trail instead of a
treadmill?"
-- Stuart Macdonald, editor of American Trails' Trail Tracks
http://www.americantrails.org/resources/health/EditorialMacdonald.html


"The congested, fragmented, unsatisfying suburban sprawl and the
disintegrating urban centers we see around the nation today are not
merely products of laissez-faire nor the inevitable results of mindless
greed. They are thoroughly planned to be as they are -- the direct
result of zoning and subdivision ordinances zealously administered by
planning departments."
-- Andres Duany, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/opinion_columnists/article/0,1426,MCA_539_3740298,00.html


"Vehicular traffic is slowed by the 'street friction' created by street
trees, light posts, on-street parking and crosswalks well defined by
material and color. Safety and comfort are achieved by having a road
network that has many intersections, and that doesn't give drivers a
free and clear sightline for miles."
--Jeff Raser, Glaserworks Architecture and Urban Design
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050504/EDIT02/505040324/1021/EDIT


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

CDC STUDY: "OVERWEIGHT" NOT AS DANGEROUS AS THOUGHT

-> According to an April 23rd Medical Study News article, "A new study
is saying that being overweight may not be the killer we once thought
it was and the number of deaths each year attributed to obesity and
being overweight in the United States is around 112,000 -- about
one-quarter of the previous estimate of more than 400,000 deaths...A
government study 'Building a Better Pyramid,' overstated the danger of
obesity and many scientists questioned the methods used to calculate
the 400,000 deaths. A recount was agreed and the new report by
Katherine Flegal, a senior researcher at the CDC's National Center for
Health Statistics, and her colleagues shows in fact that both
underweight and obese individuals have an increased risk of death, but
there is no increased risk for moderately overweight people, and finds
that the relationship between weight and death is not as
straightforward as previously thought.

"Flegal believes the results are not definitive but just a piece of the
puzzle on the issue of health and weight. Public debates about weight
and health often put being overweight in the same category as obese,
but this new research suggests that overweight individuals do not have
the same health risks as obese individuals. Experts in diet and
nutrition have expressed concern that this latest data will give the
wrong message about healthy eating, and have been quick to re-affirm
that a good diet and exercise are important for health, but question
whether the multibillion-dollar diet industry has misled Americans
about the health hazards of being a few pounds overweight. The experts
do say however that, while being overweight itself might not be deadly,
it can set you up for obesity in the future..."

Source: http://www.news-medical.net/?id=9440
Archive search: use "Search" window <ON HOME PAGE>
Cost: No
Title: "Being chubby means you may be healthier!"
Author: Staff

The new paper is published in the April 20 Journal of the American
Medical Association. The abstract may be found here:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/293/15/1861?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=
10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=Katherine+Flegal&searchid=1115055730189_3905&stored
_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&journalcode=jama

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BAKERSFIELD (CA) KIDS LEARN HOW TO MAKE DIFFERENCE

-> According to an April 16th Californian article, "Pioneer Drive
Elementary School is in the process of getting a much needed sidewalk.
But a greater accomplishment has already been made: The students at the
school have learned the value of hard work and that sometimes, promises
made by politicians can come true. The construction of the sidewalk
around the school at 4404 Pioneer Drive began at the end of March,
thanks to the efforts of 5th District County Supervisor Michael Rubio
and a group of fifth- and sixth-graders. Rubio, who campaigned in 2004
promising sidewalks and gutters to the residents of east Bakersfield,
paid a visit to the students at Pioneer in early March. 'I went to
their school and talked to them about it -- if they liked walking in
the dirt. And they didn't,' Rubio said.

"Walking in the dirt is what many students have had to do because of
the lack of sidewalks on three of the school's four sides, something
school administrators say is a hazard to the children's safety. 'The
streets around the school are narrow and when it rains, the muddy
conditions -- due to the lack of pavement -- force the children to walk
in the street and run the danger of getting hit by a car,' said
Maricela Verde-Hernandez, outreach specialist at Pioneer Drive
Elementary. But now the students are saying they will feel much safer
walking to school thanks to the sidewalks. The sidewalks are scheduled
to be completed by September 2005. The money for the project came out
of a $1 million grant from the Kern County Council of Governments..."

