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Walkable, bike-friendly communities subject of workshop Oct. 30-31

STANFORD -- Stanford University and the Santa Clara County Transportation Agency are sponsoring a two-day workshop, "Walkable and Bicycle-Friendly Communities," on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30-31, at the Holiday Inn Palo Alto, 625 El Camino Real at University Avenue.

The workshop, co-sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Manufacturing Group, is being offered for the first time in the San Francisco Bay Area. It already has been offered more than 130 times in nine states and 80 communities.

The conference is intended for professionals and citizens who have an interest in community development. The first half-day is designed as an overview and may be of particular interest to policymakers and elected officials. The full two-day workshop is intended for planners, engineers, developers and advocates.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. Monday, followed by a session on "Policy, Planning and Visioning." After the hosted lunch, "Pedestrian Needs" will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday "Bicyclists' Needs" will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, followed by a no-host lunch, and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., "Bicycle/Pedestrian Integration."

Instructors are Dan Burden, Florida's Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator for the past 15 years, and Michael Wallwork, a traffic operations engineer with the Florida Department of Transportation. Burden has more than 20 years of experience in bicycle and pedestrian safety, and related planning and design. He is the founder of the Bicycle Federation of America. Wallwork was previously a traffic engineer in Melbourne, Australia, and is an internationally recognized expert on traffic "calming" and roundabouts.

The workshop will address the needs of children, the elderly, the disabled, bicyclists and other community members. Participants will learn how to revitalize neighborhoods and downtowns. Several local case studies will be used.

Each participant will receive a course handbook, with diagrams, technical drawings and a summary booklet on "Walkable Communities." Additional materials will be available for review and can be ordered at the workshop.

The cost for both days is $45. The cost for those wanting to attend only the half-day session on Monday, which includes lunch, is $25. Checks should be made payable to Stanford Transportation Programs. Payment is accepted at the door, but pre-registration is required. Contact Heidi Griffin, Santa Clara County Transportation Agency, 3331 North First Street, Building B, San Jose, CA 95134. Griffin can be reached at (408) 321-5744; faxes can be sent to (408) 955-9765. Registration cannot be completed via e-mail.

Some parking is available at the Holiday Inn, located at the downtown Transit Center. Carpooling is encouraged. Santa Clara County Transit, SamTrans, Dumbarton Express and Stanford Marguerite buses stop at the center, as does CalTrain. People who want free bicycle route recommendations from any location to the site of the workshop can call Stanford's Bicycle Programs Coordinator, John Ciccarelli, at (415) 725-BIKE or send e-mail to



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