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#176 Wednesday, May 30, 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.


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Seattle Readies Itself for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008
----- A Report From The Field: Pearisburg, Virginia
----- ALRC 'Parent's Pamphlet' Artwork Now Available
----- Driving is Down, Biking Up, as Gas Prices Soar
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Marin Co. (CA): Complete Streets Yields New Bike Lanes
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Safe Routes Conference Proposals Due June 8
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Colorado Walks Begins Mile Designation Program
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Columbia (MO) "Mayor's Challenge" A Big Success
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NRPA Advocacy Scores LWCF Funding Victory


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Can Walkable N'hoods Stave off Male Depression?
----- Shawnee (OK) Planner: Trails Can Pay Dividends
----- Freeport (ME) Women To Ride For Heart Health
----- Google Maps Gives Users Street View
----- Homer (AK) Launches Ped Safety Campaign
----- N. Adams (MA) Seeks Comment on Path Project
----- Killeen (TX) Pursues $750K Safe Routes Grant
----- Quincy (IL) Walking School Bus Moves Along
----- OKI Tests Mobile Phone Ped Safety Feature
----- Time Magazine: How Valet Parking Could Save the Planet


FEATURES

SEATTLE READIES ITSELF FOR PRO WALK/PRO BIKE 2008

-> Seattle continues to groom its bicycling and walking facilities for the arrival of the participants of NCBW's Pro Walk/Pro Bike in September 2008. "We've given ourselves quite a lengthy to-do list," said Pete Lagerwey of the Seattle Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (CHECK THIS TITLE). "We're going to have a lot of great facilities and solutions to show the conference delegates."

A recent example is the new Chief Sealth Trail, which opened May 12th. This multipurpose trail in Southeast Seattle is the city's newest addition to the regional trail system. It is one of five regional trails that cross the city, connecting to schools, businesses, and residential areas.

"The Chief Sealth Trail is notable both for the public-private partnerships that formed to make it happen and for its construction methods," said Lagerwey. "One thing that makes the trail unique is that it was built almost entirely from recycled materials, such as recycled soil and crushed concrete from the new Link Light Rail project." Lagerwey also noted that the new trail runs along a City Light utility corridor, rather than an abandoned rail bed, often used for urban trails.

"We're building opportunities into next year's conference program for delegates to see how these types of facilities are planned and built, and to give them plenty of ideas they can take home to communities of any size," said Lagerwey.

If you haven't already done so, mark your calendars for September 2-5, 2008, and start planning for your visit to the Pacific Northwest and the 2008 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference.


A REPORT FROM THE FIELD: PEARISBURG, VIRGINIA

-> In mid-May, NCBW staffer Mark Plotz traveled to Pearisburg, a town of approximately 2,000 souls in southwestern Virginia. He was there to present a Walkable Community Workshop as part of an ongoing contract with the Virginia Dept. of Transportation. The WCW was an early element in the annual "Building Trails to a Greener Future" which was held in nearby Radford, Virginia, May 17-19.

"My first surprise was that I could drive for 300 miles from DC and still be in Virginia," reported Plotz, a native of Minnesota, where distance is no object.

NCBW's Walkable Community Workshops are often targeted at larger communities, but Plotz found plenty of elements to discuss during his initial walk of the area with Town Manager Ken Vittum. "One thing that really stood out was the traffic signals installed where a business loop and State Route 100 intersect in the center of the downtown," reported Plotz. "The install was done with little regard for pedestrians or the character of the downtown area, with huge signal poles more suited to a major urban intersection mounted squarely in the middle of sidewalks in front of historic buildings on all four corners. ADA requirements were ignored. There are no pedestrian signals and no marked crosswalks. Most people walk 50 yards up the street and cross mid-block."

And don't think there aren't plenty of pedestrians. Plotz noted that the Appalachian Trail crosses through the downtown, bringing thousands of "long-distance pedestrians" through Pearisburg each year. "Plus, the community just used a block grant to build affordable housing in the downtown, and many people live in second and third-floor apartments on Main Street."

Plotz reported that there were plenty of connections made during the workshop that can help improve the city's walkability, and get elements like the downtown signals reviewed and corrected. "Pearisburg is a small but vibrant community; they've got local residents and city officials who want to have a more walkable community. And, you can get a delicious cherry turnover and a large cup of coffee for $2.38." What's not to like?


