#155 Friday, August 11, 2006
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|PWPB Conference Promises A Week of Making Connections|
|Full Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Conference Schedule Posted|
|Traffic Justice Institute: the Need for Immediate Action|
|New Jersey DOT Releases Safe Routes Action Plans|
|Greenway Threads Together South Carolina Community|
|Beyond The IPA Guide: Calling All Public Health Practitioners|
|How Dangerous is Childhood?|
|Erlanger (KY) Gets New "Step Forward" Chairwoman|
|Massachusetts Infants Growing More Overweight|
|Rhode Island Towns Embrace 'Village Zoning'|
|Inman (SC) "Peach Hobbler" Celebrates Physical Activity|
|Pioneer Avic-S1 Portable Navigator Has Ped Setting|
|Trouble Getting Around Columbia (MO)? E-Mail The City|
|Path Efforts Have Long History in Oxford (OH)|
|Mansfield (CT) to Get Downtown Courtesy of University|
|Lawrence (KS) Testing Downtown Tree Grates|
|Victor (NY) School Super Concerned About Traffic|
-> The 14th International Symposium on Bicycling and Walking, better known
Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, is shaping up to be a nearly a week of events,
keynote addresses, and presentations from professionals in the field who are
making things happen. From the Traffic Justice Institute and SRTS Practitioners
Workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 5th to the three-minute success stories at the
closing plenary on Friday, Sept. 8th, the Madison conference promises to be
a solid grounding in the art of Making Connections.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, who will
address the Opening Plenary on Wednesday. Mayor Cieslewicz has been quite
active with the 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, and in his first two years in office
has introduced a number of initiatives to reduce sprawl and create a more
livable Madison. Jane Silberstein will round out the Opening Plenary with news
of an exciting concept that is taking root in Wisconsin: Eco-Municipalities. And
at the luncheon on Wednesday, Guillermo Penalosa will share his wealth of
experience and his passion for the creation of urban parks.
You can read more about our keynote speakers and the dozens of other
presenters who will all make Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 a memorable
conference in our bi-weekly Connections newsletter. You can sign up to
receive Connections as well as read any back issues you might have missed at:
FULL PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE POSTED
-> Don't wait until your in the door of the Monona Terrace Conference Center
in Madison to decide which workshops you want to attend. We've posted
the entire daily schedule, including all of the workshops, presentations,
and poster sessions at:
Now you can preview what's available during each of the nine presentation
sessions, and choose where you're going to be every minute of every
jam-packed day of the conference! Hit the "Print Preview" button at the
top of the page and you'll get a printer-friendly overview of the entire
conference. A few minutes with a highlighter and you're all set.
TRAFFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE: THE NEED FOR IMMEDIATE
-- Bob Chauncey, organizer of NCBW's Traffic Justice Institute
I read two articles this week that, each in its own way, reinforced the
need for a traffic justice campaign in this country -- right now. The
first is a report about speed cameras by David Willis from the Texas
Transportation Institute. Quoting from his conclusion: "research finds
that speed cameras reduce crashes and crash severity. Speed cameras are
plagued by implementation issues, however. In particular, their use
must be well-justified and well-explained to the public, in a
The message is clear: it is not enough for us to cite research and
logic. If we want to reduce the number and severity of crashes, we must
make our argument more salable to the public.
Then, I reviewed a new brochure published by the Insurance Institute
for Highway Safety citing answers to often asked questions regarding
This prompted me to review other, more detailed research cited on their
website. For example, the report titled "IIHS Fatality Facts 2004:
Bicycles" begins with these sentences: "Two percent of motor
vehicle-related deaths are bicyclists. Among a majority of those
killed, the most serious injuries are to the head, so it's important
for bicyclists to wear helmets."
Without getting into the mandatory helmet use issue, I found it
alarming that the only safety advice offered by IIHS in this paper was
for bicyclists to wear helmets. The second phrase of the second
sentence could have read something like: "so it's important to build
facilities designed to limit the number and severity of motor
vehicle-bicycle crashes." Or: "so it's important for drivers to drive
responsibly, especially when in the presence of bicyclists." Or,
something other than or even in addition to encouraging the use of
I then reviewed the IIHS Fatality Facts 2004: Pedestrians. It begins:
"Pedestrian deaths occur primarily in urban areas. Many pedestrians are
killed on crosswalks, sidewalks, median strips, and traffic islands.
