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#140 Friday, January 13, 2006
H-A-P-P-Y--F-R-I-D-A-Y--T-H-E--1-3-T-H-!!!


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Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
and information you can use to create more walkable and
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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Presentation Submission Form
  Which are the Most Walkable Communities in the US?
  Bike/Ped Coordinator Succumbs to Cancer
  Draft Guidance on Rec Trails Pgm Federal Share
  New York City Biked the Strike!
  "Perils for Pedestrians" Now on Video.Google
  BFW Gets $$ to Develop Active Prescription Program
  Bikingart.Com Program for Cycling Groups
  SRTS National Partnership Offers New Resources
  Draft Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Rochester (NY) Joins YMCA's "Activate America" Campaign
  Alexandria (VA) and St. Senator Work on Ped Safety
  Lafayette (LA) Chamber's Smart Growth Agenda
  Brookline (MA) May Replace Ped O'pass with Surface Xing
  Waxahachie (TX) Visual Survey IDs What People Like
  Prototype Car Keeps an Eye on Pedestrians
  Hinesburg (VT) Rethinks its Downtown
  Old Saybrook (CT) Set to Adopt Sidewalk Plan
  Holland (MI) Group to Raise $3.4M for Riverwalk
  Fargo (ND) to Get "City within City"
  Bike Tunnel Scheme Wins 3rd Place in Design Contest



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


PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006 PRESENTATION SUBMISSIONS FORM

-> According to Gary MacFadden, director of operations for the
National Center for Bicycling & Walking, the online form for submitting
presentation proposals for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 (Sept. 5-8 in
Madison, Wisconsin) is now available.

The instructions for completing the form are at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/proposal.html
and the form itself is linked from that page.

The theme for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 is "Making Connections."
Presentations will focus on a variety of critical linkages within this theme:

Presentations for the 2006 conference will include:

If you've got new ideas and proven bicycling and walking programs
to share, it's time to put together your presentation proposal!

The submission proposal DEADLINE IS March 1, 2006. You'll be
notified on or before March 30 if your presentation has been
accepted.

Presentation proposal information and form link:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/proposal.html
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WHICH ARE THE MOST WALKABLE COMMUNITIES IN THE US?

-> In Thursday's mail, we got a request for a list of the most walkable
cities in the U.S. Here's a smorgy of lists and discussions of lists
that might be of use to readers:

America's Walking list: http://tinyurl.com/98llo
Cool Town Studios' list: http://tinyurl.com/7utb6
E Podunk's list: http://tinyurl.com/8sebm
America Walks (word doc about lists): http://tinyurl.com/b2cz8
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KENTUCKY BIKE/PED COORDINATOR SUCCUMBS TO CANCER

-> According to her obituary, "Paula Elizabeth Nye, 62, of Monterey
(KY) passed from this life December 28, 2005 in her home with her
family in attendance. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, she was the
daughter of the late Paul Nye and Harriett Schiller. Her most recent
accomplishments include being the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for
the state of Kentucky where she introduced greater safety for
pedestrians and bicyclists and the 'Share the Road' concept to KY."

According to Sharon Todd, Ohio's Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, "I
remember Paula in Cambridge last July, holding both hands above her
head in a winner's stance as she announced herself as Kentucky's
'FRIENDLY Bicycle Coordinator' and that is how I'll remember her, as a
winner." Don Burrell, OKI Regional Bicycle Coordinator, said "She was
an enthusiastic supporter of cycling and worked with the Kentucky
Bicycle Commission in formulating new state bike/ped policies
consistent with the 1999 FHWA guidelines." Paula will be missed.
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DRAFT GUIDANCE ON REC TRAILS PGM FEDERAL SHARE

-> In the January 6th issue of RTP News, Christopher Douwes, the
Federal Highway Administration's Trails and Enhancements Program
Manager said, "We received some questions about the Federal share for
the Recreational Trails Program under SAFETEA-LU. Several FHWA
Divisions and States are still unaware of the new flexibilities allowed
in SAFETEA-LU. We posted Draft RTP guidance on the Federal share at:
http://tinyurl.com/7jbgu

"Since posting it, I see we also need to state that:

For more information, contact Christopher at:
<Christopher.Douwes@fhwa.dot.gov>
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NEW YORK CITY BIKED THE STRIKE!

