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#151 Friday, June 16, 2006

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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  NCBW Traffic Justice Institute Kicks off PW/PB 2006
  Book Tells Story Behind Death, Injury on Roads
  Chris Jordan Joins NCBW Staff as Senior Web Designer
  ALRC Offers Scholarships to Pro Walk/Pro Bike
  1,000+ Columbia (MO) Kids Walk to School
  Active Living Research Conference Call for Abstracts
  Traverse City (MI) Trail Group Hosts Bike Classes
  TRB Accepting Annual Meeting Paper Submissions
  Marin Co. (CA) Bike/Ped Tunnel to Re-Open
  Adventure Cycling Wants Your Inspiring Stories


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Croton Village (NY) Wants More Biking, Walking Paths
  Rep. Oberstar (D-MN) Talks Safe Routes to Home Crowd
  British Columbia Folks Healthiest in Canada
  Lawrence (KS) Considers Parks Closer to Homes
  Citizens' Group: "De-Pave" Chicago's Lake Shore Dr.
  Wheeling (WV) Plans Trail System Expansion
  Residents Want 'Walkable' Carroll Co. (MD)
  Does Parenting Style Affect Kids' Weight?
  Glendale (AZ) Hits No. 12 on Walkable Cities List
  China Wants to Reverse Auto Domination Trend
  Bentonville (AR) Wants More Walkable Development
  Towson (MD) Roundabout to Go From 2 Lanes to 1?
  Cul-De-Sacs: Suburban Dream or Dead End?



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


NCBW TRAFFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE KICKS OFF PW/PB 2006

-> On the first day of Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, the National
Center For Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) will host a day-long
Traffic Justice Institute.

"This year's Institute will serve as a "flash point" for the
creation of a national initiative to redefine our societal
perspective on motor vehicle crashes, and substantially
reduce their occurrence," said Bob Chauncey, NCBW's
director for policy analysis.

"NCBW has never tackled an issue this large, this complex,
this significant," said Chauncey. "We plan to come at this
goal from every possible angle, including transforming
public discourse about road safety, holding drivers
accountable for their actions, changing highway design to
better limit motor vehicle speeds, enabling the full use
of every enforcement technology, and curtailing the use
of distracting electronic devices."

These and many other topics will be discussed during the
Traffic Justice Institute. Chauncey encourages participants
to bring their ideas, questions, and concerns. The Institute
will run from 11a.m. to 5p.m., Tuesday, September 5th.
The cost of $75 includes lunch.

For more about the Traffic Justice Institute, see the Pro Walk/
Pro Bike 2006 conference site at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/conference/

BOOK TELLS STORY BEHIND DEATH, INJURY ON ROADS

-> According to a June 5th release, "A new book by the
Partnership for Safe Driving's founder, Lisa Lewis, is earning
great reviews from readers. The book, called "It's No Accident:
The Real Story Behind Senseless Death and Injury on Our
Roads," details what Lewis discovered in her quest for safer
roads, including laws and regulations that actually promote
dangerous driving and a government that is largely
indifferent to the consequences.

"'It's No Accident' provides a rare glimpse into how government
officials and renowned safety activists got seduced by the flawed
science of safe crashing, leading them to focus their attention and
resources primarily on trying to help people survive crashes rather
than preventing crashes from happening in the first place.

"The book then explores the epidemic of dangerous driving and all the
major factors involved in crashes today -- including speeding,
aggressive driving, cell phones and other forms of distraction, drowsy
driving, drunk driving, drugged driving, dangerous trucking, and deadly
police chases. 'It's No Accident' includes the heart-wrenching
real-life stories of victims and offers real solutions..."

To learn more, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ehdps

CHRIS JORDAN JOINS NCBW STAFF AS SENIOR WEB DESIGNER

Chris Jordan has joined the National Center for Bicycling & Walking
as its Senior Web Designer. Originally from North Carolina, Chris
studied and worked in Washington, DC, from 1995 until 2005.
He then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he joined the NCBW's
western office staff.

While in DC, Chris served as the web designer for the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education (www.case.org) from 2001
until 2005. While with CASE, Chris designed more than 90 web sites,
many of them for conferences. Even though he only joined the staff
in May, you can already see Chris' influence on the NCBW's main and
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 web sites (http://www.bikewalk.org).

Chris is an avid bicyclist, and has participated in several cause-
based rides. "I raised over $5,000.00 in the 1999 AIDS Rides 3
and 2000 AIDS Ride 4, which went from North Carolina to
Washington, DC," Chris said. "I have a 2004 Specialized Hybrid
that I just had shipped from DC. I've been exploring Portland's
bike trails and parks. I be doing some local fundraising such as
http://www.reachthebeach.org/, for starts."

