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


#136 Friday, November 18, 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
  Walkable Community Workshops Deliver The Goods
  Say What?
  Leadership Training Opportunity for Advocacy Groups!
  ProWalk/ProBike 2006: Share Your Ideas Now
  Saris Event Boosts Bicycling in Wisconsin
  Nickelodeon Program Encourages Healthy Play
  CA, CT, CO, FL Cities Win EPA Smart Growth Awards
  CNU Announces 2006 Charter "Placemaking" Award Program

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Columbus (OH) Kids Win Award for Ped Safety Project
  U. of British Columbia Prof: We All Pay for Traffic
  Scituate (MA) Group Plans Safe Routes to School
  Champaign Co. (IL) Citizens Share Visions for Future
  CBS News Chronicles U.S. Obesity in Road Trip
  Methuen (MA) Man Wants Sidewalks for Kids
  Oakland County (MI) Roads Not Working
  New Wash. State Bike Safety Law Now in Effect
  Town Square is Heart of Liberty (MO)
  Arkansas City (KS) Approves $1.5M Trail Project
  New Orleans (LA) May Become US's Most Walkable City
  Phys. Activity May Ward Off Ovarian Cancer
  N.Y. Conference Explores Walking to School
  Adrian (MI) Pushes Ped-Friendly Downtown Help
  Alberta Funpass Program Helps Kids Be "Snow Stars"



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


WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS DELIVER THE GOODS

-> We continue to receive news reports of communities around the
country hosting Walkable Community Workshop as a way to focus
the attention of community leaders and citizens on barriers to
walkability. Recent examples are Wilmington, Delaware, and
Atlanta, Georgia.

According to a Nov. 14th News Journal (Wilmington) article, "Brandywine
Hundred resident Don Carbaugh walks his dog around the neighborhood
at least once a day, but the pair don't often find the courage to traverse
the intersection of Marsh and Silverside roads. Although it's less than
half a mile from his house and there are plenty of destinations to
visit -- a drug store, grocery store, Starbucks, bagel shop -- Carbaugh
steers clear. With no sidewalks or crosswalks and cars zipping by from
four directions, the busy retail area is difficult to maneuver on foot.

"The Wilmington Area Planning Council's Heather Dunigan calls the
intersection at Marsh and Silverside a 'gap of walkability' in an
otherwise pedestrian-friendly neighborhood...To make that area
walkable, you're going to have to redesign that intersection,' said
Dunigan, principle planner for the Wilmington Area Planning Council,
which coordinated three Walkable Communities workshops in New Castle
County last spring. Conducted by the National Center for Bicycling and
Walking, the four-hour workshops bring together a diverse group of
residents and teach them about obstacles for pedestrians and how to get
rid of them.

'Our goal is to get people out and about, get them to leave their cars
at home on occasion," said Bob Chauncey, the Center's director for policy
development. "Get them to walk their kids to school, get them to walk
at least partway to work, get them off their posteriors so they feel better
and improve the economy.

Last year was the first time New Castle County has been selected for
workshops. Additional workshops are planned in three communities
-- Newark, Elkton, Md., and a neighborhood along Del. 141 -- this spring..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/alwxq
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Walkable = Livable"
Author: Kristin Harty

The Atlanta region has also hosted a number of Walkable Community
Workshops, beginning in 2002. According to a note from Regan
Hammond, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) recently hosted
its third set of Walkable Community Workshops in five communities
throughout the Atlanta region.

"The primary focus of the ARC Walkable Community Workshop
program is to generate hands-on solutions to local problems of
walkability," wrote Hammond. "The workshops help communities
create a vision, develop consensus, gain momentum, and package
and sell the solution to their community."

Workshop locations were selected for their severe walkability issues,
including a lack of pedestrian crossings, ADA accessibility, access to
transit and other destinations, lack of connecting/continuous
pedestrian facilities, pedestrian safety and preserving or creating
community identity.

"The workshops were conducted by walkability expert Charles Gandy of
Livable Communities Consulting, along with ARC staff," said Hammond.
"Participants included elected officials, planners, engineers, local
government staff, school district representatives, health professionals,
advocates, developers, property owners and, most importantly,
pedestrians. Each workshop addressed a different set of issues, but
many of the solutions recommended by workshop participants could be
implemented in other areas of the Atlanta region."

ARC will work with each of the workshop sponsors to help them
implement recommendations from the workshops. Projects identified as
a result of the workshops may be incorporated into the update of the 2002
Atlanta Region Bicycle Transportation and Pedestrian Walkways Plan
scheduled to begin in early 2006.

For more information on Atlanta's Walkable Community Workshops, contact
Regan Hammond at <rhammond@atlantaregional.com> or 404.463.3306, or
visit ARC's Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning website at:
http://www.atlantaregional.com/transportationair/bikeped.html.

For more information about the NCBW's series of Walkable Community
Workshops, visit:

http://www.bikewalk.org/WCW/
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SAY WHAT?

