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


#125 Friday, June 17, 2005


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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  US Conference of Mayors Adopts "Complete Streets"
  Ontario Health Unit Hosts Walkable Community Workshops
  Kate Kraft to Leave Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  NCBW Releases Applications for WCW Round 5
  STPP Releases "Driven to Spend" Study
  2005 Recreational Trails Achievement Awards
  Parking Expert Don Shoup a Bike Commuter
 
NCBW Staffer Discovers Secret Stash of IPA Guides


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  New York (NY) Moves Ahead with Elevated Trail
  Rio Dell (CA) Officials Look at the Walk to School
  Kinston (NC) to Use Road Diet to Recreate Past
  Erlanger (KY) 'Steps Forward' with Sidewalks
  What Do Zoning Codes Have to Do with Asthma, Obesity?
  Bishopville (SC) Gets $800K Streetscape Makeover
  Burden Shares Ped-Friendly Ideas with Des Moines (IA)
  Saving Maryland's Farms, Forests Through Density
  Miami Twp. (OH) Makes Old Mall Ped-Friendly
  Study: Slow Walking Better for Obese People
  Short of Land, Ipswitch (MA) Turns to 'clustering'
  Los Alamos (NM) Council OKs X-Walk, Bump-Out Project
  Canton (IL) Leverages Trail Grant with Local $$
  Panel: Kids Need One Hour Per Day of Exercise
  Opening House to Street "Good for The Soul"



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

US CONFERENCE OF MAYORS ADOPTS "COMPLETE STREETS"

-> On June 13th, The United States Conference of Mayors passed a
resolution in support of a Complete Streets agenda. "Complete Streets"
is a vision of a "seamless network of on-street bicycling and walking
facilities, trails and transit connecting homes, jobs, schools, shops,
families and friends."**

At its 73rd Annual Meeting, the organization -- led by Seattle Mayor
Greg Nickels and Des Moines Mayor Frank Crownie -- urged Congress and
the Administration to require state transportation departments and
metropolitan planning organizations to adopt Complete Streets policies
and called upon the U.S. Department of Transportation to support such
efforts through best practices, technical assistance, and other means.

The mayors, with help from Kevin McCarty of the Surface Transportation
Policy Project (STPP), included the Complete Streets directives in a
broader resolution dealing with renewal of the Nation's current
transportation law, TEA-21. According to our own Bill Wilkinson, "This
is yet another example of the power of a coalition like STPP. The
combined efforts of bike/ped advocates would fall well short of our
goals without the experience and access that STPP's programs and staff
lend to our mutual interests. Thanks, Kevin!"

For the record, here's the language of the relevant passages:

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors
calls upon Congress and the Administration to adopt legislation that
requires state transportation departments and metropolitan planning
organizations to adopt 'Complete Streets' policies; and

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Department of Transportation
support state and local transportation agencies and their efforts on
complete streets, through best practices, technical assistance and
other means."

In the same resolution, they also supported Safe Routes to School and
Enhancements funding:

"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors
urges the Congress and Administration to recognize that safe routes for
bicycles, pedestrians and other non-motorized transportation are still
inadequate in many metropolitan areas by establishing the Safe Routes
to School Program and also support maximum funding for the
Transportation Enhancements Program."

A 450k pdf of all resolution may be downloaded at:
http://tinyurl.com/7os54
[See page 174]

**For more on "Complete Streets," go to:
(http://tinyurl.com/7a7pn)
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ONTARIO HEALTH UNIT HOSTS WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

-> Bob Chauncey, Director for Policy Analysis at NCBW, just returned
from a week-long visit to Ontario, Canada -- more specifically, Guelph
and Centre Wellington, a city and township just west of Toronto. His
trip was sponsored by the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit.
Chauncey conducted four evening Walkable Community Workshops, another
for professional staff, two presentations to business groups, was
interviewed by local print media reporters, and was featured in a
90-minute panel discussion on walkable communities for public
television. And, yes, he was able to fit in a morning bike ride with
members of the local greenspaces group.

Chauncey reports discussing a wide variety of topics with
participants, including Active and Safe Routes to Schools, conflicts
between trail users and road users, improving access to local rivers
and other points of interest, and creating housing developments that
adhere to Smart Growth principles. Before leaving, he was asked to
return for further and more focused discussions with additional elected
officials, developers, and community leaders; and facilitate more
lengthy workshops to address specific local concerns. And, yes, he was
invited on another bike ride.

Chauncey noted that the format of the week -- combining evening
meetings, presentations to business leaders and professional staff, and
media events seemed to generate considerable interest and discussion
among participants. He plans to emphasize the flexible nature of the
Walkable Community Workshop program in the upcoming call for
applications for the 2006 series.

