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


#138 Friday, December 16, 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
  CenterLines Readers Weigh In On Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006
  Des Moines To Host 2006 Iowa Bicycle Summit
  Invasion of the (i)Pod People Hits CenterLines
  Pro Bike/Pro Walk Florida 2006 is Coming!
  Bicycle Colorado Makes Progress Against Event Ban

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Boulder (CO) Gets Walkability Award
  Governors Meet to Tackle U.S. Obesity Problem
  Gillette (WY) Steps Up Healthy Schools Campaign
  Connecticut Towns Have Too Much Parking
  Hawai'i Gov: Pedestrians Need Stronger Protection
  Anchorage (AK) Works on Bike/Ped Safety Record
  Tampa (FL) "After Six" Event Helps Liven Up Downtown
  Greenwich (CT) Weighs Safe Routes Improvements
  Can Dallas (TX) Become a City of Walkers?
  New Urbanist Gulf Coast Vision Runs into Flack
  Fairfax (VA) Embarks on Ambitious Bus Stop Fix-Up
  Calif. Smog Fighters May Make Builders Pay
  Clayton (OH) Creating New/Old Neighborhoods
  Ft. Wayne (IN) Eyes Ped-Friendly Redevelopment
  Samoa (CA): a Company Town Looks Toward Future
  Peak Oil Scenario Planning for The Suburbs



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


CENTERLINES READERS WEIGH IN ON PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006

-> According to John Williams, NCBW's program director for the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference to be hosted in September in
Madison, Wisconsin, a number of bicycle, pedestrian, and health leaders
and advocates have assisted in shaping the conference during the past
month.

"We've had a lively discussion using a Google Groups setup,"
reported Williams. "We also opened a section of our online Forum
where individuals could leave suggestions."

A lot of the early discussion focused on possible themes for the
conference, and what tracks or "streams" might be included. "The
consensus seemed to be centered around the notion of
'connections' to health, education, complete streets, and more,"
said Williams. "Discussion participants urged the program committee
to consider urban as well as suburban and rural issues, and to not
forget the important work being accomplished on trails by focusing
too much on a "complete streets" concept.

Williams noted that there was also a good deal of discussion about
the design of panels, interactive sessions, end-of-day roundtable
discussions, poster sessions, and much more.

"At this point, we've closed out the discussion on the themes,
tracks, and conference formats" said Williams. "The NCBW staff is
hard at work summarizing the ideas generated during the online
discussions, and seeing how they fit into the Madison venue."

The call for proposals for panels, discussions, and poster sessions
will be placed on the organization's web site (www.bikewalk.org)
in early January. The site will also carry information about the
conference location. hotels, travel logistics, and other details.
Mark your calendars for September 5-8, 2006. We'll see you in
Madison!
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DES MOINES TO HOST 2006 IOWA BICYCLE SUMMIT

-> According to a note from Kathy Ridnour, "The 2006 Iowa Bicycle
Summit will be held Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3 in Des
Moines, Iowa at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Thursday's agenda will
include a Bicycle Facilities Design Workshop facilitated by Michael
Ronkin of the Oregon DOT. Attendees are eligible for Professional
Development Hours (PDHs). Friday's session will be geared toward
bicyclists and advocates with topics related to bicycle tourism,
complete streets, safety, education, trail mapping, and bicycle
clubs.

"Friday evening will be the 1st Annual Bike Night Celebration hosted
by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. This fund raising dinner will from 6
to 9pm at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Des Moines. The event will feature
Richard Schwinn of Waterford Bicycles and the famous Schwinn Bicycle
family as the guest speaker.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on line at:
http://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org
or by calling (319) 626-6017

Questions?? Contact Kathy Ridnour, Iowa Bicycle and Pedestrian
Coordinator, at (515) 239-1713 or <kathy.ridnour@dot.iowa.gov>

Additional information and registration is available at
http://www.iowabikes.com or http://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.
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INVASION OF THE "(i)POD PEOPLE" HITS CENTERLINES!

-> There's something new at CenterLines: each issue will now be
available as a podcast.

For those of you who aren't clear as to just what a "podcast" is, we
went to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, for a definition. According
to that site (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast) "podcasting" is a
combination of two words: "iPod" and "broadcasting." (Actually, the
Wiki said it was a 'portmanteau' that combines those two words, but
since we don't know what a 'portmanteau' is, we simplified the
definition.)

