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#160 Friday, October 20, 2006

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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  PW/PB '04 Keynote Speaker Releases Survey Results
  Chicago (IL) Releases Complete Streets Policy
  Walk to School Day a National Success
  O'ahu (HI) Voters to Weigh Bike/Ped Charter Amendments
  EPA Releases List of Best Commuter Workplaces
  Transportation Alternatives Releases New NYC Traffic Study
  League of Illinois Bicyclists Produces Safety Video


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Red Bank (NJ) Hosts NCBW Walkability Workshop
  Nat'l Review Writer Scoffs at Walking Promotion
  Baton Rouge (LA) Sets TND Design Rules
  Kansas Sees Progress On Flint Hills Nature Trail
  Suburbs, Cycling, Cul-De-Sacs, and Semis, Oh My!
  Santa Fe (NM) Police Get $100K for X-Walk Stings
  Study Weighs Cheaper House in 'Burbs vs Gas Costs
  La Crosse (WI) Plans to Go After Safe Routes Grant
  Ocean Springs (MS) Gets Look at "Smartcode"
  Moorpark (CA) Folks Take a Giant Step for Health
  Ottawa (ON) Losing Sustainable Transport Focus



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


PW/PB '04 KEYNOTE SPEAKER RELEASES SURVEY RESULTS

-> During the summer of 2005, with the support and assistance of the
National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Catherine O'Brien launched
the "Delightful Places Survey." The survey was distributed
electronically to networks around the world and by the time the survey
was closed down, just over 200 responses had come in. The survey was a
preliminary step toward integrating insights on happiness from positive
psychology with urban planning. O'Brien was curious to learn more about
what contributes to individual and public happiness in the natural and
built environment. You can see the results in her new article, "A
Footprint of Delight."

To download the article, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/vrl7a

**Catherine was our Keynote Speaker for the 2004 Pro Walk/Pro Bike
Conference in Victoria, BC.

CHICAGO (IL) RELEASES COMPLETE STREETS POLICY

-> According to an Oct. 16th American Bicyclist Update article, "The
City of Chicago today released a landmark Complete Streets Policy that
for the first time mandates that all users must be accommodated in all
transportation projects. 'This will save lives,' said Chicagoland
Bicycle Federation Executive Director Rob Sadowsky. According to a
multi-agency document issued by the city, the policy is expected to be
implemented in a variety of ways that have been advocated by
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and its Healthy Streets Campaign. The
policy calls for pedestrian improvements like bulb-out curb extensions
for crosswalks, countdown crossing signals, median refuges and
re-timing signals to minimize pedestrian delay and conflicts..."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/y7mq53
For more on the American Bicyclist Update, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/y48nws

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY A NATIONAL SUCCESS

-> According to an Oct. 16th American Bicyclist Update article, "In the
U.S., a record number of communities from all 50 states participated in
Walk to School Day on October 4, 2006. More than 2,200 events were
registered on the Walk to School Web site. Of these events, 48 percent
reported that their event was a part of an ongoing walking and/or
biking program and 47 percent reported that their event was part of a
Safe Routes to School program. On a global scale, this year's event saw
a record 40 participating countries and also marks the establishment of
the first International Walk to School Month..."

To find out who walked in your community, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/yhx923
For photos, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ybn6pu

O'AHU (HI) VOTERS TO WEIGH BIKE/PED CHARTER AMENDMENTS

-> According to a recent news release, "In November, O'ahu voters will
have one of the greatest opportunities in a decade to make our streets
safer and more enjoyable for bicyclists and pedestrians alike. By
voting YES on Charter Amendment 8, new language will be added to the
Honolulu City & County Charter: 'It shall be one of the priorities of
the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) to make Honolulu a
pedestrian-and bicycle-friendly city.' Amendment 8 also adds 'bikeway
systems' to the list of responsibilities of DTS.

"The passage of Amendment 8 will provide a clear public mandate to the
City government to make our streets safer for all users. It will also
provide a stronger foundation for bicycling and pedestrian advocates,
like the Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL), to effectively work with the
DTS on projects..."

