C-E-N-T-E-R-L-I-N-E-S


#159 Friday, October 6, 2006

CenterLines is the bi-weekly e-newsletter of the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
and information you can use to create more walkable and
bicycle-friendly communities. Check online for additional stories:
http://www.bikewalk.org/newsletter.php


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  Share Your Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference Photos!
  Post-Conference Site Launched With Presentations
  "Dave's Ride" Commemorates Life of Vienna (VA) Bicyclist
  New Smart Growth Guide Released
  Thunderhead Hiring Complete Streets Campaign Coach
  RFP: Revising the AASHTO Bike Guide
  A New Online Source of Bike/Ped Photos
  We Still Need Your Pro Walk/Pro Bike Evaluations


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Manington (WV) Mayor Honors Walk to School Month
  Las Cruces (NM) Plans Mixed-Use Downtown "Place"
  Erlanger (KY) Celebrates Walk to School Month
  Halifax (NS) Folks Want Small, Complete Neighborhoods
  Burlington (VT) Kids Join Int'l Walk to School Day
  Baltimore (MD) EMS Bike Team Grant Honors Fallen Comrade
  Walk/Bike to School Day 1St Step in Culture Change
  Chicago (IL) Kids Ready for Walk to School Day
  Urbana (IL) Alderman Seeks Ban on Cell Phone Driving
  Spring Lake (MI) Gets 'Extreme Makeover' Award
  Lawrence (KS) Works on Safer Pedestrian Routes
  London (ON) Kids Walk to School This Week
  Arlington (VA) Gains Walkable Place to Live, Work, Dine
  Kitsap (WA) Volunteers Tell Drivers to "Slow for Kids"



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


SHARE YOUR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE CONFERENCE PHOTOS!

-> Arthur Ross, Madison's bike/pedestrian coordinator, reminded us that
we had a web-based community photo album after the 2004 conference in
Victoria. Attendees shared some of their favorite photos of the
Conference. So, what better time to announce a community photo album
for participants in Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2006? Follow this link to the
album and let us see YOUR favorite shots!

Go to:
http://tinyurl.com/knqwq

POST-CONFERENCE SITE LAUNCHED WITH PRESENTATIONS

-> If you weren't able to attend the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference last
month in Madison, Wisconsin, now you can check out some of the
presentations that were made. We admit it's not the same as being
able to ask questions of the presenter or network with other bicycle/
pedestrian advocates, but at least you can download and view a
number of the presentations that were submitted following the
conference.

At the post-conference site you can also download a copy of the
conference attendee list, a veritable "who's who" of those working
in the pedestrian/cycling field.

Visit the post-conference site at:
http://www.bikewalk.org/vconference/index.html

"DAVE'S RIDE" COMMEMORATES LIFE OF VIENNA (VA) BICYCLIST

-> In a recent note, Michael Nelson wrote, "I'm writing you to see if
the [NCBW] might be able to help publicize a memorial bike ride being
held on October 21 to remember the life of David Marsden, a member of
my church who was killed in a tragic bike accident in August, 2005, in
Vienna, VA. David's widow has teamed up with the League of American
Bicyclists to promote the ride and the cause of bike safety."

Details on the ride can be found at:
http://www.davesride.org/

NEW SMART GROWTH GUIDE RELEASED

-> According to a recent note, "The International City/County
Management Association (ICMA) and the Smart Growth Network are
releasing 'This Is Smart Growth.' This new publication illustrates how
communities can turn their visions, values, and aspirations into
reality, using smart growth techniques to improve the quality of
development. Thirty-two national organizations -- representing housing,
environmental, community design and development, public health,
transportation, local government, and other interests -- have approved
'This Is Smart Growth.'

"'This Is Smart Growth' describes how, when done well, development can
help create more economic opportunities, build great places where
people want to live and visit, preserve the qualities people love about
their communities, and protect environmental resources. Many people
want to know what smart growth looks like; 'This Is Smart Growth'
illustrates and explains smart growth concepts and outcomes.."

Free copies are available from the EPA at 800-490-9198 or via e-mail at
<ncepimal@one.net>. Ask for publication number 231-K-06-002.

