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


#129 Friday, August 12, 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
  Schools, Health Agencies Big Winners in Trans. Bill
  Bikes Belong Funds Safe Routes to School Partnership
  Pediatrics Publishes CDC Verb Campaign Results
  Walkable Community Workshops Serve Many MPO Needs
  Cycling Australia Announces Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Fdn
  TRB Seeks Banks Award Nominees
  Oct 5-8 Connecting Cycling Conference: Brisbane, Oz

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  America Bikes: SAFETEA May Mean $3B for Bikes, Peds
  S.C. Coastal Conservation League Pushes Open Process
  Bikes Selling Like Hotcakes in US Stores
  Places Important to Those Who Work in Cyberspace
  Murray (UT) Wants Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use Zone
  Royal Oak (MI) Resident Puts Safety Before Trees
  Palo Alto (CA) Plans Walkable El Camino Real
  Marlborough (MA) Students Face Asphalt Jungle
  Ped-Friendly Communities Combine Many Factors
  Toronto (ON) Bike Ambassadors Hit Streets
  Chester County (PA) Battles Sprawl
  St. Helena (CA) Debates 'Local-Serving' Main Street
  Madison (WI) Trails Get $7.8M from SAFETEA
  Hillsborough (NC) Folks Want More Sidewalks
  Missoula (MT) Group Protests Dangerous Intersection



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

SCHOOLS, HEALTH AGENCIES BIG WINNERS IN TRANS. BILL

-> On August 10th, the President signed into law a bill designed to
meet this nation's transportation needs for the next six years: the
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act
(SAFETEA). The bill includes a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program
that will make hundreds of millions of dollars available to schools to
help more kids walk and bike to school and thus realize huge benefits
in public health, neighborhood cohesion, and other important areas.

Section 1404 of the bill establishes the new SRTS program, which will
provided every state with a minimum of $1 million in funding each year.
"This money will give communities at least some of the resources they
need to help get children walking and biking to school again," said
Bill Wilkinson, executive director of the National Center for Bicycling
& Walking (NCBW).

While much of this money will no doubt be used for projects such as
building sidewalks and improving crosswalks near schools, a percentage
of the funds has been set-aside for programs intended to actively
encourage walking and bicycling to school; conduct public awareness
campaigns to change the behaviors of students, parents, and drivers;
and for planning and training, among other activities. The funds will
be distributed by the state departments of transportation; they will be
made available to public agencies and nonprofit organizations; and the
bill authorizes the use of 100% federal funds for projects and
activities.

"Today, we've got our first generation of children who don't know what
it is like to walk or ride a bicycle to school," Wilkinson noted. "The
health effects of this inactivity are devastating: childhood obesity
has nearly tripled and diabetes is now an epidemic among our youth.
We've got to do something now the change the direction we're headed."

The Safe Routes to School program is an opportunity for schools and
public health agencies to take action to improve the health of our
children, Wilkinson said. "We need to join together to take this new
program and use it to build a nationwide movement for healthy
communities for healthy children."

In addition to the health benefits associated with more active
children, the bill also offers a chance for some economic relief. "I
think everyone wins with the passage of this bill," said Sharon Roerty,
NCBW's Safe Routes to School program manager. "As transportation costs
continue to rise, schools are getting squeezed just as much as
families. A return to walking and bicycling makes good cents. And kids
like it more than sitting on the bus, or waiting in a traffic jam."

For more about Safe Routes to School, please visit the NCBW website:
http://www.bikewalk.org
And watch this space for further updates.
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BIKES BELONG FUNDS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP

-> According to an Aug. 10th news release, "Bikes Belong Coalition
announced today that Deb Hubsmith of Marin County, California, has been
selected to coordinate the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
This fast-growing network of organizations and professional groups is
working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide
detailed policy input to implementing agencies for Safe Routes to
School, a new $612 million federal program. Bikes Belong is also asking
bicycle and pedestrian groups across America to join the partnership by
signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

"The Safe Routes top School National Partnership, funded initially by
Bikes Belong, is designed to ensure that the Safe Routes to School
money authorized by the new federal transportation bill is put to the
best possible use. The funds will be available to all 50 states during
the next five years to build facilities and run educational programs
that will create safe ways for kids to pedal and walk to school. The
Safe Routes program addresses the alarming trend toward child obesity
and inactivity, while also reducing traffic congestion and air
pollution.

