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


#130 Friday, August 26, 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
  Editorial: The New Safe Routes to School Program
  NCBW Offers Built-Environment Training for Pub. Health Advocates
  Boston (MA) Hosts State Bike/Ped Conference Oct. 19
  Access Board Releases Report on Wheeled Mobility Aids
  ICMA Releases Healthy Community Code Reform Guide

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Indianapolis (IN) Mayor Pushes Physical Activity
  Pleasanton (CA) Council OKs Use of "Speed Lumps"
  U.S. Obesity Continues to Expand
  Gas Prices Hit Gloucester Co. (NJ) School Buses Hard
  Lansing (MI) Folks Consider High Gas Prices' Other Side
  Sussex (WI) Leaders Push Walkable, Bikeable Village
  Starkville (MS) Mayor Promotes Walking, Biking
  Experts: Cycling Helps Oregonians Check Obesity
  Lexington (KY) Focuses CMAQ $$ on Bike, Walk Projects
  Kahului (HI) Plan Features Greenways, Bikeways
  Amsterdam's Bicycle Culture
  Skowhegan (ME) Asks Maine DOT for Traffic Help
  Genoa Twp (MI) Builds Trails, Sidewalks for Kids
  Musings on Neighborhood Life, With Jane Jacobs
  Skokie (IL) Requires Bike Parking in New Developments
  Thomasville (GA) Bike Patrol Gets IPMBA Certification



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

EDITORIAL: THE NEW SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

I would like to suggest that the state departments of transportation
consider making their immediate priority putting together an outreach
program (with their FY05 monies) to inform local communities and school
districts about Safe Routes to School (broadly). We need to keep in
mind that most people have never heard of the notion and that it will
take some time and effort to get them on board. Also, without proper
advanced work, the tendency will be for localities and schools to view
this as nothing more than a "sidewalk grant program" and we will miss
the boat on the opportunity to build a nationwide movement to get kids
bicycling and walking to school again -- regularly.

So, immediate actions could/should include: public awareness/media
outreach, training and orientation programs, community inventories and
assessments (e.g., where the kids live that go to various schools, how
they currently get to/from school, what facilities and barriers exist
to bicycling and walking, etc.). Another immediate opportunity is to
encourage schools/communities to consider BROADLY their school
transportation programs, policies, and expenses. They are ALL feeling
the crunch of rising gasoline costs so this a very "teachable moment"
to get them asking questions about how this hugely expensive function
is being managed ... as well as looking for better (e.g. cheaper,
healthier, sustainable) ways to manage it.

Bill Wilkinson
National Center for Bicycling & Walking
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NCBW OFFERS BUILT-ENVIRONMENT TRAINING FOR PUB. HEALTH ADVOCATES

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is pleased to announce a
new training opportunity for Public Health professionals and advocates.
On November 3-6, we plan to hold a three-day training in and around San
Jose, California. Participants will visit some of the most walkable and
bikeable communities in the country, they will learn about the basics
of good pedestrian and bicycle design, and will get a chance to learn
from the practitioners who made these active communities possible.

Organizer Bob Chauncey, commented on where the inspiration for this
training came from: "For the past year or two I have been crisscrossing
the country, talking to public health practitioners about the
connection between obesity and the built environment. There is a
tremendous amount of interest in this topic. Whenever we talk about
this relationship -- at a conference, at a regional summit, at a
workshop -- we always generate a lot of enthusiasm. I think this
training is a good next step for those who see this link, and want to
do something about it."

Chauncey asks interested public health professionals to contact him
directly, at <bob@bikewalk.org> or 410-570-5765. We will have all the
details in the next issue of Centerlines.
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BOSTON (MA) HOSTS STATE BIKE/PED CONFERENCE OCT. 19

-> In a recent note, William Hanson, Chair of the Framingham (MA)
Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, invited CL readers to "Join people
from across the Commonwealth working to improve bicycling and walking
conditions locally, regionally, and statewide. Participate in workshops
on current issues and initiatives. Discuss shared experiences and
strategies. Enjoy an exciting array of exhibits!"

