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#191 Thursday, December 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.

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F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- What's That In The Road...Ahead?
----- Correction: 2009 Trans. Reauthorization Article
----- APBP Develops Complete Streets Workshops
----- Connecticut Awards $1M in Safe Routes Grants
----- Streetsblog's "Streetsies" Highlight Bike/Ped Gains, Losses
----- Walk21 Barcelona 2008 Presentation Proposals Due 2/8/08


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----- New York (NY) Tests Bike Program on Governor's Island
----- Houston (TX) Installing 480 Ped Countdown Signals
----- Survey Finds Parents Don't Admit Kids are Fat
----- New Orleans (LA) Oak Street Biz District Blooming
----- Monroe (GA) Welcomes Student's Bike Rack Project
----- Flexible Work Allows Millions to Travel Less
----- The Joy of Sacramento (CA) Complete Streets
----- Mt. Pleasant (IA) Seeks Downtown Hwy Make-Over Funds
----- Kimberly (WI) Pushes Pedestrian Safety Improvements
----- Jackson Hole (WY) Debates "Complete Streets" Options

FEATURES

WHAT'S THAT IN THE ROAD...AHEAD?
Bill Wilkinson

-> For the past several years, I've asked the members of the NCBW's staff to share some year-end/going-forward thoughts ... and they may do so in the next issue. But I thought I'd give them a break for the holidays, and take this opportunity to ramble a bit with some inside/outside the Beltway (i.e., Washington, DC) musings on the coming year(s).

To set the stage: right now, we're in fiscal year 2008 on the Federal calendar (1 Oct 2007 - 30 Sept 2008). So, on 1 Oct 2008, we will begin FY 2009 -- the last year of the current Federal transportation legislation, SAFETEA-LU. What this means is that process known as reauthorization is well under way and will be building up steam as we go through 2008.

I think the next reauthorization could well be as significant -- if not more so -- as the process that resulted in ISTEA in 1991. Much attention is being given (at least here at Ground Zero) to the question of how to fund transportation needs going forward. One catch phrase is "the trust fund is broken." Soon, various commissions will be reporting out their suggestions. Add to this the Minnesota bridge collapse and the renewed attention to "our crumbling infrastructure." (Why are some folks acting like this is a big surprise -- it has been a well-documented fact that many elements of not just our transportation system, but other key elements of our public infrastructure as well, are reaching the end of their service life.)

And, some interesting back stories are developing:

  • The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report card lumps together rehab and restoration needs (3R-type projects) with what they call "capacity deficiencies" to produce their estimates for needed investments in infrastructure.
  • AASHTO's new "vision" for our transportation future boils down to doubling the size of the Interstate Highway System.
  • The Administration (via the Secretary of Transportation) is calling for turning the whole thing over to the "private sector" -- at least those parts of our system that are thought to have the potential to be moneymakers ... for some corporation; "We the People" will no doubt get to keep all money losers.
  • There is also some discussion taking place on a wholesale restructuring of the Federal transportation legislation to shift from a category-based to a performance-based approach.

The big question is: How will "performance" be defined? Will it be framed as "efficiently and effectively increasing capacity?" Doubling the size of the Interstate System? Lots more of the same? A sort of Thelma and Louise exit strategy for transportation? Or, will the broad range of society's interests -- public health, seniors, children, environmental protection, social justice, and more -- come to the table and add their voices to the definition of "need" that in turn serves to define "performance?"

Earlier this month, I took part in a day-long meeting of the Board of Directors of America Bikes -- the coalition of bicycle-oriented national organizations that champions the needs and desires of cyclists in this reauthorization process. For a full day, in a meeting room with a view of the White House, 20 of the "gray-heads" of our movement talked strategy ... and there was barely any mention of transportation enhancements, safe routes to school, or other categorical funding programs. Instead, the focus was on the need for a new direction for transportation in this country.

We recognized that any new approach to transportation systems and services must be designed to meet our collective, long-term needs and desires for access; for sustainability; for mobility for seniors, children, and people with disabilities; for economic viability; for equity; for public health; for energy independence; and to help fulfill our global responsibilities.

And, we know that doing so -- doing what really needs to be done -- will not only benefit bicycling and walking, but can be accomplished only by making a concerted effort to realize the full potential of bicycling and walking to serve a broad array of community and individual needs. We need an approach to transportation development that incorporates a "Title IX" philosophy: to make the investments needed to provide parity in the opportunity to choose among modes. We can't afford to be auto-dependent for virtually all of our trips: we need a more redundant system with real mode choices to help us make a major, sustained mode shift.

