#127 Friday, July 15, 2005
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|Final Federal Trans. Bill Just Days Away!|
|NCBW Concludes Busiest Workshop Season Ever|
|Delightful Places Survey Runs Through July 22|
|Thunderhead Offers Training re: New Bike/Ped $$|
|FHWA's Rec. Trails Pgm. Debuts Revised Website|
|Bikes Belong Creates Safe Bicycling Fund|
|Injury Crashes 4X More Likely For Cell Phone Drivers|
|Philly (PA) Univ Gets $530K Streetscape Grant|
|Chicago (IL) Mayor Touts Bike Progress|
|Lynchburg (VA) Studies Ped-Friendly Plans|
|Sierra Club's Holtzclaw Links Density, Walkability|
|Penn. Turnpike Comm. Unveils $2.6M Path Plans|
|Elk Grove (CA) Principal Starts "Safe Routes" Pgm.|
|EPA Gives Smart Growth Grants to 5 Communities|
|Erlanger (KY) Launches "Step Forward" Pgm.|
|BET's Jeff Johnson Explores Obesity in Black America|
|James City (VA) Pedestrians Seek Safe Crossings|
|Chicago (IL) Closes Mid-Block Xing to Move Traffic|
|Dutch Study: Obese Women Fitter than Obese Men|
-> According to a July 11th America Bikes alert, "Final agreement on
the federal transportation bill is only days away. The House and Senate
are back in session today following the July 4th recess, and the
committee members and their staffs are working hard on the final
details of the transportation bill. They are working against a tight
deadline -- the July 19th expiration of the extension of TEA-21. We do
not know the status of bicycling and walking provisions, but as soon as
we do know we'll get that information to you.
"If you haven't had the chance to make a final call to your members of
Congress about the importance of including bicycling and walking
provisions in the bill, now is the time to do so. As we stated in last
week's update, we are suggesting that you mention one or all of these
"We'll let you know as soon as we have any news about the final status
of the bill, and the bicycling and walking provisions. You can reach
your members by calling the capital switchboard at (202) 224-3121..."
For more information (including regular updates), go to:
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-> NCBW’s Walkable Community Workshop (WCW) program wrapped
its 2005 spring season after conducting 15 weeks of workshops.
More than 100 4-hour workshops were presented in communities
across the country, involving some 2,000 participants who got the
chance to help shape the transportation picture in their towns and
Thanks to its many partners, Round 3 workshops were held in:
Bakersfield, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Spartanburg, SC; Dayton, OH;
Volusia County, FL; Medford, OR; Dover and Wilmington, DE;
Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, MO; Tampa, FL; Fayetteville, NC;
Indianapolis, IN; Guelph and Centre Wellington, Ontario, Canada.
NCBW trainers also offered a series of ten workshops in communities
throughout Maryland under a sponsorship agreement with the Maryland
Highway Safety Office (MDHSO).
“The workshops not only covered a variety of communities, but they
took on a diversity of styles,” said Bob Chauncey, NCBW’s project
director for the workshop series. “While most adhered to the traditional
pattern of 4-hour workshops to a cross-section of community members,
some of the workshops were presented in the evenings, to encourage
broader community participation. Several workshops focused on
professional staff, such as planners, engineers and public health
officials, while others were targeted to specific segments of the local
community, such as business leaders and seniors.”
Chauncey added that virtually all of the workshops received media
coverage, from interviews with local papers and on-camera interviews
for local TV stations to a 90-minute panel discussion on pedestrian
and bicyclist issues with an NCBW trainer, a city councilperson, and
a public health official , broadcast on Canadian television.
Bill Wilkinson, NCBW’s executive director, said he was quite pleased
with the season’s activities. “All of the NCBW partners did an outstanding
job in presenting the workshops to their communities, but the workshops
are just the first step,” said Wilkinson. “We need to take advantage of
the enthusiasm generated by the workshops to begin to effect the
changes so fervently advocated by workshop participants. Much of the
effort for this change needs to come from within the communities.”
NCBW trainers will offer a smaller Round 4 series of workshops this fall,
and then hit the trail again in spring 2005 with Round 5. Applications for
the spring 2006 series are being accepted through August 19. You’ll find
the application package at:
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-> In collaboration with Dr. Catherine O'Brien, the National Center for
Bicycling and Walking is currently running the Delightful Places Survey.
