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


#142 Friday, February 10, 2006


CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
and information you can use to create more walkable and
bicycle-friendly communities.
CenterLines is also available as a podcast.
Go to: http://www.bikewalk.net/podcasts


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  PWPB 2006 Presentation Proposal Deadline Looms
  Safe Routes Partnership Produces Guide for States
  Call For Applications: Walkable Community Workshops
  Hank Dittmar on Tradition and Innovation
  Squeaky Wheels of Bainbridge Island (WA) Give Out Lights
  NYC's TA Publishes Traffic Relief Resource in Spanish
  Missouri Appoints Safe Routes Coordinator


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Lack of Exercise Facilities Fosters Obesity in Poor N'hoods
  Sussex (WI) Starts Work on Ped/Bike Bridge
  Sacramento (CA) Pedestrian Advocate Speaks Out
  Austin (MN) Wants to be a 'Fit City'
  Morrisville (NC) Officials Plan Walkable Town Center
  New Jersey Assemblyman Presses for Ped Improvements
  Memphis (TN) to Narrow Broad Street, Improve Walkability
  Salida (CO) Group Eyes "Safe Routes" Money for Projects
  "Walk Again" Drugs to be Tested on People
  Seattle (WA) Weighs Travel Options, Housing Growth
  Ann Arbor (MI) Road May Get Road Diet, Bike Lanes
  Decatur (AL) Honors Dr. Bill Sims for Trail Work
  Pittsburgh (PA) Selects $3.5M in Trail, Safe Routes Projects



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


PWPB 2006 PRESENTATION PROPOSAL DEADLINE LOOMS

-> John Williams, NCBW's program director for the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference, notes that the deadline
for the submission of presentation proposals is drawing near.
"I don't know what the equivalent of a postmark is when
you're dealing with the Internet, but whatever it is, it's got to
be on your on-line submission form by March 1," Williams said.

Williams encouraged prospective presenters to visit the page at
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/proposal.html
to learn more about how to submit a proposal and pull up the
on-line submission form.

The biennial ProWalk/ProBike conference will be in Madison, Wisc.,
Sept. 5-8. The theme for this year's conference is 'Making
Connections.' "Under this theme, we'll focus on a variety of topics,"
Williams said. "These might include:

Williams added that a variety of presentation formats will be
welcomed, including panel presentations, posters, roundtable
discussions, and interactive workshops.

If you've got new ideas and proven bicycling and walking programs
to share, it's time to put together your presentation proposal.
Again, the proposal submission DEADLINE is March 1, 2006. You'll be
notified on or before March 30 if your presentation has been
accepted.

Presentation proposal information and submission form link:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/proposal.html
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SAFE ROUTES PARTNERSHIP PRODUCES GUIDE FOR STATES

-> According to an article in the Feb. 9th Safe Routes to School
E-News, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership recently
developed a resource called "States Take Action" to help pedestrian,
bicycle, health and school advocates to work productively with their
State DOTs on shaping their state's Safe Routes to School program.
FHWA's guidance for SRTS says, 'FHWA also encourages State DOTs to
involve experts and professionals representing SRTS stakeholders from
the fields of public health, education, child safety, bicycling and
walking and others as appropriate to assist with development and
implementation of the program.' The Partnership emphasizes that there
is a narrow window of time for community advocates to work with their
DOT on the development of the state's SRTS program..."

See the "States Take Action" resource for details:
http://tinyurl.com/9ahqp

To subscribe to their E-News, send an email to:
<saferoutestoschool-subscribe@topica.com> leaving the subject
heading and body of the message blank.
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

-> NCBW is pleased to announce that applications are now being
accepted for the fall, 2006 round of Walkable Community Workshops
(WCW). Along with the new round of workshops come some updates
and additions to the award-winning program. NCBW is now offering
WCW partners the chance to use some of their workshop slots for
Safe Routes to Schools introductory workshops, bike-friendly
community workshops, and Phase II workshops.

According to program manager Mark Plotz, many of the changes have
been driven by the needs of the WCW partners. "We are constantly
adjusting our curriculum to stay current with the issues-of-the-day,"
said Plotz. "Beyond that, we do have partners interested in more
specialized, more focused workshops.

