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


#132 Friday, September 23, 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
  Walk/Bike to School Day: Oct. 5, Week: Oct. 3-7
  Safe Routes to School: So Many Questions
  Canada's Go for Green Offers Walk To School Awards
  Mass. Bike Cheers 250 New Mbta Bike/Bus Racks

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Yesterday Was World Car Free Day!
  New London (CT) Celebrates New Downtown "Health Trail"
  Houston (TX) Traffic Complicates Rita Evacuation
  New Study: Overweight Folks Choose Suburbs?
  Salt Lake City (UT) Thinks Safety on Tragic Anniversary
  Houghton (MI) Learns About Downtown Revitalization
  Fredericksburg (VA) Taking Notes on The Rose City
  Wharton (NJ) Safe Routes Program Under Way
  Starkville (MS) Group Supports Trails, S'walks, Lanes
  Falmouth (ME) Plans Route 1 'Village' Makeover
  It's Open Season on Pedestrians In Moscow
  Highland Twp, Keego Harbor (MI) Join Main St. Pgm.



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


WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: OCT. 5, WEEK: OCT. 3-7

-> According to the website of the U.S. Walk and Bike to School Day, "Each
October, millions of children, parents, teachers and community leaders
across the globe walk to school to celebrate International Walk to School
Day and, since 2003, International Walk to School Week. It is an
energizing event, reminding parents and children alike of the simple joy
of walking to school. It also serves as an opportunity to focus on the
importance of physical activity, safety, air quality and walkable
communities. Walk to School activities often become a catalyst for
on-going efforts to increase safe walking and bicycling all of the time."

For more on Walk and Bike to School Day (and international links), go to:
http://www.walktoschool-usa.org/
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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL: SO MANY QUESTIONS

-> During a recent call of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership,
NCBW's Bill Wilkinson urged the Partnership to kick off an "open dialog"
about the implementation of the new Federal Safe Routes to School program.
"We need to ask people to think about what questions they have...and what they
would like the answers to be," Wilkinson said. "Ideally, this discussion should
be something that is guided -- if not actually decided -- by the people who
have the task of making it all work...people engaged at the state and
local levels.

To foster such an open dialog, the CenterLines staff has posted a brief series
of questions that might be asked. We're encouraging CenterLines readers to
do four things:

  1. If you haven't already done so, take a look at the new Federal SRTS
    legislation, available at the America Bikes web site: http://www.americabikes.org/

  2. Download and review a copy of the NCBW's new Safe Routes to School
    Primer. http://www.bikewalk.org/saferoutes/

  3. Consider from your position and perspective what questions you want or
    need answered regarding such things as eligibility, matching funds, performance
    measures, Congressional intent, definitions, what office in your State DOT
    should manage the program, what would be the qualifications for a good SRTS
    program manager, best practices, project selection criteria, timing, and more.

  4. go to the online form (see link below) and propose answers to such questions,
    ideally based on what you would LIKE those answers to be (versus what you're
    afraid they could be). You'll find the response form at:
    http://www.bikewalk.org/cgi-script/CSMailto/forms/SRTS_questions.htm

We'll post all responses back to NCBW's Forum (bulletin board) beginning Wednesday,
September 28th, and provide a summary in the next edition of CenterLines. You
can access the NCBW Forum at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_forum/articles.htm

"Let's make sure this effort isn't limited to just the CenterLines fold," Wilkinson adds.
"My suggestion is that folks take it up via whatever listserve(s) they have access to
(e.g., apbp, State DOT bike/ped coordinators, Thunderhead, pednet, ITE, etc.), and
encourage some cross-posting. People with access to multiple lists might step up
and share more broadly the essence of the discussions. With respect to this last
point, perhaps someone involved with each list could volunteer to act as the
"scribe" to pull together the relevant discussions and share them with us or someone
else involved with the SRTS National Partnership (SRTS-NP). The Partnership
intends to encourage FHWA to move promptly to develop a FAQ section for
the SRTS program."
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CANADA'S GO FOR GREEN OFFERS WALK TO SCHOOL AWARDS