Such as:
- implementing the Honolulu Master Bicycling Plan;
- developing a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan;
- conducting education and promotional activities; and
- developing new street/traffic design standards.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ybqrm9

EPA RELEASES LIST OF BEST COMMUTER WORKPLACES

-> According to an Oct. 18th news release, "The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing today its annual list of Best
Workplaces for Commuters from the Fortune 500 companies. This year, 133
companies employing more than 700,000 workers qualify for this list.
The top 20 employers are ranked by the percentage of domestic employees
who are eligible for commuter benefits, such as subsidized transit
passes, telework, carpool programs, and emergency rides home.

"Each year, the congestion created from commuting to and from work
causes 3.7 billion hours of lost productivity, costing employees 92
million work weeks, and the nation $63.1 billion in wasted time and
fuel..." Contact: Roxanne Smith, (202) 564-4355; <smith.roxanne@epa.gov>

For more info, go to:
http://www.bwc.gov

TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES RELEASES NEW NYC TRAFFIC STUDY

-> According to an Oct. 13th TA E-Bulletin article, "Last week, a new
[Transportation Alternatives] study changed the way New Yorkers, and
people around the globe, view traffic. The release of 'Traffic's Human
Toll' brought government workers, students, press and business
representatives to the NYU Puck Building for a press conference and
lecture focused on the study's findings. The event and the study
received widespread news coverage (NY Times, NY Post, CBS) and clearly
demonstrate that New Yorkers throughout the boroughs see too much
vehicular traffic as a major problem. Attendees voiced their concerns
that the City is not doing enough to reduce traffic. This is especially
pressing now in the face of new developments that will result in
300,000 new residents in the next 4 years.

"For the first time since Donald Appleyard released his seminal study
'Livable Streets,' 'Traffic's Human Toll' presents evidence that
vehicular traffic has negative social impacts on the residents of New
York City. 'Traffic's Human Toll' reveals that residents living on
heavier traffic streets:
-- Possess fewer friends
-- Harbor more negative perceptions of their block
-- Are more frequently disrupted while sleeping, eating a meal and
having a conversation
-- Spend less time outdoors

"The study uses statistical analysis to quantify the responses obtained
through in-depth interviews with over 600 residents living on one of
thirteen streets in the following four neighborhoods: Astoria, Queens;
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn; Chinatown, Manhattan and High Bridge, the
Bronx. The residents lived on three kinds of streets: light-traffic
(fewer than 1,000 cars per day), medium-traffic (2,000-3,000 cars per
day), heavy-traffic (more than 5,000 cars per day).

"As a result of these findings, the study calls on the Mayor and the
Department of Transportation to acknowledge traffic as a serious
quality of life problem and to implement proven strategies to switch
driving trips to other less intrusive modes..."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/yyk4fn

LEAGUE OF ILLINOIS BICYCLISTS PRODUCES SAFETY VIDEO

-> According to a recent note from Ed Barsotti, "The League of Illinois
Bicyclists, with funding from the Illinois Department of
Transportation, has produced a nearly seven-minute video on
motorist-bicyclist safety... The video, narrated by Robbie Ventura, a
teammate of Lance Armstrong on the former U.S. Postal Service Team,
presents the do's and don'ts for new drivers for when they encounter
bicyclists on the road.

"To make Illinois roads safer by bicyclists, DVD copies of the video
have been distributed to 900 high school and private driving education
programs and to more than 900 police and sheriff's departments. Other
distribution outlets are being planned now.

"The Illinois High School and College Driver Education Association, the
Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Safety, the
Illinois Secretary of State's office and the Chicagoland Bicycle
Federation provided valuable advice and assistance in the production of
the video."

Teacher materials accompanying the video can be viewed, downloaded and
copied by those wishing to share with others here:
http://tinyurl.com/ym7am2

Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S
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-> "Seniors even now want communities that are walkable. That's one of
the major amenities that our seniors appreciate -- having housing
that's located where there's open space, sidewalks and walking trails."
-- Mark Ulfers, Director, Dakota Co. (MN) Community Development Agency
http://tinyurl.com/yxk5hl


-> "There is not a single crosswalk signal on the west side of town. We
have the primary school over here, but no crosswalk signals. We have to
come up with some practical plans to bring the quality of life on the
west side to the point of the quality of life on the east side."
-- Grace Cangemi, Red Bank, NJ, City Council Candidate
http://tinyurl.com/yh53u8

I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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RED BANK (NJ) HOSTS NCBW WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP

-> According to an Oct. 19th Hub article, "Although parking and traffic
problems often are at the forefront in Red Bank, a recent workshop
focused on making the town more pedestrian friendly. The Walkable
Community Workshop was sponsored by the North Jersey Transportation
Planning Authority (NJTPA) and was hosted by Ronald J. Tindall, a
planner with the NJTPA, on Oct. 11. Mark Poltz, program manager of the
Walkable Community Workshops with The National Center for Bicycling and
Walking, Bethesda, Md., said that although Red Bank is a very walkable
place, it could be made even more pedestrian friendly. 'Here,' he said,
'we have the bones of a walkable community. Now, it's just a matter of
filling in the details.' Poltz said that since Americans walk less now
than they used to, many downtown areas throughout the country have been
impacted. He said that some of the key points to a walkable community
are having post offices and grocery stores within walking distance of
residential communities.

"Poltz also said that when a community has many children riding bikes,
that's a good sign that the community is pedestrian friendly. 'I'm a
bike commuter,' he said. 'What is most people's first commute? To
school. A lot of us started out as bike commuters.' According to
information presented by Poltz, on average, 60 percent of children are
driven to school, 27 percent are bused, 12 percent walk to school and
only 1 percent ride bikes. 'In some districts,' he said, 'children are
not allowed to ride their bikes to school because no one wants to be
responsible for their safety between home and school.' Poltz said the
reasons many people don't walk more fall into four categories:
convenience, comfort, safety and access/design..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yakqep
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Title: "Boro aims to be more pedestrian friendly"
Author: Layli Whyte

[Ed. note: For those who don't recognize "Mark Poltz" in the item
above, he's none other than NCBW's Mark PLOTZ!]

NAT'L REVIEW WRITER SCOFFS AT WALKING PROMOTION

-> In an Oct. 19th column, Windsor Mann wrote, "Happy Holidays! This
month upwards of millions of Americans will be celebrating the holiday
season, and probably all of them will be reveling unknowingly. In case
you forgot, October is Walk to School Month. This is the month when
America's youth are celebrating by...walking. It's hard not to notice
all the festivity.

"According to a flyer prepared by the National Center for Safe Routes
to School, devoting a month to walking is good 'for several reasons' --
all of them dubious. Most palpable is the first rationale -- 'physical
activity' -- which walking certainly achieves. The second reason to
like walking, according to this colorful item of propaganda, is
'teaching safe walking skills to children.' Apparently, learning how to
walk takes a village. The third reason given is unconvincing:
'awareness of how walkable a community is and where improvements can be
made.'

"Most people, even kids, can probably determine 'walkability' without
consciously trying; it's unclear why a morning trek to campus is the
best procedure for this purpose. Most suspicious, however, is number
six: 'taking back neighborhoods for people on foot.' Just like that,
walking declares itself a threat to modern civilization. And now we are
subsidizing it..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yz5zca
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Title: "Walk This Way"
Author: Windsor Mann

BATON ROUGE (LA) SETS TND DESIGN RULES

-> According to an Oct. 19th Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
article, "The Metro Council has approved an ordinance that sets up
rules for traditional neighborhood developments, walkable, mixed-use
neighborhoods that have become a trend in the area. Before the
council's actions, developers were forced to get waivers or come in
under planned unit developments.

"'Will this open the floodgates to more TNDs? I don't know,' says
Richard Carmouche, who is developing the first traditional neighborhood
in the parish, Willow Grove on Perkins Road. 'I know it will be easier
for people to do them.' Carmouche, who got approval to build the first
TND in East Baton Rouge Parish, says the new ordinance will also
encourage uniform developments. Developers have touted TNDs as a way of
fighting sprawl, because the mix of homes, retail, offices and
recreation into one area..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yztzjb
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Title: "Metro council approves TND plan"
Author: Staff

KANSAS SEES PROGRESS ON FLINT HILLS NATURE TRAIL

-> According to an Oct. 19th Gazette article, "About 10 miles of the
Flint Hills Nature Trail is now walkable and three miles have been
resurfaced to handle bikes and horses as well. Gina Poertner, the
president of the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, said the trail is now
open to the public from Allen to the Morris County line. A limestone
surface has been laid down from Allen west for about a mile and a half,
and for a similar distance east of Bushong. That still leaves about a
two-mile gap between the two communities that has not been treated.
That's waiting on a challenge grant by the Olivia Garney Lincoln Trust.
If the conservancy can raise $5,000 by Dec. 15, the trust will match
it. 'With that, we will be able to connect Allen with Bushong,'
Poertner said in a Wednesday presentation to the Lyon County
Commission.

