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


#126 Friday, July 1, 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
  NCBW Launches First Delightful Places Survey
  The Latest On The Federal Transportation Bill
  New York City's T.A. Seeks Speed Restriction Info
  Grand Teton Trans Plan Needs Your Comments
  U.S. Access Board Unveils New Web Site
  Canada's Commuter Challenge Results Are In!
  New Jersey Web Site Features Bike/Walk Info
  Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Cog Ok's Biz Use Of Bikes
  NCBW Announces SR2"T" Program To Confusion Of All

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Maine's Safe Routes Pgm Funds Skowhegan Bridge Project
  Calif's Top Health Official Links Planning, Health
  Strafford (NH) Promotes "Quality" Area Growth
  Tucson (AZ) Med Center Creates Walkable Campus Plan
  Anchorage (AK) Citizens Review Development Rules
  Lexington (MA) To Start Safe Routes Program
  Ferndale (MI) Gets Bike Lanes, Road Diet
  Pastor/Prof. Teaches Walkable Communities Course
  Barring (CA) Making Walkable/Bikeable Plans
  Fairfield (OH) Mixes Houses, Shops, Trails, Sidewalks
  July 4th Special: Exercising In Summer's Heat!



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

NCBW LAUNCHES FIRST DELIGHTFUL PLACES SURVEY

-> The National Center for Bicycling and Walking has collaborated with
Dr. Catherine O'Brien to launch the world's first Delightful Places Survey.
We want to hear from you about a delightful place you know. What
makes it delightful? What do you enjoy about it? What design features
contribute to your sense of delight? What is the best indicator of delight?

"Research is proving that happiness is good for our health and well-being,"
says O'Brien. "We are interested in understanding how our external
environment may contribute to individual and public happiness. We
would like to better understand what natural or designed features create
positive feelings in people."

O'Brien added that she hopes to hear from people who are not usually
reading Centerlines. "Please pass the link to the on-line survey along
to family and friends, including children and youth. We are particularly
interested in the views of 14-25 year olds since their perspectives are
often overlooked," O'Brien said.

Please complete this brief survey prior to July 22nd. The results of
the Delightful Places survey will be published as an on-line article in
the NCBW Forum; the publication will be announced in a future
issue of CenterLines.

The on-line survey is located at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/survey/Delightful_Places_Survey.htm
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THE LATEST ON THE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL

-> According to a July 1st alert from America Bikes, "Last night the
House and Senate passed the eighth extension to TEA-21 since it
expired on September 30, 2003. House and Senate conferees now
have until July 19th to reach a compromise on the new bill. We know
that they are close to agreement on many of the issues preventing
progress, such as the overall funding figure and changes to the rate
of return 'donor' states get from the federal Highway Trust Fund.

"The details of the legislation are absolutely dependent on what the
final overall funding figure will be and while it appears to many
observers that the number will be $286.5 billion, there are some on the
Senate side who are pushing for a higher figure. Once this question is
resolved we expect progress on the rest of the bill to be rapid.
However, Hill insiders tell us that there are no firm decisions yet on
bicycling and pedestrian programs so there is still work for us to do.

"So the campaign for continues! Please check the America Bikes
website for regular updates on the progress of the bill and look out for
our targeted 'action alerts'. Our Government Affairs team are working
hard to promote our agenda and bring us the very latest news."

For the latest information on the transportation bill, go to:
http://www.americabikes.org
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NEW YORK CITY'S T.A. SEEKS SPEED RESTRICTION INFO

-> In a recent note, Kit Hodge, Transportation Alternative's Campaign
Coordinator, sent this request, "Transportation Alternatives needs your
help collecting information about speed restrictions, including
enforcement using traffic calming, in school zones. If you haven't
already done so, please e-mail with information on the hours, size and
enforcement of slow speed zones around schools in your city or state. I
will make the compiled answers publicly available to help us all."

Send your info to: Kit Hodge at <kit@transalt.org>.
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GRAND TETON TRANS PLAN NEEDS YOUR COMMENTS

-> In a recent note, Tim Young of the National Parks Conservation
Association said, "I need your help! The National Park Service has just
released the Grand Teton Transportation Plan for public review and
comment. The National Park Service's 'Preferred Alternative 3' only
goes part way. Only NPCA's 'Improved Alternative 4' provides safe,
complete pathways that minimize impacts and best enhance the Park.