-> According to a Sept. 19th release, "Schools could walk away with $500
when they participate in International Walk to School Week (October 3 - 7,
2005.) International Walk to School Week is an annual campaign that
promotes the health and environmental benefits of walking to school.
Students participate by walking part or all of the way to school on one or
more days of the week. At some schools, students, parents, teachers and
community leaders will meet at a location and then walk the rest of the
way together. Schools that complete the Awards Application Form after the
event will be entered into a draw for one of three awards of $500, a
banner, environmental games from Intelli-KidTM and other prizes. Entrants
could also win a provincial/territorial award, including a banner and
other incentives.

"'Walking to school is an easy way to build daily physical activity into a
child's life, yet less than 50% of Canadian children walk to school,' said
Jeff LeBlanc, the New Brunswick board representative for Go for Green, the
organization that coordinates the event in Canada. "Children tend to spend
much of their day inactive, sitting in school, in front of the TV and at
the computer. It's a disturbing trend in this country, where childhood
obesity has nearly tripled among Canadian children aged seven to 13 over
the past 20 years."..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7ok3w

For more on Go For Green's program, go to:
http://www.goforgreen.ca/walktoschool
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MASS. BIKE CHEERS 250 NEW MBTA BIKE/BUS RACKS

-> According to a Sept. 22nd news release, "The Massachusetts Bicycle
Coalition (MassBike), the statewide advocacy group dedicated to making
Massachusetts a better and safer place to bicycle, today lauded the MBTA
and its new General Manager, Daniel Grabauskas, for its plan to put more
than 250 new bike racks on buses.
'We are extremely pleased that General Manager Grabauskas and the MBTA
have taken this important step toward making transit accessible for all
users,' said MassBike Executive Director Dorie Clark.

"'Bicycle access on buses has long been a priority for MassBike and the
tens of thousands of bicyclists in Greater Boston, and we look forward to
working with the T to build on this success.' The rack-equipped buses,
housed out of the MBTA's Charlestown garage, will be serving dozens of
routes in Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Malden,
Revere, Charlestown, Burlington, Lexington, Bedford, Belmont, Arlington,
Waltham, Watertown, Allston, Brighton, Woburn, and Winchester..."

For more info, contact Dorie Clark at <bikexec@massbike.org> or go to:
http://www.massbike.org/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

"Eco New Orleans...should extend scores of miles in every direction. It
should be a place attuned to the definition of sustainable development put
forth by the U.N.'s Brundtland Commission: 'Meeting the needs of the
present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet
their own needs.'..."
--Timothy Lange, Grist Magazine
http://tinyurl.com/a5rvd

"I thought it was amusing. I'm trying to sell bikes to these people
sitting in their cars waiting for gas. I told them I have great gas prices
-- at zero."
-- Tony Dimillo, owner, Tecumseh Cycle, Windsor, ON, [observing long line
of cars in front of his bicycle shop]
http://tinyurl.com/ck9uf

"An attempt to cross a busy street in Moscow at an unlighted pedestrian
crossing is a life-threatening experience for any pedestrian. It is high
time our drivers realize that pedestrians crossing streets are not crazy
hares to be hunted down and run over, but our children, our wives,
mothers, relatives and friends."
-- Vyacheslav Lysakov, head of Freedom of Choice, Moscow
http://tinyurl.com/cuokw


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

YESTERDAY WAS WORLD CAR FREE DAY!

-> And here's how it was celebrated in a few of the 1544 cities and 40
countries around the world that took part...

For more on World Car Free Day, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/98e8f
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NEW LONDON (CT) CELEBRATES NEW DOWNTOWN "HEALTH TRAIL"

-> According to a Sept. 22nd The Day article, "Early morning, around the
time the first ferries of the day are leaving their downtown docks for
Long Island and Fishers Island, Tilley Street resident Peter Roberts can
often be seen walking or jogging along the side streets and riverfront
walkways of the city's central business district and surrounding
neighborhoods...'It bothers me to drive someplace to go exercise,' he said
Wednesday morning as he headed down Huntington Street, passing two of the
city's architectural pearls, the public library and Whale Oil Row. 'The
beauty of this route is that there's always something to look at. There's
always something to see. We live on the water and we can take in this
whole atmosphere.'

