American Bicyclists Update Archives
October 25, 2010

National News
November 2010 Elections
The November 2010 elections are fast approaching, with much at stake for many of the policies and initiatives important to the League and the wider bicycling community. That's why it is important to make sure your voice is heard. Please check out our election center to research election information for your state. As the 111th Congress draws to a close, we provide an overview of its activity here. Also, before the election check out the topics you need to know and questions you need to ask your candidates. 
Tiger 2 Project Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the 73 winners in 40 states who will share the $600 million dollars from the second round of TIGER grants. Of the total, 42 grants were designated for capital construction projects and 33 grants went to planning projects. The official press release says that bicycle and pedestrian projects made up four percent of the total. However, because the application criteria stress multi-modal transportation, 44 of the 73 projects will include notable bicycle and/or walking components. Read more on our blog
National Bike Summit - Early Bird Registration
Registration for the National Bike Summit, March National Bike Summit8-10 in Washington, D.C., is open! If you register now, you will qualify for our Early Bird Rate and save $100. Register and learn more here.
State & Local News

The Grand Canyon Greenway's Fifth Phase Complete
The Grand Canyon Greenway (Greenway V) is now complete and open to the public. The Greenway is a system of multi-use, accessible trails throughout the park, complimenting the South Rim Visitor Transportation Plan. The Grand Canyon Greenway project was launched in 1999 as a part of the Millennium Trails Initiative. The Greenway project began as a public/private cooperative effort between the National Park Service, the Grand Canyon National Park Foundation, and the Grand Canyon Collaborative. Read more at
Connecting the City in San Francisco
According to the 2009 American Community Survey, nearly three percent  of San Franciscans bike regularly -- that number increased 60 percent from 2005. According to the San Francisco Bike Coalition (SFBC), one in four San Franciscans bike. Recently, the SFBC has been questioning how to grow the number of bike commuters in the area, especially since the city's bike injunction was lifted. The SFBC answered this question with the Connecting the City initiative. Learn about the initiative here.
Ciclovias - A Perfect Weekend Activity
Ciclovia, which means bike path in Spanish, has been a weekly event for Bogota, Columbia and other Latin countries. They open their main streets to pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and other human-powered activities. The concept has caught on in a few American cities like New York City, Portland, El Paso and most recently, Los Angeles. This weekend, Baltimore will hold their second Ciclovia on Halloween. Get one started in your community and connect your neighbors to the streets. Click here for the Cicolvia Recreativa guide.
International News
International Bike and Walk to School Day
International Bike and Walk to School Day, October 6 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.
League News

League 2020 Vision Strategic Plan
This Fall, the League Board and staff began a long-term visioning and planning process. We are 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.
Club News

Club Leadership Training
The League offers training to support bike club leadership, both in person and over the web. The newly launched Club Leadership Webinar Series has gone above and beyond our club's expectations by providing them with tangible tools to help their clubs improve. Each webinar, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. EST, targets a specific topic that clubs struggle with and are led by experts to provide the club with real solutions. And Best of all, the webinars are free for members thanks to SRAM! The next webinar is November 3 at 8 p.m. EST and will cover budgeting, with Ron Puett, Kansas City Bicycle Club. Register now.
100 Percent Clubs
The League makes it easy and affordable for every single member of your club to be a League member. The League helps local and regional bike clubs increase their membership by offering individual League memberships at a significantly reduced rate, if the whole club signs up. Your club members will receive all the League membership benefits. Contact Scott Williams, Membership Director, to learn more and to become 100 percent today.
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In This Issue
November Elections
Tiger 2 Grants
National Bike Summit
Grand Canyon Greenway
San Fran Initiative
International Bike and Walk
League 2020
Club Leadership Training
100% Clubs

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