#210 Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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.
-> Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 in Seattle set an attendance record with 805 registrants. This is a 25% increase in attendance over the 2006 conference in Madison, where we set a record with 635 registrants. This sets the bar pretty high for Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2010, which will be hosted in Chattanooga, TN.
Washington State fielded the largest number of delegates at the Seattle conference: 165 (not including volunteers). California was next with 91, then Oregon with 45. Other states with a high number of attendees include: MN with 54; IL with 22; and DC with 33. The conference traditionally draws participants from around the globe, and this year was no exception with representatives from Mexico, England, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Taiwan. Our neighbors to the north were well represented with 57 delegates (“Oh Canada”). Many of our international delegates did double duty as presenters.
Notable with this year’s crowd was how much involvement we had (in attendance, as presenters and as sponsors) from the consulting groups. We think this is a further proof that the movement has spawned a profession that is working closely with its base. Organizations and agencies were very well represented. Many people were registered with "City of ______" as their company. The DOTs are always well represented, and this year was no exception. Also strong were universities. And of course the organizations, including (but not limited to): Velo Quebec, Adventure Cycling Association, Transportation Alternatives, Feet First, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Cascade Bicycle Club, League of American Bicyclists, Michigan Fitness Foundation, and many more.
We accommodated more than 430 people in 21 different mobile workshops to look at bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, and we had the largest poster display yet, with 48 poster presenters in two sessions. The conference also hosted a dozen special meetings and workshops, with topics ranging from Safe Routes to School and creating bicycle master plans to the design of pedestrian facilities for the disabled. Within the next few weeks we will conduct a participant survey and we’ll be uploading presentations to our conference website.
The National Center for Bicycling & Walking would like to thank everyone who attended, presented at, volunteered for, and helped us present a very successful Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008. We would especially like to thank our local host committee in Seattle, co-chaired by King Cushman and Pete Lagerwey. NCBW staff would also like to thank our Board of Directors for their stewardship and never ending support or enthusiasm for the conference. Every two years as one conference is underway, contracts are being signed for the next one. Current Board Chair, Tedson Meyers, and Vice Chair, Peter Harkness, both spoke at the opening plenary, remarking with a mix of pride and astonishment the improvements in bicycling and walking, and the growth in the advocacy movement that have occurred in the 31 years since NCBW started. Recognizing that there is still a long way to go to insure that transportation investments provide cyclists and pedestrians with safe, efficient and complete facilities, they urged participants to leverage the current interest in cycling and walking -- stoked by the increase in gas prices -- to advance stronger policies and more facilities at the local, state and national levels.
Congressman Oberstar closed the conference by announcing his intention to create an Office of Livable Transportation within the USDOT; and by declaring that bicycling will become a designated mode of transportation. The Congressman echoed sentiments expressed by Meyers and Harkness by graciously and warmly recognized the contributions that Bill Wilkinson, “the retired but never retiring” NCBW Executive Director has made to the bicycling and pedestrian advocacy movement, as well as the aligned professionals in transportation, health, engineering and planning.
September was a busy month for NCBW, in addition to the Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference, we closed our office in Bethesda, MD, and opened two new ones. Mark Plotz, a 5-year veteran of NCBW, is now managing our Washington, D.C. office (see related article). NCBW is subletting space from the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Vincent Brown, CPA, is our new Director of Administration & Finance; “Vin” will operate from our Maine office. And in case you haven’t heard, I am the new Executive Director. I will continue to operate out of the New Jersey Office, where I am 10 miles from an Amtrak train and an international airport; not far from the beach or the Big Apple and most importantly where I can bike and walk to anywhere I need to get to. http://www.bikewalk.org/contact.php has all of our latest contact information.
-> The national HQ of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) has moved! We're back in the District of Columbia after spending four years in exile in Bethesda, Maryland. Following Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008, NCBW's Mark Plotz reported for duty at his new digs in Foggy Bottom where, it is reported, he has shacked up with the folks from the Rails to Trails Conservancy.
CenterLines caught up with Plotz this week for comment on the move. "Its been a great ride," he said in reference to his previous commute to Bethesda. He continued: "I like the new neighbors, but now I feel like I have to wear shoes around the office and tuck in my shirt. That will take some getting used to."
