October 11, 2011  

Celestron
Greetings!

How crazy is this: the day we announce the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Universities - at a major campus sustainability conference - we learn that GM has launched a "Stop Pedaling - Start Driving" campaign on urban college campuses. I hope they hear from enough campus planners and University presidents to drop this shameful campaign immediately.   

 

Andy Clarke,

 


League President

National News
Bicycle Friendly Universities Revolutionize
Campus Bicycle Culture  
The League announced six new Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) yesterday at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. The BFU program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The six new BFUs complete a successful inaugural year for the BFU program. There are now 26 BFUs in 20 states that are encouraging students and staff to travel to and on their campuses on bicycles.
Safe Routes to School Award Nominations Sought    
The National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) has put out a call for applications for the 2011 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award. The Award recognizes exemplary achievement by a SRTS program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of students that walk and bike to school. The application deadline is October 26. Visit SRTS for more info and to submit an application.

 

Safe Routes Webinar Offers Advocacy Tips


The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is offering a free webinar highlighting the role of SRTS campaigns in building local advocacy organizations. The webinar, Wednesday, October 19, features several organizations that have successfully engaged at the state and local levels because of the SRTS program. Learn more and register here.

Kentucky Senator Suggests Bike/Ped Funding Switch 
Hard on the heels of a failed move in the U.S. Senate to strip transportation enhancement funding out of the transportation bill, opponents of the program are now trying a new tack: claiming that bridges are falling down because of the funds diverted to "bike paths" and other beautification projects. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has suggested that enhancement funds - the primary source of Federal funding for bicycling and walking infrastructure - be siphoned off to bridge repair, in part because one key Ohio River bridge in Kentucky is in need of repair and the state transportation agency "doesn't have the money" to do the repairs.

Read the whole story on bikeleague.org.
State & Local News
Delaware Makes State History with CMAQ  
In September, the Wilmington, Del., Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) approved the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) request for $480,000 in federal CMAQ funds for the final phase of the Wilmington-to-New Castle Industrial Track for fiscal year 2012. By tapping into Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvement funds for bicycling projects - the first time ever in Delaware - Bike Delaware and its allies have opened the door for the future funding of bicycling projects that give people options to substitute their cars trips with enjoyable, healthy, non-polluting, non-traffic-clogging bike trips. Every year Delaware spends about $12 million in federal CMAQ dollars. "But in the 20 year history of the CMAQ program, not one dime has ever been used for bicycling, greenways or trails in Delaware," wrote Bike Delaware Executive Director James Wilson, "Until now. We have broken a 20 year drought and also set an immensely hopeful precedent for the future."
La Crosse, Wis.is Booming in Bike-Friendliness    
La Crosse, Wis. is embracing the Bicycle Friendly America program. So much so, in fact, that when the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin present the city's Silver-Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation and the new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) awards, they realized that La Crosse now has the greatest amount of BFBs per capita of any city in Wisconsin. Keep up the good work!
Bike Walk Virginia Revamps their Web Resources   
Bike Walk Virginia relaunched their website for biking and walking resources to increase the amount of tools available for state advocates. The project, funded in part by a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Federal Highway Safety Grant, will evolve as more more resources become available. Bike Walk Virginia's tagline is to "Celebrate your Human Power. Every Day." They will make it easier for state bicyclists with the living, learning, planning and exploring portions of the new site. Visit resources.bikewalkvirginia.org for more information.
Middle Tennesseans are Biking and Walking   
The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has just completed its second unannounced region-wide count of bicyclists and pedestrians, documenting approximately 5,700 bicycle and pedestrian trips made at 23 sampled locations throughout five counties on September 13. The numbers are up nearly 50 percent from the 2009 counts, which is hopeful considering Tennessee was ranked 27 in the 2011 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings.
State and Regional Bike Summits  
There are still a few state and regional bike summits scheduled this year. If your region has an upcoming bike conference, e-mail Meghan Cahill.
 

Delaware Bike Summit - Lewes, Del.; October 14, 2011

Oklahoma Bike Summit - Oklahoma City, Okla.; November 4-5 2011

California Bike Summit - Los Angeles, Calif.; November 5-7, 2011
Connecticut Bike Walk Summit
- New Haven, Conn., November 12, 2011.

League News 
Effective Club Websites Webinar  
We'll discuss various ways to mount an effective web presence. Panelists to be announced.November 8, 2011, at 8pm Eastern

Register now! 

See our Club Leadership Training page for recordings and materials from past webinars, including recent presentations on Social Events (October 2011) and Diversifying your Membership and Outreach (September 2011).

Professional Opportunities 
America Bikes     
America Bikes for Biking & Walking, the coalition of grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America, is seeking a Communications Coordinator to help raise the profile of our work to create, strengthen, and unite the grassroots biking and walking advocacy movement. Apply here.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership      
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is looking for four (4) energetic and dynamic professionals to work as Regional Policy Managers in Southern California (2 positions), the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington, DC area.  Applications are due on Monday, October 31, at 5:00 pm PDT. The positions begin on January 3, 2012.

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In This Issue
Six New BFUs
SRTS Award and Webinar
Bike/Ped Funding
Delaware CMAQ Funds
Way to Go La Crosse
Bike Walk Va.
Tenn. is Biking
State Bike Summit
America Bikes Job
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