Gary MacFadden, NCBW's director of operations who also works
in the organization's west division, noted that Chris would be
lucky to get the time to do much riding. "We've already got
Chris firmly nailed into a number of projects, including the
continued revamp of the NCBW's site, the introduction of a new
e-mail newsletter called Connections that will support the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference, and a complete overhaul of our
Active Living Resource Center web site. But we may let him out
to ride around town on occasion."

Welcome to the NCBW, Chris.

ALRC OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO PRO WALK/PRO BIKE

-> According to Sharon Roerty, NCBW's director for community
programs, the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is offering
eight full scholarships for the biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference
to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, September 5-8, 2006.

The ALRC is managed by the NCBW with a grant from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation. The program educates and supports
community groups in making their neighborhoods more active places
to live.

"The ALRC program is aimed at everyday people working to make
their neighborhoods places where walking and biking are part of
the community quilt," said Roerty. This year as part of our outreach
activities, we are making opportunities available for community
activists to attend the ProWalk/ProBike conference in September."

ALRC Scholarship recipients will be active conference participants,
sharing how their organizations work and what their needs are in
special sessions and attending sessions on innovations and community
success stories. The Scholarship will provide for 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 www.activelivingresources.org. The scholarships
are intended to attract leaders of community organizations that
are working in minority and low-income communities.

“We are hoping that that the professionals and advocates that know
and have worked with NCBW and ALRC and who have been to past
Pro Walk/Pro Bike conferences will help make community groups they
work with 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." The deadline to apply for
the ALRC Scholarship Program is July 1, 2006. The application can
be downloaded from:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/scholarships.html

For more information about the scholarships program, contact
Sharon Roerty at sharon@bikewalk.org

1,000+ COLUMBIA (MO) KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL

-> Thanks to Ian Thomas for this item: "An estimated 2,452 Columbians
took part in the Fifth Annual Mayor's Challenge: Bike, Walk, and Wheel
Week (May 6-13) -- a 41% increase on last year. Congratulations if you
were one of those who included some active travel in your schedule for
that week. Participation has grown every year and the most recent
increase was partly due to an incredible response from Columbia's
schoolchildren. Fourteen schools organized walk-to-school events to
celebrate Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week, involving an estimated total of
1,083 children (along with about 300 parents and teachers). About 100
bikes and helmets (courtesy of the SAFEKIDS Coalition) were given away
at Cycle-Recycle."

More details and photos at:
http://www.pednet.org

ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

-> According to a recent message, "Active Living Research (ALR) invites
abstracts to be considered for presentation at the 2007 Annual
Conference. Abstracts are welcome on all topics related to active
living policies and environments and abstracts related to the
conference theme are particularly encouraged. The theme can be viewed
from many perspectives related to economics, crime, culture, etc.
Abstracts are also particularly encouraged with a focus on preventing
obesity in communities, neighborhoods, children and families...

"The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) has agreed to
produce a special issue devoted to research on active living presented
at the ALR conference. Approximately twelve (12) of the abstracts
selected for presentation at the conference will also be invited to
submit papers for consideration of inclusion in the special issue. Both
theme and non-theme abstracts are eligible for consideration for the
AJPM special issue...The abstract submission deadline is Thursday, July
20th, 1:00 p.m. PDT."

The Call for Abstracts is now open at:
http://tinyurl.com/fkjya

TRAVERSE CITY (MI) TRAIL GROUP HOSTS BIKE CLASSES

-> According to a June 15th release, "Traverse Area Recreation and
Transportation (TART) Trails, Inc. is excited to be hosting it's second
Bicycle Commuting class this year. The class will be taught by League
of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, Reuben Chapman. Course
content will include: riding with traffic, signaling, bike attire and
gear, choosing routes, and more. The class will be interactive and will
include a short bike ride on main roads, peripheral streets, bike lanes
and on trails. The goal of the class is to educate and encourage proper
bicycle handling and increase the level of comfort of bicycle
commuters."

For more info, contact Missy Luyk, TART Trails, at
<missy@traversetrails.org>.

