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


#146 Friday, April 7, 2006


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


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  CenterLines Podcast Focuses on Greensboro (NC)
  Panel Reviews Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Proposals
  SB2506 The Healthy Places Act of 2006 Introduced
  Federal Rescission Hits Safe Routes to School Pgm
  Columbus (Oh) Fixing "Incomplete Streets"
  "AAA Monkeys" Video Lampoons Auto Club
  State SRTS Coordinators Hired in 22 States
  CTE Offers Bike/Ped Planning Teleconference


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Utah Mining Co. Proposes Huge Walkable City Project
  Atlanta (GA) Focuses on Immigrant Ped Safety Issues
  Portland (OR) Residents Want to Slow Fremont St.
  Helena (MT) Celebrates Nat'l Public Health Week
  Pittsburgh (PA) Battles Obesity, Other Health Problems
  Gulf Breeze (FL) "Needs Walkways, Bikeways, Trails"
  Study: Obese Kids Can't Fit into Car Seats
  Franklin (KY) Starts Streetscape Project Phase 2
  Physical Inactivity, Weight Focus of Maine Conference
  Gillette (WY) Bike Patrol Takes to the Streets
  S. Bernadino Co. (CA) Backs "Healthy Communities" Pgm
  Saginaw (MI) Proposes New Biz District Streetscape Regs
  Atlanta (GA) Task Force Mulls Peachtree Corridor Future
  Amsterdam (NL) Urban Young Served by Bike Designers



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



CENTERLINES PODCAST FOCUSES ON GREENSBORO (NC)

-> The latest CenterLines Podcast features "What happened to Bob
Chauncey and Mark Plotz in Greensboro, NC."

Fresh from a week of walkable community workshops in Greensboro, Plotz
talks about what 240,000 people, 121 square miles, 1,306 miles of paved
roads, and 3 blocks of bike lanes means for local cyclists and walkers.
"It's actually more compelling than it sounds," he assures CenterLines
readers. "While on one of our walking audits we were passed by a
Lamborghini Countach -- that has never happened before. Did I mention
that the road had no sidewalk?"

To download this podcast feature:
http://www.bikewalk.net/podcasts/greensboro.mp3
Photos from the week are available at:
http://www.bikewalk.net/greensboro
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PANEL REVIEWS PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006 PROPOSALS

-> A proposal review panel gathered the last week of March to sift
through the mountain of paper and .pdf files comprised of more than
200 proposals for presentations at NCBW's 14th International Conference
on Walking and Bicycling, a.k.a. Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006.

"I think it was one of the best collections of proposals we've received
in many years," said NCBW staffer John Williams, who once again is
heading up the program committee for the PWPB conference. "We
had excellent representation on a number of topics that support our
2006 conference theme of 'Making Connections'," Williams added.

In addition to Williams, the review panel included Kit Keller of
Wisconsin Walks, John Luton of Capital Bike + Walk in Victoria, B.C.,
and Gary MacFadden, director of operations for NCBW and
co-director of PWPB 2006.

"We had initially hoped to send out acceptance letters the first week
of April, but due to the number of proposals, we're going to delay
that a week," said Williams. "Part of our task is to group together
presenters with similar or supporting topics, and we want to get it
right before we distribute acceptance letters listing the other
presenters in the assembled panels."

For more about the Pro Walk/Pro Bike biennial conference, which
will be hosted in Madison, Wisc. September 5-8, visit:
http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2006/index.html
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SB2506: THE HEALTHY PLACES ACT OF 2006 INTRODUCED

-> Senator Barack Obama, along with Senators Durbin, Clinton, and
Kerry, on April 4th introduced S. 2506: A bill to require Federal agencies
to support health impact assessments and take other actions to improve
health and the environmental quality of communities, and for other purposes.

The Basics:
The Healthy PLACES Act of 2006 brings together all levels of government
to address environmental health issues by: (1) establishing and
supporting health impact assessment programs to proactively examine the
potential health effects of major policy or programmatic changes, (2)
creating a grant program to assist states and local communities to
address environmental health hazards, particularly those that
contribute to health disparities and (3) accelerating research on the
relationship between the environment and health.

In his remarks, Senator Obama said "This focus on building healthy
communities is both timely and critical. We are losing ground with respect
to the health of our nation's children. Studies have found that the percentage
of overweight children and adolescents has more than doubled in the last
few decades; without intervention, 1 in 3 children born in 2000 can expect to
develop diabetes in their lifetime. And other diseases and conditions,
including high blood pressure and asthma, are on the rise in young
populations.

