#157 Friday, September 8, 2006
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|Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 A Huge Success|
|10 States Release SRTS Application Guidelines|
|Politicians, Media Protect "Privacy" of Speeders|
|Suttons Bay (MI) Trail Ribbon Cutting|
|New Online Tool for Community Revitalization|
|Growing Number of Creative Commuters Ditch Cars|
|Connecticut River Towns Support Trail System|
|Durham (NC) to Host NCBW Walkable Workshops|
|Ashland (OR) Nurse Gets Youth Fitness Grant|
|AAA Names 10 Most Walkable N. American Cities|
|Esquimalt (BC) Scouts Build Bike/Ped Bridge|
|Adrian (MI) Assesses Downtown Needs|
|SLC (UT) Chamber's Vision: Trails, Rails, Culture|
|CT Post: Walking to School Not Such a Burden|
|Gulf Breeze (FL) Views New Design Guidelines|
|NW Indiana Advocates Want Concrete Commitment|
|Ketcham (ID) Council Approves Walkable Plan|
|Boston (MA) Should Be One of Best Bicycling Cities|
|Ankeny (IA) Considers New Urban Designs|
|New Sidewalks a Tough Sell in Boyne City (MI)|
PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006 A HUGE SUCCESS
-> This issue of CenterLines is coming to you "live" from the
Monona Terrace Conference Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The
early returns from the registration database indicate that
this is the largest PWPB conference yet, with more than 650
For those of you who were not able to attend the conference,
we'll post many of the presentation PowerPoints on-line at
NCBW's conference web site within the next two weeks. And
for those of you who asked for an on-line version of the
conference participant list with contact information, we'll
be posting a .pdf version soon.
Many thanks to the 160 presenters and the hundreds of delegates
who made the conference such a success.
10 STATES RELEASE SRTS APPLICATION GUIDELINES
-> According to the Aug. 2006 issue of Safe Routes to School E-News,
"Only 10 states have rolled out guidelines. Where is your state in the
process? The Departments of Transportation (DOT) in each of the 50
states and the District of Columbia are individually responsible for
establishing and running their SRTS programs. Recently, many people
have been asking which states have set up their programs, and what do
their application guidelines look like?
"To help answer this question, the SRTS National Partnership has
provided a set of web links to the State DOTs that have rolled out
application guidelines for the new federal program. You can see the
list of 10 states with links to their guidelines here:
"If your state is not on this list, the SRTS National Partnership
encourages you to contact your Department of Transportation's SRTS
Coordinator to ask about the process and timeline."
For a list of key issues to discuss with your DOT, go to:
POLITICIANS, MEDIA PROTECT "PRIVACY" OF SPEEDERS
-> According to an article in the Sept. 5th Crash Prevention News,
"Members of the news media are spreading fear among the masses about a
new federal rule that could make it easier for investigators to
determine how fast motorists are going when they crash. In response to
this fear-mongering, politicians are scrambling to make sure that the
perceived rights of speeders are protected. After many years of
stalling, in August the federal government issued a new rule requiring
automakers to standardize Event Data Records (EDRs) in cars and make
the information uniformly downloadable with commercial software.
"EDRs, commonly known as 'black boxes,' are electronic devices that
capture crash data in the seconds immediately before, during and after
a crash. Unlike the flight recorders on airplanes, these microcomputers
don't capture voices, but they can retain up to 20 seconds of data on
speed, braking and acceleration when a crash occurs. EDRs do not retain
any data unless there is a crash severe enough to cause the airbags to
deploy. Only one-third of vehicles on the road today contain EDRs. The
new rule does not take effect until 2011 and will not make EDRs
mandatory equipment in all future motor vehicles, as the Partnership
for Safe Driving and others have urged.
"Rather, it requires only that automakers who do install EDRs meet some
basic standards, and that the data collected by EDRs be made available
for download by crash investigators. (Currently, some automakers are
treating EDR data as proprietary information and refusing to make it
available to investigators.) The purpose of the new federal rule is not
to help victims of speeding motorists seek justice but rather to help
government researchers obtain better data about crashes. However, it is
possible that once the information collected by EDRs is standardized
and easily downloadable by accident re-constructionists, more police
units will begin including this crucial data in their crash reports.