ALRC 'PARENT'S PAMPHLET' ARTWORK NOW AVAILABLE

-> In the last issue of CenterLines (CL #175), we mentioned that the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) had just introduced the completely revised bicycle safety pamphlet aimed at parents of young cyclists, entitled "Bicycle Safety: What Every Parent Should Know."

Pamphlet author John Williams has announced that the new brochure is now available through the ALRC as electronic artwork for local printing. "Rather than just supplying a link to a generic .pdf file, we're offering some limited customization," reports Williams. "We've revised the pamphlet slightly to allow room for the name of the local group that is
offering the pamphlet, as well as a small logo if you have one you want to include."

To request the artwork, complete the form at:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/links4.php

You'll be asked a couple of questions about how you'll use the brochure, and how many copies you intend to print, plus contact information. Once you've submitted the form, an ALRC staff member will contact you to get any wording and logo you want to place in the attribution box. Then you'll be given a link where you can download your artwork as a .pdf file, ready for the print shop.

And if you just want to take a look at the new pamphlet without requesting artwork, you'll find it at:
http://www.activelivingresources.org/assets/parents_pamphlet.pdf

DRIVING IS DOWN, BIKING UP, AS GAS PRICES SOAR

-> According to a May 18th LAB news release, "'Congratulations, and thank you,' says Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, to car drivers across the country. 'Thank you for driving just a little bit less this year than you did last year,' he added, speaking at Bike to Work Day celebrations in Washington D.C. 'After decades of seemingly inexorable increases, the number of vehicle miles traveled has actually leveled off in the past year,' says Clarke, citing figures from the Federal Highway Administration.

"'Whether the reason for this is increasing gas prices, frustration with traffic congestion, or the efforts of communities across the country to promote bicycling, walking and transit use, this is actually good news for America and good news for the planet.' said Clarke. 'The transportation sector, primarily cars, contributes between a quarter and third of all greenhouse gas emissions and to our dependence on foreign oil -- we might finally be turning the corner and reducing our overdependence on cars for most of our trips.'

"'Let me be clear, we are NOT anti-car,' continued Clarke. 'There are a lot of trips and a lot of tasks for which a car is ideally suited and often the only option. We aren't asking or expecting people to throw away their cars keys. What we are saying is that more than 40 percent of all trips in the country are two miles or less; one quarter are just one mile or less -- and two-thirds of even these shortest of trips are being made by car. These short trips -- which are by far the most polluting -- are ideal distances to do on a bike...'"

For more information, contact LAB Director of Communications, Elizabeth Preston, at: (202) 822-1333; or <elizabeth@bikeleague.org>.


MARIN CO. (CA): COMPLETE STREETS YIELDS NEW BIKE LANES

-> According to an article in the May 24th MCBC Weekly Bulletin, "The Marin County Bicycle Coalition thanks the County of Marin for their recent decisions to include bicycle facilities as a part of roadway repair work. On May 22, 2007, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved the Public Work Director's recommendation to install bike lanes on Bel Marin Keys (2 miles in Novato), and Seminary Drive (1 mile in Southern Marin).

"This is in addition to the other complete streets bike lane projects that were approved by the Supervisors on May 1 including: Lucas Valley Road (portion), Las Gallinas Road, Miller Creek Road, Butterfield Road, Woodland Avenue, and Almonte Boulevard. The installation of bike lanes will happen as the County is repairing these existing roadways.

"MCBC's Complete Streets Campaign encourages all jurisdictions to install bicycle and pedestrian facilities while roadways are being repaired or constructed. As part of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan update process taking place now, MCBC will be encouraging all jurisdictions to adopt a "complete streets ordinance" that further specifies the conditions under which bicycle and pedestrian facilities should be included.

For more about the MCBC, go to:
http://www.marinbike.org

For more information on complete streets, go to
http://www.completestreets.org.


SAFE ROUTES CONFERENCE PROPOSALS DUE JUNE 8

-> According to a recent note from Risa Wilkerson of the Michigan Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, "The Michigan Fitness Foundation is soliciting proposals until June 8 for the first 'Safe Routes to School National Conference: "Creating, Building and Sustaining Momentum."'