"Something new we are trying this fall is giving our partners the
option to defer a few of their workshops. For example, we may do
four workshops for a partner in the fall, and then return in the
spring to do follow up work. This will give the community time to
absorb the workshops' content, and identify where they need to
go next. The other thing we are doing is adding a one day/one
facilitator option for our smaller partners or those wanting only
one or two workshops at a time."

Take a moment to peruse the new Walkable Community Workshop
webpages (www.bikewalk.org/WCW) where you'll find additional
information and a preliminary application. Or, feel free to call Mark
Plotz at 301-656-4220 or Bob Chauncey at 410-570-5765.
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HANK DITTMAR ON TRADITION AND INNOVATION

-> Here's the intro to an interview with Hank Dittmar, published by the
Michigan Land Use Institute. Most of us know Hank as former head of the
Surface Transportation Policy Project but he's moved on since then.
According to author Carolyn Kelly, "Hank Dittmar is not exactly a
household name, but he definitely works for one. Mr. Dittmar directs
the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, a nonprofit
organization founded by Sir Charles, The Prince of Wales. The
foundation promotes New Urbanist development -- neighborhoods and towns
where people can walk to work, schools, stores, public transit, and
parks.

"Before joining Prince Charles' foundation a year ago, Mr. Dittmar cut
quite the noticeable path across the broad field of American
transportation and land use policy. He was the co-founder and former
president and chief executive officer of Reconnecting America, a
nonprofit group that aims to link American cities and regions through
high speed rail and bus lines. The group grew out of The Great American
Station Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helped renovate and
revive old train stations in order to stimulate public transit and
compact, transit-oriented development, which Mr. Dittmar also
directed..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9xb5u
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Title: "Building Timeless Places"
Author: Carolyn Kelly
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SQUEAKY WHEELS OF BAINBRIDGE ISLAND (WA) GIVE OUT LIGHTS

In a recent note, Dana Berg said, "Our bike group, Squeaky Wheels,
partnered with local bike shops and the police and handed out over 100
bike lights in December. We first organized a light up the night
holiday bike ride with the brightest, most exciting bikes and helmets
ever seen and the next day we handed out lights at our ferry dock,
where hundreds of riders commute by ferry to Seattle and at the schools
where more and more students are riding to school. It was so successful
that we are going to try and find some more money and have it be an
ongoing activity and target both walkers and cyclists. We were very
fortunate to get a grant from the Washington State Traffic Safety
Commission as seed money for the project."

-- Dana Berg, president, Squeaky Wheels <veloberg66@msn.com>
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NYC'S TA PUBLISHES TRAFFIC RELIEF RESOURCE IN SPANISH

-> According to a recent note from Transportation Alternatives' Karla
Quintero, "'Calles Para la Gente,' a Spanish language booklet with
information on how to reduce congestion and improve pedestrian safety
on neighborhood streets, is now available free for residents and
organizations located within the five boroughs of New York City."

For more information contact Karla Quintero at (646) 873-6024 or
<karla@transalt.org>.
http://www.transalt.org
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MISSOURI APPOINTS SAFE ROUTES COORDINATOR

-> According to the Feb. 8th issue of Missouri Bicycle Federation News,
"MoDOT has recently appointed the statewide coordinator for the new
federally funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Todd Messenger,
the new coordinator, has 12 years of experience with MoDOT serving as a
district utilities engineer, highway designer, bridge inspector,
construction inspector and survey crew instrument operator. He joined
the Highway Safety Division January 17.

"Safe Routes is one of the most exciting new programs in years -- it
has the potential to greatly improve conditions for bicycling and
walking across Missouri for children and adults. SRTS program sets up
programs to encourage children and adults to walk or bicycle to schools
and supports creating the infrastructure to make that happen.

"MoBikeFed gave considerable input to MoDOT as they set the job
description and responsibilities for the coordinator last fall.
MoBikeFed has a seat on the new statewide Safe Routes to Schools
Steering Committee..."