The report is also available at:
http://www.smartgrowth.org

THUNDERHEAD HIRING COMPLETE STREETS CAMPAIGN COACH

-> In a recent note, Sue Knaup, Executive Director of the Thunderhead
Alliance said, "As Thunderhead's National Complete the Streets Campaign
ramps up, it is time to bring in a focused campaign coach.
Thunderhead's national campaign is linking state and local complete
streets policy campaigns led by Thunderhead member organizations to
leverage a federal level complete streets policy through the
reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU.

"This new full-time executive coach will be focused entirely on
assisting leaders of Thunderhead member organizations with their
complete streets policy campaigns in the context of Thunderhead's
National Complete the Streets Campaign. Applicants must have proven,
successful campaign experience and must thrive on fast paced strategy
development, enjoy lots of travel and work well with the leaders of
Thunderhead member organizations."

For more info, go to:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/jobs.htm.

RFP: REVISING THE AASHTO BIKE GUIDE

-> According to the Oct. 3rd TRB E-Newsletter, "The Transportation
Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)
has issued a request for proposals to recommend revisions to the 1999
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
(AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. Proposals are
due November 15, 2006."

For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/hfhnn

A NEW ONLINE SOURCE OF BIKE/PED PHOTOS

-> A friend recently let us know about Richard Drdul's online
collection of photos. Richard was one of our Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004
presenters and has created quite an online source for folks who need
good shots of various types of non-motorized (and motorized)
facilities. Here's what Richard says about his photo website:

"Over the years, I have assembled a collection of bicycle- and
pedestrian-related photographs (as well as traffic calming and other
transportation stuff). Periodically, people ask me if they can use some
of these photos, so it occurred to me that I should make them available
to everyone who might want to use them. So in hopes of improving my
karmic balance sheet, I have made 150 of these photos available at for
anyone to download. Check back occasionally -- I'll be adding a few
more over the next few months. These photos are provided under a
Creative Commons 'attribution/share alike' license, which essentially
means you're free to use the photos provided that you a) attribute them
to 'Richard Drdul,' and b) make any derivative works publicly
available."

Click here to see the photo collection:
http://tinyurl.com/qt7t4

Richard can be contacted at <richard@drdul.com> or (604) 222-3541. His
website is at:
http://www.drdul.com

WE STILL NEED YOUR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE EVALUATION

-> Well, that's true if a) you attended the conference in Madison in
September, and b) you haven't already sent in your evaluation. If you
have, then you're one of 250 individuals who have already shared their
conference experiences with us, and provided some excellent ideas
to make the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference even better.

So, if you meet the qualification in "a" and "b" above, please go to the
link below and take five minutes to run through the conference
evaluation. And many thanks.

On-line conference evaluation: http://tinyurl.com/er8mg
(If the tiny URL doesn't work for you, the "full" URL is:
http://www.bikewalk.org/2006conference/PWPB06Eval.htm )

Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S
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-> "We like to promote anything that increases physical activity, We
have many parents each week come and talk with us about getting their
student to school, and we always like to remind them that walking is a
good option."
-- Brad Clement, Principal, Miller Middle School, Marshalltown, IA
http://tinyurl.com/muqvz

-> "A large part of the commuter traffic is parents driving kids to
school. If we can eliminate that, it will be safer for everybody."
-- Pat Pieratte, Florida Safe Routes to School coordinator
http://tinyurl.com/ojmdh

-> "We are not among the anti-automobile crowd, which wants sidewalks
and bike paths to replace supposedly sinister SUVs. But when people can
safely travel a city without having to get in their cars, it improves
the quality of life..."
-- Editorial Board, Manchester (NH) Union Leader Newspaper
http://tinyurl.com/oaoy4

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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MANINGTON (WV) MAYOR HONORS WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH

-> According to an Oct. 4th Times West Virginian article, "Today at 8
a.m., Mannington Mayor Lenny Stafford will stand in the heart of
Citizen Square and officially declare the month of October the
first-ever International Walk to School Month within the town. Joined
by an audience of more than 400 middle school students, members of the
Fairmont State football team and several state and local legislators,
Stafford will read a proclamation outlining the details of the
nationally celebrated event, and then the entire group will walk back
to Mannington Middle School together to promote the act. 'It'll be like
a parade,' said Rana Taylor, Mannington Main Street coordinator. 'As a
group, the whole school will walk back along with the mayor and
everyone else in attendance.'