-> According to an article in the Jan. 6th Transportation Alternatives
#EBulletin, "Bicycling played a huge role in easing the impact of the
transit strike. T.A. estimates that during the strike there were
600,000 cyclists on the streets each day, representing a five-fold
increase over pre-strike cycling levels. Bike shops around the city
reported business was up 200-400 percent during the strike. Strike
biking was aided by the City's contingency plan, which included
protected bike lanes, car restriction measures and guarded bike parking
in parks.

"Private employers and leading business improvement districts did their
part by providing bikers with building access and secure parking during
the strike. What was more, the addition of hundreds of thousands of
bicyclists to the streets created a discernable 'safety in numbers'
effect, giving cyclists a heightened sense of safety and security. In
the coming weeks, T.A. will press our city leaders to make aspects of
the contingency plan permanent, namely bike access to buildings and
protected bike lanes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9d9um
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"PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS" NOW ON VIDEO.GOOGLE

-> According to a recent note from John Z. Wetmore, "'Perils For
Pedestrians' is now available on the Internet 24/7/365. Episode 110 is
on video.google. Broadband Internet access is recommended. Additional
episodes will be added over the coming weeks and months. 'Perils For
Pedestrians' will continue to be shown on public access cable channels
in 80 cities and towns across the US."

Go to:
http://tinyurl.com/c7su6

For more information, contact John Z Wetmore, Producer of "Perils For
Pedestrians," the monthly cable television series, at
<John@Pedestrians.org>
http://www.pedestrians.org
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BFW GETS $$ TO DEVELOP ACTIVE PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM

-> According to a Jan. 4th release, "The Bicycle Federation of
Wisconsin has been awarded one of 19 grants from The Wisconsin
Partnership Fund for a Healthy Future at the University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health for community-academic
partnerships designed to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin.
Funding for this program was provided following the conversion of Blue
Cross/Blue Shield to a for-profit organization. The awards mark the
second series of planning and implementation grants awarded by the
Oversight and Advisory Committee of the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

"The Bicycle Federation was awarded $25,000 to plan for an 'Active
Prescription for Wisconsin' project to integrate physical activity and
regular bicycle use into daily life among adults through prescriptions
from health providers. Bicycle Federation will work with academic
partner Dr. Javier Nieto MD PhD of the University of Wisconsin
Department of Population Health Sciences and with the Thunderhead
Alliance, a national group that supports the advancement of state and
local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.

The 'Active Prescription' concept was drawn from a successful program
in Victoria, Australia. Bicycle Federation will spend the planning
grant over the period of one year to gather partners from the medical
and insurance communities and to adapt the program concept for use in
Wisconsin. Bicycle Federation then hopes to implement a full pilot
program in 2007-2009. 'The news of this grant award is very exciting
for the Thunderhead Alliance as Active Prescription programs have only
begun to gain momentum in the U.S.,' said Sue Knaup, Executive Director
for the Thunderhead Alliance. 'We look forward to taking part in this
planning project and including it in our national replicable model.'..."

For more info, go to: http://www.bfw.org
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BIKINGART.COM PROGRAM FOR CYCLING GROUPS

-> In a recent note, Gary Coles said, "Fund Raising is never Fun!
Everyone works hard to generate the additional money needed to help
build their own nonprofit or community group, and bad things happen.
Now, the hard work is over! BikingArt.com has just launched a Referral
Program where cycling groups can generate all the cash they need for
upcoming projects and events.

"The best part it is all hassle free! The actual hard work will be done
by BikingArt.com and its staff. All that is required is that the group
must sign-up and receive an unique referral ID number. Once a group has
an ID number they can start referring others to the site. The group
will earn a 30 percent commission on every cycling print sold using
their unique ID number. No more worries about collecting cash from the
community or delivering products. It is that simple!

