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#147 Friday, April 21, 2006

H-A-P-P-Y--C-I-N-C-O--D-E--M-A-Y-O-!!

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Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
and information you can use to create more walkable and
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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  ALRC Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Scholarship Program
  NCBW Launches New Web Site
  May is National Bike Month
  Act Now To Boost Bicycle Commuting
  RFP: Ped/Driver Safety Along Transit Alignments
  Enviro Excellence Awards Call for Entries
  '07 N.J. Budget Boosts Cycling, Walking
  AASHTO Wants Your Views, Offers Prizes!


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  NYC's Urbanism Pioneer Jane Jacobs Dead at 89
  School Soda Ban Good, Phys. Activity More Important
  Calif Gov. Candidate Touts Walkable Views
  Seattle (WA) Area's 157-Mile Trail Network
  Duany: New Orleans Is "Planning Super Bowl"
  Woodbridge (ON) "Girls on the Run" Program
  Eugene (OR) Gets Talking Pedestrian Signals
  Moses Lake (WA) Tackles Trails/Walkability Plans
  Texas' Bike/Walk to School Day a Big Success
  Menasha (WI) Bike/Ped Concerns Bring New Signal
  Calif. Trans. Comm. Adds $350M for Enhancements
  Queensland (AU) Premier Kicks Off Obesity Campaign



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


ALRC PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

-> According to Sharon Roerty, program director for The Active
Living Resource Center (ALRC), the ALRC is offering eight
scholarships for the biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference to be held
in Madison, Wisconsin, September 5-8, 2006. ALRC is managed by the
National Center for Bicycling & Walking with a grant from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation.

"The ALRC operates to educate, support and empower community
groups in making their neighborhoods and communities more
active places to live," said Roerty. "The scholarships are intended
to attract leaders of community organizations that are working in
minority and low-income communities to increase the likelihood
that people can walk and bike and be active on a regular basis
for utilitarian and recreational purposes.

"We are hoping that that the professionals and advocates that
have worked with NCBW and ALRC and who have attended past
conferences will reach out to the community groups they work with
and make them aware of this opportunity," said Roerty. "We want
our old friends to bring new friends and help us reach into the
grass roots groups that are the real agents of change."

ALRC Scholarship recipients will be active conference participants,
sharing how their organizations work and what their needs are,
and attending sessions on innovations and community success
stories. The scholarships will cover conference registration, travel
to and from Madison, hotel accommodations, and a per diem
for meals.

More information on the ALRC Scholarship Program is available on the
ALRC web site. The program has very specific qualifications and an
application. The deadline to apply for the ALRC Scholarship
Program is June 1, 2006. If you have any questions,
contact Sharon Roerty at sharon@bikewalk.org

The scholarship application can be downloaded from:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/scholarships.html
More information on the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference is at:
http://www.bikewalk.org


NCBW LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE

-> According to Gary MacFadden, director of operations at NCBW,
the organization has launched the first major revision of its web
site in three years, still at http://www.bikewalk.org.

"We had been struggling with a site that was originally designed to
do too many things," said MacFadden. "When it was first launched,
we split the site between carrying organization news and doing the
work of the Active Living Resource Center, which we manage under
a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Last year, the
ALRC was split off to its own site (www.activelivingresources.org),
so we needed to rebuild the NCBW site to focus more on the
organization and its activities.

MacFadden noted that many of the popular features of the NCBW
site have moved to the new site. "You can still access the national
training and workshop calendar, and there's a completely new
site section concerning the upcoming Pro Walk/Pro Bike
conference," he said. "We've also added a new element called
the 'State of the Practice,' where you can find the resources the
experts in the field turn to most often.

NCBW went outside the organization for building the site, and
ended up hiring one of the contractors as the new NCBW web
master. "For the architecture and design of the site, we turned
to Paul Adkins and the group at Sunnywood Designs, Inc. in Ithaca,
New York. We then contracted Chris Jordan, based in Portland,
Oregon, to implement the design. As we neared the completion
of the project, we asked Chris to come on the staff to manage
our web site projects."

MacFadden added that the staff plans to add depth to the library
and State of the Practice areas, and encourages CenterLines
readers to submit ideas for resources that should be carried in
these sections. Send your ideas to John Williams, the resources
section editor, at john@montana.com.

MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

-> According to an article in the May 1st issue of Safe Routes to
School E-News, "Bike Month, celebrated in May each year, is a great
opportunity to encourage children to ride to school. In May, most
school curriculums are winding down, and teachers are looking for ideas
for the last few days of the school year. Bike Month is perfect
opportunity to do bike training in school, a bike rodeo, or even a bike
train to school with parents.

"It is also a chance to give a Safe Routes presentation to the school
or the PTA, or to work with after-school activities that meet at the
school to show participants how to get to and from school safely. Bike
dealers or mechanics can visit the school and give a special
presentation and tell them how to get their bikes in gear for the
summer, or can invite a group to explore the shop."

For more on Bike Month, go to:
http://www.bikemonth.org

For more on Safe Routes to School E-News, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/r9ney

ACT NOW TO BOOST BICYCLE COMMUTING

-> According to the Bikes Belong Coalition, proposed federal
legislation that would give employers the option of reimbursing
employees who commute by bicycle could be considered by the
full U.S. Senate during the next few weeks. The Coalition
encourages all CenterLines readers to contact their state's s
senators and urging them to support this legislation.

One group that is squarely behind the legislation is the
Thunderhead Alliance. "Leaders of Thunderhead organizations
have worked hard for this bill over its many years of bumps and
grinds," said Sue Knaup, Thunderhead's executive director.
"Now, finally, in the thick of fuel debates, the Bicycle Commuter
Act may have its best chance of showing the value of encouraging
more commuters to choose bicycling."

To read the Bikes Belong Coalition Action Alert on this legislation,
visit: http://bikesbelong.org/page.cfm?PageID=322

For more about the Thunderhead Coalition, see
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

RFP: PED/DRIVER SAFETY ALONG TRANSIT ALIGNMENTS

-> According to an article in the Apr. 25th issue of the Transportation
Research Board's E-Newsletter, "TRB's Transit Cooperative Research
Program (TCRP) has issued a request for proposals to develop a
framework or template for collecting data to be used to improve
pedestrian and motorist safety along LRT alignments, to identify and
summarize pedestrian and motorist behaviors, and to document best
practices for improving pedestrian and motorist safety along light rail
transit alignments."

Note: Proposals are due not later than 4:30 p.m. on May 11, 2006! For
more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/lspo8

ENVIRO EXCELLENCE AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES

-> In a recent email, April Marchese said, "The purpose of this e-mail
is to announce the call for entries for the biennial Environmental
Excellence Awards Program. We are looking for the country's best
examples of projects and processes that fulfill transportation
objectives and incorporate environmental stewardship. We would like to
honor these examples and the partners and projects that fulfill these
goals. This program recognizes their contributions to the outstanding
work being done in the transportation field while enhancing the
environment. We believe with the recent celebration of Earth Day on
April 22, now is an appropriate time to release the call for entries.
Please pass this information to the State departments of transportation
and others who may be interested."

For more info, contact Patricia Cazenas at (202)-366-4085, or
<patricia.cazenas@dot.gov>. The application process can be done on-line
at: http://tinyurl.com/kwn4r

'07 N.J. BUDGET BOOSTS CYCLING, WALKING

-> According to an article in the May 3rd Mobilizing the Region
newsletter, "The New Jersey Dept. of Transportation released its $1.6
billion Capital Program to the public in mid-April, just hours before
Commissioner Kris Kolluri gave the keynote address to the annual
transportation conference in Atlantic City. Highlights of the program
include a 3% cap of total spending on highway capacity expansion with
concomitantly high levels of repair and maintenance outlays, and a near
doubling of pedestrian and bicycle funding. However, about 35% of the
bike/ped money is from one-time congressional allocations, rather than
more sustained funding sources. The budget also doubles the allocation
for the popular transit village program to $2 million.