"A nationally celebrated event to promote physical exercise and a
cleaner environment, the walk-to-schools campaign is part of the U.S.
Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration Safe
Routes to School federal-aided grant program. Within this program, a
total of $612 million in federal funds are available across the country
to promote safe walking practices, with each state receiving a portion
based on how many school-aged children in grades K-eight reside in
their boundaries.

"In West Virginia, Taylor said a yearly potential of $75,000** is
available for the next five years to be used to promote safe practices
of walking and biking to school. These incentives include more bike
racks at the school, repair work on the sidewalks and the rail trail
along the route, the addition of safety signs, and the implementation
of various informational assemblies and courses to teach kids the
proper safety methods when walking or biking. Presently, Taylor said
there are many kids who live as close as a block from the middle school
who opt to ride the bus instead of walking or biking, which is chiefly
why this program would benefit the local area..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/om656
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Title: "Mannington observes its first International Walk to School
month"
Author: Mallory Panuska

**The actual per year amount for West Virginia isn't $75,000 as stated
but $1 million, with the exception of 2006, during which it is $990,000.
For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/rvk5p

LAS CRUCES (NM) PLANS MIXED-USE DOWNTOWN "PLACE"

-> According to an Oct. 2nd Sun-News article, "One of the new buzzwords
in real estate development is the term 'mixed-use.' Mixed-use can refer
to a building project that has several different revenue producing
uses, relying on each other. For example, retail use on the bottom
floor, residential and/or offices on the upper floors, all concealing a
decked parking facility at the back or core of the building. Mixed-use
can also refer to a particular district, like our downtown. If we think
of the term in the context of a district rather than building by
building, the uses add benefit to the surrounding neighborhoods and are
part of a coherent plan. Connectivity and integration of the uses to
their surroundings really defines mixed-use as opposed to just 'multi
-use.' This is where the phrase 'live, work, play' comes from, which is
where all three of these actions are achieved in one geographic
location. In other words, a successful mixed-use project is not just
about adding value to buildings, but adding value to a way of life.

"Mixed-use helps create a 'place' or an environment that is exciting
and vibrant. A developer educated in these types of projects
understands the task is not only economic, but a much more complex one,
creating a livable place in which not only recreational needs are met,
but also housing and employment within the same walkable district. As
the roughly 78 million baby boomers approach retirement, many are
gravitating toward urban housing. Downtown revitalization efforts
nationwide are seeing this in the mixed-use projects involving
residential components. A nearly equal number of echo-boomers
(children of baby boomers) are benefiting by being able to buy
condominiums in mixed-use areas at a younger age due to financial
assistance from affluent parents. Retail Traffic magazine reports the
median age of the first-time home- owner has dropped from 36 to 32 in
the past five years at least partially due to this trend..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n5h4u
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/o82lo
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Title: "The revitalized downtown a place to work, live and play"
Author: Staff

ERLANGER (KY) CELEBRATES WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH

-> According to an Oct. 5th Community Record article, "Yellow may be
the hottest color at Arnett Elementary this fall. The Northern Kentucky
Health Department visited the school and distributed reflective
armbands on Oct. 2 to help celebrate National Walk To School Month, a
program designed to encourage student safety around schools. The
students will be encouraged to wear the armbands not only on their way
to school, but any other time they may be walking around busy roads, or
if they're out after dark. 'We're just trying to get the basic message
of safety to them right now,' said Marsha Ball, a health educator with
the health department. 'This will help get it into their minds that
they need to always be cautious around cars and roads.' Arnett
Principal David Palmore addressed the students about the significance
of road safety, noting that many of the students live nearby and walk
to school.

"'It's important that we understand why it's important to be safe and
careful when walking to school,' said Palmore. 'We need to always be
aware of what's going on, and that way we can help to prevent any sort
of accidents.' The demonstration included a short slide show and
provided tips for students about safe walking, such as looking for
crosswalks or never walking out between two parked cars. Miles
Elementary also welcomed in the month by celebrating Safe Routes to
School on Oct. 4. Small groups of students who normally walk to school
while under the supervision of an adult, carried signs that promoted
the Safe Routes to School Program, another national program that
encourages safety. Miles Elementary is one of only five schools in
Northern Kentucky with an official Safe Routes to School Program..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/p3qho
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/kx28q
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Title: "Area schools promote safe walking, biking this year"
Author: Jason Brubaker

