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


#124 Friday, June 3, 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
  Active Living Resource Center Launches Website
  Gihon Jordan Retires from Philly Engineering Dept.
  Chicago (IL) to Host APBP Fall Seminar, Course
  Toronto (ON) Installs 15,000th "Bike Post" Rack
  2006 TRB Annual Meeting Call for Papers!
  Nominations for 2005 Prevention Awards
  Active Living Research Conference 2006
  "Smart Metropolitan Neighborhoods" Web-Cast


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  LWCF Funding Program Facing Budget Axe
  Port Orange (FL) Hosts NCBW Walkable Workshop
  NY Gov Pataki Launches Youth Obesity Campaign
  Clarksville (TN) Council Ponders Sidewalk Rules
  Jamesburg (NJ): a Pedestrian-Friendly Borough
  Howell (MI) Considers First Roundabout
  Anchorage (AK) Invests in Downtown Vision
  Connecticut PTAs Embrace Safe Routes Program
  Old Denver (CO) Airport Now Walkable N'hoods
  Natick (MA) Advocates, Reps Talk Bike, Walk Issues
  CNU Honors Gilroy (CA) Ped-Friendly Plan
  Physical Exercise Can Boost Brain, Brawn
  San Fran. (CA) Cyclists Join Trans Establishment
  Bowling Green (KY) Finishing 3mi. Greenway
  Columbia (MD) Gets Look At 'Walkable' Center Plan



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

ACTIVE LIVING RESOURCE CENTER LAUNCHES WEBSITE

-> The Active Living Resource Center is pleased to announce a new web
site targeted to groups that want to improve their communities'
pedestrian and bicycling environment.The ALRC web site was developed
and is managed by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW)
under a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Sharon Roerty, ALRC's Director said, "The site focuses on the needs of
everyday people who join PTAs, neighborhood associations, and downtown
business alliances. These people are looking for ways to make their
neighborhoods safer for kids walking to school or biking to the park.
They need to know how to create better pedestrian and bicycle
accommodations. At the bottom of every big project is someone with an
idea, some one thing they wanted to do to change their neighborhood,
their community for the better. Our goal with this site is to make it
easier for community champions to get something started and,
ultimately, help create communities where active living is the norm not
the remarkable exception. "

Gary MacFadden, the ALRC Technical Director said, "This site is still
very much under construction. We are adding resources, short stories,
photos, and links every day and will continue to do so but we thought
it was time to pull back the curtain and let the public in. What makes
this site different is the concentration on simple resources --
'walking school bus' tips, funding sources for Safe Routes programs,
and easy-to-build bike racks."

Roerty and MacFadden credit Kate Kraft, RWJF, Senior Program Officer as
being the real visionary behind the site. Dr. Kraft has brought the
resources of RWJF to the ALRC. While much of the Foundation's work is
typically directed at policy interventions and research, Dr. Kraft
wanted a venue that cut through the professional jargon and distilled
the research to a ready to use format.

The ALRC was developed with considerable input and guidance from a
Quality Review Committee which included the following distinguished
members: QRC: Kathryn Thomas, Senior communications Officer, RWJF; Phil
Hagerty, Web Support Center Director, RWJF; Lars Hasselblad Torres,
AmericaSpeaks; Barbara McCann, Principal, McCann Consulting; Kit
Keller, J.D., America Walks/Wisconsin Walks; Barry Zalph, Executive
Director, Bicycling for Louisville; Ken Snyder, Place Matters; Andrew
L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Science, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.

To visit the site, go to:
http://www.activelivingresources.org.
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GIHON JORDAN RETIRES FROM PHILLY ENGINEERING DEPT.

-> In a recent note, Gihon Jordan said, "I am retiring from Traffic
Engineering! I will run my traffic engineering district until May 24. I
am getting married on May 28, then going on short honeymoon on Block
Island, off Rhode Island ( few cars). I will work a few days in early
June to sort/purge/file 25 boxes of my files, check my email and help
out my replacement, Mark Washington. I hope to consult with community
groups, be a stringer for transportation consulting firms and research
groups, consult in developing countries (I frequently bike and vacation
in Africa and Central America), be an expert witness, write a book on
transportation cartoons and teach a transportation research class at
University. People remind me that I am retiring and should relax. I
want to follow my heart and do what I am passionate about. I will have
a nicer community garden plot, travel on my new bike more, take an art
class and even read the latest Harry Potter tome. I have survived the
stage III+ cancer for 8 months now and hope to survive a very long
time. Please do stay in touch and keep me on your email list. My new
email is <GihonJordan@verizon.net>. Home phone is 215-349-8605. Home
address is 4510 Chester Av., Philadelphia, PA 19143."