Physical separations such as overpasses, underpasses, and barriers can
reduce the problem. Increased illumination and improved signal timing
at intersections also can be effective. Because traffic speeds affect
the risk and severity of pedestrian crashes, reducing speeds can reduce
pedestrian deaths." Better, but not yet acceptable, for oh so many
What I find scary is that people who should understand these issues,
like IIHS, apparently don't. Which means, again, that we need a
campaign to help folks gain this understanding and use it for the
health and safety of us all. And we need to begin now!
Please join us on at the Traffic Justice Institute on September 5
NEW JERSEY DOT RELEASES SAFE ROUTES ACTION
-> According to a note from NCBW staffer Sharon Roerty, "The New Jersey
Department of Transportation has just released Action Plan Briefs
describing the partnerships, key issues and recommendations for each of
three demonstration program schools: Rand School in Montclair, Ashbrook
School in Lumberton, and JFK Elementary in Jamesburg. The SRTS
Demonstration Program project was conducted by NJDOT with the RBA Group
and the National Center for Bicycling and Walking."
The briefs can now be found on the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource
Center's Clearinghouse, http://tinyurl.com/ls9jm
Direct links follow:
Montclair - http://tinyurl.com/ozf5f
Lumberton - http://tinyurl.com/pawmk
Jamesburg - http://tinyurl.com/pwsrt
GREENWAY THREADS TOGETHER SOUTH CAROLINA COMMUNITY
-> According to a note from Geah Pressgrove, "Just ten years ago South
Carolina's rivers served as dividing lines between cities and counties.
But now the Broad, Saluda, and Congaree rivers are becoming a forested
retreat for Midlands residents and tourists alike to enjoy the
recreational value of the rivers, unique wildlife habitats and the
heritage of the South Carolina. Through the efforts of the non-profit
River Alliance a new 12-mile scenic park system along the rivers is
being developed, with over 7 miles of pathway already opened.
"The project, began in 1994, was named "Three Rivers Greenway"
of the 90 miles of rivers that this initiative would eventually link.
The rewards of reinvestment in waterfront assets in the form of this
riverfront park system, include improved tax base, renewed interest in
downtown living and enormous growth in riverfront usage for recreation.
"Daily, hundreds or individuals and families can be seen walking and
biking through the ancient wetlands of the Broad, Saluda, and Congaree
rivers, fishing from the overlooks and picnicking along the banks. Once
the site of dumping grounds, the Three Rivers Greenway now provides
over seven miles of lighted riverfront pathways complete with ranger
patrol, scenic overlooks and emergency call boxes. The River Alliance
also regularly hosts events in the amphitheater for community
enjoyment. All sections of the path, including restroom facilities, are
ADA handicapped accessible.
"The Three Rivers Greenway continues to strive to bring the rivers back
into the daily lives of South Carolina community."
To find out more, go to:
BEYOND THE IPA GUIDE: CALLING ALL PUBLIC
-- Mark Plotz, NCBW Program Manager
One of my first tasks as an NCBW staff member was to box and ship
copies of the "IPA Guide," officially known as “Increasing Physical Activity
Through Community Design: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners”.
They left by the envelope, the box, and, sometimes, by the hundreds.
Requested by people from across the country and Canada, the Guide
landed in the hands of bike/ped advocates, planners, teachers, corporate
wellness directors, city councilors, and public health advocates.
The IPA Guide was designed to do just as its title suggests: to inform
and then encourage those in public health to become stakeholders in
the design of the built environment. Since 2002, more than 18,000 printed
copies have been distributed, and thousands more have been downloaded
from the NCBW web site. ( http://www.bikewalk.org/ncbw_pubs.php )
Great. Now what?