Do you support a safe and enjoyable national park experience for people
of all ages?

Then Support Improved Alternative 4 for a better, safer Grand Teton
pathways system. Remember: Comments are due August 1st! Go to:
http://www.grandtetonpathways.org/action.htm

For more information, contact Tim Young, National Parks Conservation
Association, Grand Teton Field Office at (307) 733-4680 or
<npca@grandtetonpathways.org>.
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U.S. ACCESS BOARD UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

-> According to an article in the May/June issue of Access Currents,
"In June, the Board implemented a complete redesign and overhaul of its
website. The revised site features a new look and organization,
improved navigational and search features, and additional on-line
services. Visitors can now order Board publications through the site in
addition to subscribing to the Board's newsletter or filing a complaint
under the Architectural Barriers Act. The new site's design provides a
portal page or 'mini-homepage' for each of the Board's guidelines and
standards, including those under development, which contain links to
all relevant materials and related resources for easier one-stop
shopping.

The Board plans to develop new content and features for the website in
coming months. This next phase will explore ways in which guidance and
training on the Board's design criteria and accessible design can be
delivered most effectively through the site. A public forum to be held
on July 26th will invite recommendations from the public on these and
other website features and on-line services.

For more information, go to:
http://www.access-board.gov
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CANADA'S COMMUTER CHALLENGE RESULTS ARE IN!

-> According to a June 22nd Go for Green news release, "Six cities have
been crowned winners of the Commuter Challenge that took place from
June 5-11, 2005. These winning communities attained the highest
percentage of participation in their population category:

Community (Population)


"Thousands of participants in 105 communities and municipalities across
Canada committed to walk, cycle, in-line skate, bus, telework or
carpool to and from work as a way to improve air quality and reduce the
risk of climate change. The Commuter Challenge is an annual friendly
competition between Canadian communities to encourage as many people as
possible to use sustainable and active modes of transportation during
Environment Week(June 5-11, 2005.)...

"Once the mode(s) of transportation and the distance traveled were
registered on the Commuter Challenge Web site, the database estimated
for each participant the amount of pollution prevented had they been
the sole occupant in an average size car driven at average speed..."

Full results are listed here:
http://www.commuterchallenge.ca

Go for Green may be reached at:
http://www.goforgreen.ca/
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NEW JERSEY WEB SITE FEATURES BIKE/WALK INFO

-> According to a recent news release from the Alan M. Voorhees
Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers, "The New Jersey Bicycle and
Pedestrian Resource Project at Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey, has launched its new web site as a clearinghouse for
information and resources on pedestrian and bicycle transportation. The
Project, a partnership between the New Jersey Department of
Transportation and VTC, was established in 2000 to help local elected
officials, decision-makers and transportation professionals clearly
understand the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians, and how those needs
can be addressed...Funding is provided by the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA)..."

The Web site offers various resources:

The site's 'talk the walk' feature allows visitors to contribute
content, offer feedback, request technical assistance, suggest an
announcement, and more. The site also contains home pages for the New
Jersey Bicycle Advisory Council (BAC) and Pedestrian Task Force (PTF).

To visit the web site, go to:
http://www.policy.rutgers.edu/njbikeped
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OHIO-KENTUCKY-INDIANA COG OK'S BIZ USE OF BIKES

-> The June 30th OKI Bicycle E-Info News mentioned that "OKI Regional
Council of Governments has updated our staff policies to include a ten cents
per mile reimbursement rate for staff using their bicycles for official
business purposes. The new policy reflects OKI's intent to actively
promote alternative transportation to driving single occupant
automobiles. Personal bike use is limited to trips within 5 miles of
our offices and in daylight hours.

"The new bike reimbursement rates accompany the long-standing policies
for reimbursing staff for personal auto use at current IRS rates (now
40.5 cents per mile)...The OKI bicycle reimbursement policy does not apply
to commuting to or from work. Although OKI does provide transit passes
to staff members for commuting, proposed federal legislation to revise
the IRS code to permit a bicycle commuting allowance will have to be
passed before it can be considered by businesses and agencies..."

