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


#134 Friday, October 21, 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
  NCBW, RBA Group Work with NJDOT on Safe Routes Pgm.
  Good Ideas Flowing for ProWalk/ProBike 2006 Conference
  FHWA Launches Safe Routes to School Website
  ALRC Implements Experts Directory
  Bicycle Transportation Alliance Publishes Blueprint
  EPA Announces Best Commuter Workplaces
  UK Government Funds 6 "Cycling Demonstration Towns"
  NCBW Relaunches PW/PB '04 Conference Proceedings Website

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  South Mississippians Want Livable, Walkable Future
  Designing Heart-Healthy Communities
  Kernersville (NC) Committee Looks at Trails, Sidewalks
  Mankato (MN) Couple Says "No" to Gas
  Chicago's Polk Street Folks Battle Street Changes
  Texas Bicycle Coalition Trains Amarillo P.E. Teachers
  Pedestrians Key to Orange (NJ) Urban Enterprise Zone
  Getting to the Roots of Obesity in King County (WA)
 

U of Michigan Offers "Walkable, Urban Place" Realty Pgm.

  Bicycle Commuting Adventures of Boston (MA) Reporter
  Columbia (MD) Plans Vibrant, Walkable Center



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


NCBW, RBA GROUP WORK WITH NJDOT ON SAFE ROUTES PGM.

-> The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) launched A Safe
Routes to School Program this year that includes an awareness clinic
for their Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The clinic was structured
by staff at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW), which
is working with the RBA Group, a NJ-based consulting firm, on this project.

Topics discussed at the clinic included the federal transportation
legislation, security issues for students on and off campus, and the
practical operations of walking school buses. Members of the TAC
included representatives from several state agencies including the
Departments of Health, Education and Smart Growth. All of the State
MPOs and Transportation Management Agencies participate on the SRTS
TAC, as do members of the School Nurse Association, various
branches of law enforcement, School Superintendents Association, county
and municipal planning officials, and many others.

"While the TAC is large and everyone has their own priorities and
concerns, it is important that we all hear each other and work together
for the good of the program and more importantly for the good of the
children," said Sheree Davis, State Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
at NJDOT. "We all agree the state's children should have the
opportunity to walk or bike to school safely and as a matter of routine.
We want New Jersey to be a leader in this area and we think our
multi-agency / multi-disciplined approach will set a new model for
state SRTS programs."

NJDOT's SRTS program for 2005 also includes a demonstration program
that delivers SRTS resources directly to three schools. These on-site
workshops help the school and community to work together to
increase the number of students walking to school safely and regularly.

"Some schools need programmatic help and other schools really want
design guidance," said Elise Bremer-Nei, the NJDOT SRTS Project Manager.
"The demo program was designed to address each school's unique needs,
and at the same time help us model a program that can be delivered
to more schools in the coming years. Now that we have federal funding
for SRTS, we are optimistic that we will be able to expand this
program."

The first on-site workshop was held at the Ashbrook Elementary School
in Lumberton this week. "The workshop was well attended by school and
community representatives, but the parents that attended really carried
the day with their observations and practical insights," said Sharon Roerty,
Director of Community Programs for NCBW. "They focused on first
improving the traffic congestion on campus and then extending their efforts
beyond the campus to create more pedestrian and bicycle friendly routes
to and beyond the school." Roerty, who is one of the lead instructors of
this program added that two more workshops are planned for next week
Oct. 24-28) in Jamesburg and Montclair.
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GOOD IDEAS FLOWING FOR PROWALK/PROBIKE 2006 CONFERENCE

-> Here are just a few of the thoughts people have been sharing on our
new forum devoted to ProWalk/ProBike 2006 (Sept. 5-8, 2006, Madison,
Wisconsin). Drop by and let us know what you think!