Peace, Gihon Jordan, Traffic Engineer, Philadelphia Streets Dept.
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CHICAGO (IL) TO HOST APBP FALL SEMINAR, COURSE

-> According to a recent note from Michael King, "The Association of
Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals' 4th biennial Professional
Development Seminar will take place on October 9-11, 2005 at the
Downtown Chicago Radisson Hotel (http://www.radisson.com/chicagoil).
The hotel is in the heart of the north Michigan Avenue corridor, close
to all of the attractions of downtown Chicago and just blocks from the
lakefront and its famous trail. Travel details will be forthcoming.
APBP's new ADA Training Course (Designing Pedestrian Facilities for
Accessibility) will be offered on Wednesday, October 12, just after the
main conference.

"The overall theme of the seminar will be <Working Together to Create
Great (Walking and Bicycling) Communities>. All sessions will be
half-day so that we might investigate topics fully and organized along
three general tracks:

  1. Safety and Access for Pedestrians and Cyclists -- research, programs
    and techniques to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety, while
    maintaining access.
  2. From Complete Streets to Complete Communities -- integrating land
    use, architecture, traffic engineering, site design and economic
    perspectives into a holistic design process.
  3. Professional Tools -- business development, marketing, training
    opportunities, and the logistics of establishing and running advocacy
    organizations.

"Besides the general program and DPFA workshop, we will have numerous
walking, cycling and transit field trips, pre-seminar workshops, and a
Design Salon, where people will bring work in progress to display,
discuss and critique. And the weather will be wonderful."

For more information on the seminar and course, contact Michael at
<miking@trafficcalmer.com> or go to:
http://www.apbp.org/
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TORONTO (ON) INSTALLS 15,000TH "BIKE POST" RACK

-> According to a recent news release, the City of Toronto installed
its 15,000th "bike post" for bicycle parking yesterday, "making Toronto
North America's leader in providing bike racks. The post-and-ring is a
made-in-Toronto design, created in 1984 by the Toronto Cycling
Committee and the Urban Design Group..."

Source http://tinyurl.com/9w32a
For more on Toronto's bike parking, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/dpug4
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2006 TRB ANNUAL MEETING CALL FOR PAPERS!

-> Got research? Share it at January's Transportation Research Board
85th Annual Meeting! Coming next January 22-26, 2006, the meeting will
be held in Washington, D.C., as usual. More than 85 standing committees
have issued Calls for Papers!

See them at:
http://tinyurl.com/9mjfn
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NOMINATIONS FOR 2005 PREVENTION AWARDS

-> According to an article in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's
Physical Activity newsletter, "HHS seeks nominations of public and
private sector organizations to receive the 2005 Secretary's Innovation
in Prevention Awards Initiative. This activity is part of the Steps to
a Healthier U.S. Initiative and will identify and celebrate
organizations that have implemented innovative and creative chronic
disease prevention and health promotion programs.

"To be nominated, a program must address at least one of the following
risk factors: obesity, physical activity or nutrition. The department
intends that these awards will provide an opportunity to increase
public awareness of creative approaches to develop and expand
innovative health programs and duplication of successful strategies.
Nominations must be received by 5:00 PM, June 9, 2005."

Nominations can only be made online at:
http://tinyurl.com/9ojfl

For more information, contact Partnership for Prevention at (202)
785-4943 or <2005InnovationAwards@prevent.org>.
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ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2006

-> According to a news item on the Active Living Research website, "The
third annual conference is scheduled February 16-18, 2006 at the
Marriott Coronado Island Resort in Coronado, CA. At the conference,
paper and poster presentations will present innovative studies from
diverse investigative teams; authors of commissioned papers will
present reviews and propose research agendas on newly-emerging issues;
and invited keynote speakers will stimulate new thinking.

"Abstracts are invited for both posters and papers (with oral
presentation). All abstracts should describe research that is related
to policy and environmental aspects of active living. Methodological,
correlational, intervention, economic and policy studies are
encouraged. Innovative conceptual papers and reviews will also be
considered. Preference will be given to abstracts that report complete
results..."

For more on the conference, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/7a43x

Potential presenters should note that the abstract submission deadline
is July 21, 2005, 1:00 pm PDT. For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/d8ymc
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"SMART METROPOLITAN NEIGHBORHOODS" WEB-CAST

-> According to a recent note from Smart Growth America and the Local
Initiatives Support Corporation, "The first interactive 'web-cast' of
the 'Smart Metropolitan Neighborhoods' series was a big success, with
over 100 attendees listening to this session's speakers, watching the
visual presentation, and asking written and oral questions during the
event. The next webcast, on July 13, will focus on Comprehensive
Neighborhood Planning. All webcasts in the series begin at 2 p.m. EST.

For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/82q7t
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"We have two epidemics in this country. One is obesity, the other is
physical inactivity. One is a topic of cocktail conversation and the
focus of bestselling books. The other is ignored."
-- Dr. Tim Church, medical director, Cooper Institute
http://tinyurl.com/b59n8


"When you attach a garage onto a structure, you're going to lose 25
percent on average of the light and views. So you've very much walled
yourself away from the outside and created this human environment that
isn't connected to the natural environment."
-- Shane Coen, Landscape Architect
http://tinyurl.com/bgac7


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

LWCF FUNDING PROGRAM FACING BUDGET AXE

-> According to a May 25th Salt Lake Tribune article, "A Bush
administration budget proposal would carve deeply into a federal fund
that annually provides matching money for a host of parks, open space
and recreation projects in Utah and other states. The Land and Water
Conservation Fund, in existence since 1964, is slated for an 83 percent
reduction under the Department of Interior's fiscal 2006 spending plan.
U.S. House members passed the plan last week and it now heads to the
Senate. But state officials, the outdoor recreation industry and others
have begun mobilizing to get the funding restored.

"Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. noted in a letter to Sen. Bob Bennett that
in 2004 alone, 'Utah leveraged $1.2 million in grant money and still
had millions of unmet needs. I believe the answer is not to abandon the
[Land and Water Conservation Fund], but to ensure its funding for this
and future generations of Americans.' State Parks and Recreation
Director Mary Tullius says the state's share of about $1 million
annually from the fund may not by itself sound like a lot of money. But
it adds up over four decades, especially when combined with state and
local matches. 'Utah has received $46 million from the fund,' Tullius
said, adding that translates to a $150 million potential investment.
'That money has done so much good across Utah for communities that
wouldn't otherwise be able to develop these kinds of things.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/87y62
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/85myk
Cost: Yes
Title: "State lobbies to keep fed funds from budget ax"
Author: Joe Baird

For updates on the LWCF situation, visit the National Recreation and
Park Association's website:
http://tinyurl.com/dw4v8
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PORT ORANGE (FL) HOSTS NCBW WALKABLE WORKSHOP

-> According to a May 28th News-Journal article, "Retiree Danny Bolyard
pedals a mountain bike three times a week from South Daytona to the
YMCA here to work off extra pounds he carried when driving a truck.
'Diabetes also runs in the family and exercise helps keep it in check,'
Bolyard said this week before making the three-mile ride home. 'Where I
ride, it's pretty good. There's room, and sidewalks in most areas
except a section on Herbert Street. I hate being out in traffic.'
Bolyard's experience is typical around Volusia and Flagler counties,
officials said. Some areas are good to walk and bicycle, and other
sections are void of sidewalks, trails and bike lanes.

"'But I see a lot of momentum and interest in improving those
facilities,' said Jean Parlow, bicycle and pedestrian planner for the
Volusia County Metropolitan Planning Organization. That group oversees
local, state and federal transportation spending. 'Some places, like
older cities, have good walkable areas downtown. Then there are the
suburban cities where it's not so easy to...integrate new planning and
design methods.' Downtowns in DeLand, Daytona Beach, News Smyrna Beach
and Ormond Beach were designed more than 100 years ago with walkers in
mind, not cars, said Bob Chauncey with the National Center for
Bicycling and Walking. The nonprofit center, along with the MPO,
conducted workshops this week for officials in Ormond Beach, DeBary,
Daytona Beach Shores, Orange City and Holly Hill..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bvp9c
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/afe3e
Cost: Yes
Title: "Room to move"
Author: Bob Koslow
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NY GOV PATAKI LAUNCHES YOUTH OBESITY CAMPAIGN

-> According to a June 2nd Business Review article, "Gov. George Pataki
and National Hockey League player Rob Esche kicked off Pataki's
'Active8Kids' initiative Thursday during an appearance at the
Slingerlands Elementary School in Delmar. The program is part of a $9.6
million effort in the current state fiscal year designed to educate
young New Yorkers about health and fitness and to get more of them
involved in physical activities. Studies indicate that as many as a
third of youngsters in New York City weigh too much.

"Pataki said 'Active8Kids,' which he first announced during his 2005
State of the State Address in January, will also use famous New York
athletes to sing the praises of staying fit and eating healthy. Pataki
said the goal is to get New York children under the age of 8 to engage
in at least one hour of physical activity every day and to reduce their
television viewing time to less than two hours a day. Nutritional
information will stress the need to eat fruits and vegetables daily and
to limit the intake of salty and fatty foods..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dqfr7
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ab9yp
Cost: No
Title: "Pataki launches youth obesity initiative"
Author: Staff
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CLARKSVILLE (TN) COUNCIL PONDERS SIDEWALK RULES

-> According to a May 28th Leaf-Chronicle article, "Janet Willette and
her husband, Rick, like to walk -- just not along Cumberland Drive
where they live. The road near downtown has no sidewalks and no
shoulders. 'There's no safe way to do it,' Mrs. Willette said. 'We have
to drive to the nearest park to be able to walk.' Proponents of a more
'walkable' Clarksville have achieved little success in a city that in
2004 had 74 sidewalk miles for 705 roadway miles. For now, they're
looking for even limited victories.

