#133 Friday, October 7, 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.

  NCBW's Wilkinson Meets with New FHWA Safe Routes Chief
  In Other Safe Routes News...
  Taking the WCWs to Canada -- a Model for Phase II
  WCW series vists Lewiston/Auburn, Maine
  ProWalk/ProBike 2006: Join Us in Madison, Wisconsin!
  Active Living Network Announces Storybank Launch
  Safe Kids Worldwide Releases Child Ped. Danger Study
  Sneak Peak: NCBW Introduces A New Logo

  7,000+ Kansas Children Take Part in Walk to School Day
  A Roundup of Walk to School Day Stories

  New Hampshire D.O.T. Chief: "New Thinking" about Roads
  Bentonville (AR) to Allow Walkable Development
  Indianapolis (IN) Ponders More Bike Lanes
  Grand Junction (CO) Settles on Road Diet, Roundabouts
  U.S. Study: Most Will Be Fat over the Long Haul
  Collier Co. (FL) Health Coalition Promotes Active Living
  Missouri D.O.T. Developing Statewide Bicycle Maps
  Sales of Big SUV's Take a Nose Dive
  Great Falls (MT) Kicks Off 'Get Fit' Campaign
  Liability Waivers Stop Pleasant Grove (UT) Xing Guards



-> Last week, NCBW's Executive Director, Bill Wilkinson, met with Tim
Arnade, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) new Safe Routes to
School (SRTS) program manager; John Baxter, Acting Director for FHWA's
Office of Safety (where this new position is housed), and John Fegan,
FHWA/USDOT bicycle and pedestrian program manager. Arnade's first
"official" day in his new position was 3 October. He was formerly a
Special Assistant to the FHWA Administrator.

"Our discussion covered many aspects of the new Federal SRTS
program including the match requirement, the approach to
developing guidance, the clearinghouse, and the task force," reported
Wilkinson. "We also discussed the recent FHWA memo to State
DOTs that calls upon them to move forward with recruiting and hiring
Safe Routes to School program managers by the end of 2005.

"The two most important things we discussed were the topics of goals and
program outreach," said Wilkinson. A national goal for SRTS, such as
'By 2015, at least 70% of children in the U.S. walk or bike to school
on any given day,' needs to be established soon. And we also need
to give early attention to outreach and training to build awareness of
what SRTS is all about, and to build a broad base of public support for it."

Wilkinson added that meeting's timing was appropriate, occurring the
same week as another successful Walk To School Day (Wednesday,
October 5th). See below for our Walk To School Day special
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-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership
(http://tinyurl.com/8jmxt) has quickly grown to include more than 45
organizations. A two-day meeting is being planned for late October in
Washington, DC. NCBW's Bill Wilkinson has agreed to serve on the
Steering Committee.

-> The NCBW's Sharon Roerty is off to Oz -- Australia that is -- to
attend the Bicycle Federation of Australia's National Cycling
Conference. The theme is Connecting Cycling -- Planning for
Healthy Communities. Sharon has been invited to give a series
of presentations on SRTS program development in North America.

-> The NCBW is assisting several State DOTs in setting up their new
SRTS programs and providing support for training and public outreach
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-> Bob Chauncey, NCBW Director for Policy Analysis, just completed a
week of Walkable Community Workshops (WCWs) in Guelph and Centre
Wellington, Ontario. He noted several differences between his workshops
there and the "traditional format" WCW program he and a cadre of NCBW
trainers have been presenting in the States.

"First, my sponsor for my three visits here has been the public health
department, not the regional planning agency," said Chauncey. "We
have worked together to customize the workshops to fit the desires
of the local communities."