"Even the mere possibility that speeders who injure or kill might be
caught red-handed in the future and forced to face some consequences
for their actions has elected officials and members of the news media
crying foul. They're using labels like "big brother," "invasion of
privacy," and "Orwellian" when describing this technology to the
public, and spreading ludicrous rumors about how EDRs will be used to
help the government and insurance companies track our every move,
eavesdrop on us in our cars, and otherwise take away our perceived
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SUTTONS BAY (MI) TRAIL RIBBON CUTTING
According to a Sept. 1st news release, "Traverse Area Recreation and
Transportation (TART) Trails invites the public to join in a
ribbon-cutting celebration for a newly paved section of the Leelanau
Trail. The section stretches 2.2 miles from the Suttons Bay Village
limits south to Revold Road. The celebration will take place at
10:00 am on Saturday, September 9, 2006. TART is encouraging
participants to bring their bicycle, walking shoes, or in-line skates.
"After the ribbon is cut, TART officials will invite participants to
use the newly paved trail. The Leelanau Trail is a 15-mile former
railroad that stretches from Carter Road in Elmwood Township to
downtown Suttons Bay. Including the new pavement, 8 miles of the
Leelanau Trail are paved and 7 miles are unpaved."
For more information, contact Missy Luyk of TART Trails at (231)
941-4300; or <email@example.com>
NEW ONLINE TOOL FOR COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
-> According to a recent note, "NeighborWorks America, a national
nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial
support, technical assistance, and training for community-based
revitalization efforts, has made available on its website a new
evaluation tool for community development programs. The tool, known as
storymapping, guides practitioners through the evaluation process,
including capacity assessment, performance measurement and evaluation.
A complementary PowerPoint presentation focuses on useful evaluation
data that is available from sources such as the Census Bureau. These
materials were originally presented as part of a symposium entitled
"All in Good Measure" that took place in Kansas City, Missouri in June
Visit the NeighborWorks Training Institute website at
-> "We have too many development patterns and subdivisions that don't
incorporate sidewalks. To me, it's a development epidemic more than
-- Mitch Barloga, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
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GROWING NUMBER OF CREATIVE COMMUTERS DITCH CARS
-> According to a Sept. 6th Napa Valley Register article, "Six years
ago, Bruce Wilbur did what most Americans wouldn't dream of: he got rid
of his car. And his minivan, too. He started taking the bus to work --
not a common sight in Rochester, N.Y. -- and loved the switch. More
recently, he's been biking to work. Getting rid of the car gave him his
sanity back, the 49-year-old Web designer said, and saved him a lot of
money too. As a driver, 'I tended to be prone to road rage,' Wilbur
said. 'It was nice to arrive at one's destination without feeling all
tense and angry.' He's not quite sure what to do in winter, which can
be snowy and cold in Rochester. If slush makes biking unsafe, he may go
back to riding the bus now and then. Car-free commuting is common in
large cities with extensive public transportation, or in famously
bicycle-friendly cities like Portland, Ore., but the surge in gasoline
prices is making people across the country wonder if they can get to
work without a car.
"A survey by the Pew Research Center in June found 55 percent of
drivers said they had cut back on driving in response to high gas
prices. However, making shorter trips or letting the car stand in the
driveway isn't a very good way of saving money. The real savings come
when you get rid of the car altogether. In 2004, U.S. households spent
an average of $650 a month on transportation, of which only a fifth was
gasoline and motor oil, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The rest was mainly the cost of the car, insurance and repairs. Only
$37 was spent on public transportation, which includes air travel.
'What the high price of gasoline has done is it's shone a spotlight on
how expensive the cars are,' said Chris Balish, a TV journalist and
author of the just published book 'How to Live Well Without Owning a
Car.' Balish, 39, said he's saved about $850 a month by giving up his
SUV three years ago. 'It was a big, eight-seater SUV and I was the only
person in it most of the time. It was ridiculous, now that I look back
on it,' Balish said, speaking by cell phone from a bus in Los Angeles.
"When I moved to St. Louis, everybody said 'You absolutely have to have
a car in St. Louis,' and I found that not to be true," Balish said.
'Then I moved to L.A., and everybody said 'You really have to have a
car in L.A.' And I found that not to be true either.' Los Angeles is
full of walkable neighborhoods, he says. When he needs to get around,
he loads his bike on a bus. It takes more time to get places, but he
finds riding more pleasant than driving, and he can get work done on
the bus. Kelly Rohlfs, an engineer in the relatively bike-friendly
Mountain View, Calif., figures her family saved about $1,400 a month by
getting rid of its BMW. Instead, they ride buses and bike to work. They
got more space too: they converted part of the driveway into a dog run
and put a pingpong table on another part. 'It's been surprisingly easy'
being car-free for a year, she said. 'We also noticed things we didn't
anticipate. Our lives slowed down ... not having a car, we're not out
running errands all the time.'..."