"The limestone covers over the rocks originally used for the railway
roadbed in the area, rocks that can be sharp and difficult to walk or
bike over. When completed, the Flint Hills Nature Trail will extend for
117 miles from Herington to Osawatomie. The trail is being converted
from a former railroad corridor. 'Our organization took the trail on in
2000-2001 and we thought it would be 10 years before we got any
surfacing down,' Poertner said. 'So we're ahead of schedule and very
happy about it.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y8eap6
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Title: "County gets report on nature trail progress"
Author: Scott Rochat

SUBURBS, CYCLING, CUL-DE-SACS, AND SEMIS, OH MY!

-> According to an Oct. 8th Great Lakes Bulletin News Service article,
"It all started when I got a summer job in the suburbs, at Camp Butwin.
According to Mapquest, Camp Butwin was just 15 miles away from my home
in St. Paul, Minn. Biking to work would be wonderful exercise, I
thought, imagining an exhilarating ride. But it turned out to be awful.
And it helped me realize just how bad it is for bikers once they get
beyond the safe confines of places like St. Paul, which must be a
national capital for bike paths and bicyclists. But what I discovered
was hardly just my problem. It must affect the vast majority of
suburban residents who, lacking safe, direct route bike routes that
will get a cyclist to work on time and uninjured, have to drive whether
they want to or not.

"Suburbanites have a real problem here: They can't exercise on the way
to work. They can't reduce their dependence on foreign oil or cut
tail-pipe emissions that contribute to asthma and global warming--
unless they buy a brand new hybrid car or move. With half the
American population--about 150 million people--living in the suburbs,
that's a big challenge for everyone who has to breathe air or live with
the consequences of climate change. Making biking a practical way to
get around--even and especially in the suburbs--would cut our
dependence on foreign oil, reduce our green house gas emissions, and
tone our quadriceps. It needn't be expensive either: It's far cheaper
to add bike lanes than to widen or build new roads..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ykmzcn
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Title: "Don't Try This at Home"
Author: Katherine Kelly

SANTA FE (NM) POLICE GET $100K FOR X-WALK STINGS

-> According to an Oct. 17th New Mexican article, "Anyone who walks the
streets of Santa Fe has seen the infraction. But it's not every day
that drivers actually get citations when they fail to yield to a
pedestrian in a crosswalk. On Monday, more than 70 Santa Fe drivers
started their workweek with such warnings from police. And police say
they will continue through December what amounts to a pedestrian-safety
sting operation. A 'decoy' pedestrian steps into a crosswalk, and if
motorists don't respect the walker's right of way, officers pull the
drivers over and issue tickets. A $100,000 federal grant is paying
police overtime to target 16 intersections over the next three months,
said Sgt. Anthony Rivera, one of several officers who received special
training for the project from the state Traffic Safety Bureau.

"Similar projects are under way in Albuqerque and Las Cruces, the
bureau's director, Michael Sandoval, said, and if the effort seems to
help educate drivers and make pedestrians safer, money might be
available for permanent enforcement plans. The state Department of
Transportation identified the intersections where the decoy is being
used as dangerous for pedestrians. 'Let's reduce these people getting
hurt,' Rivera said Monday. 'Whenever someone steps into a crosswalk,
the car is supposed to stop,' Sandoval said. 'Obviously, (pedestrians)
are supposed to wait for the walk sign, but a lot of times, what
happens is that (drivers) want to make a left turn or a right turn and
don't wait for the pedestrians...We want to raise awareness of
that.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhf82l
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Title: "Police: Watch their step"
Author: Julie Ann Grimm

STUDY WEIGHS CHEAPER HOUSE IN 'BURBS VS GAS COSTS

-> According to an Oct. 12th Washington Post article, "One of the lures
of the outer suburbs is more house -- maybe even one with a big yard --
for less money. But a new study shows that the savings are illusory:
The costs of longer commutes are so high that they can outweigh the
cheaper mortgage payments. A study of Washington and 27 other
metropolitan areas by the Center for Housing Policy found that the
costs of one-way commutes of as little as 12 to 15 miles -- roughly the
distance between Gaithersburg and Bethesda -- cancel any savings on
lower-priced outer-suburban homes.

