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


#123 Friday, May 20, 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.

[Ed. note: With this issue, we've gone to "TinyURLs" to shrink the
length of the web addresses of articles, resources, etc. One reason
for doing so was to keep links from breaking so often. Let me know
what you think! -- J.W.]


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Senate Passes SAFETEA, Takes Big "Complete Streets" Step
  Advocacy Fund Honors LMB's Lucinda Means
  Attn. Community Children/Youth Project Managers
  Bill Wilkinson and NCBW Receive Maryland Award
  Coming: Guinness World Record Unicycle Attempt
  Iowa Bike Maps are Now Available
  Atlanta Bicycle Campaign Celebrates Bike Month
  U.S. Dept of Energy Internal Memo


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  "Complete Streets" Movement Spreads Across U.S.
  Epic King Co. (WA) Trail Battle Ends in Victory
  Oregon's Ronkin Talks Bikes in Spartanburg (SC)
  UCLA Prof Donald Shoup: Free Parking Not Free
  Bethlehem (PA) Mulls Anti-Walkable School Proposal
  California Celebrates Bike to Work Day
  Liberty (MO) Considers Walkable Downtown
  Michigan DOT Chooses Grayling for Model
  Walkability, Transit Advocates Clash in Atlanta (GA)
  Walk Sacramento (CA) Pushes for Safer Streets
  All South OZ Kids to Get Road Safety Education



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

SENATE PASSES SAFETEA, TAKES BIG "COMPLETE STREETS" STEP

-- Bill Wilkinson

-> This week, the Senate passed (by a vote of 89-11) SAFETEA, their
version of the reauthorization of the Federal transportation
legislation. Now, this bill and the House version, H.R.3, will be taken
up by a conference committee to iron out the differences and -- we all
hope! -- report out a bill that will soon become law. From what
Congressman Oberstar (D-MN) has said, the smart money is on final
passage in July.

But, there were two other votes associated with SAFETEA that were big
events for our interests. One was the overwhelming defeat (84-16) of an
amendment proposed by Sen. Sessions (R-AL) that would have cut funding
for Transit, CMAQ, Transportation Enhancements, and other progressive
transportation programs. The sages who read the tea leaves on the
various doings on the Hill say that the strength of this vote makes
these issues much stronger going into conference.

The really big news, though, relates to a vote we lost. On 11 May, for
the first time ever in either chamber, the United States Senate voted
on an amendment to make the routine accommodation of bicycles and
pedestrians (i.e., Complete Streets) the national policy. The amendment
was introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) with several co-sponsors.
The vote was 44-53; actually, it was much closer than that. At least
two likely supporters, Senator Jeffords (I-VT) and Senator Baucus
(D-MT) -- two of the "Big Four" from the Environment and Public Works
Committee -- were bound by a prior agreement to oppose amendments to
the committee's bill. And, while the two Senators from Minnesota did
not vote, Senator Coleman (R-MN) had inserted in the Congressional
Record that he would have voted "Aye" and it seems likely that Senator
Dayton (D-MN) would have voted "Aye" as well. So, on a straight up vote
we would have had 48 Ayes ... at least. We almost got it the first time!

It should be noted that the various interests that championed Senator
Harkin's amendment had only five days (including a weekend) to get the
word out and drum up support ... but what a job they did. During
debate, Senator Harkin held up a poster listing some of the
organizations that had written letters of support including AARP,
American Public Health Association, and Association of Metropolitan
Planning Organizations, along with the other usual suspects.

So, where does the campaign for Complete Streets go from here?
Here are some things to consider:

  1. Check to see how your Senators voted. Then either thank them or let
    them know you'd like to talk them about why they should support
    Complete Streets. Here's the roll call vote:
    http://www.bikeplan.com/csvote.txt

  2. Take a minute to thank at least one of the various national
    organizations that went on record in support of Senator Harkin's
    amendment. Their support was critical and we need more of it. Here are
    the letters from the Congressional Record:
    http://www.bikeplan.com/csletters.txt

  3. Check the America Bikes' website (http://www.americabikes.org) for
    updates on the progress of the transportation legislation. Let you
    Senators and Congressfolk know that you want them to pass the
    reauthorization legislation NOW!

