#163 Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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|NCBW and UofO Pilot Test New PDA Assessment Tool|
|Take the Safe Routes "Diverse Communities Survey"|
|Transportation Bond Measures and "Complete Streets"|
|Thunderhead Hires Complete Streets Campaign Coach|
|A Brief Commentary On USDOT Strategic Plan|
|Shelburne (VT) Finally Gets Its Crosswalk|
|Wailuku (HI) to Link 5 Beaches with 1 New Trail|
|Marion (IL) Mileage Club Fosters Kids' Healthy Habits|
|Author: Suburbs Don't Have to Be Boring|
|Pittsburgh (PA) Faces Uphill Pedestrian Challenge|
|Tennessee DOT Rolls Out Safe Routes Program|
|Seattle (WA) Shrinks Arterial after "Near Death" Experiences|
|Arlington (VA) Plans Major Facelift for Pike Area|
|Columbia (SC) Hopes "Garden District" Will Draw Visitors|
|Old Saybrook (CT) Volunteers Blaze New Trails|
|U.S. Forest Service Holds Mountain Biking Forum|
|Ipswich (UK) Sees Good Results with "Naked" Roads|
|Concept of Free Play Lost, Guelph (ON) Expert Says|
NCBW AND UofO PILOT TEST NEW PDA ASSESSMENT TOOL
Staff of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking, working
closely with educators and students at the School of Planning,
Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon,
have been field-testing a series of new assessment tools that can
help communities spot barriers to walking and bicycling.
The UofO/NCBW team recently completed it's fourth pilot test of
the tool in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and will hold a fifth pilot in Saint
Paul, Minnesota, later this week. The project is part of NCBW's
Active Living Resource Center, supported by the Robert Wood
Bearing the code name "CAT" (Community Assessment Tool),
the new tools use a series of straightforward screens on a hand-
held computer (personal digital assistant, or PDA). Community
members work in teams using the PDAs to gather data that will
help them assess the strengths and limitations of a given area.
The first module in the new series gathers information
about safe routes to school. Other planned modules will include
ADA, transit, complete streets, and the bikeability of an area.
"We're very excited about how well the tool works, and how the
community members have quickly grasped the potential of this
assessment tool," said Gary MacFadden, NCBW director of
operations. MacFadden has been heading up the series of pilot
workshops designed to test the capabilities of the CAT. "We're
wrapping up our work on the first tool in the series, and have
begun the development of a second module," MacFadden said.
The nearly completed tool is called the School Environment
Assessment Tool (SEAT). "Unlike other assessment tools,
SEAT is designed with the dual emphasis of data collection and
facilitating community organizing and capacity building," said
Marc Schlossberg, assistant professor in PPPM at the University
of Oregon. "The SEAT uses sophisticated geographic information
system software, but can be used by anyone regardless of their
technological comfort level."
To prove this point, the ALRC pilots have involved a broad swath of
community members, including parents, school administrators,
community planning staff, and fourth- and fifth-grade students. The
pilot workshops begin with a brief review of what kinds of barriers
might exist, especially for a young person walking or biking to
school. Workshop participants then receive a one-hour hands-on
training with the PDA units, ending with a walk-through on several
"At this point, we have each two-person team head out to gather
data in a specific zone," said MacFadden. "Each team member
carries a PDA; one person gathers the street segment data, while
the other gathers information about the intersections. The PDAs
contain the maps of the area being assessed; the team members
choose their answers for each street segment or intersection on
screens that appear on the screen."
MacFadden said the community teams generally are out in their
designated zones for about two-and-a-half to three hours. When the
teams convene again at the workshop site, their PDAs are
set into a cradle and the data is pulled into a laptop and automatically
compiled. Workshop participants are immediately treated to projected
views of the data they've just gathered. "In each of the pilot workshops,
this has kicked off conversations among the participants about the
areas that need to be given a closer look for safety, such as possibly
installing crosswalks, or adding a crossing guard or some traffic
calming features," said MacFadden. "The data is left with the
community, so it can be overlaid with other GIS data, such as where
the school children live, and how the identified barriers might affect
school travel routes."