Plenty of people seem to “get it” when it comes to making the connection
between health and the built environment; we (the NCBW) would now
like to hear from those who are doing something about "it." That is,
we want to hear from those of you who are out there, in the public
health field, effecting change. What are your successes? How have
you used the public health message to further your work?
If you have a story you’d like to share, contact me (Mark Plotz) at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-656-4220. We plan to share our
findings with the world, and to use these lessons to make our work
at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking more effective.
-> "Make it easier to ride a bike than drive a car, and people will
take it from there."
-- Ellen Fletcher, former mayor of Palo Alto, CA
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HOW DANGEROUS IS CHILDHOOD?
-> According to an Aug. 10th Palm Beach Post article, "...Walking to
school -- barefoot, in the snow, and uphill both ways -- used to be the
norm. But so few children walk to school today -- about 10 percent
nationwide -- that Oct. 4 has been named International Walk to School
Day. A major reason the K-8 crowd is sealed into the backs of SUVs and
transported: Parental concerns about safety. And those concerns 'have
as much to do with "stranger danger" -- the chance that a child walking
to school will be snatched off the sidewalk by a complete stranger --
as a fear of traffic,' states a Salon.com article about 'Safe Routes to
School,' an effort started several years ago to get more kids walking
and biking to school. Wendi Kallins, project manager for the Marin
County, Calif., program, describes one father who attended a Safe
Routes meeting: Intellectually, he understood his child was highly
unlikely to meet a grisly end on the walk to school. But emotionally?
'With my pretty blue-eyed daughter, I'm convinced she will be the one.'
"'When you're dealing with gut-level fears,' Kallins is quoted as
saying, 'there's not much you can do. The whole level of fear in our
culture is increasing.' And so a vicious cycle ensues: Fewer children
walk, so they don't travel in the protective packs that once gave
parents comfort. The increase in traffic heading to schools makes it
more likely that a kid will be hit by a car, most likely driven by a
parent. (Fifty percent of the children hit by cars near schools are hit
by parents of other students, according to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration.) And kids miss a chance for exercise, social
interaction, and a dose of self-reliance..."
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Title: "How dangerous is childhood?"
Author: Nicole Neal
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ERLANGER (KY) GETS NEW "STEP FORWARD" CHAIRWOMAN
-> According to an Aug. 10th Community Recorder article, "The new
chairwoman of Step Forward Erlanger jokes that she's 'a kind of chronic
under-exerciser.' Which is why Sue Banks, 46, understands the
importance of the community fitness program, which encourages residents
to get out and walk on city sidewalks. 'If it does get me out walking,
I will be very grateful,' she said. 'So will my dogs.' In fact, a
dog-walking group is one of several new ideas she's bringing to the
table. She also hopes to better engage the program's community
partners, such as the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and
Erlanger-Elsmere schools. And Banks hopes to work with the Erlanger
Historical Society to place historical markers along walking loops that
are being built in stages across the city. 'There's nothing like
experiencing a town on foot. It's just not like driving, it's really
not,' she said.
"Erlanger Chief Administrative Officer Bill Scheyer, chair of the
program since it began three years ago, said he's "thrilled" Banks
agreed to take his place. 'I just felt like we had reached a plateau,
and needed somebody who could push it through to the next level,' he
said. 'She really understands this stuff and has a lot of great ideas.'
Banks grew up in Campbell County, and returned to Northern Kentucky a
year ago to manage the Erlanger Branch of the Kenton County Public
Library. While working in Union County, Ohio, she helped develop a
community initiative similar to Step Forward Erlanger. Banks now lives
in Erlanger and will remain at the library while chairing Step Forward
Erlanger as a volunteer. 'I believe really strongly in the ability of
the citizens around the library to walk to the library,' she said..."
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Title: "New chair of Step Forward Erlanger named"
Author: Amanda Van Benschoten
MASSACHUSETTS INFANTS GROWING MORE OVERWEIGHT
-> According to an Aug. 10th KFMB-TV story, "A new study published
Wednesday in the journal Obesity found that children under 6 years old
in Massachusetts are more likely to be overweight than two decades ago.
