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#195 Wednesday, February 20, 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.

CenterLines is also available as a podcast. Go to: http://podcast.bikewalk.org/


F-E-A-T-U-R-E-S
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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike Receives Record Number of Proposals
----- Sheldon Brown's Homespun Wisdom Will Be Missed
----- A New Look at Philadelphia Region's Bicyclists
----- Trail Training and Education
----- Peterborough (ON) Crossing Guard Awareness Program
----- Bikes Belong Awards $50,000 in Grants
----- Nat'l Trails Symposium Call for Presentations
----- Ciclovia -- Car Free Sundays
----- Colorado Commission Says Fund Bicycling!
----- Networks for Mobility 2008 Call for Papers
----- New Jersey Teen Authors "Save My World" Book
----- Los Alamos (NM) Cyclist Takes Newspaper to Task


I-N--T-H-E--N-E-W-S
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----- Study: Breathing Dirty Air May Lower Kids' IQ
----- Wisconsin College to Give Freshmen Bikes
----- Ohio Plan Stresses Need for Activity
----- New Vision for Old Poughkeepsie (NY) Bridge
----- Swedish Drivers Must Have Ecodriving Skills
----- Crocker (MO) Goes After "Safe Routes" Sidewalks
----- Exeter (NH) Cleans Up its Walkable Sidewalks
----- Congress Passes Driveway "Backover" Bill
----- Lance Encourages Bike Commuting in Austin (TX)
----- Portland (OR) "Avenue Of Roses" to Get Safety Fixes

FEATURES

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE RECEIVES RECORD NUMBER OF PROPOSALS

-> In 2006, John Williams, program director for the biennial conference held in Madison, Wisconsin, described the arrival of 200 presentation proposals as an "avalanche." Once again serving as program director for the upcoming Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference in Seattle, Washington, September 2-5, John is struggling for new words to describe this year's level of presentation submissions.

"We've got to term it something larger than an avalanche," he said, referring to the 300-plus presentation proposals received by the cutoff date of February 1. "This huge increase in the number of proposals -- half again as many as were received for the 2006 conference -- reflects the growing interest in the field, and the growing number of people who want to share their ideas, knowledge, and passion for their work."

Williams said that a proposal review committee will meet within the next week to consider the proposals. "We've got quite a range from which to choose presentations," he said. "The proposals run the gamut of topics on Complete Streets, building local facilities, active living, Safe Routes to School, involving youth in cycling and pedestrian programs, and so many more topics. We've certainly got the building blocks we need to put together a memorable conference program."

Following the work of the review committee, potential presenters will be notified as to whether or not their proposal has been selected as a presentation, workshop, or poster session. "In March, the selected presentations will be placed into a matrix of time slots for the conference, and the schedule will be posted on the NCBW conference web site," Williams said. "Then we'll begin working with the individual presenters to help them prepare for the conference.

Williams noted that registration would open for the conference in the middle of April.

For more information about the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference, watch the NCBW web site at http://www.bikewalk.org.

SHELDON BROWN'S HOMESPUN WISDOM WILL BE MISSED

"He wanted to make his wealth of information something he could share with everyone who needed to have it."
--John Allen

Sheldon's website: http://www.sheldonbrown.com

-> According to a Feb. 8th Boston Globe article, "To his legion of local customers, Sheldon Brown was an outgoing Newton bike-shop mechanic who could fix just about anything on wheels. To a worldwide readership, Brown was a sage in cyberspace, using his widely read Web pages to hold forth on everything from the merits of leather saddles to the care of old English three-speed hubs. When he died earlier this week of an apparent heart attack at 63, the news shook not just the close-knit cycling community in Massachusetts, but also readers of sheldonbrown.com far and wide.

"'He was the spine of the industry,' said Richard Fries, a charity ride organizer in Boston. 'He represented all those mechanics out there who have to work on the new stuff as it comes out.' Brown's homespun wisdom on his personal website was interwoven with pages he created for the West Newton shop where he worked, Harris Cyclery Inc., just a few blocks from his home. The websites evolved from a hobby to become some of the best-known cycling sites and the first public source of news of his passing when shop employees posted a note after his death early Monday..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3eyvyp
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Title: "Homespun wisdom"
Author: Ross Kerber

Another article: http://tinyurl.com/yt8jq8

A NEW LOOK AT PHILADELPHIA REGION'S BICYCLISTS

-> In a Feb. 6th note, John Madera wrote, "New information about the habits, attitudes and desires of bicyclists in the Philadelphia region is now available.

