#152 Friday, June 30, 2006

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  A Call for Traffic Justice at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006
  Active Living Resource Center to Adapt City SRTS Pgm.
  The "Must See" Movie of Our Times
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006: Conference At A Glance Posted
  Thunderhead Alliance Publishes Complete Streets Guide
  Velo Quebec Releases Study of Bicycle Use
  MBTA Introduces New Commuter Rail Bike Coach
  Car-Free Getaways and Green Travel in The Northeast
  Safe Routes Funding Begins in Colorado

  Waveland (MS) Plans Ped-Friendly Rebuilding
  Chicago (IL) Unveils Master Plan to be Finished by 2015
  Ending Car Dependence: Matter of Life, Death, Health
  Palo Alto (CA) Middle School Kids Get Bike Training
  Wilsonville (OR) Development Gets "Family Room"
  Loveland (CO) Celebrates "Bike to Work Day"
  Portage La Prairie (MB) Kids, Families Walk to School
  The Mayor Who Declared 'War on Cars.'
  Litman Talks Healthy Communities in Jackson Hole (WY)
  San Francisco (CA) Launches Ped Safety Campaign
  Arlington (MA) Honors Safe Routes Coordinators
  A Look At Freeway History Highlights Good, Bad
  North Brunswick (NJ) Park Gets Better Bike/Ped Access
  Lance: Amazing in So Many Ways -- But, his Driving...
  Transport Canada Funds Sustainability Projects



-> The statistics are numbingly familiar: 40,000 traffic deaths per
year, including more than 700 bicyclists and 4,500 pedestrians.
Beyond these numbers lies the routine failure to hold anyone
accountable. THIS MUST STOP!

Please visit the NCBW website (http://www.bikewalk.org), click on the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike icon, and review the information under "Traffic
Justice Institute." Then, do one more thing: JOIN US! This event will
be unlike others you have attended. Yes, there will be speakers. But
there will be no audience. All attendees will be participants.

This will be a call for action: the start of a national campaign to
re-frame our societal conversation about traffic crashes (not
accidents), and the initiation of specific efforts to employ all means
necessary to dramatically reduce the carnage on our roads. Do you have
something more important to do on September 5?

For more information, contact Bob Chauncey at <bob@bikewalk.org>


-> The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is working on a project to
adapt Safe Routes to School program activities to the inner city. ALRC
Director, Sharon Roerty, notes that, "To date the majority of our Safe
Routes experience has come from suburban settings where parent
volunteers and champions are somewhat easier to come by, and walking to
school is sometimes more of an elective trip than a necessity.
Currently we are conducting interviews with SRTS practitioners and
champions in the U.S and abroad that either have conducted SRTS
initiatives in cities or who share our interest and concern -- that is
that existing SRTS programs are not adequately addressing the urban
conditions that can pose multiple hazards to children and the limited
availability of adults to participate in typical startup activities. If
you have organized or been involved in SRTS programs in inner city
schools and can spare 10 minutes, we would like to interview you."

Please contact Mark Plotz at <mark@bikewalk.org>; or Sharon Roerty at

To learn more about the ALRC, go to:


-> An Inconvenient Truth -- is the must see movie of our times. I went
with some trepidation, thinking that it might be dry and tedious but it
was not. The movie lays out all the science of global warming - all the
facts and trends in one simple place and all under two hours. Al Gore
tells a story in a way that he has never been able to do in any of his
campaigns or during his time in public office. It is Al's story but
it's our story, it is about our future on this earth - and whatever
your personal feelings are about Al, you would have to be stone cold
dead not to feel moved and hopefully moved to action by this movie.
Global warming is not a theory, it is not something that is
scientifically in doubt, and it is not a hyped-up, color coded threat.
The polar ice caps are melting, the oceans are warming, and the extreme
weather events of the last decade are not a coincidence. Visit the
website, go see the movie, do something because doing nothing is no
longer an option. -- Sharon Roerty, NCBW

For more info, go to:


-> The NCBW staff has posted a conference-at-a-glance
page for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference in Madison.
Here conference attendees can get a quick look at what
will happen each day during the conference in Madison, Wisc.,
(Sept. 5 to Sept. 8). This page will be updated as
additional meetings and events are scheduled around the
conference dates. You'll find the conference-at-a-glance
page at:

At the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference site you can also
see who is presenting which topics at:

Finally, you can see which presentations are grouped within
each of the 9 presentation periods:

Registration for the conference is now online at:

This year, conference registrants will be receiving a
biweekly conference newsletter, called "Connections," via e-mail.
That biweekly newsletter will feature speakers, presenters,
logistic notes and news of conference events. If you're not
registered for the conference, you can go to the conference
web site and register separately for the Connections newsletter.