"Research is proving that happiness is good for our health and
well-being," says O'Brien. "We would like to better understand
what natural or designed features create positive feelings in people."
"If you have already completed the Delightful Places Survey,
thank you very much," write's Dr. O'Brien. "Some people have told us
that they have many delightful places and wondered if they could
fill out the survey more than once. Please feel free to choose a
second delightful place and complete the survey again if you wish.
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." One surprise
comment came in from Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota, Colombia,
from 1998-2001: "Catherine, I think your concept of delightful is
wonderful. I really believe we will have to re-do our living environments
over the next hundred years."
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
You'll find the on-line survey at:
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-> According to a July 13th Thunderhead Alliance news release, "With
only days remaining before the signing of the federal transportation
bill, the Thunderhead Alliance is ready to tap these new funds through
its member organizations for bicycling and walking. Thunderhead's 2005
professional development series sets leaders of bicycle and pedestrian
advocacy organizations to work on campaigns that leverage their
Congressional and other governmental connections to ensure that
government funding goes towards projects and programs that increase
bicycling and walking as they decrease crashes."
Major sponsors of the 2005 professional development series Thunderhead
Trainings are: Planet Bike, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking,
and the National Bicycle Dealers Association. Other sponsors include
Fuji, SRAM and Saris.
"The Thunderhead Training gave me a how-to kit for influencing public
policy," said Gary Wysocky, President of the Sonoma County Bicycle
Coalition after the recent Thunderhead Training in Portland, Oregon.
"Far from advocates just sitting around telling war stories, the
Training taught me methods and tactics which I have used on a regular
basis. We made it board policy that at least one board member each year
attend a Thunderhead Training."
"The next Thunderhead Training will include specifics on how leaders of
organizations can tap funding in the federal transportation bill," said Sue
Knaup, Thunderhead's executive director. "This includes new funding for
Safe Routes to Schools and safety funding specifically for improving
bicycle and pedestrian safety." The training session is scheduled for
August 26-28 in Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta.
For more information, contact Knaup at 928-541-984,or email her at
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, or visit:
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-> In the July 13th Recreational Trails Program News, the Federal
Highway Administration's Christopher Douwes said, "We updated the RTP
website homepage with a somewhat revised look (new pictures, reduced
some white space), and we added an RTP News archive. That way, somebody
can remind me 3 months later to tell me: 'see what you told us!' Of
course, it goes both ways..."
The site may be viewed here:
The News archive is here:
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-> "I have a favorite saying about transportation: 'If you plan cities
for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people
and places, you get people and places.' It sounds obvious, but when I
make this point to audiences around the country, it's a real
eye-opener. They love it. The power of this simple idea is that it
reflects basic truths that are rarely acknowledged. One such truth is
that more traffic and road capacity are not the inevitable result of
growth. They are in fact the product of very deliberate choices that
have been made (for us, not by us) to shape our communities around the
private automobile. We as a society have the ability to make different
choices--starting with the decision to design our streets as
comfortable places for people..."
--Fred Kent, Project for Public Spaces
-> "If new cars averaged 45 miles per gallon and new light trucks
(SUVs) averaged 34 miles per gallon, we would save 1,507 gallons of gas
--Source: July 13th issue of the Conservation Law Foundation's
-> According to a July 13th Bicycle Newswire story, "Bikes Belong
announced today the creation of the Paul David Clark Bicycling Safety
Fund to improve cycling safety and awareness and to honor cyclists who
have been injured or killed in bicycle-related accidents. The fund is
dedicated to Paul David Clark, a San Francisco attorney who was killed
on April 26, 2005, while riding on a mountain road near Livermore,
California. Clark was struck head-on by a pickup truck that crossed the
centerline. Paul Clark was an avid cyclist, kayaker and diver who did
everything possible to minimize recreational risks and play safe. He
provided pro bono legal service to the Natural Resources Defense
Council and Trust for Public Land to give back to society and to
protect the natural world he loved. Paul's family and friends,
including his brother Blair Clark -- a bike industry veteran who is the
senior vice president of Smith Sport Optics in Ketchum, Idaho -- are
initiating the fund with the guidance of Bikes Belong.
