American Bicyclists Update Archives
August 2, 2010

National News
Ready to Rumble: Rumble Strip Alert
Cyclists and motorists share a desire for safer roadways and are aware of the benefits rumble strips can have on Interstate or major state highways. However, as cyclists we also know that there is no such thing as a bicyclist-friendly rumble strip, and over the years a lot of good roads for riding have been lost to rumble strips. In response, the League is asking for an end to the indiscriminate and inappropriate application of rumble strips that ignore FHWA and AASHTO guidance on when and where they should be used. Please read the alert and find out how you can act in your state today.

State & Local News

Chicago is a Bike Sharing City
Chicago joins a growing list of North American cities that have bike sharing programs. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley officially opened the program on July 27 with six stations in the downtown loop. Currently there are only 100 bikes in the share, and prices range from $10 for the first hour to $35 for the month. Find out more.
Bike Commuter Hubs
Bicyclists who commute to work are faced with a few challenges,  including: clothing, showering, and bike storage. For some, their employers equip their building with locker rooms and parking facilities (See: What is a Bike Friendly Business?). But for those who aren't that fortunate, European and Asian commuter hub concepts have popped up in the U.S. Most are privately owned but make for a bike-friendly addition to any city. Washington, D.C. became home to a Bike Station in 2010. The station helps cyclists in the D.C. Metro area who train to D.C.'s Union Station and use their bike as their source of downtown transportation. Recently, Wilmington, Del. has become home to one of these concepts, the Bike Boutique. The city is hopeful that the concept will encourage citizens to bike to work.
World News
London's Cycle Superhighways and Bike Sharing
London is undergoing a cycle makeover this month with blue cycling superhighways and citywide bike sharking stations. The city's goal is to  provide cyclists with safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city, while decreasing congestion and raising London's bike mode share. The first two routes for the cycle superhighway opened on July 19, which connect outer and central London. Twelve bike superhighways are planned to be completed by 2015. The bike share Barclay's Cycle Hire opened July 30. When completely fitted, London will have more than 600 bike share stations and 4,000 bikes. 
League News
Best Cyclist of All Time
The League is switching to preferential voting for the upcoming Board Elections. To test out our new system, we thought it would be fun to vote for the best cyclist of all time. This will be the same method we will use for the 2011 Board elections and allows each member to have their voice heard clearly - and ensures that our board members have the support of our national audience. Click here to vote for the best cyclist and to learn about the new voting system. 
American Bicyclist Archive
Thank you to Richard Moeur, Kevin Karplus and Maureen Becker who helped complete the League's magazine archive from 1970 to the present. We are still missing a few issues from the 1960s - if you think you have any of these older issues, contact We will send you a t-shirt and thank you in our publications for donating any of the missing magazines.
Jobs and Updates

Bike Walk Connecticut Opportunity
Bike Walk Connecticut is looking for its first full-time Executive Director to work out of its new office in Hartford, Conn. Apply now.
University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is seeking an Executive Director for their Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI). SCI is a multi-disciplinary, new program at the University of Oregon that encompasses many facets of the University. Find out more.
Bike Walk Mississippi - New Director & Address
Bike Walk Mississippi (BWM), the state's bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, is moving its headquarters from Oxford to Jackson on August 1st with the installment of its new Executive Director, Melody Moody. Find out more about Bike Walk Mississippi here
Other News
Weekend Without Oil
Americans know our country is dependent on oil. This summer's oil spill in the Gulf Coast was a grim reminder of what our dependency on oil can cause. Weekend Without Oil ( is an initiative driving that point home by asking Americans to spend the weekend of August 21-22 oil-free. The goal is to spread the message of how much oil is used in everyday products, and to get at least 166,000 people to join the campaign by committing to 11 actions, include walking or bike-riding.
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
In This Issue
Act on Rumble Strips
Chicago Sharing
Bike Boutique Del.
London Cycle Makeover
Magazine Archive
Vote - Top 10 Cyclists
Job Opening
Job Opening
Bike Walk Miss.
Weekend Without Oil

 League Blog Club of the Year

Bicycle City Link

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