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


#128 Friday, July 29, 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
  Congress Finally Acts to Pass Transportation Re-Authorization!
  NCBW Introduces Workshop Resource Disk
  Interior Conferees Fund LWCF State Assistance at $30M
  Los Alamos (NM) Co. Council Adopts Bike System Plan
  If You're Car-Free, This Reporter Would Like To Talk To You
  Seattle (WA) Burke-Gilman Trail Continues to Grow
  Paved Road Biking Attracted 79M Americans in 2004
  Missoula (MT) Health Board Wants Say in Transportation

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Some Take to Bike after London Transit Bombings
  Cincinnati (OH) Employers Offering Fitness Programs
  Sturgis (MI) Gets $461K Grant for Streetscape Project
  Sidewalks Making Comeback in Arkansas Communities
  Hillsborough (NJ) Town Center Design Standards Pass
  Long-term Redwood Falls (MN) Trail Plans Bear Fruit
  Nashville (TN) Steps Forward for Walkability
  Guadalupe (CA) Leaders Seek $1M for Safe Routes
  Real Reason Cars and Cell Phones Don't Mix



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

CONGRESS FINALLY ACTS TO PASS TRANSPORTATION RE-AUTHORIZATION.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL IS IN!

As we go to press, the US Congress is voting on the new transportation legislation,
SAFETEA-LU. The President is expected to sign it into law in the next day or two.
Here are a few of the highlights; we'll provide more detail in the next issue of
Centerlines.

All of the "basic" bike/ped programs (i.e., programs that have provided support
for bicycle and pedestrian improvements) go forward including: Transportation
Enhancement, Rec Trails (with increased funding), CMAQ, and the national bicycle
and pedestrian clearinghouse.

Two new programs have been added:

=== Section 1404. Safe Routes to School Program ===>



Funding :
FY05 $ 54M
FY06 $100M
FY07 $ 125M
FY08 $ 150M
FY09 $ 183M

The amount apportioned to each State shall be administered by the State's DOT.
No State shall receive less than $1M per fiscal year. USDOT gets up to $3M per
year to administer the program (note: this is to cover the cost of the clearinghouse
and task force, too).

Eligible recipients: State, local, and regional agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Eligible projects and activities planning, design, and construction of infrastructure-
related projects that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and
bicycle to school, on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail
within approximately 2 miles of a primary or middle school; and noninfrastructure-
related activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school, including public
awareness campaigns and outreach to press and community leaders, traffic
education and enforcement, student training, and funding for training, volunteers,
and managers of SR2S programs.
Allocation not less that 10% and not more than 30% shall be used by a State
for noninfrastructure-related activities.

Each State shall use a portion of its funds for a full-time State SR2S program
coordinator.

The USDOT shall make grants to a national nonprofit organization to operate
a SR2S clearinghouse.

The USDOT shall establish a national SR2S task force to study and develop a
strategy for advancing SR2S program nationwide (and they'd better get a move
on it because the Secretary is supposed to report the results to the study to
the Congress by March 31, 2006!).

The Federal share of the cost of a project or activity shall be 100%. The program
applies to primary and middle schools (K-8).

=== Section 1807. Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program ===>


The US Secretary of Transportation shall establish a pilot program in the
following four communities:

Columbia, Missouri
Marin County, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Sheboygan County, Wisconsin

The purpose of the program is "to demonstrate the extent to which bicycling
and walking can carry a significant part of the transportation load, and represent
a major portion of the transportation solution, within selected communities."

The Secretary may make grants of $6,250,000 per fiscal year (FY06-09) for
each of the communities to State, local, and regional agencies; the agencies
may sub-allocate grant funds to a nonprofit organization to carry out the program.

The Secretary shall develop statistical information on changes to transportation
usage in the communities. The Secretary shall submit reports to the Congress
on the results of the program.


The disappointing news is that the so-called "Fair Share for Safety" provision
that the Senate passed in its version of the bill did not make it into the final
legislation. This would have required each state DOT to use a percentage
of its Safety program funds -- equal to the percentage of bicyclists and
pedestrians in fatal crashes -- for bicycle and pedestrian safety activities.
Also, the Complete Streets provision narrowly missed making it into the
Senate version of the bill. These objectives will need to be pursued at the
state level for now.