"The City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on Ward 6 City
Councilwoman Ann Henderson's proposal to require real estate developers
to put sidewalks in front of their property when they build along major
roads. The measure passed 8-4 on a first reading May 5. 'I believe
there is strong support for this and other quality-of-life issues,'
Henderson said. 'I think a majority of the council realizes that
Clarksville needs to focus on some of these issues.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/amvqv
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Council taking final steps toward new sidewalk rules"
Author: James Ritchie
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JAMESBURG (NJ): A PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY BOROUGH

-> According to a May 27th Cranbury Press article, "Borough officials
who have worked for years to cultivate Jamesburg's image as a walking
town got a pat on the back recently in the form of a Keep Middlesex
Moving Leadership Award. The award, which was given to the borough at
KMM's annual membership meeting May 16, recognized the borough's
longtime participation in the county transportation management
association's Walk Our Children to School Day event, as well as the
borough's efforts over the past few years to improve sidewalks in town.
In the past year the borough has received more than $200,000 in grants
for sidewalk work from the state Department of Transportation, the
Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the federal Community
Development Block Grant program.

"'Any grants for sidewalks that are out there, we go for,' Mayor Tony
LaMantia said Thursday of the borough's pursuit of grant money. 'We
like that Jamesburg is a walking town.' The grant money has been used
to improve and replace sidewalks on East Railroad Avenue and Front
Street, and to install sidewalks along Franklin and Warren streets.
Improvements also are planned for the sidewalks along Woodland Road and
Church Street, Mayor LaMantia said. Those projects are out for bid and
should be completed (weather permitting) by the end of summer, he said.
The mayor, who has led the Walk Our Children to School Day event for
the past five years, said he was looking forward to taking part in the
event again this year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c6jc7
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "A pedestrian friendly borough"
Author: Leon Tovey
For more on Keep Middlesex Moving, go to:
http://www.kmm.org/
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HOWELL (MI) CONSIDERS FIRST ROUNDABOUT

-> According to a May 30th State Journal article, "Making a more
pedestrian-friendly community has Howell officials thinking in circles.
City officials are considering a plan to install a roundabout at the
intersection of Michigan Avenue and Clinton Street downtown.
Roundabouts funnel intersection traffic one way around a circle in the
middle of the intersection. Vehicles entering the circle have to yield
to traffic already in the circle, but there are no stop signs or
lights. The roundabout would replace a traffic light at the downtown
intersection.

"City officials hope a roundabout will help promote a more
pedestrian-friendly area while easing congestion. 'It provides a
mechanism to allow traffic to flow easier,' City Manager Shea Charles
said. 'It also provides a more pedestrian-friendly environment.' Jurate
Evans, who lives a block from the intersection, doesn't like the idea.
The retired teacher thinks roundabouts are confusing and potentially
dangerous...Denise Griffin, 41, manages a bookstore downtown. She would
like to see some attractive landscaping in the middle of the circle or
something like a fountain. 'I do think it would make it safer as far as
walkability.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8glay
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Howell considers pedestrian-friendly roundabout"
Author: Jon Zemke
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ANCHORAGE (AK) INVESTS IN DOWNTOWN VISION

-> A June 2nd Daily News editorial suggests, "Come for a walk north
along Anchorage's new pedestrian arcade. Pass under the grand entrance
archway, celebrating the artwork of Alaska Natives, welcoming you to
downtown...At Sixth Avenue, a music festival is under way in the middle
of E Street...Strolling further north, notice the decorative canopy
that keeps rain and snow off the sidewalk. If it were winter, the
ground would be clear and dry, thanks to the underground heating system
that melts snow and ice. The Saturday market is in full swing at Third
and E streets, and the sidewalks are busy with people moving between
the market and the music festival further up the street...

"Several years and upwards of $10 million from now, E Street should
look something like the vision sketched here if Mayor Mark Begich has
his way. The administration has taken the first step to translate this
visionary dream into reality. With $400,000 of bond money approved by
voters, the city is hiring a designer who will solicit public opinion
and draw up a detailed plan to transform E Street into an arcade
drawing crowds in winter and summer. It's an ambitious but worthy
project. It would make E Street the heart of a newly energized
downtown, a must-see part of any visitor's trip to Anchorage and a fun
place for locals.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cgyxr
Archive search: http://adnsearch.com/
Cost: Yes

Title: "E Street: From dream to drawing board"
Author: Editorial boaard
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CONNECTICUT PTAS EMBRACE SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> According to a May 23rd Greenwich Time article, "Matthew Alfano, 10,
lives only three blocks from North Mianus School, but until recently
his mother wouldn't let him walk there because she considered an
unguarded crosswalk too dangerous. 'When I was growing up, we were
walking to school from kindergarten on, but now you really hesitate
because of the traffic,' said Leslie Alfano, president of the
elementary school's PTA. 'People just go so fast down Old Orchard that
they weren't stopping.' The PTA launched a successful effort last
November to have a three-way stop sign installed at Old Orchard Road
and Rainbow Drive, and today Alfano's fourth-grader walks to school.

