#156 Friday, August 25, 2006
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|Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Rolls Out Sept. 5-8|
|Traffic Justice Institute Is Timely|
|League Releases New Bike Education Video|
|Thunderhead’s Benchmarking Project Gets CDC Boost|
|Celebrate Int'l. Walk to School Day - Oct. 4, 2006|
|Dr. Richard Jackson on Community Design, Health|
|Peoria (IL) Considers Going Back to 2-Way Adams Street|
|Alan Durning's 5 Lessons on Car-Less Vacationing|
|Penn's Trans. Crisis: No Money or Bad Land Uses?|
|Newport Beach (CA) Welcomes Reborn Balboa Village|
|Funky Salt Lake City (UT) 'Hood Victim of Own Success?|
|Ft. Belvoire (VA) Builds Villages for Military Families|
|Traverse City (MI) Govt., School Dist. Strengthen Ties|
|San Fran. (CA) "Critical Mass" Surrounds Blind Pedestrian|
|Kirkwood (MO) Likes Station Plaza "Small Town Feel"|
-> Nearly 600 bicycling and pedestrian advocates and professionals,
transportation agency staff, public health practitioners and, of course,
the staff of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, are heading
to the heartland, Madison, Wisconsin, for nearly a full week of
workshops, networking, and possibly some relaxing moments
along the city's many bike-ways and pedestrian routes.
It's time for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, the 14th International
Symposium on Walking and Bicycling. The biennial conference, with
the theme of "Making Connections," is hosted this year at the
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.
The full conference schedule has been posted for several weeks at
http://www.bikewalk.org/conference/schedule.html . As of Thursday,
you can now also download the official program booklet from the
conference web site:
If you're heading to Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 as a conference delegate
or presenter, you'll want to check the conference web site for last-
minute changes. Several of the mobile workshops have been changed
during the past week, and new walks and rides have been added by
the local host committee. Those changes are reflected on the web
site, along with the addition of a few new poster presenters.
Confirmed speakers include Madison's Mayor, Dave Cieslewicz,
Jane Silberstein on the topic of Wisconsin's Eco-Municipalities, and
Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa, President of Walk & Bike for Life, and the
Former Commissioner of Parks, Sports and Recreation in Bogota,
Colombia. You can read more about them on the conference web
site and in back issues of 'Connections,' the conference newsletter.
(You'll find back issues of the newsletter at the bottom of the
home page for the conference site on http://www.bikewalk.org ).
If you're not attending the conference this year, you'll be able to
peruse a number of the presentations on-line (check the
conference web site) as they are uploaded from the Monona
Terrace. If you are attending, we'll see you in Madison!
TRAFFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE IS TIMELY
Traffic Justice? Not according to the FHWA. The headline of an
article in the August 23 edition of the Washington Post proclaims:
“Roadway Deaths Rise to Highest Level in 15 Years.” It notes
the FHWA finding that more than 43,000 people were killed
on our roads in 2005, up 1.4% from the previous year. Pedestrian
deaths climbed 4.4%, while 7.8% more bicyclists were killed.
What is the response of our Government to this latest news?
Wear your helmet, wear your seatbelt, stay sober. And just
how will we receive this message? Public service
announcements, public education, and program development.
Where are the calls for the construction of safer (more "Complete")
streets and intersections, the use of event data recorders and other
technologies, increased limits on driver distractions such as
cell phones, increased penalties for repeat offenders, stricter
enforcement of traffic laws, among a myriad of other possible
responses to lower the incidence of crashing?
We at NCBW are not against seatbelts, helmets, sober driving
or airbags. We are against the 'blame-the-victim' mentality that
considers crashing regrettable, but normal. We are against the
failure to consider other more useful -- if more controversial --
alternatives. We are against the failure to hold road users, road
planners, road builders, law makers, law enforcers, indeed
all of us, responsible for the 42,000-plus road deaths each year,
and the millions of injuries. We're against our failure to create
and implement just and effective solutions to this problem.
