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


#143 Friday, February 24, 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
  Final Deadline for Pro Walk/Pro Bike Proposals is March 1
  FHWA Releases Memo on Bike, Ped Program Funding
  Active Living Research Call for Proposals
  Asheville (NC) Cyclists Push for "Old U.S. 70" Greenway
  Safe Routes to School Nat'l Partnership Correction
  Ontario Group Focuses Blogs on Segway
  UK Cyclists Battle Bike Bans on Trains
  VTPI Publishes New Parking Management Book
  Columbus (GA) to Celebrate New Trail Project


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  King Co. (WA) Studies: Sprawl Adds Pounds, Pollution
  Columbiana (AL) Starts on Sidewalk Building Project
  Harrisburg (PA) Paper Praises Chicago's Bike Work
  Blackman Twp (MI) Adopts Walkability Strategy
  Lansing (IN) Goes After Safe Routes Grants
  Mount Pleasant (SC) Folks Cheer Roundabouts
  The Appeal of Traditional Neighborhood Design
  The Graying of Walkable Cambridge (MA)
  San Gabriel River (CA) Trail "One of the Best"
  Lehigh Valley (PA) Panel Authorizes Streetscape Projects
  Kernersville (NC) Moves Forward on Sidewalk Plan



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


FINAL DEADLINE FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE PROPOSALS IS MARCH 1

-> According to John Williams, NCBW's program director for the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference, the deadline
for the submission of presentation proposals is only days away.
"We're accepting proposals for panel presentations, posters,
roundtable discussions, and interactive workshops." said Williams.
"The key is to have your proposals in by Wednesday, March 1."

Williams encouraged prospective presenters to visit the proposals
outline page at http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/proposal.html.
"This is also where you'll find the link to the simple on-line proposal
form," Williams added.

The biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference will be held in Madison, Wisc.,
Sept. 5-8. The theme for this year's conference is 'Making
Connections.' "As in past Pro Walk/Pro Bike conferences, we'll focus
on a variety of topics," Williams said. "These might include:

If you've got 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.

Presentation proposal information and submission form link:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/proposal.html
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FHWA RELEASES MEMO ON BIKE, PED PROGRAM FUNDING

-> According to the Feb. 20th RTP (Recreational Trails Program) News,
the Federal Highway Administration has released a memo entitled
"Flexible Funding for Highways and Transit and Funding for Bicycle &
Pedestrian Programs." Attachment 3 of the memo discusses FHWA and
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds that may be used for bicycle
and pedestrian activities.

Go to:
http://tinyurl.com/mg3tq
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ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH CALL FOR PROPOSALS

-> According to a recent announcement, "Active Living Research is
pleased to announce the release of our Call for Proposals (CFP) - Round

  1. Up to $1.1 million is available in this round of funding for
    research grants. The primary purpose of this Call for Proposals is to
    increase understanding of the relationship of environmental
    characteristics to physical activity for three priority topics: young
    people's use of parks (Topic 1), physical activity in and around
    buildings (Topic 2), and physical activity in rural areas (Topic 4).
    Evaluations of community interventions that are part of the Robert Wood
    Johnson Foundation's Active Living by Design program also will be
    supported (Topic 3).

There are two types of grants available:

"Research Topic Grants: Each grant will focus on one of four specific
research topics described in the Call for Proposals. For topics 1, 2,
and 3, grants of up to $200,000 total over two years are available. For
topic 4, grants of up to $60,000 over one year are available. Only full
proposals will be accepted.

"Dissertation Grants: Doctoral candidates may request up to $25,000
total for up to two years as support for their doctoral dissertations.
Projects must have clear relevance to the overall mission of Active
Living Research but do not have to address the specific topics
described in the Call for Proposals. Only full proposals will be
accepted."

All proposals must be submitted through The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation (RWJF) Grantmaking Online system. The full proposal
submission deadline is Wednesday, May 10, 1:00 p.m. PDT.

