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


#144 Friday, March 10, 2006


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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Walkable Community Workshop Reminders
  Communicating Physical Activity and Health Messages
  Chicagoland Bicycle Fed. Safe Routes Pgm to Hit 10 Schools
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Proposal Avalanche
  Land and Water Conservation Fund in Danger Again
  Arlington (MA) Folks Want Year Round Path Access
  Transport Research World Conference Call for Abstracts
  Georgia Mayors & Cyclists Ride to State Capitol
  Active Living Resource Center Adds New Elements
  EPA/USDOT Publish Final Rule on Pm10, Pm2.5 Emissions
  Nat'l Trust Honors 12 "Distinctive Destinations"


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Add Your Items to the National Training Calendar
  Prevention Announces 100 Best US Walking Cities
  Madison (WI) Walks onto Another "Best of" List
  2010: 1/2 of N. American Kids Will Be Overweight
  Safe Routes Push Under Way in Denver (CO)
  US Census Report: More Seniors Active, Healthy
  Saucier (MS) Lays Plans for Walking, Biking Town
  Denison (TX) to Address Lack of Sidewalks for Kids
  Oswego (IL) Reviews Ped-Friendly Comprehensive Plan
  Canadian Architects Offer Prescription for Health
  Sidewalks Few and Far Between in Danville (KY)
  By 2030, 1/2 of New Development - Sprawl
  Billings (MT) Plans Hearken to Era When People Walked
  Rebuilding Mississippi -- Life After Katrina



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


WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP -- REMINDERS

-> Mark Plotz, NCBW Program Manager, wants to thank everyone
who has visited the Walkable Community Workshop website
www.bikewalk.org/WCW and requested additional information
about the workshop series. He would like to add these reminders:

  1. The deadline for applications for the current round of
    workshops is March 31.

  2. For partners that have already hosted a workshop series,
    or potential partners who want only one or two workshops,
    NCBW now offers that option. For details, visit the WCW
    website (link above) or contact Mark (301-656-4220;
    mark@bikewalk.org) or Bob Chauncey (410-470-5765;
    bob@bikewalk.org).

  3. NCBW is offering a workshop coordinator training program
    in Washington, DC on June1-4. This training is open to everyone
    interested in learning more about conducting Walkable Community
    Workshops in their community. Again, for more information, visit
    the NCBW website, or contact Mark or Bob.

  4. For those of you in Canada, or for those of you interested in
    visiting Canada, NCBW will offer a workshop coordinator training
    program in Ontario on May 4-6. Contact Bob Chauncey
    (410-470-5765; bob@bikewalk.org) for the details.
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COMMUNICATING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH MESSAGES

-> According to the Mar. 3rd CDC One-Way Physical Activity listserv,
presentations from the "Communicating Physical Activity and Health
Messages" conference, held in Whistler 2001, are now available. "The
conference was convened to consider Dose-Response implications for
physical activity messages and improved strategies to promote physical
activity and to create 'activity friendly' environments."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/fbdcl
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CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED. SAFE ROUTES PGM TO HIT 10 SCHOOLS

-> According to a Mar. 9th release, "Elementary schools in Lansing,
Crete, Dolton, Harvey and Midlothian next month will begin creating
safer walking and biking routes - and safer walkers and bicyclists --
with the help of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. Southland Safe
Routes to School, a program recently launched by the South Suburban
Mayors and Managers Association and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation,
is steering the $1 million project...

"The program will unfold in two stages:
-> 1. The 10 schools will form teams of administrators, teachers and
parents to evaluate the physical walking and biking environment around
each school and work with CBF to develop a menu of improvements that
can be done.
-> 2. Five schools will be chosen based on need, bicyclist/pedestrian
injury rates, municipal cooperation, and existing facilities to receive
up to $130,000 for improvements such as bicycle parking, new sidewalks
and bike paths, and traffic-calming. Safety instruction and walking and
biking encouragement programs such as 'Walking School Buses' are
included in this stage.

"Southland Safe Routes to School covers 80 percent of costs under a
grant from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality fund.
Participating school districts and their communities provide the
remaining 20 percent match..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/oybu6
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PRO WALK/PRO BIKE PROPOSAL AVALANCHE

-> John Williams, program director for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006
conference, reports that the avalanche of proposals for
presentations at the September conference has subsided.

"Once again, we have an embarrassment of riches," reports Williams.
"When we closed the online submission form on March 1 and started
'digging out,' we found that once again we had received more than
200 proposals for presentations. These proposals show the level of
expertise, and, more importantly, the willingness of the staff
professionals, advocates, and volunteers to share good ideas, best
practices, and 'war stories' from the trenches."