  4. Contact your state and local officials and agencies and urge their
    support for Complete Streets policies at the state and local levels.
    Ultimately, this is where the policy and associated changes in
    planning, design, and operations must become routine.

  5. Ask your local elected officials to support a Federal policy on
    Complete Streets. If we're to carry the day next time, we need more
    local support.

And remember: we shall overcome ... someday.

For a copy of the Complete Streets Amendment, go to:
http://www.bikeplan.com/cs2005.pdf

For updates on the progress of the transportation legislation, visit the
America Bikes web site at http://www.americabikes.org
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ADVOCACY FUND HONORS LMB'S LUCINDA MEANS

-> According to an announcement on the League of Michigan Bicyclists
website, "The Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Fund was established today
to further the mission to which Lucinda so passionately dedicated her
life. Lucinda's friends who wish to honor her life and vision are
encouraged to contribute in her memory. Establishing an endowment fund,
with proceeds used to support the League of Michigan Bicyclists'
mission -- making Michigan a bike-friendly state, was a key part of
Lucinda's vision for the League. At the discretion of the LMB Board,
the Fund may also support other organizations that benefit bicyclists,
pedestrians and communities.

"By establishing Lucinda's Fund under the aegis of the Capital Region
Community Foundation, the LMB also enables donors to get up to a 50%
credit on their Michigan state tax returns, as well as a federal tax
deduction. Because contributions go to the Fund's principal, no more
than five percent of which can be spent annually, investment earnings
will continue to grow the Fund's principal in perpetuity.

To make a donation, please send your check to: The Capital Region
Community Foundation, 6035 Executive Drive, Suite 104, Lansing, MI
48911. Be sure to write Lucinda Means Bicyclists Endowment on the memo
line of your check. If you have any questions about the Fund, please
contact the LMB office."

Source: http://www.lmb.org/ljm2004.htm
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ATTN. COMMUNITY CHILDREN/YOUTH PROJECT MANAGERS

-> According to a recent announcement from Walter Young, "The W.K.
Kellogg Foundation, in cooperation with the Association of State and
Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors (CDD), is conducting a
nationwide environmental scan to identify community-level obesity
prevention initiatives. If your organization is implementing a physical
activity and/or nutrition-related project targeted at children and
youth, we need to hear from you. Many community organizations are now
engaged in the fight against obesity in America. Your organization may
be one of them. The information you provide will help shape
community-based children and youth funding initiatives of the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation. ..Without your input the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
will not learn about the new and innovative projects that are being
implemented in communities today. No story is insignificant!"

Download the Project Abstract Form (with samples) from:
http://tinyurl.com/a3l6w
Complete the one-page form and return it to Ms. Shelley Karp at
<skarp@chronicdisease.org> or fax 303-237-0471, no later than
June 15, 2005.
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BILL WILKINSON AND NCBW RECEIVE MARYLAND AWARD

-> On 13 May 2005, at Montgomery County's (MD) 19th Annual
Transportation Awards Ceremony, Bill Wilkinson and the NCBW were
presented with the "Graham F. Norton Award for Achievement in
Increasing Community Livability." The gathering of more than 250 of
Montgomery County and Maryland leaders included Senator Paul
Sarbanes, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Delegate Bill Bronrott,
and County Executive Doug Duncan. The award recognized the
work Bill and the NCBW have done to improve opportunities for
walking and bicycling in Montgomery County, which is home to
the NCBW main office and executive director Bill Wilkinson.
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COMING: GUINNESS WORLD RECORD UNICYCLE ATTEMPT

-> We recently saw a news item from Zach Warren: "On May 19th, I'm
making a Guinness World Record attempt for the 'fastest 100 miles on a
unicycle.' This is to raise funds for the first children's circus of
Afghanistan, with whom I'll be working this summer. Please check out
the website and help me spread the word!"

