#147 Friday, April 21, 2006


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  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Registration to Open May 15
  Breakthrough Research on Real-World Driver Behavior
  NCBW To Add State of the Practice Area to Web Site
  Seattle Bike Program Converts Dead Meters to Bike Racks
  Vancouver (WA) Releases Walking Guide, Bikeway Guide

  Sen. Obama, APHA's Dr. Benjamin Push "Healthy Places Act"
  More Recognition Polishes Davis (CA) Bike Mecca Image
  Montreal's Concordia Univ. Hosts Bike Confab
  Battlecreek (MI) Walking Audit Identifies Safe Routes
  Neal Peirce Lauds Boise (ID) Move Back to Downtown
  Council Candidate's Goal: Walkable Fredericksburg (VA)
  King Co (WA) Welcomes Visitors with New Sidewalks, Art
  Alexandria (VA) Hires Bike/Ped Coordinator
  Memphis (TN) to Create Ped-Friendly Broad Ave. Corridor
  Vermont Awards $1M for Local Safe Routes Projects
  Loreto Bay Co. Building Walkable Villages in Mexico
  Univ. of S. Carolina Plans Downtown Reinvention
  Winnetka (IL) Considers Banning Driving Distractions



-> According to conference co-director Gary MacFadden, online
registration for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 will officially open on May 15.
MacFadden noted that for the first time in the conferences' 28-year
history, NCBW will be using a group that specializes in handling

"By using a group that handles numerous conferences each year,
we hope to greatly streamline the registration process
for our participants," MacFadden said. "Each registrant will receive
confirmation and follow-up e-mails, and will be provided with
registrar contact information where they can quickly get answers
to any questions concerning registration."

MacFadden added that conference registrants will be receiving a
biweekly conference newsletter via e-mail that will feature speakers,
presenters, and conference events.

In anticipation of registration opening, prices for the various
classifications have been established for the Sept. 5-8 conference.
Below are the standard registration rates; late and walk-in rates
will be published on the conference registration page on May 15:

Delegate: $535

Presenter: $430

APBP member: $430

Scholarship: $375

Delegate (Single Day): $210

Guest: $160

Watch for program and schedule updates and other conference
information at the new conference web site -- to be launched in
conjunction with the opening of registration on May 15 -- at
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-> According to an Apr. 20th news release, "Driver inattention is the
leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes, according to a
landmark research report released today by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute (VTTI). Nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of
near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three
seconds before the event. Primary causes of driver inattention are
distracting activities, such as cell phone use, and drowsiness.

"'This important research illustrates the potentially dire consequences
that can occur while driving distracted or drowsy. It's crucial that
drivers always be alert when on the road,' said Jacqueline Glassman,
acting administrator of NHTSA. Her remarks were made during a news
conference today at VTTI in Blacksburg, VA. The 100-Car Naturalistic
Driving Study tracked the behavior of the drivers of 100 vehicles
equipped with video and sensor devices for more than one year. During
that time, the vehicles were driven nearly 2,000,000 miles, yielding
42,300 hours of data. The 241 drivers of the vehicles were involved in
82 crashes, 761 near crashes, and 8,295 critical incidents.

"'The huge database developed through this breakthrough study is
enormously valuable in helping us to understand--and prevent--motor
vehicle crashes,' said Dr. Tom Dingus, director of VTTI. In addition, a
follow-on analysis to the 100-Car Study has also been released. Focused
on the types of driver inattention and their associated risk, key
findings include...

"- Reaching for a moving object increased the risk of a crash or
near-crash by 9 times; looking at an external object by 3.7 times;
reading by 3 times; applying makeup by 3 times; dialing a hand-held
device (typically a cell phone) by almost 3 times; and talking or
listening on a hand-held device by 1.3 times.
- Drivers who engage frequently in distracting activities are more
likely to be involved in an inattention-related crash or near-crash..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/kfhfv

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-> The NCBW is readying a brand-new web site for a mid-May
launch. As part of its new site architecture, the staff has added a
section called "State of The Practice."

"In this section, we want to feature the resources that bicycle and
pedestrian professionals, agency staff, and advocates turn to on
a daily basis," said John Williams, who has structured the initial
lists of resources. "We want samples of the best local plans, the
best design handbooks, and the facility guides that others can
follow to make a difference in their state or community."

