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


#139 Friday, December 30, 2005
H-A-P-P-Y--N-E-W--Y-E-A-R!!!


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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  NCBW's Annual Glance Back/Gaze Forward
  4-H Obesity Education Grant Proposals Due Soon
  Announcing: Call For PWPB 2006 Presentation Proposals
  Sarah Strunk: New Nat'l ALBD Program Director
  General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grants

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Chamblee (GA) Goes Walkable with a Vengeance
  Scituate (MA) Kids Help Run Safe Routes Program
  North Jersey Towns Work to Revive Main Streets
  Nashville (TN) Meets ADA Curb Ramp Suit Deadline
  Charlotte (NC) Builds Walkable Mixed-Income Neighborhood
  8 Penn. Towns Adopt Ped-Friendly Land Use Plan
  Broomfield (CO) Gears Up for Safe Routes Grant $$
  Watkinsville (GA) Becoming Model for Development



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


And now, NCBW's Annual Looking Back/Looking Forward Feature. Here
you'll find staff reflections on the past 12 months and thoughts on
what the New Year might bring...


BILL WILKINSON, NCBW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


The Congress FINALLY managed to pass a bill to reauthorize TEA-21 --
SAFETEA. With it, we got gains and opportunities: Safe Routes to
School, a Highway Safety Improvement Program, and more. Congrats
to one and all for making bicycling and walking one of the few "winners"
in the new bill. Now, the real work begins -- implementation.

Some behind-the-scenes SAFETEA heroes...
First and foremost to my mind are Anne Canby and Kevin McCarty of the
Surface Transportation Policy Project, for keeping the "reform" in
transportation policy that helps keep the door open for our agenda.
Second, America Bikes and Bikes Belong: Tim, Randy, Marianne, Sue,
Andy, Barbara, Matt, and more, especially all state and local advocates
who regularly reminded their representatives in the Congress that the
folks back home do care about these things. Clearly, the message was
heard and understood. Then, too, there is this guy who has become
the Santa Claus for the bicycle/pedestrian movement, at least in the
Congress. All he lacks is the white beard and the big belly ... must
be all those miles he logs every year!

Complete Streets Comes on strong...
Because it has been one of my long-held issues and wishes, I am so
appreciative of the efforts of so many smart, dedicated folks who,
together, have done something I couldn't manage to do in 30 years: give
legs to the Complete Streets idea. Wow! Barbara McCann's indefatigable
commitment, shrewdly focusing on marketing and coalition building, has
taken what has long been the stuff of wonks and created a movement
spreading across the country ... even making its way onto the floor of
the US Senate for a vote that we very nearly won.

A SRTS National Partnership...
A new, post-SAFETEA initiative holds great promise for ensuring the
successful development of a true, national Safe Routes to School
movement in the US -- the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
With critical support from Bikes Belong (as well as the sage counsel of
Tim Blumenthal), the enthusiasm and energy of Deb Hubsmith, and the
combined efforts and cooperation of virtually all of the key players in the
U.S., the National Partnership is providing a voice -- a strong, reasoned,
clear voice -- on behalf of the people who are in the best position to
know what needs to be done ... the ones who have been doing it.

Active Living Resource Center and Walkable Community Workshops...
Closer to home, during 2006 the NCBW initiated a major redevelopment
of the Active Living Resource Center web site, sponsored by the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation. The project is lead by Sharon Roerty and
Gary MacFadden, but all of the NCBW staff got involved and are excited
about this ongoing project.

Bob Chauncey and Mark Plotz have taken our Walkable Community
Workshops to new lands and new levels, and are working with a growing
number of communities and regions on follow-up activities. Bob spoke
at the AMPO annual meeting on the tremendous potential of the WCW
program to promote civic engagement and help MPOs connect with their
most local constituents. A major marketing campaign for both WCW and
SRTS activities is in the works.

Conferences past and future...
I managed to get out for a couple of meetings, the most impressive and
extensive being the first annual Pro Bike/ Pro Walk Florida conference!
Congrats to Laura, Dennis, Pat, Dwight, and all the other Floridians for
producing such a great, first-time event ... and for planning to do it
again in 2006.

As the new calendars go up on the walls, we're moving into top-gear on
planning for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006. In just eight months, we will
convene in Madison, Wisconsin, for the 14th conference in our biennial
series. The local host committee is very active and energized, the call for
presentations is out (see related article), negotiations are set with our
venue, the beautiful Minona Terrace, hotel rooms are blocked out, a
new SRTS Institute is under development, and registration will open in
a couple of months. So, save the dates: 5-8 September 2006!