For more on the cause, go to: http://www.Unicycle4Kids.org
Source: http://www.unicyclist.com/
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IOWA BIKE MAPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

-> According to a recent note from Kathy Ridnour, Iowa DOT Bicycle and
Pedestrian Transportation Planner, "The 2005 Iowa Transportation Map
for Bicyclists is now available at no cost. This map shows hundreds of
miles of multi-use trails and also includes traffic levels for all
paved roadways so bicyclists can choose the road routes that match
their level of riding experience. There is also information about 48
multi-use trails that are five miles or longer; cycling safety tips;
and contacts, including Web sites, for additional information on
cycling in Iowa."

The map can be ordered at:
http://www.iowabikes.com.
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ATLANTA BICYCLE CAMPAIGN CELEBRATES BIKE MONTH

-> In a recent note, Dennis Hoffarth of the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign
says "Happy Bike Month! And especially, Happy Bike to Work Week! Did
you know that Friday is National Bike to Work Day? Did you know that
the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign is offering to bike to work WITH you on
Friday? (assuming your commute is served by one of our 6 Commuter Bike
Trains). Special incentives and prizes are being offered across the
Atlanta region for biking to work, AND for simply biking more in May!
Prizes across the region range from hundreds of dollars in gift
certificates to a bicycle, hydration packs, bike jerseys and water
bottles..."

For more info, go to:
http://www.atlantabike.org/
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U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY INTERNAL MEMO

From: DOECAST
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:41 AM
Subject: Bike Safely and Arrive Alive!

"Enjoying fresh Spring weather riding a bicycle lifts the spirit
and encourages cardiovascular fitness. The 2000 U.S. Census
report estimates that approximately 489,000 people use bicycles as
their primary means of transportation to work.

"Cycling exercises the heart without the pounding trauma to joints
caused by running. A bicycle can be ridden most times of the year at
minimal cost. Bicycling to work, to perform errands, or to enjoy the
outdoors is environmentally wise. The Office of Environment, Safety,
and Health encourages all DOE Federal and contractor employees to
review current poster exhibits on bicycle safety and the contributions
of safety engineers to safeguarding bicyclists on streets and highways,
including DOE roadways. The exhibits are in the Forrestal lower lobby
and the Germantown Cafeteria area lobby. The posters are also
available electronically at:
http://tinyurl.com/9r9qy

"This health and safety promotional activity is sponsored by John
S. Shaw, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environment, Safety, and
Health and Chief Safety Officer for DOE." For more info contact:
Claudia Beach (301) 903-9826.
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"The Safe Routes to School Program...is something that many people feel
very strongly about, that some people think is one of the most
important parts of [the federal transportation bill]: the Safe Routes
to Schools. This will save young lives in America. If we do not pass
the bill...young lives could very well be lost..."

-- Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
from the debate on SAFETEA (from the Congressional Record)

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

"COMPLETE STREETS" MOVEMENT SPREADS ACROSS U.S.

-> In a May 2005 Planning Magazine article, author Barbara McCann says,
"In many communities, designating a bicycle route or pouring a few new
sidewalks is no longer enough. In the college town of Columbia,
Missouri, the city adopted new street standards last June calling for
wider sidewalks and narrower lanes. The governing commission of the
South Carolina Department of Transportation recently passed a
resolution declaring that 'bicycling and walking accommodations should
be a routine part of the department's planning, design, construction,
and operating activities.' In San Diego last November, voters approved
a sales tax measure that is expected to generate $14 billion over 40
years. It specifies that any roads built or improved with these funds
must have room for cyclists and pedestrians.

"All of these jurisdictions are part of a new trend: creating complete
streets. Most U.S. roadways are not 'complete streets.' According to a
national survey conducted in 2002 by the federal Bureau of
Transportation Statistics, about one quarter of all walking trips take
place on roads without sidewalks or shoulders, and bike lanes are
available for only about five percent of bicycle trips. Another BTS
poll, the 2003 National Transportation Availability and Use Survey,
found that the top complaint among both able-bodied and disabled
pedestrians and cyclists was that there were too few usable sidewalks
and bikeways -- essentially, too many incomplete streets..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bgtb5
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bhoz2
Cost: subscription required
Title: "Complete the Streets!"
Author: Barbara McCann
For more information on Complete Streets, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/7a7pn
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EPIC KING CO. (WA) TRAIL BATTLE ENDS IN VICTORY

-> According to a May 11th Seattle Times article, "After nearly a
decade of conflict and courtroom battles between King County and
lakefront homeowners, one of the nation's most contentious trails is
getting built and may open as soon as January. King County announced
yesterday that it has received all nine necessary permits for the East
Lake Sammamish Trail and that work on completing the scenic 11-mile
route, connecting Redmond to Issaquah, could begin in July. The county
opened two small sections of the trail a total of 3.5 miles through
Redmond and Issaquah last year.