-- "Most assessment for traffic improvement relies on 'modeling' traffic
behavior over a long span of time. I think most of us have not seen the
models first hand or do not understand how they work, specifically for
modeling bike and ped trips." - Paige West

-- "[At the New Jersey Bikes and Walks Conference], we had facilitated
'think tank' or 'share ideas' focus groups sessions. Each room had a
topic and ideas were exchanged and shared. It was facilitated by an
expert who gathered the ideas and then those ideas were documented and
sent to the group. There was lots of interaction and lots of good info
spread around." - Sheree Davis

-- "I like the idea of getting in some sessions on the 'new urbanism'
stuff that needs to incorporate more understanding of the needs of
bikes. Some of the traffic calming approaches used can work with
treatments for bikes." - John Luton

We're eager to hear your suggestions for making the 2006 Conference
a success. Here's the link:

http://tinyurl.com/9njm5
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FHWA LAUNCHES SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL WEBSITE

-> According to a recent note from Tim Arnade, the Federal Highway
Administration's Safe Routes to School Program Manager, "I'm pleased to
inform that the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Safety now
has a web site dedicated to the new, Federally funded, Safe Routes to
School Program. Please pass this link on to your members, state
chapters and other organizations, etc. who may have an interest in
this program. It is our intent to disseminate new information (Q&A,
program guidelines, etc) through this web site which will allow for
regular additions, updates, revisions, etc., while reaching a wide
range of users. When significant new information is posted, we will be
sure to send you an email alert."

Here is the link:
http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/saferoutes/

The FHWA' Office of Safety's home page is here:
http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/index.htm
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ALRC IMPLEMENTS EXPERTS DIRECTORY

-> The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) web site has
implemented a new online directory of experts who can assist
neighborhoods and communities in their efforts to make more
bicycle friendly and walkable environments.

Who are these experts? "They're very likely to be many of the people
who subscribe to CenterLines," said Gary MacFadden, who directs
the ALRC program for the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
"We're looking for people who can answer questions, provide
workshops and other training, who can structure local bicycle and
pedestrian plans...any activity that can help move a local project forward."

"The ALRC site is aimed at individuals and small community groups
that are trying to make their neighborhoods and communities better
places to live," said MacFadden. "They have questions that need
answering, and they often require direct assistance."

A person can search the Directory on a state-by-state basis only,
or use an advanced search page for queries by region or specialty.

If you consider yourself an expert, or even pretty knowledgeable, in
the bicycle and pedestrian field, you're encouraged to add yourself to
the ALRC Directory. "The link below will bring up a page where you
enter your name, contact information (e-mail required, phone NOT
required but encouraged) and your specialty areas," MacFadden
said. "You'll also need to enter your state and regional or national
practice area."

MacFadden added that the entry function can also be used to add
another person to the Directory. "If you know of someone who
would be a good addition to the Directory, and you don't see his or
her name already in the lists, use the form to submit their
name," MacFadden said. "We'll check each listing before it is
released to the public site."

To add your name or submit another person's name to the
ALRC Experts Directory, go to:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/new_expert.php

To use the Experts Directory, go to:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/experts_directory.php
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BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ALLIANCE PUBLISHES BLUEPRINT

-> According to a recent note from Scott Bricker, BTA's Policy
Director, "The Bicycle Transportation Alliance recently published our
'Blueprint for Better Biking, 40 Ways to Get There.' The report
provides a strategy and roadmap to increase bicycling in the Portland
metro area. The report provides 40 essential projects, programs, and
policies that are critical to bringing the region to the next level and
a 'Top 10' list that are the highest priorities among the list. The
projects were selected through an extensive two-year process that
included a survey of over 900 bicyclists, meetings with technical
experts, and meetings with bicycle advisory committees.

"The report also offers strategies for improving bicycling conditions
in any community. Many of our projects call for bike routes with little
or no car traffic -- bike boulevards and trails, mainly. Helping people
avoid car traffic is a key to safety, comfort, and getting new people
to try biking. We also recognize the need to greatly improve our
suburban efforts. Again, we call for lower traffic solutions and
innovative approaches to developing these networks."

BTA Executive Director Evan Manvel added, "Media liked it, and we got
coverage on two TV stations, the state's newspaper of record, and two
radio stations (including a long segment on the much-listened-to public
radio station).

"A few notes from this experience:

  1. Media love lists of things, rankings, 'top 10' lists, etc. 40
    projects was too many, so we created a top 10, which the newspaper ran.
  2. It's great to have a professional document to give to elected
    officials saying 'here are our top priorities.'
  3. We could (and perhaps should) have chosen one current hook, either
    bike crashes or fuel costs, to get even more press. We pitched this to
    folks, but they chose the hook 'Portland is a great bike city, but
    advocates are saying we can do even more'
  4. Biking makes good TV -- easy visuals if you can provide them."

For more information contact Scott at <scott@bta4bikes.org> or Evan at
<evan@bta4bikes.org>.

