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#171 Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008: Seattle, Here We Come!
----- Look Out! State DOTs and FHWA Are Comin' to Get You...Again
----- Bike Summit Highlights: Mayor Abramson, Traffic Justice
----- ALRC City SRTS 2007 Candidates Selected
----- ITDP, ED Hold Indonesia Congestion Pricing Workshops
----- UrbanThinkers Pilot Walking, Cycling Teacher Workshop
----- 2007 Nova Scotia Cycling Summit Coming Soon!
----- ALRC Conference Call Series Open To Community Groups
----- Unyielding Traffic Priorities Make Challenges Clear
----- 2007 Ride of Silence to Take Place May 19th
----- Call For ALRC Pilot Workshops Closes March 23
----- MD's "One Less Car" Welcomes New Exec. Director
----- Oregon Bike Summit Focus: Funding, Tourism Support


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----- Calif. Advocates Back Sierra Club "Cool Cities Campaign"
----- NY State Trying to Make Long Island More Bike-Friendly
----- Bohl: 'Place-Making' Offers Alternative to Sprawl
----- What Exactly is Ft. Collins (CO) "Mason Corridor"?


FEATURES

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2008: SEATTLE, HERE WE COME

-> Following conversations with officials at the Seattle DOT and many bike/ped advocates from the Seattle region, the NCBW is pleased to announce that we are once again moving forward with planning for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 in Seattle.

In mid-January, NCBW's executive director, Bill Wilkinson, said he had been asked by the NCBW Board to consider other venues for the conference following a sudden shakeup in Seattle's Bicycle/Pedestrian program office (see CenterLines #167, and #168). At issue was Peter Lagerwey's future role with the City bike/ped program and his direct involvement in helping plan the conference. Lagerwey was one of several lead players in the effort to bring the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference to Seattle - which required NCBW to break a long-standing tradition of always going to a new city. The ProBike Conference was held in Seattle in 1986.

And, Lagerwey reports that he is still with the Seattle Bicycle and Pedestrian Program as he has been for the past 22 years. “I was the Program Coordinator until the end of 2006 and am now focused on implementing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, he said. "Managing six staff over the years finally necessitated a change. I'm delighted to be back implementing bicycle projects throughout the City, and helping plan for the conference."

"We're really excited to be moving forward with our plans to make the Seattle conference the best Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference we've ever had," said Wilkinson. "Grace Crunican, director of the Seattle DOT, told me that Peter Lagerwey will have the lead role on the conference for their Department. She also had her staff detail for us what people will see and hear about when they come to Seattle in 2008 -- it is an amazing, ambitious work plan and I'm looking forward to seeing the results first hand. The hotel has been selected and locked in, and we'll begin site visits and detailed program planning in late March. With the support of the City and other public entities, and equally importantly, with the support of the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, and Feet First, we look forward to a tremendous event."

"Seattle's Mayor Nickels has demonstrated -- by his actions, his priorities, and his leadership -- that the City of Seattle is setting a new benchmark for U.S. cities on how to make bicycling and walking a key element in sustainable cities of the 21st century," said Tedson Meyers, chairman of the NCBW Board. "We want to use that leadership and excitement as a springboard for a most successful 2008 conference."

"There is no question about Seattle's stepped-up support for bicycling and walking," added Wilkinson. "We cannot think of a better example to hold up to the rest of the country (and the world) than the "Seattle Challenge" that will be evident at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008.

If you've got a 2008 calendar available, mark it now for the conference dates: September 2-5, 2008.


LOOK OUT! THE STATE DOTs AND FHWA ARE COMIN' TO GET YOU...AGAIN
Commentary and ALERT by Bill Wilkinson

-> We just received a copy of a "Notice" from FHWA dated 19 March 2007, titled, "Rescission of Federal-aid Apportionments."

Bottom line: the State DOTs have been told to collectively cut $3.472 billion dollars from their Federal-aid apportionment (this is mandated by the Congress). According to FHWA, the State DOTs can take money from practically any program they want to make up their share of the "give-back." This includes Transportation Enhancements, CMAQ, and Rec Trails Funds, among others.

Anybody want to guess which programs are going to be hit especially hard? Last year, Texas DOT boldly announced that they were pulling back ALL of their TE funds, stating that this was a low-priority program.

