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#196 Wednesday, March 5, 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/


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----- Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 Review Panel Meets
----- Centerlines Call for Bike Summit Stories
----- Community Assessment Tool On-Line Demo
----- Jeff Miller -- New Thunderhead President/CEO
----- Join "Georgia Rides to the Capital"!
----- Portland (OR) Finds Red Light Cameras Effective
----- Safe Routes Partnership Steering Committee Openings
----- Free SRTS Webinar on "Starting a SRTS Pgm with $0"
----- Design to Begin for D.C. Pedestrian Bridge
----- What Next for Fed. Gas Tax, Frozen Since '93?
----- Changing Demographics & Transportation Conference


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----- Will 2008 Mark Start of Era of American Cyclist?
----- Prevention Magazine Rates Best U.S. Walking Cities
----- Fargo (ND) Bike Shop Moves to Heart of City
----- Los Angeles (CA) Officials Do 180 in Traffic Planning
----- Spring Hill (AL) Folks, CVS Drug Agree on Compromise
----- Air Suffers as Vehicles Further Supplant Feet
----- Arizona Bill Favors "Low-Level" Speeders
----- Virginia Supreme Court Voids Trans. Authorities
----- Mixed-Use Project Planned for S. Fayette (PA)

FEATURES

PRO WALK/PRO BIKE REVIEW PANEL MEETS

-> Between Feb. 21st and 24th, a review panel of five people took over the large dining room of a bed and breakfast in Spokane, Washington, and went through every presentation proposal for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference, to be held September 2-5 in Seattle, Washington. "We discussed each proposal on its own merits, ranked it, and grouped it with other potential presentations," said conference director Gary MacFadden. "We followed the same process that we've used since the 2004 conference in Victoria, but with so many more proposals (308 as compared to around 200 proposals for the 2006 Madison conference), we'll have to say "no" to a much larger group of would-be presenters."

"I'm convinced we've got the makings of the best line-up of programs we've ever had," said John Williams, who also served as program director for the Victoria and Madison conferences. "At the Seattle conference we'll mix the daily presentations and workshops with a full complement of mobile workshops each day, to get hundreds of conference participants out into the field, getting a first-hand look at how facilities and programs were designed and implemented. It's going to be a powerful learning and sharing opportunity."

The processing of the larger number of proposals has resulted in a slight delay in confirming proposal selections to the submitters, MacFadden said. "We had initially planned to get word back to prospective presenters by March 1st, but we didn't anticipate this much higher level of submissions. John and I will meet again the second week of March to review the final presentation selections, and all proposal submitters will be notified by March 14th."

MacFadden added that the planning group is working to launch the registration web site for the conference by the middle of April. "An important addition to this year's on-line registration form is that it will include the sign-up procedure for specific mobile workshops," MacFadden said. "These workshops will be filled on a first-come/first-served basis. The opening of conference registration will be announced in CenterLines, and will also be announced on the conference pages at the web site of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) at www.bikewalk.org.

CENTERLINES CALL FOR BIKE SUMMIT STORIES

-> Did you make it to D.C. for the League of American Bicyclists' Mar. 4-6 National Bike Summit? Got any inspiring stories? Tales of changing the moldy minds of recalcitrant representatives or inspiring the slothful synapses of surly senators? Got any lessons learned -- or even un-learned?

Share them with our lonely editor, whose wife, L.T. is in D.C. doing her duty, while he sweats under the compact fluorescents, wrapping up this week's CL. Drop him a note at <john@montana.com>. He'll be glad you did -- and YOU might see your deathless prose show up on your monitor in a couple of weeks!

COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT TOOL ON-LINE DEMO

-> GIS-based community assessment tools are featured in a new on-line demonstration on the web site of the Active Living Resource Center (ALRC). The tools, which are aimed at community members who can be quickly trained to use the PDA software, was developed by a team of professors and students at the University of Oregon, working with ALRC staff. The project is led by Marc Schlossberg, a professor in the School of Planning, Public Policy, & Management.