The State of the Practice area will launch on May 15th as part of
the revised NCBW site. If you have a suggested resource for
inclusion, please send it to section editor John Williams at:
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-> According to a recent note from Pauh Wang of the Seattle Bicycle
Program, "With increasing numbers of cities in the United States
converting metered parking to paystations, bicyclists are finding
themselves losing formerly ubiquitous and informal bike racks. The
Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Bicycle Program is
converting meter posts that otherwise would be discarded into official
racks. Working with a small bike rack manufacturer located in Oregon,
they refined the design of Creative Metalworks' "bicycle circle rack"
into a product suitable for public use. After a successful pilot
program last year, SDOT is preparing to install these racks city-wide."

For more information, contact Pauh Wang at 206-684-8562 or
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-> According to a recent note from Jennifer Campos, "Starting today, a
heavy-duty, spiral-bound guide can lead walkers through a top-10 list
of the finest strolls Clark County offers. Community Choices 2010, a
local nonprofit health-advocacy organization, will introduce the
'Walkaround Guide: 10 Great Walks in Our Community' at an 11 a.m.
gathering at the Port of Vancouver's public docks near the Red Lion
Hotel at the Quay. Also at the event, Clark County commissioners are
expected to sign a resolution endorsing the Clark County Regional Trail
and Bikeway Systems Master Plan 2006. The plan, completed recently by
the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department, envisions 240
miles of trail development during the next 20 years. The event was
timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the last day the Lewis
and Clark Expedition spent in Clark County before beginning the push
eastward for their Sept. 23, 1806, arrival in St. Louis."

For more info, contact Jennifer Campos at
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-> "Amateurs accustomed to emulation made great places. It is the
professionals of recent decades that have ruined our cities and our
landscapes with their inventions."
-- Andres Duany



-> In an Apr. 20th Hill op-ed piece, Sen. Barack Obama and Dr. Georges
Benjamin said, "The theme of this year's National Public Health Week,
April 3-9, is 'Designing Healthy Communities, Raising Healthy Kids.'
It's a theme that's both important and timely, since today these kinds
of communities are being increasingly engineered out of existence.
Right now, nearly one-third of Americans live in neighborhoods without
sidewalks and less than half of our country's children have a
playground within walking distance of their homes. This lack of a safe
place to walk and play is a major contributor to the growing numbers of
overweight children, which has already become a serious health problem
in this country. Childhood obesity increases the risk of developing
diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. In fact, one-third
of the children born in 2000 are at risk of becoming diabetic.
Hospitalizations among children and adolescents for diseases associated
with obesity have also increased dramatically between 1979 and 1999,
and hospital costs have more than tripled.

"Unfortunately, obesity is not the only effect of these unhealthy
communities on our children. In too many places, children often live in
homes or attend schools where they are exposed to unsafe levels of
lead, mold or other toxins. A growing reliance on cars has led to
increased air pollution from vehicle emissions. And so it's no surprise
that asthma is now the most common chronic childhood disease, with
three times as many children dying from it since 1980. For all of these
reasons, we urge your support for the Healthy Places Act of 2006, which
will be introduced this week. With the hope of designing better
communities that promote healthier living, the bill brings together all
levels of government to address environmental health issues, not only
in the doctor's office but also on the neighborhood sidewalk, on the
school playground and on Main Street..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nsg6p
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Title: "Design communities to make kids healthier"
Author: Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Dr. Georges Benjamin
For more on the Act, go to: http://tinyurl.com/oq33a
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-> According to an Apr. 6th Sacramento Bee article, "He is 79 and
doesn't move quite as fast as in his salad days, but Sherman Stein
still gets around Davis quite nicely, thank you, on his primary mode of
transportation -- a rickety, one-speed bicycle. On a recent Saturday
morning at the town's popular farmers market, the retired UC Davis math
professor pedals his way on the two-mile trip from his home to Central
Park. 'It makes no sense to drive a car in this town,' Stein says,
'unless you've got to pick up a big load.' Then, as if on cue, he
hoists a 25-pound bag of oranges, places it in the basket attached to
the handlebars and speeds off, homeward bound...

"Whether you're an older adult going to market, a family traveling from
one errand to another or someone trying to log some serious mileage
while training for the next double century race, Davis is a bicycling
nirvana. This is not exactly a news flash. Davis long has been known
for its commitment to two-wheeled transportation -- it even uses an
old-fashioned high-wheel bike as its part of its city logo -- but
recently it garnered two major awards that heightened its national
reputation. In October, the League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy
group in Washington, D.C., presented Davis with the group's first-ever
platinum-level award as a bike-friendly city. The only city that comes
close, the group says, is Portland, Ore., which is classified as
gold...Elizabeth Preston, spokeswoman for the bicycling organization,
said Davis was chosen because of its 'more than 100 miles of streets
with bike lanes, trails and other routes and its commitment to
education and encouragement about bicycling.'..."