Download the report and release here:
http://www.bta4bikes.org.
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EPA ANNOUNCES BEST COMMUTER WORKPLACES

-> According to an Oct. 19th EPA News release, "Intel, QUALCOMM, and
Oracle lead the 2nd annual list of Best Workplaces for Commuters from
the Fortune 500 Companies, [the Environmental Protection Agency]
announced today. The Bush Administration is recognizing these companies
for their role in offering excellent commuter benefits that reduce fuel
consumption, vehicle emissions and traffic congestion across the
country...Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) is an innovative
partnership that provides a way for employers to encourage energy
conservation by offering commuter benefits, such as subsidized transit
passes and vanpool vouchers, telework and rideshare programs, bike
lockers, showers, and an emergency ride home.

"Almost 600,000 employees receive commuter benefits from BWC's list of
Fortune 500 companies. This results in the reduction of approximately
270,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equivalent to
eliminating emissions from more than 53,000 cars each year and saving
nearly 30 million gallons of gasoline, or $88 million at today's gas
prices (Energy Information Administration, Oct. 17, 2005 national
average price: $2.75/gallon)...Overall, the program conserves 146
million gallons of gasoline and prevents the release of 1.3 million
metric tons of carbon dioxide, while saving commuters more than $400
million annually at current gas prices..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8fj7g

The top 20 workplaces:
1 Intel; 2 (tie) QUALCOMM; 2 (tie) Oracle; 4 Sun Microsystems; 5
Microsoft; 6 (tie) Texas Instruments; 6 (tie) Cisco Systems; 8 Advanced
Micro Devices; 9 Anadarko Petroleum Corporation; 10 Safeco; 11 EMC
Corporation; 12 Boeing; 13 (tie) Devon Energy; 13 (tie) El Paso
Corporation; 13 (tie) Nike, Inc.; 16 Hewlett-Packard; 17 (tie) IBM; 17
(tie) Reliant Energy'; 19 Wyeth; 20 Apple Computer

For more details, visit:
http://www.bwc.gov
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UK GOVERNMENT FUNDS 6 "CYCLING DEMONSTRATION TOWNS"

-> According to an Oct. 20th UK Department for Transport news release,
"Six towns in England will share in nearly 17 million [pounds] to
promote cycling Transport Minister Derek Twigg announced today. The new
Cycling Demonstration Towns will lead the way in encouraging local
people to use pedal power. The funds will be used to make the
environment more cyclist friendly, offering safety training and
promotion to encourage take up. Under the scheme, the towns will
receive a total of 8.4 million [pounds] Government funding over three
years and this investment will be matched by the local authority. The
new Cycling Demonstration Towns are: Brighton, Darlington, Derby,
Exeter, Lancaster and Aylesbury. They were chosen following
recommendations from Cycling England - an independent expert body set
up by the Department for Transport last March.

"Derek Twigg said: 'I am delighted to announce the six towns which have
been chosen to lead the way in promoting cycling across England and I
congratulate Cycling England on the work they have done so far. Cycling
is a fun, healthy and environmentally friendly way to travel. Research
has shown cycling can improve fitness and reduce obesity which can
cause serious health problems. This investment shows Government is
committed to encouraging more people to take up cycling in all or part
of their journeys."

"Chairman of Cycling England, Phillip Darnton said: 'We want to support
towns to work with local schools, hospitals, employers and the wider
community to demonstrate the real benefits that cycling can bring: from
reducing congestion to increasing levels of physical activity. People
want to cycle and we must work together to help them do so more safely
and more often.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8y2z4


NCBW RELAUNCES PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2004 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS WEBSITE

-> We are pleased to announce that the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference
Proceedings website has just received a refresh. Visitors to our site
will be greeted by a new graphical interface, and a simplified navigation
structure that is divided into the eight conference themes: Pedestrian
Facility Planning & Design, Bicycle Facility Planning & Design, Developing
Active Communities, Developing Trail Facilities, Building the Movement,
Kids and Transportation, Community Pedestrian Programs, and Community
Cycling Programs. Check it out. And if are a PW/PB presenter and do not
see your presentation, let us know.

http://www.bikewalk.net
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "I've been working toward a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use downtown
now for several years. We have created a shared vision through
community workshops, and we've been using that community vision to work
with the development community to structure their projects so that
they're going to fit to create a cohesive downtown that people will
enjoy."
-- Jon Harrison, Member, Redlands (CA) Council
http://tinyurl.com/bwrn4