Chauncey noted that within the week he had: lectured to a group of
150 public health students at the University of Guelph; led a community
workshop attended by 60 neighbors -- held in the basement of a local
home; conducted a workshop just for the mayor, city council and
professional staff; led an extra-long workshop in another community to
address a set of specific concerns; and led two more evening sessions
to accommodate residents unable to attend one of the other scheduled

"The WCW programs in the states can be customized in these and
other ways, as a 'Phase II' or next-step format," said Chauncey. "These
customizations can include workshops for other targeted audiences,
workshops of varying lengths, workshops in the evenings and on
weekends, and multi-day workshops designed to develop and begin
to implement specific solutions to community concerns.

For additional information about NCBW's Walkable Community
Workshops, please contact Mark Plotz at 301-656-4220 or
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-> Last week the NCBW's Bob Chauncey and Mark Plotz traveled to the twin
cities of Lewiston/Auburn (L/A), Maine for eight workshops sponsored
by the Androscoggin Valley MPO. Home to a little over 50,000 people,
the two cities are best known for their huge historic textile mills,
Bates College, and now, the new Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute
(with Dunkin' Donuts right across the street).

"Distance-wise both cities are very walkable" observed lead facilitator
Chauncey. "Their downtowns are compact, and the streets are laid out in
a grid pattern which is ped-friendly. Many destinations are within easy
walking distance. And we did see quite a few people walking and bicycling."

That trip on foot isn't always easy, however. Connecting destinations
for bikers and walkersóthe grocery store, senior housing, the libraries,
the schools, downtown businessesówas a recurring theme at the workshops.
A number of workshops also focused on calming traffic and improving
crosswalks on the state routes that run through L/A.

"A lot of great ideas were generated at the workshops" recalled Plotz.
He continued, "though what happens after we leave is really what matters.
We met some really dedicated people in L/A, so there is a lot of local
buy-in. The L/A trails group sent someone to every meeting. We also had a
great turnout from the public health community. Bicycle Coalition of
Maine made as strong showing, as did Maine's new bike/ped coordinator.
The attention these workshops generate should help advance 'the cause.'"

For more on Bob & Mark's week in Lewiston/Auburn, check the NCBW's website
in the coming weeks for Mark's blog and workshop photographs. The next stop
for the WCW program is in San Jose for a three day workshop coordinator
training and then onto Visalia, California for eight workshops.
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-> It is now just 11 months until the start of Pro Walk/Pro Bike
2006, the 14th International Conference on Bicycling & Walking. The
conference will be take place in Madison, Wisconsin, September 5-8,

NCBW's Sharon Roerty spent two days in Madison last week, meeting
with what is proving to be a hyper-active local host committee. Sharon
reported that the city and convention center are "Fantastic!" and that
the energy, enthusiasm, and experience of the Madison local host
committee lends support to their stated goal of making this the best
ever conference.

In related news, PW/PB 2006 Program Director, John Williams, will be
hosting an online forum so folks -- that means YOU! -- can help build
a program that fits the needs (and desires) of attendees. If you've
been to one of our conferences in the past -- or even if you
haven't -- drop on by and let us know what you think! Everything from
overall themes to session topics to presentation approaches to favorite
presenters to scheduling mobile workshops...It's all fair game.

Help us make the 2006 Conference one to remember! Give us your
thoughts here:

-> And, if you'd like a sneak preview of the fantastic conference venue
that awaits you in Madison, go to:
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-> The Active Living Network -- a project of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation -- has recently launched its new Storybank database,
archiving more than 100 searchable projects, programs and initiatives
around the country promoting health through changes in the built
environment, public policy and education. The Storybank encompasses
all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam and allows professionals,
advocates, community leaders and others to find examples of
Active Living in their state.

The Network has been working since 2003 to promote the connection
between places and health, and to build a coalition of leaders interested
in creating environments for people to be physically active.