"Overall, the program allocates 46% towards road and bridge
reconstruction (up from 42% last year), 16% for local aid (up from 15%)
and 13% to congestion relief projects like intersection improvements.
The remainder pays for staffing for the capital program and other
categories such as freight-related and traditional road safety
projects. It is encouraging to see the state further hike road and
bridge repair. Since the state set goals for the Transportation Trust
Fund in 2000, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to shore
up New Jerseys pavement and bridges. But in recent years the number of
roads in poor condition has trended upward (MTR #524), so the state
must dedicate even more fix-it money in future programs..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ejauy

AASHTO WANTS YOUR VIEWS, OFFERS PRIZES!

-> According to May 1st announcement from the American Association of
State Highway & Transportation Officials, "AASHTO is conducting a brief
survey to ensure our publication services meet your needs. We would
appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to share your opinions
about AASHTO publications, standards and technical specifications, as
well as our overall customer service when you purchase these products.
As a small token of our appreciation, we also invite you to enter your
name into a drawing for one of five $100 American Express Gift Checks."

Click here to start the survey: http://tinyurl.com/gjrjp

Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S
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-> "Downtown Jacksonville is everyone's neighborhood and the projects
we've planned will enhance the beauty and diversity of the Downtown
landscape. In addition, these projects will create a more pleasing and
walkable environment through the creation of more greenspace. It will
also create a sense of place that will continue to attract new
residents, businesses and visitors."
-- John Peyton, Mayor, Jacksonville FL http://tinyurl.com/ogfor

-> "Cities and towns should develop plans for creating so-called
'walkable communities.' Clustered retail services would allow more
senior citizens to reach such destinations on foot instead of by car.
More bike paths also might ease the transition to non-motorized
transportation."
-- Editorial, Lansing (MI) State Journal http://tinyurl.com/m9ayx

-> "One of [Metro Atlanta Mayors Association's] primary goals this year
will be to work with the Georgia Department of Transportation to create
more walkable communities. We'll need DOT's cooperation and assistance
to fully implement the pedestrian-focused vision that many communities
are in the process of creating through programs such as the Atlanta
Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative."
-- Nick Masino, Mayor, Suwanee (GA) http://tinyurl.com/jtnle

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NYC'S URBANISM PIONEER JANE JACOBS DEAD AT 89

-> According to a May 2nd Gotham Gazette article, "Jane Jacobs left New
York City in 1968 and went into self-imposed exile in Canada. Yet when
she died April 25 at the age of 89 in Toronto, she was remembered as
one of the greatest advocates of New York City's urbanism. While the
rest of the country thought of New York as too densely developed,
overcrowded, and dangerous, Jane Jacobs wrote passionately about how
its density and diversity made the city livable and exciting. In a
nation that was mostly rural in 1898 when the City of New York was
created, the American Dream was small town America and the big city was
its nightmare. Jane Jacobs helped retire the myths of the big city.
Jacobs didn't just wake up one morning in 1961 and write her classic
book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities -- today, required
reading for architects, urban planners and everyone who study cities.

"Her ideas arose from her lived experience on Hudson Street, in
Manhattan's West Village, and from her years of active struggle to
protect her neighborhood from the city's grandiose urban renewal plans.
A nemesis of Robert Moses, the city's development czar, she saw the
city's planners call lively human-scale neighborhoods 'slums' and
'blighted,' then bulldoze them. They were replaced by dull high rises
set in wide-open wastelands without a street life -- the modernist
model of the 'tower in the park.' She fought and helped kill the Lower
Manhattan Expressway and an urban renewal plan for her own
neighborhood. Her book, released in 1961, resonated with the thousands
of activists who were fighting battles against urban renewal, highways
that cut through the hearts of cities, and grandiose megaprojects.
Thus, her brilliant insights are best understood in their historical
context, as contributions to the struggles to save neighborhoods from
orthodox urban planning..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qcndx
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Title: "Jane Jacobs and New York"
Author: Tom Angotti

SCHOOL SODA BAN GOOD, PHYS. ACTIVITY MORE IMPORTANT

-> In a deal announced Wednesday (May 3), the nation's largest
beverage distributors agreed to stop selling non-diet sodas to
most public schools. In the deal, dispensing machines in public
high schools would still carry diet sodas, but elementary and
middle schools would be sold only unsweetened juice, low-fat
milk, and water. The William J. Clinton Foundation helped
broker the deal. Susan Neely, president and CEO of the
American Beverage Association, said the agreement should
reach an estimated 87 percent of the school drink market.