-> "When gas got to $1.90, I started thinking about an alternative.
Half-jokingly and half-seriously, I told my wife (Beth), 'When the
price hits $2, I'm going to buy a bicycle.' Everything I do is within
three miles of the house. The last time I filled up the Ranger, it was
$50. I looked over at the guy next to me with an Escalade (SUV), and he
was over $100 and still going. I said, 'This is ridiculous.'..."
-- Micky Shearon, Hood County, TX
http://tinyurl.com/8rakw


-> "Simply having a grocery store near you doesn't mean you can easily
walk to it. In many cases, communities are built in such a way to
prohibit that."
-- Craig Lewis, AIA, The Lawrence Group
http://tinyurl.com/ctsgc


-> "I would hope that high gas prices would make people rethink where
they live. Realistically, I've lived in Michigan all my life and we are
such a car-centric society. I think what we will see first is people
looking at and buying more fuel efficient vehicles. I think once we get
more anecdotal evidence about the impact of living as we do, we could
see a societal change."
-- Heather Edwards, Michigan Land Use Institute
http://tinyurl.com/bsarl


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

SOUTH MISSISSIPPIANS WANT LIVABLE, WALKABLE FUTURE

-> According to an Oct. 20th WLOX-TV story, "Five years of family
treasures and fond memories now lie in a huge pile on Clara Mecum's
property in Pass Christian. 'It was nothing. Everything off the block,'
said Mecum. Clara Mecum's home sat 13 feet above sea level. And as the
city, along with the rest of the Mississippi Gulf Coast plans to
rebuild and tries to comply with FEMA's recommended elevation levels,
she says she does not want her home to sit any higher. 'Mother Nature
come in I don't care how high, when Mother Nature comes in with that
water, rain, wind, you can't do anything about it. You really can't,'
said Mecum.

"Hundreds of people echoed those and other concerns at the Governor's
Commission "Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal" town hall meeting
Wednesday evening. Concerned residents voiced their opinions about
ideas that came out of the renewal forum last week. For two hours, they
asked questions concerning land use, transportation, and public
service, and the commission definitely took notes. 'They want a more
livable, walkable area. They want the kinds of things that we talked
about in the charrette process. They want a highway 90 boulevard that is
beautiful and more accessible to the public, a more walkable
boulevard..." said meeting chairman Anthony Topazi.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dvykw
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "South Mississippians Voice Opinions On Future"
Author: Karla Redditte

For more on Governor Barbour's Commission on Recovery, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/akdac
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DESIGNING HEART-HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

-> According to an Oct. 3rd Newsweek article, "Forecasting heart
disease is becoming an ever-finer art, as researchers learn more about
the risk factors. But here's a predictor you may not have heard about:
street address. In a study published last year, scientists at the RAND
Corp. scored 38 metropolitan areas on the 'sprawl index' -- basically a
measure of their dependence on cars. When the researchers tallied
disease rates for the same areas, an interesting pattern emerged. Other
risk factors aside, people in densely populated places graced with
sidewalks and shops had the lowest rates of diabetes, hypertension,
heart disease and stroke. And the rates rose steadily as communities
became more spread-out and less walkable. Statistically, a person
living in Boston or San Francisco was healthier than an identical
person in Atlanta or San Bernardino. Without even trying, the folks in
those more-compact communities were apparently exercising enough to
ward off chronic illness.

"As the RAND team deduced, 'suburban design may be an important new
avenue for health promotion.' In fact it may herald a whole new
approach. Personal behavior may hold the secret to long-term health,
but as researchers are now discovering, behavior is not just a matter
of choice. Every aspect of our lifestyles --- what we eat, whether we
smoke, how much we exercise -- is shaped by our surroundings. If you
live in a subdivision, work in an office park and can't buy a stamp
without getting on the interstate, going with the flow is enough to
make you sick. Staying fit in such places has long been a lonely act of
resistance. But as many communities are now discovering, people
surrounded by walkways and bike paths tend to use them..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cjhd4
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Designing Heart-Healthy Communities"
Author: Geoffrey Cowley and Karen Springen
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KERNERSVILLE (NC) COMMITTEE LOOKS AT TRAILS, SIDEWALKS

-> According to an Oct. 20th Kernersville Journal article, "A group
working to plan sidewalks, greenways and bike paths plans to meet
tonight to look over land the town already owns as potential greenways.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Committee has developed a mission
statement and goals since it started working in March. The Kernersville
Planning Department is guiding the committee's work. Sharon Richmond, a
town planner working with the committee, said that pedestrian and bike
paths can encourage pollution-free transportation and make it easier
for citizens to interact with each other and provide 'safe passageways'
through town. They also would provide recreation and improve public
health, she said.