No age group, even infants under 6 months old, was immune from the
trend, said Dr. Matthew Gillman, senior author of the study and an
associate professor at Harvard Medical School. 'This just adds more
weight to the growing body of evidence that there's an epidemic of
obesity in the United States,' said Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the
Obesity Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical
Center, who was not involved with the study. 'Good habits need to begin
at the very beginning of life.' The study's authors looked at medical
records of more than 120,000 children who visited doctors from 1980
"All were enrolled in a health maintenance organization that used an
electronic medical record system and most came from middle-class
families. The study found that over the 22-year period, the prevalence
of overweight children increased from 6.3 percent to 10 percent, while
the rate of risk for being overweight increased from 11.1 percent to
14.4 percent. In infants under 6 months -- a group Gillman said has
seldom been included in weight studies -- the prevalence of being
overweight increased from 3.4 percent to 5.9 percent during the same
period, a jump of more than 73 percent. That worries Gillman because
other studies have shown that accelerated weight gain in a child's
early months can predict weight problems and higher blood pressure
later in life..."
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Title: "Mass. Infants Growing More Overweight"
RHODE ISLAND TOWNS EMBRACE 'VILLAGE ZONING'
-> According ton Aug. 5th Providence Business News article, "At its
birth, Manville was a mill village along the Blackstone River in
Lincoln, filled with businesses and homes. Through the years, as
suburban sprawl and zoning regulations took hold, it lost its village
character, turning into a predominantly residential neighborhood with
many vacant storefronts, said Lincoln Town Planner Albert V. Ranaldi
Jr. Now, Ranaldi and Zoning Enforcement Officer Russell Hervieux are
looking to turn back the clock, to create a 'modern' village atmosphere
in Manville. Proposed revisions to Lincoln's zoning ordinance would,
among other things, promote affordable housing through inclusionary
zoning and the streamlining of the mill redevelopment process.
"Another piece of the changes, proposed by a commission that Ranaldi
heads, would zone two of the area's most urban neighborhoods as
mixed-use village districts. Manville, near Woonsocket, and a
commerce-heavy stretch of Smithfield Avenue would both be affected.
(Smithfield Avenue's approved uses are currently split, with one side
of the busy street zoned commercial and the other residential, Ranaldi
said.) Under the village-district designation, single-family and
two-family homes would be permitted alongside professional service
businesses -- a mix that currently requires review from the town's
zoning board. Other business uses, such as restaurants, might be
allowed in the districts as well, but would still require review by the
board. Ranaldi said part of the reason for the change would be to
promote economic development. 'This is smaller-business orientated,' he
said. 'We are hoping to provide them with more opportunities to locate
and expand in Lincoln.'..."
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Title: "Towns embrace 'village zoning'"
Author: Justin Sayles
INMAN (SC) "PEACH HOBBLER" CELEBRATES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
-> According to an Aug. 10th Herald-Journal article, "For more than
year, volunteers worked to make Inman a safer and more walkable
community. Now to celebrate, they plan to pick up the pace and run
through the city's streets, and they're inviting the public to come
along for the first PEACH Hobbler. PEACHeS is organizing the 5K, or
3.1-mile, race to coincide with the 25th annual Harvest Day activities.
The grassroots group, an acronym for People Enjoying Active Community
Health and Safety, has set the race date for Sept. 30. Rocky Bull,
president of the Inman Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday that the
idea for a foot race developed after festival organizers decided to
expand. 'This year, the festival will cover two days, instead of one.
We have also added a peach dessert contest on Friday and a live-band
performance on Saturday night,' Bull said. The race has a dual purpose.
It raises awareness for active living and brings in visitors, said Lynn
Skinner-Johnson, a PEACHeS volunteer and race organizer.
"Skinner-Johnson said the PEACH Hobbler is being advertised in Running
Journal, a publication for enthusiasts in the Southeast. 'The race is
for everybody. Prizes will be awarded by age groups, and door prizes
will be given,' she said. Profits from the race will help fund the Safe
Routes to School program developed through Partners for Active Living.