We will provide a further assessment of the new legislation -- what it
means, and what needs to be done to realize the full potential of these
new opportunities -- in future issues of CL. Check the America Bikes and
STPP web sites for further analysis:
http://www.americabikes.org
http://www.transact.org
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NCBW INTRODUCES NEW WORKSHOP RESOURCE DISK

-> We've received a number of requests during the past few weeks for additional
information about the next round of the Walkable Community Workshops
(Spring 2006). In response to these requests, the NCBW staff has developed
a new resource kit that includes more information about the workshops, the
training course for the local coordinators, and much more. The resource materials
are available on a CD, free for the asking. If you are interested in learning more
about the Walkable Community Workshop program, use this on-line form
to request your disk:
http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW/request.html

While you're waiting for your resource disk to arrive, you can download a
new flyer (306K .pdf) that describes what happens during a Walkable Community
Workshop at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW/WCW_flyer.pdf

"While previous rounds of the workshops have been sponsored largely by
Metropolitan Planning Organizations, for this next round we're seeing more
interest from other agencies, including departments of health and state
departments of transportation," said Bob Chauncey, NCBW's director of the
Walkable Community Workshop series. Chauncey noted that MPOs got a 25%
increase in their planning (PL) funding via the new transportation legislation. "We
hope they'll take advantage of that increase and apply for the next round of
workshops."

The applications for the 2006 round of workshops must be submitted by
August 19, 2005. For additional information concerning the workshops, contact
Chauncey at bob@bikewalk.org, or call him at (410) 570-5765.
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INTERIOR CONFEREES FUND LWCF STATE ASSISTANCE AT $30M

-> According to a National Parks and Recreation Association alert, "On July 26, the House
and Senate Interior Appropriations Conference Committee reported the FY 2006 Interior
Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2361). The Senate's $30 million funding level for the Land and
Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) state assistance program prevailed in an intense stand-off
between Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT),
and House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC)." The
$30 million was a 66% reduction from last year's funding level. However, "according to
the National Park Service, the program will still be able to provide approximately 400
state and local grants to communities."

For more on the bill, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/96cat
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LOS ALAMOS (NM) CO. COUNCIL ADOPTS BIKE SYSTEM PLAN

-> In a recent note, Kahlil Spencer let us know, "At tonight's Los Alamos County Council
session, the Council unanimously (7-0) voted to approve the Dedicated Bicycle
Transportation System for Los Alamos County. The citizen turnout and supporting
testimony was downright overwhelming, and covered every age group and cycling category
from newcomers to dedicated bike racers. The meeting went long due to a full Council
agenda, and I think everyone stayed through till this item came up for discussion and vote.
It was a grassroots coup of public involvement. I'm not sure who got all those people out
there, but no one could have scripted anything better than how it turned out...The public
participation starts tomorrow with an open house in the library. Stay tuned!"

For more information, contact Khalil J. Spencer at <khalil@losalamos.com>.
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IF YOU'RE CAR-FREE, THIS REPORTER WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH YOU

-> Chris Balish, a reporter with Gannett Co, Inc. (www.Gannett.com), is doing research
for a new book about transportation alternatives to the private automobile. "I'm looking
for real-life success stories from people who do not own/lease a car in the United
States or Canada," writes Chris. If you fit this description, we've posted Chris' questions
as an 18K .pdf at this link:
http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/no_car_questions.pdf

If you don't own a car, please take a few minutes to answer Chris' questions.
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SEATTLE (WA) BURKE-GILMAN TRAIL CONTINUES TO GROW

-> According to a July 26th news release, "Mayor Greg Nickels opened the third segment of
the Burke-Gilman Trail this evening, which connects the Ballard Locks with NW 60th Street
in northwest Seattle. 'The Burke-Gilman Trail is the most popular bike route in Seattle,
whether you are commuting to work or just out getting your exercise and enjoying the
view,' Nickels said. 'It's helped make Seattle one of the top ten bicycle-friendly cities
in the nation, so it is only fitting that we make sure the trail reaches its full
potential as transportation link and as a great ride.'

"The new section, which was started on the trail's 30th anniversary, creates a new
western route from the Ballard Locks to just before the Shilshole Marina. The next step
is to design the section of the trail that will go from NW 60th Street to Golden Gardens
Park...When the last section between 11th Avenue NW and the Ballard Locks has been
completed, the trail will stretch from Golden Gardens to Redmond. The idea for the trail
began 30 years ago, when a citizen group learned that Burlington Northern Railroad was
going to abandon a section of rail line. Since then, the City has purchased the
right-of-way as the rail line and funding have become available..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bcxwb
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PAVED ROAD BIKING ATTRACTED 79M AMERICANS IN 2004