"The conference is presented by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and will be held November 5-7, 2007 at the historic Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Any individual, organization, business, non-profit or public agency involved in successful Safe Routes to School efforts is invited to submit a proposal for presentation. Download the Call for Papers form here: http://tinyurl.com/37amae

"The conference will address the unique needs of those in urban, suburban and rural settings and will be of interest to those working in education, transportation, enforcement, design, health, community/advocacy, government, and, of course, safe routes to school programs. In addition, preliminary conference registration is open."

The Conference website is here:
http://tinyurl.com/2jtuxs

Safe Routes to School National Partnership:
http://tinyurl.com/2s583k

National Center for Safe Routes to School:
http://tinyurl.com/38sgoj


COLORADO WALKS BEGINS MILE DESIGNATION PROGRAM

-> According to an article in the May 18th Colorado Walks News, "Communities throughout Colorado are excited about the opportunity to designate a one-mile walking route in the heart of their downtown, town center, or other unique area within their community.

"Designation of a Colorado Walks Mile serves many purposes and communities tailor the Mile to suit their needs. Communities use the Mile: - As an economic generator to bring people to area to walk and shop
- To encourage people to walk for health and fitness
- To highlight interesting historic, cultural, and other important
features along the route
- To create a unique sense of place in the community where people enjoy
being and being seen."

For more info, contact:
Jan Ward, Vice President, Colorado Walks, at <janward@coloradowalks.org> or (303) 443-1297, or visit: http://coloradowalks.org


COLUMBIA (MO) "MAYOR'S CHALLENGE" A BIG SUCCESS

-> According to a May 22nd message from Ian Thomas, Executive Director of PedNet Coalition, "Last week was the Mayor's Challenge: Bike, Walk, and Wheel Week (BWWW) in Columbia, Missouri, organized by the PedNet Coalition.

"More than 3,400 people (in a town of 90,000) signed a pledge to build more active transportation into their schedule during BWWW. There were events all week long. For the climax on Friday morning, the PedNet Coalition set up ten breakfast stations all around town, in partnership with the City of Columbia and various non-profit and business sponsors, and also provided 'breakfast mini-grants' to several schools not served (geographically) by the sponsored stations. About 2,000 active commuters (at least half of which were kids) visited the sponsored stations or took part in a walk-to-school event. One school, Field Elementary, cancelled First Period, and the entire school -- 365 kids and teachers walked a half-mile to nearby Columbia College, where college students/staff laid on a special breakfast."

General information: http://www.pednet.org
News story: http://tinyurl.com/357td9


NRPA ADVOCACY SCORES LWCF FUNDING VICTORY

-> According to an article in the May 24th National Recreation and Park Association's Legislative Update, "At yesterday's markup, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved the fiscal 2007 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill on a voice vote.

"Although only limited information was available from the Committee staff, park and recreation advocates will be heartened to know that for the first time in three years, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund state assistance program. Even better news is that the subcommittee recommended $50 million for 2008, a $20 million increase over the funded level of 2007 and 2006...

"The President's proposed budget, released in February of this year proposed zero funding for LWCF for the third consecutive year and planned to terminate this program. Advocates have been tireless in educating Members of Congress just how important this 50/50 matching grant program is in the development of close to home public recreation resources..."

For the rest of the News Alert, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3aj42s

To subscribe to the Legislative Update, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3d65rc


QUOTES R US

-> "The old rules about where the most affordable housing lies -- far from the city center -- no longer apply if it costs $12 a day in after tax income to commute for a working person who earns $70 a day..."
-- Keith Schneider, Michigan Land Use Institute
http://tinyurl.com/ywuyq8

-> "The past decade has seen an explosion of townhouses and condos in urban centers, bringing many new residents into activity-rich zones, such as [Minnesota's] two largest downtowns. Those relocations have dramatically increased the number of destinations that are easily accessible to those residents, even though the density of activities and people virtually ensures that no one moves around these zones very fast..."
-- Access to Destinations Study Research Summary No. 1; Center for Transportation Studies, Univ. of Minnesota
http://tinyurl.com/2ceert

-> "The accident happened because I had one eye on the truck in front, one eye on the pedestrian, and the other on the car behind..."
-- Anonymous
http://tinyurl.com/2yn9n8..."