"Heartened by this victory, PTA parents began a push to join the
growing Safe Routes to School movement, a national program that helps
communities pull together local, state and federal money to make
walking to school safer for children. The ultimate goal of Safe Routes
to School, in addition to pedestrian safety, is to help children get
more exercise, reduce pollution and congestion from cars and promote
the social bonds that walking can help create. In Connecticut, the Safe
Routes to School program is run by the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition.
To participate in the program, parents join with school and town
officials to become a Safe Routes community. The program then guides
the group through having traffic studies done and obtaining funding..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bf2tv
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/9jwsw
Cost: No (but archives appear limited)|
Title: "PTAs embrace Safe Routes program"
Author: Keach Hagey
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OLD DENVER (CO) AIRPORT NOW WALKABLE N'HOODS

-> According to a June 21st New York Times article, "Since 2002, more
than 1,500 houses have sprouted on land here that was once covered by
runways from the earliest days of jet travel, as a 7.5-square-mile
mixed-use development rises at the former Stapleton airport, about a
15-minute drive east of downtown. Ultimately expected to have a
population of 30,000 when it is completed in about 2020, Stapleton is
believed to be the largest project ever undertaken to fill in vacant or
underused urban land.

"Set against a backdrop of the downtown skyline and the Front Range of
the Rockies, the project has been widely praised as a model of 'new
urbanism.' The houses, mimicking the style found in older, walkable
neighborhoods here, are close together, with the garages in back and
only the tiniest of yards. Front porches encourage passersby to stop
and chat. About 1,100 acres have been set aside for parks. 'From our
perspective, it's one of the best examples of 'smart growth' in the
Denver region,' said Will Coyne, the land-use advocate for Environment
Colorado, a nonprofit organization that often criticizes large-scale
development..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dgvy
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "New Urbanism in Denver"
Author: Terry Pristin
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NATICK (MA) ADVOCATES, REPS TALK BIKE, WALK ISSUES

-> According to a May 27th Natick Bulletin & Tab article, "A group of
local residents dedicated to alternative transportation met with a
panel of state legislators and bicycle advocates Monday night to
brainstorm about ways to create a more receptive town-wide attitude
toward walkers and cyclists. Attendees said reaction to the forum was
largely positive -- members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
Committee said they were encouraged by the large number of ideas and
potential laws that support their cause. 'It was more a dialogue and
exchanging of ideas,' said resident Jill Miller. 'The audience learned
a lot of things. How things work in the legislature and what is going
on [with pro-cyclist legislation].'

"State Rep. Anne Paulsen, D-Belmont, and state Rep. David Linsky,
D-Natick, discussed the Bicyclists' Bill of Rights and
Responsibilities, legislation filed by Paulsen, as well as programs to
get more of the town's students to walk and cycle to school. 'The bill
is in the works, [there is] a good chance it will pass,' said A.
Richard Miller, a member of the Natick Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory
Committee. The discussion of driving children short distances to school
"hit my hot button," said resident Jim Geheran. 'Many school systems
discourage walking and bicycling.' He was encouraged by the Arlington
school district's program, 'Safe Routes to School.' According to
Geheran, the district now has about 40 percent of their population
hoofing it to school each day. 'I think that is a tremendous success
story.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/aot9g
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No, but limited archives
Title: "Making community more pedestrian friendly"
Author: Mary Kate Dubuss
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CNU HONORS GILROY (CA) PED-FRIENDLY PLAN

-> According to a May 31st Dispatch article, "An alternative plan to
San Jose's Coyote Valley Specific Plan has been honored with a 2005
Charter Award by the Congress for the New Urbanism [CNU]. 'Getting it
Right: Preventing Sprawl in Coyote Valley,' was one of five plans
honored for benefiting communities through urban design. The other
award winners are projects in Virginia, China, Australia and India.
'This is a tremendous opportunity for San Jose,' Greenbelt Alliance
Executive Director Tom Steinbach said. 'San Jose's leaders can use
"Getting it Right" as a tool to make Coyote Valley a national model of
good planning.'

"San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and his planning staff envision Coyote
Valley as a transit and pedestrian friendly town of 25,000 homes,
50,000 jobs and 80,000 residents highlighted by a man-made lake and new
parkway. City officials say they will develop their plans over the next
20 or 30 years, but the mayor recently suggested expediting residential
development in the area. Greenbelt representatives say the lake and
parkway are expensive, unnecessary features that could be financially
ruinous to the city. Their plan calls for slower, measured growth and
stronger environmental protections for the 6,800 acres on the city's
southeastern edge. It also includes funding mechanisms for affordable
housing and community health clinics..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9wfyv
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Coyote Valley plan honored with award"
Author: Matt King
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PHYSICAL EXERCISE CAN BOOST BRAIN, BRAWN

-> According to a May 28th New Scientist article, "It's a dream come
true for those who hate studying. Simply walking sedately for half an
hour three times a week can improve abilities such as learning,
concentration and abstract reasoning by 15 per cent. The effects are
particularly noticeable in older people. Senior citizens who walk
regularly perform better on memory tests than their sedentary peers.
What's more, over several years their scores on a variety of cognitive
tests show far less decline than those of non-walkers. Every extra mile
a week has measurable benefits.

