#154 Friday, July 28, 2006
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|Pro Walk/Pro Bike Early Bird Discounts End Monday|
|Special Hotel Conference Rates Close Soon|
|Traffic Justice Institute Update|
|Don't Forget to Pre-Register for PWPB Special Meetings|
|Contested Seats for "Contested Streets" Screening|
|FHWA Proposed Rulemaking -- State, Metro Planning|
|Avoid Road Rage, Costly Tickets -- Share the Road|
|Blue Cross (MN) Announces Active Community Grants|
|Bikes Allowed on Denver (CO) Fastracks|
|High Point to Cape May (NJ) Bike Route Guide Available|
|Carl Sagan -- Just Another Junk Scientist?|
|Connections Newsletter Features PWPB Presenters|
|Penticton (BC) "GetActive!" Task Force Gets Moving|
|New York State "Canal Splash" Coming in August|
|Tucson (AZ) Teens to Create Children's Bike Map|
|The Cul-de-Sac Debate Heats Up|
|Cyclist Rides for Coast-to-Coast Trail Network|
|Wanted: Pedestrians to Fill Red Hook (NY) Sidewalks|
|New Missouri Bus Rules Highlight Springfield's Problem|
|Make Way for the Sidewalk SUV: "Mobility" Scooters|
|Connecticut Groups Work to Promote Smart Growth|
|SW Trails Maps Southwest Portland (OR) for Pedestrians|
|Barbourmeade (KY) to Start Safe Routes Project|
|Finding all Those Bikeways -- a "Dutch Problem"|
|Bicentennial Celebrates First Fed-Funded Highway|
-> If you haven't already registered for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006
conference in Madison, you've got today and Monday to "get 'er done"
if you want to take advantage of the early-bird discounts. Tuesday,
August 1, the rates increase:
Delegate ($535) increases to $585
Presenter ($430) increases to $480
Single Day ($210) increases to $235
APBP ($430) increases to $480
Exhibitor booth staff ($430) increases to $480
To claim the lower registration costs, go to the conference website
now and register. It only takes a few minutes. You can pay via check,
Visa/MasterCard, or through a purchase order if you're with an agency.
The registration form URL is:
SPECIAL HOTEL CONFERENCE RATES CLOSE SOON
-> NCBW has made arrangements for blocks of rooms at special
conference pricing in Madison. Room blocks at the conference
pricing end SOON! The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace room
blocks will close August 5th (next Saturday); the Madison
Concourse Hotel room blocks will close Sunday, August 13th.
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.
A limited number of rooms are available at the Hilton Madison
Monona Terrace, attached to the conference center. You can
also share rooms at the Monona Terrace Hilton.
If you are interested in sharing a room during the conference,
a "room-share" thread has been opened on the NCBW Forum at:
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:
TRAFFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE UPDATE
-> 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.
We hope you have the opportunity to purchase and read Lisa Lewis' book
"It's No Accident: The Real Story Behind Death and Injury on Our
Roads." If you are unable to do so, please review the chapter
reprinted on the webpage. And, pass along your comments to Lisa, who
will be joining us in Madison.
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
We look forward to your participation. After all, do you have anything
more important to do on September 5?
For more info, go to:
DON'T FORGET TO PRE-REGISTER FOR PWPB SPECIAL MEETINGS
-> While you're making your PWPB conference plans, don't forget
that you need to pre-register for three of the events: the Traffic
Justice Institute on Tuesday, Sept. 5th from 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m.;
the Safe Routes to School Practitioners Workshop, also on Sept.
5th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ; and the Safe Routes to School
National Partnership Annual Meeting on Friday, Sept. 8, from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m.
You can sign up for the two SRTS events (no cost) using an on-line
form at this URL:
You can read more about the Traffic Justice Institute on the
conference site (see the left-hand navigation bar). You must
pre-register for the Institute ($75 using the on-line conference
registration form, or use the downloadable registration form
(.pdf) available on this page:
CONTESTED SEATS FOR "CONTESTED STREETS" SCREENING
-> According to a recent note from Transportation Alternatives'
Executive Director, Paul Steely White, "Last Thursday there was
standing room only at the New York City Council screening of Contested
Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock. Over 100 city council members, staffers
and other city employees packed the 75 capacity hearing room at the
invitation of Councilmember John Liu and other members of the City
Council transportation committee.
"The new documentary film, co-produced by Transportation Alternatives
and Mark Gorton, is proving popular with city leaders interested in how
New York can follow the example of London, Paris and other big cities
that are successfully taming traffic. The film features footage of
London's congestion charge zone, Paris's new Bus Rapid Transit system,
and Copenhagen's network of bike and pedestrian streets."