The team is building a series of "modules" which will eventually allow community members to quickly assess areas around schools, Complete Streets, ADA facilities, and routes to transit. Once the data is gathered, the software assembles maps showing a variety of information, such as missing crosswalks, curb ramps, or streets that are deemed unsafe due to high traffic speeds or missing sidewalks.

The new on-line demo, developed by ALRC staff member Chris Jordan, can be viewed in a web browser by visiting:
http://tinyurl.com/3a5uy6

JEFF MILLER -- NEW THUNDERHEAD PRESIDENT/CEO

-> According to a Feb. 28th news release, "Today the Thunderhead Alliance announced that it has hired Jeffrey Miller, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. The Thunderhead Alliance is the North American coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations, with a membership of over 135 organizations from across the United States and Canada.

"Miller will begin work at the Thunderhead Alliance in April. Jeffrey Miller has led the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) since 1996, growing the organization to be the voice for cycling in Maine. The Coalition boasts a membership of over 6,000, five full-time staff and garners significant media coverage and sustainable transportation victories around the state. It recently won statewide legislation requiring drivers to pass cyclists at a safe distance.

"Miller has a long history with the Thunderhead Alliance. In 1996, during his first week on the job at the BCM, Miller participated in the first gathering of what was to become the Thunderhead Alliance, meeting bicycle and pedestrian advocates from across the U.S. Since then, he has built strong relationships with state, local and national leaders in the movement, attending Thunderhead Alliance trainings and other national events and sharing his experience and expertise and learning from others. Miller will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the nation's largest bicycle organization, the Adventure Cycling Association..."

For more info, contact:
Noah Budnick (212) 629-8080 / (917) 684 2912
Jeffrey Miller (207) 623-4511

JOIN "GEORGIA RIDES TO THE CAPITAL"!

-> According to a Feb. 20th news release, "Georgia Bikes! and others including event sponsors will host over 2,000 cyclists from Decatur, and Roswell, led respectively by their Mayors, Bill Floyd and Jere Wood for 'Georgia Rides to the Capitol.' Other mayors, including Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, are expected to join at the starts or along the way since the 66-city strong Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA) has endorsed the ride in conjunction with a pledge of support for development of a regionally-connected bicycle and pedestrian system. Speakers will include local and state dignitaries.

"This is the third year for 'Georgia Rides to the Capitol,' an event where cyclists will embark on police-escorted rides to the Capitol in order to raise support for improved conditions for all types of bicycling in Georgia, including the development of regional systems of bicycling and pedestrian networks. To secure support for the development of a system of regional bike and pedestrian trails that provides for the creation of new trails and connectivity to existing trials.

"MAMA also intends to raise awareness of the benefits of bicycling as an important form of transportation; a beneficial economic development and tourism tool; a great way to maintain health and fitness; and a great sport and family activity."

When does all this take place? How about Tuesday, March 11, 2008, during Georgia's 2008 legislative session!

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/22qken

PORTLAND (OR) FINDS RED LIGHT CAMERAS EFFECTIVE

-> According to a March 4th article in The Oregonian, red light cameras have been effective in reducing crashes and injuries, and cost-effective as well. In fact, they're more than paying for themselves.

Portland recently installed number 12 of the controversial cameras. Why controversial? Some vehicle owners claim that others were driving their cars when they were caught by the cameras, which record the car license, the date, time, elapsed time that the light has been red, and the vehicle's speed.

We suspect the real reason is that the cameras are so darned efficient. An example: when a camera went "live" at one intersection in October, it nailed 226 vehicles of the 3,011 vehicles that passed through the intersection on the first day! Each motorist caught by the cameras pays a $245 ticket, or they can have their day in traffic court. The cameras have more than paid for themselves. The cost of the camera for the four-year period 2002-2006 was 1.49 million; the gross revenue for the same period was 1.78 million, for a new revenue of $290,000.00. It's difficult to put a price tag on the increased safety for pedestrians and cyclists as the motorists start paying more attention to intersections and traffic signals.

