November 18, 2013

We are obsessed with two numbers: how many people are riding, and how safe they are on their bikes. This week we are excited to release a report that looks at ridership, and the news is good! Unfortunately, the latest crash numbers from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show another small rise in 2012 -- highlighting the need for a concerted effort to reduce crashes that is the focus of two new bills introduced in Congress last week. We'll be following those right through to the National Bike Summit in March.


Andy Clarke
League President
 league news 
new report: analysis of bicycling in american cities

Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau studies Americans' commuting habits, including how many people commute by bike. While commuting is only part of the bicycling story, the American Community Survey is a valuable insight into changing commuting patterns and transportation choices. Each year, the League of American Bicyclists digs into the data to assess the state of bicycling in cities across the country.  Read our new report, "Where We Ride: Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities," here.

bike summit 2014: call for proposals!

We're gearing up for the 2014 National Bike Summit, which will be held March 3-5, 2014, in Washington, D.C. We invite you to submit your ideas and expertise to make the event a success. Please fill out this online application by December 5 for consideration as a presenter or moderator at the Bike Summit or Women's Forum. Read more here.

federal agencies becoming bike friendly

Despite the recent government shutdown, federal workers in the nation's capital are pedaling through the gridlock toward a healthier and more vibrant future. Earlier this month, we announced 91 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) from across the country, extending the program to 43 states and Washington, D.C.  Read more here. (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

new 'platinum' bicycle friendly university announced!

Like football and basketball, there's new competition at the top among California colleges. Last week, we announced the designation of 17 new Bicycle Friendly Universities, including just the second Platinum-level BFU in the country: The University of California-Davis. Read more about this round of awards here. (Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College)

reminder: submit nominations for educator of the year

Bike educators do the work on the ground to get more people on bikes -- and riding safely and confidently -- every day in communities across the country. To honor and thank those educators who have gone above and beyond in the past year, we're putting out a call for nominations for the 2013 Educator of the Year Award. The deadline is December 6. Read more here about how to nominate an educator here.

interested in hosting an lci seminar in 2014?

Does your Bicycle Friendly America feedback suggest that you focus more on education? Is there a need for more League Cycling Instructors in your area? Hosting an LCI Seminar can be your first step in developing a strong bike education program. If you are interested in hosting an LCI Seminar in 2014, please contact Ariell Heacox at

support league through combined federal campaign

Do you work for the  federal government? Make bicycling better through a workplace payroll deduction. Join the thousands of bicyclists who support the League through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Use CFC#: 11563.The deadline is December 15. Thank you!

support the bicycle and pedestrian safety act!
Last week, a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced identical bills -- the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act -- to help reduce the number of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities on American roadways. Review our resources on safety, media kit and  learn more about how you can help support this important piece of legislation here
webinar: tools for transportation transparency
For biking and walking policy advocates, tracking transportation issues at the state level isn't always a piece of cake. The Sunlight Foundation has created powerful tracking tools to simplify the task of bird-dogging state legislation. The Sunlight Foundation is teaming up with Advocacy Advance to host a training on how to use these tools in your work. Join us Tuesday, Nov. 19, at at 2 p.m. EST. Register for this webinar here.
feeling the (pedal) love in california

At the California Bike Summit earlier this month, League staff was on hand to help Melissa Balmer ( pictured right) launch a new initiative: Women on Bikes California. As part of our Women Bike Communications Committee, Balmer has brought keen insight on bicycling as a design and media darling, inspiring and challenging us to focus on getting our Women Bike message far beyond our niche circles and endemic magazines. Read more about this exciting new initiative here!

6 highlights from the california bike summit
Carolyn Szczepanski, League Director of Communications and Women Bike, traveled to California earlier this month for the California Bike Summit. She brought back plenty of great new insight, and she compiled six highlights from the trip. Read more here.
Vision for L.a. County's Transit-Rich Communities
Reconnecting America and the California Community Foundation recently released the "Los Angeles Equity Atlas," a tool that has been developed to ensure that Los Angeles County's new future is inclusive and offers housing, education, economic, and health opportunities for low and moderate income residents and workers. Read more here. 
webinar: empowering lower-income communities to take advantage of map-21 funds
The health, accessibility, equity and growth of our neighborhoods around this country depends on a diverse advocacy and decision-making table. Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a webinar, "Empowering Lower-income Communities to Take Advantage of MAP-21 Funds," on November 21 at 2 p.m. EST. Register here. 
 partner news
active living research announces 2014 conference
Join Active Living Research (ALR) in San Diego at the Paradise Point Hotel, March 9 - 12, for the 2014 Annual Conference.  The theme of the 2014 conference, "Niche to Norm," recognizes the importance of advancing active living from an emerging research field with limited results and impact to well-accepted findings that regularly guide decision-making across sectors to create more active communities. Register here.
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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