-> Last week we received a notice from the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration's (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis.
They were writing to let us know that the "Traffic Safety Facts"
series with 2004 data was now available. So, we rushed right over,
downloaded, and found the report, labeled in NHTSA's very own
colloquial way: "Pedalcyclists" [really, NHTSA still calls us that?].

In the four pages of the report we are treated to various illuminating,
helpful factoids including the note that the first automobile crash in
the U.S. occurred in NYC in 1896...when a car hit a "pedalcycle rider."
The report goes on to note that 49,000 pedalcyclists have died in
traffic crashes in the U.S. since 1932, and that the number of
pedalcyclists killed in 2004 (725) was 10 percent lower than the
802 fatalities reported in 1994. Good news, eh?

But, wait, one pretty simple, obvious fact apparently slipped by the
sleuths at NHTSA/NCSA (at least we assume it just slipped by them
since they made no mention of it anywhere in the report): the
725 bicyclists (this isn't NHTSA talking anymore) killed in
2004 represents a 15.25% increase over the number killed in 2003.
Yup, in a single year the number jumped more than 15%.

How could this little item have slipped by the folks who nonetheless
managed to catch and note that "nearly one-fifth of the pedalcyclists
killed in traffic crashes in 2004 were between the ages of 5 and 15"
and that "Alcohol involvement was reported in more than one-third
of the pedalcycle fatalities in 2004" (mind you now, the fine print
states that the "alcohol involvement" was associated with "either
the driver or the pedalcyclist")?

To date, we've not been able to summon up the will to call
NHTSA and ask them this question. So, for now, we just advise
you to (a) download the report at:

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/TSF2004/809912.pdf

and (b) take a nice, thick marker and in the nice, large white space
the folks at NHTSA have provided right there on the left-hand side
of the first page, add this note:

"Bicycle fatalities increased 15.25% between 2003 and 2004."

There now, that wasn't so difficult, was it? Maybe NHTSA will do it
for us next year.
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LEADERSHIP TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVOCACY GROUPS!

-> According to the CBF's Rob Sadowsky, "The Chicagoland Bicycle
Federation presents a unique leadership development opportunity for
staff and board members of Bicycle Advocacy and Education
Organizations: 'Training for Trainers.'

"The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is offering a special four day
training called Training for Trainers that focuses on providing
participants with training skills. The four-day course is an intensive,
unique program that teaches organizers, leaders, and trainers how to
create both effective hands-on training workshops and instructional
modules adaptable to specific community work. By the end of the 4 days,
participants will have both created a curriculum and run a ninety
minute training session.

"There are only ten total slots for participants in this training
program, so if you are interested, please contact <rob@biketraffic.org>
as soon as possible to inquire about eligibility and availability.
Background information and logistics available upon request.

Cost: $1000 per person. (Does not include cost of meals or lodging.)
When: Monday, January 23, 2006 through Thursday, January 26, 2006
Time: 8:30 to 4:30 each day
Where: Chicagoland Bicycle Federation Offices, Chicago, Illinois
Contact:
Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
9 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 402
Chicago, IL 60610
<rob@biketraffic.org>
(312) 427-3325 x 228


PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006: SHARE YOUR IDEAS NOW

-> It is now 10 months and counting until the start of
ProWalk/ProBike 2006, the 14th International Conference on
Bicycling & Walking. The conference will be take place in
Madison, Wisconsin, September 5-8, 2006. Mark your
calendars.

NCBW's John Williams, once again serving as program director
for the Conference, is hosting an online forum where a variety of
people have been sharing their ideas of what should be included
in the 2006 conference. If you've attended a past
ProWalk/ProBike -- or even if you haven't -- you're invited to drop
by the forum and post your ideas. Forum participants can comment
on everything from overall themes and session topics to presentation
approaches, favorite presenters, and the scheduling of mobile
workshops...John says any topic is fair game at this point.

Help us make ProWalk/ProBike 2006 one to remember! Give us your
thoughts here:
http://tinyurl.com/9njm5

And, if you'd like a sneak preview of the fantastic conference venue
that awaits you in Madison, go to:
http://www.mononaterrace.com/
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SARIS EVENT BOOSTS BICYCLING IN WISCONSIN

-> According to a Nov. 15th BFW news release, "Saris Cycling Group,
makers of Bones Racks and CycleOps trainers, welcomed Michael and Dede
Barry at a fundraising event for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin,
October 28th. The event raised nearly $25,000 to support bicycle
education and advocacy efforts in Wisconsin. Michael Barry is a 2-time
Canadian Olympian, member of the Discovery Channel Professional Cycling
Team, and has ridden for the United States Postal Service Cycling Team
and Saturn Pro Cycling Teams.

"Dede Barry was born in Milwaukee, and has won two gold medals at the
Pan American Games, two World Championship medals, six National
Championship titles, and a Silver Olympic medal in Athens. 'We're
thrilled with the results of our second annual Saris fundraiser,' said
Dar Ward, Executive Director of the Bicycle Federation. 'Saris out-does
itself every year. This event shows how industry, athletes, and
advocates can join together to work for positive change and have a good
time doing it.'..."