Source: http://www.bakersfield.com/local/story/5443385p-5446448c.html
Archive search: http://www.bakersfield.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title "Students get lesson in how civic involvement can make difference"
Author: Gabriel Ramirez
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ASHEVILLE (NC) BOARD REJECTS DRIVE-UP WINDOWS

-> According to a May 2nd Citizen Times editorial, "A walkable city
must have walkable sidewalks. That's why the Asheville Board of
Adjustment was correct in standing by the policy of allowing no new
drive-through windows on key parts of Merrimon Avenue. Developer Greg
Edney wanted an exception to the city's Unified Development Ordinance
so he could build a bank and coffee shop on property now occupied by a
Burger King. The coffee shop would have had a drive-through window and
the bank would have had two drive-through lanes. Representatives of the
developer told the board the project would improve the property and
that new businesses are reluctant to locate on Merrimon without
drive-through windows. 'The development pattern has not changed,'
consultant Gerald Green said. 'People have gotten even more attached to
their cars.'

"Neighbors had a different view...'The parameters for development in
this area are clearly laid down,' said Mike Lewis. Maybe some
businesses are reluctant to come to Merrimon, but others are not. CVS
removed a drive-through from its plans for a new pharmacy after
residents objected. Atlanta Bread Co. and several other shops are
located on property where the board in 1998 rejected a request for a
drive-through. Curb cuts are the bane of a pedestrian-friendly
community. People do not want to walk on sidewalks where they have to
be on constant lookout for vehicles crossing their path to get into or
out of parking lots..."

Source:
http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050502/OPINION01/50429016/1039
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "City board got it right: Merrimon Avenue needs no more
drive-through businesses"
Author: Editorial Board
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TINLEY PARK (IL) SCHOOL BUS DOESN'T RUN ON DIESEL

-> According to an April 22nd Daily Southtown article, "Anfernee Shelby
and Phillip Robinson ran to catch up Wednesday morning as their bus
pulled away. 'Wait! Wait up!' the Blue Island third-graders yelled from
a block away. And the bus halted. But this wasn't your standard
diesel-fueled, yellow bus. Anfernee and Phillip are part of Paul Revere
Primary School's walking bus, a pilot program school administrators are
touting as a new way to get students to school while getting them
exercise and exposure to the outdoors. School officials also hope the
walking system will help trim the gridlock of cars caused by parents
driving students to school in the morning and afternoon.

"'We want to encourage more kids to walk to school,' said Michael
Korsak, superintendent of Cook County School District 130. School staff
on Monday began escorting walkers to and from school, 'picking up' and
'dropping off' students near their homes like an actual bus route.
Principal Beth Wilson begins her stroll collecting students about 1-1/2
miles west of the school each day about 8 a.m. 'When they built this
building four years ago, the idea was that kids could walk to school,'
Wilson said. 'But parents are understandably concerned about their
children's safety walking to school. So if they see us coming, they
feel more comfortable. And we're all getting exercise.'..."

Source http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/yrtwn/seast/221seyt1.htm
Archive search:
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/southtown/search/southtown.html
Cost: No (availability limited to 30 days)
Title: "The feet on the bus go..."
Author: Marcus K. Garner
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SURVEYS: AMERICANS WANT OLD-TIMEY NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to an April 30th Herald-Leader article, "If Lexington [KY]
is going to protect its green space from urban sprawl, the solution may
lie in a new trend that uses an old concept. One of the biggest
influences on city and residential planning today is New Urbanism, as
more than 200 people with a stake in the home-building industry were
told yesterday in a seminar at Fasig-Tipton Co., 2400 Newtown Pike. New
Urbanism is a return to old-style neighborhoods, with houses of
different yet compatible styles sitting side-by-side; narrow streets to
slow traffic; lots of public spaces; and stores, restaurants, cafes,
churches, offices and many other necessities at a neighborhood center
within a five-minute walk from one's front door.

