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


#137 Friday, December 2, 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
  Last Chance For Pro Walk/Pro Bike Program Input
  Next Steps on "Complete Streets" Agenda
  NCBW Leads Three Day ‘Walkability’ Training in San Jose (CA)
  Guiding Principles for Safe Routes to School (SR2S)
  NYBC Receives "Outstanding" AAA Traffic Safety Award!
  New Study of Walking to Transit & Physical Activity
  Study: 56% of Americans Rate Walking Routes Important
  CDC Prevention Communication Research Database
  Active Living Network Survey

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  54% of U.S. Adults Don't Get Enough Exercise
  West Valley City (UT) Looks at "Form-Based Zoning"
  Bettendorf (IA) Ponders Walkability Improvements
  Editor: Past Time for Winfield (KS) to Fight Obesity
  3 New Jersey Towns Teaming Up to Promote Cycling
  Engineers Honored for Rockford (Il) Ped Bridge
  California Dropping the Ball on Kids' Health?
  Green Valley (AZ) Cyclists Get Active For Safety
  Burlington Co. (NJ) Launches Safe Routes Pilot Project
  Atlanta Area Roads Grow More Dangerous



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


LAST CHANCE FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE PROGRAM INPUT

-> You've got only a couple of weeks left to pitch your ideas to
program director John Williams and his Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006
planning group. By mid-December, the theme will be set and
the search for those who will present at the Madison, Wisconsin,
conference will be on.

"There's still time to give us your ideas on how to make this a great
conference," said Williams. "It's going to be tough to top the 2004
Victoria conference. It was the broadest program we've ever
fielded, and the largest attendance we've attracted in the 26 years
we've been doing the biennial conference."

It is now just 10 months until the start of Pro Walk/Pro Bike
2006, September 5-8 in Madison. Mark your calendars, because this
is the bicycling/pedestrian conference you don't want to miss. A
revised web site featuring the Madison conference center, travel
logistics, and program notes will be launched in January 2007. We'll
let you know through CenterLines when that site is available.

In the meantime, get over to the program planning forum at

http://tinyurl.com/9njm5

and give us your ideas for themes, session topics, and whether you
think we should ever again turn pedestrian and bicycle professionals
loose in a historical museum to party.
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NEXT STEPS ON "COMPLETE STREETS" AGENDA

-> According to an article in the Nov. 23rd 'Complete the Streets
News,' "The final federal transportation bill signed into law in
August, SAFETEA-LU, launched a new Safe Routes to School program and
strengthened existing programs that will make it safer and easier for
millions of Americans to bicycle and walk. SAFETEA-LU did not contain a
complete streets provision -- as you know, the complete streets
amendment was narrowly defeated in a vote on the Senate floor. However,
complete streets advocates see plenty of other opportunities to advance
our cause.

"The national Complete Streets Steering Committee is finalizing a
three-year campaign plan and is marshalling resources to launch it. The
campaign will spread the word about complete streets; help
jurisdictions 'get it right' when they adopt and implement new complete
streets policies; and continue to build the coalition working for
complete streets. The more that complete streets become standard
practice in cities and states around the country, the easier it will be
to make complete streets a policy in federal law..."

For more about Complete Streets, go to:
http://www.completestreets.org

For more about SAFETEA-LU go to:
http://www.americabikes.org
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NCBW LEADS THREE-DAY "WALKABILITY" TRAINING IN SAN JOSE

National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) staff recently visited
the San Jose area to hold a three-day training on creating walkable and
bikeable communities. Attendees included participants for the fifth round
of the Walkable Community Workshop series as well as several public
health practitioners, a first for the training sessions. Bob Chauncey and
Mark Plotz led the sessions.

The training group visited downtown San Jose, Morgan Hill, Stanford
University, Mountain View, Watsonville, and the Monterey Peninsula
to observe and experience communities that “get” walkability.

"We also visited Palo Alto, a city identified by the League of American
Bicyclists as a ‘Bicycle-Friendly City,’ as it was intended to be
experienced: on a bicycle," said Plotz. "Together, these places gave
our group a glimpse of best practices in “Complete Streets”, compact
development, mixed-use neighborhoods, neighborhood traffic calming,
affordable housing developments, and, of course, bicycle and pedestrian
facilities."