For more information about the workshops, visit:
http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW
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KATE KRAFT TO LEAVE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

-> We recently learned that Kate Kraft, who has overseen our work
on the Active Living Resource Center and other programs, will be
leaving the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) at the end of
July. In her role as a senior program officer during the past seven years,
Kate has worked hard on issues that affect the health of our nation,
particularly in the areas of substance abuse, juvenile justice, and
physical activity.

While she's been involved in a wide scope of issues, we know her
best as the architect of RWJF's Active Living programs. Many projects
that CenterLines readers have learned about over the past few years were
nurtured and supported by Kate and the Foundation. "Kate took an
idea and transformed it into a movement to create communities that
support healthier lifestyles," said Jim Marks, RWJF Senior Vice President.

Jim Sallis, head of the Active Living Research at San Diego State
University, told us he has "developed tremendous respect for Kate's
commitment to improving health in the whole country, but especially for
disadvantaged groups, her firm grace in challenging her grantees in a
constructive way, her ability to conceptualize how the efforts of so
many groups can fit together to make a true movement, and her
insistence on injecting fun and humanity into everything she does."

"Kate has quietly fashioned a new approach to working with
communities on active living issues, all the while remaining largely in
the background," said Gary MacFadden, NCBW's director of operations.
"As just one example, you won't see Kate's name on the newly
launched Active Living Resource Center web site. But the site, from
the content chosen to the audience it approaches, has Kate's mark
all over it.”

"I can't think of any sector, discipline or interest group that Kate
hasn't touched in her efforts to demonstrate how we all have a stake
in the active living movement," said Sarah Strunk, interim director of
Active Living by Design. "She has literally crisscrossed the nation to
ignite the passions of groups as diverse as transportation engineers
and teen activists." According to Brad Kahn of the Active Living
Network and Pyramid Communications, "more than anything else,
Kate has listened to exciting stories from people who are turning
Active Living from a concept first sketched on the back of a napkin to
a reality, shaping the health of a growing number of Americans."

Marya Morris of the American Planning Association said, "It took
almost 100 years, but under Kate Kraft's leadership at the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, the public health profession has joined
forces again with urban planners -- as well as bicycle and pedestrian
experts, land developers, parks and recreation specialists, and a
host of other disciplines -- to recognize and act together on our
shared purpose of creating healthy communities."

Kate will remain at RWJF a while longer, helping to create a smooth
transition for the programs she works on, which are important to the
Foundation and to the field. And she will continue work on important
health and social change issues in her professional life. To send your
best wishes, drop Kate a note at <kkraft@rwjf.org>.

To see some of the fruits of some of Kate's labor, visit these Active Living websites:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/
http://www.activelivingresearch.org/
http://www.activelivingbydesign.org/
http://www.activeliving.org/
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NCBW RELEASES APPLICATIONS FOR WCW ROUND 5

The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is now accepting
applications for Round 5 of its very popular Walkable Community
Workshop series. The workshops, which won the Institute of Transportation
Engineers (ITE) pedestrian education program award in 2004, bring together
elected officials, public agency staff, public health practitioners, planners,
engineers, and advocates to focus attention on pedestrian issues in their
neighborhoods and communities. Now in its fourth year, the Walkable
Community Workshop program is endorsed by the Association of
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO).

The Workshops concentrate on real-world problems and hands-on solutions
for each community. During each four-hour workshop, trainers lead participants
on a “walkabout” (or ped audit) along a predetermined route within their
community. The goal of the walkabout is to teach workshop participants to
really “see” the community from the perspective of a pedestrian. They learn
to identify opportunities to reduce barriers to walking, enhancing the
opportunities for walking in their community.

Trainers then work with the workshop participants in developing a vision
for their walkable community. They highlight ways in which land use and
transportation decisions affect walking, health, physical activity, and livability.

“The workshops follow a proven format that gets participants involved,” said
NCBW’s Bob Chauncey, who directs the Walkable Community Workshop
program. “We’ve offered these workshops in more than 300 communities
across the nation, and they’re producing results.”

After acceptance into the program, a designated local agency staff member
attends a fall training session in San Jose. The purpose of the training program
is twofold: to give coordinators a solid background in pedestrian design issues
and walkable community planning, and to review the logistical details
involved in organizing a week-long series of workshops.

For Round 5, NCBW will select up to fifteen communities. Next spring,
NCBW trainers will present in each community over a five-day period a series
of workshops. The resulting 100-plus workshops will deliver the message
of creating more walkable communities to an estimated 2,000 planners,
advocates, and elected officials.

The NCBW will accept applications for the Round 5 workshops from MPOs,
transportation and health agencies, and other community-based groups.
The application form is available on-line at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW/application5.pdf

Applications are due no later than August 19, 2005. For more information
about applying for a Walkable Community Workshop in your city or region,
contact Bob Chauncey at bob@bikewalk.org or call him at (410)570-5765.

