June 20, 2011  


While the wait for a new transportation bill continues ... the America Bikes coalition today released a report documenting that bicycling infrastructure projects are much more effective in creating local jobs per dollar spent than other highway-only projects. The report makes it even more critical and apparent that investing in bicycling and walking projects is cost-effective, makes economic sense, and creates jobs as well as contributing to our health, well-being and freedom from oil-dependence. When America Bikes, America Benefits!


Andy Clarke
Andy Clarke, League President

National News
Bike/Ped Projects Create 46% More Jobs Than Road-Only Projects  
Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects create more jobs per dollar spent than other road construction projects, according to a study released today by the America Bikes Coalition. Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts, authored by the Political Economy research Institute, finds that on average, the "road-only" projects evaluated created 7.8 jobs per million, while the "bicycling-only" projects provided 11.4 jobs per million. The report is available at peri.umass.edu. Listen to the press briefing at americabikes.org (available Wednesday).
Community Transformation Grants 
The Community Transformation Grants (CTG) have been announced and will fund up to seven entities for a total of $4.2 million over five years. The Affordable Care Act created the grants to support communities in implementing effective strategies to reduce preventable chronic diseases and the risk factors that lead to them, such as tobacco use and obesity. Visit the CTG Web site to apply.
The Best Outdoor Towns in America -- EVER 
We know what makes for a great town, and all the best towns are bicycle friendly. Well, Outdoor Magazine is voting on the best outside town in America, and the funny thing is that eight out of the ten towns are Bicycle Friendly Communities. Visit Outdoor Magazine's Facebook page to vote on the Best Town Ever/your favorite Bicycle Friendly Community.
State & Local News
New York Needs Complete Streets  
New York is close to passing a Complete Streets bill. The assembly Complete Streets Bill (A8366) would require that, for all road projects receiving state and federal funds, the agency in charge of the project consider the needs of everyone who uses the roads, using complete streets features such as sidewalks, curb cuts, road diets, and bike lanes. A8366 needs to pass through the Transportation and Ways and Means committees to come to a floor vote. If you are a New York citizen, please take a moment to contact your Assembly person today and urge them to bring the bill to the floor and vote yes!
The Twin Cities Request Bike/Ped Planning Studies  
Transit for Livable Communities, in partnership with Bike Walk Twin Cities, has issued a request for proposal seeking assistance with a number of challenging bike walk projects as part of their Nonmotorized Pilot Program. There are a dozen studies that are grouped together based on common factors from the types of barriers to range of stakeholder engagement needed as four proposal packages. Learn more about the Twin Cities request.
Canadian News 
Ontario Bike Summit Sees First BFCs    
The 3rd Ontario Bike Summit starts on Sunday, June 26 in Ottawa, Ontario. Among the highlights of the program is the announcement of the first round of Bicycle Friendly Communities in the province; an array of international speakers mixed with plenty of local success stories will ensure an inspiring and informational event.
Share the Streets Campaign by Velo Quebec   
Velo Quebec has a smart and affective marking campaign circulating on YouTube titled, "They get along so well in our garages. Why not in our streets?" Take a peek, and share the Velo Quebec video.
League News 
Apply to be a Bicycle Friendly Business
The Bicycle Friendly Business application is approaching fast. You must apply by July 8 to be considered for the final BFB round of 2011. You can access the BFB application here; and if you need assistance, contact Carly Sieff at carly@bikeleague.org.
Corporate Members Seriously Support Bicycling
The League's Corporate Members catapult our efforts to build a bicycle-friendly America and help provide the means to deliver our message to a nationwide audience. We can attribute our success to the support of all our members -- corporate, individual, family, club and advocacy organizations -- and we welcome Kimberly Clark and Sequel Law as corporate members. 
Job Opportunities 
T.Y Lin International -- Chicago, Ill. 
T.Y. Lin International is searching for two transportation oriented positions in Chicago, Ill.: Transportation Planner and Transportation Engineer. Both will play an active role in significantly expanding the City of Chicago's bicycle network.
Cambridge Project Manager 
The City of Cambridge Department of Public Works is seeking a Project Manager to assume a leadership role in the design and construction processes associated with its complete streets programs. Apply for the Cambridge job today.
East Coast Greenway  
The East Coast Greenway (ECGA)is hiring a Mid-Atlantic Regional Trail Coordinator. Please visit the ECGA Web site for details.

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In This Issue
Bikes Create Jobs
Community Transformation Grants
Best Outdoor Towns
NY Complete Streets
Twin Cities RFP
Ontario Bike Summit
Velo Quebec
BFB Deadline
Corporate Members
Chicago Jobs
Cambridge Opportunity
ECG Employment
I Love My Bike
Quick Links
Club Leadership

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