Search the Active Living Storybank, submit your own stories, and find
other resources at www.activeliving.org.
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-> According to an Oct. 5th news release, "Austin, Texas, is the safest
U.S. metro area for child pedestrians, among 47 major metropolitan
areas included in a study released today by Safe Kids Worldwide. The
most dangerous of the areas evaluated were Memphis, Tenn.; St. Louis,
Mo.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. In 'Child Pedestrians at Risk: A Ranking
of U.S. Metropolitan Areas,' Safe Kids confirmed that child pedestrian
safety is a nationwide problem, but communities are most successful in
creating safe pedestrian environments for children when they develop
and implement solutions at the local level. 'It's not enough to teach
your children to look both ways when they cross the street. Civic
organizations, schools, police, local governments and caregivers each
have a role to play in creating safe walking environments,' says Martin
R. Eichelberger, M.D., president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.
'Children need to learn safe behavior, but children do not bear the
ultimate responsibility for pedestrian safety. Whole communities do.'

"No single factor determines the relative safety of metropolitan areas,
the study found. Characteristics commonly reported in safer areas
-- Pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Metro areas with more
interconnected streets that are accessible and encouraging to
pedestrians were found to be safer than those with wide, diffuse street
-- Civic involvement in pedestrian safety issues. Safer areas had a
higher rate of collaboration between multiple community organizations.
-- Support from government agencies. State and local government
support, such as participation in pedestrian safety activities by local
officials and a forum for advocates to speak out on behalf of or
against legislation, was also found to be more common in safer metro
-- More frequent exposure to walking. In the safer areas, the
percentage of annual walking trips taken is higher than the percentage
taken in more dangerous areas..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9wewn

For a copy of the report (700kb pdf), click:
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-> After operating for a number of years under the familiar "stars and
bars logo, NCBW has just introduced a new logo. The new logo
brings the organization's web site, www.bikewalk.org, to the forefront.
"We realized during the design stages that nearly everything we
distribute is handled through our web site," said Gary MacFaddden,
NCBW Director of Operations. "The new logo brings that address
to the forefront, and at the same time underscores our role in
making communities more bicycle friendly and walkable.

For a sneak peak at the new logo, go to:
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-> This past Wednesday was Walk to School Day. The Washington Post's
coverage was limited to a captioned picture on the first page of the
Metro section -- the kids shown were part of a group that included two
of Bill Wilkinson's grandchildren, Arik and Caddain! [Alas, CL Editor
Williams could not find a way to locate the photo, so we'll just
have to imagine it...]

There was a good deal of attention paid to this year's Walk To School
Day. One news item that caught our attention was:


-> According to an Oct. 6th Lawrence Journal-World article, "Merrick
Vinke, 7, lives two blocks from her school, Quail Run. But Wednesday
was the first time the second-grader walked to school. 'We usually
drive, so it's kind of sad we don't walk more,' said Merrick's mother,
Michelle Tebo. Mother and daughter opted to trek to school on foot
Wednesday to be part of the annual International Walk to School Day, an
event established so parents would walk their children to school and
teach them safe pedestrian behavior. It's estimated that more than
7,000 Kansas children participated in the event, according to Safe Kids
Kansas, which sponsors Walk to School Day for the state.

"'Many factors contribute to the safety of our children as pedestrians,
including how involved the community is as a whole,' said Jan
Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator. 'It is everyone's
responsibility to protect the children in our state from pedestrian
accidents.' Nationwide, pedestrian injuries are the second highest
cause of accidental death among children between the ages of 5 and 14.
About 650 children are killed and 43,000 are treated in emergency rooms
yearly because of pedestrian injuries, according to Safe Kids Kansas.
Lawrence residents are working to make the city more
pedestrian-friendly. In June, the city's Traffic Safety Commission
formed a pedestrian safety committee..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/duq36
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Title: "More than 7,000 Kansas children take part in Walk to School Day"
Author: Alicia Henrikson
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-> Tinley Park (IL): "Schoolchildren across the Southland today are
being urged to forgo school buses and rides from Mom and Dad as part of
International Walk to School Day..."

-> Nashville (TN): "Mayor Bill Purcell, Police Chief Ronal Serpas, and
other city leaders joined students and parents at 45 schools across the
city as they made a brisk early-morning walk..."

