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


#141 Friday, January 27, 2006


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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  The Make-up of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Presentation Submissions
  Portland (OR) Trans. Options Cuts Drive Alone Car Trips
  Maxshopper - A Swiss Pop-Up Personal Shopping Cart
  Perils for Pedestrians Lands on Dish Network


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Bicycling Magazine Announces Best Bike Cities
  Marshall (MO) Library Board Wants Bike/Ped Accessibility
  U.S. Bill Set to Establish "Bicentennial Bike Trail"
  Cheboygan (MI) Officials Argue for Lower Speed Limit
  7-Mi. Path Part of Houston (TX) Park Renovation
  Brattleboro (VT) Wants Ped/Bike-Friendly Street Design
  L.I.B.'s Barsotti to Do First Batavia (IL) Bike Plan
  Walking Soars During New York (NY) Transit Strike
  Oregon Pedestrian Deaths on The Rise?
  Alameda (CA) Looks over Planned "Safe Routes" Project
  Galveston (TX) Bike Shop Reopens after Rita Devastation
  Paris (FR) Considers Self-Service Bike Hire Scheme



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



THE MAKE-UP OF METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS

-> According to the Jan, 24th Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
Update, "Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), often the conduit
through which billions of federal and state transportation dollars flow
for regional transportation investments, hold major responsibilities
for metropolitan growth patterns as well as the creation of economic
and social opportunity. Yet, these boards are generally not elected,
nor are they required by law to have representational voting. In this
paper, Thomas Sanchez reviews MPOs generally and discusses variations
in MPO voting structures 'with implications for potential bias by race,
place, or class' in 50 large metropolitan areas."

Read the report http://newsletters.brookings.edu/t/1852/38431/316/0/
See the entire Transportation Reform Series:
http://newsletters.brookings.edu/t/1852/38431/159/0/
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PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006 PRESENTATION SUBMISSIONS

-> According to John Williams, NCBW's program director for the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference, submissions for prospective
presentations have been coming in at a steady rate. The closing
date for presentation submissions is March 1, 2006. The conference
will be held in Madison, Wisc., September 5-8.

"We again expect to receive between 200 and 300 proposals," said
Williams, who managed the submissions process for the 2004
Victoria, BC, conference. "It's a challenge to choose between the
wide variety of proposals that come in, but it's also pretty exciting.
It's like quickly receiving a very broad look at what's going on in the
bicycle, pedestrian, and active living fields."

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

Williams added that his team will be seeking a variety of types of
presentations for the 2006 conference, including:

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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PORTLAND (OR) TRANS. OPTIONS CUTS DRIVE ALONE CAR TRIPS

-> According to a Jan. 9th release, The (Portland) Office of
Transportation, Options Division was awarded '2005 Project of the Year'
from Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Portland chapter. This
innovative program to get more people on their feet, bikes and on the
bus realized an 8.6% reduction in drive alone car trips and a 46.7%
increase in environmentally friendly trips in the Eastside Hub. The
Eastside Hub boundaries were SE 30th and 82nd and I-84 to Woodward and
included 20,000 households with 50,000 people.

"Every Eastside Hub household received an order form so they could pick
just the information they wanted and needed about walking, bicycling,
riding transit, carpooling, car sharing and safety information for
older drivers. Transportation Options prepared each households'
customized package of information and incentives and delivered it all
by bicycle. Five thousand two hundred households (26 %) either
requested biking, walking, transit or other information or went on a
bike ride, walk or attended a class with Options in the Hub.
Seventy-one percent ordered bike information, 84% ordered walking
information, and 35% ordered transit information..."

For more detailed information about the program, contact Linda
Ginenthal at <linda.ginenthal@pdxtrans.org>. A final report and survey
results can be found at http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation
(click on "Getting Around Portland and then Eastside Hub.")
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MAXSHOPPER - A SWISS POP-UP PERSONAL SHOPPING CART

In a recent note, Nick Thompson wrote, "Centerlines readers will be
interested to know, Whole Foods Market is setting up to test the
'MaxShopper transport system' in 4 Southern California locations as a
tool for people to reach stores on foot and by bicycle. The
'MaxShopper' is a pop up personal cart designed both for use walking
and as a bike trailer. Developed in Switzerland, where 6,000 have sold
in 18 months, the product rolls through the aisles, and checkout,
carrying 4+ bags of groceries. This project started when the managers
at the Whole Foods in Pittsburgh saw me ride into the parking lot
pulling mine (obtained via Vancouver, Canada because there is no US
distribution.) From there, Becky McLucas, with the company's Green
Mission initiative, picked up the concept as "something our customers
may really appreciate."