Jean Crow, assistant director of Partners for Active Living, said
PEACHeS, led by Skinner-Johnson, has effectively helped spread the
message of how to make communities more accessible, friendly for
walkers and safe. 'We have set up a fiduciary relationship, acting as a
bank, for Inman's PEACHeS and offering any resources or technological
help,' Crow said. PEACHeS has already created a community garden and
made improvements at Inman Elementary School. 'In addition to the
garden, fluorescent signs for walking/biking have been added to caution
drivers near the school. While that may seem small, it's a step,' Crow
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Title: "Inman group wants public to run in a safer town"
Author: Janet S. Spencer
[Ed. Note: Jean Crow is presenting at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006!]
PIONEER AVIC-S1 PORTABLE NAVIGATOR HAS PED SETTING
-> According to an Aug. 10th TIME article, "Here's the situation:
You're in a strange city, you've ditched the rental car, and you want
to walk around town, check out museums, restaurants and maybe do some
shopping. The catch is, you hate looking like a tourist with a giant
paper map. Pioneer's AVIC-S1 is one of the first GPS navigators with a
"pedestrian" setting. In addition to telling you what interstate exit
to take, it plots a path for you along boulevards and side streets,
keeping in mind that your walking pace may only be two or three miles
"My wife and I tried out the S1 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (The S1
comes full with maps of the U.S. and Canada.) I plugged in the address
of the Pink Pearl, a well-known but out-of-the-way dim sum spot. We
didn't know how long it would take to get there by foot, or what the
best route was, but the S1 sorted it out for us. As we began walking,
it guided us towards the harbor, then over onto Hastings St., one of
the city's main drags. The screen showed we had a 45-minute walk ahead,
so I turned off the slender device, about the size of a man's wallet,
and put it into my pocket..."
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Title: "Satellite-enabled turn-by-turn navigation, whether you're in a
car or on foot"
Author: Wilson Rothman
TROUBLE GETTING AROUND COLUMBIA (MO)? E-MAIL THE CITY
-> According to an Aug. 10th Tribune article, "Dan Smith won't complain
about his daily commute. He hops on his bike, travels north along West
Boulevard and then heads east on Stewart Road toward Boone Hospital
Center on East Broadway, where he works. The route is relatively
bicycle-friendly, Smith said. 'The barrier' to bicycle travel 'is the
traffic,' he said yesterday. 'They don't see you.' Other Columbia
thoroughfares, however, aren't so easy to navigate on a two-wheeler.
Storm water grates that run parallel to some roads can catch bicycle
tires, and missing or cracked sidewalks sometimes can make pedestrian
or pedal-powered travel difficult. To find out just where the biggest
problems are -- and to solicit suggestions for fixing them -- the city
has launched a Web site where residents can tell officials about
missing crosswalk markings, deteriorating sidewalks and other potential
"The Public Works Department will maintain the site as part of the
city's Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program, which seeks to
create an interconnected system of trails and walkways throughout the
city. Users can choose from a list of pre-selected concerns regarding
city trails, streets, intersections and sidewalks or type in their own
concerns or suggestions. The site is a first step toward a more
interactive Web-based map planned for later this year that will allow
residents to click on problem areas in the city and report suggestions
directly to the Public Works Department. 'It's still in an initial
form,' said Ian Thomas, co-chairman of the pilot program's existing
facilities subcommittee. 'That should just be a really user-friendly
system.' Richard Stone, a city traffic engineer, said the site will be
used to track suggestions for improving streets and sidewalks for
pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Columbia is one of four areas included
in the federally funded, $22 million pilot program. U.S. Sen. Kit Bond
announced last year the city would take part in the project with
Minneapolis, Marin County, Calif., and Sheboygan County, Wisc..."