For more information, contact Dar Ward, Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
at (608) 251-4456 or <dar@bfw.org> or visit:
http://www.bfw.org
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NICKELODEON PROGRAM ENCOURAGES HEALTHY PLAY

-> According to a recent news release, "Children's television network
Nickelodeon has announced the launch of the 2005-2006 'Let's Just Play'
Giveaway Program, where the network will distribute more than $1
million from September 2005 to June 2006. The 'Let's Just Play'
Giveaway offers kids around the United States the opportunity to take
action and enter for a chance to win $5,000 to improve their school or
community program's fitness resources. The initiative is part of the
network's three-year pro-social 'Let's Just Play' campaign, which
encourages healthy and active lifestyles for kids and families. For ten
months, Nickelodeon will award a minimum of 20 winners per month with
$5,000 each to help facilitate play in their community. To enter, kids
( 6-15 years of age), partnering with teachers and other
community-based leaders, must tell Nickelodeon what they need for their
public or private school (grades K-9) or community-based after- school
organization to help them play better and why, and give three reasons
why play is important. Once the entry form is completed and mailed to
Nickelodeon, the winners will be randomly selected and announced via
Nickelodeon Online at the top of each month, beginning in September.

"As a partner of the 'Let's Just Play' Giveaway, the Kellogg Company (
http://www.kellogg.com ) will match a Nickelodeon grant of $100,000 for
September, enabling the network to award funding to 40 winners that
month. The partnership is part of the network's efforts to bring
corporate partners on-board for the 'Let's Just Play' Giveaway in order
to increase the total funds distributed to $2 million."

Deadline: Rolling, until May 31, 2006

For more information, visit the Nickelodeon Web site:
http://www.nick.com

RFP Link:
http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/5000082/nick

For additional RFPs in Children and Youth, visit:
http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_children.jhtml
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CA, CT, CO, FL CITIES WIN EPA SMART GROWTH AWARDS

-> According to a Nov. 16th news release, "[The Environmental Protection
Agency] today presented its 2005 National Award for Smart Growth
Achievement to five communities in California, Florida, Connecticut and
Colorado for innovative approaches to development that strengthen
community identity and protect the environment. As communities around
the country look for ways to grow that protect and enhance their
natural environments and create prosperity, many are turning to smart
growth strategies. They are cleaning and reusing previously developed
land; providing more housing and transportation choices; preserving
critical natural areas; and developing vibrant places to live, work,
shop and play. In addition to creating great communities, these smart
growth strategies also protect the quality of our air, water and land.

"'Smart growth is smart for our environment, smart for our economy and
smart for our quality-of-life. All in all, smart growth just makes
sense,' said Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock. "The award-winning
communities have embraced growth measures to the benefit of their
residents, both today and in the future.'

The winners are:
-- Overall Excellence in Smart Growth: Denver Urban Renewal Authority,
Denver, Colorado
-- Built Projects: City of Lakewood, Colorado and the Lakewood
Reinvestment Authority
-- Policies and Regulations: City of Pasadena, California Planning and
Development Dept.
-- Small Communities: Town of Redding, Connecticut
-- Military Base Redevelopment: City of Orlando, Florida

For more about the Awards, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/9l9qo
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CNU ANNOUNCES 2006 CHARTER "PLACEMAKING" AWARD PROGRAM

-> According to a Nov. 15th announcement, "Sponsored by the Congress
for the New Urbanism, the annual Charter Awards set the gold standard
for urban design and development. Instead of recognizing projects in
isolation, the Charter Awards honor exceptional designs that
complement, enhance or even repair their built and natural
environments. Winning projects serve as powerful examples for future
development.

"Each year CNU convenes a jury of the highest caliber to review
submissions and select the winning entries that best embody and advance
the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. In 2006, jury
members include foremost urbanists such as designers Leon Krier, Jacque
Robertson, and Barbara Littenberg and development analyst Todd
Zimmerman.

"CNU is now welcoming professional submissions in three categories:
- The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town
- The Neighborhood, District, and Corridor
- The Block, Street, and Building

"Student/faculty submissions are also welcome in all three categories.
Submission deadline is January 31, 2006."

For more information and entry forms, go to:
http://www.cnu.org/awards2006
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "In 1794, after Dorothy Wordsworth's long distance, vigorous
December walk to Keswick, England, with her brother William, she
received a letter from her Aunt, Mrs. Crackanthrop, about her offense
to propriety, and in return Dorothy penned her famous reply. 'I can not
pass unnoticed that part in your letter in which you speak of my
"rambling about the country on foot." So far from considering this a
matter of condemnation, I rather thought it would give my friends
pleasure to hear that I had courage to make use of the strength with
which nature has endowed me, when it has not only procured me
infinitely more pleasure than I should have received sitting in a post
chaise -- but was also the means of saving me at least thirty
shillings.'..."