"My hope is to remove a few automobiles from our roads. Truthfully,
even drivers can use it stowed in the trunk to save the hassles of an
empty traditional cart. Product testing on LA sidewalks and streets
begins in February. Other regions in the Whole Foods chain are
interested. Progress depends on consumer reactions."

For more info, contact Nick at <Nick@Ipropel.org> and check out this
animated WMP video:
http://tinyurl.com/coesd
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PERILS FOR PEDESTRIANS LANDS ON DISH NETWORK

-> According to a recent note from John Wetmore, "'Perils For
Pedestrians' will be broadcast on DISH Network channel 9411 starting
February 7. The series will be shown on Tuesdays at 9:30 pm Eastern
time, 6:30 Pacific. 'Perils For Pedestrians' will continue to be shown
on 80 public access cable channels across the country. Past episodes
will be gradually uploaded to the Google Video site over the course of
this year. Expect one or two additional episodes each week, depending
on how long Google takes to process them.

John Z Wetmore, <John@Pedestrians.org>
http://www.pedestrians.org
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "We are perhaps not far behind our American cousins in the
'supersizing' epidemic. Our towns and cities make [walking] nearly
impossible...it might help if the built environment was more attractive
and appealing to the pedestrian."
-- Prince Charles
http://tinyurl.com/ddtbp


-> "As we muddle our way through asset appreciation on the road to
Nasdaq Nirvana, we have to ask the question: Did we really mean to
trade our birthright for a wider selection of bathmats?"
-- Melissa Holbrook Pierson, "When Progress Hits Home: A Sprawling
Lament"
http://tinyurl.com/a6byv


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

BICYCLING MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES BEST BIKE CITIES

-> According to a Jan. 26th Bicycling story, "Portland [Oregon], which
was previously named America's top cycling city by Bicycling in its
most recent rankings in 2001, remained the top overall choice again in
2006, as well as the magazine's choice for top cycling city among those
with a population of fewer than 1 million people. Bicycling's complete
list of America's top cycling cities is featured in the March 2005
issue of the magazine, on newsstands February 1.

"San Diego, CA was selected as the top cycling city in the country for
cities with a population greater than 1 million, while Madison, WI
(population 200,000 to 500,000), Boulder, CO (population 75,000 to
200,000) and Davis, CA (Best Small Town) were also named the nation's
top cycling markets among their respective population sizes. The worst
cities for cycling, according to Bicycling's findings, are Atlanta, GA;
Houston, TX and Boston, MA--which, ironically, is the city in which
Bicycling VP/Editor-In-Chief Steve Madden grew up and learned how to
ride..."

Rankings:

Honorable mention: Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ

Honorable mention: San Francisco, CA; Austin, TX

Honorable mention: Minneapolis, MN; Anchorage, AK

Honorable mention: Chattanooga, TN; Cambridge, MA

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dzfzr

Archive search: use Google

Archive cost: No

Title "Portland, Oregon Once Again Tops Bicycling's Rankings of
America's Best Cycling Cities"

Author: Alissa Neil
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MARSHALL (MO) LIBRARY BOARD WANTS BIKE/PED ACCESSIBILITY

-> According to a Jan. 26th Marshall Democrat-News article, "Moving
quickly through the one-topic agenda for Wednesday evening's special
meeting, the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees gave its
approval to a new policy statement regarding library facilities and
what criteria will be evaluated in determining any new location for the
library...

"The policy, passed without dissent, lists criteria to determine sites
for a library including accessibility, acquisition cost, adjacent land
uses, availability, community opinion, construction/site development
cost, convenience, environmental issues, legal costs to acquire the
property, parking, the size and shape of the property and visibility.

"Among the items spelled out under the various criteria are
expectations that any library site 'will be easily accessible by car,
bicycle and on foot,' 'be acceptable to the majority of the residents
in the projected service area'...".'

Source: http://tinyurl.com/btldh
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Marshall Public Library trustees set policy"
Author: Mark Lile
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U.S. BILL SET TO ESTABLISH "BICENTENIAL BIKE TRAIL"

-> In a Jan. 26th letter to the Times-Argus, Dennis McMahon, Esq.,
points out, "As you know, there is a bill pending in the U.S. Senate
that would establish the Star Spangled Banner and War of 1812
Bicentennial Commission to coordinate efforts to celebrate the 200th
anniversary of that critical period of American history. In addition to
a commission including state representation and other features, the
measure establishes a Bicentennial Bicycle Trail. Introduced at the
behest of the National Parks Service, the initial proposal did not
include Vermont.