And, the reauthorization process that is upon us is the time to put the pieces in place to take us in this new, exciting, essential direction.

CORRECTION: 2009 TRANS. REAUTHORIZATION ARTICLE

-> In CenterLines #190, an article entitled "2009 Surface Trans. Program Reauthorization Coming!," included the wrong web address for the FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian, Trails, and Enhancements team's collection of reauthorization ideas and comments. The correct address is: http://tinyurl.com/2yfe2b

APBP DEVELOPS COMPLETE STREETS WORKSHOPS

-> The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is a member of the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC). Under Barbara McCann’s able leadership, the NCSC has grown to include heavyweights such as American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) the American Planning Association (APA) the Institute of Transportation Engineers ( ITE) and others. APBP member Michael Ronkin is spearheading APBP’s contribution to the complete streets coalition by developing workshops focusing on policy development and implementation. Michael’s expertise as the retired Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the State of Oregon brings the professional’s view to what is a growing national conversation.

Watch for this exciting new workshop and train-the-trainer opportunities at APBP in 2008, an organization on the move! The APBP website is at http://www.apbp.org. You can also hear an interview with Kit Keller, APBP's executive director, as she discusses some of the APBP's new programs in this week's issue of the CenterLines podcast at: http://podcast.bikewalk.org/

CONNECTICUT AWARDS $1M IN SAFE ROUTES GRANTS

-> According to a Dec. 13th news release, "The Connecticut Department of Transportation announces the award of nearly $1 million in funds from the Federal Highway Administration's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program for infrastructure projects...Local communities walking and biking to nine (9) schools will be supported by the construction of the following infrastructure projects:

- Town of Bethel: Sidewalk, sight distance and crosswalk improvements at F.A. Berry, Anna Rockwell, RMT Johnson, and Bethel Middle Schools.
- Town of Columbia: Multiuse trail installation on Route 87 from local neighborhoods to Horace W. Porter School.
- City of New Britain: Sidewalk construction, curb ramp installation, crosswalks and signage at Northend Elementary School
- Town of Fairfield: Traffic calming measures, sidewalk construction; installation of handicap accessible ramps, school zone signs and crosswalks at Ludlowe Middle School, Tomlinson Middle School, and Riverfield Elementary School."

For more program information, contact Sharon P. Okoye, at <Sharon.Okoye@po.state.ct.us> or (860) 594-2367 or visit the Connecticut SRTS website:
http://www.ctsaferoutes.org/

STREETSBLOG'S "STREETSIES" HIGHLIGHT BIKE/PED GAINS, LOSSES

-> According to a Dec. 25th NYC Streets Renaissance's Streetsblog article, "All in all it was a great year for New York City's Livable Streets Movement. Here are [just a few of] the winners of our 2007 awards...
- "Best Livable Streets Project: The Ninth Avenue bike lane, Chelsea.
- "Best New Public Space: DUMBO's Pearl Street Pocket Park. Honorable mention: Chelsea's Meat Market Plaza.
- "Best Pedestrian Project: Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza. Honorable mention: Jewel Avenue, Fresh Meadows, Queens.
- "Best Bicycle Project: Curbside automobile parking space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is replaced by bike racks.
- "Best Incremental Gain: Expansion of the Car-Free Space/Time Continuum in both Central and Prospect Parks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3ato6l

WALK21 BARCELONA 2008 PRESENTATION PROPOSALS DUE 2/8/08

-> In a recent note, Maria Thorson, Director of Barcelona Walk 21, wrote, "Catalunya Camina and the City of Barcelona are proud to co host the 9th annual Walk21 conference, Walk21 Barcelona 2008: "Walk with Barcelona ' a moving city.' This exciting conference will bring together hundreds of delegates from around the world, including leaders from government, academia, the private sector, non-profit, community, and advocacy groups as well as professionals, practitioners, politicians and advocates in the disciplines of transportation, planning, design and health. The conference themes -- Political Vision, Civic Pride and Technical Expertise -- reflect our desire to make this a conference that focuses on the relationships that enable people to develop sustainable and vibrant healthy communities, where people can and do choose to walk.

"Pre- and post-conference workshops and activities will be held and there will be a range of walkshops offered as part of the conference itself. An International Active and Safe Routes to School Forum will be held on the pre-conference day and a Youth Forum, organized by young people for young people, will take place during the conference. In association with FEVR a forum on pedestrian accidents and victims shall be convened. The results of these conference related activities will be presented to the conference.

"Papers, presenters and workshop proposals are now being sought for Walk21 Barcelona that can provide insight, guidance and support within each of the conference themes, from local to international levels. Submissions must be forwarded to the following mail address: <papers@barcelonawalk21.com> by Friday February 8th 2008."

