January 18, 2011

The tragic shooting in Tucson ten days ago has highlighted the need for a more respectful level of political discourse as Congress and state legislative bodies reconvene in 2011. Our thoughts are still with the victims and their families - and we hope Representative Giffords is able to enjoy the simple pleasure of a bike ride soon.

Andy Clarke
Andy Clarke, League President

National News
LaHood is Keynote Speaker at National Bike Summit
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is confirmed asBike Summit 11 the dinner speaker at the opening of the National Bike Summit on Tuesday, March 8; we eagerly await his insight into the Administration's proposals for the next transportation bill. Leaders of the bicycle movement met with LaHood last week and heard how critical it is that we make the case for our issue with members of Congress - make sure you are at the Summit to help us get the job done. Register here before the registration rates go up on February 3.
More Jobs in Bike Lanes than Other Road Projects
According to a new report by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, building bike lanes and pedestrian projects, and bike boulevards, creates more job per million dollars spent than road repairs and road resurfacing. The report examines the costs of engineering, construction, and materials costs for different types of projects in the city of Baltimore, Md. concludes that, for a given amount of spending, bike lanes create about twice as many jobs as road construction. Read more.
Growing Demand for Livable Communities
According to a survey recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 57 percent of adult Americans say that their neighborhood features - like sidewalks, crosswalks, or lighting - are of high importance in determining their levels of physical activity. About two-thirds of adults said they were willing to take "civic actions" to improve neighborhood features. Read more on our blog.
Complete Streets Growth
The National Complete Streets Coalition celebrated a huge milestone last week -- more than 200 complete streets policies have now been adopted across the United States. This includes Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Read more about this accomplishment here.
Upcoming Planning
This week sees the annual meeting of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices annual meeting in Arlington, Va., closely followed by the Transportation Research Board meeting across the river in Washington, D.C. Not only will we be actively involved in those meetings, but we'll be eagerly seeing how these august bodies are affected by exciting initiatives such as the Cities for Cyclists design guide, the proposed next edition of the AASHTO bicycle guide, and the National Endowment for the Arts Re:Streets street design project.
Hidden Costs of Automobile Parking Spots
Recently a team of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, writing in a recent issue of Environmental Research Letters, described a previously unknown cost in parking - energy and emissions that come from building America's vast parking infrastructure: "The environmental effects of parking are not just from encouraging the use of the automobile over public transit or walking and biking (thus favoring the often more energy-intensive and polluting mode), but also from the material and process requirements in direct, indirect, and supply chain activities related to building and maintaining the infrastructure." Read the whole article at Infrastructurist.com
The Economic Reality of Obesity
The new study by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) revealed some startling news. The total economic cost of overweight people (BMI between 25.0-29.9) and obesity (BMI of more than 30) in the U.S. and Canada reaches $300 billion per year, with 90 percent of the total -- $270 billion -- attributed to the U.S. While much research has been conducted on obesity, the SOA study looked at the economic costs of overweight people and obesity, how it caused increased need for medical care and added to loss of economic productivity -- resulting from excess mortality and disability. Read the report here.
State & Local News

Montana and Idaho's Rural Cycling Routes in Danger
The bicycle-friendly appeal of Montana and Idaho's rural routes is in jeopardy. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to allow mega-load transports of oil industry equipment on the state's scenic highways. The Adventure Cycling Association's board voted to oppose the planned mega-load shipments of oil industry equipment on Idaho and Montana's rural routes. These highways -- including Highway 12 in Idaho and Montana and Highway 200 in Montana -- are part of Adventure Cycling's most iconic bicycle routes, including the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, the Lewis & Clark Bicycle Trail, and the Great Parks North Bicycle Route. Source: Bike Radar
State Legislature Updates
A new season of state legislative initiatives is getting underway. We are starting to see proposals for more safe passing laws (Va., N.D., Wash.), for example; a proposed bicycle registration program in New Jersey has already appeared and disappeared. Let us know what initiatives are underway in your state and we'll compile a round up for a subsequent issue of e-news. E-mail Meghan with your updates.
Indiana's Share the Road Plates
As many of you read in past American Bicyclist Updates, Bicycle Indiana had a petition circulating for months to get a share the road license plate. Their hard work paid off. The "I Share the Road" license plate is now available. Order today.
League News

National Bike Summit Promotion

f you would like to promote the National Bike Summit on your Web site or print newsletters, e-mail Meghan for materials.
Club News

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

February 8: Marketing
We'll discuss website, newsletter, and other outreach, with a focus on 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
We are 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!

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In This Issue
LaHood at Summit
More Jobs in Bike Lanes
Complete Streets
Upcoming Planning
Cost of Parking
Cost of Obesity
Montana Bike Routes
State Legislature
Indiana's New Plates
Bike Summit Promo
Club Webinars
Clubs of the Year
Newsletter of the Year
Job Opportunity

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