"The police report indicated Paul Clark was hit as he was pedaling
properly near the edge of the road. The case remains under
investigation by the Alameda County district attorney. Although the
police report recommended that charges be filed against the truck
driver, none have been initiated as of this writing. While an accident
recreation specialist was investigating the scene, a local driver
approached John Clark (Paul's youngest brother) and callously said,
'Bike riders don't belong on these roads. This is not a playground.
Your brother has ruined my neighbor's life because he has to live with
this accident.' By supporting cycling safety projects and building
understanding through the Clark Fund, Bikes Belong ultimately seeks to
change driver's and cyclist's attitudes alike. Although bicyclists have
a legal right to share the road (and an obligation to follow all
traffic regulations), many motorists believe bicycles belong only on
sidewalks and multi-use paths..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "Bikes Belong Creates Fund to Encourage Safe Bicycling"
For more information, go to:
To donate, send a check to:
The Paul David Clark Bicycling Safety Fund
1301 Canyon Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80302
Acct #: 2040130516
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-> According to a Casper Star Tribune article, "Drivers using cellular
phones are four times as likely to get into a crash that can cause
injuries serious enough to send them to the hospital, said an insurance
study released Tuesday. Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety suggests that using a hands-free device instead of a hand-held
phone while behind the wheel will not necessarily improve safety. The
institute said it was the first attempt to estimate whether phone use
increases the risk of an injury crash in automobiles. 'You'd think
using a hands-free phone would be less distracting, so it wouldn't
increase crash risk as much as using a hand-held phone. But we found
that either phone type increased the risk,' said Anne McCartt, one of
the study's authors and the institute's vice president for research.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that male
and female drivers had the same increase in risk from using a phone,
along with drivers who are older and younger than age 30.
"With more motorists dialing and driving than ever, lawmakers have
tried to find ways of reducing driver distraction. New York, New Jersey
and the District of Columbia prohibit talking on hand-held cell phones
while driving. In Connecticut, drivers will have to use hands-free
devices beginning on Oct. 1. Some cities, such as Chicago, Santa Fe,
N.M., and Brookline, Mass., require hands-free devices in automobiles.
But eight states -- Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada,
New York, Oklahoma and Oregon -- prevent local governments from
restricting cell phone use in motor vehicles, according to the National
Conference of State Legislatures. The study found an overall fourfold
increase in injury crashes when drivers were using cell phones.
Researchers said there were substantially more drivers who were using
their phones when they crashed compared with other similar periods of
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7phk7
Title: "Study: Drivers using cell phones four times as likely to crash"
Author: Ken Thomas
Here's a link to the IIHS website:
And the British Medical Journal article:
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-> According to a July 14th Weekly Press article, "The Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently presented University of
the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) with $530,420 in Hometown Streets
funding to help support the University's Woodland Avenue Streetscapes
project. The University is planning to link its various facilities to
create a more contiguous campus by utilizing standardized paving
elements and colors.
"The streetscapes project will focus its most noteworthy improvements
on both the north and south sides of Woodland Avenue, between 42nd and
45th streets, where USP's campus is located. Existing curbs and public
sidewalks in the area will be replaced and will include safety features
such as widening of walkways, realignment of major pedestrian
thoroughfares to reduce jay walking, demarcation of trolley and bus
stops with safe pedestrian waiting areas, and other traffic calming
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/djsdj
Title "University of the Sciences in Philadelphia receives Hometown
Streets grant from PennDOT"
Author: Robert Christian
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-> According to a July 12th Casper Star Tribune article, "Mayors from
Chicago to Seattle traded ideas for cutting pollution and making their
cities more livable at the final day of a conference on global warming.
Richard M. Daley of Chicago gave other mayors a how-to session Tuesday
on absorbing combustion emissions with extensive gardens throughout his
city -- from the ground to the rooftops. 'All of our major big boxes
have to do green roofs,' Daley said at actor Robert Redford's Sundance
mountain resort just east of Provo. 'When big boxes come to see us, we
change their architecture. ... Everything's a planned development.'
"Daley boasted about having a locker- and shower-equipped bicycle
station, 10,000 bike racks throughout his city, plans to install
solar-thermal collectors atop city buildings and a large fleet of
hybrid and natural gas-powered vehicles. 'When a city is designed for
the environment, it looks better. It feels better,' he said..."
