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#158 Friday, September 22, 2006

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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Draws Record Attendance
  Make Plans Now for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 in Seattle
  Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa Sets Tone with Keynote Speech
  Safe Routes to School at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006
  Pro Walk/Pro Bike Hosts Traffic Justice Institute
  Got 5 Minutes? Fill Out the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Evaluation!
  NCBW Announces Round VI of Walkable Community Workshops
  Follow-Up on Pro Walk/Pro Bike Velorution Session
  Baltimore (MD) Biz Group Pushes Complete Streets
  TX Study: Bike Lanes Reduce Weaving on Roads
  Nat'l Center for SRTS Launches New Web Site
  Portland (ME) Mayor "Walks & Talks" New Projects


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  New Jersey Gov. Announces $74M for Ped Safety
  Detroit (MI) Leaders Explore Walkable Urbanity
  Boston (MA) Festival Targets Oil Addiction
  Kentucky Gov. Delivers SRTS Check to Burlington School
  Mt. Juliet (TN) Rail Stations Could Spur Development
  Kittery (ME), DOT Divided on Gourmet Alley Plans
  Virginia Gov. Launches Safe Routes Program
  Fast Track for Fontana (CA) Safe Routes Projects



F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S


PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2006 CONFERENCE DRAWS RECORD ATTENDANCE

-> The 2006 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference drew a record crowd of
delegates and presenters to the Monona Terrace Conference Center in
Madison, Wisconsin. Going into the conference, some 590 delegates were
registered, and walk-in registration was brisk. According to conference
director Gary MacFadden, the final tally was 645 individuals.

Attendance was boosted by several groups working to get individuals
into the conference who could help push bicycling and walking in their
own locales. Wisconsin itself had more than 125 people in attendance;
the Chicagoland folks sent 17 delegates. And one consulting firm, Toole
Design, brought six delegates. "Each conference seems to have an
ever-broader mix of presenters and delegates," said MacFadden. "There
was the tried-and-true audience comprised of bicycle and pedestrian
advocates, transportation agency staff members, and consultants. But I
also spoke with many first-time delegates representing public health,
small-town leadership, and neighborhood advocates. It was a great
demonstration of 'making connections.'"

This was underscored by comments of one first-timer who wrote to the
NCBW staff soon after the conference: "Congratulations on a fabulous
conference! As a PW/PB virgin, [I] didn't quite know what to expect.
What I discovered was an extremely well-designed meeting, thought
provoking topics and, perhaps best of all, hundreds of really great
people who are smart, committed, and somehow seem to manage to have
incredible amounts of fun while changing the world (or at least their
piece of it)."

Those "thought-provoking topics" ranged from Safe Routes to School
programs to using GIS in communities to design and build bicycling and
walking facilities. More than 160 presenters shared their hard-earned
knowledge during 60 panels and two poster sessions. "The good thing
is," said one attendee, "that there are so many great choices. And the
problem is...that there are too many great choices." At the opening
plenary, attendees were treated to inspiring talks by Madison Mayor
Dave Cieslewicz and Jane Silberstein of the UW Extension Service, who
discussed eco-communities. At the luncheon, Gil Penalosa, President of
Ontario's Walk & Bike for Life delivered the conference keynote.

"Special thanks go to the Madison local host committee and our sponsors
for helping us to field a very successful conference," said Bill
Wilkinson, Executive Director of the National Center for Bicycling &
Walking. "Our sponsors were the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA),
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Bikes
Belong. And a special nod goes to the folks at Saris, located in
Madison, both for providing the bicycle racks for use by conference
participants, and for sponsoring a terrific Thursday-night party at the
Memorial Student Union on the University of Wisconsin campus."


MAKE PLANS NOW FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2008 IN SEATTLE

-> At the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 Closing Plenary, NCBW Executive
Director Bill Wilkinson made an announcement: Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008
will be held in Seattle, Washington.

Date: September 2-5, 2008
Place: Seattle's Westin Hotel.

The 2008 conference will mark a first for the 30-year-old conference
series: the first return to a host city. It's been 20 years since
Seattle hosted the then Pro Bike Conference in 1986. The 2008
conference will highlight the changes that have taken place in the
bicycling and pedestrian communities, and link those changes to seeds
sown in 1986.

As we move toward the 2008 conference, we'll continue to issue
quarterly Connections newsletters, highlighting the programs and
presentations as they are lined up. Not already receiving Connections?
Sign up at:
http://tinyurl.com/phr2g

Make plans to come! Learn what it takes to make bicycling and walking
an integral part of daily transportation decision-making.

