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


#131 Friday, September 9, 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
  International Walk to School Day
  As Gas Prices Rise, Pima Co. (AZ) Promotes Cycling
  Active Living Resource Center Introduces Get Started Studio

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  New Residents Take to St. Charles (MO) Development
  Norwood (MA) Panel Presents Ped Safety Blueprint
  Dutch, Others Adopting "Legible Streets" Approach
  Northland (OH) Folks Want Sidewalks on Road Project
  Purcellville (VA) Ped/Bike Work Pays "Huge Dividends"
  Cary (NC) Program Helps Keep Kids Fit for Life
  OK. St. Univ. Student: Let's Get Walking, Stillwater!
  Lyon (FR) Starts Large-Scale Bike Rent Program
  San Jose (CA) Guadalupe River Gets Trails, Park
  Frederickson (WA) Builds a Meeting Place
  Is End of Suburban Commute Coming?



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


INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> International Walk to School Week will be celebrated October 3
through 7. The official website of International Walk to School Week
(http://www.iwalk.org/) reports that Walk to School Week 2004 attracted
3 million participants from 36 countries around the globe. In the USA
an estimated 3000 school participated from all 50 states
(http://www.walktoschool.org). Wherever you are the mission of the
event is the same -- to create powerful partnerships for change.

In 2002 I managed to get my children's elementary school to participate
in Walk to School Day. It wasn't easy convincing the (entrenched,
change-fearing) school administrators, PTA members and the local
leaders. My lobbying efforts began in 2000 and the event didn't happen
until after I promised to also manage the school's biggest fund raiser,
the Walkathon, and to become the school's safety coordinator. Then (as
now) I didn't have the time to take on any of those tasks but I did.
The event turned out to be a tremendous success mostly because of a new
and very enthusiastic principal who insisted on and made it possible
for everyone in the school to participate. I am proud to say that
Jefferson School will be celebrating its fourth annual Walk to School
Day this October -- 500+ students, all walking, all together -- a sight
to behold!

Walk to school events give me great hope that some day every child who
wants or needs to walk or ride a bicycle to school may be able to do so
safely and conveniently. The recent passage of the federal
transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, with a $612 million appropriation for
safe routes to school should help turn the dream to reality. More than
money, though, it will take a commitment from all of us to walk the
talk; get involved, roll up your sleeves and make things happen for and
with the kids.

NCBW will be celebrating the Walk to School / Safe Routes to School
movement by making Safe Routes to School presentations at the following
conferences:

-> American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials
(AASHTO's) Annual Conference, Nashville, TN., September 17-18.
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/aashto

-> Connecting Cycling 2005: Planning for Healthy Communities, Brisbane,
Australia, October 5-8.
http://www.bfa.asn.au/conference

-> New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association Annual
Planning conference, New Brunswick, NJ, October 28.
http://www.njapa.org/

Hope to w/talk with many of you at one or more of these gatherings.
Till then -- Happy trails!
--Sharon Roerty Director for Community Programs, NCBW
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AS GAS PRICES RISE, PIMA CO. (AZ) PROMOTES CYCLING

-> In a recent note, Matt Zoll mentioned that Pima County (AZ) is
seizing the opportunity presented by high gas prices. "We're providing
bicycle driver and commuter education classes, a free bike lighting kit
($40 value) for persons who sign up, and free food. The classes and
perks are covered through local non-profit support, a small fee of $15
for most persons who sign up (sort of a 'buy in' from them, but free to
high school classes), volunteer support, and a small part of our budget
for our regional bicycle and pedestrian safety and education
Transportation Enhancement Activities (TEA) grant that we are getting
under way this fall (it's a $567,000 program over three years)..."

