#153 Friday, July 14, 2006
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|Traffic Justice Institute Update|
|Pro Walk/Pro Bike Features SRTS Events|
|Hotel Room Blocks for the PWPB Conference Close Soon|
|Colorado Springs (CO) Plans "Complete Streets"|
|CBF Offers Walk to School Day Mini-Grants|
|PWPB Conference Site Adds Newsletter and Ride Board|
|"Streetsblog"...Coming to a Computer Screen Near You!|
|Ohio Bike Law Cleans Up Old Issues, Covers New Ground|
|New Equity Program Established in SAFETEA-LU|
|Home Depot Fdn Offers Livable Community Support|
|San Francisco (CA) Bike Plan Suit Halts Projects|
|Williamsville (NY) Pushes Walking with Village Events|
|L.A. Times Writer Asks, "Where Did all the Kids Go?"|
|Seattle Bicycle/Pedestrian Boulevard Gets Support|
|700 from Univ. of Victoria (BC) Biked to Work|
|DeSoto Co. (MS) Schools Hold Health Councils Summit|
|Macon Co. (NC) Folks to Help Design Neighborhood|
|Parkersburg (WV) Police Sting Motorists Who Ignore Peds|
|New Skowhegan (ME) Ped Bridge in the Works|
|Cape Cod (MA) Plans for Ped, Bike, Transit Alternatives|
|$350K Grant Funds W. Milford (NJ) Streetscape Project|
|Walkability Index: Density, Mix, Connections, Retail Design|
|Wixom (MI) Fulfills 1998 Downtown Dream|
-> Just prior to the official start of Pro Walk/ Pro Bike 2006, NCBW is
hosting a day-long meeting to begin a national campaign. With a
tentative title of 'Traffic Justice' we are proposing nothing short
of re-framing our nation's approach to traffic crashes -- not
traffic 'accidents.' The Traffic Justice Institute will be held in
the Madison Ballroom of the Concourse Hotel on September 5,
beginning at 11:00a.m.
As a reminder, the Traffic Justice Institute will be unlike other
meetings you have attended. While there will be speakers, there will be
no passive audience. Everyone will be participants. As such, we
recommend you review the papers cited on the website (below) prior to
the meeting. We have added a chapter of Lisa Lewis' 'It's No Accident:
The Real Story Behind Death and Injury on Our Roads.' If you are unable
to purchase the book, at least read this chapter.
We hope you are able to attend this most important gathering. And,
for those of you who are not planning to attend the PWPB conference,
you can still register for just the Traffic Justice Institute. Go to the
conference registration form and select the 'Traffic Justice Institute
For more info, go to:
PRO WALK PRO BIKE FEARURES SRTS EVENTS
-> For those readers interested in Safe Routes to School, the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference in Madison, Wisc., (Sept. 5 - 8)
will feature two SRTS events. The first is the Safe Routes to School
Practitioners Workshop, presented by the National Center for Bicycling
& Walking and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. That
workshop will run from 1p.m. to 5p.m. on Tuesday, September 5.
(The opening PWPB reception is at 6p.m. that day.)
The second event is the Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Annual Meeting. That meeting will run from 3 p.m. to 6p.m. on Friday,
September 8. (The conference ends with the closing plenary
between noon and 2p.m. on Friday.)
Admission for both events is free, but you must pre-register using
the on-line form linked at:
That conference site page also contains more details about the
practitioners workshop and the Partnership's annual meeting.
HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS FOR THE PWPB CONFERENCE CLOSE SOON
-> The conference organizers have made arrangements for blocks of
rooms at special conference pricing at two hotels in Madison: the
headquarters hotel for the conference is the Madison Concourse
Hotel, which is approximately six blocks from the convention center.
The Concourse is allowing up to four people to share a room.
