#211 Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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-> According to a recent note from John Z. Wetmore of Perils for Pedestrians fame, the plenary sessions from the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2008 conference in Seattle are now available on Google Video.
The Wednesday opening plenary session of the conference featured speakers Peter Harkness, Editor of Governing Magazine, and Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle, Washington.
The Wednesday luncheon plenary session featured speakers Dr. Tom Hansen, CEO of Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and Ron Sims, King County Executive.
The final plenary is also available. It includes remarks by former NCBW Executive Director Bill Wilkinson and Congressman James Oberstar.
Many thanks to John for making these speeches available. For more information on his production, Perils for Pedestrians, go to:
-> Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 15, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. EDT, for a special upcoming webinar: "What's in the New AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities?" The webinar is co-hosted by the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) and the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). It has also been approved for one CM credit by the American Planning Association.
This one-hour webinar will feature Jennifer Toole, ASLA, AICP, and Eric Mongelli, P.E. both of Toole Design Group where Eric is the Director of Engineering. Jennifer is the Principal Investigator on the NCHRP research project developing the new AASHTO Guide and is a contributor to the current edition.
The AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities is the national guideline for planning and design of bikeways in the U.S. Its next edition, to be released in 2009, is the first to be developed as an NCHRP research project under the direction of a panel of experts. In this webinar you'll hear how this edition will differ from previous versions, and the major research and practice experience that prompts new design guidance.
The cost for the webinar is $50/site for APBP members, $60/site for non-members. More than one person can attend at a specific site, as long as only one computer connection and one phone-line for audio is used. A site can use an LCD projector and a speaker-phone to accommodate additional webinar attendees at no additional cost.
To register for the webinar, go to http://www.bikewalk.org/webinar.php. To pay your webinar fee, call Debra Goeks at the APBP offices prior to October 15, 2008. Debra's phone number is: 262-228-7025 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download a payment form at the APBP web site:
Bob Chauncey, Senior Program Director at the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW), recently led a group of ten professionals -- from public health, planning, engineering, and public works, plus citizen-advocates -- in a train-the-trainer workshop sponsored by the Monterey County Health Department. The purpose of the training was to help participants become more comfortable and more effective in leading workshops, facilitating meetings, and speaking with elected officials and the media in promoting the development of active communities.
Chris Moss, who coordinated the training, said reactions have been quite positive. “I keep getting the most wonderful feedback from folks who were there and can't get over how good it was, and folks who weren't there, and are kicking themselves,” Moss reported. “We're spreading out over the area, giving updates, overviews, and observations at meetings, we're attending, and watching the ripples in the pond continue to spread.”
As with all of NCBW’s workshops, the content was customized to fit the needs of the participants. “Most of the participants were quite experienced in creating bike and ped accommodations, but were less comfortable with selling the idea of biking and walking to community leaders and community members,” said Chauncey. “We provided various examples of communities that have been successful in becoming more active.”
The three-day program included meetings with the mayors of Salinas and Pacific Grove, presentations and tours from professional staff of downtown San Jose and Watsonville, a bike tour of portions of Monterey, a tour of a subsidized housing development in Morgan Hill and an upscale “lifestyle center” in San Jose, a mock Active Community Workshop, and training on presentation skills.
“I particularly like to do these workshops in the San Jose area because there is so much variety in one geographic area,” Chauncey added. “We can visit upscale neighborhoods and underserved neighborhoods; urban, suburban, and rural communities; communities with outstanding bike-ped accommodations and those without; those who are successfully dealing with sprawl, and those that are not. Here we can provide virtually whatever experiences participants need.”
For information on how NCBW might help you structure a train-the-trainer workshop in your community, please contact Bob at email@example.com, or 410-570-5765.
-> According to an article in the Sept. 29th AASHTO Daily Transportation Update, "The People's Choice Award is everyone's chance to vote on-line for their favorite project that reduced congestion, created new access, or opened up new business opportunities.
- Ten signature transportation projects
"Commuters, truck drivers, construction workers, soccer moms -- anyone who is interested in improving transportation today is urged to vote.
