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#161 Friday, November 3, 2006

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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
  NCBW's Conference Evaluation Indicates New Blood
  Safe Routes Pioneer Kallins an Active Living Hero
  North American Bipeds Headed Toward Extinction?
  Arlington (VA) Greets Fall with Free Bike Lights
  California DOT Adopts New Traffic Control Manual


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
  Hillsborough (NC) Hosts NCBW Walkability Workshops
  Walk to School Trips Rebound in Palo Alto (CA)
  Downtown Pottstown (PA) -- a Multi-Tasking Place
  Study: Obese Choose to Live in Sprawl
  Ballard (WA) Motivating Drivers to Walk, Bike, & Bus
  Sandy (UT) Council Considers Plan for Oldest Neighborhood
  Fenton: We're Raising Kids Who Can't Get Around on Foot
  Tallahassee (FL) to Get $100M Walkable Infill Project
  Amory (MS) Schools a Model for Health Initiatives
  Calhoun (GA) Pursues Walkable, Sustainable Future
  Bethlehem (PA) Moves Ahead with Speed Hump Program
  Los Alamos (NM) Residents Push for Walkable Downtown
  VT Bike & Ped Coalition Names New Director



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


NCBW's CONFERENCE EVALUATION INDICATES NEW BLOOD

-> As with past Pro Walk/Pro Bike conferences, the NCBW staff has
completed an evaluation, using an on-line survey of conference
participants.

"We received a 40 percent response rate of the 645 conference
participants, which we feel gives us a pretty good cross section
of those who attended," said Gary MacFadden, NCBW operations
director and director of this year's conference. "We
spotted something interesting while analyzing the evaluations."

The surprise was the number of first-time conference attendees.
Of the 40 percent who responded to the survey, nearly two-thirds
said they had not attended a previous Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference.
"Maybe the old hands just don't like filling out surveys," said
MacFadden. "While we're always glad to welcome new blood
into the fold, we were surprised to learn that only a third of the
participants had attended any of the previous 13 conferences."

A result that was not surprising, MacFadden noted, was the high
percentage of people who responded that they attended the
conference for professional development or to develop skills
as an advocate. "We had 83 percent of the respondents tell
us that they were at the conference to learn how to do their jobs
better or to make more of an impact in their communities and
states," said MacFadden. "This is one thing that exemplifies the
Pro Walk/Pro Bike series...there's a lot of learning and networking
going on."

MacFadden admitted that a number of respondents also said that
there were simply too many presentations to choose from during
the three-day conference. "It's a line we walk every time we put one
of these conference programs together," he said. "We want to
maximize the opportunities for people to present their ideas and
hard-learned lessons, and balance that with giving people time to
meet, network, and just have some fun."

He added that no one believed him when he told them that this
year's conference in Madison had 30 fewer sessions than were
offered at the Victoria conference in 2004. "It just always seems
like a jam-packed schedule; a lot of people claim that they like it
that way."

In the suggestions section of the evaluation, MacFadden said that
several people had asked that in the future conference presentations
be posted on-line. "That's one we can handle right now," he said.
"Those presentations that were submitted from the 2006 Madison
conference are already on-line at:

http://www.bikewalk.org/vconference/schedulefull.html

SAFE ROUTES PIONEER KALLINS AN ACTIVE LIVING HERO

-> In an Oct. 27th news release, Jo Ann Richards of the Marin County
Bicycle Coalition wrote, "The Active Living Network is paying tribute
to 10 people this month whose efforts to create more active communities
are helping Americans lead healthier lives. Marin County Safe Routes to
Schools Program Director Wendi Kallins is being honored as one of
America's Top 10 Active Living Heroes in conjunction with the unveiling
of the Active Living Network's new website (see link below).

"The Active Living Network helps to stimulate coordinated action and
promote activity- friendly environments in cities, schools, workplaces
and neighborhoods. Rather than solely addressing obesity as an
individual health problem, the Network focuses on how the built
environment can promote more active lives. Supported by the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation, the Active Living Network is focused on finding
creative ways to reintegrate physical activity into daily life.