HALIFAX (NS) FOLKS WANT SMALL, COMPLETE NEIGHBORHOODS

-> An Oct. 1st Daily News article suggested readers, "Imagine the city
you'd like to live in. Is it one where your community really feels like
a neighbourhood? Where you can buy bread from a baker who knows your
name? Where you could bike to work, or take public transit? This is the
time for Halifax to consider these questions. 'Each city should try to
be as good as it can, as great as it can,' said Frank Palermo,
professor with Dalhousie's School of Architecture and Planning. 'It
should be a place that reflects the deepest aspirations that we have.'
Halifax Regional Municipality is looking at developing an urban design
policy for the so-called regional centre: peninsular Halifax and
downtown Dartmouth, bordered by the Circumferential Highway. 'We all
recognize that we've got a beautiful city, but everyone sees the little
cracks that are eroding that,' said Paul MacKinnon, executive director
of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and a member of the HRM
urban design task force.

"Part of the comprehensive regional plan approved by council earlier
this year, the HRM By Design study is gathering opinions about what
shape development in the city should take. Earlier this month, the
Toronto-based consultant group held open-house events and workshops
with members of HRM's urban design task force. From those meetings, the
Office for Urbanism reported that people want more emphasis on
complete, walkable neighbourhoods, and on a healthy mix of past and
future. Palermo agrees with that. 'On the one hand, we want to protect
our ties to history and the kind of great historical roots the place
has; on the other, we want to be a modern city and a place that has
rich possibilities for the future,' he said. 'And those things, in many
people's minds, aren't always completely aligned.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/l8rup
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/qwg96
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Title: "Great cities aren't born, they're made"
Author: Emily Bowers

BURLINGTON (VT) KIDS JOIN INT'L WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> According to an Oct. 4th Vermont Guardian article, "Of the 30
schools around Vermont, eight Chittenden County local elementary
schools are joining schools from around the state to celebrate this
week's International Walk to School Week. Approximately 800 students
from these schools will be walking to school along with parents,
teachers and community leaders. Walk to School activities seek to get
youth active, improve traffic safety and reduce congestion around
schools. Supervised groups of children will walk and bike to the eight
schools during the week.

"Specific activities include:
- Flynn Elementary School, Burlington: Eight walking school buses will
pickup students all five days
- C.P. Smith Elementary School, Burlington: Walking school buses will
pickup children all five days and Shawna Lidsky, Channel 3 News'
sportscaster, will punch "frequent walker" cards on Wednesday
- Edmunds Elementary School, Burlington: Five walking school buses will
pick up students on Wednesday
- Hinesburg Community School, Hinesburg: Walking school buses
willdepart the Post Office at 7:35am all five days with town leaders
joining the Wednesday walk
- Jericho Elementary School, Jericho: Three walking school buses will
meet school buses at collection points, students have written a cheer
- JFK Elementary School, Winooski: "I Walk Parade" up Main Street with
school mascots and staff and end with breakfast at school on Wednesday
- Shelburne Elementary School, Shelburne: Students will meet at the
Town Green at 7:30 on Wednesday and walk to school

"In the U.S., International Walk to School Week is expected to include
5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join
children and adults in 40 countries around the world..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/zu294
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/eupag
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Title: "Schools celebrate International Walk to School Week"
Author: Staff

BALTIMORE (MD) EMS BIKE TEAM GRANT HONORS FALLEN COMRADE

-> According to a Sept. 28th Examiner article, "Baltimore firefighter
Joseph Bayne died fighting a blaze in the 11th-floor offices of Riggs,
Counselman, Michaels & Downes insurance company in 1977 in what is now
the Legg Mason building. Nearly 30 years later, when the firm received
a grant through the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. to be donated at its
discretion, it remembered who to honor. The firm and Fireman's Fund
Insurance presented the Baltimore City Fire Department with a $30,000
check Wednesday morning to support the department's fire prevention
bureau and paramedic bike team...