"It's key that the community stakeholders collect data themselves,"
added Schlossberg. "This can lead to investment in future actions.
The resulting maps can be used by the community members to
target appropriate walking interventions, or to put pressure on city
or state officials to do so."
For a look at some of the maps generated in the pilot workshops, see:
For more information, contact Gary MacFadden at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Marc Schlossberg at email@example.com.
TAKE THE SAFE ROUTES "DIVERSE COMMUNITIES SURVEY"
-> An article in the November Safe Routes to School E-News asks readers
to "Help us gather information geared toward learning about SRTS in
urban, rural and disabled populations. The traditional Safe Routes to
School model uses the 5 'E's' -- engineering, education, encouragement,
enforcement and evaluation -- to accomplish two main goals: increase
the number of students who walk and bicycle to school, and make walking
and bicycling to school safer. This widely accepted standard program
has its developmental roots in largely suburban settings. However, many
schools and communities experience a different set of circumstances
related to active transportation that remain unaddressed in many of the
widely available resources and guidance.
"The SRTS National Partnership has created the Diverse Communities
Committee to help identify existing resources and gaps in resources for
three populations: large urban school communities, rural school
communities, and students with disabilities. The committee, chaired by
Melody Geraci of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, is seeking input
from a variety of practitioners, experts, and stakeholders in the three
communities to complete a brief survey to assist in defining each
group. We will hold national conference calls in January to garner
additional information. Please forward this survey link to others who
may be able to help."
Take the survey here:
TRANSPORTATION BOND MEASURES AND "COMPLETE STREETS"
-> According to the Nov. 15th issue of Complete Streets Newsletter, "On
November 7th, voters in Seattle passed a 'Bridging the Gap' measure,
which will increase property taxes to pay for roads, transit, bridges,
and bikeways. The City Council had already passed a resolution vowing
that projects funded by the measure must help create complete streets.
"...The Sacramento Transportation Authority recently reaffirmed the
requirement to build complete streets when money from their 2004
transportation tax measure is distributed. Walt Seifer of the
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) helped make sure that the
complete streets language in the original measure, stating, 'routine
accommodation of bicycles and pedestrians shall be included in all
transportation projects,' was preserved in the contracts with cities
and the county for expenditure of the funds.
"Anne Geraghty of WALKSacramento, and a National Complete Streets
Coalition steering committee member, will also be keeping a close eye
on the projects that use this money to make sure that they are indeed
complete streets..." Read more in the SABA newsletter here (last page):
Other election results: Many cities also passed transit bond measures;
visit the Center for Transportation Excellence for a roundup:
For more on the National Complete Streets Coalition, go to:
THUNDERHEAD HIRES COMPLETE STREETS CAMPAIGN COACH
-> According to Nov. 22nd issue of the Thunderhead Alliance's "Weather
Report" newsletter, "We've elevated our National Complete the Streets
Campaign with the hiring of Dominic Liberatore as our full time
Complete Streets Campaign Coach. Dominic is focusing his time on the
goals of Thunderhead's national campaign: securing complete streets
policies in all 50 states by 2008 to leverage a federal complete
streets policy through the reauthorization of the federal
transportation law. Tapping his extensive experience in campaign
strategy and leading transportation reform non-profits, Dominic will
work directly with the leaders of Thunderhead member organizations to
assist them in the complete streets policy campaigns they craft for
their states and communities. Though Congressional committee
assignments will not be finalized until January, Dominic has already
begun developing Thunderhead's federal strategy for the campaign
through Thunderhead's state and local organizations."
For help with a state or local complete streets policy campaign,
contact Dominic at: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. For more on
Thunderhead's National Complete the Streets Campaign, visit:
A BRIEF COMMENTARY ON USDOT STRATEGIC PLAN -- Bill Wilkinson
News Item: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STRATEGIC
PLAN: FISCAL YEARS 2006 - 2011 -- ... and bicycles and pedestrians
still don't count.