"As bleak as the health situation is for so many children, there is
good news. Many of these diseases and health conditions are completely
preventable or can be delayed for many, many years. The American Public
Health Association and countless other expert organizations have told
us, and shown us, that if we make a real commitment to and investment
in building healthy communities, we can substantially improve the
health of our children and adults. Today I am introducing the Healthy
Places Act of 2006, which will do just that.

The Healthy Places Act of 2006 focuses on the built environment,
which includes our homes, schools, workplaces, parks and recreation
areas, business areas, and transportation systems. Where we work, live,
and play has tremendous implications for our health, and improvements
to these environments will lead to: greater opportunities for physical
activity and a reduction in injuries because of safe sidewalks, biking
paths, and parks; less reliance on personal automobiles which reduces
toxic emissions; better access to fresh fruits and vegetables which
leads to healthier nutrition; and the planning and building of
"green'' homes and buildings which decreases energy consumption.

"The Healthy Places Act of 2006 would expand efforts to improve
the planning and design of communities that can promote healthier
living. It establishes and supports health impact assessment
programs, which would assist States and local communities in
examining potential health effects of major health policy or
programmatic changes. In addition, the bill creates a grant program
to address environmental health hazards, particularly those that
contribute to health disparities. Finally, the Healthy Places Act
provides additional support for research on the relationship between
the built environment and the health status of residents..."

You can find the full text of the bill at:
http://tinyurl.com/hgxvc
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FEDERAL RESCISSION HITS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PGM

-> According to the Apr. 3rd edition of Safe Routes to School E-News,
"Government-wide across-the-board 1% rescissions are being enacted as
part of a law called the 'Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental
Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and
Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006.' FHWA has revised its Safe Routes to
School funding tables to reflect that a total of $99 million is being
apportioned during the 2006 fiscal year, as opposed to the $100 million
previously anticipated."

The revised statewide SRTS funding tables are here:
http://tinyurl.com/rvk5p

For more on Safe Routes to School E-News, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/r62lk
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COLUMBUS (OH) FIXING "INCOMPLETE STREETS"

-> According to an Apr. 3rd news release, "Improved pedestrian safety,
especially near schools, continues to be a priority of the City, which
broke ground today on a $5.4 million project to build storm drains,
curbs and new sidewalks along Briggs Road. Mayor Coleman and City
Council have made neighborhood pedestrian safety a priority in recent
years, and the Mayor has addressed the issue repeatedly, including
during past State of the City speeches and in planning annual Capital
budgets. 'Too many kids, in too many neighborhoods, have danced with
danger for too long while walking to school along busy streets, and
that's why we are investing in pedestrian safety like never before in
Columbus,' said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. 'While the City is investing
in sidewalks, we also are calling on drivers to slow down and watch out
in our neighborhoods, because personal responsibility is critical to
protecting families in every neighborhood.'

"The first phase of the project, set to begin on April 3rd, will
involve the installation of 3.14 miles of enclosed storm sewers on the
north and south sides of Briggs Road. Installation of 1.96 miles of
sidewalks is scheduled to being in late fall, weather permitting, and
continue into 2007...'About 40 percent of Columbus has what I would
call "incomplete streets," which were built and annexed without
sidewalks or bike lanes. This has created many neighborhoods that are
unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists,' said City Councilmember
Maryellen O'Shaughnessy. 'Property owners and the City need to continue
to understand the importance of safe, walkable, bike-able neighborhoods
to the quality of our lives.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/j7873
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"AAA MONKEYS" VIDEO LAMPOONS AUTO CLUB

-> According to the Mar. 31st edition of Kicking Asphalt newsletter, "A
new Flash movie called 'The AAA Monkeys' that rips into the popular
automobile club AAA for its opposition to the Pennsylvania Clean
Vehicles Program has been going around the Internet. The film's
distributor, Pennsylvania's Clean Air Council describes it this way:
The humorous web animation portrays AAA as a group of mischievous
monkeys who 'See No Evil' when their antics burden people with high
gasoline costs, limited consumer choice and dirty air. Clean Air
Council's website encourages people to contact AAA asking them to drop
their opposition to the Clean Vehicles Program. It also contains facts
correcting the misinformation that AAA has spread about the policy..."

For more information, visit:
http://tinyurl.com/mwg3b
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STATE SRTS COORDINATORS HIRED IN 22 STATES

In another Safe Routes to School E-News article, "A key provision of
section 1404 of SAFETEA-LU is that each state must hire a full time
Safe Routes to School Coordinator to manage the state program.