According to a May 4th Manchester Union Leader article, "While
praising the new agreement that would remove sugary sodas from most
schools, speakers at the spring meeting of the New Hampshire Pediatric
Society said soda consumption is just one contributor to the obesity
epidemic. The purpose of the daylong program yesterday at Grappone
Conference Center was to prepare participants for a coordinated
initiative in addressing the growing problem of obesity that now
affects children as young as 2. Dr. Susan Lynch of the Cholesterol
Treatment Center-Concord Hospital said it's not an issue of losing
weight to meet a cosmetic standard, but rather a change in eating
habits and exercise that will forestall a frightening array of ailments
that can result in disability or premature death. She cited statistics
showing the obesity rate for New Hampshire children is higher than
national figures -- 18 percent for girls and 22 percent for boys here,
compared with national numbers of 16 percent for girls and 18.2 percent
for boys.

"Lynch said these children are at risk for cardiovascular disease, type
2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, gastrointestinal disorders,
psychological disorders and other problems. While parents may be in
denial and pediatricians not proactive enough, Lynch said, 'These kids
know they are obese.' Lynch said parents, community and the
pediatrician need to be part of a coordinated approach to foster
increased physical activity, safe places for outdoor play, healthy
school foods, nutrition education and walkable housing developments.
She said there are tangible ways to address the problem, including
reducing time in front of the television and computer, restaurant meals
and soda consumption, but said reducing sedentary behavior is more
important than diet. 'Just DO something,' she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ob8m9
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Title: "School soda ban helps; more action urged"
Author: Staff

CALIF GOV. CANDIDATE TOUTS WALKABLE VIEWS

-> According to a May 4th San Diego Union-Tribune article, "In a debate
devoted to the environment, the two major Democratic candidates for
governor last night jousted over each other's backgrounds and political
positioning but offered scant distinctions on environmental policy.
State Controller Steve Westly criticized state Treasurer Phil
Angelides' record as a Sacramento land developer, while Angelides
portrayed his opponent as an ineffectual leader whose positions shift
with the political winds. 'I can't wait to lead this state and make us
a model for environmental action,' Angelides said at the hour-long forum
sponsored by the California League of Conservation Voters. 'I stand
before you today because I want to be the greenest governor this state
has ever had,' Westly said. Beyond the rhetoric, few differences
emerged on environmental policies the next governor of California will
be able to directly affect -- air and water pollution, toxic waste
cleanup, park land development and public transportation.

"Westly noted that Angelides has been a principal in housing
developments in the Sacramento area that have been criticized for
promoting urban sprawl, polluting the water and endangering wetlands
and wildlife habitats. Saying that 40 percent of Angelides' campaign
contributions have come from development interests, Westly demanded,
'What do they think they are buying, and will you give them the same
pass that you have gotten as a developer yourself?' Angelides plainly
anticipated the attack and opened the debate by proclaiming himself
proud of his record of helping create 'livable, walkable,
environmentally sustainable communities' and promoting 'smart growth.'
Yet he seemed to grow weary of the issue, saying at one point, 'Let's
stop talking about what happened 19 years ago.' Angelides sought to
turn the tables by assailing Westly's investments in oil company
stocks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nqnek
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Title: "Democratic candidates for governor square off in debate on
environment"
Author: John Marelius

SEATTLE (WA) AREA'S 157-MILE TRAIL NETWORK

-> According to an Apr. 27th Post-Intelligencer article, "For all the
fuss, the East Lake Sammamish Trail is fairly anticlimactic. It's a
pleasant enough lane weaving along the shore of Lake Sammamish atop an
old railroad bed, mostly between and past a curious blend of old
lakeside cottages and more recently sprouted edifices of opulence. But
for eight years after King County purchased the corridor, this trail
was derailed by a train of contention stemming from residents'
concerns. So somehow when you finally travel it, you expect it to be
more than it is.

"The East Lake Sammamish Trail, which opened late last month to the
public, is 11 miles of pleasant but not scintillating walking, running
or bike riding. It does not offer the interesting urban texture or open
space of its linked predecessors, the 14-mile Burke-Gilman Trail in
Seattle and the 13-mile Sammamish River Trail from Kenmore to Redmond.