"Surveys show that more and more Americans want to get away from
subdivision sprawl and return to old-timey neighborhoods that are
finding new life in New Urbanism. Bluegrass Tomorrow, a regional
planning group, and the Homebuilders Association of Lexington
co-sponsored yesterday's event to help the area's home-building
industry learn about New Urbanism's goals and methods. Steve Austin,
president and CEO of Bluegrass Tomorrow, said that when buying houses
today, 'Americans prefer to live in walkable communities.'..."

Source: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/local/11529755.htm
Archive search: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "As cities were, and can be again"
Author: Art Jester
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DURHAM (NC) HOSTS SAFE ROUTES COURSE

-> According to an April 27th Herald-Sun article, "Blanca Soria waits
outside Fayetteville Street Elementary School every afternoon for her
two sons to be dismissed from class. But instead of picking up Rafael
and Roberto in a car, Soria walks to the school from her house a few
blocks away on Pilot Street -- and then escorts her sons back home. 'My
sons only like walking,' said Soria, who walks with the youngsters to
and from school each day. 'They never want to take the car.' Like the
Soria family, 47 percent of the 320 students enrolled at Fayetteville
Street walk to school each day. But the school's rate of walkers could
grow if officials listen to recommendations made at a 'Safe Routes to
School' training course Tuesday.

"The workshop, inspired by curriculum developed at UNC's Pedestrian and
Bicycle Information Center, brought together local government, school,
law enforcement and transportation officials to brainstorm ways to
promote walking and biking as a means of getting to school. 'The
growing health and obesity crisis is a result of a lack of physical
activity,' said Charlie Zegeer, the center's director. 'We need to get
more young people walking at a younger age, because the habits we
develop as kids often last for a lifetime. But as we promote walking,
we also need to make sure it's safe.'..."

Source: http://www.herald-sun.com/durham/4-601486.html
Archive search: http://www.herald-sun.com/archives/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Goal: Encourage students to walk, ride bikes to school"
Author: Mindy B. Hagen
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"SIDEWALK-HUNGRY" NAPLES (FL) FOLKS PUSH PLAN

-> According to a May 3rd Naples Daily News article, "A new and
improved Naples sidewalk network is moving forward, but city leaders
want traffic engineers to produce a study that would justify and guide
a proposed master plan. Naples Mayor Bill Barnett told sidewalk-hungry
residents Monday that the study, which should cost about $100,000,
would have to be commissioned eventually, and might as well be the
first step in the process. Sidewalk advocates turned out in strength at
Monday's Naples City Council workshop to lobby for a more sophisticated
pathway network. Fifth Avenue South Association president Deb Newman
endorsed the plan to make Naples a more walkable town, citing hopes to
link Grand Central Station, Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South.

"It will not only alleviate the downtown district's parking shortage
and conform to the New Urbanism vision for cities across the nation,
but will make Naples residents healthier, she said. More and more older
folk are enjoying the positive benefits of walking, Newman said. 'I,
myself, have recently joined AARP and gotten off my butt and started
walking,' Newman joked, referring to the American Association of
Retired Persons, a membership open to anyone 50 or older. Presenting a
draft plan to city leaders, Construction Management Director Ron
Wallace said Naples does have money constraints, and urged folks to
take the sidewalk issue one step at a time. 'In the entire history of
the city, we didn't have a sidewalk policy until two months ago,'
Wallace said Monday..."

Source:
http://www.naplesnews.com/npdn/news/article/0,2071,NPDN_14940_3746968,00.html
Archive search: http://www.naplesnews.com/npdn/search/
Cost: No
Title: "Naples on path toward more sidewalks"
Author: I.M. Stackel
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BEND (OR) FOOTBRIDGE TO LINK POPULAR TRAILS

-> According to a May 5th Bend Bulletin article, "A new footbridge,
expected to be complete by early July, will open both banks of one of
the wildest sections of the Deschutes River as it winds through Bend.
The South Canyon Bridge, an 85-foot prefabricated steel bridge, will
link the existing legs of the Deschutes River Trail that run through
Mount Bachelor Village on the west bank and Central Oregon Irrigation
District (COID) property on the east bank. It will be installed roughly
one mile south of the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge, close to Quail Pine
Estates, said Bruce Ronning, director of planning and development for
the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District.

