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#135 Friday, November 4, 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 Staffers Training Coordinators in San Jose (CA)
  Safe Routes to School National Partnership Launches
  FHWA Posts State Safe Routes Coordinator Q&A
  Ohio's Ed Honton Dies After Long Fight with Leukemia
  VTPI's TDM Encyclopedia Gets Streetscape Chapter
  ALRC Experts Directory Off and Running
  Gas Prices: the Tipping Point Toward Better Development?

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Oregon Bicycle Bill Author, Don Stathos, Remembered
  CNU Experts Help Mississippi Plan for Future
  Hip-to-Waist Ratio Best Heart Risk Predictor
  Los Alamos (NM) Council Approves 4 Roundabouts
  Walk/Bike Nashville (TN) Hosts "Three Cities" Meeting
  Visalia (CA) Hosts NCBW Walkability Workshops
  Tampa (FL) Area's New 8-Lane Blvd: No Room for Bikes
  Indiana (PA) Has Long History with Curb Extensions
  Lawrence Twp. (NJ) Pike Plans Gain Momentum
  Bentonville (AR) Learns ABC's of T.O.D.
  San Antonio (TX) Workers & Students Bike, Walk, Bus
  Memphis (TN) "Harbor Town" Wins ULI Award
  South Kingstown (RI) Focuses on Ped Hazards
  Belmont (MA) Becoming a Pedestrian Town?
  Homer (AK) Delays Town Center Plans



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


NCBW STAFFERS TRAINING COORDINATORS IN SAN JOSE (CA)

-> Somewhere in the San Jose, California, area, NCBW staffers Bob Chauncey
and Mark Plotz are running the legs off a new group of Walkable Community
Workshop (WCW) local program coordinators. This is our 6th edition of the
training program for Metropolitan Planning Organization WCW staff, and we
have opened the training to public health professionals, several of whom
are taking part. The "boot camp" program, as it's called by our grizzled
veteran instructors, does two main things:

- It gives those who will be organizing our WCW sessions in their own
urban areas a good background in what walkable communities do and don't
look like -- and how to create them.

- It provides training in setting up sessions back in their own home
territories.

According to CL editor, John Williams, our two trainers provide lots of
ideas but he laments the loss of some of the rites of passage that were
part of earlier sessions. "I remember when we trained up a bunch of
greenhorns in '53. Sit-ups, push-ups, rope courses, and running laps --
those were the things that made our trainees into the pillars of bike/walk
society they are today", Williams said.

For more on the training (sans sit-ups), contact Bob Chauncey at
<chauncey@atlanticbb.net>.
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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP LAUNCHES

-> According to a Nov. 3rd news release, "Since 1970, the percentage of
U.S. children who bike and walk to school has plummeted. During this time,
childhood obesity has tripled, and sedentary lifestyles are widely
recognized as a major contributing factor. Safe Routes to School is a
logical solution. The movement to create safe routes for kids to walk and
bike to school took a big step forward October 24 when the Safe Routes to
School National Partnership held its first formal meeting in Washington,
D.C. Forty diverse groups from throughout the U.S. met to identify goals
for the national Safe Routes to School movement, and to initiate a
productive working relationship with the Federal Highway Administration,
which is charged with administering the new Safe Routes to School federal
program.

"One of the partnership's key objectives is to maximize the effectiveness
of this new federal program, which Congress authorized in August as part
of the new federal transportation law. Each state will receive a minimum
of $1 million a year through 2009 to create projects and programs that
make it safer, easier, and more appealing for children to walk and bicycle
to school. The federal program budget for this period is $612 million. Deb
Hubsmith, coordinator for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership,
said, 'There is tremendous enthusiasm for Safe Routes to School in all
fifty states. The partnership is a diverse, experienced and growing
coalition that is uniquely positioned to work with the Federal Highway
Administration, state departments of transportation, and local advocates
to ensure the program succeeds.'

"Since the transportation bill passed, more than 80 organizations
(including bicycling, walking, health, education, and transportation
groups, government agencies, and businesses) have joined the Safe Routes
to School National Partnership. Partner groups pledge to work together to
maximize the effectiveness of Safe Routes to School. There is no charge
for organizations or businesses to join. The Bikes Belong Coalition is the
initial sponsor of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. The
League of American Bicyclists and the National Center for Bicycling and
Walking provided additional support for the recent meeting."