For more info, contact Matthew Zoll, AICP, Bicycle and Pedestrian
Program Manager, Pima County Department of Transportation, 201 N. Stone
Avenue, 5th Fl, Tucson, AZ 85701-1215; phone: (520) 740-6746; fax:
(520) 740-6341; email: <Matt.Zoll@dot.pima.gov>
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ACTIVE LIVING RESOURCE CENTER ADDS GET STARTED STUDIO

The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is introducing the new Get Started
Studio. This interactive process gets you and your local organization
directly involved with our staff as you start making your neighborhood or
community more walkable and bicycle friendly. Rather than giving you
off-the-shelf resources, the ALRC will offer guidance on solving your local
problems with regard to creating or improving pedestrian and bicycle
access and transportation . We are particularly interested in working with
communities that are striving to create active living opportunities for
underprivileged youth.

The suggestions we offer may not be the "complete and perfect" answers,
partly because we can't study your town for ourselves. However, they
should get you going in the right direction.

To use the Get Started Studio, start by filling out the online form. We'll also
need several photographs and some other information that we've outlined
at the information page linked below. We'll get back to you with questions,
ideas, suggestions, and more. Think of it as having your own on line consultant!

As a CenterLines reader, if you're not involved with a local neighborhood
group that needs some suggestions, consider forwarding this announcement
of the Get Started Studio to a local group that might want to take part.
We won't be able to do a full response to every submission, but we're
looking forward to working with a number of neighborhoods and
communities across the country.

For more information, go to:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/get_started_studio_intro.html

The online submission form is at:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/get_started_studio_form.html
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "[When I was elected Mayor four years ago] I vowed to 'repair our
dilapidated infrastructure, fill our potholes, and repair our streets
and sidewalks'...Our famous 'Pot Hole Posse' has filled thousands of
pot holes, and pedestrian safety is way up and a plan to repair our
sidewalks is in place."
-- Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta, GA
http://tinyurl.com/af4ds

"America's most romantic, walkable, historic city is no longer herself."
-- J. Stephen Perry, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
http://tinyurl.com/9gkm3

"The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is composed of 25 percent light sweet
crude and 75 percent heavy sour crude. Do you know the difference? One
difference is that sour crude is more difficult and more expensive to
refine. In addition to that it requires special dedicated refineries,
of which there are few."
--James Howard Kunstler, author
http://tinyurl.com/8bcpe


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

NEW RESIDENTS TAKE TO ST. CHARLES (MO) DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a Sept. 7th St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, "From the
vast fields of soybeans and corn, a new town is rising on the fertile
flatlands that fringe the northern part of St. Charles. And although
from a distance it may look more like a movie set than a real town, the
houses are real and so are the enthusiastic new residents. It's called
New Town at St. Charles and people are embracing the planning concept
behind it. Called New Urbanism, it represents a growing trend toward
more compact, walkable, mixed-use communities.

"The $1.5 billion project is the largest ever to be built in the St.
Louis area; it will eventually have 5,700 homes. Planning began in
early 2003 and a little more than two years later, people started
moving in. About 100 families now call it home. They sit on their front
porches and chat with their neighbors who are out and about, perhaps
taking an evening stroll to pick up their mail at the mail center in
the middle of town. With no individual mailboxes, a central mail center
is part of the philosophy to get people out and mingling..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/aplkq
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bsm63
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "What's old is new again in St. Charles development"
Author: Marianna Riley
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NORWOOD (MA) PANEL PRESENTS PED SAFETY BLUEPRINT

-> According to a Sept. 9th Daily News Transcript article, "A year
after Norwood High freshman Allison White was struck and killed by a
car while crossing Chapel Street, the town's Pedestrian Safety
Committee is implementing short- and long-term safety plans. General
Manager John Carroll initially convened the committee with
representatives from the police, school, public works and engineering
departments to look at every crosswalk in town and develop ideas to
prevent another tragedy. Initially, Carroll hoped the committee would
give a report and recommendations to Board of Selectmen within three
months. But when the committee sat down to talk about pedestrian
safety, it opted to take a bigger view. 'We said if we were going to do
it, we wanted to do it right,' said Town Engineer Mark Ryan.