For more information:


-> According to a June 21st Thunderhead Alliance news release, "The
newly updated, second edition of the 'Thunderhead Alliance Guide to
Complete Streets Campaigns' is now available through all on-line book
sellers. This Guide is written for leaders of Thunderhead member
organizations as an important tool for Thunderhead's National Complete
the Streets Campaign. But anyone interested in securing a complete
streets policy for their state or community will relish the Guide's
deep analysis of current complete streets policies and step-by-step
campaign development process. Elected and appointed officials,
community leaders and concerned citizens will be ready to take part in
current campaigns or launch their own campaign after reading the

For more information, follow this link and click on "Complete the


-> According to a June 8th news release, "Velo Quebec Association
released the results of its study Bicycling in Quebec in 2005,' which
provides an overall portrait of cycling in Quebec. 'This study clearly
attests to the sustained enthusiasm for cycling among the people of
Quebec,' said Jean-Francois Pronovost, executive director of Velo
Quebec Association. 'Although cycling has become slightly less popular
among people in certain age groups since 1995, particularly among 18 to
24 year olds, the overall cycling presence is stronger than ever.'

"The main findings include:
1. The number of committed cyclists increased between 2000 and 2005,
climbing from 31 to 33% of adults aged 18 to 74. This accounts for the
presence of more cyclists on our roads.
2. The number of cyclists aged 65 to 74 has more than doubled over the
past 10 years. The proportion of cyclists in this age group increased
from 12% in 1995 to 21% in and to 25% in 2005.
3. Over a million people in Quebec at least occasionally rely on their
bicycles as a means of transportation. This includes one out of six
adults (16% of 18-74 year olds) and one out of three young adults
(33%), as well as the 75,000 children who cycle to school. In 2000, 10%
of adults used the bicycle as a means of transportation.
4. Almost one out of three adults (30%) cycles frequently enough to
improve their health. For one out of eight adults (13%), cycling alone
is associated with a sufficient amount of activity to maintain their
fitness level between May and September..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/etomg

To download the summary report:


-> According to a June 23rd Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
(MBTA) news release, "MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas today
announced the first ever commuter rail coach equipped with 40
stationary bike racks. Renovated to accommodate the many bike
enthusiasts who travel on the Gloucester commuter rail line throughout
the summer, the new coach will debut July 2nd during the 'Ride To The
Races' 47th Annual Fitchburg Longsjo Classic. MBTA General Manager
Grabauskas directed his staff to schedule an extra passenger train
after organizers of the Longsjo Classic approached the MBTA.

"The passenger train includes a new renovated bike coach that
accommodates 42 customers and 40 bicycles. 'The timing is perfect. With
the bike car ready to roll, it only makes sense to debut it for a
cycling event,' said MBTA General Manager Grabauskas. 'By giving people
yet another reason to choose public transportation, we continue our
efforts to attract more customers by making the system easier to use
and a lot more convenient. This is what quality customer service is all

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-> According to a June 26th eMediaWire release, "Just in time for
Fourth of July weekend, EscapeMaker.com, a guide to local weekend
getaways and day trips within a 500-mile radius of New York City,
launches a new Car-Free Getaways and Green Travel section -- designed
to help travelers save gas this summer and save the planet.
EscapeMaker.com's President, Caylin Sanders, comments 'when we started
EscapeMaker.com in 2001 the whole premise was finding places accessible
by mass transit from New York City. We've always had this focus on our
100+ profiled destinations, but now with the Travel Industry
Association predicting a stagnant summer travel season due to gas
prices tipping travelers getaway plans, we felt it was imperative to
call attention to all the wonderful getaways accessible by mass transit
-- as well as Eco-friendly tips to keep in mind along the way.'