As the only NCBW staff member with a commute -- the rest of the NCBW staff telecommutes -- Plotz now has a mere three-mile ride to the new office. "If I hit all the green lights I can actually get from my house to my desk faster than Chauncey can get from his cornflakes to his computer," Plotz said. He plans to direct all his extra energy towards local advocacy. On Monday, he re-launched his Educating-One-Driver-at-a-Time campaign. On September 27, he will be volunteering for the Bike DC event, the proceeds of which will go to benefit our friends at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). For more details on the 17 miles of beautiful car-free streets in the nation's capital see: http://tinyurl.com/3zpsdq or http://tinyurl.com/yvkkrs
The new address for the NCBW Washington DC office is: Mark Plotz, National Center for Bicycling & Walking, 2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor, Washington DC, 20037. The new DC phone number is: (202) 974-5103.
-> Since 1995, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) has represented people working to advance bicycling and pedestrian issues. "We need your help in benchmarking the field via the 2008 Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Survey," said Philip Pugliese, Chair of APBP's Professional Development Action Team. "APBP surveyed professionals in 1996 and again in 2000. Now, with our profession reaching into an ever wider network of disciplines and relationships, it is time once again to ask you some questions."
This year's survey will allow APBP to document our profession's progress, needs and challenges. Your answers will enable APBP to report back on the state of our profession. In exchange for your participation, you will receive an advance copy of the survey results. The survey should take 5-7 minutes to complete and confidentiality of individual survey responses will be respected
APBP urges you to take the survey yourself and to pass it on to all those with whom you work on bike or ped issues. Send the survey to everyone in-house, as well as in state, MPO, county, and city government; consulting firms; universities; and non-profit organizations. Please respond by October 1, 2008.
If you experience technical difficulties, please contact Philip Pugliese at (423) 643-6887 or <email@example.com>.
-> According to a Sept. 16th Safe Routes to School National Partnership Call to Action, "Congress will soon be taking up the new transportation bill, and this is a critical opportunity to sustain and expand funding for Safe Routes to School. As a national partner of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, you have already indicated your support for enabling more children to walk and bicycle to school safely -- and the resulting benefits like less traffic congestion, improved air quality, and improvements in physical activity and childhood obesity.
"We now write to ask you to consider taking two actions that will help ensure Safe Routes to School has a place and is adequately funded in the new transportation bill:
"1. Sign your organization onto a letter to Congress that urges the inclusion of health performance outcomes in the next transportation bill. The deadline for signing on is October 31, 2008.
"2. Circulate a request to your contact lists via e-newsletter, list-serv, or your website with the following message asking your partners to sign on to the health letter, and to consider engaging their Members of Congress: Take Action to Support Health, the Environment and Safe Routes to School in the next Transportation Bill..."
For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/65noj4
-> The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) and the National Center for Bicycling & Walking have teamed up to present a series of webinars aimed at bicycling and pedestrian advocates, planners, public health practitioners, and others interested in bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs. The first two webinar topics were "Emerging Trends in Bicycle/Pedestrian Work" and "Ask An Engineer," which runs Wednesday, Sept. 17th as this issue of CenterLines goes to press. Coming up on October 15th is "What's In The New AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities?" The webinars cost $50 for APBP members, and $60 for non-members; you can have multiple attendees at a given location for the same price. Register for the webinars at: http://www.bikewalk.org/webinar.php
The APBP/NCBW webinar team has just released a call for proposed webinar
topics, available at http://tinyurl.com/97q2c. The RFP seeks
talented bicycle and/or pedestrian professionals to present
state-of-the-art information to colleagues via the webinar series...
-> According to the Sept. 15th issue of Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Enhancement Update, FHWA's Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP) funds research relevant to bicycling and walking. Stakeholder input helps identify and prioritize research topics. You have until September 22 to send your ideas for research, field demonstrations, technology transfer, conferences, workshops, portions of various pooled fund research efforts, or grants and cooperative agreements. Consider ideas for one of the 17 emphasis areas such as Bicycle/Pedestrian and Health; Public Involvement, Environmental Justice, Visualization in Planning; or Travel Modeling. FHWA does not want specific, detailed research proposals during this phase.