Thanks to all...
I'll wrap it up with a couple of more personal items. I'll end the coming
year by turning 60; now, how did that happen? Also, 2006 will be
my 20th year as the Executive Director of the NCBW/BFA. Each day, I get
to go to work to try to make the world a better place and I get to work
with some of the best, brightest, and most committed folks around -- John
Williams, Corey Twyman, Mark Plotz, Bob Chauncey, Sharon Roerty, and
Gary MacFadden -- a great Board of Directors, and the pantheon of
individuals from every corner of this country (and many others) who
share a vision of a better place for everyone.

On behalf of my five grandchildren -- Sean (11), Arik (9), James (5),
Margot (5), and Caddain (5) -- and my bride, Jan, and myself, thank you
-- each of you -- for all you have done and for all you will do.


BOB CHAUNCEY, NCBW DIRECTOR FOR POLICY ANALYSIS


My goal here is to avoid turning this into one of those "year in
review" Christmas cards or news magazine pieces broadcast on New Years
Eve. This is not about my summer vacation, or who was born and who died
during 2005. I simply want to share some reflections on 2005 and offer
some thoughts on 2006.

  1. NCBW participated in more Walkable Community Workshops in 2005 than
    ever before. Thanks to all of our local partners for making this
    happen. On the other hand, my wife and dog were occasionally less than
    thrilled with my travel schedule. I have promised to work on this in
    2006.

  2. NCBW returned to the arena of creating bike and ped plans. After
    several years away from this activity, we were approached to join teams
    pursuing work in Boston, Massachusetts, Lexington, Kentucky, and
    Ottawa, Ontario. Fortunately, our team was successful each time.
    Thanks for all the hard work by Planners Cooperative, Parsons
    Brinckerhoff, and Stantec. We look forward to helping to create these
    plans -- and to doing all we can to see them implemented!

  3. We continued kicking around an idea that may change the shape of
    NCBW in years to come. Our boss, Bill Wilkinson, has been pushing for
    us to attack the continuing large number of traffic deaths in the US.
    One factor we are focusing on is driver responsibility. Why is it that
    killing pedestrians and bicyclists -- and, yes, other drivers and
    passengers -- rarely seems to evoke criminal prosecution, unless the
    driver was drunk? Why do we as a society fail to hold drivers
    accountable for their actions? This issue obviously has broad
    implications. We plan continuing discussions about this -- including
    a session at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006.

  4. Throughout 2005, we have been impressed with what appears to
    be an increasing interest in the impact of the built environment from
    national and statewide public health organizations. This bodes well for
    the future of our efforts to better accommodate bicycling and walking.
    We welcome continuing collaboration with public health professionals.

I'd just like to add that it remains a privilege and a pleasure to work
with this fine group of friends and professionals. I continue having so
much fun that I sometimes feel embarrassed to be paid for doing this.


SHARON ROERTY, NCBW DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNITY PROGRAMS


Aiming at those who meet in living rooms and libraries...
The Active Living Resource Center kept me busy in 2005. We simplified
our approach and retooled our website to deliver jargon-free, ready-to-
use fact sheets, guides and more for grass-roots advocates and
community organizers intent on making walking and biking part of their
community norm. There is still a lot of work to do on the site and more
importantly in communities, but we think we are making it easier for
people to chip away at the barriers and create meaningful, happy places
where "exercise" isn't something you pay for or think about -- it's what
happens everyday as you go about your business and your life.

Check it out at:
http://www.activielivingresources.org
and let us know what you think at <info@activelivingresources.org>.

Safe Routes to School...
2005 was also the year that federal funding for safe routes to school
(SRTS) finally became a reality. For my part, I got to sound off about
the practice and promise of SRTS at several conferences, workshops and
barnstorming sessions including one hosted by the Bicycle Federation of
Australia on Healthy Community Design. Like many of us, the Aussies
hope that SRTS leads us to rethink our approach to transportation
and community building such that we consider the impact that activity
and independent mobility play on children's development and all our
lives.

Back home in New Jersey, I worked with NJDOT and the RBA Group on a
SRTS Demonstration Project. Part of the project entailed working with
interagency and interdisciplinary teams of school, community, regional
and state leaders and professionals to address the issues that both
confound and promote SRTS. This is part of a long-standing and
strategic effort to create a greater awareness for the need and
benefits of SRTS programs, and to generate commitment to planning for
youth travel needs. I think its working.