A few reasons to join us in Seattle...
- Walking is celebrated, parades non-motorized
- 60 miles of trails and bike lanes
- 19 road diets completed
- 700 Mini-Circles installed
- Universal design is the norm
- Lowest pedestrian fatality rate in US

GUILLERMO (GIL) PENALOSA SETS TONE WITH KEYNOTE SPEECH

-> The Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 keynote speaker was Gil Penalosa. Gil is
President of Walk & Bike for Life, based in Oakville, Ontario; he is
also the former Commissioner, Parks, Sports and Recreation in Bogota,
Columbia. His international perspective inspired us, and his holistic
approach challenged us to see -- and make -- the connections.

According to NCBW Executive Director, Bill Wilkinson, "for me, and for
many other folks, Gil's remarks were a great inspiration. Many times
since, I have made reference to one or another of his comments, such as
that the challenge isn't a lack of knowledge but rather a need for the
leadership -- the political will -- to do it; and on the need for the
bicycle/ped advocacy community to not simply ask for support but rather
to go to other sectors and initiatives and offer to support them ...
through bicycling and walking. This last point was central to the theme
of our conference -- Making Connections -- and Gil did just that, with
virtually every person in the audience."

Wilkinson added, "Most of all we thank Gil for his passion. While most
advocates feel it, many are reluctant to use it or to even let it show.
Yet, I believe passion is what we need to have, to show, and to use if
we are to help other people to believe ... and to take action."

You can reach Gil at <president@walkandbikeforlife.com> or via his
website:
http://www.walkandbikeforlife.com/

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL AT PROWALK/PROBIKE 2006

-> Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 included ten sessions exposing the evolving
stories and practice of Safe Routes to School (SRTS). Adding to the
richness of the information were poster sessions and practitioners
infusing other sessions with SRTS information.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5th, just prior to the conference kick-off reception,
the National Center for Bicycling and Walking and the SRTS National
Partnership presented a half-day SRTS Practitioner's Workshop, attended
by more than 120 folks from across the country. "Deb Hubsmith and I
were thrilled to see this many people turn out the day after Labor Day,"
said NCBW's Sharon Roerty, a co-planner for the workshop. "The
presentations and discussions were designed for an audience with at
least a basic understanding of SRTS. How-to-grow your program case
studies from Oregon, Michigan, and Maine were all well-received;
subsequent breakout sessions fostered exchange on practical nuts
and bolts items."

Many attendees found the breakout sessions to be particularly valuable,
and said they wished there was more time for sharing. "The next
workshop of this type will definitely provide more time for small group
discussion," said Wendi Kallins, a member of the SRTS National
Partnership and another who helped plan the workshop. Stay tuned
for news of additional SRTS workshops at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.php

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE HOSTS TRAFFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE
- Bob Chauncey, NCBW Director of Policy Analysis

-> On September 5th, more than 70 pedestrian and bicycle advocates and
professionals met to discuss traffic justice. When bike-ped advocates
congregate, there is always lots of energy and messianic fervor. But
perhaps never more so than at the Traffic Justice Institute. We all
committed to begin a great task: to change our societal acceptance of
"accidents." As Evan Manvel of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance put
it, "Most of our country's efforts are designed to make crashes safer
(air bags, seat belts, bike helmets) rather than preventing crashes. At
the National Traffic Justice Institute two weeks ago, bike and
pedestrian advocates gathered to change our mentality from 'safe
crashing' to crash prevention."

To that end, we are beginning several steps, steps that will be taken
more rapidly after my travel schedule slows a bit starting next week:

- Populate a website with additional recommended readings
- Post an outline of all the wonderful ideas generated at TJI
- Create a distribution list of all who attended TJI and all who
express an interest in this campaign
- Call a meeting with key partners: Thunderhead Alliance, LAB, America
Walks, Rails to Trails, Bikes Belong, APBP, Adventure Cycling, and
others. Here we will discuss our common goals and how a general
partnership will evolve.
- Select a steering committee of five or so members to guide our
progress
- Create a clear statement of goals -- how we define success
- Outline a strategy
- Outline a specific campaign -- dependent upon likelihood of
short-term success, ability to generate public support, and cost
- Seek additional partners
- Seek funding
- Create public awareness -- establish a name for the campaign, a
30-second speech, marketing expertise

What do we need? Your continued interest, enthusiasm, creativity, and
zeal. Have a suggestion, an idea, a willingness to support? Let me know
at <bob@bikewalk.org>. And, thanks to all who attended and contributed
so much to the day!