"The committee quickly outlined a three-pronged strategy that would
address educational, engineering and enforcement issues. The committee
first took an inventory of all sidewalks and crosswalks in town.
Members talked to school officials about their concerns. Bus drivers
were asked what they saw while making their rounds and what
intersections were particularly dangerous. The committee obtained a
14-minute pedestrian safety video from Honda that is geared toward 5-
to 9-year-olds. Those videos have been distributed to each elementary
school. A Federal Highway Administration public service announcement
has been broadcast on local cable TV. Intersections and road
construction projects have all been studied to determine how they can
be designed to optimize pedestrian safety..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7aptv
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/d7u5f
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Panel set to report new safety blueprint for Norwood streets"
Author: Brian Falla
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DUTCH, OTHERS ADOPTING "LEGIBLE STREETS" APPROACH

-> According to an article in the Aug. 2005 issue of Roads & Bridges
Magazine, "Traffic calming was born in the streets of the Netherlands
in the late 1960s as a reaction to the rapid increase in traffic
volumes and the accompanying deterioration in the livability of
post-World War II Dutch cities. At the time, the idea of placing
obstacles in the roadway to restrain traffic speeds and flow was
considered to be extremely radical -- even in the Netherlands. However,
by the mid-1970s traffic calming had been adopted as official Dutch
government policy for design and had spread to surrounding northern
European countries and even to America in places like Berkeley and
Seattle. It may have taken 40 years, but the engineering establishment
in the U.S. has slowly come to accept traffic calming as a part of the
tool box for street design--at least for use on local streets.

"While we in the U.S. have been cautiously grappling with how and where
to use traffic calming, the Dutch and their northern European neighbors
have continued to experiment and innovate in finding constructive ways
to accommodate cars in their cities. Designers in these countries have
been motivated both by the desire to enhance living conditions in their
cities and to increase safety for all road users. It is worth noting
that in 1970, the fatality rate per capita in the Netherlands and the
U.S. was almost identical. Now the Dutch rate is 2.5 times less than
that in America. What is interesting is that Dutch engineers do not
seem to consider this dramatic progress to be good enough: Now the goal
in countries like the Netherlands and Sweden is to actually eliminate
traffic fatality as a factor in everyday life. Out of this innovative
environment has emerged a new concept for street design that is
variously referred to as legible streets, self-explaining streets or
shared streets..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dcn4z
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Care to Share?"
Author: Norman W. Garrick
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NORTHLAND (OH) FOLKS WANT SIDEWALKS ON ROAD PROJECT

-> According to a Sept. 8th ThisWeek article, "The Ohio Department of
Transportation's plans for safety improvements along a roughly two-mile
stretch of state Route 3 will not include the addition of sidewalks or
connections to existing bike and pedestrian paths. Northland Community
Council (NCC) vice president Chuck Parker said he was disappointed by
ODOT's response. 'Any time you're doing major construction work like
this, you should go ahead and put in sidewalks for safety reasons,'
Parker said. 'The residents of that area want the sidewalks, but ODOT
won't do it. It's a shame.' [NCC] officials sent a letter to ODOT in
May asking for a study to determine the feasibility of adding these
elements to the plan, but that study was never conducted...In May, ODOT
officials and Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects presented their
preliminary plans for the project and solicited the input of area
residents and business owners about the proposed road improvements...