We can do better. We must. On Tuesday, September 5, 2006
NCBW will convene the first ever Traffic Justice Institute at
Pro Walk/Pro Bike in Madison. Join us as we consider how
to create and implement just and effective solutions to this
problem. See more at:
LEAGUE RELEASES NEW BIKE EDUCATION VIDEO
-> According to a recent release from the League of American
Bicyclists, "'Enjoy the Ride' is a 22-minute video, hosted by Selene
Yeager, which teaches people how to ride confidently in traffic. Topics
covered include: the pre-ride checklist, bicycle handling skills,
riding in traffic, identifying and avoiding hazards, and riding in all
conditions. 'Enjoy the Ride' is based on the principles of the BikeEd
curriculum developed by the League of American Bicyclists, and is the
perfect teaching aid for delivering BikeEd classes and livening up bike
"There is also plenty of bonus material on the DVD, including 'Bicycle
Safety Tips for Adults, an 8-minute 'just the basics' video developed
by the League for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
It is a great summary of the material on the longer instructional
video. Also included are 'Kid's Eye View' (English and Spanish
versions), the seminal instructional video for teaching children to
ride safely, and 'Cyclist's Eye View' additional on-bike footage shot
by League Cycling Instructor Chris Quint that further illustrates how
to handle different traffic situations..."
Retail price is $32. Quantity copies of the video are available at bulk
rate prices. To order copies, go to:
THUNDERHEAD BENCHMARKING PROJECT GETS CDC BOOST
-> The Thunderhead Alliance received word this week that the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved a one-year
contract towards Thunderhead’s first full Benchmarking Report. This
report will build on Thunderhead’s previous Benchmarking work,
comparing bicycling, walking, health and underserved population data
in all 50 states and at least the 50 largest U.S. cities to reveal the total
impact of the built environment on the health and safety of Americans.
"This project is the only one of its type to rely entirely on government-
endorsed data sets that are uniform across all states," said Sue Knaup,
executive director of the Thunderhead Alliance. "This approach avoids
the pitfalls of opinion-based surveys as the project unveils needed
improvements in data collection for bicycling and walking."
The CDC is Thunderhead’s most recent partner for the project, offering
not only funding through the contract, but invaluable health expertise
and analysis of the report to ensure it will resonate with health
practitioners. “We are thrilled and honored to have the CDC join our
Benchmarking team,” said Knaup. “Their participation will lift this
project to new heights and bring its findings to health practitioners
across the country and around the world.”
For more information on Thunderhead and the Benchmarking Project,
please visit www.thunderheadalliance.org
CELEBRATE INT'L. WALK TO SCHOOL DAY - OCT. 4, 2006
-> A recent news release invites folks to "Celebrate International
to School Day on October 4, 2006 and join communities in more than 35
countries to promote health, safety, and family and school connections.
Walk to School events can be as simple as a few children and parents
meeting to walk to school or very elaborate events held in conjunction
with established Safe Routes to School programs. No matter what the
size, Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and
bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing
physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic
congestion, concern for the environment and building connections
between families, schools and the broader community. This year marks
the first International Walk to School Month. Expanding the event to
the entire month of October allows more communities around the world to
participate in more ways. Walk to School activities can last for a day,
a week, a month or for the entire year. In the USA , the focus is on
Walk to School Day and communities are encouraged to participate for
the length of time that is right for them.
"Registration is now open for the 2006 event (see web link below).
Registration is free and available to individuals or organizations
holding a Walk to School event. By registering, users have access to a
variety of downloadable materials, including certificates, templates
for printing stickers and a frequent walker punch card. For six weeks
leading up to Walk to School Day, registrants will also receive an
e-newsletter with tips and resources on holding a Walk to School event.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School of the University of
North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center serves as the national
coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the US ."
For more information, go to:
To register, go to:
To see who is already registered, go to:
-> "We must draw people back into relatively compact urban areas.
