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#173 Wednesday, April 18, 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.


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- Seattle (WA) Unveils New Bicycle Master Plan
----- Penn. Dot Makes 'Should' A 'Shall'
----- Chicago Pilot Program Aims to Reduce Crashes By Half
----- Scholarships Available for Public Health Practitioner's Course
----- Mich. to Host 1st Annual SRTS National Conference


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----- NCBW HELPS ROME (GA) GROUP PROMOTE HEALTHY TRANSPORTATION
----- Mesa (AZ) Students Hike for Fitness
----- Berlin (MD) Talks Traditional Neighborhood Development
----- Pittsburg (CA) Eyes Proposed Ebart Transit Village
----- New London (MN) Uses 'Safe Routes' $$ for Education
----- Bangor (MI) Eyes 'Safe Routes' Sidewalk Projects
----- Nashville (TN) Neighborhood to Show How It Was Done
----- Bay Guardian Lays Out San Francisco Green Future
----- St. Pete (FL) Gets Sneak Peek at $1M Improvements
----- Planning Students Offer Long Hill Twp (NJ) Ideas
----- Wisconsin Mayors Talk Sustainable Communities
----- Boston (MA) Slips in Walkability Ranking


FEATURES

SEATTLE (WA) UNVEILS NEW BICYCLE MASTER PLAN

-> According to an April 6th Seattle Times article, "Seattle is gearing up to install more than 500 miles of new bike lanes, sharrows, signed bike routes and trails over the next ten years in hopes of tripling the number of residents who commute, run errands and play on two wheels. Mayor Greg Nickels on Wednesday, April 4th, released a draft Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, funded in part by a new levy that voters approved last fall. Nickels touted the plan as one of his administration's measures to reduce global warming.

"Seattle has $27 million earmarked for trails, bike lanes and safety projects from a new $365 million, nine-year tax levy for transportation. While that's not near enough to cover the plan's wish list of more than $240 million in projects. City transportation director Grace Crunican said she will seek other sources of money for future big-ticket items, such as a bicycle-pedestrian bridge crossing Interstate 5 at Northgate. And, in many cases, bike lanes will be built from city road funds, when streets are repaved or widened anyway..."
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In an April 16th CenterLines interview, Seattle's Senior Planner Peter Lagerwey said the Master Plan gives the City a blueprint for success. "The combination of a great plan, political leadership, and sufficient funding creates a window of opportunity to effect a significant cultural change in how we plan for, construct, and promote bicycling," said Lagerwey. He also noted that the 2008 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference (Sept. 2-5) will feature mobile workshops where participants will have an opportunity to visit many of the facilities now under design and construction.

"In my opinion, this is the best plan in the country," said David Hiller, advocacy director for the Seattle-based Cascade Bicycle Club, which helped create the plan. Project consultant Jennifer Toole, of the Toole Design Group, added "We have gotten phenomenal press on the plan." [See the sampling of links below.]

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2c28jy
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Title: "Nickels has $240 million plan for better biking in the city"
Author: Mike Lindblom

Seattle Post-Intelligencer article:
http://tinyurl.com/2edkwr

National Public Radio interview with Cascade Bicycle Club's David
Hiller:
http://tinyurl.com/2x4bn4

Seattle City website for the Master Plan:
http://tinyurl.com/ye2dh5


PENN. DOT MAKES 'SHOULD' A 'SHALL'

-> According to an Apr. 11th article in Complete the Streets News, "The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has converted its Bicycle and Pedestrian Checklist into a policy with more teeth. The Checklist has been around for years as an option, but advocates, and particularly the Pedestrian and Pedalcycle Advisory Committee, have pushed to make it mandatory. The Department has issued a memo that effective May 15th, 'Department policy requires the evaluation of the access and mobility needs of pedestrians and bicycle users in highway and bridge transportation corridors.'