Maria Thorson, Director, Barcelona Walk 21
Diputacio 211, entresol
08011 Barcelona (Spain)
T. +34 93 301 37 78
<info@barcelonawalk21.com>
http://www.barcelonawalk21.com

 


QUOTES R US

-> "This innovative first step ensures [New York] won't be left off the list of major cities that are using bike-share programs to provide green and convenient transportation."
-- Paul Steely White, Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives
http://tinyurl.com/2lltd7

"Yahoo encourages the use of a zero-emission vehicle owned by one billion people on this planet -- the bicycle."
-- Yahoo!
http://tinyurl.com/26devr


STATS R US

-> "Breakfast, the meal most apt to be eaten at home, now accounts for more than 25 percent of U.S. business for McDonald's."
http://tinyurl.com/2fhznz

-> "More than 90 percent of [McDonald's] restaurants have extended hours -- beyond the regular 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. -- and almost 35 percent are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, up from less than 10 percent just five years ago."
http://tinyurl.com/2fhznz

 


IN THE NEWS

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NEW YORK (NY) TESTS BIKE PROGRAM ON GOVERNOR'S ISLAND

-> According to a Dec. 26th AMNew York article, "New York City used to be so notorious for bicycle thefts that one company started marketing a heavy-duty security device called the 'New York Lock.' Now, for the first time, the city is planning to discourage thieves by loaning out bikes for free -- albeit within the limited confines of Governors Island. As part of its $400 million renovation of the former Coast Guard base, the city has contracted Dutch design firm West 8 to build new parks and promenades on the island. West 8 will also build 3,000 wooden bicycles for free use by visitors to the island, which is just a 10-minute free ferry ride from downtown Manhattan.

"The renovations on Governors Island, including the free bike share program, are expected to be completed by 2012. The island is open during summer weekends. The bike share program mirrors one in Paris, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited in September. For a small fee, Parisians can pick up a public bike in one part of the city and drop it off in another. More than five million rides were taken in the program's first three months. 'You have to hand it to the people of Paris,' Bloomberg said at the time of his visit. 'They are willing to try new things. Some will work and some won't. This obviously has worked, and we have to do the same thing.'..."

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Title: "City testing bike program on Governor's Island"
Author: Justin Rocket Silverman

HOUSTON (TX) INSTALLING 480 PED COUNTDOWN SIGNALS

-> According to a Dec. 26th KTRK-TV story, "New high tech traffic signals are being installed in downtown Houston with the hope of preventing pedestrian accidents along METRO's light rail route. METRO recently began upgrades to traffic signals along the light rail route. This includes replacing 480 pedestrian traffic signals with new countdown pedestrian signals, and the pedestrian push buttons with new ones that flash a red light and beep to acknowledge the request for a walk phase. 'People can make a better decision about crossing the street if they know how much time they have,' said Walter Langford III, METRO senior project manager of traffic signal projects. 'The countdown time depends on the width of the street and the traffic signal timings.'

"Along the rail system the pedestrians must push the push buttons to receive a walk light, otherwise the traffic signal will provide the walk time to the traffic. The upgraded signals will last longer and provide more reliability and reducing maintenance costs. 'The new buttons are more resistant to vandalism,' said Langford. 'They are designed so that they can't be jammed; they are resistant to fire and ice, and can withstand severe impacts from baseball bats and hammers.'..."

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Title: "New high tech walk signals coming to downtown"
Author: Staff

SURVEY FINDS PARENTS DON'T ADMIT KIDS ARE FAT

-> According to a Dec. 25th U.S. News & World Report article, "Despite ongoing reports of the global obesity epidemic, many American parents whose children are obese do not see it, a new survey finds. The survey of 2,060 adults, conducted by Internet research firm Knowledge Networks, collected height and weight measurements on the children from their parents, then used that to calculate body mass index. When a child's BMI was higher than the 95th percentile for children who are the same age and gender, the child was considered obese.

"Among parents with an obese, or extremely overweight, child between 6 and 11 years old, 43 percent said their child was 'about the right weight,' 37 percent said their child was 'slightly overweight,' and 13 percent said 'very overweight.' Others said 'slightly underweight.' For those with an obese teen between 12 and 17 years old, the survey found more awareness of weight as a problem. Fifty-six percent said their child was 'slightly overweight,' 31 percent responded 'very overweight,' 11 percent said 'about the right weight,' and others said 'slightly underweight.'