SAFE ROUTES PARTNERSHIP STEERING COMMITTEE OPENINGS

-> According to a Feb. 29th news release, "The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (the Partnership) is now accepting nominations for several Steering Committee positions representing government agencies, non-governmental organizations and professional associations. After only three years of existence, the Partnership has grown to nearly 350 partner affiliates, and has seen all but two State DOTs release application guidelines for the $612 million in federal SRTS funds. Safe Routes to School is taking hold across America and the Partnership is playing a critical role in making sure that this program will continue to grow and thrive.

"Our Steering Committee, a diverse group of up to 21 members, functions as the Partnership's Board of Directors and holds decision-making responsibility for the Partnership. The estimated time commitment for Steering Committee members is eight hours a month. Each organization that holds a seat on the Steering Committee must appoint an individual representative to serve on behalf of his or her organization. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 2, 2008."

For more information on the call for nominations and to view and download the call for application and instructions, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/345425

FREE SRTS WEBINAR ON "STARTING A SRTS PGM WITH $0"

-> According to a Feb. 29th news release, "America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School present the next Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinar. The topic will be: 'Starting a SRTS Program with Zero Funds" Presented by Ian Thomas, Executive Director, PedNet Coalition March 18, 2008 at 2PM EST AND March 19, 2008 at 8PM EST.

"During the hour-long Webinar, Thomas will share the successes of the PedNet Coalition's Safe Routes to School Program. Based in Columbia, Missouri, the PedNet Coalition began as an all-volunteer, grassroots group with the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles, economic vitality and a sustainable transportation system, through an increased emphasis on active modes of travel for local journeys.

"The Safe Routes Coaching Action Network Webinars are designed to educate individuals and organizations on topics that will assist with successful outreach efforts. The Network will also offer Webinar participants the option to receive a coaching session from America Walks for assistance with their local outreach efforts. By offering follow-up coaching and education, the Network aims to increase the priority of and resources dedicated towards improving Safe Routes to School efforts."

To register for the Webinar, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2x2689

DESIGN TO BEGIN FOR D.C. PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

-> According to a Feb. 19th news release, "The District [of Columbia] Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today that design work would begin on a bridge connecting the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and adjacent neighborhoods. The bridge will create a safe passageway for community members who often walk over active railroad tracks. 'Right now, to get to the Beacon House, the children cross the tracks. Once the bridge is built it will make a huge difference in giving access to our volunteers, children, and seniors from and to the metro station,' said Rev. Donald E. Robinson, director and founder of the youth program Beacon House. 'We normally pick them up in the van, but if they could just walk over the tracks on a bridge it would help a great deal.' Plans for a pedestrian bridge have been on the books for two decades, but a lack of property ownership and funding had prevented the project from moving forward.

"As the Metropolitan Branch Trail nears construction the necessity of building the bridge became more crucial. 'This project exemplifies our commitment to safe travel for bicyclists and pedestrians in the District,' said DDOT Director Emeka Moneme. 'This project will literally bridge the Edgewood and Brentwood communities, including a link to metro. We look forward to working with the community on this very important connection.' 'Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has actively supported the development of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and this bridge is one more excellent link to enhance the community,' said Keith Laughlin, president of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. 'Connecting public transportation to trails gives neighborhoods greater access to all the benefits and services their city has to offer.'..."

For more info, contact: Karyn LeBlanc, DDOT, (202) 671-3490, <karyn.leblanc@dc.gov> or Katie Test, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, (202) 974-5152, <katie@railstotrails.org>

WHAT NEXT FOR FED. GAS TAX, FROZEN SINCE '93?

-> In the Mar. 3rd SAFE Newsletter, Jim Smith wrote, "In a National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission report titled, 'Transportation for Tomorrow,' December 2007**, we are warned that 'The future of our Nation's well-being, vitality, and global economic leadership is at stake...We must take significant, decisive action now to create and sustain the pre-eminent surface transportation system in the world.' The report concluded that 'We need to invest at least $225 billion annually from all sources for the next 50 years to upgrade our existing system to a state of good repair and create a more advanced surface transportation system.' According to this report, we are funding only about 40% of this amount today. The point is ... the U. S. is faced with many enormous fiscal problems that need to be addressed now.

