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#193 Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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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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----- Presentation Submissions for PWPB 2008 Close Feb. 1
----- Lots of Safety Stuff at ITE Spring Tech Conference
----- N.J. Gov. Corzine Signs Transit, Red-Light Camera Bills
----- Federal Highway Administration Website Updates
----- The Red Light Running Problem
----- HSRC Offers Ped. Safety Planning, Design Courses
----- PBIC Launches Redesigned Bicycling Information Web Site
----- Can High School Kids Sell Their Carbon Credits?


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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----- Oklahoma City (OK) Downtown Coming Back to Life
----- CVS Parking Demands vs. Walkable Mobile (AL) Plan
----- Walking, Biking Summit Set for Eugene (OR)
----- Davenport (IA) Weighs "Complete Streets" Approach
----- Cincinnati (OH) Mayor to Push Streetcars, Walkability
----- Lewistown (MT) Kids May Help Town Get SR2S Grant
----- Pedestrian Deaths Spur Berkeley (CA) Council Action
----- New Jersey Projects Recognized for Resource Use
----- Victoria (AU) Cyclists Protest Transit Bike Ban
----- Edmonton (AB) Needs to Embrace Urban Development
----- Desert Hot Springs (CA) SR2S Project Honors Victim

FEATURES

PRESENTATION SUBMISSIONS FOR PWPB 2008 CLOSE FEB. 1

-> Don't forget that the closing date for proposed presentations at Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 in Seattle is next Friday, February 1. If you've got a panel presentation or poster that you believe should be seen by the largest gathering of bicycle and pedestrian advocates and professionals, planners, public health practitioners, local, state and national agency and program staffs, city and county officials, now's the time to submit it.

Here's the presentation proposal process:
(1) Review the presentation guidelines located at http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/submissions.html before you write up your proposal.

(2) Complete the on-line form at http://www.bikewalk.org/2008conference/submissions2.html.

If you're proposing a panel discussion that includes several presenters of your choosing, please confirm and list all of the presenters on your proposal form. This will ensure that presenters are not 'double-booked' for simultaneous sessions.

A proposal review group will meet in March to consider the submitted proposals and group them into sessions. Those presenters who are selected will be notified by March 31st.

If you've got a program you'd like to share with others, whether through a poster session, a standard presentation, or a workshop, now's the time to write up your proposal and make sure it's in front of the proposal review committee.

LOTS OF SAFETY STUFF AT ITE SPRING TECH CONFERENCE

-> In a recent note, Art Slabosky wrote, "Here is a link to the Institute of Transportation Engineers' Spring Technical conference, to be held in Miami at the end of March. It includes a lot on safety this year. Among the workshops are pedestrian safety and designing for pedestrians."

To check out the schedule, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/23vxd2

N.J. GOV. CORZINE SIGNS TRANSIT, RED-LIGHT CAMERA BILLS

-> According to an article in the Jan. 16th Mobilizing the Region, "On Monday NJ Gov. Jon Corzine signed into law two bills with an impact on transportation and land use that made it through the state legislature's lame duck session...State Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) sponsored the 'Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act,' which offers tax credits to businesses that build or lease offices and create jobs near urban train stations. In order to be eligible, businesses must employ at least 250 people and invest in a facility within a half-mile of rail stations. These credits are available only to businesses that invest in cities eligible for urban aid and have a certain percentage of their property exempt from property taxes...

"Also signed into law was a bill creating a red-light camera pilot program. Outgoing State Sen. Joseph Coniglio sponsored the bill, which orders NJDOT to create a five-year pilot program which municipalities can apply to for permission to install red-light cameras at intersections. In their application, municipalities must identify intersection(s) they want to install cameras on, and provide evidence that a high violation rate exists at the intersection and the yellow light is sufficiently long...Red-light cameras have worked in NYC. In 2004, NYCDOT found that intersections with red-light cameras saw a 10% overall reduction in collision-related injuries and a 19% decline in pedestrian injuries over six years..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/346zxk

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION WEBSITE UPDATES

-> The Jan. 4th issue of TRP and TE Update mentioned that FHWA's Transportation Enhancements and Recreational Trails website has undergone some useful tweaking. To read the Update online, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2lpjgx

According to Christopher Douwes, FHWA's Trails and Enhancements Program Manager, "We updated and posted the Transportation Enhancement Activities Apportionments, Rescissions, and Obligations webpage."
Go to: http://tinyurl.com/2lqc6h

"We redesigned several pages on the TE website to make them more user friendly for people who like to print out pages; we moved navigation bars to the top so that we don't have a long running empty space down the left-hand side. This is still a work in progress."