Williams is now cataloging the proposals into the proposed "tracks"
under the conference theme of "Making Connections." He said the
proposals will be reviewed and selected by a panel that will convene
near the end of March. Potential presenters will be notified by April 1
as to whether or not their proposal has been selected as a presentation,
workshop, or poster session.

"In April, the selected presentations will be placed into a matrix of
time slots for the conference, and the schedule will be posted on the
NCBW web site," he said. "Then we'll begin working with the individual
presenters to help them prepare for the conference, which will be
hosted in Madison, Wisc., Sept. 5-8. For more information about the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference, visit the NCBW web site at
http://www.bikewalk.org
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LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND IN DANGER AGAIN

-> According to a Mar. 7th National Recreation & Park Association
Action Alert, the President has proposed to terminate the Federal Land
and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program, which funds park
and trail programs around the country. At this point, a number of U.S.
Representatives and Senators are signing on to separate letters
requesting $100 million to continue the program.

For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/gtsjc
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ARLINGTON (MA) FOLKS WANT YEAR ROUND PATH ACCESS

-> According to an article in the Mar. 3rd LivableStreets E-Bulletin,
"The Clear the Trail Initiative launched its official website last
week. Dedicated to the goal of year-round access for all users of the
Minuteman Trail, Clear the Trail Initiative had a guest editorial in
the March 2 edition of the Arlington Advocate:

"'We live in an age of obesity, where pushing a shopping cart around
the ubermarket once a week is considered regular exercise. Parents
drive their kids to schools six blocks from home. People drive to the
gym to ride stationary bicycles. Enter multi-use trails. These
converted railroad beds have gotten communities back walking, cycling,
inline skating, interacting.

"'Sadly, in many communities, Town Managers refuse to maintain these
trails year round. The result is a trail that is unusable for months
out of the year. Such is the case with Arlington's Minuteman Trail.
Despite overwhelming demand for winter trail use by all trail users,
the Town of Arlington keeps trotting out the same old reasons to let
the trail ice over. Several active partners both within Arlington and
without have joined to galvanize and mobilize trail users to get
Arlington to plow the Minuteman Trail'..."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/kawkm
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TRANSPORT RESEARCH WORLD CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

-> In a recent note, Professor Elizabeth Deaken of the University of
California at Berkeley wrote, "The World Conference on Transport
Research 2007 will be held in Berkeley on June 24-28, 2007 at the
University of California. This is the first call for abstracts and
session proposals. Forms for electronic submission of abstract and
session proposals are on the website.

"I hope you will be an active participant, and that you will help us
publicize the conference by forwarding this message to your colleagues
and associates. Please note: Abstracts are due April 28, 2006 (THIS
year)..."

The conference website is here:
http://tinyurl.com/jfy8t
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GEORGIA MAYORS & CYCLISTS RIDE TO STATE CAPITOL

-> According to a Mar. 8th Georgia Bikes! news release, "Over 1,000
cyclists including Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Atlanta Mayor Shirley
Franklin took to the streets of north Georgia yesterday. They bicycled
to the State Capitol in support of improved conditions for all types of
bicycling in Georgia. The bike ride, called Georgia Rides To The
Capitol, started at Roswell City Hall and traveled 21 miles...before
stopping at the State Capitol in downtown Atlanta. The riders had a
full police escort including a lead group of 14 police motorcycles and
a police helicopter overhead.

"'The ride was a show-of-force raising the voices of cyclists in
Georgia. Our Governor and state legislators needed to be reminded that
bicycling is an important form of transportation; a good economic
development and tourism tool; a great way to maintain health and
fitness; and a superb sport and family recreation activity. It is key
that the state support improved facilities and programs' said David
Crites, Executive Director of Georgia Bikes!..."

For more information, go to:
http://www.GeorgiaBikes.org
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ACTIVE LIVING RESOURCE CENTER ADDS ELEMENTS

-> According to Gary MacFadden, program director for the Active
Living Resource Center (ALRC) web site operated by the NCBW,
the project team has added a number of items to the site during
the past three months.

"We've maintained our focus on materials for individuals and
members of small community groups," said MacFadden. "We've
added items to the Get Started Studio, a series of success
stories contributed by communities across the country, and a
series of "how-to" documents for community activists."

MacFadden said the "how-to" documents include an action plan
for safe routes to school campaigns, a guide to doing "walkabouts"
in the local community, and step-by-step instructions for building
simple bicycle racks for a downtown area.