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Title: "Got a gripe about getting around? E-mail the city"
Author: Matthew LeBlanc
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PATH EFFORTS HAVE LONG HISTORY IN OXFORD (OH)
-> According to an Aug. 9th Oxford Press article, "The last ten years
have seen Oxford City Council meetings speckled with individuals and
bicycling organizations requesting multi-use paths. Vice Mayor Prue
Dana ran on the platform of alternative transportation and has been
lobbying for multi-use paths since her election. 'We have severe
congestion, and the price of gas has gone up,' Dana said. After
watching two Institute of Environmental Sciences studies drown in the
depths of city council legislation, she requested that IES determine
why the presence of previous studies had melted away. Miami's Institute
of Environmental Sciences requires its graduate students to serve as
non-profit, environmental consultants for their first year. 'Public
service is part of being an environmental professional,' said Genevieve
O'Malley Knight, who has completed her first year as a graduate student
of IES. The first study was completed in 1997 and determined path
amenities, type of paving and engineering within Oxford.
"The 1999 study then looked at the feasibility of a perimeter path
around Oxford. After conducting an advocacy survey that sampled both
Oxford residents and Miami students, a fresh quartet of IES graduate
students presented their findings on May 16 to city council.
Ninety-eight percent of the respondents had access to a car. The IES
study showed that students use alternative transportation to locations
closest to them. Uptown sees the most non-vehicular traffic from both
Oxford residents and Miami students, but there is a greater gap between
Oxford residents who drive and those who do not. Oxford residents also
drive significantly more often to their destinations than Miami
students. Overall, respondents said that bicycling in Oxford could be
increased if there were paths, path maintenance during winter and
amenities such as bicycle racks and storage..."
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Title: "Bike path efforts have long history"
Author: Denise Cheng
MANSFIELD (CT) TO GET DOWNTOWN COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY
-> According to an Aug. 9th New York Times article, "Colleges have
traditionally tempted top students with ivy-covered campuses, towering
Gothic buildings and up-to-date student centers. But nowadays, there is
a sense that a beautiful campus is not enough. An alluring college town
is seen as necessary as well. In Columbus, Ohio, the City Council
acknowledged that in 2002 when it adopted 'A Plan for High Street:
Creating a 21st-Century Main Street,' which includes a $130 million
mixed-use development for the two-mile stretch of the street that runs
past Ohio State University. At the University of Pennsylvania in
Philadelphia, university officials announced plans in June to demolish
a section of the north side of a main artery, Walnut Street, and add a
$75 million development of mid-rise apartments and retail space. After
the state committed to spend more than $2 billion for improvements to
all its campuses, the University of Connecticut decided on a sweeping
project at its main campus in this hamlet in the still-rural town of
"Working with local officials, it plans to demolish the meager
downtown, which looks more like a makeshift set for a Hollywood western
than a New England college center, and build a town from scratch.
Construction of the development, called Storrs Center, is scheduled to
begin next year. The project will include up to 300 market-rate rental
housing units, up to 500 residential units for purchase, about 200,000
square feet of retail and restaurant space, 40,000 to 75,000 square
feet of office space and 5,000 to 25,000 square feet of civic and
community space. A town square will be at its core, mimicking the
greens at the center of hundreds of New England villages. Of the
49-acre project, just 15 acres will be developed, a little less than is
currently in use. The rest will be preserved for conservation..."
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Title: "UConn Decides to Build Its Own College Town"
Author: Jane Gordon
LAWRENCE (KS) TESTING DOWNTOWN TREE GRATES
-> According to an Aug. 10th Journal-World article, "City crews have
completed a pilot project in the 600 block of Massachusetts Street
designed to give walkers more room to maneuver on downtown sidewalks by
removing the small cement curbs that surround trees. 'Those
mini-planters were probably a good idea as a concept, but as a practical
matter, you couldn't grow anything in them, they were trampled upon and
they seemed to be used as a restroom by every dog in the area,' said
City Commissioner David Schauner. So, Schauner, several months ago,
proposed a project to test the effectiveness of 'tree grates.' The tree
grates are slotted, metal plates that surround the base of the tree.
Their main advantage is they're flush with the sidewalk, unlike the
planters, which extended above the sidewalk about 6 to 8 inches.