"The Recreational Trails Program Apportionments, Rescissions, and Obligations webpage was updated on December 6th." Go to: http://tinyurl.com/2rao6f

The FY 2008 RTP Apportionments are posted at http://tinyurl.com/2vtadu

The Bicycle and Pedestrian obligations are posted at http://tinyurl.com/39958h

"Transportation Pilot Program funds (including many SRTS and NMT projects that had not been coded as bicycle and pedestrian projects, but should have been). The share of bicycle and pedestrian projects funded through the TE Activities has dropped from about three-fourths to about one-half. There are likely three major reasons: (1) many bicycle and pedestrian projects are using regular highway program funding, (2) many bicycle and pedestrian projects are getting SRTS/NMT funds, (3) many earmarked projects received funds in FY 2007."

Have questions? Contact Christopher at <Christopher.Douwes@dot.gov>

THE RED LIGHT RUNNING PROBLEM

-> According to the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running, "In 2002, as many as 207,000 crashes, 178,000 injuries and 921 fatalities in the U.S. were attributed to red light running. Between 1992 and 2000, fatal motor crashes at traffic signals increased 19 percent, outpacing the rise in all other fatal crashes. Public costs exceed $14 billion per year. More than half of the deaths in red light running crashes are other motorists and pedestrians, so there is no debate that red light runners are dangerous drivers who irresponsibly put others at risk.

"The problem in America's cities is even greater, as red light running is the leading cause of urban automobile crashes. In many cities, the yellow light has come to symbolize "hurry up" instead of 'slow down.' As a result of countless crashes and tragedies, the American public is deeply concerned with the recent increase in red light running. Most Americans (96 percent) are afraid of being hit by a red light runner, but nearly one in five admit to running a red light in the last ten intersections. The leading excuse given for red light running was neither frustration nor road rage, it was 'being in a hurry.'"

For more info, go to:
http://stopredlightrunning.com

HSRC OFFERS PED. SAFETY PLANNING, DESIGN COURSES

-> According to a recent news release, "The UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is now offering three training courses on pedestrian planning and design. Originally developed by HSRC's Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the courses are geared toward professionals with responsibility for improving pedestrian safety and contain the latest information from the best national guidelines, state and local practices, and pedestrian safety research.

"Course options include:
- Developing a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (two-days)
- Designing for Pedestrian Safety (two-days)
- Planning and designing for pedestrian safety (three-days)

"The courses are taught by national experts and are complimented by FHWA resource guides, including the How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan guide and the PEDSAFE: Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System."

For more information, contact Charlie Zegeer at <Charlie_Zegeer@unc.edu> or visit:
http://tinyurl.com/2d5pw6

PBIC LAUNCHES REDESIGNED BICYCLING INFORMATION WEB SITE

-> According to a recent news release, "The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, in its continued effort to disseminate information and technical assistance on pedestrian and bicycle safety, has launched its redesigned bicycling Web site.

"New features include:
- Centralized library of bicycling materials and documents
- Searchable database of frequently asked bicycle safety questions
- Searchable database of upcoming events and training opportunities
- Downloadable bike maps from around the country
- News Room with press releases, media resources and recent articles

"Users can sign up to received email updates and news from the Center. The site was developed with input from users and PBIC stakeholders. Revised and new content was developed in conjunction with experts and includes detailed plans and policies supporting bicycling, resources for bicyclists, information on finding bicycle data and statistics, tools for identifying bicyclist concerns, and strategies and guidance to assist in building bike-friendly communities.

Visit the redesigned site at:
http://www.bicyclinginfo.org.

CAN HIGH SCHOOL KIDS SELL THEIR CARBON CREDITS?

The Place: Missoula, Montana
Meeting: Missoula Community Safe Routes to School
The Agenda: Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
Keynote speaker: University of Montana Ecology Professor Steve Running,
Co-Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; Addressing Global Climate Change

"The Missoula County School District meeting room was full. Parents, students, teachers, volunteers, elected officials and others interested in the safety, health and welfare of children were engaged in dialog. High School students were busy taking notes. Professor Running talked about the effects of climate change and how we could each do our part. He has been a life-long bicycle commuter and continues to ride to work at the University. He shared his personal dilemma; he could not convince his daughters to ride their bikes to Hellgate High School. 'It seems that riding a bike is not cool,' he said.