A lot of discovery and relationship building goes on in the workshops.
It's not unlike cooking a big holiday meal -- it starts out as a bit of
mystery, in the middle it's a big mess and in the end there is
something for everyone. I enjoy it all, but I have to say I really like
and strongly encourage getting the kids involved. In the NJ workshops
some students drew maps of how they got to school and others developed
SRTS slogans like this one from the 5th graders at Rand School in
Montclair; "A Patriotic Stand to make it Safer to Walk or Ride Your
Bike to School." I asked the kids why they chose the word, "patriotic"
and they said, "Walking and biking will help protect the environment,
improve the quality of life, conserve resources, and its fun."

For more information on how NCBW can help your state, region, or school
district build a SRTS program, contact me at <sharon@bikewalk.org>.

I did a quick tour of Madison in preparation for the Pro Walk/Pro
Bike 2006 Conference. I found Madison a very active, friendly, big-small
city with plenty of transportation (and restaurant) choices. To my
delight I found a kayak chained to a bicycle rack -- it doesn't get any
better than that. I look forward to working with the Local Host
Committee (Tom, Tom, Arthur, and Kit) and I very much look forward to our
biggest and BEST conference ever in Madison in September 2006. I hope
to see all of you there and, as the opportunities arise, to work with you to
make the Year of the Dog something to really bark about.
Let's get 'er done!


MARK PLOTZ, NCBW PROGRAM MANAGER


My year in review is about the 'Bicycling' part of our organization's name.
2005 was a great year to be on a bike. Forking over 50 bucks every week
to ExxonMobileShellBP (all one company now, right?) caused lots of
people to rediscover a wonderful invention called the 'bicycle' -- a
near zero emission vehicle which runs entirely on biofuel! In a
completely unrelated story: A surprising number of people who live a
10-minute drive from work discovered they also live a 15-minute bike ride
away from work.

2005 is the year the President actually asked that we drive less. Of
course, it took two natural disasters (Katrina, Rita) and a spike in gas
prices to bring about that moment. However, few people know the entire
story of what happened. It seems that (once again) the liberal media
unfairly quoted the Trek-riding President out-of-context. The full
text: "Americans can do something for their country right now by
driving less, not topping off their tanks... and biking more."

Okay, not really. To be fair, had it all gone differently in November
'04, a Serotta-riding president probably wouldn't have come up with
anything much better. This was a great chance to remind all those
people wearing the yellow bracelets that Lance isn't the only one who
can ride a bike.

2005 is the year when more bikes were sold than cars. It was determined
that the coveted new car smell is hazardous to one's health. And,
researchers discovered that new bike smell is actually beneficial to one's
health. Hmm. If we could get some of our electeds to connect-these-dots
then we could really save some lives.

Looking Forward
Four hopes for the new year:
1 We remember not to take ourselves too seriously.
2 Bill returns to coffee drinking full time.
3 All those reporters who decided to walk or bike or transit to work for
the first time (and then told us how lovely it was) will continue to do so!
4 We get everyone to hop on a bike this next year. The more people who
are out there riding, the better it is for us all.


GARY MACFADDEN, NCBW DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS


I wonder if humans are the only mammal that uses the turning of a
particular calendar page as a reason to reminisce and plan. Is our 20-pound
Maine Coon reliving a particular cat fight right now, or thinking about how
great it will be to chase the finches off the sunflowers in the garden come
spring...and maybe loose a couple of pounds in the process?

I'm in a reflective mood because John Williams, long-time NCBW staff
member and the person you know as the editor of this biweekly newsletter,
sent along with today's CenterLines copy an article by Calvin Woodward
for the Associated Press. Mr. Woodward bicycled across America this past
summer, using pieces of several routes near and dear to me, including
the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail.

In his summation, Woodward wrote:
"Over three months on roads less traveled, I didn't hear America singing,
as poet Walt Whitman did in his exuberant 1855 tribute to a rising nation
and its confident workers.
I didn't hear it whining, either, as cynics do today.
I saw America going about its business without fuss.
It waved from front porches, fixed up houses, talked about the day and
the times in little coffeehouses. Downloaded gospel songs.
Dreamed."

Right on, Calvin! After 25 years in the touring side of bicycling at
Bikecentennial/Adventure Cycling, I still marvel at how different it is to
work with cycling (and pedestrian) issues at NCBW. Mapping routes seems
easy when compared to convincing a community or a state DOT that
people should be able to bicycle downtown, or kids should be provided a
way to safely walk a half-mile to their school. Yet, in both "sides" of
the cycling business, we can dream.

My staff cohorts have done a good job of summarizing the high points of
the past year: successful legislation, safe routes to school programs, joining
with communities across the country in workshops, and our work with
the Active Living programs.