"Ronning said the explosive growth in south Bend and the need for
convenient access points to the urban trail system drove the decision
to install the bridge. 'It would have been irresponsible not to plan
for it (and) design for it,' Ronning said. 'The Deschutes River Trail
is the flagship of the urban trail system. ... We know people are going
to go down there.' The South Canyon Bridge will also create a
three-mile loop for pedestrians from Farewell Bend Park, where an
existing footbridge spans the river..."

Source: http://www.bendbulletin.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=16256
Archive search: http://www.bendbulletin.com/news/search.cfm
Cost: No
Title: "Footbridge will link trails"
Author: Yoko Minoura
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PHOTO PROVES SNAILS FASTER THAN ADSL!

-> "Novel new data transfer system was launched recently in a unique
experiment being held in KinnerNet 2005 camp (an Israeli internet camp,
modeled after Tim Oreilly's Foo camp). The experiment conceived and run
by a group of Israeli Internet addicts, including Yossi Vardi (former
ICQ chairman), Shimon Schocken (computer scientist) and Ami Ben Bassat
(science writer). The system called SNAP (SNAil-based data transfer
Protocol), uses biological carriers, and, for the first time, taking
advantages of the unique merits of the wheel for data transfer..."

Source: http://www.notes.co.il/benbasat/10991.asp


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

CLINTON KICKS OFF OBESITY CAMPAIGN AT NYC SCHOOL

-> "Yesterday, appearing trim and vigorous, Mr. Clinton said he was
moved by his medical experience to join his William J. Clinton
Foundation with the heart association in a program to stop the
increasing prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States by
2010..."
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/04/health/04obese.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1115179877-3F8n+LfD8uNJ8jANIIor1A

UNLICENSED TEEN FACES 18 MO. FOR KILLING PEDESTRIAN

-> "'I don't hate the driver,' [Michelle's father] tells me of the
17-year-old who is still awaiting trial on charges of vehicular
manslaughter and driving without a license. But he wouldn't mind if the
boy received the maximum sentence of 18 months..."
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lopez1may01,1,2843326.column?ctrack=1&cset=true

REBUILDING IN MINNEAPOLIS (MN) WALKABLE N'HOODS

-> "'We have a small house, but all of a sudden we have all of this
outdoor living space, and it looks like another living room,' Kippels
said. 'We get to hang out and people walk by and we chat and it's
great.'..."
http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/home_and_garden/article/0,1426,MCA_523_3745622,00.html


CALIF BAN ON BIKE/PED TOLLS OK'D BY PANEL

-> "Assembly Bill 748, legislation by Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, D-Davis,
seeking to permanently ban bicycle and pedestrian tolls on any public
bridge or roadway in the state, passed the Assembly Transportation
Committee on a 7-3 vote Monday..."
http://www.dailydemocrat.com/Stories/0,1413,136~32730~2853751,00.html

STUDY: OBESITY A PROBLEM AMONG THE AFFLUENT

-> "The prevalence of obesity is growing three times faster among
Americans who make more than $60,000 a year than it is among their
low-income neighbors, said a study being presented Monday at a meeting
of the American Heart Association..."
http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=356571&category=&BCCode=&newsdate=5/2/2005

BBC POLL: BIKE "MOST SIGNIFICANT INVENTION"

-> "It was an easy victory for the bicycle which won more than half of
the vote. The transistor came second with 8% of the vote, and the
electro-magnetic induction ring -- the means to harness electricity --
came third..."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4513929.stm

OJO MADUEKWE: NIGERIA'S BICYCLE VISIONARY

-> "The intellectual, physical and psychological wherewithal to
prosecute an arcane campaign of reintroducing bicycle riding to Nigeria
was a project only an Ojo could initiate and push to considerable
distance..."
http://allafrica.com/stories/200505050264.html

THOUGHTFUL PLANNING BEATS BIGGER ROADS

-> "The problems that cause traffic congestion are poor planning -- not
small roads. The suggestion that traffic safety can be achieved by
widening roads, adding lanes, smoothing out curves and eliminating
intersections is wrong..."
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050504/EDIT02/505040324/1021/EDIT