"Professor Running answered questions from the audience. As questions slowed near the end of his speech, a man in the back raised his hand and walked forward, placing his hands on the shoulders of a young lady -- a senior at Sentinel High School. He looked at her name tag and said, 'Gracie, what would it take to get you to ride a bicycle to school tomorrow?' The table erupted with comments from her fellow students -- a new bike, helmet, fancy riding clothes and so on. After a few minutes of loud discussion and deliberation, she looked up at the man and said '$10.00.' He said 'Great!' He then pulled ten dollars from his wallet and handed it to Gracie. He turned to the crowd and said, 'I am willing to give my High School daughter $50.00 per week to ride her bike to school. I will be saving money by doing it.

"'Think about this, no second or third car, less insurance, no parking fees, no new tires, and most important to me, no passengers in a vehicle with my child at the wheel. I can not own and operate a vehicle for $200.00 a month.' Then he turned to Professor Running and said, 'I want Gracie's Carbon Credits to sell on the open market.' The students looked confused. Professor Running explained the KYOTO PROTOCOL and that heavy carbon dioxide emitters pledged to reduce their use. Those that did reduce, would be rewarded financially, through selling the carbon credit. Professor Running said he was not sure if an individual High School student driving to school was eligible to sell her credits.

"Someone said, 'What if all of these students bicycle to school tomorrow and the next day and the next day and they pool all of their credits, would they qualify? Someone else said, 'What if all of the students in Missoula County who choose to walk or bicycle to school instead of riding as passenger in a vehicle, pool their credits? Can they sell them on the open market?' 'Good question!" Professor Running not only delivered a motivation address, he captured the curiosity of the crowd and engaged the youth of Missoula County."

Source: Roger DiBrito <rdibrito@montana.com>

 


QUOTES R US

-> "Although I am not in a position to say whether you inherited any of your parents' health conditions, allow me to give you one perspective that you might not have known existed. It's what I loosely call 'lifestyle genetics.' While you may need to investigate further as to whether any of your parents' health conditions could be passed on to you, you also need to acknowledge the fact that as a family, you have been living almost identical lifestyles. What you need to do is to try and break the pattern before the pattern breaks you."
-- Ade Rai, Indonesia's most famous bodybuilder and a passionate advocate of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle
http://tinyurl.com/22bxdn


IN THE NEWS

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OKLAHOMA CITY (OK) DOWNTOWN COMING BACK TO LIFE

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Edmond Sun article, "In the recent film 'I am Legend,' Will Smith plays a character who appears to be the last living person in New York City after that city has been devastated by an epidemic caused by a virus. Smith's character, Robert Neville, spends most of his time in the first half of the film traveling through an abandoned Big Apple that has its recognizable landmarks still in place but has been totally depopulated.

"There was a time when downtown Oklahoma City's thoroughfares were almost equally abandoned in the evenings and on weekends, and a visitor there could savor its landmarks and feel the solitude that Smith conveys in an understated manner. But that has changed in recent years, and downtown Oklahoma City now has signs of a rebirth with office buildings being converted into condominiums and restaurants and stores emerging from formerly moribund structures.

"People now can be seen walking dogs and jogging there. And in the recently concluded 'Downtown in December' in which a series of public events were conducted throughout the downtown area, groups of people could be seen going from one event to another on foot...It could be said there was an excitement in downtown Oklahoma City in December, with people gathered to view the various holiday offerings there. It is possible that a similar excitement will be part of life there year-round in the future."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2geuf6
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Title: "OKC makes its move toward hipness"
Author: William F. O'Brien

CVS PARKING DEMANDS VS. WALKABLE MOBILE (AL) PLAN

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Press-Register article, "The board of directors for the Mobile Area Association of Realtors has sent a letter to the Mobile City Council opposing a moratorium on new construction in three areas of Spring Hill -- a move expected to draw a crowd of dissenting agents to today's council meeting. Agents from several real estate companies, including LLB&B Real Estate and Roberts Brothers, plan to present the council with petitions favoring the moratorium. The Village of Spring Hill seeks the six-month halt on projects to allow time for city agencies to consider its revitalization plan. The nonprofit group hopes to turn the Spring Hill business district into a walkable area with shops close to the sidewalk and with parking on the street or at the rear. The areas in question are: Old Shell Road at McGregor Avenue; Old Shell at Bit n' Spur Road; and McGregor between Museum Drive and Spring Hill Avenue.