"ODOT's official response, dated Aug. 24, said the lack of sidewalks
'was not identified as a safety issue in the safety study that was
performed for this project.' According to ODOT spokeswoman Andrea
Hernandez, the agency's response was mailed to residents and businesses
surrounding the section of road being improved, as well as to anyone
who added their name to the mailing list at one of the public meetings
held concerning the Route 3 project. The response also said that adding
sidewalks 'would require the purchase of additional right-of-way, which
would increase the cost of the project and increase the impact to
property owners.' 'We look at sidewalks as part of every project we
do,' said ODOT spokesman Todd Sloan. 'But it just isn't feasible in
this case. Increased costs and right-of-way issues that could actually
hurt businesses along that part of the road are a concern.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/762ym
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cobrs
Archive cost: No (but limited to 30 days)
Title: "No sidewalks, bike path extensions for Route 3 project"
Author: Randy Navaroli
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PURCELLVILLE (VA) PED/BIKE WORK PAYS "HUGE DIVIDENDS"

-> According to a Sept. 8th Leesburg Today article, "The Virginia
Department of Transportation has awarded the Town of Purcellville
$450,000 to support its bike and pedestrian safety project. One of the
town council's major objectives over the past several years has been to
improve and expand its sidewalk network throughout town. The council
has relied on the recommendations of the town's Parks and Recreation
Advisory board, which worked long and hard on producing a master plan
for pedestrian safety in town. Those efforts reach back to 2001,
according to Purcellville Councilman Gregory W. Wagner, who said the
effort to plan and promote a walkable, bikeable community is 'beginning
to produce huge dividends.' Wagner has long been a supporter of
improving pedestrian facilities in town.

"This is the second year the town has been successful in obtaining the
grant funds for the project. The town will be responsible for matching
the grant award with a payment of $50,000. Last year's award of
$460,000 will go to bike and pedestrian improvements on North Maple
Avenue, which has posed significant safety concerns during the past few
years. Work is already under way on the Maple Avenue project, which
will include a sidewalk linkage from the W&OD Trail to the Main/Maple
intersection..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7zdma
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8anm7
Archive cost: No
Title: "Purcellville Gets $450K Safety Grant"
Author: Margaret Morton
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CARY (NC) PROGRAM HELPS KEEP KIDS FIT FOR LIFE

-> According to a Sept. 8th News 14 Carolina story, "An innovative
partnership of business, educators and parents aims to attack obesity
and keep youngsters fit for life. It's called the Fit-n-Fun-4-Life
program and some Cary elementary school students are excited about
getting some exercise on a new fitness course. It's not everyday kids
talk about something at school being fun. Fifth-grader Sam Bagherpour
said, 'It's going to be really cool and we'll have a lot of fun doing
it and it'll be really fun.' But students like Bagerpour and Ryan Basso
at Briarcliff Elementary have something to be excited about, a brand
new fitness course as part of the program.

"Basso stated, 'I think it's really cool and it's going to make a big
improvement to our playground and stuff.' Time Warner Cable, News 14
Carolina's parent company, partnered with Fox Sports South, the Wake
County School System and parents to build the new fitness course. It's
just over a quarter of a mile long with half a dozen pieces of fitness
equipment along the way, like monkey bars, leg press and even a
contraption designed to help children with their balance. 'It just
helps them have a healthy lifestyle,' physical education teacher Greg
Brooks explained. 'Anybody can come outside and be physically fit..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8m4y3 [includes video link]
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Program helps keep kids fit for life"
Author: Heather Moore & Web Staff
For more on the Fit-n-Fun-4-Life program, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/aare9
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OK. ST. UNIV. STUDENT: LET'S GET WALKING, STILLWATER!

-> In a Sept. 8th Daily O'Collegian column, Robert Allen said,
"Consider that one century ago, motor vehicles were about as common as
private airplanes are today. A young twenty-something would peruse the
town on foot or by bicycle and think nothing of it. Today, 60 percent
of us are overweight and slaves to our sleek, over-powered automobiles.
Many of us don't give a second thought to hopping in the car and
cruising over to Wendy's for a triple meat burger...I recently
discovered that walking to the store is not nearly as difficult as I
had once perceived. One of the benefits of living in the town of
Stillwater is that just about everything you need is within a mile or
two.