"Now, thanks to the installation of some directional signs and the
publication of a simple map, more people can adopt a route similar to
Roberts' for their own exercise routines. Community Partnerships, a health
and safety promotion organization sponsored by Lawrence & Memorial
Hospital, recently took up Roberts' suggestion to create a downtown
walking and jogging trail. Helping create the two-mile trail were
Connecticut College student volunteers and workers from the city's Public
Works Department, who installed the attractive black-and-white directional
signs, each with an icon of a sneakered foot on the move, on lampposts at
key intersections. Funds for the signs and maps came from the Frank Loomis
Palmer Fund. 'We are very fortunate to live in a community that is so
walkable,' said Deputy Mayor Bill Morse, a downtown resident and walker,
speaking at a brief ceremony on City Pier Wednesday..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dqoda
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/aka86
Archive cost: No
Title: "Health Trail Celebrates New London's Walkability"
Author: Judy Benson
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HOUSTON (TX) TRAFFIC COMPLICATES RITA EVACUATION

-> According to a Sept. 22nd Seattle Post-Intelligencer article, "Houston
has a lot more drivers than New Orleans, making for a crowded getaway as
motorists flee southeastern Texas in advance of Hurricane Rita. Residents
of the Houston area have more than 2.7 million cars and trucks by the
government's count. That is more than three-and-a-half times as many
vehicles as there were in greater New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina
devastated that region, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Highways
leading inland from Houston were gridlocked and on some highways vehicles
backed up for 100 miles as millions of residents heeded orders to
evacuate. 'Texas has never seen anything like this,' said Mike Cox,
spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation. 'Literally, millions
of people are trying to get out. The roadways are all clogged up at
unprecedented levels.'

"To help ease traffic snarls, Gov. Rick Perry early Thursday ordered a
130-mile stretch of Interstate 45 north of Houston to become a one-way
highway out of the hurricane's path. Interstate 45 is the main highway
between Dallas and Houston. Local officials warned residents to get out,
and told them they would not be rescued if they waited. Getting out is not
so simple for many residents. More than 83,000 households in Houston --
about 11.6 percent of the city -- had no vehicle as of 1999, according to
the latest figures available from the Census Bureau. Throughout the
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria metropolitan area, 127,000 households, or 7.8
percent, had no vehicle. By comparison, 27.3 percent of households in New
Orleans -- about 51,400 -- had no vehicle before Katrina hit the area,
according to Census figures..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cpre8
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/a9mgt
Archive cost: No
Title: "Houston traffic complicates evacuation"
Author: Stephen Ohlemacher
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NEW STUDY: OVERWEIGHT FOLKS CHOOSE SUBURBS?

-> According to a Sept. 21st Portland Oregonian article, "Conventional
wisdom among urban planners says that if suburbs were designed with more
opportunities for walking and bicycling, people would be more active and
would lose weight. But a new research paper by Stephanie Bernell and
Andrew J. Plantinga, two Oregon State University professors, suggests that
planning exercise-friendly communities might be a big waste of money
because of how people choose where to live. The study concludes that
people who are already healthy and active are more likely to move into
neighborhoods where they can walk to work or to shops than are people who
are overweight and inactive.

"Bernell says people who are overweight tend to choose where to live based
on factors other than the opportunity to exercise -- a larger house with
more amenities such as multiple garages and large lot sizes, for example.
The main thrust of the study was to look at whether individuals
self-select into a particular type of community and if an individual's
weight plays a part,' she said. 'We've shown that.'...Nonsense, says Reid
Ewing, a researcher and associate professor of urban planning at the
University of Maryland, and author of a groundbreaking 2003 study of the
effect of urban sprawl on health...'There is conflicting evidence of this
relationship between the built environment and physical activity and
obesity, and there will be for a long time,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8u9cr
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8b4gf
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "OSU study finds fatter folks choose suburbs"
Author: Patrick O'Neill
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SALT LAKE CITY (UT) THINKS SAFETY ON TRAGIC ANNIVERSARY