According to the TRB eNewsletter, the U.S. Department of Transportation
has released its strategic plan for fiscal years 2006-2011. "The plan is
designed to build on the progress made by the DOT in improving
transportation in the United States and examines how the department
will work to lay the foundation for a new transportation model that will
be needed to support America's economy in future years. The department
has set policy goals in the areas of safety; reduced congestion; global
connectivity; environmental stewardship; and security, preparedness,
and response." http://www.dot.gov/stratplan2011/index.htm
A quick look at the Safety section reveals .... you guessed it, NO
MENTION of bicycling or walking. Never mind the fact that bike/ped
users make up 13+% of the annual fatalities, or the fact that bike
fatals increased 26% between 2003 and 2005. That's right, 26%!
So, it looks like we're just a blip on the curve of the USDOT's
ambitious safety goal of a fatality rate of 1.0 per 100 million miles by
2011. Or maybe we're just another splat on the windshield, 'cause we
sure as hell ain't on their radar.
Hey, USDOT: Helllllllooooo... anyone home over there? Care to
comment? What's a matter, cat got your tongue?
(Ed. note: Bill comes to us via the rough-and-ready State of New
-> "The great failure of the suburbs is that their forms and
architecture have been almost entirely developer-driven. The great
attribute of cities is that they arise from the messy ideas and
experiments of many diverse people."
-- Lawrence Cheek, freelance architecture writer
-> "Gentrification is just what we need. It's irrational to mix
low-income and upper income in the same neighborhood."
-- Bob Morrison, president, W. University Neighborhood Assn., Tucson AZ
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SHELBURNE (VT) FINALLY GETS ITS CROSSWALK
-> According to a Nov. 27th Free Press article, "The Shelburne Bike
Pedestrian Paths Committee recently celebrated a victory years in the
making. Workers began installing crosswalks at the intersection of U.S.
7 and Harbor Road this month, and Shelburne Paths Committee Chairman
Rob Donahue said the new additions will provide pedestrians and bikers
a safe way to cross a heavily traveled route. 'A lot of it has to do
with connecting the businesses on one side of Route 7 to the others and
connecting the school to neighborhoods,' Donahue said. 'It provides a
safe crossing for the kids. As it was, the kids were taking their lives
into their hands trying to cross Route 7, and many parents wouldn't let
kids walk or bike to school, myself included.' Donahue said it took
about two years to gain approval and funding for the project because
U.S. 7 is a state-operated road.
"Town Manager Paul Bohne said the lights and crosswalk will likely be
operational by the end of this year. 'The first thing that comes to
mind is "It's about time,"' Donahue said. 'I think a lot of people feel
that way, and we're impatient with the fact that this hasn't been done
until now. We have a lot of catching up to do to make this a walkable
and bikeable town.' Jan Fink, Shelburne Community School nurse, said
walking and biking helps combat obesity and pollution. As the school's
coordinator for Safe Routes to School, a program designed to make
walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity, Fink said
the crosswalks will improve the town's most heavily traveled
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Title: "New crosswalk set for installation on U.S. 7"
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WAILUKU (HI) TO LINK 5 BEACHES WITH 1 NEW TRAIL
-> According to a Nov. 27th Honolulu Advertiser article, "A 2.5-mile
coastal trail planned by Maui Land & Pineapple Co. will link five of
Maui's top beaches and enhance public access to popular snorkeling,
surfing and fishing sites that are surrounded by a luxury resort. The
Kapalua Coastal Trail will stretch along the shoreline from Lower
Honoapi'ilani Road in the company's Kapalua Resort to Honolua Bay. The
project will cost an estimated $1.5 million, said development
coordinator Yarrow Flower.
"The coastal trail fits in with a new vision for the 23,000-acre
master-planned resort community as a center of health and wellness
activities and "walkable neighborhoods," Flower said. It will be part
of a larger network of 75 miles of walking, mountain bike and
equestrian trails to be built through ML&P lands reaching from the
ocean to the upper elevations of the West Maui Mountains.
"The trails will 'connect existing neighborhoods and encourage more of
a village lifestyle,' she said. The general public will benefit from
increased shoreline access and the opportunity to visit 'five
world-class bays without getting in your car. (The trail) will tie into
a system of parts of West Maui never before open to visitors and
locals,' she said..."