"In addition to a campsite and RV rental search, the Car-Free Getaway &
Green Travel section features over 15 getaway packages offered by
hotels, B&B's and inn's across the Northeast. Each destination is
accessible by mass transit and once on site, all activities are
included, walkable or accessible by shuttle or bike! Packages range
from kid-friendly to romantic themed and include lodging, attractions,
outdoor activities, plus some meals and transportation. With
transportation discounts from Amtrak and links to discounts on bus and
ferry lines, the section inspires travelers to consider over 60
destinations listed that are accessible by bus, train or ferry. Users
can also search the database for activities within the Northeast for
places to go biking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, rock
climbing, white water rafting and tubing, etc. In addition, users will
find other resources and Eco-travel tips within the section..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zwozl

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-> According to a June 23rd Bicycle Colorado eNews article, "29 Safe
Routes to School grants have been awarded by the Colorado Department of
Transportation to communities across Colorado to get children biking
and walking to school again. Just three years after Bicycle Colorado
initiated our Safe Routes to School campaign these $1.9 million in
grants are the first wave of results, improving bicycling conditions
and encouraging safe bicycling for children in Colorado."

To see the list of grantees, go to:


-> "If we invest in transit and we focus accessibility into smaller
areas, where growth is more contained, we're going to get more walkable
-- Prof. Lawrence Frank, University of British Columbia

-> "Imagine a coalition of public health departments, hospitals,
universities, businesses, sports leaders and the media -- united in
demanding more rigorous exercise and nutrition standards in schools,
pushing for walkable environments, crusading against smoking and
substance abuse, and helping low-income immigrant workers make a
successful transition away from fast-food, high-temptation America..."
-- Neal Peirce and Curtis Johnson

"Everybody talks about walkable, but it takes a while to be walkable.
You need a good mix of development. And the key is retail."
--Kemper Freeman Jr., Kemper Development Co.

-> "In summer, the song sings itself."
-- William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963)
Quoted in the June issue of "Taking Steps," the newsletter of Walkable
Edmonton (AB).



-> According to a June 26th Sun Herald article, "At first, the whimsy
words 'We're going to rebuild it even better than it was before' were
often uttered when battered locals needed a morale boost. A quiet town
with a front-porch culture and laid-back living near the beach, the old
Waveland had everything. So, how could anyone rebuild this community
better than it was before Katrina smashed it to bits? Over the weekend,
a group of about 130 or so trailblazing locals and a few renowned urban
planners began a journey to turn skeptics into believers and actually
rebuild Waveland better than it was before. During a meeting Saturday,
residents joined with others from their individual neighborhoods and
laid out plans to rebuild. 'A lot of people were pretty sure about what
they want for their neighborhoods,' said Kathy Pinn, a Coleman Avenue
resident who has become a quasi-liaison between the locals and
out-of-town urban designers.

"'Residents talked about areas where they would like to see sidewalks,
or parks or shops,' she said. Many of the ideas were the same ones
being echoed throughout South Mississippi -- nostalgic neighborhoods
with plenty of green space and sidewalks, small shops and gathering
places. The design team, led by Connecticut architect Robert Orr, the
city's lead designer from the Governor's Commission, toured the city on
Sunday to measure streets and map out neighborhoods. During a community
meeting tonight, locals and designers will use the information gathered
Sunday to determine what can be done where. They will begin making
concrete plans to rebuild each neighborhood, street by street. 'I
encourage people to come tonight, because they are going to start
designing based on the ideas from Saturday and the tour on Sunday,'
Pinn said...One of the most popular terms used in public meetings and
design sessions to describe the way new Coast towns will be is
'walkable communities.'..."

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-> According to a June 11th Tribune article, "Chicago is set to unveil
new plans for becoming a bicyclist's haven. And this time, it means
business. The new Bike 2015 Plan wastes little time on breezy rides in
the park. Instead, the city's Department of Transportation is bent on
getting people to bike to work, to school, to stores and to mass
transit stops, cobbling together a 500-mile network of designated
routes. Understanding that bicyclists' greatest enemies --aside from
sloth -- are car doors, right-lane passers and other street perils,
planners looked around the world for new safety ideas. From Geneva,
Switzerland, they got the idea of raised bike lanes, a layer of
pavement above street level and below the curb that would help dissuade
motorists from veering into cycling territory. By 2010, the city hopes
to experiment with raised lanes in a few locations.

