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#149 Friday, May 19, 2006

H-A-P-P-Y--B-I-K-E--T-O--W-O-R-K--DAY!!

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:
http://www.bikewalk.org/centerlines CenterLines is also available as a
podcast. Go to: http://www.bikewalk.net/podcasts


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Registration to Open May 25
  ALRC Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Scholarship Program
  18th National Trails Symposium October 19-22, 2006
  Bicyclists Rights at Heart of $3.1M Insurance Settlement
  Kansas City (MO) Bike-N-Bus Goes System-wide
  Secretary Mineta to "Tackle" Congestion


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  People Biking to Work to Avoid Soaring Gas Prices
  Salinas (CA) Holds Healthy Community Summit
  Madison (WI) Tunnel to Link Trails, Neighborhoods
  Bike to Work Week the Way to Go in Boston (MA)
  Sidewalks Important to E. Grand Rapids (MI) Council
  Huntsville (AL) Hosts Safe Routes to School Workshop
  Baltimore (MD) Bike Network Plan Approved
  AIA Publishes "10 Principles for Livable Cities"
  "Effervescent" Charlie Pace Steady at Helm of TOSRV
  Rockville (MD) "Bicycle Beltway" Opens
  Albuquerque (NM) Police to Breath Test Pedestrians
  Fayetteville (AR) Packs House for Walkability Advocate
  York (ON) Site of New "Escape from Suburbia" Film



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


PRO WALK/PRO BIKE REGISTRATION TO OPEN MAY 25

-> If you haven't already done so, save the dates September 5 to 8 for
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, being hosted this year in Madison, Wisconsin.
Following a brief delay in form setup, the online registration for Pro
Walk/Pro Bike 2006 will officially open on May 25. 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.

This year, conference registrants will be also be receiving a biweekly
conference newsletter via e-mail that will feature speakers,
presenters, and conference events. Also in the coming week, the
accepted presentations will be listed on the new conference web site.
Watch for program and schedule updates and other conference information
at the new conference web site, easily accessible from the NCBW's main
site at: http://www.bikewalk.org.

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.

"This scholarship opportunity is intended to reach people organizing
for change in their neighborhoods, this might include someone from a
local Safe Routes to School coalition or someone working to make it
possible to walk or bicycle to transit stations. If you fit this
description or know someone who does download the application and pass
it on to them," said Roerty.

In addition to attending sessions on innovations and community success
Stories, ALRC Scholarship recipients will meet with ALRC staff in
coaching sessions and share how their organizations work. 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

18TH NATIONAL TRAILS SYMPOSIUM OCTOBER 19-22, 2006

-> According to a recent note from Jessica Waytenick, "The Quad Cities
will host the 18th National Trails Symposium in 2006 on October 19-22
at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport. The Symposium provides an
opportunity for greenways and trail advocates, managers, planners,
users, and outdoor product providers, as well as conservationists,
private landowners, and tourism and business interests to come together
to communicate and participate in an educational conference. The
Symposium addresses both non-motorized and motorized trails issues.

The National Trails Symposium is held every other year and is sponsored
by American Trails -- a national, nonprofit organization working on
behalf of all trail interests, whose members want to create and protect
America's network of interconnected trails. The Symposium will feature
educational sessions, mobile workshops, exhibits, recreational
opportunities and more. Outings will showcase many of the best trails
and natural lands in the region and provide examples of how trails and
greenways are an integral part of economic development. The theme for
the 2006 Symposium is 'Trails for America: Every Where, Every Way,
Every Day.' Major sponsors are John Deere, US DOT Federal Highway
Administration, and Riverboat Development Authority."

