Issue #99 Friday, June 18, 2004
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. Check online for additional stories:
----- NCBW's Walkable Community Workshops Series Wins ITE Award
----- BC Ferries Bike Rack Competition Tied to PW/PB 2004
----- Bike to Work Victoria Offers Pre-Conference Session
----- Pennsylvania Creates Hometown Streets/Safe Routes Program
----- 2002 NHTSA Mini-Grants Nearing Completion
----- Tallahassee MPO Adopts Bike/Ped Master Plan
----- Non-Profits Push Ped, Bike Projects in Mexico City
----- Study: Global Warming Bad for Children's Health
----- Developers Focus on Promoting Fitness
----- Peirce: "Complete Streets" Part of Obesity Answer
----- CNU's Norquist: Sprawl a 'Communist Plot'
----- Knoxville (TN) Columnist: Imagine Walkability!
----- NYC Biggest Complaint - Dangerous X-Walks?
----- Liposuction - No Magic Cure for Obesity
----- Researcher: Americans Not Getting "Uniformly Fatter"
----- Lexington (KY) "Kid Chauffeur" Bemoans Car Dependence
----- Trucks, SUVs, Raise Risk of Pedestrian Injuries
----- Missouri River Bike/Ped Bridge Completion Delayed
NCBW'S WALKABLE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS SERIES WINS ITE AWARD
Award Winning workshops? Yes, on June 3, the Institute of
Transportation Engineers and the Partnership for a Walkable America
awarded the NCBW its 2004 Pedestrian Project Award for Education for
the Walkable Community Workshop series. The NCBW will be formally
honored at a ceremony during the ITE's 2004 Annual Meeting and Exhibit
on July 31 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Congratulations to Bob
Chauncey, our Walkable Community Workshop program coordinator, for all
his hard work.
To get a better feel for what goes on at our workshops check out the
excellent report the Mid-Region Council of Governments put together
after they hosted 8 walkable community workshops in the Albuquerque,
New Mexico area between March 29 and April 2.
http://www.bikewalk.org/assets/Reports/WCW_NM.pdf (2.5 mb)
BC FERRIES BIKE RACK COMPETITION TIED TO PW/PB 2004
-> According to a link on their website, "BC Ferries is committed to
making its vessels more 'bicycle-friendly.' Towards that end, BC
Ferries, in partnership with Victoria's Capital Bike and Walk Society,
are holding a Design Competition to develop ferry based bicycle storage
systems. The design competition is scheduled to coincide with the 13th
biennial North American meeting of Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004, North
America's largest conference for cycling and walking specialists,
taking place in Victoria, BC, Sept 7 -10, 2004. The Design Competition
is open to all interested persons. Upon closure of the competition on
July 15, 2004, winning designs will be selected and prizes will be
awarded at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 conference."
For more information, download this pdf:
BIKE TO WORK VICTORIA OFFERS PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION
-> In a recent note, Linda Saunders of Bike to Work Victoria wrote,
"David Cubberley, President of Bike to Work Victoria, suggested I
contact you. We would like to ensure that as many people as possible
hear about the workshop we will be presenting as a shoulder event to
ProWalk/ProBike. Our one day 'Bike to Workshop' will be presented by
Bike to Work Victoria on Tuesday, September 7 and will take people
through all the elements of our effective social marketing campaign. We
have just completed our most successful Bike to Work Week ever and
would love to help other communities learn how to do what we do."
For more information, contact:
Linda Saunders, Executive Director
Bike to Work Victoria
PENNSYLVANIA CREATES HOMETOWN STREETS/SAFE ROUTES PROGRAM
-> According to a recent note from John Boyle of the Bicycle Coalition
of Greater Philadelphia, "One interesting development in Pennsylvania:
Transportation Enhancement money traditionally has been divided into
two pots: local distribution to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations
(MPOs) and state discretionary funds. The discretionary funds have now
been repackaged as the 'Hometown Streets/Safe Routes to School program'
which will be will also assigned to the MPO's."