If you are interested in sharing a room during the conference, a
"room-share" thread has been opened on the NCBW Forum at:
The second hotel where the conference has limited room blocks is
the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, attached to the conference
Room blocks are filling quickly, and will close beginning
August 5th. If you are planning to attend the PWPB conference,
you should secure your room reservations now. More information
about each hotel is available on the PWPB conference site at:
COLORADO SPRINGS (CO) PLANS "COMPLETE STREETS"
-> According to the July 13th "Complete the Streets News,"The
Colorado Springs Planning and Community Development Department
requested an amendment to the Intermodal Transportation Plan to include
recommendations concerning 'complete streets.' The amendment was
adopted in December 2005 and highlights that designing and constructing
'complete streets' meets the policies and strategies of the City's
Amendment (pdf) available at:
For more about Complete the Streets News, go to:
CBF OFFERS WALK TO SCHOOL DAY MINI-GRANTS
-> According to a recent new release, "On June 30th, the Chicagoland
Bicycle Federation invited schools throughout northeast Illinois region
to apply for one of five mini-grants to promote and support
International Walk to School Day, scheduled this year for Wednesday
October 4th. Millions of children, parents, teachers and community
leaders across the globe will walk, bicycle, skate, scooter or roll to
school to celebrate Walk to School Day. It is an energizing event,
reminding parents and children alike of the simple joy of walking to
school and the benefits of active transportation. CBF hopes to increase
participation in the greater Chicagoland area by providing resources to
"Grant packages include $500 in cash and a variety of promotional
materials and refreshment items. The Walk to School Mini-Grant program
is sponsored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the American Heart
Association, Clif Bar, Chicagoland Safe Kids Coalition, Illinois Lt.
Gov. Pat Quinn, Federal Express, the Cook County Department of Public
Health, the American Lung Association and the League of Illinois
To download the Walk to School Day Mini-Grant guidelines and
application form, visit:
For more information contact Melody Geraci at the Chicagoland Bicycle
Federation, (312) 427-3325, ext. 240 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
PWPB CONFERENCE SITE ADDS NEWSLETTER AND RIDE BOARD
-> The Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference has introduced the biweekly
conference newsletter, called "Connections," sent via e-mail.
The newsletter features speakers, presenters, logistic notes
and news of conference events. If you're not registered for the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference, you can still receive the newsletter
by entering your e-mail address on the subscription block at the
bottom of the home page of the PWPB conference site:
The conference site is also tied to a discussion area where you can
join discussions about the upcoming conference. The site has
added a "ride board," where conference delegates can post either
the need for a ride to the conference, or offer a ride if you're
driving and you have one or more empty seats. And it doesn't
need to be car-centered...there's a move afoot (or a-bike) for a
group ride from Milwaukee to Madison for the PWPB conference.
The conference discussion is on the NCBW Forum at:
"STREETSBLOG"...COMING TO A COMPUTER SCREEN NEAR YOU!
-> In a July 5th note, Charlie Komanoff said, "Something very much
worth mentioning in the next Centerlines is 'streetsblog.' It's run by
Aaron Naparstek (of Honku fame, and a scintillating writer besides) and
is a project of the New York City Streets Renaissance (partially funded
by Transportation Alternatives)."
OHIO BIKE LAW CLEANS UP OLD ISSUES, COVERS NEW GROUND
-> In a recent note, Steve Magas said, "Ohio recently passed a very
nice 'bike bill' which cleans up some old issues, and covers a lot of
good ground for cycling. This has been some years in the making, as
most such bills are. The governor signed it at a very nice ceremony at
the opening of 'GOBA' -- the Great Ohio Bike Adventure. While our
governor enjoys the LOWEST rating of any Ohio governor in history, he
IS a Pro-Cycling kind of guy, and has attended many rides around the
state. [The Bill] did not pass without drama. I attended the last
Senate session to present testimony in a short 2pm Transportation
Committee Meeting and coax a positive vote. However, the GOP majority
was being chastised by the DEM minority on the floor of the Senate all
day, and into the night.
"Our 2pm hearing didn't start until almost 7:30pm. They asked us to
'keep it short' and indicated a quick YEA vote. However, the minority
Senators introduced a last minute 'Helmet Law' amendment. Fortunately,
this was an issue on which I and others had done some research in the
past and we were able to convince them to defeat the amendment. The
bill passed the committee unanimously and was then unanimously approved
by the full Senate the next day!
"We have another very good bill pending which is being jointly pushed
by a coalition of bicycle and motorcycle groups. This bill would up
the possible penalties for 'minor' traffic offenses when they result in
tragic injuries or death. A six month jail term could be imposed if
there is serious injury and a one year term if a death is caused.