"Kallins was selected as an Active Living Hero due to her national
recognition as a leader in the Safe Routes to Schools movement. 'Active
living gives people a sense of place and a sense of community and it
keeps them healthy and living longer,' says Wendi. The Safe Routes to
Schools program encourages kids to walk or bike to school, and Kallins
believes that healthy kids are more likely to grow up to be healthy
adults. 'By changing the habits of children at an early age it changes
their habits for a lifetime,' she says..."

For more on the Marin Co. Safe Routes to Schools program, go to:
http://www.saferoutestoschools.org/
For more on the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, go to:
http://www.marinbike.org/
For more on the Active Living Network, go to:
http://www.activeliving.org

NORTH AMERICAN BIPEDS HEADED TOWARD EXTINCTION?

-> In a recent note, Bridget Brown said, "I've a very short movie, 'The
Plight of the North American Bipeds,' posted on youtube.com, that might
be of interest to Centerlines readers." Brown is the State Trails Coordinator
for Wisconsin.

Here's the link:
http://tinyurl.com/y25wkk

ARLINGTON (VA) GREETS FALL WITH FREE BIKE LIGHTS

-> According to a recent note from Paul DeMaio, Arlington (VA) County's
bicycle promotion manager, "BikeArlington and the Arlington Police's
'Lights for Bikes' event was enlightening for many cyclists on Monday
evening, October 30. Monday was the first workday after Daylight
Savings Time ended, which meant there would be cyclists commuting home
in the dark.

"Instead of ticketing cyclists who were riding without lights at this
event (a $250 fine - ouch!), BikeArlington and the Police gave out both
head- and taillights for free and installed the lights on unlit
cyclists' bikes. It's the law in Virginia that cyclists use a front
light at night. The event went well and drew much interest from the
community..."

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

CALIFORNIA DOT ADOPTS NEW TRAFFIC CONTROL MANUAL

-> In a recent note, John Cinatl of CalTrans wrote, "Please be aware
that as of September 26, 2006, the California Department of
Transportation has adopted the California Manual on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices (FHWA's MUTCD 2003 Revision 1, as amended for use in
California), also called the California MUTCD, to prescribe uniform
standards and specifications for all official traffic control devices
in California. The California MUTCD supersedes and replaces the
previously adopted (on May 20, 2004) FHWA's MUTCD 2003 Edition and the
MUTCD 2003 California Supplement. These two documents are provided
below for historical reference purposes only.

"Bottom line -- The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control
Devices (Part 9) is now California's official source of information on
traffic controls for bicyclists and pedestrians -- bikeway signage,
striping, markings, crosswalks, signals etc."

Link to the California MUTCD:
http://tinyurl.com/yd9hqe

Q-U-O-T-E-S--R--U-S
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-> "We need safe, walkable, bikeable streets for all, especially our
children and seniors. I would work to make our public transportation
system service reliable to get us where we want and need to go when we
want to get there."
-- Dan Bailey, candidate for DuPage County (IL) Board
http://tinyurl.com/yfhjvt

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HILLSBOROUGH (NC) HOSTS NCBW WALKABILITY WORKSHOPS

-> According to an Oct. 30th Herald-Sun article, "A national
organization is visiting Orange and Durham counties this week to
encourage residents to use their cars less. Representatives of the
National Center for Bicycling and Walking, which is based in
Washington, D.C., are conducting five workshops on making communities
friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclist. The first workshop was in
Hillsborough on Monday morning; each of the workshops is sponsored by
the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization. Bob
Chauncey, one of the representatives, suggested to the approximately 20
people gathered at Central Elementary School, that it made more sense
for communities to improve their local environment before encouraging
residents to become more active.