For more information on Pennsylvania's new 'Hometown Streets/Safe
Routes to School program,' go to:
2002 NHTSA MINI-GRANTS NEARING COMPLETION
-> Later in this issue (under "Jobs, Grants and RFPs"), we include
information on a new Federal mini-grant opportunity that may be of
interest to readers. It's a competitive award for work on a number of
topics related to the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle
Safety.* As background, here's some information on the previous round
of projects that we picked up at last winter's Transportation Research
In September 2002, NHTSA awarded six mini-grants to support
implementation efforts for the National Strategies. The projects are
expected to be completed by the end of summer, 2004. The grants went to:
--- St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center, Catholic Healthcare West
(Phoenix, AZ) for a study designed to support development of a middle
school bicycle safety education program;
--- Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) for
development and pilot testing of a half-day Bicycle Friendly Community
--- the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin for work with five area
employers to increase bicycle safety among employees and their families;
--- the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition for creation of a
self-administered electronic multi-media "Law Officer's Guide to
Bicycle Safety" curriculum;
--- the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans,
Plaquemines, and St. Bernard and St. Tammany- New Orleans for creation
of an innovative model for identifying potential bicycle safety
--- the Texas Bicycle Coalition for an evaluation of the revised Texas
SuperCyclists Project curriculum on school-age children's bicycle
safety knowledge and bicycle helmet use.
Watch these pages for more information on the projects as results
* For more information on the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle
Safety, go to:
TALLAHASSEE MPO ADOPTS BIKE/PED MASTER PLAN
-> In a recent note, Jennifer Carver, Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
Planner for the Tallahassee-Leon County Metropolitan Planning
Organization, said "Just wanted to send you the news that the
Tallahassee-Leon County MPO approved our bike-ped master plan last
night after a couple weeks of pretty difficult struggles and positive
and negative news coverage over some issues, including the details on
how we're addressing school access. We've still got a lot of work to
do, but the MPO has basically approved the framework for moving
There's an extensive article in the Tallahassee Democrat, available via
the paper's archives ($$). Go to: http://www.tallahassee.com
NON-PROFITS PUSH PED, BIKE PROJECTS IN MEXICO CITY
-> According to a recent note from Michael King, "The Institute for
Transportation and Development Policy, a NYC-based NGO has been working
with the Center of Sustainable Transport, a Mexican NGO on
non-motorized transport issues in Mexico City for the past year.
Projects include pedestrian safety and access along proposed BRT
routes, on cycle lanes and shared use paths, and general traffic
calming in the city (about 1500 pedestrians were killed by drivers in
"On Saturday, 5 June, Segovia Street, a one-block long street adjacent
to a park was turned into a model, traffic-calmed street. The project
included chicanes, a contra-flow bike lane, bollard, benches and
planters, a bus stop and a raised crosswalk. CTS organized the model
street and ITDP provided design support..."
For more info on the projects, contact: Bernardo Baranda at
For more on the ITDP, go to: http://www.itdp.org
For more on the CST, go to: http://www.cts-ceiba.org
STUDY: GLOBAL WARMING BAD FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH
-> According to an article in the June issue of T&E Bulletin, "Burning
fossil fuels does more than just cause global warming: it also helps
increase asthma in city children. This is the main conclusion of a
report published at the end of April by Harvard Medical School's Center
for Health and the Global Environment. The American Public Health
Association (APHA), which co-sponsored the report's release, blames
fossil fuel use in cars, trucks and buses.
The report, 'Inside the greenhouse,' says intensive fossil fuel use
leaves a 'dome' of carbon dioxide over cities. While researchers had
originally thought the gas would disperse, they have now discovered it
instead stays where it is. Paul Epstein, associate director of the
center, said at the report's launch: 'We're just becoming aware of how
dense [the dome] is and how persistent.' The study found the poorest
urban children to be at highest risk. They are already
disproportionately affected by low air quality, prompting the APHA to
call the health effects of CO2 emissions a 'powerful one-two punch'
that will affect millions of poor and minority children in America's
This issue should show up shortly on the EFTE website:
"Whitey's Lindy Hoppers was the world Famous Dance Team from Harlem
they even stole the show in many feature films. Including a 2 minute
number in the movie Hellzapoppin' and it is still the most athletic
Lindy Hop ever exposed to celluloid!"
-- James Glader of hellzahoppin.com
DEVELOPERS FOCUS ON PROMOTING FITNESS
-> According to a June 17th Washington Post article, "Just outside
Washington, on the grounds of an old farm, a new community is taking
shape that researchers think is the kind of place that will help solve
the nation's growing obesity crisis. At the King Farm development in
Rockville, Md., homes are being built, streets are being paved,
sidewalks are being laid, and office buildings, restaurants and stores
are being located in ways that experts say should do one seemingly
simple but crucial thing: get people to walk more. A handful of similar
communities have been sprouting up slowly across the nation in the
first tentative attempts to counter the sprawl of strip malls,
cul-de-sacs and subdivisions without sidewalks that force people to
drive everywhere, which -- along with junk food and super-sizing -- is
believed to be a major reason that Americans are getting so fat.