COLUMBUS (OH) ADDS CYCLING TO RIDESHARE PROGRAM

-> "The program offers cyclists four guaranteed taxi rides home each
year, said coordinator Stephanie Bosco, which is helpful if they get
rained out or have to get home for an emergency. The program also
matches riders up with cycling buddies and provides them with a free
map of local bike trails..."
http://www.bizjournals.com/industries/sports_business/general/2005/05/02/columbus_focus1.html?f=et183

STUDY: FEW U.S. ADULTS LEAD HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

-> "'These results illustrate the extraordinarily low prevalence of
healthy lifestyles in the U.S. adult population.'..."
http://www.newsroom.msu.edu/site/indexer/2393/content.htm

TWO HARBORS (MN) TRAILS PLAN MOVES AHEAD

-> "'This could be the most walkable town in the state, and I'm
excited,' said Hubley, one of the city's planners through the Arrowhead
Regional Development Commission (ARDC)..."
http://www.twoharborsmn.com/placed/index.php?sect_rank=1&story_id=199453

CYCLING TODDLERS CLIMBING INTO THE SADDLE

-> "In a customer review on Amazon.com, a mother of three from Enid,
Okla., praised the Radio Flyer with 10-inch-diameter wheels (possibly
the smallest bike on the market) as 'an awesome first bike' -- for her
20-month-old..."
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/living/11451548.htm

U.S. SUV SALES FALL BY 5 PERCENT

-> "The latest automobile sales figures from the United States show
that Americans are increasingly wary of gasoline-guzzling sport utility
vehicles..."
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/05/04/business/auto.php

"HUMONGOUS" BACK IN STYLE AT FAST-FOOD JOINTS

-> "This year's restaurant menus look like they've gone on steroids,
with offerings of humongous burgers and gigantic pizzas...Hardee's
'Monster Thickburger, the mother of all hamburgers' hovers in the
neighborhood of 1,430 calories..."
http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/national/article/0,1406,KNS_350_3754475,00.html


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

-> "BUS-BIKE INTERACTION WITHIN THE ROAD NETWORK"
Austroads report examines interaction between buses and bicycles,
suggests ways to minimize adverse impacts on cyclists, bus operators,
and passengers.
http://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/script/Details.asp?docn=AS410786249817

-> "EFFICIENT VEHICLES VERSUS EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION..."
"...Comparing Transportation Energy Conservation Strategies;" Paper by
Todd Litman; Transport Policy, Volume 12, Issue 2, March 2005, p.
121-129.
http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0967070X04000575

-> "DRAFT NATIONAL SCENIC AND HISTORIC TRAILS..."
"...Strategy and Work Plan;" public and agency Review document
(comment period closes July 1, 2005); Natl Scenic & Historic Trails
Pgm, U.S. Dept. of Interior. For a copy (electronic or hard copy), call
(202) 208-3516. Or contact CL's editor <john@montana.com> and he'll
forward you a copy.


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

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: Parks & Trails New York; phone: (518) 434-1583
http://www.ptny

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,
GL207LX, 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 -- PROJECT COORDINATOR -- VOORHEES TRANS CTR
Reporting to the Project Manager, this position is responsible for
coordinating the management of projects related to pedestrian and
bicycle transportation policy and planning issues. Responsibilities
include but are not limited to conducting research and preparing
project-related reports, research papers, newsletters, memoranda and
other written materials; assisting in the planning and implementation
of focus groups, workshops, and conferences; interacting with external
constituents via briefings, correspondence and outreach meetings; and
coordinating the development and maintenance of resource libraries,
project databases, and project websites.

Job Requirements Requires a bachelor's degree with two years
experience in the transportation field. Master's degree in urban and
regional planning, public policy or related field preferred. Also,
requires excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability
to prepare and conduct presentations, and demonstrated ability to work
with community constituents with a high level of sensitivity and
diplomacy. Experience with a wide range of federal and state laws
concerning transportation issues and in pedestrian and bicycle project
design, implementation, funding, engineering and advocacy is preferred.