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Title: "Maui L&P plans trail linking 5 beaches"
Author: Christie Wilson
MARION (IL) MILEAGE CLUB FOSTERS KIDS' HEALTHY HABITS
-> According to a Nov. 28th Daily Republican article, "They're not
the Guinness Book of World Records, but students in Marion's Longfellow
School in Marion have been setting their own impressive records. The
school's Mileage Club, which comprises the entire student body
including teachers, has been walking. Not a mere mile or two, but
almost 3,500 per year. 'Not bad for walking around a playground,' said
Principal Amy Sanders. 'Each time students make a lap, they get their
card punched, and when a student gets 25 punches, five miles, their
card is put in a drawing box and we draw for prizes once a week.' The
prizes are typically small, building to bigger prizes toward the end of
the program, which ran this year from Oct. 1 to Nov. 17.
"'This program is to develop a healthy lifestyle and it's sponsored
through Heartland Regional Medical Center and the hospital's
foundation,' Sanders said. 'Some of the prizes we give out are stress
balls, jump ropes and some of the bigger prizes have been dance pads,
balls and bicycle helmets' At the weekly drawing, children sit quietly
hoping for their name to be drawn from the box. As each name is called,
cheers and laughter fill the auditorium. After all the prizes are
handed out, the remaining tickets stay in the box, giving kids more
chances the next week. This year, with the help of Physical Education
instructor Eli Baker, Sanders brought in athletes from Southern
Illinois University's cross country team to encourage the students.
Baker is a former runner for the SIU program..."
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Title: "Mileage Club helps students develop healthy habits"
Author: Cherri Flinn
AUTHOR: SUBURBS DON'T HAVE TO BE BORING
-> In a Nov. 28th Press-Intelligencer column, Lawrence Cheek writes,
"It feels odd to hear suburbia praised, but an urban historian, writer
and lecturer named Joel Kotkin, who lives in a burb of Los Angeles, has
been doing just that. In a conversation we had recently about the state
of the American suburb, he offered a defense that had not occurred to
me. 'There were certainly things to be critical of in suburbia. Some of
these places were mind-bogglingly dull. Yet, we created a great
environment for families on an unprecedented scale, and if anything
proves it, it's all the people who've moved onto your block from places
all around the world.' True enough: My block in an Issaquah planned
development has homeowners from China, South Korea , India, Ireland,
Bulgaria and, of course, America. By all the usual standards of judging
architecture and urbanity, it is mind-bogglingly dull, and yet it is
demonstrably a good place to live.
"But when I recently mapped out a two-day, 30-mile urban hike for a
Seattle P-I story (Getaways, Nov. 23), I didn't give a second's thought
to the suburbs: My route was strictly Seattle. Even though the Eastside
offers plenty of interesting topography and scenery (Cougar Mountain
Regional Park in Bellevue, St. Edward State Park in Kenmore), the
human-crafted side of the environment is monotonous and mostly
unrewarding to explore at the human pace of two or three miles an hour.
The Seattle hike and the conversation with Kotkin have me wondering
whether it's possible to merge these two qualities, to create suburbs
that are good places to live at the same time that they're interesting
places to explore. Or another way to ask the question: What should the
burbs be learning from the city?..."
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Title: "On Architecture: The suburbs don't have to be boring"
Author: Lawrence Cheek
PITTSBURGH (PA) FACES UPHILL PEDESTRIAN CHALLENGE
-> According to a Nov. 27th Tribune article, "Pittsburgh police know
the challenges pedestrians often face when trying to cross busy
intersections -- even when vehicles are supposed to be stopped at
traffic lights. 'During Light-up Night Downtown a few weeks back, we
saw people having to dodge traffic, and go around cars that were
stopped in the intersections,' police Chief Nathan Harper said. 'I'd
definitely like to see some things done to make it safer for
pedestrians.' City officials hope a public meeting next month in
Oakland will yield ideas to improve pedestrian safety throughout the
city. The meeting on the 'Make Pittsburgh More Walkable' project is
scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the auditorium of the University of
Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, between DeSoto and
"'Part of Mayor (Luke) Ravenstahl's vision for improving the quality of
life in Pittsburgh is to incorporate a pedestrian plan for all city
neighborhoods,' mayoral spokesman Dick Skrinjar said. 'But we don't
want this to be something that's driven by city planners and officials.