"Hubsmith, who developed one of the first Safe Routes to School pilot
programs in the U.S. and is a national leader in the movement, has been
tapped by Bikes Belong to coordinate the effort during the next six
months. Hubsmith will collaborate with existing bicycle and pedestrian
organizations and other interested parties to:

"'Safe Routes is a vitally important program that needs to start fast
and strong on the national level,' said Tim Blumenthal, executive
director of Bikes Belong Coalition. 'We are very pleased to work with
Deb Hubsmith, who has tremendous experience in this field.' Hubsmith
said, 'Through Safe Routes to School, we will create a new era for
bicycling and walking in America. I'm so grateful that Bikes Belong
Coalition is taking a leadership role in launching the Safe Routes to
School National Partnership. This collaborative effort will benefit
children and communities in all 50 states.'"

For more info (and to sign your organization up!), go to:
http://tinyurl.com/cx3zh
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PEDIATRICS PUBLISHES CDC VERB CAMPAIGN RESULTS

-> According to an article in the Aug. 10th CDC Physical Activity List,
"Year 1 results of the CDC's VERB campaign are published in the August
issue of Pediatrics. Evaluation results show that after 1 year of the
campaign, 74% of children surveyed were aware of the VERB campaign and
levels of reported sessions of free-time physical activity increased
for subgroups of children 9 to 13 years of age. The VERB campaign is a
multi-ethnic campaign that combines paid advertisements with school and
community promotions and Internet activities to encourage children 9 to
13 years of age to be physically active every day."

A copy of the full article can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/akd9u

For more info on the campaign:
http://tinyurl.com/b5l3a
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WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS SERVE MANY MPO NEEDS

-> With the deadline for applications for Round 5 of the NCBW's
Walkable Community Workshop program fast approaching (the 19th
of August!), it is worth noting some of the ways this program is helping
MPOs respond to some of their biggest needs and newest opportunities.

Recently, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)
distributed a summary of a survey of MPO needs and priorities. One of
the issues ranking near the top of the "needs" list was public
involvement. Like all of us, MPOs struggle to find ways to reach out to
and involve the public in their activities and programs.

As the NCBW's WCW program manager, Bob Chauncey, will relate to
participants at AMPO's annual meeting this fall in Denver, the WCW
program is one of the most successful public involvement activities
currently being sponsored by MPOs. The WCW program of eight local
workshops has frequently generated more public involvement (and media
coverage) in a single week than some MPOs otherwise get in a full year.

Walkable Community Workshops have been shown to generate longer term
benefits as well. A recent survey of the more that 30 MPOs that have
sponsored WCWs over the past three years revealed than many are still
reaping benefits such as sustained community support for various kinds
of street improvements, better working relationships with local elected
officials, new lines of communication and coordination among local and,
sometimes, State agencies, and new projects hitting the ground.

What's going on here? While some people talk about big ideas like
"Context Sensitive Design," the WCW program brings together a
cross-section of the community or neighborhood to focus on walking,
pedestrian safety, economic development, complete streets, and safe
routes to school. In addition, workshop participants go on a walk together
and talk about the experience. In effect, we're doing a lot of "Context
Sensitivity Training!" Everyone taking part "gets it." They see and
share the challenges and unmet needs that confront folks who want to or
need to set out on foot. They develop a new appreciation for the fine
details of what make a neighborhood or street work, for everyone.

And the public? They get some quality time with local officials and
agency professionals. They get a chance to do "show and tell" with
the conditions they live with on a daily basis, things all participants
can relate to and understand. Out of this experience comes a new,
shared appreciation for both where we are and where we want and
need to go. This is the kind of interaction that gets folks talking
and working together -- real civic engagement. It can work for you, too.

If this is the kind of thing you'd like to see happen in your community
or for your agency, take a look at the WCW program on our web site
(http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW), download the application, and get
it into NCBW by 19 August. Also, feel free to give Bob Chauncey a
call if you have any questions (301.656.4220 or 410-470-5765).
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CYCLING AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES AMY GILLETT-SAFE CYCLING FDN

-> In an Aug. 11th BFA Update article, Rod Katz said, "A couple of
weeks ago I was getting ready to do the usual cycle to school with my
daughter and two other girls when I got a call on my mobile. It was my
friend Simon. He said he had some bad news. I knew pretty much
straightaway that it must be Amy. A car driver in Germany had lost
control and gone onto the wrong side of the road throwing the AIS
women's cycling team into the air like rag dolls.