Showcase cities that have managed to attract would-be suburbanites into
increased core densities have done so through neighborhood
revitalization and by giving priority to quality of life, not
-- Sharon Hudson, Berkeleyans for a Livable University Environment
"It is well documented that social connections facilitate physical
activities and meaningful purpose. Greater social connections have been
shown to ward off depression and promote longevity..."
-- Peter Lazar, reporter, Rappahannock News
"There is no way electric bills are going to go down. They are going
do nothing but go up and it will be more severe if you live in the
suburbs or 'exurbs' (the ring of rural communities beyond the suburbs).
It will also cost you more to cool your house than it does to heat it
and that is related to global warming as summers continue to get
hotter. The amount you save in the winter is not going to be enough to
cover the extra amount you need for the summer..."
-- John McIlwain, Urban Land Institute
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DR. RICHARD JACKSON ON COMMUNITY DESIGN, HEALTH
-> According to an Aug. 20th San Francisco Chronicle article, "The
time you're feeling a bit under the weather and need some medical
advice, don't call a doctor. Call a real estate developer. 'In many
ways,' Dr. Richard Jackson said, 'they have more of an impact on the
health of the nation than all of us doctors wagging our fingers.' A
pediatrician, professor and one of the nation's leading experts in the
field of public health, Jackson isn't referring to the diagnostic
capabilities of developers. He's referring to the powerful -- and often
overlooked -- impact the communities they build have on the health of
those who live in them. Since World War II, said Jackson from his
office in UC Berkeley's University Hall, the majority of communities
have been built for cars instead of people. What may have been good for
the cars, however, turns out to be bad for people: The rate of obesity
and diabetes among U.S. citizens has reached epidemic proportions.
Twenty-two percent of school-age children are obese. The number of
stomach-stapling surgeries is growing faster than any other procedure.
Ten percent of U.S. citizens have Stage II diabetes. Depression is the
nation's most prevalent disorder.
"In 1973, Jackson said, 66 percent of kids either walked or biked to
school. In 2000, only 13 percent did so. Perhaps the biggest reason for
that drop-off has been the practice of building schools on cheap land,
located farther away from housing developments. 'We are looking at,
right now, $1 in $6 going into health care costs. At the rate we're
going, this will be the first generation to live less than their
parents. The implications are really remarkable.'
"Jackson's dire predictions should not be taken lightly. He's the
former director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently a professor at UC
Berkeley's School of Public Health, he received the Presidential
Distinguished Executive Award for his work on improving environmental
public health. Studies have shown, Jackson said, that where we live
plays an important role in how much we exercise. How much we exercise
determines, to a large extent, how healthy we are. If we live 50 miles
from where we work and spend two hours a day rubbing fenders with other
commuters, we're going to have a lot of stress and a lot less time to
exercise and spend with our families. If we live in a neighborhood that
promotes walking and cycling and has access to public transportation
and open space, we'll live healthier lives. 'This is really about
prevention,' said Jackson, who considers development a health issue..."
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Title: "Where we live plays an important role in how much we exercise
and in how healthy we are"
Author: Dana Perrigan
PEORIA (IL) CONSIDERS GOING BACK TO 2-WAY ADAMS STREET
-> According to an Aug. 22nd Journal Star article, "When Susan Butler's
father built his business in the 1200 block of Northeast Adams Street
in 1952, the traffic traveled in both directions. Today, Butler and her
husband run Green Plantscapes Florist, 1208 NE Adams, on a one-way
street. 'Three, four, five times a year someone will come in and ask
us, "How long have you been here?" I tell them 28 years. But people
don't see us. They fly by,' said Joe Butler, speaking at a community
forum Monday night on whether the city should consider changing Adams
and Jefferson Avenue from one-way back to two-way traffic. The Butlers,
who favor a switch, appeared to represent the majority of retailers at
the meeting. Indeed, Dave Koehler, a North Valley business owner and
former City Councilman, said the streets have hurt some businesses to
the point of near extinction. 'This is an issue of survival in the
north side and south side,' Koehler said.