TRB ACCEPTING ANNUAL MEETING PAPER SUBMISSIONS

-> According to the June 13th TRB E-Newsletter, The Transportation
Research Board "is now accepting papers for consideration as part of
the program for the TRB 86th Annual Meeting, January 21-25, 2007, in
Washington, D.C. All papers are due by August 1, 2006, and must be
submitted via TRB's Paper Submission website. Authors planning to
submit papers now can receive password-controlled, limited web access
to individual papers published in the Transportation Research Record:
Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR Journal) since 1996.
Access will be provided after submission of an abstract for a paper via
the paper submission website. This feature allows authors access to
some of the latest research in their areas of interest."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/qt4nf

MARIN CO. (CA) BIKE/PED TUNNEL TO RE-OPEN

-> According to an article in the June 15th MCBC Weekly Bulletin, "On
Tuesday, June 6, the Marin County Board of Supervisors authorized
$940,563 in funding for the final phase of design work for re-opening
the Cal Park Hill Tunnel which will provide a direct connection between
San Rafael and Larkspur for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair users,
and others. The contract was awarded to Earth Tech Inc., a firm from
Oakland. The tunnel is also being design to accommodate potential
future rail service through Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit
(SMART)...The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has been advocating for
the re-opening of the Cal Park Hill Tunnel since our inception in 1998."

For the rest of the story, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/rsoe4

ADVENTURE CYCLING WANTS YOUR INSPIRING STORIES

-> In a June 15th note, Becky Douglas wrote, "Adventure Cycling
Association would love to hear about the people and organizations who
are improving lives by inspiring others to travel by bicycle. From
rail-trails to multi-day fundraising event rides, we want to hear about
the people who are getting others to travel on bikes more often. Please
consider nominating someone you know for our one of our awards."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/gwlk8

Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S
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-> "If you look at the trails now, they are being used. From a public
health standpoint, this is just awesome. I can see why people would
want to come here from far away to walk these trails."
-- Dr. William Mercer, Wheeling-Ohio Co. (WV) Health Dept.
http://tinyurl.com/n4fmy

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CROTON VILLAGE (NY) WANTS MORE BIKING, WALKING PATHS

-> According to a June 14th Journal News article, "The village of
Croton-on-Hudson is setting up a task force to improve biking and
pedestrian access in the village, making it easier for commuters,
schoolchildren and seniors to get around town without cars. The new
advisory committee will begin research this summer, collect public
input in the fall and prepare a list of recommendations for the village
administration to enact next year. The short-term goals will be to
identify trouble spots for bikers and pedestrians that can be remedied
easily. The long-term objective will be to create a master plan that
will give planners and elected officials a guide to create a better
network for biking and walking.

"'It's part of the whole concept of making it a pedestrian-friendly
community, to get people around on different levels,' said Mayor Greg
Schmidt, a cyclist who rode from Bear Mountain to Boston three years
ago. 'I'd love to see more people biking in Croton. And a critical part
of it is re-educating drivers, to let them understand how to share the
road.' The new committee will pay particular attention to access around
schools and the Croton-Harmon train station, with an eye toward making
it possible for students and commuters to forgo transport by cars. The
committee will seek out funding sources to pay for improvements, as
well, and look into the possibility of special bike lanes in some
sections of town. Ann Gallelli, a member of the Village Board of Trustees
who is overseeing the biking and pedestrian advisory committee,
said creating a more walkable village has become a priority in recent
years, and a number of local residents have been pushing to make
changes to the local streetscape to encourage it..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/kykh7
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Title: "More biking, walking paths recommended in Croton"
Author: Robert Marchant

REP. OBERSTAR (D-MN) TALKS SAFE ROUTES TO HOME CROWD

-> According to a June 7th Herald-Review article, "The Itasca Community
College Circle K Club hosted a visit from United States Congressman Jim
Oberstar on Friday, June 2. On a short recess away from committee
hearings, the congressman was back home in northern Minnesota to
promote the annual Paul Bunyan Trail Ride and to visit his hometown of
Chisholm for a class reunion. Oberstar welcomed questions from
students, school staff, community members and media. After 16 terms
with the U.S. House of Representatives, Oberstar holds the record for
longest service in the House or Senate for any Minnesota legislator in
history. ICC Circle K President Devlin Clark introduced the congressman
and the work he has done for Minnesota and the entire country as the
senior Democrat on the Transportation Committee.