"Amy and Simon had been neighbours of ours ten years previously and
since then we have become good friends, sharing various celebrations,
our home in Canberra when Amy needed a training base here and living
the elite sporting life vicariously through her and her team mates. In
January 2004, we had the great pleasure of participating in Simon and
Amy's wedding with our daughter being the flower girl.

"Amy was a talented athlete. A member of the women's eight rowing crew
at the Atlanta Olympics and in contention for a spot on the Commonwealth
Games Team. Amy loved her life and husband so much and was
the most loyal friend you could wish for. Every day with Amy was filled
with positive activity and fun. She loved cycling and would love to
think that people would be inspired to ride by her.

"Amy's husband, Simon, and parents Mary and Dennis are seeking solace
in the formation of the Amy Gillett-Safe Cycling Foundation. Cycling
Australia is to be commended for facilitating the formation of this
Foundation. I am really pleased to see cycling organisations, including
the BFA, as well as individuals and governments, throwing their weight
and money behind the Foundation and supporting Amy's legacy. I hope we
can use this tragedy as an opportunity to get the need for absolute
concentration and care on the roads into the consciousness of drivers
and riders throughout Australia."

To make a donation or find out more about the Foundation go to:
http://www.cycling.org.au/
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TRB SEEKS BANKS AWARD NOMINEES

-> According to an article in the Aug. 9th TRB E-Newsletter, "The
Transportation Research Board is seeking nominations for the Sharon D.
Banks Award for Innovative Leadership in Transportation. This TRB award
was inaugurated in 2002, and it may be presented biennially. The next
presentation of the award will be made during the Chairman's Luncheon
on January 25, 2006, during the TRB 85th Annual Meeting."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/dmelc
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OCT 5-8 CONNECTING CYCLING CONFERENCE: BRISBANE, OZ

-> In an update on the upcoming Connecting Cycling Conference in
Brisbane, Australia, Rod Katz said, "Thanks to Peter Strang for all the
hard work that has gone into making this event happen. The program is
really coming together and the logistics are being sorted with a great
attention to detail.

"The conference is a must if you are serious about trying to make
cycling better in your community and helping people get on and enjoy
their bikes. Registration is up so get onto the web-site, tell your
friends about it, and make plans to get to Brisbane."
http://www.bfa.asn.au/conference
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"I want to see Pittsboro [NC] grow from the center out, rather than the
other way around. This will save on infrastructure costs, as well as
promote walkable and bikeable streets where families have easy access
to shopping, eating, enjoying music, recreation and social interaction."
-- Randy Voller, Pittsboro mayoral candidate
http://tinyurl.com/9ym2g
[click on "Click here for our weekly headline stories" then on "Local
developer runs for Pittsboro Mayor"]


  1. Where would you like to see Covington [KY] in 10 years?
  1. "A city with safe and growing neighborhoods; thriving commercial,
    retail, and dining centers; convenient and clean parks; great
    elementary and secondary schools and community college in the urban
    core of Covington; clean streets and sidewalks; a high-end grocery
    store serving urban residents; and a 'walkable urbanity' that is
    pedestrian and bike friendly..."
    -- Jay Fossett, new Covington City Manager
    http://tinyurl.com/dgxh4



"We have pretty much come to assume that the motor vehicle's
destructive dominance of public space is the natural order of things,
just as New Yorkers a century ago assumed cholera epidemics, tenement
fires and child labor were inevitable and unavoidable products of
big-city life."
-- Aaron Naparstek, Columnist, New York Press
http://tinyurl.com/awzxm


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

AMERICA BIKES: SAFETEA MAY MEAN $3B FOR BIKES, PEDS

-> According to an Aug. 11th L.A. Times article, "When Erika Sass moved
[to Minneapolis] from Washington state, she had a choice of how to get
to work: hop in the car and drive 15 minutes or get on her bike and
pedal an hour. She chose the bike. 'I've never seen trails like this,'
Sass said of the bike paths crisscrossing the Twin Cities, one of the
nation's top bicycling areas. The transportation bill signed Wednesday
by President Bush spends most of its $286.4 billion on road-building,
but it also includes a chunk of change -- $3 billion by one group's
estimate -- to expand cycling and walking trails. The Twin Cities are
getting $25 million from a pilot project designed to measure how such
trails can help reduce road congestion.