"In Copenhagen, Cambridge and other places, planners saw bicycle lanes
colored a startling shade of teal green, thermoplastic markings they
hope to duplicate at some Chicago intersections to try to warn
right-turning cars to watch for bikes. Like its predecessor in 1992,
the new strategic plan lays out the city's vision to make bicycling an
integral part of Chicagoans' daily lives. It offers few details and
specifies no costs, though it does point to federal grants and private
funding. The plan does not say where the new miles of bike lanes and
improvements would be located. But, with a strong track record of
delivering for cyclists, the city is thinking big: a bike route within
a half-mile of every resident; a 50-mile circuit of bike trails, with
some off-road paths to be announced later this year; 185 miles of new
bikeways altogether. By 2015, planners hope, 5 percent of all trips
shorter than 5 miles long will be made by bike..."

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Title: "Chicago's Master Plan"
Author: Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and James Janega

Here's a note we just received from Ben Gomberg, Chicago's Bicycle
Program Coordinator: "Our plan was released by Mayor Daley 2 weeks ago.
Check it out at:
"Lots of hypertext links to connect to the Best Practices cited."


-> According to a June 26th Post-Intelligencer editorial, "Seattle,
King County and Washington state have made progress in combating
suburban sprawl. But there is a lot more to do. The struggle is more
urgent than most of us tend to think. As a new report shows, containing
sprawl, creating densely populated urban centers and ending our
excessive reliance on cars are matters of life, death and good health
for people as much as for the environment. The latest Cascadia
Scorecard, from the Northwest environmental group Sightline, shines an
intense light on the ways public policies affect everything from
gasoline use to our chances of dying in car crashes.

"By a range of measures, living in compact urban areas is better for
us. The Sightline study looks at life in Cascadia, a region the
organization defines as including parts of northern California, Montana
and Alaska as well as all or most of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and
British Columbia. The conclusions mirror those of other experts. And
the density movement, which the state's Growth Management Act promoted
largely to protect the environment, now has become a way to help
people. As Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institution told the
Downtown Seattle Association recently, the public's preferences
increasingly favor compact, walkable neighborhoods. An active, urban
lifestyle is good for them, and for the fight against global warming.
Like downtown Bellevue, many suburbs are changing, too.

"As Leinberger noted, the Washington, D.C., area's Metro train system
has spawned more than a dozen walkable housing and commercial centers.
If that is to happen here, it is critical to expand Sound Transit as
soon as it begins light rail service in 2009. Some politicians have
taken a strong interest in transit, walkability and health issues.
Especially when it compares U.S. portions of Cascadia with Canadian
cities, the Sightline report helps explain why. Residents of British
Columbia live an average of two years longer than Washingtonians, in
substantial part because B.C. development patterns reduce traffic
fatalities and encourage walking with its helpful effects on weight,
blood pressure and the chances of various kinds of cancer..."

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Title: "Sprawl: Planning for health"
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-> According to a June 21st Palo Alto Weekly article, "Freedom and
confidence come on two wheels. Or at least for those too young to get
behind a steering wheel. Richard Swent, an instructor certified by the
League of American Bicyclists, preaches this message with his bike
class, 'Middle School Bike Skills.' Swent's program is unique to the
Bay Area and is geared toward educating 10- to 14-year-olds and their
parents about interacting safely with traffic and empowering the young
cyclists with skills for on-road riding. 'Kids feel great about
themselves when they bike to school because they power themselves,'
said Swent. Bicycling also gives this age group a sense of freedom
since they can get themselves to friends' houses and parks. It prepares
them to be better drivers and allows them to get to know their
neighborhoods too, since riding a bike is a 'much richer experience
than sitting passively in the back seat,' he added.