"We sent correspondence to various federal and state officials urging
that the omission of Vermont from the bicentennial bill be rectified
forthwith. I was informed by the office of Sen. Patrick Leahy that the
bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee, of which he is the
ranking minority member. Senator Leahy is monitoring the matter and
when the bill comes before the Committee he will make the appropriate
amendment to include Vermont in the legislation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9mgqz
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dxrmt
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Time to plan for celebration"
Author: Dennis McMahon, Esq.
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CHEBOYGAN (MI) OFFICIALS ARGUE FOR LOWER SPEED LIMIT

-> According to a Jan. 26th Daily Tribune article, "A Michigan
Department of Transportation study with the Michigan State Police of
U.S. 23 from the east city limits to the west city limits recommended
that no changes be made to the current posted speed limits along the
stretch. The Cheboygan City Council will now invite the state official
who signed off on the denial for slower speed limits to come to a
future meeting and explain his viewpoint. Matt Radulski, traffic and
safety engineer for the Grayling Transportation Service Center, will be
invited to appear before the Council and the community.

"'Let him face these people and hear their concerns first hand,' said
Mayor Pro-Tem Scott McCauslin. 'None of the data involved in this study
involves people. It doesn't involve the families who live along
Mackinaw Avenue whose kids play in Kiwanis Park. I thought this was
about people.'...'All this data and then that's not enough of a study?
The state and MDOT are doing this community a disservice,' McCauslin
said. 'Our hands are tied and we can do nothing about it.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7ugas
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/c82lg
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "MDOT says speed limits will stand"
Author: Mike Fornes
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7-MI. PATH PART OF HOUSTON (TX) PARK RENOVATION

-> A lengthy Jan. 20th Chronicle article described a large scale
renovation of Pasadena Park. Some projects were intended to reduce
flood damage from heavy rains. However among the various projects was
quite a bit of pedestrian- and bicycle-related work: "A highlight of
the renovated park is a bike trail linking Burke/Crenshaw and
Strawberry parks to Memorial Park. The 7.1-mile trail will run through
north Pasadena. The revamped facility also will include a skateboard
park, basketball court, new parking lots and lighted sidewalks.

"Also included in the first phase of the park renovation are three
pedestrian bridges. One bridge is being funded by the Texas Department
of Transportation under its 'Safe Routes to School' program because the
park is used by many students as a route to nearby Pasadena High
School..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/79q6b
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Pasadena park being refurbished"
Author: Ruth Rendon
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BRATTLEBORO (VT) WANTS PED/BIKE-FRIENDLY STREET DESIGN

-> According to a Jan. 26th Rutland Herald article, "More than 40
Putney Road property owners, business owners and town planners met with
state transportation officials Wednesday night in the first step of a
10-year mission to reconstruct the traffic-heavy strip corridor.
Officials from the Vermont Agency of Transportation said they want as
much information from people who live or work along Putney Road before
drawing up preliminary designs that will hopefully address the myriad
of problems associated with the strip...Concerns from locals expressed
Wednesday were similar to the complaints about the town's main
commercial strip in the past, notably its lack of pedestrian access,
confusing intersections and driveways and its general unpleasant
appearance.

"[Greg Bakos, an engineer with the design firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin]
said the state's main goals with redesigning the strip focus on
increasing traffic mobility and safety, introducing pedestrian and
bicycle access and improving the 'community character' of the road.
Wednesday's meeting was the first of three work sessions between state
and local leaders as the needs of the corridor are identified.
Brattleboro planning officials and Putney Road business leaders are
awaiting local approval of a master plan for the road, which calls for
multi-story, multi-use buildings and an aesthetic similar to a vibrant
downtown..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7tj7t
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8pp3u
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Putney Road redesign plan draws public input"
Author: Daniel Barlow
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L.I.B.'S BARSOTTI TO DO FIRST BATAVIA (IL) BIKE PLAN

-> According to a Jan. 26th Eacon News article, "Cyclists in Batavia
may soon have an easier and safer way to get around. Batavia has
contracted Ed Barsotti, executive director of the League of Illinois
Bicyclists, to prepare the city's first-ever bicycle plan. His job will
be to work with an advisory committee to plan out a bike route and
recommend treatments for roadways along that route, including striped
bike lanes and new road signs. Batavia's plan will resemble, and
possibly link up with, the extensive bike routes planned for Geneva and
North Aurora, which should be no surprise. Barsotti helped design plans
for both cities, with input from cycling enthusiasts like himself in
both municipalities.