"'We want to figure out how to make these trails useful, not just for
fitness but for actual transportation,' said Lea Schuster of Transit
for Livable Communities in St. Paul. According to the Rails-to-Trails
Conservancy, a bicycle advocacy group, Minneapolis already has more
people biking to work than any other city -- 2.63 percent of commuters.
State transportation officials said the money probably would be
earmarked for construction. A mile of bike path in the suburbs can cost
from $100,000 to $500,000, but can grow to as much as $1 million in the
city because of the high cost of land acquisition. A mile of new
freeway, by comparison, can cost anywhere from $40 million to $75
million, according to the Metropolitan Council.

"Even if $25 million does buy a lot of trail, bicycle advocates
themselves downplayed the likely effect on congestion. 'It's not going
to fix the Twin Cities congestion problem,' said David Dixen, a board
member at the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. According to
America Bikes, a coalition of eight national bike organizations, the
transportation bill includes potentially $3 billion in bike and
pedestrian money, depending on how states decide to spend the money.
That figure covers projects such as bicycling and walking trails,
sidewalks and bike lanes on roads, said Barbara McCann, a spokeswoman
for the coalition, which lobbied for biking and walking provisions in
the bill..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8mosw
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/alvaa
Cost: No
Title: "Highway Bill Sends Billions to Bike Trails"
Author: Emily Johns
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S.C. COASTAL CONSERVATION LEAGUE PUSHES OPEN PROCESS

-> According to an Aug. 8th Myrtle Beach [South Carolina] Sun News
editorial, "Developers generally prefer to keep public input into their
project proposals to a minimum. When the public decision makers allow
residents to help shape their proposals, developers can find themselves
pressured to change their plans in ways they would prefer not to.

"Copper Station Holdings, the outfit that wants to develop a mixed-use
project on the 5,200-acre Weehaw Tract near Georgetown, prospectively
finds itself in that situation. A group of residents led by the Coastal
Conservation League wants to conduct a charrette into the proposal, but
not with an eye to stop it. The group's objective is to ensure that the
residences and businesses that spring up on 4,500 acres of the tract
blend gracefully with nearby homes and businesses and fit in well with
the community at large.

"It's a great idea that Copper Station leaders should consider
endorsing, especially considering the league has no environmental
concerns about the Weehaw Tract. Mostly high ground that houses a
former tree farm, the tract is well suited to development, as the
league sees it.

"Moreover, the league has engaged, at no cost to the developer or
public, a well-respected planning firm to conduct the Weehaw charrette.
The term means public planning that results in healthy communities. In
late September or early October, Dover, Kohl & Partners of Coral
Gables, Fla., would engage residents, the developer and Georgetown
County planners and elected officials in discussions aimed at creating
a cohesive neighborhood that's greater than the sum of its parts."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8vs3c
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/detrv
Cost: Yes
Title: "Georgetown charrette could improve proposed mixed-use community"
Author: Editorial Board
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BIKES SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES IN US STORES

-> According to an Aug. 3rd Planet Ark article, "The struggling US
automobile industry may do well to take some lessons from its
non-motorized brethren because bicycles are selling like hotcakes.
Americans purchased more bicycles than new cars and trucks combined in
the past year -- and all without employee discounts or zero-percent
financing. 'Our sales have almost tripled in the last couple of years,'
said Bob Ippolito, executive vice president at Pacific Bicycle, the
largest bicycle distributor in the United States.

"The company, which is owned by Canadian Dorel, sold 5 million
bicycles last year, ranging in price from $50 to several thousand dollars.
'Sales are the best we've had in five years,' said Ron Lippner, vice
president of Cadillac Bicycle at Kent International, a private company
that manufactures and sells more than 1 million bikes a year. Lippner
was unable to provide company sales figures. 'This exceptional year has
a lot to do with Lance Armstrong's success from beating cancer and his
cycling events -- a lot of people are trying cycling again,' he added..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7l697
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bnu2g
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycles Selling Like Hotcakes in US Stores"
Author: Rasha Elass
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PLACES IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO WORK IN CYBERSPACE

-> According to an Aug. 11th Government Technology article, "Congested
roads and highways, long commutes, smog, pollution and loss of
productivity are often cited for America's economic woes and the
gradual decline in that elusive 'quality of life' aspect of living in
some of our finest cities. Some believe the decline of our cities
started in 1939 at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The most
popular exhibition was The World of Tomorrow in the General Motors
Pavilion. It featured an enormous model of a city of the Future,
complete with elevated freeways, on-ramps and off-ramps and gleaming
skyscrapers separated by miles and miles of asphalt. For General Motors
and for the rest of America, the vision became reality, as more and
more roads were built across the country and more and more families
were able to purchase their own automobiles.