We want the public, the customers, to tell us what they need and want.'
"In a separate effort, city Councilman Bill Peduto in August asked
researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Children's Hospital of
Pittsburgh to investigate measures used in other cities that might work
to improve Pittsburgh's most dangerous intersections. Peduto plans to
present those findings to council next month. Scott Bricker, executive
director of the nonprofit bicycle advocacy and awareness group Bike
Pittsburgh, said although the city has helped to improve the number and
quality of hiking and biking trails available for recreational use,
little has been done to make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists on
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Title: "City faces uphill pedestrian challenge"
Author: Tony LaRussa
TENNESSEE DOT ROLLS OUT SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM
-> According to a Nov. 28th Tennessean article, "Local, state and
regional governments will receive grants to encourage walking and
biking among elementary and middle school children under a new program
by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, state officials
announced today. State transportation officials will hold training
sessions in December to teach communities how to apply for the Safe
Routes to School program.
"The grants are funded with $10.9 million in federal funds through
2009, state officials said. Matching funds are not required, state
officials said. The grants will pay for either infrastructure, such as
sidewalks, bikeways, trails and crosswalks, or non-infrastructure
needs, such as training for crossing guards or bicycle and pedestrian
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Title: "TDOT program aims to increase walking, biking by children"
Author: Christian Bottorff
SEATTLE (WA) SHRINKS ARTERIAL AFTER "NEAR DEATH" EXPERIENCES
-> According to a Nov. 28th News Tribune article, "The Seattle
Department of Transportation says 'skinnying' up a portion of 24th
Avenue Northwest could reduce the risk of crashes and increase traffic
flow, making it safer for both drivers and pedestrians. The city
introduced a draft proposal in September that calls for removing one
lane of traffic in each direction and adding bicycle lanes and a center
turn lane on the arterial between Northwest 56th and 65th streets.
On-street parking would remain. The plan, referred to as a 'road diet,'
is one of two options the city is considering to improve pedestrian
safety along the avenue. Another option is to remove the uncontrolled
marked crosswalk at Northwest 58th Street if a road diet is not
implemented. The changes are based on a 2002 federal study on
pedestrian safety, which found that marked crosswalks without lights
can be more dangerous to pedestrians than no crosswalk at all. The
uncontrolled, 'high risk' crosswalk at 58th has been the driving factor
for the proposal because it poses a 'multiple lane threat,' said Peter
Lagerwey, supervisor of the city's bike and pedestrian safety program.
"For example, pedestrians have hard times finding a gap in which to
cross the street on four-lane roadways and reducing the number of
traffic lanes they must cross is one way to make it safer, he said. On
a four-lane street, drivers change lanes to pass slower vehicles, such
as those waiting to make a left turn or stopped for a pedestrian. When
there are two lanes of travel, the lead vehicle controls driver's
speeds and actions, said Wayne Wentz, a traffic manager for the
transportation department. A center turn lane would also improve motor
vehicle access, said Wentz. A similar configuration is already in place
on 24th, north of Northwest 65th Street. Kevin Carrabine lives west of
24th and travels the road by foot or bicycle daily. He supports a road
diet on the street because of the many 'near death incidents' he's seen
at the marked crosswalk caused by inattentive drivers going too fast
and pedestrians with a false sense of security..."
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Title: "Making a safer crosswalk"
Author: Rebekah Schilperoort
ARLINGTON (VA) PLANS MAJOR FACELIFT FOR PIKE AREA
-> According to a Nov. 28th Arlington Connection article, "Anytime
Bryan Sieling is having friends over to his Columbia Pike home for
dinner, he leaves the confines of Arlington County and drives to
Bailey's Crossroads to buy groceries. Several years ago a Safeway in
the heart of the south Arlington corridor closed, and the only
supermarket left in the neighborhood -- a Giant -- lacks the large
selection of products that Sieling covets. To Sieling and many of his
neighbors, the aging Giant is emblematic of a district that can no
longer serve the needs of the surrounding communities.