Want more info? Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/tji.php

GOT 5 MINUTES? FILL OUT THE PRO WALK/PRO BIKE EVALUATION!

-> Did you attended the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006 conference in Madison?
If so, please take a few moments to complete an on-line evaluation. "We
used to ask attendees to complete a printed evaluation before they left
the conference site," said Gary MacFadden, this year's conference
director. "We found we were missing a lot of people who didn't stay for
the closing plenary. In many cases, people were rushing through the
evaluation, marking everything as 'fine.' And summarizing information
from the paper forms was a real pain."

Following the 2004 conference in Victoria, NCBW moved to an on-line
evaluation form you can complete using a standard browser. "This makes
it quick for conference participants, and really easy for us to sift
through the results," said MacFadden. "You can bet the results of the
2004 evaluation had a lot of bearing on how we planned the Madison
program."

MacFadden said that the 2006 evaluation form should take participants
about five minutes to complete. "Many questions are multiple choice, so
you won't even have to hit the keyboard," MacFadden said. "But we've
included questions where you can tell us what you'd like fixed for
future conferences."

You'll find the Evaluation Form at:
http://tinyurl.com/er8mg

NCBW ANNOUNCES ROUND VI OF WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS

-> The National Center for Bicycling & Walking is pleased to announce
applications are now available for the Spring/Summer 2007 round of
Walkable Community Workshops (WCWs). This year, NCBW is emphasizing
the flexibility of its workshop program. In addition to the
five- and eight-workshop options, the individual workshops can be
tailored to a more specific audience, such as a chamber of commerce
or a school board. Workshops concentrating on bicycle-friendly
communities or Safe Routes to School are also possible.

“I have been working with this program for three years now,” said
Mark Plotz, program manager for the WCW series. “During that time
I have seen the workshops only grow in relevance. I no longer need
to spend a lot of time establishing that those who travel on foot
or by bicycle are legitimate users of the transportation system.
Most people are already past that: they want trails built, concrete
poured, intersections improved, and kids walking to school again."

Plotz said that the recent series of eight workshops held in the
St. Paul/Ramsey County area (sponsored by Active Living Ramsey County)
is just one example of this change. "When I get to present a workshop
to a room filled with city staff, the mayor from that city and
neighboring ones, public health advocates, engineers, school district
officials, residents, and high school kids... I know I am in a
community that already 'gets it.' Our workshop provided an opportunity
for these citizens to come together, recognize a common interest,
learn how other communities have reacted, and then develop their own
plan for action.”

The application for the Spring/Summer round of Walkable Community
Workshops can be downloaded at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/workshopapplication.php

Direct questions about the WCW program or the application to Mark
Plotz at mark@bikewalk.org, or call him at 301.656.4220.

FOLLOW-UP ON PRO WALK/PRO BIKE VELORUTION SESSION

-> According to a recent note from Michelle DeRobertis, "A positive
outcome of the 'Music for the Velorution' Session on Thursday morning
was the idea to create a website where advocates and practitioners can
go to find songs and lyrics to use in their work. We want to collect
lyrics, poems, raps that you are using (or that you sang as a kid) so
that others can use them too.

"Many people who work with kids find that singing a little ditty helps
the kids have fun as well as learn to cross the street and be a safer
pedestrian. Other songs might be appropriate for Bike to Work Day or
Walk to School Day or for singing to your City Council or for your
bicycle coalition fundraiser. For this to work, we need you to
send lyrics, tune if any, and category to:
<musicforthevelorution@gmail.com>

"Randy Neufeld promises to find a website to host it. If you want a CD
that has 8 professionally performed and recorded songs to play at your
event or for your personal listening pleasure, send that request to the
email address above. If you know of other CD's that are still in print,
maybe we could put a list of those up, too."

BALTIMORE (MD) BIZ GROUP PUSHES COMPLETE STREETS

-> According to a recent note from Mark Counselman, "The Greater Towson
Committee (GTC), a group representing the civic interests primarily of
large businesses, developers and real estate concerns, in Towson,
county seat and inner suburb of Baltimore, MD, is promoting the concept
of complete streets. Towson's business community has long recognized
the importance of a vibrant pedestrian friendly environment."