For more on the Symposium, go to: http://www.americantrails.org

BICYCLISTS RIGHTS AT HEART OF $3.1M INSURANCE SETTLEMENT

-> According to a May 8th news release, "Scott Nelson was proud of his
self-sufficiency. He had a job that supported him and his wife and paid
for an apartment in Elk River, Minnesota. Although he did not drive,
Scott made it to work on time every day by riding his bicycle. Scott is
now in a nursing home for life due to a permanent brain injury. A Star
Tribune newspaper carrier in an automobile struck him in October 2000
as Scott legally rode his bicycle on Highway 10 in Elk River. After
more than five years of litigation, a $3.1 million settlement in his
favor will provide support and vindication for Scott and his family,
but also a strong precedent for bicyclist rights.

"Nelson's attorney Fred Soucie of Soucie & Bolt proved with expert
testimony from John S. Allen, national author and certified League of
American Bicyclists Cycling instructor; and Kirby J. Beck, author of
'The Complete Guide to Police Cycling,' that Nelson was following the
rules of the road at the time of the collision. 'He was on the right
hand side of the continuing lane of traffic where he was entitled to
be; it was not a restricted access highway,' Soucie said. 'It was his
transportation to work, and he had the need and the right to be
there.'..."

For more information, contact: Fred Soucie, (763) 427-8888

KANSAS CITY (MO) BIKE-N-BUS GOES SYSTEM-WIDE

-> According to a May 9th news release, "Bicycle riders now have
another way to get around. All 25- and 40-passenger Metro buses have
bike racks. This increases the number of routes that can carry two
bicycles from just 13 to more than 50 routes. 'Bike racks on the buses
provide new, extended travel options,' Kansas City Area Transportation
Authority General Manager Mark Huffer said. 'Someone can take the bus
to work and ride their bike home. Or a cyclist can ride their bike part
of the distance and then use the bus for the second half of the trip.
This opens up entirely new markets for us.'

"The Metro will celebrate the pairing of bike with bus at 11 a.m.,
Thursday, May 11, at the 10th & Main Transit Plaza. Cyclists will share
their experiences with Bike-N-Bus, and the final bike rack will be
attached to a Metro bus. With bike racks on all Metro buses, more
customers can have more options to travel the region. 'Bike-N-Bus lets
you get anywhere,' cyclist and bus rider Bruce Kerr said. 'It helps me
connect from bus-to-bus. It's a huge help when I'm shopping. I coast to
the store on my bike and take the bus home.'..."

For more information, contact Bridget Moss of the Kansas City Area
Transportation Authority at <bmoss@kcata.org>.

SECRETARY MINETA TO "TACKLE" CONGESTION

-> According to a May 16th U.S.D.O.T news release, "Calling congestion
one of the single largest threats to the economy, U.S. Secretary of
Transportation Norman Y. Mineta today announced a new national
initiative to tackle highway, freight and aviation congestion. During
remarks to the National Retail Federation, Mineta said that 'congestion
kills time, wastes fuel and costs money.' He noted that America loses
an estimated $200 billion a year due to freight bottlenecks and delayed
deliveries. The Secretary added that consumers lose 3.7 billion hours
and 2.3 billion gallons of fuel sitting in traffic jams and that
airline delays waste $9.4 billion a year. 'Congestion is not a fact of
life,' Secretary Mineta said. 'We need a new approach and we need it
now.'

"The new initiative, the National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on
America's Transportation Network, provides a blueprint for federal,
state and local officials to tackle congestion, Mineta said. He noted
that over the coming months, the U.S. Department of Transportation will
focus its resources, funding, staff and technology to cut traffic jams,
relieve freight bottlenecks and reduce flight delays.

"The initiative will seek Urban Partnership Agreements with a handful
of communities willing to demonstrate new congestion relief strategies
and encourages states to pass legislation giving the private sector a
broader opportunity to invest in transportation. It calls for more
widespread deployment of new operational technologies and practices
that end traffic tie ups, designates new interstate 'corridors of the
future,' targets port and border congestion, and expands aviation
capacity..."

