#162 Friday, November 17, 2006
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Bicycling & Walking. CenterLines is our way of quickly delivering news
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|NCBW = SRTS|
|Members Chosen for Nat'l Safe Routes Task Force|
|ALRC Holds City SRTS Workshops In Birmingham, AL|
|Georgia Hosts First Bicycle & Pedestrian Conference|
|Active Living Network Launches New Website|
|Congress for the New Urbanism Annual Awards|
|EPA Awards $2.7 Million in Local Grants|
|New Arlington (VA) Bike Facility Videos|
|ACA Publishes Guide to Bike Travel with Kid|
|Walkable City Centers Finding Mass Appeal|
|Atlanta (GA) Paper Slams "Bold New" Trans. Study|
|Arkansas Safe Routes Program Spreads Word|
|Iowa Launches "Iowans Fit For Life" Campaign|
|NY City P.D. Spent $1.32M To Stop Bike Rides|
|Monticello (WI) Trail Group Gets Organized|
|Thunderhead Alliance's Dave Snyder Moves On|
|Rayburn (PA) Path Key "Interstate of Trails" Link|
|"Green Fund" to Back Ped-Friendly Development|
|The Decline Of Sidewalks is Killing Us|
|EPA Praises Sensitive Community Development|
|Lake Tahoe (CA) Folks Want Walkable Communities|
CORRECTION: In Issue 161, we mistakenly identified the author of "The
Plight of the North American Bipeds" as Brigit Brown, Wisconsin State
Trails Coordinator. The author is Bridget Brown, an independent writer,
also living in Wisconsin. She can be reached at
NCBW = SRTS
-> There's lots going on at NCBW these days in connection with
Safe Routes to School Programs. First, NCBWs Sharon Roerty
was recently appointed to the Natiaonl Safe Routes to School Task
Force (see full story below).
Also, in a recent news release, Carlos Rodrigues, president of the
New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association,
announced the Chapter's 2006 awards for planning. We're proud
to say that the Outstanding Comprehensive Planning award
went to the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program. The
award recognizes the hard work of the New Jersey Department
of Transportation, the RBA Group, the National Center for
Bicycling & Walking (that's us!), and the Alan M. Voorhees
Transportation Center of Rutgers University. Sharon Roerty
has been intimately involved in the project. She noted, "I've been
working on Safe Routes to School in New Jersey since 2000,
so this is great news."
For more on the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program, go to:
In other SRTS news, Sharon and NCBW's Marc Plotz just completed
two pilot sessions of the NCBW's new "City SRTS Workshop" in
Birmingham, Alabama. (See related story and podcast link in this
issue of CenterLines.) Tom Maxwell with the Birmingham MPO and
Paula Stanton (JCCEO) served as the local coordinators for these
workshops held in the Wenonah and Ensley Neighborhoods.
Finally, the NCBW's Gary MacFadden, together with Professor
Marc Schlossberg and his colleagues in the School of Planning,
Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon, are
doing the final field tests of a new SRTS Community Assessment
Tool (CAT). Going under the name of the School Environment
Assessment Tool (SEAT), the safe routes "module" is the first of
a planned series of CATs.
These tools are designed to enable local community and neighborhood
groups to collect data on existing conditions in their area using PDAs,
immediately upload and display the data in a GIS context, and use
it to document where gaps and barriers exist that need to be addressed.
Gary reports that the SEAT will be ready for application in other
communities by the end of this year, following pilot workshops
in Eugene, Oregon, La Crosse, Wisconsin, Saint Paul, Minnesota,
and Seattle, Washington. The next CenterLines will carry a more
complete description of this exciting new assessment tool.
MEMBERS CHOSEN FOR NAT'L SAFE ROUTES TASK FORCE
-> In a Nov. 13th message, Federal Safe Routes to School Program
Manager, Time Arnade, announced the selection of members for the new
National Safe Routes to School Task Force. Tim offered his thanks to
"many of you for your interest in the National Safe Routes to School
Task Force and for those that applied, your offer of public service. We
had many more applications than we could accommodate (appointment or
regret letter should have been received now by anyone that applied)."
Our own Safe Routes expert, Sharon Roerty, was selected to serve on the
Task Force and she will be reporting back on a regular basis here in
CenterLines. Congrats to Sharon and all chosen to serve!