The Wiki goes on to note that the name is something of a misnomer,
as you don't need an iPod in order to listen to a podcast. However,
the Apple product is certainly one of the most popular ways used to
listen to these audio files that can be downloaded on a wide variety
of topics. And so the name has stuck.

In any event, the person responsible for dragging CenterLines into
this 21st-century format is Mark Plotz, NCBW's program manager.
Beginning with this issue, Mark will record and post highlights from
each issue of CenterLines soon after it has been e-mailed to subscribers.

"Actually, there has been quite a groundswell of demand for this from
the under-13 bike/ped activist crowd who are eagerly anticipating the
appearance of a new iPod nano under the Holiday Tree" reported Plotz.
"Plus, the staff is chipping in and getting Wilkinson an iPod for Christmas.

The CenterLines podcast will roughly mirror the content of its emailed
brother, but will feature (according to Plotz) added witty commentary
and insightful analysis...when available. The podcasts are currently
running 10-15 minutes, and between 5 and 10 megabytes in size.

And, if you missed a recent CenterLines issue, you can catch highlights
from issues #134, #135, and #136, which will form the basis of
NCBW's CenterLines podcast archives beginning December 23rd.

"If the archived issues I've listened to are any indication, listeners will
be treated to more than just an audio version of CenterLines," said
Gary MacFadden, NCBW's director of operations. "Mark sports an
attitude and an at best tenuous grasp on reality that comes through
loud and clear in the podcasts. Just the perfect thing for the long
commute home, or while you're clipping the cat's claws."

To tune in, turn on, and download, check out the podcast for this
issue (CenterLines #138) at:
http://www.bikewalk.net/podcasts/cl_138.mp3

Back issues of CenterLines will be available beginning December 23, 2005 at:
http://www.bikewalk.net/podcasts
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PRO BIKE/PRO WALK FLORIDA 2006 IS COMING!

-> According to a recent announcement from Lyndy Moore, PB/PW-F
conference organizer:

Our Pro Bike/Pro Walk Florida 2005 Conference Survey results said:

We LISTENED and announce:
Pro Bike/Pro Walk 2006
April 19 -21, 2006
with pre-conference meetings on Tues 4/18
Host hotel: the Beautiful Casa Monica

Lyndy Moore
ProBike/ProWalk Florida Conference Organizer
Florida Bicycle Association Program Director
P O Box 780371 Orlando, FL 32878-0371
407-282-3245 phone/fax
<pbpwf@earthlink.net>

Visit the website here:
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com/
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BICYCLE COLORADO MAKES PROGRESS AGAINST EVENT BAN

-> According to the Dec. 15th Bicycle Colorado newsletter, "In the days
since the Colorado State Patrol introduced a damaging policy capping
big bicycling events, we have made progress getting our concerns heard
and delaying this policy. The event cap is still set to begin December
2006, but momentum is growing to end the cap. On Monday, Bicycle
Colorado met with the State Patrol, state legislators, transportation
planners, and event organizers to discuss concerns about the State
Patrol's cap on big bicycling events. The meeting was respectful and
productive. [Special thanks go to Sen. Greg Brophy, Rep. Terrance
Carroll, and Rep. Michael Merrifield for their ongoing support.]

"The main result of the meeting is the formation of a working group to
review ideas and best practices for keeping events safe.
Recommendations from this group will hopefully end the cap. This
taskforce will include Bicycle Colorado, State Patrol, and CDOT staff.
An important agreement during the meeting is that we share the same
goal of keeping bicyclists safe. The working group will look at ride
safety, State Patrol event resources, and motorist behavior..."