More information is available at:
http://www.bikesbelong.org
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FHWA POSTS STATE SAFE ROUTES COORDINATOR Q&A

-> The Federal Highway Administration has posted a document called
"Questions and Answers about States hiring a full-time Coordinator" on
their new Safe Routes to School website. According to NCBW Executive
Director Bill Wilkinson, "This is MUST READING for all!" Note that the
"Coordinator" referred to in the Q&A is the STATE Safe Routes to School
Coordinator, called for in the new transportation law, SAFETEA-LU.

Check it out here -- AND forward the info to your state's bike/pedestrian
coordinator:
http://tinyurl.com/b44uo

For a list of state bike/ped coordinators, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/9uxw2
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OHIO'S ED HONTON DIES AFTER LONG FIGHT WITH LEUKEMIA

-> According to an article in the Oct. 28th OKI Bicycle E-Info-News, "The
trail and biking community lost a dear friend in Ed Honton on October 12,
2005 after a long fight with leukemia. Ed was the Franklin Co. engineer
for several years and the first Ohio Department of Transportation Bicycle
and Pedestrian Coordinator. Ed was instrumental in pushing for the first
cross-Ohio bicycle route, the Cardinal Trail. He was co-founder of the
Ohio Bicycle Federation and of the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). Ed
Honton, for the past fourteen years, was the force behind The Ohio to Erie
Trail. He began with a vision in 1991 that Ohio needed an off road trail
from the Ohio River in Cincinnati through Columbus to Lake Erie in
Cleveland.

"Across the state he spoke about what a trail would offer Ohio. Today 75%
of the trail is complete and open for use, including the Little Miami
Scenic Trail. When completed, The Ohio to Erie Trail will be the longest,
continuous trail in the United States. Ed Honton received the Cardinal
Award from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on October 7. Ed was
unable to attend the ceremony, and Director of ODNR Sam Speck and Bill
Daehler from ODNR visited Ed that afternoon and personally gave the award
to him. Donations on Ed's behalf can be made to The Ohio to Erie Trail
Fund. (From reports by Jerry Rampelt, Ohio to Erie Trail and Chuck Smith,
Ohio Bicycle Federation.)"

For more info on the Ohio to Erie Trail Fund, go to:
http://www.ohiotoerietrail.org
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VTPI'S TDM ENCYCLOPEDIA GETS STREETSCAPE CHAPTER

-> In a recent note, Todd Litman, Executive Director of the Victoria
Transport Policy Institute, said "I am updating and expanding our Online
TDM Encyclopedia, including addition of a chapter on Streetscape
Improvements. The intent is to provide an introductory discussion of the
concept, and links to resources for more detailed information. I plan to
add a few illustrative photos later. The Encyclopedia is widely used by
transportation and land use planners around the world..."

To view the whole TDM Encyclopedia, go to:
http://www.vtpi.org/tdm

To see the new chapter, go to:
http://www.vtpi.org/tdm/tdm122.htm
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ALRC EXPERTS DIRECTORY OFF AND RUNNING

-> The new Experts Directory at the Active Living Resource Center
web site has attracted 75 listings within its first two weeks of
operation, according to Gary MacFadden, an ALRC staffer. "We're
very pleased with the early response. We've got people from
many states offering to share their expertise and talents," said
MacFadden.

The Experts Directory is a listing of those who can assist
neighborhoods and communities in their efforts to create more
bicycle friendly and walkable communities.

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

The new directory can be searched on a state-by-state basis or
with queries by region or specialty. Those specialties include
local advocacy, public health, rail-trail projects, safe routes to school,
workshops and training, community planning, transit and public
transportation, and traffic engineering/traffic calming. "In the first
week we opened the Directory, we logged nearly 500 searches,"
MacFadden noted.

If you can answer questions, supply training, or otherwise assist
community members and groups with the kinds of topics listed
above, you're encouraged to take five minutes and add yourself
to the Experts Directory. The link below will bring up a page where
you can enter your name, contact information (e-mail required, phone
NOT required but encouraged) and your specialty areas.