For more information and to link to the RWJF Grantmaking Online system,
go to:
http://tinyurl.com/e7xvc

If you have questions, contact Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator, at
<awilson@projects.sdsu.edu> or 619-260-5538.
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ASHEVILLE (NC) CYCLISTS PUSH FOR "OLD U.S. 70" GREENWAY

-> According to a recent note from Claudia Nix of the Asheville Area
Bike/Pedestrian Task Force, "The old US Hwy 70 is an abandoned roadway
that became gated after a new cut was made through the mountain for a
modern 4 lane road, now I-40. The old roadway spans two counties and a
National Forest in Western North Carolina. It used to be the main
roadway to access the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville, NC from the
piedmont. Local bicyclists have continued to used the road for years
along with hikers and hunters. It is a historic landmark as many men
lost their lives as they dug the numerous tunnels and laid the track
for the railroad line that zigzags around it. Turning this gated
roadway into an official greenway has been a dream for several local
advocates for over 15 years. Several attempts to get the project off
the ground have been foiled due to property owners on each end not
agreeing to easements and no entity assuming ownership for the project.

"On Friday, February 10th an excited group of 15 individuals walked the
old Hwy. 70 from Ridgecrest to Old Fort and then met afterwards, in the
remodeled depot, to discuss how to move the project forward. Friday's
walk and meeting was a landmark as it was the first time all the
neighboring officials have met together. Representatives from several
of the neighboring communities, the US Forest Service, advocates,
planners, the mayor of Old Fort, a realtor, the NC Trails Specialist,
and US Park Service planner were all there. At the end of the meeting
the two immediately neighboring communities agreed to share ownership.
Plans were made for a follow up meeting to draw up the arrangement and
move forward. This road is a main linkage which will help connect sever
al trails into a regional system."

For more information, contact Claudia Nix at <claudianix@charter.net>.
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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NAT'L PARTNERSHIP CORRECTION

-> In issue 142, we gave incorrect information on how to subscribe to
the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's E-News. Thanks to Deb
Hubsmith, the Partnership's Coordinator, for this info:

To get E-News, join the Partnership (all members get it):
http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=252

Or subscribe to E-News at:
http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=300

To join the Safe Routes to School listserv, send an email to:
<saferoutestoschool-subscribe@topica.com> leaving the subject
heading and body of the message blank.

Deb Hubsmith, Coordinator
Safe Routes to School National Partnership
P.O. Box 663
Fairfax, CA 94978
(415) 454-7430
<saferoutes@bikesbelong.org>
http://www.bikesbelong.org
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ONTARIO GROUP FOCUSES BLOGS ON SEGWAY

-> In a recent note, Cynthia Booker of Innovative Mobility in Ontario,
Canada, let us know about her group's work opposing the introduction of
Segways (and similar devices) on Ontario's sidewalks. She said "All of
Innovative Mobility's presentations both at the municipal and
provincial level have been published in the form of blogs."

Here are the links:

  1. Segways Caveats for Municipal Council Consideration:
    http://tinyurl.com/h6o6b
  2. Segway Is Not A Disability Device: http://tinyurl.com/zhggt
  3. Segway For Ontario (An Antithesis): http://tinyurl.com/k9s8v

She added, "While our blogs have a distinct Ontario Canada flavour,
they are sufficiently generic that they will have relevance to any
global community considering the approval of Segways or any other
EPAMD for use on the sidewalk."

Contact Cynthia Booker at: <cynthiabooker@accountant.com>
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UK CYCLISTS BATTLE BIKE BANS ON TRAINS

-> According to a recent note from Dave Holladay, "The Cyclists'
Touring Club has employed a cardboard bike to highlight the fact that
space is available on trains from which the UK rail operator Southern
Railway has banned bikes for 6 hours every day. For the story follow
this link to the CTC's Newsnet (Feb. 3rd news item):
http://tinyurl.com/z3uuf

Dave also noted that "Newsnet has post on Southern rescinding demand
for passengers to lift and carry folded bikes -- which exceeded the
maximum weight permitted for this operation in UK manual handling
regulations."
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VTPI PUBLISHES NEW PARKING MANAGEMENT BOOK