"The People's Choice Award is just one of two national awards sponsored by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO); AAA, and the US Chamber of Commerce.
"The Grand National Prize will be selected by a panel of experts; the winning state will receive funds to support a graduate-level educational grant in the transportation field.
"The People's Choice Award will fund a community service project selected by the winning state's department of transportation.
"Forty-one projects were entered into the America's Transportation Awards competition with 23 chosen as regional winners. The two awards will be presented at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, October 19."
To vote, go to:
-> According to a Sept. 26th article on the Bike Pittsburgh website, "The results from the US Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey [ACM] were just released on September 23rd, and we've taken a liking to looking at America's commuting trends. Last year, we published the results of the 60 largest cities in the States, and how their residents get to work.
"In 2006, Pittsburgh ranked in the top 15 cities in the country for number of city residents that commute by bike with .8 percent. This year, even more people decided to commute on two wheels, increasing our percentage to 1.1, putting us in the top 11 cities, tied with Chicago and Honolulu. For walking to work, we remained in second place next to Boston with an impressive 12% of us using our own feet..."
-> According to a Sept. 17th news release, "The National Center for Safe Routes to School announces that applications are being accepted for the 2008 Oberstar Award. This year, the Oberstar Award will recognize the impact of the Federal Safe Routes to School program at the local level. The award specifically will recognize outstanding achievement by a school or community in establishing a Safe Routes to School program that has benefited from Federal funding.
"Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs improve the safety of routes to school and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school. The Oberstar Award is given annually by the National Center for Safe Routes to School to an exemplary SRTS program in the United States.
"The award is named for Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) to honor his dedication to American school children as the pioneer for the National Safe Routes to School Program. Oberstar, current chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sponsored the national Safe Routes to School legislation that strives to create safe settings to enable more parents and children to walk and bicycle to school..."
Application deadline: is October 22, 2008, 5:00 pm Eastern time.
-> According to a Sept. 17th One Street news release, "This week One Street welcomed Leonhard (Leo) Sobottka to Prescott (AZ) where he will help develop One Street's programs over the next six months. Leo is a master's degree student from Berlin and is looking forward to offering his expertise in international sustainable tourism, mapping and bicycle route designation. He will also research and capture exemplary resources for increasing bicycling to add to One Street's web resources library which offers free access to everyone visiting the One Street website.
"As a student of Sustainable Tourism Management, cycling and alternative transport are very important to me," Leo said. "One Street is the best choice for me, because here I deal with high qualified experts in these fields from around the world and can build on this experience. Also, being here in Prescott Arizona I have access to cycling initiatives in action and fresh ideas from the local advocates. Leo will be at the One Street office in Prescott through April 2009. Contact him at (928) 541-9357."
-> According to an article in the Sept. 28th "Parks, Greenways, Trails, Great Places to Walk & Bike" newsletter, "An increasing number of cities are temporarily opening streets to people and closing them to cars. Without any capital investments (some operational), they are getting people out to be physically active; from thousands in small communities to millions in large cities, it is working.
"Thanks to StreetFilms and the leadership of Clarence Eckerson, now we can learn from many of these 'best practices.' Use the videos to get people on board, and then barrow the Nike slogan and 'just do it!' It takes political will, a can-do attitude from city staff, and community engagement.
"See four examples of magnificent exercises of social integration where people of all ages, gender, levels of ability, economic and ethnic backgrounds come out and participate as equals. Although Bogota has enjoyed ciclovia for many years, NYC, San Francisco, and Portland began in 2008; you can too, by learning from them. This could be your first resolution for 2009!"
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-> A Sept. 2008 Urbanicity article asks, "Are cities fit for children? How to judge the child friendliness of a city? How to develop child-oriented urban planning? Find out at the 'Child in the City' conference organised in Rotterdam, from 3 to 5 November 2008.
"The first session will aim to identify, with the assistance of experts from UNICEF, guidelines that help the cities to develop their own tools of self-assessment. A second series of workshops will focus on a child friendly urban planning, and more particularly on children's mobility. The objective is to conclude with guidelines that help the cities to develop a child-oriented urban planning. The conference is co organised by the Association of Netherlands municipalities (VNG)."