"The council two weeks ago postponed consideration of a moratorium, and Councilwoman Gina Gregory said Monday she was not sure if it would be taken up today. 'We're still polling council members,' she said. The moratorium would halt efforts to build a 13,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy at the southwest corner of Old Shell and McGregor. The Village group and CVS developers are trying to resolve a major issue: the proximity of the store to the street, according to Village President Linda St. John. 'We're being advised by our urban planners that it is very crucial to the whole integrity of our plan,' she said, adding that her group wants to work with developers. Gregory said that she has talked with CVS developers -- The Mitchell Company -- and learned CVS won't budge from its plans to build away from the street and place parking in front of the store..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/28bfjs
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Title: "Realtors oppose Spring Hill halt"
Author: Kathy Jumper

WALKING, BIKING SUMMIT SET FOR EUGENE (OR)

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Register-Guard article, "Presentation of the final version of Eugene's Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Plan will highlight the second annual Walking and Biking Summit, to be held Saturday at the South Eugene High School cafeteria, 400 E. 19th Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and speakers -- including Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Portland Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, one of the founders of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance -- and workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summit participants will also learn about opportunities to get involved with one or more of the 80 actions designed to achieve a more walkable and bikeable Eugene. The event is free and open to the public..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2oakfc
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Title: "Outdoors Briefly News & Notes"
Author: Staff

For more about the Summit and to download copies of various Strategic Plan documents, go to: http://tinyurl.com/24ehfy

DAVENPORT (IA) WEIGHS "COMPLETE STREETS" APPROACH

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Quad City Times article, "Streets aren't just for cars and trucks anymore. The notion of 'complete streets,' which encompasses bicycle lanes, pedestrian routes, a mass transit component and more, will be discussed during a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Renowned transportation experts will discuss how to make such streets safe, usable and attractive. 'For so many years, streets have just been designed for the automobile,' said Dan McNeil, chairman of the Quad-City Transportation Advocacy Group, or QC TAG, which is sponsoring the forum. 'But now you see more and more communities leaning toward the complete streets idea. We need to make streets friendly for bikers and walkers as well.' McNeil said Portland, Ore., Madison, Wis., and Des Moines all have plans for complete streets. 'I don't think we want to be left behind.'

"City officials in both Rock Island and Davenport said that while their riverfronts have good bicycle trails, more is needed to connect the arteries with points inland. 'First and foremost, the Quad-Cities has a great trail system,' McNeil said. 'The next step is to connect the communities to the trails to make them more biker- and walker-friendly.' Darrin Nordahl, a designer for the City of Davenport, said that community has targeted Main Street to be a pilot project for designing complete streets. 'We have really good recreational trails in the east-west direction, but we're just now beginning to start pushing for north-south.'...Eventually, Davenport hopes to add bike lanes and other features to make Main Street more friendly to bikes and pedestrians..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bw25v
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Title: "Public asked to make room for cyclists, walkers"
Author: David Heitz

CINCINNATI (OH) MAYOR TO PUSH STREETCARS, WALKABILITY

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Business Courier article, "Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory unveiled a series of recommendations today to help grow Cincinnati's economic base and create thousands of new jobs. Called GO Cincinnati for 'growth and opportunities,' the report presented 14 recommendations to help the city strengthen its assets to attract more businesses, employees and people who want to live here. It's the culmination of more than a year's work by a team of consultants and more than 200 community and business leaders...

"The report's recommendations were broken into several broad categories: place-based development recommendations; economic development delivery system recommendations; workforce development recommendations; and transportation and infrastructure recommendations...

