American Bicyclists Update Archives
November 22, 2010


This week we give thanks to all our members, supporters, funders and volunteers who made this year great - our programs are really delivering and our staff and board really feel like we're making a difference. However, because of the economy and changes in Congress, 2011 is going to be challenging. We need your support more than ever.

Andy Clarke
Andy Clarke, League President

National News
U.S. Lags in Reducing Traffic Deaths
A landmark, 186-page special report by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) published this week delivers a critique of U.S. traffic safety efforts and says that we have fallen way behind in saving lives relative to other nations. The report, Achieving Traffic Safety Goals in the United States: Lessons from Other Nations, was published by the National Academies Press and is available as a free PDF download. Read more at
Summit Keynote Speaker Announced
Janette Sadik-Khan, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, is the keynote speaker at the National Bike Summit's opening plenary, Wednesday March 9. Since her appointment in 2007, the New York City has completed more than 250 miles of bike lanes and 20 miles of cycle track; passed innovative bicycle parking legislation and delivered extensive education and safety programs. Bicycle use has doubled since 2006, while fatalities have fallen to their lowest level in decades. Learn more about the summit Keynote speaker.
State & Local News

NYC Stop Speeding Summit
Speeding was a factor in more than 2,900 motor vehicle crashes in New York City in 2008 and caused three times the number of collisions caused by driving under the influence. Speeding caused more crashes than distracted driving and drunk driving combined. Transportation Alternatives has decided to do something about this issue and will be hosting the Stop Speeding Summit on November 19. The event is free. Register today.
Tennessee Share the Road Plates
The Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation is trying to get people to sign up for Share the Road (3 feet law) specialty license plates. They need at least 1,000 pre-orders by June 2011 for the plates to go into production, and as of today, they have a long way to go. So what are you waiting for? Order these plates today and spread the message!
League News

Tell us what you think of the League!

Our annual survey is open and ready for your feedback and comments - whether you are a member or not, we want to know what's important, what's not, and what you think of our programs. To spice it up a little, there's a $130 cash prize awaiting one lucky survey dollar for every year since the League's founding back in 1880. More importantly, we actually look at the survey results and use them to help shape our activities and programs.  Click here to take the survey.

Bicycle Friendly University Applications Now Being Accepted

The on-line application for the Bicycle Friendly University program is now live on the League's website. Applications are due by January 21, so class, get working. Check out the latest information from Carly Sieff on the League blog where she highlights these new tools and resources.
Essential Tool Giveaway
We've got a new giveaway every two weeks! Congratulation to ML Szivos, Melanie Williams, Howie Mann, Michael Bowers, and Willard Rahn, who all won Eleven81 Flat 8 pocket tools, donated by Hawley! Register for our next giveaway before December 3, 2010, and you could be one of five six lucky winners of Rainy Day Biking High Visibility Mud Flaps, great for dark, wet winter rides. Enter today.
GoodSearch Surfing Benefits League
The League has teamed up with GoodSearch, a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates 50% of its revenue to listed American charities. To support the League with your searching and internet shopping,   download the GoodSearch toolbar and search the Internet just like you normally would.
Club Connections Calendar
hile your ride calendar may be winding down, the League's programs for clubs are heating up.  Next up is a conference call on the evening of December 7 to get your feedback on our insurance program; the new year brings a new slate of Club Leadership webinars.  Learn more at the Club Corner.
International News

Velo City 2011
The Velo City 2011 international conference in Sevilla, Spain is rapidly approaching. Registration for March 23-25 conference is now open and a Call for Papers has been issued.
Copenhagen Future Biking Pilot Call
Copenhagen has one of the world's most ambitious local climate policies, striving to become a zero-emission community by the year 2025. Copenhagen looked to the global community for help and hosted a contest of sorts. Copenhagen invited companies and organisations to present solutions that have worked in their communities that will help Copenhagen achieve the goal of an attractive and fully integrated inter-modal transport system. The ideas must account for the large population of Copenhagen bicyclists. Six ideas have been shortlisted, and Austin, Texas is the only U.S. city on the list. Read more here.
Job Opportunities

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelpia
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is seeking a Development Director to manage all aspects of the Coalition's fundraising, including leading a team of three staff. To use your fundraising skills to make the Delaware Valley a more livable community, and go to work each day knowing that your talents make the place that you work stronger and more effective, please visit to apply. Position available February 1. Applications accepted until the position is filled.
Adventure Cycling
Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, well-organized, and goal-oriented person to serve as a leader on development and fundraising. They seek a team player who loves to raise (and help others raise) financial resources for good causes - in our case, bicycling and bicycle travel. The position is based at Adventure Cycling's headquarters in beautiful and friendly Missoula, Montana.  See the full job listing here.
Arizona DOT Safe Routes to School
By the end of November the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will begin accepting applications for a full-time permanent position to assist the State Safe Routes To School Program Coordinator.  ADOT hiring procedures will require job candidates to apply for this position through its existing approved consulting firms - a list of the firms will be provided to candidates upon request.  We expect to interview for this position in winter 2011, and hire as early as spring 2011. Contact for more details.
CDC Chief of Physical Activity & Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta is looking for a Chief, Physical Activity and Health Branch (PAHB) who will have overall management and technical responsibility over a staff of health scientists, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists, administrators, and support staff. Applicants may visit the CDC home page at
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In This Issue
U.S. Traffic Deaths
Summit Keynote Announced
NYC Stop Speeding
Tenn. Share the Road
Annual Survey
Bicycle Friendly Universities
Surf and Benefit the League
Club Calendar
Velo City 2011
Copenhagen's Future

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