--Wesley Mech, '05, Wyoming Seminary
"Walking by Their Own Volition: The Rise of the Middle Class
Pedestrianism and the Walking Tour"
http://tinyurl.com/bzhte


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

COLUMBUS (OH) KIDS WIN AWARD FOR PED SAFETY PROJECT

-> According to a Nov. 17th "[The Columbus Public School Board]
announced that Southmoor Middle School received a "superior" rating at
the National Conference of State Legislators, held in Seattle in
August, for a government action project developed by last year's
eighth-graders. The students' project, which addressed pedestrian
safety around their school on Moler Road, earlier won first place in
the Project Citizen Showcase at the Ohio Statehouse.

"Working with Columbus officials, the students got the city to replace
traffic signs on Moler Road, re-stripe a crosswalk and replace the sign
faces on the '20 miles-per-hour' flashing signals. The city also posted
signs on Lockbourne Road indicating where to turn for Southmoor..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bwft2
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cobrs
Archive cost: No, but limited to 30 days
Title: "CPS' Harris wants planning, forecasting department"
Author: Sue Hagan
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U. OF BRITISH COLUMBIA PROF: WE ALL PAY FOR TRAFFIC

-> In a Nov. 17th Straight commentary, U.B.C. professor Lawrence Frank
said, "Few of us, it seems, are ever completely satisfied with how our
towns and cities are growing and changing, and horrendous traffic is
nearly always a popular topic. Car-dependent motorists grow more fed up
each day with the ever-increasing level of traffic congestion on local
streets and freeways. Congestion is frustrating and represents loss of
time and money; however, it's actually the symptom of a successful,
active region. The ancient streets of Rome were packed, as were those
of Athens and other European centres. Active, vital cities have always
been congested, but there is much we can do to reduce the need to be
stuck in congestion.

"As a transportation planner, I am frequently asked, 'Why don't you do
something to solve traffic congestion?' Unfortunately, solving
transportation problems requires solutions beyond just transportation.
Congestion results from basic lifestyle choices about where we choose
to live and the way we design our communities and our transportation
systems. We underestimate the transportation costs, in terms of time
and money, in more auto-dependent sprawling areas of the region. These
unexpected costs make us angry. After all, how we spend our time
translates into our quality of life. We choose housing and community
designs that best match our preferences and give the most 'bang for the
buck.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cbgqo
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "We all pay for congestion"
Author: Lawrence Frank
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SCITUATE (MA) GROUP PLANS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

-> According to a Nov. 17th Scituate Mariner article, "Community
members are walking, not running, to find ways to make Scituate a safe
place to travel on foot. And ride on bicycle, too. Now the wheels are
turning to find ways of getting these changes rolling. After a workshop
presented by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization on Nov. 2 at
Jenkins Elementary School, many parents, nearby neighbors and town
officials are learning what techniques would work in order to make
Scituate a more 'walkable' place. 'We are just scratching the surface,'
said Lisa Fenton, vice president of the Scituate Education Alliance
(SEA), the group that has worked to spearhead the program. 'There is so
much more criteria for the town to consider now. That criteria includes
promoting the importance of safety, especially considering the ongoing
roadwork in town, for the project, street paving, and construction of
the MBTA's commuter rail.

"To address the safety, health and environmental issues surrounding
transportation in Scituate, particularly for those on the way to
school, SEA has applied for Massachusetts Safe Routes to School funding
to help initiate and create ways to enhance pedestrian-friendly streets
and sidewalks. Among the large group at the workshop held earlier this
month were DPW Director Anthony Antoniello, Town Planner Laura
Harbottle, Dorothy Cook of Scituate Schools Transportation and the
Traffic, Rules and Regulations Committee, and Safety Officer Arthur
Wood . Participants in the workshop were taught techniques and safety
tools including requests to have traffic limited to one side of the
road during school arrival and dismissal times, painting bike and
pedestrian lanes, connecting pathways and short cuts together, and
plans for new sidewalks and crosswalks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c3bdz
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No (but archives appear limited)
Title: "Walk this way: Group looking for Safe Routes to School"
Author: Jillian Fennimore
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CHAMPAIGN CO. (IL) CITIZENS SHARE VISIONS FOR FUTURE

-> According to a Nov. 16th News-Gazette article, "Candace Montgomery
is a University of Illinois graduate student. She's not from Champaign
County, but she wants to make the place her permanent home after
graduation. 'I'm black, and I'm young, and I'm planning to stay around
here,' Montgomery said. Those are all reasons she took part in one of
the 'Big. Small. All. Champaign County' community dialogue meetings.
Montgomery, along with 54 other community members, came to Martin
Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Urbana on Tuesday to share ideas
to create a better Champaign County. Like the eight Big. Small. All.
meetings before it, participants shared many similar visions of what
that place should be.