-> Fullerton (CA): "Fullerton elementary schools, Laguna Road, Hermosa
Drive, Pacific Drive, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton located
outside Commonwealth Elementary, will participate in the international
event today..."

-> Jackson (MI): "More than 1,000 Jackson students from four local
schools shuffled, skipped, hopped and ran to school Wednesday in honor
of International Walk to School Day..."

-> North Carolina: "Among the 19 N.C. cities where at least one school
is participating are Raleigh, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Morganton,
Asheville, Wilmington and even Waxhaw..."

-> Wyoming (MI): "WOTV 4's Maranda walked with hundreds of students,
parents and teachers at Oriole Park Elementary School in Wyoming. The
group has dedicated themselves to one year of fitness..."

-> Montgomery (AL): "On Wednesday, Vandiver was one of several parent
and community volunteers who helped walk about 200 children to school
in recognition of the ninth annual International Walk to School Day..."

-> Houston (TX): "So the Safe Kids Coalition at Texas Children's
Hospital teamed up with HPD to make the walk to school safer for
students at Rusk and other Houston schools. .."

-> Rutland (VT): "Today they will be symbolically joined by the
governor and more than 3,000 other students taking part in Walk to
School Day..."

-> Middletown (NY): " [The Partnership for a Walkable America] has made
no inroads in the mid-Hudson; no school administrator or parent had
ever heard of the program. Though it sounded laudable to most, it also
sounded -- quaint..."

-> Green Bay (WI): "This is the first year Sullivan, with a student
population of 540, is participating in the annual Walk to School Day.
At least four other area schools are also participating, according to
the Brown County Health Department..."

-> Hopkins Hill (RI): "Approximately 200 students, accompanied by
parents and teachers, will take to the streets Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
Students will be walking towards the school in two groups that will
converge on the school from opposite directions..."
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"As we trundle our little ones onto those yellow buses for yet another
school year, it's worth pausing for a moment to consider the role of
schools in the frenzied conversion of open space to strip malls and
Daniel Akst, Grist Magazine

"The interstate system that Congress bought in the late 1950s was
intended to enhance the evacuation potential of American cities during
the threat of nuclear attack in the Cold War. This boondoggle of
one-dimensional transportation was sold to Congress by a cartel of oil,
automobile, bus, road construction and finance companies..."
-- Douglas E. Morris, author, "It's a Sprawl World After All"



-> According to an Oct. 2nd Concord Monitor article, "The highway
department needs to find ways to accommodate growth in ways other than
simply expanding roads, she says. Transportation Commissioner Carol
Murray says the department could do a better job collaborating with
towns to plan major road projects and should look more broadly at the
impacts of their designs. Murray is bringing in a consultant to help
state and regional planners shift their thinking. Tom Warne, Utah's
former transportation director, will lead a series of two- to three-day
training sessions on developing 'context-sensitive solutions' to
traffic problems. Murray said the concept isn't necessarily new to New
Hampshire. 'We've been moving towards that way of doing business,' she
said. 'Now its time to really formalize it, internalize it and do some
training,' she said. Murray said the department needs to find ways to
accommodate growth aside from simply expanding roads. 'There's a way to
do it that's not wrecking the landscape and the character of our
state,' she said.

"Warne talks about using non-standard approaches. He cited the example
of Springdale, Utah, the southwest entrance to Zion National Park. The
town's Main Street was congested, so the state increased transit
options and outlying parking areas. Then it narrowed the road and
widened the sidewalk, a tactic engineers would have balked at 10 years
ago, Warne said. The result: Traffic slowed and congestion eased, the
town became more walkable and the people who lived there enjoyed a
change in atmosphere, he said. 'We need to provide solutions that are
not just good from an engineering standpoint -- safe and efficient and
effective -- but we need to be thinking about community values and the
nature of a community,' Warne said..."