This training also marked another first: our first international participant,
who hailed from New Zealand. Chauncey was last seen outside the
International Terminal in San Jose, reportedly modifying his business
cards to read: ‘National Centre for Bicycling & Walking’ and counting
his frequent-flier miles.
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GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (SR2S)

-> According to an article in the Nov. 18th Safe Routes to School
E-News, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently
finalized a set of Guiding Principles for Safe Routes to School. The
Guiding Principles are a set of recommendations for program
implementation that have been provided to the Federal Highway
Administration and all State Departments of Transportation regarding
the implementation of Safe Routes to School.

"The Guiding Principles cover four broad topics: Goals, Program
Administration, Planning and Evaluation, and Programs (Infrastructure
and Non-Infrastructure). They were developed through a series of
meetings with Partner members who have experience with program
implementation, and were presented in a draft format to approximately
50 people at the Partnership's annual meeting in DC last month. Based
on feedback from the group, which included representatives from
advocacy groups as well FHWA, NHTSA, AASHTO, and a few State DOTs, the
recommendations were revised into the final format that you are
receiving now.

"The Safe Routes to School National Partnership encourages statewide
and local advocates to review these Guiding Principles and to recommend
their use by your State DOT."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/dewag
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NYBC RECEIVES "OUTSTANDING" AAA TRAFFIC SAFETY AWARD!

-> According to a recent news release, "On October 6th, 2005 the
Automobile Club of New York presented the New York Bicycling Coalition
(NYBC) with the Outstanding Achievement Award in Traffic Safety. In
recognition of their efforts to educate motorists on safely sharing the
road with bicyclists and pedestrians, AAA of NY awarded NYBC with their
annual award in the Organization category. 'It's a real honor to
receive this prestigious award from AAA,' said NYBC Executive Director,
Joshua Poppel. 'They are a wonderful organization to work with and we
look forward to partnering with them in the future on more Share the
Road programs.' The program is based on a train-the-trainers approach
that integrates pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist safety education
into existing driver re-education and point reduction programs..."

For more information on the award or the Share the Road program,
contact NYBC at (518) 436-0889 or visit:
http://www.nybc.net.
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NEW STUDY OF WALKING TO TRANSIT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

-> The other day, we received a note from Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH,
of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about a new study he
and Lilah Besser, MSPH, published in the Nov. 2005 issue of American
Journal of Preventive Medicine. Entitled, "Walking to Public Transit:
Steps to Help Meet Physical Activity Recommendations," the study
"estimates the total daily time spent walking to and from transit and
the predictors of achieving 30 minutes of physical activity daily by
doing so." Using the 2001 National Household Travel Survey, a
phone-based survey sponsored by the U.S.D.O.T., the authors examined
transit-associated walking times for 3312 transit users among the
105,942 adult respondents.

Besser and Dannenberg found that "Americans who use transit spend a
median of 19 minutes daily walking to and from transit; 29% achieve 30
minutes (or more) of physical activity per day solely by walking to and
from transit." Among other things, they concluded that "walking to and
from public transportation can help physically inactive populations,
especially low-income and minority groups, attain the recommended level
of daily physical activity. Increased access to public transit may help
promote and maintain active lifestyles."

For more information (or a copy of the study), contact Dr. Dannenberg
at (770) 488-7103 or <acd7@cdc.gov>.
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STUDY: 56% OF AMERICANS RATE WALKING ROUTES IMPORTANT

-> According to a Dec. 1st news release, "At a time when 61 percent of
survey respondents cite improved physical activity as a priority
resolution for the New Year, a new study conducted for the YMCA of the
USA by Greenfield Online, Inc. reveals that 7 out of 10 Americans say
their community environment influences their level of physical activity
and overall health. YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for
the nation's 2,594 YMCAs. The survey was released today at the YMCA
Activate America(TM): Pioneering Healthier Communities National
Conference, which gathers 230 leaders from urban and rural communities
across the U.S. who are charged with re-engineering their hometowns
into healthier environments where physical activity can be enjoyed and
the rising obesity epidemic arrested through a combination of
sustainable initiatives. More than half (56 percent) of survey
respondents rank walkable routes in the community as the first or
second most important factor positively influencing their physical
activity, followed by access to local parks (28 percent) and community
bike paths (26 percent).