To complicate this whole issue, we've been trying (so far unsuccessfully) to get the FHWA to make information available on its web site detailing how much each State DOT declares it is taking from each program to reach its required total rescission. It appears that the FHWA and State DOTs would prefer to keep this whole process under wraps, tucked away in one of those back rooms where the public isn't allowed in.

But, hey, its our money and if you care about the programs listed above and others, now is the time to once again rally your allies and let your Governor, Legislature, and DOT know what are your priorities...and to ask them to not gut the programs you care about.

And, while you're at it, you might want to insist that this process be an "open" one -- with the State DOT setting forth its proposed criteria, its proposed plan, and its final action and report to FHWA -- so that all interested parties have an opportunity to review, comment, and be fully informed about what is being done.

Good luck and watch out for the long knives.

For a copy of the FHWA's Notice, including a list of each State's required rescission, see http://tinyurl.com/25wzcf


BIKE SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS: MAYOR ABRAMSON, TRAFFIC JUSTICE
--Bob Chauncey, NCBW

-> Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson showed why Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, asked him to be the keynote speaker on the first day of the National Bike Summit. Mayor Abramson recalled his commitment to bicycling through convening the Louisville Bike Summit in 2005, and summarized the progress Louisville has made since then – including recently introduced Complete Streets legislation, obtaining millions for the “Big Four” project (building greenways on both sides of the Ohio River and linking them by transforming two abandoned railroad bridges into ped-bike overpasses), and beginning the construction of a 100-mile-long bike loop around the city.

Abramson gave considerable credit for Louisville’s accomplishments to his staff (thanks Mohammad Nouri!), citizens groups, and the Louisville Bicycle Club (thanks Earl Jones!), the leadership of Louisville’s business community (thanks David Jones!), and saved a bit of thanks to NCBW for facilitating the Louisville Bike Summit and the upcoming Louisville Pedestrian Summit.

Yet to me, the most poignant moments of the Mayor’s presentation invoked his love of Louisville, his praise of its park system, his desire to leave a legacy of bicycling and walking accommodations to his children and grandchildren, how the smells of backyard barbeques mingle with spring flowers to heighten the experience of bicycling through Louisville, and how bicycling with family and friends serves to cement relationships with each other and with the city. He conveyed a message that we bicyclists need to parrot whenever possible: when a community encourages bicycling, it becomes a better community.

My additional thanks go to Andy Clarke and the League staff for including a session on Traffic Justice. An initiative spawned by Bill Wilkinson and NCBW, the Traffic Justice workshop began with a presentation by Charlie Komanoff highlighting the essential message: its about crash prevention, not crash mitigation. Komanoff noted the need to generate in this country a sense of outrage over 40,000 traffic fatalities each and every year. Ed Barsotti followed with a look at bike safety training in Illinois, while Imre Szauter from the American Motorcyclist Association spoke to potential links between motorcyclists’ efforts to tighten traffic laws and their enforcement with those of the bicycle community. As motorcyclists and bicyclists are both among the most vulnerable users of our transportation system, Szauter suggested that building a relationship between us is well worth serious consideration.


ALRC CITY SRTS PILOT PROGRAM SELECTIONS ANNOUNCED

-> The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is pleased to announce its selection of six cities to host the 2007 City SRTS pilot program. These cities are: Hartford (CT), Atlanta (GA), Blue Island (IL), NYC-Brooklyn (NY), Garfield (NJ), and Huntsville (AL). In each city, ALRC staff will spend three to four days on location meeting with neighborhood advocates, school officials, transportation professionals, law enforcement, care-givers, and students, and observe arrival and dismissal at the targeted schools. The ALRC approach emphasizes doing this with rather than for the community.

"The response to our call for applicants was very encouraging in that it let us know that there is great interest in SRTS programs in every kind of community," said Sharon Roerty of the ALRC. "We are only sorry that our grant-funded program cannot meet the needs of all. Choosing only six cities wasn't easy, as all were deserving of assistance."

Roerty added that it was interesting to see who submitted the applications. "Sometimes it is the advocates who are taking the lead; other times it is city governments, school districts, and community health organizations."

