February 28, 2011  
freewheeling adventures

We are just a week away from the National Bike Summit and while we are delighted to report that we've got folks coming from 48 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, three Canadian Provinces and Germany ... we want to urge anyone who is still debating whether they should come or not to pedal their way over to D.C. next week. Your presence here will really make a difference, as we HAVE to make a strong impression in Congress to keep the incredible gains we've seen in the last two decades. We've got a great program and extra-curricula activities like the first-ever Urban Press Camp, if you are getting into town early on Tuesday.

Andy Clarke
Andy Clarke, League President

National News
Coast-to-Coast Complete Streets Coverage 
The Complete Streets national coalition reports that no fewer than seven states - from Washington to South Carolina by way of the likes of Texas and Missouri - are currently considering statewide compete streets policies and actions. More than 200 state and local agencies have now passed Complete Streets policies. So while the issue isn't on the agenda for the National Bike Summit this year, the groundswell of support for integrated, multi-modal street design continues to pick up pace.
Tim Johnson is Riding on Washington ...
Cyclo-cross pro-rider Tim Johnson is leading a 5-day, 500-mile ride from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. later this week so he can attend the National Bike Summit. Along the way he is picking up fellow riders, raising awareness on the route, and raising funds for the Bikes Belong Foundation. More details on his route, the folks he is riding with, and how you can help support the ride can be found here. We'll see you in Washington, Tim, and we're saving you a seat at dinner!
Cycle Tracks Working Well -
Still Room for Improvement

Two recent reports on "innovative" cycle tracks in North American cities suggest that they are working, people overwhelmingly like them, and there are still some lessons to be learned with their implementation. A Harvard School of Public Health study of cycle tracks in Montreal found that they attracted more riders and improved the safety of cyclists as compared to control streets; meanwhile, Bikeportland.org documents a Portland State University report on cycle tracks and buffered bike lanes near their campus. "Overall they are working well..." says the report, but there are some issues with implementation that need fixing.
State & Local News
Economic Impact of Cycling in Minnesota
 Minnesota is the latest state to report on the economic impact of bicycling. A study by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center concludes that "When combined with trip expenditures, annual spending on equipment produced trail- related spending of some $481.0 million statewide. Gross sales by local businesses (net of imports) reached $549.1 million. The contribution of this spending to GSP amounted to $291.0 million. The job impacts were 5,880 jobs and $161.0 million in labor compensation (wages and salaries plus benefits). State and local tax revenues from all sources were estimated at $40.6 million."
Houston Cyclists Take to the Streets
 A proposal by the regional planning agency in Houston, Texas to defer all spending on "alternative transportation" was itself deferred last week. Almost 1,800 cyclists signed an-online petition and 25 cyclists showed up to the February 25 meeting of the Houston-Galveston Area Council to protest the plan to strip bike/ped funding from the 2011 Transportation Improvement program. The Commission will consider the matter again next month. Bike Houston is leading the charge to prevent this catastrophic funding cut.
League News 
Club Leadership Training
The next Club Leadership Training webinar on March 15 at 8p.m. will discuss what every club consistently works at -- organizing rides and volunteers. Panelists to include Mary Derks, of the Twin Cities Bicycling Club. Register today.
League Earns Four Star Charity Rating
The League earned a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity rating "for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances ... This 'exceptional' designation from Charity Navigator differentiates League of American Bicyclists from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust." See the full ranking and donate today.
Help an American Bicyclist Collector
The League is looking for seven issues for a dedicated American Bicyclist collector and League member who has a complete set from the 1930s to 1998 but is missing a few issues. They are: August 1994, May 1996, March 1998, and September - December of 1998. If you have any of these issues and would like to help our dedicated reader and member, e-mail Meghan.
Job Opportunities 
Jobs in CA Advocacy Groups
The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is seeking an energetic professional with experience in developing, leading and managing a non-profit advocacy organization, to join our team as Executive Director. If Sonoma is too far north for you, check out a similar opportunity at the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition.
T.Y. Lin International
TY. Lin International is looking for a staff engineer that will work within the Bicycle Program at the Chicago Department of Transportation. The Staff Engineer will be directly involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of on-street bicycle facilities throughout Chicago. Read more.
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
Complete Streets
Ride to the Summit
Cycle Tracks
Minnesota Cycling
Houston Cyclists
Calif. Job
League 4 Star Charity
Calif. Job
Chicago Job

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