"The committee has identified some priorities for sidewalk
construction, Richmond said. One would be to provide Cherry Street with
a sidewalk from the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks south to where
Cherry and Main streets join in southwestern Kernersville. Another
priority would be to provide South Main Street with a sidewalk in the
commercial strip that ends near Lowe's and Wal-Mart. Although the area
may seem like a pedestrian-free zone for cars only, Richmond said that
town officials have noticed that many people walk through the area.
Elsewhere in town, committee members say they think that a sidewalk
needs to connect Fourth of July Park with the Kernersville Family YMCA
on West Mountain street, Richmond said. Many people use both places and
would walk between them..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8hbn6
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Title: "Greenway land to be considered"
Author: Wesley Young
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MANKATO (MN) COUPLE SAYS "NO" TO GAS

-> According to an Oct. 15th Mankato Free Press article, "Christie and
Eric Nelson aren't going to berate you for climbing behind the steering
wheel of your SUV. The Nelsons won't knock on your door with pamphlets
extolling the virtues of walking and biking. And the Mankato couple
won't be picketing local convenience stores begging people to stop
wasting so much gasoline. Instead, the Nelsons, who turn the ignition
switch on their car about one day in every five, are content to provide
an example for vehicle-addicted Americans -- proof that there is
another way to move.

"But the one time they have trouble holding their tongues is when they
hear people with healthy, working legs complaining about the high price
of gasoline. An article in The Free Press about people grumbling in
response to record fuel costs while doing nothing to change their
driving habits prompted Christie Nelson to respond with a lengthy
essay. 'We talk about the prices at the pump like we do the weather --
unavoidable, sure and true. We play the victims of the storm -- getting
pounded at the pump. This attitude is aggravating to me. If you are
able bodied, do not require a vehicle for work and live in Mankato, get
moving!'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/994jo
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Title: "Saying no to gas"
Author: Mark Fischenich
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CHICAGO'S POLK STREET FOLKS BATTLE STREET CHANGES

-> According to an Oct. 19th Chicago Journal article, "Ever since the
Chicago Department of Transportation yanked out the stop signs on Polk
Street two years ago, Printers' Row residents have been griping about
speeding cars and dangerous pedestrian crossings on the neighborhood's
main east-west thoroughfare. Neighborhood pedestrians took another hit
when the city's new Traffic Management Authority [TMA] decided not to
replace the stop signs this summer after the Clark Street
reconstruction project was finished...On Tuesday, South Loop Neighbors
members made a few plans of their own, inviting a host of traffic
experts to their meeting to discuss energizing Polk Street pedestrian
life and slowing down those speeding cars. Matt Gauntt, a DuPage County
traffic engineer, recommended a host of changes for Polk Street,
including traffic calming methods. In Holland, Gauntt told the crowd,
residents sick of speeding cars rebelled by placing benches and other
objects in the middle of the road to create a 'woonerf,' or living
yard...

"Despite the fact that the city's 2003 Central Area Plan advocates a
significantly improved landscape for pedestrians downtown, [South Loop
resident and architect Robert Gordon] alleged that the new traffic
authority has shown little interest in doing so. 'The TMA seems to not
be in sync with the original planning goals of Chicago Department of
Transportation,' Gordon said. 'It's a rogue agency. The TMA is not
operating on the constructs of the Central Area Plan.' Nick Jackson,
director of planning of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, said that
the Traffic Management Authority has run into trouble with aldermen who
believe the agency has gone too far, especially when it briefly
proposed ticketing pedestrians. Jackson added that City Council will be
holding a series of public meetings later this fall to discuss the
TMA's authorities..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cz68l
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7pemt
Archive cost: No
Title: "The Polk Street obstacle course"
Author: Haydn Bush
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TEXAS BICYCLE COALITION TRAINS AMARILLO P.E. TEACHERS

-> According to an Oct. 14th Amarillo Globe News article, "Bicycle
safety could be as easy to remember as riding a bike. But teaching
safety requires some teaching itself, so a bicycle education training
session will be available for local physical education teachers
Saturday at the Amarillo Independent School District Education Support
Center. The session, part of the Texas Bicycle Coalition's Safe Routes
to School program, will provide fourth- and fifth-grade P.E. teachers
and other invited guests with a bike safety curriculum. It will include
lessons on starting and stopping a bike, watching for obstacles,
wearing brightly colored clothes, using hand signals, and riding in
bicycle lanes.