For more info contact Don Burrell at OKI, (513) 621-6300 or
<dburrell@oki.org>
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NCBW ANNOUNCES SR2"T" PROGRAM TO CONFUSION OF ALL

-> In a surprise announcement, National Center for Bicycling & Walking
editor and general dogsbody John Williams announced a new program to
promote "Safe Routes to Tools" (SR2T). While most other staffers were
nonplussed to hear the news ("He did WHAT?" "I'll use a tool on HIM!"
etc etc), Director of Operations Gary MacFadden took the news in
stride. "Williams is widely known as a 'tool' of the tool trade. He'll
buy anything if it looks like it could conceivably do even the
slightest amount of work, however trivial its purpose may be."

MacFadden added, "After all, Williams was the only person who invested
in the dot.gone company, 'Il-Liter-Ate, which produced the 'Cat-o-matic,' a
catbox cleaner driven by a biorhythm reader monitoring feline moods."
Williams (who has offered his Cat-O-Matic on e-Bay with disappointing
results) shook off the criticism. "I've already got Home Depot and
Lowes under contract," he said. "Creating safe routes to home
improvement stores will be a boon for those who just need to get that
special gas-powered hammer-saw or tool belt-mounted grinder (as seen on
the David Letterman Show). If it's only a 5-minute bike ride or walk to
Handy-Person Heaven, the soaring sales will prove the wisdom of this
endeavor," Williams added.

When told of Williams' plans, NCBW executive director Bill Wilkinson
groaned feebly, "I think 'early retirement' is just around the corner for
our demented friend."
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Just as a matter of social justice it's arguably better to make
mixed-use, walkable environments."
-- Philip Bess, professor of architecture, University of Notre Dame
http://tinyurl.com/7zxqy

"For the past fifty years, suburban designs have been the norm in our
built-environment. Eighty percent of everything built in this country
happened post WWII and most of it is generic, dangerous, and
expensive..."
-- Carlos Gallinar
http://tinyurl.com/8tyzs


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

MAINE'S SAFE ROUTES PGM FUNDS SKOWHEGAN BRIDGE PROJECT

-> According to a June 23rd Portland Press article, "After more than a
year's postponement, workers this summer are expected to complete
$160,000 worth of rehabilitation to the historic swinging bridge that
connects Island Avenue to the south side of the Kennebec River. The
project will be accomplished with a grant from the Maine Department of
Transportation; the town will supply labor as its matching
contribution, according to Skowhegan Road Commissioner Gregory A. Dore.
Dore said the town was approved for a grant almost three years ago, but
transportation funds ran out. At that time, it was one of six projects
selected as part of a 'Maine Safe Routes to School Program.' The repair
job is no small task, Dore said. He has allotted four men for the work
-- replacing joists, decking and metal hanger rods.

"'We almost have to completely rebuild it, except for the ends and the
cable and the two poles on the ends that hold it up,' Dore said. 'It
has been patched and repaired I don't know how many times.' Dore said
he expects the work to begin in August and finish in about two weeks.
The 220-foot span and its predecessors have carried thousands of
pedestrians across the south channel of the river since John Turner
came up with the first bridge plan in 1883. Turner had the bridge built
to provide access to his house lots. Since then, the bridge has been
damaged or destroyed by floods in 1888, 1901, 1936 and 1987, according
to accounts in 'Skowhegan Then & Now' and 'Skowhegan on the
Kennebec.'...Some of the joists were replaced in 1995, but the hanger
rods that connect the suspension cables to the joists have not been
replaced since Marble built it, according to Dore. The town has
continued to maintain the tourist attraction, which still serves a
functional purpose for foot traffic, especially as a shortcut for students..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c48tv
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7tp4j
Cost: Yes
Title: "Historic bridge set to be refurbished"
Author: Darla L. Pickett
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CALIF'S TOP HEALTH OFFICIAL LINKS PLANNING, HEALTH

-> According to a June 23rd Turlock Journal article "Dr. Richard
Jackson was driving down a busy street on a hot day in 1999. He saw a
woman in her late 70s who looked like she was having trouble making her
way down the sidewalk. 'If that poor woman collapsed of heat stroke,
the doctor in the emergency room would write "death by heatstroke." He
wouldn't write "lack of trees, poor urban planning, or lack or public
transportation,"' Jackson said Wednesday at a seminar on urban planning
and its relation to health. Jackson, the state's public health officer,
came to Modesto's Centre Plaza to speak regarding ways in which city
planners can help design healthier cities. The event was sponsored by
the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency...

