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


#145 Friday, March 24, 2006


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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Program To Be Posted May 1
  Oberstar Forum Coming April 10, Minneapolis (MN)
  NCBW's Wilkinson Provides "Healthy Streets" Keynote
  Get Ready for Probike/Prowalk Florida!
  National Bike Summit 2006 a Rousing Success
  TLC Hires Steve Clark to Run Bike-Walk Program
  Introducing...the Google Map Pedometer!
  LAB Bike to Work Week Grants Available
  Pepsi Gives $11.6 Million to Help YMCA Fight Obesity


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Bike Grants Announced for Madison (WI) Area Towns
  Buffalo (NY) Picked for Highways-to-Boulevards Project
  Ashwaubenon (WI) Working up Bike/Ped Trails Plan
  Obese San Diego (CA) Man Walking Across U.S.
  Miami's Overtown May Be Saved from I-95 Ramp Plan
  Statesboro (GA) Rescinds Angle Parking Plan
  Chicago's CBF Kicks Off "Drive with Care" Campaign
  Jeffersonville (KY) Breaks Ground on Rec Trail
  Southlake (TX) Town Square Trend Spreads Across Texas
  Safe Routes Only for Albemarle Co. (VA) Big Kids??
  Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Leaders Debate Part-Time Road Diet
  E. Lansing (MI) Slowly Getting Walkable Destinations



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


PRO WALK/PRO BIKE PROGRAM TO BE POSTED MAY 1

-> According to John Williams, program director for the 14th international
conference on walking and bicycling, the full program for the biennial
gathering will be posted May 1 on the NCBW web site.

"We're currently sifting through an incredible array of more than 200
presentation proposals," Williams said. "Within the next week a panel
will convene to rank the presentations and issue invitations to presenters."

Williams noted that the review panel will fashion the program with
presentations, workshops, poster sessions, keynote speakers, and more,
all around the conference theme of "Making Connections."

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 will convene in Madison, Wisc., Sept. 5-8.
Registration for the conference will also open in early May on the
conference web site at:

http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/index.html
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OBERSTAR FORUM COMING APRIL 10, MINNEAPOLIS (MN)

-> According to the Mar. 15th TLC Non-Motorized Transportation Program
Update, "The annual Oberstar Forum on April 10th sponsored by the
Center for Transportation Studies will focus on bicycle and pedestrian
travel. The keynote speaker is Berthold Tillmann, the Mayor of Munster
Germany who will describe how his city has achieved a bicycle mode
share approaching 40 percent! TLC Executive Director, Lea Schuster
will participate in a panel discussion at the forum with the three
other communities that have been awarded a $21 million grant from the
Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/lp3pq
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NCBW'S WILKINSON PROVIDES "HEALTHY STREETS" KEYNOTE

On 22 March 2006, the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation convened their
3rd annual Healthy Streets conference. Joining the more than 100
participants from Chicagoland, and a host of CBF and other regional
experts, were Audrey Warren of New Orleans' MPO (who spoke on social
marketing), Graham Beck of Transportation Alternatives (who described
their "Speeding: There's No Excuse" campaign), and the NCBW's
Bill Wilkinson (who gave a presentation on traffic justice concerns at the
national and local levels).

Randy Neufeld noted that never before had there been such a diverse
gathering of jurisdictions, professionals, and community interests, all
drawn together by common concerns about the threats posed by motor
vehicles. The conference theme, "Drive with Care," is intended to focus
attention of what will be a major new initiative for CBF and the region.

In a message to Wilkinson following the conference, Neufeld remarked,
"[You gave] exactly the kind of sobering yet inspirational keynote I was
hoping for. Pete Rangel, our Latino community liaison, said your speech
fired him up. He said if you had said 'let's take this to the streets,' he was
ready to stand up and march behind you. Maybe this is the penultimate
phase of your career. Rather than the planner, conference organizer, or
policy wonk you are the visiting Che' Guevara."