"The East Lake Sammamish Trail's greatest value may well be in the link
it provides to the growing network of regional trails in the Seattle
area and King County, now totaling 157 miles. Although a tiny
connection still must be completed between the two Sammamish trails,
what the new trail means is the existence of a single, sinuous,
non-motorized recreational corridor from the Fremont area in Seattle 38
miles out to Issaquah..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zhz4h
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Title: "East Lake Sammamish Trail completes missing link from Seattle
to Issaquah"
Author: Greg Johnston

DUANY: NEW ORLEANS IS "PLANNING SUPER BOWL"

-> A May 3rd Wall Street Journal article noted, "Standing in the
buff-colored sanctuary of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church here,
Andres Duany, the high priest of the New Urbanist city-planning
movement, laid down a challenge to the 375 people who jammed the pews
to hear his vision for the city's sprawling Gentilly section. 'The
question is whether you want to go back to Aug. 28,' he told the group,
'or into the 21st century.' More than eight months after Katrina's Aug.
29 arrival flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, a process for answering
that question is finally emerging for tens of thousands of residents
who still must decide whether to rebuild their homes and what they want
their neighborhoods to look like if they do.

"Several large New Orleans neighborhoods, frustrated with the paralysis
that set in among city officials after Katrina, are pushing ahead with
developing their own reconstruction plans for their sections of the
city. At the same time, city and state leaders this week are furiously
working to cobble together a framework that will blend all of the plans
-- including ones developed by teams of architects and planners working
with the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the New Orleans City Council
-- to create a master rebuilding plan by the end of the year. Mr.
Duany's Miami-based architecture and planning firm, Duany Plater-Zyberk
&amp; Co., has played a major role in planning the reconstruction of
the hurricane-devastated areas of Mississippi and some areas of
Louisiana outside New Orleans..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nuasf
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Title: "New urbanist tries to rebuild New Orleans"
Author: Douglas Blackmon and Thaddeus Herrick

WOODBRIDGE (ON) "GIRLS ON THE RUN" PROGRAM

-> According to a May 4th Yorkregion.com article, "The 11 girls jump up
and down, shouting encouragement to each other as they tear across a
field behind St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Woodbridge. Some
of the relays they run may require them, for example, to match a card
that says 'cigarettes' or 'alcohol' with another card describing
effects on the body. Later, they will discuss the issues they learned
about with adult volunteers. They are participating in Girls on the
Run, a nine-week program designed to help girls aged eight to 12 get
exercise and boost self-esteem. The program also aims to help them make
informed decisions about drugs, alcohol, pregnancy and other issues
they may soon face.

"Some of the girls in the program started out shy, volunteer coach
Josie D'Agostino said. 'Now look at them,' she said. 'They aren't
afraid to do anything.' That confidence -- along with more information
about risky behaviour -- could serve the girls well when they get a bit
older. A study in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics linked
time spent playing video games and watching TV with participating in
risky behaviour. The study concluded less-active adolescents were more
likely to engage in drug taking, drinking, sexual activity and other
risky behaviour. But more active adolescents, especially those sharing
activities with their parents, were less likely to risk their health,
the study said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/pcgf6
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Title: "Active girls running away from drugs, sex"
Author: Michael Power

EUGENE (OR) GETS TALKING PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS

-> According to a May 4th Register-Guard article, "When Mary Otten
moved to Eugene three years ago, she bought a house about a half-mile
from Coburg Road. But her trips out of the house often only got her as
far as the nearest traffic light. Otten, 52, is blind and travels with
her guide dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Nashville. But even as
someone who had navigated streets in Baltimore and Los Angeles, Otten
said it never felt safe to cross Coburg Road at its busy intersection
with Willakenzie Road. 'I tried to get a pattern -- when do I have the
right of way? -- and I never felt like I could accurately judge when it
was safe to cross,' she said. Otten found a couple of solutions. First,
she and her husband, Leo Hernandez, moved across town to a neighborhood
with less traffic.