"'We built communities with no sidewalks, and then we wonder why our
kids don't walk to school. We live in gated communities where the
garage faces the street and there's no connection with the neighbors,
and we don't get out and walk. We drive to everything,' said James
Hill, a weight researcher at the University of Colorado Health Sciences
Center. 'We've created the perfect environment for creating obesity.'
So far, many of the 'walkable' attributes of new neighborhoods such as
King Farm have been unanticipated consequences of decisions that
developers made largely to satisfy housing density requirements or to
make their projects more marketable. But the nation's obesity crisis
has spurred a new movement to purposefully build communities and
retrofit existing ones to make it more natural for people to be
Title: "Developers build walking communities to encourage exercise"
Author: Rob Stein
PEIRCE: "COMPLETE STREETS" PART OF OBESITY ANSWER
-> According to a June 13th Neal Peirce column, "America's obesity
problem is getting worse. The only ray of hope is that many people are
now paying attention, seeking some solution. The most obvious idea is
lots more physical exercise -- getting everyone off their duffs,
starting with kids whose school gym hours have been scrubbed out by
local budget crises and academic pressures. Then there's the companion
pressure to curtail junk foods. A new wrinkle: suggesting it's time for
the federal government to stop subsidizing fat-generating products such
as corn syrup.
"We're also seeing a new push to redesign our communities to get people
out of their cars more often, walking and bicycling again. And now
we're hearing a demand for 'complete streets.' U.S. Health and Human
Services Secretary Tommy Thompson recently joined that course,
suggesting 'every road being built -- you should be able to walk on it
or ride a bike.' With 65 percent of the American people now overweight,
31 percent obese, the obvious answer is that we need to start the
reform measures yesterday..."
Archive search: http://www.postwritersgroup.com/peirce.htm
Title: "Obesity Problems Worsen But Solutions Emerge"
Author: Neal Peirce
CNU'S NORQUIST: SPRAWL A 'COMMUNIST PLOT'
-> According to a June 17th Muskegon Chronicle article, "Former
Milwaukee mayor John Norquist never saw the old Muskegon Mall and
hasn't been around to watch its demolition over the past six months.
But as the president of the Congress for New Urbanism, Norquist has the
perfect term for what was done to Muskegon's historic downtown shopping
area. It was 'scraped.' 'What's the best thing do to with a dead mall?'
Norquist said during a recent visit to West Michigan. 'Scrape it.' The
fact that Norquist's term fits Muskegon's downtown situation so well
shows that Muskegon is not alone. Communities all across the upper
Midwest and throughout the country are faced with removing defunct or
"What comes after 'scraped malls' is what the Chicago-based Congress
for New Urbanism is all about. 'New urbanism' is a development
philosophy that aims to keep downtown neighborhoods and shopping
districts to 'human scale,' making them walkable and livable. 'At the
Congress for New Urbanism, we think sprawl is a communist plot,'
Norquist said. But the former Democratic big-city mayor shuns
government handouts in favor of economic development through private
enterprise. 'You can't build a city on pity,' he says of a theme in his
1998 book 'The Wealth of Cities.'..."
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Title: "'New urbanism' guru sees hope for city's 'main street'"
Author: Dave Alexander
KNOXVILLE (TN) COLUMNIST: IMAGINE WALKABILITY!
-> In a June 17th Metro Pulse column, Robert Loest notes, "When my wife
and I moved into The Emporium, I hung a wonderful Brian Andreas 'Story
People' print beside my bathroom mirror where I see it every day. It
says: 'In my dream, the angel shrugged and said if we fail this time it
will be a failure of imagination, and then she placed the world gently
in the palm of my hand.' We all tend sometimes to become so accustomed
to our faults that we create excuses for them, or no longer see them as
others do, if at all, and any incentive to change ourselves disappears
over time. This is as true of cities as it is of individuals.