"Speaking on significant accomplishments he has made while on the
Transportation Committee, Oberstar touted the bill that established
National Scenic Byways, with the Edge of the Wilderness gaining the
distinction as the first National Scenic Byway... And, the new Safe
Routes to School program is helping schools all across the U.S. provide
safe walking and biking paths for school children. 'In December of
1999, there were more bicycles sold in the U.S. than cars,' said the
congressman who is also a big cycling enthusiast. 'Now 54 percent of
children are biking or walking to school.' As for why Oberstar is
pushing the Safe Routes to School program, he explained that the health
of the country's youth is a major driving force as Type II diabetes in
kids 15 and under has seen the largest spike in known history. 'It's a
chance of a lifetime to change the habits of a generation,' said
Oberstar. 'If you can change behavior, you can change health. And we
can change it and will with Safe Routes to School.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zndnk
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Title: "Oberstar visits ICC, speaks on transportation, immigration,
religion in legislation"
Author: Britta Arendt

BRITISH COLUMBIA FOLKS HEALTHIEST IN CANADA

-> According to a June 14th Sun article, "People in B.C. are the
healthiest in Canada -- and those in the Lower Mainland and Victoria
lead the pack. Figures released Tuesday by Statistics Canada and the
Canadian Institute of Health Information indicate that B.C. tops all
other provinces on a number of health indicators. Average life
expectancy in B.C., for example, is 80.4 years -- the highest in the
country and nearly a full year longer than the national average of
79.5. B.C. also has the lowest smoking rate in the country (17.8 per
cent, compared to 21.7 per cent nationwide) and the highest rate of
physical activity (57.7 per cent, compared to 51 per cent nationwide).
But while B.C. fares well in the report -- based on a 2005 survey of
more than 130,000 Canadians -- it also suggests there are wide gaps in
health between the different regions of the province.

"Take obesity, for example. The survey defines someone as obese if they
have a body mass index -- a calculation comparing a person's height and
weight -- of more than 30. Based on that definition, just 13.2 per cent
of people in B.C. are considered obese -- the lowest rate in the
country. But that ranges from a low of eight per cent in Vancouver to a
high of 23 per cent in northeast B.C...Lawrence Frank, a professor of
community planning at the University of B.C., said research shows
obesity rates are lowest in walkable communities like Vancouver and
highest in places where people must rely on cars to get around. A study
he conducted found that every additional hour a person spent in their
car each day led to a six-per-cent increase in the risk of being
obese..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qgaxd
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Title: "B.C. is in the pink"
Authors: Chad Skelton and Jonathan Fowlie

LAWRENCE (KS) CONSIDERS PARKS CLOSER TO HOMES

-> According to a June 13th Journal-World article, "It's no contest.
Seven-year-old Erin Scherl likes her backyard in her neighborhood south
and west of Sixth Street and Monterey Way. But it can't compete with
the brightly colored slides and swings of Dad Perry Park near 13th
Street and Monterey Way. But yet, the backyard wins out many times
anyway. 'It's kind of too far of a walk for little legs,' said her
mother, Ruthann Reigle. 'Actually, I blame it on them, but it is kind
of too far of a walk for me.' City Commissioner Boog Highberger would
like to make sure future Lawrence neighborhoods don't leave residents
feeling the same way.

"At tonight's meeting, Highberger will lobby city commissioners to
change future park standards to require that at least a small park and
playground be within about a quarter mile of every new home. Currently,
the city tries to meet a standard of each home being within a half-mile
radius of a neighborhood park. 'If we are going to say that we have
walkable neighborhoods, having a park within walking distance to every
person is crucial,' Highberger said. 'And a half-mile is not a walking
distance for most people.' But Highberger may have a tough time
convincing other commissioners. The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning
Commission voted against the proposed changes, in part because leaders
of the city's Parks and Recreation Department expressed concerns about
how much it would cost to acquire and maintain the new parks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qe5vl
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Title: "City to consider bringing parks closer to homes"
Author: Chad Lawhorn

CITIZENS' GROUP: DE-PAVE CHICAGO'S LAKE SHORE DR.

-> According to a June 7th Chicago Journal article, "When Michael
Burton explains his mission, he's often met with bewildered looks, or
even written off as plain crazy. The notion that the city's most
beloved roadway should be stripped of its asphalt and abandoned to
pedestrians and cyclists could easily be mistaken for a joke. But for
Burton and fellow members of the Campaign for a Free and Clear
Lakefront, this much is fact: Cars' days on Lake Shore Drive are
numbered. 'I think it will be de-paved, without a doubt,' Burton says
assuredly. 'There's an inevitability about it. As less people base
their lives around cars, we'll realize that Lake Shore Drive is the
most valuable land in the city. And we'll think: Why do we have to set
it aside for an eight-lane highway?'