"'If you save $40,000 to $50,000 by not buying that house in Montgomery
County but expand your commute by an extra 30 miles a day, you can
certainly see how that new house could not end up being the deal you
thought it was, especially if gas is at $3 a gallon,' said Lon
Anderson, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. 'But because of the
exorbitant cost of housing closer in to [the District], they don't have
a choice if they want to live with their families in a home they can
afford.'

"Barbara J. Lipman, an author of the study, said that people tend to
focus on all the zeroes that differentiate the price of a closer-in
house from one in the outer suburbs, but they don't realize how much
they're spending on commuting costs, such as gas, tires and insurance.
'Even if you save a couple of hundred dollars a month on your mortgage,
it doesn't nearly outweigh the costs of the cars you are driving,' she
said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yhu2kq
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Title: "Around D.C., a Cheaper House May Cost You"
Author: Eric M. Weiss

The study may be found here:
http://tinyurl.com/y9ryvr

LA CROSSE (WI) PLANS TO GO AFTER SAFE ROUTES GRANT

-> According to an Oct. 19th Tribune article, "Jacob Ray Butterfield
walks to and from kindergarten every day at Franklin Elementary School
even, he said, 'when it's rainy and yucky.' Wednesday morning fit that
description. Butterfield, in a hooded yellow jacket, walked
hand-in-hand with his grandmother, as usual. What wasn't usual were
their walking companions: Principal Jerry Berns, La Crosse Schools
Superintendent Jerry Kember, school nurse Michelle Rank and about a
dozen other students.

"The group was one of four who hoofed it to Franklin in a mild drizzle
as part of the kickoff event for Safe Routes to School, a federal grant
the city plans to apply for in 2007. If awarded, the grant would allow
the city to make improvements to roads, sidewalks and intersections
near schools and promote walking and biking for students at all of the
25 public and private schools in the city. The grant money comes partly
in response to skyrocketing rates of childhood obesity and a feared
epidemic of type II diabetes to come..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y3kk7d
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/yx2tn9
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Title: "A healthy walk: Schoolkids help city seek federal grant"
Author: Dan Simmons

OCEAN SPRINGS (MS) GETS LOOK AT "SMARTCODE"

-> According to an Oct. 17th Sun Herald article, "About 100 residents
on Monday brought their concerns about height limits, water view
ordinance changes, current regulations and tree protection to a public
forum intended to demonstrate how SmartCodes are being tailored to fit
future development in Ocean Springs. Mayor Connie Moran and Dover, Kohl
and Partners representatives Victor Dover, Andrew Zitofsky and Sandy
Soruen led the forum. The Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding
and Renewal picked the firm to help the city with Smart Growth as part
of the charrette process last fall. 'I want citizens to participate in
the process. Everyone's input is vital,' Moran said. Dover presented
drawings of SmartCode calibrations for restoration and development of
the waterfront, including Plummer Point where the new high-rise bridge
would enter Ocean Springs, a new Fort Maurepas Park, development on
Front Beach and at the old Fayard factory.

"The partners explained the six zones from rural areas to the most
concentrated urban and industrial districts. Dover provided them with a
history of urban sprawl, expanding highways, and zoning that separate
people and cause traffic congestion. 'If you want to get better results
you have to rethink the use of the (zoning) tool,' Dover said. He said
SmartCodes promote walkable and pleasant mixed use of residential areas
and businesses. They would make construction easier for residents and
developers, who would know exactly what would be allowed in certain
areas. Dover recommended story requirements instead of height for
buildings and said financial ability would ensure a mixture of building
heights, based in proportion to the width of streets and architecture
for public appeal..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y5abfm
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Title: "O.S. explains SmartCodes"
Author: Vivian Austin

For a pdf of the Mississippi Model SmartCode (7mb), go to:
http://tinyurl.com/y3ybzu
For a copy of Ocean Springs' SmartCode (26.5mb), go to:
http://tinyurl.com/yyr7k8

MOORPARK (CA) FOLKS TAKE A GIANT STEP FOR HEALTH

-> According to an Oct. 20th Acorn article, "The obesity and chronic
illness crisis is a big issue in the United States. More than 3,000
residents participated in activities to inspire them to take small
steps toward improving their health during the recent America On the
Move Week at the Simi Valley YMCA. Participants tracked the number of
steps they took during the week. Collectively they walked more than 11
million steps from Sept. 23 through 30. They contributed to a national
total of more than 9 billion steps taken at Ys around the country,
exceeding the YMCA's goal of 1 billion steps for the week.