For more info, contact Caryn Giarratano at
<Caryn.Giarratano@modot.mo.gov> or visit:
http://mobikefed.org/
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "People need new tools to work with rather than new tools that
'work' for them."
-- Ivan Illich
http://tinyurl.com/b2vet


-> "Do dogs have thoughts and feelings? Of course they do. If they
didn't, there wouldn't be any dogs."
-- Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, "The Hidden Life of Dogs"
http://tinyurl.com/ban74


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

LACK OF EXERCISE FACILITIES FOSTERS OBESITY IN POOR N'HOODS

-> According to a Feb. 8th Forbes article, "Lack of access to exercise
facilities, particularly in low-income areas, is one force that's
driving the obesity epidemic that's endangering America's children. But
'food insecurity,' a term used to describe overeating by poorer people
who aren't guaranteed a steady supply of nutritious meals, doesn't seem
to be a factor in the trend. Those are the conclusions of two studies
that appear in the February issue of Pediatrics. 'Our country faces a
serious obesity problem -- one that disproportionately impacts poor,
minority individuals and communities,' said Penny Gordon-Larsen, an
assistant professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina's
School of Public Health and Medicine, and the author of the physical
activity study. 'Our research suggests that perhaps one way to address
this would be to argue for greater opportunities for exercise in
disadvantaged communities.'...

"The first study included geographic and socioeconomic information from
across the country. The researchers also gathered statistics on the
number of physical-activity facilities and the rate of overweight and
average physical activity levels for each area. Physical-activity
facilities included schools, public recreation facilities, parks and
YMCAs, as well as dance studios and private gyms. 'We found that more
disadvantaged communities have a great deficiency in terms of the
number and types of exercise facilities available. Working class,
minority communities get a double whammy -- they are at greatest
disadvantage in terms of exercise facilities and opportunities,'
Gordon-Larsen said. Not surprisingly, the lack of places to exercise
had on effect on both activity levels and the prevalence of
overweight..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/cqhoo
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Title "Limited Access to Exercise Facilities Fueling Childhood Obesity Epidemic"
Author: Serena Gordon
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SUSSEX (WI) STARTS WORK ON PED/BIKE BRIDGE

-> According to a Feb. 8th Sussex Sun article, "Armed with a $48,000
federal grant and its own staff power, the village has begun work on a
40-foot bridge that will span Sussex Creek behind Village Hall. Both
the village's Community Development Authority and its Park Board
approved the project last year. While the federal grant, administered
by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' stewardship fund,
requires the village to match it, Sussex has done so with an in-kind
contribution of labor and materials, Assistant Village Administrator
Jeremy Smith said in an interview Monday.

"The grant, plus village labor and materials, will also lay an asphalt
path leading up to the bridge along the creek's west bank. The village
also plans to lay paths alongside all the village's waterways, Smith
said. As part of its commitment to a 'walkable community,' he added,
Sussex will eventually link all these walking paths, including,
eventually, the Bug Line Recreational Trail..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dplcx
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Title "Sussex Begins Bridge Work; New Structure to Span Sussex Creek behind Village Hall"
Author: Peter Abbott

For a little Sussex bike/ped history, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/9q3t4
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SACRAMENTO (CA) PEDESTRIAN ADVOCATE SPEAKS OUT

-> In a Feb. 2nd Sacramento Bee Op-Ed piece, Anne Geraghty, executive
director of WalkSacramento wrote, "The recent accident where a
17-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle on Greenback Lane illustrates a
dangerous pedestrian safety problem that exists throughout Sacramento
County, not just in Citrus Heights: the lack of safe, convenient
locations for people to cross major multi-lane roads. Walkers
understandably don't want to walk miles out of their way to reach their
destination, and that leads to them taking chances. What is wrong with
this picture? The recent news article in the Citrus Heights --
Orangevale/Fair Oaks Regional edition notes that a Citrus Heights
police traffic investigator had predicted a serious or fatal collision
would occur near Burich Avenue and Patterson Lane. This is the location
of many apartments across the street from a convenience store. The only
action thus far taken is to crack down on jaywalkers. But this is
dealing only with the symptoms. How about putting pedestrians first?
How about designing and redesigning our roadways to give people on foot
safe, convenient crossings within reasonable distances from their
destinations?