"According to FHWA's website, as of March 24, 2006:
* 22 states have hired their official SRTS Coordinators
* 14 states have named an interim point of contact for SRTS
* 15 states have not yet named SRTS Coordinators

"If your state has not yet named a SRTS Coordinator, you might consider
checking with your state DOT to learn more about their hiring process
and timeline. A first point of contact within the DOT could be your
state's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator."

To view the list of state SRTS Coordinators, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/lapjy

For a list of state bike/ped coordinators, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/9uxw2
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CTE OFFERS BIKE/PED PLANNING TELECONFERENCE

-> According to a recent announcement from Sarah Worth O'Brien, "The
Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) announces
'Bicycle/Pedestrian Planning Strategies: From SAFETEA-LU to Safe Routes
to School' as part of its National Teleconference Series. This live
three-hour broadcast will be held May 4, 2006, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm,
EDT. The purpose of this broadcast is to highlight key bicycle and
pedestrian provisions of SAFETEA-LU and the administrative efforts
underway to implement them. In addition, a panel of stakeholders will
discuss their successful programs and initiatives.

These presentations will provide insight into the broad range of
activities supported by the legislation and will offer guidance on
implementing programs in communities across the country. You may tune
in to any and all of the broadcast, as it meets your needs. Each hour
will focus on different aspects of the legislation and the programs
that exemplify the opportunities spelled out in the provisions and
guidance. Time at the end of each hour will be held for questions or
comments, which we welcome you to submit to the panel via phone, fax,
or email. More information on each segment is provided on the Web site
(see link below).

"If you are unable to join the teleconference live via satellite or
Internet simulcast on May 4, please note that the broadcast will be
recorded and available online after the event."

For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/zl3ao
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Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S

-> "Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and
friends."
-- Lewis Mumford
http://tinyurl.com/gg3ho

-> "Kids are driven everywhere. They don't know how their school is
connected to their house, or how their house is connected to the
grocery store. They don't know where things are located because they
don't walk or bike to those destinations."
-- John Williams (not the composer!)
http://tinyurl.com/oreet


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

UTAH MINING CO. PROPOSES HUGE WALKABLE CITY PROJECT

-> According to an Apr. 6th Grand Forks Herald story, "It's a plan for
development that will take more than 50 years from start to finish, on
the largest piece of privately owned land next to a U.S. metropolis for
an expected half-million residents. This megasuburb, twice the size of
San Francisco, will be the work of a mining company, Kennecott Utah
Copper Corp., which has no experience in real-estate development. The
Utah company is a subsidiary of London-based Rio Tinto, a mining
multinational and avowed convert to environmentalism, which decided to
make a showcase out of its surplus Utah lands instead of just selling
them off for cookie-cutter subdivisions. Home builders were skeptical
when the Salt Lake valley's biggest landowner laid out the plan for a
20-mile string of densely packed, 'walkable' communities framing the
rural west side of Salt Lake County. The communities would be laid out
along a planned highway and light-rail lines connecting to Salt Lake
City.

"Mining executives pitched the idea to some 50 builders. 'A lot of them
rolled their eyes and walked away,' said Keith L. Morey, manager for
Kennecott's flagship Daybreak project, where just seven builders were
chosen to help build the first town of 14,000 homes. 'It was a mixture
of excitement and fear,' Brad Wilson, president and chief executive of
Destination Homes, said of his decision to sign on with Kennecott to
help build Daybreak...Kennecott's whole plan calls for 162,800 houses
in neighborhoods mixing the wealthy and wage earners in shared
communities of gardens, pocket parks and surrounding open space. The
so-called West Bench development -- the string of communities along the
base of a mountain range - differs from other planned communities by
emphasizing connections to a larger metropolis..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mvy5h
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/qzfvz
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Title: "Utah mining company building a new city"
Author: Paul Foy
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ATLANTA (GA) FOCUSES ON IMMIGRANT PED SAFETY ISSUES

-> According to an Apr. 5th USAToday article, "Arely Hernandez, 34,
approaches each trip to the drugstore or video rental place with
apprehension. Sometimes, she says, she simply postpones the trip or
decides against it. That's because to get to those businesses and
others, she must walk across busy Buford Highway, one of the state's
deadliest stretches for pedestrians. From 1996 through 2005, 34
pedestrians were killed and 305 others injured in automobile accidents
on Buford Highway, according to the Georgia Department of
Transportation. The seven-lane highway, which has few sidewalks and
crosswalks, runs through the Atlanta area's most ethnically diverse
community and is heavily used by Hispanic and Asian immigrants.
Hernandez, who does not own a car and walks most places, is acutely
aware of the perils of Buford Highway. 'Everybody talks about it,' she
says. 'They say it's very dangerous because sometimes, the cars, they
don't care.