The new study by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), is the most comprehensive look at bicycling ever done in the Delaware Valley, and may be the largest of its kind ever conducted in the United States.

"The report, entitled 'Bicycling in the Delaware Valley in 2005,' provides information about the behavior of adult bicyclists and the trips they make. Data was collected about trip purpose, length and duration of the trip, use of supplemental modes of transportation (transit, vehicle), frequency of bicycle travel, reasons for riding, crash experience, safety habits and more.

"Key findings included:
- Nearly two thirds of daily bicycle trips are for utilitarian transportation purposes, rather than for exercise or recreation.
- Approximately 60 percent of adult bicyclists were observed without a helmet.
- One out of three bicyclists reported having been in a crash or fall in the preceding year and slightly more than one in six were involved in a crash involving a motor vehicle.
- Bicycle lanes are favored by bicyclists over any other facility type; other popular facilities included wide roadway shoulders and education of motorists on sharing the road.

The report can be viewed at: http://tinyurl.com/2oftvm
To receive a hard copy, contact John Madera at 215-238-2854.

TRAIL TRAINING AND EDUCATION

From: Stuart Macdonald, National Trails Training Partnership (NTTP)
http://tinyurl.com/2hjwab

Your New Year's Resolution: Learn New Skills
http://tinyurl.com/27lnu8

"The National Trails Training Partnership wants you to join the movement for better skills and better trails. In 2008 there are many great opportunities for people to get involved in education in the trails and greenways field. All across the country you can find classes, conferences, seminars for every aspect of trail work. From fundraising and organizational building to design and interpretation, there is a course that will help you."

For trails training opportunities in 2008, go to:
http://www.TrailsTraining.net

PETERBOROUGH (ON) CROSSING GUARD AWARENESS PROGRAM

-> According to a recent note from Susan Sauve, "In Peterborough, Ontario, we wanted to bolster recognition for our school crossing guards. Vehicles do not always obey the guards, creating risky situations for the guards and the children and parents they are assisting to cross the road. We were having trouble recruiting guards as they didn't have an identity and the community didn't always appreciate their role.

"We took $30,000 and developed a name (The Crossing Guards of Peterborough), a slogan (Don't Let Your Guard Down), logo, jingle, posters, flyers, print ads, and radio and TV commercials. The campaign ran for the first time in January. Vehicle compliance is still a challenge and on-going education and enforcement are needed, but recruitment has improving significantly."

Some of the materials are on the city website
http://tinyurl.com/24flyg

Susan Sauve
Transportation Demand Management Planner
<SSauve@peterborough.ca>
500 George St. N.
City of Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3R9
(705) 742-7777 x.1485

BIKES BELONG AWARDS $50,000 IN GRANTS

-> According to a Feb. 11th release, "Bikes Belong just awarded six grants to grassroots groups in Colorado, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington to help build new bike paths and trails. Great facilities like these enable and encourage people to ride their bikes more often and make communities safer, healthier, and more enjoyable places to live.

- Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Assn. - Double Lake Recreation Area Trail
- So. Off-Road Bicycle Assn, Woodstock Chapter - Blankets Cr. Trail Expansion
- Whatcom Council of Governments-Coast Millennium Trail Link
- Centerville-Washington Park District-Iron Horse Trail
- Trails & Open Space Coal. - Street Connector
- Yukon BMX Parents and Riders Association - Track, Trail Enhancements

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2bo92b

NAT'L TRAILS SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

-> In a Feb. 16th news release, American Trails advises folks to "Mark your calendars for American Trails 19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008. The theme for the 2008 Symposium is Innovative Trails: Transforming the American Way of Life. To help us develop an exciting and motivating program for the Symposium, we invite you to submit ideas for presentations in support of the Symposium's theme. We expect to offer 40 concurrent sessions, each lasting 75 minutes.

"Another opportunity, in a smaller scale format, to display information about your project or issue to a wide audience is creating a poster. Posters will be displayed in a common area throughout the Symposium. Individuals displaying posters will also have an opportunity to share their 'story' and to meet with interested attendees at designated times during the Symposium.