"The trail, which the county has been trying to build since the former
rail corridor was abandoned in 1996, provides a critical link in an
otherwise nearly continuous trail system that stretches 40 miles from
Ballard to Issaquah and then along Interstate 90 as far as Idaho.
'We're going to get it built,' said King County Executive Ron Sims, who
has pushed for the trail since he took office in 1997. 'There are times
when you have to hold firm so the public can win, and 10 years from now
the people will not remember the battle, they'll just be enjoying the
beauty of the trail.' Nestled among tall firs and boasting some of the
Eastside's most serene water and mountain views, the rail corridor has
also been the site of one of the county's ugliest public-private land
battles..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/72mjm
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bzd5p
Cost: No
Title: "E. Lake Sammamish disputed trail is a go"
Author: Natalie Singer
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OREGON'S RONKIN TALKS BIKES IN SPARTANBURG (SC)

-> According to a May 17th Herald-Journal article, "Picture Pine Street
with bicycle lanes on each side. Michael Ronkin says there's room, and
new paint isn't that expensive. Ronkin, the head of the Oregon State
Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, pedaled
Spartanburg area roads over the weekend, observing and talking with
residents about how Spartanburg streets could be friendlier to bike and
foot traffic. 'It can be done,' said Ronkin in reference to adding
bicycle lanes to Union Street, too. Ronkin was brought to Spartanburg
as part of the Bike Town initiative because of his expertise. Several
cities in Oregon are considered national models for biking.

"Bike Town initiative leaders are in creating a blueprint for making
city and county roads better for bicycles. 'We're looking to make
connections in the city,' Yon Lambert said Saturday as he led a tour of
Spartanburg streets that see the most bike traffic and could use the
most safety improvements. Ronkin was along for the ride. The kind of
changes he suggested would make roads better for all kinds of traffic
-- from pedestrians to cars..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bzvwc
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8p4el
Cost: No
Title: "He shows them the way"
Authors: Teresa Killian and Alexander Morrison
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UCLA PROF DONALD SHOUP: FREE PARKING NOT FREE

-> According to an article in the May issue of Planning Magazine, "A
mild-mannered urban economist with a sharp wit turned out be the
surprise hit at this spring's national planning conference. Donald
Shoup, FAICP, has been preaching for years that parking spaces should
be considered a community asset, not a freebie. Finally, people are
listening. The session room in San Francisco was overflowing, and a
long line of admirers -- including some former students who identified
themselves as 'Shoupistas' -- waited for the author to sign their
copies of his new APA book, 'The High Cost of Free Parking.' Shoup's
message is clear and simple. Parking is a scarce resource that can be
mined by local governments to produce revenue for neighborhood
improvements. 'Cities should begin to see curb parking through the eyes
of a parking lot owner,' he says.

"They should also reevaluate off-street parking requirements. Land
that's now devoted to parking lots could become housing. Further,
employers who provide free parking should allow workers to 'cash out'
their benefit and use it for transit -- or decide to walk or ride a
bike to work instead. We pay a price for ignoring the effects of our
current parking regulations, Shoup says. In the case of off-street
parking requirements, that price is the paving over of our urban and
suburban landscape for parking lots. We pay in other ways, too. 'The
cost of parking has been shifted into higher prices for everything we
buy,' he says. 'A little bit of every transaction is siphoned off to
pay for parking.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ayyl7
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bhoz2
Cost: subscription required
Title: "Pay As You Park"
Author: Ruth Eckdish Knack
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BETHLEHEM (PA) MULLS ANTI-WALKABLE SCHOOL PROPOSAL

-> According to a May 18th Morning Call article, "For years, the
Bethlehem Area School District has contemplated replacing Broughal
Middle School in South Bethlehem, either by rebuilding the school on
its present 4.2-acre site or building a new school elsewhere. Broughal
is bordered by Lehigh University and a church, making it impossible to
expand the current site without their cooperation. Last week, Lehigh
offered to buy Broughal for $1.9 million and donate 10 acres on the top
of South Mountain to the district for a replacement school. The
proposal is breathtakingly short-sighted: Removing Broughal not only
undermines the vitality of South Bethlehem and robs its young people of
an ideal educational environment, it wastes a golden opportunity for
Lehigh to demonstrate the leadership expected of a first-class
university.