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Title: "It's a wheels thing"
Author: Sam McManis
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-> According to an Apr. 20th Concordia Journal article, "Concordians
were invited to Spring Into Gear on April 11 with a series of events
devoted to promoting bikes as a viable means of transportation. 'Bikes
are ecological, healthy and cheap,' according to (Bicycle) Bob
Silverman, longtime two-wheel advocate and one of the founders of le
Monde Bicyclette. The organization was extremely visible in the '70s
and '80s and helped define Montreal as a bike-friendly city. Silverman
was one of four speakers at the evening panel discussion co-sponsored
by Sustainable Concordia and the Montreal chapter of Planners Network,
a group of academics and activists devoted to responsible urban
planning...In addition to Silverman, Project Montreal leader Richard
Bergeron addressed his municipal party's plans for a less car-congested
city. Marc Jolicoeur, spokesperson for Velo-Quebec, discussed proposed
improvements to the city's network of bicycle paths, particularly the
need for east-west links across the city.

"Jolicoeur noted that 3,000 cyclists use Milton Ave. every day. A
bicycle lane along de Maisonneuve Blvd. would ease congestion. Recently
elected Mile End city councillor, Michel Labrecque, talked about his
decades of bike activism and his decision to run for municipal office
'to find out why it's so hard to get bike lanes. Some people want to
change the world, I just want a few more stop signs.' Labrecque and
Silverman reminisced about their protracted battles for cyclists over
the years. Their victories include access to the metro at off-peak
hours and bike lanes on bridges from off the island..."

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Title: "Spring into Gear has cyclists pumped for warm weather"
Author: Karen Herland
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-> According to an Apr. 14th Enquirer article, "Praireview Elementary's
Safe Routes to School team hosted a walking audit Thursday morning to
help identify the safest routes for children and encourage students to
walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School is a national and
statewide program to increase walking and biking to school along safe
routes. Thursday's participants walked a designated route, mapped
results and developed recommendations to increase safe walking and

"Findings from the walking audit will be used to create an SR2S action
plan to increase safety on routes students walk and bike to school. In
2003, the Michigan Department of Transportation funded a two-year,
state Safe Routes to School pilot project which was administered by the
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness/Michigan Fitness Foundation..."

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Title: "Walking audit identifies safe routes"
Author: Staff
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-> According to an Apr. 20th Idaho Statesman article, "Boise's booming
Downtown retail sector is luring the area's largest demographic groups
back from the suburbs, a veteran observer of U.S. cities told local
business leaders Wednesday. Neal Peirce, whose syndicated column
focuses on state, local and regional trends, told the Downtown Boise
Association's annual meeting that 60 percent of the nation's households
will soon consist of aging baby boomers, single adults and young
married couples without children. Those are groups 'that will refuse to
be warehoused in remote (suburban) locations,' he said. 'These kind of
households don't need the big yard. They're more comfortable in a
walkable city.' As more people chose to live Downtown, it will be
become evident that Boise 'is on its way,' he added.

"Peirce warned, however, that Boise must ensure that there is enough
new affordable housing Downtown to guarantee that 'rich and poor can
share space.' DBA statistics indicate that there are currently 112
condominium units under construction in the Downtown area, with another
199 already approved and 151 under review. 'Just three years ago it
would have been foolish to suggest that anybody would want to live
Downtown,' said Phil Kushlan, executive director of Capital City
Development Corp., the city's urban renewal agency. DBA executive
director K2/3ren Sander said Downtown Boise added 40 new retailers in
2005, compared with just seven that closed their doors...Peirce said
the success of the BoDo redevelopment project will have more national
retailers buying or leasing Downtown space, which will bring more
residential housing. 'You need one for the other to work,' he said..."