"Sign up today and get started. There is no fee to get started as a
referral. Individuals with the will to earn extra cash for themselves
can do so by signing up as a independent referral. Stop by the website
and sign up to become a referral and get an ID number and start earning
your commission simply by talking to cyclists and family members of
cyclists in your home town. Every art print that leaves the shop is
personally signed by the artist giving it value as a work of art."

For more information, go to:
http://www.BikingArt.com
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SRTS NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP OFFERS NEW RESOURCES

-> According to the Jan. 4th Safe Routes to School E-News, "The Safe
Routes to School National Partnership continues to be asked by
community members, parents, and advocates for information and resources
on how to work with cities and school administrations on developing
Safe Routes to School programs. To help, we developed a short 'Getting
Started' primer and PowerPoint presentation which can be downloaded and
customized for local use."

Find the documents at:
http://tinyurl.com/7mlje
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DRAFT PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES

-> According to an article in the Jan. 4th edition of the Chicago Area
Transportation Study (CATS) bicycle-pedestrian newsletter, "The U.S.
Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access
Board) has placed in the docket and on its web site for public review
draft guidelines which address accessibility in the public
right-of-way. The draft guidelines are under consideration by the
Board. The purpose of placing the draft guidelines in the docket is to
facilitate gathering of additional information for the regulatory
assessment and the preparation of technical assistance materials to
accompany a future rule. The Board is not seeking comments on the draft
guidelines. The Board will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking at a
future date and will solicit comments at that time, prior to issuing a
final rule.

"To facilitate use of sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities by
seniors and people with disabilities, agencies with jurisdiction for
the public right-of-way should strongly consider designing and building
to these standards at this time. It is at least possible that, should
you fail to do so, you will have to plan for retrofitting to meet these
guidelines at a later date. Note that the guidelines provide more
detail appropriate to the public right-of-way than is in rules and laws
now in place (e.g., the Illinois Accessibility Code)."

The guidelines are posted at:
http://tinyurl.com/9ugsw
The Federal Register notice is posted at:
http://tinyurl.com/7nzmd
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "I've a big change taking place this month. I cease being a motorist
and become a pedestrian. Two reasons. One, I wish to save the planet.
Two, because when I woke up in hospital recently, after crashing into
the front of a number 134 bus, a big incorruptible policeman was
leaning over me asking if he could have a blood sample..."
-- Jeremy Clarke
http://tinyurl.com/9wx82

-> "As most of you know, the municipality of Hinesburg does not control
development. Landowners control development. What the town controls --
what you control as a community -- are the rules of the game."
-- Alex Weinhagen, Hinesburg (VT) Town Planner
http://tinyurl.com/blnq2


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

ROCHESTER (NY) JOINS YMCA'S "ACTIVATE AMERICA" CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Jan. 12th Democrat and Chronicle article, "Our nation
faces a major health crisis. A combination of too little physical
activity and too many calories has resulted in a dramatic increase in
the number of obese and overweight Americans -- alarmingly, including
our children. These individuals face increased risks for hypertension,
Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis and
even some cancers. With the start of the new year, millions of
Americans are resolving to get in shape and improve their overall
health. Many of these 'health seekers' continually start and stop
exercise routines, unable to sustain their commitment to health and
fitness.

"A full 50 percent of those who start an exercise program drop out
within six months to a year, according to the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services. The nation's YMCAs are engaged in a 10-year
collaborative campaign called 'YMCA Activate America,' designed to
identify and overturn community barriers to good health and to involve
more health seekers in fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle. The YMCA
of Greater Rochester congratulates our Rochester-area friends and
neighbors who have made wellness their priority in 2006 and offers some
advice in developing a long-term, sustainable healthy lifestyle..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/e2qpg
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dc3e9
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Take YMCA's tips for health"
Author: Laura Fasano

For more on the YMCA Activate America program, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/anhhz
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ALEXANDRIA (VA) AND ST. SENATOR WORK ON PED SAFETY

-> According to a Jan. 12th Alexandria Gazette article, "[State
Senator] Patsy Ticer was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 1996.
She received a bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar College in Sweet
Briar, Va., and was mayor of Alexandria from 1991 to 1996. In the
senate, she sits on three committees: Local Government, Rehabilitation
and Social Services and Agriculture, Conservation and Natural
Resources. Like many senators, she expects the upcoming session to be
dominated by transportation issues. 'Obviously, everybody's talking
about transportation right now,' she said, adding that a comprehensive
strategy for addressing transportation is needed. 'Too often, people
think of transportation in terms of this project or that project. It
all needs to work together.'