Note: There is no funding set aside for trail-related research for FY 2009 or future years, although some ideas have been submitted under Bicycle and Pedestrian Research. What trail research needs to be done? (The STEP funds are intended to primarily benefit transportation rather than recreation.) To date, FHWA has not received any comments related to trail research, other than comments related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation.
Help ensure bicycling and walking issues are well-represented in STEP by
-> According to the Sept. 15th issue of Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Enhancement Update, FHWA's STEP program funds are the sole source of federal funds available for the National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) and they are taking comments on NTEC through September 22. Currently there is no funding set aside for NTEC for FY 2009 or future years. What would you recommend? How do you use NTEC? What services does NTEC provide, and how does NTEC benefit the nation? Have grantees in your State benefited from NTEC? Encourage them to send their comments.
Show your support for NTEC by sending your ideas and comments in the Overall STEP Comments section at http://tinyurl.com/552pln. Please write out "National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse" the first time you reference it in your comments so reviewers are clear that you are talking about NTEC.
-> According to the Sept. 15th American Bicyclist Update, "The League has ranked all 50 states as part of our new Bicycle Friendly States program. A 75-question form was sent to every state bicycle coordinator in June. The questions covered everything from funding levels to state bicycle laws to plans for improving mountain biking in the state. We scored every application and created a ranking* -- Washington came out at the top, and West Virginia was at the bottom.**
"More important than the ranking, however, is that we now have information on all 50 states that we can use to:
"We are sending feedback and links to best practices to the DOT bike coordinators and state advocacy groups in the hopes they will work together to improve their state performance. There will also soon be a second part to the program that will get at the more qualitative aspects of how good the bike map is or how effective the bicycle advisory committee is, or whether policies are actually implemented or not. We will offer states the chance to complete this second part during the winter and will announce the outcome and an updated ranking in National Bike Month next May. USA Today published a story*** on the list last week."
-> According to a recent note from John Sweeney, of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, "Students at Louise Archer Elementary School (Vienna, VA) will once again be participating in International Walk to School Day on October 8th. October 8th will also kick-off our 3rd Walk and Bike To School Challenge.
John also mentioned an upcoming SRTS webinar, to be held on Sept. 23rd at 2pm (ET). The title is "Planning, Organizing and Running a Successful Safe Routes to School Event" and he will be the presenter. For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/67w8gc or contact John at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-> According to an article in the Sept. 15th NRPA Dateline, "The House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering bundling a package of bipartisan bills for a vote later this month. [The National Recreation and Park Association] is working to have the Play Every Day Act (H.R. 2045) included in this package. However, we must secure more Republican Co-Sponsors and need NRPA members to call their Representatives and request them to co-sponsor the Play Every Day Act.
"The bill calls upon CDC to develop a community measurement tool for communities to assess the physical activity of their youth by examining the barriers that prevent or limit physical activities (such as the availability of adequate spaces and places for physical activity) in settings such as after school programs, schools, the community at-large, and worksites.
"Finally, the Play Every Day Act will award a total of $750,000 in competitive grants to State health departments to work in partnership with community based coalitions (which include park and recreation agencies) to plan and implement model communities of play that:
"Please let NRPA know if you contact your Member of Congress so we can continue our advocacy efforts."
-> In a Sept. 12th note, Jessica Roberts, Programs Manager of the alta PLANNING + DESIGN Portland office, wrote, "We've been updating the 2006 study we did about the value of bicycle-related businesses to Portland's economy*, which determined that the value of this industry sector was $63 million. We just released the new results today**, and growth has been tremendous -- a nearly 40% increase in gross revenue ($90 million), and 50% increase in the number of businesses."
-> In a recent note, Dr. Barry Wellar wrote, "It is very important that members of the walk/bike community across North America are aware that a new research project has (just) been started, and that they can begin to think about how the research might be used, or might be modified to be used, in their own communities, cities, etc. The project, 'Methodologies for Identifying and Ranking Sustainable Transport Practices in Urban Regions,' has been approved for funding by Transport Canada, and is now in progress.