-> In a Sept. 17th Salt Lake Tribune op-ed, Jason Bultman wrote, "Last
October, almost 1,000 people on bicycles rode to the mouth of Big
Cottonwood Canyon to remember cyclists who had been hit and killed by
automobiles. In response to those tragedies, the Josie Johnson Memorial
Ride and the creation of the Utah Bicycle Coalition have helped raise
awareness for bicycle safety. This year, we're continuing efforts, urging
folks to be careful, courteous, and to share the road. Bicycling advocacy
in Utah has grown significantly in the past few years.

"Three new nonprofit advocacy groups and three new bicycle advisory
committees are hard at work. Organized rides are receiving record
participation. The governor signed a 3-foot-clearance passing law. And,
yes, Salt Lake City's own Dave Zabriskie wore yellow in the Tour de
France. A few things to maintain the positive momentum are a strong Safe
Routes to School program, Complete Streets policies and better law
enforcement. The new federal transportation bill provides $612 million for
Safe Routes to School (SR2S), a national program designed to improve
safety for kids biking and walking to school, increase physical activity,
and reduce school-related traffic congestion..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7k96c
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cx5y2
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Considering bicycle safety on a tragic anniversary"
Author: Jason Bultman
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HOUGHTON (MI) LEARNS ABOUT DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION

-> According to a Sept. 21st Daily Mining Gazette article, "Before an
audience spotted with engineering students and current representatives
from engineering agencies, some of whom sponsored his talk, downtown
revitalization expert Guy Bazzani may have committed a cardinal sin.
'I think it's important not to let engineers design our communities,' said
the Grand Rapids developer before a crowd of 100 people at the Franklin
Square Inn Tuesday night. Following an audible gasp from audience members,
many of whom were Michigan Tech University students, Bazzani smiled, took
a gulp of water, and said, 'This is probably a funny place to say that.'

"Bazzani later clarified that his comment particularly targeted Michigan
Department of Transportation engineers, whom he said focused too much on
traffic patterns and not enough on making communities walkable. 'So often
we let MDOT design our downtowns,' he said. 'The stakeholders must design
the downtown they want to see.' Having said that, MDOT should be included
in downtown planning as one of the spokes of a wheel. Successful
revitalization depended on the collaboration of a number of parties,
including municipal leaders, the business district and neighborhood
associations, he said. 'You must have all three of those talking and
working together,' he insisted, citing projects that had failed because
one of the three elements was missing..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7vrlx
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ajmnc
Archive cost: No (but limited to 1 month)
Title: "Engineering bad, two-way traffic good; rebirth considered"
Author: Jane Nordberg
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FREDERICKSBURG (VA) TAKING NOTES ON THE ROSE CITY

-> In a Sept. 22nd Free Lance-Star editorial, Linda J. White wrote,
"Fredericksburg, you're no Portland. Which is not all bad. For despite its
reputation as a hip place to live, Portland has its problems. On a recent
visit as part of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, I noted
buildings and byways marred by gang graffiti, a surprising amount of
vagrancy, and a meth problem so bad that prescriptions will soon be
required for Sudafed. But Portland also has commendable traits, some of
which Fredericksburg might profitably emulate. Portland's setting is
easily one of the most beautiful in the United States...And Portland, by
planning and practice, tries to make the most of it. The city has built
over 200 miles of bike and pedestrian lanes to encourage its citizenry to
get out and enjoy life, earning Portland a No. 1 rating from Bicycling
magazine.