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Title: "Creative commuters ditch their cars"
Author: Peter Svensson
CONNECTICUT RIVER TOWNS SUPPORT TRAIL SYSTEM
-> According to a Sept. 7th Windsor Journal article, "Although only
miles in length, sometimes in the last 14 years the Farmington Valley
Greenway and its offshoot, the Farmington River Trail, seem to have
taken on the past life of the intercontinental railroad, to which it
owes, in part, its existence in a provincial way. Progress has been
slow but is picking up in attempts to link various valley communities
in contiguous fashion from Farmington to the Massachusetts border.
"'It's close to taking on a life of its own because so much is done
now,' said Bruce Donald of Avon, president of the Farmington Valley
Trails Council, about the trail system. 'The more people know about the
trails the better as far as I'm concerned.' The trails council, founded
by Preston Reed, now includes over 500 members whose functions,
according to Donald, include an Adopt-A-Trail 'ongoing maintenance
component' in each town which includes trail use by members, sweeping,
clearing out light brush, or contacting town garages for further
maintenance; 'trail enhancements' including benches, information kiosks
at trailheads, and water fountains; and working with area towns to get
the trail finished.
"Although the Greenway and River Trail have come a long way in
connecting valley towns for recreational use by local residents, gaps
in the system still remain. Donald contrasts a list of achievements
with challenges like a recently completed cantilever piece of the trail
in Collinsville with a question of how to appropriately use a piece of
roadway as part of the River Trail heading north from the village.
Donald also calls a 1.6 mile trail gap in Farmington 'a very important
piece to get done.'..."
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Title: "Greenway advocates find communities along river receptive to
Author: Don Rully
DURHAM (NC) TO HOST NCBW WALKABLE WORKSHOPS
-> According to a Sept. 4th News & Observer article, "Making local
communities pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly will be the focus of a
series of workshops Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro
and Hillsborough. The Walkable Community Workshop will offer
participants information on how to turn their communities into
pedestrian-friendly places. The sessions will be conducted by the
National Center for Bicycling and Walking in conjunction with the
Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization.
"During a four-hour session, trainers talk about the elements of a
walkable community and solutions to common issues. They lead
participants on an interpretive walking tour of a study area. They
emphasize seeing the community from the perspective of a pedestrian or
biker...The workshops are free and open to the public, but seats are
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Title: "Workshops to address walking, biking"
ASHLAND (OR) NURSE GETS YOUTH FITNESS GRANT
-> According to a Sept. 3rd Mail Tribune article, "When family nurse
practitioner Judy Blickenstaff measured the body mass index -- the
weight compared to the height -- of Ashland High School pupils, the
results were alarming. More than 30 percent of students in this
walkable town were overweight or on their way to becoming so, following
a national trend. 'Part of not seeing childhood obesity on the street
is our eyes have become accustomed to it,' said Blickenstaff, who works
in the Jackson County clinic based at the high school. Aiming to trim
the percentage of pupils facing obesity in Ashland, Blickenstaff
recently obtained a two-year grant for $65,000 from the Portland-based
Northwest Health Foundation to introduce students to more healthy
"The grant will pay for individual weight-management counseling and
healthy cooking classes for students and parents and time spent by
Blickenstaff and a program coordinator serving on committees aimed at
improving the high school's health curriculum and overall student and
faculty wellness. By working with physical education teachers,
Blickenstaff said she hopes to increase the focus on individual
exercises such as running and swimming because those types of
activities are easier to keep up after high school..."
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Title: "Grant will help fight obesity"
Author: Paris Achen
AAA NAMES 10 MOST WALKABLE N. AMERICAN CITIES
-> According to a Sept. 3rd Commercial Appeal article, "It's always
nice to visit a city that doesn't require renting a car to see a lot of
the sites. Better still when even a taxi isn't necessary to get around,
and all one needs is a comfy (albeit fashionable) pair of shoes and a
"The American Automobile Association has released its list of the 10
most walkable cities in North America, and it includes: Boston; St.
Augustine; New Orleans; Washington; Old Town Alexandria; Charleston;
Old Quebec City; Greenwich Village in New York City; San Francisco and
downtown Los Angeles.