"But as a former longtime Batavia resident, Barsotti said he is looking
forward to designing Batavia's plan most of all. Barsotti moved to
Aurora a few years ago, after living most of his life in Batavia. 'This
is a dream consulting gig,' he said. 'I'm excited about being able to
help my hometown improve its bicycling conditions.' Barsotti's first
step is to hold a brainstorming session with Batavia cyclists, to
determine the best routes for the proposed path. He said he plans to
include the Batavia and Geneva park districts in that session and will
base the final plan on both the trail system and the city's roadways..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dkeko
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/cedd7
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Batavia on path to first-ever bike plan"
Author: Andre Salles
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WALKING SOARS DURING NEW YORK (NY) TRANSIT STRIKE

-> According to a Jan. 24th Times article, "It takes longer to get to
work without the subways, no one disputes that. But just more than a
month after a 60-hour transit strike crippled New York City, other
lessons are becoming clear, according to data collected by city
officials while the subways and buses were shut down. Among the
findings: The number of pedestrians entering Manhattan skyrocketed
during the walkout; bicycles and ferries were not used as much as
officials had expected; and vehicle restrictions...may have been
harsher than necessary.

"While the transit strike of Dec. 20-22 was a nuisance for riders and a
hardship for businesses, it also presented an opportunity to gauge how
the habits of New Yorkers have changed since the last such walkout, in
1980. The new data suggest that New Yorkers are more inclined to walk
than they were 25 years ago. 'It's not uncommon for New Yorkers to walk
a mile a day,' said Iris Weinshall, the commissioner of the city's
Department of Transportation, who intends to release the research here
on Tuesday, during the annual meeting of the Transportation Research
Board, which is part of the National Research Council...

"On average, more than 34,000 pedestrians walked over one of the four
East River bridges into Manhattan, compared with only 2,000 or so per
day normally. Total pedestrian volume on the bridges from 6 to 10 a.m.
was about 14,000 -- about 14 percent higher than the 12,500 recorded
during the 1980 strike. On average, 11,717 bicycles crossed the East
River bridges each day of the strike. From 6 to 10 a.m., the number of
bicyclists on the bridges was 4,892, a 44 percent drop from 8,762
riders in 1980. The city has far more bicycle lanes and paths than it
did in 1980, but Ms. Weinshall said bicycling was a less-attractive
option because of the cold weather. The 1980 strike began on April 1
and lasted 11 days..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/94482
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "One Lesson of a Strike: Those Riders Will Walk"
Author: Sewell Chan
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OREGON PEDESTRIAN DEATHS ON THE RISE?

-> According to a Jan. 20th Daily Vanguard article, "Pedestrian deaths
in Oregon rose in 2005. Through Dec. 26, 2005, the most recent day for
which formal statistics were available, there were 46 pedestrian deaths
in 2005, versus 42 the year before according to the Oregon Department
of Transportation. Two additional deaths occurred between Dec. 26-31,
contributing to a 13 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities over the
past year. The numbers are further backed by results from Mean Streets
2004, a Washington, D.C.-based policy study that looked at
transportation safety nationwide. Mean Streets found that walking was
by far the most dangerous mode of transportation, with a fatality rate
of 20.1 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. This compared unfavorably
to a rate of 1.3 for cars and trucks and 0.75 for mass transit.

"Local sources attribute the rise in pedestrian accidents to citywide
budget cuts. Fewer financial resources available to police means fewer
officers on the streets, which translates into more accidents. The
increases have also been fueled by a jump in alcohol-related
fatalities. Portland traffic division statistics show that
alcohol-related traffic deaths doubled in Portland from 1999 to 2003 --
from nine to 18. A steadily increasing population in the Portland-Metro
area also means that traffic congestion has gotten worse. Even with
mass-transit, more vehicles are on the road than ever before..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cnobl
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/84cdm
Archive cost: No
Title: "Mean Streets"
Author: Sue Pesznecker
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ALAMEDA (CA) LOOKS OVER PLANNED "SAFE ROUTES" PROJECT

-> According to a Jan. 24th Oakland Tribune article, "The public will
get a chance to discuss proposed pedestrian and bicycle route
improvements near Lincoln Middle School at a meeting Thursday with the
Alameda Public Works Department. Construction on Fernside Boulevard
between Encinal Avenue and Adams Street is to begin in June and be
completed in September.