MacFadden also confirmed that the Experts Directory header is graced
by a photo of the hard-charging Charlie Gandy at an NCBW Walkable
Community Workshop in Binghamton, New York. He declined to say
how much Gandy paid for the slot, but indicated it was less than a
paid link on Google.

To add your name to the ALRC Experts Directory, go to:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/new_expert.php

Please help direct community groups and individuals to the
Expert Directory's search function at:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/experts_directory.php
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GAS PRICES: THE TIPPING POINT TOWARD BETTER DEVELOPMENT?

-> According to a Nov. 3rd news release, "Higher gas prices are causing
Americans to alter their driving habits and to either use or consider
using transit if the option is available, according to a consumer survey
released today by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The survey results
reinforce the need to build and rebuild urban regions in ways that offer
alternatives to car-dependent development, according to representatives of
the Institute. Conducted for ULI during the first week of October by
independent polling firm Harris Interactive, the survey queried 1,000
adults in all regions of the United States. The primary objective was to
measure consumer attitudes toward transportation issues, including:
transportation behavior--modes people use for both commute and non-commute
trips; why consumers choose or reject alternatives to driving; the extent
to which people would use or consider using an alternate mode of
transportation; and the likelihood of using commuter rail transit or bus
service.

"The survey was released during ULI's annual fall meeting, held this year
in Los Angeles. Respondents of all ages, in all regions and all locations
(urban, suburban and rural) listed gas prices as one of the top three
issues of concern, ranking behind education and crime. Interestingly,
traffic congestion consistently ranked lowest among the concerns, with
about two-thirds indicating that their commute had stayed the same over
the past two years. The majority of the respondents said gas prices had
caused them to make some changes in both commuting and non-commuting
travel..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/acdoe
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "It's not Americans who have chosen their unsustainable way of life,
but that their way of life is the product of government policies.
Transportation, mortgage assistance, energy, agriculture and natural
resource policies have all contributed to give Americans no viable option
for living sustainable lives..."
-- Patrick Doherty
http://tinyurl.com/8oxmj


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

OREGON BICYCLE BILL AUTHOR, DON STATHOS, REMEMBERED

-> According to an Oct. 22nd Oregonian article, "Don Stathos, a former
legislator who authored Oregon's landmark Bicycle Bill in 1971, died
Thursday at his Jacksonville home at the age of 81. Stathos, who served
two terms in the House as a Republican, won passage of a bill requiring
the state to set aside at least 1 percent of the highway fund to build
bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

"The law, still one of the strongest in the country for bicycling,
eventually helped lead to a big expansion of bike lanes and paths
throughout the state. Stathos served for more than 30 years on the
state's bicycle advisory committee. Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder,
another member of the committee, said the former legislator sponsored
the bill after becoming upset that his children couldn't safely
bicycle to school..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/amgk5
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Title: "Bicycle Bill author Don Stathos, 81"
Author: Jeff Mapes
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CNU EXPERTS HELP MISSISSIPPI PLAN FOR FUTURE

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Daily Campus article, "Norman Garrick, an
associate professor of engineering, recently returned to UConn after
spending the week of Oct. 13 in Biloxi, Miss. at the Mississippi Renewal
Forum (MRF). The forum was summoned by the governor of Mississippi 'to
recommend the best avenues of redesign and redevelopment for the state's
coastal cities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,' according to a
press release. Garrick was chosen to join the forum of 100 experts by the
Congress for New Urbanism [CNU], a group that promotes a 'walkable'
cityscape, 'a diverse range of housing and jobs, appropriate architecture
and planning' and 'balanced development of jobs and housing,' according to
their web site. He was selected for his expertise in Urban Transportation
Systems and was one of five engineers who attended the forum.