"Swent has been teaching 'Middle School Bike Skills' three to four
times every fall, spring and summer for two years now through the Palo
Alto Recreation Department. The class is also co-sponsored by the
city's Parent Teacher Association Council. He most recently offered the
class on June 4 at the Cubberley Community Center to a class of five
kids and four parents. The idea for a youth-oriented cycling class hit
Swent back in 1997 after his son's school, Palo Verde Elementary, held
its annual Bike Rodeo for the school's third graders. The rodeo, which
enlists the help of the city firefighters and the Stanford cycling
team, is similar to Swent's program in intent: It too tries to point
out to young cyclists the hazards of bicycling in streets and the
safety tips that can eliminate them..."

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Title: "Have wheels, will travel"
Author: Anabel Lee


-> According to a June 29th Oregonian article, "The next phase of
Villebois, a 'Village Center' that the developer says will include the
planned community's "family room," has been approved by the Wilsonville
City Council. The Village Center will have the highest-density housing
of the four planning areas that make up Villebois, a 500-acre
development that will have as many as 3,000 housing units and be home
to approximately 7,000 people. Village Center will have more than 1,010
homes, most of them apartments, condos and row houses. Only 43 will be
detached single-family houses. At the heart of the development will be
a half-acre plaza -- Piazza Villebois -- that is intended to resemble a
public square in a European city.

"Some of the apartments and condos will have balconies overlooking the
plaza, said Rudy Kadlub, chief executive officer of Costa Pacific
Communities, which is developing Villebois. 'It's kind of the family
room of the community, if you will,' Kadlub said. 'It's a place where
people will gather. The farmers market will be there, neighborhood
celebrations, holiday celebrations and daily hanging out.' The Village
Center also will have about 10,000 square feet of retail and commercial
space. Some of it will be in the form of what planners call mixed-use
buildings, with ground-floor retail topped by apartments or condos.
Kadlub said he doesn't have commercial tenants locked in, but has a
'long list of interested parties.' Most of the commercial development
in the Village Center probably will be neighborhood-type retail, such
as restaurants and coffee shops, he said..."

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Title: "High-density phase of Villebois gets green light"
Author: Eric Mortenson


-> According to a June 29th Daily Reporter-Herald article, "Tom
Christen rode 15 miles from his home in west Fort Collins to his job at
Benchmark Electronics Inc. in Loveland Wednesday morning. 'I normally
don't get so brave,' the 63-year-old said. But Wednesday was the city's
annual Bike to Work Day. 'I'm more concerned about the ride home
tonight than this morning,' Christen said. 'Traffic tends to be a
little worse. But I'll make it. I can always call my wife -- honey!'
Christen stopped at Schmidt's Bakery and Delicatessen, where the store
donated croissants, muffins, doughnuts, juice and coffee for cyclists.

"People participating in Bike to Work Day -- some logged in more than
70 miles, others biked two -- could also chow down on free breakfast at
McKee Medical Center, Thompson Pocket Park, the Xeriscape Garden and
the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Peloton Cycles, Loveland Cycle 'N
Fitness and The Bicycle Shop offered bike tech support at breakfast
stops. Five-year-old Dakota Sullivan of Loveland rode four miles from
his home to Schmidt's Bakery with his mom, Nadia, who was later riding
her bike to work in Longmont. 'It's fun for me,' said Dakota, who has
been riding without training wheels for more than a year..."

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Title: "Good sports head out on Bike to Work Day"
Author: Ann Depperschmidt


-> A June 8th Daily Graphic article suggests, "Make smart choices for a
healthy body and a clean environment was the lesson North Memorial
School [NMS] students learned yesterday morning. Students walked from
Portage la Prairie's Centennial Arena to NMS with their families,
teachers and local dignitaries to celebrate Clean Air Day and as part
of Commuter Challenge 2006. 'It is a good idea. The children are very
excited to have families here with them,' said walk participant Joyce
Gabriel who has children at NMS in grades 2 and 5. This is the first
time NMS has organized a walk-to-school event as part of Clean Air Day,
but Gabriel said she hopes it's something the school continues. Clean
Air Day and Commuter Challenge are intended to raise awareness about
pollution, while encouraging an active lifestyle that avoids reliance on
fossil fuels for transportation.