"Far from being the destination location it once was -- where people
from across the region came to shop and eat, for many county residents
Columbia Pike is now merely a conduit to get to Washington. The street,
which runs from the Pentagon west to Fairfax County, is a patchwork of
automobile dealerships, ethnic food restaurants, and strip malls
containing sandwich counters and quirky thrift shops. While no one who
lives nearby wants to see the towering development that has overrun the
Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, residents say they would love to see some of
the high-end retail that has moved into those areas in recent years.
"'The Pike is not a particularly attractive strip and doesn't have a
lot of the businesses we would like to see, like a book store or a full
service grocery store,' said Sieling, who has lived in the Arlington
Heights neighborhood for 13 years. 'It needs more stores that will
bring people down here.' After years of false starts and stagnation,
Columbia Pike is finally starting to undergo its much-desired
make-over. Last month the County Board approved two projects that will
reconfigure Adams Square and the adjacent Safeway property, bringing
more than 500 apartments, retail space and a revamped 61,500
square-foot Giant -- the largest in the county...Officials are
optimistic that these ... projects will help rejuvenate the
neighborhood and serve as a catalyst for the transformation of
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Title: "Columbia Pike Ready for Major Facelift"
Author: Seth Rosen
COLUMBIA (SC) HOPES "GARDEN DISTRICT" WILL DRAW VISITORS
-> According to a Nov. 26th CentreDaily article, "Historic Columbia
embarking on an estimated 10-year, multimillion-dollar effort to turn
the area bounded by Calhoun, Taylor, Marion and Barnwell streets into a
destination garden district. Under the plan, the 18 blocks that
encompass downtown's five historic homes would feature landscapes
spanning 100 years of gardening, from 1820 to 1920. The project would
include interpretive signs, streetscaping and pedestrian walks intended
to attract tourists and locals alike. Also, the new district would be a
walkable link between adjacent but disparate neighborhoods: Main Street
to the west, Bull Street to the north, USC to the south and Allen and
Benedict colleges to the east.
"'What we want to do is create a destination area where people can move
comfortably from site to site and from neighborhood to neighborhood,'
said Robin Waites, executive director of Historic Columbia, which
manages the homes. The effort is significant because city officials,
developers and marketers are beginning to 'connect the dots' of
downtown's ongoing building boom. 'Connecting the city through green
spaces, gardens and parks is very important,' Mayor Bob Coble said.
'This could be an excellent connection between areas of the city that
have historically been divided. It's a tremendous step forward and
deserves the city's support. It's perfect.'
"In the Capital City's sprawling downtown, areas like Five Points,
Olympia, the Vista and Main Street are all moving forward -- but often
separately -- with beautification efforts and retail and residential
development. Most have separate master plans, advocacy groups,
marketing plans and funding streams. 'Something that this community
needs is for people to find their way from one attraction district to
another,' said Dave Zunker, vice president for development of the
Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Tourism Bureau. 'All of the places
that are reasons to come to Columbia ... need to be pulled
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Title: "Foundation wants garden to grow"
Author: Jeff Wilkinson
OLD SAYBROOK (CT) VOLUNTEERS BLAZE NEW TRAILS
-> According to a Nov. 25th Courant article, "Armed with clippers and
rakes, and armored in gloves, boots and a few servings of bug spray,
they took to the thorny briar patches and fallen tree limbs. 'This is
sort of like a band of locusts going through a wheat field,' resident
Charlie Cobb said as his fellow volunteers bent, stretched and slashed
to move wayward flora out of the way. Locustlike or not, their mission
was simple: clear a trail through Great Cedars East, one of the vast
tracts of open space the town has acquired in the past decade. The
wooded scenery isn't exactly what comes to mind at the mention of Old
Saybrook -- so much so that the group's leader, Barbara Guenther, still
occasionally reminds herself, 'Gosh, we really are in Old Saybrook.'
But when the project is complete, this relatively obscure portion of
town will become an accessible spot for residents to visit, a
complement to the town's riverfront and shoreline vistas.