"Over six days, the MRF created guidelines for the rebuilding of cities on
the Mississippi Gulf Coast that were devastated by Katrina. Garrick is
hopeful the forum's progress will make the rebuilt cities better than
before. 'Mississippi has been developed haphazardly,' he said. 'Very
beautiful old towns were dismantled.' Garrick spent the week planning
infrastructural changes that will prevent such catastrophe in the future.
'My main focus was on transportation systems that will support what [other
planners] want to do to reconstruct the place, on what kind of
infrastructure would help support their goals,' he said. Now that the MRF
has developed a rebuilding plan, the responsibility rests on the
developers who will realize it in the coming years. As for the plan
itself, Garrick was impressed by the potential for improvement it showed,
though tangible results may be many years away..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/75crm
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Title: "A New Plan For Gulf Coast"
Author: Andrew Peters
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HIP-TO-WAIST RATIO BEST HEART RISK PREDICTOR

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Newsweek article, "Well-toned hips and a trim
waist -- not just the pounds you carry -- appear to be one of the best
protections against heart attacks, according to a study of thousands of
people in different countries. Researchers reported in Friday's issue of
The Lancet medical journal that a hip-to-waist ratio is a better predictor
of the risk of heart attack for a variety of ethnic groups than body-mass
index, the current standard. Based on weight and height, the body-mass
index takes no notice of where fat is or how muscular a person is, said Dr.
Arya Sharma, professor of medicine at McMaster University and co-author of
the study. An athlete and a couch potato could have similar BMI scores, he
noted. 'Irrespective of your BMI, your waist-hip ratio is important.'

"Previous research has shown that having a potbelly is a better predictor
of heart trouble than weight, but most of those studies focused on
Europeans or North Americans. The Interheart study, directed by Dr. Salim
Yusuf of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, drew on data from
27,098 people in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, including 12,461
who had suffered a heart attack. In the new study, the risk of heart
attack rose progressively as the ratio of waist size increased in
proportion to hip circumference. The 20 percent of the survey who had the
highest ratio were 2.5 times more at risk than the 20 percent with the
lowest ratio, the study found..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9ze8o
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Title: "Global study confirms best heart risk predictor"
Author: AP
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LOS ALAMOS (NM) COUNCIL APPROVES 4 ROUNDABOUTS

-> According to a Nov. 4th Los Alamos Monitor article, "Public response to
the proposal of installing four roundabouts along Diamond Drive was mixed
as some residents questioned the feasibility and effectiveness of the
traffic device that was recommended to the county council Tuesday night.
County staff and hired consultants Parsons Brinckerhoff presented to the
council a proposal for direction in final design plans for the Diamond
Drive project as part of the efforts to rehabilitate one of the longest
stretches of road in Los Alamos. A major portion of the proposal called
for roundabouts to be placed at West Road, Trinity Drive, Canyon Road and
Arkansas Avenue/38th Street. In addition, the roundabout currently in
place at the intersection of Diamond Drive and San Ildefonso Road will be
reconstructed to include multiple lanes...

"Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman began by assuring council and the
public that the concept of a 'road diet' was no longer part of the project
scope. 'Traffic intersections, while they perform well, are just not as
effective as roundabouts,' he said and explained that the proposals and
several additional modeling studies were presented to the Transportation
Board for review. With the inclusion of roundabouts to curtail traffic
speeds, Zimmerman said there would be a 'reduction in injury accidents.'
'We're talking about a 15-20 mph accident vs. a 35-40 mph accident and
that tends to reduce the injuries associated with an accident,' he said.
'Roundabouts...are also more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9eovr
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Title: "Council approves roundabouts for Diamond Drive"
Author: Darryl Newman
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WALK/BIKE NASHVILLE (TN) HOSTS "THREE CITIES" MEETING

-> According to a Nov. 3rd City Paper article, "Walk/Bike Nashville will
hold a public meeting called 'A Tale of Three Cities' 5:30 p.m. Monday at
the Nashville Downtown Partnership, 150 Fourth Ave. N., to discuss
Tennessee's urban future. Representatives from Nashville, Chattanooga and
Knoxville, will discuss common problems such as population growth, traffic
congestion, air quality, fuel prices, and high obesity rates. Walk/Bike
Nashville President Glen Wanner said citizens and community leaders are
increasingly looking at walkable communities, bikeway networks, and mass
transit to address these problems.