"'This survey validates the important role government, community
leaders and organizations must play in transforming their communities
into healthier environments and reversing rising rates of obesity and
chronic disease,' said Kenneth L. Gladish, Ph.D., president and chief
executive officer, YMCA of the USA. 'We do know that to be successful,
change must start at the grassroots level. And, we are gratified by the
fact after just one year, the YMCA Activate America: Pioneering
Healthier Communities Project is making a measurable impact on local
citizens by mobilizing effective public-private partnerships.'
According to Dr. Gladish, of keen interest to Conference attendees,
elected officials and public health figures, alike, will be the finding
that 43 percent of Americans believe, after themselves, government and
health insurers should share the lead responsibility for creating
healthier communities. Community leaders and organizers are the parties
ranked as the second and third most responsible, followed by employers
and corporations..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7thbl
For more on the program, go to: http://tinyurl.com/anhhz
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CDC PREVENTION COMMUNICATION RESEARCH DATABASE

-> According to an article in the Dec. 1st CDC Physical Activity list,
"The Prevention Communication Research Database (PCRD), a project of
the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP),
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a searchable
collection of audience research conducted or sponsored by HHS agencies.
Not intended to be a comprehensive collection of prevention
communication research, PCRD is designed to provide access to research
findings that may not be widely known or distributed.

"Making the research available may provide program planners and health
communication specialists with insight into different audiences in
relation to key prevention issues such as physical activity, healthy
eating, tobacco use, and substance abuse..."

To search reports by prevention topic, audience, research methodology,
other search criteria, and keyword or to view all reports, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/du98p
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ACTIVE LIVING NETWORK SURVEY

-> The folks at the Active Living Network are looking for new ways
to take their message to communities across the country, and they'd
like your help. If you'll go to their web site and spend a few minutes
to complete a short survey BEFORE DECEMBER 15, 2005, your name
will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to REI.

Take the survey at:
http://www.activeliving.org/index.php/Active+Living+Network+Survey/149
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "There's just no access to the things that even make you think about
being physically active. We've almost transitioned it out of our lives
and our daily thinking. Right now there's conflicting messages between
the public health messages we send people and the opportunities to
actually do it."

-- Tegan Boehmer, PhD, St. Louis University School of Public Health
http://tinyurl.com/dz2qq


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54% OF U.S. ADULTS DON'T GET ENOUGH EXERCISE

-> According to a Dec. 1st WebMD article, "More than half of U.S.
adults still do not get a minimum amount of daily exercise recommended
to help stave off obesity and chronic disease, according to government
figures released Thursday. The report shows that Americans were only
slightly more likely to exercise regularly in 2003 than in 2001. That's
troubling to public health experts, who have long pegged Americans'
inert lifestyles as a major factor in rates of obesity that now top
30%. Government health recommendations call for adults to engage in at
least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days or more per
week. That includes walking or bicycling, but also minimally exertive
household chores like gardening or vacuuming.

"Just under 46% of Americans surveyed in 2003 said they get that amount
of exercise, up 0.6% from 2001, the CDC reported Thursday. One-sixth of
adults reported that they participate in moderate physical activity for
less than 10 minutes per week. Lack of regular exercise is closely
intertwined with obesity, and both factors are known risks for the
leading killers of American adults, including heart disease, diabetes,
and several forms of cancer. Sixty-four percent of Americans over 20
years old now qualify as overweight, while 30% are classified as obese,
according to government figures..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dfsfe
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "54% Don't Meet Minimum Activity Recommendations"
Author: Todd Zwillich

Note The CDC's report, "Trends in Recommended Lifestyle Physical
Activity and Inactivity - United States, 2001 and 2003," isn't yet on
the CDC's website; more information should be there
(http://www.cdc.gov/) soon. In the meantime, contact the CDC's National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at (770)
488-5131.
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WEST VALLEY CITY (UT) LOOKS AT "FORM-BASED ZONING"