For more about the Task Force, go to:
ALRC HOLDS CITY SRTS WORKSHOPS IN BIRMINGHAM AL
-> NCBW's Sharon Roerty and Mark Plotz recently facilitated two
City STRS workshops in Birmingham, Alabama. The new workshops
are part of the Active Living Resource Center program, managed by the
NCBW and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In
addition to Birmingham, three more SRTS City pilots will be held in
Chicago, Illinois, and Saint Paul, Minnesota, in November and
So what is City SRTS? CL asked that question of Roerty and Plotz.
"The answer is that we're not sure ourselves, and that's why there's
a need for this pilot project,” said Roerty. “What we can say is that
while the traditional SRTS programs -- such as the 4-E's and
Walking Wednesdays -- are great, those models don't translate
well in every community, or in every school."
"There are lots of factors to consider in some of the traditional
programs," added Plotz. "For example, finding volunteer power to
run a Walking School Bus program can be very difficult in a
neighborhood where both parents are working. Or how do you
promote SRTS when parents are driving their children to school
because of gangs or crime? These are just a few of the questions
we're attempting to address through this pilot project.
"The first lesson we learned is that finding the right community
partner is critical," said Roerty. "In Birmingham, we were fortunate
to make a connection with the Jefferson County Committee for
Economic Opportunity, which runs Headstart in Birmingham.
Of course, you're just having another meeting unless the people
who can do something about the intersection, the missing sidewalk,
or crosswalk, are there. In Birmingham, Tom Maxwell of the Regional
Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham really helped us
out in that area."
To arrange a City SRTS Workshop in your community, contact Mark
Plotz (email@example.com) or Sharon Roerty (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more on the Birmingham pilot SRTS City Workshop pilots and
our experiences thus far, tune into the podcast:
GEORGIA HOSTS FIRST BICYCLE & PEDESTRAIN CONFERENCE
-> The Georgia DOT hosted its first Georgia Bicycle & Pedestrian
Conference in Decatur, Georgia on October 24-25, 2006. The
conference was a great success and provided a valuable opportunity
to bring together professionals from diverse disciplines working
towards a common goal: to improve bicycle and pedestrian access
and safety throughout the state, and to make Georgia a healthier,
more sustainable place to live. Congratulations to Amy Goodwin
and Elaine Armster of the GA DOT, and to Fred Boykin of the
City of Decatur, on a great event!
The conference was attended by 160 planners, engineers, public
health professionals, law enforcement officers, local government
officials and non-profit organizations. Attendees came from all over
the state, including a few from neighboring states. Forty-one
speakers over two days presented material on a wide range of
subjects including bicycle, pedestrian & multi-use trail facility
design; travel demand management; education strategies for
improving bike/ped safety; innovative planning practices; data
collection, analysis and mapping; safe routes to school
programs; public health and the built environment; funding
The program also included two mobile workshops, one touring
Downtown Decatur on foot, pointing out how "smart growth"
policies have achieved a walkable community. In addition to
the workshops, attendees listened to speeches and a keynote
address from Bill Wilkinson of the National Center for Bicycling
ACTIVE LIVING NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
-> Sally Bock of the Active Living Network recently wrote to let us
know about ALN's new website. She wrote, "The new site is much more
technically robust than our previous site, making it easier for
advocates and others to find and access the tools they need and
organizations to share their success stories, publicize events and rate
the resources they use." The site is organized by topics that allow you
to find any and all information related to your interest area -- from
the latest news and resources to profiles, Storybank projects and
Go to: http://www.activeliving.org
CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM ANNUAL AWARDS
-> In an 11/15/06 news release, Stephen Filmanoicz of CNU said, "The
Congress for the New Urbanism invites you to submit your work for the
Charter Awards. New Urbanism's highest honor alongside the Athena
lifetime achievement awards, the Charter Awards recognize excellence in
architecture, planning, landscape, architecture and development, as
well as the policies plans and codes that structure them. Award winners
enrich their physical and social contexts by embodying the principles
of the Charter of the New Urbanism.
"Charter Awards submissions are reviewed and recipients selected by a
jury of distinguished urbanists...Charter Award winners are showcased
on the CNU web site, in a publication that profiles all winning
entries, and at an awards ceremony held at the annual Congress.
Submissions must be shipped or postmarked by January 22, 2007.
For details, go to:
EPA AWARDS $2.7 MILLION IN LOCAL GRANTS
-> According to a Nov. 15th EPA release, "Sixteen U.S. communities
share $2.7 million in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency
to continue progress on solving local health and environmental issues.