Among transportation reform advocates, reactions to Mineta's initiative
were less than glowing. One Hill staff member said, "Barely a mention
about rail -- included in their six point plan for reducing
congestion." Another rail advocate said, "Sixteen pages of which half
are blank, of the remaining eight, six are fluff pieces describing how
bad the situation is, and two are the PLAN, which can be summed up as
build more highways, turn them over to private industry to finance and
run, and increase air capacity. He even shies away from increasing the
gas tax stating that higher prices would have no effect on congestion.
But the empty pages really describe his vision for America." One
bicycle/pedestrian advocate who had read the plan summed it up simply:
"really pitiful stuff."

To download a copy of the plan, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/jhltg

The Secretary's remarks can be found at:
http://tinyurl.com/gt48d

News release source:
http://tinyurl.com/kmvm7

Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S
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-> "As more commuters seek out alternative transportation to avoid the
gas pump, the bicycle stands to make a comeback. Sure, heavy volumes of
people take to the area's trail systems solely for leisure. But to run
errands and even commute on a bicycle improves as a credible choice now
that $3-per-gallon gas season draws near."
-- Bill Melville, Editor, SNP Online
http://tinyurl.com/qwng5

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PEOPLE BIKING TO WORK TO AVOID SOARING GAS PRICES

-> According to a May 18th Vallejo (CA) Times Herald article, "Fed up
with sitting in traffic and paying more than $50 to fill his tank,
Scott Morrison of Fairfield ditched his gas-guzzling pickup and started
biking to work. Rain or shine, Morrison now bikes the six miles from
his home to the packaging plant where he works as a machine operator.
Six months after switching to two wheels, he feels more relaxed and
healthier, having lost nearly 50 pounds. 'Every time I get on the
scale, it's like I'm getting rewarded for riding to work,' said
Morrison, 38. 'The two biggest complaints people have are not having
enough money, and obesity. I'm taking care of both.'

"As gas prices climb to record highs, more Americans seem to be
abandoning their cars and biking to work to save money at the pump.
This week, as cities across the country celebrate National Bike to Work
Week, advocates are promoting bicycle commuting as a way to trim
transportation costs, get in shape and help the environment. 'It's been
important to me for a long time,' said Benicia resident J.B. Davis, who
has been an avid biker for more than 30 years. Davis, 47, who works out
of his home making lamps and lamp shades, will bike to Vallejo's
Baylink ferry this morning for a San Francisco business meeting. Davis
started bike riding as a 13-year-old paper boy. He said it's important,
now more than ever, to get children active to combat increasing obesity
rates.

"'We want children to get used to riding bikes instead of riding in
cars,' Davis said of his role on a Solano County bicycle advisory
committee. A countywide 'safe routes to school' plan designed to
provide safe paths for children walking or biking to school, includes
recommended path improvements, Davis said. Improving those bike paths
will be key to getting more people of all ages outdoors, he said. 'We
want to make it so walking or biking to school isn't an Olympic sport,'
Davis said of the Solano Transportation Authority-drafted plan..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/m2ud3
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Title: "Increasing number of people biking to work to avoid soaring gas
prices"
Authors: Terence Chea and Greg Moberly

SALINAS (CA) HOLDS HEALTHY COMMUNITY SUMMIT

-> According to a May 2nd Californian article, "Designing communities
where children can walk to school and people don't have to rely on cars
to shop will be key to reducing childhood obesity on the Central Coast,
a speaker said Monday at a tri-county summit in Salinas. The event,
called 'Healthy Communities by Design,' was held at the Salinas
Community Center and involved planning, government and health officials
from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Richard Jackson,
former director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's
National Center for Environmental Health, said one-third of American
children will be diagnosed with diabetes in our lifetime if the trend
of childhood obesity continues.