"Established in 1999, the paramedic bike team provides emergency-first
response when event traffic and large crowds delay traditional
response. In the past year, Bike Team members responded to 300
emergencies in the past year at events including: The Baltimore
Marathon, Preakness Celebration, African-American Heritage Festival,
Artscape, The Fells Point Festival and, most recently, the Virgin Music
Festival. Shortly after the bike team program was launched, the unit
saved a cardiac arrest patient's life at a July 4 celebration on the
Inner Harbor. 'Ask any bicycle commuter in Baltimore -- we all know the
best way through traffic is on a bike,' said Mark Counselman, whose
father Skip is a partner in the insurance agency and was working in the
office the morning of the fire. 'The response times are a fraction of
what they used to be at these events -- sometimes less than a minute,'
EMS Lt. Mark Fletcher said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/gnklf
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Title: "Fire department gets grant for EMS bike team"
Author: Ron Cassie

WALK/BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY 1ST STEP IN CULTURE CHANGE

-> According to an Oct 4th digitalBURG article, "Communities are using
the walk or bike to school as the first step to change community
culture and create environments that are more inviting for everyone,
young and old. 'Walking to school is good for kids and they love it,'
says Missouri Bicycle Federation Executive Director Brent Hugh. 'When I
was going to school myself, the majority of kids walked or bicycled to
school,' Hugh said. 'Now just a few do. Kids who walk and bicycle have
better health and do better academically.' Walk to School Day is easy
to get started. It just one parent, student, teacher, or administrator.
In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first
National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, modeled after the
United Kingdom's lead.

"Back then, it was simply a day to bring community leaders and children
together to create awareness of the need for communities to be
walkable. By the year 2002, children, parents, teachers and community
leaders in all 50 states joined nearly 3 million walkers around the
world to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day.
The reasons for walking grew just as quickly as the event itself.
Columbia's PedNET has developed one of the premier Safe Routes to
School programs in the nation. PedNET has developed simple step by step
instructions that allow any parent, teacher, or administrator put
together a Walk to School Day..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/olqj5
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/zf2az
Archive cost: ? (doesn't seem to function properly)
Title: "International Walk/Bike To School Day October 4th"
Author: Staff

For PedNET's instructions, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/nyubu

CHICAGO (IL) KIDS READY FOR WALK TO SCHOOL DAY

-> An Oct. 4th Chicago Tribune article suggests, "Lace up your
sneakers, zip up your hoodie and get hoofing. Tomorrow is National Walk
to School Day, and kids are encouraged to take the shoe leather express
instead of a ride from Mom. Walk to School Day is a campaign for
students to walk for health and environmental reasons. Schools such as
Clissold Elementary in Chicago are participating and encouraging
students to walk or bike to class. John O., 13, walks a half-mile to
Clissold and says he enjoys the exercise. 'It keeps me healthy; I [do]
a lot of walking,' John says. 'It's healthy for the environment because
it saves gas.' And while many parents sweat about safety, not walking
is not always a good idea, because kids need exercise to become healthy
grown-ups.

"American adults have a one in five chance of dying from heart disease.
Many parents today worry that their children could be abducted or
otherwise harmed while walking to school. But the risk of violent crime
against kids ages 12 to 19 actually has decreased in the last 30 years.
And despite highly publicized crimes against kids, the likelihood of
abduction is low in school areas, the Bureau of Justice Statistics
reports. So while it is always a good idea to avoid situations that
could endanger you, such as walking alone at night, there are more
reasons to walk instead of ride. Statistically, walking is safer than
riding in a car. The likelihood of dying from a motor vehicle accident
is 1 in 84. But the likelihood of death while walking is just 1 in 626,
reports the Safety Council..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/gj38h
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/ztmqw
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Title: "Walk this way: Find a safe route and hoof it to school"
Author: Emily Le Beau

URBANA (IL) ALDERMAN SEEKS BAN ON CELL PHONE DRIVING

-> According to an Oct. 4th News-Gazette article, "Alderman Charlie
Smyth says he will propose a ban on cell phone use by drivers in Urbana
in the wake of the death last month of Matt Wilhelm, who was hit on a
bicycle by a driver using her cell phone. Smyth said after the accident
-- and two other local fatalities that involved cell phones -- it is
time for local government to take action. The ordinance also would
apply to two-way pagers and computers. 'To me, driving with a cell
phone or other interactive technology is just like driving impaired,'
he said. 'The studies show you might as well be drunk. We don't allow
drunk drivers on the road. The legal consequences for driving while
using cell phone and similar technology should be the same.'