"Highlights of the project include:
-Landscaped planters to replace the existing orange traffic guides.
-Addition of bike lanes and re-striping of lanes.
-Elimination of the right turn and concrete median at the corner of
Fernside Boulevard and Encinal Avenue to allow for U-turns.
-In-pavement flashing lights at the school crosswalk at San Jose Avenue.

"Funds for the project are drawn from the Caltrans Safe Routes to
School Grant Program and Alameda County's Measure B transportation
funds..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8ujgz
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Public to weigh in on routes to school"
Author: Staff
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GALVESTON (TX) BIKE SHOP REOPENS AFTER RITA DEVASTATION

-> According to a Jan. 26th Daily News article, "Like thousands of
other Galvestonians, Joey Chavarria was caught up in a blur of activity
while preparing to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Rita's arrival in late
September. He secured a few things at his bicycle repair shop and put
his computer hard drive on a table in case water seeped in. The shop
had been open for only about five months and turned its first profit
the week before Rita rolled in. Being in shock hardly describes how he
felt when he learned his shop was gutted when flames swept through the
old Fraternal Order of Eagles building at 1906 Postoffice during the
storm.

"'How could you know it would catch fire,' said Chavarria. 'I lost all
of my own bikes and four customers' bikes.' Chavarria pressed on, and
is in a hurried yet optimistic mood this week while getting ready for a
fresh start. His Island Cycle Repairs should open next Tuesday at 2505
Market St. His plan is to start off with repairs and branch out to
limited sales of higher-end bikes for serious racers or those looking
for a reliable set of wheels for daily transportation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/aqk3x
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/968r9
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Bike repair shop starts fresh cycle"
Author: Greg Barr
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PARIS (FR) CONSIDERS SELF-SERVICE BIKE HIRE SCHEME

-> According to a Jan. 26th Euronext release, "JCDecaux SA, the number
one outdoor advertising company in Europe and the number two worldwide,
notes the decision by the Paris City Authorities to consider the launch
of a study into the benefits of introducing a self-service bicycle hire
scheme and the operation of information and advertising street
furniture at their next Council meeting. In this case JCDecaux, as the
pioneer and world leader in the provision of self-service bicycle hire
schemes, will be well placed to participate in the tender process
planned by the City of Paris.

"The self-service bicycle hire schemes introduced by JCDecaux in Vienna
(Austria), Cordoba and Gijon (Spain), as well as in Lyon (France), have
enjoyed great popularity with the public as well as responding to the
City Councils' desire to counter the problems of pollution, noise and
congestion. In recognition of this, JCDecaux was awarded the 2005
Bicycle Trophy by the 16th Congress des villes cyclables (Congress of
international towns promoting the use of bicycles) and of the magazine
Usine Nouvelle "Engineers of the Year" Award is the direct result of
the success story of Velo'v in Lyon. The City of Lyon was also
distinguished by the magazine 'Ville et Transport' for the best
innovation in 'eco-friendly transport'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/czyj9
Archive search: use "Search" window (use company name)
Archive cost: None
Title "JCDecaux : Bicycles in Paris : JCDecaux will participate in the planned tender"
Author: Staff
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

HEALTHY EATING CREATES DILEMMA FOR FOOD INDUSTRY

-> "Food companies are facing a business conundrum in the wake of the
consumer stampede towards healthier eating, according to a new report
from JPMorgan: continue going against the grain with high margin,
not-so-healthy products or deliver healthier foods at smaller margins.
Neither would seem ideal, if you were a shareholder in a company that
has a portfolio of confectionary, hot beverage or snack products..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dl8e3
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Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S

NO CHARGES EXPECTED IN LOUISVILLE (KY) PED DEATH (??)