-> According to a July 27th Bicycle Newswire article, "With Lance Armstrong's historic
7th consecutive victory at the Tour de France, it seems more and more Americans are
dusting off bikes, pumping up tires, and heading out to enjoy some two-wheeled
recreation. According to Outdoor Industry Foundation's most recent study: Outdoor
Recreation Participation in the United States, 79 million Americans (age 16 and older)
got on a bike in 2004, making it continue to be one of the most popular of the 22
human-powered outdoor activities in the United States.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9ph78
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MISSOULA (MT) HEALTH BOARD WANTS SAY IN TRANSPORTATION

-> According to recent note from Greg Oliver of the Missoula City-County Health
Department, in mid-June the Health Board inserted itself into the local transportation
planning process by adopting a resolution "to increase its impact on the development and
evolution of Missoula's City and County transportation systems by accomplishing the
following:

  1. Secure a voting, health-board-appointed member on the Transportation Policy
    Coordinating Committee; and,
  2. Insure that issues affecting public health and environmental health are represented by
    the department on the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee, and;
  3. Direct the department to involve itself to the extent that resources allow to advocate
    for public health in transportation issues.

In so doing, they acknowledged the impact of transportation on residents' health and the
importance of including health considerations in the local metropolitan planning
organization's (MPO) deliberations. The resolution includes nine "whereases" that lay out
the Board's reasoning and they're worth reading.

For a copy, contact Nikki Skrivseth at <skrivsethn@ho.missoula.mt.us>.
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "Instead of thinking outside the box, we need to think outside the car. We need to
shift from designing for cars to a pedestrian-friendly environment."
-- Paul Drake, Hillsborough (NJ) Township Committee
http://tinyurl.com/b3zfj

-> "A change in thinking needs to happen around age 40 about exercise. When you're past
40, exercise is no longer a recreational pursuit; it's part of your health and needs to
be thought of as that kind of priority."
-- Lee Green, M.D., M.P.H., University of Michigan Health System
http://tinyurl.com/9nvw3

-> "Not all of us have the means to green up our lives as much as we really want to and
not all companies can match the devotion of today's leaders in environmentally conscious
business but, if any person or any business just does their best to keep bicycles close
to their heart, that alone will be a step in the right direction."
-- Peter Berridge
http://tinyurl.com/85zdm

"We have a zoning code that protects us against things that aren't really problems, and
doesn't protect quality-of-life."
-- Michael Bates, Tulsa OK
http://tinyurl.com/9ab3y


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

SOME TAKE TO BIKE AFTER LONDON TRANSIT BOMBINGS

-> According to a July 27th BBC News Magazine story, "Cycling is undergoing a surge of
interest since the London bombings, as commuters decide to head to work under their own
steam. Could they be avoiding the threat of terror only to face a more everyday danger on
the roads? Two hours after the bombings on 7 July, a man walked into a bike shop in
London Bridge. 'He said "I'm never going on the Tube again. Sell me a bike,"' recalls
Travis Lindhe, manager of On Your Bike, where sales have increased from three bikes a day
to 15 ever since. A cyclists' organisation, the London Cycling Campaign, reports a 10 to
30% increase in use of bike stands at three points in central London, although it says
this news is hardly a cause for celebration, given the circumstances.

"Fear has driven primary school teacher Stephen Thorpe, 45, on to the saddle of his new
bike for his journey from Bow, east London, to Kennington. 'You wake up in the morning
and think "I've got to get on the Tube and I'm taking a risk,"' says Mr. Thorpe, who used
to cycle part-time. 'I was half an hour behind the Liverpool Street bomb, which was a
very frightening experience. But when I ride to work I don't have to worry about being a
potential bomb victim'...."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bpzsg
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Chain reaction"
Author: Tom Geoghegan
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CINCINNATI (OH) EMPLOYERS OFFERING FITNESS PROGRAMS

-> According to a July 28th Cincinnati Enquirer article, "Workers in Greater Cincinnati
and Northern Kentucky have found a hot new place to improve their health: the office.
Employers in the region -- and all around the country -- are implementing workplace
wellness programs with the twin goals of improving worker productivity and cutting
health-care costs. 'We used to think it was cool because companies offered us health
insurance,' says Paul Denning, an IT project leader at GE Transportation. 'This is going
well beyond that.' Denning has lost 110 pounds since 2003 by following his company
wellness program's guidelines and exercising at work. Examples of regional workplace
wellness programs are plentiful...