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Title: "Trying to transform transport"
Author: Chelsea Conaboy
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-> According to an Oct. 6th Daily Record article, "Building a
pedestrian-friendly, walkable street starts with the basics -- the
zoning. The city of Bentonville may be updating a few zoning
designations soon to assist truly urban development downtown.
Developers are starting to bring mixed-use, higher-density projects
into the downtown area. The city has no zoning designation to fit
those projects, even though that type of development is encouraged
in the Downtown Master Plan, which the City Council passed in
December. 'These first ones (projects) are going to be tough,'
said Community Development Director Troy Galloway after
Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting...

"The Downtown Master Plan lays out a specific vision for the downtown
area, with a walkable, pedestrian-friendly city center with small
neighborhood commercial areas and higher density residential housing on
the city blocks. 'It takes a certain amount of education,' both for the
residents and the local developers, Galloway said. 'The developers that
go in first are going to have to be part of that education process.'..."

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Title: "New zoning could help downtown redevelopment"
Author: Rachel Lianna Davis
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-> According to an Oct. 6th WISH-TV story, "In the middle of a warm
fall day, the Monon Trail is paradise for people who want to ride their
bikes for exercise. Morris Rowland is one of them. 'I usually come at
least twice a week and usually bike at least 15, 16 miles.' Midday,
there are no crowds. There are never cars or other motor vehicles
except at intersections. Contrast cycling on the Monon with cycling on
the city's streets. 'Not a day goes by that I don't ride and somebody
may tell me to get off the road...that's because people just don't
understand and they don't know any better,' said Charlie Revard, owner
of the Bike Line in Broad Ripple. Cars and bikes can be a tough
combination in Indianapolis. A cyclist died after a Marion County
sheriff's vehicle hit his bike late Tuesday night, one of two local
cyclists killed in traffic since mid September...

"Bicycling advocates say more bike lanes in a city that doesn't have
many would help make cyclists safer. 'We could make it better by taking
some of the secondary roads and making them more friendly for
bicyclists,' said Revard. So how would Indianapolis pay for more bike
lanes? There's money in the new federal transportation bill for bike
projects and some of that money could come to the Circle City. 'There
are states in the US that are taking much great advantage of this than
Indiana,' said Revard. City planners say they're studying the new
transportation bill. 'Over the next few weeks to months in cooperation
with the state and the federal partners in our transportation planning
process, we're going to start interpreting what these funding
opportunities are,' said Mike Dearing, city planner..."

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Title: "City Ponders More Bike Lanes"
Author: Mary McDermott
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-> According to an Oct. 5th Daily Sentinel article, "Five months after
sending city public works officials back to the drawing board to come
up with more alternatives for redesigning Seventh Street downtown, the
Grand Junction City Council appears prepared to back engineers'
original option of putting the street on a diet. A majority of council
members threw their support Monday night behind a plan to narrow
Seventh Street from five lanes to three between Grand and Ute avenues,
an effort to make the corridor more aesthetically pleasing and
pedestrian-friendly. 'I really think this is going to be a good thing
in the long run,' Councilwoman Teresa Coons said Tuesday. The project
calls for running traffic through one lane in each direction on Seventh
and in left-turn lanes where needed, removing the strip of traffic
lights between Grand and Colorado avenues and replacing them with
roundabouts on Seventh at Main Street and Grand Avenue and building
reverse-angle parking.

"The one-block stretch of Main Street between Seventh and Eighth
streets will get a facelift, with the city planning to add landscaping,
sidewalk and diagonal parking in a style similar to Main west of
Seventh. The city, the Downtown Development Authority and the Colorado
Department of Transportation banded together on the project with the
idea of bridging what many consider an unsightly gap between the
Seventh Street Historic District and the Downtown Shopping Park.
Proponents say the redesign will make downtown more walkable, attract
more customers and stimulate redevelopment..."

