American Bicyclists Update Archives
December 20, 2010

Greetings!

Thanks to everyone who has made 2010 a special year for the League and our programs. We know we've got a lot of work ahead of us to preserve the gains we've made in Congress over the years, and we are confident that with your continued help and support we can do it. Have a great holiday season and best wishes for the new year.


Andy Clarke
Andy Clarke, League President

National News
Bikes on Bridges Report Released
Thousands of overdue bridge projects mean more chances than ever before to provide accommodations for bicycling and walking. Failure to do so means missing a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Read the report and find out what you can do in the new Advocacy Advance report. Read the blog for more.
Blumenauer to Join Sadik-Khan at Summit Opening
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) continues his leadership of the National Bike Summit with a commitment to speak at the opening plenary session along with NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.
National Bike Summit News

Urban Press Camp Event
Lifeboat Events announced the launch of Urban PressCamp, created in cooperation with the League of American Bicyclists. Urban PressCamp is a unique media event providing transportation cycling brands intimate access to critical media outlets. Scheduled for March 6-8, 2011, the media event will bring leading asphalt and multi-modal bike and accessory brands together at the stunning House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on the eve of the National Bike Summit. Click here to visit the Web site. Read the press release here
State & Local News

Progress in Tennessee
Fresh off a successful Re-imagining Broad Street event in Memphis, advocates in Tennessee get a new Bicycle & Pedestrian policy at TDOT.

The updated policy:
  • now applies to local governments managing transportation projects with federal funding as well as TDOT staff and contractors
  • requires use of AASHTO and TDOT bicycle and pedestrian facility design standards
  • requires that accommodations for cyclists and pedestrians must be integrated into all federally or state funded transportation projects
  • requires that federally funded bridge replacement or rehabilitation projects include bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
Read more on the Bike League Blog.
Charlotte Voters Did it!
Charlotte voters approved three bond issues on last month's ballot to approve $156.6 million for road and intersection improvements and for related projects. The referendum was supported by 63 percent of the voters, with 37 percent opposed. This in turn doubles the bike budget. The package includes: $3 million for traffic calming; $15 million for 29 miles of sidewalks; $2 million for pedestrian and traffic safety; and $2 million for bicycling programs. Read more.
Northeast Youth Bike Summit
The bicycle summit concept has swept the nation as one of the most effective methods to organize a statewide or regional bike advocacy effort. Now the Northeast is reaching out to its area's youth with the Youth Bike Summit on January 14-16. The summit is open to youth, educators and advocates to learn how bicycling can be a legitimate and safe form of transportation for today's youth. Click here to learn more and to register.
Bicycle Summit Round-up
Their are several state bike summits this winter season. If you live in these regions and want to make an impact on cycling, attend!
  1. Iowa Bicycle Summit is January 28-29 in Des Moines. Antonio Rosell from Twin Cities Streets for People and Andy Clarke from the League of American Bicyclists will speak at this event.
  2. Maryland's 14th Annual Bicycle Symposium in Annapolis will be February 22. Find out more.
  3. The 2011 New Jersey Bike and Walk Summit will be held on February 26 in Trenton. Register today.
  4. Oregon Active Transportation Summit will be March 29-30 in Salem. Find out more.
  5. Utah's Bike Summit will be April 28-29. There is no link yet but check for updates at utahbikes.org.
  6. The New York Regional Bicycling and Active Transportation Symposium that the Rochester Cycling Alliance is co-hosting with the Genesee Transportation Council will be April 27th. There is no link yet. Check Rochester Cycling Alliance for info.
If your state or region is hosting a bike summit, e-mail Meghan so she can add your event to our e-newsletter.
El Paso Working on Enforcement
In an effort to protect cyclists and ramp up their enforcement, the El Paso city council passed a three-foot passing ordinance this month. The council voted 7-1 to make it a ticketable offense. Cars and light trucks must give vulnerable road users at least 3-feet. Other trucks and commercial vehicles must give 6-feet. Additionally, all motorists must yield the right of way when making a right-hand turn. Read more.
League News

Vote Now in the League Board Elections

The League Board of Directors election is now open, and it is a critical responsibility for each and every League member to vote. Read more about the process and vote now.