"The Safe Routes to School program promotes an active lifestyle for
children and alternative transportation habits for everyone. It is
funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Bicycle Coalition
Education Fund and United Supermarkets. 'We're trying to make Amarillo
bike friendly,' said Joyce Cunningham, Safe Routes to School local
outreach coordinator. 'Gasoline prices are getting worse, pollution is
getting worse, and these are things that most people can do to combat
these situations. If we can get the kids interested, it's amazing how
those parents will jump in, and they'll get interested, too.' Amarillo,
Canyon and other Panhandle cities have been designated as a target
areas for the program..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/al8h9
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Title: "Bicycle-safety training sessions scheduled for P.E. instructors"
Author: Joe Chapman
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PEDESTRIANS KEY TO ORANGE (NJ) URBAN ENTERPRISE ZONE

-> According to an Oct. 19th Orange Transcript article, "The city
should begin focusing on several economic factors which could drive the
city into the 21st century, a city official told City Council members
Tuesday night. Using the recent council-approved five-year Urban
Enterprise Zone plan, Orange should focus on convenient transportation,
access to employment centers, adaptive re-use potential, existing
retail centers and niche markets, all within walking distance for most
residents, to increase its great economic potential. 'I can't begin to
emphasize the important, critical role that the UEZ programs play in
moving Orange forward economically,' said Marty Mayes, director of
policy and planning...

"The plan, which was approved unanimously by City Council members,
stated Orange no longer is a major job location in the region. However,
it is strategically located to four major employment centers: New York,
Newark, Roseland and Parsippany. 'The city's small size is a clear
advantage for those who believe there will be an increased shift away
from the car and back to the pedestrian and mass transit in the coming
decades,' said Mayes. 'Orange is positioned to offer the
pedestrian-based lifestyle preferred by the new urbanists.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8eng4
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No (but archives appear limited)
Title: "UEZ plan focuses on transportation, housing, stores"
Author: Gerard A. Frank
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GETTING TO THE ROOTS OF OBESITY IN KING COUNTY (WA)

-> According to an Oct. 19th Seattle Times article, "A local pedestrian
group called Feet First has been working on 'walking audits' with
residents in Seattle and South King County, documenting everything from
faded crosswalks to missing sidewalks, then taking that information to
city officials. Their work has already inspired Seattle's Department of
Transportation to move some neighborhoods to the top of lists for
improvements. It's all part of a new focus on 'walkability.' Most
people will simply not set aside a half hour, three times a week for
exercise, the researchers say.

So it's crucial that the streets themselves encourage activity, in
their appearance and their design. A recent King County study found that
people will walk around their neighborhoods more if sidewalks and streets
are connected, and shops and parks are located nearby. Some of the older
city neighborhoods, such as Capitol Hill, already fit that description
-- and the obesity rate there is the lowest in the county, at 7 percent.
'If you create environments where it's easier to choose the healthy option,
people will choose the healthy option,' said Dr. Jim Krieger, of Public
Health.

"The Seattle Housing Authority has adopted that concept, turning some
of its housing projects into national models for active living. In the
Delridge neighborhood, the old High Point project is a sprawling
community of beaten-down barracks. The wide streets encourage speeding
cars. The sidewalks are broken. Crime has been a serious concern. But
block by block, the project is being transformed into mixed-income
housing. New houses are painted in reds and greens and yellows, with
windows and porches that look out on shared lawn where children play.
Streets are narrow, sidewalks are wide, and landscaping serves as a
buffer between them. There are plenty of new amenities within walking
distance, including a library and a public health center. And the city
is trying to lure a large grocery store there soon..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cur7l
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bzd5p
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Title: "Getting to the roots of obesity: why surroundings may matter"
Author: Cara Solomon
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U OF MICHIGAN OFFERS "WALKABLE, URBAN PLACE" REALTY PGM.

-> According to an Oct. 20th Crain's Detroit Business article, "The new
director of the University of Michigan's real estate certificate
program plans to push progressive development, or projects that are
both profitable and have positive long-term consequences. The
certificate program is a new multidisciplinary graduate program between
business, urban planning, law and other schools at UM. Christopher
Leinberger, who has a background as a real estate consultant, developer
and author, said projects such as downtown revitalization,
redevelopment of suburban cores, the right development in greenfield
sites and transit-oriented development all can become progressive
developments...