"Conversely, Patty Klise, who lives in the Twin Towers building, is
opposed to a change. 'I like the streets the way they are,' said Klise,
adding that she and her husband walk everywhere Downtown, although not
too much at night for safety reasons. And some, like Debbie Ritschel,
general manager of the Peoria Civic Center and a Downtown resident,
'could live with it either way.' About 75 people -- business owners,
area residents, engineers and elected leaders -- attended the
information-gathering forum. Neither Monday's meeting nor a second
forum Sept. 20 will result in a recommendation to the City Council, but
both will offer council members a sense of what the public wants..."
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Title: "Peoria retailers favor two-way traffic"
Author: Jennifer Davis
ALAN DURNING'S 5 LESSONS ON CAR-LESS VACATIONING
-> In an Aug. 21st Daily Score blog, Alan Durning writes, "Our car-less
family vacation in Vancouver, BC, was a big success. Here's a full
report, for those of you who shared your own car-less vacation stories
and are interested in such things. For the rest of you, you might want
to skim the travelogue to find the five lessons I draw. The only
nail-biter (if you can call it that) was the very first leg of the
trip, which resembled the old brain teaser about the fox, the goose,
and the bag of beans...
"Lesson #1: Each segment of a multi-leg, car-less outing involves
slightly more uncertainty than does a car trip...
"Lesson #2: Cities should nurture the spontaneous emergence of art...
"Lesson #3: As the private automobile becomes less dominant in dense
urban neighborhoods like central Vancouver, other transportation
"Lesson #4: We can't build strong communities when substance abuse, and
its concomitants, is rending them apart...
"Lesson #5: The Achilles heel of car-less vacationing is not, in my
opinion, transportation. It's toilets..."
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Title: "Car-less Vacation, Five Lessons #15"
Author: Alan Durning
PENN'S TRANS. CRISIS: NO MONEY OR BAD LAND USES?
-> According to an Aug. 23rd Patriot-News article, "Unless millions
dollars more is spent on transportation, Pennsylvania faces a future of
deteriorating roads and bridges, increased traffic congestion, and
public transit fare increases and service cuts. That gloomy forecast
was part of an initial report by the Pennsylvania Transportation
Funding and Reform Commission, which said stopgap money that is to run
out Dec. 31 has averted 'sharp fare increases and service cuts' in the
state's public transit systems at the expense of 'needed highway and
bridge improvements.' Among the big problems are that 23 percent of the
25,313 state-owned bridges are structurally deficient and 35 percent of
the state's 21,000 miles of secondary roads are rated "poor."
"For roads and bridges, the report calls for $536 million to maintain
the status quo or $1.4 billion to relieve congestion. Mass transit
needs dedicated money that keeps pace with inflation, perhaps from
local transit taxing authorities, tolls or public-private partnerships,
the report says. The problem is the way Pennsylvania has allowed itself
to be developed, said Thomas Hylton, an advocate of 'walkable'
communities. 'Pennsylvanians have come to expect they can live wherever
they want to and the Department of Transportation will make it possible
for them to get anywhere they want to go easily and without
congestion,' Hylton said. That forces society to pay for older public
transit systems in cities as well as new suburban roads, he said. 'Our
only hope is to get back in more sensible land-use patterns,' Hylton
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Title: "Lack of money drives state's roads to crisis"
Author: Ellen Lyon
NEWPORT BEACH (CA) WELCOMES REBORN BALBOA VILLAGE
-> According to an Aug. 21st Orange County Register article, "They
called it dead man's alley. Or death row. Or simply a run-down, seedy
area. Balboa Village, the six-block heart of the peninsula, has long
had a reputation not quite in tune with the rest of Newport Beach. But
as a five-year beautification effort wraps up this fall, the same
shopkeepers and city leaders who recall the village in bleak terms are
beginning to see a brighter future. Officials spent some $9 million to
create a walkable cityscape dotted with glazed ceramic flower pots and
custom benches. Designer garbage cans with kelp engravings and 500 new
palm and eucalyptus trees now line the sidewalks. The peninsula once
was swampland, and to combat a 'chronic odor problem,' officials install
ed a 40-foot replica sailboat mast to vent hydrogen sulfide seeping
from underground. 'This used to be dead man's alley,' Robert Stein, the
lead city engineer on the project, said while pointing to new
decorative concrete speckled with blue glass and mother-of-pearl
inlays. 'Now...it's lighter, it's cleaner. Everything's new.'
