American Bicyclists Update Archives
December 6, 2010

Greetings!

There's quite a lot for you to do in this issue of our e-newsletter! We've got surveys, nominations, all sorts of the end of year activities, and signing up for the National Bike Summit...all of which help us do a better job for you. So please take a moment to complete the forms, share your opinions, and get set for a great 2011.


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National News
Summit Keynote Speaker Featured in Esquire 's "The Brightest: 16 Geniuses Who Give Us Hope"
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 and bicycle use has doubled since 2006. It turns out that Sadik-Khan has done more than just impress bicycling advocates. She is featured in Esquire magazine's "The Brightest: 16 Geniuses Who Give Us Hope."
Bike Summit Discount to First 100 Registrants
The National Bike Summit is already less than a 100 days away, and we are offering a discounted registration to the first 100 registrants. All you have to do is type in OBERSTAR in the Promotion Code Box on the payment page. Those who enter OBERSTAR will automatically reduce the registration fee by $36. Register here!
Oberstar Looks Back
Bicyclists lost an incredible champion in the U.S. Congress as a result of November 2's elections. James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee lost his seat representing Minnesota's 8th Congressional district after serving 18 terms in a distinguished career. Check out Oberstar's recent interview on NPR that recounts his 36-year career. 
State & Local News

Traffic Enforcement in Calif. Police Academies
This past October, the California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Commission approved the addition of the rights and duties of bicyclists into the Vehicle Code training manual for all police academies in California -- effective July 1, 2011. California becomes the 21st state to include such a provision, a much needed step for improved enforcement of bicycling related traffic laws. See their changes here.
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. There's a $130 cash prize awaiting one lucky survey participant...one dollar for every year since the League's founding back in 1880. More importantly, we use the survey results to help shape our activities and programs for the coming year. Click here to take the survey.

Bicycle Friendly University Application is LIve

The online application for the Bicycle Friendly University program is now live on the League's website. Applications are due by January 21, so now is the time to apply. Check out info here, and e-mail Carly Sieff if you have any further questions. 
Essential Tool Giveaway -- For Your Feet!
The League's membership team is sponsoring another contest!  If you enter before December 17, 2010, you could be one of two lucky winners of a week's worth of COOLMAX(r)/Ecomade socks! They're made of 97% recycled content (including plastic beverage bottles.) The prize pack will include Injinji, Dansko, and DeFeet socks. Contest open to residents of the United States age 18 and older, whether a League member or not. Add your League membership number to your entry form to double your chances of winning! One entry per individual, please, and limit one prize per contest per household.
Club News

Club Insurance Conference Call
The League's Insurance Conference Call is tomorrow, December 7 at 8 p.m. We'll be gathering feedback and suggestions on the 2010 insurance program to assist us in putting together the 2011 package. Marla Peters of American Specialty, our insurance broker, will join us for the call. Please RSVP to Scott prior to the call.

Conference Dial-in Number: (605) 562-3000
Participant Access Code: 835494#
Take our Club Survey to Better Serve You
The League's 2010 Club Survey is live and ready for you to fill out. By answering our questions, we will be able to develop better club programming and benefits for our club members.
Club of the Year Awards
The League is now accepting nominations for our annual Club of the Year Award. For a club to be considered, e-mail your nomination to meghan@bikeleague.org by January 31, 2010. The e-mail must include (in addition to who you are and which club you are nominating): 1.What does your club excel at? (50 words or less) 2. What has your club recently implemented that is innovative and successful? (100 words or less) 3. Why should your club be League Club of the Year? (100 words or less).

Our Board of Directors will choose a winner by mid-February. Clubs will be recognized at the National Bike Summit, in our spring Cue Sheet, and with a banner they can use on their Web sites and newsletters.
Club Newsletters of the Year
For the second year, the League is hosting a Newsletter of the Year Competition. To enter your favorite club newsletter, please send us two of the most recent issues of the newsletter by January 31, 2010. The newsletter must be a publication of a League club member organization. The League will pick a winner and two runners-up and announce the winners in the March/April issue of American Bicyclist. All three will receive a seal to put on their newsletter for the year, denoting the honor, and the winner will receive a visit from League President Andy Clarke. Good luck!

Mail entries to:
League of American Bicyclist
c/o Newsletter of the Year Contest
1612 K St, NW
Ste. 800
Washington, D.C. 20006
Job Opportunities

City of Austin, Texas Job Openings
The City of Austin is hiring two engineering positions for sidewalks, trail, and bikeway design. These positions are with The Public Works, Neighborhood Connectivity Division, which under one roof houses the City's Bicycle, Pedestrian, Urban Trails, Child Safety, and Neighborhood Partnering Program. To apply visit here, click on Search Posting, and search for Job Requisition Number 067791.
Other News

Nominations Call for the Alliance Advocacy Awards
Now is the time to show your thanks for those who worked tirelessly to improve bicycling in your community this year. The Alliance for Biking & Walking is now accepting nominations for its national Advocacy Awards, which honors individuals, organizations and businesses that show exceptional leadership in advancing the bicycle and pedestrian movement. Anyone can make up to six nominations and the winners will be recognized during a special reception on the first night of the National Bike Summit. Click here for the online submission form; nominations are due December 20.
Holiday Charity
The holidays are a time of year where we are reminded of the less fortunate -- and those in need can benefit from bicycle charity too. Here are a few example from around the country to get inspired:

1. The Mesilla Valley Bicycle Coalition (MVBC), in conjunction with the Community of Hope and the Gospel Rescue Mission, will donate lights to homeless bicyclists on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at noon. Click here for more info.

2. The Blue Grass Cycling Club is joining forces with Big Brothers and Big Sisters to give more than fifty children in Fayette, Clark and Montgomery County new bicycles for Christmas. The event will take place at the North Lexington YMCA on the 12th of December at 2pm.

3. Donate to the League today to raise the funds we need to implement the League's 2011 agenda. Let's make the roads safer for everyone! None of the League's successes would be possible without your support. As a membership organization we band together to work every day to build a healthier, happier America through bicycling. Donate today and contribute to the end-of-year fund drive.

If your club or community is donating bicycles or bicycle accessories during the holiday season, e-mail meghan@bikeleague.org
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.
In This Issue
Summit Keynote
Bike Summit Discount
Oberstar Looks Back
CA Traffic Enforcement
League Survey
BFU Application Live
Win Socks!
Club Insurance Call
Club Survey
Clubs of the Year
Newsletter of the Year
Austin Job
Advocacy Awards
Holiday Charity




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