"'We can do this. We can build these kind of communities,' Chauncey
said, adding other cities around the country have integrated bicyclist
and pedestrian access. Chauncey listed several benefits for communities
that are friendly for bikers and walkers, including more valuable homes
and healthier people. The American Lung Association, he said, recently
gave Wake County bad grades for its air quality, for example. 'We've
got to make the connection between what goes into our lungs and what
comes out of our tailpipes,' he said. There is also a social equity
component, Chauncey added. The very old and very young cannot drive,
and communities that don't provide other connections, like sidewalks,
disenfranchise those people by forcing them to stay home. Chauncey
offered the group several ideas to think about when trying to build a
more accessible community..."

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Title: "National group urges counties' accessibility"
Author: Emily Coakley

WALK TO SCHOOL TRIPS REBOUND IN PALO ALTO (CA)

-> According to a Nov. 1st Mercury News article, "The tragic death of
the little boy as he walked to his school in Gilroy last month evokes
every parent's worst nightmare. The way to school is indeed threatened
by over-sized vehicles, speeding, ever-wider roads, and 'other' parents
in an ever-greater hurry to get to work on time. Most of us baby
boomers grew up in the 1960s. Back then, about half of us walked or
biked to school -- including me. Now, it is less than 15 percent. But
is it inevitable that the march of progress and increasing affluence
lead to more and more children being driven everywhere? It is a sign of
great hope that across the country, there are school communities that
are reversing that trend. In these communities, children and families a
re taking back their streets and independence and thronging the bike
racks and pedestrian crosswalks once again.

"Palo Alto has been in the forefront of this effort for a dozen years,
led by some intrepid PTA moms and dads and joined by the city council
and school board. The results are clear: our efforts show that the
nationwide drop in kids walking and biking to school can be reversed.
Since 1994, the proportion of elementary age kids getting to school by
walking or biking has climbed back from 31 percent to 43 percent. Even
more impressive is that in recent years, this trend has extended
through various programs to the middle schools where the schools are
further away and across arterials, and to high schools when our kids
get their driver's licenses. For example, the percentage of kids biking
to Jordan Middle School rose from 25 percent in 2000 to 41 percent in
2005. The percentage of kids biking to Palo Alto High School climbed
from 11 percent in 2000 to 16 percent in 2005..."

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Title: "Palo Alto leads resurgence in walking, biking to school"
Author: Yoriko Kishimoto

DOWNTOWN POTTSTOWN (PA) -- A MULTI-TASKING PLACE

-> According to an Oct. 29th Mercury article, "It's amazing how much
you can get done on your lunch hour without ever leaving downtown.
Without ever getting into your car, in fact. Those who work downtown
shared some of the businesses they like to visit and errands they like
to get out of the way on their breaks. All are within walking distance
of the few blocks of High Street that comprise Pottstown's business
district. In the 11 months since the Pottstown Health & Wellness
Foundation opened its office at 152 High St., Executive Director Dave
Kraybill has found many reasons to leave his car parked at lunchtime
and run errands in town on foot.

"'You can multitask your daily tasks in Pottstown. There are the great
lunches,' Kraybill said, citing favorites Positively Pasta, Havana
Joe's, Funky Lil' Kitchen and Henry's Cafe. 'Or you can walk to
Redner's Quik Shoppe and get a good turkey sandwich on wheat for $2.19.
Or you can go to the Farmers' Market for lunch on Thursday through
Saturday.'

