League of American Bicyclists Newsletter - March 16, 2009
March 16, 2009
Thanks to everyone that was able to attend the National Bike Summit and to our sponsors who made the event possible. Below you'll see some of the reasons why this was the biggest and best Summit ever.
Andy Clarke, President
Record Number Attendeded 2009 Bike Summit!
In total, 580 registrants from 47 states and four countries (Canada, Denmark, Czech Republic and the USA) visited more than 350 Congressional offices on Thursday, March 12. More than a hundred riders joined the snowy Congressional Bike Ride on Friday the 13th, with no ill-effects.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood addressed the opening plenary, noting that the DOT will be "a full partner in working toward livable communities". The Secretary was followed by Representatives Blumenauer (D-OR), Lipinski (D-IL) and Matsui (D-CA). Congressman Oberstar (D-MN) spoke at the Summit dinner, and Representatives Petri (R-WI), Coble (R-NC), McCaul (R-TX) and Kissell (D-NC) made remarks at the Congressional Breakfast or Reception.
The best coverage of the Summit, as always, can be found atwww.bikeportland.org. Presentations, including a video of Andreas Rohl's presentation from the City of Copenhagen will be available soon at www.bikeleague.org.
BikesPAC Event Draws Strong Bi-partisan Support
Four US Senators and two Representatives attended a BikesPAC event hosted by Bikes Belong on Wednesday, March 11th. Senators Spector(R-PA), Alexander (R-TN), Udall (D-NM) and Merkley (D-OR) met with industry leaders and constituents, along with Representatives Matsui(D-CA) and Mica (R-FL). All had interesting tales of their personal connection to bicycling.
Complete Streets and CLEAN-TEA Bills Introduced
Two National Bike Summit "asks" were introduced into Congress during Summit week. Both provide specific details on two key pieces of the America Bikes agenda: complete streets and linking climate change and transportation policy.
The Complete Streets Act of 2009 S. 584, introduced by Senator Harkin H.R. 1443 introduced by Representative Matsui
CLEAN-TEA: The Clean, Low-Emission Affordable, New Transportation Efficiency Act S. 575, introduced by Senators Carper and Specter H.R. 1329, introduced by Representatives Blumenauer, Tauscher and LaTourette
Bicycle Colorado has set up a handy tracking page for no fewer than six bicycle-related bills they are tracking this session, including their Bicycle Safety Bill that may have a critical vote this week. The Iowa Bike Safety Billpassed the Senate and is now in the House. Maryland is making progress with a safe passing law that has passed the Senate and has a companion bill in the House.
34 New Bicycle Friendly Businesses Announced
The League is proud to announce 34 new Bicycle Friendly Business award winners which includes our first platinum designations to New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colo. and Bike Gallery of Portland Ore. This is the second time BFB winners have been announced since the program's inception in 2008 when the League announced the first 13 designees. "We're delighted to highlight these great companies and the ways in which they are getting more people on bikes," stated League President Andy Clarke. "In today's challenging economic climate, businesses with healthy, happy and productive employees are going to be the most competitive and the most sustainable - the Bicycle Friendly Business program recognizes some of the best examples of this in practice." Click here to view all new 2009 BFB award winners. Click here to view 2008 BFB winners.
Smart Cycling Conference 2009
The bi-annual League Education conference is ramping up, and it is destined to be a great one. The League's education program is in the middle of a complete overhaul. Since 2008, we've launched Traffic Skills 101, Traffic Skills 201, Group Riding, and completely revised our Commuter Student curriculum. What's left? Everything! Our kids manuals need to be redone, and our entire League Cycling Instructor Curriculum has to be overhauled. And we need your help!
Come to San Jose this summer to talk about the best way to teach cyclists; to help the League continue to improve our curricula; and to hear news and updates from the foremost cycling educators in the world.
We've lowered our fees by more than 30 percent this year. All fees increase by $100 after the earlybird deadline of May 1. Register today!
Bike New York Hiring
Bike New York is hiring for two different seasonal, part time positions:
Bicycle Education Associate, an office administration and logistical position requiring a valid driver's license and ability to accurately update our data-base and perform record keeping tasks.
Summer Ride Leader / Instructor. Work with small groups of kids in a summer camp setting in New York City, teaching cycling skills and leading short bike rides.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visitwww.bikeleague.org.