"The top recommendation under transportation and infrastructure is to aggressively pursue the creation of a streetcar system, with the first phase linking downtown to uptown...And it suggests that future transportation and infrastructure initiatives should be made in the context of regional planning that follows three guiding principals: to reinforce the importance of walkable, transit-oriented, mixed-use neighborhoods; to create a multi-modal transportation system for people and goods; and to maximize the use of 'green' high-performance infrastructure..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3bajtb
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Title: "Mallory unveils blueprint to grow city's economic base"
Author: Lucy May

For the complete GO Cincinatti report, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2p7a6y

LEWISTOWN (MT) KIDS MAY HELP TOWN GET SR2S GRANT

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Great Falls Tribune article, "The efforts of two pint-sized people could help Lewistown land an extra large grant to improve the trails system. While his classmates dangled from the monkey bars, Kai Krumwiede circled the playground -- sometimes walking, sometime running. Four laps around the Garfield School playground totals one mile, a distance Kai trekked during recess. Recess after recess the miles added up, topping 125 before the snow hit. 'I like to play in the snow, so I stopped for a few weeks,' Kai said. 'I probably would have been on my (200th mile) if I hadn't stopped to play in the snow.' For every 15 miles, Kai gets company as Principal John Moffatt joins him in a trip on the trail system that runs through town and right by the 4th and 5th-grade school.

"For every 75 miles, he gets a gift certificate to the Dash Inn which he uses to buy four ice cream cones for his family -- except his youngest brother Kaelen, who at 3 months doesn't eat ice cream. Kai's real reward is that his walking helps him keep up with his dad on hunting trips. 'My dad said the more I walk, the more I get to hunt,' he said. 'We don't drive in the car looking for elk. We walk.' His goal is to walk and run 1,000 miles in the next two years. Fellow 9-year-old Ty Parsons made it his mission to bike to school, even though he lives roughly a mile outside of town. Most of his journey is on Lewistown's new trail system, though some paths are blazed through knee-high natural grasses. Ty estimates that by bike, his journey to school takes him about 20 minutes, 10 minutes faster than when snow forces him to go by bus.

"The trail is a good route to school," he said. 'You don't have to worry about getting in any car accidents.' The boys' exercise efforts captured the attention of the Safe Routes to School Committee, which added how Kai and Ty rely on the trails in their application for a $50,000 grant. This summer Lewistown purchased nearly 17 miles of rail corridor from BNSF for $500,000. They plan to transform the area into an extensive walking and biking trail. 'It really helps to know that children are using this trail and this is how they get to school every day,' said Snowy Mountain Development grant writer Jennifer Pfau..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2lvf68
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Title: "Young Lewistown residents help bring attention to trails"
Author: Kim Skornogoski

PEDESTRIAN DEATHS SPUR BERKELEY (CA) COUNCIL ACTION

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Daily Californian article, "Pedestrian safety has become a renewed topic of concern after four people, including two city employees, were killed after being struck by vehicles in 2007. City Council members will ask the City Manager's Office to study traffic accidents and then forward the findings to a task force on traffic safety. 'We spend a lot of money for cars to travel around,' said Councilmember Dona Spring. 'We need to spend more money to make it safer for pedestrians.' Council members said they were alarmed by this year's fatalities, especially considering there were no pedestrian fatalities in 2005 and 2006. Erica Madrid, a nurse in the city's public health department, was walking in the crosswalk of Fresno Avenue and Solano Avenue when a car struck her on December 12, said Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. Madrid died on Dec. 14 after her family decided to remove her from life support.

"On Dec. 31, Sandra Ileen Graber, a 61-year-old psychiatrist with Berkeley Mental Health services, was struck by a vehicle while walking across the intersection of Marin Avenue and Colusa Avenue. She died the next day from her injuries. Both of the December fatalities involved older drivers turning at intersections and neglecting to yield to pedestrians, Kusmiss said. Alcohol or drug impairment was not a factor in either accident, she said. However, two of the four fatal pedestrian-vehicle accidents in 2007 involved drivers who were drinking. Councilmembers Laurie Capitelli and Betty Olds have joined with Spring to ask the city manager's office to compile information about the pedestrian fatalities in 2007 and a multi-department task force to analyze the data. Based on the findings of the task force, the transportation department will submit a solution to the City Council, Olds said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2mgveu
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Title: "City Council Wants Closer Look at Pedestrian Safety"
Author: Selina MacLaren

NEW JERSEY PROJECTS RECOGNIZED FOR RESOURCE USE

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Courier-Post article, "Two South Jersey projects -- one in progress and the other on the drawing board -- have been recognized by the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance for making the best use of resources. They are the Voorhees Town Center, where the former Echelon Mall is being redeveloped into a blend of housing, retail and businesses; and Bordentown Waterfront Community, a mix of homes, commerce and public spaces in Bordentown City. DVSGA spokeswoman Susan Baltake said projects are evaluated on 50 criteria, pertaining to location, diversity of use and access to public transportation. 'Not everyone has an appreciation for density but you need it if a community is going to be walkable,' she said.