"Some people can be walking with their babies, and they still don't
care.' Now, the pleas of pedestrians such as Hernandez are gaining the
attention of civic leaders and highway engineers. The surge of
immigrants settling in car-crazed suburbia is heightening efforts to
reduce danger for people who can't afford cars and must walk between
their homes and jobs. Pedestrian injuries and deaths involving minority
groups that include large numbers of immigrants have risen in some
communities. Pedestrian safety concerns coincide with a national push
by health advocates and urban planners for neighborhoods designed to
promote walking. Communities from Maryland and Virginia to Georgia,
California and Florida are redesigning neighborhoods built for cars to
be safer for pedestrians..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/f8jld
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/lx8c3
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Title: "Georgia tries to improve deadly road for walkers"
Author: Larry Copeland and Haya El Nasser
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PORTLAND (OR) RESIDENTS WANT TO SLOW FREMONT ST.

-> According to an Apr. 6th Oregonian article, "The booming Beaumont
business district on Northeast Fremont Street has shot life into the 10
blocks between 42nd and 52nd avenues with Alameda Brew House, Fife
restaurant, a string of coffee houses, and new office and residential
buildings luring people from outside the neighborhood. But with the
boom comes traffic. Lots of it. Zooming right along. 'It can be scary
to make a left turn onto Fremont,' says Letha Tawney, who moved to the
neighborhood with her husband four years ago. 'I nearly creamed someone
today. I couldn't see them behind a parked car.' To slow things down,
she and other neighbors have worked to persuade the city to reduce the
speed limit, add crosswalks and eliminate parking spaces on Fremont.

"Safety issues along the street also galvanized David Whitaker, who's
lived in the neighborhood for 12 years, into an advocate for
pedestrians. Whitaker has gone so far as to step into the street to get
cars to slow down or to stop for people trying to cross. 'As a
pedestrian, I feel I have just as much a right to get somewhere as a
car does,' says Whitaker, chairman of the Beaumont-Wilshire
Neighborhood Association's land-use committee. 'It's tough to cross the
street sometimes because the streets don't line up. You can be crossing
a corner on one side of the street and at mid-block on the other.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ptlmb
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Title: "Residents want to slow things down on Fremont"
Author: Lori Mendoza
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HELENA (MT) CELEBRATES NAT'L PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

-> According to an Apr. 4th Independent-Record article, "In Montana, 22
percent of high school students are overweight or at risk of becoming
overweight, according to the CDC. And 27 percent of low-income children
2-5 years old are overweight or at risk. In recent years, more and more
studies are showing a link between suburban sprawl and obesity...As a
result of these studies, public health professionals are starting to
pay attention to the connection between obesity and the built
environment...In fact, the theme for this year's National Public Health
Week, April 3-9, is 'Designing Healthy Communities, Raising Healthy
Kids.' As part of the weeklong observance, communities across the
country will consider how buildings, roads, sidewalks, and neighborhood
design affect the health of children.

"Since 1999, Helena has participated in the annual Walk to School Day,
an international event that promotes walking and biking to school.
Organizers have succeeded in increasing school participation in the
walk from one Helena elementary school in 1999 to 10 in 2004, with
approximately 1,200 students participating in the walk. In 2001, [the
elementary schools] Four Georgians, Smith and C.R. Anderson used Walk
to School Day as a way to call citizens' attention to the lack of
sidewalks in their neighborhoods. Since then, the city has installed
thermo-plastic crosswalks (long-lasting crosswalks that are embedded in
the pavement) and green neon signs in front of elementary schools.
Besides improved health, another reason for walking and biking is for
kids to learn where they live in relation to other destinations..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/oreet
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/pnkau
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Title: "Growth & girth"
Author: Julie Burk
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PITTSBURGH (PA) BATTLES OBESITY, OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS

-> According to an Apr. 6th Tribune-Review article, "Most of
Pittsburgh's neighborhoods originally were designed to be very
walkable, but the increase in driving caused many of them to be
redesigned to be more car-friendly, said Tara Merenda, a renovation
information network coordinator for the nonprofit Community Design
Center of Pittsburgh. However, it isn't that difficult to bring walking
back into neighborhoods, Merenda said. 'It's the responsibility of
people in the community,' she said. 'It really needs to happen at the
grassroots level: You need to have a group of people who are
stakeholders in their community come together and say, "This is who we
are and this is what we want."'