You can also learn more about the Walkable Community Workshop series
on the NCBW website at http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW
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STPP RELEASES "DRIVEN TO SPEND" STUDY

-> On June 15th, The Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and
the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) released a study entitled,
"Driven to Spend: Pumping Dollars out of Our Households and
Communities," which shows that families are paying "a high price to
meet their transportation needs and families in areas with fewer
transportation choices carry even greater burdens."

"Driven to Spend" updates prior transportation cost studies published
by STPP and CNT, but for the first time provides information on the
effect of gas prices on family budgets. The study ranks 28 metropolitan
areas on their combined transportation and housing costs and recommends
specific actions that governments -- federal, state and local -- can
take to reduce the burden of transportation costs for families by
investing in more transportation options.

Some key findings:
-- Households in regions that have invested in public transportation
reap financial benefits from having affordable transportation options, even
as gasoline prices rise.
-- Low-income families are unduly impacted by higher transportation
costs since transportation expenditures claim a higher percentage of their
family budgets.
-- For the first time, the study analyzed the effects of gasoline price
hikes and ranked areas by the jump in household expenditures due gas prices.

For more on the study, go to:
http://www.transact.org/
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2005 RECREATIONAL TRAILS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

-> According to the American Trails website, "The Coalition for
Recreational Trails (CRT) has announced the winners of its 'Annual
Achievement Awards' in recognition of their outstanding use of
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funds. The award winners are
recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. during the annual
celebration for Great Outdoors Week."

The following trail projects and programs were honored by the Coalition
for Recreation Trails for 2005

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c24c6
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PARKING EXPERT DON SHOUP A BIKE COMMUTER

-> In a recent note, Ryan Snyder, of Ryan Snyder Associates, told us,
"By the way, you may be interested to know that Don Shoup, author of
the 'High Cost of Free Parking Book,' and one of my profs in planning
school, has commuted by bicycle to school for many years." Ryan can be
contacted here: <ryan@rsa.cc>.

For more information on Donald Shoup's newly released book, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/blzpp
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NCBW STAFFER DISCOVERS SECRET STASH OF IPA GUIDES

->Bethesda, MD—Deep within the bowels of the headquarters of the
National Center for Bicycling & Walking a startling discovery was recently
made: 200 extra copies of the of the highly coveted, widely acclaimed
Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design: A Guide for
Public Health Practitioners. The discovery was made during a routine
search of the office for Dell warranty information.

This news suggests a massive cover-up on the part of the NCBW,
which for a number of months has been telling the public that the
publication was out-of-print. When executive director Bill Wilkinson was
confronted with these allegations, he immediately pointed the finger
elsewhere. “I knew it...it's that Plotz kid," said Wilkinson. "There’s lots of
math involved in shipping those things. Everyone knows he can't count.”

Plotz, in turn, pointed the finger back at Wilkinson. “It's clear that the director
was using those boxes so he could reach the shelves in a height-challenged
area of the storage room," countered Plotz, who immediately requested
whistleblower protection.

While the investigation continues, a limited number of IPA Guides will be
made available to the public in quantities of 10 or 25 copies. Orders will be
filled on a first-come, first-served basis with requesters paying shipping
(about $7 for 10, $10 for 25). Send your request to: mark@bikewalk.org
(while he's still with the organization).
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Is it about a bicycle?"
-- Policeman MacCruiskeen
from "The Third Policeman"
http://tinyurl.com/c5z6r


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

NEW YORK (NY) MOVES AHEAD WITH ELEVATED TRAIL

-> According to a June 15th New York Times article, "Plans for the
city's first elevated park -- a singular ribbon of green space
stretching a mile and a half along an abandoned railroad viaduct 30
feet above the streets of Chelsea -- have taken a major step forward
with a favorable ruling by a federal transportation board. The ruling,
on Monday, essentially cleared the way for the city to begin
negotiating use and development of the High Line, a weed-overgrown
railroad bed that has not been used since the late 1960's and that,
seen from above, looks like a painter's thick stroke of brilliant green
along the gritty Lower West Side of Manhattan, between 34th Street and
Gansevoort Street, in the meatpacking district.

"If the plans materialize, the project would become one of only two
elevated parks in the world; the other, also carved out of an abandoned
railroad viaduct, is the Promenade Plantee in Paris. 'This is one of
the most unique open spaces in the world,' said Amanda M. Burden,
chairwoman of the New York City Planning Commission and an outspoken
advocate of the High Line project. 'You will be able to walk 22 blocks
in the city of New York without ever coming in contact with a vehicle.
People will see the city from a completely unique perspective.' The
project has had a long gestation, beginning in 1999, when some
neighborhood residents, organized as Friends of the High Line, first
intervened to block plans for demolishing the viaduct..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a6zld
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Rusty Railroad Advances on Road to Pristine Park"
Author: Paul Vitello
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RIO DELL (CA) OFFICIALS LOOK AT THE WALK TO SCHOOL

-> According to a June 16th Times-Standard article, "Walking to school
in Rio Dell doesn't take much time, but can be difficult.
Superintendent Mary Varner said most of the district's students live
within a mile of school, but not all of the streets are 'u
ser-friendly.' Varner was one of about 15 community members walking
through town on Wednesday to look for safety hazards. Rio Dell Mayor
Jay Parrish, Humboldt County Supervisor Roger Rodoni, county public
health staff, educators and community members participated in a
walkability audit organized by the Humboldt Partnership for Active
Living. In a brief presentation before the walk started, Dana Dickman
of the Redwood Community Action Agency outlined the theory: The easier
it is to get physical activity in your daily routine, rather than
specifically setting aside time to go to the gym, the more exercise
you're likely to get.