While there are other crimes which could be charged, we find that
police often only give a ticket for, say, an 'Assured Clear Distance
Ahead' violation [in the case of a rear-ender], which is a pay-out
ticket -- a minor misdemeanor. " Steve (The Bike Lawyer) Magas can be
reached at <BikeLawyer@aol.com>
The OBF site where the recently passed bike bill is here:
The OBF site discussing the new bill is here:
NEW EQUITY PROGRAM ESTABLISHED IN SAFETEA-LU
-> According to the July 12th CFTE Update, "The Federal [Transit]
Administration is soliciting proposals for up to three cooperative
agreements for research to assess the impacts that transportation
planning and investment operations have on minority and low-income
populations under the Transportation Equity Research Program (TERP).
The major goal of the TERP is for research and demonstration activities
that focus on the impacts that transportation planning, investment, and
operations have on low-income and minority populations that are transit
dependent. These cooperative agreements are four year awards. The total
available funding for the first year is for $245,000. Subsequent
funding is authorized at $250,000 per year in the Safe, Accountable,
Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act--A Legacy for Users
(SAFETEA-LU); actual funding will be based on annual appropriations.
The grant proposals are due Monday August 7, 2006."
For more info, go to:
HOME DEPOT FDN OFFERS LIVABLE COMMUNITY SUPPORT
-> According to their website, "The Home Depot Foundation supports
nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada in the
communities where company associates live and work. The Foundation is
dedicated to creating healthy, livable communities through the
integration of affordable housing built responsibly, and the
preservation and restoration of community trees. The Affordable Housing
Built Responsibly Program gives preference to proposals that result in
the production, preservation, or financing of environmentally friendly
housing units for low- to moderate-income families. The Healthy
Community Trees Program gives preference to proposals that incorporate
trees and landscape into the community development plans of
neighborhoods as part of the infrastructure. Requests are reviewed
three times per year. The next application deadline is September 15,
For more info, go to:
"MUST SEE" MOVIE REVIEW DRAWS SOME IRE
-> The last issue of CenterLines carried a brief move review by
staff member Sharon Roerty (see The "Must See Movie of
Our Times," CenterLines Issue #152). In her review of Al
Gore's controversial movie, 'An Inconvenient Truth,' Sharon
noted that "you would have to be stone cold dead not to feel
moved and hopefully moved to action by this movie."
Several CenterLines readers felt moved instead to write and
question our inclusion of the movie review. One wrote:
"In the latest issue you promoted Al Gore's recent film based on
what is widely acknowledged as junk science. I find this blatant
promotion of a political agenda unrelated to bicycling despicable."
We'd heard other charges about Gore playing fast and loose with
facts about climate change, so we did a little research. Here are
links to articles in the Washington Post and CNN quoting a number
of scientists on the matter of the facts used in the movie.
You can draw your own conclusions as to whether or not the
movie represents "junk science." We question the notion that
the changes in our climate our unrelated to bicycling
-> "The third revolution in public health is how to produce health.
shift will be from thinking about health as a transaction, between
doctor and patient and patient and hospital, to thinking about health
more holistically--from the standpoint of root causes. Seventy percent
of what influences your health has nothing to do with the heath care
you can buy."
-- Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, California Endowment
-> "From every discussion I've had in every community, communities
willing to talk about revitalization and growth, but they are not
willing to have that discussion unless they believe that accommodating
greater density will result in a better quality of life for the people
who live in that neighborhood today. They have no interest in simply
taking care of our growth problems, but they have a huge interest in
making their neighborhoods better places to live."
-- Gail Goldberg, Director of Planning, Los Angeles CA
"If the state of California would make it easier -- nay, even mandatory
-- for school districts, libraries, and parks and recreation
departments to work together to build new facilities in older
communities, then one of the strongest motives for urban sprawl would
-- Charles Nathanson, Ph.D., Executive Director, San Diego Dialogue
SAN FRANCISCO (CA) BIKE PLAN SUIT HALTS PROJECTS
-> According to a July 4th Bay Guardian article, "Bicycle projects
San Francisco -- from the ambitious Blue Greenway initiative to new
bike lanes to the simple shared-lane arrows, or 'sharrows,' that have
been painted on some roadways -- have been shut down by a preliminary
injunction that Judge James Warren signed as one of his final actions
before retiring. The ruling is part of a lawsuit brought by Rob
Anderson, a 63-year-old dishwasher, blogger (whose District 5 Diary
regularly blasts the 'bike nuts' and 'anticar activists'), and failed
District 5 supervisorial candidate. Anderson and two groups he formed
-- Ninety-Nine Percent (referring to those who he believes don't ride
bicycles) and Coalition for Adequate Review -- last year sued the city
over its Bicycle Plan, arguing that it should have received more
rigorous environmental review under the California Environmental
Quality Act (CEQA).