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Title: "Rounding out 7th"
Author: Mike Wiggins
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-> According to an Oct. 3rd Mercury News article, "Just when we thought
we couldn't get any fatter, a new study that followed Americans for
three decades suggests that over the long haul, 9 out of 10 men and 7
out of 10 women will become overweight. Even if you are one of the
lucky few who made it to middle age without getting fat, don't
congratulate yourself -- keep watching that waistline. Half of the men
and women in the study who had made it well into adulthood without a
weight problem ultimately became overweight. A third of those women and
a quarter of the men became obese. 'You cannot become complacent,
because you are at risk of becoming overweight,' said Ramachandran
Vasan, an associate professor of medicine at Boston University and the
study's lead author.

"He and other researchers studied data gathered from 4,000 white adults
over 30 years. Participants were between the ages of 30 and 59 at the
start, and were examined every four years. By the end of the study,
more than 1 in 3 had become obese. The findings, published Tuesday in
the Annals of Internal Medicine, show obesity may be a greater problem
than indicated by studies that look at a cross-section of the
population at one point in time. Those so-called 'snapshots' of obesity
have found about 6 in 10 are overweight and about 1 in 3 are obese,
Vasan said. The findings also re-emphasize that people must continually
watch their weight, Vasan said..."

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Title: "Study: Most will be fat over the long haul"
Author: Alex Dominguez
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-> According to a Sept. Sun Times article, "Walking advocate Mark
Fenton led the Active Living Workshop that took place on Sept. 13 at
the Professional Development Center. Fenton, who is a noted author and
host of America's Walking on PBS, sustained that, 'there is more to
walking than putting one foot in front of the other.' His talk included
a pedestrian-friendly urban planning. The workshop gathered people
interested in creating a culture of wellness in their work sites and in
their neighborhoods. After breakfast and a walk around downtown, 55
leaders from Collier County discussed several topics that included
obesity and rising health care costs. In the afternoon, participants
considered the cost of inactivity and shared information on resources
available in the county for promoting health in the community.

"After the event, Fenton wrote to thank Naples for its hospitality,
said health educator Kelly Robinson, who coordinates the Health
Promotion Coalition of Collier County and works for the Department of
Health. Referring to the workshop and its impact on the problem of
obesity in the county, Fenton said, 'It was an honor to visit your
community, and I really am pleased to see what you're up to. Here's the
good news: I think you're intervening early enough to actually stop the
bleeding. But you have to move quickly to get folks thinking
differently. Don't let downtown Naples be their only successful legacy,
use the design model, and bring it to the masses across the county. You
could literally establish a new model for the entire state.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7msf6
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Title: "Health Coalition's workshop promotes active living"
Author: Silvia Casabianca
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-> According to an Oct. 6th Columbia Daily Tribune article, "The
Missouri Department of Transportation is developing its first maps
specifically for bicyclists wishing to travel throughout the state
using pedal power. The maps, now in their first drafts, show the
approximate traffic volume for state roads and mark roads that have
paved shoulders. MoDOT is accepting public comment on the proposed
maps. 'The maps are designed to help cyclists plan routes between towns
or across the state, said Caryn Giarratano, coordinator of the
pedestrian and cyclist program for MoDOT. Most states have similar
maps, and Missouri's maps have been in development since 2002,
Giarratano said. 'This is indicative of a new MoDOT, that we are now
trying our best to accommodate for nonmotorized transportation,' said
Giarratano, who said she also is a bicyclist.

"The maps on the MoDOT Web site are broken down into 10 regions. The
central region includes 13 counties, stretching from Boone County south
to Miller and Maries counties, and from Gasconade to Pettis and Benton
counties. Bicyclists can view and print the maps from the department's
Web site, but the department has no plans yet to print and distribute
hard-copy versions of the maps, Giarratano said. The department hopes
to eventually collect information about county and city routes,
Giarratano said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/75q7y
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Title: "Bicyclists get a lift from MoDOT maps"
Author: Rachel Webb
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-> According to an Oct. 3rd New York Times article, "The heyday of the
giant sport utility vehicle keeps moving farther away as gasoline
prices loom larger. In September, industrywide sales of large S.U.V.'s
were down 43 percent from a year earlier, according to Ward's
AutoInfoBank. That is particularly bad news for General Motors and the
Ford Motor Company, which are dependent on truck-based S.U.V.'s. Last
month, G.M.'s overall sales fell 24.2 percent and Ford's declined 20.3
percent, compared with the same month a year earlier.

