December 5, 2011  

I feel like we really connected this year, if I may be so bold! More people than ever read this e-news; we created two new e-bulletins (The Headset for League volunteers; the Cue Sheet for affiliates); our Rights to the Road on-line petition has been signed by more than 12,500 fellow cyclists; tens of thousands of e-mails, calls and letters have been generated to members of Congress, and state/local legislators, through our Advocacy Center; and we've met hundreds - if not thousands - of League members and supporters at bike summits from Lexington Ky., to Los Angeles County and from Oregon to Delaware (not to mention our own event in March!). It's good to see you! Now is the time to tell us how we're doing; and if you like what you see, please consider supporting our work!


Andy Clarke,


League President

National News
House GOP Postpones Highway Bill Till Next Year     
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John L. Mica, R-Fla., said on Wednesday, November 30 that a surface transportation reauthorization bill will not be marked up until early next year. The House hopes to bring it up in January or February. This means that bills in both the House and Senate may be in play (but not decided) during the National Bike Summit.
Rumble Strips Advisory Announced -- No Grumbles    
Last week, the League, Adventure Cycling Association and the Alliance for Biking & Walking released a statement thanking the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for improving the technical advisory (TA) regarding rumble strips on U.S. roadways. The revised TA, released on November 16, is a substantial improvement. It includes a new section about the accommodation of all roadway users, with a special emphasis on the needs of cyclists, and lays out "a number of measures that should be considered to accommodate bicyclists," including wide shoulders, bicycle gaps (intervals without rumble strips that allow cyclists to safety cross back or forth), and customized rumble treatments to allow more space for cyclists. Read more about the Rumble Strip advisory.
Interstate Truck and Bus Driver Hand-held Cell Ban    
The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule banning the use of hand-held cell phones by interstate truck and bus drivers while the vehicles are in operation in order to combat distracted driving. The League has been working to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and support state laws to outlaw it. See our Advocacy Advance report Distracted Driving: A Bicycling Advocate's Resource for more information.
Citizens' Institute on Rural Design     
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a program solicitation for its design leadership program, Your Town: The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design. They are accepting applications from organizations interested in entering into a cooperative agreement with the NEA to coordinate all Your Town activities nationally. The institute aims to enhance quality of life and economic viability in rural areas throughout the U.S. through design, planning, and creative placemaking  workshops. Find our more and apply here.
State & Local News
Cincinnati Develops Sharrow Signage 
Cincinnati, Ohio recently installed new signage promoting safe Bike Summit 11 passing, sharing the lane, and sharrow markings -- the first of its kind in the region.The signs alert motorists that they should change lanes in order to safely pass cyclists. The signs will be installed in corridors where the city has already installed sharrow shared lane pavement markings. In June of 2010 the city enacted a comprehensive bicycle safety ordinance requiring that motorists provide at least 3-feet of space when passing bicyclists, and imposing fines on motorists who endanger cyclists. Read more.
League News 
Bicycle Friendly America Local Reviewers 
Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) applicants span the U.S. We rely on our local reviewers to give us key insight into the communities, businesses, and universities that apply. We are building a local reviewer database for the BFA program to find and support new reviewers. If you have been a local reviewer in the past or are knowledgeable about bike issues and would like to become a new reviewer, please sign-up here! Your input is invaluable. Contact Nicole Wynands if you have any questions.
League Cycling Instructor Seminars 
Over the past few weeks, we have received several inquiries from individuals who are eager to become League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). With the start of 2012 just around the corner, it is important that we post seminars on the calendar as soon as possible, so that participants can plan accordingly. If you are interested in hosting a seminar (or know someone who is), please contact Alissa Simcox.
Our 2012 Goal -- Save Cycling   
The goal for 2012 is aggressive and specific: we're going to save cycling from funding cuts, bad laws and trash talkers. You can help the League accomplish this goal by giving generously -- your support makes a difference. If you'd rather give monthly or quarterly via your credit card, please click here. In thanks for helping create a brighter future for cyclists, donors of $100 or more will receive a Planet Bike taillight and bell set.

Read Andy Clarke's full end-of-year letter to our membership.
Club Insurance Review  
Calling all club leaders, join us for the December 8 insurance call at 8 p.m. to discuss how the League cam improve the 2012 Insurance package for clubs, advocacy organizations and rides. Feedback is welcome and encouraged. Marla Peters of American Specialty and Andy Clarke will join us on the call. Please RSVP to Scott Williams, and he will send you further conference call information. 
Action 2020 Workshops 
The November 4 Hartford, Conn. Action 2020 Workshop was rescheduled due to weather for December 15. The workshops are hosted by Advocacy Advance -- a partnership between the League and the Alliance for Biking and Walking -- and held throughout the country. Action 2020 is designed for bicycle and pedestrian advocates, government agency staff, and elected officials to learn how to access untapped or under-utilized federal funding sources at the state, regional and local level to build bicycling and walking infrastructure and programs. Last week's Houston Action 2020 Workshop was a great success with lots of constructive conversations with advocates, agency staff, and elected officials. See photos here.

Hartford, Conn. Workshop -- December 15. E-mail Darren Flusche with questions.

Learn more about Advocacy Advance's Action 2020 Workshops. Thanks to SRAM, the workshops are free.
surveysHelp Us Help You 
Please tell us how you really feel! If you are an individual, club or advocacy organization, please take the according survey below. The results will shape our programming and benefits for the 2012 year. As an incentive for members to fill out the quick Member survey, one person will be chosen at random to receive $150. You can spend this money on new bike accessories, a down payment on your next bike vacation, or just dinner out with friends (perhaps after a great ride?).

Members Survey, Club Survey and Advocacy Organization Survey.

Thanks in advance for participating!
Participating in Climate Ride? Ride for the League.  
The classic Climate Ride from New York City to Washington, D.C. is this May 19-23, 2012, and registration is now open! If you are riding, ride for the League (you'll see the option while registering) and contribute to our mission of making America bicycle-friendly.
Professional Opportunities
FHWA Vacancy: Dir., Office of Human Environment   
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking for the new Director of the Office of Human Environment, which includes the FHWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, some funding programs (Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, Scenic Byways, Delta, Transportation & Community and System Preservation), the Livability initiative, management over the Planning, Environment, and Realty research budget, and more. Apply today.
Toole Design Group    
Toole Design Group is hiring for several positions in their Washington, D.C., Boston and Madison locations, including a Senior Engineer for the D.C. office. If you are interested, visit
2012 Alliance Advocacy Awards 
What individuals, organizations or businesses are making your city or state a better place to walk and bike? Honor leaders in your community by nominating them for a 2012 Advocacy Award from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. Each year the Alliance recognizes those who show exceptional leadership in advancing the bicycle and pedestrian movement in categories like Advocacy Organization of the Year and Advocate of the Year. Winners will be announced during a reception at the 2012 National Bike Summit. Submit your nominations by December 18, 2011.

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In This Issue
Highway Bill Postponed
New Rumble Strips TA
Interstate Truck Cell Ban
Rights to the Road
Cincinnati Signage
BFA Local Reviewers
LCI Seminars
End of Year
Club Insurance Review
Action 2020 Workshop
Help Us Help You
Climate Ride - Rep the League
FHWY Vacancy
Toole Design Jobs
Advocacy Awards
team 7-eleven
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