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7phk7
Title: "Mayors showcase Chicago, Seattle as 'green' cities"
Author: Paul Foy
For more about the conference:
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-> According to a July 14th News & Advance article, "After roughly six
months, the Midtown study that Lynchburg residents helped pay nearly
$190,000 for is complete. Florida-based planning firm Dover, Kohl &
Partners' task was to show city officials how to make a fading area
vibrant again. The finished product, which council members and planning
commissioners will discuss Tuesday, takes the focus away from cars and
pays more attention to pedestrian needs. It recommends preserving the
area's history while making sure people of any income can live there...
"The center of Midtown is The Plaza, which has been on the decline ever
since River Ridge mall opened in the 1980s. Dover, Kohl & Partners
sought to transform the underused and expansive parking lot into a
network of streets that look a lot like a downtown grid, perhaps
cobblestone. 'A variety of housing options are included in the plan,
including mid-rise apartments, row houses and condominiums,' the plan
says. The Plaza would be emphatically mixed use, according to the
study, meaning there would be buildings where people can work, shop,
eat and live. The study also says the nearby existing streets should be
turned into a downtown-style setting..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "Study cites need for pedestrian areas"
Author: Conor Reilly
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-> According to an article in the July/Aug. New Urban News,
"Researchers presented findings at the Congress for the New Urbanism
annual conference that show substantial energy savings from
higher-density urbanism -- greater savings than can be achieved from
the US government Energy Star program. In a panel on Climate Change and
the Built Environment, John Holtzclaw of the Sierra Club and Jennifer
Henry of the US Green Building Council reported that density and
transit connections could significantly reduce greenhouse gases and the
nation's use of gasoline. 'New Urbanism is the magic that can bring
about a substantial reduction in the driving that we do,' Holtzclaw
"In a telephone interview with New Urban News, Holtzclaw explained, 'it
doesn't require browbeating people into driving less. All you have to
do is create the conditions so people can do things by foot -- and they
will do things by foot.' Density is a proxy for urbanism, Holtzclaw
said, because most of the higher-density neighborhoods in the US were
built prior to World War II, the watershed event between urban and
suburban development. One hopeful conclusion from research by Holtzclaw
and others is that even relatively small improvements in density and
transit availability -- a combination of factors sometimes called
location efficiency -- yield sizable reductions in auto use. The
Potential Energy Savings from Density graph at right shows the steepest
curve occurring between the baseline of 3 units per acre and 18 units
per acre. Even doubling density to 6 units per acre saves more energy
per household than Energy Star, on average..."
Archive search: use "Individual Issues" link
Title: "Urbanism holds promise for reducing energy use"
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-> According to a July 10th Post-Gazette article, "Water drips from the
peeling concrete roofs. Pieces of that concrete, from small chips to
Frisbee-size chunks, litter the tunnel floors. Patches of graffiti mark
the walls, the most obscene of it covered by layer after layer of white
paint. In one tunnel, Sideling Hill, it is so dark in the middle of its
6,791 feet that you can't see your hand in front of your face. In the
other, Rays Hill, a beam of light shows through the 3,512 feet, guiding
riders and walkers to the outside. The tunnels and the old road that
runs through them were once fixtures on the first superhighway in the
United States. Now they're headed for a second life as what planners
hope will become some of the most-traveled bike trails in the nation.
"When the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission opened the roadway in 1940,
it had no idea how popular the thruway would become. By 1968, traffic
jammed as it wound from two lanes in each direction to one through the
tunnels, which are four miles apart. The turnpike commission relocated
its highway to bypass Sideling and Rays and abandoned an 11-mile
stretch of road that contained them. In 2001, the Southern Alleghenies
Conservancy bought 8.5 miles of the old blacktop to create the Pike 2
Bike trail. A master plan for the trail will be unveiled Wednesday,
calling for improvements ranging from lighting the tunnel, to repaving
one lane of travel, to creating trailheads, signage and bathrooms, all
at an estimated cost of $2.66 million. No completion date has been
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cje8n
Title: "State plans to recycle old turnpike sections into bike trail"
Author: Paula Reed Ward
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-> According to a July 10th Contra Costa Times article, "Patrick
Dolinar was inspired. Fresh from a conference on getting kids to walk
to school, the vice principal at Ellen Feickert Elementary in Elk Grove
was percolating with ideas. The day after the meeting ended Dolinar
asked 524 of his students a simple question. How do you get to school?