"From the path along the Willamette River to the dedicated lower decks of
double-decker bridges, Rose City residents walk and bike, some to work,
some to shop, some just for fun. Pedestrians benefit from short city
blocks and well-timed lights, plus a multitude of hiking trails in and
around town...It's probably not a coincidence that Oregon is the only U.S.
state in which obesity last year did not rise. Fredericksburg's own
Pathways Committee, chaired by George Solley, has a similar vision for our
area. Godspeed to them, and may their tribe increase. Even if it fails to
calm traffic woes, a regional network of trails could provide healthy
recreation for families, Scout troops, Elderhostel groups, and many
others. We may not have Mount Hood or the Willamette River, but we have
the Rappahannock Valley, beautiful hills, stately oaks, and interesting
historical sites. Linking them for hikers and bikers would cost a little
in asphalt, but pay big dividends in physical health and mental peace..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a29yx
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7wt99
Archive cost: No
Title: "Portlandish"
Author: Linda J. White
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WHARTON (NJ) SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM UNDER WAY

-> According to a Sept. 20th Daily Record article, "County officials are
seeking bids for Wharton's Safe Routes to School program, a federally
funded program that aims to promote healthier lifestyles through the use
of alternative transportation and more exercise. Wharton -- a small
community nestled between Routes 15, 80, and 46 -- was selected by county
officials as the first municipality to test the program in this area due
to its size and the fact that both the elementary and middle schools are
housed in the same building complex. Gerard Rohsler, director of
transportation management for the county, said officials hope to develop a
model out of Wharton that could be later mirrored in other communities
around the county.

"Wharton's K-8 district has a combined student population of 749 students
and 90 teachers and administrators. The student body is 47 percent
Hispanic, 46 percent non-Hispanic White, 4 percent Black and another 4
percent Asian/Pacific Islander. As part of the designation, Wharton will
receive a $150,000 federal grant, awarded through the state's
Transportation Planning Authority. The money will fund an infrastructure
needs assessment, studying the availability, need or potential for
improvement in various areas, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes,
crosswalks, signage, traffic signals, and lighting, focusing on a 2-mile
radius area around the school complex, which in the case of Wharton should
cover most if not the entire borough, Rohsler said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7jc3d
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/83mqr
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Morris steps up to implement Safe Routes in Wharton"
Author: Maria Armental
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STARKVILLE (MS) GROUP SUPPORTS TRAILS, S'WALKS, LANES

-> According to a Sept. 22nd Daily Journal article, "The day after a bike
lane was painted on University Drive, the city school board heard of a
plan to encourage more students to walk and bike to school. Starkville in
Motion, an organization that supports more sidewalks, bike lanes and
hiking trails in the community, presented 'safe routes to schools' to the
school board. The plan included a few routes that could connect the city's
public schools through biking and walking trails.

"Some of the paths in the plans are undeveloped or aren't public property.
However, Lois Connington, chairwoman for the group's Safe Routes to School
committee, said property owners would be contacted and federal funding is
available for the project. About 45 Starkville students ride bikes or walk
to school each day, Connington said. 'They're not following safe routes,'
she said. 'There are none right now.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8n9om
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/crfrp
Archive cost: No
Title: "Starkville school officials hear plan for more walking, biking"
Author: Robbie Ward
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FALMOUTH (ME) PLANS ROUTE 1 'VILLAGE' MAKEOVER

-> According to a Sept. 22nd Portland Press Herald article, "A public
hearing on zoning changes designed to transform Falmouth's Route 1
commercial corridor into a village center will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.
The changes represent a 'bold new vision' for the town, said Town Manager
Doug Harris. They are intended to make the busy strip lined with stores
ranging from Wal-Mart to a bookstore more like a walkable
village...Falmouth doesn't have a clearly defined downtown, so turning
Falmouth's commercial shopping district into a town center has been under
discussion for years. Municipal facilities, such as Town Hall and the
library, are in different parts of town...A majority of residents endorsed
the concept of creating a new town center in an advisory vote in 1999. And
the council approved a new ordinance in 2004 to allow housing -- such as
apartments above stores and duplexes -- in the Route 1 commercial district.

