march 11, 2012
NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
at the National Bike Summit (Credit Brian Palmer) 

We were honored to welcome so many local advocates, industry leaders and inspiring community-builders to Washington D.C. last week for the National Bike Summit and National Women's Bicycling Forum. Participants overcame the threat of snow to send a clear message to Congress that Bicycling Mean Business. Thanks so much to all who attended -- check out the videos to get a feeling for the energy at both events, and to see the League's new look.




Andy Clarke
League President
 league news 
League draws on storied past and bright future in new branding, logo
The National Bike Summit marked the unveiling of the new face of the League, which draws on our unique history and depth of knowledge, but also showcases our commitment to propel the new, diverse and growing ranks of bicyclists in the United States. Read more about our transformation here.
advocates, leaders prove that bicycling means business at 2013 summit

With 750 attendees from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, the 2013 National Bike Summit was certainly a success. We trudged through the snowy weather to show Congress that "Bicycling Means Business," explored the many ways bikes boost the economy, discussed issues of equity in the bicycle movement and so much more. Read more about the Summit here. (Photo of Veronica Davis, Black Women Bike DC, by Brian Palmer) 

Women's Bicycling Forum: A Highlight of the Summit

This year's National Women's Bicycling Forum was a signature aspect of the National Bike Summit, with 350 attendees; nearly 30 diverse speakers; four in-depth break-out sessions; keynote addresses from Georgena Terry, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and NYC Transportation Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan. Read more about the Forum here. (Photo by Brian Palmer) 

miss the summit? videos now online!
If you didn't make the trip to Washington, D.C., click through our YouTube channel for videos from the Bike Summit and the Women's Forum. Keep a lookout for more video uploads from the Summit and  slides from many of the presentations on the Summit webpage
LEague welcomes three new board members
The League officially welcomed three new members to our Board of Directors this past week at the National Bike Summit. The new members include: Jay FermDirector of Advocacy at Planet Bike; Tania LoCo-owner/Publisher of Momentum Mag; and Nicole PrestonManaging Director of Tour de Cure. Read more here.
first meeting of new Equity advisory council  

The League's new Equity Advisory Council met for the first time at the National Bike Summit, beginning its work to assist the League in becoming more inclusive and representative of the diversity of people who ride in the U.S. Stay tuned to the League's blog to learn more about the Council's progress, ongoing conversations about equity and how YOU can get involved in this critical work. (Photo: Council member Eboni Hawkins of Red, Bike and Green; Credit Brian Palmer) 

Wanted: 50 great ideas for bike month
We're showcasing "50 Great Ideas for Bike Month" in the upcoming American Bicyclist magazine and we want to hear from the folks who make the month of May so memorable for cyclists across the country. Please share some of your great tips and ideas through this survey for a chance to be featured in the magazine! Deadline is tomorrow! 
become a League member; get limited-edition apparel!

Your League membership puts you on the forefront of the American bicycling movement. Show your cyclist pride with a new League T-shirt, free with your new membership. Or, select a limited edition National Women's Bicycling Forum T-shirtYour membership also includes a subscription to Bicycling Magazine and our own American Bicyclist. Upgrade to Advocate level or higher, and we'll add a subscription to Bicycle Times. Become a member today, and check out more of our new apparel at our web store here.

League supports WABA Women & bicycles campaign

With a $15,000 grant, the League is advancing the new "Women and Bicycles" program from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association -- an innovative effort that we hope will serve as a model for communities nationwide. Supporting promising pilot projects is a key aspect of the League's new Women Bike initiative, the first national advocacy campaign aimed at engaging, empowering, and elevating women in all aspects of the bicycle movement. Read more here.

Photo: (From left) Nelle Pierson (WABA), Elly Blue (Taking the Lane Media), Veronica Davis (Black Women Bike DC) and Carolyn Szczepanski (Women Bike) at the Women & Bicycles launch. Credit Brian Palmer.
advocates make the case for safety on lobby day

Here in D.C. last week, National Bike Summit participants asked their legislators to support a national goal to reduce bicyclist fatalities. Thanks to advocates, a number of offices have already signed on to the letter committing to this goal. If you visited with an office, please fill out the report-back form for the House and the Senate. Read more about the push for a national goal here. (Photo: Alabama advocates meet with staff from Sen. Jeff Sessions office. Credit Brian Palmer) 

webinar: Gearing up for the national bike challenge

How can the National Bike Challenge help state and local bicycle advocacy organizations energize new riders and cultivate new members? Join us Monday, March 18, at 2 p.m. EDT, to discuss publicity, branding, creating a local Challenge page, and other tools. By tapping into this free- and easy-to-use summer program, you are also extending your breadth to connect with the 50,000 participants across the country. Register today!

Follow the money: advocate's guide to Map-21 funding 
Bicycling and walking projects are broadly eligible for the majority of federal funding programs in the new federal transportation law, MAP-21. To demystify a fairly complex process, we've created a series of flow charts to illustrate the technical process from planning to construction -- and the advocacy steps advocates can take to influence the process. Check out the flow charts here!
webinar: economic impact of women bicyclists
On our latest Women Bike webinar, we explored the results of the American Bicyclist Study with authors Elliot Gluskin and Jay Townley to better understand the tremendous economic impact of women on the current, and more importantly, the future of the bicycle movement. Watch the recording and download the slides on our Women Bike webinar page.  
aaa partners with league on 'share the road' psa
Bike helmet or car keys? For a growing number of Americans, it's not one or the other. As the popularity of biking rises nationwide, more and more people are motorists and bicyclists. At the  2013 National Bike Summit that common cause was highlighted by the unveiling of a 'Share the Road' PSA from AAA. Watch the PSA here!
 partner news
Alliance for biking & walking honors top advocates

The Alliance for Biking & Walking announced its  2013 Advocacy Award  winners last week, honoring the people, organizations and businesses who are leading the way in the bicycle and pedestrian movement. Winners included Bike Walk Mississippi and Rebecca Serna (pictured) of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. Read more!
Apbp sends out call for speakers

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals will host its 2013 Professional Development Seminar in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 9-12, and the call for proposals is now open. The deadline to submit is Monday, April 8; learn more and see submission guidelines here.

 just for  fun
NEw York city bike dancers wow at women's forum

Photo by Brian Palmer

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