The event, Moving Together 2005, will be held October 19th in Boston.
For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/csper
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ACCESS BOARD RELEASES REPORT ON WHEELED MOBILITY AIDS

-> According to the Aug. 23rd issue of TRB Transportation Research,
"The U.S. Access Board has released a report that is part of a major
multi-year project to collect human measures data on people who use
wheeled mobility aids. Started in 1999, this work will continue at
least through 2006. The report reviews research conducted in other
countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada and
examines how that research influenced access standards in those
countries. The comparative analysis developed for the report is
designed to provide a framework for the future comparison of research
findings and standards and may serve as a foundation for enhancing the
utilization of research for standards development. The analysis
highlights the importance of integrating research with standards
development, organizing international research collaborations, and
developing international standards."

For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/c9aml
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ICMA RELEASES HEALTHY COMMUNITY CODE REFORM GUIDE

-> According to an Aug. 18th news release, "Local land use policy
changes can encourage more compact, vibrant, and healthy communities,
according to a new guide released by the International City/County
Management Association (ICMA). The consumer guide, 'Creating a
Regulatory Blueprint for Healthy Community Design,' is a road map for
local government officials and their staff as they consider reforming
zoning and development codes to encourage more physical activity in
their areas...

"The guide is especially useful now as more and more jurisdictions
focus on modernization of zoning and land development codes to
encourage the design of more livable neighborhoods. An increasing
number of public health officials contend that code reform is a key
element in efforts to increase physical activity and access to healthy
food among the United States population. ICMA's Creating a Regulatory
Blueprint for Healthy Community Design was produced with support from
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Active Living Leadership
national initiative..."

To download the guide and for more information, go to:
http://icma.org/activeliving
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"I can remember walking as a child. It was not customary to say you
were fatigued. It was customary to complete the goal of the expedition."
-- Katharine Houghton Hepburn
http://tinyurl.com/bg9nf


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

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) MAYOR PUSHES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

-> According to an Aug. 25th Indianapolis Star article, "When it comes
to body shape, Indianapolis residents are living up to the 'Circle
City' nickname -- and Mayor Bart Peterson is determined to do something
about that. Six out of 10 adults in Indianapolis are overweight or
obese, according to a new survey by the Marion County Health
Department, partial results of which were released Thursday -- the same
day the mayor announced a new initiative to battle obesity. The survey
breaks down to 35 percent considered overweight and 26 percent
considered obese, or carrying more than 30 extra pounds. While less
than half of young adults (18-24) fall into those two categories, a
whopping 70 percent of adults 50-64 are overweight or obese -- the
study of more than 4,800 Marion County residents found. The youngest
generation doesn't fare much better. Indiana's children rank third
among the nation's most overweight, Peterson said.

"So Peterson stood in the athletics fields of the Jordan YMCA on the
Northside and kicked off the year-long FitCity campaign focused
particularly on children. The campaign issues a 'fitness challenge' to
Marion County residents to get serious about pursuing a healthy
lifestyle. 'The objective should be to get moving and to get that basic
fitness ethic worked into your routine and into your life,' Peterson
said. Each month the campaign will feature a different event, starting
with a walk for grandparents and grandchildren on Sept. 24th at
Tarkington Park. The mayor said he plans to take an active role in each
event. Noting that much attention is given to fitness buffs who
complete marathon races or achieve star athlete status, Peterson said
he wants to praise those who manage to squeeze fitness into more
mundane lives. 'We want to make heroes out of people who after they
finish dinner instead of lying on the couch and watching television, go
outside and just walk around the block one time,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/buc7e
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/c2rp8
Cost: Yes
Title: "Mayor wants Indy to trim down"
Author: Shari Rudavsky and Dan McFeely
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PLEASANTON (CA) COUNCIL OKS USE OF "SPEED LUMPS"

-> According to an Aug. 25th Independent article, "Speed lumps and
radar speed signs were officially approved for inclusion in the City of
Pleasanton's traffic calming toolbox. The city council unanimously
approved the use of the devices. Councilmember Steve Brozosky was a
reluctant 'yes.' He stated, 'I hate them. The community seems to like
them. I will go with the community.' The vote occurred following a
parade of residents living along Crellin Road speaking in support of
the speed lumps. The city had used Crellin for a pilot program to test
the effectiveness of the speed lumps in reducing speed. Mike Tassano,
senior traffic engineer, said there was a significant speed reduction.
Before the speed lumps were put in, traffic traveled an average of 32
to 36 mph hours; after 25 to 30 mph. The lumps differ from bumps in
that they result in a smooth, rolling motion if vehicles travel at the
speed limit. They are 14-feet long, so the three-inch rise takes place
over seven feet. Grooves in the lumps allow for fire engines to
maintain speed.