For more on their work, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/z6z2b

TX STUDY: BIKE LANES REDUCE WEAVING ON ROADS

-> According to a Sept. 18th Univ. of Texas news release, "By studying
the interactions of drivers and bicyclists on Texas roads,
transportation engineers at The University of Texas at Austin have
discovered that having painted bike lanes on streets and roads helps
both commuters stay in safer, more central positions in their
respective lanes. 'Without a marked bike lane, there appears to be a
lot of uncertainty about how much space each person needs -- even when
adequate road space is provided,' said Randy Machemehl, the Nasser I.
Al-Rashid Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering and
director of the university's Center for Transportation Research (CTR),
where the study was conducted. The Texas Department of Transportation
(TxDOT) provided $114,000 for the study conducted on two- and four-lane
roadways where bike lanes had been added.

"Cities such as Austin, Houston and San Antonio where the study was
conducted are considering how to increase bicycle lanes as part of
meeting federal requirements of the Clean Air Act. Before the study,
little was known about the best approach for adding bike lanes to
existing roadways for commuter comfort. TxDOT follows recommendations
from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation
Officials to have five-foot-wide bike lanes. However, existing roadways
can be too narrow to retrofit that way. By studying videos of thousands
of passing events involving 31 paid, volunteer cyclists, and combining
that with data from other studies, CTR researchers determined the best
approach for narrower, retrofitted roadways..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/phdez
The results are here: http://tinyurl.com/p6fbu

NAT'L CENTER FOR SRTS LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE

-> According to a Sept. 15th news release, "The National Center for
Safe Routes to School has launched a new Web site...offering a resource
to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to walk and
bicycle to school."

The Web site includes a Safe Routes to School Guide, NCSRTS Resources,
an "Ask a Question" feature, an Online Library, and a News Room.

"Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School
assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk
and bike to school. The Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School
programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe
and successful strategies. The National Center for Safe Routes to
School is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety
Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/o6szb

PORTLAND (ME) MAYOR "WALKS & TALKS" NEW PROJECTS

-> According to a recent note, "City of Portland Mayor James Cohen will
announce several new public health initiatives this Friday, September
22, 11:30 a.m. in Monument Square. At approximately 11:45 a.m. that
same day, Cohen will begin his first of several Friday 'Walk and Talk
with the Mayor' events. Cohen will announce City plans to provide
funding for the creation of additional bike lanes in the City as well
as the addition of new bicycle racks.

"'We'll be looking for public input on where the new bike lanes and
racks should go,' remarked Mayor Cohen when asked about this
initiative. Several other initiatives will be announced that day as
well. After the brief press event, Cohen will begin his first "Walk and
Talk" event where members of the public can engage in 30 - 40 minutes
of physical activity while having the opportunity to speak to the Mayor
about any issue or concern. 'This is a great opportunity to get active
during the lunch hour and I'm looking forward to having some
uninterrupted time for quality conversations,' added Cohen when asked
about event..."

More info:
Nan Cumming, Executive Director, Portland Trails
<nan@trails.org>
http://www.trails.org

Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S
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-> "Some communities have incorporated what has come to be known as
'complete streets' laws and policies. These scenarios ensure roads and
streets are routinely designed and operated to provide safe access for
all users, including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit
riders. In communities with these laws and policies, pedestrians,
bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must
be able to safely move along and across an urban street..."
-- Cynthia Bledsoe. Executive Director, the Greater Towson Committee
http://tinyurl.com/z6z2b

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NEW JERSEY GOV. ANNOUNCES $74M FOR PED SAFETY

-> According to a Sept. 19th Atlantic City Press article, "A statewide
$74 million, five-year pedestrian-safety program [was] announced Monday
by Gov. Jon S. Corzine. The program addresses pedestrian awareness,
driver behavior and roadway conditions. The $74 million will pay for a
variety of safety measures ranging from intersection and sidewalk
improvements to having the state Motor Vehicle Commission, or MVC, test
motorists' knowledge of pedestrian-safety laws. The program will be
paid for with money in the state's Transportation Trust Fund.

"This initiative is designed to improve New Jersey's driving culture
and enhance pedestrian education so we can increase the safety of our
streets,' Corzine said. 'Investing in engineering improvements,
enforcing pedestrian-safety laws and changing the way we educate
drivers will help ensure that our communities are a safe place to
walk.' State officials said one of the key components will be
education.