-> According to a recent announcement from the Victoria Transport
Policy Institute, "'Parking Management Best Practices' is an important
new book that will change the way you think about and solve parking
problems. It describes more than two-dozen strategies that result in
more efficient use of parking resources, and explains how to assemble
them into an effective parking management program. Parking management
can provide huge savings and benefits. Cost-effective parking
management programs typically reduce parking requirements by 20-40%
compared with what conventional planning specifies...Parking management
can reduce parking facility costs, increase housing affordability,
reduce motor vehicle traffic, encourage use of alternative modes,
support more compact and accessible land use patterns, create more
livable communities, reduce impervious surface and stormwater
management costs, and allow more flexible building design.

"Current planning practices tend to overlook and discourage parking
management solutions even when they are most cost effective and
beneficial overall. This book identifies problems with current parking
planning practices, discusses parking costs and the savings that can
result from improved management, describes specific parking management
strategies and how they can be implemented, discusses methods for
parking management planning and evaluation, and describes how to
develop the optimal parking management program for a particular
situation..."

'Parking Management Best Practices' is written by VTPI Executive
Director Todd Litman, and published by Planners Press:
http://tinyurl.com/flzcu

For a substantial discount on orders made before February 28th,
download a flyer at: http://tinyurl.com/nv3cr
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COLUMBUS (GA) TO CELEBRATE NEW TRAIL PROJECT

-> According to the Columbus-Phoenix City MPO's website, "On April 19th
the Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a Public Information
Open House on a new pedestrian/biking trail for the Columbus community.
Phase I of the project will consist of 6.37 miles, beginning at the
14th Street Pedestrian Bridge and ending at Cooper Creek Park. This
phase of the trail will use the old existing Southern Railway
right-of-way to construct a 10 to 12 foot multi-use trail for both
pedestrians and bicyclist to improve connections between downtown
Columbus, the Medical Center Complex, Columbus State University,
shopping locations, schools, and several City Parks..."
For more information, visit the project web site:
http://tinyurl.com/jcox9

Source: http://tinyurl.com/jvds5
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "Safety may be the excuse, but convenience is the real reason people
no longer move. There is no safety problem in anybody's den or living
room. But it's easier to flip through the channels from the recliner
than it is to get up, take four steps and bend down to push the button
or turn the knob..."
-- Hasso Hering, Editor, Albany Democrat-Herald
http://tinyurl.com/hrfy4


"I like to play indoors better because that's where all the electrical
outlets are."
-- Anonymous 4th grader, quoted in "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our
Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" (by Richard Louv)
http://tinyurl.com/rcypv


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

KING CO. (WA) STUDIES: SPRAWL ADDS POUNDS, POLLUTION

-> According to a Jan. 26th Seattle Times article, "Residents of King
County's less-walkable neighborhoods -- can you say sprawl? -- are more
likely to be overweight, a recently completed study concludes. Another
related study has found, perhaps not surprisingly, that people who live
and work in those neighborhoods generate more auto-related air
pollution, another potential threat to health. The two studies'
findings are summarized in the winter edition of the peer-reviewed
Journal of the American Planning Association. The authors, who
collaborated in their research, say their work constitutes the most
comprehensive look yet at the link between urban-development patterns
and human health in a single metropolitan area.

"Earlier research has raised the possibility of a connection between
sprawl, obesity and other health problems. The King County results
suggest 'current laws and regulations are producing negative health
outcomes,' the authors warn. 'None of this is saying suburbia is bad,'
said Lawrence Frank, an urban-planning professor at the University of
British Columbia and co-author of both studies. 'It just says these are
the relationships you get ... and they should be taken into account.'