"On the way back to work, you can drop off a pair of shoes for repair
at Strand Shoe Repair, pick up fish food at Exotic & Aquatic, get your
watch battery replaced at Warrick's, pick up a bottle of red wine for
the weekend at the liquor store or swing by the tailor, he said.
Kraybill also gets his hair cut at Lords & Ladies and has his car
serviced at Meyers Automotive, both within easy walking distance of his
office. Some days Kraybill's 4-year-old son and wife Grace meet him for
a walk in Riverfront Park. 'There really is so much you can do at one
time without getting in your car,' he said. 'And you can get 10 minutes
a day of your 30 minutes recommended exercise per day.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/teztm
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Title: "Downtown Pottstown offers many lunch hour options"
Author: Michelle Karas

STUDY: OBESE CHOOSE TO LIVE IN SPRAWL

-> According to a Nov. 1st UPI article, "Many believe urban sprawl
spawned human sprawl -- rising obesity levels -- but Canadian, British
and Spanish researchers say the obese choose sprawl. Researchers at the
University of Toronto, the London School of Economics and University
Pompeu Fabra in Spain released a working paper entitled 'Fat City:
Questioning The Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Obesity' that
found no evidence that urban sprawl affects weight.

"The researchers found that people living in sprawling neighborhoods
tend to be heavier than those living where development is compact and
there are many shops and amenities within walking distance. However,
this is not because sprawling neighborhoods cause people to gain
weight, but populations are heavier because individuals more at risk
for obesity tend to live in such places. 'Someone who does not like to
walk is more likely to be obese and is more likely to live where one
can easily get around by car,' says University of Toronto economics
professor Matthew Turner. 'Thus, the finding that people in sprawling
neighborhoods are heavier does not imply that sprawl causes obesity.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yzwjse
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Title: "Study: Obese choose to live in sprawl"
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BALLARD (WA) MOTIVATING DRIVERS TO WALK, BIKE, & BUS

-> According to an Oct. 31st News-Tribune article, "Maybe pledges and
vouchers is what it takes for a community to change its bad habits --
at least that was the tactic King County Metro Transit used to push its
alternative transportation program, Ballard In Motion. The summer
program motivated about 900 residents to drive less in exchange for
free bus tickets and gift certificates. But free stuff wasn't a key
motivator for most participants. The desire to reduce pollution was
identified to be the biggest push for joining the program, according to
Metro's post-program survey in which about 28 percent of participants
responded. 'Ballard is the first neighborhood where that has come out
as a key motivator,' said Carol Cooper, a market development planner
for Metro. 'It's certainly a shining example of the program."

"Informational packets were sent to more than 8,000 Ballard residents
and business owners. To get incentives, participants pledged to change
at least two single occupancy vehicle trips per week to some
alternative mode of transportation, such as walking or biking. Those
not interested in promising anything could simply request information
about alternative transportation, like vanpooling or bike routes, and
still get free ride tickets. Metro also gave out more than 3,000 pieces
of healthy travel information. 'We have all this information just
sitting in boxes and we need to get it out into people's hands,' said
Cooper.

"That kind of no hassle convenience is part of what attracted Hilary
Mohr to the program. Mohr, once strictly a driver, said the program
changed the way she thinks about commuting. Mohr's weekdays are spent
commuting to work downtown and then to Capitol Hill for law classes at
Settle University. She said she used to see bikers climbing the steep
Seattle hills and think they were crazy, but now her outlook has
changed. 'I realized it was completely doable,' she said. 'It's not
that big of a deal.' After investing $500 in a new bike and gear, she
now bikes to work and school nearly every day of the week. 'Once you
figure in time spent looking for parking, it's much easier and cheaper
than driving,' she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ykjufr
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Title: "Free tickets to ride bus"
Author: Rebekah Schilperoort

SANDY (UT) COUNCIL CONSIDERS PLAN FOR OLDEST NEIGHBORHOOD

-> According to an Oct. 31st Tribune article, "When Sandy incorporated
in 1893, its city limits enclosed one square mile from about State
Street to 700 East and from 8400 South to 9000 South. That historic
district now is the core of an expansive 24-square-mile, southeast Salt
Lake Valley metropolis, its 100-year-old homes increasingly surrounded
by big commercial developments, including a new Wal-Mart and the
planned site of a Major League Soccer stadium. Tonight, the Sandy City
Council is scheduled to vote on whether to adopt a new general plan for
the city's oldest neighborhood. The proposal provides guidelines for
zoning, transportation, parks, trails and the architectural design of
homes and businesses.