"'The findings suggest to me that parents of younger kids believe that their children will grow out of their obesity, or something will change at older ages,' said Dr. Matthew M. Davis, a University of Michigan professor of pediatrics and internal medicine who led the recently released study, the Associated Press reported. Parental denial about their kids' weight is worrisome, experts say, because obese children run the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems and other ailments more commonly found in adults. U.S. government statistics estimate that 9 million adolescents (17 percent of the population) are overweight and 80 percent of overweight adolescents grow up to be obese adults. Childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1970..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3xhyhn
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Title: "Survey Finds Parents Don't Admit Kids Are Fat"
Author: editors of HealthDay

NEW ORLEANS (LA) OAK STREET BIZ DISTRICT BLOOMING

-> According to a Dec. 24th CityBusiness article, "It's more than the softshell crabs at Jacques-Imo's and the Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf attracting people to Oak Street. These days, people are also heading to the neighborhood center for clothing, home decor, even gelato. Some customers lug their purchases home to the 3-year-old luxury condo complex at 8416 Oak St. Oak Street, once a vibrant shopping district likened to Canal Street in its heyday, is in the midst of a renaissance as evidenced by more than a dozen new businesses along the eight-block corridor, planned aesthetic and infrastructure improvements and a new organizational structure charting a path for renewal. 'Our stock is really rising here,' said Marilyn Kearney, manager of Oak Street Main Street, a designation obtained about a year ago through the state and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 'There's a buzz in the air. There's a lot of areas post-Katrina that are either going to come back in full force or they're not going to make it.'

"Sheva DeMatteo is casting a vote of confidence in the resurgence. DeMatteo, a bank manager, bought an empty building on the street in November because 'I wanted to be part of Oak Street's revitalization,' he said as he took his electrician on a tour of the lofted space with exposed brick walls he hopes to rent to a high-end clothing business. Merchants such as Kay Danne testify to Oak Street's revival. Danne owns the 21-year-old designer consignment clothing store On the Other Hand. She set up shop on Oak four years ago after relocating from nearby Hampson Street when her landlord sold her former building to a condo developer. 'It was kind of barren,' Danne said of Oak Street at the time. 'There wasn't too much activity. Now, it's just really blossoming.' Oak Street's recent success is spurred by the organization of devoted merchants and residents. The Main Street program required four committees form to drive development. The committees are dedicated to organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion.

"Out of these committees sprang the first Po-Boy Festival, which drew an estimated 10,000 people Nov. 18; a new slogan, Only on Oak; and a Web site, http://www.onlyonoak.com, where a directory of 60-plus businesses can be found along with upcoming events and T-shirts and other branded merchandise for sale. 'You at this point have a much stronger alliance between (Oak Street) residents and merchants than ever before,' said Dana Eness, director of the Urban Conservancy, a New Orleans-based nonprofit working to preserve and revive urban communities. The Urban Conservancy helped Oak Street merchants apply to the Main Street program and is acting as the Oak Street Association's fiscal agent while it waits for approval of its 501c3 status. 'They are working together on a shared vision of Oak Street as a walkable, vibrant shopping district,' Eness said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/36d87o
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Title: "Oak Street renaissance returns shine to shopping strip"
Author: Emilie Bahr

For more on the National Trust Main Street Center, go to:
http://www.mainstreet.org/

MONROE (GA) WELCOMES STUDENT'S BIKE RACK PROJECT

-> According to a Dec. 26th Walton Tribune article, "It's not every day a high school project becomes a permanent fixture on city streets, but Monroe Area High School junior Brian Hopper can say his did. The 17-year-old's design for a bicycle rack in his agriculture mechanics III class is now part of the city's landscape. At least two of the black, cage-like racks have been placed in front of Broad Street storefronts. 'Anything I can do to help the city, I'll do,' Hopper said of his project. Hopper's teacher, Dale R. Carpentier, said the idea for the project began last spring when he heard the city's Downtown Development Authority wanted to add bike racks and fences around the numerous flower planters downtown.

"After meeting with DDA Design Committee Member Michelle Osborne, Carpentier decided he could help out. '(Hopper) and I went to one of their meetings and we came up with a rough idea of what the (DDA) wanted,' Carpentier said. 'Brian and I discussed different designs and then Brian set to work on the computer and made a prototype design. I obtained the metal and Brian built the prototype. We took it to the (DDA) meeting in the spring and left it there for them to discuss and refine.'