"A Project Synopsis has been prepared as an element of the outreach part of the project, and is posted at
-> According to the Aug. 19th Helmet Update, "Consumer Product Safety Commission staff has reports of an annual average of 80 children under 16 years of age who died in bicycle-related incidents in recent years. About half of the 500,000 bicycle-related emergency room-treated injuries in 2007 involved children under the age of 16. When taking part in other recreational activities, wear the right helmet for that activity. More than 80 percent of the nearly 50,000 emergency room-treated injuries involving un-powered scooters in 2007 were to children younger than 15.
"In addition to wearing a helmet, CPSC recommends elbow and knee pads when riding a scooter." Read CPSC's 'Which Helmet for Which Activity' publication, which helps parents choose the most appropriate helmet, at:
-> According to an article on the No Mega Trucks Campaign website, "Companies involved in trials of mega trucks are demanding alterations to the road network to accommodate LHVs, even before trials begin in Denmark...
"As the Danish newspaper 'Jydske Vestkysten' reported in its issue of August 18, companies from Padborg have been given the allowance to drive the trial LHVs directly to their company locations, which avoids having to reload onto normal sized trucks. Since the longer vehicles need more space for turning than conventional HGVs, junctions in Padborg's commercial park have to be altered in order to accommodate the mega trucks.
"One particularly delicate detail: the reconstruction works will be financed with money originally designated for building cycle lanes..."
-> According to the September issue of T&E Bulletin, the newsletter of the European Federation for Transport and Environment, "[Members of the European Parliament] were confronted with an unusual car exhibition outside the European Parliament in Brussels this month. T&E and Friends of the Earth parked the iconic 1948 Volkswagen Beetle and its 2008 equivalent in Place Luxembourg to highlight the lack of progress on fuel efficiency over the last sixty years. Both cars need 7.5 litres for 100km. The advertising campaign continues throughout September."
-> During the Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference, attendees were asked by America Bikes to provide comments on transportation legislation (e.g. what programs work best, what should be changed, provide specific examples etc…). To date some 40 responses have been received.
QUOTES R US
-> "A campus that sits all by itself, cut off from the commerce and life of the local community, solely devoted to classrooms and university activities, is going to be a less rewarding experience for students. Some of America's most beloved campuses feature adjoining business districts that teem with activity."
-> "Although most teenagers don't like the idea of waiting longer to get their licenses, this policy reduces crashes involving young drivers and, in turn, saves lives. Yet New Jersey is the only US state that waits until 17 to let teenagers get their licenses..."
-> "I am not surprised that the presidential candidates have yet to address in detail how they plan to sustain America's highway, transit and aviation systems and keep the struggling economy and our citizens moving forward. Transportation typically takes a back seat to other national priorities...The presidential candidates need to hit the ground running on this issue, because the current highway bill expires in 12 short months and America can ill afford another [funding] crisis."
-> "Forcing new businesses to add parking leads to more cars driving around the neighborhood, kills the walkable nature of a place and results in the degradation of a neighborhood most feared by residents in the first place."
-> "You have to love a recent AP article about people seeking homes near destinations so they can bike & walk from them safely. Plus, a new breed of real-estate agents who bike with clients to survey potential purchases. The times are changing, & it's definitely an improvement..."
-> "Density is cost effective, it fosters small business development at the local level, and it strengthens ties within communities. None of that should be anathema to either national party -- unless they continue to put the interests of construction behemoths and automakers above the interests of ordinary Americans."
-> "I don't hate cars. I just hate what they do to us."
-> According to an article in the Sept. 11th Complete Street News, "The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released its position paper on next year's authorization of the national transportation bill. As part of its goal to lead the country in combating energy dependence and climate change, NACTO calls for a federal Complete Streets program. Such a program would include 'dedicated, streamlined funding and a strong mandate' for a safe environment for people to drive, walk, or bicycle."