"The 123-acre Bordentown plan, which includes 6,000 feet of frontage on the Delaware River, would include a Main Street lined with three-, four- and five-story buildings with retail and offices on the first floor and 700 condo and rental units on the upper floors. A dredge site would be remediated and wetlands would be preserved as buffers. A waterfront boardwalk and bike trails also are planned. Baltake said a proposed River LINE stop on the light-rail system is an essential part of the plan. 'Easy access to infrastructure and public transportation are highly desirable,' she said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yug66o
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Title: "2 projects honored for use of resources"
Author: Eileen Smith

VICTORIA (AU) CYCLISTS PROTEST TRANSIT BIKE BAN

-> According to a Jan. 23rd ABC Central Victoria story, "A large crowd have travelled from Castlemaine to Bendigo as part of a demonstration against a proposal to ban bikes on peak-hour V-line and metropolitan trains. The rally began at the Castlemaine train station this morning, and around 100 protesters caught the train to Bendigo, where they stood on the platform chanting 'bikes on trains now.' Many of the passengers took their bikes on the train or carried cardboard cut-outs of bikes labelled with messages about climate change. The ban on bikes was due to start on February 1, but due to public outcry, the Victorian Minister for public transport, Lynne Kosky, recently announced a review of the ban.

"Carol Skinner, who had travelled from Fitzroy to attend the protest, believes the ban has already had an affect on cyclists. She says she will continue to lobby for it to be lifted. 'I know a lot of people who will basically be forced to drive everywhere instead of using pubic transport. So I'm certainly going to keep up with the protests until the ban is reversed.' Carol says being able to take her bike on the train gives her more independence, and she will have to consider the ban when catching public transport in the future. 'For example when I go to visit my old Dad in Inverloch it's a 140 kilometres from Melbourne. I train it there then get the ferry to Phillip Island and cycle from there to Inverloch. It's nice and I enjoy it.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2u3n6j
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Title: "Bike ban protest"
Author: Jemina Wilson

Ed. Note: CenterLines staffers reached around the world (and into the future) to get the latest word on this story from Ted Wilson of Geelong, VIC. On the afternoon of Jan. 23rd, Mr. Wilson sent a newspaper clipping from the Jan. 22nd edition of the Melbourne Herald Sun: "A controversial move to ban bicycles from peak-hour trains looks set to be overturned. Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky has called for a review, which seems likely to lead to the ban being dropped..."
Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/yopdkw

EDMONTON (AB) NEEDS TO EMBRACE URBAN DEVELOPMENT

-> In a Jan. 22nd Journal column, Gary Lamphier wrote, "I know it's hard for some longtime Edmonton residents to believe, but cities like Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver boast plenty of dense, lively urban neighbourhoods close to -- but not in -- the downtown core. Shocking as it seems, many of these areas even have lots of highrise condo towers, yet they remain quite livable. Imagine that. Next time you're in Toronto, take a walk in the Yonge-Eglinton area and you'll see what I mean. There are plenty of 20- or 30-storey condo towers, cheek by jowl with traditional single-detached or semi-detached homes.

"In the 1980s, we lived in one such home, one block south of Eglinton and a block east of Mount Pleasant Avenue. It was a fabulous, dense, walkable, diverse, safe and friendly neighbourhood, with ample green space nearby. I could jog to the corner of Yonge and Bloor in 20 minutes or take the tube to my University Avenue office in half an hour. Like many parents, I walked my daughter to school each morning before heading to work. Despite the density, traffic levels in our neighbourhood were hardly overwhelming, and I never gave a moment's thought to the so-called 'shadow effect' from the condo towers on Eglinton. Neither did my neighbours.