The results shocked him. About 80 percent of the kids arrived
individually by car. An additional 72 arrived in car pools. Only 26
walked. Four rode bikes. 'That just blew me away,' Dolinar said. Now it
was time to put into practice what Dolinar had learned at Wendi
Kallins' conference. One of seven 'walkability' experts in California,
Kallins focuses on schools and the kids who attend them. She was in Elk
Grove recently conducting a workshop for more than 30 Elk Grove Unified
administrators, teachers and parents on how to get children heading to
school in the morning out of cars and onto the sidewalks.
"Three decades ago, 66 percent of U.S. children walked to school,
federal statistics show. Today, the number is around 13 percent.
Kallins is trying to change those numbers. 'I thought maybe we can get
to the problem before it gets started by working with kids,' Kallins
said. 'It's a matter of developing new patterns -- getting people to
branch out in how they are getting their kids to school.' So she
founded Safe Routes to Schools, a Marin County group that encourages
students to walk or bike to school. The recent seminar was the first of
several programs across the state sponsored by the California Center
for Physical Activity, a state agency under the state Department of
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dlfk7
Title: "Educators try to reverse trend of fewer kids walking to school"
Author: Elizabeth Hume
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-> According to a July 8th Environment News Service article, "Five
communities in Maryland, New Mexico, Wyoming, Rhode Island and Idaho
have been chosen to receive assistance from a team of private sector
national experts in planning for future growth. The locations include
cities, inner suburbs and small towns. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) will direct ICF Consulting to organize
multi-disciplinary teams to provide the communities with tools and
resources to find innovative ways of sustaining environmentally
sensitive growth and economic progress.
"The five communities were selected from 56 communities from 28 states
that applied for the EPA's first Smart Growth Implementation Assistance
Request for Applications this spring. The agency says it is receiving a
growing number of requests for technical assistance in planning for
The communities chosen for Smart Growth assistance are:
-- College Park, MD: (revitalize Route 1 into vibrant, mixed-use area
with pedestrian-oriented, infill development)
-- Taos, NM: (obtain community input on design, development issues
along the 3.3-mile Paseo del Pueblo Sur (State Highway 68) corridor)
-- Cheyenne, WY: (create new walkable development and provides housing
-> Aquidneck Island, RI: (confirm the island's redevelopment master
plan goals align with municipal codes and ordinances)
-- McCall, ID: (gather public input on proposals to encourage growth in
three village centers along roadway and identify necessary code and
For more information, see: http://tinyurl.com/8jspc
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/d6wur
Title: "Smart Growth Help Awarded to Five Communities"
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-> According to a July 14th Record article, "Erlanger will host its
first-ever Friendship City 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at
the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library. The race was
created to bring the community together, showcase newly installed
sidewalks and help introduce the Step Forward, Erlanger project, which
is part of a national initiative to make more walkable communities and
connect people through physical activity, City Administrator Bill
Scheyer said. 'We want to give people the motivation to get out there
and walk,' he said. 'It will introduce the overall (Step Forward,
Erlanger) program and the route that loops the library.'
"The race will begin and end at the Erlanger branch library on Kenton
Lands Road. The route begins in the parking lot, proceeds left on
Hulbert Avenue, left on Division Street, right on Lake Street, right on
Clay Street, left on Hulbert Avenue, left on Erlanger Road, left on
Crescent Avenue, left onto the sidewalk at Kenton Lands Road and
finishes with a final left to the library and finish line. Families and
individuals of all ages can sign up for the race, Community Development
Coordinator Kathy Cahill said. Awards and divisions will be based on
ages. Proceeds from the registration fees will benefit the Step
Forward, Erlanger program. 'This program is important to the city,'
Cahill said. 'We want to do our part to keep the community
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/934d7
Title: "Race will showcase program, streets"
Author: Sarah Hardee
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-> According to a July 14th Thug Life Army article, "Dubbed as the
voice for a new generation, Jeff Johnson of the Cousin Jeff Chronicles
on [Black Entertainment Television (BET)], raises social and political
awareness in young people by touching on subjects relevant to their
culture and environment. Whether sharing his political expertise on BET
or elsewhere, Jeff captivates audiences with his distinctive ability to
fuel dialogue and examine various points of view. Jeff was first
introduced to BET viewers as a frequent guest on the popular hip-hop
and rap music program 'RAP CITY.' But Jeff is no stranger to political
forums. He is the former Vice President of Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop
Summit Action Network and the former National Director of the NAACP
Youth and College Division...