"Why not plan and build a system of marked pedestrian crosswalks with
pedestrian refuge islands at strategic locations along multi-lane
roadways? A well-designed mid-block crossing can be much safer for
pedestrians than crossing at signalized intersections. This is because
there is just one direction of traffic to deal with at a time rather
than the left-and right-turning vehicles that pedestrians face at busy
multi-lane intersections. The pedestrian can get to the center refuge
island, then, start again when there is a break in the traffic.
Pedestrian-activated signals can increase the safety of the mid-block
crossings and are necessary on heavily traveled streets such as
Greenback Lane. These signals can include countdowns, which have proven
to be very beneficial for pedestrians who can see clearly how much time
they have to get across the street. The distance between signals on
multi-lane roadways as Greenback Lane, Sunrise Boulevard and Florin
Road is often as great as one mile. This is well beyond what most
people consider walkable for utilitarian trips..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dgtxt
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Title: "Walking advocate calls for safer street passage"
Author: Anne Geraghty
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AUSTIN (MN) WANTS TO BE A 'FIT CITY'

-> According to a Feb. 9th Daily Herald article, "Austin will pursue
designation in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Fit City Program, the city council
decided Monday. The program recognizes cities committed to supportive
active living. Park and Recreation Director Dennis Maschka brought the
request before the council.

"The resolution cites the following as evidence of Austin's commitment:
developing a cohesive systems of parks and trails; requiring streets be
designed with pedestrians and bicyclists in mind; supporting recreation
programs; ensure physical activities are accessible and affordable; and
locating schools in walkable neighborhoods.

"In the past five months, Pawlenty has declared as fit cities Wabasha,
Lanesboro, Stillwater, Rochester, Houston, Springfield, Woodbury and
Chaska. Those who receive designation get a plaque for display and city
information listed on the state Department of Health Web site..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7hs6d
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Title: "Austin wants to be a 'Fit City'"
Author: Josh Verges

For more on the Fit City" program, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/86obm
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MORRISVILLE (NC) OFFICIALS PLAN WALKABLE TOWN CENTER

-> According to a Feb. 8th News14 story, "Morrisville is the small town
in the heart of the Triangle. It has easy access to Raleigh, Durham and
Chapel Hill. But if you go to Morrisville, you might not know you're
there because the town lacks a center. Town and business leaders are
trying to change that with the public's help. Victoria's Sweets Bakery
owner LaShana Broussard-Morris thinks the idea of a town center in
Morrisville is a sweet idea for local businesses. 'For our business it
would be tremendous because people would immediately identify with
where we are,' she said. Right now that's a problem because Morrisville
lacks identity. 'Our borders are such that it's difficult to know when
you enter and leave the community,' explained Jodi Ann LeFreniere of
the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.

That's why city leaders are beginning the planning stages for a new
town center. The development would occur around the intersection of
Chapel Hill Road and Aviation Parkway. Ideas include a retail district
with walkways and restaurants as well as theatres and public places to
gather. 'It helps build traffic and energy and really helps support the
overall development,' LeFreniere continued. Morrisville Planning
Director Ben Hitchings says while the area should welcome what's new,
he also believes in preserving the past. 'What we hope to do is
integrate historic structures into the design wherever possible because
they are the best remaining example of a turn of the century depot
village remaining in Wake County.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9ssw6
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Title: "Morrisville establishing walkable town center"
Author: Gretchen Bartelt
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NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLYMAN PRESSES FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to Feb. 8th News Transcript article, "Pedestrian safety is
becoming a hot button issue in western Monmouth County following
several recent accidents in which pedestrians were struck by vehicles
in the area of local commuter parking lots. In one incident, a
Manalapan husband and wife who were crossing Route 9 in Manalapan
between two intersections were struck and killed. In another incident,
a Marlboro man was struck by a bus in a drop-off area on Union Hill
Road, Marlboro, near the Exclusive Plaza shopping center. Another
location that poses a daily challenge to commuters is the Regal Cinema
park-and-ride bus stop in Marlboro near the township's border with Old
Bridge at Route 9 and Texas Road. State Assemblyman Michael J. Panter
(D-Monmouth and Mercer) issued a press release last week stating his
intention to provide residents with better pedestrian safety measures
near that location. 'Commuters using mass transportation options should
be rewarded for their efforts, not subject to unsafe conditions,'
Panter said.