To purchase DVD, or to schedule your own screening, go to:
FHWA PROPOSED RULEMAKING -- STATE, METRO PLANNING
-> According to an article in the July 21st RTP News, "the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(NPRM) on statewide and metropolitan transportation planning and
programming and congestion management processes/systems in the June 9,
2006, Federal Register. This joint NPRM reflects the recent enactment
of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity
Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) (Public Law 109-59, August 10,
2005), as well as incorporates changes initiated in its predecessor
legislation, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (Public
Law 105-178, June 9, 1998). We encourage you to share this
announcement with your State DOT, MPO, and other transportation
planning partners. Please encourage interested partners and
stakeholders to carefully review the NPRM and consider providing
comments to the official docket.
"Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding all facets
of this proposed NPRM. Comments must be received on or before September
7, 2006. Mail or hand deliver comments to the U. S. Department of
Transportation, Dockets Management Facility, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh
Street SW, Washington DC 20590, submit electronically at
http://dms.dot.gov or fax comments to (202) 493-2251. Alternatively,
comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at
"For additional information on the joint planning NPRM process, please
feel free to contact Larry Anderson, Planning Oversight and Stewardship
Team Leader (larry.Anderson@dot.gov), and/or Rob Ritter
(firstname.lastname@example.org), Planning Capacity Building Team Leader."
Links to the NPRM:
AVOID ROAD RAGE, COSTLY TICKETS - SHARE THE ROAD
-> The July 27th Marin County Bicycle Coalition newsletter mentioned,
"If you're riding near San Marin High School this Saturday morning, be
prepared to stop at the Share the Road Checkpoint hosted by the Marin
County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC), Marin County Law Enforcement, and the
California Highway Patrol. They'll be waiting to educate motorists and
cyclists about their shared rights and responsibilities. As rage,
collisions, and frustrating driver and rider behaviors continue to
plague Marin's roads, MCBC and law enforcement are partnering to help
prevent such problems.
"The Checkpoints provide educational literature in a friendly
atmosphere about the ways everyone can safely and conscientiously share
the roads. Uniformed officers and MCBC volunteers will provide Share
the Road flyers to motorists and cyclists who pass through each
Checkpoint. The flyers contain California Vehicle Code information,
Codes of Conduct for bicyclists and motorists to foster respect for
each other, plus safety and courtesy tips.
"Marin's 2006 July Checkpoints to date have been a huge success.
-- On July 8 along the Sausalito-Mill Valley bike path - provided
flyers to 619 cyclists and joggers
-- On July 15 in San Anselmo - provided flyers to 336 motorists and 194
-- On July 22 on the Tiburon Bike Path - provided flyers to hundreds
(we're refining our numbers!)"
For more on the Share the Road checkpoints and the MCBC, go to:
BLUE CROSS (MN) ANNOUNCES ACTIVE COMMUNITY GRANTS
-> According to a July 26th news release, "Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has announced the selection of 11 proposals
for two programs that will help Minnesota city and county governments
plan their communities to better support physically active lifestyles.
The two programs -- Active Community Planning and Active Community
Assessment & Engagement -- are part of Prevention Minnesota, Blue
Cross' long-term initiative to improve the health of all Minnesotans.
Prevention Minnesota tackles preventable heart disease and cancers by
addressing their root causes -- tobacco use, physical inactivity, and
"'Physical inactivity is one of the top causes of preventable death and
disability in Minnesota,' said Marc Manley, M.D., vice president and
medical director of population health at Blue Cross. 'As more people
recognize the need to build physical activity into their daily lives to
improve their overall health, our environments need to support that
choice. For example, safe and attractive pedestrian and bicycle routes
can make it easier for people to choose active transportation for
commuting, daily chores and recreation,' continued Manley. 'It's all
about improving the health of Minnesotans, and we're pleased that
counties and municipalities are eager to plan for active community
environments so their residents have a choice.'..."
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Title: "Blue Cross Announces Finalists for Active Community Funding"
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BIKES ALLOWED ON DENVER (CO) FASTRACKS
-> According to the July 20th Bicycle Colorado News, "Bicycle Colorado
has just confirmed that bicycles will be allowed on all light rail
trains, commuter rail trains, and bus rapid transit vehicles as part of
RTD's FasTracks program. FasTracks is the twelve year voter-approved
plan to build passenger rail lines and bus rapid transit serving the
Denver metro area.
"This means bicyclists in the Denver metro region will be able to
combine and extend their bike trips with transit. Officials from RTD
announced this important news during a Transit Alliance meeting on June
22. Just last year, RTD began bicycle access on trains during all times
For more info, go to:
HIGH POINT TO CAPE MAY (NJ) BIKE ROUTE GUIDE AVAILABLE
-> According to a recent news release, "The New Jersey Department of
Transportation, in an effort to continue supporting bicycling as a
healthy and sustainable form of transportation, has prepared 'High
Point to Cape May Bike Route -- A Tour Guide for Cyclists,' a bound set
of maps and directions guiding cyclists along the 238-mile on-road
route. Stretching from High Point State Park in the north to Cape May
Lighthouse in the south, it connects major attractions with roadways
that feature low-traffic volume, low-traffic speed, wide shoulders, and
works well for both short- and long-distance rides.