Wilkinson has denied saying anything designed to incite revolution, noting
that perhaps he got caught up in the moment by the other inspiring
presentations, and slipped away from his usually mild-mannered
call-to-action approach. He did acknowledge concluding his remarks by
thanking the participants for giving him a clear sense of how we are going
to bring about a major transportation in the car-oriented culture of our
country: by taking charge of our neighborhoods, by demanding action at
the local level, and by persistence.
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GET READY FOR PROBIKE/PROWALK FLORIDA!

-> According to a recent note from Mighk Wilson, "The 2nd Annual
ProBike/ProWalk Florida will be held in St. Augustine from April 19-21,
2006 at the Casa Monica hotel. This conference will be of interest to
bike ped coordinators; planners; trails/recreation departments;
educators; law enforcement; health department employees and anyone
involved with the Safe Routes to Schools program as well as those
wishing to make their communities more healthy and bike and ped
friendly." For more info, contact: <<mailto:
pbpwf@earthlink.net>pbpwf@earthlink.net>

Registration is on the website, as well as the full list of sessions:
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com
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NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT 2006 A ROUSING SUCCESS

-> According to the Mar. 13th American Bicyclist Update, "From honoring
Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) at a congressional reception to meeting
with more than 350 Congressional offices, the more than 375 National
Bike Summit attendees made a difference for bicycling in America this
year. Twenty-two Representatives and nine Senators signed on to join
the Bike Caucus--and a new Bike Caucus Web site is in the works.

"'This was a very intense, invigorating experience,' one attendee said.
'I learned a lot.' In addition to speakers from bicycle friendly
communities across the country, attendees networked with some of the
most powerful people in bicycling today--each other. 'I'm still glowing
from the experience on Capitol Hill. Thank you, thank you!' said
another enthusiastic attendee. For photos of the event, see the next
issue of American Bicyclist in early April."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/opo3o
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TLC HIRES STEVE CLARK TO RUN BIKE-WALK PROGRAM

-> According to the Mar. 15th TLC Non-Motorized Transportation Program
Update, "Transit for Livable Communities has hired Steve Clark to be
the Program Manager for our new bike-walk program. Steve's primary
responsibility includes implementation of the Non-Motorized
Transportation Pilot Project. Steve has a strong background in
bicycling and walking. Steve was the first manager of the bicycling
and walking program in Boulder Colorado, he is a past president of the
League of American Bicyclists, and he oversaw development of the
northern portion of the Ice Age trail in Wisconsin. Steve has also
written bike/pedestrian plans for a number of US cities."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/odldt
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INTRODUCING...THE GOOGLE MAP PEDOMETER!

-> According to a recent note from Peter Jacobsen, "The Google Map
Pedometer is now available. This is a fun tool that allows you to plot
and calculate the distance of your own walking route. There is also a
calorie converter so you can figure out how many calories you burned on
your walk..."

Visit: http://tinyurl.com/9tx7t
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LAB BIKE TO WORK WEEK GRANTS AVAILABLE

-> According to the Mar. 13th American Bicyclist Update, "The League
of American Bicyclists and Shimano are offering grants to help
communities with Bike to Work Week in 2006. To apply, send us 200-word
essays on who, what, where and how the Bike to Work program will make a
difference in your community. This year, special consideration will be
given to communities that are launching Bike to Work or Bicycle
Friendly Community campaigns. The deadline to apply for the grants is
April 3 and the winners will be announced on April 5. The grants range
from $1,000 to $1,500 each, and grant applications should be emailed to
Sarah Stiles at <sarah@bikeleague.org>.
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PEPSI GIVES $11.6 MILLION TO HELP YMCA FIGHT OBESITY

-> According to a Mar. 8th news release, "YMCA of the USA and PepsiCo,
one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, today announced
a five-year alliance totaling $11.6 million in support to America's
YMCAs through 2010. This new agreement supports YMCA Activate America,
the YMCA movement's innovative public health initiative that seeks to
make healthy living a reality for millions of Americans. The alliance
includes program development and marketing initiatives designed to
strengthen and promote YMCAs as a powerful national resource for
healthy living.