Deadline for submitting proposals: April 18, 2008. To download the Call for Presentations Packet: http://tinyurl.com/2axbco

"The Program Committee is particularly seeking presentations that introduce new ideas, convey useful strategies, identify lessons learned, and strengthen participants' existing skills and knowledge in the spirit of the Symposium theme. Potential topics for presentations include, but are definitely not limited to, the general topic areas that you will find included in the Call."

For additional information about the program, please contact the Program Committee Co-Chair: Rory Robinson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA); phone: (330) 657-2951; fax: (330) 657-2955; email: <rory_robinson@nps.gov>. Or visit: http://tinyurl.com/2smo78

CICLOVIA -- CAR FREE SUNDAYS

-> An article in the Feb. 11th issue of Gil Penalosa's newsletter, Parks, Greenways, Trails, Great Places to Walk & Bike & Read asks, "Do you want to get hundreds of thousands physically active, walking and bicycling? Using the infrastructure that you already have? No need of capital investment, just operational budget, political will (guts), and community engagement is needed. It works just as well in a city of 50,000 people than in one of 10 million, anywhere in the world. It is CAR FREE SUNDAYS. We are attaching a note from Street Films director/producer Clarence Eckerson:

"'We have got a great video short up on StreetFilms...imagine 1.8 million people using 70+ miles of car-free streets to run, bike, walk EVERY Sunday? Well, in BOGOTA, Colombia they do exactly that during CICLOVIA!'"

Check it out on StreetFilms: http://www.streetfilms.org
Or on YouTube: http://tinyurl.com/2faezx

For more on Gil's organization, Walk & Bike for Life, go to:
http://walkandbikeforlife.org/

COLORADO COMMISSION SAYS FUND BICYCLING!

-> According to an article in the Feb. 14th Bicycle Colorado eNews, "The blue ribbon transportation panel created by Governor Bill Ritter highlighted the need for state-funded bicycle improvements in its recently released final report.

"Currently, the Colorado Department of Transportation relies almost entirely on federal money for bicycle projects instead of using state-generated transportation funds. The panel's recommendations contrast greatly from this current practice by specifying future state funding should be designatedfor creating new bicycle projects, adding paved shoulders to roads, and improving multimodal mobility.

"During a presentation on the panel's report, Carla Perez, the governor's senior transportation advisor, talked about the public meetings held around the state. 'The bicycle community was out in force,' she said. 'Who would have known bicycling was such an industry in Colorado?'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2qbprw

NETWORKS FOR MOBILITY 2008 CALL FOR PAPERS

-> According to a recent announcement, "The 'Networks for Mobility' symposium derives its name from the network approach and sees itself as a forum for interdisciplinary exchange of the various areas of transportation science and related fields. The first three symposia (of 2002, 2004 and 2006) have shown that bringing together representatives of the various disciplines leads to new insights and new projects. The scientists and practitioners -- from urban and regional planning, economics and ecology, to transportation planning, traffic and vehicle engineering -- had fruitful multi-disciplinary exchanges, particularly as methods of network analysis and modelling are actually interchangeable.

Call for Papers: The Scientific Committee invites researchers and practitioners from all over the world to submit abstracts of papers for oral or poster presentations at the symposium. Deadline for Abstracts is February 29th."

For a pdf of the Call for Papers form: http://tinyurl.com/25pcwf

For more about the symposium, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ypoxgp

NEW JERSEY TEEN AUTHORS "SAVE MY WORLD" BOOK

-> We recently received a message from a young man in New Jersey and thought it worth sharing. We also decided to buy a copy of his book through Amazon and it now occupies a special place on the CL editorial desk...

"I am Abe Seth, a senior at the East Brunswick High School. Recently, I was fortunate enough to author a book 'Save My World.' 'Save My World' is an environmental, pictorial book on Global Warming (and other environmental issues). The book is intended to teach us all how we can do little things to reduce our negative impact on the world, all while raising funds for the environment. Along with each environmental tip, a photograph that I have taken since I was 14 years of age illustrates the quote. Also, all the profits I make by selling the book ($12/$25) will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. But, if any charity, company or organization supports me, it will receive all the profits."

Sincerely,
Abhishek Seth
<savemyworld17@gmail.com>

Home page: http://www.SaveMyWorldOnline.com
Press Release: http://tinyurl.com/2ktnhw
Check out his book at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/2sa2ls

LOS ALAMOS (NM) CYCLIST TAKES NEWSPAPER TO TASK

-> Friend Khalil Spencer sent a copy of his letter to the Los Alamos newspaper on a local issue, and we decided to share it with our readers... /Ed.