"He said Chattanooga is working to build hundreds of miles of greenways
and bikeways over the next 20 years, and Knoxville, which has the worst
air quality in the state, is vigorously pursuing alternative modes of
transportation including walking and biking. Nashville representatives
will discuss the Safe Routes to School initiative, part of the Music City
Moves Kids program that won a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cgfvv
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/doj64
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Title: "Meeting to explore transportation alternatives"
Author: Staff
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VISALIA (CA) HOSTS NCBW WALKABILITY WORKSHOPS

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Business Times article, "A series of free
'Walkable Communities' workshops is scheduled for the week of Nov. 14 in
Tulare County to find out public interest in pedestrian-related issues as
well as increase a more personal understanding of pedestrian needs. The
workshops are sponsored by the Tulare County Association of Governments.
They are scheduled for Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville,
Tulare, Visalia and Earlimart.

"The workshops, which are being presented by the National Center for
Bicycling and Walking, will emphasize the importance of 'planning for
people and places, not the automobile,' says Scott Cochran, a regional
planner with the council. Each workshop is three to four hours long and
will include a walking tour of neighborhoods, three-quarters of a mile in
distance or less..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dwy8j
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Title: "Walking the talk"
Author: Staff
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TAMPA (FL) AREA'S NEW 8-LANE BLVD: NO ROOM FOR BIKES

-> According to a Nov. 4th Times article, "As designers draft plans for a
$172-million expansion of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, there is one clear
winner: the passenger car. The losers? Bicycles and mass transit. By
extension, some say, the environment and public health are losing out as
well. When New Tampa's main drag jumps from four lanes to eight in a job
that begins in 2007, there will be, at most, a 3-foot-wide shoulder for
those who dare to cycle to and from work. The design also calls for only
20 feet of transit space, confining high-speed bus or rail to a one-way
service that would render it virtually useless. Road designers are
violating county and state road design policy by omitting the bike lanes.
They blame a lack of money.

"Yet they have chosen to make the car lanes 12 feet wide instead of the 11
feet that traffic-calming advocates recommend. The result, critics say,
will be a freeway hostile to anyone not in a car. 'It is galling to hear
that they're still building roads like this in Florida,' said Andy Clarke,
executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, a nonprofit group
in Washington, D.C. 'It's folly not to set aside space for cyclists on a
project of this size.' Who would commute by bicycle on Bruce B. Downs?
Murray Maitland would, and does. The 47-year-old physical therapist
believes strongly in daily exercise. He chose his Hunter's Green home on
the premise that he could bike the 8 miles to his job at the University of
South Florida..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/82yn7
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Title: "Broad road, narrow thinking"
Author: Michael Van Sickler
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INDIANA (PA) HAS LONG HISTORY WITH CURB EXTENSIONS

-> According to an Oct. 30th Gazette article, "The term 'bulb-out'
busted out into the vocabulary of Indiana residents earlier this summer.
But the first bulb-out -- also known as a curb extension or neckdown -- in
the borough was constructed almost 20 years ago along Philadelphia Street
in front of the Atrium, according to Leann Chaney, chief planner for the
Indiana County Office of Planning and Development. That bulb-out's
construction was part of a package of improvements for Philadelphia Street
that occurred in the late 1980s. Ellen Ruddock, who has been on the board
of directors for Downtown Indiana Inc. since 1975, said it was installed
to make Indiana's main street more attractive as well as improve
pedestrian safety.

"Although many residents seem to forget that first bulb-out on
Philadelphia Street, they seem to be well acquainted with those that were
constructed along Fifth Street earlier this year summer. From the time of
construction, there have been grumblings from motorists and some area
officials. Chuck Kelly, chief of the Indiana Fire Association, worried
that emergency vehicles could not get around one of the bulb-outs. Indiana
Borough Manager Ken Gabler fielded complaints from area motorists that
their vehicles' tires would strike the curb when going around the
bulb-outs. Because of the complaints, the contractor was eventually asked
to change two of the bulb-outs. Gabler and Chaney said many of the
problems are resolved..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/78oq8
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Title: "Bulb-outs a Decades-Old Safety Idea"
Author: Mary Ann Slater
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LAWRENCE TWP. (NJ) PIKE PLANS GAIN MOMENTUM

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Lawrence Ledger article, "Plans for a new
building on the site of the former Trent Motel and a redesigned Brunswick
Pike -- key elements of the Brunswick Pike South Redevelopment Area -- are
moving forward, Township Council learned Tuesday. The project's developers
are slated to present site plans for a mixed-use development on the former
Trent Motel site on Brunswick Pike to the Planning Board in February or
March, township planning consultant Philip Caton told the council...Mr.
Caton also told the council that the state Department of Transportation,
which controls Brunswick Pike, is proceeding with a redesign for a
one-mile-long section of the road between Whitehead Road and the Brunswick
Circle...

