American Bicyclists Update Archives
March 1, 2010


The next two weeks are pivotal for the national bicycling movement. Obviously we are biased about the National Bike Summit - but really, it's going to be memorable. We're already at record attendance levels and the tally of scheduled Congressional meetings is rising fast. Look for an exciting announcement tomorrow related to one of the key Congressional "asks" at the Summit - and don't forget to register!


Andy Clarke
League President
National News
Transportation Funding Descends into Farce
Just when you thought machinations over the next transportation funding bill couldn't get any stranger - or further from resolution - we are now facing the prospect of the US Department of Transportation furloughing staff and funds not getting sent out to the states, because a Senate filibuster on unemployment benefits held up the latest extension of the current bill. Honestly, it's hard to know how to summarize or explain the current state of play... so here you can read what the DOT Secretary, Transportation for America, and Congressman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) have to say about the topic.

Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2010 ®
The Pro Walk / Pro Bike┬« 2010 Chattanooga conference, presented by the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, is this September 13-17. Their call for presentations (panel workshop and poster sessions) has been extended to Friday, March 5, 6pm (EST). Be part  of the exciting panel of presenters and experts! Find out more.

League News
National Bike Summit - Better and Bigger than Ever
The Bike Summit already has 650 registrants...and this is three days before the online registration deadline! Make sure you are part of the largest Bike Summit yet and register before 5 p.m. this Thursday, March 4. If you register before Tuesday at noon, March 2, you will receive information to participate in Tuesday's informative webinar Bike Summit: What to Know Before You Go. Find out more!

League Annual Meeting
Attend the League's Annual Meeting, March 9, 2010 in D.C. during our National Bike Summit. We'll update you on our work in 2009, give a preview of this coming year's work, and invite you to join the opening reception of the 10th Anniversary National Bike Summit ($65 charge for dinner and drinks for non-Summit attendees). This meeting is open to the public and media.

Represent! Your State, That Is...
The League is looking for a few good state ambassadors. It's an important and easy job - talk about the League's work to your state's clubs, advocacy organizations and bicyclists. The time commitment is just a few hours a month. We'll have a bi-monthly conference call (the first one will be in late March), and we'll supply you with all the League materials you need. You just speak to people in your state about the League and how our work is helping your state improve for bicyclists. To find out more about the program, or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Kiker at

Club Leadership Training
The first Club Leadership training was such a success that we will be holding the next Club Leadership Training this April 9-11, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wis. Don't miss this opportunity to network with your peers, attend great breakout sessions and learn from the best club leaders from around the country!Even better - the training will be held in conjunction with Wheel and Sprocket's Bike Expo, which attracts thousands of cyclists to the state fairgrounds. Topics include: leader transitions, member management, insurance, budgeting, organizing rides and volunteers, and local advocacy issues.

E-mail Lisa Reitz if you are interested. Registration opens soon!

State & Local News

Ride Your Bicycle In Honor Of Gail Ryba Day
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has proclaimed March 4, 2010 as Ride Your Bicycle In Honor Of Gail Ryba Day, to pay tribute to New Mexico's foremost bicycle advocate. The Proclamation honors Dr. Ryba for her bicycle advocacy work in New Mexico and her encouragement efforts. For more information on Ride Your Bicycle in Honor of Gail Ryba Day, contact: Diane Albert at 505.235.2277 or

Job Opportunities

League Job Opening
The League of American Bicyclists is hiring a membership manager. The job includes: prospect-to-member research, new and renewal member engagement, managing membership categories, implementation of campaigns and more! Get more information and apply today!

Kentucky Job Opening
The State of Kentucky is hiring a Bicycle and Pedestrian coordinator. Read job description.

1000 Friends of Oregon Job Opening
1000 Friends of Oregon is seeking an Executive Director to advocate for Smart Growth and sustainable growth policies and continue their work on building livable communities. For more information, contact Linda Kozlowski.

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit
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In This Issue
Transportation Funds Halted
Pro Walk/Bike
Summit Deadline 1.4.10
League Annual Meeting
League State Ambassadors
Wis. Club Leadership Training
N.M. Gail Ryba Day
League Hiring!
Kentucky Tranportation Job
Ore. Job Opening
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