"Editor, Los Alamos Monitor:

"On Friday, 8 February you note that the Magistrate Court report will no longer list 'traffic related cases unless alcohol, drugs, or an accident is involved.' I wonder why such an omission, since traffic violations endanger the community. Sooner or later, someone's misuse of their motor vehicle will lead to injury, death, and to property damage.

"NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) records for 2005 indicate that while approximately 17,000 of our annual national traffic deaths involved alcohol use, approximately 10,000 involved speeding. Likewise, based on my following of local traffic safety related information, it seems that driver error or malfeasance is responsible for a disproportionate share of our traffic accidents. Indeed, these are not merely accidents. They are predictable outcomes of bad driving. That includes a crash about a week ago that I came upon shortly after it happened. A young driver had just lost control of his vehicle on an icy road and plowed his car into a tree. The fortunate soul, uninjured, indicated to me that somehow, the now badly battered car was going too fast. Indeed it was, but it needed help to do so. Tough on the tree, too.

"Thus, the prevalence of traffic infractions is probably a good indicator of traffic risk and therefore risk to our community. We live in a relatively violent crime-free community. We don't have to risk drive-by shootings, muggings, or have to worry about crystal meth labs blowing up left and right. I would surmise that among our tangible risks of unintended death or injury include involvement in a traffic mishap. Therefore, the public should see who is endangering us through the willful misuse of their motor vehicles. Given the lame fines I've seen levied by our local courts, the minimal added penalty of public humiliation is the least the public can ask for."

--Khalil J. Spencer
<khalil@losalamos.com>

 


QUOTES R US

-> "Walking along the railroad tracks, I never could decide if it was easier to stretch my stride from one tie to the next, or if I should follow my natural rhythm, letting my foot land sometimes in the crushed stone ballast and sometimes on wood. I wanted the walking to be easy, unconscious. It wasn't. The smell of creosote and alfalfa still comes to me when I concentrate."
-- Catherine Fink
http://tinyurl.com/39xa5w

-> "It takes two lanes of a given size to move 40,000 people across a bridge in one hour by using modern trains, four to move them on buses, 12 to move them in their cars, and only one lane for them to pedal across on bicycles."
-- Ivan Illich, Energy And Equity, 1974, p.62

 


STATS R US

CLIMATE EMISSIONS BY TRAVEL TYPE

-> "Charts CO2 emissions by transportation mode, from an SUV to a plane to a bus. Also shows differences based on occupancy (i.e. full bus vs. half-full bus). Greenhouse gas emissions vary by vehicle type and occupancy rates. The best strategy for reducing your impact: walk, bike, or fill up a seat that's already going your way!"

For charts, go to Sightline Institute:
http://tinyurl.com/2plf3p

 


IN THE NEWS

About articles and archives: Most newspapers allow readers free access to articles for a week or two. After that, many charge a per-article fee. These, we identify as having an archive cost. Some papers don't charge regardless of how old an article is. These, we identify as not having an archive cost.

STUDY: BREATHING DIRTY AIR MAY LOWER KIDS' IQ

-> According to a Feb. 18th Reuters article, "Kids who live in neighbourhoods with heavy traffic pollution have lower IQs and score worse on other tests of intelligence and memory than children who breathe cleaner air, a new study shows. The effect of pollution on intelligence was similar to that seen in children whose mothers smoked 10 cigarettes a day while pregnant, or in kids who have been exposed to lead, Dr. Shakira Franco Suglia of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health.

"While the effect of pollution on cardiovascular and respiratory health has been studied extensively, less is known about how breathing dirty air might affect the brain, Suglia and her team write in the American Journal of Epidemiology. To investigate, she and her colleagues looked at 202 Boston children 8 to 11 years old who were participating in a study of maternal smoking. The researchers related several measures of cognitive function to the children's estimated exposure to black carbon, a component of the particulate matter emitted in automobile and truck exhaust, particularly by diesel vehicles..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2p9pm8
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Title: "Breathing Dirty Air May Lower Kids' IQ"
Author: Anne Harding

Am. Journal of Epidemiology source article (free pdf): http://tinyurl.com/22wgx7

WISCONSIN COLLEGE TO GIVE FRESHMEN BIKES

-> According to a Feb. 14th AP article, "A tiny liberal arts college here hopes it has found an answer to a nagging shortage of campus parking: a bicycle giveaway. If incoming freshmen promise not to bring a car to campus for a full year, Ripon College will give them a Trek 820 mountain bike, a helmet and a lock -- a $400 value.