"Hopper, who said fellow students Elizabeth Dabney and Allyn Jones were a big help with the project, used about $127 worth of square-tubing steel for the racks, two of which are outside the Blue Marley Cafe and Broad Street Realty. DDA members liked what they saw. 'The space is now more aesthetically pleasing and functions as protection for plants and a place to park bikes,' Osborne said. 'The relationship between the schools and the community should be a symbiotic one. This is an inspiring example of how engaging our younger citizens builds and strengthens our communities while making a positive impact on the downtown environment.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yt6b4a
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Title: "Monroe welcomes bike rack project"
Author: Brian Arrington

FLEXIBLE WORK ALLOWS MILLIONS TO TRAVEL LESS

-> According to a Dec. 26th Cleantechblog.com entry, "Great organizations are improving employee productivity, increasing retention of key people, and often saving millions of dollars annually. We admire corporations that contribute to the triple bottom line: people, profits, and planet. Flexible work and flexible transportation programs are enabling great employers to achieve all three. In the Oil and Coal Age, everyone drove solo during gridlock hours to their one work location to toil over their designated machine. Now people are most effective working some days at one location, other times at home, others at a customer or supplier location. We are becoming increasingly flexible and mobile. We can take advantage of the new flexible workplace solutions to annually save hundreds of wasted hours, thousands of gallons of wasted gas, and pocket thousands of dollars...

"[Thirty-seven percent] of Yahoo! headquarters employees get to work without driving solo, reported Danielle Bricker with Yahoo during my interview with her. Yahoo's Commute Alternatives Program is comprehensive, popular, and getting results. As one of two dedicated Commute Coordinators at Yahoo, Danielle practices what she preaches. For four years, she has commuted 90-miles daily without owning a car. She commutes by train, walking to the station at one end, and boarding a Yahoo shuttle for the last mile to work. Living in San Francisco, Daniel will occasionally use CityCarShare to travel a distance at night, or when shopping at multiple locations requires carrying heavier loads..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/26devr
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Title: "Flexible Work"
Author: John Addison

THE JOY OF SACRAMENTO (CA) COMPLETE STREETS

-> In a Dec. 21st Op-Ed, Lea Brooks, president of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, writes, "In October, the city transformed 19th and 21st streets in midtown Sacramento from hostile, car-dominated thoroughfares to 'complete streets' that accommodate bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists. It was a small but significant step toward making Sacramento a more livable community. Sacramento put 19th and 21st streets on a "road diet" from three one-way lanes for motorists to two one-way lanes, with bicycle lanes on both sides. Overnight, these streets switched from being intimidating to safe, convenient and pleasant routes for bicyclists of all abilities. I am optimistic the city will expand this trend in the downtown grid next year and set an example for our entire region.

"Complete streets create more livable communities by slowing and reducing traffic and welcoming hundreds of bicyclists who pedal to work and other destinations every day in midtown. When bicyclists have designated lanes on the street, we have no reason to ride on the sidewalks and no longer pose a danger to pedestrians and disabled people. Street design that encourages bicycling and walking reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse gases and helps the region meet stringent state and federal air quality standards. More bicycling and walking to school, jobs and other destinations, especially trips of two miles or less, will help turn around the obesity epidemic that threatens our population with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Our region must start making land-use and transportation decisions that also consider the impact of global warming..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/29vkyu
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Title: "Reflections: The joy of Sacramento's complete streets"
Author: Lea Brooks

MT. PLEASANT (IA) SEEKS DOWNTOWN HWY MAKE-OVER FUNDS

-> According to a Dec. 26th News article, "The city of Mt. Pleasant has big plans for Old Highway 34. It is seeking the aid of funding from the federal Surface Transportation Program for a raft of improvements designed to improve the safety and aesthetics of this three that runs through the center of town. At its Dec. 19 meeting, the Mt. Pleasant City Council approved an application for STP funds to assist with Phase 2 improvements on Washington Street, which would cover the half-mile between Marion Street and Locust Street, including the center of town. The estimated cost for this phase is $2,17 million.

"The city is seeking $733,000, or about one third of the sum, from STP funds. Since the city acquired the former Highway 34 from the Iowa Department of Transportation in 2005, the council has been planning an extensive set of improvements along the length of the street. Improvements to other sections of the street are in various stages of planning as well. The application cited pedestrian and traffic safety as the focus of the improvements, which it named as the city's highest priority..."

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Title: "City plans Washington Street revamp"
Author: Erik Owomoyela

KIMBERLY (WI) PUSHES PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

-> According to a Dec. 21st Post-Crescent article, "Local government and nonprofit groups last year began a collaborative push for a safer pedestrian route along high traffic Outagamie County CE. The village of Kimberly in January committed to paying up to one-third of the cost of a $550,000 pedestrian underpass beneath CE near Railroad Street. Supporters of the project said the underpass would create safer pedestrian travel for those living in Buchanan, Harrison and the Emons Acres subdivision. The subdivision sits across the county road from the remainder of Kimberly. It also would create a walking path to the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly.