"The city also conducted a poll to determine the support for the
devices. Tassano said that 65 percent of those on Crellin liked them;
63 percent who don't live on the road and drive it 'hate them and want
them out.' Most people, Tassano learned, found them to be ugly with 72
percent declaring they detracted from the look of the neighborhood.
However, they also said they would rather have the speed lumps than the
speeders. The cost of the speed lumps is less than other traffic
calming devices, such as traffic circles. Tassano estimated the cost of
the lumps at $3000 to $5000 for a 5 mph hour reduction. A traffic
circle costs $25,000. Traffic circles have been found to decrease
speeds about 1 to 2 mph and can only be used at intersections. Speed
lumps can be used at almost any location. 'They are low cost, have a
low impact on parking and provide significant speed reduction,'
declared Tassano..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9gwhx
Archive search: click on "past issues" and "August 25, 2005"
Cost: No
Title: "Pleasanton Council OKs Use of Speed Lumps"
Author: Staff
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U.S. OBESITY CONTINUES TO EXPAND

-> According to an Aug. 23rd Forbes article, "Obesity rates continue to
climb in every state except Oregon, and government policies and actions
offer little hope of reversing the trend, according to a new report
Tuesday from the Trust for America's Health. The report, 'F as in Fat:
How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2005,' found that
Mississippi is the heaviest state, while Colorado is the least heavy.
More than 25 percent of adults in 10 states are obese -- Mississippi,
Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Michigan,
Kentucky, Indiana and South Carolina. 'Across the board, we have every
state failing to meet the national goal of 15 percent or less of the
population being obese,' Shelley Hearne, executive director of the
Trust for America's Health, told a press conference.

"'Bulging waistlines are growing, and they are going to cost taxpayers
more dollars, and it's going to cost us in years of life and quality of
life, regardless of where you live,' Hearne added. 'We can, and must,
do better to start to turn around this obesity epidemic.' Added study
co-author Parris Glendening, president of the Smart Growth Leadership
Institute: 'About 119 million Americans are either overweight or obese.
That's 64.5 percent of adult Americans.'...The number of obese American
adults rose from 23.7 percent in 2003 to 24.5 percent in 2004. The U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services set a national goal that
obesity would be reduced by 15 percent by 2010. An estimated 16 percent
of active duty U.S. military personnel are obese, and obesity is the
biggest reason for discharging soldiers, Glendening noted..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/exzrf
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Obesity in America Continues to Expand"
Author: Steven Reinberg
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GAS PRICES HIT GLOUCESTER CO. (NJ) SCHOOL BUSES HARD

-> According to an Aug. 24th Gloucester County Times article, "With
classes starting and gas prices rising, county schools don't have a
chance of sticking to this year's transportation budgets. Patricia
Hoey, superintendent for Harrison Township, said the district probably
spent $20,000 more in buses last year than expected. 'I definitely do
know we had a direct impact last year for increased cost on running our
buses,' Hoey said. With buses burning approximately 8-miles per gallon
and prices 50 cents a gallon higher than a year ago, budgets will be
even more strained. Gloucester County Superintendent of Schools Dr. H.
Mark Stanwood said he heard one school representative claim the
district's allotted transportation costs this year could be twice as
much as budgeted.

"'There are significant budget restrictions on how much a school is
able to have in these fund balances,' Stanwood said. 'If some of these
school districts don't factor these fuel increases in,' they will have
budget concerns. 'We know now that we'll probably be going to be over
budget and we're going to have to ask for a transfer from the board (of
education),' said Margaret Meehan, business administrator for the
Washington Township school district. 'We had anticipated a 10 percent
increase and gas prices have already exceeded that.' The school
district's fleet consists of 77 buses -- all with 54 student capacity
-- and 11 vans. 'Our only benefit is that we filled our gas tanks in
June,' before the great price increase, Meehan said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/abmm9
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8h97y
Cost: Yes
Title: "School buses hit hard by gas prices"
Author: Jennifer Riggins
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LANSING (MI) FOLKS CONSIDER HIGH GAS PRICES' OTHER SIDE

-> According to an Aug. 24th City Pulse article, "Whether this summer's
price spike qualifies as [an] emergency...remains to be seen. But some
folks, in Lansing and beyond, see the jump at the pump differently than
the moaners at the water cooler. To them, it's a necessary adjustment,
a much-needed kick in the sustainability buttocks, a unique opportunity
for innovation and local action -- perhaps even a (gulp) good
thing...Lansing resident Jessica Yorko agrees...that the present gas
crunch has potential to put some long-overdue changes into higher gear.
Yorko, who helped organized this year's local Smart Commute project to
encourage bicycling, lives downtown with her husband and young son, and
runs a consulting business from her home.