"Protecting pedestrians is an issue that City Hall is lobbying the
local delegation to support, Sen. Ticer is supporting a measure that
the city manager included in the 2006 legislative package. The plan,
originally proposed by Councilmen Rob Krupicka and Andrew Macdonald,
would either require drivers to stop at crosswalks or allow localities
to require vehicles to stop. 'Pedestrian safety is a major issue for
Northern Virginia localities,' wrote City Manager Jim Hartmann in
support of the measure. 'The high volume of traffic often makes it
difficult for pedestrians to cross roads, even at crosswalks.' Similar
legislation was proposed in Richmond in 2003 and 2004, but Ticer thinks
that she might be able to get some traction on the issue this year. She
says that her bill in the Senate would be one way improve the existing
situation. 'We've got to put the obligation on the driver to protect
the pedestrians,' Ticer said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/aktss
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cpzs5
Archive cost: No
Title: "Clean Smokestacks Bill Tops Ticer Agenda"
Author: Michael Lee Pope
Author: Jillian Fennimore
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LAFAYETTE (LA) CHAMBER'S SMART GROWTH AGENDA

-> According to a May 11th Independent article, "Lafayette General
Medical Center's Chief Operating Officer Donna Landry officially takes
the reigns of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce this Friday
evening at the annual gala ceremony, and the agenda for 2006 is Smart
Growth. Chamber board members, including myself, have been challenged
to discuss carry-over initiatives -- like member benefits, I-49
completion, public schools, technology development, workforce
preparation and infrastructure -- in terms of Smart Growth principles.
Chamber members can learn more about the concept at the Building
Community Conference in March, and the new Leadership Lafayette class
will explore the model this year as well.

"Landry has appointed two board members because of their Smart Growth
smarts. UL professor Tom Sammons helped facilitate the broad-based
community development plan called Lafayette in the Next Century, or
LINC, several years ago. Landry wants to resurrect the plan as a
roadmap for the city's future, noting that 'many of the qualities of
LINC embrace Smart Growth ideas.' She also appointed John Barras, head
of the local planning and zoning commission. 'John emphasizes elective,
not directive use of the concepts,' Landry says, 'because some things
might not be palatable here.' She cites ideas of mixed land use, more
green space, less sprawl and walkable streets among the desirable
tenets of the philosophy and higher-density development and zero lot
lines as two that are potentially controversial..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/d8ltc
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/9b6qv
Archive cost: No
Title: "New Chamber of Commerce leader advances Smart Growth agenda"
Author: Cherry Fisher May
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BROOKLINE (MA) MAY REPLACE PED O'PASS WITH SURFACE XING

-> According to a Jan. 12th Boston Herald article, "MBTA rider Richard
Walden took shelter from the rain and sloppy wet snow last week at his
bus stop, which happens to be under a crumbling Brookline footbridge
deemed unsafe by engineers. 'It's all cracked. It looks like it's about
to fall down,' Walden said, eyeing a torrent gushing through cracks in
the concrete span's belly. The MBTA bus stop for the 65 and 66 buses is
directly beneath a 34-year-old footbridge over Route 9 in Brookline
Village that's been boarded up for nearly three years. But over the
past year, a few residents have been speaking up as to why the bridge
should be opened, including the need for a safe way to cross the street.