"Only now, over 66 years later, are we beginning to change the lens in
our camera and see the need for a new and vastly different vision of
our future and the role of cities. In a very real sense, the shift from
an industrial to an information society is the raison d'etre for
revisiting the American love affair with the automobile and asking some
very tough questions about its role in the new economy. By doing so, we
will begin to open the door to new thinking about the architecture of
our cities and renewing their place in our lives. One of the more
interesting paradoxes -- particularly for regions struggling to divine
"smart growth" solutions -- is that the more we live and work in
cyberspace, the more important real place becomes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bvh4j
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Smart Growth and the Internet"
Author: John M. Eger
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MURRAY (UT) WANTS TRANSIT-ORIENTED, MIXED-USE ZONE

-> According to an Aug. 9th Salt Lake Tribune article, "City planners
hope to spawn a walkable community center around Murray's Fireclay
TRAX station by enacting a transit-oriented development (TOD) ordinance.
Imagine people being able to walk out their front doors and get what
they need without having to climb into their cars. 'This TOD ordinance
is the framework to allow that to happen,' says Murray City Council
Chairman Jim Brass. At 4:30 p.m. today, the council will hold a public
hearing at 5025 S. State St. to hear from business owners and residents
who have questions or concerns about the TOD ordinance.

"The ordinance would establish a zone within the Fireclay project area
for high-density mixed use, to include housing, shops, restaurants and
office space. Zone boundaries, still being defined, could extend a
quarter mile out from the TRAX station to 4500 South and 100 feet east
of Main Street, Brass said. The plan, so far, is to leave the zoning
along State Street unchanged, to allow big-box stores up to 150,000
square feet in size. 'We need a grocery store there,' Brass said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/75fvo
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/85myk
Cost: Yes
Title: "Murray wants walkable TRAX mixed-use zone"
Author: Cathy McKitrick
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ROYAL OAK (MI) RESIDENT PUTS SAFETY BEFORE TREES

-> According to an Aug. 11th Mirror article, "Lisa Carlesso wouldn't
mind having a sidewalk displace some trees if it meant her children
would be safer. Carlesso lives on E. Sunnybrook Avenue, one of the
streets slated to receive sidewalks this year. Carlesso is the only
resident of Sunnybrook without a sidewalk that has requested one. The
other residents requested exemptions. They said they moved to the
street because of the bounty of trees, they do not want more concrete,
and they're worried sidewalks will lower their property value.

"But Carlesso has a different view. 'I don't want a few small trees to
come ahead of the safety of our children and the elderly,' Carlesso
said, sitting on her front porch, which faces a small wooded area. In a
June 27 letter to E. Sunnybrook residents, City Engineer Elden
Danielson stated that no trees on the north side of the street would be
removed, and only a few trees smaller that 4 inches in diameter would
be removed from the south side..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/absej
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/89lby
Cost: No
Title: "Resident puts safety before trees"
Author: J.L. Bardelline
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PALO ALTO (CA) PLANS WALKABLE EL CAMINO REAL

-> According to an Aug. 11th Mercury News article, "New plans for
College Terrace Centre in Palo Alto on El Camino and College Avenue,
where JJ&F Market sits, call for a new community of apartments,
offices, shops and landscaped plazas designed to invite pedestrian
strolling on a thoroughfare long given over to whizzing cars. The
beloved JJ&F, known for its handmade deli foods and specialty
groceries, would more than double in size to about that of a Trader
Joe's, so it might better serve neighboring College Terrace and Barron
Park. Outdoor plazas would be open to the public, and shops would line
El Camino Real selling books, flowers, shoes, toys or other wares.