"Unless the injunction is overturned, city officials are prohibited
from making any physical changes contemplated by the plan until
completion of a trial that's set to begin Sept. 13. The Bicycle Plan,
which California cities must update every five years to qualify for
certain public funds, was unanimously approved by the Board of
Supervisors and signed by the mayor last year. City officials and
bicycle advocates were shocked by the scope of Warren's ruling.
"'This is big. It's means nothing new for bikes for probably the next
year,' said Andy Thornley, program director for the San Francisco
Bicycle Coalition. 'It's pretty strict, even worse than we feared.
Beyond the prohibition of 'installing bicycle lanes on any street in
San Francisco named or described in any part of the plan and its maps'
and a range of other physical changes, the ruling says the city can't
pursue plans to allow more bikes on public transit. Anderson and
attorney Mary Miles didn't get everything they wanted, such as an end
to the city's 'educational or training programs, enforcement
activities, or promotional activities,' but that was small consolation
to city officials..."
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Title: "Lawsuit by virulent antibicycle activist halts all pedaling
Author: Steven T. Jones
WILLIAMSVILLE (NY) PUSHES WALKING WITH VILLAGE EVENTS
-> According to a July 13th Amherst Record article, "Main Street in
Williamsville isn't going to get even one day of rest as another annual
event follows Old Home Days. The third annual Williamsville Garden Walk
will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, allowing plant lovers
from near and far to explore the gardens of some Williamsville
residents. At the same time, many Main Street businesses will create
outdoor displays on the sidewalks in front of their store. 'You can
walk and tour gardens through the Village of Williamsville,' said
Tricia Browne, who owns the Eagle House on Main Street. 'The residents
participate with the garden walk and the businesses participate by
holding a giant sidewalk sale.' Sponsored by the village and the
Williamsville Business Association, the event is presented in
conjunction with the region-wide Walk the Villages promotion. Walk the
Villages packets can be found at Village Hall and used at several of
the participating businesses to possibly win prizes.
"'You can come and pick up a Walk the Villages packet,' Browne said.
'If you stop at four or five area businesses and get your card stamped,
you can put that into a drawing to win prizes from a ton of vendors.'
Walk the Villages is a program to encourage walking for exercise and
boost visitation between the smaller Western New York communities,
according to its Web site. 'There's so much that's been happening in
the village,' said Williamsville Business Association Board Member
Isabel Robitaille. 'The idea is to generate a hub of activity in
Williamsville as a walkable village.'..."
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Title: "Walking events come to Williamsville"
Author: Jeff Shaw
L.A. TIMES WRITER ASKS, "WHERE DID ALL THE KIDS GO?"
-> According to a July 13th L.A. Times article, "This might be the
first summer in history when no kid ever goes outside. Never breaks a
window with a baseball or rolls in the grass under an August moon.
Never tastes an apple off a neighbor's tree or sets up a lemonade stand
to make, like, 87 cents. Yep, this might be the summer it all ends.
It'll be the first time baseball gloves sit idly in the garage for
months, and bikes rust alongside the house, lonely and untouched. Why?
Because kids don't like to leave the house anymore. And who can blame
them, not when they have cell phones and PlayStations, Facebook and the
latest videos? Listen, ever seen a football? It just sits there in the
bin in the garage, inert. Give a kid Madden NFL on Xbox anytime.
Touchdown! Yessssss! I say good for them. Personally, it's a relief not
to have kids all over the place outside, playing in the sprinklers or
throwing rocks at crows. They used to make a lot of noise, those kids.
"Some adults thought their voices a sort of sweet summer music. Not me.
Without all those kids around, I can hear the freeway a lot better,
thank you very much. Every time the neighbor's air-conditioning
compressor kicks on, it's clear as a bass drum. Ka-BOOM. It's mid-July,
and so far I haven't seen a single kid. I've looked up one street and
down the next, the only things moving are the bees in the lavender.