The Community Action for a Renewed Environment grants will address a
wide variety of environmental health issues in both rural and urban
"'President Bush and EPA are empowering communities with the tools they
need to address their local environmental challenges,' said EPA
Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. 'Through CARE, we are putting
communities in the driver's seat to deliver their residents real
"The CARE program is a community-based, community-driven program that
builds partnerships to help the public understand and reduce toxic
risks from numerous sources. Examples of projects include addressing
water quality in Puget Sound, helping to rebuild St. Bernard Parish in
La., helping the Cherokee Nation deal with toxic waste, and reducing
air toxics in Tucson..."
"Level I grant recipients:
- Alaska: Nunakauyak Traditional Council, Nelson Island
- Colorado: The Citizens for Clean Air and Water in Pueblo/Southern
- Georgia: Harambee House, Savannah
- Iowa: The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Cerro Gordo
- Louisiana: St. Bernard Parish Government, St. Bernard Parish
- Massachusetts: Nuestras Raices, Mount Holyoke
- Michigan: SW Detroit Environmental Vision, SW Detroit
- Oklahoma: The Cherokee Nation
- South Carolina: The City of Rock Hill
- Washington: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Pierce County
"Level II grant recipients:
- Arizona: Sonora Environment Research Institute, Tucson
- Massachusetts: Boston Public Health Commission
- Michigan: The Central Lake Superior Watershed Partnership, Marquette
- Montana: Rocky Mountain College, Montana Indian County
- New Jersey: Clean Air Communities, Camden
- Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia..."
More info, contact Roxanne Smith, (202) 564-4355;
or go to: http://tinyurl.com/yc9keg
NEW ARLINGTON (VA) BIKE FACILITY VIDEOS
-> In a recent note, Paul DeMaio said, "I wanted to share our cycling
encouragement videos with Centerlines readers. Many Arlingtonians and
others around the D.C. region don't know what great bike facilities we
have in Arlington, so we produced two encouragement videos to show
them. Now if we could only have the videos played on local TV stations
as often as car commercials!"
The videos can be found here:
ACA PUBLISHES GUIDE TO BIKE TRAVEL WITH KID
-> According to a recent news release, "Adventure Cycling Association,
America's largest cycling organization, is getting kids 'psyched on
bikes' with its new publication, 'Pedal Pioneers: A Guide to Bicycle
Travel with Kids.' Pedal Pioneers is a first-of-its-kind, in-depth
guide on how to organize youth bicycle trips. Pedal Pioneers is
designed to help teachers, youth group leaders, and passionate
individuals organize their own adventures. The Guide is a great
addition to the growing set of tools that address the youth obesity and
"In five sections, an Introduction, and an exhaustive Appendix, Pedal
Pioneers walks leaders through each stage of organizing a bicycle trip
for groups of kids who can ride bicycles independently. The Guide
covers many of the details that leaders need to know when considering
or planning a bike tour with youth, including equipment lists, how to
pack, route planning, food, and camping/lodging options. The Guide
comes packaged in a user-friendly binder with sample magazines,
stickers, safety information, a discounted membership coupon, and more."
For more info, go to:
-> "New York has one of the lowest ratios of park acreage per person
the nation, new parks are rarely built while the population continues
to grow, and the parks department budget is under perpetual siege. New
York City schools also have chronically limited recreation space and
programs, and it is not uncommon to see school playgrounds become
parking lots for teachers."
-- Tom Angotti, Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter
WALKABLE CITY CENTERS FINDING MASS APPEAL
-> According to a Nov. 13th Washington Post article, "The old town,
seems, is the new thing. Clarendon is one of hundreds of so-called
urban villages around the country that combine residential, retail and
office space in a compact area, harking back to a time when city
centers were thriving economic engines. As demand for the urban village
rises, developers and retailers are flocking to cash in on its
mass-market appeal. The number of mixed-use projects of 15 acres or
more has been increasing by about 28 percent a year since 1996,
according to New Urban News. In 2004, the most recent figure available,
650 projects at various stages of completion existed throughout the
"Businesses in urban villages generate more revenue than those in
traditional shopping centers and strip malls, planners say. Shoppers
spend $84 an hour in an urban village's street-side stores; in a
typical enclosed mall, they spend $57.50 an hour, according to the
Urban Land Institute. Some large retailers bring in almost 20 percent
more revenue per square foot in a village setting. 'Retailers know the
power of the place-making dividend. People stay longer, come back more
often and spend more money in places that attract their affection,'
said Ed McMahon, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute. 'No one
wants to go to a strip mall to hang out.'