"Jackson said many common problems in California, including obesity,
air pollution, and stress, could be helped out by better city planning.
As a doctor, he said he has grown tired of people thinking the only way
to solve these problems is through prescription drugs and surgery. 'To
think that there are medical fixes to these problems, that is not going to
work,' Jackson said. 'It's going to have to be fundamental public
health and changing your environment.' Charlie Woods, Turlock's
community development coordinator, said all one must do to see the
health benefits of good planning is to look at the North Turlock Master
Plan, which features a 'walkable environment' near Pitman High School
and the Turlock Regional Sports Complex..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ay6le
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/9uz9z
Cost: ? (can't get archives to work)
Title "State's top health official says bad city planning can mean poor health"
Author: Herb Smart
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STRAFFORD (NH) PROMOTES "QUALITY" AREA GROWTH

-> According to a June 25th Foster's Online article, "Representatives
from the 18 communities within the Strafford Regional Planning
Commission's area are urging municipalities to cooperate in targeting
growth and development into quality community areas...The plan calls
for developing quality community areas in conjunction with existing
urban and village centers to accommodate the 30,000 new residents
projected to move into the region. The areas would feature an urban or
village center with a mix of market rate and workforce housing along
with compatible business and office uses, all reflecting traditional
New Hampshire architecture. The areas would feature a central
pedestrian area with a central square, park or village green to enhance
community life and tourism. Pedestrian ways and bike routes would link
the centers to their adjacent neighbors.

"Quality Community neighborhoods would be walkable residential areas
within approximately 1/4 mile from a neighborhood's center or park. The
Quality Communities would have improved public transportation as well
as other important business and industrial areas for employment.
'Adopting this plan is a major step for the commission and with all
municipalities cooperating it will have the potential to maintain and
significantly improve the quality of life in the region,' said Ed
Jansen, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Commission and Selectman from
Rollinsford. SRPC Commissioner and Selectman, Ron Gehl, of New Durham
said, 'By establishing policies that outline an intelligent and
efficient approach to development, we are providing an exceptional
model for member municipalities and the rest of the state to
follow.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8v9s8
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/d3dl2
Cost: No
Title "Commission seeks to create communities that protect rural lifestyle, water quality"
Author: Charles Odum
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TUCSON (AZ) MED CENTER CREATES WALKABLE CAMPUS PLAN

-> According to a June 24th Tucson Citizen article, "Tucson Medical
Center's plan to redevelop its campus at Grant and Craycroft roads
threatened to turn into an ugly battle of wills between the hospital
and its neighbors last year. But the hospital backed off, started
planning from scratch and earned the approval and good will of its
neighbors by hearing them out and involving them in the process. Last
night, TMC officials unveiled a conceptual campus master plan at a
public meeting, the last of four, to the praise of those in attendance.
'This looks really hopeful. Thank you for listening,' said Susan
Weiland, who lives northeast of the hospital. 'This is a model of good
urban planning,' Demion Clinco, a resident of the Old Fort Lowell
neighborhood north of TMC, said after the meeting.

"'It's looking good. It's much better than what we saw last year,' said
Shannon McBride-Olson, also of Old Fort Lowell. The plan developed by
Ayers Saint Gross architects and campus planners incorporates two
patient bed towers 140 to 150 feet tall in the center of the campus off
the main Beverly Avenue entrance, medical office buildings and parking
garages under the medical offices...The campus plan also contains
significant open space on which TMC envisions creating walkways and
bicycle paths. Clinco said he liked the idea of a walkable campus open
to the surrounding community..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9zs7m
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Neighbors like look of TMC face-lift"
Author: Anne T. Denogean
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ANCHORAGE (AK) CITIZENS REVIEW DEVELOPMENT RULES

-> According to a June 28th Daily News article, "Today's release of the
city's revised development rules marks a milestone that follows years
of community planning intended to make Anchorage more attractive and
pedestrian-friendly. The new rules are intended to implement the city's
comprehensive plan, adopted by the Anchorage Assembly in 2002. Those
who have been involved, from real estate experts to community
activists, are eager to see the document. They have expectations about
how it could change Anchorage. Corner stores might pop up in
neighborhoods. Landscaping might dress up parking lots. Decorative
facades could spruce up storefronts. Houses would have fewer protruding
garages.