"Frankly, that last one stumped me; having recently been to the L.A.
area, including downtown, I wouldn't call it one of America's most
walkable cities. My vote for a replacement? Chicago, where you can walk
the Magnificent Mile and shop at the same time. Now that's an exercise
in smart travel!..."
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Title: "AAA names North America's best cities for hoofing it"
Author: Sally Walker Davies
ESQUIMALT (BC) SCOUTS BUILD BIKE/PED BRIDGE
-> According to a Sept. 6th News article, "When Camp Barnard needed
new bridge for the scouts, Doug Scott was among those who rose to the
occasion. The Esquimalt Trading owner and others built a new bridge at
the scout camp in Sooke last month. 'One of the old bridges had been
taken out because it was starting to rot -- it was one of the old log
bridges - so they took it out,' said Scott, a leader with 1st Arbutus
Scouts. Scott, his wife Mary-Ann, Chris Meyer, Daniel Smith and Johnny
Munn built the bridge. It was necessary to build a new bridge to give
scouts access to the 40 acres of land at the back of the camp. 'We came
up with a way of building a new bridge by using a flatbed trailer,'
Scott said. Van Isle Moving in Victoria West provided the scout camp
with a flatbed trailer to use for a bridge.
"'They said basically for the price of hauling it out we could have it
-- so they gave us a really good deal on it,' Scott said. Butler
Brothers Supplies gave the scout camp large building blocks to support
the flatbed. Yardworks Landscaping supplied an excavator for some of
the work involved in preparing the land for the construction of the
bridge. Scott and the other volunteers then stripped the undercarriage
of the flatbed and painted it green. 'We put it into place then we
re-decked it and put bumpers into place,' Scott said. It's absolutely
necessary to have a functional bridge at Camp Barnard, he said. It's
needed in case of an emergency where someone has to be transported out
of the camp and for fire access. 'It also gives us a walkable bridge
for youth to go in and use the back section of the camp, which for
back-country camping this is the heaviest used area for us,' Scott
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Title: "Scouts build bridge"
Author: Mark Browne
ADRIAN (MI) ASSESSES DOWNTOWN NEEDS
-> According to a Sept. 2nd Daily Telegram article, "Dan Burden gives
the city of Adrian's downtown area a passing grade. The walkability
expert found a number of pedestrian-friendly assets on a recent visit
to Adrian, but didn't leave without offering up a few recommendations
to city leaders. His services were offered as part of the state of
Michigan's Cool Cities program, of which Adrian is a member. Burden is
director of Walkable Communities, a nonprofit consulting firm based in
Florida that was created to help cities of all sizes become more
walkable and pedestrian friendly, according to the group's Web site,
"Burden scheduled a visit to Adrian, then talked -- and walked -- with
city leaders throughout Adrian's center, commenting on both the good
and the not-so-good walkability aspects of the area. 'We did about a
mile to a mile and a half walking tour,' Adrian Downtown Development
Director Kyle Hoffman said. Hoffman organized the route, which included
the core downtown area, city parks near the downtown and the Kiwanis
Trail. 'We were looking for feedback on residential district access to
the downtown,' Hoffman said. He wanted to lean on Burden's expertise to
get suggestions on making the commercial areas a bigger draw from the
residential neighborhoods that surround the city's center..."
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Title: "Study looks at walking in Adrian's downtown"
Author: Andy Rogers
SLC (UT) CHAMBER'S VISION: TRAILS, RAILS, CULTURE
-> According to an Aug. 29th Tribune article, "Salt Lake City business
leaders have grand visions of a downtown where you could meander from
the Wasatch Range down to the Jordan River on a new network of trails,
where cars aren't necessary once you reach the edge of the central city
and where you could soak in many cultures in thriving ethnic districts,
such as Japan Town. The ideas didn't originate with the executives, nor
are they new. But the projects now would have the backing of a powerful
and wealthy group. 'We will give some ideas significant lift,' said
Natalie Gochnour, vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber, which, with
the Downtown Alliance, released its draft 'vision of visions' Monday.