Source: http://bicyclecolo.org/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "This, ladies and gentlemen, is a sidewalk. It is a historic form."
-- John Norquist, Congress for the New Urbanism
http://tinyurl.com/dp44v


"Normal carelessness in children is now considered blame-worthy. And
though the outdoor environment contains experience, learning
opportunities and stimuli that are crucial to children's understanding
of the real world, it's now out of bounds to them until they reach an
increasingly advanced age in their childhood. It's salutary that, when
children do obtain parental 'license' to travel on their own, there are
fewer outdoor and public spaces for their social and recreational
activity owing to the appropriation of streets for traffic."
-- Mayer Hillman
http://tinyurl.com/7o3hq


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

BOULDER (CO) GETS WALKABILITY AWARD

-> According to a Dec. 12th Anchorage Daily News article, "Boulder,
Colo., works hard enough at making streets safe for walkers and
bicyclists that it won a national award in 2003. On nine of its
multilane roads, Boulder installed 'very noticeable, very different'
flashing signs that go on when a pedestrian hits a button, said Bill
Cowern, transportation operations engineer with the City of Boulder.
The flashing signs are either in the middle of a block, or at some
intersections without a stoplight, he said. 'The pedestrian gets more
immediate service than at a traffic signal, and the car is held up for
a second,' he said.

"For spots where an island, sometimes called a 'pork chop,' separates
right-turning motorists from those in through lanes, Boulder has
elevated the crossing slightly so cars turning right are forced to go
up and over. That device has helped get cars to recognize that the
crossing is pedestrian space, Cowern said. On two-lane roads, this city
of about 100,000 puts 'state law -- yield to pedestrian' signs. The
Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation and Partnership for a Walkable America gave Boulder an award
for doing those things, Cowern said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/duj87
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/btz4m
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Title: "Bolder tactics are helping to make Boulder safer"
Author: Rosemary Shinohara
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GOVERNORS MEET TO TACKLE U.S. OBESITY PROBLEM

-> According to a Dec. 14th Arizona Republic article, "Some of the
nation's governors descend on Phoenix today for their winter meetings,
and they have only one topic on their plate: a leaner, healthier
America. Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, this year's chairman of the
National Governors Association, is spearheading the drive to a
healthier America after giving up Southern fried foods and taking up
running. Just two years ago, he lost 110 pounds after he was diagnosed
with Type 2 diabetes. The 50-year-old Huckabee said people must undergo
a cultural change and 'start killing the snakes instead of treating the
snake bites.'...

"The governors, including Arizona's Janet Napolitano, will spend the
next two days...talking about ways to turn the tide against childhood
obesity and promoting a healthier lifestyle. Huckabee said states must
first change attitudes and educate the public before government acts.
He said lawmakers shouldn't be the 'grease police' or 'sugar sheriffs'
because it shifts the debate from healthy lifestyles to individual
rights. Arkansas has been in the forefront fighting the battle of the
bulge. State employees in Arkansas can get up to a $40 a month discount
on their monthly health premiums, including a $20 discount if they
don't smoke. They are also allowed to exercise 30 minutes a day during
work hours..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/785eb
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Title: "Governors to tackle U.S. obesity problem"
Author: Chip Scutari
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GILLETTE (WY) STEPS UP HEALTHY SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Dec. 15th News-Record article, "The fitness levels of
some Campbell County students will soon be tested in an attempt to take
the healthy schools initiative to new heights. The school board Tuesday
night voted to allocate $30,000 of a $500,000 sum set aside last year
for a healthy communities undertaking to buy two TriFIT Fitness
Evaluation Systems -- one for staff and one for students. The
interactive systems measure height, weight, body mass index, blood
pressure, heart rate, flexibility and muscle strength, among others.

"They also perform complete fitness assessments, design custom exercise
and nutritional plans and print progress and trend reports by student
and class. Healthy Schools Coordinator Mike Miller said the remainder
of this school year will probably be spent collecting baseline
information for students identified by physical education and health
teachers as being at-risk or overweight. Ideally, students will be able
to chart their progress from year to year once the initial data is
collected, he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/89tgf
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ac986
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Title: "Students to test on fitness"
Author: Staff
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CONNECTICUT TOWNS HAVE TOO MUCH PARKING

-> According to a Dec. 12th UConn Advance article, "Some Connecticut
towns' shopping areas have too many parking spaces, according to a new
study by UConn researchers. Local rules governing the number of parking
spaces required for buildings in Connecticut call for more spaces than
are needed, with many remaining unused even during the busy holiday
shopping period, the study says. According to the researchers, the
overabundance of asphalt saps the vibrancy of shopping areas and wastes
valuable space. 'This is indicative of the overly cautious approach
that Connecticut cities have adopted in providing for parking,' says
Norman Garrick, an associate professor of civil and environmental
engineering affiliated with UConn's Connecticut Transportation
Institute (CTI), the study's lead researcher. 'Connecticut towns are
demanding far too much parking, thus increasing development costs,
wasting land, deadening our urban centers, discouraging walking and
riding, and adding to the runoff into our streams and rivers.'