"Smyth said he has submitted his proposal to the city's newly formed
Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission for a recommendation,
after which it will come to the city council. Mr. Wilhelm, 25, died
from injuries suffered when the bicycle he was riding was hit by a car
driven by a 19-year-old Urbana woman, who was downloading ring tones
onto her cell phone. The accident occurred at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 2 on the
right shoulder of Illinois 130, east of Urbana, and south of Windsor
Road. He died Sept. 8. The driver, Jennifer Stark, pleaded guilty
Monday to improper lane usage. A sentencing hearing was set for Nov.
29. The maximum sentence she can receive is a $1,000 fine..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ejt3u
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Title: "Urbana alderman seeks cell phone ban"
Author: Mike Monson

SPRING LAKE (MI) GETS 'EXTREME MAKEOVER' AWARD

-> According to an Oct. 4th Grand Haven Tribune article, "The Michigan
Municipal League (MML) honored Spring Lake Village's redevelopment
recently. The village was one of nine communities in the state to be
recognized for growth, in the form of the 'extreme makeover' award for
economic development. The MML honors communities, based on their
populations, for outstanding achievement, economic development and
community partnership. 'We're definitely doing the right thing to get
recognized by our peers,' said Spring Lake Village Manager Bill Filber.
'This award is something to be celebrated between our residents,
village council past and present and our administrative staff.' Cotton
said in the 1980s Spring Lake experienced a deteriorating industrial
and commercial base and aging infrastructure.

"The village since has organized a central business downtown district
authority, a tax increment finance district and a downtown master plan.
'We started streetscape planning 10 years ago,' Cotton said of
ornamental village lights, sidewalks and brick accents. 'This
reinvestment led the way for numerous private and public partnerships.
Developers have worked closely with the village in culminating $35
million in new investments over the span of the last four years.'...
'Village council and the planning commission adopted a design manual in
2004,' Cotton said. 'These redevelopments contributed significantly to
the village's historic, high quality, quaint and walkable community
vision.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/np4xb
Archive search: No archives found
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Title: "SL gets 'extreme makeover' award"
Author: Marie Havenga

LAWRENCE (KS) WORKS ON SAFER PEDESTRIAN ROUTES

-> According to an Oct. 5th Journal-World article, "For some it was
special, a group adventure. Some just went partway, enough to get in on
the experience. And to others Wednesday, it was sort of, well,
pedestrian. 'I didn't even know it was "Walk to School Day." We walk to
school every day,' said Dana Atwood-Blaine, who escorts her son, Aidan,
to Schwegler School each morning. Aidan, a kindergartner, explained
what he had found Wednesday morning along the two-block route to his
school, 2201 Ousdahl Road. 'A plastic leaf,' he said, shyly ducking
behind his mom's leg. 'And what did you pick up?' his mother asked. 'A
battery,' he said. City and school officials want to pick up their own
treasures from the event: nuggets of information from parents to help
improve the safety of the city's walkways.

"The officials hope Wednesday's International Walk to School Day will
go hand-in-hand with a 'walkability survey' they recently sent home to
parents. 'We want to get an idea of what everything is like as far as
our sidewalks, safety and those kind of things,' said Rick Gammill,
director of special operations for the Lawrence school district.
Gammill, a member the city's Pedestrian Advisory Committee, said the
panel would use the information to seek funds from the Kansas
Department of Transportation. The parent survey results will be turned
over to city traffic engineers, who will seek a Safe Routes to School
federal grant through KDOT, said Gwen Klingenberg, another member of
the pedestrian committee..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/jhxk7
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Title: "City takes steps to ensure safer pedestrian routes"
Author: Dave Toplikar

LONDON (ON) KIDS WALK TO SCHOOL THIS WEEK

-> According to an Oct. 4th Free Press article, "Across Canada and in
more than 35 countries, people are being encouraged to leave their cars
at home and either walk, ride a bike or take a scooter or skateboard to
school this week. The International Walk to School Week, which runs
until Friday, is held to promote efficient and safe ways to get to
school while addressing concerns about air pollution and climate
change. It also helps keep kids active. Several schools in the London
area are holding walking activities this week, including St. Martin,
Princess Elizabeth, Arthur Ford, Ashley Oaks, St. Marguerite d'Youville
and St. Theresa.