"At the University of Cincinnati, Diane Kutzko logs steps on her pedometer every day as
she and co-workers walk on their lunch break. 'We have a little walking group and every
day, we go for a walk around the campus area,' says Kutzko, associate director at
Hoxworth Blood Center. 'In the winter, we walk through the tunnels at University
Hospital. If we walk fast, we can do it twice.' She's one of hundreds of University of
Cincinnati employees who've signed up for 'UC/Ohio on the Move.' Ohio on the Move is a
fitness initiative aimed at getting residents to move more by adding 2,000 steps to their
daily activity. Most days, Kutzko scores between 10,000 and 12,000 steps...At Fidelity
Investments in Covington, almost 700 employees are signed up to use the 4,000-square-foot
staffed center. Employees can join walking and running clubs, work out and get fitness
coaching. Fidelity also offers monthly 'Learn at Lunch' health education programs...and
holds an employee health fair once a year. Workers can go online to set goals and track
their progress..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b4ttp
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8pv6s
Cost: Yes
Title: "Working toward better health"
Author: Peggy O'Farrell
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STURGIS (MI) GETS $461K GRANT FOR STREETSCAPE PROJECT

-> According to a July 26th Journal article, "Sturgis has received a $461,128 check from
[Michigan Department of Transportation] for its downtown streetscape project. MDOT
director Gloria Jeff traveled from Lansing Tuesday morning to present the check to city
officials. The ceremony took place at the corner of West Chicago Road at North Street.
According to MDOT, the transportation enhancement funding will be used for streetscape
improvements next year. Improvements planned include new sidewalks to improve
accessibility under Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, as well as the addition
of brick paving, trees, landscaping, benches and trash receptacles. The project is
scheduled to begin in April and end by November 2006. 'This project will help create a
safer, more pedestrian-friendly and attractive downtown area for residents and visitors
alike,' said Jeff...

"The streetscaping will complement a $4.85 million road project planned for next year.
MDOT will partner with the city of Sturgis to completely reconstruct 1.7 miles of U.S. 12
with all new pavement, curbing and gutters, drainage improvements and traffic signal
upgrades. The work is expected to begin next summer. The total project cost is $576,410,
including $345,846 in federal enhancement funds, $115,282 from MDOT and $115,282
from the city of Sturgis. Under federal law, 10 percent of federal surface transportation funds
are earmarked for transportation enhancement projects. Administered by MDOT, the grants
enable communities to invest in landscapes, streetscapes and bike path and trail
development. Transportation enhancement funds provide a maximum of up to 80 percent of
the money required for each project with the remainder coming from state and local
government and the private sector..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d2s8f
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bn8ow
Cost: No
Title: "MDOT gives financial boost for streetscape project"
Author: Terry Katz
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SIDEWALKS MAKING COMEBACK IN ARKANSAS COMMUNITIES

-> According to a July 25th Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article, "'Step on a crack, break
your mother's back,' went the children's rhyme as they skipped down city sidewalks or
played hopscotch. Then, in the years following World War II, Americans began adding one,
two, three cars to their driveways and garages. Sidewalks, as a result, joined the waning
ranks of front porches, mom-and-pop groceries and neighborhoods where folks knew each
other by name. 'The '50s came along, and everyone went auto crazy: Who needs sidewalks
anymore? It was cheaper for the developers. It was old-fashioned,' said Bryan Patrick,
planning director for the city of Conway. Half a century later, the gears are in reverse,
with sidewalks regaining popularity across the country.

"The Arkansas cities of Fayetteville and Little Rock, for example, require the
construction of sidewalks in all new residential developments. In the late 1990s, Cabot
began enforcing an old sidewalk ordinance that had been bypassed for years; and in June,
the Lonoke County city tightened standards for new walkways. Conway requires residential
sidewalks only along the busiest streets, but the Planning Commission will consider a
proposal Aug. 15 to require them in all newly built residential subdivisions as well.
'People are wanting to go back to the older-style neighborhoods,' Patrick said. 'A lot of
the cities and people, residents in general, are starting to question the neighborhoods
they live in and are looking at places where their grandparents lived. I think that's a
trend among more-progressive cities: getting back to the traditional neighborhood instead
of the auto-oriented neighborhood.'..."."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/94gzj
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Sidewalks make a comeback in Arkansas communities"
Author: Debra Hale-Shelton
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HILLSBOROUGH (NJ) TOWN CENTER DESIGN STANDARDS PASS