"A lesson we are learning is that there exists a gap between the need and the help available at the state level," said Roerty. "One of the areas we want to address with program leaders and policy makers is to make it easier for cities and schools with limited resources to find and apply for SRTS programs. For example, completing an application for state SRTS funding is often a technical exercise, and a daunting task. We attempted to address this gap by making our application short and non technical. Another way to address this need and gap would be if states created a program specifically for urban schools or any grouping of high-need schools to help those schools get started."

More information on the City SRTS program is available at http://www.activelivingresources.org/saferoutestoschool8.php Updates on the pilot program will be posted in CenterLines. If you want to talk to someone at NCBW about this program or arranging a SRTS program for your city or school please contact mark@bikewalk.org.


ITDP, ED HOLD INDONESIA CONGESTION PRICING WORKSHOPS

-> According to the Mar. 6th Sustainable Transport eUpdate, "In a growing number of cities, congestion pricing has dramatically cut traffic, congestion, and pollution while raising revenue to improve public transportation. [The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy] and Environmental Defense recently organized several workshops in Indonesia to brief key decision-makers, planners, and professionals who are exploring congestion pricing in Jakarta and other cities in Asia and beyond. The experience of Singapore, Stockholm, London, Norway, Germany and other regions provide a valuable starting place for anyone interested in this subject."

For the workshop agenda and pdfs of the various presentations, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/39jhw8


URBANTHINKERS PILOT WALKING, CYCLING TEACHER WORKSHOP

-> According to the March issue of Active & Safe Routes To School Bulletin, "Urbanthinkers, a Vancouver [Canada] based sustainable transportation organization, has created a Teacher's Workshop titled 'Walking and Cycling Activities for Schools.' This innovative two-hour workshop targets teachers in Grades 4-7. This workshop was recently piloted in Vancouver, with extremely positive feedback from the teacher participants.

"The premise is that no matter how a teacher travels to school, they can inspire an attitude of active transportation in their classroom. This workshop offers the context and tools to incorporate walking & cycling topics into the curriculum. With increased awareness -- and attention to safety and security issues -- students can be empowered to adapt walking & cycling projects to suit their own community."

For more info, go to:
http://www.urbanthinkers.ca

For more on Active and Safe Routes to School, go to:
http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca/


2007 NOVA SCOTIA CYCLING SUMMIT COMING SOON!

-> According to a recent note from Chris Milburn, "Following on the successful Cape Breton Cycling Summit held in 2006, the 2007 Nova Scotia Cycling Summit will be held Saturday, April 21 in Eureka, Pictou County. The goal of the Summit is to share experiences of bicycle transportation initiatives in Nova Scotia, discuss obstacles and solutions to increased bicycle use and to develop policy recommendations for increased bicycle infrastructure, education, safety and promotion of bicycles as transportation in all parts of the province. Progress in bicycle related projects over the past year, since the 2006 Summit will be celebrated."

The Summit is a partnership between Bicycle Nova Scotia, the Ecology Action Centre, Kieran Pathways and Velo Cape Breton. For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2zsmr3


ALRC CONFERENCE CALL SERIES OPEN TO COMMUNITY GROUPS

-> Last spring, the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) offered community organizations the opportunity to apply for scholarships to attend the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Eight organizations were selected to participate. As part of the ALRC’s continuing support of these organizations, we are organizing a series of conference calls to exchange ideas, share successes, and hear from experts on topics of particular interest.

We would like to invite other groups to participate in these calls. The first call is scheduled for April 10, from 2-3:00 p.m. EDT. The topic: tips on fundraising for small non-profits. The expert: Sue Knaup, executive director of the Thunderhead Alliance.

If you'd like to join the ALRC delegates and ALRC staff on this call, please send your request to Anne Villacres (anne@bikewalk.org). The first 15 respondents representing community groups will be invited to participate in the call. ONLY ONE MEMBER PER ORGANIZATION, PLEASE.

Also, mark on your calendar the dates of July 10 and October 9. These are the next two conference calls, each scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EDT. We’ll announce the agendas and offer invitations to participate approximately one month before each call.