Source: http://tinyurl.com/hb9fc
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bzd5p
Archive cost: No
Title: "2 studies: Urban sprawl adds pounds, pollution"
Author: Eric Pryne
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COLUMBIANA (AL) STARTS ON SIDEWALK BUILDING PROJECT

-> According to a Feb. 21st Shelby County Reporter article, "City
officials are hoping more people turn out for tomorrow night's public
hearing to discuss Columbiana's sidewalk master plan. The first of two
hearings was held Tuesday to develop ideas for a project to build new
sidewalks throughout the city and restore existing ones -- all in an
effort to make Columbiana a more 'walkable attraction.' The city is
seeking input to incorporate public concern and to help secure funding,
said Mayor Allan Lowe. Residents can take part in the discussions at
City Hall Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Only a handful of citizens were
at the Tuesday meeting. 'This is not a unique approach,' Lowe said. 'We
did this with our downtown renovation. We are just building on the
success we had with that.'

"With $100,000 already available for the project, thanks to funds
obtained by U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, the city kicked off the planning
stages with the help of consulting firm, Gresham, Smith and Partners.
Participants at Tuesday's meeting used highlighters to mark proposed
sidewalk locations on an aerial map. Among the locations some said they
would liked to see linked to other city attractions were Columbiana
Middle School, Davis Plaza and a proposed apartment complex for
residents 55 and older on Egg and Butter Road. 'I would like for us to
create a route -- a short route and a long route -- around the city and
have it be interconnected so you could take a walking tour of
Columbiana,' Lowe said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/fvs2k
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/j3qb5
Archive cost: No
Title: "Columbiana seeks 'walkable' status"
Author: Ashley Vansant
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HARRISBURG (PA) PAPER PRAISES CHICAGO'S BIKE WORK

-> According to a Feb. 16th Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News editorial,
"Chicago has been recognized by Bicycling Magazine as the best 'big'
city for bicycling in North America. That didn't happen by accident,
and Chicago's success in becoming 'the city that bikes' offers a model
to Harrisburg and other smaller cities about how to save energy, reduce
congestion, cut pollution and improve citizen's health through
encouraging the use of bicycles. It got started in Chicago when Mayor
Richard Daley formed a Bicycle Advisory Council in 1992. That's
according to the Greater Philadelphia Regional Review, a publication of
the Pennsylvania Economy League, which devotes its entire current issue
to the extraordinary efforts Chicago has made to make urban life more
attractive. The advisory council came up with 31 strategies to
encourage bicycle use, most of which have since been implemented.

"These included:
--Creating 100 miles of on-street bike lanes and 47 miles off-street.
--Installing 10,000 bike racks.
--Permitting bicycles on commuter trains and equipping the entire fleet
of city buses with bike racks.
--Producing supportive publications, including a city bike map.
--Developing outreach programs, such as a Safe Routes to School,
Bicycle Ambassadors and the annual Bike Chicago festival.
--Creation of a bike commuter station in Millennium Park that includes
indoor secure bike parking, a bike repair shop, bike rentals and
equipment sales.

"This amazing commitment to bicycling has given Chicago residents an
alternative to the expense of automobile ownership, which can amount to
an estimated $6,000 annually. Some 750,000 of the city's residents ride
bikes, which is healthy both for them and their city..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/py7la
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ofwru
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Get rolling with bicycles"
Author: Editorial Board
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BLACKMAN TWP (MI) ADOPTS WALKABILITY STRATEGY

-> According to a Feb. 22nd Jackson Citizen-Patriot article, "For
years, Blackman Township has talked of becoming more pedestrian
friendly. Now, something is being done about it in the township's
Downtown Development District. Township engineer Jack Ripstra was
directed by the DDA board to obtain the needed rights of way for
sidewalks along Springport Road. The $127,000 pedestrian walkway will
be funded from DDA revenues paid by businesses in the DDA district.
Recently the district was expanded from the Airport Road-O'Neill Drive
area to include property adjacent to Springport Road and south to I-94.
There is growing interest in developing some of the newly expanded
district (acreage northwest of the I-94/U.S. 127 interchange), possibly
to include a 'big box' store, movie theater and other businesses.