"'With the gas prices changing, it's an opportunity for people to try
things they might not have tried before,' she says. Like what? When
Yorko got a job offer in the capital city a few years ago, she faced a
daily commute from Kalamazoo. 'I commuted for about a month, just
because I needed to start the job and find a place to live,' she
recalls, 'and it was terrible. I said to myself, "I dislike this
commute so much I don't want to drive to work at all -- not even for 15
minutes."' So she moved within eight blocks of her work, exercising a
non-suburban, non-exurban lifestyle option that's growing more and more
popular among young professionals..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9rrfs
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bx48j
Cost: No
Title: "Energy from braking: The other side of high gas prices"
Author: Lawrence Cosentino
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SUSSEX (WI) LEADERS PUSH WALKABLE, BIKEABLE VILLAGE

-> According to an Aug. 24th Sussex Sun article, "It's a far cry from
the car-culture cul-de-sacs that form a common cartoon image of
suburban life -- especially among city folk. But will people actually
get out of the their cars and walk or bike the sidewalks, roads and
trails that Sussex planners say will thread throughout the community
and help draw it together? According to the planners, people will.
'Once they're paved, the people use them,' said Village President
Michael Knapp, citing the sidewalks the village built alongside Maple
Avenue eight years ago. 'While there was some opposition at first,' he
said, 'they're now well received by the community as a whole.'

"Assistant Village Administrator Jeremy Smith agreed. 'I've seen a
tremendous increase in bikers, walkers and joggers' since the sidewalks
were installed, he said. Knapp said he started thinking about the need
for sidewalks on Maple Avenue when he saw 'so many people walking along
the side of the road.' 'It was dangerous,' he said. Partly because of
the success of Maple Avenue's sidewalks, Sussex began to incorporate
the idea of a 'walkable' community in its official 2020 plan, a set of
guideposts the state requires as part of its Smart Growth plan mandate.
The plan includes a requirement, now part of the village's code, that
all new subdivisions include sidewalks, at least on one side of their
main roads..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b5gy9
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/78ubz
Cost: No
Title "For the movers and shakers of this community, the future looks 'walkable.'"
Author: Peter Abbott
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STARKVILLE (MS) MAYOR PROMOTES WALKING, BIKING

-> According to an Aug. 24th Daily Journal article, "When Mayor Dan
Camp walks city streets, he sees redevelopment. And he sees lots of
streets. The Democrat and developer by trade often walks to work,
keeping his city-owned car parked at City Hall. 'It's good exercise,'
he said. 'Besides, it's promoting Starkville to be a very walkable
community.' He also supports the city's becoming a more 'bikeable'
community. The city recently approved bike lanes along University
Drive, one of the city's busiest streets. If Camp has his way, the city
will have a new public facilities building downtown, re-infusing life
into rundown areas. It also will have condominiums and retail space
next to Mississippi State University's western entrance -- projects in
the works.

"The mayor said he's working to make Starkville a destination for
retirees and students. 'College town communities are attractive to
retirees,' Camp said. 'I want Starkville to be a final destination
choice.' He says he just needs time for positive changes to happen.
Camp, who has been mayor about six weeks, talked about what's been
accomplished and what he hopes to do as the Oktibbeha County seat's
chief executive..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bbfgl
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/crfrp
Cost: No
Title: "Starkville's Camp embraces role as new leader"
Author: Robbie Ward
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EXPERTS: CYCLING HELPS OREGONIANS CHECK OBESITY

-> According to an Aug. 24th CNN article, "To shed the pounds that
crept around her waistline, Linda Ginenthal began riding her bike to
work -- an easy 3 1/2-mile trip. It's not a marathon, nor is it a
grueling hike. Yet diet experts say it's the kind of daily activity
that could hold the secret to why Oregon is the only state in the
nation where the obesity rate did not increase in the past year.
According to a study released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based
Trust for America's Health, the percentage of overweight Oregonians
held steady at 21 percent last year, a sharp contrast to Alabama, where
the rate of obesity increased 1.5 percentage points to 27.7 percent.