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Title "Trend away from suburbs bodes well for Downtown Boise, analyst says"
Author: Joe Estrella
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-> According to an Apr. 18th Free Lance-Star article, "In order to
preserve Fredericksburg's charm, city leaders are going to have to
define what they want the city to look like in the future before other
forces define that future. In a nutshell, that's George Solley's
campaign theme. The 59-year-old retired Marine is a member of the
city's Planning Commission. He says he wants to use his experience on
this and other city commissions to help create a long-term vision for
Fredericksburg's future. 'This seems to be the next logical step,'
Solley said. 'I have the time to contribute, I am very interested in
what happens to the future of Fredericksburg and I think I can make a
positive contribution.' Ask Solley about any number of local
issues--traffic, keeping the budget balanced, preserving downtown
character--and his answer will come back to planning.

"'The overriding issue for the city of Fredericksburg is how we are
going to handle the growth that is going on in the region and in the
city itself,' he said. 'We need to look ahead, do the kind of
long-range planning that's necessary and guide the inevitable
development so that it occurs in ways and in places that we want
it.'...He sees that planning as a necessary part of solving regional
traffic problems, and making sure that transportation plans take into
account bike and pedestrian pathways and mass transit...[Solley is]
chairman of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission and its Pathways
Committee, which has developed a plan for a 45-mile network of existing
and proposed trails to crisscross and encircle the city. Solley is
president of Pathways Partners, a nonprofit formed to help raise money
and coordinate volunteer efforts to implement the $3 million plan. The
idea of a walkable city is a major goal that Solley has for

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Title: "City's Ward 2 candidates have contrasting ideas"
Author: Emily Battle
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-> According to an Apr. 18th release, "King County Executive Ron Sims,
Sheriff Sue Rahr, and County Councilmember Dow Constantine today joined
with community organizations, business owners, local youth leaders, and
the public to celebrate the completion of new sidewalks in the White
Center Business District. The sidewalks incorporate artistic metal
inlays that 'welcome' visitors to the community in over 45 languages.
'Together, we are laying the foundation for a safe, walkable, vibrant,
and prosperous business district and creating an environment that will
improve the quality of life for residents in White Center for years to
come,' said Sims. 'It is amazing what can be accomplished when
communities believe in a better future.'

"The sidewalk improvements were embraced by community organizations as
an opportunity to enhance streetscapes and use public art to tell the
story of White Center. 'The most effective tool in fighting
neighborhood crime is the involvement of the community. This effort is
a strong statement from the residents of White Center about taking back
the streets of their neighborhood,' said Sheriff Sue Rahr. In addition
to the 'welcome' inlays, Teens Creating Tomorrow Youth Council, the
visionaries behind the art, worked with local designers Judith and
Daniel Caldwell to create art pieces that look like coins from
throughout the world, a decision that reflects both the current
diversity of the community, as well as its history -- White Center was
originally named as the result of a flip of the coin..."

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Title "New sidewalks, artwork another step in the right direction for White Center"
Author: Staff

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-> According to an Apr. 20th Gazette Packet article, "Alexandria
resident Jerry King gets to Washington, D.C. by bike faster than he
gets there by Metro. King said by Metro it takes about 45 minutes but
by bike the trip takes about 35 minutes. Recognizing that biking and
walking can be a solution to some of Alexandria residents'
transportation problems, the city council hired a new pedestrian and
bicycle coordinator on March 20. Excessive motor vehicle traffic is
'one of the most acute problems we face,' said Alexandria City
Councilman Rob Krupicka. Two ways to alleviate this problem is to make
it easier to walk and bike, Krupicka said. 'I think Alexandria is a
good place for biking and walking but it could be a lot better,'
Krupicka said. For about the last six years Alexandria government has
been seeking to promote non-automotive modes of transportation, said
Director of Transportation and Environmental Services Richard Baier.

"During this period it has taken various steps to promote walking and
biking . To improve the city's biking and walking convenience and
safety, the city council has been seeking to hire a pedestrian and
bicycle coordinator for the last two years, Krupicka said. In March the
city hired Yon Lambert for the job. Lambert previously worked for a
South Carolina consulting firm that sought grants to promote bicycling
and walking for municipalities. Alexandria already has a bicycling and
walking network, Lambert said. Part of his job will be to improve this
network. Lambert said he would be reviewing the network to find gaps or
shortcomings in it. In about six months time Lambert hopes to be able
to present a 10 year plan for improvements to the city's walking and
biking infrastructure..."