"'From the first time young men and women sit behind the wheel, they
must be aware of all rules of the road,' said MVC Chief Administrator
Sharon Harrington. 'With expanded pedestrian-safety information and
enhanced testing, we will have better informed drivers who are
well-prepared to safely operate a motor vehicle.' Last year, 154
pedestrians were killed on New Jersey roads. That included 15 in
Atlantic County, three in Ocean County, three in Cumberland County and
two in Cape May County..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/je2mu
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Title: "State allots $74M. to make strides in pedestrian safety"
Author: Thomas Barlas

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/nnob6

DETROIT (MI) LEADERS EXPLORE WALKABLE URBANITY

-> A Sept. 20th Business Wire news release suggests, "Take a walk.
That's precisely what many Americans want to be able to do where they
live and work. Studies show that a third, perhaps even more, of U.S.
households want walkable living environments. 'There is pent-up market
demand for walkable urban places right now representing trillions of
dollars of development over the next 20 years,' according to
Christopher B. Leinberger, director of the University of Michigan
Graduate Real Estate Development Certificate Program and a Brookings
Institution Fellow.

"Key stakeholders in the City of Detroit -- including the Detroit
Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), the Downtown Detroit Partnership
(DDP) and others -- are busy crafting a market-driven redevelopment
plan for downtown Detroit. Central to the plan is fostering walkability
in Detroit; an element many believe is a cornerstone to the city's
revitalization. The Detroit metropolitan area has just three walkable
urbane places -- the suburban communities of Birmingham, Royal Oak and
Ann Arbor. Downtown Detroit, along with the cultural center anchored by
Wayne State University, is quickly being added to that list. The DEGC
and the DDP, chaired by Penske Corporation Founder Roger Penske, are
spearheading the development of a strategic plan for the resurgence of
Detroit's Central Business District.

"The research on which the market-driven strategy for Detroit is based
will be presented next month at the 20th Annual University of
Michigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum October 26 and 27 in
Detroit. The Forum will highlight the market drivers of Detroit's
resurgence and recap the progress to date, such as the recently
announced $180 million redevelopment of the Book-Cadillac Hotel.
Catalytic projects -- real development deals which DEGC has identified
as the next steps in Detroit's rebirth -- will also be discussed..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/mcegn
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Title: "Will Making Detroit Walkable Spur Its Resurgence?"
Author: Staff

For more on the UM/ULI Forum, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/rxkkk

BOSTON (MA) FESTIVAL TARGETS OIL ADDICTION

-> According to a Sept. 20th USPRwire release, "The AltWheels Festival
is convening a broad, public/private coalition of automakers, municipal
organizations, transportation professionals, environmental and
educational leaders, and bike and walk groups, to find real
alternatives to our costly addiction to oil. Witness this unique coming
together of more than 80 transportation- and energy-related entities,
during the fourth annual AltWheels Alternative Transportation Festival
on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 at Boston's City Hall Plaza
and on Sunday, September 24 at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in
Brookline.

"The three-day celebration will offer a one-stop opportunity to see
more than 15 different, clean, effective transportation options that
you can buy now -- plus new technologies coming in the near future from
Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and other leading automakers.
Boston's Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and Children's Museum
will all host informative, fun exhibits on transportation and energy
plus lots of interactive-learning activities on how to create a more
sustainable world. The coalition that comes together to put on the
fourth year of the AltWheels Festival consists of nearly 40 sponsors
and more than 76 co-hosts..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/muy4u
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Title: "Altwheels Festival Addresses our Oil Addiction"
Author: Staff

KENTUCKY GOV. DELIVERS SRTS CHECK TO BURLINGTON SCHOOL

-> According to a Sept. 21st Community Recorder article, "[Kentucky]
Gov. Ernie Fletcher visited Camp Ernst Middle School on Sept. 13 to
present a $99,000 check for a sidewalk on Rogers Lane. The funding is
part of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Safe Routes to School
program, a national initiative that encourages youth and their families
to choose active ways to get to and from school. Fletcher addressed the
students, presented a check and 'Safe Routes to School' sign, answered
student questions, and shook hands as the students were dismissed...

"He said the Boone County area was one of the 13 sites chosen for
project funding because of the impact a sidewalk would have on the
rapidly growing area. The money, which was received by the Boone County
Fiscal Court in July, will provide for an 1,800-foot sidewalk
connecting three neighborhoods along Rogers Lane as well as signage and
other 'traffic calming measures,' according to the Transportation
Cabinet. An estimated 320 students live within a two mile radius of the
school, according to the Transportation Cabinet.