"Empty-nesters, Gen X and Y and others have indicated preference for
walkable, urban places to live. 'We've forgotten how to do it,' he
said. 'That's what this program is about.' While conventional
development tends to become obsolete, progressive development creates
special places 'that people will want to write songs about.' The good
news is that the up-and-coming group of real estate practitioners wants
progressive development and is eager to study it, Leinberger said. The
program has 40 courses so far available in its curriculum..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9rxja
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/crseg
Archive cost: Yes, after 30 days
Title "UM real estate program director calls for progressive
development; says people want walkable, urban places to live"
Author: Jennette Smith

For more information on the program, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/94mcz
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BICYCLE COMMUTING ADVENTURES OF BOSTON (MA) REPORTER

-> According to Oct. 12th Boston Globe article, "For five days, a
reporter leaves his car at home and commutes to work the gas-free way
-- on a bicycle...

"On a Monday morning -- the day, coincidentally, that President Bush
asked Americans to conserve gasoline by driving less -- you lock your
car in the driveway and straddle your brand-new, bright blue
Specialized bicycle, rented for the occasion. With notebook, tape
recorder, and lots of trepidation, you embark on a one-week experiment
in commuting to work, Cambridge to Boston, round trip, 20 miles a day.
You're not alone. As the price of gasoline soars through the tinted
roof of all those SUVs that clog Storrow Drive, sales of bicycles are
soaring to perhaps 20 million this year, and many Americans are
wondering whether the bicycle might not be a wiser way to commute to
work.

"'We're definitely getting more calls, and the preponderance of
questions are from people who want to know the best route to bike to
work,' says MassBike executive director Dorie Clark, who commutes by
bike from Somerville to her Park Square office on a $250 Trek. 'We have
volunteers we call route-gurus who know Boston and bicycling so they
can devise commuting routes that are efficient and safe.' In your case,
however, when it comes to bikes, you don't know parallel push linkage
from direct-pull cantilevers, and so, on the day you arrange the
rental, you take notes frantically as Jason Suderman of Ace Wheelworks
in Somerville describes the distinctions between a $350 Trek 7200FX and
an $800 Specialized Globe. That may sound like a lot of money, but it's
less than you paid for that SUV package with the butt warmer..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7n4sx
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "One week, two wheels"
Author: Jack Thomas
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COLUMBIA (MD) PLANS VIBRANT, WALKABLE CENTER

-> According to an Oct. 20th Howard County Times article, "Talk of
turning downtown Columbia into a urbanized setting featuring sidewalk
cafes, walkable roads and a possible mini version of New York's Central
Park is welcome news to Columbia Association officials. The nonprofit
association, which operates Columbia's recreational facilities, is a
major participant in a series of public meetings designed to forge a
master plan to guide the redevelopment of downtown Columbia. Howard
County officials launched the meetings -- which they call a 'charrette'
-- Oct. 15 with a session that brought together residents to discuss
ideas for downtown's future. Using those ideas, residents, officials
and a planning consultant this week worked to forge a draft of the
master plan. County officials are slated to unveil a draft version of
the plan Oct. 22.

"'We're in this as any other (group), whether you're major landholders
or major entities in the community,' said Maggie Brown, CA's president.
'I think we all have an interest in seeing that the downtown is a
viable (location).' CA officials said they had several concerns
entering the charrette, including ensuring that the association
maintained the option of building a new headquarters on a parcel it
owns in Symphony Woods, which surrounds Merriweather Post
Pavilion...The association also wants to ensure that Columbia residents
and others have better access to downtown using an integrated regional
and county transportation system. And they want to ensure that future
development not harm the environment around Lake Kittamaqundi..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b5xe3
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/e4g4r
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Title: "CA backs community's call for more vibrant center"
Author: Andrei Blakely
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

LOOKING FOR A SWEET RIDE?

-> According to an Oct. 12th Green Bay Press Gazette article, "If your
bike is old and dinged but still has 15 miles left in it, you may want
to join the 6th Annual Chocolate Clunker Classic on Saturday. It's a
15-mile bike ride held each year on Sweetest Day. Cyclists, whether
they're pedaling a new ride or the preferred classic or curbside
clunker bicycles, will depart at 10 a.m. from KaVarna, 112 S. Broadway,
Green Bay, and make stops at three chocolate shops along the route.