Last year, an engineering firm hired by the town advised against
reopening it. The firm cited 'honeycombing, map cracking, shear
cracking and some hollow-sounding areas' in the main beam supporting
the concrete span and access ramp structure...In a preliminary budget
the engineers gave, they predicted the costs for repairing the bridge
would be nearly $1 million...'The surface along the bridge where people
would walk is pitted and rutted. It's as much those conditions as
anything else that prompted the [public works] commissioner to close
it,' [Brookline Town Administrator Richard Kelliher] said. A town
committee is studying whether the overpass should be torn down and the
road narrowed at that point to make it more pedestrian-friendly..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/azuh8
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No (but archives appear limited)
Title: "Route 9 pedestrian bridge is a pain"
Author: Thomas Caywood and Monica Deady
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WAXAHACHIE (TX) VISUAL SURVEY IDs WHAT PEOPLE LIKE

-> According to a Jan. 11th Daily Light article, "On Monday night, the
Planning and Zoning Commission and members of city staff met in the
council conference room to review of the results of a Visual Character
Survey taken at the end of last year. The VCS, part of the
comprehensive plan process that will update the city's zoning
ordinances and philosophy toward growth, contained 150 pictures of
development options around the state and asked participants to rank the
photographs from five, the highest, to negative five, the lowest. The
photographs ranged from parks and parking lots, to houses and offices,
to business signs and building material, to transit options to turning
lanes...In addition to the actual elements in each photograph -- a row
of townhouses or a shopping center -- many photographs also contained
emotional responses.

"[Dan Sefko of Dunkin of Sefko and Associates] said that a certain
image of a silhouetted couple sitting in the summer grass by a fountain
tends to rank in the top 10 in every city surveyed, likely because it
is a photograph that shows a city in use. In some ways, that emotional
response is more important than the details about building materials
and median designs. Sefko found that images showing 'people-oriented'
areas, 'pedestrian-friendly' corridors and 'quality single-family
homes' ranked very high in Waxahachie, pointing toward community over
commerce. Images that presented large parking lots, cluttered signage
and pavilions based around masonry rather than landscaping...faired
predictably low..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/a76bh
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bp8cr
Archive cost: No
Title: "Steering future growth"
Author: Eric Lidji

Note The "Visual Character Survey" is similar to the "Visual
Preference Survey" work of Anton Nelessen. His website can be found
here (alas, there appears to be no way around the music, bells, and
whistles intro):
http://www.nelessen.org/
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PROTOTYPE CAR KEEPS AN EYE ON PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a Jan. 12th New Scientist article, "A prototype vehicle
capable of spotting pedestrians who stray into the road has been built
by Volkswagen and other companies. The Save-U system was developed by a
consortium including Volkswagen, DaimlerChrysler, and several other
technical companies. A prototype has already undergone successful
testing in the UK. The pedestrian-recognition technology uses three
different types of sensor to identify a person, or even a cyclist, in
the road ahead. The system harnesses an array of radar sensors, as well
as visual and infrared cameras.

"A connected computer can then identify an impending impact and either
alert the driver or take its own evasive action. This might mean
applying the brakes or activating external safety features, such as
outer airbags. 'The main idea is that the sensors will recognize
pedestrians and if a pedestrian has a high probability to collide with
the vehicle then automatic braking will be initiated by the system,'
says Marc-Michael Meinecke of Volkswagen. Meinecke admits the sensors
must be shrunk and the image recognition software improved before such
technology can find its way into road vehicles. But he says that tests
have demonstrated that the Save-U could indeed save pedestrians'
lives..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9bv8o
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/996wr
Archive cost: No
Title: "Clever car keeps an eye on stray pedestrians"
Author: Will Knight
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HINESBURG (VT) RETHINKS ITS DOWNTOWN

-> According to a Jan. 11th Seven Days article, "Town planners expected
maybe 20 or 30 folks would show up for last week's public forum to
discuss a proposed village plan. They got more than 140 people, who
lined the walls and spilled into the hallway the town hall...At issue
was the very identity of Hinesburg in the coming decade. To wit: Will
this town that is less than half an hour south of Burlington follow the
lead of Williston and South Burlington, and build car-dependent strip
malls and sprawling subdivisions? Or will it look more like Bristol and
Vergennes, with a compact village center, pedestrian-friendly streets,
a village green and unique historic appeal? Hinesburg is only the
latest Vermont town to begin planning for growth into the 21st century.
Overwhelmingly, the residents at last week's forum said that as their
town grows, they want it to be more than just a bedroom community for
Burlington or a strip for drivers passing through on Route 116. The
question now is how to realize their vision.