"Those north of County CE would gain safer pedestrian access to Regal Cinemas and shopping centers. Underpasses already are in place beneath CE in Combined Locks and Kaukauna. A number of groups have a stake in the Kimberly project. The village, Kimberly schools, the towns of Buchanan and Harrison and the Outagamie County Highway Department are among the government groups that have participated. The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is involved, as well as the YMCA and Fox Cities Greenways Inc..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/35hcny
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Title: "Efforts to build Outagamie CE underpass continue"
Author: Jim Collar

JACKSON HOLE (WY) DEBATES "COMPLETE STREETS" OPTIONS

-> According to a Dec. 17th Daily article, "The Jackson Town Council this afternoon will discuss major reconstruction plans for the five-way intersection of Broadway Avenue, Pearl Avenue and Flat Creek Drive. The workshop meeting may be the only opportunity for the public to provide input on the plans for Jackson's busiest and likely most congested intersection. Plans for the new-look gateway to Jackson have not been finalized but will likely include an additional turning lane, wider sidewalks on both sides of Broadway, some landscaped medians and trees planted along the roadway. The Town of Jackson will contribute about $1.2 million to the project for improvements to the water and sewer lines and pedestrian amenities. Plans do not include any lanes or pathways specifically designed for bicyclists but will include expanded shoulder areas designed to provide opportunities for expert riders to negotiate the intersection.

"Tim Young, executive director of Friends of Pathways, said his group has long advocated for the inclusion of a bike lane in the rebuilding project. Town staff members have repeatedly said they have designed the project around a "complete streets" model, which calls for the inclusion of cyclists and pedestrians in transportation planning. Despite that assertion, there is not a bike lane included in the project. In addition, Young said his organization would like to see a full environmental analysis with a public comment period and a range of possible alternatives. The Wyoming Department of Transportation plans to proceed with the project under a 'categorical exclusion,' which does not require public comment, WYDOT engineer Pete Halsten said in an interview last week..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/375mf9
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Title: "Town to mull 5-way fate"
Author: Noah Brenner

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

ALCHEMY GOODS -- TURNING USELESS INTO USEFUL

"Alchemy Goods bags are, quite literally, recycled. They're waterproof and the durable rubber exterior won't easily stain. These are amazing, strong bags that you will be proud to own. To prove it, this page will take you through the process of how we make your messenger bag, from junk to funk. The first thing we do is gather the materials. Seattle bike shops are cool enough to hook us up with used inner tubes that eventually become your bag's exterior. Each inner tube has distinctive details, like patches, logos and various textures. We leave these in so you can see that each bag is truly recycled and thus, unique.

"To create the ultra-comfortable and totally durable Alchemy Goods strap, we hit local junkyards in search of cars that no longer run but still have usable parts. Each bag is assembled by hand in our workshop, which is another reason that no two bags are exactly the same. We take our time examining them each step of the way to ensure that quality is never sacrificed out of haste..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/255b33


QUICK HITS

CHEBOYGAN (MI) ADDRESSES WALKABILITY OBJECTIVES
-> "...City Manager Scott McNeil is scheduled to present the city's Strategic Plan Priority No. 2 - Sidewalk Repair and Walkable Community Objective, as well as an update on the 2008 Capital Improvement Planning Process..."
http://tinyurl.com/245b7x

PEDAL POWER AT UN MEET BUCKS INDONESIA TREND
-> "Eco-friendly bicycles glide along the thoroughfares linking the luxury resorts, while representatives from nearly 190 nations are encouraged to think before they throw away their lunch wrappers and superfluous schedules. 'The bicycles, they are handy, delegates are using them ... they are faster than walking, and they are environmentally friendly,' said Salwa Dallalah, the UN's conference coordinator..."
http://tinyurl.com/ysgpsr

CONSULTANT HELPS VALPARAISO (IN) GET SAFE ROUTES $$
-> "...Another INDOT grant from the Safe Routes to School Program netted the city $100,000 for sidewalks in the area of Parkview Elementary School..."
http://tinyurl.com/2dgyl8

DALLAS (TX) CARS, TRUCKS OUTGROW PARKING SPACES
-> "Like a heavy man wedged into a pair of bicycle shorts, it's a tight fit and nobody's too happy with the result..."
http://tinyurl.com/2byckf

RIDERS REKINDLE LOVE FOR OLD-SCHOOL SINGLESPEEDS
-> "A growing number of bicyclists are going back to simpler configurations and finding the simplicity to their liking..."
http://tinyurl.com/28cq3a