For me, in 2005 I saw several organizations really gather ground speed:
particularly the Thunderhead Alliance and Bikes Belong. Bill has already
mentioned the redoubtable Tim Blumenthal in his remarks, but I want
to also mention Sue Knaup's work with Thunderhead. The new web
site and reorganized list serve have really made this group a resource to
turn to; hardly a day goes by that I don't see something interesting
and useful on the Thunderhead list serve.

The year ahead will culminate (for me, anyway) in the Pro Walk/Pro Bike
2006 conference in Madison, Wisconsin. During the next few months
you'll hear from staff about this conference on many occasions, but
there are so many more people involved in making the Pro Walk/Pro Bike
conference series what it is. The Victoria conference in 2004 was such
a success largely because of people like John Luton and the host
committee he assembled. For that conference, and the upcoming
Madison conference, so much behind-the-scenes work gets done
by people like Bruce Burgess and Mary Alice Rath, handling logistics and
publications. NCBW is fortunate to be able to call on creative individuals
on this and other continents that have decided that bicycling and
walking are not trivial pastimes, but important components of
our transportation system...and of a healthier 2006.


And now, we return to our regularly scheduled programming...
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4-H OBESITY EDUCATION GRANT PROPOSALS DUE SOON

-> "To help communities create educational programs and public
awareness that will confront the climbing trends of obesity, National
4-H Council with funding provided from Kraft Foods, Inc., and Cargill
is offering approximately 24 local grants of $7,000 to develop or
expand innovative and fun programs that partner youth ages 5-12 with
adults to reverse these trends. Applicants must have demonstrated
interest and experience in dealing with the issues of obesity, fitness,
nutrition, and healthy lifestyles."

Submission deadline for the 2006 grants is January 13, 2006. For more
info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/8p7yq
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ANNOUNCING: CALL FOR PWPB 2006 PRESENTATION PROPOSALS

-> After moderating a very active discussion group that considered many
ideas and suggestions for the theme, scope, and format of sessions at
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, John Williams announced this week the
theme and format for the Madison conference, and called for
presentation proposals.

"The theme for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 is "Making Connections," John
reported. "We'll focus on a variety of critical linkages within this theme:

"When you think about it, bicycling and walking are just about the
most connected means of transportation we have," John continued.
"Walking to school or biking through a neighborhood is a good way
to get to know the place. Your speed allows you to look at what's
around you. As an observer, you can often tell just how livable a
place is by the presence or absence of bicyclists and pedestrians.
Lots of them is a hint that a place works -- that it's full of connections.
And that takes us to our conference theme."

John noted that we'll be seeking a number of different types of
presentations for the 2006 conference:

John also said that the Two-minute Success Stories will definitely
be back. "These were a HUGE hit at the Victoria conference," John
said. "Ed Cox has promised to return with a sequel at the closing
session."

If you've got new ideas and proven bicycling and walking programs
to share, it's time to put together your presentation proposal! On
Wednesday, January 4th, we'll open the online submissions form at:

http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/proposal.html

This will be very similar to the proposal submission form we used for
the 2004 Victoria conference. (It must have worked, because we
received more than 300 proposals!)

To submit your proposal, carefully study the materials that accompany
the submission form. Then complete your submission and push the
button before March 1, 2006. You'll be notified on or before March
30 if your presentation has been accepted.
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SARAH STRUNK: NEW NAT'L ALBD PROGRAM DIRECTOR

-> In a recent note, James Marks of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
said, "I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Strunk as
National Program Director for Active Living by Design. Sarah served as
deputy director since the program's inception and as interim director
for the past several months. As director, she will be responsible for
overseeing all aspects of program development and operations, including
sustainability planning and new business development.

"Sarah also serves on a variety of local and national advisory
committees, including the YMCA's national Activate America program, the
North Carolina Physical Activity Policy Research Center, and the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation's Fit Together
program. She frequently consults within the philanthropic community on
the development of programs to foster improved health through
environmental and policy approaches to active living and healthy
eating. In addition, she is a Clinical Instructor in the School's
Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPAA), where she
teaches Strategic Management and the Capstone Course in the Executive
Master's Program."

For more information on Active Living by Design, visit their website at:
http://tinyurl.com/aka8j
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GENERAL MILLS CHAMPIONS FOR HEALTHY KIDS GRANTS

-> According to their website, "The General Mills Champions for Healthy
Kids initiative is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the
American Dietetic Association Foundation and the President's Challenge.
The goal of the initiative is to encourage communities in the United
States to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of young
people, ages 2-20.