"Organizations such as the Community Design Center can then help them
make changes happen with grants, Merenda said. [Allegheny County Health
Department Director Dr. Bruce Dixon] agreed that the most important
thing in making a neighborhood more walkable is community involvement,
but added that politicians also will play a role in getting the
necessary money. In addition to its obesity problem, Allegheny County
is struggling with high rates of infant mortality, gonorrhea in
teenagers and adolescents, and young adult homicides, particularly
among blacks. All fall considerably short of federal goals for 2010..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ezslr
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/dxxag
Archive cost: No
Title: "Childhood obesity on the rise"
Author: Allison M. Heinrichs
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GULF BREEZE (FL) "NEEDS WALKWAYS, BIKEWAYS, TRAILS"

-> According to an Apr. 6th News article, "Nearly 100 residents and
business owners gathered last week at the Recreation Center in Gulf
Breeze to participate in an interactive forum designed to gather input
on the redevelopment of the Gulf Breeze area. Led by Land Design
Innovations, Inc., (LDI) the meeting combined small group analysis with
a slide show rating system to encourage input from participants
regarding the architectural, design and functional standards the
community wishes to impose for future development. Such issues as
building height (currently capped at 45 ft. elevation), color schemes,
architectural standards, fencing, signage and parking design were hot
topics of discussion. Heard repeatedly throughout the meeting were
concerns about the high volume of traffic along Highway 98 and the need
for a safely 'walkable and bikeable' community, along with desires for
underground utilities, more lush landscaping and a more architecturally
standardized business area...

"'As a business owner, I'd really like to see a prettier Gulf Breeze
with more landscaping and better accessibility,' said J.B. Schluter,
Innerlight Surf and Sport. Echoing Schluter's desire for better design
and function, property owner Wayne Wheatley said 'I think Gulf Breeze
has such natural beauty and they have done so little with it. Other
communities which lack our beauty have done so much more to make their
communities more attractive than Gulf Breeze. We need walkways and
bikeways and jogging trails. What we need in this core area is a
well-protected large marina with mixed use and mid-rise development. I
hope we'll have pedestrian and bike friendly spaces.' Wheatley's son,
Nicholas, agreed. 'This is all great because we really need a
facelift.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n7554
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/pe3bn
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Title: "Gulf Breeze targets redevelopment"
Author: Vici Papajohn
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STUDY: OBESE KIDS CAN'T FIT INTO CAR SEATS

-> According to an Apr. 4th KSBI-TV story, "Hundreds of thousands of
obese U.S. children cannot fit into car seats, leaving them at risk in
the event of a crash, researchers said Monday. 'As the number of obese
children in the United States increases, it is essential to develop
child safety seats that can protect children of all sizes and shapes,'
wrote study author Lara Trifiletti of Ohio State University in
Columbus. According to the study published in the journal 'Pediatrics,'
more than 282,000 overweight children under the age of seven do not fit
into most child safety or booster seats available on the market and
therefore are improperly restrained inside vehicles.

"'We hope that the results of this study can be used to influence
future products brought to market,' Trifiletti said. The study
identified only four types of car seats that some obese toddlers could
use. However each cost at least $240, and with childhood obesity
concentrated in low-income families, many might be deterred by such
prices. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S.
children, and more than 1.5 million are involved in crashes each
year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/jw6mt
Archive search: use "Search" window
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Title: "Obese Kids Can't Fit Into Car Seats"
Author: Reuters

Ed. Note Here are some seats that might be better:
http://tinyurl.com/qw2qm
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FRANKLIN (KY) STARTS STREETSCAPE PROJECT PHASE 2

-> According to a Mar. 30th Favorite article, "The Franklin City
Commission voted Monday night to provide additional funding for the
downtown Streetscape project and to apply for state funds to pay for
new sidewalks in the areas of three local schools. Commissioners voted
to pay nearly $30,000 in additional funds for Phase One of the
Streetscape Project overseen by Franklin-Simpson Renaissance. The funds
are needed to cover additional unanticipated costs. Phase One of the
project involved sidewalk and lighting improvements along with other
upgrades along Main Street in downtown Franklin.