For additional information about these conference calls, please contact Bob Chauncey at bob@bikewalk.org


UNYIELDING TRAFFIC PRIORITIES MAKE CHALLENGES CLEAR

Bill Wilkinson: Our friend, John Boyle of the Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition, recently posted the item below to the Thunderhead listserv. It should remind us that standards, policies, guidelines, regulations, laws and the like are not what, in the end, count. The conditions that exist on the street and at the intersection are what counts. Can folks on foot cross the street safely and conveniently? Can they walk or bike along it? If not, we need to ask just whose agenda is being served?
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"A presentation I saw yesterday at the New Jersey Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Council on signalized intersections shows just how far complete streets policies have to go.

"Over the last 30 years traffic engineers have been enhancing traffic signals to reduce motor vehicle delay:
- Right Turn on Red
- Traffic Signal Coordination - (100% funded by CMAQ)
- Vehicle and pedestrians actuation
- Widening of intersections
- Left turn arrows and complicated signal phasing

"'Right Turn on Red,' is a law passed during the 1973 gas crisis in NJ to allegedly save fuel consumption. Most intersections in the state allow it unless prohibited. Eliminating RTOR at specific intersections has resulted in political controversy even though studies using models show only a 2-3% increase in total delay.

"Traffic Signal Coordination uses long cycle lengths for motor vehicle flow, leaving less time for pedestrians to cross synchronized roads. Signal Actuation results in especially long waits and bicycle/pedestrian crashes are often a result of the urge to cross the light at night when traffic is light. Signal actuation is clearly anti-pedestrian.

"In NJ, pedestrian signal heads are only required at designated school crossings.

"Most signals in NJ are timed to a ped crossing time of 7 feet per second; AASHTO recommends 2.8 FPS for elderly and children. The 2003 MUTCD requires 4 FPS. The current MUTCD is the traffic law of NJ whenever it is updated, but most signals have not been updated to comply. Engineers will not touch old signals for fear of having to bring the entire installation up to current MUTCD standards. Also there is no lighting standard, which may be a factor in night bike/ped crashes.

"It just goes on and on and on, turn radii at intersections, outdated push button actuators, complex signal phases, turn lanes, ADA curb cuts on tangents, etc."

--John Boyle, Advocacy Director
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
<john@bicyclecoalition.org>


2007 RIDE OF SILENCE TO TAKE PLACE MAY 19TH

-> We recently received this note: "My name is Mark Hagar and I am with the Ride of Silence, the ride that honors cyclists who've been injured or killed by motorists while riding, and who's goal is to help educate motorists and the public that we as cyclists have the same rights and must follow the same rules, so please Share the Road with us. The 2007 Ride of Silence will take place globally on Wed. May 16th, at 7:00 PM. (rides in the southern hemisphere will take place on Sat. May 19th at 10 AM, for rider safety, and greater visibility to the public and media.) Currently we have 139 confirmed locations on our website.

"If you are unfamiliar with the Ride of Silence, below is a brief history:

* In 2003 endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz is struck and killed by the mirror of a passing bus while cycling outside of Dallas. His good friend & Coach Chris Phelan organizes a memorial ride in Dallas on May 18th, titled the Ride of Silence, a slow paced silent 12 mile ride to honor/remember his friend. In just a 10 day period, via email and word of mouth, over 1,000 cyclists attend. Chris thought he had closure.

* Word spread about the Ride. Chris begins to get inquiries from cyclists in other cities on holding a Ride of Silence. A grassroots movement takes place.

* In 2004, Rides of Silences take place on May 18th at 7:00 PM in 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada. The Dallas Ride has 2,500 cyclists attending. It's written up in Bicycling magazine.

* Chris actively promotes the Ride. A board of directors is in place. A copyright is applied for the Ride of Silence name.

* In 2005, Rides of Silences take place on Wed. May 18th at 7:00 PM in over 100 U.S cities, 150+ worldwide, in 9 countries, on 4 continents. The Dallas ride again has 2,500 cyclists. The Dallas City Council issues a proclamation that May 18th 2005 is The Ride of Silence Day.

* In 2006, Rides of Silences take place on Wed. May 17th at 7:00 PM in over 200 U.S cities, 250+ worldwide, in 8 countries, across 5 continents. The Dallas ride has close to 3,000 cyclists. The Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists Andy Clarke and board member Preston Tyree attend the Dallas ride to show the League's support. The board applies for and receives non-profit status as an organization.