IN THE NEWS

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CAN WALKABLE N'HOODS STAVE OFF MALE DEPRESSION?

-> According to a May 3rd MSNBC story, "Living in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood may help shield older men from depression, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 740 older adults living in the Seattle area, men who lived in more walkable neighborhoods tended to show fewer depression symptoms than men from less walker-friendly areas.

"The findings, published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, are in line with research suggesting that moderate exercise can help battle depression. However, the link between neighborhood 'walkability' and lower depression risk was not fully explained by higher exercise levels. 'That tells us that there's something else about the neighborhood itself,' said lead study author Dr. Ethan M. Berke, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

"One possibility is that these neighborhoods allow older adults to feel more connected to their communities and less socially isolated, Berke told Reuters Health. Walkable neighborhoods have sidewalks, streets with safe intersections, and stores, restaurants and other destinations within a short distance. In their study, Berke and his colleagues found that men who lived in such areas had lower scores on a standard measure of depression -- even with other factors, like overall health, income and exercise habits, taken into account..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2sz5ve
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Title: "Neighborhoods may impact male depression"
Author: Reuters


SHAWNEE (OK) PLANNER: TRAILS CAN PAY DIVIDENDS

-> According to a May 29th Countywide News article, "A small but enthusiastic crowd grabbed markers and plotted a series of trails around Shawnee at the first of two public meetings last week. The meeting, held at the Shawnee Public Library, was hosted by Howell & Vancuren, a Tulsa firm specializing in landscape architecture, master planning and site planning. The firm has been retained by the City of Shawnee as part of a grant to develop pedestrian and bike trails.

"Trail planning specialist Steve Hatfield of Fayetteville, Ark., showed the eight people attending a series of photographs of trails in other communities. He noted railroad rights-of-way are often perfect for such trails and said that homebuilders' groups have determined that walking and jogging trails 'are second only to highway access' in things buyers look for. 'In some cities, houses on trails sell for $15,000 or so more than comparables,' he said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2nbn7x
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/3yaj5s
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Title: "Trails Can Pay Financial Dividends, Enthusiasts Told"
Author: Staff


FREEPORT (ME) WOMEN TO RIDE FOR HEART HEALTH

-> According to a May 29th Maine Today article, "It's not breast cancer. It's not stroke. It's heart disease. Deborah Ladner was at a cardiovascular health summit when she first heard the data: heart disease is the number one killer of women in Maine (and in the nation as well). Ladner, the Health Education Coordinator for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, says, 'I never had anything hit me so hard.' Ladner began to think about how she could involve bicycling to address the modifiable factors of heart health. Thus the Women's Ride for Heart Health was born. For the first ride, six years ago in Wiscasset, about 60 women came to ride, get lung capacity screenings, and learn more about how to improve their heart health by exercising, eating well, reducing stress and quitting
smoking.

"This year, for the Women's Ride on June 3 in Freeport, Ladner expects about 200 women of all ages and, she says, there are more cyclists pre-registered than ever before. Many women will be riding for the first time, she says, while others will be there for the camaraderie, scenery and to support the cause. Hosted by the Casco Bay Branch of the Cumberland County YMCA, the event will include not just the rides but music, food, exhibits from bike shops and bike organizations, and, most importantly, lots of advice about being heart healthy. How much do you really know about your heart and how healthy it is? Parkview Adventist Medical Center, one of the major sponsors, will be on hand with all kinds of information, presentations and screenings..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/25f822
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/229cnz
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Title: "Women's Ride on June 3"
Author: Melissa Kim


GOOGLE MAPS GIVES USERS STREET VIEW

-> According to a May 29th WebProNews article, "Never mind trying to spot your house with Google Earth -- residents in a few American cities can now try to spot themselves with Google Maps. A new feature called Street View represents those areas exactly as a pedestrian would see them. What's more, this imaginary person isn't locked in place -- he (or she) can go for a walk, and the view will smoothly pan about accordingly. Its pretty nifty, though the feature only works for Denver, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, and Miami right now.