"In contrast, Japanese carmakers reported increases last month,
propelled by passenger cars and smaller S.U.V.'s known as crossover
vehicles. Toyota's sales rose 10.3 percent, Honda's increased 11.7
percent and Nissan's, 16.4 percent. Overall auto sales fell 7.9 percent
last month, to a seasonally adjusted sales rate equivalent to 16.3
million vehicles if it were maintained for an entire year..."

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Title: "Big S.U.V.'s Lag in Sales, Hindered by Gas Cost"
Author: Danny Hakim
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-> According to an Oct. 5th Tribune article, "Candace Blackbird-Hubbard
finds climbing the stairs at work a lot easier now that she has begun
taking an aerobics class at the Indian Family Health Clinic. After only
a month at the gym, she can climb the stairs without becoming out of
breath. She even notices a difference in how she feels when she bends
over to tie her shoes. 'Being physically fit is a great thing,'
Blackbird-Hubbard told a group of people who gathered in the Great
Falls Civic Center Tuesday to kick-off the 'Get fit Great Falls'
program. Federal, state and local officials teamed up with private
citizens and nonprofit organizations earlier this summer to form the
Cascade County Physical Activity Council. The council's goal is to
encourage residents to get up, get outside and get moving. During the
Tuesday kick-off, several residents shared success stories.

"Sharon Brandenburg said she and her husband, Ralph, are active in
Cascade County RSVP. Ralph travels around town collecting cardboard and
aluminum for the recycling program. He's lost 15 pounds and lowered his
cholesterol. Andy Andersen, 86, runs between two and four miles, five
or six times a week. On his 86th birthday, he celebrated by running for
86 minutes. 'I've been an exercise nut all my life,' Andersen said. 'I
don't have any aches and pains, and I'm walking proof of what this can
do for you.' There is a multitude of programs geared at encouraging
people in Cascade County to be fit. 'What we are trying to do is
harmonize those efforts,' said Cascade County Commission Chairwoman
Peggy Beltrone..."

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Title: "County stressing fitness with 'Get fit' campaign"
Author: Sonja Lee

Note As part of our Active Living Resource Center's "Get Started
Studio," we're helping the Great Falls folks with their work. To learn
more about the Studio, go to:
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-> According to an Oct. 5th Daily Herald article, "Twice a day for
seven school years, self-appointed volunteers have escorted Valley View
Elementary students across two menacing Pleasant Grove intersections.
But mounting liability concerns this week drove the Parent Patrol to
hang up their orange vests and flags for good. Fears surfaced recently
when Pleasant Grove police informed Valley View PTA Safety Commissioner
Keri Jensen that volunteer crossing guards are personally liable and
not covered under school or city policies. Jensen, a two-year Parent
Patroller herself, was stunned. 'I had no idea we were doing it at our
own risk. That changes everything,' she said. 'I opted out, and I'm
devastated about it. It makes me sick to stop.'

"Because Valley View Elementary is a neighborhood school offering no
bus service and is near the high school, all students either walk, bike
or catch a ride. Hoards of children cross the two intersections -- on
Nathaniel Drive at Loader Avenue and at Murdock Drive -- every weekday
from 8am to 8:30am and 3:15pm to 3:45pm, and vehicular traffic also
intensifies during before -- and after-school peaks. And according to
the Parent Patrol, drivers routinely speed through the area. 'I almost
got creamed last year. It was inches away,' Jensen said. 'I'm extremely
worried, and that's why I've put hours and hours working on this as one
huge problem and hopefully come up with a solution.' When Jensen
informed the others, all of them chose to abandon the mission rather
than sign a legal waiver freeing the school, city, police and PTA of
any liability. Monday marked an emotional goodbye for the Parent

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U.S. Actors

"Best known for their long-running television series, 'The Adventures
of Ozzie and Harriet,' the Nelson family began their successful
togetherness with the marriage of saxophone-playing Ozzie to his
'girl-singer,' Harriet in the 1930s. Ozzie's deliberate hesitancy and
self-deprecating humor were the perfect foil for the sweet and sassy
Harriet, who interrupted her songs with sarcastic banter..."