"NMS principal Chuck Naish said he was 'pleasantly surprised by the
turnout' for the walk. 'By walking to school, the students from North
Memorial School are getting much needed physical activity and helping
to make their communities a healthier and safer place,' said Jackie
Avent, the Active and Safe Routes to School Program coordinator for
Resource Conservation Manitoba. Once students and their families
arrived at NMS, they were treated to a healthy and nutritious breakfast
courtesy of Manitoba Council on Child Nutrition and Breakfast for
Learning Program. Many local dignitaries, including Mayor Ian MacKenzie
and Portage la Prairie Conservative MLA David Faurschou, walked with
students and spoke to them during a short program at the school..."

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Title: "Students, families walk to school"
Author: Shannon VanRaes


-> According to a June 23rd Tyee article, "If you think the problems
facing the world's exploding cities are insurmountable then you need to
spend a few hours on a bike alongside the former mayor of Bogota.
That's how I spent Thursday afternoon, and it left me with new hope for
the global south, not to mention the bloated 'burbs of Greater
Vancouver. Enrique Penalosa presided over the transition of a city that
the world -- and many residents -- had given up on. Bogota had lost
itself in slums, chaos, violence, and traffic.

"During his three-year term, Penalosa brought in initiatives that would
seem impossible in most cities, even here in the wealthy north. He
built more than a hundred nurseries for children. He built 50 new
public schools and increased enrolment by 34 percent. He built a
network of libraries. He created a highly-efficient, 'bus highway'
transit system. He built or reconstructed hundreds of kilometers of
sidewalks, more than 300 kilometres of bicycle paths, pedestrian
streets, and more than 1,200 parks. He did it all, in part, by
declaring a war on private cars..."

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Title: "The Mayor Who Wowed the World Urban Forum"
Author: Charles Montgomery


-> According to a June 29th News & Guide article, "Towns should be
constructed to maximize mobility and accessibility without requiring
automobiles, transportation expert Todd Litman told town officials
Tuesday afternoon. The Canadian transportation guru told his audience
that designing transportation systems to accommodate walkers, bikers,
people in wheelchairs and other non-motorized transportation users is
better for health, better for the environment and actually saves money.
'Things that are good for the environment are also good for business,'
Litman said. 'It's often cheaper to encourage use of alternative modes
than expanding roads and parking.'

"He recommended Jackson planners think about key elements in the move
toward a healthier community like more compact development, increased
'walkability,' mixed land use and better parking management. 'A
community that's built for walking is a healthier community than one
that's built for driving,' Litman said. He gave examples of how
communities could make alternative transportation the norm, like the
shuttle service and paid parking in Aspen/Snowmass. Money spent on gas,
car maintenance, and road maintenance and improvement could be saved
through alternative transportation, like buses, 'vanpooling' and
community cars that people could rent when they needed one, Littman

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Title: "Canadian expert touts walkable cities"
Author: Lauren M. Whaley

For more about Litman's organization, go to:


-> According to a June 29th CBS4 story, "San Francisco Police officers,
health officials, the mayor as well as other city and state officials
gathered in front of San Francisco City Hall Wednesday to announce a
$190,000 campaign for pedestrian safety. Nineteen officers and their
brand-new Harley Davidson motorcycles will be dedicated to ticketing
motorists who endanger pedestrians by rolling through stop signs or
speeding through residential areas. Those brand new bikes, equipped
with built-in radar guns in the front and back, were on display as the
multi-agency campaign was revealed. The campaign will not only include
added enforcement, it will be coupled with an educational campaign
targeting out-of-town drivers and aggressive motorists.

"Out of the total budget, funded by the California Office of Traffic
Safety, $90,000 will go toward the education and media blitz, which
program coordinators hope will influence drivers before a ticket is
necessary. Officials from the city's Department of Public Health hope
the radio and billboard ads coming out July 10 will become familiar to
many of the city's residents, as well as those who drive into San
Francisco from around the Bay Area. 'Most motorists don't believe
they're doing anything wrong when they roll through that stop sign,'
Mayor Gavin Newsom said. 'Hopefully this education campaign will
change that.'..."

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Title: "San Francisco Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign"
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-> According to a June 19th Advocate article, "On Monday, June 19, at a
ceremony in Town Hall, 12 Safe Routes to School coordinators were
recognized for their dedication to Arlington children's health and
wellness. Members of the Activate Arlington Steering Committee were
unanimous in their choice for the recipients of the first annual
Arlington Activator Award. The Steering Committee, which includes
Arlington parents, educators, administrators and concerned citizens,
was convened two years ago by Director of Physical Education and Health
Kate Cremens-Basbas to oversee the work of the Carol White Physical
Education Program (PEP) Grant.