"This morning I jogged down State Street to Hill Avenue from my home on
the 100 block of Gay Street, then back along Central. This is an ugly,
deserted series of blocks lined with gray concrete parking garages,
gray concrete expressway, asphalt parking lots and broken sidewalks. At
night it's dark and threatening. It runs almost the entire length of
downtown from Summit Hill to the river, and from Gay Street to the Vols
Onramp to Neyland Drive. It's relieved by only one short block with a
few decayed apartments and a church. Incredibly, this area comprises
something like a quarter of Knoxville's entire walkable
downtown!...Beauty inspires imagination. Imagination creates wealth. We
should listen to Goethe: 'Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin
it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.'..."
Archive search: http://www.metropulse.com/search.html
Title: "Put the premium on the idea, not the cost"
Author: Robert Loest
NYC BIGGEST COMPLAINT - DANGEROUS X-WALKS?
-> A June 11th New York Daily News article tells us, "Forget noise and
rats - the main complaint around the city these days is perilous
crosswalks, a new report released yesterday showed. The survey of 125
'neighborhood leaders' had 'dangerous intersections' at the top of its
list of quality-of-life complaints; second was 'vandalism or graffiti,'
and third was 'too much street noise.'
"The two-month survey was conducted by the nonprofit Citizens for NYC
and Baruch College's e-TownPanel. Fourth on the list was too much
traffic, and fifth was litter. Michael Clark, president of Citizens for
NYC - which gives small grants to neighborhoods to fix quality-of-life
problems - said the results are good news. 'The city that has
'dangerous intersections' as its No. 1 quality-of-life issue is in
pretty good shape,' he said..."
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Title: "Dangerous crossings drown out noise gripes"
Author: Maggie Haberman
LIPOSUCTION - NO MAGIC CURE FOR OBESITY
-> According to a June 17th New York Times article, "Having 20 pounds
of fat removed by liposuction makes people look better but provides
none of the protection from heart disease and diabetes that would
result from losing the same amount of weight through diet and exercise,
researchers are reporting. A report being published today in The New
England Journal of Medicine challenges several earlier studies,
preliminary ones suggesting that liposuction could improve health by
lowering blood fats and other risk factors linked to diabetes.
"Those studies had led many plastic surgeons to begin promoting
liposuction, particularly procedures removing many pounds of fat, as a
medical treatment for obesity rather than merely a cosmetic operation,
said Dr. Samuel Klein, the first author of the new study and director
of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Washington University School
of Medicine in St. Louis. 'But what this study tells you is that losing
fat itself by sucking it out does not give metabolic benefits,' Dr.
Klein said. One reason for the finding may be that liposuction removes
fat only from under the skin, whereas dieting and exercise reduce
deeper deposits in the organs and inside the abdomen; such deposits are
believed to be more dangerous. In addition, while liposuction removes
some fat cells, it does not shrink the billions left behind. Dieting
does shrink fat cells, making them less prone to release harmful
Archive search: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html
Title: "Liposuction Doesn't Help Health, Study Finds"
Author: Denise Grady
RESEARCHER: AMERICANS NOT GETTING "UNIFORMLY FATTER"
-> According to a June 8th New York Times article, "Ask anyone:
Americans are getting fatter and fatter. Advertising campaigns say they
are. So do federal officials and the scientists they rely on. But Dr.
Jeffrey Friedman, an obesity researcher at Rockefeller University,
argues that contrary to popular opinion, national data do not show
Americans growing uniformly fatter. Instead, he says, the statistics
demonstrate clearly that while the very fat are getting fatter, thinner
people have remained pretty much the same.
"Let it be said that Dr. Friedman, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
investigator and the discoverer of the gene for leptin, a hormone
released by fat cells, is not fat. He is tall and gangly, with the
rumpled look of an academic scientist. As an obesity researcher, he
might be expected to endorse the prevailing view that obesity in this
country is out of control. But Dr. Friedman said he was outraged by the
acceptance of what he sees as a hurtful myth, one that encourages
people to believe that if you are fat, it is your fault. The obesity
arena 'is so political, so rife with misinformation and
disinformation,' he said..."
Title: "The Fat Epidemic: He Says It's an Illusion"
Author: Gina Kolata
LEXINGTON (KY) "KID CHAUFFEUR" BEMOANS CAR DEPENDENCE
-> In a June 16th Herald-Leader column, Cheryl Truman notes,
"Lexington's Urban County Council is starting to hear rumbles about the
need to make the city a 'walkable community.' Too bad they're coming
about 30 years too late. Lexington development over the past several
decades has worked to make our community anything but walkable. It's
not just that we're fat and lazy -- we are -- but that our developers
have left us stuck in isolated subdivisions that in many cases link to
either a two-lane country road or four lanes of a constant gas-powered
roar. And as it turns out, as much as I hate driving, I'm just as fat
and lazy as everybody else.