"'To reverse our country's growing obesity, chronic disease, and health
care crisis, Americans need to become more physically active and
improve their nutrition,' said Sam Evans, Acting Chief of Staff, YMCA
of the USA. 'With more than 20 million registered members and program
participants, and through our national leadership of childcare and
after school programs, YMCAs can play a significant role in encouraging
Americans to live healthier lives. The YMCA and PepsiCo have had a
long-standing alliance and with PepsiCo's evolving and expanding
pro-health corporate strategy, it was natural for the YMCA and PepsiCo
to deepen their alliance around healthy living through YMCA Activate
America.'..."

Visit: http://www.ymca.net/activateamerica
Source: http://tinyurl.com/qqmrv
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "Contrary to past beliefs, the evidence is now pretty clear that
expanding roadway and parking capacity only exacerbates the congestion
problem. New roads and parking act as magnets to draw more and more
vehicles into the system rather than alleviating the crowding."
-- Peter Everett, Ketchum (ID) Area Rapid Transit board
http://tinyurl.com/p3ej7


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

From PW/PB 2006 Central...
BIKE GRANTS ANNOUNCED FOR MADISON (WI) AREA TOWNS

-> Wonder what's happening at our Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 site?
According to a Mar. 23rd Capital Times article, "Dane County
communities interested in developing bike trails can tap into $60,000
of county funds for a variety of bike-related projects, ranging from
construction of trails to bicycle safety training for kids. County
Executive Kathleen Falk announced the 'Bicycle Paths' funding today.
'We are a biking county,' Falk said. 'These grants create even better
and safer bike rides.'

"Municipalities can apply through April 10 for grant money, with no
more than $30,000 being awarded to any one municipality. Projects
funded in the past include a bike path underpass below Mineral Point
Road near the West Middleton Elementary School, a pedestrian/bike
bridge over Badger Mill Creek in Verona and a bicycle safety day in
Brooklyn..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nbabd
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/f89hn
Archive cost: No
Title: "Bike trail grants available for communities"
Author: Bill Novak
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BUFFALO (NY) PICKED FOR HIGHWAYS-TO-BOULEVARDS PROJECT

-> According to a Mar. 23rd Amherst Times article, "Former Mayor of
Milwaukee and current President of the Congress for New Urbanism, John
Norquist, was in Western New York today to meet with Congressman Brian
Higgins (NY-27) and City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. Following their
meeting the three announced that the City of Buffalo was one of three
cities chosen nationally for a joint project by the Congress for New
Urbanism and the Center for Neighborhood Technology which focuses on
the economic and transportation impacts of removing elevated highways
and reconnecting the urban grid with boulevards. 'Removal of the
Buffalo Skyway is an important step in improving access to a new and
vibrant Buffalo waterfront,' said Congressman Higgins, a member of the
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

"'As Mayor, John Norquist led the charge in promoting demolition of a
stretch of elevated highway in his city, clearing the way for $300
million in new development in Milwaukee. Now, the Western New York
community has the opportunity to learn and grow from his experience,
expertise and commitment to this cause.'...Buffalo's selection was
based on the condition of the Skyway and the potential to connect the
downtown and surrounding neighborhoods to the waterfront. Buffalo will
join Louisville and Seattle as the project team investigates the
potential of teardown/rebuild/reconnect options. This project will
include comparisons to the impacts of what has happened in those cities
which have already removed elevated highways -- Milwaukee, Portland and
San Francisco..."

Source: http://urldo.com/F638XV
Archive search: http://urldo.com/0JCFS0
Archive cost: No
Title: "Congressman Higgins, Mayor Brown, Congress for New Urbanism
President John Norquist Announce Buffalo Skyway Chosen for National
Study"
Author: Press release
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ASHWAUBENON (WI) WORKING UP BIKE/PED TRAILS PLAN

-> According to a Feb. 24th Green Bay Press-Gazette article, "Although
Ashwaubenon is known for its bustling business district and hopping
entertainment center, some leaders think those that enjoying the
outdoors shouldn't be forgotten in the mix. The village's Bike and
Pedestrian Committee is spearheading an effort to create a long-term
bike and pedestrian trail plan they say would provide a blueprint as
further community development occurs. Park director Rex Mehlberg said
bike trails and walking paths could help connect the village, which now
is basically divided into quadrants by Wisconsin 172 and U.S. 41.