"Instead, people amble along pedestrian-friendly streets in places like
Bethesda, Takoma Park and Silver Spring. Downtown Alexandria and
Annapolis epitomize the model, experts say, weaving together the
threads of an old-fashioned main street in a modern setting. Urban
villages attract a desirable set of demographics -- young professionals
in dual-income households as well as empty-nesters and retirees, often
with disposable income. 'What's really driving it is profit,' said John
Norquist, president of the Congress for the New Urbanism. 'Everybody's
trying to recreate the urban form because that's what the consumer
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Title: "Remade City Centers Find Mass Appeal"
Author: Kim Hart
ATLANTA (GA) PAPER SLAMS "BOLD NEW" TRANS. STUDY
-> According to a Nov. 16th Journal-Constitution editorial,
"Fast-growing metro Atlanta needs an adaptable transportation network
that accommodates cars, transit, bicycles and pedestrians and can
handle future growth. Georgians who begin and end their workdays
fighting some of the most accursed traffic in the free world are all
too aware of the importance of such a network. However, that
desperately needed system won't be built if Gov. Sonny Perdue, state
lawmakers and transportation officials follow some exquisitely bad
advice they're getting from the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based
think tank backed by various industry groups and anti-transit
ideologues. The foundation's latest study, 'Reducing Congestion in
Atlanta: A Bold New Approach to Increasing Mobility,' adroitly mixes
fact with pure fiction.
"The result is a nightmarish vision of regional transportation worthy
of Dante's Inferno. Picture an Atlanta with more than 1,100 miles of
pay-as-you-go toll roads as far as the eye can see, connected to a
labyrinth of double-decker tunnels reserved for cars and trucks zipping
along in subterranean darkness. If some of this 'bold' thinking sounds
familiar, that's because it is. Except for the vaguely insane and
monstrously expensive novelty of burying the region's traffic 100 feet
beneath the earth, much of the study offers the same Paleolithic
approach to transportation planning that helped create the very mess
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Title: "Not digging tunnel plan"
Author: Lyle V. Harris
ARKANSAS SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM SPREADS WORD
-> According to a Nov. 14th Texarkana Gazette article, "Getting kids
fitter and healthier by walking or bicycling to school is the aim of
Arkansas' Safe Routes to School Program, which was discussed by the
state's program manager Monday night in Texarkana. Steve Weston, a
transportation study coordinator with the Arkansas State Highway and
Transportation Department, spoke to a handful of local citizens
interested in the project. The meeting was held at the Church of the
Nazarene. With approximately $1 million in funding expected in Arkansas
through 2009 and about $3 million to get it started in Arkansas next
year, the program seeks to encourage and enable kids from kindergarten
through eighth grade to get to school safely by bicycling or walking.
"Weston said a few states and countries have been running this program
for a while and some of the U.S. backing to get programs started here
has been from health-related organizations wanting to deal with both
adult and childhood obesity. 'The thought is if we can get kids more
active...maybe we can turn some of this around,' said Weston, noting
that starting kids young could influence transportation decisions and
habits in the future. The program funds educational and infrastructure
projects, which local entities -- such as school districts,
governments, nonprofits or coalitions -- can apply for after Jan. 1.
'The program is a reimbursable program,' said Weston, meaning program
applicants will have to have funding upfront but 'progress
reimbursement' could pay back as a project evolves. Projects must be
within 2 miles of a school..."
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Title: "Arkansas touts Safe Routes to School program"
Author: Aaron Brand
IOWA LAUNCHES "IOWANS FIT FOR LIFE" CAMPAIGN
-> A Nov. 15th WHOTV story asked, "How often do you walk to the store?
How often do your kids walk to school? Even if you live just a few
blocks away, chances are you get in your car. But what if your
neighborhood was designed differently? As part of our 'Move It'
campaign, Channel 13's Sonya Heitshusen talked with one man who is on a
mission to make every community more walkable. Jack Kazwell and his
friends walk to and from school almost everyday. They're accompanied by
Terri Simodynes, whose son prefers a faster pace. Terri says one reason
they walk is because they live close to school.
"But she also says the fitness aspect of walking is a major factor in
her decision. Mark Fenton believes the same thing. Fenton is a
competitive race walker. Walk in his shoes for a day and you'll walk
about 7-miles. Fenton, who is also an engineer, says more communities
need to be designed with the walker in mind. Fenton says more people
walking translates into healthier kids, families and communities.
Fenton is in town to help launch a statewide effort promoting health
and fitness. It's called Iowans Fit For Life and he will be one of the
speakers at a symposium on Thursday."