"Second, she joined the city Human Rights Commission's Accessibility
Committee, linking up with other activists urging the city to make some
changes. The result: Assuming City Council approval on Monday, the city
plans to spend nearly $60,000 in federal grants to install 'audible
pedestrian signals' at about nine intersections across town. Among the
targeted intersections: Otten's old nemesis, Coburg Road at Willakenzie
Road. But don't confuse these new signals with the birdlike chirping
sound that accompanies the 'walk' signal in some other cities. Instead,
these emit a continuous beep that helps a blind or visually impaired
person locate the button that activates the walk signal. Press the
button, and a computerized, slightly insistent voice repeatedly tells
the pedestrian to 'Wait!' When it's safe to cross, the voice tells the
pedestrian it's OK to proceed, and then begins a countdown -- '16, 15,
14,' etc. -- to indicate how much time remains to cross..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qg7h8
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Title: "Safely talking walkers through City plans to add audible
traffic signals to improve accessibility"
Author: Jeff Wright

MOSES LAKE (WA) TACKLES TRAILS/WALKABILITY PLANS

-> According to an Apr. 27th Herald article, "The actions of Moses
Lake's movers and shakers can sometimes be more akin to a low rumbling
rather than a big quake, but that doesn't mean their hard work isn't
setting the city up for some major shake ups in the near future. As we
all know, it takes time to execute plans of the scope and caliber the
City of Moses Lake is aiming toward. That kind of planning can't happen
overnight, though we're all excited to see our city change and develop
for the better. Though some anticipated changes are as yet too remote
to become truly excited about, the city was able to rejoice in the
fruits of its, and many other contributors', labor this past week.

"A formal dedication ceremony brought a big round of applause for the
completion of the Dogwood Court crossing project last Thursday. The
crossing is just one of many planned which will make the city more
walkable and bikeable. Trails Planning Team members envision a
well-connected city where citizens are encouraged to travel by trail.
People will bike or walk to work, and students will use the same
methods to get to school. With both obesity and gas prices on the rise,
there couldn't be a more critical time to execute this plan. Kudos to
all the forward-thinking Trails Planning Team members and to those
who've made personal commitments to furthering such ideas..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/of5ge
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Title: "Editorial"
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TEXAS' BIKE/WALK TO SCHOOL DAY A BIG SUCCESS

-> According to an Apr. 28th San Antonio Express-News article,
"Victoria Noble's half-mile walk to El Dorado Elementary School each
morning might be a bit smoother than most. The sidewalk is wide. Speed
bumps calm the traffic on busy El Sendero Drive. And her two brothers,
Matthew and Nicholas, walk alongside her, providing a little muscle.
And unlike many elementary schools, El Dorado has not one but two adult
crossing guards. The first one along the way gives Victoria and her
brothers an especially wide smile. 'There's my mom,' Victoria, 11,
explains. On Thursday, Texas for the first time observed Bike and Walk
to School Day. (The rest of the country and much of the world observes
it in October; Texas walked alone Thursday.)

"It's designed to encourage more kids to get to school under their own
power -- even those whose moms aren't crossing guards. 'Kids today have
so many sedentary pursuits,' said Sarah Martin, who oversees the Kids
Walk to School Program for the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta. 'We really need to capitalize on any
opportunities for physical activity, and this is one of those
opportunities.' Thirty-five years ago, half of all children walked or
biked to school. For those living within a mile of school, nearly nine
out of 10 walked or biked. Today, perhaps 16 percent of all children
do. Ask parents why -- as the CDC did recently -- and they'll tell you:
It's too far (61 percent), traffic danger (30 percent), weather (19
percent), and fear of crime (12 percent). Some parents gave more than
one reason, so the percentages add up to more than 100.