-> According to a Sept. 29th news release, "John Luton, Executive Director of the Capital Bike and Walk Society announced today that he is seeking a seat on Victoria City Council in the November 15th civic elections. Luton says he is committed to a triple bottom line approach where he will use his advocacy and management experience to promote an integrated environmental, social and economic vision for the city.
"We need a 'complete streets policy' that ensures our transportation network better accommodates all choices, especially walking and cycling,' he said. 'We also need LRT to attract more commuters out of their cars and to concentrate development where it makes the most sense.'..."
For more info, go to: http://tinyurl.com/5x2657
Note: John led the local host team for the very successful Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004, held in Victoria, BC. Go, John!
-> According to an article in the Sept. 26th OKI Bicycle E-Info-News, "Earlier this year we reported on a thesis by a University of Cincinnati planning student Duygu Karadeniz to determine the impact of proximity to the Little Miami Scenic Trail on residential property values. To accomplish this task, the hedonic pricing technique was employed to measure the impact of the trail on single-family residential property values in southwest Ohio.
"Several of the variables used in this model were measured using Geographic Information Systems software. The analysis suggests that each foot increase in distance to the trail decreases the sale price of a sample property by $7.05. In other words, being closer to the Little Miami Scenic Trail adds value to the single family residential properties."
To read the abstract or download the 3.4mb pdf report:
For more on the OKI Bicycle E-Info-News, contact editor Don Burrell at:
-> According to a Sept. 24th news release from the League of American Bicyclists, "Ten new communities were honored with the League of American Bicyclists prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community designation. This was the program's biggest application cycle to date—51 communities applied for the designation. There are one gold, one silver and eight bronze communities awarded, and 19 communities renewed their designations. Boulder, Colo., a renewing community, was promoted to Platinum, joining Portland, Ore. and Davis, Calif. as the only cities in the U.S. to have earned this top designation.
"'We are tremendously excited by the results of the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community designations,' said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. 'Not only has Boulder broken through to the Platinum level but four great bicycling communities -- Fort Collins, Colo., Seattle, Wash., Jackson, Wyo., and Stanford University, Calif. -- have received the Gold designation. Each community has high levels of bicycle use and has demonstrated a commitment to improving conditions for all types of cyclist from the student and avid mountain biker to the casual visitor and everyday commuter.'..."
-> According to a recent news release, "The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is pleased to offer 'Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments,' the first in a series of Certification Maintenance-eligible online courses from the American Planning Association. Through examples and activities, this how-to guide explains the value of health impact assessments and outlines the steps involved. APA developed the course in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials. It is offered free of charge through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control. CM: 6.0
To learn more, go to: http://tinyurl.com/3jzm92
-> According to a Sept. 26th Environmental Protection Agency news release, "EPA Seeks Grant Proposals to Help Improve Environmental Quality of Life for Active Aging As part of its Aging Initiative, EPA is seeking grant proposals that train older adults to be environmental leaders, and demonstrate how greenways and sustainable streets can improve the quality of life and environmental quality for the active aging. The solicitation opened Sept. 24 and closes Nov. 21.
"States or state agencies, the District of Columbia, territories, American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the United States are eligible to apply. It is also open to public and private universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions and 501 (c)(3) organizations. EPA will award two grants totaling $200,000 in the winter of 2009."
TRAVERSE CITY (MI) MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS TO WALK TO SCHOOL
"On October 8, 2008, students at Traverse City West Middle School will have the opportunity to participate in a Remote Drop Off/Walk to School Day. Students who arrive by bus or car will be asked to 'Hike Up the Hill' and walk to school, if only for a day. Buses will drop off students who wish to participate along Franke Road at the Service Drive Entrance. Students who are regularly driven to school are encouraged to be dropped off at the tennis courts parking lot. This way, the benefits of walking or biking to school can be provided to all students. Students dropped off at the remote sites will have volunteers along the route to school to ensure safety.