"What makes Oregon different is its emphasis on urban design, which
encourages outdoor activities like biking to work, the study's authors
said. Ten percent of Portland residents pedal to the office on a system
of bike paths that crisscross the city like arteries, just as they do
in Boulder, Colorado -- another bike-friendly metropolis, located in
the leanest state in the nation. Only 16.4 percent of Coloradans are
obese, according to the study. 'The solution to obesity is not that
everyone should run a marathon,' said Michael Earls, co-author of the
study. 'It's the little things that begin to make a dent in the
problem, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or riding your
bike to work.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7tgnv
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Experts: Bikes help Oregon check obesity"
Author: AP
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LEXINGTON (KY) FOCUSES CMAQ $$ ON BIKE, WALK PROJECTS

-> According to an Aug. 23rd Herald-Leader article, "Eight
traffic-related projects designed to improve Lexington area air quality
have been approved for funding, the city announced yesterday. The bulk
of the money for the projects, more than $1.2 million, is to come from
the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality [CMAQ] Improvement Program,
enacted by Congress in 1991 to help limit pollution and reduce traffic.
Although more than half of the projects could be of particular interest
to bicyclists, one project involves the extension of reversible lane
controls on Nicholasville Road from Tiverton Way to Southpoint Drive.

"Another of the projects, a Safe Routes to School Pilot Program, is
designed to encourage children to walk, bicycle, carpool and ride buses
to school. 'There's quite a few benefits to a number of these
projects,' said David Schaars, senior transportation air quality
planner for the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization,
which handles transportation planning for Fayette and Jessamine
counties. Kenzie Nelson, Lexington's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator
will be involved in the Safe Routes to School Pilot Program. She said
that between 20 percent and 30 percent of the morning traffic in the
Lexington area is attributed to school travel. Two schools will be
selected for the pilot program, which is to be based on a national
model, she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9zrkw
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dv68g
Cost: Yes
Title: "Eight Fayette traffic projects aim to improve air quality"
Author: Jennifer Hewlett
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KAHULUI (HI) PLAN FEATURES GREENWAYS, BIKEWAYS

-> According to an Aug. 23rd Maui News article, "The vision for A&B
Properties' 826-acre Waiale development became clearer at an open house
last weekend where goals, sketches and ideas from an earlier workshop
were condensed into a more refined draft of a 'community conceptual
plan.' If the design remains on track, then the newest extension to
Kahului would include six residential villages, two schools, a 190-acre
regional park, commercial centers, a health-and-wellness complex, and
long stretches of greenways and bikeways to promote walkable
communities. A&B planners will take the additional suggestions from
Saturday's event and tweak the draft even more for a final presentation
from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the former East-to-West Trading Co. store
near the IHOP restaurant. Members of the public are welcome.

"If nothing else during the past two-week process, A&B -- often
portrayed as an uncaring corporate developer with dwindling connections
to old Maui -- was praised for giving residents the opportunity to add
their two cents to the kickoff of what will be a lengthy journey. 'I
thought it was an interesting process,' said Tony Krieg, chief
executive officer of Hale Makua, who has been an active participant and
an advocate for incorporating senior housing into the project. 'It was
very open and friendly. In my group (at the workshop), there were no
wrong ideas. There was a lot of synergy from people from all walks of
life.' Grant Chun, A&B Properties vice president, expected it would
take more than five years before all the necessary land-use approvals
and permits were in hand..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8jqe7
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Community input helps A&B refine Waiale plan"
Author: Valerie Monson
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AMSTERDAM'S BICYCLE CULTURE

-> According to an Aug. 22nd Slate article by Seth Stevenson, "One
night, strolling in the evening air, I happened by a theater as a play
was letting out. A crowd of distinguished Amsterdammers poured onto the
sidewalk. The men wore blazers and ties, the women wore dresses and
cardigans. Most of these theater-goers were in their 50s and 60s, with
wrinkles and bifocals and graying beards. It looked like a scene you
might witness any night in Manhattan, when a throng of well-dressed New
Yorkers emerges from a downtown playhouse. But there was a key
difference: The New Yorkers would stride toward the curb with one arm
in the air, hailing a taxi. The Amsterdammers, by contrast, were
unlocking their bicycles from nearby racks, hopping up on the pedals
with a little two-step, and riding away.