"The makeover wasn't art for art's sake. Officials say the area,
despite its stately pier, sandy beaches and scenic bay, has long been
an economic underachiever. They're hoping niftier aesthetics will lure
trendy boutiques and, in the words of Councilman Tod Ridgeway,
'Manhattan-type restaurants with linens.' For now, the main Balboa
Boulevard drag is still speckled with vacant storefronts. Officials
bemoan shuttered windows at the Balboa Theater, which has struggled to
re-open since closing in 1992. But recent developments have heartened
those eager to reproduce Balboa Island's Marine Avenue, a bustling
pedestrian haven. Foremost is the upcoming replacement of the Balboa
Fun Zone with the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, which this month
unveiled plans for glass-fronted pavilions on the main promenade. For
what once was a 'run-down, seedy area,' the nautical museum is 'a shot
in the arm,' said Ridgeway, who is widely credited with spearheading
the village's revitalization..."
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Title: "Rebirth of Newport's Balboa Village"
Author: Jeff Overley
FUNKY SALT LAKE CITY (UT) 'HOOD VICTIM OF OWN SUCCESS?
-> According to an Aug. 24th SLC Weekly article, "The Sugar House
business district, with its turn-of-the-century brick buildings and
1960s-era shopping centers, has been preserved by poverty and by
residents set against a modern world of big-box superstores. It's the
only place in Salt Lake City where you can get an Italian meal,
haircut, oxygen treatment and vintage clothing--all within a short
walk. In serious decline a decade ago, Sugar House underwent a
renaissance in the late '90s. On the main drag today, there isn't a
vacant storefront in sight and, on weekends at least, the area draws
lots of foot traffic. Long offbeat, Sugar House is now popular, and its
newly valuable real estate has attracted attention from developers. Red
Mountain Retail Group, a Santa Ana, Calif. company that owns 70
shopping centers in seven states, is currently working with owners on
half of the block most people think about when they think of Sugar
House. Called Granite Block, after the Granite Furniture store, it's
the block marked by a commemorative obelisk at the southwest corner of
2100 South and Highland Drive.
"From inside his Herbs for Health store, Devin Anderson looks wistfully
across Highland Drive at a large wall of brick and opaque windows that
forms the backside of Wild Oats, part of a mall development of chain
stores built eight years ago with help of a $2 million tax rebate given
by the Salt Lake City Council. 'That is Rodeo Drive, and this is kind
of Berkeley, Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco,' Anderson said comparing
the two sides of the street. 'Eventually, this will be Rodeo Drive,
too.' As is the case with many Sugar House small-business owners,
Anderson is resigned to moving in a few years. The area and the
shoppers it attracts have become too valuable to last much longer.
Small, local businesses gather here because the rent is cheap. Most
storekeepers near Anderson pay less than $1.50 per square foot for
small spaces. Across the street, a square foot at the Commons at Sugar
House mall goes for around $30, and the shops and restaurants are
nearly all national chains..."
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Title: "Goodbye, Sugar House Salt Lake City's funkiest neighborhood may
fall victim to its own success"
Author: Ted McDonough
FT. BELVOIRE (VA) BUILDS VILLAGES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
-> According to an Aug. 24th Belvoir Eagle article, "Fort Belvoir
Residential Communities reached another milestone Aug. 7 with the
completion of Lewis Village. 'The development of Lewis Village is a
great success. It is one more step toward improving the housing for
Soldiers and their families at Belvoir,' Clark Realty Capital, LLC
Development Associate John Held said. The 47.9-acre site, which was
formerly home to Lewis Heights, consists of 274 three, four and five
bedroom homes that range in size from 2,217 to 2,785 gross square feet,
including a 500- gross square foot garage, Held said. Lewis is the
third village built under the Fort Belvoir Residential Communities
Initiative along with Herryford and Vernondale villages. The final
home in Lewis is the 607th built on Fort Belvoir 'since Clark Pinnacle
and the Army joined together in late 2003,' Held said...