"Equitable, excellent public schools, walkable streets and good public
transportation, community centers and after-school activities for teens
all topped many people's lists of priorities. However, at King
Elementary School, many of the ideas differed along with the
population. Several age groups were well-represented and more than half
the attendees were black. Among many other ideas, Urbana attendees
proposed adopting a living wage, eliminating the drug trade,
instituting free child care for children up to 5 years old and
establishing a homeless shelter for women and children..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c949n
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bmrt9
Archive cost: No
Title: "Visions for future shared"
Author: Amy F. Reiter
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CBS NEWS CHRONICLES U.S. OBESITY IN ROAD TRIP

-> According to the first (Nov. 14) story in the CBS News series,
"Houston is the fattest city in what is becoming an increasingly fat
country. In Houston, nearly everything is big, from big buildings to
big houses. Houston has also become the ground zero of the obesity
crisis in America. And that's where CBS News correspondent Mika
Brzezinski begins a road tour looking at the obesity health crisis in
America. Twenty years ago, only a few states had residents with weight
problems. But today, 41 states report dangerous levels of obesity. A
CBS News poll shows 93 percent of Americans believe obesity is a
serious public health problem, and 35 percent believe they are
overweight.

"'You see it in schools. You see it in restaurants, and in stores,'
says Sonia Deleon, a Houston parent. 'Everywhere you look, you see
overweight children nowadays.' And it's not just kids. It's everyone.
'The populations who are becoming obese are increasing, and it almost
seems like there is no end in sight'" says Dr. Samuel Klein, with the
Washington University School of Medicine. Why is obesity a problem? Dr.
Klein says it's very simple: fat kills. 'It causes diabetes, bad
lipids, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, cancer, liver
disease, lung disease,' he notes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7ntge
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Obesity's Ground Zero"
Author: Mika Brzezinski
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METHUEN (MA) MAN WANTS SIDEWALKS FOR KIDS

According to a Nov. 16th Eagle-Tribune article, "Chuck Beaudoin said he
doesn't mind that some children have to walk on his front lawn while
making their way to the Marsh Grammar School on Pelham Street. But
after a 13-year-old student was struck by a car in a crosswalk in front
of Beaudoin's house, he said it's time for the city to put in
sidewalks. 'It's dangerous up here,' said Beaudoin, who has been
campaigning for more sidewalks around the school for several years.
'It's a wonder it took that long to happen.' He lives at 310 Pelham
St., fronting the crosswalk at West and Pelham streets where
seventh-grader Scott Quinn was hit walking to school Monday. The boy
was treated for bruises at Caritas Holy Family Hospital and released.

"The driver of the car, who was cited for failing to yield to a
pedestrian in a crosswalk, said she never saw the boy. The crosswalk is
on a sharp curve in the road. After the accident, police said students
should cross Pelham Street at two locations where crossing guards are
regularly stationed: near Forest Street or near the Marsh Corner
Community Church. The problem is, the crossing guards are stationed
about 200 feet from the crosswalk where the boy was hit and there are
no sidewalks leading to the other crossings..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/97smn
Archive search: Yes
Archive cost: Only available for subscribers
Title: "Accident near Marsh School highlights lack of sidewalks"
Author: Leslie Talmadge
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OAKLAND COUNTY (MI) ROADS NOT WORKING

-> According to a Nov. 16th Metro Times op-ed piece by Keith Schneider,
"Brent O. Bair is a highway and car guy. Tall, silver-haired, earnest
and big enough to have played tackle on a college defensive line, he's
been with Oakland County's Road Commission for 28 years, 12 of them as
the agency's managing director. That career, marked by engineering
discipline and certainty, has spanned much of the 50-year road
construction era that produced two unmistakable results in southeast
Michigan. All that pavement -- 2,700 miles of county roads and 230
miles of state highways that Bair is responsible for maintaining, plus
2,700 more miles overseen by local governments -- helped Oakland County
attract more than 700,000 jobs and become a place of well-to-do
engineers and executives tied to the auto industry who enjoy good
public schools, beautiful parks and subdivisions full of expensive
homes.

"But Oakland County's freeways and local roads also contributed to the
second result: emptying Detroit, and spreading homes, businesses,
churches, schools and everything else across a seven-county
metropolitan region. Some 300,000 people who live outside Oakland
County drive there to work. 'Our commuting pattern is suburb-to-suburb,
and has been that way for a long time now,' Bair says. But the great
road- and highway-building era ended with the 20th century, and, five
years into the 21st, Bair confronts a uniquely messy new challenge.
It's not just that the very same highway network that fostered Oakland
County's development is cracked with age, jammed with vehicles and
blamed for wounding the county's economic competitiveness..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7tkkd
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cnkzg
Archive cost: No
Title: "Roads not working"
Author: Keith Schneider
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NEW WASH. STATE BIKE SAFETY LAW NOW IN EFFECT

-> According to a Nov. 16th Anacortes American article, "A new law is
now in effect in Washington state that makes it a traffic violation to
pass a bike on a two-lane road at the same time traffic is going by in
the opposite direction. The law stems from a tragic Mother's Day crash
that happened near Walla Walla during 2004. Eight highly experienced
bicyclists were traveling single file on the shoulder of Highway 124
when a car passing a cattle truck and another vehicle struck and killed
a 50-year-old teacher and mother.