"Two-thirds of children walked or biked to school 30 years ago, but
only about 16 percent do today, Jackson said. Large schools are often
built on cheaper land outside city centers, making it difficult for
children to walk to them, he said. 'We've engineered exercise out of
our kids' lives,' Jackson said. When new housing developments are
designed, schools and other infrastructure should be located close to
residences, he said. 'If we could create communities where every
student could walk or bike safely to school ... everyone would
benefit,' Jackson said. According to a cost calculator in the report,
inactivity costs Salinas more than $61 million a year, mostly from
medical care and lost productivity..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/s5thb
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Title: "City planning can help fight obesity"
Author: Zachary Stahl

MADISON (WI) TUNNEL TO LINK TRAILS, NEIGHBORHOODS

-> According to a May 19th State Journal article, "Walkers, bikers and
people with strollers no longer have to dash between cars to cross
bustling East Johnson Street near Tenney Park. A newly completed
section of the Yahara River Parkway -- a bike and pedestrian tunnel
beneath Johnson Street -- paves the way for pedestrians and cyclists
and connects the shore of Lake Mendota and Tenney Park to existing bike
trails across the Isthmus. A similar underpass is being built at the
East Washington Avenue bridge over the Yahara River. It's scheduled to
be completed at the end of this year with a grand opening planned in
2007. There has been a strong desire in the neighborhood to reclaim the
Yahara River corridor as a parkway, said Arthur Ross, Madison's
pedestrian-bicycle coordinator. 'There are very limited ways to get
across the Isthmus,' he said.

"The underpass has been almost 15 years in the making, said Ed Jepsen,
who chairs the Friends of the Yahara River Parkway -- a nonprofit group
that advocates for the parkway and adjacent parks. The project started
in the early 1990s when the Marquette Neighborhood noted that the
parkway could be substantially improved, he said. With the East Johnson
Street underpass completed, the project is about half finished. This
year also marks the parkway's 100th anniversary. 'What a great way to
celebrate the centennial of the parkway by linking our neighborhoods
together with attractive underpasses and beautiful riverscapes,' Jepsen
said in an article he was preparing for the Eastside News..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lumch
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Title: "Tunnel under East Johnson done"
Author: Gena Kittner

BIKE TO WORK WEEK THE WAY TO GO IN BOSTON (MA)

-> According to a May 18th Boston Globe article, "With the price of a
tank of gasoline often soaring past $50, some Massachusetts commuters
are replacing four wheels with two. While commuting by bicycle is not
feasible for everyone, advocates on this Bike to Work Week say the Bay
State is slowly warming to the idea. The latest energy crunch certainly
helps, said David Watson, executive director of the Massachusetts
Bicycle Coalition, also known as MassBike. 'People are worried about
rising gas prices,' he said. The state's journey-to-work statistics
from 2000 show there is room for change. The report found that of
3,102,837 employed residents, 2,290,258 drove alone to work. The public
transportation total was 270,742. Walkers numbered 134,566, while
bicyclists totaled just 12,355.

"Today, MassBike estimates that more than 16,000 people in the state
ride their bikes to work. In Boston, MassBike reports, of 38,000 daily
bicycle trips, 20 percent are work-related. An estimated 761,892 adults
ride bicycles at least once a month during the summer. Nationwide,
488,497 people commuted by bike in 2000, according to the US Census,
little changed from a decade earlier. The League of American Bicyclists
encourages more workers to ride, even if it is just for a day or two a
week. The national nonprofit group maintains that employers that
encourage commuting by bicycle would see lower health insurance costs
because their employees would be healthier..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mkn5x
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Title: "During Bike to Work week, 2 wheels are the way to go"
Author: Dan Tuohy

SIDEWALKS IMPORTANT TO E. GRAND RAPIDS (MI) COUNCIL

-> According to a May 18th Press article, "It's a small percentage of a
$9.4 million budget, but the $75,000 City Commission members debated
last week affects almost every step residents take around town. At
issue is whether the city should bundle the annual amount it spends on
sidewalk repair with next year's expected amount to get a better price
from contractors. That's what new city services Director Ken Feldt did
when he came into the job three years ago. The result: He got $150,000
worth of sidewalk repairs done last year for $85,000. 'It was a
tremendous bid,' said City Manager Brian Donovan. 'Is this a strategy
we should use?' Commissioner Bob Horn asked. 'Do this every (two or)
three years and get a better deal?' A lot of commissioners had the same
question in mind...