-> According to a Dec. 1st Salt Lake Tribune article, "By 2010, Utah's
second-largest city hopes to have a thriving downtown, a walkable
marketplace teeming with life and mass-transit options. Now it has an
old mall struggling to survive. 'In five years, this city center will
be quite different,' predicted Joseph Moore, West Valley's community
and economic-development director. 'We deserve to have an area where we
can shop and feel good about,' added Dick Flack, who managed the mall
for 28 years, ending in early 1998. Flack was one of 20 residents - 400
invitations were mailed out - who attended City Hall meetings Tuesday
as part of an ongoing effort to keep them informed about redevelopment
plans.

"The block adjacent to the aging Valley Fair Mall -- bounded by 3500
South, 2700 West, 3650 South and 2950 West -- is slated for a new
transit hub, walkable plaza, lots of parking and lively, mixed-use
development. 'We're proposing form-based zoning for this area,' Moore
said. 'We may be the first in Utah to try it, and we think it has
merit.' Under such zoning, each street -- with wider sidewalks and
medians, plus landscaping -- has its own theme and feel. Residential
portions, intermixed with office and retail space, will sport bay and
recessed windows, balconies, cornices and pitched roofs. Commercial
buildings could have parapets, arches and other design treatments --
all intended to convey an urban ambience. 'The ordinance has photos of
what we're aiming at and standards to achieve that,' Moore said. 'It's
not a cookie-cutter ordinance and won't work elsewhere.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a37zf
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/85myk
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "WVC focuses on a lively downtown"
Author: Cathy McKitrick

For more on form-based zoning, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/7gw4q
or:
http://tinyurl.com/az9yf
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BETTENDORF (IA) PONDERS WALKABILITY IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to a Dec. 1st Quad City Times article, "City officials
began hewing out possible ways to make a $2 million vision for the
downtown come true at Monday night's committee-of-the-whole meeting.
The plan from the Downtown Development and Revitalization Committee
calls for creating a unified look and adding more pedestrian safety
features in the downtown. These are: new mid-block walkways, or
bump-outs, wider sidewalks, 55 new trees and adding 53 ornamental
street lamps in the area from Second to Reynolds streets. 'Ideally,
we'd like to come to a decision. Do we want to do this? Do we do it all
at once? Do we do it in phases?' City Administrator Edwin Choate said.

"The project price tag for Phase I is $2.07 million That does not
include $160,000 for making sub-grade improvements and realignment of
Cody Road (U.S. 67) and pouring an overlay. The Iowa Department of
Transportation has said it will pay a portion of the overlay costs, he
said. The project also would include new parallel parking along the
east and west sides of the road. 'I don't like the mid-block bump-outs.
I think that's going to waste too much parking,' Council member Bruce
Richardson said. Council member Debra Smith is concerned about
maintaining the trees and what its roots could do to building
foundations. 'I think trees are important not only for the traffic
calming but for the ambiance we're trying to create in the downtown
area,' said committee member John Telleen, an attorney and LeClaire
resident..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9zn8r
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/aszgd
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Title: "Council members get serious about downtown renovations"
Author: Mary Louise Speer
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EDITOR: PAST TIME FOR WINFIELD (KS) TO FIGHT OBESITY

-> According to a Dec. 1st Winfield Courier editorial, "Our community
has not escaped the growth in the number of adolescents who are
overweight or at risk of obesity, according to research presented by
Sharon Shetlar Taylor, retired professor of nursing at Southwestern
College. In Kansas, 24 percent of ninth-graders found themselves with
one of these conditions last year. In Winfield, the figure was over 28
percent in the 2001/2002 academic year. This information is scary. It
shows we as a community have not taken seriously the U.S. surgeon
general's warning that obesity is a national crisis. It also shows a
lot more can be done here to improve the situation.