"About a year ago, I volunteered for a transportation study that
required me to keep a record of every car trip I took, including where
I was going, why and who else was in the car. In case I 'forgot,' a
tracking device was placed in the car, the better to keep me honest. I
had thought, naively, that I would be an example of moderate, sensible
car use. Well, the pretentious fall hard. As it turned out, I was as
much a slave to my car as those who live in outlying counties and
commute to Lexington for jobs, medical care and shopping. I drove just
as much as those who shop for entertainment. I drove a lot more than I
realized, and much of my driving was not a matter of absolute
necessity, such as going to work or the grocery. Much of my driving
fell squarely into the 'chauffeur' category: driving children places..."
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Title: "We're slaves to our kids and cars"
Author: Cheryl Truman
TRUCKS, SUVS, RAISE RISK OF PEDESTRIAN INJURIES
-> According to a June 16th KING5-TV story, "Pedestrians struck by
light trucks and SUVs have a three times higher risk of severe injuries
and a 3.4 times higher risk of death, compared with pedestrians struck
by passenger vehicles, according to new research. Pedestrian injuries
make up 13 percent of traffic fatalities in the U.S., despite a
decrease in recent years.
"The study analyzed 542 pedestrian injuries from 1994 to 1998 in six
cities: Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, San Antonio and
Seattle. It suggests the need to consider vehicle front-end design,
especially for light trucks, in motor vehicle safety standards. The
research by investigators at the Harborview Injury Prevention &
Research Center and the Center for Applied Biomechanics at the
University of Virginia was published in the June issue of Injury
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Title: "Trucks, SUVs, raise risk of pedestrian injuries"
MISSOURI RIVER BIKE/PED BRIDGE COMPLETION DELAYED
-> According to a June 17th Council Bluffs (IA) Daily Nonpareil
article, "The proposed Missouri River pedestrian bridge between Omaha
and Council Bluffs should still retain its 'signature look' despite
modifications that will reduce costs, Council Bluffs Parks Director Ron
Hopp said. However, the completion of the bridge may be delayed at
least one year, he said. Engineers for the bridge discussed new design
ideas Wednesday with Omaha and Council Bluffs officials that will bring
the cost more in line with original estimates.
"Originally, the bridge was to cost around $22 million, but the initial
low bid for construction was $44.9 million. The new design ideas should
bring to total cost down to about $2 million to $4 million above the
original estimate, Hopp said. And, without making drastic changes in
the design, he said. 'All in all, the icon look with the cable staid
design in essence will remain in tack or, at least, the look of it,'
Title: "Pedestrian bridge modifications unveiled"
Author: Tim Rohwer
PARK YOUR BIKE OR CHANGE CLOTHES AT NEW DENVER CENTER
-> "'This is a place where bicycle commuters, commuters who take
transit, who carpool, will be able to get information and find other
folks who use the same alternatives that they do,' said Allison
Billings, executive director of Transportation Solutions..."
ARKANSAS' FIRST BODY MASS INDEX REPORT RELEASED
-> "The screenings revealed that nearly 40% of Arkansas students have a
weight problem, with 22% being overweight and 18% at risk of being
ZOOBOMBERS, STAY TRUE TO MANTRA AND RIDE DOWN EVIL
-> "'We told her, 'Zoobombers fight evil crime,' ' Phil says. 'That's
what we do.' Yeah, but why did they have to get off their bikes?..."
TV CAMERAMAN KILLED COVERING DANGEROUS INTERSECTION
-> According to a June 11th AP story, "A television cameraman filming a
story about a dangerous intersection was struck and killed by a
vehicle, police said. Jeff Frolio, 45, died Thursday night at Creighton
University Medical Center in Omaha [Nebraska]. Frolio was struck about
5 p.m. Thursday while crossing the intersection to get another tape
from his vehicle, Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning said. He walked
into oncoming traffic, Dunning said. A 20-year veteran with station
KETV, Frolio was covering a story for the evening's broadcast about two
teens who died at that intersection last month.