"'Beginning with the Regal Cinema park-and-ride, I would like to see
major improvements take place at all commuter stops in the 12th
District.' According to the assemblyman's press release, there are no
sidewalks on the southbound side of Route 9 where passengers returning
from New York get off their bus. In order to reach the commuter lot at
Regal Cinema where they parked in the morning, the commuters walk on
the shoulder of Route 9 south, which puts them in danger of being
struck by vehicles. Then they must cross the southbound lanes of
traffic and walk across a grassy, muddy median, and then across the
northbound lanes of Route 9 traffic to get to the Regal Cinema parking
lot...Panter is seeking a meeting with the commissioner of the
Department of Transportation (DOT) to address this issue. He said he is
working with fellow members of the Assembly Transportation Committee to
find a solution to the problem of unsafe commuter stops throughout the
state..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/b3pnp
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Title: "Panter: Pedestrian safety deserves close look"
Author: Tali Israeli
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MEMPHIS (TN) TO NARROW BROAD STREET, IMPROVE WALKABILITY

-> According to a Feb. 7th Commercial Appeal article, "The Broad Avenue
corridor may be a bleak, hollowed-out area where the pigeons roosting
on an aging water tower outnumber people on the street, but for local
planners it's the perfect tableau for testing new development rules.
During a planning exercise that ended late last week, scores of
designers, architects and engineers were busy crafting a vision of a
revitalized neighborhood. They drew up plans calling for a walkable
community with tree-lined storefronts and mixed-use development. But
before it can happen, they say, Memphis and Shelby County must adopt a
new code regulating development...Current development rules, which
strictly separate land uses and impose burdensome lot-size
requirements, are a major obstacle, planners say.

"'The code needs to be simpler and practical. And it needs to take into
account that these are urban, historic areas and they don't need
suburban rules,' said Robert Montague, Binghamton Development Corp.'s
executive director. To develop a walkable community, rules need to be
relaxed to allow 'live-work' places, where apartments could sit over
stores, studios and restaurants, planners say. Smaller block and lot
sizes also must be allowed. And since Broad is too, well, broad, for
current traffic needs, head-in parking and other measures to slow
vehicle speeds would help, officials say. 'Smaller block size and lower
speed limits are the two primary ingredients to achieve a walkable
community,' said Rick Hall, president of a Tallahassee, Fla.,
engineering and planning firm also involved in the effort..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7z9v6
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Title: "Ideas for Broad Avenue focus on revival as 'walkable community'"
Author: Tom Charlier

Follow-up editorial: http://tinyurl.com/7z9v6
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SALIDA (CO) GROUP EYES "SAFE ROUTES" MONEY FOR PROJECTS

-> According to a Jan. 27th Mountain Mail article, "Better air quality,
less traffic and healthier young people are some benefits a Colorado
Safe Routes grant could provide Salida. Salida-area Parks and Open
space Trails members are applying for a grant which could award
$10,00-$250,000 to the organization to initiate the program. SPOT
president Donna Rhoads said the grant is being written in conjunction
with city officials and Salida school district administrators. 'It's
federal transportation money being trickled down through (state
departments of transportation) throughout the country. The money is
designated for capital projects -- infrastructure or
non-infrastructure,' Rhoads said. Infrastructure includes bicycle
parking facilities, installing signs, on-street bike facilities,
crosswalk improvements, street striping and sidewalk improvements.

"Non-infrastructure projects are bicycle rodeos, crossing guard
programs, public awareness campaigns and safety programs. Rhoads said
the grant would be use to install street signs, improve sidewalks, do
street striping, and create crosswalks. In addition, she said SPOT
members plan to offer a Safe Routes to School brochure and an education
component. A community advisory board is being formed to study the
program and measure its success. 'The whole point is to create safer
ways to get to school so children don't have to be driven,' she said.
'It's a very exciting new grant program. It involves the whole
community and it's for the benefit of everyone. The intent is to get
students out walking and biking, which will promote healthy lifestyles
and reduce traffic.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/dfgrw
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Title: "Safer walking, biking routes could be helped with grant"
Author: Kirsten Laskey
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"WALK AGAIN" DRUGS TO BE TESTED ON PEOPLE

-> According to a Feb. 11th article in New Scientist magazine, "Two
antibodies that enabled the severed spinal nerves of rats to be
regenerated are to be tested in humans. The antibodies have helped rats
with damaged spinal cords to walk again, by blocking the action of
Nogo, a protein that stops nerve cells sprouting new connections. But
there were concerns about whether blocking Nogo would lead to
uncontrolled neuronal rewiring in the brain or spinal cord and it was
also unclear how such a therapy could be given to humans.