I've looked in the trees, on the ball fields, in the parks, in the
pools. Sure, it's hot -- you can almost smell Las Vegas in the desert
wind -- but that never stopped a kid before. If you can't stand the
heat, stay out of the backyard. It happened pretty recently, this
absence of kids. Forty years ago -- even 10 -- you used to see kids
everywhere, on skateboards and bikes, playing hopscotch or grooving a
jump shot. Back then a kid would wake up on a summer day and go off
with friends, dawn to dusk. Mothers would have to scream from the
porches for the kids to come home to eat..."
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Title: "Where did all the kids go?"
Author: Chris Erskine
SEATTLE BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN BOULEVARD GETS SUPPORT
-> A viaduct along Seattle's waterfront is becoming a battleground
for those who would like to see it rebuilt to carry auto traffic, and
those who would like to see other uses for the space.
"Some people are advocating for rebuilding the viaduct as an
expedient way to keep cars moving at a relatively low cost,"
reports Brad Kahn, with Pyramid Communications in Seattle.
"But many of us are calling to put any new road underground
to open the waterfront up for a great pedestrian and bicycle
At least one Seattle council member seems to agree with the
group. In The Stranger, a local weekly paper, Seattle
councilmember Peter Steinbreuk was quoted as saying:
"Frankly, I think the first thing we ought to do is kill the
aerial rebuild dead. I would turn in my membership on the
council over that one. [The rebuild] is a myopic, backward-
thinking, and utterly insane direction to go with for the future
of our city."
700 FROM UNIV. OF VICTORIA (BC) BIKED TO WORK
-> According to a July 13th Ring article, "The Policy Peddlers (law
POLIS project), the Drips (biology, aquatic sciences research program),
the Reference Riders (McPherson library) and Pass on Gas (facilities
management trades and maintenance crew) -- these were just some of the
56 teams and 700 people from UVic who participated in Bike to Work Week
(BTTW) 2006. The city-wide event took place May 29-June 4. UVic events
included cycling support stations at a different location every day by
the UVic Bicycle Users Society, free minor bike tune-ups by the UVic
Bike Lab Society, free bike engraving by campus security, and a BBQ
lunch for all BTTW participants. Cycling workshops and courses were
also offered. As well, the event featured prizes ranging from gift
certificates to a Breezer commuting bike from Oak Bay Bikes.
"'Trying another travel option doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing
proposition,' says Allan Dunlop, UVic's transportation demand
management coordinator. 'You don't need to give up your car to explore
the many benefits provided by alternatives to driving to work alone,
such as ridesharing, taking transit, cycling and walking. Even using
another travel option one day every week or two can bring you real
benefits, and is a good way to explore these viable choices.' According
to Dunlop, the event's success was due to the dedication of many
volunteers on campus who led a team, encouraged others to take part,
and helped in the promotion and events. At UVic, more than one in 10
BTTW participants were cycling to work for the first time..."
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Title: "Warning: biking to work is good for you!"
For more on UVic's travel options program, go to:
For more on Victoria's Bike to Work Week, go to:
DESOTO CO. (MS) SCHOOLS HOLD HEALTH COUNCILS SUMMIT
-> According to a July 11th DeSoto Times article, "The first-ever
School Health Councils Summit, hosted by the Community Foundation of
Northwest Mississippi, will be July 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at
the DeSoto County Schools Central Office. The keynote speaker will be
Sue Mashburne, health educator with the Mississippi Department of
Health, who will speak on health and fitness issues in addition to a
host of community leaders, educators and health professionals.
"The school health summit is one of three area health summits scheduled
in the next few months. The Faith-Based Health Summit, featuring
involvement by local churches and other organizations, is slated for
Aug. 12. No date has been set for the Business Health Summit, which
will involve area businesses in the anti-obesity efforts. 'Since the
DeSoto County School District adopted its wellness policy, we've been
glad to provide the resources for the schools to implement it,' said
Tom Pittman, president of the Community Foundation of Northwest
"Pittman was referring to the new wellness policy adopted by the DeSoto
County School District, which among other things, establishes school
health councils aimed at helping children eat nutritious and health
foods and get plenty of exercise. It's all part of the Community
Foundation's childhood obesity prevention program, 'Get A Life!,' which
was established in 2005..."