"Similarly, Calgary's Beltline district and Vancouver's Kitsilano, Kerrisdale or Cambie neighbourhoods are located near, but not in, their respective city cores.
Like our old stomping grounds in Toronto, these are dense, highly desirable places to live. They're full of singles, seniors, young families and every other demographic one can imagine. Moreover, since they're denser than similarly located Edmonton neighbourhoods like Strathearn or Glenora, they have the population base to support local schools, retail outlets, and nightlife. This isn't rocket science, of course..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/26olbj
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Title: "Higher density needed"
Author: Gary Lamphier

DESERT HOT SPRINGS (CA) SR2S PROJECT HONORS VICTIM

-> According to a Jan. 22nd Desert Sun article, "Nearly 100 people, including children off for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, spent Monday honoring the memory of a 13-year-old girl and creating safer routes to school for students. Volunteers from as far away as Coachella and Yucca Valley came to Desert Hot Springs to pick up a shovel or rake to clear paths along busy streets that lack sidewalks, said Dean Gray, leader of the city's Sidewalk Task Force. The effort was, in part, an honor to the memory of Carissa Nwene.

"The teenager was killed Nov. 16 by a hit-and-run driver as she walked along Palm Drive to Desert Springs Middle School. Her mother, Shelia Barnett, showed up in the morning with Carissa's stepfather, Roland, and 9-year-old sister, Lunye. 'It was really nice. I was kind of was surprised because people didn't really have to do this,' Lunye said. 'I was happy.' Gray said the Barnetts' presence made the day's work that much more rewarding for the group. 'It was really emotional to have them here,' Gray said. 'But her daughter's life meant something, and with this we'll save other lives.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yv6orq
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Title: "Volunteers use holiday to clear roadside paths"
Author: Mariecar Mendoza

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

FEAR OF THE SUPERNATURAL SPARES OLD TREES
by Godeliva D Sari, Ngawi, East Java

"...In the village of Ngrendeng in the district of Sine there are two huge trembesi rain trees...Under these two beauties there are two graves. Pak Hadi Susanto, the keeper, explains that in one of the graves is a certain Ki Ageng Pasuruan while the other one is where his weapons were buried.

"Ki Ageng Pasuruan was also known as Pangeran Wirayuda and is supposed to have hailed from the times of Sultan Agung of the Islamic Mataram kingdom. History notes that in the early 17th century Mataram sent a force to annex Pasuruan. If the grave in Ngrendeng is from that time, the trembesi trees there have been growing for nearly 400 years.

"Trees in Java are endangered. Economic needs, lack of arable land, and population growth have together caused deforestation and the felling of big trees in non-forest areas. However the idea that spirits haunt certain places, like cemeteries, appears to be effective in protecting trees from the chain saw..."

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


QUICK HITS

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) OVERPASS TO GET SHOULDERS, S'WALKS
-> "According to a press release, the completed bridge will allow more lanes of an enlarged I-465 to travel below. Wider shoulders and 6-foot-wide sidewalks on the bridge should enhance safety for pedestrian and bicycle traffic..."
http://tinyurl.com/36wmc8

CLINTON (NY) SCHOOL OFFERS SAFE ROUTES COURSE
-> "The course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop sound programs based on community needs and conditions, best practices and responsible use of resources..."
http://tinyurl.com/ytng68

WINTER BIKING JUST PART OF YEAR-ROUND COMMUTE
"Bicycle commuting to and from work in the Twin Cities isn't just a fair-weather experience for some. Hit the trail with some veteran bikers who tell their reasons for riding year-round." (video)
http://tinyurl.com/33xzet

ROCKLIN (CA) DEVELOPMENT FIGHT HITS TV
-> Several citizens groups have opposed the project for years, arguing that one of the city's few remaining natural open space areas would be destroyed, along with American Indian cultural sites...The plan approved by the council last August would allow developer Rick Massie to build 558 homes, a neighborhood shopping center and bicycle and pedestrian trails in the 622-acre valley..."
http://tinyurl.com/yvkx2t

EMPIRE (MI) SIDEWALK EXTENSION PROJECT QUESTIONED
-> "The latest plan would bring a sidewalk within three feet of their house, and require removing three trees that provide screening for their home from traffic on M-22."
http://tinyurl.com/38rjpy

ALLOUEZ (WI) TO HONOR ITS BICYCLING ELVIS
-> "In the village of Allouez, only one 'Elvis' was king. Mention the name Jimmy 'Elvis' Ziehms to any youngster who played at Green Isle Park or went ice skating at the Langlade Park ice rink and it's bound to bring up a story of a man best known for riding around town on an old bicycle, collecting cans. Ziehms died Oct. 22 at 68 from internal organ failure, marking a big loss for the community..."
http://tinyurl.com/2vbgnw