"The idea was to create affordable housing in upscale Falmouth and create
a village feel. The town's Route One Study Committee, formed in 2002, has
been looking at how to turn the district into a 'walkable, human-scaled,
mixed-use...village that is appealing to residents, businesses and
consumers alike.' The committee proposed the zoning amendments. [Town
Council chairman Paul] Davis said the changes are a 'new way to look at
things -- to try to make a village center in town by bringing street scale
back to Route 1.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b2dhb
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7tp4j
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Falmouth plans hearing for Route 1 'village'"
Author: Tess Nacelewicz
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IT'S OPEN SEASON ON PEDESTRIANS IN MOSCOW

-> According to a Sept. 23rd Star Tribune article, "On the streets of
Moscow, it's the loser who ventures out without a weapon. Once the
armament of choice was a small Lada. These days, it's likely to be a 3-ton
Mercedes. Yet the dynamics of battle remain the same: The front bumper
trumps the pedestrian, who is sent somersaulting over the hood almost
every time. So frequently do automobiles and pedestrians come into contact
that a body at the side of the road covered with an overcoat barely draws
a crowd. Elderly women, faced with a green crossing light, break into
clumsy sprints with the help of their canes; students gather in packs like
nervous gazelles before dashing through crosswalks in carefully timed
streaks.

"Last year, 34,506 people were killed and a quarter of a million injured
in road accidents in Russia -- nearly double the rate in the United
States. In Moscow alone, more than 14 cars a day hit pedestrians, 300 of
whom have died this year. Officials estimate that road accidents cost the
nation 2.5 percent of its gross domestic product in lost worker
productivity last year. The urban toll has prompted a rare bout of
self-reflection among some drivers and a national campaign to promote
courtesy toward the foot-bound. Last week, Moscow traffic police and a
coalition of city newspapers began passing out windshield stickers bearing
the zebra-crossing symbol of a crosswalk and the words 'I Let Pedestrians
Pass.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cuokw
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/csh9k
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Moscow: Open season on pedestrians"
Author: Kim Murphy
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HIGHLAND TWP, KEEGO HARBOR (MI) JOIN MAIN ST. PGM.

-> According to a Sept. 22nd Oakland Press article, "Part of Highland
Township's vision is a historic downtown area that can accommodate horses
and riders from adjacent state land. For Keego Harbor, it's a boardwalk
and pavilion along Dollar Lake. Both communities will get a boost to their
plans. They are the newest municipalities selected to join the Oakland
County Main Street program, a national nonprofit effort aimed at historic
preservation and downtown redevelopment. There are now 12 county
communities involved in the program, and it will take a number of years to
get all the county's 32 downtowns involved. 'It'll be 15 to 18 years
before it's fully implemented,' Oakland County Executive L. Brooks
Patterson said Wednesday, while making the announcement at an economic
development conference at Indian Springs Metropark in Springfield
Township.

"Plans in Highland Township and Keego Harbor are on a faster track than
that and will make use of services through the county involving
organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. Oakland County
serves as an umbrella for the Main Street program, which is a privately
funded national effort through the National Trust for Historic
Preservation. Nationwide, Oakland County participates along with 2,200
cities. The county joined the program in 2000 and has added communities to
participate each year. Since then, the Main Street program has provided or
directed $275 million in investment and 1,800 new jobs in 10 participating
communities. Keego Harbor, which became a city in 1955, is small at
three-quarters of a square mile, but it wants to develop a 'traditional
walkable downtown' that includes a new city hall..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d3lls
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ahs9m
Archive cost: No
Title: "Highland, Keego join Main Street program"
Author: Charles Crumm

For more on the National Trust Main Street Center, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/dejog
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

OVER 16,000 FREE EBOOKS AT PROJECT GUTENBERG

-> "Project Gutenberg is a repository of over 16,000 free ebooks. Here you
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Source: http://tinyurl.com/bax9o


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

BOSTON (MA) FOUNDING FATHERS SPORT FANCY FOOTWEAR

-> "Benjamin Franklin has roller skates. Samuel Adams, a pair of hip new
running shoes. As for stodgy old George Washington, he's sporting purple
velvet boots. What's up with the Founding Fathers' footwear?..."
http://tinyurl.com/9mvqu