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Title: "School Health Councils Summit set at DeSoto Schools Central
Author: Robert Lee Long
MACON CO. (NC) FOLKS TO HELP DESIGN NEIGHBORHOOD
-> According to a July 12th Smoky Mountain News article, "Macon County
residents have the opportunity to help design the first New Urbanist
traditional neighborhood in Western North Carolina -- a neighborhood
that will rely on mixed use and smart growth development practices to
create a 22-acre housing complex just outside downtown Franklin.
Developer Tim Ryan had been building typical gated mountain communities
when he began thinking about relocating his father to Franklin. Finding
suitable housing proved harder than expected, as Ryan's father was
interested in an in-town location but a relatively small house. Ryan
began piecing together land in a wooded area about five blocks north of
Main Street with the idea of building another gated community. But then,
something happened. 'He got hit by the New Urbanist bug,' said Ben
Brown, a local resident and smart growth advocate.
"Ryan met renowned architect Bill Allison, a champion of the New
Urbanist movement that encourages walkable communities, good design and
environmental sensitivity. Ryan was a quick study, talking to experts
on the issue and reading books and doing Internet research. 'He just
inhaled all the information,' Brown said. When Ryan was ready to get to
work, Franklin Town Planner Rebecca Crawford introduced him to Brown,
who has conducted design charrette's -- work sessions that encourage
public input -- nationwide. One of Brown's current projects is working
with a community in Mississippi to rebuild following the complete
destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Together Brown, Ryan and Allison
organized a three-an-a-half-day charrette to solicit community input to
design what has become known as Sanctuary Village. 'The idea is to plan
the entire community as much as is possible,' Brown said.
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Title: "Franklin residents to help design new neighborhood"
Author: Sarah Kucharski
PARKERSBURG (WV) POLICE STING MOTORISTS WHO IGNORE PEDS
-> According to a July 13th WTAP-TV story, "Pedestrian protection in
the Pioneer City hasn't been talked about much since Marietta resident
Barbara Stacy has hit while crossing Front Street. Those injuries last
year took her life. Thursday, authorities made it their top priority to
ensure others safety with an undercover operation to ticket unsafe
travelers. Brake lights lit up downtown Thursday. Despite the rain,
lunchtime draws out hundreds in cars and on foot. Motorists on Front
Street were yielding to the crosswalk traffic, only the crossers
Thursday were police officers. Captain Jeff Waite says, 'We're doing
pedestrian safety enforcement as we call it. We check crosswalks to
make sure vehicles are yielding to the right away of pedestrians.'
"In a two-hour time period, most vehicles stopped, but there were a few
close calls. That's when the radios came out and a cruiser was on the
scene. Waite says, 'We see a lot of people stopping even when they
don't have to. It seems to be a heightened awareness of pedestrian
right-of-ways.' Pedestrians downtown were taking advantage of the
crosswalks. Some say the heightened awareness has made an impact. 'I
stop. I wasn't aware of the rules before, but it's been publicized a
lot and I stop for people the minute they step off the curb.' In case
it hasn't made an impact, Captain Waite says the transformation into
plain clothes gave him some insight for residents looking to make the
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Title: "On the Crossing Alert"
Author: Andrea Wilcox
NEW SKOWHEGAN (ME) PED BRIDGE IN THE WORKS
-> According to a July 13th Morning Sentinel article, "After more than
three years of debate and several false starts, rehabilitation to the
town's historic swinging bridge on Island Avenue is expected to begin
in earnest on Monday. That's the good news. The bad news is that the
bridge will be shut down for four to six weeks to pedestrians who
depend on the foot bridge to get to and from the downtown area. The
shut down will be an inconvenience, but the end result will be worth
it, according to Road Commissioner Gregory A. Dore. 'The whole thing
will be a much better product,' Dore said.
"The 220-foot cable span and its predecessors have carried thousands of
pedestrians across the south channel of the river since John Turner
came up with the first plan in 1883. Turner had the bridge built to
provide access to his house lots on the other side. Since then, the
bridge has been damaged or destroyed by floods in 1888, 1901, 1936 and
1987, according to historic accounts in 'Skowhegan Then & Now' and
'Skowhegan on the Kennebec.' The town had approval for a grant to fund
the project four years ago, but state transportation funds ran out. At
that time, it was one of six projects earmarked for the 'Maine Safe
Routes to School Program,' an initiative to get more young people
biking and walking to school..."