"But that could be for the best. The level of detail -- faces and license plates are both pretty easy to make out -- allows for the possibility of some mischief. Google may be planning to address this issue, but in the meantime, theres just a 'Report Inappropriate Image' button. Sensitive souls and privacy advocates have been warned. Street View remains an impressive technical accomplishment, though, and a lot of the praise should be directed at a company called Immersive Media..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ys3jno
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Title: "Google Maps Gives Users Street View"
Author: Doug Caverly


HOMER (AK) LAUNCHES PED SAFETY CAMPAIGN

-> According to a May 24th News article, "Three years ago, after a gang of guerilla safety advocates painted crosswalks on the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue, the city and state put in official crosswalks around town -- crosswalks drivers don't always respect. With children getting out of school and the tourist season starting, more walkers and bicyclists will hit the streets. Homer Police want to make sure they don't get hit by cars. 'That thin coating of paint isn't going to stop a 4,000-pound vehicle,' said Mike Harmer, a visually impaired Homer man who sometimes braves Homer crosswalks. 'Good sense and a little training goes a long ways.'

"The city would like walkers, bikers and drivers to show some good sense. For drivers who think of pedestrians in crosswalks as tin ducks in a shooting gallery, police said scofflaws can fork over the Benjamins. The fine for not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks is $100, or $150 for commercial drivers. 'We are going to do what we can to educate both drivers and pedestrians,' said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl. 'And then we're going to increase enforcement.' Last week, the city started a safety campaign. Robl has written opinion pieces for local papers and gone on radio, and the city is running advertisements and handing out flyers..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2rstpj
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/23pqax
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Title: "City launches pedestrian safety campaign"
Author: Michael Armstrong


N. ADAMS (MA) SEEKS COMMENT ON PATH PROJECT

-> According to a May 29th iBirkshires.com article, "'The wheelmen and wheelwomen who are now visiting Northern Berkshire in great numbers would be strongly impressed with our enterprise up here if they could see something being done in the way of bicycle paths...A good starter would be to connect Williamstown and North Adams with a bicycle path,' read a July 18, 1896 North Adams Transcript article.

"And 111 years later, with a public informational session slated for 7 p.m. June 7 at Congregation Beth Israel, an outreach committee affiliated with a proposed Mohawk Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail hope to finally see a path connecting the communities of North Adams and Williamstown..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2splca
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Title: "City/Williamstown Bike Path Input Sought"
Author: Jen Thomas


KILLEEN (TX) PURSUES $750K SAFE ROUTES GRANT

-> According to a May 27th Daily Herald article, "The city of Killeen is waiting to find out if it will receive up to $750,000 so some elementary school students won't have to cross W.S. Young Drive. The City Council on Tuesday approved an application for a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to build a hike and bike trail from Trimmier Road to Schottische Lane, running between the Saegert Ranch subdivision and the YMCA and Lions Club Park. The paved trail would end at a cul de sac off Schottische Lane. That cul de sac would be used as a bus stop. Students can then board the bus to get across W.S. Young Drive to Saegert Elementary School. Some students living in that subdivision and west of Trimmier Road have to cross W.S. Young to get to school in the morning. 'In the mornings, W.S. Young is a high-speed thoroughfare,' said George Lueck, project engineer for the city of Killeen.

"The ultimate goal is a trail all the way around Lions Club Park, but with the funds available and the need, the city will focus on just this mile-and-a-half portion for now. Cities can apply for the federal grants part of the Safe Routes to School program -- through the Texas Department of Transportation. Ken Roberts, public information director for TxDOT, said 13 schools or cities in the eight-county Waco district have submitted proposals for projects to receive the grant. 'The intent of the program is to accommodate children in the two-mile radius of schools,' Roberts said. The first time Safe Routes to School grant money was awarded was in 2002. This year is the second time the grants have been offered, and Roberts said he expects the next round will be in spring 2009. Roberts also said he expects the grants to be offered every two years after that..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/34sha4
Archive search: http://tinyurl.com/2uyut6
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Title: "Getting kids to school, safe and sound"
Author: Kevin M. Smith


QUINCY (IL) WALKING SCHOOL BUS MOVES ALONG

-> According to a May 28th KHQA story, "Here's a another followup to a story we brought you about kids walking to and from school in Quincy...and the safety concerns involved. Some parents have put some of those worries to rest by starting what's called a 'walking school bus.' It's a group of students, led and monitored by parents, who walk to school *together.* Of course, there wasn't anything like that around when *I* attended elementary school, so I took out my walking shoes to check it out.