"Overweight adolescents may grow into adults with increased risk for
diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other illness. When
this happens, there are human and economic costs to be paid. In the
end, we all suffer from the trend toward obesity in our community and
society. A new wellness committee at Winfield High School is looking
into ways to improve student health, including weight control. We wish
it and the students who get involved with it well...Individual health
and weight control begin at home. But it is past time for this
community -- and its neighbors -- to take steps to reinforce what
parents can do to help children grow up healthy. Reducing the rate of
childhood overweight and obesity here would be a good place to start..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d9ut4
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Battling obesity on the home front"
Author: Editor
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3 NEW JERSEY TOWNS TEAMING UP TO PROMOTE CYCLING

-> According to a Nov. 18th Star-Ledger article, "Whether it's a Sunday
ride or a commute to work, bicycling activists across the Essex County
are trying to make the activity as safe as possible. Proponents in
Millburn, Maplewood and South Orange have joined forces to synchronize
their bike path projects, adding to the number of county towns that are
working to make cycling a bit safer. 'The support's there,' said Dan
Baer, a Millburn committeeman, adding that more than 100 people signed
a petition in October supporting bicycling and pedestrian efforts in
town. 'It's a matter of taking 100 people and finding the seven or
eight who really want to work hard on the plan.'

"The three towns met Sunday to discuss integrating individual plans for
bike paths and designated lanes along the roadways. Key connector
streets -- including Wyoming Avenue and Glen Avenue -- are prime
targets for the tri-town route. 'Promoting cycling will generally take
(car) trips off of the three thoroughfares that run between the towns,'
said Janine Bauer, chairwoman of South Orange's River Greenway
Committee. The group, calling itself Tri-Cycle, will also put the towns
in a good position to draw grant money, Bauer said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a5qqm
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7fewl
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Title: "Three towns teaming up to promote cycling"
Author: Sara K. Clarke
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ENGINEERS HONORED FOR ROCKFORD (IL) PED BRIDGE

-> "According to a Dec. 1st Monroe Times article, "Willett, Hofmann &
Associates, Inc. is the recipient of an Honor Award from the American
Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois for their design of
the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Pedestrian Suspension Bridge in
Rockford. The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, a Rockford Park District
Facility listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was
originally built by Robert Tinker in 1865. In 1870, Tinker built a
swinging bridge across Kent Creek which was swept away along with all
of Rockford's bridges in 1890.

"Tinker rebuilt his swinging bridge in 1891 and it stood as a Rockford
Landmark until 1976 when deteriorated to the point where it had to be
removed. In 2001 Willett, Hofmann & Associates, Inc. was hired to
design a new bridge replicating Tinker's 1891 bridge. Based on the
study of artifacts and historic photographs, engineers at Willett,
Hofmann & Associates, Inc. successfully designed a new bridge meeting
current design requirements that aesthetically replicated Mr. Tinker's
historic bridge. Construction of the bridge was completed in June of
2005..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8pvun
Archive search: No archives found
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Title: "Engineers who designed bridge in Rockford earn high honors"
Author: Staff
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CALIFORNIA DROPPING THE BALL ON KIDS' HEALTH?

-> According to a Woodland Dec. 1st Daily Democrat article, "Despite
all the talk about kids coming first, California has failed to meet
many of the basic health and education needs for its 10.5 million
children with education spending ranking 44th in the nation, obesity
soaring and economic and food security faltering, according to a report
released Wednesday. The report card by the national nonpartisan,
nonprofit Children Now assesses a variety of issues related to
children's well-being and gives the state D's for its K-12 education,
childhood obesity and family economic security. The report comes amid
heightened attention to children's health and education issues and
gives the state's highest grade -- a B-plus -- in infant health.

"'The overall message is that kids are not faring well,' said Ted
Lempert, president of Children Now's state office in Oakland. 'What we
are finding is there is a lot of rhetoric given to making kids a top
priority, but what this report shows is that the needs of kids are not
being given attention they need.' Despite efforts to promote fitness
and healthier foods, the number of obese children in the San Fernando
Valley and statewide has soared over the past three years, alarming
experts who predict a health crisis if drastic measures are not
taken..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/abr9s
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cq276
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "State drops the ball on education and health"
Author: Troy Anderson and Harrison Sheppard

For more on the Children Now report, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/7f2sy
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GREEN VALLEY (AZ) CYCLISTS GET ACTIVE FOR SAFETY