"Burton, of course, has many reasons for why de-paving Lake Shore Drive
is a good idea, and why it will happen. A third of Chicagoans already
don't own cars, for one. Chicago Transit Authority ridership is also
up, and fossil fuel is a finite resource. Although Burton is
enthusiastic about his mission, he does acknowledge that it may be a
long time before Lake Shore Drive as we know it disappears. There is,
however, always the meantime..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/jzzxa
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Title: "Ode to a jackhammer"
Author: Staff

WHEELING (WV) PLANS TRAIL SYSTEM EXPANSION

-> According to a June 13th News Register article, "Wheeling has been
walking for several years now, but in the future residents and visitors
could be walking further if a proposed plan for the expansion of the
city's trail system is implemented. The Wheeling Council Development
Committee met Monday, and topping the agenda was a presentation from a
Trail Expansion Committee looking to get the city's approval for
further efforts toward what could be the future of Wheeling's trail
system. The group presented a proposal of a possible improvements and
added features to the trail system that could be implemented over the
course of several years, with an eye to possible sources of funding. 'I
think it would be the greatest thing in the world to complete all these
improvements,' Wheeling Mayor Nick Sparachane said. 'The more walkable
we make the city, the more we get to showcase its best features. ... I
think you have a great start' with this plan.

"According to Robert Scatterday and Benjamin Stout, members of the
Trail Expansion Committee who spoke at the meeting, at the
end of the improvements in their proposed plan, all the neighborhoods
of Wheeling would be connected. In addition, the trail system would
extend to near the Marshall County line and all the way to the Brooke
County line. 'We can do this. We just need to take little steps,'
Scatterday said. 'We just need to take the first step, and that is why
we are here today.' Members of council present at the meeting indicated
their approval of the development of a timetable and possible costs of
some of the projects. Scatterday indicated several projects throughout
the city to not only connect neighborhoods but also to make use of some
loops, overlook areas, bridges, tunnels and green space. Some of the
special features Scatterday discussed included bike stairs and
floodable underpasses, which are low-lying areas that may flood but can
simply be rinsed out and used again once water recedes. Such
innovations could make the trail system accessible and easier to use
for a wide variety of people..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n4fmy
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Title: "Trail Expansion on Agenda"
Author: Betheny Holstein

RESIDENTS WANT 'WALKABLE' CARROLL CO. (MD)

-> According to a June 13th Examiner article, "The majority of Carroll
County residents want to live in 'walkable' communities and shop at
businesses in a town's central business district instead of sprawling
strip malls. 'People are looking for more pedestrian-friendly space,'
said Brenda Dinne, chief of the county's Comprehensive Planning Bureau.
'They want to live in areas modeled after traditional small towns
versus large-lot developments.' More than 70 percent of the 550
respondents to a survey preferred these communities as part of the
county's three-year process of updating its comprehensive plan, a
consensus-driven road map on how the county should manage future growth.

"Walkable communities have sidewalks, trails and bike paths so
residents have easier access to recreation and businesses, said Dan
Burden, founder of Walkable Communities Inc., a Florida-based nonprofit
dedicated to implementing this style of neighborhoods. The higher price
of gas also has inspired residents to request these developments, Dinne
said. In addition, more than 60 percent of residents said they want to
prohibit the construction of new strip commercial and 'big box'
retailers along major roads. Instead, about 83 percent of residents
said new retail should be encouraged in existing towns and rural
villages and then into rehabilitated strip commercial areas before new
additional retail developments are approved. About 70 percent said they
liked the idea of converting existing strip malls to make them more
compact and walkable with shared parking..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rev7z
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Title: "Residents call for 'walkable' communities"
Author: Kelsey Volkmann

DOES PARENTING STYLE AFFECT KIDS' WEIGHT?

-> According to a June 5th WebMD article, "Researchers are looking into
whether parentingstyle affects kids' weight. The June issue of the journal
Pediatrics includes a study on the topic, done by Kyung Rhee, MD, of
Boston University's pediatrics department, and colleagues. They found that
young children who received love and clear limits from their parents were
less likely to be overweight in first grade than those whose parents had
exhibited permissive, authoritarian, or neglectful parenting styles at the
study's start. Obesity is a serious problem for American children.
The CDC estimates 17% of U.S. children aged 2 to 17 were overweight
in 2003-2004.

"In their study, Rhee's team followed 872 children and their mothers.
The researchers assessed parenting style when the kids were about 4 and
1/2 years old, then checked the kids' weight two years later. They
found that children of the mothers judged to be authoritarian were over
four times more likely to be overweight at that point than children
whose mothers set firm limits but also showed warmth and sensitivity to
the child. The link between obesity and parenting style doesn't mean
parenting style determined the kids' weight. Many other issues --
including cultural influences -- need to be studied, the researchers
note..."