"On the surface, the proposal is overwhelmingly in Lehigh's favor. The
university would gain an exceptionally well-constructed, 126,000 square
foot building that would cost at least $17 million to build new, and an
adjacent athletic field that would provide Lehigh with space for new
buildings. Bethlehem residents, on the other hand, would lose a
neighborhood landmark that is easily accessible to its 630 students, 90
percent of whom walk to school. The proposed mountaintop campus would
require all students to be bused at an annual operating cost of
$240,000, on top of $780,000 to acquire the necessary buses. An
isolated campus would make it difficult for Broughal parents, 75
percent of whom have low incomes, to participate in school life..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/77eko
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ahse3
Cost: Yes
Title: "Lehigh should show better leadership on Broughal"
Author: Thomas Hylton
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CALIFORNIA CELEBRATES BIKE TO WORK DAY

-> According to a May 16th Bicycle Newswire article, "In Los Angeles,
Bike to Work Day will begin with the 'Blessing of the Bicycles' at Good
Samaritan Hospital. In the San Francisco Bay Area, riders will be
supported with 183 Energizer Stations. Down in San Diego, cyclists can
pause during their bicycle commute for a free massage. In Orange
County, participants will have a chance to win Southwest Airlines
tickets. And in the state capital, Sacramento's annual 'Ride Around the
Capital' may even attract a bicycling Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
'Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity for people who don't normally
commute by bicycle to give it a try,' says K.C. Butler, organizer of
California's Bike Commute Week.

"'High gas prices, rising obesity, stress are all good reasons to leave
the car at home and bicycle to work. And on Bike to Work Day we make it
easy with free food, great support and a chance to win all kinds of
prizes.' Plus, for those whose commutes may be too long to complete
entirely by bicycle, San Diego Regions' MTDB and NCTD will be offering
free bus and trolley rides to Bike to Work Day participants as will
L.A. County's Metro busses and trains. And the Alameda Ferry is
providing free rides to cyclists, as well..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a8f43
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title
"Over 100,000 cyclists expected to participate in California
Bike to Work Week, May 16-20 -- and it's FREE"

Author: Staff

For more on California Bike to Work Week, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/9z4x9
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LIBERTY (MO) CONSIDERS WALKABLE DOWNTOWN

-> According to a May 19th Sun-News article, "Joey Dougdale said he and
his family want to support Liberty. But when night falls, they seek
activity elsewhere. 'We go across the highway,' he said. 'It's just
sad. My wife and I were both born and raised in Liberty. The reason we
stayed is because we love the town. We live by the junior high and walk
to Scoops. We used to walk to the pizza shop. The reasons to walk are
getting fewer and fewer.' If Liberty wants visitors to head downtown
and 'stay awhile,' the city and business owners are going to have to
give them a reason to do so.

"Independent consultants earlier this month touted a long-range plan to
revive the Liberty Square and surrounding neighborhoods. The plan calls
for mixed residential and commercial uses around the downtown, keeping
the Square as a centerpiece. The master plan shows a parking garage,
retail shops and nighttime businesses. Chris Todd, who owns By the Book
bookstore on the Square, said he liked the concepts. 'It was very
creative,' he said. 'It was a very good idea to bring in an outside
source to look at things objectively. That's hard for us to do, those
of us who live and work here. It's hard to look at things objectively,
which I think is very important.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d2h62
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Master Plan revives downtown Liberty"
Author: Janese Heavin
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MICHIGAN DOT CHOOSES GRAYLING FOR MODEL

-> According to a May 19th Crawford County Avalanche article, "Michigan
Department of Transportation officials are using the City of Grayling
as a model to show how to make a community bicycle friendly. MDOT
planners are working with the City of Grayling's bike path committee to
form designated bike paths which will allow residents to travel safely
around the town and travel to Crawford County's paved pathways. Work
crews on Tuesday began painting designated bike lanes on roads where
residents can travel.