"Sidewalks are important to commissioners, who debate the matter almost
annually. 'It was probably the No. 2 thing I heard about (on the
campaign trail),' said new Commissioner Amna Seibold. 'I couldn't
believe how much I heard about sidewalks.' [Mayor Cindy Bartman] said
she did not like the idea of appearing idle on sidewalk repair for even
one summer. 'This is a tremendous asset that we have,' she said. 'We
tout ourselves all over the metropolitan community that we're a
walkable community. 'Be a mom or dad, pushing a stroller down a cruddy
sidewalk. At best, it's miserable. And at worst, it's dangerous.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/parmz
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Title: "Sidewalk price may get break"
Author: Juanita Westaby

HUNTSVILLE (AL) HOSTS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP

-> According to a May 17th Times article, "Huntsville will host a
workshop Friday aimed at encouraging kids to walk and ride their bikes
to school. 'It's geared to get children out of the back seat and back
on their feet,' said Jamie Miernik, president of the Alabama Bicycle
Coalition (AlaBike) and coordinator of Friday's Safe Routes to School
Workshop. 'Then, maybe when they get used to the idea that it's OK to
ride their bike to school, they might ride it somewhere else and not be
so dependent on their parents with their cars.' Organizers say the
topic is especially timely with the rising cost of gasoline, the
alarming obesity epidemic in children, and growing traffic snarls,
especially during morning commutes when as many as one in five vehicles
are taking a child to school.

"The workshop will be from 8am to 4pm at the Holiday Inn downtown. The
event is aimed at school administrators, physical education teachers,
local traffic engineers, transportation planners and law enforcement,
but anyone can attend. Registration is $50. The federally funded
program has been successful in other parts of the country in increasing
the number of children cycling and walking to school. The new federal
transportation bill dedicated $621 million to the Safe Routes to School
program over five years to help states promote walking and cycling to
school and provide safer streets. Each state is eligible for $1 million
the first year and more in the next four years. More money is available
depending on population. AlaBike is helping the Alabama Department of
Transportation promote and put on the workshop. Speakers will cover
topics such as health benefits, safe street planning, promotion and
availability of grants..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/r4ar2
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Title: "Get kids 'out of back seat, back on their feet'"
Author: John Peck

BALTIMORE (MD) BIKE NETWORK PLAN APPROVED

-> According to a May 5th Sun article, "A master plan that would create
an extensive bicycle network of shared roadways and bike lanes across
Baltimore was approved unanimously yesterday by the city Planning
Commission. Upon its completion, over a period that could take 20
years, the network would span more than 400 miles and be integrated
with public transportation. The project is designed to increase
bicycling -- not just recreationally, but as a mode of transportation,
said Peter Auchincloss, chairman of the Planning Commission. Census
statistics show that less than half of 1 percent of Baltimoreans
commute to work on bikes. 'I think it fits very well in the
comprehensive master plan when it comes to transportation,' Auchincloss
said. 'It has to be more than cars.' A groundbreaking on the
Collegetown Bike Route, the first leg of an introductory network, could
take place within a year.