Salary Range $40,000-$50,000 depending on qualifications. Incredible
benefits package. Please send inquiries by June 1, 2005 to: Jan Wells,
Assistant Research Professor, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center,
33 Livingston Avenue - Suite 500, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

-> JOB -- STATE TRAILS PGM MGR -- WY PARKS & CULT. RES.
Location: Wyoming Parks & Cultural Resources, Cheyenne WY. Administers
statewide Trails Program, which includes Snowmobile Trails Program
funded by the Snowmobile Registration and User Fee Program, Off-Road
Recreational Vehicle (ORV) Program funded by the ORV Registration
Program, and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant Program. Closing
date: open until filled. For details, go to:
http://statejobs.state.wy.us/JobSearchDetail.aspx?ID=8276


-> JOB -- PLANNERS, DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS -- ALTA
Alta Planning + Design, one of the leading firms in the country
specializing in bikeway, pedestrian, and trail projects in the country,
has an immediate opening for mid-level and senior level planners,
designers, and/or engineers. Alta's Berkeley office works on some of
the premier projects in our field, ranging from trail feasibility
studies in Hawaii, Tahoe, San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, and Jackson
Hole, to bikeway and pedestrian studies for cities and counties such as
Santa Barbara, Portland, and San Diego. The successful applicant should
have an interest in and some knowledge of our field, a degree in
planning, landscape architecture, engineering, or related field, good
writing, presentation, and analytical skills, and some consulting
experience. Location in and knowledge of the San Francisco region is a
plus. Special skills that are a plus include computers, graphics, GIS,
AutoCAD, drawing, CEQA/NEPA, traffic engineering, landscape
architecture, urban planning, and Federal funding programs. Salaries
and benefits are very competitive. Contact Michael Jones at (415)
482-8660 or Brett Hondorp at (510) 540-5008.

-> JOB -- STATE TRAILS COORD. -- S. CAROLINA DPRT
FT/perm position w/Dept of Parks, Rec & Tourism in Columbia, SC. Work
schedule: Mon-Fri, 37.5 hours/wk Salary range: $33,061-$61167. Position
#G12493. Plans, develops, coordinates, promotes trails & greenways
throughout state. Responsible for developing trail & greenway
activities, incl working with public & private orgs. Serves as primary
Agency contact for Rec Trails Pgm Grants.

Min quals Bachelor's degree in Planning, Parks and Recreation Admin,
Bus Admin, Public Admin, Geog, or related nat resource field + 4yrs exp
in comp community planning, trails planning, admin of fed & state
grants. Candidates MUST meet these or equiv combo of educ & exper. Addl
pref quals: Knowledge of trail design, construction techniques;
extensive knowledge of Rec Trails Pgm grants; commun skills (verbal,
written); excell public presentation skills; excell computer skills:
Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Outlook. Cert in Universal Trails
Assessment Process and as Parks & Rec Professional pref. Ability to
cross uneven terrain, climb ladders, lift up to 50#. Valid SC license.
Closing Date: May 11, 2005 For more info, go to:
http://www.state.sc.us/jobs/positions/G000012493.html

-> JOB -- MOBILITY COORDINATOR -- FLORIDA DOT
Salary: $1,344.95 - $1,650.75 (bi-weekly). Description: The Mobility
Coordinator in the District Four Office of Modal Development performs
work assignments primarily in the technical areas of transit, bicycle,
and pedestrian facilities development focusing on access to
transportation modes. Duties include: reviews and comments on the
Department's highway plans for inclusion of multi-modal facilities,
administers the bicycle and pedestrian programs for the District,
assists in the development of major transit facilities and stations,
and monitors development and implementation of the District Transit
Facilities Guidelines. Requirements: Limited travel is required;
therefore a valid "Class E" driver license is necessary to qualify for
this position.

Apply to To complete an employment application, go online to the
People First Website; then place your mouse over the "South" region
from the colored map, select Broward and follow the instructions. The
Department of Transportation is an EOE, Affirmative Action, Drug Free
Workplace employer. We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized
alien workers. For applicants claiming Veterans Preferences, please fax
your DD to People First @ 904-636-2003. Contact Jeff Weidner, Mobility
Manager, (954) 777-4670 if you need any additional information. Close:
Apply on-line via the People First by 5 p.m. EST, Monday, May 16, 2005.
Paper applications will not be accepted.
https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com



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