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Title: "Move It: Creating 'Walkable' Communities"
Author: Sonya Heitshusen
NY CITY P.D. SPENT $1.32M TO SUPPRESS BIKE RIDES
-> In a Nov. 16th Streetsblog article, Charles Komanoff wrote, "Time's
Up [New York City's Direct Action Environmental Organization] took its
campaign for safe bicycling into the economic arena this morning with
release of a report documenting the Bloomberg administration's
squandering of New Yorkers' tax dollars in suppressing the Critical
Mass bike rides. With the City Hall steps as backdrop, the grassroots
environmental group released a report I helped prepare, estimating that
police and other agencies spent $1,320,000 harassing and arresting
Critical Mass riders from September 2004 through August 2006.
"This figure comprises:
- $1,000,000 spent by the NYPD policing the rides and processing
- $150,000 spent by the Manhattan District Attorney's office charging
arrestees and trying cases
- $170,000 spent by the NYC Law Dept. bringing and settling lawsuits
against Critical Mass (the "Bray" and "Time's Up" cases)
"During the same two-year period the city spent less than $700,000
planning, engineering, and installing bike lanes in the five boroughs.
Thus, over the past two years New York City spent twice as much
suppressing two dozen bicycle rides as it spent creating a safe
bicycling infrastructure that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers
could be using every day. At the City Hall event, Marquez Claxton, who
does public relations and political affairs for 100 Blacks in Law
Enforcement Who Care, called the NYPD's suppression of Critical Mass a
'personal campaign' by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. 'When you see
such illogical allocation of police resources,' Claxton said, 'you have
to conclude that the impetus is personal vindictiveness rather than
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Title: "NYPD Has Spent $1.32M to Suppress a Monthly Bike Ride"
Author: Charles Komanoff
Ed. note: Streetsblog is a great news source that covers the "New York
City Streets Renaissance." Check it out here: http://www.streetsblog.org
MONTICELLO (WI) TRAIL GROUP GETS ORGANIZED
-> According to a Nov. 16th Times article, "The Friends of the Badger
Trail are making strides. At an organizational meeting yesterday,
acting President Dan Sullivan invited potential members to share
thoughts about the direction the group should take. Steve Johnston,
Green County work unit manager at New Glarus Woods State Park, said
June 30, 2007 is the target date to have the trail completed and open
to the public from the Illinois state line to Purcell Road north of
Belleville. The segment from Purcell Road to Fitchburg may not be
completed for several years, however, due to a lack of state funding.
"Membership dues were set at $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $50
for businesses and $12 for seniors, age 55 and over. In addition,
bicycle riders will need to purchase either daily or season passes to
use the trail. The group got a boost to begin fund-raising when Craig
Schmitz of the State Line Trailblazers snowmobile club offered $300.
The donation, together with membership dues and other contributions,
allows the group to establish a bank account and begin work on various
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Title: "Friends of Badger Trail start to come together"
Author: Lee Fahrney
THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE'S DAVE SNYDER MOVES ON
-> According to a Nov. 15th Business Times article, "Signaling an
emphasis on transportation issues, a San Francisco think tank has
recruited a transportation expert to oversee policy. The San Francisco
Planning and Urban Research Association said Wednesday that Dave Snyder
is the new director of transportation policy. Snyder, who has worked on
SPUR's board since 1999, said he will focus on improving MUNI's
performance, the MUNI subway extension to Chinatown and the Caltrain
extension to the Transbay Terminal.
"Snyder's past transportation experience includes work with the
Thunderhead Alliance, a national coalition of bicycle and pedestrian
advocates. Snyder also was executive director of Transportation for a
Livable City, a San Francisco organization that promotes transportation
and land use. He sat on the board of directors for City Carshare, a
car-sharing service begun in 2001, and also was executive director of
the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition..."
Follow-up: For those afraid that Dave is gone from the bike/ped scene
for good, not to worry. Sue Knaup, Thunderhead's executive director,
told us that Dave will still going to be doing some consulting work for
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Title: "SPUR hires transport expert who will focus on MUNI"
Author: Eric Young
RAYBURN (PA) PATH KEY "INTERSTATE OF TRAILS" LINK
-> According to a Nov. 15th Leader Times article, "It's not much more
than a mile long ending at Buttermilk Falls, but thanks to recent
improvements and a tie-in to longer trails, the Cowanshannock Trail is
fast becoming a destination. 'You have a destination point not only for
local people but also for people in the whole Western Pennsylvania
region to come here and come by the trail to get here,' said Ron
Steffey, executive director of the Allegheny Valley Land Trust (AVLT)
and member of the Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association.