"Back in the President Eisenhower era, an Interstate Highway system was created because our nation had the political will to tackle that challenge and opportunity. Do we have that same will today? Or, are we sweeping all these fiscal problems 'under the rug,' hoping they will stay out of sight, or leaving them for others to solve? Since 1993, the major transportation funding source, the gasoline tax -- at 18.4 cents/gal for unleaded and 24.4 cents/gal for diesel -- remains unchanged. Now, as a result of not incrementally raising the tax over the past 14 years we are faced with a huge proposed solution of raising gas taxes by as much as 40 cents/gal over five years. Do we have the political will to do that?..."

- Jim Smith is Chairman of SAFE, a South Florida bicycle group promoting safer provisions in the Boca Raton area. He can be reached at <JamesEJIMCHAR@aol.com>.

**The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission report can be browsed and/or downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/2l8lmd

CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS & TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE

-> According to the Mar. 4th TRB E-Newsletter, "The Transportation Research Board is sponsoring the Impact of Changing Demographics on the Transportation System Conference on October 27-28, 2008, in Washington, D.C. The conference will explore how the changing socio-demographics of our society affect transportation patterns and needs. Authors wishing to have papers considered as part of the conference program must submit their abstracts by April 7, 2008."

For more info, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/ytsakv

 


QUOTES R US

-> "Change isn't just an abstract or theoretical possibility. It's what we've been living with, well, for as long as any of us can remember."
-- Clark Williams-Derry, Sightline Institute
http://tinyurl.com/2acbb9

-> "Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac. Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant. Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading."
-- Christopher Leinberger, Atlantic Monthly (Mar. issue)
http://tinyurl.com/24nhlk

 


STATS R US

PLAN B 3.0: MOBILIZING TO SAVE CIVILIZATION

-> Statistics from the behind-the-scenes research for the latest book from Earth Policy Institute, "Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization," by Lester R. Brown.

- Four years after London introduced a fee on motor vehicles entering the city center, average car traffic had fallen by 36 percent while bicycle trips had increased by 49 percent.

- The world produces 110 million bicycles a year, more than twice the annual production of 49 million cars.

- One fifth of the U.S. grain harvest is now being turned into fuel ethanol.

-The eight warmest years on record have all occurred in the last decade.

For more on Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2v8es4
Explore the complete datasets at:
http://tinyurl.com/2ur6mw

 


IN THE NEWS

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WILL 2008 MARK START OF ERA OF AMERICAN CYCLIST?

-> In a Mar. 4th Houston Chronicle column, Neal Peirce wrote, "Bicycling's best year since the start of the auto age? That's the argument being made through Thursday as hundreds of cyclists from across the nation gather in Washington for the National Bike Summit sponsored of the League of American Bicyclists. A crescendo of trends and developments makes the case. First the trends: Oil costs are surpassing $100 a barrel, global warming alarm calls are mounting, polluting autos and trucks increasingly clog city streets, and health concerns about a sedentary and fattening society are mounting.

"And now the developments: Handy bike-for-hire stations are proving instant hits in Paris and other European cities, and seem poised to invade urban America. Moves to add painted bike lanes along city roadways are being eclipsed by proposals for entire networks of 'bike boulevards' -- roadways altered radically to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians. And a companion 'Complete Streets' movement -- making roadway space for cyclists and pedestrians, not just cars and trucks -- is gaining traction nationwide.

"Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., founder of the Congressional Bike Caucus (160 bipartisan members), claims a new pro-bike politics is forming, that it can mobilize a 1-million-plus national constituency and force clear recognition of the role of bicycles in the next (2009) federal transportation bill. He and the Bike Summit will be pushing for a sense of Congress resolution recognizing the potential of bikes to undergird a greener, healthier and more efficient national future..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2zn9pa
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Title: "Will 2008 mark beginning of era of American cyclist?"
Author: Neal Peirce

PREVENTION MAGAZINE RATES BEST U.S. WALKING CITIES

-> According to a Mar. 3rd Cambridge Chronicle article, "Cambridge is the best walking city in America, with more residents walking to work and more parks per square mile than any other city evaluated, according to a just-released study by Prevention magazine in its April issue and the American Podiatric Medical Association. Walking kudos also goes to New York, ranked No. 2, and Ann Arbor, No. 3. The worst walking cities: Oklahoma City, North Las Vegas, and Gadsden, AL. Prevention and the APMA annually team up to measure the walkability of America's cities as interest in walking for fitness remains strong..."