"'We're a residential college with a beautiful, historic campus in the middle of a small town,' said President David Joyce, an avid cyclist. 'Paving it over was not an option I was willing to consider.'

"He hopes the 1,000-student campus' 'Velorution Program' will protect it from building more parking lots. 'We obviously live in a car culture. That's not about to change,' Joyce said. 'But if a significant number of students learn that a car isn't a necessity at this stage of their lives, that's good enough for me.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3c5fvp
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Title: "Wis. College to Give Bikes to Freshmen"
Author: AP

OHIO PLAN STRESSES NEED FOR ACTIVITY

-> According to a Feb. 15th Daily News commentary, "Ohioans need to get out more, a statewide group of parks and recreation officials, and two nationwide health organizations say. We're the 15th-fattest state in the nation, our obesity rate is rising steadily, and it costs us a bundle. One study estimates the health care costs caused by physical inactivity and poor nutrition to be $3.3 billion a year in Ohio alone. At least half of that is paid for by taxpayers in Medicare and Medicaid expenses. So, after 18 months of work, volunteers from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association have put together a strategy called Ohio's Physical Activity Plan.

"The plan, unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the second Healthy Lifestyle Summit at the Dayton Convention Center, calls for ambitious statewide program and policy changes to get Buckeyes more physically active and healthy. 'It's not just about going to the gym,' said Mary Beth Thamans, director of parks, recreation and cultural arts for Kettering and a driving force behind the plan. 'It's trying to routinely design physical activity into people's lives.' One of the biggest changes in modern society, said public health and transportation consultant Mark Fenton, is the decline in routine physical activity. People are no longer active at work, he said, and we now tend to drive everywhere..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yr9f7w
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Title: "Plan stresses need for activity"
Author: Ken McCall

NEW VISION FOR OLD POUGHKEEPSIE (NY) BRIDGE

-> According to a Feb. 17th Times Union article, "In 1993 amateur photographer and Poughkeepsie-area lawyer Fred Schaeffer heard about an idea to turn an abandoned railroad bridge over the Hudson River into a recreational path. So one day he climbed its stairs to see what all the fuss was about. What he saw inspired him and others to bring that vision to life. 'The view is just breathtaking,' Schaeffer said. 'I realized this is not a rickety old bridge.' For years, a volunteer, grass-roots effort has tried to transform the unused 6,767-foot Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, connecting the city and the hamlet of Highland, into a trail that could also spur economic development. Facing huge costs and limited manpower, the effort stalled.

"Until 2004. That's when Schaeffer and other members of the nonprofit group, Walkway Over the Hudson, realized the project needed professional help. They were elected to the group's board of directors that year and kicked off a revitalized campaign. The bridge was considered a 'technological wonder' and was the longest bridge in the world when it opened in 1888. Called 'The Great Connector,' because it provided New Englanders access to the western frontier, it was last used in 1974, when damaged by fire. Now, the bridge -- the highest span above the Hudson River -- will also become the longest walkway and bikeway over water in the world with help from the state, said Judith Enck, Gov. Eliot Spitzer's deputy secretary for the environment..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2qle4o
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Title: "New vision for old Hudson span"
Author: Julie A. Varughese

SWEDISH DRIVERS MUST HAVE ECODRIVING SKILLS

-> According to a Feb. 14th Reuters article, "Swedish driving instructor Lars Rembjer has two words of advice for his pupils, the first in the world to have to prove they can be kind to the environment to get their licenses: think ahead. Those words apply to the road, the potential consequences of climate change and the roughly 10 percent in savings on fuel achievable with simple care behind the wheel.

"Sweden, the homeland of carmakers Volvo and Saab, began demanding ecodriving skills from those applying for a car license at the end of 2007. Truck and motorcycle drivers will face a similarly toughened test come April 1. After five years of teaching environmentally friendly driving techniques at his Stockholm motor school, Rembjer was ready for this, as were his students..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/38vpj5
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Title: "Swedish Drivers Face Test of Eco-Credentials"
Author: Ilze Filks

CROCKER (MO) GOES AFTER "SAFE ROUTES" SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Feb. 19th Daily Guide article, "Members of the Crocker City Council voted Friday night to invite residents to a public meeting this Thursday to discuss sidewalk construction routes that would make it easier for students to walk to school in Crocker. That's part of a federal project known as 'Safe Routes to School.' Crocker needs to tear up many of its downtown sidewalks to replace leaking water lines that in some cases date back 70 or more years, and a federal grant may make it possible to replace aging, broken or nonexistent sidewalks with new sidewalks at little or no cost to the city.