"The village's design follows the new urbanism philosophy, which means
it is 'very walkable and there are many places for neighbors to
congregate and children to play,' Held said. Two major amenities in
the village are the new 4,200 square-foot neighborhood center and
centralized village green, Held said. The neighborhood center is home
to the property management and maintenance offices. It also has a
meeting room that residents can reserve through the onsite staff. The
village green is the largest community area of the three villages
completed to date and includes a picnic pavilion, a playground and
soccer goals. Held said the village is another example of FBRC's
commitment to providing Soldiers housing comparable to what's
available in the local area..."
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Title: "FBRC finishes construction of Lewis Village"
Author: Chad Jones
TRAVERSE CITY (MI) GOVT., SCHOOL DIST. STRENGTHEN TIES*
-> According to an Aug. 24th Record-Eagle article, "City Commissioner
Scott Hardy will join a 100-member planning panel formed by the
Traverse City school district. City commissioners this week appointed
Hardy as their representative on the Traverse City Area Public Schools
steering committee. The group's first meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9
p.m. Aug. 28 at Traverse City Central High School. The panel will work
with a Kalamazoo-based firm hired by the district to develop a
long-term plan for school buildings. Hardy said he'll approach the task
with an 'open mind' but said the city should work to preserve its
neighborhood schools. 'I think community schools, walkable schools are
an integral part of what we sell here in Traverse City,' he said.
"Several city commissioners, including Hardy, took special interest in
the school district's decision this spring to close Oak Park
Elementary. The commission wanted to keep the east side neighborhood
school open, and several city officials criticized the school board for
its handling of the closure. The city's Downtown Development Authority
last week approved a resolution in support of Central Grade School, an
historic brick building on West Seventh Street in the city's Central
Neighborhood. The school houses general education, Montessori and
talented and gifted programs. Some residents fear for the future of
Central Grade and want to preserve it as a neighborhood school. City
officials wanted to form a liaison committee between the school board
and the city commission, but school officials weren't interested..."
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Title: "Hardy joins school district's planning panel"
Author: Vanessa Mccray
*A little bit (one member out of 100??)
SAN FRAN. (CA) "CRITICAL MASS" SURROUNDS BLIND PEDESTRIAN
-> According to an Aug. 24th Beyond Chron article, "The July version
bicyclists' 'Critical Mass' ride exposed a long-time problem that SF's
political glitterati have steadfastly, adamantly, religiously,
unrelentingly, and without exception refused to respond to: hazards to
pedestrians. At the July Critical Mass demonstration, a blind
pedestrian who uses a white cane was walking along the south side of
Union Square after work. This ped. was stopped, for minutes and minutes
and minutes, by the circling swarm of cyclists. Here's where it gets
interesting. Those who are blind or low-vision often use the sounds of
passing vehicles to detect which way vehicular traffic is flowing. But,
since the SFPD and the DPT traffic control officers were allowing the
Critical Mass bicyclists to continuously circle through all the
intersections around Union Square, without stopping for any traffic
lights, there wasn't the normal and expected sounds to guide the blind
"What to do? After waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting, for
a break in traffic -- or even for some acknowledgement from the flow of
bicyclists, the blind ped. took fate in hand and stepped off the curb
into the crosswalk, waving the white cane as a visual cue to the
oncoming cyclists. Cyclists stopped -- albeit with cursing, epithets,
and angry voices. The blind ped., who DID have the legal right-of-way,
was verbally assaulted by those cyclists who stopped but made sure to
express their anger at being thwarted in their non-stop circuit of
Union Square. Other cyclists continued to ride and maneuvered around
this latter-day Moses..."