"That process has already begun. As Hinesburg Town Planner Alex
Weinhagen explained, in June the Hinesburg Selectboard adopted a new
town plan, or 'vision document,' that lays out in broad strokes what
the town should look like in the next decade. On November 4, the
Planning Commission held a half-day 'design charrette' where a few
dozen experts in planning, architecture, engineering, water quality and
resource management brainstormed ideas about the kinds of development
best suited for this small, rural community...The purpose of this
meeting was to summarize the results of the design charrette and to
seek feedback from the public, with particular emphasis on how they
think the village center should grow...Among the desiderata that
emerged: a more walkable downtown, a broader range of housing options,
more mixed-use development, on-street parking and tree-lined
neighborhoods. Several residents expressed the need to slow traffic on
Route 116, both to make the town safer to cyclists and pedestrians and
to create a more inviting place for visitors to stop and shop..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/blnq2
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Hinesburg Has Designs on Its 'Downtown'"
Author: Staff
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OLD SAYBROOK (CT) SET TO ADOPT SIDEWALK PLAN

-> According to a Jan. 12th New London Day article, "A more walkable
city with enticing streetscapes that encourage walkers to stroll and
shop is a key goal of the town's proposed Sidewalk Plan that will be
the subject of a Planning Commission hearing on Feb. 1. Copies of the
proposed plan are available in the town's Land Use Department on the
top floor of Town Hall. To preserve and expand Old Saybrook's sidewalk
network, a committee of the town's Planning Commission has worked over
the past 18 months to create a Sidewalk Plan for the town. The two
commission members assigned to the task were H. Stuart Hanes and Judith
Gallicchio. The product of their planning effort is a new 32-page
Sidewalk Plan that will be the subject of the Feb. 1 Planning
Commission public hearing.

"The plan is based on interviews with public officials and on a public
survey of town residents and uses as its basis a sidewalk inventory
prepared in 1996 by Mr. David E. Smith, a town resident. The plan
reads, 'It is the goal of the town to not merely accommodate
pedestrians, but to fundamentally promote walking and bicycling as
legitimate modes of travel... (E)ncouragement, education, and
enforcement efforts are essential elements to the success of this
Sidewalk Plan...The town's land use agencies need to articulate to
developers and their design professionals the specifics of this plan
and its supporting regulations so that they may accommodate pedestrians
and walking in the planning and design processes.' One plan
recommendation is that the town retrofit its highland neighborhoods to
add pedestrian connections, or 'cut-throughs,' to link adjoining
residential developments..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/az8lq
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/aka86
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Planning for Saybrook Sidewalks"
Author: Becky Coffey
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HOLLAND (MI) GROUP TO RAISE $3.4M FOR RIVERWALK

-> According to a Jan. 12th Grand Rapids Press article, "The Macatawa
Greenway is two bridges, a couple underpasses and $3.4 million away
from opening up a river pathway for the community from Paw Paw Drive on
the east of Holland to Lake Michigan. Greenway executives outlined
plans for creating the river pathway Wednesday to the Holland City
Council. 'We're ready to go to the next level after (10 years) of
putting everything together,' Greenway Executive Director Derk
Walkotten told Holland City Council during a study session Wednesday
night. The Macatawa Greenway plans to launch a public fundraising
campaign this raise to raise the $3.4 million needed to build the major
crossing points of the Macatawa River, including bridges and a tunnel
under the CSX railway. Work could begin in 2007.