"Deteriorating homes may be replaced with duplexes or apartment
complexes, integrated with offices and stores and pocket parks. And
roads and trails, under the proposal, should connect neighborhoods
better. Planners were still putting together the revised version of
what's known as Title 21 late Monday afternoon. The public will have
months to comment on it. The planning department will revise it twice
more before the Assembly considers it next spring. Even if the new
rules are approved next year, Anchorage won't look different anytime
soon, said city planning director Tom Nelson. But, he said, if someone
looks back 20 years from now, they'll see change..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dwrwc
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/btz4m
Cost: Yes
Title: "City issues draft of land use rules"
Author: Anne Aurand
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LEXINGTON (MA) TO START SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> According to a June 30th Globe article, "Fed up with traffic and
hoping to promote walking, Lexington school officials and parents this
fall will encourage students to walk or bicycle to school as part of an
offshoot of a larger town initiative to improve the town's sidewalk
system. A pilot of the program, known as Safe Routes to Schools, is
scheduled to begin in September at Bridge Elementary School. School
officials are hoping to expand it to other schools in town later in the
school year. Organizers of the program plan to identify safe routes for
pedestrians and encourage parents to lead 'walking buses,' or groups of
students walking together accompanied by an adult, said Olga Guttag, a
School Committee member and member of the town's Sidewalk Committee.

"Guttag said establishing Safe Routes to School, modeled after a
program that began in Great Britain in 1995, could promote exercise,
help fight childhood obesity, build community spirit, and reduce long
lines of cars at schools. 'The fewer cars we get at drop-off and
pickup, the happier everybody is, and the safer will be all the
schoolchildren and faculty and parents,' Guttag said. Selectmen created
the Sidewalk Committee last fall after hearing complaints about the
lack of sidewalks from several residents..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bmgnc
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Walk-to-school push fueled by traffic tie-ups"
Author: Matt McDonald
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FERNDALE (MI) GETS BIKE LANES, ROAD DIET

-> According to a June 29th Detroit News article, "City officials have
improved the lot of cyclists on Ferndale's roads with eight miles of
new bike lanes put down a week ago in the city's continuing effort to
provide alternative modes of transportation, Councilman Craig Covey
said. The north-south bike lanes are located on Hilton from Eight Mile
to 10 Mile and Pinecrest from Eight Mile to the city's northern border
with Pleasant Ridge. Each road is marked on both sides with two miles
of lane striping.

"'This is our attempt of making our four-square mile city more
bicycle-friendly,' Covey said. 'Hopefully these lanes will aid in
getting people to rely less on their cars every time they need to go
somewhere. Increasing the amount of our residents' exercise in light of
Michigan's increasing obesity situation and helping cut down on
pollutants from gasoline were also factors.' Ferndale initially
acquired a grant to study the possibility of adding bike lanes on
Woodward to stretch to Pontiac but the endeavor would have been too
expensive. The current project cost $38,000. But not everyone is
pleased..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7ucjg
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Ferndale puts bikers on a new path"
Author: Delores Patterson
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PASTOR/PROF. TEACHES WALKABLE COMMUNITIES COURSE

-> According to a June 25th San Gabriel Valley Tribune article, "Eric
Jacobsen speaks passionately about things like sidewalks and store
fronts. But he's not an architect or a developer. He's an ordained
Presbyterian pastor who says city planning can have an important
influence on religious experience. Jacobsen is an advocate for New
Urbanism, the movement that calls for interdependence among residents
by promoting pedestrian-friendly streets, parks and town squares in
neighborhoods where shops and homes coexist. The values of New
Urbanism, whose national leaders gathered in Pasadena last week, are
consistent with those of Christianity and a possible antidote to the
isolation experienced by many churches and Christians, Jacobsen said.

"Jacobsen, 38, wrote the book 'Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism
and the Christian Faith.' He is studying for his Ph.D. in theology of
the built environment at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is now
teaching the school's first class on the subject...Jacobsen is one of a
growing number of Christian leaders nationally who are thinking
theologically about urban design and applying its principles to the
church. They advocate for New Urbanist concepts that force people to
share with one another, dwell among their neighbors and allow for a
healthy exchange of ideas..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7zxqy
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/coenb
Cost: Yes
Title: "Urban planning, with Christian values"
Author: Marshall Allen
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BARRING (CA) MAKING WALKABLE/BIKEABLE PLANS

-> According to a June 28th Riverside Press-Enterprise article,
"Banning may soon have more areas where residents can enjoy a stroll in
the city. The goal is to get some of the changes implemented within a
year, with the help of a group of people willing to make Banning a
walkable community, Councilwoman Barbara Hanna said. The effort is part
of series of workshops held throughout the county as part of a
California Department of Health Services $5,000 grant to the Riverside
County Department of Public Health. The group met for a first-phase
meeting Monday. Twenty-three city officials and community members
walked through some streets, taking notes on problem areas for
pedestrians. Many streets in the city do not have sidewalks.