"The first Walk to School Week was held in Chicago in 1997. By the
following year, some 16,000 children participated for the first time in
Canada. Originally, it was a one-day event. In Canada, the event is
coordinated by Go for Green, a non-profit organization that encourages
active living and other activities to protect and enhance the
environment, in collaboration with provincial organizations..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/hll22
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/kv5rc
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Title: "Kids walk to school this week"
Author: Staff

ARLINGTON (VA) GAINS WALKABLE PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, DINE

-> According to an Oct. 4th Connection article, "When Chris Morton
decided to open a second Arlington branch of Robeks -- a fruit smoothie
shop -- there was only one location in the county he was interested in:
Shirlington. With its eclectic mix of sidewalk restaurants, upscale
novelty shops and burgeoning arts scene, Shirlington has been
transformed in recent years from a staid, and often forgotten, corner
of Arlington into the county's new entertainment and dining hub. 'The
tremendous growth of Shirlington was really appealing to me,' said
Morton last week, as a team of construction workers was putting the
final touches on his new store. 'This is the perfect spot for people to
come out, walk around and grab a bite to eat.' This weekend the Robeks
store is expected to open for business, becoming the first retail shop
in an expanded section of the Village at Shirlington on 28th Street
South.

"The entire street corner is awash in cranes and bulldozers, as the
redevelopment of north Shirlington nears completion. A new parking
garage recently opened at the north end of 28th Street South, and more
than 400 condominium and apartment units will be soon be coming online
in the surrounding neighborhood. By the middle of next year, a Harris
Teeter grocery store and several coffee shops and restaurants will also
be tenants, and the county is in negotiations for a new hotel nearby.
'All these additional features are being added to Shirlington now,
which will make it an even more desirable place to live, work or go out
for dinner,' said County Board Vice Chairman Paul Ferguson..."

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Title: "Shirlington Is a Boom Town"
Author: Seth Rosen

KITSAP (WA) VOLUNTEERS TELL DRIVERS TO "SLOW FOR KIDS"

-> According to an Oct. 5th Sun article, "Rallying his troops over
coffee and doughnuts in a conference room early Wednesday morning,
Woodlands Elementary Principal Jeff McCormick reminded the 30
volunteers why they were about to stand along one of the busiest roads
in Central Kitsap during morning rush hour. 'Our focus today is to
bring attention to safe walking routes to school,' McCormick said. 'We
have a lot of kids that could walk to school; however, their parents
drop them off because they don't want them walking along Central Valley
Road. Kids are on this street all the time.' Woodlands Elementary is
just one of three schools along Central Valley that has a 35 mph posted
speed limit that drops to 20 mph during school hours. School officials
say cars do not slow down during the morning and afternoon when
children are on the road. While none of McCormick's students have been
hit by cars, students from neighboring Fairview Junior High have been
struck over the years.

"That is why leaders of the Central Kitsap School District, including
Superintendent Greg Lynch and school board members Bruce Richards and
Carl Johnson, joined Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer and patrol chief
Gary Simpson, Central Kitsap Commissioner Patty Lent, Naomi Pursel of
the Central Kitsap Community Council and members of the USS Nevada's
Blue Crew to remind drivers to be safe Wednesday morning. As a part of
International Walk to School Day, the group held yellow signs with
black lettering that read 'Slow For Kids' and 'Be Safe, Be Seen.' The
group split up to patrol the corner of Central Valley and Fairgrounds
roads and a busy crosswalk at the bottom of the hill. A couple of
Nevada crew members stood halfway down the hill, reminding drivers to
stay on their brakes. Drivers were targeted in the morning and students
participated in an assembly on pedestrian safety during the day. 'We
just want community awareness that kids are back to school and that
child safety is paramount,' Richards said..."