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Title: "'Critical Mass' Puts Blind Pedestrians At Risk "
Author: Bob Planthold
KIRKWOOD (MO) LIKES STATION PLAZA "SMALL TOWN FEEL"
-> According to an Aug. 23rd Journal article, "Rick Forrestal, a
self-employed marketing consultant, says he rarely uses his car
anymore. After moving from a suburban home to Kirkwood's Station Plaza
last year, 'I can pretty much walk everywhere,' he says. 'Everything I
need is right here.' The 'small-town neighborhood feel' Forrestal loves
is actually what Station Plaza's developer, MLP Investments, had in
mind. Station Plaza, perhaps the first community in suburban St. Louis
to mix retail and urban-style housing, certainly isn't the last.
Mixed-use and other 'new urbanist' principles have influenced several
completed, proposed or ongoing projects across the West County area in
the last few years. These developments offer an urban-like experience
where residents know their neighbors and can walk to the dry cleaners.
Most also feature a variety of housing options to appeal to a diverse
market. According to the Chicago-based Congress for the New Urbanism, a
'new urbanist' project is a development that mixes housing, retail,
office and public space, contains a walkable street grid and is
integrated into the surrounding community. The movement seeks to limit
urban sprawl by encouraging denser development and town planning.
"'Obviously (new urbanism) takes on different adaptations depending on
where it's applied. I would suggest that none of (the developments in
West County) come close to a pure new urbanist development,' said Terry
Jones, a political science professor at the University of Missouri-St.
Louis who specializes in urban politics. 'It's a whole lot easier to do
a purer new urbanism development when you have an unoccupied flood
plain, like with New Town (in St. Charles). You can start from
scratch.' Building in the suburbs requires working around existing
residential and commercial space, local traffic flow and municipal
zoning codes. Even once a project is complete, it takes time for
developers to fill residential and retail space and for a community to
accept the new building on the block. Starting last summer, Station
Plaza, located just south of the historic Kirkwood Train Station, has
hosted free outdoor concerts two nights a week. With customers dining
al fresco and concert-goers in lawn chairs, the space begins to
resemble the lively 'European square' MLP promoted back in 2003..."
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Title: "When 'downtown' moves to the suburbs"
Author: Laura Brunts
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD: STEEPEST TIGHTROPE WALK
-> "Javier Gomez of the USA completed a 18.74-m (61.5-ft) tightrope
walk, with an average slope of 33 degrees without a balancing pole, in
Bettendorf, Iowa, USA, on July 12, 1999. The slope was at angle of 24
degrees at the base and 44 degrees at the top."
BMI TESTS: NOT A GOOD WAY TO MEASURE OBESITY
-> "Researchers found that the standard BMI test to determine whether
a person is overweight is often wrong because it does not take into
consideration muscle mass..."
LINDSAY (CA) COUNCIL GETS GLIMPSE OF NEW DOWNTOWN
-> "Bulbed-out sidewalks, brick-accented paseos, and a
pedestrian-friendly feel highlighted the city's revamped core district,
bounded by Samoa and Honolulu streets and Mirage and Sweet Brier
PORTSMOUTH (NH) TO DOWNTOWN CLOSE STREET TO CARS?
-> "Assistant Mayor Tom Ferrini said closing the street would make for
more opportunities for street performers, as well as promote
alternative transportation like walking and bicycling..."
FLEXCAR OFFERS CAR SHARING TO YOUNG U.C. STUDENTS
-> "Flexcar, a Seattle company, is stationing two Scions near the UC
dorms in spaces provided free of charge by the university. It will
allow students under 21 to rent the cars as long as they provide a $250
damage deposit that would be forfeited if the car is damaged, and have
two years of driving experience, a clean driving record, and parental
PINK FLOYD'S SYD BARRETT'S BIKES TO BE AUCTIONED
-> Two customised bicycles belonging to the late SYD BARRETT are to be
auctioned off in Cambridge, England. Barrett, who founded legendary
rockers PINK FLOYD in the 1960s, died last month (JUL06) at the age of
EMERYVILLE (CA): "THEME PARK FOR CULTURALLY VACANT"?