"This bound booklet is printed on weather resistant paper with each
page covering approximately 15 miles. The route recently had its
inaugural ride by a small group of cyclists, which included Michael
Dannemiller, Project Manager at The RBA Group, who developed the route
and prepared the 'Tour Guide' for NJDOT. The High Point to Cape May
Bike Route was initiated and managed by Sheree Davis, NJDOT Office of
Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, Section Chief. Steve Spindler
Cartography and Bikeways Engineering also assisted NJDOT and The RBA
Group in preparing the 'Tour Guide.'..."
For a free copy, send an email to <email@example.com>. An
electronic version will soon be posted here: http://www.njcommuter.com
CARL SAGAN -- JUST ANOTHER JUNK SCIENTIST?
-> In a recent note, long-time friend and Nebraska bike/pedestrian
coordinator Ron Schlautman said, "Carl Sagan's last book before he died
can help explain why some people refer to Global Warming as 'widely
acknowledged as junk science'." As Sagan points out, there is money
in writing any article putting down Global Warming. That money can
come from most any industry on up to the big oil companies. But there
are zero dollars and much criticism if you write or do research to help
prove that Global Warming is an upcoming problem. And yes, it could
be having its effects even today. We cannot change the oil companies'
agenda, but we can do our own part and Bike or Walk more, drive
our vehicles less."
CONNECTIONS NEWSLETTER FEATURES PRESENTERS
Leading up to the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference (Sept. 5-8 in
Madison, Wisc.) you can keep abreast of new information and
meet some of the presenters and speakers through the
Connections newsletter. This newsletter will be e-mailed to you
every other Friday (on the Friday's CenterLines is not mailed) up
until the conference. Subscribing to Connections is simple:
use the form at the bottom of the first page of the Pro Walk/Pro Bike
If you missed the first two issues of Connections, you can view them
at links immediately below the subscription form.
-> "A garage door opens in the morning and spits out a car and then
6 or 7 in the evening it opens and swallows a car,"
-- Betty Heacker, owner of Wabash Antiques & Feed, Houston TX
-> "If you don't make it a walkable community, it's going to be a
-- Michael Mortell, Stuart (FL) City Commission
PENTICTON (BC) "GETACTIVE!" TASK FORCE GETS MOVING
-> According to a July 26th Western News article, "The GetActive!
Penticton Task Force has been working collaboratively for the past six
months strategizing how to reach their goal of 'creating a healthier
community in which physical activity is valued and everyone
participates daily.' This group of community leaders is passionate to
motivate residents to get more active, promote physical activity
opportunities and resources and educate the community on the health
benefits of activity. How do we create and sustain a movement to
inspire every community member to become more active and achieve our
goal, target and objectives? We do it with everyone's help. The
participation of local service clubs, sport organizations, businesses,
health providers, schools, daycares, community agencies and every local
citizen is essential for this very important initiative.
"The benefits of physical activity are endless.
- Regular physical activity can increase life expectancy by as much as
- Regular physical activity is recognized as a key factor in reducing
the risks of heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Even moderate regular activity, such as a brisk walk, delivers
significant health benefits.
- Regular physical activity increases an individual's energy level and
affects one's ability to fully participate in work, play, social and
"Through this community awareness and partnership process, the GAP Task
Force has prepared a Web site and designed marketing materials
including various resources to be available to the general public to
encourage them to become more active. To learn more on how to become a
partner, to personally commit to get '20 per cent more active by 2010,'
or to get more background on this initiative, visit the Web site at or
phone the Penticton Community Centre at 490-2426. Join the wave of
enthusiasm to get Penticton more active and become one of the
healthiest communities in British Columbia..."
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Title: "Building a healthy community"
Author: Lori Mullin
NEW YORK STATE "CANAL SPLASH" COMING IN AUGUST
-> According to a July 26th news release, "The New York State Canal
Corporation today announced more than 85 local events will take place
the weekend of August 12-13, 2006 as part of the first Annual Canal
Splash! -- a weekend-long celebration of the history, beauty, culture
and recreational appeal of the New York State Canal System and Erie
Canalway Trail. 'In our inaugural year, we have had an overwhelming
response from communities, non-profits and businesses throughout the
Canal System,' Canal Corporation Director Carmella Mantello said. 'With
more than 85 special events and activities planned throughout the
weekend, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy. So
make plans now to join in the festivities and celebrate this State and
national treasure in our own backyard.'
