January 28, 2013

The excitement is building. You saw the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes during the inauguration; you heard that Secretary Ray LaHood is staying on as DOT Secretary; you can't wait to use the game-changing Capital Bikeshare system;  and you're hoping to catch a glimpse of President Obama's Chief of Staff secretly riding his bike (#letdenisride). We're excited because you are coming to town: We're running neck and neck with last year's record-breaking Summit attendance - so sign up now.  Space is even more limited at the Women's Bicycling Forum on Monday, March 4.




Andy Clarke

League President
League News 

Full Bike Summit Schedule Announced! 

Sen. Ben Cardin

The National Bike Summit has a long history of being the premier advocacy event of the year -- and we couldn't be more excited about the line-up for 2013.  In line with our "Bicycling Means Business" theme, we'll have specific tracks exploring the economic benefits of bicycling and how to take advantage of federal funding through the new transportation law, MAP-21. The workshops compliment an exciting group of plenary speakers -- including Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). Click here to see the full program and register today

Top 8 Reasons to Attend the Bike Summit!


The passage of the new federal transportation law means there's no need to attend the 2013 National Bike Summit, right? Wrong. Seriously wrong. Just a few of the critical reasons we need YOU to join us on Capitol Hill? Check out the top 8 reasons here

Program Unveiled for Women's Bicycling Forum        


Jenna Burton, Red, Bike & Green

Join advocates, entrepreneurs and industry leaders from across the country at the National Women's Bicycling Forum on March 4 in Washington, D.C. With a theme of Women Mean Business, this year's event will showcase diverse female leaders who are serious about getting more women biking. Don't miss the chance to hear from Jenna Burton, founder of Red, Bike & Green; Karen Overton, founder of Recycle-A-Bicycle; Nicole Freedman, director of Boston Bikes -- and more! Check out the full program here and register today!

BFU and BFC Deadlines Coming Up Feb. 5 and 26

Is your community or local university working to become safer and more comfortable for people on bikes? Well, applications for the next round of Bicycle Friendly Community and Bicycle Friendly University designations are coming up February 5 and February 26 respectively. Click here to learn more about the program and apply!
Work for the League: Director of Development

League Logo and Link The League is looking for an ambitious Director of Development to lead the organization's long-term fundraising program. We're looking for an experienced professional with proven success in building a major donor program and experience in all areas of fundraising. Click here for more information -- or send your resume and cover letter directly to Andy Clarke.

Next Women Bike Webinar: The Economic Impact of Women Bicyclists    

Though underrepresented in many aspects of the bicycle movement, there's growing evidence that women hold the purse strings when it comes to the future success of the bike industry. Join us for our next Women Bike webinar on February 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern, as we explore the results of the American Bicyclist Study with authors Elliot Gluskin and Jay Townley -- and understand the tremendous economic impact of women on the current, and more importantly, the future of the bicycle movement.
Register today!
Become a League Cycling Instructor While You're in DC
If you've considered becoming a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), but haven't had a chance, come to the National Bike Summit early for an LCI seminar the weekend of March 1-3! Click here to learn more about our LCI program, or register now
League Seeks Bicycle Friendly America Intern

The League is seeking a spring intern to assist with the Bicycle Friendly American programs. The Intern will gain firsthand knowledge of that League's programs and work on database entry, website updates and general administration. For more information, click here.


Federal, State & Local Advocacy
New Report & Webinar: Tracking Federal Funding in Your Community


Data on federal funding is vital to understanding the range of programs that fund bicycle projects in your community. To help you navigate this complex landscape, join Advocacy Advance for its next webinar on "Tracking Data on Bicycling and Walking Investments" tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern. Click here to register. Plus, check out the new report on "Key Data Sources: Federal Investments in Bicycling and Walking in Your Community," which provides a list, summary and links to 11 sources of funding data.   

Rapid Response Grants Propel Local Advocacy Campaigns 


Advocacy Advance recently awarded a series of Rapid Response Grants, which help state and local advocacy organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve funding for biking and walking. Check out the following series of blog posts on how these grants made a difference:
Upcoming State and Local Bike Summits

Just as important as the National Bike Summit, advocates across the country are organizing local and state bike summits to ensure cyclists have a voice in policy-making at all levels. Just a few of the upcoming events include:

Are you attending or organizing a bike summit in your city or state? Email liz@bikeleague.org so we can include your event in upcoming blogs and E-news!


Partner News   

New Alliance Guide to Fundraising 


As part of the its Guide to Fundraising series, the Alliance for Biking & Walking has released a new guide to finding local funding sources. The guide is supplemented with two upcoming mutual aid calls, as well. Read more.  

New Resources from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center 


The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has created a new white paper series focused on bicycle-related research, resources and tools. Two papers in the series have already been completed. Click here to learn more.  

Deadline: Bicycle Urbanism Symposium Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit abstracts for the Bicycle Urbanism Symposium is coming up Feb. 1. Potential paper topics include research on bicycle use and the effects of innovation in infrastructure and programs, best practices in long-term planning for bicycle use, and more. Submissions can be sent to bikeurb@uw.edu.
Just for Fun!  
Free the Denis McDonough Ten (Speed!)


Denis McDonough's appointment as President Obama's Chief of Staff was made official late last week, along with the shocking news that the new official may not be able to continue riding his bike to work. That, according to President Obama, "probably isn't allowed." Along with our colleagues at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, we're sure the cycling community can come up with the Top Ten Reasons Why Denis Should Be Allowed to Ride His Bike to Work... Read more.   


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