"The tentative plan calls for a four-lane boulevard -- two lanes in each
direction -- divided by an 18-foot-wide landscaped median. The speed limit
would be reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph, he added...Mayor Pam Mount said
the one-mile-long stretch of Brunswick Pike is equivalent to the Main
Street in a town. There are two 'vibrant' neighborhoods on either side of
Brunswick Pike, and township officials want to make sure to connect them,
she said of the Slackwood and Colonial Heights neighborhoods. The national
trend is moving back toward a pedestrian friendly development, Mr. Caton
said.."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/an8ww
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Title: "Brunswick pike plans gain momentum"
Author: Lea Kahn
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BENTONVILLE (AR) LEARNS ABC'S OF T.O.D.

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Daily Record article, "While Bentonville may
not have a thriving transit system now, it's not too early to start
working on the necessary pieces, according to a planning conference held
Wednesday at the Police Department. Planning staff and community members
met to hear an audio conference sponsored by the American Planning
Association. The topic was transit-oriented development [TOD], in which
mixed-use, walkable communities are built with transit centers at their
core. 'It's something we're going to be looking at as we go into the
General Plan,' planner Shelli Rushing said. The city will start updating
its comprehensive general plan at the end of this year. The city is due
for a completely new document, since nearly 80 percent of the 2000 plan
has been achieved.

"Most of the features encouraged for transit-oriented projects are already
incorporated into the Downtown Master Plan, Rushing said. But since
Bentonville is so small, the city must not expect to start a full-fledged
transit system on its own...In order to encourage transit-oriented
developments, [Ellen Greenberg of San Francisco] mentioned the ABCs of
zoning -- active, walkable streets; building intensity; and careful
integration of transit. In other words, communities must consider how a
building meets the streets; the quality of space between buildings; and an
emphasis on the quality of public spaces..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/anzd9
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Title: "Planners look at developing for transit"
Author: Rachel Lianna Davis
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SAN ANTONIO (TX) WORKERS & STUDENTS BIKE, WALK, BUS

-> According to a Nov. 4th Express-News article, "Rodolfo Rosales wouldn't
care if all the cars crowding the country's highways honked one last time
and drove off into the sunset for good. The University of Texas at San
Antonio political science professor thinks personal autos waste energy,
make people antisocial and ruin the environment. Flats, wrecks, road rage
-- he can name dozens of reasons why driving is our national undoing. And
that's before he gets to the subject of gas prices. A carless rebel with a
cause, Rosales favors alternative forms of transportation. He says it
makes sense to avoid the woes of the driving class, including bankruptcy
at the gas pump. Others may be starting to feel the same. According to
Stephen Andy Scheidt of San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit System, bus
boardings in October were up 13 percent over October 2004. The 2000 Census
shows that 21,551 regularly bike to work in Texas, up from 18,460 in 1990,
while 173,670 make the working commute by walking and 6,102 take taxicabs.

"In other words, although personal cars, trucks and vans still rule the
road (8.4 million of them get Texans to work each day), other ways of
getting around seem to be getting a little more respect. If this is,
indeed, the case, Rosales intends to celebrate. The professor believes
fewer drivers on the road would mean less frustration, better health and
an all around happier lifestyle. One of the reasons he gave up driving and
started to cycle was to get adequate exercise. When you're sitting behind
the wheel that doesn't happen, he notes. As for favoring mass transit, he
believes it puts him in touch with reality. Rather than being sealed off
in his own vehicle, he's elbow-to-elbow with other working people during
the five-mile bus trip to the UTSA downtown campus from his home on the
Northeast Side..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cveks
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Title "Workers, students navigate S.A. roads with bikes, bus passes and legwork"
Author: Rose Mary Budge
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MEMPHIS (TN) "HARBOR TOWN" WINS ULI AWARD

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Commercial Appeal article, "Harbor Town, the
groundbreaking residential community on Mud Island that helped sparked
much of today's Downtown boom, will receive a prestigious award today from
a worldwide organization that promotes responsible land use. Harbor Town
will be one of 11 developments across the country granted an 'Award For
Excellence' from the Urban Land Institute [ULI] at a ceremony in Los
Angeles. Meanwhile, a prominent group within the local development
community is getting closer to establishing a ULI district council in
Memphis. Developed by Henry Turley and Jack Belz, Harbor Town was one of
the first local projects to embrace the 'new urbanism' movement. New
urbanism promotes the creation and restoration of diverse, walkable,
mixed-use communities that feature the same components as conventional
development, but assembled in a more integrated fashion.