"The Canal Splash is the Canal Corporation's signature marketing event
designed to promote the many communities, organizations, businesses and
attractions throughout the Canal Corridor. Examples of local events
include nature and history walks along the canal or Canalway Trail;
museum and gallery features; group bicycle rides on the Canalway Trail;
rowing regattas; Canalside business and restaurant specials; discounts
on kayak and canoe rentals; cruise boat tours; canal festivals,
concerts and more..."
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Title: "Canal Corporation Announces Canal Splash! Program of Events"
Author: Jennifer Meicht
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TUCSON (AZ) TEENS TO CREATE CHILDREN'S BIKE MAP
-> According to a July 27th Arizona Daily Star article, "Two South
neighborhoods are counting on a few teenagers to help improve the
quality of life for younger children by encouraging them to ride their
bicycles. The three teenage interns are working with the Pima County
Department of Transportation to create a children's bike map for the
Sunnyside and Elvira neighborhoods. The teens are also working on the
project to receive a Congressional Award. They will teach the children
how to maintain their bikes after they complete a bicycle-maintenance
course at the BICAS Community Center, 44 W. Sixth St. BICAS stands for
Bicycle Inter-Community Action and Salvage. 'We want to teach them that
riding their bike is fun,' said Marina Contreras, 15.
"Contreras and her counterparts, Adam Gomez,16, and Daniel Logue,13,
gather at the BICAS center every Thursday afternoon and learn about all
the components of a bicycle. The eight-week training class started on
July 6. Gomez said they already have targeted a perimeter for the bike
map that borders Interstate 19, Nogales Highway, Los Reales Road and
Irvington Road. The map's route will feature kid-friendly destinations
that are expected to bring children out into the community, said Donna
Lewandowski, Safe Routes to School coordinator for the county
Department of Transportation. The recreational destinations along the
perimeter include Mission Manor Park, Rodeo Park and El Pueblo Regional
Recreation Campus. 'This is more than something a kid can go to school
with,' said Ignacio Rivera De Rosales, bicycle and pedestrian educator
for the Transportation Department..."
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Title: "Teens to teach tykes the fun of biking"
Author: Jamar Younger
THE CUL-DE-SAC DEBATE HEATS UP
-> According to a July 16th News-Democrat article, "Joanie and Craig
Aasen wanted to run from their newly purchased home after discovering
$60,000 worth of hidden mouse damage. Now, a year later, they're
thankful they didn't. Their now mouse-free home has a feature that was
worth every headache: It's on a cul-de-sac. 'We don't know what our
lives would be like if we hadn't moved here,' said Joanie Aasen, a
36-year-old oncology nurse. 'Our social life is here.' Like many
suburban families, the Aasens prize how quiet and child-friendly their
lollipop-shaped street in Vadnais Heights, Minn., is.
"But not everyone shares that affection. Across the nation, concerns
about traffic congestion and increased road maintenance costs are
causing a growing backlash against these icons of suburban life. Local
governments across the country, including some in Minnesota, have
passed zoning ordinances to limit cul-de-sacs. In Oregon, which
embraced 'smart growth' land-use concepts decades ago to combat sprawl,
90 percent of the state's cities have ordinances limiting new
"Minnesota cities are more permissive, but some are also taking steps
to limit new ones. City councils in St. Cloud and Northfield, for
example, prefer to routinely deny new cul-de-sacs unless there is a
physical necessity for them. In Blaine, Minn., a fast-growing suburb,
'All things being equal, we try to minimize them when we can,' said
Bryan Schafer, the city's community development director. 'But the
market likes them, and people like living on them. Developers like them
because they can get more for them. It's all a balance.' An oft-cited
concern with cul-de-sacs is that they often result in overly congested
connecting streets. All those cars from neighborhoods of dead-end
streets have to go somewhere, critics say..."
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Title: "Cul-de-sacs may face elimination soon"
Author: Darlene Prois
CYCLIST RIDES FOR COAST-TO-COAST TRAIL NETWORK
-> According to a July 26th Register article, "On a bike trip that
launched in Boston April 29 and soon finishes in San Francisco, Scott
Campbell has shaken the hands of many a mayor. The Napa stop, however,
stands out for the 54-year-old graphic designer on a cross-country
quest for safer bike by-ways. On Monday, 20-some unexpected fans
pedaled to Napa City Hall just to meet him. In addition to receiving a
pro-bicycle proclamation from Mayor Jill Techel, Campbell was greeted
by a throng of inquisitive and sincerely awed youngsters from the Von
Brandt Neighborhood Center. 'I bet you're tired,' 8-year-old Cassandra
Zavala said to Campbell. 'My legs are,' replied a grinning Campbell,
whose hair was still sopping wet after his two-wheel trek from
Sacramento in sometimes triple-digit temperatures. The kids, who ranged
in ages from 8 to their early teens, said they came out to meet
Campbell and another long-distance rider, Pam Slocum, who joined
Campbell's westward journey in Denver, Colo. They also came to support
Campbell's crusade for the National Bicycle Greenway -- a network of
contiguous bicycle trails from sea to shining sea.
