August 26, 2013

Trek's support for advocacy is second to none -- and the numbers speak for themselves. In the last six years alone they have invested $2.1 million in the League's Bicycle Friendly Community program -- giving us the opportunity to expand a program that is transforming communities across the nation. BFCs have seen an 80 percent increase in bike use in the last 10 years compared to just 32 percent in non-BFCs. Not surprisingly, we are absolutely delighted that Trek has signed up for another three years. Look out folks, here we come!


Andy Clarke
League President
 league news 
trek renews support of bicycle friendly america program

In 2007, there were only 74 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 26 states. Today that number has more than tripled to 259 BFCs in 47 states. And now, with Trek's renewed commitment to our Bicycle Friendly America program, we're expanding the program to new levels. The $1.5 million commitment over three years will enable us to make visits to 100 communities per year to audit the bicycling network, policies and programs -- 
and provide the community with the priorities steps for success. Read more here. 
apply to become a league board member!

Are you passionate about bicycling -- and the League's work to make biking better through advocacy, education and promotion? We have several openings for qualified bicyclists (and League members) who are interested in serving on our Board of Directors. Applications for the 2014 election are due Sept. 15, 2013. Interested? Read more about the qualifications and requirements here.

job Opening: Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator
Advocacy Advance -- the dynamic partnership between the League and the Alliance for Biking & Walking -- is seeking a full-time Outreach Coordinator. The position will have a health-focus and will work directly to increase the awareness of funding programs for walking and biking projects and programs. Read more here! 
Enter to Win: women bike infographic contest!
Our recently released "Women on a Roll" report compiles a wealth of data on women's bicycling -- but we know we need to be strategic about how we communicate this important information to reach new audiences. So we've selected a number of key concepts and compelling numbers to be brought to life as infographics. Are you an art student, design professional or cyclist with graphic skills? Learn more and enter our Women Bike Infographic Contest!  
NAtional bike challenge profile: inspiring brian
The National Bike Challenge has inspired more than 32,000 folks to get out and ride -- including Brian, a 19-year-old with Down Syndrome. Brian wanted to join his mom in the Challenge, but first he had to teach himself to ride a bike. He started by balancing only long enough to make it from one house to the other, and then independently riding his bike to the park about a mile away. Read Brian's inspiring story here -- and join the National Bike Challenge today!
Support the league: combined federal campaign #11563
Do you work for the federal government? Please consider join the thousands of bicyclists who support the League through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and make bicycling better through a workplace payroll deduction. Use CFC No. 11563. Thank you for the support! 

Texas State Sen. Rodney Ellis was in town for the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs -- but he didn't want to leave D.C. without going for a bike ride. We were honored to pedal some of the city's civil rights' sites with the cycling Senator this past Sunday, along with Black Women Bike DC and others. Read more here.
complete streets celebrates 500 policies!

Earlier this year, the 500th Complete Streets policy was codified in Memphis, Tenn. Last week, in Washington, D.C., key stakeholders and Complete Streets advocates gathered to celebrate this achievement, and to discuss the future of the movement. Read more.

guest post: Don't mess with el paso bikeshare

This guest post, from Scott White, member of the Velo Paso Bicycle-Pedestrian Coalition, explores the coalition's battle to secure funding for a bikeshare system in El Paso, Texas. Read more and join them in their fight here!

webinar: comfort + convenience = more women biking
Our new report -- "Women on a Roll" --  not only compiles a goldmine of data but also highlights five key themes to engaging more women in bicycling. Two of the critical keys to increasing female ridership are creating comfortable riding environments and making cycling a convenient means of mobility. On our next Women Bike webinar, we'll explore these topics with top researchers in the field: Jennifer Dill of Portland State University and Susan Handy of the University of California- Davis. Join us at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 29, for this free webinar. Register here.
bike law university: idaho stop laws
Idaho passed its law allowing bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs and red lights as stop signs in 1982. Since that time many bicycling advocates have attempted to spread this law to other states, and have been met with strong resistance. These efforts continue, as recently as this summer, and the strides that cyclists have made since the early 80s have not lessened the calls for this reform. Read more about the "Idaho Stop" in our latest edition of Bike Law University.
Women don't like biking. Women don't spend money on cycling. Women aren't leaders in advocacy. Those are just three of the "10 Myths About Women and Bicycling" displayed in our new infographic, created in partnership with our supporters at Momentum magazine. Start dispelling myths in your community and networks -- view and download the infographic here! 
facebook 101 recap
The League and the Alliance for Biking & Walking recently hosted the first in a series of webinars focused on using social media as a way to connect with your communities and bolster your campaigns. First up: Facebook 101.We defined the basics -- what is a "share" vs. a "like"? -- and we also looked into more complex ways to build your network (creating image memes, for example). Read more and watch our video recap here.
 partner news
register for 2013 national Bicycle tourism conference!

The Bicycle Tourism Network is hosting its 2013 conference Nov. 6-9 in Iowa City/Coralville, Iowa. The conference includes a diversity of workshops and topics and will also boast a number of high profile speakers, special guests and industry celebrities. Registration is now open! Learn more here. 

join the league at the apbp professional development seminar!

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals "Professional Development Seminar" is just around the corner. Join League members in Boulder, Colo., from Sept. 9-12! Online registration ends on Sept. 9 -- be sure to register today!

upcoming state and local bike summits
Looking to connect with local advocates and make an impact in your community? Don't miss a state or local bike summit in your area:

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