"'Even though the Cowanshannock Trail is a short extension, add it to
the miles of the Allegheny Trail, and eventually, add it to every mile
of trail from Washington, DC to Erie. We have spurs to main trails.
It's becoming like an interstate of trails.' Eventual plans are to make
the 500-mile Washington, DC to Lake Erie connection go through the
heart of Armstrong County, Steffey said.
"It's been a month since the work of removing growth and regrading on
the trail was completed with the laying of a smooth surface on what was
once only a walkable path in the woods. 'People have been telling me
they haven't been to Buttermilk Falls since they were kids years ago,'
Steffey said. 'People who were hiking up from Kittanning to the bridge
and turning around are now going further.'..."
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Title: "Cowanshannock Trail lures walkers"
Author: Mitch Fryer
"GREEN FUND" TO BACK PED-FRIENDLY DEVELOPMENT
-> According to a Nov. 14th Denver Post article, "Dennis Fleming and
Charlie Randall plan to launch a $150 million 'green' fund in January.
For the last year and a half, the partners in Revival Fund Management
have been talking to wealthy people and pension funds about investing
in their Urban Green fund, which will buy and manage a diversified
portfolio of transit-oriented, high-density, mixed-use properties in
walkable urban areas. 'We feel we're at the tipping point where
investors are looking for opportunities to invest responsibly,' said
Fleming, 38, who has worked in the real-estate and venture-capital
industries. Revival Fund Management intends to announce the fund at the
U.S. Green Building Conference, which gets underway today at the
Colorado Convention Center.
"Fleming and Randall have been looking for development opportunities
across the country, including Chicago, California, Oregon, Denver,
Boulder and Boston. 'We're trying to build better communities,' said
Randall, 43, who worked for Frederick Ross Co. as a consultant on
commercial real-estate investment and development issues and is co-
founder of Solar Village LLC, a developer of green homes and
communities. European countries have seen an increase in socially
responsible investors, but the trend has been slow to catch on in the
United States. Green building, using environmentally friendly
construction materials, is a relatively new practice, so there isn't
much data on performance or resale values. 'What Wall Street wants is
data showing how these buildings perform over time,' Fleming said..."
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Title: "'Green' fund backs mixed-use property"
Author: Margaret Jackson
THE DECLINE OF SIDEWALKS IS KILLING US
-> According to a Nov. 12th Sunday Paper article, "The design of your
subdivision could be killing you. If you live in an area with few
sidewalks, no nearby parks, walking trails or gyms, and no good places
to bike, you're less likely exercise, according to a researcher at the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So the state department
responsible for building roads is taking baby steps toward getting
serious about forms of transportation that don't require gasoline. For
starters, the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) sponsored its
first bicycle and pedestrian workshop last month in Decatur, gathering
transportation officials statewide to study how best to incorporate
sidewalks and bicycle paths into road and community designs. The
department has also hired someone to promote walking and cycling among
schoolchildren. The DOT is preparing to add sidewalks and medians to
Buford Highway, the thoroughfare department officials consider the
deadliest in the state.
"DOT Deputy Commissioner Buddy Gratton says the department also plans
to add bike lanes, medians and pedestrian refuges in Buckhead and to
narrow Atlanta's Glenwood Avenue from four to three lanes. Pedestrian
fatalities in Atlanta dropped from 25 in 2003 to 10 in 2005, thanks in
part to signs that remind motorists that state law requires them to
stop for pedestrians, says Sally Flocks, president and CEO of PEDS, a
pedestrian advocacy group. But pedestrian fatalities have tripled in
Gwinnett during the same time period from 5 to 15, and the state and
metro area still have a long way to go to make walking and bicycling
more viable options. In 2005, 150 pedestrians and 23 bicyclists died on
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Title: "Fast lane to the grave"
Author: Diane Loupe
EPA PRAISES SENSITIVE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
-> According to a Nov. 15th News Blaze article, "EPA today presented
its 2006 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement to the City of
Chicago; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the City of Wichita, Kan.;
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and the City of Winooski, Vt. These
award winners were recognized for their innovative approaches to
development that strengthen community identity and protect the
environment. The awards ceremony was held today in the Great Hall of
the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
"As communities around the country look for ways to grow that protect
and enhance their natural environments and create prosperity, many are
turning to smart growth strategies. They are cleaning and reusing
previously developed land; providing more housing and transportation
choices; preserving critical natural areas; and developing vibrant
places to live, work, shop and play. In addition to creating great
communities, these smart growth strategies also protect the quality of
our air, water and land.