For more info, go to:
http://www.rideofsilence.org


CALL FOR PILOT WORKSHOPS CLOSES MARCH 23

-> The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is currently accepting applications for a free week-long Community Benchmarking Workshop pilot.

Aimed at improving physical activity for children in underserved communities, the Benchmarking Workshop pilot is designed to help a community step back and identify its current assets and barriers to walking and bicycling, especially as they relate to children. Through a series of meetings and workshops during the week, trainers will work with community residents, public health officials, and elected officials to benchmark the current situation, investigate ways to overcome barriers, and engage community leaders in making the necessary changes happen.

ALRC is seeking applications for the workshop pilot from public health practitioners, planning, transportation, education and related organizations, community groups, and elected officials.

Applications must be received by March 23, 2007. Contact Bob Chauncey (bob@bikewalk.org) for additional information. For a copy of the application, please see:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/assets/WorkshopApp.pdf


MD'S "ONE LESS CAR" WELCOMES NEW EXEC. DIRECTOR

-> In a recent note, Mark Counselman wrote, "Please join us in welcoming Richard Chambers as the new Executive Director of One Less Car, Maryland's Campaign for Bicycling and Walking. Richard has not yet started, but he [attended] the Bike Summit. Please take a moment to introduce yourself and welcome Richard to the cause. Richard currently serves as the executive director of the Maryland Downtown Assoc; he has experience in transit advocacy and historic preservation, and is a lawyer by training."

For more information, go to:
http://www.onelesscar.org


OREGON BIKE SUMMIT FOCUS: FUNDING, TOURISM SUPPORT

-> According to a Feb. 15th news release, "The second annual Oregon Bicycle Summit, to be held April 13-14 in Sisters, will bring together a cross-section of people interested in cycling to coordinate their efforts to make Oregon a premier cycling-tourism destination. The theme of the event is 'Oregon: the land bicycles dream about.'

"The event will feature an evening reception and dinner on Friday, followed Saturday by a complete day of general and breakout sessions on bike-related topics. Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists, will be the keynote speaker Friday evening, while Saturday's slate of speakers is currently scheduled to include U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, state Sen. Ben Westlund, Cycle Oregon founder and Oregonian columnist Jonathan Nicholas, and Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson..."

For more information, call (503) 287-0504, ext. 103 or visit:
http://www.cycleoregon.com


QUOTES R US

-> "There's no doubt streetscapes are expensive. But in terms of the yield, we see more people on the streets walking. I've had real estate agents and people selling properties adjacent to the new streetscapes saying the desirability of their home has increased. In one case, the owner said their home increased in value by $30,000 as a result."
-- Graham Hill, Mayor, View Royal, B.C.


IN THE NEWS

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CALIF. ADVOCATES BACK SIERRA CLUB "COOL CITIES CAMPAIGN"

-> According to a Mar. 19th Oakland Tribune article, "Over 250 Peninsula residents demonstrated their commitment to combating climate change Sunday by giving up a sunny afternoon to attend the launch of the Sierra Club's Cool Cities campaign, a grass-roots effort to urge immediate action on global warming at a local level. The families who came to Sequoia High School to hear speeches by Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope, state Sen. Joe Simitian and other leaders didn't need to be convinced of the urgency of the global climate situation or their responsibility to do something about it. Many people arrived on bicycles, and nearly everyone raised their hand when asked if they had seen Al Gore's environmental documentary, 'An Inconvenient Truth.' They came to be recruited as foot soldiers in the battle against public apathy. The Cool Cities campaign, which unofficially began in November, hopes to use residents' lobbying power to persuade every City Council in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito Counties to adopt the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

"Pope told the crowd that local officials have a serious responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their own borders. The recently adopted California Global Warming Solutions Act focuses mainly on reining in heavy polluters, with few directives to smaller cities that want to do right by the environment. 'These are voluntary acts of responsibility. This is the end of that adolescent phase where we blame our failures on someone else,' he said, adding, 'The one mistake we must not make is thinking that to solve the problem, we must pass a piece of federal legislation.' The language of the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which over 400 cities have signed since June 2005, urges cities to surpass the Kyoto target of reducing global warming pollution levels to 7 by 2012. It also commits cities to taking clear actions, from reusing methane emissions at landfills for energy production to creating walkable, urban communities with plenty of trees to absorb carbon dioxide..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/22rd9f
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Title: "Locals to combat global warming"
Author: Julia Scott