"I can't tell you how absurd it looked--and how utterly gleeful it made
me -- as these older couples, in prim evening wear, mounted their bikes
and rode side-by-side into the night. They whooshed past me, pedaling
with ease, and their conversations carried on undisturbed. The women's
dresses fluttered about their ankles; the men's cigarette smoke trailed
behind them. 'There's something about riding a bike that makes you feel
like you're 5 years old,' my American friend Carey, who lives and works
here in Amsterdam, said to me. Indeed, these proper Dutch couples
outside the theater seemed to morph, before my eyes, into bouncy little
children. I half-expected the ladies to shriek, 'Wheeeeee!' as their
bikes picked up speed and rounded a corner out of sight..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9deu8
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7qznx
Cost: No
Title: "Should I move to Amsterdam"
Author: Seth Stevenson
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SKOWHEGAN (ME) ASKS MAINE DOT FOR TRAFFIC HELP

-> According to an August 20th Morning Sentinel article, "Speeding
motorists and noisy truck traffic are making life miserable for
residents on Norridgewock Avenue, according to people who turned out
for a meeting with state transportation officials Friday morning. 'We
have 80 school groups a year, a lot of little kids whose safety is
jeopardized,' said Lynnette King, administrator at the Margaret Chase
Smith Library who also lives across the street from the facility. 'At
50 miles per hour -- even in the winter -- you don't know if they see
you or not. It's scary.' Representatives from the Maine Department of
Transportation discussed several possible solutions, including striping
the shoulders of the street, installing speed bumps and putting in
sidewalks and crosswalks. They said there is no way to limit truck
traffic...

"John Balicki, the bicycle-pedestrian coordinator for DOT, said the
town would be responsible for painting stripes on the shoulders to
[designate] it as an official bicycle lane. 'Anything thing you do to
narrow the street makes people slow down," he said. Balicki suggested
what he called speed tables or traffic calming devices, raised sections
in the road: 'That has been effective in Augusta near the Lincoln
School. It's quite a jolt.' He said they cost about $4,000 to $5,000
each to install. Balicki said money to install a sidewalk might come
from Safe Routes to School, a program funded in a federal
transportation budget passed a few week ago. Application could be made
this fall, he said, with a 60-40 matching grant. Crosswalks could then
be considered, he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7b8oo
Archive search: apparently no archives

Cost: ?
Title: "Neighbors air traffic problems"
Author: Darla L. Pickett
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GENOA TWP. (MI) BUILDS TRAILS, SIDEWALKS FOR KIDS

-> According to an Aug. 23rd Detroit News article, "During school
mornings, Christine Vogt helps lead a group of middle school students
in a leisurely walk to school. The parks and recreation professor at
Michigan State University helped organize a group of kids in her Genoa
Township subdivision to walk to Brighton's Maltby Middle School. The
students use local trails and sidewalks that connect their
neighborhoods on the eastern edge of Genoa Township with nearby
schools, the city of Brighton and local attractions such as Mount
Brighton. 'The sidewalks and trails give the kids a great opportunity
to get to school, plus it connects them to Brighton,' Vogt said. Among
the trails that Vogt and her neighbors use is the new Bauer Road Bike
Trail, which was finished earlier this summer. The two-mile-long trail,
which runs along Bauer Road, connects to the Brighton Road Bike Trail
and other local pathways...

"The trail is one of many that have either been constructed or are in
the process of being built in Livingston County. Howell is looking at a
plan called Crosstown Trails, which would link bike paths to sidewalks
in the city and around it in the surrounding townships. The county's
southern townships are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars
improving the Lakelands Trail, a 13-mile linear state park that runs
along the former Grand Trunk Western Railroad rail bed. That's just the
type of development Vogt is advocating. She grew up in a suburban
Chicago community where it was easy to commute in something besides a
car because it was interconnected with trails and sidewalks. Her family
moved to the current subdivision close to the intersection of Brighton
and Bauer Roads because there were so many trails and paths to so many
surrounding attractions. 'Not everybody has cars or can drive,
particularly young kids or old people' Vogt said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/99yym
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: Yes
Title: "Genoa Twp. project makes community more walkable"
Author: Jon Zemke
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MUSINGS ON NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE, WITH JANE JACOBS

-> In an Aug. 22nd Raise The Hammer op-ed piece, Ben Bull looks to Jane
Jacobs for guidance in his quest for a lively neighborhood, "Toward the
middle of ['The Death and Life of Great American Cities,'] I discovered
a list of four main criteria that Jacobs suggests all need to be met,
in order to bring diversity and vitality -- a.k.a. chaos -- to a
neighbourhood.