"'President Bush and EPA see smart growth as smart for our environment,
smart for our economy and smart for our quality of life,' said EPA
Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. 'It is a pleasure to recognize the
innovative efforts of these award-winning communities, who are
responsibly building toward a healthier, brighter future.'..."
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Title: "Communities Praised for Environmentally-Sensitive Development"
Author: Judyth Piazza
LAKE TAHOE (CA) FOLKS WANT WALKABLE COMMUNITIES
-> According to a Nov. 15th Sun article, "The final workshop in a
three-part series designed to make communities more pedestrian- and
cyclist-friendly was met with a lot of frustration by locals who want
to see immediate change. Nearly 40 community members from the North
Shore and Truckee, as well as regional agency officials, attended the
meeting in Kings Beach presented by Paul Zykofsky of the
Sacramento-based Local Government Committee. Zykofsky, who was invited
by the Design Committee of the North Tahoe Business Association, showed
photos of communities around the nation that have become "walkable" and
explained how towns can change their current situations. 'These are
places where our children learn to socialize and interact,' Zykofsky
stressed. 'It is where we meet and may meet the person we will
"In order to have these successful places, you need to get out of your
car. Unfortunately, we've created places where it is hard to do that.'
Zykofsky presented examples from Chico, Davis, the Bay Area and Denver,
as well as other towns. However, community members voiced concerns,
saying they wanted guidance on how to make immediate changes, how to
change county and city codes to make those changes, and how that vision
would apply in snow conditions. Dave Wilderotter, owner of Tahoe Dave's
Ski and Boards, said simple decisions can make a big difference. 'I am
building an extension on my store [in Kings Beach] and I am deciding
whether to put my parking in the front or in the back,' Wilderotter
said. 'What I am hearing is that my store becomes a better retail store
if the parking is behind the store.'..."
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Title: "Residents say they want livable, walkable communities -- now"
Author: Kara Fox
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
ELIZABETH LOFTUS FORECASTS THE FUTURE
"I've spent three decades learning how to alter people's memories. I've
even gone so far as planting entirely false memories into the minds of
ordinary people -- memories such as being lost in a shopping mall,
cutting your hand on broken glass or even witnessing demonic possession
as a child, all planted through the power of suggestion.
"Psychological scientists have learned so much about planting false
memories that some say we almost have recipes for doing so. But we
haven't seen anything yet. Over the next 50 years we will further
master the ability to create false memories. We will learn more about
who is most susceptible and what works with what kind of people. The
most potent recipes may involve pharmaceuticals that we are on the
brink of discovering.
"In 2048, a descendant of George Orwell will write 2084, a book about
totalitarian society in need of control. When we have mastered the
false memory recipes, we will need to worry about who controls them.
What brakes should be imposed on police, lawyers, advertisers? More
than ever, we'll need to constantly keep in mind that memory, like
liberty, is a fragile thing..."
Source: New Scientist, 18 November 2006
For more forecasts, go to:
LOUISIANA DOT ACCEPTING SAFE ROUTES GRANT APPLICATIONS
-> "The program will assess the safety of school travel routes; make
changes to current conditions; educate students and drivers about safe
travel; and encourage walking and biking to school, the release said..."
PALOS VEREDES (CA) URBAN VILLAGE DRAWS PROTESTS
-> "A major hurdle remains convincing local residents, who mainly live
in large, rambling homes on sprawling lots and need a car to get
virtually anywhere, that a densely populated, walkable urban core
constitutes what's dubbed smart growth..."
BRYAN (TX) FOLKS EYE WALKABILITY IMPROVEMENTS
-> "'During the public meetings and focus groups, the citizens clearly
stated their desire to reinforce Bryan's small-town atmosphere and
friendly character,' the draft states. 'Residents requested
well-defined, walkable and safe neighborhoods with trees, gathering
places and parks.'..."
EURO EXPERTS DISCUSS OBESITY STRATEGY IN ISTANBUL
-> "Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who delivered a speech at the
congress, pointed to the 'modern way of life' as a root cause for
obesity and suggested that income discrepancy between developed and
underdeveloped countries was a factor. 'Unjust distribution of the
world's resources threatens developed countries as well as the
ROUND-THE-WORLD COWBOY TAKING A REST IN OHIO
-> "Thinking of walking or running across the country, rowing across
the ocean, riding a unicycle across America or a bicycle around the
world? They've all been done, plenty of times. But no one has ever
ridden a horse completely around the world..."