 


RESOURCES

-> "UNDERSTANDING DOG OWNERS' INCREASED LEVELS OF..."
"...Physical Activity: Results From RESIDE;" by Cutt, Giles-Corti, Knuiman, Timperio, and Bull; "...Dog ownership was independently associated with physical activity and walking. Actively encouraging more dog walking may increase community physical activity levels...;" January 2008, Vol 98, No. 1 | American Journal of Public Health 66-69.
http://tinyurl.com/2sj9fk

-> "PARKING AT MIXED-USE CENTERS IN SMALL CITIES"
Paper presented by Marshall & Garrick, Univ. of CT, at Jan. 2005 TRB Annual Meeting. (1.1mb DOC file)
http://tinyurl.com/2z9j2b

 


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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-> January 13-17, 2008, TRB 87th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Info: Transportation Research Board
http://tinyurl.com/2xllyk

-> January 28-29, 2008, Implementing a Sidewalk Management System, Madison, WI. Info: Stephen Pudloski, Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 N. Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; phone: (800) 462-0876.
http://tinyurl.com/25q9cn

-> February 13-16, 2008, World Conference on the Development of Cities, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/29wclt

-> March 4-6, 2008, National Bike Summit 2008, Washington, DC. Info: League of American Bicyclists:
http://tinyurl.com/2bhcgb

-> April 20, 2008, Walk MS 2008 (Rhode Island), Bristol, Cranston, and Narragansett, RI. Info: Rhode Island Chapter of the National MS Society; phone: (401) 738-8383.
http://www.mswalkri.com

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

-> May 19-21, 2008, 13th Int'l Conf. on Urban Planning, Regional Development, and Information Society ("Real Corp 08"), Vienna, AT. Info:
http://www.corp.at/

-> August 25-27 2008, National Rural Transportation Conference, Duluth, MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2ggek9

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

-> October 21-25, 2008 National Preservation Conference, Tulsa, OK. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/32lb7y

-> November 15-18, 2008, National Trails Symposium, Little Rock AR. Info: Candace Mitchell; phone: 530-547-2060; email: <candace@americantrails.org>
http://tinyurl.com/2lu5g3


JOBS GRANTS AND RFPS

-> JOB -- SAFE ROUTES DIRECTOR -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE FED.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is seeking a Safe Routes to School Director. I have taken a promotion, and we are hoping to hire the new person by February 1, 2008. The job is posted at:
http://tinyurl.com/32j77n

Melody Geraci, Director of Programs
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
9 West Hubbard St., Suite 402
Chicago, IL 60610-6545
phone (312) 427-3325 ext. 240
fax (312) 427-4907
email <melody@biketraffic.org>
http://www.biketraffic.org/

-> JOB -- COMPLETE STREETS FELLOW -- NAT'L COMPLETE STREETS COALITION
The National Complete Streets Coalition is seeking a Complete Streets Fellow to work with a diverse coalition of prominent national organizations working for the adoption of complete streets policies across the country. This is an tremendous opportunity for a recent graduate to take on significant responsibility while learning about transportation reform issues and working directly with a variety of well-known leaders and organizations in the field.

The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $1,450 per month. The fellow be for six months, starting in January (can be flexible on start date). This position could lead to permanent employment with the National Complete Streets Coalition.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and 3 references to Stephanie Potts at <info@completestreets.org> by Friday, January 11. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis so it's best to get your application in early.

Visit: http://tinyurl.com/2qx9yn

-> JOB -- BUSINESS MANAGER -- BICYCLE COLORADO
Bicycle Colorado seeks a full-time Business Manager. Be part of the movement to improve bicycling in Colorado! Complete job description and application instructions are located online.
http://tinyurl.com/2d9v3j

-> JOB -- BICYCLE COALITION EVENT COORDINATOR (PHILADELPHIA)

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is looking for a full-time Event Coordinator to run its annual events. The primary event is Bike Philly, a car-free fun bicycling celebration drawing 2,400 bicyclists in its first year. The Event Coordinator will also run the 800-rider Bike Freedom Valley, the Light of the Moving Bikes, Bike Week and the BCGP Annual Meeting. The selected individual will be part of an action-oriented team during the first year, and is expected to take charge of these events in subsequent years.

Benefits include flexible schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave, and limited health insurance. Compensation: $30,000 to $40,000, depending on qualifications. The compensation will grow commensurate with the success and growth of the events.