"The two-year study examined parking at six different sites throughout
New England. Three were so-called 'traditional' downtown areas in small
cities: West Hartford Center; Northampton, Mass.; and Brattleboro, Vt.
The three other sites, in suburban towns, have more conventional
layouts: Somerset Square in Glastonbury; Glastonbury Center; and Avon
Center. Of the sites studied, researchers found that the average local
requirement for parking spaces -- about 5.5 spaces for 1,000 square
feet of retail floor area -- is more than 2.5 times the amount of
parking that is actually used, even during peak shopping times. It
found that, on average, the peak parking use (generally during the
holiday shopping period) in the Glastonbury and Avon sites was about
2.3 spaces per 1,000 square feet of store space..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dfqad
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Title: "Study: some towns have too many parking spaces"
Author: Michael Kirk
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HAWAI'I GOV: PEDESTRIANS NEED STRONGER PROTECTION

-> In a Dec. 4th Star-Bulletin op-ed piece, Hawai'i Governor Linda
Lingle said, "As children growing up, our parents and teachers
constantly reminded us to look both ways before crossing the street.
That common sense bit of advice has never been more critical than on
the streets of Hawai'i today. This year, our state may garner the
unwelcome distinction of having one of the highest pedestrian fatality
rates per capita in the nation. Thirty-one of our fellow residents have
been killed so far this year while crossing the street, already
matching last year's state total. Ten of these individuals died while
in marked crosswalks, where they thought they were safe.

"We need to remember that the individuals who lost their lives while
crossing the street were our grandmothers and fathers, our sons and
daughters, our sisters and uncles, our friends and coworkers. This past
legislative session, our Administration worked collaboratively with the
chairs of the Senate and House Transportation Committees, Sen. Lorraine
Inouye and Rep. Joe Souki, to successfully pass a new pedestrian safety
law that gives the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the street over
drivers..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/998mt
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Title "Stronger Law Needed to Protect Pedestrians to Complement New DOT Initiatives"
Author: Gov. Linda Lingle
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ANCHORAGE (AK) WORKS ON BIKE/PED SAFETY RECORD

-> According to a Dec. 12th Anchorage Daily News article, "In
Anchorage, safety experts, walkers and bicyclists are beginning to
think of ways to decrease the number of walkers and bicyclists being
hit by cars and trucks. City traffic engineer Bob Kniefel says
Anchorage will seek state funding next year to work on a plan. Here are
some ideas included in the just-released state study of car-bike and
car-pedestrian collisions in Anchorage:

Source: http://tinyurl.com/duj87
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Title: "Bolder tactics are helping to make Boulder safer"
Author: Rosemary Shinohara
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TAMPA (FL) "AFTER SIX" EVENT HELPS LIVEN UP DOWNTOWN

-> According to a Dec. 15th WTSP-TV story, "The Second Downtown Tampa
After Six event is a collaborative effort by Tampa Bay's young
professional community and will be held on Thursday December 15 from
6-10 p.m. Activities will include networking, entertainment and
cultural opportunities utilizing downtown Tampa venues on a weekday
evening to show the future potential of our downtown business district
after working hours. The success of the first event in June to which
several hundred attended, prompted the number of participating
organizations to almost double for the December 15 event. A total of 29
organizations, in partnership with 17 downtown businesses as host
venues, including two local choruses, have cooperated to make this
evening possible.