"More development in that area will bring more traffic, increasing the
hazard for health-minded folks who want to walk along Springport Road.
There are already sidewalks along the east side of Airport Road, so a
Springport Road sidewalk would make it easier for pedestrians from the
neighborhoods, apartment and retirement complexes along Springport to
walk to the Airport Road commercial district. Eventually, the township
wants to add bike paths and walkways along Boardman Road and O'Neill
Drive. There's even the long-term possibility of a pedestrian walkway
across I-94 to Jackson Crossing..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/fqrj9
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No but archive limited to 14 days
Title: "A walkability strategy"
Author: Editorial Board
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LANSING (IN) GOES AFTER SAFE ROUTES GRANTS

-> According to a Northwest Indiana Times article, "The village is
expected to offer to administer a $780,000 grant to promote student
safety and exercise in traveling to and from school. Trustees also plan
to apply for two of the five shares of the federal grant, to be awarded
to the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, to get money on
behalf of Memorial Junior High School and Lansing Christian School. If
the Safe Routes to School grant is awarded, each of five south suburban
schools would get $156,000 and be expected to contribute $39,000 of
their funds. The two purposes of the grant are to improve safety
infrastructure around the schools and to encourage junior high and
elementary students to walk and ride their bikes to school, Village
Engineer Jeff Pintar said.

"Schools will receive in-school training on bike and pedestrian safety
and can utilize a variety of programs, including a 'walking school
bus,' in which officials will spread safety door-to-door on school
transportation routes, Pintar said. Infrastructure improvements might
include new sidewalks, traffic signals, signs and traffic calming
devices, he said. Ten schools will be chosen to participate in a study
of student safety in their vicinity and receive information to
participate in the education portion of the program, Dan Podgorski,
village president, said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qzya9
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/o7eor
Archive cost: No
Title: "Village hopes to drive student safety grant"
Author: Phil Rockrohr
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MOUNT PLEASANT (SC) FOLKS CHEER ROUNDABOUTS

-> According to a Feb. 14th Post and Courier article, "Town resident
Henry Siegling was the voice in the wilderness Tuesday night. The
64-year-old stood amid opposition from hundreds of people at a public
hearing about the municipality's main thoroughfare and urged Town
Council to build overpasses along Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. Siegling, a
resident of The Groves subdivision off U.S. Highway 17, fears
roundabouts would lead to congestion near his home. 'I can't imagine
anything worse than 18-wheelers in a four-lane roundabout,' he said
later. About 500 people turned out at the Omar Shrine at Patriots Point
for the nearly two-hour meeting.

"Before Siegling's endorsement of overpasses, resident after resident
urged Town Council to build roundabouts. Nearly all of the 60 people
who spoke were against grade-separated interchanges, or overpasses.
Town Administrator Mac Burdette warned residents before the meeting to
withhold applause to expedite the hearing. A few minutes later, after
the first resident spoke in favor of roundabouts, the crowd erupted
with applause. Burdette warned the crowd again, but the crowd offered
claps after every speaker. Some residents read statements. Others spoke
from the heart as they warned council that overpasses would destroy the
town's sense of place and do irreversible damage to the municipality
and its businesses along the Johnnie Dodds corridor..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/f3lwp
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/fj5h8
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Residents cheer roundabouts for Johnnie Dodds"
Author: Tyrone Walker
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THE APPEAL OF TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN

-> According to a Feb. 23rd Bankrate.com article, "For those who long
for the connectivity of small-town life, yet don't want to give up the
conveniences of urban living, neotraditional communities provide an
alternative. Designed to include everything within easy walking
distance -- from the corner grocery to the school, and perhaps even the
office -- they appeal to die-hard pedestrians. Advocates say the
traditional neighborhood design, or TND, concept, which has been around
since the mid-1980s, is picking up steam. But don't be blinded by the
label. Critics say not everything claiming to be a 'traditional'
neighborhood lives up to its billing...