10 best U.S. walking cities of 2008
1. Cambridge
2. New York, N.Y.
3. Ann Arbor, Mich.
4. Chicago, Ill.
5. Washington, D.C.
6. San Francisco
7. Honolulu
8. Trenton, N.J.
9. Boston
10. Cincinnati

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Title: "Prevention magazine rates Cambridge best walking city in U.S."
Author: Staff

To read the sponsors' news release (with links to the various lists), go to:
http://tinyurl.com/2m47b9

FARGO (ND) BIKE SHOP MOVES TO HEART OF CITY

-> According to a Feb. 27th Forum article, "Tom Smith says his business is returning one of downtown Fargo's most prominent buildings to its original use. Island Park Cycles, of which Smith is co-owner, is up and running in its new home, the 100-year-old former Great Northern Depot building at 425 Broadway. 'This building was a transportation hub for its first 80 years. We're going back to that,' he said. More recently, the building was home to several failed restaurants, the last of which -- Great Northern Restaurant and Brewery -- closed in October 2005. Smith said he's not bothered by what happened with the restaurants. 'Different businesses, different industries,' he said. However, Island Park Cycles plans to open a cafe in the building.

"Details haven't been worked out, Smith said. Island Park Cycles, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, operated until recently at 101 8th St. S. near Fargo's Island Park. The new location has about 10,000 square feet of space, compared with about 3,500 at the old site...Some people don't understand why Island Park Cycles wanted more room, said Dave Anderson, president of the Downtown Community Partnership. 'But once they go and see for themselves, they'll understand what Island Park Cycles has done with the space,' he said. Before, Island Park Cycles was on the fringe of downtown Fargo, Anderson said. 'Now they're in the heart of downtown in an historic building. What they're doing is exciting,' he said..."

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Title: "Bike shop chugs on at Depot"
Author: Jon Knutson

LOS ANGELES (CA) OFFICIALS DO 180 IN TRAFFIC PLANNING

-> According to a Feb. 25th Times article, "By the 1950s, the politicians and planners of Southern California had made their bet: Freeways would solve the awful traffic gripping city streets. Now, Los Angeles officials are taking a different tack. With the Santa Monica Freeway congested, they're looking at increasing the capacity of Olympic and Pico boulevards to ease traffic on the Westside. Life has a way of coming full circle, eh? As is the case with most traffic plans, this one has caused a huge stink. Businesses and residents have complained that it would affect the livability of their neighborhood. Some have threatened to file suit to stop it. Even if you don't participate in the steel-cage match that is Westside traffic, the dispute revisits a provocative question: What is the role of our streets? Do they exist to move a lot of traffic? Or should they be the spine of refurbished, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods? Can they do both? 'I like it when strong leaders do what's right and implement solutions,' said Victoria Karan, president of the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council.

"But 'this is an initiative for people who have to travel through our neighborhood and not live in it.' Still, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa -- with support from area Councilman Jack Weiss -- this month ordered the plan to be implemented, and it is set to start rolling out March 8. In some ways, it's commendable for public officials to act now. Few do. Villaraigosa appeared on Charlie Rose last week and the first question lobbed at him involved traffic, and it's clear the mayor gets that there's a problem. In this case, however, what the city is doing also happens to rub against the grain of modern urban planning. 'One way you can move toward less congestion is if you provide people better accessibility and walkability and more pleasant streets,' said Gail Goldberg, the city's chief planner, who is not wild about the Olympic-Pico plan. 'But as a city we're not ready for that conversation yet.' The concept of 'complete streets' has been in vogue in planning circles for years..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2vzetp
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Title: "L.A. officials do a 180 in traffic planning"
Author: Steve Hymon

SPRING HILL (AL) FOLKS, CVS DRUG AGREE ON COMPROMISE

-> According to a Mar. 5th Press Register article, "Spring Hill residents, the Mitchell Company and CVS Pharmacy reached an agreement Tuesday to allow the retail chain to build a store at the corner of McGregor Avenue and Old Shell Road. In January, Spring Hill residents successfully lobbied the city of Mobile to put a moratorium on building in the area, which halted plans for the store. Members of a nonprofit group, The Village of Spring Hill, asked for the moratorium because they needed time to present the Planning Commission and City Council with a new zoning proposal that would create a walkable neighborhood with stores close to the sidewalk.