"The Initiative will award 50 grants of $10,000 each to nonprofit
organizations with innovative programs that help youth develop good
nutrition and fitness habits. Local organizations that work with
children are encouraged to apply because programs linked to existing
community organizations' programs are more likely to be sustainable.
These may include schools, park districts, Native American tribes,
municipal organizations, YMCA's, Boys & Girls clubs, etc."

Application deadline is February 1, 2006. Applications must be
submitted online here:
http://tinyurl.com/6cjbz
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "When you bicycle across the country, people tell you their dreams,
because they see you are living yours."
-- Calvin Woodward, the Associated Press
http://tinyurl.com/bny7p


-> "Philadelphia has become a terrific urban center with art, culture,
public spaces -- and a sufficient amount of corruption and mayhem to be
a real city."
-- Rev. Neale A. Secor
http://tinyurl.com/d8e2u


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CHAMBLEE (GA) GOES WALKABLE WITH A VENGEANCE

-> According to a Dec. 29th Journal-Constitution article, "Traffic
congestion, the bane of metro Atlanta, may actually be having a
positive effect on one DeKalb County city. The daily crush of cars has
led some drivers to consider giving up their vehicles and moving to
more commuter-friendly areas where public transportation, shopping and
living spaces are all within a short walk of one another. That's
exactly how Chamblee wants to be envisioned. This city of about 10,000
residents is positioning itself as a destination for those who want to
live and work without being dependent on their cars. 'We have a golden
opportunity to create a really livable community here,' said Eric
Clarkson, a longtime Chamblee City Council member who takes over as
mayor in January. 'We have this phenomenal location with MARTA plunked
down right in the middle of our city. The people who came before me saw
the chance to develop an exciting district that has all the makings of
a city on the move.'

"The work began a few years ago with a Livable Centers Initiative grant
from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The money provided the spark for
an overhaul of the city's downtown. Construction brought retail spaces
and condominiums along a streetscape of wider sidewalks and more green
space. 'The whole idea was to go back and redesign areas so people can
live without an automobile,' said City Manager Kathy Brannon. 'Instead,
they can use public transportation and walk to shops and restaurants
nearby. People are tired of commuting and, once their children leave
home, they realize there's no need to live way outside the Perimeter.
And young people are probably a lot smarter than we all were: They know
life is too short to spend it sitting in your car.' The concept has
gone over so well that the city is looking to redesign its zoning to
incorporate more livable centers..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/84mzf
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bxgua
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "City banks on rail again"
Author: H.M. Cauley
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SCITUATE (MA) KIDS HELP RUN SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> According to a Dec. 22nd Scituate Mariner article, "Armed with name
badges and neon orange sashes, Jenkins Elementary students want to make
each trip to school a safe one. Since October, the Jenkins 'Safe to
School' program has turned out to be a success with close to 30
students from grades 5 and 6 working to help their peers get to and
from the school in a mindful manner. According to 5th-grade teacher
Rick English, who helped spearhead the program, members of the safety
patrol help each morning and after school hours to set up and break
down crosswalk equipment, and assist bus drivers and parents during the
sometimes hectic drop-off and pick-up process each day. 'This has given
the children a chance at leadership and being helpful to others,' he
said.

"Both English and fellow 5th-grade teacher Robert Platka have paired up
to mentor the students in escorting kindergartners, directing students
to their buses and spotting any safety problems or needed improvements
along the way. With an increase in students either walking or biking to
school, heavy First Parish Road traffic, and more congestion expected
incoming MBTA Greenbush commuter rail, English said safety needs to
come first. To help develop a feasible walk to school plan, school
staff met with Scituate safety officials, member of the Department of
Public Works and worked with Jenkins' parents to help make changes in
traffic patterns, school signage and reducing the speed down First
Parish Road. Jenkins even participated in a national 'Safe Walk to School'
day and held a 'Safe Routes to School' workshop presented by the
Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization in November..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/drfsg
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No (but limited)
Title: "Safe passage: school safety patrol helps protect walkers"
Author: Jillian Fennimore
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NORTH JERSEY TOWNS WORK TO REVIVE MAIN STREETS

-> According to a Dec. 24th Bergen County Record article, Bill O'Shea
is having a homecoming of sorts. After 24 years at the end of Hasbrouck
Heights' downtown shopping district, O'Shea is moving his florist and
gift shop back to the middle of the Boulevard, only blocks from where
he started in 1969. O'Shea is excited about the 'new adventure.' But he
would not have taken the risk had the Boulevard not been in the early
stages of a revitalization. Many towns across North Jersey are working
to reinvigorate their downtown business districts, which planners say
is vital for a healthy community. The approaches may be different, but
the main ingredients for success are the same.