"The chamber made its announcement on Ensign Peak to hark back to
Mormon pioneer planners. Days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in
1847, the settlers laid out what would become Salt Lake City, according
to the chamber. The new vision -- outlined in a 32-page insert in
Monday's newspapers -- would culminate in three or four key projects to
be completed in two or three decades. A final vision will be released
in January. That vision will send a message to government and business
owners "what is wanted and expected," said Curtis Bennett, vice
president of retail operations for O.C. Tanner. 'Our children and our
children's children will look at us and say, 'This is what they did for
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Title: "Chamber's SLC vision: Trails, rails and culture"
Author: Heather May
CT POST: WALKING TO SCHOOL NOT SUCH A BURDEN
-> A Sept. 7th Connecticut Post editorial asked, "How far is too far
walk to school? How far did you walk to school? Are we coddling our
children too much by complaining that 2 miles is too far? A teenager
should be able to walk a mile in 15 minutes two miles in half an hour.
With the adverse reaction from Stratford parents, it appears hundreds
think walking to school is some sort of burden. We don't. Even on a
cold morning in February, or a walk in the winter darkness. Stratford
has started to enforce a 1982 policy that established two miles as the
maximum distance for high school students to walk, before they could
ride the bus. They are doing it to save $250,000 this year, a tight
budget year, by slicing buses. In the face of outrage and petitions and
angst about mis-measuring miles (my house is 2.2 miles and my child
shouldn't have to do that!) school officials are rethinking the plan.
"Finances aside, how about doing it for health reasons? It is no secret
our children need to be in better physical shape. We have become a fat
and lazy culture. We are sending our children the wrong message that a
ride to school is a birth right. We know a young woman who studied
abroad in Kenya. She lived for a while in a village where the children
walked two hours to school and two hours back. They forded a river.
They climbed a mountain and walked through the rain forest. Those kids
wanted an education. No, this is not East Africa, but when did we start
thinking that walking to and from school is bad? It's not. It's
invigorating. It's a nice walk with a friend. Let's breathe the fresh
air a little more..."
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Title: "Walking to school isn't such a burden"
GULF BREEZE (FL) VIEWS NEW DESIGN GUIDELINES
-> According to a Sept. 4th News Journal article, "The future face
Gulf Breeze lies within a 40-page design guideline booklet. The
full-color booklet detailing landscape, architecture, streetscape and
building placement was created by Land Design Innovations Inc., an
independent consulting firm based near Orlando. An ordinance adopting
the plan may be ready for Gulf Breeze City Council this month,
Assistant City Manager Dave Szymanski said. 'It's a great reflection of
the input of the citizenry at the visioning meetings,' Szymanski said.
"On March 30, more than 70 residents told the design firm what they
wanted for their city at a town hall visioning workshop. They rated
more than 200 images of development types and architectural style. Two
styles won the most votes: Italianate, characterized by towers, formal
window crowns and cornice moldings; and Neo-Classical, distinguished by
Greek and Roman roof walls or railings, columns and porticos. These
changes will be the first update of the Community Redevelopment
Agency's master plan, which was written in 1989. The new guidelines
will not affect existing structures, but they would influence future
development, storm repairs and revitalization..."
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Title: "A new vision for Gulf Breeze"
Author: Amy Sowder
For a copy of the design guideline (1mb pdf), go to:
NW INDIANA ADVOCATES WANT CONCRETE COMMITMENT
-> A Sept. 7th Times article suggests, "Imagine a car pool without
car. That's the idea behind the walking school bus concept, which pairs
adults with groups of children walking to school safely. The groups can
be informal, such as two families taking turns walking their children
to school, or more structured, like a regular school bus with
designated routes, a schedule and rotating volunteers leading the kids,
according to the Partnership for a Walkable America. 'The culture is
there where there are schools located in residential areas,' said Mitch
Barloga, nonmotorized-transportation planner for the Northwestern
Indiana Regional Planning Commission. 'A lot of schools are being
placed outside of residential neighborhoods, though, and if the
developments don't have sidewalks to get them there, it isn't working.'
Barloga's group is working with the federal Safe Routes to School
program, which could tie in with walking school bus plans. Administered
by the Indiana Department of Transportation, local funding is funneled
through the NIRPC.
"The theme is catching on. Oct. 4 is International Walk to School Day,
with 3,000 schools in 50 states planning to participate in the program
in its ninth year. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Cook County
Department of Public Health, American Heart Association and other
groups are supporting the event in Illinois. Several Chicago Public
Schools, which already have walking school bus programs, also will
participate. Walk to School Day was established in 1997 by the
Partnership for a Walkable America. According to the Federal Highway
Administration's Safe Routes to School Web site, the decline in walking
has increased traffic congestion and harmed air quality around schools
and has added to the epidemic of childhood obesity across the country.