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Title: "Does Parenting Style Up Kids' Weight?"
Author: Miranda Hitti

GLENDALE (AZ) HITS NO. 12 ON WALKABLE CITIES LIST

-> According to a June 13th Arizona Republic article, "Glendale is a
very walkable city. At least that's what a leading health magazine has
found as part of a national survey that listed the 100 Best Walking
Cities. Prevention magazine, in association with the American Podiatric
Medicine Association, recently put out the list, which has Glendale
ranked 12th. Glendale has the highest ranking of all Arizona cities on
the list. Other Valley cities that made the list are Phoenix, No. 33;
Chandler, No. 23; Scottsdale, No. 40; and Mesa, No. 39. Tucson is
listed at 76.

"Glendale's listing is good news for a city that has worked hard at
providing residents pedestrian trails, said Roger Boyer, park project
coordinator for Glendale. 'It's really gratifying to receive
recognition like this, because it means that the system works,' he
said. The criteria for making the list included counting the
'percentage of people who regularly walked, either for fitness and
health or to get to and from work,' according to Prevention's Web site.
Criteria included crime rates and participation in recreational sports.
Boyer said that in Glendale, the emphasis on park trails and walkways
began in 2002, when the city conducted a citywide survey of residents.
The goal was to have residents list their priorities when it came to
recreational features as part of the Parks and Recreation Department's
master plan..."

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Title: "Glendale strides to No. 12 on list of walkable cities"
Author: Louie Villalobos

CHINA WANTS TO REVERSE AUTO DOMINATION TREND

-> According to a June 15th Guardian article, "Having spent the past
decade pursuing a transport policy of four wheels rich, two wheels
poor, the Chinese government has suddenly rediscovered the
environmental and health benefits of the bicycle. The construction
ministry announced on Thursday that any bike lanes that have been
narrowed or destroyed to make way for cars in recent years must be
returned to their original glory. This followed orders on Tuesday that
all civil servants should cycle to work or take public transport to
reduce the smog that chokes most city streets and urban lungs.

"Qiu Baoxing, a vice-minister with the Ministry of Construction, said
it was important for China to retain its title as the 'kingdom of
bicycles,' according to a report by the official Xinhua news agency.
The reputation was well deserved 25 years ago, when Beijing was famous
for its swarms of cyclists. But a quarter-century of breakneck
industrial development has utterly transformed the streets of almost
every city. China has become infatuated with the car, which is seen as
a symbol of success and modernity. Qiu was quoted as saying that the
number of vehicles on China's roads has increased more than twenty-fold
since 1978 to 27m. Within 15 years, he predicted, it could rise to more
than 130m -- which still represents only one car for every 10 people..."

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Title: "China backs bikes to kick car habit"
Author: Jonathan Watts

BENTONVILLE (AR) WANTS MORE WALKABLE DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a June 15th Daily Record article, "With the help of
city planners, developers have added amenities, mixed uses, green space
and trails, hoping to attract nearly 1,200 first-time homebuyers. Osage
Hills sits on 339 acres between Ginn and Rainbow Farm roads. It holds
59 acres of green space, 20 acres of commercial space and about 1,183
lots. When developer Osage Investment Group LLC submitted a concept
plan in March, the city immediately requested some changes. Those
tweaks have resulted in half a dozen meetings with city planners and
the loss of about 40 lots. Developers unveiled the revised concept plan
Tuesday at a technical review meeting. The Planning Commission will
vote on the plan and planned-unit development rezoning on Tuesday.

"Instead of prominent garages fronting the street, the PUD plan allows
for smaller setbacks -- houses will sit only 15 feet back from the
street, with garages set back 30 feet from the street. 'It's going to
break up that visual straight line,' planning manager Brian Bahr said.
'The closer you put (a house) to the street or sidewalk, the more
inviting it feels.' To combat the monotony of identical houses,
builders will stagger the houses. 'The city does not want to see
cookie-cutter homes where everything is identical all the way up,' said
Don Hillis with Landtech Engineering, a partner on the project.
Instead, residents will see porches. 'The configuration of houses
(gives it) a whole new look.'...The city is moving toward a Smart
Growth type of development, which encourages walkable, compact
neighborhoods with mixed uses..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/olawa
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Title: "A huge subdivision in southwest Bentonville has made some big
changes"
Author: Rachel Lianna Davis

TOWSON (MD) ROUNDABOUT TO GO FROM 2 LANES TO 1?

