January 3, 2012  

Welcome back from the holidays! We are ready to tackle several exciting and challenging projects for 2012 -- most importantly, saving cycling in 2012. Don't forget to register for the National Bike Summit, our annual event in Washington, D.C. this March 20-22. Watch and share our National Bike Summit Save the Date video

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Andy Clarke
League President

National News
safetealuSurface Transportation Bill Expires 3.31.12 
What can we expect this year for transportation re-authorization? If Congress can finally pass the Federal Aviation Bill (the current extension of this program expires at the end of January) we expect that they will turn their attention to surface transportation. However, the congressional calendar for 2012 shows only seven legislative work days this month, so it may be early February before we see any movement. On the House side, Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (R-FL) has said he wants to mark up his bill either at the end of January or early February. In the Senate, the Banking and Finance committees still need to contribute their pieces of the transportation bill, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he wants to make the transportation bill among the first pieces of business of 2012.

A lot is up in the air. We will need you in D.C. this March 20-22 at the National Bike Summit to ensure our voices are heard on the Hill. Register now.
Recreational Trail Program and Transportation Enhancement Updates 
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) updates the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Transportation Enhancement (TE) Activities, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Program web pages regularly. Below are notable program updates made towards the end of the year.
  1. Federal Transportation Funds Benefit Recreation - The overview of the Federal-aid highway program funding and resources for recreation-related facilities and for nonmotorized transportation, available for public use, was revised in November 2011.
  2. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Final Policy Statement on the Eligibility of Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Under Federal Transit Law (August 19, 2011).  
  3. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) revised its Environmental Justice (EJ) Strategy in October 2011.  
  4. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized Federal surface transportation programs, expired on September 30, 2009. Extension #8 extended SAFETEA-LU through March 31, 2012.  
  5. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released S. 1813, MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, on November 9, 2011. The America Bikes Coalition -- including the League -- has concerns about how proposals would treat RTP and TE. Furthermore, the bill includes a mandatory sidepath law on Federal lands. This sets a bad precedent.  

Visit fhwa.dot.gov for further updates.  

National Center for Safe Routes to School Announces Mini-grant Recipients 
The National Center for Safe Routes to School announced the newest mini-grant recipients - a program made possible through the federal Safe Routes to School program. Twenty-six schools, municipalities and organizations from across the country will receive $1,000 to support projects designed to encourage students and their families to safely walk and bicycle to school. Learn about the winners and their projects.
State & Local News
Livable Memphis Completes Advocacy Advance Innovation Grant
Last month, Livable Memphis, a recipient of a Fall 2010 Advocacy Advance Grant, completed its Overton-Broad Connector Innovation Grant proposal. Livable Memphis introduced two model innovations to the Memphis community: the New Face for an Old Broad event in November 2010 and the Overton-Broad Connector. The New Face for an Old Broad event in November 2010 took the Better Blocks concept to a new level by temporarily reprogramming a street to show how bicycle and pedestrian facilities can encourage economic development. The Overton-Broad Connector park trail segment will serve as the only pedestrian entrance to Overton Park from the east and increase access to mixed-income communities. Livable Memphis completed the design concept and is working to raise additional funds needed to complete the cycle track. Read more about their grant.
Arlington County, Va. is Biking -- A Lot 
BikeArlington, a program of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), works to make biking in Arlington easier, safer and more convenient. In 2011, the Southeastern Institute of Research was contracted to survey both bikers and non-bikers in Arlington to understand the impact of the program and to learn ways to encourage more widespread use of cycling.