"The law, House Bill 1108, also extends the zone of legal protection
for bicyclists and pedestrians to highway shoulders and bicycle lanes.
When passing a bicyclist there must be 3 to 5 feet of clearance between
the car and the rider. A minimum $101 fine can be imposed for violating
the law..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8mzho
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dkpla
Archive cost: No
Title: "New bicycle safety law now in effect"
Author: Staff
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TOWN SQUARE IS HEART OF LIBERTY (MO)

-> According to a Nov. 15th Kansas City Star article, "A black Labrador
retriever wearing a wide, frilly clown collar. A mutt draped in a
red-white-and-blue scarf. And they were joined by a smattering of other
animals, like a yellow duck riding in a red wagon. All were part of a
parade of pets. It was a scream, a hoot -- and one of the reasons
Liberty residents treasure their downtown square. This sense of
community helps explain why Liberty earned the No. 6 ranking in The
Kansas City Star's first-ever analysis of suburban quality of life.
This quaint and cozy Northland city offers a balance of old and new, of
small-town charms and bigger-city services. 'It's a balanced
community,' said Stephen Hawkins, Liberty's mayor for the past eight
years before retiring this year.

"'An analogy I always used was, going back to some older days, "The Ed
Sullivan Show" on TV had an act where a guy spun plates on poles, and
he could get a dozen going at once,' he continued. 'The task was one of
continual monitoring, of attending to the plates that were wobbling and
get them going again. That's what cities do to stay good places to
live.' Liberty may have lots of plates spinning, but one in particular
stands out in the minds of its residents. A survey asked citizens what
they thought best represented the town of 28,500. Their top answer was
not schools or William Jewell College or Northland growth. It was the
downtown square. To them, the square is much more than a collection of
small shops and offices in historic facades around an old courthouse.
It's the city's gathering place, the center of community life and the
hub of its small-town feel..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8lbqn
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "In Liberty, success comes from its heart"
Author: Jeffrey Spivak
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ARKANSAS CITY (KS) APPROVES $1.5M TRAIL PROJECT

-> According to a Nov. 16th Arkansas City Traveler article, "Residents
of Arkansas City are one step closer to having a new place to ride
their bikes or walk. The City Commission on Tuesday unanimously
approved entering into an agreement with the Kansas Department of
Transportation for the new trail, which will be built along the levee
system. The trail will begin near the Paris Park pool. It will head
west to the levee and will then travel south under Madison Avenue and
around to the site of the old packing house on South Summit Street. It
will be funded in part by KDOT, which will reimburse the city for 70
percent of the cost. In May, the city announced that the Kansas
Department of Transportation would provide the city $1 million to build
a new scenic bike and pedestrian path. The city's expense will be about
$420,900, which includes its portion of the construction costs and
engineering costs, according to City Manager Curt Freeland.

"'This is going to be a great trail,' said Lane Massey, assistant to
the city manager. 'It will be about 2 1/2 miles of uninterrupted fun
for the entire family.' Mayor Joel Hockenbury said the trail will open
up a beautiful area to residents. 'This will likely be the first time
some residents of Ark City actually get to see this part of town,' he
said. The trail will be built about 10 feet wide with a 1-foot shoulder
on each side. It will be accessible to those with disabilities, Massey
said. Access points will be located at Newman Park and the community
soccer fields. Benches and trash receptacles will be located at various
sites along the trail..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/74f2t
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/9mbc3
Archive cost: No
Title: "City closer to new bike path"
Author: Kathy Kendrick
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NEW ORLEANS (LA) MAY BECOME US's MOST WALKABLE CITY

-> According to a Nov. 12th Norman Transcript article, "Michael Willis
has designed an airport terminal in San Francisco and a 750
million-gallon water treatment plant in Los Angeles, but nothing on the
architect's resume gives him a blueprint for rebuilding New Orleans.
Not since the Nazi blitz of London or the bombing of Hiroshima have
architects and urban planners seen a project on par with resurrecting
this hurricane-ravaged city, according to Willis. 'The scale of it
overwhelms the normal city planning process,' he said Saturday during a
break at the Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding Conference, a
state-sponsored event organized by the American Institute of Architects
to discuss the city's future. Hundreds of civic and business leaders,
elected officials and planning experts have been weighing the options
during the three-day conference that wrapped up Saturday. The goal:
come up with written agenda to help guide the massive rebuilding effort.