"Now Martin Schwab and his colleagues at the University of Zurich in
Switzerland have infused two antibodies, 11C7 and 7B12, into the
damaged spinal cords of rats. An osmotic mini-pump connected to a fine
catheter was used to deliver the antibodies directly into the
cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the injured part of the spinal cord --
a method of delivery that could easily be applied to humans, they say.
The antibodies triggered regeneration of axons, the fine thread-like
extensions that connect neurons, and enabled injured rats to swim,
cross the rungs of a ladder without slipping and traverse a narrow beam
(Annals of Neurology, vol 58, p 706)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9get3
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Title: "'Walk again' drugs to be tested on people"
Author: Prashant Nair
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SEATTLE (WA) WEIGHS TRAVEL OPTIONS, HOUSING GROWTH

-> In a Feb. 8th Post-Intelligencer article, Jane Hadley gave readers a
litany of modern problems, "Steep gas prices. Flabby bodies cruising
for diabetes and heart trouble. Global warming. Air pollution. If the
pitfalls of automobiles aren't already enough to make you think about
chucking your car for other ways of getting around, consider the growth
that is in store for Seattle. In the next 19 years, the city expects
22,000 new housing units and 50,000 new jobs. Assuming the same
percentage of people continued driving alone to work, the city
estimates it would have to build 20 city blocks of 10-story parking
garages downtown.

"'Nobody wants to do that,' says Patrice Gillespie-Smith, chief of
staff of the city's Department of Transportation. 'We are very
motivated to offer incentives to get people out of their cars.' In
2000, 61 percent of all Seattle work trips were by someone driving
alone. By 2020, the city's transportation strategic plan wants to knock
that down to 55 percent. People tend to become more interested in
shifting out of their cars if gas or parking prices escalate, and if
alternatives to the car are reliable, affordable and convenient,
experts say. But it often takes something unusual to inspire or shake
people into the awareness of those alternatives, said David Allen,
senior transportation planner for the city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/9cxlt
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Title: "A drive toward fewer cars"
Author: Jane Hadley
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ANN ARBOR (MI) ROAD MAY GET ROAD DIET, BIKE LANES

-> According to a Feb. 8th News article, "A new plan for a section of
Platt Road calls for fewer traffic lanes and the addition of bicycle
lanes on both shoulders. The road is scheduled to be resurfaced this
summer between the I-94 overpass and Packard Road. Once the resurfacing
is finished, the lanes will be redesigned with one lane of traffic in
each direction, a center turn lane and a bike lane on each shoulder.
According to the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, the 24-hour,
two-way traffic counts just south of the interstate are about 9,200
vehicles.

"The flow is low enough to handle being narrowed to two traffic lanes,
said Homayoon Pirooz, chief engineer for the project management unit
for the city. And the turn lane will assist traffic turning left into
apartments and side streets. 'With any new improvements, we would like
to add bike lanes to help with non-motorized transportation throughout
the city,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/7567e
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Title: "Platt Road may add bicycle lanes near I-94"
Author: Tracy Davis
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DECATUR (AL) HONORS DR. BILL SIMS FOR TRAIL WORK

-> According to a Feb. 7th Daily News article, "The Decatur City
Council on Monday named the city's bicycle trail in honor of the man
who worked to get it developed. A six-mile section built in 2002 and a
pending seven-mile addition will have signs recognizing it as the Dr.
Bill Sims Bike Trail. 'I can tell you I am humbled,' Sims said after
Mayor Don Kyle presented him a plaque noting the honor and recognizing
his work. 'I didn't do this by myself. My wife got me focused. We had a
great committee. I worked with three city administrations. It's been
quite a joy to do that.' Kyle's proclamation recognized Sims for his
work to secure the trail and funding and for advocating the healthy
benefits of cycling.