NY STATE TRYING TO MAKE LONG ISLAND MORE BIKE-FRIENDLY

-> According to a Mar. 20th Newsday article, "With an 85-mile string of small green signs, state transportation officials are calling out to Long Island cyclists: These roads belong to you, too. The state Department of Transportation has completed Long Island's first long-distance signed bike route -- a winding course from the Long Island Rail Road station at Cold Spring Harbor to the Orient Point ferry terminal. The route follows existing roads with wide shoulders and low traffic volumes, said state DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters. 'We're really trying to improve the facilities and opportunities for...people who would like to bicycle on Long Island but otherwise can't,' Peters said. 'We want to encourage more people to get involved so that they feel more protected when they're on Long Island roads, that this is their section of road that's there for them to use.'

"The route, which runs the length of Suffolk's North Shore, is uninterrupted except for a 1.5-mile gap in Smithtown, where transportation planners could not find a safe route because of heavy car traffic and street parking, Peters said. She said cyclists could start or end in Smithtown or walk their bikes. Green signs featuring a bicycle image identify the route's two sections: State Bicycle Route 25A, which runs 18 miles from Cold Spring Harbor to Smithtown, and State Bicycle Route 25, which stretches 67 miles from Smithtown to Orient Point. Posted every half-mile, the signs include distances to towns along the way and point cyclists to LIRR stations, where they can carry bikes onto trains for a one-time $5 bike registration fee. Though the route does not feature a separate bike path or lane, Peters said she hopes that the signs will remind drivers to be alert for cyclists..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yod4z8
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Title: "State tries to make LI more bike-friendly"
Author: Jennifer Maloney


BOHL: 'PLACE-MAKING' OFFERS ALTERNATIVE TO SPRAWL

-> According to a Mar. 18th Philly Inquirer article, "No one is saying that the era of sprawl has come to a close, but it's safe to say that the suburbs are getting a bit more organized these days. That organization is taking shape around suburban town centers -- walkable, mixed-use areas designed to bring a sense of community to scattered housing developments that could not survive without cars and shopping malls. At a recent meeting sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the Urban Land Institute, University of Miami professor Chuck Bohl said the growth of such 'place-making' has come in response to demand, not as a creation of urban planners. 'The run-up in gas prices has been a major driver, of course, but more communities are saying that "this is what we want and expect,"' said Bohl, author of 'Place Making: Developing Town Centers, Main Streets, and Urban Villages.'

"In the early 1990s, when the neo-traditional movement in planning was starting to take shape, there were few examples of place-making and 'not a lot to talk about,' Bohl said. But by the end of the 1990s, there were plenty of examples. Changing demographics also are playing a major role in place-making, Bohl said, because households today are not the kind our grandparents knew. 'Fewer than 15 percent of the households have only one worker, and the percentage of [home] buyers that are young singles and couples is growing rapidly,' he said.


Source: http://tinyurl.com/239q97
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Title: "'Place-making' offers an alternative to sprawl"
Author: Alan J. Heavens


WHAT EXACTLY IS FT. COLLINS (CO) "MASON CORRIDOR"?

-> According to a March 21st Weekly article, "It wasn't so long ago that public mention of the words 'Mason Transportation Corridor' had the power to create instant controversy--if you were in favor of it, conventional wisdom said, then you were an anti-automobile slow-growth nutcase willing to waste tax money on pie-in-the-sky mass transit systems that no one would use; if you were against it, you were a development-happy land baron who took joy in cutting off bicyclists while commuting five minutes to work in a new gas-guzzling SUV. Nowadays, though, mention the Mason Corridor--conspicuously minus the word "transportation"--and you'll find friends wherever you turn. Bicyclists love it, mass-transit proponents love it, captains of commerce and economy love it.

