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    ... From: Juliana Berrio Subject: Parks, Greenways, Trails, Great Places to Walk & Bike & Read #42, December, 2008 To: Gil
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 12, 2008
      --- On Mon, 12/8/08, Juliana Berrio <jberrio@...> wrote:

      From: Juliana Berrio <jberrio@...>
      Subject: "Parks, Greenways, Trails, Great Places to Walk & Bike & Read" #42, December, 2008
      To: "'Gil Penalosa'" <gpenalosa@...>
      Date: Monday, December 8, 2008, 11:31 AM

      Dear�Friend of Walk & Bike for Life,�

      This monthly e-newsletter,�"Parks, Greenways, Trails, Great Places to Walk, Bike and Read"�is a way of sharing information with over 1,900 Friends from around the world, related to Walking and Cycling as activities, and about Parks, Trails,�and Public Spaces, as�Great��Places.

      NOTE: �We only send this e-newsletter to people that have requested it or to people that have been recommended directly by another recipient; we do not provide these names to anyone. If for any reason you do not want to receive these periodic articles, please simply reply "un-subscribe" and we�ll immediately take you off the list.�
      So relax, "park" your mind, body, and soul and read the articles, and then go for a walk or bike ride. Enjoy your parks, trails and other public �spaces! �
      We wish you Magnificent Holidays and All the Best in 2009.


      Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa
      Executive Director
      Walk & Bike for Life
      233 Lakeshore Road E. # 1
      Port Credit, Ontario
      L5G 1G8�� CANADA
      Telephone: (905) 990-0198

      Articles:� e-letter #42 December, 2008

      How Your Community Can Thrive�
      Even in Tough Times
      New economic trends make a sense-of-place more important than ever
      By Philip Myrick, Vice President

      2008 will go down in history as a turning point.� Unexpected new events and ideas surfaced, changing the way we will lead our daily lives in the future. Financial turmoil abruptly altered the economic picture, forcing people to shift their thinking about everything from the household budget to global interconnectedness.
      We are seeing the emergence of Quality of Life as a key economic driver - factors ranging from good health care facilities to cultural institutions, vibrant public spaces to nature recreation opportunities � all crucial in attracting a skilled labour force and desirable employers.
      Read attachment: Communities can thrive in tough times

      NYC proposes bike parking rules in new buildings
      By KAREN MATTHEWS for Business Week
      NEW YORK
      The city is proposing bicycle parking rules that could be among the toughest in the nation, requiring one secure bike parking space for every two units in new apartment buildings and one space for every 7,500 square feet in new office buildings.
      "It will really transform the culture of the city, from a car-oriented city to a bike-oriented city," Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden said.
      Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2007 blueprint for a more sustainable city included a push for bike use.
      Transportation officials are doubling the city's bike lanes and expect to have 420 miles of bike lanes in place by June 2009. They also are installing thousands of on-street bike racks, including some designed by Talking Heads singer and bicycling enthusiast David Byrne.
      But surveys show that the lack of secure bicycle parking is a stumbling block preventing New Yorkers from cycling to work or to perform errands.

      Read attachment: NYC proposes bike parking rules

      Top 10 Books for 2009
      The holiday season is coming up and these are great presents to give others...or yourself.
      Planetizen is pleased to release its eighth annual list of the ten best books in the planning field. With titles covering some of the most timely issues in planning -- from form-based codes to exploding growth in China -- the list gives readers an overview of the best ideas and writing in the field.
      The Planetizen editorial staff based its 2009 edition list on a number of criteria, including editorial reviews, sales rankings, popularity, Planetizen reader nominations, number of references, recommendations from experts and the book's potential impact on the urban planning, development and design professions.
      Read attachment: Top 10 books for 2009

      How Frederick Law Olmsted Got
      the Central Park Job
      Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
      If the Frederick Law Olmsted of 1857 offered to plan and manage your city�s central park, you probably wouldn�t hire him. The 35-year-old then was a farmer, journalist and former sailor with no formal training in architecture, engineering or any related field. Though he didn�t have much technical expertise, he had great leadership skills. Those gave him the opportunity to succeed, and helped him become successful, according to Leonardo Vazquez.
      2008 is the 150th anniversary of the awarding of the job to create Central Park, the first and still the foremost major park in New York City. Central Park launched Olmsted�s famous career in planning and landscape architecture and became a model for other urban open spaces throughout the United States. Olmsted�s story sounds too Hollywood to be true � a struggling farmer, B-list writer and failed businessman from the backwoods of Staten Island gets picked by Manhattan�s elite to steward their city�s emerald of open spaces. But it�s quite logical, and provides some lessons for how we can be successful.

      Read the list of lessons in attachment: How Olmsted got the Central Park job

      Decline in the quality of Pindi life

      Sunday, October, 2008
      Ibne Ahmad

      In fast developing Rawalpindi, the automobiles have become the main cause of decline in the quality of life. Fewer but high-velocity roads that are dangerous to cross have become like fences, segregating neighbourhoods and making the city less humane.

      Kids are detained at home after school hours, in dread of speeding vehicles, and are not allowed to get outside alone. Often there are no sidewalks. Even when there are, parking bays are carved out of them, or cars simply park on them in a symbolic ritual that illustrates class distinction between members of the car-owning minority as first-class citizens, and the rest.

      Read attachment: A Plea for Pedestrians in Pakistan

      California Passes Complete Streets Law
      Major Victory for National Complete Streets Movement

      Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law on September 30th Assembly Bill 1358 (pdf), the California Complete Streets Act of 2008 authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

      The new law requires cities and counties to include complete streets policies as part of their general plans so that roadways are designed to safely accommodate all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, children, older people, and disabled people, as well as motorists.
      Read attachment: California passes Complete Street Law

      Removing Cars to Create Public Space
      Author: Nate Berg October 2008 - Planetizen
      Cars dominate cities, especially in America. But as many cities in other countries have found, removing cars can turn busy streets into lively public places. Now the U.S. is starting to catch on.
      Public space has a loose definition. It can be sidewalks, government buildings, or even streets, which account for nearly a third of the land area in an average city. But in people's minds, "public space" is a park or a forest or a beach � places associated with recreation, the out-of-doors and that "nature" thing we tend to divorce ourselves from. Making a connection between the idea of public space and the mundane reality of potholes and rush hour can be difficult. But by temporarily taking cars out of the picture, cities are converting the public space of streets into the public space of common perception.
      Read attachment: Removing cars to create public space

      In Mexico City, bicycles rule the Sunday streets

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      One day a week, the capital's roads are cleared for two-wheelers, who hardly stand a chance amid the everyday vehicular chaos.
      By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
      MEXICO CITY -- On wheels, we charge -- a vast and exultant army of cycling, skating, spinning, scooting, sweating warriors in the thrill of conquest.

      We rule this city -- at least for a few hours.
      Every Sunday morning, some of the biggest streets of car-flooded Mexico City are handed over to bicyclists, who roll in by the tens of thousands. Joining them are skateboarders, rollerbladers, toddlers on push toys and parents behind strollers in what has become a weekly festival on wheels.

      The leftist government of Mayor Marcelo Ebrard launched the program last year, barring cars, trucks and buses from the regal Paseo de la Reforma and other streets around the historic downtown. Once a month, the route is expanded to form a 20-mile, engine-free circuit called the Cicloton.

      The cyclist's gain is the motorist's loss.
      Read attachment: Mexico City�s Sunday Streets For People Not Cars

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