"Probably the boldest idea is to build pedestrian-only bridges across
U.S. 41 and Wisconsin 172. Mehlberg said these pathways, for one thing,
could allow kids who attend Pioneer Elementary School eventually to
walk to high school and middle school, even if they live on the wrong
side of one of these busy highways. Pioneer principal Linda Hering
likes the idea. Students in the Shady Lane area are bused across
Wisconsin 172, she said. 'It is an issue for kids when they want to
ride their bikes to school,' she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/f252w
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dvtx5
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Ashwaubenon planners map alternative routes"
Author: Patti Zarling
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OBESE SAN DIEGO (CA) MAN WALKING ACROSS U.S.

-> According to a Mar. 23rd CTV story, "Steve Vaught is trying to shed
unwanted pounds the long, slow way: step by step as he walks across the
United States. Vaught, 39, began his trek last April in Oceanside,
Calif., and has covered more than 2,300 miles. As the distances have
mounted, so too has interest in his journey, with supporters monitoring
his progress online and newspapers and television stations tracking the
adventure. Vaught began the trip to lose weight and break the bad
habits that led to his obesity. 'When I first started this walk, I
weighed around 410 pounds, and I was carrying an 85-pound backpack,'
Vaught wrote on his Web site earlier this month as he crossed Ohio.
'Now I weigh 296 pounds, and I am carrying a pack that weighs only 30
pounds.

"That is an overall reduction of almost 175 pounds off of my feet. So
it will only get easier from here,' he said. Vaught, who lives in San
Diego, is about 600 miles from New York, with freezing Midwestern winds
snapping at his back. He expects to finish the trip in about six weeks.
He initially thought he could avoid the temptation of junk food on the
road, where he usually camps in a tent at night between towns. 'It is
amazing how hard it is to find good, healthy food while on the road,'
he wrote. 'Most restaurants, fast food and sit-downs, offer limited
choices, and usually you are relegated to a small variety of beef
products with potatoes.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/o2a2u
Archive search: use "Search" windowArchive cost: No
Title: "Obese man walking across U.S. to shed pounds"
Author: AP
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MIAMI'S OVERTOWN MAY BE SAVED FROM I-95 RAMP PLAN

-> According to a Mar. 23rd Miami Herald article, "A local
transportation policy panel is preparing to kill a plan by state
roadbuilders that would have added new Interstate 95 on- and off-ramps
in the heart of Overtown. Responding to swelling community opposition,
the Metropolitan Planning Organization will vote on May 25 whether to
eliminate funding for a $10 million plan that would have added a
northbound off-ramp and a southbound on-ramp at Northwest 14th Street.
The opposition has raised battle cries of road projects -- including
the construction of I-95 -- that decimated the historic
African-American enclave four decades ago, as well as concerns about
coming high-rise gentrification. County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson,
who represents the area, said she believes she has enough support among
her fellow MPO members to effectively kill the Florida Department of
Transportation project.

"'I think it's a very good day for the residents of Overtown,' Edmonson
said. 'I think they have historically felt like they've been lied to
and that no one hears them. Today, they were heard.' The DOT ramp plan,
residents complain, will largely serve wealthy patrons of the
Performing Arts Center and will put a large number of pedestrians,
bicycle riders and Booker T. Washington High School students at risk
with increased vehicle traffic..."

Source: http://urldo.com/P0KEC4
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Panel likely to kill plan for new interstate ramps in Overtown"
Author: Larry Lebowitz

For more on the history of Overtown and highway building, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/peyfd
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STATESBORO (GA) RESCINDS ANGLE PARKING PLAN

-> According to a Mar. 22nd Herald article, "Facing the possible loss
of funds for the city's streetscape project, the Statesboro City
Council voted Tuesday to rescind their earlier decision to allow angle
parking on East Main Street. In January, the council approved angle
parking in front of the Galleria on Main, subject to the Georgia
Department of Transportation's review of an alternate plan for the
streetscape project. Statesboro businessman Noel Burnsed had requested
the parking, saying it would be beneficial to his business to have more
parking close to the stores.