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Title: "The city hires a pedestrian and bicycle coordinator"
Author: Robert Slavin
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-> According to an Apr. 19th Commercial Appeal article, "A mix of
immediate and long-term changes that range from realigning parking
spaces to creating a new tax-financing district could spark a
renaissance in the decaying Broad Avenue corridor, according to draft
plans unveiled Tuesday. Prepared for the city, the recommendations by
Portland, Ore.-based UrbanAssociates Ltd. call for new gateways to the
neighborhood, street and sidewalk improvements, housing initiatives and
measures to encourage new retail businesses and the re-use of vacant
warehouses. The result, it says, would be a revitalized, walkable
community of tree-lined storefronts and mixed-income housing. This
week, local officials will meet with various interest groups and
government agencies to discuss ways to put the plans into motion. The
officials guiding the process said they're optimistic that the corridor
can be revived...

"Maggie Conway, administrator of the county Department of Housing, said
neighborhood and business groups in the corridor already have begun
working on some of the goals envisioned by UrbanAssociates. The
corridor -- a strip of the Binghamton area between East Parkway and
Tillman -- has declined over the decades from a once-vibrant community
to a largely blighted area that's lost most of its jobs and housing.
Local officials decided to focus on redeveloping the corridor as part
of a larger effort to draft a new code to replace the city-county
zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations, which have been
criticized as burdensome rules fostering suburban sprawl. The so-called
Unified Development Code they're crafting will make it easier to
rebuild areas like Broad, officials say...One of the first improvements
that could be made, the drafts say, is to re-stripe Broad to
accommodate angled parking on the street's north side, which would
'moderate' traffic speed and provide much-needed spaces for

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Title: "Corridor plan has Broad vision"
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-> According to an Apr. 14th Rutland Herald article, "Grandparents may
have lost exclusive rights to all of those dramatic
'when-I-walked-to-school' yarns. The state Agency of Transportation
announced Tuesday it plans to spend $1 million a year over the next
five years on local programs designed to encourage children to walk or
ride bicycles to school. The program, dubbed 'Safe Routes to School,'
is aimed at primary and middle schools. Individual schools can apply
for money for infrastructure improvements like sidewalks and bike
paths, education programs and other programs designed to encourage
students to walk or bike.

"James Tasse, director of the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition,
said it was great news for Rutland County. 'We're encouraging schools
to apply,' he said. 'I know for a fact Rutland Intermediate is
applying. That would be an ideal school, with kids right in the
neighborhoods, we could get them walking and biking with ease.' Aside
from the obvious health benefits, Tasse said more students getting to
school under their own power means less traffic congestion. Tasse said
the beauty of the program was the way in which it is localized, with
each community applying for the money determining its own needs and how
best to meet them..."

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Title: "State awards $1M for Safe Routes to School"
Author: Gordon Dritschilo
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-> According to an Apr. 19th Hispanic PR Wire article, "Today, Loreto
Bay Company, developers of The Villages of Loreto Bay, an authentic
Mexican seaside community in Baja California Sur, Mexico, launched
Spanish-language content on their website to proactively communicate
with Mexico-based customers and Spanish speakers in the U.S. For more
than 300 years, Loreto Bay has remained one of Mexico's treasured
secrets, and now this beautiful destination is ready to be discovered.
Sitting peacefully on the shores of the Sea of Cortes and hidden
beneath the Sierra de la Giganta mountains, relatively few visitors
have been lucky enough to discover this jewel of Baja. Via the new
website, Spanish-speakers will be able to learn more about Loreto Bay,
the development of The Villages of Loreto Bay, research information for
vacationing in the region and learn about the company's sustainability
efforts, among other details.

"'Our goal is to broaden Loreto Bay Company's exposure throughout the
Spanish-speaking world,' said James Grogan, President and CEO of the
Loreto Bay Company. 'As a tri-national company doing business
throughout North America, we want to be able to tell Loreto Bay's story
to all our customers.' Of the nearly 600 Loreto Bay homeowners, 25%
learned of the development online and nearly all of them report using
the Loreto Bay website frequently. A Synovate report predicts that by
2010, 62% of U.S. Hispanics will have access to the Internet at home --
up from 45% in 2004. Understanding that Hispanic internet users have
increased tremendously in the last few years and will continue to do
so, Loreto Bay Company is pleased to introduce the new Spanish version
of its website.