"Constructing wide sidewalks, planting trees and restripping streets
near school zones would benefit residents while leaving the 'old-time
feel,' many said. The effort to make Banning a more walkable community
could have health benefits for residents, according to participants.
'Sixty-two percent of adults statewide are overweight or obese and
about one of three (children),' said Sandy Jackson, injury prevention
services and program coordinator with the Riverside County Department
of Public Health. Streets with sidewalks is an important priority for
Banning High School Principal Jim Broncatello. On an average day, about
200 students walk to and from school and cross the train tracks, he
said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d4j6a
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/aukwo
Cost: Yes
Title: "More walking zones planned"
Author: Sandra Baltazar Martinez
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FAIRFIELD (OH) MIXES HOUSES, SHOPS, TRAILS, SIDEWALKS

-> According to a June 29th Cincinnati Enquirer article, "A 7.5-acre
site abutting Village Green could become a mixed-use neighborhood under
a concept plan developer Rex Richardson has proposed. Olde Fairfield
would be developed on a site commonly known as the Wheeler Property,
which contains three acres of hillsides, a creek, a Texas Gas pipeline
easement and a city easement for Old U.S. 127. Those challenges,
Richardson says, work well into what he envisions for the neighborhood:
a community geared to those 55 years and older that includes storefront
professional and 'mom and pop' businesses with housing above, Carriage
Row homes featuring Georgetown and Charleston architecture, 'treeside'
homes and single-family detached ranches. Prices would range between
$200,000 and $300,000.

"'All the architecture is New England, Georgetown, Charleston and
southern New England with second floor balconies and fences out front,'
Richardson said. 'There will be lots of plants, flowers, and trees.' A
system of walkways and bikeways would tie the neighborhood to Village
Green. 'We've designed this to make sure everything relates well to one
another,' said Richardson, managing partner of Olde Fairfield LLC.
'It's all walkable.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d77be
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/akyrq
Cost: Yes
Title: "'Olde Fairfield' mixes housing"
Author: Sue Kiesewetter
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JULY 4TH SPECIAL: EXERCISING IN SUMMER'S HEAT!

-> According to a June 30th WebMD article, "The weather in your area
may be a plus or a minus when it comes to exercise. Sure, you can
exercise year-round inside. And many people brave hot, cold, rainy, or
snowy conditions to be active. But the weather can still make a
difference, new research shows.

"The CDC advises getting at least half an hour of moderate intensity
physical activity five or more days per week. According to the CDC,
moderate-intensity physical activity includes walking at a brisk pace,
biking on a level terrain, using a stationary bicycle, aerobic dancing,
or water aerobics..."

Here's their five top-ranked areas, with the percentage of people
meeting moderate physical activity guidelines:

Follow the link to see the whole list.
Source: http://tinyurl.com/ar375
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Too Hot and Humid to Exercise?"
Author: Miranda Hitti
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

SURF'S WAY UP AT THE SWIMMING POOL

-> "The powerful, curling waves that draw surfers to the beaches of
Hawaii, California and Australia will soon be breaking inland, thanks
to a novel shape-shifting rubber reef that can be fitted to the floor
of a swimming pool...[Until] now, creating waves big enough for people
to learn to surf on has been out of the question. The Versareef,
developed by New Zealand companies ASR and Surf Pools, looks set to
change all that...The Versareef will generate four types of wave, named
after the places in which they are typically found: Hawaii, Indonesia,
California and Australia..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b4bo2


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

CHAPEL HILL (NC) VIEWS UNC RESEARCH CAMPUS PLAN

-> "The Village Project, an organization dedicated to walkable,
sustainable and environmentally friendly communities, designed its
concept plan in response to concerns it heard from citizens of Carrboro
and Chapel Hill about the project..."
http://tinyurl.com/dkluw

RANDOLPH (MA) MAY BAN DOWNTOWN FAST FOOD

-> "'We are looking at creating a walkable, pedestrian-friendly
downtown and not a cement, automobile-driven strip of fast-food
restaurants, banks, and liquor stores,' said Michelle Tyler, a member
of the local Master Plan Implementation Committee, which proposed the
zoning change..."
http://tinyurl.com/72qls