"Foot-travel is a win-win situation because not only are you burning
calories and enjoying what's left of nature, but you will likely be
more inclined to visit a supermarket than a fast-food venue. A walk to
the store is quite time-consuming. Anyone who tries to walk to
McDonald's every day for a greaseball sandwich is either going to keel
over and die or stock up elsewhere on food to prepare at home. The best
solution is to turn your back on the world of false meat and raped
potatoes. Take a hike to your local grocer. Consider the purchase of
some healthy fruits and vegetables. They will make your life better. I
promise..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/94qeh
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7umfs
Archive cost: No
Title: "Pricey gas vs. chubby backsides"
Author: Robert Allen
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LYON (FR) STARTS LARGE-SCALE BIKE RENT PROGRAM

-> According to an Aug. 22nd Wired article, "Thousands of commuters in
Lyon, France, are using pedal power instead of gas, under an ambitious
new program that lets people rent bikes from public racks at low cost.
It's kind of like peer to peer for public transport. The rent-a-bike
scheme, called Velo GrandLyon, is open to anyone armed with a credit
card. It costs 1 euro ($1.20) an hour, but there is no charge for the
first 30 minutes. Since 90 percent of trips take less than half an
hour, most subscribers pay nothing. In just three months, the program
has signed up 15,000 subscribers who take 4,000 trips a day and travel
over 24,800 miles a week on 2,000 public bikes at 150 bike stations.

"'It's a very novel and interesting scheme,' said Brian O'Gallachoir,
senior researcher at the Sustainable Energy Research Group in
University College Cork, Ireland. 'Certainly, bikes are one of the most
efficient forms of public transport. Once built, they cause zero
emissions.' Lyon isn't the first city to try a public rent-a-bike or
borrow-a-bike plan, but its program is showing more legs than most.
Earlier efforts failed because they ran out of money, like the Yellow
Bike project in Portland, Oregon. Or the bikes were simply stolen, as
happened with Amsterdam's White Bikes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bpwzg
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "A P2P Network for Bikes"
Author: Daith O'hAnluain
For more on the program, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/cpqqd
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SAN JOSE (CA) GUADALUPE RIVER GETS TRAILS, PARK

-> According to a Sept. 8th Mercury News article, "For decades, San
Jose has turned its back on the Guadalupe River, largely ignoring the
sleepy waterway unless it was overflowing its banks in winters with
heavy rainfall. That's about to change with the official opening of
Guadalupe River Park & Gardens on Saturday. Not only does the park
offer miles of hiking and biking trails, picnic and play spots, it also
provides a whole new way to get to know San Jose. The park is a work in
progress. Construction on Highway 87 near West San Fernando Street, for
example, will keep that part of the trail closed for a while --
although it will be open for Saturday's festivities.

"Fences that currently block the trail where it crosses the Union
Pacific railroad tracks between Coleman Avenue and Julian Street also
will come down for the grand opening. But they will be back up
immediately after, and a long-term solution -- a pedestrian overpass or
underpass -- is still being worked out. We recently took a stroll along
the river with the park's education coordinator, Kary Wilson, a
wildlife biologist. Our tour started near the park's northern boundary,
at Interstate 880, and ended a little over two miles later, at Woz Way
Plaza just south of the Children's Discovery Museum..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dxnw2
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "The New Guadalupe"
Author: Holly Hayes
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FREDERICKSON (WA) BUILDS A MEETING PLACE

-> According to a Sept. 5th News Tribune article, "As road construction
limits lanes approaching the intersection of Canyon Road East and 176th
Street East in Frederickson, 18-wheelers, gravel trucks and cars line
up bumper to bumper along orange pylons and concrete barriers, waiting
for a green light. With gravel mining and land-filling operations on
two of the intersection's four corners, people driving through might
wonder if this really is going to be the community center that
Frederickson residents said they wanted. Despite its appearance, plans
are going ahead. A 57-acre commercial development that includes an
11-screen movie theater, a motel and other businesses is being built on
the northwest corner of the intersection southeast of Tacoma...