"This in turn reduces the risk of serious health problems down the
road. But where once most children walked to school, today it's a
minority, she said. So the group made its way through the neighborhood
to figure out how to make it easier for them. They took note of some of
the problems: streets lacking sidewalks or crosswalks, for example. At
one point along Pacific Street, Rio Dell Community Resource Center
Coordinator Judy Pieratt pointed out a stop sign she said drivers
routinely run past without stopping. Later, the group stopped along a
sidewalk blocked by a utility pole. The pole made it difficult for
people to walk two abreast. Stacey Pitschka, a friend of Dickman's
visiting from Nederland, Colo., could barely get the stroller she was
pushing past the pole..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/e4549
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cgqsz
Cost: Yes
Title: "Taking walk -- with a purpose"
Author: Sara Watson Arthurs
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KINSTON (NC) TO USE ROAD DIET TO RECREATE PAST

-> A June 16th WNCT-TV9 story asked, "How is the downtown area in your
town? Is it vibrant, alive, or is it decaying? Well, for the people of
Kinston, things are changing. They're actually taking a step back in
time to make it better today. Old black and white photos paint a
charming picture of Kinston with it's old southern architecture, a
sense of community, a thriving town in Eastern North Carolina. City
Planner and Inspector Tommy Lee remembers good days even when he was
growing up. 'When I was growing up here, this was where everybody in
Eastern North Carolina would come to shop. We had diagonal parking, it
was easy to get in and out of stores, now you can't do that anymore,
and our downtown is suffering.' Back in the early 1900's people used to
park in the middle of Queen Street. The new plans don't go that far,
but they do call for a more old-fashioned way of life.

"Michael Dunn is lead architect and a member of the group Pride of
Kinston. He says the idea is to draw in more tourism with museums,
shops and businesses. In short, they want to reinvent Queen Street.
Dunn says, 'A place where people can just slow down a little bit, walk
the streets have some benches, increase the landscaping and just make
it a much more pedestrian friendly environment.' That means possibly
converting Queen Street's four lanes into two, and adding diagonal
parking like the old days..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/acrf4
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "City Advocates Planning Makeover"
Author: Laura Barron
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ERLANGER (KY) 'STEPS FORWARD' WITH SIDEWALKS

-> According to a June 16th Erlanger Recorder article, "The city is
moving ahead with its Step Forward, Erlanger project. Plans have been
in place since last year as part of the initiative to create more
active and walkable communities. City Administrator Bill Scheyer said
although the city is still in the planning phases, organizers are
currently coming up with a marketing plan to get residents interested.
'We want to let people know we are still working hard on the project
and have a lot of things coming up,' he said.

"Over the past year, the city, the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School
District and the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health
Department have partnered with other agencies to make the city a more
active community to help prevent obesity in adults and children and
promote a healthy lifestyle, Scheyer said. As a tie-in with the
program, Erlanger has been working its way through a Sidewalk Master
Plan to make the city more walker-friendly, he said. The sidewalk plan
will also give children a safer route to school, Superintendent Mike
Sander said, which will promote exercise and healthy habits for the
district's children. 'We've been chipping our way through the plan on a
priority basis, and we are really making some progress', Scheyer
said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b7bat
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/934d7
Cost: No
Title: "Erlanger stepping forward with program"
Author: Sarah Hardee
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WHAT DO ZONING CODES HAVE TO DO WITH ASTHMA, OBESITY?

-> According to a June 20th U.S. News & World Report article, "When
Ross Brownson first came to the 'boot heel' of Missouri fresh out of
grad school, the public health official and tri-athlete was saddened by
what he saw. This southeastern tip of Missouri shares a border and a
culture with the most hardscrabble rural South. It is bitterly poor,
unemployment is high, and economic and educational opportunities are
limited. All of this adds up to poor health. The largely
African-American population has among the highest rates of heart
disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes in the nation. The people have
little or no access to medical care, and few exercise. Brownson recalls
wondering where to start to make a difference in the region's health.
His answer was to look not only at lab tests but also at shops, roads,
and schools.