CARTHAGE (NY) YOUTH CLUB STUDIES OBESITY

-> "Today the Ronald McDonald's House Charities of Northern New York
announced a $15,000 grant to help launch the study and program..."
http://tinyurl.com/9d5h8

WORKING OUT BUGS IN CHICAGO METRA BIKE PROGRAM

-> "'A lot of people are using it,' said Randy Warren, program director
for the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. 'They've really appreciated it
from the very first day. But we've had a few snags.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/94b4o

ANN ARBOR (MI) FOLKS ASKED TO ENVISION FUTURE

-> "The Ann Arbor City Council last month commissioned Calthorpe
Associates, a nationally recognized urban design and planning firm, to
prepare a study and conduct public meetings for the planning of
downtown development..."
http://tinyurl.com/czx6g (registration required)

TYSONS CORNER (VA) PED PLANS FACE ROUTE 7 BARRIER

-> "'It's crazy,' said John Hampton, 35, a shipping and receiving
supervisor, after having half-sprinted across diagonally between the
Toys R Us and the McDonald's one morning last week. 'You could get
killed out there.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/7scy4

OREGON TESTS BY-THE-MILE ROADWAY TAX

"The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will soon employ
high-tech equipment that will charge drivers for the miles they travel
rather than the amount of gasoline they consume. This is the first in a
number of steps Oregon is considering to replace the gas tax as the
primary revenue source for Oregon roads..."
http://tinyurl.com/do348

73-YEAR-OLD PED FIGHTS OFF DOG-THIEVING CYCLIST

-> "As he rode away, the woman swung her book bag, knocking the man off
his bike, then kicked him in the groin and reclaimed her dog and her
bag..."
http://tinyurl.com/7eu3u

SALT LAKE CITY (UT) PLANNER HIGH ON WALKABILITY

-> "[Salt Lake City Mayor] Rocky Anderson may have found a kindred
spirit in his new city planner..."
http://tinyurl.com/a8ut7

WASILLA (AK) AREA DOWN TO ONE BIKE SHOP

-> "It's the last bicycle repair shop in the Valley now that the owner
of Wildfire Designs in Palmer has taken a job with Matanuska-Susitna
Borough rather than, as he says, try to resurrect one more department
store bicycle..."
http://tinyurl.com/8zor7

WORCESTER (MA) TO BULLDOZE DOWNTOWN MALL

-> "The project will cover some 21 acres and bring a mix of retail,
office, medical and residential development to the center of downtown,
removing a 30-year-old outlet mall and reconnecting several streets in
downtown to create a more walkable and vibrant cityscape..."
http://tinyurl.com/awz5j

CONTRA COSTA CO. (CA) LINKS TRANS & LAND USE

-> "How we build determines how well our transportation system works.
Contra Costa voters know this. That's why Measure J passed last fall.
It requires cities and the county to develop and pass a voter-approved
urban limit line if they want transportation funding..."
http://tinyurl.com/bzz5w

MASON (OH) MOVING AHEAD WITH $2M DOWNTOWN SPRUCE-UP

-> "Construction of new sidewalks, landscaping and decorative
streetlights could start next spring. Some business owners already have
begun sprucing up their exteriors..."
http://tinyurl.com/85gnx

KUNSTLER PUBLISHES "SURVIVING OIL AGE" BOOK

-> "The tone of his new book is urgent, as the subtitle suggests:
'Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging
Catastrophes of the 21st Century.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/a852r

OBESITY TAKES HEAVY TOLL ON THE MILITARY

-> "Weight issues plague all branches of the military, from elite
Marines to the Air Force, often lampooned as the 'chair force' because
of its many sedentary jobs..."
http://tinyurl.com/8rjeg


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

-> "NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS & SIDEWALK CONNECTIONS..."
"...What Are the Impacts on Travel Mode Choice and Vehicle Emissions?;"
by Ewing, Forinash, & Schroeer; TRNews 237, March-April 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/7nk8q

-> "PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS..."
"...Harmonizing Our Internal and External Landscapes;" paper by
Catherine O'Brien, Ph.D., prepared for Rethinking Development: 2nd
International Conference on Gross National Happiness, Antigonish, Nova
Scotia, Canada; June 2005
http://tinyurl.com/ad95f

"SAFE ROUTES FOR CHILDREN..."