NIRPC's Barloga said Northwest Indiana's air quality problems are a
good reason walking school buses would be a positive move in the
region. Having parents lined up in vans and SUVs outside schools to
drop off and pick up one child, only to drive a few blocks home, is
'very illogical,' he said. The program aims to help communities make
walking to school safe, with grant funds being dedicated to projects
such as building safer street crossings and sidewalks to promote
walking to school..."
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Title: "Lack of sidewalks could stymie movement"
Author: Lauri Harvey Keagle
KETCHAM (ID) COUNCIL APPROVES WALKABLE PLAN
-> According to a Sept. 8th Express article, "Only a few people were
attendance at the Tuesday, Sept. 5, meeting when the Ketchum City
Council approved the city's downtown master plan, but they burst into a
round of applause at the document's completion. 'This is a pretty major
move, and a lot of work,' said Council President Baird Gourlay. The
plan, in the making since October 2005, lays out a system of
city-guided initiatives to rebalance Ketchum's physical environment,
housing and economy.
"Ensuring a pedestrian-friendly downtown is among the central concepts.
Aspects of that could include a heritage corridor along Fourth Street,
a bike route, public art and a more coordinated transportation system.
The council unanimously approved the master plan by resolution after
making a few changes in the past weeks. 'I'm pleased with this,' said
Councilwoman Terry Tracy. 'I hope it compliments our comprehensive
plan. They're closer than they were two weeks ago."'..."
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Title: "Council approves downtown plan"
Author: Rebecca Meany
BOSTON (MA) SHOULD BE ONE OF BEST BICYCLING CITIES
-> According to an Aug. 29th Globe article, "Boston should be one of
the best cities in the United States in which to ride a bike. It's
beautiful, it's largely flat, and it has wide avenues that could easily
accommodate cars and bikes together. It also boasts the Emerald
Necklace, the Paul Dudley White Memorial Bicycle Path, and the upcoming
South Bay Harbor Trail, some of the country's most scenic and useful
bike paths. And yet Boston holds a perennial spot on Bicycling
Magazine's list of the nation's worst cities for cycling. After two
days and 75 miles of riding around Boston earlier this month, I know
why. Boston, you need to construct dedicated bike lanes, fill in your
pot holes, and give riders a break.
"A bike lane is exactly what it sounds like: a narrow lane, demarked
with paint on a surface road, usually on the right side of the
thoroughfare between automobile traffic lanes and parking lanes or the
curb. The lane is for bikes only, and offers cyclists a place to ride
where they can feel safe from traffic. Studies have shown that the more
miles of bike lanes a city has, the more often people ride their bikes.
Bike paths, on the other hand, are lanes completely removed from
surface streets, such as the White path along the Charles River and the
Harbor Walk that runs from South Boston's Castle Island past the
Kennedy Library in Dorchester. The two should complement each other,
and be connected so cyclists can knit together safe, efficient
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Title: "Boston should pump up its bike paths"
Author: Stephen Madden
ANKENY (IA) CONSIDERS NEW URBAN DESIGNS
-> According to a Sept. 3rd Business Record article, "Front porches
extending to wide sidewalks shaded by tall trees. A main street within
walking distance teeming with small shops. Green spaces surrounded by
ponds and trails. These pictures seem to signal a return to the idyllic
neighborhood people nostalgically remember from childhood or embrace
from stories told by older generations. Ankeny's Prairie Trail
development is one of several projects in Greater Des Moines latching
on to 'new urbanist' or 'smart growth' principles as a way to attract
people longing for the old days. They offer planned communities as an
alternative to suburbia and an opportunity to create a neighborhood
based on residents' values.
"But although people are becoming more interested in these communities
around Des Moines, some experts stress that they are only an
alternative, rather than a solution, to Des Moines' ever-sprawling
developments. In addition, issues with size, people's behavior and
fast-paced growth may outweigh some of the benefits. Community
planners, city officials and residents might have to lower the
expectations they have placed on the future of these neighborhoods.
Recognizing an increasing interest in smart growth communities,
developers have been willing to invest more time and resources needed
to plan a community from beginning to end.