-> "Police say 44-year-old Vernon Anderson was crossing the street when
he was struck by a pick up truck. He died at the scene..."
http://tinyurl.com/8pjfo

2006 VELO MONDIAL CONFERENCE COMES TO SOUTH AFRICA

-> "The conference theme, 'Towards Prosperity', would deal with
challenges facing South Africa and the world such as poverty
alleviation, social accessibility, economic opportunities, cleaner air,
affordable mobility, planned cities, less traffic congestion, safer
roads, dignified spaces, healthier lifestyles and recreational
choices..."
http://tinyurl.com/7jj68

NEWPORT (KY) GROUP HOSTS "PURPLE PEOPLE BRIDGE CLIMB"

-> "The climb area will be on the western-most truss of the pedestrian
bridge, which will be topped by a transparent plastic platform hanging
off the side of the highest beam. The 2.5 hour excursion will include
prep work at the base inside Newport on the Levee and a Breathalyzer
test. Climbers will pay about $65 for the experience..."
http://tinyurl.com/bvn3n
For an article about this cool bridge, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ckj8w

JEDDAH (SA) KIDS RISK LIVES WALKING TO SCHOOL

-> "For school administrator Ahmad Al-Zahrani, the sight of a
pedestrian footbridge that ends halfway across the traffic-laden Makkah
Road is a reminder of the daily risk his students take to get to and
from school..." [See the photo!]
http://tinyurl.com/c2efg

MAGPIE BICYCLE MUSICAL HITS NEW YORK CITY

-> "'An original musical with Latin overtones, Magpie is the story of
two young, emotionally challenged lovers set in the world of bicycle
messengers,' according to Amas..."
http://tinyurl.com/9sx9d


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

-> "TRANSPORTATION & STREET TREES..."
"...Effect of the Urban Design Industry's Roadside Landscape
Improvement Standards on Driver and Pedestrian Performance;" ARCC Jnl;
Apr. 2001.
http://tinyurl.com/9yrw6

-> "SAFETEA-LU STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY GRANT PROGRAMS"
"...Section 402 State and Community Highway Safety Grants;" Information
on the Governors Highway Safety Association website.
http://tinyurl.com/9966t

-> "A TECHNICAL REVIEW OF THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN..."
"... Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality;" EPA
231-R-01-002; Jan. 2001. 1.4mb pdf
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/built.pdf

-> "PARKING SPACES/COMMUNITY PLACES..."
"...Finding the Balance through Smart Growth Solutions;" EPA
publication EPA 231-K-06-001. 3.4mb pdf
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/EPAParkingSpaces06.pdf

-> "BRIDGEMEISTER (MOSTLY SUSPENSION BRIDGES)"
Website created by David Denenberg; "Counting the world's suspension
bridges (one at a time)."
http://tinyurl.com/d8g5h


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 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/

April 30-May 3, 2006, 8th Annual Virginia Bike Walk Conference:
"Creating Walkable Communities...One Step at a Time," Lynchburg, VA.
Info: Stephanie W. Smith, BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203, Williamsburg,
VA 23187-0203; phone: (757) 229-0507; email:
<ssmith@bikewalkvirginia.org>.
http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org

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 -- PROJECT DIRECTOR -- PARKS & TRAILS NEW YORK

Parks & Trails New York, a statewide non-profit based in Albany, New
York, seeks a Project Director to join a team of committed,
enthusiastic professionals working to expand, protect, and promote a
statewide network of parks, trails, and open spaces for all to use and
enjoy. Duties include technical and organizational assistance to aid
trail development in communities along the Erie Canalway Trail and
throughout the state; trail and park advocacy at the local and state
level; preparation of planning studies, marketing reports, newsletters
and other publications, outreach; event planning; and new program
development. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package. Full
job description, including minimum and desired qualifications, can be
found at http://www.ptny.org. The position is open until filled.

Submit letter of interest and resume to: Project Director Search, Parks
& Trails New York , 29 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207, <careers@ptny.org>.


-> JOB -- ADVOCACY OUTREACH COORD. -- MCBC (CA)
Position Description: Assist the Advocacy Director and the Director of
Planning in executing a successful advocacy program and carrying out
the mission of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.
Part-time Position: This part-time, 20 hour per week, six-month
position begins in January 2006. Compensation commensurate with the
individual's level of experience. The position is paid on an hourly
basis without benefits.
Scope of Work: The position would be responsible for the following
three major areas of work as well as other tasks as time permits and
priorities are developed on a week-to-week basis.

  1. Grassroots Community Organizing (approx. 8 hours/week)...
  2. Complete Streets (approx. 5 hours/week)...
  3. Administrative and Project Support (approx. 7 hours per week)...

Qualified individuals invited to submit a cover letter, resume, 3
references and a writing sample to <eric@marinbike.org>. For more
information, please contact MCBC's Director of Planning, Eric Anderson,
at 415-456-3469 ext. 4#. Complete job description available at:
http://www.marinbike.org/Jobs/AdvOutrchCoord.htm


-> 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


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