"The Get Started Studio looks at common problems like a street
that carries speeding traffic through a residential area, and
suggests before and after solutions," said MacFadden. "The
element has about a dozen items on it currently, but we're
looking for new submissions. The link to the Get Started Studio
is:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/get_started_studio_intro.html

Another place where CenterLines readers can share items is
through the Success Stories database on the ALRC site. These
are simple "what worked for us" types of stories. Those
submitting items are encouraged to include an image of a
successful project or facility; images can be uploaded and sized
through the submission form at:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/stories_directory.php

MacFadden added that the Experts Directory on the ALRC web
site now lists nearly 150 individuals who are willing to help
answer questions on a local, regional, or national basis. The
Experts Directory is found on the ALRC site at:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/experts_directory.php


EPA/USDOT PUBLISH FINAL RULE ON PM10, PM2.5 EMISSIONS

-> According to a Mar. 3rd EPA News Brief, "The [Environmental
Protection Agency], in consultation with U.S. Department of
Transportation, finalized procedures to help state and local
transportation and air quality agencies ensure that future transportation
projects support state and local efforts to meet and maintain federal
air quality standards for fine (PM 2.5) and coarse (PM10) particles.

"The final rule provides criteria for determining which transportation
projects must be analyzed for local particle emissions impacts in PM2.5
and PM10 nonattainment and maintenance areas. This project-level
analysis will allow transportation project sponsors to project future
air quality impacts that will result from their transportation project."

Go to: http://tinyurl.com/edsc5
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NAT'L TRUST HONORS 12 "DISTINCTIVE DESTINATIONS"

-> According to a Mar. 7th news release, "The National Trust for
Historic Preservation, the country's largest private, nonprofit
preservation organization, today announced the selection of its 2006
Dozen Distinctive Destinations, an annual list of unique and lovingly
preserved communities in the United States...The 12 winning communities
met the following criteria: well-managed growth, a commitment to
historic preservation with a protected historic core and meaningful
context, interesting and attractive architecture, cultural diversity,
activities for families with children, an economic base of
locally-owned small businesses, and walkability for residents and
visitors.

"In each community, residents have taken forceful action to protect
their town's character and sense of place. Whether by enacting a local
preservation law to protect historic buildings against demolition,
rewriting zoning codes to prevent commercial sprawl, removing
regulatory barriers to downtown housing, making downtown areas more
walkable, enacting design standards, or taking some other major step
that demonstrates a strong commitment to their town, residents have
worked hard to preserve the historic and scenic assets of their
communities, with rewards that transcend town limits..."

Here's the 2006 list Arrow Rock, MO; Bartlesville, OK; Bowling Green,
KY; Lewes, DE; Milwaukee, WI; Monterey, CA; Palm Springs, CA;
Philipsburg, MT; Prescott, AZ; Saranac Lake, NY; Waimea, Kaua'i, HI;
West Chester, PA

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zzz2g
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "Jobs have followed people to the suburbs, and suburban residents
now commute to other suburbs. It's no longer the 'Leave It to Beaver'
model, which is let's send commuters back into the central business
district, or let's send commuters from Westchester to Manhattan."
-- Bruce Katz, Brookings Inst. Metro Policy Program Director
http://tinyurl.com/ff7cn

-> "One concern that I hear from people is that they can't let their
kids walk to school because they would have to walk in the street,"
-- Mike Wrob, Del Rio (TX) City Council
http://tinyurl.com/zylez

-> "Decades of urban sprawl development threatens the unity of our
city. While we have seen a 72% increase in area since 1970, our
population has only grown by 3%. Urban sprawl has placed a tremendous
strain on our infrastructure and older neighborhoods leading to urban
decay with more abandoned and boarded-up homes..."
-- Larry Morrissey, Mayor, Rockford IL
http://tinyurl.com/ohv5r

"In the United States where over four million miles of roads cross the
landscape, an animal is killed on the road every 11.5 seconds - with
one million vertebrate animals falling victim to automobile collisions
annually."
-- From "Caught in the Headlights," film from High Plains Films
http://tinyurl.com/r5o97


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

ADD YOUR EVENTS TO THE NATIONAL TRAINING CALENDAR

-> If you've got training programs, workshops, or education
conferences scheduled for 2006, don't forget to take a moment
to add them to the on-line National Training Calendar hosted on
the web site of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. (And
a quick note to those of you who have tried to enter your spring
training rides on the calendar: while we salute you for your
physical efforts, those aren't the kinds of training venues we're
talking about.) Be sure to include the title, dates, and contact
information for you event. Also, don't forget to send your event
particulars to John Williams, CenterLines editor, for inclusion in
this very newsletter. John's e-mail is john@montana.com. The
National Training Calendar is at: http://tinyurl.com/85n4w
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PREVENTION ANNOUNCES 100 BEST US WALKING CITIES