See "PennDOT's New Directive" dated April 3rd in the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's blog at:
http://bcgp.blogspot.com/

For more on the Complete the Streets News, go to:
http://www.completestreets.org/


CHICAGO PILOT PROGRAM AIMS TO REDUCE CRASHES BY HALF

Chicago aldermen, police and community members on April 26 will start a bold new campaign to reduce automobile crashes by 50 percent in 10-square-mile section of Chicago’s Northwest Side — the Drive with Care Zone.

The Drive with Care Steering Committee, will announce this Action Plan at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Resurrection Hospital, 5645 W. Addison St. The presentation will be followed by the signing of the Drive With Care pledge – a multi-part commitment that says motorists will exercise their power to protect others who use the street; that they will not behave with disregard for others; and that they will set a good example by the way they drive.

The steering committee’s initial meeting later that morning is the follow-up to last month’s Healthy Streets Conference at Kilbourn Park, where community members crafted an outline of the Action Plan to cut crash numbers in the Drive with Care Zone. The zone in 2005 reported more than 9,000 crashes and 10 fatalities. On average, four people were injured per day and total losses exceeded $167 million as a result of medical costs, insurance, legal fees and lost time.

Northwest Chicago Drive With Care employs social marketing, targeted enforcement and low-cost traffic calming and pedestrian improvements to focus corrective action where crashes are happening. Funded by a $127,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Northwest Chicago Drive With Care is a partnership of the Healthy Streets Campaign, Chicago Police, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and members of the City Council whose ward boundaries intersect with the target zone.

“By combining social marketing with cutting-edge targeted enforcement technologies and modest improvements to crosswalk design, we will make our streets friendlier, safer and more efficient,” said Randy Neufeld, coordinator of the Healthy Streets Campaign.

Learn more about Northwest Chicago Drive With Care at www.healthystreets.org, or contact Randy Neufeld at randy@biketraffic.org


SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER'S COURSE

The National Society of Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health (NSPAPPH) has announced that there are several scholarships available for conferences, trainings, and seminars. NSPAPPH has been established to build the capacity of state health departments to address physical inactivity as a risk factor for chronic disease and other public health issues such as injury, mental health and substance abuse. NSPAPPH is part of the Physical Activity Collaborative (PAC), which is made up of the Directors of Health Promotion & Education, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (CDC), and the NSPAPPH state physical activity contacts.

A portion of these funds is designated to fund two state health department physical activity practitioners to attend the 2007 Physical Activity and Public Health Course: Practitioners' Course on Community Interventions (PAPH). The PAPH Course will be held September 13-19, 2007 at The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must work for a state health department as a physical activity practitioner.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are also pleased to announce the availability of the Anne Seeley Scholarship, which will enable a person outside the field of public health to attend the PAPH course. This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Anne Seeley, who passed away after a difficult battle with cancer. Anne was a true pioneer in the area of active living through her efforts coordinating Active Community Environments projects. She was relentless in her efforts to increase public health's involvement in national and state transportation, land use, trail building, and park and recreation priorities.

To be eligible for the Anne Seeley scholarship, applicants must work in transportation, land use planning, parks and recreation, or other non-public health fields. Those who wish to be considered for the scholarship must clearly indicate this in their PAPH course application.

Applications for the PAPH course and scholarships are due by May 15, 2007. Interested applicants should go to:
http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/seapines/index.htm Or contact: Jerrica Mathis, Public Health Program Assistant, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors,
at 770-458-7400, or jmathis@chronicdisease.org


MICH. TO HOST 1ST ANNUAL SRTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE

-> An article in the Apr. 17 edition of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership newsletter suggests: "Save the date and make plans to attend the 1st National Safe Routes to School Conference: Creating, Building and Sustaining Momentum, November 5-7, 2007. The conference is presented by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and is being hosted by the Michigan Fitness Foundation. The conference will take place at the historic Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, MI. Everyone who's interested in the health and safety of school children is encouraged to attend. The Michigan Fitness Foundation is now soliciting presentation proposals for workshops, due by June 8th."

