October 24, 2011  


Registration for the National Bike Summit officially opens on Monday, October 31 - which just happens to be Halloween, so be prepared for a treat if you register early! Also, please share our short National Bike Summit video with your club, colleagues and friends so they can see why the National Bike Summit is a must-attend event.


Andy Clarke,


League President

National News
NACTO releases print Urban Bikeway Design Guide   
Janette Sadik-Khan, flanked by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, announced the release of the print version of the National Association of City Transportation Official's Urban Bikeway Design Guide on October 13 in front of Union Station and its Bikestation in Washington, D.C. Watch Sadik-Khan make the announcement live.
Model Street Design Manual    
The newly designed Model Street Design Manual is now available for download. It was written by national experts in living streets concepts and was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. This manual focuses on all users and all modes, seeking to achieve balanced street design that accommodates cars while ensuring that pedestrians, cyclists and transit users can travel safely and comfortably. This manual also incorporates features to make streets lively, beautiful, economically vibrant as well as environmentally sustainable.
GM Pulls Anti-cycling Ad 
Many of you saw the disturbing ad that GM released in early October that blatantly insinuated that bicycling "sucks." Thanks to prompt action by our members and the bicycling community at large, GM was overwhelmed by angry tweets and Facebook messages, apologized and pulled the ad. Our friends at Giant were among those that spoofed the GM ad.
Outspoken Cyclist -- Clarke's D.C. Perspective   
League president Andy Clarke was recently interviewed on the radio show The Outspoken Cyclist and offered his perspective on the current legislative climate in Washington, D.C. Clarke also gave an overview of the League today. Listen in and download the podcast.
State & Local News
New Mexico Bicycle Education Summit 
Register soon for the third annual New Mexico Bicycle and Education Summit this November 11, 12 & 13 in Albuquerque, N.M. Registration closes November 7. Details are available here.
Tucson Considering Texting while Driving Ban 
Tucson, Ariz., a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community may join the ranks of other cities that have taken a stand against distracted driving by banning texting while driving. City council acknowleged that being more bike friendly would help their bike tourism market. Check out the cell phone laws in your state.
League News 
Tour Guide and Ride Finder 
If you are a League-affiliated club, advocacy organization or ride, we invite you to submit details of your primary or signature event or ride. Space is limited so please send us the ONE event you'd like others to know about. Here are the details we need: state and city that the ride takes place in, ride name, the club or organization that is hosting it, date, Web site, terrain and a 15 word description.

If you are a tour company, please provide the following details: tour company name, phone number, Web site, e-mail and a 30 words or less description of your unique attributes.

Please send your ride or tour to Meghan.
Club and Advocacy Organization Surveys 
Please take our League surveys for Clubs and Advocacy Organizations so that we know how we can help you best. The results will shape our programming and benefits for club and advocacy organizations for the 2012 year. Thanks in advance for participating!
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).

New League Benefit -- Bicycle Times Magazine 
We are proud to announce that we're now offering a subscription to Bicycle Times as a membership benefit for those who join or renew at the advocate level or higher. This is in addition to the subscription to Bicycling magazine that is available at all membership levels, and the free digital subscription to Momentum magazine that we added as a membership benefit earlier this year. If you've recently joined or renewed at that level and wish to begin receiving Bicycle Times, please contact membership director Scott Williams.
Professional Opportunities 
Cambridge Walk/Ride Day Coordinator 
The City of Cambridge, Mas. is hiring a City-Wide Walk/Ride Day Coordinator. The position is supported by Green Streets. Apply today.
People Powered Movement 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. The submission period ends October 31. Learn more and enter your photos on the contest website today.

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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
Urban Bikeway Design guide
Model Street Design Manual
GM Pulls Ad
Outspoken Cyclist
N.M. Bike Summit
Tucson Considers Text Ban
Tour Guide Ride Finder
Club and AO's Surveys
Effective Club Web Sites
New League Benefit
Cambridge Job
Photo Contest
team 7-eleven
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