"'If (the streetscape's goal) is to reduce delay, provide a more
walkable downtown and provide pedestrians a more open and safe
environment, the angled parking alternative seems counterproductive to
these goals,' wrote Joseph Palladi, planning administrator for the
Georgia Department of Transportation. 'From a roadway operations
viewpoint, the additional delay and accident potential for the proposed
alternative cannot be endorsed by the Department.' Four civil engineers
have said the proposed angle parking is unsafe, including the city's
engineering department and Palladi. Because the alternative streetscape
plan could not be endorsed by GDOT, funding for the project would be
withheld if the city proceeded with angled parking still in the plan..."

Source: http://urldo.com/M62ETE
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "City rescinds angle parking"
Author: Luke Martin
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CHICAGO'S CBF KICKS OFF "DRIVE WITH CARE" CAMPAIGN

-> According to a Mar. 23rd Tribune article, "If a car and a bike face
off, the winner is clear. Cars are bigger, faster and strong enough to
muscle bicyclists right off the road. Still, the epic battle of bikes
versus cars rages on. For every cyclist who complains about reckless
drivers who drive or park in bike lanes, there's a motorist placing
blame on two-wheelers who run red lights or plow through stop signs.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation wants to change public perception
that cars are king of the street with a new awareness effort directed
at drivers.

"'The problem is that a lot of [cyclists and pedestrians] expect a lot
of fairly rambunctious, fairly reckless driving to go on out there on
the street,' said Randy Neufeld, coordinator of the federation's
Healthy Streets Campaign. 'But we don't want to be fatalistic about it.
We can make a change.' The group met Wednesday with city and suburban
officials, including police, to discuss Drive with Care, an awareness
campaign targeting drivers. If the federation can get funding, it could
unveil the campaign--designed to stigmatize speeding--as early as this
summer, said Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the federation..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/s7eb8
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/el2wv
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Bikes vs. cars"
Author: Kyra Kyles
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JEFFERSONVILLE (KY) BREAKS GROUND ON REC TRAIL

-> According to a Mar. 23rd Courier-Journal article, "Six ceremonial
shovels were thrust into the earth yesterday along the Jeffersonville
riverfront to mark the start of construction on a 1,600-foot section of
the Ohio River Greenway. Bulldozers and excavators will arrive later
this spring to tear out a strip of aging wooden boat docks along
Riverside Drive, and to dig out several old concrete paths. They will
be replaced by two new multi-use recreational trails, along with
landscaping, decorative lighting and scenic overlooks facing downtown
Louisville.

"'It's going to be terrific,' Phil Hendershot, chairman of the
Greenway's 11-member commission, told several dozen people who attended
yesterday's groundbreaking. 'It will very much enhance this section of
riverfront.' Jeffersonville officials had hoped to begin work on the
Greenway section last year, but funding problems pushed the schedule
back. The Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing construction of the
Greenway and providing half of the estimated $41.7 million cost. When
it is finished, the recreation trail will stretch seven miles and link
Jeffersonville, Clarksville and New Albany..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ql3f3
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/m77yv
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Greenway gets green light"
Author: Alex Davis
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SOUTHLAKE (TX) TOWN SQUARE TREND SPREADS ACROSS TEXAS

-> According to a Mar. 20th Startlegram article, "Seven years ago
today, Southlake Town Square opened to shoppers, with old-fashioned
storefronts centered on a park and gazebo. The city had long thought
that the site was a great place for a mall, but developer Brian
Stebbins didn't want an enclosed mall or strip center. He envisioned an
open-air combination of office, retail and a city government building
that borrowed from the downtown gathering spots of yesteryear. 'We
quoted heavily from things that have worked in the past,' said
Stebbins, who spent more than a year planning before construction
started. The project was an instant success, and over the next month,
Southlake Town Square is preparing to open 200,000 more square feet of
retail and restaurants, a hotel, 14-screen theater and luxury
brownstones.