"And what he saw explained a lot. There were no malls, few stores --
basically no place to walk to and few sidewalks to walk on. Many
studies had clearly shown that walking -- the cheapest, easiest, and
most common physical activity for most Americans -- reduces risk for
many of these deadly diseases. Yet residents of the boot heel had no
way to take even this simple step. Rural Missouri is not alone.
Research on the health effects of the 'built environment' -- as roads,
buildings, and manmade structures are called -- is in its infancy. But
a growing number of scientists are looking beyond symptoms and
treatments to see how aspects of social planning -- zoning,
transportation, school siting -- contribute to rising rates of obesity,
diabetes, asthma, and other diseases. They're also grappling with the
big question: What can be done about it? Some disturbing statistics are
emerging..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9oah8
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Depends on article status
Title "Building Illness: What could local zoning codes have to do with
obesity and asthma? Maybe lots"
Author: Amanda Spake
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BISHOPVILLE (SC) GETS $800K STREETSCAPE MAKEOVER

-> According to a WIS10-TV story, "Topiaries, a wide median, parallel
parking and a different traffic pattern is a big change for a city that
hasn't changed much in years. It's all part of an $800,000 streetscape
that's been years in the making. Mayor Tom Alexander says the project
is now halfway finished, 'This is an effort to make the town and more
livable and lovable community.' The idea behind the streetscape was to
slow down traffic and make the city more walkable. Many people News 10
has talked with, like Kodie Gainey, say it's created parking and
traffic hassles, 'I'd rate it a bad idea. It's pretty, but it's going
to cause more problems than it's right.' Gainey says it's tougher to
find a spot to park.

"Others say the street is more congested, especially because hundreds
of trucks still come through each day. Mayor Alexander, 'I think it's
better now than it was.' Alexander says the city is working on more
parking and trying to create a new truck route around the town. The
project could take many years. In the meantime, he says Bishopville is
thriving, despite the many empty storefronts. He expects growth from
the expansion of Shaw Air Force Base. Hundreds of students will start
at a new downtown branch of Central Carolina Technical College next
year. Bishopville store owner Tommy Smith says a restaurant is in the
works near the chamber of commerce, 'We feel like once it is completely
done, the project finished, then we'll see a good deal of additional
traffic.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c9tlt
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Growing pains for downtown Bishopville"
Author: Heather Brown
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BURDEN SHARES PED-FRIENDLY IDEAS WITH DES MOINES (IA)

-> According to a June 14th Register article, "Some Ankeny streets
could sport narrower traffic lanes, additional turning spots and more
bicycle paths if city officials take up ideas suggested by a
pedestrian-friendly planner. Dan Burden is the director of Walkable
Communities, an Orlando, Fla., organization that helps cities plan
streets, intersections, and biking and walking trails. Burden toured
the Oralabor Road corridor with Ankeny officials Wednesday and
discussed how the city's street system could be altered to reduce
accidents and traffic congestion.

"John Peterson, Ankeny's Community Development director, said it's too
soon to say which of Burden's ideas city officials may adopt. Ankeny
leaders currently are reviewing the city's rules for sidewalks, he
said, and are studying other planning options. 'The timing's great to
get some ideas,' Peterson said. Peterson said Ankeny officials and
members of 1000 Friends of Iowa, a local group that fights urban
sprawl, were aware of Burden's expertise and agreed to ask him to visit
Ankeny. City officials especially wanted Burden's thoughts on Oralabor
Road, Peterson said, as properties on both sides of that street still
are filling in with new businesses and homes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b4tow
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Pedestrian planner studies city streets"
Author: Melanie Lageschulte
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SAVING MARYLAND'S FARMS, FORESTS THROUGH DENSITY

-> According to a June 10th Baltimore Sun article, "In 1963, developer
James W. Rouse acquired 22 square miles of farms and adjacent parcels
in central Howard County -- an amazing feat, even then -- and set out
to build an ideal community that would 'contribute to the growth and
improvement of mankind.' Mr. Rouse's hugely ambitious vision evolved
into a city with 91,000 jobs and nearly 100,000 residents. Columbia is
a popular place to live -- prosperous, racially diverse and green, with
abundant walking trails and natural areas. It is also more densely
populated than almost all modern suburban development built in
Maryland. And density, paradoxically, is the only way Maryland can save
its farms and forests. It is not so much population growth but rather
low-density development that is ruining Maryland landscapes. Many
people aspire to live on a large lot in the countryside and drive over
uncongested roads to stores, schools and workplaces.