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Title: "Rally a Reminder to Take it Slow"
Author: Brynn Grimley

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

STOKE NEWINGTON CHILDREN REACH FOR THE SKY

-> "This week, pupils of Grasmere School in Stoke Newington will
venture for the first time along the Tree Walk, which at over 25 metres
long, is almost certainly the biggest play-structure in a school in
this country. The structure will take children into the trees of the
school's magical woodland garden, alive with bluebells in springtime.
Children will play safely at height, looking down on friends, parents
and teachers passing underneath along a new path to the school. With
the garden growing freely around the architectural structure, this will
be a rich and diverse environment for play, altogether unusual for a
school..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/kvg5g

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W. PALM BEACH (FL) KIDS BATTLE TRAFFIC, OBESITY
-> "The Palm Beach County Safe Kids Coalition held walking-day events
at Meadow Park, J.C. Mitchell Elementary School in Boca Raton and
Village Academy in Delray Beach, dispatching volunteers to walk with
the students and giving free breakfast to students and parents who
trekked to school..."
http://tinyurl.com/ojmdh

HOWARD CO. (MD) WORKING ON PED. MASTER PLAN
-> "With the public's help, the DPZ will be compiling its first-ever
Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan to address problems and propose
improvements to more than 150 sites countywide..."
http://tinyurl.com/e9d2p

NEW OPEL ANTARA FEATURES "FLEX-FIX" BIKE RACK
-> "It can carry up to two bicycles and be easily pulled out like a
drawer from the rear bumper, so no tools are needed at all..."
http://tinyurl.com/mnrqt

LATHROP (CA) STUDENTS WALK FOR FITNESS, HEALTH
-> "Walkers were given vouchers to eat free breakfasts to add a healthy
meal to their morning exercise, Tolan-Davi said. All Manteca Unified
schools have breakfast programs, and the district is promoting walking
to schools at 10 sites throughout the week, she said..."
http://tinyurl.com/ojb45

CYCLING DOC DELIVERS MOORESVILLE (IN) BABY
-> "The doctor rushed in wearing his bicycle shorts and shirt with
cookie monster on it, sweat dripping from his nose..."
http://tinyurl.com/otdtx

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-> "FRAMEWORKS"
Article by Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH UCB, University of California,
Berkeley; January, 2006. "Dick Jackson is spot-on." - Peter Jacobsen
http://tinyurl.com/hn9fv

MIXED-USE CENTERS IN THE SOUTH BAY..."
"...How Do They Function And Do They Change Travel Demand?" Year 2
Report" A Report to the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (CA);
by Solimar Research Group; June 29, 2006. (1.7mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/njocy

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-> 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 26-27, 2006, How to Turn a Place Around: PPS' Creating Great
Neighborhood Spaces Workshop, New York, NY. Info: Kathleen Ziegenfuss,
Project for Public Spaces, phone: (212) 620-5660; email:
<kziegenfuss@pps.org>
http://tinyurl.com/q738j

-> 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

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-> JOB -- PLANNERS -- RBA GROUP, MORRISTOWN, NJ
WHO CARES? If you do, and you want to make a difference, then The RBA
Group might be for you. We're seeking an enthusiastic person to help
make the world a safer and healthier place. The ideal candidate should
have 3 to 5 years experience in transportation or policy planning,
urban design and/or landscape architecture. You will help develop
innovative planning scenarios for Safe Routes to School programs,
pedestrian and bicycle facility plans, traffic calming studies and
downtown circulation plans. Your strong organization and communication
skills are essential. We are looking for a motivated individual to be a
part of the RBA Planning team. Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning or
related field preferred; Master's degree and NJ Professional Planner's
license a plus.

The RBA Group, multi-disciplined firm specializing in Engineering,
Architecture and Planning. Salaries depend on qualifications, skills
and experience. We offer a four day work week as well as a complete
cadre of benefits. EEOC Employer. Responses to: E-mail to
<lsohn@rbagroup.com> or Human Resource Department at FAX: 973-984-5421
Visit our web-site:
http://www.rbagroup.com

-> JOB -- ENGINEERING/PLANNING INTERNS -- RBA GROUP
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS: Undergraduate/Graduate students in Engineering,
Planning, Architecture and Landscape Architecture are encouraged to
apply. Full-time positions for talented, energetic, creative
individuals with an interest in interdisciplinary career experience.
Projects include trails, greenways, safe routes to school,
bicycle/pedestrian plans and community outreach/ education.

The RBA Group, multi-disciplined firm specializing in Engineering,
Architecture and Planning. EEOC Employer. Responses to: E-mail to
<lsohn@rbagroup.com> or Human Resource Department at FAX: 973-984-5421
Visit our web-site:
http://www.rbagroup.com

-> 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

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