"Doug Anderson, an attorney for The Mitchell Company Inc., said CVS agreed to several changes to the site plan to make Spring Hill residents happy. The new plan eliminates the parking lot between Old Shell and the building and calls for on-street parking along that street and McGregor. The store will not have any signs other than the store's name on its walls. CVS even let Spring Hill residents choose the color of the store's bricks and awning, Anderson said. The developer will put a clock tower in front of the store to act as a 'neighborhood monument,' Anderson said. Spring Hill residents compromised by acquiescing to the store's request for more parking than is proposed in The Village's master plan, Anderson said..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/23ylxs
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Title: "CVS, Spring Hill reach agreement"
Author: Dan Murtaugh

Note: In January, both parties were unwilling to compromise. According to the Jan. 22nd edition of the Press-Register, CVS wouldn't budge "from plans to build away from the street and place parking in front of the store" and residents favored a moratorium on the project if CVS wouldn't agree. [See CenterLines #193]

AIR SUFFERS AS VEHICLES FURTHER SUPPLANT FEET

-> In a Mar. 3rd Chicago Tribune op-ed piece, Jon Hilkevitch wrote, "Pupils attending Monee Elementary School line up in their neighborhood for school buses each weekday morning, even though many live only a couple of blocks from the school built on the outskirts of the Will County village. The absence of sidewalks, crosswalks, proper school zone signs and road markings on the streets surrounding the school and nearby Country Meadows subdivision in Monee means it's simply unsafe for the kindergartners through 5th graders to walk or bicycle to classes. So the children board the buses, ride for a few minutes and get off the bus.

"They miss out on the health benefits of walking or biking to school, and the diesel-powered buses belch pollutants into the 'country air' that presumably was among the quality-of-life factors that attracted families to the once rural community. It's no better in Aurora, where city building inspector Allen LaFan says he can stand at the bus stop near his house and watch his child get on and off the school bus, because the entire trip amounts to crossing a busy intersection that is not pedestrian-friendly.

"'I can wave to the school,' LaFan said. The situation represents an unending cycle. More children are being transported to school on buses or in private cars because the streets are not safe. But that leads to more vehicles and more traffic, increasing the potential danger to all pedestrians. The problem is also a microcosm of the transportation crisis choking the nation. The number of miles traveled by gasoline-powered vehicles increases every year, and trips by cars and sport-utility vehicles far outstrip trips on mass transit..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2qqjm8
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Title: "Air suffers as vehicles further supplant feet"
Author: Jon Hilkevitch

ARIZONA BILL FAVORS "LOW-LEVEL" SPEEDERS

-> According to a Feb. 29th Daily Star article, "State lawmakers are moving to give a break to speeders, as long as they don't drive really really fast and don't do it often. In the process, they could be undermining plans by Gov. Janet Napolitano to roll out photo-assisted radar statewide. Legislation approved Thursday by the House Transportation Committee would reduce the penalty for speeding up to 11 mph over the limit from three license points to one. Eight points in a year send a driver to traffic survival school; 12 points result in a license suspension.

"What's more, the opportunity to escape with no fine, no points and no hit to the insurance premiums goes way up because HB 2603 would allow those slow speeders to take defensive-driving classes once a year, instead once every other year, wiping out any record of the citation. Both provisions would apply, whether the ticket is issued personally by a police officer or a photo-radar citation arrives in the mail. But the measure takes a couple of specific swipes at the whole concept of photo radar. One section would give speeders caught by photo radar one free pass, of sorts, every year..."