LOS ANGELES (CA) STREETSCAPE PLAN DOOMED

-> "For all its obviously earnest prescriptions, I feel the document, a
78-page book titled "1st Now," is superficial and regrettably evades the
root causes of the street's drab urban character: the lack of engaging
edges..."
http://tinyurl.com/b66m9

PLANS UNVEILED FOR NEW EDEN PRAIRIE (MN) WALKABLE CENTER

-> "Eden Prairie is set to unveil a plan it hopes will make a true
downtown out of the sprawling commercial area around Eden Prairie
Center..."
http://tinyurl.com/96vbt

NY PHILHARMONIC TRUMPETER WILLIAM VACCHIANO DIES

-> "As a boy in Portland, Maine, Vacchiano's path to music started on a
sour note when he crashed his bicycle into a neighborhood boy and dented
the boy's baritone horn. Vacchiano agreed to accompany the boy to his
music lesson to explain what happened..."
http://tinyurl.com/86m2g

FIDDLING WITH BIKE PARTS HELPS CALM METH JITTERS

-> "Authorities in [Victoria BC] say meth makes users feel a need to keep
their hands busy on menial tasks...'They sit in the bush with hundreds of
(bicycle) parts just fiddling with them all day.'.."
http://tinyurl.com/8r7wc


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

-> "A VANISHING OPPORTUNITY"
Historic article by Robert M. Cleckner National Field Director Bicycle
Institute of America, in Illinois Parks and Recreation 11 Nov/Dec, 1975.
"One of the biggest land buying opportunities will be offered by the
railroads to parks and recreation authorities soon."
http://tinyurl.com/8vqe7


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

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. DIRECTOR -- LEAGUE OF MICHIGAN BICYCLISTS

The League of Michigan Bicyclists, a volunteer-based 501(c)3 organization
headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, seeks a full-time executive director.
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (in lieu of which, significant
proven experience in a leadership position may be considered).

Individuals who are ethical, passionate about cycling and cyclists'
issues, proficient administrators, excellent written and verbal
communicators, advocates, and motivators and managers of volunteers are
urged to apply. The organization requires the individual to be
knowledgeable in computer office applications, budgeting and other fiscal
obligations, and the governmental process.

A staff of two manages the office of the League. Thus, the ideal candidate
will be able to prioritize, delegate and manage multiple projects
simultaneously. Position pays from the high 30s, based on qualifications,
with benefit package. There is a certain amount of casual overtime and
irregular hours based on projects. Position requires frequent travel to
in- and out-of-state meetings.

Please see the LMB websiteg for a complete job description. Resumes and
cover letters should be sent to <intern@msae.org line> with "LMB Director"
in the "subject" line. To ensure national coverage, the deadline for
submissions is now September 23, 2005.
http://www.lmb.org


-> JOB -- MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT MGR -- WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is seeking a full-time
membership and development manager to augment our current staff of three.
The ideal candidate will have experience in direct mail solicitations,
fundraising and grant writing. WABA, based in downtown DC, offers an
exciting, team-oriented work environment. This position is open until
filled, but applications received by October 15th, 2005 will take priority.

For a detailed description of the position and for how to apply please
visit
http://www.waba.org.


-> JOB -- PROGRAM MANAGER -- ODYSSEY, SACRAMENTO, CA

Odyssey's Mission Make public transport and other equitable, efficient
transportation choices more competitive through policy reform and
marketplace improvements. Odyssey's Vision: To be a leading force uniting
Californians in support of transportation that improves people's everyday
lives and the communities in which they live. Odyssey combines advocacy
for transportation funding and policy reforms with projects to improve and
promote transportation choices such as transit, walking and bicycling.

The Program Manager is responsible for leading existing and future
marketplace improvement projects including Safe Routes to Transit and
Walkability projects, Mobility Marketing, community-based outreach and
marketing projects, and the Stockton Depot Neighborhood Revitalization
project. In addition, the program manager participates in organizational
and project development, fundraising, and staff supervision.

For the full job description, how to apply and to learn more about
Odyssey's projects and programs please visit:
http://www.odyssey.org


-> 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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