"Camp Ernst Principal Eric McArtor said that although he discourages it
for safety reasons because there is little room on the side of the
road, about 20 kids currently walk to school along Rogers Lane and a
few ride bikes. McArtor said he hopes up to 100 students will utilize
the sidewalk when it's complete. He also he plans to have a bike rack
built at the school..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zvcfb
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Title: "Governor visits middle school"
Author: Lindsay Kottmann

MT. JULIET (TN) RAIL STATIONS COULD SPUR DEVELOPMENT

-> According to a Sept. 17th Star News article, "It's too early to say
whether commuter rail stations will have an economic impact on the
areas that surround them, but local planners already are preparing the
way for new pedestrian-friendly development that would give the areas a
more urban feel. The city of Mt. Juliet has adopted an overlay district
surrounding the rail station that intends to give the suburban area a
city center. 'The investment is not there now,' said Mark Hinesley,
president of the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce,
'but at least the zoning is there, so we don't end up with a gas
station on the corner or something else that will never lend itself to
a town center.' The first property to be re developed could be an old
elementary school across the street from the station, said City Planner
Bobby Franklin. Developers have submitted a conceptual plan for the
property that includes small retail businesses on a pedestrian-friendly
scale.

"Russell Medwyk of the Sterling Center Corp. in Palm Beach, Fla., said
his company has made an offer on the property. His interest doesn't
stem from the commuter rail station, which he thinks will add "5 to 10
percent max" value to the property. Instead, Medwyk's firm was drawn by
the location in a growing area. Hinesley is optimistic that the rail
will spur development in Mt. Juliet, even allowing commuters from other
areas to work in the city. For instance, a 600-acre property very close
to the station is vacant and would be perfect for a light manufacturing
plant, he said. 'This is a golden egg dropped in our lap,' Hinesley
said. 'This is a huge deal for us. We're very, very excited about
it.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/rrbh5
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/5bwf9
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Title: "Rail stations could spur development"
Author: Travis Loller

KITTERY (ME), DOT DIVIDED ON GOURMET ALLEY PLANS

-> According to a Sept. 17th Herald article, "The owners of the stores
along Gourmet Alley in Kittery, Maine, have been meeting with the state
Department of Transportation for months straining to see eye to eye on
how to rebuild their section of Route 1. Some Gourmet Alley businesses
say they're fairly pleased with the level of compromise by the DOT,
while others are frustrated the state is not willing to work toward the
town's vision of a walkable, downtown area. Jim Spencer, owner of the
Golden Harvest and Carl's Meat Market, said he is satisfied with the
latest DOT plans. During a meeting with the four business owners and
the state in August, the tone was very positive, he said. 'Everything
seems to be coming together,' Spencer said. His take was very different
last winter, however, when he and the other Gourmet Alley owners
learned about the project.

"At that time, DOT said it would completely rebuild Route 1 from Love
Lane to the traffic circle sometime next year. Because the state-owned
road is in poor condition and is considered a military throughway
between the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Interstate 95 during
emergencies, it must be completely reconstructed to meet current
standards. The project would include removing large concrete slabs
buried below the road, rebuilding the road bed, and finishing with
paving. The business owners took particular exception to the drastic
reduction in street-front parking, something they say is essential for
drawing new customers. In May, the preliminary plans called for two,
12-foot-wide travel lanes, 6-foot shoulders and 5-foot sidewalks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/nrld3
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/s8hq8
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Title: "Kittery, DOT divided on Alley plans"
Author: Beth LaMontagne

VIRGINIA GOV. LAUNCHES SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM

-> According to a Sept. 20th NBC4-TV story, "Gov. Tim Kaine said a new
program funded with federal dollars will allow more Virginia children
to walk or ride a bicycle to school. Kaine announced his statewide Safe
Routes to School program Tuesday for children in kindergarten through
eighth grade.

"Kaine said fewer children walk or bike to school than a generation
ago, and he called it a 'lost opportunity.' He said improving access
and safety to let more children walk or bike to school will 'enhance
the quality of life' and reduce vehicle emissions around schools. The
program will be funded by $13 million in federal funds through 2009.

"The money was provided for the program under the federal surface
transportation program. The Virginia Department of Transportation will
administer the grant program and begin accepting applications this
winter. A statewide advisory panel will help VDOT review applications.
Grants will range from $5,000 to $500,000."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/hus66
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "Kaine Launches Program To Let More Children Walk, Bike To
School"
Author: AP

FAST TRACK FOR FONTANA (CA) SAFE ROUTES PROJECTS

-> According to a Sept. 17th Sun article, "Eleven Fontana elementary
and middle schools will get new sidewalks courtesy of the San
Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. The board Tuesday approved
allocating $500,000 for the sidewalk projects. 'Children deserve safe
routes to school, and that's what the city of Fontana is providing for
them with this funding,' 2nd District Supervisor Paul Biane, who
requested half the funding, said in a news release. Fifth District
Supervisor Josie Gonzales requested the other half.