"Parents Maureen Crickard and Belinda Cullo say this walking school bus's daily route to Madison and Baldwin schools serves several purposes. Maureen Crickard: 'We thought it would be a good idea...great exercise and a great way to start the day.' Not to mention a way to dodge high gas prices and increase student safety. Some Quincy parents have expressed concern over kids' safety walking to and from school due to lack of sidewalks and traffic congestion in some parts of the city.

"A walking school bus like this one, addresses some of those concerns. What's it like to be on a walking school bus? Lauren McLaughlin & George Crickard (4th Graders): 'It's tough 'cause we have to get everyone where they ought to be.' But the reward is that good ol' sendoff from mom to help get the day started off on the right foot..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2o8uyy
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Title: "Walking school bus in Quincy"
Author: Rajah Maples


OKI TESTS MOBILE PHONE PED SAFETY FEATURE

-> According to a May 29th Zee News article, "OKI Electric Industry Co. [a Japanese telecommunications manufacturer] is testing a Safety Mobile Phone technology that could help pedestrians avoid being hit by vehicles. The phones use Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology to rapidly exchange location information about vehicles equipped with the same technology, the Japanese company said Monday. The OKI test is one of several supported by the Japanese government as part of an initiative aimed at deploying advanced communication systems across the country beginning in 2011 to lower the number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents.

"The short-range service is designed to provide very high data rates in situations where minimizing latency in the communication link and isolating relatively small communication zones are important, according to a description of the protocol by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which helped standardize it. In the OKI test, pedestrians use mobile phones with an integrated DSRC module, while vehicles are equipped with communication systems embedded with the same technology, as well as GPS (Global Positioning System).

"The pedestrians and vehicles create a DSRC wireless communications area, which has a radius per device of several hundred meters. Each device sends out its location information at a regular time interval within the area. When a pedestrian device and vehicle device come close and the received power from each device exceeds a specific value that indicates a high possibility of a collision, the devices warn their users. Pedestrians are warned through the vibration function on their phones, while drivers receive voice guidance from their vehicle communications system..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2qyebc
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Title: "OKI tests pedestrian safety feature in mobile phones"
Author: Bureau Report

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/37b9u6


TIME MAGAZINE: HOW VALET PARKING COULD SAVE THE PLANET

"Using a bicycle to get around has always been a bittersweet proposition in Southern California. Sure, it's eco-friendly, an excellent cardio workout and a pleasant alternative to snail's-pace public transportation, gridlocked freeways and king's-ransom gas prices. The drawback is finding a convenient, theft-proof parking spot."

"But that may be starting to change. Long Beach has pioneered the creation of commuter-biking hubs offering valet parking, showers and repair services, and other cities in California and elsewhere in the U.S. are beginning to take note." (See the full article at the Time web site.)

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2le9kw
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Title: "How Valet Parking Could Save The Planet"
Author: Sonja Steptoe


AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

LAS VEGAS (NV) TOURISTS TURN TO SCOOTERS

-> "There's lazy, and then there's Las Vegas lazy. In increasing numbers, Las Vegas tourists exhausted by the four miles of gluttony laid out before them are getting around on electric 'mobility scooters.' Don't think trendy Vespa motorbikes. Think updated wheelchair. Forking over about $40 a day and their pride, perfectly healthy tourists are cruising around Las Vegas casinos in transportation intended for the infirm..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/ynu8gk


QUICK HITS

UNIV OF AZ PROF'S PROGRAM PREDICTS PED MOVEMENT
-> "The goal of this project is to develop a reusable and behaviorally founded computer model of pedestrian movement and crowd behavior amid dense urban environments, to serve as a test-bed for experimentation, Torrens says..."
http://tinyurl.com/2ftzq8

HIKE WITH NASHVILLE (TN) MAYOR BILL PURCELL
-> "Mayor Bill Purcell invites anyone interested on a 7.6 mile trek on the Stones River Greenway, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Percy Priest Dam Trailhead on Bell Road in Hermitage, TN."
http://tinyurl.com/3ykk5h

RESEARCHER LOOKS TO REDUCE TEEN CRASHES
-> "'Crash rates are extremely elevated for newly licensed drivers,' Simons-Morton said. The rate in the first two weeks of driving is 20 times higher than it is six months later, and even after two years of driving, it is double of those aged 25-35. (A similar pattern exists for novice drivers at any age.)..."
http://preview.tinyurl.com/347ms2

"BIKE-FRIENDLY" B&BS OF SANTA BARBARA (CA)
-> "Bicyclists are increasingly being encouraged to come to Santa Barbara County. In spring 2006, there were three bed and breakfast inns in our county that were recognized as 'bike friendly.' Now, a year later the California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns recognizes eight of them..."
http://tinyurl.com/39ezqs

"ATLANTA REGION BIKE PLAN GETS UPDATE..."
-> "...The public is invited to learn more about an ongoing update to the Atlanta Region Bicycle Transportation & Pedestrian Walkways Plan during an open house and workshop on May 22..."
http://tinyurl.com/2fs2ro


RESOURCES

-> "SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES & VULNERABLE ROAD USERS"
Brief paper by Simms & ONeill; Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Quote: "SUVs represent a significantly greater hazard to vulnerable road users than ordinary cars. As the proportion of SUVs is growing rapidly, the risk is likely to be exacerbated by the greater physical vulnerability of an ageing population..."
http://tinyurl.com/24wlng

-> "SAFE TRAVELS: EVALUATING MOBILITY MANAGEMENT..."
"...Traffic Safety Impacts;" paper by Todd Litman (Victoria Transport Policy Institute) and Steven Fitzroy (Fitzroy and Associates); 24 June 2005.
http://tinyurl.com/2o4dad

-> "CYCLE HELMETS - AN OVERVIEW"
Information Sheet from the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation.
http://tinyurl.com/2ffhof

-> "ADVOCACY TOOLKIT..."
"...How to Be an Advocate for Parks and Recreation;" online guide from the National Recreation and Park Association; chapters include "Why to be an advocate for parks and recreation;" "Choosing the appropriate forum;" "The power of lobbying: key Lobbying tools;" "Working with the media;" etc.
http://tinyurl.com/344xg7

-> "ACTIVIST'S TOOLKIT..."
"...Tools for Change;" series of articles on advocacy issues from the Michigan Land Use Institute; titles include "Get Organized," "Think Like a Reporter," Learn to Write Clearly," "Framing the Message," etc.
http://tinyurl.com/36h5md


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

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-> 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 10, 2007, Bike to the Sea Day, Malden, MA. Info: http://www.biketothesea.com

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

-> 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 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

-> June 30, 2007, 2nd Annual Share the Road Rally, Frankfort, KY. Info:
http://sharetheroad.ky.gov

-> 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 10-12, 2007, Bike!Bike! Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. Info:
http://www.bikebike.org/

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

-> August 27-30, 2007, Third annual PRO BIKE®/PRO WALK FLORIDA CONFERENCE “Healthy Community Makeovers: Designs and Programs for Active and Healthy Lifestyles” to be held in Orlando at the Embassy Suites Downtown hotel. Visit www.probikeprowalkflorida.com for additional information.

-> August 28-30, 2007, the third annual Pro Walk ®/Pro Bike Florida Conference. Theme: Healthy Community Makeovers -- Designs and Programs for Active and Healthy Lifestyles. Orlando, FL, at the Embassy Suites Downtown hotel. Info at:
http://www.probikeprowalkflorida.com

-> 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 -- TRANSPORTATION PROJECT PLANNER -- CAMBRIDGE, MA

-> The City of Cambridge has an exciting opportunity for a transportation professional to be part of the City's innovative transportation planning efforts. The project planner will act as program manager of multi-modal transportation infrastructure projects. Responsibilities include managing consultant contracts for design of street improvement projects, presenting projects to public, working with affected residents and businesses to seek consensus on project activities, coordinating interdepartmental review of construction plans, and seeking project funding.

Qualified candidates will have strong project management experience and ability to review plans and cost estimates. Understanding of current roadway design standards and environmental regulations desired. Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to function as a team member as well as team leader strongly desired. Master's Degree in transportation planning, engineering or related field with three years related professional experience, or Bachelor's Degree with five years experience. Professional Engineer's license a plus. Salary range: $56,036 - $74,505 with full municipal benefits.

Please send 2 copies of cover letter and resume by May 31, 2007 to the Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or submit by fax: (617) 349-4312.

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3ymuzz


JOB -- MEMBER RESOURCES MGR -- THUNDERHEAD ALLIANCE

As the only national coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations the Thunderhead Alliance's highest priority is to provide what our member organizations need to make the greatest impact for bicycling and walking in their communities. Working closely with leaders of our member organizations, our full-time Member Resources Manager will develop, compile, post and disseminate best practices, guides and other resources for our 128 member organizations in 49 states and Canada. Technology upgrades and problem solving will also be important. The Member Resources Manager will work closely with Thunderhead's Executive Director and other staff to increase our resources and productivity of our programs for our members.

Requirements:
- Proven, exceptional creative writing skills and communication skills
- Significant technology experience including web site design, CMS and secure web systems, data coordination, graphic design, document development, and internet research
- Proven motivation to increase the effectiveness of the bicycle and pedestrian movement
- Must enjoy working from home and working alone
- Demonstrated success as an innovative self-starter
- Ability and desire to travel

Preferred: Significant experience at or near the leadership level of a non-profit advocacy organization

Salary & Benefits: $40,000, health, three weeks paid vacation

Closing: June 18, 2007

Send:
- Cover letter
- Resume
- 3 work related references
- Example of a paper that you wrote that succeeded in its purpose with accompanying explanation
- Example of a communication by you to members or partners that succeeded in its purpose i.e. mobilization email, newsletter article or introductory letter to a potential partner; with accompanying explanation

Send to:
Sue Knaup, Executive Director
Thunderhead Alliance
P.O. Box 3309
Prescott, AZ 86302


-> JOB -- BIKE PGM COORDINATOR -- MIAMI BEACH, FL

Salary: $42,300.75--$68,318.84 annually

This classification is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing policies, strategies, and controls to ensure an effective city-wide bicycle program. Responsibilities include developing and implementing safety awareness programs; revising and distributing bicycle suitability maps; conducting special project studies related to non-motorized transportation; encouraging the use of bicycles for transportation as well as recreation; and preparing and distributing newsletters and other written information. Some independent judgment is exercised in managing a comprehensive bicycle program. Supervision may be exercised over subordinates who assist in various phases of work. Supervision is received from Transportation Manager who will review work through observations, written reports, and personal conferences for effective management and
development of a city-wide bicycle program.

Minimum Requirements
1. Bachelor's degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration,
Business Administration or related field.
2. Three years of professional transportation planning experience to include one year experience in bicycle facilities planning and bicycle program coordination are required.
3. Must possess a Florida Class "E" Driver's license.

Send 2 Detailed Cover Letter/Resumes to: <cleduc@miamibeachfl.gov> or mail to: Attn: Christine Leduc, City of Miami Beach, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139


-> JOB -- EXEC. DIRECTOR -- ACCT, CHARLOTTESVILLE VA

The Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation is seeking a new Executive Director. This is an exciting organization that promotes biking, walking, transit, car-pooling, and car-sharing in central Virginia. The full-time position is based in Charlottesville. We are looking for a dynamic "do-er" who is excited to shake things up in Virginia!

Check out the description at:
http://www.transportationchoice.org/ED.html .


-> RFP -- REDUCING SCHOOL SITING IMPACTS -- EPA

This RFP focuses on how state policies and practices affect spending on school construction and renovation. The purpose of this RFP is to:
-- Identify state policies and practices that may act as a barrier to smart growth school siting and design solutions;
-- Identify and summarize school siting and design strategies that can provide localities and states with the flexibility to overcome these barriers, and meet other state/local goals (e.g., student physical activity and health goals, reducing stress on transportation systems, meeting fiscal requirements, efficient use of tax dollars);
-- Analyze and document existing policies and practices and solutions at the state level or on a state-wide basis in 4-10 selected states. Results will also include state-specific educational materials for the selected states.

EPA expects to award $101,000 in the first year with the possibility of additional funding of up to $400,000 in total over a project period of up to five years. Future year funding is highly uncertain and applicants should tailor first year funding in such a manner that discrete products are produced at the end of year 1 and the project can either be brought to a logical conclusion at the end of year one or built upon with subsequent funding.

Proposals are due by 5pm East Coast time July 2, 2007. View the RFP here:
http://tinyurl.com/337egh


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