To learn more go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2jtuxs


QUOTES R US

-> "You need to do infill and increase density. If when we're done it looks like it's always been there, we'll know we've done our job well."
-- Stuart Serota, TND Planning Group

-> "With the rise of freeway culture, consisting of cul-de-sac housing developments and big-box shopping centers, came the disappearance of walkable neighborhoods, with their small shops and gathering places."
-- Tom Robotham, Editor-in-Chief, Port Folio Weekly, Norfolk VA
http://tinyurl.com/2c9fv7


IN THE NEWS

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NCBW HELPS ROME (GA) GROUP PROMOTE HEALTHY TRANSPORTATION

-> According to an Apr. 16th News-Tribune article, "Tour de Georgia cyclists are due in Rome on Tuesday, bringing hordes of fans and an opportunity for local riders to tout the trails of Northwest Georgia. 'Whenever I view the Tour de Georgia, I always ride my bike downtown,' said Larry Madden, president of the Georgia Pinhoti Trail Association. 'I don't have to worry about parking, and I get to interact with visitors who see the bike and ask me about places to go.' Madden's main focus is on promoting the Pinhoti Trail -- a 100-mile rural link between the southern tip of the Appalachian Trail and Alabama. He's also serving as trails coordinator for Bike! Walk! Northwest Georgia. The organization launched a Web site Friday featuring bicycling and pedestrian opportunities in Floyd and nine other counties.

"'We'll be passing out fliers with maps at the Tour de Georgia, and we'll also have some at the visitors center and our office on Jackson Hill,' said David Kenemer, senior planner for the 10-county Coosa Valley Regional Development Center. 'Right now our purpose is mainly to serve the people who are here -- to let them know we exist,' he said. 'Next year, hopefully, we'll expand on what we've done to start drawing in tourists from outside our region.'

"Kenemer is using Georgia Department of Transportation grant funding to help the group of residents, government agencies and business interests create a system of safe and connected routes for non-motorized travel. A major partner is the Northwest Georgia Public Health District, whose representative, Diane Smith, is focused on encouraging the development of healthy, walkable communities. A free, all-day workshop featuring an expert from the National Center for Bicycling and Walking is scheduled for April 27 at The Forum..."

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Title: "Trail enthusiasts applaud chance to share local gems"
Author: Diane Wagner


MESA (AZ) STUDENTS HIKE FOR FITNESS

-> According to an Apr. 16th Independent News article, "Fremont Junior High students are taking scenic steps to ward off the growing statistics for childhood obesity. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, one in every six children between 6 and 19 is obese. Because of this, last summer Mesa Public Schools instated stricter health and nutrition guidelines in district junior high schools, eliminating carbonated beverages, sugary snacks and deep-fried foods from cafeterias and vending machines. Also last year, the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board approved cutting seventh-grade physical education requirements down to one semester to allow for more science requirements.

"Some parents argued that there would be less physical activity for students, while school officials said the responsibility would be on students to participate in physical activities on their own time. The hiking club at Fremont Junior High, 1001 N. Power Road, aims to do just that. Created by teacher Charlene Madden three years ago when she joined the school, the hiking club meets every Thursday after school and goes on at least one weekend hike a month.

"'I heard about it over the announcements one day and thought it sounded pretty cool,' said hiking club president Alex Davis. 'I told a few of my friends about it.' Anyone at any fitness level can join Fremont's hiking club. About 22 students participated in the club this year and hiked spots like Picket Post in Superior, West Fork in Sedona, Fossil Springs in Strawberry, Black Mesa Loop, Dutchman Trail, and Windcave and Pass Mountain trails at Usery Park in the Superstition Mountains..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/22dpv3
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Title: "Students hike 28 miles, Fremont club sets fitness example"
Author: Vanessa White


BERLIN (MD) TALKS TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT

-> According to an Apr. 16th Daily Times article, "Towns and developers need to start working together to create more cohesive communities that link homes and businesses with walkable areas, according to Stuart Sirota, a planning expert. 'What we're talking about is re-establishing options for moving about places in ways other than driving,' said Sirota of Baltimore's TND Planning Group. 'Once in your car, you can go anywhere you like. The same is not true if you want to walk or bike or use transit.' Sirota spoke to a mixed audience of residents, town officials and developers at Berlin Intermediate School about his ideas for linking transportation and land use as part of a four-part series on growth.