"Forty years ago the national average for children walking to school was nearly 50%, today it is closer to 10% nationally and 3% at TC West Middle School. A desire to walk was expressed by student survey respondents, who indicated that if routes to school were improved, 20% said they would walk and 40% said they might..."
Contact: Missy Luyk, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> According to a Sept. 23rd Mobilizing the Region article, "On Wednesday, [the Tri-State Transportation Campaign] and La Casa de Don Pedro, a Newark-based community group, held a press rally to celebrate pedestrian safety improvements won as a result of joint advocacy efforts. The City of Newark recently installed three flashing street signs at the intersection of Crane Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., giving additional safety to children playing in nearby Coretta Scott King Community Playground and students attending the Barringer 9 Success Academy. In addition to the new lights, the intersection had also been repainted alerting drivers to pay attention to pedestrians.
"Over a two-year period, Tri-State and La Casa conducted three walking tours of several Newark neighborhoods to call attention to unsafe conditions for pedestrians (see 'Newark's Children Call for Safer Streets' [Oct. 2007], MTR # 542). Working with the City and County, our groups were successful in winning some visible changes. Besides the improvements described above, the earlier walking tours have helped win improvements at eleven other intersections in the Lower Broadway neighborhood.
-> According to a Sept. 22nd news release, "On September 24 at 7:00 am, the City of San Jose, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Friends of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, will complete it's final 12-hour count of trail users as part of Trail Count 2008, the second annual effort to record the number of people using the City's fifty miles of trails. Last year Trail Count 2007 documented that nearly 1,000 people walked or biked along the Guadalupe River Trail on weekdays and approximately 40% of that number were commuting to and from work.
"Trail Count 2008 started last Wednesday (9/17), continued on Saturday (9/20), and will finish this coming Wednesday (9/24). Last Wednesday's counts showed that the Guadalupe River Trail at Park Avenue in downtown is carrying 69.8% more traffic that last year at the same time. 'Trails aren't just for recreation. In this time of high gas prices and concern for the environment, walking or biking to work on the trails provides a great transportation alternative and is good for your health,' said Mayor Chuck Reed. 'That's why San Jose's Green Vision sets a goal to deliver 100 miles of interconnected trails throughout the City.'..."
QUOTES R US
-> "Most US cities have three to five times the gasoline use per person of most European cities -- and it is difficult to see that Detroit has five times the quality of life of Copenhagen or Amsterdam."
-> "We can stay with business as usual and preside over an economy that continues to destroy its natural support systems until it destroys itself, or we can adopt Plan B and be the generation that changes direction, moving the world onto a path of sustained progress. The choice will be made by our generation, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come.
-> According to a Sept. 30th Mission Times Courier article, "Continuing California's environmental leadership in fighting global warming, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he has signed SB 375 by Senator Darrel Steinberg (D-Sacramento), which builds on AB 32, California's first-in-the-nation law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by adding the nation's first law to control greenhouse gas emissions by curbing sprawl. 'This landmark bill takes California's fight against global warming to a whole new level, and it creates a model that the rest of the country and world will use,' Governor Schwarzenegger said. 'When it comes to reducing greenhouse gases, California is first in tackling car emissions, first to tackle low-carbon fuels, and now with this landmark legislation, we are the first in the nation to tackle land-use planning. What this will mean is more environmentally-friendly communities, more sustainable developments, less time people spend in their cars, more alternative transportation options and neighborhoods we can safely and proudly pass on to future generations.'
"In order to reach the greenhouse gas reduction goals set out in AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Californians need to rethink how we design our communities. SB 375 does this by providing emissions-reduction goals around which regions can plan—integrating disjointed planning activities and providing incentives for local governments and developers to follow new conscientiously-planned growth patterns. SB 375 enhances the Air Resources Board's (ARB) ability to reach our AB 32 goals by directing ARB to develop regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to be achieved from the automobile and light truck sectors for 2020 and 2035.