"Soon after it opened, other cities started planning town squares of
their own. Colleyville, North Richland Hills and Keller have projects
in development. Other projects are in the planning stages. The
mixed-use plans in Tarrant County include developments near the Cowboys
stadium in Arlington, in Euless, Benbrook and Argyle, and just south of
Justin. Work has begun on Alliance Town Center in north Fort Worth.
Still other cities are using the zoning similar to these town centers
as the next step in revitalizing corridors such as Boulevard 26 and
Pipeline Road. It's not just happening in North Texas, said Patrice
Duker, spokeswoman for the International Council of Shopping Centers.
In recent years, development of mixed-use shopping centers that combine
housing, retail, office and other uses into walkable communities has
risen significantly nationwide..."

Source: http://urldo.com/U2NUG0
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Title: "Everyone's Town Square"
Author: Andrea Jares
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SAFE ROUTES ONLY FOR ALBEMARLE CO. (VA) BIG KIDS??

-> According to a Mar. 22nd Daily Progress article, "The Albemarle
County Planning Commission on Tuesday addressed issues of school and
park placement, neighborhood density and the commercial scale within a
development that is said to be the largest ever planned for the county.
In its discussion on the planned 920-acre Biscuit Run development,
which could include nearly 5,000 residential units, commissioners were
split on the issue of where to place a proposed school and district
park offered by the developer in the plan. The 92 acres that would
include an elementary school and recreational park fall into the
county's designated-rural area just south of the proposed development,
but are adjacent to the designated-growth area. 'I'm feeling unsure
about the location of this school site as far away as possible from the
community,' Commissioner Bill Edgerton said. 'I would rather see the
school and/or the park integrated into the development. With the scale
of project we're talking about, I think there is room within the
development site to accommodate the school.'

"Steve Blaine, who represents the Forest Lodge LLC developer, defended
the school location, pointing to the difficulty of accurately
predicting future enrollment. "In balance, we can't predict where the
best place for a school would be," he said. "[This] school site really
gives the county flexibility. ...[and] if the school site is not
needed, it can be absorbed into the park.' Several commissioners argued
for the importance of keeping a school in a central location to promote
pedestrian access. But Commissioner Jo Higgins said parents are less
likely to allow elementary school students to walk to school, no matter
how close it is. 'I just don't think an elementary school can be as
walkable [as middle and high schools] because of safety concerns,' she
said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/oy4hm
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Title: "More Biscuit Run doubt"
Author: Jessica Kitchin
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FT. LAUDERDALE (FL) LEADERS DEBATE PART-TIME ROAD DIET

-> According to a Mar. 22nd Miami Herald article, "After years of
bitter debate over whether Sistrunk Boulevard should be a two- or
four-lane road, Fort Lauderdale and Broward County may have found a way
to have both through the city's historically black business district.
Fort Lauderdale leaders are expected to consider a plan in April that
allows Sistrunk to narrow to two lanes with street parking most of the
time, but change to four lanes during rush hours. Many in Fort
Lauderdale, especially Commissioner Carlton Moore, see narrowing
Sistrunk as a way to encourage redevelopment and create a friendly,
walkable business district. But county officials have long objected to
a permanent narrowing of the road, saying it would increase traffic
congestion.

"Tuesday, after a meeting with Broward County Mayor Ben Graber, County
Commissioner John Rodstrom suggested the compromise, which would keep
the road open to traffic at rush hour. In addition, Fort Lauderdale
would receive about $1 million from the county for new sidewalks and
landscaping. 'I think what he came up with in the spirit of cooperation
is very generous, and I hope it's an indication of how we'll move
forward in the future,' said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle. 'It
gives us most of what we want.' Rodstrom, an opponent of the narrowing,
has long sparred over the issue with Moore and U.S. Rep. Alcee
Hastings, D-Miramar, who represents the Sistrunk area. Moore has
opposed keeping four lanes open -- even during rush hours..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/gc2oe
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Title: "City, county to vote on Sistrunk changes"
Author: Erika Bolstad And Samuel P. Nitze
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E. LANSING (MI) SLOWLY GETTING WALKABLE DESTINATIONS

