American Bicyclists Update Archives
September 13, 2010


Our timing is just a little bit off with this issue of our e-news. Tomorrow we'll announce the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community award recipients at the Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference, and next week we'll do the hononrs for Bicycle Friendly Businesses at the Interbike trade show. Just too late for our own publication...but check out the website for news tomorrow and next week!


Andy Clarke
National News
Rumble Strip Campaign Progress Report
Thanks to all who responded to our action alert on rumble strips -- more than 1,200 letters and e-mails were sent to all 50 state transportation agencies reminding them where and how rumble strips are to be implemented on roadway shoulders. We got their attention and are seeing great results. Check out the update here.
New Fatality Data Released
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis has released new fatality data for 2009. While it's still hard to fathom that more than 33,000 people were killed in our streets last year, the trend is in the right direction. Cyclist fatalities dropped 12 percent -- 718 in 2008 to 630 in 2009. One disappointment is that pedestrian fatalities declined at a slower rate than the others, lowering 7.3 percent from 4,414 to 4,092.The total number of traffic fatalities dropped 9.7 percent from 37,423 to 33,808. Read more here.
State & Local News

Georgia Bike Summit
Georgia is hosting their inaugural bike summit in Savannah this October 9. They plan to set priorities for 2011. Additionally, League President Andy Clarke will serve as the event's keynote speaker. Find out more about the agenda and how to register here.
Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Conference
Recently there has been a surge of state and regional bike summits across the country. Nevada, however, has been ahead of the game. Their ninth annual Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Conference will be held on Friday, October 8th at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, click here.
Phoenix Striving to Be Bike-Friendly
Currently there are seven Bicycle Friendly Communities in Arizona but Phoenix is not one of them - yet. The city is working to improve conditions for cyclists. Recently the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) released this video on about bicycling in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Take a look for yourself here
League News
The League at Interbike
The League will have a strong presence at Interbike (the bicycle industry trade show) this year. If you are there, come visit us in Advocacy row, right outside of the exhibitor hall. Meet the staff and learn more about the League - you'll also be able to meet our special guest and friend Mia Birk, author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, 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.

Education Director Preston Tyree will be presenting the fruits of our education partnership with the National Bicycle Dealers Association, Wednesday 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Room 106 of the Sands Expo Center, and League president Andy Clarke will speak at the IMBA Industry Breakfast on Thursday in the same place. Clarke will announce the most recent Bicycle Friendly Business award winners and discuss the National Bike Summit and the League's advocacy, education and industry work.
Ride for the League at the El Tour de Tucson
The League is a beneficiary of the 2010 El Tour de Tucson, held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Sign up online to ride for the League, and raise money for our new Cyclist Legal Defense Fund. This year's tour is also dedicated to John Howard, the three-time Olympian and 18-time national masters cycling champion. Find out more here
Other News

Advocacy Advance Grants Announced
The Advocacy Advance program (a joint initiative of the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League) has awarded $103,000 to four different biking and walking organizations: the California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund was awarded $30,000, the Missouri Foundation for Bicycling and Walking was awarded $30,000, Livable Memphis was awarded $25,000, and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine was awarded $18,000. To learn about why each organization was awarded and what they plan to do with the grants, click here.
Job Opportunities

NACTO Job Opening
NACTO is looking to hire a Policy and Legislative Analyst for their Washington, D.C. office. For further details, e-mail NACTO's Executive Director Eric Gilliland at
Jobs at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails
Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails , Inc. has two job openings available - Trail Planning & Program Director and Office Manager. Click here for info and to apply.
Active Transportation Alliance Job Opportunity
The Active Transportation Alliance is looking for a Director of Planning to start no later than November 1. Click here for information and to apply.
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In This Issue
Rumble Strips
Fatality Data
GA Bike Summit
Nevada Conference
Phoenix Bike Video
El Tour de Tucson
Alliance Grants
Jobs at TART
Active Transportation Alliance Job

 League Blog Club of the Year

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