"It's not only oldies who benefit, however. Angela Balding from the
University of Exeter, UK, has found that schoolchildren who exercise
three or four times a week get higher than average exam grades at age
10 or 11. The effect is strongest in boys, and while Balding admits
that the link may not be causal, she suggests that aerobic exercise may
boost mental powers by getting extra oxygen to your energy-guzzling
brain. There's another reason why your brain loves physical exercise:
it promotes the growth of new brain cells..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7vkxu
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Physical exercise can boost brain as well as brawn"
Author: Staff
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SAN FRAN. (CA) CYCLISTS JOIN TRANS ESTABLISHMENT

-> According to a May 25th San Francisco Chronicle article, "'My first
Critical Mass was really an eye opener,' Leah Shahum told me. 'I had
never thought of bicycling as a political thing, as a part of a social
movement. Riding with a thousand people just felt so empowering. It
felt different: I felt safer, I felt more confident. These were good
feelings.' That was 1996, shortly after Shahum had moved to San
Francisco a few years out of college. It was the period when Critical
Mass established San Francisco as the epicenter of militant bicycling
culture, as thousands of bikers swarmed in a usually joyous and always
chaotic monthly leaderless parade. A decade later, Shahum is executive
director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the public face of
a new kind of grown-up bicycle activism.

"Over the past decade, bicyclists have transitioned from
traffic-snarling outsiders to pillars of civic life. They have merged
smoothly with the mainstream and, with the imminent passage of the
City's new Bicycle Plan Update (also called the Bike Plan Update), the
movement is graduating to a new phase. Last Monday, I rode with Shahum
down freshly striped bike lanes on Market Street. She rides a green
Trek hybrid that's clearly seen a lot of urban biking but also a lot of
love. We were on our way to City Hall, where Shahum was due to address
San Francisco's City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee
about planned changes to Potrero Avenue -- changes that will include
the addition of bike lanes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9mkkh
Archive search: http://sfgate.com/search/
Cost: No
Title: "GREEN Merging with Traffic"
Author: Gregory Dicum
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BOWLING GREEN (KY) FINISHING 3MI. GREENWAY

-> According to a May 31stDaily News article, "Sometime this fall,
Bowling Green will have three miles of Greenway connections on the
ground, linking the riverfront with Lovers Lane -- part of a network
planned to connect recreational sites around the city and county. 'This
project has been four years in the preparation,' said Greenways
Coordinator Helen Siewers. The Greenways Commission decided in February
that this link would be its top priority this year. The city is taking
sealed bids until June 8 for the segment running from Kereiakes Park to
U.S. 31-W By-Pass.

"It's hoped that construction will start this summer and be done in the
fall, Siewers said. 'It's really like putting down a long driveway, is
what it amounts to -- but not for driving, of course,' she said. The
mixed-use, paved path will cross Kereiakes Park and emerge behind
Kroger on the bypass. It will link to the already-completed trail down
Cemetery Road. It will also include some improvements to internal
trails in Kereiakes to handle an expected increase in foot traffic,
Siewers said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bek65
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7pb76
Cost: No
Title: "Path to link Lovers Lane to riverfront"
Author: Jim Gaines
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COLUMBIA (MD) GETS LOOK AT 'WALKABLE' CENTER PLAN

-> According to a May 26th Columbia Flier article, "More than 400
residents caught a glimpse of downtown Columbia's possible future May
18 as representatives from General Growth Properties Inc. presented its
plans to build an array of shops, restaurants, offices and condominiums
there. Preliminary plans include building main street-type settings
near the Columbia mall, Lake Kittamaqundi waterfront and Merriweather
Post Pavilion. They also include a hotel, offices and four high-rise
condominiums near Merriweather -- a 24-story and three 18-story
buildings.

"The plans were unveiled at a community meeting hosted by General
Growth at its downtown Columbia offices. Company officials said they
plan to hold a second public meeting in June. Dennis Miller, General
Growth's vice president and general manager for Columbia, said the
projects, if built, would make downtown more vibrant and walkable,
features he said local leaders and residents told him they want
downtown. The presentation included maps and artists' renderings of
possible projects and most in attendance said they liked what they
saw..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9x3by
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ayootCost: No
Title: "'Walkable' center envisioned for Columbia"
Author: Rick Adamczak
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

ILLINOIS LEG. DEFEATS "INTENDED USER" BIKE BILL

-> According to a June 2nd Times-Republic article, "State
Representative Shane Cultra updated the Ag Professionals about what has
been happening in the state legislature during yesterday's Ag
Professionals Breakfast. Cultra said one bill that would negatively
affect his 105th district was defeated in the house this session. The
bill, nicknamed the 'bike bill,' named bicycles as intended users of
the road.