"With the holiday season and a larger base of participating groups, the
attendance is expected to be much greater than the previous event. 'I
am proud of the strength and focus that the young professional
community has demonstrated, as well as how we have shown what our
downtown is capable of,' said Eric Sturm, the facilitator for Downtown
After Six, 'we have helped demonstrate how vibrantly alive and walkable
downtown can be.' The goal of Downtown After Six is to promote
cooperation among the young professional community and raise awareness
of area young professional groups, while promoting businesses is the
downtown core..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dk5x7
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Title: "Second Downtown Tampa After Six Event Happens Thursday night"
Author: Staff
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GREENWICH (CT) WEIGHS SAFE ROUTES IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to a Dec. 12th Greenwich Time article, "A measure to make
the walk to Riverside School safer by forcing cars to park farther away
from intersections near the school during drop-off and pickup times
moved one step closer to approval this week. The First Selectman's
Parking and Traffic Committee voted last week to approve the proposal,
which will go before the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday. The idea is
the first recommendation from the First Selectman's Pedestrian Safety
Committee's report on how to improve walking conditions around the
school to be put into practice, according to committee co-chair Arline
Lomazzo. It was able to go on the fast track because it only involved
erecting signs, and did not need to go through the town's capital-
improvement process.

"'It was imperative that we get the cars away from the corner,' Lomazzo
said. 'The cars park right on the corner, and that forces a pedestrian
into the middle of the street. And it also prevents a clear line of
sight for those who are driving.'... The proposal includes installing a
combination of no-parking signs and time-specific parking restrictions
at several intersections around the school, Evans said. No-parking
signs would be installed on Hearthstone Drive, 140 feet from Hendrie
Avenue on the east side, and 100 feet on the west side; on Druid Lane
140 feet from Hendrie Avenue on both sides of the street, and on the
north side of Hendrie Avenue, 55 feet west of Druid Avenue..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cvsv7
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Title: "Pedestrian safety plan passed onto selectmen"
Author: Keach Hagey
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CAN DALLAS (TX) BECOME A CITY OF WALKERS?

-> According to a Dec. 12th Morning News article, "Dallas is a city
built for cars rather than for people. If you doubt it, consider this:
Virtually every street is lighted, but almost no sidewalks. That's
because people are expected to drive even short distances rather than
walk. That expectation is so strong that city ordinances and codes
actively discourage property owners from installing sidewalk lights, in
part by requiring them to pay several decades' worth of maintenance
fees to the city upfront. Same with sidewalk trees. They might pose a
hazard to -- yes -- drivers in cars, so who needs them? If you're
demented enough to think about walking a few blocks in the Texas heat,
that's your problem.

"And why is the dominant form for commercial establishments a low-slung
box surrounded by an ocean of asphalt? So the cars will have a place to
hang out. Any developer will tell you that the first, last and only
question that determines whether a given project is feasible is: 'Can I
park it?' (That's developer-speak for: 'Can I meet the city's extremely
high requirement for parking spaces?') Fine, you say, why tell me all
this now? Because it could actually change, and soon. Because it's one
of the many reasons that the nearly completed comprehensive plan that
will go to the City Council next month is very, very important..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7mysj
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Title "Dallas, City of Walkers: With comprehensive plan, it could happen"
Author: Staff
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NEW URBANIST GULF COAST VISION RUNS INTO FLACK

-> In a Dec. 11th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column, Whitney Gould
wrote, "Those poor new urbanists. To witness the drubbing they're
taking from some of their critics, you'd think this movement of
neo-traditional architects and planners was peddling crack to babies.
What's got the critics riled up lately is the Congress for the New
Urbanism's prescription for rebuilding the hurricane-battered Gulf
Coast. The Chicago-based group founded in 1993 by former Milwaukee
Mayor John O. Norquist, among others, advocates a return to
old-fashioned, tightly knit patterns of urban development, with homes
and offices within walking distance of each other, public transit
nearby, and architecture based on time-honored principles of scale and
proportion.

"Milwaukee is one of many cities where new urbanism has taken hold. In
October, Norquist's group organized a series of planning sessions in
the region that resulted in 'A Pattern Book for Gulf Coast
Neighborhoods,' a 72-page tool kit of rebuilding ideas that Mississippi
Gov. Haley Barbour's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal
distributed at Home Depot stores and building supply outlets. So what's
not to like?..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cu2ej
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Title "After Hurricane Katrina, vision for rebuilding runs into a storm"
Author: Whitney Gould

Note The Mississippi Renewal Forum reports can be downloaded here:
http://tinyurl.com/7puon
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FAIRFAX (VA) EMBARKS ON AMBITIOUS BUS STOP FIX-UP