"'It provides for transition as different portions of the city change,
[and] it recognizes the value of a walkable community,' said Ted
Lazenby, a member of a neighborhood committee that helped draft the
document. Lazenby is building a single-level, 2,200-square-foot home
about three blocks from the TRAX light-rail station at 9000 South. He
intends to spend his retirement in this home and jumped into the
planning process to help protect his neighborhood's quiet nature.
Designed with a recessed garage and a large front porch, his new home
will follow the plan's architectural guidelines so it will be
compatible with the adjacent 70- and 100-year-old homes..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yyxes4
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Title: "Sandy: City Council to consider new plan for oldest
neighborhood"
Author: Rosemary Winters

FENTON: WE'RE RAISING KIDS WHO CAN'T GET AROUND ON FOOT

-> According to an Oct. 29th USA Today article, "Forget ghosts and
goblins. The spookiest, strangest, most unfamiliar things millions of
U.S. children will encounter when they step outside to go
trick-or-treating may be their own neighborhood streets. 'We are
raising a generation of kids who don't know how to make their way in
the world on foot,' says Mark Fenton, a Scituate, Mass., father of two,
walking-for-health advocate and community planning consultant. He
blames neighborhoods that are friendlier to cars than to pedestrians
and that are perceived, rightly or wrongly, as unsafe for kids.

"Fenton is part of a movement to improve public health -- and ease
other problems, such as traffic congestion -- by making communities
more walkable. The movement has created suburban neighborhoods where
homes, schools and businesses are connected by walking and bike trails,
and new urban centers where large numbers of people live next to
shopping, entertainment and mass transit facilities.

"For kids in those enclaves, a Halloween outing may be just another
pleasant walk, albeit with costumes and candy. For many kids and
parents, however, Tuesday night's festivities could serve as a perfect
time to make an assessment: Just how walkable is your neighborhood?
'You may realize what a lovely environment you have for walking and
find more opportunities for doing it,' says Lauren Marchetti, director
of the National Center for Safe Routes to School at the University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 'Or you may find that you have a
potentially lovely environment for walking, but there are some things
that need to be fixed.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/y5qdv4
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Title: "Treat the kids to a safe stroll"
Author: Kim Painter

TALLAHASSEE (FL) TO GET $100M WALKABLE INFILL PROJECT

-> According to a Nov. 1st news release, "K2 Urbancorp, LLC announced
today the official launch of Evening Rose, its newest $100MM
Traditional Neighborhood Development project located in the heart of
urban Tallahassee. The phase one release includes a limited selection
of residential lots and a variety of homes including Bungalows,
Cottages, Colonial Revival Style, Mediterranean, Modern Dwell, as well
as fully-customized estate homes. The Honorable Mayor John Marks along
with City Commissioners were on hand to help celebrate this exciting
new community and participate in the ceremonial planting of the first
Evening Rose.

"Evening Rose features 99 homes sites as well as a walkable, pedestrian
friendly mixed use village center adjacent to a variety of office,
restaurant and retail establishments. Evening Rose is located in one of
Tallahassee's award winning school districts including Leon High, Cobb
Middle and Kate Sullivan Elementary Schools. 'K2 has proven to be a
very innovative developer and partner and we are excited to see the
Evening Rose project get underway. We know the public can expect a
beautiful neighborhood to be developed here, a place our children and
our grandchildren will be proud to call home for generations to come,'
said Mayor John Marks..."

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Title: "K2 Launches Much Anticipated In-Town Community"
Author: Staff

AMORY (MS) SCHOOLS A MODEL FOR HEALTH INITIATIVES

-> According to a Nov. 1st Advertiser article, "The Amory School
District is a leader in school safety and health. Because of what it
has done in this arena with very little state funding, it is sharing
its story throughout the state. Carol Rogers, Amory school nurse and
the state's first certified School Safety Officer, has been on the
speaking circuit, talking to different state and national agencies and
foundations about successes here. Rogers mainly talks about the
Coordinated School Health Program that is recommended by the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention. The Coordinated School Health Program
has eight components, and Rogers said Amory's schools are working to
accomplish each of those components.