-> According to a Nov. 28th Arizona Daily Star article, "Bike lanes
aren't wasted on the young, but older, wiser folks seem to make better
use of them. Cyclists in this retirement community want more of the
lanes to keep streets safe as traffic increases. Here, bike lanes have
multiple uses and users -- walkers, joggers, bikers and golfers in
battery-powered carts. The community's compact nature makes it possible
to perform any chore without firing up the old internal-combustion
engine, and its location makes it a great starting point for more
serious cyclists...Getting out of town and biking safely within Green
Valley's communities used to be easy, said [Bill] Adamson, who has
spent the past few years pinpointing the area's danger spots and
lobbying to fix them, as head of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
of the Green Valley Community Coordinating Council. 'We didn't really
start the advocacy for improvements until late 2002. Before that, we
were fat, dumb and happy, but as traffic got worse we needed some
improvements.'

"They arranged a meeting with Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, the
Republican who represents the district, and 45 people showed up with
concerns, Adamson said. On a recent bike tour of the area, Adamson and
committee partner Jim Jordan pointed out the nine danger zones on their
urgent safety list. White House Canyon Road, the two-lane highway
leading to Madera Canyon, lacks a shoulder. Camino del Sol narrows from
six lanes to four and down to two on a 0.7-mile stretch without bike
stripes. Bike lanes end as six lanes of divided highway squeeze into
through lanes and turning lanes at the Interstate 19 underpasses that
link the east and west sides of this community at Continental and
Esperanza roads...Matt Zoll, Pima County's Bicycle and Pedestrian
program manager, said Green Valley is 'pretty bike-friendly and it's
going to get a lot better.' He credits Adamson's bike committee for the
community's recent success..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cdsp7
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Title: "Cyclists pushing for bigger slice of roads"
Author: Tom Beal
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BURLINGTON CO. (NJ) LAUNCHES SAFE ROUTES PILOT PROJECT

-> According to a Nov. 20th Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Burlington
County Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield remembers the days when she walked to
school. 'I was clumsy and I had the scabby knees to prove it,' she said
and laughed. She made the trek each weekday to her school in South
Brunswick in the late '60s. Many parents remember that walk to school
and wish their children could have that experience, she said. Walking
is healthful, and more social than being dropped off in a car. Under a
pilot program launched this fall, Stanfield, as head of the county
Traffic Safety Task Force, aims to remove the safety fears that have
sabotaged the tradition of walking to school in recent years.

"As part of the Safe Routes to School Program, county engineers
designed routes in Palmyra and Riverton for students to follow, posting
signs and painting crosswalks at intersections. Plans call for
Riverside and Edgewater Park to begin the program in the spring. 'We
selected the Charles Street School in Palmyra and the Riverton Public
School to pilot the program because all their students walk to school,'
Stanfield said. Buses are not provided. The county received an $8,400
grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create
the routes and to equip parent volunteers with walkie-talkies, first
aid kits, and special green T-shirts and caps to wear when they monitor
students strolling or biking to school..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bj24y
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Title: "An Old-fashioned Start to the Day"
Author: Jan Hefler
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ATLANTA AREA ROADS GROW MORE DANGEROUS

-> In a Nov. 25th Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-ed piece, Mark
Rosenberg said, "On Nov. 9, I was the first doctor on the scene after a
young woman runner was hit by a car, two blocks from my house. I called
911. She had a terrible head injury. She had a pulse, and I started CPR
as I waited for the ambulance. Unfortunately, there was nothing the
emergency medical technicians or I could do to save her. I am haunted
by her image. When I left the scene two hours later, we didn't have a
clue as to who she was, what home she had left while it was still dark
outside, which children and husband were waiting to see her before they
left for school or work. Now we know that Patricia Foell was one of the
elite runners of Atlanta and was at the top of her form at age 43.