-> According to a Dec. 15th Fairfax Connection article, "Every morning
on his way to work, Fairfax County Chairman Gerry Connolly (D) drives
past one of the county's worst bus stops. Located alongside the busy
Arlington Boulevard in the Mantua neighborhood of Fairfax, the bus stop
requires riders to wait for the Metro bus behind a highway guardrail
atop a slippery 30-foot hill. 'I see it everyday and I'm just
appalled,' Connolly said. 'Who's going to wait there except those who
have no other choice?' The Mantua stop was among 655 bus stops in
Fairfax County identified in a new report as needing serious
improvement. The report, conducted over the past two years by the
Fairfax County Department of Transportation, found that of the county's
3,941 bus stops, at least 2,448 are not fully accessible and need minor
improvements. In fact, only 154 of the nearly 4,000 bus stops in the
county are in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,
which requires specific features allowing people in wheelchairs to
easily board the bus.

"The 655 stops that require the most extensive work were deemed both
unsafe and uninviting, located along busy roadways, difficult to access
and have uncomfortable waiting areas. 'In some of these cases, your
options are to stand in front of a guardrail or behind one -- and
neither is a particularly safe choice,' said Chris Wells, the county's
pedestrian program manager who oversaw the $1.2 million report. To fix
up the 655 bus stops that need the most work, cost estimates range
between $25 million and $35 million, according to the report. By
improving these stops, Connolly said, more citizens would be encouraged
to ride public transportation. And as more commuters opt to ride the
bus, fewer cars would clogging the roadways and polluting the air..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bbcya
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Title: "Many Bus Stops Uninviting, Unsafe"
Author: Brian McNeill
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CALIF. SMOG FIGHTERS MAY MAKE BUILDERS PAY

-> According to a Dec. 15th L.A. Times article, "Convinced that sprawl
begets smog, Central Valley air quality officials are expected today to
become the first regulators in the nation to force builders to pay air
pollution fees for new development. Builders would pay less if their
new homes, shopping centers and office complexes were designed in ways
that limited automobile use -- by locating banks and dry cleaners
closer to houses, for example, or linking bicycle trails and walking
paths to schools and work centers. The developers could avoid the fees
entirely if their projects were environmentally friendly enough. The
idea is to prod builders to cut down on traffic in an area where huge
growth, and the cars that come with it, have combined with factory
farming to create some of America's dirtiest air.

"The proposal for the San Joaquin Valley, the southern part of the
Central Valley, is being closely watched by regulators around the
country. It pits the building industry, which loathes the idea and
fears that it may spread, against farm groups, the valley's other major
industry. Builders and some advocates for low-cost housing say the fees
will raise prices. Agriculture industry leaders fear that if developers
are not required to help clean the region's air, farmers will bear the
entire, costly burden. The San Joaquin Valley has the highest asthma
rates in California and now rivals the Los Angeles Basin for the
nation's worst air quality, according to the health standards set by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9jntt
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Title: "Smog Fighters May Make Builders Pay"
Author: Miguel Bustillo
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CLAYTON (OH) CREATING NEW/OLD NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a Dec. 15th Dayton Business Journal article, "The
developers of The Village of North Clayton, a 'new urban' community in
Clayton, took their next step by acquiring 56 acres of land at Hoke
Road and U.S. 40, just off Interstate 70. The $1.1 million purchase,
which closed Wednesday, will lead the way for the development of 500
homes, apartments, shops, civic buildings and parks. The Village of
North Clayton will be based on new urbanism design principles of a
diverse, walkable, mixed-used community that combines the way
neighborhoods were developed in the early 20th century with the
lifestyle of contemporary residents.

"The project will take five to 10 years to build and include more than
100 acres. Fountain Greene, which will consist of 35 lots, is the first
neighborhood scheduled for construction. It will include a mix of
single-family homes, town homes and businesses situated on tree-lined
streets near a central park. This first neighborhood, like all
neighborhoods in this community, will lead to the Town Centre, which
will include retail, office and living space. Site work will begin this
month, and the lots should be finished in May..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7v9ux
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8s5bp
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Title: "Clayton development moving forward"
Author: Staff
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FT. WAYNE (IN) EYES PED-FRIENDLY REDEVELOPMENT

-> According to a Dec. 14th News-Sentinel article, "It's not everyone's
idea of a neighborhood. 'You can buy liquor and then go to the Catholic
Church down the street and confess.' That bit of wry humor from former
Milwaukee mayor John Norquist on Tuesday evening drew a few laughs from
the more than 100 people gathered at Indiana University-Purdue
University Fort Wayne to hear his take on downtown and suburban
neighborhood redevelopment. Norquist is president of the Chicago-based
Congress for the New Urbanism, a nonprofit group working to make
walkable, mixed-use communities viable in today's marketplace. He
envisions a Fort Wayne filled with 'complicated' urban neighborhoods.