"The city's bike path committee, which was formed last fall, has been
studying options where additional paved paths could be developed in the
community or where connections and bike routes can be made using
existing infrastructure. MDOT has obtained federal funds to complete
some of the initiatives. 'The city is going to become sort of a
teaching tool for engineers,' said Dave Sabin, the city attorney and
chairman of the bike path committee..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cs9bc
Archive search: None found
Cost: ?
Title: "Additional bike routes developed"
Author: Dan Sanderson
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WALKABILITY, TRANSIT ADVOCATES CLASH IN ATLANTA (GA)

-> According to a May 19th Journal-Constitution article, "Tensions are
running high between advocates of safe, attractive and walkable city
streets and those hoping to get as many commuters as possible out of
their cars and onto mass transit. At the outset of a six-month Atlanta
Regional Commission study of how to manage the in-town travel patterns
of metro Atlanta's growing bus fleets, a steering committee of city and
neighborhood leaders, transit system operators and the state Department
of Transportation officials aired their differences. No one yet has
answers for how to keep increasing numbers of commuter buses from
spoiling the 'grand boulevard' atmosphere Midtown, Downtown and Atlanta
leaders are trying to create along Peachtree Street.

"While community advocates stressed their desire to see Atlanta's
intractable gridlock addressed, they expressed their fears that the
number of buses crowding narrow intown streets will undercut years of
work to make in-town Atlanta a more inviting place for residents,
workers and visitors. Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson
said he has grave concerns about the expected increase in the number of
buses traveling downtown over the next quarter-century as metro Atlanta
adds another two million residents. 'We're not just solving a
short-term problem. We're creating a vision for the next 25 years,'
Robinson said. Transportation executives said they are sympathetic to
community desires for pretty, uncluttered streets, but they stressed
their mission to reduce gridlock and provide as much convenience as
possible for their commuter bus riders..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bvhlo
Archive search: http://www.newslibrary.com/sites/ajc/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pretty streets vs. bus fleets"
Author: Julie B. Hairston
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WALK SACRAMENTO (CA) PUSHES FOR SAFER STREETS

-> On May 17th, KCRA-TV reported, "According to a new extensive federal
database on pedestrian fatalities, on average one person every 14 days
is hit and killed by a car in Sacramento County. That statistic has
advocates demanding changes to make city streets pedestrian friendly.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, Sacramento
County had 181 pedestrian deaths between 1999 and 2003. Most pedestrian
deaths occur on wide, high-speed, heavily traveled roads like Folsom
Boulevard. Anne Geraghty, of Walk Sacramento, said what is needed is a
walkable community.

"'The good news is there's a lot of interest right now in improving it.
The bad news is we've had 50 years of auto-centric development and it
will be difficult to turn that around,' Geraghty said. Geraghty's group
advocates better sidewalks, more crosswalks, signals with countdowns,
and putting wide surface streets on a diet to reduce speeds. 'A roadway
diet is where you have a road that, say, is four lanes and you narrow
it down to three lanes,' Geraghty said. The pedestrian basics are
missing from some Sacramento County roads, but officials said there is
a plan to change that, with the top priority being the construction of
sidewalks alongside miles of roadway..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b89cx
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Pedestrian Deaths Prompt Calls For Change"
Author: Staff
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ALL SOUTH OZ KIDS TO GET ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION

-> According to a May 20th Adelaide Advertiser article, "For the first
time, South Australian children will receive comprehensive road safety
education from kindergarten to adulthood. Starting with the roll-out of
new material next month, all children in state kindergartens and
schools will have the road safety message incorporated in their
learning. The new curriculum will add to current programs for some
primary and secondary students. The initiative has long been a key
priority for the RAA and was a recommendation of the State Government's
Road Safety Advisory Council last year. Transport Minister Patrick
Conlon said children under five and their parents were key targets.