-> According to a Mar. 22nd City Pulse article, "Sometimes it seems as
if MSU students have nowhere to walk but chain coffee shops, chain
bookstore cafes and sterile student lounges full of foam cubes. The
dearth of walkable destinations around one of the world's biggest
universities deeply concerns Raman (pronounced 'rum'n' as in 'rum'n
Coke') Agraweal of Gibson's Bookstore in East Lansing. 'For example,
there's no bike shop or movie theater within walking distance of the
MSU campus,' Agraweal says. To help fill the gap, he and fellow
employee Tyler French decided to start a community hangout inside the
store at 128 W. Grand River in Lansing. It's a humble corner, with a
couple of tables partitioned off by bookshelves, but it's got a lot of
heart. Amid Pink Pearl erasers, dusty texts and jokey greeting cards,
the space has the ambiance of an quaint emporium, but it's
granola-dusted with a progressive vibe.

"There's also Wi-fi, hot coffee and plenty of tunes on vinyl. 'We want
people to start coming outside again,' Agraweal says. Area groups are
already starting to make use of the space. Direct Action meets there on
Tuesdays, and a new group called Grass Roots Recycling will soon get
underway there...The recycling group, Agraweal says, hopes to fill the
hole left when MSU cut back on recycling two years ago. Sub-freshmen
seem to dig the place too. A thank-you note on the wall, in a child's
hand, reads 'Dear Gibson's, Thank you for the coffee. It burned my
tongue and my mom got mad but then I ran in the backyard for two hours
and it was fun.' The writer, Tyler, goes on to say that his grandpa has
the same records they have..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/z93hl
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Title: "Bookstore carves out casual hangout"
Author: Lawrence Cosentino

[Ed. note: This story reminds me of the importance of what Ray
Oldenburg calls "Third Places," those spots that aren't work or home
but where folks can go to have a coffee (or a beer), chat with friends,
and just plain hang out. For more info, see Oldenburg's book, "The
Great Good Place." For more about the author, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ekoll ]
<back to top>


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

BUS DRIVER PLAYS PSP AT WHEEL, TERRIFIED RIDERS REPORT

-> According to a Mar. 19th (UK) Sun article, "A bus driver has been
fired for playing computer game Grand Theft Auto -- while at the wheel.
Steve Allcock was reported by terrified passengers who heard the
screams of characters being butchered as he drove between stops. Bosses
fired him after on-board CCTV footage showed he had the handheld device
on his knees. One passenger said: 'He was playing on a Sony PlayStation
PSP not only at bus stops but at traffic lights and sometimes while
driving. The music and sound effects could be heard throughout the bus.
I find it hard to believe anyone in charge of a bus capable of carrying
50 people would be safe driving with a PSP on their knees.'

"Steve used the console, like the one with Grand Theft Auto on, as he
drove his single-decker from Accrington to Blackburn, Lancs. His boss
at Blackburn Transport, Michael Morton, said: 'The driver was
interviewed and we feel we've taken appropriate disciplinary action. We
take a very dim view of drivers using any sort of device that will
distract them. Our ultimate concern is the safety of passengers.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/njhm7
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Driver plays PSP at wheel"
Author: Guy Patrick


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

HUMANS WRECKING WORLD BIODIVERSITY

-> "Humans have provoked the worst spate of extinctions since the
dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago, according to a United
Nations report..."
http://tinyurl.com/f6mxp
For more on the report, go to: http://tinyurl.com/kvaof

US DOCS DISPUTE OZ STUDY ON CYCLING DECLINE & HELMET LAWS

-> "'Robinson cannot conclude that decreases in cycling are harmful to
health.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/hb79o

DENVER (CO) PARTNERSHIP ENCOURAGING TRANS. ALTERNATIVES

-> "The Downtown Denver Partnership thinks you can go a full month
without your car and if you try, they'll make it worth your while..."
http://tinyurl.com/p444v
For more about the program, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/mfjgs