"They are complicated in the sense that low income housing and
side-shops stand harmoniously beside upscale condos and large clothing
retailers. Churches, liquor stores, bowling alleys, drug stores,
restaurants and condos together can form a livable neighborhood, he
said. The leaders of Plan-it Allen!, the city and county's
collaborative land use and development plan, organized the
presentation. Norquist illustrated separate use development plans
popular around the country, including Fort Wayne, in which
subdivisions, offices and retail are isolated. High-speed expressways and
throughways have sliced through downtowns leaving it devoid in charm.
Roads are wide with several lanes and nowhere to walk..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dp44v
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Title: "Presenter makes point with humor"
Author: Ryan Lengerich
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SAMOA (CA): A COMPANY TOWN LOOKS TOWARD FUTURE

-> According to a Dec. 15th Humboldt Times-Standard article, "In
December of 2000, the Simpson Timber Co. put the [mill town of Samoa]
up for auction and the Samoa Pacific Group, led by local developers Dan
and Kendra Johnson and Lane and Katherine DeVries, bought it. Since
buying the town, the group has been busily planning its future. A
freshly completed master plan outlines the vision of a community with
an additional 150 homes, an RV park, an indoor soccer stadium, a
relocated Arcata Recycling Center, an industrial park and a town square
similar to Arcata's, all of which will be connected by three miles of
walking trails. The planning stages have taken much longer than
originally anticipated, as the group initially hoped to begin
construction by spring of 2005.

"Dan Johnson, president of Danco Communities, said more than 150
meetings with different local groups have changed the master plan,
slowing the process and putting the release of the project's
environmental impact report a year behind schedule. 'It's taken a year
longer than expected,' he said. 'In the end it will be worth it because
we will have a plan that the community is invested in and that they can
get behind.'...'A lot of people think we're doing this just to make a
bunch of money, but we take a lot of pride in creating a community and
giving people the opportunity for home ownership,' Johnson said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a3cyj
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Title: "Looking toward the future"
Author: Thadeus Greenson
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PEAK OIL SCENARIO PLANNING FOR THE SUBURBS

-> According to a Dec. 14th Raise The Hammer article, "As we creep ever
further into the new millennium, it is becoming increasingly clear (the
highly doubtful claims of 'cornucopians' notwithstanding) that the age
of oil will soon be ending. Oil is a finite resource. Its production
will, at some point, peak and begin to decline, and there are numerous
indications that we are at or past that point. The picture for natural
gas is slightly more complex, but potentially more dire in the
short-term, as gas supplies in North America and the U.K. are in
decline, and gas is not easily shipped overseas. What will become of
suburbia, where most North Americans now live and depend on oil and
natural gas for transportation, home heating, and a large percentage of
electricity generation?

"Peak oil experts and commentators paint visions of the future that
range from mildly pessimistic to apocalyptic. But the truth is that no
one knows exactly how much energy will be available at any given point
in the depletion era, or how different regions and populations will
respond. Rather than engage in pointless debates about precisely what
will happen, it makes far more sense, especially at the regional and
local levels, to begin serious planning based on differing scenarios,
with the awareness that changes could come in phases and that any model
must adjust to reality as it unfolds. As an example, one could project
three hypothetical scenarios for a typical, middle-class suburb..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cu7ws
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Title: "Peak Oil Scenario Planning"
Author: Lakis Polycarpou
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

JAPANESE ZOO'S PENGUINS WALK OFF POUNDS

-> "It's wintertime and the king penguins at a zoo in northern Japan
are putting on weight. But the keepers there have a solution: exercise.
Authorities at Asahiyama Zoo are taking the penguins on 500-yard walks
on the snowy grounds twice a day, said zoo spokesman Tetsuo Yamazaki.
'Just like in humans -- the fat accumulates during the winter months,
and the blood-sugar level rises,' Yamazaki explained from the zoo, 570
miles northwest of Tokyo. The zoo's 15 king penguins aren't exactly
obese. Penguin winter weight varies from 33 pounds to 40 pounds, said
zoo official Kazunobu Maru. So far, only one of the flock is 40 pounds,
he said. The reason for weight gain is natural, zoo officials say..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a9lod