"The next step? Developers want the city to allow the density they need
for the varied uses. Stay tuned..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/can4y
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/belfl
Cost: Yes
Title: "Redone service station is a real"
Author: Renee Koury
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MARLBOROUGH (MA) STUDENTS FACE ASPHALT JUNGLE

-> According to an Aug. 11th Boston Globe article, "Despite its bucolic
name, Lakeside Drive in Marlborough is not beautiful. Instead of shade
trees, park benches, and sidewalks, it's lined with weeds, construction
equipment, and parking lots. The police chief says the road has one of
the highest accident rates in the city.

"'I wouldn't walk it alone, never mind with children,' said Megan
McAuliffe, whose two sons would have to walk along the road if they
didn't take the bus to school. While the School Committee appears on
the verge of jettisoning a plan to institute school bus fees for the
coming year, the controversial proposal has focused attention on how
walkable -- or unwalkable -- the city is. Many roads lack sidewalks --
or have sidewalks on only one side. Some key intersections lack
crosswalks, and some routes would force children to cross state or
local highways..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/aoqbb
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Students face asphalt jungle"
Author: Megan Woolhouse
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PED-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES COMBINE MANY FACTORS

-> According to an Aug. 7th San Francisco Examiner article, "Cities
around the country have been successful in reducing pedestrian
injuries, with campaigns ranging from simple education and enforcement
to capital work that makes streets safer for drivers and walkers alike.
Most successes rely on a combination of measures, experts say, as well
as increased cooperation between citizens and public agencies. 'There
has been a slow but gradual realization cities are making one at time,
that to make a town successful it has to be friendly [for pedestrians].
It's the only way relieve congestion,' explained Dan Burden, a planner
from Florida who specializes in 'walkable' planning. 'And the more
people walk, the safer walking becomes.'

"Salt Lake City and Portland, Ore. have shown the most marked
improvements over the past decade, according to data compiled by the
Surface Transportation Policy Project in Washington, D.C. The 'Mean
Streets,' study completed last year by the agency found that both
cities had lowered their 'pedestrian danger index' (PDI) -- a measure
of yearly pedestrian deaths per capita compared with the number of
walkers in an area -- by more than 30 percent, with Salt Lake City
decreasing its danger factor by a whopping 44 percent. San Francisco,
the same study found, decreased its PDI by 12.9 percent..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9o377
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cxpmn
Cost: No
Title: "How S.F. can learn from other cities"
Author: Marisa Lagos
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TORONTO (ON) BIKE AMBASSADORS HIT STREETS

-> According to an Aug. 10th National Post article, "The City of
Toronto Cycling Ambassador Program is in full swing with Ambassadors
attending hundreds of community events, delivering dozens of safety
talks, and reaching out to thousands of people in various communities
across the city. Join Councillor Adam Giambrone, Chair of the Toronto
Cycling Committee, and the Ambassadors at Nathan Phillips Square as
they provide answers to various cycling-related questions...The Cycling
Ambassador Program is part of the City of Toronto's Bike Plan, which
aims to double the number of bicycle trips made in the city and reduce
the number of bicycle-related injuries in the city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a73zc
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Cycling in the City? Bring your questions here"
Author: Staff
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CHESTER COUNTY (PA) BATTLES SPRAWL

-> According to an Aug. 8th Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Despite one
of the most ambitious open-space programs in America, Chester County is
losing its battle with sprawl. Since 1989, the county has spent a
whopping $140 million to buy easements on farms, expand parks, and
subsidize new projects in its towns. Many Chester County townships have
adopted dedicated taxes to fund their own open-space initiatives. Yet
each year, the county loses about 5,000 acres -- an area larger than
Phoenixville, Coatesville, and West Chester combined -- to sprawling
development. Highways are increasingly clogged with cars. Rural vistas
are disappearing. The fundamental problem is not population growth;
England has protected its countryside despite being much more densely
populated than Chester County.