"On July 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, BET Premieres the Second Hardhitting
Topic of the Cousin Jeff Chronicles and It's a Big Deal -- Host Jeff
Johnson will explore the dangers of obesity in Black America. The CDC
States that 60% of African-American men and 80% of African-American
women can be considered overweight or obese. Studies go further to show
that both Black and Latino youth are becoming obese at three times the
rate of non-minority children. On July 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, host Jeff
Johnson reveals the disturbing statistics and personal stories of
African Americans battling obesity. Episode III of THE COUSIN JEFF
CHRONICLES follows the everyday struggles of a 14-year old teenager who
weighs over 300 pounds, capturing every step of her overwhelming battle
with weight loss. Tune in to gain expert advice from Lynn Swann,
Chairman of the Presidents Council of Physical Fitness and Sports;
Stephan Thomas, Director of Minority Health at the University of
Pittsburgh; and others as we take a first-hand look at health
implications connected with obesity and what can be done as a
community to help solve it..."
For more information, visit BET Web site: http://www.bet.com/
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Title: "Hip-Hop Culture Awareness Via Jeff Johnson"
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-> According to a July 7th Daily Press article, "Susan Mulholland
didn't think she was walking her children into a danger zone. Standing
on the north side of Monticello Avenue, she could see the slide and the
colorful rooftops of the Kidsburg park across the street. When she saw
a break in traffic, she hurried across Monticello toward the park with
her husband, her 3-year-old daughter and her 5-year-old son. They were
almost halfway across when she saw cars coming faster than she
expected. Her husband backtracked across the road with their
3-year-old; Mulholland was stranded on the median with their 5-year-old
as cars rushed past. Shaken, her family cut their Sunday morning walk
short. 'There is no point in that signal cycle where pedestrians can
cross,' she said as she pointed to the intersection of Monticello and
News Road where the incident happened last summer.
"She lives in a house behind Monticello Marketplace, the busy shopping
center that houses Target and Ukrop's. 'So people drive a half a mile
to the park,' she said. The bustling stretch of Monticello from
Ironbound Road to News Road needs more pedestrian crossings, said
Mulholland and other local citizens. The Monticello and News Road
intersection has no pedestrian crossings planned, said county
development manager John Horne. The county asked the Virginia
Department of Transportation to paint crosswalks at Monticello and News
a few months ago, but a crosswalk there would not be safe because it
wouldn't stop traffic, said Jim Brewer, a VDOT spokesman for the
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/c4vkp
Title: "Safe passage sought for walkers"
Author: Carol Scott
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-> According to a July 14th Chicago Tribune article, "The Lake Shore
Drive crosswalk connecting Buckingham Fountain to the Queen's Landing
lakefront promenade has been closed, a move critics and tourists say
shows the city favors drivers over pedestrians. The stoplight just east
of the exquisite fountain -- visited by more than 5 million people
annually -- was quietly removed before the Taste of Chicago festival to
help traffic flow more freely, officials said...'It's disappointing
because Buckingham Fountain is a centerpiece of our tourist industry,
and I definitely think walking and biking should be higher priorities
than driving cars,' said Valerie DePriest of Oak Park, who was
bicycling with a friend through Grant Park...
"Improving pedestrian safety did not directly figure in the decision to
close the crosswalk because few accidents occur at the location,
according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. But city
transportation officials say they need to move increasing volumes of
traffic more efficiently through the downtown area, including on
east-west streets that feed off of Lake Shore Drive. Pedestrians can
still cross Lake Shore Drive in Grant Park at Monroe Jackson and Balbo
Drives and 11th Street, they said..."
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/773w
Title: "Why would the pedestrian cross Lake Shore Drive?"