"Such a dream is possible only when a small number of people try to
live it. When the masses move into the countryside, it loses the very
qualities -- beauty, solitude, tranquility -- that make rural life
desirable. In recent decades, Marylanders pursuing the rural ideal have
transformed vast expanses of pristine land into a hodgepodge of strip
malls, housing subdivisions and corporate centers. As the countryside
becomes cluttered, people respond by moving even farther out. That's
why Maryland's fastest-growing counties are on the fringe of the
Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. But Maryland is running out of
room. At its present growth rate, the state will be more densely
populated within 50 years than all but two European countries, Belgium
and the Netherlands. That will be a disaster if new development
continues in the form of sprawl, but comfortably accommodated if it
comes, Columbia-like, in the form of towns..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bkpmm
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/94njd
Cost: Yes
Title: "Towns offer sprawl solution"
Author: Thomas Hylton
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MIAMI TWP. (OH) MAKES OLD MALL PED-FRIENDLY

-> According to a June 10th Daily News article, "Construction has begun
on the $19 million mall redevelopment project that will add a
96,000-square-foot, open-air lifestyle center to the mall's parking lot
along Ohio 725. The center will include shops, a bookstore and three
full-service restaurants. The mall's facade also will be renovated and
a courtyard will be added. We are so excited to have begun construction
on the project,' said Linda Wardell, vice president of marketing for
Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust, the mall's owner and developer.
'What the redevelopment will do for the Dayton Mall will be truly
revolutionary.'...

Miami Twp. Planning and Development Director Greg Rogers said the
township has approved Glimcher's design plans and noted officials are
excited the project is under construction. The Dayton Mall
redevelopment creates 'a new image' for the township's business
district, Rogers said. 'It was a mall built in the '60s,' Rogers said,
adding that malls today have a different look and feel. Retail
developments that keep pedestrians in mind certainly are the latest
industry trend, said Ken LeBlanc, director of regional and community
planning for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. Established
centers in the area "have to be retrofitted that way" to stay viable,
LeBlanc said. The Dayton Mall will be the first to make that
transition, he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/88nbz
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "'New image' in works for mall, business district"
Author: Jaclyn Giovis
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STUDY: SLOW WALKING BETTER FOR OBESE PEOPLE

-> According to a June 16th myDNA News article, "Leisurely walking for
distance combined with low-impact cardiovascular activity appears to be
the best formula for obese people seeking to get into shape and stay
healthy, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder study. Ray
Browning, a doctoral student in CU-Boulder's integrative physiology
department and lead author on the new study, said the results show that
people who walk a mile at a leisurely pace burn more calories than if
they walk a mile at their normal pace. In addition, those who walk at 2
miles per hour rather than 3 miles per hour reduce the loads on their
knee joints by up to 25 percent.

"'The message is that by walking more slowly, obese individuals can
burn more calories per mile and may reduce the risk of arthritis or
joint injury,' he said. Browning and his CU colleagues also found the
number of calories burned per pound of body weight is similar for obese
adults as normal sized adults walking at the same speed. Because obese
people generally have heavier legs, wider stances and swing their legs
in a wider arc, the researchers expected the cost of walking for obese
people to be significantly higher. 'This was a surprise,' said
Browning. 'The subjects probably are unwittingly altering their posture
and walking with straighter legs, conserving calories in the
process.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dtkt9
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Obese people loose weight by slow walking"
Author: Staff
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SHORT OF LAND, IPSWITCH (MA) TURNS TO 'CLUSTERING'

-> According to a June 12th Boston Globe article, "Developer Jim Keefe
once had a whole town against him. A few years ago, Keefe's
father-in-law was nearing retirement and asked him to develop land he'd
long owned near Hood Pond in Ipswich. Following town zoning, Keefe
proposed 20 one-acre lots on a cul-de-sac, using nearly every inch of
the land (minus wetlands). 'It was right out of the suburban
subdivision playbook,' said Keefe, who normally builds in cities. 'I
[thought] it was going to be a piece of cake.' But Ipswich residents
railed against him at planning meetings and wrote letters to town
planners who held up the project for years. The ferocity of the
opposition surprised Keefe, but it taught him something: Just because
there is sprawl in the suburbs doesn't mean residents like it.

"Indeed, with open space and buildable land disappearing statewide,
planners and developers are seeking compromises. A growing number of
towns are dusting off an old (but seldom used) zoning tool known as
'clustering,' which allows denser housing if developers agree to donate
a portion of the land as permanent open space. The revamped idea is
winning converts and may change how subdivisions are built. But even
the idea's backers acknowledge there are still plenty of kinks. In
Ipswich, Keefe eventually transformed his development into a cluster,
leaving more than half of the land untouched, much of it donated to
nearby Willowdale State Forest..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/atx2r
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/aap9e
Cost: Yes
Title: "Give me land, lots of land..."
Author: Chris Berdik
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LOS ALAMOS (NM) COUNCIL OKS X-WALK, BUMP-OUT PROJECT

-> According to a June 16th Monitor article, "Construction on the first
portion of a Central Avenue Pedestrian Crossings Project will begin in
July as a result of county council action. The county council voted 6-0
to allow Los Alamos Landscaping and More Inc. to begin work on the
project, which will eventually provide up to six pedestrian crossings
on Central Avenue between Sixth and 15th streets. Kyle Zimmerman,
public works director for the county, said construction on the first
project is expected to be finished in September. Minor traffic delays
are anticipated, he said.

