American Bicyclists Update Archives
October 12, 2010


Do you ever wonder if we are making a difference? Last week, local Tampa advocates were reeling from another area fatality. They called and wrote their County Commission and City Council and now have a commitment for a countywide bike safety program - to be presented and adopted (hopefully) in January. It's a small step in tackling a big problem, but in response to our letter of support we've heard from the Tampa Mayor and several area elected officials who seem determined to act. Speaking up really does make a difference.


Andy Clarke

Smart Cycling News
League's New Book Smart Cycling Launched
The League of American Bicyclists has a new book Smart Cycling: Smart Cycling Book Promoting Safety, Fun, Fitness, and the Environment, published by Human Kinetics. Smart Cycling reviews: how to choose the right bike and gear, essential basic cycling skills, the rules of the road, maintenance and quick repairs, safety strategies, commuting and group riding. There is also a special emphasis on providing material that middle school teachers can share with their students. The book includes a copy of the League's Enjoy the Ride DVD. The Smart Cycling launch is accompanied by a national book tour led by Clarke. The first stop is October 29, 2010 - 5-7 p.m. at the Pearl Brewery, San Antonio, Texas. Read the press release here. Buy the book here.
International News
International Bike and Walk to School Day
International Bike and Walk to School Day, held October 6, encouraged children to take a more active route to school. The day garnered national attention when USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood participated in the Silver Spring, Md. event and First Lady Michelle Obama sent a congratulatory letter to all parents and students who rode their bikes or walked to school. If you are a parent or teacher, find out how to teach and encourage your children to ride here. Read the Safe Routes National Center for Safe Routes to School press release.
National News
Bicycling Beats the Odds - National Rates Hold
Despite predictions that the number of Americans biking to work would fall after gas prices returned to "normal" in 2009, the percentage has held steady, according to the American Communities Survey. The Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) among the 70 largest cities also held steady with a 1 percent increase, while non-BFCs increased their commuter share by 26 percent. BFC cities still have on average about twice the percentage of commuters as non-BFC cities. Read more at
National Bike Summit - Act on a Simple Solution
The National Bike Summit, March 8-10 in Washington, D.C., is set for our eleventh year. Learn how you can ask Congress to make strategic transportation investments that foster healthy people and healthy communities. Join us March 8-10 in Washington, D.C. to act on a simple solution - the bicycle. Register and learn more here.
State & Local News

Ohio Congressman Backs Complete Streets
Congressman Steve LaTourette (R-OH) recently added his name to the Complete Streets Act. Complete Streets is a policy that ensures all potential road users -- including bicyclists -- are taken into account in the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of all highways. What makes this notable is that he is the first republican co-sponsor of the bill in this Congress, and his support is the result of a constructive relationship forged with local cyclists. If your Congressional representatives have not signed on to the Complete Streets Act, take action now.
Valet Bike Parking
Many events, like the Obama inauguration, have implemented bike valet parking to alleviate event traffic woes and gridlock. Many are organized by volunteers. In addition to temporary bike valet for events, bike parking stations have popped up in cities to help commuters get to work without using a car. A recent USA Today article featured this growing phenomenon in an article featuring bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community Long Beach, Calif.
League News

League 2020 Vision Strategic Plan
This October, the League Board and staff will start a long-term visioning and planning process. We will be drafting 10-year measurable outcomes in support of our mission and the priority areas of advocacy, education, and promotion. We want to know what you think. Please take our short survey.
Interbike Jerseys to Benefit League
If you are in the market for some vintage bike jerseys, a unique collection of 2002 - 2009 Interbike cycling jerseys is available on Ebay. A bonus for us -- all proceeds from the jerseys will be donated to the League. Special thanks to Lance Camisasca, former Interbike show director, for making this possible. Check out the merchandise.
Job Opportunities

Office of Natural Environment in FHWA Opening
The Office of Natural Environment in FHWA Headquarters has announced a GS-13 environmental protection specialist position on the Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team. The position will focus primarily on climate change adaptation issues, research and policy. Other duties may also include work on climate change mitigation and sustainable transportation. Internal sources apply here. All other candidates apply here.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine Opening
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is looking for a new executive director to take the lead of their organization. To read the full job description and to apply, click here.
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In This Issue
Smart Cycling Launch
International Bike and Walk
ACS Numbers
National Bike Summit
Complete Streets
Valet Parking
League 2020
Interbike Jerseys
Natural Environment Job

 League Blog Club of the Year

Bicycle City Link

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