"The driver who hit Frolio was not drinking alcohol or speeding,
deputies said. The speed limit of the highway is 60 mph. The woman
didn't realize she had struck a pedestrian until she looked in her
rearview mirror, deputies said. She has not been ticketed, Dunning
said. The intersection is near a hilltop and is heavily traveled from
both east and west, Dunning said. Several residents have complained the
busy intersection is a hazard. But Dunning said he didn't think there
was anything wrong with the highway. 'Unfortunately he walked into the
path of a vehicle,' Dunning said. 'It's not a traffic engineering
Archive search: use "Search" window
Title: "TV cameraman killed covering dangerous intersection"
AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...
WALLACE & GROMIT'S WRONG TROUSERS DAY
(Friday 2nd July 2004)
"Wallace and Gromit's Children's Foundation gives you the right to look
'wrong' on Friday 2 July! Wrong Trousers Day is a chance for you, your
friends and colleagues to help children in hospitals and hospices all
around the UK by wearing the Wrong Trousers. You decide what trousers
to wear but make sure they are funny, foolish or just plain wrong! All
we ask is that everyone who takes part pays 1 to Wallace and Gromits
For more information:
ANGRY BUZZARD ATTACKS BICYCLISTS, VAN, DIES
-> According to a June 17th BBC story, "An angry buzzard which was
blamed for more than 20 attacks on cyclists on a country road in Devon
has died after dive-bombing a van. The RSPB said the aggressive bird of
prey was accidentally killed on Wednesday when it swooped on the
vehicle near Holsworthy. Experts believe the buzzard -- which has a 1m
wingspan -- could have been protecting a nest. The bird had been
swooping on cyclists, gouging holes in their helmets..."
-> "HOME TOWN STREETS and SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM"
State of Pennsylvania's program "will help communities to enhance their
revitalization efforts and ensure safe walking and biking routes to
schools." For details, go to:
-> "DETECTION OF BICYCLES BY QUADRUPOLE LOOPS"
"...at Demand-Actuated Traffic Signals;" by Steven G. Goodridge, Ph.D.
-> "PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE FACILITY..."
"...Planning and Design Manual;" State of Vermont Agency of
Transportation; December 2002.
-> "PREVENTING CHRONIC DISEASE"
Vol. 1, No. 3 (July 2004 issue); U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
-> The Spring 2004 UC Berkeley Traffic Safety Center e-newsletter
includes these articles:
"Making Safety a Must: Commentary by David Ragland, Director of TSC"
"Can Pedestrian-friendly Planning Encourage Us to Walk? A look at
efforts to change walking behavior by focusing on the built environment"
"Safety in Numbers: Surprising insights into how streets and buildings
shape driver and pedestrian interactions"
"Safer streets for Older Adults--and Everyone Else: Pedestrian-friendly
communities for walkers of all ages"
"Healthier Kids, Safer Neighborhoods: Safe Routes to School encourages
walking while educating kids and parents about pedestrian safety"
"Safety and a Sense of Place: Elizabeth Macdonald talks about making
"A Tribute to Anne Seeley"
Note: Additional training opportunities are available on the National
Center for Bicycling & Walking web site. Readers are encouraged to add
their own items as long as they pertain to training in the bicycle,
pedestrian, or livable community fields. Go to:
July 16, 2004, PennDOT's Bicycle/Pedestrian Facilities Checklist
Training Seminar, Lewisburg, PA. Info: Joe Stafford, Executive
Director, Bicycle Access Council, phone: (717) 417-1299; email:
July 19-24 2004 - Towards Carfree Cities IV, Berlin, Germany. Info:
World Carfree Network, Kratka 26, 100 00 Prague 10, Czech Republic;
phone: +(420) 274-810-849; fax: +(420) 274-816-727; email:
September 7-10, 2004, Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004, Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada. Make plans now to attend the NCBW's 13th
international symposium on walking and bicycling. For details on how
to get to Victoria and where to make hotel reservations, visit the
website. Other details posted as they become available.
September 9, 2004, Encouraging workplace cycling, Nottingham, UK.
Info: Emma Clews, Conference Secretary, Institute of Urban Planning,
School of the Built Environment, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD,
UK; phone: (0115) 951 4132; fax: (0115) 951 3159; email:
September 18-22, 2004, Rail~Volution: Building Livable Communities with
Transit, Los Angeles, California. Info: Rail~Volution phone:
503-823-7737 / 800-788-7077; fax: 503-823-7609; e-mail:
October 21-24, 2004, 17th National Trails Symposium, Austin, Texas.