"Total cost of Phase One is more than $391,000. Funding for Phase One
included a $250,000 state grant, almost $61,000 from Renaissance and
nearly $80,000 from the city. Commissioners also approved a resolution
sponsoring Phase Two of the Streetscape Project which will involve
similar improvements along Cedar Street between Main Street and College
Street. Renaissance is applying for another state grant of more than
$202,000 to help fund Phase Two which would also require more than
$50,000 in local matching funds if the entire request is approved.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lseb2
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/pegwl
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Title: "Phase two of Streetscape project funding sponsored"
Author: Staff
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PHYSICAL INACTIVITY, WEIGHT FOCUS OF MAINE CONFERENCE

-> According to an Apr. 6th Maine Today article, "More than 300 people
from throughout Maine attended a conference today on the problem of
physical inactivity and obesity in Maine. The conference, sponsored by
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as part of the company's Health Care
Leadership Series, featured presentations from prominent national
figures such as former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and author Dr.
Francine Kaufman, as well as a panel representing successful wellness
programs in Maine. 'We are making a significant commitment to reduce
the incidence of overweight and obese children and adults in Maine,'
said Erin Hoeflinger, president of Anthem Blue and Blue Shield in Maine.

"'There is perhaps no more important public health issue facing us --
and it is an issue that each and everyone of us can do something
about.' Hoeflinger noted that 36 percentage of children entering
kindergarten are already overweight or at risk for becoming overweight.
In addition, nearly 38 percentage of Maine adults are overweight and
more than 23 percentage meet the clinical definition of obese. Nearly
half of all Maine adults do not meet the CDC definition of being
physically active. These trends, combined with an increasing older and
aging population in Maine, will place extraordinary new demands on a
healthcare system that is already strained to the limit, she warned..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lek9c
Archive search: unable to locate
Archive cost: ?
Title "Conference Addresses Physical Inactivity and Weight Issues in Maine"
Author: Staff
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GILLETTE (WY) BIKE PATROL TAKES TO THE STREETS

-> According to an Apr. 6th News-Record article, "Officer Chad Trebby's
sunshine-yellow uniform stuck out above the herd of Campbell County
High School North Campus students who were evacuating the school
following an undisclosed threat Tuesday. While his fellow
blue-uniformed officers patrolled around the school on foot or in
patrol cars, Trebby kept a protective eye on the high schoolers from
the seat of his new Giant police bicycle that allowed him to maneuver
in the crowd and potentially chase down any strays who might wander
off. 'There's a lot more to it than just (being) on a bike riding,'
Trebby said. Gillette Police have had bike patrols for several years
now.

Officer Steve Gauthier recalls riding smaller bicycles years ago when
the bike patrol uniform was blue jeans and a polo shirt, instead of the
padded shorts and porous sweat-wicking shirts they now wear. But the
program had languished until recently because many of the previous bike
officers -- including a drug-dog handler and a school resource officer
-- had duties that kept them off bikes much of the time. More recently,
though, increased officer interest and a $1,000 Wal-Mart grant to
offset the cost of two new bikes gave the department a chance to
rekindle the program, Police Chief Rich Adriaens said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zrea7
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ac986
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Title "Gillette police officers take to the streets on a brand new set of wheels"
Author: Staff
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SAN BERNADINO CO. (CA) BACKS "HEALTHY COMMUNITIES" PGM

-> According to an Apr. 5th Sun article, "In an effort to combat
growing waists and declining health, the county Board of Supervisors
unanimously approved a nearly half-million dollar 'healthy communities'
initiative Tuesday. The proposal will be set in motion immediately,
said Dr. Erik Frykman, county health officer, using an additional
$82,209 allocated to begin work on the program before the next fiscal
year begins on July 1. Three new employees will staff the program,
which will operate on a budget of $478,762 a year from the county, plus
any grant money or external funds the program can secure. One employee
will do clerical work, another will analyze health data to tailor
health programs to cities and communities, and a third will direct the
program and help coordinate local efforts with community institutions,
such as schools, developers and places of worship. The initiative will
also allocate $100,000 in seed money for cities who wish to develop
local community health programs, such as Chino and Fontana already have
done.

"The establishment of the program closely follows a 'Healthy
Communities' city-county conference two weeks ago, at which San
Bernardino County health officials briefed elected officials and spoke
of the need for greater coordination in regional public health
measures. The healthy communities project came about as a result of
discussions among public health workers, elected officials and
developers. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who helped
establish a 'Healthy Fontana' program in her previous post on the City
Council, took a lead role on the county initiative, Frykman said.
Rather than a solution to the county's long-term health needs, Gonzales
said, the 'Healthy Communities' initiative is a skeleton crew for what
must soon become a more extensive program. 'Senior baby boomers are
going to impact health care like it's never been impacted before,' she
said. 'If we don't change this now, we're never going to have the
services we need.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/m8bpa
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "County accents health"
Author: Jeff Horwitz
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SAGINAW (MI) PROPOSES NEW BIZ DISTRICT STREETSCAPE REGS

-> An Apr. 6th News article suggests, "Pull up a bench, businesses.
Saginaw's largest suburb soon might require it. Saginaw Township
planners are eyeing changes to the suburb's streetscape requirements
that could make outdoor benches, trash cans and even bicycle parking a
must-have for entrepreneurs. Township Planner Bridget Smith said
streetside furniture could make a stroll through the business district
a little more pedestrian-friendly. 'Do we think businesses are going to
install pathways and put out benches tomorrow? Probably not,. she said.