"What happened? Technically, nothing happened. The Mason Corridor is an ambitious project at least a decade in the making that has been slogging forward slowly but surely. At its core, it's a five-mile long transportation artery connecting Harmony Road to downtown with a bicycle and pedestrian trail and rapid bus service along the Burlington Northern Railroad corridor.

"But while the overall gist of the project has remained the same, its perception by the public has changed markedly--what was once viewed as a taxpayer-funded indulgence for the bike-to-work crowd is now being applauded as an engine of Fort Collins economic future. Yes, there are still buses and bike paths forming its backbone, but the project's newfound proponents also see opportunity for the sorts of mixed-used pedestrian-friendly development that could extend Old Town's walkable appeal well beyond the borders of downtown..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2hfany
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Title: "So What Exactly Is the Mason Corridor?"
Author: Greg Campbell


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REAL MAN(r) SADDLES!

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Source: http://tinyurl.com/2jx39


QUICK HITS

NHTSA MUM ON CERTAIN KINDS OF CRASH DATA
-> "...The safety administration has routinely blocked access to all kinds of important safety information, including potential safety defects reported by the auto industry to the agency, according to safety advocates..."
http://tinyurl.com/2qznfg

DE SICA'S FILM CLASSIC, "BICYCLE THIEVES," NOW ON DVD
-> "'Bicycle Thieves,' generally regarded as one of the greatest films ever, is now available on high-definition digital DVD with improved subtitles and its original title. Vittorio De Sica's 1948 classic was released in the U.S. as 'The Bicycle Thief,' but its Italian title is 'Ladri di biciclette,' emphasizing that the movie is about how one crime begets another..."
http://tinyurl.com/yvyaeb

DUTCH CYCLIST, 81, HUNTS DOWN SHOPLIFTER
-> "An 81-year-old Dutchman who saw a shoplifter flee a supermarket in The Hague chased after the thief on his bike and crashed into the man to stop him, police said Tuesday..."
http://tinyurl.com/2qh4wj


RESOURCES

-> "INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG CHURCH MEMBERS..."
"...Community-Based Participatory Research;" Research article by Wilcox, Laken, Bopp, Gethers, Huang, McClorin, Parrott, Swinton, and Yancey; Am. Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol 32, Issue 2 , February 2007
http://tinyurl.com/36t657

-> "PUBLIC PARKS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG..."
"...Adolescent Girls;" article by Cohen, Ashwood, Scott, Overton, Evenson, Staten, Porter, McKenzie, and Catellier; Pediatrics, Vol. 118 No. 5 Nov. 2006, pp. e1381-e1389. "Adolescent girls who live within one-half mile of a public park are significantly more physically active than other girls..."
http://tinyurl.com/2t799c


CALENDAR

Additional training opportunities are available on the National Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Add your own items to the on-line calendar...it's quick and easy. Please be sure your calendar items pertain to training and workshops in the bicycle, pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
http://www.bikewalk.org/calendar.php

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

-> March 25-27, 2007, Lifesavers Conference, Chicago, IL. Info: National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, PO Box 30045, Alexandria VA 22310; phone: (703) 922-7944.
http://tinyurl.com/2vyrns

-> March 25-29, 2007, National Trust Main Streets Conference, Seattle, WA. Info: Mary de la Fe, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Mass Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6329; email: <mary_delafe@nthp.org>
http://tinyurl.com/pwyqh

-> March 29-30, 2007, Rethinking the Urban Policy Agenda, Madrid, Spain. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2tq9nb

-> March 29-31, 2007, Environmental Justice in the 21st Century, Washington DC. Info: Michelle Hudson, email: <hudsonmi@saic.com>.

-> April 12-13, 2007, Rocky Mountain ACT [Assn. for Commuter Transportation] Conference, Denver, CO. Info: Micha Stone, phone: (720) 570-3343 x102; email; <stonem@urbantrans.com>
http://www.DRCOG.org

-> April 13-14, 2007, Oregon Bicycle Summit, Sisters, OR. Info: Phone: (503) 287-0405; email: <info@cycleoregon.com>
http://www.cycleoregon.com

-> April 14-18, 2007, American Planning Association National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/j9v8w

-> April 21, 2007, Nova Scotia Cycling Summit, Eureka, Nova Scotia, Canada. Info: Ecology Action Centre:
http://tinyurl.com/2zsmr3