-> According to a new article in Prevention magazine, "When Prevention
and the American Podiatric Medicine Association (APMA) evaluated the
country's 100 most populous cities for the ranking, the criterion that
counted most was the percentage of people who regularly walked --
either for fitness and health, or to get to and from work. APMA
President Dr. Harold Glickman has said that 'The Best Walking Cities
Competition recognizes those cities that don't just "talk the talk" but
literally "walk the walk."' Other criteria included various
walker-friendly attributes such as low crime rates, mild year-round
temperatures, the number of cultural attractions, participation in
recreational sports and pet ownership.

"The overall survey included over 18,000 topics of information about
the top 100 cities from sources including the census bureau, other
government agencies, and market research surveys. In addition to the
top 10 walking cities, other major U.S. cities ranked as follows: New
York (26); San Francisco (35); San Diego (17); Los Angeles (44);
Seattle (23); Boston (27); Phoenix (34); Philadelphia (32); Chicago

  1. ; Houston (43); San Antonio (47); Minneapolis (72); Miami (80)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/z6kaz
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Title: "100 Best Walking Cities"
Author: Editors
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MADISON (WI) WALKS ONTO ANOTHER "BEST OF" LIST

-> According to a Mar. 9th Capital Times article, "For most in the
bike-ped community, it's like winning a Golden Globe and then getting
nominated for an Oscar. First, Madison was named the top cycling city
of its size in the March issue of Bicycling magazine. Now, it's being
rated the third-best walking city - behind only Portland, Ore. and
Colorado Springs, Colo. The American Podiatric Medical Association and
Prevention magazine announced the 10 best walking cities in the U.S.
for 2006. The list will run in the magazine's April issue.

"Factors included the percentage of active walkers, the total amount of
parkland, the number of adults who play golf, the percentage of people
who own dogs and the number of residents who walk to work. The ranking
is a great indicator of health, said Ald. Robbie Webber, a bike and
pedestrian advocate who sits on the city's pedestrian/bicycle/motor
vehicle commission. Madison has built a community that makes it easy to
walk and bike, she said. People can walk to rent a video and easily get
to school or work by foot or bike, she said. 'That's good -- good for
everybody's health.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/gfdgc
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/f89hn
Archive cost: No
Title: "Madison walks its way onto another 'best of' list"
Author: Samara Kalk Derby

Ed. Note Don't forget that Madison is our host city for Pro Walk/Pro
Bike 2006!
http://tinyurl.com/pkay8
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2010: 1/2 OF N. AMERICAN KIDS WILL BE OVERWEIGHT

-> According to a Mar. 5th Washington Post article, "The number of
overweight children worldwide will increase significantly by the end of
the decade, and scientists expect profound impacts on everything from
public health care to economies, a study published Monday said. Nearly
half of the children in North and South America will be overweight by
2010, up from what recent studies say is about one-third, according to
a report published by the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity.
In the European Union, about 38 percent of all children will be
overweight if present trends continue -- up from about 25 percent in
recent surveys, the study said.

"'We have truly a global epidemic which appears to be affecting most
countries in the world,' said Dr. Philip James, chairman of the
International Obesity Task Force and author of an editorial in the
journal warning of the trend. The percentages of overweight children
also are expected to increase significantly in the Middle East and
Southeast Asia. Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Egypt have rates comparable
to fully industrialized nations, James said. He estimated that, for
example, one in five children in China will be overweight by 2010.
'They're being bombarded like they are in the West to eat all the wrong
foods. The Western world's food industries without even realizing it
have precipitated an epidemic with enormous health consequences,' he
said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lp27h
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Title: "Study Predicts Rise in Overweight Children"
Author: Danica Kirka
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SAFE ROUTES PUSH UNDER WAY IN DENVER (CO)

-> According to a Mar. 4th Rocky Mountain News article, "Every morning
between 8:15 and 8:20, 150 students board buses bound for Valdez
Elementary at West 29th Avenue and Zuni Street in Denver. The longest
travel time is five minutes. The distance traveled is between two and
eight blocks. This unusual arrangement began in 1997 after 10-year-old
Cecilia Lamas was hit by a truck and severely injured while crossing
Speer Boulevard at Bryant Street. School officials concluded that Speer
is too dangerous for students to cross on foot. Across the region,
streets around schools are filled with rushing motorists and distracted
children, many of whom are unable to properly judge traffic dangers.
When kids and cars mix, there's always a chance for tragedy.