Author: Jon Hilkevitch
For an advocate's view of Lake Shore Drive, go to:
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-> According to a July 11th Macon Daily article, "Obese men may be less
physically fit than obese women, perhaps because they are more likely
to have diabetes or pre-diabetes and tend to have more abdominal fat,
Dutch researchers reported Monday. A study of 56 morbidly obese men and
women waiting for weight-reduction surgery showed that although the men
and women in general were just as overweight, the women were better
able to tolerate exercise. This is probably because of how their body
fat was distributed, the team at Hospital Reinier de Graaf in Groep,
"And this, in turn, could be a factor of how they process sugar and
other simple carbohydrates, the researchers said. They found more of
the men had a pre-diabetic condition called carbohydrate intolerance.
'Carbohydrate intolerance -- the inability to metabolize sugar found in
carbohydrates -- may lead to a buildup of fat deposits on muscle
tissue, which can cause a person to gain weight and, eventually, impair
physical endurance,' said Dr. Emile Dubois, who worked on the study.
'It appears that carbohydrate intolerance is more common in obese men,
which would cause them to be less physically fit than obese women,'
Dubois added in a statement..."
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: ? (archives seem limited)
Title: "Obese women fitter than obese men, study finds"
Author: Maggie Fox
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-> "My message is simple: There are people in this world who dress up
and act like clowns; I don't like these people. I am not clownophobic
(or to be politically/scientifically correct, coulrophobic). I do not
fear clowns. Really. I don't. They are just not nice people. They scare
little kids, they cause neurosis in some adults, they have big floppy
feet, they try to fit too many of their kind in a car, I could go on
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-> "Jay Meyer, WyDOT's bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, said the law was
rarely enforced, and that it might compromise bicycle safety under some
circumstances, especially when fast-moving bicyclists are forced to
share a narrow path with pedestrians or slower cyclists..."
-> "Eighty-five people were ticketed through the initial days of a new
law in Chicago that forbids motorists from talking on hand-held cell
phones while driving, police said Wednesday..."
-> "A University of Florida study has found that mutations in the
mitochondria caused by obesity and lack of exercise -- not oxidative
stress from free radicals -- may be a key factor in the aging
-> "'In addition to restaurants and shops, we want to create a hands-on
science center in the riverwalk area.' Wanke said pedestrian alleys
could provide retailers with places for shops, and the riverwalk could
be connected to Diamond Park by a walkway..."
-> "On a 4-1 vote...the council on Tuesday said it wants to find a way
to accomplish four goals on Fifth Street, which is one of two east-west
arterial streets in the city: a bike route of some kind; pedestrian
safety measures; slower speeds; and protected left turns..."
-> "I bicycle a short 5-8 miles to work in Buckley every day, taking
different routes through a beautiful pastoral landscape that is full of
-> "New Wellington research shows more than 60% of outdoor ads close
to schools are for food and, of these, 70% are for fattening, sugary
snacks classified by the Health Ministry as unhealthy for teenagers..."
-> "In Shirley, [Barrett] continued, it's important to promote uses
that work together to support both a business and pedestrian-friendly
environment. It is no less important to promote design standards not
only for site plans, but for buildings as well..."
CABARRUS CO. (NC) WEIGHS WALKABLE SCHOOL/PARK SITE
-> "'We feel that our site plan meets the schools' requirements, with
an emphasis on a mixed-use community, walkable sites and
accessibility,' said Tanner..."
-> "Nadia Cvitanovich and a group of girls from the YWCA attended the
Whanganui Regional Museum school holiday programme yesterday, 'Symbols
of Oppression -- 19th century underwear'..."
-> "In other cities, car-sharing programs have been quite successful.
As of December 2004, twenty-six North American car-sharing programs
were serving over 73,000 members, and sharing more than 1,460 cars..."
-> "Italy's Vittorio Innocente set a new world record in underwater
cycling on Wednesday, pedalling his specially-adapted bike to a depth
of 60 metres in the sea near Genoa..."
-> "Several years ago, as he watched cars and SUVs take over Deerfield
and make it hard to get anywhere walking, Jerry Kayne decided to put
his foot down..."
-> "SIDEWALKS IN THE KINGDOM..."
"...New Urbanism and the Christian Faith;" book by Eric Jacobsen,
Brazos Press; 2003.
-> "BUS-BIKE INTERACTION WITHIN THE ROAD NETWORK"
AUSTROADS Research Report AP-R266/05; by Ker, Yapp and Moore, ARRB
Group Ltd; April 2005.