"'It's a model that Des Moines has not really seen in its marketplace,'
said Dennis Reynolds, Ladco Development Inc.'s development designer and
lead designer of the Village of Ponderosa, a 95-acre smart growth
community. 'The fact that neighborhoods like Beaverdale are so
desirable is a good indication that people really want this kind of
walkable development.' 'Many people chose the Ankeny lifestyle because
they want to be active and socially connected,' said Ankeny City
Manager Carl Metzger. 'This Ankeny attribute was confirmed during the
Prairie Trail visioning process and in the 2005 citizen survey. In the
survey, 78 percent of respondents rated Ankeny's sense of community as
good or excellent.'..."
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Title: "Painting a pretty picture"
Author: Sarah Bzdega
NEW SIDEWALKS A TOUGH SELL IN BOYNE CITY (MI)
-> According to a Sept. 7th Petoskey News-Review article, "The Boyne
City City Commission voted to expand its sidewalk system, but that
decision upsets some neighbors. 'It's not so much the cost, it's the
liability issue,' David Wade of Boyne City said. A half-dozen residents
shared concerns about the liability and maintenance of the sidewalks,
particularly during the winter months. Some residents shared concerns
about the potential danger of crossways linked to the sidewalks.
"Despite the feedback, the city awarded a $22,341 bid by Trowell Trades
for the construction of the sidewalk on North Lake Street at the Glen's
Market/Blockbuster Video complex, North Lake Street to the entrance of
Lakeview Village to Groveland Street. The plan also includes sidewalks
on West Michigan Avenue from Charlevoix Street to Addis Street. The new
sidewalks are part of a plan to build a sidewalk/trail system to Young
State Park, said city planner Dan Reed. 'The new master plan weighs
heavily upon creating alternative forms of transportation, taking away
the emphasis of automobiles, making walking or bicycling a much more
viable form of transportation,' Reed said..."
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Title: "New sidewalks a tough sell in Boyne City"
Author: Kristina Hughes
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
-> "The Bristol Evening Posted recently reported that a road sign in
Wales proudly proclaimed: 'llid y bledren dymchwelyd.' This was meant
to be Welsh for 'cyclists dismount.' It actually reads: 'your bladder
disease has returned.'
Source: Life Cycle UK's "Cycling News," Sept. 1, 2006
GRAND RAPIDS (MI) REVIVING STREET LIFE
-> "The City of Grand Rapids formally recognized the value of designing
dynamic streets with its updated, and widely supported, master plan,
which aims to make walking and biking safer, public transportation more
convenient, and parking lots less prominent..."
CONNECTICUT LOOKS FOR NEW TRANS. DEPUTY
-> "Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Saturday the deputy commissioner would
be responsible for improving mass transit and fighting sprawl. 'Mass
transit is convenient, safe, accessible and efficient, and requires
walkable, bikable neighborhoods surrounding our train stations,' Rell
said in a statement..."
CALGARY (AB): LARGEST "FOOTPRINT" IN N. AMERICA
-> "More than 35,000 people came to this city last year, drawn by
Alberta's super-heated economy. Calgary's high-speed development is now
swallowing about 1.5 hectares a day. And it shows no sign of slowing.."
WALKING 4 BROOKLYN (MI) BRIDGES
-> "Linda Reynolds, executive director of the Brooklyn/Irish Hills
Chamber of Commerce, said the event is sponsored by the village of
Brooklyn, the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and
Sports, and the Michigan Fitness Foundation..."
-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS AT THE..."
"...Bluffton (SC) School Complex;" report by Greater Bluffton Pathways;
Aug. 2006 (117k pdf)
-> "DESIGN LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN..."
"...Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises' (Paperback); by
Architecture For Humanity; Feb. 2006.
Note: Additional training opportunities are available on the National
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-> September 5-8, 2006, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006, Madison, WI. Info:
-> September 13-15, 2006, Retrofitting the Suburbs: New Urbanism in the
Midwest, Carmel, IN. Info: The Seaside Institute; phone: (850) 231-2421.
-> 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,
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:
-> October 20-22, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
-> October 23-25, 2006, 7th international Walk21 conference, Melbourne,
-> October 26-30, 2006, AASHTO Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. Info:
-> November 2- 4, 2006, Missouri Trail Summit, Kansas City, MO. Info:
-> November 4, 2006, Cincinnati Walks for Kids, Cincinnati, OH. Info:
Kate Westrich, Web Associate, Marketing and Communications, Cincinnati
Children's Hospital Medical Center; phone: 513-636-5634; fax:
513-636-7151; email: <email@example.com>
-> 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:
619-260-5538; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> 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
Philadelphia, PA. Info:
-> 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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