"The problem is America's love affair with cars and big lots. People
have become accustomed to using a car for every activity and finding a
readily accessible parking space at every destination. For maximum
efficiency, ever-larger schools, shopping centers and corporate
campuses have evolved that draw people from wide areas and require
ample parking. Combine these factors, and development once concentrated
in towns is soon scattered all over the countryside. For example, the
West Chester Area YMCA recently decided to move from downtown West
Chester, where it has operated for more than a century, to a 15-acre
tract two miles away. To the YMCA board, the move seems eminently
logical..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d2xv4
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Lifestyle makes sprawl inevitable"
Author: Thomas Hylton
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ST. HELENA (CA) DEBATES 'LOCAL-SERVING' MAIN STREET

-> According to an Aug. 11th Star article, "In 1972 Richard Nixon had
defeated George McGovern and was under siege because of the Vietnam War
and Watergate. Francis Ford Coppola's 'Godfather' opened and the
Broadway hit 'Hair' closed. It was also one of the worst years for wine
in the history of the Napa Valley because of the rains, while at the
same time the Christian Brothers began to build a new crush pad, a
fermenting room and a laboratory at Greystone. In that same year,
Sprouse-Reitz variety stood on Main Street where Ben Franklin is today.
The House of Miller beauty salon was down the road where Dean & DeLuca
now sells angel hair pasta. Before it moved to Railroad Avenue and
became Smith's, Nu-Way Drugs was ensconced on Main, where Market
Restaurant is now.

"Central Valley Builder's Supply was at 659 Main before it gave way to
Clinic Olé and in '72, Napa Milling on Spring was conducting business
at the old William Tell Hotel and Donaldson's appliance store was at
the current site of Venue in the Eagle and Rose Hotel building on Main
Street. For some residents of St. Helena, many of those aforementioned
changes that have occurred in the downtown area during those last 33
years prove that the town has gone to the tourists; and by extension,
it no longer serves the local community..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d4ggy
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ctonq
Cost: No
Title: "A 'local-serving' Main Street?"
Author: Alan Goldfarb
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MADISON (WI) TRAILS GET $7.8M FROM SAFETEA

-> According to an Aug. 10th WMTV story, "A new federal transportation
law is giving millions of dollars to boost some area bike trails. 2nd
District Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin was responsible for securing $7.8
million to help improve and extend several bike trails in the area,
including the Glacial Drumlin Trail in Cottage Grove.

"'The hope is that it will eventually extend from here all the way to
the City of Madison,' says Marjorie Ward, of the Bicycle Federation of
Wisconsin...'It's definitely a big step forward.'...Money in the bill
will also be going to bike paths in Portage, Wisconsin Dells, Waunakee,
as well as two trails in Madison..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/87p64
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/d9eh3
Cost: No
Title: "Millions Provided for Bike Trails"
Author: Staff
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HILLSBOROUGH (NC) FOLKS WANT MORE SIDEWALKS

-> According to an Aug. 5th Herald-Sun article, "Local residents are
working with town government to make it easier to walk around town. One
citizens committee is looking at strengthening the town's sidewalk
ordinance, while another group is taking public comments on sprucing up
Churton Street. With a town sidewalk project on hold for budgetary
reasons, residents are trying to make suggestions to improve the
current situation. These efforts follow a project in which the town
determined where sidewalks are needed or should be replaced. Better
pedestrian access is tied to a better quality of life and a better
economy for the town, say those involved in the efforts.

"'We're playing a real catch-up game,' said Town Board member Mike
Gering, who is the town representative on the Churton Street Planning
Team. Hillsborough staff in 2004 created a sidewalk construction plan.
During the last budget season, the Town Board learned installing
sidewalks, complete with curbs and gutters, would cost $81 per foot.
The town has set aside money each year for sidewalks but hadn't
accumulated enough to do all the retrofitting needed, Gering said. The
entire sidewalk project would have cost about $500,000. The $50,000
that had been set aside for sidewalks was redirected to a project to
build a walk along the Eno River, Gering said. Beyond the town
government, many local groups have an interest in making the town
more walkable, said Dave Remington, a member of the Hillsborough's
planning board and the Churton Street Planning Team..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a34s5
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/d9f85
Cost: Yes
Title: "Hillsborough groups eye ways to improve town's walkability"
Author: Emily Coakley
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MISSOULA (MT) GROUP PROTESTS DANGEROUS INTERSECTION

-> According to an Aug. 10th Missoulian article, "Wielding a red copy
of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Vernon Bailey crossed the
intersection at West Broadway and Burton Street in his wheelchair. Then
he crossed again. And again. The cars stopped for him. Fenders hissed,
shining in the sunlight as Bailey rolled past, his line-of-vision level
with the steel grills. Of course, his picket sign made him more visible
to drivers. And so did the throng of people surrounding him. They were
trying to cross, too.