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Title: "Work on swinging bridge to starts Monday"
Author: Darla L. Pickett
CAPE COD (MA) PLANS FOR PED, BIKE, TRANSIT ALTERNATIVES
-> According to a July 9th Barnstable Patriot article, "Off-road
options -- not just on mountain bikes -- are getting serious attention
as the Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization holds hearings on
the Regional Transportation Plan covering the next three years. From
bicycle paths to restored rail service to good old shoe leather, ways
to stimulate alternatives to autos abound. The four workshops hosted by
the Cape Cod Commission (roads on June 21; air, ferry and rail June 27;
bicycle and pedestrian July 11; and the finale, transit (bus routes,
etc.), set for July 20 at 3 p.m. at the Hyannis Transportation Center)
have taken things up a notch by including state officials and local
transportation leaders such as Cape Air's Dan Wolf and Hy-Line's David S
Cudder. At the same time, the Cape Cod Joint Transportation Committee
has named its first bicyclist member, Dr. Ed Gross of Falmouth.
"The theme emerging is called connectivity by some, by which they mean
making all modes of travel relate to all other modes so that, say, a
car-less trip across Cape Cod could be accomplished with two or three
changes or vehicle. As for off-Cape travel, one of the owners of Cape
Cod Central Railroad, Ted Michon, made a pitch at the June 27 workshop
for connecting service to Boston via the MBTA. With self-propelled Budd
passenger cars now in the railroad's Hyannis yards, he said, such a
service could be operated with a government subsidy of between one and
two million dollars. 'That shouldn't shock anybody,' Michon said.
'There isn't a single passenger system in the world that isn't
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Title: "Making a push for alternatives to the automobile"
Author: Edward F. Maroney
$350K GRANT FUNDS W. MILFORD (NJ) STREETSCAPE PROJECT
-> According to a July 13th Messenger article, "The last visioning
session to plan West Milford's downtown pedestrian sidewalk and
streetscape improvement project will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
July 19, in the main meeting room at town hall, 1480 Union Valley Rd.
Tony Nelessen of Nelessen Associates will present the findings of the
previous two meetings held last month. The West Milford Planning
Department and Planning Board had arranged with Passaic County to
conduct a series of three sessions. In the first, township residents
were asked to imagine the future of the central business district,
around the intersection of Union Valley and Marshall Hill Roads. At the
second session, the participants drew up plans of their vision for the
project area. All township residents are invited to the third and final
session presenting the results.
"The study area consists of mix of commercial stores, professional
businesses, municipal offices, the township museum, the township
library, and residences. Previous talks focused on how to improve
mobility, and included sidewalk design, pedestrian street lighting,
shade trees, signs, 'traffic calming' features, and other pedestrian
amenities, all with an eye on safety. This past spring, with the help
of Congressman Scott Garrett, a $350,000 grant was awarded to the
township for the first phase of the Central Business District
Improvement Project. The work will begin soon with some consensus
derived from the visioning sessions..."
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WALKABILITY INDEX: DENSITY, MIX, CONNECTIONS, RETAIL DESIGN
-> According to a July 13th Burnaby News Leader article, "Downtown
Vancouver and New Westminster are by far the biggest, most walkable
parts of the region, according to a new research project. But other
areas such as White Rock and Port Moody are also pedestrian- and
transit-friendly pockets where the car is not necessarily king. The new
walkability index and accompanying map of Greater Vancouver is the
creation of Dr. Lawrence Frank, UBC's Bombardier chair of sustainable
transportation, who hopes it will help transform civic planning in the
region and spur more research. 'It's the first time in Canada that
anyone's really measured the built environment in this level of
detail,' Frank said in an interview.
"Frank's walkability index fuses together four different measures for
- Population density
- The mix of uses -- a measure of whether shops and services are nearby.
- Street connectivity -- curvy crescents and cul-de-sacs force people
on foot to walk further to get to a destination than a conventional
grid street network.
- Retail design -- are stores built up to the street for easy
pedestrian access or do walkers have to cross acres of parking lot to
get to them?..."
