American Bicyclists Update Archives
August 30, 2010


I am delighted to report that Trek has renewed their support for the League's Bicycle Friendly America program and IMBA's trail building work through the One World Two Wheels initiative. Find out what this means to us by visiting our booths at Pro Walk Pro Bike, Interbike or AASHE events in Chattanooga, Las Vegas and Denver respectively. Or, as always, check us out at And a HUGE thank you to Trek.


Club of the Year
 Andy Clarke, President
National News
National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project
The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project's September count will be the second week of September, the 11-17. If you are an advocacy or city organization who tracks/implements bicycle and pedestrian improvements, visit for date details, example forms, training presentations and information on automatic count technologies. 
State & Local News

New York Vulnerable User Law
New York made a step toward protecting pedestrians and cyclists on August 13 when Governor Paterson signed the Hayley and Diego Law into affect. The vulnerable users law increases the penalties for careless drivers who injure pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. The legislation was introduced after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng, 4, and Diego Martinez, 3, who were killed last year in New York's Chinatown. Read more.
Bicycle Bridge Over Rio Grand Dedicated to Advocate Gail Ryba
The Gail Ryba Memorial Bridge is opening today, August 30. The bridge has been a project in planning for many years and was finally funded with Federal stimulus dollars. The bridge is dedicated to BikeABQ's founder Gail Ryba, who passed away this year after a long battle with cancer. Honor her memory by visiting and using the bridge. Learn more about the bridge here.
Long Beach Video Displays Bicycle-Friendliness
Long Beach, Calif. is a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community and has launched an initiative to become the most bike-friendly city in the nation. This video highlights Long Beach's recent efforts.
League News
League at Pro Walk/Pro Bike
The League is proud to be a Gold Level sponsor of this year's Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference in Chattanooga this September 13-17. We have a full schedule, including: presenting on our Bicycle Friendly America programs; participating in meetings for the America Bikes Coalition and Safe Routes to School National Partnership; hosting a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) training workshop (register for the BFB workshop here); and staffing our League booth. As added incentive, all panel presentations are qualified for AICP continuing education credit. Find out more.
Club Webinars
Club leaders and volunteers, check out the Club Corner at for a whole season of SRAM sponsored club webinars starting this September 14. The webinars will be interactive and informative, providing a forum for online conversation among club volunteers across the nation. Visit the Club Corner for times, topics and registration. E-mail for more information.
League at Interbike
The League is excited to attend Interbike again this year September 22-24 on Advocacy Row booth L23, right outside of the exhibit hall. Join the League to learn more about our work for bicyclists, the National Bike Summit and our programs. Special guest Mia Birk, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet will join us at the League booth during the following times: Wednesday, September 22 at 2:30 p.m. and Thursday, September 23 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Joyride tells the story of how Portland, Ore. became a platinum Bicycle Friendly Community. Additionally, League president Andy Clarke will announce the fall 2010 Bicycle Friendly Business winners during the IMBA Industry Breakfast on Thursday, September 23 at 7 a.m. in the Sands Expo Room 206.
Other News

Walking and Cycling to Health
Professor John Pucher, Urban Planning and Policy Development Program and Research Associate for the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center - Rutgers University, and three other researchers recently authored Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data Objectives in the American Journal of Public Health. The study was commissioned to analyze the relationship between active travel, like biking and waking, and rates of physical activity, obesity and diabetes. The study's results directly correlate active transportation rates to obesity rates, health and recommended physical activity levels. Read the article here.
Cities for People Author in NYC
Jan Gehl, author and Danish architect, will be in New York City Tuesday, September 14 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Rooms. Gehl will discuss his recent book Cities for People and his career as an urban design consultant based in Copenhagen. His career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist. Find out more here.
Job Opportunities

Toole Design Group
Tool Design Group has several job openings, including: Transportation Planner and Traffic Engineer. Click here to find out more about these and other jobs.
Bloomington, Ind. Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
The City of Bloomington, Ind. is searching for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the city and the Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO), with primary responsibility for the development and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian transportation plans and projects. Find out more.
2010 Election for the APBP Board of Directors
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals is seeking candidates for their Board of Directors. For further information, contact Jennifer Hefferan, APBP Vice President and Chair of APBP's Nominating Committee, at or 202.671.2227.
Rails to Trails Fall Internships
Rails to Trails has several Fall internships available for 2010. Click here for qualifications and application process.
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In This Issue
Documentation Project
NY Vulnerable User Law
Gail Ryba Rio Grand Bridge
Long Beach Bike-friendly
Pro Walk/Pro Bike
Club Webinars
Interbike 2010
John Pucher Report
Cities for People
Toole Design Jobs
Bloomington, Ind. Job
APBP Board Elections
Rails to Trails Internship

 League Blog Club of the Year

Bicycle City Link

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