"Last April, for instance, a 9-year-old Valdez student was hit by a car
behind the school, losing three teeth and breaking a bone next to his
eye. On Tuesday, an 11-year-old boy collided with a car outside
Thornton Elementary and suffered a broken leg and head injury. Although
such accidents are not common, a new push is under way to make streets
around schools safer for children. Last week, parents met with Denver
officials at Mitchell Elementary, East 33rd Avenue and Humboldt Street,
to request flashing speed-limit signals. They were turned down. Earlier
in February, dozens of school districts and municipalities in Colorado
applied for almost $6 million in federal funds designated for building
sidewalks, striping crosswalks, and installing pedestrian signals and
other traffic safety measures around selected schools..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ro7kq
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Archive cost: No
Title: "Danger: School crossing"
Author: Myung Oak Kim
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US CENSUS REPORT: MORE SENIORS ACTIVE, HEALTHY

-> According to a Mar. 9th Christian Science Monitor article, "Each
spring, Erdman Palmore celebrates his birthday by completing his own
special version of a triathlon. He bicycles his age in miles -- this
year, that means 76 -- then does just as many push-ups and sit-ups. 'It
is to counteract the assumption,' says the professor emeritus at Duke
University, 'that growing older means inevitably going downhill' --
unless it is on his bicycle. Seniors like Dr. Palmore are helping
redefine notions of 'getting older.'

"Forgotten by the media, passed over for promotions, and teased by
birthday cards, they have long struggled for dignity in a
youth-obsessed society. But increasingly active and independent
seniors, and the baby boomers who will follow, are helping to chip away
at the ageism that spans Hollywood to Hallmark. Seniors today are
healthier, wealthier, and more educated than their predecessors -- and
their population will double in the next 25 years. Those are the
highlights from a US Census Bureau report released Thursday on
Americans 65 and older..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ravem
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Census report: for more seniors, rising well-being"
Author: Sara Miller Llana

The Census Bureau report (8.3mb) is here:
http://tinyurl.com/ppebt
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SAUCIER (MS) LAYS PLANS FOR WALKING, BIKING TOWN

-> According to a Mar. 9th Sun Herald article, "Residents will get a
chance to hear about a draft of Saucier's development plan during a
public meeting March 21. The draft has many of the elements advocated
by New Urbanists, including walkable communities and town centers. The
meeting is 6 p.m. at the Saucier Elementary School gym. A steering
committee of six members began working in December with a team of
planners and planning students from Ohio State University, led by
Jennifer Cowley. The Ohio team said the focus of the upcoming meeting
will be to work with residents on strategies for implementing the
community plans based on input from previous meetings and public
feedback.

"The Ohio State team wants to assist unincorporated communities in the
rebuilding and development efforts. It's working with the Harrison
County Board of Supervisors and other community leaders as part of a
grant secured by Cowley. Results of a survey of residents show they
agree Saucier's small-town, laid-back quality is an especially
important characteristic of the community. Respondents encouraged the
development of a walkable town center that is pedestrian and bicycle
friendly. They would like to see a focal point for the town center that
includes a multifunctional community space for public gatherings and
recreational activities, a planned town square..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/p4knx
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Title: "Draft of Saucier plan to be revealed"
Author: Staff
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DENISON (TX) TO ADDRESS LACK OF SIDEWALKS FOR KIDS

-> According to a Mar. 2nd Herald Democrat article, "Denison City
Councilor Bill Malvern is concerned for the school children of Denison
who may be walking amid unsafe conditions to get to and from school.
Watching youngsters head home from Terrell Elementary School last week,
it appears that those students could use some sidewalks to keep them
from walking in the street. Malvern pointed out that he'd like to see a
sidewalk constructed from the school drive going west along the south
side of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Terrell is not his only concern.
Malvern wants to see improvements around Mayes Elementary and B.
McDaniel Middle School as well. The 77th Texas Legislature created the
Texas Safe Routes to School Program in 2001 during the 77th Legislature.