"The biggest costs will be in getting people over or under Chicago
Drive and across the Macatawa River near Waverly Road. Cost of a bridge
over the river and a tunnel under Chicago drive could be $800,000 to
$900,000. An alternative would be to build a $1.2 million pedestrian
bridge over U.S. 31 and the river in one span. 'We've started calling
the overhead bridge, "The Big One,"' Walkotten said, noting such a
bridge could become a landmark for entering Holland and Holland
Township. The two miles of bike and walking paths from the city's Paw
Paw Preserve river park on Holland's east side to Windmill Island would
lead to a nature park. The park will connect to existing and future
pedestrian paths that lead to Lake Michigan at Holland State Park on
the north side and Big Red lighthouse on the south side of Lake
Macatawa..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8zqwv
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/aualc
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "$3.6 million riverwalk plan unveiled"
Author: Myron Kukla
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FARGO (ND) TO GET "CITY WITHIN CITY"

-> According to a Jan. 12th Forum article, "Developers Ace and Tyler
Brandt plan to break ground this spring on a city-within-a-city in
southwest Fargo, starting with town homes, two retail centers and an
office complex, project officials said Wednesday. The Fargo Planning
Commission unanimously recommended the City Commission approve zoning
changes for the Urban Plains by Brandt First Addition. Project
architect Todd Berning said construction on one town home project, and
possibly two, will begin as soon as the ground thaws. Plans also call
for two retail 'lifestyle centers' -- including one with a high-end
women's fashion store -- and an office complex, he said. 'The interest
has been good, and we haven't really reached out to anybody yet,' he
said.

"Peter Rudeen, vice president of Brandt Holdings Co., said he expects
to have people living in the development next fall. The 328-acre
development is bordered by 45th Street on the east, 57th Street on the
west, 32nd Avenue South on the south and 26th Avenue on the north. Ace
Brandt's vision is to create a unique, highly walkable 'community
within a community,' modeled after similar developments in Maple Grove,
Minn., Iowa and Kansas, Berning said. 'Once you're in there, all
aspects of what your daily needs are will be right there, from athletic
facilities to grocery stores to retail malls to parks,' Berning said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/co3ln
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Brandt project gets planners' blessing"
Author: Mike Nowatzki
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BIKE TUNNEL SCHEME WINS 3RD PLACE IN DESIGN CONTEST

-> According to a Jan. 12th Saskatoon Star-Phoenix article, "Architect
Chris Hardwicke envisions a day when you will walk out your door, jump
on your bicycle and commute to work at 40 kilometres an hour through
dedicated tunnels suspended above city streets. He calls his idea
Velo-City, a transportation network of concrete and glass tunnels
through which cyclists could race to and from their destinations. 'It's
about building a separate infrastructure, just like a highway for cars.
I thought, why not a highway for bikes,' Hardwicke says.

"Whether Velo-City is practical remains to be seen, but the idea's
merit has already been recognized. The concept recently ranked third in
a competition about winterizing cities held by Toronto's Design
Exchange, a museum and centre for design research and education...'It
was probably one of the proposals that was the most ambitious and
perhaps the most unrealistic on many levels,' says Paola Poletto, the
Design Exchange's director of research and curator of the show in which
Hardwicke's concept appeared..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/akqj8
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/c5skz
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Architect wheels bike tunnel plan into design spotlight"
Author: Charles Mandel
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

NEW PEDESTRIAN SPEED LIMITS SET FOR DUBLIN (IR)

"The Irish government have called time on reckless pedestrians.
Following the recent spate of Dublin shoppers bumping into one another,
Transport Minister, Martin Cullen, has announced that new speed limits
-- some as low as 5kph (3mph) -- will be imposed on pedestrians walking
down busy city centre streets such as Grafton St and Henry St.

"In a statement, Minister Cullen insisted, 'Something had to be done.
We had reports of over 10,000 city centre shoppers colliding with each
other during the Christmas rush, resulting in many cases to them having
their shopping bags knocked out of their hands. Some even reported gift
breakage. It's truly horrifying the reckless speeds at which many
pedestrians believe they can walk and then have the nerve to think they
can get away with it.'