For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/l7lhx (Spanish)
http://tinyurl.com/rdtm7 (English)

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Title: "Loreto Bay Launches Spanish Web Content"
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-> According to an Apr. 20th The State article, "USC today will unveil
a sweeping plan for its research campus and 500 acres of the [Columbia]
city center that includes a major new riverfront park and 3,000 new
households that school planners hope will attract researchers and
students seeking an urban lifestyle. The densely built, walkable
downtown will have as its crown jewel a riverfront park -- the largest
in the city -- with two footpaths, a marsh with boardwalks, a grassy
amphitheater and, near the Congaree River, the reflooded southern tip
of the Columbia Canal. USC's partners in the venture are members of
Columbia's Guignard family, which owns more than 100 acres of
undeveloped riverfront land between Gervais and Catawba streets.

"Condominiums, town houses and retail storefronts would ring the
Innovista research campus just west of Assembly Street, as well as the
park, between Huger Street and the river. The research campus would
connect with the riverfront property through a new university main
street: a tree-lined Greene Street stretching from USC's Horseshoe to
the river and featuring a new public sculpture garden. The plan is 'a
once-in-a-century opportunity to transform a midtier city into a
world-class destination,' said USC trustee William Hubbard. 'It's
ambitious, but we can do it if we all pull together.' The estimated
cost to fully develop the new roads and other infrastructure is $105.6
million, including $63.4 million for the waterfront park alone..."

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Title: "USC, Guignards unveiling plan to reinvent downtown"
Author: James T. Hammond and C. Grant Jackson
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-> According to an Apr. 20th LaSalle News Tribune article, "Over time,
drivers stray from the 10 and 2 o'clock hand position. Many have given
up having hands on the wheel altogether to develop the fine art of knee
steering, which has proved the perfect technique for distracted drivers
who need both hands free for those indispensable tasks such as tuning
the radio, eating, reading, picking up things under the seats and more.
That is, until recently. Talk of new laws banning certain 'distracted
driving' situations has been strong in Winnetka, a suburb of Chicago.
Though it may seem a little extreme for drivers to start worrying about
adjusting the air conditioning without receiving a ticket, many of
these seemingly insignificant distractions are dangerous and especially
risky for teens, whose attention can easily stray away from the road,
where they are newest drivers with the least driving experience.

"'Anything can distract a teenager. They have to be able to concentrate
when they're driving and be focused and know what's near them, what's
behind them, what's all around them, and if distracted from that for
just even a few seconds, they could run a stop sign or end up in
someone's yard,' said Connie Schwingle, a driver education instructor
at La Salle-Peru Township High school. Many steps have been taken to
reduce these distractions, such as laws preventing cell phone use while
driving and the graduated licensing system, which allows only one
passenger in the vehicle within the first six months of licensing. But
car accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teenagers,
accounting for 44 percent of all teen deaths in the United States..."

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Title: "Cell phones, iPods, socializing contribute to driving accidents"
Author: Kim Eiten
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Beeping a grandma at a pedestrian crossing can be risky business.



-> "The question was, 'Is Chicago a bicycle Friendly city?' The answer
is, 'No, it is a bicycle advocate city!'..."


-> "Until April 30, anybody riding a bicycle is permitted to go to the
front of the pedestrian line at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. A new
policy begins May 1, however, when bicyclists will have to wait their


-> "'This should throw up some interesting aspects - and there should
be sympathetic treatment because M. Peigne is very well known and liked
by the cycle community. He was our chairman during the steering
committee of Velo-City Paris, and did an excellent job..."


-> "To battle a high hospitalization rate, the Newfoundland and
Labrador Medical Association is calling for legislation to make it
mandatory for all bicycle riders to wear helmets..."


Final Report; (FHWA-SA-05-12); by Zegeer, et al; Pedestrian and Bicycle
Information Center; for Office of Safety, FHWA; 2/2006. (4.1mb)

Maricopa Assn of Governments' new guide "intended to provide a source
of information and design assistance to support walking as an
alternative transportation mode." (4.7mb)

Volume 3, Number 1, Winter 2005-06

The issue includes these articles:
-> "Toward 'Healthier' (Safer) Urban Pedestrianism"
-> "Latino Traffic Safety Project"
-> "Walking with Cars"
-> "A Step in the Right Direction"

New book by James Lovelock (Penguin), 177 pages, $35 cloth. Review: "A
respected adviser to the British government, he worries that civil
servants are too afraid to face the facts and thus cannot warn us, for
example, that part of Greenland's glacial ice sheet might suddenly sink
into the sea, raise sea levels by a metre and make a million people


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:

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>.

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:

May 9-11, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Washington, DC. Info:

June 1-4, 2006, Congress for New Urbanism, Providence, RI. Info:

July 14-16, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Denver, CO. Info:


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:

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

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>

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>


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