"Hoping such developments would create places for people to congregate,
walk and dine, Frederickson residents banned big-box stores there and
instituted other development guidelines in a growth plan they helped
create. In the past several years, Pierce County planners have drafted
guides for unincorporated communities, outlining policies and
development regulations on how the areas should grow. In these suburban
communities, including South Hill, Parkland and others, residents
wanted to create walkable community centers that would give them
gathering places, said Sean Gaffney, a county planner. In Parkland,
residents envision the Garfield Street neighborhood near Pacific
Lutheran University as their community center. In South Hill, residents
hope commercial developments would create what they call urban villages
on Meridian Avenue East at 128th and 152nd streets east. 'The community
plans planted seeds of the residents' visions,' Gaffney said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/88lwy
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7r2hh
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Frederickson builds a meeting place"
Author: Eijiro Kawada
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IS END OF SUBURBAN COMMUTE COMING?

-> In a Sept. 6th Palm Beach Post Editorial, Joel Engelhardt asks,
"How much more does the price of gas have to climb to end this nation's
infatuation with sprawl? It's easy to blame developers for devouring as
much land as possible to spread as many homes as possible across the
post-World War II American landscape. But when will home buyers reject
this phase of America's growth? And what does sprawl have to do with
the price of a gallon of gas? Sprawl requires cars. Without cars,
people can't live miles from the nearest stores, miles from jobs, miles
from family. Sprawl isn't just the low-density subdivisions that
predominate west of Interstate 95 in most of Palm Beach County or
throughout Port St. Lucie.

"It's the decision to build homes apart from stores and apart from
office buildings. Everything in its place; never the twain shall meet.
No foul odors or loud trucks are allowed near America's gorgeous
cul-de-sacs -- as long as people can get where they need to go by car.
For years, builders have scoffed at the growing call for walkable
communities by saying 'No one's going to walk to the grocery store no
matter how close it is.' Americans do love their cars. But at what
price? For how long can suburbanites balance a checkbook when the gas
costs they took for granted rise so rapidly? Debt is one answer. Most
Americans are saving too little and borrowing too much. It doesn't feel
so much like borrowing when it's just a balance on a credit-card bill.
What's another $1 for a gallon of gas?..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a8sea
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/d6gw3
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "End of the suburban commute?"
Author: Joel Engelhardt
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

Now available in the US...
THE NEWLY REDESIGNED BANANA GUARDS ARE HERE!!!!

The Banana Guard allows for the safe transport and storage of
individual bananas letting you enjoy perfect banana anytime, anywhere.

The Banana Guard was specially designed to fit the vast majority of
bananas. Its other features include multiple small perforations to
facilitate ventilation thereby preventing premature ripening and a
sturdy locking mechanism to keep the Banana Guard closed. The Banana
Guard is of course dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Colors currently available from Wallbike:
Ravishing Red, Mellow Yellow, Brilliant Blue, and Passionate Purple

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bqvhh
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S

NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOLS GEAR UP FOR "WALK TO SCHOOL DAY"

-> "On Wednesday Oct. 5, local schools will have the opportunity to
join students, parents and community leaders from more than 3,000
schools in 50 states to celebrate a simple but increasingly rare act --
the walk to school..."
http://tinyurl.com/bdvwf

TRENTON (IL) PASTOR RIDES TO WORK

-> "West Gate Baptist Church Pastor Mike May says he has 'the answer'
to high gas prices and dependence on foreign oil, and he's sitting on
it. May, who lives in the country between Trenton and New Baden, says
he has begun to ride his bicycle into town for his duties at the
church. The knapsack holds whatever May needs to carry and he says
Western Clinton County, with its dearth of hills provides an excellent
bicycling venue. He is considering starting a bicycle club to encourage
others to follow the same example..."
http://tinyurl.com/7naty

SAND LAKE (MI) SEES BIKE THEFT UPSWING

-> "Police Chief Doug Heugel said about 30 bicycles were stolen in July
from Sand Lake and surrounding communities, many of them turning up in
the village..."
http://tinyurl.com/blz3h