-> According to a Sept. 16th news release, on Sept. 19th, "Volunteers in more than seventy cities across the U.S. will create more than four hundred temporary parks in public parking spaces. The goals of the event, according to organizers, are to celebrate parks and promote the need for parks in America's cities. National Park(ing) Day is sponsored by The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national conservation nonprofit, based on an idea conceived by REBAR, a San Francisco art collective. Friday's second annual National Park(ing) Day will see the creation of single park destinations in such cities as Kenosha, Wis., and Ardmore, Penn., while volunteers will create dozens of parks in several cities, including Tucson, Lake Worth, Fla., and San Francisco, which will feature the first Wedd(ing) Park.
"'By turning parking spaces into instant parks, National Park(ing) Day creatively demonstrates how much our cities need parks,' said Will Rogers, TPL president. 'Across America, cities are renewing their investments in parks, because civic leaders have come to recognize that close-to-home parks, gardens, and playgrounds are essential if we are to have cities that aren't just livable, but lovable.'..."
-> According to a Sept. 15th news release, "The Partnership for the National Trails System was one of four honorees to receive national recognition for outstanding achievement in greenways preservation at the Kodak American Greenways Awards today at the National Geographic Society. Sponsored by Eastman Kodak Company, National Geographic Society and The Conservation Fund, the awards program honors leading individuals, organizations and corporations for their vision and commitment to protecting the nation's network of open space, trails and greenways. The ceremony also honored the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Chicago Wilderness and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
"The Partnership was honored for its strong voice in advocating for the National Trails System, a vibrant system of trails that connects people, landscapes, cultures and histories across the country. Established 40 years ago, the National Trails System consists of 50,000 miles of congressionally authorized National Scenic and Historic Trails and more than 11,000 miles of federal designated National Recreation Trails. The system also connects hundreds of state parks, 60 national parks, 125 forest units, 75 national wildlife refuges and dozens of resource areas across the nation. Multiple federal agencies as well as state and local agencies are involved in the management and the maintenance of the system..."
-> According to a Sept. 14th Anchorage Daily News article, "Depending on what calculation you go by, I'm getting somewhere between 400 and 700 miles per gallon on the commute to work these days. At a cost of $4 a gallon of gasoline, this would figure out to about a penny per mile. If you believe optimistic new mileage figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that's about the cost the average American driver would pay for gasoline if the price per gallon dropped to 27 cents. If you're skeptical about NHTSA's new claim of an average of 26.8 mpg -- and who wouldn't be in a state where 18 mpg sport-utility vehicles so obviously and overwhelmingly out number 40 mpg economy cars? -- my per-mile economics only get better.
"Of course, these savings do require some effort. The vehicle that most often takes me to town now is powered by muscle and fueled by salmon and rice, or pasta, or duck tacos. This commuting vehicle of choice is a bicycle, and it demands more effort and more skill than sitting on your butt while occasionally moving the right foot and the left hand. But the exercise, more than the cost savings, is why I got on the bike in the first place. Cost savings are simply turning out to be a bonus. Yes, the move away from a gas-guzzling vehicle to an environmentally friendly one has some drawbacks. Even on go-fast days, a hard ride on the shortest route still takes about 35 minutes -- about 10 minutes more than by car, depending on traffic..."
-> According to a Sept. 14th Post Intelligencer article,"Cathy Tuttle doesn't own a stitch of Lycra, yet the mother of two still prefers to do errands or visit friends in other neighborhoods by bicycle. But Seattle's cycling network -- even with its enviable urban trails and a burgeoning network of bike markings on busy streets -- doesn't always make that easy. Riding past Roosevelt High School with her 8-year-old son, she realized she'd worry about him biking to school in that area, even as a teenager. Nearly a year after passing an aggressive bicycle master plan, Seattle has added more than 50 miles of new bicycle lanes, shared-lane markings, directional signs and other improvements.
"Most upgrades so far have appeared on busier arterials, part of the city's strategy to better connect Seattle's sporadic on-street bicycle facilities. 'They serve people who are expert commuters; they don't necessarily serve people with kids or going to get groceries,' said Tuttle, founder of Spokespeople, a group that sponsors monthly rides connecting neighborhood centers. 'If we're really talking about addressing climate change, we need that demographic.' She favors bike boulevards -- low-traffic, neighborhood streets meant to be convenient for bicycles, less so for cars. They can include traffic circles, speed bumps, signals that allow cyclists to cross streets easily, and even diversions that prevent cars from turning onto the boulevards..."