-> "With one-bedroom condos ranging from $650,000 to $730,000 above
stores such as Gap, Banana Republic, and Pottery Barn, skewed jargon
like 'village' becomes mere newspeak..."
UK GOV. APPOINTS "MINISTER FOR MOVING ABOUT A BIT"
-> "The Prime Minister asked Caroline Flint to work across government
to develop a strategy building on and developing existing work to
transform the population into a fitter and more active nation in the
run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games..."
IRVINE (CA) WOODBURY DEVELOPMENT WINS AWARD
-> "Woodbury's highlights include a traditional grid design with eight
unique districts of residential homes, highlighted by 14 neighborhood
squares, gardens and parks positioned around a 30-acre central
gathering place known as 'The Commons,' which, when completed this
fall, will offer athletic fields, a tot lot, recreation center and
-> "CONSTRUCTING, MAINTAINING, & FINANCING..."
"... Sidewalks in New Jersey;" Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
(VTC) and Charles R. Carmalt, PP, AICP ; for: New Jersey Dept. of
Transportation ; August 2006. (3.3mb)
-> "SIZE MATTERS"
Article by John McIlwain and Melissa Floca, Urban Land Institute;
Multifamily Trends, May/June 2006.
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-> September 13-15, 2006, Retrofitting the Suburbs: New Urbanism in the
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-> 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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-> 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
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-> June 12-15, 2007, Velo City International Bicycle Conference,
Munich, Germany. Info:
-> JOB -- TEEN INSTRUCTOR -- MARIN CO. (CA) SR2S PGM
Looking for your dream job? Help teens to choose biking and transit
Title: Teen Instructor
Project: Safe Routes to School
Salary: $18-20/hour, 1/2 time, flexible, summers off.
Teen Instructor needed for the Marin County, CA Safe Routes to Schools
program to teach teens about transportation choices and to get them
engaged and involved in the program. The Marin County Safe Routes to
Schools program is considered the cutting edge in leading the nation --
be part of the future! Must have experience working with ages 12-17,
preferably in a classroom setting. Needs to have an outgoing
personality, background in community organizing, and knowledge of
transportation issues. Self-starter who can work independently.
Experience with outdoor leadership, and Bi-lingual a
plus. Position starts in Fall 2006. Send resume, cover letter and
three references to SR2S P.O. 201, Forest Knolls, CA 94933 or to
-> JOB -- TRANS PLANNER II (BIKE & PED) -- 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). The Bicycle/Pedestrian
Planner's time will be split equally between the City of Durham and the
The Bicycle/Pedestrian Planner serves as coordinator overseeing an
in-depth Metropolitan Planning Organization area wide bicycle and
pedestrian program. Employee is responsible for developing programs to
promote bicycle and pedestrian activities and to increase public
awareness of the benefits and advantages of bicycling and walking. The
employee will be the City of Durham's liaison to the Durham City/County
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and the DCHC's
representative to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Forces of the MPO
area, providing technical advice and information to the Technical
Coordinating Committee/Transportation Advisory Committee and citizens.
Extensive independent judgment and initiative will be required for
development of short and long term goals. The candidate must be a
self-starter, have excellent written and oral communication skills, ad
work well with minimum supervision...
Salary Range: $44,969.00 - $56,485.00. Closing Date: 09/08/2006
For more details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/p7mh4
-> JOB -- TRANSIT PLANNER IV (INC. BIKE PLANNING) -- SF (CA) MTA
Under general administrative supervision, the Transit Planner IV
performs urban mass transit and/or transportation planning and manages
or supervises a major transit or transportation planning study or
project. The Transit Planner positions in the [San Francisco] Municipal
Transportation Agency (MTA) perform a variety of tasks in a number of
sections within MTA...The position with the Bicycle Planning will be
responsible for the development and coordination of bicycle studies,
programs and projects including obtaining and administering grants..."
For more info, go to:
-> 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:
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