"He said this would open local governments up to a variety of lawsuits.
Currently, in the case of a bicycle accident, the person injured could
try to sue, but would not have much of a case because they are not
intended users. He said the legislators who supported the bill
suggested posting signs on certain roads saying they are not suitable
for bicycles. In a county like Iroquois, however, these signs would
have to be posted on numerous roads throughout the county. 'The only
good reason I could see for this bill is that it made it easier to get
sued!' Cultra said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c8axq
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/au2lp
Cost: No
Title: "Cultra briefs Ag Professionals about recent legislation"
Author: Erin Doss


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

COMET JOINS LIST OF "POTENTIAL EARTH IMPACTORS"

-> "A comet has been added to the list of potentially threatening
near-Earth objects maintained by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Comet Catalina 2005 JQ5 is the largest -- and therefore most
potentially devastating -- of the 70 objects now being tracked.
However, the chances of a collision are very low..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b78jb


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

CEDAR FALLS (IA) KIDS BECOME "HAL PALS"

-> "'Who wants to eat healthy and be active?' The students responded
with yells and claps, jumping into the air. Hal, which stands for
Healthy Active Lifestyles, was introduced to the Cedar Heights students
Wednesday morning in a kick-off assembly..."
http://tinyurl.com/bnwac

EXERCISE DOES REMARKABLE THINGS FOR YOUR HEALTH

-> "One can only imagine what time travelers from that strenuous era
would make of modern-day Americans, sitting on their duffs most of the
day -- in the car, at the office, in school, on the sofa -- eating like
a stevedore and then driving to the fitness club to log a mile or so on
a conveyer belt. It just doesn't add up..."
http://tinyurl.com/b59n8

SEATTLE ASKS CITIES TO FIGHT WARMING ON OWN

-> "The mayor of Seattle has persuaded 151 other U.S. cities to agree
to reduce global warming by voluntarily following the Kyoto Protocol
that the Bush administration rejected, but cities in North Texas have
responded to his call with varying degrees of warmth..."
http://tinyurl.com/d5t72

CHICAGO (IL) TRANSIT TO ALLOW BIKES ON METRA TRAINS

-> "Cyclists are thrilled they're now allowed to carry on their wheels.
'There's a vast network of bike trails in the Cook County Forest
Preserves that people who live in the city and don't own cars don't
have access to. And vice versa, we have the lakefront bike trail which
is one of the most popular bike trails in America,' said Brian Hopkins
of Chicagoland Bicycle Federation..."
http://tinyurl.com/986cl

PAX RIVER NAVAL AIR STN PED SIGNS "WALK AWAY"

-> "Please think of 'portable' as 'portable by Public Safety,' as
opposed to 'portable by anyone who wants to get the sign out of the
way.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/bt9mh

LIVING NEAR MAJOR RDS BOOSTS KIDS' ASTHMA RISK

-> "Children living within 75 meters (about 82 yards) of a major road
had a nearly 50 percent greater risk of having had asthma symptoms in
the previous year than were children who lived more than 300 meters
(about 328 yards) away..."
http://tinyurl.com/e36an

RESTON (VA) GEARS UP FOR PED. SAFETY CAMPAIGN

-> "Drivers will be ticketed for failing to yield the right of way to
pedestrians in crosswalks, stopping in and blocking pedestrian
crosswalks and for violating any other applicable laws..."
http://tinyurl.com/7e4eh

"THE 2002 ULTIMATE SUV"

-> "Will go places other SUVs wouldn't dare..."
http://tinyurl.com/d2sa3

MADISON (WI) COMP. PLANS "WALKABLE STREETS"

-> "Madison's draft plan recommends balancing infill development with
the goal of preserving the character of existing neighborhoods. It also
endorses the creation of New Urbanist mixed-use developments that
feature small lots, quality architecture, walkable streets and mass
transit..."
http://tinyurl.com/exjtq

HAWAI'I RESIDENTS OFFER PED SAFETY SOLUTIONS

-> "Among the suggestions: Manslaughter charges. Traffic cameras. Big
fines. More police enforcement. Fewer cars. Four-way walk
intersections. No more right turn on red. More police enforcement
(again). Community education. Elevated walkways..."
http://tinyurl.com/d2vjn

IOWA CITY (IA) GETS BURDEN'S WALK AUDIT RESULTS

-> "Burden has already conducted a 'walkability audit' in the South
Riverside Drive area, and will pre-sent the results of his study at the
meeting. The meeting is driven by the city's Southwest District Plan,
which makes a priority of making pedestrian improvements to South
Riverside Drive..."
http://tinyurl.com/cxn6f

THE FIVE-BEDROOM, SIX-FIGURE ROOTLESS LIFE

-> "After dropping off Kelsey and Kristina, Ms. Link has to double back
and pick up Kaleigh and take her to golf. She will wait for Kelsey to
finish soccer before picking up Kristina and taking her to cheerleading
practice. Another mother will have to retrieve Kristina so that Ms.
Link can be home when Kaleigh's math tutor comes..."
http://tinyurl.com/bu7v9

WILL "RAIL TO DULLES" MAKE TYSONS CORNER (VA) WALKABLE?