Here are a few key findings:
  1. 83 percent of respondents bike a couple of times a week or more.
  2. Exercise and recreation are frequent reasons people cite for why they bike; additionally, younger adults see biking as a way to save money.  
  3. The multi-use trails are frequently used by bikers and 81 percent of people are satisfied with these trails.  
  4. 75 percent of respondents bike for all or part of their commute.  
  5. 74 percent of those surveyed report their employers offer assistance, information or facilities that encourage biking to work.
  6. Showers on site and connections to bike lanes or multi-use trails can entice people to begin biking to work or to bike more often.
View the analysis and full findings of the report.
Bike Summits from Coast to Coast  
Great bike summits are popping up around the country already for 2012. Check out these great events if they are in your area; and like always, let us know of any other upcoming bicycle summits.
  • New York City Youth Bike Summit -- New York, N.Y., January 13-15. Recycle-A-Bicycle's Youth Bike Summit is geared toward youth, bicycles, education and advocacy. Learn more.   
  • Iowa Bicycle Summit and Expo -- Des Moines, Iowa, January 27-28. This year will feature a consumer bicycle expo on January 28 free to the public. Learn more
  • Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference -- San Antonio, Texas, February 1-3. Register today.  
  • Colorado's second state bike summit -- Denver, Colo., February 6-7. Presented by Bicycle Colorado, the summit will bring together advocates, industry leaders, on- and off-road cyclists, commuters and elected officials and staff from across the state. Register and learn more.
  • Wisconsin Bike Summit -- Madison, Wis. February 21. Register now.  
  • Third annual New Jersey Bike and Walk summit -- New Brunswick, N.J., February 25. Presented by the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition. Register today.     
  • Maryland Bicycle Symposium -- Location TBD, Date: either during the third week of February or the first week of March 2012.   
  • Minnesota Bike Summit -- Saint Paul, Minn., March 5. Learn more and register.  
  • Oregon Active Transportation Summit -- Salem, Ore., April 16-17. Learn more.  
Connecticut Action 2020 Workshop Stirs Action
More than 50 Connecticut advocates and officials from every single county in the state turned out for a successful Action 2020 Workshop in Hartford, Conn. last month.The workshop presented an overview of federal funding sources with best practices, insight into the state and local spending context and tips for integrating bicycle and pedestrian spending into local agency priorities. "There will be new efforts and initiatives as a result of this workshop and with the broad cross section of attendees, the efforts have a very good chance for success," said Sandy Fry, CRCOG Principal Transportation Planner.

Read more about this session and future Action 2020 workshops in Pittsburgh, Pa. on January 20 and Atlanta, Ga. on February 10.
League News 
Voting is Open for League Board Elections 
If you are a League member, please take part and vote in the upcoming League Board Elections on January 3, 2012. All current election info, including: candidate bios, timeline and membership voting process, can be found at bikeleague.org/elections. If you have problems logging in, please e-mail scott@bikeleague.org.
Bicycle Friendly America Deadlines
Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) application deadlines are approaching, and if you want your community, business, university or state to be judged, please adhere to the following deadlines:

For more information, e-mail bfa@bikeleague.org.  

2012 League Club Insurance Roll-out Webinar 
The 2012 Club Insurance Program will be explained in full on January 10, 2012 at 8pm EST. Marla Peters of American Specialty Insurance and Andy Clarke from the League will be on the call to discuss the new options. Register now for this must-attend call -- the new insurance year begins on February 1, 2012.
2012 League Mileage Log 
If your New Year's Resolution is to log more miles on your bike, you can chart your weekly, monthly, and yearly averages and totals with the League's 2012 mileage chart. It is the perfect tool to motivate you to ride more often and to track your success.
Last Call for Surveys and your Chance to Win 
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. It's a new year -- you could certainly use a tune-up or a nice meal after a long ride!

Members Survey | Club Survey | Advocacy Organization Survey.
Professional Opportunities  
Bike Walk Connecticut 
Bike Walk Connecticut is accepting applications for a full-time Executive Director who will work from its office in Hartford, Conn. Apply today.
City of Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs' Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is seeking an experienced planning professional to oversee the Trails, Open Space, and Parks (TOPS) program and to manage its planning needs. Apply today.

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In This Issue
Transportation Bill to Expire
RTP and TE Updates
SRTS Mini-Grants
Livable Memphis Grant
Arlington County Study
Bike Summits
Conn. Action 2020 Workshop
Vote - Board Elections
BFA Deadlines
Club Insurance Webinar
Mileage Log
Last Chance to Take Surveys
Bike Walk Conn. Job
Colorado Springs Job
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