"He said that towns would be improved and people would have a better quality of life if they did not have to constantly rely on a vehicle. Since World War II, towns have been built in an automobile-oriented pattern that has created a world of mandatory driving. 'Suburban sprawl is characterized by its convenience for the car at the expense of the pedestrian,' he said in his hour-long presentation. The consequences of this driving system are congestion, high energy prices, poor air and water quality and a loss of community cohesion. People have been longing for a sense of place, and walkable areas in a town would provide this, Sirota said. That is why Traditional Neighborhood Developments, TNDs, were created.

"TNDs are pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use developments that are designed to be complete, compact and connected. Characteristics of a TND are on-street parking, sidewalks, street trees, public transit and mixed land use, such as buildings with street-level retail and housing above, Sirota said. These elements form a community that is well-connected and minimize annoyances that too much driving has created, such as traffic congestion and high costs related to automobiles. Along these same lines, Sirota said empty lots in towns should be developed before new developments are created, because this would help save rural areas..."

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Title: "Cohesive town creation pushed"
Author: Charlene Polk


PITTSBURG (CA) EYES PROPOSED eBART TRANSIT VILLAGE

-> According to an Apr. 17th Contra Costa Times article, "Alicia Leon stared at two images of the same block taped to a wall of the Pittsburg Senior Center and tried to make sense of them. On the left: a recent picture of Pittsburg Funeral Chapel, which has been at Leland Road and Railroad Avenue for 42 years. On the right: a photosimulation showing a tall, white, rounded building. 'What's happening to the funeral home?" she asked. 'Is it going inside that building?' A consultant told Leon that no, the owner of that business was open to redeveloping that block. She considered his answer, then repeated her question.

"The community workshop last week about development possibilities around the proposed eBART station at Railroad Avenue and Highway 4 was the public's first opportunity to see what the area might look like incorporating their suggestions. At two previous workshops in June and September, people told city officials they want a vibrant, walkable, environmentally sensitive place that is accessible by different modes of transportation and contains a well-balanced mix of housing, retail, commercial and light manufacturing uses.

"The city plans to release by mid-May a draft of the specific plan for development in the area, with City Council approval of that document possible by the end of the year. City officials have said -- and reiterated at the workshop -- that they think moving ahead with plans makes sense even if the proposed eBART line doesn't materialize for years. 'Whether it takes BART five years or 10 years, we still think it's important to have a transit village here,' Pittsburg Planning Director Melissa Ayres told the approximately two dozen people in attendance..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2evum9
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Title: "City reveals vision of eBart project"
Author: Laurie Phillips


NEW LONDON (MN) USES 'SAFE ROUTES' $$ FOR EDUCATION

-> According to an Apr. 12th West Central Tribune article, "The New London-Spicer Schools have received a $16,875 grant to establish bicycle training for fifth-graders as part of the Safe Routes to School, a federal program created by the federal transportation bill. The funding will establish the 'Wildcat Bicycling Club' for fifth-grade students as part of the physical education class, according to NLS Superintendent Paul Carlson. The students will learn bicycling basics, safety and rules and the funding will be used to buy bicycles and curriculum for the class, which will be taught by the schools' police liaison officer Todd Newman. The goal of the grant program and the district is to encourage students to walk or ride their bicycles to school, Carlson said.