"Some other schools in the state are doing similar health programs for
its students and teachers, but the others are doing it with $100,000
Bower Foundation grants. Amory is relying on its community support and
small grants. Some of the health-related things happening at Amory
Middle School include installment of a climbing wall in the gym, the
Game On! day of events that involved both the community and students in
physical fitness activities, the fitness room that was established at
AMS, and health screenings that are done each year at the school to
detect health problems in students. 'We used local grants and
Mississippi Department of Education funding for these things,' Rogers
said. 'My speaking to places is because we're accomplishing these
things with community partnerships,' she said..."

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Title: "Amory Schools tout health initiatives"
Author: Chris Wilson

CALHOUN (GA) PURSUES WALKABLE, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

-> According to an Oct. 31st Times article, "Consistent themes of
thoughtful and controlled development, old town values, and ethical and
moral leadership came together during the two-day community workshop
held last Wednesday and Thursday by MACTEC. The vision statement that
encompassed those feelings was not originally penned by MACTEC; it was
suggested through one of its surveys by Eddie Peterson, Calhoun
director of public safety: 'To be a city/county of positive change that
creates and grows economic opportunities for its citizens. A
city/county with a foundation based on quality housing, healthy and
safe neighborhoods and sustainable community rich in heritage,
demanding in environmental stewardship, excellent educational
opportunities and cultural diversity.'

"'Everyone seems to be welcoming the growth, but wants it controlled,'
said Ron Huffman, one of MACTEC's consultants who has worked in the
area on several projects for about five or six years prior to the
state-mandated comprehensive plan. The plan is about two-thirds
complete although the state has authorized an extension past the June
deadline for local governments to have the 20-year plans approved.
Gordon County and the City of Calhoun, both using MACTEC, are on
schedule to meet the June deadline. Huffman said over the last eight
months, he has frequently heard residents of the city and county talk
about embracing diversity and preserving the unique special character
of the region..."

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Title: "Meeting: Growth welcome but let's control it"
Author: Susan Kirkland

BETHLEHEM (PA) MOVES AHEAD WITH SPEED HUMP PROGRAM

-> According to an Oct. 31st Morning Call article, "...Bethlehem wants
to place road humps on certain streets with speed limits of 25 mph or
less or where motorists often drive too fast...Motorist must slow down
when driving over the section of macadam that rises 3 to 4 inches above
an existing road...Allentown plans to buy temporary mobile humps to
test next year. Easton does not use them. Some people call it the
Christmas City. Others call it Historic Bethlehem, or even the City of
Festivals. Now, a new name may be in order. City of Humps. Bethlehem
soon could be home to more traffic humps than any other city in the
state.

"After a year of testing speed humps on a secluded section of the Main
Street extension, city officials are so happy with the results that
they are considering more streets for the traffic-calming bumps. Anyone
living on an out-of-the-way stretch of Bethlehem road that motorists
seem to think is a racetrack may be eligible to get their own speed
hump, a 12- to 22-foot-long section of macadam that rises 3 to 4 inches
above the road. The intent is to slow down traffic. 'People weren't
just going a little fast, they were flying up and down here 50 miles an
hour, sometimes more,' Stewart Lowell said of Biery's Bridge Road, one
of three locations used for testing the humps. 'My daughter has almost
been hit twice. The speed hump has really changed things around here.'
..."