"The new law, which required the Texas Department of Transportation to
establish the program, did not fund it. The initial program was funded
using Federal Transportation Enhancement money. Twenty-seven projects
totaling more than $5 million were funded. Since 2003, there has been
no funding available for the program. President Bush signed the Safe,
Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act Aug. 10. The
new law provides for a federally funded Safe Routes to School Program.
The federal program is similar to the Texas SRS Program with two
notable differences: The new program is 100-percent federally funded
which means there will be no required match from the local government.
The new program is limited to schools serving kindergarten through
eighth grade. Under the federal program, high school level schools will
no longer be eligible for funding..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/oe97z
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/p35cr
Archive cost: No
Title "Denison official concerned about lack of sidewalks for school kids"
Author: Joyce Godwin
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OSWEGO (IL) REVIEWS PED-FRIENDLY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

-> According to a Mar. 9th Beacon News article, "Envisioning what
Oswego could look like decades from now is a simple matter of
understanding the philosophy of the big rock and the little pebbles. At
least, that's the best way to describe the urban design principles
employed by Chris Lannert, whose firm has spent the last two years
updating the village's comprehensive plan. The big rock, Lannert
explains, is the traditional downtown core with its higher population
density and commercial focus. The rest of the village radiates outward
from the center like ripples in a pond. As each ripple moves farther
from the center, the houses become more spread out, and open space
increases.

"But then, toss in the little pebbles, a smattering of smaller town
centers throughout the village that provide a focal point for each of
seven sub-areas identified in the plan. The end result is a series of
'walkable communities' with their own shopping and school options.
'It's a different model than what people have used in the past,'
Lannert said. 'Lots of people are doing 'walkable community' types of
projects. Our idea is to mirror (those projects) in a comprehensive
plan.' The last comprehensive plan was published in 2000, but it was
limited to Oswego Township and didn't project population densities,
which, along with the 'walkable community' concept, makes Oswego's plan
unique, Village President Craig Weber said. 'We think it's the planning
document of the future,' Weber said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qmzw6
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Title: "Oswego's future is set down on paper"
Author: Matthew DeFour

Download the comp. plan here (9mb):
http://tinyurl.com/qmzw6
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CANADIAN ARCHITECTS OFFER PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH

-> According to a Mar. 6th Daily News article, "The Royal Architectural
Institute of Canada applauded recent findings in a report from the
Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) at the Canadian Institute
for Health Information (CIHI). 'Helping Canadians fight the 'battle of
the bulge' involves more than simply prescribing diet and exercise --
social and environmental factors can also play a role in promoting
healthy weight,' states the CPHI report. 'The reality is that there are
many social and environmental factors that can make it easier -- or
harder -- for Canadians to make healthy choices. The community where we
live may make a difference to our health; being able to walk or bike on
safe streets is just one example of this.'

"'We've got the prescription that will give Canadians better health,'
said RAIC President Yves Gosselin, FIRAC. 'Creating healthier
communities is the crux of our proposed Model Architecture Policy. It
will help ensure Canadians create walkable, transit-oriented, mixed-use
communities of resource efficient, healthy buildings with careful
consideration of the social fabric that makes vibrant living places,'
he added, quoting the Institute's document..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zw7wf
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Title: "Architects offer prescription for better health"
Author: Staff

Copies of the Model Architecture Policy can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/zkcqs
The CIHI report can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/cxsnw
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SIDEWALKS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN IN DANVILLE (KY)

-> According to a Mr. 5th Advocate-Messenger article, "Joni Morgan
takes off with her running group on West Lexington Avenue before the
sun rises. Before they have one mile under their sneakers the sidewalk
ends. Danville's sidewalks start and stop all around the city. Many
neighborhoods have no sidewalks. A light trek to the grocery store,
library or church is plausible only for downtown dwellers. There are
groups of people who would rather exercise in Wal-Mart than risk
walking in the street. In places where there are sidewalks, runners
like Morgan say it is safer to run in the street then risk tripping on
a crack.

"Where the 'cement pops up, you catch your toe and there you go ...'
Morgan said. No paths, disjointed sidewalks and cracked cement are all
tell-tale signs of a community that isn't walkable. More than
one-quarter of all the trips made by Americans in their cars are one
mile or less, short enough to have been made on foot, according to the
Surface Transportation Policy Project. 'If you make the environment
more walker-friendly then people will walk,' said Roger Trent, director
of the Boyle County Health Department. From Indian Hills to Paula
Heights, the urban landscape doesn't include neighborhoods with
sidewalks. It makes a hop-scotch game nearly impossible and pedestrians
have to choose between uneven turf and the street..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lnodn
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/lgemv
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Broken Path: Danville sidewalks start, stop all around the city"
Author: Liz Maples
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BY 2030, 1/2 OF NEW DEVELOPMENT - SPRAWL

-> According to a Mar. 9th NBC17 story, "The typical American suburb is
comprised of new homes on large lots of land with no banks, markets or
shops anywhere in sight. Dr. Daniel Rodriguez, of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been studying urban planning for
more than a decade and said that urban sprawl is part of America's
growing obesity problem...'If you think about how we live our lives, we
wake up, we microwave our food, we get in our cars, we reach our
destinations, we type on our computers, we get in our cars, we go back
home, microwave our food again and we entertain looking at the
television,' Rodriguez said.