"I also heard that she was a very careful and cautious runner --- as
one must be to safely log tens of thousands of miles on Atlanta
streets. Her death is not a random tragedy but part of a global
epidemic, an absolutely frightening plague of road traffic deaths and
injuries that has escaped public attention. The numbers are beyond
comprehension: 1.2 million deaths a year --- the same number as die
each year from malaria. For each death, there are 20 to 50 serious
injuries --- perhaps 50 million serious injuries every year, many
resulting in lifelong paralysis and permanent disability. But because
most of the deaths are in developing countries, occur one at a time and
are considered 'accidents,' they get no attention. There is an almost
universal sense of fatalism about traffic-related deaths and injuries.
This epidemic is accelerating at rates that are reminiscent of the
accelerating rates of AIDS in the developing world 20 years ago..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7l8wy
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Title: "Roads grow more dangerous"
Author: Mark Rosenberg
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

QUEENSLAND (OZ) PREMIER PROPOSES 'SCRAP & RIDE SCHEME'

-> According to a Dec. 2nd Mercury article, "A new plan to ease parking
congestion in Queensland proposes giving money to owners of old
vehicles to buy a bike or register a newer cleaner car. The Queensland
Government was also considering other radical suggestions for getting
people onto bikes and public transport. The proposals have been
outlined in the transport options paper, Smart Travel Choices for South
East Queensland. Drivers could also be taxed hundreds of dollars a year
for using their own car parking spaces in the Brisbane CBD.

"Drivers parking their cars in some areas would have to get annual
licenses under the scheme. The suggested 'scrap and ride scheme' would
give cash to owners of pre-1987 vehicles to get rid of them. Also on
the agenda are more flexible bus and train timetables and greater
incentives for commuters to ride bikes to work. Premier Peter Beattie,
who launched the paper, said it foreshadowed 'some of the most
far-reaching transport related policy initiatives ever to be considered
in Queensland.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bu9gj
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/735qc
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Swap cars for bikes payment plan"
Author: Malcolm Cole


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

PETALUMA (CA) SCHOOL OPENS, SAFE ROUTES WORK BEGINS

-> "When the new Kenilworth Junior High opened this fall, it created a
major traffic problem in the northeast Petaluma neighborhood as
students arrived and departed each day..."
http://tinyurl.com/eyez6

ROCKVILLE (MD) POLICE CHARGE DRIVER WHO STRUCK PEDESTRIAN

-> "Police charged a driver who lost control of his pick-up truck and
hit a pregnant woman in Rockville with six criminal offenses and nine
vehicular offenses..."
http://tinyurl.com/83kxm

OCEAN SPRINGS (MS) RESIDENTS PONDER SHAPE OF FUTURE

-> "Would the city consider short-term needs to make Ocean Springs more
walkable, like sidewalks so children can walk to school now?..."
http://tinyurl.com/9w4kk

MISSOULA (MT) TV STATION LINKS RESIDENTS WITH S'WALK SHOVELERS

-> "If you would like to help others clear snow from their driveways or
sidewalks, send us an e-mail at news@keci.com and we'll post your
contact information on our website, http://www.nbcmontana.com ..."
http://tinyurl.com/8jn9q

ANGELENOS WOULD BE HAPPIER IF THEY BIKED

-> "A few months ago, I decided to try the absurd: I would start
commuting the four miles to my office on a bike. In Los Angeles!..."
http://tinyurl.com/8g6da

IF EXPECTANT MUMS PUT ON POUNDS, SO DO KIDS

-> "No wonder America has a growing weight problem: its children are
being condemned to a life of obesity while still in the womb..."
http://tinyurl.com/96ty8

HOMER (AK) GETS FIRST FULL TRAFFIC LIGHT

-> "Drivers who haven't been north of Kasilof in a long time may need a
refresher course in stop lights. It's simple: The red light means stop.
The green light means go..."
http://tinyurl.com/bgwk6

PEDESTRIANS HELP PROTECT PARKED CARS

-> "When possible, park your vehicle in a secure garage, or in well-lit
areas with heavy pedestrian traffic..."
http://tinyurl.com/8pcdr

INACTIVITY EPIDEMIC HITS MAINE, TOO

-> "Fifty-six percent of Maine adults...live a sedentary lifestyle,
which means they are not getting enough physical activity to enjoy
health benefits..."
http://tinyurl.com/84gl4


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

-> "BUILDING BETTER: A GUIDE TO AMERICA'S BEST NEW..."
"...Development Projects;" Fall 2005 Sierra Club Sprawl Report. 2mb
http://tinyurl.com/bzfgp