"Jesus Magallon, 12, said if the National Bicycle Greenway came to be,
'that could really change people.' 'They wouldn't be riding any more
cars. The air is getting worse by the minute. They'd be getting
exercise. Seeing nature's beauty" Magallon said. On the Napa front,
Mayor Techel said her city 'could get friendlier, we have a ways to
go.' The mayor pointed out that the Napa River Trail, connecting an
8-mile riverside stretch between Kennedy Park and Trancas Street with a
contiguous bike strip, won't be done until after the completion of the
flood project. That may be 2011 or later. She added that a group of
about six avid cyclists have 'made a difference' pushing for more
bike-friendly developments throughout the city and county through
bicycle advisory commissions. 'On a day like today, how do you get
people out of their cars?' Techel asked, referring to the fact that
Monday was a 'Spare the Air' Day, with Bay Area air quality authorities
calling on people to limit or refrain from driving because of severe
air pollution. 'You have to make pathways available and make it safe
for people to take alternative transportation.'..."
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Title: "Quest for nationwide bike path gets cheers"
Author: Julissa Mckinnon
WANTED: PEDESTRIANS TO FILL RED HOOK (NY) SIDEWALKS
-> According to a July 24th Poughkeepsie Journal article, "Michael
Uccellini looks outside his shop, Red Hook Natural Foods, on a recent
afternoon and wonders when the village will finally come into its own.
Down Route 9, in the Village of Rhinebeck, the restaurants always seem
to be busy and the sidewalks are active. Other than the repeat
customers who step in, pedestrian sightings are sporadic on this summer
afternoon. 'There aren't too many places like Rhinebeck,' Uccellini
said, while surveying Broadway. 'Woodstock and New Paltz aren't
Rhinebeck either, but they still have their own identity.' Since most
of the students from Bard College have gone home, many Red Hook
business owners said the summers tend to be slow. But even when the
college is in full swing, getting a steady stream of pedestrian traffic
to walk through the village four corners, or the Route 199 and Route 9
intersection, can be challenging. 'The village is a nice looking
place,' Uccellini said. 'There just seems to be zero walking traffic.
What it needs is a nice small inn, where people can come in and stay
close to the village.'
"Mayor David Cohen said he has heard the concerns from local businesses
about the lack of parking, the irritating traffic stoppages that can
occur during the afternoon at the Route 9/Route 199 traffic light and
the lack of pedestrian traffic. Work has been done to try and spruce up
the village, such as the addition of street lights that resemble gas
lamps. The village is also working on project to extend sidewalks
around the village to make it more walkable...Cohen said a recent
traffic study done by the state Department of Transportation showed
12,000-15,000 vehicles pass through the village daily. The key is to
get those drivers to stop inside the village, according to Ryan McCann,
president of the Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce. 'I have a friend
who says Red Hook is the busiest town where nothing happens,' McCann
said. 'The traffic congestion is getting to the point where people are
beginning to avoid the four corners altogether.'..."
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Title: "Red Hook longs for neighbor's throngs"
Author: Rasheed Oluwa
NEW MISSOURI BUS RULES HIGHLIGHT SPRINGFIELD'S PROBLEM
-> According to a July 27th News-Leader article, "Communities need
keep sidewalks in mind. Walking out the door of your house, where can
your legs take you? How far can you safely walk? What about the
children in your neighborhood? Can they walk easily to get to their
school, their friends' houses or nearby parks? What about folks on the
other side of town? New state guidelines regulating busing children to
school should highlight larger questions of how walkable our cities and
towns are. The new guidelines direct school districts to provide free
bus transportation to school for children who live less than a mile
from school who must use a dangerous walking route. The exact details
of the state guidelines are not available. However, this focus on safe
transportation to school districts reminds us of the importance of
living in a walkable community where sidewalks and trails are available
"Ideally, local city and county governments and school boards would be
working together to make sure that sidewalks are included with new
developments and new schools. Fortunately in Springfield, all new
subdivisions have to either have sidewalks or pay a hefty fee to the
city so that sidewalks can be constructed, said Earl Newman, assistant
director of public works. Some older subdivisions don't have sidewalks.
In those areas, the city has worked since 1989 to use a quarter-cent
sales tax to expand our network of sidewalks, with a first priority to
sidewalks that connect neighborhoods to schools. Greene County also
requires high density subdivisions to build sidewalks on new roads.
This would be a good model for other areas to follow. Sidewalks are,
after all, more than just something for kids to use as they get back
and forth to school every day. As Newman said, 'Everybody benefits from
the sidewalks that are put in.'..."