"Taking 9.3 billion steps is equivalent to walking the circumference of
the earth 187 times, or walking between New York City and Los Angeles
1,860 times. Adding 2,000 extra steps and eating 100 fewer calories
each day can help most Americans prevent the current average annual
weight gain of 1 to 2 pounds. 'With 60 million adults-or 30 percent of
the U.S. adult population-and 9 million children obese or overweight,
increased physical activity for our children and families is critically
important,' said Mark Elswick, executive director of the YMCA..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yyfg6p
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Title: "Residents take a giant step for health"
Author: Staff

OTTAWA (ON) LOSING SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT FOCUS

-> According to an Oct. 18th Ottawa Business Journal column, Dr. Barry
Wellar wrote, "Over the past three years the Ottawa Business Journal
published numerous editorials, articles, and letters to the editor that
created a very rich body of fact and opinion regarding Ottawa's
transportation situation. One topic that received considerable
attention from politicians, community associations, the business
community, and citizens was 'sustainable transport,' frequently in the
company of such concepts as smart growth, new urbanism, quality of
life, greenhouse gases, air pollution, public health, and sprawl.

"It was my expectation, therefore, that sustainable transport would be
a central and thoroughly debated issue in this municipal election.
However, we are now well into the campaign, and I have encountered very
little material that explains the positions of mayoral or council
candidates regarding sustainable transport, and how they would lead
this city into a sustainable transport future..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y3csz2
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Title: "Best practices framework needed for sustainable transit in
Ottawa"
Author: Dr. Barry Wellar

Note: Dr. Wellar's comments are based on his White Paper, "Sustainable
Transport Practices in Canada: Exhortation Overwhelms Demonstration."
He welcomes comments and questions at <wellarb@uottawa.ca>. The White
Paper can be viewed here:
http://tinyurl.com/yygse4

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

DOE TO PUSH ALT. FUEL DEADLINE BACK TWENTY (20) YEARS

-> According to the Assn. of MPOs' Oct. 19th Email, "The AASHTO Journal
reports that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, part
of the United States Department of Energy, is proposing to push back
the 2010 deadline that would require 30% of the U.S. motor vehicle
supply to come from alternative fuels. Instead, the Department of
Energy has offered a 2030 deadline for such a result. The 2010 deadline
had initially been established in the Energy Policy Act of 1992..."

For more info, check out the 10/13/06 edition of the AASHTO journal at:
http://tinyurl.com/wpdpy

Q-U-I-CK--H-I-T-S
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NIAGARA FALLS (NY) NEEDS A PLAN
-> "USA Niagara's $3.4 Million Old Falls Street Downtown Streetscape
Project includes new sidewalks, pedestrian areas and crosswalks, street
furniture, benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, and period
lighting in an attempt to recapture some of the charm and nostalgia of
historic Falls Street's pre-Urban Renewal glory..."
http://tinyurl.com/ycbktn

BEVERLY (MA) TO HOST WALKABILITY WORKSHOP
-> A regional transportation planner will come here Oct. 24 to
...deliver tips on how roadway design, education and police enforcement
can help the city become a safer place for two-footed travelers.
http://tinyurl.com/y4b4ue

PORTERVILLE (CA) GETS $500K SKATE/BIKE PARK
-> "...after two decades of heated debate, city officials opened the
gates of Porterville's skateboard and bicycle park..."
http://tinyurl.com/yzqwvk

SCHOOL BUSES 7 TIMES SAFER (FOR THOSE INSIDE)
-> "Most school-bus-related deaths are pedestrian fatalities, involving
either the bus itself, or motorists who illegally pass a stopped bus...
http://tinyurl.com/vpqvf

WHAT IF THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DON'T EXIST?
-> "This year's summit at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel addressed
deaths and injuries caused by teenage drinking and drug abuse, improper
child passenger restraints, imprudent bicycle riding AND FAILING TO
TAKE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL..."
http://tinyurl.com/ycj8tr