"TND grew out of the new urbanism movement, a response to suburban
sprawl and a growing dependence on automobiles, says John O. Norquist,
president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a former
mayor of Milwaukee. Norquist cites three factors that historically
combined to create the current American landscape of disparate
neighborhoods. One was zoning practices that segregated commercial and
retail districts from residential neighborhoods. Another was the
overbuilding of highways. Finally, the secondary mortgage market, until
recently, favored separately zoned, single-family homes. 'Together,'
says Norquist, 'they created a situation where people and their
activities are spread over the landscape in separate pods. The new
urbanism is all about undoing that.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ksht2
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Walkable communities a pedestrian dream"
Author: Marilyn Bowden
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THE GRAYING OF WALKABLE CAMBRIDGE (MA)

-> According to a Feb. 23rd Chronicle article, "Steven Diamond loves
that his compact Agassiz neighborhood lets him walk to everything he
needs. 'I can walk to 20 restaurants -- good ones,' said the
75-year-old Frost Street resident. Keeping the city walkable is just
one of the goals policy-makers hope to reach as the percentage of
Cantabrigians who are seniors skyrockets over the next 25 years. By
2030, one in five residents will be age 60 or older, according to a new
survey. That's nearly double today's figure of one in eight..

"The researchers who crunched the numbers said Cambridge appears to be
on track to deal with the demographic shift toward seniors. 'I think
Cambridge is in a better position [than much of the Boston region],'
said Holly St. Clair, director of the Metro Data Center at the MAPC.
'They have mass transit for elderly people who lose the ability to
drive, but are still participating in the labor force.' But where will
all these senior Cantabrigians live?..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/naudk
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: ? Archives seem very limited
Title: "Cambridge 2030: The graying of Cambridge"
Author: Chris Helms
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SAN GABRIEL RIVER (CA) TRAIL "ONE OF THE BEST"

-> According to a Feb. 23rd Pasadena Independent article, "There is
nothing like a good bike ride. The free feeling of being outside,
enjoying nature, exercising and going somewhere -- all at the same
time, make it a perfect getaway. And if you can experience this without
the ever-present danger of getting hit by a car on a bike lane-less
street, then the adventure is extra special. This is what makes the San
Gabriel River bike trail one of the best paths in Los Angeles County.

"Stretching 39 beautiful, uninterrupted miles, the path begins at a
ranger station at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, and ends near
the marina in Long Beach. Along the way, the trail passes numerous
beautiful vistas, parks and recreation areas. This makes it easy for
the ride to be broken up into segments, which is perfect for the
recreational rider..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/fhu8q
Archive search: ? (archive link appears dead)
Archive cost: ?
Title: "Greg's Getaway"
Author: Greg Aragon
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LEHIGH VALLEY (PA) PANEL AUTHORIZES STREETSCAPE PROJECTS

-> According to a Feb. 16th Express-Times article, "The Lehigh Valley
Transportation Study's coordinating committee Wednesday authorized
funding $2.6 million toward streetscape improvement projects in its
two-county region. The funding isn't guaranteed yet. The projects must
compete for only $2.1 million in grant money with other projects that
the committee approved in the past few years but were never started.
The federal money previously earmarked for the older projects does not
carry over into new fiscal years if they are not started, said Joe
Gurinko, chief transportation planner for the Lehigh Valley Planning
Commission.

"The grant money comes from the Home Town Streets program and Safe
Routes to School program, which replaces damaged sidewalks in areas
where children walk to school. Among the Northampton County grant
applications tentatively approved are $284,895 for improving
streetscapes along Route 378 as part of Bethlehem's Elm Street plan and
$303,000 for the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley to
beautify 1.5 blocks of Easton's Northampton Street, west of Sixth
Street..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ovgcd
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/lajht
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Panel authorizes money for streetscape projects"
Author: James S. Young
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KERNERSVILLE (NC) MOVES FORWARD ON SIDEWALK PLAN

-> According to a Feb. 23rd Winston-Salem Journal article, "Town
officials are inviting residents to comment on a plan that would link
different parts of Kernersville with sidewalks. Many will have to drive
to get to the meetings: town officials say that Kernersville's
sidewalks have too many gaps along the routes that people most want to
walk. A committee began work last year on a plan for the town's
sidewalks, greenways and bike paths. Planner Sharon Richmond said that
it is time for citizens to give their opinions about the routes
identified as needing pedestrian links. 'The committee members decided
where the best routes should probably go,' Richmond said. 'They took
into consideration where people would walk to school and to church,
places where people would go or would like to go but can't get to.'