BAINBRIDGE IS. (WA) MAN CHRONICLES CYCLING'S GOLDEN AGE
-> "...longtime island resident [Jeff Groman] has now poured his
voluminous knowledge into the pages of 'The Six-Day Bicycle Races,' a
224-page tome crafted with co-author Peter Joffre Nye. Groman also
collaborated with filmmaker Mark Tyson to produce a companion
CHARLES, THE GREEN PRINCE, PUTS STAFF ON BICYCLES
-> "He intends to make more use of the royal train and has ordered his
chauffeurs to leave their cars behind and travel by bicycle when they
check arrangements ahead of his appointments in London..."
UK NEWSPAPER CAMPAIGNS AGAINST CELL PHONE DRIVING
-> "Our Light Up, Shut Up, Belt Up campaign was launched last month and
urges people to put their vehicle and bicycle lights on as the mornings
and evenings grow darker, wear seat belts and put down their mobile
phone while driving..."
-> "TRANSPORTATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES..."
"...Final Rule;" New Federal Accessibility Standards; Office of the
Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation. Effective Nov. 29, 2006.
-> "SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL ONLINE GUIDE"
A "comprehensive online reference manual designed to support the
development of Safe Routes to School programs;" created by the National
Center for Safe Routes to School, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC. A downloadable
pdf version will be available soon.
-> "ADVANCING SUSTAINABLE SAFETY"
Dutch National Road Safety Outlook for 2005-2020; Editors: Fred Wegman,
Letty Aarts, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, Leidschendam, the
Netherlands; 2006. Full report and Summary available. Previous edition
credited with "making the Netherlands' roads among the safest in the
->"NOW THAT YOU'RE ON BOARD: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE..."
"...as a Planning Commissioner -- 25 useful tips for citizen planners;"
book by Elaine Cogan; due out on December 8th; early order discount
through Jan. 15, 2007
For more info, go to:
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their own items as long as they pertain to training in the bicycle,
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-> December 7, 2006, Developing New Urban Communities seminar, Seaside,
FL. Info: The Seaside Institute, PO Box 4875, Santa Rosa Beach, Fl,
32459; email: <email@example.com>
-> January 21-25, 2007, TRB Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. Info:
-> February 8-10, 2007, New Partners for Smart Growth, Los Angeles, CA.
-> February 22-24, 2007, 4th Annual Active Living Research Conference,
Coronado CA. Info: Amanda Wilson, Research Coordinator; phone:
619-260-5538; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> March 25-29, 2007, National Trust Main Streets Conference, Seattle,
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:
-> April 14-18, 2007, American Planning Association National
Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
-> June 12-15, 2007, Velo City International Bicycle Conference,
Munich, Germany. Info:
-> JOB -- EXERCISE & WELLNESS ASST. PROF.-- AZ ST. UNIV.
Teach and conduct research in the area of health promotion and
technology related to physical activity, nutrition and wellness.
Required: Earned doctorate in Exercise & Wellness or related
discipline; teaching experience in health promotion and technology;
on-line teaching experience; evidence of experience conducting
independent research and being published in peer-reviewed journal(s)
appropriate to rank; skills/proficiency in technology (e.g., data base
and analysis software/presentation media); evidence of securing
external funding for research specialty appropriate to rank. Experience
mentoring MS or PhD students is preferred. Application deadline:
January 31, 2007; if not filled, then the end of each month thereafter
until search is closed.
Send letter of application, vita, and three names of references with
telephone numbers to: Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., Chair, Search
Committee Health Promotion and Technology, Department of Exercise and
Wellness, 7350 East Unity Ave, Mesa, Arizona 85212-0180.
-> JOB -- TRAIL DEV. MGR./MIDWEST REGION -- RTC
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit trails & greenways
organization, seeks a Trail Development Manager for the Midwest (near
Columbus, OH) to support communities in their trail planning efforts by
providing technical assistance, conducting public outreach & training
workshops, and building relationships with local agencies,
stakeholders, and allied organizations in the recreation, alternative
transportation, health and conservation fields. Excellent writing &
speaking skills and time & budget mgt.; ability to build coalitions
among diverse constituencies. Qualifications: four-year college degree
in urban/ regional planning, land use management, parks/recreation,
alternative transportation or related field plus 2-4 years related
experience. Salary based on nonprofit pay scale/experience plus
benefits. Open until filled, apply ASAP. EOE. Women and minorities are
encouraged to apply. Info: Rhonda L. Border-Boose, Director,
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Midwest Office, 30 Liberty Street, Canal
Winchester, OH 43110, Phone: 614.837.6782, Fax: 614.837.6783. Complete
job description & how to apply, visit our Web site at:
-> 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:
-> 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
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