"The founders of the event, Pam Aerts and Mike Gerke of Green Bay, will
lead the group to Seroogy's Chocolates in De Pere, Kaap's Old World
Chocolates in Allouez and Beerntsen Candy Shop in Green Bay before
returning to KaVarna. 'It's just to celebrate the love of cycling, old
classic bicycles and, of course, chocolate,' Aerts said. Each year
there's a candy-eating theme. This year it's best toffee. Cyclists will
rate the three candy stores. Prizes will be awarded to the person who
devours the most chocolate and the person with the clunkiest bike, she
added..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ahuw8
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Looking for a Sweet Ride?"
Author: Sean Schultz


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

OZ STUDY: OBESITY BIGGER RISK TO LIVER THAN ALCOHOL

-> "A University of Western Australia study has found that while
moderate to heavy alcohol use doubles a person's chances of having an
abnormal liver, obesity increases the risk seven-fold..."
http://tinyurl.com/ajaj7

NEW JERSEY'S WYETH CORP SCORES EPA COMMUTER AWARD

-> "Other participating Wyeth sites provide a wide array of commuter
benefits that may include a progressive car pool program with preferred
parking, a shuttle service to and from public transportation and
on-site facilities to accommodate bicycle and walking commuters (e.g.,
shower, cafeteria and dry cleaning services) as well as supplying an
emergency ride home for commuters if needed..."
http://tinyurl.com/9y92c

HELENA (MT) ADVOCATES WANT BIKE/PED COORDINATOR
-> "Advocates for walkers and bikers have said they want a
bicycle-pedestrian coordinator to see after non-motorized projects.
This position could be paid for by a federal grant..."
http://tinyurl.com/b85zn

PERSONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION IN HOUSTON (TX)

-> "Why it seems like just yesterday I was harping on the notion that,
as long as our public policies yield built environments in which
eco-friendly choices are difficult, eco-friendly choices will not be
the norm..."
http://tinyurl.com/76q6k

DIAMOND-STUDDED TREK SELLS FOR $75,000

-> "At last night's Lance Armstrong Foundation Gala in the
Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, $4.7m was raised for LAF's advocacy,
public health and research programs. The bike adorned with gold and
man-made yellow diamonds sold for $75 000, making it the world's most
expensive bicycle..."
http://tinyurl.com/8dx2a

ONTARIO TO EXTEND DAYLIGHT TIME STARTING IN 2007

-> "The Canadian Safety Council also supports the change, Bryant said,
since longer daylight hours could reduce pedestrian injuries which rise
during the winter and fall..."
http://tinyurl.com/8jgf7


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

-> "PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVALUATION HANDBOOK"
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guide; by Sarah Martin,
MS, PhD, and Nancy E. Hood. 600k pdf
http://tinyurl.com/bt4d8

-> "CONTAINING THE COMMERCIAL STRIP"
"...problems along state highways." 6-page brochure from the Oregon
Dept. of Land Conservation and Development; September 2000. 300k pdf
http://tinyurl.com/8fwaw

-> "PLANNING FOR NARROW LOCAL STREETS"
Briefing presentation for the Oregon Land Conservation and Development
Commission; Sept. 2001. 2.5mb pdf
http://tinyurl.com/7k8ge

-> "MAIN STREET: WHEN A HIGHWAY RUNS THRU IT"
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development handbook for
Main Street design. 3.3mb pdf
http://tinyurl.com/cnyys

-> "NEIGHBORHOOD STREET DESIGN GUIDELINES..."
"...An Oregon Guide for Reducing Street Widths - A Consensus Agreement
by the Stakeholder Design Team; November 2000. 1.4mb pdf
http://tinyurl.com/d4kgc


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

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 1-3, 2006, National Bike Summit, Washington DC. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/b92du

March 28-30, 2006, Transportation and Economic Development 2006,
Little Rock, AR. Info: Mark Norman at <MNorman@nas.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/am3hk

June 1-4, 2006, Congress for New Urbanism, Providence, RI. Info:
http://www.cnu.org


J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S


JOB -- EDUCATION PROGRAM MGR -- LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS BICYCLISTS

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
Illinois.

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
project.
-- 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
appropriate.

This position is open until filled, but applications received by
November 7th, 2005 will take priority. Further details -- visit
http://www.bikelib.org


-> JOB -- PROJECT DIRECTOR -- PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK

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.

-> 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 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


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