Send a one- or two-page letter describing why you are the person for the job with a resume to: Alex Doty, Executive Director, BCGP, 100 S Broad St Suite 1355, Philadelphia PA 19110. For more information call Alex at 215 242-9253. Position available March 1, 2007. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

-> JOB -- REC. TRAILS PGM. COORD. -- MASS. D.C.R.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation has just posted a position for a Recreational Trails Program Coordinator. The description is on-line at:
http://tinyurl.com/2dqnfu

-> JOBS -- MISC -- COASTAL CAROLINA UNIV., CONWAY, SC
The following are job openings in Health Physical Education, and Recreation at Coastal Carolina University.

There are 4 listings:
* HPRO (Health Promotion) tenure track, 2 positions
* EXSS (Exercise Science) tenure track
* EDPE (Physical Education) tenure track (program coordinator)
* EDPE (Physical Education) lecturer

Please refer to the following website for full position descriptions
http://www.coastal.edu/employment.html

-> JOBS -- MISC -- TOOLE DESIGN GROUP, WASH. DC
Toole Design Group has immediate job openings in our Washington DC area office. We are hiring the following staff positions:
- Safe Routes to School Project Manager
- Landscape Architect
- Civil Engineer
- Planner I
- Executive Administrative Assistant

Visit our website to view the job announcements for these positions (the SRTS position will be posted next week)
http://www.tooledesign.com

-> JOB -- TRAILS ED. SPECIALIST -- FLORIDA D.E.P.
This is an opportunity for someone who is able to work independently and is a self-starter. It is a part of the Office of Greenways & Trails Recreational Trails Program. This is specialized professional work coordinating the development of the Office of Greenways & Trails (OGT) statewide trails education master plan. In addition, this position coordinates trails education workshops and assists with various aspects of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

For details (except for closing date), go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2fwaes
NOTE: New closing date is Jan. 11, 2008!

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BIKEWALK VIRGINIA
BikeWalk Virginia, a statewide educational and advocacy organization, is seeking a full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and managing a wide range of programs designed to fulfill BikeWalk Virginia's mission: to promote biking, walking and trail use in order to create a more active, safe, clean and healthy Virginia. Specific duties include creating and supporting a network of local chapters, advocacy, special programs and services, and building relationships across the state. This position will be located in Richmond. Compensation range: $50,000 to 70,000. BikeWalk Virginia is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

For a full job description, visit
http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org/

-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- FEET FIRST (SEATTLE, WA)
The nonprofit group Feet First, a leader in the fight to make Seattle and other Puget Sound communities safe and welcoming for pedestrians, is currently seeking a new Executive Director.

With a history of pedestrian advocacy stretching back more than a decade, Feet First has played an important role in encouraging walking and building walkable communities throughout the region. The group's accomplishments range from publishing a popular series of neighborhood walking maps to helping shape and campaign for the 2006 Bridging the Gap ballot measure, which included significant funding to improve the pedestrian experience all around Seattle. Feet First has also been a strong supporter of Safe Routes to School, a program that helps kids walk and bike to school safely.

For the Executive Director position, Feet First is looking for candidates with a strong management background. The ED is responsible for overall organizational leadership and will oversee program development, membership, fundraising, advocacy efforts, and long-range planning. The ideal candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills, experience in community outreach, demonstrated fundraising ability, and staff management experience. Knowledge of, and commitment to, alternate transportation and livable city issues is also highly desired.

For a job description and more information about Feet First, please go to http://tinyurl.com/2ycg2o. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and references to <applicant@feetfirst.info>.

-> JOB -- BIKEWAY PGM COORDINATOR -- HOUSTON, TX
Description of Duties/Essential Functions:
Performs substantially complex and varied administrative functions in the planning, analysis, and coordination of the Houston Bikeway Program. Works with project engineers to track scope, design, and budget for bicycle and pedestrian projects. Works with the Houston Police Department on setting enforcement priorities. Serves as a resource person to area school districts. Develops bicycle and pedestrian policies and projects. Coordinates special projects, including planning, research, presentations, promotions, and evaluations. Acts as a liaison with city departments, council members, other elected officials, the public and various bicycle advocacy groups. Directs staff services, including personnel, purchasing and public relations. Investigates special problems encountered by employees; responds to calls from the general public that extend beyond the normal scope of subordinates. Provides leadership, guidance, training and advice to subordinates.

Minimum Educational Requirements:
Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field.

Minimum Experience Requirements:
Requires three (3) years of professional administrative, financial or analytical experience related to the type of work being performed.

Salary: $55,172.00 - $67,938.00 Annually. Opening Date: 10/31/07; Closing Date: Continuous.

For more information, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/yu7owr

 


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