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#178 Wednesday, June 27, 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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----- ALRC Offers Free Complete Streets Webinar
----- Jane Stutts, HSRC Researcher, to Retire
----- Ocean Springs (MS) A Top Ten Cottage Community
----- What is a "Bike Bus"?
----- Access Board Releases Notice for Outdoor Developed Areas
----- AK, AR, What's One Little Letter Among Friends?


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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Oregon Bill Protecting Cyclists Passes Legislature
----- Tulsa (OK) Tests High-Tech Bike Loan Program
----- Hastings Nebraska Wins Greenest American City Contest
----- Pearl River (NY) Wyeth Plant's "Bike/Walk to Work Day"
----- West Bend (WI) Police: Wheelchair User on "Wrong Road"
----- Marquette (MI) Weighs "Form-Based" Zoning
----- Specifics Important in Exercise "Prescription"
----- New Mexico Passes Youth Helmet Law
----- Groups Peddle Bike-Friendly Legislation
----- San Francisco (CA) to Add Audible Pedestrian Signals
----- Shepherdstown (WV) Gets Safe Routes Grant
----- Making Room for Bikes on Trains (and Everywhere Else)
----- Watertown (WI) Commission OKs River Walk Plans

FEATURES

ALRC OFFERS FREE COMPLETE STREETS WEBINAR

-> On Tuesday, July 10 at 2p.m. EDT, the Active Living Resource Center will offer a 1-hour webinar, An Introduction to Complete Streets, covering Complete Street policies and programs. The call is toll-free, and there is no charge for the webinar. The webinar is being made available through the ALRC with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jay Kassirer, president of Cullbridge Marketing and Communications of Ottawa, Ontario, is handling the technical side of the webinar.

"Our speaker for the Complete Streets webinar is Dominic Liberatore, the Complete Streets Campaign Coach for the Thunderhead Alliance," said Bob Chauncey, policy director for the National Center for Bicycling & Walking. "Dominic's presentation will include ideas on how a Complete Streets program can act as a catalyst for local organizations to gain a higher profile in their communities."

The webinar will be of interest to bike/ped advocates, local leaders, public health practitioners, and neighborhood association members. Those attending the seminar will need to have access to both a phone line and the Internet simultaneously.

Seats in the webinar are limited, and you must register on-line prior to July 6th. Go to www.activelivingresources.org/webinar.php for registration details, or contact Anne Villacres at the NCBW offices at (30) 656-4220. Once you are registered you will be provided the call-in number and other information. The time again is 2p.m.-3p.m. EDT on July 10th.

Link: http://www.activelivingresources.org/webinar.php

HSRC RESEARCHER, JANE STUTTS, TO RETIRE

-> In a June 24th email, Jane Stutts of the Highway Safety Research Center wrote, "Dear Friends, Some of you may already have heard of my retirement plans, but I know many of you have not. So I'm writing to let everyone know that this Friday, June 29, will be my last official day of work. Unlike some of my HSRC colleagues, I don't plan to continue on the payroll part time. But I also don't see myself completely retiring from the work that's kept me so wonderfully employed these past 32 years. One of the benefits of being a UNC retiree is that I get to keep my e-mail address, which I hope will make it easier to stay in touch with everyone and keep up with all that's going on. I'm also looking forward to continuing to work or consult on projects if the opportunity arises. And although I've reserved the first month of my retirement for a thorough house cleaning, I'm excited about having more time for other pursuits. So we will see what things bring. For now, I just want to thank you all for the privilege and fun of working with you over the years, and I hope that our paths continue to cross (I plan to be at the TRB meeting in January, for starters). --Best to all, Jane"

Contact info:
Jane C. Stutts, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Social and Behavioral Research
Highway Safety Research Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Phone: (919) 962-8717; email: <jane_stutts@unc.edu>

OCEAN SPRINGS (MS) A TOP TEN COTTAGE COMMUNITY

-> Back in April of 2003, the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) presented a Walkable Community Workshop in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. According to a June 24th Mississippi Press article, Ocean Springs has been now been named one of the top 10 communities in the nation supporting walkable community designs. Cottage Living Magazine has chosen the developing Cottage Square in Ocean Springs as one of its top 10 cottage projects.

"This is the second annual round up of what we consider the best examples of community in our country," said David Hanson, assistant editor of features and travel at Cottage Living Magazine. "The list, published in the July/August issue of the Birmingham-based magazine, includes neighborhoods that are small, walkable and connected to a urban or retail area," said Hanson.

Cottage Square is owned by Bruce Tolar, a local architect, and it houses five display cottages. Two are completed, and three are under construction. "We're kind of unique because all the rest [on the list] are finished regular neighborhoods,' said Tolar. "When the project is finished it will have up to 19 cottages, showcasing a mixture of commercial, residential and civic buildings," Tolar added.

"These smaller, but attractive ready-built homes are a catalyst for healthy community development on the Gulf Coast," said Hanson. "The magazine found the Square compelling because it will encompass possibilities for a Katrina school, chapel or post office. 'They are diverse in their application. It's a great, tangible resource for alternative ways to develop communities.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24n2lm
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Title: "Ocean Springs named one of top 10 cottage communities in nation"
Author: Sara Frye

WHAT IS A "BIKE BUS"?

-> According to the Marrickville-Sth-Sydney (OZ) Bicycle Group, "A bike bus is a small group of people who ride to work together each day, for sociability and safety. We ride legally, taking a lane and riding two-abreast. The route is chosen to be on the quieter back streets for most of the way, until we reach the CBD. We take a social pace (average 15kph) so we can chat. 'Catalyst' [a British TV series] ran stories on grassroots projects reducing emissions and oil dependence on 24 May 2007.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/39knf4
See video: http://tinyurl.com/389v4j

ACCESS BOARD RELEASES NOTICE FOR OUTDOOR DEVELOPED AREAS

-> According to the June 25th RTP News, "The US Access Board published a Notice of Proposed RuleMaking (NPRM) on Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas in the Federal Register on June 20, 2007. The guidelines are for outdoor developed areas designed, constructed, or altered by Federal agencies subject to the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. The guidelines cover trails, outdoor recreation access routes, beach access routes, and picnic and camping facilities. Comments should be received by October 18, 2007. The Access Board will hold hearings on July 24, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and on September 6, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m."

The Federal Register Notice and information about the comment period are here:
http://tinyurl.com/3ctwl9

AK, AR, WHAT'S ONE LITTLE LETTER AMONG FRIENDS?

-> CL recently received this correction to CL 177 from friend Bob Laurie, who said, "Just read your article on the GMAC Drivers Test -- note that the article you link to actually dates from 2005. GMAC did release a new survey this year on May 24. The results are even grimmer than in the story you reference. This year they say some 36 million drivers would fail -- up from the 20 million in that 2005 article. New York ranked worst, not Rhode Island. Idaho topped the list this year, with Alaska right behind. (Please ignore the grievous error in GMAC's news release copy and executive summary -- they confused Alaska's postal abbreviation 'AK' for Arkansas (AR). Arkansas actually ranked 27th this year.)"

- Bob Laurie, ALASKA Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
<bob_laurie@dot.state.ak.us>


QUOTES R US

-> "I get to be the mayor of the capital city of the most polluting state in the most polluting country in the world,"
-- Will Wynn, Mayor of Austin, TX
http://tinyurl.com/2whtvr


IN THE NEWS

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OREGON BILL PROTECTING CYCLISTS PASSES LEGISLATURE

-> According to a June 21st Oregonian article, "A careless driver who kills or seriously injures a cyclist or other 'vulnerable' road user will face much stiffer penalties -- up to a year's license suspension and a $12,500 fine -- under a bill that cleared the Oregon Legislature on Wednesday. House Bill 3314 picked up speed after a 26-year-old Idaho woman with a suspended license struck and killed Washington County cyclist Tim O'Donnell as he signaled to make a left turn on a rural road earlier this month. The cyclist's widow, Mary O'Donnell, watched from the gallery as the Senate approved the bill earlier this week. 'I would rest easier if I knew that this senseless tragedy could bring some good,' she wrote in a letter placed on each lawmaker's desk. The crash, and the news that the driver faces nothing more serious than a $1,115 fine, sparked outrage beyond the cycling community. Newspapers published angry editorials, and voters contacted their legislators.

"The House took final action on the bill Wednesday, approving Senate amendments. The bill now goes to the governor. The bill provides that when careless driving results in injury or death of a vulnerable user, which includes cyclists, pedestrians, highway workers, horse riders, skateboarders and roller skaters, the driver would face a one-year license suspension and a maximum $12,500 fine. These penalties would not be imposed if the driver completes a traffic safety course and between 100 and 200 hours of community service. The driver would have to appear in court, not just write a check, said Scott Bricker, lobbyist for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Portland-based organization that has been effective in shepherding a package of bike proposals through the Legislature this session..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24s6w2
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Title: "Bill protecting cyclists passes"
Author: James Mayer

TULSA (OK) TESTS HIGH-TECH BIKE LOAN PROGRAM

-> According to a June 2nd World article, "A fleet of pink bicycles is arriving in River Parks. Although some of the colorful, 35-pound, single-gear bikes were delivered Friday, the 'Tulsa Townies' are not yet ready for public use. A public announcement will be made when the bikes are available at three 'cycle stations' -- north of 21st Street, 41st Street, and south of 96th Street, and at a site in Sands Springs River City Park just east of Oklahoma 97. The bikes, which will be free to users, are part of a pilot program designed to promote healthy lifestyles, said John-Kelly Warren, chief executive of the William K. Warren Foundation. The Warren Medical Research Foundation is providing funding.

"Unlike other free bicycle programs, Warren said, this one uses a high-tech, credit-card-swipe system to free bikes from a locking rack. The one-of-a-kind system was designed specifically for this program by QI Systems, said Donna Swaffar, director of marketing for St. Francis Health System. Solar, wireless and radio frequency technologies allow the system to not only release and relock the racks, but to track the bicycles, Swaffar said. Warren said like any pilot program using newly designed technology, 'You definitely have to work the kinks out. That's what we're doing. This program is being tested."'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/32ldhq
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Title: "Bikes for health: Free to ride"
Author: P.J. Lassek

HASTINGS NEBRASKA WINS GREENEST AMERICAN CITY CONTEST

-> According to a June 26th Grist article, "We say 'greenest city in America,' and you say -- Portland? Seattle? Savannah? Try Hastings, Nebraska. The town of 25,000 beat out some 350 other cities to win a contest sponsored by Yahoo! as part of the portal's 'Be a Better Planet' initiative. Yes, we're pretty sure we just got suckered into giving Yahoo! a free plug, and we're not entirely sure that Hastings -- birthplace of Kool-Aid -- is ultra-green so much as ultra-good at organizing its residents to use Yahoo!.

"But we're still going to celebrate the fact that a central Nebraska town is shouting its green cred from the rooftops. Eco-initiatives there include energy-efficient streetlights, an extensive network of parks and trails, and, uh, ethanol production -- but civic leaders, who walked away with $250,000 for the honor, say green is just common sense..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2gw9no
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Title: "Hastings Makes Less Waste?"
Author: Staff

For more on this story, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2ctbd7
For video, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/255g86

PEARL RIVER (NY) WYETH PLANT'S "BIKE/WALK TO WORK DAY"

-> According to a June 26th Journal News article, "More than 50 Wyeth employees biked or walked to work in Pearl River this morning as part a company promotion to raise awareness about commuting options. In all, 35 employees rode their bicycles and 17 walked from as far north as Highland Mills and Bear Mountain and from as far south as Chinatown in Manhattan. People also came from across Rockland...

"The event was part of GreenWheels, a commuter program offered by Wyeth to assist its employees in finding carpools or vanpools, help with mass transit or encourage other ways to get to work. The program recently was honored by regional transportation agencies..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2kcj8d
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Title: "It's "Bike or Walk to Work Day" at Wyeth in Pearl River"
Author: Khurram Saeed

WEST BEND (WI) POLICE: WHEELCHAIR USER ON "WRONG ROAD"

According to a June 21st WISN-TV story, "Andrew Schneider is in a wheelchair, but doesn't let his disability get in the way. His travels last week took him on a West Bend road that didn't have sidewalks. Some drivers didn't think that was a good idea and called police. An officer stopped Schneider, but didn't get cooperation. Schneider said he didn't do what the officer said because he felt that he wasn't doing anything wrong and shouldn't have been pulled over. 'I proceeded to go and he said, "Wait, I want your name." I said, "Nope, I can't accommodate you," and kept right on going,' Schneider said of the incident. The officer followed Schneider so he wouldn't get hit by a car.

"He made it home and when he still didn't cooperate, he was given a citation for obstructing an officer. 'In many respects, if he would have just given us his name we would have assisted him and that would have been the end of the complaint,' Lt. Gus Unertl of the West Bend Police Department said. Schneider said he's not going to pay the $300 fine. 'Everyone has a right to use every street, alley, sidewalk, anything in this country,' Schneider said. Police said there are plenty of streets with sidewalks around the city and suggested Schneider stick to those..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yplba6
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Title: "Man In Wheelchair Ticketed For Riding In Street"
Author: Staff

MARQUETTE (MI) WEIGHS "FORM-BASED" ZONING

-> According to a June 25th Journal article, "The Marquette City Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the draft Waterfront Form Based Code at a work session Tuesday. The commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in room 103 of city hall. Form-based zoning emphasizes the physical form of the area and individual buildings rather than strict adherence to usage. Unlike traditional zoning, what goes on inside the building is not strictly regulated. The downtown waterfront district is bordered by Front Street on the west, Baraga Avenue on the south and Ridge Street on the north.

"The form-based codes for Marquette's downtown waterfront aim to maintain a working waterfront, provide public access to the water, preserve and increase the greenery in the area and provide walkable streets to improve pedestrian connections. Buildings would be aligned and close to the street, which is meant to make the area look and feel like downtown. 'We're still just working page by page through the ordinance,' said Dennis Stachewicz Jr., city planner/zoning administrator. 'The planning commission has been meeting every week for about two months now and we're three-quarters of the way through it.' Stachewicz said he expects at least two more work sessions of the planning commission and a final decision in August..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2vakbw
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Title: "Zoning plan to be discussed"
Author: Christopher Diem

SPECIFICS IMPORTANT IN EXERCISE "PRESCRIPTION"

-> In the June 25th Boston Globe, a reader asked, "If exercise is so important for good health, why don't doctors actually prescribe it?"

Answer: "Actually, some do, according to a recent report in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, which concludes that while there is little hard data, exercise prescriptions seem to help get patients moving. Numerous studies have shown that increases in physical activity can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain cancers and other conditions. The problem has been getting people to exercise -- even to just take a walk.

"One solution, Drs. Caroline R. Richardson and Thomas L. Schwenk of the department of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School wrote in their paper, is to literally write down exactly how much a patient should walk day by day. For instance, said Richardson, the doctor might write a prescription telling the patient to start with 3,500 steps -- as counted by a pedometer -- on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then gradually increase to 5,000 steps five days a week and report back a couple of months later.

"'If you write down on a prescription pad very specific exercise goals, if you make it very concrete and sign your name, that helps people get started. It's much better than just verbal recommendations,' Richardson said. Wendy Landman , executive director of WalkBoston, a nonprofit advocacy group working to encourage walking and make communities more walkable, said her group is developing a program to promote walking prescriptions, as well as other strategies to get people walking. WalkBoston is also trying to remove impediments to walking -- such as trash on the streets, and ice and snow in the winter..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yob74r
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Title: "If exercise is so important for good health, why don't doctors actually prescribe it?"
Author: Staff

NEW MEXICO PASSES YOUTH HELMET LAW

-> According to a June 19th Sun News article, "Starting soon, New Mexico will require every bike rider and skateboarder under 18 to wear a helmet -- news that was greeted with groans of disbelief recently at a city park. 'I hope they know that no one is going to follow the rule, and no one's going to enforce the rule,' skateboarder Clifford Young, 15, said emphatically. The state embarks July 1 on an ambitious campaign to get helmets on the heads of all young people -- down to toddlers on tricycles -- who are riding on public property on bikes, skateboards, skates or scooters.

"It's the most comprehensive such state law in the nation, according to John McPhee, childhood injury prevention coordinator for the state Department of Health. California is the only other state that requires helmets on those under 18 on a broad range of non-motorized vehicles. Its law doesn't specify tricycles. The goal of the new law isn't to punish -- parents of violators face at most a $10 civil fine that can be waived if they buy a helmet -- but rather to educate, McPhee said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/22xq75
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Title: "New state will law require a helmet for riders under 18"
Author: AP

For more information, contact John McPhee, Childhood Injury Prevention Coordinator, Office of Injury Prevention, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau, New Mexico Department of Health at (505) 476-7858 or <john.mcphee@state.nm.us>.

GROUPS PEDDLE BIKE-FRIENDLY LEGISLATION

-> According to a June 19th Politico article, "Still dressed in his button-down shirt and khakis, Andy Clarke pulls his bike onto K Street and starts the 12-mile commute home. The ride will take him through the congestion of downtown D.C., past tourists gawking at the White House and around the Kennedy Center. After inhaling a burst of truck fumes crossing the Roosevelt Bridge, he finally hits the open trail. From there, it's just 10 miles to home in Falls Church, Va.

"It may be sweaty, but for the executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, it's a dream commute. Slowing down to avoid tourists in Lafayette Park, Clarke breaks into a grin. And with good reason.

"After years of advocating for better bike lanes, safer school paths and biker education programs, Congress is finally calling him. Last month, Clarke testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee about the role of bikes in combating climate change. With obesity, climate change and rising gas prices all on the congressional agenda, it's a good time to be a bike lobbyist..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2r2jae
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Title: "Groups peddle bike-friendly legislation"
Author: Lisa Lerer

SAN FRANCISCO (CA) TO ADD AUDIBLE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS

-> According to a June 21st Chronicle article, "Audible traffic signals that give walkers street information will be installed at 80 busy intersections in San Francisco over the next few years, officials said Wednesday. After three years of negotiating with organizations that represent the blind and visually impaired community, city officials have agreed to spend $1.6 million on hundreds of audible pedestrian signals that will be installed at 80 busy intersections by 2010. The new signals come at a time when more pedestrians in San Francisco are being struck in traffic-related accidents than in prior years. In 2006, there were 16 pedestrians killed, and in 2005, 14 walkers were killed. Another 716 pedestrians, however, were injured in nonfatal collisions in 2006.

"About 40 of the new signals are already up and running, including some at heavily used intersections, such as Fourth and King streets by the Caltrain station and 19th and Holloway avenues by San Francisco State University, as part of a pilot project to test the signal technology. Signals will be installed at 10 more intersections by the end of the month, including crossings at Market and Powell streets by Westfield San Francisco Centre and on The Embarcadero by the Ferry Building. The remaining signals will go up periodically.

"The devices, which emit a rapid ticking sound to alert pedestrians when it is safe to walk, have vibrating push buttons and low locator tones to help blind and visually impaired people find the devices on the street corner. When pedestrians push the button for a second longer than usual, the device will provide audible information, including street names and how many seconds are left to cross the roadway..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3a5pq5
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Title: "S.F. approves funds for audible pedestrian signals"
Author: Alexandria Rocha

SHEPHERDSTOWN (WV) GETS SAFE ROUTES GRANT

-> According to a June 22nd Herald-Mail article, "Although Shepherdstown is a compact community, some students do not walk to Shepherdstown Elementary School because of a lack of sidewalks near the school, school Principal Suzanne Offutt said. Thanks to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, $83,000 is now available to correct the situation. The money will be used to construct a sidewalk from the school on South Church Street to Fairmont Avenue, where a city sidewalk ends, Offutt said. The sidewalk, which also will serve Shepherdstown Middle School on nearby Minden Street, is designed to encourage more children to walk to school and to cut down on air pollution as a result of less cars coming to the schools to drop off children, Offutt said.

"The grant was given through the West Virginia Safe Routes to School program, which sets aside money to maintain safe routes for pedestrians, according to a news release from Manchin's office. The program encourages other alternative forms of transportation, like bicycles, and the money can also be used to purchase bike racks for the school and offer bicycle safety courses, Offutt said. School officials also will start programs to encourage more children to walk to school, Offutt said. For example, a school volunteer or parent will lead a walking trip to the school from other points in town, Offutt said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/33lhge
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Title: "Grants to make school routes safer"
Author: Dave McMillion

Note: Check out the video link on the left side of the screen.

MAKING ROOM FOR BIKES ON TRAINS (AND EVERYWHERE ELSE)

-> In an June 24th E Magazine commentary, Julia Hirsch & Jim Motavalli wrote, "Traveling across Connecticut during rush hour can be beastly. During a typical afternoon on Interstate 95, cars crowd the road, crawling along at 30 miles per hour or less. Drivers, often solo and on cell phones, dangerously crisscross the lanes and slam on brakes, just to nose a few inches ahead. All the while, they waste fuel and spew dirty emissions. Traffic is not only an inconvenience, but also a symptom of our fuel dependence and environmentally irresponsible behavior. But what are the alternatives? Recently, a group of concerned citizens have been trying to ease the way for a bicycle-friendly form of train transportation. Biking to work can reduce one's carbon footprint and help de-clutter the highways. And the distance one bikes to work can be extended when used in conjunction with a commuter rail service.

"Transportation Alternatives, a New York City-based nonprofit group working to promote bicycling, walking and public transit, advocates this combination, citing that it is often faster, cheaper and more environmentally sound than driving. Bicycle commuters traveling on the Metro-North line between New York and its suburbs have been hampered by cumbersome regulations. In order to bring a bicycle on a Metro-North train, one must have a bicycle permit. This regulation alone discourages potential commuters. In addition to the permit regulation, bicycles are not allowed on trains during peak hours, obviously the most convenient for commuters en route to work. Finally, many of the cars on the Metro-North line have minimal bicycle parking and storage, limiting the number of bicycles allowed per car. All of these regulations work to discourage bicycle commuting..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/24ws26
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Title: "Making Room for Bikes on Trains (and Everywhere Else)"
Author: Julia Hirsch & Jim Motavalli

WATERTOWN (WI) COMMISSION OKS RIVER WALK PLANS

-> According to a June 26th Times article, "The Watertown Plan Commission Monday put its support behind the master plan and the arts and interpretation plan for the river walk project along the Rock River from Cady Street to Milwaukee Street. The two plans submitted by Vandewalle and Associates of Madison must also get approval from the Watertown Common Council. According to city Planner Mike Slavney, approving the plans does not require the city to spend any money or complete any of the projects. 'But if you want to go forward as a city and do the projects, having this done enables the city to qualify for some grants and it enables the city to budget for these items,' Slavney added.

"According to the master plan submitted by Vandewalle, the total cost of the river walk project from Milwaukee Street to Cady Street is estimated at just under $9 million. Watertown Mayor Ron Krueger said the $9 million would go toward redeveloping the riverfront to help bring more economic development to the city. 'The river walk is going to be an amenity that's tied in so that developers that are going to be building any buildings or improvements along this will also have that added feature of an attractive pedestrian walkway and gathering place for residents, customers and citizens of the city,' Krueger said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2kedeb
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Title: "Panel OKs plans for river walk"
Author: Adam Tobias

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

TEKU TEKU ANGEL

-> "Back in the day of the Tamagotchi craze, Hudson released a pedometer based game which allowed virtual pet lovers to take care of a little beast known as Gel-kun. By walking around and increasing the pedometer reading, the beastie would eventually become an angel to meet its maker in heaven. A little beast has returned to become your new friend and it lives inside your Nintendo DS and the included Teku Teku Angel pedometer unit. Play puzzle games and walk around a lot each day. By recording the number of steps, the pedometer tallies how many calories you've burned. Can you help the beast become an angel by being mobile?"

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yukmej
Additional info: http://tinyurl.com/3ytnrn


QUICK HITS

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) LEADERS CONSIDER ROUNDABOUTS
-> "Under the plan, the intersection of 16th Street with Crawfordsville and Georgetown roads would be moved slightly northwest to form a roundabout that aligns with Main Street. The current setup, planners say, is confusing and requires lane changes to get motorists to where they want to go..."
http://tinyurl.com/2aveyg

WOOD RIVER RIDE SHARE GETS IDAHO SAFE ROUTES GRANTS
-> "All the projects will begin construction in early August and must be completed by Aug. 2008..."
http://tinyurl.com/32lupp

LEESBURG (VA) COUNCIL PONDERS DOWNTOWN DRIVE THROUGHS
-> "Rather than allow the use by special exception, the proposal Wright and Hammler introduced would eliminate that option, prohibiting the use altogether..."
http://tinyurl.com/2c8992

RETRACING GANDHI'S FOOTSTEPS IN LONDON (UK)
-> "The 'Gandhi walk' is the first time an India-themed ramble is on offer in London, where 'Jack the Ripper,' Shakespeare, Beatles and Thames trails are among the dozens of walks that have delighted tourists over decades..."
http://tinyurl.com/2o2pab

SASKATOON (SK) ADDS 5 SECONDS TO PED CROSSINGS
-> "On Sunday, an elderly man, in his 70's, was killed after being hit by a city bus, at the bus mall and 3rd Avenue."
http://tinyurl.com/292swy

CITIES STEP UP EFFORTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
-> "In New Hampshire, [the city of] Keene has imposed a non-idling policy for cars when parents drop off and pick up their children from school..."
http://tinyurl.com/2whtvr

PUT YOUR LIGHTS OUT LONDON (UK)
-> "Londoners are being asked to switch off their lights between 9 and 10pm tonight, June 21, in a show of solidarity for the planet..."
http://tinyurl.com/2la6gj

COYOTES CHASE MAN RIDING BICYCLE
-> "Arizona Game & Fish Department shot two coyotes...after reports of their aggressive activity..."
http://tinyurl.com/2x5qva


RESOURCES

-> "INTERVENTIONS TO PROMOTE WALKING: SYSTEMATIC REVIEW"
British Medical Journal article by Ogilvie, Foster, Rothnie, Cavill, Hamilton, Fitzsimons, Mutrie, on behalf of the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (SPARColl); BMJ 2007;334:1204 (published 31 May 2007). Download it free here:
http://tinyurl.com/2zfcwr

-> "ON COMMON GROUND - SUMMER 2007"
A progress report on Smart Growth; includes numerous articles that can be downloaded as separate pdfs or the issue can be downloaded as a (3.6mb) pdf.
http://tinyurl.com/2ta72o

-> "HUMBOLDT BAY TRAIL: FEASIBILITY STUDY"
Public Meeting Report; by Alta Planning + Design; Planwest Partners Inc.; SHN Consulting Engineer and Geologists; Redwood Community Action Agency; for Humboldt County Association of Governments. 5/16/2007. 6mb pdf
http://tinyurl.com/2xng5s

-> "METROPOLITAN TRAVEL FORECASTING: CURRENT PRACTICE..."
"...and Future Direction;" TRB Special Report 288; "examines metropolitan travel forecasting models that provide public officials with information to inform decisions on major transportation system investments and policies;" prepublication copy - uncorrected proofs.
http://tinyurl.com/ywpbdo

-> ELEMENTS NEEDED TO CREATE HIGH-RIDERSHIP..."
"...Transit Systems;" Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 111; explores "strategies used by transit agencies to create high ridership."
http://tinyurl.com/239cc4

-> "PERSONAL HEALTH MONITOR BLOG'S PEDOMETER PAGE"
Reviews and Articles
http://tinyurl.com/2lz2s3

-> "GETTING AROUND: ALTERNATIVES FOR SENIORS..."
"...Who No Longer Drive;" AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report that "explores a pilot program designed to help older residents in eight sites in Southern California with the transition from driving."
http://tinyurl.com/27u3ez

Ed Note: Interestingly enough, the words walk, walking, bicycle, bike, bicycling, cycling, and pedestrian do not appear anywhere in this AAAFTS discussion of "alternatives for seniors who no longer drive."


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!

-> 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

-> July 23-26, 2007; Rebuilding sustainable communities in Iraq, Boston, MA. Info: Professor Adenrele Awotona, Dean, College of Public and Community Service, U Mass/Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125, USA; phone: (617) 287-7100; fax: (425) 984-7100; email: <rsci@cpcs.umb.edu>.

-> 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

-> October 17, 2007, Moving Together 2007, The Annual Massachusetts Bicycling & Walking Conference, Boston, MA. Info: The Baystate Roads Program at (413) 545-2604;
http://www.baystateroads.org/mt/

-> 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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- TRUCKEE (CA) TRAILS FDN.

We are in the hunt for an energetic and strategic person to take on the Truckee Trails Foundation Executive Director mantle. It goes without saying that we are seeking someone with an unequivocal commitment to trails, bikeways, and alternative transportation. Preference given to those with a background in non-profit management and collaborative problem solving, proven fundraising skills, and familiarity with trails and bikeways issues. This position will initially be half-time.

We invite interested candidates to send a cover letter and resume to: Truckee Trails Foundation, P.O. Box 1751, Truckee, CA 96160. They can also email pdf versions of both to: Info@truckeetrails.org. I am also happy to have people call or email with questions to the contact information listed below.

Leigh Fitzpatrick, Truckee Trails Foundation, P.O. Box 1751, Truckee, CA 96160; (530) 587-8214
http://www.truckeetrails.org

-> RFP -- DESIGN FLEXIBILITY CONSIDERATIONS FOR CITIES -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a solicitation for consultant letters of interest on a synthesis to explore national practice for reaching a reasonable accommodation between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Green Book: A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets standards and the "built" urban environment.
http://tinyurl.com/yo3y58

-> RFP -- ENV & TRANS. LAW UPDATE -- NCHRP

TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to update the environmental law and transportation volume of the Selected Studies in Transportation Law series. Proposals Due June 29, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/ys65uc

-> JOB -- MADISON (WI) OFFICE MANAGER -- BFW

Interested in becoming a Bicycle Advocate? Come work for The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin! The Bicycle Federation is a non-profit bicycle advocacy and education group with a mission of Making Wisconsin a Better Place to Bicycle. The Bike Fed is seeking a candidate to work in our Madison, WI office. Madison is classified as a gold level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. It has an amazing amount of opportunities for recreational cycling and year round commuting. With the city estimating a bicycle mode share of 6-11% of all trips, it is easy to practice what we advocate.

This position would report directly to the Executive Director and would supervise two to three staff members. Candidate must have the ability to work without direct supervision as the Executive Director is located in the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office. Typically the Executive Director works one day a week in the Madison office, making excellent communication skills with email and phone a necessity. Salary will range from $30,000 - $35,000 and will depend on experience. Health benefits, paid vacation, and flexible work schedule are offered. Position will remain open until filled

A formal job description is available here:
http://tinyurl.com/bdya6

To apply please forward a cover letter and resume to: (email is preferred)
Jack E. Hirt. Executive Director
The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
1845 N Farwell Ave, Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414.271.9685)
<jack@bfw.org>
http://www.bfw.org

-> 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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