"New urbanism communities typically include housing, workplaces, shops,
entertainment, schools, parks, and civic facilities, all within easy
walking distance of one another. Harbor Town has all of those things.
There is Miss Cordelia's Grocery Store, a health and wellness center
called Harbor of Health, Maria Montessori School and the Movie and Pizza
Cafe. 'We're pleased that the Harbor Town project has been recognized as a
model of the new urban form of development and the traditional
neighborhood,' said John Dudas, Belz Enterprises vice president and
director of strategic planning..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bkwll
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8p59q
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Harbor Town earns ULI for smart land use"
Author: Amos Maki
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SOUTH KINGSTOWN (RI) FOCUSES ON PED HAZARDS

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Providence Journal article, "Some Indian Run
Village residents would rather take a bus to CVS than walk across hectic
Kingstown Road. They've experienced hair-raising near misses, been
side-swiped and forced to scurry trying to navigate Dale Carlia Corner on
foot. 'Personally, I wouldn't do it,' said Carol Andrew, who, at 67,
considers herself young and spry compared to many of her neighbors at
Indian Run. 'The first lane may stop, then the second lane you have to
worry about,' she said. But the apartment complex's proximity to coffee
shops, drug stores, the Belmont Fruit Market and Friendly's Ice Cream
makes it an inviting stroll to many.

"And yesterday, the mix of foot traffic and vehicles in one of the town's
busiest intersections proved fatal. Edith Warhurst, 88, of Unit 232 at
Indian Run, was struck and fatally injured as she used the crosswalk at
Kingstown and Old Tower Hill Roads. She was hit by a pickup truck driven
by 20-year-old Brian Kroll as he attempted to turn left from Kingstown
Road onto Old Tower Hill Road at around 9 a.m., according to the police.
She was pronounced dead at South County Hospital. 'Oh dear, that's just an
awful thing,' Andrew said yesterday, first hearing the news. Warhurst, she
said, was a 'mover' who was alert and didn't need a walker to make her
way. The accident brought to the forefront an issue that has perplexed
town and state transportation officials for decades: How to improve safety
at Dale Carlia Corner?..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9l3lj
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Title: "Dale Carlia Corner claims life of 88-year-old woman"
Author: Katie Mulvaney
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BELMONT (MA) BECOMING A PEDESTRIAN TOWN?

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Citizen Herald article, "Walking around town
could be a lot easier. Town officials and residents met with the state's
Central Transportation Planning Staff last week to address the issue of
whether Belmont is pedestrian-friendly. The workshop was initiated by
state Rep. Anne Paulsen, D-Belmont, who said she is interested in making
Belmont a more walkable town. Paulsen said there are a few intersections
in town that are difficult for pedestrians to cross, and the area near the
Belmont Center railroad bridge is one of them. 'That is one [area] many
people access because it involves the train station and public
transportation,' she said. 'We're always encouraging people to take public
transportation, and you have to make it easy to do that.'

"The workshop was attended by town officials ranging from the Police
Department and Office of Community Development, to the Planning Board and
the Belmont Center Planning Group. Cathy Lewis, a CTPS transportation
planner and former Belmont resident, gave a 30-minute presentation on the
elements of walkability, then walked the group over to the Belmont Center
bridge, and concluded the workshop with a brainstorming session. Lewis
said one way to enhance pedestrian safety would be to install curb
extensions, which would decrease the width of the road and the speed of
traffic. The idea of more curb extensions, which already exist on some
parts of the Belmont Street-Trapelo Road Corridor, was suggested during
the wrap-up session, Lewis said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7842s
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Title: "Town of pedestrians?"
Author: Melody Hanatani
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HOMER (AK) DELAYS TOWN CENTER PLANS

-> According to a Nov. 3rd Homer News article, "The Homer City Council
postponed at its last meeting a vote on whether to incorporate the
town-center plan into the city's larger Homer Comprehensive Plan, but a
town-center organizer said that move doesn't derail seven years' of work.
Weeks earlier, the council had voted to start putting the plan -- which
would encourage landowners to develop an eco-friendly, walkable, mixed-use
district downtown -- into action. Last week, however, the proposal to
include it in the comprehensive plan, ordinance 05-53, was not approved.