CASTAIC (CA) NEEDS ITS OWN HIGH SCHOOL!
-> "Time for Castaic-area high school students to walk or bicycle to their own school, rather than getting into cars or onto buses and being driven over a crowded freeway to someone else's school..."
http://tinyurl.com/2bjdmg

STATE DENIES URBANA (OH) SAFE ROUTES GRANT
-> "A few weeks ago, Urbana learned ODOT had denied the city's request for $179,600 to upgrade infrastructure in the areas of South and North elementary schools. However, the city reportedly will receive an unknown amount of money to assist the city in developing components ODOT found lacking in the original application..."
http://tinyurl.com/2c4wp8

PROPOSED YAKIMA (WA) MALL BRINGS TRAFFIC CONCERNS
-> "'We would much prefer to have our pathway and our people on the Greenway completely separated from traffic, but in this particular case there was no real way to do it..."
http://tinyurl.com/34guka

 


RESOURCES

-> "PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST INTERSECTION SAFETY..."
"...Indices Final Report; Publication No. FHWA-HRT-06-125; by Carter, Hunter, Zegeer, Stewart, and Huang; Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center; for Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration. Nov. 2006.
http://tinyurl.com/2qvjsg

 


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!

-> 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

-> January 30 - February 1, 2008, Roundabout Design Workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Info: Northwestern University Center for Public Safety
http://tinyurl.com/33xklk

-> 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

-> March 12-14, 2008, National Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation, Washington, DC. Info: NRPA; phone: (800) 626-NRPA (6772).
http://www.nrpa.org/forum

-> April 13, 2008, Walk MS 2008 (Rhode Island), Bristol, Pawtucket, 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/

-> June 15-18, 2008, Transportation Research Board Summer Conference, Baltimore, MD. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/388d7s

-> 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 -- POLICY MANAGER -- SAFE ROUTES NAT'L PARTNERSHIP
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to announce that we are hiring a full-time Policy Manager who will work from a home office. Applications are due January 31, 2008. For more information, please visit our website to view a full job description and instructions on how to apply. Please also spread the word to people who might be interested in this position - especially those in the DC area as we are ideally looking for a candidate who lives in the Washington DC region. Please note that we will still consider applications from areas other than the Washington DC region too.
http://tinyurl.com/3b9vbz

-> 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 -- 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 -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- NAPLES PATHWAYS COALITION
Background: The Naples Pathways Coalition (NPC) is a growing not-for-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation. NPC advocates for a fully integrated and safe pedestrian, bicycle and other non-motorized transportation network throughout Naples and Collier County.

Job Description: NPC seeks a halftime staff person to lead and grow the organization, with the opportunity to expand the position to full-time as fundraising success permits. Responsibilities include policy work, public education and media advocacy, fundraising, and outreach and organizing throughout the greater Collier County area. The position presents a great opportunity to play a critical role in transforming southwest Florida into a more healthy and sustainable region.

Salary: In the 20's for half-time position, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and with the opportunity to expand the position to full-time as fundraising success permits. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume (include contact info for references), and a writing sample to: NPC, 300 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 101, Box 464, Naples, FL 34102. Application Deadline: January 31, 2008

For full details, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/3xyxjc

-> JOB -- SR. ACTIVE TRANS. PLANNER -- CHICAGOLAND BIKE FED.
The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is seeking a Senior Active Transportation Planner. CBF offers professional services to clients who seek a progressive and innovative approach to making bicycling, walking and transit a significant part of daily life in their community or region. The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is looking for a full Senior Transportation Planner to lead the national's premier bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization's planning and technical assistance consulting efforts.

The ideal candidate should be excited to take an entrepreneurial approach to planning that melds professional top-notch technical assistance with a strong voice for promoting non-motorized transportation. This is not a starting level position and candidates should bring a wealth of resources to the table including marketing, planning and project management. Candidates must be able to embrace both the planning and advocacy sides of this position and relish the opportunity to make a strong difference in regional transportation policy and planning.

The position reports to the Executive Director and has supervisory responsibilities for four employees including offsite field consultants. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Planner will be skilled and dogged, available and prepared to carry out the objectives of the Planning & Design section of the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. This planner will expend professional energy achieving objectives that move Chicagoland toward revolutionary change in transportation.

See full job posting at: http://tinyurl.com/3xfuxj

 


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