"The flush surface allows pedestrians to again use that part of the
sidewalk, adding 2 to 3 feet of walkable space. 'I think these will
provide better use of our sidewalks,' Schauner said. 'A sidewalk really
should be designed for people to walk on.' The tree grates also keep
all the soil below the surface of the plate, which eliminates the piles
of dirt and mulch that had become attractive targets of canine
visitors. City crews last week removed two of the tree planters on the
east side of the 600 block of Massachusetts Street and replaced them
with the tree grates. Mark Hecker, parks superintendent for the city's
Parks and Recreation Department, said the grates appeared to have
promise. 'With the evolution of outdoor dining in downtown, we do have
more businesses that are taking up some of the sidewalk space,' Hecker
said. 'This will help that.'..."
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Title: "City: Downtown tree grates win out over planters"
Author: Chad Lawhorn
VICTOR (NY) SCHOOL SUPER CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC
-> According to an Aug. 10th Democrat and Chronicle article, "Timothy
McElheran, superintendent of the Victor Central School District, had
never attended a town Planning Board meeting until this week. But
McElheran showed up at Tuesday's meeting to tell the Planning Board
that he is concerned about the traffic on High Street. 'It's an
accident waiting to happen,' said McElheran, who was not appearing in
an official school district capacity. McElheran, who now lives in the
High Street area, said in an interview afterward that during his nine
years as superintendent of Victor schools, whose campus runs along High
Street, he has been troubled by the increased traffic. Many people, he
noted, take High Street to get around driving on Route 96, with new
developments along and near High Street adding to the traffic flow.
High Street runs in the same general north-south direction as Route 96,
although the two roads intersect at Eastview Mall and in the village of
"'I think there is way too much traffic on High Street for the safety
of pedestrians, children walking along High Street, bicyclists and
joggers,' said McElheran, who's also concerned about the lack of
sidewalks along much of High Street. The school district has a campus
that spans 190 acres for about 3,800 students, from pre-kindergarten
through 12th grade. Any student can be bused to school, but some walk,
drive or take their bikes. Sidewalks are in place for about two blocks,
from where High Street begins at Route 96 in the village to the school
grounds, but High Street is without sidewalks north of the school area.
About 4,000 vehicles a day travel on High Street near the school
campus, with the number increasing to about 6,200 near the intersection
of High and Gillis Road, according to SRF Associates, which reviews
traffic studies for the town. Victor Supervisor Leslie Bamann said that
the town's Walkable Communities Committee is looking into areas that
need sidewalks and is prioritizing that list..."
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Title: "High St. traffic worries Victor school chief"
Author: James Goodman
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
BACKPACKED PIGEONS REPORT FOR SMOG DUTY
-> "If you live in northern California and see pigeons wearing tiny
backpacks don't worry -- you are not hallucinating. The pigeons are
part of an unusual project, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.
The birds are carrying miniature smog sensors in those backpacks that
will transmit air pollution data to a 'pigeon blog' Web site. Beatriz
da Costa, an assistant professor of arts, computation and engineering
at the University of California-Irvine, developed the project as a way
to get people thinking about the health hazards of smog.
"The first flight of pigeons lifted off Tuesday for a 30-minute smog
reconnaissance mission over the Silicon Valley, with another flight
scheduled for Saturday. The project is part of a technology and art
show that includes a robotic willow tree, a karaoke ice cream truck and
a laughing bicycle, the newspaper said..."
PED BRIDGE TO CONNECT REXBURG (ID) TRAILS
-> "Thursday, a new bridge was installed across the South Fork of the
Teton River. The 100-foot bridge will now allow the development of new
trails on the north side of the river and eventually connect a trail
with Sugar City..."
PALO ALTO (CA) ADOPTS PED-ORIENTED ZONE AROUND TRAIN STATION
-> "Two weeks after approving a 'Pedestrian and Transit Oriented
Development' (PTOD) zone that will surround the California Avenue train
depot and hopefully encourage a 'walkable, bikeable Palo Alto,' the
City Council discussed transportation trends and changes at Palo Alto's
secondary train station..."
DUPONT (KY) EYES FREEWAY RAMP, PED/BIKE PROJECT
-> "Among the study's other recommendations are adding more sidewalks,
traffic signals, countdown signals for pedestrians, traffic lanes,
pavement striping, bike lanes, traffic islands, signs and widening the
pavement in some areas..."