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Title: "Putting the brakes on the need for speed"
Author: Matt Assad

LOS ALAMOS (NM) RESIDENTS PUSH FOR WALKABLE DOWNTOWN

-> According to a Nov. 2nd Monitor article, "Working to enhance
pedestrian safety and improve the walkability of downtown Los Alamos,
residents are enlisting county support to correct accessibility issues
on Central Avenue. About 15 members of the public and county staff took
a stroll along the downtown traffic artery Wednesday afternoon to
identify problem areas, many of which do not comply with federal
requirements. Wendy Swanson of LA Walks, a local pedestrian advocacy
group, said county decision-makers were invited to attend so that they
may 'get a feel' for what issues face pedestrians and illustrate
problems and recommend solutions. 'We want safe and comfortable walking
areas,' Swanson said. 'We want people to be encouraged to walk to
shopping areas and we want to help promote local stores.'

"Swanson said the organization would like to see new ADA-compliant
crosswalks constructed in the near future, rather than correcting the
crossings simultaneously with the Bradbury Row project. 'We want this
to be funded before the Bradbury development,' Swanson said. June Ryti
runs her errands and carries out other tasks on a motorized scooter. In
addition to having to dodge the fast-moving traffic, she said she also
must carefully maneuver driveways and other areas that are not properly
designed. 'There are many tilted sidewalks and when I cross them, I'm
afraid of tipping over,' she said. 'Slopes on driveways are not at the
correct grade and I cannot travel along Trinity (Drive) at all because
it is too tilted.' As LA Walks advocate Dave Collins pushed Councilor
Nona Bowman in a wheelchair, he called attention to the narrowness of
the sidewalks. 'We'd like to eventually get the street redesigned and
make wider sidewalks,' Collins said..."

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Title: "A walkable downtown"
Author: Darryl Newman

VT BIKE & PED COALITION NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

-> The Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition has named Nancy Schulz
as its new Executive Director. The Coalition is a statewide, non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting safe bicycling and walking through
advocacy and education. Founded in 1993 and based in Montpelier,
the organization's membership is composed of both individuals and groups.

Coalition Board President William Flender announced that Schulz assumed
the Executive Director's post on September 25. "Nancy has the perfect
combination of energy, ideas, and experience that the Coalition needs at
this time," said Flender. "All Board members share my confidence that
Nancy's leadership will usher in a new period of expansion for the Coalition."

Schulz's professional experience includes corporate sales and marketing,
book publishing, and environmental advocacy. Her prior involvement with
outdoor recreation includes five years with Vermont Bicycle Touring and
Hiking Holidays.

Visit the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition on the web at www.vtbikeped.org.
Contact Nancy at nancy@vtbikeped.org, or call the office 802-225-8904.

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PORTLAND (OR) LOOKS FOR 'ZOOBOMBER' SOLUTION

-> According to an Oct. 25th Oregonian article, "It's hard to imagine
another city where a 6-foot-high jumble of souped-up children's bikes
would turn into a thorny political issue. In Portland's trendy Pearl
District, shop owners have long complained about Zoobombers leaving
their minibikes piled on a sidewalk near Powell's City of Books.
Recently, a club manager e-mailed City Hall, wanting the 'junky' heap
hauled away. But for many bicyclists, the unwieldy stack of pedals and
handlebars -- dismantled every Sunday night for the daredevil ride down
the hill from the Oregon Zoo -- is a revered icon of the city's bike
culture.

"Trying to keep businesses and bicyclists happy, Commissioner Sam Adams
thinks he has the perfect Portland solution: public art. Sometime in
the next month, Adams plans to propose a Zoobomb sculpture, located
near the current pile, that could also be used as the bombers' bike
rack. And maybe, if done right, the art-slash-parking spot might get
more people on two wheels, he said. 'People in their cars will see that
stack of bikes and get a reminder that they've got transportation
options,' said Adams, who is both the city's arts and transportation
commissioner. 'Well, maybe not the minibike, but a bike.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ygwkj8
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/8b4gf
Archive cost: Yes
Title: "'Junky' bike pile spurs iconic idea"
Author: Joseph Rose