"The route would link the Johns Hopkins and Morgan State universities
with St. Mary's Seminary and the Loyola-Notre Dame campuses. The
complete introductory network, spanning more than 150 miles, including
bike lanes, signed routes and storm drains safe for riders, is expected
to cost about $3.5 million. A major component to the network calls for
the addition of explanatory signs along the network to ease the
confusion that many area drivers may have concerning the rules of
bicycling. 'The car is not king,' said Otis Rolley III, director of the
city Department of Planning. 'This plan's innovative approach of
installing a comprehensive and continuous network of biking
accommodations is what you would expect from a progressive city like
Baltimore.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rjcdj
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Title: "Bike network plan approved"
Author: Nicole Fuller

[According to Mark Counselman, plan highlights include: "establishing a
bike program/coordinator to implement plan recommendations; a
prioritized network of on-street facilities; a facility design 'tool
kit.'"]

The plan is available here:
http://tinyurl.com/835q6

AIA PUBLISHES "10 PRINCIPLES FOR LIVABLE CITIES"

-> A May 19th Advocate editorial suggests, "Go into any library or
bookstore, and you can find dozens of books on home improvement. But
even the best-kept house will fail to reach its promise if it rests
within a community that hasn't met its potential. And so, along with
all of our attention to home improvement, we need to devote at least as
much attention to the cause of improving our neighborhoods. A good
enough place to start is 'Livability 101,' an online publication
recently made available for free by the American Institute of
Architects (AIA)...Assembling its best minds, the institute developed
10 principles for livable communities.

"These principles aren't new; most of them already have a profile as
the basic tenets of the 'smart growth' movement, an initiative to make
towns and cities healthier and more user-friendly. But in distilling
these ideas into what might be regarded as the Ten Commandments of
Smart Growth, the AIA has done a valuable public service. The
principles deserve heightened attention here in Baton Rouge, where an
influx of evacuees from last year's hurricanes has frustrated growth
issues that already were complicating Baton Rouge's future..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ech9z
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Title: "Ten principles for livable cities"
Author: Opinion page staff

To see the AIA's Livability 101 report, go to:
http://www.aia.org.

"EFFERVESCENT" CHARLIE PACE STEADY AT HELM OF TOSRV

-> According to a May 12th Columbus Dispatch article, "Charlie Pace is
worried about a labor strike in Chile. And whether it will rain Monday,
and about a possible road closing, and the cost of orange construction
cones, and a zillion other things that come spilling out of his mouth,
rapid-fire. Pace is the director of TOSRV (Tour of the Scioto River
Valley), a bike ride from Columbus [Ohio] to Portsmouth and back that
will mark its 45th year this weekend.

"He has been in charge for 38 of the past 40 rides, and the accumulated
knowledge of how to make it work is stored in the hard drive that rests
on top of his shoulders. Pace is effervescent and always smiling, with
tufts of gray hair and the energy of someone half his age (75)..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rmvpt
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Title: Cycling event in good hands with Pace"
Author: Ken Gordon

ROCKVILLE (MD) "BICYCLE BELTWAY" OPENS

-> According to a May 10th Gazette article, "The Millennium Trail,
Rockville's 10.6-mile bicycle beltway that has been in the works for
nearly a decade, is open. During opening ceremonies on Saturday, people
walked, ran and biked along the dedicated multi-use path that city
staff touts as the first of its kind in the Washington, D.C.,
metropolitan area. City and other local politicians were joined by
about 150 residents, members of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club
and volunteers who worked to make the trail possible.

"'There are a very large number of communities around the country that
have bike plans and many of them remain on the shelf,' Burt Hall,
director of Rockville's Department of Recreation and Parks, said
Monday. 'So I am very proud Rockville has completed, with the future
bike/pedestrian bridge over I-270, 100 percent of our Bikeway Master
Plan.' Eight years in the making, the bicycle beltway encircles the
city, crossing four major roads: Route 28, Rockville Pike, Interstate
270 and Falls Road. It is part of Rockville's 45-mile network of
pedestrian- and bike-friendly paths approved by the City Council in
1998..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rg58e
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Title: "Millennium Trail opens in Rockville"
Author: Warren Parish

ALBUQUERQUE (NM) POLICE TO BREATH TEST PEDESTRIANS

-> According to a May 18th KOBTV story, "Investigators targeting bars
for over serving customers intend to add another tool to their belt in
coming weeks: They'll be asking for breath tests from pedestrians.
Agents of the Special Investigations Division, which monitors alcohol
laws, will be stationing extra officers in downtown Albuquerque. If
anyone is seen stumbling out of a downtown bar, he or she could be
asked to blow into a portable breathalyzer. 'And if it indicates that,
yes, they are above a 0.14, then we'd certainly take administrative
action against the licensee [bar],' said Jim Plagens of the Special
Investigations Division.