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. 

Attention Last Minute Shoppers

Are you still wondering what to buy for the bicyclist in your life? Do they have every bike accessory imaginable -- in addition to copious amounts of bikes and gear? Fear not! The League is here to help.
  1. Buy them the gift of League membership; they will receive all membership benefits.
  2. Make a donation in their name. Help in our mission to build a Bicycle Friendly America.
  3. Register them for the National Bike Summit at the special rate. The first 100 people to register for the Summit (at any level) will receive a $36 discount and special recognition at the Summit, March 8-10. Register for the Summit here, and on the payment page type in OBERSTAR in the Promotion Code box. Log-in if you are a League member.
  4. Buy your education enthusiast or new or returning rider the Smart Cycling Book (includes DVD).
     

Essential Tools Giveaway #4 --

12 Tire Levers of Christmas!

The League membership card is an essential tool for every bicyclist; and now, the League is outfitting you with more necessities for your seat pack. If you enter before 1/3/2011 you could be be one of dozen winners of a set of Topeak Shuttle Levers! Enter the contest now.
Club News

Club Leadership Webinars
The League club webinar series was developed to educate club leaders and volunteers. We give you the tools for your club to succeed.

January 11: 2011 insurance package
We'll roll out the 2011 club insurance package and answer your questions. With Marla Peters of American Specialty.

February 8: Marketing
We'll discuss website, newsletter, and other outreach, with a focus on the upcoming Bike Month and Bike to Work Day, in May. Panelists TBA.

To find out more and to register visit the Club Corner or e-mail Scott@bikeleague.org.

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. Include 1. Your name 2. The name of the club you are nominating 3. What does your club excel at? (50 words or less) 4. What has your club recently implemented that is innovative and successful? (100 words or less) 5. 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

Tis the Season for Bike/Ped Job Opportunities
The economy may not be where we want it but there is definitely not a shortage of bike/ped jobs in the country.
  1. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is searching for a Manager, MTA (Livable Streets Subdivision - Manager of Innovation and Analysis). Find out more and apply here.
  2. Alta/Greenways is looking for a Planner/GIS Specialist to work out of one of our North Carolina offices. For details, click here.
  3. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition in Fairfax, Calif. seeks a part-time Volunteer and Activities Coordinator to utilize their volunteer resources and assist with events. Apply today.
  4. Boulder County is looking to hire a part-time Bicycle Planner & Employee Transportation Coordinator. Find out more.
  5. Seattle's Bike Works is seeking a dynamic and experienced leader to become its next Executive Director. Apply now
  6. Florida Bicycle Association is seeking an Executive Director. Find out more and apply
  7. Lee County, Fla. is looking to hire a Director, Public Works DOT, Lee County (Fort Myers, Fla.). Click here for details. 
  8. North Carolina DOT is hiring a Transportation Program Director. Apply today.
     
Other News

World Bicycle Relief on Barron's Philanthropic List
World Bicycle Relief, a Chicago-based not for profit that was created by bike industry leaders SRAM Corporation & Trek Bicycle in 2005 to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, and is currently providing quality bicycles to people in need in sub Saharan Africa, has made Barron's Top 25 List (#12) for the most impactful philanthropists of 2010. Check out the list here and scroll to #12.
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
Bikes on Bridges
Blumenauer Joins Summit
Urban Press Camp
Tenn. Improvements
Charlottle Doubles Bike Budget
Northeast Youth Summit
Bike Summit Round-up
El Paso 3-Ft. Law
League Board Elections
League Survey
Last Minute Shoppers
Tools Giveaway
Club Webinars
Clubs of the Year
Newsletter of the Year
Bike Ped Jobs
World Bicycle Relief




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