"ARB will also work with California's 18 metropolitan planning organizations to align their regional transportation, housing and land-use plans and prepare a 'sustainable communities strategy' to reduce the amount of vehicle miles traveled in their respective regions and demonstrate the region's ability to attain its greenhouse gas reduction targets. Spending less time on the road is the single-most powerful way for California to reduce its carbon footprint. Additionally, SB 375 provides incentives for creating attractive, walkable and sustainable communities and revitalizing existing communities...It will also encourage the development of more alternative transportation options, which will promote healthy lifestyles and reduce traffic congestion.
-> According to a Sept. 30th Eagle-Gazette article, "Ira Weiss envisions a future in Fairfield County where bikers and walkers can feel safe and confident when they hit the streets. That's partially the reason why Weiss, president of the Fairfield Heritage Trail, is preparing to take part in updating a plan to develop bikeways, walkways and pedestrian facilities in Fairfield County. 'There is a phrase called "complete streets," which means you design a street, not only to be friendly to automobiles, but to be a transit to pedestrians,' Weiss said. 'It means putting in sidewalks and designing streets with bike paths so bikers feel safe.'
"Weiss is one of several community members who will sit on two committees designed to gather input on how the Fairfield County Development Strategy and Land Use Plan can be updated. The plan, which was first adopted by the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission in 2003, recommends ways to accommodate bikers and walkers through the use of parks, greenways and bike paths. 'Every five years, the plan needs updated and by doing so, it will allow us to concentrate of the major recommendations of the plan,' said R. Brooks Davis, director of the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission. 'We're pretty excited about it.'..."
-> According to a Sept. 30th Herald article, "International Walk to School Day will be held on Wednesday Oct. 8, as schoolchildren from the Madison Avenue Lower and Upper Elementary Schools join 50 states and thousands of children across the world by making the commitment to lead healthier lifestyles by walking or bicycling to school. Recent studies have shown that fewer children are walking and biking to school, and more children are at risk of becoming overweight. A recent Institute of Medicine Study stated that today's children may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents have. Several other studies have listed Mississippi as the most obese State in the U.S...
"Walking and bicycling to school can benefit children in a variety of ways. A number of parents and teachers have commented that children arrive more alert and ready for the day when they walk to school. Walk to School Day will be conducted as part of the City of Madison's 'Safe Routes to School' Grant Program -- a sustained, community effort to improve the health and well-being of children by making walking and bicycling to school safer, easier and more enjoyable..."
-> According to an Oct. 1st Star-Ledger article, "The streets of Linden have become perilous for pedestrians, with seven people struck and killed by motorists in the last six years. Dozens more have been injured in similar collisions while trying to make it safely across the street. But after a recent state pedestrian safety grant gave Linden the money for added enforcement, police hope motorists have gotten the message.
"Armed with a $10,400 grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety, several Linden officers spent the month of September serving as decoy pedestrians at busy intersections along East St. Georges Avenue and the Wood Avenue business district, making sure motorists obey the law. By and large, they didn't.
"In September, officers handed out 436 summonses to motorists for failure to yield to pedestrians, with most of the infractions happening along the 1600 block of East St. Georges Avenue, according to Linden police Investigator David Allison, who is assigned to the traffic bureau and who oversaw the pedestrian safety enforcement grant..."
-> According to a Sept. 30th Record article, "Crossing Park Avenue outside the Holiday Village Albertsons, in theory, should be simple. As Mark Fenton put it recently, a pedestrian or bicyclist just needs to press a button to activate a signal to warn drivers someone is in the crosswalk.
"Fenton, an expert in making communities easier to navigate for pedestrians, bicyclists and others not driving cars, walked a group of Park City leaders and others across the busy street, pointing out traffic patterns on Park Avenue. Hit it, the lights start blinking," Fenton told the crowd during a late-September visit to Park City..."
-> According to an Oct. 1st Union-Sun & Journal article, "The city's community development director has issued a challenge to downtown businesses. Bill Evert says he'll pitch in $100 of his own money for every $5,000 they contribute toward development of the city's new Main Street Program. 'That's how much I'm personally committed to this and want to see it get off the ground,' said Evert, a longtime city employee. The City of Lockport is one of three municipalities selected to take part in the Western Erie Canal Main Street Program, an enterprise guided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. According to its Web site, the trademarked Trust, a 60-year-old organization anchored in Washington, D.C., strives to 'protect the irreplaceable places that tell America's story.'