"As I read them, I wondered how they might apply to my own experiences:

  1. 'The district must serve more than one primary function.'...
  2. 'Most blocks must be short; that is, opportunities to turn corners
    must be frequent.'...
  3. 'The district must mingle buildings that vary in age and condition
    so that they vary in the economic yield they must produce.'...
  4. 'There must be a sufficiently dense concentration of people.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7n5mh
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Climbing the Tree"
Author: Ben Bull
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SKOKIE (IL) REQUIRES BIKE PARKING IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS

-> According to an Aug. 25th Skokie Review article, "Bikers who move
into new Skokie developments will have a place to park their bikes
under an amendment to the zoning code approved last week by village
trustees. The number of required bicycle parking spaces will range
from, 5 to 15 percent of the required motor vehicle parking spaces,
Community Development Director Peter Peyer said. Existing developments
will not be impacted unless they are required to expand their vehicle
parking. In such cases, said Plan Commission Chairman Paul Luke, the
development site plan is usually changed for the additional parking,
and the bike parking could easily be added. 'I wish we could make this
retroactive,' said trustee Don Perille, expressing a desire to see more
developments offering bicycle parking.

"Perille said he lives in a building with 20 bicycle parking spaces and
they are not enough. 'It's not enough even with older people in the
building,' he said. Trustee Michael Gelder, a self-proclaimed new
convert to bicycle riding, said he supports the amendment. 'I share the
enthusiasm for moving ahead in this area,' he said. 'It's so much
better to have a design for facilities for parking than using the
parking meters or street signs that give the village a much more
unkempt kind of appearance.' Peyer said a mixed-use development would
generally require bicycle spaces numbering 15 percent of required motor
vehicle spaces. The percentage drops to 10 for regular developments and
schools and 5 for strip shopping centers..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9tvv6
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7d877
Cost: No
Title: "Bicycle parking mandatory for new developments"
Author: Mike Isaacs
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THOMASVILLE (GA) BIKE PATROL GETS IPMBA CERTIFICATION

-> According to an Aug. 25th WALB-News story, "The Thomasville Police
Department's bicycle squad is becoming nationally certified through the
International Police Mountain Bike Association. Seven additional
officers will be added to the existing four person team. It's based in
a central location in Thomasville so officers can branch out quickly.

"Officer Terry Whigham says the main advantage of the bicycle squad is
stealth. 'Our main times of operation is at nighttime. We use cover and
concealment methods using buildings, dark paths in the roadways,
different patrol techniques that we use with the bicycle to conceal
ourselves,' says Whigham..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8q6x2
Archive search: use "Search" window
Cost: No
Title: "Bike squad gets bumped "
Author: Staff
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

MONTANA'S DINOSAUR TRAIL IS ALL MAPPED OUT

-> According to the Aug. 23rd MATR News, "If you're interested in
dinosaurs, follow the Montana Dinosaur Trail. The new Fort Peck museum
is home to one of the world's most complete T. rex skeletons. Since it
opened in early May, the museum has been host to more than 19,000
visitors, thanks in part to the dinosaur trail promotion launched
earlier this year, according to the Great Falls Tribune. Officials had
hoped for 12,000 in a year."

A map from Travel Montana and this web site can help you find the
state's 13 dinosaur museums via the state highway system.
http://tinyurl.com/9zvsk

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a9sah


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

ANNOUNCING EPA'S NEW GAS-GUZZLER RELIEF ACT

-> "For example, the [Hummer] H2, a pleasure craft if there ever was
one, does not have to meet any fuel economy standards because it is so
heavy that the regulations consider it a commercial vehicle..."
http://tinyurl.com/73rgl

MAINE GETS FEDERAL $$ FOR SAFER ROUTES TO SCHOOLS

-> "The Bicycle Coalition of Maine...calls Maine a leader in the
effort. Last year, Governor John Baldacci announced more than a half
million dollars in grants to 13 Maine communities for the first Maine
Safe Routes to School program..."
http://tinyurl.com/can9k