IN INDIA, GRAFT TAKES THE WHEEL
-> "As many as 75% of motorists in New Delhi obtain their permits by
hiring agents whose palm-greasing intervention saves them time, energy
and the hassle of learning the difference between the brake and the
accelerator, the report says..."
-> "ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMART GROWTH"
Eight Case Studies on the Connections between Smart Growth Development
and Jobs, Wealth, and Quality of Life in Communities; by Alex Iams &
Pearl Kaplan, the International Economic Development Council; Aug.
2006. (3mb pdf)
-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATORS..."
"...by State;" Federal Highway Administration website
-> "STATE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS FUNDING"
Federal Highway Administration website
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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.
-> September 14-15, 2006, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems,
Madison, WI. Info: Course #H644; phone: (800) 462-1299
-> September 28-30, 2006, Public Spaces / Public Life, Copenhagen, DK.
-> October 16-18, 2006, Child in the City: 3rd European Conference,
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-> October 19-22, 2006, National Trails Symposium, Davenport, IA.
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-> October 23-25, 2006, 7th international Walk21 conference, Melbourne,
-> November 2- 4, 2006, Missouri Trail Summit, Kansas City, MO. Info:
-> January 21-25, 2007, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. Info:
-> February 8-10, 2007, New Partners for Smart Growth, Los Angeles, CA.
-> February 22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference,
Coronado CA. Info: Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator; phone:
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-> March 25-29, 2007, National Trust Main Streets Conference, Seattle,
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:
-> April 14-18, 2007, American Planning Association National Conference,
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-> June 12-15, 2007, Velo City International Bicycle Conference,
Munich, Germany. Info:
-> JOB -- VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is hiring a full-time paid volunteer
coordinator to develop and manage a sophisticated volunteer program that
provides meaningful opportunities, engages members in our work, and
ensures that the volunteer experience at the organization is mutually
beneficial to both the volunteer and the agency. This position works
under the supervision of the director of membership and communications.
For a complete job description and to submit a resume, visit:
-> JOB -- EVENTS PRODUCTION MGR. -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is hiring a full-time paid events
production manager to manage and coordinate event operations (i.e.,
route planning, city of Chicago and Park District permitting processes)
and event volunteer needs (i.e., managing and facilitating the events
route committee and Wednesday night volunteer parties). For a complete
job description and to submit a resume, visit:
-> JOB -- DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE ASSIST. -- BTA (PORTLAND, OR)
The Development and Finance Assistant will support the Bicycle
Transportation Alliance's fundraising, marketing, communications, and
financial management efforts.
Job Duties: The Development and Finance Assistant will be actively
involved in all aspects of fundraising, marketing, communications, and
financial management. The job is roughly half development assistance
and half financial management. The Development and Finance Assistant
will work closely with the Development Director, Executive Director and
Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position will possess the
- The ability to write clearly and fluently, manage many tasks at one
time, and meet deadlines
- Good computer skills (Microsoft Office, Excel, FileMaker Pro,
- Strong financial sense and ability with numbers
- A sense of humor and the ability to work as a part of a team
- A strong belief in the benefits of bicycling for the environment,
public health, and community livability
Salary: $12-$17/hr depending on experience and qualifications.
Benefits, including health and dental, retirement, vacation.
Applications due 5pm, Aug. 22
-> 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:
-> JOB -- TRANSPORTATION PLANNER -- DURHAM (NC)
The City of Durham, North Carolina seeks a Transportation Planner with
experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning, project management,
program development and implementation, and administration of
an advisory committee to assist in the transportation planning work unit.
The position is responsible for providing strategic planning and direction,
technical expertise and project management in the development and
implementation of bicycle and pedestrian programs throughout the
City of Durham and the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro (DCHC) Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO). Salary Range: $43,872 - $65,808. Forward
a City of Durham Application, a copy of your résumé and salary history
to the City of Durham Human Resources Office: 101 City Hall Plaza,
Durham, NC 27701; (919) 560-4214. Electronic applications may be
submitted through the City's website: www.durhamnc.gov
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