"Successful downtowns must be 'the center of the community itself,'
said Anton Nelessen, an associate professor of urban planning at the
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers
University. Towns need healthy downtowns not only for shopping, but for
community events, such as parades, Nelessen said. If a downtown is
depressed, the town might not hold its Fourth of July parade there --
and might not even have a parade. Successful business districts draw
resident and out-of-town shoppers, said Joseph Burgis an urban planner.
His firm, Burgis Associates, has prepared central business district
plans for more than a half-dozen North Jersey towns and master plans
for more than 50 towns in the state. Healthy downtowns draw people with
inviting street and sidewalk areas, which planners call the 'pedestrian
realm.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7pcqt
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Reviving Main Street"
Author: Merry Firschein
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NASHVILLE (TN) MEETS ADA CURB RAMP SUIT DEADLINE

-> According to a Dec. 25th Tennessean article, "Streets and sidewalks
are more navigable for people in wheelchairs now that Metro has
installed thousands of curb ramps, but advocates say there's still
plenty of sidewalk building to do around the city. 'There's a
tremendous amount of work left, but there's been tremendous progress,'
said Tom Hopton, director of Nashville's Center for Independent Living,
an advocacy group for people with disabilities. 'For a long, long time,
it seemed Metro rarely built any sidewalks.' Metro has met its
end-of-2005 deadline for putting in about 4,300 curb ramps required by
the U.S. Justice Department in an Americans with Disabilities Act
lawsuit against the city, Public Works spokeswoman Gwen
Hopkins-Glascock said. The city also created another 900 or so ramps
that it identified on its own, and that work continues as needed,
Hopkins-Glascock said.

"But the completion of that $9 million, five-year project didn't
address hundreds of miles of sidewalk construction and repairs the city
expects to do for another 10 or 11 years. And some people say they'd
like to get sidewalks sooner than they're scheduled to, not only for
the disabled population but also for walkers and bike riders -- and for
community morale. 'We're on the long list, past this (mayoral)
administration,' said Metro Councilwoman Brenda Gilmore of Bordeaux,
who wants to see sidewalks on Kings Lane and Clarksville Highway. 'I
thought it would send a strong message about safety,' Gilmore added.
'Most people's perception is that Bordeaux's not very safe, when
actually the crime rate is really low there. I thought (sidewalks)
would serve as a way of getting people out of their homes, on the
street, if they could see people walking.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bjxlg
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Metro meets sidewalk deadline"|
Author: Michael Cass
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CHARLOTTE (NC) BUILDS WALKABLE MIXED-INCOME NEIGHBORHOOD

-> According to a Dec. 27th Observer article, "In Charlotte's thriving
SouthPark area, nestled among some of the city's toniest homes and
stores, 32 families live in patio homes in Live Oak, a public housing
complex that sprawls over nine acres. For years, the units have sat
untouched, unchanged by the growth around them. Now the Charlotte
Housing Authority is launching an ambitious plan to raze the complex
off Fairview Road and replace it with a pedestrian-friendly development
of high-end apartments, stores, offices and possibly a hotel. The
project will be the first test of the agency's new strategy for
survival in an era of reduced federal funding: tear down public housing
that sits on valuable land, partner with developers and build
mixed-income housing in its place.

"The authority has done it before, creating communities such as
uptown's First Ward Place and westside's Arbor Glen. But this is the
first time it's redeveloping a site without a multimillion-dollar Hope
VI federal grant... Officials say the new Live Oak will be a walkable,
open-air center with street parking, small boutiques lining the streets
and housing above the stores -- similar to adjacent Phillips Place. 'We
want something very pedestrian-friendly with an architectural theme
that would be more of a Charleston or Savannah style,' said [Peter]
Pappas, the developer. The authority and its partner, Bank of America's
community development corporation, plan to use tax credits, federal and
city housing subsidies and below-market loans to get the estimated $30
million needed for their part of the project..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/do66z
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "From public housing, a public place"
Author: Michelle Crouch
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8 PENN. TOWNS ADOPT PED-FRIENDLY LAND USE PLAN

-> According to a Dec. 27th Mercury article, "Eight communities in the
Pottstown area have agreed to a coordinated plan for future land use, a
move designed to spur economic development while addressing suburban
sprawl and promoting preservation of open space. The Pottstown Regional
Metropolitan Comprehensive Plan became official last week, having been
unanimously approved by the governing boards of all municipalities
involved. Three years in the making, the plan will now oversee land use
in Pottstown, Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove, West Pottsgrove,
Douglass (Mont.), New Hanover, North Coventry and East Coventry...Its
aim is to direct commercial and residential development to already
established areas, while preserving farms and open space throughout the
region.