"'Before you can plan something like this, you have to get the
fundamentals. You've got to work the principles out,' said Ron
Faucheux, head of government affairs for the Washington-based AIA.
Several architects, including Willis, urged civic leaders to avoid a
'one-size-fits-all' approach. This is a unique opportunity to create
'walkable,' densely populated neighborhoods with a rich texture of
demographic and architectural diversity, said David Dixon, a principal
at the Boston-based Goody, Clancy architectural firm. 'New Orleans can
go one of two directions: It can be Las Vegas, a city based on
entertainment,' he said, 'or it can be America's greenest, most
walkable city.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a3rwh
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Architects Envision New Orleans Rebuilding"
Author: Michael Kunzelman
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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY MAY WARD OFF OVARIAN CANCER

-> According to a Nov. 16th Reuters Health article, "Occupational and
recreational physical activity may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer,
results of a study published in the November issue of the International
Journal of Cancer suggest. A group of Canadian researchers conducted a
population based case-control study involving 442 women with
histologically confirmed incident ovarian cancer and 2135 control
subjects between the ages of 20 and 76 years. The participants
completed questionnaires on the frequency and intensity of physical
activity.

"Women in the highest tertiles of moderate, vigorous, and total
recreational activity had adjusted odds ratios for ovarian cancer of
0.67, 0.93, and 0.73, respectively, compared to those in the lowest
tertile. Women with increasing levels of moderate and total
recreational activity had significant trends of decreasing risk of
ovarian cancer. Similar patterns were observed for premenopausal and
postmenopausal women..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/astly
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/96ykl
Archive cost: No
Title: "Physical Activity May Protect Against Ovarian Cancer"
Author: Reuters
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N.Y. CONFERENCE EXPLORES WALKING TO SCHOOL

-> According to a Nov. 17th Hudson Valley News article, "If the older
generations walked to school, why can't current school children? That
is being explored in a two-day conference in Orange County attended by
municipal planners, law enforcement and other officials. Considering
safe ways for kids to walk to school is by no means an effort to take
them off the school bus, said Michael Dannemiller, a transportation
planner with the RBA Group, a consulting firm hired to conduct the Safe
Routes to School national course conference.

"Dannemiller said a generation or two ago, more children hoofed it to
school. 'A generation ago, at least half of the students would walk to
school; today that doesn't happen,' he said. 'The hills haven't gotten
any higher. Maybe some of the distances have gotten longer or even the
traffic volumes have gotten higher. Upwards of 30 percent of traffic in
the morning can be attributed to parents driving their kids to
school.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/djfwa
Archive search: use "Search" button
Archive cost: No (but archives appear limited)
Title: "Planners explore walking to school"
Author: Staff
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ADRIAN (MI) PUSHES PED-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN HELP

-> According to a Nov. 16th Daily Telegram article, "Tiffany Kapnick
points to the big oak doors leading into Persnickety, her new downtown
Adrian home and gift boutique. Then she explains how the city's new
building restoration program helped open the door for today's first day
of business. 'It's always been my dream to open a store of my own,'
Kapnick said. 'What pushed me to do it was when the city started the
facade grant.' Persnickety today became the first business to open in
Adrian's downtown using a new site assistance program, according to
Kyle Hoffman, the city's Downtown Development Authority director. The
program offers matching funds and low-cost loans to owners who plan to
restore the appearance of historic downtown buildings.

"'We're targeting three to five significant building restoration
projects per year,' Hoffman said. 'That's quite aggressive, but we
think we can see the core downtown looking quite appealing in five
years. That's the target, at least from my perspective.'...Kapnick said
she was encouraged by the number of men and women alike who came to the
doors while walking, and added that increasing pedestrian traffic is a
goal of downtown businesses..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bgevh
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7bmf2
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Title: "DDA facade grants become attractive"
Author: Mark Lenz
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ALBERTA FUNPASS PROGRAM HELPS KIDS BE "SNOW STARS"

-> According to a Nov. 17th Calgary Country article, "To promote
healthy activity in Alberta youth, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
(RCR) and Husky Energy are offering the Husky Snow Stars Grade 2
FunPass. The FunPass is available for all children in Grade 2 or born
in 1998, and it provides unlimited use of the six RCR mountains
throughout the season. 'With childhood obesity and inactivity becoming
an increasing problem among Alberta's children, we feel this program
promotes a healthy active lifestyle through the sports of skiing and
snowboarding,' said Matt Mosteller, senior director of business
development with RCR. 'It empowers children with the skills of a great
sport which supports a healthy lifestyle.'

"The Husky Snow Stars Grade 2 FunPass program is privately funded and
was initiated in 2003 by Husky Energy, RCR and Canada Olympic
Development Association (CODA) and endorsed by Alpine Canada Alpin. The
pass entitles Grade 2 students to unlimited use of Lake Louise Mountain
Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberly Alpine Resort and Nakiska. 'With
the success we have experienced in the first season and the dedication
we are seeing to help keep our kids healthy, we are eager to see the
incredible long-term benefits for kids from this program,' Mosteller
said. 'We see this as an excellent opportunity to fight childhood
obesity and get kids active in winter.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/c88k9
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/76s6a
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Title: "Kids can be Snow Stars"
Author: Angela Anderson
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CROCS, PIGS -- NO CHICKENS -- CROSS VICTORIA (OZ) ROAD