-> "Right now, it closes for business at 6 p.m. Everyone leaves. I'd
like to see more people live here, more pedestrian connectors, more
open space and more park space," Connolly said..."
http://tinyurl.com/azklj

SOLAR-POWERED SIGNS HELP SCHOOL SAFETY

-> "A new solar-powered sign warning motorists to slow down near
schools has been launched by SolarGen of Newport [Wales]..."
http://tinyurl.com/7g9m2

SYDNEY (OZ) AIR POLLUTION STUDY TOO OPTIMISTIC?

-> "The report assumes that Australia implements world's best practice
on vehicle emissions controls by introducing the Euro IV and V
standards by 2010..."
http://tinyurl.com/cvq2h

NEWTOWN (PA) GETS $300K FOR MAIN STREET FIX-UP

-> "Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development
Kenneth Klothen presented a $300,000 check to borough officials
Wednesday night. The grant was awarded through the state's New
Communities-Main Street program..."
http://tinyurl.com/9pa93

BRUTALIST PRESENT VS NEW URBANIST FUTURE

-> "Le Corbusier and the new modernist movement sought to eradicate the
past, and its irrelevant urban lifestyle. The streets would become
highways moving mass numbers of automobiles, the street-life would be
moved indoors or elevated above the street..."
http://tinyurl.com/9jw6m

S'WALKS NOT HOT WITH ANCHORAGE (AK) BUYERS

-> "The report, because of the survey methods and sample size, cannot
be seen as an accurate measure of public opinion, local professional
pollsters said..."
http://tinyurl.com/a25cr

SAN FRANCISCO (CA) ACTIVISTS PRESENT VISIONS

-> A common theme you'll find in each is the need to go beyond
piecemeal attempts at fixing problems like air pollution and urban
sprawl. It's not enough simply to substitute a 'clean' fuel for a dirty
one, for example, without tackling the entire transportation system and
how it interrelates with the way we build affordable housing..."
http://tinyurl.com/8jwaj


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

-> "DETERMINANTS OF ADOLESCENT BICYCLE USE FOR..."
"...transportation and snacking behavior;" by de Bruijn, Kremers,
Schaalma, van Mechelen, & Brug; Prev Med. 2005 Jun;40(6):658-67. "The
inclusion of environmental factors increased our understanding of
bicycle use for transportation and snacking behavior in adolescents."
Free abstract (article: $30)
http://tinyurl.com/chysu

-> "CITY OF HOUSTON BIKEWAY NETWORK MAP"
"Most current on-street and off-street bikeways for our existing
network with over 290 miles of bike lanes, bike routes, shared lanes,
bayou trails and rails-to-trails across a 500 square foot area of
Houston."
http://tinyurl.com/9czgy

-> "COUNTDOWN PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS: A COMPARISON OF..."
"...Alternative Pedestrian Change Interval Displays, Final Report;" by
Singer & Lerner, Westat; for Federal Highway Administration, March 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/87y62

-> "THE CITIZEN'S HANDBOOK..."
"...A Guide to Building Community;" by Charles Dobson, Vancouver
Citizen's Committee.
http://www.vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook/

-> "PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCACY TO CHANGE CORPORATE..."
"...Practices: Implications for Health Education Practice and
Research;" by Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, CUNY; Health Education &
Behavior, Vol. 32, No. 3, 298-319 (2005). Abstract:
http://tinyurl.com/c42sa

-> "COMMENTARY ON PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCACY..."
"...to Change Corporate Practices;" by Marshall W. Kreuter, PhD,
Georgia State Univ.; Health Education & Behavior, Vol. 32, No. 3,
355-362 (2005). Abstract:
http://tinyurl.com/cr7cu

-> "MORE THAN A MESSAGE: FRAMING PUBLIC HEALTH..."
"...Advocacy to Change Corporate Practices;" by Dorfman, Wallack, &
Woodruff; Health Education & Behavior, Vol. 32, No. 3, 320-336 (2005).
Abstract:
http://tinyurl.com/9s4rk
An alternative version is available (free) here:
http://tinyurl.com/cs79w


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

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/8uqj5

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 5-8, 2005, Bicycle Federation of Australia, Connecting Cycling
2005 Conference,
Planning for Healthy Communities, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Info:
http://www.bfa.asn.au/conference

October 9-11, 2005, APBP 4th biennial Professional Development Seminar,
Chicago IL. Info: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:
http://www.apbp.org/

October 12, 2005, APBP ADA Training Course, Chicago, IL. Info:
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:
http://www.apbp.org/

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 -- MANAGER OF TRAIL DEVELOPMENT -- RTC/SF OFFICE
[Rails-to-Trails Conservancy] The primary responsibility of this
position is delivery of all levels of trail development technical
assistance in the western region, including managing our technical
assistance contracts, products and services and working with the Trail
Development/Administrative Assistant to coordinate and manage delivery
of programmatic services. To view the full job description, go to:
http://www.railtrails.org/info/employment.asp

-> 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
482-8660 or Brett Hondorp at (510) 540-5008.



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