"The bicycle portion of the grant application was paired with an application for $35,500 to improve the infrastructure around the school buildings in New London. The district was not successful in obtaining that grant and will make the request again next year, Carlson said. That funding would be used to improve bike trails between the elementary and middle schools, plus connect the trail to the nearby Glacial Lakes state trail and improve crosswalks, signage and sidewalks around the schools. The district partnered with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office in the grant application. The grant is one of 23 grants awarded across the state..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2ju7jv
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Title: "New London receives grant to establish bike safety program"
Author: Gretchen Schlosser


BANGOR (MI) EYES 'SAFE ROUTES' SIDEWALK PROJECTS

-> According to an Apr. 16th Bay City Times article, "A plan is under way that would keep children in the Bangor Township school district safer, while also giving them a chance to get in some exercise. District leaders say installing sidewalks along Kiesel and Two Mile roads and parts of Euclid Avenue would give students at Christa McAuliffe Middle School the option to walk, skateboard, inline skate or ride their bikes to school without having to do so on the shoulders of some of the township's busier thoroughfares. And they would burn some calories at the same time.

"'We do have a lot of kids who are within a half-mile of the school and could walk,' said Richard Heinrich, assistant superintendent. 'We don't have very many kids that walk to school. For many of them, the reason they don't walk to school is they feel it's not safe.' The plan to put sidewalks in has been under construction for nearly a year, and a committee of folks from the district, township and county used surveys of parents and students, a walking audit and aerial maps to put together a list of areas where sidewalks are needed the most..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/36rlg3
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Title: "Bangor Township seeks more sidewalks to get students to school safely"
Author: Patti Brandt


NASHVILLE (TN) NEIGHBORHOOD TO SHOW HOW IT WAS DONE

-> According to an Apr. 16th Tennessean article, "If you ever wanted to get a glimpse of the homes in the 12South neighborhood, this weekend is your chance to take a peek. The 12South Neighborhood Association is sponsoring its fourth annual home tour to show off the diverse community, which features a mix of historic homes, a vibrant merchant district and the historic Sunnyside Mansion at Sevier Park. The tour features eight homes and three gardens, all reflective of the area's historic architectural style and modern renovations, organizers said.

"'Our neighborhood is a good example of what the Plan of Nashville calls a new urbanism neighborhood,' said resident Ken Winter. 'People will find our neighborhood is small and walkable, easy to navigate with a lot of things integrated including homes, retail, recreation, churches, transportation and employment opportunities.' To encourage guests to sample the area's diverse businesses and eateries, several merchants on 12th Avenue South and Belmont Boulevard will offer special discounts and incentives to guests who present their tour tickets..."

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Title: "12South opens its doors Saturday for home tour"
Author: Nancy Deville


BAY GUARDIAN LAYS OUT SAN FRANCISCO GREEN FUTURE

-> According to an Apr. 17th Bay Guardian editorial, "San Francisco needs a real green city agenda -- not something that comes out of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s corrupt propaganda operation or from the timid folks in the Mayor's Office but a comprehensive environmental plan for the next 10 years that aims at making San Francisco the nation's number one city for green policy. There's no point in thinking small: this is the year for dramatic talk about real environmental action. And it doesn't have to be overwhelmed by global problems; there's so much to be done right here at home. We will be laying out a much longer, more detailed platform over the next few months, but here's one way to start: San Francisco ought to commit to cutting car use in the city by at least 50 percent in the next five years. How do you do that? By making cars unnecessary and slightly more expensive.

"The nation's addiction to oil didn't come by accident. As Thomas Friedman wrote in the April 15 New York Times, then-president Dwight Eisenhower responded to the cold war in part by building the Interstate Highway System, which allowed the military to move people and weapons quickly -- but also set the nation on a path to the car-driven development and land use that are now poisoning the environment and global politics. Turning that around requires tremendous dedication and political leadership, but San Francisco shouldn't have to wait for the rest of the country. A citywide auto-reduction plan would involve sweeping land-use changes. Some streets, such as Market, should be closed to cars entirely. Much downtown parking should be eliminated. More bike lanes and transit-only roads, more pedestrian-friendly shopping areas, and other measures of that sort would not only help discourage car use but also make the city a more livable place..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2lxunw
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Title: "Green city, part one: cut back cars"
Author: Editor


ST. PETE (FL) GETS SNEAK PEEK AT $1M IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to an Apr. 18th St. Petersburg Times article, "A Ninth Avenue N park project worth almost $1-million will flash a sneak preview Saturday during an 11:30 a.m. ceremony. When Booker Creek Park is completed late this year, it will offer a lighted foot path and exercise trail, new pedestrian bridges, picnic shelters, a pier for strolling and fishing, a floating fountain, benches and bike racks. Lights already are up, said City Council member Jeff Danner, who represents the neighborhood.