"Bicyclists already have a six-mile paved trail that starts at Eastwood
Elementary School in Southeast Decatur, winds around the Point Mallard
Park's access road and continues to Rhodes Ferry Park. City officials
recently submitted a revised plan to the state for a seven-mile
addition that will go from Rhodes Ferry Park to Eighth Street. The
trail route will cross Alabama 20 at Oak Street Northeast and then head
to Bank Street where it will turn south and go along the CSX railroad
tracks. It will cross the tracks at the Decatur-Morgan County Farmers
Market and then continue south along the tracks to Wilson Morgan Park.
The first phase will end near Eighth Street Southwest. Sims envisions
the two segments as part of a network of 35 to 40 miles of bike trails
throughout the city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/bury2
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Title: "Bicycle trail honors Sims"
Author: Martin Burkey
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PITTSBURGH (PA) SELECTS $3.5M IN TRAIL, SAFE ROUTES PROJECTS

-> According to a Feb. 6th Tribune-Review article, "The region's key
planning agency has recommended that the state Transportation
Commission include five Westmoreland County projects in PennDOT's next
12-year funding program. At its last regular meeting, the Southwestern
Pennsylvania Commission recommended that two other projects in the
county, totaling more than $3.2 million, also be funded through other
sources by the state. The state transportation panel votes on the
12-year plan in April, said Doug Smith, a transportation planner for
the southwestern group. The commission consists of five representatives
from 10 counties and Pittsburgh, many of them elected officials. 'These
projects will mean significant improvements to our county, and we
certainly appreciate the support of the SPC,' said county Commissioner
Tom Ceraso, a member of the regional commission. The five projects
total nearly $2.13 million in funding.

"They are:
-- $390,540 for Latrobe Safe Routes to School projects that include a
new sidewalk and pedestrian crossing between Ligonier and Jefferson
streets, near Latrobe Elementary School.
--$552,000 for Westmoreland Heritage Trail to complete a nearly
2.5-mile section of the trail in Loyalhanna and Salem townships.
-- $138,000 for Train Center Visitor Center in West Newton to complete
lighting, walkways and parking work.
-- $272,500 for construction of a Lincoln Highway Welcome Center in
Ligonier Township.
-- $776,250 to complete 11 miles of the Five Star Trail Extension
between Youngwood and Scottdale.

"The two other projects that the commission said should be funded
involve the Greensburg and Irwin streetscape programs, both downtown
beautification efforts. A total $1.2 million is required for the
Greensburg project and $1.96 million for the Irwin project..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/afqkx
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dxxag
Archive cost: No
Title: "5 projects win agency's backing"
Author: Staff
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WALK YOUR ROBOT DOG WITH LEGO

by Eliot Phillips

"Since he spends way too much time programming robots, Pavel Petrovic,
felt he should delegate the task of walking his robot dog... to his
other robot. No, that isn't the real story, but there isn't a lot of
justification for the project besides it being a neat trick. LEGO IR
tower support for WowWee bots had already been developed, but Pavel
decided to try controlling the bots using the LEGO RCX. BrickOS
provides direct control of the RCX's IR port. Pavel's program lets the
simple LEGO bot issue commands to the RoboPet to lead it around the
room. It works, but isn't too reliable because there is no way for the
RCX to determine the absolute position of the dog. Have a look at
Pavel's site to see videos of it in action..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/8vgyv


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

FLIPPIN (AR) TO BUILD BIKE TRAIL AROUND SOCCER FIELD

-> "The eight-foot-wide bicycle trail will not be paved but will have a
soil base..."
http://tinyurl.com/7pn88

UNDERGROUND UTILITIES PART OF WALKABLE NAVARRE (FL)

-> "While Goodin said the main reason for this move was aesthetics, the
people will benefit from the buried resources during storm season.
Underground facilities are much less likely to be taken out by a
hurricane..."
http://tinyurl.com/7hhvv

MCDONALD'S FRIES 1/3 MORE TRANS FATS THAN THOUGHT
-> "McDonald's said that after using a new method to test the level of
trans fats in its fries in December, the level of trans fats in a
portion of large fries was 8 grams, up from 6 grams previously
displayed on its website and printed on nutritional literature..."
http://tinyurl.com/98jnc



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

-> "TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS..."
"...Moving the Movement: Race, Poverty, and the Environment;" by Todd
Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute; Urban Habitat; Winter 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/cgmzj

-> "OBESITY AND THE PULMONOLOGIST"
Article by Deane S, Thomson A., Dept of Paediatrics, John Radcliffe
Hospital, Oxford, UK; Arch Dis Child. 2006 Feb;91(2):188-91.
http://tinyurl.com/e48ej