"Rob Conaway from Archer Engineering presented several options for water line infrastructure construction on a project that will be built by Maggi Construction. While the water line project isn't time-sensitive -- except that the city is spending large amounts of money to repeatedly repair breaks in water lines -- Conaway said city officials need to act very soon if they want to take advantage of the federal sidewalks program.

"'The 2008 Safe Routes to School is probably one of the last options for us to get,' Conaway said. While the city's long-term goals include making it possible for city residents to walk all the way to a trail system in the city park south of town, Conaway said it would be best to hold off on connecting that far south until later. City rather than federal funds should be used for that project since it might look like a trail project to grant evaluators rather than a project to help students walk to school, Conaway said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2cd73m
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Title: "Crocker seeks sidewalks"
Author: Darrell Todd Maurina

EXETER (NH) CLEANS UP ITS WALKABLE SIDEWALKS

-> According to a Feb. 19th News-Letter article, "The town has a $12,500 grant that could help it remain of 'America's Most Walkable' communities, a distinction bestowed by host Mark Fenton on the PBS series 'America's Walking' and Dan Burden of Walkable Communities, Inc. While the town's sidewalks are used by many walkers, the grant says there are many dog owners who pick up after their pets, but some who do not, creating a problem for the community. The education and dog waste stations could help convince more dog walkers to pick up, it says. Discussions on how to spend the New Hampshire Department of Environmental grant money are under way.

"Five citizen representatives, Highway Superintendent Jay Perkins, Conservation Commission chairman Don Clement and Phyllis Duffy, engineering technician for the Department of Public Works, met on Jan. 31 for the first meeting of a pet waste working group. The participating citizens are part of the Exeter Area Garden Club and the Exeter Area General Federation of Women's Club. The group will design an education program and identify areas where disposal stations should be placed. Project goals include convincing dog owners to pick up after their pets and understand how their behavior can generate storm water pollution, improve water quality of local waters and improve the town's image and reduce health risks..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/233crc
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Title: "Exeter works to address pet waste concerns in town"
Author: Jennifer Feals

CONGRESS PASSES DRIVEWAY "BACKOVER" BILL

-> According to a Feb. 14th Reuters article, "The Senate on Thursday approved and sent to President George W. Bush legislation aimed at reducing 'backover' auto accidents that are particularly dangerous for children. The measure also requires the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to study potential safety hazards associated with power windows, and possibly issue a regulation that would require automakers to install windows that automatically reverse direction when blocked. This is also aimed at protecting young children.

"Under the legislation approved unanimously, the NHTSA must within a year take steps toward improving the rear field of vision in automobiles so drivers can more easily see objects behind them when backing up. This could include more mirrors or cameras. The bill also requires the government to collect data on backover and other incidents classified as non-traffic accidents. Safety advocates said U.S. backover accidents killed 474 children between 2002-06..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2vmvkh
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Title: "Congress clears bill to cut auto-related deaths"
Author: Reuters

LANCE ENCOURAGES BIKE COMMUTING IN AUSTIN (TX)

-> According to a Feb. 16th Gristmill article, "Lance Armstrong will soon unveil his 18,000-square-foot Austin-based bike shop, Mellow Johnny's (named after the Tour de France's yellow jersey -- or "maillot jaune"). The goal of the shop is to promote bike culture and bike commuting:

"'This city is exploding downtown. Are all these people in high rises going to drive everywhere? We have to promote (bike) commuting...' Showers and a locker room will allow commuters who don't have facilities at their offices to ride downtown, store their bikes at the shop, bathe and catch a ride on a pedicab or walk the rest of the way to work. Armstrong's advocacy could move mountains..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/22fcry
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Title: "Lance Armstrong: more bike commuters, please"
Author: Adam Stein

PORTLAND (OR) "AVENUE OF ROSES" TO GET SAFETY FIXES

-> According to a Feb. 20th Oregonian article, "It may not be quite as good as an actual walk signal, but pedestrians risking their lives to dash across 82nd Avenue may at least find an island refuge in the middle of the city's most dangerous road. That's one of the relatively low-cost, fast-acting fixes contained in a plan that the Portland City Council is expected to endorse today. The report -- a citizen-driven blueprint for how to make the 'Avenue of the Roses' more safe -- has been in the works for several months. Rich Newlands, director of the project for the Portland Office of Transportation, said the city borrowed the "safety corridor" concept normally reserved for rural state highways.