BOONE (NC) UNIV. STUDENT RUNS FOR TOWN COUNCIL

-> "Randolph also advocates expansion of the Greenway Trail to increase
foot and bicycle travel -- decreasing traffic without excessive
costs..."
http://tinyurl.com/9blan

TEXAS DOT TO REBUILD MAJOR KERRVILLE STREET

-> "The [$17.9 million] project, which is expected to take at least 20
months to complete, will completely rebuild the pavement, add sidewalks
and bicycle lanes and update traffic signals.
http://tinyurl.com/8vgro

BLUESMAN OTIS TAYLOR HAS CYCLING PAST

-> "Young Otis spent time at the Denver Folklore Center where he bought
his first instrument, a banjo. He used to play it while riding his
unicycle to high school...[In the 70s, he] began coaching a
professional bicycle team. They ranked 4th in the nation and were known
for having two of the best African-American riders in the country..."
http://tinyurl.com/9hc4x

PHILIPPINE COUNCILOR SEEKS BIKE LANES AMID OIL CRISIS

-> "DAVAO City Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III Thursday called on the
City Council committee on energy and transportation to work on the
establishment of bicycle lanes as the energy crisis looms..."
http://tinyurl.com/cyual

BANFF (AB) CYCLIST ATTACKED BY DECEASED TREE, SURVIVES

-> "Somehow, on a dead calm day after a rain, a tall, dead fir tree
dislodged its roots and toppled over, hitting Griffith on the shoulders
and slamming him face first into the pavement, giving him a
concussion..."
http://tinyurl.com/d7lej


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

-> "ACTIVE LIVING AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES"
Aug. 2005 issue of WellSpring, from the Alberta Centre for Active
Living; includes articles on access and encouraging the abilities of
people with disabilities.
http://tinyurl.com/7egx5
For more on the Centre, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/dekfc

-> "MANAGING PERSONAL MOBILITY DEVICES (PMDs)...
"...On Nonmotorized Facilities;" Victoria Transport Policy Institute
article by Todd Litman on how to respond to new modes such as scooters
and Segways; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/abgcp

-> "PARTNERING WITH STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY OFFICES..."
"Tips and Tactics for Success;" Governors Highway Safety Association;
2004. (1.2mb)
http://tinyurl.com/8h6jo

-> "COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS"
Spin Project article from the Independent Media Institute; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/9pstf

-> "TRANSPORT AND CLIMATE CHANGE"
Commission for Integrated Transport report examines effectiveness of UK
transport policy in meeting commitments to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 2010.
http://tinyurl.com/8brtv


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 19, 2005, Moving Together 2005, Boston, MA. Info: Baystate
Roads Program, phone: (413) 545-2604; email:
<baystate_roads@hotmail.com>.
http://tinyurl.com/csper

October 21-23, 2005, Thunderhead Training, San Francisco, CA. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

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 -- EXEC. MGR. -- BICYCLE-FRIENDLY BERKELEY COALITION
The Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition (BFBC) seeks a motivated and
energetic advocate for alternative transportation, to serve in a
dual-role, Executive Manager position, as manager of the Berkeley
Bikestation and as Volunteer/Membership Coordinator of BFBC. The
Berkeley Bikestation is an attended, bike-parking facility in the
Downtown Berkeley BART Station, and BFBC is a grassroots,
member-supported, and volunteer-run non-profit. Our mission is bicycle
advocacy and education within the city of Berkeley.

The Executive Manager position requires 25-30 hours/week, on a flexible
schedule basis. Salary is $25,000-$30,000/year, based on experience,
with two-week paid vacation. The position has great potential to be
expanded into a full-time Program Coordinator position. The ideal
candidate will have an interest in fundraising and seeking grants for
bicycle-related programs, such as bicycle safety classes, safe routes
to schools, Bike-to-Work Day promotion, etc. Full details about the
Executive Manager position can be found on the BFBC website at
http://www.bfbc.org.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience with a transportation
advocacy organization that promotes alternative, human-scaled,
transportation systems in the greater Berkeley area. Berkeley is a
bicycle-friendly community with a progressive approach to
transportation planning. Please call 510-549-7433 with any questions.
Applications accepted until position filled. Please send resumes and
letter of interest to: Bicycle-Friendly Berkeley Coalition, ATTN:
Bikestation Manager/VC Position, P.O. Box 13357, Berkeley, CA 94712;
Fax: 510-849-9972; Email: dcampbel@lmi.net


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