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Title: "Ariz. bill favoring low-level speeders advances"
Author: Howard Fischer

VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT VOIDS TRANS AUTHORITIES

-> According to a Feb. 29th Daily Press article, "A state Supreme Court ruling Friday effectively voids the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority as unconstitutional. In a unanimous opinion, the court said legislators improperly delegated taxing powers to the unelected members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, a key component of legislation passed last year to address the state's traffic problems. The ruling also affects the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority, similarly constructed to generate money for roads and bridges in that increasingly congested reason.

"The law authorized the NVTA to raise $300 million by levying seven regional taxes and fees and issuing bonds to pay for highway projects. The court's ruling invalidates those bonds. Justice Bernard S. Goodwyn wrote that 'the General Assembly has failed to adhere to the mandates of accountability and transparency that the Constitution requires when the General Assembly exercises the legislative taxing authority permitted by the Constitution.' The transportation plan was challenged by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William. 'Good intentions alone don't make good government,' Marshall said in an interview. 'No taxation without direct representation. That's Government 101.'..."

Source: http://tinyurl.com/2hunal
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Title: "Supreme Court ruling voids Hampton Roads Transportation Authority"
Author: Larry O'Dell

Update: "Leaders in the House of Delegates said Sunday they will try to craft new regional transportation plans for Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia during the remaining six days scheduled for this year's General Assembly session..."
Source: http://tinyurl.com/3d4y6s

MIXED-USE PROJECT PLANNED FOR S. FAYETTE (PA)

-> According to a Mar. 5th Pop City article, "Newbury Market, a $160 million mixed-use brownfield redevelopment planned for S. Fayette Twp., has received $5 million from Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development. The state investment will come in the form of a grant of $500,000 per year for 10 years to the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County on behalf of developer EQA Landmark Communities...[The] 305-acre project...will feature a 125-room hotel, just under one million feet of retail and commercial space, 215 homes, and 125 rental units.

"Homes, which will sell for between $200,000 and $650,000, will range in size from 2,000 to 6,000 square feet...'I don't know another project in the suburbs that endeavors to be a truly mixed-use walkable community. We've come up with a vernacular and architectural guidelines that drive the design,' says Brett Malky, with EQA Landmark Communities. 'Our residential piece combines traditional neighborhood design, formal green space and a mix of housing types borrowing from the great architectural traditions of the South Hills.'..."

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Title: "$160M mixed-use development planned for 305-acre brownfield in S. Fayette"
Author: Jennifer Baron

AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

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We are writing to inform subscribers that, due to unanticipated budget constraints, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will be unable to mail printed news releases during the remainder of fiscal year 2008 (the year ending September 30).

All BLS news releases are available online at the bureau's Web site (http://tinyurl.com/ynpqpm) immediately upon issuance. Many releases also are available through an e-mail subscription service (http://tinyurl.com/2wddn4). BLS will reconsider the mailing of printed news releases for fiscal year 2009. We regret any inconvenience to our data users. Questions may be directed to (202) 691-5200.

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QUICK HITS

AARP PUTS FUN INTO EXERCISE
-> "What comes to mind when you think of recreation? Maybe you see yourself laughing, relaxing, spending time with friends and family. So it doesn't seem likely that exercise (often a dreaded word) could be fun. Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. And with a little imagination, walking can be something you actually... dare we say... enjoy. It's all in how you view it..."
http://tinyurl.com/233cy2

HUNTINGDONSHIRE (UK) PLANS BIKE/PED IMPROVEMENTS
-> "There are also plans for 6 million [pound] improvements to pedestrian and cycling facilities in the town, including the new 2.5million [pound] river bridge to which the public voted part-funding from the National Lottery late last year..."
http://tinyurl.com/2r8kcz

HOW TO SHOW YOUR DEDICATION TO CYCLING?
-> "By shaving your legs, you are stating, unequivocally, that you are willing to spend an extra five minutes every other day with a razor, just so you can look like other cyclists. It's like getting a tattoo that way, except you don't have to re-get the tattoo three times per week..."
http://tinyurl.com/37nm6q

NEW RULES FOR JAPANESE CYCLISTS
-> "Three killed and more than 11,000 injured in the past five years; it sounds like the toll from a series of earthquakes or terrorist attacks. This carnage, however, is the result of something far more mundane -- cycling on the sidewalk in Japan's cities and towns..."
http://tinyurl.com/3xtcoj