"'It's already getting twice the use, just having it lit up and being able to circumnavigate the lake,' he said. Booker Lake is the source of Booker Creek, which flows southeast next to Tropicana Field, through Roser Park and eventually into Tampa Bay. The park is in North Kenwood at 2323 Ninth Ave. N. It stretches to 13th Avenue N and is between Interstate 275 and 24th Street N. Parking for Saturday's event will be available at nearby Edward White Hospital..."

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Title: "Sneak preview will show off nearly $1M in improvements"
Author: Jon Wilson


PLANNING STUDENTS OFFER LONG HILL TWP (NJ) IDEAS

-> According to an Apr. 17th Echoes-Sentinel article, "A center meridian with plantings borrowed from the Great Swamp, natural drainage gardens, vest pocket parks and benches are among the recommendations made by students of The Rutgers University Urban Planning class who have been studying Long Hill Township for the studio portion of their semester. They said in a presentation on Thursday, April 12, at the library, that the township would also benefit from more sidewalks and bike paths, better utilization of the three train stops to boost section identity, and better use of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to reinforce the identity and self-identity of Long Hill Township.

"Fifteen Rutgers students, plus their professor, Clinton J. Andrews, of the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, presented a preliminary report of their findings last Thursday, to Mayor George Vitureira., and roomful of volunteers and the public in the community room of the Long Hill Library. Mayor George Vitureira said he was ecstatic by the work product of the students.

"'They were very professional, they gave an excellent presentation,' Vitureira said. 'I spoke to the residents who were there to witness the presentation, and uniformly they agreed there were a lot of great ideas.' He said the students will take input they received at the meeting. They will incorporate the input into a final report, which should be due in several weeks. Vitureria said their final report would be given to the Planning Board for review and decision as to what extent some of the ideas can be used to update the master plan..."

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Title: "Students say a new 'Valley Boulevard' could include a meridian, parks and benches"
Author: Denis J. Kelly


WISCONSIN MAYORS TALK SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

-> According to an Apr. 15th Northwestern article, "...Early last week, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt announced a series of green initiatives in the city, which he said encompass both the environment and economic development. 'It may help neighborhoods as we're trying to increase trails and make it a more bikable, walkable community,' he said. 'Is that going to help strengthen neighborhoods? I think it will.'

"[Former Ashland (WI) Mayor, Fred Schnook] -- who said it can take between three and five years for newly implemented sustainable practices to start paying dividends -- pointed to a few examples they use in Ashland, which he said ended up saving the city money and bringing in millions of dollars in state and federal money with the long-term plans in place.

"They included planting a large number of trees to help with water runoff and building retention ponds rather than storm pipes; city's hall's heating and air conditioning system was overhauled; and Focus on Energy was brought into the community to get residents thinking about ways to make their homes more energy efficient. 'I think most businesses and community leaders have the same perception I had coming into this -- some kind of feel-good thing that isn't going to help,' he said. 'The end result in Ashland was it saved us tens of thousands (of dollars) and brought in millions.'..."

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Title: "Communities looking to save natural resources"
Author: Nathan Phelps


BOSTON (MA) SLIPS IN WALKABILITY RANKING

-> According to an Apr. 15th Globe article, "If Boston really is America's Walking City, as boosters have long claimed, its pedestrian parade just got rained on. After ranking No. 5 just two years ago, the city has stumbled to a lowly No. 31 on the latest Best Walking Cities list created by the American Podiatric Medical Association and Prevention Magazine. Meanwhile, sprawling but sunny cities like San Diego and San Jose -- known more for their freeways than sidewalks -- have cracked the top 10.