-> According to a July 28th Beacon article, "An overflow crowd of about 150 people packed
the municipal room as the Township Committee adopted an ordinance Tuesday that sets new
architectural design standards aimed at making the downtown Route 206 area an attractive
place for people to live and shop -- without ever needing a car. Committeeman Paul Drake,
the creator of the standards, said it's a framework for the town center and provides a
vision on how to make 'Hillsborough better.' He said the standards contain descriptions,
photographs and images to guide new construction in the Architectural and Site Design
(ASD) overlay zone along all of Route 206 and Amwell Road in a half-mile in both
directions. The new standards will 'enhance community identity, pedestrian-oriented
development, reduce vehicular trips and improve public health,' according to Mr. Drake.
'We're losing our own identity as chain strip mall design takes over the community,' he
said. Through the ordinance, new buildings would face an existing or newly created
street, with parking in the rear or side of the building rather than the front so
pedestrians can approach the architecture rather than the cars.

"Mr. Drake cited the epidemic of obesity and related health problems and the rising
prices of gasoline as important reasons for the standards to decrease the amount of
driving necessary by residents. 'Instead of thinking outside the box, we need to think
outside the car,' he said. 'We need to shift from designing for cars to a
pedestrian-friendly environment.' He said that with the standards, as people walk,
they'll notice more architectural details in buildings. The changes will make walking
more of a visual pleasure and residents will be able to feel respect for their community.
'Designing for people talks about designing for mixed used buildings,' he said. 'We need
to have mix uses so we can have a retail store on the first floor and an apartment or
office on the second floor of a building. We can begin to synergize uses and make the
street a more pleasant place.' Mr. Drake cited the Community Vision Survey taken by 2,200
Hillsborough residents in the summer of 1998, in which 90 percent of respondents found
Route 206 to be "uninviting" and 83 percent found the drive through Route 206
'nondescript.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b3zfj
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bo4cf
Cost: Yes
Title: "Town center design standards passed"
Author: Melissa Edmond

A 1.3mb pdf of the Township's new design standards ordinance is here:
http://tinyurl.com/d8d2u
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LONGTERM REDWOOD FALLS (MN) TRAIL PLANS BEAR FRUIT

-> According to a July 27th Gazette article, "It's all but a slam-dunk deal for the
Redwood Falls Bike-N-Hike Commission. According to Chad Johnson, who heads up the
commission, it will be receiving a $186,000 Area Transportation grant from the Minnesota
Department of Transportation to create two biking and walking corridors in Redwood Falls.
With 80/20 matching funds from three different entities, the total of the grant comes to
$236,000. The commission held a meeting Thursday night at the Redwood Area Community
Center to celebrate the receipt of the grant, work together to increase bicycle use in
Redwood Falls and discuss fund raising ideas for future projects. 'We are expecting a
formal letter at any time,' Johnson said. 'We are in the final budget that was passed. We
scored very high on the needs list.'

"The proposed project has two phases. The first will link the Redwood Area High School
with Reede Grey Elementary School. The second part will create a corridor between Redwood
Falls and what used to be North Redwood. This second trail will run from the railroad
tracks in North Redwood up to Northwood Drive. 'We looked at these areas because of usage
and safety,' Johnson said. 'There is no bike path on Highway 101, which is dangerous.
Then there is a lot of usage between the two schools. There was a definite need for the
corridors to be created.' Getting the grant, coming up with the plan and implementing it
hasn't been a quick and easy process. 'We started on this five years ago,' Johnson said.
'How are we going to get these trails together? How are we going to get the funding? We
got our ducks in a row. A lot of these projects fail because people fail to plan.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cbh7j
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bcpnr
Cost: Yes
Title: "Bike-N-Hike to receive transportation grant"
Author: Erik Posz
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NASHVILLE (TN) STEPS FORWARD FOR WALKABILITY

-> According to a July 25th City Paper article, "Crowded downtown sidewalks lit by
enticing storefronts, mini 'main streets' in new subdivisions built at the borders of the
county, more walking and less commuting -- city planners and local developers are
enthusiastically taking these images of cities past and adapting them to reshape
contemporary Nashville. City planners enjoyed a victory last week when the Metro Council
approved a set of development and building guidelines for a four-block section of Gateway
Boulevard, a road planners envision will become a 'grand entrance' into downtown
Nashville and a bustling site of urban activity. Developers who decide to build along
Gateway Boulevard...will need to build their structures so they directly front the street
and sidewalk -- giving pedestrians a definite 'sense of being in the city,' in the words
of the guidelines, which together are called the Gateway Boulevard Urban Design Overlay
(UDO).

