American Bicyclists Update Archives
June 21, 2010

Greetings!

In this issue of American Bicyclist Update you'll discover some of the tangible results of our work at the national, state and local level - places where we are having an impact thanks to your support and actions. And on the international front, more than 60 people from the USA, including me, are currently in Copenhagen ready for an inspiring week at the Velo City Global conference; eager to learn from our colleagues around the world.

Sincerely,


Andy Clarke Signature



League President

National News
Safe Routes to School Victory
Last week, House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) targeted the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program established under the 2005 Federal Surface Transportation Bill (SAFETEA-LU) as wasteful government spending in his weekly "YouCut program". He chooses five programs that he deems wasteful and asks the public to vote on which one should be cut first. Thanks to everyone who sent out alerts on this, we got good results. The public voted, and SRTS was not chosen as the most wasteful program. However, Cantor's Press Secretary said that biking and walking programs would be targeted in the future.

Learn more and speak up for Safe Routes to School today.

National Biking and Walking Study Update
The National Biking and Walking Study was first issued in 1994 with a specific 69-point action plan. Fifteen years later it is updated again. We are pleased that the study reports bicycle use and walking went up from 8 percent to 12 percent of trips and that fatalities involving the two modes are down 12 percent and 22 percent respectfully since 1994. Read our blog to see what we would like to happen next.

World News
Velo-City Global 2010
Velo-City Global 2010 starts today, June 22 and runs through June 25. League staffers (who are very excited!), along with the event's MC and League President Andy Clarke, will be attending the event and learning and sharing with cycling representatives from around the world. We will be blogging throughout the conference. Keep up with Velo-City news via the Bike League Blog.

Local News

Vancouver Wash.'s Bike Program Threatened
A few weeks ago we alerted you on Vancouver's threatened Bike Program funding. As a result, residents, business owners, bike club members and advocates spoke out in favor of reinstating this funding at the City Council's hearing. League President Andy Clarke wrote Vancouver's Mayor Leavitt asking him to look into the matter and work to reinstate the funding. Mayor Leavitt responded, "City transportation and budget staff are presently scouring the budgets" to find funding for the bike program, according to BikePortland.org.

While our message is being heard, we still need your help. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) recommends the following steps: 1. Write or call City Council Members. 2. Attend the hearing at Council Chambers today, June 21st at 7 p.m., and be prepared to deliver testimony. 3. Ask for the $200,000 of currently uncommitted funding to be dedicated to Vancouver's bike program. 4. You can use the BTA's Advocacy Toolkit to help craft your message.

Black Hawk, Colo. Bans Bikes
Colorado is known for its bicycle-friendliness, boasting 11 Bicycle Friendly Communities - including Platinum-level Boulder. However, the town of Black Hawk, Colo. recently banned all bikes and is issuing tickets to those "caught" riding a bicycle. Bicycle Colorado will be holding a rally Tuesday, June 29 at Colorado's state capitol. Get details here.

Read our blog to find how you can take action now.

Unique Ciclovia
A few cities in the U.S., including League Bicycle Friendly Communities Madison, Wis. and Washington, D.C., have organized more traditional South American style ciclovia events. The events typically occur on Saturday or Sunday on a city's main streets. The main drag becomes car-free and only open to pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters. Ciclovias are a celebration of livable streets and communities, encouraging citizens and businesses to get out in the street and enjoy their city. Recently, Lexington, Ky. had a somewhat nontraditional version of a ciclovia at the local airport's brand new tarmac. Click here to read more.

League News
Bike Better Contest - Win a Bike!
The League sponsored Bike Better Contest, this June 18 through July 12, is your chance to win a Trek Allant commuter bicycle. The League makes bicycling better for all through advocacy and education, and now we want to make bicycling better for you. Enter today, and you could be the lucky winner biking their errands in style. See contest.

Andy Clarke Hits Kansas Cycling Airways
The Kansas Cyclists recently interviewed Andy Clarke for their podcast radio show. The discussion spans the League's Bicycle Friendly America, education and advocacy programs while painting a larger picture of our nation's bicycling movement. Listen to the show.
Job Opportunities

Active Living Kansas City Jobs
Active Living Kansas City, Mo. has several openings including Safer Routes KC Manager, Active Living KC Coordinator, and Dietician - Active Living KCC. Please submit cover letter and resume to: Deb Ridgway, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, City Hall - 20th Floor, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106. Application deadline: July 6, 2010. Visit MoBikeFed.org for more info.

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 www.bikeleague.org.
In This Issue
Protect SRTS
National Study
Velo-City
Vancouver Wash. Bike Funding
Bike Ban, Really?
Unique Ciclovia
Win a Trek Allant!
Andy on Airwaves
Job Opportunities
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