Info: Dr. John Collins, University of North Texas, Department of
Kinesiology, Health Promotion & Recreation; phone: (940) 565-3422;
October 20-22, 2004, 2nd "Child in the City" Conference, London UK.
Info: Child in the City Foundation, Ms. Sandra van Beek, P.O. Box 822,
3700 AV Zeist, The Netherlands; phone: +31 (0)30 6933 489; +31 (0)30
6917 394; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
-> GRANTS -- BICYCLE SAFETY DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS -- NHTSA
[Based on Federal Register: June 9, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 111).]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces
discretionary Cooperative Agreement opportunities to provide funding to
individuals and organizations in support of the implementation of the
National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety, a document designed
to reduce the incidence of bicycle related fatalities and injuries. In
FY02, NHTSA funded six (6) demonstration projects to support the
National Strategies 'agenda.' This year, NHTSA anticipates funding up
to four (4) demonstration projects for a minimum period of one year and
a maximum period of two years. These Cooperative Agreements will
support projects that foster implementation of the goals and strategies
under the National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety.
This notice solicits applications from public and private, non- profit
and not for-profit organizations, state and local governments and their
agencies or a consortium of the above. Interested applicants must
submit a packet as further described in the application section of this
notice. The application packet will be evaluated to determine which
organizations will be awarded cooperative agreements. Applications must
be received on or before 3 p.m. (EDT), on July 7, 2004. Questions may
be directed by e-mail to Ms. Maxine Edwards, Office of Contracts and
Procurement at <Maxine.Edwards@nhtsa.dot.gov>. All questions must be
submitted by no later than June 23, 2004.
For the entire Federal Register announcement, including relevant
addresses, go to:
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- ATHA
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA), nonprofit org., seeks qual.
individ. to direct activities in heritage tourism area in No. Prince
George's County, MD. Applicant must be able to wk w/ diverse group and
have: prev. exp. developing tourism programs and incentives and/or
coord. heritage-related activities w/ approp. pub./pvt. agencies;
knowledge of historic preservation and related dev. activities;
excellent oral/written commun. skls; exp. writing grants; ability to
wk independently; BA/BS in rel. field; prof. in MS Word, Excel, E-mail;
skl in handling multiple projects; valid driver's lic. FT, $55,000
(incl. benefit pkg), EOE. For inquiries, job descript. call George
Denny, 301641-3147 days, or e-mail email@example.com. Resumes
and application to: ATHA c/o Mayor George Denny, Town of Brentwood,
4300 39th Pl., Brentwood, MD 20722. Deadline at above address COB
-> GRANTS -- ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH -- RWJF
Active Living Research is a $12.5 million national program [of the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation] to stimulate and support research that
will identify environmental factors and policies that influence
physical activity. Application Deadline: Sep. 1, 2004
-> JOB -- VANCOUVER (WA) PGM ORGANIZER -- COMM CYCLING CTR
The Community Cycling Center in Portland, Oregon is the largest bicycle
organization of its kind in the nation. We run experiential, hands-on
bicycle safety and maintenance programs for low-income youth and
adults. By providing bicycles to low-income adults, our groundbreaking
Create a Commuter program is the first federally funded program in the
nation to offer a truly flexible solution to meet the transportation
needs of low-income adults. We are the largest bicycle recycling
facility in the nation, recycling the volume of at least one school bus
every month. We also operate a full-service professional retail bike
Join our team of 30 employees and 1,000 volunteers! We are developing
a facility across the river in Vancouver, Washington. Our Vancouver
Programs Organizer will be responsible for the development of programs
and a facility in Vancouver. This is an AmeriCorps*VISTA position.
For more information, how to apply, and a full description, please see
-> JOB -- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -- BIKES BELONG COALITION
The Bikes Belong Coalition, the American bicycle industry's advocacy
group, is seeking a new Executive Director to "put more people on bikes
more often." The new Executive Director will take charge of a
successful organization that has managed to secure funding through
federal transportation legislation and leveraged more than $300 million
of the federal funding to build thousands of miles of new trails. In
addition, Bikes Belong has increased revenues from $400,000 to over one
million, and has begun fund raising for a national promotions campaign
aimed at mobilizing Americans to get out and ride their bikes more
often. If interested, candidates can apply by forwarding their resumes
to Terry Malouf of T. Malouf & Company at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The position is posted at:
In issue 98, we listed an old website address for the Chicagoland
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