NYC ARCHITECT'S KATRINA COTTAGE WINS AWARD
-> "Ms. Cusato works within the New Urbanism design movement, which
promotes mixed-use neighborhoods, walkable streets and traditional
architectural features..."
http://tinyurl.com/yzh8c8

ARLINGTON (VA) LEADER RUNS ON SMART GROWTH RECORD
-> "When Chris Zimmerman was running for an open seat on the County
Board a decade ago, his campaign centered on the necessity of updating
Arlington's transportation system and turning the county into a more
pedestrian-friendly community..."
http://tinyurl.com/yne8wz

MCDONALDS TO INSPIRE KIDS' ACTIVITY W/20% OF AD $$
-> "'We will pursue these priorities in an effort to build trust, which
in turn enables us to grow guest counts, sales and profitability,' he
said on a conference call..."
http://tinyurl.com/y8muob

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-> "ACCESS TO DESTINATION: DEVELOPMENT OF..."
"... Accessibility Measures;" Report# 1 in the series, "Access to
Destinations Study;" by El-Geneidy and Levinson, Univ. of Minn.; for
MinnDOT; May 2006 (7.8mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/ym4aut

-> FINDING EXURBIA: AMERICA'S FAST-GROWING..."
"...Communities at the Metropolitan Fringe;" by Alan Berube, Audrey
Singer, Jill H. Wilson, and William H. Frey; Brookings Institution;
October 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/y2g6rc

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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,
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HEY, YOU! SEND US YOUR CALENDAR ITEMS -- PRONTO!

-> 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

-> December 7, 2006, Developing New Urban Communities seminar, Seaside,
FL. Info: The Seaside Institute, PO Box 4875, Santa Rosa Beach, Fl,
32459; email: <lscott@theseasideinstitute.org>
http://tinyurl.com/yyactb

-> 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 -- COMPLETE STREETS CAMPAIGN COACH -- THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE
As the only national coalition of state and local bicycle and
pedestrian advocacy organizations the Thunderhead Alliance's highest
priority is to provide what our member organizations need to make the
greatest impact for bicycling and walking in their communities. Our
full-time Complete Streets Campaign Coach will work from where they
live directly with the leaders of our member organizations to assist
them in winning complete streets policies in their states and
communities. The Complete Streets Campaign Coach will work closely with
Thunderhead's Executive Director on ongoing strategy development for
Thunderhead's National Complete the Streets Campaign in coordination
with the campaigns led by our member organizations. Please see the job
announcement and requirements posted here:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/jobs.htm

-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES COORDINATOR -- PORTLAND (OR)
The Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator will provide overall
program coordination for the programs of the Community and School
Traffic Safety Partnership, which address driver error, pedestrian and
bike safety and safe routes to school. In fulfilling this role, this
position will plan, organize, control, integrate and evaluative the
work of the Safe Routes to School Program including developing and
implementing work plans to achieve City goals and managing the program
budget; developing and implement contracts for technical services and
planning, organizing, evaluating and directing the performance of
assigned staff.

This position will work directly with Portland area school
superintendents, traffic safety advocacy groups and neighborhood
leaders to ensure the fair and effective allocation of Safe Route to
School services and will coordinate and integrate Office of Tra
nsportation Services with the Portland Police Bureau to ensure
effective traffic enforcement activity in school zones and perform
legislative and policy analysis of complex traffic safety and school
safety related issues.
Details: http://tinyurl.com/vyt3x

-> JOB -- DIRECTOR OF PLANNING -- MARIN CO. BICYCLE COAL.
MCBC is currently hiring a full-time Director of Planning who will
report to MCBC's Advocacy Director. The Director of Planning is the
"technical" person on MCBC's staff, and has a very public and important
role in communicating MCBC's infrastructure and policy platforms. The
position includes direct communication with public works directors,
elected officials, MCBC members, and the public about bicycle needs,
design issues, priorities and more.

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) is a non-profit that was
established in 1998 to promote safe bicycling for everyday
transportation and recreation. The organization is recognized as a
national leader in bicycle advocacy, and plays a critical role in
shaping Marin County transportation policies and projects. MCBC has
nine full-time and part-time staff, and its office is located in
Fairfax, California.
Details: http://tinyurl.com/yjcqzk

-> 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/gwgf


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