"'No one is ever too young to learn about road safety,' he said. 'It is
widely recognized that road-user education needs to commence in a
child's formative years and to continue throughout their lives.' Mr.
Conlon said parents should get more support in helping their children
develop positive attitudes about road safety. Under the new curriculum,
students will learn to identify unsafe pedestrian and driver behavior
and recognize other risk factors..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d3c75
Archive search: http://www.newstext.com.au/
Cost: Yes
Title: "Road safety education for every classroom"
Author: Melissa King
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

RUSSIAN LAKE DISAPPEARS, BAFFLING VILLAGERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) "A Russian village was left baffled Thursday after its
lake disappeared overnight. NTV television showed pictures of a giant
muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of
Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately. 'It is very dangerous. If a
person had been in this disaster, he would have had almost no chance of
survival. The trees flew downwards, under the ground,' said Dmitry
Zaitsev, a local Emergencies Ministry official interviewed by the
channel. Officials in Nizhegorodskaya region, on the Volga river east
of Moscow, said water in the lake might have been sucked down into an
underground water-course or cave system, but some villagers had more
sinister explanations. 'I am thinking, well, America has finally got to
us,' said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/744z7


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

GOLETA (CA) MARCHES TOWARD "BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY"

-> "Ten schools in the Goleta area will participate in the Tuesday
event (or on an alternative day as part of Bike Month): Kellogg,
Hollister, GVJH, La Colina, Goleta Family School, Brandon, Ellwood,
Hope, Vieja Valley and Monte Vista..."
http://tinyurl.com/byybg

MASS. SAFE ROUTES BILL MOVES THROUGH LEG.

-> "According to Jones, the bill would allow money to be set aside to
assist communities in the construction or repair of sidewalks, bike
paths, or crosswalks, that lead to schools. Other states, including
California and Texas, already benefit from such a law, Jones says..."
http://tinyurl.com/cbqmy

IOWA TO PICK VISIONARY PLANS FOR "GREAT PLACES"

-> "This process will pick three visionary plans for transforming and
enhancing Iowa 'Great Places' and then put $12-20M worth of state
departmental money at the disposal of the winners to bring these ideas
to fruition."
http://www.iowagreatplaces.gov

OLD SAYBROOK (CT) ENVISIONS PED-FRIENDLY RTE 1

-> "In a presentation of his team's study, he suggested that the town
encourage redevelopment of the Route 1 commercial corridor over time
to create a more walkable and inviting streetscape..."
http://tinyurl.com/7vkxe

STUDY 59% OF GEORGIA ADULTS OVERWEIGHT/OBESE
-> "'If we continue on this same path, the results will be devastating
to both the health of Georgians and to our healthcare system. It's time
for us to take charge of our health,' said Brown..."
http://tinyurl.com/cnppj

50K CYCLISTS BIKE TO WORK IN SAN FRANCISCO (CA)

-> "San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the city's supervisors rode
from different points around town and convened at City Hall..."
http://tinyurl.com/7dlkb

SAN MARCO (FL) PROJECT -- BIKE LANES, S'WALKS

-> "The project will widen roads and sidewalks, bury utility lines and
create bike lanes. Some proprietors think that will create a more
walkable environment that should stimulate retail business..."
http://tinyurl.com/82tyw

NHTSA: DRIVER CELL PHONE USE ON THE RISE

-> In 2004, at any given daylight moment, an estimated 8 percent of all
motorists in the U.S. , or about 1.2 million drivers, were using
cellular phones (both hand-held and hands-free) while operating their
vehicles. This compares to 6 percent in 2002 and 4 percent in 2000..."
http://tinyurl.com/8gjdg

STUDY: EXERCISE MAY CUT OVARIAN CANCER RISK

-> "Moderate exercise may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, the
leading cause of gynecological cancer death. The news comes from a
Canadian study in The International Journal of Cancer's online
edition..."
http://tinyurl.com/bmyhl

LA CANADA (CA) COUNCIL STALLS ON PED HAZARD

-> "With all five members agreeing, the La Canada Flintridge City
Council on Monday said there is a public safety issue where pedestrians
meet cars along Chevy Chase Drive but postponed any action on whether
or not sidewalks will be installed there..."
http://tinyurl.com/9y5be