"...What They Want and What Works;" article by Paul Osborne; Children,
Youth and Environments 15(1): 234-239; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/7pyb8

"NEIGHBORHOOD INFLUENCES ON CHILD INJURY RISK"

Article by Reading, Haynes & Shenassa; Children, Youth and Environments
15(1): 165-185; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/d5hf2

"NEIGHBORHOODS AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT"

Article by Boardman & Saint Onge; Children, Youth and Environments
15(1): 138-164; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/dqvzs

"CHILDREN'S FRIENDSHIP WITH PLACE..."

"...A Conceptual Inquiry;" article by Sudeshna Chatterjee; Children,
Youth and Environments 15(1): 1-26; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/cq4dt


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

July 26-27, 2005, Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference, St. Paul
MN. Info: Rory Robinson, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance,
IN Projects Manager, 2179 Everett Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264; phone:
(330) 657-2951; fax: (330) 657-2955; email: <Rory_Robinson@nps.gov>
http://www.railtrails.org/

July 27-30, 2005, TrailLink 2005, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. Info: Katie
Magers, RTC media coordinator; phone: (202-974-5115); e-mail:
<katie@railtrails.org>
http://www.railtrails.org

August 26-28, 2005, Thunderhead Training, Decatur (Atlanta), GA. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

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 -- NTEC COORDINATOR -- RTC, WASH. D.C.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy seeks a Program Coordinator to operate the
National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse out of its
Washington, D.C. office. The Program Coordinator works with the Federal
Highway Administration to provide information about the Transportation
Enhancements (TE) program to the public, TE program managers, and TE
project sponsors. Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree and two
years professional experience in a field related to
transportation, public policy, or the environment. Deadline to apply
7/8/05. For more information visit
http://www.railtrails.org/info/employment.asp


-> 2 JOBS -- BIKE BAKERSFIELD (BAKERSFIELD, CA)
Bike Bakersfield is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote
bicycling as a part of everyday life for Bakersfield residents. Bike
Bakersfield is composed of a variety of stakeholders envisioning a
Bakersfield in which bicycling flourishes as a fun, healthy, and safe
means of transportation.

Bike Bakersfield has an initial startup grant for staffing as well as
an office space. We are now launching a fundraising campaign to gain
individual, business, non-profit, and governmental grants and donations
to fund a comprehensive outreach, educational, and marketing campaign
to promote bicycling in Bakersfield through a variety of activities,
presentations, programs, and events within the community.

-> EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Executive Director will have the following primary responsibilities:

  1. Implementing the programmatic goals of Bike Bakersfield which
    include a bicycle education program, a multi-media marketing campaign,
    a bicycle giveaway program, a newsletter and website, and organizing
    Bakersfield Bike Month in May 2006, etc.
  2. Representing Bike Bakersfield to government agencies, other
    non-profit organizations, businesses, and other community stakeholders,
    as well as working in coordination with the Bike Bakersfield Board of
    Directors

Preferred Characteristics and Experience:

Salary offered will be commensurate with experience.

-> FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR
The Fundraising Director will have the following primary
responsibilities

  1. Creating promotional materials to give to potential donors
  2. Developing relationships through meetings, presentations, lunches,
    and phone-calls between Bike Bakersfield and potential donors
  3. Writing grant proposals to secure funding for Bike Bakersfield

Preferred Characteristics and Experience

Salary offered will be commensurate with experience.


If you are interested in either of these two positions, contact Bob
Smith at <bikebakersfield@yahoo.com>


-> JOB -- EDUCATION PGM MGR -- TX BICYCLE COALITION
Title: SuperCyclists Education Program Manager
Salary: commensurate to experience and education
Location: Austin, Texas
The primary responsibility of the SuperCyclists Education Program
Manager is to recruit and register teachers for the half day workshop
which certifies them as SuperCyclist Instructors. This training equips
them with the tools necessary to teach the 15 lesson SuperCyclists bike
and pedestrian safety curriculum. The SuperCyclists Education Program
Manager coordinates the training and supports training staff in the
field. Some travel is required. Experience as a cyclist is preferred.

The qualified applicant will possess:

Submit resume to: http://saferoutestoschool@biketexas.org


-> 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:
Deadline July 8, 2005. For the full announcement, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/7hlg7



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