"The proposed crossings will be similar to those on Central Avenue
between 15th and 20th streets, complete with landscaping and
'bump-outs,' which are portions of the sidewalk extend into the road at
both ends of each crosswalk, Zimmerman said. 'The bump-outs shorten the
distance that a pedestrian is exposed to traffic, they channel
pedestrians and they make motorists more aware of pedestrians,'
Zimmerman said. The first new crossing will be built near Sixth Street
and the parking lot entrance of Smith's, Zimmerman said. From there,
project employees will begin working westward to install more
crosswalks, he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/95aby
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/c3lez
Cost: No
Title: "Council OKs new crosswalk project"
Author: Jayna Boyle
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CANTON (IL) LEVERAGES TRAIL GRANT WITH LOCAL $$

-> According to a June 16th Daily Ledger article, "With $150,000
approved this week for a trail project in the Canton area by the Fulton
County Board, $5,000 approved by Canton Township Board of Trustees,
another $150,000 recommended for approval by Canton City Council by the
council's Finance Committee and $150,000 to be considered for approval
Monday by the Canton Park District Board as well, more than $450,000
may be staked in local funding to match a federal grant worth four
times that amount, or $1.8 million. The Canton Trails Coalition Concept
involves creating a trail that extends from Spoon River College to
Wallace Park, then north along the Big Creek to both Big Creek Park and
Lakeland Park, on past Canton Country Club and to Cypress Street. Some
offshoots also extend east past local schools, nursing homes and along
Ash Street.

"County Engineer Bill Kuhn presented details about the project
Wednesday at the Donaldson Community Center in Wallace Park. The county
board had assigned Kuhn the task of leading local efforts to develop a
Greenways and Trails Plan for the county and to apply for a federal
grant of Transportation Enhancement Funds. The grant offers an 80
percent match in funding. Scott LaSalle of the Peoria office of the
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) noted the last time an
enhancement grant was offered was five years ago. Federal
transportation bills are passed every six years, and one or two
enhancement grant programs are included with each bill, so
opportunities for such funding do not come along that often, he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c7egj
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/877ew
Cost: No
Title "Plans for trail in Canton area discussed in detail, including
issues of security, maintenance"
Author: John Froehling
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PANEL: KIDS NEED ONE HOUR PER DAY OF EXERCISE

-> According to a June 13th Forbes article, "Children need to get up
and away from the TV and computer and out exercising at least an hour a
day, concludes a 13-member expert panel whose recommendations appear in
the June issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. 'We have to get American
children and adolescents active. The evidence is very clear that
physical activity has decreased dramatically in the last 10 to 20
years,' said panel co-chair Dr. Robert M. Malina, research professor
and an expert in growth and development at Tarleton State University in
Stephenville, Texas. He believes that the technological revolution of
the 1980s produced new ways for kids to stay sedentary instead of being
more active as in decades past.

"The panel, convened under the direction of the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, reviewed more than 850 articles and
1,200 abstracts containing data on the impact of physical activity on a
wide range of health factors in children. 'Increasing the level of
habitual moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity in youth is a
health promotion and a disease prevention strategy,' the panel
concluded. A minimum of an hour a day of physical activity is
reasonable and can be achieved by most children with some effort, the
panel said. Malina pointed out that today's children are more sedentary
but are still consuming about the same amount of calories as more
active children of a decade or two ago..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dpuwx
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Panel: Get American Kids Moving"
Author: Robert Preidt
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OPENING HOUSE TO STREET "GOOD FOR THE SOUL"

-> According to a June 12th Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette article, "There's
one in almost every neighborhood: A rundown house with a sagging front
porch stuffed with cardboard boxes, stacks of newspapers and at least
one ratty old couch or rusty old appliance. That was Christiana Kippels
and Wayne Thompson's house a decade ago. 'It looked like a teardown,'
said Kippels, recalling the first time she saw the shabby exterior of
the 1912 cottage in a sweet, walkable neighborhood in Minneapolis.
Inside, the house was nearly as bad: blue shag carpeting and scraps of
stinky, cracked linoleum stuck to the walls, floors and cupboards.

"'They went in and sprayed the whole place with white flat paint and
didn't even remove the light bulbs,' she said. 'It was a very freaky
house, but there was something about its bones. ... We knew it was
home.' So instead of tearing it down and building bigger and better,
they transformed the house -- and their lives -- by making a relatively
simple fix: They hired an architect to redesign the front porch, which
expanded their outdoor living space and opened up the house to the
street. Now they have a house that's livable, beautiful and good for
the soul..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/atx2r
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/a9m2p
Cost: Yes
Title: "Renovating older porch makes room for future"
Author: Jim Buchta
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

AUSTIN (TX) BIKE-IN THEATRE

-> "Every Friday night at 8:30pm at Waterloo Cycles (corner of 29th and
Guadalupe) from March through October, there's a free showing of short
films of the Cinematexas film festival, classic television episodes,
and feature movies.