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Title: "New West among region's most-walkable cities"
Author: Jeff Nagel
WIXOM (MI) FULFILLS 1998 DOWNTOWN DREAM
-> According to a July 13th Novi News article, "Deanna Magee is
preparing for one of Wixom's biggest bashes ever. Magee, director of
community services for the city of Wixom, invites Wixom businesses and
area residents to a special celebration on Friday, July 21, showcasing
all that is Wixom. The event, appropriately named, 'Showcase Wixom,'
will take place from 2-9 p.m. on Pontiac Trail and introduce the public
to the new Village Center in downtown Wixom. The event is being
presented by the city of Wixom and Tribute, a partnership between Cohen
Homes of Farmington Hills and Robertson Brothers of Bloomfield Hills.
This partnership developed the condominiums that are part of the new
center. The party will include a New, Classic & Vintage Car Show,
music, dance performances by students from the Wixom Dance Academy from
4-6 p.m., strolling clowns, a Taste of Wixom featuring food from Wixom
restaurants and displays from Wixom businesses.
"A Downtown Dedication will take place at 6 p.m., with a town meeting
at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day and
include a DJ from 2-4 p.m., strolling clowns, and live entertainment at
6 p.m. from the 'F Street' Band, which features 1970s and top 40 rock
and roll...Mike Dornan, Wixom city manager, said the dedication
ceremony will be the highlight of the event. 'This is an opportunity
for the residents to bless this town that has been built in accordance
with their wishes and desires which came out of town meetings that were
held in 1998,' Dornan said. 'What began in the minds and eyes of our
residents at several town meetings is now being dedicated and followed
by another town meeting that evening.' Dornan described Wixom's new
downtown as a walkable center with condominiums, a performing center,
fountains, a gazebo and open areas..."
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Title: "Downtown Wixom in limelight"
Author: Pam Fleming
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
HALIFAX (NS) STUDENTS TAKE PARK WITH THEM
-> According to a July 6th Daily News article, "When these four
university students walk down the street, hamster jokes are hurled at
them. That's understandable, because they're walking in a giant hoop
lined with sod. Four Dalhousie architecture students stunned passersby
yesterday as they showed off their summer project -- and made a social
statement. They say there's not enough green space in Halifax and that
their contraption is a way to 'take the park with you.'..."
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Title: "Walk in the park? Take park with you"
Author: Jennifer Taplin
MISSISSIPPI GROUP PUSHING FOR PEOPLE-FRIENDLY ROADS
-> "James Moore...the leader of Bike Walk Mississippi, a cyclist and
pedestrian advocacy group, just wants you to use pedal power to get
HAWLEY (MN) EYES SAFE ROUTES GRANT FOR PATH, CROSSINGS
-> "City and school district officials want to revamp the sidewalks in
this western Minnesota town and give local children a safer route to
OBESITY LINKED TO DEPRESSION, MOOD DISORDERS
-> "Fat people are not more jolly, according to a study that found
obesity is strongly linked with depression and other mood disorders..."
CL CONTRIBUTOR THOMPSON LOOKS FOR CLEMENTE HOUSE
-> "Did Roberto Clemente live here? That was our question when we got
off our bicycles on a quiet street in Sugar Top after a long, grueling
Monday evening ride that began at the Clemente statue outside PNC
CYCLISTS STILL HEAR TRAFFIC WITH NEW HEADPHONES
-> "...when riding on your bicycle, it is infinitely important to be
aware of your surroundings, and this often includes both your sense of
sight and your sense of hearing. Slipstreamz solves this battle between
jamming away to your tunes and actually being aware of the world..."
-> "WORLD TRANSPORT POLICY & PRACTICE"
Volume 12, Number 2, 2006 ("Urban environmental problems: perceptions &
realities") is now available here:
-> "A NEW STRATEGY FOR BUILDING BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS"
New Schools/Better Neighborhoods report; by Renata Simril; for the Los
Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency; October 2002 (1.4mb)
-> "UNHEALTHY BY DESIGN? NOT IF CITIES PLAN LIVEABLE..."
"...Dense, Walkable Neighborhoods; June 2006 Planning Report article by
Goldberg and Ross.
Note: Additional training opportunities are available on the National
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August 16-18, 2006, Traditional Neighborhood Development on the West
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-> September 5-8, 2006, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, Madison, WI. Info:
September 13-15, 2006, Retrofitting the Suburbs: New Urbanism in the
Midwest, Carmel, IN. Info: The Seaside Institute; phone: (850) 231-2421.
-> 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,
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-> February 22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference,
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-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- VT BIKE & PED COALITION
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):
-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- CMAP, CHICAGO, IL
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.)
-> 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:
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