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-> "[W. Jonathan Wride, managing director of Capital Partners FZ LLC]
explained: 'Creating a "walkable", liveable environment was essential.
RiverWalk was designed with the overall aesthetics of the area at the
forefront of consideration..."


-> "So maybe my bike-riding friends have a right to be laughing at all
of us with smug superiority. Their cost of living didn't double when
the price at the gas station did..."


-> "Indianapolis is the 13th most dangerous city in the nation for kids
out walking, according to a new study by Safe Kids Worldwide..."


"...and Environments in Support of Increased Physical Activity;"
Physical Activity and Nutrition Unit (PAN) Unit, North Carolina
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For more on the project, go to:


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:

October 5-8, 2005, Bicycle Federation of Australia, Connecting Cycling
2005 Conference, Planning for Healthy Communities, Brisbane, QLD,
Australia. Info:

October 9-11, 2005, APBP 4th biennial Professional Development Seminar,
Chicago IL. Info: Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:

October 12, 2005, APBP ADA Training Course, Chicago, IL. Info:
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:

October 12 - 15, 2005, Trails and Pathways National Symposium,
Edmonton, Alberta. Info: Todd Reade, ARPA; phone: (780) 644-6976;

October 13-15, 2005, Walking for Health: Measurement and Research
Issues and Challenges, Urbana-Champaign, IL. Info:

October 19, 2005, Moving Together 2005, Boston, MA. Info: Baystate
Roads Program, phone: (413) 545-2604; email:

October 21-23, 2005, Thunderhead Training, San Francisco, CA. Info:

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>

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:

March 28-30, 2006, Transportation and Economic Development 2006,
Little Rock, AR. Info: Mark Norman at <MNorman@nas.edu>



The League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) seeks an enthusiastic
individual to head our growing bicycle safety education program from
his or her home office. LIB is an Aurora, IL-based non-profit advocacy
organization promoting bicycle access, education, and safety in

Major tasks:
-- Coordinate opportunities to teach bicycling skills to adults and
children in Illinois. Publicize and distribute bicycle safety
information to local organizations, schools, bike shops, bike clubs,
and others.
-- Become familiar with selling points, delivery models, and materials
for "Safe Routes to School" programs. Publicize these and be a resource
to Illinois teachers, parents, and school administrators.
-- Assist with LIB's Driver Education "Share the Road" video production
-- Identify and pursue relevant grants and partnerships from
foundations and government sources, to support ongoing activities and
new initiatives.
-- Assist in LIB's other programs, initiatives, and events, as

This position is open until filled, but applications received by
November 7th, 2005 will take priority. Further details -- visit


Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non-profit based in Albany, New
York, seeks a Project Director to join a team of committed,
enthusiastic professionals working to expand, protect, and promote a
statewide network of parks, trails, and open spaces for all to use and
enjoy. Duties include technical and organizational assistance to aid
trail development in communities along the Erie Canalway Trail and
throughout the state; trail and park advocacy at the local and state
level; preparation of planning studies, marketing reports, newsletters
and other publications, outreach; event planning; and new program
development. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Full
job description, including minimum and desired qualifications, can be
found at http://www.ptny.org. The position is open until filled.
Submit letter of interest and resume to: Project Director Search, Parks
& Trails New York , 29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207, careers@ptny.org.


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.


The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is seeking a full-time
membership and development manager to augment our current staff of

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

For a detailed description of the position and for how to apply please


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:


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