"'But the idea is to make it easier for developers to meet our goals.
To do that, we need to have it in the ordinance.' A bench and trash can
would cost $300 to $600, Smith said. These curbside accommodations
found favor in a pedestrian survey conducted last year. Some 85 percent
of the 400 respondents approved of pedestrian improvements in the
township. The survey also found that three out of four people take a
walk at least once a week when weather permits..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/hphtk
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/zapnx
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Township might mandate beauty"
Author: Jeremiah Stettler
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ATLANTA (GA) TASK FORCE MULLS PEACHTREE CORRIDOR FUTURE

-> According to an Apr. 6th Journal-Constitution article, "Some of
Atlanta's top business executives and community leaders have been
tapped to help retool the city's signature Peachtree corridor. The
Peachtree Corridor Task Force, recently appointed by Atlanta Mayor
Shirley Franklin, is led by Atlanta developers Tom Bell, chief
executive officer of Cousins Properties, and Egbert Perry, CEO of the
Integral Group. The group's mission is to help turn the Peachtree
corridor into a world-class thoroughfare, with a unified
pedestrian-friendly design that may include streetcars rolling down the
spine. The group plans to have its first meeting Wednesday. 'Great
cities have great streets, and Peachtree is by reputation our most
prominent thoroughfare,' said Bell. 'Peachtree is not particularly
user-friendly today.' Peachtree is home to some of the city's poshest
homes, fanciest restaurants and hottest boutiques. With subway stops,
sidewalk cafes and high-rise condo towers, the corridor provides the
closest approximation Atlanta has of big-city living.

"But parts of Peachtree lack density and urban sophistication, making
the stretch pale in comparison to major thoroughfares in other cities,
Bell and Perry said. The group will look at everything from landscaping
and lighting to sidewalks and street-level retail. The task force will
incorporate work that business groups in downtown, Midtown and Buckhead
already have done to spruce up Peachtree in those areas. The proposed
streetcar includes a 12-mile line from the West End neighborhood near
downtown Atlanta to Buckhead and a shorter downtown loop connecting the
Georgia Aquarium and the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district. 'We
want to make [Peachtree] pedestrian-friendly, walkable,' said Bell.
'We'd like to have more density from a residential and from an office
standpoint.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n8j2o
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/bxgua
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Task force will discuss streetcars"
Author: Paul Donsky
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AMSTERDAM (NL) URBAN YOUNG SERVED BY BIKE DESIGNERS

-> According to an Apr. 6th Reuters Canada article, "Marcel Bouw always
regarded his four-person bicycle as an indulgence. Then it was stolen.
'We had our third child and then at the same time our bicycle was
stolen. We found it was essential to have one -- I cannot bring my
three children to day care on a normal bicycle,' he said. Until
recently, people such as Bouw could not buy a bicycle other than a
straightforward two-wheeler that carries a maximum of two children, one
behind the handlebars and one on the back. It is a delicate and unsafe
balancing act.

"In the past few years, however, a class of young designers and welders
emerged in countries such as the Netherlands and Denmark to address the
inner-city transport needs of families and companies. Their designs are
taking congested cities by storm.

"Riding the streets of Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm are
thousands of radically new bikes, ranging from tricycles for day care
centers that carry eight children and low-seater bicycles with
passenger-carrying trunks in front, to robust transport bikes with
large containers for delivery boys. And folding bikes and retro army
bikes can be spotted everywhere. 'Bicycle design has been incredibly
dormant for decades. Now there's an explosion of new forms,' said Cees
Steijn of Amazing Wheels from IJmuiden, a coastal town near
Amsterdam..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mr4e9
Archive search: unable to locate
Archive cost: ?
Title: "Urban young ride demand for bicycle innovation"
Author: Lucas van Grinsven
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AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BANANA BIKE BRIGADE

by Uriel Starbuck

"From the whimsical to the serene, the ridiculous to the sublime, the
Banana Bike Brigade's kinetic creativity defies comparison. We are a
unique group of St. Louis artists dedicated to the art of the parade
and the nurturing of the creative child in everyone. Our mission is to
bring a sense of joy to the eye of the beholder, change the mood of any
space from the ordinary to the extraordinary, leaving a lasting change
for the better, and an air of peace and playfulness to those places and
people they encounter..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/q22ex