"Rodriguez rides his bike to work at UNC every day. Students walk from
home to class and everywhere in between. If the trend toward more
sprawl and fewer 'walkable' communities continues, Rodriguez fears the
choice will be gone. 'I am fine if other people love to live in
suburban environments that don't have walking, but the problem is if
all development becomes like that,' Rodriguez said. Research indicates
that by the year 2030, about half of all new development will be urban
sprawl..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/hg83s
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Researchers: Urban Sprawl Could Contribute To Obesity"
Author: Staff
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BILLINGS (MT) PLANS HEARKEN TO ERA WHEN PEOPLE WALKED

-> According to a Mar. 7th Gazette article, "Members of the McCall
family have a lot of experience building houses. Sometime this summer,
they hope to start building a community. The project they have on the
drawing board is the Josephine Crossing Subdivision, a
traditional-style neighborhood near the Yellowstone River that will
feature a range of affordable housing options, complete with front
porches, garages on the alley and walkable streets with tree-lined
boulevards.

"They also plan to have mixed zoning in one portion of the
neighborhood, hoping to attract businesses that could include a small
grocery store, cafes, coffeeshops, retail stores and professional
buildings. They would also like to build some 'live-work' units with an
office on the ground floor and an apartment upstairs. 'We're not trying
to just sell a house,' Brad McCall said. 'We're trying to sell a whole
lifestyle.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/o5h6k
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/o5h6k
Archive cost: No
Title "Builder plans riverside subdivision with range of affordable options"
Author: Ed Kemmick
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REBUILDING MISSISSIPPI -- LIFE AFTER KATRINA

-> According to a Mar. 7th Herald Today article, "Mississippians don't
want to say it, but they may be lucky that Hurricane Katrina left them
with bare slabs rather than piles of toxic rubble as in New Orleans.
For much of the 120-mile Mississippi Gulf Coast scoured by Katrina
amounts to a blank canvas for rebuilding better communities. And
Mississippi has risen to the challenge with an enthusiasm that we in
Manatee County can only envy as we struggle to implement 'smart
growth,' especially north of the river...Katrina wiped out vast
stretches of the 11 cities on the 120-mile Mississippi Gulf Coast,
leaving large chunks of the cities with little more than concrete slabs
where neighborhoods once stood.

"The state has seized this rare opportunity to start over from scratch.
Manatee County, which has had two charrettes in recent months on
transportation issues, doesn't have to endure the wrath of Katrina to
create a blank canvas on which to design the kinds of towns Mississippi
is envisioning. The groves and ranches in North Manatee being grabbed
up by developers are empty templates for new towns that could epitomize
the kind of smart growth we've talked about for years. It comes as a
surprise that 21st-century thinking is occurring in what most consider
a backward southern state. That's a credit to Mississippi Gov. Haley
Barbour, who returned to his roots after serving as Republican National
Committee chairman and advising politicians in Washington for years..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/gmg5d
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Life After Katrina: Rebuilding"
Author: Staff
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE TO ORDER PIZZA IN 2010?
http://tinyurl.com/66zud


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

KANNAPOLIS (NC) RUNNING WALKABILITY SURVEY

-> A Mar. 9th Charlotte Observer article asks, "Do you want to help
make Kannapolis a more walkable community? The city is conducting a
survey during its yearlong project to help create a healthier
community, with options for alternative transportation such as walking
and cycling to local businesses, schools and stores."
http://tinyurl.com/ogts7

Interested in the survey and related maps? Go to:
http://tinyurl.com/rfuhf

ONE REASON WALKABLE MARKETS BECOMING RARITY

-> "There are a third fewer supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods
than middle-class or affluent ones because grocery retailers find the
customer base less attractive, according to a study by the Food
Marketing Policy Center at the University of Connecticut..."
http://tinyurl.com/jejqq

AARP OFFERS ROUTE 66 FITNESS WEBSITE

-> "'Get Fit on Route 66' is an interactive site that let's you convert
exercise minutes to miles along this scenic 'Mother Road.' It's a fun
way to track your activity and find fitness and nutrition tips along
the way..."
http://tinyurl.com/f7fkf

HE LOST THAT RENTED HEDGE TRIMMER HOW?