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YET ANOTHER LUBBOCK (TX) PEDESTRIAN KILLED
-> "A Lubbock man is dead, becoming the second pedestrian to die on
Lubbock roadways this week and the 8th this year...He was deaf, making
Hatla the second deaf pedestrian to die in the last three weeks..."
http://tinyurl.com/ybstya

JONESBORO (AR) PLANS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS
-> "The Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department, in
association with the Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
will host an outreach session later this month to inform community
leaders, parents, and schools of a possible funding opportunity
available to assist the community in developing successful Safe Routes
to Schools (SRTS)..."
http://tinyurl.com/y23nsn

ST. LOUIS (MO) MPO TO DEVELOP WEB-BASED GIS
-> The purpose is to "allow users of the Madison County bicycle trail
network to plan bike trips online."
http://tinyurl.com/y2dl38

SHREVEPORT (MS) GETS FUNDING FOR SAFETY TOWN
-> "Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator this afternoon accepted a $12,500
donation from the Allstate Foundation for a child-size Allstate
building in Safety Town. 'This is going to be first-class,' Sheriff
Steve Prator said of the facility planned for three acres of land on
the former South Park Mall site in Shreveport..."
http://tinyurl.com/y2qh3v

[Ed note: I always thought it'd be great to combine a "safety town" and
storage for Shriners' bitty buggies. The kids could ride bikes and walk
and the Shriners could provide "challenging" traffic with little threat
of death or injury...]

AUSSIE RADIO STATION HOLDS PEDOMETER CHALLENGE
-> They'll be strapping on the pedometers, and counting every step they
make for the next six weeks, in the hope of boosting their health
levels by Christmas..."
http://tinyurl.com/yh8mjd

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-> "VISUALIZATION FOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT..."
"...A Synthesis of Highway Practice;" NCHRP Synthesis Report #361; by
Charles Hixon, Bergmann Associates for TRB; "explores the visual
representation of proposed alternatives and improvements and their
associated effects on the existing surroundings." (3.4mb)
http://tinyurl.com/ymmtmg

-> "AGING, MIGRATION, AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES..."
"...The Views of 60+ Residents and Community Leaders;" AARP study by
GfK NOP; Sept. 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/yjvd88

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-> November 2- 4, 2006, Missouri Trail Summit, Kansas City, MO. Info:
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-> 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:
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-> 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 -- PROGRAM COORDINATOR -- BIKEWALK VIRGINIA

BikeWalk Virginia, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, is seeking a
qualified individual full-time to coordinate our educational programs
promoting biking, walking, and trails. Specific responsibilities
include coordinating our annual conference, special grant projects,
legislative efforts, and membership development. The primary office is
in Williamsburg, but the new position will be based in Richmond. The
successful applicant must be able to work from home, and travel as
needed across the state. BikeWalk Virginia is a statewide educational
and advocacy organization dedicated to creating a more active, safe,
clean, and healthy Virginia. Salary Range: $28,000 - 34,000. Please
mail a cover letter and resume by November 17 to: BikeWalk Virginia, PO
Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203. More information at:
http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org

-> JOB -- PROGRAM PROMOTIONS MGR -- WALKARLINGTON

This 20-30 hour/week contracted position works in the Commuter Services
(ACCS) unit of the Department of Environmental Services (DES)
Transportation Division, Planning Bureau. The position reports directly
to the ACCS Chief, works closely with the Bureau's Pedestrian Planner
and coordinates activities directly with the ACCS Marketing Manager and
Bike Arlington Promotions Manager. In addition it coordinates with
other planners and marketing professionals throughout the County to
develop initiatives and vehicles for promoting walking in Arlington
County, VA. The WALKArlington Promotions Manager is responsible for
developing programs to promote pedestrian activities and to increase
public awareness of the benefits and advantages of walking. Promotional
efforts are accomplished through WALKArlington website and related
email newsletter, special events, television, radio and newspaper
promotions, written promotions and through coordinating with the ACCS
umbrella marketing program, currently known as Way To Go Arlington. For
more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ybpo4f

-> 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 Trans-
portation 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

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