-> According to a Sept. 16th Express NightOut article, "Metal boxes on wheels can have certain charms -- like an all-leather interior or a witty license plate -- but next Monday, try to break your automobile addiction for the worldwide observation of Car Free Day. This year, for the first time, the whole D.C. region is joining forces to keep gas guzzling to a minimum (Carfreemetrodc.com). 'We want to encourage people to walk our city and think about trying other forms of transportation,' says D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, a main proponent of the event. That means hoofing it, biking, taking Metrorail or Metrobus, or even telecommuting. All of these options require less or no gas, which translates into less pollution, which makes for healthier air quality for those who get around without an engine. And that, in turn, can encourage calorie burn.
"After all, Washington may be the most walkable city in the nation -- according to a recent report released by the Brookings Institution -- but it's also home to the highest child obesity rate in the country. As inspiration, a midday festival (Seventh and F streets NW, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) will celebrate carlessness with live music, bike valet parking, bike mechanic services, Segway demos, SmartBike discounts and giveaways. Anyone can hop onto a Circulator bus for free, and federal employees can ditch the haul into town altogether with a free one-day trial at the 14 area GSA Telework centers. After work, those looking for evening excitement can register for one of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's 'Confident City Cycling' classes (4-6:30 p.m.), or join WalkArlington for a WalkAbout in Clarendon..."
-> According to a Sept. 16th Advance article, "The percentage of Staten Island residents older than 65 is expected to double by 2030, so the city needs to address their growing needs now, according to a new study released by the New York Academy of Medicine and the city Department of Health. The study, titled 'Toward an Age Friendly New York City: A Findings Report,' found that while the city offers many advantages for seniors -- such as public transportation, proximity to stores and health care and many activities -- lots of older residents experience ageism, have trouble affording the cost of living and find it difficult to get information about cultural and business services here.
"Researchers surveyed about 1,500 seniors in all five boroughs, including members of the CYO Senior Center in Port Richmond. To help assess how the city meets their needs, and how it do so in the future, they asked the participants to offer their opinions on issues ranging from transportation and housing to community support and health services. Among the biggest complaints for Staten Island seniors is that they're ill-served by public transportation, and, aside from parkland, had few 'walkable' areas. According to data from the study, most of the seniors surveyed live more than a half a mile from the nearest bus stop. The researchers also rated the borough among the worst in 'walkability index.'..."
-> According to a Sept. 15th Sun Journal article, "New Bern officials are drafting the city's first pedestrian plan and are seeking suggestions from the public about the how to make the city more 'walkable.' The city received a $31,500 grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation to fund the planning. The state grant, from the department's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, was matched with $23,500 in city money. The city has appointed a steering committee to help make the plan and has contracted with the Louis Berger Group, a large-scale engineering and consulting company with offices from Raleigh to Afghanistan. This week, the city will host its first open house to gather suggestions about what New Bern's pedestrian plan should entail, including any goals it should meet and any problems it should fix.
"The open house will be held Thursday at the New Bern Farmers Market on South Front Street downtown. It will run from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., but is not formal. Residents will have the opportunity to gather information on the work the steering committee has done thus far, to ask questions and to offer suggestions about the pedestrian plan. 'Biking and walking are certainly viable modes of transportation that cannot be ignored,' City Planner Annette Stone said. 'Having plans for both of those makes for a better city. This isn't going to be something where we say, ‘Boom,' and everything is done. We're eating the elephant one bite at a time.'..."
-> According to a Sept. 15th Olympian article, "Cyclist Chris Figureida hopes Garfield Elementary School students will remember to maintain healthful habits -- even though the students all were fascinated by the practicalities of riding a bike from Neah Bay to Florida. Where does Figureida pitch his tent? What does he do when his camp stove runs out of fuel or he runs out of food? How did he escape a 2-mile-wide tornado in Kansas on his last cross-country bicycle tour? 'The tornado stopped 10 miles away. I was really lucky,' Figureida, 27, told people at an assembly at Garfield Elementary. He added that he huddled in his tent with hail and branches falling around him, thinking he was done for.
