August 1, 2011  

Celestron
Greetings!

A couple of pretty grim national updates in this issue of American Bicyclist Update are well countered by some great success stories at the state and local level. This reinforces the importance of showing your Members of Congress what can and is being done for bicycling in communities across the country. Please connect with your state and local advocacy groups and get your elected representatives out on the trail this summer - goodness knows they probably all could use some fresh air and exercise after the last few weeks on Capitol Hill!  

 

Andy Clarke
Andy Clarke,
League President

National News
Tell Congress Eligibility isn't Enough 
Representative John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, recently introduced an outline of his proposed transportation bill. The proposal eliminates all dedicated funding for bicycling and walking and maintains "eligibility" for these activities only if states choose to spend their funds on these kinds of activities. We are still waiting to see the details of the proposed Senate bill. It's highly unlikely that Congress will take any further action on the transportation bill before the August recess. However, League members have a great opportunity to meet with their Senators and Representatives back in their home districts to show them how important bicycling is to their communities and why eligibility isn't enough. Take this opportunity to convince your member of Congress that investing in bicycling is not frivolous spending and that the next transportation bill must retain dedicated funding for non-motorized projects and programs. For help on what to say, read our advocacy tips on building relationships with Congress.
Federal Highway Administration Releases
Rumble Strip Technical Advisory
Since early 2010, the League, the Alliance and the Adventure Cycling Association have been working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve their rumble strip guidance. Many of you contacted your state departments of transportation last summer to reinforce our efforts and to help protect cycling on thousands of miles of roadways. In May 2011, the FHWA quietly distributed a new Technical Advisory (guidance) to district offices and state DOTs on the installation of rumble strips. Unfortunately, the new FHWA guidance on the installation of both shoulder and centerline rumble strips is significantly worse for bicyclists than the 2001 guidance. On July 18th the League, Alliance and Adventure Cycling returned to FHWA where we met with a dozen FHWA and USDOT staff to express our concerns with the process and the lack of recognition of bicycling in the new guidance. We have submitted specific points the bicycling community wants added to the guidance. No action required yet, but stay tuned!
LEED Comment Period Opens Today
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the second public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building rating system. The comment period, which will close on September 14, 2011, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development of the LEED program. You can see the proposed drafts here. LEEDUser has a handy summary page with links to key resources, including the section on Location and Transportation.
State & Local News
Bike Fed of Wisconsin Turns $3,000 into $2 Million   
The Bike Federation of Wisconsin (BFW), with an Advocacy Advance Rapid Response grant of just $3,000, set out to restore dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funds cut from the state budget. The group was successful: instead of zeroing out the bicycle and pedestrian line in the budget, the state will spend $2 million over the next two years on bicycle and pedestrian projects. Read the BFW story and learn about the Rapid Response program on the Advocacy Advance blog!
NYC has 14 Percent Bike Commuting Growth 
New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan have announced a 14 percent increase in commuter bike riders compared to last spring. Commuter cycling has increased by 62 percent when compared to spring of 2008 and by 262 percent overall since 2000. NYC was recently upgraded to a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community, thanks to the city's expanded bicycle route network, education efforts and increase in bike lanes -- more than 390 lane-miles of bicycle routes have been installed since 2002.
The City of Portland Launches Bike Sharing Project  
Bike sharing is on the rise around the U.S., and Portland, Ore. plans to become the 10th in North America to make bike sharing part of their transportation network. The city of Portland is requesting $2 million in federal funding from Metro to help launch the Portland Bike Sharing Project; and if approved, Portland's bike sharing program will include at least 740 bikes in 74 stations. Portland's Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has been instrumental in moving the project forward. For you Portlanders, please take a moment to sign onto the BTA's petition to the city council and Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPAC) members.
Chicago Installs First Protected Bike Lane   
This month, Bicycle Friendly Community Chicago, Ill. installed bridge plates on the Kinzie Street Bridge, marking completion for the city's first protected bike lane. Along with the lane's official opening, Chicago announced plans for another protected bike lane project.
New and Improved Driver Manuals
Two states, Maryland and New Mexico, have recently improved the coverage of bicycling issues in their driver manuals. The Maryland manual is available here; read how the changes came about to the New Mexico manual in the next issue of American Bicyclist.
Professional Opportunities 
FHWA RFP - Recreational Trails Program Database
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has a requirement for non-personal services to develop, operate, and update a searchable Recreational Trails Program (RTP) database to be available on a Web site, and to provide annual reports on RTP funding. The purpose of the database is to promote program transparency, by providing information to the public on how states use RTP funds. Read the FHWA's RTP database RFP.
Chicago Transportation Marketing Opportunity -- Deadline Extended       
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) issued an RFP looking for professional consulting management services for marketing transportation options in Chicago. For those interested in this opportunity, the deadline for proposals has been extended to August 29. The RFP pdf is available here.
BikeArlington       
BikeArlington in Arlington, Va. is looking for a person to fill their Events and Outreach Coordinator position. Apply now.
Fun News 
Alliance Photo Contest      
The Alliance for Biking & Walking invites you to enter your best photos of biking and walking in the 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest for a chance to win great prizes, have your images featured in Momentum magazine and help build a free, online library of high-quality pictures for bike-ped advocates across North America. Learn more and submit your photos on the contest Web site.

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In This Issue
Eligibility Isn't Enough
Rumble Strip Guidelines
LEED Comment Period
Bike Fed Wisconsin
NYC Ups Bike Commuting
Portland Bike Share
Chicago Protected Lane
Improved Drivers Manuals
FHWA RFP
Chicago Opportunity
BikeArlington Job
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alaskabike
pedaltours
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pedalers pub and grille
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