"'It hadn't been done in an urban setting yet,' Newlands said. 'The beauty of it is it really focuses on providing improvements as quickly as possible.' There's little doubt about the scope of the problem. The seven-mile stretch from the southern city limits at Southeast Clatsop Street to Northeast Killingsworth Street has the highest incidence of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities in the city. Between 1997 and 2006, the city recorded 3,747 crashes on the stretch. 'Pedestrians are more likely to die or be seriously injured from a collision on the corridor than anywhere else in the city,' the report said, averaging about one pedestrian death a year..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/3xmgyh
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Title: "Plan has fast fixes to make 82nd safer"
Author: James Mayer

AND NOW, A FEW THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

NOT YOUR FATHER'S BICYCLE!
"This bicycle is ridden sideways and is balanced by using human Front to Back balance. This bicycle uses Front and Rear steering."
Source: http://www.sidewaysbike.com/

WEBSITE CREATES ONLINE CONDOR COMMUNITY
"North America's largest flying bird was nearly lost to extinction, but thanks to a collaborative effort the California condor's future is flying high and news abounds. The recently launched Website, 'California Condor Conservation,' was created with new technology to provide the latest information from all of the organizations involved in this species' recovery..."
Source: http://tinyurl.com/2m7nen

 


QUICK HITS

TRANS SEC WANTS MOTORCYCLE HELMET GRANTS
-> "An avid motorcyclist, Peters was in a crash in 2005 and credits her helmet with helping to save her life..."
http://tinyurl.com/2vmvkh

-> BICYCLE LIFT IN TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
Some years back, CenterLines mentioned this facility that pulls bicyclists up a steep hill. Now, thanks to YouTube, we can show it to you in action:
Source: http://tinyurl.com/32do4d

LONDON TO PENALIZE GAS-GUZZLER OWNERS
-> "Owners of gas-guzzling cars will have to pay 25 pounds a day to drive them in central London from October in a push to cut carbon emissions, mayor Ken Livingstone said on Tuesday..."
http://tinyurl.com/32sjw7

WHAT'S UP WITH NEW WALLACE AND GROMIT MOVIE?
-> "Get the latest film news direct from Aardman Studios! Our production team are really getting the hang of this blogging lark!"
Read blog: http://tinyurl.com/2j4vhz

HANOI (VN) PEDESTRIANS GAIN TWO NEW BRIDGES
-> The city's People's Committee said the VND8bil (US$500,000) project was designed to reduced pedestrian injuries and congestion on the city's roads. It said a further 10 to 16 pedestrian bridges would be built in the city by 2010..."
http://tinyurl.com/2yttzc

 


RESOURCES

-> "GUARANTEED RIDE HOME PROGRAMS..."
"...A Study of Program Characteristics, Utilization, and Cost;" by William B. Menczer, Federal Transit Administration; Journal of Public Transportation, Vol. 01, #4, 2007. (1.2mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2yb922

-> "A COMPILATION OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY DEVICES..."
"...In Use at Grade Crossings;" by the Office of Safety, Federal Railroad Administration; Jan. 2008. (5.7mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3bd9tq

-> "2006-2007 ANNUAL REPORT"
Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC); members: Portland State University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Oregon Institute of Technology. (1.6mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/26p7mt

 


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!

-> February 21-22, 2008, National Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Conference 2008, San Diego, CA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2pezlb

-> 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

-> April 20, 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

-> June 23-25, 2008, World Cities Summit, Singapore. Info: Anna Lee, Project Manager, World Cities Summit 2008, phone: +65 6542 8660 ext 168; fax: +65 6542 8683; email: <info@worldcities.com.sg>
http://www.worldcities.com.sg/

-> 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 -- EXEC. DIR. -- NAPLES PATHWAY COALITION

Naples Pathways Coalition, Inc. of Collier Co., Florida, 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.

Job description: http://tinyurl.com/3xyxjc
Website: http://www.naplespathways.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 -- SR. ACTIVE TRANS. PLANNER -- CHICAGOLAND BICYCLE 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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