-> "FORM-BASED CODES: A CURE FOR THE CANCER CALLED..."
"...Euclidean Zoning?"; 81p Major Paper by Jason Todd Burdette, Dept.
of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech Univ.; 2004. 1.6mb
http://tinyurl.com/b2b9k

-> "CREATING PUBLIC STREETS AND PEDESTRIAN..."
"...Connections through the Land Use and Building Permit Process;"
Development Services, City of Portland, OR; July 2002.
http://tinyurl.com/7jc8n

-> "INTEGRATION OF BICYCLES AND TRANSIT"
Transportation Research Board's Transit Cooperative Research Program
(TCRP) Synthesis 62 examines how transit agencies may improve their
existing services and assist other communities in developing new
bicycle and transit services. Updates TCRP Synthesis 4: Integration of
Bicycles and Transit (1994). 2.5mb
http://tinyurl.com/87hz3

-> "TRAFFIC CALMING PRACTICE REVISITED"
ITE Journal article by Ewing, Brown, & Hoyt; Nov. 2005. 820k
http://tinyurl.com/dhv3l

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

-> "CYCLE HELMET WEARING IN 2002 "
30p TRL report by K Gregory, C Inwood and B Sexton; for Road Safety
Div., Dept. for Transport; Report TRL578; 2003. 280k
http://tinyurl.com/9v8gp

-> "THE INCIDENCE OF ALCOHOL IN FATALLY INJURED..."
"...Adult Pedestrians;" 16p TRL report by M Keigan and R J Tunbridge
(TRL Limited), Edited by P Jackson (Awake Ltd); for Road Safety Div.,
Dept. for Transport; Report TRL579; 2003. 88k
http://tinyurl.com/99rcw

-> "CYCLING IN VEHICLE RESTRICTED AREAS"
40p TRL report by DG Davies, L Chinn, GS Buckle, and SJ Reid for
Charging and Local Transport Div., Dept. for Transport; Report TRL583;
2003.
http://tinyurl.com/bn57b

-> "MOBILE PHONE USE BY DRIVERS, 2000-2003"
20p TRL report by J Broughton and J P Hill for Road Safety Strategy
Div., Dept. for Transport; Report TRL634; 2005. 184k
http://tinyurl.com/b76fz


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

January 26-29, 2006, 5th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth
Conference, Denver CO. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/bd94g

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

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- WOOD RIVER RIDESHARE
Wood River Rideshare, a non-profit organization, is searching for
someone to lead our efforts towards increased availability and use of
diverse transportation options. The Executive Director position
requires strong public relations and management skills to lead an array
of programs. This position reports to the board of directors. The
Executive Director will provide direction and leadership towards the
achievement of Wood River Rideshare's mission, strategy, goals and
objectives.

Please submit resume & cover letter to PO Box 244 Ketchum, ID 83340 or
email <jobs@wrrs.org>.


-> JOB -- TRANS. PLANNING/SAFE ROUTES COORD. -- MISSOURI DOT

The transportation planning coordinator/safe routes to school
coordinator will be responsible for implementing a safe routes to
school statewide program. The purpose of the program is to enable and
encourage children to walk and bicycle to school. The coordinator will
facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects to
support this program. Job responsibilities are performed under general
supervision. Must have a Bachelor's Degree: Public or Business
Administration, Planning, Civil Engineering, or related field.
Registration as a Certified Planner or as a Professional Engineer in
the State of Missouri must be attained within one year of assuming the
job. Four years of experience in transportation engineering or
planning.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Full supervision

Monthly salary range $4118 - $5579 (yearly: $49416 - $66948)
Special Working Conditions/Job Characteristics: Job requires
occasional, statewide and out-of-state, overnight travel.

To have an application mailed to you, please call 1-888 ASK MODOT or
write to the Human Resources address at the location where you are
interested in working. You can also request an application for
employment online from our request form:
http://www.modot.state.mo.us/asp/request_information.shtml?application

Application with resume and transcripts must be postmarked by December
7, 2005.

More details here:

http://www.modot.state.mo.us/jobs/Central_District_and_Headquarters/index.htm


-> 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 -- 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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