"The height of buildings will be regulated, and so will the design of facades so that
these will be 'decidedly vertical in nature.' The UDO encourages a mix of building types:
shops, offices, residences. Meanwhile, the Council also approved on final reading last
week a nearly 520-acre development called Carothers Crossing in rural southeast Davidson
County. When complete, the development will form a self-contained, walkable community of
four villages anchored by a 'Town Center Village' -- a commercial and residential center
filled with mixed-use structures similar to those Metro envisions for Gateway Boulevard
-- vertical buildings with shops on the ground and residences and offices above -- but
with a small-town ambience. Workers could live minutes from their offices. And a smaller,
pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development in East Nashville of residences, offices,
shops and restaurants, called Martin Corner, was also approved last week..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d4r4z
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/doj64
Cost: No
Title: "New Urbanism on rise"
Author: Bill Harless
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GUADALUPE (CA) LEADERS SEEK $1M FOR SAFE ROUTES

-> According to a July 26th Santa Maria Times article, "As Enrique Naranjo approached the
intersection of 11th Street and Highway 1 in Guadalupe Monday afternoon, he grabbed his
daughter Leslie's hand. The two were walking to the Boys and Girls Club, and Naranjo
wanted to make sure Leslie got across the road safely. Because the intersection is right
next to a blind curve coming into Guadalupe, it makes the list of areas that need
improvements to increase safety for pedestrians, especially children walking to and from
school. A Mary Buren School student was hit, but not injured, just two months ago
attempting to cross that street, which sees a steady stream of vehicles, especially
semi-trucks. Caltrans officials have agreed to paint a crosswalk at 11th Street and
Highway 1 by November, but other intersections also need improvements, such as
crosswalks, preferably with blinking lights embedded into the asphalt; reduced
speed-limit zones; speed monitors; and striping.

"That's why educators, city officials, parents and community members have assembled and
applied for $1 million in Safe Routes to School funding to make walking and biking to and
from school safer for Guadalupe youngsters. 'It's the city's responsibility to do what it
can do for kids to ensure their safety,' said Guadalupe Mayor Lupe Alvarez. Highways 1
and 166 have become major arteries that cross in the middle of town. With two housing
projects coming online in the near future -- the Woodlands development near Nipomo and DJ
Farms in Guadalupe -- traffic will definitely pick up along the two highways, Alvarez
said. Semi-trucks and farm equipment breeze along the streets as well, increasing risk,
said Hugo Lara, superintendent of the Guadalupe Union School District. School and city
officials alike have already noticed an increase in traffic around the city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/brjsd
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/9vhsd
Cost: No
Title: "Community of Guadalupe seeks funds for safe roads"
Author: Michelle Hatfield
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REAL REASON CARS AND CELL PHONES DON'T MIX

-> According to a July 30th New Scientist article, "Talking on a cell phone is more
distracting for a driver than talking to a fellow passenger. And now we may know why.
While a car is moving, the strength of signal received by a driver's phone continually
changes, and the phone often has to switch from one base station to another during a
call. That causes a slight loss of sound quality, forcing the driver's brain to work
harder to work out what the person at the other end is saying, say Takashi Hamada and
colleagues at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in
Tokyo, Japan.

"Hamada's team measured the sound quality of mobile phone calls in parked cars and in
cars traveling at 65 kilometres per hour. A comparison of the two types of voice signal
revealed silent periods of about 300 milliseconds interrupting the signal roughly six
times a minute. They also discovered a time lag of about 300 milliseconds for a phone in
a moving car, while for 5 per cent of the time, the frequency range becomes distorted.
The researchers then played 11 volunteers an audio recording of a story that included
similar interruptions. As the volunteers struggled to hear the distorted parts of the
recording, their right parietal cortex, the part of the brain that perceives sound,
became more active. Previously, it was assumed that speaking to passengers was less
distracting because they stop talking when the driver needs to concentrate..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7f246
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "The real reason cars and cellphones do not mix"
Author: Staff

To read the abstract of the original article from "Transportation Research Part F:
Traffic Psychology and Behaviour" (Volume 8, Issues 4-5 , July-Sept. 2005, p 331-340),
go to:
http://tinyurl.com/7of6e
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O-U-R--J-U-S-T-I-C-E--S-Y-S-T-E-M