"The 12 coordinators, representing all the elementary schools and
Ottoson Middle School, have organized school-wide efforts to encourage
students (and their parents) to walk to school instead of drive,
thereby promoting physical fitness, environmental health, school
traffic relief, and neighborliness, all at the same time. The
coordinators, who each receive a small stipend from the PEP grant, have
been creative in their efforts to motivate students to walk to school.
This program has been so successful that this past April all the
principals whose schools have an SRS program collaborated with the
coordinators and submitted a community application to the Executive
Office of Transportation for continued support in order to strengthen
and expand the SRS program..."

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Title: "12 honored for keeping kids active"
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-> According to a Star-Tribune editorial, "Any list of 'transforming
events of the past 50 years' should include the civil rights victories
of the 1960s, the massive shift of women into the workforce in the
1970s, and the rise of personal computers in the 1990s. As
transformational to American life, however, was the building of the
Interstate Highway System. A stroke of President Dwight Eisenhower's
pen launched the massive project on June 29, 1956 -- 50 years ago
today. Nothing has been quite the same since. Road trips got easier and
faster as drivers bypassed stoplights and small towns. Railroading
declined and trucking exploded. Main streets struggled as everything
shifted to 'out by the interstate.'

"Strip malls, office parks, drive-though banks and fast-food joints
became American staples, as our waistlines now suggest. Energy
consumption soared as more people drove more cars more places, and over
greater distances. Horizons widened. Families spread coast to coast.
The environmental and consumer movements were born, partly out of
opposition to highways and concerns for safety. There was a great
sorting by race and class. For people with means, the interstate
highways hastened the rush to roomier, safer suburbs, and widened the
socio-economic gap with those left behind. For many Americans, the new
roads put poverty out of sight and out of mind. The conservative
movement is, to some degree, a product of the interstates..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zem8b
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Title: "Road trip: Interstates changed America"
Author: Editorial Board


-> According to a June 29th Sentinel article, "The township is pedaling
towards improving the 105-acre North Brunswick Community Park on Route
130. The township has received an $80,000 grant from the Middlesex
County Board of Chosen Freeholders under the county's Open Space &
Recreation Pedestrian/Bicycle Grant Program, according to a statement
released Friday. The funds will be used to extend the existing sidewalk
on Adams Lane 910-feet to the entrance of the park on the former Otken
farm. There will be a 4-foot-wide sidewalk along with an 8-foot-wide
bike path and a pedestrian bridge leading into the park area.

"'The key is that North Brunswick is basically developed compared to
where we were 10 years ago. The responsibility of [the Department of
Parks, Recreation & Community Services] along with the Open Space
Committee is to assess key linkages that provide the community with
access to biking, running or walking with safety, also while
considering the handicapped population,' said Lou Ann Benson, the
director of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.
'This will provide safe, convenient and attractive access to the park
for pedestrians and bicyclists.' The proposed project will allow
residents of the Maple Meade area and Judd Elementary School to access
the park with minimal use of vehicles..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rotn2
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Title: "County grant to improve pedestrian access at park"
Author: Jennifer Amato


-> According to a May 8th Sports Illustrated article, "Lance Armstrong
will drive the pace car, a 505-hp Corvette Z06, at the Indianapolis 500
on May 28. Tip for Indy officials: Feed him before he gets behind the
wheel. Earlier this year Armstrong was piloting his black BMW M5 at
roughly twice the speed limit down a rural highway while devouring a
teriyaki beef wrap from the takeout window at Roscoe's, the culinary
acme of Dripping Springs, Texas.

"The business of eating the wrap while dipping chips into a small
container of salsa forced him to take both hands off the wheel
periodically and steer with his left knee. When his passenger offered
to take the wheel, the Texan fixed him with the Look. 'You do the
interview,' he directed. 'I'll drive the car and eat my lunch.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/qec3q
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Title: "The Next Stage"
Author: Austin Murphy


-> According to a June 27th Transport Canada news release, "Five
projects designed to contribute to a more environmentally friendly
transportation system have been selected to receive funding under the
final round of the Moving On Sustainable Transportation program (MOST).
The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
and Communities, today announced that the selected projects will
receive funding totaling $110,000. These projects represent a range of
initiatives, from promoting safe and walkable neighbourhoods, to
collaborating with neighbourhood residents in the design of local
transit growth plans.