"Explaining how the new measures will work, he said, 'It's really quite
simple. We plan to deploy a number of plain clothes gardai [police]
with 'special pedestrian speed guns' on every street in Dublin that has
at least 6 shops on it including a Spar, Centra or convenience outlet
of this nature. We will then be attaching special electronic tags to
every single resident of Dublin. Should they exceed the given speed
limit, a medium-strength electronic shock is promptly administered,
incapacitating the felon momentarily, to allow gardai seize and
question him.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9cy2r


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

BERRYTOWN (VA) COUNCILOR PEDALS FOR VOTES

-> "Kirby was first elected four years ago. And like the last election,
Kirby is riding his bicycle door to door to collect signatures for his
petition to get on the ballot..."
http://tinyurl.com/atufv

NEW GLASSES IMPROVE DRIVERS' NIGHT VISION

-> "Andreas Dreher, Ph.D., president and CEO of Ophthonix, discussed
the company's recent successful launch of the customized iZon(TM)
Wavefront-Guided Eyeglasses. Dr. Dreher also provided information about
a recent study on nighttime driving, which showed vision and reaction
while driving at night are significantly improved with the iZon
eyeglasses over conventional lenses. The study, conducted in a
controlled FDA-recognized night-driving simulator demonstrated that
with iZon eyeglasses a driver can identify and react to a pedestrian 25
feet sooner at 55 mph..."
http://tinyurl.com/77gqr


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

-> "MAKING PLACES"
The January 2006 issue of the Project for Public Spaces' newsletter;
articles include "Best Street Photography of 2005;" "10 Tips for Taking
Great Photos of Public Spaces;" "Honoring a Champion of Public Space;"
and more. To read it online, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/9r6qf

-> "SPEED CUSHIONS"
A UK Dept. for Transport report on traffic calming devices. (220k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/b42w2

-> "AFTER KATRINA: BUILDING BACK BETTER THAN EVER"
A report to the Hon. Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of
Mississippi; from the Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding,
and Renewal; Dec. 31, 2005. Downloadable as several large pdf files.
http://tinyurl.com/7573t

-> "EVALUATION OF TRAFFIC CRASH FATALITY CAUSES..."
"...and Effects;" Florida Dept. of Transportation report on improving
highway safety; "16% of crashes involved pedestrians."
http://tinyurl.com/bmwd5

-> "TRAVEL AND DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS"
U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) study of the link between deep vein
thrombosis and "all forms of travel of more than 4 hours in length."
Note: While the study says, "When considering the whole population,
this risk appears to be small (approximately three-fold increase) and
to be present whatever form of travel," the authors clearly didn't mean
to include walking or bicycling in this blanket statement, since they
didn't study these modes. Perhaps they believe that bicycling and
walking are not "forms of travel"? Some sort of correction ought to be
forthcoming but don't hold your breath. ;-)
http://tinyurl.com/dunuj


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 6-7, 2006, Urban Street Design, Madison, WI. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/7qygy

February 8-9, 2006, Traffic Impacts of Land Development, Madison WI.
Info:
http://tinyurl.com/chsvr

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 27-28, 2006, Urban Street Design, Orlando FL. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/aej44

March 28-30, 2006, Transportation and Economic Development 2006,
Little Rock, AR. Info: Mark Norman at <MNorman@nas.edu>
http://tinyurl.com/am3hk

March 29-30, 2006, Traffic Impacts of Land Development, Orlando FL.
Info:
http://tinyurl.com/b73l9

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

-> 2 JOBS (!) -- TRANSIT FOR LIVABLE COMMUNITIES, ST. PAUL MN
TLC would like your help finding qualified candidates for these two
positions:

Job descriptions and application information can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/dv3kg


-> 4 JOBS (!) -- COMMUNITY CYCLING CENTER, PORTLAND OR
The Community Cycling Center provides year-round programs for
low-income youth and adults and a professional retail bike shop that is
open to the public and sells refurbished bicycles. Our Create a
Commuter program is the first of its kind in the nation to provide
full-outfitted commuter bicycles to low-income adults. Volunteers,
bicycle donations and financial contributions have made the Community
Cycling Center the largest bicycle recycling organization in the US.

Currently open positions:

For details, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/b6nfs


-> 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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