"The federal government wants to boost the number who get around on
their own. The biggest reason is the rising number of overweight
children. 'In the studies that we've conducted, only 10 percent of the
kids are physically active. The other 90 percent are either marginal or
unacceptable on the fitness test that we do,' said Dr. Robert Trevino,
whose Social and Health Research Center created and operates the
Bienestar health program in the Edgewood, San Antonio and South San
Antonio school districts. Of all behavioral changes he's studied,
Trevino said, increasing fitness levels in children had 'the most
powerful effect' to help reduce weight and the risk of developing
diabetes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/gxym3
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Title: "An education in exercise"
Author: Don Finley

MENASHA (WI) BIKE/PED CONCERNS BRING NEW SIGNAL

-> According to a May 4th Post-Crescent article, "The walkers and
bicyclists who cross U.S. 10 at Midway Road know it can be a daunting
proposal, especially at rush hour. Without pedestrian signals or a
marked crosswalk to show the way, those attempting to cross Oneida
Street (State 10) at the intersection just south of the State 441
interchange do so at the mercy of five lanes of highway traffic. But
the lack of pedestrian protection reported by a teacher at nearby
Maplewood Middle School will be remedied no later than this summer,
said Bob Schuurmans, a state Department of Transportation traffic
engineer.

"Schuurmans said the department learned of the potential safety hazard
from a Menasha resident last winter and is prepared to install the
pedestrian traffic signals once the Menasha Public Works Department
marks the crossing with roadway paint. The improvements will include
lighted, push-button-activated electronic signals, he said. 'All (the
city of Menasha needs) to do is put down the crosswalk markings and the
(painted) stop bar,' Schuurmans said, adding that city officials
expected to get the painting done this spring. The entire installation
likely will cost the state less than $1,000, including materials, he
said.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/jksmh
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/gwbye
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "State to install pedestrian crossing"
Author: Staff

CALIF. TRANS. COMM. ADDS $350M FOR ENHANCEMENTS

-> According to a May 4th Ukiah Daily Journal article, "At its latest
meeting in Sacramento, the California Transportation Commission
released $219 million in new transportation funding under the current
State Transportation Improvement Program and the State Highway
Operation and Protection Program for 149 projects. The CTC also
approved the new 2006 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP),
which provides $5.18 billion in transportation funding over the next
five fiscal years (2006/07 through 2010/11) for 1,400 projects
throughout the state.

"The STIP is a key source of funding for all major transportation
projects in California. The 2006 STIP includes $3.82 billion for
highways and roads, $1.01 billion for rail and public transit, and $350
million for transportation enhancements, such as pedestrian and bike
facilities, landscaping, and rehabilitation of historic buildings..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/of6tw
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/qx8v9
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Extra transportation funds released"
Author: Staff

QUEENSLAND (AU) PREMIER KICKS OFF OBESITY CAMPAIGN

-> According to a May 5th Courier-Mail article, "Every Queensland
household will receive a self-help fat fighting pack as part of a $21
million plan by the State Government to tighten waistlines. Yesterday's
obesity summit heard that if every Queenslander lost 1kg, the state's
health costs would be slashed by 30 per cent. If we all managed to lose
4kg, the incidence of diabetes would plummet 60 per cent. Premier Peter
Beattie said $8.4 million would be spent on the packs, a healthy eating
and exercise website and a social marketing campaign, flogging the
healthy lifestyle message.

"' have to change our culture so people think of exercising for fun,
but understand that it helps them to live longer,' he said. In schools,
the Australian Medical Association Queensland and the Government will
expand the Kids GP campaign which targets nine-year-olds in schools,
educating them to make healthy food choices. Mr. Beattie said the
Premier's Department would be responsible for the Obesity Taskforce
which would cut across many departments. He said the obesity problem
required a mix of personal responsibility and changing the environment
and education process to make it easier for people to be healthier..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/j2cds
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/735qc
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Fighting obesity in the home"
Author: Melissa Maugeri

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

'DOUG THE GREAT' SETS STILTS RECORD!

"On Saturday, September 14th, 2002, Doug Hunt took 29 independent
steps, on stilts made of carbon fibre, measuring 50 feet 9 inches in
length and weighing 137 pounds combined. Doug broke his old record of
50 feet 5 inches and 126 pounds combined. Guinness has officially
recognized the two records for tallest and heaviest stilts."