"The plan sets forth a number of goals and objectives. Those include:
protecting 'the unique historical, cultural and natural resources of
the region'; promoting economic vitality; implementing 'growth
management techniques for orderly and well-planned new development';
preserving open space and agriculture; encouraging walkable
communities; developing 'transportation choices for better mobility in
and throughout the region'; and promoting new 'economic opportunities
and jobs.' Now that the plan has been adopted, a regional planning
commission, with two representatives from each municipality, will
advise communities on large development projects that impact the entire
region..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7r9f9
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/7px7s
Archive cost: No
Title: "8 communities stake their future on regional plan"
Author: Laura Catalano
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BROOMFIELD (CO) GEARS UP FOR SAFE ROUTES GRANT $$

-> According to a Dec. 21st Enterprise article, "The city will seek a
part of $1 million in grants to promote bicycling to school in
Broomfield. The money is part of the state Safe Routes to School
Program funded by the six-year federal transportation bill commonly
known as SAFETEA-LU, which President Bush signed in August. The bill --
which signaled the first federal funding dedicated to walking and
biking initiatives -- allots at least $1 million per state for the next
five years. The program targets children in kindergarten through eighth
grades, a group deemed to be most open to developing bicycling habits,
said Betsy Jacobsen, Bike and Pedestrian program coordinator for the
Colorado Department of Transportation. She added that about 20 percent
to 30 percent of morning rush-hour traffic is parents driving children
to school.

"Projects eligible for grant funding can include lighting, street
striping, bicycle racks, new or upgraded sidewalks, signs and education
programs. The city will request a grant, though officials haven't yet
detailed what the project will include, said Debra Baskett, city
transportation manager. The grants, ranging from $10,000 to $250,000,
are expected to be awarded in mid-April. 'Most likely (it will be) to
retrofit existing neighborhoods because in the new neighborhoods, we
require they have sidewalks and all of that,' Baskett said. Boulder
Valley School District started a pilot bicycling program in the spring
at Foothill Elementary School in Boulder. The school debuted Walking
and Wheeling Wednesdays, which encourage alternative ways to school.
Kids who participate get a punch on a card and when they get four, they
can earn a prize..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cnamw
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Program aims to get kids to school via bikes"
Author: Alisha Jeter
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WATKINSVILLE (GA) BECOMING MODEL FOR DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a Dec. 28th Banner Herald editorial, "Watkinsville, the
picturesque county seat of Oconee County, is working hard to market
itself as a center of arts tourism, to the point of beginning to bill
itself as the 'Art Land of Georgia.' Perhaps apropos of that,
Watkinsville residents and their city council have themselves been
engaged in something of an 'art' project. With the help of a $15,000
Quality Growth Grant from the state Department of Community Affairs,
the community has for the past several months been exploring the 'art'
of developing a land-use and zoning plan that will help the city retain
and enhance its small-town feel. In a broad sense, the community is
looking to return to the past, when small towns were walkable
communities characterized by mixed-use development that put business,
professional, recreational and residential uses close together...

"Watkinsville's city council and residents have taken a decidedly
different approach, and have spent time developing plans that will
become real guidelines for shaping the city's future. The city is
taking full advantage of the considerable expertise offered through the
Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center, a state agency that
provides technical assistance to governments across Northeast
Georgia...Perhaps one of the best results of the process has been a
commitment to a flexible set of development guidelines. As a result,
the council will be able to work with individual property owners and
developers to 'craft' residential, commercial and other types of
development, rather than just ensuring that development adheres to a
set of inflexible rules..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bbapa
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bw9rk
Archive cost: No
Title: "Watkinsville is becoming model for development"
Author: Editorial Board
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

LEARN TO MOONWALK

-> "The moonwalk is a kind of an illusion and takes a lot of practice.
Below are the best Moonwalk instructions I could find so why not have
some fun and give it a try .

"Step 1. Find a pair of low grip shoes you could try to do it in your
socks to start off with.

"Step 2. Make sure that the ground you use to practise to moonwalk on
is also not too grippy, try and find a polished floor.