"The schools slated for new sidewalks, curbs and gutters are Tokay
Elementary, Date Elementary, Poplar Elementary, Citrus Elementary,
Chaparral Elementary, Jurupa Hills Middle, Fontana Middle, North
Tamarind Elementary, South Tamarind Elementary, Alder Elementary and
Palmetto Elementary. City officials expect to begin construction on the
sidewalk projects in about two weeks, the release said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/eqrxk
Archive search: use "Search" window
Archive cost: No
Title: "New sidewalks planned for 11 schools"
Author: Staff

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

DON'T YOU HATE IT WHEN YOU HAVE PARTS LEFT OVER...

-> "That strange object floating outside the shuttle should be no
stranger to we 'do-it-yourselfers' (DIY) who have ever assembled a
bicycle or repaired a toaster. There are always parts left over! This
shuttle mission to the International Space Station is nothing more than
a huge DIY job, by a bunch of amateur hobbyists. None of them are
professional repairmen. They're astronauts. If you're going to build
something, hire trained professionals. Or at least, hire someone who's
had lots of experience assembling stuff in orbit, like former astronaut
Jeff Hoffman, who repaired the Hubble.

"Remember those lost washers? That should have been a clue to anyone
who knows the working end of a box wrench that something was going to
go wrong on this mission. We're working with parts. Lots of them. And
they get lost. Except... on the space station, when you drop a washer
into the gadget, you can't turn it upside down, shake it, and watch
where it rolls on the garage floor. Been there, done that.

"Now for that floating plastic baggie...NASA says that 'it came from
somewhere and got loose.' Well...let's not even go there!"

Ira Flatow
The Science Friday Blog
http://tinyurl.com/l3ox7

Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S
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TUSCALOOSA (AL) RECYCLER GOES TO PW/PB '06
-> "Bill Herz, recycling coordinator for the city of Tuscaloosa
Environmental Services Department, received an all-expense scholarship
from the Active Living Resource Center to attend the 2006 International
Pro Bike/Pro Walk Conference in Madison, Wis., Sept. 5-8. He received
the honor for his efforts in bicycle/pedestrian advocacy in the
Tuscaloosa area..."
http://tinyurl.com/hca97

STARKVILLE (MS) WEIGHS PARKING VS BIKE LANES
-> "Members of a Catholic church and area cyclists hope to find a
solution to allow elderly people to park near the church and people to
ride bikes at the same time on Sundays..."
http://tinyurl.com/qpvzj

MCDONALD'S: LACK OF EXERCISE MAJOR OBESITY CAUSE
-> "The lack of physical activity is a larger cause of obesity than
caloric intake, he said. 'There's no such thing as good food and bad
food.'..."
http://tinyurl.com/j62ry

HAMILTON CO (TN) SRTS GETS PRIVATE GRANT
-> "Hamilton County's new Safe Routes to School program gets a boost
from the Lyndhurst Foundation. The local philanthropy donated
$10,000..."
http://tinyurl.com/j7wr2

NEWBERRY (FL) PLANNING NEW "MAIN STREET" LOOK
-> "Downtown Newberry may eventually see less heavy traffic on State
Road 26 and more pedestrians exploring a refurbished main street. At
least, that's the goal of Mayor John Glanzer and city planner Garry
Clark..."
http://tinyurl.com/jesm4

BIKE TOUR AGAINST CHILD TRAFFICKING HITS BULGARIA
-> "An open-air concert in Sofia's South Park greeted Thursday more
than 30 children who took part in a bicycle tour of the Balkan region
under the motto 'Stop women and children trafficking before it begins.'
The cyclists, who had passed through Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia will
head for Romania after they tour two Bulgarian cities..."
http://tinyurl.com/hudk7

HOLLADAY (UT) DEBATES "VILLAGE" PROJECT
-> "Key to the city's vision of creating a walkable marketplace is the
reconfiguration of the harried intersection where 2300 East,
Murray-Holladay Road and Holladay Boulevard converge. A conceptual road
plan -- boasting small midblock streets, plazas and water features --
will draw people and encourage them to linger..."
http://tinyurl.com/e8msf