"Figureida embarked last week on a 4,100-mile trip from Neah Bay to Key West, Fla., his second such trip to promote heart health and bicycle safety. For the next 2-1/2 months, he will stop at schools to talk about the importance of exercise and healthful choices and preventing obesity. He made a stop at Timberline High School in Lacey on Friday before crossing town and speaking to the students at Garfield. 'Obesity ranks the highest health concern among parents, even higher than smoking,' Figureida said in an interview before arriving in Thurston County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 17 percent of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight. His trip promotes the American Heart Association, which also encourages obesity prevention..."
-> According to a Sept. 16th Standard article, "St. Catharines council's newfound support for sidewalks was short-lived, with a decision Monday night to overturn a plan to provide sidewalks in a small Merritton subdivision. 'This is already a walkable neighbourhood,' Merritton Coun. Jeff Burch said, asking councillors to reverse last week's decision to install sidewalks on Bluegrass Crescent and Marshall Lane. Residents had asked that sidewalks not be installed on their streets because it would make their driveways too short and they wouldn't be able to park two cars end-to-end without blocking the sidewalk.
"Last week, councillors rejected the residents' argument and accepted the advice of city planner Paul Chapman, who wrote that neighbourhoods are for people, not cars. Chapman agreed the amount of parking will be reduced, but said pedestrians are more important than vehicles. 'This petition (to remove the sidewalks) is premised on parking for cars being of greater value than sidewalks,' wrote Chapman. 'Staff do not agree.' But the decision to install sidewalks enraged the residents, and since last week's rain prevented the sidewalks from being built, it gave the neighbours another chance to lobby councillors..."
AND NOW, FOR A FEW THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT -- OR NOT...
AASHTO APPLAUDS HIGHWAY TRUST FUND RESTORATION $$$$
-> According to a Sept. 16th AASHTO news release, "President Bush has signed legislation approved by Congress last week to transfer $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund. The move allows state departments of transportation to pay their bills and to continue hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects that had been put on hold after U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced that federal-aid payments to the states would be withheld because of a shortage of funds.
"Pete K. Rahn, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) said, "'The American public trusts us to keep the highways, bridges and transit systems safe and usable. A precipitous shut down of transportation improvements shakes that confidence and negatively impacts our essential partners in the construction industry.' 'Now hundreds of thousands of construction workers can feel their jobs are secure -- for now.' Rahn said.
"Rahn added, 'Restoring the Highway Trust Fund is a short-term solution. It is time to face up to the reality that America must rebuild and renew our aging system if we hope to give our children the same chance at prosperity that we inherited. We should use this breathing room to focus on how we will meet our future transportation needs. We hope the bipartisan cooperation that brought all parties together in this crisis will prevail as we address the challenge just around the corner.'"
SERPENTS OVER LOW RIDERS
-> "COMPLETE STREETS FACT SHEETS"
-> "MULTIMODAL LEVEL OF SERVICE ANALYSIS..."
-> MULTIMODAL LEVEL OF SERVICE ANALYSIS...
-> "ROADWAY DESIGN STANDARDS..."
-> "GUIDELINES FOR THE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT..."
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-> September 29-October 2, Physical Activity for Public Health, Banff, AB, Canada. Info:
-> October 8-10, 2008, Barcelona Walk 21, Barcelona, Spain. Info:
-> October 14-17, 2008, Main Street Basic Training, Washington, DC. Info: National Trust Main Street Center, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 588-6219; e-mail: <email@example.com>
-> October 20 - 23, 2008, ProBike/ProWalk Florida, St. Petersburg, FL. Info: Laura Hallam, Exec. Director, Florida Bicycle Association, PO Box 718, Waldo FL 32694-0718; phone/Fax: 352-468-3430; cell 407-399-9961; email: <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Dan Moser, Conference Co-Coordinator; phone: (239) 334-6417; email: <email@example.com>. Call for presentations deadline: July 15, 2008.
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-> March 15-20, 2009, PTBA Conference, Asheville NC. Info: Michael Passo
-> June 5-7, 2009, 7th International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods, Washington, DC. Info:
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