"'Moving On Sustainable Transportation is a great program that provides
practical solutions to help Canadians reduce the environmental impacts
of transportation,' said Minister Cannon. The following organizations
will receive funding under the program: Go For Green, in Ottawa; Green
Communities Canada, in Peterborough, Ontario; Toronto Environmental
Alliance in Toronto; Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Saint-Laurent in
Saint-Laurent, Quebec; and Ecology Action Centre in Halifax..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ho3k9
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Title: "Funding for environmentally friendly transportation projects"
Author: Transport Canada



-> "Imagine being able to record a smell and play it back later, just
as you can with sounds or images. Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of
Technology in Japan are building an odor recorder capable of doing just
that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example,
and it will analyze its odor and reproduce it for you using a host of
non-toxic chemicals. The device could be used to improve online
shopping by allowing you to sniff foods or fragrances before you buy,
to add an extra dimension to virtual reality environments and even to
assist military doctors treating soldiers remotely by recreating bile,
blood or urine odors that might help a diagnosis..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/lyxns


-> "Combining safe and efficient transportation systems with
environmental stewardship and sustainability is the goal of the
recently launched Green Highways Partnership (GHP)..."

-> "Former Gov. Julian Carroll, who served from 1974 to 1979, said he
used to walk to work. 'For goodness' sakes, it's only 500 feet or
less,' he said..."

-> "As Mercury News readers know, each summer during the Tour de
France, Purdy honors the event by riding his bicycle around various San
Jose neighborhoods and sampling French fries at different fast food

-> "Professor John Ozmun says the research isn't going to solve the
problem of obesity in children, but it could help by making the
youngsters more physically fit..."

-> "Indeed it was a club that used the simplest most accessible means
of transport, the bicycle, to spread the word to the working classes
around the villages and towns of Great Britain..."

-> "A preliminary plan aims to turn one fifth of the existing traffic
lanes along the ground section of Middle Ring Road into a cycle lane..."


PowerPoint slides and podcasts from a May 16, 2006 session put on by
the Alberta Centre for Active Living & Alberta Mental Health Board.

"...Summary of the Schemes;" prepared for Traffic Management Division,
UK Dept. for Transport; by Webster, Tilly, Wheeler, Nicholls, &
Buttress; Transport Research Laboratory; Report TRL654. 2006 (11.1mb

"... Multi-Modal Planning;" report by Steiner, Crider, & Betancourt,
Univ. of Florida; for Florida Dept of Transportation; May 2006.

"...Impact of Race and Class in Efforts to Decrease Obesity Rates;" by
Baker, Kelly, Barnidge, Strayhorn, Schootman, Struthers, & Griffith; Am
J Public Health 2006;96 1170-1174

"...The Decline of Middle-Income Neighborhoods in Metropolitan America;"
by Booza, Cutsinger, & Galster; Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy
Program; June 2006. (530k pdf)


Note: Additional training opportunities are available on the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Readers are encouraged to add
their own items as long as they pertain to training in the bicycle,
pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:


-> 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>.

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

-> September 5-8, 2006, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, Madison, WI. Info:

-> October 12-22, 2006, National Trails Symposium, Davenport, IA.
Info: American Trails, phone: (530) 547-2060; email:

-> 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>.

-> 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>.


The Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition seeks new Executive
Director. After 4 years at the helm, Becka Roolf is stepping down to
start a private consulting firm focused on bicycling & walking
planning, design & safety. The VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition board
of directors is recruiting for a full-time Executive Director position.
Follow this link to the job description (closing date is July 21, 2006):

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is seeking a
transportation planner. The Transportation Planner position will deal
with many aspects of the surface transportation system, consistent with
the 2030 Regional Transportation Plan. The position will have a focus
on bicycle and pedestrian transportation planning. The position
description and procedures for submitting resumes are posted at:
(See "job postings" in the lower left side of the page; other positions
are available as well.)

($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

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:


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