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Title: "New bus rules highlight problem"
Author: Editorial Board
MAKE WAY FOR THE SIDEWALK SUV: "MOBILITY" SCOOTERS
-> According to a July 17th Pittsburg Post-Gazette article, "On a
recent afternoon at Walt Disney World, Dennis Robles was cruising
around on an electric 'mobility scooter' that the park usually rents
out to people with disabilities. Mr. Robles doesn't have a problem
walking -- he says he was simply saving up energy for late-night
dancing. 'I'm pretty healthy,' says the 37-year-old truck driver from
Brooklyn, N.Y. 'Just lazy, I guess.' The power scooter is an
increasingly ubiquitous sight, with an estimated 1.2 million in use
nationwide. But while the $1,000-plus vehicles have been hailed as a
boon for the infirm and the elderly, they are now finding a new
constituency: able-bodied people who simply don't feel like walking. In
addition to theme parks like Dollywood and Minnesota's giant Mall of
America, the scooters are popping up everywhere from Las Vegas casinos
to grocery stores.
"When scooter demand outstrips supply at Wal-Mart, greeters 'evaluate
the situation' and make sure that people using the scooters can
demonstrate a legitimate need, according to a company spokesman. Some
entrepreneurs are starting to push the vehicles as bicycles without the
pedaling. City Scooter Tours, an outfit that operates in Washington and
plans to extend into Chicago, offers scooters as an easy way to see the
sights. 'It's kind of bad for the cause,' says Janna Starr, director of
disability rights and technology policy for United Cerebral Palsy, a
nonprofit group. Stores and tourist attractions need to set guidelines
and 'not just let people come up and take off in the scooters just
because they want one,' she says. Ms. Starr and some other advocates
for the disabled say able-bodied riders can rile pedestrians, creating
a negative image of scooter use that could hurt those who really need
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Title: "Make way for the sidewalk SUV: Mobility scooters"
Author: Ellen Gamerman
CONNECTICUT GROUPS WORK TO PROMOTE SMART GROWTH
-> According to a July 27th Norwalk Citizen article, "A new nonprofit
organization called 1,000 Friends of Connecticut is working with
longstanding groups that have decades of experience in transportation
and development issues to move toward smart growth policies in the
state. 1,000 Friends was formed a year ago to promote sustainable
growth, urban renewal, the conservation of green space and a vibrant
state economy. A summary document notes that its members 'work to
ensure that government operates at peak performance to create long-term
prosperity in our towns.' As defined by 1,000 Friends, 'smart growth
serves the economy, the community and the environment.' It 'seeks to
make market forces work on behalf of compact, affordable, walkable
communities It promotes choice and fairness in transportation,
education and taxation.' At the group's first annual meeting, conducted
on July 20 at The Maritime Aquarium at Nor-walk, experienced and
knowledgeable specialists were brought together to show that smart
growth polices can be successful even against entrenched government
"Jon Orcott, the executive director of the Tri-State Transportation
Campaign, said his group has had success in New Jersey and can 'advance
it in Connecticut.' He described how New Jersey's Department of
Transportation was spending 50 percent of its budget on new highway
capacity that it couldn't afford to maintain. 'We challenged the state
to adopt a "fix-it-first" campaign' and change the New Jersey DOT's
spending priorities, Orcott said. After a legal battle with the agency,
'bridge repair funds went up' because the state moved revenue into
maintenance budgets and reduced construction spending. Connecticut,
Orcott said, 'is very stingy with local governments' for road repair
and bridge maintenance. He suggests that municipalities utilize 'local
land-use power' and partner it with state funds. 'Towns want places to
walk and bike,' he said, and local governments often own the land on
which the state wants to expand roads. A partnership with adjacent
towns provides a powerful network to 'create workable town centers,'
with a corridor road plan that connects the towns rather than separates
them, Orcott said..."
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Title: "Groups New and Old Work to Promote Smart Growth"
Author: Leslie Hutchison
SW TRAILS MAPS SOUTHWEST PORTLAND (OR) FOR PEDESTRIANS
-> According to a July 27th Oregonian article, "Without breaking
stride, Don Baack reaches into his utility belt and grabs a small
clippers. A rogue blackberry branch or other encroaching vine doesn't
stand a chance of surviving Baack's trail maintenance. Clip. Clip. On a
recent morning walk with his faithful companion Siskiyou, Baack leads
the way on a 4-mile urban hike from his home near Wilson High School to
near the top of Council Crest and back.
"His route is carefully marked and includes sidewalks, low-traffic
streets, a reclaimed 19th century farm-to-market path and a gravel
trail through a short stretch of woods. Along the way, Baack talks
about the effort that has gone into SW Trails, the group that has
successfully mapped 40 miles of walkable routes through Southwest
Portland. 'We figured out where people would want to walk,' Baack said.