"What do those SoCal cities have that Boston doesn't? San Diego, ranked No. 6, has 'a unique choice of beach, desert, and mountain routes' for walking, while No. 8 San Jose has 'perfect walking weather,' according to the medical association's website. Only the country's 100 largest cities were ranked. It's not just the weather that counted against Boston, said Karyn Repinski , Prevention's deputy editor, who said that criteria have changed in the two years since Boston scored in the top five. (Last year, the Hub had already slipped to No. 26.)

"The magazine wants to recognize cities that are aggressively remaking themselves to become more pedestrian-friendly, she said, such as No. 1 Madison, Wis., which gets its share of snow. A big factor that Boston scored poorly on was recreational walking, she said. 'You can have great mass transit, and you can walk to get to the bus or train, but it's not like you're doing anything while you sit there,' Repinski said..."

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Title: "Walking in the Hub may be heading downhill"
Author: Ron DePasquale


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

PUSS THAT CAT-CHES THE BUS

-> "A cat has stunned bus drivers by commuting on a busy route most days for three months. The mystery cat jumps on the No 331 service in Wolverhampton and rides it two stops down the road before leaping off near a fish and chip shop. Since January, the cat -- nicknamed Macavity by drivers -- has caught the bus three times a week and always gets on and off at the same spot.

"Driver Bill Khunkhun, 49, said: 'As soon as I open the doors he jumps on. He seems to like it.' Passenger Paul Brennan, 19, said: 'The cat sat at the front, waited patiently for the right stop and got off.'

It was quite strange at first but now seems normal. He is the perfect passenger. The only problem is he never pays.' Travel West Midlands, which operates the service, said: 'The cat certainly knows how to use buses and is a regular traveler on the 311.'"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2vfr27


QUICK HITS

LOCAL OFFICIALS REACT TO ONE-WAY STREET COUPLET PLAN
-> "It envisions using the street that is already allocated to autos more efficiently, not necessarily making it any less walkable..."
http://tinyurl.com/3e5yqr

BIKE MAKERS WOO NON-RIDERS WITH EASE OF USE
-> "...With an estimated 160 million people considered potential riders, strong sales [of simple adult bikes] could reverse the flat growth and dwindling rider numbers that have plagued the industry for years..."
http://tinyurl.com/ypwpm3

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE NASHVILLE EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
-> Shannon Hornsby, executive director of Walk/Bike Nashville, recently issued a call to action. "Walk/Bike Nashville will be hosting bicycle parking and safety information at the upcoming Earth Day festival (Saturday, April 21 from 11am-7pm)," Hornsby writes. "I only have one volunteer to assist. Even if you could only come out for one hour, it would be quite helpful. Please let me know if you can volunteer. Contact Hornsby at 615-585-2014, or see the Walk/Bike Nashville site at www.walkbikenashville.org
For more on Earth Day, see http://www.earthday.net/

AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE COMMERCIAL SHOWS MIRACLE
-> In a recent post to the Thunderhead listserve (www.thunderheadalliance.com) Bob F. asks "Has anyone seen the American Petroleum Institute commercial showing a semi driving through the desert, cleaning the sky as it goes? Not only is it this miraculous atmosphere cleaning machine, but the driver smiles as he drives past a family parked at a roadside spot -- WITH BIKES ON THE BACK OF THE CAR -- and the tweener girl looks at the truck's passing with what can only be described as adolescent devotion. The ad would lead one to conclude that ultra low sulphur diesel removes pollutants from the air. If you've seen the ad, and it bugs you -- here's the FTC complaint form: https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.startup

The ad appears online here
http://www.api.org/aboutapi/ads/


RESOURCES


-> "COMPLETE STREETS FACT SHEETS"
5 fact sheets from the National Complete Streets Coalition; topics include safety, health, children, older people, and people with disabilities.
http://tinyurl.com/2ax89f

-> "VISUAL DETECTION OF DETECTABLE WARNING MATERIALS..."
"...by Pedestrians with Visual Impairments;" Final Report; by Jenness & Singer, Westat; for FHWA; May 24, 2006. (1.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2sum9h

-> "OLDER DRIVER SAFETY..."
"...Knowledge Sharing Should Help States Prepare for Increase in Older Driver Population;" Apr. 2007 GAO report. (3.5mb)
http://tinyurl.com/3d9ug5


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!