-> "INEQUALITY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT..."
"...Underlies Key Health Disparities in Physical Activity and Obesity;"
article by Gordon-Larsen, Nelson, Page, & Popkin; PEDIATRICS Vol. 117
No. 2 February 2006, pp. 417-424.
http://tinyurl.com/e48ej

-> "2006 TRB 85TH ANNUAL MEETING: COMPENDIUM..."
"...of Papers CD-ROM; Copies of the 2006 TRB 85th Annual Meeting
Compendium of Papers CD-ROM are available for purchase for $70. Sales
of the CD-ROM are for a limited time only. Many of the papers included
in the CD will be published as part of the 2006 Transportation Research
Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR Journal)
series. The 2006 TRR Journal series will include approximately 40
volumes that will consist of collections of papers on specific
transportation modes and subject areas."
http://tinyurl.com/8oeqf


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

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 -- DIRECTOR OF LAND USE PLANNING -- ESLC

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy seeks an experienced professional to
manage its Land Use Planning programs. The overall purpose of this
effort is to help make the Eastern Shore one of the best planned
regions in America. Specific responsibilities include management /
supervision of: 1. public communications and outreach; 2. land use
planning education efforts including conferences, workshops, and
research; and 3. build up of a regional advocacy effort. ESLC's Land
Use Planning programs are planned to grow from 2 full time professional
employees now to 5 by 2010.

Candidates should have land use planning, law, or related experience, a
history of strong teamwork, and a commitment to rural landscapes, small
towns, and clean rivers. Salary commensurate with experience. Full
benefits available including health, dental, generous leave, retirement
plan, and a cafeteria plan. ESLC currently has ten full time staff
positions and is housed at a research farm on the beautiful Wye River.
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is a highly successful regional land
trust on Maryland's rural Eastern Shore and is responsible for
preserving 201 properties on over 37,000 acres. ESLC's land use
planning programs enlist our communities in protecting land through
public planning processes.

Please respond ASAP. Strategic Plan available at http://www.eslc.org.
Please email, fax, or mail a resume asap to: Nina White, Director of
Administration, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, P.O. Box 169,
Queenstown, Maryland 21658; fax: 410-827-5765; email:<nwhite@eslc.org>


-> JOB -- PLANNER II -- FL. DEPT. OF ENV. PROTECTION

The Office of Greenways & Trails, Florida Department of Environmental
Protection has a Planner II position currently advertised on
PeopleFirst. Closing Date: 2/14/2006 Location: TALLAHASSEE Annual
Salary Range: $27,542.06 - $70,880.68. Position Number: 37020293

DESCRIPTION This is advanced planning and evaluation work assisting
with establishment of Florida's Statewide Greenways and Trails System.
The incumbent will: work as part of the Office of Greenways and Trails
Regional Coordination Team; coordinate with local, regional, state and
federal agencies and organizations on greenways and trails projects of
regional or statewide significance; provide general assistance
regarding the planning, funding, acquisition, design, construction,
operation, maintenance, and designation of greenways and trails;
coordinate public participation in greenways and trails projects
including making public presentations; provide support to the Greenways
and Trails Acquisition Program including providing assistance to local
communities in the application process; initiate, develop and manage
contracts, interagency agreements, and memoranda of understanding; and
conduct research and prepare documents and reports as necessary.

Interested candidates can apply at:
http://tinyurl.com/cfn3b


-> 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 DIRECTOR -- LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS

The League of American Bicyclists is hiring an Advocacy Director to
manage and implement the League's exciting national, state and
local advocacy activities such as the National Bike Summit, the
Bicycle Friendly Communities program, federal and state legislative
initiatives, and our work to promote and protect the rights of
cyclists nationwide. The position is based in Washington DC, and
has a salary commensurate with experience. The League offers
competitive benefits and a fun working environment. For more
details, contact Marthea Wilson at 202-822-1333.


-> JOB -- WEB DEVELOPER -- ADVENTURE CYCLING ASSOCIATION

We are looking for a new Web Developer. Move to beautiful Missoula,
Montana to help us with our Web site which is a visible portal for
bicycling. We need a technically (and creatively) dexterous person
who can take our web site to the next level. We're looking for
applicants by 2/18. Go to:
www.adventurecycling.org/whoweare/employment


H-O-U-S-E-K-E-E-P-I-N-G

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