"Between the showings, contests are set up between members of the
audience where they win gift certificates to local merchants. The
contests involve the audience desperately vying for the gift
certificates, struggling to win a piece of merchandise or service from
one of the supporting stores..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9ll6b


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

FATTENING ROUTES TO SCHOOL?

-> "Using handheld computers as they walked about, the mapmakers
charted every pizza shop, corner store, deli and vendor that beckoned
to students as they went to and from school..."
http://tinyurl.com/8xlv8

EDMONTON (AB) PUSHES "URBAN VILLAGE" IDEA

-> "This land is scheduled to become the heart of a walkable 'urban
village' that puts residents within reach of stores, theatres, schools,
work and 1.3 hectares of new parks. It will be crossed by a
right-of-way for a future LRT line and possibly a bus rapid-transit
route..."
http://tinyurl.com/aenyk

S. AUSTRALIA COMMITTED TO MAKE CYCLING SAFER

-> "Road conditions and bike lanes will be improved under $800,000 in
funding for cyclists, to be announced today by the State Government..."
http://tinyurl.com/cw9fx

MAKING NAPLES (FL) MORE WALKABLE, BIKEABLE

-> " [THE] first step to a more walkable downtown would be to make
Interstate 75 the primary highway, and restore U.S. 41 to its local
road status, he said. 'In a lot of ways, 41 wants to act like I-75,'
Jones said..."
http://tinyurl.com/9jdz9

REVAMPED MONTREAL (QC) SQUARE INAUGURATED

-> "The complex is the birthplace of the city's 33-kilometer
underground pedestrian network..."
http://tinyurl.com/d3857

PHILIPPINES REP. ZAMORA TEACHES BY EXAMPLE

-> "An honorable member of the House of Representatives on a bicycle
sends a very strong message to ordinary folks to do the same..."
http://tinyurl.com/d4hfj

UK MEN WARNED ABOUT OBESITY PROBLEM

-> "More than half of men said they would not go to a GP for advice,
while 87% were against joining slimming clubs..."
http://tinyurl.com/9c528

TUCSON (AZ) FOLKS DISAPPOINTED IN NEW SIDEWALKS

-> "Midtown neighbors of busy East Fifth Street feel like the kids at
Christmas who asked Santa for name brands and had to settle for
knockoffs..."
http://tinyurl.com/9lm2e

HE'S A LEVEL-HEADED $220.3M POWERBALL WINNER

-> "Other than a high-end racing bicycle, Duke has no plans for any
large purchases..."
http://tinyurl.com/8jp6a


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

"THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH..."

-> "...11 Profiles of Neighborhood Transformation; by Manal J. Aboelata
et al; The Prevention Institute; July 2004. (1.3mb)
http://tinyurl.com/eyofe

"SPRAWL COSTS: THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF UNCHECKED...

-> "... Development; New book by Burchell, Downs, & Mukherji; Island
Press, 2005. Based on "a multi-year study designed to provide
quantitative measures of the costs and benefits of different forms of
growth."
http://tinyurl.com/c24c6

"SMART SCHOOLS, SMART GROWTH UPDATE"

-> Excellent -- and free -- newsletter from the Smart Schools, Smart
Growth Initiative. To subscribe, send an email to
<info@smart-schools.org> with "Subscribe" in subject line. For more
info, go to:
http://www.smart-schools.org/


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 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/

June 20, 2005, National Forum on Schools & Communities, Washington, DC.
Info: Melissa Houghton, Smart Schools, Smart Growth Initiative; phone:
(301) 891-1899; email <smartschools@verizon.net>.
http://www.smart-schools.org/

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 -- BIKE/PED COORDINATOR -- MILWAUKEE, WI
The coordinator administers the City's bicycle and pedestrian projects,
plans and policies.
Functions:

Salary $40,105-47,194 annually; excellent benefits.
Required:

->JOB -- TMA COORDINATOR(S) -- SMART COMMUTE ASSN
The Smart Commute Association of the Greater Toronto Area and
Hamilton (Ontario) is a new public-private partnership that is working
to reduce traffic congestion and its impacts. We need at least one
intelligent, organised, and committed individual to join our team as a
Transportation Management Association (TMA) Coordinator. This position
will assist in the development and servicing of a collection of
employers working together to reduce traffic and automobile trips
through a transportation management association (TMA).

Please reply via e-mail to ryan@smartcommute.ca with your cover letter
and resume. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2005. The
selected candidate will be expected to begin as soon as possible. This
is a full-time contract position for three months with the possibility
of becoming a regular staff person. A full job description is
available at:
http://tinyurl.com/8ryma


-> 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


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