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

WILLIAMSBURG (VA) INTRODUCED TO SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> "Nationally-certified Safe Routes to School trainer Alia Anderson
will speak at the meeting to share how the program is benefiting
communities..."
http://tinyurl.com/lhv9u

"BIKE BAKERSFIELD" (CA) PROMOTES EVERYDAY CYCLING

-> "Benham emphasized the 'Bicycle Friendly Workplace Program' Bike
Bakersfield is promoting. 'We would like to encourage employers to
provide showers, indoor bike parking and incentives for their employees
to bicycle,' Benham said..."
http://tinyurl.com/g8pl6

SALT LAKE CITY (UT) "MOST IMPROVED" PED CITY

-> "In order to promote walking as an alternative to driving, Salt Lake
City introduced orange flags for pedestrians to hold as they used
crosswalks. The city also added countdown timers and in-pavement
lighting at crosswalks. These kinds of changes led to Salt Lake City's
2004 ranking as the most improved city for pedestrian safety..."
http://tinyurl.com/rpvpx

NOTTINGHAM (UK) BIKERS BUILD MULTI-PERSON-POWERED THINGY

-> "This project was born when a number of people from Nottingham's
Critical Mass and the ASBO bicycle workshop got chatting about the idea
of creating some fun alternative bike-based machines..."
http://tinyurl.com/j3po5

WALGREENS PROPOSAL FINDS NO LOVE IN HOLLADAY (UT)

-> "More than 8,000 people have signed petitions, the Olympus Jr. High
Parent-Teacher Association wrote a letter, and Holladay's Interfaith
Council passed a resolution against the Walgreens plan..."
http://tinyurl.com/ztba8

WALNUT CREEK (CA) PONDERS TRAFFIC, BIKE, WALK FUTURE

-> "Although the council plans to improve pedestrian and bike paths and
encourage residents and visitors to use public transportation, it has
agreed to accept several 'significant and unavoidable' environmental
impacts..."
http://tinyurl.com/m3obg

BENZENE LEVELS IN SOFT DRINKS ABOVE LIMIT

-> "Even so, the FDA still believes there are no safety concerns about
benzene in soft drinks, or sodas, said Laura Tarantino, the agency's
director of food additive safety..."
http://tinyurl.com/eky9w


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

-> "ONSITE PARKING: THE SCOURGE OF AMERICA'S..."
"...Commercial Districts;" Planetizen article by Mott Smith; March 31,
2006
http://tinyurl.com/l3dw7

-> "THE PRICE OF PARKING ON GREAT STREETS"
Planetizen article by Donald C. Shoup, FAICP; March 29, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/jmx9q

-> "PARKING MANAGEMENT: INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO..."
"...Vehicle Parking Problems;" Planetizen article by Todd Litman; March
27, 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/ntday

-> "A STUDY OF FRONT-MOUNTED BICYCLE RACKS ON BUSES"
TRL Report TRL592; by Lawrence & Brook-Carter; 2004; 1.5mb
http://tinyurl.com/a53x7

-> YOUNG ADOLESCENT PEDESTRIANS' AND CYCLISTS'..."
"...road deaths: analysis of police accident files;" TRL Report TRL620;
by Sentinella & Keigan; 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/k96y8


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

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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BIKEHOUSTON (TX)
BikeHouston, a growing member-based advocacy group that works closely
with governmental agencies to encourage responsible transportation, is
looking for its first executive director. A bicyclist who is passionate
about bicycling's vital role in transportation is strongly preferred.
The ideal candidate will have professional experience in managing
bicycle and related transportation advocacy and in planning projects,
and will have knowledge of regional, national, and global trends in
bicycle policy and advocacy.

Certification as a League Cycling Instructor preferred, as well as
experience managing and developing a non-profit. The executive director
must be media savvy and a skilled communicator with both individuals
and groups, including writing proficiency. Bilingual literacy in
English and Spanish is desired. Address cover letter explaining the
candidate's interest in the job and qualifications, with resume, to the
Bike Houston Board of Directors at <HR@BikeHouston.org>. For more
information, see:
http://www.bikehouston.org>


-> 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-August to mid June. 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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