"New Mexico state law makes it a crime for a bartender to serve anyone
whose blood-alcohol level is at or above 0.14. Plagens says that any
pedestrian approached by an agent and asked to submit a breath test is
perfectly within his or her rights to refuse. 'Then we send them along
their way -- so long as there are no other violations,' he said. If
however, an individual does submit a breath test that does show a
blood-alcohol level of over 0.14, that person won't be charged with
anything -- but investigators may use that evidence to try to make a
case against the individual's bar of bartender..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/k3vgx
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Title: "Police to breath test pedestrians"
Author: Reed Upton

FAYETTEVILLE (AR) PACKS HOUSE FOR WALKABILITY ADVOCATE

-> According to a May 18th Morning News article, "Living in Seattle
proved to Joy Caffrey walkable neighborhoods work. She hopes to see a
similar pattern develop in Fayetteville. Dover, Kohl & Partners, a
community planning firm from Florida, recommended Wednesday five goals
and corresponding action steps to make Fayetteville a more compact,
walkable town. 'Adding walkability is important,' said Caffrey, a
Fayetteville resident for eight years. 'I agree with putting more
density in existing areas. You can't expect it not to grow, but I don't
want it to grow and take up the rural areas.' The City Plan 2025 was
drafted after listening to residents' comments. Their recommendations
will guide development of the city's 31,000 acres during the next 20
years. The suggestions were presented during a morning session to about
20 area leaders in government and education and an evening session for
more than 100 residents.

"Victor Dover, who led the City Plan 2025, said Fayetteville has areas
well planned but also includes sections of town that should do more to
encourage pedestrian traffic. 'There are the two Fayettevilles: the
Fayetteville that is the traditional network, a compact city and the
Fayetteville that is conventional surburban sprawl,' he said. Dover
emphasized the need to infill areas of town to avoid sprawl.
Fayetteville is expected to need another 16,000 acres if the current
development patterns on the edge of Fayetteville continue. Dover said
the 40,000 new people expected in Fayetteville in 20 years could
require annexing only 5,400 acres if the city grows efficiently..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rlaft
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/r6oyc
Archive cost: No
Title: "Consultants Offer Suggestions For Walkable, Compact City"
Author: Sarah Terry

YORK (ON) SITE OF NEW "ESCAPE FROM SUBURBIA" FILM

-> According to a May 18th York Region News article, "As you prepare to
head out of town this long weekend, you'll likely cringe at high gas
prices. But we should get used to them, according to filmmaker Greg
Greene. The director's new documentary, shot largely in York Region,
says oil production can only go down from current levels and,
eventually, the cost of oil will make commuting to work out of the
question for most. Escape from Suburbia, Beyond the American Dream,
outlines how living in the suburbs and working in the city is only
sustainable as long as there is a plentiful supply of cheap oil. But
what happens when rising oil prices make commuting to work too
expensive?