Photos? Of course!
http://tinyurl.com/pzalx


Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S
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WHAT JANE JACOBS DID FOR OTTAWA (ON)
-> "The late Jane Jacobs influenced the thinking of urban planners
around the world, not least in Ottawa. Her legacy can be seen both in
one of Ottawa's oldest neighbourhoods and in one that's yet to be
built..."
http://tinyurl.com/m47lk

ERLANGER (KY) OFFICIAL HONORED FOR SAFE ROUTES WORK
-> "Scheyer's work to promote physical activity in Erlanger and
collaboration with Erlanger-Elsmere School District on the Safe Routes
to School project earned him the nod..."
http://tinyurl.com/lscmn

AAA NOW ADVERTISING AS "BETTER WORLD AUTO CLUB"
-> "It's hard to believe but AAA targets people looking for information
on Better World Club online by advertising as 'Better World Auto Club'
in advertising on Google and other search engines..."
http://tinyurl.com/oqlap

SACRAMENTO (CA) SCHOOL DISTRICT BATTLES BUS COSTS
-> "Crafting bus schedules is one of the most complex tasks the
district faces. Athletic directors, parents and teachers all lobby the
board for specific and clashing outcomes. Each bus that hits the road
costs $50,000 a year, district officials say, so small changes may come
with a big price tag..."
http://tinyurl.com/r7f8h

NEW SAFE ROUTES GROUP HELPS CLEAN UP MAUI CO. (HI)
-> "'Safe Routes to School South Maui,' a new coalition coordinated by
Greenways Maui and the Kihei Community Association, will clean up the
Kihei Central Trail from Lokelani Intermediate School to Welakahao Road
from 8 to 11am..."
http://tinyurl.com/rxefz

WTO NEGOTIATIONS OPEN POSSIBILITY OF DEFINING BIKES...
"...as Environmental Goods. Current efforts to designate bikes as
'environmentally preferable products' free of tariffs and other trade
barriers have gone largely unnoticed by the international bicycling
community..."
http://tinyurl.com/peyjf

ONE MORE REASON TO HATE CHILD-ORIENTED ADVERTISING
-> "The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine published a
report showing that for each additional hour per day that a child
watched television an average of one additional request was made for an
advertised product. The effect of the commercials on children lasted up
to 20 weeks..."
http://tinyurl.com/mlv26


R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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All of the articles below were published in Children, Youth and
Environments Journal, Volume 16, Number 1 (2006). They may be found
here: http://tinyurl.com/zut6n

-> "THE MAYOR'S SCHOOL CYCLE PARKING PROGRAM IN LONDON"
Article by Cycling Centre of Excellence; in Children, Youth and
Environments 16(1): 191-198.

-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL IN THE UNITED STATES"
Article by Deborah Hubsmith, Safe Routes to School National
Partnership; in Children, Youth and Environments 16(1):168-190.

-> "CHILDREN IN THE CITY: RECLAIMING THE STREET"
Article by Lia Karsten, Univ of Amsterdam and Willem van Vliet, Univ of
Colorado; Children, Youth and Environments 16(1): 151-167.

-> "FUN, FAST AND FIT: INFLUENCES AND MOTIVATORS..."
"...for Teenagers Who Cycle to School; article by Arthur F. Orsini,
Auckland Regional Transport Authority and Catherine O'Brien, Centre for
Sustainable Transportation; in Children, Youth and Environments 16(1):
121-132.

-> "HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING SCHOOL BUSES IN...
"...Auckland, New Zealand: Perceptions of Children and Adults;" article
by Pat M. Neuwelt, Univ of Otago and Robin A. Kearns, Univ of Auckland;
in Children, Youth and Environments 16(1): 104-120.

-> "HOME ZONES IN THE UK: HISTORY, POLICY AND IMPACT..."
"...on Children and Youth;" article by Tim Gill, London, England;
Children, Youth and Environments 16(1): 90-103.

-> "JOHNNY WALKS TO SCHOOL--DOES JANE? SEX DIFFERENCES..."
"...in Children's Active Travel to School; article by Tracy McMillan,
Univ of Texas; Kristen Day, Marlon Boarnet, Mariela Alfonzo, Craig
Anderson, UC Irvine; Children, Youth and Environments 16(1): 75-89.

-> "INCREASING CHILDREN'S FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT"
Article by Lia Karsten, Univ of Amsterdam and Willem van Vliet, Univ of
Colorado; in Children, Youth and Environments 16(1), 69-73.

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J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S
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-> 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://tinyurl.com/o6fj2


-> 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>

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