 


RESOURCES

-> "EVOLVING ROLE OF STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING..."
"...in an Era of Regional Funding and Governance;" TRB Transportation Research Circular E-C125; report on a July 7-8, 2006 peer exchange in La Jolla, California. (4.5mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3dmukv

-> "DEVELOPING SCHOOL-BASED CYCLE TRAINS IN NEW ZEALAND"
Land Transport New Zealand Research Report 338; by C. O'Fallon, Pinnacle Research & Policy Ltd, Wellington. 2007 (1.1mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3ds8fk

-> "PEDESTRIAN FORUM - WINTER 2008"
The latest edition of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Pedestrian Forum Newsletter is now available; highlights efforts by the FHWA and its partners to improve the safety of walking and bicycling as a mode of transportation.
http://tinyurl.com/2efpla

-> "RESEARCH UPDATE"
March 2008 issue of the newsletter from the Alberta (CA) Centre for Active Living; articles include "Shift Workers: Scheduling Efficacy and Physical Activity;" and "First Nations Health Development Project: Tools for Program Planning and Evaluation." (276k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2ftnqo
Back issues may be downloaded here:
http://tinyurl.com/ovu5u

-> "AT THE FRONTIERS OF CYCLING..."
"...Policy Innovations in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany;" by John Pucher & Ralph Buelher; World Transport Policy & Practice; Vol. 13, No. 3. Dec. 2007. (1.4mb pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/2r6bgp

-> "USING HEALTHY EATING AND ACTIVE LIVING..."
"...Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities;" report for the Disparity Reducing Advances (DRA) Project, Institute for Alternative Futures; Feb. 2008. (268k pdf)
http://tinyurl.com/3atplv

 


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!

-> 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

-> March 12-14, 2008, 4th Annual Wisconsin Renewable Energy Summit, Milwaukee, WI. Info: Bob Gilbertson, phone: (608)849-2400; email: <bgilbertson@wtcsf.com>
http://tinyurl.com/yu97go

-> March 30 - April 2, 2008, National Main Streets Conference, Philadelphia PA. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2uvlsn

-> 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 5-8, 2008, Train the Trainer, Advanced Leadership Training, Chicago, IL. Info: Training is for leaders of Thunderhead organizations.
http://tinyurl.com/27qd8v

-> 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 19-20, 2008, Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Workshop, Bend OR. Sponsored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the US Access Board, and the City of Bend. Info: Kim Burgess, City of Bend, phone: (541) 693-2182; email: <kburgess@ci.bend.or.us>

-> 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 4-5, 2008, 3rd New Zealand Walking Conference, Auckland, NZ. Info: Glenda, Harding Consultants; phone: 03 352 5595; email: <Glenda@hardingconsultants.co.nz>
http://tinyurl.com/2ppa9g

-> August 17-19 2008, National Rural Transportation Conference, Duluth, MN. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2ggek9

-> August 31-September 2, 2008, Thunderhead Retreat, Seattle, WA. Info: Retreat is for leaders of Thunderhead organizations.
http://tinyurl.com/27qd8v

-> 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

-> September 29-October 2, Physical Activity for Public Health, Banff, AB, Canada. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/2tvlw4

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

-> October 27-28, 2008, Impact of Changing Demographics on the Transportation System Conference, Washington, D.C. Info:
http://tinyurl.com/ytsakv

-> 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. -- BICYCLE COALITION OF MAINE

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is seeking a proven professional to lead our mission to improve bicycling safety, education and access in Maine. Our office is located in Augusta. The Executive Director leads a full-time staff of three, many outside contractors and professional service providers, hundreds of volunteers, and a 6000+ member base.

Salary range $40,000 - $60,000 depending on qualifications and experience. To apply, please electronically send your resume, references and a cover letter briefly stating your most recent accomplishments to: Executive Director Search Committee, <Search@bikemaine.org>. Resumes accepted through March 30, 2008.

For a full position description, go to our website:
http://tinyurl.com/28vcnb

-> 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://tinyurl.com/2ef32j

-> 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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