CARPINTERIA (CA) FOLKS MAKING TRAFFIC CONCERNS KNOWN

-> "Karen Friedman, a Carpinteria resident who relies on a motorized
wheelchair as her mode of transportation, said on numerous occasions
she has come close to being struck by motorists on Carpinteria and
Linden avenues who fail to yield to pedestrians..."
http://tinyurl.com/qx4cq

WASHOE CO. (NV) STREET WIDENING HERALDS MORE GROWTH

-> "Just below Raleigh Heights, the narrow, winding two-lane road runs
alongside a deep ravine for nearly a mile...By 2012, Regional
Transportation Commission officials plan to fill in the ravine and
expand the road to six lanes to Golden Valley Road..."
http://urldo.com/HR8XL4

WALK THE PATH TO WELL-BEING, SAFER, HAPPIER COMMUNITY

-> "Fortunately, traditional towns such as Pottstown already have the
best infrastructure for promoting healthy lifestyles that civilization
has ever devised: the sidewalk..."
http://urldo.com/K53WRO

LA CROSSE CO. (WI) PLAN ALL ABOUT "CHOICES"

-> "'Our whole goal is to provide choices. The way the county's
developing now is limiting people's choices,' Handy contends. 'The only
choice is a two-acre lot with a $220,000 home, two kids and a 22-minute
drive to work.'..."
http://urldo.com/QC328B

INDIA'S URBAN TRANSPORT POLICY TO PROMOTE BIKE LANES

-> "States seeking central funding for city road building will soon be
required to include dedicated bicycle tracks in their plans..."
http://tinyurl.com/fftoh

DOUGLAS CO. (NV) CONSIDERS MIXED USE ZONING

-> "'Before World War II, the meat and the grocery stores were down the
street,' he said. 'People didn't need a car then, but with urban sprawl
they were forced to be auto-oriented.'..."
http://urldo.com/YB7OQ1

BICYCLE SITE ADDS FREE BIKE E-CARDS

-> "There are several dozen bicycle specific e-cards with more being
added every week. Our goal is to have 100-200 bicycle e-cards or more."
http://www.thebicyclesite.com

BIKE DESIGN COMPETITION SPINNING NEW IDEAS

-> "The 10th International Bicycle Design Competition handed out its
latest awards at the 2006 Taipei International Cycle Show earlier this
month. This year's winners included fold-up bicycles, bikes that
communicate directly with their riders and several three-wheelers as
well."
http://urldo.com/85OQIA
For more on the competition, go to:
http://urldo.com/G4H2FD

MEXICO CITY: AZTEC TEMPLES, FEATHERED SERPENTS & A ZOO

-> "Everything you've heard about Mexico City's crowds and crime may
have convinced you that it is not the best place for a family visit.
But the vivid history, anarchic street life, eccentric museums and
walkable neighborhoods make the Mexican capital an unexpectedly
welcoming place for children..."
http://urldo.com/VL66GS


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

-> "THE ROLE OF BUILT ENVIRONMENTS IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY..."
"...Eating, and Obesity in Childhood;" by James F. Sallis and Karen
Glanz; The Future of Children; Vol.16/no.1/Spring 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/o572u

-> "UNDERSTANDING REPORTED RATES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY..."
"...Comparing the Results of the Alberta Survey on Physical Activity;"
by Tanya R. Berry, PhD , John C. Spence, PhD , University of Alberta;
the Alberta Centre for Active Living. 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/q9zmd

-> "REVITALIZATION"
A new (free) magazine devoted to "redeveloping, restoring, renewing,
and revitalizing our communities and natural resources." To subscribe
or read articles online, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/o5ek5


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
- pedestrian program. The incumbent works with City staff, neighborhood
residents and community members to identify and resolve issues, and
works with individual groups to development action strategies to
implement plans developed. Work involves developing and implementing a
City wide bicycle pedestrian master plan and assist in the development,
forecasting and budgeting of long-term modifications to facilities. The
incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of transportation planning and
the principle, techniques, and practices of civil engineering as it
relates to bicycle and pedestrian facility design. Graduation from an
accredited four year college or university with major course work in
Planning, Transportation, or related fields and minimum three years
progressive experience at the coordination level.

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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