-> A June 15th Towson Times article asks, "The beloved? hated? feared?
Towson Roundabout is under attack. When it comes to Towson's future,
one of the Urban Design Assistance Team's recommendations is that the
Towson Roundabout should have only a single lane of traffic instead of
two lanes. The team of 10 experts headed by architect Steve Gaddis was
brought to Towson by Baltimore County to help the citizenry decide what
should be preserved, changed or created in the Towson core. On June 13,
the team presented its recommendations at its temporary studio set up
in the site of the former Borders in Towson Commons. The presentation
concluded a marathon week of meetings, tours and discussions by the
team.

"If the team's goal is 'to make downtown Towson vibrant and lively with
24/7 activity,' the team sees making the downtown area more walkable as
a first step in the right direction. The team has placed a high
priority 'on reducing and calming traffic in the core and promoting an
interesting and friendly experience for pedestrians.' In light of that,
the team recommends that the roads that approach the roundabout also be
narrowed from two or three lanes to a single lane in each direction.
That includes the York Road approach from the south, which the team
says should have parallel parking on both sides in the downtown area..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/kt376
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Title: "Roundabout ripe for a makeover?"
Author: Loni Ingraham

CUL-DE-SACS: SUBURBAN DREAM OR DEAD END?

-> A June 7th National Public Radio Morning Edition story starts, "Next
time you take a plane flight, take a look out the window. If you're
over a city, you'll see roads that form a grid connecting homes,
offices and stores. But if you are flying over the suburbs, you'll see
roads that look like trees. The trunks are great big feeder streets
with branches splitting off. At the ends of the branches are what look
like circular leaves. Those are the cul-de-sacs, the dead-end streets
that have become a symbol of suburban life. Since the end of World War
II, millions of cul-de-sacs have been built on the fringes of American
cities.

"In recent years, however, the cul-de-sac has fallen out of favor with
urban planners and architects. Some cities have even banned them. To
understand why, I recently visited a cul-de-sac in Carderock Springs,
Md., where I lived when I was in the sixth and seventh grades.
Traveling with me was Jeff Speck, an urban planner who works at the
National Endowment for the Arts. Behold 'the American dream, circa
1960,' he said, surveying my old neighborhood. 'One, two, three, four,
five houses surrounding a circular drive. Each house looks inward at
the donut hole of plants in the middle. Each house is very carefully
designed with windows on the front and back and not on the sides, so
they don't really see each other.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qn7hl
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Title: "Cul-de-Sacs: Suburban Dream or Dead End?"
Author: John Nielsen

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

THE 11 YEAR-OLD CHAUFFEUR

POLICE BLOTTER -- CHADRON, NE

"9:28 a.m. Caller from the 600 block of Chadron Ave. advised she just
saw an 11 year-old boy go by driving a red Jeep with a luggage rack.
Officers issued the boy a citation for unauthorized use of a motor
vehicle, failure to signal, no operator's license, no seatbelts and
child restraint violation."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/f5rtl

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SANTA CLARITA (CA) HOLDS BIKE/WALK PLAN OPEN HOUSE
"The City of Santa Clarita is preparing an innovative Non-Motorized
Transportation Plan that gives a comprehensive overview of bicycling
and walking in the city..."
http://tinyurl.com/zw6av

WHY SCOTS ARE GETTING ON THEIR BIKES
-> "Cycling is enjoying a renaissance in Scotland, its growing
popularity driven by soaring fuel prices, increasing congestion and
health concerns..."
http://tinyurl.com/lybze

SEGSEAT ADDS EXTRA LAZINESS LAYER TO SEGWAY
-> "We always knew there was something wrong with those Segways. By
requiring prolonged standing and mild leaning motions they flew in the
face of everything our sedentary lifestyle stands for, and it's good to
see some clever inventors take notice and restore us to our
passivity..."
http://tinyurl.com/zftfk

VICTORIA (OZ) RELEASES TRANSPORT, LIVEABILITY PLAN
-> "Public transport got a major boost in funding. Cycling and walking
facilities also got a doubling in funding. So is the tide starting to
turn? Up until now, the Australian response has always been to build
more and more roads in an attempt to ease traffic congestion, which is
a bit like getting a larger belt to manage weight gain..."
http://tinyurl.com/oq7fp

To see the document, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/rx5mb

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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-> "THE HOME ZONES MOVEMENT IN THE UK..."
"History, Progress And Prospects;" paper by Tim Gill; presented at the
Childstreet2005 conference; August 2005, Delft, The Netherlands.
http://tinyurl.com/zdnnh