"Principles of historic preservation -- understood as finding new uses for old structures -- will be in play as Lockport operates a formal Main Street Program for three years. The National Trust prescribes a 'four point approach' to revitalizing well-aged downtown districts using four broad concepts: design, economic restructuring, promotion and organization. The end goal of the program is to see downtown's vacant spaces filled and pedestrian traffic returned, Evert said. The target area for reoccupation is between Washburn and Transit streets/South Street to the north bank of the Erie Canal. The Western Erie Canal Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, obtained a state Quality Communities grant to aid the entry of Lockport and the villages of Albion and Lyon into the Main Street Program..."
-> According to a Sept. 29th Stockton Record editorial, "Come Jan. 1, it will be illegal for any California driver to text-message while driving. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the rule into law last week, saying the ban 'will keep drivers' hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.' This is an example of a 'well, duh!' law, a law that addresses something so obvious or so subject to common sense that it's hard to imagine a law is necessary. Obviously one is.
"Nearly 40 percent of drivers ages 16 to 30 admit text-messaging while driving, according to a study last year by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. That's right: Forty percent of our least experienced drivers are rolling down the road ... typing. But why should the need for this rule surprise anyone after the California Public Utilities Commission this month had to issue an emergency order banning texting and cell phone use while operating a train? A train! Who would do that?..."
-> According to an Oct. 1st Sun-News article, "It's a familiar sight for those who have morning drives in Mesilla. Randy McFerrin on his mountain bike with his six-year-old daughter, Claire, riding ahead on her pink Princess bicycle. Most school days, the duo makes the one-mile trek from their home to Mesilla Elementary School. 'Claire just loves to ride bikes and I've always loved to ride bikes, so it's something we do together,' McFerrin said.
"Mesilla Elementary participates in Walk and Roll, a program to encourage students to walk and ride bicycles to school to stay healthy. The school sponsors an event the first Wednesday of each month, and on Oct. 8, will participate in International Walk to School Day. Many Mesilla students will participate in the event next week, including Claire. 'We also go and meet when the school does its events,' McFerrin said. 'She certainly likes participating in that.'..."
SCRAPER BIKE FEVER SPREADS, THANKS TO YOUTUBE
"Oakland is a town where hip-hop is king and cars known as 'scrapers' are huge. They're large, bright and have rims so big that they scrape the inside of the wheel well. Stevenson and his friends took those aesthetics and applied them to bicycles, fitting large wheels on small frames..."
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-> According to a Sept. 29th Dispatch article, "Cut-through traffic is the curse of many neighborhoods. Motorists on a mission to avoid traffic lights and busy streets speed by, endangering pedestrians and children. They even dent property values. To slow them down, traffic engineers have gone beyond the speed bumps of the 1970s. Now, they narrow roads with curb bump-outs, traffic circles and medians. Brick crosswalks, stripes and raised intersections keep drivers on their toes and their toes on their brakes. Such speed controls have had 'very significant growth internationally,' said Dan Burden, founder of Orlando-based Walkable Communities and a partner with a city planning and traffic-engineering firm in West Palm Beach, Fla.
"'It's hard to find cities anywhere that aren't looking at them,' said Burden, who grew up on the Hilltop in Columbus and has worked on projects in Linden, northeastern Columbus and Upper Arlington. 'The goal is to make neighborhoods more civil, to have people be able to enjoy their houses, their properties, to get across streets,' he said. Done correctly, speed control boosts property values and reinvigorates neighborhoods, Burden said. Cities across central Ohio are incorporating them to preserve their neighborhoods. Tara Hill Drive, which runs 1.3 miles between Coffman Road and Muirfield Drive in Dublin, is the epicenter for speed control.
