December 31, 2012

Thank you for your support in 2012. Your e-mails, letters and united voice helped us avert disaster at the federal level and dramatically increased momentum for bicycling at the local level. That simply wouldn't have happened without you. We're looking forward to an exciting 2013, confident that you are riding alongside us. Best Wishes for the New Year!



Andy Clarke

League President

p.s. We lost some of bicycling greatest pioneers in 2012 -- leaders like Dan Henry, Dave Bachman, Ellen Fletcher, and Leslie Bohm. Their memory inspires us to make 2013 a great year for people who ride bikes. Please join us.
League News 

Final Day for your Tax Deductible Donation      


League Logo and Link We're geared up to make biking better in 2013, but we need your help. Please make your year-end gift to the League and support our work to build a Bicycle Friendly America. Donate $100 or more you'll get a free copy of Smart Cycling, signed by Andy Clarke. Please make your contribution today!   

Start 2013 Right: Become a League Member       


Your membership matters. Whether in local advocacy or on Capitol Hill, the united voice of bicyclists is having an impact -- and we need YOU to join our growing ranks. Help us protect and promote the rights of cyclists nationwide by becoming a League member today. Take advantage of the many membership benefits -- like American Bicyclist magazine --  and join our work to build a Bicycle Friendly America. Learn more and join today!   

2 Mile Challenge: We Did It!   


Thanks to your support and pedal power the League reached our goal of 5,000 trips in CLIF Bar's 2 Mile Challenge. In just one month, we rode nearly 40,500 miles and saved more than 37,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Plus, we earned a $10,000 grant for the League's work in 2013! THANK YOU to everyone who participated - and to CLIF Bar!    

Register for the National Bike Summit   

The nation's premier bicycle advocacy event of the year is barely two months away! Are you registered for the 2013 National Bike Summit?  Held March 4-6, 2013 in Washington, D.C., the Summit is our chance to show that Bicycling Means Business. With a new Congress and tremendous momentum for biking nationwide, we need your voice on Capitol Hill to help us share the many benefits of bicycling. Register now to get the early-bird rate or click here to learn more.   
Sign Up for Women Mean Business


Join hundreds of fellow advocates, enthusiasts and industry leaders who are working to engage more women in bicycling at our next Women Bike event! Register now for the Women Mean Business event on March 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. This all-day event will showcase women leaders and entrepreneurs in the bicycle industry -- like Georgena Terry -- and highlight the economic impact and rising influence of women in the bicycle movement.Don't wait: Our first two Women Bike events sold out. Sign up today!
Navigating MAP-21 Webinar: Tracking Data for Biking & Walking Investments
To maximize funding for biking and walking in the new federal transportation law, advocates and policymakers must understand the many ways such investments are funded. Join us for our next Navigating MAP-21 webinar on January 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn about funding sources outside of Transportation Alternatives and hear more about how we're tracking bike/ped investments. Register here.
Gail Copus Spann is one of the League's LCI coaches
Become a League Cycling Instructor -- at a Discount!


Ever wonder who trains League Cycling Instructors (LCI)? Coaches! In just a few weeks, we're hosting our first coaches training --  and those coaches need students! If you're interested in becoming a LCI, come to Houston, Texas, January 25-27. In exchange for being a trainee for our new coaches, you can become an LCI for only $200 -- a $100 discount. Register here

Bicycle Friendly Business Applications Due Jan 11


What do iconic businesses like Apple, Facebook and William Sonoma have in common? They're all bicycle friendly! Apply for a Bicycle Friendly Business designation and join the growing number of workplaces big and small that support biking. The next deadline is January 11, 2013. It's free, fun and good for your business. Apply now.

Club Leadership Webinar: 2013 Insurance Roll-out


Join the League and Marla Peters, Vice President for Special Programs at American Specialty insurance, for our next Club Leadership webinar on January 14 from 8 - 9:30 p.m. Eastern. We'll present the 2013 insurance program, and take your questions on what it is and how it works for you. Register here.  


Partner News   

APBP: State of the Profession Survey 


Every two years, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals benchmarks the field of nonmotorized transportation by surveying people working on bicycling and pedestrian issues to document professional progress, needs and challenges. Members and non-members are encouraged to participate and results will be shared in early 2013. Click here to access the survey.  
Deadline Extended: Youth Bike Summit Proposals 

Hosted by Recycle-A-Bicycle on February 15-17, the Youth Bike Summit is geared toward youth, bike education, and advocacy. Whether you're a student, educator, or advocate, there is much to be learned though this dynamic, inter-generational exchange. Do you have insight to share? The call for proposals has been extended to January 4. Click here to submit your session idea.
Call for Proposals Open for American Public Health Association Conference

The American Public Health Association's Call for Abstracts for its 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition to be held Nov. 2-6, 2013 in Boston is now open. The theme is Think Global, Act Local with a focus on best practices around the world. Transportation is listed in many sections of the call; learn more and submit your idea.   


State and Local Advocacy  
Boulder & Davis Say "I Do" to Pursue Diamond Status
(from left) Jim Allison, Andy Clarke,
and Nicole Wynands


In September, the League launched its Beyond Platinum campaign, an effort to work with Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Communities to pursue our new Diamond status. This month, League staff traveled to two of the cities working to become world-class bicycling communities -- Boulder, Colo., and Davis, Calif. -- to begin the collaborative process to attain Diamond designation. Read more.   

MassDOT Aims to Triple Bike/Ped/Transit Mode Share 


Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation became the first agency of its kind to attain a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business designation. And they're not just encouraging their employees to ride -- they're working to dramatically increase the number of Massachusetts residents who bike for transportation, too. As part of its GreenDOT initiative, the agency recently announced an ambitious goal to "triple the distance traveled by our customers through bicycling, transit and walking" by 2030. Read more.  
Upcoming Bike Summits in Iowa and Colorado 


Before hundreds of bicyclists converge on Congress for the 2013 National Bike Summit, advocates in Iowa and Colorado will rally at their statehouses to tell state legislators the benefits of bicycling. Hosted by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, the Iowa Bike Summit will be held  January 25-26 in Des Moines. In the Rocky Mountain State, the Colorado Bike Summit, hosted by Bicycle Colorado, will take place February 11-12.  

Just for Fun!  
Don't Fear the Apocalypse: Biking Zombies

Despite the Mayan prediction, we're all still here! But, proving that winter isn't the end of the world for bicycling, Anchorage residents got a preview of the apocalypse thanks to a parade of cycling zombies this month. Read more.      


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