-> "T&E BULLETIN"
News from the European Federation for Transport and Environment; June
2006 edition.
http://tinyurl.com/lavel

-> "CONTEXT-SENSITIVE SOLUTIONS IN DESIGNING..."
"...Major Urban Thoroughfares for Walkable Communities;" an Institute
of Transportation Engineers' Proposed Recommended Practice; 2006. (9mb
pdf)
-> http://tinyurl.com/mg87c

The following reports from the Australian Bicycle Council may be
downloaded here:
http://tinyurl.com/lzeln

-> "ABC BICYCLE RESOURCE PACK..."
"...Bringing Key Bicycle Resources to your University;" principally
developed by John Grinsell, Roads and Traffic Authority NSW, with
support of Australian Bicycle Council members; released November 2004.
(233k pdf)

"THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CYCLING STRATEGY 2005-2010"
Publication of Austroads, Inc.; 2005 (4.7mb pdf)

-> "CYCLING DATA AND INDICATOR GUIDELINES"
Report funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care &
developed with the Australian Bicycle Council; Nov. 2000 (1.1mb MS Word
doc)

-> "FORECASTING DEMAND FOR BICYCLE FACILITIES"
Austroads report by Tracey O'Meara, Dept of Main Roads, Queensland; Dr
Rod Katz, & Australian Bicycle Council Working Group; 2001. (298k pdf)

C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R
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Note: Additional training opportunities are available on the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Readers are encouraged to add
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HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

July 13-14, 2006, Universal Design and Visitability International
Symposium, Columbus, OH. Info: Dr. Jennifer Evans-Cowley, phone: (614)
247-7479; email: <cowley11@osu.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/lfan9

July 14-16, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Denver, CO. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

September 5-8, 2006, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, Madison, WI. Info:
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October 12-22, 2006, National Trails Symposium, Davenport, IA. Info:

American Trails, phone: (530) 547-2060; email:
<symposium@americantrails.org>
http://www.americantrails.org

October 16-18, 2006, Child in the City: 3rd European Conference,
Stuttgart, Germany. Info: Child in the City Foundation, Loes Waterreus,
P.O. Box 822, 3700 AV ZEIST, The Netherlands; phone: +31 (0)30 6933
489; fax: +31 (0)30 6917 394p; email: <lwaterreus@europoint-bv.com>.
http://tinyurl.com/fxy2f

February 22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference,
Coronado CA. Info:

Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator; phone: 619-260-5538; email:
<awilson@projects.sdsu.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/fkjya

J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S
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-> JOB -- SR PLANNER/NON-MOTORIZED PGMS -- COLUMBIA (MO)
($46,091 - $62,918) With the City of Columbia, Missouri Public Works
Department. To oversee implementation of Columbia's federal
Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program grant. Requires a background
in planning of bicycle and pedestrian transportation and recreation
systems and projects at the state, regional or local level. Excellent
interpersonal, oral and written skills. Must be a self-starter and be
able to work in a team environment. Ability to establish and maintain
effective working relationships with community interest groups, the
general public, City officials, and City staff. Knowledge of
construction and zoning standards and regulations. Knowledge of maps,
deeds, plats, and plans. Ability to prepare accurate plans,
specifications, cost estimates, and engineering reports.

Full details at http://tinyurl.com/nphlb

-> JOB -- BIKE/PED COORDINATOR -- MONROE COUNTY (FL)

The Florida Keys is seeking a responsible professional person for
technical work in planning; directing and coordinating the
bicycle-pedestrian program. The incumbent will work closely with other
local and state agencies to improve biking and pedestrian conditions in
the Florida Keys. The incumbent will play a leading role in
coordinating the development of corridor master plans as part of the
Livable CommuniKeys Planning process. The position is also responsible
for identifying and pursuing funding opportunities for the development
and implementation of various bicycle-pedestrian projects. The ideal
candidate should have a thorough knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian
facilities design standards. The candidate should also have experience
working with other governmental agencies. This is a grant funded full
time position with full benefits. Requirements: Graduation from
accredited college or university with master's degree in
urban/regional planning, geography, or related field plus 5 to 7 years
experience. Minimum Salary: $49,550.69 and up DOQ.

Apply: Open Until Filled. Submit your resume and cover letter to: Leasa
Summey, Monroe County Personnel Department, 1100 Simonton Street, Key
West, FL 33040 or e-mail to:
<Summey-Leasa@Monroecounty-fl.gov>.

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