TACKLE YOUR GREENHOUSE GASES

-> "The program supports the Kyoto accord and the [Canadian] federal
government's One-Tonne Challenge, AND it provides free trees as an
incentive..."
http://tinyurl.com/donmm

NEW TRIKE BECOMES BIKE AS RIDER SPEEDS UP

-> "The spring-loaded hub is triggered by the rider's weight, which
shifts forward as the bike gains momentum and balancing becomes
easier..."
http://tinyurl.com/8xdzy

ANNOUNCING...THE RETURN OF ROLLER DERBY

-> "For those of a certain vintage who came home from school in the
1950s and turned on the black-and-white Crosley or Dumont, this
following development may cause twinges of nostalgia - or maybe
embarrassment: Roller derby is making a comeback of sorts..."
http://tinyurl.com/bhaek


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

-> "TRAFFIC SAFETY"
Book by Leonard Evans; "applies the methods of science to better
understand one of the world's major problems -- harm in road traffic;"
445 pages (118 figures, 74 tables); $99.50; August 2004; ISBN
0-9754871-0-8. Ordering info:
http://tinyurl.com/9feke

-> "NEIGHBORHOOD STREET DESIGN GUIDELINES"
Subtitled, "An Oregon Guide for Reducing Street Widths: A Consensus
Agreement;" Neighborhood Streets Project Stakeholders, Oregon DOT +
DLCD; Nov 2000.
http://tinyurl.com/aut4v

-> "HEALTH, EQUITY, AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT"
Article by Howard Frumkin; Environmental Health Perspectives Volume
113, Number 5, May 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/dgb7p
To see the rest of the issue, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/bn9tw

-> "USING SPATIAL INDICATORS..."
"...For Pre- and Post-Development Analysis of TOD Areas: A Case Study
of Portland and the Silicon Valley;" by Schlossberg, Brown, Bossard,
Roemer; Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose St Univ; Sept 2004.
(4.7mb)
http://tinyurl.com/7rp2b

-> "WAYS COMMUNITY DESIGN CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH"
Interview With Howard Frumkin; Northwest Public Health, Spring/Summer
2005.
http://tinyurl.com/dcud4
To see the rest of the issue go to:
http://tinyurl.com/bkzl2

-> "PORTLAND'S SMART GROWTH APPROACH MAY OFFER..."
"...Health Benefits;" article by Jon Duckart; Northwest Public Health,
Spring/Summer 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/cvavk

-> "FAT NEIGHBORHOODS..."
"...Spatial Epidemiology Meets Urban Form;" article by Anne Vernez
Moudon and Adam Drewnowski; Northwest Public Health,
Spring/Summer 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/8hezf

-> "MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES, EASY CHOICES..."
"... Linking Health and Environment;" article by Ruth Abad; Northwest
Public Health, Spring/Summer 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/avmfq

-> "CREATING A WALKABLE COMMUNITY"
Article by Julie Burk; Northwest Public Health, Spring/Summer 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/ah3y9


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://tinyurl.com/85n4w

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://tinyurl.com/ccl3o

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://tinyurl.com/8db53

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://tinyurl.com/cjurg

June 3-5, 2005, Round*Up USA small wheel + folder bike fest,
Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/dyh9x

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://tinyurl.com/8vzvg

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://tinyurl.com/dcfbl

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://tinyurl.com/8gwgw

October 13-15, 2005, Walking for Health: Measurement and Research
Issues and Challenges, Urbana-Champaign, IL. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/89mq7

October 27-29, 2005, Missouri Trail Summit, Columbia, MO. Info: Paula
Diller, Missouri Park & Recreation Assoc., 2018 William Street,
Jefferson City, MO 65109-1186; phone: (573) 636-3828; fax: (573)
635-7988; email: <paula@mopark.org>
http://www.mopark.org

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://tinyurl.com/d55kt

March 28-30, 2006, Transportation and Economic Development 2006,
Little Rock, AR. Info: Mark Norman at <MNorman@nas.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/am3hk


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://tinyurl.com/8f5by


-> 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.


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