-> "James D. Coleman told deputies today that while riding his bicycle
on 30th Street East someone in a pickup reached out and snatched a
rented hedge trimmer from his hand..."
http://tinyurl.com/njjrg

PROTECTING PORTLAND (OR) NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS

-> "With the childhood obesity epidemic, having our children walk or
bike to school rather than being driven around town is a huge positive
investment that will reduce our society's long-term costs. Neighborhood
schools are a key foundation of neighborhood livability and quality of
life...."
http://tinyurl.com/fj9gd

WALGREENS PROPOSAL IRKS HOLLADAY (UT) COUNCIL

"Why a Walgreens on Murray-Holladay Road? And why near three other
pharmacies? 'Explain to us why this location is better than the old
Dee's location,' said commissioner Brad Scott. 'We'd give you a parade
if you opened up down there.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/rwvrj

AARP ON WALKING YEAR-ROUND

-> "If you're like most people, it can be especially hard to exercise
in the winter months. Don't let the cold weather stop you. Check out
this creative list of indoor spots for walking and tips for dressing
right when walking outside."
http://tinyurl.com/kqlqb

AUTO CONSORTIUM DEVELOPS PED RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY

-> "'The main idea is that the sensors will recognize pedestrians and
if a pedestrian has a high probability to collide with the vehicle then
automatic braking will be initiated by the system,' says Marc-Michael
Meinecke of Volkswagen..."
http://tinyurl.com/9bv8o

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SLEEPING PILLS

-> "In some state toxicology laboratories, Ambien shows up in the top
10 list of drugs found in impaired drivers..."
http://tinyurl.com/nwl5n

TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOODS TAKE OFF IN US

-> "The success of mixed-use projects, particularly [Traditional
Neighborhood Developments] blending homes, offices and retail in a
walkable area, is no longer an experiment. The Wall Street Journal
reports this morning about 500 TNDs with tens of thousands of homes are
under construction in the U.S. TNDs, which were first built on the
outskirts of town, are now popping up as infill developments..."
http://tinyurl.com/md9m6

BAND'S BIKE STICKER CAUSES OHIO U. SHUTDOWN

-> "A sticker on a bicycle that said 'this bike is a pipe bomb' caused
a scare Thursday at Ohio University that shut down four buildings
before authorities learned the message was the name of a punk rock
band, a university spokesman said..."
http://tinyurl.com/oxsuu
-> The band's website: http://tinyurl.com/k8rju

HOW MUCH SUGAR DO THEY PUT IN SOFT DRINKS?

-> "A typical carbonated soft drink will have 200 calories in a
16-ounce serving. All of those calories come from sugar, and sugar
contains 16 calories per teaspoon. By this measurement, a 16-ounce
serving contains 12.5 teaspoons of sugar..."
http://tinyurl.com/qb22v

GREATER LANSING (MI) AREA TACKLES SPRAWL

-> "Reversing fringe development trends would reduce traffic congestion
by 50 percent and save taxpayers between $1.6 billion and $4.8 billion
in road improvement costs, Hamilton says..."
http://tinyurl.com/pms8l


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

-> "JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH SUPPLEMENT..."
"...Active Living Research Conference;" includes many papers presented
at the 2nd annual Active Living Research Conference; Feb. 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/ojmta

-> "ROUNDABOUTS IN RURAL AMERICA"
Article in Winter 2006 "CTRE en route" newsletter; discusses the
research of Iowa State University doctoral student Hillary Isebrands.
http://tinyurl.com/h2q5m


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 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 -- BIKE/PED COORDINATOR -- ST. PETERSBURG FL
The City of St. Petersburg is seeking a responsible professional person
for technical work in planning; directing and coordinating the bicycle

Benefits include a substantial health, dental, and life insurance,
annual and sick leave, and paid holidays. Annual salary range is
$48,315 to $74,672 depending on qualifications and experience. Apply on
line at: http://tinyurl.com/qrrpv


-> JOB -- SR2S LEAD INSTRUCTOR -- SR2S, MARIN CO., CA
Lead Instructor needed for the Safe Routes to Schools program to teach
students bicycle and pedestrian safety. Must have experience teaching
children in a classroom setting, have an outgoing personality,
extensive bicycle expertise including mechanics, first aide, and
experience riding with youth. Should be able to teach youth of all ages
and adults. Self-starter who can work independently. Experience with
outdoor leadership, LCI and Bi-lingual a plus. Salary: $20/hour, 4/5
time, variable hours Mid-June to mid August. Position starts in Fall
2006, training in spring 2006.

Send resume, cover letter and three references by March 25 to SR2S P.O.
201, Forest Knolls, CA 94933 or to <wendi@marinbike.org>


-> 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.

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

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