"Bailey doesn't usually cross the intersection so confidently, but
there was something about the crowd of 100 people that renewed his
valor Tuesday. 'It says there will be accommodations for us,' he said,
pointing to the text. 'Safety is supposed to be nonnegotiable.' Bailey
was part of Tuesday afternoon's memorial gathering and procession
organized by local activists to honor the five people who have died
crossing West Broadway in the last seven years. Like almost everyone
who turned out for the memorial, Bailey wants a stoplight installed..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8abh4
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cbfln
Cost: No
Title "Group protests, calls for changes at dangerous Broadway intersection"
Author: Tristan Scott
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

'GROSSOLOGY' IS STINKY, OOZY, EDUCATIONAL

-> "A popular science exhibit shows that museums are getting wise about
what it takes to educate kids: Gross them out. Disgusting is appealing,
says Peggy Toth, CEO of Advanced Animations, creator of the museum
exhibit Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. The
company specializes in animatronics for theme park attractions,
including dinosaurs for Universal Studios' Jurassic Park ride. But the
stinky and oozy realm of human bodily functions is its first touring
museum exhibit..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cjjo8


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

GEORGETOWN CO. (SC) WANTS OLD BRIDGE FOR BIKES/PEDS
-> "Georgetown Bridges set for replacement have a chance at new life as
a walking and biking path and fishing pier if Georgetown County and
state Department of Transportation officials can agree on the
transfer..."

SAN FRANCISCO (CA) PRESIDIO TRAIL PLANS TAKE SHAPE

->"Though the first part of the promenade was completed a few weeks
ago, the vision is for the trail to traverse the entire park, offering
views of Crissy Field, the San Francisco National Cemetery and the
Golden Gate Bridge..."
http://tinyurl.com/7utuz

BIKE PATHS ALL THE RAGE WITH MASS. LAWMAKERS

-> "Congress must know a little something about Massachusetts drivers
because it has approved about $40 million to create or extend more than
a dozen bicycle paths from the Berkshires to Boston."
http://tinyurl.com/dzgt6

RECKLESS DRIVERS BIGGEST THREAT NEW YORKERS FACE

-> "In 2004, there were 190,000 car crashes in New York City, a
staggering 520 per day. In these crashes 287 motorists and 179
pedestrians were killed, and about 15,000 injured. And 2004 was a good
year..."
http://tinyurl.com/awzxm

STUDY: IF THERE'S PARKING, THEY WILL COME

-> "Fewer people in San Francisco would drive if they didn't have
parking available, according to a San Francisco State University
study..."
http://tinyurl.com/9wfvr

QUINCY (IL) DRIVERS FEEL $$ PINCH

-> "Greg Reis of Quincy said it costs him more than $70 to fill up his
Suburban, which has a 30-gallon tank. 'I might be riding my bicycle a
little more,' he said..."
http://tinyurl.com/9fy2n

AIRLINES RECALCULATE LOADS, THANKS TO HEAVIER AMERICANS

-> "In response to the supersizing of the American lifestyle and
government surveys showing that airline passengers -- women especially
-- are getting fatter, the FAA has updated weight-and-balance
guidelines used by the airlines to calculate the total load aboard
aircraft..."
http://tinyurl.com/9djmj


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

-> "GENDER AND CRITICAL MASS..."
"...Do high cycle flows correlate with a high proportion of female
cyclists?;" by Andrew Smith; in London Analytics Research Journal,
Issue 1, 2005. 900k pdf.
http://tinyurl.com/7wwzp

-> "WHEN ALPHA STREETS LOSE THEIR ALPHA..."
"...Some holiday musings about the built environment;" article by
Christiaan Morssink; in PA Public Health Watch, Winter 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/dbeue

-> URBAN, RURAL, & REGIONAL VARIATIONS IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Article by Martin, Kirkner, Mayo, Matthews, Durstine; & Hebert; The
Journal of Rural Health, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2005
http://tinyurl.com/aonts

The Council of State Governments has released two new Tool Kits:

-> "TOOL KIT ON TRENDS & POLICY SOLUTIONS FOR ADULT OBESITY"
-> "TOOL KIT ON TRENDS & POLICY SOLUTIONS FOR YOUTH OBESITY"

Both may be downloaded here:

http://tinyurl.com/d5h3c



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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