"In his last film, 'The End of Suburbia, Oil Depletion and the Collapse
of The American Dream,' Mr. Greene documented the rise of the suburbs
due to the popularity of the automobile. Also filmed in York Region,
2004's 'The End of Suburbia' describes how the suburbs are dependent on
cars and, therefore, oil. In 'Escape from Suburbia,' to be released in
October, he argues leaders can't see beyond the desire for a suburban
lifestyle and can't plan for the inevitability that, eventually, the
oil will run out. 'The American Dream prevents us from seeing our own
limitations,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rpsuo
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/mgm3b
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "Oil prices won't ever go down: documentary"
Author: Serena Willoughby

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

CLARABELL THE CLOWN DIES AT 84

-> "Lew Anderson, who captivated young baby boomers as the Howdy Doody
Show's final Clarabell the Clown, has died at the age of 84. The
musician and actor died Sunday in Hawthorne of complications of
prostate cancer, said his son, Christopher Anderson. Long mute as
Clarabell, Anderson broke the clown's silence in the show's final
episode in 1960. With trembling lips and a visible tear in his eye, he
spoke the show's final words: 'Goodbye, kids.'..."

http://tinyurl.com/p8bl5

[NOTE: CL's editor, 10 yrs old at the time, was watching that final
episode and teared up a bit, himself, when Clarabell whispered those
famous words...]

Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S
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L.A. WOMEN COLLECTED INSURANCE ON HOMELESS
-> "Two women in their 70s were arrested Thursday after they allegedly
befriended two homeless men, took out 19 life insurance policies on
them and filed claims worth more than $2.2 million after the transients
mysteriously died in hit-and-run pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles..."
http://tinyurl.com/mwnvq

OLD CITIES CAN PROFIT FROM NEW SPRAWL
-> "The author of a new book defending sprawl says millions of people
are able to live more comfortably in places that are cleaner, greener
and safer than where their grandparents lived..."
National Public Radio Story:
http://tinyurl.com/oss2k

MISSOULA (MT) FLORIST DELIVERS BY BIKE
-> "The Bitterroot Flower Shop began delivering flowers with a bike
trailer about two weeks ago. Owner Wendell Guthrie said his shop now
delivers 15 to 20 percent of its flowers with the bike..."
http://tinyurl.com/fpr7g

JUNEAU (AK) RESIDENTS SHARE SUGGESTIONS ABOUT FUTURE
-> "Some ideas: no cars, only walkable streets downtown; a space
exclusively for local artisans and craft builders; a walkway from Auke
Bay to the Mendenhall Valley; cross-country ski trails lit at night;
sidewalks on Douglas Highway; and dog parks..."
http://tinyurl.com/qq657

NANAIMO (BC) RCMP BIKE DRILL TEAM BIG ON SAFETY
-> "May is Bike Safety Month, and the Nanaimo RCMP Bicycle Drill Team
is not about to let it pass by without some demonstrations..."
http://tinyurl.com/nctcq

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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-> "BELIEFS & ATTITUDES ABOUT SPEEDING AND ITS..."
"...Countermeasures;" Australian Transport Safety Bureau report
explores
"attitudes, experiences, and behavior of licensed drivers in
metropolitan Sydney, regional New South Wales (NSW), and rural NSW in
relation to speeding..."
http://tinyurl.com/ofyo6

-> "WHY CANADIANS CYCLE MORE THAN AMERICANS:
"...A Comparative Analysis Of Bicycling Trends And Policies;" by John
Pucher and Ralph Buehler; "Transport Policy," Vol. 13, May 2006, pp.
265-279.
http://tinyurl.com/okh9x

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HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

June 1-4, 2006, Congress for New Urbanism, Providence, RI. Info:
http://www.cnu.org

June 12-15, 2007, Velo-City 2007, Munich, Germany. Info:
<info@velo-city2007.com>
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July 14-16, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Denver, CO. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

October 19-22, 2006, National Trails Symposium, Davenport, IA. Info:
American Trails, phone: (530) 547-2060; email:
symposium@americantrails.org
http://www.americantrails.org

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-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR -- ILLINOIS DOT
Below is a link to the job posting for the State of Illinois Safe
Routes to School Coordinator. Note that the posting closes on Friday,
May 19 at 4:30 p.m. C.D.T.
http://tinyurl.com/pohoc


-> 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

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