REPEAT DRUNK DRIVER KILLS SANTA FE (NM) CYCLIST

-> According to a July 28th New Mexican article, "Deputies arrested a motorist accused of
killing a bicyclist moments after authorities began responding to numerous reports of a
driver swerving down Old Santa Fe Trail on Wednesday. Tim Solano, 35, of Santa Fe, who
has at least three drunken-driving convictions, was arrested Wednesday night on charges
of vehicular homicide and driving left of center after he allegedly drove his truck
across the center line on Old Santa Fe Trail and struck a woman cyclist with his 1994
Ford Ranger pickup, according to the Santa Fe County sheriff. Two breath tests taken at
St. Vincent Regional Medical Center revealed Solano had a blood-alcohol concentration of
.24 and .25 -- at least three times greater than the .08 legal limit..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8332z
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8kje5
Cost: Yes
Title: Bicyclist killed by pickup"
Author: Henry M. Lopez


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

McKENZIE BROTHERS ACTION FIGURES

"These two hops hosers are best known as the stars of the cult classic movie 'Strange
Brew' and as members of the comedy show SCTV, Canada's answer to 'Saturday Night Live.'
Beauty, eh? Bob and Doug McKenzie (played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, respectively)
are popular worldwide with fans of, in no particular order, beer, back bacon, doughnuts,
beer, one-liners, Canadiana (that's like Americana only ... Canadian) and beer. The fully
detailed and articulated Bob and Doug action figures are sold separately with a
complement of extras, voice chips with signature sound phrases and half a diorama that
assembles into a complete custom backdrop (with plenty o' suds) when the figures are put
together."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a67ya


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

LINDA RONSTADT MOVES TO WALKABLE SAN FRANCISCO

-> "'I don't have the stomach to watch Tucson continue to go from a beautiful desert to a
wasteland.'...'I think I'd like my kids to see what it's like to be able to go to school
where you don't have to spend 45 minutes driving either way.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/cztcl

LITTLE THINGS HELP BOOST TONGANOXIE (MS) DOWNTOWN

-> "On two recent hot mornings, council member Velda Roberts directed Jake Heskett and
Aaron Adcox in the fine art of tree trimming. The trees, planted as part of a downtown
revitalization effort about five years ago, had become overgrown and gangly..."
http://tinyurl.com/cnbum

CHAMPAIGN (IL) PLAN ENCOURAGES STREET GRID, TRAILS

-> "For residential areas, the plan encourages traditional planning and design elements,
including a grid street pattern, walkable neighborhoods and a traditional town center.
Greenways that follow natural features are encouraged..."
http://tinyurl.com/8e88s

IN BALDWIN PLACE (NY), "PEOPLE WILL WALK"

-> "The new plan describes the New Urbanism ideal of a 'pedestrian-oriented
neighborhood,' with a 'walkable design' that will encourage neighbors to run errands on
foot. Drawings feature Main Street buildings with front porches and architecture that
reinforces a New England aesthetic, with streetscapes that are lighted, landscaped and
low to the ground..."
http://tinyurl.com/7ewrz

KINGSTON (MA) CYCLIST HIT BY MAN WITH A HISTORY

-> "The [driver's] criminal history is 18 pages long and dates back to 1978. He has 211
arraignments on his record, and is currently on probation for shoplifting from a CVS
Pharmacy store..."
http://tinyurl.com/9vr2t

KIDS OBESITY UP FROM 11% TO 16% SINCE LATE 1980S

-> "Black girls and Mexican American boys are most affected, with about a quarter of both
groups being obese, the report said..."
http://tinyurl.com/dfe7b

IN SEATTLE (WA), STUDENT'S BEST FRIEND HAS 2 WHEELS

-> "In Seattle, the summer sun brings out bikers of all kinds -- commuters, messengers,
mountain bikers and competitive racers. 'It's a pretty cool [biking] scene in Seattle'..."
http://tinyurl.com/9d9jg

DOWNTOWN SAYS "THIS CAN ONLY BE OXFORD (AL)"

-> "For Oxford, Landholm said, that core is the small, 19th century downtown. 'It's an
area that really kind of says this is Oxford, and this could only be Oxford,' she said..."
http://tinyurl.com/9n4p5

STUDY: FITNESS LEVEL DECLINES DRAMATICALLY WITH AGE

-> "'Over time, your aerobic capacity (exercise capacity) will decline, but at any given
age someone who exercises will have a higher capacity than someone who is a couch
potato,' says Fleg. 'By participating in a training program, you can raise your aerobic
capacity 15% to 25%, which in our study would be equivalent to being 10-20 years
younger.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/cme8a

ZONA ROSA: TASTE OF NEW URBANISM FOR KANSAS CITY (MO)

-> "Despite its departures from New Urbanist ideals, Zona Rosa is a pleasant place for
people to get out of their cars to shop, dine or just wander around. Certainly Kansas
City deserves more than one place that works as well as the Plaza..."
http://tinyurl.com/chmb4

TODAY'S UTAHNS CAN LOOK TO PIONEERS FOR INSPIRATION

-> "It is far from certain that the society as a whole will embrace the principles of
walkable communities and mass transit-oriented development, but the alternative of
deteriorating air quality, ever longer commutes and greater dependence on imported oil is
not a happy scenario..."
http://tinyurl.com/da335

NEW STUDY: KENTUCKIANS PREFER COUCH TO EXERCISE?