"Step 3. Stand with both feet close to each other, left foot slightly
ahead of the right (toes of right should be in line with half the left
foot)

"Step 4..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/5w5mp


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

MODERN CHRISTMAS PRESENTS MAKING CHILDREN FAT

-> In a survey of PE teachers, only 3 per cent blamed an increase in
child obesity on diet alone. Three quarters (76 per cent) blamed a
combination of no exercise and poor diet..."
http://tinyurl.com/e2kq5

IOWA ST. UNIV. TO STUDY SIDEWALKS' SAFETY

-> "Iowa State University officials say they will study the safety of
seven campus crosswalks in the coming weeks. Two fatal pedestrian
accidents on or near the campus prompted the review..."
http://tinyurl.com/7f2du

EDINBURGH (SCO) TO CONDUCT "NAKED" STREET TESTS

-> "The move has led to a fall in the number of accidents because
drivers have to drive much more slowly and carefully when there are no
road markings, backing psychological traffic calming theories pioneered
in Holland..."
http://tinyurl.com/7lhwm

CHATTANOOGA (TN) OFFICIALS WEIGH MIXED-USE ZONE

-> "Officials said the purpose of the new zone 'is to allow medium
intensity mixed-use suburban development that is compact, diverse,
walkable, and urban in character and form'..."
http://tinyurl.com/9ts6r

WHITTIER (CA) MOTORISTS CAN'T HANDLE THE CALM

-> "The idea was simple: put obstacles in the road and cars will slow
down. But when concrete traffic circles -- also known as traffic
calming devices -- were installed within some intersections along
Beverly and Youngwood drives, they generated so many complaints from
residents the City Council this month ordered nearly all of them
removed..."
http://tinyurl.com/9ldss

'UNHEALTHIEST CITY,' CHARLESTON (WV) IS TRYING

-> "Some current city projects aim to get people on their feet a little
more, said Charleston planning director, Dan Vriendt. The
Rails-to-Trails project will convert the railroad trestle connecting
South Charleston and Charleston's West Side from an unsightly expanse
into a bike path, he said..."
http://tinyurl.com/dfy7v

ATHENS TWP (PA) BUSINESSES CALL SIDEWALKS "MEAN"

-> "'Do you realize the many thousands of dollars this would mean for
business owners?'..."
http://tinyurl.com/7h7t7

OREGON ADOPTS "6-FOOT PEDESTRIAN BUFFER" LAW

-> "The bill, which takes effect Jan. 1, creates an exception to the
one-lane buffer law that took effect in 2004, requiring motorists to
stop and wait until a pedestrian crosses both the driver's lane and the
adjacent lane before proceeding..."
http://tinyurl.com/cpcd5

PHILADELPHIA (PA) LOOKS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM

-> "In the last half-dozen years, Center City has become a place where
movie stars and foreign princes 'sit at the bar next to somebody from
the neighborhood and have a good time,' said Patrick English, managing
partner of the Smith & Wollensky restaurant on Rittenhouse Square..."
http://tinyurl.com/d8e2u

UK'S "GEAR-CHANGE FACILITY"

-> "The Gear-Change building is designed to provide the complete range
of facilities required to make cycling to work a truly practical,
comfortable and enjoyable option. The facility is pre-built in a factory
by one of the leading UK modular builders and delivered, installed and
commissioned within a single day to pre-prepared foundations.
http://tinyurl.com/9x2ow

MALIBU (CA) PLANS POINT DUME SAFE ROUTES PROJECT

-> "City developers, council members and community residents gathered
earlier this month to discuss the new plans to build a pedestrian
walkway as part of the Point Dume Safe Routes to School project funded
by the city..."
http://tinyurl.com/dk48m


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

-> "TRAIL USER SURVEY WORKBOOK"
"How to conduct a survey and win support for your trail: Sample Surveys
and Methods;" by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and Trail Facts
Interactive Marketing with support from the Penn. Dept. of Conservation
and Natural Resources; 2005. 2.1mb PDF
http://tinyurl.com/9lq38

Accompanying survey templates and spreadsheets (630k)
http://tinyurl.com/c3yxj

-> "PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE FACILITIES IN CALIFORNIA"
"A Technical Reference and Technology Transfer Synthesis for Caltrans
Planners and Engineers;" prepared for California Department of
Transportation by Alta Planning + Design; July, 2005. 6.7mb PDF
http://tinyurl.com/avxl5

-> "IMPACT OF PEDESTRIAN PRESENCE ON MOVEMENT OF..."
"...Left-Turning Vehicles: Method, Preliminary Results & Possible Use
in Intersection Decision Support;" by Banerjee, Shladover, Misener,
Chan, and Ragland; U.C. Berkeley Traffic Safety Center; Nov 2004.
http://tinyurl.com/b9ynn


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

July 14-16, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Denver, CO. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.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



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