"Their work is part of a collaboration between the conservation
commission, the parks and recreation department and the Old Saybrook
Land Trust, devised after the town acquired the 320-acre Great Cedars
Conservation area in 1999 with an eye toward conservation and providing
long-term access to open space. Already, the groups have helped create
and maintain trails on the western part of Great Cedars and in town
parks. They are popular spots for hikers and dog walkers, and the Old
Saybrook Land Trust will host its second annual Thanksgiving hike
Sunday to give visitors a chance to explore the 5 miles of trails in
the town's park system..."
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Title: "Volunteers Blazing Trails For Conservation"
Author: Arielle Levin Becker
U.S. FOREST SERVICE HOLDS MOUNTAIN BIKING FORUM
-> According to a Nov. 28th Sierra Sun article, "Mountain biking is
booming in California, and public lands managers will sit down on
Thursday in Folsom to gather ideas from trail users on how to plan for
mountain bikers in the state's 18 national forests. The U.S. Forest
Service is calling the meetings, which will be held from Redding to San
Diego, 'listening sessions.' They are meant to gather ideas that local
rangers can use to plan for and manage mountain biking. 'We're seeing
more and more use of [mountain biking] and so we're trying to stay
ahead of the game,' said Matt Mathes, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest
Service Pacific Southwest region. Mathes said two concerns with
mountain biking are trail erosion and compatibility with other trail
users. 'We're trying to avoid social conflicts,' he said.
"The forums are co-hosted by the International Mountain Bicycling
Association, which was founded in 1988 to keep several California
trails open to mountain biking. The association is pushing for more
trails and better maintained trails on forest land across the state. 'I
think it is an opportunity to partner,' said John Gardiner, the
California representative with the International Mountain Bicycling
Association and president of Bicyclists of Nevada County. 'The Forest
Service is so short on staff.' A partnership of the federal government
and mountain biking groups could lead to new mountain biking trails and
better maintained trails, he said..."
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Title: "Public lands mountain biking to be discussed at forum"
Author: David Bunker
IPSWICH (UK) SEES GOOD RESULTS WITH "NAKED" ROADS
-> A Nov. 21st 6abc-TV story suggests, "Tear down the traffic lights,
remove the road markings and sell off the signs: Less is definitely
more when it comes to traffic management, some European engineers
believe. They say drivers tend to proceed more cautiously on roads that
are stripped of all but the most essential markings -- and that helps
cut the number of accidents in congested areas. 'It's counterintuitive,
but it works,' said urban planner Ben Hamilton-Baillie, who heads the
British arm of a four-year European project, Shared Spaces, to test the
viability of what some planners call 'naked roads.' Since 2004, some
roads in the eastern English town of Ipswich, as well as towns in
Germany, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands have been stripped of
signs and signals -- and authorities have been tracking the results.
The Dutch towns of Makkinga and Drachten led the way in the 1970s,
decluttering streets under the supervision of visionary Dutch urban
planner Hans Monderman.
"In Ipswich, three narrow roads in the busy city center have been
stripped of an ugly clutter of signs, lines and barriers. All that
remains are a few discreet notices warning against illegal parking.
There is no data yet and residents of the town of 120,000 aren't quite
sure what to make of the initiative. 'It looks very attractive down
here now,' said Valentine Rowe, who lives on Alderman Street, which is
fringed by a park and Ipswich's football stadium. 'But we could do with
some speed signs back to stop young drivers roaring down the road.' But
officials are convinced that 'naked streets' yield positive results.
'Drivers have started to act like people again and they are relating to
one another in a much more civilized way,' Hamilton-Baillie said of the
Dutch town of Drachten, where traffic lights were removed from the
town's Laweiplein Square in 2003. 'They have even developed their own
hand signal to communicate with each other.' The square now buzzes with
22,000 vehicles a day, including dozens of buses from a regional bus
depot. The buses, which used to spend an average 53 seconds traversing
the intersection, now cross it in 24-36 seconds, officials say..."