DULUTH, GRAND RAPIDS, HILL CITY (MN) GET SRTS $$
-> "The Safe Routes to School program will award $105,645 to Duluth,
$30,030 to Grand Rapids, and $7,000 to Hill City, U.S. Congressman Jim
Oberstar said this morning..."
http://tinyurl.com/hhu9e

WREXHAM (UK) SUBMITS SAFE ROUTES PROPOSAL
-> "To qualify to bid, schools had to produce a school travel plan and
work with the council to prepare a bid for 'safe routes to school'
funding from the Welsh Assembly..."
http://tinyurl.com/eh8hv

CAN THE BICYCLE SAVE CIVILIZATION?
-> "Thanks to the triumph of motorized vehicles over the past century,
North Americans, who constitute some five percent of the world's
population, consume fully a quarter of the world's energy..."
http://tinyurl.com/jxdj4

R-E-S-O-U-R-C-E-S
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-> "GEORGIA GUIDEBOOK FOR PEDESTRIAN PLANNING"
Report by Amekudzi & Dixon, Georgia Tech Research Corporation; for the
GA Dept. of Transportation; June 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/qdud5

-> "CREATING A POSITIVE FUTURE FOR A MINORITY..."
"...Community: Transportation and Urban Renewal Politics in Miami;" by
Dluhy, Revell, & Wong; Univ. of PA Institute for Urban Research; 2002
http://tinyurl.com/jepk9

C-A-L-E-N-D-A-R
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Note: Additional training opportunities are available on the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Readers are encouraged to add
their own items as long as they pertain to training in the bicycle,
pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
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-> September 28-30, 2006, Public Spaces / Public Life, Copenhagen, DK.
Info:
http://tinyurl.com/lbduo

-> 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: <lwaterreus@europoint-bv.com>.
http://tinyurl.com/fxy2f

-> October 18, 2006, Moving Together 2006 Conference, Boston, MA. Info:
email: <baystate_roads@hotmail.com>.
http://tinyurl.com/e8o6p

-> October 19-22, 2006, National Trails Symposium, Davenport, IA.
Info: American Trails, phone: (530) 547-2060; email:
<symposium@americantrails.org>
http://www.americantrails.org

-> October 20-22, 2006, Thunderhead Training, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

-> October 23-25, 2006, 7th international Walk21 conference, Melbourne,
OZ. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/nzc4a

-> October 26-30, 2006, AASHTO Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/eaf8c

-> November 2- 4, 2006, Missouri Trail Summit, Kansas City, MO. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/fqh27

-> 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: <kate.westrich@cchmc.org>
http://tinyurl.com/6mm8j

-> January 21-25, 2007, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/hjdms

-> February 8-10, 2007, New Partners for Smart Growth, Los Angeles, CA.
Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ha9q5

-> February 22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference,
Coronado CA. Info: Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator; phone:
619-260-5538; email: <awilson@projects.sdsu.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/fkjya

-> March 25-29, 2007, National Trust Main Streets Conference, Seattle,
WA.
Info: Mary de la Fe, Main Streets Conference Coordinator, National
Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6329; email:
<mary_delafe@nthp.org>
http://tinyurl.com/pwyqh

-> April 14-18, 2007, American Planning Association National
Conference,
Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/j9v8w

-> June 12-15, 2007, Velo City International Bicycle Conference,
Munich, Germany. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/edzbb

J-O-B-S--G-R-A-N-T-S--A-N-D--R-F-P-S
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-> JOB -- CIVIL ENGINEERING ASST. -- PIMA COUNTY AZ
The Pima County Dept. of Transportation, Tucson, AZ, has an opening for
a Civil Engineering Assistant with the Pima County Bicycle and
Pedestrian Program. Minimum Annual Starting Salary: $36,908 - $49,635
DOQ (Without Degree) $48,004 - $64,558 DOQ (With Degree in an
Engineering Discipline). Closing: Open Until Filled.
For more information, contact Della Lopez at (520)740-6640 or
<Della.Lopez@dot.pima.gov>. To view announcements and download the
application, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/lo3dq

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- N. NATOMAS TMA, SACRAMENTO, CA
The North Natomas Transportation Management Association is seeking an
Executive Director that can work with diverse groups of public and
private sector representatives involved in transportation planning,
policy, management, and legislation. Knowledge of Transportation Demand
Management (TDM) is highly desirable. Experience in reporting to a
Board of Directors and being held accountable for policy-based
outcomes. Five years demonstrated management success, with supervisory,
budgeting, and administrative skills. Not-for-profit experience
desirable. Send resume by October 27th. For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/gwgf8

-> 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:
http://tinyurl.com/lpbyh

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