-> According to a Nov. 18th Australian article, "Police spotted a
menagerie of zoo animals -- but no chickens -- crossing a busy road in
Victoria's south-west early today. The sixteen statues were lined up
overnight on either side of a pedestrian crossing in Warrnambool,
Acting Sergeant Chris Moloney said. 'There's one gnome, the rest of
them are a collection of animals,' he said. 'We've got crocodiles and a
pig towing a cart,(and) there is a small bird bath -- all classy,
tasteful stuff. There's no chickens amongst them.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9x6cu


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

SUVs DEADLY FOR NEW YORK (NY) PEDESTRIANS
-> "Sport-utility vehicles -- like the popular Jeep Grand Cherokee,
Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer -- mowed down one out of every five
pedestrians killed in the city last year..."
http://tinyurl.com/8e7q2

MAKING DOWNTOWN TULSA (OK) LIVABLE AGAIN

-> "Jamieson refers to The Village at Central Park as Tulsa's newest
historic neighborhood. It is planned as a neighborhood with retail,
grocery stores, and other needed services within walking distance. 'We
began it at the turn of the millennium,' he says. 'We looked forward,
when we started it, to 2050 or 2100.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/77ytd

TREAT YOUR POOR ACHING FEET RIGHT!

-> "According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, for every
mile we walk, we shift approximately one hundred tons, the weight of a
blue whale, just to move our own body forward..."
http://tinyurl.com/9pt2o

SANDY HOOK (CT) STREETSCAPE PROJECT TAKING FORM

-> "Brick by simulated brick, the long-awaited Sandy Hook Streetscape
Project is being constructed in Sandy Hook Center, with textured
sidewalks, ornamental trees, and antique-style lampposts now adorning a
section of Church Hill Road..."
http://tinyurl.com/bdw8p

OUTDATED MALLS TAKING NEW SIZES AND SHAPES

-> "The days of the cookie-cutter suburban malls are over. As smaller
malls limited to retail shops and a food court are struggling
nationally, some companies are pumping hundreds of millions of dollars
into places like Westfield Wheaton to make it a full-service
destination..."
http://tinyurl.com/72nvq

HICKORY (NC) DOWNTOWN BECOMING PLACE TO LIVE

-> "More projects like Rogers' are on the way, all bound by a desire
for a different living experience -- one offering a friendly, lively,
walkable neighborhood..."
http://tinyurl.com/d2hcd

PRAGUE (CR) TO TEST BIKE RENTAL PROGRAM

-> "So far, the Karl¡n effort has racked up more than 70 customers.
Butler estimates that as many as 200 people will use the system in its
current incarnation..."
http://tinyurl.com/bduob

DUTCH MILLIONAIRE'S CRUSADE: GET PEOPLE ONTO BIKES

-> "Mr. de Jong, a Dutch-born millionaire, real estate developer and
cycling maniac, is on a worldwide crusade to get industrialized man out
of his car and onto the saddle..."
http://tinyurl.com/9f2uh


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

-> "RUMBLE STRIP GAP STUDY"
Final Report; by Richard C. Moeur, P.E., Arizona Department of
Transportation, Traffic Engineering Group; May 1999. 230k
http://tinyurl.com/bmy2l

Great Britain's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) has been doing bike
and pedestrian studies for decades. Here are some of the more recent
reports:

-> "CYCLISTS AT 'CONTINENTAL' STYLE ROUNDABOUTS..."
"...Report of four trial sites;" 52p TRL report by BJ Lawton, PJ Webb,
GT Wall, DG Davies; for Charging and Local Transport Div., UK Dept. of
Transport; Report TRL584; 2003. 8.3mb
http://tinyurl.com/9fwgh

-> "A SURVEY OF MOBILE PHONE USE BY..."
"... Drivers: April 2004;" 18p TRL report by JP Hill; for Road Safety
Strategy Div., UK Dept. for Transport; Report TRL635; 2005. 152k
http://tinyurl.com/dncgp

"ROAD SAFETY BEHAVIOUR OF ADOLESCENT CHILDREN..."

"in Groups;" 66p TRL report by L Chinn, M Elliott, J Sentinella, and K
Williams; for Road Safety Div., UK Dept. for Transport; Report TRL599;
2004. 4.1mb
http://tinyurl.com/8rzco

-> "CAPACITY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCED STOP LINES..."
"...for cyclists;" 52p TRL report by GT Wall, DG Davies, and M
Crabtree; for Charging and Local Transport Div., UK Dept. for
Transport; Report TRL585; 2003. 1.1mb
http://tinyurl.com/d2w82

-> "STUDY OF FRONT-MOUNTED BICYCLE RACKS ON BUSES"
76p TRL report by GJL Lawrence and NM Brook-Carter; for Charging and
Local Transport Div., UK Dept. for Transport; Report TRL592; 2004. 1.5mb
http://tinyurl.com/a53x7


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

January 22-26, 2006, Transportation Research Board 85th Annual Meeting,
Washington, D.C. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/crm4o

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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