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CONCEPT OF FREE PLAY LOST, GUELPH (ON) EXPERT SAYS
-> According to a Nov. 24th Tribune article, "A local advocate for
children's exercise and health says the decision of a south end
condominium board to ban road hockey and all other games and sports
from its private roads is 'really disappointing.' 'I think it's another
example of where we are squeezing kids ... into the home and saying the
only acceptable play is in your tiny back yard or playing video games,'
said Steve Friesen. 'I really don't get it,' said Friesen, who has been
advocating in recent years for the provincial and federal governments
to work towards more physical activity in schools. For a condominium
board to ban road hockey, skateboarding and similar pastimes from its
roads 'is another example of what has happened to the concept of play,'
said Friesen, the head of St. James high school's phys-ed department.
He said he's noticed by observing students that 'a sense of spontaneous
play is becoming rarer.' If communities don't allow their children to
go outside and play on the streets and sidewalks near their homes, 'it
is pretty bad, pretty counterproductive,' he said in an interview.
"It's part of a bigger picture 'that translates into kids who are not
healthy. It is giving the message that maybe exercise is not
important,' he said. 'It really makes you shake your head.' Even with a
big park nearby, Friesen said he regularly sees kids playing road
hockey on the public streets in his Exhibition Park neighbourhood --
even though it is technically illegal. Derek McCaughan, the city's
director of operations, said Guelph and many other communities have
longstanding bylaws against playing sports on the streets, but they
aren't enforced in most situations. McCaughan said there's usually no
problem with the "great Canadian game" of playing road hockey and
yelling 'Car!' and moving the net out of the way when a vehicle
approaches. It's not acceptable on a main road, but otherwise street
hockey and traffic have 'co-existed safely and peacefully' for many
years in Guelph, he said..."
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Author: Doug Hallett
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Scientist uncovers the method in our madness...
"Under the bed? Behind the cushions? In a forgotten pocket? Searching
for lost keys usually feels like a random hunt -- or so you might
think. While frantically overturning household items might seem a
pot-luck approach, it now appears that the apparently chaotic way we
look for things could in fact reflect a method perfected by our
hunter-gatherer ancestors over millennia of evolution.
"Not only could this realisation shed new light on human migration
patterns and the spread of disease, it might also suggest new ways of
planning towns and searching for archaeological remains, and even help
explain why shops that force you along a prescribed route can be so
maddening (see 'Ikea rage'). Searching has always been crucial to human
survival. Hunter-gatherers had to be good at searching to find food and
water. What's more, their movement had knock-on effects on many
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ADVOCATE: HAMILTON (ON) NEEDS A "ROAD DIET"
-> "People complain about the decay and neglect in our downtown but
don't realize that this decay is largely caused by the highways that we
have running through downtown. Who wants to window shop next to a
highway or sit on a patio next to a main street?..."
CARMAKERS: CALIF. GREENHOUSE RULES WOULD ENDANGER SUVS
-> "The auto industry said Monday that lawsuits over vehicles'
greenhouse gas emissions could eventually force manufacturers to
eliminate big SUVs from the market in California, an assertion denied
by environmental attorneys and the state air quality board..."
AHMEDABAD (INDIA) LAKEFRONT ROAD GETS PED-FRIENDLY DIET
-> "The objective of the project is to decrease air pollution in the
area by closing half of the surrounding road to traffic and leaving it
exclusively for use by pedestrians..."
-> "AN URBAN AGENDA FOR AN URBAN AGE"
Presentation given at the Urban Age Conference, November 10, 2006; by
Bruce Katz, Andrew Altman, and Julie Wagner, Brookings Institute'
Metropolitan Policy Program.
-> "IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS..."
"...An Introduction to Health in Urban Places;" Canadian Population
Health Initiative, Canadian Institute for Health Information; 2006.
-> "CRUISING FOR PARKING"
Article by Donald Shoup; Transport Policy, Vol. 13, No. 6, November
2006, pp. 479-486.
-> "THE PRICE OF PARKING ON GREAT STREETS"
Presentation by Donald Shoup at the Urban Land Institute's
Great Streets Symposium in Washington, DC, January 17-20, 2006.
-> "FROM THE MARGINS TO THE MAINSTREAM..."
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-> 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
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appropriate to rank; skills/proficiency in technology (e.g., data base
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mentoring MS or PhD students is preferred. Application deadline:
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until search is closed.
Send letter of application, vita, and three names of references with
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Committee Health Promotion and Technology, Department of Exercise and
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-> 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
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