-> April 22, 2007, Rhode Island MS Walk, Narragansett, RI. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/362lv5

-> June 2, 2007, Bring awareness to your trail - host a National Trails Day event - hike, bike, ride horses, paddle. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/3agzba

-> June 12-15, 2007, Velo City International Bicycle Conference, Munich, Germany. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/edzbb

-> June 18-21, 2007, International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Info: Urbanicity Conference Alerts, Alistair Campbell, email: <a.campbell@urbanicity.org>
http://tinyurl.com/35sebb

-> July 9-11, 2007, Transportation Land Use, Planning, and Air Quality Conference, Orlando, FL. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/3c9tq9

-> July 13-15, 2007, Thunderhead Training, Louisville, KY. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

-> August 8-10, 2007, TrailLink 2007 Conference Portland, OR. Info: Sarah L. Shipley, Manager of Events and Communications, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1100 17th St., NW - 10th Fl., Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 974-5152; email: <sarah@railstotrails.org>.
http://tinyurl.com/ynrex3

-> August 24-26, 2007, Thunderhead Training, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

-> September 11-14, 2007, Walk/Bike California 2007 conference, Davis, CA. Held in conjunction with the APBP Professional Development Seminar. Info: Rebecca Markussen, Communications Director, California Bicycle Coalition, 1008 10th St., Sacramento CA, 95814; phone: (916) 446-7558; email: <rebecca@calbike.org>
http://tinyurl.com/2jkmbu

-> September 11-14, 2007, APBP Professional Development Seminar, Davis, CA. Held in conjunction with Walk/Bike California 2007 conference. Info: Kit Keller, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals; PO Box 93, Cedarburg, WI 53012-0093; phone: 262-375-6180; fax: 866-720-3611: email: <kit@apbp.org>
http://www.apbp.org

-> September 20-22, 2007, Colorado Pedestrian Summit, Vail, CO. Info: Gay Page, President, Colorado Walks; phone: (303) 549-5081; email: <GayPage@ColoradoWalks.org>.
http://www.ColoradoWalks.org

-> September 28-29, 2007, Healthy Trails, Healthy Communities conference, Rochester, NY. Info: Parks & Trails New York, (518) 434-1583.
http://www.ptny.org

-> October 1-4, 2007, Walk21 International Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ygtb78

-> October 5-7, 2007, Thunderhead Training, plus lobby training Oct. 8 and Hill visits Oct. 9, 2007, Washington, DC. Info:
http://www.thunderheadalliance.org

-> December 9-12, 2007, Mid America Trails & Greenways Conference, Chicago, IL. Info: phone: (312) 427-4256
http://www.openlands.org

-> May 18-21, 2008, National Roundabout Conference, Kansas City, MO. Info: Richard Pain; email: <RPain@nas.edu>.
http://tinyurl.com/2wknah


JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- THE INDIANA BICYCLE COALITION

The mission of the Indiana Bicycle Coalition (IBC) is to create a bicycle friendly Indiana via promotion, advocacy and education. We are a growing non-profit group with over six hundred members and ten years of successful work behind us. We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic individual who wants to grow and lead the Coalition. You will be assisted in your duties by a part time staff member and an enthusiastic Board of Directors. This challenging, full time paid position is currently based in Indianapolis, IN.

If you think you have the skills and enthusiasm for this calling, then please send a one page resume to: Executive Director Search Committee, Indiana Bicycle Coalition, Inc., P.O. Box 20243, Indianapolis, IN 46220, or via e-mail to <info@bicycleindiana.org>


-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- THE BICYCLE ALLIANCE OF WASHINGTON

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington (BAW) is seeking a new Executive Director. BAW is a 2,800-member, statewide bicycle-advocacy organization with its office located in Seattle, WA. For application and contact information, visit the BAW website at www.bicyclealliance.org. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 20, 2007, 5 p.m.


-> JOB -- SRTS ENGINEER -- THE SEATTLE PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE PROGRAM

The Seattle Department of Transportation is starting a Safe Routes to School Program and is seeking an engineer to manage the program as well as design the projects. Please forward to any and all interested applicants. Applications are due by March 25th!

Please see the ad online at: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/view.asp?j=TRN-702373


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