"There are curb bump-outs at 12 intersections, six medians, three traffic circles and two midblock bump-outs, said Jean-Ellen Willis, the city's engineering manager for transportation. The $660,000 project gained momentum in 2002 when residents complained of high-speed, cut-through traffic, notably from Dublin Coffman High School. Four years later, Tara Hill Drive became the poster street for neighborhood speed control. A study showed that safety improved while speed and traffic volume has been reduced, Willis said. In addition, property values have been maintained.
-> According to a Sept. 30th Greenville News article, "Easley streets could be a more inviting place for bicycles as community leaders and officials look at ways to make the city more cycle friendly. 'I just think it would be good for the city and for the young people,' said Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell. 'It's all about the physical aspect of it, being in great shape, enjoying your family and getting out in the open air.' He said a committee has been formed with three Easley City Council members and four residents to study the possibilities of making the city a bicycle-friendly community.
"Christine de Vlaming, an Easley resident who is on the committee and who brought up the idea at a recent city council meeting, said the League of American Bicyclists helps communities become bicycle friendly. Greenville is currently in the process of working toward that goal, de Vlaming said, and Spartanburg is already one. 'I think it's pride, feeling like you have an accessible community whereby everyone can get around in different methods,' de Vlaming said. One aspect of the bicycle-friendly community program is having what de Vlaming called 'complete streets' where bicycle lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks are considered when new road construction is done..."
AND NOW, FOR A FEW THINGS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
THE DOCTOR FOX EFFECT
-> "The lecture that Myron L Fox delivered in 1970 to a crowd of assembled experts had an impressive enough title: 'Mathematical game theory as applied to physician education.' His polished performance at the annual conference of the University of California School of Medicine's further education program so impressed the audience that nobody noticed that he was an actor, who didn't know the first thing about game theory.
"All that Fox had done was to take a scholarly article on game theory and work up a lecture from it that was quite intentionally full of imprecise waffle, invented words and contradictory assertions. The researchers behind the experiment -- John Ware, Donald Naftulin and Frank Donnelly -- wanted to find out whether a brilliant delivery technique could so completely bamboozle a group of experts that they overlooked the fact that the content was nonsense. The answer is: yes, it can..."
UNDERSTANDING THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER
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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.
-> October 21-22, 2008, Fusionopolis, Singapore. Info:
-> October 21-25, 2008 National Preservation Conference, Tulsa, OK. Info:
-> October 27-28, 2008, Impact of Changing Demographics on the Transportation System Conference, Washington, D.C. Info:
-> November 13-14, 2008, "Expanding Our Constituencies" Workshop, Little Rock, AR. Info:
-> December 2-3, 2008, Implementing a Sidewalk Management System, Madison (WI). Info:
-> December 4-5, 2008, Solving Neighborhood Traffic Problems, Madison (WI). Info:
-> 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:
JOBS, GRANTS, AND RFPS
-> JOB -- BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN COORDINATOR -- SLC (UT)
The Bicycle-Pedestrian Coordinator will work with a variety of City staff to advocate and advance bicycle and pedestrian mobility and safety within the city. This position will work with limited supervision under a professional Traffic Engineer with the goal of making Salt Lake City one of the most bicycle and pedestrian friendly cities in the country. Advocates and helps implement the city's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and the Downtown Transportation Master Plan in regards to bicycle and pedestrian improvements and programs...
For details, go to: http://tinyurl.com/4ndour
-> JOB -- PROGRAM DIRECTOR -- SVBC
Join the Silicon Valley (CA) Bicycle Coalition team! We're hiring a full time Program Director to lead our programmatic implementation for Share the Road, Bike to Work Day, and bicycle education, among others.
Please pass this on to those interested! To learn more or apply, go to:
The director of technical services provides leadership and direction in advancing and implementing the agency's technology delivery function through technical assistance, training, education, technology deployment, and transportation community partnerships.
More info: http://tinyurl.com/FHWA-DTS
The director of innovative program delivery is responsible for advancing alternative financing and program/project delivery mechanisms within FHWA, to state and local departments of transportation, and to national transportation organizations and entities. The director leads the development and implementation of short- and long-term program plans for innovative program delivery based on the policies and overall objectives established by the administrator.
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