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

JACKSON HOLE (WY) GETS A LOOK AT PATHWAYS PLAN

-> "Pathways people have five things going for them that can only help
to finalize their complex master plan and get a ballot item before the
taxpayers next year, after more than a decade since first dreaming it
up..."
http://tinyurl.com/7ncy2

NYC COMMUTERS TO WALK, BIKE IF TRANSIT STRIKE HITS

-> "'It's about 20 blocks to work, so I'll dress warm and walk to
work,' said Harvey Katz, a 54-year-old mortgage broker from Manhattan
as he waited for a subway train. Fashion designer Jennifer Belton, 34,
said she would walk or ride a bicycle. 'I just bought a new hat, it's
warm and fuzzy, so I'm ready,' she said..."
http://tinyurl.com/bozwo

WAYNESBORO (VA) COUNCIL ENFORCES SIDEWALK SHOVELING

-> "'Hopefully people will re-educate themselves on the real reason to
clear the sidewalks. It's not to make muscles ache or be mean to them
but to provide access to the public, to the pedestrian public, to get
where they need to go.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/asgsr

LONGMONT (CO) PEDESTRIAN DEATH SPAWNS SOLUTION SEARCH

-> "A week after a pedestrian was struck and killed crossing the
Diagonal Highway to catch an RTD bus, city engineers are examining ways
to make the area safer for both riders and drivers..."
http://tinyurl.com/9d2mv

HOLLISTER (CA) ADOPTS "SMART GROWTH" GENERAL PLAN

-> "Smart Growth principles encourage healthy communities by placing an
emphasis on pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly downtowns and
neighborhoods..."
http://tinyurl.com/dg8hn

$1.4M WHITEFISH (MT) PATH PROJECT IN THE WORKS

-> "Construction bids are scheduled for April and May, and construction
is slated to begin in May or June, depending on weather..."
http://tinyurl.com/9s37u


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

-> "ACTIVE TRAVEL & MENTAL WELL-BEING..."
"...the benefits of physical activity for mental health;" Information
Sheet #FH07; Sustrans, 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/bjlm4

-> "BARRIERS TO CHILDREN WALKING TO OR FROM SCHOOL..."
"...United States, 2004; by S Martin, S Carlson, Div of Nutrition and
Physical Activity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and
Health Promotion, CDC; JAMA, 2005;294:2160-2162.
http://tinyurl.com/8gwlx

-> "DECEMBER 2005 T&E BULLETIN"
Newsletter of the European Federation for Transport and Environment.
http://tinyurl.com/aw4la

-> "THE IMPACT OF TRANSPORT POLICY ON CHILDREN'S..."
"...Development;" paper presented at the 1999 Canterbury Safe Routes to
School Project Seminar; by Mayer Hillman, Senior Fellow Emeritus,
Policy Studies Institute, London, UK.
http://tinyurl.com/d8qr3

-> "A CONTINGENT TRIP MODEL FOR ESTIMATING..."
"... Rail-Trail Demand;" article by Betz, Bergstrom, & Bowker; Journal
of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 46, #1, Jan. 2003.
http://tinyurl.com/9ytas

-> "ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF TRAILS AND GREENWAYS
4-page fact sheet by the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse, Wash. DC.
http://tinyurl.com/dtqbu


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 2-3, 2006, Iowa Bicycle Summit, Des Moines, IA. Info: Kathy
Ridnour, Iowa Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator; phone: (515)
239-1713; email: <kathy.ridnour@dot.iowa.gov>
http://www.iowabikes.com or http://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.

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

April 19 -21, 2006, Pro Bike/Pro Walk Florida 2006, St. Augustine, FL.
Info: Lyndy Moore, Florida Bicycle Association, P O Box 780371 Orlando,
FL 32878-0371; phone/fax: (407) 282-3245; email: <pbpwf@earthlink.net>
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com/

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>.


-> 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.


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