-> April 20, 2007, Third Annual Community Bicycle Congress, Boise, ID. Info: George C. Knight, Dept. of Philosophy, Boise State University, 1910 University Drive, Mail Stop 1550, Boise, Idaho 83725-1550; phone: (208) 426-2797; email: <gknight@boisestate.edu>

-> 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

-> April 28, 2007, Bike Safety Day, New York, NY. Info: Kate Donovan, The New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip, NY, NY 10005; phone: (212_ 480-3100 x114; email: <kdonovan@nycpolicemuseum.org>

-> May 16, 2007, 6:30pm, Ride of Silence - Corvallis, OR. No fees. Helmets required. Contact: Jerry Rooney, email: <jeroon@peak.org>

-> 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 14-16, 2007, BikeEd Conference, Austin TX. Info: The League of American Bicyclists; phone: (202) 822-1333; email: <bikeleague@bikeleague.org>.
http://tinyurl.com/2yxmh2

-> 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

-> June 24-27, 2007, 3rd Urban Street Symposium, Seattle WA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2nfhkv

-> 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

-> November 5-7, 2007. 1st National Safe Routes to School Conference: Creating, Building and Sustaining Momentum, Dearborn, MI. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2jtuxs

-> 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

-> September 2-5, 2008, Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference, Seattle, WA; hosted at the Westin Seattle. Watch for info at: http://www.bikewalk.org/conference.php


JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS

-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- ATLANTA (GA) BICYCLE CAMPAIGN

Since 1990, The Atlanta Bicycle Campaign has been working to improve conditions for bicycling throughout the metro Atlanta area. ABC serves as the primary advocacy organization for bicycle commuters, recreational riders, racer/training riders and the numerous utilitarian cyclists across the region. We are seeking a qualified candidate to assume the position of full time Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization including program, financial and operations management, funding development, community relations, advocacy, special events and all major strategic goals as defined by the Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will be an high energy, outgoing, motivated and experienced executive who is familiar with, transportation policies, planning, and best practices as they relate to bicycling, along with demonstrated administrative and personnel management skills. The competitive candidate will hold a Bachelor's degree in a related field, with continuing education or an advanced degree preferred, and 5 or more years of experience in leading a growing non-profit organization, or equivalent.

To receive more information, please send a letter of interest and resume. By email: Please send documents as Microsoft WORD attachments and put "ABC Executive Director" in the subject line. Email to: poedesign@mindspring.com If you prefer to send by U.S. mail to: Pamela Jacobson, 3671 Lake Drive, Smyrna, GA 30082. Application Deadline: April 25, 2007, no phone inquiries please.

To learn more about the Atlanta Bicycle Campaign, visit:
http://www.atlantabike.org.


-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- WALKSANDIEGO, CA

WalkSanDiego, a regional, grassroots pedestrian advocacy organization seeks qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. WalkSanDiego is a highly regarded organization actively sought out by health funders to bring our walkability message and improvement model to more neighborhoods. Through training, advocacy, and work with local governments, schools, developers, and the San Diego Association of Governments, WalkSanDiego is working to reclaim streets for pedestrians through policy reforms, accessible and inviting streetscapes, and traffic calming measures. A complete job description, job application, and more information on the organization's activities are available at http://www.walksandiego.org. Submit application electronically to <calmtraffic@walksandiego.org>, by 4pm Pacific Time, April 30, 2007. No resumes accepted.

-> JOB -- STATE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR -- VERMONT

Vermont VTrans has issued a job advertisement for the State's Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, the position formerly held by Amy Bell. This position will also act as the Agency's Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning Coordinator. It is based at the VTrans headquarters at the National Life Building in Montpelier. The full posting for this position may be found at http://www.vermontpersonnel.org/


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