"The town planning department has scheduled two meetings for people to
view the proposed pedestrian and bicycle plan and make comments or
suggestions...The development of the sidewalk plan started with a map,
Richmond said. 'I took a blank map and identified the schools, where
people shop, where we see the churches and Korner's Folly -- all of our
main attractions,' Richmond said. 'We gave the committee the base map
that shows these things and they identified for us where they saw
people going. They told us where routes should be and some other places
where they thought routes should be improved.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/pjn8l
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/lc6g9
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Town plans link walks"
Author: Wesley Young
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BUS BIKE - A NEW CONCEPT IN PUBLIC TRANSIT

-> Thanks to Dave Holladay for letting us know about a Cyclists'
Touring Club Newsnet feature showing an electric bus powered by the
cyclists in the spinning class on board. Check out the "Bus Bike" video
here:
http://tinyurl.com/encmp


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

JUNK-FOOD ADS AIMED AT TODDLERS, PRE-TEENS

-> "...The Federal Trade Commission decided last year that the food
industry should police itself on marketing low-nutrient foods to
increasingly fat children..."
http://tinyurl.com/frfw7

SURREAL BICYCLE BOOK RIDES TO FAME ON CULT TV SHOW

-> "Flann O'Brien's dark comedy, 'The Third Policeman,' was not
published until after his death, but its appearance in the cult
television series 'Lost' has turned it into a top seller..."
http://tinyurl.com/k4dtu
Ed. Note: If you like "The Third Policeman," check out "At Swim-Two
Birds" and "The Best of Myles."

CHETEK (WI) COUNCIL PONDERS PROS/CONS OF 4-WAY STOP
-> "According to Kurschner, installing the four-way stop would provide
pedestrians with a safer place to cross Second Street..."
http://tinyurl.com/jc3ux

NEW PALTZ (NY) UPDATES VILLAGE MASTERPLAN

-> "Like many Hudson Valley communities, New Paltz continues to grow
and is struggling with how to do so wisely..."
http://tinyurl.com/hr4mq

SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR LANDS DURANT (AR) PED IN JAIL

-> "As [Officer] Smarr was pulling the baggy from the suspect's pocket,
the suspect stated, 'That's not mine. These aren't my pants,'..."
http://tinyurl.com/nsf5p

CHEWING GUM KEY TO COLON SURGERY RECOVERY

-> "In a small study (34 patients), researchers have found that chewing
gum sped up the return of normal bowel function after colon surgery and
abbreviated hospital stays by more than two days..."
http://tinyurl.com/z785q

N. IRELAND POLICE TO INSTALL "SPEED CAMERAS"

-> "Inspector Sam Cordner, from the Newry and Mourne district, said one
in four road deaths in Northern was caused by speeding..."
http://tinyurl.com/rwqbx


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

-> "TOOLBOX TO ADDRESS SAFETY AND OPERATIONS..."
"...on School Grounds and Public Streets Adjacent to Elementary and
Middle Schools in Iowa; Draft; by the ISU Center for Transportation
Research and Education; for the Iowa DOT, Office of Traffic and Safety;
Feb. 2006. (6mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ramlg

-> "ACTIVE LIVING NETWORK UPDATE"
The February 6th Update has a number of interesting articles on active
living topics. Subscribe here (it's free):
http://tinyurl.com/lbo7y

-> "PARKING MANAGEMENT: STRATEGIES, EVALUATION..."
"...and Planning;" new report by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy
Institute.
http://tinyurl.com/qlf6s


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

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 24-25, 2006, Designing and Implementing Roundabouts, Madison WI.
Info: Keith K. Knapp, Program Director, Univ. of Wisconsin College of
Engineering, Dept. of Engineering Professional Development; phone:
(800) 462-0876; email: <knapp@epd.engr.wisc.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/gbm5a

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 -- 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:
http://tinyurl.com/mm749


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