American Bicyclists Update Archives
June 7, 2010


Thanks to Craig Degenhardt and all the crew in Albuquerque for a memorable national rally this weekend - I got to do the ABQ century, climb to the Sandia Crest AND honor Gail Ryba.

Now my attention turns to Copenhagen and the Velo City Global Conference ... just two more weeks to make your mind up to go! A strong U.S. delegation will head over soon ... make sure you are part of it.


Andy Clarke Signature

League President

National News
What do the Prince of Denmark, Two Congressmen and NBA Star Caron Butler Have in Common?
Today they went for a bike ride around Washington, D.C. with the League President Andy Clarke. The Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik André Henrik Christian, the Ambassador of Denmark Friis Arne Petersen, and special guests including two-time NBA all-star Caron Butler, Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN), and Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) rode through Washington, D.C. today, June 7 to coincide with the Crown Prince's visit and the 50th anniversary of the Embassy of Denmark. Check out pictures, video and the story now.

USDOT Drafts Strategic Plan
The U.S. Department of Transportation is asking for comments on its five-year draft strategic plan, "Transportation for a New Generation." Read the plan and voice your opinions to the USDOT today.

Thank You Ray LaHood
The League and America Bikes has been more than happy to have a fan of bicycles in the Secretary of Transportation. He's done everything from declare that the bike world has a full partner in Ray LaHood, to supporting bicycling an equal form of transportation, to being a champion of a national distracted driving campaign. We were so happy with the LaHood that we made a thank you card filled with notes from cyclists on D.C.'s Bike to Work day and biked it over with fellow D.C. bike advocates. If you missed the photos and video, visit our blog!

Safe Routes to School Mini-Grant Winners
The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced the Fall 2010 mini-grant recipients on June 1, 2010. The organization uses the mini-grants as a way to encourage safely biking and walking to school. Activities funded by the mini-grants must be part of a broader walking and/or bicycling to school effort. To learn about the winners and what they will use their grant for, visit SRTS.
World News
Velo-City Global 2010
Velo-City Global 2010, this June 22-25, is quickly approaching and the League is excited to attend this conference for a few reasons. One, League President Andy Clarke is the conference MC. He will have the opportunity to share what the League has been doing stateside with bike leaders from around the world. Two, the League staff who are attending will be able to learn from international experts and take their successful ideas and apply them to the U.S. Three, they get to be in Copenhagen, every bicyclists dream! We will be blogging throughout the conference. Keep up with Velo-City news via the Bike League Blog.
League News
Bicycle Friendly Business Workshops
The League's Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) Program has been busy lately. Three BFB Workshops are being hosted this week:
1. Omaha, Neb. sponsored by RDG and Activate Omaha
2. Arlington, Va. sponsored by BikeArlington, Arlington Transportation Partners, goDCgo, and the City of Arlington
3. Little Rock, Ark. sponsored by Safe Routes to School State Network Project with a goal of getting two new businesses and two new communities to apply to the BFC and BFB programs.

For more information on how to attend these workshops or to have one in your community, e-mail Alison at the League.

Local News

San Antonio is Working to Improve Cycling Conditions
San Antonio, Texas is working to become more bike-friendly. City staff and elected officials attended a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) workshop last year, and the mayor was very supportive. Since then the city received one of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grants for $15.6 million. The grants are used to fight obesity, and the city has made the connection between building a BFC and public health. Road diets, bike plans, ciclovias and more are planned. Read more here.

Advocacy News

Alliance for Biking and Walking Releases Updated Complete Streets Guide
The Alliance for Biking and Walking releases the updated guide to Complete Streets, an update since their 2006 guide. In the past four years more than 100 state and local jurisdictions have adopted new policies that require transportation projects to include safe accommodations for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Complete streets cater to all road users, not just motorists, so we can share the road safely and efficiently. To learn more about complete streets check out the National Complete Streets Coalition and the Alliance's updated guide.

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In This Issue
Royal Ride
USDOT Strategic Plan
Thanks LaHood
SRTS Mini-Grants
BFB Workshops
San Antonio Improving
Alliance Complete Streets Guide
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