July 30, 2012

It's time. Time for women to be represented fully on bicycle advisory groups across the country. Time for women to be on bikes as much as men. Time for women to feel heard as cyclists; time for women to feel listened to as advocates. The National Women's Bicycling Summit, held on September 13, 2012 in Long Beach, is going to continue a long-overdue conversation. I'll be there; I hope you'll register today to join me.



Andy Clarke

League President
National News
Register for the National Women's Bicycling Summit


Leah Missbach Day

Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief, will keynote the first-ever National Women's Bicycling Summit on September 13, 2012 in Long Beach, California. Speaking about how the bicycle can inspire both personal and cultural revolutions, Day will set the stage for an event aimed at increasing the number of women who ride bikes and empowering female leadership at all levels of the bicycle movement.


Registration is now open. Space is limited; secure your spot today! 

In addition to the keynote address, the Summit will feature six break-out sessions, including media, diversity and car-free families. Speakers will include:

 Learn more and register here
Navigating the New Transportation Bill: MAP 21


The League and our national and local partners are hard at work to make sure we maximize the opportunities for bicycling and walking in the new federal transportation bill: MAP-21. To that end, we're launching a campaign called Navigating MAP-21.  


Every week we'll send an e-mail to our members and advocacy groups to keep you apprised of the latest MAP-21 developments with suggestions on what you can do. We will host webinars and provide advocacy resources. Follow Navigating MAP-21 content on our blog to learn how the bill would have been much worse without the voices of bicyclists; how and why departments of transportation need to fully fund, staff, and implement the new Transportation Alternatives program; and how we can and will make full use of the eligibility of biking and walking projects in other funding programs in the bill.     


National Events 
Major Taylor Cyclists Gather in Nashville
Women's Ride at the 2011 conference in Oakland 
The Major Momentum Cycling Club is excited to host the 3rd Annual Major Taylor Cycling Convention, August 8-12, in Nashville, Tenn. -- and the League is excited to participate! With a theme of "Cycling for Better Health, Communities, Families, Transportation and Sport," the conference will feature educational workshops -- including an advocacy session with League President Andy Clarke -- rides, exhibits, a banquet and community service. Learn more and register.  
Love Bicycling? See you in Long Beach!

This September, bicycle advocates and professionals will gather for several major conferences in Long Beach, Calif. We certainly hope to see you at the National Women's Bicycling Summit, but don't miss these other important events, sponsored and attended by League staff! 


Alliance Leadership Retreat, Sept 7-10: Hosted by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the 2012 leadership retreat will inspire and connect advocacy leaders with the sharing of best practices and techniques; discussion of cutting-edge campaigns; and tools to increase leadership and improve organization efficiency. Register here. 

Pro Walk Pro Bike, Sept 10-13
: Hosted by Project for Public Spaces and the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, Pro Walk Pro Bike is the leading international conference on walking, bicycling, and creating great communities through Placemaking. Standard registration ends August 12; sign up today to take advantage of  the conference's more than 100 program sessions, mobile workshops, and problem-solving workshops. Learn more and register.


State and Local News
Bicycle Friendly Mississippi Campaign Launched


Thanks to support from the Foundation for the Mid South and Advocacy Advance, (a partnership of the League and the Alliance for Biking & Walking), advocates have launched the state's first Bicycle Friendly Mississippi campaign. Over the next year, Bike Walk Mississippi will create action teams in communities across the state to assess current needs and work with these teams to create action plans for increased bicycle friendliness. Read more.

Cycle Maryland Grant Boosts Salisbury Efforts
Apparently, we weren't the only ones impressed with advocates' and officials' efforts in Salisbury, Md. Just a few weeks after they hosted a well-attended Bicycle Friendly Community Workshop, the city was awarded a Bikeways Program Grant to complete two miles of bike lanes in downtown Salisbury. Read more.

New Bike Share Systems Debut in CA and MO
While the imminent launch of the nation's largest bike share in New York City has claimed national headlines, new systems have come online in California and Missouri this month. Thanks to the work of local advocates, Anaheim became the first citywide system to get rolling in the Golden State and B-cycle kicked off in Kansas City, Missouri. 

New Resources 
Open Streets (Print!) Guide Now Available 


The open streets movement in North America has grown from only 11 initiatives in 2005 to more than 70 in 2012, temporarily closing streets to cars to make space for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Open Streets Guide, produced by the Alliance for Biking & Walking and Street Plans Collaborative, features an introduction to open streets, a summary of the initiatives in North America and case studies of 67 initiatives from across the continent. With more than 1,000 copies downloaded online, the Guide is now available in print. Learn more.  

Free Webinar: What Health Impact Assessments Can Do for Health Inequities

The health impact assessment (HIA) is gaining huge momentum as a tool to address the social and environmental determinants of health, particularly on transportation-related projects and policies. Join the American Public Health Association for a free webinar on August 22 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn about HIAs conducted on transportation corridors with high rates of poverty and unemployment, on new public transportation line and on a city's master plan. Register here.


League News 
National Bike Challenge Nears 10 Million Miles! 

When we kicked off the
National Bike Challenge in May, we knew our goal was ambitious: Unite American bicyclists to ride 10 million miles this summer. With a full month left in the friendly, online competition participants have already raced past the 9-million-mile mark. Don't miss your chance to be part of this exciting milestone for American cycling! Track your miles, get your name in the running for great prizes and join a growing social network of riders from coast to coast sharing their inspiration, encouragement and riding tips - Sign up for the Challenge today
Club Webinar: Club Mergers

Join us on August 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. Pacific) for the League's next club webinar on Club Mergers. Ron Puett of the Kansas City Bicycle Club will discuss his club's merger with the Johnson County Bicycle Club. Register now!    

Become a League Cycling Instructor!

Are you interested in giving people confidence and skills to get on a bike? If you're an experienced and knowledgeable cyclist with a desire to make cycling safe and accessible for others, click here for more information on how you can become an LCI. Registrants are still needed for Maine, Texas, D.C. and Illinois. Click here to find a seminar in your area and to register.


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