Permits, red tape and bureaucratic runaround? Clip. Clip. Clip..."
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there are 3 pages)
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Title: "A walk on the mild West side"
Author: Doug Binder
BARBOURMEADE (KY) TO START SAFE ROUTES PROJECT
-> According to a July 24th WHAS-TV story, "In less than a month school
will be back in session. So what's being done to make sure your kids
get to and from school safely? The government has granted federal money
for a project called Safe Routes to School to the city of Barbourmeade
in eastern Jefferson County. We're three and a half weeks away from
carpoolers lining up and jamming Barbour Lane in front of Norton
Elementary School. During the last school year, they witnessed
something very dangerous along this stretch. As mini-vans and cars
would be packed in a line to turn into Norton Elementary, the cars
behind them would go around, cross the double yellow line into the
wrong lane of traffic to get by them. 'All of a sudden, a car comes up
behind them on the left-hand side,' says Barbourmeade Mayor Kim
Holsclaw. 'So it's a very dangerous situation here at the entrance. If
we're going to encourage kids to walk and bike to school we knew
something needed to be done.'
"A neighbor, Walt Queen said, 'People totally ignore that this is a
residential area. It's not unusual to have cars going through here at
50 to 55 miles per hour.' Right now, drivers can fly down Barbour Lane
and not even know Norton Elementary is here. Their sign is some thirty
yards from the road. 'Seems to be irrelevant to society anymore,' says
Queen. 'Everybody's in a hurry.' How much in a hurry? As carpoolers
wait to turn, other drivers lose patience one after another, even a
school bus. Barbourmeade will now add more signs including a temporary
one you can't miss in the middle of the road. Another solution is
what's called a 'Walking School Bus Program.' 'Parents who will start
at one end of the neighborhood, walk a block or two, meet up with
another parent and a group of kids,' Explains Mayor Holsclaw. 'The
first parent then has the choice to go back home and get ready for work
or continue on with the group.'..."
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Title: "School traffic safety: Project Safe Routes"
Author: Joe Arnold
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FINDING ALL THOSE BIKEWAYS -- A "DUTCH PROBLEM"
-> According to a July 26th StreetsBlog article, "Dutch cyclists union
ENFB has launched the first door-to-door route finder for bicycles,
which is the result of a large volunteer project inspired by the
collaborative Internet project Wikipedia. One in every three trips in
the Netherlands is done on a push bike and the country has thousands of
bicycle lanes that are not accessible to cars. None of these bicycle
lanes were known to navigation software or route finding devices. 'This
is really a Dutch problem. Other countries have very few dedicated bike
lanes and in those countries car route finders can be used by cyclists,
too. But here in Holland, car route finders are unaware of the best
cycle lanes,' said Kees Bakker, project leader for the Dutch cycle
route planner available here..."
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BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATES FIRST FED-FUNDED HIGHWAY
-> According to a July 30th Journal-Constitution article, "Constant
construction, bumper-to-bumper traffic, tollbooths and big rigs loaded
with freight. These plagues of modern drivers are nothing new. They
also were common on the National Road of the early 1800s, the nation's
first federally funded highway, as it cut through the wilderness from
Baltimore to St. Louis. This year marks the bicentennial of the
National Road, which dates its beginnings to the first funds allotted
by Congress in 1806 to build the road westward from Cumberland, Md.
Some of the best-preserved stretches of the National Road's three lives
can be found on a 70-mile trip between New Concord and Columbus, Ohio.
You can make better time on the parallel I-70, but take the slower and
more pleasant drive on U.S. 40 and some of the detours that follow the
path of earlier versions of the National Road. A guide available from
the Ohio Historical Society provides mile-by-mile directions and
information about the historic or just plain interesting stops across
"On the road, you can get the feel of the small cities and the
countryside, eventually flowing through the suburbs and into the city
in Columbus. And you'll see historic structures, some with new uses.
Old stone inns have been turned into antiques shops like the Smith
House-Cliff Rock House just west of Zanesville. Ads for Mail Pouch
chewing tobacco adorn barns much as 'See Rock City' ads do across the
South. Through the hills of eastern Ohio, cattle graze in the lush
fields, with the curious walking right up to the fence. Watch for the
stone or concrete National Road mile markers -- some fresh and white
and surrounded by small fences or flowers, others worn away to the
point of being unreadable. As the road west levels out around
Amsterdam, Ohio, fields stretch endlessly. Soon, you're entering the
suburbs of Columbus with the strip malls, restaurants and motels that
sprang up along U.S. 40 during its heyday..."
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Title: "National Road offers trip back in time"
Author: Karl Ritzler
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
CARL SAGAN'S BALONEY DETECTION KIT
"Warning signs that suggest deception. Based on the book by Carl Sagan
'The Demon Haunted World.' The following are suggested as tools for
testing arguments and detecting fallacious or fraudulent arguments:
- Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the facts.
- Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable
proponents of all points of view.
- Arguments from authority carry little weight (in science there are no
- Spin more than one hypothesis -- don't simply run with the first idea
that caught your fancy.
- Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it's
- Quantify, wherever possible.
- If there is a chain of argument every link in the chain must work.
- Occam's razor -- if there are two hypotheses that explain the data
equally well choose the simpler.
- Ask whether the hypothesis can, at least in principle, be falsified
(shown to be false by some unambiguous test). In other words, it is
testable? Can others duplicate the experiment and get the same
[click on "carl sagan
ROCHESTER (NY) PARK TO ATTRACT PEOPLE WITH WI-FI
-> "SWPC hopes the park is an attraction to invite people to spend
money at nearby retailers..."
NASHUA (NH) GROUP SPONSORS HISTORIC WALKING TOURS
-> "Livable Walkable Communities, Nashua Project, is dedicated to
improving outdoor physical activity through a better environment..."
WOODBURY (NJ) WEIGHS PED-FRIENDLY RENOVATION PROJECT
-> "'Our firm tries to promote bringing people back to walkable
communities and if we're going to try to convince other clients, it
makes sense for us to locate in one of those communities,' Melvin
PORT MOODY (BC) FOLKS TO MISS NEIGHBORHOOD STORE
-> "'We go there every day, mainly for ice cream, lately,' she said.
'It was great because we could go rent videos and it's within walking
distance.' Her sons, aged nine to 13, love walking to Cedarbrook for
candy but Barry said it's her husband who will really miss it. 'He's
going to be choked -- he's even more in love with it than the kids.'..."
DAVIDSON (NC) GREENWAY'S OCTOBER COMPLETION NEARS
-> "After four years of planning and two months of construction, the
end is in sight for the first Davidson greenway..."
LAWRENCE (KS) CITY COMMISSIONERS SAY "NO" TO PED BOARD
-> "Commissioners said the issue was important but questioned whether
it would be more appropriately handled by the existing Traffic Safety
CALGARY (AB) MAN BREAKS 24-HOUR BIKE RECORD
-> "Greg Kolodziejzyk [rode] 1046.94 kilometres, or 650 miles on his
human powered bullet-shaped bicycle..."
MORRIS CO. (NJ) SAFE ROUTES PGM. HITS SCHOOL CONCERNS SNAG
-> "Because of the concerns over children walking or biking on area
roads, officials did not consider eliminating courtesy busing when they
had to cut $3 million from the 2006-07 school budget..."
AMERICANS' OBESITY GETS IN WAY OF X-RAYS, ULTRASOUND
-> "Researchers found that the number of patients who had inconclusive
test results had doubled over 15 years..."
A LITTLE COUNTRY LEFT IN THE HEART OF HOUSTON (TX)
-> "'This store has operated as a feed store in this neighborhood since
1900," said Heacker. Yep, a feed store, smack dab in the middle of
Houston. There's feed for cattle, hens and horses. 'The goat milk will
be in tomorrow,' said Heacker..." [Ed. note: Check out the video!]
CYCLING DUTCH NUNS CHASE SUSPECTED THIEF
-> "Two Dutch nuns, wearing habits and riding bikes, chased a suspected
thief through Amsterdam, police said Monday..."
IN 1905, AMERICA'S BICYCLE TINKERERS WERE BUSY!
-> "A third of patent applications in America in 1905 were related in
some way to the bicycle. [RSA Journal, Winter 2005]"
-> "PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST STANDARDS AND INNOVATIONS..."
"...in Large Central Cities;" report by de Cerreno and Nguyen-Novotny,
Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, NYU; January 2006
-> "TURNING BASES INTO GREAT PLACES"
"...New Life for Closed Military Facilities;" U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency; EPA 231-R-06-002; January 2006.
-> "RUMBLEWAVE SURFACING"
Traffic Advisory Leaflet 1/05; UK Department for Transport; 2005.
Note: Additional training opportunities are available on the National
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August 16-18, 2006, Traditional Neighborhood Development on the West
Coast, Portland, OR. Info: The Seaside Institute; phone: (850)
-> 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 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> October 18, 2006, Moving Together 2006 Conference, Boston, MA. Info:
-> October 19-22, 2006, National Trails Symposium, Davenport, IA.
Info: American Trails, phone: (530) 547-2060; email:
-> February 22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference,
Coronado CA. Info: Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator; phone:
619-260-5538; email: <email@example.com>.
March 25-29, 2007, National Trust Main Streets Conference, Seattle, WA.
Info: Mary de la Fe, Main Streets Conference Coordinator, National
Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6329; email: <
> 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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