STUDY: BREAKFAST, CEREAL KEEP GIRLS SLIM

-> "Girls who ate breakfast of any type had a lower average body mass
index, a common obesity gauge, than those who said they didn't..."
http://tinyurl.com/bvkog

CYCLING WASH. ST. REP. PROPOSES GAS TAX ROLLBACK

-> "Shortly after House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis,
floated the plan, the governor rejected it...DeBolt was on a bicycle
trip and could not immediately be reached for comment on the quick
demise of the plan..."
http://tinyurl.com/8ofcb

WALKING TO SCHOOL EASY WAY FOR KIDS TO EXERCISE

-> "The Federal Highway Administration has reported that half of all
students either walked or biked to school in 1969..."
http://tinyurl.com/aexom

BENDIGO (OZ) MOTORISTS RETHINK DRIVING HABITS.

-> "'Residents are starting to think about having to pay in the
vicinity of $1.60 a litre for petrol and it's turning them away from
their vehicles,' said [Bruce Tonkin, of Moroni's Bikes]..."
http://tinyurl.com/9rful

TIDBIT FROM OKI BICYCLE E-INFO NEWS

-> "For anyone interested in buying a bike rack or park benches (or
other products) made from melted down guns try Peaceful Streets..."
http://tinyurl.com/bllkt


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

-> "A RETURN ON INVESTMENT ANALYSIS OF..."
"...Bikes-on-Bus Programs," Final Report; by Hagelin & Datz; for the
National Center for Transit Research, Center for Urban Transportation
Research, Univ. of S. Florida; June 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/7ayf5

-> "THE DESIGN OF NEW URBANIST STREETS"
Urban Land Institute report by C. "Rick" Chellman, P.E.; April, 20001.
http://tinyurl.com/duxrw

-> "TRANSPORTATION POLICIES AND THEIR EFFECTS"
Report by C. "Rick" Chellman, P.E., for the City of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin; Feb. 1999.
http://tinyurl.com/amqcx

-> "SILVER LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WELLNESS PROJECT"
Article in "Rural Roads" (National Rural Health Association); Vol. 3,
No. 2; 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/cxkzk


C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R

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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

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 12 - 15, 2005, Trails and Pathways National Symposium,
Edmonton, Alberta. Info: Todd Reade, ARPA; phone: (780) 644-6976;
email <TReade@ARPAonline.ca>
http://tinyurl.com/9vmsc

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


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-> JOB -- EXEC. DIR. -- HAWAII BICYCLING LEAGUE
HBL is the primary bicycling advocacy organization in the State of
Hawaii. Its major constituency is on the island of Oahu, home to
800,000 people and the majority of HBL's 1,300 members. HBL is a
volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Honolulu.
HBL's executive director is the chief operating and administrative
officer of the organization.

The executive director needs to be ethical, self-disciplined, committed
to cycling and cyclists' issues, a skilled communicator and a strong
motivator of volunteers. The executive director's compensation may
range from $38,000 to $43,000, depending on experience and
qualifications. Benefits include medical and dental coverage, and
vacation. The work demands some irregular hours, due to events and
meetings outside traditional "working hours." HBL's executive director
and its events director share responsibilities with volunteers for four
primary tasks: advocacy, member services, events and BikeEd(sm).

Annual century rides provide the largest portion of HBL's income. A
contract for education of four graders funds in large part the
operation of two three-person teams that provide week-long, on-the-road
bike safety classes that serve 7,000 students annually. HBL belongs to
and participates in activities of the League of American Bicyclists and
the Thunderhead Alliance. Prospective timing: Applications and resumes
will be accepted through September 23, 2005. Email to
<jkelley@abinc.com> or mail to John B. Kelley, Alexander & Baldwin,
Inc., 822 Bishop Street, Honolulu HI 96813. Questions: 808-525-8422, or
email. Candidates will be notified of follow-up interviews.


-> 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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