-> "A new study published in the American Journal for Health Behavior ranks Kentuckians
48th nationally in the amount of exercise they get, and surmises that weather might be a
major reason..."
http://tinyurl.com/ddosk

DO MICHIGAN'S COOL CITIES EFFORTS IGNORE DETROIT?

-> "When asked to identify the coolest cities outside their state, most Michiganders put
San Francisco, Chicago and New York at the top of the list. Those are multinodal
communities, too -- but their diverse neighborhoods are linked by robust public transit
systems that make it easy to move from one node to another..."
http://tinyurl.com/8nxle

CHICAGO (IL) TRAFFIC AUTHORITY CUTS PED SIGNAL TIME

-> "[Monique Bond, a spokeswoman for the city's new Traffic Management Authority] argued
that, the way downtown traffic signals are currently timed, the scales are tipped too
heavily toward pedestrians..."
http://tinyurl.com/d9chf

ADOLESCENT INACTIVITY KEY TO GIRLS' OBESITY

-> "Inactive girls gained an average of 10 pounds to 15 pounds more than girls who were
active between the ages of 9 and 19, according to a study appearing in the July 16 issue
of The Lancet..."
http://tinyurl.com/ae2v3

SAUK PRAIRIE (WI) PONDERS LIBRARY CONSOLIDATION

-> "White said there are advantages to having libraries in the neighborhood. 'In the
comprehensive plan, we are talking about having walkable communities,' she said. 'People
should be able to walk to the library.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/9n4p5

CALTHORPE EXPLORES ANN ARBOR (MI) DOWNTOWN

-> "Peter Calthorpe, whose California firm has been hired by the city of Ann Arbor to
help residents decide how they want the downtown to function, said cities work best when
uses are mixed rather than separated -- when commercial areas are interspersed with
residential ones..."
http://tinyurl.com/a6gek

OZ STUDY: OFFICE POTATOES IN DANGER OF OBESITY

-> "Overall, men sat an average of 209 minutes while at work, 20 minutes more than the
average for women. Those extra 20 minutes may make a difference: The study found a
significant association between sitting time and overweight and obesity in men, but not
in women..."
http://tinyurl.com/9mw2y


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

-> "INJURIES TO PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS..."
"...An Analysis Based on Hospital Emergency Department Data; by Stutts & Hunter,
HSRC/UNCChapel Hill; for Federal Highway Administration; FHWA-RD-99-078; 1999.
Available online, broken into chapters at: http://tinyurl.com/cfzc3. For a copy of the
whole thing in one pdf, contact CL editor, John Williams at <john@montana.com>.


-> "BUILDING COMMUNITIES THROUGH PUBLIC..."

"...Transportation - a Guide for Successful Transit Initiatives;" Center for
Transportation Excellence; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/atyn3


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

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://tinyurl.com/crlvy

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:
<jsborden@gwm.sc.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/dcfbl

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://tinyurl.com/bo6b8

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 -- TRAIL DEVELOPMENT MGR., WESTERN REG. -- RTC
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit trails & greenways organization, seeks a Trail
Development Manager for the Western Regional Office (in San Francisco) to support
communities in their trail planning efforts by providing technical assistance, conducting
public outreach & training workshops, and building relationships with local agencies,
stakeholders, and allied organizations in the recreation, alternative transportation,
health and conservation fields. Excellent writing & speaking skills and time & budget
management; ability to build coalitions among diverse constituencies.

Minimum Qualifications four-year college degree in urban/ regional planning, land use
management, parks/recreation, alternative transportation or related field plus 2-4 years
related experience. Salary low to mid $40K's, DOE, plus benefits. Open until filled, but
applicants strongly encouraged to apply ASAP, as interviewing will begin in July.
Complete job description & application instructions available on our website (click on
Employment at bottom of page).
http://www.railtrails.org



-> 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


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