"Instead, council members tabled the plan after five minutes of debate on
whether including it in the comprehensive plan would place unwanted
restrictions on the three landowners involved. Council member Beth Wythe
moved to table the proposal. Wythe later said she and others were
concerned that if the town-center plan was incorporated into the
comprehensive plan, it could immediately add restrictions on the three
major property owners -- the city of Homer, the Kachemak Heritage Land
Trust and the native corporation Cook Inlet Region Inc...The move to
postpone a vote shouldn't stop the town-center plan from moving forward,
Seaman said last week..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dheqb
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Title: "Speed bump shouldn't halt town-center, organizer says"
Author: Chris Eshleman
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ROCKET-POWERED BICYCLES

-> "In Germany in the 1920s and 1930s there was great interest in all
kinds of rocket-propelled vehicles; cars, aeroplanes, boats, motorcycles
and ice-skimmers. However, one of the strangest and least promising
applications of rocket propulsion must be the bicycle. In March 1931 Herr
Richter attached twelve solid-fuel rockets to his bicycle, then made a run
down the Avus race track in Berlin..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/39v8p


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

OCEAN SPRINGS (MS) BRIDGE GETS FACE-LIFT

-> "Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran said the new bridge will be 120 feet
wide, will have see-through rails, a combined pedestrian and bicycle path
and will have a pedestrian crosswalk beneath the underpass to connect the
yacht club and a proposed ferry site..."
http://tinyurl.com/d8cqe

BAGGY PANTS TRIP UP SUSPECTED FERNDALE (MI) THIEF

-> "Officers spotted him in an alley, and he abandoned the bike and ran,
but his pants fell to his ankles and he tripped, Ferndale Detective Sgt.
Patrick Jones told The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak..."
http://tinyurl.com/cx47z

SAN BERNARDINO CO. (CA) BUDGETS FOR SAFE ROUTES PROJECTS

-> "Other public safety issues addressed during the mid-year budget
adjustment included $5.3 million for the county's 'safe routes to school'
initiative to improve sidewalks, curbs and gutters in communities
throughout the county..."
http://tinyurl.com/akwpz

THE GATHERING PLACE TO REPLACE RETAIL ANCHOR?

-> "There is evidence that the terrorist attacks marked an epiphany for
America as people realized a need for a greater sense of community and
meaningful life experiences..."
http://tinyurl.com/btb5h


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

-> "INCORPORATING TDM INTO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT..."
"...Process;" Univ. of South Florida report for Florida Dept. of
Transportation; Oct. 2005. (1mb)
http://tinyurl.com/7f946

-> "PREVENTING CHRONIC DISEASE"
The November special issue of the Centers for Disease Control's journal,
"Preventing Chronic Disease," is now available. Go to:
<http://www.cdc.gov/pcd>http://www.cdc.gov/pcd

-> "HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2001 NATIONAL HOUSEHOLD..."
"...Travel Survey;" Bureau of Transportation Statistics, U.S. Dept. of
Transportation.
http://tinyurl.com/ds6ag

-> "T&E BULLETIN #143"
November 2005 issue; European Federation for Transport and Environment.
http://tinyurl.com/buwn9


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

February 16-18, 2006, Active Living Research Annual Conference, Coronado,
CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/7a43x

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

May 9-11, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Washington, DC. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

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

-> 2 JOBS -- BICYCLE FEDERATION OF WISCONSIN

News Flash two new job openings have been announced by the Bicycle
Federation of Wisconsin. One is the Membership Coordinator and the other
is the Southeastern Wisconsin Bike To Work Week Coordinator. For info on
these jobs, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/bdya6



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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