-> BALANCE BETWEEN HARM REDUCTION AND MOBILITY IN..."
"...Setting Speed Limits: A Feasibility Study;" AUSTROADS Research
Report AP-R272/05; by Fildes, Langford, Andrea, Scully, Monash
University Accident Research Centre; July 2005.
-> "ST. LOUIS REGION BICYCLE AND WALKING TRANS. PLAN"
Report prepared for the East-West Gateway Council of Govts, St. Louis,
MO; June 2005.
Table of contents, introduction (950k) pdf:
Whole report (5mb pdf):
Iowa Dept. of Transportation resources on "road diets":
-> "THE EFFECT OF FOUR-LANE TO THREE-LANE CONVERSION..."
"...on the Number of Crashes and Crash Rates in Iowa Roads;" by Li &
Carriquiry, Iowa St Univ; for Iowa DOT; June 2005.
-> "BEFORE AND AFTER STUDY OF SOME IMPACTS..."
"of 4-lane to 3-lane Roadway Conversions;" by Stout, Iowa St Univ; for
Iowa DOT; March 2005
-> GUIDELINES FOR THE CONVERSION OF 4-LANE..."
"...Undivided Roadways to 3-lane 2-way Left-turn Lane Facilities;" Iowa
DOT, CTRE, April 2001
Project Web Page:
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>
July 27-30, 2005, TrailLink 2005, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. Info: Katie
Magers, RTC media coordinator; phone: (202-974-5115); e-mail:
August 26-28, 2005, Thunderhead Training, Decatur (Atlanta), GA. Info:
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: <email@example.com>.
September 14-16, 2005 Walk/Bike California 2005 Conference, Ventura,
CA. Info: Gail Payne, California Bicycle Coalition; phone: (510)
306-0066; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
September 15-21, 2005, Physical Activity & Public Health Course, Hilton
Head, SC. Info: Janna Borden, PAPH Project Director, University of
South Carolina, Department of Exercise Science, 730 Devine Street,
Columbia, SC 29208; phone: (803) 576-6050; fax: (803)777-2504; email:
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:
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
October 5-8, 2005, Bicycle Federation of Australia, Connecting Cycling
Planning for Healthy Communities, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Info:
October 9-11, 2005, APBP 4th biennial Professional Development Seminar,
Chicago IL. Info: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:
October 12, 2005, APBP ADA Training Course, Chicago, IL. Info:
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:
October 13-15, 2005, Walking for Health: Measurement and Research
Issues and Challenges, Urbana-Champaign, IL. Info:
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: <email@example.com>
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:
March 28-30, 2006, Transportation and Economic Development 2006,
Little Rock, AR. Info: Mark Norman at <MNorman@nas.edu>
-> JOB -- MID-LEVEL PLANNER -- ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN
Alta Planning + Design, a small firm specializing in bicycle,
pedestrian, park, and trail planning and design, seeks a mid-level
planner for our Portland, Oregon office. Our web site
http://www.altaplanning.com will give you more information about our
work. We work both at the local and national level and our projects
fall within any state. The work will include all aspects of managing
bicycle/pedestrian/park/trail projects, including field investigation
and site analysis, research, report writing, GIS mapping, planning,
public outreach, project management, and numerous other facets of our
work. An interest and dedication to bicycle and pedestrian enhancements
is a must. Desired skills include:
B.A. or M.A. Urban Planning or related field
2-10 years relevant experience
ArcView, as well as other software including Adobe Illustrator and
Microsoft products (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.).
Salary range: $45,000 to $60,000 depending on experience. Excellent
benefits, flexible work schedules, and a fun, collaborative work
environment with an extremely dedicated and skilled group of planners
and designers. Please, no phone calls. Please submit a cover letter,
your resume, 3 references, and a sample work product by July 21st to:
Mia L. Birk
Principal, Alta Planning + Design
1638 NE Davis
Portland OR 97232
-> 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:
Preferred Characteristics and Experience:
Salary offered will be commensurate with experience.
-> FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR
The Fundraising Director will have the following primary
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> 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://email@example.com
Editor: John Williams
Send news items to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Director: Bill Wilkinson
National Center for Bicycling & Walking, 8120 Woodmont Ave, Suite 520,
Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: (301) 656-4220; fax: (301) 656-4225; email: