#180 Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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.
Several months ago the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) began offering its brochure, Bicycle Safety: What Every Parent Should Know, as artwork for organizations and agencies that wanted to make it available through local printing and distribution.
Jeff Wilkins, the executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Transportation Council in Wenatchee, Washington, wanted to distribute the 4-page brochure through the local school district's newsletters that directly target parents. But there was a hitch. "Our community is approximately 25 percent Hispanic, and a large proportion of those families have limited English proficiency," Wilkins wrote. "Our school districts send everything in bilingual format, and may not accept this from us if we cannot provide it in both languages. Do you have a version of this translated into Spanish?"
The initial answer of "No," suddenly became "Not yet" when Wilkins offered to have the brochure professionally translated if the ALRC staff could revise the layout incorporating the translation. "This was a win for both groups," said Gary MacFadden, director of operations at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) which manages the ALRC web site and resources. "Jeff used Accurate Language Systems, Inc., based in Wenatchee, for the translation. One thing we quickly discovered was that Spanish takes a bit more space on the layout for an equivalent block of English text. But with some minor changes in font sizes we were able to accommodate the translated text."
The translated Hispanic brochure artwork is now available, along with the English version. Those requesting the artwork packages (English, Spanish, or both) can submit a logo and a tag-line for their organization that will be placed on the back page of the brochure.
Artwork request page: http://www.activelivingresources.org/links4.php
In trying to encourage young people in Flint to voice their opinions of their neighborhoods, NCBW and it's local Flint partners knocked on doors and resorted to bribery. "In my old neighborhood, if you walked down any street in the summer with an ice cream pushcart, ringing a bell and offering free ice cream, you would have been mobbed," explained Bob Chauncey, NCBW manager of the Ruth Mott Foundation's "It's Our Neighborhood Too" project in Flint, MI. "But in Flint, as in so many communities today, you don't see many kids in the parks, in the playgrounds, or on the streets. So, you have to knock on doors."
Last week, NCBW's partners did just that. Mark Evans and Jessica Nickola from the Metro Housing Partnership in Flint and a dozen members of their "Training Leaders for Tomorrow" summer program for Flint youth pushed ice cream carts, scooped ice cream, and interviewed about 100 residents in three neighborhoods to get their thoughts on how their neighborhoods could be improved. NCBW will work with a small group of teens to take these ideas and help them create a neighborhood improvement program to enhance the environment for walking and biking -- a program created by young people, guided by young people, and maintained by young people. Chauncey said additional efforts to solicit opinions from Flint youth will include using a popular call-in radio program and classroom discussions in a sample of Flint schools.
Chauncey refused to comment on the logic of offering ice cream as part of an effort to address physical activity and obesity among youth, citing the value of irony in coping with life. Nor would he respond to questions about the amount of ice cream he personally consumed.
-> According to a July 16th news release, "Grants will improve pedestrian safety through engineering and education (Trenton) -- Highlighting the importance of pedestrian safety, Commissioner Kris Kolluri today announced that the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will award $4.15 million in Safe Routes to School grants to 29 communities.
"'The Fiscal Year 2007 Safe Routes to School Grants represent significant progress in Governor Corzine's statewide pedestrian safety initiative,' said Commissioner Kolluri. 'By addressing the needs of municipalities, NJDOT can improve road safety for all pedestrians, and especially schoolchildren.'
"The initiative, created in 2006 as an effort to encourage New Jersey's children to walk and bike to school, will provide local governments funds ranging from $7,500 to $337,000 for projects including the creation of safer walkways, bikeways and street crossings near schools..."
There will be a lot for attendees at the 2008 Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Seattle to see and do. If you're already making plans to attend the conference, you can familiarize yourself with what's going on in Seattle's bicycle program on the city's Bike Program web site pages.
Go to http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikeprogram.htm and you'll learn about the trail systems, the Bicycle Spot Improvement Program, and the city's bicycle master plan, now in the draft stages.
Take some time to get to know Seattle using this web site. And then plan to join hundreds of advocates, public health practitioners, transportation agency staff members, organization delegates and many more at Pro Walk/Pro Bike, September 2-5, 2008, hosted at the Westin-Seattle.
-> In a recent note, Katy Jones wrote, "The call for applications for the 2007 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award is now open. Awarded annually by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the Oberstar Award will be given to a U.S. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that has shown outstanding achievement in creating safer environments for walking and bicycling to school and encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school. In 2007, the Award will recognize outstanding achievement by a State Department of Transportation (DOT) in establishing their SRTS program. The deadline for applications is August 24, 2007. Please direct all questions related to the award to Lauren Marchetti at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 919-962-7412."
For more info on the award, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2tntn
-- Katy A. Jones, Mgr, Research Information and Education Programs, UNC Highway Safety Research Center; phone: 919.843.7007; email: <email@example.com>
-> According to an article in the July Walk21 Toronto 2007 Conference newsletter, "Walk21 Toronto 2007 is excited to feature internationally renowned traffic engineer, Hans Monderman, as a keynote speaker for the Wednesday morning of the conference. Monderman, who hails from the Netherlands, is recognized as a pioneer of the 'shared space' approach to designing streets. This innovative approach, often referred to as 'naked streets', is designed to create spaces where pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers are considered equal by removing the traditional traffic safety devices such as traffic lights, lane markings, and sometimes curbs. The result is streets where motorists and pedestrians respond to the environment rather than the 'rules of the road'. Initially ridiculed, Monderman's traffic design ideas are now imitated around the world. Hans' presentation will be followed by a lively panel discussion on the shared space and naked streets concepts..."
In other Conference news, "Walk21 Toronto 2007 delegates will be part of the World Record Walk! All Walk21 Toronto 2007 delegates will be invited to join in smashing the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous 1 km walk at precisely 12:30 pm EST on Wednesday, October 3rd. On this day, two conference-related World Record Walks will take place: one at the close of the Wednesday plenary and the other for our YWALK Global Youth Forum delegates. Moreover, thousands of walks will be taking place all across Ontario and all across Canada simultaneously on that Wednesday. We are anticipating more than 300,000 to participate which would smash Western Australia's current record of 100,915..."
For more on the conference, go to:
For more information on "Shared Space" go to:
-> We recently received a note from Sitka, which said, "My name is Charles Bingham and I work in Sitka, Alaska, as a corporate communications specialist with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC, pronounced 'search'), a tribal health organization that provides services to Alaska Natives and American Indians in 18 remote communities scattered across an area the size of Florida. I wanted to give you a few details on a project Sitka recently started to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists.
"Recently SEARHC's regional hospital based in Sitka (Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital), SEARHC's Community Health Services department (which provides health education across the region), the Sitka Community Hospital (the other hospital in town) and several other health groups in Sitka joined together for the Sitka Health Summit, which took place April 26-27. During the summit, we identified four major projects that will help make Sitka a healthier place to live. One of those is to pursue the Bicycle Friendly Community designation. We're hoping to apply in March 2008, so right now we're in the inventory stage of the project. The SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program (part of the national Steps to a Healthier US program run by the CDC) recently gave the project a $9,713 grant to help get all the paperwork and similar housekeeping requirements met.
"Unfortunately, our local newspaper, the Daily Sitka Sentinel, does not have a Web site, so I can't post links to stories about the project. Our local public radio station did produce a story that's been posted online, for folks with streaming audio:
"We have a Web site for the project:
"I've also posted links (below) to a couple of press releases about the project:
-> In a recent note, Ryan Gratzer wrote, "The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, a department in the Center for Transportation Studies at Portland State University, is hosting an upcoming professional development course.
"On-Street Bikeways and Off-Street Trails: An Integrated Approach: This is a highly interactive course that examines the integration of on-street and off-street bikeways to form a cohesive bikeway system for both transportation and recreation. It includes both classroom and on-bike experiential learning, relying on the experience of Portland - the #1 large city for cycling in the U.S. It highlights Portland's growing integration of bicycling into daily life, with close to 10% of trips in Portland's close-in neighborhoods taken by bicycle. We will cover planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of various types of bikeways, as well as ancillary facilities such as bicycle parking.
"This course is sponsored the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (ibpi) <http://tinyurl.com/389yar>, an exciting new program at Portland State University's Center for Transportation Studies. The IBPI's purpose is to enhance policies, programs, and projects that promote pedestrian and bicycle travel through research, education, and outreach."
Date and location: Saturday, August 11, 2007, Portland State University, downtown Portland, OR.
-> In a recent note, Paul Berger wrote, "We have developed a Teacher's Resource Guide for our Bike Smart and Walk Smart CD-ROM programs for children in grades K-3. It contains a number of outdoor activities teachers can conduct with their students to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety skills. While the activities are tied into and enhance specific sections of the Bike Smart and Walk Smart CD-ROMs, they can be conducted as stand alone activities without the programs being viewed. The Bike Smart and Walk Smart programs were released last summer. Recently, they were widely distributed to school districts in the State of Florida through their Safe Routes to School program."
The Resource Guide is here:
At another time, all the church bells in the land would have rung out simultaneously... But on August 10, you will still be able to hear a mixture of bells, the sound of scissors cutting through ribbons and trumpet blasts all across Quebec, during the official international inauguration of the Route verte.
Consult routeverte.com to locate the inauguration ceremony closest to your home. And if you want to be a part of something really special, attend the main event in Quebec City, which will coincide with the arrival of the 2,000 Grand Tour participants.
QUOTES R US
-> "In theory, walking to nearby places isn't hard -- but I do know that in many areas in LA, with its concrete lots and big box stores, walking isn't always the most pleasant endeavor. So find out what the more pleasant, walkable streets are, and what your walking comfort level is. Maybe you really can't do 10 blocks of open parking lots lined with heavy, honking traffic. But even in pedestrian-unfriendly places, you can likely handle 5 blocks to your nearest brunch spot -- or run, iPod volume high, to your gym via side streets. Try it at least once, and see how it feels..."
-> "For generations the oil lobby has dominated the national debate on transportation. By lavishing support on political campaigns, they have rigged the game, so that money is automatically there for road building -- 'The Highway Trust Fund' -- while transit and intercity rail get funded only if people squawk."
-> According to a July 22nd Hays Daily News article, "The whole universe could soon be in downtown Kansas City. Or, at least a smaller version. The city is developing a walking tour offering a permanent scale model of the solar system that would stretch from the downtown loop to Union Station. The exhibit, called Voyage, will shrink interplanetary space so that one foot equals 2 million miles. Once completed, pedestrians can try the light-year shuffle, stroll by the TWA Moonliner and Pluto, encounter a new dwarf planet called Eris, or finish their one-mile odyssey en route to the stars with the Voyager spacecraft.
"The $327,000 project, which is expected to open early next year, is being funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and is based on a similar display at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Backers believe the route, which runs along Baltimore Avenue through the Crossroads Arts District to Union Station, will create a walkable connection between downtown districts and can educate people about the vastness of space..."
-> According to a July 21st Herald News article, "Getting to school may not be on children's minds at this time of year. But come September, the city aims to have students and their parents think about healthier ways to get to class, with the help of a federal grant. The national 'Safe Routes to School' program has earmarked $18,000 for the city to combat childhood obesity by promoting walking and biking to school. Darleen Reveille, public health nurse in the city's Health Department, said the funds would be used for education and public outreach to promote the program. 'What we're really lacking here is an understanding of what the benefits are to walking to school,' Reveille said.
"Reveille said that incidents of hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and other 'adult' conditions occurring in children have sharply increased during the past five years. One of the initiative's goals is to revert back to the norms of the 1960s, when children typically walked to school and only adults had high blood pressure. One challenge Reveille noted was that many parents believe that driving their children is a safe, secure way to get to school, and often have apprehensions about letting them walk. Additional crossing guards and clearly mapped routes to school are part of the initiative's long-term plans to alleviate those concerns, Reveille said..."
-> According to a July 23rd Webware article, "In the old days, to figure out if your house, apartment, or place of work was good for walking, you'd have to go scout it out, or ask someone who knew the area. These days we have services such as Walk Score, a mashup that helps calculate how 'walkable' an address is based on the services that surround it. It works by tallying up the distances to the surrounding attractions, and pulls them together in an average, which it gives you in a handy scale of 1 to 100.
"The higher the score, the more walk-friendly the area is. Simple enough right? The businesses or areas of interest are based on 11 different categories, including grocery stores, bars and restaurants, book stores, and gyms. Not included are lines of public transportation or public bathrooms--which, as we've found in the past--can be mapped. As you can guess, this system is neat but not without its flaws, and the site owns up to it.
"Inaccuracies with Google Maps' API data and the lack of information about sidewalks, street width, and crosswalks can easily provide data that is simply incorrect. Some of our test searches in the San Francisco metropolitan area came up skewed, my favorite being an area in the Tenderloin, which is by all accounts very unfriendly for pedestrians and personal safety, yet scored rather highly. Maybe they should mash this thing up with the crime mapper as well..."
-> According to a July 23rd Nevada Appeal article, "Sunset Park now has a Muscle Powered bicycle rack thanks to the generosity of Susan and Clay McElhany. Susan McElhany, a local dentist, said she and her husband wanted to share their enjoyment of bicycling with the community. The bike rack will provide a secure place for riders to park their bicycles while using the park's facilities. Another newly installed Muscle Powered bike rack is at Fuji Park, donated by Shelly Aldean and the Glenbrook Co.
"With the addition of these new bicycle racks, there are now nine Muscle Powered bike racks around various locations in the city including Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, Western Nevada College, Brewery Arts Center and Comma Coffee. Joe Peltier is head of the bike rack project for Muscle Powered, a local advocacy organization for a more bikeable and walkable Carson City. Bike racks can contribute to a cleaner environment when residents choose to ride their bikes instead of drive..."
-> According to a July 22nd Salt Lake Tribune article, "Walgreens' business strategy is baffling. First, the drugstore chain buys a building lot. Company architects design a big-box store. The pharmacy hires local attorneys on retainer. And when city planners and residents question the company's plans, they sue. It seems to be working. Thirty years after closing its last store in Utah, the Deerfield, Ill., drugstore chain is revived, with 14 stores in the Salt Lake Valley alone. Walgreens takes the long view. It knows something we forget: Anger fades. Competitors close -- on Sunday, at 7 p.m. or entirely. And in the end, shoppers offended by Walgreens' tactics eventually find themselves picking up amoxicillin for their baby's ear infection, a cheap lawn chair and a gallon of milk -- at 11:30 p.m. Holladay is just the latest Utah community to get the brass treatment. Technically, the fight is between the city and Salt Lake City-based Thomas Fox Properties.
"The developer bought property smack in the middle of the city's heart, the proposed Holladay Village Center, and plans to plop a Walgreens there. When city staff tried to impose unique design rules on the pharmacy behemoth -- size restrictions, architectural guidelines and setbacks meant to make the new town center walkable -- the developer, with the approval of Illinois, sued. 'We'd like to assure the community that we're still working with the parties involved toward an outcome that will be satisfactory for everyone,' Walgreens spokeswoman Carol Hively said. Walgreens also owns property 10 blocks west, across the street from Cottonwood Mall. 'We carefully choose our locations based on a great deal of research and this location makes sense to us as the demand for prescription drugs increases,' Hively added. 'As we continue through this process, we're optimistic about coming up with a mutually satisfactory resolution.' That sounds so nice, so reasonable, so disingenuous..."
-> According to a July 17th WKYT=27 story, "Fayette and Jessamine Counties are working together to make bicycling and walking from place to place easier and safer. The plan is to join in the National Complete Streets Movement. The idea is to rethink and redesign the transportation corridors so traveling on foot or on bike is just as safe and easy as by car. That means making some significant changes all over town.
"The plan calls for adding more bike lanes, widening and adding sidewalks, changing traffic light patterns and more time for people to cross. It's a 20 year plan in which they plan to add bike and pedestrian connectors from north to south and another from east to west in Lexington and they hope to connect the two counties when it's all said and done..."
-> In a July 23rd Newark Advocate column, L.B. WHYDE wrote, "As I teased in the last column, this week's subject is walking paths. No, not the bike path, but new walking paths from the high school to Hanover Village Market. Construction will begin this fall. This all came about from the survey that Hanover Mayor Duane Flowers and the village administrators sent out more than a year ago. In that survey, people were asked what they would like to see in the village in the future. The biggest request was for fireworks, which we had for our Independence Day celebration. The second-biggest request was for walking paths away from the main drag of town, which does seem many times like a drag-racing strip.
"Village administrators took the request to heart and started checking into available grants. They found out the Ohio Department of Transportation actually has a 'Safe Routes To School' program, which gives kids within a two-mile radius of a school a safe way to get there. They already have a $30,000 grant and the right-of-way to take the path from the high school, through Hainsview to Fleming Drive, just behind the market.
-> According to a July 24th Star Tribune article, "Sunday mornings in downtown Savage look nothing like they did a year ago. A vacant lot off Hwy. 13 used to clash with new brick housing and retail space the city has built in the past decade to restart the heart of Savage's historic but downtrodden downtown. Then the city paved the parking lot, the town reclaimed its old train depot from Murphy's Landing in Shakopee and a coffee shop opened inside. And, as of last month, nearly three dozen growers from the St. Paul Farmers Market show up early every Sunday to unpack crates of corn and squash, strawberries and flowers. The market -- one of 17 satellite locations run by the St. Paul Growers' Association -- has prompted nearby businesses to extend weekend hours and attracted hordes of shoppers.
"'It's given Savage the exposure it's always needed,' said resident Joyce Bohn, who found a table in the bustling Dan Patch Coffee Depot after picking up a cabbage and potatoes at the market on a recent Sunday. Savage is just the latest in a string of Twin Cities suburbs that have wooed the St. Paul Farmers Market, which first ventured into the suburbs more than 20 years ago with a satellite in Burnsville...'We had a vision for the Heart of the City, but nothing had happened, and we were trying to think of ways to bring awareness to that part of the city,' Delmoro said. The market, which later moved into the parking lot of a largely vacant mall that later became Burnsville High School Senior Campus, did just that. 'It brought a great melting pot where people of all nationalities and all walks of life gathered to buy produce.'..."
[Ed. Note: Montana's Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO), has published several useful documents on farmers' markets. One report, "Farmers' Markets, Enriching Communities Across Montana," is available as a downloadable 5.7mb pdf. To see a listing of their offerings, go to: http://tinyurl.com/36ntuv ]
-> According to a July 24th City Pages article, "Local sax man Chris Thomson looked comfortable enough onstage sitting in with Branford and Delfeayo Marsalis at Orchestra Hall last month. But three years earlier, he couldn't blow a note. Riding his bicycle one day with his saxophone on his back, Thomson collided with a car -- 'the guy ran a stop sign,' he says -- and the musician hit the pavement face first, chipping three of his front teeth.
"For a while, the Grand Forks native was afraid to walk down the street, much less climb on a bike again. 'I didn't like being a pedestrian,' he says. 'I couldn't trust anyone who was driving. Eventually I got over it -- I'm an avid cyclist now.' Even with crowns on his teeth, he couldn't play for months.
"So Thomson turned to laptop composition while laid up, digging on Autechre and Oval -- the electronic music previously introduced to him by his friends in Poor Line Condition. The result is an arresting new self-released CD, The Three Elements, which recalls the spacey acoustic/electronic mood swings of Juana Molina, but with sax instead of voice. (Thomson still performs jazz, and appears with a trio on Friday at Cafe Maude.)..."
-> According to a July 22nd Albany Times Union article, "The Generation X mantra, 'There is more to life than work,' ticker tapes through my head every time I sit down to write for WorkBytes. I suspect this Gen Xer is not alone in that thought. Most of what I read in the news on the economic development front says the key to attracting and retaining young talent centers around job creation. But while job creation is important, by itself it's a poor measure of economic vitality. Efforts to create jobs should be focused on high-paying ones in multiple sectors of the economy -- not just high-tech. At the same time, we should be increasing the number of available service-sector jobs so as to reach the entire skill set of the work force of our local economy. The continued narrow focus on the old economic development strategy of creating jobs to attract new people and retain the current work force is not an effective strategy to attract and retain young professionals.
"We're challenging this conventional approach with a new paradigm, 'Live first, work second.' Next Generation Consulting, a Madison, Wis.-based research firm that specializes in strategies to attract and retain young talent, surveyed 20,000 college-educated young professionals ages 20-40 and found that living in a 'cool' community is as important if not more important than a good job. It reinforces what I know to be true in the Capital Region: that Gen Xers and Millenials here want to create a 'cool' community. Direct investment by the private and public sectors to support arts and entertainment options, and to offer innovations in housing, public spaces and walkable districts to connect living space to business and to the waterfront, are important..."
"They've seen how it's done in Duluth and Suwanee. The dancing fountains. The high-end boutiques. The chic bistros. It's just not Lilburn. Here one of the main draws downtown is the strawberry cake served up in healthy slices at the Blue Rooster Cafe, where the traffic gets gridlocked around noon. On good days, the lunch crowd lingers. Some trickle into shops nearby. Others zip across the railroad tracks without noticing the tiny shopping district downtown at all. If you blink, you might not see it. 'Everyone asks what is Lilburn known for, what makes it unique,' says Mayor Jack Bolton. 'Great schools, affordable housing. That's what most of us have come here for.' If city officials and a local developer have their way, however, shopping and downtown luxury living soon will be added to the list of Lilburn's assets. Wexelberry at Old Town plans to develop a community with retail shops and trendy condos on Main Street near City Hall."
"The development will round out the offerings at the Shops of Old Town Lilburn and provide a retail district on both sides of the street. 'It was designed to feel like it's been here 100 years,' said Naomi Wexel, vice president of marketing for Wexelberry at Old Town. The development will feature three main buildings -- Merchants Row at Lilburn Town Center, Park View and Gallery Lofts. Merchants Row will contain 26,500 square feet of retail space, and Gallery Lofts will have 6,000 square feet of space for shops. The entire development will have 50 to 70 lofts and condos. The units will cost in the $250,000 range and more. 'We hope to have buildings coming out of the ground in the next eight to nine months,' said Dan Wexel, managing member of Wexelberry at Old Town. 'Lilburn Town Center will create a beautiful, vibrant gathering place for the community to shop, eat, walk and mingle.'..."
-> According to a July 23rd State Journal article, "Major crime has dropped more than 20 percent in the Genesee neighborhood, according to Lansing police data from this year and 2006. It's the first hard evidence that traffic barriers, a community police officer or both may be helping to reduce crime in this central Lansing community of nearly 400 working-class homes. 'We still have prostitutes, drug dealers, but not as much,' said North Sycamore Street resident Colleen Beeman. 'I've seen it slow down in our neighborhood. I'm sure it has shifted or moved.' In January, temporary traffic barriers were installed in two locations around a single block at the northeast corner of the Genesee neighborhood.
"The barriers, which are being converted into permanent curbs, were meant to restrict the flow of outside traffic entering the neighborhood and cut down on drug crime. Within three weeks of installing the temporary barriers, a community policing officer was assigned to patrol the area, increasing the department's presence. Since installation of the barriers and the additional officer, year-over-year crime has dropped in Genesee. From February through June 2007 in Genesee, police fielded 62 reports of crime in categories such as drug sales and felony burglaries. That compares to 78 reports for the same five-month period in 2006...The drug statistics raise questions about whether the perfect strategy has been found.
"Some residents, for example, question whether the barriers were necessary. Sixty-eight-year-old Gretchen Cochran, who lives at North Sycamore and West Shiawassee streets in the Genesee neighborhood, has tolerated the barricades and is willing to live with the permanent curbs that restrict westbound traffic on Lapeer and southbound traffic on North Sycamore. But she thinks limiting movement is wrong, and she doesn't want her community to become walled off. Instead, she wants the focus to be on making the Saginaw corridor friendlier to pedestrians. 'If you make it a walkable community along Saginaw,' she said, 'the criminals will feel unwelcome.'..."
-> According to a July 24th Star article, "The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, for now marked by orange construction cones along Alabama Street, takes a big step forward next week with the addition of decorative paving. The latest in a series of regular progress reports on the trail was scheduled for noon at the Indiana History Center. The first phase of the 7.5-mile urban bike and pedestrian path is under construction on Alabama Street between Market and North streets. Today the path is concrete. But crews are expected to begin putting down asphalt and concrete 'pavers,' similar to paving stones, next week, said Gail Swanstrom, a manager on the project.
"The first phase of the trail should be ready for use this fall, but the decorative plantings, a major attraction for the project, will be ready next spring. The entire project is scheduled for completing in 2009. 'Everything is on track,' Swanstrom said today. 'Where there used to be parking or a lane of traffic, there will be a separate trail as wide as 25 feet, which includes a buffer area, an actual trail and $2 million worth of public art.'..."
-> According to a July 24th Grist article, "In 'Center points: Urban lifestyle gains foothold in growing list of suburbs,' a Chicago Tribune journalist describes the beginnings of a new phenomenon that could have a bigger impact than better CAFE standards, carbon taxes, or cap-and-trade of emissions, in my humble opinion: walkable town centers. If people could actually walk from their residence to a store, train station, or even work, perhaps the constant rise in miles driven in automobiles would start to come down:
"At opposite ends of the generational spectrum, Baby Boomers and buyers in their 20s are getting credit for supporting the emergence of suburban centers where people live close to restaurants, stores, theaters and even boutique hotels and spas. The key is to find housing that is an integral part of a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. If you've read James Howard Kunstler's books on suburbia, 'Geography of Nowhere' or 'Home from Nowhere,' written in the 1990s, you will know that attempting any kind of mixed-use zoning -- that is, having residences mixed in with stores and commercial space -- is almost always prohibited by the zoning laws. Now, perhaps, the tide is turning..."
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"OUR APPEARANCE ON JUDGE JUDY"
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-> "THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF BICYCLING..."
-> "MANUAL FOR STREETS"
-> "THE MANUAL FOR STREETS: EVIDENCE AND RESEARCH"
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-> 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: <firstname.lastname@example.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: <email@example.com>. http://tinyurl.com/ynrex3
10-12, 2007, Bike!Bike! Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. Info:
24-26, 2007, Thunderhead Training, Los Angeles, CA. Info:
-> 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.
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.
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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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: <email@example.com>
-> September 20-22, 2007, 9th Annual Virginia Bike Walk Conference, Williamsburg, VA. Info: Stephanie Smith, Virginia SRTS Network Organizer, BikeWalk Virginia, PO Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203; phone: 757-229-0507; cell: 757-871-8639; fax: 757-259-2372; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
28-29, 2007, Healthy Trails, Healthy Communities conference, Rochester,
NY. Info: Parks & Trails New York, (518) 434-1583.
1-4, 2007, Walk21 International Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada. Info:
5-7, 2007, Thunderhead Training, plus lobby training Oct. 8 and Hill visits
Oct. 9, 2007, Washington, DC. Info:
-> October 17, 2007, Moving Together 2007, The Annual Massachusetts
Bicycling & Walking Conference, Boston, MA. Info: The Baystate Roads
Program at (413) 545-2604;
5-7, 2007. 1st National Safe Routes to School Conference: Creating, Building
and Sustaining Momentum, Dearborn, MI. Info:
9-12, 2007, Mid America Trails & Greenways Conference, Chicago, IL.
Info: phone: (312) 427-4256
-> 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
-> JOBS -- BIKE-ED INTERNS -- CASCADE BICYCLE CLUB, SEATTLE WA
The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation is seeking three AmeriCorps interns:
Each will work closely with the education department to help run youth, adult, and community programs. Kids' programs, such as camps, school-based programs, and events focus on skill-building, safety, education and fun. Adult programs include skills classes, helmet sales, Bike to Work Month and Ambassadors (who provide information to community members). The AmeriCorps member(s) will help manage youth and adult programming and bike maintenance for our school bikes to provide opportunities for community members to build their love of bicycling and become better cyclists. Members choose position working with adults or kids based on their interests. Apply by August 1, 2007.
For full position descriptions and application information, see
-> RFP -- LIABILITY ASPECTS OF BIKEWAY DESIGNATIONS -- NCHRP
TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has issued a request for proposals to provide general information regarding legal risks to transportation entities and officials associated with designating public bikeways.
-> 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
-> 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.
-> SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
The non-profit Bikes Belong Foundation seeks a detailed-oriented and motivated professional with proven administrative, project management and implementation experience to work as a team-player for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership, a coalition of more than 300 organizations.
The Program Associate will coordinate administrative work for the Partnership, including maintaining/updating the website and our Filemaker Pro database. The position also includes writing, research and telephone/email contact with advocates, Departments of Transportation, local governmental officials, and more. The full job description is available at this web link: www.saferoutespartnership.org
The Program Associate starts at 30 hours/week at a rate of $30,000/year plus health and vacation benefits. The place of employment will be your home office. A computer and telephone will be provided. Submit your application by July 30 at 9 PM pacific daylight time to be considered
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